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Hola Folks! Over the past few days I've received a few emails asking if I'm setup enough here now to be able to resume selling items that support Keelynet and my research activities...the answer is
Between increasing illness since about February 2012, then all of August in the hospital for surgery, then 2 months to recuperate and then November for the shell shock induced disastrous and costly move to Texas (though my family helped a lot to heal me),
I'm back in Mexico where its warm, sunny and I know a lot of people, re-energized and settled down now so ready to resume and do even more. Two projects I'm working on I'm really excited about. You'll know when either one of them takes off, watch out world! But until then, gotta make a living...
I sell ebooks as downloads or on CD and videos on DVD at my Vanguard Sciences website and Mexistim machines at my Mexistim Website if you are interested in any of it. And of course there is always my Donations page.
Working on a couple of new ebooks and I'm writing one called 'The Ping' that I've been sporadically writing for over a year now. Your purchases are much appreciated and I wish EVERYONE a very Happy, Prosperous and Healthy New Year! - JWD
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Solar system forms "vortex" as it moves through space
No, this was not made with Universe Sandbox, but with 3DsMax. Yes, I messed up two orbits.
Brazil arrests German conman over pseudo-science fraud
Brazilian police have arrested a German conman who claimed to have developed a scheme which he said allowed him to predict lottery numbers, transmit data and improve online banking security.
Hartmut Muller, who had been convicted of a multi-million-dollar fraud in Germany, persuaded people to invest in the scheme supposedly based on gravitational waves.
He fled to Brazil when the evidence against him began to mount.
He is expected to be extradited. Interpol agents arrested Muller, 58, in the southern city of Florianopolis on Tuesday. He had moved there in January, fleeing a court case in the German city of Dresden, where he and three of his partners were on trial for fraud.
Muller conned some 3,000 investors out of about five million Euros ($6.5m, £4m), the court said.
He had invented a pseudo-scientific theory he called "global scaling", which he said allowed him to use gravitational waves to prevent electronic smog, use novel methods of scanning to be applied in medicine, and transmit "information without any limits in quantity, quality or time".
The court said Muller convinced investors with his impressive, and mainly fictitious, CV which included advanced degrees in applied mathematics and physics from the University of Saint Petersburg and "the Vernadski Medal first grade for his scientific achievements".
Muller used his bogus theory to develop a wealth of products, from "wellness devices" which could allegedly protect the buyer from electronic smog to "vitality-generators" to improve one's life force.
Brazilian media say he continued his scams even after he fled there, selling software which he said used his theory to improve internet banking security.
An expert witness who appeared at the trial in Dresden dismissed Muller's global scaling theory, saying:"It has no scientific grounding: it's like astrology, totally made up."
The court in Dresden sentenced Muller to four-and-a-half years in prison. Brazilian police say they will hold Muller until they receive an extradition request from Germany.
NASA Johnson Style (Gangnam Style Parody)
Best one yet, guys! NASA Johnson Style is a volunteer outreach video project created by the students of NASA's Johnson Space Center. It was created as an educational parody of Psy's Gangnam Style.
The lyrics and scenes in the video have been re-imagined in order to inform the public about the amazing work going on at NASA and the Johnson Space Center.
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iPhone case allows you to take photos with phone held horizontally
The MirrorCase for the iPhone lets you take photos while holding the phone flat, like an old-timey camera. It seems like a good way to shoot video of yourself, too - just set it on a table and do your thing.
At $50, it's a bit pricey. I wonder if there's a DIY version? (I think this is the gizmo used to secretly tape Mitt Romney declaring that 47% of Americans suck.)
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Tuning Casimir Forces
From Physics: When two uncharged metallic mirrors are placed sufficiently close in a vacuum, fluctuations in the quantum vacuum field create an attractive force between them, known as the Casimir force.
But if the mirrors are made of graphene, instead of a metal, something different can happen in the presence of a magnetic field.
Writing in Physical Review Letters, Wang-Kong Tse and Allan MacDonald at the University of Texas at Austin investigate a possible method for controlling and even eliminating the Casimir force in this manner.
The scheme exploits the emergence of discrete Landau energy levels in graphene, arising from the quantum Hall effect induced by a strong magnetic field.
The Casimir effect thus becomes dependent on the Hall conductivity, which in turn leads to the quantization of the Casimir force and allows tuning it electrically between repulsive and attractive values....
(Back in Keelynet BBS days there was an article about some Russians who had developed a wave matrix device which, as I recall, they claimed could be used to produce energy from the aether as well as gravity control. I looked but could not find the article. Maybe someone out there can find it since the Russian method correlated with the tuning method. - JWD)
P.S. AHA! Found it from 1997 - Russian Gravity Resonance Traps - (The following fascinating post deals with a unique approach to understanding gravity and how to reduce or eliminate its effects by 'filtering' gravity waves of specific size. Bear in mind that oscillation occurs across the diameter of a mass, so any wave has a discrete size when in the form of a 'standing wave.' Think of it as a bubble (called a soliton). This means that if gravity IS a wave, then it would have a discrete size and could indeed be filtered by resonant traps... - JWD)
Up to this date we may select the following perspective trends in resonance technologies:
1. Development of the resonant traps for particles of different types and sizes (from elementary particles to macro-particles) using no feedback; studies of properties of individual particles and their dynamics in such traps (e.g. atoms and molecules) and packing them on the surfaces of solids - molecular technology); development of the resonant traps for plasma; obtaining the self-confined plasma.
2. Development of new contactless methods of treatment, preventive treatment and diagnostics, based on the resonant effects of electromagnetic fields on the biological systems; to regulate biochemical reactions inside the biological organisms.
3. Separation of different kinds of powders (ferromagnetic, abrasive etc.), which are used, for example, in the production of the magnetic recording medium materials (for magnetic disks or tapes).
