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12/31/08 - Gasoline-Powered MUSIC Engine Could Exceed Diesel Efficiency
A recent comparison of a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder implementation of the Merritt Unthrottled Spark Ignition Combustion (MUSIC) engine, initially developed at Coventry University (earlier post) with a 2.4-liter diesel engine suggested that the gasoline-fueled MUSIC engine could attain a higher brake thermal efficiency than the diesel across a wide range of engine loads. MUSIC is an un-throttled, high thermal efficiency, lean-burn, spark ignition system that uses an indirect combustion chamber to produce charge stratification by means of controlled air management. The four-cylinder prototype tested is essentially a new cylinder head and its associated combustion system mounted on a Ford Duratec crankcase. Unlike competing technologies, the MUSIC system does not require any new supporting technology. Apart from the cylinder head, the 4 cylinder prototype engine uses currently available production components throughout albeit in the case of the injectors to new specifications. The MUSIC engine tested was driving its own GDI fuel pump and oil pump, but was not driving its water pump, alternator or fan. MUSIC operates with simple solenoid GDI (gasoline direct injection) injectors, at moderate fuel line pressure and without pulsing to meet lower loads and speeds. - Source

12/31/08 - Engineers Developing Energy-harvesting Radios
KeelyNet K-State engineers are looking at the design challenges of a radio system like this. Kuhn and Zhang have been working on the project for a little more than a year. They are creating a demonstration to test how far the signals can travel from the sensors. Zhang constructed a demonstration board using solar cells from inexpensive calculators to power the radio. The board has capacitors that capture and store the light energy to power the radio without a battery. Although this prototype captures and stores light energy, Kuhn said that energy-harvesting radios could be powered by a number of different ways, including by electrochemical, mechanical or thermal energy. The demonstration board that Zhang created includes a microprocessor to store data before it's transmitted via radio. When the stored data is ready to be transmitted, the radio sends out a data-burst. In Zhang's model, this happens every five seconds. It may just sound like a "blip," but that burst contains data that a computer can translate into meaningful information, such as telling an engineer the stress or strain on the underside of a bridge. Kuhn said that it's kind of like sending a text message from one cell phone to another: After data are transmitted through the air, the recipient's cell phone turns that data back into text that can be understood. Kuhn and Zhang are stepping in to perfect the radio system design. This includes determining which frequencies to use based on how the environment affects radio waves indoors versus outdoors. They also have to look at how noise and other factors may limit the sensitivity of the receiver that's getting the data from all of the sensors. Because these sensors save data in their microprocessors, Kuhn and Zhang are working on timing and wake-up commands that tell the sensors when to send the stored information to the receiver. Through engineering analysis, they are determining tradeoffs between power requirements, data-rate and transmission range issues. - Source

12/31/08 - From garage tinkering to The Next Big Thing
Tim Wheeler makes his living hauling scrap, fixing cars and doing odd jobs. But in recent years, his passion has been inventing what he calls the Electro Magnetic Energy motor that merely sips electricity from a bank of batteries while producing gobs of torque. He says he's run the plastic prototype for an hour, and used only 2 percent of the juice from six motorcycle batteries. Compare that to the best that Detroit can do - around 40 miles from a full charge on a bank of batteries. It's why Wheeler and Bay City native Todd Thorp, President of TWN Technologies of Bay City, plus Bay City real estate broker Henry Johnson, want to show the invention to the Big Three automakers in Detroit. They say they even have a larger version of the motor in a 1951 Ford pickup, and it runs. Now, there's an image for you - a full-fendered blast from the past powered with a motor that uses positive and negative electric charges to push and pull magnets, turning a shaft for power. - Source

12/31/08 - Roger Ebert Gets All Pessimistic
It's all coming to pieces, isn't it -- the world we live in, the continuity we thought we could count on, the climate, the economy, the fragile peace. The 20th century was called "the American Century," with some reason. I do not believe the 21st century will belong to anybody, and it may not last for 100 years of human witness. There are nuclear weapons in the Middle East and on the Indian subcontinent, and if one is used, more will follow and who can say when the devastation will end? The weather is unhinged. It is no longer a question of global warming. It is a question of what in the hell is happening? The economy is going to get worse. We may have no idea how much worse. The greed and corruption at the economy's core reached a scale unimaginable at the time of the Great Depression. Even responsible banks are threatened, because they cannot borrow and are fearful of lending. The world seeks safe havens for wealth, but the dollar is weaker, the yen is also surrounded by Recession, and if we park our money in China, a risky notion, what will happen with their money, parked here? And he ends with a suggestion: If you are a member of the U.S. Congress, you should not give a damn if you are a Democrat or a Republican. You should discard ideology and partisanship. You should be searching only for what works, or gives promise of working. You should be listening to the best counsel of the wisest people you can find. This is no time for playing to the crowd. That is all over with. This is the hour to seek what might lead us back from the brink. - Source

12/31/08 - DIM MAK - "The Death Touch" (Feb, 1970)
KeelyNet Now for the first time their FORBIDDEN SECRETS OF TERROR can be shared with you. BREAK A BRICK. Included In the manual is a GUARANTEED method, of brick and board breaking enabling anyone to break a brick or board after only minutes of training. THIS IS NO EXAGGERATION. THERE IS NO TRICK OR GIMMICK. There is nothing to be held in the hand, or any hand brace needed; and no special stunt bricks or boards are needed. This is the same method that many famous Karate Masters use. POISON HAND. Considered by many as evil and cruel; the lethally savage ripping, tearing, slashing, clawing and gouging techniques which comprise the POISON HAND ARSENAL are used to attack (by strike, touch or pressure) the nerve centers, pressure points, major blood vessels and vital organs of the body. You will learn the original 77 "POISON HAND" techniques of ancient China in actual photographs showing them in application. These are not photos of drawings, but actual photos of COUNT DANTE applying these torturing techniques which are meant to maim, disfigure, cripple or kill and have been used by oriental terrorists and assassins to MURDER! - Source

12/31/08 - Salt Water Irrigation: Study Shows It Works
Take an arid field riddled with salty soil. Irrigate it with salty water. Plant a salt-tolerant grass along with a salt-sucking companion plant and what do you get? If you're a Brigham Young University research team, you raise a crop that successfully replaces corn as cattle feed. Just published online in the journal Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment ahead of the February issue, the study identified a plant that could thrive in yet-unusable lands near the coasts in much of the world. But don't throw away your salt-shakers - the beef from the cattle raised on it tastes just the same as the meat you're used to. The research team focused on a plant called Panicum turgidum that can grow in salty conditions. They measured its protein content and determined that it could be a suitable alternative to existing cattle feed. Then they tested its growth potential when irrigated with the salty water found in the area. They showed that Panicum grew so fast it could be harvested almost monthly. Overall, with limited fertilizer, they produced 60,000 kilograms per hectare during the yearlong study. Nielsen is confident that further studies that determine the best ratios of fertilizer will boost that number over 100,000 kilograms. The researchers also used nature to preserve a sustainable growing environment. Panicum is a "salt excluder," meaning it survives salty conditions by keeping salt out of its system, which most other plants can't do. Although this allows Panicum to grow on salty water, the extra salt deposited by irrigation would render the soil too salty for even this hardy plant. So the researchers found that planting a companion crop that is a "salt accumulator" prevented the soil from getting too salty. The other plant sucked up the extra salt, then was harvested and burned and the ashes turned into soap. After the yearlong study, the levels of salt in the soil were virtually unchanged. - Source

12/31/08 - New high energy Concrete Buster
KeelyNet This new concrete-buster can mean all the difference when people are trapped inside collapsed buildings or walls. First responders rushing to get them out, or to deliver lifesaving supplies, must act fast, and this tool does it fast. Funded by the DHS Science and Technology (S&T) Directorate and developed by Raytheon Company, the CIRT is carried and operated by two people. It uses a blank ammunition cartridge designed for a standard rifle-driving a piston-that, when fired, generates a high-energy jolt. No hoses or cords are required, and it can be loaded to fire as often as two rounds every minute. At 36 inches long and 16 inches in diameter, it weighs all of 105 pounds-light enough to hold up against a wall, yet heavy enough to limit recoil action that can cause injuries. During a recent test, CIRT went head-to-head against other, traditional rescue methods. It was a race to break through a vertical, 5½-inch slab of steel-reinforced concrete and create a hole 18 inches wide (video clip available). CIRT won with a time of about 13 minutes, compared with 29 minutes or more for the others. Based on similar testing, the tool has also shown that it can bust through a horizontal slab in about 10 to 12 minutes. - Source

12/31/08 - 7 Easy Actions You Can Do Today to Save the Environment & Gas
Want to save gasoline, lower your power bills and help save the environment? New Vanderbilt research identifies seven simple actions individuals can start today that have the potential to dramatically reduce energy use and carbon emissions. / Reduce Idling / Inflate Tires / Change Car Air Filter / Reduce electricity Leakage / Adjust thermostat / Lower Water Temperature / Use compact Fluourescent light bulbs. - Source

12/31/08 - Laser experiment aimed at saving farm water
A professor of environmental engineering is pointing a laser beam across an alfalfa crop in Southern California's bone-dry Imperial Valley, looking for a better way to conserve the millions of gallons of water sprayed each year on thirsty crops. Jan Kleissl and a handful of his students at the University of California, San Diego, have rigged up a telescope-looking contraption called a large aperture scintillometer to study exactly how much water crops lose to evaporation and the peak times that water disappears. The hope is to give farmers a more accurate, up-to-date reading of how efficiently their crops are using water than current technology allows. While most farmers are experts at managing their irrigation by sight, recent years' droughts have called for more sophisticated ways to use - and save - water. Water became an even more valuable commodity in California last year, when a federal judge ordered federal and state agencies to restrict pumping in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta to protect the threatened delta smelt, severely cutting the growers' supply. Further restrictions could result from last month's decision by state fish and wildlife managers to limit pumping to protect another native fish, the longfin smelt. These shortages are prompting researchers to devise new ways to determine when to irrigate and how much water to use, said Khaled Bali, an irrigation expert for the University of California Cooperative Extension office in Imperial County. "There's not enough water to go around," he said. - Source

12/31/08 - Sci-Tech Insulation Paint
Sci-Paint is the inventor and producer SUPRA, a 'High Tech Insulation Paint' which significantly reduces indoor temperature, improving energy and air-conditioning equipment efficiency and life. SUPRA typically decreases interior temperatures 5-10 degrees C. without air conditioning. SUPRA can be applied to concrete, all metals, woods, resin and any external building material. It is odorless and non-toxic, so can be applied to interiors as well. SUPRA can also be applied to transparent glass. GLASS SUPRA is clear, colorless and odorless, and applied on navigating bridges' windows will not blemish visibility during darkness hours, unlike colored insulating films. - Source

12/31/08 - What Carriers Aren't Eager to Tell You About Texting
TEXT messaging is a wonderful business to be in: about 2.5 trillion messages will have been sent from cellphones worldwide this year. The public assumes that the wireless carriers' costs are far higher than they actually are, and profit margins are concealed by a heavy curtain. Senator Herb Kohl, Democrat of Wisconsin and the chairman of the Senate antitrust subcommittee, wanted to look behind the curtain. He was curious about the doubling of prices for text messages charged by the major American carriers from 2005 to 2008, during a time when the industry consolidated from six major companies to four. All four of the major carriers decided during the last three years to increase the pay-per-use price for messages to 20 cents from 10 cents. The decision could not have come from a dearth of business: the 2.5 trillion sent messages this year, the estimate of the Gartner Group, is up 32 percent from 2007. Gartner expects 3.3 trillion messages to be sent in 2009. - Source

12/31/08 - As if Things Weren't Bad Enough, Russian Professor Predicts End of U.S.
KeelyNet For a decade, Russian academic Igor Panarin has been predicting the U.S. will fall apart in 2010. For most of that time, he admits, few took his argument -- that an economic and moral collapse will trigger a civil war and the eventual breakup of the U.S. -- very seriously. Now he's found an eager audience: Russian state media. Mr. Panarin posits, in brief, that mass immigration, economic decline, and moral degradation will trigger a civil war next fall and the collapse of the dollar. Around the end of June 2010, or early July, he says, the U.S. will break into six pieces -- with Alaska reverting to Russian control. He predicts that economic, financial and demographic trends will provoke a political and social crisis in the U.S. When the going gets tough, he says, wealthier states will withhold funds from the federal government and effectively secede from the union. Social unrest up to and including a civil war will follow. The U.S. will then split along ethnic lines, and foreign powers will move in. California will form the nucleus of what he calls "The Californian Republic," and will be part of China or under Chinese influence. Texas will be the heart of "The Texas Republic," a cluster of states that will go to Mexico or fall under Mexican influence. Washington, D.C., and New York will be part of an "Atlantic America" that may join the European Union. Canada will grab a group of Northern states Prof. Panarin calls "The Central North American Republic." Hawaii, he suggests, will be a protectorate of Japan or China, and Alaska will be subsumed into Russia. - Source

12/31/08 - Visiting family warps your brain, study says
The study is the first to compare brain activity associated with seeing relatives with that linked to seeing friends and strangers. It suggests our feelings about biological relatives are at least somewhat primal. The findings may help explain everything from why our family can get on our nerves to why people who look like us can spark immediate feelings of trust, "but not lust," said Steven Platek, who co-authored the study with Shelly Kemp. The scientists found that relatives and self-lookalikes are processed through a self-referential part of the brain. Friends and strangers who look nothing like the viewer, on the other hand, light up entirely different areas of the brain, those linked to making important and risky decisions with respect to the self. Since relatives are processed through areas of the brain linked to self-reference, the study could also help to explain why relatives cause us to take things personally. While we may tolerate a friend's loud laughter or snoring, for example, we may have less patience with a relative because we judge them similarly to how we judge ourselves. - Source

12/31/08 - Taxing mileage using GPS
A year ago, the Oregon Department of Transportation announced it had demonstrated that a new way to pay for roads - via a mileage tax and satellite technology - could work. In more than one interview with the Democrat-Herald and others, James Whitty, the ODOT official in charge of the project, tried to assure the public that tracking people's travels was not in the plans. The task force's final report came out in November 2007. It was based largely on a field test in which about 300 motorists in the Portland area and two service stations took part over 10 months, ending in March 2007. A GPS-based system kept track of the in-state mileage driven by the volunteers. When they bought fuel, a device in their vehicles was read, and they paid 1.2 cents a mile and got a refund of the state gas tax of 24 cents a gallon. The final report detailed the technical aspects of the program. It also stressed the issue of privacy. "The concept requires no transmission of vehicle travel locations, either in real time or of travel history," the report said. "Accordingly, no travel location points are stored within the vehicle or transmitted elsewhere. Thus there can be no 'tracking' of vehicle movements." Also, the report said, under the Oregon concept of the program, "ODOT would have no involvement in developing the on-vehicle devices, installing them in vehicles, maintaining them or having any other access to them except, perhaps, in situations involving tampering or similar fee evasion activities." - Source

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12/31/08 - The down low in Hip-Hop (not safe for work)
The psychology of this astounds me but it seems to be more common than people suspect. - Source

12/27/08 - AirGenerate taps into energy-saving industry
KeelyNet Houston-based AirGenerate has developed a product, called AirTap, which dramatically improves the efficiency of standard hot water heaters. AirTap is a metal, square-shaped device that can be attached to the top of any 30-80 gallon water tank and then used to heat water, not with gas or electricity, but through the air surrounding it. AirTap does this by acting as a conventional heat pump, using a compressor (powered by a low-wattage electric current) to extract heat from the surrounding air, and then sending this heat through long copper tubes into an adaptor where it is dispersed into the water tank. This heats the water to the same degree as would a gas burner or electric heating component. According to the company, AirTap results in 300 percent improved efficiency and up to 80 percent energy savings and it has been certified by GAMA under Department of Energy guidelines as the most energy efficient water heater in the United States. AirTap uses about one-fourth of the standard amount of energy to heat water, by drawing three-fourths of the energy from the surrounding air. It can reduce energy consumption by approximately two-and-a-half times that of a standard water heater or tankless water heater unit. To put it in perspective, the company offers the example that AirTap uses less power than an 8-cup coffee machine to run the compressor, and its energy consumption level is equivalent to keeping two coffee machines on for a day. AirGenerate could get a boost from a federal tax rebate for using energy efficient products. AirTap qualifies for this rebate and its price tag of $499 can be drastically cut into when consumers get $300 back from the government for using it. - Source

12/27/08 - No Furnaces but Heat Aplenty in 'Passive Houses'
The concept of the passive house, pioneered in this city of 140,000 outside Frankfurt, approaches the challenge from a different angle. Using ultrathick insulation and complex doors and windows, the architect engineers a home encased in an airtight shell, so that barely any heat escapes and barely any cold seeps in. That means a passive house can be warmed not only by the sun, but also by the heat from appliances and even from occupants' bodies. And in Germany, passive houses cost only about 5 to 7 percent more to build than conventional houses. Decades ago, attempts at creating sealed solar-heated homes failed, because of stagnant air and mold. But new passive houses use an ingenious central ventilation system. The warm air going out passes side by side with clean, cold air coming in, exchanging heat with 90 percent efficiency. Inside, a passive home does have a slightly different gestalt from conventional houses, just as an electric car drives differently from its gas-using cousin. There is a kind of spaceship-like uniformity of air and temperature. The air from outside all goes through HEPA filters before entering the rooms. The cement floor of the basement isn't cold. The walls and the air are basically the same temperature. Look closer and there are technical differences: When the windows are swung open, you see their layers of glass and gas, as well as the elaborate seals around the edges. A small, grated duct near the ceiling in the living room brings in clean air. In the basement there is no furnace, but instead what looks like a giant Styrofoam cooler, containing the heat exchanger. Passive houses need no human tinkering, but most architects put in a switch with three settings, which can be turned down for vacations, or up to circulate air for a party (though you can also just open the windows). "We've found it's very important to people that they feel they can influence the system," Mr. Hasper said. - Source

12/27/08 - California's Big Squirt - October 1951
KeelyNet THE parched deserts of Southern California need water to transform their barren soil into fertile farmlands and tourist Meccas such as those existing elsewhere in the state. So far the problem has remained unsolved. But Sidney Cornell, a Los Angeles construction engineer, thinks he has a solution. He wants to construct a series of geyser-like power plants one mile apart to shoot water from the mouth of one into the funnel of the next, as depicted here by MI artist Frank Tinsley. The water would arc over hilly sections, have a flat trajectory over plains. Its velocity would approach 400 mph. These stations- 400 in all-would cost about $300,000 each. - Source

12/27/08 - 'Green homes' that can resist hurricanes
In a new study, researchers are aiming to develop home foundations and frames built of a lightweight unbreakable composite material that may bend in a hurricane, and can simply float on the rising tide of a storm's coastal surge. The technology weaves fibers from the jute tree, one of Bangladesh's most common and thriving plants, with plastics to form an ultra-strong building material. According to Uddin, the technology is light weight and also could help the structures survive hurricane storm surge and the resulting flooding, by essentially allowing the buildings to float on the rising tide once uplift pressures from climbing water levels force the structures free from their foundations. Uddin said that while this next phase of his fiber-composite research is taking place overseas, the technology, if it proves viable, will have tangible benefits for the coastal regions of United States. - Source

12/27/08 - Firm touts anti-radiation chip for phones
KeelyNet The E-Waves Phone Chip is essentially a bulky sticker that attaches to the back of your handset and works by using "interference technology". When you make a call, the chip beams out - it says here - "a quantum physical information wave" towards your brain to neutralise any potentially harmful waves sent out by the phone. The E-Waves' radiation cancels out the phone's radiation, the company behind the project said. It revealed nothing else about the gadget. Register Hardware is sceptical, to say the least, but the chip is nonetheless said by its maker to be the product of five years of research carried out by developer More Energy Solutions. Distributor Omega Pharma has released contrasting thermal imaging shots of someone's head during a mobile phone conversation. One picture shows how the user's brain heated up when using an ordinary phone, whilst another image shows that the person's cranium was kept cooler, allegedly thanks to the chip's protection. Numerous studies have already been conducted into the potentially harmful effects of mobile phone use. But it's worth remembering that for each one that hinted at a link, others have found contrasting evidence. If you believe the E-Waves Phone Chip claims, or just want to give it a try, then it will be available from tomorrow through Omega Pharma pharmacies in Belgium for around €40 (£35/$51). - Source

