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04/26/09 - Israeli whiz kid aims to transform the car industry
KeelyNet If you could spend $208 on a small device that fitted to your car engine, saving you up to 40 percent on your gas consumption, the earth from pollution, and which also gave your car more power, you'd think it was too good to be true, right? Well this is exactly the promise of a new invention, the Z5, devised by an Israeli teenager Zion Badash when he was only 16. After two years in the works, Badash started selling his device a few months ago, with road tests to prove it. Car manufacturers around the world are lining up for stakes in this wunderkind's new device. The device he developed changes -- for a fraction of a second -- the way air behaves when going into the combustion chamber. This change allows the engine to use air more efficiently, saving fuel and giving more thrust at the same time. What the alloy is made from is a secret, of course, and Badash admits he isn't quite sure how it works, but road tests on emissions show that it certainly does work. It can be fitted to new cars, or old ones, diesel, hybrid, buses -- basically any combustion engine, even power plants - says Badash, who is about to be recruited to the army. "Using it in an open combustion chamber brings a maximum effect. You can see fuel consumption [go down] very clearly," he says. "It can be used everywhere. I am not exaggerating," says the teen convincingly, pointing to the company's website and recent emissions monitoring done by the authorities in Israel. Fitted onto the air filter that goes to the combustion chambers, the Z5 is as easy to use as changing a tire. And for $208, this teen may be onto something that could revolutionize the auto industry. His brother-in-law seems to think so. He thinks Badash should win a Nobel Prize for the Z5. / Special alloy changes air for up to 40% less gas consumption, more power up to 10% and up to 38% pollution reduction. / "Zion Badash, 18, from Savyon, has invented a device to reduce emissions from internal combustion engines in most vehicles by as much as 40 percent and significantly cut gasoline consumption. The compact contraption called Z5 has no moving parts and can be easily self-installed in cars. - Source and here is the Z5 Website if you'd like to buy ($208USD) or distribute these.

04/26/09 - Pulse Generator, 10kw generator test. This is for real!
KeelyNet This is a notice about a 3rd new video posted in response to the Konzen video. It shows what is apparently overunity. / You can see Dougs' lecture and presentation on two DVDs from Vanguard Sciences - Theory, experiments and discussion as well as demonstrations of the Konzen Pulse Motor which appears to produce overunity. Doug explains magnetic 'splatter' and how various coil configurations can be used to recover and add energy back into the circuit. (Thanks TOM! - JWD) - Konzen youtube Video

04/26/09 - Laughs - Signature on Britain's Got Talent (THE BEST!!!)
This is my current favorite youtube, totally surprising, original, upbeat and you will have tears in your eyes. - Source. The excellent song is Punjabi pop and called 'Nachna Onda Nei' by Tigerstyle. Nachna Onda Nei is Punjabi for 'can't dance.' The very infectious full song is 6.77mb and lasts a bit over 6 minutes and sounds just great on your mp3 player, really turns heads with that great beat and rhythm that is hard to get out of your head, but who'd want to?

04/26/09 - Laughs - Stavros Flatly - Greek Irish Dancers
Need a good laugh? Check out this video segment from Britian's Got Talent 2009. Sure Paul Potts, Susan Boyle and Shaheen are surprising acts but these two will have you rolling if you liked Riverdance. - Source.

04/26/09 - Incredible FESTO Robot Air and Water Penguins
Festo, people who brought us the Manta Ray blimp are back with giant flying penguins. Actually, there’s lots of cool stuff in this video. The flying penguins are nice, but the swimming versions are amazingly believable. They need to sell these as pool toys. There’s also an interactive wall sculpture and a dangling grabby hand that apparently solves the age old riddle; “How many weird dangly grabby things does it take to randomly place several light bulbs in different sockets?”. The answer is, one. Just like last time, they’re sharing some details in PDF form for both the air penguins and the aqua penguins. - Source

04/26/09 - Converting our waste materials into a gas fuel
ITI Energy – already has plants operating in Turkey and Scotland and is pursuing possibilities in Italy, Germany, Spain, the Greek islands, Thailand, the US and the Caribbean. Their invention can turn all sorts of waste that would normally have to be buried in a landfill site into a gas that can be used to fuel an engine and generate electricity. What’s more, at 12 metres long by 4 metres wide and less than 11 metres high, the plant developed from the technology by ITI is compact enough to be located where the waste is being generated. “The equipment is designed to be positioned where the waste is and is designed to process the most difficult waste – we don’t need recyclable materials,” says Mr Fordham. ITI’s technology can turn a wide range of waste into gas, including domestic waste, paper, books and even currency which has been withdrawn from circulation. In Caithness, in Scotland, it is burning waste wood to generate power for local council estates and a hospital. A typical plant can process up to 1.5 tonnes of waste an hour, producing 1.9 MW of power – more than enough energy to power 1,000 homes – but the process can be scaled up to cope with more waste. What’s more, the gas can be turned into liquid fuel, including diesel – although that is currently quite expensive to do. - Source

04/26/09 - Free Energy Technology Could Destroy the Natural World...
KeelyNet In the world of free energy, cold fusion is where things are just warming up. The really interesting stuff is more in the realm of zero point energy -- tapping the vast stores of pure energy woven into the fabric of reality, even absent any physical matter whatsoever. There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that free energy research has been blocked, discredited and suppressed by an organized cabal of fossil fuel pushers, but that's a different story altogether. This story is about something more pressing: What happens if we succeed in commercializing free energy technology? Theoretically, such a device would be installed in a home (or office) and simply channel electricity day after day, year after year, with no moving parts and without ever using up its energy source. Note, carefully, that this does not by definition violate any laws of physics. These devices aren't creating energy from nothing; they're simply channel energy from one form to another, much like solar panels do. The pop-culture rendition of this concept is the "Mr. Fusion" machine in the Back to the Future movie series: Feed it banana peels and you get enormous amounts of energy along the lines of Einstein's famous equation: E = MC2. That's a lot of juice from banana peels. What happens if Mr. Fusion machines could be purchased for a few thousand bucks? I say that unless something radical changes in the ethics and behavior of humankind, such an invention would result in the near-complete destruction of nature and the eventual collapse of human civilization. The discovery and harnessing of fossil fuels resulted in the most astonishing population boom our planet has ever seen. Along with it, of course, came the organized destruction of nature. All those people have to live somewhere, after all. Their food has to be grown somewhere; their home construction materials have to be harvested from somewhere; and they have to poop somewhere, too. As the population bubble was fueled by cheap energy (fossil fuels), so did the destruction of nature and the paving over of our natural world. - Source. And see my 1999 article on Funding the Future where there is this comment; "One of the concerns which was recently expressed by Don Lancaster in number 86 of his Resource Bin articles in the March 1999 Nuts & Volts, entitled 'Supraluminal Dowsing for Brown's Gas in Roswell' said, "One of the big dangers of wishing for something is that you may get it. I strongly feel that finding a source of unlimited free energy would be one of the most heinous possible crimes against humanity. One which would make Hitler look like Mother Teresa. For the out-of-control binge which would certainly result would quickly turn the planet into a cinder. Global warming would then get measured in degrees per hour, rather than degrees per century." Despite Don's good intentions, he is without doubt an alarmist grabbing at any excuse to hinder any research, indeed, deriding our very thinking about how we can practically produce essentially free energy. Don fails to recognize that some reports of free energy devices claim a 'negative current' which is implosive and produces cooling rather than the heating associated with explosive electrical energy. You might like to check out his website or drop a line to Don Lancaster.

04/26/09 - Download Old Radio Shows
KeelyNet We offer hundreds of vintage radio shows for you to listen to online in mp3 format, all for free. Before the days of video games, shopping malls, MTV, and the Internet, families used to sit in their living room each night to listen to radio shows such as Superman, Groucho Marx, The Avenger, Gunsmoke, Sherlock Homes, and many others. When TV become popular in the 1950's, most of these shows went off the air, but they now live on at websites such as this one. - Source

04/26/09 - Pensioner in Armenia claims remedy for climate change
Henrik Mkhitaryan, 70, boasts about two dozen, mainly energy-related inventions, 14 of which have been patented by the Armenian Intellectual Property Agency. But he says after receiving patents for his inventions he could not make any use of them as different departments and agencies have shown no interest in them despite his numerous applications. The teacher-turned-inventor believes his latest invention which he himself calls a ‘Complex Station of Making Air Stream and Generating Electricity from it’ provides a green solution to the problem of climate change. He invokes scientific data suggesting that global warming can be prevented through a 30 percent reduction in the usage of fuel by 2050. “It means that the main reason for global warming is fuel emission. My inventions suggest getting warm water, cold air and at the same time a great amount of electricity without using fuel,” Mkhitaryan says. A huge area on a slope is needed for Mkhitaryan’s ‘Complex Station’. As the inventor describes, a cover (like the one used for greenhouses) is put on the slope, under which the air is getting warmer. Later the warm air is flowing upwards because of the sloping space. Mkhitaryan suggests absorbing the warmth from the air by means of water. In this case we would have warm water, which “can serve a whole town.” As for the air stream, the inventor suggests putting a wind electric power station in front of it, and thus, getting electricity. He says his invention is especially expedient for use in countries with tropical and subtropical climates. As for Armenia, he says, it can be used only in spring, summer, and autumn. The National Academy of Sciences of Armenia expressed its positive attitude towards Mkhitaryan’s invention. And Vahan Hamazaspyan, Doctor of Technical Sciences, in his written opinion about the invention, says that “the simple structure of the system may make it possible to solve energy problems without serious investments.” Hamazaspyan even suggested submitting the invention for the President’s Award. - Source

04/26/09 - Making Magnets
"If you've had a knee or hip [replacement], the chances are very high that the motors used in the [surgical] hand tools had magnets from Electron Energy Corp.," said Peter Dent, the company's vice president of business development. The company's magnets are also in the instruments that guide the space shuttle during its launch, and in the radar and control systems of fighter jets and submarines. One key to these diverse applications is the use of samarium cobalt alloys, which allows Electron Energy's magnets to retain their strong magnetic fields at temperatures up to about 1,000 F. That enables the magnets to be used in motors, generators and other devices subjected to the intense heat of everything from sterilizing autoclaves to jet engines to outer space. Electron Energy's magnets start out as barrels of pure metal chips. Some of the metals are expensive, but they are not rare, Liu said, explaining that rare earth is simply a term applied to a series of the heavier atoms on the periodic table of elements, such as samarium. These particular elements lend themselves to the manufacture of permanent magnets because of their high order of structural alignment. The alloys used in Electron Energy's magnets include iron, copper and zirconium in addition to samarium and cobalt. The metals are melted in a high-heat vacuum furnace, and the resulting alloy is broken up and crushed into particles about the size of sand. The alloys are then ground to a talclike consistency in milling machines, down to the level of single crystals with single magnetic domains. The isopropyl alcohol used in some of the milling machines and the metallic powder itself are highly flammable, requiring special tools such as $700 spark-free crescent wrenches and containment areas where the powders are dried in an environment of argon and nitrogen gases. Enough of the powder is held in storage to meet periods of peak demand. "We have lots and lots of different grades," Dent said. "We probably have the largest offering of samarium cobalt material in the world." The powders are put into molds and pressed into the desired shapes under a magnetic field to align the metallic crystals. The pressings are then sintered, a process that increases their density and strength by heating them in furnaces up to 2,000 F. "A lot of the magic in getting the magnetic properties just right occurs here," Dent said. The sintered magnets are machined to size, which in some cases involves cutting them out of larger blocks. The finished magnets are then subjected to a quick pulse in a high magnetic field to make their magnetic properties permanent. The wire-fed electrical discharge machine used for the cutting is also used to make tools for other parts of the plant and to make some of the parts for magnet assemblies. Those assemblies may hold as many as 600 individual magnets. - Source

04/26/09 - Dell Sues Tiger Direct For Misleading Customers
"Dell is apparently suing popular online retailer Tiger Direct, claiming that Tiger violated the resale contract it had with Dell, which included false advertising, misleading representation and unfair competition. Dell has accused Tiger Direct of selling old and out-dated Dell computers that Tiger Direct purchased from other resellers and then saying they were brand new directly from Dell. They also passed the computers off as still having a full warranty, but the warranties had expired long ago." - Source

04/26/09 - New Material For Fast-Change Sunglasses, Data Storage
"'Researchers have developed a material that almost instantaneously (30 ms) changes from clear to dark blue when exposed to ultraviolet light, and it just as quickly reverts to clear when the light is turned off. The new material, one of a class called photochromics, could be useful in optical data storage as well as in super-fancy sunglasses.'" - Source

04/26/09 - The Purity Myth: Virginity Obsession Hurts Young Women
There is a moral panic in America over young women’s sexuality — and it’s entirely misplaced. Girls “going wild” aren’t damaging a generation of women, the myth of sexual purity is. The lie of virginity — the idea that such a thing even exists — is ensuring that young women’s perception of themselves is inextricable from their bodies, and that their ability to be moral actors is absolutely dependent on their sexuality. It’s time to teach our daughters that their ability to be good people depends on their being good people, not on whether or not they’re sexually active. - Source

04/26/09 - Frozen Time
Director Adam Berg produced this amazing digital short film about an epic frozen moment cops and robbers shootout sequence that included clowns, explosions, a decimated hospital, and plenty of broken glass and bullet casings. - Source

04/26/09 - New Flu Strain Appears In the US and Mexico
"A strain of flu never seen before has killed up to 60 people in Mexico and also appeared in the United States, where eight people were infected but recovered, health officials said on Friday. Mexico's government said at least 20 people have died of the flu and it may also be responsible for 40 other deaths. [The government] shut down schools and canceled major public events in Mexico City to try to prevent more deaths in the sprawling, overcrowded capital. ... Close analysis showed the disease is a mixture of swine, human and avian viruses, according to the CDC. Humans can occasionally catch swine flu from pigs but rarely have they been known to pass it on to other people. Mexico reported 1,004 suspected cases of the new virus, including four possible cases in Mexicali on the border with California. - Source

04/26/09 - American Stonehenge: Monumental Instructions for the Post-Apocalypse
KeelyNet The strangest monument in America looms over a barren knoll in northeastern Georgia. Five massive slabs of polished granite rise out of the earth in a star pattern. The rocks are each 16 feet tall, with four of them weighing more than 20 tons apiece. Together they support a 25,000-pound capstone. The story of the Georgia Guidestones began on a Friday afternoon in June 1979, when an elegant gray-haired gentleman showed up in Elbert County, made his way to the offices of Elberton Granite Finishing, and introduced himself as Robert C. Christian. He claimed to represent "a small group of loyal Americans" who had been planning the installation of an unusually large and complex stone monument. Christian had come to Elberton—the county seat and the granite capital of the world—because he believed its quarries produced the finest stone on the planet. What in the world would it be for? Fendley asked. Christian explained that the structure he had in mind would serve as a compass, calendar, and clock. It would also need to be engraved with a set of guides written in eight of the world's major languages. And it had to be capable of withstanding the most catastrophic events, so that the shattered remnants of humanity would be able to use those guides to reestablish a better civilization than the one that was about to destroy itself. - Source

04/26/09 - Cure For Honey Bee Colony Collapse?
In a study published in the new journal from the Society for Applied Microbiology: Environmental Microbiology Reports, scientists from Spain analysed two apiaries and found evidence of honey bee colony depopulation syndrome (also known as colony collapse disorder in the USA). They found no evidence of any other cause of the disease (such as the Varroa destructor, IAPV or pesticides), other than infection with Nosema ceranae. The researchers then treated the infected surviving under-populated colonies with the antibiotic drug, flumagillin and demonstrated complete recovery of all infected colonies. - Source

04/26/09 - We Drive the Aptera, and It's a Real Car
KeelyNet The 2e is about the size of a Honda Civic on the outside and a Honda CRX on the inside. It seats two people in relative comfort and has enough room to haul three sets of golf clubs or 22 bags of groceries. Wilbur knows this because he loaded that many in there himself. Amenities include air conditioning and a navigation system. A video camera with night vision provides a 180-degree view of what's behind you because the back window is really narrow. The production model will have power windows, power locks and front and side airbags. The 2e doesn't have a transmission; power flows from the motor directly to the front wheels. A knob on the dash lets you select from three driving modes. D1 limits output to maximize range. D2 is for normal driving. D3 offers brisker acceleration. Wilbur says the 2e will do zero to 60 in "under 10 seconds," which is on par with the Civic and Toyota Yaris, and says it tops out at 90 mph. He claims the car "handles like a bat out of hell." It has a 13-kilowatt-hour lithium ion battery. Plug it in to a standard 110-volt, 10-ampere outlet and it'll recharge "overnight." Up that to a 220-volt, 30-ampere outlet and you're good to go in four hours. Wilbur says the battery is good for 100 miles with two people, 250 pounds of stuff and the AC going full blast. "We're guaranteeing 100 miles of range," he said. He figures the battery has a useful life of six years, at which point Aptera may offer them to solar- and wind-power generators for energy storage. As for the looks, well, you'll either love it or hate it. The 2e doesn't place form over function, form is function. Everything about it was designed to maximize efficiency and squeeze every mile possible from the battery. Aerodynamics is key to that, Wilbur said, because 50 percent of the power a car uses at 55 mph is needed to push the air aside. Reduce drag and you reduce your energy needs. - Source

03/15/09 - 'The Evolution of Matter' and 'The Evolution of Forces' on CD
KeelyNet Years ago, I had been told by several people, that the US government frequently removes books they deem dangerous or 'sensitive' from libraries. Some are replaced with sections removed or rewritten so as to 'contain' information that should not be available to the public despite the authors intent. A key example was during the Manhattan Project when the US was trying to finalize research into atomic bombs. They removed any books that dealt with the subject and two of them were by Dr. Gustave Le Bon since they dealt with both energy and matter including radioactivity. I had been looking for these two books for many years and fortunately stumbled across two copies for which I paid about $40.00 each. I couldn't put down the books once I started reading them. Such a wealth of original discoveries, many not known or remembered today. / Page 88 - Without the ether there could be neither gravity, nor light, nor electricity, nor heat, nor anything, in a word, of which we have knowledge. The universe would be silent and dead, or would reveal itself in a form which we cannot even foresee. If one could construct a glass chamber from which the ether were to be entirely eliminated, heat and light could not pass through it. It would be absolutely dark, and probably gravitation would no longer act on the bodies within it. They would then have lost their weight. / Page 96-97 - A material vortex may be formed by any fluid, liquid or gaseous, turning round an axis, and by the fact of its rotation it describes spirals. The study of these vortices has been the object of important researches by different scholars, notably by Bjerkness and Weyher. They have shown that by them can be produced all the attractions and repulsions recognized in electricity, the deviations of the magnetic needle by currents, etc. These vortices are produced by the rapid rotation of a central rod furnished with pallets, or, more simply, of a sphere. Round this sphere gaseous currents are established, dissymetrical with regard to its equatorial plane, and the result is the attraction or repulsion of bodies brought near to it, according to the position given to them. It is even possible, as Weyher has proved, to compel these bodies to turn round the sphere as do the satellites of a planet without touching it. / Page 149 - "The problem of sending a pencil of parallel Hertzian waves to a distance possesses more than a theoretical interest. It is allowable to say that its solution would change the course of our civilization by rendering war impossible. The first physicist who realizes this discovery will be able to avail himself of the presence of an enemy's ironclads gathered together in a harbour to blow them up in a few minutes, from a distance of several kilometres, simply by directing on them a sheaf of electric radiations. On reaching the metal wires with which these vessels are nowadays honeycombed, this will excite an atmosphere of sparks which will at once explode the shells and torpedoes stored in their holds. With the same reflector, giving a pencil of parallel radiations, it would not be much more difficult to cause the explosion of the stores of powder and shells contained in a fortress, or in the artillery sparks of an army corps, and finally the metal cartridges of the soldiers. Science, which at first rendered wars so deadly, would then at length have rendered them impossible, and the relations between nations would have to be established on new bases." - Source

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04/26/09 - One in 10 Tasers malfunctions in Alberta test
The RCMP in having an independent company test model X26 Tasers acquired prior to Jan. 1, 2006, over concerns their voltage could be exceeding the manufacturer's specifications. Testing on the stun guns was completed at the end of March and results showed about 12 per cent of the devices were functioning outside of the manufacturer's specifications, a source told the Herald. The government also sent more than 70 newer models to be examined. In all, more than 400 were tested and results showed 50 of the devices were not operating as they should. Of those, 42 were older models and eight were newer. The government has decided to test the remaining Tasers in the province — about 700 more — the source told the Herald. The province is expected to release details Thursday about how the Tasers are malfunctioning. - Source

04/26/09 - The machine that can print off any book for you in minutes
KeelyNet In the time it takes to brew a cappuccino, this machine can print off any book that is not in stock from a vast computer database. The innovation, launched by book chain Blackwell yesterday, removes the need to order a hard-to-find novel, or the wait to buy one that has sold out. The Espresso Book Machine will also benefit aspiring novelists who can walk in to a shop with a CD of their work and have their book professionally printed in minutes. The cost of buying a book will be generally the same as if it were in stock. Currently there are 400,000 books ready to be be downloaded. Blackwell hopes that by summer, one million will be available. The machine, which resembles an industrial photocopier and printer, prints 105 pages a minute, or one book every five minutes or so. Blackwell's aim is that the customer will be able to browse a catalogue in a kiosk next to the machine then press 'Make Book' and watch as their novel is created. First the cover is run off, then the pages are printed and collated. The pages are then clamped and glue applied to the spine. In the final stage, the pages are stuck to the cover before being trimmed to size from A4. The completed book then pops out of a slot in the side of the machine. Blackwell believes the EBM will allow it to exact revenge on the supermarkets and online retailers. With the Espresso Book Machine you can order it and have it in your hand within a few minutes. Having books printed on-demand also reduces the carbon footprint and cuts down on the number that are pulped or sent back.' Out-of-copyright books will be sold at 10p a page, meaning a 300-page book would be £30 (about $55 for a 300-page book), although Mr Hutchings hopes the cost will come down. All other books will cost the same as if they were bought off the shelf. - Source

04/26/09 - How night owls are cleverer and richer than people who rise early
It found that late risers tire less quickly than those who make a point of getting up at the crack of dawn. The study is likely to be embraced by anyone tired of being branded lazy for their love of a lie-in. And it adds to growing evidence that it is night owls that rule the roost. Previous studies have found that those who rise later tend to be both cleverer and richer than early birds. For the latest study, scientists pitted morning larks against night owls in a task designed to measure their reaction and attention times. During the experiment, the volunteers got up and went to bed at their usual times, with the larks tending to turn in four hours earlier than the owls. Both did similarly well at the task shortly after getting up. But ten hours into their day, it was the night owls that shone, being both quicker and more alert at the task, the journal Science reports. Despite being awake for the same length of time, the larks felt sleepier, with scans showing that the parts of their brains linked to attention were less active. Dr Philippe Peigneux, of the University of Liege in Belgium, said: 'During the evening session, evening types were less sleepy and tended to perform faster than morning types.' Previous studies have shown that getting up late appears to be in our DNA, with our body clock regulated by a series of genes which determine whether we are larks or owls. Other studies have debunked the popular saying 'early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise'. Night owls have been shown to be cleverer than larks, with quicker minds and better memories. They also earn more. Famous night owls include Charles Darwin, Adolf Hitler and Winston Churchill, who regularly went to bed at 4am and rose late. Due to his sleeping patterns, he often hosted War Cabinet meetings in his bath. - Source

04/26/09 - The world's first electric car... built by a British inventor in 1884
KeelyNet The world's first electric car may have been built by a Victorian inventor. Newly unearthed photos show what appears to be an electric vehicle built in the year 1884. To the modern eye the machine looks like a horseless carriage, but sitting aboard at the wheel is the 19th century inventor Thomas Parker. Mr Parker electrified the London Underground and created overhead tramways in Liverpool and Birmingham, and the smokeless fuel coalite. He claimed he had invented the electric car and he also had a hand in refining car batteries for petrol-powered models. He died in December 1915. Thomas Parker's son, Thomas Hugh Parker shared his father's flair for design and innovation, even building a steam powered car in 1901 before later working on modern car features such as hydraulic brakes and four wheel steering. He also claimed to have invented the spark plug, monoblock engine and the carburettor. And these days the tradition lives on through Graham Parker's oldest son, Alun, who is also an engineer who has worked on projects ranging from the West Coast mainline to the Panama Canal, and Crossrail. 'It's interesting how history repeats itself,' Mr Parker said. - Source

04/26/09 - Worm's turn as tequila fuels car
Agave tequilana, used to make the potent spirit, is one of the most water-efficient plants in the world and has the potential to create ethanol, Central Queensland University's Professor Nanjappa Ashwath said. Farmers near Childers are growing the agave for the trials. "In Queensland the sugar mills run six months of the year," Professor Ashwath said. "The remaining six months they sit idle, doing nothing. "If we can grow the agave and supply that to the sugar mills, then we can maximise the use of the existing infrastructure at the same time as we produce alternative products." Mr Watson said the project involved the CSIRO, James Cook University, Energy Enterprises Australia and Ausagave. He said research indicated agave could yield 16,000 litres of ethanol per hectare annually, compared with 10,000 litres for sugar cane. "We believe Agave shows real promise here in Australia as both a second-generation biofuel, and an opportunity for Australian farmers in the face of global climate change," Mr Watson said. Unlike other sources of ethanol, such as corn, agave would not deplete existing food production or push up world food prices, he said. Professor Ashwath said it would take about three years to prove the concept, but he was confident of its future, depending on fuel price movements. - Source

04/23/09 - Ada, Oklahoma man creates engine powered by magnets
KeelyNet A local inventor whose creation was recently featured in Popular Science magazine unveiled his latest invention Saturday. Ada area resident Jeff Baird’s newest invention is an engine that uses a technology that really isn’t new at all. “It’s electromagnets,” Baird said. “They’ve been around a long time. It’s probably 60 or 70-year-old technology.” An official open house to display the creation is set in June at Conner State College in Warner but Baird wanted local residents to get a look at it while it was at his company, Plumb New Ideas Ltd. in Allen. “We’ve had a lot of support from folks here in Allen,” Baird said. Many have tried and failed to get these engines to run efficiently and Baird said he has fixed what others couldn’t. “All we’re doing is pulling on the pistons which has been done before, there are several patents out there,” Baird said. “They’ve run into problems with how to fire the magnets and we just got around all those and filed our own patents.” The current prototype can generate enough electricity to power lights, televisions and computers. It is a work in progress and bigger and better engines are on the way, Baird said. “We’re just simply converting very little wattage into a lot of energy,” Baird said. Large batteries fire the magnets and the motor acts as an alternator that keeps the batteries charged continuously. Because it does not use fossil fuels, Baird said it is environmentally friendly. The technology works like windmills except it uses magnets instead of wind. Baird recently made the news when his invention — the PermaFLOW — was featured in the December issue of Popular Mechanics. Baird said he wants kids to see his creations and get excited about inventing things that help people. He said it is all about helping others. He’s helped many people from young inventors to the disabled. “I just want to make things easier for people to live,” he said. / The current prototype can generate enough electricity to power lights, televisions and computers. It is a work in progress and bigger and better engines are on the way, Baird said. Large batteries fire the magnets and the motor acts as an alternator that keeps the batteries charged continuously. Because it does not use fossil fuels, it is environmentally friendly. - Source

