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1 - 08/30/10 - Bloom Box: The Future of Green Energy
2 - 08/30/10 - Gentle Stroll Several Times a Week Boosts Intelligence
3 - 08/30/10 - Sun's Fluctuations Caused Partial Collapse of Earth's Atmosphere
4 - 08/30/10 - Black rice is the new cancer-fighting superfood, claim scientists
5 - 08/30/10 - The 10 Greatest Fictional Inventors of All Time
6 - 08/30/10 - Electric cars 'may be costlier than petrol vehicles'
7 - 08/30/10 - Hydropower generator
8 - 08/30/10 - College 2.0: Teachers Without Technology Strike Back
9 - 08/30/10 - The political chemistry of oil
10 - 08/30/10 - Going Further on the Same Tank
11 - 08/30/10 - Flying Robotic Hands
12 - 08/30/10 - Investigation finds filthy spouts on public drinking fountains
13 - 08/30/10 - 16 gadgets that will save you money
14 - 08/30/10 - Filling Up Prisons Without Fighting Crime
15 - 08/30/10 - Walmart rewards green ideas with shelf space
16 - 08/30/10 - Raytheon Heat-beam Weapon: Inhuman Or Not?
17 - 08/30/10 - Cyborg Fly steers Robot
18 - 08/30/10 - Over 200 Genes influenced by Vitamin D
19 - 08/30/10 - Full-Body Scanners Deployed In Street-Roving Vans
20 - 08/30/10 - Pentagon Selects Companies To Build Flying Humvees
21 - 08/30/10 - Just Where Is The Lincoln Memorial, Anyhow?
22 - 08/30/10 - Cartoon that got an Ohio high school student in trouble
23 - 08/30/10 - MIT Unveils Oil-Skimming Robot Swarm Prototype
24 - 08/30/10 - Hotel room door lock picking
25 - 08/30/10 - China Plans To Mine the Yellow Sea Floor
26 - 08/27/10 - Personal energy systems now practical
27 - 08/27/10 - Scientists work to harness lightning for electricity
28 - 08/27/10 - Reader urges citizens to stand tall
29 - 08/27/10 - Boffins build lie detector for crooked CEOs
30 - 08/27/10 - First Time in Modern History Number of Americans Paying for TV Falls
31 - 08/27/10 - Aliens could operate through thinking robots, astronomer says
32 - 08/27/10 - Geoengineering 'not a solution' to sea-level rise
33 - 08/27/10 - Doctors' Religious Beliefs Strongly Influence End-of-Life Decisions
34 - 08/27/10 - God isn't keeping track of our sins…..but a Homeland Security satellite is
35 - 08/27/10 - Scientific Journal Veers Into Demonology, Issues Retraction
36 - 08/27/10 - Expatistan
37 - 08/27/10 - Scientists create 'dry water'
38 - 08/27/10 - See-Saw Rocks Dead Back to Life (Jul, 1934)
39 - 08/27/10 - Chinese likely to leave us far behind
40 - 08/27/10 - Invention to ‘absorb’ carbon emission
41 - 08/27/10 - Microbes may be to thank for BP oil spill cleanup
42 - 08/27/10 - Robotics -MIT Intros Oil-Eating Robots
43 - 08/27/10 - New Battery Is Most Powerful Ever
44 - 08/27/10 - Inside a Nevada family's underwater fort
45 - 08/27/10 - Gut bacteria for better health and longer life
46 - 08/27/10 - 18 Signs That America Is Rotting Right In Front Of Our Eyes
47 - 08/27/10 - Printing wings for microrobotic flying insects
48 - 08/27/10 - Toyota Adds External Speakers To Warn Pedestrians
49 - 08/27/10 - Rustock Botnet Responsible For 40% of Spam
50 - 08/27/10 - NJ Fights Landfill Odors Using Fragrant Spray Trucks
51 - 08/27/10 - Viruses Tapped To Create Spray-On Batteries
52 - 08/27/10 - Grad Student Invents Cheap Laser Cutter
53 - 08/27/10 - Follow Up On Solar Neutrinos and Radioactive Decay
54 - 08/27/10 - Fire and Explosion At Hydrogen Station Near Rochester Airport
55 - 08/27/10 - The racism con job
56 - 08/27/10 - Sit Longer, Die Sooner
57 - 08/27/10 - Woman throws cat into wheelie bin
58 - 08/24/10 - Man invents machine that turns plastic back into oil
59 - 08/24/10 - Swimming in self-sufficiency: The Garden Pool
60 - 08/24/10 - Don't Get Taken By This Invention Scam
61 - 08/24/10 - Laminar water jet explained
62 - 08/24/10 - A different take on electric motor cars
63 - 08/24/10 - Dissolving your earthly remains will protect the Earth
64 - 08/24/10 - Gulf spill: Is the oil lurking underwater?
65 - 08/24/10 - How collapsing bubbles could shoot cancer cells dead
66 - 08/24/10 - Hair gives clues to circadian rhythms
67 - 08/24/10 - Create Enormous Bubbles with a Super-Size DIY Bubble Wand
68 - 08/24/10 - How DNA evidence creates victims of chance
69 - 08/24/10 - Convert a Bike Pump into a Manual Vacuum Pump
70 - 08/24/10 - Is Your Favorite Ice Cream Made With Monsanto's Artificial Hormones?
71 - 08/24/10 - Do-it-yourself solar power for your home
72 - 08/24/10 - 'Shocked' Potatoes More Nutritious
73 - 08/24/10 - New irrigation invention from the UK is catching on in America
74 - 08/24/10 - Laser microscope projection
75 - 08/24/10 - Eco-friendly car, the “Bio-Bug”, runs on poo
76 - 08/24/10 - Entrepreneur Is Ready To Power Up His Invention
77 - 08/24/10 - Behind the Scenes of "Hummingbirds
78 - 08/24/10 - Scar tissue with little blood flow can cause organ rejection
79 - 08/24/10 - Fuel Cell catalyst boosts output 200 fold
80 - 08/24/10 - Berries can remove Dementia-causing toxins
81 - 08/24/10 - Smart Trash Carts Tell If You Haven't Been Recycling
82 - 08/24/10 - Court Rules Against Stem Cell Policy
83 - 08/24/10 - The Strange Case of Solar Flares and Radioactive Decay Rates
84 - 08/21/10 - Totally Awesome Space Colonies
85 - 08/21/10 - Government invests millions in alternative energy projects
86 - 08/21/10 - How Ancient Greek Statues Really Look Under Ultraviolet Light
87 - 08/21/10 - Tai chi eases fibromyalgia symptoms, study finds
88 - 08/21/10 - Viruses May Cause More Contagious Cancer than Previously Thought
89 - 08/21/10 - Replace batteries with USB power
90 - 08/21/10 - Pulsate
91 - 08/21/10 - The Science of a Sparkling Shave
92 - 08/21/10 - The Danger Of Green Laser Pointers
93 - 08/21/10 - Heartbeats at the Speed of Light
94 - 08/21/10 - CyGlo bicycle tire emulates TRON
95 - 08/21/10 - Thermionic Solar Cells
96 - 08/21/10 - Technology provides advantages but can become a curse as well
97 - 08/21/10 - On a trip to Mars, astronauts' muscles could waste away
98 - 08/21/10 - 8 green stories to keep you in the loop
99 - 08/21/10 - New Bike Wheel Powers Cyclists Up Hills
100 - 08/21/10 - Star Wars? Not at NASA
101 - 08/21/10 - The advantages of using ceiling fans instead of air conditioners
102 - 08/21/10 - Coin-operated park bench in China?
103 - 08/21/10 - More Tin Badges Attitude - Acted 'as if she feared discovery'
104 - 08/21/10 - Adjustable Focus Eyeglasses
105 - 08/21/10 - Using P300 brainwaves to find the guilty
106 - 08/21/10 - Scary, scary Jesus Camp
107 - 08/21/10 - Can Nerves Be Repaired?
108 - 08/21/10 - Minority Report Style Iris Scanners In Mexico
109 - 08/21/10 - Zombie Ants and Killer Fungus
110 - 08/21/10 - Is a US High-Speed Railway Economically Feasible?
111 - 08/21/10 - Medieval Copy Protection
112 - 08/21/10 - 'Exploding Lake' Provides Electricity For Rwanda
113 - 08/21/10 - Patent Office Ramps Up Patent Approvals
114 - 08/21/10 - Feats of Skill and Control
115 - 08/18/10 - Why Matter prevails in the Universe
116 - 08/18/10 - Solar Toothbrush Could Eliminate the Need for Toothpaste
117 - 08/18/10 - How The Unemployment Crisis Has Swept Across America
118 - 08/18/10 - VTzilla Firefox extension Scans Files for Malware Before Download
119 - 08/18/10 - Crazy Optical Illusions That Will Blow Your Mind
120 - 08/18/10 - Working long hours is stupid
121 - 08/18/10 - Superheroes send out 'wrong message' to boys
122 - 08/18/10 - 20 new ideas in science
123 - 08/18/10 - Inertial-Electrostatic-Confinement Fusion Device
124 - 08/18/10 - Russian Scholar Warns Of 'Secret' U.S. Climate Change Weapon
125 - 08/18/10 - AT-AT Day Afternoon
126 - 08/18/10 - New Battery for Cheap Electric Vehicles
127 - 08/18/10 - Energy Entrepreneurs: Reinventing the landfill
128 - 08/18/10 - Spam Filtering? Patented! 36 Companies Sued
129 - 08/18/10 - Fresno State prof's idea would conserve ag water
130 - 08/18/10 - Simulating Innovation
131 - 08/18/10 - Use of copper could reduce hospital infections
132 - 08/18/10 - Intensely psychedelic "fractal" architecture animation
133 - 08/18/10 - New Micro Ultrasonic transducers
134 - 08/18/10 - Hipmunk Is a Fantastic, Surprisingly Usable Flight Search Site
135 - 08/18/10 - Startups a Safer Bet Than Behemoths
136 - 08/18/10 - $76k for an emergency appendectomy (Whats wrong with this?)
137 - 08/18/10 - 'Wi-Fi Illness' Spreads To Ontario Public Schools
138 - 08/18/10 - Canadian youth program stopped
139 - 08/18/10 - Leaked Intel Roadmap Shows 600GB SSD
140 - 08/18/10 - From Slaying Dragons To Dictators
141 - 08/18/10 - Scottish Scientists Develop Whisky Biofuel
142 - 08/18/10 - ISPs Lie About Broadband "Up To" Speeds
143 - 08/15/10 - Release inventions back to the creators
144 - 08/15/10 - Sticker Makes Solar Panels Work Better
145 - 08/15/10 - For Electric Cars, Startups Propose Solid-State Batteries
146 - 08/15/10 - Revolutionary New Gel Heals Wounds Six Times Faster Than Normal
147 - 08/15/10 - Airsoft minigun packs quite a punch
148 - 08/15/10 - Converting Gas-Guzzlers into Hybrids
149 - 08/15/10 - Cape Man's Invention To Help Clean Up BP Oil Leak
150 - 08/15/10 - As eReaders gain popularity, what happens to the personal library?
151 - 08/15/10 - Dragons' Den winner reveals £80k promise was in fact 'a loan'
152 - 08/15/10 - “Rivers of Water” in our atmosphere
153 - 08/15/10 - New World Order & Weather Weapons – New Phase of Global Warfare
154 - 08/15/10 - Presence of animals is calming
155 - 08/15/10 - Found alive: Two dinosaur species in Papua New Guinea
156 - 08/15/10 - Scientists Develop Brain-Microchip Bridge
157 - 08/15/10 - Video Quality Matters Less If You Enjoy the Show
158 - 08/15/10 - The Fuel Cost of Obesity
159 - 08/15/10 - Rare Sharing of Data Led To Results In Alzheimer's Research
160 - 08/15/10 - Unsuck it: translate douchey business jargon into normal language
161 - 08/15/10 - Incorporating Swarm Intelligence Into Computer AI
162 - 08/15/10 - Having Too Much Information Can Narrow Your Focus
163 - 08/15/10 - Narco-Blogger Beats Mexico Drug War News Blackout
164 - 08/15/10 - New Jaguar XJ Suffers Blue Screen of Death
165 - 08/12/10 - Engineers unveil Lutec 1000 free energy machine
166 - 08/12/10 - Speeding Up Diagnosis of Infectious Disease
167 - 08/12/10 - How Star Trek artists imagined the iPad... 23 years ago
168 - 08/12/10 - Crashproof Motorbike
169 - 08/12/10 - Super Simple Inch worm mechanism
170 - 08/12/10 - Zeus Trojan emptying bank accounts worldwide!
171 - 08/12/10 - Snapping pics at the right moment with a pressure plate
172 - 08/12/10 - How harsh words may hurt your knees
173 - 08/12/10 - No Anonymity Is The Future Of Web
174 - 08/12/10 - A "Nobel Torsion Message" Over Norway?
175 - 08/12/10 - The Chevy Volt, just the latest expensive toy
176 - 08/12/10 - Driller robot to explore great pyramid
177 - 08/12/10 - Fresh, home-made blood vessels
178 - 08/12/10 - World's "most prolific" bank card broker busted in France
179 - 08/12/10 - Minority Report Realized
180 - 08/12/10 - Cops deploying automatic robo-license-plate-readers
181 - 08/12/10 - Just One Out of 16 Hybrids Pays Back In Gas Savings
182 - 08/12/10 - Spinal-Fluid Test Confirmed To Predict Alzheimer's
183 - 08/12/10 - FBI Prioritizes Copyright Over Missing Persons
184 - 08/12/10 - Music Festival Producer Pre-Sues Bootleggers
185 - 08/12/10 - The Vending Machines of the Future
186 - 08/12/10 - Portugal Gives Itself a Clean-Energy Makeover
187 - 08/09/10 - Gasoline From Thin Air
188 - 08/09/10 - Time travel using Wormholes
189 - 08/09/10 - Patent Backlog Frustrates Inventors
190 - 08/09/10 - Unlocking the Savant Brain In All Of Us
191 - 08/09/10 - Slit pupils help snakes ambush their prey
192 - 08/09/10 - Graphene stress produces gigantic pseudo-magnetic fields
193 - 08/09/10 - Make Microwave Popcorn Using a Simple Brown Paper Bag
194 - 08/09/10 - US target practice: the $57m Aussie fall guys
195 - 08/09/10 - Living Forever: Is It Really Worth It?
196 - 08/09/10 - Candied Corpses, And 87 Other Ancient Innovations
197 - 08/09/10 - Invention could reduce number of melanoma biopsies
198 - 08/09/10 - Why cell phone are an anti-social invention
199 - 08/09/10 - Selling fake melted food as a seat saver
200 - 08/09/10 - Court Rejects Warrantless GPS Tracking
201 - 08/09/10 - DIY Air Quality Balloons
202 - 08/09/10 - Genetically Modified Canola Spreads To Wild Plants
203 - 08/09/10 - Forget University — Use the Web For Education, Says Gates
204 - 08/09/10 - Virtual walkers lead the way for robots
205 - 08/09/10 - Highly Directional Terahertz Laser Demonstrated
206 - 08/06/10 - Eliot's famous resident never took credit for his inventions
207 - 08/06/10 - Is There An Ether? (Jun, 1930)
208 - 08/06/10 - Giant insect rover works for us
209 - 08/06/10 - Rewriting gravity over a tuna roll
210 - 08/06/10 - Floating Wind Farms
211 - 08/06/10 - China to build ginormous buses that cars can drive under
212 - 08/06/10 - Solar cheaper than Nuclear
213 - 08/06/10 - 11 Must-see Mirror Pranks
214 - 08/06/10 - Experiment: Can You Mine Gold From Old Motherboards?
215 - 08/06/10 - How One Man Reinvented The Wheel
216 - 08/06/10 - Human hive-mind beats Computer
217 - 08/06/10 - Mrs Brin's Medicine Show deceived customers
218 - 08/06/10 - You can't win...
219 - 08/06/10 - A Quicker Test for Hybrid Batteries
220 - 08/06/10 - Filtered Water In 2 Minutes with New UV Light Bottle Invention
221 - 08/06/10 - Scientist says U.S. ignores terror patent
222 - 08/06/10 - Saskatchewan Inventor Creates Revolutionary Wind Turbine
223 - 08/06/10 - FBI claims no-one may publish its seal
224 - 08/06/10 - There I Fixed It
225 - 08/06/10 - Human Tests of Mind-Controlled Artificial Arm To Begin
226 - 08/06/10 - Giant Balloons Could Solve Space Junk Problem
227 - 08/06/10 - Brazil: Snow?
228 - 08/06/10 - The Second Age of Airships
229 - 08/06/10 - Churchill feared panic over UFO encounter
230 - 08/06/10 - The wonderful world of blob launching videos
231 - 08/06/10 - SpaceX Unveils Heavy-Lift Rocket Designs
232 - 08/06/10 - Three examples why everyone should have a Cellphone w/camera
233 - 08/06/10 - Elena Kagan tied to obama's birth certificate
234 - 08/03/10 - This is simply HILARIOUS!
235 - 08/03/10 - Shields up! Force fields could protect Mars missions
236 - 08/03/10 - Every black hole may hold a hidden universe
237 - 08/03/10 - FBI access to e-mail, Web data raises privacy fear
238 - 08/03/10 - Treasure Seeker Shoes
239 - 08/03/10 - GM's electric Lemon
240 - 08/03/10 - This IS His Grandfather's Bug, But Now It's Electric
241 - 08/03/10 - Poor Kids More Immune to Germs (Nov, 1932)
242 - 08/03/10 - Growing Organs and Helping Wounds Heal
243 - 08/03/10 - Saw Dust Stove, a New Innovation for Farmers
244 - 08/03/10 - Artificial life DNA fab to open withing 6 months
245 - 08/03/10 - Broadway Musicians Replaced With Synthesizers
246 - 08/03/10 - Microsoft Tech Can Deblur Images Automatically (watch photo blur)
247 - 08/03/10 - 'I've Fallen and I Can't Get Up!' v2.0
248 - 08/03/10 - Reading Terrorists' Minds About Imminent Attack
249 - 08/03/10 - Should Professors Be Required To Teach With Tech?
250 - 08/03/10 - How to Turn Your Backyard into a Bird Refuge
251 - 08/03/10 - Antarctic Experiment Finds Puzzling Distribution of Cosmic Rays
252 - 08/03/10 - First Membrane Controlled By Light Developed
253 - 08/03/10 - Having a good education lower your dementia risk
254 - 08/03/10 - Electric Car Subsidies As Handouts For the Rich
255 - 08/03/10 - Time to stop this primitive practice as a Default
256 - 08/03/10 - Stanford's New Solar Tech Harnesses Heat, Light
257 - 08/03/10 - Boeing's Hybrid Electric Airliner of the Future
258 - 08/03/10 - $200B Lost To Counterfeiting? Back It Up
259 - 08/03/10 - barack obama Voters...
260 - 08/03/10 - obama says his father served in World War II


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08/30/10 - Bloom Box: The Future of Green Energy
The basic idea behind the Bloom Box is to convert fossil fuels or hydrocarbons into electricity not by the means of combustion, but by clean electrochemical processes a lot like everyday batteries. The only difference between the Bloom Box and battery is that the Bloom Box keeps running; oh yeah, it keeps running for up to 10- years, not only that, it could be reloaded with fuel and it could act as a battery anytime in the sense that it could store electricity. At the moment only 100kW versions of the Blo om Box or the Energy Server are available that are mostly sold to big industries. The cost of the 100kW Bloom Box is $750,000 and the average running time of this Bloom Box is 10 years. One of the companies that have become the first customers of Bloom En ergy is Google. According to Bloom Energy 1kW versions of the Bloom Box would be released in the near future which would be sufficient for one household. The estimated cost of that Bloom Box would be around $3000. - Full Article Source


08/30/10 - Gentle Stroll Several Times a Week Boosts Intelligence
New research has shown that walking “at one’s own pace” for 40 minutes, three times a week can improve intelligence. The new study used brain scans to determine whether aerobic activity increased connectivity in the brain’s networks. The researchers measu red participants’ brain connectivity and performance on cognitive tasks at the beginning of the study, at six months and after a year of either walking or toning and stretching. At the end of the year, brain network connectivity was significantly improved in the brains of the older walkers, but not among those who did only stretching and toning exercises. The walkers also had increased connectivity in the part of the brain which helps in the performance of complex tasks and they did significantly better on cognitive tests than their toning and stretching peers. Professor Kramer said previous studies have found that aerobic exercise can enhance the function of specific brain structures. - Full Article Source


08/30/10 - Sun's Fluctuations Caused Partial Collapse of Earth's Atmosphere


As the sun's energy rises and falls, so goes the Earth's atmosphere, a new study suggests. These fluctuations in the sun's energy explain a recent collapse of the Earth's upper atmosphere, which had previously puzzled scientists. A sharp drop in the Sun's ultraviolet radiation levels triggered the collapse, according to the new study, detailed in the Aug. 25 edition of the journal Geophysical Research Letters. The researchers also found that the sun's magnetic cycle, which produces differing numbers of sunspots over an approximately 11-year cycle, may vary more than previously thought. During a collapse, the fact that the layer in the upper atmosphere known as the thermosphere is shrunken and less dense means that satellites can more easily maintain their orbits.

But it also indicates that space debris and other objects that pose hazards may persist longer in the thermosphere. "With lower thermospheric density, our satellites will have a longer life in orbit," said study team member Thomas Woods of the University of Colorado at Boulder.

"This is good news for those satellites that are actually operating, but it is also bad because of the thousands of non-operating objects remaining in space that could potentially have collisions with our working satellites."

The computer models showed that the thermosphere cooled in 2008 by 41 Kelvins (about 74 degrees Fahrenheit or 41 degrees Celsius) compared to 1996, with just 2 Kelvins attributable to the carbon dioxide increase. The results also showed the thermosphere's density decreasing by 31 percent, with just 3 percent attributable to carbon dioxide. The results closely approximated the 30 percent reduction in density indicated by previous work. "It is now clear that the record low temperature and density were primarily caused by unusually low levels of solar radiation at the extreme-ultraviolet level," Solomon said. - Full Article Source


08/30/10 - Black rice is the new cancer-fighting superfood, claim scientists
The cereal is low in sugar but packed with healthy fibre and plant compounds that combat heart disease and cancer, say experts. Scientists from Louisiana State University analysed samples of bran from black rice grown in the southern U.S. They found boost ed levels of water-soluble anthocyanin antioxidants. Anthocyanins provide the dark colours of many fruits and vegetables, such as blueberries and red peppers. They are what makes black rice 'black'. Research suggests that the dark plant antioxidants, which mop up harmful molecules, can help protect arteries and prevent the DNA damage that leads to cancer. Food scientist Dr Zhimin Xu said: 'Just a spoonful of black rice bran contains more health promoting anthocyanin antioxidants than are found in a spoonful of blueberries, but with less sugar, and more fibr e and vitamin E antioxidants. 'If berries are used to boost health, why not black rice and black rice bran? Especially, black rice bran would be a unique and economical material to increase consumption of health-promoting antioxidants.' Centuries ago blac k rice was known as 'Forbidden Rice' in ancient China because only nobles were allowed to eat it. Today black rice is mainly used in Asia for food decoration, noodles, sushi and desserts. Brown rice is said to be more nutritious because it has higher leve ls of healthy vitamin E compounds and antioxidants. But according to Dr Xu's team, varieties of rice that are black or purple in colour are healthier still. They added that black rice could also be used to provide healthier, natural colourants. Studies li nked some artificial colourants to cancer and behavioural problems in children. - Full Article Source


08/30/10 - The 10 Greatest Fictional Inventors of All Time
Some of the most memorable inventors of our time were actually invented themselves. Here are ten fictional innovators near and dear to our hearts. James Bonds' Q / Back to the Futures' Doc Brown / Honey I shrunk the Kids' Wayne Szalinski / Iron Mans' Tony Stark, etc... - Full Article Source


08/30/10 - Electric cars 'may be costlier than petrol vehicles'
Motorists considering buying an electric car are being warned that they can be more expensive to run than conventional petrol vehicles. Nissan is due to start taking UK orders for what it says will be the world's first mass-produced electric car. It says running costs for the Nissan Leaf will be as low as 1p a mile. But figures given to the BBC by a rival car firm suggest that over three years, electric cars could be more expensive to run than their petrol equivalents. The figures come from the Japanese car-maker Mitsubishi, which also produces an electric car. - Full Article Source


08/30/10 - Hydropower generator
KeelyNet [Paul] wanted to have access to renewable energy at his cabin. It’s a relaxing place, nestled in a tall forest that shelters him from the sun and wind. This also means that solar and wind energy aren’t an option. But there is a stream running through the property so he decided to build his own version of a small water-powered generator. He tapped into a reservoir about 200 feet upstream, split the flow into four smaller hoses, and channeled that into a five-gallon bucket. Inside the bucket you’ll find a P elton wheel he built which turns a low-RPM generator. He manages to generate 56 VDC at 10 A with this setup, more than enough to charge a bank of batteries. He does a great job of explaining his setup in the video after the break. If you’re looking for ot her ideas of how to cut down on your environmental impact check out this compost-powered water heater. - Full Article Source


08/30/10 - College 2.0: Teachers Without Technology Strike Back
Mark James, a visiting lecturer at the University of West Florida, declared his summer course in English literature technology-free—he skipped the PowerPoint slides and YouTube videos he usually shows, and he asked students to silence their cellphones and close their laptops. Banishing the gear improved the course, he argues. "The students seemed more involved in the discussion than when I allowed them to go online," he told me as the summer term wound down. "They were more attentive, and we were able to go into a little more depth." Mr. James is not antitechnology—he said he had some success in his composition courses using an online system that's sold with textbooks. But he is frustrated by professors and administrators who believe that injecting the la test technology into the classroom naturally improves teaching. That belief was highlighted in my College 2.0 column last month, in which some professors likened colleagues who don't teach with tech to doctors who ignore improvements in medicine. Many low -tech professors were extremely distressed by that charge of educational malpractice. (They told me so in dozens of comments on the article and in e-mail messages.) After interviewing a few of them this month, it seems to me the key debate between the tec h enthusiasts and tech skeptics is really over broader changes in colleges, and anxieties about the academy being turned into just another business. Teaching is not car assembly, the skeptics say, in that there's no objective checklist to follow. Nor is i t brain surgery, because there is no agreed-upon group of vital signs to check. "I see teaching as more of an art, and a relationship thing," said Mr. James. After we talked it out for a while, he settled on the metaphor of a carpenter's workshop to repla ce that of a doctor's clinic: "Let's say I want to get a really well-made table. I might go to someone who knows the old-style way of making a table, and I'm willing to pay a lot for that," is how he put it. By extension, tech-based learning feels more li ke IKEA—a lower-price, build-it-yourself option. - Full Article Source


08/30/10 - The political chemistry of oil
TED talk by Lisa Margonelli of the New America Foundation Energy Policy Initiative about the aftermath of the Gulf oil spill, political theater and confronting Americans with the real cost of gasoline. - Full Article Source

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08/30/10 - Going Further on the Same Tank
Chrysler hopes to catch up with the MultiAir technology, which it claims will increase fuel economy by 25 percent. In a conventional engine, a camshaft opens and closes the valves that bring air into the engine. These valves all make the same movement all the time, even at low engine speeds, when less air is required. The MultiAir system is different because it electronically determines the most efficient way to open and close the valves, depending on road conditions and necessary power, allowing the car to run more efficiently at all speeds. Here's how it works: A small solenoid, a mechanical device that can act like a switch, opens and closes the valves. This solenoid adjusts the cycle of valves opening and closing so that the engine takes in the best a mount of air for the load it's handling at any given moment. Opening the valves for a short period of time at low loads is less work for the engine, increasing its efficiency. And because the system can open the valves longer when more power is needed, it can extract more energy out of the engine. As a result, MultiAir not only increases fuel economy, it also increases the engine's torque by 15 percent, says Chrysler spokesman Nick Cappa. "It gives the engine a more efficient breathing pattern whether at idle or 6,000 rpm," Cappa says. - Full Article Source

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08/30/10 - Flying Robotic Hands
A robotic hand attached to a small helicopter can successfully and autonomously grip objects while the helicopter is hovering, as demonstrated by a group at Yale University led by Aaron Dollar, one of this year's TR35s. The helicopter hand, dubbed the Yal e Aerial Manipulator, could be used in spots that are difficult for ground robots to get to, such as high or roughly terrained places. It could also be used to pick up bombs or packages, or even as a form of delivery, moving packages in urban environments where trucks would have a hard time, suggests Paul Pounds, first author of the work. The hand helicopter can carry objects that weigh up to two kilograms, at speeds reaching 130 kilometers an hour. The robotic hand, which is made of a flexible plastic, i s operated by a single motor that controls four fingers. The simple, lightweight design of the hand also absorbs vibrations when the hand grips an object, letting the helicopter hover stably. / The objects don’t have to be a special size or shape, and it can lift them even if they are not centered. This is thanks to a load-balancing hand (originally developed as a prosthesis) that relies on flexible joints and a tendon-like closing mechanism. As you can see in the video, the light-weight chopper has an on -board camera so that the operator can see what is being picked up. This little guy has no problem lifting objects that are over one kilogram while remaining stable in the air. - Full Article Source

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08/30/10 - Investigation finds filthy spouts on public drinking fountains
KeelyNet Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty would be better off drinking from a dog bowl than the water cooler he shares with his colleagues at Queen’s Park, a Toronto Star investigation reveals. The Star collected and analyzed bacteria samples swabbed from spouts of 20 public water fountains and free-standing coolers across the city. We also tested the inner rim of a water bowl for dogs outside a coffee shop. The dirtiest drinking fountain was found inside the main lobby of City Hall where council passed a motion tw o years ago prohibiting the sale of bottled water in all municipal buildings, leaving fountains the sole water source for staff and visitors. The results reinforce what our mothers always told us. Don’t let your mouth meet the spout. And if you did? “You’ re increasing your likelihood of a harmful exposure,” water expert Marc Edwards of Virginia Tech told the Star. Pregnant women, children and people who are sick would be most vulnerable, he said. Harmful pathogens that could live on fountain and cooler sp outs include e-coli and legionella, which can cause gastrointestinal problems and pneumonia-like symptoms. - Full Article Source

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08/30/10 - 16 gadgets that will save you money
Yes, gadgets look impressive in front of your mates and they can also make your life a little easier. But the great thing is they can actually save you money too. So here, I’m going to run through the top gadgets and gizmos that can save you cash and boos t your street cred it the process. Energy savers - With the price of energy always on the increase, we all want to do everything we can to save money on our bills. The best way to save money on your energy, is to check that you’re getting the best deal, so have a little look at our energy comparison centr e to make sure you’re not paying too much. Convenient cash savers - Along with generating savings on our energy bills, there are also many other gadgets that will help your finances in convenient ways. (click the link for full details) - Full Article Source

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08/30/10 - Filling Up Prisons Without Fighting Crime
UCLA Professor of Public Affairs Mark Kleiman is "angry about having too much crime and an intolerable number of people behind bars." The United States is home to five percent of the world's population and 25 percent of the world's prisoners, yet, says Kl eiman, our high incarceration rate isn't making us safer. In his book, "When Brute Force Fails," Kleiman explains that, when it comes to punishment, there is a trade-off between severity and swiftness. For too long the U.S. has erred heavily on the side o f severity, but if we concentrate enforcement and provide immediate consequences for law-breakers, Kleiman says we can both reduce the crime rate and put fewer people in prison. - Full Article Source