4. Development of new resonant supersensitive transducers of the fields (electromagnetic, acoustic, hydrodynamic, seismic, gravitational).
5. Robotization - electromagnetic suspention of the details, their contactless orientation in space and control during the assembling of different mechanisms and devices.
6. Suspension in the air and transference of the different bodies in the necessary direction (rotors of engines, toys, magnetically levitated trains).
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Mexico urges US court to block part of Arizona law
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Communicating with Gravity Waves
Dr. rer. nat. Hartmut Müller, the Institute’s director, used naturally occurring standing gravitational waves as the transmitting medium. Gravielectric energy converters (G-Elements) allow for a coupling with the cosmic gravitational background field, while modulation and demodulation is achieved by biologically harmonising oscillators (Bioguards).
Standing gravitational waves organise all particles in the universe into synchronous oscillations which explains why this particular language transmission could take place without time delay. October 27th 2001 thus marks the beginning of a new era of smog-free telecommunications.
Dr. Müller began with an explanation of the scientific background based on which this first time transmitter-less and
smog-less language transmission on standing gravitational waves was carried out between Bad Tölz, Germany and St. Petersburg, Russia.
No more than the electromagnetic energy of a flashlight battery (in the milliwatt range) was required to communicate with an interlocutor at a distance of 2.500km! The following is an abbreviated introduction by Dr. Müller:
Natural EM-Fields and Unnatural EM-Fields “Nature herself contains electromagnetic waves of planetary, solar and galactic origin. These electromagnetic waves, however, do not cause electric smog because all organisms on Earth have adapted themselves to the existence of those fields over millions of years of evolution.
Cellular biological research has shown that these fields are absolutely necessary for the normal functioning of biochemical processes. When these natural electromagnetic fields are disturbed the danger arises that living cells begin to malfunction.
The idea to use naturally occurring wave processes for information transfer was born already several years ago. It was only recently, however, that we were able to turn this idea into practice. The principle of the experiment I have set up
here is very simple, and this is its greatest advantage: everything is transparent, anybody can understand it, you can see that it works and you can see that it is possible.
I have intentionally kept the experiment on an ‘archaic’ level in order to show to everybody present that there is no transmitter at work here and that information is transported by already existing natural wave processes. A coupling to these waves is achieved through oscillation processes that occur inside gravielectric energy converters (G-Elements).
These converters are perfectly electromagnetically isolated metallic tin boxes which contain piezoelectric nanocrystals and a resonator. Language signal transmission takes place by means of biologically harmonising oscillators (Bioguards).
The total power input required for the working of the complete set-up is clearly below 1 watt. This amount of “energy expenditure” is enough to establish a language connection (across 2.500 kilometres linear distance) via G-Com®. The G-Elements of the interlocutors are oscillating systems sharing Global Scaling identity, i.e. each element is calculated and constructed according to Global Scaling Theory.
Before transmission both G-Elements are set into natural vibrations until a resonance coupling occurs in the cosmic gravitational background field. There are identical G-Elements in the St. Petersburg setup which will couple onto the same frequency.
During resonance coupling, it is possible to language-modulate resonance frequency. In the same manner, images or other data could be transmitted not just language. The quality of these transmissions is still relatively poor but ideas have already been proposed for their improvement. The experiment is monitored by a spectrum analyser to demonstrate that even during language modulation no carrier wave is generated.”
After this theoretical introduction only briefly summarised in the above paragraphs, Dr. Müller dialled a telephone
number at the university of St. Petersburg. When his colleague answered Dr. Müller – for all to see – unplugged the
telephone cord from the socket and continued to converse with his St. Petersburg partner. His voice was clearly audi-
ble without any interruption.
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Ken Shoulders 'interviewed'
Ken Shoulders, Father of MicroElectronics, grants a RARE interview and discusses his current work: EVOs (exotic vacuum objects), the Hutchison Effect, anti-gravity, Frontier Science and errors in Cold Fusion.
The Hutchison Effect (EVOs) may be able to eliminate the nuclear contamination from Fukushima. Off camera comments and questions from Clare (Ken's wife) and Nancy Lazaryan. Filmed Sept. 2010.
Basic EVO Questions (and much more on electron clusters) - Ken Shoulders writes; What I say about EVOs is viewed as the ultimate heretical doctrine by established and entrenched science because my vanguard statement is that many sacrosanct laws of present, single particle physics are baloney when considered from the multi-universe view I advance.
For example: neither charge nor mass is fixed in magnitude and energy does not equal mass times the velocity of light squared.
In addition, matter, even biological life forms, can be teleported with ease in concealed form at thousands of times the velocity of light. Nuclear transmutation is a trivial act, as many cold fusion workers have already revealed. This is dissent heresy from a normal, existing science point of view.
Mini-Tornadoes For Generating Electricity
"Tornadoes generally evoke the destructive force of nature at its most awesome. However, what if all that power could be harnessed to produce cheaper and more efficient electricity?
This is just what Canadian engineer Louis Michaud proposes to achieve, with an invention dubbed the 'Atmospheric Vortex Engine' (or AVE).
It works by introducing warm air into a circular station, whereupon the difference in temperature between this heated air and the atmosphere above creates a vortex – or controlled tornado, which in turn drives multiple wind turbines in order to create electricity.
The vortex could be shut down by simply turning off the source of warm air. Michaud's company, AVEtec Energy Corporation, reports that the system produces no carbon emissions, nor requires energy storage to function, and that further to this, the cost of energy generated could potentially be as low as US$0.03 per kilowatt hour."
AVE works by introducing warm air into a circular station, whereupon the difference in temperature between this heated air and the atmosphere above creates a vortex – or controlled tornado, which in turn drives multiple wind turbines in order to create electricity. The vortex could be shut down by simply turning off the source of warm air.
