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08/31/09 - The Water Pyramid - A Water Wonder in the Middle of a Desert
KeelyNet Matijn Nitzsche is a young entrepreneur from the Netherlands who created a water pyramid that produces distilled water from harvested rainwater using solar energy. Martijn's invention is an example of what the younger generation can do for a better world when knowledge and creativity are coupled with compassion. The Water Pyramid has come up as a mountain of hope in the distant, desolate Roopji Raja Beri near Pachpadra in Barmer district. Situated 125 km from Jodhpur, the village has a population of 1,000 who normally walk 4 km on an average per day to procure the precious commodity. Here men, out of sheer consideration for their women who walk miles to fetch water, normally never drink to their heart’s content. The Water Pyramid, towering at a height of nine metres and with a diameter of 30 metres, produces distilled water inside using solar energy while its exterior is used to harvest rainwater during the monsoon. The rainwater is collected separately, purified, and stored in a large ground tank with a capacity of 6 lakh litres (600,000 = 158,503 gallons). Named “Shiv Jal Dhara” -- as it was launched on Mahashivratri day recently -- the pyramid is only the second of its kind to come up in India. The first one is in the water-scarce Kutch, in Gujarat. The Water Pyramid, innovated by Martijn Nitzsche from The Netherlands, is patented and rewarded by the World Bank with the Development Marketplace Award-2006 for small-scale water innovations. It is a uniquely designed inflated foil structure which uses energy from the sun to evaporate brackish source water and condense it to high-quality drinking water. The concept is based on the solar still principle optimised for large areas. The main engagement for the women of Roopaji Raja Beri is to walk more than 4 km, spending around six hours a day to fetch water. Though there is a beri (well), after which the village is named, it has only saline water. The meagre agriculture practised in the area is dependent on the scanty rainfall. As there is no alternative source such as a talaab (pond) or baawdi (step-well), the sole source of water here is the monsoon. For any extra water beyond the collection made during the monsoon, they end up paying huge sums of money. "We have no money to buy water. So most of the time we steal water from neighbouring villages,” confesses Prema Ram, the village Sarpanch, rather shamefacedly. The JBF contributed Rs.1.5 lakh while the local Jal Sabha provided land for installing the pyramid. The plant has a capacity to produce 1,000 litres of safe drinking per day. The operational cost is minimal since direct sunlight is being used as the energy source. In this particular project the raw water with TDS in the range of 10,000 ppm is purified to ultra-pure distilled water. The State Public Health Engineering Department provides the raw water for the plant. There is a provision to manufacture salt also from the pyramid. - Source

08/31/09 - How a Solar-Hydrogen Economy Could Supply the World's Energy Needs
KeelyNet As the world's oil supply continues to dry out every day, the question of what will replace oil and other fossil fuels is becoming more and more urgent. According to the World Coal Institute, at the present rate of consumption, coal will run out in 130 years, natural gas in 60 years, and oil in 42 years. For Derek Abbott, Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of Adelaide in Australia, the answer is clear. In an invited opinion piece to be published in the Proceedings of the IEEE, Abbott argues that a solar-hydrogen economy is more sustainable and provides a vastly higher total power output potential than any other alternative. Solar thermal collectors are specifically designed to operate under hot temperatures. The idea is to use a curved mirror to focus sunlight to boil water and create steam, which is then used to power, for example, a Stirling heat engine to produce electricity. The system has already been demonstrated in California's Mojave Desert, which has been using a solar thermal system to heat oil in a closed-cycle instead of water for the past 20 years. Abbott calculates that, in order to supply the world's energy needs, the footprint of such a system with pessimistic assumptions would be equivalent to a plot of land of about 1250 km by 1250 km - about 8% of the land area of the hot deserts of the world. With less pessimistic assumptions, the land area could be reduced to 500 km by 500 km, corresponding to 1.7 billion solar dishes that are each 10 meters wide. At massive volumes, if these Stirling engine dishes could be produced at a cost of $1,000 each, the total world cost would be $1.7 trillion - "which is less than the going rate of a war these days," Abbott noted. He also believes that further cost savings can be made by considering 30-meter diameter dishes, driving much larger Rankine engines, in order to reduce overhead and maintenance costs. Ideally, Abbott says, solar farms should be distributed widely throughout the world in order to avoid geopolitical stresses and minimize transportation costs. Solar farms of one or two square km could be built in deserts in many regions: the Americas, Africa, Australasia, Asia, and the Middle East. - Source

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08/31/09 - 57% Would Like to Replace Entire Congress
If they could vote to keep or replace the entire Congress, just 25% of voters nationwide would keep the current batch of legislators. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 57% would vote to replace the entire Congress and start all over again. Eighteen percent (18%) are not sure how they would vote. Overall, these numbers are little changed since last October. When Congress was passing the unpopular $700-billion bailout plan in the heat of a presidential campaign and a seeming financial industry meltdown, 59% wanted to throw them all out. At that time, just 17% wanted to keep them. - Source

08/30/09 - Gravity Tractor to save Earth from Asteroids
KeelyNet The 10 tonne spacecraft named “gravity tractor” would be deployed to intercept an asteroid en route to the earth and has the ability to fly 160 ft alongside it. Once near an asteroid the craft will use gravitational force to pull the rock towards itself. Gradually the gravity tractor will be able to change the asteroids path and thus make sure it misses the earth. According to rough estimates of the American space agency NASA, there are more than 100,000 asteroids orbiting near the Earth and have the capacity to destroy cities. The engineers of space company EADS Astrium, which designs crafts for NASA and the European Space Agency, have made the gravity tractor. The team believes the craft could successfully divert the course of asteroids up to 430 yards across, which can release 100,000 times more than the Hiroshima bomb. The Telegraph quoted Dr Ralph Cordey, science and exploration business development manager at Astrium as saying: “Anything bigger than 30m (32 yards) across is a real threat to the Earth. "Unfortunately it is a matter of when rather than if one of them hits us. “The gravity tractor exploits the principals of very basic physics – every object with a mass has its own gravity that affects objects around it. It can move fairly large objects 300 metres (984ft) to 400 metres (1,312ft) across. “These asteroids are hurtling around our solar system at 10km per second, so when you scale that up, you just need a tiny nudge to send it off course.” - Source

08/30/09 - The Viktor Schauberger Phenomenon
It may sound like a plot for a science fiction novel, but at the conclusion of World War II, the Germans had actually developed disc-shaped, fully functioning flying machines—what we now call flying saucers. Viktor Schauberger, a gifted Austrian scientist (1885–1958), was the inventor of this unique flying machine. Schauberger's implosion principles are diametrically opposed to how today's explosion-oriented propulsion technology is utilized. Implosion involves a self-sustaining vortex flow of any liquid or gaseous medium, which in turn has a concentrating, ordering effect and which decreases the temperature of the medium, in opposition to the dictates of modern thermodynamics. These words sound impressive, but why would the Nazis have spent a fortune to finance Schauberger's ideas? What did they hope to gain from such a last-ditch effort? And what technological hurdles still needed to be overcome? The Nazis, in a desperate attempt to win, needed superior air power to turn the war in their favor, so they pressed Schauberger into service. At this time, he was already testing concepts of vortex dynamics when he constructed water sluices for log transport. This invention enabled him to move logs of an extremely high specific weight that normally cannot be transported on water. He did so by controlling water temperature and vortex flow. This success led him to develop the speedy flying discs as well as other hydroelectric projects, including the effective use of jet turbine hydroelectric power. Using these liquid vortex principles, Schauberger supervised construction of actual working prototypes of levitating discs. While the initial prototype of the German-made flying saucer rose approximately 206 feet into the air before it crash-landed, some of these machines later flew considerable distances at tremendous speed. At the end of World War II, the remainder of Schauberger’s research work fell into Russian and American military hands. After the war, Schauberger worked further on his inventions and perfected the concept of closed-cycle water-based power generation through vortex action, which had fueled these early-stage flying saucers. In the late 1950's, U.S. and Canadian companies enticed him to come to North America with promises that further development and application of his technologies would be generously subsidized. However, as soon they discovered he wouldn’t cooperate with military application of his work, the deal was over. One U.S. consortium is said to have confiscated his writings and patents, and would only permit his return to Austria if he signed a promissory document, not to promote his technology further. - Source

08/30/09 - Wireless Electricity and Nikola Tesla
[Eric Giler] has a talk available over at TED that discusses and demos delivering electricity without wires. Called WiTricity, these methods were developed by a team at MIT a few years ago who were working off of the concepts of Nicolai Tesla. The facts shared about our current energy delivery system are a bit shocking; we’ve spent over $1 trillion in infrastructure and produce more than 40 billion disposable batteries each year. The demonstration in the video starts about 6:30 into it. At first we see a flat panel television powered wirelessly from about 6 feet away, then the T-Mobile G1 powered from the same distance. The thought of new TVs coming with WiFi and WiTricity standard would mean just hanging it on the wall with no cords to run. We can also image cellphones that have a battery only for backup purposes when you were not near a transmitter. The power transfer occurs between two coils that resonate at the same frequency and only that frequency. This remind us a bit of Orson Scott Card’s fantasy communications device from the Ender’s Saga. - Source

08/30/09 - Forced vaccinations, quarantine camps, health care interrogations and more
The United States of America is devolving into medical fascism and Massachusetts is leading the way with the passage of a new bill, the "Pandemic Response Bill" 2028, reportedly just passed by the MA state Senate and now awaiting approval in the House. This bill suspends virtually all Constitutional rights of Massachusetts citizens and forces anyone "suspected" of being infected to submit to interrogations, "decontaminations" and vaccines. It also sets fines up to $1,000 per day for anyone who refuses to submit to quarantines, vaccinations, decontamination efforts or to follow any other verbal order by virtually any state-licensed law enforcement or medical personnel. You can read the text yourself here: - Source

08/30/09 - Obama Creating A Nazi/Saddam Hussein Army???
Have you heard that Obama is fashioning himself a private Army, made up of Americorps volunteers? It's true! And who hasn't gazed upon the average gaggle of Americorps volunteers, fresh and clueless from college, and thought to themselves: "From this raw material, I could surely fashion a brutal cadre of fearsome shock troops that will finally bring Western civilization to its knees!" The mere prospect of such a thing happening led Beck to compare President Obama to Saddam Hussein, underscoring the way Hussein attempted to tyrannically "adopt" all of Kuwait's highways. - Source

08/29/09 - 6th sense using Wake tracking, Vortex Rings and the lateral-line system
Biophysicists at the Technische Universitaet Muenchen are leading an effort to develop and apply models of the so-called lateral-line system found in fish and some amphibians. This sensory organ enables an animal, even in murky water, to map its surroundings and recognize other animals. The organ that makes this possible is the lateral-line system, which registers changes in currents and even smaller disturbances, providing backup support for the sense of sight particularly in dark or muddy waters. This remote sensing system, at first glance mysterious, rests on measurement of the pressure distribution and velocity field in the surrounding water. The lateral-line organs responsible for this are aligned along the left and right sides of the fish's body and also surround the eyes and mouth. They consist of gelatinous, flexible, flag-like units about a tenth of a millimeter long. These so-called neuromasts - which sit either directly on the animal's skin or just underneath, in channels that water can permeate through pores - are sensitive to the slightest motion of the water. Coupled to them are hair cells similar to the acoustic pressure sensors in the human inner ear. Nerves deliver signals from the hair cells for processing in the brain, which localizes and identifies possible sources of the changes detected in the water's motion. The TUM researchers have discovered another interesting formula. With this one, the angle between a fish's axis and a vortex street can be computed from the signals that a lateral-line system acquires. The peak capability of this computation matches the best that a fish's nervous system can do. The computed values for nerve signals from an animal's sensory organ agree astonishingly well with the actual measured electrical impulses from the discharge of nerve cells. "The lateral-line sense fascinated me from the start because it's fundamentally different from other senses such as vision or hearing, not just at first glance but also the second," van Hemmen says. "It's not just that it describes a different quality of reality, but also that in place of just two eyes or ears this sense is fed by many discrete lateral-line organs - from 180 in the clawed frog to several thousand in a fish, each of which in turn is composed of several neuromasts. The integration behind it is a tour de force." With a sense modeled on the lateral-line system, but which would function as well in air as under water, robots might for example move safely among crowds of people. But such a system also offers many promising applications in the water. Underwater robots could use it to orient themselves during the exploration of inaccessible cave systems and deep-sea volcanoes. Autonomous submarines could also locate obstacles in turbid water. Such an underwater vehicle is currently being developed within the framework of the EU project CILIA, in collaboration with the TUM chair for guidance and control technology. - Source

08/29/09 - Acoustic tweezers can position tiny objects
KeelyNet While optical tweezers are large and expensive, acoustic tweezers are smaller than a dime, small enough to fabricate on a chip using standard chip manufacturing techniques. They can also manipulate live cells without damaging or killing them. The wavelength of the applied standing acoustic wave was 200 micrometers and the power intensity was 2,000 watts per meter squared. Acoustic tweezers work by setting up a standing surface acoustic wave. If two sound sources are placed opposite each other and each emits the same wavelength of sound, there will be a location where the opposing sounds cancel each other. This location can be considered a trough. Because sound waves have pressure, they can push very small objects, so a cell or nanoparticle will move with the sound wave until it reaches the trough where there is no longer movement. The particle or cell will stop and "fall" into the trough. If the sound comes from two parallel sound sources facing each other, the troughs form a line or series of lines. If the sound sources are at right angles to each other, the troughs form an evenly spaced set of rows and columns like a checkerboard. Here too, the particles are pushed until they reach the location where the sound is no longer moving. - (This article gives a good description of how waves can be conjugated to produce useful effects. Lookup Cymatics for more information... And check out the research of Dr. Ivanov on Rythmodynamics. - JWD) - Source

08/29/09 - Better Place Targets Tokyo Taxis for Battery Switch Application
Better Place today announced that it has received an award from the Japanese government to conduct a pilot project in Tokyo for the world’s first electric taxis with switchable batteries. “This puts the Better Place battery switch system to use in a real-world application involving heavy-use vehicles that drive much more than the average passenger car. It also enables us to begin to convert taxis to clean, zero emission transportation.” Japanese taxis represent a mere two percent of all passenger vehicles on the road in Japan, yet they emit approximately 20 percent of all carbon dioxide (CO2) from vehicles due to their average distance traveled in a given day. In Tokyo alone, there are approximately 60,000 taxis, a far greater number than in New York, Paris, or Hong Kong. The outcome of the Tokyo pilot program for electric taxis could point to opportunities in other urban centers. Additionally, success within the heavy use taxi industry will help to ensure efficient technology transfer to the mass market, where daily mileage is far less on average. The electric taxi pilot will showcase the everyday use applications of the Better Place model, and will involve the construction of a Better Place battery switch site at a location in the Roppongi Hills area in Central Tokyo. Up to four newly modified and fully operational electric taxis will be operated from an existing taxi lane for environmentally-friendly vehicles at the Roppongi Hills complex. Tokyo R&D Co., a specialist in automotive engineering and production, will supply the EVs based on commercially available vehicles with the necessary battery latch mechanisms and switchable batteries. Tokyo R&D also will be involved with building the battery switch site and provide diagnostic software for the pilot. The vehicles will be put into standard taxi service by the Nihon Kotsu taxi company. Battery switching duration, vehicle range, and battery resistance to degradation will be tested under actual operating conditions. - Source

08/29/09 - Plextronics: Developing Inks that Convert Sunlight into Electricity
KeelyNet Imagine being able to “print out” solar-photovoltaic cells on to just about any type of base—from electronic gadgets and textiles to walls, windows and roofs. While there are numerous hurdles—technological and financial—to negotiate, the ability to manufacture PV cells from the readily available hydrocarbon feedstock used to make plastics would ratchet down manufacturing costs—possibly as low as $1/watt—while making scaling up production capacity that much easier and profitable, industry insiders and analysts say. - Source

08/29/09 - Generating Electricity from Deceleration of Heavy Vehicles
New Energy Technologies, Inc. (OTCBB: NENE), a next-generation alternative and renewable energy developer, today announced successful completion of its first-ever MotionPowerTM prototype energy harvester for heavy trucks and vehicles for installation at such locations as truck stops, weigh scales, commercial ports of entry, and shipping sites. This newly developed technology complements the Company’s previously prototyped MotionPower™ system for cars and light trucks. MotionPower™ technology is a roadway-based system that is designed to be installed in locations where vehicles decelerate or stop, thus ensuring that vehicles are not ‘robbed’ of energy they would otherwise use to accelerate. Instead, MotionPower™ devices assist vehicles in slowing down, and in the process of doing so, capture the vehicles’ motion energy before it is lost as brake heat, and creatively convert that energy into clean, ‘green’ electricity. Designed as a roadway-based system for installation where vehicles are required to decelerate or stop, MotionPower™ technology assists vehicles in slowing down, and in the process of doing so, captures the slowing vehicles’ motion (kinetic) energy before it is lost as brake heat, and creatively converts that energy into clean, ‘green’ electricity. Once fully optimized for efficiency, engineers envision New Energy’s MotionPower™ device for cars and light trucks could be installed at high traffic locations such as toll booths, traffic intersections, rest areas, travel plazas, border crossings, neighborhoods with traffic calming zones, parking sites similar to the tests sites at the Four Seasons Washington, DC and Holiday Inn Express® locations, and drive-thrus such as the recently announced Burger King® test site. New Energy’s brand new MotionPower™ energy harvester for long-haul trucks and heavy vehicles has been developed as a fully functional, small scale prototype which makes use of innovative fluid-driven systems, thus eliminating most mechanical parts – an important feature designed to minimize mechanical wear and reduce future maintenance costs. - Source

08/29/09 - Has the Balloon Burst for Inflatable Electric Cars?
KeelyNet A California-based electric car company that wants to make inflatable cars, using pressure membrane technology developed by the aerospace industry, is indignant because the government won’t give it money to do so. This is what our Bailout Nation is coming to: XP Vehicles, whose website won’t say who is running the company because “it is too easy for our competitors to poach them,” is calling upon supporters to write to Congress because the U.S. Department of Energy rejected its application form for an Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing Loan. They say they have developed “an entirely new way to build a car; and it is a car that not a single one of our competitors has been able to beat on safety, price, performance, range, capital cost or over (sic) 200 other features and advantages.” You’ve got to be bold to try to start a car company from scratch. XP says “most of the smaller, advanced technology electric car companies’ applications are being rejected in favor of Ford, Nissan and GM applicants.” That wouldn’t surprise me. Government loans, grants and regulations tend to favor incumbents, partly because the big players have influence over how the loan programs are crafted and the rules are written. - Source

08/29/09 - Garbage in, energy out
Municipal garbage trucks – diverted from the city landfill across the road – dump their loads of solid waste on the concrete floor, where a front-end loader moves the garbage into a shredder that also removes metals for recycling. The shredded waste is then pushed into piles where it can be fed onto a conveyor belt that delivers it to the company's patented plasma-gasification system. In harnessing that energy, Plasco chemically transforms Ottawa's residential garbage into a synthetic gas that is used to generate electricity – without emitting greenhouse gases. The process also produces some commercial byproducts such as sulphur, water and solid aggregate. Governments are looking to generate power from renewable sources in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to divert garbage from landfills, where tipping fees are expected to climb dramatically as available land becomes scarce. Despite recycling efforts, North Americans currently throw out the equivalent of 99 million green garbage bags a day. The energy content from virtually all of that material can be recovered in the form of electricity, steam or even ethanol. Plasco's innovation is the use of a plasma, an ionized, superheated cloud akin to lightning and often referred to as the fourth state of matter. Plasco's plasma torches efficiently break down molecules into basic elements, that are then reformed into synthetic gas that is used to power generators. - Source

08/29/09 - Dual-screen laptop on sale by Christmas
KeelyNet The gScreen Spacebook will boast two 15.4 in screens which can slide away to fill the space of a single screen when the laptop is being stored or transported. The dual-screen laptop is aimed at professional video editors, photographers and designers who need to flick between different applications to carry out their work. But anyone willing to meet the expected $3,000 (£1,835) price tag should be warned that the double screen is likely to push the weight of the Spacebook significantly above standard laptops. The energy demands of running two monitors will also prove a drain on the computer's batteries. Other technology firms have produced laptops with smaller bolt-on second screens, but this is believed to be the first model with twin monitors of equal size. - Source

08/29/09 - Obama Shadow Government contains strange bedfellows
President Obama's Shadow Government has begun to attract attention as more is known about the people he has appointed to positions that need no Congressional approval. The past history of appointee Van Jones has raised some questions. He has been reported to be a radical Communist and black national leader. Jones was appointed by Obama in March as the special advisor for green jobs, enterprise and innovation at the White House Council of Environmental Quallity. Jones was a founder and leader of the communist revolutionary organization Standing Together to Organize a Revolutionary Movement (STORM). The organization was a group of black people organizing to protest the first Gulf War. It became one of the most influential and active radical groups in the San Francisco Bay area. One of Jones associates included Elizabeth Martinez, a long-time member member of the Communist Party USA. She sits along side former Weathermen radical, long time friends of Obama, Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dohm on the board of the Movement for a a Democratic Society. Jones son is named after the late Marxist revolutionary leader Amilcar Carbral With such a history, it is obvious that Jones would never survive a congressional hearing so instead Obama added him to the Shadow Government with its collection of Czars so that an investigation of his past would not be required. By doing this, the transparency that Obama promised during the campaign could be circumvented. Obama's long time connection with other Communist-leaning revolutionists can no longer be hidden. That he would bring one into the White House has brought attention to the past that he avoided being exposed during the campaign. Now every person that has been appointed to Obama's Shadow government is being scutinized and no amount of diversion can keep their past activities hidden. - Source

08/28/09 - UQ expert's invention scores a clean coal coup
KeelyNet A UNIVERSITY of Queensland scientist said yesterday he had successfully tested technology that delivers twice the power from coal while minimising greenhouse gas emissions. The exciting breakthrough, which could provide a billion-dollar windfall for the state, may revolutionise the way the world uses coal, a university spokesman said. Professor John Zhu, of the school of chemical engineering, created a series of direct carbon fuel cells (DCFC) in which burning coal generates highly energy-efficient electricity. ''The very high-energy efficiency of the new technology will effectively halve the amount of coal required to create electricity,'' he said. Dr Zhu, the son of a primary school teacher, said traditional power stations, which burnt coal to heat water to make steam to power turbines, were outmoded. He said his process used a coal and air mix to produce electrons inside special carbon fuel cells. He said scientists in California were working on a similar process, but he believed he and his team at the university had beaten them to the punch. ''The DCFC produces pure carbon dioxide as a byproduct, making it much easier to manage." He said the next stage in the development would involve consulting with the energy sector and securing industry and government funding to ''scale up'' the fuel cell technology. This could take 10 years. - Source

08/28/09 - Indian Cytotron for non-invasive Cancer and Osteoarthritis treatment
KeelyNet The basic idea behind this technology is to alter the Tran-Membrane Potential (TMP, -potential or voltage difference between the inside and outside of the cell membrane) in human tissue to stimulate specific protein using TMP pathways resulting in tissue regeneration or degeneration as required.” Dr. Kumar informed that approximately 140 terminal cancer patients had undergone treatment so far through the Cytotron during clinical trials. Of these, the one-year survival rate was 52% while 92% of the patients had improved quality of life, for whatever period they lived, as assessed by accepted quality of life assessment protocols. “The technology has a proven track record and 52 per cent of the end stage cancer patients, who were expected to live for a month or two have survived more than a year. The three primary aims we are looking with this technology are arrest cancer growth, stop its spread from organ to organ and provide better quality of life,” said Dr. Kumar. With the Cytotron now being recognized and accepted as one of the therapeutic modality with the grant of the EU certification, there has been a widespread interest in the technology for treatment of Cancer and Osteoarthritis. The Cytotron, a breakthrough innovation, is different from other treatments for cancer like surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy for the cancer patients. Based on Rotational Field Quantum Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (RFQMR) technology, the treatment modality through Cytotron is highly advanced treatment that shows phenomenal improvement in patient's quality of life, without leaving any major side-effect, in-fact combining Cytotron with chemotherapy, substantially reduces the side effects of even powerful chemotherapeutic molecules. On the other hand Cytotron Radiosensitize the tumor for traditional Radiotherapy to work better on the tumor and reduce collateral damages as the surrounding tissue will have lower radio-sensitivity. “Conventional radiotherapy uses ionising radiation at the high frequency end of the spectrum and can cause collateral damage however, Cytotron uses a more benign, non-ionising variable proton density guided resonance approach (the cells that sing the loudest will be attacked first, these are the cancer stem cells, the next in line is poorly differentiated cells, than the moderately differentiated and finally well differentiated ones, normal cells don’t sing at all so they are never attacked” and thus said to have no side effects.” said Dr. Kumar. The Cytotron looks like a MRI scanner, with a big bore; it has a gantry carrying 864 guns or radiating antennae, each of which produces Radio frequency (RF) radiation simultaneously with high instantaneous magnetic field. These signals are delivered using a special near field antenna and parabolic reflectors to the deviantly behaving biological tissues. RFQMR is the technology and science behind the device Cytotron this will soon emerge as an important branch of science. / The Institute of Aerospace Medicine (IAM) of the Indian Air Force and the Bangalore-based Centre for Advanced Research and Development (CARD) have taken up a project to study the efficacy of high-power electromagnetic beams in the treatment of end-stage cancer. Of the 50 terminally ill cancer patients with whom the project was initiated in July 2004, 35 have survived so far. Of these, 20 patients have gone back to work. All these patients were given only a few weeks to live and had been sent home as their condition was untreatable. The patients had also suffered side-effects of chemotherapy and radiotherapy such as pain, loss of hair and appetite. Unlike these treatments, the new method is non-invasive and painless. / Osteoarthritis project - Earlier, the IAM had initiated a project to treat 120 patients suffering from osteoarthritis. After being treated with RFQMR, all the patients experienced pain relief in just five exposures and could walk for some distance. - Source

08/28/09 - Alkaline Fuel Cell Membrane Delivers Promise of Affordable Fuel Cells
KeelyNet Professor Yushan Yan of UC Riverside and associates have developed an alkaline membrane that they believe will one day replace Nafion® and enable non-precious metal fuel cell catalysts that are composed of elements such as cobalt, nickel, iron and silver. These metals cost between $2 and $12 per ounce as compared to platinum that currently trades in the range of $1,200/ounce and peaked at over $2,000/ounce last summer. As this innovation is commercialized it will lead to a massive drop in the cost of goods needed to produce fuel cells. This price reduction will allow fuel cells to have a lower price point per watt than internal combustion engines and batteries. Recently, Dr Yan’s lab has demonstrated a power density of 250 mW/cm2 using an alkaline membrane composed of quaternary phosphonium based polymers. His team expects to improve this in the near future. By switching from an acidic medium to a basic one, hydroxide (OH-) exchange membrane fuel cells (HEMFCs) have the potential to solve the problems of catalyst cost and durability while achieving high power and energy density. In a basic environment, the cathode oxygen reduction over-potential can be significantly reduced, leading to high fuel cell efficiency, and non-precious metals can be used as catalysts which are also more durable in a basic medium. Further, HEMFCs can offer fuel flexibility using hydrogen, methanol, ethanol, ethylene glycol, and other inexpensive, easily produced and biodegradable fuels because of their low overpotential for hydrocarbon fuel oxidation and reduced fuel crossover. “This is a breakthrough that will make fuel cells so efficient and inexpensive that it will revolutionize energy conversion and storage on a global scale.” said Dr. Yan. - Source

08/28/09 - Reward Offered For Coconut Picking Machine
India seeks innovative solution to coconut picker shortage A southern Indian state is offering 1m rupees (£12,500) to anyone who can invent a coconut-picking machine. A labour shortage in Kerala has reduced the size of the state’s once-bountiful coconut harvest. The offer of funding from Kerala’s industries department is open to anyone around the world who can devise a machine to reach coconuts at 30 metres. - Source

08/28/09 - Too Cool not to post - ElectraPour Illuminates Your Drinks
KeelyNet Attach this spout to a bottle of liquor. As you pour, a LED light will illuminate the liquid. Unlike similar gadgets, it only lights up when liquid pours through it, adding a cool visual effect to bartending during its four-hour battery life. / Great if you're a bartender, the ElectraPour is ideal for dark conditions when people are watching expectantly for their next shot! Although it can take a matter of seconds to pour a shot out, it can seem like a lifetime if you're the one wanting to swig it down, so the ElectraPour helps to provide a nice light show to keep everyone entertained in the meantime! We can't claim to know all the ins and outs of the science behind the ElectraPour, but when the liquid passes through the pourer it activates the interior red LED light. Unlike other light-up pourers which simply flash when you pour, the ElectraPour actually lights up the stream of liquor pouring out of the spout! From: £4.49 - Source

08/28/09 - More Americans Having Power Shut Off
More Americans are having their power shut off as the weak economy makes it harder to pay bills.”We see record numbers of households becoming disconnected or in danger of disconnection,” says Mark Bixby, energy director of Rockford, Ill. Five years ago, his office distributed federal funds annually to about 300 households that had their power cut off. Last year, it was 1,834 households, and the number is likely to go up this year, he says: “It’s families that can’t find work.” - Source