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08/30/10 - Walmart rewards green ideas with shelf space
Wal-Mart Stores Inc, the world's largest retailer is looking for creative ideas and inventions in the energy-saving sector. The four-month exercise, which attracted students from 51 colleges and 29 high schools in 20 provinces, autonomous regions and muni cipalities, brought in a total of 663 proposals on waste emissions and recycling, energy-saving production and sustainable product packaging and design. A total of 100 creative ideas and 100 energy-saving inventions received awards. "We are looking for in novative ideas and products that not only can be sold to our customers, but also can be used in our daily operations, for example in our own buildings and logistics. We are always testing new ideas that can reduce our costs or the environmental footprint, " said Matt Kistler, senior vice-president for sustainability at the company commonly known as Walmart. The company also said it hoped that it would be working actively with the winners and Walmart's suppliers to further apply these ideas into its supply chain. Walmart China has launched a sustainability value network in China to bring new and creative ideas into practical application, helping to improve its supply chain and logistics processes. "In our view, the benefit that we see in sustainable activit ies will also benefit our suppliers," Kistler said. - Full Article Source

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08/30/10 - Raytheon Heat-beam Weapon: Inhuman Or Not?
The ACLU in their letter to the Los Angeles County Sheriff Leroy D. Baca,cited the development and use of the rude weapon which emits a small ball like “unbearable heat ray” - contrary to the Eighth Amendment’s protection against “cruel and unusual punish ment.” In answer to this allegation ,Commander Bob Osborne of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department has cited the new heat-emitting weapon ,a very mild form of defense as compared to the current array of batons, Tasers, pepper spray, tear gas or fir ing rubber bullets being used. According to him, this directed-energy invention is not at all harmful or lethal as it passes through only 1/64th of an inch of the skin causing very little pain and no injury. Once the rays are stopped, there are no lasting effects one can recognize or feel due to the heat passes by. The bandwidth is also too short ,being a mere 85 feet as compared to the 800 feet for the Active Denial System used for crowd control. “There are people who distrust anything government does an d think police are vicious and want to hurt people,” said Osborne, adding that he has himself been through heat beam experience which feels nothing more than opening a hot oven. “We don’t want to hurt people. This is much more humane than the alternatives .” The device is only a control measure and does not intend to give rise to any losses, financial or physical. Osborne, who has for over 2 years, handled the technology department for the county sheriff says “Law enforcement doesn’t have research and deve lopment. We look to other organizations, like the military, for improvements to solve the problems we have.” However, the ACLU stills questions it’s use in their letter to the County Sheriff, giving instances of few mishaps caused by to the use of this di rected energy weapon in the military, leading to serious burn injuries. - Full Article Source

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08/30/10 - Cyborg Fly steers Robot
In this video, a fruit fly steers a small robot through an obstacle course. The researchers at ETH Zurich's Institute of Robotics and Intelligent Systems glued a fly down in front of an array of LEDs and flashed patterns that tricked it into thinking it w as flying. Data from a computer vision system trained on the fly's wings was then translated into commands for the mobile robot in the obstacle course. The robot was outfitted with sensors that triggered the appropriate light patterns on the LEDs. The who le shebang is called The Cyborg Fly. "As autonomous robots get smaller, their size and speed approach that of the biological counterparts from which they are often inspired," they write in the paper, adding that their technique could "be relevant to the t racking of micro and nano robots, where high relative velocities make them hard to folow and where robust visual position feedback is crucial for sensing and control..." The Cyborg Fly is not the only "flight simulator" for bugs, and other research groups have used insects to control robots. But still, the ETH project stands out because of its high-speed vision component. This system could be useful not only for biology research, to study insect flight and track fast movements of appendages or the body, b ut also for industrial applications -- for monitoring a production line or controlling fast manipulators, for example. - Full Article Source

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08/30/10 - Over 200 Genes influenced by Vitamin D
Vitamin D found to influence the function of over 200 of your genes, deficiency increase your risk for numerous diseases. New research from the University of Oxford shows the extent to which vitamin D interacts with your DNA. They used new DNA sequencing technology to create a map of vitamin D receptor binding across the genome. The vitamin D receptor is a protein activated by vitamin D, which attaches itself to DNA and thus influences what proteins are made from your genetic code. The extent to which vitamin D deficiency may increase susceptibility to a wide range of diseases is dramatically highlighted in this new research . Scientists have mapped the points at which vitamin D interacts with our DNA – and identified over two hundred genes that it directly influences. It is estimated that one billion people worldwide do not have sufficient vitamin D. This deficiency is thoug ht to be largely due to insufficient exposure to the sun and in some cases to poor diet. Vitamin D deficiency increase your susceptibility to autoimmune conditions such as multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis and type 1 diabetes, as well as certain ca ncers, rickets and even dementia. - Full Article Source

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08/30/10 - Full-Body Scanners Deployed In Street-Roving Vans
"Forbes reports that the same technology used at airport check points, capable of seeing through clothes and walls, has also been rolling out on US streets where law enforcement agencies have deployed the vans to search for vehicle-based bombs. 'It's no surprise that governments and vendors are very enthusiastic about [the vans],' says Marc Rotenberg, executive director of the Electronic Privacy Information Center. 'But from a privacy perspective, it's one of the most intrusive technologies conceivable.' Rotenberg adds that the scans, like those in the airport, potentially violate the fourth amendment. 'Without a warrant, the government doesn't have a right to peer beneath your clothes without probable cause,' Rotenberg says. 'If the scans can only be us ed in exceptional cases in airports, the idea that they can be used routinely on city streets is a very hard argument to make.'" - Full Article Source

ITEM #20

08/30/10 - Pentagon Selects Companies To Build Flying Humvees
"The Pentagon's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has selected two companies to proceed with the next stage of its Transformer, known as TX — a fully automated four-person vehicle that can drive like a car and then take off and fly like a n aircraft to avoid roadside bombs. Lockheed Martin and AAI Corp., a unit of Textron Systems, are currently in negotiations with DARPA for the first stage of the Transformer project, several industry sources told Popular Mechanics at a robotics conference here in Denver." - Full Article Source

ITEM #21

08/30/10 - Just Where Is The Lincoln Memorial, Anyhow?
"Searching Google Maps for the Lincoln Memorial is returning the location of the FDR Memorial instead. Conservative bloggers smell a conspiracy since Glenn Beck is holding his 'Restoring Honor' gathering at the Lincoln Memorial tomorrow (August 28). Note s for the map listing on Google state 'This place has unverified edits'; so, did someone claim the listing and edit the location?" (this date is past and is now showing the Lincoln Memorial) / How many people showed up for that Glenn Beck prayer party? * CBS News: Glenn Beck Rally Attracts Estimated 87,000 * Michelle Bachmann: One million - Full Article Source

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08/30/10 - Cartoon that got an Ohio high school student in trouble


AND FOR THE SAME REASON" - Thanks Ken for the Graphic

ITEM #23

08/30/10 - MIT Unveils Oil-Skimming Robot Swarm Prototype
"Today MIT reveals a swarm of autonomous floating robots that can digest an oil spill. The 16-foot robots drag a nanowire mesh that acts like a conveyor belt to soak up surface oil 'like paper towels soak up water,' absorbing 20 times its weight and then harmlessly 'digesting' the oil by burning it off. Powered by 21.5 square feet of solar panels, the 'Seaswarm' robots run on the power of a lightbulb, and with just 100 watts 'could potentially clean continuously for weeks' without human intervention, MIT announced. The swarm uses GPS data and communicates wirelessly to move as a coordinated group to 'corral, absorb and process' oil spills, and MIT researchers estimate that a fleet of 5,000 could clean up a gulf-sized spill within one month." - Full Article Source

ITEM #24

08/30/10 - Hotel room door lock picking
KeelyNet Here’s further proof that you should never leave anything of value in your hotel room. We’re not worried about someone getting in while the room is occupied. But these methods of defeating the chain lock and opening the door without a keycard (YouTube log in required) do show how easy it is for the bad guys to steal your stuff. - Full Article Source

ITEM #25

08/30/10 - China Plans To Mine the Yellow Sea Floor
"Details are limited but state media is reporting on $75 million being put into a new research facility in Qingdao, Shandong Province that will conduct research into mining the sea floor. From the article: 'Scientists believe sea beds at a depth of 4,000 to 6,000 meters hold abundant deposits of rare metals and methane hydrate, a solidified form of natural gas bound into ice that can serve as a new energy source.' The research center's first goal is to do surveying and exploration with a new submersible n amed 'Jiaolong' (a mythical aquatic Chinese dragon). Hopefully these quests yield energy resources to meet growing demand for resources like liquefied coal in China." - Full Article Source

ITEM #26

08/27/10 - Personal energy systems now practical
200-fold boost in fuel cell efficiency can bring practical personalized energy systems say researchers. Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers say they have a major new breakthrough that will make personal energy systems practical. Soon, say re searchers, you will be able to make all of your own energy for heating, cooling and powering your vehicles. The breakthrough is the discovery of a powerful new catalyst, 200 times more efficient than existing catalysts, which will let solar energy product ion systems turn daytime production into hydrogen to provide power at night. 'Our goal is to make each home its own power station,' said study leader Daniel Nocera, Ph.D. 'We're working toward development of personalized energy units that can be manufactu red, distributed and installed inexpensively.' - Full Article Source

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08/27/10 - Scientists work to harness lightning for electricity
KeelyNet A group of chemists from the University of Campinas in Brazil presented research on Wednesday claiming they've figured out how electricity is formed and released in the atmosphere. Based on this knowledge, the team said it believes a device could be devel oped for extracting electrical charges from the atmosphere and using it for electricity. They found that silica becomes more negatively charged when high levels of water vapor are present in the air, in other words during high humidity. They also found th at aluminum phosphate becomes more positively charged in high humidity. "This was clear evidence that water in the atmosphere can accumulate electrical charges and transfer them to other materials it comes into contact with. We are calling this 'hygroelec tricity,' meaning 'humidity electricity,'" Galembeck said in a statement. But the discovery, if true, goes against the commonly held theory among scientists such as the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry, that water is electroneutral--that it cannot store a charge. Galembeck, who is a member of the IUPAC, told New Scientist that he does not dispute the principle of electroneutrality in theory, but that he believes real-life substances like water have ion imbalances that can allow it to prod uce a charge. The hygroelectricity discovery could lead to the invention of a device that is able to tap into all that energy. Akin to a solar panel, a hygroelectrical panel on a roof would capture atmospheric electricity that could then be transferred fo r a building's energy use, according to the University of Capinas team. In addition to capturing electricity, such a device could also be used to drain the area around a building of its electrical charge, preventing the atmospheric discharge of electricit y during storms--aka lightning. - Full Article Source

ITEM #28

08/27/10 - Reader urges citizens to stand tall

KeelyNet EDITOR: Fear can destroy justice, common sense, brotherhood and faith. How can so many decent people in the USA sit back and let the current administration in Washington, D.C., second-guess, mock and dismantle the U.S. Constitution and all the basic value s and principles that keep this great nation together?

It's a nation of hope and opportunity that our fathers, their fathers, and distant fathers fought, sacrificed, worked and died for. How can we ignore or downplay what our fathers and their familie s believed in, dreamed of, and gave all for, knowing they were protected and encouraged by a country of laws and spirit?

Our people and leaders have made terrible mistakes in the past. But through reason, courage, conviction, good will and fairness, we have prevailed and overcome.

We citizens are now faced with disheartening and deceiving government leaders who don't respect us, or our country's unparalleled and glorious past. We are faced with an untried leader who won't take the time and energy to truly understand our love for th is wonderful country.

We citizens have in our midst a government of manipulation, darkness and divide; a government with a negative attitude and posture toward business, prosperity, competitiveness and invention. We have a government and leadership that believes the distributi on of wealth, unbridled spending, and the suppression of desire, a pseudo formula that in any real economic environment fails and fails greatly.

We, the citizens of the United States of America, are directly faced with an honorable task our forefathers faced and defeated. These strong Americans before us became victors, through the power of right on their side.

All we have to do is remember who we are, what our country is worth to the rest of the world, and act - not with hatred or violence, but with valor, ballots, honesty and bravery.

Remember, fear means nothing when it is exposed by the light of freedom, fairness and liberty for all. Citizens, fear will never defeat truth. Again, gallantly stand up - your country needs you. - James Pickens - Prescott - Full Article Source

ITEM #29

08/27/10 - Boffins build lie detector for crooked CEOs
The system was developed by researchers at the Stanford Graduate School of Business by analyzing the conference-call transcripts of companies that went on to report a significant restatement to financial earnings that involved a change in net income, the disclosure of a material weakness, a change of auditor, or a late filing. The linguistic classification models performed “significantly better than a random classifier by 4% - 6% with the overall accuracy of 50% - 65%,” the researchers reported. - Full Article Source

ITEM #30

08/27/10 - First Time in Modern History Number of Americans Paying for TV Falls
Television is dead. Long live television. For the first time in modern history, the number of Americans paying for television subscriptions has fallen, as a new generation of technology and the recession takes hold. Research from industry specialist SNL Kagan shows that the entire US paid television industry lost 216,000 customers in the three months to June, having gained 378,000 customers in the same period last year. - Full Article Source

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08/27/10 - Aliens could operate through thinking robots, astronomer says
The quest to find alien life so far has generally followed standard rules of biochemistry, working on the assumption that detectable extraterrestrial beings would be biologically “alive”. But Dr Shostak said astronomers may be overlooking the existence of “sentient machines” from outerspace. Writing in Acta Astronautica, the astronomer argued that while evolution can take a large amount of time to produce beings capable of inter-planetary communication, technology could advance fast enough to move beyond the species that created it. - Full Article Source

ITEM #32

08/27/10 - Geoengineering 'not a solution' to sea-level rise
Even the most extreme geoengineering approaches will not stop sea levels from rising due to climate change, a study suggests. New research proposes that as many as 150 million people could be affected as ocean levels increases by 30cm to 70cm by the end o f this century. This could result in flooding of low-lying coastal areas, including some of the world's largest cities. The team published the study in the journal PNAS. Scientists led by John Moore from Beijing Normal University, China, write that to com bat global warming, people need to concentrate on sharply curbing greenhouse gas emissions and not rely too much on proposed geoengineering methods. "Substituting geoengineering for greenhouse emission control would be to burden future generations with en ormous risk," said Svetlana Jevrejeva of the UK's National Oceanography Centre, a co-author of the study. - Full Article Source

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08/27/10 - Doctors' Religious Beliefs Strongly Influence End-of-Life Decisions
Atheist or agnostic doctors are almost twice as willing to take decisions that they think will hasten the end of a very sick patient's life as doctors who are deeply religious, suggests research published online in the Journal of Medical Ethics. The findi ngs are based on a postal survey of more than 8500 UK doctors, spanning a wide range of specialties, which was designed to see what influence religious belief -- or lack of it -- had on end of life care. The specialties included those in which end of life decisions would be particularly likely to arise, such as neurology, elderly care, palliative care, intensive care and hospital specialties, and general practice. The doctors were asked about the care of their last patient who died, if relevant -- includi ng whether they had provided continuous deep sedation until death and whether they had discussed decisions judged likely to shorten life with the patient -- their own religious beliefs, ethnicity, and their views on assisted dying/euthanasia. Nearly 4000 doctors responded (42% of the total surveyed), and almost 3000 reported on the care of a patient who had died. - Full Article Source

ITEM #34

08/27/10 - God isn't keeping track of our sins…..but a Homeland Security satellite is
KeelyNet I hear it every day from nearly everyone I speak to or correspond with; the overwhelming sense that we, as a nation, are under attack. The attack is not coming from unidentifiable enemies, nor is it coming from half crazed Mid-easterner’s who “hate us fo r our freedoms”. The attack is coming from our own government; it is our own government who hates us not only for our freedoms, but also for our refusal to go quietly into the intended one world government where we have neither rights, nor the right to c ontinue to exist. This did not start under the Obama Administration, as most of the framework for all that has passed in the last eighteen months was laid during the previous Bush regimes. Obama and the Democrats are just putting the finishing touches on what Bush and the Republicans put into motion. As it turns out, it isn’t God who is keeping a list of our sins: It’s a Homeland Security satellite logging any and all information it can find and transmitting it to HSD, NSA, FBI, CIA, and your local fusi on center along with twenty other spy agencies all of whom stalk the net in order to find out who is naughty and who is nice. But you are supposed to think it is some “terrorist” from the other side of the world intent on brainwashing you via the net and who will one day “interrupt your service!” These are just three of the assaults we currently face. In addition, are the regular entries to the federal register by various private government corporations, who write “laws” at will. These “laws” or changes to rules and regulations of these corporations, bypass congress and even the president. These agencies are little mini dictatorships that have been unlawfully empowered to harass and terrorize the public while claiming they only want to keep us safe! Th e overwhelming sense of the public that an attack is taking place is quickly followed by an expression of grief. Every day, from every possible venue, another piece of legislation is rolled out that limits our rights, obliterates our Constitution, and wh ich is sold to us as something for our own good and as the only way government can keep us safe; as if not passing it would cause another 9/11 style attack. The quiet threat of leaving us exposed unless we forfeit our freedom and our rights is ever prese nt. The attack on the US is real; it just isn’t coming from some unknown, from some place way “over there”. This attack is coming from people we know…..we voted for them. (Read the entire article, it will make you cringe. Thanks Ken for the headsup! - JWD) - Full Article Source

ITEM #35

08/27/10 - Scientific Journal Veers Into Demonology, Issues Retraction
It must get tedious sometimes, running a scientific journal--all that dull data, all those pesky p-values. Wouldn't it be cool if science journals had accounts of Biblical miracles, and speculation on events thousands of years in the past? That seems to b e what the editors of Virology Journal were thinking, when they decided to publish a speculative analysis of a Biblical miracle by Ellis Hon et al., of Hong Kong. Even from the very first sentence of the abstract, which mentions a woman with a fever cured "by our Lord Jesus Christ," it ought to have been clear to the article's reviewers that it was not written to the highest objective scientific standards. The authors go on to present evidence that the woman likely had the flu: "The brief duration, high f ever, and abrupt cessation of fever makes influenza disease probable. A bacterial illness, the authors suggest, is out of the question. But they are willing to take up the possibility of "whether the illness was inflicted by a demon or devil," as reported elsewhere in the Bible (and they cite 10 instances in the Gospel, chapter and verse). But in this particular case, "demonic influence is not stated"--yup, so it must be the flu. The paper is surreal in its apparent view that natural and supernatural expl anations are equally valid in a modern scientific journal. The article caused such outrage that it was formally retracted. It's still online, though, and you can read it here: Analysis of a case of high fever that happened 2000 years ago in Biblical time. The authors are all from China. - Full Article Source

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08/27/10 - Expatistan
KeelyNet What is Expatistan? The number of relatively young, educated people voluntarily moving from country to country is growing. Their motivation is a combination of career related issues and a desire to experience a new culture. These people are commonly refer red to as 'expats' and they have become a regular fixture in urban environments around the world. Expats are faced with a number of specific problems, which locals do not face in terms of finding services and fulfilling needs, especially if they are not p roficient in the local language. Expats' difficulties begin even before they make the decision to move to a new city. Expats want answers to questions like, "how much money will I need in .....?" and "Will the salary that I have been offered in ..... allo w me to maintain my current standard of living?" and they are generally not willing to pay large sums of money for answers. is dedicated to expats around the world. It's designed to be a down-to-earth, realistic index that is free and easy to use. is a collaborative effort - created by people for people around the world. - Full Article Source

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08/27/10 - Scientists create 'dry water'
The substance resembles powdered sugar and could revolutionise the way chemicals are used. Each particle of dry water contains a water droplet surrounded by a sandy silica coating. In fact, 95 per cent of dry water is ''wet'' water. Tests show that it is more than three times better at absorbing carbon dioxide than ordinary water. Dry water may also prove useful for storing methane and expanding the energy source potential of the natural gas. Dr Ben Carter, from the University of Liverpool, presented his research on dry water at the 240th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society in Boston. He said: ''There's nothing else quite like it. Hopefully, we may see dry water making waves in the future.'' Another application demonstrated by Dr Carter's te am was using dry water as a catalyst to speed up reactions between hydrogen and maleic acid. This produces succinic acid, a key raw material widely used to make drugs, food ingredients, and consumer products. Usually hydrogen and maleic acid have to be st irred together to make succinic acid. But this is not necessary when using dry water particles containing maleic acid, making the process greener and more energy efficient. ''If you can remove the need to stir your reactions, then potentially you're making considerable energy savings,'' said Dr Carter. The technology could be adapted to create ''dry'' powder emulsions, mixtures of two or more unblendable liquids such as oil and water, the researchers believe. Dry emulsions could make it safer and easier to store and transport potentially harmful liquids. - Full Article Source

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08/27/10 - See-Saw Rocks Dead Back to Life (Jul, 1934)
KeelyNet PERSONS apparently drowned can be “rocked” back to life by a new artificial resuscitation apparatus being installed in hospitals all over England. The machine produces 10 to 15 see-saw motions a minute to induce an exact imitation of natural breathing. It work automatically once the patient is balanced on the light metal frame.

Photo caption; "Patient apparently drowned is rocked by hand until four straps which tie him to light metal frame of apparatus are adjusted. See-saw process then continues automatically till patient is 'rocked' back to life." - Full Article Source

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08/27/10 - Chinese likely to leave us far behind
China just passed Japan to become the world’s second largest economy. With that news, American assumptions about China need to be reconsidered. I traveled to China earlier this summer as a humble tourist. What I saw there was not the Third World-scape I h ad expected. In three major cities I visited, Shanghai, Beijing and Xian, the public parks and museums were world-class; people were well-dressed; cars, buses and trucks on the road were mostly late-models; airports were modern and efficient. China’s trem endous energy was evident everywhere, and so was evidence of its growing wealth. A simple anecdote will illustrate America’s failure to understand China’s momentum and set our own solid economic trajectory. An American inventor was exhibiting a geo-therm al device for the Chinese at their World Expo, in desperation at failing to generate interest in America. The Chinese aggressively embraced his innovative technology and quickly moved to manufacture his invention. It seems that the U.S. is not just slow t o make decisions; we have stalled out. China has set up management schools in its universities and invites mid- to upper-level managers and government officials from resource-rich Africa and South America to attend. This should be of concern to Americans. Following World War II, the United States was the first choice for advanced and graduate studies. We attracted and welcomed the best global students. The net effect was a vast expansion of the brain trust of America and building of key relationships wit h the emerging business and government leadership around the world. America’s commitment to its own educational reform (increasing standards and promoting student success) needs to be balanced by a reinvigorated welcoming of students from around the world . We can’t compete economically with China if we accept a failed educational system in our own country. - Full Article Source

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08/27/10 - Invention to ‘absorb’ carbon emission
Scientists under Sundara Ramaprabhu, head of the Alternative Energy and Nano Technology Group at Indian Institute of Technology, Madras has come up with a material they claim can absorb carbon dioxide emission from the atmosphere. Three years of painstaki ng research under the guidance of Prof. Ramaprabhu came to a conclusion last Wednesday at the Alternative Energy and Nano Materials Laboratory in the IIT campus. “The nano composite material developed by us absorbed all carbon dioxide emitted under pressu re. We confirmed the capability of the new material a dozen times and now I can say with authority that we have a material capable of absorbing excess carbon dioxide from the atmosphere,” Prof. Ramaprabhu told this newspaper. Prof. Ramaprabhu declined to give the name of the new nano composite material developed in his laboratory. “I’ll reveal the name of the material after filing the patent application. This invention is for entire humanity and we want the benefit of this technology to reach the common m an at the earliest,” he said. The unique feature of Prof. Ramaprabhu’s innovation is that the carbon dioxide absorbed by the nano material could be reused in the food processing industry. “Food processing industry needs lot of carbon dioxide for preservat ion-related works. The carbon dioxide absorbed by the new nano material could be effectively used by this sector and there is no need to bother about what we will do with it,” he said. Prof. Ramaprabhu also disclosed that the technology was quite affordab le. - Full Article Source

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08/27/10 - Microbes may be to thank for BP oil spill cleanup
KeelyNet One of the giant oil plumes that formed due to the oil spill has been degraded at a much more significant rate than first anticipated. The change is attributed to a previously undiscovered species believed to normally reside at the bottom of deep ocean w aters, but catalyzed to multiply by the ocean's pollution. "Our findings show that the influx of oil profoundly altered the microbial community by significantly stimulating deep-sea psychrophilic (cold temperature) gamma-proteobacteria that are closely re lated to known petroleum-degrading microbes," said Terry Hazen, a microbial ecologist who is leader of the Ecology Department and Center for Environmental Biotechnology at Berkeley Lab's Earth Sciences Division and the principal investigator with the Ener gy Biosciences Institute. "This enrichment of psychrophilic petroleum degraders with their rapid oil biodegradation rates appears to be one of the major mechanisms behind the rapid decline of the deepwater dispersed oil plume that has been observed," Haze n said. The study included the analysis of 200 ocean samples collected from 17 deepwater sites between May 25 and June 2. Hazen and his team used the award-winning Berkeley Lab PhyloChip, a DNA-based microarray the size of a credit card, to analyze the oc ean samples. - Full Article Source

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08/27/10 - Robotics -MIT Intros Oil-Eating Robots
A recent CNN post highlighted the development and deployment of autonomous, oil-scrubbing robots. What’s really fascinating about this invention is that these robots can find the oil on their own, without relying on human intervention. When the robots fi nd the oil, they contact all of their robot friends and invite them to the feast. The robots work together to figure out how best to clean up the mess. This latest innovation is a development by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and was presented by the school this week. The focus of the presentation was on the prototypical robot dubbed Seaswarm. Priced at a mere $20,000 each, the robots are set to be unveiled to the public on Saturday and are slated to be available to actually get to work in abou t a year.According to CNN, the robots resemble a treadmill conveyor belt attacked to an ice cooler. The conveyor belt part of the system floats on the surface of the water. As the system turns, the belt then propels the robot forward and lifts the oil off the water. It gets a little help from nanomaterial that is designed to attract oil and repel water. MIT (News - Alert) refers to the material on the robot’s conveyor belt as the paper towel for oil spills. It is said to be able to absorb up to 20 times i ts weight in oil. Once this oil is absorbed from the ocean’s surface, the robot either burns it off on the spot with a heater or it bags the oil to leave in on the surface of the water for pickup at a later time. The oil could then be reused or recycled. - Full Article Source

ITEM #43

08/27/10 - New Battery Is Most Powerful Ever
We're used to Nickel-metal hydride (Ni-MH), Lithium-Nickel (Li-Ni) batteries, and Lithium-Iron (Li-Ion), as you'd find in cars such as the 2011 Nissan Leaf and 2011 Chevrolet Volt. Now meet the Xenon difluoride (XeF2) battery, made of a material normally used to etch silicon conductors. Xenon difluoride molecules are usually kept relatively far apart, but to make the battery they are squeezed together at pressures of one million atmospheres--similar to those you'd find half way to the Earth's core--betwee n two diamond anvils. Under such massive pressures the molecules go from their normal state to a two-dimensional semiconductor, but then begin to form three-dimentional metallic network structures. This forces the mechanical energy of the compression proc ess to be stored as chemical energy, just like you'd find in a regular battery. - Full Article Source

ITEM #44

08/27/10 - Inside a Nevada family's underwater fort
Jordan Needham, dropped us a line via Submitterator to show off the dome-shaped, oxygen-filled underwater fort—nicknamed The Bubble Room—that he and his family built at the bottom of a Nevada mountain lake. Made from an air-filled vinyl bladder, held in place by an intricate system of cabling connected to an octagonal frame of metal pipe, this amazing hideaway had me at, "Blurple burblup." I had to know more. Luckily, Jordan was kind enough to answer a few questions about how his family built The Bubble Room, the rules they follow to keep it safe and their plans for selling a commercial version. - Full Article Source

ITEM #45

08/27/10 - Gut bacteria for better health and longer life
Engineering a reshaping of your gut microbiome could soon become a path to better health and longer life. Scientists from University Hospital Vall d'Hebron Research Institute (Barcelona, Spain), the University of Colorado (Boulder, CO), and Universitat Po mpeu Fabra (Barcelona, Spain) have analyzed the long-term effects of gut bacterial transplantation in rats, revealing crucial insight that can aid efforts to maintain good health. A healthy human body contains at least tenfold more bacteria cells than hum an cells. The most abundant and diverse microbial community resides in the intestine, and unhealthy changes to the gut microbiota have been linked to numerous diseases like ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease. By sequencing and analyzing microbial DNA present in the feces of recipient rats, the group could identify bacteria present and monitor changes in microbial diversity induced by the donor microbiota. Surprisingly, they found that not only could gut microbial diversity be successfully reshaped to resemble that of the donor, but that these changes are long-term, persisting three months after transplantation - Full Article Source

ITEM #46

08/27/10 - 18 Signs That America Is Rotting Right In Front Of Our Eyes
The truth is that millions of Americans can watch America rotting right in front of their eyes by stepping out on their front porches. Record numbers of homes have been foreclosed on and in some of the most run down cities as many as a third of all houses have been abandoned. Unemployment remains at depressingly high levels and the number of Americans on food stamps continues to set new records month after month. Due to severe budget cuts, class sizes are exploding and school programs are being eliminated . In some areas of the U.S. schools are even going to four day weeks. With little to no funding available, bridges are crumbling and street lights are being turned off in many communities. In some areas, asphalt roads are actually being ground up and turn ed back into gravel roads because they are less expensive to maintain. There aren't even as many police available to patrol America's decaying cities because budget problems have forced local communities across the U.S. to lay off tens of thousands of off icers. Once upon a time, the American people worked feverishly to construct beautiful, shining communities from coast to coast. But now we get to watch those communities literally crumble and decay in slow motion. Nothing lasts forever, but for those of u s who truly love America it is an incredibly sad thing to witness what is now happening to the great nation that our forefathers built. The following are 18 signs that America is rotting right in front of our eyes.... - Full Article Source

ITEM #47

08/27/10 - Printing wings for microrobotic flying insects
KeelyNet Researchers from Cornell University are using 3D printers, which squirt out physical objects layer by layer, to develop wings for tiny flying micro-robots. Their latest robot, built from polyester stretched over a carbon fiber frame, weighs just 3.89 gram s and can hover for almost 90 seconds. From New Scientist: What's so special about 3D printers? They make it possible to create complex structures, such as wings that are warped to improve performance, like the manually curved wings of a paper aeroplane, says Richter. Their printer is capable of producing features just 40 micrometres wide, and thin films just 16 micrometres thick. The other advantage of printing is speed, says Lipson. Once they have arrived at a new wing design, printing a set takes under an hour. - Full Article Source

ITEM #48

08/27/10 - Toyota Adds External Speakers To Warn Pedestrians
"When I was a kid, playing with my matchbox cars, I used to say 'VROOOM VROOOM' to pretend my toy cars had big engines in them. Well it seems that Toyota has decided to do the same thing with the Prius by optionally installing, in Japan, external speakers to alert pedestrians of oncoming Priuses." - Full Article Source

ITEM #49

08/27/10 - Rustock Botnet Responsible For 40% of Spam
"More than 40 percent of the world's spam is coming from a single network of computers that computer security experts continue to battle, according to new statistics from Symantec's MessageLabs' division. The Rustock botnet has shrunk since April, when a bout 2.5 million computers were infected with its malicious software that sent about 43 billion spam e-mails per day. Much of it is pharmaceutical spam." - Full Article Source

