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12/31/09 - They Forgot their Mission, Time to Repair, Rebuild and Return to our Roots
KeelyNet We're at the clean start of a new decade, and it wouldn't be bad if the national watchwords were repair, rebuild and return, with an eye toward what is now our central project, though we haven't fully noticed, and that is keeping our country together.

But the 'OOs were hard, starting with a disputed presidential election, moving on to the shocked pain of 9/11, marked by an effort to absorb the fact that we had entered the age of terror, and ending with a historic, world-shaking economic crash.

So many forces exist to tear us apart. We have to do what we can to hold together in the long run. Maybe the most worrying trend the past 10 years can be found in this phrase:

"They forgot the mission."

So many great American institutions—institutions that every day help hold us together—acted as if they had forgotten their mission, forgotten what they were about, what their role and purpose was, what they existed to do. You, as you read, can probably think of an institution that has forgotten its reason for being. Maybe it's the one you're part of. We saw an example this week with the federal government, which whatever else it does has a few very essential missions to perform that only it can perform, such as maintaining the national defense.

Our federal government now does 10 million things, many of them not so well. Its attention is scattered. It loses sight of the essentials, which is part of the reason underpants bombers wind up on airplanes. Wall Street has a civic purpose. But it must always do its job with an eye to prudence, because a big part of its job is to provide a secure and grounded economic footing for the nation.

But throughout the '00s Wall Street's leaders gave themselves over to one thing, and that was looking out, always, for No. 1. And they knew how to define No. 1. It wasn't the country, and it wasn't even the company. They'd crater companies, parachute out, and brag about it later. Congress forgot the mission, or rather continued more than ever to seem to have forgotten the mission. They weren't there to legislate with a long view, they were there to be re-elected and help the team, the red one or the blue one. This is not a new story, only a worsened one. Name the institution and you will probably see a diminished sense of mission, or one that has disappeared or is disappearing.

So what to do? Here my friend the lawyer's stoicism and mindless optimism might come in handy, for turning around institutions is a huge, long and uphill fight. It probably begins with taking the one thing we all hate to take in our society, and that is personal responsibility.

If you work in a great institution: Do you remember the mission? Do you remember why you went to work there, what you meant to do, what the institution meant to you when you viewed it from the outside, years ago, and hoped to become part of it? / (Peggy Noonan writes 'clean start of a new decade', oh if only that were so, we have so much to clean up before we can ever restart. But, as many of my associates say, 'Onward and Upward!' - JWD) - Full Article Source

12/31/09 - Move your Money
JUST BEFORE CHRISTMAS, a few friends were having dinner wondering what personal actions they could take to help limit the power of the big banks and create a more sane, stable financial system.

How, they wondered, could they help END the era of Too Big To Fail? The financier at the table recommended that everyone could move their money out of the Wall Street banks and into community banks.

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Community banks are typically more conservative about how they manage their money, they’re more closely connected to the people

and businesses who live near them, and they’re more inclined to make loans they know will get paid back.

In other words, they have the values that more people would want banks to have.

*** A seed. *** But the idea will only have an impact if others take it from here. How? For starters, you could move your money to a small bank.

To do so, click on the button that says Find A Bank. But there are dozens of other possibilities: You can get your friends or organizations to do the same.

You can use your online social networks to help broadcast the idea. You can look into where your town government keeps its money and, if it uses a big bank, you could try to get it to use a smaller bank. Start your own website (to improve upon or replace this one), dive into the research about smaller banks, and help give rise to a bigger, broader effort.

There is no official organization here. It’s a volunteer project. If you have ideas about how this idea can grow, send us a note and we’ll display the best ideas in the Updates section of the site. We hope this idea will spread in a thousand different ways. Thanks for whatever you can do. - Full Article Source


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12/31/09 - Lung Flute uses 16hz vibration to break up mucous and clear Lungs
KeelyNet The Lung Flute® is cleared by the FDA for the collection of diagnostic sputum samples for multiple pulmonary disease states, such as pneumonia, chronic bronchitis, asthma, lung cancer and tuberculosis. Lung Flute® features include:

1. Simple hand-held disposable device
2. Low pressure operation
3. 510(k) FDA clearance
4. U.S. Patent No 6,702,769 and 6,984,214

The Lung Flute® presents a safe, effective, convenient and rapid method of sputum induction. Low Frequency Acoustic Waves Help Patients Natural Mucus Clearing System. A low frequency wave is generated at the mouth by exhaling through a mouthpiece over a laminar surface (Reed) inside the Lung Flute®. The resulting low frequency acoustic wave that is produced travels retrograde into the lower airways and lung parenchyma and increases mucociliary clearance. Patients expel air with the force required to blow out a single candle. Patients concentrate on producing a low tone through the device while breathing in a proscribed pattern. Twenty repetitions of a single two-breath pattern are performed with the device to complete a diagnostic session. 2007 Frost and Sullivan Award2007 Frost and Sullivan Excellence in Medical Devices Award. Medical Acoustics honored for innovative technology in Lung Flute® device with 2007 North American Pulmonary Therapeutic and Diagnostic Devices Excellence in Technology of the Year Award. Proven Clinical Benefits - The Lung Flute® provides a clinically proven solution for diagnostic sputum sample collection, reducing the time and complexity associated with collection of lower airway samples using saline induction.

* Minimally invasive technology produces reliable results
* Lower airway samples obtained without the need for saline induction
* Rapid and convenient for practitioners and patients

The nearly 10 million Americans who suffer from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease rely on medications and strenuous coughing to help break up the thick gobs of mucus clogging their lungs. The Lung Flute does the job with just 15 to 20 puffs of air. Blowing into the reed instrument (see how it's done here) sends a steady 16-hertz vibration into a user’s chest, dislodging mucus in the lungs so that it’s easier to cough up. Scheduled to receive FDA approval this fall, the flute also serves as an easy method for collecting deep-lung sputum for tuberculosis tests­especially useful in developing countries where TB is prevalent. Not yet available. / (Thanks to Guy Alland for this headsup. - JWD) - Full Article Source

Best of What's New 2009: Playing the Lung Flute from PopSci.com on Vimeo.

12/31/09 - Some Puns to get you through the Holidays!

1. Two antennas met on a roof, fell in love and got married. The ceremony wasn't much, but the reception was excellent.

2. A jumper cable walks into a bar. The bartender says, "I'll serve you, but don't start anything."

3. Two peanuts walk into a bar, and one was a salted.

4. A dyslexic man walked into a bra.

5. A man walks into a bar with a slab of asphalt under his arm, and says: "A beer please, and one for the road."

6. Two cannibals are eating a clown. One says to the other: "Does this taste funny to you?"

7. "Doc, I can't stop singing The Green, Green Grass of Home."
"That sounds like Tom Jones Syndrome."
"Is it common?"
"Well, It's Not Unusual."

8. Two cows are standing next to each other in a field. Daisy says to Dolly, "I was artificially inseminated this morning."
"I don't believe you," says Dolly.
"It's true; no bull!" exclaims Daisy.

9. An invisible man marries an invisible woman. The kids were nothing to look at either.

10. Deja Moo: The feeling that you've heard this bull before.

11. I went to buy some camouflage trousers the other day, but I couldn't find any.

12. A man woke up in a hospital after a serious accident.
He shouted, "Doctor, doctor, I can't feel my legs!"
The doctor replied, "I know, I amputated your arms!"

13. I went to a seafood disco last week... and pulled a mussel.

14. What do you call a fish with no eyes? A fsh.

15. Two fish swim into a concrete wall. The one turns to the other and says, "Dam!"

16. Two Eskimos sitting in a kayak were chilly, so they lit a fire in the craft. Not surprisingly it sank, proving once again that you can't have your kayak and heat it too.

17. A group of chess enthusiasts checked into a hotel, and were standing in the lobby discussing their recent tournament victories.

After about an hour, the manager came out of the office, and asked them to disperse.
"But why," they asked, as they moved off.
"Because," he said. "I can't stand chess-nuts boasting in an open foyer."

18. A woman has twins, and gives them up for adoption.
One of them goes to a family in Egypt , and is named 'Ahmal.'
The other goes to a family in Spain ; they name him 'Juan.'
Years later, Juan sends a picture of himself to his birth mother.
Upon receiving the picture, she tells her husband that she wishes she also had a picture of Ahmal.
Her husband responds, "They're twins! If you've seen Juan, you've seen Ahmal."

19. Mahatma Gandhi, as you know, walked barefoot most of the time, which produced an impressive set of calluses on his feet. He also ate very little, which made him rather frail and with his odd diet, he suffered from bad breath. This made him (oh, man, this is so bad, it's good) ... a super-calloused fragile mystic hexed by halitosis.

20. A dwarf, who was a mystic, escaped from jail. The call went out that there was a small medium at large.

21. And finally, there was the person who sent twenty different puns to his friends, with the hope that at least ten of the puns would make them laugh. No pun in ten did.

(Thanks to Ken for the laughs! - JWD) - from a Holiday Email and
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12/30/09 - Sound Sculptures
Swiss artist Zimoun builds sound installations that create a unique audiovisual experience. This video is a compilation of many of his projects, including listening to woodworms at work using a microphone, an automat with selections representing different cities, and pvc hoses flopping about under the force of compressed air. /(via http://www.impactlab.com/ ) - Full Article Source

Zimoun : Sound Sculptures & Installations | Compilation Video V1.5 from ZIMOUN VIDEO ARCHIVE on Vimeo.

12/30/09 - Geoengineering a Snow-Free Winter Fails In Moscow
"Moscow Mayor Yury Luzhkov's promise of a winter without snow in the capital city has fallen short. While cloud seeding is not a new concept for Russia, often used on major holidays, geoengineering snow has never been done to that magnitude. Carrying off the $6 million procedure required jets to spray silver iodide into coming clouds, ensuring that all precipitation fell before it reached the capital. However a combination of disrupted radar, wind control, and faulty weathermen have been blamed by Luzhkov for his failed attempt at playing with mother nature. For now, Russia can go back to enjoying snow." - Full Article Source

12/30/09 - Cancer Victim Beats Disease By Using Mistletoe Instead Of Chemotherapy
KeelyNet A cancer victim who refused chemotherapy has beaten the disease – by using mistletoe instead. Joan van Holsteijn, 53, heard about the healing properties of the plant – better known for inspiring festive kisses – and rejected her doctor’s advice of more conventional treatment. Now the tumours in her leg are gone and she is on the road to recovery. “I owe my life to mistletoe,” said Joan. “I feel so grateful and well…. “Usually patients try chemo then mistletoe, but I didn’t want to do that.” Joan had injections refined from the plant’s berries which can help to kick-start the immune system at Park Attwood Clinic, Birmingham. In six months, the lump had shrunk. After 18 months that and her other tumours had gone. The special needs therapist, who lives with husband Simon, 48, and daughter Lisa, 14, said: “Mistletoe is not a miracle cure, but I want others to know it’s an option.” A German study showed the plant as an additional treatment can increase survival time 40% by fighting the tumour, but other studies have raised doubts. - Full Article Source

12/30/09 - The Rise of Machine-Written Journalism
"Peter Kirwan has an interesting article in Wired UK on the emergence of software that automates the collection, evaluation, and even reporting of news events. Thomson Reuters, the world's largest news agency, has started moving down this path, courtesy of an intriguing product with the nondescript name NewsScope, a machine-readable news service designed for financial institutions that make their money from automated, event-driven trading. The latest iteration of NewsScope 'scans and automatically extracts critical pieces of information' from US corporate press releases, eliminating the 'manual processes' that have traditionally kept so many financial journalists in gainful employment. At Northwestern University, a group of computer science and journalism students have developed a program called Stats Monkey that uses statistical data to generate news reports on baseball games. Stats Monkey identifies the players who change the course of games, alongside specific turning points in the action. The rest of the process involves on-the-fly assembly of templated 'narrative arcs' to describe the action in a format recognizable as a news story. 'No doubt Kurt Cagle, editor of XMLToday.org, was engaging in a bit of provocation when he recently suggested that an intelligent agent might win a Pulitzer Prize by 2030,' writes Kirwin. 'Of course, it won't be the software that takes home the prize: it'll be the programmers who wrote the code in the first place, something that Joseph Pultizer could never have anticipated.'" - Full Article Source

12/29/09 - STEORN "Overunity" DEVICE - Verified (Jean-Louis Naudin)
KeelyNet The new Steorn magnetic motor shown on december 15, 2009 by Sean McCarthy in Dublin is composed by a rotor equiped with neodymium magnets and a stator which contains toroidal coils with a ferrite core. The rotor magnets are attracted by the ferromagnetic material of the torus, so the magnetic potential energy is converted into kinetic energy of rotation. The ferrite will be magnetically polarized and will be temporarily transformed into a magnet of opposite polarity to that of the rotor magnet. So there is attraction but when the magnet is closest to the ferrite it is locked by the magnetic force and enable to exit. When the magnetic potential energy is minimal and when the kinetic energy is maximum (the nearest point of the magnet closest to the torus), a depolarization pulse is sent through the toroidal coils changing the orientation of magnetic domains (Weiss domains) of the ferrite, which frees the magnets. To summarize, we have a "non-reciprocal" and fully asymmetrical system. There is no counter electromotive force (back-emf) in the toroidal coils of the stator produced by the rotation of the rotor. The current required to get the temporary depolarization of the magnetic domains of the ferrite is fully independent of the mechanical torque produced on the motor shaft. / (via zpenergy.com) - Full Article Source

12/29/09 - Promotion of the so-called 'Searl Effect Generator' never dies
(No evidence he is an accredited 'Professor' which you will hear over and over in the video trying to lend undeserved credit by use of the term.) John Roy Robert Searl (born May 2, 1932), a British inventor claiming that between 1946 and 1956 he designed and constructed an open system type electrical generator known as the Searl Effect Generator (SEG), variously described as an ambient energy converting device.[1] To date, Searl has produced no evidence whatsoever of any of his claims and mainstream science maintains that all his claims are, in fact, completely impossible. Searl was convicted of stealing electricity by bypassing his electricity meter, and damaging the property of the electricity company.[4] He then engaged in a vendetta against the electricity company.[5][6] Searl claims that the electric company confiscated his home SEG, which incited him to threaten the electric company. According to Searl's own account, a colleague of Searl's - Dr. George White - was aware of the home SEG. Searl claims that White saw the device working when he showed up against instructions.[7] In 1991 Anders Heerfordt investigated the claims of Searl concerning the devices that Searl claimed to have shown, as well as verifying claimed witness reports. None of these claims could be verified. Furthermore, Gunnar Sandberg has never seen any of the effects described. Sandberg, as reported through Heerfordt, found a son of Searl "who had seen disks being suspended from wires, so that they could be photographed, but who hadn't seen any demonstration of antigravity or free energy. - Full Article Source - Youtube Promotional Video

12/29/09 - A Simple Paper Test May Detect Pesticides
Scientists at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, are reporting the development of a simple paper sensor — a “laboratory on a strip” — that can be dunked in a sample and give a reading a short time later, like a litmus test. The sensor, developed by John D. Brennan and colleagues, makes use of the fact that organophosphate pesticides like diazinon inhibit the action of acetylcholinesterase, an enzyme involved in nervous system function. The paper strip, which is described in the journal Analytical Chemistry, includes an area near one end containing the enzyme and an area near the other end containing a compound called IPA, which turns blue when broken down by acetylcholinesterase. Dipping the enzyme end into a sample allows it to flow by capillary action to the enzyme. Then dipping the other end into water allows the IPA to flow to the enzyme, carried along by the water. If there are no pesticides in the sample, the paper will turn blue; if pesticides are present, the color will be less intense depending on the pesticide concentration. - Full Article Source

12/29/09 - Science solves the mystery of levitation
A Scotland based University of St-Andrews team of physicists has created incredible levitation effects by engineering the force of nature which normally causes objects to stick together. Professor Ulf Leonhardt and Dr. Thomas Philbin have worked out a way of reversing this phenomenon known as the casimir force, so that it can repel instead of attract. Their discovery could ultimately lead to frictionless micro-machines with moving parts that levitate but they say that, in principle at least, the same effect could be used to levitate bigger objects too, even a person. The casimir force is a consequence of quantum mechanics, the theory that describes the baffling world of atoms and subatomic particles. The force is due to neither electrical charge or gravity. The fluctuations in energy fields within the intervening empty space between the objects is one reason atoms stick together much like what enables a gecko to walk across a ceiling. Because the casimir force causes problems for nanotechnologists, who are trying to build electrical circuits and tiny mechanical devices on silicon chips, the team believes the feat could initially be used to stop tiny objects from sticking to each other. Professor Leonhardt explained that the casimir force is the particular cause of friction in some microelectromechanical systems and the ultimate cause of friction in the nano-world thus concluding that the micro or nano machines could run smoother and with less or no friction at all if one can manipulate that force. Although it is now possible to levitate objects as big as humans, scientists are still a long way off from developing a precise anti-gravity technology. - Full Article Source

This is an acoustic levitation chamber I designed and built in 1987 as a micro-gravity experiment for NASA related subject matter. The 12 inch cubed plexiglas Helmholtz Resonant Cavity has 3 speakers attached to the cube by aluminium acoustic waveguides. By applying a continuous resonant(600Hertz) sound wave, and by adjusting the amplitude and phase relationship amongst the 3 speakers; I was able to control levitation and movement in all 3 (x,y,z) axis of the ambient space. This research was used to show the effects of micro-gravity conditions that exist in the space shuttle environment in orbit, but done here on Earth in a lab. This is not "anti-gravity." So don't waste time arguing something pointless.