The heat required to get the mini-tornado started would be provided by a temporary heat source, such as a heater, or steam. However, AVEtec states that once the vortex is thus established, the continuous heat could then be provided by a more sustainable source – such as waste industrial heat or warm seawater.
According to the company’s figures, a functional AVE power station with a 100-meter (328-foot) diameter is capable of generating up to 200 megawatts of electrical power.
For now though, efforts are focused on producing an 8-meter (26-foot) prototype, which will create a 40-meter (141-foot) high vortex, with a diameter of 30 centimeters (11 inches). The vortex will power a single 1-meter (3.2-foot) turbine, and will be manufactured in partnership with Lambton College, in Sarnia, Ontario.
Conman back with invention
A conman who was exposed for scamming investors over a fake magnetic engine is back in business, this time spruiking another ''nonsense'' engine invention experts say can never work.
More than a year after a Fairfax Media investigation revealed that Micheal (also Michael) Peter Nugent had been living the high life on shareholders' money - including partying at Hugh Hefner's Playboy Mansion - he is again fund-raising on the back of audacious claims about his inventions.
Mr Nugent, who has boasted about exploits such as getting clearance from NASA to talk to its top scientists about his magnetic engine, was suddenly shy this week, hanging up and then refusing to return calls or emails to Fairfax Media about his latest venture.
Former business associates have warned he is up to his old tricks and using the same plan to sell the so-called ''Y Engine''. The corporate regulator, the Australian Securities and Investments Commission, has again been asked to investigate.
In an email being circulated since September, to potential investors in the Y Engine, he advised that their ''enemies'' had forced them offshore. ''They are still around and being a nuisance in Australia, however we don't have any problems in the USA,'' he wrote in the email obtained by Fairfax Media.
Two months ago ASIC warned the public that Mr McClelland had been making false and misleading statements about the companies Roadships and Cycclone Magnetic Engines by claiming they had developed revolutionary technology.
The ASIC commissioner, Peter Kell, warned investors to be cautious when dealing with overseas registered corporations, as there are ''limits [to] the protective measures that ASIC has available to assist''.
''Once your money leaves this jurisdiction, there is little or no hope of getting it back,'' Mr Kell said.
In the past year, the number of disgruntled investors from Roadships, Cycclone and related companies has grown and it is understood ASIC has been investigating. At least two investors have taken court action in Queensland in the past year forcing the pair to pay back thousands.
The patent application for the Y engine that was lodged on October 14 in the US, could not be located.
No one was answering the phone at Roadships and Cycclone premises in Lismore last week.
Nugent Engine Technologies, now known as Nugent Aerospace, registered in Florida, has ''no current operating income'', documents filed with the SEC say. Its share value is listed as $US0.001.
While the number of disgruntled investors grows, Mr Nugent has continued his fast lifestyle with cocktail functions promoting the engine, travelling to the US for weeks at a time and partying at Sydney's Sheraton on the Park hotel with dancers from a strip club, The Men's Gallery. They were told they were going to appear in one of his films.
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A third type of Magnetism
The experimental work showing the existence of this new state, called a quantum spin liquid (QSL), was reported in the journal Nature.
The QSL is a solid crystal, but its magnetic state is described as liquid: Unlike the other two kinds of magnetism, the magnetic orientations of the individual particles within it fluctuate constantly, resembling the constant motion of molecules within a true liquid.
There is no static order to the magnetic orientations, known as magnetic moments, within the material, Lee said.
Ferromagnetism, the simple magnetism of a bar magnet or compass needle, has been known for centuries.
The prediction and discovery of antiferromagnetism, which is the basis for the read heads in today’s computer hard disks, won Nobel Prizes in physics for Louis Neel in 1970 and for MIT professor emeritus Clifford Shull in 1994.
In a second type of magnetism, antiferromagnetism, the magnetic fields of the ions within a metal or alloy cancel each other out.
In both the existing cases, the materials become magnetic only when cooled below a certain critical temperature. The material itself is a crystal of a mineral called herbertsmithite, named after the mineralogist Herbert Smith that was first found in 1972 in Chile.
Lee and his colleagues first succeeded in making a large, pure crystal of this material last year, a process that took 10 months, and have since been studying its properties in detail.
While most matter has discrete quantum states whose changes are expressed as whole numbers, this QSL material exhibits fractional quantum states.
In fact, the researchers found that these excited states, called spinons, form a continuum. This observation, they say in their Nature paper, is 'a remarkable first.'
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Making graphene with a DVD burner
A group of researchers have figured out how to produce graphene using a DVD drive. This discovery helps clear the path for mass production of the substance, which was discovered in the late 1980?s.
More recently, the 2010 Nobel Prize for Physics was awarded to a team that produced two-dimensional graphene; a substance one just atom thick. One method of doing so used Scotch tape and is mentioned in the video after the break as a technique that works but is not feasible for large-scale production.
The process seen here starts with graphite oxide because it can be suspended in water. This allows a lab technician to evenly distribute the substance on a plastic surface. Note the use of optical discs.
The second part of the process involves hitting the dried layer of graphite oxide with a laser. It just so happens that this can be done with a consumer DVD drive.
The result is graphene that can be used in circuits and may have potential as a fantastic super-capacitor.
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Puzzle - Series circuit - 3 LEDs & 0 switches
This is an analogue design (no CPU used). Also did not use wireless energy... All components have been modified by the author with the exception of the battery. How does it work?
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Government audio surveillance systems on public buses
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'Jedi' religion most popular alternative faith
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Just about ready to update Keelynet again
Back in Mexico now and starting to re-root. Just got my internet installed today so will update Keelynet later on this afternoon. For now have to catchup on so many emails.
Thanks to everyone for the kind emails and the donations. All very much appreciated. I have SOO missed updating Keelynet as it sometimes evokes interesting emails, comments and suggestions. Plus I learn so much from scanning and posting the tech and alt tech news.
