• "After a stomach-churning takeoff from a 550-meter runway at Long Banga airstrip on the Malaysian side of the island of Borneo, the 19-seat plane soars over a green tropical wilderness. This is one of the world’s last remaining virgin rain forests. About 30 minutes into the flight to the bustling oil town of Miri, the lush landscape changes, and neatly terraced fields of oil palms take the place of jungle. Twenty years ago, this was forestland. Now, those forests are lost forever. The shift from rain forest to oil palm cultivation in Malaysia’s Sarawak state highlights the struggle taking place between forces favoring economic development."
  • "Measurement Lab (M-Lab) is an open, distributed server platform for researchers to deploy Internet measurement tools. The goal of M-Lab is to advance network research and empower the public with useful information about their broadband connections. By enhancing Internet transparency, M-Lab helps sustain a healthy, innovative Internet."
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  • Urban Atmospheres/ CommonSense (a la Intel Berkeley) -style public sensing project, led by Imperial College: "Cyclists, buses, cars and even pedestrians will become mobile pollution detectors in an initiative launched on Tuesday. Led by Imperial College London, the project will trial three types of mobile, wireless pollution sensor. These will measure traffic pollutants throughout the UK, and transmit their data via the mobile phone network."
  • "Small spacecraft, especially nanospacecraft and CubeSats (<10kg), have become popular to study due to their relative simplicity, and they are interesting as the basis for space missions due to lower launch cost. But it is generally felt that these extremely simple spacecraft are mere curios, incapable of conducting "serious" missions of military utility. If the challenges of size, weight, power, performance, and reliability can be overcome, CubeSats may eventually become a platform of choice for "designer spacecraft" tailored individually (or in small groups) for specific, quick-reaction mission needs."
    (tags: cubesat)