12/29/09 - Park'N'Find
KeelyNet Park’n Find from Affinicore, is a 99 cents iPhone app that helps you find your parked car, using the iPhone GPS. Besides geo-tagging your car, you can add notes, voice memos and photos. The app displays an arrow showing you which way to walk. The advanced GPS and mapping features will not work well in an underground parking garage. However, Park’n Find is designed to be useful in all parking situations. There are rotating selectors which allow you to record details like garage level, row, section, spot, etc. You can also attach a voice memo and one or more photos. If the phone can receive a cellular or Wi-Fi signal in the underground parking garage it should b - Full Article Source

12/29/09 - The Claim: Body Temperature Declines With Age
Years ago, scientists discovered that the normal resting body temperature for adults varies from person to person, but that the average temperature is close to 98.2 degrees Fahrenheit, not the widely stated 98.6 degrees. They also confirmed that body temperature rises from morning to evening. Since then, some studies have shown that normal temperature seems to decline very slightly from decade to decade as well, and that the decline becomes particularly pronounced in older people. It sounds minor, but studies suggest that even a drop of a couple degrees could lead to serious fevers going unnoticed because of deceptively low temperature readings. - Full Article Source

12/29/09 - New TSA Rule: Everyone goes naked on airline flights
KeelyNet The TSA sometimes acts like it's taking direct orders from Bin Laden. All this fear and inconvenience is exactly what terrorists are aiming for. Why do we oblige them? After all, without fear there can be no terrorism. Why does the government work so hard to keep us scared over such a minuscule risk? Anyway, I have a better idea. Let's ban all clothing from all flights. Both the shoe bomber and Abdulmutallab used clothing -- not Wi-Fi and not live TV -- to make their failed attempts. In addition to taking away the possibility of hiding incendiary devices, a total ban on all clothes will also have the following positive results:

1. Terrorists will have a further disincentive from targeting flights, because religious extremists tend to be squeamish about naked people.
2. It would reduce greenhouse gas emissions because shy people wouldn't fly, thus reducing the number of flights overall.
3. I don't know why, but I think people would be more courteous. Talk about friendly skies!

Of course, I'm not serious about the clothing ban. But it makes a lot more sense than the TSA's new ban on Wi-Fi and in-flight TV. - Full Article Source

12/29/09 - Make a Swanky Bookcase from Old Drawers
KeelyNet The next time you're getting ready to kick a beat-up clothes dresser to the curb, take a minute to remove the drawers. With a little paint and decorative paper, you'll have yourself a brand-new modular bookcase. Home crafting blog Crafty Nest came up with a smart way to repurpose a group of drawers, especially ones that are oddly-sized or mismatched. All it took was a few coats of paint to prettify the outsides and some nice-looking paper to lay down on the bottoms of the drawers (which will become the back of the bookcase once it's assembled). Take a few minutes to sand down any rough edges, take off the drawer pulls, fill the in holes with wood putty, and slap on a couple layers of paint. Measuring and fitting the paper into the bottom of the each drawer is the trickiest part, and even that's no big deal. - Full Article Source

12/29/09 - You Don't Need to Regularly Reinstall Windows; Here's Why
One of the most persistent myths about Windows is that you need to reinstall the operating system regularly to keep it running at top performance. Let's take a look at the real problem and how to fix it. Today we're talking about the myth that Windows slows down over time, and how to solve the problem. The reality is that Windows doesn't slow down if you just take care of your PC a little more. Follow these procedures, and you won't have to wonder if spending hours backing up data, installing from disc, and re-installing your essential applications is really necessary. What actually slows your PC down are too many poorly written applications that stay resident in memory and waste CPU cycles, having too many badly written low-level applications that hook into Windows, or running more than one antivirus application at a time. And of course, if you've run your PC's hard drive out of space, you can hardly blame Windows for that. If you aren't getting the picture, the problem is usually the person behind the keyboard that installed too many junk applications in the first place. More gently put, it's often that (very well-meaning) person's gradual easing of their safeguards and cleaning regimens as time goes by. Once you've rid yourself of your junk application habit and resolved to only use healthy, useful applications, you'll want to make sure to keep your PC clean of any remaining clutter that doesn't need to be there. You can set up a shortcut to manually run CCleaner silently with the push of a button, but your best bet is to set up CCleaner to run automatically on a schedule, so you don't have to remember to do it. Since CCleaner is only going to clean up temporary files, you'll still need a good solution for keeping the rest of your PC clean-and Lifehacker's own Belvedere can help you automate your self-cleaning PC or automatically clean up your download folder. - Full Article Source

12/29/09 - Weekly World News Archive (Google Books)
KeelyNet Rooted in the creative success of over 30 years of supermarket tabloid publishing, the Weekly World News has been the world's only reliable news source since 1979. Includes scans of full copies from the Eighties to the Aughts. - Full Article Source

12/29/09 - Proposal - The Congressional Reform Act of 2009
This is probably the wildest, most outlandish, bizarre, incredible - but sensible proposal that I've seen in recent times...This sounds like "change" that I could support... Let's spread this concept around - Many others may see the wisdom of this and get the "grass roots" growing. I am sending this to my friends and relatives and that includes conservatives, liberals, and everybody in between. Even though we disagree on a number of issues, I count all of you as friends. The proposal is to promote a "Congressional Reform Act of 2009." It would contain eight provisions, all of which would probably be strongly endorsed by those who drafted the Constitution and the Bill of Rights (but not the incumbents). I know many of you will say, "this is impossible." Let me remind you, Congress has the lowest approval of any entity in Government, now is the time when Americans will join together to reform Congress - the entity that represents us. We need to get a Senator to introduce this bill in the US Senate and a Representative to introduce a similar bill in the US House. These people will become American heroes.. Please add any ideas on how to get this done. - Thanks, A Fellow American

THIS IS HOW WE FIX CONGRESS!
Congressional Reform Act of 2009

1. Term Limits: 12 years only, one of the possible options below.
A. Two Six-year Senate terms
B. Six Two-year House terms
C. One Six-year Senate term and three Two-Year House terms

2. No Tenure / No Pension:
A congressman collects a salary while in office and receives no pay when they are out of office.

3. Congress (past, present & future) participates in Social Security:
All funds in the Congressional retirement fund moves to the Social Security system immediately. All future funds flow into the Social Security system, Congress participates with the American people.

4. Congress can purchase their own retirement plan just as all Americans..

5. Congress will no longer vote themselves a pay raise. Congressional pay will rise by the lower of CPI or 3%.

6. Congress loses their current health care system and participates in the same health care system as the American people.

7. Congress must equally abide in all laws they impose on the American people..

8. All contracts with past and present congressmen are void effective 1/1/10.

The American people did not make this contract with congressmen, congressmen made all these contracts for themselves.

Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, serve your term(s), then go home and back to work.

(Thanks to Infolink for the headsup though I think it should be mixed with this version. - JWD) - Via Email

12/28/09 - Patent wait stifles release of new products
The federal government says it takes an average of 34 months to approve or deny a patent, but one Wausau businessman is not letting that delay keep him from developing his innovation. A patent gives an inventor extensive rights to manufacture, use or sell an invention for a certain number of years. Not having a patent can be a huge disadvantage for a small company that doesn't have the capital to invest in its own technology and must woo investors, said Kurt Waldhuetter, Northeast Regional Director for the Wisconsin Entrepreneurs Network, an organization that helps inventors and businesses develop new technology. While the wait for a patent might be long, Lane said inventors and businesses typically spend that time developing prototypes of their inventions, testing the prototype, and looking for ways to manufacture and market it, he said. - Full Article Source

12/28/09 - Scientists, Lawyers Mull Effects of Home Robots
KeelyNet What happens if a robot crushes your foot, chases your cat off a ledge or smacks your baby? While experts don't expect a band of Terminators to attack or a "2001: A Space Odyssey" computer that takes control, even simpler, benign robots will have legal, social and ethical consequences. But the past few years have seen the rise of home robots. Mainly they are used for tasks like vacuuming (think Roomba). There are also robotic lawn mowers, duct cleaners, surveillance systems and alarm clocks. There are robotic toys for entertainment, such as Furby. Robotic companions, like Paro the harbor seal, comfort the elderly. By 2015, personal robot sales Relevant Products/Services in the U.S. will exceed $5 billion, more than quadrupling what they are now, according to ABI Research, which analyzes technology trends. "You won't see Rosie from `The Jetsons,' but you're going to see more and more robots that help maintain your home. They'll pick up stuff off the floor, stock your fridge, carry stuff from the car," said Colin Angle, CEO of iRobot Corp., which makes the Roomba. "Robots are not just things the manufacturer builds and you go out and use them in a specific way. Robots can often be instructed, they can be programmed, you can have software that is built upon by others," he said. There are no laws in the U.S. specifically governing robots, and discussion of them usually leads to science fiction writer Isaac Asimov's Three Laws of Robotics, which debuted in his 1942 short story "Runaround." Ronald Arkin teaches a course on robots and society at Georgia Tech and directs the school's Mobile Robot Laboratory. His most recent book is titled "Governing Lethal Behavior in Autonomous Robots." "There needs to be ethics embedded in the systems," he said. "It's not just making a system that assists someone. It's making a system that interacts with someone in a way that respects their dignity." Horvitz said his panel will recommend more research into the psychological reactions humans have to robotic systems. The group, he said, also suggests machines be designed with the ability to explain their reasoning to humans. - Full Article Source

12/28/09 - Homeopathy and the nocebo effect
Dr Peter Fisher from the Royal London Homeopathic Hospital (funded by the NHS) says homeopathic pills have physical side-effects. Can a sugar pill have a side-effect? The man from Boots said he had no evidence that homeopathy pills worked, but he sold them because people wanted to buy them. The man from the pill manufacturers' association said negative trials about homeopathy were often small, with an average of 65 people, and "all statisticians" agreed you need 500 people for a proper trial. Not only is it untrue that you necessarily need this many people ; he then cited, in his favour, a positive homeopathy trial with just 25 patients in it. The best moment was Dr Peter Fisher from the (NHS-funded) Royal London Homeopathic hospital explaining that homeopathic sugar pills have physical side-effects – so they must be powerful. Can a sugar pill have a side-effect? Interestingly, a paper published in the journal Pain next month looks at just this issue. It found every single placebo-controlled trial ever conducted on a migraine drug, and looked at the side-effects reported by the people in the control group, who received a dummy "placebo" sugar pill instead of the real drug. Not only were these side-effects common, they were also similar to those of whatever drug the patients thought they might be receiving. - Full Article Source

12/28/09 - Space tourism is no hoax
KeelyNet Last week Space News published a commentary authored by former ESA director of launchers Fredrick Engstrom and former head of future launchers Heinz Pfeffer titled “Space Tourism is a Hoax”. Again, the strategy seems to be to ignore the crucial enabling technologies and strategies in pursuit of a proof that manned spaceflight lies somewhere between exceedingly difficult and downright impossible. The article begins by slamming “con men” who are fleecing the gullible rich of $20,000 or $200,000 a ticket for the impossible dream of an orbital space flight. The accused parties are not named; nor is it even clear whether the writers are attacking local crooks unknown to most of their readers, or established companies such as Virgin Galactic and Excalibur Almaz. Engstrom and Pfeffer are presumably referring to these studies when they say: “Reusable systems have been studied extensively all over the world, and they are found to be horrendously expensive.” This statement flies in the face of logic. In what sense is a vehicle which can amortize its manufacturing costs over a couple of hundred flights more expensive than one which can only carry a single payload? Certainly the development cost of a reusable vehicle may well be higher. But its operating cost will then be lower, provided that a reasonably high launch rate can be achieved. Are Engstrom and Pfeffer then arguing that a high launch rate is impossible? Perhaps there is no market for large-scale launches to space? Might space tourism provide such a market? Apparently not, because “there can be no business case for space tourism”, so that’s excluded, then. - Full Article Source

12/28/09 - Who Needs the Grid?
Bloom Energy's highly efficient solid-oxide fuel cells run on everything from plant waste to natural gas and provide electricity while emitting relatively little carbon dioxide. Nearly eight years and a reported $250 million in venture-capital investment later, Sridhar has a working product that’s been in field trials for the past two years and is about to go on the global market, at a price he says will be competitive with existing energy options. As for results: in an ongoing trial at the University of Tennessee, a five-kilowatt Bloom box (the size of a large coffee table and capable of powering a 5,000-square-foot house) has proved twice as efficient as a traditional gas-burning system and produced 60 percent fewer emissions. Since the boxes are “fuel agnostic,” customers can run them on existing propane, natural gas, or ethanol sources. But they’ll also run on plant waste, or almost anything else containing hydrogen and carbon. And the eventual “killer app”? Processing wind- or solar-generated electricity with water to create storable oxygen and hydrogen, then reversing the process to generate electricity at night or in low-wind or cloudy conditions. That alone gives the technology impressive potential. “If you have clean, affordable energy, you can get clean air and clean water whenever you want,” Sridhar says. “You can make recycling affordable. You can turn latent local resources into marketable ones.” - Full Article Source

12/28/09 - Reduced Glucose key to Longevity
To make this discovery, Tollefsbol and colleagues used normal human lung cells and precancerous human lung cells that were at the beginning stages of cancer formation. Both sets of cells were grown in the laboratory and received either normal or reduced levels of glucose (sugar). As the cells grew over a period of a few weeks, the researchers monitored their ability to divide, and kept track of how many cells survived over this period. They found that the normal cells lived longer, and many of the precancerous cells died, when given less glucose. Gene activity was also measured under these same conditions. The reduced glucose caused normal cells to have a higher activity of the gene that dictates the level of telomerase, an enzyme that extends their lifespan and lower activity of a gene (p16) that slows their growth. Epigenetic effects (effects not due to gene mutations) were found to be a major cause in changing the activity of these genes as they reacted to decreased glucose levels. "Western science is on the cusp of developing a pharmaceutical fountain of youth" said Gerald Weissmann, M.D., Editor-in-Chief of The FASEB Journal. - Full Article Source