04/23/09 - THEIR Brains Can Make YOU Rich (Dec, 1956)
KeelyNet You can turn that idea of yours into dollars with the aid of private research laboratories. Throughout the United States there are several thousand private research laboratories-estimates run between 2,500 and 3,000-which have brains for rent. For a fee, they will provide the technical knowledge needed to solve almost any kind of research problem. If you want a new product developed, they will develop one. If you want a new invention, they will create one. If you want a new type of cosmetic, wax, paste, hair tonic or what-have-you, they will come up with it. Private research laboratories grew up because smaller businesses have neither the time nor the money to develop their own research divisions. Recent figures show that fewer than 3,000 of the country's quarter-million manufacturing companies have their own research setups. But problems do turn up and when they do, the private consultants are called to set things right. And they do a crackerjack job for individuals, too. an example of how they work: A couple went to the Testing and Research Laboratories in New York one day in search of a product with which to start a small business in their home. They discussed with Evelyn Ellenson, who runs the organization, a number of possibilities, finally narrowing their choice down to a new type of hair dressing. The lab's experts went to work. A short time later their product was ready. Actually, it was a fairly simple thing to create, since it consisted of standard ingredients, but it looked good, smelled nice and kept the hair neat. The couple are now in business and at last report were doing fine. Here's another example of what these labs can do. Alex Marelia and Paul Nelson got an idea for a new kind of dog collar, one that could be impregnated with something to repel fleas and other annoying pests which irk pooches. They wanted something non-toxic, odorless and stainless which would render Fido itchless. Marelia and Nelson had the idea but lacked the know-how to create it. They visited a couple of laboratories, explained what they wanted and a special ointment which impregnated a dog collar against fleas was dreamed up. Carefully tested, the product worked fine. Marelia and Nelson set up Guardian In- dustries in the Bronx, N.Y. and began producing their K-9 Guardian Flea Killer Collar. In the first six months of operation, they sold 500,000 of them throughout the country. Using the same collar ingredient, the enterprising young team is now putting out a Bird Guardian -a metal container containing the ointment-designed to keep mites off cage birds. Over and over the labs provide the technical skill which results in a moneymaker for a customer with a good idea. Alfred R. Globus, director of reasearch of United International Research, Inc., tells about the man who walked into his office with an interesting idea. Women who own fur coats, he pointed out, must send them to professional furriers for cleaning and preservation. Why not make a formula which would enable a woman to do this in her own home? Experts wrestled with the idea for two months and came up with the answer. Mr. Globus reports that his client now has a thriving business putting out the product. On a larger scale, take the case of the Wilkins Company of Cortland, N. Y., which makes lens-cleaning material for various kinds of safety glasses used by industrial workers. When plant employees went from one kind of temperature and humidity to another, their glasses fogged up. Ralph R. Wilkins, president of the company, handed the problem to the Evans Research Company. Lab men went to work and came up with an anti-fogging material in the form of liquid which is sprayed onto the glasses and wiped off with tissue. The film that remained on the glass prevented the irritating fogging. Elizabeth Adam, head of the Adam Laboratory in New York, is another well-known chemist who helps people perfect profitable ideas. One fellow thought egg shampoos- always popular with the ladies-would be a real money-maker. When the Adam Laboratory solved his problem he ended up in a highly successful business. One chap went to the Snell experts with an idea for a paint brush that wouldn't have to be dipped into a paint can. The result was a brush which has a pipe going into the handle. The other end of the pipe is connected to a reservoir where the paint is kept under pressure and controlled by a trigger in the handle. Just press the trigger and you get paint when it is needed. The fellow is now showing his novel brush to a number of interested manufacturers. Curiously, laboratories report that doctors are especially frequent customers. They come across a new chemical or develop a method of treatment which they believe can be mass produced, but need technical assistance in working it out. - Source

04/23/09 - Company unveils 100-mpg hybrid truck
KeelyNet The IDEA will run on battery power alone for 30 miles. At that point, it will function like a conventional hybrid, drawing on a combination of gasoline and an electric battery to generate power. Anderson, Indiana-based startup Bright Automotive on Tuesday unveiled the IDEA, a 100-mpg plug-in hybrid electric van that it is looking to sell to fleet customers such as businesses and government agencies. The automaker's goal is to produce 50,000 vehicles a year starting in 2013. The ultimate outcome, it hopes, will be millions of dollars in savings in gasoline and drastically reduced emissions for fleet users. Bright Automotive is the latest entrant in a growing field of high-tech automotive startups, many of which have placed their bets on pricey, high-end vehicles. Tesla Motors, based in Silicon Valley, sells the $109,000 Roadster electric car and recently unveiled a much cheaper sedan, the Model S. EV Innovations unveiled two new electric sports cars at the New York International Auto Show earlier this month. - Source

DVD - the Physics of Crystals, Pyramids and Tetrahedrons
KeelyNet This is a wonderful 2 hour DVD which presents one man's lifelong study of pyramids, crystals and their effects. Several of his original and very creative experiments are explained and diagramed out for experimenters. These experiments include; 1) transmutation of zinc to lower elements using a tetrahedron, 2) energy extraction from a pyramid, 3) determining mathematic ratios of nature in a simple experiment, 4) accelerating the growth of food, 5) increasing the abundance of food, 6) how crystals amplify, focus and defocus energy, 7) using crystals to assist natural healing, 8) how the universe uses spirals and vortexes to produce free energy and MORE... - $20 DVD + S&H / Source to Buy and Youtube Clip

04/23/09 - The Coming Electric Car Upgrade Market
In my travels, I came across an important idea related to the EV adoption curve that I wanted to share with our readers. We often read articles that call us to question the sincerity of traditional OEMs with their EV production plans. Sure, they want to appear "green," and provide angry taxpayers with some confidence that they are doing their best to remain relevant in today's global automobile market. But when you look at the business model, what's really in it for them? Doesn't the diminution of volume in internal combustion engine-based cars and trucks represent a huge interruption in the profit stream generated by each customer? Since EVs have far fewer moving parts than their ICE counterparts, and thus a ridiculously low-cost maintenance schedule, won't far fewer cars be sold on average per customer per year? Won't the profit from replacement parts plummet instantly to near zero? And, regardless of what we're told, doesn't all this create an enormous DISincentive for the traditional OEMs to introduce EVs as a replacement to ICE-based cars and trucks? Not necessarily. - Source

04/23/09 - Developing Battery Replacement Infrastructure For Electric Cars w/video
KeelyNet Shai Agassi, owner of a company named Better Place, is working to build the infrastructure to support large numbers of small-scale charging spots for electric cars, as well as fast, automated battery swap stations. "The robot — a squat platform that moves on four dinner-plate-size white wheels — scuttled back and forth along a 20-foot-long set of metal rails. At one end of the rails, a huge blue battery, the size of a large suitcase, sat suspended in a frame. As we watched, the robot zipped up to the battery, made a nearly inaudible click, and pulled the battery downward. It ferried the battery over to the other end of the rails, dropped it off, picked up a new battery, hissed back over to the frame and, in one deft movement, snapped the new battery in the place of the old one. The total time: 45 seconds." - Source

04/23/09 - Can Solar Power Bust Hurricanes?
KeelyNet Last week, PG&E announced it was attempting to get state approval for plans to buy power over a 15-year period from Solaren, by means of a giant solar array in space beaming the energy down to Earth. The deal itself would allow Solaren to provide 200 megawatts of power by 2016, but that's just small potatoes according to a patent application that was made in 2006. Spirnak writes that, "The present invention relates to space-based power systems and, more particularly, to altering weather elements, such as hurricanes or forming hurricanes, using energy generated by a space-based power system." The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has heard all this before though, stating, "There have been numerous techniques that we have considered over the years to modify hurricanes: seeding clouds with dry ice or silver iodide, cooling the ocean with cryogenic material or icebergs, changing the radiational balance in the hurricane environment by absorption of sunlight with carbon black, exploding the hurricane apart with hydrogen bombs, and blowing the storm away from land with giant fans, etc. As carefully reasoned as some of these suggestions are, they all share the same shortcoming: They fail to appreciate the size and power of tropical cyclones." - Source

04/23/09 - Floating Liquid Solar Arrays
KeelyNet “The LSA system is based on floating solar collectors made mostly of plastic. Each has a very small area of silicon photovoltaic cells at the water surface with a large, thin plastic focussing lens rotating slowly above to track the sun. The water cools the silicon cells and in bad weather the lens is protected by rotating it fully under the water to avoid damage in high winds. ” / The LSA is a simple revolutionary solar technology that has the potential to produce electricity at costs comparable to fossil fuel generators. The LSA system is based on floating solar collectors made mostly of plastic. Each has a very small area of silicon photovoltaic cells at the water surface with a large, thin plastic focussing lens rotating slowly above to track the sun. The water cools the silicon cells and in bad weather the lens is protected by rotating it fully under the water to avoid damage in high winds. - Source

04/23/09 - High speed book scanner from trash
KeelyNet [Daniel] sent us his entry to the Epilog laser cutter challenge on instructables. He made a book scanner, mainly out of found parts. The bulk of the project was salvaged from dumpsters, though if you’re not comfortable with that, the free section of craigslist might be able to do the job. The cameras are loaded with CHDK, using StereoData maker, and custom software to compile the images into PDFs. They did a fantastic job of documenting every step of the construction, including helpful tips for some of the more complicated parts. There are several videos in the instructable, so be sure to check them out. We’re particularly amused by the extra step of making the photo captions visually interesting. At 79 steps, it’s a long read, but well worth it. - Source

04/23/09 - 66.3 Million Multi-Taskers
Over 66 million consumers across demographic categories are using the Internet while camped out on their sofas watching TV, according to market research firm In-Stat. Based on In-Stat's recent survey, 33% of all male respondents, across age groups, reported that they are sometimes using a personal computer simultaneously while watching TV. Among some male age groups the behavior was as high as 50%. In contrast, about 25% of female respondents reported using a PC while watching TV. - Source

04/23/09 - Marxio Timer Triggers Computer Events and Countdowns
KeelyNet Windows only: Marxio Timer is a Swiss Army knife-like portable multifunction timer. If you only add a single timer to your virtual toolbox, this one covers a lot of bases. As seen in the screenshot here, you can set quite a host of options for your timer. You can set Marxio Timer to perform a preset action or set it to execute an application or keystrokes of your choice. You can specify a time or have it perform the action after a recurrent event like your computer idling or when CPU usage reaches a certain percentage. Marxio Timer has password protection and will even take a screenshot at the moment if you need to document it. One of the handier features is the ability to save your settings, a big time saver if you've created a number of elaborate timers and actions. If you have a favorite timer application, share it in the comments below. Marxio Timer is portable freeware, Windows only. - Source

04/23/09 - PackageFactory Converts any Windows Program to Run on a U3 Drive
Windows only: If you've been holding your breath for a portable version of one of your favorite Windows applications, it might be time to take matters into your own hands. PackageFactory helps convert your applications. PackageFactory is a small application that assists you in bundling applications to be used on your U3 enabled flash drive. According to the makers you can package any Windows program although the more complex the application's dependencies the trickier the packaging. Thankfully the automated wizard does a fantastic job and you'll rarely have to dig around in the manual features to get an application to work. For a step by step tutorial on converting an application and adding it to your U3 drive, check out the MakeUseOf article below. Otherwise you can jump right in by going to the publisher's site and grabbing the tiny app. PackageFactory is free for personal use and is Windows only. - Source

High Voltage & Free Energy Devices Handbook
KeelyNet This wonderfully informative ebook provides many simple experiments you can do, including hydrogen generation and electrostatic repulsion as well as the keys to EV Gray's Fuelless Engine. One of the most comprehensive compilations of information yet detailing the effects of high voltage repulsion as a driving force. Ed Gray's engine produced in excess of 300HP and he claimed to be able to 'split the positive' energy of electricity to produce a self-running motor/generator for use as an engine. Schematics and tons of photos of the original machines and more! Excellent gift for your technical friends or for that budding scientist! If you are an experimenter or know someone who investigates such matters, this would make an excellent addition to your library or as an unforgettable gift. The downloadable HVFE eBook pdf file is almost 11MB in size and contains many experiments, photos, diagrams and technical details. Buy a copy and learn all about hydrogen generation, its uses and how to produce electrostatic repulsion. - 121 pages - $15.00 - Source

04/23/09 - F-Secure Suggests Ditching Adobe Reader For Free PDF Viewers
"Yesterday at RSA security conference, F-Secure's chief research officer recommended dropping Adobe Reader for viewing PDF files because of the huge amount of targeted attacks against it. Instead, he pointed to PDFreaders.org, a website maintaining a list of free and open source PDF viewers." - Source

04/23/09 - Consumers feel the cost of clean fuel
Clean energy has a dirty secret. It isn't cheap. Consumers already are starting to feel at least a modest pinch in their electric bills. The impact is expected to grow in the next few years as utilities accelerate their investments to meet state quotas requiring a portion of clean energy in their generation mix. And bills in Congress would impose a similar national quota, an idea President Obama supports. The cost is one reason electric rates have been fairly stable as oil and natural gas prices have plunged. Renewable energy is deemed a bargain, as there are no fuel costs. But since it's spotty, utilities must set aside conventional power as backup and build lines to deliver clean power from far away. Wind power is 30% more costly than natural-gas-fired energy after figuring those costs and assuming moderate gas prices, CERA says. A U.S. standard requiring 20% clean energy by 2020 could boost electric rates about 15%, vs. building standard power, Makovich says. He advises phasing in quotas gradually. - Source

04/23/09 - AlternativeTo Windows, Mac, Linux and online applications
AlternativeTo is a new approach to finding good software. Tell us what application you want to replace and we give you suggestions on great alternatives! Instead of listing thousands of more or less crappy applications in a category, we make each application into a category. Think of it like forever evolving blog posts about good alternatives to the software that you're not satisfied with. And the "blog posts" are generated by you through suggestions, comments and votes. - Source

04/23/09 - Felix Zandman: Scientist, Inventor and Industrialist
KeelyNet After the Holocaust had destroyed his world, Zandman managed to rebuild his life, and to achieve extraordinary scientific and financial successes. His story is interwoven with the heroic endeavors of the people who saved his life, embodying the triumph of the human spirit. Early on, many leading mechanics researchers doubted the viability of PhotoStress. Some of them had spent years developing mathematical models for photoelastic phenomena, and simply refused to accept the fact that their problems could be resolved by a simple, practical and easily available solution. However, thanks to the help of Professor Dan Post of the Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts, Zandman succeeded in demonstrated to the academic world that his method is indeed effective and that it produces accurate results. Founding the Vishay Factory - A resistor is a conducting component in an electric circuit which resists the passage of electric current through it, while converting electric to heat energy. This property is called electric resistance. Electric resistance may be seen as the electric equivalent of mechanic friction, since it involves an irreversible loss of energy. It is measured in Ohm units and denoted R. In every practical electric circuit, voltage has to be adjusted, distributed in different values or limited according to the requirements of the different electric devices served by the current. In a television set, for example, the video and audio receivers each require different voltage. Resistors are used for this purpose. The resistor reduces electric current just as a water tap limits water flow: the higher the resistance - the weaker the electric power. One of the most common problems with resistors is sensitivity to temperature fluctuations. These affect the resistors' resistance, and consequently the voltage distribution to the various electric components. In electric circuits designed for high-quality precise applications, such as aerospace devices, such changes may have critical consequences. The lower the resistor's sensitivity to temperature fluctuations, the airplane, for example, will perform better with fewer malfunctions. The old electronic appliances of the late fifties and early sixties used to heat up considerably, causing frequent malfunctions. The electronic industry was looking for a solution. In 1961, Felix Zandman came up with such a solution, considered a breakthrough in the history of electronics: a resistor combining metal with a ceramic material. Zandman invented the combined resistor while thinking of Lord Kelvin's idea from the 1860's. Kelvin had discovered that stretching a metallic conductor increases its resistance, and vice versa. Since heating expands matter, heated conductors become more resistant. However, different materials expand at a different rate. When heated, metals would expand more than ceramics. If a piece of metal is glued to a ceramic material, the metal will "seek" to expand more than the ceramic, but will be unable to, and therefore maintain its resistance level. Such a resistor enables the production of highly precise electronic equipment, which could be used also for jets and satellites, which normally undergo significant temperature fluctuations. Dr. Felix Zandman's scientific and technological achievements are astounding, with 39 patents to his name. His physics textbooks are used by many universities, and have even been translated into Chinese. Zandman won many awards in recent years, including the Franklin Institute Medal for Science. - Source

04/23/09 - After capitalism
The US banking system faces losses of over $3,000bn. Japan is in a depression. China is headed for zero growth. Some still hope that urgent surgery can restore the status quo. But more feel that we are at one of those rare points of inflection when nothing is the same again. But if one dream is over, what other dreams wait in the shadows? Will capitalism adapt? Or should we be asking again one of the great questions which has animated political life for nearly two centuries: what might come after capitalism? Only a few years ago that question had been parked, deemed about as sensible as asking what would come after electricity. Global markets had pulled China and India into their orbit, and capitalism’s triumph appeared complete, with medievalist Islam and the ragged armies that surround the G8 summits jostling to be its last enfeebled competitor. Multinational companies were said to command empires greater than most nation states, and in some accounts had won the affiliation of the masses through their brands. - Source

04/23/09 - How Long Will Our World Last? (Yes, We Are Screwed)
Energy could be harnessed from eternal sources, like the sun, the wind, or the seas. But there is only a limited amount of elements in planet Earth and—what's worst—bringing them from other planets will prove impractical with our current technology (and the technology that will be available in the next century). In the meantime, copper—which is everywhere around you—will be gone in about 61 years; antimony—widely used in medicines—will be depleted in 20 years; while indium, rhodium, platinum, or silver—which are present in many essential consumer electronics—won't last much longer. And those estimations are only valid if we manage to consume half of what we are consuming now. So, unless we really push technology forward, dramatically increase our recycling rhythm, or something extraordinary happens first—like Apophis obliterating us or the Large Hadron Collider blows us to another dimension, or Nazi zombies getting out of their crypts to make bacon of all of us—we and our children are going to have a really hard time pushing the world forward. - Source

04/23/09 - What the World Will Look Like by 2050
Imagine a world where pirates run amok, blowing themselves up in European city centers; where wars are ignited over lack of drinking water; where a global face-off between Islam and Christianity makes World War II look like a water-balloon fight. According to economist and political scientist Jacques Attali, that is what the future has in store for us by 2025. In the belief that past experiences are indicative future events, Attali combs through the history of human kind, all the way back to Homo Habilis, separating the past into nine distinct periods to isolate "what is possible, what changes and what is unvarying" and applies those trends to the coming century. Attali's predictions range from the future of journalism (completely paperless) to the end of the economic crisis (around 2011), offering a glimpse into the future that is both provocative and petrifying. - Source

04/23/09 - Cold Fusion: Still Cold, or Is There New Promise?
A team of researchers, led by Pamela Boss of the U.S. Navy and Lawrence Forsley of the technology firm JWK International, reported evidence that they have seen high-energy neutrons, a possible side effect of nuclear fusion, in a laboratory experiment. A small New Jersey firm, Energetics, also has been trying to make cold fusion reactions at its laboratory in Israel. A former surgeon, Irving Dardik, heads the effort, and has generated enough buzz (if not electricity) to be featured this weekend in a "60 Minutes" piece. - Source

04/23/09 - Pirates Beware: Soon Rifles That Kill from a Mile Away
"The use of an actively controlled bullet will make it possible to counter environmental effects such as crosswinds and air density, and prosecute both stationary and moving targets while enhancing shooter covertness." The new .50 caliber gun and improved scope could employ "fire and forget" technologies including "fin-stabilized projectiles, spin-stabilized projectiles, internal and/or external aero-actuation control methods, projectile guidance technologies, tamper proofing, small stable power supplies, and advanced sighting, optical resolution and clarity technologies." In other words, bullets that, once fired at a specific target, fly themselves into it by changing shape. The new gun should be no heavier than the combined 46-lb. weight of the current $11,500 M107 sniper rifle and all its associated gear (including ammo, tripod, scope and slide rules for target calculations). "It will more than double our range and probably more than double our accuracy." Current sniper rifles can regularly hit trucks at 2,000 meters, but not bad guys. (The record kill is 2,430 meters, just over 1.5 miles. It was charted by Canadian army corporal Rob Furlong against a Taliban fighter in Afghanistan's Shah-i-kot valley during Operation Anaconda in March 2002 — but his first two shots missed.) "There's no limit as far as I can see so long as the bullet's stable — I think 2,000 or 2,500 meters is very attainable," Bell says. "Right now, anything past around 800 meters is an extremely tough shot," he added during a satellite telephone interview from Mosul, Iraq. "But this EXACTO will take the effects of wind, elevation and humidity all out of play." - Source

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04/23/09 - Scorpion venom helps kill brain tumor w/video
But scientists at the University of Washington have now found if you combine the scorpion molecule with nanoparticles, you cut the spread of cancer cells not by a mere 45 percent but by 98 percent. "These nanoparticles sort of shield them around, form circles around the drug that you want to deliver and allow it to pass through the blood-brain barrier," Jensen said. Nanoparticles can lead a drug, such as one made from scorpion toxin, to specific cells. They can also image the drug, showing researchers exactly where it's going. - Source

04/23/09 - Chrysler's Peapod car uses iPhone as a car key
KeelyNet A new electric car from Chrysler called the Peapod sounds cute, but it may be surprisingly innovative. According to Chrysler, the car's included iPhone docking station turns your iPhone into a key, too. According to a report on Autobloggreen, "simply dock your iPod for a fun, cutting edge way to start up. Exclusive software designed exclusively for Peapod turns your iPod into a key. The Peapod will be the first production car with the iPhone/key technology, however. Docked in the Peapod, your iPhone will also work as a green meter showing your energy savings while driving an all-electric car, as an interface to the vehicles sound system and as a navigational system--all of which are shown in this brochure. - Source

04/23/09 - City Plans to Make Older Buildings Refit to Save Energy
New York City's leaders are proposing a suite of laws that will require owners of thousands of older buildings to upgrade everything from boilers to light bulbs. - Source

04/20/09 - Pulse motor claims 498.1% Efficient
KeelyNet This is a notice about a 2nd new video posted in response to the Konzen video. It shows what is apparently overunity. / You can see Dougs' lecture and presentation on two DVDs from Vanguard Sciences - Theory, experiments and discussion as well as demonstrations of the Konzen Pulse Motor which appears to produce overunity. Doug explains magnetic 'splatter' and how various coil configurations can be used to recover and add energy back into the circuit. (Thanks TOM! - JWD) - Konzen youtube Video

New Vanguard Sciences eBooks - Save a Tree! eBooks make great gifts!
KeelyNet Shape Power - Dan Davidson's analysis of the mysterious pyramid energies, Keely's aether force, Reich's orgone energy, Schauberger's diamagnetic energy, plus a host of others, and shows how shape and materials interact with the universal aether to modify the aether into electromagnetic, gravitic, and various healing energies... - Shape Power Youtube

KeelyNet The Physics of the Primary State of Matter - published in the 1930s, Karl Schappeller described his Prime Mover, a 10-inch steel sphere with quarter-inch copper tubing coils. These were filled with a material not named specifically, but which is said to have hardened under the influence of direct current and a magnetic field [electro-rheological fluid]. With such polarization, it might be guessed to act like a dielectric capacitor and as a diode...

