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04/29/10 - Mysterious Desert Lines Found To Be Animal Traps
KeelyNet British RAF pilots in the early 20th century were the first to spot the strange kite-like lines on the deserts of Israel, Jordan and Egypt from the air and wonder about their origins. The lines are low, stone walls, usually found as angled pairs, that begin far apart and converge at circular pits. In some places in Jordan the lines formed chains up to 40 miles long. Were they made by some weird kind of fault? Ancient astronauts? A new study of 16 of what are called desert kites in the eastern Sinai Desert confirms what many researchers have long suspected: The walls form large funnels to direct gazelle and other large game animals into killing pits… - Full Article Source

04/29/10 - Extraordinary Scans Reveal What Being Fat Does to Your Body
KeelyNet Carrying extra pounds may not look attractive from the outside, but it’s been difficult to understand precisely the havoc it wreaks on your insides – until now. Here, in a pair of astonishing pictures, we can see exactly what being overweight does to the organs, bones and muscles. These images of two women were taken by a magnetic resonance imaging (MRIRI) scanner and reveal in horrifying detail the obesity effect. The woman on the left weighs just over 245 lbs (17st), the one on the right just under 119 lbs (8st). Their muscles (shown in red), bones (white), organs (black) and fat (yellow) are all clearly defined. As well as the fat sitting just under the skin (the fat you can pinch), these images reveal the fat inside the body wrapped around the organs. ‘Fat is deposited everywhere – even around your head and neck, especially at the back,’ says orthopaedic surgeon Mr Hayton. ‘Excess fat here would cause pressure on the nerves and may contribute to headaches and neck pains.’ An American study of more than 143,000 people found that chronic daily headaches are more common among the obese. ‘The yellow patches on either side of the neck of the woman on the left also quite clearly show that a thick layer of subcutaneous fat is building up,’ says consultant radiologist Dr Bhatti. ‘This will compress the airways and lead to snoring.’ Obesity is one of the most common risk factors for sleep apnea a condition that occurs when tissues in the upper airways come too close to each other, temporarily blocking breathing. It can lead to memory difficulties, low energy, shortness of breath, leg swelling and high blood pressure . Long term, it can contribute to stroke, hypertension and even sudden-death syndrome. - Full Article Source

04/29/10 - $3000 Homemade Helicopter actually Flies!
A Chinese farmer started building this homemade helicopter approximately 10-years-ago, when he was still a high school student. This project not only flys, but was built on a $3000 budget. It features "a frame reinforced with steel pipes and uses an engine from a motorcycle." - Full Article Source

04/29/10 - Home-brew biodiesel poses fire hazards, officials calling for regulation
Attempts by the environmentally conscious to turn cooking oil into biodiesel in their backyards can backfire — literally. Fires erupting in such home operations have been reported all over the country, from South Berwick, Maine, and Massachusetts to Oregon and Texas. It's unclear if anyone has died in these incidents, as the setups aren't regulated and tracked. And fire officials say that's the problem. "They're underground," said Bill Clark, an investigator with the New Hampshire Fire Marshal's office. "It's a situation where there may be an unsafe operation going on, and yet no one knows until unfortunately there's a bad consequence." "The circumstances are ripe for a tragedy." The danger lies in highly flammable chemicals, like methanol, that are used in the conversion process, according to Bob Benedetti, a flammable liquids engineer for the Massachusetts-based Fire Protection Agency. "It's easily ignited," said Benedetti, who added that regulations should be established. Biodiesel can be used in any diesel engine and burns cleaner than traditional fuel. It usually is made from used cooking oil, which many restaurants give away for free as a way to reduce or eliminate disposal costs. - Full Article Source

04/29/10 - The Incredible power of Ice
What happens to water if it’s not allowed to expand when frozen? — Tony, Cut Off, La. - Marshall Brain Answers: In nature, or in your kitchen freezer, water expands when it freezes. It gets about 9% bigger. This video gives you a dramatic demonstration of what happens when water freezes in a closed container. In the video, neither the plastic pipe nor the iron pipe can withstand the pressure that the freezing water creates. Both explode. But what if you take a cup of water and put it inside a thick, incredibly strong stainless steel pipe? Let’s say the pipe is 6 inches thick, with massive screw-on caps that can withstand huge pressures. Now you pour liquid nitrogen on that. Since the water can’t expand inside this stainless steel pipe, what happens? To understand the answer to this question, you have to realize that there is more than one kind of ice. The only kind of ice we normally see is the ice that forms at atmospheric pressures. But at higher pressures, different kinds of ice can form. You can see a table showing the different kinds of ice (there are more than a dozen). / Water is a very unique liquid. Unlike almost every other substance in the world, water actually expands when it freezes. This is very cool because it allows people to walk and skate on frozen lakes while fish are swimming below the ice. But freezing water can also pose a few problems for homeowners and some job opportunities if you're a plumber. - Full Article Source

04/29/10 - Excellent Old-School Science Models
Old-school science models look funny until it becomes clear that they were conceived, designed, and built by people so much smarter than you'll ever be (slideshow but still cool) (via fark.com) - Full Article Source

04/29/10 - Violet-Ray Lamp probes nose to Cure Hay Fever (Nov, 1931)
KeelyNet SUNBURNED backs, as all know, may now be had from a “health lamp”; but here we have a mercury-vapor lamp in a quartz rod, small enough to pass up the nose and sunburn its inside. Four out of five cases of “hay fever” are cured. / from wiki; Exposure to UVB light, particularly the 310 nm narrowband UVB range, is an effective long-term treatment for many skin conditions like psoriasis, vitiligo, eczema, and others.[28] UVB phototherapy does not require additional medications or topical preparations for the therapeutic benefit; only the light exposure is needed. However, phototherapy can be effective when used in conjunction with certain topical treatments such as anthralin, coal tar, and Vitamin A and D derivatives, or systemic treatments such as methotrexate and soriatane.[29] Typical treatment regimes involve short exposure to UVB rays 3 to 5 times a week at a hospital or clinic, and up to 30 or more sessions may be required before results are noticeable. Almost all of the conditions that respond to UVB light are chronic problems, so continual treatment is required to keep those problems in check. Home UVB systems are common solutions for those whose conditions respond to treatment. Home systems permit the patient to treat themselves every other day (the ideal treatment regimen for most) without the frequent, costly trips to the office/clinic and back. Side effects may include itching and redness of the skin due to UVB exposure, and possibly sunburn, if patients do not minimize exposure to natural UV rays during treatment days. Cataracts can frequently develop if the eyes are not protected from UVB light exposure. There is no link between an increase in the patient's risk for skin cancer and the proper use of UVB phototherapy. "Proper use" is generally defined as reaching the "Sub-Erythemic Dose" (S.E.D.), the maximum amount of UVB your skin can receive without burning. Certain fungal growths under the toenail can be treated using a specific wavelength of UV delivered from a high power LED (light emitting diode) and can be safer than traditional systemic drugs. - Full Article Source

04/29/10 - Student Spies
The U.K. office of Warner Brothers Studios is paying students $26,000 a year to spy on other students and tell who shares copyrighted movies and games. Ah well, it’s a living. It turns out that it’s not quite as bad if you download the files as opposed to sharing them with others. That means you shouldn’t use “bit torrent” sites, because anything you download there is also shared with others. - Full Article Source

04/29/10 - High-flying invention harnesses wind power
Wind turbines are a familiar site in high-wind areas. They are one way to harness energy. However, there is a group of engineers that is convinced we should be generating power from wind at a new level -- 2,000 feet. They have designed a self-propelled device that can take off from the ground, find optimum wind aloft, and generate electricity from its propellers. It wouldn't be wrong to call it a kite. "It's just like a kite. We're building very large, computer-controlled kites to harness the incredible energy of the wind," says JoeBen Bevirt, founder of Joby Energy. A Joby Energy video showed how the electricity will be transferred to the power grid on the ground by a long cable. The next-generation devices will be 20 times the size of their small tester and will be capable of powering 3,000 homes. Bevirt says that goal is only two years away. His team has created technology far more sophisticated than it appears. - Full Article Source

04/29/10 - Phosphorous in sodas and processed foods accelerates signs of aging
New research shows that high levels of phosphates in sodas and processed foods accelerate signs of aging. High phosphate levels may also increase the prevalence and severity of age-related complications, such as chronic kidney disease and cardiovascular calcification, and can also induce severe muscle and skin atrophy. 'Humans need a healthy diet and keeping the balance of phosphate in the diet may be important for a healthy life and longevity,' said M. Shawkat Razzaque, M.D., Ph.D., from the Department of Medicine, Infection and Immunity at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine. 'Avoid phosphate toxicity and enjoy a healthy life.' - Full Article Source

04/29/10 - Cleaner Air Could Speed Global Warming
"Scientists estimate that the US Clean Air Act has cut a major air pollutant, sulfate aerosols, by 30% to 50% since the 1980s, helping greatly reduce cases of asthma and other respiratory problems. But NPR reports that this good news may have a surprising downside: cleaner air might actually intensify global warming. One benefit of sulfates is that they've been helpfully blocking sunlight from striking the Earth for many decades, by brightening clouds and expanding their coverage. Researchers believe greenhouse gases such as CO2 have committed the Earth to an eventual warming of roughly 4 degrees Fahrenheit, a quarter of which the planet has already experienced. But thanks to cooling by aerosols starting in the 1940s, the planet has felt only a portion of that warming. And unlike CO2, which persists in the atmosphere for centuries, aerosols last in the air for a week at most, so cutting them would probably rapidly accelerate global warming. The author of 'Hack the Planet' says: 'As we take away that unexpectedly helpful cooling mask, we're going to be facing more global warming than we expected.'" - Full Article Source

04/29/10 - The Big Technical Mistakes of History
"As any computer programmer will tell you, some of the most confusing and complex issues can stem from the simplest of errors. This article looking back at history's big technical mistakes includes some interesting trivia, such as NASA's failure to convert measurements to metric, resulting in the Mars Climate Orbiter being torn apart by the Martian atmosphere. Then there is the infamous Intel Pentium floating point fiasco, which cost the company $450m in direct costs, a battering on the world's stock exchanges, and a huge black mark on its reputation. Also on the list is Iridium, the global satellite phone network that promised to make phones work anywhere on the planet, but required 77 satellites to be launched into space." - Full Article Source

04/29/10 - NASA Expands Role of International Space Station
"NASA is looking for a few good experiments to run in space. The space agency this week said it was seeking research ideas (PDF) from private entities who want to do research on board the International Space Station. NASA said it was looking to expand the use of the ISS by providing access to the lab for the conduct of basic and applied research, technology development, and industrial processing to private entities — including commercial firms, non-profit institutions, and academic institutions. NASA said using the ISS as a national lab could help develop a number of applications in areas such as biotechnology, energy, engineering, and remote sensing." - Full Article Source

04/29/10 - Arizona "Papers, Please" Law May Hit Tech Workers
"H-1B workers and foreign students may think twice about attending school or working in Arizona as a result of the state's new immigration law. If a police officer has a 'reasonable suspicion' about the immigration status of someone, the officer may ask to see proof of legal status. Federal immigration law requires all non-US citizens, including H-1B workers, to carry documentation, but 'no state until Arizona has made it a crime to not have that paperwork on your person,' said immigration lawyer Sarah Hawk. It means that an H-1B holder risks detention every time they make a 7-11 run if they don't have their papers, or if their paperwork is out of date because US immigration authorities are behind in processing (which condition does not make them illegal). The potential tech backlash over the law may have begun yesterday with a call by San Francisco City Atty. Dennis Herrera 'to adopt and implement a sweeping boycott of the State of Arizona and Arizona-based businesses.'" - Full Article Source

04/29/10 - Better Aging through Higher vitamin D levels
Dr. Denise Houston from the Sticht Center on Aging at Wake Forest University and her collaborators studied the relationship between vitamin D status and physical function in a group of relatively healthy seniors. When the results were tabulated, participants with the highest levels of 25-hydroxyvitamin D were found to have better physical function. And, although physical function declined over the course of the study, it remained significantly higher among those with the highest vitamin D levels at the beginning of the study compared to those with the lowest vitamin D levels. - Full Article Source

04/29/10 - Human-looking ETs secretly in U.S.?
According to accounts released Saturday, April 24, 2010, by the coordinator of an e-mail news and information service, officials of the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), U.S. Air Force Office of Special Investigations (AFOSI) and other U.S. government agencies have been involved in security activities involving human-appearing extraterrestrial beings in the U.S. The DIA contact reportedly provided information about the monitoring and intervention by U.S. officials regarding a particular extraterrestrial being posing as a human within the U.S., Martinez wrote in his e-mail report. The contact also noted the more general issue of extraterrestrials visiting Earth who may blend in with the human population, for various reasons. According to Martinez, his contact stated, "In reference to your repeated requests to present some new information never before disclosed to the public ... I went outside of our agency to close intelligence contacts of mine and secured the following ... I just received information on a highly sensitive operation code-named 'Operation TANGO-SIERRA' that occurred in early 1980. It involved U.S. intelligence capturing an alien being living among us." - Full Article Source

04/29/10 - FAA Setting Up Commercial Spaceflight Center
"The FAA this week took a step closer to setting up a central hub for the development of key commercial space transportation technologies such as space launch and traffic management applications and setting orbital safety standards. The hub, known as the Center of Excellence for Commercial Space Transportation, would have a $1 million yearly budget and tie together universities, industry players, and the government for cost-sharing research and development. The FAA expects the center to be up and running this year." - Full Article Source

04/29/10 - Texas Man Pleads Guilty To Building Botnet-For-Hire
"A Mesquite, Texas, man is set to plead guilty to training his 22,000-PC botnet on a local ISP — just to show off its firepower to a potential customer. David Anthony Edwards will plead guilty to charges that he and another man, Thomas James Frederick Smith, built a custom botnet, called Nettick, which they then tried to sell to cybercriminals at the rate of US$0.15 per infected computer, according to court documents." - Full Article Source

04/29/10 - Can World's Largest Laser Zap Earth's Energy Woes?
"Scientists at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory plan on using a laser the size of three football fields to set off a nuclear reaction so intense that it will make a star bloom on the surface of the Earth. If they're successful, the scientists hope to solve the global energy crisis by harnessing the energy generated by the mini-star." - Full Article Source

04/29/10 - Japanese Solar-Powered Spaceship to Take Flight
KeelyNet The spacecraft, dubbed Ikaros, will be the first in humna history to enter deep space using only solar energy, world media reports. The ship is equipped with 15-meter long ultra thin wings –thinner than human hair – that are covered with special cells which will generate energy from the sun. Solar sails have been tested in vacuum chambers by NASA in the past, but the agency failed to successfully deploy this technology. If successful, the Icarus will be the first craft to use solar sails in space as a primary propulsion method. A ground control station on Earth will navigate the panels of the Japanese invention in the direction of the sun rays. The craft has cost USA 16 M to build. The rocket that will carry it into space on May 18 will also launch Japan’s first satellite to Venus. Ikaros stands for “Interplanetary Kite-craft Accelerated by Radiation of the Sun.” The name is also a reference to the Greek myth of Icarus – a young man who, with his father Daedalus, attempted to escape exile in Crete by building wings of feathers and wax. - Full Article Source

04/29/10 - Gardening On Mars
"Following Obama's announcement to send humans to Mars by the mid-2030s, New Scientist reports on plans to piece together the elements of a starter kit for the first colonists of the Red Planet: 'The creation of a human outpost on Mars is still some way off, but that hasn't stopped us planning the garden.'" - Full Article Source

04/29/10 - OLED Film Could Provide Cheap Night Vision For Cars
"Night vision systems are already available in the higher-end luxury sedans from companies like Toyota, Volvo, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz. It's expensive technology that few drivers can afford, and at $4,000 for the system without a display, it's a pricey upgrade. That may all change soon, as DARPA-funded scientists have developed a cheap way to turn any infrared light into visible light with a thin film." - Full Article Source

04/29/10 - Japanese Consortium plans a Humanoid Robot On the Moon By 2015
"A Japanese manufacturing cooperative named Astro-Technology SOHLA announced on April 27th that they are planning to create and send a two-legged humanoid robot to the moon, have it draw the Japanese flag on the surface, and hopefully then get it to return to the Earth, all by the year 2015. The group wants to inspire people, particularly in Japan, about space and generate confidence among SMEs to create low-cost space technology. While the idea may seem far-fetched to some, SOHLA had success in building a small low-cost satellite named Maido-1, which was launched into space aboard a Japanese H-IIA rocket in early 2009. The group also commented that they want to have their future humanoid robot hitch a ride to the moon with a surveying rover that JAXA is building." - Full Article Source

04/27/10 - Incredible! - Yildriz Free Energy Magnetic Motor
Inventor Muammer Yildriz claims the production of Free Energy from his magnetic motor as shown in this demonstration at the University of Delft... Notice no wires or power cables when they run the motor, then disassemble the entire motor, inspect the parts, reassemble it but it doesn't show them running it after being reassembled. Fascinating! Patent DE 10 2007 037 186 B3 WO 2009/019001 A2..but, BUT we all KNOW that magnets CAN'T DO WORK??? - Full Article Source

04/27/10 - Yildriz Patent - DEVICE HAVING AN ARRANGEMENT OF MAGNETS
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Abstract of WO 2009019001 (A2) - The invention relates to a device having an arrangement of magnets for generating an alternating (rotary) magnetic field that interacts with a stationary magnetic field.

KeelyNetThe device comprises a rotor (1) and a stator (2) disposed coaxially to a rotatably mounted shaft (5). The rotor (1) comprises one or more first magnet sequences and the stator (2) one or more second magnet sequences. The first and second magnet sequences each comprise two or more dipole magnets, the arrangement and orientation of which may vary. - Full Article Source and you can download this 2.5MB PDF of the full patent (in German) with diagrams. Also you might want to read Bob Nelson's earlier information about the claims of the Muammer Yildiz Electrical Generator which is NOT THE SAME as this new totally magnetic version.

04/26/10 - Carbon dioxide enhances artificial joints
Special treatment of high-performance polyethylene turns it into a porous material, which can be used to make artificial joints rivaling the natural thing. The rigid ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene (HMPE) has long been used in a number of applications, from sports equipment to body armor. It is also the material of choice for artificial joints and other medical implants, due to its high resistance to corrosion and low friction. Now, researchers at the Institute of Organo-elemental Compounds in Russia have found a way to make the material even better, reports journal Nanozhurnal. They treated HMPE particles in a carbon dioxide environment with a high temperature and pressure. In the conditions, the CO2 turned into a so-called supercritical fluid, when it has some properties of both gas and liquid. In the polyethylene, the carbon dioxide caused small cavities varying in size between 5 and 15 nanometers to form. This “nanoporous” polyethylene is twice as slippery as its normal version, but retains its rigidity. An artificial joint made of this improved polyethylene will be as easy to bend as the natural one, scientists say. Based on the new material, the researchers have also developed two composite versions – one with silver and gold nanoparticles, and another with acryl polymer. The technology could be available commercially in two years. - Full Article Source

04/26/10 - Magnesium: Alternative Power Source
KeelyNet There is enough magnesium to meet the world's energy needs for the next 300,000 years, says Dr. Takashi Yabe of the Tokyo Institute of Technology. Magnesium is abundant in the world; however the production of magnesium is neither cheap or clean. There are various ways of extracting magnesium, ranging from an electrolytic process to high temperature method called the Pidgeon process. Dr. Yabe has devised a high temperature solution by concentrating solar collectors and a solar-pump laser to reach a temperature of 3,700 degrees centigrade. This high heat method is used to burn magnesium oxide extracted from seawater. The solar-pumped laser is necessary to help obtain this high temperature because concentrated solar energy alone would not be enough to generate 3,700 degrees C. Engineers at MagPower have developed a metal-air cell that uses water and ambient air to react with a magnesium anode, to generate electricity. A magnesium based version of the lithium-ion rechargeable cell has been created by Dr. Doron Aurbach at Bar-Ilan University in Israel. According to MagPower Systems, by using hydrogen inhibitors the MAFC has increased power efficiency, lower cell resistance, and the reduction or elimination of pressure and/or volume increase due to hydrogen gassing resulting in smaller metal-air fuel cells, and batteries. / MagPower™ Systems Inc. has developed a powerful, reliable and environmentally friendly non-toxic alternative power source that generates electricity through the combination of magnesium, oxygen and a saltwater electrolyte with MagPower’s patented Hydrogen Inhibitors. The magnesium-air technology has never reached the commercial stage due to its limiting energy output which is caused by hydrogen generation. MagPower is the only company in the world to have solved this problem. - Full Article Source

04/26/10 - To build a cooperative society, is it better to punish or reward?
One of the basic components of a functional, cooperative society is a code of law, where the laws are usually enforced by some kind of incentive. Social incentives can either be positive (rewards) or negative (punishments), and a society must decide which combination to use to achieve the greatest efficiency, or the highest level of cooperation at the lowest cost. Using a game theoretic model, a new study has analyzed this social dilemma in order to investigate how individuals are swayed by incentives, and how cooperation can emerge due to various incentive strategies. The researchers capture this dynamic in a game that is generally similar to the Prisoner’s Dilemma game or the ultimatum game, except that here only the first player chooses to cooperate or defect, while the second player chooses how to respond with incentives, and each player receives respective pay-offs. More specifically, the first player can choose one of four strategies: always cooperate (cooperation comes with a small cost), always defect, cooperate unless they know they can defect without being punished, and defect unless they know that their co-player rewards cooperation or punishes defection. The last two strategies are opportunistic, meaning that players use them to take advantage of a possible incentive, regardless of whether they must cooperate or defect to attain the incentive. - Full Article Source

04/26/10 - Tireless diving robot feeds on the ocean's heat
KeelyNet EAT your heart out, Duracell bunny: NASA has unveiled an ocean-going robot that really can go on forever. It is the first of its kind to be fuelled entirely by renewable energy. This month the agency revealed that SOLO-TREC, a wax-filled buoy powered only by the temperature differences in the water around it, has been tirelessly diving to depths of 500 metres off the Hawaiian coast three times a day since November 2009. The float gathers data on temperature and salinity to improve studies of ocean currents. SOLO-TREC extracts thermal energy from the ocean each time it travels from the cold depths to the warmer surface. Tubes of oil on its shell are surrounded by a compartment filled with two different waxes. They flip from solid to liquid when the sea temperature exceeds 10 °C, and expand by 13 per cent. The expanding wax squeezes oil from the tubes into the float's interior, where it is stored at high pressure. The oil can then be released to drive a generator and charge batteries. They power the pumps that take on and expel water so the buoy can dive and surface, and also the float's GPS receiver, sensors and the transmitter that beams data to satellites when at the surface. "Each full dive generates about 200 watts for 30 seconds," says Jack Jones, one of the project's leaders at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. - Full Article Source

04/26/10 - ‘Your Photo on Canvas’ Website Turns Photos into Art for Less
Search online for canvas prints — those art-gallery-like, huge renderings of your photos — and there are dozens of choices. Specialists such as Canvas on Demand, Photogonia and CanvasPop and traditional photo labs such as Mpix, Shutterfly and Snapfish all let you upload your images and put them directly onto stretched canvas. And the pricing rarely differs: 16-by-20s for about $90. John Doe (his real name), the owner of newcomer Your Photo on Canvas, is trying to get atop the market with one of the most popular marketing concepts of all time — drastically lower prices. His website still offers 16-by-20s at the standard $90, but he has a marketing arrangement with retail giant Costco offering the same prints via Costco’s website (and 50 California Costco retail stores) for $39.99. (The prices on other sizes are also dramatically lower than competitors’.) “Buying a print on canvas adds more dimensionality to the image and gives it a more artistic bent than you could ever get with a frame and glass,” he says. “In the old days, the only way you could get a good family portrait for the wall was to hire someone to paint it. The technology makes this much more accessible.” Cranking out canvas - It also makes it easier for mom-and-pops to enter the business. “The cost to actually produce a canvas and get started in the market is not incredibly expensive,” says Schmidt. “Anyone can get a printer and produce one nice canvas. The difference is whether you can produce a thousand in a day and have all of them be of impeccable quality.” The process begins with the photo enthusiast uploading a picture to Doe’s website, where it is pulled down by a computer technician and tweaked, and gets a bar code added for delivery. It is then sent to a large industrial inkjet printer that compiles several images from different orders onto large canvas sheets. The images then are chopped up and stretched separately onto wood frames. Then the print is packed up and sent out for delivery. - Full Article Source

04/26/10 - Hyperfast missile to hit anywhere in an hour
KeelyNet HAUNTED by the memory of a lost opportunity to kill Osama Bin Laden before he attacked the World Trade Center in New York, US military planners have won President Barack Obama’s support for a new generation of high-speed weapons that are intended to strike anywhere on Earth within an hour. Obama’s interest in Prompt Global Strike (PGS), a nonnuclear weapons programme, has alarmed China and Russia and complicated nuclear arms reduction negotiations. White House officials confirmed last week that the president, who won the Nobel peace prize last year, is considering the deployment of a new class of hypersonic guided missiles that can reach their targets at speeds of Mach 5 — about 3,600mph. That is nearly seven times faster than the 550mph Tomahawk cruise missiles that arrived too late to kill Bin Laden at an Al-Qaeda training camp in Afghanistan in 1998. / German scientists of the 1940s developed detailed plans (pdf) for a so-called Silbervogel ("Silver Bird") rocket bomber which would have soared high into space and then travelled many thousands of miles by skipping like a flung stone on water around the top of the atmosphere. It was thought by its designers that the amazing machine might be able to circumnavigate the globe like this, dropping off a bomb en route as it sailed above America; or at any rate make a landing in Japanese-held territory after such a raid. These abilities led to it being dubbed the "antipodal bomber" in some circles. The Silbervogel plan was considered as part of Nazi aspirations to mount strikes against the USA - the so called "Amerika Bomber" project - but never actually flew. However the plans caused a good deal of activity by the rival superpowers after the war: perhaps most famously the X-20 Dyna-Soar project in the US, which would have used a Silbervogel-esque flight profile for global strike or surveillance missions. The X-20 would have launched vertically atop a conventional throwaway rocket; its Nazi predecessor was to be fired into the air by a powerful rocket catapult/sled affair running on rails. In the event the X-20 didn't get off the ground either... - Full Article Source

04/26/10 - IMF: Suck it up, the Party is Over – No More Retiring at 65
In the lingo of the International Monetary Fund, the future of the world hinges on “rebalancing and consolidation,” antiseptic words that would not seem to raise a fuss. But the translation is a bit ruder, something on the order of: “Suck it up. The party’s over.” To keep the global economy on track, people in the United States and the rest of the developed world need to work longer before retiring, pay higher taxes and expect less from government. And the cheap imports lining the shelves of mega-chains such as Wal-Mart and Target? They need to be more expensive. The message from the IMF is that the card is about maxed out and that the imbalance in trade flows needs to be corrected. “The advanced economies as a whole may need to depreciate their currencies so as to increase their net exports,” Blanchard said. The less well-advertised side of the equation: If the dollar is worth less, then imports, regardless of their source, will cost more. U.S. exports will be proportionately cheaper — a good thing for American businesses trying to become more competitive in overseas markets — but everything from iPods to jeans to the latest Barbie doll would jump in price. “We’re all in the same boat,” Lagarde said as she looked ahead to a tough debate in France over changes in pension rules that will make not just government workers but also many in the private sector add years before their expected retirements. The IMF is studying issues such as which taxes should be raised and which programs should be cut to make “consolidation” as painless as possible. But it views a longer working life as an important tool — one that would save large amounts of money in the future without cutting spending and decreasing economic activity today. In the United States, a new fiscal commission is beginning to study how to bring U.S. government debt into line. “You will see many headlines complaining and moaning and stirring the pot,” Lagarde said, as issues such as pension reform are debated. But ultimately, she said, “there is no way out.” - Full Article Source

04/26/10 - Growing Solar Panels Is Cheap, Efficient and (Relatively) Easy
KeelyNet The new solar material made of tiny silicon wires could “dramatically reduce the cost of making a silicon solar cell,” according to Harry Atwater, head of the Atwater Research Group at Caltech. “Instead of the expensive process of making a wafer and slicing it up with a saw, throwing away two thirds of it,” says Atwater, “We grow the material and literally peel it off. The plastic sheet is peeled off like scotch tape off a tape dispenser.” The material is relatively easy to produce and uses 99 percent less silicon than a regular solar panel. Despite the small amount of material, the silicon wire panels have very high solar-absorption rates, with efficiency levels much higher than current polymer film panels. Theoretically, more panels could be produced for less money using this process, which would bring the cost per watt for solar energy way down. The silicon wafer is just a reusable template for the silicon wires to “grow” on and is not used in the final product. When the material is completely formed, it peels off the template like a thin piece of rubber. - Full Article Source

04/26/10 - More Educators Shutting Down Laptops in the Classroom
In 2008, the University of Chicago Law School turned off Internet access in classrooms. At the University of Oklahoma, professor Kieran Mullen became an Internet sensation when a student recorded him freezing a laptop in liquid nitrogen and shattering it. It turns out that one child’s educational tool is another child’s distraction — particularly when bored. There are Facebook and Twitter for the social-media enthusiasts. There’s ESPN for sports fans. There’s a Web site for any store you can think of for savvy shoppers, along with countless other avenues: eBay, YouTube, blogs of every flavor. No Internet? No problem. Solitaire, FreeCell and Minesweeper are calling your name. Those distractions have led to a mini-war on laptops in the classroom. On his home page, Mullen cited distracted students using their laptops for reasons other than taking notes as the cause for his demonstration. Afterward, he said, their attention in class improved. But then, whose wouldn’t? Although Mullen never claimed that he would take students’ laptops and destroy them if they were caught goofing off, the implication was clear: He had no tolerance for students surfing the Web or playing games in class, and he knew that’s what they were doing. According to the Chronicle of Higher Education, Sieber privately informed the students after their first exam that they scored 11 percent lower than their counterparts without laptops. - Full Article Source

04/26/10 - Myths about the Brain
KeelyNet The brain is one of the most amazing organs in the human body. It controls our central nervous system, keeping us walking, talking, breathing and thinking. The brain is also incredibly complex, comprising around 100 billion neurons. There's so much going on with the brain that there are several different fields of medicine and science devoted to treating and studying it, including neurology, psychology, and psychiatry. These disciplines have been around in some form since ancient times, so you'd think that by now we'd know all there is to know about the brain. Nothing could be further from the truth. After thousands of years of studying and treating every aspect of it, there are still many facets of the brain that remain mysterious. All this confusion and lack of understanding over the centuries has led to some common myths about the brain that simply are not true... We've often been told that we only use about 10 percent of our brains. This is probably one of the most well-known myths about the brain, in part because it's been publicized in the media for what seems like forever. Here's the thing, though; it's not really true. In addition to those 100 billion neurons, the brain is also full of other types of cells that are continually in use. We can become disabled from damage to just small areas of the brain depending on where it's located, so there's no way that we could function with only 10 percent of our brain in use. Brain scans have shown that no matter what we're doing, our brains are always active. Some areas are more active at any one time than others, but unless we have brain damage, there is no one part of the brain that is absolutely not functioning. - Full Article Source

04/26/10 - Driving hydrogen fuel forward
Honda is balancing the ongoing development of its hydrogen-powered FCX Clarity with the sedan's driveability. It has pared down the size of the fuel stack, all the time mindful of what effect a smaller fuel cell will have on the car's overall performance. So far, so good. The redesigned fuel-cell stack is 20 per cent smaller and 30 per cent lighter but more powerful than that used in the previous FCX concept. The new fuel stack also works differently. The hydrogen and the water formed in generation now flows vertically. Previously, it flowed horizontally. Honda says the design uses gravity for better water drainage, a key to high-efficiency fuel-stack performance. The result is stable power generation under a broad range of conditions and higher output from a smaller package, a far cry from earlier fears about the volatile gas. Carmakers see petrol-electric hybrids as the medium-term key to reducing exhaust emissions. - Full Article Source

04/26/10 - Lasing Beyond Light
KeelyNet Lasers began as a special variety of the maser — short for microwave amplification by stimulated emission of radiation — that swapped “light” for “microwave.” Soon after the invention of these devices, scientists proposed other “-asers” for waves across the electromagnetic spectrum, like “uvasers” for ultraviolet light or “grasers” for gamma rays. These acronyms never caught on. But laser became a household name. Like the hard X-ray laser, the phonon laser — which doesn’t produce electromagnetic waves at all — was a long time coming. In April 1961, Charles Kittel of the University of California, Berkeley proposed lasers that shoot phonons, quantized “particles” of sound. An optical laser builds a beam of light by making electrons release identical photons through a process called stimulated emission; a phonon laser would build a beam of sound by driving a drum to release identical vibrations. The breakthrough came when a group at the Max Planck Institute for Quantum Optics in Garching, Germany, produced a laserlike stream of coherent phonons from a vibrating magnesium atom trapped in a laser field. A paper on the results appeared in Nature Physics in August 2009 with a simple title, “A phonon laser.” Though the German group’s laser resembled a type that uses atomic vibrations to produce photons, Vahala says his team’s is “nearly identical to the way the first optical lasers were realized.” Vahala’s setup includes two glass drumheads, called whispering-gallery–mode resonators, about 63 micrometers in diameter. When a traditional light-based laser shines on the drumheads, they hum at a tunable frequency, an effect Vahala exploited to create the phonon laser. The resonators are named for whispering galleries, the spaces under domes where words softly spoken at one wall can be heard clearly at another, such as the one in St. Paul’s Cathedral in London. Just as a domed ceiling guides sound waves around a room with almost no loss of volume, the whispering-gallery–mode resonators guide the laser light in a circle without losing any brightness. When there are two resonators, the circles touch to form a figure eight. As the light glides around, it exerts a force on the resonators, making them vibrate to produce phonons. That emission, Vahala says, is analogous to a flashbulb making electrons eject photons in a traditional laser. He and his colleagues sent more and more laser light whizzing around the resonators to make more phonons of the right frequency, amplifying the signal to create a coherent beam of sound. Vahala’s phonon laser, reported in Physical Review Letters in February, produces sound waves with a frequency of just over 20 to 400 megahertz — too high for humans to hear, but not high enough for medical imaging, etching or other proposed applications. “In terms of where phonon lasers can go,” he says, “it’s just the beginning.” - Full Article Source

04/26/10 - Green Tech Wilting Under Patent Office Scrutiny
Only 316 of the 925 applications filed under the agency's Green Technology Pilot Program launched in December have qualified to jump to the front of the patent-examination line. This has led to mixed reviews from tech companies and even the patent office itself. The program's acceptance rate is "less than I would have expected," says Bob Stoll, the agency's commissioner for patents. Forty-one requests have been denied outright whereas another 488 requests have been dismissed (80 are still awaiting a decision). Applicants have been "aggressive" in their hopes of taking advantage of the patent-evaluation fast-track program without necessarily meeting the program's requirements, he adds. - Full Article Source