12/28/09 - Dave Barry's year in review: 2009
It was a year of Hope -- at first in the sense of ``I feel hopeful!'' and later in the sense of ``I hope this year ends soon!'' It was also a year of Change, especially in Washington, where the tired old hacks of yesteryear finally yielded the reins of power to a group of fresh, young, idealistic, new-idea outsiders such as Nancy Pelosi. As a result Washington, rejecting ``business as usual,'' finally stopped trying to solve every problem by throwing billions of taxpayer dollars at it and instead started trying to solve every problem by throwing trillions of taxpayer dollars at it. To be sure, it was a year that saw plenty of bad news. But in almost every instance, there was offsetting good news: - Full Article Source

12/28/09 - Houston delays requirement for biodegradable yard waste bags
Houston residents face fines of up to $2,000 for putting leaves, clippings in garbage bins. The city is making the change to the biodegradable bags because plastic bags, made from petroleum, can linger for centuries in landfills. The compostable bags begin to decompose within six weeks. City officials predict that the change will result in the diversion of 60,000 tons of organic material from local landfills at an annual savings of $2 million in fees, or 10 percent of the city's yearly budget for waste disposal. The compostable bags, however, are more expensive. A box of 10 city-required bags, each holding up to 39 gallons, costs $6 to $8, while a box of 70 similar-size plastic bags sells for about $16. - Full Article Source

12/27/09 - Ten ways to traverse deep space
Apart from the mundane problems of budgets and political will, the major roadblock is that our dominant space-flight technology – chemically fuelled rockets – just isn't up to the distances involved. We can send robot probes to the outer planets, but they take years to get there. And as for visiting other stars, forget it. As an example of why, the Apollo 10 moon probe is currently listed as the fastest manned vehicle in history, having reached a maximum speed of 39,895 kilometres per hour. At this speed, it would take 120,000 years to cover the 4 light years to Alpha Centauri, the nearest star system. So if we want to explore the depths of deep space and journey to Alpha Centauri and beyond, we're going to need some new technologies. Here, we look at 10 of the most intriguing. - Full Article Source

12/27/09 - Pentagon Dreams of Flying Car
A Pentagon research agency announced Thursday that it will host a meeting in mid-January for companies interested in building a real-life flying car as part of a new military program dubbed "Transformer." "The objective of the Transformer (TX) program is to demonstrate a one- to four-person transportation vehicle that can drive and fly, thus enabling the warfighter to avoid water, difficult terrain, and road obstructions as well as IED and ambush threats," said the announcement put out by the Pentagon's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. "The vehicle will be capable of driving on prepared surface and light off-road conditions, while flight functionality will require Vertical Takeoff and Landing." In looking at flying cars, DARPA is performing a core part of its mission: seeking revolutionary technology for the military. A flying car would theoretically allow the military to fly over terrain where a ground vehicle is vulnerable to ambush, or travel to places not accessible by roads. - Full Article Source

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12/27/09 - Scientists restore eye sight by stem cell treatment
Eye surgeons at the North East England Stem Cell Institute (NESCI), has almost completely restored the vision of Russell Turnbull who was blinded in one eye by a chemical attack. The attack, which badly burned and scarred Russell (38) as he intervened to stop a fight, left him with permanent blurred sight and pain whenever he blinked. Now, however, his sight has been almost fully restored thanks to the new technique in which doctors regrown the outside membrane of his cornea from stem cells taken from his healthy eye. - Full Article Source

12/27/09 - World's First Production Hybrid Motorcycle To Hit Market In India
KeelyNet "The Indian company Eko Vehicles has announced the development of the world's first production hybrid motorcycle, called the ET-120. In a short time this motorcycle will run on the Indian streets, offering about 280 miles per gallon with a top speed of 40 miles per hour." / It will return about 280 miles per gallon with a top speed of 40 miles per hour. If that top speed seems a bit on the slow side, well, that's what you get for the low, low price of $855. Eko Vehicles, a manufacturer based in Bangalore, developed the vehicle with assistance from U.S.-based Emerging Technologies. The ET-120 uses a 70cc gasoline-powered engine mated up with a small electric motor, and the company claims the machine will offer performance on par with a typical 120cc powerplant. - Full Article Source

12/27/09 - Senator Max Baucus Drunk / Intoxicated on Senate Floor
Senator Max Baucus, Democrat from Montana Drunk on the US Senate Floor debating National health Care. - Full Article Source

12/27/09 - Why Bees always have a Safe Landing
KeelyNet The bees' technique, which depends mostly on eyesight, may help engineers design a new generation of automated aircraft that would be undetectable to radar or sonar systems and would make perfectly gentle landings, even in outer space. When bees approach an object, according to previous work, they steadily slow down to a stop by adjusting their speed as the size of their target steadily looks larger. Srinivasan wanted to know what happens after that. Along with colleagues, he set up a platform that could be adjusted to any angle from horizontal to vertical and even upside-down. Using sugar water, the scientists trained honeybees to fly to the platform again and again. Then, the researchers turned on the high-speed camera. Their footage showed that no matter how flat or steep the surface, bees slow to a hover at 13 millimeters (about half an inch) away from wherever they're going to land. That suggests, Srinivasan said, that the insects are somehow using their eyes to measure that specific distance. If their landing surface was flat, the researchers report today in the Journal of Experimental Biology that bees simply touched down back legs first. If the platform was anywhere between vertical and upside-down, on the other hand, the insects made contact with their antennae first, by pointing them almost perpendicular to the platform. Then, the bees hauled their front legs up and finished with a flip-like maneuver to get their mid-legs and rear legs onto the surface. It's a graceful and acrobatic motion that would be well suited to aircraft design, Srinivasan said. Current landing systems use radiation-emitting systems, which are detectable and often undesirable for military applications. Existing technologies, the bee work suggests, may also be more complicated than they need to be. - Full Article Source

12/27/09 - Angels can't fly, scientist says
KeelyNet Angels depicted heralding the birth of Jesus in nativity scenes across the world are anatomically flawed, according to a scientist who claims they would never be able to fly. “Even a cursory examination of the evidence in representational arts shows that angels and cherubs cannot take off and cannot use powered flight,” said Prof Wotton. “And even if they used gliding flight, they would need to be exposed to very high wind velocities at take off - such high winds that they would be blown away and have no need for wings. But angels have normal-sized bodies and cherubs and putti are often given additional weight, portrayed as chubby babies with tiny wings. They also lack the powerful muscles which allow birds to beat their wings. Fairies come under similar scrutiny in the paper - Angels, Putti, Dragons and Fairies: Believing the Impossible - published in UCL’s Opticon magazine. They are generally shown with insect wings, often those of damselfly or butterflies. Both insects have complex flight mechanisms with major muscles in the thorax, the chest region, which power the flapping of wings. “The distortion of the thorax needed for flight in fairies with butterfly wings would be exceedingly uncomfortable,” said the academic. “For sure, fairies don’t fly.” / (They still don't get it...it's a matter of controlling gravity, we reduce it like we dim a light, less gravity equals less weight making it easy to fly as history has shown us over and over again under the guise of flying gods, angels, warriors, etc.. That's why I'M HERE to rediscover how to control gravity which will completely change all forms of transportation including space travel. - JWD) - Full Article Source

12/27/09 - Revolutionary operation could 'cure' high blood pressure
The Daily Telegraph can disclose that the new procedure, which involves placing tiny burns on a nerve responsible for high blood pressure in some people, has been carried out in Britain for the first time. It is part of an international clinical trial which could lead to the new treatment being offered on the NHS. An estimated 15 million people in Britain suffer from high blood pressure, also known as hypertension - around half of them undiagnosed. The new procedure, called renal sympathetic-nerve ablation, involves inserting a wire into a blood vessel close to the kidneys to burn through nerves which carry signals that stimulate high blood pressure. It disrupts signals from the brain telling the kidneys to keep blood pressure raised. Initial tests suggest it can be effective within three months. Watched by The Daily Telegraph, the team at the London Chest Hospital carried out the painstaking procedure in just over one hour. “It is very efficient and can lower the blood pressure enough to reduce stroke mortality by 50 per cent." It was estimated the procedure could cost the NHS around £4,000 per patient, yet it could prevent significant numbers of strokes and heart attacks saving money on emergency treatment and rehabilitation. / The new procedure interferes with the signals to the kidneys by damaging the nerves carrying them. The procedure involves passing a wire into the blood vessel in the groin and up into the main artery leading into the kidneys. From there the wire is used to make a series of tiny burns on the inside of the blood vessel which damages the nerve running along the outside of it. The tiny burns just one millimetre across are the equivalent of snuffing a candle out between the fingers. A series of four or five burns are carried out in a spiral pattern along the inside of the artery to each kidney. The blood vessel itself does not sustain serious damage as the blood flowing along inside it cools the burn, like running a burned finger under a tap. But the burn is deep enough to affect the nerve on the other side of the vessel. Once the connection between the brain and kidneys is distrupted the signals to raise blood pressure should stop. - Full Article Source or you probably never heard of this from our inside network, check out Pauling/Matthias cure for Cardivascular Problems where; "The recommended dosage was 4 to 6 GRAMS of Lysine to be taken with 4 to 6 GRAMS of vitamin C. As it was explained to him, one of these substances breaks the lipoprotein from the circulation system walls, the other substance dissolves the lipoproteins so the body can easily remove them."

12/27/09 - Positive & Negative Energy Effects on Water Crystals
Research From Dr. Masaru Emoto, says that human thoughts are directed at water before it is frozen, images of the resulting water crystals will be beautiful or ugly depending upon whether the thoughts were positive or negative. Emoto claims this can be achieved through prayer, music or by attaching written words to a container of water. Since 1999 Emoto has published several volumes of a work titled Messages from Water, which contains photographs of water crystals next to essays and "words of intent". - Full Article Source

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12/27/09 - China unveils 'world's fastest train link'
China on Saturday unveiled what it billed as the fastest rail link in the world -- a train connecting the modern cities of Guangzhou and Wuhan at an average speed of 350 kilometres (217 miles) an hour. The super-high-speed train reduces the 1,069 kilometre journey to a three hour ride and cuts the previous journey time by more than seven and a half hours, the official Xinhua news agency said. "The train can go 394.2 kilometres per hour, it's the fastest train in operation in the world," Zhang Shuguang, head of the transport bureau at the railways ministry, told Xinhua. By comparison, the average for high-speed trains in Japan was 243 kilometres per hour while in France it was 277 kilometres per hour, said Xu Fangliang, general engineer in charge of designing the link, according to Xinhua. Beijing has an ambitious rail development programme aimed at increasing the national network from the current 86,000 kilometres to 120,000 kilometres, making it the most extensive rail system outside the United States. - Full Article Source

12/27/09 - Demonstration of the Lotus Effect
Alf demonstrates the Lotus Effect on a leaf of "elephant's ear" in the Masca Gorge on Tenerife. / The Lotus effect refers to the very high water repellency (superhydrophobicity) exhibited by the leaves of the lotus flower (Nelumbo). Dirt particles are picked up by water droplets due to a complex micro- and nanoscopic architecture of the surface which enables minimization of adhesion. A droplet on an inclined superhydrophobic surface does not slide off; it rolls off. When the droplet rolls over a contamination, the particle is removed from the surface if the force of absorption of the particle is higher than the static friction force between the particle and the surface. Usually the force needed to remove a particle is very low due to the minimized contact area between the particle and the surface. As a result, the droplet cleans the leaf by rolling off the surface. - Full Article Source

12/27/09 - Furor Erupts Over Atheist Display At State Capitol
A conservative activist and Illinois comptroller candidate was escorted from the Illinois State Capitol building Wednesday when he tried to remove a sign put up by an atheist group. "It doesn't matter how we feel about the message on a display," Haupt said. "Our obligation is to protect the property within the state Capitol building, and we would do the same for any other display." But Kelly called the sign "hate speech," and said he does not believe it is appropriate for a sign that "mocks" religion to be placed next to a Christmas tree and also near a nativity scene. The sign reads:

"At the time of the winter solstice, let reason prevail. There are no gods, no devils, no angels, no heaven or hell. There is only our natural world. Religion is just myth and superstition that hardens hearts and enslaves minds."

The sign was also on display at the Capitol at this time last year. The group says it filed for a permit to post the display in response to the state's decision to put up the nativity. - Full Article Source

12/27/09 - Steam-Injected, 12 Second 1/4 Mile, 75 MPG 1978 Mercury Bobcat
KeelyNet This is a Mercury Bobcat; quite a find in this day and age. I start snapping away. And then the owner shows up and tops it all: he’s converted this Bobcat to a steam injection system of his own invention, and it’s going to pull twelves in the quarter mile and get 75 mpg. Incredible! The fact that he’s using a 1978 Bobcat as the basis of his rolling experiment alone deserves attention. It also makes it easier to imagine what kind of stereotypical personality this inventor is. Why didn’t I ask him to pose with his car? Before you think this is all some BS hype to jack up our stats or some old recycled April 1 post, I did take pictures of his steam injection system from a photo in his album, and we popped the hood to confirm evidence of his currently partially-dismantled set up. There’s the steam “distributor”, copper lines, kaneuter valves, etc…this is not just some glorified water injection system; the “steam” will be 500 degrees hot, and rapidly expand in the cylinder. Damn; in all my excitement, I forgot to ask him how he was going to heat it up, without using a boiler of some sort. I’m sure he’s got it covered though. He showed me detailed drawings and photos of numerous valves, manifolds and other components worthy of an overly complicated home hot-water heating system. And I heard his sad story of living on disability income; how he was using food money to try to finish building the components so that he could qualify for a $270k DOE grant or something like that. And he assured me that when (if) the Bobcat was completed, twelve-second quarter miles and 75 mpg economy were a slam dunk. Sure, I see no problem; but he might consider some bigger rubber on the rear wheels before he sets out to prove his claim on the drag strip and vaporizes those little 13? tires. It didn’t exactly have to be a Bobcat, just any of the millions of the Ford vehicles that used the 2.3 OHC Pinto-derived engine, which still powered Rangers until quite recently. The later versions of that engine had a twin-plug setup, and held the key to fitting the steam injectors, which are clearly visible in the picture. His engine came from one of these Rangers, but because its fuel injection system was not suitable to the inventor, he went to considerable length to convert it back to a carburetor set up. Steam injection: good; fuel injection: not. - Full Article Source

12/27/09 - Patent Protection For Sale
RPX makes a good case that its goal is to help companies, many of them in the tech industry, make the best of the bad situation that is the U.S. patent system. The fact that patent holders and lawyers will end up with money they don't deserve reflects nothing about RPX but a lot about a system filled with rot. If you think patents protect plucky innovators and their groundbreaking inventions, you haven't been paying attention. Patents have evolved into an extortion scheme that hurts real inventors far more than it helps them. It works like this: Patents can be bought or sold as property. Patent shoppers usually want them not to make a product but to create an infringement lawsuit. A huge percentage of these suits end up in eastern Texas, where plaintiff attorneys have the reputation for playing off the regional and class prejudices of undereducated jurors leading hardscrabble lives. It's hardly surprising that many companies would rather pay to settle a patent claim than risk the exposure and expense of a trial. So patent claims have soared in recent years. Roughly 80% are entirely without merit. The entrepreneurial insight at the heart of the company is simplicity itself. Start a for-profit company that buys up patents and then charge other companies a yearly fee for being a client. In return for a set annual payment, which tops at $4.9 million for the biggest outfit, you're protected from being sued for any of the patents RPX holds. Like most tech business plans that attract venture capitalists, it's all a matter of scale. Given enough clients, RPX can have the resources to take all problematic patents off the market. Twenty companies have already signed up, including ibm, Cisco ( CSCO - news - people ), hp and Samsung--though RPX admits some of them got a break for getting on board early. Amster's message is that rather than get angry about the decline of the American patent system, RPX is doing something about it via a system that demonstrably reduces patent-litigation-related expenses for companies. The fact that undeserving patent owners might get rich as a result can't be helped. RPX wants to be seen as a trusted partner by its clients. But one of the publicity problems it faces is a history of enterprises that start by making high-minded claims about patents and end up making life even more miserable for real inventors and entrepreneurs. - Full Article Source