04/20/09 - Vehicle Borne Hydrogen Generator project
Hydrogen Motors, Inc. was founded in November 11, 2007 in Nevada - to focus on developing this exciting technology for use as an onboard power source for vehicular engines. We have invented and developed a proprietary process of hydrogen generation using environmentally benign raw materials that can take place right within the engine of the vehicle. Management believes that the addition of this onboard hydrogen generator could eliminate the need for hydrogen storage in the vehicle's engine, potentially making the vehicle lighter and safer, and reducing its reliance on a national infrastructure set up to provide hydrogen. Management believes that the Hydrogen Motors, Inc. model of onboard hydrogen generation for propulsive power, as carried out by our patent-pending process, will result in a procedure for generating hydrogen is both safe in operation because of the use of small portions of hydrogen (generated only upon demand). In our initial tests, we believe that the efficiency of energy production and usage is high, while the operating costs for the system are comparatively very small. We intend to apply this technology to create opportunities in the area of transportation. In the first stages, of our development plan, the introduction of onboard hydrogen propulsion systems will be focused on small, common vehicles, such as automobiles. Two inventors Madatov and Tarasov have done the invention, then to their account was created prototype. By means of enumerated contractor (these institute) were organized test. Then, is made application for invention, they have got patent for Ukraine, have then sold right on invention of the companies. We have developed our own proprietary technology and currently have a patent-pending on the process. The main focus of the Company is the development, manufacture, and roadway testing of an experimental-industrial specimen of the Vehicle Borne Hydrogen Generator. The Vehicle Borne Hydrogen Generator produces hydrogen and spends water at the time of operation and requires an outside electrical input only at the time of recharge. A new technological process for an electrochemical reactor will provide for a renewable cycle of hydrogren and electromagnetic forces simultaneous with the materials' interaction with water. - Source

04/20/09 - Court: It’s Not An Invention If You Use Conventional Techniques To Make It
KeelyNet In In re Kubin (08-1184), the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit held that the US Patent and Trademark Office’s Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences was correct to hold claims as unpatentably obvious when applicants use “conventional techniques” to make an invention. This is bad news not just for biotech but for all arts. While In Re Kubin seems like a case where hindsight will be used to club every biotech patent, Patent Docs felt that this is not the end of biotech patents: Another reason the sky will not be falling on biotechnology patenting arises from the time in the history of biotechnology in which the decision was handed down. Many (if not most) of the “known” genes in the art have been cloned and patented (or not) over the past 30 years of gene patenting, and many of these patents have expired or are nearing the ends of their terms. … Turning to the present day, many (if not most) of the genes patented or that have been attempted to be patented were not known prior to their discovery (usually through homology comparisons) as a result of the Human Genome Project (HGP). A fundamental pillar of the Court’s decision in Kubin was that p38 was known; that will not be the case for most of the genes identified since the late 1990’s. This leaves a class of genes and gene patents “in the middle” — granted since (and perhaps because of) the Court’s decision in Deuel but prior to identification during the HGP effort. Some of these, no doubt, have been made more open to an obviousness challenge since the Court’s decision in this case. However, many (if not most) of these genes will be lacking some if not several of the factual underpinnings of the Kubin decision: the existence of the protein encoded therein was not known, or there was not a commercially-available monoclonal antibody specific for the protein, or expression cloning was ineffective or unpredictable for that gene, or there was no express description in the art on how to isolate the gene, or there did not exist a cell or tissue source reliably expressing the protein. The only thing that’s certain is that the Patent Office will begin hammering biotech patents on obviousness more than ever — starting immediately. - Source

04/20/09 - Students generate electric power on small river
Students of technology faculty at the Jimma University generate electric power on a small river flowing in Dusta kebelle of Gera woreda. The electric power generated by the students made residents of area enjoy a 24 hour electric service. Speaking at the inauguration of the project, dean of technology faculty with the university, Tamene Adugna said the university is attaining its objective of producing skilled manpower capable of addressing basic problems of the public. The method the students used in generating the seven KW electric power was a new invention, the Dean said, adding that 150 households are enjoying electric power for 24 hours. - Source

04/20/09 - Israeli invention may revolutionize skin cancer diagnosis
The device, developed by Skin Cancer Scanning, is currently undergoing clinical trials at Beilinson Hospital in Petah Tikva. It offers far more precise data than the doctor's naked eye, by using fiber-optic cables to scan for potentially malignant moles. It was found to be 92 percent effective in identifying certain types of skin cancer - far more so than any apparatus currently available. The disease is currently identified through a two-stage diagnosis - first, suspicious moles are examined by a physician. If the physician believes the patient is at risk, the patient undergoes a biopsy. However, the doctor's examination is not precise, and many patients are sent for biopsies unnecessarily. The new technology works based on the principle that cancerous cells proliferate faster than healthy cells, and their accelerated metabolic activity releases energy at a higher frequency. The device scans for this activity. Biderman said he expects to reach a precision level of 95 percent. - Source

04/20/09 - Science Finds Amazing New Uses for Sound (Jul, 1931)
KeelyNet IN A recent lecture on the new marvels being developed in the Bell Laboratories I placed my finger against the ear of one of the members of the audience, and he “heard” music and speech, though not a sound was audible on the stage. That was electrostatic projection of speech directly into the human brain. The speech had been transformed into high voltage electric current, passed through my body, while the ear drum and surrounding tissue of the subject acted as one plate of a condenser receiver. The projection of speech direct into the brain is only one of the fantastic marvels of recent years. / The talking light is an electric arc in which the flame acts as a loud speaker, and can be made to speak with almost the volume of a good dynamic speaker. The principle behind the phenomenon was discovered by the inventor of the telephone, Alexander Graham Bell, and Hammond V. Hayes, one of the early Bell System engineers. They found that speech could be transmitted by a beam of light, and also that when a telephone transmitter was connected across the terminals of an electric arc between carbon rods the flaming arc would reproduce the words spoken into the transmitter. At the same time beams of light were sent out which could be used to transmit speech several miles. We have found that the light not only talks, but that it is modulated by the voice current just as the glow of a neon lamp is modulated by the signals reaching a television receiver. It is possible by using photoelectric cells to pick up the beam of modulated light to reproduce it directly at a distant point as spoken words. Such a system would be the last word in directional wireless, for no one could listen in save by inserting a photoelectric tube in the beam, and with the latter directed from the front lines toward the rear, the enemy could not eavesdrop. / Besides contributing to such widely separate fields as better hearing and the talking pictures, our staff also is assisting in the research designed to isolate the cause of cancer, and in other biological fields. This is an offshoot of our investigation into the crystalline structure of metals and alloys, a subject of great importance in the manufacture of telephone apparatus. Francis F. Lucas, with his photo-micrographic equipment which utilizes ultra-violet light and magnifies as much as 5,000 diameters, has been able to explain many obscure things about why metals harden under heat treatment, and why they crack in service. Applying his technique in the field of biology, he has been able to take pictures of living cells without the use of stains, which might damage or change their structure. He is able to take photographs of successive layers right through the cell, at intervals of one one-hundred thousandth of an inch. In other words, if the cell is one-thousandth of an inch thick he can get one hundred photographs showing its structure at as many layers. Pictures taken of the surface of brain tissue have shown such startling things that plans are being considered for improved apparatus by which a “map” of a section of brain may be made, just as aerial photographic maps are made by assembling large numbers of photographs taken at appropriate intervals. If the full power of Dr. Lucas’ equipment were utilized, a map of a section of brain only one-fourth of an inch square could be made with an enlargement to more than 104 feet square. Of course, a larger area would first be photographed in smaller detail, and then special sections selected for further magnification and study. - Source

04/20/09 - Smoker cleanup
Based on a suggestion from their banker, who smokes cigarettes, the Hammonds created GoneSmoke, an odor eliminator. "It is the only product created for hair and clothes," Hammond said. They said it's safe on all fabrics and gets rid of the smell of cigarettes, cigars and even food, and it leaves you with the scent of fresh fabric softener. "I spray it over my hair, over my clothes," Hammond said. "You just spray it maybe like you would hairspray." GoneSmoke has only been out since October and already the Hammonds are starting to make money. "It's encouraging to have a product that can help people through hard economic times, because actually GoneSmoke can save you money on dry cleaning," Hammond said. Upstate convenience stores just started carrying it and a major magazine recommends it. - Source

04/20/09 - Do your homework before launching an invention
The road to commercial success is a bumpy one, considering that a great many inventions never see the light of day, experts say. One of the biggest mistakes inventors make is underestimating the amount of work involved in commercializing a product and failing to plan beyond the invention stage. "The invention part is relatively easy compared to the difficulty of getting the invention to market," explains Don Kelly, principal of Intellectual Asset Management Associates, an Alexandria, Va.-based patent agent. To start, there's lots of competition and it can be an uphill battle convincing a retailer or potential licensing partner that your product is a step up from what's already on the market. "You have to convince people that it's better than what they've been using all along," Kelly says. In fact, for many companies considering licensing their products, it needs to be 25 percent to 30 percent better than what they already have, explains Stephen Key, co-founder of Modesto, Calif.-based inventRight, which sells educational materials for inventors. - Source

04/20/09 - How the man in a van outsmarted Microsoft
As of last week, 47-year-old inventor Frederick Bailier Richardson III - aka Ric Richardson, surfer and one-time dirt-biker stands to reap the lion's share of a $US388 million ($537 million) damages award from Microsoft, after a US jury found the software giant had stolen his technology. He is the founder of Uniloc, which sued Microsoft in 2003 for violating its patent relating to anti-piracy technology. "I would love to tell you how much money I'll get," he told the Herald, "but frankly I don't know. I don't get into the operational side of the business. To me, the money is important only in so far as it allows me to further my ideas." Despite his low profile, Mr Richardson, who divides his time between Sydney and Huntington Beach, California, is the inventor of dozens of patents. Recent projects include adapting the carbon scrubbing technology found in submarines to car exhaust pipes and collaborating with friend and Nobel nominee Peter Rentzepis, from the University of California, on the use of lasers to achieve atomic level computing. - Source

04/20/09 - Toyota starts a hybrid price war
Toyota starts a hybrid price war, new Camaro won't get a 4-cylinder or convertible, Twitter on OnStar and Opera browser on F-150's, plus a ride in the X5 xDrive35d. - Source

03/15/09 - 'The Evolution of Matter' and 'The Evolution of Forces' on CD
KeelyNet Years ago, I had been told by several people, that the US government frequently removes books they deem dangerous or 'sensitive' from libraries. Some are replaced with sections removed or rewritten so as to 'contain' information that should not be available to the public despite the authors intent. A key example was during the Manhattan Project when the US was trying to finalize research into atomic bombs. They removed any books that dealt with the subject and two of them were by Dr. Gustave Le Bon since they dealt with both energy and matter including radioactivity. I had been looking for these two books for many years and fortunately stumbled across two copies for which I paid about $40.00 each. I couldn't put down the books once I started reading them. Such a wealth of original discoveries, many not known or remembered today. / Page 88 - Without the ether there could be neither gravity, nor light, nor electricity, nor heat, nor anything, in a word, of which we have knowledge. The universe would be silent and dead, or would reveal itself in a form which we cannot even foresee. If one could construct a glass chamber from which the ether were to be entirely eliminated, heat and light could not pass through it. It would be absolutely dark, and probably gravitation would no longer act on the bodies within it. They would then have lost their weight. / Page 96-97 - A material vortex may be formed by any fluid, liquid or gaseous, turning round an axis, and by the fact of its rotation it describes spirals. The study of these vortices has been the object of important researches by different scholars, notably by Bjerkness and Weyher. They have shown that by them can be produced all the attractions and repulsions recognized in electricity, the deviations of the magnetic needle by currents, etc. These vortices are produced by the rapid rotation of a central rod furnished with pallets, or, more simply, of a sphere. Round this sphere gaseous currents are established, dissymetrical with regard to its equatorial plane, and the result is the attraction or repulsion of bodies brought near to it, according to the position given to them. It is even possible, as Weyher has proved, to compel these bodies to turn round the sphere as do the satellites of a planet without touching it. / Page 149 - "The problem of sending a pencil of parallel Hertzian waves to a distance possesses more than a theoretical interest. It is allowable to say that its solution would change the course of our civilization by rendering war impossible. The first physicist who realizes this discovery will be able to avail himself of the presence of an enemy's ironclads gathered together in a harbour to blow them up in a few minutes, from a distance of several kilometres, simply by directing on them a sheaf of electric radiations. On reaching the metal wires with which these vessels are nowadays honeycombed, this will excite an atmosphere of sparks which will at once explode the shells and torpedoes stored in their holds. With the same reflector, giving a pencil of parallel radiations, it would not be much more difficult to cause the explosion of the stores of powder and shells contained in a fortress, or in the artillery sparks of an army corps, and finally the metal cartridges of the soldiers. Science, which at first rendered wars so deadly, would then at length have rendered them impossible, and the relations between nations would have to be established on new bases." - Source

04/20/09 - Gorilla-Viewing Glasses Prevent Eye-Contact
KeelyNet The Rotterdam Zoo is giving away cardboard glasses that make it appear that you’re looking off to one side; these are gorilla-viewing glasses, meant to avoid incidents in which gorillas attack visitors for making eye contact with them. The glasses’ introduction follows an attack on a woman by an escaped gorilla… - Source

04/20/09 - Innovation as a Remedy for the Crisis
Since the government started to pour big bailout money into the financial sector and biggest industrial corporations in the hope that it alone will recover the economy, the biggest buzzwords in Washington now are "bailout", "stimulus", and "new deal", and every politician argues about how big the bailout package must be in order to save our troubled economy. Our history shows that real economic growth was achieved through innovations in the fields related to our primary needs: innovations that solved real problems of people. we need to concentrate on the development of a long-term strategy based on innovations that will create new products and services which truly solve specific problems of people. Otherwise, if we concentrate solely on the short-term solutions, as is presently done by the government with its efforts to save the financial and banking sectors, we will need a stimulus package every time the old machine fails. We would like to emphasize again that tools and services such as banks and insurance companies should play the role of facilitators and should not ever come before primary needs. There should not be any bailout or stimulus packages because they are fundamentally directed towards saving the old malfunctioning machine. We agree with Professor Sachs, who believes that the government should not desperately try to stop the current recession by using bailouts because such actions may lead to the phenomenon known as "instrument instability". These actions may be helpful in a short term but cause an even bigger crisis in a long term. We believe there should be a nationwide investment program specifically directed towards developing products and services that address the primary needs of people with a special emphasis on environmental problems. The government should invest in transformational innovations that, on the one hand, will create new products and markets, and, on the other hand, will trigger development within the entire supply chain and open up opportunities for multiple businesses, which in turn will create new jobs for American people. - Source

04/20/09 - Driver Confronts Border Patrol agents 100 Miles Inside The US
(This video really PISSED ME OFF! Add this to Tea Party complaints! Agent Martinez might be seeking payback. They ALL keep GRASPING for 'reasons' and this citizen driver has the cojones to defy them on legal terms.) - This is a long video, so here are the highlights: 5:35) Agent whips out his nun chucks in anger (7:45-8:00) The agent tells me in less than perfect English, “In the Border Patrol Checkpoint, the person’s rights doesn’t matter here.” (16:50-17:10) I’m told that the police will arrive in less than 10 minutes to arrest me (19:00-19:40) I’m accused of being a terrorist (26:20) I’m told that I’m free to go without being searched. / Thank God we live in a free country! But how long will our freedom last if we ignore our Bill of Rights? The highest power in the US government is the Constitution, which is the supreme law of the land…not border patrol agents on a power trip that are about 75 miles from the border. He is either correct about the law or he isn’t. If he’s wrong, why would the agents let him go? Either way, he’s definitely on the list now…hope it was worth it. - Source

"The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized." - 4th amendment of the US Constitution

04/20/09 - Other uses for Cheap Vodka
Lifestyle blog Divine Caroline assembles a list of 18 uses for vodka that don't involve any drinking. A few of them we've covered before, like treating jellyfish stings and poison ivy. Among some of the more novel uses of vodka: * Pour one-half cup vodka and one-half cup water in a Ziplock freezer bag and freeze for a slushy, refreshable ice pack for aches, pain or black eyes. * Prolong the life of razors by filling a cup with vodka and letting your safety razor blade soak in the alcohol after shaving. The vodka disinfects the blade and prevents rusting. * Fill a sixteen-ounce trigger-spray bottle and spray bees or wasps to kill them. If you don't have cheap vodka on hand, it would seem that several of the tricks on the list could be applied with rubbing alcohol substituted—I've used rubbing alcohol in a cup to preserve my razor heads for years now. - Source

04/20/09 - Telepresence — Our Best Bet For Exploring Space
"Sending humans to the stars is simply not in the offing. But this is how we could survey other worlds, around other suns. We fling data-collecting, robotic craft to the stars. These proxy explorers can be very small, and consequently can be shot spaceward at tremendous speed even with the types of rockets now available. Robot probes don't require life support systems, don't get sick or claustrophobic and don't insist on round-trip tickets. ... These microbots would supply the information that, fed to computers, would allow us to explore alien planets in the same way that we navigate the virtual spaces of video games or wander through online environments like Second Life. High-tech masks and data gloves, sartorial accessories considerably more comfortable than a spacesuit, would permit you to see the landscape, touch objects and even smell the air." - Source

04/20/09 - 12 Small Windmills Put To the Test In Holland
"A real-world test by the Dutch province of Zeeland (a very windy place) demonstrates that small windmills are a fundamentally flawed technology (PDF of tests results in Dutch, English summary). Twelve much-hyped micro wind turbines were placed in a row on an open plain. Their energy yield was measured over a period of one year (April 1, 2008 — March 31, 2009), the average wind velocity during these 12 months was 3.8 meters per second, slightly higher than average. Three windmills broke. The others recorded ridiculously low yields, in spite of the optimal conditions. It would take up to 141 small windmills to power an average American household entirely using wind energy, for a total cost of 780,000 dollars. The test results show clearly that energy return is closely tied to rotor diameter, and that the design of the windmill hardly matters." - Source

04/20/09 - Top 10 Alternative Energy Bets
If you had to direct federal spending for research primarily to one form of alternative energy, what would you choose? We recently polled LiveScience readers on this, and with more than 5,000 responses, here are the Top 10 choices (as of 4/17/09). Disagree? Go back and read more about each approach and, if you like, change the vote. - Source

04/20/09 - Singapore scientists say can turn CO2 into biofuel
The scientists at the state-backed Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology said on Thursday they used non-toxic organocatalysts to make ethanol, a biofuel that is also used as an industrial feedstock. In a statement, the institute said the team, led by Yugen Zhang, used N-heterocyclic carbenes (NHCs), an organocatalyst in the chemical reaction with carbon dioxide. NHCs are stable and the reaction between NHCs and carbon dioxide can take place under mild conditions in dry air, the statement said, adding only a small amount of the catalyst was needed. The process also used hydrosilane, a combination of silica and hydrogen. "Hydrosilane provides hydrogen, which bonds with carbon dioxide in a reduction reaction. This carbon dioxide reduction is efficiently catalyzed by NHCs even at room temperature," Zhang said in the statement. "Methanol can be easily obtained from the product of the carbon dioxide reaction," Zhang added. Previous attempts to turn CO2 into more useful products have required more energy input and a much longer reaction time, the team said. - Source

04/20/09 - New method for gathering solar energy
Here's a radically new method for gathering solar energy and save money. In these times where businesses are trying everything to save money ... Two Nevada companies think they might have the answer. - Source

04/20/09 - London cops mug tourist for his bus-station photos
A Viennese tourist has vowed never to return to London after police officers forced him to delete photos he'd taken of the Vauxhall bus station, saying it was "strictly forbidden" and recording details from his identity papers. There's no evidence that terrorists use photos to plan their attacks, nor that preventing photography reduces the likelihood of a terrorist attack. London's police have been granted sweeping "anti-terrorism" powers, including the authority to arrest people who take pictures of the police. - Source

04/20/09 - Thou Shalt not practice 'Daggering'
Representatives of some hospitals revealed that more men have been fracturing their penises in recent months than any other time in Jamaica. Checks with urologists in some of the country's major hospitals have revealed that the "noticeable increase" in the number of cases where men fracture their members is largely attributed to the men's obsession with daggerin', aka rough sex. / Another surgeon from that facility said the majority of cases that come to the hospital are a result of extremely vigorous sex or, in most recent popular terms, 'daggeration'. "It's possibly daggerin' people tend to have a predisposition to rough sex," the surgeon said. "(So) during very rigorous intercourse, the penis slips out and in an attempt to ram it back in, the man hits the woman's pubic bone and pops the penis." The doctors could not confirm if any of the cases regarding the broken penis took place when the men were doing the dance version of daggerin' as opposed to rough intercourse. In a story published last September, Dr Alverston Bailey, a past president of the Medical Association of Jamaica, warned that men who suffered a penile fracture should immediately seek medical assistance as leaving it unattended might cause the penis to be permanently deformed or they might become impotent. Bailey continued that when the penis was fractured there was a loud popping sound, followed by excruciating pain and significant swelling, causing the penis to appear deformed. He noted that in some cases, blood might be seen coming from the organ. - Source

04/20/09 - The War on Short Yellows
Stop-light cameras are especially pernicious. Where red-light running is a problem, the solution is usually a longer yellow -- at least three seconds is the recommended minimum for a 25-mph intersection. Drivers do not blast through red lights on purpose. Even the federal government encourages the use of engineering solutions before installing a red-light camera. Yet as the late and lamented Rocky Mountain News found when Denver was sizing up intersections for cameras a year ago, many of those deemed accident-prone had yellows timed at the state minimum of three seconds or even less. Citizen groups around the country have more than once raised suspicions of authorities shortening yellows to ring up more tickets. Half a dozen Georgia towns just cancelled their camera contracts after a state law mandating the addition of an extra second to the yellow made them unprofitable. - Source

04/20/09 - Desert clash in West over solar potential, water
A westward dash to power electricity-hungry cities by cashing in on the desert's most abundant resource - sunshine - is clashing with efforts to protect the tiny pupfish and desert tortoise and stinginess over the region's rarest resource: water. Water is the cooling agent for what traditionally has been the most cost-efficient type of large-scale solar plants. To some solar companies answering Washington's push for renewable energy on vast government lands, it's also an environmental thorn. Water is among the complications in deserts where more than 150 solar applications have been submitted for hot spots in Nevada, California, and Arizona, plus a few in New Mexico. "Water usage is becoming the larger issue. Some companies still want wet cooling and say it's less efficient to do dry cooling, and they need 10 percent more land to get the same output," said Peter Weiner, an attorney representing solar companies. Some are exploring hybrid systems that use water during the hottest part of the day. The government won't say how much water would be needed by applicants because those proposals are still in flux. But National Park Service hydrologists last fall tallied more than 50,000 acre feet per year - nearly 16.3 billion gallons - proposed by applications in Amargosa Valley alone, or enough to supply more than 50,000 typical American homes. Nevada previously said the basin could support only half that. Since then, some companies have dropped out or switched to photovoltaics, making that estimate of 16.3 billion gallons outdated. Nevada's policy and legal mandates restrict water in the driest areas. - Source

04/20/09 - Energy secretary: Islands could disappear
U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu is warning that if countries don't do something about climate change, "some island states will simply disappear." Chu said that rising temperatures lead to more damaging hurricanes and rising oceans. He said those results are scary. - Source

03/01/09 - KeelyNet BBS Files w/bonus PDF of 'Keely and his Discoveries'
KeelyNet Finally, I've gotten around to compiling all the files (almost 1,000 - about 20MB and lots of work doing it) from the original KeelyNet BBS into a form you can easily navigate and read using your browser, ideally Firefox but it does work with IE. Most of these files are extremely targeted, interesting and informative, I had forgotten just how much but now you can have the complete organized, categorized set, not just sprinklings from around the web. They will keep you reading for weeks if not longer and give you clues and insights into many subjects and new ideas for investigation and research. IN ADDITION, I am including as a bonus gift, the book (in PDF form) that started it all for me, 'Keely and his Discoveries - Aerial Navigation' which includes the analysis of Keely's discoveries by Dr. Daniel G. Brinton. This 407 page eBook alone is worth the price of the KeelyNet BBS CD but it will give you some degree of understanding about what all Keely accomplished which is just now being rediscovered, but of course, without recognizing Keely as the original discoverer. Chapters include; Vibratory Sympathetic and Polar Flows, Vibratory Physics, Latent Force in Interstitial Spaces and much more. These two excellent bodies of information will be sent to you on CD. If alternative science intrigues and fascinates you, this CD is what you've been looking for... - Source

04/20/09 - Global Warming, Thirsty Energy
At the Aspen Institute high in the Colorado Rockies, a four-day conference on the energy problems that come from global warming, brought together more than 100 climate experts to wrestle with a number of climate dilemmas ... including the fact that alternative energy is, as they put it, "so thirsty." And it's not only alternative energy that's thirsty. "Bio-fuels will have a significant water footprint," said panel member David Harrison, a water resources lawyer and consultant to The Nature Conservancy's Global Freshwater Team, "but it already takes a lot of water to produce any kind of thermal energy transformation -- cooling primarily:" By some estimates, the energy industry already takes 39 percent of the fresh water used in the United States. "You have ... the energy need on one side, and managing water on the other side," said Harrison, "and it's going to be a collision." Experts in many countries are scrambling to factor in energy's huge water footprint. - Source

04/18/09 - Odd and interesting pieces posted today
KeelyNet 1) The Telepathic Nose
2) Losing weight by restricting intake
3) The Hypnotic Gaze of Snakes
4) Real Life Benjamin Button
5) Another take on Spontaneous Generation - Source

04/17/09 - My Solutions
For starters, my 10 solutions to problems the USA faces. - Source

04/17/09 - Russian scientists test perpetual motion machine in space
KeelyNet Specialists of the Institute for Space Systems conducted successful tests of the perpetual motion machine in space. Valery Menshikov, the director of the institute, said that the machine was installed at Yubileiny satellite which was launched into orbit almost a year ago. The satellite can now move from one orbit to another with the help of the engine, which discharges no reaction mass. The new engine lasts for 15 years and can be started about 300,000 times. It uses solar batteries for its power, engineers at the institute said. Some common ideas recur repeatedly in perpetual motion machine designs. Many ideas that continue to appear today were stated as early as 1670 by John Wilkins, Bishop of Chester and an official of the Royal Society. He outlined three potential sources of power for a perpetual motion machine, "Chymical Extractions", "Magnetical Virtues" and "the Natural Affection of Gravity". The seemingly mysterious ability of magnets to influence motion at a distance without any apparent energy source has long appealed to inventors. One of the earliest examples of a system using magnets was proposed by Wilkins and has been widely copied since: it consists of a ramp with a magnet at the top, which pulled a metal ball up the ramp. Near the magnet was a small hole that was supposed to allow the ball to drop under the ramp and return to the bottom, where a flap allowed it to return to the top again. The device simply could not work: any magnet strong enough to pull the ball up the ramp would necessarily be too powerful to allow it to drop through the hole. Faced with this problem, more modern versions typically use a series of ramps and magnets, positioned so the ball is to be handed off from one magnet to another as it moves. The problem remains the same. More generally, magnets can do no net work, although this was not understood until much later. A magnet can accelerate an object, like the metal ball of Wilkins' device, but this motion will always come to stop when the object reaches the magnet, releasing that work in some other form - typically its mechanical energy being turned into heat. In order for this motion to continue, the magnet would have to be moved, which would require energy. Gravity also acts at a distance, without an apparent energy source. But to get energy out of a gravitational field (for instance, by dropping a heavy object, producing kinetic energy as it falls) you have to put energy in (for instance, by lifting the object up), and some energy is always dissipated in the process. A typical application of gravity in a perpetual motion machine is Bhaskara's wheel in the 12th century, whose key idea is itself a recurring theme, often called the overbalanced wheel: Moving weights are attached to a wheel in such a way that they fall to a position further from the wheel's center for one half of the wheel's rotation, and closer to the center for the other half. Since weights further from the center apply a greater torque, the result is (or would be, if such a device worked) that the wheel rotates forever. The moving weights may be hammers on pivoted arms, or rolling balls, or mercury in tubes; the principle is the same. - Source

04/17/09 - Computer invention helping seniors get plugged in
Two young inventors, with the help of hands-on testing at a retirement community, have created a device that they say might change the way older Americans get news and entertainment. Using modified MP3 players, computers and large touch-screen monitors in high-contrast colors for people with impaired vision, Charles De Vilmorin and Herve Roussel have created a digital kiosk that serves as a sort of iPod for older people. Users don't have to log in, remember passwords or strain to read and type on a tiny screen, De Vilmorin said. Instead, they receive a small MP3 player that can be plugged into the kiosk, allowing them to choose material from a menu on a large touch-screen. Even the language has been modified: Instead of "download," the computer program asks users whether they would like to "take" a selection. The system can search or browse selections and make suggestions based on users' tastes. Other content can tie in with activities in the retirement community: A user might download an audio guide to a museum that members plan to visit, for instance. De Vilmorin became interested in retirement communities, especially after his grandmother entered one outside Paris. "Residents of retirement homes tend to be very secluded and cut off from the world, and the quality of entertainment is not too great," De Vilmorin said. He and Roussel, 27, started searching for ways to allow older people to easily tap into the digital world. Few high-tech devices are designed for people with impairments, so they explored making universal design features that make it easier to use for people with disabilities. Though many Web sites cater to young people, few exist for older people, they found. To satisfy an older audience, De Vilmorin tapped the Library of Congress's collections of old radio recordings and other content and made it accessible through the Linked Senior machines. - Source

04/17/09 - Green Space Rooftops Blossoming Around The World
KeelyNet Many countries like Germany (pictured) and Switzerland are now mandating that all new buildings with flat roofs must plant a garden on them. What will cities look like when this practice becomes the norm? Imagine entire cities with skyscrapers that look like this. It’s possible that one of the best ways to create energy efficient cities will be to create buildings like these, where plant life helps to regulate the structure’s temperature. Rooftop and wall gardens could also become farms. In Tokyo, where the “urban heat island” phenomenon has raised local temperatures by several degrees, city officials are mandating green roofs like this one to make buildings more efficient and bring temperatures down. Heat islands are caused when cities have so much asphalt and cement that they absorb and trap heat. Environmental planners hope that green rooftops will cool the city off. - Source