08/28/09 - Using a House's Concrete Foundation To Cool a PC
"Well the slab gets poured on Wednesday so I thought I would sink 6 meters of copper pipe in the slab so that I can run my water loop through it when the house is finished. I hope to have water year round at about 16deg [about 61F]. No need for radiators or fans with chilled water coming straight out of the slab!" - Source

08/28/09 - Sun Supplies Heat For This House (Feb, 1940)
KeelyNet OLD SOL provides the heat for the hot water system in this new sun laboratory, recently completed at Massachusetts Institute of Technology for research on using the sun rays for house heating and power generation. The man on the roof is Dr. Byron B. Woertz, research assistant, who is inspecting energy collectors, or “heat traps,” in which circulating water is heated by sunlight and stored in a large basement tank for future use. - Source

08/28/09 - Obesity May Accelerate Brain Aging
"According to the US News and World Report, a recent study has shown a link between obesity and the loss of neurological tissue. The brains of elderly patients who were obese had on average 8% less tissue than their trimmer counterparts. Overweight patients had brains lighter by about 4%. This could have implications for the onset of dementia illnesses such as Alzheimer's. Just one more risk factor to add to the growing body (no pun intended) of reasons to try and stay trim." - Source

08/28/09 - Steam-Powered Car Breaks Century-Old Speed Record
KeelyNet "New Scientist reports that a steam-powered car has broken the 1906 record of 204 km/hr (127 mph) for the fastest steam-powered automobile, the Stanley Steamer. The Inspiration made a top speed of 225 kilometres per hour (140 miles per hour) on August 26. 'The car's engine burns liquid petroleum gas to heat water in 12 suitcase-sized boilers, creating steam heated to 400C. The steam then drives a two-stage turbine that spins at 13,000 revolutions per minute to power its wheels.The FIA requires two 1.6-km-long runs to be performed in opposite directions — to cancel out any effect from wind — within 60 minutes.'" - Source

08/28/09 - High-Tech Blimps Earning Their Wings
"The US Army this week showed off its latest high-tech blimp laden with powerful radar systems capable of detecting incoming threats 340 miles away. The helium-filled blimps, or aerostats, are designed to hover over war zones or high-security areas and be on guard for incoming missiles or other threats. The Army wants them to reduce some of the need for manned and unmanned reconnaissance flights. The aerostat demonstrated this week is known as the Joint Land Attack Cruise Missile Defense Elevated Sensor System (JLENS), which is designed to fly up to an altitude of 10,000 feet. According to, the $1.4 billion JLENS is a large, unpowered elevated sensor moored to the ground by a long cable. From its position above the battlefield, the elevated sensors will allow incoming cruise missiles to be detected, tracked, and engaged by surface-based air defense systems even before the targets can be seen by the systems." - Source

08/28/09 - US Call-Center Jobs — That Pay $100K a Year
"BusinessWeek profiles a call center company called iQor which has grown revenues 40% year-on-year by (shock) treating employees as critical assets. It's done this not by nickel-and-diming, but by expanding its US operations (13 centers across the US now), giving employees universal health insurance, and paying salaries and bonuses that are nearly 50% above industry norms. The article notes that outsourcing will continue and globalization will continue to change the world's economic landscape. 'But the US is hardly helpless. With smart processes and the proper incentives, US companies can keep jobs here in America, and do so in a way that is actually better for the company and its employees.' Now if only other companies get a clue as well." / (Wish all companies treated staff this way. - JWD) - Source

08/28/09 - Nazi's Emerge for - Emergency Government Control of the Internet?
"A newly proposed bill would give Uncle Sam the power to disconnect private sector computers from the internet in the event of a 'cyber security emergency.' As usual, our government is trying to take away our privacy by citing security. What actually counts as a 'Cyber-Security Emergency?' Does the president now have the option of disconnecting people when they disagree with his policies? How about disconnecting bloggers that criticize his health care reform? What counts as an emergency? Can political opponents be deemed a cyber-security emergency?" - Source

08/28/09 - Energy companies want to buy closed Ford plant
Two alternative energy companies planning to buy a closed Ford Motor Co. factory near Detroit want to convert it into the country's largest renewable energy park, with at least 2,800 workers building storage batteries, solar panels and possibly wind turbines. The proposed $725 million project outlined to state lawmakers Wednesday would be a coup for a state in desperate need of jobs. Michigan, with the highest unemployment rate in the nation, hopes to become a major player in the green economy. Legislative committees on Wednesday began passing the tax breaks, which must be put in place quickly because Xtreme and Clairvoyant face a Sept. 14 deadline to apply for federal loan guarantees for renewable energy projects. Less than half of the 4.7 million square feet of building space would be used to make the companies' own products; the rest would be leased to suppliers and other renewable energy companies. The companies also are looking to add a university facility on site to conduct research and train engineers and other highly skilled workers. Xtreme Power CEO Carlos Coe said the "vast majority" of hires would be people already living in Michigan, including those with a manufacturing background. "They have a good base of knowledge to start from," he said. "What we're going to teach them to do is build something completely different." - Source

08/28/09 - Media multitaskers pay mental price, Stanford study shows
People who are regularly bombarded with several streams of electronic information do not pay attention, control their memory or switch from one job to another as well as those who prefer to complete one task at a time, a group of Stanford researchers has found. High-tech jugglers are everywhere – keeping up several e-mail and instant message conversations at once, text messaging while watching television and jumping from one website to another while plowing through homework assignments. But after putting about 100 students through a series of three tests, the researchers realized those heavy media multitaskers are paying a big mental price. "They're suckers for irrelevancy," said communication Professor Clifford Nass, one of the researchers whose findings are published in the Aug. 24 edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. "Everything distracts them." Social scientists have long assumed that it's impossible to process more than one string of information at a time. The brain just can't do it. - Source

08/28/09 - Will Iraq Be a Global Gas Pump?
Iraq's great hydrocarbon promise has been continually thwarted by war, foreign intervention, sanctions, internal disorder, corruption, and plain old ineptitude. Saddam Hussein did succeed for a time in elevating oil output, in the process raising national income and creating a well-educated middle class. However, his ill-conceived invasions of Iran in 1980 and Kuwait in 1990 led to devastating attacks on Iraqi oil facilities, as well as trade embargoes and crippling debt, erasing much of his country's previous economic gains. The trade sanctions imposed by Presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton in the wake of the First Gulf War only further eroded the country's oil-production capacity. When President George W. Bush launched the invasion of Iraq in March 2003, his overarching goals all revolved around the geopolitics of oil. He and his top officials were intent on replacing Saddam Hussein's regime with one that would prove friendly to American oil interests. They also imagined that, greeted as liberators by a grateful population, they would preside over a radical upgrading of Iraq's petroleum capacity, thereby ensuring adequate supplies for American consumers at an affordable price. Finally, by building and manning a constellation of major military bases in a grateful Iraq, they saw themselves ensuring continued American dominance over the oil-soaked Persian Gulf region, and so the energy heartland of the planet. - Source

08/28/09 - DOE Offers $1M Prize For Breakthrough Hydrogen Tech
After trying to cut research funding by hundreds of millions for hydrogen technology (most of which was restored by Congress), the Department of Energy has announced a $1 million prize for a hydrogen technology breakthrough. The contest seeks an entry that will improve current hydrogen storage issues, involving highly-pressurized tanks. But plenty of rules, red tape, and a short deadline may shortchange this contest of its best entrants. - Source

08/28/09 - Ghostly Companions - The Third Man
Accounts of experiencing a supportive presence in extreme situations—sometimes called the "third-man phenomenon"—are common in mountaineering ­literature. In 1933, Frank Smythe made it to within a 1,000 feet of the summit of Mount Everest before ­turning around. On the way down, he stopped to eat a mint cake, cutting it in half to share with . . . someone who wasn't there but who had seemed to be his ­partner all day. Again on Nanga Parbat, on a 1970 climb during which his brother died, Reinhold Messner ­recalled being accompanied by a companion who ­offered ­wordless comfort and encouragement. In "The Third Man Factor," John Geiger, a fellow at the University of Toronto, presents many accounts of such experiences, and not only from climbers. "These occurrences," Mr. Geiger writes, "suggest a radical idea—that we are never, really, truly alone, that we can summon someone—some other—in certain situations, most commonly in extreme and ­unusual environments." Mr. Geiger notes that ascetics and hermits have reported similar encounters. The theories for explaining the third-man ­experience vary widely. Scientists, by contrast, have discovered how to evoke the sensation of a shared ­presence by stimulating the brain with ­electricity. Mr. Messner, the mountaineer, leans toward the idea that the third-man phenomenon is a survival strategy hard-wired into the brain. "The body is ­inventing ways to provide company," he says. Although Mr. Geiger never shoots down any specific theory, he seems to endorse a biochemical ­explanation. "It is possibly even an evolutionary ­adaption," he writes. "Imagine the advantage for ­primitive man, ­perhaps ­separated during a hunt, alone far from his tribal group, to have the guiding hand of a companion pointing the way home." But the ­phenomenon is not limited to ­people in extremis. Mr. Geiger notes that children often experience ­real-seeming "imaginary friends," while ­widows and widowers say that they feel the presence of a ­deceased spouse. - Source

08/28/09 - More details on the high speed Robotic Hand
A few blogs are passing around videos of the Ishikawa Komuro Lab's high-speed robot hand performing impressive acts of dexterity and skillful manipulation. However, the video being passed around is slight on details. Meanwhile, their video presentation at ICRA 2009 (which took place in May in Kobe, Japan) has an informative narration and demonstrates additional capabilities. I have included this video below, which shows the manipulator dribbling a ping-pong ball, spinning a pen, throwing a ball, tying knots, grasping a grain of rice with tweezers, and tossing / re-grasping a cellphone! - Source

08/28/09 - Warmer seas mean more food for fish
Scientists have found that plankton, the basis of marine food webs, might react predictably to ocean warming. The team warmed 4-litre "microcosms" of seawater. They found that phytoplankton grew slightly faster with every degree of temperature rise. But zooplankton grew – and ate the phytoplankton – faster still. Zooplankton only retain about 10 per cent of the biomass of phytoplankton they eat, so there was a fall in biomass overall. This might not be entirely bad news for people, says O'Connor. More zooplankton means more food for fish, though such top-heavy food webs could crash, she warns. "The effect could be translated up the food chain," she says. But if nutrients in the water are limited, "that top-heavy food web structure could be less stable, and crash all together." - Source

08/28/09 - Robot legs can make a pogo stick jump 9 feet
BowGo’s pogo stick –- patented by Carnegie Mellon and based on technology developed for robotic legs –- is likely to dominate Pogopalooza, the annual gathering of the best extreme pogo athletes in the world. The conventional pogo stick uses a coiled steel spring. The pogo stick pole has a handle at one end, footpads on the other, a spring that supports you and the stick. Pogo sticks were originally patented in 1919 by George Hansburg, an Illinois furniture maker. The name is allegedly derived from "Pohlmann & Goppel," a manufacturer from Springe in Lower Saxony. With the conventional stick, you can jump only a few feet into the air. Bouncing on the BowGo, your feet are 15 inches above the bottom of the BowGo's footpad, and you can attain dizzying heights using a fiber-reinforced composite (FRC) bow rather than a coiled spring. "Athletes riding BowGos are favored to win the high jump event [at Pogopalooza], possibly clearing 9 or 9 1/2 feet," says Nick Ryan. - Source

08/28/09 - Down with MPG, MPGe, G/100M, KWh/100M
It's time to drop miles-per-gallon ratings, or any other one-size-fits-all fuel economy measurement for vehicles. Miles-per-gallon ratings have always been less useful to consumers than other measurements of fuel consumption, but as we move to using biofuels and to driving cars powered by electricity, they are becoming completely useless. What's needed instead is a system that tells consumers how much they can expect to pay to operate a car and how often they'll have to fill up. The system should also tell regulators how much gas will be consumed (if the point of a policy is to reduce oil imports, say) and how much pollution will be emitted. The figures given would be dollars per month and stops per month for consumers, and regulators would be told the pounds of key pollutants emitted per year and gallons of gas consumed per year. The figures would be personalized based on basic information on driving provided by consumers. The recent debate about General Motors' claim that the upcoming Volt plug-in hybrid will get 230 mpg is a case in point. The number is nearly meaningless, in some ways overselling the car and in some ways hiding its potential benefits. The fact is that the car won't use any gas at all for most commutes, relying only on electricity stored in the battery--but it will still consume energy and result in power plant emissions. And on long trips, that fuel economy will drop to 50 mpg or less as a gas generator switches on to recharge the battery. There are similar problems with flex-fuel vehicles that can burn either gas or ethanol. They will get far fewer miles per gallon running on ethanol than running on gasoline. And then you pair a flex-fuel vehicle with a plug-in hybrid and things get even worse. Consumers won't know what they're getting with a miles-per-gallon rating. - Source

08/28/09 - Watermelon Juice: The New Fuel?
KeelyNet According to a new study, leftover watermelons from farms' harvests could be converted into up to 9.4 million liters (2.5 million gallons) of clean, renewable ethanol fuel every year destined for your car, truck, or airplane's gas tank. Agriculturally, watermelon is a peculiar fruit -- each year farmers across the country leave between 20 and 40 percent of their crop to rot on the ground. These are the ugly ducklings of the lot; though perfectly fine on the inside, the misshapen or blemished melons simply won't sell at the grocery store. "If a crow lands on a melon, takes two pecks at the rind, and then flies away, it's no good," Wayne Fish of the United States Department of Agriculture in Lane, Oklahoma said. "I had farmers telling me, 'I'm leaving one-fifth of my melons on the land. Is there anything I can do with them?'" Across the United States, he estimated that 360,000 tons of watermelons spoil in fields every year. Watermelon juice is about 10 percent sugar by volume, about half the concentration that manufacturers consider right for producing ethanol. But it's chock full of amino acids that provide a crucial source of nitrogen for yeast to feed on during fermentation. On its own, the team calculated they could make about 2.5 million gallons of ethanol each year from waste melons, a drop in the bucket of an industry that last year produced 9 billion gallons from corn and other feedstock in the United States alone. But both corn and molasses require lots of water, and sometimes nitrogen supplements to prepare for fermentation. The team suggests that watermelon juice from reject melons could drastically cut down on water usage, supply needed nitrogen, and even add some sugar to the mix, cutting the amount of corn or molasses by up to 15 percent. - Source

08/28/09 - DMV making identity thieves’ faces their own worst enemies
Armed investigators wearing brass badges at the Department of Motor Vehicles building on West Flamingo Road scan the thousands of driver’s license photos Nevadans smile for every day, looking for fraud. Every week, with help from a computerized facial recognition program, they catch dozens of people attempting to get licenses in someone else’s name, though few of these identity-theft artists approach the current record holder — a man who had 38 licenses, in 38 names. Ever since hijackers boarded airplanes carrying state ID cards — including Florida, New Jersey and Virginia — some obtained fraudulently, there’s been increased scrutiny of the DMV process; who gets licenses, and how, and how many. On a typical day, DMV investigators catch eight to 10 people trying to get licenses with false names or stolen identities. Some are just teenagers trying to get a 21-year-old’s license. Others are illegal immigrants attempting to pose as U.S. citizens. And some are felons trying to bury prior bad acts, or criminals trying to commit new crimes under assumed identities. In the past, DMV investigators had to rely on tips and suspicious documents to identify fraud. Facial recognition software has changed that. The computer program can scan roughly 1.6 million photos in the Nevada DMV database for similarities in the same time it takes for an investigator to sip coffee, if not faster. Every evening, the facial recognition software cross-checks DMV photos taken that day (3,000 or 4,000 on average) against the databank of ID and license pictures, using an algorithm to detect facial similarities through features: The distance from chin to lip, from eye to nose, and so on. If the program finds a similar face in the records, it’s flagged for a DMV employee to review the following morning. There are on average 200 possible matches to review every morning. A particularly generic face may look like 15 others, and so each match must be sorted through for siblings, twins and look-alikes. Sometimes there are matches within the matches. And every match is a new case. - Source

08/28/09 - Use fake trees to cut carbon, experts say
KeelyNet Scientists in Britain say the most cost-effective and practical method to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere is the use of artificial trees. Researchers say that at a cost of almost $25,000, a single artificial tree could absorb the amount of CO2 produced by 20 cars. They look like giant fly swatters standing about 12 metres tall, absorbing the carbon dioxide from the air that floats by in the breeze. And according to the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, these articificial trees represent one of the most effective technological solutions to cutting emissions of CO2. - Source

08/28/09 - Making Sweet Water From (Almost) Perpetual Motion
There is need for energy exchangers in desalination plants. These plants extract fresh water by pumping up seawater to extremely high pressure and running it against a membrane that lets water molecules through but not salt ions. The pressurizing consumes gobs of electricity. Simply releasing the spent, high-pressure saltwater back into the sea is a waste of energy. That energy can be recovered in a pressure exchanger. A year after delving into the veggie-cooling project, Hauge realized that a variation on his water pump contraption could compete in the market for pressure exchangers sold to desalination plants. ERI's PX Pressure Exchanger is a 4-foot-long, 180-pound object containing a single moving part: a ceramic cylinder spinning at 1,000rpm as it pumps 13,000 gallons of briny water an hour. The device costs $25,000 and has 70% of the market for desalination energy-recovery devices. The PX needs no maintenance, is on the order of 96% efficient and pays for itself in electricity savings in about six years. Says G.G. Pique, the company's chief executive, only partly kidding: "We're getting close to a perpetual motion machine." Competing pressure exchangers work by capturing energy in the exit water via a turbine (analogous to a waterwheel), then transferring that shaft power to a pump (waterwheel in reverse) for the entering seawater. Hauge's clever invention cuts the mechanical complexity in half. High-pressure exiting water enters columns in a rotor arranged like the bullet chambers in a six-shooter. This speeding water smashes into low-pressure water that has entered the same tubes at the other end of the rotor. Because water can't compress, the high-pressure water transfers nearly all of its momentum to the low-pressure water, pressurizing it, before turning back on itself and draining. The water enters and exits at slight angles, enough to spin the six-shooter chamber quickly, allowing the process to repeat 1,000 times per second. Surprisingly, very little mixing occurs (see diagram), although a little bit wouldn't spoil the desalination. The freshwater output from the membranes is not part of the pressure exchange. The mechanical ingenuity was only half the battle. The challenge was to find a material tough enough to withstand 1,000 pounds per square inch of pressure and inert enough to withstand corrosive saltwater. Several metal alloys, the final one a cobalt-chromium alloy, corroded or fused. He settled on a crystalline form of aluminum oxide called corundum--or, when pretty and polished, sapphire. Second only to diamond in hardness, it is strong and corrosion-resistant and can be lubricated by water. - Source

08/28/09 - This might be Useful to Save on Food Costs
Kathy Spencer of Boxford, Mass., seeks out coupons, browses circulars and spends up to four hours a week at grocery stores. But she says she spends an average of $4 a week on groceries for a family that includes her husband, four kids, one dog, two cats and a rabbit. On a recent shopping trip, Spencer bought $279 worth of groceries for 39 cents... - Source

08/28/09 - Mexico's new drug use law worries US police
Mexico now has one of the world's most liberal laws for drug users after eliminating jail time for small amounts of marijuana, cocaine and even heroin, LSD and methamphetamine. There is no jail time for anyone caught with roughly four marijuana cigarettes, four lines of cocaine, 50 milligrams of heroin, 40 milligrams of methamphetamine or 0.015 milligrams of LSD. Tens of thousands of American college students flock to Cancun and Acapulco each year to party at beachside discos offering wet T-shirt contests and all-you-can-drink deals. "Now they will go because they can get drugs," said San Diego Police Chief William Lansdowne. "For a country that has experienced thousands of deaths from warring drug cartels for many years, it defies logic why they would pass a law that will clearly encourage drug use." Enacted last week, the Mexican law is part of a growing trend across Latin America to treat drug use as a public health problem and make room in overcrowded prisons for violent traffickers rather than small-time users. Brazil and Uruguay have already eliminated jail time for people carrying small amounts of drugs for personal use, although possession is still considered a crime in Brazil. Argentina's Supreme Court ruled out prison for pot possession on Tuesday and officials say they plan to propose a law keeping drug consumers out of the justice system. Colombia has decriminalized marijuana and cocaine for personal use, but kept penalties for other drugs. Officials in those countries say they are not legalizing drugs - just drawing a line between users, dealers and traffickers amid a fierce drug war. Mexico's law toughens penalties for selling drugs even as it relaxes the law against using them. / (The Latin countries are correct to try alternatives, the USA needs to grow up and let people control their own lives. - JWD) - Source

08/27/09 - A Modest Solution To The Energy Crisis
Try this and see how far it goes for us. - Source

08/27/09 - Zero gravity gives rise to deformed offspring
According to Japanese biologists, defects in their microgravity embryos suggest that “fertilization can occur normally” in space, but standard Earth gravity may be needed for embryo development. Among the animals that have been bred in space are frogs, salamanders, sea urchins — who didn’t do so well — and fish. (Birds and bees are, understandably if unfortunately, not on the list.) Rather less research, however, has been done on mammalian reproduction in space, and there’s reason to think the potential effects of low gravity would be pronounced in mammals, whose embryonic development is more complicated and sensitive than other animals. To test these effects, the researchers artificially fertilized mouse eggs with sperm that had been stored inside a three-dimensional clinostat, a machine that mimics weightlessness by rotating objects in such a way that the effects of gravity are spread in every direction. Fertilization took place normally, suggesting that microgravity hadn’t harmed the sperm. But as the embryos continued to develop inside the clinostat, many developed problems. Their cells had trouble dividing and maturing. Some were ultimately implanted in female mice and survived to a healthy birth, but at lower numbers than a regular-gravity control group. - Source

08/26/09 - Intelligent Matter and An Argument for a Creator
KeelyNet Professor Angus MacVicar was a major inspiration for John Keely and the many fantastic claims of discovery he made based on some of MacVicars' ideas. One of the phenomena claimed to have been witnessed when Keely carried out demonstrations was that his machines would not work without him being present. He claimed each machine was tuned to his body so they would only work in his presence. Sounds like a conman doesn't it? One report described a demonstration where Keely had just finished a test of one of his tuned devices and it worked without flaw. An assistant then tried to run the machine, copying every step Keely had just done and yet the machine failed to start or run. Keely placed his hand on the shoulder of the assistant and said try again. The man again tried to start the machine and this time it ran perfectly. (Note today we can transmit data directly through the body into someone elses body and electronic transceiver and don't forget Dr. Patrick Flanagans' Neurophone!)

I've always thought matter is intelligent to various degrees depending on size, age and other factors. American Indians speak of Power Stones which are supposed to have remarkable abilities. Everyone has a power stone waiting for them somewhere in the world and if you find it, your life will change remarkably. Some very strange stories that include telekinesis, teleportation, punishment, healing, etc.. surround the Power Stone legends.

Additionally, there are the 'Noid's', a modern day invention based on dynamic electrical memories where incredibly fast changes, adaptations and mutations occur within the device. Years ago there was the Spirit Heart device which tuned itself to the user, like a Power Stone and from that point watched over its owner.

"For how could the finite substance of creation be actuated otherwise than so as to embody and to body forth the will, that is, the activity of the being and attributes of the Creator, so far as the finite can embody and manifest the Infinite. The finite, considering that it lives and moves and has its being IN the Infinite, which IS Infinite Power, surely cannot but assimilate itself as far as possible to the Infinite, and manifest in itself His being and attributes.

The mere substance of creation, viewed as apart from the Creator, must be wholly amorphous, so to speak, and passive-wholly plastic and assimilitave. Hence the law and economy of the cosmos MUST BE ASSIMILATION both subjective and objective...(more at the link)" - Source

08/26/09 - Plant Filtration system that lets you drink your own SHOWER water
KeelyNet Eco-thinkers have come up with an amazing new way to create drinking water - by putting plants in the bottom of a shower. Designers Jun Yasumoto, Vincent Vandenbrouk, Olivier Pigasse, and Alban Le Henry came up with the concept when looking for new ways to recycle precious H2O. After you have washed in the special eco-shower the water passes down into a series of physical filters and is treated by plants such as reeds and rushes growing around your feet. Yasumoto, 34, said: 'These plants have been proven to be able to remove the chemicals from your shampoo. 'Using a natural filtering principle called phyto-purification, the bathroom becomes a mini-eco-system by recycling and regenerating the wastewater. The waste water passes into a chamber below the shower floor where it goes through a maze of filters. Included in the network is sand, reeds, rushes, a mesh filter, water hyacinths and lemnas, and finally a carbon filter. - Source

08/25/09 - Humanoid Robot + Homebrew Waldo = Big Smiles
Robot enthusiast [Vitalijus Rodnovas] built this rig to allow a humanoid robot to mimic his own body movements in real time. [Rodonovas] refers to his man-machine interface as a “master-slave suit,” but elsewhere this is often called a waldo after a prescient 1942 [Robert Heinlein] novella. This project page is slight on details and is mostly written in his native Lithuanian, but the pictures speak volumes, and with a little help from Google Translate we can learn the essential facts: The robot itself is a commercially-available kit, the Kondo KHR-1HV from Japan. The custom-built harness uses a collection of surplus Soviet-era military potentiometers (acquired on eBay) to read the positions of his elbows and shoulders, then an ATmega8-based interface board translates these readings into motion commands sent to the robot’s onboard controller. Some additional notes and code can be found on the RoboSavvy Forum. Does it work? Just watch. His grin as the video progresses is infectious! - Source

08/25/09 - Is hydrogen dead as an automotive power source? Maybe not...
Imagine if the compact discs you put in your car’s CD changer provided motivation of the forward momentum variety, not the musical one. Such a technology exists, from a company called Plasma Kinetics. Its founder (and resident super-genius) Paul Smith, was cogitating over hydrogen power’s shortcomings—storage, safety, refueling infrastructure—one day as he loaded up his car’s CD player. Zap! In a bolt of inspiration he realized he had come up with a safe and easy to transport storage system for hydrogen. This takes the form of hydride compact discs, where the hydrogen molocules ‘bond’ to the substrate of the CDs. A laser ‘reads’ them, releasing the energy to power a vehicle for ranges of up to 300 miles, via fuel cell or even a modified internal combustion engine, like BMW has been running for over a decade. Plasma Kinetics has more laser hydride patents than anyone, and the Department of Energy has asked them to present for full application this month. But their quest to bring us super-green transportation has been thwarted by the Obama administration’s decision to legislate which clean car technologies will get taxpayer funding. - Source

08/25/09 - ‘Green channel’ fast-tracks eco-friendly patents
A new “green channel” for fast-tracking patent applications for environmentally-friendly inventions is already winning the support of British inventors. But while the benefits of faster processing are considerable, in some instances they may be better off sticking to the slower route. A typical UK patent application takes between three to four years, from filing the application to having it granted. Under the new fast-track system, which was introduced by the UK Intellectual Property Office on 12 May 2009, a patent application for an environmentally-friendly product can now be processed in as little as six months. It’s difficult to overestimate the benefit that this fast-track to patent protection can bring to the inventor who is waiting to sign a first licence agreement or do a deal with a manufacturer. It’s like opening up a new motorway for green products to achieve patent protection en route to market. To qualify, all applicants have to do is make a “reasonable case” to show that their invention is green. - Source

08/25/09 - We Want Zero Emission 100% Electric Cars NOW!
Fact: The gas fueled, internal combustion cars typically driven by Americans have deteriorated our environment.

Think About It: Global warming can be halted with the zero emission 100% Electric Vehicles (EVs) that are made with NiMH batteries whose use is currently being suppressed by Chevron Oil Corporation.

Fact: GM has been given $50Billion worth of our tax payer bail out money.

Think About It: In 1996, GM had the car of the century, the EV1. The EV1 ran due to the NiMH battery patents acquired by Chevron Oil Corporation. GM crushed ALL OF THEIR CARS shortly thereafter. Why are our tax dollars paying to bail out our automotive industry when our same tax dollars paid for the invention of the NiMH batteries?

Fact: In 2005 alone Chevron grossed over $125 Billion (Up 35% from 2004).

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Fact: President Obama’s stimulus plan includes The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act that grants $2Billion to battery research.