04/26/10 - Beware of the Pitfalls of Discussing Inventions with Third Parties
Richard B. Hoffman provides a detailed and cautionary tale for innovators in the renewable energy and clean technology fields who regularly share information on their inventions with the external sources and vendors they work with. Hoffman summarized these issues in an article which appeared in the April 2010 issue of Biomass Magazine (http://www.biomassmagazine.com/article.jsp?article_id=3622). "Often in working with people outside of one's company when dealing with research and development problems, innovators need to share information to work towards a solution," said Hoffman. "But if not navigated cautiously, these third-party inquiries can have serious consequences for innovators and the intellectual property rights of their inventions." Interactions with third-parties frequently arise when an innovator's organization simply is unable to supply all the technical requirements for an invention internally. Innovators reach out to academics, outside experts and consultants, equipment builders and subcontractors, prospective business partners, testing companies, repair technicians, software developers, and sales representatives throughout various stages of developing and testing the invention. Problems can arise when information is exchanged and there is no clear indication of who retains control of it. Hoffman recommends crafting and implementing written agreements early in the process with external third-party sources. For example, innovators should develop a consulting agreement with an academic scholar or private consulting company that specifically addresses confidentiality and ownership of the IP rights. This is critical in defining both party's expectations and responsibilities. Confidential disclosure agreements, otherwise known as nondisclosure agreements, are vital when dealing with technical consultants and engineering experts, as they ensure that any inventions created with the help of the third party are transferred and owned by the innovator's company. Additionally, Hoffman recommends considering each third-party's contribution specifically in order to craft an agreement that will best protect an innovator's IP rights. For example, mutual confidential disclosure agreements are ideal when in sales negotiations with a prospective business partner who has his own confidential information invested in the project. In other cases, such as when dealing with service technicians who may come in as visitors to help the main third-party contact, it is best to use an entrance form including confidentiality and IP obligations upon entering the premises. "Innovators often need the help of outside experts throughout the research and development of their invention, but taking precautions early on and being more aware of what you say and who you say it to can help avoid many intellectual property issues," said Hoffman. - Full Article Source

04/26/10 - Big Fish Caught By Electrocution (Sep, 1931)
KeelyNet A CLEVER California fisherman, Capt. Guy Silva, has perfected a novel and efficient method of landing 200 and 300 pound fish with the minimum amount of labor. He electrocutes them! Although the method devised by Captain Silva took him several years to perfect, the device is comparatively simple and can easily be made by anyone. The accompanying sketch shows the construction of the device and illustrates how the big fish are electrocuted. Voltage needed is 120 volts DC, taken off either a generator or a battery. The generator must be 3 K.W. capacity, as it takes at least 30 amperes 50 seconds to kill a big tuna, though ordinarily they are only stunned when brought to gaff. The 14 foot pole is of ordinary bamboo about two inches through at the butt end, with a metal contactor on the tip end connected by cable to the positive side of the 120 volt system. This cable should be insulated, as shown in the accompanying drawing. The negative side of the system is grounded in the water through a copper plate susspended by a wire from the boat. When a fish takes the bait on the hook, he pulls the copper block into the copper contactor, thus making the contact and closing the circuit completely. This administers 120 volts to the tuna or other big game fish and kills or stuns it instantly. Thus the fish actually kills himself by closing the switch on the tip of the pole when it gobbles the hook. The largest fish which Capt. Silva has hooked, electrocuted and landed by this method is a 500 lb. shark, which gave up without a struggle. - Full Article Source

04/26/10 - Scientists discover two key brain regions are linked into a network
Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh have found new evidence that the basal ganglia and the cerebellum, two important areas in the central nervous system, are linked together to form an integrated functional network. 'The basal ganglia and the cerebellum are two major subcortical structures that receive input from and send output to the cerebral cortex to influence movement and cognition,' explained senior author Peter L. Strick, Ph.D., professor of neurobiology and co-director of the Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition. Each subcortical structure houses a unique learning mechanism. Basal ganglia circuits are thought to be involved in reward-driven learning and the gradual formation of habits. In contrast, cerebellar circuits are thought to contribute to more rapid and plastic learning in response to errors in performance. - Full Article Source

04/26/10 - Leonard Nimoy Retires From Star Trek
"Leonard Nimoy is hanging up his Vulcan ears for good and retiring from the role of Spock in the Star Trek franchise, reports the Daily Mail. Nimoy apparently wants to pass the torch: 'Nimoy, one of the most recognizable and best loved characters from the sci-fi series that began in 1966, announced that he wanted to "get off the stage" and give young actor Zachary Quinto a clear run at the role he took over for last year's Star Trek movie.' Nimoy, at age 79, appears to be retiring from acting, period. He has, in recent years, undertaken another career in photography, as well as other pursuits, but seems to be preparing to retire from the public eye altogether." - Full Article Source

04/26/10 - Arizona Trialing System That Lets Utility System Control Home A/Cs
"Arizona Public Service Co., Arizona's largest power company, is implementing a test program that would put customers' thermostats under their control to help balance power needs during critical peak usage times. APS will be able to remote control the customers' thermostats to control power draw from their A/C when there is a critical power transmission issue on the grid. Customers will be able to override these settings if they desire." - Full Article Source

04/26/10 - Re-Purposing the Netherlands' Dike System For Power Generation
"Built in reaction to a major flood that killed 1,800 in the '50s, the Dutch system of dikes, sluices, surge barriers, and dams has been dubbed 'one of the seven wonders of the modern world' by the American Society of Engineers. Now there are proposals to use the system differently, e.g. as tidal power plants, by punching holes in them. Any civil engineer's mouth will probably be watering when thinking of the mega-projects this could give rise to." - Full Article Source

04/26/10 - The End of the 3.5 Inch Floppy Continues
"In a brief press release buried within Sony Japan's website, the company announced that they would be ending sales of the classic 3.5 inch floppy disk in the country in March of 2011. Sony introduced the size to the world in 1981, which saw its heyday in the 1990s. Sony has been one of the last major manufacturers to continue shipments of the disk type they helped develop, but had ended most worldwide sales in March of this year. The company's production of the 3.5 inch floppy ceased in 2009. Sony noted the demand, or a lack thereof, as the reason. The company's withdrawal is one of the final marks in the slow death of the floppy era." - Full Article Source

04/26/10 - Sumaruck's Incredible Zero Amp System
I have found that Brazil is MORE technologically advanced than the United States. They have the technology to produce any amount of power they could ever need - without oil, natural gas, coal, nuclear power...and most assuredly without hydroelectrical power. Many years ago before his years of inventing, Mr. Sumaruck was a government contractor. Then later, he wanted to get his technology out into the world so he gifted his invention to a personal friend from his government days. This man sold the invention to Brazil.

Mr. Sumaruck also gave his invention to his patent attorney, who retired to his native Japan, so this technology is not a secret. Now Brazil uses this invention to power weapons deliver systems (when the technology could be used to power the entire country). Go back in a media search of several years ago to a small plane crash in Brazil. This plane was shot down by Brazilians as a test of their weapons capability - the laser was powered by Mr. Sumaruck's power production system. I suggest you read, "Power Outages - We don't have to live with them". Start at the beginning but concentrate on page 3 for a discussion of Brazil's most recent large power outage involving a dam (poignant photographs of a major city in the dark). This new Belo Monte Dam is unnecessary and will be ruinous.

Note "The New York Times" article of April 17, 2010, where a Brazilian court is quoted as saying, (stopping the dam) "would do grave harm to the economy" and force us to use other forms of energy that "are more expensive and polluting." The judge and the Brazilian court must be uninformed, since the amazing technology they possess causes no pollution and once installed, costs nothing. Nor can the Brazilians say that they "need the power now" - it will take a long time for the completion of the dam project, longer than it would take to implement Zero-Amp Technology for Brazil's power needs.

Mr. Sumaruck is in the process of selling his technology. It is his hope that his invention will be developed so applications will reach average citizens of the world. Unfortunately since this invention makes oil, etc... redundant, many individuals want to suppress his technology. And of course it is a shame that Brazil wants to keep this technology from it's own people. Mr. Sumaruck would receive no compensation or advantage if this technology is expanded in Brazil; it is out of his hands. But he would like Brazilians to know that the possibilities are potentially available to them. Power outages are truly a thing of the past.

You will find a slightly different version of the power outage article on http://www.worldviewopinion.com/blog/energy/_archives/2010/1/6/4429314.html and http://www.worldviewopinion.com/blog/energy/_archives/2009/12/29/4415597.html where Mr. Sumaruck is the 2nd to be interviewed. / "I am the only person in America who can get motors to run at 100% efficiency," says Mr. Sumaruck. Pete would have practically given away his technology to our government but they are slaves to commingled corporate and political hegemony.


Power outages do not exist with Peter Sumaruck’s electric power production system, no batteries, no plug in to the grid, no natural gas, no coal, no nuclear power, so no pollution. Pete say, “Yeah, but if a tree fell on you’re your house, on your home generator, that would knock it out…but no bother from ice on the power lines, or a tree falling on the lines” - simply no lines.


With Pete’s system, either each home has it’s own power system, or a group of homes have a larger power system where lines are underground.


We have lived with utility companies for so long, we forget that they are an industry constructed for the sole purpose of turning a technology into a profit-maker. Now we have new developments in electric power technology…other industries will be developed to support it. This is the process of progress where an old science gives way to better technology, to include new jobs where none existed before - a kind of evolution.


“I am the only person in America who can get motors to run at 100% efficiency” - Pete gave a hearty laugh, and told me, “The Variable AC Drive was invented in 1972 to run AC motors to increase efficiency…some people claim a 50% effectiveness - they’re proud of that.” he smiles, but “I am the only person in America who can get motors to run at 100% efficiency,”(all the time). It never gets hot and can operate indefinitely or as he says, "30 years," the standard lifetime of a new building. Mr. Sumaruck has more than 30 patents pending. (I found no patents pending under the name Sumaruck. - JWD)


Patent for Variable Speed AC Drive invented by Katsuji Soeda, patent filed June 8, 1972, issued April 9, 2004 for “Speed Control System for A.C. Series (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Commutator_(electric) Motor.” (This URL doesn't work. - JWD) For a good explanation, another company who does something similar to E-Save is Joliettech. They say, “If you are not using VFD's (Variable Frequency Drive http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Variable-frequency_drive) you are wasting energy and throwing money out the window.”

(Soeda - 3,736,479 - May 29, 1973)
(Soeda - 3,803,468 - April 9, 1974)
(Soeda - 4,085,692 - April 25, 1978)
(Soeda - 4,142,472 - March 6, 1979)
(Soeda - 4,143,605 - March 13, 1979)
(Soeda - 4,168,455 - September 18, 1979)
(Soeda - 4,170,749 - October 9, 1979)
(Soeda - 4,228,383 - October 14, 1980)
(Soeda - 4,246,521 - January 20, 1981)
(Soeda - 4,274,037 - June 16, 1981)
(Soeda - 4,804,900 - February 14, 1989)
(Soeda - 4,952,860 - August 28, 1990)


“Todd (conference moderator) asks Pete about his technology in Brazil. Pete gave his energy system to one of his military buddies who sold it to Brazil. Pete has stayed in this country (US) because he does not want his tech used for weapons (tech now also in Japan), but says that once it is out of his hands, ‘they do as they want.’” “His tech has been applied to power a laser weapon which is light weight and can be carried on a soldier's back. It was tested on a drone plane which when hit lost all electrical power and crashed. Todd says, ‘I guess we know when a plane falls out of the sky, we really can't tell why.’ Pete replies, ‘Any tech can be used the wrong way.’” Pete would have practically given away his technology to our government but they are slaves to commingled corporate and political hegemony. It is factions of our government that are responsible for various attempts on Pete’s life.

“By 1989 I decide to buy one (drive and generator), tear it apart. First time I fired it up, it worked. I almost fainted.” “What do you mean, ‘it worked?’” Todd to Pete. Pete replies, “It had 240 volts, 3 phase in, 240, 3 phase out; it was a 12kW generator; I hoped for only 3,000 watts but got 11,000 watts.” Todd is amused.

“Engineers tell me to push it, get it to go even higher, but I sized it down to 6,000; didn’t want to wear it out - take care of it, respect it, no repairs necessary, just a couple of new belts every 10 years; the thing is going to last 30 years.” “I started doing demonstrations all over the country, plenty of people excited about it, but not willing to buy. I build at least a dozen systems around the country…(but) I found Corporate America never gave me anything, only wanted to steal (my tech) from me (Ross Perot, Willie Nelson, WalMart).

This is the worst country on earth to develop anything. Pete mentions an old high school buddy who is very wealthy; how so - for 20 years or more, his friend has invested in Texas oil leases, around Midland Odessa. Pete says that if you drive through the area, out of the thousands of rigs, only 10 (he counted them) are pumping. These oil leases pay off not to pump. The general belief is that our country is low on local oil but that is not the case - oil is being hoarded.

Todd asks Pete what he thinks the government should do to end the energy crisis and devastated economy. “The government could take over oil production, bring gas back to $1 a gallon, and keep manufacturing here in this country instead of importing everything. Todd asks how we would get our oil if international oil dried up.

“Use my technology - take all the factories closed by the auto makers (all over the country there are derelict factories, like in Waco, Texas, Pete’s home town where opportunities for young people do not exist - empty factories to prove it)…put in my technology to build generators,” and many other product applications of his tech.

“Open factories, start manufacturing again, lot’s of Americans don’t have jobs, in some places 20 to 30% unemployment,” (counting those not on unemployment) Pete says. Todd asks, “Are you looking for people to help you?” Pete answers, yes, he’s always helping people who are out of work.

I asked Pete, “There are all these inventor theories and concepts but it seems you are the only one with a product. Why can’t the other inventors have something ready to go?” “I wish they would; competition is a great thing, but the problems come after the discovery. It’s tough getting to market. Most inventors are looking for funding; I’m not looking for investors; I have partners, but I don’t want to sell off a piece of my invention to an investor and have them tell me what to do. I was willing to sell the technology, gave our government a bargain price - several times - but they and others want it for free, like Ross Perot.

Stealing a man’s idea just isn’t right. “It’s just stupid of our government to try to stop me - there are millions of households in America. It will take a long time to build enough generators for everyone, a long adjustment time; it can’t happen overnight, plenty of time for other industries to adjust. It’s the smart thing to do. Corporations have to stop protecting their wallets; greed is just wrong. - Full Article Source

04/24/10 - The Irrefutable Logic of Maxine

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Hey, we built the Panama Canal so we can DO THIS! This could well BE the NEW Panama canal. The total length of the Panama Canal is 47.9 miles. What used to be a 13,000-mile trip for ships from New York to the West Coast was whittled down to 5,000 miles. The cost in lives was enormous, with an estimated 27,500 French and American workers succumbing to either disease or accidents, mostly landslides. The monetary cost of the Panama Canal was well over $350 million, which at the time was the most ever spent by a government on any one project. (I did a rough estimate using Google maps and it looks like the border would run from Baja California to the Gulf of Mexico, traversing approximately 1300 miles. But I looked using 'distance southern us border' and it says nearly 2000 miles for the fence. Talk about job creation, not to mention all the new harbors and income from shipping. But it all makes no sense...if they can't get jobs, they won't stay so fine the employers and put them in prison for hiring illegals from any country, not just Mexico. - JWD) - Thanks to Ken

04/24/10 - 16 Year Old High School Student Discovers Microbe That Eats Plastic
NOTE: There are TWO high school students who discovered plastic-consuming microorganisms. The first was Daniel Burd. The second was Tseng I-Ching (last month), a high school student in Taiwan. - Daniel had a thought it seems even the most esteemed PhDs hadn’t considered. Plastic, one of the most indestructible of manufactured materials, does in fact eventually decompose. It takes 1,000 years but decompose it does, which means there must be microorganisms out there to do the decomposing. Could those microorganisms be bred to do the job faster? That was Daniel’s question, and he put to the test with a very simple and clever process of immersing ground plastic in a yeast solution that encourages microbial growth, and then isolating the most productive organisms. The preliminary results were encouraging, so he kept at it, selecting out the most effective strains and interbreeding them. After several weeks of tweaking and optimizing temperatures Burd was achieved a 43 percent degradation of plastic in six weeks, an almost inconceivable accomplishment. With 500 billion plastic bags manufactured each year and a Pacific Ocean Garbage Patch that grows more expansive by the day, a low-cost and nontoxic method for degrading plastic is the stuff of environmentalists’ dreams... - Full Article Source

04/24/10 - Sense of smell makes flies' time fly
Could smells affect your lifespan? Female fruit flies deprived of the ability to smell food outlive their peers. The sense of smell may be linked to the cellular ageing process in many other organisms – even people. A link has recently been found between sensory experiences and lifespan in both worms and flies. For example, Scott Pletcher, a molecular biologist at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, found that eliminating fruit flies' ability to smell any odour at all enabled them to live nearly 20 per cent longer than flies with an intact sense of smell. Why is this so? Pletcher's team reasoned that food smells were the ones most likely to affect ageing, as nutrition and longevity are known to be linked in many organisms. For example, cutting the amount of food consumed lengthens the lifespan of yeast, mice and monkeys, and keeps a variety of diseases at bay in people. CO2 odour - To test the idea that food odours affect lifespan, Pletcher's team eliminated flies' ability to smell carbon dioxide, which is produced by some fly foods, such as live yeast. They left the rest of the olfactory system intact. This intervention had no effect on male flies, but the females lived 30 per cent longer than normal. Pletcher reckons eliminating the ability to smell CO2 may deprive flies of information about food availability. This could signal to cells that food is scarce, triggering processes that promote survival. Indeed, his team found that the CO2-insensitive female flies stored extra fat and that both males and females rendered immune to CO2 were more resistant to oxidative stress than normal flies. - Full Article Source

04/24/10 - Free Up Drive Space by Deleting the Hiberfil.sys
Windows: If you routinely use Hibernation mode, this trick isn't for you. If you never use Hibernate mode on your desktop or laptop, this trick will free up 4-6GB of disk space on your system disk. Over at the computer how-to site How-To Geek they've put together a guide to deleting your hiberfil.sys file and disabling hibernation mode. Windows has two power management modes that you can choose from: one is Sleep Mode, which keeps the PC running in a low power state so you can almost instantly get back to what you were working on. The other is Hibernate mode, which completely writes the memory out to the hard drive, and then powers the PC down entirely, so you can even take the battery out, put it back in, start back up, and be right back where you were. Hibernate mode uses the hiberfil.sys file to store the current state (memory) of the PC, and since it's managed by Windows, you can't delete the file. Check out the step-by-step walk through at the link below to disable Hibernate mode in Windows 7, Vista, and XP and reclaim that chunk of disk space for better use. - Full Article Source

04/24/10 - Biofuels could produce more greenhouse emissions than standard fuels
Biofuels such as biodiesel from soy beans can create up to four times more climate-warming emissions than standard diesel or petrol, according to an EU document released under freedom of information laws. The European Union has set itself a goal of obtaining 10 percent of its road fuels from renewable sources, mostly biofuels, by the end of this decade, but it is now worrying about the unintended environmental impacts. Four major studies are under way. Chief among those fears is that biofuel production soaks up grain from global commodity markets, forcing up food prices and encouraging farmers to clear tropical forests in the quest for new land. Burning forests releases vast quantities of carbon dioxide and often cancels out many of the climate benefits sought from biofuels. - Full Article Source

04/24/10 - Four Arguments Against Immortality
Science fiction is full of stories where our heroes live forever. And some current biological research is aimed at making our lives last centuries. So what's the downside of lasting forever? Here are four reasons to be a mortalist (click the link). Social immortality vs. personal immortality - Sure, you're saying, there's a downside. But does that mean we shouldn't invest in new medicines and technologies that will extend our lives today? Or make our lives more comfortable? No, that's not what it means. We should absolutely keep working to make medicine as advanced as possible, and to make our lives as healthy and long as possible. But not to the point of impoverishing other areas of life. - Full Article Source

04/24/10 - Egg incubation chamber
KeelyNet [Mazomen] left the expensive ready-to-order options for others and built his own egg incubation chamber. It keeps the eggs warm and happy in a Styrofoam lined box. Temperature regulation is handled by an ATtiny26 microcontroller in conjunction with a DS18B20 temperature sensor. When the temp drops, two 60-watt light bulbs in the chamber above the eggs are turned on and the air is circulated with a small case fan. If you’ve already made the switch to automated vegetable growing this project will make your chicken raising easier as well. - Full Article Source

04/24/10 - The Big Fix (Hold on to your Wallets)
This potion is being served long before its time. Sure, deficits are big and the projections are scary. But the economy is struggling to get out of a big hole. Unemployment is still near 10%. Foreclosures are still rising. Banks aren't lending; businesses aren't hiring. Deficit spending is critical to what little growth we've seen. The president and the Congress should be focused on jobs, not deficits. Ironically, when pushed, most of the purveyors of the hysteria agree. Consider this another example of Naomi Klein's "shock doctrine." Not wanting to let the crisis go to waste, an elite consensus is congealing on how to bring the deficits down. Call it the big fix. "Everything is on the table," we're told. That's code for a trade-off. Republicans accept tax increases; Democrats accept spending cuts. But the fix is in the details. On the revenue side, the favored vehicle is a value added tax (VAT). The VAT is essentially a hidden sales tax, levied at each stage of a product's production. Conservatives, who, unlike Dick Cheney, believe deficits matter, accept it because it is regressive, taxing spending, not investment or wealth. Liberals accept it because it is hidden, and could generate a lot of revenue. - Full Article Source

04/24/10 - Leontiev's Pipe
Alexander Leontiev, a Russian laureate, is a famous thermal physicist, who invented “Leontiev’s pipe” – two coaxial pipes, filled with gas, which moves with dramatically different speeds in each pipe, thus creating temperature difference. This invention is perfect for cooling-heating units. Leontiev has also worked in the field of turbulent heat-transfer enhancement, and gas turbulence. / As noted the academician of washers, “academician Paton made an enormous contribution to all aspects of power engineering. His work plays exceptional role in power engineering of the countries of the CIS and generally in the guarantee with the fuel of the most different countries of world. Because of its works on welding of pipes the reliable power supply of millions of people today is ensured. This is the rare case, when man is the author more than one-and-a-half thousand patents in different countries of world”. Nikolai [Laverov] described that academician Leont'yev is well-known thermophysicist. He - the creator of the so-called “pipe of Leont'yev”. To it belongs work on the vortex intensification of heat exchange, and also study in the region of turbulence of gases, [ITAR]- TASS transfers. “Leont'yev is closely connected not only with the solution of theoretical problems in the field of thermophysics, but also with resolution of the practical questions, necessary for the development of power engineering. Therefore he is one of the bright representatives of Russian energy school”, emphasized the Vice President of RAN [Russian Academy of Science]. - Full Article Source

04/24/10 - How To Attract Investors For Your Small Business
Let's face it - your million-dollar business idea is never going to get off the ground. You'll push it on company after company until you've drained your piddly seed money and your network's resources. Eventually, you'll end up eating Dinty Moore Beef Stew on a futon in your parents' basement, complaining about how nobody "gets" you. At least, that's what will happen without a little financial help. Clink the link for 8 Tips For Starting Your Own Business. - Full Article Source

04/24/10 - Duke Researchers Say Patents Block Competition
Duke University released a study that, not surprisingly, says patents block competition. WOW! Thank you so much for clearing that up Duke! What would we have ever done without the learned elite at Duke University telling us that patents block competition. Seriously… what was your first clue? For goodness sakes I hope you didn’t take much time or energy coming to that conclusion, given that is exactly what patents are supposed to do. You see, they provide exclusive rights, which means the owner of the right has the ability to exclude. So let’s all breath a sigh of relief that the money spent on an academic study actually reached factual findings that were true and accurate. If only the conclusions drawn from the study were as commonsensical as the discovery of patents conveying exclusive rights. According to the Duke Institute for Genome Science & Policy, “exclusive licenses to gene patents… do more to block competition in the gene testing market than to spur the development of new technologies…” The news report straight from Duke University itself is biased from the start, when it seemingly wants to justify its disdain for exclusive rights by pointing out that most of the research relating to gene patents is done by academic institutions and receive taxpayer-funding. Oh my goodness. Greedy universities are taking taxpayer funding and then getting patents? My gosh, say it ain’t so! How could that be true. Oh… wait… isn’t that exactly what the Bayh-Dole legislation intended? And, by the way, isn’t Bayh-Dole considered to be the most positive piece of legislation enacted by Congress in the post World War II era? And isn’t Bayh-Dole universally understood to be responsible for US domination in research and development at Universities? And don’t we teach students at Universities? And isn’t University patented technology, which represents pure scientific research that wouldn’t be undertaken by corporate America because it is too speculative, licensed out to create jobs and entire new industries? Don’t small businesses, which are famously known to create the most jobs, the ones who receive preferences under Bayh-Dole? Don’t those companies pay royalties back to the Universities to continue to fund research? - Full Article Source

04/24/10 - Solar-Gem Continues to Light up the World
Solar-Gem (http://solar-gem.asia/), a Sydney-based company that provides affordable off-grid energy solutions based on clean solar power systems, today announced that it is continuing to grow its customer base for its unique solar energy solutions. The company’s solutions deliver clean, efficient power for lighting and other applications to remote and under-developed regions around the world. The system is a turnkey, yet modular product comprising a set of solar panels, battery and Solar-Gem’s own invention, made up of a smart energy controller with an on-board billing system. Solar-Gem’s solution powers lights, as well as other small applications such as mobile phones and laptops and is the first solution of its kind to provide a 10-year system life, at least 2.5 days of energy without a charge, software-controlled energy regulation for efficiency and automated diming and scalability to incorporate higher-wattage appliances. - Full Article Source

04/24/10 - Interview with human leg extension inventor Kim Graham
Meredith Yayanos of Coilhouse interviewed Kim Graham about her finely-tuned digitigrade, "reverse leg" extensions. Graham has started selling them at Weta for NZD$1,320 a pair. Please describe the Weta Legs. What sets your invention apart from other kinds of stilts or leg extensions? They have been called the Holy Grail of costuming. How do you build a device that will give a person the backward leg of a dog or horse? They are referred to by all sorts of names: digilegs, digitigrades, faun legs… What does digitigrade mean? A digitigrade is an animal that stands or walks on its digits, or toes. But this is not easy to say unless you like tongue twisters, so it was shortened to “digileg”. They’ve also been called “dog legs” or “reverse stilts”. Originally, we called them leg extensions, because they’re not really stilts, but we want to give them one name that is pretty easy to say. Hence, Weta Legs. - Full Article Source

04/24/10 - Race-car technology is on track to help truckers
It may be hard to imagine how a race car that can go from 0-60 in three seconds, has a top speed over 200 mph and is designed for grueling 12-hour competitions can help save the planet, but local real estate developer Steve Pruitt is happy to connect the dots. That car is a gas-electric hybrid that is the brainchild of Pruitt and his team of experts at Salt Lake-based Corsa Racing. And, thanks to technology developed in that project, a new device could keep tons of pollutants out of the air by making freight-hauling tractor-trailer rigs more fuel-efficient. Pruitt is also fine-tuning a device that mounts on the axle of semi-trailers that could cut fuel use by 10 percent or more. That, Pruitt said, could turn into a significant dent in fuel usage and emissions by the 11 million or so trucks currently on the road in the U.S. "Those trucks use, on average, about 85,000 gallons of fuel a year," Pruitt said. "Also, they spend about 1,800 hours a year idling while burning a gallon of fuel an hour." Pruitt's invention, which mirrors the hybrid system on his race car, charges batteries using the kinetic energy of the trailer's wheels turning when it is moving downhill and acts as a motorized "helper" when the truck is pulling the trailer uphill. The system garners savings in fuel usage and provides stored electrical energy in the batteries to use in lieu of idling — innovations that have caught the attention of both the U.S. Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency. - Full Article Source

04/24/10 - Toy tests your ability to endure electrical shock
KeelyNet The latest from Brando, the Hong Kong based manufacturers of odd electronic curiosities -- a $20 game to test your ability to endure an increasingly powerful jolt of electricity. - SHOCKING DUEL! - How Long can you hang on? A Great Party Fun Game. - The First Person to let go of the shock handles is the WIMP! - It brings EXTREME FUN to your party, family and office! - Test your nerves against your opponent with shocking duel - Simple to play - Functions: party, home and office fun - Dimensions: Handle Base Diameter x Height(approx.): 99 x 115 mm - Battery: AAA battery x 3 pieces (not included) - (There are a couple of guys here in central Mexico who walk around town with two copper rods tied into a pulsing battery shocker...cost $1 to test your manhood by how long you can hold the copper rods as he turns up the current. What bothers me is both these guys have the shakes from demonstrating it and they aren't that old. - JWD) - Full Article Source

04/24/10 - Call For College Inventors: Alternative Energy Technology Competition
Inventors Digest has partnered with the National Collegiate Inventors & Innovators Alliance (NCIIA) to host the the 2010 Collegiate Alt-Energy Challenge: Help Save The World One Kilowatt at a Time. The challenge is seeking ideas for innovative low-cost, alternative energy technologies, products, solutions, and services that will help assuage the cycle of poverty, malnutrition, disease and death among peoples of the world that live without electricity. Submissions are in the form of videos, 2 minutes or less in length, that must clearly describe the technology, tool, product, or service the entrant has invented. The invention must be based on scientific, engineering or physics principles as determined by the sponsors. Winning videos must demonstrate imagination, innovative implementation, deployability and scalable attributes of the invention. There will be 25 finalists and, potentially, a Grand Prize Winner. Deadline for submissions is July 31, 2010, 5:00 P.M. Eastern (US). There are three phases of the judging process that will take place between the end of July and August 31, 2010, when the winner(s) will be announced. Inventors Digest has published detailed rules available at the Edison Nation website. Please read them carefully, and understand what intellectual property rights you will have as well as those you may be giving up. - Full Article Source

04/24/10 - White robber wore lifelike black mask
KeelyNet Alleged bank robber Conrad Zdzierak is said to have used a $650 mask called “The Player” to fool security cameras. Check out a video of the mask here. Investigators believe Zdzierak likely removed the mask between the robberies in order to confuse the cops who believed they were looking a black man. The authorities caught a break when they spotted a Volvo with its interior splattered with red dye from a dye pack slipped into a bag used to hold the stolen money. Police found Zdzierak hiding in a motel bathroom. - Full Article Source

04/24/10 - Lose weight, bolster your immune system
Australian scientists have shown for the first time that even modest weight loss reverses many of the damaging changes often seen in the immune cells of obese people, particularly those with Type 2 diabetes. The immune system is made up of many different kinds of cells that protect the body from germs, viruses and other invaders. These cells need to co-exist in a certain balance for good health to be maintained. Many factors, including diet and excess body fat, can tip this balance, creating cells that can attack, rather than protect, our bodies. Undertaken by Dr Alex Viardot and Associate Professor Katherine Samaras from Sydney's Garvan Institute of Medical Research, the results showed an 80% reduction of pro-inflammatory T-helper cells, as well as reduced activation of other circulating immune cells (T cells, monocytes and neutrophils) and decreased activation of macrophages in fat. - Full Article Source

04/24/10 - Alcohol shortens telomeres to cause premature aging
Alcohol abuse causes cancer and aging at the cellular level by shortening your telomeres. 'Heavy alcohol users tend to look haggard, and it is commonly thought heavy drinking leads to premature aging and earlier onset of diseases of aging. In particular, heavy alcohol drinking has been associated with cancer at multiple sites,' said lead researcher Andrea Baccarelli, M.D., Ph.D., head of the Center of Molecular and Genetic Epidemiology, Granda Hospital Foundation, University of Milan, Italy. 'All the cells in our body have a biological clock in telomeres.' Using real-time polymerase chain reaction, the researchers measured serum DNA among 59 participants who abused alcohol (22 percent consumed four or more alcoholic drinks per day) and 197 participants with variable alcohol consumption habits (4 percent consumed four or more alcoholic drinks per day)." The two groups were similar in age and other factors that might affect telomere length, such as diet, physical exercise, work-related stress and environmental exposures. Results showed that telomere length was dramatically shortened in those who consumed heavy amounts of alcohol. Telomere length was nearly half as long as telomere length in the non-abusers (0.41 vs. 0.79 relative units). - Full Article Source

04/24/10 - Fish oil supplements provide no benefit to brain power
The largest ever trial of fish oil supplements by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine investigated the effects of taking omega-3 long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acid supplements over a two year period on the cognitive function of participants aged 70-80 years. No evidence was found that they offer any benefits for cognitive function in older people. - Full Article Source

04/24/10 - Bad eyes, go to sleep, wake up with perfect vision
KeelyNet What if you could go to sleep with a vision problem and wake up with a crystal-clear view of the world? A Spanish optometrist not only says this is possible, but he actually wants you to sleep in your contacts. His patented contact lenses, designed to achieve the same effect of corneal reshaping surgery, can correct vision defects like myopia (nearsightedness) and stigmatism – and now hyperopia (farsightedness) – without taking sharp instruments or lasers to your eyes. During the night the lenses gently reshape the cornea by pressuring the film that coats the outside of the cornea, changing its shape by about half the width of a human hair. The next morning, the lenses come out and the patient has perfect vision – at least for the duration of the day. The changes are not permanent so the patient must repeat the process each night, which could prove a tedious chore. But the farsightedness is gone, allowing the patient to get through the day without constantly squinting or groping about for his or her glasses. The cost of the system might sway patients back toward surgery though – $1,350 up front to custom-design the lenses, plus another $550 or so each year thereafter to replace them. - Full Article Source

04/24/10 - UK University Researchers Must Make Data Available
"In a landmark ruling, the UK's Information Commissioner's Office has decided that researchers at a university must make all their data available to the public. The decision follows from a three-year battle by mathematician Douglas J. Keenan, who wants the data to do his own analysis on it. The university researchers have had the data for many years, and have published several papers using the data, but had refused to make the data available. The data in this case pertains to global warming, but the decision is believed to apply to any field: scientists at universities, which are all public in the UK, can now not claim data from publicly-funded research as their private property." - Full Article Source

04/24/10 - Cop CYA - Seattle Hacker Catches Cops Who Hid Arrest Tapes
"In 2008, the Seattle Police illegally arrested security consultant Eric Rachner for refusing to show ID. After Rachner filed a formal complaint, he was prosecuted for obstructing, and the police claimed that videos of the arrest were unavailable — until Rachner's research uncovered proof that the police had the videos all along." It's an interesting story of how he figured out how the system in use by Seattle police automatically tracks deletion, copying, or other uses of the recorded stream. - Full Article Source

04/24/10 - Four Novel Toys You Can Make With Rubber Balloons (Aug, 1931)
These drawings show the construction of four novel toys made from circus balloons that will prove highly fascinating. Fill the balloon with hydrogen and attach to it a postcard bearing your name, and a request to return it from whatever point it falls to earth. Thus you can learn in what direction and how far it travels. Another balloon, equipped with a gondola will float in the air like a wartime captive dirigible. The aerial torpedo which zips up through the air is made by affixing fins to an air-filled balloon. The unique air boat cuts through the water under power of air exhaust from blown up balloon. - (These could be hybridized with modern technology to make them far more entertaining... - JWD) - Full Article Source