12/27/09 - Early man may have taken up agriculture to get high on booze
In a new research, a team of archaeologists has identified traces of alcohol in prehistoric sites, which suggests that the thirst for a brew was an incentive for Neolithic man to start growing crops. According to a report in Spiegel Online, as early as around 9,000 years ago, long before the invention of the wheel, inhabitants of the Neolithic village Jiahu in China were brewing a type of mead with an alcohol content of 10%, archaeologist Patrick McGovern discovered recently. It appears that prehistoric humans in China combined fruit and honey into an intoxicating brew. Lacking any knowledge of chemistry, prehistoric humans eager for the intoxicating effects of alcohol apparently mixed clumps of rice with saliva in their mouths to break down the starches in the grain and convert them into malt sugar. These pioneering brewers would then spit the chewed up rice into their brew. Husks and yeasty foam floated on top of the liquid, so they used long straws to drink from narrow necked jugs. McGovern sees this early fermentation process as a clever survival strategy. "Consuming high energy sugar and alcohol was a fabulous solution for surviving in a hostile environment with few natural resources," he explained. - Full Article Source

12/27/09 - A Green Message From the Land of Rice and Curry
A 200-pound man will burn off at least 2,000 calories a day even if he stays in bed the whole time and watches food commercials or football. He consumes most of those 2,000 calories simply to keep his eyes open, breathe, and otherwise keep his body functioning. If he leaps up to scream at the screen when the other side does something untoward, he will burn even more calories. In the same way, most of what is fed to farmed animals in those crowded, filthy sheds is burned off, simply because animals have to breathe, stand, blink, and?because of the throat-burning ammonia vapors rising from the waste accumulating beneath them?cough and choke. It's bizarre, really: In order to eat meat and drink packaged milk, we take a crop like soybeans, oats, corn, or wheat, which are all rich in protein, fiber, and complex carbohydrates?the things we need?and totally devoid of cholesterol and artery-clogging saturated fat?the things we don't need and shouldn't have. We feed it to a chicken or pig to create a product with no fiber or complex carbohydrates at all but with megadoses of cholesterol and saturated fat! All bad for us and bad for the Earth and bad for animals. It makes about as much sense as taking a glass of sparkling Evian, running it through a sewer, and then drinking it. Here are some more facts: It takes about 6 to 16 pounds of grain to produce 1 pound of animal flesh. If we have to grow massive amounts of vegetable matter?with all the tilling, irrigation, and herbicides and pesticides and other chemicals that are now used?transport all that grain and soybeans to factory-style farms and dairies, feed it to all the land animals raised for food, transport those animals to automated slaughter facilities and dairies, take the dead animals to processing centers, run the processing and packaging machines, and then take the packaged meat to food outlets and butchers' stalls?well, there's a lot of energy being used up at each one of those stages. And in case anyone is saying, "But they don't slaughter dairy cows," dream on! There is no retirement home for the millions upon millions of cows kept for milk, butter, and cheese. If all this energy is being used, all these fossil fuels are being burned, and all this manure is being produced, then we're talking serious air pollution. - Full Article Source

12/27/09 - Scientists Create First Functional Molecular Transistor
KeelyNet "Nearly 62 years after researchers at Bell Labs demonstrated the first functional transistor, scientists say they have made another major breakthrough. Researchers showed the first functional transistor made from a single molecule. The transistor, which has a benzene molecule attached to gold contacts, could behave just like a silicon transistor. The molecule's different energy states can be manipulated by varying the voltage applied to it through the contacts. And by manipulating the energy states, researchers were able to control the current passing through it." - Full Article Source

12/27/09 - Real-World Synthehol In Development
"Researchers at the Imperial College London have announced development of an alcohol substitute that has many of the same properties as the Synthehol from the series Star Trek, in that one will get a buzz from it but will not end up with a hangover. In addition you will have the option of getting immediately sober if you so desire it. Let's hope this is not the typical vaporware. It is not that I really want a drink of Synthehol, but with its release I assume Romulan Ale won't be far behind." - Full Article Source

12/27/09 - Patrolling the US Border Via Webcam
The BBC features a story today on a controversial effort to patrol the border between Mexico and Texas by means of 21 hidden cameras, the output of which is streamed online for viewers at home, who can then report suspected illegal border crossings; more than 130,000 people have registered to observe the streams, from as far afield as "Australia, Mexico, Colombia, Israel, New Zealand and the UK." - Full Article Source

12/26/09 - 12 myths about electric vehicles
Everything you thought you knew about plug-in hybrids and battery cars is probably wrong. / Americans drive an average of 40 miles per day, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation. Most new battery electrics have a range of at least double that and can be charged at any ordinary electrical outlet (120V) or publicly accessible station with a faster charger. At present, all it takes is planning for EV owners, who can travel up to 120 miles on a single charge, to use their cars on heavy travel days. / Most charging will be done at home, so public charging isn’t a necessity. And at least seven companies are competing to dominate the public-charging-station market and a trade group representing the nation’s electric utilities has pledged to “aggressively” create the infrastructure to support “full-scale commercialization and deployment” of plug-ins. / Ninety-nine percent of batteries in conventional cars are recycled, according to the EPA. The metals in newer batteries are more valuable and recycling programs are already being developed for them. Utilities plan to use batteries for energy storage once they are no longer viable in a vehicle. / The battery is the priciest part of a plug-in, but costs will drop as production increases and the auto industry is expected to be purchasing up to $25 billion in advanced batteries annually by 2015. Some car makers plan to lease their batteries, so replacement won’t be an issue...and more... - Full Article Source

12/26/09 - New Artificial Larynx Helps People Sound Like Humans, Not Robots
By placing a device called a palatometer under the tongue, users can try to speak as normal and have their words synthesized on a speaker. The South African artificial larynx can provide inflection, ending the dreaded monotone and providing the means to indicate you are asking a question. With proper calibration, researchers claim greater than 94% accuracy. That’s good news to those who want to regain a normal speaking voice. The palatometer, which measures tongue/mouth movements with 118+ pressure sensors, is an older device developed at BYU and produced by Complete Speech. It is most often used by speech therapists in instructing their patients and retails for around $200-$300. University of Witwatersrand’s innovation comes in developing a selective way of using the mouth movement data to generate toned speech. After cataloging tongue motions, and using predictive-analysis, the team has taught their system to recognize around 50 words with high accuracy. About 18% of the time, however, the new artificial larynx has to skip words it can’t recognize. It also has a 0.3 second delay, leaving users appearing something like a poorly dubbed Godzilla movie. Still, because the palatometer is not an implant (users simply place it in the mouth), it can be easily upgraded as needed. Future versions are likely to improve the accuracy, the vocabulary, and the speed. - Full Article Source

12/26/09 - The sinister powers of crowdsourcing
KeelyNet When an ad hoc team of 5000 people who assembled in just two hours found 10 weather balloons hidden across the US by the Pentagon's research agency earlier this month, it was just another demonstration of the power of crowdsourcing – solving a task by appealing to a large undefined group of web users to each do a small chunk of it. So far crowdsourcing has been associated with well-meaning altruism, such as the creation and maintenance of Wikipedia or searching for lost aviators. But crowdsourcing of a different flavour has started to emerge. Law enforcement officials in Texas have installed a network of CCTV cameras to monitor key areas along that state's 1900-kilometre-long border with Mexico. To help screen the footage, a website lets anyone log in to watch a live feed from a border camera and report suspicious activity. A similar system called Internet Eyes, which pays online viewers to spot shoplifters from in-store camera feeds, is set to launch in the UK in 2010. An Iranian website is offering rewards for identifying people in photos taken during protests over June's elections. Some people have declared those examples chilling. Now Jonathan Zittrain, a Harvard University law professor and co-founder of the Berkman Center for Internet and Society, says the next step may be for such efforts to get web users to help out covertly. In a recent talk, "Minds for Sale", at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California, he pointed out that this could be done right away, using Amazon's Mechanical Turk, a service that provides a platform for anyone to farm out simple tasks. In a speculative example, Zittrain has calculated that, assuming a population in Iran of around 72 million people, it would cost around $17,000 for the government to use Mechanical Turk to identify any arbitrary person's picture, without the users that are doing it realising the cause they have enlisted in. The scheme would show "Turkers" a photo of a protest, or just faces extracted from one, along with five randomly chosen photos from the country's ID card database, and asked to say whether or not there is any match. Users would receive a few cents each time they contribute. Furthermore, Zittrain says that such a task might be made into an addictive game, similar to Google's image labeller. "The people making the identifications in India or the US, idly doing this on their lunch hour instead of Minesweeper, would have no idea of the implications of what they are doing," Zittrain said in the talk. "I think people ought to know how their work is being used," he told New Scientist. Crowdsourcing's power to compartmentalise and abstract away the true meaning of tasks turns human intelligence into a commodity. Zittrain's thought experiment shows how it could potentially entice people into participating in a project that they otherwise wouldn't support. - Full Article Source

12/26/09 - Do-it-yourself bed-bug detector
KeelyNet After trying some 50 arrangements of household objects, researchers have come up with a new low-cost, homemade bed-bug detector. To lure the bugs out of hiding, Wan-Tien Tsai of Rutgers University in New Brunswick put dry ice into an insulated, one-third-gallon jug, the kind available at sports or camping stores. Adding 2.5 pounds of dry ice pellets and not quite closing the pour hole allowed carbon dioxide to leak out at a bug-teasing rate for some 11 hours at room temperature, she said. She stood the jug in a plastic cat food dish with a piece of paper taped on the outside of the dish as a ramp up to the rim. The bowl’s steep, slippery inside, with an added dusting of talcum powder, kept bugs from crawling out again. The parts, including the dry ice, cost $15 and don’t require any special skills for assembly. “Everyone can do it,” she said. These days a growing number of people might want to. The tiny, night-crawling bugs that draw blood and can leave itching welts had dwindled to rarity in North America during most of the last century. But since the 1990s, outbreaks have surged. The bugs flatten themselves into crevices in furniture, fabric and even electrical devices, and can prove difficult to eradicate. Many of today’s bed bugs are resistant to pyrethroid insecticides, which account for much of indoor pest treatments. - Full Article Source

12/26/09 - Using Menu Psychology to Entice Diners
Pounded by the recession, many restaurants around the country are hoping that some magic combination of prices, adjectives, fonts, type sizes, ink colors and placement on the page can coax diners into spending a little more money. “There is constant tinkering going on right now with menus and menu pricing,” said Sheryl E. Kimes, a professor of hospitality management at the Cornell School of Hotel Administration. “A lot of creative things are going on because the restaurants are trying to hold on for dear life to make sure they get through this.” For the operators of most high-end restaurants, the menu psychology is usually drawn from instinct and experience. Mr. Meyer, for example, said he had developed most of his theories through trial and error. - Full Article Source

12/26/09 - Is Neurostim Becoming a Reality?
KeelyNet "There is a current mass market for 'cognitive enhancement' products — and arguments about the black market potential for neurostim. 'The same neurostim device that uses electric impulses from a brain implant to treat people with Parkinson's Disease can be tweaked by a few millimeters and pulse rates to make cocaine addicts feel like they are high all the time... Mix the glamour of surgical self-improvement with the geekiness of high-tech gadget fetishism and you have a niche cosmetic neurostim market waiting to be tapped...'" / The hardware for the neurostim platform is ultimately cheap and automating the procedure is feasible. The applications could enhance memory, intelligence, and mind-to-mind communication. Automating the neural surgery is not impossible — it just takes research grant money and investors. This may seem like science fiction, but in twenty years it may be considered essential consumer technology. It all depends on how the market plays out. - Full Article Source

12/26/09 - Row over “undeserved” Nobel in Physics
Former colleagues at Bell Labs are now involved in a bitter row over who deserved this year’s Nobel Prize for inventing the CCD matrix, the heart of modern digital imaging. The Nobel Committee honored Willard Boyle and George Smith for the scientific advance they did back in the 1960s. However, not everyone seems to agree, Canada's Globe and Mail reported on Tuesday. The two men’s former colleagues Eugene Gordon and Mike Tompsett have challenged the decision. They point to the fact that Boyle and Smith came up with the concept of the device, but neither built it in silicon and metal, nor even saw it as an image capturing technology. The Charge-Coupled Device was meant for information storage, not imaging, Gordon stressed. Some observers believe that the committee should review its procedures by allowing more collaborators to be awarded each year. - Full Article Source

12/26/09 - Transparent truck system could save lives
KeelyNet Russian design studio Art Lebedev calls this simple invention--a camera that takes images from the front of a truck to show it on screens in the back--Transparentius. A video signal is delivered from the camera mounted in the head of the truck to the back door panels through a projector. I wish the technology was so cheap that this could be implemented for real, because I'm sure being able to see what's in the blind zone before switching lanes would save a lot of lives on the road. - Full Article Source

12/26/09 - Aerodynamic tail makes Geo Metro even cooler
KeelyNet [MetroMPG], an environmentally friendly car enthusiast from Ontario, added a tail to his car to increase gas mileage. This 1998 Pontiac Firefly is a sibling of the cheap and popular Geo Metro. He had already done some work to cover a portion of the rear wheel wells to reduce drag. Using cardboard, duct tape, and an aluminum frame he extended the rear of the car by around six feet. The results are pretty impressive. His extensive testing can be seen in the video after the break and reveals a Miles Per Gallon increase of 15.1% at 90 km/h to get to 64 MPG. The tail is removable but we’re thinking it’s a pain to keep relocating the tail lights from the original body to the removable one. Now we’re wondering if someone is doing this to our Smurf-blue Metro that we sold to the junk man for $100 back in 2001. It ran great, if you weren’t caught in the cloud of blue smoke coming out the back. - Full Article Source

12/26/09 - You’re not seeing double: RGB Christmas trees
[mrpackethead], created this monster of a tree. As shown in the video, it’s capable of showing animations, patterns, and potentially video. The 6m tall creation is studded with 2000 waterproof RGB LED modules. Software for the tree was written in Apple’s own Quartz Composer and integrated into Madrix, a piece of software designed with the purpose of controlling LEDs. The 600W system is 100% Arduino-free and costs less than the equivalent of 0.04USD per hour to run in New Zealand. - Full Article Source