ITEM #50

08/27/10 - NJ Fights Landfill Odors Using Fragrant Spray Trucks
Not to be outdone by the Chinese and their deodorant guns, Middlesex County, New Jersey has unveiled their secret weapon against landfill stink, a perfume spraying truck. The flatbed truck equipped with special nozzles now drives around the 200-plus acre landfill spraying hundreds of gallons of a soapy, slightly citrus-scented liquid. From the article: "'It has a pleasant, showery smell,' said Richard Fitamant, executive director of the Middlesex County Utilities Authority, which runs the landfill. 'It's not offensive and it's not overpowering. It's a light scent.' Faced with a competing mandate to handle the loads of trash while curbing the stench, officials have turned to the roving, over-sized air freshener to control the smells wafting from the 200-pl us acre landfill." - Full Article Source

ITEM #51

08/27/10 - Viruses Tapped To Create Spray-On Batteries
"Two different viruses have been used to create the cathode and anode for a lithium-ion battery. If research pans out, the parts could be grown in and harvested from tobacco plants and then woven into or sprayed onto clothing to power a wide range of elec tronic devices." - Full Article Source

ITEM #52

08/27/10 - Grad Student Invents Cheap Laser Cutter
KeelyNet "Peter Jansen, a PhD student and member of the RepRap community, has constructed a working prototype of an inexpensive table-top laser cutter built out of old CD/DVD drives as an offshoot of his efforts to design an under $200 open-source Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) 3D printer. Where traditional laser cutters use powerful, fixed-focus beams, this new technique dynamically adjusts the focal point of the laser using a reciprocating motion similar to a reciprocating saw, allowing a far less powerful and inexpensive laser diode to be used. The technique is currently limited to cutting black materials to a depth of only a few millimeters, but should still be useful and enabling for Makers and other crafters. The end-goal is to create a hybrid inexpensive 3D printer that can be easily reconfigured for 2D laser cutting, providing powerful making tools to the desktop." - Full Article Source

ITEM #53

08/27/10 - Follow Up On Solar Neutrinos and Radioactive Decay
"A few days ago, Slashdot carried a story that was making the rounds: a team of physicists claimed to have detected a strange variation in radioactive decay rates, which they attributed to the mysterious influence of solar neutrinos. The findings attracte d immediate attention because they seemed to upend two tenets of physics: that radioactive decay is constant, and that neutrinos very, very rarely interact with matter (trillions of the particles are zinging through your body right now). So Discover Magaz ine's news blog 80beats followed up on the initial burst of news and interviewed several physicists who work on neutrinos. They are decidedly skeptical." - Full Article Source

ITEM #54

08/27/10 - Fire and Explosion At Hydrogen Station Near Rochester Airport
"There was a hydrogen fire and explosion at a renewable fuel station used by government vehicles near Rochester's airport. The nearby freeway and airport were closed resulting in diverted flights. This may the first major incident at a hydrogen vehicle r efueling station. GM has their major fuel cell development center nearby, in the town of Honeoye Falls. The fire occurred when the 18-wheeler tractor truck was transferring hydrogen to the station. The airport press conference reported that airport firefi ghters responded first and initially waited on the scene deciding how to respond. No news yet if the hard to see flames of hydrogen combustion contributed to this delay. The fueling station is also adjacent to a NY State Trooper station, and a firefightin g training facility is a few blocks away." RossR also provides a Police/FD Radio transcript. Luckily, no one was killed, and only two injured, including the driver. - Full Article Source

ITEM #55

08/27/10 - The racism con job
Jackie Mason sees skin color used as distraction for in-the-tank economy. - Full Article Source

ITEM #56

08/27/10 - Sit Longer, Die Sooner
"Bad news for most of us here — The Chicago Tribune is reporting that even if you get plenty of exercize, sitting down all day reduces your lifespan. From the article: 'Even after adjusting for body mass index (BMI) and smoking, the researchers found that women who sit more than 6 hours a day were 37 percent more likely to die than those who sit less than 3 hours; for men, long-sitters were 17 percent more likely to die. People who exercise regularly had a lower risk, but still significant, risk of dying. Those who sat a lot and moved less than three and a half hours per day are the most likely to die early: researchers found a 94 percent increased risk for women and 48 percent increase for men, they announced recently in the American Journal of Epidemiol ogy.'" - Full Article Source

ITEM #57

08/27/10 - Woman throws cat into wheelie bin
This is a great example of the almost total loss of privacy we have in our lives today. Yes, it was totally wrong of this woman to do that to a cat or any animal, but it was wrong that she was videotaped without her knowledge or permission. Seems like no matter where we go, we are being watched by someone using video recording systems. The standard argument seems to be, 'don't do anything wrong and you'll have nothing to worry about'. To me, it's a matter of privacy. You don't want that attitude applied t o all your personal and private information. Sometimes you want to do something outrageous just for the fun of it and as long as it doesn't hurt anyone or damage anything, you shouldn't have to worry about being taped or monitored. Time for a scrambler to blank out any video cameras near enough to record our activities. - JWD - Full Article Source

ITEM #58

08/24/10 - Man invents machine that turns plastic back into oil
High temperature produces gas from plastic which condenses to oil through water chamber. 1kg of plastic yields 1 liter of oil. - Full Article Source

ITEM #59

08/24/10 - Swimming in self-sufficiency: The Garden Pool
Instead of a traditional fix-up, a Mesa, Ariz., family opts to turn a down-and-out backyard swimming pool into a thriving urban garden complete with organic veggies and herbs, chicken coop and tilapia pond. Check out, a website the chronicl es a Mesa, Ariz., family of four’s transformation of "an old backyard swimming pool into a self-sufficient garden in a desert city.” In October 2009, the family in question purchased a foreclosed home in Mesa that came complete with a large, run-down back yard pool. Weary of repairing the pool only to be responsible for the massive amounts of water, energy, and cleaning chemicals needed to maintain it, the family created a one-of-a-kind Garden Pool — think of it as a DIY in-ground urban greenhouse — using materials like chicken wire, lava rock, irrigation tubing, buckets, and a whole lot of imagination in only two days. The total cost of materials? About $1,500. The family’s goal was to become self-sufficient by 2012. Self-sufficiency was reached premature ly thanks to a unique combination of solar power, water conservation, hydroponic gardening, organic horticulture, and biofiltration. Among the fresh veggies, fruits, and herbs grown in and around the pool are grapes, berries, peppers, rosemary, duckweed, cilantro, eggplant, and two varieties of tomatoes. Perhaps the most remarkable aspect of the Garden Pool is the aquaculture set-up: using plastic kiddie pools, the family installed a tilapia pond within the pool that yields unlimited fish. And where there ’s fish there’s also fowl: the Garden Pool also houses a chicken coop. - Full Article Source

ITEM #60

08/24/10 - Don't Get Taken By This Invention Scam
He thought he had an invention that would make him rich... but ended up calling KUSI's Michael Turko with a real problem. Turko says the man spent big bucks trying to turn his dream into reality, but ended up with next to nothing to show for it. - Full Article Source

ITEM #61

08/24/10 - Laminar water jet explained
[Dave] has put together this laminar water jet, mainly from PVC and drinking straws. There isn’t a project page, but he does go into a little depth explaining how it works. The water enters at the bottom and is slowed down by a series of sponges, then for ced through a column of drinking straws. It then pools at the top before being forced through a perfectly smooth and sharp nozzle. We did manage to find this other video, making one for $15 that has a ton of information and links. How long before we see a submission of a complete music synchronized fountain in one of our readers yard? - Full Article Source

ITEM #62

08/24/10 - A different take on electric motor cars
KeelyNet [Craig Carmichael] has been hard at work on his electric hub motor for cars. Unlike typical electrical vehicles the plan is to bypass the transmission, differential, and everything else all together by connecting directly to the hub of the wheel. The goa l of giving greater thrust and still allowing the use of a gas engine if need be. There’s really too much detail for us to even begin to try to explain the entire project in a short recap, but [Craig] builds the entire motor (from magnets to coil windings ) and wires his own controller (from schematic to finished PCB), all while documenting the process thoroughly for those wishing to make their own. - Full Article Source

ITEM #63

08/24/10 - Dissolving your earthly remains will protect the Earth
With land for burials in short supply and cremation producing around 150 kilograms of carbon dioxide per body – and as much as 200 micrograms of toxic mercury – aquamation is being touted as the greenest method for disposing of your mortal remains. The co rpse is placed into a steel container and potassium is added, followed by water heated to 93 °C. The flesh and organs are completely decomposed in 4 hours, leaving bones as the only solid remains. This is similar to what's left after cremation, where the "ashes" are in fact bones hardened in the furnace and then crushed. Low-energy funeral - Aquamation uses only 10 per cent of the energy of a conventional cremation and releases no toxic emissions, says John Humphries, chief executive of Aquamation Industr ies in Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia, who developed the technology. The decomposition process, called alkaline hydrolysis, "simply speeds up the natural way that flesh decomposes in soil and water", he says. Similar methods for decomposing corpses hav e been developed elsewhere, but they decompose corpses at much higher temperatures. For example, Resomation, based in Glasgow, UK, dissolves bodies in sodium hydroxide at 180 °C. By decomposing pig carcasses at different water temperatures, Humphries foun d that the higher heat was unnecessary and that 93 °C was the most efficient temperature for body decomposition. Life from death - There are recycling possibilities too. Humphries says that aquamation, unlike cremation, will not destroy artificial implant s such as hip replacements, allowing them to be reused. And after the body is decomposed, "the water is a fantastic fertiliser", he says. - Full Article Source

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08/24/10 - Gulf spill: Is the oil lurking underwater?
At the surface, the oil does appear to be almost gone. But the big question is whether oil droplets are still around below the surface, and if so how long they will linger. Researchers are divided on this. For months, the government and BP burned and skim med oil off the surface. What's more, hot temperatures boosted evaporation and microbial communities that consume surface oil. Estimating what's going on further down the water column and in sediments along the sea floor – is much more challenging. The fe deral government's National Incident Command (NIC) looked at all of the oil that had been released since 20 April. It factored out the oil that had been captured directly at the wellhead, oil that had been burned or skimmed, oil that had evaporated, oil t hat had been dispersed (both naturally and by chemical dispersants) and oil that microbes had broken down. Combined, that added up to 74 per cent of all the oil that escaped the well. In other words, they say, only 26 per cent of what NIC calls "residual" oil remains in a form that we should be worried about. But earlier this week researchers at the University of Georgia and the Georgia Sea Grant challenged that interpretation. Almost 80 per cent of the oil has not been recovered, they say. They took part icular issue with the NIC's dismissal of dispersed oil hidden below the surface. "One major misconception is that oil that has dissolved into water is gone and, therefore, harmless," says Charles Hopkinson at the University of Georgia in Athens, director of Georgia Sea Grant. At stake here is the toxicity of dissolved oil in water. According to Hallberg, the Environmental Protection Agency claims that a billion droplets of water contaminated with a droplet of oil is safe to drink. So if, as the NIC sugges ts, the oil is reaching that point of dilution in the Gulf, we're in the clear. Not so fast, others retort. Even if we can handle some oil in our water, deep-sea animals may not be able to. Unfortunately, it's too early to know how these organisms are far ing. - Full Article Source

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08/24/10 - How collapsing bubbles could shoot cancer cells dead
KeelyNet JETS of fluid propelled by the collapse of microscopic bubbles could deliver drugs directly into cancer cells, if an idea from a team of engineers pays off. They have made the bubbles project a fine jet that is powerful enough to puncture the cell wall an d enter the cell. Applying a pulse of heat or ultrasound to a fluid can produce bubbles that initially expand rapidly, before collapsing suddenly when the pulse ends. Pei Zhong and his team at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, knew that the colla psing bubbles send a pressure wave through the surrounding fluid, and that oscillations at the surface of the bubble can generate a needle-like jet. The problem is predicting where the jet will go, and how powerful it will be. "Previously, there has been little control in jetting direction, and it has been hard to control the strength of the jet," Zhong says. Now the team has shown that when pairs of bubbles collapse in close proximity, they interact in a predictable way. Using successive pulses from two lasers, one with a wavelength of 1064 nanometres and the other radiating at 532 nanometres, the team rapidly heated a sample of fluid containing the dye trypan blue. The first pulse produced a bubble of vapour 50 micrometres across, and the second produce d another bubble close to the first. As the bubbles cooled and contracted, their surfaces began to oscillate, creating vortices in the surrounding fluid. The interaction between neighbouring bubbles caused them to collapse, creating a pair of jets shootin g out in opposite directions. This should provide the degree of control necessary for a targeted drug delivery system, Zhong says. The size of the bubble is crucial, as it dictates the size of the jet, Zhong says. "We want to produce a tiny jet that can p enetrate a cell without killing it," he adds. - Full Article Source

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08/24/10 - Hair gives clues to circadian rhythms
Biochemical activity operates to the circadian rhythm, a cycle lasting roughly 24 hours. It coordinates sleep patterns, hormone production, immune responses and tissue repair, and is normally kept fine-tuned by doses of daylight. A disturbed circadian rhy thm can lead to sleep deprivation and has been linked to an increased risk of developing certain diseases, including cancer. The rhythms are maintained by a set of genes whose activity can be monitored via their production of messenger RNA molecules. Mako to Akashi of Yamaguchi University in Japan and colleagues found that five head hairs or three beard hairs provided enough cells to monitor mRNA levels and pin down an individual's circadian rhythm. Akashi says that the hair test could provide a simple way to monitor these rhythms and so avoid diseases linked to a disturbed body clock. - Full Article Source

ITEM #67

08/24/10 - Create Enormous Bubbles with a Super-Size DIY Bubble Wand
KeelyNet In the video Sterling Johnson, an engineer turned bubble smith, is blowing enormous bubbles at Stinson Beach, CA. He's using a super-size version of the dowel and string bubble wand found here. Don't think you need to be a professional bubble performer to pull those kind of bubbles off, however, the style of bubble wand he is using is very forgiving. Combine it with the right solution, open and close it gently in the wind—cloudy humid days are a bubble's best friend—and you'll be creating gigantic bubbles in no time. / Now you have made your bubble blower, you now have to make your bubble mix. I have found using a dish washing liquid in a 3:1 ratio of water to liquid produces the best bubbles. However if you are willing to go the extra mile for your bubble you can use 1.5 gallons of boiling water dissolved in half a teaspoon of J-lube, a small tube (4.5 ounces) of surgical lube and a 1/4 cup of glycerine (99.5% pure), 16 ounces of dishwasher liquid, 1/2 a cup of manual dishwashing liquid. See its hard, but if you are willing to spend the money on them it should give you self-healing bubbles which means you can blow smaller bubbles inside the big one, and they are stronger. - Full Article Source

Enormous Beach bubbles

Forming Bubbles in Slow Motion

Just a Way Cool Video of Playful Dolphin Bubble Tricks

ITEM #68

08/24/10 - How DNA evidence creates victims of chance
How can a single piece of DNA evidence generate such massive differences in the statistical weight assigned to it? Last week, a New Scientist investigation showed how different forensic analysts can reach very different conclusions about whether or not s omeone's DNA matches a profile from a crime scene. This week we show how, even when analysts agree that someone could be a match for a piece of DNA evidence, the statistical weight assigned to that match can vary enormously. "Usually DNA evidence is prett y strong," says David Balding, a statistical geneticist at University College London, whose calculation puts the lowest probability on the link between Smith and Jackson. "My point is that the number juries are provided with often overstates the evidence. It should be a smaller number." There are several types of statistic that analysts can attach to DNA evidence. In basic cases involving a large amount of DNA from a single person, you can simply calculate how common their profile is in the general popula tion- this is called the random match probability (RMP). However, the RMP becomes problematic when looking at mixed or degraded samples of DNA, where part of a person's DNA profile may be missing or hidden by another person's DNA. For this reason many lab s will use a different statistic when interpreting mixtures, such as "random man not excluded" (RMNE) or the "combined probability of inclusion or exclusion" (CPI/E). These calculate the odds that DNA in a mixture is from a random person rather than the p erson you're interested in. But this approach by no means solves the problems. In Smith's case, two of the statistics given- 1/95,000 and 1/47- were the result of RMNE or CPI calculations, while the 1/13 statistic was a variation on these. A DNA profile c onsists of a series of peaks relating to specific locations on the chromosomes, called loci. In a standard profile there should be peaks indicating two genetic sequences, or alleles, at every locus- one from each parent. However, in mixed profiles or when only small amounts of DNA are present, it can be difficult to work out which alleles came from whom, and even to detect whether certain alleles are present (New Scientist, 14 August, p 8). - Full Article Source

ITEM #69

08/24/10 - Convert a Bike Pump into a Manual Vacuum Pump
KeelyNet Vacuum pumps, while expensive, have a ton of uses, like vacuum sealing food or saving space with items in storage. Instead of buying one, though, you can convert an old bike tire pump into a vacuum pump for just $20. Apart from a simple floor pump, you'll need some PVC hose, a check valve (that lets air in one way and not the other), and a hose clamp. Essentially, all you need to do is reverse the piston and check valve inside the pump to make it suck air instead of blow it. The final pump will be able to take over 75% of the air out of something, with over 11 pounds per square inch of force. It isn't ideal for everything, but it can be pretty useful around the house—hit the link for the full instructions, as well as a few ideas on how to use it. Of cours e, we've already mentioned a few ideas in the past, too. - Full Article Source

ITEM #70

08/24/10 - Is Your Favorite Ice Cream Made With Monsanto's Artificial Hormones?
We have Monsanto to thank for rBGH. Monsanto developed the artificial hormone and marketed it aggressively for years, before selling it in 2008 to Elanco, a division of the Eli Lilly drug company. Of course, Monsanto (and now Elanco) wants us to think the hormone is in every way completely satisfactory and safe. Monsanto's party line has consistently been that there is "no significant difference" in the milk derived from cows who have been dosed with the hormone compared to those who haven't. Pardon me fo r not swallowing Monsanto's hooey, but if that's so, why have so many countries outlawed rBGH? Are these countries all run by ignorant Luddites who oppose technology and progress? Or might there actually be compelling reasons? There are, indeed. One of th em is that injecting the genetically engineered hormone into cows increases the levels of a substance called IGF-1 in their milk. Monsanto's own studies found that the amount of IGF-1 in milk more than doubled when cows were injected with rBGH. Studies by independent researchers show gains as much as six-fold. (Scientific citations in support of the statements in this article can be found here.) Does it matter whether there are excess levels of IGF-1 in milk? It decidedly did to the European Commission's authoritative international 16-member scientific committee. Their report said the excessive levels of IGF-1 found in the milk of cows injected with rBGH may pose serious risks of breast, colon and prostate cancer. How serious is the increased risk? Accord ing to an article in the May 9, 1998 issue of the medical journal The Lancet, pre-menopausal women with even moderately elevated blood levels of IGF-1 are up to seven times more likely to develop breast cancer than women with lower levels. As if these ris ks to human health weren't enough reason for nations to prohibit the use of rBGH, there are more. The artificial hormone is also notorious for causing the cows much pain and distress. It does this by increasing painful and debilitating diseases like lamen ess and mastitis in cows who are injected with it. And because it increases udder infections in cows, it has greatly increased the use of antibiotics in the U.S. dairy industry. If you wanted to design a system to breed antibiotic-resistant bacteria, you' d be hard pressed to do better. Does the increase in udder infections have an effect on the milk, and thus any ice cream, cheese or other product made from it? Most definitely, according to Dr. Richard Burroughs, a veterinarian deeply familiar with rBGH. "It results in an increase of white blood cells," he says, "which means there's pus in the milk!" The antibiotic use, he adds, "leaves residues in the milk. It's all very serious." - Full Article Source

ITEM #71

08/24/10 - Do-it-yourself solar power for your home
KeelyNet Imagine outfitting your house with small, affordable solar panels that plug into a socket and pump power into your electrical system instead of taking it out. That's the promise of a Seattle, Washington-based start-up that is working to provide renewable energy options -- solar panels and wind turbines -- for homes and small businesses. The panels cost as little as $600 and plug directly into a power outlet. Clarian's president, Chad Maglaque, says the company's product is different from existing micro-in verters, which convert solar panels' power into AC current. Maglaque says his system has built-in circuit protection, doesn't require a dedicated electrical panel and plugs directly into a standard electrical outlet. Our system plugs into your existing wi ring and can actually be up and running within an hour or two. So you bring that home from [your home improvement store], plug in the web access point, place the solar panel wherever you would like, whether it's in your home, your patio, or your garden. Y ou can put it on your roof, but unlike other systems where you have 20 to 30 solar panels and the only option is to put them on your roof, here's a situation where you have two or three and you can put them wherever you like. Once you're done with that yo u're able to plug them in and generate power from the get-go. Normally the barrier of entry just to start, to generate a single watt of power, is $20,000 to $30,000 and that's just completely out of reach [for most homeowners]. Here's a product that we're looking to have priced between $599 and $799 [for a basic installation]. Currently the biggest problem [for conventional solar systems] is that fixed upfront cost of $5,000 to $8,000 worth of installation expenses that ... you have to amortize against th e power savings. What we're saying is you can do it yourself or have a handyman help and within an hour you can actually have it up and running. - Full Article Source

ITEM #72

08/24/10 - 'Shocked' Potatoes More Nutritious
Researchers at Obihiro University in Japan found that zapping spuds with electric shocks forces them to produce more antioxidants, which protect the human body from cell damage. The process involved immersing whole potatoes in salty water and zapping them for up to half an hour. Scientists then tested the spuds and found antioxidant levels rose by up to 50 percent. Other tests using ultrasound on the potatoes proved to be similarly beneficial. Dr. Kazunori Hironaka, who headed the research, suggested that the inexpensive electric shock process could be used at an industrial level to make potatoes a so-called superfood. "Antioxidants found in fruits and vegetables are considered to be of nutritional importance in the prevention of chronic diseases, such as cardiovascular disease, various cancers, diabetes and neurological diseases," said Hironaka. “We found that there hasn't been any research on the healthful effects of using mechanical processes to stress vegetables, so we decided in this study to evaluat e effect of ultrasound and electric treatments on polyphenols and other antioxidants in potatoes." - Full Article Source

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08/24/10 - New irrigation invention from the UK is catching on in America
KeelyNet Carrying endless, heavy watering cans to somewhere without a tap, or out of reach of a hosepipe, is tiring and back-breaking work. It’s also time-consuming and gardeners have few enough hours to make the most of their garden, thanks to the fickle-nature o f the many planting seasons. The new H2g0 bag from British company Planit Products Ltd. provides a simple and cost-effective solution. It allows you to move up to 80 litres of water (19 gallons) with ease, using an ordinary wheelbarrow. Made from sturdy p olyethylene, the H2g0 bag sits comfortably within any wheelbarrow on top of a non-slip mat. It can then be filled with a hosepipe, the cap replaced and the whole thing wheeled to where the water is required. A cleverly-designed spout means that, with a ti lt of the barrow, you can either pour the water directly where it’s needed or into a smaller container. After use, it folds neatly down to A4 size, making it handy to store and easy to transport. - Full Article Source

ITEM #74

08/24/10 - Laser microscope projection
Ok, we’ll start this off by saying, looking at lasers can damage your eyes. Be careful. Now that we’ve got that absolutely clear, we couldn’t help but find this super quick and dirty laser microscope fascinating. Basically, they are just pointing a laser through a drop of water suspended from the tip of a syringe. The image of the contents of the drop are projected on a nearby wall. The drop seen in the video after the break was taken from a potted plant and you can see all kinds of life squirming around in there. Just don’t try it with this laser. - Full Article Source

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08/24/10 - Eco-friendly car, the “Bio-Bug”, runs on poo
KeelyNet The Bio-Bug, a VW bug convertible which has been modified to run on both human waste and gas. (To clarify, gas as in car gas, not gas as in farts). This new technology is not shitty, since this “Dung Beetle” can run on human waste without wasting any perf ormance. GENeco, the sustainable energy firm which developed the Bio-Bug, claims that drivers “won’t know the difference”. - Full Article Source

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08/24/10 - Entrepreneur Is Ready To Power Up His Invention
“Shortly after my pitch, I signed a contract with an investment company, so the development plans are progressing anyway.” These development plans include bringing the company’s patented 500W silent vertical axis wind turbine (VAWT) into production, as we ll as a new 250W “barrel” turbine. The latter came about as a result of many requests from developing countries for a cheap, reliable wind turbine. Luethi Enterprise’s barrel turbine has already had its design registered, and the patent is pending. “What makes our turbines unique is that they don’t need an external power source. All the other commercially-available wind turbines actually need a power supply to operate electronic steering systems,” says Matthew Luethi. “That means that our competitors’ win d turbines can’t be used in remote locations, or other places where there’s no power supply.” The Luethi Enterprises VAWT uses unique, patented technology which makes it ideal for use in remote locations. “Our 500W turbine has a patented regulating mechan ism, so it can continue to produce maximum power even during storms. All other wind turbines have to be shut down in such high winds,”says Matthew Luethi. Proof of this robust technology can be seen in an early pre-production prototype installed at a farm in Nottinghamshire. This turbine powers an LED streetlight non-stop. The turbine has been in place for over four years, and has not required any maintenance or repairs – despite numerous storms in the area over that time. The ambitions of Luethi Enterpri ses do not stop with micro wind generation. “Our technology is totally scalable. We’re starting our learnings with small, low-cost turbines, and our developments can then be applied to larger, more powerful units.” Luethi Enterprises will soon begin selli ng their 500W silent wind turbine from their website ( - Full Article Source

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08/24/10 - Behind the Scenes of "Hummingbirds
See the entire documentary at We all have preconceived ideas about what hummingbirds' lives are like, but so much of their world is imperceptible to the human eye. Filmmaker Ann Prum describes the breakthrough science and latest technologies that allowed her and the crew to reveal incredible new insights about these aerial athletes. "Hummingbirds: Magic in the Air" premieres on PBS Sunday, January 10, 2010 at 8pm (check local listings) and is part of the 28th season of the Peabod y and Emmy award-winning series produced by Thirteen in association with WNET.ORG for PBS. Major support provided by Canon U.S.A. Inc. - Full Article Source

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08/24/10 - Scar tissue with little blood flow can cause organ rejection
Engineering the blood vessels around them to prolong the life of cyborg implants. Researchers at the University of Louisville / Jewish Hospital's Cardiovascular Innovation Institute have found a way to engineer a unique system of blood vessels to interact with the tissue surrounding an implanted device, that can extend the longevity and enhance the function of these devices. 'One of the biggest problems with any kind of implanted device, such as pacemaker, a chemotherapy port or the glucose sensors necess ary to monitor blood sugar levels in diabetic patients, is the body's natural reaction to recognize it as foreign and form a scar around it,' said Stuart Williams, PhD, scientific director of the CII and a senior investigator on the study. 'Scars have ver y little blood flow and because this connection between the body and the device is compromised, the function of the device over time can decline, threatening health and leading to additional interventions to replace it.' - Full Article Source

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08/24/10 - Fuel Cell catalyst boosts output 200 fold
200-fold boost in fuel cell efficiency can bring practical personalized energy systems say researchers. Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers say they have a major new breakthrough that will make personal energy systems practical. Soon, say re searchers, you will be able to make all of your own energy for heating, cooling and powering your vehicles. The breakthrough is the discovery of a powerful new catalyst, 200 times more efficient than existing catalysts, which will let solar energy product ion systems turn daytime production into hydrogen to provide power at night. 'Our goal is to make each home its own power station,' said study leader Daniel Nocera, Ph.D. 'We're working toward development of personalized energy units that can be manufactu red, distributed and installed inexpensively.' - Full Article Source

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08/24/10 - Berries can remove Dementia-causing toxins
Eating berries activates your brain's natural housekeeper for removing dementia-causing toxic proteins. Scientists from the US Department of Agriculture-Agricultural Research Service Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging in Boston have found evidence t hat eating blueberries, strawberries, and acai berries can help your brain stay healthy as you age in a critical, previously unrecognized way. The study concluded that berries, and possibly walnuts, activate the brain's natural housekeeper mechanism, whic h cleans up and recycles toxic proteins linked to age-related memory loss and other mental decline. Shibu Poulose, Ph.D., who presented the report, said previous research suggested that one factor involved in aging is a steady decline in the body's abilit y to protect itself against inflammation and oxidative damage. This leaves people vulnerable to degenerative brain diseases, heart disease, cancer, and other age-related disorders. 'The good news is that natural compounds called polyphenolics found in fru its, vegetables and nuts have an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effect that may protect against age-associated decline,' said Poulose. - Full Article Source

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08/24/10 - Smart Trash Carts Tell If You Haven't Been Recycling
Starting next year Cleveland residents face paying a $100 fine if they don't recycle, and the city's new high-tech trash cans will keep track if they don't. The new cans are embedded with radio frequency identification chips and bar codes which keep track of how often residents take them to the curb. If the chip shows you haven't brought your recycle can out in a while, a lucky trash supervisor will go through your can looking for recyclables. From the article: "Trash carts containing more than 10 percent recyclable material could lead to a $100 fine, according to Waste Collection Commissioner Ronnie Owens. Recyclables include glass, metal cans, plastic bottles, paper and cardboard." - Full Article Source

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08/24/10 - Court Rules Against Stem Cell Policy
"A US district court issued a preliminary injunction Monday stopping federal funding of human embryonic stem cell research, in a slap to the Obama administration's new guidelines on the sensitive issue. The court ruled in favor of a suit filed in June by researchers who said human embryonic stem cell research involves the destruction of human embryos. Judge Royce Lamberth granted the injunction after finding that the lawsuit would likely succeed because the guidelines violated law banning the use of fede ral funds to destroy human embryos. '(Embryonic stem cell) research is clearly research in which an embryo is destroyed,' Lamberth wrote in a 15-page ruling." - Full Article Source

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08/24/10 - The Strange Case of Solar Flares and Radioactive Decay Rates
"Current models for radioactive decay have been challenged by, of all sources, the sun. According to the article, 'On Dec 13, 2006, the sun itself provided a crucial clue, when a solar flare sent a stream of particles and radiation toward Earth. Purdue nu clear engineer Jere Jenkins, while measuring the decay rate of manganese-54, a short-lived isotope used in medical diagnostics, noticed that the rate dropped slightly during the flare, a decrease that started about a day and a half before the flare.' This is important because the rate of decay is very important not just for antique dating, but also for cancer treatment, time keeping, and the generation of random numbers. This isn't a one time measurement, either. 'Checking data collected at Brookhaven Nat ional Laboratory on Long Island and the Federal Physical and Technical Institute in Germany, they came across something even more surprising: long-term observation of the decay rate of silicon-32 and radium-226 seemed to show a small seasonal variation. T he decay rate was ever so slightly faster in winter than in summer.'" - Full Article Source

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08/21/10 - Totally Awesome Space Colonies
KeelyNet In the 1970s, NASA's Ames Research Center gathered artists and tasked them with designing space colonies able to accomodate 10,000 people. High resolution versions are available at NASA'a Space Settlements page. / A couple of space colony summer studies w ere conducted at NASA Ames in the 1970s. Colonies housing about 10,000 people were designed. A number of artistic renderings of the concepts were made. These have been converted to jpegs and are available as thumbnails, quarter page, full screen and publi cation quality images. - Full Article Source