Think About It: The NiMH battery technology is proven with the past ten years of high performance of Toyota RAV 4 EVs made with NiMH batteries. Why waste more of our tax dollar money on technology we already have? Wouldn’t that money be better spent on our ailing health care system?... - Source

08/25/09 - New technology enables rapid battery recharging
Lithium rechargeable batteries available today possess very high energy densities, and are able to store large amounts of charge. The downside of this technology is, however, the relatively slow power rates at which the batteries gain and discharge energy, and also recharge. An example is state-of-the-art electric cars that have a large amount of storage that allow driving at constant speeds for a long time, but do not allow for acceleration due to the lack of power. These slow power rates were traditionally thought to be caused by the lithium ions and electrons themselves that are slow in terms of transfer rates. However, a discovery approximately five years ago showed that the ions are actually extremely quick and thus cannot be faulted for the slow power rates. The research discovered the need for tunnels or accessing mediums for the ions at the surface of the material, where the lithium ions at the surface in front of tunnel entrances move more quickly compared to those that do not have access to the tunnel. As a solution, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) scientists have developed a new material that is utilised as a pathway or beltway that allows quick transfer of electrical ions through the battery. This development could lead to smaller and lightweight batteries for electronic and other devices that have the ability to recharge much quicker than current options. This study could also provide solutions for recharging electric cars and future substitutes for current fuel-based vehicles. The researchers used the material to create beltways that help divert lithium ions to the entrance of the tunnels. This increased the rate of transit for the ions. They created a small battery that could be fully recharged within a maximum of 20 seconds to display the effectiveness of this technology. - Source

08/25/09 - Low input gas velocity high throughput biomass gasifier
Last month Rentech announced that it had completed the acquisition of Atlanta-based SilvaGas Corporation (SilvaGas) and SilvaGas’s commercial-scale biomass gasification technology, which converts urban waste feedstocks into syngas. According to the press release, the acquisition will enable Rentech to offer integrated packages for renewable fuels and power production by combining the SilvaGas gasification technology with Rentech’s syngas conversion, conditioning and cleanup technology. The SilvaGas patent portfolio includes several patents and pending applications relating to high-throughput gasifier technology. The original SilvaGas process was protected by U.S. Patent No. 4,828,581 (’581 patent), entitled “Low input gas velocity high throughput biomass gasifier”. The ‘581 patent expired in 2006. The ‘581 patent describes a process of rapidly heating biomass with hot sand using a reactor that has a fluid bed of sand. According to the ‘581 patent: This invention comprises the unexpected discovery that it is possible to gasify biomass at very high wood throughputs but in an entrained gasifier operating at low inlet gas velocities. Entrained gasifiers perform gasification reactions in a cloud of fine particles, which can be solids, atomized liquid fuels or fuel slurries. - Source

08/25/09 - Fletner S-Rotor Used for Windmill (Jul, 1931)
KeelyNet TAKING a hint from the unique power plant of the rotor ship designed by Anton Fletner several years ago, Charles L. Lawrence, aeronautical engineer, has designed a windmill —the only one of its kind in this country — which uses the famous S-Rotor to catch the wind. Mounted high on a platform as shown in the accompanying photo, the cylindrical rotor is hooked to a pump which supplies water to a duck pond. Pump is housed in the shed beneath. - Source

08/25/09 - Australian solar-powered air con uses sun to beat the heat
An Australian company has said it is developing a solar-powered air conditioner that it claims is 12 times more energy efficient than conventional models. Air Change, a Sydney-based maker of heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems, last month received an A$458,000 (US$377,800, £230,600) grant from the federal government to help put its solar-powered invention into commercial production by 2011. The company says its Green Machine air con eliminates the need for compressors and ozone-depleting refrigerants. Instead of using an electrical compressor found in conventional models, Air Change's technology uses a solar-powered thermal compressor. The compressor uses ejector cooling technology in which compressed air expands out of a jet that sucks refrigerant and air into a line. The jet then expels the air at a much cooler temperature. The refrigerant is recirculated and recompressed. Any form of refrigerant, including water, can be used. - Source

08/25/09 - Haptic piano teaching system zaps fingers
Who needs a piano teacher when you've got a vibrating finger system that tells you which keys to press and when? Concert Hands plugs into a PC. Special software controls haptic signals to the fingers, which are delivered through what looks like a science fiction torture device. The user's wrists are lashed to a sliding bar, which is also computer-controlled, and are maneuvered by the system to the right position. The only thing this learning tool is missing are violent electric shocks to punish mistakes. - Source

08/25/09 - Mind-Altering Drugs Could Be Used In Wars In The Future
In an article in the American journal Nature, British academic Malcolm Dando said civilian experts in many countries seemed largely unaware of the danger and urged quick action to adapt a key arms pact to head it off. “In the past 20 years, modern warfare has changed from predominantly largescale clashes of armies to messy civil strife”, wrote Dando, citing the Bosnian conflict of the mid-1990s and current fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan. Chemical agents and even gene therapy being developed in civilian life science laboratories “are particularly suited to this style of warfare; it is not hard to find people in the military world who think they would be useful”, Dando declared in the article. Agents being developed, said Dando, include oxytocin, dubbed the “love and cuddle” chemical which is known to induce trust and whose emergence “opens up the possibility of a drug that could be used to manipulate people’s emotions in a military context”. - Source

08/25/09 - Death Book
For those who are getting tired of hearing about the death panel: Fox furthers ‘death panel' hysteria with ‘death book' claim. Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace devoted the first segment of this week's show to trying to prove President Barack Obama's administration was encouraging veterans to choose to die. "We're going to do something different here today," Wallace began. "Usually we discuss the news, but today we're going to tell you about something you may never have heard about, what critics are calling the ‘death book,' a 52-page pamphlet the Department of Veterans Affairs is using right now in end-of-life counseling for the nation's 24 million veterans," explained Wallace. Wallace talked to Jim Towey, the Bush administration's Director of White House Faith Based Initiatives. In a Wall Street Journal op-ed, Towey claimed an end-of-life planning document in use by the Veterans Administration was steering veterans to "predetermined conclusions." The reality: Towey and others who have been pushing this idea - such as Sarah Palin, who linked to the WSJ op-ed on her Facebook page - "failed to mention that the so-called ‘death book' contains the same advance-care planning required of all health care organizations under federal law, has been in use since 1997 and was developed with the input of interfaith ministers." - Source

08/25/09 - Autogiro POV nostalgia
KeelyNet This bit of nostalgia really caught our attention. A german hacker or “inventor” as we were called back then, came up with this interesting concept. He would project an image on to the moving blades of an Autogiro, relying on the POV effect to make it appear complete. While this is not the same system of utilizing POV that we currently use, it relies on the same principles. It looks like he’s hanging the projector or “magic lantern” from below the Autogiro, using the length of the rope to hang it as a focusing system. Were this to have actually gone into production, it probably would have really freaked people out. If only he had had access to something along the lines of the ceiling fan POV system. - Source

08/25/09 - A Broken Heart Really Does Hurt, Scientists Claim
"Psychologists at the University of California, Los Angeles say the human body has a gene that connects physical pain sensitivity with social pain sensitivity. The findings back the common theory that rejection 'hurts' by showing that a gene regulating the body's most potent painkillers — mu-opioids — is involved in socially painful experiences too." - Source

08/25/09 - Developing World's Parasites, Diseases Enter US
"Parasitic infections and other diseases usually associated with the developing world are cropping up with alarming frequency among US poor, especially in states along the US-Mexico border, the rural South, and in Appalachia, according to researchers. Government and private researchers are just beginning to assess the toll of the infections, which are a significant cause of heart disease, seizures and congenital birth defects among black and Hispanic populations. ... 'These are diseases that we know are ten-fold more important than swine flu,' said [one] leading researcher in this field. 'They're on no one's radar.' ... These diseases share a common thread. 'People who live in the suburbs are at very low risk,' Dr. Hotez said. But for the 37 million people in the US who live below the poverty line, he said, 'There is real suffering.'" - Source

08/25/09 - One Crime Solved Per 1,000 London CCTV Cameras
"Only one crime was solved for each 1,000 CCTV cameras in London last year, a report into the city's surveillance network has claimed. The internal police report found the million-plus cameras in London rarely help catch criminals. In one month CCTV helped capture just eight out of 269 suspected robbers. David Davis MP, the former shadow home secretary, said: 'It should provoke a long overdue rethink on where the crime prevention budget is being spent.' He added: 'CCTV leads to massive expense and minimum effectiveness. It creates a huge intrusion on privacy, yet provides little or no improvement in security. The Metropolitan Police has been extraordinarily slow to act to deal with the ineffectiveness of CCTV.'" - Source

08/25/09 - Aqua Soft's Drone Plane Collects Water From Air, Drops It As Rain
KeelyNet Global warming increasingly threatens humankind’s reliance on rainfall, but now an Israeli inventor has come up with an ingenious solution to diminishing water sources: a hovering unmanned plane powered by solar energy that harvests water from the air and drops it to the ground as rainwater. “Have you noticed how condensation forms on airplane windscreens at high elevations because of the water vapor contained in clouds?” he asks. “That’s water that doesn’t necessarily reach the ground, and there are millions of tons of it in the atmosphere.” Fitoussi, 53, an avid inventor with a knack for thinking outside the box, already has seven US patents registered to his name, despite dropping out of high school at an early age. “I’m autodidactic,” he explains. “Everything I know I taught myself.” “The system involves harvesting water from air, and can be adapted to a pilotless plane,” he tells Israel21c. “The higher the plane flies, the colder it is and more water can be harvested. The water from air is garnered using a well-known technology. What we did was to combine this technology together with solar, wind, heating and cooling energy to make the water production more efficient and much cheaper. “The drone will be powered by natural energy sources: the sun, wind and evaporation. There is no limit to the amount of water it can produce. Air circulation powers its turbines. This invention combines existing technologies. Beyond this, I cannot tell you more.” “A drone can be controlled from the ground and guided through strong winds,” Fitoussi points out. “Rafael Advanced Defense Systems and the Israel Aerospace Industries have already expressed interest in the project.” Fitoussi says that the idea is economically feasible. “It currently costs between 60 and 80 cents to produce a cubic meter of water via desalination. Using this system, the price will be five cents per cubic meter,” he claims. A glider with wings like solar water heaters. “The amount of water produced will depend on the size of the plane – the larger it is, the more economical. Each square meter of solar cells will be able to produce 500 liters (1,057 pints) per day. The wings will resemble solar water heaters, like those on the roofs of almost every house in Israel. It will stay in the air like a glider, and never needs to land.” - Source

08/25/09 - Air Force & NASA Fire Off Green Rocket
"NASA and the Air Force said today they had successfully launched a 9-ft. rocket 1,300 feet into the sky, powered by aluminum powder and water ice. This combination of fuel elements, referred to as ALICE, has the potential to replace some liquid or solid propellants. The technology is being developed at Purdue University and Pennsylvania State University. Aside from its environmental benefiits, ALICE has the advantage that it could be manufactured in far-away places, such as the moon or Mars, instead of being transported to distant horizons at great cost, researchers said." - Source

08/25/09 - More public workers retiring early
Civil service retirements in California are running 16 percent ahead of last year, suggesting that pay reductions, furloughs, diminishing resources and heavier workloads are pushing many employees to the exits, according to data from the state's largest government retirement provider. "I've done the math," said Terry Sutherland, a Franchise Tax Board supervisor in the Bay Area with 43 years of state service. "I'll be making more retired than working. I just can't afford to subsidize my job any more." He plans to retire in November. - Source

08/25/09 - People can be morally swayed by their surroundings
Social scientists in the Netherlands empirically demonstrated a phenomenon observed by policymakers and law-enforcement officials for years. When an envelope visibly containing a five-euro note was left hanging out of a mailbox on a sidewalk, 13 percent of the passersby snatched it up. When the same mailbox was covered in graffiti, however, more than double the number of the pedestrians (about 27 percent) stole the envelope. Graffiti was not the only misdemeanor that fostered a cavalier attitude toward theft. When the ground near the mailbox was covered in litter, 25 percent of the subjects stole the envelope. These results are significant for both social and statistical reasons. Is a disorderly environment responsible for disorderly conduct? - Source

08/25/09 - Why Civilizations Collapse
As the world faces the challenge of climate change, it is instructive to recall that this is by no means the first time humans have had to cope with similar problems. Many societies have found themselves in serious trouble because of an unwelcome change in their environment. It may have been something over which they had no control, like the onset of the Little Ice Age in the 15th century, or they may have brought it upon themselves, all too often by clearing forests, or perhaps a combination of the two. Some societies survived, others did not. Long before the Spanish arrived, the Mayans of Central America had already abandoned their magnificent cities because of drought. Deforestation destroyed the Easter Island society that erected the famous statues, though a very much reduced population continued to live on the island. Others, like the Norwegian settlers in Greenland, and the original inhabitants of Pitcairn Island, died out completely. On the other hand, the Inuit who arrived in Greenland while the Norse settlements were flourishing are still there. The 18th century Tokugawa Japanese reversed the deforestation that had threatened their way of life. The inhabitants of Tikopia, a tiny island in the Pacific, have adopted a whole series of measures that allow them to survive in a difficult environment; one of the most striking 400 years ago was to kill all their pigs - high status animals in Melanesia and at one time a major source of protein on Tikopia - because they were too inefficient for feeding humans. - Source

08/25/09 - Coming soon - Roll-up TVs
A new LED display process could change the way you watch TV, monitor your health, and gaze out of windows. Developed by a team of international researchers, the new process creates tiny, ultrathin inorganic light-emitting diodes (LEDs) that shine brighter and last longer than conventional LEDs. "By printing large arrays of ultrathin, ultrasmall inorganic LEDs and interconnecting them using thin-film processing, we can create general lighting and high-resolution display systems that otherwise could not be built with the conventional ways that inorganic LEDs are made, manipulated, and assembled." The technology could pave the way for TV screens that you roll up and brake light indicators that fit the contour of your car. One especially promising use for flexible LED sheets lies in the medical field. "Wrapping a stretchable sheet of tiny LEDs around the human body offers interesting opportunities in biomedicine and biotechnology," said Rogers, "including applications in health monitoring, diagnostics, and imaging." - Source

08/25/09 - Top 10 Tricks MacGyver Would Be Proud Of
When they draw up the Complete History of Lifehacking, Angus MacGyver will certainly merit a chapter. We pay tribute to the creative can-do secret agent this week with 10 tricks that make extraordinary use of truly common objects... - Source

08/25/09 - Smart Meters now verified to Double your power bill???
It is a must read if you have had a smart meter recently installed at your home by your power company. that load should have taken exactly 32 minutes to use 1 kwh / it took 18 minutes to use 1kwh on the new meter / this is IN LINE with the nearly double power usage I am showing since they installed this meter / I am calling the engineers out here monday and I'm gonna prove it to their faces / maybe I'll get it on tape for you / O.K. / The power companies engineers are coming out at 10 a.m. tomorrow... / The electrician that is wiring the solar up to my house (have to be certified to do that) is going to be out here with his kwh meter at 9 a.m. so he can be here with me to do the testing. I told him what was going on and he agreed with me that some shit was up with this meter for sure.. I'll keep you posted as to what happens.. - Source

08/25/09 - Eighth largest oil field in the world will be dried up by end of the year
The days when you could find a supergiant oil field while fishing are over. Cantarell came late, in the oil age. That meant this global giant would receive all the best doctoring modern technology could provide. The result is that Cantarell was pumped out effectively and hard, especially after the technique to re-pressurize the field was adopted. This allowed for a spike high of daily production to be captured for several years, late in its life when a field would otherwise go into gentle decline. The result? Quicker monetization of the oil for the benefit of the Mexican state. But then the price: a catastrophic, fast crash. In November 2008, Cantarell produced 862 kb/day. In addition, Cantarell had started 2008 with January production of 1243 kb/day. Now let’s look at Cantarell’s production numbers for the most recent month of 2009, in July: 588 kb/day. As someone remarked on The Oil Drum, this looks to be a linear, rather than an exponential decline. Interesting observation. If Cantarell is indeed losing a steady 35 kb/day a month in production, then by Christmas of next year we’ll be close to zero. - Source

08/23/09 - Kidney dialysis machine 'small enough to be worn as a belt'
Described as “small and light enough to be wearable”, the battery-powered machine weighs around 10lb. Researchers hope that the device will give patients the freedom to have their treatment whenever and wherever they choose. While hospital patients have to receive a fairly intensive form of dialysis, because of the limited time available, the researchers hope that this machine can offer a gentler form, more akin to that provided naturally by the kidneys themselves. - Source

08/22/09 - Dark energy may not actually exist
The concept of dark energy was created by cosmologists to fit Albert Einstein's General Theory of Relativity into reality after modern space telescopes discovered that the Universe was not behaving as it should. According to Einstein's work, the speed at which the Universe is expanding following the Big Bang should be slower than it actually is and this unexplained anomaly threatened to turn the whole theory upside down. In order to reconcile this problem the concept of dark energy was invented. Astronomers have recently observed that the galaxies are accelerating as they move away from each other, and cosmologists have sought to explain this unexpected acceleration by introducing the concept of dark energy, which permeates space, propels matter, and accounts for nearly 75 percent of the mass-energy in our Universe. The new research, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, is likely to be equally controversial as the work it purports to challenge especially as it relies on our galaxy being at the centre of the Universe - a concept that has been generally disregarded in modern science. - Source

08/22/09 - Reza Valiyee, a Man of Perpetual Motion
KeelyNet Reza Valiyee claims to have invented what physicists have long declared impossible: the perpetual motion machine. Maybe Valiyee’s perpetual motion machines will enable BART to build speedier, cheaper trains and his real estate dreams will come true. “I have solved all the world’s energy problems,” he told the Planet reporter. When asked if he meant his perpetual motion machine, Valiyee said yes. When the reporter replied that every physicist he’d ever met said the notion was fallacious, he replied, “Physicists said Gallileo was wrong when he said the earth revolves around the sun, and he said man would never land on the moon.” “Actually,” the reporter said, “physicists were at the forefront of the moon race.” Valiyee said he will have a working model of his invention within a few weeks, and then he would be the leader in the world. Although the world has seen its share of pseudo perpetual motion machines, such as a windmill or turbine, water fall, dam and solar power I will now introduce one of my more rudimentary designs, the “Magno-Hydro Gravity-Generator”. This design utilizes the lever, a strong magnetic field, the buoyancy force of a liquid (such as water or mercury), the wheel, and gravity, so that in one glance, an ordinary person lacking a higher education, will see and understand how my phenomenal invention works, let alone an individual possessing a higher education. Please see the cover of the book, Perpetual Motion: The history of an Obsession, which shows a picture of this type of a design, and refers to it as the simplest, most graceful, and the most frequently replicated perpetual motion machine design. / Without the use of a magnet, chamber “A” will swing upwards until reaching the top, then nothing will happen, but then the magnet can hold the chamber in the above showed position, then the right half of the cylinder (which has much less liquid than the left side) becomes lighter, allowing the cylinder to rotate counterclockwise. This cylinder acts and functions like a fulcrum (such as a measuring scale), where the weight of the liquid (not its pressure) will cause an imbalance of the system, resulting in the rotation of the cylinder. After carefully observing these roughly drawn schematics, is there anyone who doubts the power of the permanent magnet or electromagnet to attract a pure iron material (ferrous material)? The strength of this force is at its maximum when the spacing in between the ferrous material and the electromagnet is zero; however, this force is still quite powerful even with a spacing of 1-5 millimeters 1/16th to ¼ of an inch, which would allow room for the cylinder’s moderately thick skin to rotate freely. / (I see no way in heck this thing could possibly work...building it as a test will prove or disprove the rather enthusiastic, in my view, over-confident claims. - JWD) - Source

08/22/09 - Magnet to remove Metal in Eyes (Feb, 1929)
KeelyNet THE Electrical Show recently held in the Grand Central Palace, New York City, presented showings of several very novel electrical devices. One of the most practical inventions was a magnetic instrument for removing metallic particles from the human eye. The human optic is very delicate and must be freed from any bit of lodged matter at once. If chips are allowed to remain within the eyelid they work into the eye-ball and nearly always cause blindness. This machine has at last answered the cry for a painless method of removing metallic deposits from the eye easily. - Source

08/22/09 - A more useful paradigm: the "Walled World"?
KeelyNet Everybody struggles to group various nations into socioeconomic chunks. We speak awkwardly about the "third world" and the "industrialized world." We even speak euphemistically about the "industrializing world" regardless of whether some countries are actually making progress toward industrialization. This graphic, created by Td Architects in Holland, shows something they call the "Walled World" -- the countries where 14% of the world's population generates 73% of the income -- so much relative wealth that they need to wall off or patrol their borders to block mass migrations. Instead of old labels, should we use "inside" or "outside" the "walled world"? - Source

08/22/09 - Getting the best from wind
Leviathan Energy ( has developed its Wind Energizer concept: a wind deflection device that improves the efficiency of land-based wind turbines by boosting power output by 40 per cent or more for large wind turbines, while at very low wind speeds, the figure can be 100 per cent. As the article underlines, currently an improvement of between 1 to 2 per cent in efficiency for large wind turbines is celebrated. The science behind the patent-pending invention is, says the article, "rather simple". Wind Energizer is, in effect, artificial landscaping – the wind industry already knows that landscape affects turbine power output and this device alters the air circulation before it hits the turbine's blades. Leviathan uses computer fluid dynamics to model airflow – once it has built up a model of the wind farm and the surrounding landscape – and a resulting Wind Energizer deflector is generated. The article in Windtech International goes into lots of detail about this, but the overall efficiency figures already highlighted speak volumes. In addition to this main positive, the Wind Energizer also benefits gearboxes, lengthening their service life and reducing maintenance requirements. This is achieved because the wind velocities hitting the blades are more uniform. Yet another benefit is that, because the device sees a drop in the so-called cut-in speed – the wind speed at which power can be generated – more can be delivered by existing farms, while areas not previously having the potential may now be reconsidered. In fact, it is claimed, Wind Energizer technology means that the wind map of the world "can be redrawn". Leviathan has, it is reported, proved the technology on a small scale, but is now in discussion with early adopters. - Source

08/22/09 - FotoSketcher Turns Your Photos into Paintings
KeelyNet Windows only: Freeware application FotoSketcher takes your photos and turns them into pencil drawings, oil paintings, or sketches—with impressive results for very little effort. Using the application is easy enough—just launch it and drag a picture onto the interface, or open a new image from the File -> Open menu. Once you've pulled up the image, use the Edit -> Drawing parameters menu item to choose the filter you'd like to use, tweak the filter settings, and click the Draw it button to render the final drawing. Readers will note that you can do the same thing from your fully licensed, totally legal copy of Photoshop, but for people without hundreds of dollars to spend, FotoSketcher produces some impressive results, easily, and for free. FotoSketcher is a free download for Windows only. - Source

08/22/09 - ‘Stratellite’: Unmanned Lighter-Than-Air Flexible Blimp
According to a Sanswire-TAO announcement issued yesterday, “the first flight of the full scale STS-111 is expected to take place at the end of August”. The test video above shows a smaller prototype. - Source

08/22/09 - Turning Seawater Into Jet Fuel
Faced with global warming and potential oil shortages, the US navy is experimenting with making jet fuel from seawater. Navy chemists have processed seawater into unsaturated short-chain hydrocarbons that with further refining could be made into kerosene-based jet fuel. But they will have to find a clean energy source to power the reactions if the end product is to be carbon neutral. - Source

08/22/09 - Beat the Heat with Agua Fresca
KeelyNet When it's nothing but hot and humid out, commercial fruit juices can feel like swallowing a sugar packet. The smitten kitchen blog offers up a solution of agua fresca, water that's perfectly balanced with natural fruit flavors and slight sweetness. This recipe sits perfectly in the concentric center of important summer recipe spheres. It's easy to make, it can be prepped ahead and served fresh with just a quick top-off, it's cheap, and it uses the season's fresh fruit. You'll need a lime or two, a melon somewhere near four pounds, cheesecloth or fine kitchen towels to filter the melon juice, and seltzer or club soda to serve. Make the basic melon/lime mixture, stash it in the fridge, then spike it with the fizzy stuff (and any other clear liquids you'd like to enjoy) and pass out to grateful friends. Bring it to work in water bottles and you'll get to smirk while your co-workers beeline to the soda machine. - Source

08/22/09 - School Uniform To Block Cell Phone Emissions
" reports, 'A Belarusian textile company has developed a special school uniform that protects kids from electromagnetic radiation emanating from their cellphones. The uniform features a dedicated pocket that can store the phone and make it safe for those who wear it.'" - Source

08/22/09 - Wireless Power Consortium Pushes for "Qi" Standard
The Wireless Power Consortium (comprised of Samsung, Sanyo, Olympus, Philips, Texas Instruments, and others) has started a push towards a wireless charging standard under the moniker "Qi" (pronounced "chee"). "Members of the Wireless Power Consortium are reviewing version 0.95 of its technical specification which defines a proposed standard for charging devices, using up to 5Watts power, delivered by electromagnetic induction. The spec could evolve into a standard — and will be demonstrated by multiple vendors on September 15th to 16th. ... It is less ambitious than the system demonstrated this summer by Witricity, which operates at a distance of a few meters, using resonance, which the company claims has green benefits through replacing disposable batteries." - Source

08/22/09 - Relativistic Navigation Needed For Solar Sails
"Last year, physicists calculated that a solar sail about a kilometer across with a mass of 300 kg (including 150 kg of payload) would have a peak acceleration of roughly 0.6g if released about 0.1AU from the Sun, where the radiation pressure is highest. That kind of acceleration could take it to the heliopause — the boundary between the Solar System and interstellar space — in only 2.5 years; a distance of 200 AU. In 30 years, it could travel 2500AU, far enough to explore the Oort Cloud. But the team has discovered a problem. Ordinary Newtonian physics just doesn't cut it for the kind of navigational calculations needed for this journey. Because the sail has to be released so close to the Sun, it becomes subject to the effects of general relativity. And although the errors these introduce are small, they become magnified over the course of a long journey, sending the sail roughly 1 million kilometers off course by the time it reaches the Oort Cloud. What these guys are saying is that if ever such a sail is launched (and the earliest estimate is 2040), the navigators will have to be proficient in a new discipline of relativistic navigation." - Source

08/22/09 - Neural Networks-Equipped Robots Evolve the Ability To Deceive
"Researchers at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in Switzerland have found that robots equipped with artificial neural networks and programmed to find 'food' eventually learned to conceal their visual signals from other robots to keep the food for themselves. The results are detailed in a PNAS study published today." - Source

08/22/09 - Marine Corps Wants a Throwable Robot
"The US Marine Corps has a request — build and rapidly deploy more 10lb-or-under robots its personnel can throw into dangerous situations that can quickly gather information without endangering Marines. The throwable robot is part of a family of robots that would range from the 10lb version to one that would act as a central controlling device and weigh close to 300lbs. Marine commanders are demanding ever lighter robots so that troops don't have to offload critical equipment from their rucksacks to accommodate them." - Source

08/22/09 - US Life Expectancy May Have Peaked
"Live Science reports that although life expectancy in the United States has risen to an all-time high of 77.9 years in 2007 up from 77.7 in 2006, gains in life expectancy may be pretty much over, as some groups — particularly people in rural locations are already stagnating or slipping in contrast to all other industrialized nations. Hardest hit are regions in the Deep South, along the Mississippi River, in Appalachia and also the southern part of the Midwest reaching into Texas. The culprits — largely preventable with better diet and access to medical services — are diabetes, cancers and heart disease caused by smoking, high blood pressure and obesity. What the new analysis reveals is the reality of two Americas, one on par with most of Europe and parts of Asia, and another no different than a third-world nation with the United States placing 41st on the 2008 CIA World Factbook list, behind Bosnia but still edging out Albania. 'Beginning in the early 1980s and continuing through 1999 those who were already disadvantaged did not benefit from the gains in life expectancy experienced by the advantaged, and some became even worse off,' says a report published in PLoS Medicine by a team led by Harvard's Majid Ezzati, adding that 'study results are troubling because an oft-stated aim of the US health system is the improvement of the health of "all people, and especially those at greater risk of health disparities.'" - Source

08/22/09 - Initial Tests Fail To Find Gravitational Waves
"...predicted to exist by Einstein's Theory of General Relativity, the initial tests run by the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory Scientific Collaboration (LIGO) failed to find anything. It doesn't disprove their existence although it does rule out a subset of string theory. From the article, 'For example, some models predict the existence of cosmic strings, which are loops in space-time that may have formed in the early universe and gotten stretched to large scales along with the expansion of the universe. These objects are thought to produce bursts of gravitational waves as they oscillate. Since no large-amplitude gravitational waves were found, cosmic strings, if they exist at all, must be smaller than some models predict.' The scientists working in Washington and Louisiana (in tandem to rule out flukes) will now move on to Advanced LIGO which will analyze a volume of space 1,000 times larger. If they don't find any gravitational waves in that experiment, the results will be more than unsettling to many theorists." - Source

08/22/09 - Scientists Find Way To Combat Forged DNA
While scientists may have learned how to forge DNA, it appears that a group of Israeli scientists has created a DNA authentication method that is able to distinguish between real and faked DNA samples. "The new process was tested on natural and artificial samples of blood, saliva and touched surfaces, with complete success, Nucleix said. It also identifies "contaminated" DNA that has been mixed with two or more samples." - Source

08/22/09 - It's Time to Legalize Drugs
Undercover Baltimore police officer Dante Arthur was doing what he does well, arresting drug dealers, when he approached a group in January. What he didn't know was that one of suspects knew from a previous arrest that Arthur was police. Arthur was shot twice in the face. In the gunfight that ensued, Arthur's partner returned fire and shot one of the suspects, three of whom were later arrested. In many ways, Dante Arthur was lucky. He lived. Nationwide, a police officer dies on duty nearly every other day. Too often a flag-draped casket is followed by miles of flashing red and blue lights. Even more officers are shot and wounded, too many fighting the war on drugs. The prohibition on drugs leads to unregulated, and often violent, public drug dealing. Perhaps counterintuitively, better police training and bigger guns are not the answer. When it makes sense to deal drugs in public, a neighborhood becomes home to drug violence. For a low-level drug dealer, working the street means more money and fewer economic risks. If police come, and they will, some young kid will be left holding the bag while the dealer walks around the block. But if the dealer sells inside, one raid, by either police or robbers, can put him out of business for good. Only those virtually immune from arrests (much less imprisonment) -- college students, the wealthy and those who never buy or sell from strangers -- can deal indoors. - Source