12/24/09 - Singapore experiments with energy saving home for the tropics
Singapore - From outside Singapore's Zero Energy Home it looks like the garden has been extended onto the building's facade. A thick layer of small green plants cover the houses' walls, held there by wire mesh. This is not a home for a wood goblin but Singapore's first home that attempts to produce at least as much energy as it consumes. The south-east Asian city is trying anything the energy saving market has for tropical countries plus a few ideas it has come up with itself. Singapore has been forced to be inventive. "Most energy saving homes were developed in the West. Insulation to preserve warmth is the main focus there but that's not what we need in tropical countries," says project manager Alice Goh. In regions that have cold winters it makes sense to use insulation as 80 per cent of the energy used in private households is for heating. That does not apply to homes in the tropics however. Instead of keeping warmth in, the goal is to keep heat out. Instead of directing the sun's power inside a home, tropical energy saving homes aim to stay cool. "The plants on the walls are an additional form of thermal insulation," says Goh. The plants prevent the rays from the hot tropical sun heating the walls and Singapore's housing authority HDB has already decided to cover the roofs of its high-rise buildings with plants. The Zero Energy Home is also being used to test double glazed windows that have blinds between the panes of glass. Depending on the sun's strength the blinds descend, covering the windows with a foil that blocks heat. There are also mirrored shafts that cleverly direct the sun's light inside the house as well as "light shelves" - horizontal mirrors attached to the windows that both create shadow and direct light inside. There is also a Singapore air conditioning invention of two jets that blow cool air precisely where it's needed at an area where people sit and work. One room is used to simulate a school gym and has been equipped with ventilation chimneys; large metal pipes in the roof expel warm air outside while drawing cool air into the room through side windows. The sun collectors on the roof come from Japan while the heart of the solar electricity generation plant was made by the German firm SMA: an inverter that connects the solar module to the electricity network. - Full Article Source

12/24/09 - Turkish firm invents more efficient fuel with boron
The new fuel is currently only being used as an ingredient of the gas or diesel used in fuel tanks but Arvas is hopeful that it will replace these carbon-based fuels once compatible engines are produced. “We are so happy that we have managed to put boron into fuel tanks after 20 years of research and development studies. Our company is also carrying out studies to develop boron-compatible vehicles,” Arvas said. Speaking to the Anatolia news agency on Wednesday, Arvas also said the storage problems related to hydrogen, which is known as a clean and environmentally friendly fuel, prompted scientists to look for an alternative product, finally managing to invent what the company is marketing in Turkey and Europe as “Bor Power Nanofuel.” Arvas said vehicles using fuel containing boron would be able to travel 1,300 kilometers on the same amount of gas that a car using ordinary fuel would need in order to travel 1,000 kilometers. A reduction in pollution is another benefit of the new boron product, he added. - Full Article Source

12/24/09 - Panasonic Plans To Market Storage Battery For Home Use In 2011
KeelyNet Panasonic Corp., which recently made a successful takeover bid for Sanyo Electric Co., plans to market a lithium-ion storage cell for home use around fiscal 2011. “We’ll be the first to bring to the market a storage battery for home use, which can store sufficient electricity for about one week of use,” said Fumio Otsubo, president of Panasonic, in a recent interview with The Yomiuri Shimbun. Stressing that Panasonic and Sanyo have already test-manufactured a storage battery for home use, Otsubo said, “We’re positioned closest [among firms] to realizing CO2 emission-free daily life.” By making Sanyo its subsidiary, Panasonic plans to accelerate the development of the storage battery, while planning to sell it together with a system that will enable households to check electricity usage on a home-based TV display. Solar batteries for home use and fuel cells can generate power but cannot store electricity, making the development of a storage battery an urgent task for related businesses. - Full Article Source

12/24/09 - A couple of Inventions from Novgorod
In addition to a great historical and cultural heritage, the Nizhny Novgorod region is a key center for Russian industry, renowned for engineering and scientific innovation. Mars 2000 is no normal boat. Able to move on water, land, snow and even ice, this dream machine would be fit for James Bond himself. Inside, one can find all the usual features of a car, but it's made from the same material as a helicopter and moves on water like a boat – this invention from experts in Nizhny Novgorod is something special. This hovercraft is able to take on all kinds of weather and all kinds of surfaces – all thanks to the ability to manually change the pressure of the balloon floats outside, meaning bumps, slopes and even mounds of snow pose no problem. According to Sergey Italyantsev, director general of Aks shipbuilding company, the hovercraft is used for sea patrol, transportation around oil rigs and by coastal units – and not only in Russia. / The Obereg is small and unassuming, this machine has three sensors, along with an infrared night camera, and can get around obstacles with ease, giving it a huge advantage when it comes to saving lives. “The robot can search for humans trapped by avalanches, earthquakes and other emergency situations by detecting the electromagnetic signal given off by their watch or mobile phone. It doesn’t need any human help, and can pick up the signal through steel, cement, ice, mud etc,” inventor Alexey Budanin, who is also a student of radio technical college, says. This signal is then sent to a computer to be analyzed. - Full Article Source

12/24/09 - Honey Reduces Aggression and Prolongs Life
KeelyNet Fructose and glucose, components of honey, are simple carbohydrates and therefore, are easy to digest. Honey is also rich in vitamins ? 2, ??, ?, ? 6, ? and ?, pantothenic and folic acids and biotin that improve condition of skin, hair, and nails. It also contains calcium, sodium, magnesium, ferrum, iodine, and other minerals. Many of the minerals contained in honey correspond with those in human blood, which allows 100% digestion. Honey is a strong antimicrobial substance, and it has been used as a natural antiseptic to treat wounds, abscesses, skin and respiratory diseases since ancient times. Honey is also good for the cardio-vascular system since glucose is a necessary component for the cardiac muscle. Honey strengthens the nervous and immune systems and raises hemoglobin level. Pythagoras, a Greek mathematician, confessed that his longevity was attributed to regular consumption of honey. Arabic doctor and poet Avicenna also recommended honey for people over 45. Greek philosopher Demokrit who lived to be over 100 years old also recommended honey for everyone. - Full Article Source

12/24/09 - USA Spends Trillion of Dollars to Make Terrorist War Last Forever
KeelyNet The US has spent over one trillion dollars on the struggle against terrorism since the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Iraq has taken the lion’s share of the amount - $748 billion. The spending on anti-terrorist operations in Afghanistan is 2.5 times less. Expert Sergey Golubev believes that the level of the terrorist threat in the world has grown because of the US-led anti-terrorist efforts. “They spent a trillion dollars to add more fuel to the fire of the terrorist war. The Americans crushed Iraq and Afghanistan . There are too many people in these two countries who lost their homes, jobs and loved ones because of the USA, and those people are ready to do anything to harm the Americans. Washington will have to pay for this politics. As for the situation in other countries, one may say that there is no country in the world that can defend itself against terrorist attacks. Recent attacks in India’s Mumbai prove that,” the expert said. - Full Article Source

12/24/09 - A Blueprint for a Quantum Propulsion Machine
Push on the electromagnetic fields in the quantum vacuum and you should get an equal and opposite force. According to quantum mechanics, any vacuum will be filled with electromagnetic waves leaping in and out of existence. It turns out that these waves can have various measurable effects, such as the Casimir-Polder force. The new approach focuses on the momentum associated with these electromagnetic fields rather than the force they exert. The question is whether it is possible to modify this momentum because, if you can, you should receive an equal and opposite kick. That's what rocket scientists call propulsion. Today, Alex Feigel at the Soreq Nuclear Research Center, a government lab in Yavne Israel, suggests an entirely new way to modify the momentum of the quantum vacuum and how this can be exploited to generate propulsion. Feigel's approach combines two well-established ideas. The first is the Lorentz force experienced by a charged particle in electric and magnetic fields that are crossed. The second is the magnetoelectric effect--the phenomenon in which an external magnetic field induces a polarised internal electric field in certain materials and vice versa. The question that Feigel asks is in what circumstances the electromagnetic fields in a quantum vacuum can exert a Lorentz force. The answer is that the quantum vacuum constantly interacts with magnetoelectric materials generating Lorentz forces. Most of the time, however, these forces sum to zero. Hwever, Feigel says there are four cases in which the forces do not sum to zero. Two of these are already known, for example confining the quantum field between two plates, which excludes longer wavelength waves. But Feigel says the two others offer entirely new ways to exploit the quantum vacuum using magnetoelectric nanoparticles to interact with the electromagnetic fields it contains. The first method is to rapidly aggregate a number of magnetoelectric nanoparticles, a process which influences the boundary conditions for higher frequency electromagnetic waves, generating a force. The second is simply to rotate a group of magnetoelectric nanoparticles, which also generates a Lorentz force. Either way, the result is a change in velocity. As Feigel puts it: "mechanical action of quantum vacuum on magneto-electric objects may be observable and have a significant value." The beauty of Feigel's idea is that it can be easily tested. He suggests building an addressable array of magnetoelectric nanoparticles, perhaps made of a material such as FeGaO3 which has a magnetoelectric constant of 10^-4 in a weak magnetic field. These nanoparticles simply have to be rotated in the required way to generate a force. Feigel calls it a magnetoelectric quantum wheel. - Full Article Source

12/24/09 - Rosemary Ainslie Circuit - COP>17
KeelyNet Over six years ago, the Rosemary Ainslie Circuit was originally reported by several witnesses and was independently Verified to have shown a Coefficient Of Performance greater than "17" (known as "COP>17"); specifically electrical energy efficiency in the heating of a resistive element. Meaning in this case; the circuit when properly built and tuned could show over "17 times" the heating efficiency that could be expected compared to a "conventional" device such as an electric "space heater" or "baseboard heater". So if a conventional household heater was rated at "1,700 Watts", a Rosemary Ainslie Circuit or similar concept-based device could produce the same amount of heat for only "100 Watts" of actual expended power... Something of great significance not only for vastly cheaper and more ecologically sound Home Heating for folks all over the planet... but for ushering in new understandings of electrical energy in general: Such "Nearly Free Energy" devices of great efficiency will eventually force the changing of conventional Physics theory to account for them; disproving current scientific dogma regarding mainstream "electromagnetic theory". (via zpenergy.com) - Full Article Source

12/24/09 - Gravity Ruled Out as the Cause of the Pioneer Anomaly
The Pioneer anomaly is an unexplained deceleration of the Pioneer 10 and 11 spacecraft that seems to be acting on them as they head out of the Solar System. This deceleration is tiny: just (8.74±1.33)×10^?10 ms^?2. The big question is where does it come from. One possibility is that the deceleration is the result of some long range gravitational force that is not observed on Earth. But if that's the case, then this force should act on all of the many objects in the outer Solar System. Now Lorenzo Iorio, at the Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare in Pisa, Italy, has analysed these orbits and concludes that a Pioneer-like force cannot be acting on Triton, Nereid and Proteus because the resulting anomalous perturbations would be too large to have escaped detection. "The possibility that the Pioneer anomaly may be an exotic gravitational phenomenon seems to be challenged," says Iorio. This work is part of a growing body of evidence that the Pioneer anomaly is not a gravitational effect. That's a puzzle. If not gravitational in origin, what kind of force is acting on the Pioneer spacecraft? - Full Article Source

12/24/09 - A Review Of The Best Robots of 2009
In 2009 robots continued their advance towards world domination with several impressive breakouts in areas such as walking, automation, and agility, while still lacking in adaptability and reasoning ability. It will be several years until robots can gain the artificial intelligence that will truly make them remarkable, but in the meantime they are still pretty awesome. Move over Lucy, you bees out of a job! - Full Article Source

12/23/09 - Energy agency warns of 'irreparable' damage
Take all the power stations in the United States. Together, they produce almost 1000 gigawatts of electricity - enough to boil several billion kettles simultaneously. Now imagine building another five power stations for every one that already exists in the United States. That is about the amount of electricity generation that the world is on track to add over the next 20 years. And three-quarters of the new stations will use fossil fuels. These startling figures were released today by the International Energy Agency. The agency predicts that between a quarter and a third of the new capacity will be built in China, which generates over 40 per cent of its electricity from coal. - Full Article Source

12/23/09 - Wind sensor increased turbine energy output by 12.3 per cent
KeelyNet Catch The Wind is making good on its Vindicator trial projects, including one wind-farm trial with the Nebraska Public Power District. The company said its laser wind sensor increased energy output on one turbine by an average of 12.3 per cent by allowing the blades and direction of the nacelle to be better aligned with oncoming wind and by being able to detect gusts in advance. You can read the full report here. Higher output means more revenues for the wind-farm operator. “We believe the incremental cash flows generated during the first 24 to 36 months are sufficient to payback the initial investment,” said president and CEO Phil Rogers. And that excludes any savings related to reduced maintenance over the life of the turbines. - Full Article Source

12/23/09 - Chemical energy influences tiny vibrations of red blood cell membranes
Much like a tightly wound drum, red blood cells are in perpetual vibration. Those vibrations help the cells maintain their characteristic flattened oval or disc shape, which is critical to their ability to deform as they traverse blood vessels in the body to deliver oxygen to tissues. Blood disorders such as malaria, sickle cell anemia and spherocytosis interfere with those vibrations, so a better understanding of the vibrations could help researchers develop treatments for those diseases. However, the vibrations are nearly impossible to study because their amplitude is so tiny (nanometer, or billionth of a meter, scale), and they occur in just milliseconds. A year ago, a team led by MIT Dean of Engineering Subra Suresh and Physics Professor Michael Feld, director of MIT's George R. Harrison Spectroscopy Laboratory, reported the first whole-cell glimpse of these membrane fluctuations. Now, in a paper appearing in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences during the week of Dec. 21, they present conclusive evidence that the vibrations require energy input from ATP (adenosine triphosphate), a chemical cells use to store and transfer energy. Previous studies examining only select locations on the cell have led to mutually contradictory results on the role of ATP in influencing cell membrane fluctuations. The MIT team used advanced spectroscopy techniques to examine the entire membrane, and found that ATP is indeed not only critical for the vibrations but it also determines the shape of the cell. They discovered that ATP controls binding between the fatty cell membrane and the interior cellular structure, known as the spectrin network, which is necessary for the membrane vibrations to occur. How they did it: The researchers used diffraction phase microscopy, which quantitatively measures the vibrations in the cell membrane in real time. The optical phase delay, a measure of how much the light is delayed as it passes through the cell, changes as the membrane vibrates. They found that when ATP was depleted in red blood cells, vibrations decreased by 20 percent. When ATP was reintroduced, vibrations increase back to the normal level. They also found a direct correlation between the ATP-induced alteration to membrane vibrations and the length scale of the cytoskeletal structure. - Full Article Source

12/23/09 - Glitter sized Solar Cells
KeelyNet The solar particles, fabricated of crystalline silicon, hold the potential for a variety of new applications. They are expected eventually to be less expensive and have greater efficiencies than current photovoltaic collectors that are pieced together with 6-inch- square solar wafers. The cells are fabricated using microelectronic and microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) techniques common to today’s electronic foundries. “Eventually units could be mass-produced and wrapped around unusual shapes for building-integrated solar, tents and maybe even clothing,” he said. This would make it possible for hunters, hikers or military personnel in the field to recharge batteries for phones, cameras and other electronic devices as they walk or rest. From 14 to 20 micrometers thick (a human hair is approximately 70 micrometers thick), they are 10 times thinner than conventional 6-inch-by-6-inch brick-sized cells, yet perform at about the same efficiency. “So they use 100 times less silicon to generate the same amount of electricity,” said Okandan. “Since they are much smaller and have fewer mechanical deformations for a given environment than the conventional cells, they may also be more reliable over the long term.” - Full Article Source

12/23/09 - German electropulse energy drill beats lasers
The Fraunhofer Institutes - birthplace among many other things of the mp3. In this case they had turned their minds to the problem of drilling holes in car bodywork, parts of which are made from quite heavy steel. Even worse, the steel members are usually shaped in presses, which makes them harder and so more difficult to drill holes through. The ability of electropulse tech to actually deliver a useful electronic warfare effect at any distance from the kit remains to be seen: but Fraunhofer boffins already have it working close up in a Volkswagen factory, not just scrambling circuitry but blasting holes through press-hardened steel. “The new method was previously used primarily to expand or neck aluminum tubes," says Dr Verena Kräusel of the Fraunhofer Institut für Werkzeugmaschinen und Umformtechnik. "We’ve modified it to cut even hard steels. Whereas a laser takes around 1.4 seconds to cut a hole, EMP can do the job in approximately 200 milliseconds – our method is up to seven times faster.” According to Dr Kräusel, the pressure exerted on the metal by the electromagnetic pulse drill is equivalent to balancing three cars atop one another supported on a single fingernail. - Full Article Source