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08/21/10 - Government invests millions in alternative energy projects
This new quest for clean energy is part of the newly dubbed Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E ). Modeled after the U.S. military's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, this agency would provide much-needed funds to companies attempt ing to make huge leaps into energy technologies. The projects ARPA-E is looking to support sounds like something one might hear about at a sci-fi convention. As one department official called the new projects, it is “real science fiction stuff.” Nanotubes would be grown with tube walls only 12 atoms thick, which would make them light and efficient. As they would have a physical nature, charged particles could attach and detached instantly. This leaves a light, powerful battery – along the same lines as Be njamin Franklin’s original glass bottles of energy, but infinitely more efficient. Another program would consider how to harness the vast amount of energy stores in plants and trees. As the NY Times reports, plants and trees store more energy that what is consumed by transportation vehicles – all the while scrubbing the air clean of carbon dioxide. They do so by making sugars that contain energy called cellulose. Cellulose makes up the structure of the primary cell wall of green plants and is the most com mon organic compound on Earth. But scientists have yet to figure out an efficient way to break down cellulose to harness its energy. - Full Article Source

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08/21/10 - How Ancient Greek Statues Really Look Under Ultraviolet Light
KeelyNet Original Greek statues were brightly painted, but after thousands of years, those paints have worn away. Find out how shining a light on the statues can be all that’s required to see them as they were thousands of years ago. technique called ‘raking light ’ has been used to analyze art for a long time. A lamp is positioned carefully enough that the path of the light is almost parallel to the surface of the object. When used on paintings, this makes brushstrokes, grit, and dust obvious. On statues, the effe ct is more subtle. Brush-strokes are impossible to see, but because different paints wear off at different rates, the stone is raised in some places – protected from erosion by its cap of paint – and lowered in others. Elaborate patterns become visible. U ltraviolet is also used to discern patterns. UV light makes many organic compounds fluoresce. Art dealers use UV lights to check if art has been touched up, since older paints have a lot of organic compounds and modern paints have relatively little. On an cient Greek statues, tiny fragments of pigment still left on the surface glow bright, illuminating more detailed patterns. - Full Article Source

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08/21/10 - Tai chi eases fibromyalgia symptoms, study finds
Tai chi (ty-CHEE') combines meditation with slow, gentle movements, deep breathing and relaxation. It can improve muscle strength, balance, sleep, coordination and, some evidence suggests, fibromyalgia. Symptoms of the illness include fatigue, body pain, and tender points in joints, muscles and other soft tissues. It is most common in middle-aged women. Its cause is unknown, and the lack of obvious signs or definitive tests has led some doctors to question whether it is a physical or psychological problem . The study led by Dr. Chenchen Wang at Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston involved 66 fibromyalgia patients assigned to try either tai chi or wellness education and stretching exercises twice a week for 12 weeks. Symptoms improved significantl y for the tai chi group and little for the others, as measured by a commonly used questionnaire. Improvements were seen in pain, mood, quality of life, sleep and exercise capacity, and remained at 24 weeks after the study's start. - Full Article Source

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08/21/10 - Viruses May Cause More Contagious Cancer than Previously Thought
Viruses may be causing more cancers than previously thought, according to a new study. Scientists know that a few cancers, such as cervical cancer, are caused by viruses, because researchers have isolated the viral genomes from the cancerous cells. But so me viruses may take a "hit and run" approach - inducing cancer and then vanishing before the disease is caught, the researchers say. The new study, performed in mice, showed that a particular mouse herpesvirus could trigger cancer but then practically dis appear from the cancer cells. Herpesviruses belong to a family of viruses called Herpesviridae that can infect humans and include chicken pox and the Epstein-Barr virus - a virus that virtually everyone is infected with, yet only causes cancer in rare cas es. "Viruses don't set out to cause cancer, but their replication uses all the same functions. So they tend to inhibit the whole set of these protective mechanisms," Stevenson said. "So they're kind of ideal agents for causing cancer." The "hit and run" h ypotheses proposes that a virus can cause cancer without integrating itself into the cell's DNA. In this case, a cell develops a genetic mutation, but the virus present in the cell overrides the defense mechanisms and allows the cell to continue to live. Over time, more and more genetic mutations develop, and the cell turns cancerous. However, by the time the cancer is discovered, the virus has been eliminated by the immune system, leaving no "fingerprints" behind. - Full Article Source

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08/21/10 - Replace batteries with USB power
KeelyNet [Mark Bog] thought it was a waste to use batteries for his desktop touch pad. Quite frankly we agree that if you can avoid using disposable cells you should. He ditched the dual AA batteries inside of his Magic Trackpad and built a battery-sized adapter t o feed it some juice. It consists of a dowel of similar diameter with a screw in each end. He scavenged a USB cord, connecting hot and ground wires to the corresponding pole of the adapter. Now his Trackpad is USB powered and never in need of a battery re placement or even a recharge. We’re not familiar with the inner workings of Apple’s Magic Trackpad. We assume there’s a voltage regulator inside and we hope it doesn’t have a problem working with the 5V regulated power coming in from the adapter. If you’v e got the skinny on the hardware we’d love to hear about it in the comments. One last thing: because the forum linked above requires a login to view the images in the post, we’ve embedded the rest of them after the break for your convenience. - Full Article Source

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08/21/10 - Pulsate
From the makers of Tonematrix, an amusing little time-waster: Pulsate. Click to create at least two circles. Listen to the tunes they make. Press Space to clear them all. - Full Article Source

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08/21/10 - The Science of a Sparkling Shave
KeelyNet GFD, a German company that for the last seven years has been selling blades that are coated with synthetic diamond and used for industrial purposes--such as medical scalpels and instruments that cut plastic sheeting. Seated in a café in Mannheim, Germany, a couple hours north of his office in Ulm (Albert Einstein's birthplace), Flöter whips out a plastic-handled razor that looks like ones you have at home. But inserted into this one is a prototype of GFD's diamond-tipped blades. He demonstrates against hi s own arm hair how it cuts as smoothly as a regular razor. He hands it to me so I can try, and it feels like my regular razor. But one major difference, Flöter says, is that his diamond-tipped blade should last several years rather than a few weeks. The b ody of the blade is made of tungsten carbide, a dense metal compound, and seems just like a typical commercial razor blade, except it is a little heavier and has a darker metallic color. The coating of synthetic diamond--carbon manipulated at the nanoscal e--in the tip doesn't make it look shiny at all. Flöter won't reveal details of how GFD creates a film of synthetic diamond. He's more forthcoming about how the company's blades, once made, are sharpened. The engineers take dozens of blades and stand them upright in a vacuum chamber. Then they hit the blades with ions of oxygen or chlorine gas that has been excited to a plasma state with an electric field. The process is akin to using extremely fine-grained sandpaper as a sharpener. The resulting blade ha s a "radius of curvature"--the tiny edge of the blade, which is actually rounded at the microscopic level -- of about 50 nanometers. That's about 10 times sharper than the blades GFD sells for plastic sheet cutting. Flöter gives me his razor again: Not on ly does it cut when I press against my skin, as I would during a normal shave, but even just grazing the tips of my arm hair, the blade cuts with no effort at all. The photos show the stages in which GFD, a German company, takes a carbide blade, adds a co ating of nanocrystalline diamond, and sharpens it with ions.

(Years ago, at an alternative science conference, a guy told me an experiment had been videotaped in Canada which showed a time-lapse video of a dull razor regrowing inside a pyramid. He said the theory was based on morphogenetics, that everything had an interconnected harmonious energy field and if any part of it was removed the field remained. It was the cause of the missing leaf phenomon in Kirlian photography and of the phantom pain by recent amputees. A normal razor edge under high magnificaion shows an edge with many spikes that average out to a make a sharp blade on a macro scale. With use, these spikes begin to break off and cause the blade to lose sharpness. The video showed the energy field of the pyramid causing the blade to REGROW spikes back into their phantom pattern. I have been looking for this video for many years but no one else that I've contacted has ever heard of this experiment. - JWD) - Full Article Source

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08/21/10 - The Danger Of Green Laser Pointers
KeelyNet Twenty years ago, a green laser would set you back $100,000 and occupy a good-sized dining room table. Today, you can buy a green laser pointer the size of a ball point pen for $15. These devices create coherent green light in a three step process. A stan dard laser diode first generates near infrared light with a wavelength of 808nm. This is focused onto a neodymium crystal that converts the light into infrared with a wavelength of 1064nm. In the final step, the light passes into a frequency doubling crys tal that emits green light at a wavelength of 532nm. All this can easily be assembled into a cigar-sized package and powered by a couple of AAA batteries. The result are devices generally advertised to have a power output of 10mW. Today, Jemellie Galang a nd pals from the National Institute of Standards and Technology and the University of Maryland say they've found worrying evidence that the output of some green laser pointers is much higher and more insidious. They describe one $15 green laser pointer th at actually emits ten times more infrared than green light. Galang and co are under no illusion as to the potential consequences of this. "This is a serious hazard, since humans or animals may incur significant eye damage by exposure to invisible light be fore they become aware of it," they say. And the problem appears to be widespread. "We have found that this problem is common in low-cost green laser pointers, though its seriousness varies widely," they say. That's not a good state of affairs. Any ordina ry user would be entirely unaware of the problem because infrared light is invisible. However, Galang and buddies describe a simple way for anybody to detect these infrared emissions. The method is to reflect the the beam off a standard CD which acts as a diffraction grating, and so separates light of different wavelengths. The diffracted light is reflected onto a piece of paper which displays the diffraction pattern. Many webcams are sensitive to infrared light or can be easily modified to detect it. So photographing the paper using such a camera shows the diffraction pattern of the green light and any infrared light produced too. - Full Article Source

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08/21/10 - Heartbeats at the Speed of Light
Laser pulses can control a beating heart without causing damage, and could lead to new kinds of pacemakers. Artificial pacemakers normally use electrodes to deliver regular, "paced" electrical impulses to the heart muscle to keep its beats consistent. Whi le the devices are safe in the short term, they can cause damage to the muscle if used over decades. The technique's intrusive methods--which require contact with the heart --also limit its capabilities as a research tool. "If you're trying to use an elec trode to touch the heart and stimulate it, the contacts could disrupt potential observation of the heartbeat," says Ed Boyden, a professor of biological engineering at MIT. Boyden was not involved in the research. The idea of controlling cells with light is not new: Some labs have shown that neurons can be turned on and off with optical stimulation, and one group has used powerful laser pulses to pace cardiac cells in culture. But this is the first time that an entire heart in a live animal has been paced with light. In the new technique, described today in the journal Nature Photonics, scientists placed an infrared laser fiber one millimeter above the developing hearts of two-day-old quail embryos. As they changed the pace of the laser pulses, the heartb eat shifted to match. - Full Article Source

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08/21/10 - CyGlo bicycle tire emulates TRON
KeelyNet Cyglo tyres are embedded with LED lights that glow with kenetic energy to produce a halo of light as cyclists ride along in the dark. The tyres were invented as a safety device by James Tristram and perfected in years of toil in the back bedroom of his Li verpool home. But they bear an uncanny resemblance to the glowing wheels of the futuristic bike ridden by Jeff Bridges in the 1982 Disney sci-fi hit TRON. "I never intented any connection with TRON. I'd never even seen the orginal, but the new film has gi ven us a great and unexpected boost. James revealed that he got the idea for Cyglo when he was motoring in his car and narrrowly avoided knocking a cyclist off his bike in the dark. James recalled: "I was driving in Liverpool on a horrible, dark, wet and windy, night. From nowhere a cyclist appeared in front of me and I nearly drove straight into him. "I got an ice-cold feeling of shock, thinking of the tragedy that I so narrowly avoided. "After a while my mind started ticking. I thought that there should be lights on the bike that could be seen from all angles. "I began thinking how LEDs can be powered by kenetic engergy and that was the start of the process that led to Cyglo." James spent more than a decade working to test and refine the Cyglo design at his home in Edge Hill, Liverpool. Entrepreneur Dominic Killinger invested in Cyglo and has partnered with James to register world patents and to establish a factory in South Heath, Buckinghamshire. - Full Article Source

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08/21/10 - Thermionic Solar Cells
Engineers at Stanford University have discovered a way to effectively use solar energy so that efficiency is almost triple the current rate. The new technology known as photon enhanced thermionic emission, or PETE, is a combination of traditional solar po wer generators that convert light or heat into energy, according to a report from Stanford University. Researchers found that by coating a piece of semiconducting material with a thin layer of the metal cesium, the material could generate electricity usin g both light and heat. Unlike the usual technologies used in solar panels that become less efficient with more heat, the process can convert heat from the sun into energy while it absorbs light at the same time, surpassing all current photovoltaic and the rmal conversion technologies. Due to its ability to convert both light and heat, the system can have an maximum efficiency of 50 to 60 percent and functions best at high temperatures over 200 degrees Celsius. "The light would come in and hit our PETE devi ce first, where we would take advantage of both the incident light and the heat that it produces, and then we would dump the waste heat to their existing thermal conversion systems," Melosh said. "So the PETE process has two really big benefits in energy production over normal technology." Developers hope to make the device compatible with existing systems so that conversion can be less expensive. The PETE system is also expected to lower production costs when it is used in solar concentrators. Only a sma ll amount of material will be needed in each device rather requiring large solar panels of silicon. - Full Article Source

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08/21/10 - Technology provides advantages but can become a curse as well
Technology is too much with us. Don't get me wrong. Technological discoveries have been great assets to us. But, as with everything that we consume, it must be done in moderation. Take the computer and the Internet. They have opened a world of knowledge t o us, all of it literally at our fingertips. What a wonderful discovery and invention. But, if we get on the computer for hours on end, we can become addicted and consumed by it instead of being the consumer. And what do we lose when we let this technolog y consume us? We lose something in relating to others. While our ability to communicate with more people and at a faster rate has enhanced communication, ironically at the same time we may lose in our interaction with people close to us. We need to use mo re wisdom while making use of these technologies. Cell phones are great communication tools keeping families and friends in touch more easily. But as we all know, they also can be distractions from focusing on our driving. How many times have we seen peop le doing 80 mph down the interstate while talking on their cell phone or worse yet while texting with it. - Full Article Source

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08/21/10 - On a trip to Mars, astronauts' muscles could waste away
They have treadmills and exercise bikes, but astronauts do not maintain muscle mass during long space voyages -- a finding that suggests big problems on manned missions to other planets. Muscle loss did vary with the amount of exercise done on board the s pace station -- but all of the crew members had at least some loss of muscle function. Writing in the Journal of Physiology, the researchers, led by Robert Fitts of Wisconsin's Marquette University, report that the astronaut with the least amount of damag e showed no atrophy at all in one of the main calf muscles. But the astronaut still had "a modest 10% loss in fibre force." Meanwhile, however, another astronaut lost fully 51% of fibre size and 70% of muscle force during the same study period. - Full Article Source

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08/21/10 - 8 green stories to keep you in the loop
#4 The simple sun: Finally, solar goes plug and play. A Seattle outfit named Clarian Power has created a portable, DIY solar power generator called the Sunfish. It's relatively cheap -- about $800 per panel -- and, in theory at least, as simple as operati ng a toaster. Find a sunny spot, plug the Sunfish into an outdoor outlet and, if it lives up to the hype, solar power will start flowing into your electrical system. No electrician required. Get the background from Jim Witkin at the New York Times Green b log. / #5 Battery will get you somewhere: If anything can put the brakes on electric car sales, it's the cost of batteries. By itself, a battery pack can add $10,000 to the sticker price. But MIT professor Yet-Ming Chiang says he has a concept for a kind of hybrid battery that could cut that cost by as much as 85 percent. If he's right, Chiang could bring the price of electric cars icloser to what it costs for their gas guzzling cousins. Kevin Bullis tells the story at MIT Technology Review. / #8 The tras h in the town goes round and round: There are ways to get rid of city trash and then there's Luke Clayden's way. The Cypriot architect envisions a skyscraper bio-recycling plant. It would work like this: Anything that could become trash -- boxes, cans, pa pers -- would, during production, be laced with tiny seeds. The articles are eventually hauled off to one of Clayden's tall recycling facilities, which double as vertical farms, where they are used to grow trees and crops, which are then replanted in the city. Yuka Yuneda, writing for Inhabit, shares Clayden's circular vision. - Full Article Source

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08/21/10 - New Bike Wheel Powers Cyclists Up Hills
A bicycle wheel that captures energy from pedalling before releasing it to power cyclists up hills has been hailed as one of the world's best new inventions. The Copenhagen Wheel is fitted with a hub containing a small motor charged up solely by the bike' s movement and braking. The "engine", designed into a hub on the back wheel, is controlled through a rider’s smartphone docked on the handlebars. It connects to the hub of the wheel using Bluetooth, which can also lock the bike. The bike wheel contains al l you need so that no sensors or additional electronics need to be added to the frame and an existing bike can be retrofitted with the blink of an eye. "When you brake, your kinetic energy is recuperated by an electric motor and then stored by batteries w ithin the wheel, so that you can have it back to you when you need it. The wheel is in its final prototyping phase and is due to go on sale next June - at about £380 per wheel. - Full Article Source

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08/21/10 - Star Wars? Not at NASA
Here's a quote from the story, which focuses on a Star Wars convention in Florida held last weekend: "‘Star Wars' filmmakers and fans asked NASA representatives to develop a hyperdrive that can transport astronauts through space at light speed. And to mak e it snappy." In response, the story quotes NASA's Joseph Tellado, a logistics manager for the International Space Station, who says this: "We need better propulsion systems. Right now I'd say that would be the one invention that would really help us out a lot. It'd be great if our astronauts could go at hyperspeed…. I believe ‘Star Wars' and NASA have a lot in common. We're looking to the future. NASA is like the first stepping stone to ultimately get to that ‘Star Wars' level." And the story adds this: The inspiration works both ways, with NASA and "Star Wars" inspiring each other to stretch out and envision the future and then fill in details of what that future might look like. Despite what convention-goers may now believe, NASA has no involvement wha tsoever in the kind of technologies these people are talking about. True, the agency once funded the Breakthrough Propulsion Physics project, run out of Glenn Research Center by Marc Millis. BPP's charter was to investigate the kind of technologies that m ight one day lead to deep space and interstellar flight, among them so-called ‘warp drive' and other possibilities. But the agency stopped funding BPP in 2002. NASA's Institute for Advanced Concepts, not as ‘breakthrough' oriented as BPP but a potent forc e for showcasing new ideas, was cut off from its funding in 2007. In short, the idea that NASA is conducting serious research on any aspect of advanced propulsion - I am talking here about the kind of concepts this convention glories in - is completely fa lse. That work is now off the table. Marc Millis himself has left NASA and works on breakthrough concepts through the Tau Zero Foundation he founded, for which I toil on a daily basis in writing these posts. TZF has no NASA connection whatsoever and proce eds through private funding. The relevant links on the home page here give you the background on TZF. - Full Article Source

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08/21/10 - The advantages of using ceiling fans instead of air conditioners
Before air conditioning, fans were the main source of cooling, and ceiling fans were the preferred method. They have been around for a long time in one form or another, because they do a great job of cooling a room and circulating the air. We sometimes g et into the habit of turning on the central air when other more economical and energy efficient methods might work just as well. Ceiling fans circulating the air in a room provides a gentle breeze and cooling. Combined with a few open windows, it will ke ep the room comfortable. They can also be adjusted to give you just the right amount of air circulation and breeze. Not only will your ceiling fan help in the summer, it will do double duty in your home in the winter months as well. By reversing the rota tion of the blades, and setting the speed of the fan on low, you can push the warmer air that rises to the ceiling back down to the living area of the room where it will do the most good. Air that is circulated throughout the room is kept fresher and less humid, possibly helping to eliminate mold and mildew and musty smells in the room. Ceiling fans are also a great help in drying out furniture and carpets that have been shampooed. If you are looking for low maintenance, ceiling fans are it. Unlike air co nditioners, there are no filters to clean or replace. Fans require occasional dusting and, if you have a lighting attachment, which is handy, an occasional light bulb replacement. - Full Article Source

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08/21/10 - Coin-operated park bench in China?
In 2008 artist Fabian Brunsing made a coin-operated park bench. When you insert a 0.50 Euro coin, spikes in the bench's seat retract, allowing you to sit. This story from Orange News claims that officials at Yantai Park in Shangdong province, eastern Chin a, have installed similar benches in the park. I doubt it. The photo in the article is of Brunsing's bench. (Answer to this, Hammertime! - JWD) - Full Article Source

PAY & SIT: the private bench (HD) from Fabian Brunsing on Vimeo.

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08/21/10 - More Tin Badges Attitude - Acted 'as if she feared discovery'
Kathy Parker, a 43-year-old woman from Elkton, MD, is unhappy about the way she was searched and questioned by the TSA at the Philadelphia airport on August 8. She says a TSA officer emptied her wallet and started going through the papers in it. When she asked the TSA officer what he was looking for, he answered, "Razor blades." The TSA officer didn't find any razor blades, but he found a deposit slip and seven checks totalling $8,000. This discovery prompted him to call over another 3 TSA officers and tw o Philadelphia police officers. After conferring with the TSA screeners, one of the Philadelphia officers told her he was there because her checks were numbered sequentially, which she says they were not. "It's an indication you've embezzled these checks, " she says the police officer told her. He also told her she appeared nervous. She hadn't before that moment, she says. She protested when the officer started to walk away with the checks. "That's my money," she remembers saying. The officer's reply? "It' s not your money." Another choice bit: TSA spokeswoman Ann Davis said the reason Parker was selected for in-depth screening was that her actions at the airport had aroused the suspicion of a behavior detection officer, and that she continued to act "as if she feared discovery." - Full Article Source

ITEM #104

08/21/10 - Adjustable Focus Eyeglasses
As people get older, their eyesight starts to decline, and I'm no exception. I was considering bifocals or progressive lenses until I was contacted by TruFocals, a company that makes a new type of eyeglass with adjustable focus. It sounded interesting, so I sent them my prescription. A week later I got a pair of circular lensed John Lennon-ish spectacles. They have a little slider on the bridge that I can move with with my finger to change the focus. When the slider is to the right, I can see fine print, and when the slider is to the left I can drive and watch movies. With the slider in-between, I can get crystal clear vision at any distance. They work very well. If you aren't dissuaded by the $895 price tag, they might be just what you are looking for. V isit the TruFocals website for more information. - Full Article Source

ITEM #105

08/21/10 - Using P300 brainwaves to find the guilty
Precog criminal though detection system can read your mind to see if you are planning a crime with near perfect accuracy. In a new study by researchers at Northwestern University, if specifics of a planned terrorist attack were know, P300 brain waves coul d be used to pick out those with guilty knowledge with 100 percent accuracy in the lab, said J. Peter Rosenfeld, professor of psychology in Northwestern's Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences. Using P300 brain wave measuring by electrodes attached to the scalp, researchers were able to pick out those subjects that had engaged in planning, but not carried out, crime. Even when the researchers had no advance details about the mock terrorism plans, the technology was still accurate in identifying critical c oncealed information. 'Without any prior knowledge of the planned crime in our mock terrorism scenarios, we were able to identify 10 out of 12 terrorists and, among them, 20 out of 30 crime-related details," Rosenfeld said. 'The test was 83 percent accura te in predicting concealed knowledge, suggesting that our complex protocol could identify future terrorist activity.' - Full Article Source

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08/21/10 - Scary, scary Jesus Camp
Indoctrinating the Young, American version of terrorist Madrazas - Full Article Source

ITEM #107

08/21/10 - Can Nerves Be Repaired?
For the first time ever, researchers have been able to induce, in rodents, the regeneration of nerve connections that control voluntary movement after a spinal cord injury, reports the University of California-Irvine, USA. According to research, a team o f scientists was able to regenerate nerve fibers in the spinal cord of rodents to which they were divided by reviving a molecular pathway active during development. This was done by suppressing an enzyme called PTEN (a phosphatase and tensin homolog), and controlling another called mTOR, which regulates cell multiplication. PTEN activity is moderate during growth, allowing the multiplication of cells, but when this process ends, the PTEN acts as a switch and inhibits mTOR, precluding any capacity to regen erate. "Thus far, nerve regeneration was impossible in the spinal cord," Oswald told Hostess, Professor of Anatomy and Neurobiology and director of the Research Center Reeve-Irvine, at that university. Paralysis or loss of function after spinal cord injur y were taken as incurable, but this discovery opens the way for a potential treatment to induce regeneration of nerve connections. - Full Article Source

ITEM #108

08/21/10 - Minority Report Style Iris Scanners In Mexico
KeelyNet "Biometrics R&D firm Global Rainmakers Inc. (GRI) announced today that it is rolling out its iris scanning technology to create what it calls 'the most secure city in the world.' In a partnership with Leon, one of the largest cities in Mexico with a popul ation of more than a million, GRI will fill the city with eye-scanners. The scanners will help revolutionize law enforcement not to mention marketing." / "In the future, whether it's entering your home, opening your car, entering your workspace, getting a pharmacy prescription refilled, or having your medical records pulled up, everything will come off that unique key that is your iris," says Jeff Carter, CDO of Global Rainmakers. To implement the system, the city is creating a database of irises. Crimina ls will automatically be enrolled, their irises scanned once convicted. Law-abiding citizens will have the option to opt-in. When these residents catch a train or bus, or take out money from an ATM, they will scan their irises, rather than swiping a metro or bank card. Police officers will monitor these scans and track the movements of watch-listed individuals. "Fraud, which is a $50 billion problem, will be completely eradicated," says Carter. Not even the "dead eyeballs" seen in Minority Report could tr ick the system, he says. "If you've been convicted of a crime, in essence, this will act as a digital scarlet letter. If you're a known shoplifter, for example, you won't be able to go into a store without being flagged. For others, boarding a plane will be impossible." The devices range from large-scale scanners like the Hbox (shown in the airport-security prototype above), which can snap up to 50 people per minute in motion, to smaller scanners like the EyeSwipe and EyeSwipe Mini, which can capture the irises of between 15 to 30 people per minute. GRI also predicts that iris scanners will help marketers. "Digital signage," for example, could enable advertisers to track behavior and emotion. "In ten years, you may just have one sensor that is literally a ble to identify hundreds of people in motion at a distance and determine their geo-location and their intent--you'll be able to see how many eyeballs looked at a billboard," Carter says. "You can start to track from the point a person is browsing on Googl e and finds something they want to purchase, to the point they cross the threshold in a Target or Walmart and actually make the purchase. You start to see the entire life cycle of marketing." So will we live the future under iris scanners and constant Bi g Brother monitoring? According to Carter, eye scanners will soon be so cost-effective--between $50-$100 each--that in the not-too-distant future we'll have "billions and billions of sensors" across the globe. - Full Article Source

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08/21/10 - Zombie Ants and Killer Fungus
"An article in the Guardian newspaper shows how parasitic fungi evolved the ability to control ants they infect, ultimately leading the ant to its death. The fungus controls the ant's movements to a suitable leaf and causes the ant to grip onto the leaf's central stem, allowing the fungus to spore, which will allow more ants to become infected." - Full Article Source

ITEM #110

08/21/10 - Is a US High-Speed Railway Economically Feasible?
"The federal government has committed at least $8-billion (and counting) for the development of a nationwide high-speed intercity passenger railway system in almost three-dozen states. Rail advocates have long dreamed of an extensive railway grid that wil l provide clean, speedy, energy-efficient travel. The high-speed rail program is also expected to create thousands of desperately needed jobs, while reducing the nation's dependence on foreign oil and easing gridlocked highways and congested air-space. Ho wever, this noble, ambitious, multi-year plan faces a multitude of obstacles — including costs that will no doubt escalate as the years pass by; and an American public that may be reluctant to relinquish the independence and convenience of their beloved automobiles for a train." - Full Article Source

ITEM #111

08/21/10 - Medieval Copy Protection
KeelyNet "In medieval times a 'book curse' was often included on the inside cover or on the last leaf of a manuscripts, warning away anyone who might do the book some harm. Here's a particularly pretty one from Yale's Beinecke MS 214: 'In the name of the Father an d the Son and the Holy Spirit, Amen. In the one thousand two hundred twenty-ninth year from the incarnation of our Lord, Peter, of all monks the least significant, gave this book to the [Benedictine monastery of the] most blessed martyr, St. Quentin. If a nyone should steal it, let him know that on the Day of Judgment the most sainted martyr himself will be the accuser against him before the face of our Lord Jesus Christ.'" - Full Article Source

ITEM #112

08/21/10 - 'Exploding Lake' Provides Electricity For Rwanda
"There are three known 'exploding lakes' in the world, where volcanic gases build up near the lake bottom until they suddenly fizz over, suffocating people with huge amounts of carbon dioxide. But the lakes also hold methane and one of them, Rwanda's Lake Kivu, is being actively tapped as a source of natural gas to fuel a power plant on the lake's shore. The government hopes that within two years, the plant will be covering a third of the country's needs. By siphoning off the gas, engineers simultaneously defuse a ticking time bomb in the lake and provide power to local communities." - Full Article Source

ITEM #113

08/21/10 - Patent Office Ramps Up Patent Approvals
"With the somewhat disappointing Bilski ruling behind us, people concerned about overly broad patents should be looking at what's going on at the US Patent Office. Due to various other Supreme Court decisions and lots of bad publicity, the USPTO had gone on a 'quality binge' for a few years, rejecting a lot more patents than usual. However, with new leadership, it appears that the USPTO is back to its old tricks and approving a ton of patents (at an unheard of rate) in a misguided attempt to get through the 'backlog.' Get ready for another round of patent lawsuits on patents that never should have been granted." - Full Article Source

ITEM #114

08/21/10 - Feats of Skill and Control
Some amazing feats of hopping from the 2010 Danish Rabbit Hopping Championship. / Indian Pole Gymnastics. - via emails

Picture these as Vegas Acts

ITEM #115

08/18/10 - Why Matter prevails in the Universe
A large collaboration of physicists working at the Fermilab Tevatron particle collider has discovered evidence of an explanation for the prevalence of matter over antimatter in the universe. They found that colliding protons in their experiment produced s hort-lived B meson particles that almost immediately broke down into debris that included slightly more matter than antimatter. The two types of matter annihilate each other, so most of the material coming from these sorts of decays would disappear, leavi ng an excess of regular matter behind. Physicists have long known about processes described by current physics theory that would produce tiny excesses of matter, but the amounts the theories predict are far smaller than necessary to create the universe we observe. The Tevatron experiments suggest that we are on the verge of accounting for the quantities of matter that exist today. But the truly exciting implication is that the experiment implies that there is new physics, beyond the widely accepted Stan dard Model, that must be at work. If that's the case, major scientific developments lie ahead. - Full Article Source

ITEM #116

08/18/10 - Solar Toothbrush Could Eliminate the Need for Toothpaste
KeelyNet Instead of using solar rays to charge itself up, the toothbrush uses them to catalyze a powerful chemical reaction that could leave your mouth way cleaner than regular old brushing does. “You see complete destruction of bacterial cells,” says Kunio Komiya ma, the inventor of the device. Komiyama’s first model, which was described 15 years ago in the Journal of Clinical Periodontology, contained a titanium dioxide rod in the neck of the brush, just below the nylon bristles. It works when light shines on the wet rod, releasing electrons. Those electrons react with acid in the mouth, which helps break down plaque. No toothpaste is required. Now Komiyama’s back with a newer model, the Soladey-J3X, which he says packs twice the chemical punch compared to the or iginal. Protruding from the base of the brush is a solar panel, which transmits electrons to the top of the toothbrush through a lead wire. It won’t work in the dark, though – the brush needs about as much light as a solar-powered calculator would to oper ate. - Full Article Source

ITEM #117

08/18/10 - How The Unemployment Crisis Has Swept Across America
This disturbing graphic, by Latoya Eguwuekwe, charts the rise of unemployment across the U.S. from 2007 on. (Hat tip to Daily Kos, which posted it earlier this month.) Displayed below is a time-lapse look at the so-called U3 unemployment statistic, which doesn't account for the underemployed and those who've simply given up looking for work. The graphic was last updated on July 15. / According to the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are nearly 31 million people currently unemployed -- that's including those involuntarily working parttime and those who want a job, but have given up on trying to find one. In the face of the worst economic upheaval since the Great Depression, millions of Americans are hurting. "The Decline: The Ge ography of a Recession," as created by labor writer LaToya Egwuekwe, serves as a vivid representation of just how much. Watch the deteriorating transformation of the U.S. economy from January 2007 -- approximately one year before the start of the recessio n -- to the most recent unemployment data available today.