One email peaked my interest but he forgot to include the attachment. Says he has measured a small electric current when dowsing. Now that is fascinating so I'm chomping at the bit to read it and he says I can post it on Keelynet so everyone can read it. He says he finds the rods act as dipole antennas.
I would update Keelynet tonight but its 4:00AM and I'm dog tired so will do it this afternoon after Christmas dinner. Heck, might just blow off Christmas dinner and eat leftovers at Salvadors tomorrow! So much I have to catchup on. Who would have thought the internet guy would come out to install it on Christmas EVE?
Cab driver yesterday told me he drove some rich mexican woman to her big house in Guadalajara and he told her about my robochek system. He said she was fascinated and wanted to invest in it? Wow, hope so or buy it outright! I made sure he said inversión (investment) rather than suscripción (subscribe). Will see.
Meantime, got all my parts for the lucid dream machine project so need to get back to work on that so I can win the $4 million of the Texas Lottery! A trusted friend in Texas will play the numbers and we split the winnings 50/50. That includes buying a Megaplier ticket that doubles the winnings for $8 million.
That would fund just about all my lab projects and I can get talented people down here for 1-3 months or longer to work on all kinds of cool projects. Seems like only a handful of people 'get' how important these projects are...ce la vie! I soooo need an honest, trustworthy agent or promoter!
I hear it all the time...why should I invest or support your lab projects when it will eventually come to market and I can buy it retail without having to spend anything to make it so...how blind and egocentric is that?
Really though, it's not about fame or wealth and it doesn't matter WHO rediscovers how to build working models of all these lost things and finally get them out there to help everyone, but I would like to be involved at least! - JWD
Oh, and by the way, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
- Restoring and Enumerating the Chaos but not YET Rejuvenating!
Things Change (las cosas cambien)
Well, been in Texas a month and pretty much loving it...weather has been nice, family has been fun and very supportive, especially my sis (my house fairy) and her husband and I can't thank them enough for it.
Love to be able to order electronic parts or something and get it in 2-3 days rather than 3-4 weeks like in Mexico.
Love the wide, clean, paved streets, the friendly though shy people, organized, nice houses, neighbors who don't play loud music or abuse your rights to quiet and cleanliness, etc., etc..
Temperature around 50-80 which surprised me with only a few cold days, then the SERIOUS cold hit (and that not EVEN with ice and/or snow).
Last night temp went to 28F. which froze my radiator and popped it.
Not in stock for my '96 truck but ordered one and it will be here tomorrow from Oklahoma City. Will cost about $200 or so but my brother-in-law kindly will replace it. Only took him about an hour to take out the broken one. Donations Appreciated!
My brother lives about 15 miles out of town and has two houses so invited me to come live out there as long as I wanted. Nice place, lots of animals and he and his wife are just super but still, cold and boring...guess I'm just jaded!
But have to admit I'm more than a bit bored. No cantinas, no plaza, no strange people or ever changing tourists, just kind of bland and many people look like they want to chat but just shy away like a whupped puppy, kind of strange and not Texans as I remembered them.
And now after a month I'm finding myself yearning for Mexico despite the negatives.
All of my 'stuff' is RE-packed so hoping I can get on the road in the next day or two.
Now have to find and rent a suitable, secure house in Mexico and rebuild all that I gave up to move to Texas. That means furniture, appliances, permits, visa, insurance...the whole shebang. Donations Again Appreciated!
I had SO many PLANS but they won't be happening in Texas (this time), maybe later, somewhere warmer and a bit 'busier' in the USA when I can afford it.
So Keelynet is on hold for a few days til I can get online again, maybe this weekend if all goes well. Best laid plans and all that...thanks for visiting and do come back...eventually I'll settle down to my usual stable self. - JWD
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Acoustic levitation of water droplets
These water droplets are not falling; they’re actually stuck in place. What we’re seeing is the effects of an acoustic levitator. The device was initially developed by NASA to simulate microgravity.
Now it’s being used by the pharmaceutical industry do develop better drugs.
The two parts of the apparatus seen in the image above are both speakers. They put out a sound at about 22 kHz, which is beyond the human range of hearing. When precisely aligned they interfere with each other and create a standing wave. The droplets are trapped in the nodes of that wave.
So are these guys just playing around with the fancy lab equipment? Nope. The levitation is being used to evaporate water from a drug without the substance touching the sides of a container.
This prevents the formation of crystals in the solution. But we like it for the novelty and would love to see someone put one of these together in their home workshop.
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Star Trek Medical Tricorder Is Real, And It’s Only $150
It's called the Scanadu SCOUT and, basically, it's a medical tricorder that will give you precise vital information about any human being within seconds, just on contact. It's very real and it works now.
And it's not only SCOUT—the company has two other devices—ScanaFlo and ScanaFlu—which are like having your own medical labs to go. Best of all, those two are so cheap that they are disposable.
SCOUT will not be disposable, though. The unit is a tiny hardware device that reads your vital health information on contact. You simply place it on the left temple and, in less than ten seconds, it will read your pulse transit time, heart rate, electrical heart activity, temperature, heart rate variability and blood oxygenation.
Then it sends this information to an app on your iPhone or Android phone, which displays it for you. You can even store your vitals for tracking, which could prove fundamental to many health situations at home.
This personal health tricorder is so simple that it will cost around $150 when it appears at the end of 2013, after it gets US government approval. It may very well become as ubiquitous as home thermometers, which were introduced in the 19th century.
For ScanaFlo, imagine a disposable blue plastic rectangle with a QR code and a window that reveals paper swatches and a color calibration target (similar to this). To get a reading, you need to pee on the rectangle as one would on a pregnancy test. Depending on the content of your urine, the swatches will change color.
But what do these color mean? You don't have to guess or remember. Point your smartphone at the QR target and it will take a photo, telling you if it detects anything out of the ordinary based on the hue of the paper swatches, which react differently depending on your health status.
