Thursday, April 26, 2018

Fog Harp

CNN reports: [edited]

In some of the most arid regions of the world, from the Sahara to the Andes, special nets have long been used to catch moisture from the air, turning fog into drinking water.

These fog harvesters are put up against wind streams to catch microscopic droplets which gather and merge on a fine mesh until they have enough weight to travel down into a water tank. They provide essential access to water to many communities, and the technology behind them has evolved over the years to offer a higher yield, resistance to the elements and a reduced need for maintenance.

Now, researchers at Virginia Tech University have developed a new design that they say has three times the efficiency of regular fog nets. They call it a 'harp', because its vertical pattern of wires makes it resemble the string instrument.

The problem with the classical design, according to Boreyko, is that the fog droplets end up getting stuck in the holes of the net, because the horizontal wires obstruct their path on the way down into the reservoir. The net then becomes heavily clogged with water, which makes it impermeable to the wind. As a result, the foggy wind simply flows around the net, instead of through it, which reduces the amount of fog that can be collected.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

16,000+ Sound Effects Available Free From BBC

NME reports: [edited]

Over 16,000 sound effects have been made available for free from the BBC library. The archive includes effects that have been used on the corporation’s radio output since the 1920s.

Now, the general public can download them for free for the first time. The libary includes the likes of a South American parrot talking and screeching, an 11 month old baby boy playing with toys, and a 16-foot speedboat with a 40hp outboard pulling up to stop.

Files can be used for “personal, educational, or research purposes” as per the RemArc licence. The archive is tagged and searchable.