(Doesn't this creeping cancer of jobless AMERICANS just make you sick and want to cry? The politicians are intentionally destroying our country and we do nothing to kick them out or try to correct it.

Not to mention hemorrhaging billions of our money on bogus terrorist (read oil) threats and which money is much better spent to foster research and INDUSTRY in the USA than on stupid media incited wars to countries who will never change.

And not to mention bailing out crooked managers and crooked companies (too big to fail) who are now wealthier, more profligate and arrogant than EVER, knowing they can get away with anything as long as they pay off our crooked politicians. Throw these pol iticians out of office and jail the ones who clearly broke laws. (They execute them in China!)

Let all the failing big businesses GO BANKRUPT if they can't run their business like would happen to any of us! Many others will step in to take their place, the nation will continue and everyone will recover.

How much longer can the US survive or before people finally say enough and revolt? - JWD)
- Full Article Source

ITEM #118

08/18/10 - VTzilla Firefox extension Scans Files for Malware Before Download
Firefox only (Windows/Mac/Linux): The VTzilla Firefox extension adds a Scan with VirusTotal option to Firefox's right-click context menu and file download dialog that allows you to scan any file for a virus before you download it. The VTzilla extension ta kes one more step out of the equation, allowing you to scan any download before you commit to downloading it to your computer. Note: By default, VTzilla turns on a new toolbar in Firefox. To disable it, navigate to View -> Toolbars, then uncheck VirusTota l Toolbar. - Full Article Source

ITEM #119

08/18/10 - Crazy Optical Illusions That Will Blow Your Mind
KeelyNet When you are looking at these photos your brain don’t know how to react. Every time you see something different or something that you think is on a good place or real. Optical illusions are great thing. Enjoy in these photos, and check out the video “10 o ptical illusions in 2 minutes” that will blow your mind. This guy is awesome and show us great skill with optical illusions. I can’t figure how he created some of the illusions in the video. Did you know the real meaning of: “An optical illusion (also cal led a visual illusion) is characterized by visually perceived images that differ from objective reality. The information gathered by the eye is processed in the brain to give a percept that does not tally with a physical measurement of the stimulus source . There are three main types: literal optical illusions that create images that are different from the objects that make them, physiological ones that are the effects on the eyes and brain of excessive stimulation of a specific type (brightness, tilt, col or, movement), and cognitive illusions where the eye and brain make unconscious inferences.” - Full Article Source

ITEM #120

08/18/10 - Working long hours is stupid
We do too much. We carry too many projects. This overproduction creates problems which we try to fix by working even more. We value most what we create. To be happy, you want to focus on making interesting stuff. This takes time and dedication. We often f all into the trap of thinking mostly about money and personal disputes. These thoughts pull us away from our interests and prevent us from doing great work. It is hard to be overworked by writing a book, by writing research articles or by playing golf. Pe ople are overworked dealing with email, context switching, money, and touchy relationships. This abundance of work makes people sad and boring. And this type of work tend to reproduce. The more you have, the more you will have. - Full Article Source

ITEM #121

08/18/10 - Superheroes send out 'wrong message' to boys
KeelyNet Modern movie superheroes are bad role models for boys as they promote violence and revenge as a way of life, claim psychologists. Dr Sharon Lamb, of the University of Massachusetts, said that modern depictions of superheroes like Iron Man are often playbo y millionaires who are only ruled by selfish goals. "There is a big difference in the movie superhero of today and the comic book superhero of yesterday," Dr Lamb told the annual Convention of the American Psychological Association. "Today's superhero is too much like an action hero who participates in non-stop violence; he's aggressive, sarcastic and rarely speaks to the virtue of doing good for humanity. "When not in superhero costume, these men, like Ironman, exploit women, flaunt bling and convey thei r manhood with high-powered guns." The comic book heroes of the past did fight criminals, she said, "but these were heroes boys could look up to and learn from because outside of their costumes, they were real people with real problems and many vulnerabil ities," she said. - Full Article Source

ITEM #122

08/18/10 - 20 new ideas in science
Today’s most cutting-edge scientific thinking: from switching off ageing to “enhancing” our babies; understanding consciousness to finding dark matter. There is no such thing as time, enhanced humans are coming, and most of the universe is missing: 20 of the latest breakthroughs in scientific understanding. Follow the link... - Full Article Source

ITEM #123

08/18/10 - Inertial-Electrostatic-Confinement Fusion Device
KeelyNet Inertial-electrostatic-confinement (IEC) systems provide an economical and technologically straightforward means to produce fusion reactions in a table-top device.1,2 IEC devices confine a plasma in a potential well created by electrostatic fields or a co mbination of electrostatic and magnetic fields. The fields can be produced either by grids or by virtual cathodes, typically in spherical or cylindrical geometry. The fields accelerate ions towards the center of the device, where fusion reactions can occu r (Figure 1). The technological simplicity of the IEC system was the basis for its early success—it produced a steady-state neutron yield of 2 × 1010 neutrons/s in the late 1960s.3 Though useful for practical neutron sources, the existing IEC fusion devic es suffer low fusion yields, ~ 0.01% of input power. This is because the Coulomb-collision cross section is much greater than the fusion-collision cross section by several orders of magnitude. The ion beams in the IEC device rapidly lose the energy by Cou lomb collisions before producing fusion reactions, leading to a net loss in energy. A new electrostatic plasma equilibrium that should mitigate this problem has been proposed by LANL theorists4 and recently confirmed experimentally.5 This concept requires uniform electron injection into the central region of a spherical device to produce harmonic oscillator potential. An ion cloud (referred to as the Periodically Oscillating Plasma Sphere, or POPS) in such an environment will undergo harmonic oscillation with an oscillation frequency independent of amplitude. Tuning the external radio-frequency (rf) electric fields to this naturally occurring mode allows the ion motions to be phase-locked. This simultaneously produces very high densities and temperatures during the collapse phase of the oscillation when all the ions converge into the center. Solutions to POPS oscillation have the remarkable property that they maintain equilibrium distribution of the ions at all times. This would eliminate any power loss d ue to Coulomb collisions and would greatly increase the neutron yield up to more than 100%, resulting in a net energy gain for fusion-power generation. In a practical embodiment, the POPS system would use a massively modular system to achieve high-mass-po wer density as shown in the conceptual drawing in Figure 2. Such a device would contain thousands of tiny spherical IEC reactors within a single reactor vessel to produce a large amount of fusion power (i.e., ~ 100–1000 MW). A modular IEC device would hav e very high-mass-power density, comparable to a light-water reactor, while maintaining conventional wall loads (~ 1 MW/m2) and being economically competitive with other sources of power. - Full Article Source

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08/18/10 - Russian Scholar Warns Of 'Secret' U.S. Climate Change Weapon
As Muscovites suffer record high temperatures this summer, a Russian political scientist has claimed the United States may be using climate-change weapons to alter the temperatures and crop yields of Russia and other Central Asian countries. In a recent a rticle, Andrei Areshev, deputy director of the Strategic Culture Foundation, wrote, "At the moment, climate weapons may be reaching their target capacity and may be used to provoke droughts, erase crops, and induce various anomalous phenomena in certain c ountries." In an telephone interview with RFE/RL, Areshev appeared to back off from claims he made in the article, saying that he was merely positing a theory. "First of all, I would like to say that what I wrote in that article, even the citations, does not in any way claim to a be final truth. It is, if you will, speculation, in other words, the definition of an hypothesis," Areshev said. Moscow is currently sweltering under record temperatures. On July 29 Moscow suffered its hottest day ever, with temp eratures hitting 39 degrees. But Russia isn't the only country suffering form a heat wave this summer. Indeed, the United States is also experiencing record temperatures. On July 24, temperatures in Washington, D.C., hit 37.7 degrees, and local weather se rvices issued heat warnings for the first time this summer. Areshev agrees that it is also hot in the United States, but notes that the United States is significantly farther south than Russia, meaning that such high temperatures are not so surprising th ere. In the article, Areshev voiced suspicions about the High-Frequency Active Aural Research Program (HAARP), funded by the U.S. Defense Department and the University of Alaska. HAARP, which has long been the target of conspiracy theorists, analyzes the ionosphere and seeks to develop technologies to improve radio communications, surveillance, and missile detection. Areshev writes, however, that its true aim is to create new weapons of mass destruction "in order to destabilize environmental and agricultu ral systems in local countries." Areshev's article also references an unmanned spacecraft X-37B, an orbital test vehicle the Pentagon launched in April 2010. The Pentagon calls X-37B a prototype for a new "space plane" that could take people and equipment to and from space stations. Areshev, however, alleges that the X-378 carries "laser weaponry" and could be a key component in the Pentagon's climate-change arsenal. The Pentagon was not immediately reachable for comment. Areshev also cites the U.S. gover nment's effort to use rain and cloud coverage to block the Vietnam Army's supply routes during the Vietnam War. He insisted, however, that he was not a conspiracy theorist. "My comments were not made in order to accuse the U.S., or any other country, of c onsciously influencing Russia," Areshev said. "That would be quite ridiculous." - Full Article Source

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08/18/10 - AT-AT Day Afternoon
When I was a kid, there are two things I wanted badly and never got... A real dog and a Kenner AT-AT Walker. - Full Article Source

ITEM #126

08/18/10 - New Battery for Cheap Electric Vehicles
The new company, called 24M, has been spun out of the advanced battery company A123 Systems. It will develop a novel type of battery based on research conducted by Yet-Ming Chiang, a professor of materials science at MIT and founder of A123 Systems. He sa ys the battery design has the potential to cut those costs by 85 percent. The battery pack alone in many electric cars can cost well over $10,000. Cutting this figure could make electric vehicles competitive with gasoline-fueled cars. Chiang isn't saying much about the details of the new battery--such as exactly what materials it's made of. But he does say that it uses a "semisolid" energy storage material (rather than the solid electrode material used in most batteries today), and that it combines the be st attributes of conventional batteries, fuel cells, and something called flow batteries, while avoiding some of the disadvantages of these technologies. - Full Article Source

ITEM #127

08/18/10 - Energy Entrepreneurs: Reinventing the landfill
Check out the latest Energy Entrepreneurs video. - Full Article Source

ITEM #128

08/18/10 - Spam Filtering? Patented! 36 Companies Sued
Glyn Moody points us to the news that 36 companies have been sued for patent infringement in Marshall, Texas (of course) for supposedly violating a patent (6,018,761) on spam filtering. The companies sued represent a who's who of corporate America, including Apple, Google, HP, RIM, Citigroup, Capital One, Alcatel Lucent, AIG, AOL, JP Morgan Chase, McAfee, Symantec, Yahoo, IBM and many others. The patent itself is rather simple. So simple, I can repeat the entire claims section right here (not the abstract, the actual claims). Also, note how many typos there are. You would think, in such a short patent, someone would have caught typos like "usinig," "processine" and "usefiul.": What is claimed is:

1. A method of obtaining context information about a sender of an electronic message using a mail processing comprising the steps of:

scanning the message, usinig the mail processine program to determine if the message contains a reference in a header portion of the message to at least one feature of the sender's context, wherein the sender's context is information about the sender or the message that is usefiul to the recipient in understanding more about the context in which the sender sent the message;

if the message contains such reference, using the mail processing program and such reference to obtain [sender] the context information from a location external to the message;

if the message does not contain such reference, using the mail processing program and information present in the message to indirectly obtain the [sender] context information using external reference sources to find a reference to the [sender] context information.

2. The method of claim 1, wherein the reference to at least one feature is a reference to a location where context information is stored.

3. The method of claim 1, wherein the reference to at least one feature is a hint usable to retrieve a location where context information is stored.

How could someone possibly approve this as a patent? This is about as basic a filter as you can imagine. Someone should sue the USPTO for fraud on America for approving this patent. In the meantime, the press release announcing the lawsuit is funny as well.

l. The lawyers claim "the company's patent is one of the building blocks for all email communications. InNova's complaint alleges that the defendant companies have used InNova's invention without permission for years." - Full Article Source

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08/18/10 - Fresno State prof's idea would conserve ag water
KeelyNet Millions of gallons of water run through fruit processing plants every year, generating high costs and an ocean of waste for companies nationwide. But all that could change with technology developed by Fresno State professor Gour Choudhury. Choudhury, a s pecialist in food processing systems, has devised a system that uses air, rather than water, to blast peels off fruit. The invention could slash the water use by 80%, saving companies each tens of thousands of dollars a month. Traditionally, processing pl ants slice fruit in half, remove any pits and wash them in a lye solution that loosens the skin. Then a jet of water knocks off the skin as the fruit moves along a conveyor belt. Choudhury's system substitutes blasts of moisturized air in the final step. Some water is still needed to rinse away the lye, but far less than the half-million gallons a day that traditional systems can require. The prototype component of a peeling system used for processing peaches using compressed air, next to a project for pe eling tomatoes. - Full Article Source

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08/18/10 - Simulating Innovation
People can improve their innovation skills by mentally simulating the use of innovation tools. Chip and Dan Heath in their book, “Made to Stick”, talk of the importance of mental simulation with problem solving as well as skill-building:

“A review of thirty five studies featuring 3,214 participants showed that mental practice alone – sitting quietly, without moving, and picturing yourself performing a task successfully from start to finish – improves performance significantly. The result were borne out over a large number of tasks. Overall, mental practice alone produced about two thirds of the benefits of actual physical practice.”

Here is how I use mental simulation to strengthen my innovation skills with the S.I.T. method: 1) Observe novel ideas, 2) Pick objects randomly and 3) Pick tools randomly. - Full Article Source

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08/18/10 - Use of copper could reduce hospital infections
Lethal diseases - formally called health-care-associated infections, or HAIs - kill more U.S. patients each year than breast cancer, car accidents and AIDS combined, according to latest statistics. Yet results from the first phase of a clinical trial fund ed by the U.S. Department of Defense strongly suggest that replacing such common hospital-room items as bed rails, chairs and tables with antimicrobial copper eventually would decrease HAI deaths and the billions of dollars they cost each year by upward o f 80 percent. The trials were triggered by Pentagon concerns about rampant infectious diseases affecting and often disabling our troops in Iraq. In the second phase of the trials, copper bed rails, tray tables, chair arms, call buttons, monitors and IV po les replaced the stainless steel and plastic versions in the intensive-care units of three major hospitals: Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City, the Medical University of South Carolina and the Ralph H. Johnson Veterans Affairs Medical Center, both in Charleston, S.C. The results of the phase-two trials were impressive. The copper equipment significantly reduced the overall load of bacteria in intensive-care units. Laboratory testing independent of the clinical trials affirmed the tria l findings, proving that copper and copper alloys, such as brass and bronze, kill 99.9 percent of bacteria within two hours, when cleaned regularly in conjunction with routine disinfection programs. In fact, antimicrobial copper is so effective that it's the only touch-surface material registered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as a public-health antimicrobial product capable of controlling major drug-resistant infections that ravage hospitals, including such dreaded ones as enterococci, staph ylococcus auereus and E.coli. - Full Article Source

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08/18/10 - Intensely psychedelic "fractal" architecture animation
Welcome to the Mandelbox. Over at Dose Nation, the creator Hömpörg? says, "I wanted to go further too, but at the end part a single frame took 18 minutes to render, and the whole 1:27 minute video needed 12 days nonstop rendering. I felt thats more than e nough at the time. It was just my first experiment with Mandelbulb 3D, a freeware program, I'm not a film director or something..." - Full Article Source

Mandelbox Zoom from hömpörg? on Vimeo.

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08/18/10 - New Micro Ultrasonic transducers
Researchers engineer ultrasound devices so small they could be placed inside cells to perform intracellular ultrasonics. Scientists and Engineers at The University of Nottingham have built the world's smallest ultrasonic transducers capable of generating and detecting ultrasound. These revolutionary transducers, which are orders of magnitude smaller than current systems, ar e so tiny that up to 500 of the smallest ones could be placed across the width of one human hair. While at an early stage these devices offer a myriad of possibilities for imaging and measuring at scales a thousand times smaller than conventional ultrason ics. They can be made so small they could be placed inside cells to perform intracellular ultrasonics. They can produce ultrasound of such a high frequency that its wavelength is smaller than that of visible light. Theoretically they make it possible for ultrasonic images to take finer pictures than the most powerful optical microscopes. - Full Article Source

ITEM #134

08/18/10 - Hipmunk Is a Fantastic, Surprisingly Usable Flight Search Site


Most popular flight search engines are cluttered, full of text, and difficult to understand at a glance. Hipmunk takes the most important flight information you'd get at any flight search engine—travel time, layovers, price—and organizes it into an actual ly useful visual (rather than all-text) interface. (It's sort of like a Gantt chart for flights.) Click on any flight for a closer look at the full details. - Full Article Source

ITEM #135

08/18/10 - Startups a Safer Bet Than Behemoths
"TechCrunch's Vivek Wadhwa has a great article that takes a look at difference between startups and 'established' tech companies and what they each mean to the economy and innovation in general. Wadhwa examines statistics surrounding job creation and inn ovation and while big companies may acquire startups and prove out the business model, the risk and true innovations seems to be living at the startup level almost exclusively. 'Now let's talk about innovation. Apple is the poster child for tech innovatio n; it releases one groundbreaking product after another. But let's get beyond Apple. I challenge you to name another tech company that innovates like Apple—with game-changing technologies like the iPod, iTunes, iPhone, and iPad. Google certainly doesn't f it the bill—after its original search engine and ad platform, it hasn't invented anything earth shattering. Yes, Google did develop a nice email system and some mapping software, but these were incremental innovations. For that matter, what earth-shatteri ng products have IBM, HP, Microsoft, Oracle, or Cisco produced in recent times? These companies constantly acquire startups and take advantage of their own size and distribution channels to scale up the innovations they have purchased.'" - Full Article Source

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08/18/10 - $76k for an emergency appendectomy (Whats wrong with this?)

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08/18/10 - 'Wi-Fi Illness' Spreads To Ontario Public Schools
"Readers of Slashdot might be familiar with Lakehead University's ban on WiFi routers a few years ago in Thunder Bay, Ontario because of 'health concerns,' a policy apparently still in effect. Now it seems a group of concerned parents in a number of commu nities in Ontario have petitioned the local school boards over similar concerns at public schools, where their kids are apparently experiencing 'headaches to dizziness and nausea and even racing heart rates' — symptoms that appear only when they are in sc hool on weekdays, not on weekends at home. 'The symptoms, which also include memory loss, trouble concentrating, skin rashes, hyperactivity, night sweats and insomnia, have been reported in 14 Ontario schools in Barrie, Bradford, Collingwood, Orillia and Wasaga Beach since the board decided to go wireless ...' Besides Wi-Fi signals, could there possibly be any other logical explanation for kids having more symptoms of illness on school days than at home on weekends or in the summer?" - Full Article Source

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08/18/10 - Canadian youth program stopped
KeelyNet Late last month, Youth Forensic Psychiatric Services in Burnaby, British Columbia was forced to shut down a decades-old program where troubled youths had a device placed on their penises while they were subjected to media depicting stuff like rape and chi ld pornography. The final straw was when one of the test administrators was arrested for a sexual assault allegedly committed during leisure time. In the wake of the fruit machine program, the fine folks at Toronto's Centre for Addiction and Mental Health developed and still promote penile plethysmography (PPG). The device, nicknamed a peter meter, is supposedly a lie detector for male genitalia. It's not admissible in court cases as evidence for the same reason as a polygraph: the data can be manipulat ed by both subject and tester, and there's little standardization in equipment or stimuli. The whole sordid story follows. - Full Article Source

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08/18/10 - Leaked Intel Roadmap Shows 600GB SSD
"Solid State Drives have been trying to fill the mechanical hard drive niche for some time now. The problem is that while flash memory is faster than a spinning platter, it is also much more expensive per gigabyte. Over the weekend details leaked about In tel's SSD roadmap, and what's most interesting about it is that the capacities of Intel's SSDs are going to increase in a big way. First off is a refresh to the high performance X25-M range of SSDs. Currently available in 80GB and 160GB models, these will be replaced by a new design, codenamed Postville, which will come in 160GB, 300GB and 600GB variants." - Full Article Source

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08/18/10 - From Slaying Dragons To Dictators
"In a weekend, programmer Austin Heap transformed from an apathetic MMO player, to a world class regime-slayer. When word for Iran's rigged election broke over Twitter, Heap decided to dedicate himself to building a better proxy system for people behind I ran's firewall. Heap's creation, Haystack, conceals someone's real online destinations inside a stream of innocuous traffic. You may be browsing an opposition Web site, but to the censors it will appear you are visiting, say, Heap tends to hi de users in content that is popular in Tehran, sometimes the regime's own government mouthpieces" - Full Article Source

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08/18/10 - Scottish Scientists Develop Whisky Biofuel
"It gives a whole new meaning to the phrase "one for the road". Whisky, the spirit that powers the Scottish economy, is being used to develop a new biofuel which could be available at petrol pumps in a few years. This biofuel can be produced from two main by-products of the whisky distilling process – "pot ale", the liquid from the copper stills, and "draff", the spent grains. Copious quantities of both waste products are produced by the £4bn whisky industry each year, and the scientists say there is real potential for the biofuel, to be available at local garage forecourts alongside traditional fuels. It can be used in conventional cars without adapting their engines. The team also said it could be used to fuel planes and as the basis for chemicals such as acetone, an important solvent." - Full Article Source

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08/18/10 - ISPs Lie About Broadband "Up To" Speeds
"Ars Technica has an article detailing the difference between ISP advertised 'up to x Mbps' speeds and the actual speeds, in addition to some possible solutions. They find that on average, the advertised speeds were 'up to 6.7 Mbps' while the real median was 3 Mbps and the mean was 4 Mbps. This implies that ISPs were falsely advertising by at least 50%." - Full Article Source

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08/15/10 - Release inventions back to the creators
KeelyNet Currently, major employers typically claim blanket ownership of employee inventions (as a condition of employment) but with no obligation to actually use those claimed inventions. This missing obligation gives employers awesome power to stifle employee cr eativity, resulting in billions of dollars worth of lost new products, new business, new jobs and huge losses of precious tax revenue. All that is needed is a requirement for employers to "Use or Return" claimed employee inventions. This reform may seem t rivial, but just one unwanted invention that was released back to the employee as "worthless" has spawned a huge $50 billion entirely new xerographic industry creating 500,000 jobs (Wall Street Journal May 23, 1989). Shouldn't we be striving to establish this reform as a permanent nationwide economic stimulus, which does not cost the taxpayers even one red cent? - Full Article Source

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08/15/10 - Sticker Makes Solar Panels Work Better
KeelyNet The power output of solar panels can be boosted by 10 percent just by applying a big transparent sticker to the front. Developed by a small startup called Genie Lens Technologies, the sticker is a polymer film embossed with microstructures that bend incom ing sunlight. The result: the active materials in the panels absorb more light, and convert more of it into electricity. The polymer film does three main things, says Seth Weiss, CEO and cofounder of Genie Lens, based in Englewood, CO. It prevents light f rom reflecting off the surface of solar panels. It traps light inside the semiconductor materials that absorb light and convert it to electricity. And it redirects incoming light so that rather than passing through the thin semiconductor material, it trav els along its surface, increasing the chances it will be absorbed. Researchers designed the microstructures that accomplish this by using algorithms that model how rays of light behave as they enter the film and encounter various surfaces within the solar panel--the protective glass cover, the semiconductor material, and the back surface of the panel--throughout the day. The key was bending the light the optimal amount, enough that it enters the solar panel at an angle, but not so much of an angle that th e light reflects off and is lost. If light does reflect off either the glass or semiconductor surfaces, the film redirects much of it back into the solar panel. Tests at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory showed that the film increases power output on average between 4 percent and 12.5 percent, with the best improvement under cloudy conditions, when incoming light is diffuse. Adding the film--either in the factory, which is optimal, or on solar panels already in use--increases the overall cost of so lar panels by between 1 percent and 10 percent. But the panels would then produce enough additional electricity to justify the price. What's more, increasing the power output of a solar panel decreases other costs--such as shipping and installation--becau se fewer solar panels are required at each installation, says Travis Bradford, a solar industry analyst and president of the Prometheus Institute. - Full Article Source

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08/15/10 - For Electric Cars, Startups Propose Solid-State Batteries
KeelyNet Orlando, Florida-based Planar Energy claims it has come up with a formula for a crystalline battery that can boost performance, cut costs, make it easier to erect factories and ultimately pave the way for things like inexpensive, mass-manufactured electr ic cars that can run on the same battery pack for years. Prieto Battery, a startup out of Colorado State and named after Professor Amy Prieto, is working on lithium ion batteries made with silicon nanowires. (The picture shows Prieto's battery architectur e.) Meanwhile, the Khosla Ventures-backed Sakti3 is developing a safe, dense solid-state lithium-ion battery. The secret sauce is in the ingredients. Conventional batteries are like a chemical aquarium constructed of disparate parts: electrons get transfe rred between an anode and a cathode via a liquid electrolyte. A porous component called a separator prevents short circuits. In Planar's batteries, the anode, cathode and separator/electrolyte are crystalline, inorganic solids that get sprayed onto a sub strate, according to CEO Scott Faris. "We are essentially printing batteries," he said. "Everything is crystalline -- the anode, cathode separator and electrolyte are crystalline." Rather than travel via a liquid, the charges migrate through the solids, m uch in the same way that electrical charges move through flash memory. In fact, a key ingredient for controlling the movement of electrons in flash -- silicon dioxide or ordinary glass -- is found in Planar's separator/electrolyte. "Flash memory is a real ly bad battery," he added. By contrast, Prieto wraps silicon nanowires generated via electrodeposition in an organic polymer that then gets surrounded by a cathode matrix. Nanowires increase the active surface area for transferring electrons between the a node and cathode for rapid power delivery. - Full Article Source

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08/15/10 - Revolutionary New Gel Heals Wounds Six Times Faster Than Normal
KeelyNet A gene therapy in the form of a thick gel is about to revolutionize wound treatment. The gel is called Nexagon, and when you apply it to a wound, it reprograms the cells to heal more quickly and efficiently. The gel, named Nexagon, works by interrupting h ow cells communicate and prevents the production of a protein that blocks healing. That allows cells to move faster to the wound to begin healing it. Though it has only been tested on about 100 people so far, experts say if it proves successful, the gel c ould have a major impact on treating chronic wounds, like leg or diabetes ulcers, and even common scrapes or injuries from accidents. In most chronic wounds, Becker said there is an abnormal amount of a protein involved in inflammation. To reduce its amou nt, [cell biologist David] Becker and colleagues made Nexagon from bits of DNA that can block the protein’s production. “As that protein is turned off, cells move in to close the wound,” Becker said. The gel is clear and has the consistency of toothpaste. In an early study on leg ulcers, scientists at the company Becker co-founded to develop the gel found that after four weeks, the number of people with completely healed ulcers was five times higher in patients who got the gel versus those who didn’t. The average leg ulcer takes up to six months to heal and 60 percent of patients get repeated ulcers . . . The gel has also been used on a handful of people who have suffered serious chemical burns to their eyes, including a 25-year-old workman in New Zealand who accidentally squirted liquid cement into one of his eyes. In that case and five others, after Nexagon was applied, the outer lining of the patients’ eyes and the blood vessels within them regrew, saving their vision. In the U.S., the gel has been gra nted approval by the Food and Drug Administration for serious eye injuries. - Full Article Source

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08/15/10 - Airsoft minigun packs quite a punch
[Kuba_T1000] built a multi-barrell Airsoft minigun with an unbelievable firing rate and an almost inexhaustible ammo pack. The gun is made entirely from aluminum which meant some time on the CNC machine. The six barrels don’t rotate but they are all used , resulting in the carnage shown in the video after the break. That large box you see is the ammo pack, which can hold 16,000 BBs and uses an electric feed system to reach the necessary delivery speeds. It is certainly not something you’d want to run into as part of an automated turret. (Imagine a small compressed air container on your back with a close proximity gun which could use a variety of they want to take our guns away, eh? Methinks not. This would freak muggers and other vi llains out! Float like a butterfly, sting like a swarm of biatches! - JWD) - Full Article Source

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08/15/10 - Converting Gas-Guzzlers into Hybrids
A handful of companies hope to carve a new niche by converting fleets of gas- or diesel-powered trucks, vans, and cars into hybrids and plug-in hybrids--and they're attracting millions of dollars of funding to do it. In some cases, they say, the conversio ns could pay for themselves in fuel and maintenance savings in just a few years. XL Hybrids plans to convert taxis, delivery trucks and other fleet vehicles into hybrids, cutting the vehicles' fuel consumption by 15 to 30 percent. Alt-E, a startup founded by former Tesla Motors engineers, is similarly targeting fleet vehicles, but it plans to make plug-in hybrids that can drive for roughly 40 miles on the energy stored in a battery that's recharged by plugging in. Once that stored charge is used up, Alt -E's vehicle will act like a conventional hybrid with fuel economy of 32 miles per hour--more than double that of the prototype vehicle it is working with--a Ford F150 pickup. Hybrid Electric Vehicle Technologies (HEVT) plans to offer both hybrid and plug -in hybrid conversions for a range of vehicles. Next year, major automakers will start selling their own plug-in hybrids--vehicles that can be recharged from electrical outlets but also have gasoline engines to extend their range. - Full Article Source

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08/15/10 - Cape Man's Invention To Help Clean Up BP Oil Leak
Scott Smith's Hyannis company is called Cellect Plastics. He's developed a green foam material that works like a boom. "Oil sticks to it like a magnet, but water runs through it," says Smith. He says it's much lighter than conventional boom, and reusable. After the infamous oil leak, Smith says he called BP repeatedly to tell them about the invention he calls "the green stuff." - Full Article Source

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08/15/10 - As eReaders gain popularity, what happens to the personal library?
There are books we pretend to keep for reference, but in fact keep only because they look so damn fine on the shelf. And then there are the books where should-have-read blends with may-have-read, and we're too embarrassed to confess we can't remember whic h is the case ("Catcher in the Rye"). There are also the books of hollow triumph, the great tomes of philosophy read in college, which remain on the shelves like snapshots taken from the summit of Everest or like pants in the closet that will never again slide up our thighs without tearing. Electronic book readers are a great invention for people who actually read books. But what do they offer those of us who have an even more complicated relationship with books unread? Sitting on a shelf, Thomas Mann's " Magic Mountain" stares down as coldly and harshly as an alp in winter. Locked up in the digital ether of a Kindle or a Nook, it can never indict our miserable laziness. The home library may live on in a few privileged homes as a purely fraudulent place, a room, like that one in the Hamptons, for displaying books that are entirely decorative. But all the lesser lies of reading, the smaller acts of fraud, the minor and more nuanced forms of self-deception that are manifest in a home library will lose their designated place, their little plot of space in the three-dimensional world. No one will ever look at an iPad icon that says "The Man Without Qualities," sitting on a high-definition digital picture of a bookshelf, and think, "After I'm dead." - Full Article Source

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08/15/10 - Dragons' Den winner reveals £80k promise was in fact 'a loan'
Never in its five-year history had there been such a confident performance on the TV show for entrepreneurs, Dragons' Den. The five hard-faced panellists, including Duncan Bannatyne, Peter Jones and Deborah Meaden, were moved to say her pitch was brillian t and it looked as though the £80,000 investment she was promised would propel Talpa Products, her fledgling business, into the commercial big time. The expert help she was expecting from her slick new backers never came, she says. Nor did the £80,000 inv estment she was promised by the Dragons for a stake in the company: instead of giving her the money to buy into the company, they offered it as a loan. Today, in an exclusive interview with The Mail on Sunday, the 40-year-old businesswoman tells how Drago ns' Den nearly ruined her. Her account will shake the confidence of the programme's many fans and, in her opinion at least, casts doubt on the methods of James Caan, one of the show's star panellists. She says: 'I was stunned. This is not what I had seen on TV. Viewers are given the impression that the money the Dragons provide is to buy equity in the business. I didn't receive the monies that I expected, I didn't receive the support I needed and, more importantly, they were charging me for their services. - Full Article Source

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08/15/10 - “Rivers of Water” in our atmosphere
Reginald E. Newell of M.I.T. wrote in the “Geophysical Research Letters Journal” that rivers of water flow in the lower atmosphere. These “rivers” are not actually condensed water, but are vapors that really flow. In other words, man cannot see them, nor realize when he is flying an airplane through them. But, these vapor rivers are enormous. Their flows rival the actual flow on Earth of the mighty Amazon River. These rivers of vapor are 420 to 480 miles wide and up to 4,800 miles long. These rivers of water are 1.9 miles above the earth, and have volumes of 165 million kilograms of water [340 million pounds] per second. Scientists further discovered that there are five (5) atmospheric rivers in the Northern Hemisphere and five (5) more in the Southern Hemisphere. Each of these 10 rivers carries these flow rates mentioned above. [Ibid., page 75] Now that we know there are rivers of water 1.9 miles above the surface, and one or more of them transverse the United States, how does one best create a massive, 500-year flood? The easiest way, of course, would be to throw up a dam that would prevent the vapor river from going on its normal way, thus dumping huge amounts of water behind where it had been “damned” up! The question of the hour is, how can one create a “dam” in the atmosphere? Scientists have discovered that ELF generation can cause an electronic dam to be created in the atmosphere! These electronic dams can divert or block these vapor rivers, causing huge amounts of rainfall to be dumped! Could this be a sientific explanation for the great floods? Further anomalies to be looked at the splitting of the jet streams across Russia, China and Pakistan;

The jet stream is essentially a giant loop of high winds that circulate around the upper atmosphere, please google or look up Tom Clarke a science correspondent writing about the Monsoon Jetstream that has devastated Pakistan. The Jetstream does not affect the localised weather becuase it circulates high up and pushes atmospheric weather across the globe. Therefore pushing large scale weather patterns across the globe.