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04/24/10 - Lawmakers Want a Space Shuttle In New York City
"Bloomberg reports that New York Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and a bipartisan delegation of 17 US representatives from New York and New Jersey have sent a letter to NASA Administrator Charles Bolden calling for the agency to place a shuttle aboard the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum in New York City. A former aircraft carrier, Intrepid served as one of NASA's recovery vehicles for early space flights. Intrepid officials have gathered almost 57,000 signatures on a petition to bring an orbiter to New York, and NASA is weighing 21 bids from visitors' centers, science museums and educational institutions eager to host one of the three aging space shuttles that will be retired this year. 'These are going to be like the Mona Lisa,' says space historian John Logsdon, referring to Leonardo da Vinci's iconic 1506 portrait of a woman in Florence that remains on display at the Louvre Museum in Paris. 'The primary criteria for the shuttles' location will be the stability of the site and whether the chosen institutions can exhibit them for the next 500 years.'" - Full Article Source

04/21/10 - Volcanic Lightning and how it works
KeelyNet All told, there have been more than 150 different eruptions over the past couple of centuries where volcanic lightning has been recorded. In fact, I've managed to dig up some photographs of volcanic lightning from before I was born! Here's Mount Vesuvius -- and the accompanying volcanic lightning -- from 1944! Okay, so now you're convinced that lightning happens in volcanic ash all the time. Yes, it makes for a spectacular picture, but how do you get this in the first place? Well, what is lightning? You create a big enough electric potential difference between two places, and you can get all of these excess charges to "jump down" to the lower potential. In air, it takes a voltage of about 33,000 Volts (!) to get a spark to jump even one centimeter! Lightning KeelyNet that goes from a high cloud down to the ground can have a voltage difference in excess of a billion Volts! You can do this because you can get a huge amount of charge separation. For example, in a big lightning strike, you separate out about 1020 electrons! But ash and rocks -- even molten rock -- are electrically neutral, right? So how to we get a big voltage from neutral matter? Thankfully, the ash that comes out is hot enough so that not every particle is neutral: many are positively charged ions and many are negatively charged ions. If you can make something push the positive ions differently than it pushes the negative ones, you can create a charge separation! If you get enough charges separated, you can make a large enough voltage to give you lightning! - (This reminds me of Paul Clint back in 2001 who was claiming he got up to continuous 2 foot arcs from his specially doped electrets. He said long wire antennas or anything that would interface with large volumes of moving air could produce all the energy anyone could ever want, just as Perrigo did back in the 1920s. The guy told me the more dust, sand, snow, etc. in the air, the more electricity you could extract from it. - JWD) - Full Article Source

04/21/10 - Green machine: Power from the people
London-based architectural research firm Facility: Innovate is developing an energy harvester for crowded areas such as sports arenas and shopping centres. The technology will be invisible to the people it feeds on: they will simply walk over what looks like a normal floor tile. But their steps will push down on a pneumatic device that drives air through a turbine to generate electricity, says managing director Oliver Schneider. People will feel only a slight movement at most, like stepping on an entrance mat, he says. "We're looking to generate around 1 kilowatt-hour of electricity [from each device]per day. That's enough to charge around 300 phones per day," he says. The power will be fed to phone-charging stations, or to lighting and electronic advertising. The system generates a direct current, so using it to power DC devices locally is more efficient than switching to the alternating current needed to feed it back to the grid. The company plans to install its first device later this year in a US shopping centre, with a UK site to follow soon after. "Ticket barriers at sports stadiums are also a good spot, anywhere people are funnelled through a small area," Schneider says. Unlike existing energy-generating paving slabs such as those developed by London-based Pavegen Systems, the technology can be installed under conventional flooring, allowing it to be used in a wide range of settings without altering a building's appearance, claims Schneider. - Full Article Source

04/21/10 - Earth’s Magnetic Field – Dinosaur Killer
KeelyNet Russian scientists, who investigate behavior of our planet’s magnetic field, are absolutely sure that we should not blame a meteorite for sudden death of almost all dinosaurs. Their research showed that mass extinctions of living beings had taken place 20-30 million years after each superchron ended. A superchron is a time interval during which no reversals of planet’s geomagnetic field takes place, in other words, Earth’s poles do not change places. Reversion of geomagnetic field is a bright and mysterious phenomenon, since it is irregular and cannot be predicted. - Full Article Source

04/21/10 - Earth's Core, Magnetic Field Changing Fast, 2008 Study Says
Rapid changes in the churning movement of Earth's liquid outer core are weakening the magnetic field in some regions of the planet's surface, a new study says. "What is so surprising is that rapid, almost sudden, changes take place in the Earth's magnetic field," said study co-author Nils Olsen, a geophysicist at the Danish National Space Center in Copenhagen. The findings suggest similarly quick changes are simultaneously occurring in the liquid metal, 1,900 miles (3,000 kilometers) below the surface, he said. The swirling flow of molten iron and nickel around Earth's solid center triggers an electrical current, which generates the planet's magnetic field. The study, published recently in Nature Geoscience, modeled Earth's magnetic field using nine years of highly accurate satellite data. Fluctuations in the magnetic field have occurred in several far-flung regions of Earth, the researchers found. In 2003 scientists found pronounced changes in the magnetic field in the Australasian region. In 2004, however, the changes were focused on Southern Africa. The changes "may suggest the possibility of an upcoming reversal of the geomagnetic field," said study co-author Mioara Mandea, a scientist at the German Research Centre for Geosciences in Potsdam. Earth's magnetic field has reversed hundreds of times over the past billion years, and the process could take thousands of years to complete. The decline in the magnetic field also is opening Earth's upper atmosphere to intense charged particle radiation, scientists say. Satellite data show the geomagnetic field decreasing in the South Atlantic region, Mandea said, adding that an oval-shaped area east of Brazil is significantly weaker than similar latitudes in other parts of the world. "It is in this region that the shielding effect of the magnetic field is severely reduced, thus allowing high energy particles of the hard radiation belt to penetrate deep into the upper atmosphere to altitudes below a hundred kilometers (62 miles)," Mandea said. This radiation does not influence temperatures on Earth. The particles, however, do affect technical and radio equipment and can damage electronic equipment on satellites and airplanes, Olsen of the Danish space center said. (Thanks to Joel McClain via Norm Wootan for this additional material about the magnetic changes. - JWD) - Full Article Source

Geomagnetic Reversal (The End of the World?)
Shades of 2012!

04/21/10 - 3 New eBooks to Read and Add to your Collection
KeelyNet I'm pleased to offer these interesting volumes that you might wish to add to your collection too. Sure there are many sources on the internet but these and whatever else for sale here help support KeelyNet and my 'livin la vida loca' (right!) here in glorious Mejico! Here it's 'pobre pero feliz'...which means simply, I'm poor but I'm happy..and isn't that what life should be about? Stay healthy, try new things when the opportunity presents and enjoy life while you have it, you could lose it in a second or waste away. "Party when you can, rock til you drop, that's the law." - the late, great Sam Kinison;

  • $20 - Breakthrough to Free Energy Devices - this book hasn't been available since 2006. Since the first edition of this book in 1977, the world's scientific system has been undergoing a large revamping. The old physics is giving way to new expanded concepts of the universe and man's relation to it. Ideas such as order from chaos, faster-than-light particles, and a new version of the ether (tachyon field), which would have been unthinkable 12 years ago, are now being readily accepted by many orthodox scientists.
  • $6 - The Annotated Vril - This fascinating ebook is an original occult fantasy dealing with the mental control of zero point energy to produce effects in matter. Vril is the author's name for this force which is focused and projected using 'Vril Rods'. The Vril force is a fluid capable of being raised and disciplined into the mightiest agency over all forms of matter, animate or inanimate. It can destroy like the flash of lightning; yet, differently applied, it can replenish or invigorate life, heal, and preserve, and on it they chiefly rely for the cure of disease, or rather the enabling the physical organization to re-establish the due equilibrium of its natural powers, and thereby to cure itself. By this agency they rend way through the most solid substances, and open valleys for culture through the rocks of their subterranean wilderness.
  • $6 - The Annotated Smoky God - Did Norseman Olaf Jansen actually travel to world within the earth? Did he create the story to cover the death of his father on their ill-fated boat voyage? Why would he stay in a mental institution rather than recant his original story about their trip through the pole and down into the earth, to encounter all manner of marvelous wonders and giant humans? Take an egg-shell, and from each end break out a piece as large as the end of this pencil. Extract its contents, and then you will have a perfect representation of Olaf Jansen's earth. The distance from the inside surface to the outside surface, according to him, is about three hundred miles. The center of gravity is not in the center of the earth, but in the center of the shell or crust...

Dan Davidson's Breakthrough to Free Energy Devices contains many insights into the entire field including some Keely anecdotes of interest. I have always been a fan of the Vril Force story, seeing within it a direct correlation to how we can tap universal energy as aether, vril, chi, zpe or whatever you choose to call it.

And there are a few gravity anomalies that add to the Smokey God story. What if spherical bodies are actually hollow and have an interior sun which could support life? WOW, does that mean my theory that the moon is a hollow body containing a giant hotel where people live til the earth recovers from climate disasters, could be true?

Remember the Moon DID 'ring like a bell' when 'during the Apollo 13 mission, part of the disposable rocket crashed into the moon and the seismometer picked up a reading that the moon was ringing like a bell.'!

We are told the earth has a liquid metal core at 1900 miles down (3,000 kilometers) but could they be wrong? After all, it is impossible to drill that far down. So how far has man actually drilled? Current Maximum depth: 23000 feet ft. below seafloor.

23 000 feet = 4.356 060 606 1 mile
10 kilometer = 6.213 711 922 4 mile
12.3 kilometer = 7.642 865 664 5 mile

The deepest hole drilled by man was the Kola Hole, going 12,3 km down. The Earth's continental crust is about 30-50 km thick.

"Ambitious projects to drill deeper than 10 kilometers or so always hit the same basic limits: heat, pressure, and money. At 9 kilometers down, temperature reaches 260°C or more, and the pressure can crush the metal casings that line drill holes."

KeelyNetWouldn't it make a lot of sense, that if you were a very ancient race living inside the hollow body of the Earth, that you would do everything in your power to direct people to look outwards, into space for the presence of other life forms and the origins of UFOs? Have another tequila and think about it...
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04/21/10 - US support opens door for nuclear waste invention
AN Australian invention that allows nuclear waste to be stored within a synthetic rock-like substance could be on the verge of hitting paydirt after more than 30 years in the making. The breakthrough came recently with the decision by America's powerful Department of Energy to use a technology known as hot isostatic pressing (HIP) for the multibillion-dollar clean-up of a nuclear reprocessing facility in Idaho. The department plans to use the technology to treat and remove about 4400 cubic metres of high-level waste calcine. ANSTO's technology, which can be used for a range of nuclear waste types, is branded Synroc, because its synthetic qualities mimic the geology of rocks that have existed for millions of years. Synroc's ceramic and glass-ceramic waste-forms have huge advantages over traditional nuclear waste storage forms, producing a product that is more stable and much smaller in mass. To produce the synthetic rock, ANSTO would apply the HIP technology to a mixture of Synroc powder and the calcine. The radioactive waste would be embedded in the end product. The technology's inventors say Synroc is able to retain the radioactive isotopes as they decay ''over tens to hundreds of thousands of years, significantly reducing the long-term environmental risk''. - Full Article Source

04/21/10 - USPO/USA Ripping off the Inventor using Secrecy Classification
Mr. Hornback is the named inventor of U.S. Patent No. 6,079,666 (the "'666 patent"), titled "Real Time Boresight Error Slope Sensor." The '666 patent resulted from an application that Mr. Hornback filed on April 25, 1986. The Air Force subsequently classified Mr. Hornback's application as "secret" and, accordingly, the United States Patent and Trademark Office ("PTO") imposed a secrecy order under 35 U.S.C. § 181. On September 17, 1987, the PTO issued a "Notice of Allowability" that stated that the application was "in condition for allowance" but that "in view of the secrecy order issued August 24, 1987, under 35 U.S.C. (1952) 181, this application will be withheld from issue during such period as the national interest requires." The government rescinded the secrecy order on April 21, 1999, and the '666 patent issued on June 27, 2000.

Mr. Hornback, who is pursuing his claim pro se, seeks compensation under 35 U.S.C. § 183 for the government's use of the invention. Initially, Mr. Hornback sought compensation for government use that occurred both before and after the issuance of the patent. The district court, however, held that res judicata barred Mr. Hornback's claims for any government use that occurred on or before July 5, 2000. Mr. Hornback does not challenge that ruling on appeal.

As a result of the district court's res judicata ruling, Mr. Hornback's claim for compensation was limited to government use that occurred after issuance of the '666 patent. Relying on that limitation, the government moved to dismiss the complaint for lack of subject matter jurisdiction, arguing that "pursuant to the express terms of [section 183], an applicant's right to compensation is limited to recovering for wrongful use occurring only during the time during [sic] which a secrecy order is pending" and therefore that "Hornback has no cause of action for unauthorized governmental use of his invention under 35 U.S.C. § 183 occurring after April 21, 1999." - Full Article Source

04/21/10 - FixWin One-Click Repairs Over Fifty Windows Annoyances
Windows: When something goes wrong in Windows, especially something maddening like the recycle bin vanishing or thumbnails failing to build properly, it's extremely frustrating. FixWin is a portable application that puts one-click repairs at your finger tips. Rather than digging around in the registry or hunting for complex solutions with Google, fire up FixWin. It's lightweight, portable, and it fixes over fifty issues that can crop up in Windows Vista and Windows 7. Whether your right-click context menu is missing in action or Windows Media Player suddenly won't start, FixWin has a one click fix to help with dozens of issues. FixWin is portable, freeware, and Windows only. - Full Article Source

04/21/10 - Life is Precious...
KeelyNet Doug Stanhope the comedian does a hilarious routine about old people wanting to live another few years...in the skit, a guy begs people to change his bag or help him get around and thank god he has have lived another day.. Stanhope asks what EVER FOR? You are useless and a drain on people and the world...so why if you aren't healthy or still together enough to get around and care for yourself, would you EVER want to live more years? click the link to read the rest and hear Stanhopes take on suicide and getting older... - Full Article Source

04/21/10 - Make cotton candy at home
If you are anything like us, you are suddenly filled with childlike glee when you think of big fluffy poofs of cotton candy. The thought of making it at home has a certain appeal, but that machine is a mystery reserved only for those elite enough to get through cotton candy maker school. Or so we thought. As it turns out, it is actually quite simple. You can make one and be serving cotton candy in an afternoon with parts you probably have sitting around. The video is pretty easy to follow, but if you want more information, there’s an instructable as well. - Full Article Source

04/21/10 - Holodeck heals mental injuries
Wounded soldiers and injured civilians will soon be using technology reminiscent of the holodeck in old Star Trek movies to help regain their physical and mental confidence. Jung was speaking at a funding announcement Sunday to bring a $1.5-million virtual reality simulator to Edmonton's Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital. People learning to use an artificial limb or recovering from a stroke will be able to walk, drive or even swim through a variety of virtual environments without leaving the safety of the hospital — almost like on the holodeck of the fictional Starship Enterprise. CAREN — the Computer-Assisted Rehabilitation Environment — consists of a mobile platform, and a variety of video projectors and cameras. Patients will stand on the platform, which moves according to what they're doing and what terrain they're moving through. Meanwhile, they are surrounded by images of whatever environment they've chosen. Heals mental injuries - "It's very much like a 3-D game scenario, where you get into the environment," said Jung. "The patient actually feels like they're in that environment. You can actually get completely immersed in your virtual environment to really push yourself." Because the treatment takes place in hospital and not the outside world, it's much safer for patients still in recovery. It's also much easier for hospital staff to take someone to CAREN instead of the park. Jung said the system will also help heal mental injuries as well. "With [post-traumatic stress disorder], the therapy is often on reintroduction of the scenarios that caused it in the first place," he said. "With this, you can virtually create the scenario that caused it in the first place — whether it's on the battlefield, a car accident — and gently re-introduce the individual. That's what allows a person to get back into their real life without the fear of constant flashbacks." The simulator should greatly speed up recovery times, said Jung, who called it a "transformational" technology. CAREN will also be available for civilians, who may use it for rehabilitation from everything from multiple sclerosis to strokes to concussions. - Full Article Source

04/21/10 - Public transportation notifier
[Knuckles904] was tired of waiting for the bus. His town had installed GPS units on the buses so that riders could track their locations via the Internet so he knew there should be a way to avoid the wait while also never missing the bus. He developed a sketch for an Arduino to check the bus location and notify him when it was on its way. This method saves him from leaving his computer running. It parses the text data from the public transportation website and updates both an LED display, as well as a Twitter feed. Now he can monitor several different bus lines via the hardware at home, or though a cell phone if he’s on the go. - Full Article Source

04/21/10 - Beer can pinhole camera for 'Slow Light' superlong exposures
KeelyNet When [Justin Quinnell] sent in his beer can pinhole camera, we were just floored. The parts are easy to obtain, and the process for building and ’shooting’ with the camera are near effortless. The really impressive part of this hack is letting your camera sit for 6 months facing the sun. Yes, you read that correct, a 6 month exposure. Check out after the break for one of his astonishing shots, and trust us, its well worth the click. / One of the many qualities of pinhole photography is its ability to capture time durations of beyond our vision. Usually this is in the range of a few seconds, but by combining old and new technologies, it is possible to achieve exposures of far greater duration. I have always been fascinated with astronomy, its immense scales of space and time reaching far beyond comprehension within our own short instances on Earth. The project was to record views of Bristol, with the sun trailing across the sky from the winter solstice (22nd December) to the summer solstice (the 20th of June). The technique is not new. Several people are currently doing similar work. Paolo Gioli in Italy and Tarja Trygg in Finland are both experts in this area. I just wanted my hometown of Bristol to be imaged in this way. Accessible wonder is all the reason I need. Most of the cameras survived 6 months of wind, rain, hail (and being thrown in the bin!). Several were blank; one was full of water, (the emulsion on the photographic material having floated off.) and one, still exposing, currently sits inaccessibly under 10 foot of bramble, waiting forever to be recovered. - Full Article Source

04/21/10 - Virtual windows that track a viewer’s position
Winscape will let you replace that garbage-strewn ally view with just about anything you want. The two windows above are actually plasma screen televisions. In between them you can spot a Nintendo Wii Remote that is used to track an IR badge worn by the person in the room. As they move, the images on the screens are changes to simulate the change in perspective you would see out of a real-world window. Take a look at the video after the break. This is unfortunately not an open source project but the software is available for trial and we find the concept interesting. If you can write video processing algorithms you may be able to take the Wii Remote Whiteboard concept and turn it into a Winscape clone. - (Thanks to Marko for the headsup! - JWD) - Full Article Source

04/21/10 - Vigorous exercise keeps the tunes coming
There are cars that increase the radio volume as you drive faster, and video games that ramp up the music as your gameplay improves (we’re looking at you SSX Tricky). Now you can add that feature to your workout with [Polymithic's] Motion Feedback MP3 Player. It uses a passive infrared sensor to detect motion so there’s no need to wear any electronics. But if you used some Bluetooth headphones you could bring the system with you to the gym, just don’t exercise so hard that you blow your eardrums out. - Full Article Source

04/21/10 - Augmented reality glasses
KeelyNet Augmented reality is a pretty neat thing but we don’t want to live our lives staring at a smartphone as we walk around. [F00] didn’t either so he built these augmented reality glasses. You can see a hole in the middle of the glasses where he added a webcam. The camera captures the image in front of you, processes it through augmented reality software, then sends the image to the wearable display that makes up the body of this hack. Integrate this into the head-mounted Linux hack and you’ll be able to ride your bike around the real world with your blast shield down instead of being tethered to your trainer in a virtual universe. - Full Article Source

04/21/10 - Many born-again Christians suffering birth defects
Doctors warned today that those embracing religion in adult life are often not receiving the vital medical attention they need to avoid potentially dangerous complications during labour. As a result, the lives of born-again Christians are routinely being blighted by incurable conditions such as smugness, chronic evangelism and an inability to conduct a conversation without mentioning the name ‘Jesus'. ‘Sometimes when people find God, they happen across Him when He's in the middle of something pressing like smiting a sinner or distracting starving children with a rainbow,' said Dr Forstadt, author of a new study in The Lancet. ‘Just occasionally this means that those being re-made in His image miss out on important finishing touches like tolerance, a sense of one's own worth or separate eyebrows. The only known treatment is to keep them segregated from the rest of society and give them remedial treatment each Sunday.' - Full Article Source

04/21/10 - Condom Hack Pack
Here's a pack of 5 cool things you can do with an ordinary condom, including the Condom Shotgun! - Full Article Source

04/21/10 - New Life for Old Tires
Used rubber is hard to recycle because it is vulcanized--hardened and rendered chemically inert--by the addition of sulfur and other compounds to the material's long molecular chains. Small chunks of used tires can be partially melted and used as filler in asphalt, but devulcanizing rubber involves expensive chemical and thermal processes. Lehigh Technologies instead shatters rubber into a fine powder using a process that involves freezing old rubber and smashing it to pieces. This starts with tires that have been torn into half-inch chunks using conventional shredding equipment. Lehigh mixes these rubber pieces with liquid nitrogen, cryogenically cooling the rubber to -100°C. The rubber is then fed into a high speed "turbomill" that shatters it into particles no more than 180 microns in size. Creating such fine powder transforms the rubber from a highly inert filler material to one that can bond with other materials. "We deliver a huge increase in surface area relative to size, and that allows for a much more intimate mixing with other materials," says Lehigh Technologies CEO Alan Barton. Lehigh's PolyDyne and MicroDyne powders can be used to replace as much as 40 percent of the polymers that normally go into plastic. PolyDyne, the larger and less expensive of Lehigh's two rubber powders, sells for just under 50 cents a pound; finer grained MicroDyne requires colder temperatures and higher milling speeds, making it significantly more expensive. PolyDyne is half the cost of nonrecycled synthetic rubber, a third of the price of natural rubber, and nearly half the cost of polypropylene, a polymer commonly used in plastic moldings. - Full Article Source

04/21/10 - Got a New Invention? We’ll Publicize It!
Sometimes inventions just need a little push, a little publicity to get them noticed by the public or investors. That’s why last year we launched Under the Radar, a section in the print version that features new and nascent inventions that have yet to take hold in the market. Precious few publications offer inventors of all stripes this type of opportunity. Under the Radar has proved so popular that we’re going to experiment and expand it, both online and in the print edition. So here’s the deal – if you’re an inventor with a new product or prototype and want some international exposure, send a description and an image to info@inventorsdigest.com and we’ll see what we can do. Note: disclosing your idea in public starts the clock on when you can file for a U.S. patent, and can derail foreign patent applications. When in doubt, check with your local inventor club or your patent attorney. The USPTO’s Inventors Assistance Center also has free information. Here is an Under the Radar entry from our April 2010 print edition. It got picked up in the Brownsville (Texas) Herald. The inventor reports to us that he’s since had at least one meeting with an interested manufacturer. - Full Article Source

04/21/10 - Robert "Budget Suites" Bigelow's moon bases
KeelyNet Meant for 18 astronauts to call temporary home, the base would be assembled in space before piloted to the lunar surface. A solar array field would power the habitat, which Bigelow suggests could have a minimum volume of 2,100 cubic meters, twice that of the International Space Station. The company is also designing habitats for the International Space Station and also Lagrangian Point L1, halfway between Earth and the moon, as a way station for trips to Mars. From Space.com: "I see a huge sea change in using expandable systems," Bigelow told SPACE.com in an exclusive interview. "I feel this architecture is fundamentally safer, less expensive, and can save an awful lot of time...." Two prototype space modules built by Bigelow Aerospace are now circuiting the Earth. Lofted in July 2006 and in June 2007, respectively, the company's Genesis 1 and Genesis 2 expandable modules served as forerunners to ever-larger and human-rated space structures... (The company's Director of Washington, D.C. Operations & Business Growth Michael) Gold said that Bigelow Aerospace has been aggressively establishing an international consortium of what the group terms as "sovereign clients" -- along with hammering out the financial and legal structure, he said, for such partnerships to blossom, first in low Earth orbit and then beyond. "We need to make low-Earth orbit work first before we go beyond . . . but I believe we will," Gold told SPACE.com. "Once we've established a robust infrastructure in Earth orbit, created the economies of scale necessary to produce facilities in low Earth orbit . . . at that point, we've really enabled ourselves to look at a variety of options." Bigelow Aerospace has taken a hard look at how their habitats could function on the lunar surface, Gold said. "We believe our expandable habitat technology will be a critical piece of building a presence on the moon," he added. - Full Article Source

04/21/10 - Should you turn your computer off?
We leave our computers on, because then the system can do its thing while we sleep, meaning backups, virus checks, defragmenting, etc. We turn the monitors off, though, because the computer knows what it’s doing without looking at the screen.image If your computer doesn’t need to do those tasks, you can set it to “hibernate.” Hibernation powers the computer down to using just 2-3 watts. That’s almost the same as turning it off, but you have the advantage of it being ready to go just by hitting a key or moving the mouse. To find the instructions, click “start” then “help and support” and type “hibernate.” - Full Article Source

04/21/10 - Watching American tv abroad
Many TV sites, such as Hulu.com and Clicker, are not available outside the U.S. TVGorge.com was great for international viewing but now it too is off limits outside America. What to do? A reader we had helped before lives in Southern Thailand and offered to try to find a replacement provider of U.S. movies and TV. He spent four days trying out web sites and ended up sending us more than 20,000 words summarizing his findings. We had to cut that down, of course. A few of the sites are listed below. Before you try any of these or search for new ones, be sure you have a good anti-virus and anti-spyware program installed. We use Malware Bytes “Anti-Malware” software and it blocked a lot of malicious stuff on some of the sites our reader passed on. We have not included those sites here. Results will vary based on your connection and location. The sites listed below are free.

* Quicksilverscreen.com has movies, TV shows, cartoons, documentaries, music videos, and sports. We clicked on the movie “Caddy Shack.” It took us first to a racy ad page, but when we closed that page, the movie started right up. Not all the links to shows and movies worked, but since it was free, there was nothing to lose.
* Blinkx.com has a wide selection of TV and movies, often hosted on other sites. We tried Jeopardy, Third Rock from the Sun, The Mentalist, etc.
* Television.aol.com/in2tv offers classic TV shows such as Bob Newhart, The A-Team, The Alfred Hitchcock Hour, Gilligan’s Island, etc.
* Free-tv-video-online.info has both movies and TV. We had trouble with it but it was the reader’s favorite by far. His comment: “Clean streaming, literally no buffering, great clarity, great sound.” Try it; see what you get. - Full Article Source

04/21/10 - eReader Update
KeelyNet If you haven’t bought a Kindle for $259 or an iPad for $500, the $149 Aluratek Pro Reader looks like a good option. It comes with 100 free books: These include The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Frankenstein, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, etc. You can get over one million more free titles from ebook sites like books.google.com and gutenberg.org. The Aluratek has a slot for an SD memory card – the same kind used with digital cameras. (The iPad and Kindle do not have an SD card slot.) That means you can have separate libraries to plug in and out as you choose. It can handle cards with a capacity of up to 32 gigabytes (a little over two gigabytes would hold the entire Encyclopedia Britannica). It can even play music while you read. Find it at Aluratek.com. - Full Article Source

04/21/10 - Mass Migration, the Modern Version of Invasion
In the ancient days, such as prior to 1945, politics, that is territorial acquisition, was much more honest. If I wanted your province, I invaded, if I could, took it, if I could and annexed it, if I could. That was prior to 1946. n the modern world, states conquer each other through a slow, grinding process of migration and assimilation and forced cultural change. Since this does not involve a clear cut battle or series of military engagements, the victim does not feel defeated and resists with everything he has, thus instead of a short sharp act of mass violence, followed by first oppression and then integration, something that usually lasts a generation or less, we have multi-generational, degeneration, murder, oppression and counter oppression. In other words, slow attrition that further grinds down both societies, especially those at the center of it. Now, the local populations resist in different measures. Often, the state, for what ever reason: corruption, ideology, or simple plain ignorance, does not actively support its own population on its own territory, against the aggressor state that is sending its population over. Some times the people take action to defend their lands and some times they roll over and "die". Ignorance is the simplest matter to deal with, as the situation will become critical sooner than later and will force the attention of the government and population. Corruption is a much more difficult issue, as usually there are special interests involved at the highest levels. Ideology, such as that in the West, is a death knell, as there is no curing it, short of radical revolution, and the outcome is the destruction of the target culture and in the end a large section of the resistant population. This is most obvious in places such as East Asia, Russia, Europe and America. - Full Article Source

04/21/10 - George W. Bush: Patriot or Traitor?
KeelyNet George W. Bush was elected President of the United States of America twice, once through the manipulation of the voting system (countless numbers of voters were blocked from voting in the key State of Florida) and once through the manipulation of fear, (Osama bin Laden turning up on cue weeks before the election). An analysis of the eight years of the Bush regime will determine whether this pariah of the international community was a patriot or a traitor. Washington found out for itself what international terrorism meant soon after Bush and his National Security Adviser, Condoleeza Rice, failed to provide national security, preferring instead to pick up the debris from 9/11 and turn it to their own advantage, using the misfortune of 3,000 people to foster their own energy agenda in Iraq. In the process, it has been calculated by the Center for Public Integrity and the Fund for Independence in Journalism, two non-profit making journalistic watchdog Organizations, that Bush and the members of his regime lied no more than 532 times, “in an orchestrated campaign to effectively galvanise public opinion, and in so doing, take the nation to war based upon false pretexts”. - Full Article Source

04/21/10 - Fatal Flaw Discovered In Invisibility Cloaks
"Carpet cloaks took the world by storm last year because they were the first devices to hide objects at optical frequencies. The idea is that a thin layer of dielectric material placed on a surface can make light look as if it is reflecting off the original surface. In other words, the layer is invisible and anything embedded within it is invisible too. This trick is like hiding something under a carpet, hence the name. Carpet cloaks are relatively easy to make because the dielectric material does not need to be specially constructed to steer light in special ways; physicists call this an isotropic material. Now a group at MIT has shown that isotropic carpet cloaks have a fatal flaw. When viewed at an angle, the carpets don't hide objects at all. Instead, they simply shift their position by about the same distance as they are high. So when viewed from an angle of 45 degrees, an object 0.2 units high is shifted to one side by a distance of 0.15 units, says the team. That's a serious limitation for carpet cloaks." - Full Article Source

04/21/10 - Cat sends US Iraq war robots out of control
Control over heavily armed US war robots fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan was lost last year after a cat climbed into machinery at an American command base and "fried everything", a US officer has confirmed. The news comes from Colonel Grant Webb, describing technical problems at Creech Air Force Base outside Las Vegas, Nevada. This is famously the location from which US Air Force "Predator" and "Reaper" robot aircraft are controlled during missions overseas*. "A cat climbed into one of the electronic nodes and fried everything," the colonel says. We're indebted to the excellent DEW Line blog for the vid - and speculative analysis suggesting that the feline saboteur was in fact a highly trained al-Qaeda suicide martyr moggy. It should be noted that when the satellite link to a Predator or Reaper is lost, the roboplane doesn't plunge to Earth or embark on a frenzied orgy of mechanised slaughter or anything. In general the plane simply circles where it is, awaiting further commands. After power has been restored, operators at Creech can generally relocate the errant wardroid and gain control over it again. There has, however, been at least one case in which a mutinous robot has refused to acknowledge any further orders: on that occasion the rebellious machine was shot down by a manned fighter plane before it could violate the borders of a nearby neutral country. - Full Article Source

04/21/10 - Digital Photocopiers Loaded With Secrets
"File this under "no, really?" CBS news catches up with the fact that photocopiers, whether networked or not, tend to have a much longer memory these days. When they eventually get tossed, few companies bother to scrub them. Couple this with the tendency of older employees to consider hard-copy to be "secure," and your most protected secrets may be shipped directly to information resellers — no hacking required. "The day we visited the New Jersey warehouse, two shipping containers packed with used copiers were headed overseas — loaded with secrets on their way to unknown buyers in Argentina and Singapore."' - Full Article Source

04/18/10 - 'Move Those Dollars': Anti-Usury Campaign
Chants of "move those dollars" and "move that money" rang out last week in the Hart Senate Office Building during an event for supporters of the Metro Industrial Areas Foundation. The group is spearheading a 10 Percent Is Enough campaign to fight usury, the practice of charging excessive interest rates and fees. They had reason to celebrate, with the announcement that Massachusetts would move nearly a quarter of a billion dollars away from banks that refused to cap their interest rates to meet a state guideline of 18%. The Move Your Money campaign kicked off earlier this year on the Huffington Post, encouraging consumers to put their money in community banks rather than supporting too-big-to-fail institutions. Both campaigns share key principles, including the power of consumers to "vote with their feet" and the idea that businesses -- particularly banks -- can be successful without taking advantage of their customers. - Full Article Source

04/18/10 - Scientists and Engineers finding peaceful coexistence
Palestinian and Israeli software engineers are finding the coexistence that eludes the politicians. An unusual summit between Israelis and Palestinians took place 15 months ago at an unnamed gas station along Route 1 between Jericho and Jerusalem, in the West Bank. The "diplomats" were engineers and software designers from Global Hosted Operating System, or G.ho.st, the first-ever high-tech Israeli-Palestinian joint venture. The gas station was a place where employees from its offices in Ramallah, in the Palestinian National Authority, and Modi'in, Israel, could meet without getting permits or waiting in long lines to cross the border. In the technology sector, at least, a quiet little trend of cooperation is emerging. A handful of Israeli companies are outsourcing to Palestinian engineers, aligning the bottom line with lofty ideals. Some Israel-based branches of multinational companies, such as Cisco Systems, Intel, and the software consulting firm Equiom, are doing the same thing. "At first, it was strange for both of us—you could feel the tension on both sides," says Montasser Abdellatif, G.ho.st's marketing and communications manager. "But we avoid talking about politics. We're helping to create more jobs in a small industry where a lot of educated people can't find good jobs. And the bottom line of any start-up company is putting out a good product, so we're optimistic about that." - Full Article Source

04/18/10 - Gravity Magnetic Motor (Hand Made)
A home made O.M.E.G.A. device "runs" by combined, natural phenomena: Application of Opposing Magnets, Accelerating Gravity Attribute and centrifugal mass in motion. Awkward characteristics, limited by size yet would sustain the "mimic" of initial input energy over limited time. (Personally, I do not feel this gadget has properties of "overunity." I feel all it did was "mimic" the energy taken to start the motion.) The second "clip" ran eventually 1 day and most of one night. A friend destroyed the endeavor. I hope the annotation at the end may bring somewhat of a deeper meaning to the post...the third clip "version" worked (approx 3 ½ days) The "rod" from the wheel to the magnet failed in the middle from stress. It did not have a steady rpm. I feel inferior materials and God knows what all led to it's inevitable stopping. - Jean Bernoulli: "...any motion which exists in nature can be used to support a perpetual motion. In these instances such machines cannot be regarded as purely artificial perpetual motion, but rather as a combined perpetual motion because their motion is assisted by nature." - Full Article Source