04/17/09 - Single Click Restore Point Makes Restore Point Creation a Snap
Windows only: You're about to tweak your computer and you know you should probably make a restore point, but who wants to dig around in all those menus? Make one with a single click instead. Single Click Restore Point is a tiny executable that does just that. While logged into an account with administrative privileges you simply click the .EXE and it creates a restore point for you. The only inconvenience is you lose the ability to individually name your restore points. Every restore point created with Single Click Restore Point is labeled by the date and "Created With SCRP Tool" as seen in the screenshot at right, a more than acceptable compromise if it means you use the restore tool more frequently. Single Click Restore Point is freeware, Windows only. - Source

04/17/09 - “Poor Man’s” Yacht
KeelyNet Dyer set out to see if he couldn’t make a real houseboat that would give the new lake dwellers exactly what they wanted. He recalled that he had made special pontoons for many military uses during World War II. He talked to his chief engineer, Charlie Mager, about designing an inexpensive but spacious yacht with an auto trailer as the cabin. The two men decided the best way to build the hull was to put it together in pontoon sections so that the family yacht could be constructed to fit the size of the family pocketbook. It would take eight sections bolted together, each holding three 55-gallon oil drums, to make a 16×24-foot hull able to float a 16-foot housetrailer. If you supply your own oil drums, each section would cost $45. With $35 for deck lumber this would make the basic boat cost only $395. The same layout with special pontoons supplied would cost $60 per section. Add to this the $35 for the deck lumber and you get a total of $515 for this unique craft. For Dyer’s original experimental Dumbo he* used 19 pontoon sections bolted together to form a barge 15 feet wide and 40 feet long on which he placed a 23-foot Mid-State housetrailer. Each pontoon section has an angle member on either side of the bottom and channel members on both sides of the top. These members are bolted to three steel pontoons 25^x42 inches long and 15 inches deep. Together with the angle frame at each end they form a pontoon section 3 feet, 6 inches wide by 8 feet long and 18 inches deep. Each section supports 100 pounds for each inch of submersion. The entire unit will support 1,900 pounds for every inch of water it draws. Dyer made up the steel pontoons in these sections from 18-gauge cold-rolled steel. He then had the metal rustproofed with a zinc phosphate coating inside and out. They were then tested with two pounds of air pressure to check against possible leaks and sprayed with an oil mist on the inside. For further anti-corrosion treatment he had all parts painted with Navy specification zinc chromate primer. The bolts are all cadmium plated. On the forward end Dumbo has a false bow which is not essential to the boat. For the power plant there are motor mounts for two outboards at the stern. Instead of a rudder, the mounts are set near the sides of the vessel. By controlling the engine speeds of each motor Dyer can steer his craft from the flying bridge with greater flexibility than a rudder-guided motorboat and can turn his ship around in almost its own length at any running speed—an impossible stunt for a conventional yacht. The Dumbo’s skipper can sail the housetrailer from the flying bridge. Once the outboards are firing, you can refuel the family yacht under way without stopping from two five-gallon tanks hung under the flying bridge. A storage battery powers the navigation lights. Under the flying bridge on the deck is the trailer’s gasoline-powered generating plant for interior and running lights and for powering the water pressure unit for the modern kitchen and shower bathroom. In its trial run up the Cumberland River through Tennessee and Kentucky into the Ohio River, Dyer deliberately navigated close to giant tugs to test the structural rigidity and seaworthiness. The Dumbo rode the waves like a duck on a midsummer millpond. Strong winds had very little effect on the yacht’s handling. On the maiden voyage Dumbo covered 271 miles from Nashville to Paris Landing on Kentucky Lake in 71 hours. Dyer recently discontinued the original Dumbo for an improved version he devised with an all-steel hull with four watertight compartments 13 feet wide, 46 feet long and 30 inches deep. He has already had the last laugh on those who scoffed at his idea and the boating fraternity got their dream—at a price that they could afford. - Source

04/17/09 - The End of Tax-free Internet Shopping?
"If a little-known but influential alliance of state politicians, large retailers, and tax collectors have their way, the days of tax-free Internet shopping may be nearly over. A bill expected to be introduced in the US Congress as early as Monday would rewrite the ground rules for mail order and Internet sales by eliminating what its supporters view as a 'loophole' that, in many cases, allows Americans to shop over the Internet without paying sales taxes." - Source

04/17/09 - Small-Car Buyers Sacrifice Safety for Fuel Economy
KeelyNet Consumers who buy minicars to economize on fuel are making a big tradeoff when it comes to safety in collisions, according to an insurance group that slammed three minimodels into midsize ones in tests. In a report prepared for release on Tuesday, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety said that crash dummies in all three models tested — the Honda Fit, the Toyota Yaris and the Smart Fortwo — fared poorly in the collisions. By contrast, the midsize models into which they crashed fared well or acceptably. Both the minicars and midsize cars were traveling 40 miles per hour, so the crash occurs at 80 m.p.h. The institute concludes that while driving smaller and lighter cars saves fuel, “downsizing and down-weighting is also associated with an increase in deaths on the highway,” said Adrian Lund, the institute’s president. “It’s a big effect — it’s not small,” he said in a telephone interview. - Source

04/17/09 - 50 Side Businesses You Can Start On Your Own
In the past, I’ve discussed how it’s a good idea to spend your spare time dabbling in entrepreneurship: it fills your time with something that you choose (and thus you enjoy) and sets up a potential long-term revenue stream. I also discussed how I got a side business going myself. Since then, lots of readers have written to me, asking for ideas on how to start a simple side business. What follows is a list of 50 of those ideas that I’ve collected over the last year or so. Each of these ideas is very simple to start, and most can be done as a sole proprietorship at first (meaning you don’t have to file any legal documents to get started, though you will want to do that if it starts to take off). Most of these can be done at home in your spare time in your spare space, too. - Source

04/17/09 - Inflation on the way? Bet on it
As the Fed cranks up the printing presses, don't get caught holding conventional Treasury bonds with diminishing value. Shift over to inflation-protected funds. Inflation is toxic to bonds, which have been investors' only reliable friends for more than a decade. But one type of bond is inoculated against inflation, and it is becoming the most sought-after bond of all. Treasury inflation-protected securities, or TIPS, actually benefit from rising prices and will deliver outstanding results when inflation begins to heat up as global growth is restored. "We could easily see these double over the next 12 to 18 months," says John Brynjolfsson, the author of "Inflation-Protection Bonds" and the chief investment officer of Armored Wolf, a hedge fund in Aliso Viejo, Calif. - Source

04/17/09 - A Monster LED Array For Irresponsible Fun
KeelyNet "This huge LED is on steroids and then some. It is intended for use as a streetlight. It has a 7000 lumen output at 100W and will burn a hole in a CD case without focusing. And that's without the infrared that a halogen or discharge lamp has. Very efficient and low maintenance. Stronger than HID car headlights or a 500W halogen. Hit the site for lots of data and pics of it in action including burning and irresponsible bicycle luminosity. You'll want one to attach to your keyring, too." - Source

14 Ways to Save Money on Fuel Costs
KeelyNetThis eBook is the result of years of research into various methods to increase mileage, reduce pollution and most importantly, reduce overall fuel costs. It starts out with the simplest methods and offers progressively more detailed technologies that have been shown to reduce fuel costs. As a bonus to readers, I have salted the pages with free interesting BONUS items that correlate to the relevant page. Just filling up with one tank of gas using this or other methods explained here will pay for this eBook. Of course, many more methods are out there but I provided only the ones which I think are practical and can be studied by the average person who is looking for a way to immediately reduce their fuel costs. I am currently using two of the easier methods in my own vehicle which normally gets 18-22 mpg and now gets between 28 and 32 mpg depending on driving conditions. A tank of gas for my 1996 Ford Ranger costs about $45.00 here so I am saving around $15-$20 PER TANK, without hurting my engine and with 'greener' emissions due to a cleaner burn! The techniques provided in this ebook begin with simple things you can do NOW to improve your mileage and lower your gas costs. - $15 eBook Download / Source to Buy

04/17/09 - Nicolas Sarkozy puts Barack Obama in the doghouse
Mr Sarkozy is pouring cold water on President Obama's efforts to recast American leadership on the world stage, depicting them as unoriginal, unsubstantial and overrated. Behind leaks and briefings from the Elyse Palace lies Mr Sarkozy's irritation at the rock-star welcome that Europe gave Mr Obama on his Europan tour earlier this month. The American President's call "to free the world of the menace of a nuclear nightmare" was hot air, Mr Sarkozy's diplomatic staff told him in a report. "It was rhetoric" not a speech on American security policy but an export model aimed at improving the image of the United States," they said. Most of Mr Obama's proposals had already been made by the Bush administration and Washington was dragging its feet on disarmament and treaties against nuclear proliferation, the leaked report said. - Source

04/17/09 - After the Tea Party
American Majority is pleased to announce the launching of AftertheTeaParty.com, a special project designed to keep the momentum of the April 15th Tax Day Tea Party rallies going strong. After the Tea Party connects Tea Party participants who want to take their committment to the next level by running for local office or becoming a more effective office with American Majority who provides high quality trainings toward that end. We need your help! Please visit this link to learn more about spreading the word about AftertheTeaParty.com. You can also help us out by e-mailing the link to your friends, blogging about After the Tea Party, or posting a link on your favorite social networking site (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc.) American Majority can train you for the next steps once the party is over and the real work begins! - Source

04/17/09 - Global Weirding
The concept of “global weirding” is emerging as a notable complement to its cause, global warming. Coined by Hunter Lovins, a founder of the Rocky Mountain Institute, it describes the consequences of the rise in average global temperatures, which are expected to amplify the abnormal: hotter heat spells, longer and sharper droughts, more violent storms, and more intense flooding. Given anticipated warming trajectories, many of these physical changes are statistically predictable and can be fairly accurately modeled. But as an ecologist, I fear it is the alterations to the living realm where “weirdness” will be a most apropos, if not downright tepid, label. This is certainly the case in my area of study — the aquatic realm — where global weirding is already well underway. - Source

04/17/09 - How Do I Find and Delete Files of a Certain Type?
KeelyNet Dear Lifehacker: A program created data files for every song in my collection. No problem, right? Except my music is spread across nested folders on multiple drives. Know a program that bulk-deletes certain file types? - Sincerely, ScatteredTunes / "Everything" is an administrative tool that locates files and folders by filename instantly for Windows. Unlike Windows search "Everything" initially displays every file and folder on your computer (hence the name "Everything"). You type in a search filter to limit what files and folders are displayed. 1.2 How long will it take to index my files? Everything" only uses file and folder names and generally takes a few seconds to build it's database. A fresh install of Windows XP SP2 (about 20,000 files) will take about 1 second to index. 1.3 Does Everything search file contents? No, "Everything" does not search file contents, only file and folder names. 1.4 Does "Everything" hog my system resources? No, "Everything" uses very little system resources. A fresh install of Windows XP SP2 (about 20,000 files) will use about 3-5mb of ram and less than 1mb of disk space. 1,000,000 files will use about 45mb of ram and 5mb of disk space. 1.5 Does "Everything" monitor file system changes? Yes, "Everything" does monitor file system changes. Your search windows will reflect changes made to the file system. 1.6 Is "Everything" free? Yes, "Everything" is Freeware. 1.7 Does "Everything" miss changes made to the file system if it is not running? No, "Everything" can be closed and restarted without missing changes made to the file system (even across system restarts). "Everything" updates the database when it is started. 1.8 What are the system requirements for "Everything"? "Everything" will run on Windows 2000, XP, 2003 and Vista. "Everything" will only locate files and folders on local NTFS volumes. "Everything" requires administrative privileges for low level read access to volumes. 1,000,000 files will take about 1 minute.(via lifehacker.com) - Source

04/17/09 - GPS equipped cell phones may help farmers identify crop diseases
The ability to correctly diagnose and treat crop diseases such as banana wilt via mobile phone is just one of endless possibilities for smallholder farmers if location-specific (geospatial) information were available, according to researchers. Such a project would, for example, make use of mobile devices equipped with Global Positioning Systems and cameras. "A trained community worker can input the location coordinates, take a photo of the diseased crop, send it to our database, from which we would forward the image for expert review and feedback," Whitney Gantt, a project officer with the Grameen Foundation, told IRIN. "In addition to being able to identify a disease, people will know what to do." In the scheme, 45 community knowledge workers (CKWs), selected from existing farmers' groups, are trained in using mobile devices for data collection. Each has a mobile phone, some of which are equipped with cameras. From a drop-down menu on the phones, the CKWs are able to enter the required data, which is then transmitted to the foundation's database for agricultural forecasting. The phone cost ranges from US$30 each to $330. "It is a cost-effective method and we are also testing the three devices to see which collects better data," Gantt said. According to researchers, geospatial information on soils and the best crops, appropriate farming techniques and early warning on droughts, floods, diseases and pests, as well as up-to-date market and price information, would not only maximise crop yields and market access but also improve livelihoods and reduce uncertainties in production. - Source

04/17/09 - PG&E makes deal for space solar power
KeelyNet California's biggest energy utility announced a deal Monday to purchase 200 megawatts of electricity from a startup company that plans to beam the power down to Earth from outer space, beginning in 2016. Solaren would generate the power using solar panels in Earth orbit and convert it to radio-frequency transmissions that would be beamed down to a receiving station in Fresno, PG&E said. From there, the energy would be converted into electricity and fed into PG&E's power grid. "The impetus for forming Solaren was the convergence of improved high-energy conversion devices, heavy-launch vehicle developments, and a revolutionary Solaren-patented SSP [space solar power] design that is a significant departure from past efforts and makes SSP not only technically but economically viable," Spirnak said. Boerman said Solaren's plan called for four or five heavy-lift launches that would put the elements of the power-generating facility in orbit. Those elements would dock automatically in space to create the satellite system. Boerman declined to describe the elements in detail but noted that each heavy-lift launch could put 25 tons of payload into orbit. - Source

04/17/09 - A new identity now costs less than a can of coke
The market for stolen personal information, including credit card details, names addresses and dates of birth, grew to such an extent last year that a price war seems to have developed, according to the annual Symantec Internet Security Threat Report. It found that criminals were targeting individuals for financial gain "more than ever before". Investigators said the UK suffered the second highest level of malicious online activity in the Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), with 11% of the region's total. Germany topped the league with 14%. Credit card information was the most sought after, with details selling for as little as 40p, although some could fetch £20. Bank account details sold for as much as £675, whilst full identities could be bought for between 50p and £40. Guy Bunker, of Symantec, said: "This recession-proof underground economy is reaching such a level of growth and maturity that there are signs of a price war developing, as online criminals find it increasingly easy to steal private details, and barter to sell them for bargain prices." - Source

04/17/09 - Cutting Steel With Flaming Bacon Weapons
KeelyNet "Theo Gray demonstrates the Bacon Lance, a flaming meatsword that can cut through steel. Yes, with some ordinary bacon, and some pure oxygen, it's possible to cut through security doors. Form the article, 'I recently committed myself to the goal, before the weekend was out, of creating a device entirely from bacon and using it to cut a steel pan in half. My initial attempts were failures, but I knew success was within reach when I was able to ignite and melt the pan using seven beef sticks and a cucumber.' This comes out right after his profusely illustrated book of science experiments, Mad Science." - Source

04/17/09 - Fecal Fuel
Agence France Presse reports that in Oslo, Norway, city officials soon plan to introduce buses that run on biofuels extracted from human waste. ... The biofuel, which is methane generated by fermenting sludge, will come from the Bekkelaget sewage treatment plant which handles waste from 250,000 city dwellers. "By going to the bathroom, a person produces the equivalent of eight litres (2.1 gallons) of diesel per year. That may not seem like a lot, but multiplied by 250,000 people, that is enough to operate 80 buses for 100,000 kilometres (62,000 miles) each," [one official] says. Fecal fuel is, if you'll pardon the expression, green: In addition to being carbon neutral, it emits 78 percent less nitrogen oxide and 98 percent fewer fine particles—two causes of respiratory illnesses—and is 92 percent less noisy. ... "If our entire fleet switched to biomethane, carbon dioxide emissions would be reduced by around 30,000 tonnes per year," according to [an Oslo official]. All included, the cost of producing biofuel equivalent to one litre of diesel comes to 0.72 euros (98 cents), while diesel at the pump in Norway currently costs more than 1.0 euro. - Source

04/17/09 - Datsun Electric beats Tesla Electric
1972 Datsun beats the Tesla as fastest electric car. Yes, you read that right... Worlds fastest street legal ELECTRIC CAR 1972 Datsun 1200 - Source

04/17/09 - Spy Service $15/month - AT&T launches family-tracking service
AT&T is offering a new service that allows parents--or potentially jealous spouses/boyfriends/girlfriends--to track loved ones using their phones. AT&T's service, called FamilyMaps, allows people to track the location of any cell phone on AT&T's network from a mobile phone or PC. The person being tracked receives a text message informing him or her that he or she is being watched. The service periodically informs the tracked individual that he or she is being watched, just in case one text message reminder wasn't enough. Users can either track someone in real time by viewing the location on a map or they can set up the service to send them text message alerts or e-mails with location information. For example, a parent may get an alert each day that his child made it home from school. Or perhaps a jealous girlfriend looking to keep tabs on her boyfriend could set up the service to notify her if her boyfriend happens to wander into a bar or over to his ex-girlfriend's apartment after work. Users can only track phones that are part of their family plans. This means that stalkers looking to keep tabs on their old flames won't simply be able to type in their ex-lover's phone numbers and start tracking. The service uses satellite GPS technology and cell tower triangulation to pin-point the location of the phone. The service is not supported on prepaid or AT&T Go Phones. And the service costs $9.99 for two phones and $14.99 for up to five phones. - Source

04/17/09 - Gadget Graveyard: 10 Technologies About to Go Extinct
As each year brings tinier, shinier toys, it's easy to forget that not too long ago typewriters were the professional alternative to freehand, Walkmen ruled the portable-music market and extra-long phone cords would let you speak to friends while standing 10 feet away from the wall-mounted base. Each of those marvels was a wonder of its time. Now each is obsolete, a once-outstanding advancement made laughable when compared to the contact-lens camera or Japan's soon-to-be feasible moon-walking robot. We don't even realize something's obsolete until we realize we haven't seen it in a while — a floppy disk stashed in the back of a desk drawer, or an unused videocassette propping up a table. / 1 - Landline phones 2 - Floppy disks 3 - Wristwatches 4 - VHS tapes and VCRs 5 - Beepers 6 - Film cameras 7 - Typewriters 8 - The Walkman, Discman and MiniDisc player 9 - Dial-up Internet access and 10 - DVDs - Source

04/17/09 - Ten High-Tech Weapons to Repel Pirates
Pirates are generally armed with assault rifles and, increasingly, rocket-propelled grenade launchers. Modern ships' crews are usually unarmed for a number of reasons, among them laws that prevent armed vessels from docking in the ports of many countries. "The maritime unions, shipping companies and the International Maritime Organization all agree that ship's crews should not be armed," says Capt. George Quick, vice president of the International Organization of Masters, Mates and Pilots, based in Linthicum, Md. "It would only escalate the situation The [Somali] pirates are pretty well funded, and they'd just get bigger weapons." Modern ships also don't need many people to sail them — the 500-foot, 17,000-ton Maersk Alabama has a total of 20 crewmembers, including the captain. Hence it's pretty easy for pirates with AK-47s to boss them around, provided they can find all the crewmembers. So if the cargo ships can't fire back, how can they defend themselves against pirates? A number of non-lethal solutions have been suggested and tried, some low-tech, some practically science fiction. - Source

04/14/09 - Gov. Perry - Resolution for Texas' Sovereignty Under 10th Amendment
Gov. Rick Perry today joined state Rep. Brandon Creighton and sponsors of House Concurrent Resolution (HCR) 50 in support of states' rights under the 10th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. "I believe that our federal government has become oppressive in its size, its intrusion into the lives of our citizens, and its interference with the affairs of our state," Gov. Perry said. "That is why I am here today to express my unwavering support for efforts all across our country to reaffirm the states' rights affirmed by the Tenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

I believe that returning to the letter and spirit of the U.S. Constitution and its essential 10th Amendment will free our state from undue regulations, and ultimately strengthen our Union. A number of recent federal proposals are not within the scope of the federal government's constitutionally designated powers and impede the states' right to govern themselves.

HCR 50 affirms that Texas claims sovereignty under the 10th Amendment over all powers not otherwise granted to the federal government. It also designates that all compulsory federal legislation that requires states to comply under threat of civil or criminal penalties, or that requires states to pass legislation or lose federal funding, be prohibited or repealed. - Source

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Amendment 10 - Powers of the States and People. Ratified 12/15/1791.
The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.

KeelyNet Constitution - Powers of Congress (limited to 10 square miles) - To exercise exclusive Legislation in all Cases whatsoever, over such District (not exceeding ten Miles square) as may, by Cession of particular States, and the acceptance of Congress, become the Seat of the Government of the United States, and to exercise like Authority over all Places purchased by the Consent of the Legislature of the State in which the Same shall be, for the Erection of Forts, Magazines, Arsenals, dock-Yards, and other needful Buildings; And To make all Laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into Execution the foregoing Powers, and all other Powers vested by this Constitution in the Government of the United States, or in any Department or Officer thereof. READ: The Law of the Flag

04/13/09 - Don't forget to mail your TEA BAG LABELS! (and small RANT!)
The idea behind the Tea Bag parties was to mail teabags to Washington, ideally to be received before April 15th, tax day…in protest for the bailout and the mess the government has gotten us all into. Dr. Brusso who does the excellent youtube videos of Thomas Paine said not to mail actual teabags as government security will simply throw them in the trash unopened. So if you want it OPENED and maybe a letter of protest too…just send the tea bag LABEL with or without letter…I am sending 5 labels taped onto a letter stating my concerns about bankrupting the USA…just let the companies GO BANKRUPT…the beauty of capitalism is it will self-correct…others will buy out those companies, either part them out or start anew and life will right itself and we will recover WITHOUT the government getting involved. - Source

04/13/09 - Pulse motor load test 001
KeelyNet This is a notice about a new video posted in response to the Konzen video. It shows what is apparently overunity though I did not see a direct comparison of BOTH input voltage AND current to output voltage and current. He showed less than one volt in and the generator putting out approximately 28 volts at 200 milliamps. / You can see Dougs lecture and presentation on two DVDs from Vanguard Sciences - Theory, experiments and discussion as well as demonstrations of the Konzen Pulse Motor which appears to produce overunity. Doug explains magnetic 'splatter' and how various coil configurations can be used to recover and add energy back into the circuit. - Konzen youtube Video and the

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04/13/09 - Making Solar Energy in the Shade
KeelyNet A Kingsland man says his latest invention is in high demand around the globe after being named the Best New Product at the 2009 Professional Golfer's Association Merchandise Show in Orlando, Fla. Grady Mayeaux's newly unveiled peel-and-stick solar panel proven to power a golf cart to 36 holes, rain or shine. In fact, Yamaha was able to take a golf cart on 50 holes using just the Going Green Solar Panel, said Mayeaux. In direct sunlight, the peel-and-stick panel produced 80 volts or three amps of electricity, which is more than enough to power both the 36 or 48 volts needed for standard golf carts. Mayeaux said his latest invention is the first solar panel to be proven to produce energy in the shade. "See here, it's still getting 50 volts," said Mayeaux's son, Russell, as he stood in the shade of towering pine trees and pointed to the power reader. "That's still plenty of power to run even the stronger golf carts that require 48 volts. This panel will power golf carts even on overcast days, and it doesn't even have to be warm outside for it to work. They are selling well even in places like Canada and Iceland." Although his father is the mastermind behind Earth Care Products' latest invention, Russell has taken over the business now that his father has retired. The Going Green Solar Panel is made from three layers of amorphous silicon and each layer is tuned to a different level of sunlight frequency. Unlike the glass solar panels, the peel-and-stick panel is durable enough to continue working normally even after being punctured, he said. "You can't break it. It's very flexible and it's very durable. It stands up to both extreme heat and freezing temperatures," Grady Mayeaux said. "I believe they could last for 10 or more years, but we are only guaranteeing three years because this product hasn't been around to test it for 10 years." The newest solar panels offered by Earth Care Products, Mayeaux's home-based business, are more affordable at a price of $1,695 than the older glass solar panels that typically cost $2,000. Plus the shipping costs for the much heavier and bigger glass panels make the final cost very pricey, he said. "Earth Care's new solar panels only weigh about 4 pounds and it take two people only about 15 minutes to install one on a golf cart," Grady Mayeaux said. "You just hook it up, and you're ready to go." For more information about the Going Green Solar Panels, visit any of Earth Care Products' Web sites: pealandsticksolarenergy.com, solarenergygolfcarts.com and earthcaregreenproducts.com. Contact Earth Care Products by phone at (912) 576-4475. - Source

04/13/09 - Students invent power shutdown system
The team, Gareth Cork, 15, Jenny Baldwin, 14, Lucas Young, 13, Helen Willett, 15, and Katrina Miller, 14, had met twice a week since Nov-ember to plan and perfect the eController, a system for saving energy in the workplace. Their idea was a card carried by office employees which detects when they enter or leave the workplace. The card is read when staff enter the building, and switches on the lights and appliances at workstations - and switches them off when they leave. - Source

04/13/09 - Mobile Mini House
KeelyNet Unfurled into a 252° semicircle, the Mobile Mini reveals five modular rooms that cover your needs for a bed, bath, living room, kitchen and even an office. Cutouts in all of the walls allow for the various bits to interlock when it's folded up, and, unfolded, there's a transparent screen that pulls out to act as the roof and walls. (Hope you aren't shy: the shower features a wall that'll barely hide you from other occupants in the house, though expose you to the rest of the world.) - Source

04/13/09 - ATM Card Skimmers
KeelyNet Three different ATM skimmers were found this week and reported on blogs, raising the question of what the heck is going on considering these are supposed to be a rarity. First, our reader Dan found a skimmer on a WaMu/Chase ATM in LA. Gizmodo picked up the story and subsequently their reader Sean Seibel found a skimmer on a Chase ATM in Manhattan's East Village. Then this kid Nick McGlynn found a setup similar to the one Sean did, also on a Chase ATM. A skimmer is a fake card slot that fits over the real card slot. It contains electronics that capture your card information and PIN. More here: Skimming the cash out of your account. / ATM skimming devices come in two flavors: ones that interfere with the ATM operation and ones that don't. The skimmers that interfere with the ATM operation are a bit easier to detect because even though customers insert or swipe their cards, it's not the ATM's card reader so the ATM isn't actually being used and the customer isn't getting any money. It can happen not just at ATMs, but also at cash registers when you make a purchase. Pay your restaurant tab with a credit card and you have no idea what the waiter might be doing with the card when it's out of your sight. But skimming at ATMs can be much more damaging because of the number of accounts and the amount of money that can be quickly accessed. ATMs that have swipe readers (you swipe your card through a raised slot) are the easiest to skim. Swipe readers are more likely to be found at nonbank ATMs. But that doesn't mean you should avoid ATMs that have swipe readers. "There are tens of thousands of them. Just beware of something that doesn't look quite right," says Merrell. A technology called Jitter is one way to beat skimming. "A skimming device needs a nice, smooth card reader. Jitter varies the speed and reverses the direction of the card intermittently and in a random fashion when the card is entered." Jitter is being deployed mainly on newer, motorized card readers. / Here are some tips to help you avoid becoming a skimming victim. * Keep your PIN safe. Don't give it to anyone. * Watch out for people who try to "help" you at an ATM. * Look at the ATM before using it. If it doesn't look right, don't use it. * If an ATM has any unusual signage, don't use it. No bank would hang a sign that says, "Swipe your ATM here before inserting it in the card reader" or something to that effect. * If your card is not returned after the transaction or after pressing cancel, immediately contact the institution that issued it. * Check your statements to be sure there are no unusual withdrawals. - Source