08/22/09 - US lawmakers should be grounded
Thank God our lawmakers in Washington can now make a more informed decision about that climate change bill. All it took was a taxpayer-funded $103,000 trip over New Year's 2008 to the Great Barrier Reef, where a dozen of them and their spouses could see up close the dangers of global warming. Oh, and they did some diving and snorkeling on the side, to see the effects tourism was having on the coral reefs of course. A similar trip last summer to study climate change sent US lawmakers to the Galapagos Islands. - Source

08/22/09 - Science Books Online - Free science e-books
Science Books Online lists free science e-books, textbooks, lecture notes, monographs, and other science related documents. All texts are available for free reading online, or for downloading in various formats. - Source

08/22/09 - Drilling Ordeals Said to Delay Geothermal Project
The Obama administration's first major test of geothermal energy as a significant alternative to fossil fuels has fallen seriously behind schedule, several federal scientists said this week, even as the project is under review because of the earthquakes it could generate in Northern California. Intended to extract heat from hot bedrock, the project has been delayed because the bit on a giant rig, meant to drill more than two miles underground, has struggled to pierce surface rock formations, the scientists said. The bit has snapped off at least once and become repeatedly fouled in a shallow formation called cap rock, and the drillers have twice been forced to pull it out and essentially start the hole over again. - Source

08/22/09 - EPA finds mercury in every fish tested from 300 streams
Unfortunately, it's the case that almost any fish you test will have mercury now," said Andrew Rypel, a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Mississippi who has studied mercury contamination in fish throughout the Southeast. He said other research has shown mercury in fish from isolated areas of Alaska and Canada, and species that live in the deep ocean. Don't worry, only one in four is toxic. - Source

08/22/09 - The beginnings of a Marketable Electric Motorcycle
KeelyNet The TTXGP, for "Tourist Trophy eXtreme Grand Prix," was billed as the first zero-emissions motorcycle race. While any technology could enter, as a practical matter zero emissions means electric. Even the FIM got on board, making the TTXGP the first FIM-approved TT race in over 30 years and the first officially sanctioned electric-motorcycle race ever. As the day arrives, everyone watching knows that the TTXGP will be slower than the "real" motorcycle race, the TT, because the TTXGP is an energy-limited race. In effect, the "gas tank" of an electric bike is minuscule, so to win the TTXGP the bikers must mind their energy consumption. In contrast, the gas bikers in the TT run with their throttles wide open. However, batteries' energy density has been improving at a rate of about 8 percent a year, which means that even without any other technological progress, electric bikes should run head to head with gas in about 20 years. The TTXGP is intended to make the future arrive sooner. The winner will not just be the fastest in an esoteric class but the front-runner in the greater challenge ahead: creating an electric bike that can compete in the $50 billion world motorcycle market. In that sense, the TTXGP is the proving ground for the next Honda. - Source

08/22/09 - Biologists napping while work militarized
There are problems with both the international conventions that protect us from the potential misuse of biological and chemicals research — the CWC and the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention. The Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention, for instance, lacks an effective verification mechanism to ensure that nations are fulfilling their obligations. Some have called for the CWC agreement to be amended to allow the use of novel incapacitating agents5. In the past 20 years, modern warfare has changed from predominantly large-scale clashes of armies to messy civil strife: think of Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan. The chemical agents described here are particularly suited to this style of warfare; it's not hard to find people in the military world who think they would be useful5. Current biochemical threats range from lethal chemical agents to traditional and genetically modified biological agents. In general, biological agents such as anthrax cause governments the most concern. Only a few pathogens are suitable for military use, however. For example, smallpox could prove useful as a weapon because it is highly contagious; anthrax because it has a life cycle that involves the production of long-lived spores. The limited range of possibilities means that there is a good chance of developing countermeasures such as vaccines or antibiotics against these agents. Even if efforts are made to modify them — for example by introducing genes that encode antibiotic resistance — the problem of designing countermeasures is potentially surmountable because the range of effective manipulations that can be made is also limited. - Source

08/22/09 - Global warming could change Earth's tilt
Warming oceans could cause Earth's axis to tilt in the coming century, a new study suggests. The effect was previously thought to be negligible, but researchers now say the shift will be large enough that it should be taken into account when interpreting how the Earth wobbles. The Earth spins on an axis that is tilted some 23.5° from the vertical. But this position is far from constant – the planet's axis is constantly shifting in response to changes in the distribution of mass around the Earth. "The Earth is like a spinning top, and if you put more mass on one side or other, the axis of rotation is going to shift slightly," says Felix Landerer of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. Landerer and colleagues estimate that the melting of Greenland's ice is already causing Earth's axis to tilt at an annual rate of about 2.6 centimetres – and that rate may increase significantly in the coming years. Now, they calculate that oceans warmed by the rise in greenhouse gases can also cause the Earth to tilt – a conclusion that runs counter to older models, which suggested that ocean expansion would not create a large shift in the distribution of the Earth's mass. - Source

08/22/09 - Rule of Thumb
Pleasing your lady. - Source

08/18/09 - Turbine-Free Wind Energy?
KeelyNet John R. Tuttle, President of John R. Tuttle Inc. (JRTI) has invented a new kind of wind energy converter which he thinks will, eventually, replace wind turbine generators as we know them. It’s quite a bit different. Tuttle’s WindPipe (tm) has no long churning blades or propeller and no rotating power generator hidden in a nacelle. In fact, so he says, the WindPipe wind energy converter has no rotating parts at all. For now he won’t say how it works but it’s what’s inside that pipe that counts. Looking much like a crude musical instrument, with a horn-like wind capture head at one end, the prototype WindPipe can be mounted vertically like a conventional turbine or the ‘Pipe can lie on its side, or lie at any angle for that matter and be integrated into building designs. (Tall and large buildings are natural wind energy enhancers. What seems like a light breeze far from a building can be amplified and compressed as it pushes up, over and around a structure. Anyone who’s walked a city street knows this.) “WindPipe technology is truly different. Because it does not require propeller blades and can be laid on its side or any other angle, it can be used not only in traditional wind farm tower arrays, but inside buildings and even underground with air ducted in from the winds above,” says Tuttle. “Wind capture does not have to be circularly shaped as with spinning propeller blades, capture can be rectangular or any other shape with the air then ducted to the energy converter system for direct energy conversion to electricity.” Tuttle also says power output in the WindPipe starts building at about 7 miles per hour of wind speed and climbs from there. There is no cut out wind speed. (Well, unless the WindPipe gets destroyed in a bad storm.) Vertical towers, if that’s the choice of installation, are light and easily raised up to 120 feet with a crane. All the electrical components and connections are at the bottom keeping maintenance costs low. Since there are no whirling blades WindPipes can be spaced close together. And if you’re getting the picture, the WindPipe doesn’t kill birds. And the cost of power from the WindPipe? Tuttle says “Above 14 mph, the technology is expected to produce energy from 3 to 10 times cheaper than turbines —from $3.30 per MWh to $0.3 per MWh, compared to the $10 per MWh of modern turbine wind towers.” The next step for JRTI is to build a 9 meter (30 foot) tall unit that can be expected to produce 900 watts of power in a 22 miles per hour breeze. At a stormy 44 miles per hour the unit could put out as much as 9 kilowatts. The production prototype should also be prettier, in white fiberglass, and be more streamlined. The wind capture end (that horn) will be about 3 meters, almost 10 feet in diameter. - Source

08/18/09 - White Roofs Slow Global Warming and Saves Money
In Ancient Greece, builders used light colored materials on buildings due to their knowledge that light colored materials kept buildings cool during the warm summer months. Light colored roofs and building remained a norm among Greek society as well as other civilizations until the invention of air conditioning. Black roofs became popular in society mainly due to the invention of air conditioning but they are now a contributor to the greenhouse effect (global warming) as well as energy consumption (Barry). During the summer on a hot sunny day, black roofs can heat up to temperatures over 160 degrees Fahrenheit, while white roofs get only slightly hotter than the actual air temperature (Barry). This is because the color black, absorbs all sunlight which makes things hotter. The sunlight absorbed by black roofs and roads is released as infrared radiation (heat) which has a longer wavelength than visible light. Most of the infrared radiation released from the roofs and roads gets absorbed by greenhouse gases, such as carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4), nitrous oxide (N2O), and water vapor (H2O) in earth's atmosphere. Only a small amount of infrared radiation escapes back into space due to its long wavelength. The infrared radiation absorbed by the greenhouse gases is released as heat, which is redistributed throughout earth's atmosphere and is responsible for global warming. Greenhouse gases are important for keeping the earth warm, but human activity has released an excess amount of greenhouse gases especially CO2 (West). White roofs act similar to polar ice caps and clouds which regulate earth's temperature and reflect sunlight back into space. White roofs reflect sunlight and keep buildings cooler than those with black roofs. This helps customers save 15-40% on air conditioning costs while paying slightly more during the winter months. Because of this, white roofs are the fastest growing segment in the roofing industry. They may get dirtier and show more scuff marks than black roofs but they have longer warranties and are no more expensive than black roofs (Barry). - Source

08/18/09 - Patent rejections soar as pressure on agency rises
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, the steward of the nation’s most important technologies, has been rejecting applications at an unprecedented rate during the past few years, yet it still cannot keep pace with the torrent of applications. After consistently rejecting applications at a rate of about 35% since 1975, the Patent Office — faced with a growing backlog — underwent a convulsive shift around 2004 and now turns down well over half. In the quarter that ended June 30, it denied more than 59%. Critics contend the agency’s efforts to catch up with the burgeoning backlog have only made things worse. At the same time, the number of appeals filed by rejected applicants such as Mertz has skyrocketed, further clogging the system. The agency has become “practically dysfunctional,” says Paul Michel, chief justice of the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the branch that handles the nation’s patent cases. The Patent Office contends that more patent applications are being rejected these days because more deserve to be rejected. Patent Commissioner John Doll, who started as a patent examiner in 1974 and served as the agency’s acting director from January to August this year, proudly spent the past two years showing off a chart depicting the declining allowance rate — the percentage of applications that are granted as patents — as he made public appearances. “If the allowance rate is falling because we’re improving quality, that’s a good thing,” Doll said in an interview in his 10th floor office in the agency’s Arlington, Va., headquarters. “If 100% of the cases that were filed were allowable, if they met the statutes, the regulations and the formal requirements, we’d allow every one.” - Source

08/18/09 - Unknown To Kids
A list of 100 things your kids may never know about. A few examples:

* Rotary dial televisions with no remote control.
* The buzz of a dot-matrix printer
* Wondering if you can afford to buy a RAM upgrade.
* Finding out information from an encyclopedia.
* Actually being able to get a domain name consisting of real words.
* Putting film in your camera
* Using a stick to point at information on a wallchart
* Swimming pools with diving boards.
- Source

08/18/09 - Resize My Photos Batch Resizes Photos Quickly
Windows only: Sometimes you just want to quickly resize photos without retouching or cropping. Resize My Photos aims to do just that—and quickly. Once installed, Resize My Photos adds an entry to your right-click context menu when you click on any single photo or multiple photo selection. Once you fire it up, you can add/remove files, add/remove directories, and change options—resize method, naming method, image quality, and output directory. Choose your preferences, click start, and Resize My Photos quickly takes care of the rest. Resize My Photos is freeware, Windows only. - Source

08/18/09 - Chinese Clinic Uses DNA Tests To Predict Kids' Talents
KeelyNet "About 30 children aged 3 to 12 years old and their parents are participating in a new program that uses DNA testing to identify genetic gifts and predict the future. ... The test is conducted by the Shanghai Biochip Corporation. Scientists claim a simple saliva swab collects as many as 10,000 cells that enable them to isolate eleven different genes. By taking a closer look at the genetic codes, they say they can extract information about a child's IQ, emotional control, focus, memory, athletic ability and more. For about $880, Chinese parents can sign their kids up for the test and five days of summer camp in Chongqing, where the children will be evaluated in various settings from sports to art. The scientific results, combined with observations by experts throughout the week, will be used to make recommendations to parents about what their child should pursue." - Source

08/18/09 - Airborne Laser Successfully Tracks, Hits Missile
"The Airborne Laser managed to acquire, track, and illuminate a test missile a few days ago. According to the press release, the Boeing plane 'used its infrared sensors to find a target missile launched from San Nicolas Island, Calif ... issued engagement and target location instructions to the beam control/fire control system ... fired its two solid-state illuminator lasers to track the target and ... fired a surrogate high-energy laser at the target, simulating a missile intercept.' The sensors on board the missile confirmed the 'hit.' Michael Rinn, ABL's program director, said, 'Pointing and focusing a laser beam on a target that is rocketing skyward at thousands of miles per hour is no easy task, but the Airborne Laser is uniquely able to do the job.' The next steps will be to test the high-power laser at full strength in flight and do a complete system test later this year. Its success or failure will determine whether the project gets canceled. Looks like the Real Genius fans out there are finally living the dream." - Source

08/18/09 - The Home-Made Hard Disk Destroyer
"All businesses have sensitive data they need to destroy when they replace PCs, but disposing of hard disks properly can be an expensive business. This has led one IT manager in the UK to come up with his own, home-made solution — Bustadrive. It uses a powerful 'hydraulic punch' to physically deform a hard disk, rendering it virtually unreadable, and requires nothing more than a pull of the lever on the front — similar to a drinks-can crusher. PC Pro tested the Bustadrive, and also sought the opinions of data destruction companies as to whether the device was really as effective as hoped, or just a fun way to mangle a hard disk or two." - Source

08/18/09 - NASA Developing Nuclear Reactor For Moon and Mars
"NASA recently finished testing a miniature nuclear reactor that would provide power for an astronaut base on the Moon or Mars. The reactor combines a small fission system with a Stirling engine to make a 'safe, reliable, and efficient' way to produce electricity. The system being tested at NASA's Glenn Research Center can produce 2.3 kilowatts and could be ready for launch by 2020, NASA officials say. The reactor ought to provide much more power than solar panels but could prove controversial with the public concerned about launching a nuclear power source and placing it on the Moon or another planet." - Source

08/18/09 - Wind Spire $6,000 - $12,000
A new device is making wind power affordable to the average citizen. Output is 1.2KW/year. - Source

08/18/09 - Scientists Learn To Fabricate DNA Evidence
"The NY Times reports that it is possible to fabricate blood and saliva samples containing DNA from a person other than the donor, and even to construct a sample of DNA to match someone's profile without obtaining any tissue from that person — if you have access to their DNA profile in a database. This undermines the credibility of what has been considered the gold standard of proof in criminal cases. 'You can just engineer a crime scene,' said Dan Frumkin, lead author of the paper. 'Any biology undergraduate could perform this.' The scientists fabricated DNA samples in two ways. One requires a real, if tiny, DNA sample, perhaps from a strand of hair or a drinking cup. They amplified the tiny sample into a large quantity of DNA using a standard technique called whole genome amplification. The other technique relies on DNA profiles, stored in law enforcement databases as a series of numbers and letters corresponding to variations at 13 spots in a person's genome. The scientists cloned tiny DNA snippets representing the common variants at each spot, creating a library of such snippets. To prepare a phony DNA sample matching any profile, they just mixed the proper snippets together. Tania Simoncelli, science adviser to the American Civil Liberties Union, says the findings were worrisome. 'DNA is a lot easier to plant at a crime scene than fingerprints,' says Simoncelli. 'We're creating a criminal justice system that is increasingly relying on this technology.'" - Source

08/18/09 - Fireball Air Cannon
KeelyNet The problem with propane is it always burns with a very bright orange fireball. I love pyro chemistry, and specifically coloring agents. So the natural progression would be to make giant brilliantly colored fireballs. To accomplish this I designed an air cannon that is alcohol based so that you have a neutral base that can be augmented in very much the same way a poi spinner can color there poi. The end result is giant fireballs of red, blue, green and purple! - Source

08/18/09 - Scientists invent kitchens that clean themselves
The days of using strong detergents, smelly solvents and a lot of elbow grease to get rid of ingrained oily smears could be numbered. Coating kitchen surfaces, or mirrors and garage floors, with the new Teflon-like materials will allow them to be wiped clean with nothing more than water. Added to cleaning sprays, paints and sealants, the materials could also be used to produce self-cleaning floors, walls and windows. The new material has been created by scientists at Purdue University, in Indiana, US. Project team leader Dr Jeffrey Youngblood said: 'You add water, and the oil just comes right off like magic. 'These are eco-friendly coatings - environmentally 'green' in the sense that they eliminate the need for harsh detergents and solvents in settings ranging from home kitchens to industrial machine shops that must contend with heavy oil spills.' - Source

08/18/09 - Robot sex to tempt future tourists?
KeelyNet It sounds like science fiction, but robot bar staff, hotel rooms that change colour, cruise ships as big as aircraft carriers and even robot sex are part of the future for travellers, a tourism conference has been told. Tourism futurologist Ian Yeoman, from Victoria University, gave a preview of what the world could be like in 2050, shaped by global warming, an older population, food, water and jet fuel supply problems and technological advances. Dr Yeoman said the future may see a more controlled society with a return to mass tourism spawning a range of new indoor tourism products. Indoor artificial ski centres, circuses, zoos, golf courses and recreated landscapes, as well as giant cruise ships, could be among the new attractions. As costs for basics such as electricity and food increased, tourism operators could turn to robots as cheap labour. Robot waiters at bars, remote-controlled camera-carrying guard dogs in hotel lobbies and self-cleaning hotel rooms were all likely. - Source

08/17/09 - New battery could change world, one house at a time
KeelyNet The battery breakthrough comes from a Salt Lake company called Ceramatec, the R&D arm of CoorsTek, a world leader in advanced materials and electrochemical devices. It promises to reduce dependence on the dinosaur by hooking up with the latest generation of personalized power plants that draw from the sun. Inside Ceramatec's wonder battery is a chunk of solid sodium metal mated to a sulphur compound by an extraordinary, paper-thin ceramic membrane. The membrane conducts ions -- electrically charged particles -- back and forth to generate a current. The company calculates that the battery will cram 20 to 40 kilowatt hours of energy into a package about the size of a refrigerator, and operate below 90 degrees C. This may not startle you, but it should. It's amazing. The most energy-dense batteries available today are huge bottles of super-hot molten sodium, swirling around at 600 degrees or so. At that temperature the material is highly conductive of electricity but it's both toxic and corrosive. You wouldn't want your kids around one of these. The essence of Ceramatec's breakthrough is that high energy density (a lot of juice) can be achieved safely at normal temperatures and with solid components, not hot liquid. Ceramatec says its new generation of battery would deliver a continuous flow of 5 kilowatts of electricity over four hours, with 3,650 daily discharge/recharge cycles over 10 years. With the batteries expected to sell in the neighborhood of $2,000, that translates to less than 3 cents per kilowatt hour over the battery's life. Conventional power from the grid typically costs in the neighborhood of 8 cents per kilowatt hour. Re-read that last paragraph and let the information really sink in. Five kilowatts over four hours -- how much is that? Imagine your trash compactor, food processor, vacuum cleaner, stereo, sewing machine, one surface unit of an electric range and thirty-three 60-watt light bulbs all running nonstop for four hours each day before the house battery runs out. That's a pretty exciting place to live. And then you recharge. With a projected 3,650 discharge/recharge cycles -- one per day for a decade -- you leave the next-best battery in the dust. Deep-cycling lead/acid batteries like the ones used in RVs are only good for a few hundred cycles, so they're kaput in a year or so. How do you recharge? By tapping your solar panels or windmills. It's just like plugging in your cell phone or iPod, only you plug in your house. A small three-bedroom home in Provo might average, say, 18 kWh of electric consumption per day in the summer -- that's 1,000 watts for 18 hours. A much larger home, say five bedrooms in the Grandview area, might average 80 kWh, according to Provo Power.;Either way, a supplement of 20 to 40 kWh per day is substantial. If you could produce that much power in a day -- for example through solar cells on the roof -- your power bills would plummet. Ceramatec's battery breakthrough now makes that possible. In 2000 Ashok Joshi, a native of India, took the helm at Ceramatec. His international reputation in ion technology and fuel cells kept the company among the first rank of innovators. Joshi (he prefers A.J.) looked to the potent combination of sodium and sulphur for the basic components of a new battery. That was known chemistry. But while he wanted to achieve a high energy density offered by those elements, he also wanted to get rid of the extreme heat, corrosion and toxicity of liquid sodium batteries. The key would be found in a paper-thin, yet strong and highly conductive, electrolyte material -- an advanced ceramic -- to serve as the barrier between the battery's sodium and sulphur. The thinner the barrier, the cooler the battery can operate. If you can get below the melting point of 98 C, sodium stays in its solid state, and you've got enough energy to run a house with safety. Charged particles of sodium and sulphur -- ions -- now scoot so effortlessly through the new ceramic wafer that the sodium doesn't even approach 98 C, let alone 350. The ceramic that made this possible was dubbed NaSICON by chemists. That stands for "sodium super ion conductor" -- "Na" being the code name for sodium in chemistry's periodic table. Ceramatec's formulation is a trade secret. With trademark modesty, A.J. observes, "We feel confident it's a good material." - Source

08/17/09 - From American Thinker - You Might Be a Birther if...
KeelyNet Please call me skeptical. It's a label I proudly wear. Since my first day of second grade, when I traded my homemade chocolate-chip cookies for a smooth-talking fourth-grader's out-of-ink ballpoint pen, I've been a wary consumer. So, if a presidential candidate tries to hand me a barebones certificate of live birth in lieu of a valid, long-form birth certificate, my skeptical antennae go on alert. I automatically question his motives and whether or not he may be trying to play a little fast and loose with the U.S. Constitution. When that same president purportedly spends over a million dollars on legal fees, merely to keep a simple document sealed, then I'm starting to become curiouser and curiouser. To whit, what is in the following documents that might diminish the Obama "narrative," as sold to the public by marketing guru, David Axelrod, and a strangely incurious media?

* Panahou Academy school records, 5th through 12th grades
* Occidental College records, including financial aid information.
* Columbia University records, including the missing senior thesis and financial aid information.
* Harvard University records, including information on how a student who never wrote anything (that can be found) was elected president of the prestigious law review, and including information on how Harvard Law School was afforded by humble community agitator, Barack Obama.
* Obama's Illinois state senate records and papers, mysteriously lost.

No man or woman in this Country today could successfully apply for a high-level executive position with any corporation without submitting this meager documentation to prove the statements made in a job application. No president in the past 30 years has been permitted this level of secrecy about his life. Yet, today we have a sitting president who has provided none of it. In lieu of actual documents, the American public has a "narrative" created by PR guru, turned political operative, David Axelrod. It is this veritable information vacuum that feeds the birth certificate inquiries. This ain't rocket science. It ain't even first-year-law-school tough. Unfortunately, President Obama and his insolent, adolescent press secretary, Bobby Gibbs, have decided to play dodgeball with the birth-certificate issue. Rather than just - quite simply -- provide the detailed birth certificate, signed by the attending physician, issued by the hospital where the birth occurred, Bobby and Barry have chosen to mock those asking for the proof. As for me, I'm no wacko. Nor am I believing much of anything this president says now, because he's been caught in so many exaggerations, so many outright lies, so many contortions of the truth, that anyone still trusting him on even small matters, might lack a decent amount of common sense. The American system of government was designed upon an open acknowledgement of the unsavory elements of human nature. Our system is designed to be skeptical and demand proof. At this juncture, every single American of every political stripe might want to claim the title, "Birther." It is, after all, as American as apple pie to simply and politely say, "Show me." - Source

08/17/09 - Dirty secret No. 2 in Obamacare
Dirty secret No. 2 in Obamacare is that Obama is not the leader of Obamacare. And neither is Congress. The one who has been spearheading the initiative behind the scenes is one who goes under the misnomer "adviser" to the Obama administration, Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, a bioethicist and breast oncologist and brother of White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel. And "his bible" for health care reform is his book, "Healthcare Guaranteed."

First, Dr. Emanuel rejects any attempts at incremental change or reform to our health care system (Page 185). What's needed, he concludes in his book (p. 171), is an immediate and totally comprehensive reconstruction of health care as we know it. That of course describes the vision of Obamacare to a tee.

Second, in the chapter "Opening the door to comprehensive change" starting on p. 171 (which reads more like a political and mass-manipulating strategy than a health care manual), Emanuel drives home "a key political lesson: the need to rush the legislation through." (Seen this methodology being used lately?!)

He then cites historical proof: "Within a few months, President Johnson rammed the four central elements of his Great Society program through," and Medicare and Medicaid were born. Emanuel says that the reason the Clinton administration couldn't pass a health care bill was because it waited too long (after his inauguration – the political honeymoon period) and it "established a large task force that worked in secret. … The delay and the secrecy were deadly" (p. 181). Sounds to me that Dr. Emanuel is as much a political strategist as he is a doctor. You are bearing witness to these political principles at work at this very moment in Washington and across this nation with Obamacare. President Obama and Dr. Emanuel both know that if too much time elapses their legislation is likely to die (and their preferences with it) because Americans will actually have time to examine it and come up with better alternatives. - Source

08/16/09 - NASA - stuck on rockets
KeelyNet The answer is simple...quit worrying about going into deep space, the moon, Mars or other planets. They look like a Chinese firedrill trying to plan for off world projects but still using childrens toys as the propulsion and energy systems. Instead, FOCUS all space related efforts here on earth to discover new propulsion, new energy and life sustaining techniques. It's clear that many discoveries and inventions related to our space efforts have filtered down to the private and consumer sector to make our lives better. Now if NASA used what talent they have to come up with new propulsion and new energy, it would directly affect our dependence on oil and the introduction of efficient electrical or other energy and transport technologies. Just think how much research and development could be accomplished with all the money NASA pisses away every year (on rockets), but devote it to energy and new propulsion. NASA gets a bit over 17 BILLION dollars for its yearly budget which should be put towards NEW energy and propulsion technolgies, THEN would be the time to move into deep space and beyond. We need to get away from primitive rockets and discover how to control gravity or use field forces to propel our spacecraft and other transport methods. - Source

08/16/09 - Infinite Power
KeelyNet You might have seen a quote by inventor Nikola Tesla which evokes mystery and much curiosity about how it could be done; "Ere many generations pass, our machinery will be driven by a power obtainable at any point of the universe." That quote comes from a book called "Experiments with Alternate Currents of High Potential and High Frequency by Nikola Tesla" where Tesla describes his discovery of one wire power transmission as demonstrated to drive a motor with just one wire. "...This idea is not novel. Men have been led to it long ago by instinct or reason. KeelyNet It has been expressed in many ways, and in many places, in the history of old and new. We find it in the delightful myth of Antaeus, who derives power from the earth; we find it among the subtle speculations of one of your splendid mathematicians, and in many hints and statements of thinkers of the present time. Throughout space there is energy. Is this energy static or kinetic? If static our hopes are in vain; if kinetic—and this we know it is, for certain—then it is a mere question of time when men will succeed in attaching their machinery to the very wheelwork of nature. - Source

08/15/09 - Lawnmower Emergency Generator
Two Iowa inventors have found a way to turn a lawnmower into a lifesaver. "There's a time in everyone's life where everyone in the entire world could use a generator," says inventor Joe Gezel. It's a belief Brad Ross and Joe Gezel turned into a product unlike any other on the market. "It held up like a top. It just ran like a top so we decided it was time to bring it out and let people buy it." The New Millennium Power Generator is the only generator without a motor. Instead, it hooks into the belt of a riding lawn mower, saving you energy and money. The inventors say it can power up to two-thirds of your home for as long as you keep you keep your mower running. "While the mower is turning, it turns the generator which powers up the generator and house," says Gezel. When storms pounded the northern Iowa town of Eldora last weekend, the whole town lost power, some customers for days. Ross and Gezel say, if residents had the New Millennium Power Generator, they would have been back up and running in no time. "It virtually will allow you to be able to survive comfortably through any problems you would have." The New Millennium Power Generator will cost you $1299. You can find it at - Source

08/15/09 - (Learning from) Germany's Era of Hyperinflation
Few people understood what had happened. Even today, three generations later, much of it sounds pretty incredible. "The effect of the devaluation of the German currency was like that of a second revolution, the first being the war and its immediate aftermath," he concluded. Mann said deep-seated faith was being destroyed and replaced by fear and cynicism. "What was there to trust, who could you rely on if such were even possible?" he asked. It is true to say that nothing seemed safe anymore -- all semblance of order went out of the window, and with it faith in the Weimar Republic, in democracy, indeed in the future itself. After all, what was there to look forward to? Most people had seen their life savings wiped out while the state was able to shrug off its debts. "Inflation took the basic law-and-order principles of loyalty and trust to the extreme," says historian Martin Geyer.

The seeds of the problem were sown many years earlier. Indeed the ball was first set in motion by World War I, during which Germany spent an estimated 160 billion marks on its men and machinery; an unimaginably large sum. The only way the state could finance this was to acquire money by unconventional means. On August 4, 1914, just three days after the Reich had declared war on Russia, parliament passed a series of currency acts that would have a fundamental impact on the country's money markets. The new legislation suspended the standard of backing cash with gold "until further notice," claiming that an "exceptional increase in unbacked paper notes" was an "economic necessity" in times of war. In other words, the Reich intended to pay for its war effort by printing more and more money.

