Science has always been a temptation for me, though I opted for a classics degree rather than biochemistry. My interest in technology came later, during my two years as a webmistress and graphic designer. Please see the environmental archives for related material.
Near Microsoft headquarters, the U.S. opens it first internet-addiction clinic.
The Sunday Express: The facility Heavensfield lies 13 miles away from Microsoft's Redmond headquarters and about 28 from Seattle. The skyscrapers melt away, then even the mini-malls. The clinic's five acres are pure rural Pacific Northwest: windchimes scare deer from the organic garden, set among towering firs and moss-shrouded valleys.
Oxford Mail: Scientists may soon be able to read us like a book, after
cracking the code of human life. This discovery - compared to the invention
of the wheel or landing on the moon - could lead to breakthroughs in disease
treatment and prevention.
Oxford Times: Torches flare on a disco ball, sending prisms across the
London street. Inside the club, the crowd surges around the bar, which
supports a bank of computers. This is New Media: young, insistent and
champagne flutes are lifted to teenagers. The boys in the techno bubble
are Nick Rose and Jordan Mayo, both 19 and students at Oxford University.
Their study guide website, www.revise.it, launched this week, amid speculations
of an e-commerce slump.
Firm's Dolce Music Deal
Wired News: ROME Italian music website, Vitaminic, announced Friday
that it is acquiring rival Peoplesound.com, based in London. The merger
is hailed as a good omen for Italian companies, which more often are acquired
(as opposed to acquiring others) in the global market.
Fallout Over Greek Game Ban
Wired News: ATHENS The government is standing by its controversial
law banning electronic games in public, which Greek judges consider unconstitutional.
But the European Union has warned Greece: Drop it or get hauled into court
for hampering the free movement of goods.
Oxford Mail: Neil Johnson has a sunny smile for each traffic jam. He doesn't
see a queue of grumpy motorists, rather science in action. Of course,
he may just have missed the snarl though, because the Oxford University
physics lecturer is learning to foresee such random events.
Fine Art of Restoration
Wired: Bringing an old painting back to life has long been a touchy affair
and one that's as much about interpretation as restoration. But
increasingly, art conservators are turning to high tech tools to analyse
famous pieces, removing the guesswork. (See also the pre-edited version)