04/13/09 - FIELD a fluorescent array, wirelessly powered
KeelyNet What would you do if you were driving along the highway and you glanced into a field to see a giant array of fluorescent tubes lit wirelessly from the electromagnetic fields of power lines. Back in 2004, [Richard Box] set up this display after hearing about a friend playing "light saber" with fluorescent tubes under power lines. The tubes can be lit pretty easily by have a variation in voltage between the ends. By sticking one end in the ground and the other up in the air, he's harnessing the strong magnetic field from the power lines. Though some thought the display was made to bring people's attention to possible hazards of living near the lines, [Box] states that he did it just because it looked cool. - Source

04/13/09 - HAL suit going into production
KeelyNet When we compiled our list of real life power suits last May, the HAL suit was being pitched as a $1000 a month rental. Cyberdyne has changed their tune for the better recently. Teports suggest that the first 400 unit run of powered exoskeletons will sell for $4200, less than a Segway. The suit can increase the wearer's strength ten-fold and will run continuously for nearly three hours. / The HAL (Hybrid Assistive Limb) suit works by detecting faint bioelectrical signals using pads placed on specific areas of the body. The pads move the HAL suit accordingly. The Cyberdyne website explains: "When a person attempts to move, nerve signals are sent from the brain to the muscles via motoneuron, moving the musculoskeletal system as a consequence. At this moment, very weak biosignals can be detected on the surface of the skin. HAL catches these signals through a sensor attached on the skin of the wearer. Based on the signals obtained, the power unit is controlled to wearer's daily activities." - Source

04/13/09 - Grow 100 lbs. of Potatoes in 4 Square Feet
KeelyNet The Times' guide for building a potato growing box yields up to a 100 lbs. of potatoes in a mere 4 square feet. By planting your potatoes in layers within a tall box, as seen in the diagram here, you're essentially building a potato growing high rise. You can wait until the fall for a full harvest or if you're getting antsy for some garden fresh potatoes you can pop a board off the bottom and steal some of the mature potatoes. For more details and tips on getting a great yield, check out the full write up at the Seattle Times. - Source

04/13/09 - "Tweenbots" Test NYC Pedestrian-Robot Relations
KeelyNet "Tweenbots are human-dependent robots that navigate the city with the help of pedestrians they encounter. Rolling at a constant speed, in a straight line, Tweenbots have a destination displayed on a flag, and rely on people they meet to read this flag and to aim them in the right direction to reach their goal." / Because I built them with minimal technology, I had no way of tracking the Tweenbot's progress, and so I set out on the first test with a video camera hidden in my purse. I placed the Tweenbot down on the sidewalk, and walked far enough away that I would not be observed as the Tweenbot--a smiling 10-inch tall cardboard missionary--bumped along towards his inevitable fate. The results were unexpected. Over the course of the following months, throughout numerous missions, the Tweenbots were successful in rolling from their start point to their far-away destination assisted only by strangers. Every time the robot got caught under a park bench, ground futilely against a curb, or became trapped in a pothole, some passerby would always rescue it and send it toward its goal. Never once was a Tweenbot lost or damaged. Often, people would ignore the instructions to aim the Tweenbot in the "right" direction, if that direction meant sending the robot into a perilous situation. One man turned the robot back in the direction from which it had just come, saying out loud to the Tweenbot, "You can't go that way, it's toward the road." - Source

04/13/09 - Amazon Culls "Offensive" Books From Search System
"Amazon has instituted an overnight policy that removes books that may be deemed offensive from their search system, despite the sales rank of the book and also irrespective of any complaints. Bloggers such as Ed Champion are calling for a 'link and book boycott,' asking people to remove links to Amazon from their web pages and stop buying books from them until the policy is reversed. Will this be bad business for Amazon, or will their new policies keep them out of trouble as they continue to grow and replace bookstores?" - Source

04/13/09 - Solar's Dirty Little Secrets
Many of the solar panels manufactured today are made with cadmium, a highly toxic carcinogen that can cumulate in plant, animal, and human tissues. The Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition has recently published a 45-page report, "Toward a Just and Sustainable Solar Energy Industry," claiming that many of the environmental risks associated with the production and disposal of solar panels are not currently being addressed by the industry. And because solar panels have a shelf life of 20 to 30 years, the Coalition claims that the panels have the potential of creating the next wave of hazardous e-waste when they "die." What to do? Clearly, as the solar industry grows, environmentalists and consumers must demand that manufacturers develop systems to ensure that solar panels are recycled and their hazardous toxins kept out of our ecosystem. The good news. Greensters can take heart, though. There is a still bright side to solar. According to recent studies cited in the Scientific American, while it takes resources and energy to make solar panels, we could still reduce our greenhouse gasses by 90 percent if photovoltaic power replaced fossil-fuel-based power. And in the meantime, there are organizations popping up to prevent and monitor rampant e-waste in the solar industry. PV Cycle, for example, is a European company dedicated to collecting and recycling end-of-life modules in solar panels. Smarty-pants tech institutes are exploring the use of carbon electrodes, as opposed to using the earth's rapidly depleting indium tin oxide, to make LCDs and solar panels. And watchdog organizations such as the Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition (mentioned earlier), which is dedicated to "creating social, economic, and environmental justice and promoting sustainable technology," are keeping a much-needed eye on the industry. - Source

04/13/09 - Waxman-Markey might make it legal to sue over Global Warming
The Waxman-Markey bill that recently was introduced into the House has already caused quit a stir, and that was before someone found a provision tucked in it's 600 plus pages that would make it legal to sue the Government if you suffer from Global Warming. The bill is big, robust, and in many cases even more aggressive in it's battle against C02 then the Obama plan (maybe for a reason: to make the Obama plan seem palatable in comparison?). This one little subsection, however, has the Washingtin Times all up in arms. They are worried about the huge number of new lawsuits that this could cause tying up the legal system. According to the Times, the bill opens up a direct legal action option for individuals who feel they have been harmed in some way by Global Warming. I located the passage they are talking about in the bill, and the Times seems to have it about right: here's a line or two from the SEC. 336. ENFORCEMENT bit of the bill. The persons authorized by subsection (a) to commence an action under this section shall include any person who has suffered, or reasonably expects to suffer, a harm attributable, in whole or in part, to a violation or failure to act referred to in subsection (a). What is harm, you ask? Well as near as I can tease out, it's a wide open definition: "any effect of air pollution (including climate change), currently occurring or at risk of occurring." - Source

04/13/09 - Diatoms could triple solar cell efficiency
By trapping light inside the nanoscale pores of thin-film solar cells coated with diatoms, the engineers claim that more incident photons are captured to boost electricity generation, thereby greatly increasing efficiency. "In our system, photons bounce around inside pores formed from diatom shells," said OSU professor Greg Rorrer, "making them three times more efficient." Dye-sensitized solar cells work by absorbing photons on an inexpensive thin-film composed of dye molecules attached to a titanium oxide layer on a glass or plastic substrate. When the dye molecules absorb a photon, the resultant excitation injects electrons into the titanium, which transports them to the negative electrode. Dye-sensitized solar cells are favored as a thin-film material because they work in low-light conditions and are fabricated with environmentally benign materials compared to silicon solar cells. However, silicon cells have more than twice the efficiency, as much as 20 percent compared to less than 10 percent for dye-sensitized solar cells. If diatoms could triple the efficiency of dye-sensitized solar cells, they could potentially offer comparable efficiency at a lower cost, especially in low lighting conditions. The Oregon engineers fed titanium dioxide to living diatoms so they would build shells from the photovoltaic material instead of silicon dioxide, from which they usually build their shells. "We have found that diatoms will readily accept titanium dioxide in place of silicon dioxide if that's all we make available to them," said Rorrer. The engineers have grown diatoms on a substrate. They have also bred them in bulk, then coated a glass surface with the material. In either case, the pattern of intricate nanoscale features both boosted the photovoltaic surface area available and trapped incident light inside the pores. After removing the organic material from the shells, leaving behind the diatom's nanoscale skeletons composed of titanium dioxide, the researchers mixed the material in a dye. The resulting thin-film solar cells had three times the efficiency, according to Rorrer, than the same thin films without diatom nanoscale patterning. - Source

04/13/09 - Open Letter From Native Americans to The American People

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04/13/09 - The Startling Effects of Going Vegetarian for Just One Day
If everyone went vegetarian just for one day, the U.S. would save: ? 100 billion gallons of water, enough to supply all the homes in New England for almost 4 months; ? 1.5 billion pounds of crops otherwise fed to livestock, enough to feed the state of New Mexico for more than a year; ? 70 million gallons of gas -- enough to fuel all the cars of Canada and Mexico combined with plenty to spare; ? 3 million acres of land, an area more than twice the size of Delaware; ? 33 tons of antibiotics. If everyone went vegetarian just for one day, the U.S. would prevent: ? Greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to 1.2 million tons of CO2, as much as produced by all of France; ? 3 million tons of soil erosion and $70 million in resulting economic damages; ? 4.5 million tons of animal excrement; ? Almost 7 tons of ammonia emissions, a major air pollutant. My favorite statistic is this: According to Environmental Defense, if every American skipped one meal of chicken per week and substituted vegetarian foods instead, the carbon dioxide savings would be the same as taking more than half a million cars off of U.S. roads. See how easy it is to make an impact? Other points: Globally, we feed 756 million tons of grain to farmed animals. As Princeton bioethicist Peter Singer notes in his new book, if we fed that grain to the 1.4 billion people who are living in abject poverty, each of them would be provided more than half a ton of grain, or about 3 pounds of grain/day -- that's twice the grain they would need to survive. And that doesn't even include the 225 million tons of soy that are produced every year, almost all of which is fed to farmed animals. - Source

04/13/09 - Cyborg rolls a little closer
KeelyNet Amputees and people with difficulty standing could soon move using a 'wearable transportation device' that gives the effect of walking. Exmovere Holdings has unveiled a self-balancing, hands-free concept vehicle called the Chariot, which is controlled by subtle movements of the lower torso and hips. Sensors inside the cocoon-like shell of the vehicle interpret gentle pressure changes from the wearer's body to predict their intended motion and carry out the action. This means users can control the direction and speed of movement, and approach an intended object, without lifting a finger. With its upright form, the Chariot lets wearers make direct eye contact with other people, as if they were standing. The battery powered concept vehicle, which can travel up to 12 miles per hour, has been unveiled in demonstrations at Exmovere's McLean, Virginia Headquarters. - Source

04/13/09 - Communities print their own currency to keep cash flowing
A small but growing number of cash-strapped communities are printing their own money. Borrowing from a Depression-era idea, they are aiming to help consumers make ends meet and support struggling local businesses. - Source

04/13/09 - Bendy laser beams fired through the air
KeelyNet The Norse thunder god Thor deflected lightning with his hammer. Physicists could soon replicate this feat using curved laser beams. Bending lightning around tall buildings and away from airports, power plants and other facilities is just one application for curved laser beams, says Jerome Moloney at the University of Arizona, Tuscon. He and his colleagues have now made the first such beams1. "The real novelty is that we can curve light in the lab," he says. Laser physicists already use beams made up of short laser pulses to etch out 'plasma channels'. These pulses manipulate the speed with which light travels through air - slowing it down in the centre of the beam and speeding it up at the sides. The causes the beam to continually self-focus, helping it maintain a high intensity over large distances. The beam ionizes the nitrogen and oxygen around it, creating a plasma. Moloney and his colleagues have devised a way to steer these paths using another kind of laser, known as an Airy beam - named after astronomer George Biddell Airy, who discovered the mathematics governing its motion in the nineteenth century. Airy beams bend because they are made up of a combination of waves: one leading wave, which carries most of the beam's intensity, and many smaller trailing waves, each out of step with the next by half a wavelength. These waves interfere with each other so that the leading wave curves one way while the tail bends in the opposite direction. Combining an Airy beam with a high-intensity pulse beam, Moloney's team created curved plasma channels, which can be bent or straightened further using a lens. If such beams were fired from the ground into clouds they could, in principle, carve out tracks for lightning to follow, says Moloney. - Source

04/13/09 - In Areas Fueled by Coal, Climate Bill Sends Chill
From the wheat fields of the north-central region to Kansas City's necklace of industrial parks to the brick street fronts of St. Louis, Missouri's reliance on cheap electricity is deeply ingrained. But few pay attention to the origin of their little-noticed savings: 21 coal-fired power plants that emit more than 75 million tons of carbon dioxide annually and generate 80 percent of Missouri's electricity. Even residents who endorse wind and solar energy have grown accustomed to the benefits of state policies that favor coal by putting a premium on low-cost electricity. So the idea of federal climate legislation that could increase electricity bills by putting a price on emissions of heat-trapping gases like carbon dioxide is unsettling. For Missourians, said Robert Clayton, chairman of the state's Public Service Commission, "the consequence of using more power hasn't been great." Missouri is hardly alone. Nebraska, Indiana and Iowa are also states where coal turns on most of the lights. That is why, even before Representatives Henry A. Waxman of California and Edward J. Markey of Massachusetts, both Democrats, proposed legislation that would put a price on carbon-dioxide emissions, Senate and House Democrats from coal-using states began to push back. They are concerned that the new costs would get passed on to consumers. - Source

04/13/09 - Scientists find 'pleasure nerves'
A team, including scientists from the Unilever company, have identified a class of nerve fibres in the skin which specifically send pleasure messages. And people had to be stroked at a certain speed - 4-5cm per second - to activate the pleasure sensation. The research recorded nerve responses in 20 people. They then tested how people responded to having their forearm skin stroked at a range of different speeds. They identified "C-tactile" nerve fibres as those stimulated when people said a touch had been pleasant. If the stroke was faster or slower than the optimum speed, the touch was not pleasurable and the nerve fibres were not activated. The scientists also discovered that the C-tactile nerve fibres are only present on hairy skin, and are not found on the hand. Professor Francis McGlone, now based at Unilever after an academic career where he carried out research into nerve response, says this is likely to be a deliberate "design". "We believe this could be Mother Nature's way of ensuring that mixed messages are not sent to the brain when it is in use as a functional tool." He said the speed at which people found arm-stroking pleasurable was the same as that which a mother uses to comfort a baby, or couples use to show affection. - Source

04/13/09 - Death Switch
KeelyNet With regard to tying up loose ends, the Death Switch service is one of the best and a new one posted 04/10/09 is called Legacy Locker. On the Death Switch site is an amusing article, A Brief History of Death Switches about how computers can almost simulate our existence after death. I quote; "At the beginning of the computer era, people died with passwords in their heads and no one could access their files. When access to these files was critical, companies could grind to a halt. That's when programmers invented death switches. With a death switch, the computer prompts you for your password once a week to make sure you are still alive. When you don't enter your password for some period of time, the computer deduces you are dead, and your passwords are automatically emailed to the second-in-command. Individuals began to use death switches to reveal Swiss bank account numbers to their heirs, to get the last word in an argument, and to confess secrets that were unspeakable during a lifetime... Soon enough, people realized they could program messages to be delivered on dates in the future. "Happy 87th birthday. I'ts been 22 years since my death. I hope your life is proceeding the way you want it to." With time, people began to push death switches further. Instead of confessing their death in the emails, they pretended they were NOT dead. Using auto-responder algorithms that cleverly analysed incoming messages, a death switch could generate apologetic excuses to turn down invitations, to send congratulations on a life event, and to claim to be looking forward to a chance to see them again sometime soon. Today, building a death switch has become an art form. Death switches are programmed to send a fax occasionally, make a transfer between bank accounts, or make an online purchase of the latest novel. The most sophisticated switches reminisce about shared adventures, exchange memories about a good story, swap inside jokes, brag about past feats, summon up lifetimes of experience. In this way, death switches have established themselves as a cosmic joke on mortality. Humans have discovered that they cannot stop Death, but at least they can spit in his drink." - Source

04/13/09 - 7 (Crazy) Civilian Uses for Nuclear Bombs
Nuclear weapons aren't only good for leveling cities, they've also been used throughout the last 50 years for a variety of civilian purposes like stimulating natural gas production - and all kinds of innovative proposals have been slapped on the table to harness the awesome power of the nuclear blast for economic benefit. The U.S. government sponsored Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory to come up with and research ideas for what was known as Project Plowshare (see video). While Livermore scientists tested new ideas through about a dozen explosions, Soviet scientists had a much larger program known as "Program No. 7 - Nuclear Explosions for the National Economy" which detonated more than 120 nukes to aid civilian aims. Here's a rundown of ideas, both tried or just proposed, for how we could put nuclear weapons to work outside war. After all, the world's got at least 23,000+ warheads just laying about. - Source

04/13/09 - Tesla Roadster runs for 241 miles in Monte Carlo e-rally
As an answer to those who say e-cars will never take off because their range is limited, this isn't at all bad. A Tesla Roadster managed to cover 241 miles on a single charge while taking part in the Rallye Monte Carlo d'Energies Alternatives. Organised by the Automobile Club of Monaco, the annual rally is open to cars powered by just about any 'alternative' fuel source, such as LPG, ethanol or even petrol-powered hybrid drives. The rally course runs 390km (241 miles) from the town of Valance in France to the Principality of Monaco and covers a mixture of trunk roads, motorways and single-carriageway roads that wind through the mountains. it was the Tesla that stole the e-car laurels by managing to get cross the finishing line with an indicated 61km (38 miles) of juice left in the battery pack. That would give the Roadster a theoretical maximum touring range of nearly 280 miles - 36 miles more than Tesla itself reckons the car will cover on a charge. If the numbers stand up to official scrutiny, Tesla will hold the world record for the longest distance travelled by a production electric car on a single charge. Of course, it should be pointed out that the Tesla was driven by a company staffer doubtless practised in eking out every last mile from a charge, and that the speeds averaged on the run were hardly blistering - 90kph (56mph) on the motorways, 60kph (37mph) on trunk roads and 30kph (19) in the mountain roads. Tesla reckon the average speed for the entire journey was 45kph (28mph). - Source

04/13/09 - New generation of stealth fighter jets don't work in hot climates
THE £9billion supersonic jump jet seen as the future of the RAF and Royal Navy will not fly properly in hot weather, say experts. Sources have told the Daily Star Sunday that the £60million supersonic wonder jets will have limited range and may even have problems landing with weapons on board. That could mean pilots having to dump any bombs that have not been used. The F-35 risks overheating because designers want it to be "stealthy" - so it won't show up on enemy radar. That means it can't have the usual air scoops and vents to cool its engine, since they would show up as infra-red hotspots. So pilots need lots of fuel on board to keep the jet cool, restricting mission range. It is an even bigger headache for the British F-35B jump jet model, which already has less range than other versions because its big fan for hovering takes up a lot of fuel space. Defence Technology International editor-in-chief Bill Sweetman told us: "JSF in its current form will be very limited in hot-weather performance and modifications intended to fix the problem won't start to be tested until 2011 or 2012. - Source

04/10/09 - Definite Proof for the Conversion of vacuum-energy
KeelyNet In some recent work the existence of the dark energy of the universe, also known as vacuum-energy, was investigated theoretically [1,2] and experimentally [3,4], resulting in the possibility to convert this energy into mechanical energy within the laboratory. A rotor within an electrical field was propelled by vacuum-energy, whereby ideally no electrical energy from the field-source should be used. A final proof that the observed rotation of the rotor is really based on vacuum-energy, is established for sure, as soon as the produced mechanical engine power of the rotor is larger, than the electrical power losses, which occur because of imperfections of the electrical isolation within the machine converting vacuum-energy. Such imperfections of the isolation cause a discharge of the source of the electrical field, which has to be compensated in the real setup of an experiment in order to avoid that the field will disappear in the course of time. This proof was brought with the experiment reported here, whereby an electrical power loss of (2.87+/-0.89) nanowatts is seen in comparison with a produced mechanical engine power of approx.(150+/-50) nanowatts, so that at least the difference is taken from vacuum-energy for sure. Full article: http://philica.com/display_article.php?article_id=155 - ( via zpenergy.com ) - Source

04/10/09 - Patenting Cavitation Technology
KeelyNet The patents described here are used only to exemplify the wide range of the fields where this technology has been applied. Cavitation is a general term used to describe the behavior of voids or bubbles in a liquid. Major places where cavitation occurs are in pumps, on propellers, or at restrictions in a flowing liquid. Cavitation is usually divided into two classes of behavior: inertial (or transient) cavitation and non-inertial cavitation. Inertial cavitation is the process where a void or bubble in a liquid rapidly collapses, producing a shock wave (which may be audible). Such cavitation often occurs in pumps and impellers (small bubbles of gas). Non-inertial cavitation is the process where a bubble in a fluid is forced to oscillate in size or shape due to some form of energy input, such as an acoustic field. Such cavitation is mostly employed in ultrasonic cleaning baths, but can also be observed in pumps and propellers. / Treatment of Food. The US Patent 3743523 provides an example where production of cavitation is either wanted or not. The patent is for a method for the sonic treating of food material. Cooking of food requires water to penetrate the solid particles. Penetration is required whether the food is cooked with a heating process or simply prepared by soaking. High level sonic energy is utilized to generate elastic pressure pulses in a liquid in which food material is immersed. By transmitting sonic energy the solids are efficiently worked with the liquid. / Reducing Facial Wrinkles. The US patent 6113559 uses ultrasound to reduce facial skin wrinkles. The invention hypothesized that working ultrasound energy into the dermis layer triggers synthesis of new connective tissue through activation of fibroblast cells without damage. The connective tissue gives the dermis layer body, shape and support. Ultrasound includes the acoustic waves capable of inducing controlled cavitation in skin tissue. A cavitational bubble is generated and when the bubble collapses, a shock wave results that mechanically, in as localized area, tears apart tissue in the dermis causing dermal inflammation or irritation and the resultant synthesis of new connective tissue. / Wound Treatment. In the US patent 6478754 a wound surface is treated by using ultrasonic waves. One application of this method is the facilitation of dissolution of blood clots by using an ultrasound tip directed to a blood vessel with clot(s). The ultrasound standing waves create cavitation inside blood vessel and dissolve the clots. / Extraction of Coffee and Teas. The US patent 3902273 provides a method for subjecting the vegetable to the effect of cavitation produced by ultrasonic sound waves. The patent describes several results possible by cavitation including inhibition of germination of seeds and sprouting, rupture of the cytoplasmic membrane of algae and extraction of coffee and tea. Regarding coffee and tea, the patent describes that cavitation adopts itself well in the manufacture of the instant beverages. The advantage is that the taste is not altered. Usually, extractions of coffee and tea are carried out at high temperatures which affect the tannin or tannic acid in the tea or coffee; as result the taste is altered. By imparting the cavitation effect to the water containing tea leaves or ground coffee bean the meristematic tissue of the tea or coffee are ruptured and extract is thus obtained. - Source

04/10/09 - Burning Ammonia to produce Hydrogen Hubs
By Jack Robertson’s reckoning, a viable formula to produce hydrogen energy and green fertilizer. He calls it a hydrogen hub. “We think we’ve come up with something here that finally cracks the hydrogen code.” A hydrogen hub would be a power plant that uses water and air to produce a form of ammonia, then burns the ammonia to yield hydrogen energy. Robertson says his invention would trim the need for gas- and coal-fired power plants that contribute to global warming. He envisions a new sustainable industry springing up at abandoned aluminum plants or the former Trojan nuclear plant in Rainier, Ore. Robertson has a patent pending for his hydrogen hub concept, and is teaming with technical experts and utilities to move into the testing phase. “There’s no rocket science here,” says John Holbrook, a Stanford buddy of Robertson’s and a retired project manager for the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, Wash. Robertson’s invention, Holbrook says, is a novel way of putting existing technologies together. “All the pieces have been done before. You only need water, air and electricity to do it.” A hydrogen hub would buy up cheap hydro and wind power for several weeks in the spring, say for 1 or 2 cents a kilowatt hour. PGE now sells green power to residential customers for 10 cents a kilowatt hour. The hub would use an electrolyzer to extract hydrogen from water and an air-separation unit to extract nitrogen from the atmosphere. Hydrogen and nitrogen would be synthesized into anhydrous ammonia, using the Haber-Bosch process, named for its inventors. Anhydrous ammonia, a common fertilizer, would be stored in liquid form in tanks. It can be fatal if it leaks into the atmosphere, but it’s one of the most commonly shipped chemicals in the world. Ammonia is an efficient way to store hydrogen, says Holbrook, executive director of the nonprofit Ammonia Fuel Network. “We call it the other hydrogen.” When the electricity price jumps in the summer, the hydrogen hub runs the ammonia through a generator, producing hydrogen power. Belgium used ammonia to power its buses during World War II. The only byproducts are water vapor and nitrogen, which can be reused or vented into the air. The electricity would free utilities from building extra power plants to meet peak summertime demand for energy. The other 10 months of the year, anhydrous ammonia could be sold to farmers as a form of green fertilizer. The chief barrier to the hydrogen hub concept is not whether it works, Robertson and Holbrook say, but whether it can be done efficiently. - Source

04/10/09 - Robot from Forbidden Planet - $16.45
KeelyNet If you too are a fan of 1950s windup toys and especially the kickass movie, 'Forbidden Planet' (which I have on DVD and have watched umpteen times), check out this way cool model of the robot from the movie 'Forbidden Planet'. It's not the whizbang complicated electronic toys available these days but I bought one and it is totally charming. People who visit my house are just delighted by watching it even for a minute. I doubt it would hold the interest of many kids these days but if nothing else it looks cool on a shelf! It walks and puts out blue sparks inside its clear plastic shield. Jameco P/N 385916 - robot, Forbidden Planet type - tin, wind-up, 9 inches high, sparks. Now I just want a working model of the Krell Mind Machine!!! - JWD - Source

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04/10/09 - Your face on a bot
We’ll file this one under “creepy yet amusing”. You can now order a MechRC robot with a 3d replica of your own head mounted to it. The site thatsmyface.com is offering this as a product. Simply take some pictures of your face upload them and mark some options. They’ll send you your robotic replica, ready to go. As they point out at botjunkie, they’ll put any face on there that you have some decent pictures of. That’s even creepier. / All you have to do is upload a few pictures of yourself, alter your age or gender or ethnicity if you wish, and a model of your head will be sent to you atop a 17 servo MechRC humanoid robot. It’s not just your face they’re willing to put on there, either… You can order a robot with anyone’s face on it, as long as you have some decent pictures. Imagine the possibilities. You should be able to buy a MechRC with your face on it sometime this summer, for some small premium in addition to the MechRC’s price of about $580. if you just can’t wait, ThatsMyFace.com offers all kinds of other weird products involving your face, starting at $30. - Source