04/18/10 - The Natural World Vanishes: How Species Cease To Matter
Once, on both sides of the Atlantic, fish such as salmon, eels, and, shad were abundant and played an important role in society, feeding millions and providing a livelihood for tens of thousands. But as these fish have steadily dwindled, humans have lost sight of their significance, with each generation accepting a diminished environment as the new norm. Today, most people in the U.S. and Europe are scarcely aware that eels, wild Atlantic salmon, shad, and alewives — once-vital sources of food and employment — are no longer a part of their ordinary experience. This decline in importance is a manifestation of a loss of standing in society for these fishes, part of a larger phenomenon involving a regrettable interplay between ecology and the social order. Every generation takes the natural environment it encounters during childhood as the norm against which it measures environmental decline later in life. With each ensuing generation, environmental degradation generally increases, but each generation takes that degraded condition as the new normal. Scientists call this phenomenon “shifting baselines” or “inter-generational amnesia,” and it is part of a larger and more nebulous reality — the insidious ebbing of the ecological and social relevancy of declining and disappearing species. - Full Article Source

04/18/10 - Doomsday shelter currently selling bunker space
California-based company Vivos is providing you and about 4,000 other people the chance to survive the end of the world. The company plans to build a network of 20 shelters near most major cities of the US. Each 20,000-square-foot shelter, which can hold up to 200 people, would be located about five stories underground with walls two to three feet thick. The shelters would be stocked with a year’s supply of “gourmet foods,” as well as medical and dental centers and - as seen in the video below - flat-screen TVs. Each shelter costs about $10 million to build, and Vivos is selling space in the price range of about $50,000 per person. So far, about 1,000 applications have been received for space in the shelters. Once a certain number of applications have been received and candidates selected for a shelter location, Vivos will begin construction of the shelter. When completed, ownership will be turned over to the Vivos Owners’ Association, where the owners would be responsible for security and maintenance, contributing their own skills and expertise to ensure the long-term survival of the shelter. In addition to sparing the lives of 200 people, each shelter will also become a DNA depository, according to Vivos. Universities are invited to submit DNA samples of every living thing on Earth, along with seeds, which will be stored in refrigerated vaults. As Vivos’ website explains, “This will assure the greatest chance of future restoration of the world as we know it, regardless of the catastrophe. Vivos may prove to be the next ‘Genesis’ for Earth and a new beginning for Life.” The vaults will also contain off-road vehicles and hunting and fishing equipment for when returning to the surface. Vivos, which is a privately funded venture with no religious affiliations, adds one more remark that might concern people: the world’s governments are already building underground shelters for the elite, leaving the rest of us to fend for ourselves. - Full Article Source

04/18/10 - New hope for ultimate clean energy: fusion power
The international team of researchers - led by Emeritus Professor Heinrich Hora, of the University of New South Wales Department of Theoretical Physics -has shown through computational studies that a special fuel ignited by brief but powerful pulses of energy from new high-energy lasers may be the key to a success that has long eluded physicists. The intense laser beam would be used to ignite a fuel made of light hydrogen and boron-11. The resulting ignition would be largely free of radioactive emissions and would release more than enough energy to generate electricity. The amount of radiation released would be even less than that emitted by current power stations that burn coal, which contains trace amounts of uranium. In another plus, the fuel source is plentiful and readily accessible and the waste product of ignition would be clean helium gas. The conventional fusion process uses highly compressed spheres of deuterium and tritium as fuel. Hora says the proposed new process overcomes previous objections to hydrogen-boron11 fuel because it would not have to be compressed and therefore need much less energy than previously thought to start the ignition. "It was a surprise when we used hydrogen-boron instead of deuterium-tritium," says Hora. "It was not 100,000 times more difficult to ignite, as it would be under the usual compression process. It would be only 10 times more difficult, using the latest generation of lasers." As it happens, a unique new laser capable of producing the required amount of ignition energy is in its early stages of testing in the US at the Los Alamos National Laboratory. Another extraordinarily powerful US laser known as the National Ignition Facility has been built at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory: "It is the largest laser on earth and has cost about US$ 4 billion," he says. "The laser pulse of about few billionths of a second duration produces 500 times more power than all US power stations." - Full Article Source

04/18/10 - Nuclear power: Alliances strengthen atomic plan
KeelyNet A new chapter will open in the innovative history of Russian nuclear power when a boxy looking vessel the size of a football pitch moors off the Kamchatka peninsula in 2012. Two mini nuclear reactors lodged in its hull will supply heat and light to the town of Vilyuchinsk, a submarine base in the Russian far east. Named after Mikhail Lomonosov, the legendary 18th century Russian scientist, it will be the first floating nuclear power plant in the world. Rosatom, Russia’s state atomic power agency, says floating plants could be used to solve energy shortages in remote areas of the country that are not connected to the electricity grid. The invention could help raise the company’s profile on international markets, where it is competing for nuclear technology and fuel contracts. Mr Novikov says opposition to nuclear energy in Russia, which reached fever pitch after the Chernobyl accident in Ukraine in 1986, has subsided, although Rosatom still meets popular resistance when it starts to build plants in new areas. Environmentalists are opposed to the nuclear programme, saying it is dangerous and uneconomic. Floating nuclear reactors could be vulnerable to terrorist attack, raising the nightmare prospect of a radioactive sea spill. Another concern is that affordable mini reactors will go to unstable countries, thereby increasing the threat of nuclear proliferation. “They will be dangerous,” says Vladimir Tchouprov, an activist at Greenpeace in Moscow. “Unfortunately, this will mean more work for us.” Highlighting its commitment to non-proliferation, Rosatom has agreed with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to create a bank of nuclear fuel to guarantee supplies to foreign countries. Mr Novikov says the bank is intended to discourage countries from building their own enrichment facilities. - Full Article Source

04/18/10 - Students invent nutritious Space food bar
Four Battle Creek students are flying high with the announcement this week that their invention will be feeding future astronauts in space. Their challenge was to make a nutritious food that would replenish bone and muscle in weightless space, but also taste good to the astronauts' deteriorating senses. After several months of trial and error, the AM Rocks team invented a winning product they called Solar Flare: The Star Bar. It's a chewy energy bar containing sweet apples, dried cranberries, cinnamon and whole grains. Although none of the students are planning a career in space -- Naomi wants to be a pediatric surgeon, Shannon is not sure and Mikayla is leaning toward politics -- Ethan is interested in food science. For now, he's working on his mac-and-cheese recipe at home. They may not be signing autographs or riding in limos to their morning classes at the science center, but the team will receive 10,000 of their Solar Flare bars and a promise that they will be eaten in space, Duncan said. The students were named 2010 Conrad Laureates and have been invited to participate as advisory board members for The Conrad Foundation upon their graduation from high school. The first-place team received $10,000 educational grants each and two seats on a zero-gravity flight with musician Pharrell Williams. - Full Article Source

04/18/10 - Honda unveils zero-emission electric scooter
KeelyNet The EV-neo is powered by a lithium-ion battery that matches the performance of a 50cc petrol engine, without the noise, and can travel 30 kilometres (19 miles) on a single charge at up to 30 kilometres per hour. The battery can be rapid-charged up to 80 percent of capacity in 20 minutes, while a regular power socket charge would take about four hours, said the Japanese auto maker. Honda promoted the scooter as "quiet and clean and contributing to creating a low-carbon society" as it unveiled a prototype of the two-wheeler at a research facility on the outskirts of Tokyo. Honda plans to start leasing the scooter to Japanese companies from December, said a spokeswoman, without disclosing the price tag or production targets. "The distance it can travel may not be satisfactory for personal use, but eventually we want to make it available for individual customers," she said. - Full Article Source

04/18/10 - Alkane Files for Patent on New Synthetic Fuel
Alkane, Inc. (ALKN.PK) announced today it has filed for a patent for a newly developed synthetic fuel for use as an additive, blend or fuel in gasoline powered engines. The fuel is not petroleum based, so it requires no crude oil to produce. It delivers more power to the engine than gasoline and is expected to produce significantly less heat. The technology behind the fuel produces unconventional combustion in an internal combustion engine. This results in as much as 18 times the momentum imparted to an engine as compared to the combustion wave that occurs when fueled by gasoline. Effectively, this fuel enhances mechanical energy output from an engine. "The ability to enhance mechanical energy output from an internal combustion engine is groundbreaking," said Mathew Zuckerman, Ph.D., CEO & President of Alkane. "The internal combustion engine of today still works on the basic pioneering work of Nicolaus Otto's original invention in 1854. The fuel is burned and up to 75% goes into waste heat, while only approximately 25% is converted to mechanical energy. Our new fuel creates no such waste heat during combustion, but rather all of its energy is useful as mechanical energy in the engine. This will truly be a revolutionary innovation." - Full Article Source

04/18/10 - A Case for and Against Electric Cars
The problems associated with electric cars included lack of scientific breakthroughs on battery technology, range anxiety and cost. “There is no good solution to the cost, performance limitations and technical challenges with lithium ion batteries,” said Jay Whitacre, a researcher from Carnegie Mellon University. “Plus there are ‘end-of-use’ recycling and safety issues. They’re complicated beasts.” A parade of scientists, engineers, academic researchers and energy industry analysts took turns at the day-long 2010 Toyota Sustainable Mobility Seminar, analyzing the pros and cons of various energy technologies (the seminar can be viewed at Toyota’s UStream channel). Ethanol, especially the types made from food products, like corn, came in for almost universal scorn. Michael Glantz, director of the Consortium for Capacity Building at the University of Colorado, said ethanol production from food crops “does not meet the definition of sustainable mobility, because sustainability is contingent upon not sacrificing other essential human or ecological requirements — today or in the future.” Hydrogen fuel cells were described as problematic because the cells are constructed using large amounts of platinum, which is rare, very expensive and presents some health hazards. The cost and time it would take to create a refueling infrastructure –- that is, a nationwide network of hydrogen service stations –- will be astronomical, experts agreed. And hydrogen must be created from something, most likely natural gas, which is in and of itself a candidate as an alternative fuel. So why not just use natural gas instead, and give up on fuel cell research as a dead end? - Full Article Source

04/18/10 - Odd Invention: Livestock use Treadmill to Generate Electricity For Farms
KeelyNet Instead of milling around aimlessly in pens, as most cows do, William Taylor’s herd is put to work. As they eat, they walk on an electricity-generating treadmill. Taylor has invented, among other contraptions, a better manure mixer and a pen that prevents cows from kicking vets during medical procedures on his farm in Northern Ireland. But this was his first foray into making power. Cows walk as many as eight hours a day while grazing, and one day Taylor realized that he could turn that free motion into electricity. On his Livestock Power Mill, a cow stands on a nonpowered inclined belt that the animal will slowly slide down unless it walks forward, turning the belt, which spins a gearbox to drive a generator. A feed box entices the cow to keep trekking. The one-cow prototype generates up to two kilowatts, enough to power four milking machines. A small farm could earn back a 50-cow system’s estimated $100,000 price in three years. - Full Article Source

04/18/10 - A Crowdsourcing Project To Make Predictions More Precise
"Predictions are critical to modern life. Police predict where and when crimes are most likely to take place, banks predict which loan applicants are most likely to default, and hotels forecast seasonal demand to set room rates. A new project called Kaggle facilitates better predictions by providing a platform for forecasting competitions. The platform allows organizations to post their data and have it scrutinized by the world's best statisticians. It will offer a robust rating system, so it's easy to identify those with a proven track record. Organizations can choose either to follow the experts, or to follow the consensus of the crowd — which, according to New Yorker columnist James Surowiecki, is likely to be more accurate than the vast majority of individual predictions. The power of a pool of predictions was demonstrated by the Netflix Prize, a $1m data-prediction competition, which was won by a team of teams that combined 700 models. Kaggle's first competition is underway, and it is accessing the 'wisdom of crowds' to predict the winner of this May's Eurovision Song Contest." - Full Article Source

04/18/10 - Satellites Keep Aircraft Away From Volcanic Cloud
"A range of satellites from a host of different nations are pumping out images and data on the Icelandic volcano currently wreaking havoc on commercial airline traffic and aviation in general. The European Space Agency today noted four major satellites that are monitoring the volcano that erupted this week under Iceland's Eyjafjallajoekull glacier. They include NASA's Aqua and Aura as well as the European Space Agency's Envisat and MetOp spacecraft. Other satellites such as NASA's Terra and NOAA's GOES satellite also provide images." - Full Article Source

04/18/10 - New Intel Sensor Could Cut Electricity Bill by 1/3rd
"If we were to hugely succeed and cut IT power in half, we'd only improve things by one percent," Rattner said. "On the other hand, there are 113 million households that represent 35 percent of total U.S. energy. Now that's a huge number." During its presentation, Intel unveiled a single sensor that plugs into a wall outlet. The sensor is not much bigger than a night light. Once connected, the sensor will wirelessly connect to all electrical devices in the house and self configure to record the voltages from each source in real time. During the demonstration, the sensor detected the unique signal from three ordinary appliances: a toaster, a microwave and a refrigerator. The sensor sent the information to a PC, which displayed icons associated with the appliances and their energy consumption. Intel says its research has revealed that consumers want to know more than how much energy they're using and they want to know what they can do to reduce their energy consumption. Intel estimates the average U.S. household could reduce energy consumption by 15 to 31 percent and save up to $470 per year in electricity costs using its system. Murphy-Hoye tested a prototype of the system in her own home, and used sensors to track and analyze her family's energy use. She reported the feedback had immediate effects on her family and led to the discovery of new ways to save energy. The first thing everyone did after seeing the energy graph on the family PC was to turn off the lights, she said. The system also revealed that the water heater was automatically firing up even when she set the washing machine on cold, in order to heat the water to a less cold temperature before the washer filled. This revelation led Murphy-Hoye to find the "tap water" setting on her water heater, which proved to be more energy efficient. - Full Article Source

04/18/10 - How Does the Drinking Bird Work?
The secret to the bird is not, in fact, patenting and selling such a useless invention. (That distinction, I believe, is held by the person who invented pet rocks. Kudos, whoever you are.) It is choosing the right liquid to fill the bird with. The commercial birds are filled with methylene chloride, but it could be any liquid that turns to vapor at low temperatures. After that, all it takes is measuring the right proportions of the two bulbs and the tube that separates them. The tube should extend almost entirely into the lower bulb. We dip the bird's head – usually covered in some kind of fabric - in water. As the water evaporates from around the head, it takes energy with it, and the head cools down. The vapor inside the head cools and contracts. Since the glass around the vapor won't contract, a vacuum is created inside the head of the bird. The liquid is the only thing that can give, and it does. Liquid from the lower half of the bird is sucked up into the head of the bird like red-shirted Star Trek extras during a hull breach. The head of the bird is now too heavy for it to stay upright, and the bird dips forward. As it dips, a corridor is opened up between the head and the body of the bird. The vacuum can more easily suck the vapor than the liquid and vapor travels to the head until the pressure is equalized. The liquid drains back to the body of the bird, making the lower bulb heavier. The bird it tipped backwards and returns to its full upright position in. That is, until more water evaporates from fuzzy head and the cycle is started over. By allowing the beak of the bird to dip in water, there is a continuous supply of water soaking into the head of the bird, and it seems to move on its own far longer would be possible if it were just swinging due to someone pushing it once. - Full Article Source

04/18/10 - Europe Finds Clean Energy in Trash, but U.S. Lags
Far cleaner than conventional incinerators, this new type of plant converts local trash into heat and electricity. Dozens of filters catch pollutants, from mercury to dioxin, that would have emerged from its smokestack only a decade ago. In that time, such plants have become both the mainstay of garbage disposal and a crucial fuel source across Denmark, from wealthy exurbs like Horsholm to Copenhagen’s downtown area. Their use has not only reduced the country’s energy costs and reliance on oil and gas, but also benefited the environment, diminishing the use of landfills and cutting carbon dioxide emissions. The plants run so cleanly that many times more dioxin is now released from home fireplaces and backyard barbecues than from incineration. With all these innovations, Denmark now regards garbage as a clean alternative fuel rather than a smelly, unsightly problem. And the incinerators, known as waste-to-energy plants, have acquired considerable cachet as communities like Horsholm vie to have them built. By contrast, no new waste-to-energy plants are being planned or built in the United States, the Environmental Protection Agency says — even though the federal government and 24 states now classify waste that is burned this way for energy as a renewable fuel, in many cases eligible for subsidies. There are only 87 trash-burning power plants in the United States, a country of more than 300 million people, and almost all were built at least 15 years ago. Instead, distant landfills remain the end point for most of the nation’s trash. New York City alone sends 10,500 tons of residential waste each day to landfills in places like Ohio and South Carolina. “Europe has gotten out ahead with this newest technology,” said Ian A. Bowles, a former Clinton administration official who is now the Massachusetts state secretary of energy. - Full Article Source

04/18/10 - Watching America - what other countries think of the US
KeelyNet WatchingAmerica reflects global opinion about the United States, helping Americans and non-Americans alike understand what the world thinks of current issues that involve the U.S. This is done by providing news and views about the United States published in other countries. It is not our purpose to find favorable or unfavorable content, but to reflect as accurately as possible how others perceive the richest and most powerful country in the world. We have no political agenda. WatchingAmerica makes available in English articles written about the U.S. by foreigners, often for foreign audiences, and often in other languages. Since WatchingAmerica offers its own translations, regular users of our site will enjoy articles not available in English anywhere else. We are a unique window into world opinion. We hope that the insights gained by reading various points of view will help to raise level of debate, open minds, and promote understanding among the people of the world. If coverage of an issue, on a particular day, surprises or irritates, remember that we are reporting what is out there, and trying to show the fullest range of views. We don’t endorse the content presented, or imply anything about the motivation behind or accuracy of the original sources. Watching America does not seek to influence opinion by selective presentation, but sometimes global opinion can be quite polarized. It may, therefore, fall outside the spectrum of debate in the United States or appear one-sided. Watching America has no affiliation with, nor funding from, any organization or corporation. We intend to cover costs by running ads and receiving donations. - Full Article Source

04/18/10 - What's that smell? Hog manure becomes asphalt
The outer road along Interstate 44 near Six Flags St. Louis is freshly paved — with asphalt made from recycled swine manure. It is believed to be the first time asphalt has been created from swine manure. Two St. Louis County companies, road contractor Pace Construction Co. and the engineering firm Innoventor, joined together on the project. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that Innoventor perfected the process of converting the animal waste into a bio-oil used in asphalt binder. - Full Article Source

04/18/10 - Radioactive Eye Disc to cure rare Eye Cancer
KeelyNet An ophthalmologist at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis is implanting radioactive discs in the eyes of children with a rare cancer in an attempt to save their vision and their eyes. He implants a small disc, or plaque, which stays in the eye for three days before a second surgery to remove it. "The standard of care for retinoblastoma is chemotherapy, followed by laser and freezing treatments to eliminate the last remnants of tumors," Harbour says. "But occasionally there will be a tumor that doesn't respond to chemotherapy or is too large to treat with a laser or freezing treatment. That's where this plaque treatment comes in. It gives us an option that may allow us to save the eyes of a young child." Retinoblastoma, as the name suggests, is characterized by tumors in the eye's retina. It is extremely rare, affecting about one child in 20,000. In the United States, about 200 children each year are diagnosed with retinoblastoma. Approximately 40 percent of them develop tumors in both eyes, so in cases where the tumors prove resistant to chemotherapy, very young children and their parents are faced with a choice between a life without eyes and a high risk of death. / (Inoperable Tumors and Radium laced Superglue - The technique involved using a super glue to bind radioactive material to any tumor (including so-called 'inoperable' braint tumors), thus killing the cancerous tissues which, as they are excreted from the body, carry out the radioactive elements. The segment said only about 10 doctors in the US are using it but all report great success. I imagine if its 98%! That beats ANYTHING I’ve ever heard of including chemo or surgery. - JWD) - Full Article Source

04/18/10 - India’s own cryogenic rocket launch fails
The cryogenic technology is crucial to put heavy satellites in geo-synchronous transfer orbit at an altitude of 36,000 km. The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) was keenly looking forward to this flight because this was the first time that it was flying a GSLV with its own cryogenic engine. Gloom engulfed the Mission Control Centre at the Sriharikota spaceport as the mission's failure sank in. ISRO had worked for more than 17 years to develop its own cryogenic engine. The earlier five GSLV flights from 2001 to 2007 were powered by Russian cryogenic engines. ISRO Chairman K. Radhakrishnan told reporters, “We are not sure whether the cryogenic main engine did ignite. We have to confirm this after looking at the various parameters that were monitored during the flight. The vehicle was tumbling. It means it lost its control and altitude. Finally, it splashed into the sea.” - Full Article Source

04/18/10 - DARPA Spills Details on its Plans for the Transformer TX Flying Car
KeelyNet The mad scientists want a vertical-takeoff vehicle that handles like an off-road-capable SUV on the ground, and can cruise like a light single-engine aircraft at altitudes of up to 10,000 feet. Size limits for the design come to about two nose-to-tail Hummers, The Register calculates. That's roomy enough for four fully-equipped troops, or one stretcher and one medic. DARPA also wants its dream vehicle to have the ability to cover 250 miles before filling up on gas. It suggests incorporating technologies such as a hybrid electric drive, adaptive wing structures, or ducted tilt-rotor fans similar to what the Avatar gunships use. The flying car marvel should also be able to do its own unmanned operations, like any other good robotic helicopter or vehicle in the U.S. military's service. And flight controls should allow for any enlisted man or woman capable of driving a Humvee to pilot the vehicle. - Full Article Source

04/18/10 - 1986 law says Feds can read our emails
The legal dust-up, unsealed late Tuesday, concerns a 1986 law that already allows the government to obtain a suspect’s e-mail from an ISP or webmail provider without a probable-cause warrant, once it’s been stored for 180 days or more. The government now contends it can get e-mail under 180-days old if that e-mail has been read by the owner, and the Constitution’s Fourth Amendment protections don’t apply. Yahoo is challenging the government’s position and defying a court order to turn over some customer e-mail to the feds. Google, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the Center for Democracy & Technology and other groups late Tuesday told the federal judge presiding over the case that accessing e-mail under 180 days old requires a valid warrant under the Fourth Amendment, regardless of whether it has been read. “The government says the Fourth Amendment does not protect these e-mails,” Kevin Bankston, an EFF lawyer, said in a telephone interview Wednesday. “What we’re talking about is archives of our personal correspondence that they would need a warrant to get from your computer but not from the server.” If the courts adopt the government’s position, the vast majority of Americans’ e-mail would be accessible to the government without probable cause, whenever law enforcement believes the messages would be relevant to a criminal investigation, even if the e-mail’s owner is not suspected of wrongdoing. - Full Article Source

04/18/10 - Innovative Russian Snowmobiles
KeelyNet This bulky machine constructed by one enthusiast retiree from the Russian city of Kirov is powered by the old Yamaha motorcycle engine and is entirely made of scrap. Fiberglass seat was formerly a part of a small carousel, gear shift lever was a part of an unidentified old Coca-Cola souvenir. The front skies are covered with fluoroplastic, a material with extremely low friction factor. The main distinctive feature of this snowmobile is a big wheel instead of a regular for such kind of transport rubber heavy caterpillar made of metal and rubber. For this reason this monster is very light which allows it to drive on fresh crumbly snow. Another thing is that this wheel is much less complicated in maintenance and will never cause a stop in the middle of a snow field if one detail is broken, as caterpillar does. The engine is mounted in such a way that it could warm the driver and give some heat to the fuel supply system. Construction works on this unusual snowmobile have taken about one year. / Another design uses propeller-powered sleds. This particular construction appeared to be pretty successful because it picks up rather high speed as for such a transport mean, easily copes with deep snow and is eventually rather efficient which allows trips for long distances. - Full Article Source

04/18/10 - Lead from a Roman ship to be used for hunting neutrinos
Lead bricks from a 2,000 year old Roman shipwreck will be used to hunt neutrinos. The lead's age makes it perfectly suited for the task as the bricks have virtually no radionuclides. - Italy's National Institute of Nuclear Physics, at its laboratories in Gran Sasso, has received 120 lead bricks from an ancient Roman ship that sunk off of the coast of Sardinia 2,000 years ago. The ship's cargo was recovered 20 years ago, thanks to the contribution of the INFN, which at the time received 150 of these bricks. The INFN is now receiving additional bricks to complete the shield for the CUORE experiment, which is being conducted to study extremely rare events involving neutrinos. After 2,000 years under the sea, this lead will now be used to perform a task 1,400 metres under the Apennine mountain. The lead bricks, together with the ship that transported them, had remained in the sea for 2,000 years, which reduced by approximately 100,000 times the albeit very low original radioactivity represented by one of its radionuclides, lead-210. In fact, lead-210 has a half-life of 22 years, so that by now it has practically disappeared in the bricks. "This lead," - explains Professor Ettore Fiorini - "which is responsible for the CUORE experiment, represents an extremely important material for shielding the apparatuses used to conduct research on rare events - a material that must be totally free of radioactive contamination". Lucia Votano, Director of the INFN laboratories in Gran Sasso, explains that "it's great and unique that the most advanced and innovative technologies must rely on archaeology and the technology of the ancient Romans. The ancient lead recoverd from the bottom of the sea will be essential for protecting the experiment from natural radioactivity, which could obscure the rare process of neutrinoless double beta decay". - Full Article Source

04/18/10 - Strongest Geomagnetic Storm Hits Earth
KeelyNet A sudden geomagnetic storm, the strongest in the past 18 months, was caused by the Sun. The geomagnetic storm that began on April 5 still continues, although it is subsiding. The maximum strength is most likely over. The storm has reached geomagnetic K-index 7 out of 10, the strongest in the past 540 days, since October 2008. According to a warning issued by Russian scientists on the website of the space observatory Tesis, the storm of such strength may “affect global power systems requiring voltage correction and cause false security systems alarms.” Spacecrafts may be damaged, as well as communication systems and satellite navigation systems. Northern Lights will be observed even in midlatitudes. Acute cardiovascular diseases are not ruled out. It is hard to say how exactly the planet was damaged. Exceptionally bright Northern Lights were observed from the orbit by astronauts working at the ISS. Japanese member of the team Soiti Noguti even took a picture of this bright sight. In the picture, the station looks like it is floating in outbursts of fire. The scientists were surprised that there were no precursors for this strong geomagnetic storm. It was caused by certain processes on rather quiet Sun. For instance, on April 3 there was an outburst on the Sun, but it was so weak that it was not even paid much attention to. Yet, the outburst did not subside quickly as it usually happens but lasted for over seven hours. It was catastrophically long and it was not considered in the forecasts. Scientists stated that “a huge energy that was to be released during the outburst was underestimated. In general, the incident shows that the connection between outbursts on the Sun and emissions of solar matter that causes geomagnetic storms cannot be considered a solved issue of solar physics.” (Is there a connection with the Icelandic volcano eruption? - JWD) - Full Article Source

04/18/10 - Magnetic Gravity engine test 3
This video show how to make a steel ball go up hill using just magnets. - Full Article Source

04/18/10 - New tech sees dead people
A spooky sounding technology is finding old, unmarked graves. Using hyperspectral imaging, scientists from McGill University have found unmarked animal graves with special cameras that measure changes in the light coming from soil and plants. Hyperspectral imaging collects and processes light from across the electromagnetic spectrum, including visible light as well as ultraviolet and infrared light. The research could help police solve missing persons cases or reveal new mass graves from hundreds, if not thousands, of years ago. When the hyperspectral camera-equipped aircraft flew over the animal graveyard, the scientists found all seven known graves, plus 25 new graves, some of which were buried up up to eight feet deep. "One flyby of the aircraft gave us four to fives times more information than we gathered in three seasons of digging," said Costopoulos. For the first five years or so a decaying body inhibits plant growth. "Initially it's a pretty toxic environment," for plants, said Kalacska, who, along with Pablo Arroyo and Tim Moore, manages the technological side of the research. Plants that grow over such recent graves don't reflect as much light in the visible and near infrared region, which scientists can detect using their cameras. After five years, however, the plants growing over buried body suddenly reflect light instead of absorbing light. In fact, on-grave plants reflect more than twice the green light of off-grave plants. For a human eye detecting such tiny changes would be "very hard," said Kalacska, but the difference is obvious to the hyperspectral camera. The increase in reflected light comes from an increase in chlorophyll, the pigment that plants use to convert light from the sun. After five years a decomposing body becomes fertilizer, supplying the growing plants with much needed nutrients like nitrogen and phosphorus. Bigger plants with bigger, healthier leaves reflect more light. A decomposing body can fertilize a plant for years. Some graves found by the hyperspectral camera at Parc Safari could be 50 years old. Larger mass graves could provide enough nutrients to encourage noticeable plant growth for hundreds of years, suspects Costopoulos. The McGill University team is currently testing their plant-based hyperspectral images at sites in Canada and Costa Rica. The team also hopes to test their technique at a suspected mass grave site in the barren Canadian north. - Full Article Source

04/18/10 - Light, Tough Origami Ceramics
KeelyNet A new way of printing and folding ceramic and metal lattices into miniature structures could lead to novel lightweight engineering structures. The technique involves making latticed sheets from ceramic ink, then folding and heating these sheets to create intricate shapes. The method could be used to make lightweight parts for aerospace applications, complex scaffolds for tissue engineering, and filters and catalysts for industrial chemical production. The researchers say it fills a need for a way to fabricate complex structures on the centimeter scale--too small for conventional molding or machining, and too big for lithography or similar techniques. Lewis has previously created new kinds of inks and printing methods for making two-dimensional structures. Her approach involved squeezing inks containing ceramic or metal particles out of a print head, similar to the way toothpaste would be squeezed from a tube. With these inks, Lewis could make latticed patterns, one layer at a time. The lattices could then be heated to fuse the particles together and remove the ink solvents. Lewis's group turned to origami folding when a collaborator asked her to make concentric cylinders of titanium for use in tissue engineering, as implants to encourage bone growth. Ahn realized that such a structure could be made by rolling up a printed lattice before it heating it, and the group tinkered with the formulation of the inks to better suit the process. The material is elastic enough to fold, but sturdy enough not to droop or crack before it's solidified. The same technique has now been used to make complex structures that include an origami crane requiring 16 folding steps. The crane has no practical application, but demonstrates the advantages of this technique, the researchers say. The print-and-fold technique "allows you to create the shape you want, but with the weight taken out," says Bob Peterson, senior scientist at Aerojet, an aerospace company headquartered in Sacramento, CA, that is not affiliated with the Illinois group. - Full Article Source

04/18/10 - Humans cannot multitask (even women)
The human mind may be inherently incapable of dealing with more than two tasks at a time according to a study showing that "multi-tasking" skills are limited by the physical division of the brain into two hemispheres. Scientists have found that when people have to carry out two tasks simultaneously their brains divide each job up so that one is performed largely by the left side of the brain and the other is carried out mainly on the right. "We found that brain activity increased with rewards and expectations in the medial frontal cortex. We found in the left hemisphere that the activity increased as the reward value of one task increased, but not the other task, whereas in the right hemisphere the brain activation was related to the reward value of the other task," Professor Koechlin said. "The two hemispheres co-operated when there was only one task. But in two tasks, one hemisphere covers the reward of one task and the other hemisphere covers the reward of the other." "The human prefrontal function seems to be built to control two tasks simultaneously. It means in everyday behaviour we can readily switch between two tasks but not between three. With three tasks the division is limited to only two hemispheres, so there is a problem," he said. This physical restraint on doing three things at once may have wider implications for human reasoning. - (As one who has had to fix the sloppy work of multi-taskers, I know this to be true. Focus on one job and do it WELL, without error is better than having to redo each task so you can brag about your 'multi-tasking skills.' - JWD) - Full Article Source

04/15/10 - Step Closer to 'Magnetic Monopole'
KeelyNet Researchers from Imperial College London have created a structure that acts like a single pole of a magnet, a feat that has evaded scientists for decades. Magnets have two magnetic poles, north and south. 'Like' poles, such as north and north, repel one another and 'opposite' poles, such as north and south, attract. Whichever way a magnet is cut, it will always have these two poles. Scientists have theorised for many years that it must be possible to isolate a 'magnetic monopole', either north or south on its own, but until recently researchers have been unable to show this in experiments. Researchers at Imperial have now enabled tiny nano-sized magnets to behave like magnetic monopoles, by arranging them in a honeycomb structure. - (These people are so lame! Are they completely unaware of the spherical monopole patented by How Wachspress many years ago for a levitating toy? You can check out his Levitator Page if you'd like the latest info. - JWD) - Full Article Source

04/15/10 - Nanomaterial ThermoConverter More Efficient Than other Energy Sources
Dr. Zhiyu “Jerry” Hu, a staff scientist at the Nanoscale Science and Device group of Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), has developed a solid state thermoelectric converter using nanomaterials that could provide power for personal digital assistants (PDA), cellular phones or laptop computers. The thermoelectric converter is more efficient and more powerful than fuel cells or batteries. The environmentally friendly thermoelectric converter can be fueled by hydrogen or liquid hydrocarbon fuels such as alcohol or methanol. Thermoelectricity is the conversion from temperature differentials to electricity or vice versa. Thermoelectricity can be accomplished based on the Peltier-Seebeck effect, thermionic emission, or indirectly through magnetohydrodynamics. Hu’s thermoelectric converter earned U.S. Patent 7,696,668 which is assigned to UT-Battelle, LLC (Oak Ridge, TN). Prior art thermionic emission converters were exclusively solid-to-vacuum emissions, however, in the case of Hu's converter thermionic emissions are solid-to-solid emissions. Power generators can be scaled from micropower supply to even industrial scale, as there is no theoretical limit to the scale up of power. Significantly, the light weight and small size of converters makes such converters well suited for use as a portable power source for cell phones, laptop computers and other portable electronic devices. In 2005, Hu discovered the novel nanoscale energy conversion method. This world-reported method has led toward the development of a new class of ultra-high efficiency solid-state thermoelectric generators that can convert chemical energy in fuels directly to electric power at room-temperature avoiding conventional high-temperature fuel burning and external ignition. Fuel in the form of hydrogen, alcohol or methanol and oxidant spontaneously react on the surface of the electron emitter generating heat sufficient to cause thermionic emission of electrons from the electron emitter, and solid-to-solid emitting of electrons through the separator layer to collector layer where the emitter and collector layer are connected by a conductor. Thermionic emission refers to the flow of electrons from a metal or metal oxide surface, caused by thermal vibrational energy overcoming the electrostatic forces holding electrons to atoms or molecules at the surface. This effect increases dramatically with increasing temperature (1000-3000 K), but is always present at temperatures above absolute zero. The science dealing with this phenomenon is thermionics. The charged particles are referred to as thermions. Owen Willans Richardson worked with thermionic emission and received a Nobel prize in 1928 for his work on the thermionic phenomenon. Regarding Richardson's Law, in any metal, there are generally one or two electrons per atom that are free to move from atom to atom. This is sometimes referred to as a "sea of electrons". Their velocities follow a statistical distribution, rather than being uniform, and occasionally an electron will have enough velocity to exit the metal without being pulled back in. - Full Article Source