Soaring National Debt - The sheer volume of banknotes increased dramatically. Whereas there were just 13 billion marks in circulation in 1913, this had jumped to 60 billion by the end of the war. Unfortunately this still wasn't enough to cover the state's expenditures. "As things stand, the only way to finance the cost of fighting the war is to shift the burden into the future through loans," economist Karl Helfferich said in 1915. The Reich thus racked up huge debts with its own people, repeatedly issuing government bonds; a total of almost 100 billion marks in all.

At first Germans bought these bonds almost unthinkingly, secure in the belief that victory was in sight. The national debt shot up from 5 to 156 billion marks. "There is a point at which printing money affects purchasing power by causing inflation," warned socialist Eduard Bernstein in 1918. But his words and those of others went unheeded.

The mountain of bank notes continued to grow, while the volume of goods gradually declined. It was a classic constellation. Too much money and too few goods could lead to only one thing: Inflation. A government decree setting a maximum price for important consumables such as grain and coal didn't help either. Such artificial limits simply dammed up inflation, causing the liquidity glut to flood the market with even greater devastation when the economy collapsed after the end of the war.

So although the Weimar Republic was not bankrupt from the outset, its creditworthiness was restricted, and inflation saddled the fledgling state with a congenital defect that would have dire consequences. - Source

08/14/09 - With bailout money, GM's Chevy Volt delivery time gets "pushed back"
The Volt has snagged a staggering 230 MPG rating in the city, but we should caution you that it's not as cut and dry as GM would have you believe. The EPA has released "a new methodology for determining a draft fuel economy standard for extended-range EVs like the Volt," and it's that murky measurement system that has blessed Chevy's wonder child with a triple digit MPG rating. Now, for the bad news. This past Sunday, GM reportedly submitted a regulatory filing with the US Treasury, and while it can't be taken as official word per se, it does provide reason to believe that the promised November ship date will slip to an undisclosed month and year. The report also noted that there is "no assurance" that it will qualify for any remaining energy loans to develop advanced fuel technology automobiles,... / General Motors has cast doubt over the long-term future of the Chevrolet Volt by claiming it may not be commercially viable and other rivals may overtake it with superior and more advanced technology. GM submitted a regulatory filing report to the US Treasury yesterday and CEO Fritz Henderson claimed its “disclosures are consistent with our commitment to remain transparent and to keep the public informed of our progress”. - Source

08/14/09 - Why shop local?
Money spent at independently owned local businesses stays in our community, multiplying as it circulates, so that each dollar spent at a local business returns three to five times that amount within your local economy. In sharp contrast, for every $100 in customer spending at a national chain, the local economic impact is only $13. Today because food and goods are being shipped to us from 1000's of miles away, as much as 95% of the energy that goes to providing us with the things we consume goes to packaging and transportation. - Source

08/14/09 - Student to launch air purifying billboards
A chemistry student from the Bogor Agriculture Institute (IPB) will launch a pilot project of air purifying billboards in Cilegon, Banten. "The billboards will be capable of reducing emission by at least 25 percent to 60 percent," the student, Hari Bowo, said during an environmental youth activist discussion in Jakarta on Saturday. "The hotter the temperature, the better and the more efficiently the billboards will work." Hari said that he would not reveal the full technical details of his invention until it was patented. - Source

08/14/09 - How Many D’s in Obama’s Energy Pledge?
While the phrase R and D is familiar to most readers, the path from idea to innovation to established technology almost always involves two more D’s — with the full cycle being research, development, demonstration, deployment. Now an intensifying fight is brewing over just how many D’s are included in President Obama’s pledge to invest $150 billion over 10 years to propel energy innovation. Democrats on the staff of the House Select Subcommittee on Energy Independence and Global Warming insist that Mr. Obama’s spending plan covers not just research, development and large-scale demonstration — arenas that are the traditional focus of government funding — but also deployment of existing non-polluting energy technologies. Even with the stimulus bill and pledges of billions, for the moment the money available for edge-pushing energy innovation is a trickle of about $150 million — the amount available for “transformational R and D” inquiry through the new Arpa-E office — the Advanced Research Projects Agency for Energy. On Wednesday, rejection letters went out to all but a handful of the 3,500 groups or individuals who sent in proposals. The letter said that only 2 percent of the proposed projects were likely to get the go-ahead. It’s early days, of course, but is this the shape of an energy revolution? - Source

08/14/09 - Federal agency bans import of fugitive's 'miracle machines'
Trying to shut down a federal fugitive's medical-device empire, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is blocking the import of the machine he claims can cure diseases such as cancer and AIDS. The desktop device, called the EPFX, is manufactured in Hungary by William Nelson, who fled the U.S. in 1996 after he was indicted on felony fraud charges related to his invention. FDA compliance director Timothy Ulatowski, who oversees medical-device regulation, said the action is the first step in a sweeping investigation of Nelson, his distributors and EPFX operators. "This is pure, blatant fraud. The claims are baloney," Ulatowski said. "These people prey in many cases on consumers who are desperate in seeking cures for very serious diseases." The FDA said it took action as a result of a recent Seattle Times investigation that uncovered a global network of manufacturers who sell unproven devices and practitioners who exploit unsuspecting patients. The EPFX is one of the most prevalent energy devices in the U.S., with an estimated 10,000 machines in clinics, offices and homes. More have been sold in the Northwest than in any other region. n 1992, the FDA warned him to stop making fraudulent claims that his device could diagnose and heal. In 1996 he fled the U.S. after he was indicted on nine counts of felony fraud. Despite his indictment, the FDA never revoked his registration. Nelson re-established himself in Budapest and began to sell the EPFX once again. Today, the flamboyant Nelson, 56, rakes in millions of dollars monthly from the sales of devices, accessories and training materials. Physicians, nurses and chiropractors across the country market and use the device, which now costs $19,900. One of the EPFX's celebrity pitchmen was Jeffrey Spencer, a chiropractor for champion cyclist Lance Armstrong. The FDA and state regulators failed to confiscate or warn the public about a dangerous device, the PAP-IMI, a 260-pound electromagnetic pulsing machine linked to patient injuries and death. The devices, made in Greece by inventor Panos Pappas, were smuggled into the U.S. as seed germinators. For years, the FDA did not warn the public about the dangers of the PAP-IMI nor address Nelson's outrageous claims and the rapid spread of the EPFX. Ulatowski said the FDA thought it had tackled those problems when it helped to bring the fraud charges against Nelson and shut down a Los Angeles PAP-IMI clinic. - Source

08/14/09 - Hong Kong’s Solar-Powered Ferries
KeelyNet These new vessels, set to enter service in November, get 3/4 of their power from solar cells and 1/4 from liquefied petroleum: The technology could cut in half carbon-dioxide output on a typical urban ferry route, Solar Sailor said on its Web site. Makers of ships, planes and autos around the world are trying to cut greenhouse gases from transport, which account for about 13 percent of global emissions… Solar Sailor’s so-called hybrid marine power, a sea-going equivalent to Toyota Motor Corp.’s Prius car, according to Chief Executive Officer Robert Dane, can save ferry operators $6 million in fuel costs over a typical 15-year lifespan, the company says. - Source

08/14/09 - Are Local And State Governments In The U.S. Getting Too Big?
“Big Government” has been characterized by those on various sides of the political spectrum as an ever-expanding bureaucracy interfering with individual rights and limiting economic freedoms. Some also believe that small government may pose a similar threat. They charge that state and local governments are guilty of intervening too much in private citizen affairs. The Mercatus Center at George Mason University's new report, “Freedom in the 50 States: An Index of Personal and Economic Freedom,” ranks all 50 U.S. states according to the amount of governmental intervention across the public policy spectrum, “from income taxation to gun control [as well as] overall respect for individual freedom.” Its authors divide these issues into three “components of freedom”: fiscal policy, regulatory policy, and paternalism (governmental attempts to control citizens’ lifestyle choices, with regard to such issues as gambling, alcohol, and marijuana). “Government intervention,” however, is a subjective term, and difficult to quantify. The index’s authors further argue that “freedom, properly understood, can be threatened as much by the weakness of the state as by overbearing state intervention.” However, the index offers a methodology for measuring how restrictive state and local public policies may be to individuals. The study’s authors choose to err on the side of caution: Certain “hot button” issues such as abortion and the death penalty are not included in the index due to larger disagreements over what, exactly, constitutes a rights violation with regard to such issues. According to the Mercator Center’s index, Colorado is the freest state. New York finishes in last place. - Source

08/14/09 - Reset Ink Cartridge Memory
Printers will often show a message saying they’re out of ink long before they’re really out of ink. We’ve had printers that let us continue printing anyway, and sometimes we’ve kept printing for a year after that message. But some printers force you to buy new cartridges. We’re out to get those companies. Often the cartridges are still half full of ink when you see the “out of ink” warning message. A helpful reader pointed us to a YouTube video that describes a solution. Go to and type “printer ink secret” in the search field. It shows that most inkjet cartridges have a memory chip that can be reset by pressing into a little hole above the circuit board. The circuit board on an ink cartridge is the part with copper strips. That tiny hole above the circuitry is the memory chip reset button. Push a pen point or paper clip lightly into the hole and presto, the cartridges no longer register as empty. When you restart the printer, the out of ink messages will not appear. Of course you are still going to run out of ink eventually, and you can no longer rely on a message from the computer to tell you that you’re low. You can tell if you’re out or low by the simplest method of all: your printouts will look faded or be missing a color. It would be smart to have reserve cartridges on had for that day that is certain to come. - Source and the Source

08/14/09 - Green Cement Absorbs Carbon
"Concrete accounts for more than 5 percent of human-caused carbon dioxide emissions annually, mostly because cement, the active ingredient in concrete, is made by baking limestone and clay powders under intense heat that is generally produced by the burning of fossil fuels. Now Scientific American reports that British start-up company Novacem has developed a 'carbon-negative' cement that absorbs more carbon dioxide than it emits over its life cycle. The trick is to make cement from magnesium silicates rather than calcium carbonate, or limestone, since this material does not emit CO2 in manufacture and absorbs the greenhouse gas as it ages. 'The building and construction industry knows it has got to do radical things to reduce its carbon footprint and cement companies understand there is not a lot they can do without a technology breakthrough,' says Novacem Chairman Stuart Evans. Novacem estimates that for every ton of Portland cement replaced by its product, around three-quarters of a ton of CO2 is saved, turning the cement industry from a big emitter to a big absorber of carbon. Major cement makers have been working hard to reduce CO2 emissions by investing in modern kilns and using as little carbon-heavy fuel as possible, but reductions to date have been limited. Novacem has raised $1.7M to start a pilot plant that should be up and running in northern England in 2011." - Source

08/14/09 - Can Unmanned Aircraft Mix With Commercial Planes?
"The Federal Aviation Administration this week signed a research and development agreement with GE Aviation to come up with a way to safely mix the burgeoning amounts of unmanned aircraft with commercial aviation. With this research the FAA and GE hope to accomplish aviation first by completing the research to facilitate flight of an Unmanned Aircraft System with an FAA certified, trajectory-based flight management system. Integrating unmanned aircraft into the national airspace will be no easy task. The Government Accountability Office last year laid out the difficulties stating that routine unmanned aircraft access to national airspace poses technological, regulatory, workload, and coordination challenges." - Source

08/14/09 - US Colleges Say Hiring US Students a Bad Deal
"Many US colleges and universities have notices posted on their websites informing US companies that they're tax chumps if they hire students who are US citizens. 'In fact, a company may save money by hiring international students because the majority of them are exempt from Social Security (FICA) and Medicare tax requirements,' advises the taxpayer-supported University of Pittsburgh (pdf) as it makes the case against hiring its own US students. You'll find identical pitches made by the University of Delaware, the University of Cincinnati, Kansas State University, the University of Southern California, the University of Wisconsin, Iowa State University, and other public colleges and universities. The same message is also echoed by private schools, such as John Hopkins University, Brown University, Rollins College and Loyola University Chicago." - Source

08/14/09 - Stick screentabs for Folders and more
Stick is a Windows application (Windows XP/Vista only) which provides utilities such as folder explorers, web browsers and notepads in tabs that attach to the sides of your screen (called ScreenTabs). ScreenTabs are highly customizable tab-shaped windows that let you access commonly used utilities quickly and easily. I use Stick daily and it has changed the way I work. Download it and see if it helps you the way it has helped me (it's free, by the way) - Source

08/14/09 - Snooping through the power socket
Power sockets can be used to eavesdrop on what people type on a computer. Security researchers found that poor shielding on some keyboard cables means useful data can be leaked about each character typed. By analysing the information leaking onto power circuits, the researchers could see what a target was typing. The attack has been demonstrated to work at a distance of up to 15m, but refinement may mean it could work over much longer distances. - Source

08/14/09 - Mr Fusion Scenario
What if Nuclear Fusion Power became cheap and abundant? Note: several technologies that could work out for providing commercial nuclear fusion would not lead to cheap and abundant nuclear fusion. They would have power that is about the same price as current 3rd generation nuclear fission. The regular ITER project is such a system. For low cost and more availability, there needs to be factory mass produced nuclear fusion generators. There are designs for factory mass produced deep burn (burn most of the fuel) nuclear fission which could be cheaper than many forms of nuclear fusion. Cheap nuclear power needs to be as common as small planes. Production volumes need to be a few thousand per year or more. / If you have fusion powered transportation around the solar system, then you can make all kinds of kinetic energy weapons. ie bombarding things with accelerated asteroids. So What Would Be Safe? Live in the cheap mobile fusion spaceships. Have ones big enough for a few tens of thousands of people or move around in fleets. Use metamaterials (invisibility) or at least alter the albedo (space camoflage) to make them harder to spot. (The solar system is a big place, we are still spotting objects bigger than Pluto at about the distance of Pluto.) Initially the hard to spot spaceships would be like nuclear missile submarines now, your deterrent force, but eventually a large fraction of the population would be mobile in the solar system for commerce and for safety. There would also be less strategic purpose in going after those people who were still on Earth. In the long range scenario with nanofactories and cheap fusion, then you could not just manufacture big ships with rotating sections for gravity and carrying plenty of supplies but you would have manufacturing capability and resources to make decoy/redundant ships/colonies. The fully capable redundant ships would also be places to move to if for some reason some of the primary ships were damaged. - Source

08/14/09 - Where did that bank bailout go? Watchdogs aren't sure
Although hundreds of well-trained eyes are watching over the $700 billion that Congress last year decided to spend bailing out the nation's financial sector, it's still difficult to answer some of the most basic questions about where the money went. Despite a new oversight panel, a new special inspector general, the existing Government Accountability Office and eight other inspectors general, those charged with minding the store say they don't have all the weapons they need. Ten months into the Troubled Asset Relief Program, some members of Congress say that some oversight of bailout dollars has been so lacking that it's essentially worthless. - Source

08/14/09 - Do food stamps lead to obesity?
One out of every nine people now receives food stamps in the U.S. And two-thirds of Americans are either overweight or obese. A new scientific study links these startling figures and suggests that food stamps may actually be a risk factor for obesity. - Source

08/14/09 - Rocking Invention helps Babies to Sleep
Lynda Harding, 44, has been working with researchers from the University of Brighton to develop and trial a mattress that replicates the soothing environment of the womb. The product, known as the Easidream, has shown remarkable results so far. The rocking pneumatic pad sits snugly under any cot mattress and gently moves in waves to keep the baby comfortable. Mother-of-six Lynda said: “The product also encourages babies to fall asleep on their backs, which is proven to be the safest sleeping position for children under six months old.” The trials, which took place at the School of Nursing and Midwifery in Hampshire, showed that the babies’ average crying time once they were put down was reduced from 18 minutes to less than one minute. It also took babies 90% less time to settle. More Info at - Source

08/14/09 - The Whole Foods Alternative to ObamaCare
While we clearly need health-care reform, the last thing our country needs is a massive new health-care entitlement that will create hundreds of billions of dollars of new unfunded deficits and move us much closer to a government takeover of our health-care system. Instead, we should be trying to achieve reforms by moving in the opposite direction—toward less government control and more individual empowerment. Here are eight reforms that would greatly lower the cost of health care for everyone:... Equalize the tax laws so that employer-provided health insurance and individually owned health insurance have the same tax benefits. - Repeal all state laws which prevent insurance companies from competing across state lines. - Repeal government mandates regarding what insurance companies must cover. - Enact tort reform to end the ruinous lawsuits that force doctors to pay insurance costs of hundreds of thousands of dollars per year. - Make costs transparent so that consumers understand what health-care treatments cost. - Enact Medicare reform. - Finally, revise tax forms to make it easier for individuals to make a voluntary, tax-deductible donation to help the millions of people who have no insurance and aren't covered by Medicare, Medicaid or the State Children's Health Insurance Program... Rather than increase government spending and control, we need to address the root causes of poor health. This begins with the realization that every American adult is responsible for his or her own health. Unfortunately many of our health-care problems are self-inflicted: two-thirds of Americans are now overweight and one-third are obese. Most of the diseases that kill us and account for about 70% of all health-care spending—heart disease, cancer, stroke, diabetes and obesity—are mostly preventable through proper diet, exercise, not smoking, minimal alcohol consumption and other healthy lifestyle choices. Recent scientific and medical evidence shows that a diet consisting of foods that are plant-based, nutrient dense and low-fat will help prevent and often reverse most degenerative diseases that kill us and are expensive to treat. We should be able to live largely disease-free lives until we are well into our 90s and even past 100 years of age. - Source

08/14/09 - Bottled Water Sucks
I knew bottled water was a social ill but I didn't know how damaging it was until I saw an explosive and compelling new documentary called Tapped. With style, verve and righteous anger, the film exposes the bottled water industry's role in suckering the public, harming our health, accelerating climate change, contributing to overall pollution, and increasing America's dependence on fossil fuels. All while gouging consumers with exorbitant and indefensible prices. "Not only is it [bottled water] a clear waste of resources (only 20 percent of plastic water bottles used in the United States are recycled, and far too many of the rest probably end up in the Pacific Garbage Patch), it's an incredible waste of money for consumers, who pay more than the price of gasoline for water that's marketed as "pure," but in reality is largely unregulated, full of harmful toxins like BPA, and far less safe for drinking than free tap water. (In fact, 40 percent of the time, bottled water is nothing but municipal tap water, freed from the government oversight that keeps it safe.)" - Source and the Source

08/14/09 - Brita Water Filter saves bottled water costs
KeelyNet Americans used 50 billion water bottles in 2006 and sent 38 billion water bottles to landfills, the equivalent of 912 million gallons of oil.1, 2, 3, 4 If laid end to end, that’s enough bottles to travel from the Earth to the Moon and back 10 times.5 If placed in a landfill or littered, those bottles could take up to 1,000 years to biodegrade.2 Americans used about 50 billion plastic water bottles in 2006. However, the U.S.'s recycling rate for plastic is only 23 percent, which means 38 billion water bottles — more than $1 billion worth of plastic — are wasted each year.1

# One Brita pitcher filter can effectively replace as much as 300 standard 16.9-ounce bottles. So you can get great-tasting water without so much waste. Talk about refreshing.
# The average Brita pitcher filters 240 gallons of water a year for about 19 cents a day.7 Put in perspective, to get the same amount of water from bottled water would require 1,818 16.9-ounce water bottles a year.8
# For about $10 each, you can purchase a 16-ounce or 32-ounce Nalgene bottle, saving you hundreds of dollars a year on bottled water.
# In the United States, 24 percent of bottled water sold is either Pepsi's Aquafina (13 percent of the market) or Coke's Dasani (11 percent of the market). Both brands are bottled, purified municipal water.1
# If you don't like the taste of your tap water, try Brita. Nine out of 10 consumers say "Brita clearly tastes better," according to an in-home usage study. They preferred the taste of Brita water — filtered through pitchers — to tap.9
# Dr. Gina Solomon, a senior scientist at the Natural Resources Defense Council, an environmental advocacy group, told The New York Times that "there is no reason to believe that bottled water is safer than tap water."10

Each filter produces 40 gallons of water and the average Brita owner uses 6 filters in a year, to produce 240 gallons, or 30,720 ounces, of fresh-filtered water. 30,720 ounces is equivalent to the water found in 1,818 16.9-ounce water bottles. ($20-$50) - Source

08/14/09 - Kids Are a Pain in the Ass
When the thing is, even though there are great reasons to have kids, there are arguably far more reasons not to. In fact, it might be a better idea to be cautious towards people who want to breed, and actually grateful to the people who abstain (even though the desire to breed is understandable, of course). If childlessness (or "childfreeness," as it's now often referred to) were seen as a positive choice, and not an expected act or an essential part of female identity, everyone (including parents) would benefit. 40 Reasons to Abstain from Having Children - People who don't have kids have more sex, more career success and a far smaller environment footprint than people who do. - Source

08/14/09 - Do Clouds Come From Outer Space?
Scientists think particles of dust or pollen can serve as nuclei for water droplets, which in turn gather by the trillions into clouds. That would help explain how clouds form over urban areas: Fine particles called aerosols are emitted from the exhaust pipes of millions of vehicles and work their way into the atmosphere, where they are thought to attract water molecules. But it doesn't explain how clouds formed in preindustrial society--or how they form today over vast stretches of rainforest and ocean. That's where cosmic rays come in. The idea goes like this: High-speed cosmic ray particles--protons and neutrons of still-mysterious origins that travel at nearly the speed of light--collide with water molecules in the atmosphere, stripping away electrons from those molecules and converting them into electrically charged ions. The ions then begin attracting other water molecules, which eventually form clouds. The theory seems to hold water in the lab. In 2006, physicist Henrik Svensmark of the Technical University of Denmark in Copenhagen and colleagues produced aerosols artificially in an atmospheric chamber by bombarding water molecules with a particle beam. "More ions resulted in more aerosols," Svensmark says. - Source

08/14/09 - The 11:11 phenomenon not just another internet Meme
KeelyNet Is the 11:11 phenomenon just another internet Meme, a Jungian synchronicity or really a “wake-up” call from Earth angels? The 11:11 phenomenon seems to be more unique than a casual coincidence or a quickly propogating Meme. A quick search on Google, will confirm that millions all over the world have questioned the appearance of the 11:11 time prompt in their lives. Once it starts to appear in your life, on digital clocks, TV, VCR’s, receipts, license plates and computers, it doesn’t fade away in the same way other subconscious associative processes do. - Source

08/14/09 - Beer could stop bones going brittle
A study found that the bones of women who drink beer regularly are stronger, making them less likely to suffer from osteoporosis. It is thought that the high level of silicon in beer slows down the thinning that leads to fractures and boosts the formation of new bone, the journal Nutrition reports. Beer is also rich in phytoestrogens, plant versions of oestrogen, which keep bones healthy. Bones are made up of a mesh of fibres, minerals, blood vessels and marrow, and healthy ones are denser with smaller spaces between the different parts. The Spanish researchers said: "Silicon plays a major role in bone formation. Beer has been claimed to be one of the most important sources of silicon in the Western diet." - Source

08/14/09 - Sensor To Monitor TV Watchers Demoed At Cable Labs
"Cable operators at the semi-annual CableLab's Innovation Showcase have informally voted as best new product a gizmo that can determine how many people are watching a TV. Developed by Israeli company PrimeSense, the product lets digital devices see a 3-D view of the world (the images look like something from thermal imaging). In other words, that cable set-top box will know whether three people are sitting on the sofa watching TV and how many are adults vs. children. Do we really need cable and/or video service operators knowing this? It all happens via a chip that resides in a camera that plugs into the set-top box." - Source

08/14/09 - Device Lets Blind "See" with Their Tongues
KeelyNet Legal blindness is defined by U.S. law as vision that is 20/200 or worse, or has a field of view that is less than 20 degrees in diameter. The condition afflicts more than one million Americans over the age of 40, according to the National Institutes of Health. Adult vision loss costs the country about $51.4 billion per year. With BrainPort, the device being developed by neuroscientists at Middleton, Wisc.–based Wicab, Inc. (a company co-founded by the late Back-y-Rita), visual data are collected through a small digital video camera about 1.5 centimeters in diameter that sits in the center of a pair of sunglasses worn by the user. Bypassing the eyes, the data are transmitted to a handheld base unit, which is a little larger than a cell phone. This unit houses such features as zoom control, light settings and shock intensity levels as well as a central processing unit (CPU), which converts the digital signal into electrical pulses—replacing the function of the retina. From the CPU, the signals are sent to the tongue via a "lollipop," an electrode array about nine square centimeters that sits directly on the tongue. Each electrode corresponds to a set of pixels. White pixels yield a strong electrical pulse, whereas black pixels translate into no signal. Densely packed nerves at the tongue surface receive the incoming electrical signals, which feel a little like Pop Rocks or champagne bubbles to the user. - Source

08/11/09 - GM delivers a jolt with $40,000 Volt: 230 mpg in city driving
Volt would beat out current mileage champ, Toyota Prius hybrid ($22,000 - $28,000), which gets 50 mpg. The Volt is designed to run on electric power only for about 40 miles, after which a small gasoline engine kicks in to recharge the battery, giving it a range of more than 300 miles. The battery can be recharged by plugging in to a home outlet. GM's estimated mileage for the Volt is based on city driving, where it can take full advantage of its all-electric capability. Highway mileage would be lower because it would require more work from the gasoline engine. Although GM has not released pricing information on the Volt, industry analysts estimate it will cost about $40,000. Analysts expect Volt owners would be eligible for the $7,500 federal tax credit provided on electric vehicles. The automaker's fuel economy estimates still must be confirmed by the EPA, which is developing a new methodology for calculating mileage figures for cars that can travel significant distances powered only by electricity. The mileage estimate doesn't include a measurement of the cost of the electricity needed to charge the Volt's nearly 400-pound lithium-ion battery, causing some analysts to question the usefulness of the number. - Source

08/11/09 - Betcha didn't foresee this!
KeelyNet A WOMAN'S home has been wrecked by a freak fire sparked by the sun shining on a crystal ball on her window sill. The £20 ornament refracted the rays straight into the back of Kim Yeates's TV which overheated and exploded, igniting a nearby sofa. Kim, 53, who lived alone, was out visiting a friend and returned to find £10,000's worth of damage caused to her first-floor flat. Firefighters blamed the 4in-diameter glass sphere she had kept in her window in Worle, Somerset. - Source

07/15/09 - Self-Sustaining Space Colony Design
KeelyNet Eric Yam is a grand-prize winner of NASA's Space Settlement Competition, the only Canadian to win in the contest's 16-year history. He is currently attending Toronto's Northern Secondary School. Eric will be talking about his winning design, which is a 92-page report, filled with detailed drawings done in Google SketchUp. He will cover various topics, including design philosophy, structural design, construction plan, life support systems, and social structure of the space settlement. The space colony Asten, named after the Egyptian god of balance is 1.6 kilometer-high structure made up of a series of habitation rings stuck in the shape of a cylinder. The entire structure rotates on its axis, simulating Earth-like gravity for its inhabitants. "He basically built a Utopia from scratch," said math and physics teacher Gillian Evans, staff advisor on the project. Yam's innovative design, built as a series of stacked rings resembling a cylinder, would house a self-sustaining colony of 10,000 people and up to 300 visitors, including paying tourists, in the year 2050. A hotel section would include a panoramic outer gallery with transparent walls, perfect for watching the earth, moon and stars. Yam called his design Asten, another name for the Egyptian god Thoth, master of divine and physical law. A pdf of the design is availble for viewing. - Source

07/15/09 - Universal detector for everything
Zap a metal with light and the electrons on the surface ripple into waves ? known as plasmons ? which emit light of their own. The frequency of that light reflects the electronic nature of the surface and is highly sensitive to contamination. The idea is to use a thin layer of metal drilled with nanoscale holes, laid onto the surface being tested. When the perforated plate is zapped with laser light, the surface plasmons that form emit light with a frequency related to the materials touching the plate. A sensitive light detector is needed to measure the frequency of light given off. The team says devices using this approach can be small and portable, will work on very low power, and could detect everything from explosives to bacteria. All that needs to be done now is build a system able to decode the light signatures. / (WO/2008/039212) OPTICAL SENSING BASED ON SURFACE PLASMON RESONANCES IN NANOSTRUCTURES - Source

07/15/09 - Plasma rocket in new test with Brit supermagnet fitted
A radical electrically-powered space rocket which has the potential to cut months or years off travel times to other planets has achieved a further successful test today. The new milestone for the Variable Specific Impulse Magnetoplasma Rocket (VASIMR) was achieved with the aid of a crucial new component - a superconducting magnet made in Britain. Today’s tests build on the achievements of the VX-200i, the engine’s non-superconducting predecessor, which last fall underwent similar tests but under a greatly reduced set of requirements. A major difference between the two is the superconducting magnet, featured in the present system, which provides a ten-fold increase in the magnetic field and enables operation of the engine under conditions consistent with actual space flight. The idea of the VASIMR is to use electric power to blast plasma reaction mass out of the engine at much higher velocities than can be achieved using normal chemically-powered rockets. This means that a VASIMR spacecraft would get hugely more poke out of a given amount of fuel, enabling it to travel through space at much higher speeds. The tech can't develop enough thrust to lift itself out of Earth's gravity, but once beyond the atmosphere it would leave today's interplanetary probes - which mainly coast through space - far behind. Chang Díaz believes that VASIMR could usefully glean its electric power from solar panels if it was operating close to the sun (Mars would be the extreme outer limit) or from onboard nuclear reactors further away. He calculates that a nuclear VASIMR craft could get to Mars in just 39 days, as opposed to the many months a chemical-rocket ship would take. - Source