According its creators, ScanaFlo tests for "pregnancy complications, preeclampsia, gestational diabetes, kidney failure and urinary tract infections."
ScanaFlu works in a similar way. Instead of a rectangle, it's a square with a small protuberance on which you have to spit. Your saliva will be distributed to different test units using tiny nano-vessels. Incredibly enough, this "disposable cartridge will provide early detection for Strep A, Influenza A, Influenza B, Adenovirus and RSV." Like ScanaFlo, you will use your phone's camera to have a result sent to your app.
High-Voltage DC Breakthrough Could Boost Renewable Energy
An updated, high-voltage version of DC, called HVDC, is being touted as the transmission method of the future because of its ability to transmit current over very long distances with fewer losses than AC.
And that trend may be accelerated by a new device called a hybrid HVDC breaker, which may make it possible to use DC on large power grids without the fear of catastrophic breakdown that stymied the technology in the past. (See related photos: "World's Worst Power Outages.")
Swiss-based power technology and automation giant ABB, which developed the breaker, says it may also prove critical to the 21st century's transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources, by tapping the full potential of massive wind farms and solar generating stations to provide electricity to distant cities.
So far, the device has been tested only in laboratories, but ABB's chief executive, Joe Hogan, touts the hybrid HVDC breaker as "a new chapter in the history of electrical engineering," and predicts that it will make possible the development of "the grid of the future"—that is, a massive, super-efficient network for distributing electricity that would interconnect not just nations but multiple continents. Outside experts aren't quite as grandiose, but they still see the breaker as an important breakthrough.
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Futuristic handcuffs would administer shocks, drugs
A patent for next-generation handcuffs offers a future in which the detained can be zapped directly from their restraints, and even injected with a medication, sedative, irritant, paralytic, or other fine substance.
The patent is called "Apparatus and System For Augmented Detainee Restraint."
The augmentations it offers are truly quite something. You see, these handcuffs are "configured to administer electrical shocks when certain predetermined conditions occur."
These shocks might be "activated by internal control systems or by external controllers that transmit activation signals to the restraining device."
For Patent Bolt points out that this patent also allows for the idea of a substance delivery system. Yes, these handcuffs might also be used to, well, inject the detained with who knows what -- to achieve "any desired result."
Clearly, the desires of the detained and the detainer might differ. Yet, this patent allows for the possibility of the substance being in the form of "a liquid, a gas, a dye, an irritant, a medication, a sedative, a transdermal medication or transdermal enhancers such as dimethyl sulfoxide, a chemical restraint, a paralytic, a medication prescribed to the detainee, and combinations thereof."
Yes, you really did read the word "paralytic."
Naturally, some will be wondering whether, as in fine restaurants, the arresting officer will ask whether the detained has any allergies.
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Apollo Veteran: Skip Asteroid, Go To the Moon
"It's 40 years to the day that the final mission to the moon launched. Discovery News speaks with Apollo 17 astronaut and geologist Harrison 'Jack' Schmitt about where he thinks the Earth's only satellite came from and why he thinks a NASA manned asteroid mission is a mistake.
'I think an asteroid is a diversion,' said Schmitt. 'If the ultimate goal is to get to Mars, you have a satellite only three days away that has a great deal of science as well as resources.
The science of the moon has just been scratched. We've hardly explored the moon.'" The National Research Council came out with a report a few days ago which found that the inability for the U.S. to find a consensus on where to go is damaging its ability to get there.
Bill Nye spoke about the issue, saying, "I believe, as a country, we want to move NASA from [being] an engineering organization to a science organization, and this is going to take years, decades. Now, through investment, we have companies emerging that are exploring space on their own and will ultimately lower the cost of access to low-Earth orbit, which will free up NASA to go to these new and exciting places."
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Tool use by an African grey parrot
Proving that robots aren't just for people any longer, African grey parrot, Pepper, has learned to drive a robot that was specially designed for him. Pepper, whose wing feathers are clipped to preventing him from flying around his humans' house and destroying their things, now manipulates the joystick on his riding robot to guide it to where ever he wishes to go.
It was inspired by Pepper's growing frustration with his human family's rude behaviours.
The behaviour that most annoyed Pepper was when his human family left him alone in a room -- how dare they ignore him? After living with these humans for more than ten years, was he not a member of the family too?
The first toy was a sound-activated squirt gun. This toy sprayed water on Pepper whenever he screamed.
After an initial period of silent astonishment at his human companion's sheer ingenuity, Pepper tested the toy thoroughly and grew to love it. Of course, Pepper's shrieks were rewarded so he screamed more than ever, although now, his frustration was tempered with long moments of soggy, shrieking delight.
This time, Mr Gray knew what he had to do. He designed a toy that would relieve Pepper's loneliness -- a stylish toy that would make any parrot proud. His very own robot!
Basically, this toy is a parrot perch on wheels, equipped with a joystick that allows its parrot driver to commandeer the contraption around the house and with a newspaper-sized deck to catch Pepper's occasional tokens of appreciation.
Dubbed the "bird buggy" by Mr Gray, this robot is the most sophisticated toy that Pepper has received so far. It meets his goal by allowing him to follow his much larger and clumsier human family members around the house without fear of being trampled underfoot.
When later asked about this invention, Pepper said he was pleased to see that his extensive efforts to train his human companion had finally paid off, and so handsomely, too.
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Bluetooth stickers help you find things
StickNFinds are Bluetooth location stickers the diameter of a quarter (but thicker than a quarter).
You attach them to television remote controls, pets, children, or other things that you need to locate. The batteries last about a year. The StickNFind smart phone application helps you find your missing items and life forms.
It is also advertised as a kind of early warning system: "stick the Stick-N-Find on your wife’s car. Once she pulls in the driveway, you get a notification, clean your mess, and go wash dishes before she comes in." That is some fast dishwashing.