04/10/09 - Legacy Locker Hands Over the Keys to Your Online Life When You Die
It's not all that exciting to think about, but what happens to your online bank account, email, Facebook account, blog, and the rest of your online presence when you cease to be? Web site Legacy passes on your "digital property" to your friends or loved ones should you die. At first blush, the idea sounds admittedly kind of absurd. But think about the hassle for your loved ones involved in finding contacts that should be notified of your death (email or Facebook), or the money sitting in your PayPal account with nobody around to claim it. None of this poses an insurmountable obstacle for your loved ones, but it'd all be a lot easier if the appropriate usernames and passwords were automatically handed over at your demise. The service comes with several tiered accounts, from the free account—which will store and hand over 3 "assets" (logins) to one "beneficiary" and send out one "legacy letter" (a farewell message to your loved one) to the $30 annual account, which gives you unlimited everything. We appreciate what the service offers, and appreciate that Legacy Locker provides a service that may be worth some cash, but we can't help but think you could have Legacy Locker hand over the keys of your email, then provide instructions to finding an email you've prepared in your email account with further instructions for accessing what you couldn't fit into Legacy Locker. But we're cheap like that. If you don't feel like handing over your logins (some of us would rather they self destruct) but like the idea of sending out emails from the grave, check out previously mentioned Death Switch. - Source

04/10/09 - New CASMOBOT Lawnmower Controlled By a Wiimote
"Researchers at the University of Southern Denmark have modified a Wiimote so that it can control an industrial lawn mower. The project is called Casmobot (Computer Assisted Slope Mowing Robot). 'The Casmobot project is about making grass cutting more efficient,' said Kjeld Jensen, a robotics researcher at the University of Southern Denmark who developed the system. It uses a standard Wiimote that communicates via Bluetooth to a computer and robotics module built into the mower. Actions of the mower are matched to tilt actions of the remote. For example, if you tilt the remote down the mower moves forwards; tilt it up, and it moves backwards, and so on. The Wiimote can be used to control the mower manually or in computer-assisted mode, where the mower uses autonomous navgiation based on RTK GPS positioning to cut larger areas." - Source

04/10/09 - Norfolk Police Officers To Be Tagged To Improve Response Times
Police in Norfolk, England already have tracking units, The Automatic Vehicle Location System, installed in their cars that allow a control room to track their exact locations. Later this year a similar system will be attached to individual police radios to allow controllers to monitor the position of every frontline officer. Combined with equipment that can pinpoint the locations of 999 callers, the system will allow the force to home in on "shouts" to within yards. The system also lets operators filter a map showing the location of its vehicles and constables to reveal only those with the skills needed for a specific incident, like the closest officer with silver bullets during a werewolf attack. - (This was posted 10 days after April Fools so I don't know if its real or a joke, but its a great idea...if you are being paid, your employer should be able to check your location at the very least when not at work in the building. - JWD) - Source

04/10/09 - Mexican health program successful at reducing crippling health care costs
KeelyNet In results from the largest health policy study of its kind, a Mexican health care program created in 2003 has been found effective in reducing crippling health care costs among poorer households. The results reflect the success of the Seguro Popular program, and arise from an evaluation conducted by researchers, including a Princeton University faculty member, in collaboration with researchers in Mexico. "We were able to scientifically establish that the program achieved its main goal to reduce health care costs," said Kosuke Imai, an assistant professor of politics at Princeton who developed a new statistical method for the study. "This represents an important success not only for health care but also for a larger agenda to encourage evidence-based policymaking." The new method, he said, enables more accurate and efficient evaluation and is now being implemented or considered for evaluations of many other public policy programs around the world. "The success of Seguro Popular in reducing catastrophic health expenditures is remarkable, not least because governmental money spent on the poor in many countries rarely reaches the intended recipients," said Gary King, the lead author on the study and the David Florence Professor of Government and director of the Institute for Quantitative Social Science at Harvard University. The study, which included 500,000 people, is the largest randomized health policy study ever conducted. The success of Seguro Popular, which covers about as many people as are uninsured in America, could provide lessons for other countries, the authors said. Seguro Popular was developed to provide health care to 50 million Mexicans who otherwise would lack coverage. Voluntary enrollment in the program, provided at no cost to the poor, offers access to health clinics, medications, regular and preventive medical care, and the money to pay for it. The program's primary goal is the reduction of catastrophic health expenses -- costs that exceed one-third of a household's yearly disposable income. "In addition to its substantive conclusions, the research offers new insights into how to evaluate policy programs," Imai said. "The challenge for program evaluation is the cost of following up on results for a large number of individuals." The study monitored health outcomes and expenditures in 118,569 households over 10 months. In order to select comparable groups, the researchers paired up 174 communities based on similarities in background, such as how healthy its inhabitants were, the size of its population and the number of schools that were located there. One community within each pair was randomly chosen to receive treatment. Families in the treatment community were encouraged to enroll in Seguro Popular, health facilities were built or upgraded, and medical personnel, drugs and other supplies were provided. Families in the other community did not receive any change in their health care resources. Researchers found this "matched pair" design decreased the margin of error to as little as one-sixth of what it would be with traditional experimental methods. In other words, researchers can have more confidence in conclusions with fewer individuals and communities. "The power of pair-matching is incredible," Imai said. - Source and yet there is a negative article about this from this Source en espanol.

04/10/09 - UK researcher identifies just 8 patterns as the cause of all humor
Evolutionary theorist Alastair Clarke has today published details of eight patterns he claims to be the basis of all the humour that has ever been imagined or expressed, regardless of civilization, culture or personal taste. Clarke has stated before that humour is based on the surprise recognition of patterns but this is the first time he has identified the precise nature of the patterns involved, addressing the deceptively simple unit and context relationships at their foundation. His research goes on to demonstrate the universality of the theory by showing how these few basic patterns are recognized in more than a hundred different types of humour. Clarke explains: "One of the most beautiful things about the theory is that, while denying all previous theories, it also unites them for the first time. For decades researchers have concentrated on limited areas of humour and have each argued for causality based on their specific interest. Now that we have pattern recognition theory, all previous explanations are accommodated by a single over-arching concept present in all of them. "The eight patterns divide into two main categories. The first four are patterns of fidelity, by which we recognize the repetition of units within the same context, and the second four are patterns of magnitude, by which we recognize the same unit repeated in multiple contexts. "What this all means is that the basic faculty of pattern recognition equips us to compare multiple units for their appropriateness within a certain context, effectively selecting the best tool for the job, and then to apply our chosen unit to as wide a range of contexts as possible, effectively discovering the largest number of jobs that tool is good for. "Basically humour is all about information processing, accelerating faculties that enable us to analyse and then manipulate incoming data." Clarke lists the patterns that are active in humour as positive repetition, division, completion, translation, applicative and qualitative recontextualization, opposition and scale. - Source

04/10/09 - Bio-FM signal maintains inflammation in cancer, asthma, other diseases
KeelyNet A study published tomorrow (10 April) in Science examines a key player in conditions such as cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, rheumatoid arthritis and asthma and has shown that cells use a sophisticated communication system to coordinate responses to infection and maintain inflammation in the body. This system is now a target for designing drugs to treat these conditions. Professor Michael White of the University of Liverpool, who led the research said: "We know that successive peaks and troughs in the amount of NF-kappaB – forming a wave-like pattern over time – can exert exquisite control over many biological processes that underlie the symptoms of inflammation. Furthermore, what we now see is that different cell processes are determined once they pick up the frequency of peaks and troughs in the NF-kappaB signal, just like tuning in to an FM radio signal." Professor Douglas Kell, BBSRC Chief Executive and co-author of the paper in his previous role added: "This research is an example that shows truly integrated systems biology allowing us to get right to the bottom of a complex and important biological question i.e. can we better understand the fundamental biology of inflammation in order to treat disease? "The results of our work simultaneously aid and challenge drug designers; it will not simply be a matter of using a drug to knock down one key biological player in an inflammatory disease. This research tells us that cells in inflammatory tissues may use very precise timing to communicate between each other in order to determine the overall response to infection and the extent to which inflammation is maintained. Systems biology is enabling us to get a complete picture of the biology underpinning inflammation and thus pinpoint the potential axes of control that might be targeted with drugs." - Source

04/10/09 - Scientists pinpoint the 'edge of space'
Where does Earth stop and space begin? 118-kilometres above the ground, according to University of Calgary scientists who created an new instrument that is able to pinpoint the so-called "edge of space." - Source

04/10/09 - Super-plant cleans up animal waste and can be used for ethanol production
KeelyNet Researchers at North Carolina State University have found that a tiny aquatic plant can be used to clean up animal waste at industrial hog farms and potentially be part of the answer for the global energy crisis. Their research shows that growing duckweed on hog wastewater can produce five to six times more starch per acre than corn, according to researcher Dr. Jay Cheng. This means that ethanol production using duckweed could be "faster and cheaper than from corn," says fellow researcher Dr. Anne-Marie Stomp. "We can kill two birds – biofuel production and wastewater treatment – with one stone – duckweed," Cheng says. Starch from duckweed can be readily converted into ethanol using the same facilities currently used for corn, Cheng adds. Duckweed presents an attractive, non-food alternative that has the potential to produce significantly more ethanol feedstock per acre than corn; exploit existing corn-based ethanol production processes for faster scale-up; and turn pollutants into a fuel production system. The duckweed system consists of shallow ponds that can be built on land unsuitable for conventional crops, and is so efficient it generates water clean enough for re-use. The technology can utilize any nutrient-rich wastewater, from livestock production to municipal wastewater. Large-scale hog farms manage their animal waste by storing it in large "lagoons" for biological treatment. Duckweed utilizes the nutrients in the wastewater for growth, thus capturing these nutrients and preventing their release into the environment. In other words, Cheng says, "Duckweed could be an environmentally friendly, economically viable feedstock for ethanol." - Source

04/10/09 - Boats Too Costly to Keep Are Littering Coastlines
Boat owners are abandoning ship. They often sandpaper over the names and file off the registry numbers, doing their best to render the boats, and themselves, untraceable. Then they casually ditch the vessels in the middle of busy harbors, beach them at low tide on the banks of creeks or occasionally scuttle them outright. The bad economy is creating a flotilla of forsaken boats. While there is no national census of abandoned boats, officials in coastal states are worried the problem will only grow worse as unemployment and financial stress continue to rise. Several states are even drafting laws against derelicts and say they are aggressively starting to pursue delinquent owners. - Source

04/10/09 - Why URL Shortening is a Threat to the Web
The popularity of Twitter has caused an explosion of URL shortening services, but who really benefits from short URLs? The answer, according to Joshua Schachter, is not you. The only real winners are the shortening services themselves, which get huge amounts of traffic for their proxy-like services. The rest of us, however, are getting screwed. The most obvious problem is that shortened URLs could lead anywhere — a spam site, a phishing site, a porn site, a malware site, who knows? Of course this isn’t a new problem. Twitter may be responsible for thrusting URL shorteners back into the mainstream, but the idea began as a way to fix the shortcomings of some e-mail clients (we’re looking at you here Outlook), which often wrapped long lines, making links impossible to click on. However, URL shorteners quickly fell out of popularity, and for good reason: the proliferation of spam and link hijacking made most of us reluctant to click on something that could lead, well, anywhere. Then there’s the problem of long-term viability of your links. As Schachter points out, shortened links are, thanks to the additional layer of a shortening service, even more vulnerable to link rot: - Source

04/10/09 - Earmarks: Online hide and go seek
Scores of House members are hiding their earmark requests in obscure corners of their official websites — sticking to the letter of their new rule while shunning its spirit. The lawmakers are interpreting an ambiguous rule liberally, disclosing their requests as required on their official congressional webpages but avoiding any prominent display. Under the new rule, touted by House Democrats and echoed by President Obama as a move toward a more open system of earmarking, members submitting spending requests for 2010 to the Appropriations Committee are required to create an active link on their webpages giving the details. But the requirement to create a link allows for great disparity, from Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) down the line to the most junior member of the minority, in how and where those requests are displayed. The result was a hodgepodge, with some members of each party proudly displaying their requests while many others apparently did their utmost to keep their requests out of public view. - Source

04/10/09 - Storage unit auctions on the rise - possibly hidden treasures
The auctioneer slides the steel door up, and a small crowd at the storage facility steps forward for a peek. They are here to bid on possessions left behind when the people who rented the storage unit on Chicago's West Side stopped paying for it. The bidders are barred from entering the garage or touching its contents, so they stand on their toes to see as much as possible. Some shine flashlights inside, hoping to catch sight of a plasma TV or maybe a leather recliner. The scene is evidence of an unusual opportunity: Business is booming in the sale of belongings that owners can no longer afford to keep at the nation's storage units. For buyers, it's a grab bag that can yield either junk or the luxuries of a life left behind. Wayne Blair said his Michigan-based business has seen its number of auctions rise about 10 percent in the last year. These days, he's selling off the belongings of customers who have rented storage space for years and until recently paid their bills. Neither auctioneers nor bidders are allowed to inspect the items until after the sale, meaning they are often bidding blindly. The reason is simple: Right up until the auctioneer says "Sold," the items are legally the property of those renting the space. And with tougher times, it's easier to sell the notion that these units could contain what amounts to buried treasure. "There's a flock of new bidders that show up that heard from a cousin, saw on the Internet that you're going to make a million dollars at auctions," Schur said. In truth, the dusty boxes often turn up little of value: old clothes, worn-out furniture, worthless documents. Auctioneers continually warn buyers to bid only on what they can see. Brook Snyder, the auctioneer at the West Side storage unit, said his auctions are typically over in a matter of moments, with crowds ranging from 20 or 30 people to as many as 80. On one day, a bidder paid $10 for a unit containing a small, old television, a lamp and a few boxes. Another buyer paid $225 for a unit in which bidders could see a washing machine, dryer and lawn mower. Once in a while, someone gets especially lucky. "There was one where they bought the unit and moved the boxes and found a Harley," Schur said. "For $400 or $500, they got a unit with a $10,000 motorcycle in it." Not that the bidders want anybody to know that. Theirs is a secret society. They write their last names when they sign in for the auctions, but when asked, they are "just Curtis" and "Brian from Lake Zurich," "Rhonda Smith" and "John Smith." Most bidders avoid looking at their purchases until they are alone. Instead, they slap their own lock on the unit and return later, sometimes covering items so nobody sees what they are carting off. - Source

04/10/09 - Texas lawmaker suggests Asians adopt easier names
A North Texas legislator during House testimony on voter identification legislation said Asian-descent voters should adopt names that are "easier for Americans to deal with." The comments caused the Texas Democratic Party on Wednesday to demand an apology from state Rep. Betty Brown, R-Terrell. But a spokesman for Brown said her comments were only an attempt to overcome problems with identifying Asian names for voting purposes. “Rather than everyone here having to learn Chinese — I understand it’s a rather difficult language — do you think that it would behoove you and your citizens to adopt a name that we could deal with more readily here?” Brown said. - Source

04/10/09 - Torsion armor to make Belarusian tanks indestructible
Torsion is a mathematical structure constituent, which describes the space-time geometry of Einstein’s Relativity Theory. Torsion describes the twisting of space; these values are always equal to zero within the scope of the relativity theory. There cannot be any article found in any scientific journal to find out how zero values developed fluctuations and in which way they could be helpful in achieving the strength of the armor. The “torsion scientists” with Russian “academician” Gennady Shipov at the head, have written a number of research works in which they gave bright illustrations of the use of torsion screens in various branches – from information technologies to agriculture, Gazeta.ru reports. - Source

04/10/09 - "Brown fat" may help adults lose weight
A sparse form of fat that helps keep newborns warm is more common in adults than previously thought and that discovery that could lead to a new way to lose weight, researchers said on Wednesday. Once activated by cold temperatures, so-called brown fat burns calories faster than regular fat. It is normally so dormant in adults that there has been debate over how much adults have or whether they have it at all. The hope is that if a way can be found to activate this brown fat and get the body to make more of it, people could burn off extra calories without additional exercise. "Fifty grams of maximally activated brown fat accounts for 20 percent of your resting energy expenditure," Dr. Aaron Cypress of the Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston, who led one of the studies, said in an interview. "If you add that up, that's 400 or 500 calories per day. "Practically speaking, we have a great potential to have a new treatment in our armamentarium against diabetes and obesity." - Source

04/10/09 - Tata Nano could change how the masses get around
India is not the only hub of poverty, and what works for its middle class could appeal to those in Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Guatemala, Congo and scores of other countries, including China, where the middle class is projected to hit 700 million by 2020. Because of this huge potential market, and even though the Nano emits 25 percent less carbon dioxide per mile than a standard automobile, environmentalists are terrified by the micro-car. Nobel Prize winner Rajendra Pachauri, head of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, said he was "having nightmares" about the Nano and its potential to pollute. But these concerns could be alleviated should the tens of millions of new micro-cars that will roll onto the planet's roads be able to run on something other than gasoline. There are many approaches here, from compressed air to batteries. All of them would increase the car's price and weight, making it less attractive to the poor. The only exception is the flex-fuel technology, which would allow micro-cars to run on any combination of gasoline and alcohol, as do most cars in Brazil today. Flex-fuel technology would bump the price of the Nano by less than $100. But it would allow Indians to grow their fuel rather than import it. Nearly half of India's land is arable, and it is already the world's second largest producer of sugar cane—by far the best crop for ethanol production. Micro-cars with flex-fuel engines fed by domestically grown fuel would reduce poor countries' trade deficits, strengthen their energy security, create agricultural jobs and even reduce carbon dioxide emissions. Micro-cars can be engines of prosperity in more ways then one. But only if they offer the world's poor more than the false hope of indefinite cheap gasoline. - Source

04/10/09 - Ultra Surge Protector Selectively Kills off Vampire Power
KeelyNet The Ultra Surge Protector stops vampire devices in their tracks with selective switches for each plug. You're probably already familiar with vampire appliances—devices that suck power from your walls as long as they're plugged in, even if they are turned off. This handy little surge protector features per-plug switches, allowing you to kill the vampires without killing all the power to your other devices—and without going through the hassle of unplugging the vampire devices. Unfortunately they're currently sold out at Amazon (and TigerDirect and Onhop), but it still might be worth adding this one to your wishlist. - Source

04/10/09 - Scientists find why scratching relieves an itch
Now scientists have watched spinal nerves transmit that itch relief signal to the brain in monkeys, a possible step toward finding new treatments for persistent itching in people. The scientists focused on a kind of spinal nerve that transmits the "itch" signal to the brain. These nerves reach into the brain from near the bottom of the rib cage. The researchers sedated long-tailed macaques for the experiment and placed recording electrodes on their spinal nerves. They injected a chemical into the skin of a leg to produce itching. The nerves fired electrical signals in response. Then the researchers scratched the leg with a hand-held metal device that simulates three monkey fingers. The firing rate dropped — the apparent signature of the "relief" signal. In contrast, when researchers scratched the leg without causing an itch first, the firing rate jumped. So the nerves somehow "know" to react much differently if there's an itch to be relieved than if there isn't. "It's like there's a little brain" in the spinal cord, Giesler said. "We really want to understand that, because then we think we'll understand how to relieve itch." - Source

04/10/09 - Woman with ‘a phantom third arm’
KeelyNet A stroke victim has developed a phantom third arm which she uses 'just like a real-life limb'. Tests have proven that, not only does the woman's brain 'move' the arm as if it was real, but also the rest of her body responds when it is 'touched' by the phantom hand. She 'sees' the new arm and can even scratch an itch with it, doctors said. It is the first ever recorded case of a patient being able to see, feel and move a phantom limb, the research team told the Annals of Neurology. And they think their study could provide the missing link between this phenomenon and out-of-body experiences. The 64-year-old woman lost the use of her left arm but her brain recognises an illusionary limb that has taken its place. Scientists at Switzerland's Geneva University Hospital used magnetic resonance imaging to confirm that her brain was issuing commands to the phantom limb and acknowledging its actions.Phantom limbs often occur when a patient loses an arm or leg but can still 'feel' the missing limb. - Source

04/10/09 - Ice Saves Man Who Died 9 Times
A local actor recently had a massive heart attack, while leading a seminar in Houston. James Wark, 59, died nine times, before medical workers were able to stabilize him. He says when he went into cardiac arrest, he passed out and didn't wake up for 2 weeks. Doctors used something called a Hypothermia Protocol. They used cool packs on James' chest and thighs, to cool his body temperature to 91 degrees. Doctors at West Houston Medical Center say the intent of this procedure is to try to lower the body temperature, to decrease the metabolism in the brain. This gives the brain a break, while other organs, like the heart, compete for oxygen. - Source

04/10/09 - Portable 'E-Bombs' Could Take Down Jetliners
"Once it is known that aircraft are vulnerable to particular types of disruption, it isn't too much of a leap to build a device that can produce that sort of disruption," Israeli counter-terrorism expert Yael Shahar tells New Scientist magazine. "And much of this could be built from off-the-shelf components or dual-use technologies." Shahar says she's especially worried about two devices — one called a Marx generator, which beams an EMP at a target, and the other with the "Back to the Future"-like name of flux-compression generator. The latter was developed by the Soviets during the 1950s when Marx generators proved too expensive. Basically, an explosive charge is set off at one end of a cylinder of charged copper coils, and the resulting shock wave sends out a powerful electric pulse as it travels down the tube. It might take a big flux-compression generator to darken a city neighborhood. But a smaller one could take out the steering, navigation and communication systems of a jetliner, especially if pointed at the cockpit. As for Marx generators, which are used by power companies, medical researchers and labs, you can buy the plans to build one online for $10, or a fully assembled commercial unit for several hundred dollars. Shahar adds that as aircraft manufacturers switch to lighter, stronger composite materials in place of aluminum, they're actually making the planes more vulnerable. "What is needed is extensive shielding of electronic components and the vast amount of cables running down the length of the aircraft," she tells New Scientist. - Source

04/10/09 - Can science be used to prove the existence of God?
The quantum physicist turned Anglican priest John Polkinghorne discusses invisible superbeings, resurrection and how humans would shrivel up if they ever saw God. I was interested in talking to John because I wanted to try and understand how he could believe extraordinary things for which there is no evidence. This is what fascinates me about people with religious beliefs. What is going on in someone's brain that allows them to believe there is an invisible, all-knowing, omnipresent superbeing out there? By what process does someone come to the conclusion that there is a God? Of course it might be true, but it's a major thing to sign up to, so surely one would want some pretty hefty evidence before even considering it? John believes that something called God literally became man. He believes that a chap called Jesus was literally raised from the dead. He believes that after his own death, he will be re-embodied by God in a form of matter that is not of this world. There was plenty in Polkinghorne's book I found offensive. In one passage, he says that God hides from us because if we ever clapped eyes on an infinite being, we'd be unable to carry on as we are. We'd be overwhelmed to the point of hopelessness. As John says in the interview: "We'd sort of shrivel up." - Source

04/08/09 - Odd and interesting pieces posted today
KeelyNet 1) Nicotine as a cure for various illnesses
2) A 'new' take on Perpetual Lights
3) Hair Transplants in 1826
4) Belling the Rat
5) Coal Pit water for Embalming
6) Manning up a boy Child
7) The Cat Clock - Source

04/07/09 - Lydell Creating Energy-Efficient Engine
KeelyNet The energy-efficient car engine being developed by Martin Lydell and his Team Adiabatic may be up for a $5 million XPRIZE, but the real reason he is building it is to help Mother Earth. Six volunteer members of Team Adiatic, which is a physics term meaning no lost heat, make up Lydell's group, which is seeking the $5 million prize, to be awarded in July 2010 to 45 contestants competing for the prize from around the world. The Lydell Pulse Power engine has cost Lydell about $100,000 and 6,000 hours since 1984 when he retired from WCA Hospital to pursue the invention. The engine internally transfers thermal energy that is usually lost to a car's radiator into engine power output. ''Autos are very wasteful,'' Lydell said. He said only about 25 percent of gas put in a tank goes to propelling a car, with the rest wasted. Heand his team have worked to capture the heat lost from the radiator to power the engine. It gets 77 miles per gallon in the engine he calls the Pulse Power. A preliminary contest, in June 2010 is for those inventors whose cars can get 67 miles per gallon. Those successful can put up another $5,000 to makes it to the final contest that will include similar routes on like terrain in different places. His hope is that someone will take his idea and get it to the masses, reducing his country's dependency on oil, decreasing pollution, and reducing global warming. Lydell said even if he places in the top of the contest but does not get first place, his engine will get noticed, just in time. - Source

04/07/09 - Making alternative energy
In July 1975, Gerald Rennerts, a mechanical engineer, demonstrated a 16-foot diameter wheel he had created to turn on even as little as a three-mile an hour breeze to fill electrical needs for a home. Rennerts and family lived in Downsville. There were 48 blades on the turbine, and the bicycle wire spokes made it lightweight, about 75 pounds. Rennerts said it was about 85 percent efficient. This prototype was capable of producing about 250 kilowatts with a 30-mph wind. It was hand-built, but there was some help from a Walton machine shop. Rennerts had wanted to build wheels in 100- and 200-foot diameter sizes, which could provide all the electricity Downsville needed. That never happened. In December 1978, the Brush family of Center Valley, not far from Cherry Valley, had a wind-powered generator at work on their farm. Ni-Mo had told the Brushes it would be quite costly to run lines and poles to their farm, so Bart did some research on other power sources. It led to the purchase of a second-hand Jacobs Wind Generator, a device once so popular that Admiral Richard E. Byrd set one up at the South Pole as a dependable power source. It was placed atop a 60-foot tower at the Brush residence. The blades were 15 feet in diameter and at top speed rotated at 250 rpm for an output of about 3,000 watts. Storage batteries had a capacity to supply most of the power needs of the family for about five wind-free days. Their alternative was a gasoline-powered generator. / The Jacobs generators had actually been around a long time and were common in the Plains states until the 1950s, when rural electrification programs began supplying energy to remote areas. A July 17, 1979, article in The Daily Star began, "The Louis P. Tremante family is one step ahead of President Jimmy Carter." Carter had said he wanted at least 20 percent of the nation's energy to come from the sun. The Tremantes had a new home on Barton Hill Road, near Schoharie, and 90 percent of their heat came from solar power. They also had an alternative heating source when there were days without sun: wood, which cost about $100 the previous winter. A local oil dealer estimated that a house of the Tremantes' size would cost about $1,600 to heat per winter at the time. From the side, the house resembled an isosceles triangle. The longest "leg" of the triangle was the south wall that faced the sun. Seven large windows caught the sun into the passive heating system. - Source

04/07/09 - Save energy with energy-efficient laundry drying
KeelyNet While in Israel, I came across the Spin Dryer, an alternative to a conventional clothes dryer. The Spin Dryer's ultrafast cycle--3,200 revolutions per minute--is about at least 2 to 3 times faster than the spin cycle on most washing machines and it extracts more water than the spin cycle on your machine does. There's no heating element, so your clothes come out slightly damp, but that's after a 2 or 3 minute cycle. Your clothes would take more than half an hour in a regular dryer to get that dry. When the Spin Dryer finishes, hang your clothes for a little bit, or toss them in a regular dryer for about 5 minutes to get them fully dry. I think even in Houston, I could hang some whites after a spin to let the sun bleach them nicely. No matter where you live, the $130-Spin Dryer can help you save on energy costs and consumption, and ease the wear and tear on your clothes at the same time. - Source

04/07/09 - If they wanted to come, They Would.


