26 miles east of Carlsbad, New Mexico and 2,150 feet underground, the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant
(WIPP) brings new meaning to the phrase "built to last". The world's third deep geological nuclear waste repository, WIPP was designed to house radioactive material for 10,000 years.
The primary challenge (keeping hazardous waste IN) was tackled by engineers. But for the secondary challenge - keeping living creatures OUT - the goverment recruited a team of geologists, linguists, astrophysicists, architects, artists, and writers. The job description included the words "the knowledge necessary to develop a marker system that will remain in operation during the performance period of the site - 10,000 years"
. Stymied by inevitable linguistic and orthographic drift
, the group has discussed a wide array of ideas, some more fabulously demented
than others (artificial moons, a nuclear containment-centric priesthood, a landscape of massive granite thorns). They intend to submit their final plan by 2028. [more inside]
posted by julthumbscrew
on May 23, 2014 -
Current TV previously & previously
, the media company founded by Al Gore after the 2000 election, has picked up the kinds of in depth long form journalism being rapidly dropped by major networks, but has been tantalizingly unavailable for those without cable; until now. They have been putting their Vanguard episodes up on their website and on YouTube. [more inside]
posted by Blasdelb
on Apr 30, 2011 -
In February of 2008, Microsoft acquired the maker of the Sidekick
, Danger Inc., for $500 million dollars
and rolled the company into its Premium Mobile Experiences division, led by Roz Ho
. The Sidekick retained a dedicated following after the merger despite some hiccups
along the way. Twenty-six months after the acquisition, Microsoft unveiled the KIN One and KIN Two devices
which would launch in May. The devices were backed by a huge and mildly controversial marketing push
aimed at the young, hip social-networking addict niche. Reviews were generally negative
and often cited needless complexity, software that was lacking basic functions and no support for third party applications. The devices ran a fork of Windows Phone 7
, Microsoft's rewrite of their aging mobile operating system that had been rapidly losing ground
to RIM, Apple and Google. Just seven weeks after launch, the KIN is dead
. Engadget has some insight
into the failure and the subsequent shake-up at Microsoft.
posted by cgomez
on Jul 1, 2010 -
In the light of the Microsoft/Sidekick data disaster
, it might be a good time to take a look at just what's happening with Microsoft's half billion dollar investment in Danger. Despite already having a mobile phone operating system (Windows Mobile) and an entire division (Zune) just itching to go head to head with Apple's iPhone. Microsoft decided to turn Danger into a skunkworks for "Project Pink
," named, apparently, after the pop star
Now, According to MobileCrunch
, the project is two years late, most of the team has left or been fired, Microsoft hasn't managed to create an app store, and the demoralized team is more enamored of their iPhones than their own product. [more inside]
posted by CheeseDigestsAll
on Oct 11, 2009 -
When thousands of people depart, leaving an entire city dead that’s a real tragedy. There are mainly two reasons why people leave the place where they used to live for years or even generations: danger, and economic factors. Abandoned Places In The World
. ( previously 1
posted by netbros
on Jun 21, 2009 -
Full Danger Mouse & Sparklehorse album Dark Night of the Soul is streaming right now on NPR
. Info about album dispute here
posted by forallmankind
on May 16, 2009 -
"I thought, 'Why don't we just raid the place?' "
--the newest and only currently viable way to check up on how the billions and billions we're spending on reconstruction in Iraq is being spent--fake raids by the US military, making it seem like the recipients aren't receiving aid from us, and in fact are being targeted by us.
posted by amberglow
on Mar 23, 2007 -
Prisoners of their Bureaus--the Besieged Press of Baghdad
What it's like to be a journalist in Iraq now--and especially relevant given the current attacks on the media
for not reporting all the good that's happening in Iraq-- ...
an ever-widening gulf between official language and the reality of the actual situation in Baghdad. While official language is relentlessly upbeat, the already nightmarish reality has been getting worse with each passing day. ... the insurgent attacks on the US forces and Iraqi government and the sectarian fighting between Sunnis and Shiites have become destructive beyond what most journalists have been able to convey ...