04/15/10 - Local native allegedly defrauded investors of millions
A native son of this village allegedly manufactured a $7 million bogus investment scheme, saying he was inventing an alternative energy source. After a federal investigation, William A. Stehl, 65, is accused of duping more than 300 people from around the United States in a complex investment diversion based on a string of allegedly bogus companies. In April 2000, Stehl's first local company, Rainbow Technologies, announced plans to hire 10 employees to manufacture air- and water-testing equipment. By November 2001, Stehl's invention had shifted to a new device that separated nitrogen from air. The nitrogen could be injected into soils to improve farming, Stehl said, while a by-product gas that he called BGX could burn as a hybrid-type fuel. Rainbow announced the new prospect would create up to 300 blue-collar jobs and claimed it had a $34.5 million sales contract for nitrogen-injection plows with a company in New Mexico. Stehl is accused in the federal order of making false representations to newspapers and using the articles to solicit investors. By March 2002, Stehl said he had "six figures" in his bank account and wanted to build a new facility in Tupper Lake. "This is my money I'm spending," he told the Adirondack Daily Enterprise. "I sold some of my capital in personal property (securities) to get the money, about $335,000 so far. And I will spend $200,000 more." Soon after, questions about the company's production began to surface and Adirondack Economic Development Corp. started to press for job creation. In June 2003, Rainbow changed its name to BGX Technologies and announced work on a hybrid BGX/diesel generator. The investments continued to come in. Stehl is charged in U.S. District Court of Northern New York with conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, making false statements, falsifying a federal income-tax return and three counts of attempting to evade income taxes. The federal indictment says that between July 2001 and August 2004 Rainbow/BGX Technologies investors contributed more than $2.5 million in his two Saranac Lake companies, which was deposited "directly into Stehl's Tupper Lake National Bank accounts." By late fall 2005, Stehl's New York bank accounts were depleted, the federal order said. He left Saranac Lake in 2005. Stehl is alleged to have defrauded millions more through false business schemes in other parts of the country. He and Richard M. Rossignol, 59, together established 13 companies from 2003 to 2008, according to the federal order. Both men were arrested in Oxnard, Calif., recently and are being held in federal prison. - Full Article Source

04/15/10 - Fraud or breakthrough?
KeelyNet Is it possible that an antigravity generator exists that can serve as clean source of energy and revolutionize transportation by creating a whole new class of vehicles: vehicles that defy gravity and travel at incredible speeds? I find it hard to believe, but you judge for yourself whether you believe an inventor has the knowhow to make a vehicle that can hover effortlessly and travel at incredible speeds. The story goes like this: A young British professor beset by recurring dreams builds a circular generator composed of magnets and coils. After assembling it, he invites a colleague over and sets the device in motion. Not only does it spin, but the speed of the spin increases without any energy input. Then, unexpectedly, as the two men watch, the device rises up to the ceiling of the laboratory and smashes its way through the roof. Outside it keeps on flying, causing birds that get near it to fall to the ground and tearing roof tiles off buildings. The first flight of a fantastic device. But it wasn't fantasy to John Searl. He later goes on to develop the Searl Effect Generator and something he calls an Inverted Gravity Vehicle, or a levity disc, otherwise known as a flying saucer. There, I said it. where is this machine? Why isn't it being built and tested? That's what other inventors and scientists have asked for years. And according to critics, the reason it hasn't been tested is simple: It's a fraud. Searl's answer, however, is practical: Patent issues prevent him from revealing all the details and the energy generated is so powerful that it could be a security risk to expose details. Also, the device isn't ready for public release. Searl has supporters and backers who say his invention works. - (He's been milking this for years and long ago Anders Heerfordt tried to verify his claims, all lies. Sorry, if he HAS something, he hasn't been able to do anything with it nor has anyone been able to verify it independently. Great early photos but they could have been tricked up like we do now with Photoshop...save your money, this guy ain't it. Read it for yourself, Checking up on Searl - 1991 and this Reply to Anders by John Thomas - 1996. I've met Searl and John Thomas but still, it's been what, 60 years now and no proof, nothing on the market, insufficient details for others to verify, etc...just a money pit. What John knows is what Searl tells him, so take that all with a big block of salt. Here it is 2010 and still they are promoting and asking for money. There is a lot more to this story...like Searl calling me around 1993 at 4AM cussing me out, saying Heerforts article on KeelyNet had blown a million dollar movie deal, like one of his wealthy investors meeting with me in Dallas around 1996, asking me to remove anything negative about Searl because it hurt their money raising efforts, Searl being 'discovered' living in a junkyard babbling to himself (he still does that)...etc...oh yeah...it's all about bucks and gullible people. Just read this history of John Searl to see he has been milking this since about 1950! - JWD) - Full Article Source

04/15/10 - "Phone In One Hand, Ticket In the Other"
"The NY Times reports that federal regulators plan a pilot project to test 'high visibility' crackdown efforts to curb cellphone use by drivers in two cities, Hartford and Syracuse, spending $200,000 in each city, while each state would contribute $100,000 more. The Transportation Department says it wants to send the message: 'Phone in One Hand. Ticket in the Other,' and plans on ramping up enforcement on state bans of hands-free phones by motorists, advertising the campaigns and undertaking studies to see if the efforts curb behavior and attitudes. Safety advocates say that curbing the behavior requires enforcement and education, which they say has been clearly evident in past efforts with seat belts with the 'Click It or Ticket Program' (PDF) that helped increase seat belt use to 83% nationally. 'It's time for drivers to act responsibly, put their hands on the wheel and focus on the road,' says Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, who last year called distracted driving an 'epidemic.'" - Full Article Source

04/15/10 - Red-Light Camera Ticket Revenue and Short Yellows
"A Fort Meyers news station reports a nerdy husband getting his wife out of a red-light camera ticket by proving the light was set with too short of a yellow. Then he goes out and proves that nearly 90% of the lights are set an average of about 20% too short. Is this a local incident, or have local governments nationwide found a new revenue source? What puzzles me is how a single picture can tell if you ran a light. If you are in the intersection before the light turns red, you have not run it, even if it takes a little while to clear it (say to yield to an unexpected obstacle). Wouldn't you need two pictures — one just before the light went red showing you are not in the intersection, and another after the light went red showing you in the intersection?" - Full Article Source

04/15/10 - Manufacturing an experiment - Improving Stirling Engines
Of the three competing methodologies, one is based on a single factory in Spain, another off-shores a crucial production element to low-cost China, while the third also outsources manufacturing, this time to high-tech Japan. All the approaches - orchestrated by rival consortia - involve considerable numbers of engineers, based in countries including the US, UK, New Zealand and Germany. A novel twist is that the three rival groups are wrestling with ideas that are almost 200 years old. Devised by the Reverend Robert Stirling, a Scottish pastor, in 1816, the high-efficiency heat engine has so far proved impossible to put into production on a large scale because of the complexity of the design - something that the rival teams hope to combat with modern materials and production engineering. "There's a lot of excitement [about the possibilities of the new Stirling engines]," says Michael Colijn, chief executive of Magic Boiler, a Netherlands-based home heating specialist. "The rivals are trying out different routes to achieve the same goal of putting into people's homes devices that have the complexity of an aerospace engine [and] work with close to 100 per cent reliability." The three sets of energy equipment suppliers are attempting to create their own variants on what are called micro-combined heat-and-power (CHP) machines. Installed in people's homes, CHP systems provide a "free" source of electricity, as well as heat for radiators and taps, and so can help to reduce energy bills and carbon dioxide emissions. The three groups have between them spent an estimated €300m ($408m, £265m) in the past 15 years trying to make their ideas work. All hope in the next few months to start selling their new systems and take a sizeable part of the existing €10bn-a-year demand in Europe for domestic heating equipment. Stirling engines use an external form of energy - such as natural gas or solar power - to heat up a gas such as helium held in a cylinder. As the gas in the cylinder shuttles between a hot and cold state, it expands and contracts, so creating movement that can be used to drive a turbine. In this way, a Stirling device produces electricity, as well as heat coming from the original energy source.

The devices hold out the promise of extremely high efficiencies - up to 97 per cent of energy applied to the systems can be converted to heat and electricity. They are also very quiet, due to their containing relatively few moving parts compared to other kinds of heat engines, such as the internal combustion engine of a car. The companies behind the new systems claim that the equipment could cut the energy bills of households by up to 25 per cent, due mainly from a large proportion of the normal electricity supply being no longer needed. What all three groups have in common is their use of a number of new technologies in fields such as special kinds of steelmaking. One stumbling block is likely to be the high price of the machines. At up to €10,000 each including installation, the systems represent a considerable premium - perhaps as much as €5,000 - on the cost of installing an orthodox central heating boiler. However each of the consortia believe that prices will fall as production rises, while lower energy bills - plus the possibility of selling excess electricity to national grids with the help of new feed-in tariffs being introduced by some European governments - will make the new devices more attractive. - Full Article Source

04/15/10 - Power Beaming For UAVs and Space Elevators
KeelyNet "The idea of power beaming — using lasers or microwaves to transmit usable energy over great distances — has been around for decades. But recent advances in cheaper, more energy-efficient diode lasers have made power beaming commercially viable. LaserMotive, based in Kent, WA, is best known for winning the Level 1 prize of the NASA Power Beaming Challenge at the Space Elevator Games last November. In a new interview with Xconomy, LaserMotive co-founder Tom Nugent, who previously worked on the 'photonic fence' mosquito-zapping project at Intellectual Ventures, talks about gearing up for Level 2 of the NASA competition, slated for later this year. What's more, LaserMotive is trying to build a real business around beaming power to unmanned aerial vehicles, remote sensors and military bases, and other locations where it's impractical to run a wire, change batteries, or truck in fuel. The ultimate goal is to beam large amounts of solar power to Earth." - Full Article Source

04/15/10 - This Spacecraft Could Change the Future of Space Travel
Imagine a revolutionary new single-stage space vehicle, greatly rivaling the design of the Space Shuttle, boasting these features and capabilities:

1. Instead of using traditional rocket fuel, the vehicle is powered efficiently by silicon-based derivatives of sand (called silanes). Its combustion system is made environmentally safe by using oxygen and nitrogen in the atmosphere. (At room temperature, silane is a gas, and is pyrophoric — it undergoes spontaneous combustion in air, without the need for external ignition...)
2. It has a flying saucer-like appearance and takes off horizontally, similar to an airplane, using air while in the atmosphere before switching to an onboard oxidizer after reaching the upper limits of the atmosphere. In this way, it greatly reduces the oxidizer-to-payload ratio problem traditionally found in space flight.
3. It uses the most advanced engine design, making it capable of speeds of more than 9,000 mph in the atmosphere.

Sounds like science fiction? Not quite. The project to develop such a space vehicle has reportedly been underway for more than five years in Germany, with other European countries as well as engineers and financial backers in Asia joining the collaboration recently. According to Bodo, the cost to build a small-scale flying prototype of the craft (ranging from 10 feet to 15 feet in diameter) is expected to run an estimated US$15 million. “The model is being made with joint cooperation of the German inventors and other foreign countries, but now we are trying to interest American investors as well to take it to take it to U.S. government or private entities here for funding.” Using state-of-the-art technology, the disc-shaped spacecraft is considered more efficient than traditional, vertically launching, three-stage carrier systems such as the Space Shuttle. This is mainly because these traditional spacecraft must carry fuel and the extra weight of the oxidizer along the way. With fuel, the three stages make up about 97 percent of the entire take-off weight.

The new, lighter, single-stage spacecraft incorporates silane-based fuels (silicon nitrate) “into an air-breathing spacecraft design that achieves orbit via low ascent angles, where it then switches to an onboard oxidizer. A ceramic and alloy engine and propulsion system takes advantage of the properties of silane, utilizing both the oxygen and the 80% nitrogen of the atmosphere for combustion,” Bodo and co-author David Padanyi-Gulyas reported in their paper. The paper is titled “A New Approach for Single Stage Ascent to Orbit Silane Fuel in a New Vehicle Design,” published in 2005 by SAE International’s Aerospace Engineering magazine. There are also environmental advantages, the designers said.

Since silane is derived from silicon (which in turn comes from sand), an abundant supply could be maintained from expansive desert terrain instead of by using fossil fuels. In addition, coupled with the risk of introducing carcinogenic fuels into the atmosphere, “the ozone layer of our planet is considerably injured each time the booster rockets of the space shuttle burn their fuel,” reported Padanyi-Gulyas and Bodo. And while the Space Shuttle makes use of numerous ceramic tiles, which are glued or screwed on and need extra special attention to protect the vehicle against the inferno of re-entry, the new disc-shaped spacecraft employs more enhanced thermodynamic properties. “To get around using tiles, this craft has a rotating outer ring made of silicon nitride and silicon carbide which distributes the kinetic energy and the heat of re-entry to allow slowing of speeds, similar to that of a normal jet aircraft,” says Bodo, who has a detailed video available of the design and capabilities of the craft for potential investors. “The ring is porous, lightweight, and compact, making the space vehicle extremely resistant to shearing forces.” - (Does anyone remember the 'angel hair' often found near UFO sitings? Years ago I read something about it being a cotton candy looking material made of mostly spun silicon. I can't find anything about that doing a search, but I also remember there were reports of alledged ET contacts claiming their ships use SAND as their FUEL! Doesn't this also offer applications for fuel by burning sand on the planet? - JWD) - Full Article Source

04/15/10 - NSA Develops USB Storage Device Detector
KeelyNet "Bob Brewin writes on NextGov that the National Security Agency has developed a software tool that detects thumb drives or other flash media connected to a network. The NSA says the tool, called the USBDetect 3.0 Computer Network Defense Tool, provides 'network administrators and system security officials with an automated capability to detect the introduction of USB storage devices into their networks. This tool closes potential security vulnerabilities; a definite success story in the pursuit of the [Defense Department] and NSA protect information technology system strategic goals.' The tool gathers data from the registry on Microsoft Windows machines (PDF) and reports whether storage devices, such as portable music or video players, external hard drives, flash drives, jump drives, or thumb drives have been connected to the USB port. 'I have a hunch that a bunch of other agencies use the detection software,' writes Brewin." - Full Article Source

04/15/10 - New evidence cited that rocky, watery planets are common
Al­though sci­en­tists have de­tected up­wards of 400 plan­ets out­side our so­lar sys­tem, it’s un­clear how many of these may be made up si­m­i­larly to ours, an im­por­tant fac­tor to weigh in con­sid­er­ing which ones might sup­port life. Jay Far­ihi of Leices­ter Uni­vers­ity in the U.K. sur­veyed white dwarfs, the com­pact rem­nants of stars once like our Sun, and found that many show signs of con­tamina­t­ion by heav­i­er el­e­ments and pos­sibly even wa­ter. For dec­ades, it was be­lieved that the thin gas be­tween the stars was the source of these pol­lu­tants. Far­ihi and his team used da­ta from the Sloan Dig­it­al Sky Sur­vey, a proj­ect that aims to sur­vey the sky in in­fra­red light, im­ag­ing more than 100 mil­lion ob­jects. The team fol­lowed up on a mil­lion of these by ob­tain­ing their spec­tra, the ex­act break­down of their col­ors. By ex­am­in­ing the po­si­tions, mo­tions and spec­tra of the white dwarfs, Far­ihi and his team con­clud­ed that the pol­lu­tants can’t come from the in­ter­stel­lar gas. In­stead, rocky plan­e­tary de­bris is al­most cer­tainly the main cul­prit, they said. Their re­search in­di­cates that be­tween 3 and 20 per­cent of white dwarfs are con­tam­i­nated in this way. This im­plies that a si­m­i­lar pro­por­tion of stars like our Sun, as well as some­what big­ger stars, build ter­res­tri­al plan­e­tary sys­tems, Far­ihi main­tains. Most of the con­taminants in ques­tion probably came from as­ter­oids rath­er than full-fledged plan­ets, Far­ihi not­ed. How­ev­er, he added, the pres­ence of such bod­ies means a so­lar sys­tem has the ma­te­ri­al to form Earth-like plan­ets—particularly if wa­ter is pre­s­ent. The sci­en­tists gauged the com­po­si­tion of the con­taminants through their chem­i­cal sig­na­ture which stands out in the oth­er­wise pure white dwarf at­mo­spheres. It seems a sig­nif­i­cant frac­tion of these stars are pol­lut­ed with ma­te­ri­al that con­tained wa­ter, with im­por­tant im­plica­t­ions for the fre­quen­cy of hab­it­a­ble plan­ets around oth­er stars, ac­cord­ing to Far­ihi’s group. - Full Article Source

04/15/10 - Wind Energy Setting Basic Skills Needed for Technicians
KeelyNet The American Wind Energy Association is developing a seal of approval for community colleges and technical schools that train wind turbine service technicians. The growing industry wants to establish a minimum basic skill set that technicians are expected to have on their first day on the job. Programs meeting requirements developed by the association will get an AWEA stamp of approval. Tracy Rascoe of the Northwest Renewable Energy Institute in Vancouver, Wash., says wind technicians need a diverse skill set, drawing from the fields of electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, hydraulics, programmable logic controllers and metals. Then they have to climb 200 feet in the air to do their job, so safety is the most important skill. - Full Article Source

04/15/10 - Indiana exports more wind power than it keeps
Renewable energy advocates are urging Indiana to adopt standards that would keep at least 30 percent of wind-driven power produced in the state within its borders. A wind industry report says Indiana has seen a 700 percent increase in wind-generated power but is shipping most of that energy out of state. The American Wind Energy Association and other wind-power proponents say all utilities should get some production from alternative energy sources. They are urging renewable energy standards at both state and national levels. The Indiana Energy Association opposes such standards and says they would force companies to buy power above market prices. The group says that could increase electric rates. - Full Article Source

04/15/10 - You can't tickle You, but can a Machine?
KeelyNet The reflex explanation suggests that tickle simply requires an element of unpredictability or uncontrollability and is more like a reflex or some other stereotyped motor pattern. To test these explanations, we manipulated the perceived source of tickling. Thirty-five subjects were tickled twice–once by the experimenter, and once, they believed, by an automated machine. The reflex view predicts that our “tickle machine” should be as effective as a person in producing laughter, whereas the interpersonal view predicts significantly attenuated responses. Supporting the reflex view, subjects smiled, laughed, and wiggled just as often in response to the machine as to the experimenter. Self-reports of ticklishness were also virtually identical in the two conditions. Ticklish laughter evidently does not require that the stimulation be attributed to another person, as interpersonal accounts imply.” - Full Article Source

04/15/10 - Cyber hand lets users 'touch'
Users wear a wrist band which picks up electrical impulses generated by muscles as they contract. It was originally designed to help the elderly keep in contact with their loved ones in a more personal way. Prof Liu added: "Although they can show their care through phone calls, physical touch is still a better way to express love. "The main obstacle we have at the moment is the cost. Our project target was to produce a toy. "It was intended to be low cost and so there were constraints because of the money we could spend. "If you want high dexterity it is possible, but you need more motors and you have to spend more money." The team intend to make progress with future models looking like the human hand — and one day hope to make an entire person which could copy every one of your movements. The current model is expected to go on sale by Christmas for around £20 each. (via fark.com - "Scientists have developed a robotic hand that allows people talking over the web to experience the sensation of touching each other - even feeling the strength of a handshake." Yeah, a handSHAKE. Definitely a handshake..") - Full Article Source

04/15/10 - Companies Skeptical of Commercial Space Market
KeelyNet "The NY Times reports that Boeing and Lockheed Martin will happily sell rockets to carry astronauts into space, but are leery about taking a leading role in President Obama's vision for a revamped NASA that relies on commercial companies to provide taxi transportation to the ISS. 'I don't think there is a business case for us,' says Lockheed Martin's John Karas about space taxis. Both Boeing and Lockheed were stung during the last burst of optimism for the commercial space business about a decade ago. They invested several billion dollars — Lockheed to develop its Atlas V, Boeing for the Delta IV — in the hopes that the huge market for commercial satellites would supplement their traditional business of launching American military spy satellites. The market did not materialize, and what business there was went to European and Russian rockets that were cheaper. The hoped-for commercial market for space taxis hinges on one small company, Bigelow Aerospace, which is developing inflatable space habitats that it hopes to market as research facilities to companies and foreign nations looking to establish a space program." - Full Article Source

04/15/10 - Worst-Made Cars on the Road
If you want to drive something dependable and long-lasting, steer clear of these vehicles. Four of the seven vehicles on our list of the worst-made cars on the road come from GM brands. And all of the cars on the list -- including Chrysler's Dodge Nitro and Jeep Wrangler -- are made by Detroit's Big Three. To determine our list of the worst-made cars on the road, we started with the lowest-rated vehicles from four reliability and performance studies conducted this year. Those studies are all from Consumer Reports: The Most Reliable Cars Report; Best and Worst Values Report; Best and Worst Safety Performance Survey; and the CR overall scores for 2010 vehicles. - Full Article Source

04/15/10 - Chinese Wind Power Heads Offshore
KeelyNet China's first offshore wind farm, a 102-megawatt array that's set to come to full power this month in the Yangtze River delta near Shanghai, looks to be the start of something big. Chinese officials announced plans last month to request bids for three to four large-scale offshore wind power projects generating up to 1,000 megawatts total. Beijing-based energy consultancy Azure International predicts that China will install 514 megawatts of offshore wind over the next three to four years, and by 2020 will have invested $100 billion to install up to 30,000 megawatts. That's equal to all of the onshore wind farms currently installed in China, already the world's largest market for wind power. 40 percent of China's population lives along the eastern seaboard. China is building a transmission supergrid to bring in hydroelectric, coal, and wind power from western China, but Meyer says leaders of coastal provinces see offshore development as a means of local investment. Jiangsu's first offshore pilot-scale farms are under construction: a 30-megawatt project by Longyuan Group and a six-megawatt project developed by Hebei-based China Three Gorges Project. In February, Beijing-based Shenhua Guohua Energy Investment, a subsidiary of China's largest coal producer, announced it was considering two 300-megawatt offshore projects in Jiangsu that would use 3.6-megawatt turbines under development by Shanghai Electric Wind. A key technical challenge is engineering for the tidal flat's muddy seafloors and shifting sandbars, which require different foundations and installation vessels than those developed for the North Sea. Guohua, for example, is developing a novel steel pile foundation for its Jiangsu wind farms. Rather than the single steel monopoles common for North Sea projects, Guohua's will employ five piles, each 56 meters long. - Full Article Source

04/15/10 - It's Impossible To Get By in the US
March 2010 saw 158,000 bankruptcy filings, an astounding 6,900 filings per day. This latest filing is up 19% from March 2009’s number which occurred at the absolute nadir of the economic decline, when everyone thought the world was ending. Given the significance of this, I thought today we’d spend some time delving into numbers for the "median" American’s experience in the US today. There simply cannot be a sustainable recovery in the US economy. Because we outsourced our jobs, incomes fell. Because incomes fell and savers were punished (thanks to abysmal returns on savings rates) we pulled future demand forward by splurging on credit. Because we splurged on credit, prices in every asset under the sun rose in value. Because prices rose while incomes fell, we had to use more credit to cover our costs, which in turn meant taking on more debt (a net drag on incomes). And on and on. Does this mean the market is about to tank? Not necessarily, stocks have been disconnected from reality since November if not July. Bubbles (and we ARE in a bubble) take time to pop and this time around will be no different. - Full Article Source

04/15/10 - Creationists Right About Entropy
KeelyNet Evolutionists argue that the scientific law of entropy (the tendency of matter to go towards disorder rather than greater order) doesn't contradict evolutionary theory because they claim the law of entropy doesn't apply in open systems such as our Earth. Evolutionists will use examples such as a seed becoming a tree as an argument that entropy doesn't apply in open systems. Evolutionists are wrong on both counts for reasons which will be fully explained in this article. Entropy does occur in open systems. We discovered entropy here on Earth which is an open system in relation to the Sun. However, entropy applies only to spontaneous or chance processes. The spontaneous (unaided or undirected) tendency of matter is always towards greater disorder -- not towards greater order and complexity as evolution would teach. Just having enough energy from the Sun is not sufficient to overcome entropy. This tendency towards disorder, which exists in all matter, can be overcome temporarily only if there exists some energy converting and directing mechanism. The question for evolutionists is how did biological life and order on earth come into existence in the first place when there was no directing code and mechanism in nature for overcoming entropy. The only rational answer is that an intelligent power outside of nature was responsible for the original order. Evolutionists teach that matter has an innate tendency to evolve towards greater and greater complexity or order. We are so accustomed to seeing evolution of technology all about us (new cars, boats, ships, inventions, etc.) that we assume that Nature must work the same way also. Of course, we forget that all those new gadgets and technology had a human designer behind them. Nature, however, does not work the same way. Even the scientific followers of Prigogine, the father of Chaos theory, have admitted that only a very minimal level of order will ever be possible as a result of spontaneous or chance processes. Considering the enormous complexity of life, it is much more logical to believe that the genetic and biological similarities between all species are due to a common Designer rather than common biological ancestry. It is only logical that the great Designer would design similar functions for similar purposes and different functions for different purposes in all of the various forms of life. Contrary to popular belief, scientists have never created life in the laboratory. What scientists have done is genetically alter or engineer already existing forms of life, and by doing this scientists have been able to produce new forms of life. However, they did not produce these new life forms from non-living matter. Even if scientists ever do produce life from non-living matter it won't be by chance so it still wouldn't help support any argument for evolution. - Full Article Source

04/15/10 - Google is obsessed with phishing, thankfully
People associate phishing with identity theft. That’s bad enough, but there is something else to consider. If phishing continues to be successful, people will be afraid to do anything online, especially when it requires disclosing personal information. Businesses, financial establishments, and companies who exist because of the Internet are keenly aware of this. It seems that Google, one such company, has decided to bring their vast arsenal of technology to bear on the problem of phishing. - Full Article Source

04/15/10 - Europe's Goce satellite probes Earth's gravity
KeelyNet Europe's Goce satellite is returning remarkable new data on the way the pull of gravity varies across the Earth. Scientists say its first maps clearly show details not seen in previous space and ground measurements. "There is a tremendous amount of geophysics in these plots," explained Rune Floberghagen, Esa's Goce mission manager. "You see where there are big variations, for example in the mountain range of the Andes, or the Mariana Trench, or the Indonesian Arc, or the Himalayas. In fact, on most of the continents, you see a lot of variation," he told BBC News. The maps reproduced on this page illustrate "gravity gradients". The red colours indicate a positive variation in gravity moving from one place to another - i.e. places where Earth's tug becomes greater. The blue colours indicate a negative variation in gravity - places where Earth's tug is a little less. Simply put, if you were to take some bathroom scales to these locations you would weigh fractionally more in red places and weigh less in blue ones.

Most people are taught at school that the acceleration due to gravity at the Earth's surface - known as g - is about 9.8m per second squared. But, in truth, this figure varies around the planet depending on the nature of the material underfoot. The planet is far from a smooth sphere; the radius of the globe at the equator is about 20km longer than at the poles. This ellipsoid is then marked by tall mountain ranges and cut by deep ocean trenches. The Earth's interior layers are also not composed of perfect shells of homogenous rock - some regions are thicker or denser. Such factors will cause g to deviate from place to place by very small but significant amounts. The Gravity Field and Steady-State Ocean Circulation Explorer (Goce) maps these differences with a state-of-the-art gradiometer produced by the French Onera company. The instrument is sensitive to accelerations of about one-tenth of a millionth of a millionth of g. And the gradiometer measures these accelerations across all three axes of the spacecraft to obtain a multi-dimensional view of the Earth's gravity field. "These are by far the smallest accelerations ever measured from orbit," said Dr Floberghagen. The Goce team stresses that its data is not yet fully homogenous; some areas of the Earth are currently covered better than others. This is evident in the diagonal stripes that can be seen in a number of the maps.

The scientists say that some work also remains to be done in understanding how best to process the data. Nonetheless, it is hoped that sufficient high-quality information will have been gathered in the opening months of the science campaign to construct what geophysicists call a geoid. This is a special type of Earth model which traces its idealised "horizontal" surface - the plane on which, at any point, the pull of gravity is perpendicular to it. If you could put a ball on this hypothetical surface, it would not roll - even though it appears to have slopes. The geoid is of paramount interest to oceanographers who study the causes of the "hills" and "valleys" on the sea surface. If local gravity differences are not pulling water about to create these features, then other factors such as currents, winds and tides must be responsible. Even at its ultra-low altitude of just 254.9km, Goce requires little effort from its propulsion system to maintain a steady orbit and keep itself from falling out of the sky. / Did they say 'gravity gradients'? Well then, Who's your daddy? - Full Article Source

04/13/10 - Incredible Shooting! 12 shotgun blasts under 2 seconds!
Tim Bradley Shooting with the Beretta Extrema 2. (Thanks Norm! - JWD) - Full Article Source

04/12/10 - Battery Breakthrough Could Power Homes for 3 cents Per Kilowatt Hour
KeelyNet Scientists with Ceramatec, the research and development arm of CoorsTek, say that they have developed a new kind of deep-storage battery that, when coupled with on-site power generation mechanisms like wind and solar electricity, could power an entire home for only pennies per kilowatt hour. Most wind and solar-powered homes remain connected to the national electric grid, largely because it is difficult and expensive to install batteries large enough to keep the house powered through low wind or sun periods. Ceramatec's new battery, however, uses solid materials to store between 20 and 40 kilowatt hours of electricity at temperatures of only 90 degrees Celsius. In contrast, most high-density batteries use liquids heated to dangerous temperatures of roughly 600 degrees. The batteries are currently being tested to see how many charge-discharge cycles they can support throughout their lifetimes. Currently the batteries have made it through 200 and are still going strong, and the scientists estimate a lifespan of 3,650 cycles -- or one cycle every day for 10 years. Since each battery costs approximately $2,000, this would translate into a cost of only three cents per kilowatt hour -- in contrast to the eight cents per kilowatt hour charged by the typical electric company. The battery can release electricity at a continuous rate of five kilowatts for a period of four hours. This would be enough to power a vacuum cleaner, stereo, sewing machine, trash compactor, food processor, thirty-three 60-watt light bulbs and one electric stovetop burner. Batteries such as these, matching high capacity with low cost, have the potential to revolutionize the field of home-generated electricity, perhaps even rendering centrally generated power obsolete. "Something that would provide 20 kilowatts would put us near 100 percent of what we would need to be completely independent. It would save literally thousands of dollars a year." / Utah-based Ceramatec have developed a new battery that can be scaled up to store 20 kilowatt-hours — enough to power an average home for most of a day. An easy sell for solar users, but it could also allow the grid-bound to stockpile energy during less expensive off-peak hours when “smart metering” (i.e., time/peak-based metering) is introduced as expected over the next decade. The Ceramatec battery separates the sulfur and sodium from each other with a thin ceramic membrane which allows electricity to be stored while operating at a much lower temperature. Ceramatec envisions a refrigerator-sized unit that would remain below 98° C, the melting point of sodium. Keeping the sodium solid makes for a much safer battery. The battery could store 20 kWh worth of energy, either from local, sustainable sources such as wind or solar, or from off-peak recharging from the grid, much like a plug-in hybrid car recharges when the grid demand is low. Ceramatec says its new generation of battery would deliver a continuous flow of 5 kilowatts of electricity over four hours, with 3,650 discharge/recharge cycles over 10 years. - (Thanks to Ken for the headsup. - JWD) - Full Article Source

04/12/10 - New Piston-less Air Motor for a fuel-free world
The one that won accolades at the second largest auto expo in the country and even got a bulk order of 50 pieces from a Hyderabad-based company. They enthusiastically replied, “Here is it,” taking out their invention from the bag - Compressed Air Rotary System (CARS), an engine that runs on compressed air. The group - Nirmal Geo Stephen, Joel Varghese K., Al Ameen A. and Tushar P. Kumar - all final-year mechanical engineering students of P A Aziz College of Engineering and Technology, has brought out a revolution of sorts in automobile sector with this fuel-free and compact product. The proof being the response they got at the Bangalore International Auto Expo-2010, the second largest auto expo in the country, held at Bangalore from March 11 to 15. ``The air engine, which is already there (at the show was the French Negre MDI air car being made by TATA), uses one piston.

The advantage of our product is that it doesn’t have a piston, is light weight (less than 14 kg) and friction is very less,’’ said Nirmal. This engine has 14 parts and is made of aluminium. It is an 80 cc engine which delivers a top speed of 60 kmph (60kph = 37mph).

“The purpose of this innovative idea is to say goodbye to fuel and have a pollution-free atmosphere,” said Joel. The group pooled over Rs 25,000 ($562.30USD) for fabricating the engine and had the support of Sreejith B.J ., Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering. In Bangalore, they got invitation from the General Motors for a seminar, where they will be presenting the concept before the company engineers. Formula 1 also showed interest. “Regarding the bulk order, we got it from Emar Automotives, Hyderabad. We were asked to provide 50 engines. Since we are students, we will be given one-year time. We hope things will work out well,” they said. Meanwhile, they have applied for provisional patent.

Working Principle - Air from the atmosphere is filled into the tank, which gets compressed up to 30 Bar pressure (30 bar = 435psi). This pressurised air is connected directly into the engine inlet. The air is then guided to six chambers where the expansion of air takes place, converting the potential energy of compressed air into kinetic energy.

The six chambers act as six cylinder IC engines placed radially. Instead of piston, a single ring is connected to the shaft which rotates, in turn rotating the shaft clockwise. Since there is no ignition of air taking place inside the working frame, the same fresh air is released back to the atmosphere. The speed can be controlled by varying the amount of air entering into the air engine.