The bizarre effect of the Pakistan Jet Stream; This stream has split in 2 “spliced”, disrupted..

Physicist Dr. Bernard J. Eastlund essentially “borrowed” Tesla’s ideas and received a patent (#4,686,605 issued Aug. 11, 1987) for an invention which employed the borrowed ideas. The patent was assigned to ARCO’s APTI and on Sept. 6, 1987, National Public Radio reported:

“Dr. Eastlund stated that his new invention could be used to change the weather by redirecting the very high wind patterns… The invention uses an earth-based power source to create electromagnetic radio waves and focus them way up into the atmosphere. Dr. Eastlund says the invention could steer the jet stream, but could also be used to disrupt communications all over the world.”

Among other things, the 1987 patent states, “Large regions of the upper atmosphere could be lifted to an unexpected high altitude…weather modification is possible, by for example altering the upper atmosphere wind patterns (which is exactly what the Russian Woodpecker ELF system does).” The Pakistan Jet Stream has split into 2; One arm has gone north and one arm has gone south, this is very bizarre and “never” seen before. The only explanation lies in intervention be this human or celestial but naurally the jet streams are just carried across region but rarely if not ever split. One part of the split jet stream sits over RUSSIA, heating up the atmosphere and making it so dry that it has caused the large uncontrollable fires.

This acts like a drought reducing any precipitation in the atmosphere causing i to become very warm and dry. Now this split arm of the Jet stream that has travelled north has been sitting over Russia for far too long, a further example of it’s abnormality. But Pakistan’s situation is far more worse as the bulk of the jetstream travels south across Pakistan’s or a better explaantion would be across the Indus Valley. The southern part of the jet stream has drifted and looped right across the Himalayas into NWF Pakistan. “The Met Office are completely baffled and described this as wholly unatural” - Full Article Source

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08/15/10 - New World Order & Weather Weapons – New Phase of Global Warfare
Andrei Areshev states that “the incidence of the current anomalously high temperatures exclusively in Russia and some adjacent territories invites alternative explanations.” According to Dr. Areshev, the warnings of the United States using these most dest ructive of weapons was fidentified by Russia in a book written by former US National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski about America’s dual role as disseminator of the technetronic revolution and principal preserver of the International status quo titl ed “Between Two Ages” (1976) wherein he mentioned “the theme of weather control, which he regarded as a form of broader social regulation”. “Moreover, as America becomes an increasingly multi-cultural society, it may find it more difficult to fashion a co nsensus on foreign policy issues, except in the circumstance of a truly massive and widely perceived direct external threat.” (p. 211) A carefully orchestrated plan was being played out and we are now entering a new phase, a new era of global warfare usin f weather weapons. Hence why Obama is insistent on destroying or having no more nuclear weapons. Weather weapons, freak weather conditions are here to stay and will influence geopolitics for a long time to come. - Full Article Source

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08/15/10 - Presence of animals is calming
In two small trials, having a dog around seemed to lower tensions during group collaboration and increased solidarity between people playing The Prisoner's Dilemma. The results seem to fit with preponderance of evidence that presence of animals is calmi ng. One glaring problem, though: Both trials compared dog vs. nothing. Could you get the same benefits from an animal that slobbers less? - Full Article Source

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08/15/10 - Found alive: Two dinosaur species in Papua New Guinea
While on holiday in Papua New Guinea with my wife, I filmed this flying creature. It just looked like a bird from a distance, but when it flew directly overhead we saw that it quite large (wingspan about 10 feet) and it had no feathers. This is the first part when I grabbed my camera while it was directly overhead. / The Ropen (‘demon flyer‘) is a monstrous creature that’s terrified the natives of Papua New Guinea for thousands of years. Another smaller creature, the Duah-possibly related to the Ropen-hau nts some of the far flung outlying islands. The descriptions of both monsters match that of fabled pterosaurs—ferocious flying dinosaurs thought to be extinct for 65 million years. - Full Article Source

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08/15/10 - Scientists Develop Brain-Microchip Bridge
"Canadian scientists have developed a microchip capable of monitoring the electrical and chemical communication channels between individual neurons. This is the first time scientists have been able to monitor the interaction between brain cells on such a precise and subtle level. In addition to providing the ability to see more easily the impact of drugs on various mental disorders during testing, this provides one of the first fundamental steps towards real mind-machine interface." - Full Article Source

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08/15/10 - Video Quality Matters Less If You Enjoy the Show
"Rice University researchers say new studies show that if you like what you're watching, you're less likely to notice the difference in video quality of the TV show, Internet video or mobile movie clip, putting a lie to some of the more extravagant marke ting claims of electronics manufacturers. 'If you're at home watching and enjoying a movie, we found that you're probably not going to notice or even concern yourself with how many pixels the video is or if the data is being compressed,' said the lead res earcher. 'This strong relationship holds across a wide range of encoding levels and movie content when that content is viewed under longer and more naturalistic viewing conditions.'" - Full Article Source

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08/15/10 - The Fuel Cost of Obesity
"America loves to complain about gas mileage and the cost of gasoline. As it turns out, part of the problem is us. How much does it really matter? A study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found a 1.1 percent increase in self-reported obes ity, which translates into extra weight that your vehicle has to haul around. The study estimates that 1 billion extra gallons of fuel were needed to compensate for passenger weight gained between 1960 and 2002." - Full Article Source

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08/15/10 - Rare Sharing of Data Led To Results In Alzheimer's Research
An unprecedented level of openness and data-sharing among scientists involved in the study of Alzheimer's disease has yielded a wealth of new research papers and may become the template for making progress in dealing with other afflictions. Quoting: "The key to the Alzheimer's project was an agreement as ambitious as its goal: not just to raise money, not just to do research on a vast scale, but also to share all the data, making every single finding public immediately, available to anyone with a compute r anywhere in the world. No one would own the data. No one could submit patent applications, though private companies would ultimately profit from any drugs or imaging tests developed as a result of the effort. 'It was unbelievable,' said Dr. John Q. Troj anowski, an Alzheimer's researcher at the University of Pennsylvania. 'It's not science the way most of us have practiced it in our careers. But we all realized that we would never get biomarkers unless all of us parked our egos and intellectual-property noses outside the door and agreed that all of our data would be public immediately.'" - Full Article Source

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08/15/10 - Unsuck it: translate douchey business jargon into normal language
KeelyNet What terrible business jargon do you need unsucked? Check out this new, original site to reparse and cleanup your worst nightmare communications. - Full Article Source

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08/15/10 - Incorporating Swarm Intelligence Into Computer AI
"From optimizing truck delivery routes to inspiring nerve-cell-based cognition models, ant intelligence has arrived. From the Economist: 'In 1992 Dr. Dorigo and his group began developing Ant Colony Optimisation (ACO), an algorithm that looks for solution s to a problem by simulating a group of ants wandering over an area and laying down pheromones. ACO proved good at solving travelling-salesman-type problems. Since then it has grown into a whole family of algorithms, which have been applied to many practi cal questions. ... Ant-like algorithms have also been applied to the problem of routing information through communication networks. Dr. Dorigo and Gianni Di Caro, another researcher at IDSIA, have developed AntNet, a routing protocol in which packets of i nformation hop from node to node, leaving a trace that signals the "quality" of their trip as they do so. Other packets sniff the trails thus created and choose accordingly. In computer simulations and tests on small-scale networks, AntNet has been shown to outperform existing routing protocols." - Full Article Source

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08/15/10 - Having Too Much Information Can Narrow Your Focus
"This excerpt sums up Dave Pell's article at NPR pretty well: 'Google's Eric Schmidt recently stated that every two days we create as much information as we did from the beginning of civilization through 2003. Perhaps the sheer bulk of data makes it easie r to suppress that information which we find overly unpleasant. Who has got time for a victim in Afghanistan or end-of-life issues with all these tweets coming in?' It's a valid point. If it's not tweets or Facebook posts, it's lengthy forum arguments or reading news articles from the time you walk in the door at work until you're ready for bed at night, and realizing you didn't actually accomplish anything else. Sometimes too much information can get in the way of living and can bury otherwise important things." - Full Article Source

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08/15/10 - Narco-Blogger Beats Mexico Drug War News Blackout
"An anonymous, twentysomething blogger is giving Mexicans what they can't get elsewhere — an inside view of their country's raging drug war. Operating from behind a thick curtain of computer security, Blog del Narco in less than six months has become Mexi co's go-to Internet site at a time when mainstream media are feeling pressure and threats to stay away from the story. Many postings, including warnings and a beheading, appear to come directly from drug traffickers. Others depict crime scenes accessible only to military or police." - Full Article Source

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08/15/10 - New Jaguar XJ Suffers Blue Screen of Death
"CNET UK is reporting that it crashed a £90,000 Jaguar XJ Super Sport — one of the most technologically advanced cars on the planet today. It's not the sort of crash you'd imagine, however — An unforseen glitch somewhere within the car's dozens of separat e onboard computers, hundreds of millions of lines of code, or its internal vehicular network, led to the dramatic BSOD, which had to be resolved with the use of a web-connected laptop." - Full Article Source

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08/12/10 - Engineers unveil Lutec 1000 free energy machine
KeelyNet The Cairns creators of the Lutec 1000 free energy machine have resurfaced after six years of steering clear of the public spotlight, having been granted patents in at least 60 countries around the world, including the US, China and India. The generator wo rks as an energy amplifier, generating up to 10 times the amount of electricity it consumes. The Lutec draws its power from a bank of batteries, with the motor turning due to powerful permanent magnets at its core being attracted and then repulsed from st eel cores of fixed coils. It does not work via perpetual motion, rather it relies on natural magnetic forces and a pulsed electrical input. The results of the generator were verified by independent engineers from SGS Australia following a test earlier thi s year, which confirmed the energy output from the generator was indeed greater than its input. / Different size machines produce different outcomes; three examples of this occurring can be viewed on the videos of actual working prototypes displayed on th is site. The smallest demonstrates an input of about 4 watts to a machine returning about 19 watts, and in another instance inputting around 70 watts and outputting around 270 watts. Because the system is designed to be scalable, an input of 250 kilowatts can become 1 megawatt and 1 megawatt can become 4.4 megawatts, or an input of 100 megawatts can become 440 megawatts. There is no top limit potential and neither is there a bottom level limit. Company website - Full Article Source

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08/12/10 - Speeding Up Diagnosis of Infectious Disease
A Cambridge, MA-based startup called Pathogenica is developing a way to do it within a day--by reading the DNA sequence of pathogens. The company will initially focus on detecting the bacteria that cause urinary tract infections, and aims to have a produc t approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration by the end of 2012, with a target of $10 per test. The cost of DNA sequencing has dropped exponentially in the last few years, thanks to new technologies. A growing number of pathogens can be detected us ing so-called molecular tests, developed over the last decade, which identify microbes by isolating and amplifying specific chunks of DNA. Molecular testing is much faster than culture methods, and has improved medical care by letting doctors correctly di agnose a disease and begin treatment before a patient even leaves the doctor's office, says Lipkin. "But directly sequencing DNA is much more precise," he says. Sequencing also lets scientists search for multiple microbes simultaneously. Sequencing the ge nes responsible for drug-resistance will let physicians immediately determine which antibiotics a microbe is immune to, helping them choose the most effective drugs from the start. - Full Article Source

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08/12/10 - How Star Trek artists imagined the iPad... 23 years ago
KeelyNet One interesting characteristic of Star Trek: The Next Generation—one that separated it from the original series and most of the early films—was its widespread use of smooth, flat, touch-based control panels throughout the Enterprise-D. This touch interface was also used for numerous portable devices known as PADDs, or Personal Access Display Devices. These mobile computing terminals bear a striking resemblance to Apple's iPad—a mobile computing device largely defined by its smooth, flat touchscreen interface. Because Jefferies was forced by budget restraints to be creative, however, the original Enterprise bridge was relatively sparse and simplistic. "Because he did such a brilliant job visualizing it, I think the original Star Trek still holds up today reasonably well," Okuda said. "The initial motivation for that was in fact cost," Okuda explained. "Doing it purely as a graphic was considerably less expensive than buying electronic components. But very quickly we began to realize—as we figured out how these things would work and how someone would operate them, people would come to me and say, 'What happens if I need to do this?' Perhaps it was some action I hadn't thought of, and we didn't have a specific control for that.

And I realized the proper answer to that was, 'It's in the software.' All the things we needed could be software-definable." What Okuda realized is that with physical hardware interfaces, each function has to be designed into the interface from the beginning.

But by imagining that software could re-configure the interface as needed, the writers were able to imagine any function that needed to advance the plot, and the production artists could create a "software" interface to perform the specific action.

Since the props weren't real functioning devices, no real code needed to be written. "We were considerably freer to imagine, 'What if you do this? Or what if you just touched that and it changed into a helm panel?'" Okuda said. Like the PADD, Apple's iPad and other iOS devices are designed largely around the idea that the software defines how the device can be used. "Nothing compares to the almost alive interface of the iPad," Doug Drexler told Ars. An ardent reader of science fiction from the age of 10, the iPad's touch interface was something he had long expected. "I think my attitude was, 'It's about time!'," he said.

"I think that anything that has no apparent mechanism yet delivers a big punch is either futuristic or, if you are from the Middle Ages, magic," Drexler explained. "Advanced alien devices on the original Trek series often had no discernible mechanism. So touch interfaces seem like magic.

It's also slightly eerie, as you have the sensation that this thing is aware of you." - Full Article Source

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08/12/10 - Crashproof Motorbike
Crashproof Motorbike.. To good to be true.. perfect schadenfreude... - Full Article Source

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08/12/10 - Super Simple Inch worm mechanism
Sticklers for the definition of “robot” should simply avert your gaze for the opening title of the video. [Randofo] has posted this beautifully simple inch worm mechanism using only a ruler, some connectors, a switch, a servo, a comb, some batteries, and a couple Tupperware containers. It inches, as it was designed to do, quite well. We’re especially fond of the use of a comb as an easily modifiable switch activator. - Full Article Source

ITEM #170

08/12/10 - Zeus Trojan emptying bank accounts worldwide!
Hold onto your hats. A new version of the Zeus trojan, called Zeus3, has wreaked havoc on thousands of bank accounts worldwide, stealing just over $1 million. The best part? There’s pretty much no way to detect the trojan if it’s on your system. M86 Secur ity, the first group to discover the trojan, says: We’ve never seen such a sophisticated and dangerous threat. Always check your balance and have a good idea of what it is. The last thing you want to do is hear a bank account-draining sophisticated trojan . Oh, it only affects Windows systems. But you knew that already. The scariest part is that the trojan, after clear out your bank account, serves up a fake bank statement page. It looks like you have all of your money, but you actually have $50 left in yo ur entire account. Again, no current anti-malware software can detect the trojan, so for the time being you’re on your on. Beware! But there’s more. It looks like it ONLY affects british accounts. More than likely it only affects IE browsers as well, the trojan is a browser plugin. The bad news is that the East European-controlled botnet that controls the malware drives a real-time plug-in wit hin the users’ web browser and, when infected, the users PC quietly checks for a balance on the account the user is accessing. Then, if the balance is higher than 800 euro or its local currency equivalent, the malware initiates a transfer to a mule accoun t.(I think this got me for $400! Called my bank and had the charges reversed before the transaction was completed! The customer service agent at CHASE said they were swamped with calls for this exact same thing. - JWD) - Full Article Source

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08/12/10 - Snapping pics at the right moment with a pressure plate
KeelyNet [BiOzZ] built a pressure sensitive camera accessory to snap pictures at just the right moment. Before turning out all the lights the camera is set up with a twenty-second timer and a three-second exposure. The pressure plate doesn’t take the photo, but f ires the flash to catch an image in the middle of the action. The hack uses a piece of acrylic as the base of the pressure plate. A switch is constructed by placing aluminum tape on the base, and attaching a thin metal strip that is bent to add just a bit of spring. When an object is place on the plate the thin metal contacts the aluminum tape completing the circuit, a change in the weight breaks it. A simple circuit connects to this, using a relay to actuate the flash from a disposable camera. This is pe rfect for documenting the moment when you exercise that fruit-induced rage that has been consuming you lately. - Full Article Source

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08/12/10 - How harsh words may hurt your knees
Psychologist George Slavich of the University of California, Los Angeles, and colleagues asked 124 volunteers to give speeches and perform mental arithmetic in front of a panel of dismissive observers. Saliva analysis showed they exhibited elevated level s of two inflammation markers. A quarter of the volunteers then played a computer game in which other players were instructed to exclude them. Functional MRI scans showed this triggered increased activity in two brain regions associated with rejection. Pa rticipants with the highest inflammatory responses showed the greatest increases in brain activity (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1009164107). - Full Article Source

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08/12/10 - No Anonymity Is The Future Of Web
The National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace proposes to do away with anonymous multiple identities in favor of one real identity. Part of the reasoning behind one trusted identity is to do away with crime. But isn't this the same logic of anonymity breeding anti-social behavior and criminals? According to ReadWriteWeb, Schmidt said of anti-social behavior, "The only way to manage this is true transparency and no anonymity. In a world of asynchronous threats, it is too dangerous for there n ot to be some way to identify you. We need a [verified] name service for people. Governments will demand it." If we keep hearing that privacy is dead and long buried, how long before we accept that anonymity is an anti-social behavior and a crime? Securit y expert Bruce Schneier suggests that we protect our privacy if we are thinking about it, but we give up our privacy when we are not thinking about it. Schneier wrote, "Here's the problem: The very companies whose CEOs eulogize privacy make their money by controlling vast amounts of their users' information. Whether through targeted advertising, cross-selling or simply convincing their users to spend more time on their site and sign up their friends, more information shared in more ways, more publicly mea ns more profits. This means these companies are motivated to continually ratchet down the privacy of their services, while at the same time pronouncing privacy erosions as inevitable and giving users the illusion of control." The loss of anonymity will en danger privacy. - Full Article Source

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08/12/10 - A "Nobel Torsion Message" Over Norway?
KeelyNet According to early news reports coming out of Norway, just hours ago ... a vast, rapidly expanding "spiral" suddenly appeared in the pre-dawn skies over its northern-most town, a fishing center called "Tromso" (above). Moments later, a corkscrewing "blue beam" seemed to emmanate from the exact center of the spiral toward the ground. Then, as rapidly as this "glowing spiral" and central "beam" appeared ... the bright core of this rapidly rotating spiral abruptly disappeared ... to be immediately replaced b y what could only be described as -- A pitch black, rapidly enlarging circle (below) -- looking eerily like "an expanding black hole ..." Initially, this visually spectacular event was thought by experts looking at those videos and images to be "just anot her Russian naval missile test"-- Until the Russian Navy denied it was responsible! But then, in an abrupt public reversal, the Russian Defense Ministry suddenly claimed that this was, indeed, "a Russian rocket launch ...." This belated (and 180-degree) l agging Russian "admission," unfortunately, has all the appearances of a hastily-ordered cover-up-- Of something "far more interesting" .... Is it another "coincidence" that, just over the hill from Tromso, lies a high-tech Norwegian "HAARP antenna farm" - - the EISCAT Ramfjordmoen facility (below) -- specifically designed to broadcast powerful beams of microwave energy high into space ... thereby also creating blatant HD/torsion side-effects in the Earth's highly-electrified upper "plasma" atmosphere (iono sphere)? The facility is officially supported by Norway, Sweden, Finland, Japan ... China ... the United Kingdom ... and Germany. - Full Article Source

ITEM #175

08/12/10 - The Chevy Volt, just the latest expensive toy
The 2011 Chevy Volt from Government Motors is touted as the answer to carbon emissions and green jobs. The Volt, a hybrid vehicle, is said to be able to go 40 miles on one battery charge. The 1911 Baker Electric from the Baker Motor Vehicle Company of Cle veland, Ohio, could go 50 miles on one battery charge. The 1902 Baker Torpedo set a land speed record. Accepting a 70% to 80% efficiency for the electric vehicle gives a figure of only around 20% overall efficiency when recharged from fossil fuels. That i s comparable to the efficiency of an internal combustion engine running at variable load. The efficiency of a gasoline engine is about 16%, and 20% for a diesel engine. Because of the relatively high price of electric/hybrid vehicles, German automakers sa y, Without government subsidies, electric cars are virtually unmarketable. If all that is true, we are spending much money on a fantasy. But, the electric car “has long been recognized as the ideal solution” because it “is cleaner and quieter” and “much m ore economical.” That statement was published by The New York Times on November 12, 1911. We have yet to see that rosy prediction come true, as noted by the Energy Tribune. - Full Article Source

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08/12/10 - Driller robot to explore great pyramid
KeelyNet Does the Pyramid of Cheops (really KHUFU) hide more secrets within its massive volume? A 1992 robot explored one tiny passage only to be blocked by limestone doors with brass handles -- and the next one drilled through only to find anther door behind it. Built 4,500 years ago, the vast tomb contains several passageways and two rooms, the Kings's and Queen's Chambers. Two shafts extend from each, but whereas those from the King's Chamber reach the exterior, those from the Queen's Chamber stop dead deep wi thin the monument. A new robot, being prepared by a team from Leeds University, is designed to be able to drill a large enough hole for itself to pass through the doors. No word on what they hope to find on the other side. / Now technicians at Leeds Unive rsity are putting the finishing touches to a robot which, they hope, will follow the shaft to its end. Known as the Djedi project, after the magician whom Khufu consulted when planning the pyramid, the robot will be able to drill through the second set of doors to see what lies beyond. Dr Robert Richardson, of the Leeds University School of Mechanical Engineering, said they would continue the expedition until they reach the end of the shafts. "We have been working on the project for five years," he said. "We have no preconceptions. We are trying to gain evidence for other people to draw conclusions. There are two shafts. The north shaft is blocked by a limestone door and nothing has penetrated that door. With the south shaft a previous team has measured t he thickness of the stone, drilled through it and put a camera through it and found there was another surface. We are going to determine how thick that is and we could drill through it. We are preparing the robot now and expect to send it up before the en d of the year. It's a big question, and it's very important not to cause unnecessary damage. We will carry on until we find the answer. We hope to get all the data possible which will be sufficient to answer the questions." - Full Article Source

ITEM #177

08/12/10 - Fresh, home-made blood vessels
Organovo, a biotech start-up near San Diego, has figured out a method for printing blood vessels. Made from the stem cells of the soon-to-be transplant recipient, the blood vessels are useful in themselves, but they're also a first step toward something e ven crazy bigger—printing whole organs. Most organs in the body are filled with veins, so the ability to print vascular tissue is a critical building block for complete organs. The printed veins are about to start testing in animal trials, and eventually go through human clinical trials. If all goes well, in a few years you may be able to replace a vein that has deteriorated (due to frequent injections of chemo treatment, for example) with custom-printed tissue grown from your own cells. The barriers to f ull-organ printing are not just technological. The first organ-printing machine will cost hundreds of millions of dollars to develop, test, produce and market. Not to mention the difficulty any company will have getting FDA approval. - Full Article Source

ITEM #178

08/12/10 - World's "most prolific" bank card broker busted in France
Vladislav Anatolievich Horohorin, 27, aka BadB, holds dual-citizenship in Ukraine and Israel and was one of the earliest members of CarderPlanet, a first of its kind Russian-language carding forum that was launched around 2002 by a group of East Europeans . CarderPlanet was shuttered in 2004, and BadB had more recently been selling his stolen goods at and on his own websites, and, where he promoted his product in lighthearted Flash cartoons like the one above. Authorities say the network created by Horohorin and other CarderPlanet veterans is linked to "nearly every major intrusion of financial information reported to the international law enforcement community." BadB faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted of access-devi ce fraud and two years if found guilty of aggravated identity theft. - Full Article Source

ITEM #179

08/12/10 - Minority Report Realized
Precog criminal though detection system can read your mind to see if you are planning a crime with near perfect accuracy. In a new study by researchers at Northwestern University, if specifics of a planned terrorist attack were know, P300 brain waves coul d be used to pick out those with guilty knowledge with 100 percent accuracy in the lab, said J. Peter Rosenfeld, professor of psychology in Northwestern's Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences. Using P300 brain wave measuring by electrodes attached to the scalp, researchers were able to pick out those subjects that had engaged in planning, but not carried out, crime. Even when the researchers had no advance details about the mock terrorism plans, the technology was still accurate in identifying critical c oncealed information. 'Without any prior knowledge of the planned crime in our mock terrorism scenarios, we were able to identify 10 out of 12 terrorists and, among them, 20 out of 30 crime-related details," Rosenfeld said. 'The test was 83 percent accura te in predicting concealed knowledge, suggesting that our complex protocol could identify future terrorist activity.' - Full Article Source

ITEM #180

08/12/10 - Cops deploying automatic robo-license-plate-readers
Bot maker Motorola points out that officers can only manually check a small fraction of the license plates they see while on the beat, while their bot can check all of them. While testing Motorola's system, police in Long Beach, California were able to ma ke 50 extra arrests, identify nearly 1,000 stolen or lost license plates and seize 275 stolen vehicles in just six months. The readers also alert cops to tags of those with outstanding traffic tickets, so they can be hauled off to jail and forced to pay u p. - Full Article Source

ITEM #181

08/12/10 - Just One Out of 16 Hybrids Pays Back In Gas Savings
"One of the criticisms of hybrid cars has historically been that there's no payback, especially given the cheap gasoline prices in the US. The extra money you spend on a hybrid isn't returned in gas savings, say critics. Well, that may be true, especially when regular gasoline is averaging $2.77 a gallon this week. But as we often point out, most people don't buy hybrids for payback — they buy them to make a statement about wanting to drive green. Nevertheless, a Canadian study has now looked at the quest ion of hybrid payback in a country whose gasoline is more expensive than ours (roughly $3.70 per gallon this week), with surprising results. The British Columbia Automobile Association projected the fuel costs of 16 hybrids over five years against their purchase price and financing fees. In a study released in late July, only a single one of the 16 hybrids cost less to buy and run than its gasoline counterpart." The one car that would save you money, according the study, is the Mercedes S400 Hybrid sedan — and it will only cost you $105,000. - Full Article Source

ITEM #182

08/12/10 - Spinal-Fluid Test Confirmed To Predict Alzheimer's
"The New York Times reports that researchers have found a spinal-fluid test can be 100 percent accurate in identifying patients with significant memory loss who are on their way to developing Alzheimer's disease. The new study included more than 300 patients in their seventies, 114 with normal memories, 200 with memory problems, and 102 with Alzheimer's disease. Their spinal fluid was analyzed for amyloid beta, which forms plaques in the brain, and for tau, another protein that accumulates i n dead and dying nerve cells in the brain. Nearly every person with Alzheimer's had the characteristic spinal fluid protein levels." - Full Article Source

ITEM #183

08/12/10 - FBI Prioritizes Copyright Over Missing Persons
"The FBI has limited resources, so it needs to prioritize what it works on. However, it's difficult to see why dealing with copyright infringement seems to get more attention than identity theft or missing persons. In the past year, the FBI has announced a special new task force to fight intellectual property infringement, but recent reports have shown that both identity theft and missing persons have been downgraded as priorities by the FBI, to the point that there are a backlog of such cases." - Full Article Source

ITEM #184

08/12/10 - Music Festival Producer Pre-Sues Bootleggers
"Apparently, if you even have been *thinking* about bootlegging the Mile High Music Festival this coming weekend in Denver you've already been sued. No joke. Event producer AEG has already filed trademark infringement claims against 100 John Does and 100 Jane Does in anticipation that they're going to bootleg the event. Since none of the sued parties have actually done anything yet, no one's showing up in court to protest the lawsuit either, so it moves forward... meaning that AEG can use it to get all so rts of law enforcement officials (US Marshals, local and state police and even off-duty officers) to go seize bootleg material." - Full Article Source

ITEM #185

08/12/10 - The Vending Machines of the Future
"Not sure what you're thirsty for? New vending machines in Shinagawa Station in Tokyo will tell you based on your age and gender. The machines, controlled by a centralized server, come equipped with sensors that recognize basic costumer information, and then provide recommendations alongside the list of available drinks. A massive 47-inch touch panel display is used in place of the typical button system, allowing for an automatic digital advertising mode when no people are directly in front of the machin e." - Full Article Source

ITEM #186

08/12/10 - Portugal Gives Itself a Clean-Energy Makeover
"It appears that some countries in oil-poor Europe are making a successful transition to renewable energy at a fast and steady pace. This article talks about the small country of Portugal on the West Coast of Europe, known for its white sand beaches, oran ges, fish, and wines. Portugal has no oil, but lots of sun and wind. Five years ago, the government decided, against many dissenting voices, to invest massively in taking advantage of the country's natural resources in clean energy. The results are here. It used to be a heavy energy importer, but now it exports it." - Full Article Source

ITEM #187

08/09/10 - Gasoline From Thin Air
"An enzyme found in the roots of soybeans could be the key to cars that run on air. If perfected, the tech could lead to cars partially powered on their own fumes. Even further into the future, vehicles could draw fuel from the air itself. Quoting: 'The n ew enzyme can only make two and three carbon chains, not the longer strands that make up liquid gasoline. However, Ribbe thinks he can modify the enzyme so it could produce gasoline. ... [Perfecting this process] won't happen anytime soon... "It's very, v ery difficult," to extract the vanadium nitrogenase, said Ribbe.' - Full Article Source