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12/27/08 - Transplant Lungs kept alive in glass dome
With the Toronto XVIVO Lung Perfusion System, a set of lungs can be whipped out of the donor and put into a "protective, transparent bubble-like chamber". Here they are hooked up to a "pump, ventilator and filters through which flow oxygen, nutrients and a special solution" and kept at human body temperature. According to Dr Shaf Keshavjee of Toronto General Hospital, "lungs can be safely kept on this circuit for 12 hours in order to assess, maintain and treat them before successfully transplanting them". Keshavjee says that such "reconditioned" organs, given a careful tune-up in the XVIVO nutrient bubble-tank, could be a boon for lung-hungry Canada - where the queue for a transplant has doubled in the last ten years. "This new technique heralds the beginning of a new era in transplantation," said Keshavjee's Toronto General colleague Marcelo Cypel. "It has allowed us to progress from preserving donor lungs to actually being able to repair some of the injury before transplantation. And we have done this using a unique strategy on donor lungs outside the body." - Source

12/27/08 - Will water vortices provide the next renewable energy?
KeelyNet The real answer may be a cylinder continuously moving up and down in an 8,000-gallon water tank in the Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering Building on the University of Michigan's North Campus in Ann Arbor. As Professor Michael M. Bernitsas sees it, the cylinder-based device he invented is a short step away from a commercially viable version that might be the key to a cheap, inexhaustible supply of clean energy to power the entire world, even regions far removed from sources of water. The device is nicknamed VIVACE, short for Vortex Induced Vibrations for Aquatic Clean Energy. It's pronounced "Vee-VAH-chay," after the term for music played in a lively, spirited manner. Bernitsas says the device, like fish, takes advantage of the changes in water speed caused when a current flows past an obstruction. The vortices formed in the water flow can move objects up and down or left and right. In concept, VIVACE consists of a system of cylinders positioned horizontally and perpendicular to the water flow. As water flows past, the vortices push and pull the cylinders up and down. The mechanical energy in the vibrations is then converted into electricity by a generator. The current version of VIVACE is one cylinder attached to springs; future versions are expected to have a fishlike tail and scales, which have already been tested in the Marine Renewable Energy Lab at the university. The prototype for the Detroit River field test will operate seven or eight cylinders, each of them about 10 inches in diameter and a bit more than two yards long. The device itself is expected to cost about $25,000, but Bernitsas projects the entire development process of building, testing, launching, etc. at above $1 million. The technology can generate electricity in water flowing at a rate of less than 1 knot - a knot is a bit more than 1 mile an hour - meaning it could operate on most waterways and sea beds around the globe. A "field" of cylinders built on the sea bed over a 1-kilometer-by-1.5-kilometer area, and the height of a two-story house, with a flow of just 3 knots, could generate about 500 megawatts, enough power for around 500,000 homes. Just a few of the cylinders, stacked in a short ladder, could power an anchored ship or a lighthouse. Systems could be sited on river beds or suspended in the ocean. Bernitsas and his colleagues say that generating power in this way would potentially cost only around 5.5 cents per kilowatt hour, compared to about 6.6 cents for wind energy and between 14.6 and 45.2 cents for solar power. They say the technology would require up to 50 times less ocean acreage than wave power generation. - Source

12/27/08 - 50 Things We Know Now (We Didn't Know This Time Last Year)
For example: Puerto Rican anole lizards perform push-ups and unfurl their dewlaps, the flaps of skin beneath their chins, to grab the attention of others when the forest is noisy. / Exposure to light in grocery stores reduces the quality of cauliflower, broccoli, chard, leeks and asparagus. / People in a position to hire are biased against applicants with limp or wet handshakes, and interviewers often rate women who don't shake hands as firmly as men lower than their qualifications warrant. / Excessive flip-flop wearing leads to a much higher risk of developing skin cancer on the feet. Only half of patients with foot melanomas survive. / Men with rounded faces, soft jaw lines, thin eyebrows, bright eyes, small nostrils, large mouths, thin lips, a warm, bright complexion and no facial hair are considered the most trustworthy, according to "modern-day facial stereotyping." - Source

12/27/08 - Top 10 Bush Moments

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12/27/08 - $775,000 Per Soldier
The news that President Bush's war on terror will soon have cost the U.S. taxpayer $1 trillion - and counting - is unlikely to spread much Christmas cheer in these tough economic times. A trio of recent reports - none by the Bush Administration - suggests that sometime early in the Obama presidency, spending on the wars started since 9/11 will pass the trillion-dollar mark... The cost of sending a single soldier to fight for a year in Afghanistan or Iraq is about $775,000 - three times more than in other recent wars. - Source

12/27/08 - Whole new meaning to perspective...
But is it art? Check it out if you have some time to kill and want to be amused. Some people seem to have a lot of free time on their hands... - Source

12/27/08 - DIY USB Servo-Guided Water Gun on Friday
"What better way is there to learn something than by making your own DIY gadget? Here's a new video showing how to use a common hobby servo, in conjunction with a small water pump, to create a USB controlled water gun! You can use your keyboard to aim and fire at an unsuspecting passerby. Both fun and educational, this project looks like a great DIY weekend project for any IT guy, wanting to make sure people think twice before asking a stupid question!" - Source

12/27/08 - Could electric cars charge up struggling automakers?
As part of their pitch to Congress, Ford, Chrysler and General Motors promised to push ahead with electric vehicles, even though they're money-losers now. Ford this week, for the first time, announced details of what it has in the works for electric-drive vehicles, including a battery-electric van slated commercial fleet use in 2010 and a battery-electric sedan in 2011. The U.S. is sitting on what Brian Wynne, president of the Electric Drive Transportation Association, calls a "national security asset." The electric grid, he said, could today, during off-peak times, fuel more than 70 percent of the light duty vehicles on the roads. Add the future potential of renewable energy and "smart" grid elements - like electronic identification that would know who to bill for electricity no matter where the car was charged - and electric cars will become cleaner and more convenient. The utility could make arrangements with customers so that when there's a need for power, it could automatically stop their car battery recharging for a time - without harm to the battery - and resume it later so that the car would still be ready in the morning. That way, the utility could avoid building more power plants, Egbert said. PG&E also is looking for a lot more wind power, especially because wind is strong for generating power at night, when most vehicles would charge. - Source

12/27/08 - Man Invents Alternative To Cooking Gas
"Gazan resident Abed Ar-Rahman has revealed what he is claiming as an alternative to cooking gas that he developed since Israel has prevented deliveries of cooking gas to Gaza. He invented a device using chemical substances available in Gaza, which burn when mixed and brought into contact with oxygen. The first component is a metal filter that controls the interaction between 40% of the oxygen in the surrounding air, the inflammable substance and some other substances." - Source

12/27/08 - Little Blue Pills Among the Ways CIA Wins Friends in Afghanistan
KeelyNet The Afghan chieftain looked older than his 60-odd years, and his bearded face bore the creases of a man burdened with duties as tribal patriarch and husband to four younger women. His visitor, a CIA officer, saw an opportunity, and reached into his bag for a small gift. Four blue pills. Viagra. "Take one of these. You'll love it," the officer said. Compliments of Uncle Sam. The enticement worked. The officer, who described the encounter, returned four days later to an enthusiastic reception. The grinning chief offered up a bonanza of information about Taliban movements and supply routes -- followed by a request for more pills. - Source

12/27/08 - Scientists doubt inventor's global cooling idea _ but what if it works?
Now, backed by a computer model, little-known inventor Ron Ace is making public a U.S. patent petition for what he calls the most "practical, nontoxic, affordable, rapidly achievable" and beneficial way to curb global warming and a resulting catastrophic ocean rise. Spray gigatons of seawater into the air, mainly in the Northern Hemisphere, and let Mother Nature do the rest, he says. The evaporating water, Ace said, would cool the Earth in multiple ways: First, the sprayed droplets would transform to water vapor, a change that absorbs thermal energy near ground level; then the rising vapor would condense into sunlight-reflecting clouds and cooling rain, releasing much of the stored energy into space in the form of infrared radiation. McClatchy has followed Ace's work for three years and obtained a copy of his 2007 patent petition for what he calls "a colossal refrigeration system with a 100,000-fold performance multiplier." "The Earth has a giant air-conditioning problem," he said. "I'm proposing to put a thermostat on the planet." Although it might sound preposterous, a computer model run by an internationally known global warming scientist suggests that Ace's giant humidifier might just work. He proposes to install 1,000 or more devices that spray water 20 to 200 feet into the air, depending on conditions, from barren stretches of the West African coast, bluffs on deserted Atlantic Ocean isles, deserts adjoining the African, South American and Mediterranean coasts and other arid or windy sites. To maximize cloud formation, he'd avoid the already humid tropics, where most water vapor quickly turns to rain. - Source

12/27/08 - A greener alternative to plastics: liquid wood
The bio-plastic dubbed Arboform, derived from wood pulp-based lignin, can be mixed with hemp, flax or wood fibers and other additives such as wax to create a strong, nontoxic alternative to petroleum-based plastics, according to its manufacturers. The idea for liquid wood grew from this realization: "Why not compose material out of the waste of this paper-making?" Liquid wood, Eisenreich said, combines the high stability and good acoustical properties of wood with the injection-molded capabilities of plastic. Woodworking, by contrast, can yield intricate figurines but is an arduous, time-consuming process. "Now you make only one complex mold," he said, "and you can do mass-production. You can make figures." In paper mills, wood is typically separated into its three main components: lignin, cellulose and hemicellulose. Lignin, which tends to give paper a brownish hue, can be used for lower-quality newsprint but is most often separated out with a sulfite- or sulfate-based pulping process prior to the production of high-quality paper. By mixing that discarded lignin with fibers and wax, Tecnaro, a spin-off German company, has refined a technique for producing plastic-like pellets. Under high-pressure conditions, Eisenreich said, the composite material behaves like melted plastic, allowing it to be injected through a nozzle into a mold and made into a wide range of forms. - Source

12/27/08 - A Japanese Town That Kicked the Oil Habit
In resource-poor Japan, which imports 90% of its fuel, Kuzumaki is a marvel of energy self-sufficiency. Signs of the town's comprehensive focus on environmental sustainability are visible from its mountaintops to the pens of the dairy cows that once were the bedrock of local commerce. Atop Mt. Kamisodegawa, the 12 wind turbines, each 305 feet (93 m) tall, have the capacity to convert mountain gusts into 21,000 KW of electricity - more than enough to meet the needs of the town's residents. The excess is sold to neighboring communities. Of course, the wind doesn't always blow. At Kuzumaki Highland Farm, 200 dairy cows share the power load. Their manure is processed into fertilizer and methane gas, the latter used as fuel for an electrical generator at the town's biomass facility. Kuzumaki's energy infrastructure would be difficult if not impossible to duplicate elsewhere, especially on a large scale. Investment in the town's projects - paid for by local tax revenues, private investors and the prefectural and central governments - totals $50 million. That's about $6,000 per resident, an amount that would pay the electricity bill for an average Tokyo family of four for more than seven years. - Source

12/23/08 - Kanzius invention clears hurdle
The Kanzius cancer-treating concept has taken a major stride, thanks to successful results from a significant test. Researchers found that an external radio-frequency device can destroy specific cancer cells that have been tagged with tiny pieces of gold, or nanoparticles. Research demonstrating that specific cancer cells could be targeted with nanoparticles were published online in the Journal of Experimental Therapeutics on Friday. The research has generated new excitement about the Kanzius invention. "It proves that this has the potential to work, and it makes sense for us to continue pushing," Curley says. With each new breakthrough on this project, we witness two reactions. There are the positive responses articulated by Curley, Kanzius and the many people touched by cancer, who are optimistic (yet realistic) that this project will be successful in human trials. Then there are the negative responses by some who suspect that competing interests will stomp out the gains of cancer researchers affiliated with Kanzius. In the new scientific study, researchers attached specific antibodies, or proteins, to the nanoparticles, and placed the treated nanoparticles and live cancer cells in a specimen dish. Radio waves blasted the tagged cancer cells for two minutes. Nearly 100 percent of the pancreatic and colorectal cells were killed; hardly any of the control group's cells were destroyed. "It shows that we can target specific types of cancer. We're now working on other types of cancer cells, including breast, prostate, leukemia and ovarian," Curley said. - Source

12/23/08 - Alternative Energy- The Power Toolbox
KeelyNet The "Power Toolbox" was invented by Tracy Blackman who boasts its ability to run your electronics, jump your car and cool your house while regenerating its power. The patent-pending toolbox uses an alternator, batteries, an inverter and a solar panel to supply clean, portable energy. Blackman says the use of products that use multiple forms of energy, like the "Power Toolbox", are the way of the future. If you want more information, go to - Source

12/23/08 - Why Dingels Invention not in Time Magazines' "Best Inventions of 2008"
Really, naming the top inventions has become a complicated matter all these years. Decades ago, there was an invention that fascinated Filipinos- the controversial water-powered car by Daniel Dingel, who was recently convicted for estafa by a Parañaque court. Dingel's invention was not recognized by Time for several reasons; among them was the fact that it was not supported by this government that claims it as a plain hoax. The same feeling is felt by Dingel who is ever-cautious for fears that he could lose his idea to unscrupulous people if not suffer the same fate of Stan Meyer, a like-minded inventor who was reportedly murdered in 1998. - Source

12/23/08 - Malaysia catches up to Hydrogen/Gas mix
The H-Fuel system, featuring a Brain Chip to control engine combustion and water, has been submitted to Sirim for tests and patent registration by EGR Tech Sdn Bhd. The system breaks down water into oxygen and hydrogen in a manner controlled by an engine control unit or Brain Chip. The hydrogen is used for internal combustion and can cut down on car exhaust emissions. The invention, it is claimed, can save millions of ringgit on petroleum-based fuel consumption for all types of engine applications. Explaining the system, EGR Tech CEO K.B. Woo said: "The Brain Chip safely controls the extraction rate and distribution of hydrogen during its entire operation. This means a more precise and safer feed of the volatile gas into the combustion chambers compared with conventional systems of uncontrolled feed. "Hydrogen is then fed into the combustion chambers thereby reducing the need for pure diesel or petrol to run the internal combustion engine. This ensures not only lower fuel consumption but also much cleaner exhaust emissions without sacrificing engine performance." An additional advantage of the H-Fuel system is that the engine also runs cleaner with high possibilities of reduced maintenance cost and longer engine life. EGR Tech technology director Lee Eng Khim said: "Hydrogen is three times more powerful than gasoline while the burn rate of hydrogen is 10 times faster than gasoline. That is why in its power stroke the fast burn rate will give maximum kinetic energy." He said the current combustion energy is based on the fact that burn rate is slow and is due to the 30% kinetic energy and 70% heat. "That is why the car engine is hot," he said. "However, with hydrogen, it is a reverse effect where there is 70% kinetic energy and 30% heat. It is much cooler," said Lee, adding that EGR Tech's team of engineers have been perfecting the invention for more than a year with successful trials on local buses showing impressive improvements of at least 50% savings in fuel consumption." - Source

12/23/08 - Inventor designs 'tunable' glasses to help one billion in Third World see
Prof Joshua Silver hopes his design will enable a billion people in the developing world to receive spectacles for the first time within just over a decade. A retired Oxford University physics professor, he came up with the idea in what he describes as a "glimpse of the obvious". His adaptive glasses are designed to be "tuned" by the wearer to suit their eyes without the need for a prescription and can help both short-sighted and long-sighted people. Working on the principle that thicker lenses are more powerful than thin ones, Prof Silver's spectacles can be adjusted by injecting tiny quantities of fluid. The tough plastic glasses have thin sacs of liquid in the centre of each lens. They come with small syringes attached to each arm with a dial for the wearer to add or remove fluid from the lens. Once the lenses have been adjusted, the syringes are removed and the spectacles worn just like a prescription pair. The invention will enable millions of people in poorer parts of the world, where opticians are in short supply, to get spectacles for the first time. - Source

12/23/08 - Immigration to the US from 1820-2007
Here is a short video clip showing immigration patterns to the US between 1820 and 2007.

Immigration to the US, 1820-2007 v2 from Ian Stevenson on Vimeo.

This striking graphic does, for example, illustrate South American immigration's dramatic growth in recent decades. Three things about the graphic, however, make me skeptical of its usefulness as much more than a gimmick: 1) the use of dark blue dots against a black background to represent the African migration makes it difficult to see them well. 2) the graphic depicts the United States exclusively as migration's destiny. We've known for a long time that, at least so far as the European migration is concerned, there was a substantial rate of return to the homeland and that it varied dramatically over time and from one nation of origin to another. 3) depicting the United States exclusively as migration's destiny also obscures far more complex and interesting patterns of international and regional migrations. You would never know from this graphic, for example, that at least in the early years the African migration to the Caribbean and South America was far larger than the migration to the United States. It doesn't even attempt to suggest the large European migration to South America; or the substantial redistribution of population in Asia.

12/23/08 - Mini-LED Projector packs art house movie power in toy-like package
KeelyNet If you are one of those travelers unable to get home for the holidays and need to snuggle up with some choice movies the new Castrade Mini-LED Projector (CV-MP01) offers a convenient way to get that movie theater feel at home. At just 40 x 57 x 59 millimeters, the deceptively toy-like device features built-in speakers, an RCA port, and actually renders a 4:3 image with 640 x 480 VGA resolution. The price hasn't been announced but the manufacturer expects it to retail for around 25,000 yen ($278) here. - Source

12/23/08 - So Poor
KeelyNet * People saw us kicking a can down the street and asked what we were doing...we said "Moving"
* We hung the toilet paper out to dry.
* We couldn't pay attention.
* We made a hole in the kitchen wall, behind the cooker, and we used to dip our bread in next door's gravy!
* We leave my door unlocked. A burglar might come in and lose some of his change.
* My grandma went to the local government office and said: "I hear y'all declared a war on poverty. Did we win?"
* The dog got nervous every year at Thanksgiving.
* We had to borrow a few beans, to make the gas for a fire.
* Our momma used to serve cereal with a fork.
* The only things we saw on the kitchen table were elbows.
* The bank came and repossessed the calendar they gave us at the county fair.
* We would go to the KFC and lick other peoples' fingers.
* The electric company came to the house and blew out the candles.
* Maw & Paw had to face opposite directions and hook their elbows together, just to make ends meet.
* We had to reach up to touch bottom.
* When we needed a new pair of shoes Ma would make us run outside when it was raining. When we got our feet good and muddy she made us come inside and put our feet up until the mud dried. - Source

12/23/08 - Licensing Faith Healers
In Russia, faith healers are tested and licensed by the federal government. Mikhail Fadkin claims he can cure a long list of disorders - pancreatitis, bronchitis, digestive problems, even infertility - by using his hands to manipulate what he describes as a person's "bio-energy field." Many laugh at such ideas and might call him a quack. But the 63-year-old healer, who practices out of an office in a Moscow suburb, holds a license from the Russian government. For the past two years, the Federal Health Service has been issuing licenses to practitioners of what it calls "traditional medicine," meaning anything from the use of herbal treatments to the manipulation of "auras." His claims buttressed by officialdom, Fadkin charges patients 3,500 rubles ($150) per session. There are a few who remain sane, however: Skeptics scoff at the notion that such testing is meaningful and criticize the government for lending credibility to people who claim paranormal powers. "I think that this entire system is a result of ignorance and corruption," says Eduard Kruglyakov, a laser physicist, member of the Russian Academy of Sciences. "Science has certain rules that must be followed, and this system of certification hasn't passed any serious scientific tests." - Source

12/23/08 - EEStor Issued a Patent For Its Supercapacitor
EEStor was granted a US patent for their electric-energy storage unit, of which no one outside the company (no one who is talking, anyway) has seen so much as a working prototype. We've discussed the company on a number of occasions. The patent (PDF) is a highly information-rich document that offers remarkable insight into the device. EEStor notes "the present invention provides a unique lightweight electric-energy storage unit that has the capability to store ultrahigh amounts of energy." "The core ingredient is an aluminum coated barium titanate powder immersed in a polyethylene terephthalate plastic matrix. The EESU is composed of 31,353 of these components arranged in parallel. It is said to have a total capacitance of 30.693 F and can hold 52.220 kWh of energy. The device is said to have a weight of 281.56 pound including the box and all hardware. Unlike lithium-ion cells, the technology is said not to degrade with cycling and thus has a functionally unlimited lifetime. It is mentioned the device cannot explode when being charge or impacted and is thus safe for vehicles." - Source