“We are planning to start a company to improve our product through research and development. For that, we would consider partnership, fund raising or manufacturing expertise. We are initially planning to go with generators. Then, we will be coming to scooters as our first segment in automobiles,” the team said. - Full Article Source

04/12/10 - New 1040 Tax form

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04/12/10 - Compressed AIR MOTOR Runs Car (Jan, 1932)
KeelyNet EITHER the era of “free air” is about to come to an end, or the cost of motoring is about to be reduced to practically nothing. In an amazing demonstration conducted recently in Los Angeles a standard automobile chassis, powered with a newly-developed compressed air motor, whizzed around the city streets at not one cent of cost to the driver for fuel. The engine, which is the result of six years of research by Roy J. Meyers, resembles in general appearance a radial airplane motor. It is mounted in an upright position in the same space occupied by a gasoline motor in standard cars. The photos; Side view of the compressed air car, showing the four fuel tanks which will drive the car 500 miles at a speed of 35 miles an hour. The engine requires no cooling system, no ignition system, no carburetor, nor the hundreds of moving parts included in a standard gasoline motor. A front view, showing how the compressed air engine is mounted. An electric heater, operated by a battery and generator, heats the air until it attains a pressure of 200lbs. As the warm air goes through the engine and is cooled, it is recovered and drawn into a compressing chamber, where it is heated again and returned to the tank. - Full Article Source

04/12/10 - Discovery that quasars don't show time dilation mystifies astronomers
KeelyNet The phenomenon of time dilation (the slowing of the passage of time experienced by objects in motion relative to an observer; measurable only at relativistic speeds) is a strange yet experimentally confirmed effect of relativity theory. One of its implications is that events occurring in distant parts of the universe should appear to occur more slowly than events located closer to us. For example, when observing supernovae, scientists have found that distant explosions seem to fade more slowly than the quickly-fading nearby supernovae. In other words, as space expands, the interval between light pulses also lengthens. Since expansion occurs throughout the universe, it seems that time dilation should be a property of the universe that holds true everywhere, regardless of the specific object or event being observed. However, a new study has found that this doesn’t seem to be the case - quasars, it seems, give off light pulses at the same rate no matter their distance from the Earth, without a hint of time dilation. If these quasars were like the previously observed supernovae, an observer would expect to see longer, “stretched” timescales for the distant, “stretched” high-redshift quasars. But even though the distant quasars were more strongly redshifted than the closer quasars, there was no difference in the time it took the light to reach Earth. One of Hawkins’ possible explanations for quasars’ lack of time dilation is that light from the quasars is being bent by black holes scattered throughout the universe. These black holes, which may have formed shortly after the big bang, would have a gravitational distortion that affects the time dilation of distant quasars. There’s also a possibility that the explanation could be even more far-reaching, such as that the universe is not expanding and that the big bang theory is wrong. - (Thanks to Bert Pool for this headsup! - JWD) - Full Article Source

04/12/10 - Using religious language to fight global warming
KeelyNet If the case for tackling climate change is backed by science, why do so many green campaigners rely on the language of religion? Ahead of last month's Copenhagen climate summit, politicians and campaigners were queuing up to tell us it was our "last chance" to tackle global warming. Gordon Brown even warned that "the dire consequences of failure" at Copenhagen could include a "catastrophic" future of killer heat-waves, floods and droughts. Heaven and hell - But while such claims are supported by science, some campaigners think it is time to stop relying on apocalyptic messages to convert people to the climate change cause. "Selling people a vision of climate hell simply doesn't work," says Solitaire Townsend, co-founder of the firm Futerra, a firm that specialises in green public relations. - Full Article Source

04/12/10 - Hit the ground running barefoot
WHEN physiotherapist Michael Warburton recommends barefoot running or walking to runners suffering recurring ankle problems, the typical response is surprise. "Most people expect the opposite: more tape, more strapping and more expensive shoes," says Warburton, who has used barefoot locomotion to strengthen feet for 10 years in his Capalaba, Queensland, practice. "I get good feedback from clients who report less injuries as a result." From a third to more than half of recreational runners get injured at least once a year, resulting in painful stress fractures, shin splints and achilles tendinitis. Humans have been endurance running for millions of years according to evolutionary biologist Dan Lieberman of Harvard University. And they didn't need a pair of Nikes to do so. Until the mid-1970s all humans ran shoeless or in minimal footwear such as sandals, moccasins or thin running flats. Lieberman's latest research, published in Nature in January, indicates humans are able to do so comfortably and safely by landing with a flat foot, a midfoot strike, or by landing on the ball of the foot before bringing down the heel, a forefoot strike. In contrast, those who wear modern running shoes mainly land on their heels first. This seemingly small difference in gait, which Lieberman measured in shod and unshod runners from Kenya and the US, makes running much less jarring. Heel striking generates a rapid high-impact force -- about 1 1/2 to as much as three times the body weight -- the moment the foot collides with the ground. That's equivalent to someone hitting your heel with a hammer using 1 1/2 to three times your body weight. Scientists suspect this spike in force, or impact transient, causes repetitive stress injuries. Conversely, with a forefoot strike, impact forces increase smoothly throughout the stride with no impact transient. Still, this doesn't prove the running style is less injurious, and flies in the face of popular belief. - Full Article Source

04/12/10 - Molten metal batteries to be clean energy reservoirs
Grid-scale batteries would boost efficiency by allowing solar energy to be used at night, for example, or excess power from a nuclear plant to be stored for later. Engineers led by Donald Sadoway at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology were inspired by the way aluminium is smelted using electricity. They created a similar but reversible process that can either consume or release energy. Their batteries are simply tanks filled with three separate layers of liquid at 700 °C that float on top of one another: the top one is molten magnesium, the bottom antimony and the one in between a salt containing magnesium antimonide, a dissolved compound of the two metals. When the battery is being charged, magnesium antimonide in the middle layer breaks down into the pure elements and so the upper and lower layers deepen. Discharging the battery reverses the process and releases electrons to provide power. Once heated up to its operating temperature, the battery generates enough heat on its own to keep the liquids molten. A small prototype provided up to 20 times as much current as a lithium-ion battery - the kind used in portable devices and electric cars - from the same area of electrode, says team member Luis Ortiz. The materials used are much cheaper than lithium (New Scientist, 12 December 2009, p 23), making scaling to up to grid scale feasible, he says. - Full Article Source

04/12/10 - Magnets Shown to Manipulate Morality
Magnets can alter a person’s sense of morality, according to a new report in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Using a powerful magnetic field, scientists from MIT, Harvard University and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center are able to scramble the moral center of the brain, making it more difficult for people to separate innocent intentions from harmful outcomes. The research could have big implications for not only neuroscientists, but also for judges and juries. “It’s one thing to ‘know’ that we’ll find morality in the brain,” said Liane Young, a scientist at MIT and co-author of the article. “It’s another to ‘knock out’ that brain area and change people’s moral judgments.” - Full Article Source

04/12/10 - Stackable Mobile Homes
KeelyNet Tired of living in the same location but don't want to leave the house you love? That wouldn't be a problem if architect Felipe Campolina had his way. The Brazilian architect has designed a concept for a residential tower comprised of portable, stackable apartment units, which he says opens up new possibilities for ways of living in the city. His design would allow owners to take their home with them when they travel -- whether for a weekend away or for longer periods, he said. The mobile home tower project is at the concept stage -- and it could be years before it is built, if ever at all. But if it is realized, it would offer an innovative and eco-friendly solution to living in urban areas, Campolina said. "We have enough technology to build with fewer materials and minimize the impact on nature, but we continue to build with a lot of waste," he told CNN. His vision would call for units with a green roof and walls and a system for recycling water. The tower, whose first unit would be built nine meters above ground, would also offer relief from overcrowding in densely populated areas. "The geometry of the tower has a small projection area on the ground, designed to facilitate its application in dense urban centers, where space is very limited," he said. - Full Article Source

04/12/10 - Scientists Believe They Have Found A Cure For Skin Cancer
A vaccine being tested in the UK has helped been shown to help some patients fully recover from melanoma, even in its advanced stages. It attacks tumour cells, leaving healthy cells undamaged and carries agents that boost the body’s response to skin cancer. A study of 50 patients with advanced melanoma who had been given no more than nine months to live found that 16 per cent of them recovered completely with the vaccine. They have been disease-free for more than four years. Another 28 per cent saw the size of their tumours more than halved. It is hoped the licensing will be “fast-tracked” and it will be on the market within five years. Melanoma is now the most common cancer in young adults aged 15 to 34, with 10,41 new cases diagnosed every year in the UK. - Full Article Source

04/12/10 - Hacking the MindFlex, more!
Reader [Eric] sent us a powerfully informative, yet super simple hack for the MindFlex toy. Don’t worry, it’s not another worthless shock ‘game’, And it’s using an actual interface instead of the built-in LEDs. With two wires for the serial protocol, and an Arduino, you’ll be able to view “signal strength, attention, meditation, delta, theta, low alpha, high alpha, low beta, high beta, low gamma, high gamma” brainwaves. While it’s not medical grade, it’s a lot more intuitive than previous interfaces. The original intent was for a system called MentalBlock, but we’re wondering what would you do with brainwave data? - Full Article Source

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04/12/10 - Got a good invention? Indy firm wants to hear it
Got the next Snuggie, exercise gadget or home-improvement invention such as a a door-draft guard? If so, Indianapolis-based Full Perspective Services, Inc. wants to hear your idea. The Northeastside company today said it would consider the best dozen pitches for new product inventions at a two-hour event on April 17. The company didn't disclose any financial details -- such as what they'd pay if you've got the latest whiz-bang idea that could become a fixture of a late-night infomercial. You’ll get 10 minutes in front of a company vice president at the FPS headquarters at 6902 Hawthorn Park Drive. FPS specializes in funding, marketing and distributing "direct response" items and wants those with mass market appeal. To get more information -- or schedule your "pitch-time" --call Brett Healey at (317) 558-4850. - Full Article Source

04/12/10 - Very Light Aircraft – Almost Like a Feather
KeelyNet A Russian engineer has built a very light aircraft with unique properties, which can be used as a basis for building purpose-made aircrafts with specified characteristics. About 30 years ago, the engineer demonstrated an aircraft, weighing 24.5 kilograms without an engine and with 1.5 square meter wings. This invention became a part of Guinness Book. Sporting airplanes of “Yakovlev” or “Sukhoy” design bureaus weigh about 1 000 kilograms and need a 360horse-power engine to get off the ground. New ultra-light aircraft weighs 20 times less than mentioned flying machines, and needs the speed of only 50-55 kilometers per hour to take off, while “Yak-18T”, for instance, needs a minimum of 125 kmph. In 1984 Victor Dmitriev was invited to take part in the most prestigious small aircraft show, which took place in the city of Oshkosh, Wisconsin, United States. His exhibit was small enough to travel in a suitcase, thus shocking customs officers and aviation experts. The aircraft was so popular at the show that it was surrounded by a fence in order to prevent it from being stolen by fans. Dmitriev’s airplanes are known for the best aerodynamics in the world. In theory, an airplane can be even smaller, with smaller wings and lower speed, but it would be almost impossible to fly such a plane. New micro-aircraft of Victor Dmitriev has the smallest possible size, when a normal flight is still possible. Wing’s double-slotted flap and automated tail, which were designed 30 years ago, remain unique. Such tail was a dream of NASA and Boeing engineers, who spent heaps of money and time, working on it. Dmitriev says that he managed to build an automated variable tail section with optimized flap settings almost accidentally. During the 13th Moscow international salon of inventions and innovative technologies “Archimedes”, which recently took place in Moscow, Victor Dmitriev presented a new test aircraft X-12h, weighing 50 kilograms without engine. The X-12h is based upon an original, cheap and simple scheme with the same high mechanization, as discussed previously. The aircraft requires 30-meter-long strip for takeoff and 60 meters for landing till it fully stops. The engine for such aircraft can weigh up to 16 kilograms and be as powerful as 30-50 horse powers. The author recommends his invention as a cost-effective and adapted flying machine for sportsmen and tourists. The X-12h aircraft can serve as a basis for two- and even four-seater airplanes, and it will remain small anyway. Main advantage of this model is that a spin would never occur, even if a pilot is distracted from controlling the machine – perfect for beginners. - Full Article Source

04/12/10 - Bachmann’s latest invention: Obama has nationalized 51% of the economy
Michele Bachmann must have missed her calling: instead of becoming a fiction writer, she took to politics. Speaking to television personality Chris Wallace, the Minnesota Republican congresswoman claimed that under President Obama the U.S. government had absorbed 51 percent of the nation's private economy, thereby, in Bachmann's mind, validating her claim that Obama has "anti-American" tendencies. Her claim about the economy is, of course, wildly untrue. "Bachmann says 'we've gone from 100% of the private economy being private' to now the United States 'owns or effectively owns' 51% of the private economy," scoffed Jason Linkins, writing Huffington Post's Sunday talk show roundup. "This is what's called, 'complete bullshit.'" In her spiel, the Minnesota Republican claims that "the policies of the last 15 months" have resulted in government usurping control of home mortgages, big banks, auto-makers and the whole health care industry. "If you add all that up, Chris, that's 51 percent of the private economy that the federal government now owns and controls," she said. "Those are the policies that I'm concerned about. We don't want the federal government owning or controlling private industry." To his credit, Wallace did offer a mild correction to the congresswoman's extended misstatement: that it was a Republican, President George W. Bush, who bailed out the banks and rescued failed insurer AIG, not President Obama. Bachmann's response of, "That's right; that's unfortunate," did not seem to alter the forcefulness of her claims about President Obama, even though the lion's share of her complaint does in fact belong with her own political party. Her insistence that President Obama has nationalized the banks and other institutions is fundamentally incorrect. None of the major economic steps taken by the president have involved nationalization: a fact the Obama administration was lauded for in the face of the largest financial crisis since the Great Depression. - Full Article Source

04/12/10 - Pietzo’s Bikes Electrify Massachusetts Commuters
KeelyNet Millions of commuters suffer daily in traffic jams. Cars burn expensive, non-renewable gasoline and pollute our air while producing tons of carbon dioxide that threaten to bring about disastrous global climate change. But relief is coming, promises Pietzo, a year-old startup in Bedford, MA. The medicine is inexpensive, and can actually save money and offer healthy fun for commuters, says Hemang Dave, co-founder of Pietzo. It’s a modern version of a 100-year-old invention: the electric-assisted bicycle. Pietzo’s business is to sell corporate fleets of e-bikes to organizations like hotels, universities and corporations. The startup delivers fully assembled bicycles with locks and helmets and provides free on-site maintenance for one year. The idea behind the program, which launched on March 29, is to get employees to exchange their cars for electric bikes, diminishing congestion, pollution, and greenhouse-gas emissions. Pietzo imports its bikes from China and offers three models, priced from $1,299 to $1,899. Riders can use manual or electric mode, with a maximum speed of about 20 miles per hour under electric power. Riders choose the mode by pushing a button. In my limited experience, the electric boost is helpful if a rider is climbing a hill or going a long ride. But I wouldn’t advise inexperienced e-bikers to use electrical mode in a traffic jam. A boost at the wrong moment could be dangerous! The electrical mode can be turned off entirely. The lithium-ion batteries that run the bike’s motors are very small, and the bikes can go 20 to 25 miles on a single charge. Charging takes 4 to 6 hours and the battery adapter plugs into any standard electrical outlet. The batteries last up to 20,000 miles, and Pietzo takes old batteries back for recycling. - Full Article Source

04/12/10 - Cyborg Astronaut Space Race Heats Up
The real-life application of cyborg science is far from horrifying. Medical technology has developed implantable heart pacemakers, insulin pumps, hearing aids, and even computer chips for the brain to treat depression and Parkinson's disease. In that sense, we are already on the path to becoming cyborgs. If the human body were altered to adapt to the conditions of space, astronauts would be free to explore the universe without limitation. "Solving the many technical problems involved in manned space flight by adapting man to his environment, rather than vice versa, will not only mark a significant step forward in man's scientific progress, but may well provide a new and larger dimension for man's spirit as well," the authors write. The Clynes & Kline paper coined the term "cyborg," and NASA followed up on their suggestions, commissioning a study on the topic. "The Cyborg Study: Engineering Man for Space" was released in 1963, and it reviewed the possibility of organ replacement, as well as how drugs and hibernation could be used to make space travel less stressful. The report concluded that replacing the heart, lungs and kidneys — the organs most stressed by space travel — was not feasible with the technology available at the time. In considering how hibernation and drugs could be used to deal with physical and psychological stress, the study's scope included master control over an astronaut's brain and body. The current academic discussion of cyborg studies embraces an even broader view of "cyborg" to mean the general impact of technology on our lives. - Full Article Source

04/12/10 - Stem cell Differentiation stabilizes over time
When your stem cells reprogram into unique tissues, differentiation is imperfect in the early stages. Multipotent stem cells have the capacity to develop into different types of cells by reprogramming their DNA to turn on different combinations of genes, a process called differentiation. In a new study, researchers from the Carnegie Institution for Science have found that reprogramming is imperfect in the early stages of differentiation, with some genes turned on and off at random. As cell divisions continue, the stability of the differentiation process increases by a factor of 100. The finding will help scientists understand how stem cells reprogram their genes and why fully differentiated cells are very hard to reprogram, knowledge with potential impacts on aging, regenerative medicine, and cancer research. - Full Article Source

04/12/10 - Stronger mechanical muscles
Researchers create mini robotic muscles stronger than motors but 1/20th the weight. MIT researchers have found a new way to use shape-memory alloys, metals that change shape when heated, to create small mechanical muscles for electronic devices. The mechanical muscles, or actuators, can produce three to six times as much torque as electric motors of similar size but weigh no more than one-20th as much. - Full Article Source

04/12/10 - Finally, smart equals money!
As we move into the era of designer babies, the smarter the donor, the higher the egg price. All things being the same, when a university has a higher average SAT score, its students are offered more for their eggs. For every increase of 100 points on the SAT, the rate of compensation increased by $2350. - Full Article Source

04/12/10 - A New "Medical Lab On a Chip" For Every Home?
"NWU professor Chad Mirkin discusses his company's new 'lab-on-a-chip' technology — the ability to automatically treat a blood sample with chemicals on a microchip, quickly detecting markers for diseases and other anomalies. The quick 'bio-barcode' test creates the possibility of a medical diagnostic system in every home, since it offers greater sensitivity than current tests with simpler instruments and at lower costs. This is not a futuristic technology; four tests already have received FDA clearances, so 'They're here... It's in hospitals around the country. Really, what we are waiting for is just an increasing menu [of tests]... It will scale rapidly.'" Reader Trintech sent word of a similar chip developed by Fraunhofer reseachers, writing, "The core element of this new chip is a disposable cartridge made of plastic which can be fitted with various types of sensors. To perform an assay, the doctor only has to place the relevant substances (reagents, etc) into the cartridge and the test then takes place automatically. It is the researchers' hope that, by using this chip, medical patients will be able to get their lab results in a matter of minutes instead of days." - Full Article Source

04/12/10 - Should Kids Be Bribed To Do Well In School?
"Harvard economist Roland Fryer Jr. did something education researchers almost never do: he ran a randomized experiment in hundreds of classrooms in Chicago, Dallas, Washington and New York to help answer a controversial question: Should Kids Be Bribed to Do Well in School? He used mostly private money to pay 18,000 kids a total of $6.3 million and brought in a team of researchers to help him analyze the effects. He got death threats, but he carried on. His findings? If incentives are designed wisely, it appears, payments can indeed boost kids' performance as much as or more than many other reforms you've heard about before — and for a fraction of the cost." - Full Article Source

04/12/10 - Arduino Assisted Mind-Controlled Television
"Dcept905, aka Paul, has interfaced an EEG headset and an Arduino with an IR LED to control his television set with thought alone. 'I have finally gotten around to re-writing some of my old code and re-recording a proper demo of controlling physical objects using thoughts by interfacing an EEG headset with an Arduino. While this technology is interesting and exciting, before anyone sees this as an endorsement for this particular EEG headset, I strongly recommend reading my full review of the device.'" - Full Article Source

04/12/10 - Mexico Will Shut Down 25.9 Million Cell Phones
Yesterday the timeline to register the cell phones expired, and there are [approx 26] million cell phones yet unregistered (English translation of the Spanish original). While the procedure is simple, sending a text message with the CURP to a special number, most people do not want to register: some are wary of the uses to which the government will put the data; others did not understand or did not know the procedure. So far, only 69% have registered, most of them in the last few days, while the system to register has been oversaturated. So in an unprecedented move for any country, the Mexican government is announcing the shutdown of 25.9 million cell phone lines. Meanwhile, as a measure of protest, hundreds of people have registered their cell phones in the name of the president of Mexico, Felipe Calderon Hinojosa, to show how pointless is the registry." - Full Article Source

04/10/10 - The Orgonite Experiment - supersize your veggies
KeelyNet Orgonite is a recent invention building on the concept of Dr Wilhelm Reich’s Orgone Accumulator, a device he believed stored and concentrated positive energy (see FT107:26–30). The Orgonite pucks are solid-state versions of the same concept which are intended to take in negative energies and emit positive ones. In 2009, I decided to find out more about how this simple composite mat­erial – made from aluminium shavings, resin and a crystal – functioned when used by a wider group of people. Was there some person-specific phenom­enon which massively accelerated plant growth, resulting in giant vege­tables? Or was the motive force provided by the Orgonite itself, somehow acting on the environment? The initial press release sent out at the end of March 2009 spread far and wide, appearing on a range of news websites, with five pages of results on Google and a Digg entry. One surprising appearance, becoming the basis for a 340+ page thread, was on the David Icke forum where people who have experience with Orgonite are sharing reports and photos of their own Orgonite creations. Multiple attempts have been made by a few posters to derail the thread, which has now been made ‘sticky’ (i.e. can’t be deleted). Such posters are always countered with lucid arguments and observations by those on the forum with hands-on experience. These include a curious result with freezing water combined with Orgonite, producing stalagtites and highly visible vortex formations. P Gardner, who makes his own Orgon­ite, explained: “The ice thing seems to work 99 per cent of the time – only a couple of occasions out of many without noticeable results. Varying permutations of TBs – above/below/both – and contents of Orgonite – types of quartz, wire wraps etc – seem to have a noticeable difference on the form­ations produced.” As well as introducing people to the concept of Orgonite in gardens, the press release found its way to people already using it, giving them an opportunity to contact me and share their experiences. L Woodgate of Lewes wrote: “I’ve had Orgonite around the house for a couple of years (made it myself)… I used to live in Valencia and my garden there went mad with growth when I introduced it… I’ve since moved to Lewes and have an allotment. I was thinking of mixing up another batch (I just use pot scrubbers for the metal) and using it in my allotment. Although armed with healthy scepticism, I have been ‘blown away’ by the results so far.” He further added that Orgonite seemed to produce notable effects on sleep, recommending that one should “put some Orgonite under your bed at night and you will get crazy amounts of dreams… All my mates who tried it were a bit freaked out… All very interesting and I’m not even much of a hippie type”. - Test it yourself with How to Make Orgonite - Basic orgonite is simply fiberglass resin, metal shavings and a quartz crystal, cured in any mold you like. There's no one "right" shape or size for orgonite, and its range of effect seems to scale linearly with volume, but there are specific, time-tested, widely-used and repeatedly-confirmed effective designs for both personal and field devices which have grown and continue to grow out of the steadfast work of talented and dedicated gifters from around the world. - Full Article Source

04/10/10 - British doctors use inert gas to save baby
The treatment with xenon gas is experimental and has not been used elsewhere, the doctors at St. Michael's Hospital in Bristol said Friday. When Riley Joyce was born recently, he couldn't breathe or maintain a pulse, and showed signs of brain injury. The doctors say they resuscitated him and used xenon gas to cool his brain to reduce the risk of permanent damage. Xenon is a rare, inert gas present in normal air. Laboratory tests have shown it can double the protective effect of cooling the brain. After a week, Riley was alert and eating. Doctors plan to use the gas on at least 12 babies before starting a bigger trial. - Full Article Source

04/10/10 - Save Old, Scratched CDs with Vaseline
A soft cloth or disc cleaner, petroleum jelly, and some ancient scratched CDs are all that is required for this project. Using the disc cleaner/cloth, apply the jelly to the CD. After applying it in a thorough manner, the excess grease needs to be removed. Take a cotton ball, swab it with some rubbing alcohol and start cleaning it off. The idea is that the petroleum jelly will fill in the scratches on the CD, making it—hopefully—readable. Then again, you’ve got no shortage of methods for fixing those old CDs—we’ve also heard bananas and toothpaste will do the trick... - Full Article Source

04/10/10 - Muvi Atom Is World’s Tiniest Camcorder
KeelyNet Measuring a tiny 1.5 inches tall, it’s the choice of hidden shower cam aficionado’s everywhere. Ok, maybe you can convince me that there’s a legitimate use for this, but I’m having trouble figuring out what that would be. The Atom records to a microSD card, supports up to 8GB, and it’s voice activated. Again, try and tell you’re buying this thing to record family home movies to and not hiding it in the dressing room at the lingerie store. The Atom’s internal battery will give you about an hour of video at 640×480 at 30fps. It comes with a 2GB microSD card, but you can upgrade to an 8GB if you are so inclined. MSRP on this perverts delight is $99, which seems a little dear to me. - Full Article Source

04/10/10 - Congressman Protests Excessive Air Marshal Arrest Cost
Paleoconservative Republican Congressman John J. Duncan, Jr. has called for the abolition of the Air Marshal Service, arguing that more air marshals have been arrested since 9/11 (for crimes like smuggling explosives, domestic violence, drunk driving and human trafficking) than the number of people arrested by the marshals. The $860 million spent on the service amounts to about 4.2 arrests per year, at a cost of $200 million per arrest.

Professor Ian Lustick of the University of Pennsylvania wrote last year about the money feeding frenzy of the war on terror. And he wrote this: “Nearly 7 years after September 11, 2001,” he wrote this last year, “what accounts for the vast discrepancy between the terrorist threat facing America and the scale of our response? Why, absent any evidence of a serious terror threat, is a war to on terror so enormous, so all-encompassing, and still expanding? The fundamental answer is that al Qaeda’s most important accomplishment was not to hijack our planes but to hijack our political system.” - Full Article Source

04/10/10 - 10 Wicked Cool Google Search Tricks
10 of my favorite little tricks you can use to get more out of a simple Google search. - Full Article Source

04/10/10 - Tunnels On Moon Can Serve as a Habitat for Humans
KeelyNet India’s Chandrayaan-1 mission has identified tunnels below the surface of the Moon, a top space scientist said on Wednesday and maintained that human habitation could be possible in those lava “tubes” in the future. “Tubes which are hollow have been found below the surface of the Moon. Such things have also been identified from the Chandrayaan mission … from terrain mapping camera … which was our own instrument”. Now those tunnels which have not collapsed … which are below the surface of the Moon and which have been identified … are somewhat interesting features,” Navalgund told reporters here. “Not today, not tomorrow but in years to come, they (those tunnels) could be possible areas where one could have certain habitation….”, he said, adding that scientists were currently investigating this finding. - Full Article Source

04/10/10 - Wearable UV Dosimeter
A small device to measure exposure to ultraviolet radiation could one day be sold to schools and researchers to help prevent skin cancer. The UV Dosimeter, invented by Canterbury University computer engineer Martin Allen, can be worn like a wristwatch or pinned to different parts of the body. - Full Article Source

04/10/10 - It's like Sitting inside the Speaker for Sonic Massage
KeelyNet T.D. Forss, head athletic therapist for the Edmonton Eskimos, believes hydrotherapy (water therapy) is a fitting conduit for an important journey from injury to health. "Hot water allows tissues to be more pliable, modifies the pain and opens up the circulatory system," Forss says. "If there is a sports injury with one of our players, we use a hot tub for that person in day five, six or seven of that injury." Forss says that if you add stretching or range-of-motion exercises, hydrotherapy "helps the body do what it naturally does, the best it can." 'Aquatremor' sonic massage is a spa invention where we turn the spa shell into a speaker, so you sit inside the speaker," Macklin explains. "Internationally, people use sound waves for therapy. These waves have been used to break down gallstones and kidney stones." The only thing better than hearing music is feeling it, Macklin adds, and that's the purpose of sonic massage. The Aquatremor™ sound system uses a 300W amplifier and comes standard with hook-ups for your home stereo system or any portable device: cassette, CD, mini CD or MP3 player. An optional Magnadyne AM/FM/CD marine deck and spa side control is available for those who want a stand-alone system. The highly specialized transducers installed on the shell of your Arctic Spa have been engineered to allow the entire structure to become a container for the transmission of sound waves. What you will hear - or rather feel through the water - are powerful low frequency tones in the range of 46 to 68 cycles per second. Utilizing a vibroacoustics effect, these specific low frequencies have been shown to help sooth and relax muscles and tissues throughout your body. By making slight adjustments to the sound frequencies within this range, practitioners can target specific areas of the body for treatment. Research has shown that vibroacoustic applications can be divided into three main areas:

1. Muscle relaxation and relief of muscle spasm,
2. Increased blood circulation in the arms and legs
3. Varying effect on the sympathetic nervous system.

The Sonic Massage™ CD provided with your Aquatremor™ sound system was designed to take full advantage of all three applications. - Full Article Source

04/10/10 - Four Aurasource inventions bring us closer to Clean Coal
The four separate patent applications are related to technologies associated with the AuraCoal process. The first patent is for a slurry particle breakage device, the second for a centrifuge device, the third for a jig and the final patent relates to the preparation method of ultra lower ash coal-water slurry. The AuraCoal process is designed to remove sulfur and ash from the coal pre-combustion process which reduces energy costs and helps eliminate harmful emissions. The proprietary clean coal technology produces a coal water mixture that contains only trace amounts of sulfur and ash and constitutes a superb alternative to oil or natural gas. The AuraCoal technology will be utilized in multiple applications, including industrial boilers, power plants, iron and steel mills. - Full Article Source

04/10/10 - Copper Jesus Bracelet
KeelyNet Do you believe? Wear this solid COPPER MAGNETIC THERAPY JESUS BRACELET for the most powerful healing and comfort you've ever experienced! COPPER has been relied on for centuries to ease the pain of arthritis.

MAGNETS are used therapeutically to ease muscle pain, tendonitis, bursitis, back pain, poor circulation and more. And faith in the miracles of JESUS can not only protect you from physical pain, but soothe your soul in times of stress! $9.97 - Full Article Source

04/10/10 - Energy Free for the Harvesting
We are awash in radio frequency waves . If they all suddenly turned to smog we couldn’t see two feet in front of ourselves. Where does all this radio energy go? Only an infinitesimal amount gets to where it is intended to go, namely a receiving antenna in a smart, wireless product such as the antenna in your cell phone or the radio in the taxi or in your laptop at Starbucks. The rest of it gets absorbed in non-antenna things, bounces around the Van Allen belt or heads to outer space, where it may or may not be interpreted by distant life forms as evidence of intelligence on earth. All of which brings us to US 7,567,824, a patent issued to the University of Pittsburgh entitled “Recharging Method and Apparatus. Here’s the description: The present invention provides apparatus and an associated method for remotely energizing power storage devices. Energization may preferably be effected through the use of RF energy from a base station, ambient energy or ultra-wide band energy. “Ambient (News - Alert)energy' - that’s a term for all the energy in the radio waves sloshing around us. The notion of converting radio frequency energy to useful electric energy is not a new one. The electricity that contactless smartcards and RFID tags use to communicate with their readers is extracted from the signal that the reader is sweeping over the cards and tags. Hewlett-Packard got a patent, US 6,141,763, in 2000 for a “Self-Powered Network Access Point (News - Alert)” that extracted its power from the signals it was receiving. But in both of these cases, energy is deliberately put into the radio waves for use by specific, targeted devices. The challenge is to harvest energy that somebody else is putting into the air and thereby getting the energy to run your device for free. - Full Article Source

04/10/10 - Vibration Exercise Machine Provides Many Health Benefits
KeelyNet Vibration equipment basically functions on the basis of vibration therapy according to which exercising on the vibration platform smoothly transforms fat to muscle with the release of energy for movement. Hence Vibration therapy burns the fat more effectively. You can measure the noticeable weight loss results just after four weeks of its regular use. It can build the muscle mass faster than a traditional weight-lifting resistance exercise. And, it also results in an increased muscle tone with better definition, shape, and appearance. Stronger muscles lead to stronger bones. Vibration therapy successfully protects the bone health by providing enough resistance to increase bone density. It has been proved as a drug-free treatment for osteoporosis (weakening of bones) patients It can result in an accurate body flexibility by improving a range of motion in muscles and joints giving better mobility, reducing stiffness and tightness. This happens as the machine recruits 99% of our muscles during exercise with a fast twitch reflex and simultaneously increases flexibility. Moreover, flexibility will also increase as you get stronger. Exercising using this machine increases blood and lymph circulation, lowers blood pressure, reduces inflammation, and diminishes cellulite. Therefore toxins are easily expelled at a cellular level. It also increases proper oxygenation in all the cells, promoting healthy tissue regeneration, boosts energy levels and successfully stimulates the neurological system. The vibration equipment usage very well balances various hormones of the body like it can increase the production of Human Growth Hormone and decreases cortisol (stress hormone) levels in the blood. It can also relieve you from the chronic pain and enhances muscle repair, speeds injury recovering. Apart from these benefits, it also helps in the improvement of sleeping habits in people suffering from insomnia. - Full Article Source

04/10/10 - World goes one way, scientists and donors the same
Besides their apparent inability to spot a scientific consensus in plain view, the thing that puzzles me the most about climate change deniers is why, exactly, they think those trying to stop climate change are so invested in doing so. Bret Stephens, in a particularly tendentious denialist column in the Wall Street Journal, thinks he's got the answer:

The world is now several decades into the era of environmental panic. The subject of the panic changes every few years, but the basic ingredients tend to remain fairly constant. A trend, a hypothesis, an invention or a discovery disturbs the sense of global equilibrium. Often the agent of distress is undetectable to the senses, like a malign spirit. A villain -- invariably corporate and right-wing -- is identified.

Then money begins to flow toward grant-seeking institutions and bureaucracies, which have an interest in raising the level of alarm. Environmentalists counsel their version of virtue, typically some quasi-totalitarian demands on the pattern of human behavior. Politicians assemble expert panels and propose sweeping and expensive legislation. Eventually, the problem vanishes. Few people stop to consider that perhaps it wasn't such a crisis in the first place.