07/15/09 - Turkish inventor claims breakthrough in car headlight technology
About 20 years ago, Turkish professor Turhan Alçelik realized the defects of current car headlights and started to develop headlights that illuminate farther ahead without creating any glare. “Drivers cannot see easily during nighttime journeys. This is one of the most important problems in traffic. While driving, one cannot see 50 meters away, and this causes nighttime car accidents. For instance, imagine a car being driven at 120 kilometers per hour at night. If the driver suddenly sees something, an animal or road construction, 50 meters ahead, it is nearly impossible for the driver to bring the car to a complete stop within those 50 meters. He sees the danger, perceives it and then steps on the breaks.” Alçelik explained that the time it takes between perceiving a danger and stepping on the break is called reaction time. Depending on age, the human reaction time is on average one second. In one second, the car goes 25 meters -- in other words, almost halfway there. The car cannot stop in 25 meters and therefore an accident is inevitable. To prevent this accident, the driver should see the danger 75-80 meters away so that there will be enough time for him or her to react. Alçelik's car headlights aim to provide illumination up to 75-80 meters. Alçelik added: “I don't know whether there is a system better than mine, but what I do know is that we developed one that can illuminate 15 percent farther without glare compared to current car headlights. Moreover, this was done with the same bulb and the same amount of energy.” He declined, however, to provide further details of how he accomplished this, saying only that it is a trade secret. “When compared to car headlight systems used all around the world, this is a system that can illuminate long distances continuously without any glare. We hope to say that we have developed a headlight system one step ahead of current ones.” he added. The system has advantages such as illuminating farther without glare and costs the same as regular headlights but uses a different design and technology. While current headlights illuminate 30-35 meters, Alçelik's system can illuminate 75-80 meters, which ensures the illumination of the safe breaking distance. Normally, light from cars coming from the opposite direction temporarily blinds the driver of the car approaching it, but with this new system, headlights do not do this, thereby preventing accidents caused by headlights. Alçelik emphasized that “this is a solution needed for safe overnight journeys.” Alçelik also explains that the system can be implemented on every car model at the same cost. - Source

07/15/09 - Only 15 Minutes for Mobile Communication
Russian scientists experimentally tested how electromagnetic radiation of certain frequency and intensity affected living organisms. Various countries have different opinions on relatively safe level of electromagnetic field, generated by cell phones. Russia has maximum level of microwave radiation of 10 microwatt per cubic centimeter, which is significantly higher than in Europe or United States. Russian researchers studied effects of electromagnetic radiation on Spirostomum infusorians. This organism is a very convenient object for research: it is large, reaching 1-3 mm in diameter, and sensitive to environment changes. The results are disappointing for those, who think that cell phones are safe. 15 minutes of irradiation had no effect on infusorians, but 30 minutes cut motion activity of the organisms almost in half. Researchers believe that non-thermal microwave radiation of low-intensity is not as safe as it has been considered before. That is why maximum level of microwave radiation should be adjusted according these data. - Source

07/15/09 - Robot land-steamers to consume all life on Earth as fuel
The US military plans to introduce roving steam-powered robots which would fuel themselves by harvesting everything alive and cramming it into their insatiable blazing furnaces. The scheme is officially referred to as Energetically Autonomous Tactical Robot (EATR™) by those behind it. It will come as no surprise to Reg readers that the funding is from DARPA... The idea of EATR is ostensibly that military reconnaissance droids far behind enemy lines would be able to forage for fuel. The patent pending robotic system can find, ingest and extract energy from biomass in the environment, as well as use conventional and alternative fuels (such as gasoline, diesel, propane and solar) when suitable. The machine runs on a "biomass furnace" which powers a steam generator driving a "waste heat engine" from Cyclone Power Technologies. These pieces of kit will now be mated together within 90 days, according to RTI. The robot steamers are envisaged as being equipped with powerful articulated arms in order to rip trees or bushes out of the earth and stuff them into their glowing maws. By way of a treat, it seems that the machines will also be able to loot or forage more conventional fuel supplies from the petrol tanks of cars, domestic gas cylinders and so on. Cyclone says that their engine can also run happily on old apple cores, banana peel and other kitchen garbage gleaned from bins. Hapless drivers or householders will be in no position to object to such robotic plundering: military reconnaissance vehicles are typically heavily armed, and doubtless the EATR will be no exception. It might also be fitted with DARPA's SELF tech, enabling it to construct copies of itself and modify its own design. - Source

07/15/09 - Energy policy 'too wind focused'
The UK must invest more in nuclear and clean coal energy and put less emphasis on wind power if it wants a secure low-carbon future, business leaders say. The CBI says government energy policy is "disjointed" and it is urging a "more balanced" energy mix. "The government's disjointed approach is deterring the private sector investment needed to get our energy system up to scratch, bolster security and cut emissions," said CBI deputy director general John Cridland. "While we have generous subsidies for wind power, we urgently need the national planning statements needed to build new nuclear plants. "If we carry on like this we will end up putting too many of our energy eggs in one basket." - Source

07/15/09 - Future 'Invisible Wars' To Use E-bombs, Laser Guns And Acoustic Weapons
KeelyNet In the late 1990s, the then Russian Defense Minister Igor Sergeyev sounded a note of warning as he spoke about “the use of new physical principles for building weaponry with new applications in both strategic and tactical levels, is yet another qualitative leap in the change and development of ways and methods of warfare.” Hostilities between thousands of armed men involved in physical annihilation of one another in the battlefield may be rendered obsolete by the latest developments in science and technology. The existing types of weapons may be superseded by devices capable of causing latent damage to the human body by disrupting its viability and immune system. As a result, the human body will either completely destroyed or immobilized for a long time. The results of the use of certain hypothetical types of WMD may be felt in the long run, perhaps years or decades following the exposure to the effects of the above. The effects of certain types of new weapons can be used selectively, and thus an attacker will be able to steadfastly decimate an opponent’s personnel while effectively reducing the number of its own casualties. The above circumstance creates more incentives for developing new types of weapons. There are reports of an experiment carried out by the U.S. military in 1961 when more than 350 thousand 2-cm metal needles were deployed into the atmosphere. The needles in the sky caused a dramatic change in the heat balance of the atmosphere. Scientists believe the needles may have caused an earthquake in Alaska. Besides, they are believed to have caused the sliding of a part pf Chile’s coastline into the ocean. The rainmaking technology was taken for a few test tides in Vietnam. The U.S. military dispersed silver iodide in the rain clouds during the Vietnam War to cause floods, disrupt dams, and obstruct the movements of enemy troops, especially the movements of heavy military equipment. The so-called “ozone weapon” is one of the types of the geophysical weaponry which is an assortment of means designed for damaging the ozone layer over an enemy. The damage can be done by using rockets loaded with Freon. The explosion of such rockets in the ozone layer will produce several “windows” in it, and thus create conditions for ultraviolet rays of the sun to penetrate Earth’s surface. The ultraviolet rays are highly detrimental to the cell structure of live organisms, especially to their hereditary systems. As a result, the incidence of cancer will go up dramatically. Depleting ozone will bring about lower mean temperatures and increase humidity, which is especially dangerous for the areas of unsustainable agriculture. Acoustic weapons - The harmful effects of acoustic weapons apply to three frequency bands i.e. infrasound (below 20 Hz); the audible range frequencies (from 20 hertz to 20 kilohertz); and ultrasound (above 20 kilohertz). The classification is in line with the action of sound impact on the human body. The low-frequency sounds can significantly increase the audible range, pain threshold and other negative impacts on the human body. Infrasound oscillations can induce anxiety or a panic attack in humans. Some scientists believe that man is unlikely to survive the effects of powerful emission causing a sudden disruption of the functions of certain organs including the cardiovascular system. Infrasound emitters are reported to be capable of impairing a person’s hearing, and cause resonance of his internal organs, which may disrupt the heart activity and result in death. American specialist Janet Morris says that during her trip to Russia she saw an operational device that can form a10 Hz infrasound pulse the “size of a baseball,” which is said to be capable of causing serious damage to personnel positioned hundreds of meters away from the weapon. - Source

07/15/09 - Orthopedic “armor” invention helps Russia’s disabled
There is new hope for people who have been paralyzed with the invention of a so-called orthopedic “armor”, which is defying doctors’ prognoses by allowing patients to both stand and walk. This piece of sculpture is designed to fit its customer perfectly. Made of a plastic-like material and placed around a steel skeleton, the simple device is called “armor for the disabled”. “The beauty of Aleksey’s invention is that each piece of armor is handmade to fit the patient perfectly. After production the armor is adjusted on the patient several times to guarantee the best medical effect. That’s something similar devices made on the production line cannot do,” says sports doctor Dmitry Kiselev. - Source

07/15/09 - Turning up the heat: Dorm room bedbugs have enemy in UF invention
The occasional infestation of bed bugs into University of Florida dorm rooms has motivated researchers there to develop portable eradication devices for the bothersome little bloodsuckers. The invention, created with less than $400 in equipment, can heat to 113 degrees and is big enough to slide a mattress or dresser into. The heat destroys the bed bugs, but doesn't damage the furniture. Current treatments for bed bugs include massive fumigations, where entire buildings are tented. A more recent patent, according to UF, was awarded to a private company that developed a way to heat treat an entire building. But for universities, which have thousands of students living in close quarters, large-scale treatments can be burdensome and unnecessary. Treating a single dorm room, or floor of rooms, could be accomplished more efficiently with UF's new portable heat chamber, researchers said. "It's somewhat like cooking a turkey," Koehler said of the bed bug banishing process, which includes putting probes in some infested items to monitor temperatures. - Source

07/15/09 - Green Industrial Lubricant Developed
KeelyNet A team of researchers from the University of Huelva has developed an environmentally-friendly lubricating grease based on ricin oil and cellulose derivatives, according to the journal Green Chemistry. Millions of tonnes of hydraulic and industrial oils, and others from machinery, are discharged each year into rivers, the sea and fields. Mineral-based oils can contaminate groundwater for more than 100 years, and can prevent the growth of trees and prove toxic to aquatic life. Franco tells SINC that the new material "has a similar level of mechanical stability to that of traditional greases, and it is highly temperature resistant, with rheological properties (viscosity) that do not change greatly, although we have observed that the material is expelled in large quantities when subjected to large inertial forces at high temperatures". When this substance is used in bearings, it is important that it is not easily shed. This will reduce the lubrication frequency, thus maintaining the ideal functioning conditions for machinery for a longer time. - Source

07/15/09 - High Unemployment Spurs People To Work For Free
With U.S. unemployment at a 20-year high, some Americans are working for free while looking for a job, but experts are split over whether it is a sign of dedication or desperation. - Source

07/15/09 - 7 Places Around The House To Stash Your Cash

* The Freezer: Wrap your cash in aluminum foil and stick it in a ziplock bag.
* Picture Frames: Slice apart the cardboard backing and insert the cash.
* Under Heavy Things: Place the cash in an envelope and slide it under the corner of something heavy, like a piano or entertainment center.
* Soup Cans: Why buy one of those fake-bottom cans when you just re-use one of your own?
* Fake Plants: Put the cash in a ziplock bag and bury it in the fake soil of one of your fake plants.
* Books: Improve the worst book in your collection with a knife. Hollow out the core and hide the cash inside.
* Toys: Hide the cash in an old toy your kids don't use anymore, and bury the toy at the bottom of the toy chest.

Under the mattress isn't on the list, so that remains the best place. A burglar would never look there. / (A friend claims the new house he moved into was broken into and the thieves took $3000US in cash plus anything portable. A neighbor across the street from me had their house broken into 3 times in 4 months and 2 other neighbors were robbed..this is central Mexico. With the enforcement of laws against employers in the USA hiring illegal aliens, many return home since they cannot find work. The Mexicans call them 'pochos' and they are used to US wages, but here few jobs and they pay maybe $15US a thefts are up. - JWD) - Source

07/15/09 - Build a DIY Portable Air Conditioner
KeelyNet Instructables user CameronSS has a guide to building a portable air conditioner out of materials that you may already have in your garage (if you don't, he lists the average cost for each part and where it can be purchased), including a portable cooler, 12V battery, fans, and a generous helping of ice. Instructables user CameronSS has a guide to building a portable air conditioner out of materials that you may already have in your garage (if you don't, he lists the average cost for each part and where it can be purchased), including a portable cooler, 12V battery, fans, and a generous helping of ice. - Source

07/15/09 - Stealing Data Via Electrical Outlet
"NetworkWorld reports that security consultants Andrea Barisani and Daniele Bianco are preparing to unveil their methodology at the Black Hat USA conference for stealing information typed on a computer keyboard using nothing more than the power outlet to which the computer is connected. When you type on a standard computer keyboard, electrical signals run through the cable to the PC. Those cables aren't shielded, so the signal leaks via the ground wire in the cable and into the ground wire on the computer's power supply. The attacker connects a probe to a nearby power socket, detects the ground leakage, and converts the signal back into alphanumeric characters. So far, the attack has proven successful using outlets up to about 15 meters away. The cost of the equipment to carry out the power-line attack could be as little as $500 and while the researchers admit their hacking tools are rudimentary, they believe they could be improved upon with a little time, effort and backing. 'If our small research was able to accomplish acceptable results in a brief development time (approximately a week of work) and with cheap hardware,' they say, 'Consider what a dedicated team or government agency can accomplish with more expensive equipment and effort.'" - Source

07/15/09 - Cruising Fisherman's Wharf For New Passports' Serial Numbers
"Fox News has an AP story on a hacker in San Francisco driving around and needing as little as 20 minutes to be successful in acquiring a passport number: 'Zipping past Fisherman's Wharf, his scanner detected, then downloaded to his laptop, the unique serial numbers of two pedestrians' electronic US passport cards embedded with radio frequency identification, or RFID, tags. Within an hour, he'd "skimmed" the identifiers of four more of the new, microchipped PASS cards from a distance of 20 feet. ... Meanwhile, Homeland Security has been promoting broad use of RFID even though its own advisory committee on data integrity and privacy warned that radio-tagged IDs have the potential to allow "widespread surveillance of individuals" without their knowledge or consent.'" - Source

07/15/09 - Tesla stake sold to Abu Dhabi investors
The Abu Dhabi investment fund that is Daimler's largest shareholder has bought about 4 per cent of electric car producer Tesla Motors, deepening the oil-rich Arab state's push into green technology. - Source

07/15/09 - Is tap water safer than bottled?
Score one for the green movement. For years as sales of bottled water climbed, environmental groups said it was likely less safe than tap water even without taking into consideration the impact on the enviroment. This week the government agreed. A study released by the General Accounting Office said that bottled water undergoes less scrutiny than tap water, which must meet a tougher safety standard. The GAO study found that the regulation of bottled water (under the Food and Drug Administration's Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act) is less strict than the Environmental Protection Agency's regulation of tap water (under the Safe Drinking Water Act). - Source

07/15/09 - Report: Climate Change 'Will Cause Civilisation to Collapse'
An effort on the scale of the Apollo mission that sent men to the Moon is needed if humanity is to have a fighting chance of surviving the ravages of climate change. The stakes are high, as, without sustainable growth, "billions of people will be condemned to poverty and much of civilisation will collapse". This is the stark warning from the biggest single report to look at the future of the planet - obtained by The Independent on Sunday ahead of its official publication next month. Backed by a diverse range of leading organisations such as Unesco, the World Bank, the US army and the Rockefeller Foundation, the 2009 State of the Future report runs to 6,700 pages and draws on contributions from 2,700 experts around the globe. Its findings are described by Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the UN, as providing "invaluable insights into the future for the United Nations, its member states, and civil society". - Source

07/15/09 - Economists warn economic predictions too optimistic
President Barack Obama's economic forecasts for long-term growth are too optimistic, many economists warn, a miscalculation that would mean budget deficits will be much higher than the administration is now acknowledging. The White House will be forced to confront the disconnect between its original, upbeat predictions and the mainstream consensus about how the economy is likely to perform in a new budget forecast to be unveiled next month. Obama’s current forecasts envision 3.2 percent growth next year, 4 percent growth in 2011, 4.6 percent growth in 2012 and 4.2 percent growth in 2013. - Source

07/15/09 - The next hacking frontier: Your brain?
KeelyNet Hackers who commandeer your computer are bad enough. Now scientists worry that someday, they'll try to take over your brain. "Neural devices are innovating at an extremely rapid rate and hold tremendous promise for the future," said computer security expert Tadayoshi Kohno of the University of Washington. "But if we don't start paying attention to security, we're worried that we might find ourselves in five or 10 years saying we've made a big mistake." Hackers tap into personal computers all the time. But what would happen if they focused their nefarious energy on neural devices, such as the deep-brain stimulators used to treat Parkinson's and depression, or electrode systems for controlling prosthetic limbs? - Source

07/15/09 - A Costly and Unnecessary New Electricity Grid
Energy experts generally agree that the electrical grid in the United States needs to be upgraded if the country is to increase its use of renewable-energy sources like wind power and significantly reduce emissions of greenhouse gases. But plans to string new high-voltage lines to bring wind power from the midsection of the country to the coasts, where most of the demand is, could be expensive and unnecessary, and a distraction from more urgent needs, some experts say. - (Why can't this be funded for job creation under the idiotic bailout...kills two birds with one stone. - JWD) / "An article in Technology Review argues that plans to string new high-voltage lines across the US to bring wind power from the midsection of the country to the coasts, could be an expensive mistake. What's needed instead are improved local and regional electricity transmission, the development of an efficient and adaptable smart grid, and the demonstration of technology such as carbon capture and sequestration, which could prove a cheaper way to reduce carbon dioxide emissions than transmitting power from North Dakota to New York City." - Source

07/15/09 - Light's Repulsive Force Discovered
KeelyNet The discovery was made by splitting infrared light into two beams that each travel on a different length of silicon nanowire, called a waveguide. The two light beams became out of phase with one another, creating a push, or repulsive force, with an intensity that can be controlled; the more out of phase the two light beams, the stronger the force. "We can control how the light beams interact," said Mo Li, a postdoctoral associate in electrical engineering at Yale University. "This is not possible in free space — it is only possible when light is confined in the nanoscale waveguides that are placed so close to each other on the chip." The discovery could lead to nanodevices controlled by light rather than electricity. Li and colleagues previously discovered an "attractive" force of light and showed how it could be manipulated to move components in semiconducting micro- and nano-electrical systems — tiny mechanical switches on a chip. - Source

07/15/09 - Why recycling plastics is bad for the environment
Recycling paper and glass is pretty straightforward. Metal is also fairly straightforward. But plastics are different. Plastics have a complex chemical make-up that changes the equation. If you look on a plastic container, you might notice a number by the recycle sign. These numbers run from one to seven, and each has a different meaning. Before you chuck your plastics into the bin, you need to know whether or not your city's waste disposal program can handle that type of plastic. My city claims that it can handle anything numbered one through six. The city is clear that it does not want packaging that does not have a number on it. Some municipalities only have the ability to handle plastics labeled with ones and twos. "Any contamination in the recycle bin compromises the strength and durability of the recycled plastic that is produced, which in turn compromises its future use as a material for manufacturers. A recycled container needs to be strong enough to hold the weight of the contents inside, and many container shapes already contain weak spots where the plastic has a reduced thickness—near a bottle's handle, for example." Weaker materials mean that fewer companies are willing to use recycled materials in their products. And that means that more resources are consumed in favor of creating all-new packaging. Which is bad for the environment. - Source

07/15/09 - Fingerprints Help Choosing Job
Scientists from Moscow found an interesting link between psychological patterns of a personality and fingerprints. This link gives unbiased characteristics for various abilities of a certain human being. Scientists developed devices for revealing psychological patterns of a personality by studying his/her dermatoglyphic parameters, i.e. papillary patterns of fingers and palms. For this purpose, researchers collected two databases: first – for fingerprints, and second – for psychophysical parameters, described by traditional methods. While processing data, scientists paid attention at strong links between fingerprint phenotype and psychological portrait of a certain person. Various psychological characteristics have their own papillary pattern. Some psychophysical parameters can be defined by means of fingerprints with 80%-90% accuracy. - Source

08/10/09 - Clean energy act would create U.S. jobs, oil independence
The future of our national security, economy and environment rests on the ability to move past our dependence on foreign oil and become the global leader in clean-energy development. Right now, we are losing an economic and innovation race with China, India, South Korea and other nations for the energy technologies that will power the next century and beyond. We are also losing the race against time to reduce the carbon pollution that is causing global climate change. ACES would create millions of green jobs that cannot be outsourced, make America more energy independent and aggressively combat global climate change – all while ensuring that consumers are protected from price increases they cannot afford. ACES would transform our nation’s energy infrastructure and bring lasting benefits to Illinois. The bill invests more than $190 billion in clean-energy development ranging from wind, solar and nuclear, to advanced hybrid and electric vehicles. - Source

08/10/09 - A Dream of Hydrogen
Nobel Prize-winning scientist Steven Chu, recently called for eliminating the $100 million in his budget devoted to research on hydrogen technology. He told Congress that hydrogen cars are unlikely to be deployed on a mass market scale within the next 20 seems wrong to cut out all research. The $100 million (as opposed to Mr. Bush’s $1.2 billion) is not a large amount to invest to keep this promise alive — especially since no one is using the program as an excuse for avoiding here-and-now regulations and innovation. Fortunately, the House and the Senate have voted to restore the hydrogen money. Unfortunately, they also slashed funds requested by Mr. Chu for eight new research labs to develop new energy technologies, from solar electricity to carbon sequestration. We hope these can be restored when the two bills go to conference. The amounts devoted to all of these investments are relatively small. If they pay off, the returns will be big. A nation that must drastically reduce its consumption of fossil fuels must be willing to gamble. - Source

08/10/09 - To the Moon - with extreme engineering
Spontaneous, improvised - would it be allowed to happen now? Dennis Wingo reminded me recently. Masses of money helped put man on the Moon of course, but the Moon program is really a tale of engineering improvisation and human organisation. Space expert and entrepreneur Dennis Wingo put the first webserver - an Apple Mac - in orbit, for just $7m, and has helped piece together a lot of historical material that NASA didn't appreciate at the time - and forgot about, or wiped. There is one piece of kit in particular that encapsulates two stories: NASA's negligence, and the quite amazing improvisation of the engineers. It's the Lunar Orbiter, which mapped the moon's surface prior to manned descent. Wingo painstakingly recovered and restored much of the imagery it took. To give us an idea of how much Apollo owed to seat-of-the-pants ingenuity, it's worth remembering that the story of the Orbiter begins in 1961 - the year of the first human orbit of the Earth by Yuri Gagarin. The space pioneers were seeing a high death rate from test subjects - dogs (the USSR) and chimps (the USA), the latter proving to be a duff move - the chimps panicked in the claustrophobic conditions. The US program lagged far behind the Soviets', and NASA's early attempts to keep up had become a national joke. The Ranger had been the first project to photograph the moon, with the modest ambition of crashing a probe onto the surface. But of the first six Rangers, two failed to leave the Earth's orbit, one failed en route, two missed the Moon completely, and although the sixth reached the target, its cameras failed. Yet by 1964, much of the technology that eventually put man on the Moon had been already designed and built. The colossal Apollo expenditures were on the physical implementation of the program, including the many test flights. By 1965, the Apollo Lunar Excursion Module (LEM) was already being prepared as a long-term shelter and accommodation unit. And as Wingo points out, it was really down to 400 engineers - a fraction of what Google devotes to inserting advertisements into web pages - being given the freedom to put Heath Robinson designs into practice. - Source

08/10/09 - Diamond Sensors for No More Sleepy Drivers
Temperature and cardio-sensors, based upon synthetic diamonds, will help creating devices for detecting moments, when drivers feel sleepy, and thus preventing road accidents. Diamond sensors allow measuring temperature with high accuracy, detecting slightest fluctuations. They are also perfect for measuring heart rhythm. Scientists claim their innovation will cost as little as $10, a negligible price for preventing road accidents and saving human life. Currently several plant already produce synthetic diamonds, which can find application in various sphere of human life. - Source

08/10/09 - Incoming Email about - DSF Fuel Saver Circuit
A new great find is the "DSF Fuel Saver Circuit" for $79.95 each - (Real easy install) Finally a circuit that covers all the modern sensors that tell an engine to flood it with gas. The DSF Circuit works by an exclusive process of Dynamic Soft-Flashing the ECU. A EFIE, O2 sensor, MAP/MAF adjuster all in one circuit! for a cheap price too! Choose your make and model car. For OBD II cars and trucks only, (1996 & newer) Each "DSF Fuel Saver" comes programmed with a highly tuned map and a set of EPROM addresses that directly affect fuel efficiency. When the ECU attempts to read the specific EPROM address, the DSF circuit patches the factory value with one from its tuned map. It's exclusive patching algorithms to increase fuel efficiency across the map by up to 18%. The FS1 specifically changes values that affect fuel delivery and timing, based on readings from the MAP/MAF, IAT, and O2 sensors. Works real good, along with your hydroxy gas generator. Many are trying it out with good results! Are you one that built a cell and found no real gains in MPG with a 1996 or newer car?? Well now we may have found a low cost cure for those "gas guzzling sensors" - Source

08/10/09 - Pantones GEET engine back in the news
Paul Pantone presents the GEET reactor for local television news in Albuquerque, New Mexico U.S.A. The video excerpts are courtecy of KASA-13 (FOX). - Source

08/10/09 - GE Wins Ruling in Bid to Block Mitsubishi Turbines
General Electric Co., the biggest maker of wind turbines in the U.S., won a key decision in its effort to block Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. from importing rival energy equipment to the U.S. U.S. International Trade Commission Judge Carl Charneski said today GE’s patent rights were violated by Mitsubishi Heavy, Japan’s largest heavy-machinery maker. The judge’s findings are subject to review by the six-member commission in Washington. The turbines, which resemble high-tech windmills, convert wind into electricity for a region’s electrical grid. Wind speeds change all the time, so the turbines must be built to provide a constant source of power. The three GE patents, issued in 1992, 2005 and 2008, are related to variable-speed turbines that adjust to ensure that a consistent amount of power is supplied to the grid without damaging the machines, and that deal with periods when voltage on the grid is low, such as during an outage. Three Patents Infringed - Charneski found that all three GE patents were infringed and rejected Mitsubishi’s argument that the patents were invalid. For one of the patents, the judge said GE wasn’t using the invention itself, so there was no violation in that case. GE lawyer Scott Breedlove told Charneski during an April hearing that the Fairfield, Connecticut-based company’s inventions brought “wind energy into the mainstream.” Mitsubishi Heavy lawyer Roger Taylor contended that modern turbines have gone beyond GE’s inventions and claimed GE “is forced to twist and contort the meaning” of its patents to prove infringement. GE’s complaint targets the 2.4-megawatt turbines brought into the U.S. by Mitsubishi Heavy. Mitsubishi Heavy, which makes its turbines in Japan, has been receiving orders since at least 2006 to install wind turbines in the U.S. - Source

08/10/09 - 50-Year Study Shows Glaciers Shrinking
Three glaciers in the northern reaches of the United States have been shrinking in size, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. Officials with the USGS have been studying three “benchmark glaciers” since the 1950s to help understand changes in climate, and the news serves as yet another indication of how global warming maybe affecting the planet. The three glaciers are South Cascade Glacier in the Cascade Mountains of Washington State; Wolverine Glacier on the Kenai Peninsula near Anchorage, Alaska; and Gulkana Glacier in the interior of Alaska. Scientists found that, even taking into account seasonal changes, all three have experienced a net loss of ice since 1957, with the largest amount of shrinking occurring during the last 15 years. - Source

08/10/09 - Parrot Beats Investors in South Korean Stock Market Contest
KeelyNet A five-year-old parrot in South Korea has proved smarter than human investors in a stock investment contest. Ddalgi (Korean for strawberry), from Papua New Guinea, finished third in the six-week contest which ended on Wednesday, said Paxnet, an online stock market information provider. The bird competed with 10 stock investors. Each started with 60 million won (£29,000) in cyber money and traded 10 million won worth of stocks in each transaction. Human investors picked any stocks they wanted. The parrot, using its beak, made random choices from balls representing 30 blue chips including Samsung Electronics. “The outcome of our contest was amazing… Ddalgi stood third with her investment return standing at 13.7 per cent,” Chung Yeon-Dae, the Paxnet general manager said. Human investors averaged a 4.6 per cent loss, with only two outperforming the parrot – one by 64.4 per cent and one by 21.4 per cent. The human investors, who mostly chose to trade shares of small and medium-sized firms, each made an average of 190 trades over the six weeks. Organisers gave the parrot seven chances to pick shares over the same period. - Source

