Discovery could boost internet bandwidth

A new fibre optic technology could increase internet bandwidth capacity by sending data along light beams that twist like a tornado rather than move in a straight line.The discovery comes as internet data traffic is reaching its limit amid mounting demand for bandwidth by users of smartphones and internet-enabled devices, creating problems for network providers.The new technology uses optical vortices, which are like donut-shaped laser light beams. Also known as orbital angular momentum OAM beams, they were thought to be unstable in fibre until now.

via Discovery could boost internet bandwidth.

Conservationists discover new bird species in Cambodia – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Conservationists say a new species of bird with a distinctive orange-red coloured tuft of feathers on its head has been found in Cambodia’s populous capital city.

The remarkable discovery of the Cambodian tailorbird, or orthotomus chaktomuk, in Phnom Penh – and several other locations including a construction site just outside of the city of 1.5 million people – has astounded conservationists.

“The modern discovery of an undescribed bird species within the limits of a large populous city … is extraordinary,” Simon Mahood of the Wildlife Conversation Society (WCS) said.

via Conservationists discover new bird species in Cambodia – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation).

Astronomers find ‘super Earth’ planets orbiting a nearby star where life could exist – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Three “super Earth” planets have been found orbiting a nearby star at a distance where life in theory could exist, according to a record-breaking tally announced by the European Southern Observatory (ESO).

The three are part of a cluster of as many as seven planets that circle Gliese 667C, one of three stars located a relatively close 22 light years from Earth in the constellation of Scorpio, it said.

via Astronomers find ‘super Earth’ planets orbiting a nearby star where life could exist – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation).

A Poem For Sunday

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2011/365/45 Pretty Roses / Empty Bed

“What I See” by Muriel Rukeyser:

Lie there, in sweat and dream, I do, and “there”
Is here, my bed, on which I dream
You, lying there, on yours, locked, pouring love,
While I tormented here see in my reins
You, perfectly at climax. And the lion strikes.
I want you with whatever obsessions come—
I wanted your obsession to be mine
But if it is that unknown half-suggested strange
Other figure locked in your climax, then
I here, I want you and the other, want your obsession,
want
Whatever is locked into you now while I sweat and
dream.

(From Selected Poems, Library of America, 2004 © 1978 by Muriel Rukeyser. Reprinted by permission of ICM Partners. Photo by Flickr user cogdogblog)

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1MW PHOTO OF THE DAY – JUNE 24 2013

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Today our DIY photo was emailed in by Sarah, it’s a quilt made out of old shirts sourced from second-hand shops!

Keep an eye on the blog for a post on how to make this one at home.

Photo theme: DIY
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House Republicans Do Their Part to Elect Hillary Clinton in 2016 By Passing Abortion Ban

House Republicans continued to blaze a path for their party to lose the 2016 election by passing a bill that would ban abortions after 20 weeks.

Republicans tried to soften Rep. Trent Franks’ bill by quietly adding an exception in case of rape, incest, or to protect the life of the mother, but this bill was clearly designed as a play to their anti-choice base. The bill really is a self inflicted wound, and a thumb in the eye the millions of women who supported President Obama in 2012.

via House Republicans Do Their Part to Elect Hillary Clinton in 2016 By Passing Abortion Ban.