ITEM #188

08/09/10 - Time travel using Wormholes
KeelyNet Russian physicists seriously believe that the Large Hadron Collider can be used for time travel. However, it will only happen when it starts working at full capacity and stops breaking down. This sensational proposal was made by two doctors of physical an d mathematical sciences, Professors of Institute of Mathematics named after Steklov, Irina Arefyeva and Igor Volovich. “Modern principles of theoretical mathematical physics allow the possibility of time travel,” explains Volovich, a member of RAS. “One o f the admissible models of working time machine is the so-called wormhole, that is, a space-time tunnel leading to another time or space. And the probability of formation of a wormhole in the LHC is comparable to the probability of occurrence of the black hole itself, which can occur when particles collide with high energy. Since the LHC is designed, figuratively speaking, to create a part of space on Earth, then it can be used to obtain dark energy. This is also an important detail of creating the mirac le machine. Another necessary condition for making the machine work is to distort space and time so it closes up in a ring. And the LHC is quite capable of that. “This phenomenon in physics is called “closed time-like curve,” explains Professor Arefyeva. “It allows, at least theoretically, returning to the past.” “Is it possible to have a paradox described by Bradbury, when a traveler caught in the past accidentally steps on a butterfly, which results in coming to power of a different president in his tim e? “ “We expected such issues,” says professor Volovich. “We came to this conclusion: time travel may change the course of history, but not very significantly.” To make time machine the reality, the scientists stress the need for the LHC to reach at least the design capacity (now it is working at half capacity) and stop breaking down. “So far, our biggest home is that the LHC will demonstrate the existence of wormhole. If some of the collision energy in the collider disappears, this can be explained by th e creation of particles that pierce time through wormholes.” - Full Article Source

ITEM #189

08/09/10 - Patent Backlog Frustrates Inventors
New Products Could Jumpstart an Economic Recovery but U.S. Patent Office Hampered by Inability to Adjust Fees. Since the federal patent agency was created in 1790, the U.S Patent and Trademark Office has issued 7,752,677 patents. And following many of tho se patents are jobs, especially when the venture capital kicks in. "Every innovation comes through this agency on the way to creating a business, whether it's the light bulb, whether it's the laser, whether it's the iPod," USPTO Director David Kappos tell s CBS News. However, the current wait for a patent is, on average, three years, or 36 months. The "in box" at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is stuffed with 700,000 applications awaiting review. Ultimately, only 4 out of ten applications, or 42 perc ent, are approved. "The backlog is indeed our biggest problem," Kappos concedes. "It represents innovations trapped in this agency that otherwise could be creating jobs." Kappos, who was appointed to his post a year ago after working 26 years at IBM, aims to cut the wait time to 20 months and the backlog in half over the next five years. But to achieve those goals, Kappos says, he needs more money to hire 1,200 additional patent examiners and upgrade the agency's computer systems. "We currently have syste ms that are not as capable as they need to be -- they're certainly not state of the art. As a result, our examiners are handicapped," Kappos says. Like a handful of government agencies, such as the Food and Drug Administration, the Federal Housing Adminis tration, the Securities and Exchange Commission, USPTO is self-financed. It charges $1,000 to file for a patent, but little guys like DeBelardino get a 50 percent discount, paying only $500. Patents, of course, and the licensing fees they generate, can be worth millions or even billions of dollars. "We vastly undercharge for most of the services we perform," Kappos says. Many established companies, which consider patent fees a bargain, and are frustrated by the backlog, are willing to pay more. "Several t housand dollars actually, as far as patent cost to us, is relatively immaterial," Hank Nothhaft, CEO of Tessera Technologies, tells CBS News. Congress sets the fees charged by the patent office. The legislative branch also does not permit the patent offic e keep all $2 billion in its annual revenue, by diverting $200 million dollars a year for other federal budget items. "We very much want that money," Kappos says. "It would be enough to begin the turnaround of the agency immediately." Legislation that wou ld end fee diversion and empower USPTO to adjust its own fees, as well as other reforms, is working its way through Congress. A bill sponsored by Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont has passed his Judiciary Committee but has not come to the Senate floor for debate. The agency has secured an additional $129 million appropriation from Census money that wasn't used this year. Both the Census and USPTO are in the Commerce Department. Unless Congress acts to end fee diversion, USPTO will face a revenue shortfall next year. To lessen the backlog, the patent office is experimenting with a “fast track” review process for inventions with an environmental streak. - Full Article Source

ITEM #190

08/09/10 - Unlocking the Savant Brain In All Of Us
KeelyNet Snyder uses magnetic stimulation to unlock savant skills in average individuals. What if you had perfect pitch, a photographic memory, and astounding artistic ability? Allan Snyder thinks you already do. Snyder is the director of the Centre for the Mind a t the University of Sydney and for years he’s been studying how the mind processes information. Certain individuals, often called savants, demonstrate amazing abilities: near total recall of memories, the ability to count a large number of items simply by glancing at them (numerosity), incredible musical talent, etc. Savants display these cognitive feats while often suffering from a neural disorder like Autism. As described in his publication in The Royal Society, Snyder believes that these abilities aris e as Autism (or other phenomenon) grants the individual ‘privileged access’ to data that would normally be overridden in the brain. With magnetic pulses, Snyder has even been able to temporarily ‘unlock’ savant-like abilities in average people! There’s a chance that everyone could one day have access to this kind of hidden potential in their minds. / ver several years, he and other researchers have used repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) to interfere with the neurons in the left anterior temporal lobe. The bundled the rTMS device into a hat that could be worn while patients performed different tasks. Dubbed the ‘thinking cap’ by some, it effectively shut down the left hemisphere of the brain with magnetic fields. The results are interest ing. Snyder has been able to induce the ability to draw as the eye sees (even without artistic training). He’s seen improved memory, better ability to notice typos/grammar mistakes, and improved numerosity. The latter has some of the clearest results (as published in Perception, 2006). Patients shown a random number of dots on a computer screen for a brief period of time are asked to give the number of dots shown. Immediately after rTMS treatment, 10 out of 12 patients saw improvements. 8 out of these 12 saw that improvement disappear an hour after rTMS stopped. In other words, savant skills seem to appear and then slowly fade away after rTMS. A placebo treatment did not induce the same results – something is clearly going on here. In 2008, the FDA approv ed NeuroStar from Neuronetics, a TMS treatment device for depression. Put on an electromagnet, mess with your brain for a while and you might see improvements in your mood. Sounds crazy, but it seems to work in some cases. - Full Article Source

ITEM #191

08/09/10 - Slit pupils help snakes ambush their prey
KeelyNet Richard Shine and Francois Brischoux at the University of Sydney, Australia, scoured the literature and found that vertical pupils on most animals become round in low light. This went against the common theory that vertical pupils evolved to give animal' s night vision. The slim, vertical pupil probably helps ambush hunters stalk prey at night by making objects at a distance from the snake's hideout appear sharper, says Brischoux. Just like a smaller aperture on a camera lens, a smaller pupil creates a de eper field of focus. The downside, however, is that it lets less light in. Vertical pupils are smaller in the horizontal plane only, meaning they offer a greater depth of field in the horizontal plane but still let enough light into the eye for night visi on. Seeing a wide horizontal field in focus may help a snake waiting to ambush prey because it stops them having to move forward to see prey in focus – and risk giving away their position. Brischoux suggests vertical pupils might also assist with camoufla ge by mimicking surrounding grasses. According to Shine, the relationship between pupil shape and hunting technique is likely to apply to other animals with vertical pupils too, such as many cats and foxes. For example, the red fox is an ambush forager wi th vertical slit pupils, whereas the grey wolf is an active forager with round pupils. "Everyone's been comfortable with the one explanation for vertical pupils," says. - Full Article Source

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08/09/10 - Graphene stress produces gigantic pseudo-magnetic fields
Researchers have reported the creation of pseudo-magnetic fields far stronger than the strongest magnetic fields ever sustained in a laboratory - just by putting the right kind of strain onto a patch of graphene (a sheet made from a single layer of carbon atoms). "We have shown experimentally that when graphene is stretched to form nanobubbles on a platinum substrate, electrons behave as if they were subject to magnetic fields in excess of 300 tesla, even though no magnetic field has actually been appli ed," says Michael Crommie, from Berkeley National Laboratory. "This is a completely new physical effect that has no counterpart in any other condensed matter system." Previously, it was difficult to sustain tremendously strong magnetic fields in a laborat ory setting. The current record is 85 tesla for a field that lasts only thousandths of a second. When stronger fields are created, the magnets blow themselves apart. The ability to make electrons behave as if they were in magnetic fields of 300 tesla or m ore - just by stretching graphene - offers a new window on fundamental science made possible by graphene's electronic behavior, which is unlike any other material's. - Full Article Source

ITEM #193

08/09/10 - Make Microwave Popcorn Using a Simple Brown Paper Bag
KeelyNet If you’ve been buying microwave popcorn because of the convenience—or a belief that the bag has special popcorn enhancing powers—you’ll want to check out this incredibly inexpensive way to make microwave popcorn at a sixth the cost of commercial bags.The writers at Squawkfox, a frugality-centered blog, were shocked when they did the math on how much they were paying for the convenience of pre-bagged popcorn. When they crunched the numbers they realized they were paying over $3.50 a pound for popcorn versu s $0.50 for a raw pound of popcorn. What do you get for the extra three bucks? A whole lot of fancy packaging and a whole lot of questionable ingredients…. - Full Article Source

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08/09/10 - US target practice: the $57m Aussie fall guys
The Rover robots, the first such "smart targets" to be adopted for training exercises by the US military, are armoured autonomous robots that look, move and behave like real people. Australian troops are already using them for training. Teams of the robot s can execute complex pre-planned scenarios and are intelligent enough to scatter and run for cover when a buddy robot is shot. The robots, which weigh 150 kilograms, are based on the Segway platform. They do not need to be controlled with a joystick and can accelerate at up to 12.6km/h. They use GPS and a scanning laser range-finder for navigation, positioning and obstacle detection and avoidance. The robots are networked so they can be monitored and given commands remotely. Rover was developed in conjun ction with the Department of Defence and with support from the federal and NSW governments. Brooks would not say how much each robot costs. The robots can be used for scenarios including sniper training, hostage rescue, escalation-of-force decision-making and executive protection. The mannequin on top drops back when hit and is made from durable plastic so can withstand hundreds of shots. - Full Article Source

ITEM #195

08/09/10 - Living Forever: Is It Really Worth It?
One way to define ageing is an increased chance of dying as time progresses as a result of cumulative natural changes and degradation of the body. Therefore a cure for ageing wouldn’t simply be a cure for all of the most common diseases associated with ol d age, such as cancer, heart disease and so on, but rather a cure for the underlying cause of the body being more susceptible to those diseases. Even if we could cure cancer or heart disease, the disease itself may not kill you, but something else would, as the body would still have accumulated years of stress and damage making it increasingly more likely to fail. Instead, a cure for ageing itself would mean prevention (and even reversal) of the ageing process, ensuring a state of perpetual youth for thos e that partake. The primary concern that springs to the mind of most people when the topic of curing old age is discussed is overpopulation. Already, the population is growing exponentially, even when the majority of people are dying before they reach 100 . If people are living for double that amount of time and reproduction continues at its current rate, surely we will run out of room sooner than if people were dying before 100? It follows then, that we would exhaust that same amount of habitable space ev en quicker should life expectancy be increased further, to say 500 or in the thousands, provided that the rate of childbirth remained the same. This idea of cramped living conditions conjures up an image of Victorian style slums or today’s “High Density L iving” solution to the same problem in Hong Kong, where the concept of your own space outside has almost disappeared. / Controlling Birth Rate / Equality & Prejudice / Dying Peacefully - Full Article Source

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08/09/10 - Candied Corpses, And 87 Other Ancient Innovations
Who knew Alexander the Great was such a sweet guy? Before the Macedonian conqueror passed away, he left detailed funeral instructions, including — among other things — that he be embalmed in honey through a process known as "mellification." This is just o ne of the tidbits included in classical historian Vicki Leon's new book, How to Mellify a Corpse: And Other Human Stories of Ancient Science & Superstition. Leon chronicles 88 tales of Greek genius and Roman know-how, exploring the many remedies, precauti ons and inventions classical people dreamed up in order to make life a little easier. As it turns out, some of those remedies have serious staying power. Take mellification, for example: "It preserves tissue very well, and in fact has some particular uses and benefits for burn victims," Leon tells NPR's Liane Hansen. The ancients came up with countless ways to use honey — Leon says that the Egyptians had at least 900 remedies involving the sticky stuff. And since Greeks and Romans had no qualms with steal ing the recipes of their neighbors to the south, "they had a number of them as well." These included the method of using "mad honey" to vanquish enemies. As Leon explains, "When bees gather nectar for honey, if they happen to be in an area where there are laurel and rhododendron, the nectar — the honey — is somewhat toxic." This "mad honey" has an intoxicating effect on anyone unfortunate enough to ingest it. Several Greek armies, she says, were felled after mistakenly chowing down on the mad honey that e nemies had planted in their paths. - Full Article Source

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08/09/10 - Invention could reduce number of melanoma biopsies
Diagnosing skin cancer means cutting off a piece of skin and waiting for results. Now, a new invention could radically change how doctors find and diagnose the most common type of cancer. A machine being tested at Vanderbilt University could make skin bio psies obsolete. A laser illuminates the structure of the skin at the cellular level. "It allows us to see the different layers of the skin," said Dr. Ellis. It scans the chemical analysis of the skin and compares it to a database of known cancers. It coul d get a patient results in minutes, which could mean years. As many as 80 percent of biopsies come back negative, according to the American Cancer Society. Using this machine could significantly reduce the number of unnecessary biopsies. - Full Article Source

ITEM #198

08/09/10 - Why cell phone are an anti-social invention
As cell phones began to have more and more of the home computer's features, plus the inception of texting and wireless internet, the ability to isolate from others has become mobile and pernicious. Why should a person who is shopping in a supermarket care about a person's cell phone use when they, themselves never even return a stranger's smile or friendly "hello"? What would cause a person who is not friendly towards, or who does not even know the individual, have problems when the same person is using t heir mobile device? In other words, some people gripe if they even look 30 feet away to see a total stranger using a cell phone, and that is unreasonable. In some cases, the person without the cell phone is the antisocial entity. Some people are just diff icult and cell phones are not to blame. The needy neighbor who cannot stop talking and let a person move on to do their chores; the rude and aggressive acquaintance who never fails to slip in a hurtful or nasty personal attack; the nosy and aggressive gos sip who is only interested in interrogating about the latest in a person's life, are examples of people who are just asking for a cell phone to come between them and their intended victims! In the opposite direction, a person is in an unhealthy phase of o bsessive and constant cell phone use. This may be caused by the newness of the device or by an emotional problem that makes them use the cell phone to isolate from others who surround them. Or, it might be that the increasing use of the cell phone by ever yone else causes the person to get one of their own. - Full Article Source

ITEM #199

08/09/10 - Selling fake melted food as a seat saver

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ITEM #200

08/09/10 - Court Rejects Warrantless GPS Tracking
"The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit today firmly rejected government claims that federal agents have an unfettered right to install Global Positioning System (GPS) location-tracking devices on anyone's car without a search warra nt. ... The court agreed that such round-the-clock surveillance required a search warrant based on probable cause. ...the court noted: 'When it comes to privacy... the whole may be more revealing than its parts.'" - Full Article Source

ITEM #201

08/09/10 - DIY Air Quality Balloons
"A few students at Carnegie Mellon University outfitted weather balloons with air quality sensors, resulting in huge glowing balloons that respond to surrounding air quality. Their Instructables page shows that pretty much anyone can make these using a P IC, a tri-colored LED, and some off-the-shelf air quality sensors (about $10 each): 'This Instructable will show you how to make giant, super cool, glowing balloons that react to surrounding air quality. Inside each balloon is a tri-colored LED. This LED reacts to data from an air quality sensor, turning green, yellow or red based on low, average, and high values.'" - Full Article Source

ITEM #202

08/09/10 - Genetically Modified Canola Spreads To Wild Plants
"A research team conducting a survey has found that about 86% of wild canola plants in North Dakota have genetically modified genes in them, and 'two samples contained multiple genes from different species of genetically modified plants.' Canola usually h as little competition when cultivated but does not fare well in the wild. The Roundup Ready and Liberty Link strains of genetically modified canola appear to be crossing over to wild plants and helping it survive. The University of Arkansas team claims t hat the ease in which genetically modified canola has 'escaped' into the wild should be noted by seed makers like Monsanto because this is proof that it will happen." - Full Article Source

ITEM #203

08/09/10 - Forget University — Use the Web For Education, Says Gates
"Bill Gates attended the Techonomy conference earlier this week, and had quite a bold statement to make about the future of education. He believes the Web is where people will be learning within a few years, not colleges and university. During his chat, h e said, 'Five years from now on the web for free you'll be able to find the best lectures in the world. It will be better than any single university.'" Of course, the efficacy of online learning is still in question; some studies have shown a measurable b enefit to being physically present in a classroom. Still, online education can clearly reach a much wider range of students. Reader nbauman sent in a related story about MIT's OpenCourseWare, which is finding success in unexpected ways: "50% of visitors s elf-identified as independent learners unaffiliated with a university." The article also mentions a situation in which a pair of Haitian natives used OCW to get the electrical engineering knowledge they needed to build solar-powered lights that have been deployed in many remote towns and villages. - Full Article Source

ITEM #204

08/09/10 - Virtual walkers lead the way for robots
While animated characters stroll along quite happily, they rarely look human when they do. That's because the many joints of a human body can move in multiple directions, creating a bewildering array of potential poses. Marshalling them to make a humanoid walk is no simple matter. "It's like driving a car with 50 steering wheels," says Michiel van de Panne, a computer animation researcher at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada, who is one of many trying a new approach to giving robots and video game characters more realistic gaits. The process begins with a population of virtual skeletons controlled by a network of virtual nerves. Each skeleton has a slightly different network, affecting its ability to walk. Those that can walk furthes t are declared "most fit" and are used to spawn the next generation, in which a subset of the nerves are slightly altered. Over several generations the skeletons automatically "evolve" into better walkers. The firm's animations appear in many computer gam es and movies. However, because the NaturalMotion control system self-evolves, it's not clear how it works, which might cause engineers to pause for thought before applying it to an expensive robot. - Full Article Source

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08/09/10 - Highly Directional Terahertz Laser Demonstrated
"A new paper published this week in the journal Nature Materials announces a successful demonstration of highly directional terahertz semiconductor lasers. You might not think it's a big deal that some Harvard and University of Leeds researchers (funded p artially by the US Air Force) figured out how to better direct lasers; but this means the ability to see what's in someone's pockets and clothing, at a distance of possibly hundreds of meters, or farther. The big benefit is that they are lower in energy t han X-Rays and are less invasive, since they cannot pass through water or metal. Coming soon to an airport near you or buzzing around on board a drone in civilian airspace?" - Full Article Source

ITEM #206

08/06/10 - Eliot's famous resident never took credit for his inventions
KeelyNet Inventor Moses G. Farmer, who is a household name throughout the region and whose legacy lives in the memories of many of the town's citizens. "He's an icon that Eliot people like to brag about," said former girls basketball coach Bob Perham, standing outside of his house, which he says once was used by Farmer. "It was his carriage shed and workshop," Perham said. "This is where he invented the light bulb." "Edison took credit for (the light bulb) because Moses Farmer worked for him," Perham said. Farmer also invented the Boston fire alarm — the one where you break the glass — and the self-exciting dynamo, an electrical generator which was used on street cars, Perham said.

In Salem, Mass., in 1858, at age 39, Farmer lighted his parlor with incandescent electric lamps, the first house in the world to be lighted by electricity. Edison la ter bought the invention from him for a small sum and patented the invention.

Even though Farmer was responsible for many 19th century electrical inventions, he and his wife were transcendentalists who felt their ideas came from God and that they shouldn't take credit for his inventions, according to Eliot Meet Market co-owner Scott Johnstone, whose deli is located down the street from Perham's house. "He basically gave away the patent for electricity to Edison's people," he said. "He died on the way to the World's Fair in Chicago, where he was going to be recognized for his inventions."

(People don't often realize Edison wasn't the genius history paints him as...the researchers at Menlo Park were not credited with their discoveries, he was. Not the way I would run my lab! Credit where it's due and the true inventor gets the credit and a fair share as do all participants who helped develop it. - JWD) - Full Article Source

ITEM #207

08/06/10 - Is There An Ether? (Jun, 1930)
The word “ether” comes down to us from the Greeks, but with their concept we have little interest. The “divine ether” to which Prometheus made his impassioned appeal was merely the rarefied upper air. The ether of physics dates from the time of Newton, wh o, like all the natural philosophers of his day, was greatly-puzzled by the fact of apparent action at a distance. The full force of this was first felt when Newton showed that the earth’s gravitative action extended to the distance of the moon. The quest ion then presented itself: “Can a body act where it is not?” And the universal answer was: “No; it is unthinkable. There must be some connecting medium.” IN common opinion Einstein perhaps bears the blame for doing away with the ether. It is true that he asserts that there is no force of gravitation between the earth and the sun, and therefore it would seem that there need be no medium to serve as the physical basis for such an attraction; but the circular orbit of the earth must be accounted for,... Schr odinger assumes a filling material in space, a universal electric plenum which in vibration constitutes matter. Here we see again our old friend the ether in a new disguise. There is no escaping it. Scientific thought demands it and inventiveness supplies the demand under a different form suitable to the changed times. The ether is indeed protean in its properties, all things to all men. From the vague, imponderable medium of Newton’s day we have come by way of the tenuous jelly of the 19th Century to the curved space of Einstein and the universal electric plenum of Schrodinger. In one form or another the ether will last as long as human thinking requires it. - Full Article Source

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08/06/10 - Giant insect rover works for us
ATHLETE, or the All Terrain Hex-Limbed Extra Terrestrial Explorer, looks pretty cool. This Hexapod is actually a pair of 3 legged robots that have joined together to haul some cargo off the top of stationary module. While this time-lapse shows it going pr etty slowly, you get a hint at the end that it isn’t required to be quite so lethargic. One of the really cool things about this robot is the fact that the legs are multi purpose. It has a “tool belt” from which it can pull different attachments for its f eet. There are many more videos available on their site. - Full Article Source

ITEM #209

08/06/10 - Rewriting gravity over a tuna roll
Erik Verlinde's big idea is that gravity is not fundamental at all. It's just an emergent property, or side effect, of something else that's happening. Just as an elastic band will contract if it is stretched from its normal length, Verlinde reckons the u niverse has been pushed out of equilibrium, and that gravity is the result of it shifting back to a stable state. He published his ideas in a preprint in January (covered by New Scientist at the time), but an article on his work recently published in the New York Times has now turned Verlinde into something of a science celebrity. What pushed the universe out of equilibrium? Well, Verlinde believes that the big bang is an illusion too, and that (if I have understood correctly) the universe's expansion is just another sign of space-time returning to its stable state. And in a steady-state universe that lasts forever, such spontaneous jumps away from equilibrium are bound to occur eventually (this is a bit like the argument that says that if a table were to exist for an infinite amount of time, eventually there is bound to occur a chance event in which all of its atoms jump into the air at once). So far all this is just an "intuition", Verlinde says. Now he needs to find the mathematics to prove it. Then he shrugs and says perfectly matter-of-factly that this was how Einstein started out too. - Full Article Source

ITEM #210

08/06/10 - Floating Wind Farms
KeelyNet The Wind Lens has the potential to triple the amount of electricity produced by offshore turbines according to experiments. Kyushu University professor Yuji Ohya spoke of the merits of the 112-meter diameter structures being able to increase energy outpu t “two or three fold”, as well as being about to reduce the dreaded noise pollution so often associated with wind turbines, and improve safety too. The Wind Lens focuses the power of the wind to the centre of the hoop, intensifying the power in a similar way a magnifying glass does with the sun’s rays. With their unique floating hexagonal bases, the Wind Lens might also win over the many detractors of wind turbines who claim they are an ugly blight on the landscape. Ohya added: “Despite its merits, even i f this technology does enter the market in Japan, it may not be easily adopted by other countries, due to differing intensities and directions of wind conditions.” - Full Article Source

ITEM #211

08/06/10 - China to build ginormous buses that cars can drive under
The idea is to make use of the space between regular-size cars and bridges, thus saving construction costs as well as minimizing congestion impact by allowing cars to drive underneath these jumbo buses. - Full Article Source

ITEM #212

08/06/10 - Solar cheaper than Nuclear
In North Carolina, nuclear energy costs 16 cents per kilowatt hour (the energy required to run 10 100-watt light bulbs for an hour), whereas solar is now going for 14 cents per kWh — a rate that continues to fall. In regions with more annual sunlight, the price gap is almost certainly even more pronounced. The data also analyzed only conventional photovoltaic power, not the concentrating technologies of troughs and reflectors, which also bring costs down. The study was developed in response to aggressive lobbying by the nuclear industry, which has tried to position itself as the most affordable way to reduce carbon emissions. The study factors in governmental subsidies for both power sources, but found that even if all subsidies were removed, solar power would still be cheaper within a decade. Read more: Solar Power Is Cheaper Than Nuclear for the First Time | Inhabitat - Green Design Will Save the World - Full Article Source

ITEM #213

08/06/10 - 11 Must-see Mirror Pranks
In the minds of the most devious tricksters, even a simple mirror can become the focal point of a great prank. These hilarious videos showcase some of the best mirror-based pranks on the internet. Whether you are looking to gear up for April Fool’s Day, prank your roommate, or just make a funny YouTube video of your own, these clips are sure to inspire you. Be careful, though…breaking a mirror brings seven years of bad luck! - Full Article Source

ITEM #214

08/06/10 - Experiment: Can You Mine Gold From Old Motherboards?
The computer industry uses several hundred tons of gold (318 tons in 2003, for example) every year. The precious metal is found in almost all computer components--processors, motherboards, extension cards, memory DIMMs, and so on. Of course, the amounts u sed in each part are infinitesimal. But with the price of gold skyrocketing in recent years, it’s becoming more and more economically-viable to recover gold from old electronic and computer components than to mine it. That’s why specialized companies have sprung up to do just that. Today, we're going to show you how we recovered the gold from old motherboards using do-it-yourself methods. Please note: The chemicals used in this demonstration are extremely dangerous, especially in the concentrations used. Therefore, we strongly discourage you from attempting to reproduce this experiment at home. (Currently $1,194.01 per troy ounce) - Full Article Source

ITEM #215

08/06/10 - How One Man Reinvented The Wheel
KeelyNet Seeing a Lexus with its rear tires steeply cambered by an overladen trunk, John Scott, a Wisconsin car enthusiast, had a brilliant idea. Now his concept for negatively cambered tires may literally reinvent the wheel. Scott's idea — he calls it the Camber Tire, which he submitted for patent approval in 1998 and which was approved in 1999 — is a tire built with an outer sidewall that's slightly taller than the inside sidewall. That results in a continuing decrease in the diameter across the tread surface an d allows for compensation for a negatively cambered alignment setting to the wheel. When mounted on a vehicle with independent negatively cambered suspension or negatively cambered non-driven axles, his research indicates that the Camber Tire can deliver substantially improved handling, ride quality, tread wear and fuel economy. But the tires aren't just for the track. Automobile's Don Sherman, wrote for the New York Times that he drove a Lancer GSR equipped with Scott's tires and found the CamberTire-equ ipped Mitsubishi demonstrated shorter stopping distances, higher cornering speeds and a markedly improved ride. The tires' breakaway at the ragged edge of adhesion was more progressive and predictable than the Mitsubishi's original-equipment Yokohama radi als. - Full Article Source

ITEM #216

08/06/10 - Human hive-mind beats Computer
This insight comes courtesy of a game called Foldit, described as "a game a bit reminiscent of Tetris", in which players fold protein molecules - see the vid above. Proteins being the building blocks of life itself, they are very important to science - but their complex 3D structure is hard to analyse and, it now turns out, human brains can open up a can of whup-ass on the many powerful supercomputers - and distributed clusters - at work in this field. According to the researchers, humans were able to beat computers in protein problems calling for "intuitive leaps or major shifts in strategy". "It's a new kind of collective intelligence, as opposed to individual intelligence, that we want to study," according to Popovi?. "We're opening eyes in terms of how people think about human intelligence and group intelligence, and what the possibilities are when you get huge numbers of people together to solve a very hard problem.” The Foldit human hive-mind worked in cooperation with a distributed-contributed computing project, Rosetta@home. Boffins hope that by analysing Foldit players' success, they may be able to teach Rosetta how to perform the same tricks. In future, if humanity and its computer assistants can truly master the art of protein origami, it may be possible to produce such things as remedies for flu or other deadly viruses, or even more exotic technologies such as new means of energy generation, cures for cancer etc. - Full Article Source

ITEM #217

08/06/10 - Mrs Brin's Medicine Show deceived customers
Companies selling DNA kits have been deceiving customers with "fictitious" and "misleading" medical advice, an undercover sting operation by Congressional watchdog the GAO has discovered. One of the companies, 23andMe, was co-founded by Mrs Sergey Brin - Anne Wojowcki - and boasts veteran Silicon Valley socialite Esther Dyson as a director. All the companies investigated have been referred to the Food and Drugs Administration and the Federal Trade Commission for "appropriate action". The GAO investigation [summary - text] titled Direct-To-Consumer Genetic Tests: Misleading Test Results Are Further Complicated by Deceptive Marketing and Other Questionable Practices sent DNA samples to four companies, and followed up with undercover calls for medical advice . The results ranged from misleading, to what the GAO found as "horrifying". Two of the companies claimed to "repair damaged DNA". The GAO castigates the companies for implying that their advice that is diagnostic. - Full Article Source

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08/06/10 - You can't win...


