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Retired hobbyist builds nuclear reactor in Wimbledon

The Daily Mail reports that a retired Wimbledon technician is endeavouring to create the world's first amateur nuclear reactor, in the home he shares with his 96 year old mother. This is an extension of his earlier career carrying out nuclear fusion experiments at Aldermaston in the 60s - only now he does not have military-grade suppliers, but is using parts mostly sourced from the local Maplin's.

'I've only managed to get two watts out of it so far,' he says. 'But if I increase the power, I should be able to start a nuclear fusion reaction. Of course, I wouldn't want to do a really big experiment here - it's not an ideal place. And it could be dangerous.'

(via londonist)

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noise=noise: Mind Body Brain at Goldsmiths, Weds 21 January

Following on from this morass of impending south London events, there's another gig at Goldsmiths next Wednesday featuring some of the talented researchers around the computational studio arts arena: noise=noise: Mind Body Brain will be "exploring noise (music) through research into new interfaces for musical expression and perceptions of noise".

It features such luminaries as Disinformation (who was kind enough to appear at our Escape July 2008 event), Mick Grierson (who does stunning A/V performances controlled by physical cognitive processes, pictured above), Ryan Jordan (melding an array of sensors into an immersive, ritualistic performance) and more.

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Platnik - Fear of Electrons EP

Platnik is the musical spawn of me and the endlessly skilled Mimi. Though her current living situation (approximately 9,648km east of here) makes recording difficult at the moment, we've just finished roughly mastering our 6-track debut EP, which lurches around the graveyards of rave, drone and post-rock, in the murgy fog of an undead comedown.

It's available online in its entirety --

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Web growth

Welcome to 2008! (pronounced 'two thousand and great', according to our local pirate radio station, to which we agree wholeheartedly.)

We're currently in the process of expanding a number of areas of our website, to hopefully improve the breadth and accessibility of information on our activities - including this shiny new weblog. Please do get in touch if you find anything lacking or find any broken features.

In the meantime, a handful of the new things include:
a growing cohorts and collaborators index, and one of aligned projects; a mailing list for notifications of upcoming events; and, shortly, a merchandise area for distribution of our numerous releases, works and artefacts.

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