Stephens conveniently ducks the question of who would be sending more money to climate science. Why does he think wealthy donors are interested in climate change? Because they love "quasi-totalitarian" legislation that, Stephens thinks, threatens their livelihoods? Because they're easily hoodwinked out of billions? Donor interest in climate change research is a remarkable development that's happened despite intense business opposition to the very notion of anthropogenic climate change. One could see that as evidence that these donors are just gullible, as Stephens seems to. Or one could see it as indicative of the strength of the evidence that climate change is occurring. - Full Article Source

04/10/10 - Hot Microwaves from Cool Fractals
KeelyNet A little kitchen science ended with a new approach to microwave cooking for the Boston-based firm Fractal Antenna Systems, Inc. Using a microwave oven to investigate properties of metamaterials, FRACTAL’s researchers found that a layer of doily-like conductive cutouts could evenly distribute the microwaves and remove the hotspots that plague microwave cooking. The innovation comes from the marriage of two exotic science applications—fractals and metamaterials. Fractals are intricate shapes built up by repeated applications of a simpler one, while metamaterials are composites made from close-spaced resonant shapes. By making the resonators out of fractals, the firm introduced a synergy that allowed a versatility of control and performance not achievable by other means. The firm calls these “metafractals™”. Added Cohen, ” Think of it as an electric blanket for food, with nothing to plug in. The food can be placed on it or wrapped by it and get smooth cooking all around if desired, or focus on certain portions.” Built on a thin plastic sheet or into a serving tray, the metafractal™ solution “looks like a plastic wrap with a decorative pattern, but each of the doily-like pieces is a fractal that acts as a wireless resonator that picks up the microwaves from the microwave’s ‘klystron’ and distributes it. The invention is thus passive, totally safe and is inexpensive to implement. It’s a natural to include in the in-microwave packaging of a ready to cook meals. An added “green” benefit of the metafractal ™ solution is that the even-cooking cuts down the cooking time, saving energy. “A microwave is a power-hungry device, so cutting back how long you cook saves money, time, and carbon emissions”, commented Cohen. Based on patented and patent pending technology, the firm continues development based on feedback from the food industry. - Full Article Source

04/10/10 - Beautiful Photos of Naturally Occurring Fractals
The geometry of Fractals brings us a new appreciation for the natural world and the patterns we observe in it. Many things previously called chaos are now known to follow subtle subtle fractal laws of behavior. So many things turned out to be fractal that the word "chaos" itself (in operational science) had redefined, or actually for the FIRST time Formally Defined as following inherently unpredictable yet generally deterministic rules based on nonlinear iterative equations. Fractals are unpredictable in specific details yet deterministic when viewed as a total pattern - in many ways this reflects what we observe in the small details & total pattern of life in all it's physical and mental varieties, too .... - Full Article Source

04/10/10 - Here is the 21st Century Storage and Transmission System for Wind Power
1. Transmission Developers would provide electricity transmission in underwater cables, that can be lain in aqueducts, flooded quarries, riverbeds and lakes, or down ocean coastlines – clearing the one big hindrance to the development of renewable energy, which is the new transmission needed, and the NIMBYism that succeeds in preventing that from being built, because these would be out of sight, under water. 2. The other, Riverbank Power – an equally innovative breakthrough, would provide a complete solution to storing wind power (previous story) effectively making it dispatchable base-load power. RiverBank’s Aquabank technology works by gradually diverting some of the water at the bottom of a river (or a flooded quarry, lake or coastal water) slowly into a reservoir. Fine gratings and a slow initial intake prevent fish habitat destruction, and the reservoir is slowly filled with this supply of potential hydro power. Then when extra power is needed on the grid during the day – the reservoir gates are released so gravity dumps the water into a special cavern underneath, where it turns turbines to make hydro-electric power during the day, and sends that power to the grid. Then, when there is too much wind power coming onto the grid for demand, typically at night, wind power is used to run the pump to send it back up to ground level, and then to ease it slowly back into the original waterway. So, it uses hydro power for storage, just like pumping water up hills to store wind power, except in reverse: dropping the water below ground level. - Full Article Source

04/10/10 - Carbon dioxide linked to strange experiences near death
Car­bon di­ox­ide in the blood may ex­plain “near-death ex­pe­ri­ences,” the mys­ti­cal-type vi­sions and feel­ings com­monly re­ported by peo­ple who un­dergo close brushes with their de­mise, re­search­ers say. Near-death ex­pe­ri­ences are re­ported to in­clude sensa­t­ions such as one’s life flash­ing be­fore the eyes, feel­ings of peace and joy, and ap­par­ent en­coun­ters with mys­ti­cal ent­i­ties. The ef­fects are com­monly de­scribed by pa­tients who are re­sus­ci­tat­ed af­ter briefly suf­fer­ing heart stop­page and show­ing all clin­i­cal signs of be­ing dead, ac­cord­ing to Sam Par­nia of Weill Cor­nell Med­i­cal Cen­ter in New York, an ex­pert on the phe­nom­e­non. In new re­search, sci­en­tists at the Uni­vers­ity of Ma­ri­bor, Slo­ve­nia, in­ves­t­i­gated the un­ex­plained events in 52 car­di­ac ar­rest pa­tients, 11 of whom re­ported near-death ex­pe­ri­ences. “We found that in those pa­tients who ex­pe­ri­enced the phe­nom­e­non, blood car­bon di­ox­ide lev­els were sig­nif­i­cantly high­er than in those who did not,” said Za­lika Kle­menc-Ke­tis, a mem­ber of the re­search team. Car­bon di­ox­ide is an odor­less, col­or­less gas formed dur­ing breath­ing and dur­ing de­com­po­si­tion of or­gan­ic ma­ter­ials. - Full Article Source

04/10/10 - UPS Deploys 200 Hybrid Electric Vehicles
The 200 new hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs) join roughly 20,000 low-emission and alternative-fuel vehicles already in use and have been deployed in Austin, Houston, Philadelphia, Chicago, Washington, D.C., Long Island, Minneapolis and Louisville. Before this latest deployment, UPS was operating 50 hybrid electrics in Atlanta, Dallas, Houston and Phoenix. "We're proud of this large HEV deployment to major cities in the United States," said Bob Stoffel, UPS senior vice president of supply chain, strategy, engineering and sustainability. "This technology, where properly used, can yield a 35 percent fuel savings, the equivalent of 100 conventional UPS delivery vehicles." The 200 new HEV delivery trucks are expected to reduce fuel consumption by roughly 176,000 gallons over the course of a year compared to an equivalent number of traditional diesel trucks. The hybrids also should reduce by 1,786 metric tons the amount of CO2 gases released annually into the atmosphere. The new hybrid power system utilizes a conventional diesel engine combined with a battery pack, saving fuel and reducing pollution-causing emissions. The small diesel is used to recharge the battery pack and to add power when necessary. The HEVs also use regenerative braking. The energy generated from applying the brakes is captured and returned to the battery as electricity. The combination of clean diesel power and electric power, supplemented by regenerative braking, allows dramatic improvements in fuel savings and emissions reductions. The HEV fleet features two different size vehicles from Workhorse Custom Chassis and Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation and a hybrid power system from Eaton Corporation. The external truck bodies are identical to UPS's other signature brown trucks, although they feature additional labeling identifying them as hybrid electrics. The trucks use lithium ion batteries, which offer a faster re-charging capability and last longer than previous generation HEV batteries. Additionally, these vehicles are much quieter than conventional UPS trucks and feature keyless entry. The UPS alternative fuel fleet is a diverse one with multiple technologies, including compressed natural gas, liquefied natural gas, propane, electricity and hydraulic hybrid technology. Since 2000, the alternative fuel fleet has traveled more than 165 million miles. - Full Article Source

04/10/10 - Violent Sleepwalkers Can Kill When Interrupted
"They are all good people when you meet them, lovely human beings," said Cartwright, whose expertise isn't the law -- it's sleepwalking. "Sleepwalkers can be violent," she said. "The upper frontal lobe, the most evolved part of the brain where moral teaching lives, is fast asleep." The topic of sleepwalking still fascinates more than a century after socialite Albert Jackson Tirrell was the first American to successfully use the sleepwalking defense after killing a Boston prostitute in 1846. Sleepwalking is relatively common in childhood, but can be troublesome if it persists in adulthood. About 15 to 20 percent of all children, both girls and boys, sleepwalk, according to the American Sleep Association. Usually it peaks around age 11 or 12 and rarely continues as they mature. "Usually little kids get up and walk and you try to bring them back to bed and comfort them and make sure they are not wandering in to danger," said Cartwright. "But they can beat you up with their little fists." - Full Article Source

04/10/10 - GE's $50 bulb lasts for 17 years: is it a good buy?
KeelyNet The General Electricals has announced plans to bring out an LED $50 bulb that gives light worth of 17 years. GE says the new bulb uses just 9 watts and provides a 77% energy savings. The LED puts out 450 lumens which is comparable to a 40 watt bulb. It also fits into standard incandescent socket. The prices of these bulbs are expected to drop with an increase in competition. Besides, the US federal law has said that by 2012, 100-watt incandescents will be phased out. Even the 60 and 40 watt bulbs will be completely out of picture by 2014. The new GE bulb uses an energy-efficient LED bulb. LED bulbs do not contain the toxic substances that the compact fluorescent light bulbs require. The GE light has a peculiar shape that looks like fingers wrapped around a regular bulb. Such a design is believed to disperse light the best. - Full Article Source

04/10/10 - Fed in hot water over secret bailouts
The Fed has finally came clean. It now admits it bailed out Bear Stearns – taking on tens of billions of dollars of the bank’s bad loans – in order to smooth Bear Stearns’ takeover by JPMorgan Chase. The secret Fed bailout came months before Congress authorized the government to spend up to $700 billion of taxpayer dollars bailing out the banks, even months before Lehman Brothers collapsed. The Fed also took on billions of dollars worth of AIG securities, also before the official government-sanctioned bailout. The losses from those deals still total tens of billions, and taxpayers are ultimately on the hook. But the public never knew. There was no congressional oversight. It was all done behind closed doors. And the New York Fed – then run by Tim Geithner – was very much in the center of the action. - Full Article Source

04/10/10 - Solar powered plane takes to skies ... at the speed of a bicycle
KeelyNet A solar plane prototype has taken to the skies for the first time, with four propellers lifting the massive craft off the ground at near bicycle speed. Using almost 12,000 solar cells, rechargeable lithium batteries and four electric motors, Mr Piccard and co-pilot Andre Borschberg plan to take the plane around the world. The test flight lasted just short of 1.5 hours and aimed to see if the plane, with the wingspan of a Boeing 747 and the weight of a small car, could keep a straight trajectory. The team, headed by Bertrand Piccard, the Swiss adventurer, plans to fly it around the world in 2012. "To fly without fuel, we have to make it fly in line," said Mr Piccard, who in 1999 co-piloted the first non-stop round-the-globe balloon flight. "There might be things that go wrong – maybe a technical problem, engine failure or a part breakdown." The take-off and landing appeared smooth, however. At a military airport in the Swiss countryside, the "Solar Impulse" plane lifted off after at a speed no faster than 28mph (45kph) after only a short acceleration on the runway. It slowly gained altitude above the green and beige fields, and disappeared eventually into the horizon as villagers watched from the nearest hills. The descent was even slower, as the sun-powered craft hovered ahead of the runway for a couple of minutes before touching down to cheers from spectators. The weather for the maiden flight was sunny. - Full Article Source

04/10/10 - Hohm May Keep Electric Car Charging Costs in Check
Ford and Microsoft are partnering to bring the Hohm application to electric vehicles, beginning with the Ford Focus, the companies announced Wednesday. While details are sketchy, the companies say Hohm will help owners figure out the cheapest time to recharge. The system should also help utilities concerned about increased demand from the coming generation of plug-in hybrids. The application's vehicle interface is still under design, but information such as estimated electricity rates, cost to charge and time to charge are the sorts of details likely to be included. It's unclear whether the application will let users manage the charging process remotely. - Full Article Source

04/10/10 - Sun, sea and gigolos
In the film, an intelligent, provocative take on sex tourism in the late-1970s, Rampling plays Ellen, an American professor, who spends every summer at a private resort in Haiti, where beautiful, muscled black boys are available to the female clientele, mostly affluent single women in their forties, who despair of finding mates through more conventional means. "More than sex, they are seeking a tenderness that the world is refusing them," the film's director, Laurence Cantet, explains. Fast-forward 30 years, and the reality of sex tourism is anything but tender. Today beach resorts in developing countries such as Kuta in Bali, Negril in Jamaica and Boca Chica and Sosua in the Dominican Republic have become Third World pick-up spots for women tourists. Tour companies even market package deals as sex holidays for single and unaccompanied women. Forget Shirley Valentine, these women - who range from grandmothers to teens - don't want a long-term relationship. And there's plenty of live flesh on sale. Take Jamaica, where 17 per cent of the population lives below the poverty line. Hustling on the beach is the only way that some young men can feed themselves and their families. No wonder they choose older women who pay better than younger ones. InNegril, the men can earn $100 (£60) for sex with a female tourist, £90 for oral sex, which Jamaican men usually regard as taboo. Many others are hired as a guide to the island and throw in sexual services, often just for as meal or a place to sleep. The definition of a sex tourist is an adult who travels in order to have legal consensual sexual relations with another adult, often for the exchange of money or presents. We still assume that a sex tourist will be male - indeed many regard the relationship between beach boy and female tourist as harmless fun. The woman gets guilt-free sex while keeping a firm hold on the purse strings. Where's the harm? - Full Article Source

04/10/10 - Inkjet-like device 'prints' cells right over burns
Inspired by a standard office inkjet printer, U.S. researchers have rigged up a device that can spray skin cells directly onto burn victims, quickly protecting and healing their wounds as an alternative to skin grafts. They have mounted the device, which has so far only been tested on mice, in a frame that can be wheeled over a patient in a hospital bed, they reported on Wednesday. A laser can take a reading of the wound's size and shape so that a layer of healing skin cells can be precisely applied, said the team at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. "We literally print the cells directly onto the wound," said student Kyle Binder, who helped design the device. "We can put specific cells where they need to go." Tests on mice showed the spray system, called bioprinting, could heal wounds quickly and safely, the researchers reported at the Translational Regenerative Medicine Forumb. "We were able to close the entire wound in two weeks," Binder said. Mice with plugs of skin removed that were not treated took five weeks to heal, he said. - Full Article Source

04/10/10 - As If you aren't insecure Enough...
KeelyNet Q: Which states & cities have the biggest and smallest penises? And why in the world does Condomania know this??? A: That's a good question. New Orleans now has another reason to call itself "The Big Easy." The home of this year's Super Bowl champs has taken the top spot in Condomania's ranking of U.S. cities by penis size! And the men of Washington D.C. apparently are more than just big talk, big egos, and big promises. The Beltway boys claimed a close second place for the biggest average penis size in the nation. As for the "biggest" state in the Union? While New Hampshire may be one of the smallest states, it's not so small when it comes to penis size, topping Condomania’s state by state comparison. - Full Article Source and if you have the nerve, are 18 years old or more, have a sense of humor, you might want to check out this hilarious video and song by 20 Fingers featuring Gillette all the way back from 1994! - I didn't dare post it as an embedded video as you'll see if you watch it. Never heard of it before til a mexican girl asked me to find it on youtube for her. While you're at it, another killer song by them is Mr. Personality.

04/10/10 - It's Important how you Spend It
The more money you have, the better you understand that money cannot make you happy. Yet, you can only understand it after you make your first million dollars. People get used to things quickly. They think money will make them happy. But according to research, people who win lotteries are only happy for the first few months, a year in the best case. And then they get used to it. Many winners lose their riches very quickly. It makes them even more miserable. “Easy money does not make people happy,” says Dilyra Ibragimova, research director of the National financial research fund. “People are satisfied when they work hard to make money.” “It is not important how much you make, it is important how you spend it,” says Dmitry Klevtsov, a psychiatrist. “You can make little money but be very efficient with it, which will make you wealthier than rich people who make more but spend inefficiently.” It appears that people are happier when they become wealthy gradually. They are happy to buy a motorcycle at the age of 20, a car at 25, an apartment at 30, and so on up to a cottage and a yacht at Cote d'-Azur. Vladimir Potanin, one of the wealthiest Russians, seems to understand it. That is why he decided not to leave money to his children so they could learn to be independent. "A million will help a person, but a billion will kill because it takes away the purpose in life," Potanin explains. - Full Article Source

04/07/10 - Sound bullets latest weapon against cancer
KeelyNet A machine that fires powerful ''sound bullets'' made from concentrated noise could be used to treat cancer, say scientists. The machine consists of an array of 441 small steel spheres arranged in 21 parallel chains. Squeezing the spheres together by varying amounts affects the speed at which sound travels through the chains. This is because sound moves faster through solid objects than through air. By carefully adjusting the speed of sound passing through different chains, the acoustic lens can be ''tuned'' to emit sound waves that overlap and amplify one another at a specific focal point. The result is a high-energy compact pulse of sound vibrations. ''The acoustic energy in the host medium is focused into 'sound bullet' - a travelling, compact region of high energy density. ''Sound bullets result from the coalescence of acoustic waves, which have frequencies in the audible range for the lens parameters we chose.'' The device allowed the ''generation of compact sound bullets of very large amplitudes'', said the scientists. They added: ''Acoustic lenses like the one we demonstrated have the potential to dramatically impact a variety of applications, such as biomedical devices, non-destructive evaluation and defence systems. ''For example, sound bullets may conceivably be used as a non-invasive scalpel to accurately target tumours in hyperthermia (heat treatment) applications.'' / The design is based on the Newton's cradle, which features several identically sized metal balls suspended so that the balls barely touch each other. Due to Newton's laws of motion, when an end ball is pulled back and released, the ball at the other end swings outward with the same speed, even though none of the middle balls move. The toy inspired study co-author Chiara Daraio to invent the acoustic lens, which uses 0.95-centimeter stainless steel spheres aligned in parallel chains. But instead of channeling motion, the new machine manipulates sound. When a sound wave strikes the spheres at one end of the acoustic lens, the sound gets converted into a type of shock wave known as a solitary wave. The solitary wave propagates through the chains in the same way motion moves through the balls in a Newton's cradle. But because of the length of the chains, the solitary wave exits the last sphere as a sound wave instead of bouncing back through the chain. Converting the sound wave into a solitary wave is crucial, because solitary waves are easier to control, said Daraio, a physicist at the California Institute of Technology. (Related: "Laser 'Light Bullets' Made to Curve.") For example, by squeezing the balls in a chain closer together—a process called static precompression—scientists can adjust the solitary wave so that the emitted sound wave travels in a particular direction and at a given speed. "The goal was to create an acoustic lens that could achieve very high focal intensities and at the same time be able to control the focal position without having to change the structure of the lens itself," Daraio said. Rapid-Fire Sound Bullets - By tweaking each chain of metal balls in the acoustic lens separately, a barrage of sound bullets can be made to converge onto a single spot. "We squeeze the outer chains of the lens more than the chains in the middle, and this causes the solitary waves to travel faster in the outer chains than in the inner ones," ultimately releasing successive sound bullets, Daraio explained. - Full Article Source

04/07/10 - Areva plans new reactors that make nuclear waste disappear
The project at Areva is similar to research being carried out at the University of Texas in Austin, where scientists have designed a system that would use fusion to eliminate virtually all the waste produced by civil nuclear reactors. Swadesh Mahajan, senior research scientist at Austin’s Institute for Fusion Studies (IFS), believes that the invention could hugely reduce the need for geological repositories for waste. “We want to make nuclear energy as socially and environmentally acceptable as possible,” he said. “Nuclear waste cannot be 100 per cent eliminated, but the volume, the toxicity and the biohazard could be reduced by 99 per cent.” The invention could mean, he said, that instead of the world needing to build 100 geological stores for nuclear waste, only one or two might be necessary to store decades of waste. Mike Kotschenreuther, also of the IFS, said that the technology rested on the use of a spherical hybrid fusion-fission reactor. The waste would be held in a “blanket” around the reactor core and destroyed by firing streams of neutrons at it. He acknowledged that big technical challenges remained, not least that to work effectively the reactor would have to operate continuously, creating the problem of how to extract the destroyed waste. The concept of a hybrid fission-fusion reactor was first developed in the 1950s, but little research was conducted for several decades. - Full Article Source

04/07/10 - Plans for protecting NYC should sea levels rise
KeelyNet Manhattan has served Hollywood as a stage for alien attacks, giant gorilla invasions, and even the dire effects of global warming (see: The Day After Tomorrow). But scientists worry that unlike building-scaling apes, large storm waves crashing into the city may indeed become a reality in the near future. A recent study (pdf) estimated that at the current rate of global warming, Manhattan will face a sea level rise of 2 feet or more by 2080. The Museum of Modern Art's current exhibition "Rising Currents: Projects for New York's Waterfront" features ideas on how to stop lower Manhattan and other low-lying parts of New York City from going under when the sea surges during a big storm. Five teams of architects divvied up the city's most flood-prone areas and suggested ecologically friendly ways to protect them. - Full Article Source

04/07/10 - Program your own mayhem-causing USB dongle (has other uses)
[Adrian Crenshaw] is up to no good with this programmable USB device. [Adrian's] creation identifies itself as a USB keyboard and can be programmed to do whatever you want. That’s because it’s based around the Teensy board which sports an ATmega32 that will cost you only $18. He’s added a set of DIP switches for easy in-field changes to the firmware. There’s also a light sensor that can be used to activate a command once an unknowing victim has shut off the lights in the office and left for the day. Check out his talk after the break to see his proposed uses for such a device. Funny that he worries the name of his dongle might infringe some copyrights while suggesting uses for it that are completely illegal and harshly punished in most countries. A toy for the malicious and criminally intent hackers. I think leave this alone since prosecutable as an adult as of about 13 years ago. - Full Article Source

04/07/10 - New Charging Method Could Slash Battery Recharge Times
Apply an oscillating electric field to the anode of a lithium battery and the recharge time drops dramatically, say chemists. The business end of a lithium battery, the anode, consists of a graphite electrode, in other words a stack of graphene sheets, bathed in an electrolyte of ethylene carbonate and propylene carbonate molecules through which lithium and hexafluorophosphate ions diffuse. During charging, an electric field pushes the lithium ions towards and into the graphene sheets, where they have to cross a potential barrier to become embedded and stored, a process called intercalation. It turns out that while the electric field pushes the lithium ions towards the graphene, the rate limiting step is the process of intercalation--the rate at which the lithium ions can cross the potential barrier into the graphene. What Hamad and co have found is a relatively simple way to overcome this barrier. The trick is to superimpose an oscillating electric field onto the charging field. This has the effect of helping the lithium ions to hop over the barrier. But get this: the team says there is an exponential relationship between the intercalation time and the oscillating field amplitude. So a small increase in amplitude of the field leads to a massive speed up of the process of intercalation. "These simulations suggest a new charging method that has the potential to deliver much shorter charging times, as well as the possibility of providing higher power densities," they say. - Full Article Source

04/07/10 - Idea for Solar Roadways wins Major Award
It’s sort of like the Emmy Awards of the electrical engineering world. I’m talking about the EE Times Annual Creativity in Electronics (ACE) Awards. This year, one of Idaho’s own happens to be a finalist. So what is inventor Scott Brusaw’s promising renewable energy invention? He wants to rip up America’s roads and pave the way for an intelligent road system made entirely from solar panels. The panels would be incased in heavy-duty glass and would generate electricity. It may sound crazy but the U.S. Department of Transportation gave Brusaw a $100,000 contract last year to research solar roads. He took that money and built a prototype. Brusaw actually tested his mini solar roadway last month in a friend’s garage in Sandpoint. He tells me the test went “great.”Brusaw calculates five billion solar panels would be needed to cover every road, parking lot and driveway in the United States. The cost? Ten thousand dollars for just one panel. But Brusaw told Boise Weekly in a profile we did in early February that an intelligent roadway would pay for itself by generating electricity. "We'd be shutting down coal-fired plants by generating electricity in a different way," Brusaw said. - Full Article Source

04/07/10 - Is Induction Cooking Ready to Go Mainstream?
Induction cooking has been around for decades, but only recently has demand driven prices down and selection up. In the last two years, Viking, GE, Samsung and Kenmore have begun selling induction ranges. The induction range, which relies on an electromagnet to heat iron or steel cookware, remains a mystery to most cooks in the United States. Standing at an induction range, even great cooks must rethink their basic moves. The heat comes on so fast that anyone used to pouring oil in a pan and chopping the last of the onions while it heats is making a big mistake. Learning to control heat levels with numbered dials is like trying to master a new language. Although cooking accounts for only a small amount of energy consumption in a home, induction cooktops are marketed as much more energy efficient than gas or electric because they cook food faster and lose less heat in the process. Lately, price has been less of an obstacle. Although a Viking induction range can top out at $6,000, some models now cost a little over $1,500. LG recently introduced a cooktop hybrid with two induction and two electric elements for $800. - Full Article Source

04/07/10 - Naming that tune in your head
Ever have a song stuck in your head and you can’t remember the title? We learned from Mashable.com that there are free places on the web that will identify it for you if you can hum or whistle a few bars into your computer’s microphone. Test for yourself Midomi.com and Musipedia.com - Full Article Source

04/07/10 - Shields up around sick people
KeelyNet Seeing obviously sick people or even pictures of them boosts the response of your immune system. Researchers asked young adults to watch a 10-minute slide show containing a series of unpleasant photographs. Some of these participants looked at pictures of people who looked obviously sick in some way (people with pox and rashes, people coughing and sneezing and blowing mucus out of their noses). The participants gave blood samples both before and after each slideshow. Next the researchers exposed these blood samples to a bacterial infection, and measured the extent to which white blood cells produced interleukin-6 (IL-6). IL-6 is a proinflammatory cytokine that white blood cells make when they detect microbial intruders. More IL-6 indicates a more aggressive immune response to infection. So, by measuring IL-6 before and after the slide show, the researchers were able to determine whether seeing pictures of sick people might actually stimulate the immune system to fight infection more aggressively. And, in fact, it did. - Full Article Source

04/07/10 - Toyota Accelerator Data Skewed Toward Elderly
An anonymous reader passes along this discussion on the data for the Toyota accelerator problem, from a few weeks back. (Here's a Google spreadsheet of the data.) "Several things are striking. First, the age distribution really is extremely skewed. The overwhelming majority are over 55. Here's what else you notice: a slight majority of the incidents involved someone either parking, pulling out of a parking space, in stop and go traffic, at a light or stop sign... in other words, probably starting up from a complete stop." - Full Article Source

04/07/10 - obama Unveils New Nuclear Doctrine
KeelyNet "The Washington Post reports that under Obama's new 'Nuclear Posture Review,' released today, the US will foreswear the use of the nuclear weapons against nonnuclear countries, in contrast to previous administrations, which indicated they might use nuclear arms against nonnuclear states in retaliation for a biological or chemical attack. But the new policy included a major caveat: The countries must be in compliance with their nonproliferation obligations under international treaties. The problem for Iran and North Korea is that the pledge does not cover them because the US regards them as in non-compliance with the Non-Proliferation Treaty. The new policy will also describe the purpose of US weapons as being fundamentally for deterrence. Some Democratic legislators had urged Obama to go further and declare that the United States would not use nuclear weapons first in a conflict, but officials worried that such a change could unnerve allies protected by the US nuclear 'umbrella.' The president of the Ploughshares Fund said of the new stance, 'It orients US policy towards dramatically fewer weapons and greatly reduced roles.'" / (Totally INSANE..this is an INVITATION for countries and groups with bad intentions to attack the USA, what the hell is going on with these people? - JWD) - Full Article Source

04/07/10 - Mass. Gambling Bill Would Criminalize Online Poker
"Awesome: 'A gambling bill introduced by Massachusetts House Speaker Robert DeLeo criminalizes internet gambling and online poker. The bill calls for two casinos.' Not that they're against gambling, you see... just against being deprived of a monopoly in such a perfect fleecing opportunity." - Full Article Source

04/05/10 - Norwich detectives arrest two in Gene Mallove murder
KeelyNet Police arrested a Norwich couple Thursday on murder and robbery charges in connection with the unsolved 2004 death of New Hampshire scientist and author Eugene Mallove, who was found beaten and stabbed in the driveway of his Norwich rental property. Candace L. Foster, 30, with last known address 35 Chestnut St., Apt. 402, in Norwich was charged with accessory to murder, first-degree robbery and felony murder. Chad M. Schaffer, 32, of 34-36 S. Second St., No. 2, in Taftville was charged with murder, felony murder and first-degree robbery. Foster was held on a $2.5 million bond and Schaffer on a $10 million bond. They are expected for arraignment on Monday in Norwich Superior Court. The arrests were made at about 8 p.m. Thursday, nearly six years after the investigation first started. Mallove’s body was discovered shortly before 11 p.m. on May 14, 2004 in the driveway of 119 Salem Turnpike, a home that has since been demolished to make way for a highway expansion project. An autopsy revealed Mallove sustained 32 lacerations to his face caused by a blunt instrument, a knife wound to his right forearm and numerous lacerations and abrasions to his extremities. Chief Medical Examiner Dr. H. Wayne Carver determined Mallove died of a crushed trachea. / Infinite Energy Magazine - "Gene Mallove, who, in his 1991 book "Fire from Ice: Searching for the Truth behind the Cold Fusion Furor," was the first to courageously and boldly express the truth behind cold fusion, long before any science journalist even dared to ask questions that challenged the prevailing view. For 15 years, Gene maintained the cold fusion "torch" at great personal sacrifice, which initially drew many to learn the truth behind cold fusion. Mallove worked in Concord, N.H., as editor-in-chief and publisher of Infinite Energy magazine and president of the New Energy Foundation, both of which explore alternative forms of energy not generally recognized by mainstream scientists." / New Energy Foundation Youtube Channel with Gene Mallove - The non-profit New Energy Foundation was formed in 2003 by the late Dr. Eugene Mallove (the company was previously named Cold Fusion Technology). Infinite Energy Magazine, a bi-monthly publication focused on new energy/cold fusion and new science/technology, was established in 1995 by Dr. Mallove. The Foundation's main goals are to promote the new energy field and provide grants to researchers. As of January 2010, the Foundation has provided over $700,000 in research grants. - Full Article Source

04/05/10 - Can Charcoal Save The Planet?
Terra preta means “black earth”. More importantly, if less literally, it means fertile soil—created 1000s of years ago out of nutrient-starved rainforest dirt by the strange alchemy of charcoal. No one knows exactly how Amazonian natives made terra preta, but that isn’t stopping modern agriculture scientists from attempting to recreate, and build on, the successes of this ancient farming technique. Using biochar—charcoal created in an oxygen-free environment—they’re hoping to improve soil quality and sequester carbon. - Full Article Source

04/05/10 - Stochastic Resonance turns Noise into Vision
KeelyNet A new technique for revealing images of hidden objects may one day allow pilots to peer through fog and doctors to see more precisely into the human body without surgery. In their experiments, the researchers restored an obscured image into a clear pattern of numbers and lines. The process was akin to improving poor TV reception using the distorted, or “noisy,” part of the broadcast signal. “Normally, noise is considered a bad thing,” said Jason Fleischer, an assistant professor of electrical engineering at Princeton. “But sometimes noise and signal can interact, and the energy from the noise can be used to amplify the signal. For weak signals, such as distant or dark images, actually adding noise can improve their quality.” He said the ability to boost signals this way could potentially improve a broad range of signal technologies, including the sonograms doctors use to visualize fetuses and the radar systems pilots use to navigate through storms and turbulence. “We used noise to feed signals,” Dylov said. “It’s as if you took a picture of a person in the dark, and we made the person brighter and the background darker so you could see them. The contrast makes the person stand out.” The technique, known as “stochastic resonance,” only works for the right amount of noise, as too much can overwhelm the signal. It has been observed in a variety of fields, ranging from neuroscience to energy harvesting, but never has been used this way for imaging. Based on the results of their experiment, Fleischer and Dylov developed a new theory for how noisy signals move through nonlinear materials, which combines ideas from the fields of statistical physics, information theory and optics. - Full Article Source

04/05/10 - Ultrasound to Clean Runways
While studying properties of ultrasound in various media, Russian scientists from Altai developed an ultrasound hair-drier and a device for fast cleaning of airport runways from fog. Both inventions are based upon a natural property of ultrasound to make precipitation formation 11 times faster than normal. During an experiment, researchers paid attention to the ability of ultrasound to dry materials without damaging them and created a new type of a hair-dryer, which creates high-frequency oscillations around hair, thus removing water molecules from them without doing any harm. The same property of ultrasound resulted in another invention – a device, eliminating fog from airport runways. The device “collects” water dust into drops, causing rain and “cleaning” air from fog. - Full Article Source

04/05/10 - New Path To Solar Energy Via Solid-State Photovoltaics
KeelyNet Working with bismuth ferrite, a ceramic made from bismuth, iron and oxygen that is multiferroic – meaning it simultaneously displays both ferroelectric and ferromagnetic properties – the researchers discovered that the photovoltaic effect can spontaneously arise at the nanoscale as a result of the ceramic’s rhombohedrally distorted crystal structure. Furthermore, they demonstrated that the application of an electric field makes it possible to manipulate this crystal structure and thereby control photovoltaic properties. “The maximum voltage conventional solid-state photovoltaic devices can produce is equal to the energy of their electronic bandgap,” Seidel says. “Even for so called tandem-cells, in which several semiconductor p-n junctions are stacked, photovoltages are still limited because of the finite penetration depth of light into the material.” Working through Berkeley Lab’s Helios Solar Energy Research Center, Seidel and his collaborators discovered that by applying white light to bismuth ferrite, a material that is both ferroelectric and antiferromagnetic, they could generate photovoltages within submicroscopic areas between one and two nanometers across. These photovoltages were significantly higher than bismuth ferrite’s electronic bandgap. “The bandgap energy of the bismuth ferrite is equivalent to 2.7 volts. From our measurements we know that with our mechanism we can get approximately 16 volts over a distance of 200 microns. Furthermore, this voltage is in principle linear scalable, which means that larger distances should lead to higher voltages.” - Full Article Source

04/05/10 - Ordinary T-Shirt That Turns Into Body Armour
An ordinary cotton T-shirt can be converted into body armour, thanks to scientists from South Carolina, Switzerland and China. They combined the carbon in the cotton with boron to create a tough, lightweight fabric of boron carbide, the same material used to protect tanks. - Full Article Source

04/05/10 - Prostate Cancer Results While You Wait
KeelyNet In an office park in Woburn, MA, a volunteer presents his fingertip for a quick finger stick. A phlebotomist wicks up the small drop of blood with a specially made square of plastic, then snaps the plastic into a credit-card sized microfluidics cartridge and feeds it into a special reader. Fifteen minutes later, the device spits out the volunteer's prostate specific antigen (PSA) level, a protein used to monitor the return of prostate cancer after treatment. Claros's technology, which consists of a small blood-collector device, a disposable cartridge, and a toaster-sized reader, could, in theory at least, be adapted to detect any number of different proteins. But the company has initially chosen to focus on PSA, which is routinely monitored. With current testing, blood samples are typically sent to a centralized lab for PSA analysis. Results are returned in a day or two. Claros's test, now in clinical trials, would allow PSA readings to be determined during the patient's visit. - Full Article Source

04/05/10 - NASA's $9.4 billion mission to nowhere
Anyone need a $500 million, 355-foot steel tower for launching rockets into space? There's one available at NASA's Kennedy Space Center. Brand new, never been used. obama's 2011 budget kills that rocket, along with the rest of NASA's Constellation program, the ambitious back-to-the-moon effort initiated under President George W. Bush. Now suddenly, they're looking at no shuttle, no Ares 1, no NASA-owned spaceship of any kind in the near future. American astronauts for years to come will hitch rides to space on Russian rockets. "It's almost like losing manned space flight," said Michele Kosiba, 44, a quality inspector for United Space Alliance. - Full Article Source

04/05/10 - New Stirling Engine Invention
KeelyNet Visit http://www.akuamarin.com/en/patent-applications/stirling-engine-2010/ for further information.

This invention is related to Stirling motor, which is an external combustion engine heat machine also known as hot air engine that also enables thermal energy to be converted to mechanical energy. Advantages of the Invention:

- The working gas is heated and cooled rapidly.
- With rapid heating and rapid cooling, engine efficiency has been increased.
- Inflation and impermeability balance can be reached more easily.
- Strong Stirling engine production is realized with ease with this method.