12/23/08 - Japan launches the World's first solar powered cargo ship
Fitted with 328 solar panels for a whopping price of $1.68 million, freighter Auriga Leader took off from a shipyard in Kobe. Developed by Nippon, it has room for about 6,400 automobiles that need to leaves the shores of Japan for other countries. It is asserted that the 60,213-tonne, 200-metre (660-foot) long ship is the first large vessel in the world with a solar-based propulsion system. The shipping industry has come under growing pressure to take part in efforts to curb global warming, due to carbon emissions. And to counter this menace, the solar panels on this green freighter promise to generate 40 kilowatts. Though this enough to cover only 0.2% of the ship's energy consumption for propulsion, there seems to be a ray of green hope for the future as the company officials said they hoped to raise the ratio. - Source

12/23/08 - Local teens claim pranks on county's Speed Cams
KeelyNet As a prank, students from local high schools have been taking advantage of the county's Speed Camera Program in order to exact revenge on people who they believe have wronged them in the past, including other students and even teachers. Originating from Wootton High School, the parent said, students duplicate the license plates by printing plate numbers on glossy photo paper, using fonts from certain websites that "mimic" those on Maryland license plates. They tape the duplicate plate over the existing plate on the back of their car and purposefully speed through a speed camera, the parent said. The victim then receives a citation in the mail days later. - Source

12/23/08 - New use for Zinc Oxide
Duke University and United States Army scientists have found that a cheap and nontoxic sunburn and diaper rash preventative can be made to produce brilliant light best suited to the human eye. Adding sulfur to ultra-fine powders of commonplace zinc oxide at about 1,000 degrees centigrade allows the preparation to convert invisible ultraviolet light into a remarkably bright and natural form of white light. The researchers are also exploring using electricity alone to trigger the visible emissions without need for an ultraviolet light trigger. Zinc oxide would be both a less-toxic and cheaper light source than the combinations used in today's commercial LEDs -- gallium nitride and cerium-doped yttrium oxide, they said. - Source

12/23/08 - Electronic 'Pleasure Chips' May Enhance Sex Lives
KeelyNet In recent months, scientists have been focusing on an area of the brain just behind the eyes known as the orbitofrontal cortex. This area is associated with feelings of pleasure derived from eating and sex. A research survey conducted by Morten Kringelbach, senior fellow at Oxford University's department of psychiatry, and reported in the Nature Reviews Neuroscience journal, found the orbitofrontal cortex could be a "new stimulation target" to help people suffering from an inability to experience pleasure from activities such sex and eating. Stimulating this area can produce pleasure as intense as "devouring a delicious pastry," he said. His colleague Tipu Aziz, a professor of neurosurgery at the John Radcliffe hospital in Oxford, predicted a significant breakthrough in the science behind a sex chip within 10 years. "There is evidence that this chip will work," he said. "A few years ago, a scientist implanted such a device into the brain of a woman with a low sex drive and turned her into a very sexually active woman. She didn't like the sudden change, so the wiring in her head was removed." - Source

12/23/08 - Lifeline for Renewable Power
The problems at Vattenfall Europe Transmission, the company that controls northeastern Germany's electrical grid, are a preview of the immense challenges ahead as power from renewable sources, mainly wind and solar, starts to play a bigger role around the world. To make use of this clean energy, we'll need more transmission lines that can transport power from one region to another and connect energy-­hungry cities with the remote areas where much of our renewable power is likely to be generated. We'll also need far smarter controls throughout the distribution system--technologies that can store extra electricity from wind farms in the batteries of plug-in hybrid cars, for example, or remotely turn power-hungry appliances on and off as the energy supply rises and falls. If these grid upgrades don't happen, new renewable-power projects could be stalled, because they would place unacceptable stresses on existing electrical systems. According to a recent study funded by the European Commission, growing electricity production from wind (new facilities slated for the North and Baltic Seas could add another 25,000 megawatts to Germany's grid by 2030) could at times cause massive overloads. In the United States, the North American Electric Reliability Corporation, a nongovernmental organization set up to regulate the industry after a huge 1965 blackout, made a similar warning in November. - Source

12/23/08 - Proof of Spontaneous DNA Manifestation?
KeelyNet THE DNA IS THE WAVE, AND THE WAVE IS THE DNA… DNA is a physical materialization of what torsion-waves look like at the tiniest level. Don't forget we are dealing with intelligent energy. That's what the data - and the esoteric tradition - actually shows us. This, of course, strongly suggests that life could form spontaneously from inert 'nonliving' material. In fact there are several key laboratory experiments - all of which have remained completely non-mainstream up until this point - which prove this! Dr. Ignacio Ochoa Pacheco's experiment is very simple. Heat beach sand to white-hot luminescence, killing all known lifeforms that could live inside. Then deposit the sand into a test tube, partially filled with some distilled water. Hermetically seal the test-tube shut with a Bakelite cover, and let the mixture cool down for an hour. Then pop it in an autoclave and sterilize it. The autoclave uses temperatures and pressures scientifically proven to kill all forms of life we now know to exist. Nothing can possibly live through that treatment. This is how surgical instruments are sterilized so they don't introduce bacteria into the body of the patient. Then give your sterilized mixture 24 hours to sit undisturbed. Stand by as hidden, unacknowledged 'torsion fields' gather up the raw materials in your tubes and start creating DNA - and life. Fast! After the 24 hours, skim off the top layer and study the results under a microscope. Repeat the same sterilization process two more times and continue to sample and study the results. That's it! THEN THE UNTHINKABLE HAPPENS… Remember - all living material should have expired inside that tube after the first "fractional sterilization". Since the tube was sealed, nothing new could get in - not bacteria from the air, nor anything else. Nothing at all. Despite all these obvious facts, a thin layer of 'scum' appeared on the surface… filled with little living critters! / THE PROOF! In an article released today - August 12, 2007 - at the UK Times Online website, by Robert Booth, entitled "Dust 'comes alive' in space," we have the proof we've been waiting for! After all this time, reading these words is nothing short of fantastic: (emphasis added) - SCIENTISTS have discovered that inorganic material can take on the characteristics of living organisms in space, a development that could transform views of alien life. An international panel from the Russian Academy of Sciences, the Max Planck institute in Germany and the University of Sydney found that galactic dust could form spontaneously into helixes and double helixes… and that the inorganic creations had memory and the power to reproduce themselves. - Source

12/23/08 - Fill 'Er Up With Human Fat
For a time, Beverly Hills doctor Craig Alan Bittner turned the fat he removed from patients into biodiesel that fueled his Ford SUV and his girlfriend's Lincoln Navigator. Fat--whether animal or vegetable--contains triglycerides that can be extracted and turned into diesel. Poultry companies such as Tyson are looking into powering their trucks on chicken schmaltz, and biofuel start-ups such as Nova Biosource are mixing beef tallow and pig lard with more palatable sources such as soybean oil. A gallon of grease will get you about a gallon of fuel, and drivers can get about the same amount of mileage from fat fuel as they do from regular diesel... Animal fats need to undergo an additional step to get rid of free fatty acids not present in vegetable oils, but otherwise, there's no difference... Using fat to fuel cars might be environmentally friendly, but it's definitely illegal in California to use human medical waste to power vehicles, and Bittner is being investigated by the state's public health department. - Source

12/20/08 - Daniel Dingel Water Powered Car Inventor gets 20 years for 'swindling'
KeelyNet Daniel Dingel, 82-year-old inventor of a “water-powered car,” has been convicted of “estafa” [swindling] and sentenced to a maximum of 20 years imprisonment by the Parañaque City Regional Trial Court. The court also ordered him to pay $380,000 in actual damages. Dingel, who has never revealed the secret to his invention, which he began in 1969, questioned the verdict but said he did not mind going to jail at his age. As of late Friday, he remained at large. Dingel was found guilty of taking $410,000 from Dr. John Ding Young of Formosa Plastics Group, a Taiwanese company, which gave it to him as research and development funds. The decision, written by Judge Rolando How of the court’s Branch 257 and released on Dec. 9, said Dingel defrauded Young when the inventor failed to fulfill his obligation of developing his “hydrogen reactor” and creating experimental cars in 2000. The unique device — a “hydrogen reactor” resembling a 12-volt battery — impressed the Taiwanese when Dingel demonstrated how it powered and fueled the car’s engine. They were also told that fuel from water had clean emissions as it did not produce carbon the way gasoline did. After receiving the money ($300,000) by wire transfer, Dingel avoided replying to his emails on the progress of the project and instead sent copies of letters from other foreign investors offering Dingel larger sums of money. Young said he kept his end of the bargain by sending another $60,000 in additional funds for R&D as stated in the joint venture agreement. He said it was then that Dingel began ignoring his communications. He said he sent demand letters for the return of $410,000 were but Dingel did not give the amount back. Instead of returning the money, Dingel withdrew $375,603.89 from his bank account and left only $500. “He admitted withdrawing the money after learning that a suit had been filed against him,” it said. “His act of immediately withdrawing the money indicated bad faith on his part.” - Source

12/20/08 - Cool Tools $10,000 competition and DIY Network's popular primetime series Cool Tools are kicking off a six-month search for America's Coolest Tool. Whether it's a brand-new tool to put paint on a wall or a new and improved hammer, DIY is asking users to upload videos of their invention to by June 8, 2009. The winner of the coolest and cleverest tool will receive $10,000 and see their tool manufactured and unveiled on a one-hour special, Cool Tools Inventor's Challenge, airing on DIY Network in late 2009. For more information on DIY Network's Cool Tools Inventor's Challenge, visit the network's companion Web site at DIY Network is available nationwide on DISH Network Ch. 111 and DIRECTV Ch. 230. - Source

12/20/08 - Solar gutter light saves energy
KeelyNet The Gutter Light was created one night when Vince D'Onofrio was on his way home from work. While walking through his yard, he kicked the light cap off one of his solar lawn lights. He then picked it up and used it as a flash light to help him see while unlocking his door. "The higher I held it up, the wider and wider the light got," he said. "That made me wonder if I could light up the whole (doorstep) with this." From there, he began tinkering in his garage, devising ways for these bright LED lights to suspend off his gutters. The final design was a multi-use, solar light with rechargeable batteries that can be attached to gutters, signs, fences, or anything with a flat surface. According to D'Onofrio, the lights can also be used as a security measure, keeping properties and people safe. "A lot of people want security for their vacation homes, to make it look like someone's home," he said. "I even bring them inside when we have black outs at my house." D'Onofrio is currently marketing his invention and recently picked up more than 3,000 finished products from Philadelphia. Local hardware stores and landscaping businesses may begin carrying the product as soon as January 2009, he said, and the items are currently available on his Web site, - Source

12/20/08 - DARPA aim to make killer robots invulnerable to damage
News has broken that sinister human quislings operating within the US military industrial complex intend to equip America's fast-building killer robot legions with Terminator style "damage tolerance" technology. Doubtless all here recall the various movie scenes in which the unstoppable robot armatures upon which an unrealistic fleshy cloak had been hung dealt briskly with apparently crippling damage. No sooner had a T-101 been shot - often with quite heavy weapons - blown up, run over, set on fire, impaled with a metal bar etc than it would recover. Power would be rerouted; nonfunctional parts such as limbs, fleshy disguises gone crispy, malfunctioning energy cells and so on would be jettisoned; and bingo - the machine would continue on its programmed mission. Tests to date have seen small aerial robots lose large chunks of themselves, as though shot away by disgruntled meatsack opponents, yet carry on with their mission. - Source

12/20/08 - Opportunities vs. mistakes
KeelyNet Let's look at people who perceive "mistakes" in a very different way. For example, it is said that Thomas Edison did more than 1,000 experiments trying to invent the light bulb. He was asked how he could keep going after making so many mistakes. His response: What mistakes? Each time I'm just learning what doesn't work, bringing me closer to what does work. Similarly, the most successful sales people look forward to being turned down by potential clients. Their reasoning: the more no's I get, the closer I am to a big "yes." These people are not seeing mistakes — they are seeing learning opportunities! Many of our best inventions — Styrofoam, Post-it notes, etc. — started out as "mistakes." The person involved was trying to do something else and something went wrong. Lucky for us, someone saw beyond the mistake and a new invention was born. All of our famous inventors, scientists and creative people made lots of mistakes. This is the only way they could get to the discovery they were looking for, by being willing to get it "wrong" so many times. It's important to get this concept across to kids. And we need to make it "safe" for them to make mistakes. In order to be successful at anything, including learning, you have to be willing to make mistakes. It's the "fail your way to the top" attitude: If I keep trying, discovering, experimenting, I'll get there. This is what separates the people who achieve their goals from those who don't. In her book, "Work Less Make More," Jennifer White says, "Fail often so you can succeed sooner." The more we can see "mistakes" as opportunities and incorporate this concept into our everyday family life, the better it will be for our kids. One way to get help with this is to read stories together of people who turned mistakes into opportunities. - Source

12/20/08 - Diesel, Made Simply From Coffee Grounds
The technique is not difficult, they report in The Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, and there is so much coffee around that several hundred million gallons of biodiesel could potentially be made annually. Analysis showed that even the grounds contained about 10 to 15 percent oil by weight. The researchers then used standard chemistry techniques to extract the oil and convert it to biodiesel. The processes are not particularly energy intensive, Dr. Misra said, and the researchers estimated that biodiesel could be produced for about a dollar a gallon. One hurdle, Dr. Misra said, is in collecting grounds efficiently — there are few centralized sources of coffee grounds. But the researchers plan to set up a small pilot operation next year using waste from a local bulk roaster. Even if all the coffee grounds in the world were used to make fuel, the amount produced would be less than 1 percent of the diesel used in the United States annually. “It won’t solve the world’s energy problem,” Dr. Misra said of his work. “But our objective is to take waste material and convert it to fuel.” - Source

12/20/08 - Brazilian Ecotoilet Makes Waste into Fertilizer or Mortar
KeelyNet Brazilian inventor Mário Benedito da Silva, from Porto Velho, in the Brazilian northern state of Rondônia, has invented an Ecotoilet which includes a platform with a stainless steel cylinder at the bottom part. The area also has an engine that is responsible for mixing the waste into a sand and lime mixture. In the system, there is the toilet and a mini production unit of liquid foam connected to a compressor which is a currently a modified nebulizer. There is also a urinal, as the idea is to maintain the feces separated from the urine. The logic of the invention, explained by Silva, is to use little water in the toilet and to make use of the human waste. "As the waste is taken to an area close to the toilet, that is, to the cylinder that is just below it, we do not need a large volume of water, like the volume used in conventional toilets. In these, the job of water is to take the waste to sceptic tanks, which does not take place in the ecologic toilet," he explained. Apart from reducing the use of water in conventional toilets, the invention allows for the use of human waste as fertilizer. "The toilet has two compartments: one for urine and another for feces. It is this division that allows the feces to fall alone in the box of sand and lime. This mixture may be used as fertilizer or may be turned to civil construction to make mortar, for example," he explained. According to Silva, the mixture has neither smell nor bacteria. For a house with five people, a mixture of three kilograms of lime and three kilograms of water is enough to maintain the toilet for 30 days. After the period it is necessary to collect the powder that is mixed in the cylinder. The urine, in turn goes to a ten-liter reservoir. The invention does not process the urine for reuse, but Mário says that in case a company is interested, it may filter the urine for use of the urea. The cleaning of the toilet is done by the foam that is sprayed into the toilet by the compressor. In the toilet, there is an outlet for the foam that flows all over the basin and uses very little water. "The proposal is not to pollute and also find a solution for human waste, as in many cities sewage flows in open air, causing disease," he says. - Source

12/20/08 - Slimline radioactive battery
Engineers have long hoped to exploit radioactive decay to generate electricity. One way to do this is to use a radioactive isotope, such as a variant of hydrogen called tritium, that emits electrons as it decays. Current is generated when the electrons hit semiconductive material nearby. Paul Engel and colleagues at Rice University in Houston, Texas, say that these batteries can be made more efficient by using a thin layer of a liquid polymer that contains the isotope. The polymer can be painted onto the surface of a porous semiconductor, creating a very thin layer of radioactive material that soaks into the pores. This minimises the distance between decaying nuclei and the semiconductor, so electrons are much more likely to be caught and turned into current. The use of thin layers means that the batteries can be made into a wide range of shapes, such as thin sheets. The beta radiation produced by tritium and similar materials is easily contained too. Even if the casing of a battery was breached, the close bond between the polymer and the semiconductor would keep the radioactive material firmly in place. The patent claims that the resulting batteries could have a range of uses, either as the sole power source or a "trickle-charger" to make a normal chemical battery last longer. Long-lived gadgets in inaccessible places like spacecraft, deep-sea sensors, or even medical implants, would be ideal places, it says. - Source

12/20/08 - Piece of US/Mexico Border - what problem?


Here's a crop from a much larger version of the U.S. / Mexico border. Can you guess which side is Mexico? - Source

12/20/08 - New York State May Tax All Media Downloads
New York Governor David Paterson is considering a new, statewide tax on all "digitally delivered entertainment services," which would include iTunes downloads, Amazon Kindle books and other content, as well as games. - Source

12/20/08 - Spyware Terminator Kills Malware
Windows only: While old faithful Ad-Aware and Spybot are good to have, you can add Spyware Terminator to your arsenal of malware scanner and scrubber tools while you're home for the holidays. Spyware Terminator does just what you'd expect: scan your system for everything from cookies to shady processes, instate "real-time" malware protection, quarantine items, and, ya know, upsell you on the pay-for commercial edition. When I ran Spyware Terminator on my presumably clean system, it turned up a bunch of web site cookies (not life-threatening, but ok) and an invalid entry in my PC's startup. Not bad. Spyware Terminator is free for personal and commercial use, and it's for Windows only. - Source

12/20/08 - Scientist Patents New Method To Fight Global Warming
"First, the sprayed droplets would transform to water vapor, a change that absorbs thermal energy near ground level; then the rising vapor would condense into sunlight-reflecting clouds and cooling rain, releasing much of the stored energy into space in the form of infrared radiation. Kenneth Caldeira, a climate scientist for the Carnegie Institution's Department of Global Ecology at Stanford University whose computer simulation of Ace's invention suggests it would significantly cool the planet. The simulated evaporation of about one-half inch of additional water everywhere in the world produced immediate planetary cooling effects that were projected to reach nearly 1 degree Fahrenheit within 20 or 30 years, Caldeira said." - Source

12/20/08 - Student Invention May Significantly Extend Mobile Device Battery Life
"Atif Shamim, an electronics PhD student at Carleton University, has built a prototype that extends the battery life of portable gadgets such as the iPhone and BlackBerry, by getting rid of all the wires used to connect the electronic circuits with the antenna. ... The invention involves a packaging technique to connect the antenna with the circuits via a wireless connection between a micro-antenna embedded within the circuits on the chip. 'This has not been tried before — that the circuits are connected to the antenna wirelessly. They've been connected through wires and a bunch of other components. That's where the power gets lost,' Mr. Shamim said." The story's headline claims the breakthrough can extend battery life by up to 12 times, but that seems to be a misinterpretation of Shamim's claim that his method reduces the power required to operate the antenna by a factor of about 12; 3.3 mW down from 38 mW. The research paper (PDF) is available at the Microwave Journal. imamac adds, "Unlike many of the breakthroughs we read about here and elsewhere, this seems like it has a very high probability of market acceptance and actual implementation." - Source

12/20/08 - Energy agency: Oil demand slowing, causes are many
U.S. oil consumption is expected to level off with virtually no growth between now and 2030 because of increases in energy efficiency, greater use of renewable fuels and an expected rebound in oil prices, the government said Wednesday. The Energy Information Administration said overall energy use will continue to increase but at a slower rate than predicted only a year ago. The agency projected a 3 percent annual increase of renewable energy use, including solar, wind and biofuels such as ethanol. - Source

12/20/08 - North Carolina looks at taxing drivers by the mile
With gas-tax revenues plummeting, the state of North Carolina is looking seriously at taxing motorists for how far they drive. If the "road-use tax" is implemented, it would at first be simple - with the state checking your odometer annually and taxing you based on how many miles you have driven. But transportation experts say new GPS technology could allow the state to charge people different rates based on when and where they drive, in an attempt to manage congestion. - Source