08/10/09 - Four-Day Workweek Saves $1.8 Million in Utah, Makes Workers Happy
According to the Scientific American and a recent study conducted in Utah over the last year, the four-day workweek is a hit. Unsurprisingly, the 17,000 employees who participated in the experiment love the extra day off (workers spent 10 hours per day at work four days per week), and the state has saved $1.8 million since May. That all sounds great, but the 10-hour workdays could also mean a drop in productivity, something not addressed in the SciAm post—although employees saw a decrease in health complaints, presumably due to the extra day every week to decompress. - Source

08/10/09 - UK National ID Card Cloned In 12 Minutes
"The prospective national ID card was broken and cloned in 12 minutes, the Daily Mail revealed this morning. The newspaper hired computer expert Adam Laurie to test the security that protects the information embedded in the chip on the card. Using a Nokia mobile phone and a laptop computer, Laurie was able to copy the data on a card that is being issued to foreign nationals in minutes." - Source

08/10/09 - Drill-Powered Bike
The National Hardware Show is filled with zaniness. See more of it at / (Thanks to Peter for the headsup. - JWD) - Source

08/10/09 - How to Get Cancer: Move to the United States
The risk of cancer for Hispanics living in Florida is 40 percent higher than for those who live in their native countries, a puzzling new study finds. The finding holds even after researchers corrected for the increased detection rates in the United States. And access to health care did not make things better. - Source

08/10/09 - Large Hadron Collider could prevent operation through time distortions?
I came across a bizarre paper recently suggesting that the LHC might be shut down. Not because of the funding cuts that have been threatening particle physics projects around the world, nor because of law suits accusing the LHC of threatening life on Earth. (Not even because we at the LHC have recently been accused of having far too much fun rapping.) No, the paper suggested that future effects caused by the production of particles, such as the Higgs, could ripple backwards in time and prevent the LHC from ever operating. They cite the Superconducting Supercollider near Waco, Texas that was shut down after big money was already spent on it. - Source

08/10/09 - Claim of Overunity Mechanical Power Transmission
New overdrive operation of planetary gear set overunity power transmission tutorial and application. The inventor wants to share the knowledge of the new technology. We believe the world must learn this emerging technology and some law of physics should be examined especially the law of thermodynamics. We hope this new discovery can help our problem in climate change, energy and oil crisis. We encourage you to build your own power transmission for experiment and personal use because of unreasonable fuel cost worldwide. / (Thanks to Peter for the headsup, but this one needs a lot more validation than what is shown as tested, working and overunity. - JWD) - Source

08/10/09 - Obama's Embrace of a Bush Tactic Riles Congress
President Obama has issued signing statements claiming the authority to bypass dozens of provisions of bills enacted into law since he took office, provoking mounting criticism by lawmakers from both parties. President George W. Bush, citing expansive theories about his constitutional powers, set off a national debate in 2006 over the propriety of signing statements — instructions to executive officials about how to interpret and put in place new laws — after he used them to assert that he could authorize officials to bypass laws like a torture ban and oversight provisions of the USA Patriot Act. In the presidential campaign, Mr. Obama called Mr. Bush’s use of signing statements an “abuse,” and said he would issue them with greater restraint. The Obama administration says the signing statements the president has signed so far, challenging portions of five bills, have been based on mainstream interpretations of the Constitution and echo reservations routinely expressed by presidents of both parties. “We didn’t think it was an appropriate practice when President Bush was doing it, and our policy is such that we don’t think it is an appropriate practice when President Obama is doing it,” said H. Thomas Wells, who just stepped down as president of the American Bar Association. - Source

08/10/09 - New Gold Extraction Technique Developed
Russian scientists suggest a new technology for extracting gold and silver from complex solutions. Chemists finally found a less toxic alternative for cyanide, a reagent, widely used in gold extraction from ores and recyclable materials. New reagent, thiocyanate, works almost the same way as cyanide – it forms complexes with gold or silver. These complexes can be isolated via ion-exchange resins – they replace chlorine ions in an ion-exchange column. Then metal complexes are eluted from the column, and desired metals are extracted by means of electrolysis, for instance. - Source

08/10/09 - Personal Rapid Transit Startup
KeelyNet A novel kind of transit system, in which cars are replaced by a network of automated electric vehicles, is about to get its first large-scale testing and deployment. Two of these Personal Rapid Transit (PRT) systems are being installed this year, one at Heathrow International Airport, near London, and one in the United Arab Emirates, where it will be the primary source of transportation in Masdar City, a development that will eventually accommodate 50,000 people and 1,500 businesses and is designed to emit no carbon dioxide. Automated electric vehicles, or pods, each designed to carry from four to six people, wait at stations throughout a city or development, like taxis waiting at taxi stands. A person or group gets in a pod and selects a destination and the vehicle drives there directly. Although PRT systems vary, the basic design involves a network of stations connected by a track that loops past all of the stations in a system. Large networks can include many interconnected loops. When a vehicle leaves a station, it travels along an on-ramp until it merges with the main loop. When it reaches the destination station, it exits this central loop via an off-ramp. The ramps allow individual pods to stop at a station while others pods continue to travel at top speed along the main track. As a result, it can be faster than buses, which have to stop frequently. Simulations suggest that the systems could run with as little as half a second between each vehicle, but the initial systems, such as the one in Masdar City, will keep the vehicles three to four seconds apart--enough to stop a pod should the one in front of it suddenly break down. A central computer controls the traffic. - Source

08/10/09 - Beetroot juice 'boosts stamina'
Drinking beetroot juice boosts stamina and could help people exercise for up to 16% longer, a UK study suggests. A University of Exeter team found nitrate contained in the vegetable leads to a reduction in oxygen uptake - making exercise less tiring. Beetroot juice has previously been shown to reduce blood pressure. - Source

08/10/09 - Don't dice with statistics - Hospital Dangers in August/February
It is a macabre and not particularly amusing joke shared by doctors that the absolutely worst time to have a baby, undergo surgery or be involved in a road traffic accident is around now. Early August and February are traditionally when new medical rotations for junior doctors begin and hospital corridors are filled with panicky people in white coats and surgical scrubs who look as if they should be advertising Clearasil, not assisting with aortic valve replacements. I know of two consultants who on their very first day as junior doctors in different Accident & Emergency wards were faced with multiple victims of serious road accidents, people whose lives depended on the first doctor they met being confident, knowledgeable and very fast. Instead of ER they got “er . . .”. The only thing worse than being a new junior doctor expected to perform potentially life-saving interventions beyond your capabilities and experience is being the patient. Yet, that sense of being out of your depth is an accepted rite of passage for young medics, something to be joked about over a pint in the pub. - Source

08/10/09 - Proof of moon landing hoax!
Intended as a joke!! By putting a funny side on the seriousness of the moon landing ......If you believe Apollo was a fake, can use this as a sample of what you think could have been done. If you're an Apollo believer, this video only serves to demonstrate no such actual evidence exists............................Reachd 1million views on 17/10/2008--22:42(GMT) - Source

08/10/09 - Scientists Track Down Source of Earth’s Hum
You can’t hear it, but the Earth is constantly humming. And some parts of the world sing louder than others. After discovering the mysterious low-frequency buzz in 1998, scientists figured out that the Earth’s hum is caused not by earthquakes or atmospheric turbulence, but by ocean waves colliding with the seafloor. Now, researchers have pinpointed the source of the Earth’s “background noise,” and it looks like it’s coming primarily from the Pacific coast of North America. When two waves of opposite direction but similar frequency collide, they create a special kind of pressure wave that carries energy to the ocean bottom. As these waves pound against the sea floor, they generate a constant vibration with a frequency of about 10 millihertz, much too low for humans to hear but easily detectable with seismometers. By comparing the intensity of the hum with the height of waves around the world, scientists can track where the buzz is coming from. - Source

08/07/09 - Windmills that produce Water Video
KeelyNet The Water Wind Turbine sucks in air to make electricity used to cool the air to produce water. A 15 meter wind turbine can be installed in an hour. They currently cost 9,000-25,000 euros per device. Inventor Mark Parent says our 2nd largest water reserve is in the air. The Water Windmill produces 800 liters of water per day. (Thanks to Paul C. for the headsup. - JWD) - Source

08/07/09 - Device To 'Sniff Out' Disease, Heart Attacks, Poison And Pollution
Coupling biological materials with an electrode-based device, Prof. Judith Rishpon of TAU's Department of Molecular Microbiology and Biotechnology is able to quickly and precisely detect pathogens and pollution in the environment — and infinitesimally small amounts of disease biomarkers in our blood. About the size of a stick of gum, the new invention may be applied to a wide range of environments and situations. The aim is for the device to be disposable and cost about $1. What makes this particular invention particularly appealing is its small size and the fact that it can be easily connected to a handheld device like a Blackberry or iPhone for quick and reliable results. An electrical signal will pulse "yes" for the presence of a test molecule and a "no" for its absence. Currently, clinical researchers are testing its application in cancer diagnostics, focusing on the detection of proteins associated with colon and brain cancer and efficacy of anticancer drugs. But the device is capable of detecting various types of substances. "It really depends on what you put at the end of the electrode," says Prof. Rishpon. "You can put enzymes, antibodies or bacteria on my electrodes to sense the existence of a chemical target. Then we can measure the amount of the target, assessing its potency by using additional enzymes or by looking at the changes of the electrochemical properties on the device," she says. - Source

08/07/09 - Peggy Noonan on HealthCare
“But I have an idea, and hear me out. You already have Medicare, a single-payer national health-care system for those 65 and older. Little Harry Truman was the first American to get a Medicare card in 1965, did you know that? LBJ hauled him in for a ceremony. Anyway, Americans like Medicare. So here’s the plan. From here on in, every day, start talking about it: ‘Medicare this, Medicare that, Medicare.’ Get your people in Congress to focus on making the system ‘healthier.’ It’s rife with waste, fraud and abuse, everyone knows that. And there’s the demographic time bomb. Come together in a great show of bipartisan feeling with our Republican friends and announce some serious cost-saving measures that are both legitimate and farsighted. Be Dr. Save the System. On thorny issues like end-of-life care, put together a bipartisan commission, show you’re open to Republican suggestions. “Then, at the end, get your Democratic majorities to make one little change in the program—it’s now open to all. You don’t have to be 65. The uninsured can enroll. Do it in the dead of night if you have to, you’ve got the votes. “And then, and only because you’ve all made so many institutional and structural changes, you’ll have to give Medicare a new name. I’d suggest ‘The National Health Service.’ “Voilà. You now have the single-payer system you wanted. “Everybody wins. You get expansion, Republicans get cost control, the system is made more secure, and the public for once isn’t terrified. - Source

08/07/09 - Watergate (Seriously) Is the Latest in Aqua Barriers
KeelyNet With those rotating, germ-infested metal bars, plain old turnstiles are so yesterday. When it comes to keeping wanderers out of subway stations, amusement park rides, and office buildings, water jets are apparently the way of the future. A new invention uses a jet stream to create a barrier at a turnstile. Watergate inventors Michael Tatschl, Sascha Mikel, and Martin Schnabl told Yanko Design that it's really just a matter of safety. If there's a mad rush toward the gate, folks won't get trampled. Plus, the Watergate is more navigable for the wheelchair-bound, as well as for people with bicycles, pets, or bags. While it sounds like the designers meant well, the Watergate is a ridiculous invention. Water jets plus mass commuting is bound to lead to epic falls. The first time it malfunctions and someone's $3,000 suit or $800 purse gets soaked, expect the lawsuits to swiftly follow. - Source

08/07/09 - Touchable/Tangible Holography
As you watch the video, you’ll probably find yourself wondering several things about the tangible hologram project. Why haven’t we seen these simple hologram setups used more often? Where did that cool air puff system come from and why haven’t we seen more on that? When will this be integrated into the latest Xbox/PS3/Wii? We don’t know the answers to those questions, but we would really love to play with this in person to see how convincing it is. - Source and the Source

08/07/09 - Reset Your Sleep Cycle with a 16-Hour Fast
Your brain's natural tendencies don't easily accommodate international flights, all-nighters, or rotating shift work. Refusing to eat for about 16 hours before waking up, however, can help reboot your sleep cycle. Sleep needs are regulated in part by exposure to light, but also by food intake. By fasting for 16 hours before your breakfast in a new time zone or on a new sleep/wake schedule, or perhaps after some really rough sleep nights, one can "override" the body's other sleep clocks that have a really aggravating way of demanding obedience. - Source

08/07/09 - 30,000-Lb. Bomb On Fast Track For Deployment
"Published reports today say the Pentagon is rattling swords in the direction of North Korea and Iran by speeding the development a 20-foot, 30,000-lb bomb known as Massive Ordnance Penetrator. This weapon is intended to annihilate underground bunkers and other hardened sites (read: long-range missile or underground nuke development) up to 200 ft. underground. The Defense Threat Reduction Agency, which has overseen the development of this monster since 2007, says it is designed to be carried aboard B-2 and B-52 bombers and deployed at high altitudes, from which it would strike the ground at speeds well beyond twice the speed of sound to penetrate the below-ground target." Reuters has more specifics on the MOP's chances for deployment by 2010, and the detail that the bomb's load of explosives weighs in at 5,300 lbs. - Source

08/07/09 - Adjustable-Focus Glasses Can Replace Bifocals
"The NY Times reports that inventor Stephen Kurtin has developed glasses with a mechanically adjustable focus that he believes can free nearly two billion people around the world from bifocals, trifocals and progressive lenses. Kurtin has spent almost 20 years on his quest to create a better pair of spectacles for people who suffer from presbyopia — the condition that affects almost everyone over the age of 40 as they progressively lose the ability to focus on close objects. The glasses have a tiny adjustable slider on the bridge of the frame that makes it possible to focus alternately on the page of a book, a computer screen, or a mountain range in the distance. 'For more than 140 years, adjustable focus has been recognized as the Holy Grail for presbyopes,' says Kurtin. 'It's a blazingly difficult problem.' Each 'lens' is actually a set of two lenses, one flexible and one firm. The flexible lens (near the eye) has a transparent, distensible membrane attached to a clear rigid surface. The pocket between them holds a small quantity of crystal-clear fluid. As you move the slider on the bridge, it pushes the fluid and alters the shape of the flexible lens." - Source

08/07/09 - Major New Function Discovered For the Spleen
"The spleen doesn't get much respect — as one researcher put it, 'the spleen lacks the gravitas of neighboring organs.' Those undergoing a splenectomy seem to be able to carry on without any consequences. However, some studies have suggested an enhanced risk of early death for those who have undergone splenectomies. Now researchers have discovered why: the spleen apparently serves as a vast reservoir for monocytes, the largest of the white blood cells, the wrecking crew of the immune system. After major trauma, such as a heart attack, the monocytes are disgorged into the blood stream and immediately get to work repairing the damage. '"The parallel in military terms is a standing army," said Matthias Nahrendorf, an author of the report. "You don't want to have to recruit an entire fighting force from the ground up every time you need it."'" - Source

08/07/09 - Goodbye Apple, Hello Music Production On Ubuntu
"The [Apple] computer functioned as both sound design studio and stage instrument. I worked this way for ten years, faithfully following the upgrade path set forth by Apple and the various developers of the software I used. Continually upgrading required a substantial financial commitment on my part. ... I loaded up my Dell with a selection of Linux audio applications and brought it with me on tour as an emergency backup to my tottering PowerBook. The Mini 9 could play back four tracks of 24-bit/96 kHz audio with effects — not bad for a netbook. The solution to my financial constraint became clear, and I bought a refurbished Dell Studio 15, installed Ubuntu on it, and set it up for sound production and business administration. The total cost was around $600 for the laptop plus a donation to a software developer — a far cry from the $3000 price tag and weeks of my time it would have cost me to stay locked-in to Apple. After a couple of months of solid use, I have had no problems with my laptop or Ubuntu. Both have performed flawlessly, remaining stable and reliable." - Source

08/07/09 - Nikon Unveils a Camera With Built-In Projector
"The Nikon Coolpix S1000pj has gone from crazy rumor to seemingly-real to whoa-here's-the-press-release in record time — the compact cam with the integrated projector was just officially announced, along with the three other cams we saw leaked earlier today. Leaked specs for the S1000pj were dead-on: a 12.1 megapixel sensor with ISO 6400 sensitivity mounted behind a 5x wide-angle zoom lens with five-way VR stabilization, and that LED-powered projector that'll put up a 40-inch image for slideshows complete with music, effects, and transitions. We're a little less excited about the $430 list price this thing will carry when it hits in September, but on the whole it's a pretty terrific idea and we're completely intrigued — looks like we'll be saving our pennies this month." - Source

08/07/09 - Feds At DefCon Alarmed After RFIDs Scanned
"Federal agents at the Defcon 17 conference were shocked to discover that they had been caught in the sights of an RFID reader connected to a web camera. The reader sniffed data from RFID-enabled ID cards and other documents carried by attendees in pockets and backpacks. The 'security enhancing' RFID chips are now found in passports, official documents and ID cards. 'For $30 to $50, the common, average person can put [a portable RFID-reading kit] together,' said security expert Brian Marcus, one of the people behind the RFID webcam project. 'This is why we're so adamant about making people aware this is very dangerous.'" - Source

08/07/09 - NASA To Invest In Commercial Crew Concepts
"Today NASA released information regarding its intention to invest $50 million in commercial crew concepts. This new program, known as the Commercial Crew Development or 'CCDev,' represents a new milestone in the development of an orbital commercial human spaceflight sector. By maturing 'the design and development of commercial crew spaceflight concepts and associated enabling technologies and capabilities,' the program will allow several companies to move a few steps forward towards the ultimate goal of full demonstration of commercial human spaceflight to orbit." - Source

08/07/09 - Thinktank Aims To Crowdsource Government Earmark Analysis
"The Sunlight Foundation, based in Washington, DC, hopes to raise an army of web volunteers to analyze all the earmarks in government bills. The group's new Sunlight Labs transparency corps invites users to join an effort to analyze the information collaboratively. Users are presented with PDFs released by hundreds of different offices and asked to enter the pertinent information like the date and dollar amount of a request, name of the requester, description of the project, and so on. These then become part of a searchable database. The project's launch roughly coincided with the launch earlier this month of the government's new IT Dashboard. But this tool is somewhat limited — users can find the primary recipients of IT project funding, but not subcontractors; it's not easy to discern the origins of contracts or their geographic distribution, and it's almost impossible to see how they are connected to elected officials." - Source

08/07/09 - Can We Build a Human Brain Into a Microchip?
KeelyNet "Can we imprint the circuitry of the human brain onto a silicon chip? It requires a computational capacity of 36.8 petaflops — a thousand trillion floating point operations per second — but a team of European scientists has already simulated 200,000 neurons linked up by 50 million synaptic connections. And their brain-chip is scaleable, with plans to create a superchip mimicking 1 billion neurons and 10 trillion synapses. Unfortunately, the human brain has 22 billion neurons and 220 trillion synapses. Just remember Ray Kurzweil's argument: once a machine can achieve a human level of intelligence — it can also exceed it." - Source

08/07/09 - Grants aim to rev alternative vehicle technology
Administration officials took to separate stages nationwide Wednesday to announce $2.4 billion in federal grants to develop next-generation electric vehicles and batteries. It was dramatic way for the president's team to jump start the biggest bet yet on a future free from -- or at least far less dependent on -- fossil fuels. "The ultimate success of electric cars relies on better batteries, better drive-trains, reducing carbon emissions, making alternative energy more available," Biden told a crowd of about 300 in Detroit outside NextEnergy, a nonprofit that works with businesses on research involving alternative and renewable energy. "If we fail to invest, virtually none of that market will be in the U.S. ... We have a tremendous opportunity here -- right here in Detroit -- to invest in our vehicle fleet, shifting toward electrification." The grants will be split among nearly 50 projects in 25 states, with the biggest shares going to Indiana and Michigan to create job opportunities in the automotive industry. - Source

08/07/09 - A Power Toy for Everyone
f you have a computer running Windows XP — and most of the world does, it’s worth going to the Microsoft home site ( and downloading some power toys. Power Toys is their term for a set of 15 Windows add-ons that are fun, functional and free. Here are some examples: – ClearType Tuner lets you adjust type faces to make them easier to read and stand out more on the page. – SyncToy synchronizes files in different folders. – SlideShow Wizard makes quick and easy slide shows from selected pictures. – Taskbar Magnifier lets you magnify any part of your screen, using a tool on your taskbar. – Webcam Timershot lets you direct your web camera to take shots at timed intervals, one every minute, for example. This is a great tool for time-lapse photography or even for surveillance. – Power Calculator provides a statistical and scientific calculator that can also create graphs. All of the power toys are fairly small. The largest is two megabytes, and most are half a megabyte or less. Since they’re free and from Microsoft itself, we downloaded a bunch. Just go to and type “power toys” in the search field. - Source

08/07/09 - Solar fee idea zapped
Xcel Energy officials have for now ditched a plan to charge customers with solar panels to cover transmission line costs. But the utility today will continue with its plan seeking a $180.2 million hike in electric rates. The Colorado Public Utilities Commission will begin reviewing the proposal today. Acknowledging “customer confusion” over the proposal that would have levied a fee for residents and small businesses who install solar panels, the utility yesterday said that it would withdraw that part of its request before the PUC. “We made this proposal in good faith as a reasonable approach to provide for a fair allocation of costs and benefits between customers with solar panels and customers without solar panels,” said Karen Hyde, vice president of rates and regulatory affairs for Xcel in Colorado. “However, we appreciate that the proposed rate mechanism has caused significant customer confusion.” “Confusion” was actually classified by opponents as “outrage” over the proposal, with solar energy advocates and businesses expressing concern over losing customers as a result. Xcel Energy had estimated the annual charge to be about $23. But solar energy advocates said their calculations were as high as $150-$200 for more sophisticated solar homes. Xcel said the bill is necessary to cover a share of the costs for the distribution and transmission system used to serve the homes and businesses. The utility is also convening a workgroup to open a dialogue over the issue. - Source

08/07/09 - Cash For Clunker Policy Is Crackpot Economics
This is crackpot economics. The subsidy won’t add to net national wealth, since it merely transfers money to one taxpayer’s pocket from someone else’s, and merely pays that taxpayer to destroy a perfectly serviceable asset in return for something he might have bought anyway. By this logic, everyone should burn the sofa and dining room set and refurnish the homestead every couple of years. - Source

08/07/09 - U.S. fuel efficiency has increased only 3 mpg in 80 years
Gizmag is always on the lookout for alternative means of powering vehicles and saving precious fossil fuels. But, in truth, the vast majority of us still drive exclusively petrol-powered cars. And the even sadder truth, outlined in a new research from the University of Michigan, is that the average fuel efficiency of a US vehicle has improved only three miles per gallon since the days of the Ford Model T. - Source

08/07/09 - Deep Relaxation Can Have a Profound Effect on Medical Conditions
Researchers at Harvard Medical School discovered is that, in long-term practitioners of relaxation methods such as yoga and meditation, far more "disease-fighting genes" were active, compared to those who practised no form of relaxation. In particular, they found genes that protect from disorders such as pain, infertility, high blood pressure and even rheumatoid arthritis were switched on. The changes, say the researchers, were induced by what they call "the relaxation effect", a phenomenon that could be just as powerful as any medical drug but without the side-effects. "We found that a range of disease-fighting genes were active in the relaxation practitioners that were not active in the control group," explains Dr Herbert Benson, associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, who led the research... - Source

08/07/09 - Ear-tugger gets experts thinking
KeelyNet If you pull on my ear, will I follow you anywhere? Yes, say researchers at University of Electro-Communications in Tokyo. And along complex paths. Even when the pulls are directed from a distance. The ear navigator, called Pull-Navi, has six helmet-mounted motors to pull the wearer's ears forward, backward, left, right, up and down. The designers say people follow its lead almost instinctively — pull left and they turn that way; pulling both ears forward or backward at the same time makes them speed up or slow down; and tugging up or down heads them up or down stairs. - Source

08/07/09 - Breakthrough in Electricity-Producing Microbe
University of Massachusetts researchers have made a breakthrough with "Geobacter," a microbe that produces electric current from mud and wastewater. A conservative estimate puts the energy output increase at eight times that of the original organism, potentially allowing applications far beyond that of extracting electricity from mud. "Now, planning can move forward to design microbial fuel cells that convert waste water and renewable biomass to electricity, treat a single home's waste while producing localized power (especially attractive in developing countries), power mobile electronics, vehicles and implanted medical devices, and drive bioremediation of contaminated environments." - Source

08/07/09 - Beware what you ask for - Birthers’ Best-Case Scenario
Let's talk hypothetically... Assume that the Birfers are correct. Somehow, it is revealed beyond a shadow of a doubt that Barack Obama was born in Kenya. Then what? The Birfers would probably like to see lengthy court proceedings that essentially shuts down the Federal government for at least two years. It would be a major scandal that makes the Dems look bad. At the end of those two years, Obama would be replaced by Biden, and Obama would be lynched. But that still leaves 1.5 years of a Democratic president. During those 1.5 years, the Republicans would regroup and convince the voters that they have their act together. Sarah Palin would easily be elected president in 2012, with Joe The Plumber as her Vice President. / Since Mr Obama took office, the rate of threats against the president has increased 400 per cent from the 3,000 a year or so under President George W. Bush, according to Ronald Kessler, author of In the President's Secret Service. Some threats to Mr Obama, whose Secret Service codename is Renegade, have been publicised... Most however, are kept under wraps because the Secret Service fears that revealing details of them would only increase the number of copycat attempts. Although most threats are not credible, each one has to be investigated meticulously. - Source

08/07/09 - Device Offers a Roadside Dope Test
KeelyNet The system uses magnetic nanoparticles to detect traces of cocaine, heroin, cannabis, and methamphetamine. The device is intended for roadside use by law enforcement agencies and includes a disposable plastic cartridge and a handheld analyzer. The cartridge has two components: a sample collector for gathering saliva and a measurement chamber containing magnetic nanoparticles. The particles are coated with ligands that bind to one of five different drug groups: cocaine, heroin, cannabis, amphetamine, and methamphetamine. Once the device's sample collector has absorbed enough saliva, it automatically changes color and can then be snapped into the measurement chamber, where the saliva and nanoparticles mix. An electromagnet speeds the nanoparticles to the sensor surface, different portions of which have been pretreated with one of the five target-drug molecules. If traces of any of the five drugs are present in the sample, the nanoparticles will bind to them. If the sample is drug free, the nanoparticles will bind to the drug-coated sensor surface instead. The orientation of the magnetic field that first drew the nanoparticles to the sensor is then reversed, pulling away any nano-labeled drug molecules that may accidentally have stuck to the sensor surface but leaving legitimately bound ones in place. - Source

08/07/09 - Giving in to Temptation
The study, led by Loran Nordgren, senior lecturer of management and organizations at the Kellogg School, examined how an individual's belief in his/her ability to control impulses such as greed, drug craving and sexual arousal influenced responses to temptation. The research found the sample, on average, displayed a "restraint bias," causing individuals to miscalculate the amount of temptation they could truly handle, in turn leading to a greater likelihood of indulging impulsive or addictive behavior. "People are not good at anticipating the power of their urges, and those who are the most confident about their self-control are the most likely to give into temptation," said Nordgren. "The key is simply to avoid any situations where vices and other weaknesses thrive and, most importantly, for individuals to keep a humble view of their willpower." "A system which assumes people will control themselves is going to fall prey to this restraint bias; we expose ourselves to more temptation than is wise, and subsequently we have millions of people suffering with obesity, addictions and other unhealthy lifestyles," said Nordgren. "And, while our study focused on personal behaviors like smoking and eating, it is easy to apply our findings to a broader context. Understanding the power of temptation, you might also ask about the extent to which we need oversight or regulatory guidelines for business and political leaders." Furthermore, this research suggests observers should think twice before judging those who fall prey to temptation because most people overestimate their capacity to control their own impulses, Nordgren concluded. / (Thus reaffirming the advice of my Great Aunt Mert, "when in the face of temptation or something doesn't feel right, WALK AWAY or you deserve what happens to you.."...Amon and bless you Aunt Mert! - JWD) - Source

08/07/09 - Carve Steel with Saltwater, Electricity and a Tin Earring
This video that demonstrates how you can mold steel with electrochemical machining, using a soft, cheap piece of tin -- without any physical contact. It's called electrochemical machining (ECM), and it's so simple in principle that you can do it at home with a drill press, a battery charger and a pump for a garden fountain. ECM is basically electroplating in reverse. In electroplating, you start with a solution of dissolved metal ions and run an electric current through the liquid between a positive electrode and the object you want to plate (the negative side). The ions deposit themselves as solid metal onto the surface of the object. - Source and the Youtube Source

08/07/09 - Only one in ten people wanted to save money by cutting back on Internet
So important is our relationship with our internet connection that even now, with unemployment rising, only one in ten people wanted to save money by cutting back on it, Ofcom found. By contrast, nearly 47 per cent of people were planning on cutting down on nights out, and four in ten aimed to save on holidays. Broadband has become, as the Government recognised in its Digital Britain report, a utility as important as gas or electricity. It is available in 68 per cent of homes although the Government has opted to add a £6-a-year levy to fund its extension into rural areas. What matter for most people are communication and self-expression, and if they are done in protest in the bedroom while the television blares downstairs, then they are probably all the more meaningful. But these services are not just for teenagers. Their use is well embedded for most people of working age, too, both at home and at work. Families may be more harmonious but the relationships are perhaps less close, less intense, as a result. - Source

08/03/09 - Does this tell you anything?
KeelyNet I'm kept hopping to keep these guys from showing up on KeelyNet. Everytime I filter one site out, they create another.

