Germany angered at NSA and GCHQ Intrusions


An intelligence-sharing dispute between Britain and Germany, which was sparked by revelations about Anglo-American espionage against Berlin, is turning into a “burgeoning crisis”, according to German media reports. Relations between Germany and the United Kingdom worsened in September, after the … Continue reading Germany angered at NSA and GCHQ Intrusions

Shock and Awe–The Story of Electricity


The BBC produced a marvellous history of the origins of electricity a number of years ago – the series was presented by Professor Jim Al–Khalili on BBC Four’s  and was entitled “Shock and Awe – The Story of Electricity”. The Story of Electricity  is quite incredible from the work of Alessandro Volta and Humphrey Davy up to the invention of electro-magnetism of Michael Faraday work and the foresight of Nikola Tesla  – this is recounted captured beautifully. What follows is the series of three parts in full ( Related articles Famous Scientist of the Month: Michael Faraday (smartypots.wordpress.com) A Short … Continue reading Shock and Awe–The Story of Electricity

Assange Requests Ecuadorian Asylum


Julian Assange has formally requested asylum in Ecuador in a bid to avoid extradition to Sweden, where he faces an investigation for rape and sexual molestation. Assange, the bombastic founder of Wikileaks, fled to the Ecuadorian embassy in London on Tuesday. He had been under house arrest in England while awaiting the outcome of an appeal of his extradition to Sweden, where prosecutors wish to question Assange. Assange had appealed his extradition to the European Court of Justice after losing on appeal in the Supreme Court of England, but the European Court had not yet decided whether to take up … Continue reading Assange Requests Ecuadorian Asylum

Court orders Pirate Bay Block


A UK court has ordered the country’s internet service providers (ISPs) to block the Pirate Bay website for copyright violations, using technology initially  intended to block illegal pornography sites. Pirate Bay is a torrent search engine that allows users peer-to-peer (P2P) file-sharing links to files and although in the past it allowed users to download  copyright material such as films, music and programs. It also though provided quite legitimate file sharing of users own produced files. The site itself does not host or have copyright file content so a ban would mean that those sharing legitimate files through torrents would … Continue reading Court orders Pirate Bay Block

BBC – The Story of Electricity


The BBC are again showing  Professor Jim Al–Khalili on BBC Four’s “Shock and Awe – The Story of Electricity”. The Story of Electricity  is quite incredible from the work of Alessandro Volta and Humphrey Davy up to the invention of electro-magnetism of Michael Faraday work and the foresight of Nikola Tesla  – this is recounted captured beautifully. There is debate about as to where the music for the series has come from – many people on the internet seem to think it may originally be from Hans Zimmer. What follows is the series of three parts in full (courtesy of … Continue reading BBC – The Story of Electricity

SOPA AND PIPA GONE, NOW THE OPEN ACT?


In the wake of widespread online protest, the House and the Senate have stopped both the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect IP Act (PIPA) in their tracks. Just this Friday morning, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) announced that he has canceled next week’s Senate vote on PIPA, which is now indeed opposed by many of its co-sponsors. Shortly afterwards, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) said that SOPA will not be taken up as planned and that legislators must “wait until there is wider agreement on a solution.” Reid indeed acknowledged that ”recent events” — the blackout on Wikipedia and other … Continue reading SOPA AND PIPA GONE, NOW THE OPEN ACT?