12/20/08 - When will the oil run out?
"In terms of non-Opec [countries outside the big oil producers' cartel]," chief economist Fatih Biro replied, "we are expecting that in three, four years' time the production of conventional oil will come to a plateau, and start to decline. In terms of the global picture, assuming that Opec will invest in a timely manner, global conventional oil can still continue, but we still expect that it will come around 2020 to a plateau as well, which is, of course, not good news from a global-oil-supply point of view." Around 2020. That casts the issue in quite a different light. Birol's date, if correct, gives us about 11 years to prepare. If the Hirsch report is right, we have already missed the boat. Birol says we need a "global energy revolution" to avoid an oil crunch, including (disastrously for the environment) a massive global drive to exploit unconventional oils, such as the Canadian tar sands. But nothing on this scale has yet happened, and Hirsch suggests that even if it began today, the necessary investments and infrastructure changes could not be made in time. Birol told me: "I think time is not on our side here." - Source

12/20/08 - With economy in shambles, Congress gets a raise
KeelyNet A crumbling economy, more than 2 million constituents who have lost their jobs this year, and congressional demands of CEOs to work for free did not convince lawmakers to freeze their own pay. Instead, they will get a $4,700 pay increase, amounting to an additional $2.5 million that taxpayers will spend on KeelyNetcongressional salaries, and watchdog groups are not happy about it. “As lawmakers make a big show of forcing auto executives to accept just $1 a year in salary, they are quietly raiding the vault for their own personal gain,” said Daniel O’Connell, chairman of The Senior Citizens League (TSCL), a non-partisan group. “This money would be much better spent helping the millions of seniors who are living below the poverty line and struggling to keep their heat on this winter.” - Source

12/20/08 - Oil Is Not the Climate Change Culprit — It's All About Coal
Maybe your old truck isn't responsible for destroying the planet after all. New climate change scenarios quantify the idea that oil is only a small component of the total global warming problem - the real problem is coal. If the world replaced all of its oil usage with carbon-neutral energy sources, ecologist Kenneth Caldeira of Stanford University calculated that it would only buy us about 10 years before coal emissions warmed the planet to what many scientists consider dangerous levels. "There's an order of magnitude more coal than oil. So, whether there is a little more oil or a little less oil will change the details in, say, when we reach two degrees warming, but it doesn't change the overall picture," Caldeira said Wednesday at the American Geophysical Union annual meeting. - Source

12/20/08 - Obama Team Considers NASA Use of Modified Military Rockets
Obama team: "Manned space exploration is too costly and dangerous. Lets replace current shuttle boosters with modified U.S. military rockets from the 80's." Barack Obama does not care about space people... (via - Source

12/17/08 - The Best Burglar Alarm in History (time lapse photos)
KeelyNet When Nikola Tesla got creative with transformers and driver circuits at the turn of the 20th century he probably had no idea that others would have so much fun with his concepts over a hundred years later. One such guy is an Australian named Peter who runs a website called TeslaDownUnder, which showcases all his wacky Tesla ways, or rather electrickery, as Peter calls it. A Tesla coil was placed on top of the car with a rod projecting out and bent towards the ground, from which the sparks would fly. A wooden counterweight was then placed on top to make sure it stayed in place. When the electric current was switched on and the rod turned to encircle the car, under long exposure the results are electrifying. - Source

12/17/08 - A Battery-Capacitor Hybrid—for Hybrids
The new design ­combines lead-acid chemistry with ultracapacitors, energy-­storage devices that can quickly absorb and release a lot of charge, which they store along the ­roughened surface of their electrodes. Unlike ordinary lead-acid ­batteries, which are slowed by the movement of ­chemicals within them, these could ­provide quick bursts of power for acceleration and then recharge during braking, a must for hybrid-electric and electric vehicles. A hybrid’s rapid recharging cycles and high currents would destroy the lead electrodes in standard batteries, because lead sulfate would build up on them. The new batteries can go through at least four times as many charging cycles as lead-acid batteries, and, ­crucially, would cost about a quarter of NiMH batteries. The new batteries’ advantage over standard lead?acid batteries comes from ­simple tweaks of the negative ­electrode. Instead of a lead plate, Axion makes the electrode from activated carbon, the highly porous, spongelike material used in ­ultracapacitor electrodes. When a ­regular battery discharges, the lead electrode reacts with sulfate ions, forming lead sulfate and creating protons and electrons. Axion’s activated carbon electrode directly releases and adsorbs protons from the sulfuric acid electrolyte during discharging and ­charging. The batteries recharge four times as fast as conventional ones, Granville says. The UltraBattery is slightly different, says Lan Lam, ­project manager of the ­battery work at CSIRO. The ­negative electrode is split into two, one half made of lead and the other half of activated ­carbon. The two halves are connected in parallel so that their ­currents combine. This split­-­electrode design gives the battery the best of both technologies, according to Lam. While activated carbon provides quick energy bursts, it cannot store as much energy as the lead-acid chemistry. The combination gives the UltraBattery an energy ­capacity closer to that of a lead-acid battery than an ­ultracapacitor could get alone, Lam says. Both designs have a big cost advantage. “Nickel-metal hydride, ­depending on the application, is as much as $800 to $1200 per kilowatt-hour,” Granville says. “Axion’s battery costs $200 per kilowatt-hour.” - Source

12/17/08 - Batteries Included Forever. Fill Stockings Not Landfill.
KeelyNet Over 22,000 tonnes of batteries end up in landfill from when "rubbish after one use" Alkaline batteries are thrown away from toys and gadgets annually in the UK, creating toxic waste for hundreds of years. Moixa Energy's award winning USBCELL re-usable batteries help reduce this, as they can be re-used hundreds of times by re-charging in USB ports on desktops, laptops or games consoles. Saving money and planet. Why keep running to the shop each time the XBOX/WII/PS3 controller or digital camera or toys run out of power on Boxing day when you can simply swap over and re-charge USBCELLs on console USB ports, or recharge from laptops or desktops. / Technical - * Battery Chemistry * NiMH - Nickel Metal Hyrdride * Technical Specifications * 90%+ Charged after 5 Hours by powered USB * Also rechargeable by approved NiMH charger at 250ma for 7 Hours. (about $17US per AA pair) - Source

12/17/08 - Layered Magwheel Recovers energy
The Layered MagWheel provides powerful and efficient magnetic acceleration and frictionless regenerative magnetic braking for vehicles. The concept is proposed to work on gas-electric vehicles, electric vehicles and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. Each Layered MagWheel is built directly inside of the wheels of any vehicle to act as the braking system, the drive motor and a solid-state transmission all-in-one package. For a typical vehicle utilizing an internal combustion engine, less than 20 percent of the energy burned in the fuel reaches the wheels and propels the vehicle. The Layered MagWheel will convert upwards of 90 percent of the energy passing into it directly into motion. The Layered MagWheel also allows a significantly higher percentage of braking energy to be recaptured compared to current hybrid vehicles. Together, these properties allow the Layered MagWheel to both improve energy efficiency and combat climate change by significantly reducing carbon dioxide emissions. The core component to each Layered MagWheel, the induction disk layer, is manufactured in a manner similar to products in the computer industry through a process called photolithography. This process can be completely automatedand requires few human attendants, keeping labor costs low. Since all components of the design are layered, assembly of the induction disk layers and other components of the design are also simple and economical. With the Layered MagWheel, drivers need not sacrifice performance for gains in energy efficiency. This concept allows performance,efficiency, and safety to all increase. - Source

12/17/08 - PooGloo invention could have big impact on world sewage
KeelyNet It looks like alien mushrooms sprouting in a sewage lagoon, but it may be the wave of the future in sewage treatment. Don Weston, Plain City director of environmental services, said, "The good bacteria stays in there and just continues to eat, eat, eat and propagate and propagate." Over the next couple of weeks, they'll be filling up the lagoon so the sewage will rise above the level of the domes. Air will bubble through them and up through the sewage. "We call them PooGloos," said Professor Kraig Johnson, with the department of civil and environmental engineering at the University of Utah. A University of Utah team invented the igloo concept and have successfully treated sewage in the lab. "I don't know why somebody didn't think of this already. It's elegant in its simplicity," Johnson said. The idea is to give bacteria lots of surface area to grow on, plenty of oxygen, and a dark environment to prevent algae growth. "If you can keep the algae from growing and enhance the bacteria, then the pollutants are removed by the bacteria," Johnson explained. The result is faster, cheaper sewage treatment. "This way we can use two of our six ponds to do the same thing, and I can shut half this plant down once these are going," Weston said. And homeowners don't have to pay for a big new plant. Plain City mayor Jay Jenkins said, "We've got real low sewer rates. We're down around the $10-a-month area. And our feeling was if we would have had to go to a mechanical plant, we probably would have ended up having to increase that to around $40 or $50 a month." If it works, communities all over the world may have PooGloos in their future. The University shares the patents, so if PooGloos catch on around the world, the U will split the profits with the inventors. - Source

12/17/08 - Aero-Nox for better mileage and power
KeelyNet AERO-NOX is an electronic device that could be installed in a vehicle’s engine to transform nitrogen and oxygen present in the air into nitrous oxide (N2O), which in turn, serves as a fuel additive in an internal combustion system. / The Reactor - The technology is composed of a reactor (A), the main device that could be placed anywhere in the engine or in the passenger compartment of the vehicle. In the reactor, “mini electrical storms” are created, like a simulated electrical bolt on a minute scale. / The Reactor Ring - The second component is the ring assembly (B), consisting of a plastic outer ring, a metallic brass sheet and small aluminum rings which are installed inside the air intake hose that delivers air to the intake manifold of the vehicle’s engine. This is where N2O is formed from the nitrogen and oxygen present in the air. The N2O delivers more oxygen (O2) than atmospheric air by breaking down at elevated temperatures, allowing the engine to burn more fuel and air, resulting to better combustion. - Source

12/17/08 - Skin screw
KeelyNet Measuring the electrical activity of neurons within the body is tricky, not least because it can be hard to attach electrodes to the skin and particularly a hairy scalp. But doing so is vital for neurosurgery, for example when installing brain implants that can allow disabled people to control machines using their mind. Getting electrodes to stay in place for long periods is a particular problem, says Mingui Sun, who with colleagues at the University of Pittsburgh has an answer in the form of an electrode that screws into the skin. The device is button-shaped, with a set of microscopic teeth horizontally aligned around the edge of its lower face (see image, right). When the button is pressed against the skin and twisted, the teeth dig into the upper layer of skin and become fixed in place, maintaining good electrical contact. Because the teeth penetrate only the top layer of skin, the buttons should be pain-free, the patent claims. - Source

12/17/08 - Who Says You Can't Skip Across Water? w/video
KeelyNet Don't tell that to Shane Chen, inventor of the revolutionary AquaSkipper because that is just what his invention does! No gas, waves or wind needed, this aqua beauty is the fastest human powered hydrofoil on the planet. If you remember how to ride the pogo stick, then you have this invention nailed! By placing your feet on a platform and your hands on the handlebars you simply hop up and down to propel yourself forward. Imagine skimming across the water at spends up to 17 mph. Light weight, at less than 25 lbs, it is truly a ride of a lifetime. Just ask Australian Pro Surfer James Triglone who enjoys riding some of the gnarliest waves around the world. "It's cool, fast, fun and will get your heart racing!" And he is not alone. So skip on a lake, ocean or practice in a pool... with no engine required, the only fuel you will burn is calories. - Source

12/17/08 - Compressed air technology sweeps global export awards
The company’s product – E.A.R.S. (the Exhausted Air Recycling System) – is a “major advance in air compressor technology that allows a safer work environment and lower costs,” according to the company. The technology uses a closed loop system which returns expelled air back to the air compressor, which is different to a traditional air compressor which loses air from the exhaust system. E.A.R.S was designed by Chris Bosua – a motor mechanic who was trained in pneumatics but became frustrated trying to make a machine work with an air compressor that was too small for the task. His invention not only generates more air, but allows energy consumption under continuous use to drop by 40 per cent. There is also a dramatic reduction in noise generated in the use of pneumatic tools like air drills, and the volume of dust, debris and other potentially hazardous emissions around a workshop or site is also reduced, says the company. - Source

12/17/08 - Death Rays from Silent Sounds - May, 1932
KeelyNet An experiment conducted recently at Johns Hopkins University in which a beam of ultra-frequency sound waves instantly converted glass into a thin white powder, oil into thin vapor, and wood into a burst of flame. These amazing new sounds, with frequencies as high as 300,000 vibrations per second, inaudible to the human ear, were created with a standard radio oscillator of the vacuum tube type... In converting this wild but powerful current into sounds, scientists make use of what is known as pieze crystal which contracts and expands violently when subjected to a periodic electric field set up between two metal plates connected to the radio oscillator. In demonstrating the death-dealing effect of the “silent sounds,” a frog was placed in a beaker, which rested on the quartz crystal. The frog died almost instantly, due to the coagulation of red corpuscles in the body. In another experiment glass exposed to the waves was shattered to a fine white powder. To date no attempt has been made to extend the terrible killing power of these sound waves beyond the laboratory bench, but army experts who have witnessed the experiments believe that here, for the first time, they have discovered the real “death ray.” In this discovery, warring forces would have a weapon that would not only annihilate armies, but would also bring airships and planes spinning to earth in a mass of flames. / # I read about a French (Gavraud) version in the early 1960s. It used INFRAsonics, about 7Hz. It was a giant whistle. It was deemed unfeasible however, as there was no way to sheild the operator or aim the sound away from friendly forces behind it. / # Yes, low frequencies are quite nondirectional. Higher frequencies beam very nicely. - Source

12/17/08 - Injectable Artificial Bone Developed
British scientists have invented artificial "injectable bone" that flows like toothpaste and hardens in the body. This new regenerative medicine technology provides a scaffold for the formation of blood vessels and bone tissue, then biodegrades. The injectable bone can also deliver stem cells directly to the site of bone repair, the researchers say. "Not only does the technique reduce the need for dangerous surgery, it also avoids damaging neighboring areas, said [the inventor]. The technology's superiority over existing alternatives is the novel hardening process and strength of the bond... Older products heat up as they harden, killing surrounding cells, whereas 'injectable bone' hardens at body temperature — without generating heat — making a very porous, biodegradable structure." - Source

12/17/08 - Litroenergy to Power Everything from Cell Phones to Cars
KeelyNet An entrepreneur in Clayton says he has invented a type of cell phone battery than can last years. Imagine not having to charge your cell phone for 25 years. The battery uses technology called litroenergy. Once it's developed its inventor belives it could revolutionize not only how we power cell phones but also a number of things including cars! Michael Kohnen is hoping to revolutionize how the world sees power and light. He started using his glow paint on fishing lures to use in the dark. What makes this paint so unique, is that is lasts for an entire day. "It's very deadly for fish, I catch a lot, ice fishing, any time of the year," says Kohnen. But the paint needs to be charged with light much like solar panels in a calculator. His newest invention is litroenergy. It powers itself, and Kohnen claims it will work for up to 25 years. Not to mention it's environmentally friendly. "This is green technology at its best, because eliminating all the toxicity in batteries, the lead and so forth, and not using utilities to plug in your cell phone, your battery, your car," he adds. His litroenergy batteries will be recyclable too. After 25 years the plates inside the battery can be replaced and the whole thing can be used again. / Litroenergy. It's made of self-luminous micro-particles that are cheap, non-toxic, and will keep a glow for over 12 years. They never need to be exposed to the sun or recharged in any way, they just glow like hell. The material can be injection molded or added to paint and can glow in any color desired. "The light is said to be equivalent to a 20 watt incandescent bulb" and the cost of a glowing 8 x 12" object is about $0.35 and is 1/8" thick. - Source

12/17/08 - In Japan, a Billboard That Watches You
"At a Tokyo railway station above a flat-panel display hawking DVDs and books sits a small camera hooked up to some image processing software. When trials begin in January the camera will scan travelers to see how many of them are taking note of the panel, in part of a technology test being run by NTT Communications. It doesn't seek to identify individuals, but it will attempt to figure out how many of the people standing in front of an advertisement are actually looking at it. A second camera, which wasn't fitted at the station but will be when tests begin next month, will take care of estimating how many people are in front of the ad, whether they are looking at it or not." - Source

12/17/08 - Chill out, beautiful people, Versace beach is refrigerated
KeelyNet Versace, the renowned fashion house, is to create the world's first refrigerated beach so that hotel guests can walk comfortably across the sand on scorching days. The beach will be next to the the new Palazzo Versace hotel which is being built in Dubai where summer temperatures average 40C and can reach 50C. The beach will have a network of pipes beneath the sand containing a coolant that will absorb heat from the surface. The swimming pool will be refrigerated and there are also proposals to install giant blowers to waft a gentle breeze over the beach. - Source

12/17/08 - Mark Bittman: What's wrong with what we eat /Video
In this fiery and funny talk, New York Times food writer Mark Bittman weighs in on what's wrong with the way we eat now (too much meat, too few plants; too much fast food, too little home cooking), and why it's putting the entire planet at risk. - Source

12/17/08 - Government Protection...


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12/17/08 - How to Find Gifts for People Who Bug You
There are some people in life, that no matter how hard you try to be open to and think good of, bug you for one reason or other. Finding a gift for these people can be really, really hard because your head is saying, "find the cheapest, nastiest thing out there!" while your heart wants to do the right thing. Provided you apply a sense of humour and an understanding of the consequences of playing around a bit in the gift-giving department, this might be just the occasion for sending a meaningful message by way of gift. May karma be with you... / # Wrap up some personal hygiene products for the person who never bathes or who breathes down your neck lasciviously even though this person knows you're taken. A bottle of deodorant and some shampoo speaks volumes for this person. Make sure to wrap it in clear cellophane. / Provide a set of knives to someone who backstabbed you. It doesn't have to be real knives; plastic toy ones from the dollar store still carry the message perfectly well... - Source

12/17/08 - Utilities Suggest Huge Electric Vehicle Orders
The exploratory discussions are being conducted at top levels and among firms like PG&E who see plug in hybrid and all electric vehicles as a solution to uneven grid loads. Utilities have invested a great deal of research using the vehicle to grid (V2G) capabilities of plugged in electric vehicles to stabilize the grid. The idea being considered would involve joining together to put in a substantial order to put weight behind development of Plug In Hybrids (PHEVs) and electric vehicles (EVs). The idea is that large fleet orders would provide the certain market car makers need to make the initial move away from fossil fueled vehicles. With their buying power (they could order 50,000 electric vehicles for their fleets) utilities could provide a solid beginning to switching Detroit to entirely new vehicle markets. Utilities gain less in increased electricity sales than in grid stabilization; evening out the load with the prospect of being able to swap electrons back and forth between a fleet of vehicles and the grid. PHEVs draw only about 1.4–2 kW of power while charging; only about what a dishwasher draws. The benefits for the nation are huge. Plug-In Hybrids leave their Hybrid counterparts in the dust, in mileage. For example, where the Ford Escape Hybrid gets mileage in the 20’s or 30’s, a Plug In Escape would get over 80 MPG. It has now completed a year of successful testing with Southern California Edison. The many aftermarket Prius conversions boast over 100 MPG as Plug In Hybrids compared with about 50 MPG as a first-gen Hybrid. Aftermarket Ford truck conversions similarly get about twice the mileage of their non plugged in hybrids. - Source

12/17/08 - Vintage Graphis - powerful electric shock for every mistake you make
KeelyNet Old drawings warning people of how to avoid electric shocks ... a powerful electric shock for every mistake you make. Nowadays our electrical devices are a bit safer but still, its better to be careful and realize how easy it is to form a closed circuit with your body as the resistance. - Source

12/17/08 - Swoopo: An 'All-Pay Auction'
Swoopo auctions off desirable (gotta have) electronic items (Wii’s, smartphones) for really low prices and with really short fuses — often less than a minute before the auction expires. It’s kind of seductive to watch these fast-paced auctions — because if someone ups the high bid, 15 seconds of extra time is added to the auction length. I found myself waiting to see if a TomTom GPS device would really end up selling for $18. But there is an important hitch: you have to pay Swoopo $1 every time you bid. This creates an analogous all-pay effect. Swoopo may only sell a Wii for $30, but it might collect an extra $1,000 from bids. This website is a great experiment to see whether sunk costs matter. I’m thinking that someone who has already invested $5 in bidding costs is more likely to keep bidding to “protect” his or her sunk investments. - Source