The company that makes StickNFind is seeking $70,000 on Indiegogo. So far they've received close to $40,000 with 42 days left in the campaign.
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New Cheap, Shatterproof, Plastic Light Bulbs
"US researchers say they have developed a new type of lighting that could replace fluorescent bulbs.
The new light source is called field-induced polymer electroluminescent (Fipel) technology.
It is made from three layers of white-emitting polymer that contain a small volume of nanomaterials that glow when electric current is passed through them. The developer is promising cheap, hard-to-break, mercury-free, highly efficient bulbs from 2013."
The inventor of the device is Dr David Carroll, professor of physics at Wake Forest University in North Carolina. He says the new plastic lighting source can be made into any shape, and it produces a better quality of light than compact fluorescent bulbs which have become very popular in recent years.
"They have a bluish, harsh tint to them, " he told BBC News, "it is not really accommodating to the human eye; people complain of headaches and the reason is the spectral content of that light doesn't match the Sun - our device can match the solar spectrum perfectly.
"I'm saying we are brighter than one of these curlicue bulbs and I can give you any tint to that white light that you want."
"What we've found is a way of creating light rather than heat. Our devices contain no mercury, they contain no caustic chemicals and they don't break as they are not made of glass."
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Elegant Pendulum Pump Could Help Third World Water Supply
A company called Gravitational Energy Corporation (GEC) uses a high effficiency pendulum to translate human effort into a far greater outcome than the typical hand pump could achieve. The new device, called the GP210, has potential use in parts of Africa and other regions where water delivery remains an enormous stumbling block to community health.
A couple of years ago, the company put a GP210 to the test in a project with the childrens’ advocacy and disaster relief organization One Life Missions Foundation, to help after the earthquake in Haiti.
According to the company, the device produced drinking water for about 4,000 people on a daily basis, requiring only about three hours of operation. The company states that it can pump about 1,000 gallons of water per hour with “minimal effort.”
A while back, CleanTechnica talked about a Serbian invention that combines a lever and a pendulum to produce impressive energy gains.
The basic idea is fairly straightforward. You expend a measure of extra effort to start the pendulum (say, with a couple of extra helpers if necessary), and after that it takes a relatively small amount of work to keep it going indefinitely. Gravity does the rest, adding a lot of extra oomph to the human operator’s work.
The GP210 takes it to the next level with the patented Feltenberger Pendulum, named for inventor and GEC co-founder Bruce Feltenberger.
According to GEC, the Feltenberger Pendulum incorporates two major improvements. One is a nearly frictionless pivot point, and the other is a moveable axle that slides in and out horizontally as the pendulum swings back and forth.
The axle is attached to a rod-and-piston pump, and there you have it.
But wait, there’s more. If needed, the GP210 can also run on conventional fuel, and GEC sells a version of it packaged with a high-efficiency water filtration system.
The GP210 requires no fuel, operates in virtual silence, and produces drinking water from practically any fresh water source. It can also be modified to hook up to a flywheel, a drill, or other small-scale hydraulic devices.
When used to power a generator, the device can produce enough electricity for laptops, LED lighting, communications equipment, and battery recharging.
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"The dirigible airship, the oddball aircraft of another era, is making a comeback. California-based Aeros Corporation has created a prototype of its new breed of variable buoyancy aircraft and expects the vehicle to be finished before the end of 2012.
With its new cargo handling technology, minimum fuel consumption, vertical take-off and landing features and point to point delivery, the Aeroscraft platform promises to revolutionize airship technology. The Aeroscraft ship uses a suite of new mechanical and aerospace technologies.
It operates off a buoyancy management system which controls and adjusts the buoyancy of the vehicle, making it light or heavy for any stages of ground and flight operation. Automatic flight control systems give it equilibrium in all flight modes and allow it to adjust helium pressurized envelopes depending on the buoyancy requirements.
It just needs one pilot and has an internal ballast control system, which allows it to offload cargo, without using ballast.
Built with a rigid structure, the Aeroscraft can control lift at all stages with its Vertical Takeoff and Landing (VTOL) capabilities and carry maximum payload while in hover. What makes it different from other cargo vehicles is that it does not need a runway or ground infrastructure."
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Ultimate Flying Machine
A former F-16 jockey and a skateboard designer collaborate to design the tiny Icon A5 aircraft.
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Voice Pitch Predicts Labor Market Success among Male CEOs
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Similarities of Wave Behavior
This installment of Retrotechtacular looks at a video lecture that is much more substantive than the usual fare. [Dr. J.N. Shive] was a researcher at Bell Labs at a time when just about every technological breakthrough was coming from that singular collection of minds.
This video, called Similarities of Wave Behavior, was made to help bring students up to speed on the principles of waves. To aid in the experience he invented the apparatus seen in front of him.
It’s called a Shive Wave Machine (in the prelude to the video they call it the Shive Wave Generator). Having not taken any physics classes at University we hadn’t seen one of these devices before. It uses a series of horizontal rods connected to each other with torsion wire.
When you upset the balance of one of the rods the wire conducts that energy to its neighbors as an energy wave. This turns out to be a perfect representation of wave action whether it be mechanical, electrical, or acoustic. The 28-minute video after the break makes extensive use of the device, and explains concepts in a way that is easy to understand for just about anyone.
On an elementary conceptual level, this film reflects the multifaceted scientific hyperthinking that was typical of a Bell Labs approach. Host Dr. J.N. Shive's presence as a lecturer is excellent - it's understandable by a layperson even when he branches into equations, because he uses copious amounts of real-world examples to bolster the material.
Shive's role at Bell Labs was more than just a great lecturer: he worked on early transistor technology, inventing the phototransistor in 1950, and the machine he uses in the film is his invention, now called the Shive Wave Machine in college classrooms.