For achieving the purposes described above, it includes within; the connecting rod situated between the crank mentioned for enabling the required circular motion and the hot section gas flow pipe, relevant drive piston, drive shaft, pistons, the heater exchanger cylinder providing linear motion to the pistons, and the connecting rod situated between the crank mentioned and the cold section gas flow pipe, relevant drive piston, drive shaft, pistons and the cooler exchanger cylinder. In order to achieve this, it provides the desired linear motion by the working gas expanding via heating, concentrating via cooling and thus affecting the pistons. - Full Article Source

04/05/10 - Promoting Healing by Keeping Skeletal Stem Cells ‘Young’
University of Rochester Medical Center: "Scientists seeking new ways to fight maladies ranging from arthritis and osteoporosis to broken bones that won’t heal have cleared a formidable hurdle, pinpointing and controlling a key molecular player to keep stem cells in a sort of extended infancy. It’s a step that makes treatment with the cells in the future more likely for patients. Controlling and delaying development of the cells, known as mesenchymal (pronounced meh-ZINK-a-mill) stem cells, is a long-sought goal for researchers. It’s a necessary step for doctors who would like to expand the number of true skeletal stem cells available for a procedure before the cells start becoming specific types of cells that may – or may not – be needed in a patient with, say, weak bones from osteoporosis, or an old knee injury. - Full Article Source

04/05/10 - NeuroPhone direct brain to mobile phone interface
Demo video of the NeuroPhone system. For more information, including a technical paper. The Mobile Sensing Group at Dartmouth College demos NeuroPhone, a brain to mobile phone interface. As your phone scans through photos of your friends, the unit reads your mind to determine which one you wish to call. / (Wonder if Patrick Flanagan knows about this? Remember his NeuroPhone precedes this by some 40 years or so. - JWD) - Full Article Source

04/05/10 - Self-Esteem varies through Life
The 3,617 adult subjects were asked about their ethnicity, education, income, work status, relationship satisfaction, marital status, health, social support and if they had experienced stressful life events. Some examples of stressful life events are suddenly losing a job, being the victim of a violent crime, or experiencing the death of a parent or of a child. On average, self-esteem peaked at age 60, and women had lower self-esteem than did men throughout most of adulthood, but self-esteem levels converged as men and women reached their 80s and 90s. Blacks and whites had similar self-esteem levels throughout young adulthood and middle age. In old age however, average self-esteem among blacks dropped much more sharply than self-esteem among whites. This was still the result even after controlling for differences in income and health. - Full Article Source

04/05/10 - Japanese Genius clones Model as Robot
A Japanese robot maker named Hiroshi Ishiguro unveiled his latest robot: Geminoid F. The robot is a replica of a 20-something woman who's identity is being kept confidential. The robot is more advanced than the clone Ishiguro made of himself a few years ago, and can make much more convincing facial expressions. Is it even possible to see this without thinking about the 1975 movie, "The Stepford Wives"? - Full Article Source

04/05/10 - White House Issues New Gas Mileage Standards
"NPR reports that the Obama administration has signed off on the nation's first rules on greenhouse gas emissions and set new fuel standards to meet a fleet-wide average of 35.5 mpg that will raise current standards by nearly 10 mpg by the 2016 model year. Although the new requirements would add an estimated $434 per vehicle in the 2012 model year and $926 per vehicle by 2016, drivers could save as much as $3,000 over the life of a vehicle through better gas mileage, according to a government statement. 'We will be helping American motorists save money at the pump, while putting less pollution in the air,' says Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. Dave McCurdy, leader of the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, a trade group representing 11 automakers, says the industry supports a single national standard for future vehicles. 'Today, the federal government has laid out a course of action through 2016, and now we need to work on 2017 and beyond.' As the auto industry seeks to emerge from ashes, many manufacturers already are trying for the right mix of approaches, experts say. Some will try to sell more hybrids. Others are introducing not-so-gas-guzzling SUVs. They may also push slightly downsized and small cars, such as the Ford Fiesta." - Full Article Source

04/05/10 - Water in Space
Astronaut Don Pettit--inventor of the Zero-G Coffee Cup--plays with free-floating, head-sized water bubbles on the International Space Station. Make sure you stick around for the third experiment, where Pettit sticks an antacid tablet into one of the bubbles. (via boingboing.com) - Full Article Source

04/05/10 - PARC Builds iPod-Sized HIV Detector
"Right now it's difficult, if not impossible, to quickly detect HIV in patients living in impoverished countries. That may all change soon, though — researchers at a California outfit called the Palo Alto Research Center have built an iPod-sized handheld device that can provide an immune check-up in under 10 minutes — all with a prick of the finger. With millions of people around the world without access to a full-size laboratory, PARC's device could revolutionize the detection and treatment of HIV." - Full Article Source

04/05/10 - What the Top US Companies Pay In Taxes
"If you've ever wondered how it's possible that you pay more to the IRS than General Electric, Forbes has an explanation. You, my friend, do not have the tax benefit of overseas operations. Microsoft, for example, has its overseas subsidiaries license software to its US parent company in return for handsome royalties that get taxed at lower overseas rates. Exxon limits its tax pain with the help of 20 wholly owned subsidiaries domiciled in the Bahamas, Bermuda, and the Cayman Islands that shelter cash flow from operations in the likes of Angola, Azerbaijan, and Abu Dhabi. As a result, of the $15B it paid in income taxes last year, Exxon paid none of it to Uncle Sam, and has tens of billions in earnings permanently reinvested overseas. Likewise, GE has $84B in overseas income parked indefinitely outside the US. Now quit your carping and get back to filling out that 1040!" - Full Article Source

04/05/10 - Daily chocolate lowers Blood Pressue and reduces heart disease risk
KeelyNet New research shows a small square of chocolate a day lowers your blood pressure & reduces your risk of heart disease. Researchers in Germany followed 19,357 people, aged between 35 and 65, for at least ten years and found that those who ate the most amount of chocolate – an average of 7.5 grams a day – had lower blood pressure and a 39% lower risk of having a heart attack or stroke compared to those who ate the least amount of chocolate – an average of 1.7 grams a day. The difference between the two groups amounts to six grams of chocolate: the equivalent of less than one small square of a 100g bar. - Full Article Source

04/05/10 - Pay Garnishments Rise as Debtors Fall Behind
One of the worst economic downturns of modern history has produced a big increase in the number of delinquent borrowers, and creditors are suing them by the millions. Concern is mounting in government and among consumer advocates that the debtors are not always getting a fair shake in these cases. Most consumers never offer a defense, and creditors win their lawsuits without having to offer proof of the debts, much less justify to a judge the huge interest charges and penalties they often tack on. After winning, creditors can secure a court order to seize part of the debtor's paycheck or the funds in a bank account, a procedure called garnishment. No national statistics are kept, but the pay seizures are rising fast in some areas -- up 121 percent in the Phoenix area since 2005, and 55 percent in the Atlanta area since 2004. In Cleveland, garnishments jumped 30 percent between 2008 and 2009 alone. In some states, courts allow creditors to charge high interest rates for years after a lawsuit is decided in their favor. In others, creditors can win lawsuits by default and seize wages and bank accounts without a case ever appearing before a judge. Lack of participation is the most fundamental problem. Some consumers do not even know they are being sued; the people who are supposed to serve them with formal notice have sometimes been caught skipping that step and doctoring the paperwork. In far more cases, consumers are served but still do not offer a defense. Few can afford lawyers; others are intimidated or confused. In their absence, judges can offer little relief. In the rare event that a consumer battles back, creditors frequently lack the documentation to prove their claim, and cases are dropped. That is because many past-due debts are owned not by the banks that issued them, but by debt collectors who bought, for cents on the dollar, a list of names and amounts due. "If the consumers were armed with more education about how to defend against these debts, they'd be successful," said Jeffrey Lipman, a civil magistrate in Des Moines. - Full Article Source

04/05/10 - Gyroscopically stabilized CD player in microgravity
Today, Pettit shows us how astronauts can use CD players to MacGyver a gyroscopically stabilized platform for holding flashlights and other tools. It's awesome, and it's part of a series of Saturday morning science videos that Pettit did for NASA in 2003. You can watch more of them online, and read his text-based Space Chronicles newsletter from around the same time period. Good luck getting anything accomplished today. (via boingboing.com) - Full Article Source

04/05/10 - DIY groups in Bay Area form alternatives to institutional churches
"These days, religion is intellectual masturbation. It's not experimental enough," said Mark Scandrette, the founder of the group, called ReImagine, and author of the book "Soul Graffiti." "We look at what Jesus taught," Scandrette said, "then we try to develop an experiment that helps us learn that." "The modern version of worship, of sitting on a bench and being read to, is on the way out. It's boring everybody, including the pastors," said Matthew Fox, an Oakland pastor and author of several books on spirituality. "People are hungry and thirsty for something to touch their hearts and souls." "Bible groups are more focused on orthodoxy," said Ahler, 26, a mechanical engineer and regular dojo member. "ReImagine is more orthopraxy, where the focus is more doing than talking." - Full Article Source

04/05/10 - Who's Behind the Anti-Obama Billboards?
KeelyNet "There's a group of entrepreneurs, small business owners, that have frankly just said, 'we've had enough' and they're taking the gloves off," says Atlanta author and motivational speaker Tommy Newberry. He says they are political conservatives who are unsatisfied and troubled with the direction the Obama administration is taking America. "The health care bill was maybe the final straw that set them off," Newberry adds. He says they asked themselves, "why don't we use the free market to help slow the slide into socialism?" They launched their website, Billboardsagainstobama.com, about two weeks ago and began putting up a half dozen of the rotating digital billboards Wednesday. The billboard messages include "Stop Obama Socialism" and "Now It's Personal. America's Coming for You Congress! Vote Liberals Out in 2010!". After the Drudge Report picked up 11Alive's first web story from Thursday, the billboard website has gone viral. "It's overloaded," says Newberry, adding that they've had to add extra capacity to handle several hits a minute. He says they've now gotten contributions of anywhere from $1 up to $3,200 from Texas, Seattle, California and several other states. Right now the group has about nine of the billboards in various parts of Metro Atlanta, but they hope to put them up all over the country soon. - Full Article Source

04/05/10 - Should Firms Be Able To Own Your Genes?
Biotech companies have patented 10,000 human genes in their efforts to profit from the keys to disease prevention and cure many of them hold. But the idea of private ownership of things produced inside the human body is coming under scrutiny and a recent lawsuit struck a blow against it. A law professor tells "60 Minutes" correspondent Morley Safer it's just plain wrong in a report to be broadcast this Sunday, April 4, at 7 p.m. ET/PT. "It's as if the first surgeon who took a kidney out of your body then patented the kidney," says Lori Andrews, a professor at Chicago-Kent College of Law. Patent law was really intended to "reward inventors who brought something new into the world," she tells Safer. A federal judge agreed this week, siding with the American Civil Liberties Union in a suit against Myriad. The judge wrote that the patents on the breast cancer genes were improperly granted because human genes are the product of nature. Patent ownership of the gene and the high cost of testing for it are necessary to pay for the science that located the gene in the first place and reward those whose investments made it possible, says Kevin Noonan, a molecular biologist and patent lawyer. - Full Article Source

04/05/10 - Judge Invalidates Human Gene Patent
United States District Court Judge Robert W. Sweet has issued a decision that invalidated seven patents related to the genes BRCA1 and BRCA2, whose mutations have been associated with cancer. Lawyers for patients and doctors challenge the patents last May, agruing that genes, products of nature, fall outside of the realm of things that can be patented. The patents, they argued, stifle research and innovation and limit testing options. - Full Article Source

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04/05/10 - The Little Girl on the Plane
A Congressman was seated next to a little girl on the airplane leaving from Mobile, AL when he turned to her and said, 'Let's talk. I've heard that flights go quicker if you strike up a conversation with your fellow passenger.'

The little girl, who had just opened her book, closed it slowly and said to the total stranger, 'What would you like to talk about?'

'Oh, I don't know,' said the congressman. 'How about global warming or universal health care', and he smiles smugly.

'OK,' she said. 'Those could be interesting topics. But let me ask you a question first. A horse, a cow, and a deer all eat the same stuff - grass. Yet a deer excretes little pellets, while a cow turns out a flat patty, and a horse produces clumps of dried grass. Why do you suppose that is?'

The California legislator, visibly surprised by the little girl's intelligence, thinks about it and says, 'Hmmm, I really have absolutely no idea.'

To which the little girl replies, "Well then.....Do you really feel qualified to discuss issues such as global warming or universal health care when you don't know shit?"

She quietly went about reading her book and was not bothered again!

KeelyNet

04/05/10 - Enlightenment came to me today!
I became confused when I heard the word "Service" used with these agencies:

Internal Revenue 'Service '
Telephone 'Service'
Cable TV 'Service'
Civil 'Service'
State, City, County & Public 'Service'
Customer 'Service'

This is not what I thought 'Service' meant.

But today, I overheard two farmers talking, and one of them said he had hired a bull to 'Service' a few cows.

BAM!!! It all came into focus. Now I understand what all those agencies are doing to us. You are now as enlightened as I am.

KeelyNet

04/05/10 - Country Perceptions
Only A Farm Kid...When you're from the country ~ your perception is a little different.

An Alberta farmer in his pickup, drove to a neighbor's, and knocked at the door. A boy, about 9, opened the door.
"Is your Dad home?"
"No sir, he isn't; he went to town."
"Well, is your Mother here?"
"No sir, she went to town with Dad."

"How about your brother Howard? Is he here?"
"No sir, He went with Mom and Dad."

The rancher stood there for a few minutes, shifting from one foot to the other, and mumbling to himself.

"Is there anything I can do for you? I know where all the tools are, if you want to borrow one, or I can give dad a message."
"Well," said the rancher uncomfortably, "I really wanted to talk to your Dad. It's about your brother Howard getting my daughter, Suzie, pregnant."'

The boy thought for a moment. "You would have to talk to Dad about that. I know he charges $500 for the bull and $50 for the hog, but I don't know how much he charges for Howard."

KeelyNet

04/02/10 - Ultra-Efficient Gas Engine Passes Test
KeelyNet Transonic Combustion, a startup based in Camarillo, CA, has developed a fuel-injection system it says can improve the efficiency of gasoline engines by more than 50 percent. A test vehicle equipped with the technology gets 64 miles per gallon in highway driving, which is far better than more costly gas-electric hybrids, such as the Prius, which gets 48 miles per gallon on the highway. The key is heating and pressurizing gasoline before injecting it into the combustion chamber, says Mike Rocke, Transonic's vice president of business development. This puts it into a supercritical state that allows for very fast and clean combustion, which in turn decreases the amount of fuel needed to propel a vehicle. The company also treats the gasoline with a catalyst that "activates" it, partially oxidizing it to enhance combustion. Transonic's injection system varies from direct injection in two ways: it uses supercritical fluids and doesn't require a spark to ignite the fuel. The supercritical fluid mixes quickly with air when it's injected into the cylinder. Once the fuel is injected into the piston, the heat and pressure are enough to cause the fuel to combust without a spark (similar to what happens in diesel engines), which also helps provide fast, uniform combustion. Ignition can be timed to happen just when the piston is reaching the optimal point, so it can convert as much of the energy in the gasoline into mechanical movement as possible, without wasting energy by heating up the combustion chamber walls, as happens in conventional technologies. The company has developed proprietary software that lets the system adjust the injection precisely depending on the load put on the engine. - Full Article Source

04/02/10 - Crystals + sound + water = clean hydrogen fuel
A team at the University of Wisconsin-Madison made crystals of zinc oxide that, when immersed in water, absorb vibrations and develop areas of strong negative and positive charge. These charges rip apart nearby water molecules, releasing hydrogen and oxygen gas. "This is like a free lunch," says lead researcher Huifang Xu. "You are getting energy from the environment just like solar cells capture energy from the sun." Underwater operator - Xu and colleagues generate hydrogen using a new variation on piezoelectric crystals – materials that generate a voltage when strained and which are being investigated as a way to generate electricity from movement. The new crystals, however, are designed to be submerged, so the charge they generate instead pulls apart water molecules to release hydrogen and oxygen gas, a mechanism Xu's team calls the piezoelectrochemical effect. Xu and colleagues grew thin microfibers of highly flexible zinc oxide crystals that flex when subjected to vibration, for example due to sound waves. They showed that ultrasonic vibrations under water cause the fibres to bend between 5 and 10 degrees at each end, creating an electrical field with a high enough voltage to split water and release oxygen and hydrogen. Growing fibres with different dimensions changes the type of vibration they absorb best. For instance, it should be possible to tune them to maximise energy production from the vibrations caused by water flowing past or any other sound, say Xu. Efficiency issue - Xu says that lab tests suggested the material can convert 18 per cent of the energy it absorbs from vibration into energy locked up in hydrogen gas, which can be released by burning. Conventional piezoelectric materials are not as efficient at converting vibrations into electricity, and typically achieve around a 10 percent conversion rate. Using the charge a material generates indirectly, to split water, instead of directly to drive current, accounts for the difference, says Xu. The new materials could be used to develop systems that generate hydrogen from the noise of anything from machinery to crashing waves, he adds. - Full Article Source

04/02/10 - Paralysed limbs revived by hacking into nerves
KeelyNet Schiefer's latest experiment uses a new method to plug into a nerve to control the four muscles needed to stand up from a sitting position. Motor nerves like this are in some ways like telephone cables: they are made up of electrically isolated bundles of nerve fibres, each one of which connects to certain groups of muscle cells. In the 2006 trial, electrodes were simply placed on the nerve's surface using a spiral cuff, but this makes for a poor connection with fibre bundles close to the nerve's core. The new solution, known as the flat interface nerve electrode (FINE), is a cuff that squashes a nerve flat to bring fibre bundles closer to the surface - and to the eight electrodes in the device's soft rubber lining. It makes for a much better connection, says Dustin Tyler, who invented the FINE and heads research into its effectiveness. "We apply a little bit of pressure to reshape the cross-section without damaging the nerve." Recent tests validated that approach. The cuff was temporarily implanted on the femoral nerves of seven patients undergoing routine thigh surgery. Pulses of current 250 microseconds long were used to selectively and independently activate the muscles that extend the knee and flex the hip joint when a person stands up. The pulses were not enough to bend the joints as much as they would when standing, but the results suggest that longer pulses should stimulate the muscles to provide enough force to support the body's weight. The traffic through our nervous system is not just one-way, though, and for a device to restore function to paralysed arms or legs it needs to be able to detect feedback from those limbs. The first commercial walking aid that plugs into nerves demonstrates just that ability, and goes on sale in Europe in a few months. Neurostep, from Neurostream Technologies of Saint-Augustin-de-Desmaures in Quebec, Canada, designed by Andy Hoffer at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, controls ankle movement for people with foot-drop, a condition in which nerve damage makes one foot hang limply while stepping forward. Neurostep connects using just four electrodes, placed around a nerve inside a cylindrical cuff similar to the spiral one used in Case Western's 2006 trial. But the device not only injects current into the nerve, it also reads signals sent back by the foot to communicate the pressure it feels. A control unit implanted in the thigh uses that pressure information to time its signal to flex the ankle in a way that achieves a normal gait. - Full Article Source

04/02/10 - Breast cancer cells dividing
Cell division (mitosis) of many breast cancer cells over 3 days. These cells are in culture and placed under a confocal microscope to visualize the microtubules.This movie was taken by the Marcus Laboratory at the Emory Winship Cancer Institute. Every day, the cells in your body are dividing like crazy - sometimes too much, which is the definition of cancer. Here you can see breast cancer cells in action, multiplying into what could become a tumorous growth. Yes, this film is dramatically speeded up - most of these cells would divide about twice in a day. - Full Article Source

04/02/10 - Does GM maize cause impotence?
The experiment: Several long-term feeding studies with mice were conducted at the University of Vienna: one study over the entire lifespan of the trial animals, one multi-generation study (MGS) and a reproductive assessment by continuous breeding (RACB) with four litters from the same parents in each case. The feed: Different groups of trial animals were given different feed diets: One was given a particular variety of GM maize (NK603xMON810), while a second group was given a similar maize variety but without the genetically engineered constructs. The result: In the lifetime and MGS studies, no significant differences were observed between the animals in the different trial groups. The GM maize was not found to have any effect in these long-term trials. In the RACB study fewer pups were born in the the third and fourth litters in the group fed with GM maize. Their weight was also lower. - Full Article Source

04/02/10 - My Secret Experiment (revisited)
KeelyNet Due to emails asking for more details, I added a lot more to the main page and another page showing the cloudbuster machine I built and used. Of course this stuff 'can't work' so take it all with a big snort of salt. However, it's kind of hard to ignore the lake level increase at the time and the comments about 'unusually high rainfall' after some 20 years of low rainfall. / I guess 7 years is long enough. Maybe I just made it all up...this stuff couldn't work! I'll add some more photos later, just had taken new photos and wanted to get them cropped and in use. Now to dig out my other old photos and add to the page... - Full Article Source

04/02/10 - How-to: Make a Mains Crossover Cable
KeelyNet We all know Ethernet has the crossover cable, cars have jumper cables, and RS232 has the null modem. Well, it is about time our wall sockets get their own crossover cable. This crossover cable is great for running power to a circuit disconnected from power. Maybe you are out of fuses, the breaker is broken or you just don’t want to go check the fuse box when there is a murderer about. This cable makes a great gift for even the most loathsome of acquaintances. Read the rest of this entry » - Full Article Source

04/02/10 - Microwave manufacturers adding features to get more use
How to improve a product whose entire purpose is to be simple? Oven makers right now are betting on steam. Sharp has a $1,000 microwave that uses steam to cook more thoroughly, keep food moist without adding fat and help heat penetrate better (consumers fill a water reservoir attached to the oven). Whirlpool Corp. offers steam in a combination microwave-ventilation hood, starting at $349. It's a space saver because it goes over a gas or electric range. Steam microwaves are aimed at people who are in the market for an oven with special features, but not necessarily a microwave. "For anyone looking for a steam oven, it's much cheaper than the other options," Mr. Hughes says. Conventional steam ovens cost upward of $2,000. "Consumers almost unanimously have a positive outlook on steam," perceiving it as a cleaner and healthier way to cook, Mr. Hughes says. The average microwave lasts only about eight or nine years, Mr. Lockwood says, and many consumers own microwaves that cost less than $90. "The average buyer still wants the cheapest possible solution," he says. Some people don't realize their microwaves come with sensor technology that automatically cooks food until it reaches a safe temperature. Rather than guessing how many minutes it will take to bake a potato, for example, a consumer simply has to press the button that says "potato." On microwaves from companies including LG Electronics Inc. and Whirlpool, the sensor determines when the food has finished cooking by measuring the humidity in the oven. Microwave Science JV LLC, of Los Angeles, is trying a different way to make microwaving easier. Two years ago, it launched "TrueCookPlus" technology that automatically heats packaged foods to the optimal temperature, taking into account an oven's wattage, age and other variables. Consumers find the code printed on a food package and enter it into their microwave panel. The catch: Not many foods are currently carrying the code. Pop Secret popcorn and Betty Crocker Warm Delights microwavable cakes have the code on packages, and Pinnacle Foods Group, of Mountain Lake, N.J., says it plans to add it to Celeste frozen pizzas. For most other products, consumers must visit a Web site (http://truecookplus.com) to find the code. - Full Article Source

04/02/10 - Straw Hat Autos for Hot Climes (Sep, 1931)
KeelyNet IN THE torrid Madeira Islands, automobiles have donned straw hats to provide the last word in comfort for motorists. Experimenters there have found that woven straw is much less heat absorbing than the customary metal cover, and so have equipped their cars with an overall sheathing of this airy material. Hood, body, running boards, mud guards, and even wheels are encased with woven straw and motorists report that they no longer suffer from the terriffic heat when their cars are exposed to sun rays. An auto which has gone straw hat is shown in the photo. - Full Article Source

04/02/10 - Mini fire trike: Hot invention
Towns who could not afford expensive fire fighting equipment need to look again at this new Pinoy invention. The Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) has accordingly recommended a mini fire-trike, a fire fighting tool that packs equipment like a 400 liter water tank, pressure pump and a standard hose and adaptor which hooks to a water hydrant. According to GMA reports, the minifiretruck invention by a Filipino measures 8 ft by 4 ft and is towable by a motorcycle. First launched in Pasay City's barangay which feature narrow streets and where slipper manufacturing shops abound, the invention proves its usefulness in urban communities with accessibility problems. Invented by Antonio Andres Sr., the mini-fire truck is also ideal for use in suppressing and stopping fire while it is on its beginning stages. The Fire Buster is a project that resulted from the call made by BFP Director Enrique Linsangan to all Filipino inventors to invent gadgets and equipments that can be used to combat fire, a quote from PIA website shows. The Fire Buster's primary purpose is to provide immediate response to fire breakouts and cease the fire while it's still at its primary stage or prevent the fire from getting bigger while waiting for the big fire trucks to arrive, it said. The new Pinoy invention may also be very ideal for rural areas which are too far flung for the standard fire truick to immediately dispatch. Inventor Andes Sr. stressed that his invention is also useful not only to urban areas but also to far flung barangays where fire alarm response will be quite late due to its distance from the nearest fire station. Coastal barangays can also benefit most since they also have narrow streets and usually don't have any fire fighting equipments. The Fire Buster can also suction water sourced from creek, rivers and sea, reports bared. - Full Article Source

04/02/10 - nothing but 56 animated gifs

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definitely not an artist among them, just too much time on their hands... - Full Article Source

04/02/10 - Irony - Buy Magazine, Get Directed To Web
Scott bought a copy of TV Guide -- yes, apparently that still exists -- because he was intrigued by the TV's Top 50 Families story. He was dismayed to page through the magazine and discover the list stopped at 20. The article prompted him to go online to discover the remaining 30 families on the list. - Full Article Source

04/02/10 - 20% Efficient Sphelar Cells Create the Optimum in Solar Windows
KeelyNet A new invention uses silicon “beads” which collect sunlight from any angle to achieve 20 percent efficiency and can be deposited in glass to deliver an almost fully transparent window, it may soon become possible. Kyoto-based manufacturing company Kyosemi, founded in 1980, has spent the last three decades advancing the possibilities of optoelectronics (opto semiconductor technology and solar power), and its newest brainchild, marketed under the trade name Sphelar®, is a round – rather than flat – photovoltaic cell that optimizes solar energy collection by collecting solar irradiation from any point of the compass, rather than merely from the top as standard solar cells do. The spherical shape also allows Sphelar® to fit easily into many more applications than flat solar cells, and the tiny solar beads – made from hardened drops of melted silicon – measure a minute seven one hundredths of an inch across, meaning a lot of them can be incorporated into a single surface for remarkably effective solar capture. Embedded in window glass, for example, and alternated with an equivalent amount of blank space, the solar beads could provide a window with both a view and the capacity to deliver surprising amounts of electricity from a single surface. It’s an idea whose time has come, and Kyosemi is currently offering products ranging from the Sphelar® Array F12 – which looks like a memory chip and offers voltages from 0.48 to 6 – to the Sphelar® One, a single spherical solar cell molded in a plastic case that looks like a bobby pin and provides up to 0.481 volts. Providing up to 4.6 volts, the dome reportedly performs as well as equivalent solar panels, but without the need for tracking devices, and – at about 300 grams, or 10 ounces – is highly portable. In addition, reported efficiency ratings in excess of 20 percent (which are fully competitive with available solar panels) are obtained by using single crystal silicon, which is heated, melted and solidified using microgravity to achieve 99.9999-percent purity. Not only are the solar beads exceptionally pure, and highly conductive due to their spherical shape, but the method used to create them results in almost zero waste of raw materials. - Full Article Source

04/02/10 - NSA's domestic spying was illegal, federal judge rules
A federal judge today ruled that the NSA's warrantless wiretapping program was illegal. In doing so, the judge rejects the Obama administration's attempts to maintain the secrecy around the widely criticized program introduced by Bush after the 9/11 attacks: In a 45-page opinion, Judge Vaughn R. Walker ruled that the government had violated a 1978 federal statute requiring court approval for domestic surveillance when it intercepted phone calls of Al Haramain, a now-defunct Islamic charity in Oregon, and of two lawyers who were representing it in 2004. Declaring that the plaintiffs had been "subjected to unlawful surveillance," the judge said that the government was liable to pay them damages. The ruling delivered a blow to the Bush administration's claims that its warrantless surveillance program, which Mr. Bush secretly authorized shortly after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, was lawful. Under the program, the National Security Agency monitored Americans' e-mail messages and phone calls without court approval, even though the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, or FISA, required warrants. - (This is so annoying...why aren't the people at the top, like BUSH and top directors of NSA, etc..anyone who knowingly signed off on ILLEGAL ACTS, be held accountable, be fined and go to prison? Instead they always blame the institution...institutions have HEADS and those need to be cut off and replaced with honest ones whose job is to INSURE that the actions of the institution follow the constitution and the laws. - JWD) - Full Article Source

04/02/10 - Bill O’Reilly Does Something Nice
KeelyNet Newsmax reports, "No. 1 cable news host Bill O'Reilly said Tuesday that he will personally write a check to cover $16,500 in legal costs for the father of a fallen U.S. Marine who sued the members of a church who picketed his son's funeral." "On Friday, Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit ordered Snyder to pay $16,510 to Fred Phelps, leader of the Westboro Baptist Church, despite the fact that the Supreme Court has agreed to hear the case as to whether the protesters are entitled to free speech at the funeral," the Associated Press reported. "Phelps conducted protests at Marine Lance Cpl. Matthew Snyder's funeral in 2006." A Democratic Underground thread concerning O'Reilly's gesture is full of almost nothing but praise, unlike most discussions on the controversial Fox host that can normally be found there. - Full Article Source

04/02/10 - The End of the Road For Texting Truckers
"The US Transportation Department is calling for a permanent ban on texting while driving, for interstate truck and bus drivers. An interim ban has been in place since January. The government says it is doing everything it can to make roads safer by reducing the threat of distracted drivers. The Transportation Department says nearly 6,000 people were killed and half a million injured in crashes involving distracted drivers in 2008." - Full Article Source

04/02/10 - Drill, Baby, Drill
KeelyNet The obama administration is proposing to open vast expanses of water along the Atlantic coastline, the eastern Gulf of Mexico and the north coast of Alaska to oil and natural gas drilling, much of it for the first time, officials said Tuesday. The proposal - a compromise that will please oil companies and domestic drilling advocates but anger some residents of affected states and many environmental organizations - would end a longstanding moratorium on oil exploration along the East Coast from the northern tip of Delaware to the central coast of Florida, covering 167 million acres of ocean. Under the plan, the coastline from New Jersey northward would remain closed to all oil and gas activity. So would the Pacific Coast, from Mexico to the Canadian border. - Full Article Source

04/02/10 - Europe's Space Agency Wants To Do What NASA Can't
"The European Space Agency is moving forward with a plan to land an autonomous spacecraft on the moon by 2017, with the idea a manned vehicle could land there sometime in the future. It's a mission NASA had on its roadmap before the current budget debate, but such plans seem doomed now. The ESA is now seeking proposals for a Lunar Lander that would land on the south polar region of the Moon where possible deposits of water ice, heavily cratered terrain and long periods of sunlight make it ripe for explorers and scientists, the agency stated." - Full Article Source

04/01/10 - Passover Profits - (Religion, politics and War generates money)
KeelyNet Last week I saw a can of tuna for $16.99, a $5 jar of jelly, and a $6 box of cereal. I felt like I was in a foreign country with rampant hyperinflation. Is this really in dollars? Maybe I'm supposed to convert the currency. Alas, I wasn't abroad. I was in the kosher-for-Passover section of an Atlanta grocery store. As observant Jews the world over can tell you, it's expensive to be one of us. From synagogue dues, to JCC memberships, to Jewish private school tuition, it all starts to add up rather quickly. Kosher meat, for example, costs approximately 20 percent more than nonkosher meat. But Passover takes the cake. (Metaphorically of course-most cake is forbidden on this leaven-free holiday.) In general, Passover food is marked up an additional 20 percent over regular kosher prices, hence the $24 box of matzo I saw at that same grocery. It seems we should add another question to the traditional four associated with Passover: Why is this food so darn expensive? Gee Benjamin... if you cast-off your ridiculous superstitions, you could buy normal food. - Full Article Source

04/01/10 - COFFINS FOR YOUR PETS (Jan, 1959)
KeelyNet DID any birds kick the bucket in your house lately? If they did, you can bury them in a miniature bird coffin designed and built by Bob Carpenter of Buffalo, N. Y., founder of The American Pet Casket Co. Bob’s tiny coffins-for-the-birds idea was hatched one day when he heard a woman complain about the scarcity of suitable caskets for dear departed songsters. He checked the local pet shops and found only a crude wooden box used for the purpose. Bob decided to design his own bird coffin. His sister’s mother-in-law, who was a worker in ceramics, agreed to help him. They came up with a 3×7-in. casket with looks and durability. The little caskets are white with painted linings in bird colors of green, yellow and blue. The lids are painted with flowers and each one is decorated with a tiny molded bird. Inside is a wee plastic foam mattress and pillow to make it look authentic. The ceramic models cost up to $6.50. If you want to give your deceased bird a ball of a burial you can also purchase a miniature floral wreath. This is a 4×6-in. job composed of artificial flowers, ribbons and lace with a Styrofoam back. Three sticks are furnished to keep the wreath erect on the grave. “People don’t put a price on sentiment when it comes to their pets,” says Bob. “Why some folks even bury their canaries in the family plot!” - (Commenter asks 'don't they have cigar boxes?' and there are several sites on the net for this market niche!) - Full Article 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

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. To give some idea of how Keely's discoveries are being slowly rediscovered in modern times, check out this Keely History. 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... - Full Article Source

'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." - Full Article 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 - Full Article Source

Hypnosis CD - 3 eBooks with How To Techniques and Many Cases
KeelyNet If you have a few minutes, you might want to read my page on hypnosis and all the amazing things associated with its application. Included is an experience I had when I hypnotized a neighbor kid when I was about 14. As well the hypnotic gaze of snakes, the discovery of 'eyebeams' which can be detected electronically, the Italian Hypnotist Robber who was caught on tape with his eyes glowing as cashiers handed over their money and remembered nothing, glamour and clouding the mind of others, several methods of trance induction and many odd cases, animal catatonia, healing, psychic phenomena, party/stage stunts, including my favorite of negative hallucination where you make your subject NOT see something...much more...if nothing else, its might be a hoot to read. - Full Article 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 / Full Article Source to Buy

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...

$5 Alt Science MP3s to listen while working/driving/jogging
KeelyNetNo time to sit back and watch videos? Here are 15 interesting presentations you can download for just $5 each and listen to while driving, working, jogging, etc. An easy way to learn some fascinating new things that you will find of use. Easy, cheap and simple, better than eBooks or Videos. Roughly 50MB per MP3. - Full Article Source

15 New Alternative Science DVDs & 15 MP3s
An assortment of alternative science videos that provide many insights and inside information from various experimenters. Also MP3s extracted from these DVDs that you can listen to while working or driving. Reference links for these lectures and workshops by Bill Beaty of Amateur Science on the Dark Side of Amateur Science, Peter Lindemann on the World of Free Energy, Norman Wootan on the History of the EV Gray motor, Dan Davidson on Shape Power and Gravity Wave Phenomena, Lee Crock on a Method for Stimulating Energy, Doug Konzen on the Konzen Pulse Motor, George Wiseman on the Water Torch and Jerry Decker on Aether, ZPE and Dielectric Nano Arrays. Your purchase of these products helps support KeelyNet, thanks!

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