12/17/08 - Study Says Cars Make Us Fat
In what might seem like a "Duh!" moment, David Bassett of the University of Tennessee and John Pucher of Rutgers University found a strong link between "active transportation" and obesity rates in 17 industrialized nations. "Countries with the highest levels of active transportation generally had the lowest obesity rates," Bassett and Pucher conclude in the study published in the Journal of Physical Activity and Health. "Walking and bicycling are far more common in European countries than in the United States, Australia and Canada. Active transportation is inversely related to obesity in these countries." Nowhere is this more obvious than the United States, where 12 percent of the population walks, rides a bike or takes mass transit, and as many as one in three people are obese. It would be easy to chalk this up to American laziness and our love affair with cars, but it isn't that easy. European cities tend to be compact and densely populated with excellent transit systems. American cities, on the other hand, tend to sprawl on and on and on — ever been to Atlanta? Dallas? Phoenix? — and our mass transit infrastructure generally is not as advanced, so it can be harder to get out of the car and onto a bike. - Source

12/17/08 - China's BYD leapfrogs GM, Toyota with road-ready plug-in hybrid car
KeelyNet Battery maker turned car company BYD Co. has launched China's first homegrown hybrid vehicle for the retail market, seeking an edge over its crisis-stricken international rivals. BYD presented the vehicle, known as the F3DM, in a ceremony in the southern city of Shenzhen, where local officials have pledged to buy some of the cars in support of the project. The vehicle can run up to 100 kilometres on its electric engine, and when it runs low on power shifts to a back up gasoline engine. Its battery can fully charge in nine hours from a regular electrical outlet, or much faster at BYD's own charging stations, the company said in a statement. The car will sell for 149,800 yuan ($27,000 Cdn) or (149,800.00 CNY = 21,904.58 USD), about the same as many Chinese-made mid-sized cars, it said. Encouraged by government support for alternative fuel technologies, BYD — whose name stands for "build your dreams" — has pressed ahead with developing electric vehicles, despite weakening sales in China and elsewhere. The company has said it plans to export the cars to the United States, but its vehicles must first meet stringent U.S. safety standards — a requirement that so far has deterred other, better-known local automakers. BYD F3DM, which has been claimed as China's first mass-produced electric vehicle by BYD Auto, is a gasoline-electric hybrid plug-in vehicle, using a small gasoline combustion engine to charge the car's battery. When fully charged, it can run as far as 100 to 110 kilometers by electricity. - Source

12/14/08 - Scots company’s radar invisible turbines to expand wind industry
AN EAST Kilbride chemicals company is seeking to overcome one of the greatest restrictions on wind farm development, through a polymer coating for wind turbines that makes them undetectable to radar. The technology would allow renewables developers to build beside airports and flight paths for the first time. The firm, NiTech, operates as part of a pan-European consortium that has received £900,000 in EC funding for the project. According to the British Wind Energy Association (BWEA), in May there were 4GW of turbines across 84 projects outstanding because of radar-related objections across the UK. This amounts to 1GW more than Britain's entire installed wind farm capacity. The Scottish government aims to make 50% of electricity renewable by 2020 while the Westminster government is aiming for 33% by the same date. Ian Laird, chief executive of NiTech, told the Sunday Herald: "Planning applications for wind turbines can't get in the way of a flight path, so across Europe there's a lot of areas where authorities turn them down." Jason Ormiston, chief executive of green energy trade body Scottish Renewables, said: "A large number of otherwise excellent wind farm projects have been slowed by radar issues and we have found that stakeholders and developers working together can find acceptable solutions to allow projects to proceed. - Source

12/14/08 - Electric car innovation is not coming out of Detroit
Remember, in 1908, the Ford Model-T got better mileage — 25 miles per gallon — than many Ford, GM and Chrysler models made in 2008. But don't be surprised when it comes out of somewhere else. It can be done. It will be done. Why do I bring this up? Because someone in the mobility business in Denmark and Tel Aviv is already developing a real-world alternative to Detroit's business model. It is Shai Agassi's electric car network company, called Better Place. The Better Place electric car-charging system involves generating electrons from as much renewable energy — such as wind and solar — as possible and then feeding those clean electrons into a national electric car-charging infrastructure. This consists of electricity charging spots with plug-in outlets — the first pilots were opened in Israel this week — plus battery-exchange stations all over the respective country. The whole system is then coordinated by a service control center that integrates and does the billing. Under the Better Place model, consumers can either buy or lease an electric car from the French automaker Renault or Japanese companies like Nissan (General Motors snubbed Agassi) and then buy miles on their electric car batteries from Better Place the way you now buy an Apple cell phone and the minutes from AT&T. That way Better Place, or any car company that partners with it, benefits from each mile you drive. GM sells cars. Better Place is selling mobility miles. - Source

12/14/08 - Loudspeaker device takes aim at pirates w/video
KeelyNet "It's not a weapon. It's a speaker," offered Steve Palmer, CEO of Beach-based Anchor Innovation. And it's loud. Ship-to-ship communication across the open sea can be a challenge in the best of times. When one of the parties has a malicious intent and things have the potential to turn deadly, the situation can get even dicier. And with pirates off the coast of Africa growing increasingly brazen in their attacks on commercial shipping, Palmer's company sees an opportunity. Enter the long range acoustic device, or LRAD, which is basically a loudspeaker on steroids. These machines come in several flavors, from a small 135-decibel handheld unit that boarding crews can use to a monster 152-decibel unit that can be mounted on an aircraft carrier and controlled remotely. Each has a range of several thousand yards. Besides producing the deafening tones, the machines can act as a microphone or broadcast pre-recorded messages in multiple languages via an MP3 player. It can also send out the predatory sounds of orcas and hawks to thwart dolphins and small birds, respectively. At 200 yards, the sound from all three models was still crystal clear, cutting through the ambient sound of airplanes overhead. The unit is directional, operating in a 30- or 60-degree cone. Outside of that, the sound level drops off drastically. The hope is that this focused fidelity will persuade pirates to reconsider. The U.S. Navy has been using them for several years now, Powell said, as have the Army and Marine Corps. Growing numbers of commercial vessels have been making inquiries since the increase in piracy attacks, he added, as have the owners of mega-yachts. Under maritime law, ships have the right to maintain an exclusionary zone around themselves. For commercial vessels hesitant to delve into the potential liabilities of carrying armed guards, LRAD technology gives them a solid, non-lethal way to repel invaders, Powell said. For military vessels, the loudspeakers become part of their operating procedure. At about 500 yards out, the ship can start with a warning tone, followed by messages to stay away in any number of local languages. "If you keep coming," Powell surmised, "you're probably not a good guy." The units run from $5,000 for the smallest unit to about $100,000 for the largest model mounted on a remote pan-and-tilt system. - Source

12/14/08 - Mid-air recharge for cell-powered jets
A team of scientists has devised a unique way of refuelling aircraft, using a high-powered laser to recharge on-board batteries. According to a report in New Scientist, Taysir Nayfeh and colleagues at Cleveland State University have devised a way of refuelling aircraft using a high-powered laser to recharge on-board batteries. The team said that the aircraft would be fitted with panels capable of converting up to 60% of the laser light that hits them into electricity. A single ground-based laser could then keep numerous aircraft airborne indefinitely. The most obvious use would be for light, unscrewed surveillance aircraft, but, with improved laser and battery technology, larger craft could be kept aloft. According to the team, a similar idea could be used to refuel spacecraft, but only if a way could be found to dissipate the excess heat that the light-converting panels would generate. The invention uses vertical multi-junction photocells that receive laser energy and convert it into electrical energy. A heat exchanger can be coupled to the receiver to dissipate laser energy which has not been converted. - Source

12/14/08 - Electric car prepares for a fresh onslaught
It’s closer than one may imagine: 2010 has been set as the target date for many electric vehicles to enter large-scale production worldwide. The electric vehicle is old hat. The car as we know it today started life as an electric vehicle. The discovery of crude oil in Texas and elsewhere saw a drop in the price of petrol, making it more affordable to the average consumer. In addition to this, the invention of the electric starter in 1912 eliminated the need for the hand crank. Also, the mass production of internal combustion engine vehicles by Henry Ford made the petrol vehicle widely available and afford- able to the public, at a price somewhere between $500 and $1 000. In contrast, the price of the now less-efficient and more expensively produced electric vehicle continued to rise. In the end, good old capitalist principles won out. GM Minoru Shinohara tells Engineering News that the Japanese car manufacturer aims to enhance the scope of the electric vehicle to take it beyond the city one day. “Depending on customer acceptance, electric vehicles will have a very strong position ten years from now,” he adds. “The global market for new car sales is around 70-million units a year, and we estimate that 10-million of these are for urban use. That is our initial target for the electric vehicle market: 10-million units,” says Shinohara. That said, though, he adds that Nissan believes that 50% of all cars will still be powered by internal combustion engines in 2050. The current range of an electric vehicle is typically about 100 km. However, bad driving habits, such as speeding, will reduce an electric vehicle’s range, much as it guzzles fuel in a conventional vehicle. This 100-km range is seen as enough for an average urban commute to work and back, or picking up the kids at school, a night on the town, or running to the grocery store and back. Electric vehicles are also not that powerful, and can only reach top speeds of about 120 km/h. So, don’t be in a hurry. The biggest change will be the need to build recharging infrastructure across city networks. - Source

12/14/08 - How I recaptured the youthful glow of my twenties
I may have turned 30, but my skin is firmly entrenched in its 20s. I don't mean to gloat, but this is the best news I've had all week. Yesterday I underwent something called SIAscopy - a facial scan that looks at the way light bounces off your skin in order to measure the amount of sun damage and general wear and tear that your face has endured over the years. By comparing the distribution of haemoglobin, melanin and collagen in your skin, to the skin of other people around the same age, a computer programme then comes up with a "true skin age" for your face. The beauty industry has started using SIAscopy to assess whether or not their products work. Beau Visage, a company that has started offering it in beauty clinics in the UK and Australia, claims that it can help guide which lotions and potions you should be slapping on your face, and whether you need any additional treatments. - Source

12/14/08 - Discovery Of Plasma Cloak Surrounding Earth in Magnetosphere
KeelyNet A detailed analysis of the measurements of five different satellites has revealed the existence of the warm plasma cloak, a new region of the magnetosphere, which is the invisible shield of magnetic fields and electrically charged particles that surround and protect Earth from the onslaught of the solar wind. "Although it is invisible, the magnetosphere has an impact on our everyday lives," Chappell said. "For example, solar storms agitate the magnetosphere in ways that can induce power surges in the electrical grid that trigger black outs, interfere with radio transmissions and mess up GPS signals. Charged particles in the magnetosphere can also damage the electronics in satellites and affect the temperature and motion of the upper atmosphere." The warm plasma cloak is a tenuous region that starts on the night side of the planet and wraps around the dayside but then gradually fades away on the afternoon side. As a result, it only reaches about three-quarters of the way around the planet. It is fed by low-energy charged particles that are lifted into space over Earth's poles, carried behind the Earth in its magnetic tail but then jerked around 180 degrees by a kink in the magnetic fields that boosts the particles back toward Earth in a region called the plasma sheet. - Source

12/14/08 - Acoustic Phenomena Explain Why Boats And Animals Collide
Researchers at Florida Atlantic University have laid the groundwork for a sensory explanation for why manatees and other animals are hit repeatedly by boats. Last year, 73 manatees were killed by boats in Florida’s bays and inland waterways. Marine authorities have responded to deaths from boat collisions by imposing low speed limits on boats. In an effort to reduce manatee deaths and injuries from boats, Dr. Edmund Gerstein, director of marine mammal research and behavior in FAU’s Charles E. Schmidt College of Science, set out in 1991 to investigate what might be the underlying cause for these collisions. Gerstein and his colleagues conducted rigorous, controlled underwater psychoacoustic (audiometric) studies to understand what sounds manatees can hear in their environment. After a comprehensive series of hearing studies, his research revealed that manatees cannot hear the dominant low frequency sounds of boats and that those sounds do not transmit well in shallow water. Furthermore, ambient noise in manatee habitats can conceivably mask the perception of many kinds of signals. Unlike dolphins, which can use active sonar to navigate and detect objects in the environment, manatees are passive listeners restricted to listening to their auditory landscape. - Source

12/14/08 - Media Companies Have Only Themselves to Blame
KeelyNet It's their own damned fault. Like the US automakers and the music industry, print media companies squandered most of their time and money during boom times clinging to the past rather than preparing for the future. And now they're left totally unprepared for the bust. Magazines are faring a little better than newspapers. But the industry is all doom-and-gloom, and everyone is predicting a bloodbath in 2009. There are three basic reasons why newspapers are suffering: 1) the economy is cratering, and advertising and subscriptions are dropping; 2) most major publishing companies borrowed massively in recent years to make unwise acquisitions of smaller newspaper companies; and 3) newspapers are starting to lose the competition for both advertisers and readers to online media. Every major newspaper you can think of has been dragged kicking and screaming into the digital age. All have Web sites. Some even have RSS feeds and podcasts. But all this digital activity is mere tokenism. Anyone could have predicted an eventual shift to electronic distribution of news content ten, twenty or even fifty years ago. Why didn't they prepare themselves? - Source

12/14/08 - WPClipart Archives Free Clipart
WPClipart has a pile of royalty free images to share. The archive currently has 23,872 images, covering thousands of subjects. A significant portion of them are in lossless formats. The site is organized into categories, but if casual browsing fails to find you the perfect gem you've been searching for there is always keyword based searches. You can even download the entire collection as a single archive, making it easier to use offline. For more free clipart, check out the Open Clip Art Library. - Source

12/14/08 - Wind and Sun Beat Other Energy Alternatives
Researchers at Stanford University have completed the first quantitative, scientific comparison of alternative energy solutions by assessing not only their potential for delivering energy for electricity and vehicles, but also their impacts on global warming, human health, energy security, water supply, space requirements, wildlife, water pollution, reliability, and sustainability. Based on their model, they found that the best sources of alternative energy are wind, concentrated solar, and geothermal energy. The worst are nuclear, clean coal, and ethanol-based fuels. In other words, "the options that are getting the most attention are between 25 to 1,000 times more polluting than the best available options." - Source

12/14/08 - VASIMR Plasma Thruster To Be Tested Aboard ISS
Toren Altair brings news that NASA and the Ad Astra Rocket Company finalized a Space Act Agreement earlier this week to test the Variable Specific Impulse Magnetoplasma Rocket (VASIMR) on the International Space Station. The agreement hinges on a series of requirements for the thruster's performance and efficiency in ground-based tests. "The primary technical objective of the project is to operate the VASIMR VF-200 engine at power levels up to 200 kW. Engine operation will be restricted to pulses of up to 10 minutes at this power level. Energy for these high-power operations will be provided by a battery system trickle-charged by the ISS power system. These tests will mark the first time that a high-power, steady-state electric thruster will be used as part of a manned spacecraft." Reader clarkes1 points out related news of a runway trial for Virgin Galactic's WhiteKnightTwo, the mothership that is designed to carry SpaceShipTwo from the ground to 50,000 feet. A very brief video shows the oddly-shaped plane moving down a runway under its own power. - Source

12/14/08 - Fed Refuses to Disclose Recipients of $2 Trillion
The Federal Reserve refused a request by Bloomberg News to disclose the recipients of more than $2 trillion of emergency loans from U.S. taxpayers and the assets the central bank is accepting as collateral. "If they told us what they held, we would know the potential losses that the government may take and that’s what they don’t want us to know," said Carlos Mendez, a senior managing director at New York-based ICP Capital LLC, which oversees $22 billion in assets. - Source

12/14/08 - Blue streetlights may prevent crime, suicide
Blue streetlights are believed to be useful in preventing suicides and street crime, a finding that is encouraging an increasing number of railway companies to install blue light-emitting apparatus at stations to prevent people from committing suicide by jumping in front of trains. Glasgow, Scotland, introduced blue streetlighting to improve the city's landscape in 2000. Afterward, the number of crimes in areas illuminated in blue noticeably decreased. The Nara, Japan, prefectural police set up blue street lights in the prefecture in 2005, and found the number of crimes decreased by about 9 percent in blue-illuminated neighborhoods. Many other areas nationwide have followed suit. According to the expressway operator, after blue-colored lighting was installed near trash cans at the Yoro rest area of the Meishin Expressway in Yorocho, Gifu Prefecture, the volume of domestic garbage brought in by visitors decreased by more than 20 percent. Prof. Tsuneo Suzuki at Keio University said: "There are a number of pieces of data to prove blue has a calming effect upon people. However, it's an unusual color for lighting, so people may just feel like avoiding standing out by committing crimes or suicide under such unusual illumination. It's a little risky to believe that the color of lighting can prevent anything." - Source

12/14/08 - Air Force Adapts A Placebo Treatment
KeelyNet The military medical community has been using all sorts of alternative therapies -- yoga, meditation, even animal-petting -- to ease the strains of post-traumatic stress disorder FOR returning troops. One of the non-traditional treatments will be used in a war zone for the first time. "The Air Force will begin teaching 'battlefield acupuncture' early next year to physicians deploying to Iraq and Afghanistan," reports the Baltimore Sun's David Wood. "The initiative marks the first high-level endorsement of acupuncture by the traditionally conservative military medical community, officials said." - Source

12/14/08 - Some YouTube Posters Make Six Figure Incomes
The financial reward of posting in the video portal is the result of YouTube's invitation for members a year ago to become partners by adding advertising to their videos for them to earn on the side. Some YouTube posters, like celebrity chatter show host Michael Buckley, now earn six-figures from his videos. The income stream had proven to be reliable that Buckley even quit his day job in September as administrative assistant in Live Nation, a music promotion company. The 33-year old Buckley used to host on a part-time basis a weekly program aired over a Connecticut free channel. In summer of 2006, his cousin posted portions of Buckley's show in which he ribbed celebrities at YouTube. His "What the Buck?" segment had 100 million views. Buckley's investment was just a $2,000 Canon camera, a $6 backdrop and work lights he purchased from Home Depot. YouTube, a subsidiary of Google, splits the advertising revenues with the video posters. With the hobby turning into businesses, techies like Buckley have transformed into unintentional media firms, observed Hunter Walk, director of product management for YouTube. - Source

12/14/08 - 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid: First Drive
The Fusion’s hybrid system can operate in full electric mode at up to 47 MPH, but it’s not like you can just plant your foot and drive around in full electric mode as long as you don’t exceed that speed. There’s a complicated relationship between acceleration, load, battery charge level and external conditions that determines when EV mode can be employed. Also, to really take advantage of electric operation, you need to have at least 1/2 battery charge. The SmartGauge with EcoGuide (I’m getting really tired of writing that) simplifies all that for you with an easy sliding display that shows the range of throttle opening that can be used within EV mode, and helps you recharge the battery through regenerative braking. You’ll need to do both to achieve really good mileage figures. - Source

12/14/08 - New Technology Could Display Your Dreams on Screen
Dream recorder anyone? In a nutshell, the device converts electrical signals sent to the visual cortex into images that can be viewed on a computer screen. In their experiment, they showed test subjects the six letters in the word neuron and succeeded in reconstructing the word on screen by measuring their brain activity. As the technology progresses, it could be possible to "see" what people are thinking, what they dream about and record it for posterity. - Source

12/14/08 - Walk/Drive a dog/motorcycle
KeelyNet This hulking monster was created by the Mutoid Waste Company because, well, why not? Part dog, part motorcycle it walks/drives and breathes fire. Constructed from all salvaged parts, this thing is a testament to recycling. Either that or it is the harbinger of the robot apocalypse. Regardless of the possibility of it enslaving all mankind, we want one. Be sure to watch the video. / Well, I don’t know, what would YOU call it? It’s a walking driving rideable motorcycle robo dog thing that also happens to breathe fire. And its name is Lrry. It was constructed by the Mutoid Waste Company in London because, as far as I can tell, they wanted to and they could. And it’s 100% recycled, yay! Have a look: - Source