12/23/09 - Money Wasted on War, Unbridled Spending and Paranoia

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Here's the U.S. National Debt Clock, accurate to the penny
Think of all the good things this money could have produced

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12/23/09 - 10 Signs of Intellectual Honesty
When it comes to just about any topic, it seems as if the public discourse on the internet is dominated by rhetoric and propaganda. People are either selling products or ideology. In fact, just because someone may come across as calm and knowledgeable does not mean you should let your guard down and trust what they say. What you need to look for is a track record of intellectual honesty. Let me therefore propose 10 signs of intellectual honesty. / (I'd add to that a history to check up on the person, company or group. Dedication and seriousness lasts a lifetime, not as hot or popular topics over a few years. - JWD) - Full Article Source

12/23/09 - Killing Flies by Electricity (Sep, 1914)
KeelyNet THE latest application of electricity is that of killing the green fly by means of an electric spark. This fly is a species found on rose trees and is exceedingly disastrous to the flowers. Heretofore, considerable difficulty has been experienced in ridding rose trees of these pests but the electrical method recently devised is proving both practical and efficient. Briefly, the fly-killing apparatus consists of a small spark coil, spark gap, high frequency transformer, switches and other accessories. A flexible conductor conveys the current from the high frequency transformer to a brass ball electrode fitted with an insulating handle so that it may be held without danger of shock. To use the apparatus, the electrode is brought near the flies on the rose-bushes. A spark then jumps from the electrode to the tree and kills the flies, the current passing through the tree to the ground without damage to the leaves or flowers. - Full Article Source

12/23/09 - Biggs's Tips for Rich: Expect War, Study Blitz, Mind Markets
Barton Biggs has some offbeat advice for the rich: Insure yourself against war and disaster by buying a remote farm or ranch and stocking it with ``seed, fertilizer, canned food, wine, medicine, clothes, etc.'' The ``etc.'' must mean guns. ``A few rounds over the approaching brigands' heads would probably be a compelling persuader that there are easier farms to pillage,'' he writes in his new book, ``Wealth, War and Wisdom.'' - Full Article Source

12/23/09 - Leadership, Obama Style, and the Looming Losses in 2010
KeelyNet Somehow the president has managed to turn a base of new and progressive voters he himself energized like no one else could in 2008 into the likely stay-at-home voters of 2010, souring an entire generation of young people to the political process. It isn't hard for them to see that the winners seem to be the same no matter who the voters select (Wall Street, big oil, big Pharma, the insurance industry). In fact, the president's leadership style, combined with the Democratic Congress's penchant for making its sausage in public and producing new and usually more tasteless recipes every day, has had a very high toll far from the left: smack in the center of the political spectrum. - Full Article Source

12/23/09 - Would You Ditch Cable for Online Television Subscriptions?
According to the Wall Street Journal, CBS and Disney may soon partner with Apple to let users subscribe to television over the internet using iTunes. So let's say every network jumps on board: Would you ditch cable for an internet alternative? - Full Article Source

12/23/09 - Terminate RFID tags
KeelyNet This gun hunts only RFID tags.[mnt], who brought us laser gesture control, built this RFID Zapper but included so much more. Any good weapon has to sound mean, a feat he’s accomplished by incorporating an MP3 player into the rifle. The coil that zaps the RFID tag is powered by a photo-flash unit, but for visual feedback he’s got a second unit that flashes light to signal the demise of your German passport (see the video after the break). It’s hard to believe we haven’t covered RFID Zappers yet. The concept came out of the Chaos Communication Congress a few years back. This method works by sending a very strong electromagnetic field through the RFID tag that causes it to burn out. There’s a wiki post on RFID Zappers but Firefox threw a certificate warning when we loaded it up; read at your own risk. - Full Article Source

12/23/09 - The Last GM Big-Block V-8 Rolls Off the Line
"It's the end of an era in auto technology, as the very last big block V-8 engine from GM has rolled off the production line. The L18 engine was the last variant of an engine that had been in continuous production for over 50 years. The big blocks powered everything from the classic muscle cars of the '60s and '70s to heavy-duty trucks today. From the Buffalo News: 'When GM said last June the L18 would be eliminated by year's end, the announcement triggered another show of devotion to the product. Some customers ordered two years' worth of L18s, to put on the shelf for future use.' More than 5 million big blocks have been produced over the engine's history. The final big block engine to come off the line in Tonawanda, NY is headed for the GM Heritage Center in Sterling Heights, MI." - Full Article Source

12/22/09 - Russian Scientists Make Electricity from Air
KeelyNet Russian scientists developed a technique for converting energy from static electricity into electricity, which is commonly used in everyday life. For this purpose researchers used so-called “Chizhevsky chandelier”, which produces static electricity from air. A metal plate accumulated particle flow from the chandelier and forwarded it to an accumulating unit through wire. Output electricity was 40 V, but scientists claim they can get more if they need to. Moreover, reseachers suggest abandoning gasoline, since cars can receive energy for moving from emitting wire, embedded directly into roadbed. Scientists developed similar technology even for air vehicles. Mentioned techniques are patented according legal regulations of the Russian Federation. - Full Article Source and the Russian article with Video.

12/22/09 - 10 Brilliant Flashlight Animations
Today is National Flashlight Day for some reason that we can’t quite make out in the darkness, but we imagine it has something to do with the invention of the first flashlight or maybe something really important like the first power generator was discovered by flashlight on this date. At any rate, we’d like to point out that flashlights nowadays don’t get used for their original purpose so much, but they do serve a crucial artistic purpose: light graffiti. We’ve looked at many such works and come up with these 10 Brilliant Flashlight Animations, the first of which, weirdly, was shot directly outside the Listicles offices. - Full Article Source

12/22/09 - Cure for ear ringing caused by noise is more sound
We have all been around something that was too loud at one time or another and ended up with ringing ears. The technical term for that is tinnitus. A couple teens have found a cure for tinnitus with an invention they call sound therapy. The teens discovered that a 60-second low frequency tone administered via headphones could cure tinnitus. The pair used the technique to treat 250 subjects with temporary tinnitus and found that the sound therapy worked 99% of the time. The two teens and their teacher are now working together to run a website that sells the technology to those with tinnitus. - Full Article Source

12/22/09 - 'Idiot' Dragons' Den contestant turns his invention into huge business
KeelyNet A swimming coach has turned his invention into a huge business success despite being ridiculed on the BBC's Dragons' Den TV programme. Kevin Moseley dreamed up the idea for a child's buoyancy aid shaped like a shark fin and went on the BBC2 show hoping for investment. The father-of-two, 45, recalls how Theo Paphitis warned the idea was dangerous and Duncan Bannatyne laughed in his face on the show in 2006. With the backing of his wife Nicky, 39, the couple remortgaged their home and cashed in their life savings to raise a total of £200,000 for the new business. He registered worldwide patents and started Swimfin Ltd from the garage of their home in Burscough, Lancashire, with one other employee. In its first year of trading, Swimfin has become an international sensation with orders flooding in from 47 countries and sales topping 70,000. Mr Moseley gave up his job as a swimming instructor to concentrate all his efforts on his company and it is expected to turnover more than £1million next year. He said: 'It was a very bruising experience to appear on Dragons' Den. I felt like I had been set up to be laughed off the show. 'The Dragons sat there with their big egos and just slagged me off. - Full Article Source

12/22/09 - Redneck 3D - Demonstration of the Pulfrich Effect: NC State Fair
3D effects with nothing more than "normal" video. To experience the Pulfrich Effect you'll need a pair of sunglasses. Turn them sideways and look through one of the dark lenses with one eye and nothing through the other. Place the dark glass on the leading side of the motion: if the motion is occurring from right to left, then put the dark side on your left eye, and vice versa. Be sure to look at the screen with both eyes. When the motion stops, the effect is over... sorry. - Full Article Source

12/22/09 - Humanure – sawdust toilets
Sit, flush and forget, that’s what most of us do, multiple times a day. We use perfectly good, drinkable, potable water to flush our waste, what a waste it truly is. After we flush, we don’t think about all the water that is used/wasted to process the sewage that is created, chemicals are pumped into our water system, the water we DRINK, so that we can do it all over again. I’m starting to sound pretty green aren’t I? That’s when I found Joseph Jenkins and Humanure. Well, first I learned about composting toilets. These are usually all self contained units, looking like uber toilets, they tend to come with an uber price tag too. How they work is they contain your waste within the unit, you add cover material, usually sawdust or something like that. Many of them have heaters, vents and fans to help dry out the waste. After a period of time, you empty the container and finish composting outside if need be. It turns out that Joseph Jenkins figured out a very simple way of composting bodily waste using little more than a 5 gallon bucket, a toilet seat/lid and some organic cover material. You split the composting into two parts, with the majority of it going on outside in a compost pile instead of inside the unit. You can read and download (free) Joseph Jenkins Humanure book here: http://humanurehandbook.com/index.html. This contains everything you ever wanted to know about sawdust toilets, including instructions how to build one yourself. You don’t need to live off grid like I do to use a sawdust toilet, many people have and use sawdust toilets along side their flush toilets. I read about one lady who had a flush toilet and a sawdust toilet in her bathroom. She placed instructions on the door, stating that you could either use the pure drinking water wasting toilet, or you could use the Earth friendly, no water wasting sawdust toilet. She said that most people opted to use the sawdust toilet. - Full Article Source

12/22/09 - Ray Stevens - We The People
The latest from Ray Stevens, We the People is spreading like fire! (I love Ray Stevens! Thanks to 4mach for the headsup! - JWD) - Full Article Source

12/22/09 - Length of Congressional Bills Is A Problem for All Americans
The question Zogby asked was: “Some contend that the reason federal legislation is often thousands of pages long is because provisions to benefit special interests can be more easily buried in long bills, and so citizens cannot decipher the legislative language quickly enough to be able to communicate support or opposition to their Senators or Members of Congress before a vote is taken. Do you strongly agree, somewhat agree, somewhat disagree, or strongly disagree with this opinion?” - More than 80 percent of Americans agree that Congress drafts lengthy, complex bills to hide spending on special interests and to prevent constituents from understanding what's in them before a vote is taken, according to a new survey. According to a Zogby poll conducted last week, 83.5 percent of respondents agreed at least “somewhat” with the lengthy-bill premise, and 61.2 percent of Americans agreed strongly. Only 14.4 percent disagreed, and just 5.8 percent did so strongly. Overwhelming support for the opinion came from every age group, race, religious faith and other demographic category, according to Zogby. In each subgroup, at least 50 percent of the respondents “somewhat” or “strongly agreed” with the statement. Even among the 22 percent of respondents who identified their residence as “planet earth” rather than their city, town, or country, nearly 72 percent at least somewhat agreed. Support for the statement did not depend on whether the respondent was part of the armed forces, went to church weekly or never, were liberal or conservative, hailed from a certain part of the country, practiced a particular faith, or even had a valid passport. Nearly 82 (81.7) percent of those in the armed forces at least somewhat agreed, along with 88.7 percent of those who did not serve. Those who never went to church agreed at a level of 77.9 percent, while 81.5 percent of those who attended weekly also agreed, along with 86.3 percent of those who go more than weekly. - Full Article Source

12/22/09 - Millions at stake in lunar challenge
Twenty privately-funded teams from across the world are gearing up for the Google Lunar X Prize challenge, and Russia’s team has high hopes of winning. The prize of $20 million may be huge, but it will take an out of this world effort to win it. Finding the finance for the mission is already proving a challenge. The rules are simple – each team has to build, send and land their Lunar Rovers on the Earth's natural satellite. - Full Article Source

12/22/09 - Ions trick to desalinate water
Currently there are two major methods for seawater desalination, both of them requiring a lot of energy. One uses the evaporation and condensation cycle, the other one is based on reverse osmosis filtering. Canadian company Saltworks Technologies says its technology will consume four times less energy per liter of fresh water produced, reports Technology Review. Their approach is based on manipulating the salt ions in water to trick them out of the stream. The most energy-consuming part is the preparation of water with increased salinity. From the normal 3.5% of the sea water, it is boosted to at least 18% by evaporation. The prototype plant company operates by using sprayers and sunlight, but an industrial-scale version is expected to utilize waste heat from some facility. Then the concentrated solution is fed into a processing unit, where ordinary seawater circulates through polystyrene tubes. The plastic is chemically treated to let either positive sodium or negative chloride ions to pass. The lower salinity of water in the tubes draws in corresponding ions. Then the two enriched streams are connected to the third and final one, and draw salt ions out of it. The result is desalinated water, which can be treated with UF for disinfection and delivered to consumers. - Full Article Source

12/22/09 - Russian Engineers to Build a Space Tug
KeelyNet Russian space authorities announced their intentions to build a nuclear-powered space tug by 2018. On October 29, 2009, the President commission on Russia’s modernization and technological development approved one of the projects, submitted by several departments of RosCosmos and RosAtom. Scientists believe that the approved project has nice future. Deadlines of the projects are: preliminary design should be ready by 2012, a nuclear engine should be built by 2015, and a tug vehicle should be ready for work in 2018. Russia has a profound experience in building nuclear-powered space vehicles, since over 30 satellites with nuclear engines were orbited in the Soviet Union. - Full Article Source

12/22/09 - "Vacuum Cleaner" to Look After Earth's Orbit
Russian space engineers want to develop a nuclear-powered spaceship for collecting space rubbish. Engineers already created preliminary projects of a “vacuum cleaner”, an automatic nuclear-powered vehicle with large storage space and utilization system for either burning space rubbish, or transporting it to safer orbits. Space authorities went even further and allowed their imagination to predict that Russian would cover 25% of international geostationary orbit cleaning market. Near-earth space has about 1200 non-functioning objects, 600 of which are serious threat to working 250 satellites. / (And imagine all the technology they'd find in this space trash! - JWD) - Full Article Source

12/22/09 - Electronic Card Instead of a Passport
KeelyNet Russians can soon obtain electronic cards as additional identification documents, the government announces. The smart card will not replace existing passports. It will have a number of useful properties, such as a link to owner’s bank account, ability to use it as payment option for various goods and to pay for public transport, or to use various government services. The Russian government claims that this card will be issued free of charge for all Russian citizens and will operate throughout the country. However, electronic ID card is not compulsory, and government has no plans to abolish common passports. - Full Article Source

12/22/09 - Upper Atmosphere Cooling Dramatically
When the sun is relatively inactive--as it has been in recent years--the outermost layer of Earth’s atmosphere cools dramatically, new observations find. The results could help scientists better understand the swelling and shrinking of our planet’s atmosphere, a phenomenon that affects the orbits of satellites and space junk, Space reported. The data, from NASA’s TIMED mission, show that Earth’s thermosphere (the layer above 62 miles or 100 km above the Earth’s surface) “responds quite dramatically to the effects of the 11-year solar cycle”, Stan Solomon of the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colo., said. Knowing just how the energy flowing out from the sun naturally impacts the state of the thermosphere also will help scientists test predictions that man’s emissions of carbon dioxide should cool this layer. While that may seem to contradict the idea of global warming, it has long been known that carbon dioxide causes warming in the lowest part of the atmosphere and cooling in the upper layers of the atmosphere. Earth’s thermosphere is one of the least explored parts of the atmosphere, but it is important because “the thermosphere is where the sun first interacts with our atmosphere”, said James Russell III of Hampton University in Hampton, Va. The energy that comes into the thermosphere from the sun is absorbed by air molecules and reradiated to space during the normal ups and downs in solar energy that occur over a roughly 11-year time-span. More work is needed to fully understand the links between the sun’s energy, rising greenhouse gas emissions and the Earth’s outer atmosphere, the scientists said. - Full Article Source