Sunday, April 22, 2018

iPod playlist, 21/04/18 - 22/04/18

Well It's True That We Love One Another - The White Stripes
Dreamtime - Daryl Hall
You're Unbelievable - EMF
Wicked Game - Loni Rose
I Get Around - The Beach Boys
I'll Be Around - Joan Osborne
Great Balls of Fire - Jerry Lee Lewis
I Gotta Feeling - Black Eyed Peas
Paper Planes - M.I.A. (XL)
Papa Was A Rolling Stone (single) - The Temptations
Rocks - Primal Scream
I Love You Always Forever - Donna Lewis
Strong Enough - Cher
I Want To Be Your Boyfriend - Rubinoos
Waiting for a train - Flash & The Pan
Valerie - Steve Winwood
Hotel Yorba - The White Stripes
Telephone Man - Meri Wilson
All The Roadrunning - Mark Knopfler & Emmylou Harris
Flying High - Jem
Free (single edit) - Deniece Williams
Nothing To Be Afraid Of - Lazyboy
Beauty - David Mead
Certain Surprise - John Martyn
Nikita - Elton John
Nobody Knows You When You're Down And Out - Katie Melua
Security Joan - Donald Fagen
Stop - Lizz Wright
Spanish Nights - Chuck Loeb
After All This Time - Darden Smith
Misguided Angel - Cowboy Junkies
The Game of Love - Daft Punk
Up In Fire - Andreya Triana
Munich (live, editors cover) - Corinne Bailey Rae
Dying all young - Chuck Prophet
Rise - Gabrielle
Under My Wing - John Martyn
The Runaway - Gallagher & Lyle
Right Now - Mark Knopfler & Emmylou Harris
Holding Out For Love - Daryl Hall
Elodie - David Mead
Post - Cowboy Junkies
Heart Of Mine - Maria Muldaur
Oneplusone - David Mead
Safi - Idrissa Soumaoro
The Great Pagoda Of Funn - Donald Fagen
Love For Sale - Ella Fitzgerald & Cole Porter
Volare (Nel Blu Di Pinto Di Blu) - Dean Martin
For Crying Out Loud - Lloyd Cole
Call Me When You Get This - Corinne Bailey Rae
Chocolate Girl - Deacon Blue
Easy - Lionel Richie
Tropical - Chuck Loeb
Tell Me You'll Wait For Me - Cassandra Wilson
Astronaut - David Mead
Anyway The Wind Blows - J.J. Cale
Dreaming Wide Awake - Lizz Wright
Sensitive Kind - Eric Clapton Feat. Don White
Miss DJ - Daryl Hall & John Oates
Flake - Jack Johnson
Hey Sweet Man - Madeleine Peyroux
I'll Have to Say I Love You In A Song - Jim Croce
Don't it make my brown eyes blue - Crystal Gayle
The Last Train - Josh Rouse
What I Do - Donald Fagen
Man On A Mission - Daryl Hall & John Oates
Neighbor-Hoods - Josh Rouse
Bucket Of Girls - David Mead
Walkin' After Midnight - Cowboy Junkies
Just Like Heaven - Katie Melua
Thankyou, Stars - Katie Melua
Talkin' In Your Sleep - Crystal Gayle
Chutes And Ladders (Bonus Track) - David Mead
Morph The Cat - Donald Fagen
Say You, Say Me - Lionel Richie
Bringing It Back - J.J. Cale
Serenade - Emiliana Torrini
Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea - Diana Krall
Someday We'll Know - Daryl Hall & John Oates
Making It Up Again - David Mead
Secret Symphony - Katie Melua
Some Things Don't Come Easy - England Dan & John Ford Coley
Dream Dancing - Ella Fitzgerald & Cole Porter
Night Life - The Little Willies
The Trouble With Henry - David Mead
Snowbound - Donald Fagen
Fools Rush In - Daryl Hall
What I Want To Do - David Mead
Make You Stay - Daryl Hall & John Oates
Always A Use - Madeleine Peyroux
Enchantment - Corinne Bailey Rae
Body And Soul - Diana Krall
Never Let Me Go - Daryl Hall
Anniversary Song - Cowboy Junkies
99 Miles From L.A. - Art Garfunkel
What Can I Do (Tin Tin Out Remix) - The Corrs
La Javanaise - Madeleine Peyroux
I'd Really Love To See You Again - England Dan & John Ford Coley
The Road Is A Lover - Alison Krauss & Union Station
Was I? - Madeleine Peyroux
In Between - Josh Rouse
Sensitive Kind - J.J. Cale
The Frozen Man - James Taylor
Heartbreak Time - Daryl Hall & John Oates
Adrift - Jack Johnson
I Found Out - The Pigeon Detectives
Cruel Summer - Bananarama
Hush - AM Radio
My coo ca choo - Alvin Stardust
Shuffle - Bombay Bicycle Club
Hey Jealousy - Gin Blossoms
Top Of The Pops - The Rezillos
Video Games - Lana Del Rey
Ready for the Weekend - Calvin Harris
Over and Over and Over - Jack White
Punka - Kenickie
Give It (Radio Edit) - X-press 2 featuring Kurt Wagner
Ukulele Anthem - Amanda Palmer
when you look at me - Christina Milian
Jilted John [LP Version] - Jilted John
Johnny reggae - The Piglets
It Feels So Good (Dance Mix) - Sonique
Get Dancin' - Disco Tex & The Sex-O-Lettes
Telepathy - Lene Lovich
House Of The Rising Sun (Live At Abbey Road) - John Otway
88 Lines About 44 Women - Nails
Too Young (Zoot Woman remix) - Phoenix
Jeans on - David Dundas

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Casino Hacked Via Fish Tank Thermostat

The Hacker News reports: [edited]

Nicole Eagan, the CEO of cybersecurity company Darktrace, told attendees at an event in London how cybercriminals hacked a casino through a internet-connected thermostat in an aquarium in the lobby.

The hackers exploited a vulnerability in the thermostat to get a foothold in the network. Once there, they managed to access the high-roller database of gamblers and then pulled it back across the network, via the thermostat, and up to the cloud."

Thanks to Brook for the link
Image: Delbert Pagayona

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Type Like The Songwriters Wrote

Songwriters Fonts reports: [edited]

The Songwriters fonts have been created to give musicians inspiration.

Being in the mood of Bowie, Cobain, Cohen, Gainsbourg, Lennon, might be purely imaginative... but that's precisely the point.