12/14/08 - Intel needs to build car batteries, co-founder says
Grove, who led Intel through its most successful growth face in the 1990s, mentioned this idea during a conversation with the Wall Street Journal. In his view, Intel should take advantage of a major business opportunity and become a leading manufacturer of advanced batteries for plug-in electric vehicles. The charismatic Grove, now 72, is known as one of the brilliant minds in Silicon Valley and he may have the right idea with his envisioned battery business – a product category car manufacturers are clearly struggling with. The 2010 Chevy Volt, for example, is rumored to only achieve one hour of battery time from its battery unit. Grove is also known to be interested in cars, driving a tweaked Toyota Prius plug-in hybrid. If Intel really goes into battery manufacturing, the company has options to do this via an investment, a joint-venture or all by itself. - Source

12/11/08 - Saudis Try to Re-Invent the Internal Combustion Engine
Here’s a phrase you might want to remember: necessity is the mother of invention. Catchy, don’t you think? What made me coin this phrase was watching last Sunday’s “60 Minutes” story about Saudi Aramco. Among the many wonders of the guided tour hosted by the Saudi oil minister, Ali Al-Naimi, was a research lab where the Saudis are working to develop new ways to make oil into a cleaner burning and more efficient fuel. Clearly the Saudis are concerned about the future of their primary export. They see the western world coalescing around new technologies for transportation that minimize, if not eliminate, the role of oil. That vision is clearly not consistent with the best interests of the Saudi royals. The Saudi selling proposition is simple. Oil can be re-formulated into a fuel that - with the aid of new improvements in the way the internal combustion engine (ICE) works - cars won’t spew CO2 and will become far more efficient. They aren’t selling it yet because they don’t have the product yet. But if they - and the hundreds of companies around the world that are working on various approaches to achieving the same goals - ultimately succeed, they would have a pretty good chance to change the whole thinking of the “alternative energy” paradigm that is now ascendant in the U.S. and Europe. The Saudi plan is not so far-fetched as it might seem for several reasons. First, we sometimes loose sight of the fact that oil is the most efficient, transportable, easy-to-handle, low-cost energy source mankind has ever found. So it’s not surprising that new ways might be found to wring even more value from it once the need to do so has presented itself. Second, more improvements to the ICE and ICE-powered car are already coming on stream rapidly. Cars that get 40, 50, even higher miles per gallon are on the street now such as the Yaris, the Smart, and the Mini. There is even a Mercedes diesel that gets more than 40 mpg. Third, if you can avoid adding a battery-powered element and stick with an ICE by itself you can probably save $10,000 of additional cost per vehicle. Fourth, the ICE infrastructure is totally in place. Continuing to use the ICE means no costs for battery manufacturing, recharging or exchanging infrastructure that would be needed world-wide. - Source

12/11/08 - Silicon Valley think-tank pumps electricity from the sea
KeelyNet Hyper Drive's president and CEO, Shuji Yonemura, is explaining with some difficulty through his translator how the device actually works. "Within 10 years, we can bring it to land," says the translator, "powering a city—a whole city." Chief technology officer Mikio Waki chimes in, reporting that the trial model that is working today is producing about 20 joules of energy each time it bobs in the water. That's enough to power a dim light bulb. Hyper Drive and the scientists from SRI International were looking for more active waters to determine whether or not their invention—a rubberlike material called Electroactive Polymer Artificial Muscle (EPAM)—could use the heaving motion of the waves to generate power. Mounted on top of the buoy are two long cylindrical tubes, and inside, what looks like the black bellows of an elongated accordion is pumping jerkily up and down in response to the waves. The black material is the artificial muscle, a polymer coated in an electricity-conducing material. As the material expands and contracts, a small amount of mechanical energy is changed to electric energy, collected and detected on the Shana Rae. Two jaunty white arms protruding from the base of the buoy serve to amplify the pitching motion, producing even more work inside the tubes. It seems wonderfully simple, almost too simple to have dragged five Japanese business-people, three U.S. Department of Energy representatives, one PG&E representative and a half-dozen of SRI's brightest minds out into the ocean. But the simplicity is the whole point. "Power-generating buoys exist, but they work on conventional approaches. The waves pump a cylinder that spins a turbine that drives a rotary," says Kornbluh. "This is very simple. We like to say it's just a souped-up rubber band." Hyper Drive hopes to use SRI's technology to create larger units within two years that will generate about 100 watts of power. While too small to power a grid, this would be useful in producing self-sustaining navigational buoys that currently run on expensive lithium batteries that need replacing. In five to 10 years, von Guggenberg says, the company hopes to be able to produce kilowatts for large-scale industrial uses; for example, seaside industries such as canneries. Then someday, of course, the groups hope to feed a power grid, perhaps with a long string of buoys rolling up and down the seashore, side by side, sending the power landward. - Source

12/11/08 - Ayurveda leads to Miracle Fertilizer
Nathan Balasingham's card reads: "Growers want a silver bullet. There was none in the market. So I invented Agrizest." Shy and retiring he is not. He believes he has invented a product that boosts the growth, yield, colour and flavour of fruit crops - apples, kiwifruit, citrus and grapes have benefited so far - and of pasture. He goes further and claims that it reduces pest, disease and environmental stress damage and further still in claiming that it will reduce our greenhouse-gas emissions. He urges doubters to test his product for themselves, saying it is made of natural ingredients that will not harm plants. It is seaweed-based with extracts from coconut, aloe, palm oil, lecithin and soy beans. Growers who have tried Agrizest report positive results. A defensive system triggers the release of essential oils. The oils, or metabolites, determine the colours in flowers, fruits, seeds and leaves and the flavour and bouquet in flowers and fruit. They strengthen the defence system against pest, disease and ultraviolet damage, repair damaged cells and help the plants take up nutrients for growth. They also harden cells, so fruit and vegetables are crunchier. In a search for a way to switch on these oils, Mr Balasingham remembered the teachings of his youth. His family followed Ayurvada, a Sri Lankan and South Indian culture that had at its heart a basic rule that said don't put on your skin anything that you would not put in your mouth. "I started to see that the molecules I needed were in the food they talked about - different seaweeds and high- oil-content foods such as coconut. "I realised I could extract the molecules out of commodity products I could easily lay my hands on, and that wouldn't harm me." The ingredients are commonly found in the food industry, except one which is used as a cosmetic, and are relatively cheap to buy in bulk overseas and to import. He mixes them in vats in his Pukekohe factory in different strengths. A lighter version is marketed as Nature's Curator for home-garden use. Agrizest works by tricking plants into thinking they are under attack, he says. They respond by releasing their essential oils. "The result is a plant bursting with health." Mr Balasingham says Agrizest has been tested in trials on apples, kiwifruit and grapes. The results show a marked increase in tree and vine growth, a lift in fruit production and an enhanced ability to resist pests. A grape trial showed 10 per cent more flavour characteristics. - Source

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12/11/08 - Cars are too good
Rush Limbaugh explains why the U.S. auto industry is in trouble. But you, you just illustrated the greatest single downfall of the domestic automobile industry, and nobody is talking about it... Back in the days when I bought my first car and then my second car and my third car, and they were all General -- they were Pontiacs, and a Buick. They all broke down in three years, had to get a new one. Then all of a sudden they got quality minded, started making cars that get 250,000 miles, you didn't need to trade it in after three years, and so they didn't have to be as innovative because people were keeping cars longer. If they would have kept making cars that fell apart after three years, none of this would have happened. Well that should be easy to correct. - Source

12/11/08 - 22 inch Binocular telescope
KeelyNet This is the worlds largest known visual binocular. Why binocular and not just a regular telescope? Well, it all has to do with clarity. Apparently when you can use both eyes, you can see much more detail and pick up light better. The author states in one story that he was able to see a spiral galaxy clearly with a binocular telescope, but couldn’t see it at all with a monocular telescope of the same power. There is information on several models on the site. Look in the right hand column as well for useful links to parts distributors. - Source

12/11/08 - Free Laptop Protection software
You can get a free software alarm that goes off if someone tries to steal your unattended laptop. It notices when the computer is unplugged (and someone has to unplug it if they’re going to take it) or if the mouse is moved. It’s called Laptop Alarm and you can get it at or The program works with Windows 98 to XP, but not with Vista or Macs. (via - Source

12/11/08 - Pushing 800W of Wireless Power at 5 Meters
"The Nevada Lightning Laboratory has experimented with Nicola Tesla's methods of wireless power transmission to push 800 Watts over 5 meters, besting MITs mark of 60W over 2 meters last year. (May I dream of wireless laptop power? I hate power cords.)" - Source

12/11/08 - Ultracapacitor LED Flashlight Charges In 90 Seconds
"The California based company 5.11 Tactical has recently introduced a new innovative flashlight — 'Light For Life' UC3.400. Unlike regular flashlights requiring constant battery changing this new LED torch offers a rechargeable battery that can be recharged in as little as 90 seconds using ultracapacitor technology. Various military and rescue units might benefit from this new development, ensuring them a light source at all times." - Source

12/11/08 - Instead of Bailouts, U.S. should try a Tax Holiday
With $350 billion of the $700 billion bailout still available to Paulson pending Congressional approval, a conservative Texas lawmaker is proposing to put that money towards a tax holiday from both personal income tax and FICA tax for Americans during January and February of 2009. - Source

12/11/08 - Zero Electricity Fridge Freezes With Fire
KeelyNet Adam Grosser and some geeks from Stanford built a fifty-dollar device that could cool vaccines where they're needed most. A research team at Stanford has developed a thermos-sized refrigeration device that uses no electricity. Instead, it contains some sort of coolant that becomes cold when exposed to heat. Details on the project are scarce, but we do know that these units would be relatively cheap to produce at around $50. That makes it ideal for delivering medicines and cold water to developing countries—not to mention a useful tool on a camping trip. / Working with a thermodynamics team at Stanford, Grosser built a thermos-sized device that contains a refrigerant that's triggered when the device is heated and left to cool. It then acts like a powerful cold pack, turning anything from a jug to a hole in the ground into a twenty-four-hour minifridge. - Source

12/11/08 - How to Unplug from the Grid
I haven't paid an electricity bill since 1970," says Richard Perez with noticeable glee. He can afford to be smug. While most of us fretted over soaring utility bills this year, he barely noticed. Nor is he particularly concerned about forecast price hikes of 30 to 50 per cent in 2009. Perez, a renewable-energy researcher at the University at Albany, State University of New York, lives "off-grid" - unconnected to the power grid and the water, gas and sewerage supplies that most of us rely on. He generates his own electricity, sources his own water and manages his own waste disposal - and prefers it that way. "There are times when the grid blacks out," he says. "I like the security of having my own electricity company." Perez is not alone. Once the preserve of mavericks, hippies and survivalists, there are now approximately 200,000 off-grid households in the US, a figure that Perez says has been increasing by a third every year for the past decade. In addition, nearly 30,000 grid-connected US households supplement their supply with renewables, according to the non-profit Interstate Renewable Energy Council. In the UK there are around 40,000 off-grid homes: the number has also risen in recent years due to escalating house prices and now to more expensive home loans, both of which have driven buyers far from conventional utility networks in search of properties they can afford. - Source

12/11/08 - Vorktex vs patented Hildenbrand Magnetic Switch
KeelyNet The claim is the ability to switch a magnetic field off and on. This was introduced to KeelyNet in November 2005 by the inventor Jack Hildenbrand who sent me two of his prototypes which clearly did exactly that. This was all posted and there is even a patent for it as of November 18th, 2008. (Congrats Jack!) So it looks like this guy Willis has come up with either his own method (in 2007, two years after Jacks posted info) or borrowed Jack's idea for a commercial device or maybe he is working with Jack who I hope gets the credit for the discovery. See the url below with photos; Hildenbrand Magnetic Switch. 11/14/05 - Hilden-Brand High Efficiency Motor - Jack Hilden-Brand wrote, "I had been working on and off on a magnetic holding device before and I figured it would be a good time to continue working on it. Well I experimented with the device for several years and finally got it working the way I wanted it. This device increases the holding power of an electro magnet to four times its original power. (See Emery/Leedskalnin Perpetual Motion Holder) And also provides a way to turn a permanent magnet on or off to any external metal objects. (See Radus Magnetic Boots) After experimenting with this new device I realized that it could also be used to generate power as in a motor. I then spent several weeks building a test device to see if this could be used to power an electric motor. The first motor I built was very small but worked exceptionally well. It produced about 1/16 hp and turned around 6000 rpm. Also this motor proved to be very efficient, using only about 600 ma at 36 vdc. I also noticed with this motor that when the rpm was loaded down to around 500 rpm that the current did not increase much. The amps did not increase much above 1 amp. Now if you compare this to any current dc motor of comparable size, on motor loading the amps jumped up to around 20 amps." --- Patent 7,453,341 - United States Patent 7,453,341 - Hildenbrand November 18, 2008 - System and method for utilizing magnetic energy - Abstract - The present invention is a system and method for utilizing magnetic energy. The basic principles of the present invention may be implemented in a variety of systems and methods. A magnet may be rotated or an electromagnet may be controlled in order to control a magnetic field generated by a set of magnets. As a result, numerous, substantial benefits may be achieved by providing at least one set of multiple magnets. For example, the present invention may be used in systems and methods to perform a variety of functions including, but not limited to: (1) to control, manipulate, hold, and/or release a load; (2) to open and/or close a pathway; (3) to open and/or close a circuit; (4) to apply a magnetic field to a load and/or to remove a magnetic field from a load; (5) to intermittently apply and remove a magnetic field; (6) to increase the magnetic field that may be applied to a load; (7) to induce a load into motion; (8) to create energy; and (9) to improve the energy efficiency of a device or system. - Source

12/10/08 - Vorktex power multiplier
KeelyNet The Story of Power - In 1831 Faraday reasoned that if electricity produces magnetism, Then why shouldn't magnetism produce electricity? This was the start of the system we use today. In 1882 the solution of an entire system of polyphase AC which has remained unchanged in principle to this day. Tesla’s rotating magnetic field discovery was what we still use today. In 2007 Richard Willis discovers that power from less is now possible. The neo magnets can be harnessed in a new way. A switch can turn them off and on and the power can be collected and used. In 2008 Richard was able to produce power in a small format with no movement 12 Volts @ 1 amp input and outputs of 12 – 24 – 48 Volts @ 100 Amps with 4 – 8 – 12 outputs.57 KW of power from a 12 volt 1 amp feed. This has never been done before. The world again has changed and now local grid power can be made anywhere! No fuel and no emissions just power that can be used for all your needs. We have the unit classed in a solar setup to get solar power rates for ongrid power. We are also working on a new style case so the unit can be used in a electric car or truck. / 7 KW 4 Output 12 Volts - $ 4200.00 USD - Standard 12 volt 100 Amp 4 output unit. Add this unit to an existing setup of solar wind or bio-mass. This unit is for the owner who has a solar system or wind unit that needs extra power for the down times. Unit comes with all the cables and instructions to place the power back into the bank of batteries 24 -7. This unit can only be used with lead acid or glass mat batteries. / 9 KW 4 Output 24 Volt - $ 6000.00 USD - Base model Vorktex power Inverter. This unit has a total of 24 volts 100 amps @ 4 outputs This unit is for the owner who has a solar system or wind unit that needs extra power for the down times. Unit comes with all the cables and instructions to place the power back into the bank of batteries 24 -7. This unit can only be used with lead acid or glass mat batteries. / Vorktex Home Unit 12 KW - $ 15,000.00 USD - looking for the latest in home power units this is the first from Magnacoaster. The 12 KW offgrid unit will allow you to have power 24 hours a day without the hydro company and all the charges thet tend to add on your bill every month. this unit needs to be hooked into the fuse box and we recomend a electrician to do this as power can kill. Comes with 14 KW Vorktex head and the new Aims 12 KW inverter. / We accept Bank Wire, Western Union and Cash only. 50 % down with order and the balance is due before unit is shippped. - Source

12/08/08 - Use of ancient techniques may help reverse global warming
KeelyNet Sams and Morrell aim to grow trees and plants to absorb CO2 and then trap the carbon by turning the resulting biomass into "biochar", a fine-grained form of charcoal that can be buried in the soil, keeping it safely locked up for thousands of years. The pre-Columbian Indians used biochar to make the poor soils of the rainforest, which otherwise quickly become exhausted, productive for harvest after harvest. It is still there today, many hundreds of years later, forming islands of black fertile earth in the otherwise unpromising ground. But, it is now being widely cited as a possible solution to global warming by scientists. Trees and plants soak up carbon dioxide as they grow, but release it again as they are burned or left to rot. But, burning them largely in the absence of oxygen, through pyrolysis, reduces the amount of the gas emitted by 90 per cent, and stores the carbon in the charcoal instead. It also gives off energy that can be used as an efficient biofuel. If the resulting biochar is then buried in the ground it will stay there for some 5,000 years, keeping the carbon out of the atmosphere, and nourishing the soil while it is there. It also cuts down on the use of fertilisers; reduces the emission of methane and nitrous oxides, which are also greenhouse gases, from the ground; filters out pollutants; and retains water, thus combating flooding. According to Sams, if just two and a half per cent of the world's productive land were used to produce biochar, carbon dioxide could be returned to pre-Industrial Revolution levels by 2050. - Source

12/08/08 - Intel Hopes to Bring Free Energy to Mobile Devices
The company is working on tiny sensors that can capture energy from sources such as sunlight and body heat. In the future, such energy could be used to power personal electronic devices such as cell phones. There are already watches available that are powered by body heat, as well as prototype smartphones with display screens that double as solar cells, said Justin Rattner, chief technology officer at Intel, during a press event. Intel is also looking at powering a mobile phone by harvesting the energy the user generates by moving the phone's trackball. The radiation of cell phone or TV signals might also be used to power devices. "Wouldn't it be nice if, in fact, you were able to go almost indefinitely without charging the battery, if you were able to scavenge enough free energy from the environment?" Rattner said. - Source

12/08/08 - AeroCar with Prop does 100mph - Oct, 1955
KeelyNet Unique Argentine Aerocar can do 100 mph and is being considered for mass production in the U.S.. THIS peppy-looking buggy with the unorthodox propeller on its tail is the new Argentine Aerocar powered by a 90-brake horsepower Chevy engine and with a top speed of about 100 mph. Designers and builders Eugenio Grosovich and Gianfranco Bricci claim the only bad feature of the car is poor acceleration up to 40 mph. A California manufacturer is interested in buying the prototype and producing the vehicle in large numbers in the United States. Aerocar's overall length is about 14 feet. Wheelbase measures about 97 inches. Tail prop has slightly less than five-foot diameter. Car tips beam at 2,204 pounds. - Source

12/08/08 - Reducing viscosity with electrostatics
The technology, which was invented by Rongjia Tao, the chairman of Temple’s physics department, uses an electrical field to reduce the viscosity of various kinds of substances, which improves their capacity to flow. Doing that to diesel fuel makes it burn more thoroughly in an internal combustion engine, which improves the engine’s efficiency. In the case of a car or truck, that means the technology can be used to increase miles per gallon and decrease emissions. A device that uses the technology was tested on a diesel-powered Mercedes Benz car for six months. It boosted the car’s miles per gallon by 20 percent in highway driving and 12 percent to 15 percent in city driving, according to results recently published in Energy & Fuels, a bimonthly journal put out by the American Chemical Society. Save the World’s Air Inc. of Morgan Hills, Calif., has licensed the technology from Temple and is working with a company in Robesonia, Berks County, to test a device that uses the technology on truck engines. - Source

12/08/08 - New power source to be built in Huntington
A new invention that can operate almost all electrical power needs is also good for the environment as a mobile power source because it does not use gasoline. The Powerwagon can run small home appliances, toasters, coffee makers, refrigerators, televisions, computers, lights and power tools, among other things. It does not need to be hooked up to a battery charger to recharge because it recharges while driving down the road. The Powerwagon, you must drive a distance of 45 to 65 miles. Daugherty also said the life span of a unit is about five to seven years. Recently, Daugherty said they did a hurricane disaster relief scenario and they hooked up a power wagon and turned on the lights, cooked, ran an air conditioner and used the refrigerator and the unit, on one charge was able to go for 25 hours. “If you’re in a hurricane and you’re without power and you have a conventional generator that’s all well and good until you run out of gas,” Daugherty said. “Once you run out of that gas, the problem is that there are no gas stations available in hurricane regions because there’s no power to pump the gas. So, even though you have that generator, you’re out of power because you can’t refuel it.” Daugherty said as long as you have 2.5 gallons of gas in your vehicle, you’ll be able to charge The Powerwagon for what would take 20 gallons of gas in a conventional generator. The Powerwagon’s will be available for order after the company goes live on Friday and the first model is more of a heavy-duty model that has four batteries that each have 420 amp hours. They are currently working on a smaller unit that should be available in March. - Source