12/22/09 - Mini-D the Battery Desulfator
Battery desulfation is easy. It can save you hundreds of dollars and help keep batteries out of the waste stream. Mikey Sklar explains how to connect a desulfator and learn more about the health of a lead acid battery. Also do a search on ebay for 'battery desulphator' for prices ranging from about $20 up to $200 depending on your needs. / Mini-D is a desulfator designed to be used with 12V lead-acid batteries. This device can restore new life to batteries which have been sitting without a charge for extended periods of time. Desulfation removes sulfur crystals that have formed around the lead plates. On a 12V battery sulfur crystals begin to form when a battery is stored at a voltage of less than 12.3V. These crystals are undesirable as they cause resistance within the battery which eventually leads to a battery unable to pass current. Mini-D breaks the crystals by emitting a high frequency / high voltage / low power pulse which creates a resonance inside the battery. I have desulfated and sold dozens of lead-acid batteries. A batteries improvement can be measured by applying a load to the battery periodically and watching the voltage drop. A 60lb battery will take roughly three weeks to desulfate. Mini-D Battery Sulphator Plans, order $55 and email. - Full Article Source

12/22/09 - Anti-Aging Pill Developed
A one-a-day pill the size of a Smartie that claims to be able to give younger looking skin and fewer wrinkles is being hailed as the latest weapon against aging. Known as Innéov Fermeté, it is claimed that taking one of these pills just once a day will lead to a younger appearance by harnessing the health-giving properties of tomatoes, Telegraph reported. Scientists who designed the pill claim that trials have shown it dramatically slows down the aging of the skin. The developed pill uses a compound found in tomatoes to promote the regeneration of new skin cells and protect old ones from damage. Scientists developing the pill based it on lycopene, the red carotene pigment found in tomatoes. They modified it into a form more readily absorbed by human cells, then combined it with a form of vitamin C and with isoflavones--chemicals extracted from soya beans. All three ingredients are powerful antioxidants which, scientists believe, help protect tissue against damage. The developers have tested their wrinkle drug with two groups of female volunteers: 90 post-menopausal women aged 51-69 and 70 others with an average age of 45. In each study, the women were divided into those who took the new pill and those who swallowed a placebo. After six months, the skin of those taking the real drug showed an 8.7-percent better rate of elasticity--the rate at which it sprang back into place after being stretched or twisted rather than leaving wrinkles. Manufacturers say women may not notice a difference for three months. - Full Article Source

12/21/09 - Mystery of the Golden Ratio Unraveled
KeelyNet Adrian Bejan, professor of mechanical engineering at Duke, thinks he knows why the golden ratio pops up everywhere: the eyes scan an image the fastest when it is shaped as a golden-ratio rectangle. Also known as the divine proportion, the golden ratio describes a rectangle with a length roughly one and a half times its width. The natural design that connects vision and cognition is a theory that flowing systems — from airways in the lungs to the formation of river deltas — evolve in time so that they flow more and more easily. “When you look at what so many people have been drawing and building, you see these proportions everywhere,” Bejan said. “It is well known that the eyes take in information more efficiently when they scan side-to-side, as opposed to up and down.” Bejan argues that the world – whether it is a human looking at a painting or a gazelle on the open plain scanning the horizon – is basically oriented on the horizontal. For the gazelle, danger primarily comes from the sides or from behind, not from above or below, so their scope of vision evolved to go side-to-side. As vision developed, he argues, the animals got “smarter” by seeing better and moving faster and more safely. “As animals developed organs for vision, they minimised the danger from ahead and the sides,” Bejan said. For Bejan, vision and cognition evolved together and are one and the same design as locomotion, says a Duke release. Bejan termed this the constructal law in 1996, and its latest application appears early online in the International Journal of Design & Nature and Ecodynamics. - Full Article Source

12/21/09 - Anyone can be classified as 'suspected enemy combatant"
At Obama's request the Supreme Court has put the final nail in the coffin of the founding father's constitution, corporate media yawns. After hearing passionate arguments from the Obama Administration, the Supreme Court acquiesced and, in a one-line ruling, let stand a lower court decision introducing a shocking new precedent for all future courts to follow: anyone who is arbitrarily declared a "suspected enemy combatant" by the president or his designated minions no longer has any human rights at all. It is hard to overstate the significance of this horrid decision. Fascinating that a black president would be the one to get the Supreme Court to declare any citizens can become the property of their government with no legal rights at the whim of those in power. America's rule of laws has ended and the rule of men has begun. Trial by a jury of your peers is gone, justice is now completely dependent on the whims of the powerful. - Full Article Source

12/21/09 - Better resistors from a pencil
KeelyNet Many of us here in the office (myself included) can’t tell the difference, but the audiophiles out there who want the best sound from their resistors should check out [Troel's] write-up for making your own non-inductive graphite resistors. Graphite resistors have the traits for being non-inductive, have a negative temperature coefficient, and supposedly sound better. We liked the detail of his tutorial and how he gives many examples for making your own graphite resistor. - Full Article Source

12/21/09 - A Requiem For Saab
"The NY Times reports that auto enthusiasts across the country are dismayed by the news that General Motors is planning to shut down Saab, the Swedish carmaker it bought two decades ago, after a deal to sell it fell apart. Even with its modest and steadily declining sales, Saab, an acronym for Svenska Aeroplan Aktiebolaget, or Swedish Airplane Company, long stood out as a powerful brand in spite of itself. 'It wasn't designed to be a fashion statement,' says Ron Pinelli, president of Autodata, which tracks industry statistics. 'It was designed to provide transportation under miserable weather conditions.' Many Saab owners consider the brand's glory days to be the 1980s, when Americans began buying cars again after a recession and energy crisis. 'The cars were communicative,' says Pinelli. 'They didn't try to numb the experience like cars do today.' The cars had odd touches and appealed to those who appreciate the unconventional. Swedish engineers assumed drivers would be wearing gloves, so they designed big buttons for the dashboard. Though the cars were compact, with long hoods and short rear ends, there was plenty of headroom inside. Now Saab, a brand that once had one of the clearest identities in the industry, seems headed for extinction just as automakers are searching for more distinctive designs to help set them apart. 'It's a shame that Saab is a victim,' adds Pinelli." - Full Article Source

12/21/09 - Real Cheap Ink
KeelyNet Bob was more than mildly astonished when he went to our local office supply store and found that a set of four refill cartridges for his Canon color inkjet printer cost $60. Instead of buying, he went home, went on the Internet, and ordered a set for $15 from an unauthorized supplier. He just picked the first supplier on the list that had good customer comments. A few days later he got two full sets of ink cartridges in the mail – eight in all. Let’s work this out: That was the equivalent of two $60 sets from Canon, which would have cost $120. So the $15 for two sets from an outside supplier cost just one-eighth as much, or12 cents on the dollar. They worked fine, though the color seemed not quite as strong as the Canon cartridges. This might matter in printing photos, which is a common use for inkjet printers. But the difference was slight, and didn’t matter to us. - Full Article Source

12/21/09 - Virtual Visits To Doctors Spreading
"For $45, anyone in Texas can use NowClinic, whether or not they are insured, by visiting NowClinic.com. Doctors hold 10-minute appointments and can file prescriptions, except for controlled substances. Eventually they will be able to view patients’ medical histories if they are available. The introduction of NowClinic will be the first time that online care has been available nationwide, regardless of insurance coverage." - Full Article Source

12/21/09 - Superhuman tape measure skills
I've seen guys do a lot of tape measure tricks. This one takes the cake. - Full Article Source

12/21/09 - New Fords to be rolling WIFI hotspots
"Autoblog and others are reporting on Ford's planned extension to its in-vehicle SYNC multimedia systems — to enable SYNC-equipped Fords as rolling Wi-Fi hotspots. Customers would use their existing cellular USB modems, so for already equipped road warriers there would be no extra monthly charges. While there are other ways to get your car online (Autonet Mobile review here), the SYNC system does look especially simple and practical. Last year BMW made some noise about FOSS for their cars, but they seem to have since stopped talking about it. Will we see a FOSS option for automotive infotainment systems in the future?" - Full Article Source

12/20/09 - Tetrahedral UFO over the Kremlin
KeelyNet The object has been compared to an Imperial Cruiser in the Star Wars films and witnesses estimated it could be up to a mile wide. The shots, one taken at night from a car and one during the day, were both filmed by amateurs. The 'craft' was said to have hovered for hours over Red Square in the Russian capital. The clips of the 'invasion' have gone to the top of the country's version of YouTube. The identity of the shape has not been confirmed. Russian reports ruled out a UFO but police refused to comment. Nick Pope, a former Ministry of Defence UFO analyst, said it was "one of the most extraordinary UFO clips I've ever seen". "At first I thought this was a reflection but it appears to move behind a power line, ruling out this theory." A spokesman for aerospace journal Jane's News said: "We have no idea what it is." / (Kind of moves like a Macy's Day float which bothers me. We don't see anyone taping it leaving, does it just deflate and fall, or glide away or what? Thanks to Norman Wootan for the headsup. - JWD) - Full Article Source

12/20/09 - Airplane Abducted By UFO: Caught On Tape
The airplane was approaching Davis Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson Arizona at approximately 4:15PM MST on August 8th, 2009. We first witnessed the object hovering in a locked position, southwest of the base. You can hear my neighbors if you turn the volume up. We thought it was a balloon, until it dropped in elevation a few thousand feet in less then a second. At that point I ran inside and grabbed my digital camera and rushed outside in time to catch the object approaching the airplane from behind. Unfortunately the microphone barely works on the camera, from being dropped so many times, so you can't hear much. But at least there is a little. The object made no sound, completely silent. There was an attempt to take the video to the media, unfortunately, every affiliate rejected the video due to lack of evidence. There was no report in the city of a missing airplane, nor did the Air Force Base report anything missing. Many of the news affiliates did confirm that they had received calls on August 8th from various sources, claiming they had seen a UFO. They said that they receive calls on a regular basis dealing with UFOs all the time, as well as many hoax videos, and there was no reason to believe my video was anything different. They refused to believe that the Air Force base would withhold information about a missing airplane. / (Thanks to Norman Wootan for the headsup. - JWD) - Full Article Source

12/20/09 - Hot Electrons Could Double Solar Power
KeelyNet When a solar cell optimized for red wavelengths of light absorbs photons of red light, it produces electrons with energy levels similar to those of the incoming photons. When the cell absorbs a higher-energy blue photon, it first produces a similarly high-energy electron--a hot electron. But this loses much of its energy very quickly as heat before it can escape the cell to produce electricity. (Conversely, cells optimized for blue light don't convert red light into electricity, so they sacrifice the energy in this part of the spectrum.) The Boston College researchers made ultra-thin solar cells just 15 nanometers thick. Because the cells were so thin, the hot electrons could be pulled out of the cell quickly, before they cooled. The researchers found that the voltage output of the cells increased when they illuminated them with blue light rather than red. "Now we're getting the electrons from the blue light out before they lose all of their excess energy," says Michael Naughton, a professor of physics at Boston College. - Full Article Source

12/20/09 - Solar Fence
This unique invention combines the functionality of a perimeter fencing system with a unique solar panel system built inside to conceal the inner walls of the fence. As the sun rises, the sunlight is collected by a series of optical lenses that transmit the light to solar panels which is then transformed into free, clean, renewable energy. This is then inverted into the electric meter of the home, office, or commercial building. This system reduces the electric bill and helps eliminate the public’s dependence on carbon based fuels. Manufacturers of the S.A.F.E. Fencing system say that the cost of the fence and installation will easily pay for itself over time. It is the only fence of its kind to offer a return on investment by saving money on the owner’s electric bill. As an added bonus, the purchase and installation could be subsidized by the government anywhere from 30% and up to 50%, depending on the state. Owners of this system can also receive RECs (renewable energy credits) based on how much energy it produces at that location. Another benefit of the system is that, unlike bulky and unsightly solar panels, this solar energy fencing system is an attractive unit; one that adds beauty and protection to the property - all while reducing our carbon footprint by creating clean, green energy. EarthSure predicts that with all of the benefits of this new fencing system, along with the look and functionality, the earth-saving benefits will convince the public to protect their property and the world with the S.A.F.E. Fencing System. - Full Article Source

12/20/09 - Brain Waves Can "Write" on a Computer
Neuroscientists at the Mayo Clinic campus in Jacksonville, Fla., have demonstrated how brain waves can be used to type alphanumerical characters on a computer screen. By merely focusing on the "q" in a matrix of letters, for example, that "q" appears on the monitor. In the study, the two patients sat in front of a monitor that was hooked to a computer running the researchers' software, which was designed to interpret electrical signals coming from the electrodes. The patients were asked to look at the screen, which contained a 6-by-6 matrix with a single alphanumeric character inside each square. Every time the square with a certain letter flashed, and the patient focused on it, the computer recorded the brain's response to the flashing letter. The patients were then asked to focus on specific letters, and the computer software recorded the information. The computer then calibrated the system with the individual patient's specific brain wave, and when the patient then focused on a letter, the letter appeared on the screen. "We were able to consistently predict the desired letters for our patients at or near 100 percent accuracy," Dr. Shih says. "While this is comparable to other researchers' results with EEGs, this approach is more localized and can potentially provide a faster communication rate. Our goal is to find a way to effectively and consistently use a patient's brain waves to perform certain tasks." - Full Article Source

12/20/09 - Viewers of the World Unite; You Have Nothing to Lose but Your Cable Bills
New York Times has an article about something I've been doing. By paying only $9 to netflix for unlimited downloads and using hulu, I've been getting all my entertainment online. Unlimited, un-metered movies and shows for just $9 per month. And best of all, by no longer paying those monopoly fees for entertainment, you cut the funds the entertainment cartel has to spend to bribe politicos into letting them infiltrate and control your personal technologies. / Several months ago my wife and I canceled our cable. Instead, we have replaced our TV viewing experience with a Mac Mini, a wireless keyboard and a mouse. When I tell people about our living room entertainment metamorphosis they usually wonder aloud what we watch on our computer and TV setup. We still enjoy any number of traditional shows through services like Hulu, iTunes and Netflix. We have also enjoyed hours of free, ad supported online only programming and watched documentaries on YouTube, comedies on CollegeHumor, movies on Joost and a variety of other online entertainment options. Although it required an initial investment of $550, this digital adventure is going to save us more than $1,600 a year compared with our now defunct $140 monthly cable bill. - Full Article Source

12/20/09 - Top 10 quirky science tricks for Christmas parties
Magician/Psychologist Richard Wiseman shows you how to perform 10 (count 'em) science-based stunts. You now have no excuse for awkward pauses in conversation this holiday season. Entertain your coworkers! Shark money off your uncles! Impress members of whatever sex you wish! All with the help of science. (via http://www.boingboing.net/) - Full Article Source

12/20/09 - White House promotes clean energy tax credits
The White House is promoting a $5 billion increase in tax breaks for clean energy manufacturing in hopes of contributing to job growth and expanded use of renewable energy. The tax credits are part of the jobs plan that President Barack Obama announced last week. If Congress approves the initiative, new or expanded factories that make products such as wind turbines, solar panels, and electric vehicles would get a 30 percent tax credit. A similar $2.3 billion tax credit was included in the $787 billion stimulus plan this year. In announcing the administration's support for an expansion of the program Wednesday, Vice President Joe Biden said the first round of tax credits was an "overwhelming success" and that there were more qualified applicants than expected. Biden said a strong manufacturing sector will play a vital role in the economic recovery. "I don't understand why we can't once again produce cutting edge technology that will create 21st century jobs that are here in America, not abroad," he said. - Full Article Source

12/20/09 - AIDS: The Greatest Deadly Lie in the History of Medicine?
KeelyNet Gor Shirdel, M.D. of Irish descent who is currently practicing in Kiev, has cured two patients from AIDS and has a different view of the situation. “I don’t believe that AIDS is incurable. Weak immune system is an issue that has been around for at least 200 years. It can be solved. Viruses found in the blood of those with AIDS is not the cause of the disease, it’s a consequence of immunodeficiency. “The world thinks AIDS is incurable because two doctors, an American Robert Gallo and a Frenchman Luke Montanye, managed to convince the world in the early 1980s that AIDS is caused by “human immune deficiency virus” (HIV). Montanye even received a Nobel Prize for his “discovery.” Yet, they cannot find this virus in the human body. AIDS patients are diagnosed through the tests that register antibodies in blood, not HIV. - Full Article Source

12/20/09 - Charley in New Town (1948)
'New Town' is an entry in a Central Office of Information-sponsored animated series featuring the everyman character Charley, and promotes an escape from grimy, smoggy towns and arduous commutes to work. With the highly distinctive animation style of husband-and-wife team Halas and Batchelor, this short aims to explain the rationale behind the planning of the new towns, with their enticing offer of green open spaces and a type of housing to suit everyone. Building skywards - Manhattan-style - is quickly ruled out for us Brits; "Don't be silly, I'd never get me pram up there" pipes up a member of the unseen chorus of unhappy city-dwellers. But considering the urban sprawl now devouring the south-east of England, perhaps skyscrapers were the way to go after all. - Full Article Source

12/20/09 - Notes from Student Doctors

If your dentures do not stick to your gums, probably not a good idea to superglue them on!