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DVD - the Physics of Crystals, Pyramids and Tetrahedrons
KeelyNet This is a wonderful 2 hour DVD which presents one man's lifelong study of pyramids, crystals and their effects. Several of his original and very creative experiments are explained and diagramed out for experimenters. These experiments include; 1) transmutation of zinc to lower elements using a tetrahedron, 2) energy extraction from a pyramid, 3) determining mathematic ratios of nature in a simple experiment, 4) accelerating the growth of food, 5) increasing the abundance of food, 6) how crystals amplify, focus and defocus energy, 7) using crystals to assist natural healing, 8) how the universe uses spirals and vortexes to produce free energy and MORE... - $20 DVD + S&H / Source to Buy and Youtube Clip

04/07/09 - Will Russia Be Mining The Moon By The Year 2025?
KeelyNet According to news sources, the motivation behind a future expedition to the moon is the metal, Helium-3, which is commonly used in nuclear reactors and microchip technologies. This material is very rare on earth, but is thought to be in abundant supply on the Moon. Due to its scarcity, it is typically manufactured instead of recovered from natural deposits. Mining is just one of the factors behind the establishment of a potential moon base, as it could also provide the framework for industries considered as being harmful to the Earth’s environment and eco-system. - Source

04/07/09 - Juan Enriquez: Mindboggling New Science Video
Juan Enriquez: Beyond the crisis, mindboggling science and the arrival of Homo evolutis. Even as mega-banks topple, Juan Enriquez says the big reboot is yet to come. But don’t look for it on your ballot — or in the stock exchange. It’ll come from science labs, and it promises keener bodies and minds. Our kids are going to be … different. The Untied States of America, his latest book, looks at the forces threatening America’s future as a unified country. - Source

04/07/09 - Keep your Inkjet Printer Cartridges from drying out
Here are a couple of good suggestions: Use the printer at least once a month. Just print a test page; that uses all the colors. That will be enough to prevent the dry-out problem. If you won’t be around for a while, or can’t remember to do that, you can take each cartridge out and seal the top with tape. Or you can put the whole cartridge in a bottle or a plastic sandwich bag with a moist cotton ball. Laser printers don’t have the problem of drying out, because they use powdered toner. It’s a mixture of finely ground pigment and glue and the mix is already dry. - Source

04/07/09 - Hand-Powered Motor Boat Gives Real Watersport Thrills (Jul, 1931)
KeelyNet A DIMINUTIVE motor boat powered not by a motor but by a hand crank operated by the swimmer has been devised by a clever home craftsman to provide watersport thrills at the bathing beach. The propeller of this odd craft is geared to a pulley which is in turn belted to the hand crank on the front, as illustrated in the drawing above. Buoyancy of the craft is increased by use of small pontoons fitted between the boards running lengthwise of the craft. - Source

04/07/09 - Speech controlled garbage can
This speech controlled garbage can was sent in via the tip line by [Amnon]. The garbage can will come to you following a black line and stopping when it sees a cross in the line, then waits for another voice command. It can then return to where it belongs or go outside following the line. The system is based on a microchip PIC 18F4431 and uses three 18 volts cordless drill motors and their batteries as the power source. “In the near future the line sensors will be replaced with UV line sensors and the black line will be replaced with clear UV color.” When you call the system “Pach Zevel ” (garbage can in Hebrew) the system go to standby and the LED’s light up. After the previous stage if you say “ELAY” (to me in Hebrew) it will drive on the black line till the first crossing. This adds new meaning to taking the trash out.


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04/07/09 - Image Resizer Powertoy Clone Resizes Pictures Easily
Windows only: The Image Resizer Powertoy Clone adds an option to the Windows explorer context menu for quickly resizing pictures—without opening an image editor. Using the utility couldn't be simpler—just right-click one or more pictures, select Resize Pictures, choose the resolution you want to resize the images to, and the newly resized images will show up alongside the originals—making this a very handy tool for quickly resizing images to share over email or instant message. The Image Resizer tool is both free and open source, available for Windows only. - Source

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KeelyNet The Physics of the Primary State of Matter - published in the 1930s, Karl Schappeller described his Prime Mover, a 10-inch steel sphere with quarter-inch copper tubing coils. These were filled with a material not named specifically, but which is said to have hardened under the influence of direct current and a magnetic field [electro-rheological fluid]. With such polarization, it might be guessed to act like a dielectric capacitor and as a diode...

04/07/09 - Thai Gov't Sets Up Site For Snitching On Royals' Critics
"In a move that would make the old eastern German Stasi green with envy, the Thai government has modernized a system that allows citizens to snitch on fellow citizens. 'Internet users are being urged to show their loyalty to the king by contributing to a new website called protecttheking.net, which has been set up by a parliamentary committee. On the site's front page it is described as a means for Thai people to show their loyalty to the king by protecting him from what it calls misunderstandings about him. It calls on all citizens to inform on anyone suspected of insulting or criticising the monarchy.' An large unknown population of political prisoners are currently being held for 3 to 15 years in Thai prisons for being interpreted as insulting the monarchy." - Source

04/07/09 - Ohio students build electric van
KeelyNet The “Electro-Van” based on a 1997 Ford E350. The van runs solely on electricity, is fully functional, and can reach speeds of up to 56 km/h with a two-hour drive capacity. “What a great way to show off our students’ abilities and to increase public awareness of alternative fuel vehicle options,” said Tom King, director of enrollment management. “As the world continues to get greener, it’s vital our students are trained and knowledgeable about the products, technologies and processes involved in creating, converting and maintaining alternative fuel vehicles.” A group of 13 students took six weeks to design and build the van, including converting it from diesel to electric, and body and drivetrain revisions. The van uses 21 batteries for power, which are recharged via solar panels, along with a 95-horsepower electric motor. Students enrolled in the college’s Collision Repair classes painted the van green, added a diamond-plate interior, and gave it a full body wrap designed by the school’s Custom Paint and Graphics Division students. - Source

04/07/09 - New Artificial Muscle Invented
The new artificial muscle invented by researchers at the University of Texas at Dallas is, at once, light as air, stiffer than steel and more flexible than rubber, and has one other quality that makes it an ideal candidate for space travel. It can withstand temperatures that range from below the extreme cold of liquid nitrogen to the extremely hot melting point of iron. The new material is made of carbon nanotubes — carbon molecules that are extremely long, thin, and, like most molecules, microscopic — where the tubes are aligned in the same direction. The "muscle" is a type of material known as an aerogel. When a voltage is applied, charge is injected into the material, causing repulsion that pushes the nanotubes apart. That causes the material to expand dramatically in width and thickness, but contract in the length direction. The change in length is only two per cent, but can generate more than 30 times higher stress than natural muscle for its weight, Baughman said. - Source

04/07/09 - UK camera cars to ticket drivers by mail
KeelyNet UK residents are generally outraged by both red light cameras, which automatically grab evidence for ticketing drivers, and the recent appearance of Google Street View cameras, which snap pics for Google Maps. So they're going to love Manchester police's new Big Brother camera cars, which will drive around capturing traffic violations. Those caught will be ticketed by mail. - Source


04/07/09 - Taiwan researchers claim invention of cheap quake sensing tool
A research team at Taiwan's top university has rolled out a tiny low-budget device that can sense earthquakes within 30 seconds, enough time to issue crucial disaster warnings, the lead inventor said Monday. The metal tool the size of a tape deck can detect an oncoming quake's speed and acceleration in time to estimate its eventual magnitude and warn trains to slow down or natural gas companies to shut off supplies, said Wu Yih-min, a researcher at the National Taiwan University Department of Geosciences. The tool is more precise than similar technology used overseas, and could cost as little as T$10,000 ($302) once it reaches the market, said Wu, whose skeleton research team invented the tool after about five years of study. "We can tell within 30 seconds whether it's going to be a big or small quake," Wu told reporters. "We can sense the scale and how much damage it's likely to cause." The tool, which should be fastened to a place unlikely to be shaken by forces other than earthquakes, uses a chip that costs just a few U.S. dollars, Wu said. - Source

04/07/09 - Scientist Forced To Remove Earthquake Prediction
Italian scientist Giampaolo Giuliani, a researcher at the National Physical Laboratory of Gran Sasso, recently gave warning about an earthquake that was to happen on March 29th of this year near L'Aquilla. Based on radon gas emissions and a series of observed tremors he tried to convince residents to evacuate, drawing much criticism from the city's mayor and others. Giuliani was forced to take down warnings he had posted on the internet. The researcher had said that a 'disastrous' earthquake would strike on March 29, but when it didn't, Guido Bertolaso, head of Italy's Civil Protection Agency, last week officially denounced Giuliani in court for false alarm. 'These imbeciles enjoy spreading false news,' Bertalaso was quoted as saying. 'Everyone knows that you can't predict earthquakes.' Giuliani, it turns out, was partially right. A much smaller seismic shift struck on the day he said it would, with the truly disastrous one arriving just one week later. 'Someone owes me an apology,' said Giuliani, who is also a resident of L'Aquila. 'The situation here is dramatic. I am devastated, but also angry.'" - Source

04/07/09 - Radio Sure Streams and Records 12,000 Radio Stations
KeelyNet Windows only: Pared-down portable application Radio Sure streams and records more than 12,000 channels of music and other radio feeds. If you can't find something to listen to, you're probably not looking hard enough. The interface of Radio Sure is straightforward, if a bit cluttered. It starts with a master list of radio stations and a search box to narrow down the stations by genre, country, language, and other name. At the bottom of the window are some basic controls for playing and recording the streams, as well as information about the song if it's embedded in the source. If you're looking for even more online music, check out our feature on downloading and listening to free music on the web. - Source

04/07/09 - Students devise low-cost TB test
Students have invented a small device that can diagnose tuberculosis in seconds, at a cost of less than a dollar -- an invention that, if successful, could help eradicate an epidemic that infects millions of people every year in poor countries. The device that looks like little more than a miniature microscope connected to a computer. It allows even an untrained person to diagnose TB by sliding in a stained slide smeared with a patient's sputum. If the person is infected, TB bacteria glow bright white on a black screen. If the patient is not infected, the screen remains black. According to the World Health Organization, nearly 14 million people have active, infectious TB. In 2007, more than 9 million people developed the disease and 1.75 million died from it. The vast majority of cases are in poor countries in Asia and Africa. The problem is not a lack of treatment. Cheap or even free TB drugs, funded by governments and grants, are available in much of the world. If the disease is caught early, many patients can go on to live healthy lives. The TB test diagnoses instantly, can be read by laypersons, costs less than $1, could have applications for HIV and malaria. - Source

04/07/09 - Millions Of Invalid Prayers
KeelyNet Muslim worshippers at about 200 old mosques in Mecca have been praying in the wrong direction for decades because the mosques were not built correctly, a Saudi newspaper said on Sunday. The mosques were not built precisely based on the qibla, the official alignment with the holy Kaaba shrine at the centre of Mecca's Al-Haram mosque, according to the report in the Saudi Gazette. Hundreds of millions of Muslims around the world are bound to orient their daily prayers toward the ancient Kaaba, and mosques everywhere are built to face the black-shrouded cubic building, or have indicators of its direction. How does it affect the prayers? Islamic affairs ministry deputy secretary Tawfik al-Sudairy downplayed the problem. "There are no major errors, but corrections have been made for some old mosques, thanks to modern techniques. In any case, it does not affect the prayers." Oh? Maybe they should ask Allah rather than rely on a secretary -- a deputy secretary no less. How to prevent such things in the future: Another suggestion is that laser beams be installed in the tall minarets of the Al-Haram mosque built around the Kaaba to help mosques and worshippers establish the correct qibla direction. - Source

04/07/09 - Nano Material - One Ounce Has Surface Area Of 30 Football Fields
Researchers describe development of a highly-porous nanomaterial with an unprecedented ability to absorb gases that may help meet DOE's target. Called University of Michigan Crystalline Material-2 (UMCM-2), it consists of zinc oxide nanoclusters — each about 1/50,000 the width of a human hair — linked together by organic materials to generate a robust porous framework. The scientists showed that UMCM-2 has a surface area exceeding 5,000 square meters per gram which is, they say, the highest value ever achieved. - Source

04/07/09 - GM, Segway To Unveil New Two-Wheeled Urban Vehicle
KeelyNet GM and Segway plan to announce tomorrow they're working together to develop a two-wheeled, two-seat electric vehicle as part of the Personal Urban Mobility and Accessibility or PUMA Mobility Pod. No, seriously. They are working together to develop a two-wheeled, two-seat electric vehicle designed to be a fast, safe, inexpensive and clean alternative to traditional cars and trucks for cities across the world. The Personal Urban Mobility and Accessibility, or PUMA mobility pod, also would involve a vast communications network that would allow vehicles to interact with each other, regulate the flow of traffic and prevent crashes from happening. - Source

04/06/09 - Odd and interesting pieces posted today
If you like the unusual, check out the new posts at my Odd Factoids blog;
1) - Incredible Strength of Fleas
2) - Cobras as Assassins
3) - Tree Oysters
4) - Detecting the Guilty by lack of Chewing
5) - Using currents for discovery
6) - A case of Inordinate Self-Esteem - Source

04/04/09 - Inexpensive Vegetable Trellis Grows Vegetables in Small Spaces
KeelyNet If you already have a fence or railing available, there is a simple and cheap way to turn them into extra growing spaces in your garden. Over at the gardening blog DigginFood, they have an economical solution for squeezing more space out of your garden. Last summer we decided to convert our west-facing, 6-foot tall fence into a growing space by installing panels of welded wire mesh on it. The mesh is sold at hardware stores for concrete reinforcing. We bought mesh with four-inch square holes and each 4-foot by 6-foot piece cost less than five dollars. The grand total for this super functional trellis? Fifteen bucks. It would appear the mesh is spaced just right to encourage the growth of squash, cucumbers, beans, and tomatoes upwards instead of sprawling out into their tiny garden. The installation was a breeze, they used a heavy-duty staple gun to staple the mesh right to the wood of their fence. Alternately you could use thick zip-ties if you didn't want to put staple holes in the railing of your deck. Have your own creative way to squeeze out enough space to grow your favorite veggies? - Source

04/04/09 - Use a 2-Liter Bottle as a 50 Watt Light Bulb lightbulb hack

04/04/09 - Offshore Windpower To Potentially Exceed US Demand
A new Interior Department report suggests that wind turbines off US coastlines could supply enough electricity to meet, or exceed, the nation's current demand. While a good portion of this is easily accessible through shallow water sites, the majority of strong wind resources appear to be in deep water which represents a significant technological hurdle. "Salazar told attendees at the 25x'25 Summit in Virginia, a gathering of agriculture and energy representatives exploring ways to cut carbon dioxide emissions, that "we are only beginning to tap the potential" of offshore renewable energy. The report is a step in the Obama administration's mission to chart a course for offshore energy development, an issue that gained urgency last year amid high oil prices and chants of 'Drill, baby, drill' at the Republican National Convention." - Source

04/04/09 - Hydraulic Control OPENS Garage Door (Nov, 1931)
KeelyNet OPERATED from ordinary water pipes with pressure furnished by a simple pipe attachment, an inexpensive new device for opening and closing garage doors from the driver’s seat of the automobile proves a great convenience to motorists. It will open or close, lock or unlock garage doors without the driver’s leaving the machine. A simple and easily-handled hydraulic device, consisting of two valves, one valve with lock and key, is placed in a convenient location on the edge of the driveway where it is within easy reach of the driver’s arm. The other valve is placed inside the garage. Either valve opens and closes the doors. - Source

04/04/09 - MIT Building Batteries Using Viruses
"Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are now using viruses to build cathodes for Lithium-Ion batteries. Three years ago these same researchers found they could build an anode using viruses. Creating both the anode and cathode using viruses will make batteries easy to build. This nanoscale battery technology will allow batteries to be lightweight and to 'take the shape of their container' rather than creating containers for the batteries, which could open up new possibilities for car and electronics manufacturers." - Source

04/04/09 - JREF Youtube Account has been suspended
A single link YouTube post... The reason for the suspension is not known at this time, but since they're not posting adult content or material for which others hold the copyright, it's pretty obvious that YouTube's flagging methods need to be fixed. Scroll to the very bottom and click on "new issue" Select "suspended account" from the options and express your opinion. One is only allowed 350 characters. The James Randi Educational Foundation's announcement of the suspension - Source

04/04/09 - Want to Remember Everything You'll Ever Learn? Try This Algorithm
Piotr Wozniak's quest for anonymity has been successful. Nobody along this string of little beach resorts recognizes him as the inventor of a technique to turn people into geniuses. A portion of this technique, embodied in a software program called SuperMemo, has enthusiastic users around the world. They apply it mainly to learning languages, and it's popular among people for whom fluency is a necessity — students from Poland or other poor countries aiming to score well enough on English-language exams to study abroad. A substantial number of them do not pay for it, and pirated copies are ubiquitous on software bulletin boards in China, where it competes with knockoffs like SugarMemo. SuperMemo is based on the insight that there is an ideal moment to practice what you've learned. Practice too soon and you waste your time. Practice too late and you've forgotten the material and have to relearn it. The right time to practice is just at the moment you're about to forget. Unfortunately, this moment is different for every person and each bit of information. Imagine a pile of thousands of flash cards. Somewhere in this pile are the ones you should be practicing right now. Which are they? Fortunately, human forgetting follows a pattern. We forget exponentially. A graph of our likelihood of getting the correct answer on a quiz sweeps quickly downward over time and then levels off. This pattern has long been known to cognitive psychology, but it has been difficult to put to practical use. It's too complex for us to employ with our naked brains. Twenty years ago, Wozniak realized that computers could easily calculate the moment of forgetting if he could discover the right algorithm. SuperMemo is the result of his research. It predicts the future state of a person's memory and schedules information reviews at the optimal time. The effect is striking. Users can seal huge quantities of vocabulary into their brains. SuperMemo is a program that keeps track of discrete bits of information you've learned and want to retain. For example, say you're studying Spanish. Your chance of recalling a given word when you need it declines over time according to a predictable pattern. SuperMemo tracks this so-called forgetting curve and reminds you to rehearse your knowledge when your chance of recalling it has dropped to, say, 90 percent. When you first learn a new vocabulary word, your chance of recalling it will drop quickly. But after SuperMemo reminds you of the word, the rate of forgetting levels out. The program tracks this new decline and waits longer to quiz you the next time. The spacing effect is "one of the most remarkable phenomena to emerge from laboratory research on learning," the psychologist Frank Dempster wrote in 1988, at the beginning of a typically sad encomium published in American Psychologist under the title "The Spacing Effect: A Case Study in the Failure to Apply the Results of Psychological Research." The most popular learning systems sold today — for instance, foreign language software like Rosetta Stone — cheerfully defy every one of the psychologists' warnings. With its constant feedback and easily accessible clues, Rosetta Stone brilliantly creates a sensation of progress. - Source

04/04/09 - The Top Ten Atheist Myths
We all know that many theists are so closed-minded about us that they won't even talk to us, let alone try to understand us. This is usually not their fault, as they are told terrible things about us by people they trust, their preachers, whose whole livelihood depends on their parishioners staying in the flock. It is this prejudice and conflict which is one of the main factors keeping atheists in the closet and theists in ignorance. With dialogue, not prejudice, both sides will benefit and the country will become a freer place. In this article I will therefore mention many of the myths about atheists that are popular among theists, as well as my usual responses. With any luck, this will prepare atheists for future confrontations and therefore make them more confident to announce themselves, as well as allow theist readers to better understand the atheist mentality. - Source

04/04/09 - Shoes That Grow
KeelyNet Built right into INCHworm shoes is the iFit technology. The iFit technology allows you to GROW the size of the shoe with a simple push of the button. So eliminate unnecessary trips to the shoe store and provide your children with better fitting shoes that last up to three sizes longer. Inchworm shoes grow in half size increments. Just push the button on the side, and pull the toe of the shoe to adjust into the next size. From the FAQ: Q. Why hasn't this been done before? A. Because as simple as it is to operate the shoe - this was not easy to accomplish! - Source

04/04/09 - All Form, No People
Why the architectural icons Beijing built for the Olympic Games stand empty. China is a command economy run by engineers, a fact that served the nation well during the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. Leaders cleaned up pollution in the city prior to the event by shutting down factories and ordering more than half of Beijing's vehicles off the road. Even better, visitors were wowed by a host of stunning new buildings—including the "Bird's Nest" National Stadium, the gravity-defying China Central Television (CCTV) headquarters complex and the surrealistic National Performing Arts Center....Now Beijing's new icons are highlighting not so much a national genius for design and construction, but the country's utter lack of marketing savvy. The Bird's Nest, CCTV tower and arts center, which together cost more than $1.5 billion to build, have become commercial disasters, suffering from money and image problems thanks to a calamitous fire and a lack of forward planning on how to generate cash post-Games. Unlike cities such as Sydney, which used Olympic structures and publicity to create a longer-term flow of tourists and business traffic, Chinese leaders adopted a "build it and they will come" attitude, not giving much thought to exactly which folks might come to see what events after the Games... - Source

04/04/09 - 119 quick cheat sheets for some of the most widely used tools on the web
119 quick cheat sheets for some of the most widely used tools on the web. Download, print and stick them somewhere near your desk. it help you to be a master of most widely used tools on the web. special thanks to Top 119 Cheat Sheets : Web Developer Lists : eConsultant. - Source

04/04/09 - Gross National Happiness
The term Gross National Happiness was first expressed by the King of Bhutan His Majesty Jigme Singye Wangchuck. It is rooted in the Buddhist notion that the ultimate purpose of life is inner happiness. Bhutan being a Buddhist country, Bhutan’s King felt the responsibility to define development in terms of happiness of its people, rather than in terms of an abstract economic measurement such as GNP. Bhutan’s minister Dasho Meghraj Gurung put the Bhutanese philosophy succinctly: “The ideology of GNH connects Bhutan’s development goals with the pursuit of happiness. This means that the ideology reflects Bhutan’s vision on the purpose of human life, a vision that puts the individual’s self-cultivation at the center of the nation’s developmental goals, a primary priority for Bhutanese society as a whole as well as for the individual concerned”. - Source

04/04/09 - Free Funerals from Laptops Direct
“In these difficult credit-crunch times we understand that it’s not easy to give your loved ones the send off they deserve. With funerals costing up to $15000 it makes sense to get help. That’s why we’ve put together this unique sponsorship package, giving you the opportunity to cover all your costs.” “We will help you pay for some, or all of the funeral expenses, depending on the package you choose. We have a range of subtle and tasteful sponsorship positions available throughout the service each bringing you a contribution cost. Please note that in order for us to be able to offer this service we do require a minimum of 50 mourners, this ensures we will get the exposure required to cover the cost of the sponsorship.” - Source

04/04/09 - Slum cooker protects environment, helps poor
Kenyan designers have built a cooker that uses the trash as fuel to feed the poor, provide hot water and destroy toxic waste, as well as curbing the destruction of woodlands. After nine years of development, the prototype "Community Cooker" is close to being rolled out in overcrowded refugee camps as well as slums around the country where the filth encourages diseases including cholera. The prototype is working in Nairobi's Kibera slum, said to be the biggest in Africa, where around 800,000 people live. Potatoes, rice and tea cook on some of the eight hotplates above a roaring, spitting furnace. A joint of meat roasts in an oven that can also be used for bread. Behind the black-painted corrugated iron cooking area, rubbish collected by local youths dries on racks before being pushed into the furnace. Technicians have spent three years modifying the firebox to produce enough heat to destroy toxins in the rubbish, particularly plastics, although they are striving to get the temperature higher still. The stove is one of several projects giving hope amid endemic violence, crime and disease in the huge slums. In another part of Kibera, a group of 35 youths have developed a farm on a former rubbish dump, feeding themselves and selling cucumbers, pumpkins and tomatoes. The Kibera stove cost more than $10,000 to build as a prototype but both Ndede and Mumo Musuva, an architect working for Archer's practice, estimate each would cost $5-6,000 once produced in larger numbers. This compares with $50 million for industrial incinerators in Europe. The stove reaches around 650 Celsius (1,200 Fahrenheit) at present. Ndede says 1,000 degrees is needed but is happy that the prototype has proven rubbish can be turned into energy. "It is an ideal item for densely populated areas like slums and refugee camps," he said. "Every city in this country has a slum area with highly combustible material with high calorific value." He said the cooker would also relieve serious pressure on forest areas. The Dadaab camp houses 250,000 people although it was built for 80,000. Surrounding woodland has been cut down to provide cooking fuel. "In Dadaab you have to go more than 50 km (30 miles) to fetch firewood. It takes you two weeks on donkey-back," he said. - Source

04/04/09 - General Motors has two months left before its end
The US administration gave Chrysler 30 days to negotiate a deal with Fiat. GM has 60 days to come up with a new restructuring plan. Both companies will be provided with "some working capital" during those time periods. GM owes roughly $28 billion to bondholders. Chrysler owes about $7 billion in first- and second-term debt, mainly to banks. GM owes about $20 billion to its retiree health care trust, while Chrysler owes $10.6 billion. - Source

04/04/09 - Internet search engines to develop into artificial intelligence
Experts believe that internet search engines will eventually become the first representatives of the artificial intelligence. The founding father of the Internet, Tim Berners-Lee, is now working on new project – the third generation network. On 25 December 1990 he implemented the first successful communication between an HTTP client and server via the Internet with the help of Robert Cailliau and a young student staff at CERN. - Source