12/08/08 - Yawcam
KeelyNet Yawcam is a shortening for Yet Another WebCAM software, and that's exactly what it is ;-) More precise Yawcam is a webcam software for windows written in java. The main ideas for Yawcam are to keep it simple and easy to use but to include all the usual features. Yawcam is completely free to use! ...but if you find this software useful, please consider to make a donation: Yawcam features: .: Video streaming .: Image snapshots .: Built-in webserver .: Motion detection .: Ftp-upload .: Text and image overlays .: Password protection .: Online announcements for communities .: Scheduler for online time .: Multi languages - Source

12/08/08 - Complexity Tamers could save 28,000 Lives a Year
This medical miracle is the checklist. Gawande details how modern medicine has spiraled into complexity beyond any person's ability to track — and nowhere more so than in the ICU. "A decade ago, Israeli scientists published a study in which engineers observed patient care in ICUs for twenty-four-hour stretches. They found that the average patient required a hundred and seventy-eight individual actions per day, ranging from administering a drug to suctioning the lungs, and every one of them posed risks. Remarkably, the nurses and doctors were observed to make an error in just one per cent of these actions — but that still amounted to an average of two errors a day with every patient. Intensive care succeeds only when we hold the odds of doing harm low enough for the odds of doing good to prevail. This is hard." The article goes on to profile a doctor named Peter Pronovost, who has extensively studied the ability of the simplest of complexity tamers — the checklist — to save lives in the ICU setting. Pronovost oversaw the introduction of checklists in the ICUs in hospitals across Michigan, and the result was a thousand lives saved in a year. That would translate to 28,000 per year if scaled nationwide, and Pronovost estimates the cost of doing that at $3 million. - Source

12/08/08 - Cool Earth Is Scaling Up Solar Energy Generation
KeelyNet Imagine a 1-megawatt solar power plant that has nothing to do with vast swaths of PV panels or mirrored troughs in a barren desert environment that require new transmission lines to population centers. Instead, picture a rolling, grassy field populated with 500 vertical poles that each hold two 8-foot-wide balloons. While cows graze among the poles, the large recyclable plastic balloons, each with a mirrored inside surface, truss and concentrated solar cell, follow the sun's transit thanks to a small electric motor. A utility substation is nearby. "Enough solar hits the earth in an hour to power the world for a year. But flat panel PV installed is US $8 to $9 a watt, whereas our prototype is US $1/watt," says CEO Roy Lamkin. By the end of the summer of 2005, having decided he could not manufacture the balloons, Cummings bought a bunch of 18-cent, 18-inch-diameter party balloons. Inflating them to different diameters, he traced their shadows on the wall, and digitized and ran them through mathematical analysis to trace the trajectories of the sun's rays along the inner concavity of the balloons. At this point, Cummings discovered that bonding a clear and reflective half together at the balloon's equator created a far more efficient concentrator than he had expected. As a final touch, he added a batten (a rigid ring) around the balloon's hemisphere that almost doubled the concentrator's reflecting power and focus. The plastic PV thin film mirror is Cool Earth's main patent, the breakthrough, says Lamkin. "The plastic thin film makes a perfect curved mirror, which is very expensive to do with other materials," he says. A Cool Earth plant must be manned to maintain the active flow of air and water among the balloons to ensure maximum power production and cooling. The circulation of air and water is fully automated, with micro-controllers monitoring individual balloon air pressure and the closed-loop circulation of 1 gallon of water flow per minute. But if a balloon is taking too much air because it has a leak, a signal light will go on, and maintenance personnel must patch it. "When you add it all up, we will have a lot of O&M [operations and maintenance] items running. For 10 MW, 70 acres, we would expect to have 7 or 8 people working that plant," says Lamkin. He adds that the number of air and water pumps they install has not been determined and will depend on location, such as in the desert, where they might need a shorter water line, or what kind of deals they get on air pumps. The balloon films are rated to last 5 years outdoors, but Cool Earth says it will replace them every year. - Source

12/08/08 - 61% oppose auto bailout
A majority of Americans oppose a bailout of the troubled U.S. auto industry, according to a poll released Wednesday. The CNN/Opinion Research Corp. poll, conducted by telephone on Dec. 1-2 with nearly 1,100 people, showed that 61% of those surveyed oppose government assistance for the major U.S. automakers. A full 70% of respondents indicated that a bailout is unfair to taxpayers. In addition to being unfair, the poll showed that a majority of those surveyed think a bailout would not help the economy. Dahiya pointed out that a bankruptcy does not necessarily mean an automaker will stop making cars. "Ideally, a bankruptcy leads to a fresh start," he said. The margin of error for the poll is plus or minus 3%. - Source

12/08/08 - Hidetext lets you convert text to an image. This means you can hide passwords, personal messages, pieces of code, or any kind of private information on forums, blogposts, emails, irc, msn-aim chats,.... The created image can be linked to, or you can download the image and delete it directly from the server. - Source

12/08/08 - Is Einstein the Last Great Genius?
Major breakthroughs in science have historically been the province of individuals, not institutes. Galileo and Copernicus, Edison and Einstein, toiling away in lonely labs or pondering the cosmos in private studies. But in recent decades - especially since the Soviet success in launching the Sputnik satellite in 1957 - the trend has been to create massive institutions that foster more collaboration and garner big chunks of funding. And it is harder now to achieve scientific greatness. A study of Nobel Prize winners in 2005 found that the accumulation of knowledge over time has forced great minds to toil longer before they can make breakthroughs. The age at which thinkers produce significant innovations increased about six years during the 20th century. Don't count the individual genius out just yet, however. "The history of scientific achievement is marked by solitary investigators, from Archimedes to Newton to Darwin," Bejan points out in the December issue of the International Journal of Design & Nature and Ecodynamics. "Solitary thinkers have flourished throughout history because it is natural - science is good for the mind of the thinker and for the well-being of society. Even though the trend is toward the creation of large research groups, the individual will always flourish." - Source

12/08/08 - Why electric cars have stalled
KeelyNet The Wrightspeed X1, a sports car whose three-second acceleration from 0 to 60 makes it one of the fastest autos in the world, is also super-clean: It's powered by an electric motor and gets about 170 mpg. Ian Wright, the Burlingame, Calif., entrepreneur who created the X1 several years ago, had planned on ramping up production on a line of similar electric cars in 2009. But over the summer, he changed his mind. Facing technical challenges and a weak market, many of Silicon Valley's electric-car startups are changing direction. "It's one thing to build electric cars, but it's another to go out and get some kind of respectable market size and funding," Wright says. "At this stage of the game, when oil is cheap and batteries still expensive, spending two to three -times the price on an electric car doesn't really make sense." Instead, while he waits for the electric vehicle market to mature, Wright is focusing on a more lucrative venture: Wrightspeed will make and sell electric powertrains - the battery pack, software, and other components that generate power to a vehicle - to existing car and truck manufacturer. - Source

12/08/08 - Oil Price Threatens Biofuel Firms
The price of oil has dipped to levels that could be far too low for many advanced-biofuel startups to succeed, especially those that attracted investment this summer, while oil was well above $100 a barrel. Tight credit markets will also make it difficult for advanced biofuel companies to move ahead with plans for scaling up technologies and building commercial-scale production plants. - Source

12/08/08 - The Snitch
KeelyNet An email or a text message to your cell phone alerts you when the Snitch has moved more than 200 yards or meters from where you left it. This is similar to the better known service for recovering stolen cars and trucks. A stolen motorcycle was recovered by the police just 20 minutes later, when the owner was able to notify them of the theft and tell them its new location. This service is only available for North America right now. You can see where the Snitch is and where it has been by logging onto the company website, We tried this as a substitute for route tracking. In other words, would the tracking service be able to tell us not only where the vehicle was, but what path it took to get there? It turned out that it could and provided a map showing steps along the journey. The test was very local and covered a range of just a few miles. We found that the satellite tracking was close to our actual route but could be off by as much as a street or two. After several minutes the positioning started to home-in and finally got it exactly. The Snitch is about the size of a cell phone, and you can put it in a glove compartment or bag. The Snitch is not to be confused with devices that aim to keep tabs on a child’s or employee’s whereabouts. has another product called the Loaner that employers can use to track where their employees/vehicles have been. The Snitch itself costs $300 and there’s a $15 a month charge for the service. - Source

12/08/08 - Myth about 'dirty old men' supported by science
Middle-aged men want younger women, often touting their intelligence and their high income. This is shown in research at Gothenburg University and Oxford University that studied 400 lonely hearts ads to see how men and women choose partners. To some extent, the findings support established theories: -- Women, more than men, look for solid resources and social status. As a result men also offer this in their ads, through formulations like 'large house' and 'economically independent.' -- Men in all categories prefer younger partners. Of a total of 97 men who mentioned age in their ads, only three were looking for an older partner – among men aged 40 to 59, only one out of 67. -- Younger women, on the other hand, prefer older men: fully 14 of 16 women aged 20-39 were looking for an older partner. Among women over 60, however, the majority were looking for a younger man. - Source

12/08/08 - Heart attack patients get 'big chill' treatment
For years, doctors have tried cooling people to limit damage from head and spinal cord injuries, strokes and even prematurity and birth trauma in newborns. It's also used for cardiac arrest, when someone's heart has stopped. Heart attacks occur when an artery gets blocked, depriving the heart muscle of oxygen and blood, and causing part of it to die. But the damage doesn't happen all at once — cells die off slowly, sending chemical messages that make neighboring cells do the same. Cooling the body to around 90 degrees from its usual 98.6 slows this down. "Tissue that would have died, were it not cooled, can stay alive," McMullan explained. Half a dozen companies sell tools to do this — tubes that go into veins or the belly cavity, fancy ice bags and gel packs, blankets with cold saline inside, fans blowing cold air over patients, even a skullcap to cool the head. Cardiac arrest patients usually are unconscious; heart attack patients will be given sedatives and a drug to limit shivering. The sedatives would be given anyway in preparation for the artery-opening procedure, McMullan said. There are potential risks: Cooling could trigger a heart rhythm problem, cause loss of fluids, a blood pressure drop, an imbalance of essential body salts, even respiratory problems. A ThermoSuit system costs a hospital around $30,000, and each single-use suit is $1,600. Federal officials have given previous grants totaling $1.3 million to develop the suit, and are spending $700,000 for the 20-patient heart attack study at Ochsner. Results so far on cardiac arrest patients have impressed Ochsner's chief of cardiology, Dr. Christopher White. "These are dead people, and they walk out of the hospital. One of them was a mother with six children," he said. - Source

12/08/08 - Michelin Reinvents the Wheel, This Time with Motors
KeelyNet The Michelin tire company is getting closer to commercializing its electric wheel concept. The company has been showing off versions of the “Active Wheel” since 2004. The system contains virtually all of the components necessary for a vehicle to propel or stop: an electric motor, suspension coils and springs, and braking components. The only thing missing is the source of energy. Fed by lithium ion batteries or fuel cells, the Active Wheel’s electric motor will output 30 kilowatts of power—per wheel that is. Vehicles using this system can be configured with two Active Wheels up front, or one at each corner. This allows manufacturers to offer both two- and four-wheel drive setups. Key advantages include reduction of energy losses, greater all-wheel drive capabilities, better regenerative braking, and extra space. With most mechanicals out of the way or eliminated, designers can expand the cabin and possibly have two trunks, one in front and one in back. In addition, the technology offers the possibility of easier conversions of gas-powered cars to electric power. - Source

12/08/08 - It's official: Men really are the weaker sex
The male gender is in danger, with incalculable consequences for both humans and wildlife, startling scientific research from around the world reveals. The research – to be detailed tomorrow in the most comprehensive report yet published – shows that a host of common chemicals is feminising males of every class of vertebrate animals, from fish to mammals, including people. It also follows hard on the heels of new American research which shows that baby boys born to women exposed to widespread chemicals in pregnancy are born with smaller penises and feminised genitals. And sperm counts are dropping precipitously. Studies in more than 20 countries have shown that they have dropped from 150 million per millilitre of sperm fluid to 60 million over 50 years. (Hamsters produce nearly three times as much, at 160 million.) Professor Nil Basu of Michigan University says that this adds up to "pretty compelling evidence for effects in humans". - Source

12/05/08 - Property Room - Killer DEALS!
KeelyNet (I saw this on TV last night so checked it out today. Incredible prices even though 'as is'. Might make for some Christmas deals too! - JWD) / specializes in the auction of stolen, seized, found and surplus goods and vehicles. Serving over 1,100 law enforcement agencies nationwide, we offer a fraud-free marketplace with superior customer support. Before, law enforcement agencies were responsible for tracking and storing auction inventory as well as coordinating, promoting and conducting live auctions. acts as a service business for agencies by taking over the process, freeing-up space in crowded law enforcement property rooms. As importantly, we eliminate the time and effort wasted in the old-fashioned auction process while vastly increasing revenues, reducing costs and increasing public access to these public goods. - Source

12/05/08 - Threat of Punishment Works - (Klaatu barada nikto)
KeelyNet The threat of punishment actually does stamp out freeloaders, tending to transform them into rule-following members of a society, a new study suggests. The research results show how established norms and rules in a society could keep freeloaders in check and increase pro-social behavior, such as helping others or sharing with them rather than looking out for number one. "The reason why this works is that there are actually people out there who are willing to sacrifice to punish the freeloaders," Gächter said. "The freeloaders now stop freeloading, they start cooperating more, but it also takes a lot of punishment to get them there." "In the long run, [punishment] is not detrimental, because the freeloaders now know there are punishers out there," Gächter said. "So punishment just works as a threat. Everybody behaves nicely because they fear punishment. Therefore, punishment is very rarely needed." - Source

12/05/08 - The Electromagnetic Engine Retrofit
Tim Wheeler makes his living hauling scrap, fixing cars and doing odd jobs. But in recent years, his passion has been inventing what he calls the Electro Magnetic Energy motor that merely sips electricity from a bank of batteries while producing gobs of torque. He says he's run the plastic prototype for an hour, and used only 2 percent of the juice from six motorcycle batteries. Compare that to the best that Detroit can do - around 40 miles from a full charge on a bank of batteries. They say they even have a larger version of the motor in a 1951 Ford pickup, and it runs. Now, there's an image for you - a full-fendered blast from the past powered with a motor that uses positive and negative electric charges to push and pull magnets, turning a shaft for power. - Source

12/05/08 - Turn your car into a hybrid
KeelyNet Thanks to a Danish Engineer, you can turn pretty much any car into a hybrid. The addition is made in the form of a bolt on motor. As you can see in the picture, there is a motor that attaches to the rear wheels adding an additional 7 Hp. The batteries are stored in the trunk. Kits start at $3,500 and go up to $4,500 depending on battery selection. At least, that’s what they will be when they finally go on sale. / Total - $4,550 with Lead Acid Batteries / $8,600 with Lithium Ion battery pack - Source

12/05/08 - The five stages of collapse
Dmitry Orlov writes, The five stages of collapse. My specialty is in thinking about and, unfortunately, predicting collapse. My method is based on comparison: I watched the Soviet Union collapse, and, since I am also familiar with the details of the situation in the United States, I can make comparisons between these two failed superpowers. The stages are: 1. Financial collapse 2. Commercial collapse 3. Political collapse 4. Social collapse 5. Cultural collapse. Each stage involves the loss of faith, or trust, in some key components of the status quo. Physical, measurable effects may be delayed, but psychology shifts are swift. More from Orlov: The USSR was better prepared for collapse than the US. The Soviet Union collapsed about 17 years ago. The US will collapse (economically and politically) at some point. Exact dates of collapse are impossible to predict. But one of the best-known facts about empires is that they do collapse. no exceptions... The Soviet collapse has a lot to teach the US. The differences are just as interesting as the similarities. Some similarities: * Unwinnable wars (Afghansitan, Iraq... Iran?) * Declining oild production * Out of control military budgets * Unsustainable deficits and foreign debt * Balk, unresponsive, corrupt political system, incapable of reform * Delusions of grandeur prevent honest discussion of problems - Source

12/05/08 - Sonic Nausea
KeelyNet A perfect holiday gift, and it's only $29: Sonic Nausea. Sonic Nausea is a small electronic device which can really turn one's stomach. It generates a unique combination of ultra-high frequency soundwaves which soon leads most in its vicinity to queasiness. It can also cause headaches, intense irritation, sweating, imbalance, nausea, or even vomiting. Usage suggestions: Hiding this device in your inconsiderate neighbor's house might put an end to their late-night parties. The abusive bureaucrat's office, the executive lunchroom... the possibilities are endless for that small portion of inventive payback. - Source

12/05/08 - Bush Dragged Behind Presidential Motorcade For 26 Blocks
President Bush sustained serious head injuries, massive internal bleeding, and a broken left leg Monday morning after being accidentally dragged behind the presidential motorcade for a period of 15 minutes. According to Secret Service spokesman Ed Donovan, Bush's necktie became caught in the trunk of the motorcade's second vehicle at 4:13 p.m., shortly before the driver accelerated. The president was dragged down 175th Street for 26 blocks and through four stoplights, leaving a trail of blood more than a mile long. Upon hearing shouts emanating from behind his vehicle, the driver abruptly applied the brakes, causing the third car in the motorcade to run over the president's left leg at a speed of approximately 25 miles per hour. President Bush is resting comfortably in Bethesda Naval Hospital. - Source

12/05/08 - Prescription Handguns For the Elderly and Disabled
KeelyNet "Thanks to the Second Amendment, even the elderly have the right to keep and bear arms. The problem is that many of the guns out there are a bit unwieldy for an older person to handle. However, the inventors of the Palm Pistol are planning to change all that with a weapon that is ideal for both the elderly and the physically disabled. In a statement submitted to Medgadget, the manufacturer, Constitution Arms, has revealed the following: 'We thought you might be interested to learn that the FDA has completed its "Device/Not a Device" determination and concluded the handgun will be listed as a Class I Medical Device.' Physicians will be able to prescribe the Palm Pistol for qualified patients who may seek reimbursement through Medicare or private health insurance companies." / The firearm appears to be a redesign of the classic "Chicago Palm Pistol" first patented in the US in 1883—the difference being that the modern Palm Pistol is a single shot device with a thumb trigger. - Source

12/05/08 - Saline Agriculture As the Future of Food
"To confront rising salinization, authors writing in the journal Science recommend increased spending on saline agriculture, which proposes growing salt-water crops to feed the world. Jelte Rozema and Timothy Flowers believe that salt-loving plants known as halophytes could become important crops, especially in areas where the salt content of the water is about half that of ocean water." - Source

12/05/08 - How The Inner Ear’s Sensors Are Made
KeelyNet A UCLA study shows for the first time how microscopic crystals form sound and gravity sensors inside the inner ear. Located at the ends of cilia — tiny cellular hairs in the ear that move and transmit signals — these crystals play an important role in detecting sound, maintaining balance and regulating movement. “People have known for a long time about the importance of cilia for propelling sperm up the uterus and moving mucus out of the lungs,” said Kent Hill, associate professor of microbiology, immunology and molecular genetics at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and the UCLA College of Letters and Science. “Our study illustrates that cilia perform many additional jobs that are essential to how our bodies develop and work.” The researchers labeled cilia in the fish with fluorescent probes and used video microscopy to visualize the cilia and other inner ear structures. In the control group of fish, long cilia beat like tiny oars, causing tiny particles to circle in a vortex around them. The tornado of whirling particles accumulated at the proper location to form the inner ear’s crystalline sensors. “We next blocked expression of a gene that controls dynein — a tiny molecular motor that drives cilia movement,” said Hill. “When we examined the embryos, we saw that cilia movement came to a halt. As a result, the particles did not assemble in the correct site. So not only did ear crystals form in the wrong place, but they were misshapen and abnormally sized.” / (The black and white spiralling rods are from John W. Keely's motors and were believed to dampen noise. Keely claimed he copied the ear into a mechanical form. - JWD) - Source

12/05/08 - Online Billpay Provider Loses Control of Domains
"Several sites are running a story about a domain hijacking at Checkfree, the largest provider of online bill payment services to numerous banks and credit unions. According to Network Solutions, someone logged in to the domain administration page using Checkfree's account, and redirected its domains to a site in the Ukraine configured to serve up malware to unsuspecting users." - Source