(NY Review of Books)
posted by amberglow
on Mar 25, 2006 -
What's so extreme about Extreme Sports?
According to the ads, Extreme Sports are the antidote to our safety-first, shrink-wrapped world. In reality, sports like skateboarding and mountain biking are more about the appearance of risk and marketing-driven terms like 'carving out your own path' rather than any particular danger. The reality of these Extreme Sports? Many are actually safer
than traditional sports.
posted by fet
on Nov 22, 2005 -
Planning a vacation or going on a business trip this summer? Why not try one of the world's most dangerous destinations
for the trip of a lifetime? Just make sure you have Worldcue® PRO
loaded on your laptop and fill out some forms
and you'll be ready for
posted by Guerilla
on May 13, 2005 -
The Uses of Canaries--and what canaries need to do
--...Why go to all that trouble when we have reduced the homosexual, himself, to nothing more than a body part? Remove the homo -- he's just a diseased body part, after all -- and the problem is solved.
Of course there will always be those so pathologically sex-panicked that they have to rely on their Think Pieces to get their pornography fix. Not worth worrying about, generally. But when United States Senators start in with the Depravity Fillip, and the DF starts showing up in the campaign literature of various groups... well, you want to keep your eye on that sort of thing. You maybe want to start thinking about that famous canary in the mine-shaft. ...
posted by amberglow
on May 9, 2005 -
You'll put your eye out!
My childhood was fraught with peril. I rode bikes without a helmet. My friends made flashpowder bombs. I brought knives and lasers to school. I survived. Blogger Tim Blair did too, and asks "What insane risks did you take as kids that would now induce rage and fear if repeated by your children?"
posted by bitmage
on Dec 1, 2004 -
Future of Sky Scrapers?
Is this the future of sky scrapers, or are they now irrelevant with the current threats that are presented? Would you work in this building?
posted by npost
on Jan 29, 2003 -
mega wind farm miles into the ocean off Cape Cod is being fought by Democrats like Robert Kennedy Jr because it would "obstruct" the view from his oceanside house on clear days. Other concerns like bird kills (perhaps a few hundred birds a year), fish disruption from poles in the sand and danger to low flying planes are cited and could hold the project up for 5 years or perhaps forever. Would you care about a windfarm out in the ocean if Kennedy and few other had a view that was not "like when the Pilgrams arrived" or is this powerfull community leaders pulling a Not in my Backyard when it comes to fighting for the Environment. Horseshoe Shoals is one of the best wind spots on the East Coast.
posted by stbalbach
on Nov 3, 2002 -
It seems cats do better when dropped...uh, I mean, fall, more than seven stories. Anything less and they fail to reach terminal velocity and don't land properly. Once the cats reach terminal velocity
they spread their legs (think parachute) and slow their fall. A cat has a far better chance of survival falling from 32 stories than four.
, however, do not benefit from longer flights.
posted by cedar
on Aug 29, 2002 -
the biohazard symbol came to be (from NYTimes Magazine)...
posted by Miyagi
on Nov 18, 2001 -
Rolls Royce is recalling five of their 2000 and 2001 models after discovering a design flaw can cause the cars to EXPLODE. While only 539 vehicles are affected, 408 are in the US. The flaw was discovered after a technician put the first tank of gas into the $360,000
(!) vehicle, started to drive it and hit the switch to roll up the windows. The explosion blew out all the windows and damaged the convertible top and the interior.
posted by crunchland
on May 13, 2001 -
Dodge ball getting flack for being too dangerous.
Nevermind football, field hockey, or lacrosse.
Shame is, as the awkward, non-athletic kid they're trying to protect, dodge ball was my savior. It allowed me to fully participate in PE without the loss of dignity necessitated by other, mainstream sports.
posted by silusGROK
on Apr 11, 2001 -