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08/06/10 - A Quicker Test for Hybrid Batteries
A new way to test lithium-ion batteries could cut that time to a few weeks instead of a few years, eliminating a key bottleneck that's keeping battery costs high and storage capacities low. By accurately measuring how efficiently experimental batteries st ore and deliver an electrical charge, Jeff Dahn of Dalhousie University can predict how many times battery cells can be charged and discharged--known as the cycle life of the battery. Dahn, a professor of physics and chemistry, is also trying to demonstra te that the method can predict how long a battery will last on the shelf--known as calendar life. Together, cycle life and calendar life determine how long a battery will be useful. They're essential for determining, for example, how big the battery pack needs to be to store the advertised amount of energy throughout the life of the car. - Full Article Source

ITEM #220

08/06/10 - Filtered Water In 2 Minutes with New UV Light Bottle Invention
KeelyNet Most portable water filters use carbon filters, special membranes with microscopic openings, or chemicals like chlorine or iodine to clean the water and make it save for drinking. However, one of the best systems for purifying water is actually with ultra violet light. But how do you get an ultraviolet light purification system into a small portable water bottle that can be used anywhere? Timothy Whitehead, a graduate from Loughborough University, came up with the idea for the bottle while travelling in Za mbia. Rather than using chlorine or iodine tabs which take half an hour to work and leave a gross taste in the water, this new bottle first filters particles four microns or larger from the water, then uses ultraviolet light (powered by wind-up) to kill 99.9% of bacteria and viruses. All within two minutes and all without altering the taste. The Pure bottle is already quite advanced in the development process, including an "original filter designed which filters any soiled water down to 4 micron in parti cle size (fully scientifically proven); a wind-up Ultra violet light system has been produced, including a custom designed PCB to monitor winding frequency and to give user feedback when the water is sterile. The casing has been designed for both prototyp e production and manufacture." - Full Article Source

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08/06/10 - Scientist says U.S. ignores terror patent
A New Mexico computer scientist says his invention would have stopped the Christmas Day bomber in Detroit but he can't get anybody interested in it. Rob Pecherer of Santa Fe says he has a patent on a system to integrate databases, solving the so-called co nnect-the-dots problem with identifying terrorists, The (Santa Fe) New Mexican reported Tuesday. Counterterrorism officials have expressed skepticism about Pecherer's system, saying the problem isn't connecting databases but rather wading through the mass ive amounts of data they contain to identify real from false threats. The Department of Homeland Security, the National Counterterrorism Center, Los Alamos National Laboratory and the Santa Fe Institute have declined to talk about Pecherer's invention, th e New Mexican said. "It's not that we didn't have the information," one spokeswoman said of the Abdulmutallab case. "We did. We just had so much information it got drowned in just the deluge of information." - Full Article Source

ITEM #222

08/06/10 - Saskatchewan Inventor Creates Revolutionary Wind Turbine
KeelyNet Glen Lux is making national headlines for designing a wind turbine that costs less that anything currently on the market. Now, what was once a pleasant pastime could become big business if Lux can attract the dollars he needs to take his innovation to the next level. In the familiar wind turbines that presently dot many hillsides, the axis of the generator is turned horizontally by an airplane-like propeller. In contrast, vertical turbines turn the axle vertically and look like an egg beater with the hand le stuck in the ground. While horizontal turbines have the generator and gearbox at the top of the mast behind the propeller and rely on a computer-controlled motor to keep them turned into the wind, vertical turbines can turn in wind from any direction a nd house the generator and gearbox at the bottom where they are much easier and cheaper to maintain. Vertical turbines have been all but abandoned, however, because of problems inherent in the design. The blades spend half their time turning against the w ind, decreasing efficiency and making for a choppy spin which wears away at the structure of the turbine. Another problem is the central mast causes turbulence for the blades downwind, resulting in further stress. Lux’s design adds additional blades for a smoother spin and replaces the central mast with a web of ultra-thin cables that keep the blades in place. That innovation is the real breakthrough, reducing cost and substantially cleaning up the airflow. “It is a very inexpensive way of extracting powe r from wind,” said Lux. - Full Article Source

ITEM #223

08/06/10 - FBI claims no-one may publish its seal
The FBI ordered wikipedia to remove its seal from the article there about the bureau. It threatened to litigate. Unfortunately for the FBI, the law it cited is the one that forbids making counterfeit badges, and Wikimedia's lawyers mocked them in its res ponse. John Schwartz in the NYT: "Many sites, including the online version of the Encyclopedia Britannica, display the seal. Other organizations might simply back down. But Wikipedia sent back a politely feisty response, stating that the bureau's lawyers had misquoted the law. 'While we appreciate your desire to revise the statute to reflect your expansive vision of it, the fact is that we must work with the actual language of the statute, not the aspirational version' that the F.B.I. had provided." The p art that's hard to understand is why the FBI would seek to abuse the law in such petulant fashion, knowing that it will be subject to public ridicule for its actions. - Full Article Source

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08/06/10 - There I Fixed It
KeelyNet is an amusing site full of makeshift remedies to common problems. Here are some examples.

* Make triple-A batteries fit a double-A slot by stuffing paper in the gaps.
* Turn a fork into a spoon by piercing it through a Styrofoam cup.
* Make a bottle opener out of a piece of wood and a bolt.
* Tape a boom box to your car’s dashboard to replace a broken stereo.
* Use a belt and pulley to make a car with a left-hand steering wheel work on the right.
* Use large paper clips to keep cables from falling behind the desk. - Full Article Source

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08/06/10 - Human Tests of Mind-Controlled Artificial Arm To Begin
"The world's first human testing of a mind-controlled artificial limb is ready to begin. A joint project between the Pentagon and Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory, the Modular Prosthetic Limb will be fully controlled by sensors implanted in the b rain, and will even restore the sense of touch by sending electrical impulses from the limb back to the sensory cortex. Last week APL announced it had been awarded a $34.5M contract with DARPA, which will allow researchers to test the neural prosthetic in five individuals over the next two years." - Full Article Source

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08/06/10 - Giant Balloons Could Solve Space Junk Problem
"More than 100,000 objects bigger than a centimeter wide hover around our planet, accounting for 4 million pounds of junk that befouls our atmosphere and threatens the expensive satellites we actually want in orbit. Dr. Kristen Gates, of Global Aerospace Corporation, proposes that we can clear the skies by attaching a football field-sized balloon to dead satellites, which would increase the orbital drag, eventually bringing a satellite down into the atmosphere where it would burn up. The GOLD — or Gossam er Orbit Lowering Device — unit is easily inflated in space, and best of all, if the deployed GOLD balloon collides with space junk, it won't deflate or break the junk into smaller, less manageable bits." - Full Article Source

ITEM #227

08/06/10 - Brazil: Snow?
KeelyNet Does it snow in Brazil? Yes, as much as it is scorching hot in Moscow. National stereotypes mean nothing these days with sky-rocketing temperatures in Russia and negative, snow-bound, freezing scenes in…sunny Brazil? Not so sunny. Brazil spans the equator and the southern hemisphere and right now it is the depth of winter in the southern states. This week, at least 33 cities in the south of Brazil suffered snowstorms. In the photo, the city of Urubici, in the mountains of the Southern state of Santa Catar ina. The minimum temperature today was minus 3.6 Celsius in Cambará do Sul (Santa Catarina) and minus 3C in Bom Jesus, Rio Grande do Sul. In Urubici, the local authorities had to provide shelters for the homeless. Rio Grande do Sul’s first snowfall occur red on Monday night. This is not special in Southern Brazil, where there is a large German-speaking population (among others) and where many mountain ranges appear more like Swiss cantons, while many people in this region speak German as a first language and Portuguese as the second language. - Full Article Source

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08/06/10 - The Second Age of Airships
"It's a new vehicle. It's a hybrid because we're combining helium lift, aerodynamic lift, a hovercraft landing system, and vectored thrust... If you can get beyond the word airship — because that has a lot of history — people think about them differently. " - Full Article Source

ITEM #229

08/06/10 - Churchill feared panic over UFO encounter
Winston Churchill was accused of ordering a cover-up of a Second World War encounter between a UFO and a RAF bomber because he feared public "panic" and loss of faith in religion, newly released secret files disclose. - Full Article Source

ITEM #230

08/06/10 - The wonderful world of blob launching videos
What is a blob? It's a giant plastic bag filled with air, placed in a lake. What do you do with the blob? One person sits on one end the end of the blob. Another person climbs a tower and jumps onto the other end of the blob, launching the sitter into the air. What happens when two beefy guys jump onto a blob at the same time? The sitter gets launched very high in the air. - Full Article Source

ITEM #231

08/06/10 - SpaceX Unveils Heavy-Lift Rocket Designs
"At the recent Joint Propulsion Conference, SpaceX's rocket development facility director Tom Markusic unveiled conceptual plans for how its current Falcon 1 and Falcon 9 commercial rockets can be evolved into heavy-lift rockets, ranging from a Falcon X c apable of lifting 38,000kg to orbit, up to a 140,000kg Falcon XX (more than either the Saturn V or the 75,000kg shuttle-derived rocket Congress currently plans on having NASA spend >$13B building). SpaceX presentations also discuss a new Merlin 2 heavy-l ift engine, solar-electric cargo tugs, adapting their current engines for descent/ascent vehicles fueled by Mars-derived methane, and a desire for the government to take the lead on in-space nuclear thermal propulsion while commercial focuses on launchers . In a recent interview, SpaceX CEO/CTO Elon Musk expressed his goal of lowering the price of Mars transportation enough to enable early colonization in 20 years, and his own plans for retiring to Mars." - Full Article Source

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08/06/10 - Three examples why everyone should have a Cellphone w/camera


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ITEM #233

08/06/10 - Elena Kagan tied to obama's birth certificate
Just when you thought there couldn't be any more players in the ongoing soap opera over the hunt for obama's original birth certificate and his constitutional eligibility for office, there comes yet another name: Elena Kagan. Yes, the same Elena Kagan nom inated by the commander in chief to be the next justice on the U.S. Supreme Court has actually been playing a role for some time in the dispute over whether obama is legally qualified to be in the White House. Here's the connection. Kagan served as solici tor general of the United States from March 2009 until May of this year. In that role, she legally represented the U.S. government in numerous cases coming before the Supreme Court. A simple search of the high court's own website reveals Kagan's name comi ng up at least nine times on dockets involving obama eligibility issues. The fact Kagan handled these cases and is now obama's first choice for the high court is raising some eyebrows. "She was the solicitor general for all the suits against him filed wit h the Supreme Court to show proof of natural-born citizenship," notes WND reader Carl Jorgensen of Farmingdale, N.J. "He owes her big time." "All of the requests were denied of course," Jorgensen continued. "They were never heard. It just keeps getting de eper and deeper, doesn't it? The American people mean nothing any longer. It's all about payback time for those that compromised themselves to elect someone that really has no true right to even be there. We should be getting so sick of all of this nonsen se. The USA has finally become the laughing stock of the world. God help and deliver us." - (Just like the drug 'wars'..make drugs legal in both Mexico and the USA, all the wars stop. Are we all too stupid to learn from Prohibition??? And to finally put t o rest the birth eligibility question, obama should just open all his sealed records and provide a copy of a legit birth certificate that matches others from that time. It would resolve it once and for all. - JWD) - Full Article Source

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08/03/10 - This is simply HILARIOUS!
On riding buses here in Mexico, it is a sheer study in inertia! It always reminds me of the cartoon showing a ramshackle bus with people and animals hanging out of the doors and windows, bouncing around and careening round curves and up grades. Now comes this video and I can see it in a robot that is instructed to do something it cannot, maybe the old 'You cannot lie' followed by 'You just told a lie' quandary. Just watch the video, it will crack you up...JWD - Full Article Source

ITEM #235

08/03/10 - Shields up! Force fields could protect Mars missions
NASA is nervous about sending astronauts to Mars - and understandably so. Six months' exposure to the wind of high-energy particles streaming from the sun could indeed prove deadly. But a team of researchers at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL) ne ar Oxford, UK, has hit upon a phenomenon that might just solve the problem. They have shown that a magnet no wider than your thumb can deflect a stream of charged particles like those in the solar wind. It gives new life to an old idea about shielding spa cecraft, and might just usher in a new era of space travel. "Space radiation has been called the only showstopper for the crewed exploration of space," says Ruth Bamford of RAL. "Our experiment demonstrates there may be a way the show can go on." The insp iration behind the idea is as old as the Earth. Life thrives on our planet because its core is a churning cauldron of molten iron. The result is our magnetosphere, the magnetic field that wraps itself around the Earth and deflects the solar wind. Without this shield some of the particles spat out by the sun would charge through our bodies, shattering the machinery of our cells. In the absence of our protective magnetic field, complex life on Earth would probably be unsustainable. Without Earth's magnetic shield, particles from the sun would shatter the machinery of our cells. - Full Article Source

ITEM #236

08/03/10 - Every black hole may hold a hidden universe
WE COULD be living inside a black hole. This head-spinning idea is one cosmologist's conclusion based on a modification of Einstein's equations of general relativity that changes our picture of what happens at the core of a black hole. In an analysis of t he motion of particles entering a black hole, published in March, Nikodem Poplawski of Indiana University in Bloomington showed that inside each black hole there could exist another universe (Physics Letters B, DOI: 10.1016/j.physletb.2010.03.029). "Maybe the huge black holes at the centre of the Milky Way and other galaxies are bridges to different universes," Poplawski says. If that is correct - and it's a big "if" - there is nothing to rule out our universe itself being inside a black hole. - Full Article Source

ITEM #237

08/03/10 - FBI access to e-mail, Web data raises privacy fear
Federal law requires communications providers to produce records in counterintelligence investigations to the FBI, which doesn't need a judge's approval and court order to get them. They can be obtained merely with the signature of a special agent in char ge of any FBI field office and there is no need even for a suspicion of wrongdoing, merely that the records would be relevant in a counterintelligence or counterterrorism investigation. The person whose records the government wants doesn't even need to be a suspect. The critics say the proposed change would allow the FBI to remove federal judges and courts from scrutiny of its requests for sensitive information. "The implications of the proposal are that no court is deciding whether even that low standard of `relevance' is met," said Nojeim. "The FBI uses national security letters to find not just who the target of an investigation e-mailed, but also who those people e-mailed and who e-mailed them." - Full Article Source

ITEM #238

08/03/10 - Treasure Seeker Shoes
KeelyNet These Treasure Seekers have the appearance of regular beach or summer wear, but have a nifty pack that straps to your leg and beeps every time your feet pass over a priceless Roman coin. There are three LEDs on the unit - green for normal (nothing detecte d), yellow for the slightest hint of something that might be worth digging for, and red for full-on 'pass me that spade, I'm rich beyond my wildest dreams' mode. Alternatively, if the squall of the beeping alarm is too much for you, you can always set it to vibrate instead. In truth, being discreet may well buy you precious seconds while you unearth your next treasure. When you've detected all you want to detect, you can simply unplug the detector pack and use them as normal sandals. Made of chunky black plastic, these foot-bound money-makers are durable and comfortable as well as a potential ticket to a goldmine. The actual control box stays on your calf thanks to an elasticated band, and the box itself is no more obtrusive than, say, a walkie talkie (th ough you'd be mad to strap a walkie talkie to your leg unless you were a contortionist). Anyway, the point is that the Treasure Seekers are a great deal easier to use than the traditional metal detectors and, if you want them to be, they'll be very discre et. Now you can combine your country walks and strolls in the surf with discovering treasure! Price: 29.99 GBP=47.6127 USD - Full Article Source

ITEM #239

08/03/10 - GM's electric Lemon
G.M.’s vision turned into a car that costs $41,000 before relevant tax breaks ... but after billions of dollars of government loans and grants for the Volt’s development and production. And instead of the sleek coupe of 2007, it looks suspiciously similar to a Toyota Prius. It also requires premium gasoline, seats only four people (the battery runs down the center of the car, preventing a rear bench) and has less head and leg room than the $17,000 Chevrolet Cruze, which is more or less the non-electric ve rsion of the Volt. In short, the Volt appears to be exactly the kind of green-at-all-costs car that some opponents of the bailout feared the government might order G.M. to build. Unfortunately for this theory, G.M. was already committed to the Volt when i t entered bankruptcy. Instead of following Toyota’s model, G.M. decided to make the Volt more affordable by offering a $350-a-month lease over 36 months. But that offer allows only 12,000 miles per year, or about 33 miles per day. Assuming you charged you r Volt every evening, giving you 40 miles of battery power, and wanted to keep below the mileage limit, you would rarely use its expensive range-extending gas engine. No wonder the Volt’s main competition, the Nissan Leaf, forgoes the additional combustio n engine — and ends up costing $8,000 less as a result. - Full Article Source

ITEM #240

08/03/10 - This IS His Grandfather's Bug, But Now It's Electric
KeelyNet With help from his father, Ashton installed nine golf cart batteries in the car and connected a single motorized shaft to the Beetle's transmission. He estimates the car can travel about 45 miles on a full charge at about 45 mph. He says the electric conv ersion can be applied to other cars, too. "You can convert almost any lightweight vehicle to electric," Ashton says. "VWs and Porsches work the best for electric, though." His grandfather's old Beetle holds special significance. "My grandpa would be incre dibly proud of something like this." Ashton won't be able to drive his new electric Beetle for a few more days; he turns 15 today and will take the test for his learner's permit Monday. - Full Article Source

ITEM #241

08/03/10 - Poor Kids More Immune to Germs (Nov, 1932)
SURPRISING facts about the numbers of Canadian school children who get germ diseases such as measles and scarlet fever were reported to the Canadian Public Health Associations. Contrary to what might have been expected, children from the better districts of the city, a survey disclosed, were found to have had more cases of the germ diseases classed as communicable than children from poorer neighborhoods. - Full Article Source

ITEM #242

08/03/10 - Growing Organs and Helping Wounds Heal
KeelyNet A stretchy new fabric made by linking together the proteins found in muscle tissue could provide a scaffold for growing new organs. It could also be used as a coating for bandages to help wounds heal quickly and with less scarring. The fabric was made in the laboratory of Kevin Kit Parker, a professor at Harvard's School of Engineering and Applied Science. When the body grows new tissue, cells secrete fibronectin--a strong, stretchy type of protein that acts as a supportive scaffold. The shape and struct ure that fibronectin adopts directs the subsequent growth of new cells, giving the resulting tissue the correct form. Parker's team creates the fabric by depositing fibronectin molecules on top of a water-repelling polymer surface. This causes the protei ns, which are normally bundled up, to unravel. Next, the protein layer is stamped onto a dissolvable, water-attracting polymer sheet on top of a piece of glass. Adding water and warming the mixture to room temperature makes the proteins link together to f orm the fabric. It also dissolves the polymer so that the fabric can be peeled away and collected. The team made swatches of material 10 nanometers thick and about 2.5 centimeters wide. The researchers can control the architecture and mechanical character istics of the fabric by using different proteins, or changing the way they are aligned. Different research groups are developing ways to grow replacement tissue in the lab, but a big challenge is providing the right direction for the growth of new cells. Researchers have previously made cellular scaffolds by flushing the living cells from harvested livers and hearts, and by creating cellular skeletons made from polymers. By building the new scaffold from the protein up, Parker's team can program direction cues into the architecture of the scaffold, and thus direct the growth of cells in the desired direction. - Full Article Source

ITEM #243

08/03/10 - Saw Dust Stove, a New Innovation for Farmers
One of the advantages of the saw dust stove is that once popularised, it can help reduce dependency on charcoal as a source of energy. Charcoal burning poses a danger to the environment in that it is a major contributor to deforestation which can lead to desertification as those involved often go for indigenous trees thereby depleting them. One of the farmers who experienced the benefits of the saw dust stove is Mr Moses Chiluba of Mabel and Moses Farm in Ndeke Township. "My wife cooked beans and heated w ater for bathing using the new stove so its efficiency cannot be doubted ," Mr Chiluba said. The saw dust which is usually the end product of wood mostly generated in saw mills has proved to be essential to some farms which are still not electrified and e specially for those users who are familiar with the technology. So instead of discarding the saw dust as a waste product, it can be used as a cheaper source of energy. In Europe saw dust is compacted into briquettes and used as a source of heat energy in homes. Back home, the new technology can comprise of a used five litre tin of paint which should have a four centimetre diameter hole drilled at the bottom. Then a pipe or used exhaust pipe should be inserted in the middle to create a hole which should al so act a chimney while the tin is filled with saw dust and compacted neatly for better results as well as to avoid smoking. Then the stove should be placed on a stand to allow for oxygen flow while the fire is lit at the bottom using a paraffin douched cl oth until the flame glows all the way up to the top. After that a pot of water or whatever is to be cooked can be placed on top of the dust stove. This should be done out-doors rather than indoors as a safety measure. - Full Article Source

ITEM #244

08/03/10 - Artificial life DNA fab to open withing 6 months
The International Open Facility Advancing Biotechnology (BIOFAB) says they will be open for business within 6 months. BIOFAB is a project to produce thousands of standardized genetic 'parts' for researchers to use in pioneering research in synthetic life. The world's very first parts store for speeding the development of useful new forms of synthetic life. - Full Article Source

ITEM #245

08/03/10 - Broadway Musicians Replaced With Synthesizers
"Sophisticated synthesizers and computer-manipulated recordings are increasingly taking over orchestras. Sounding almost like real players, while costing much less, they're especially popular with provincial or touring companies. But until mid-July — when 'West Side Story's' producers announced that a synthesizer was replacing three live violinists and two cellists, or half the orchestra's string section — staff violinist Paul Woodiel thought that at least the classics would be immune to the trend. There are computer programs able to read and play back music scores — a boon to composers who can now hear their work as they write — and software allowing conductors to control the tempo of the machine, in the same way that they direct live players." - Full Article Source

ITEM #246

08/03/10 - Microsoft Tech Can Deblur Images Automatically (watch photo blur)
KeelyNet "At the annual SIGGRAPH show, Microsoft Research showed new technology that can remove the blur from images on your camera or phone using on-board sensors — the same sensors currently added to the iPhone 4. No more blurry low light photos!" / Our approac h uses a combination of inexpensive gyroscopes and accelerometers in an energy optimization framework to estimate a blur function from the camera’s acceleration and angular velocity during an exposure. We solve for the camera motion at a high sampling rat e during an exposure and infer the latent image using a joint optimization. Our method is completely automatic, handles per-pixel, spatially-varying blur, and out-performs the current leading image-based methods. Our experiments show that it handles large kernels – up to at least 100 pixels, with a typical size of 30 pixels. We also present a method to perform “ground-truth” measurements of camera motion blur. We use this method to validate our hardware and deconvolution approach. To the best of our knowl edge, this is the first work that uses 6 DOF inertial sensors for dense, per-pixel spatially-varying image deblurring and the first work to gather dense ground-truth measurements for camera-shake blur. - Full Article Source

ITEM #247

08/03/10 - 'I've Fallen and I Can't Get Up!' v2.0
"Remember those old Lifecall commercials? Well, you've come a long way, Grandma! The NY Times reports on a raft of new technology that's making it possible for adult children to remotely monitor to a stunningly precise degree the daily movements and habi ts of their aging parents. The purpose is to provide enough supervision to allow elderly people to stay in their homes rather than move to an assisted-living facility or nursing home. Systems like GrandCare, BeClose, QuietCare, and MedMinder allow famili es to keep tabs on Mom and Dad's whereabouts, and make sure they take their meds. Perhaps Zynga can make a game out of all this — GeriatricVille?" - Full Article Source

ITEM #248

08/03/10 - Reading Terrorists' Minds About Imminent Attack
"Imagine technology that allows you to get inside the mind of a terrorist to know how, when, and where the next attack will occur. In the Northwestern study, when researchers knew in advance specifics of the planned attacks by the make-believe 'terrorists ,' they were able to correlate P300 brain waves to guilty knowledge with 100 percent accuracy in the lab, said J. Peter Rosenfeld, professor of psychology in Northwestern's Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences." - Full Article Source

ITEM #249

08/03/10 - Should Professors Be Required To Teach With Tech?
"Are professors who don't update their teaching methods like doctors who fail to keep up with the latest ways to treat disease? Or are professors better off teaching old-school? From the article: 'It is tough to measure how many professors teach with tec hnology or try other techniques the report recommends, such as group activities and hands-on exercises. (Technology isn't the only way to improve teaching, of course, and some argue that it can hinder it.) Though most colleges can point to several cutting -edge teaching experiments on their campuses, a recent national assessment called the Faculty Survey of Student Engagement suggests that old-school instruction remains the norm. Only 13 percent of the professors surveyed said they used blogs in teaching; 12 percent had tried videoconferencing; and 13 percent gave interactive quizzes using 'clickers,' or TV-remotelike devices that let students respond and get feedback instantaneously. The one technology that most teachers use regularly — course-management systems — focuses mostly on housekeeping tasks like handing out assignments or keeping track of student grades.'" - Full Article Source

ITEM #250

08/03/10 - How to Turn Your Backyard into a Bird Refuge
If you'd like to see more wildlife of the feathered kind in your backyard but had written off attracting birds as too time-consuming, expensive, or complicated, this simple guide will help you get started without much fuss or cost. You don't need to spend lots of money, effort, and time to attract birds to your yard, as a bird can hardly tell the difference between $5 DIY bird feeder and a $75 sculpted copper one. This guide will help you get started quickly and inexpensively, and you can decide later if you want to open a bird hotel with heated baths and a rotating buffet of handmade treats. A few notes: Nearly every tip in this guide applies to apartment dwellers who have a balcony or permission of their landlord to put bird feeders outside. Also, for e ase of use when referring to things related to bird size (types of feeders, types of housing, etc.), we'll be using common birds for reference. (This is a great article with many types of feeders..if you like birds like I do, check it out! - JWD) - Full Article Source

ITEM #251

08/03/10 - Antarctic Experiment Finds Puzzling Distribution of Cosmic Rays
KeelyNet "A puzzling pattern in the cosmic rays bombarding Earth from space has been discovered by an experiment buried deep under the ice of Antarctica. ... It turns out these particles are not arriving uniformly from all directions. The new study detected an ove rabundance of cosmic rays coming from one part of the sky, and a lack of cosmic rays coming from another." / Previous studies have found a similar lopsidedness (called anisotropy) in the sky over the Northern Hemisphere, but this was the first time scient ists saw that the pattern extended to the southern sky visible from Antarctica. "At the beginning, we didn't know what to expect," Abbasi said. "To see this anisotropy extending to the Southern Hemisphere sky is an additional piece of the puzzle around th is enigmatic effect — whether it's due to the magnetic field surrounding us or to the effect of a nearby supernova remnant, we don't know." One idea to explain the asymmetry is that a star may have recently died in a supernova explosion relatively nearby, and its remnant may be pouring out loads of cosmic rays that would dominate the signals we receive. Scientists think that the shells around dead stars, made of puffed-out layers of gas that were expelled by the star before it exploded, contain strong mag netic fields that may act as cosmic particle accelerators, speeding up particles to close to the speed of light. The photo description; "This "skymap," generated in 2009 from data collected by the IceCube Neutrino Observatory, shows the relative intensity of cosmic rays directed toward the Earth's Southern Hemisphere. Researchers from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and elsewhere identified an unusual pattern of cosmic rays, with an excess (warmer colors) detected in one part of the sky and a deficit (cooler colors) in another." - Full Article Source

ITEM #252

08/03/10 - First Membrane Controlled By Light Developed
"A new membrane developed at the University of Rochester's Laboratory for Laser Energetics blocks gas from flowing through it when one color of light is shined on its surface, and permits gas to flow through when another color of light is used. It is the first time that scientists have developed a membrane that can be controlled in this way by light." - Full Article Source

ITEM #253

08/03/10 - Having a good education lower your dementia risk
Professor Carol Brayne and Dr Hannah Keage of the University of Cambridge explained there new research in this way. 'Previous research has shown that there is not a one-to-one relationship between being diagnosed with dementia during life and changes seen in the brain at death,' said Dr Keage. 'One person may show lots of pathology in their brain while another shows very little, yet both may have had dementia. Our study shows education in early life appears to enable some people to cope with a lot of chan ges in their brain before showing dementia symptoms.' The researchers analyzed a large body of data from the EClipSE collaboration, which combines the three European population-based longitudinal studies of ageing (the Medical Research Council Cognitive F unction and Ageing Study, the Cambridge City Over-75s Cohort Study and Vantaa 85, a Finnish study). - Full Article Source

ITEM #254

08/03/10 - Electric Car Subsidies As Handouts For the Rich
"Charles Lane, writing for Slate, argues that subsidies for electric cars are an example of 'limousine liberalism' — a lavish gift for well-off Americans to buy expensive cars for the sake of appearing green. From the article: 'How rarefied is the electri c-car demographic? When Deloitte Consulting interviewed industry experts and 2,000 potential buyers, it found that from now until 2020, only "young, very high income individuals" — from households making more than $200,000 a year — would even be interest ed in plug-in hybrids or all-electric cars.' Lane also takes issue with the billions of dollars in subsidies offered to automakers for the manufacture of batteries, arguing that research (warning, PDF) concludes that the money will not help in jump-starti ng the economies of scale that will drive down prices. At least, not as much or as quickly as the President has argued." - Full Article Source

ITEM #255

08/03/10 - Time to stop this primitive practice as a Default
Miles Hastwick is a former corporate scientist who now heads the Museum of Genital Integrity on a small island surrounded by San Diego's famous beaches. Unbeknownst to the public, Miles is also Foreskin Man, an intactivist superhero who rescues innocent b oys from the world's cleverest and most dangerous circumcisers... Not safe for work. (He's right, its a purely religious tradition that has no sound bearing in health or sanity. - JWD) - Full Article Source

ITEM #256

08/03/10 - Stanford's New Solar Tech Harnesses Heat, Light
"Stanford engineers have figured out how to simultaneously use the light and heat of the sun to generate electricity in a way that could make solar power production more than twice as efficient as existing methods and potentially cheap enough to compete with oil. Unlike photovoltaic technology currently used in solar panels — which becomes less efficient as the temperature rises — the new process excels at higher temperatures. ... 'This is really a conceptual breakthrough, a new energy conversion procoss , not just a new material or a slightly different tweak,' said Nick Melosh, an assistant professor of materials science and engineering, who led the research group. 'It is actually something fundamentally different about how you can harvest energy.' And t he materials needed to build a device to make the process work are cheap and easily available, meaning the power that comes from it will be affordable." - Full Article Source

ITEM #257

08/03/10 - Boeing's Hybrid Electric Airliner of the Future
"Borne out of the same NASA research program that gave birth to MIT's D 'double bubble,' Boeing's Subsonic Ultra Green Aircraft Research (SUGAR) Volt concept is a twin-engine aircraft design notable for its trussed, elongated wings and electric battery ga s turbine hybrid propulsion system — a system designed to reduce fuel burn by more than 70 percent and total energy use by 55 percent. The goal of the NASA supersonic research program is to find aircraft designs that will significantly reduce noise, nitr ogen oxide emissions, fuel burn and air traffic congestion by the year 2035." - Full Article Source

ITEM #258

08/03/10 - $200B Lost To Counterfeiting? Back It Up
"Over the weekend, the NY Times ran a story about how the recession has impacted product counterfeiters. In it, the reporter regurgitates the oft-repeated claim that counterfeiting 'costs American businesses an estimated $200 billion a year.' Techdirt's M ike Masnick asks the Times reporter to back up that assertion, noting two recent reports (by the GAO and the OECD) that suggest the actual number is much lower, and quoting two reporters who have actually looked at the numbers and found (a) the real numbe r is probably less than $5 billion, and (b) the $200 billion number can be traced back to a totally unsourced (read: made-up) magazine claim from two decades ago." - Full Article Source

ITEM #259

08/03/10 - barack obama Voters...
Where are they NOW?!!! What's Next? What's Next? What's Next? - Full Article Source

ITEM #260

08/03/10 - obama says his father served in World War II
Somebody doesn't know how to do their math very well... *Does he even know the difference between truth and fabrication? *Now Barack's father served in WW ll It must be true as Barack said it in a speech! Is he a compulsive liar? Were there no reporters who double checked these statements and called the party on this? They did for everyone else. Why not him?

*Barack Hussein Obama Sr. (Obama's father)
*Born 4/4/36
Died 11/24/82 at the age of 46
He was 5 years old when WW 2 started, and less than 9.5 years old when it ended.

*Lolo Soetoro (Obama's step father)
*Born 1935
Died 3/2/87 at the age of 52
He was 6 years old when WW 2 started, and 10 years old when it ended.

One of these guys must have been the youngest Veteran in the war. And the media doesn't say anything. - Full Article Source

DVD - the Physics of Crystals, Pyramids and Tetrahedrons
KeelyNet This is a wonderful duel DVD set lasting 2 hours and 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...
- Two DVDs - More Info and check out this Youtube Clip

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

'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." - More Info

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 - More Info

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

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. - eBook Download / More Info

Shape Power
KeelyNet 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... - More Info and check out this Shape Power Youtube

The Physics of the Primary State of Matter
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... - More Info

$5 Alt Science MP3s to listen while working/driving/jogging
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