12/05/08 - Cheap GPS Includes Lifetime Traffic Alerts Free
KeelyNet Here's something for the how-low-can-they-go department: eCost is selling a refurbished Navigon 5100 GPS for $100. The prices is super low. But sweetening the deal, the company throws in a lifetime subscription to traffic alerts at no extra charge. In addition to the traffic service, which will advise you of trouble spots and suggest alternate routes, the Navigon offers text-to-speech capabilities (it pronounces actual street names) and a lane-assistant function that recommends the best lane to be in for your route. Meanwhile, its Reality View presents a photo-realistic image of complex highway interchanges, with actual road signage and exit-ramp guidance. - Source

12/05/08 - Saudis got U.S. farm subsidies
A sports-team owner, a financial-firm executive and residents of Hong Kong and Saudi Arabia were among 2,702 millionaire recipients of farm payments from 2003 to 2006 - and it's not even clear they were legitimate farmers, congressional investigators reported Monday. They probably were ineligible, but the Agriculture Department can't confirm that, since officials never checked their incomes, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) said. John Johnson, deputy administrator in the department's Farm Service Agency (FSA), said officials there are in touch with the IRS to devise a system for including tax information in its sampling program to determine eligibility. He added that 2,702 recipients cited by GAO was a small percentage of the 1.8 million recipients of farm payments from 2003 through 2006. The investigators said the problem will only get worse, because the payments they cited covered only the 2002 farm-bill subsidies. The 2008 farm legislation has provisions that could allow even more people to receive improper payments without effective checks, they said. There are three main types of payments: direct subsidies based on a farmer's production history; countercyclical payments that kick in when prices are low and disappear when they recover; and a loan program that allows repayment in money or crops. - Source

12/05/08 - America's Other Auto Industry
The men from Detroit will jet into Washington tomorrow -- presumably going commercial this time -- to make another pitch for a taxpayer rescue. Meanwhile, in the other American auto industry you rarely read about, car makers are gaining market share and adjusting amid the sales slump, without seeking a cent from the government. These are the 12 "foreign," or so-called transplant, producers making cars across America's South and Midwest. Toyota, BMW, Kia and others now make 54% of the cars Americans buy. The internationals also employ some 113,000 Americans, compared with 239,000 at U.S.-owned carmakers, and several times that number indirectly. The root of this other industry's success is no secret. Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee and South Carolina -- which accounted for a quarter of U.S. car production last year -- are "right-to-work" states where employees can't be forced to join a union. The absence of the UAW also gives car producers the flexibility to deploy employees as needed. Work rules vary across company and plant, but foreign rules are generally less restrictive. At Detroit's plants, electricians or mechanics tend to perform certain narrow tasks and often sit idle. That rarely happens outside Michigan. In the nonunionized plants, temporary workers can also be hired, and let go, as market conditions dictate. Last year Detroit struck a deal with the unions to unload retiree health obligations by 2010 to a trust fund set up by the UAW. The trio's productivity has improved as well. In 1995, a GM car took 46 hours to make, Chrysler 43 and Toyota 29.4. By 2006, according to Harbour Consulting, GM had moved it to 32.4 hours per vehicle and Chrysler 32.9. Toyota stayed at 29.9. Yet these moves born of desperation have come so late that the companies are still in jeopardy. - Source

12/05/08 - 100 Useful Tips and Tools to Research the Deep Web
KeelyNet Experts say that typical search engines like Yahoo! and Google only pick up about 1% of the information available on the Internet. The rest of that information is considered to be hidden in the deep web, also referred to as the invisible web. So how can you find all the rest of this information? This list offers 100 tips and tools to help you get the most out of your Internet searches. / Surface Web is that portion of the Web indexed by conventional search engines. / Deep Web refers to websites that are not part of the surface Web. The deep Web is about 500 times bigger than the surface. - Source

12/05/08 - Copper thieves jeopardize US infrastructure
In a report issued today the FBI said the rising theft of the metal is threatening the critical infrastructure by targeting electrical substations, cellular towers, telephone land lines, railroads, water wells, construction sites, and vacant homes for lucrative profits. Copper thefts from these targets have increased since 2006; and they are currently disrupting the flow of electricity, telecommunications, transportation, water supply, heating, and security and emergency services, and present a risk to both public safety and national security. - Source

12/05/08 - Ceramics That Won't Shatter
A biomimetic ceramic that is strong and tough could be used to make lightweight vehicles. Ceramics are lightweight and hard, but you can't make jet engines out of them because they'd shatter like dinner plates. So, materials scientists have been trying to mimic natural materials that combine strength (a measure of resistance to deformation) with toughness (a measure of resistance to fracture). A tough ceramic’s structure mimics that of abalone shells which are lined with a resilient material called nacre. To shape their ceramics into nacre-like structures, the Berkeley researchers first create a water suspension of the material to be patterned--in this case, aluminum oxide. Then they chill it in a very controlled way. "You take the heat out at one end," explains Ritchie. This leads to long, thin structures that the researchers press into microscale, brick-like structures after heating them to evaporate the water. When this process is repeated, it creates a layered, porous structure of aluminum oxide bricks connected to one another by column-like structures--the same shapes found in natural nacre. Then, to mimic the protein glue in the abalone shell, the researchers fill the spaces with a polymer. - Source

12/05/08 - Antioxidants 'cannot slow ageing'
Using Nematode worms, scientists found even those given enhanced antioxidant powers to deal with tissue damaging "free radicals" did not live longer. The team from University College London said, in the Genes and Development journal, there was "no clear evidence" they could slow ageing. "Oxidative stress" is less of a factor in the ageing of our cells and tissues as some have suggested. Dr Gems said: "The fact is that we don't understand much about the fundamental mechanisms of ageing - the free radical theory has filled a knowledge vacuum for over 50 years now, but it doesn't stand up to the evidence. "It is clear that if superoxide is involved, it plays only a small part in the story - oxidative damage is clearly not a universal, major driver of the ageing process." Pamela Mason, of the Health Supplements Information Service, said: "Antioxidant vitamins, like any other vitamins were never intended for the prevention of chronic disease and mortality. They are not magic bullets. - Source

12/05/08 - Make Sure You Buy Your Honey Raw
Keelynet What if you could find a magic potion that would sweeten your tea, create mind blowing delicious cakes and dramatically improve your health? You may be surprised to find that bees create this amazing elixir in the form of honey. That's right, raw, unadulterated honey is nature's oldest sweetener and it also promotes true, radiant health. Don't be fooled by the sticky jar that is sitting in your cupboard. Most honey is highly processed, over heated and chemically refined, leaving it lifeless and free of any benefits. Excessive heating destroys the valuable enzymes, vitamins, and minerals, as well as the unique phytonutrients that make honey the super food that it is. Raw honey is loaded with vitamins and is particularly high in minerals which are vital for maintaining health including calcium, iron, zinc, potassium, phosphorous, magnesium, copper, chromium, manganese and selenium. Amino acids are contained in honey, which are nature's building blocks. Incredible plant compounds are found in honey that gives the immune system a giant boost. This magic potion is also highly alkalizing and helps the body maintain a balanced PH. Raw honey is full of enzymes. Enzymes are essential for absorbing food, rebuilding the body, cellular health, and nearly all other biological processes.Once a food is heated, there are absolutely no enzymes left. - Source

12/05/08 - Behavioral screening -- the future of airport security?
Security experts say focus is shifting from analyzing the content of carry-ons to analyzing the content of passengers' intentions and emotions. Several Israeli-based technology companies are developing detection systems that pick up signs of emotional strain, a psychological red flag that a passenger may intend to commit an act of terror. Speedier and less intrusive than metal detectors, these systems may eventually restore some efficiency to the airplane boarding process. One firm, WeCU (pronounced "We See You") Technologies, employs a combination of infra-red technology, remote sensors and imagers, and flashing of subliminal images, such as a photo of Osama bin Laden. Developers say the combination of these technologies can detect a person's reaction to certain stimuli by reading body temperature, heart rate and respiration, signals a terrorist unwittingly emits before he plans to commit an attack. Traditional security profiling can discriminate by race and religion, security experts say behavioral profiling is more fair, more effective and less expensive. Once these technologies are in place, a passenger may pass through a security screening without realizing it. For example, passengers could use an automated check-in system or gaze at a screen with departures information without realizing they've just been exposed to the words "Islamic jihad" written in Arabic. These stimuli, explains Givon, will intrinsically elicit some sort of biometric response -- whether the passenger knows it or not -- that can be picked up by WeCU's strategically placed sensors. - Source

12/05/08 - Why Self-Mending Rubber Will Build Unbreakable Roads by 2009
Imagine a flat tire that repairs itself. A basketball that never goes flat. Children's toys that can't be broken. All of these things could one day be possible thanks to the advance of synthetic rubber that self-heals like Silly Putty. Unlike the large molecules in conventional rubber, the material invented by French scientists Ludwik Leibler and Philippe Cordier is made of smaller molecules joined by hydrogen bonds. When the material is cut, molecules that were separated seek out new partners. When the two pieces are pressed together again, lonely molecules bond, reinstating the integrity of the material.By mixing their material with asphalt, they're creating roads that won't crack, which will likely be available in a year. They're also developing a harder, shinier material that could be used for unbreakable household items like vases or dishes. - Source

12/05/08 - Using Sound Waves to Charge Cell Phones
KeelyNet Tahir Cagin, a professor at Texas A&M University, is figuring out a way to use piezoelectrics to harvest energy to charge devices and make them essentially self-charging gadgets. He seems to have found the sweet spot – or size – for producing the material so it maximizes its energy-gathering capability. Specifically, Cagin and his partners from the University of Houston have found that a certain type of piezoelectric material can covert energy at a 100 percent increase when manufactured at a very small size – in this case, around 21 nanometers in thickness. What's more, when materials are constructed bigger or smaller than this specific size they show a significant decrease in their energy-converting capacity, he said. - Source

12/05/08 - Death-threat e-mail scam tries to scare people out of their money
"I felt very sorry and bad for you," read the e-mail, "that your life is going to end like this if you don't comply, I was paid to eliminate you and I have to do it within 10 days. ... I might just spare your life, $8,000 is all you need to spend." The e-mail's subject line reads "I felt very sorry and bad for you" from "". From there, the message warns of certain death — ordered by an unnamed "friend'' — unless the reader sends in $8,000 in two separate payments. The e-mail also cautions the reader against contacting the authorities because the threat "will extend it (sic) to any member of your family since you are aware that somebody want you dead, and the person knows some members of your family as well." The e-mail contact is "a.k.a." Schenck said he's received lots of similar scam e-mails over the years but this time his wife urged him to contact the authorities. "The sheriff has done a good job in trying to assess the situation," he said. "It's just one of those new fishing scams to try to bilk people out of money." - Source

12/05/08 - 'timber plank' on Mars
KeelyNet An image sent back from the Red Planet has revealed an object bearing an uncanny resemblance to a wooden log. It was captured by the Mars Rover near the Endurance Crater. But one website insists it is a leaked image that 'could get someone killed.' A writer from said NASA's claims Mars was a desert world were 'lies' and that 'there are vast forests on Mars, ones that are kept from the public.' They go on to speculate the 'wood' was brought to its present position by a flood of water that must have happened within 40 years 'because the wood is intact.' Sadly, there is no scientific evidence of any macroscopic plant life on Mars and the vista in the image is one of a vast and desolate desert. However, NASA scientists have found water ice in the north polar region of Mars as well as alkaline soil - key ingredients to support life. - Source

12/02/08 - On the Illusion of Freedom - Video you need to watch
With great pleasure, I once again bring you Stefan Molyneux, whose 16-minute and four-second video is probably the most dangerous video on the Internet. It speaks for itself. Why you feel depressed, and what you can do about it. / (Thanks to Al Holman for the headsup! - JWD) - Source. And this related video Individualism vs Collectivism

12/02/08 - Invention saves time and water in the shower
A water-proof alarm timer Sonderhouse designed, the Shower Professor, is now for sale for $10. It can be ordered from his Web site, Sonderhouse said the device has helped him reduce his shower time from 15 or 20 minutes down to just 5 minutes. That saves about 25 gallons of water per day, he estimates, as well as the energy used to heat the water. "The device changes behavior because your time is right in front of you," Sonderhouse said. The Shower Professor is made to be simple, Sonderhouse said. It has a digital screen and four buttons. Three buttons are for shower times: 5 minutes, 7 minutes, and 10 minutes. The fourth gives you an extra minute. Five seconds before the time is up, the alarm goes off ---- audible but not annoying, Sonderhouse said. - Source

12/02/08 - BioCube self-fueling Generator w/video
The BioCube arrives with half a tank of diesel in the generator. It requires no other power source other than the biodiesel it will itself generate. The BioCube is an all-in-one biodiesel plant that has been designed to work in the toughest environments by a single person with a minimum of skill or maintenance. - Source

12/02/08 - Reinventing the Supply Chain
The industrial revolution was inherently flawed from a supply chain perspective” says Patrick Penfield, assistant professor of supply chain practice in the Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University. “The U.S. supply chain processes in business have been developed on the basis of an inexhaustible supply of resources and a total disregard of waste products. We in essence have created a ‘disposable society.’ “Society cannot afford to continue going down this road of excess. We face a serious threat of resource scarcity, population growth, and climate change that needs to be addressed as soon as possible. All businesses must ‘re-create’ their supply chains, and these changes will require the elimination of waste within the process, transformation of used or spent products into new goods, and using renewable power supplies that will allow us to replenish what we need without depleting the Earth’s eco-system. The time to re-invent the supply chain and make it sustainable is now.” - Source

12/02/08 - Link Between Junk Food And Alzheimer’s
Researchers at the Karolinska Institute, a leading medical university in the Swedish capital Stockholm, fed mice on a diet rich in fat, sugar and cholesterol for nine months to study their behaviour. “On examining the brains of these mice, we found a chemical change not unlike that found in the brain of Alzheimer’s sufferers,” said Susanne Akterin, who conducted the experiment for her doctoral thesis. The study detected increased levels of phosphate which makes sufferer’s cells become tangled and eventually leads to their death. The team also found that cholesterol in food reduced the body’s ability to produce another vital memory-storage protein. - Source

12/02/08 - Study Confirms That Cars Have Personalities
"A study has confirmed that many people see human facial features in the front ends of automobiles and ascribe various personality traits to cars. Forty study participants assessed cars based on a system known as geometric morphometrics by viewing high-resolution, 3D computer reconstructions and printed images of 38 actual 2004-06 car models and rating each model on 19 traits such as dominance, maturity, gender, and friendliness, and if they liked the car. Study participants liked best the cars scoring high in the so-called power traits — the most mature, masculine, arrogant, and angry-looking ones. Researchers theorized that over evolutionary time, humans have developed a selective sensitivity to features in the human face that convey information on sex, age, emotions, and intentions. The lead researcher explained, 'Seeing too many faces, even in mountains or toast, has little or no penalty, but missing or misinterpreting the face of a predator or attacker could be fatal.'" - Source

12/02/08 - Low gas prices are a blessing and a curse
It’s a blessing because Americans need some cost reductions, and fuel is one of the best categories because its lower price also helps to reduce the cost of other goods and services that depend on transportation, including food. For the long term the lower prices are a curse because they threaten to slow the development of cost-competitive clean alternative fuels that hold the potential to reduce oil use and air pollution, while enhancing security through less reliance on imports. - Source

12/02/08 - Vivace(Vortex Induced Vibrations Aquatic Clean Energy)
KeelyNet VIVACE devices have many potential advantages, which improve installation survivability in the hostile underwater environment and enable low-cost power production by decreasing capital cost and minimizing maintenance. For decades, engineers have been trying to prevent VIV from damaging offshore equipment and structures. By maximizing and exploiting VIV rather than spoiling and preventing it, VIVACE takes this ‘problem’ and transforms it into a valuable resource for mankind. Vortex Induced Vibrations (VIV) result from vortices forming and shedding on the downstream side of a bluff body in a current. Vortex shedding alternates from one side to the other, thereby creating a vibration or oscillation. The VIV phenomenon is non-linear, which means it can produce useful energy at high efficiency over a wide range of current speeds. - Source

12/02/08 - 10 huge retail rip-offs you can no longer afford to ignore
With times tight, everyone is looking for ways to save money. One way to do that is by making sure you get the most bang out of every hard-earned dollar you spend. So today we're going to reveal some retail rip-offs that give you less than your money's worth. These tips aren't about scrimping or cutting out life's little luxuries -- we just want to show you some places where you are paying big price mark ups and may not realize it. Once you see just how little you are getting for your money, you can save a lot with just a few simple changes. Like... The markup on wine in restaurants is outrageous -- 100 to 200% more than what you would pay at the store if you buy by the bottle. It's a whopping 300 to 400% markup if you buy wine by the glass! According to a professor at the University of California-Irvine, you're paying a 1,300% markup on that tub of buttery popcorn! When you do the math, $5.50 for that bucket makes an ounce of popcorn more expensive than fillet mignon! A general rule of thumb is that you'll pay 30 to 40% more for name brand medication versus generics. Most of that cost difference is because of the money that brand name companies spend on marketing and packaging. Estimates are that 40% of all bottled water is tap water. At close to $2 a bottle, bought alone, that makes bottled water one of the biggest retail rip-offs. For the price of one bottle of Evian, a San Franciscan can receive 1,000 gallons of tap water. According to "Message in a Bottle" by Charles Fishman, bottled water can cost 10,000 times more than tap water -- about $10 per gallon for high-end brands. And more than 90% of that cost is in the bottle, lid and label -- NOT producing the water. A plain 16 oz. cup of coffee at Dunkin Donuts costs $1.75. You'll pay at least that for a much smaller cup at most restaurants. Consider that a plain 16 oz. cup at home will cost you about $.55. A 10 ounce potato makes about 90 french fries (that's about the serving size for large fries at a fast food restaurant). That potato costs about 30 cents, but brings the restaurant about $1.75. - Source

12/02/08 - A Design for Cheaper Wind Power
KeelyNet A design that draws on jet engine technology could halve the cost of generating electricity from wind. FloDesign Wind Turbine, a spin-off from the aerospace company FloDesign based in Wilbraham, MA, has developed a wind turbine that could generate electricity at half the cost of conventional turbines. FloDesign surrounds its wind-turbine blades with a shroud that directs air through the blades and speeds it up, which increases power production. The new design generates as much power as a conventional wind turbine with blades twice as big in diameter. The smaller blade size and other factors allow the new turbines to be packed closer together than conventional turbines, increasing the amount of power that can be generated per acre of land. - Source

12/02/08 - Confusion continues to dominate as DTV transition nears
Many US households will be in for a surprise when they stop receiving TV in February. Those receiving their viewing fare through other services, like cable and satellite, are unaffected by the change. Sets that are capable of receiving digital signals have been the only thing that could be legally sold in the US since 2007. Anyone attached to their older hardware will need to buy a set-top converter box that can handle the digital signal; coupons are available that dramatically lower the cost of this equipment. All of that may sound simple, but it's apparently not, possibly in part because a transition to HDTV is going on in the consumer marketplace at the same time. - Source

12/02/08 - 45 Vintage ‘Space Age’ Illustrations
KeelyNet As a child, I truly believed that at this point in my life I would be living in a space-dome community with a flying car and a robot maid. I can even remember the utter disappointment of realizing that most of the things I read in my dad’s back issues of Popular Science magazine would never see the light of day. Until we all are living in outer space with flying automobiles and robot servants, we can pass the time with these 45 vintage illustrations of a space age tomorrow. Hopefully these beautiful and creative works of art won’t bring back too many childhood disappointments. - Source

12/02/08 - Supersonic hurricane neutraliser
In a patent application, Leonov and colleagues say that they can put a spanner in the atmospheric works by flying supersonic jet aircraft in concentric circles around a hurricane's eye, the calm area around which the storm rotates. The idea is that the sonic-boom shockwave would dramatically raise air pressure in the eye, disrupting the upward flow of warm air that drives the hurricane. But how many planes would you need? Sonic booms spread out as they travel away from an aircraft, so even a small number of relatively small aircraft could do the job, say Leonov and colleagues. "Two F-4 jet fighters flying at approximately Mach 1.5 are sufficient to suppress, mitigate and/or destroy a typical sized hurricane/typhoon," they claim in their application. - Source

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

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