03/15/09 - 'The Evolution of Matter' and 'The Evolution of Forces' on CD
KeelyNet Years ago, I had been told by several people, that the US government frequently removes books they deem dangerous or 'sensitive' from libraries. Some are replaced with sections removed or rewritten so as to 'contain' information that should not be available to the public despite the authors intent. A key example was during the Manhattan Project when the US was trying to finalize research into atomic bombs. They removed any books that dealt with the subject and two of them were by Dr. Gustave Le Bon since they dealt with both energy and matter including radioactivity. I had been looking for these two books for many years and fortunately stumbled across two copies for which I paid about $40.00 each. I couldn't put down the books once I started reading them. Such a wealth of original discoveries, many not known or remembered today. / Page 88 - Without the ether there could be neither gravity, nor light, nor electricity, nor heat, nor anything, in a word, of which we have knowledge. The universe would be silent and dead, or would reveal itself in a form which we cannot even foresee. If one could construct a glass chamber from which the ether were to be entirely eliminated, heat and light could not pass through it. It would be absolutely dark, and probably gravitation would no longer act on the bodies within it. They would then have lost their weight. / Page 96-97 - A material vortex may be formed by any fluid, liquid or gaseous, turning round an axis, and by the fact of its rotation it describes spirals. The study of these vortices has been the object of important researches by different scholars, notably by Bjerkness and Weyher. They have shown that by them can be produced all the attractions and repulsions recognized in electricity, the deviations of the magnetic needle by currents, etc. These vortices are produced by the rapid rotation of a central rod furnished with pallets, or, more simply, of a sphere. Round this sphere gaseous currents are established, dissymetrical with regard to its equatorial plane, and the result is the attraction or repulsion of bodies brought near to it, according to the position given to them. It is even possible, as Weyher has proved, to compel these bodies to turn round the sphere as do the satellites of a planet without touching it. / Page 149 - "The problem of sending a pencil of parallel Hertzian waves to a distance possesses more than a theoretical interest. It is allowable to say that its solution would change the course of our civilization by rendering war impossible. The first physicist who realizes this discovery will be able to avail himself of the presence of an enemy's ironclads gathered together in a harbour to blow them up in a few minutes, from a distance of several kilometres, simply by directing on them a sheaf of electric radiations. On reaching the metal wires with which these vessels are nowadays honeycombed, this will excite an atmosphere of sparks which will at once explode the shells and torpedoes stored in their holds. With the same reflector, giving a pencil of parallel radiations, it would not be much more difficult to cause the explosion of the stores of powder and shells contained in a fortress, or in the artillery sparks of an army corps, and finally the metal cartridges of the soldiers. Science, which at first rendered wars so deadly, would then at length have rendered them impossible, and the relations between nations would have to be established on new bases." - Source

04/04/09 - Heart Muscle Renewed Over Lifetime
Swedish scientists have succeeded in measuring a highly controversial property of the human heart: the rate at which its muscle cells are renewed during a person’s lifetime. The finding upturns what has long been conventional wisdom: that the heart cannot produce new muscle cells and so people die with the same heart they were born with. About 1 percent of the heart muscle cells are replaced every year at age 25, and that rate gradually falls to less than half a percent per year by age 75, concluded a team of researchers led by Dr. Jonas Frisen of the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm. The upshot is that about half of the heart’s muscle cells are exchanged in the course of a normal lifetime, the Swedish group calculates. - Source

04/04/09 - Laser Flashlight Hack w/video
In KipKay's latest tutorial, you'll learn how to "turn a MiniMag flashlight into a powerful DVD laser pointer -- this 245mw laser is powerful and fits real cozy in a MiniMag." Video after the break. - Source

04/04/09 - Doctors have used lab-grown viruses to cure millions of wounds
Left unchecked, bacteria like the streptococcus and staphylococcus devour soft tissue to keep themselves alive, leaving ragged red edges that expand outward with terrifying aggression. As head of Lubbock's Southwest Regional Wound Care Center, Wolcott knew well the typical prognosis for patients with antibiotic-resistant infections like Brillon's: gangrene, amputation and, for about 100,000 Americans a year, death. " 'Chronic wound' is a code word for 'you can't heal it,' " he says. "The hallmark is, we cut it off or we cut it out. It's pretty barbaric." Wolcott was desperate for an alternative. Physicians in Eastern Europe, Wolcott had explained to Brillon earlier, have been using phages safely since the 1920s to treat conditions that defy conventional antibiotics, from strep and tuberculosis to infected sores like his. Even U.S. drug companies sold them until the early 1940s, when penicillin came along and proved easier to use, generally more effective and, in the end, more lucrative than phages. As viruses go, phages are relatively benign. They're the most abundant naturally occurring organisms on Earth. They can be found virtually everywhere—-in soil, drinking water, sewage. In fact, each one of us naturally has billions of them in our bodies. They prey only on bacteria, never human cells, they rarely spread from person to person, and, perhaps most important, bacteria have trouble becoming immune to them. As living organisms, phages are constantly changing and adapting in tandem with their host bacteria to kill them more effectively. Phage therapy could therefore eliminate the vicious cycle in which bacteria evolve resistance to antibiotics, necessitating the development of new, even more powerful drugs, at which point the process begins all over again. - Source

04/04/09 - Robo-scientist's first findings
Scientists have created an ideal colleague - a robot that performs hundreds of repetitive experiments. The robot, called Adam, is the first machine to have independently "discovered new scientific knowledge". It has already identified the role of several genes in yeast cells, and is able to plan further experiments to test its own hypotheses. Adam can carry out up to 1,000 experiments each day, and was designed to investigate the function of genes in yeast cells - it has worked out the role of 12 of these genes. Biologists use the yeast cells to investigate biological systems because they are simple and easy to study. "When you sequence the yeast genome - the 6,000 different genes contained in yeast - you know what all the component parts are, but you don't know what they do," explained Professor King. The robot was able to work out the role of the genes by observing yeast cells as they grew. It used existing information about the function of known genes to make predictions about the role an unknown gene might play in the cell's growth. It then tested this by looking at a strain of yeast from which that gene had been removed. "It's like a car," Professor King said. "If you remove one component from the engine, then drive the car to see how it performs, you can find out what that particular component does." - Source

04/04/09 - A birth control pill for men? U of I study suggests it's possible
The discovery involves an inherited disorder that made sperm unable to swim forcefully. "They could still move, but they need this special, fast motion to actually penetrate the egg, and that would be limited," said Dr. Michael Hildebrand, a U of I researcher who helped lead the study. Hildebrand believes doctors could induce the disorder in men, making them incapable of impregnating women. Dr. Dale McClure, president of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, said he doubted the treatment could be reversed. In other words, he said, if men started taking the pills or shots, they could become permanently sterile. McClure, who is a Seattle urologist, said researchers have worked for years to develop a male birth control pill. They've mainly worked with hormones that decrease the function of the testes, which make sperm. However, he said, many of those efforts have interfered with sexual functions. McClure predicted there would be a market for a successful male birth control treatment. "Say you're a 27-year-old gentleman and you don't want to have a child and you don't want to get married for a few years. It would be nice to have a contraceptive besides the condom," he said. McClure said Hildebrand's proposed treatment theoretically could provide an alternative to vasectomies for men who are sure they don't ever want to be fathers. Hildebrand said he believes the treatment could be reversed. It would involve the introduction of antibodies, which he said the body would not continue making on its own. He said several teams have been working to develop such approaches for various treatments, but he acknowledged that they have not been tried in humans. - Source

04/02/09 - YouTube Video: Glenn Beck Interviews Bob Basso
Bob Basso became a viral sensation in March of 2009 when his two YouTube videos depicting the intellectual British pamphlet writer Thomas Paine garnered over three million viewers. The videos are in response to the banking bailouts, and feature Basso dressed as Common Sense writer Thomas Paine. He offers his political commentary via discussions on the stimulus package and calls for a second American Revolution.

KeelyNet Note: Basso says he was contacted by Congressional Security and told they were so far inundated by teabags which they are throwing in the trash unopened for fear of poisons or controlled substances...so he says DO NOT SEND A COMPLETE TEABAG, just send the paper handle (label) part so they will get the message.

You can also inundate the White house with a Toll Free Call to 1-866-340-9281 which is the Congressional Switchboard that will patch you to your representatives. - Source

04/01/09 - It's April 1st, Lighten UP!



Everything WILL get better! - Source

04/01/09 - “Planet Forward” Takes Your Ideas on Energy to TV and the White House
”Planet Forward” is an innovative, viewer-driven program driven by the power of ideas, as citizens make their case for what they think about the nation’s energy future. The show debuts on the web first and then moves to television, in a primetime PBS special on April 15th. At Planet Forward, we wanted to do something different. We wanted to take this huge issue facing us — how we move to a sustainable, 21st century approach to the energy we use – and explore it in a way that is open, inclusive, creative and smart. We wanted to combine the power of the internet and the reach of television to bring together citizens, experts and decision-makers in a place where imagination and ideas would prevail. Sure, serious business — but also spontaneous and fun and unexpected. Planet Forward starts online and works its way over to television. We invite people to submit a video, an essay, a photo spread, whatever works. We say show us your ideas, your invention or what your community’s working on. Share your research. Talk technology. Tell us how attitudes are changing. - Source

04/01/09 - The Solar-Hydrogen Solution Has Arrived In New Jersey
Mike Strizki's invention, a system that can be used by most residential homes to generate energy and store the excess as hydrogen gas, has the potential to help turn millions of American homes into fully self-sustaining power plants, each one capable of producing hydrogen to heat homes, provide electricity, and fuel cars. In part this is an “inventor's story.” The system itself is truly ingenious, using off-the shelf technology. Electrolysis, which uses water and electricity to separate oxygen and hydrogen, is a 19th century invention; solar panels were invented at Bell Labs in 1954; fuel cells were invented in the 1970s; and the hydrogen is stored in propane tanks. But more importantly, this is a business story and a public policy story of dramatic proportions. And it is happening here in the State of New Jersey that is second only to California in the amount of installed solar power!


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04/01/09 - Scientists Who Trust Their Own Evidence Take Action
It seems to me that we are at the go/no-go moment in terms of preventing the methane tipping point from avalanching into unstoppable global warming. It could the moment for scientists around the world who trust their own global warming evidence to withdraw from the system that propagates the global warming. Withdrawal from the system is neither symbolic nor philosophical. Withdrawal is swift, total and drastic. The intention is to proactively collapse the carbon economy to give humanity a chance to change direction. This would require great personal efforts and sacrifice on the part of the scientists. It would impact our families, teams, companies and organizations with a radical change of plans. It would also require you to take your own work seriously. If you do not trust your evidence enough to take direct personal action, why should someone else?... The choice is not actually up to political authorities. The choice is up to the creative powerhouse behind the industrial machine: you, the scientists, engineers, programmers, designers, technicians and researchers keeping things going. To continue a carbon-hungry consumer lifestyle in the face of recent climate-change knowledge makes us no more intelligent than bacteria, consuming beyond the carrying capacity of our resources and dieing in our own wastes. Withdrawal is simple and effective. It is nonviolent noncooperation with whatever is nonsustainable... If you already see the perfect storm about to hit humanity and trust your own findings, then immediately and completely extricating yourself from the system that generates the problems is appropriate. Let the system fail. It was not well thought out. Our combined population growth and harmful technological waste products grew so quickly we did not have time to make other plans. By redirecting your incredible creative capacity towards generating sustainable culture then we Homo sapiens could be true to our name. - Source

04/01/09 - LiV Rush – All Electric Sports Car
KeelyNet EV Innovations, a Las Vegas manufacturer of plug-in, battery powered vehicles, has developed the LiV Rush, an all-electric lithium battery powered sports car capable of going from 0 to 60 mph in 5.0 seconds. The LiV Rush is able to travel over 150 miles without recharging and is capable of reaching speeds up to 110 mph. With zero emissions, quick acceleration, and edgy design appeal, combined with the capability for 2500+ recharges of its battery, the LiV Rush is a high performance, green option. The LiV Electric “engine” is a 3-phase brushless A/C motor with a 78 kW peak. It is mounted mid-cabin with the controller placed for handling and safety. LiV’s batteries are 10 maintenance free lithium ion packs weighing a total of 640 pounds; they include Hybrid Technologies’ proprietary battery management system and heater. - Source

04/01/09 - Not Delusional If It’s Religion
Members of One Mind Ministries drew little notice in the working-class Baltimore neighborhood where they lived in a nondescript brick rowhouse. But inside, prosecutors say, horrors were unfolding: Answering to a leader called Queen Antoinette, they denied a 16-month-old boy food and water because he did not say "Amen" at mealtimes. After he died, they prayed over his body for days, expecting a resurrection, then packed it into a suitcase with mothballs. They left it in a shed in Philadelphia, where it remained for a year before detectives found it last spring. Tomorrow, five of the group's alleged members -- including the boy's mother, Ria Ramkissoon -- are scheduled to be tried in Baltimore on murder charges. Sources and Ramkissoon's mother said Ramkissoon, 22, has agreed to plead guilty to a lesser charge on one condition: The charges against her must be dropped if her son, Javon Thompson, is resurrected. Psychiatrists who evaluated Ramkissoon at the request of a judge concluded that she was not criminally insane. Her attorney, Steven Silverman, said the doctors found that her beliefs were indistinguishable from religious beliefs, in part because they were shared by those around her. "She wasn't delusional, because she was following a religion," Silverman said, describing the findings of the doctors' psychiatric evaluation. - Source

04/01/09 - Driverless Elevated Railway System
KeelyNet The ambition public transport system foreseeing driverless compartments zipping over the city streets could be a transportation mode of the future, if the project gets the required funding to be build into a working prototype anytime soon. The intention for a better transport system has brought about this conceptual idea, which visions smaller rail cars attached from the side to the elevated rail track suspending up and down with a mechanical arm to let passengers get on and off comfortably. To keep the system light yet rigid, the designer would use possible aspects of the aviation and aerospace industries. Keeping it easy on mobility would mean lesser energy required to move it and fewer infrastructures to build it. With green vision and an eye to easy public transportation, we have a thumbs up to the concept. - Source

04/01/09 - Know Your Enemy: Containing Conficker
With all the noise about Conficker turning your computer into liquid hot magma on April 1st, there’s actually some positive news. Researchers from the HoneyNet Project have been following the worm since infections started in late 2008. They recently discovered an easy way to identify infected systems remotely. Conficker attempts to patch the MS08-067 vulnerability during infection. A flaw in the patch causes the machine to respond differently than both an unpatched system and an officially patched system. Using this knowledge, the team developed a proof of concept network scanner in python to find infected machines. You can find it in [Rich Mogull]’s initial post. [Dan Kaminisky] has packaged it as an EXE and has instructions for how to build the SVN version of Nmap, which includes the new signature. Other network scanner vendors are adding the code as well. In conjunction with this detection code, the team has also released the whitepaper Know Your Enemy: Containing Conficker. It discusses ways to detect, contain, and remove Conficker. They’ve combined this with a tool release that covers Conficker’s dynamic domain generation among other things. (via hackaday.com) / (PDF) - The approaches presented take advantage of the way Conficker patches infected systems, which can be used to remotely detect a compromised system. Furthermore, we demonstrate various methods to detect and remove Conficker locally and a potential vaccination tool is presented. Finally, the domainname generation mechanism for all three Conficker variants is discussed in detail and an overview of the potential for upcoming domain collisions in version .C is provided. Tools for all the ideas presented here are freely available for download including source code. - Source

03/01/09 - KeelyNet BBS Files w/bonus PDF of 'Keely and his Discoveries'
KeelyNet Finally, I've gotten around to compiling all the files (almost 1,000 - about 20MB and lots of work doing it) from the original KeelyNet BBS into a form you can easily navigate and read using your browser, ideally Firefox but it does work with IE. Most of these files are extremely targeted, interesting and informative, I had forgotten just how much but now you can have the complete organized, categorized set, not just sprinklings from around the web. They will keep you reading for weeks if not longer and give you clues and insights into many subjects and new ideas for investigation and research. IN ADDITION, I am including as a bonus gift, the book (in PDF form) that started it all for me, 'Keely and his Discoveries - Aerial Navigation' which includes the analysis of Keely's discoveries by Dr. Daniel G. Brinton. This 407 page eBook alone is worth the price of the KeelyNet BBS CD but it will give you some degree of understanding about what all Keely accomplished which is just now being rediscovered, but of course, without recognizing Keely as the original discoverer. Chapters include; Vibratory Sympathetic and Polar Flows, Vibratory Physics, Latent Force in Interstitial Spaces and much more. These two excellent bodies of information will be sent to you on CD. If alternative science intrigues and fascinates you, this CD is what you've been looking for... - Source

04/01/09 - Leaving PCs on at night wastes $2.8 billion in US
The age-old question about PCs -- leave it on or turn it off -- has been answered in a new study that found $2.8 billion per year in wasted money from people leaving their PCs on all night. I've always suspected that the old conventional wisdom that it doesn't make that big a difference has been growing ever more obsolete as monitors get huger and PCs become more powerful. Turn it off! - Source

04/01/09 - NOT A JOKE! - Could the Tea Parties lead to a 2nd American Revolution?

I received an email with this title, ‘Obama TERRIFIED of 2nd American Revolution’ and it goes into some detail with links about this guy named Dr. Bob Basso, here is what I received; See blog below: TEA PARTY canceled by Governor of Florida because he feared TOO MANY PEOPLE would show up. The Jerry Doyle Show Discusses Obama’s Attempt To Intimidate Dr. Bob Basso After Revolution Video Is Released On YouTube

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04/01/09 - MailBrowserBackup Backs up Browser and Email Profiles
Windows only: If you use multiple web browsers and email clients, MailBrowserBackup allows you to backup your profiles for each in one swoop. Currently MailBrowserBackup supports Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, and SRWare Iron in the browser arena, and Mozilla Thunderbird in the email arena. According to the author's release schedule the next release will increase support to include Opera, Safari, and Internet Explorer. Backing up Firefox and Chrome took only a few seconds on my system and the results were stored neatly in the directory I specified. Restoring was just as quick. The application is portable, but does require Microsoft .NET 2.0+ or above. MailBrowserBackup is open-source, Windows only. - Source

04/01/09 - Spam Back Up To 94% of All Email
"A NYTimes blog reports that the volume of spam has returned to is previous levels, as seen before the McColo was shut down. Here is the report on Google's enterprise blog. Adam Swidler, of Postini Services, says: 'It's unlikely we are going to see another event like McColo where taking out an ISP has that kind of dramatic impact on global spam volumes,' because the spammers' control systems are evolving. This is sad news for us all." - Source

04/01/09 - Cellular Repo Man
News of a "kill pill" from LM Ericsson AB that a wireless carrier could use to remotely disable a subsidized netbook if the customer doesn't pay the monthly bill or cancels their credit card. "...the Swedish company that makes many of the modems that go into laptops announced Tuesday that its new modem will deal with [the nonpayment] issue by including a feature that's virtually a wireless repo man. If the carrier has the stomach to do so, it can send a signal that completely disables the computer, making it impossible to turn on. ... Laptop makers that use Ericsson modules include LG Electronics Inc., Dell Inc., Toshiba Corp., and Lenovo." The feature could also be used to lock thieves out of the data on a stolen laptop. - Source

04/01/09 - First Proven Diagnostic Test For Alzheimer's
"A test that can confirm or rule out Alzheimer's disease at an early stage has been shown effective by US pathologists. 'With this test, we can reliably detect and track the progression of Alzheimer's disease,' said lead researcher Leslie Shaw with the University of Pennsylvania's Alzheimer's Disease Neuroimaging Initiative in Philadelphia. ... The new test is detailed in the journal Annals of Neurology. It measures the cerebral-spinal fluid concentration of two biochemicals associated with the disease — amyloid beta42 peptide and tau protein." - Source

04/01/09 - Free Noise
Choose from white noise, pink noise, or brown/red noise. Oscillating or not. Uses of White Noise: * Aid Sleep * Enhance Privacy * Block Distractions * Mask Tinnitus * Configure Audio Equipment * Soothe Migraines * and more... - Source

04/01/09 - Focus, Pay Attention! (and love the one you're with)
You know the score: you are talking to a colleague and their eyes constantly flicker towards the BlackBerry for incoming e-mails. You are holding a meeting and half the staff are texting under the table. You are hoping for a hot date - as Jennifer Aniston, the American actress, was recently - and your boyfriend is hitting on Twitter, not you. These are symptoms of OMD, obsessive mobile disorder, and the dread disease CPA, continuous partial attention, in which victims come to believe that life via mobile might be more interesting than life right in front of them. - Source

04/01/09 - H2O Fuel Myths - Water Car Gas Boosters Debunked
More than once, Popular Mechanics senior automotive editor Mike Allen has debunked the myth that you can triple your fuel economy by burning the hydrogen from water in your car. Now, he's teamed up with Dateline NBC and an EPA-certified emissions lab to test hydrogen generators, fuel heaters, fuel-line magnets and acetone fuel additives, once and for all. - Source

04/01/09 - Government: Volt can't save GM
"While the Volt holds promise, it will likely be too expensive to be commercially successful in the short-term," the report said. The electric car "is currently projected to be much more expensive than its gasoline-fueled peers and will likely need substantial reductions in manufacturing cost in order to become commercially viable." GM has announced it would begin production on the Volt at the end of next year and expected to price the four-passenger car to be around $40,000 -- more than double many compact cars. The car will have a range of about 40 miles on its fully charged batteries and then use a gasoline engine to extend its range for up to 200 more miles. That price would certainly hurt its volume, said Jack Nerad, the editorial director of Kelley Blue Book, which operates a leading car consumer Web site kbb.com. "That's just one factor," he said. "Is it even profitable at $40,000?" - Source

High Voltage & Free Energy Devices Handbook
KeelyNet This wonderfully informative ebook provides many simple experiments you can do, including hydrogen generation and electrostatic repulsion as well as the keys to EV Gray's Fuelless Engine. One of the most comprehensive compilations of information yet detailing the effects of high voltage repulsion as a driving force. Ed Gray's engine produced in excess of 300HP and he claimed to be able to 'split the positive' energy of electricity to produce a self-running motor/generator for use as an engine. Schematics and tons of photos of the original machines and more! Excellent gift for your technical friends or for that budding scientist! If you are an experimenter or know someone who investigates such matters, this would make an excellent addition to your library or as an unforgettable gift. The downloadable HVFE eBook pdf file is almost 11MB in size and contains many experiments, photos, diagrams and technical details. Buy a copy and learn all about hydrogen generation, its uses and how to produce electrostatic repulsion. - 121 pages - $15.00 - Source

04/01/09 - Fact or Fiction: Raw veggies are healthier than cooked ones
Cooking is crucial to our diets. It helps us digest food without expending huge amounts of energy. It softens food, such as cellulose fiber and raw meat, that our small teeth, weak jaws and digestive systems aren't equipped to handle. And while we might hear from raw foodists that cooking kills vitamins and minerals in food (while also denaturing enzymes that aid digestion), it turns out raw vegetables are not always healthier. - Source

04/01/09 - Concrete Is Remixed With Environment in Mind
“The new twist over the last 10 years has been to try to avoid materials that generate CO2,” said Kevin A. MacDonald, vice president for engineering services of the Cemstone Products Company, the concrete supplier for the I-35W bridge. In his mixes, Dr. MacDonald replaced much of the Portland cement with two industrial waste products — fly ash, left over from burning coal in power plants, and blast-furnace slag. Both are what are called pozzolans, reactive materials that help make the concrete stronger. Because the CO2 emissions associated with them are accounted for in electricity generation and steel making, they also help reduce the concrete’s carbon footprint. Some engineers and scientists are going further, with the goal of developing concrete that can capture and permanently sequester CO2 from power plants or other sources, so it cannot contribute to the warming of the planet. - Source

04/01/09 - U.S. space programs need better oversight
U.S. government spending on unclassified satellites and space programs is out of control and soared 42 percent to $16.9 billion in fiscal 2009 from $11.9 billion in 2005, the watchdog group Taxpayers for Common Sense said on Tuesday. The group, which compiled the first independent database of federal space programs, said billions of dollars in space-related programs for national security were spread over the three military services and other agencies with no central authority to track spending. Taxpayers for Common Sense said a transparent, accountable budget was important given the troubled history of space programs that are "so far over budget and behind schedule that many of them still have not deployed after many years and billions of dollars." The report identified 12 programs with cost growth of more than 200 percent in the past five years. - Source

04/01/09 - America’s Bankers Found To Be Oligarchs
Writing in the Atlantic, Simon Johnson, former chief economist of the IMF, takes a hard look at the econopocalypse and decides that the root of America’s (and Europe’s) economic woes is the cozy relationship between super-powerful bankers and government — oligarchy. So, he says, we cannot fix the economy until we break up the banks, curb executive compensation in the finance sector, and turn it into “just another industry.” Cleaning up the megabanks will be complex. And it will be expensive for the taxpayer; according to the latest IMF numbers, the cleanup of the banking system would probably cost close to $1.5trillion (or 10percent of our GDP) in the long term. But only decisive government action-exposing the full extent of the financial rot and restoring some set of banks to publicly verifiable health-can cure the financial sector as a whole. This may seem like strong medicine. But in fact, while necessary, it is insufficient. The second problem the U.S. faces-the power of the oligarchy-is just as important as the immediate crisis of lending. And the advice from the IMF on this front would again be simple: break the oligarchy. - Source

04/01/09 - The Quiet Coup
The crash has laid bare many unpleasant truths about the United States. One of the most alarming, says a former chief economist of the International Monetary Fund, is that the finance industry has effectively captured our government—a state of affairs that more typically describes emerging markets, and is at the center of many emerging-market crises. If the IMF’s staff could speak freely about the U.S., it would tell us what it tells all countries in this situation: recovery will fail unless we break the financial oligarchy that is blocking essential reform. And if we are to prevent a true depression, we’re running out of time. / But inevitably, emerging-market oligarchs get carried away; they waste money and build massive business empires on a mountain of debt. Local banks, sometimes pressured by the government, become too willing to extend credit to the elite and to those who depend on them. Overborrowing always ends badly, whether for an individual, a company, or a country. Sooner or later, credit conditions become tighter and no one will lend you money on anything close to affordable terms. The downward spiral that follows is remarkably steep. Enormous companies teeter on the brink of default, and the local banks that have lent to them collapse. Yesterday’s “public-private partnerships” are relabeled “crony capitalism.” With credit unavailable, economic paralysis ensues, and conditions just get worse and worse. The government is forced to draw down its foreign-currency reserves to pay for imports, service debt, and cover private losses. But these reserves will eventually run out. If the country cannot right itself before that happens, it will default on its sovereign debt and become an economic pariah. The government, in its race to stop the bleeding, will typically need to wipe out some of the national champions—now hemorrhaging cash—and usually restructure a banking system that’s gone badly out of balance. It will, in other words, need to squeeze at least some of its oligarchs. - Source

04/01/09 - Cocaine Detecting Flashlight
Police are shining 'magic torches' into clubbers' faces to check for tiny traces of cocaine – and now employers and parents are being encouraged to follow suit. Forces across the country are buying the £40 torches which can make any microscopic particles of cocaine or amphetamine that are invisible to the naked eye appear bright green. Officers say the UV lights work as well as ones costing ten times as much and make it easy to spot the tin­iest traces of cocaine on nasal hair.Sgt Alan Clayton said: 'This simple piece of equipment will have a big impact on drug use in pubs and clubs. 'Traces of cocaine are also left on the cheeks and chin that are not visible to the naked eye and these show up bright green, too. It really is amazing.' The torches are produced by Wrexham-based JNE Marketing, intending them to be used to show markings on stolen property. It only realised they could be used to spot drugs when police officers starting asking about them. They will detect cocaine that is at least 87 per cent pure and 78 per cent pure amphetamine of, including some, but not all, Ecstasy pills. - Source

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