WOW! A zero point (buzzword) magnetic power generator that will completely eliminate your power bill...right.

Just look at how many of these magnetic force to induce perpetual motion generator for $49 ad-hawking websites I've had to filter out up to today;
It looks like it all started from New Zealand and spawned off to other sites who resell it. I didn't look up every single one of them, but note the 'postal mail rejected' comment. Wonder if anyone has ever got their money back?
Registrant ID:PP-SP-001
Registrant Name:Domain Admin
Registrant Street1:P.O. Box 97
Registrant Street2:Note - All Postal Mails Rejected, visit
Registrant Street3:
Registrant City:Moergestel
Registrant State/Province:
Registrant Postal Code:5066 ZH
Registrant Country:NL
Registrant Phone:+45.36946676

Check out the domain name registrant and do your homework as well as a search to find out the inside scoop about this setup. Overeager doesn't even come close to the word I'd use...I'll keep my money thanks! - Source - Continuing Hassle

08/03/09 - EarthSure’s One Invention to Revolutionize Two Industries
KeelyNet Ray Saluccio developed an affordable system to deliver solar energy to the masses and assist in cleaning the environment. The combination of his two ideas has put his patent on the fast track for approval, since the U.S. Patent Office gives special consideration to inventions that enhance the quality of the environment and to those that contribute to the development of energy resources. Saluccio calls his concept Solar Energy Enclosed Dumpster System, or SEEDS. Saluccio and his company, EarthSure Renewable Energy Corp. are at the forefront of practical solar energy production. SEEDS allows businesses and property owners the ability to produce their own electricity without the prohibitive costs of installation or damage to their buildings. Renewable solar power delivers a return on the investment through lower utility bills. Electricity can be stored in a battery, or if hard wired to the building, the energy generated by the solar panels can power equipment. When attached to the building’s electric meter, SEEDS can feed power back to the utility grid causing the meter to actually spin backwards. EarthSure is ahead of the development of “The Smart Grid” which will allow two-way power flow and replace the current utility grid similar to the technology that enables the internet. Operators may also be eligible to receive Renewable Energy Certificates earned as a production subsidy to electricity generated from renewable sources. Like other commodities, these certificates can be sold and traded for profit. - Source

08/03/09 - Gardening Without Dirt
Most people seem to be in agreement these days that simple ideas often offer the best solutions. Here’s an invention that fits the bill perfectly. Prepara has invented NASA-technology enhanced at-home plant growers that don’t need soil. Which, if you have a black thumb and an incurable love of plants like I do, could be a godsend. “You’ll see the simplicity of the power plants growing technology allows you to be bug, worm and dirt free,” says the site. “It sits discreetly on your sunny window sill, is very low maintenance, grows quicker and fuller plants and takes the guesswork out of growing.” - Source

08/03/09 - Inventor's engine is a soda hybrid
In front of dozen onlookers, inventor Paul Pantone showed people what a few drops of the popular soft drink could do in his invention. It's called the Geet Sytstem. Basically, it's a fuel booster system that can connect to any engine. Pantone said the best part is that the Geet System creates zero pollution. The engine isn't exactly full of soda pop. Pantone said the complex pipe system vaporizes the fuel before it reaches the engine. "I haven't invented the engine; all I've invented is the fuel delivery system. And this system will fit a gas engine, a diesel engine, a furnace, a boiler, it will fit anything including jet turbines," Pantone said. To make the engine run, some gas or diesel fuel has to be mixed with the soda. You can download the system's plans for free at the Geet Web Site. - Source

08/03/09 - New invention could revolutionize how diseases are diagnosed
KeelyNet An award-winning invention by Stanford doctoral students Richard Gaster and Drew Hall may change who diagnoses diseases ranging from flu to the Human Immunodeficiency Virus. The invention, called the NanoLab, is a miniature, portable bioassay that can identify several disease proteins simultaneously without doctors, technicians or special lab equipment. With this technology, the inventors hope that individuals can literally take health care into their own hands. Hall and Gaster entered a preliminary version of the NanoLab, originally coined “Lab-on-a-Stick,” in the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance Biomedical Engineering Idea competition as a tool to use in airports to reduce the spread of pandemics. The NanoLab, which is the size of a small paperback book, consists of an electronic circuit board and a tiny well, just big enough to hold a few drops of blood from a pipette. The first step is to add a droplet of a sample such as blood, saliva or urine into the well. The tester then adds magnetic tags to label the viral proteins, making them detectable by nanosensors. Each tiny magnetic sensor is similar to the read head in a computer hard drive that detects ones and zeros, Gaster said. The NanoLab uses the same technology to sense biological data. The final ingredient is a protein solution containing disease antibodies. The tester hits start and, 10 to 15 minutes later, tiny green, orange and red light bulbs illuminate, indicating which disease proteins were detected - and at what level. The availability of antibodies, the proteins that our immune system uses to identify and fight viruses, is the only limit to the diagnostic tool. Part of making the NanoLab “nano” was miniaturizing a 250-pound electromagnet and a desktop computer from a normal-sized lab into tiny wires that fit in the palm of your hand. Hall built these electrical features and Gaster handled the medical technology. “It’s a really interdisciplinary project that requires knowledge of medicine, chemistry, biology, electrical engineering and materials science,” Hall said. “I think that Rich and I complement each other pretty well. We each have different specialties and we can communicate between them,” he said. In addition to its size and portability, the novelty of the NanoLab is its quantitative multiplex protein detection, which means it can find the level of several different diseases in one run. Diagnostic tools in developing countries typically work like a positive or negative pregnancy test - they can only look at one protein, Gaster explained. With the NanoLab, “we can look at more proteins, and we can look at them at lower concentrations,” he said. - Source

08/03/09 - Living Near A Wind Farm Could Be Bad For Your Health
Living too close to wind turbines can cause heart disease, tinnitus, vertigo, panic attacks, migraines and sleep deprivation, according to new research by a leading American doctor. Dr Nina Pierpont, a top New York paediatrician, has been studying the effects of living near wind turbines in the UK, US, Canada, Ireland and Italy for more than five years. She has identified a new health risk – wind turbine syndrome (WTS) – causing a wide range of problems ranging from internal pulsation, quivering, nervousness, fear, chest tightness and tachycardia – increased heart rate. Turbine noise can also cause nightmares and other disorders in children as well as harm development in the young, she claims, but points out that not all people living near turbines are at a high risk of developing problems. Dr Pierpont’s studies indicate that humans are affected by low-frequency noise and vibrations from wind turbines through their ear bones, similar to fish and other amphibians. - Source

08/03/09 - Is this really smoking gun of Obama's Kenyan birth?
KeelyNet California attorney Orly Taitz, who has filed a number of lawsuits demanding proof of Barack Obama's eligibility to serve as president, has released a copy of what purports to be a Kenyan certification of birth and has filed a new motion in U.S. District Court for its authentication. The document lists Obama's parents as Barack Hussein Obama and Stanley Ann Obama, formerly Stanley Ann Dunham, the birth date as Aug. 4, 1961, and the hospital of birth as Coast General Hospital in Mombasa, Kenya. No doctor is listed. But the alleged certificate bears the signature of the deputy registrar of Coast Province, Joshua Simon Oduya. It was allegedly issued as a certified copy of the original in February 1964. WND was able to obtain other birth certificates from Kenya for purposes of comparison, and the form of the documents appear to be identical. Last week, a counterfeit document purporting to be Obama's Kenyan birth certificate made the rounds of the Internet, but was quickly determined to be fraudulent. The new document released by Taitz bears none of the obvious traits of a hoax. Taitz told WND that the document came from an anonymous source who doesn't want his name known because "he's afraid for his life." - Source

08/03/09 - High Speed Robotic Hands - Amazing robot dexterity
Ishikawa Komuro Laboratories are doing some amazing stuff with robots right now. The video above starts out looking like a clumsy and somewhat failed attempt at dribbling a ping pong ball. Once it goes into slow motion however, we see the true action. This robot is dribbling that ball amazingly. Utilizing 1000 FPS cameras, it readjusts and hits the ball on every bounce. As the ball drifts out of the reach of the bot, suddenly we are struck with the lifelike motion. Personification can be a fleeting thing, appearing so strongly as the little bot tries in vain to reach for that ball, then disappearing again an instant later. If you really want to see some personification worthy of the crab fu challenge, check out their tool manipulation by a multi fingered hand video. - Source and the Youtube Source

08/03/09 - Free Capture Screen Program
A graduate student we know put us on to a free Windows program called Screen Hunter. This lets you capture a snapshot of your computer screen and it is super useful. As we browse the web or look through a document, we often want to clip a particular piece of information or a picture. We activate the Screen Hunter icon by double clicking and then select whether we want to capture a snapshot of the whole screen, just the active window within the screen or an area that we define by moving a cross with the mouse to create a box. We have other programs for doing this, but they are more complex and have many features that are not always needed. SnagIt, for example, lets you capture multiple screens as they scroll by. It also lets you add printed comments, voice commentary and even create a window within the capture where you can put your photo or a picture from some other source. SnagIt costs $50. Screen Hunter has none of those nice features; on the other hand it’s free and a snap to use. You can get it at - Source

08/03/09 - DIY Citronella Candles Cheaply Banish Mosquitoes
Citronella candles are an effective way to keep mosquitoes away, but the quality makes can be pricey, and don't last as long as most people would like. Make your own for some potent and long-lasting protection. For the project you'll need candle wax, citronella oil, a wick, and a container. I didn't realize this until recently but citronella candles are just regular old candles scented with citronella oil, which is available at health food stores and even some specialty hardware stores (like ace or osh for example). for much less money, you can make an entire arsenal of citronella candles to keep those evil pests at bay. this is a great recycle project because you can use old tins and jars form your pantry (big tomato tins would make great long-burning mega candles). In addition to the basic supplies, you'll need a pot and a stove to create a makeshift double boiler to liquefy your wax. For a little under an hour of effort, you'll be able to crank out more than enough candles to blanket your deck with mosquito repelling candles. - Source and this article for quick protection - Make Your Own Toxin-Free Insect Repellent with a Splash of Vodka - Tip site Little House in the Suburbs has a recipe for a spray that aims to keep the bugs far, far away without using any harmful or harsh chemicals: * 1 cup vodka * 2 T. aloe vera juice * 2 tsp. favorite conditioning liquid oil (soybean, olive, castor, etc.) * 1 1/2 tsp. essential oil blend. The blend of essential oils is the customizable part, and you'll find a list detailing which oils to use for which pests in the full post. Keep in mind that unlike store-bought and chemical-laden sprays, this one needs to be reapplied far more frequently to maintain its insect repelling qualities. - Source

08/03/09 - Natural Pest Control
KeelyNet Materials : tape - apple cider vinegar - small slice of banana. Fill a quart jar with a 1/2 inch of apple cider vinegar and a small piece of banana. Roll up your paper into a funnel shape (larger at the top) and tape it in place. Place the funnel into your jar and make sure all the edges are secured shut with tape. You may have to adjust the size of your funnel to make sure it fits nicely into your jar. Place the jar where the fruit flies are flying around and let it go to work. You will be amazed at how well this trap works. The fruit flies will smell the fruit and climb inside, but for some odd reason they don’t fly back up the funnel to get out. When you have caught a good supply, place the entire jar in the freezer. After a short time that flies with die and you can remove the jar from the freezer and use it again without even removing the old contents. Use repeatedly until your fruit flies are eliminated. / Ant Trap - We are often plagued with ants in the Spring time as well around here. We have various sorts of carpenter and sugar ants. This little concoction does the trick! Last year we had huge carpenter ants all around our kitchen. Many were coming out of our electrical sockets in our kitchen. We were blown away by how quickly they were eradicated with this recipe. 1 tsp. borax (borax is an natural laundry boosting powder available in the laundry section of the store, normally on the top shelf), 2 cups hot water, 6 Tbsp sugar, folded paper towel, small shallow cup (like a creme burlee dish). Disolve borax in hot water. Stir in sugar. Dip the folded paper towel, using tongs, in the solution till completely saturated with solution. Cram the paper towel in the dish. Place in location where you have seen the ants. This solution will be eaten by the ants and taken back to the nest to share with the other ants and thus eradicate the entire nest. Keep away from children by placing on a countertop or cupboard, if possible. - Source

08/03/09 - Malaria Vaccine, Via Mosquito
"The AP is reporting that mosquitoes have been used for the first time to deliver anti-malarial vaccine through their bites. According to this article the results were crystal clear: 100% of the vaccinated group acquired immunity, everyone in the non-vaccinated control group did not. Those in the control group and developed malaria when exposed to the parasites later, the vaccinated group did not. Malaria kills nearly a million people per year, mostly children." - Source

08/03/09 - British Start-Up Tests Flying Saucers
A new British start-up, Aesir, has acquired the assets of a defunct drone company and is working on evolving a working model from several prototypes of "flying saucer" drones. "Aesir's first prototype, named 'Embler' [...] demonstrates the so-called 'Coanda effect,' where air speeds up as it 'sticks' to a curved surface. Aesir's drones take advantage of the Coanda effect to direct air down, away from the drone, boosting lift. Aesir doesn't appear to have any paying customers yet — and is reportedly bankrolled by a single investor." / Aesir video of its prototype vertical take-off and landing unmanned aircraft, which uses the Coanda effect to generate lift by blowing air from a central fan over its curved surface. Aesir was formed to develop the UAV when original developer GFS Projects ran out of money - GFS stood for Geoff's Flying Saucers, named after original designer Geoff Hatton. See For a video of the latest Embla demonstrator flying (with sound), go to - (Imagine these scaled up enough to carry a human pilot and/or passenger(s)! - JWD) - Source and the Youtube Source

08/03/09 - School System Considers Jamming Students' Phones
"The St. Ansgar, Iowa school system is considering buying cell-phone jamming equipment for up to $5000 if it is deemed legal. The use of the equipment would be suspended in the case of an emergency, but one has to wonder if they would be quick enough to shut it down should an emergency arise. 'A Federal Communications Commission notice issued in 2005 says the sale and use of transmitters that jam cellular or personal communications services is unlawful.'" - Source

08/03/09 - How To Make Electronic Displays With Mood Ring Ink
KeelyNet "Print some thermochromic ink onto a sheet of paper, put metal heating elements on the other side, and you have a rudimentary color-changing display. Chemists in the Whitesides Group at Harvard think that the devices could be used to provide a simple readout from cheap medical tests and kits that check water for pollutants. In the past year, the same scientists have made a three-cent medical test and improvised a centrifuge with an egg beater. Their aim is to invent useful gizmos with everyday materials." - Source

08/03/09 - NASA Offers $1.5 Million For 200MPG Aircraft
NASA's Green Flight Challenge is offering up to $1.5 million for an aircraft that can hit 200 passenger miles per gallon while maintaining 100 mph on a 200 mile flight. "The Challenge is intended to bring about the development and convergence of new technologies and innovations that can improve the community acceptance, efficiency, door-to-door speed, utility, environmental-friendliness, affordability and safety of future air vehicles, CAFÉ stated. Such technologies and innovations include, but are not limited to, bio-fueled propulsion, breakthroughs in batteries, motors, fuel-cells and ultra-capacitors that enable electric-powered flight, advanced high lift technologies for very short takeoff and landing distances, ultra-quiet propellers, enhanced structural efficiency by advances in material science and nano-technology and safety features such as vehicle parachutes and air-bags." - Source

08/03/09 - Toyota Reveals A Humanoid Robot That Can Run
"Toyota researchers have unveiled a new humanoid robot that can run at 7 km/h, which is faster than Honda's humanoid robot ASIMO. Toyota's robot can also keep itself balanced when pushed, as shown in the video." / Toyota’s most recent humanoid robot prototype (one of many partner robots the automotive giant is developing) stands 130cm tall and weighs 50Kgr. Its legs have 7 degrees of freedom and it can run at an average speed of 7 km/h. In contrast, ASIMO’s maximum speed is 6km/h. The Toyota researchers had to develop new real-time methods for balance control. These methods make it possible for the robot to remain balanced when an external force such as a push from a human is applied when in motion. The below video from Toyota demonstrates the running capabilities of the new humanoid robot. The robot takes a step every 340ms and has no contact with the ground for 100ms of that. Notice in the video how the robot remains balanced even after pushed by the human. - Source and the Youtube Source

08/03/09 - UK Plans To Monitor 20,000 Families' Homes Via CCTV
The Sunday Express reports more surveillance-camera madness from the UK, where the government now wants to place 20,000 CCTV cameras to monitor families ("the worst families in England") within their own homes, to make sure that "kids go to bed on time and eat healthy meals and the like. This is going too far, and hopefully will not pass. Where will it end?" - Source

08/03/09 - Orbit Your Own Satellite For $8,000
Interorbital's TubeSat Personal Satellite Kit allows anyone to send a half-pound payload to low-earth orbit for $8,000. Your satellite will fly to orbit from Tonga atop an Interorbital Systems NEPTUNE 30 rocket along with 31 other TubeSats. It will function for several weeks, then its orbit will decay and it will burn up in the atmosphere. Interorbital plans to send up a load of 32 TubeSats every month. If you pay in full in advance, you get slotted onto a particular scheduled launch. Here are Interorbital's product page and brochure (PDF). - Source

08/03/09 - Nissan Unveils All-Electric LEAF
KeelyNet "In Japan, Nissan unveiled their all-electric LEAF (press release, and Flash site). Slated to launch in late 2010 in Japan, the US, and Europe, this car will have a 100-mile range, seats 5, has an advanced computer system with remote control by IPhone, and promises to be competitively priced. While this car's range won't work for everyone, it could be a game changer as a commuter car." Recharge time is 8 hours with a 200-volt power source, and "just under 30 minutes with a quick charger" (no further details given) to charge to 80% of capacity. - Source

08/03/09 - Colorado power company wants to ratchet up fees on solar freeloaders
Xcel Energy has proposed charging a new fee to customers who install solar systems after April 2010, the Denver Post reports. The fee would be linked to the home’s electricity consumption and help the company maintain its aging power grid. Solar customers already foot the bill for installing solar net meters that monitor generation and consumption. They also pay $6 to $7 per month to cover meter reading and billing expenses, and pay for backup power when the panels aren’t meeting a home’s energy demand. Xcel wants to leverage an additional infrastructure upkeep fee that could range from $23 to $274 per year. Musser points out that he already pays for the infrastructure by paying the same rates to buy electricity as any other user. “To me this is a step in the wrong direction,” he says. Solar customers help utilities meet peak demand in the middle of the day, and also help the companies meet federal requirements for renewable energy use. Four states, including California and Florida, incentivize solar through feed-in tariffs that pay users more for power they generate than power they use. “This is almost like a feed-in penalty,” Musser complains, “It’s a really negative step.” / An Xcel Energy spokesman said the fee is to ensure that regular customers don't subsidize the 'connectivity fees' for the solar panel customers who don't pay when they generate as much as they use. When pressed, the spokesman admitted that nobody actually pays a 'connectivity fee,' yet they wanted to prevent the mooching from occurring in the future (presumably when they hit everyone with such a fee). - Source

08/03/09 - 'Teach Naked' Effort Strips Computers From Classrooms
College leaders usually brag about their tech-filled "smart" classrooms, but a dean at Southern Methodist University is proudly removing computers from lecture halls. José A. Bowen, dean of the Meadows School of the Arts, has challenged his colleagues to "teach naked"—by which he means, sans machines. More than any thing else, Mr. Bowen wants to discourage professors from using PowerPoint, because they often lean on the slide-display program as a crutch rather using it as a creative tool. Class time should be reserved for discussion, he contends, especially now that students can download lectures online and find libraries of information on the Web. When students reflect on their college years later in life, they're going to remember challenging debates and talks with their professors. Lively interactions are what teaching is all about, he says, but those give-and-takes are discouraged by preset collections of slides. - Source

08/03/09 - I love Trash
A film by David Brown. "I Love Trash" is a documentary about dumpster diving. Two friends decide to do an experiment in trash. They rent an unfurnished apartment and arrive with only the clothes they are wearing and a flashlight. They decide not to buy any things for 3 months and instead to find all their needs in the trash. They furnish their apartment lavishly. They eat decadently. They dress sharp, and create beautiful art, all from the trash. - Source and Youtube Source

08/03/09 - Why Do We Spend $34 Billion in Alternative Medicine?
Chances are that one out of every three people you see in the grocery store, on the street or at work have tried alternative medicine, and they're spending quite a bit for it. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced Thursday that Americans spent $34 billion on complementary and alternative medicine in 2007. The study queried more than 70,000 people across the country about 36 various forms of alternative treatments. But researchers say they still don't know exactly why people are turning to these therapies. - Source

08/03/09 - "Military Turing test" would make war robots legal
"Can a robot commit a war crime?" That question was raised at the conference on The Ethics of Autonomous Military Systems. Barrister and Engineer Chris Elliot explained his thoughts on the legality of future "intelligent" weapons, within international, criminal and civil law. He started by suggesting that as systems become more autonomous, they become capable of actions that are not, in legal terms, "foreseeable". At that point, he suggested, it would be hard to blame a human for its actions. "We're getting very close to the where the law may have to recognise that we can't always identify an individual - perhaps an artificial system can be to blame." - Source

08/03/09 - Russian Scientists Create Medication Against Cancer and Nuclear Radiation
Russian molecular biologists working in the USA and Israel created a medicine which protects a human being against radiation. The new medicine will come into use in two or three years. “The substance acts upon gene p53 – the gene can be described as the cellular conscience. The gene controls the state of cells, observing any changes that can lead to the development of a tumor. If the gene detects any changes, it orders a cell to commit suicide – this is the programmed mechanism of death, known as apoptosis,” scientist Andrei Gudkov said. The p53 gene is absent in a half of cancerous tumors – this is the reason why they multiply so quickly. If other cells were subjected to chemotherapy or radiation, the gene will detect those cells and makes them commit suicide too, which weakens the disease-stricken body. The discovery of the Russian scientists means that they have found a switch to turn the cellular continuousness off. “We could turn p53 off temporarily and reversibly with the use of the pifitrin-alpha compound. It allows to increase radiation therapy doses for patients harmlessly,” the scientist said. The scientists have already completed the tests of the new medication on apes and humans. All the tests ended successfully. Over 650 apes were exposed to maximum doses of radiation, similar to those, which the victims of the Chernobyl disaster suffered from. Only one group of the apes had injections of the new medication 24 hours before or 72 hours after the exposure. Seventy percent of the apes, which did not receive the medication, died. The ones that survived suffered from various illnesses. All the apes, which were given the medication, survived. No dangerous consequences were registered with them afterwards. The clinical trials on humans showed that the medicine was absolutely safe. - Source

08/03/09 - US Dollar Became World Currency 65 Years Ago
The historic conference in Bretton Woods ended on July 22, 65 years ago. The members of the conference agreed to establish a system of payment based on the US dollar and established the dollar peg with gold. The conference also resulted with the establishment of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank. “The present world currency system is completely different. The USA unilaterally terminated the convertibility of the dollar to gold during the 1960s. Secondly, all countries practice the peg-free floating currency rate nowadays. As a matter of fact, we are living in a different world,” the official said in an interview with RIA Novosti news agency. The dollar will remain the international reserve currency, but the world will be aiming towards the multi-currency system of payment. “There has been no indication of the decline of the dollar in the international payment system during the recent two decades. However, it is clear that the world will be making steps towards the multi-currency international payment system,” Dmitry Pankin said. - Source

08/03/09 - Pneumatic/Hydraulic Fusion
KeelyNet General Fusion, a startup in Vancouver, Canada, says it can build a prototype fusion power plant within the next decade and do it for less than a billion dollars. So far, it has raised $13.5 million from public and private investors to help kick-start its ambitious effort. General Fusion says it can achieve "net gain"--that is, create a fusion reaction that gives off more energy than is needed to trigger it--using relatively low-tech, mechanical brute force and advanced digital control technologies that scientists could only dream of 30 years ago. It may seem implausible, but some top U.S. fusion experts say General Fusion's approach, which is a variation on what the industry calls magnetized target fusion, is scientifically sound and could actually work. It's a long shot, they say, but well worth a try. Power pistons: General Fusion's reactor is a metal sphere with 220 pneumatic pistons designed to ram its surface simultaneously. The ramming creates an acoustic wave that travels through a lead-lithium liquid and eventually accelerates toward the center into a shock wave. The shock wave compresses a plasma target, called a spheromak, to trigger a fusion burst. The thermal energy is extracted with a heat exchanger and used to create steam for electricity generation. To produce power, the process would be repeated every second. / (There will be more discovered with this process than meets the eye. - JWD) - Source

08/03/09 - There is no WiFi allergy: newspapers misreport PR as science
Multiple news sources credulously repeated health "facts" that were essentially made up. The reason? Someone claiming to suffer from a condition that doesn't appear to exist is releasing an album named after the apparently nonexistent condition, and wanted to raise its profile. In short, the news reports provided false health information because the reporters fell for a PR stunt. Reports appeared in The Sun, The Telegraph, and The Daily Mail, and were picked up by Fox News and spread as far away as India. The articles describe the tormented life of a British DJ who is convinced that WiFi signals set off a variety of health symptoms, including dizziness, headaches, and nausea. With the proliferation of wireless devices, not only has this individual found it difficult to pursue his career, but also simply to find a house, shops, and pub that he feels comfortable occupying. And he is apparently not alone; the reports consistently claim that two percent of the population suffers from the same issues. There's a fundamental problem here: the condition, electrosensitivity, doesn't appear to exist. A variety of studies that we have covered in the past show that people who claim to be electrosensitive are incapable of determining whether there is an active wireless signal in their vicinity. In multiple blinded studies, they did no better than random chance when asked to identify whether equipment that broadcasts on WiFi or cellular frequencies is active. None of the articles provide a source for the two percent figure, but the scientific studies clearly indicate that, at a minimum, the number of people who claim electrosensitivity is much larger than the number of people who possibly could suffer from it. Based on that alone, it appears that the two percent figure is essentially made up, indicating that none of the newspapers that ran with the story performed even minimal fact checking on it. That doesn't rule out the possibility that, within the larger population that claims electrosensitivity, there's a smaller group that actually suffers from it; they're simply masked by the larger group for whom this condition is psychosomatic. - Source

08/03/09 - Vortex Cannon Versus Houses Of Straw, Sticks and Bricks
KeelyNet Jem Stansfield builds a vortex cannon to pick up where the big bad wolf failed to blow over a house of brick. In this video, the BBC’s Jem Stansfield test fires a vortex cannon that uses an acetylene and oxygen fueled explosion to fire an extremely powerful blast of air across a lake. Stansfield attacks three targets: houses of straw, sticks and bricks, with some spectacular results. - Source and Youtube Source

08/03/09 - Why dowsing makes perfect sense
Divining is the ancient practice of holding twigs or metal rods that are supposed to move in response to hidden objects. It is often used to look for water, and farmers in California have been known to ask dowsers to find ways to irrigate their land. Yet despite many anecdotal reports of success, dowsing has never been shown to work in controlled scientific tests. That's not to say the dowsing rods don't move. They do. The scientific explanation for what happens when people dowse is that "ideomotor movementsMovie Camera" – muscle movements caused by subconscious mental activity – make anything held in the hands move. It looks and feels as if the movements are involuntary. The same phenomenon has been shown to lie behind movements of objects on a Ouija board. - Source

08/03/09 - Man Plans to Shoot Himself into the Sky With a Rocket
KeelyNet Bob intends to strap himself to a four-engine pulse jet rocket about 25,000 feet into the air, jump off at the peak, and parachute to the ground. Addressing the possible safety issues with the stunt, Maddox says that he's not fearless, but thinks through possible snags and does lots of testing before such an attempt. "It would be a very slow ascent, just 200 miles an hour, straight up," Maddox told "That way, if there were a malfunction in guidance the vehicle would just slow down and I would get out, instead of it tearing itself apart." Fortunately, he does have some experience with rockets, having used them in his skydiving to maintain more airtime. But he's never tried anything quite like this -- nor, for that matter, has anyone else. He's looking for sponsorship to cover the costs, which local paper, the Medford Mail, estimates to be around $40,000. - Source

08/03/09 - Half of all the fruit & veg you buy is contaminated
ALMOST HALF of the fresh fruit and veg sold across the UK is contaminated with toxic pesticides, according to the latest scientific surveys for the government. Nearly every orange, 94% of pineapples and 90% of pears sampled were laced with traces of chemicals used to kill bugs. High proportions of apples, grapes and tomatoes were also tainted, as were parsnips, melons and cucumbers. Alarmingly, as much as a quarter of the food on sale in 2008 - the date of the latest figures - was found to contain multiple pesticides. In some cases, up to ten different chemicals were detected in a single sample. Experts warn that the "cocktail effect" of so many different chemicals endangers health. They also point out that some of the pesticides are not only cancer-causing but also so-called "gender-benders" - chemicals that disrupt human sexuality. - Source

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

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

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

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... - Source

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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...

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

$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. - 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! - Source to Buy


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