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Geeks living off the grid are hard on batteries
Keeping expenses down is nearly a full time job when trying to live the homestead lifestyle. Our current culture makes it extremely difficult to survive completely on self made/grown things and bartering.
They seem to be doing pretty well though. One way he can reduce his costs while still getting to enjoy some modern gadgets is to get longer life out of his batteries.
He does this by using a capacitive battery charger and desolfator that he designed and affectionately calls “Da Pimp”. He also brings in a little bit of income by selling kits!
Da Pimp is a capacitive charger which succeeds where others fail because it is able to adapt itself to the internal resistance of the battery, no matter what voltage level it starts at.
A capacitive charger behaves like a constant current power supply dynamically adjusting the voltage to get over the batteries internal resistance. Plus there is a pulse from the AC/DC conversion.
This allows for old batteries to last longer and for dumpster dived to be used as replacements. Capacitive chargers are small, silent and super efficent (up to 60% more so than cheap transformer based chargers).
Of course, [Mikey] is a supporter of sharing information so you can also go to his site and download the schematics,bill of materials, gerber files, and files for the housing, to build one yourself.
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Staples announces in-store 3-D printing service
A new service called "Staples Easy 3D" will allow customers to upload their designs to Staples' website, then pick up the printed objects at their local office supply megastore, or have them shipped to their home or business — not unlike the photo- and document-printing service the company already offers.
The project was announced today at Euromold 2012 by 3-D printer manufacturer Mcor Technologies, who is partnering with Staples to provide its new Iris printers for the service.
The Iris printers employ an innovative method to generate objects, using reams of paper that are cut and printed while being stacked and glued together. This technique allows for a high-resolution layer thickness of 100 microns, similar to that of the MakerBot Replicator 2, but not quite as fine as the 25-micron capability of the Form 1.
The new printers also incorporate the ability to add photorealistic coloring — something that more common plastic printers can't yet achieve. But while the glued paper is said to have a wood-like hardness, the arrangement of the layered paper grain will require special consideration for certain design layouts (this can affect other types of 3-D printers as well).
And while the company says it is able to be drilled, tapped or screwed, its material properties are unknown compared to traditional materials like real wood or steel.
The move by an established corporation to offer 3-D printing further legitimizes the adoption of the rapidly growing field by the mass market. Similar services currently exist, being offered by companies like Shapeways and Sculpteo, but this is the first to be made available from a chain retailer.
Staples Easy 3D will launch in the Netherlands and Belgium in the first quarter of 2013, and will be rolled out to other countries shortly afterword. No word yet on pricing or when it will reach the United States.
(The video says this service will be on tour in 25 USA cities April 10th. This 3d printer costs $1300 but is going on sale.)
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Nasa-sponsored team invents 3D printer that works with lunar dust
Inhabitants of a future Moon base could use 3D printers to make tools and replacement parts directly from melted down moon rock, a new study says.
Researchers have demonstrated how lunar regolith could be used as a raw material for 3D printers, allowing explorers to print out nearly any solid object they need right there on the Moon.
Professor Bandyopadhyay and a group of colleagues recently published a paper in Rapid Prototyping Journal demonstrating how to print parts using materials from the moon.
Lunar explorers could use 3D printers to print out practically any object they need from the dust which covers the Moon's surface after a team showed how it could be possible.
Because of the tremendous expense of space travel, Nasa strives to limit what space ships have to carry.
That means any future outpost on the Moon or on Mars would need to be able to use local materials for construction or repairs.
That's where the 3D fabrication technology might come in. To see whether the same process could work on the Moon, Nasa researchers provided Professor Bandyopadhyay and Professor Bose with 10lb of raw lunar regolith simulant - imitation Moon rock that is used for research purposes.
The WSU researchers were concerned about how the moon rock material, which is made of silicon, aluminum, calcium, iron and magnesium oxides, would melt, but they found it behaved similarly to silica.
Using additive manufacturing, the material could also be tailored, the researchers suggested. If explorers needed a stronger building material, for instance, they could perhaps use some moon rock with earth-based additives.
'The advantage of additive manufacturing is that you can control the composition as well as the geometry,' said Professor Bose.
Electrically fired bullets allow for up to 16,000 rounds per second. Metal Storm can fire 40mm grenades at a mind blowing rater of 250,000 rounds per minute.
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5 Billion more wasted on Fusion with NO RESULTS
The National Ignition Facility in Livermore, Calif., has been called a modern-day moonshot, a project of "revolutionary science," and "the mother of all boondoggles."
NIF, as it's called, is a $5 billion, taxpayer-funded superlaser project whose goal is to create nuclear fusion — basically a tiny star inside a laboratory. But so far, that hasn't happened.
The idea behind NIF is to direct a laser the size of a football field — 192 lasers, actually — at one tiny capsule the size of a peppercorn filled with hydrogen. It would create degrees of heat and pressure never before achieved in a lab.
"We will raise the temperature of the target to a hundred million degrees," Moses said. "That's higher temperature and more pressure than exists at the center of our sun."
That's so hot that the hydrogen atoms would enter into a state of controlled nuclear fusion. This is not nuclear fission, where energy is generated by splitting atoms — that happens every day in nuclear power plants. It's the opposite — fusion — smashing them together.
And it's important to realize this concept, controlled nuclear fusion, is one of the most fabled dreams in science, something that has eluded generations of physicists.
So when NIF opened, there was a lot of excitement. "I think we will get ignition," Miller said. "I think we'll get ignition relatively shortly after we turn the facility on."
Now, fast forward 3 1/2 years.
"We just haven't gotten it to burn yet," Moses said last month. He has been doing a lot of these interviews lately, because Oct. 1 was a deadline, set by the agency that oversees NIF — the National Nuclear Security Administration — for the project to have achieved fusion. But they just can't get the conditions right.
The project's top brass now has some explaining to do. This month, Energy Secretary Steven Chu is required to tell Congress why NIF hasn't met its goal, despite costing taxpayers more than $5 billion so far.
For Christopher Paine, director of the nuclear program at the Natural Resources Defense Council, it'll be a giant "I told you so" moment.
"This project has gone on a long time," he says. "Billions have been invested. But to what end?"
Dinosaur age had up to 50% oxygen in Atmosphere
The largest flying creature alive today is the Andean condor Vultur gryphus. At maximum size it weighs about 22 pounds and has a wingspread of about 10 feet. But 65 million years ago in the late cretaceous period, the last age of dinosaurs, there was another larger flying animal, the giant pterosaur Quetzalcotalus. It had a wingspread of over 40 feet, the size of a small airplane. Other pterosaurs were also quite large. The pteranodons of the late jurassic period, the classic flying dinosaurs of magazine illustrations, had a maximum wingspan of about 33 feet.
This presents a puzzle: how is it that the largest flying animals of the cretaceous were able to attain so much greater size than modern birds? There are severe physical limits associated with flight. It is difficult for large birds to generate enough lift to take off. Consider the well-known square-cube law: if you double the size of a bird by simple scaling, its wing area and associated lift go up by 22, or a factor of 4, while the body weight that must be lifted goes up by a factor of 23, or a factor of 8.
When an evolving flying animal species increases in size the basic design must be altered to accommodate the reduced lift-to-payload ratio. But if anything, the pterosaurs were less well designed than modern birds. They lacked the birds' efficient keelbone muscle structure and the aerodynamic advantages of feathers. How, then, could pterosaurs have grown so large?
A missing piece of this puzzle may have been discovered. There are indications that the cretaceous atmosphere may have been much richer in oxygen.
Today, Earth's atmosphere contains about 77% nitrogen, 21% oxygen, 1% water vapor, 0.9% argon, and 0.03% carbon dioxide, with traces of about a dozen other gases. It's been commonly assumed that earth-air stabilized at about this composition a few million years after life evolved on our planet when the early plants photosynthesized most of the primordial carbon dioxide into free oxygen, and the early bacteria converted most of the primordial ammonia to free nitrogen and water.
But now there is evidence that the cretaceous atmosphere may have been very different. Samples of 80 million year old air have been analyzed. You well might ask how there could be samples of air trapped and preserved for 80 million years. One might say that nature has provided the sample bottle.
Great forests of the extinct pine species Pinus succinifer once covered large areas of the world. Like modern pine trees the Pinus succinifer when injured by storms or boring insects had a tendency to drip pitch. This sticky resin would fall to the ground, accumulate, and eventually be buried.
Over a multi-million year time span solidified pitch is fossilized into the hard resin amber. Amber in jewelry-grade specimens is almost clear, with a characteristic pale yellow color. Sometimes one finds ancient insects encased in amber. These were originally trapped in the sticky pitch and fossilized along with it, and they now provide an important base of knowledge about the insect life of past geologic eras.
As lumps of pine pitch fall to the ground and aggregate, pockets of air are sometimes enclosed, becoming tiny bubbles of air trapped in amber. The amber thus forms a natural "sample bottle", trapping air samples from millions of years in the past and preserving it for present analysis. Moreover, the sample bottles are labelled with a date of collection.
Geological analysis of the rock strata in which the amber samples are found and evidence provided by organisms trapped in the amber along with the bubbles can be used to establish the age of the sample. In many cases the pressure inside such bubbles has become as high as 10 atmospheres from compression by the geological forces that converted the pitch to amber.
At a meeting of the Geological Society of America held last Fall in Phoenix, Robert Brenner of Yale University and Gary Landis of the U. S. Geological Survey reported the results of a QMS analysis of ancient air bubbles trapped in amber.
They obtained a remarkable result. The atmosphere of the Earth 80 million years ago was discovered to have 50% more oxygen than modern air. Brenner and Landis found that for all gas samples taken from amber 80 million years old the oxygen content ranged between 25% to 35% and averaged about 30% oxygen.
Cretaceous air was supercharged with oxygen.
On the other hand, 40 million year old samples similarly analyzed showed about the same oxygen content as modern air, and 25 million year old samples showed slightly less oxygen than modern air.
The composition of air has been shifting with time over a far broader range than geologists had thought possible. The cause of these excursions is not understood. Perhaps they are caused by a shift in the delicate balance between oxygen production by photosynthesis and oxygen trapping by exposed iron, sulfur, and organic reducing materials.
From the viewpoint of the follower of science fiction there are important lessons here. Time travellers must be aware that the cretaceous period is not the same as the 20th century. Oxygen is present in incendiary quantities. Use cigarettes and matches only with great caution. Do not wear flammable clothing during your cretaceous travels. Do not leave camp fires unattended.
(This seems to support the Dr. Baugh & the Pre-Flood Environment - 03/31/01 - Director of the Creation Evidence Museum in Glen Rose, Texas, Dr. Carl Baugh has invented and patented a 'Hyperbaric Biosphere' chamber to test Biblical claims regarding pre-flood atmosphere and magnetic conditions based on Genesis.
Genesis states that life on earth was created 'perfect' and designed to live forever. It also states that after the fall of man, all elements of which everything is made, were cursed. Genesis then records the gradual degeneration of the whole of creation until the flood of Noah followed by an increasing rate of degeneration as time progressed.
If the dates and years reported use the same standards we do in modern times, then there is an overlapping of pre-flood humans with that of post-flood survivors where the pre-flood humans lived many more years.
The average age of man prior to the flood was approximately 920 years, after the flood, mans lifespan declined by 250 years until the time of Christ when lifespans averaged 70 years. Tests indicate simulation of a pre-flood environment would produce conditions of increased longevity, cellular growth and a change in molecular structures. - JWD)
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Super heat Exchanger makes reusable Space Plane possible
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