When attempting a self-circumcision do not use dry ice to numb the area... and when the dry ice sticks to the... a.... area, do not attempt to remove the ice with boiling water.

If one of your kids needs to be brought to the ED for an asthma attack, that is good reason to bring the other three children in for dental problems.

Do not suck on snake bite so that you can spread the venom to MORE parts of your body....

Latex paint, despite being thick and creamy, does not coat your stomach and provide the same relief as pepto bismol.

The Law of Inverse Value: the less you contribute to society, the greater the trauma you can sustain with minimal to no physical sequelae (any abnormal condition that follows and is the result of a disease, treatment, or injury).

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12/20/09 - Digital Avatars Could Make TV Anchors Obsolete
KeelyNet Personalized newscasts culled from the web and presented by digital avatars. Baseball stories written by computers using raw data. Television anchors and sports reporters may not need to start looking for other jobs just yet but students and professors at Northwestern University are working to make this futuristic vision of news a reality. The project, known as “News at Seven”, uses a software program to create a “virtual news show” presented by animated anchors who speak — somewhat robotically — using text-to-speech technology. The program crawls news stories and blogs on the web for information about a particular topic, matches it up with pictures and video and generates a script. - Full Article Source

12/20/09 - Nostradamus Predicted World War III for 2010
Researchers of Nostradamus’s predictions talk about some mysterious Virgin whose death is wanted and about the appearance of some “heartless, blood-thirsty” leader who will rule with “sword and fire.” Researchers of Nostradamus believe that his predictions for the year 2010 can be found in X quatrain of X century. The passage speaks about some mysterious Virgin, whose death is wanted, problems with trade, and appearance of some “heartless, blood-thirsty” leader who will rile with “sword and fire.” There is also a mentioning of “Satan’s arch of fury.” Interpreters think that it might be a ballistic missile. Famous Nostradamus specialists think that his quatrains contain the following information for 2010:

- Possibly, World War III will start in November, and bacteriological and chemical weapons will be used.
- There will be conflict between Western Europe and the USA.
- There will be conflict between Great Britain and France.
- There is a possibility of armed military conflict on the Crimean peninsula.
- Europe will suffer an economic downturn.
- There will be a catastrophe in the Black Sea involving sulphuretted hydrogen.

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12/20/09 - Princess/Pea Alarm Clock
No ordinary alarm clock: the Princess and the Pea Alarm Clock ("PPAC") leaves no room for snoozing, inflating a green "pea" between the mattress and box spring, making it impossible to stay in bed. In the tin can, a homemade Arduino-compatible board with clock and memory chips handles the alarm clock functions, and a power block under the night stand provides power and relays driving the sprinkler valve or other alarming alarm functions. In this video, The Princess and the Pea Alarm Clock goes off, inflating the green exercise ball "pea." - Full Article Source

12/20/09 - Synthetics Stop the Bleeding
Nanoparticles designed to mimic the clotting capability of blood platelets have been shown to quickly reduce bleeding in rodents with severed arteries. The synthetic particles, which stick to the body's own platelets, stanch bleeding more effectively than a clotting drug currently used to stem uncontrolled blood loss. "We're helping to form the clot," says Erin Lavik, a bioengineer at Case Western University in Cleveland, who led the research. Each particle has a polymer core that's coated with polyethylene glycol (PEG)--a water-soluble molecule that keeps them from sticking to each other or to the blood vessels. The PEG molecules are also topped with a peptide sequence that binds to activated platelets. - Full Article Source

12/18/09 - Best Christmas Light Display!
All I can say is WOW!!! / (And thanks to Infolink for the headsup! - JWD)

Amazing Grace Techno - Computer Controlled Christmas Lights from Richard Holdman on Vimeo.

12/18/09 - Computer power yields radical ideas
KeelyNet The Boston firm Invention Machine has sold them to more than 500 manufacturing companies around the world in the form of a software bundle called Goldfire Innovator. From the broadly theoretical to the minutely practical, Goldfire not only delivers and catalogs information but makes connections between experts and content from different industries, often using assets you didn't even know you had. More importantly, Goldfire makes innovation a repeatable and predictable process. It also indexes what the user already knows and owns, helping envision new applications for those assets; it offers access to a collection of basic scientific principles and phenomena, along with 3,300 technical websites residing on the Deep Web -- meaning you won't find them on Google or Yahoo; and it can even consult its own database of 20 million existing patents to see how successful inventions have evolved. For the price of a software license, Goldfire makes it possible to innovate continuously with results that show: Invention Machine helped one manufacturer figure out how to build a more affordable rocket engine by reminding engineers of an idea gathering dust in the company's own archives, while another user was able to envision a complex biofuels process well before designing it. Since the late 1940s Russian inventor Genrich Altshuller had sifted through reams of patents covering successful inventions, organizing them according to the physical principles and basic mechanisms they contained. Using this analysis, he developed a set of what he called Inventive Principles that could be taught to engineers, scientists, and inventors who wanted to be more productive. Altshuller's method became known by the acronym TRIZ, meaning "the theory of solving inventor's problems." That early Russian work lives on in a much expanded form in Goldfire Innovator. - Full Article Source

12/18/09 - Zero Energy Building - a Major breakthrough
SINGAPORE can lay claim to having South-East Asia’s first zero-energy building, named such as the structure produces all the energy that it needs. The Building and Construction Authority (BCA) unveiled the Zero-Energy Building (ZEB) in October. The 4,500sqm building generates its own electricity from solar power through 1,540sqm of photovoltaic panels (covering an area larger than an Olympic-sized swimming pool) installed on its roof and building facades. The theoretical output of 207,000kWh a year is enough to supply the needs of 45 three-room apartments. Dollar-wise, savings of around S$84,000 (RM200,000) a year can be expected. The ZEB is expected to be about 40 to 50% more efficient than an office building of similar layout. Although the building is connected to the grid, it is expected to generate as much electricity as it consumes over a typical year. Retrofitted at a cost of S$11mil (RM26.4mil), the building underwent a substantial re-design of the façade, roof, mechanical and electrical systems, as well as other building components, to reduce its energy needs. Photovoltaics is only part of the story, as this building is amply endowed with passive cooling measures like vertical gardens and solar chimneys, as well as filled with elements that incorporate natural lighting and ventilation. To reduce utility bills that often go into air-conditioning, the building is fitted with a National University of Singapore invention: a single-coil twin-fan ventilation system. This system works to reduce energy consumption by providing ventilation only on an “on-demand” concept. The system controls the flow of fresh and recycled air separately, and supplies fresh air only to rooms that are occupied (as determined by sensors). The ZEB will be a living laboratory as its classrooms, library, multipurpose hall and offices will be used under “real-world” conditions. - Full Article Source

12/18/09 - Stranger than Fiction: Technology And Science Fiction
SLD: The theme of our conversation seems to be one of man’s merging with his creations, resulting in the connectivity of everyone at some bizarre level – hardware being the commodity, software being the dynamic variable. How about other areas of technology, like biomedical?

Anders: We have only scraped the surface of genetic engineering. I remember reading somewhere that there is a 60-year cycle from the invention of the technology and the revolutionizing of the world by that technology. We build the first computers and they are giant things that take up whole suites of business building. Now, 60 years later, they have become miniaturized and everyone has one on their watch.

Genetic engineering is not yet 50 years old. At some point in the near future we’ll have a genetic revolution that will be equivalent to the computer revolution. Right now we’re at the stage where transistors are so cheap that you can buy a birthday card that plays music and then throw it away! That will happen with genetic engineering.

SLD: Freeman Dyson delivered a lecture on this very topic. “Freeman Dyson Talks About Biotech vs. Nanotech.”

Anders: Some say this genetic revolution is still 50 to 60 years away. But that is still the 21st century. For the last 40,000 years we have just used plows to till the earth and hit each other with sticks. Then suddenly, in the last couple of hundred years, we are ramping up asymmetrically. So if I don’t see a genetic revolution in my lifetime my children and grandchildren will. That’s still an astronomical leap. I firmly believe that we will not end this century as one human race. We’ve already cracked the genome. Within the next 50 years we will be able to tinker with our own genomes to the point where people will start splicing themselves into whatever they want to be. We will be a multiplicity.

Michio Kaku, famous physicist and technology evangelist, recently said that 90% of what you see on Star Trek will be real by the end of this century. / (Isn't it interesting that is the approximate life of one generation 60-70 years? - JWD)

"A new scientific truth does not triumph by convincing its opponents and making them see the light, but rather because its opponents eventually die, and a new generation grows up that is familiar with it." - Max Planck

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12/18/09 - Couple's Water-Saving Invention Uses Fish Feces
Phyllis and Collie Davis' Bay Ho back yard has a unique garden that has no soil. It has a little peat moss, and the only water required is in the heated tank that houses a secret ingredient -- white fish tilapia. The feces of the well-fed fish are sent into a pumping system that isolates the good nutrients. That nutrient-rich water is then pumped through the gravel bed several times a day. Seedlings with a bit of peat moss are rooted in the gravel. Phyllis Davis told 10News, "It fills it up and gives it all it needs to grow tall, healthy and fast." The mini-farm can produce a big harvest, the couple said. The enclosed 50 sq. ft. plot can produce 500 vegetables and 200 pounds of fish in a year -- which can help feed a family of four for a year and comes with a miniscule water bill. The couple said their invention uses 95 percent less water than a farm growing the same amount of food. "That's because you continually reuse the water. It doesn't go back into the soil, doesn't evaporate. We believe this is a game changer," said Collie Davis. The system's energy costs are also low. At any given time, the system can typically run on the equivalent of a 60-watt light bulb. The couple said the cost of their farm can range from $8,000 to $200,000 for the biggest farms, with the product paying for itself within a year. They said they've been contacted by people, schools and prisons in 172 different countries about their invention. For more information on the Davis' system, go to www.portablefarms.com. - Full Article Source

AQUAPONICS - food, health, connection from Edward Kramer on Vimeo.

12/18/09 - Alan Grayson: Afghan war 'futile'
"This is an 18th century strategy being employed against a 14th century enemy,” Grayson said. “ Other countries, one after the other, have given up on this strategy over the years. This war is costing us much too much in both lives and money. There's too much blood being shed in Afghanistan. There's too much blood being shed in Iraq. And there are simply better ways to accomplish the same goals." Grayson answered with a definitive "yes" when asked if he intends to vote against the pending Department of Defense appropriations bill. How many other anti-war Democrats will do the same isn’t clear, and Grayson said he hasn't yet tried to garner support among those opposed to the troop escalation. "Each one of us has to decide that for himself or herself, I guess. I don't know if you'll see a lot of that or not. But I do know that we're finding the futility of being the world's policeman is becoming more and more obvious," Grayson said. Grayson is one of a dozen co-sponsors of a privileged resolution demanding an end to the war in Afghanistan. The leader of that effort, Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio), complained on the House floor Tuesday about efforts to attach an extension of unemployment benefits to the Pentagon appropriations bill. "Unfortunately, we are now telling the American people that the only way they will get unemployment compensation is to support another $130 billion to keep wars going," Kucinich said. “What a cruel choice Congress is forcing on people out of work. Put your sons and daughters on the firing line, and we will pay you for being in the unemployment line." / Tagline on the search engine for this news item; "All people will eventually realize that god is an invention used to manipulate and control people. Christians, Jews, Muslims, Hindus... all of them..." - Full Article Source

12/18/09 - 50 days to save the world? Climate change Hypocrites!
If we have so little time, and man-made climate change is such a terrifyingly imminent threat, Prince Charles might have taken a boat or train to Copenhagen, or even, as a symbolic gesture, decided to walk. But he commandeered a jet belonging to the Queen's Flight, generating an estimated 6.4tons of carbon dioxide, 5.2tons more than if he had used a commercial flight. Meanwhile his fellow prophet of doom, Gordon Brown, was making his own way to Copenhagen the same day. Mr Brown chartered a 185-seat Airbus to take him and 20 aides to Denmark. Was a smaller plane producing less carbon dioxide not available? Could he perhaps have shared an aircraft with Prince Charles? Might he have considered taking a scheduled flight to the Danish capital, of which there were 16 on Tuesday? Evidently not. It is odd, isn't it, how climate change doomsayers such as Prince Charles and Mr Brown are so often unprepared to make the smallest sacrifice in their own daily lives to address a threat which they assert is literally deadly. Presumably any contribution would be helpful. And it is not easy in life to persuade people to give up things if you are almost ostentatiously unwilling to do so yourself. The Copenhagen summit, supposed to produce an agreement limiting greenhouse gases, has, according to experts, the same carbon footprint as a medium-sized African country such as Malawi. There are an amazing 34,000 delegates attending the event, and the grander among them are forced, says my colleague Robert Hardman in Copenhagen, to park their private jets in Norway because Denmark has run out of Tarmac, and to procure their gas-guzzling limousines from Germany. Show me a climate control zealot and I can often show you a hypocrite, and a hypocrite, moreover, who speaks in apocalyptic terms about the world coming to an end - at a time not long hence and usually implausibly specific - if the rest of us do not immediately curb our lifestyles so as to produce fewer greenhouse gases. The double standards and the grotesque exaggeration go hand in hand. They are trying to shock us into action by employing emotive language and invoking terrible dangers. In other words, they are treating us as fools. Politicians shamelessly twist the facts to scare us witless. - Full Article Source

12/18/09 - Antenna Now a Loud Speaker (Jan, 1933)
KeelyNet RADIO “freaks” or hearing of programs without apparatus, are reported occasionally; but are usually hard to verify. However, an occurrence at the Hilversum (Holland) station, reported by no less an authority than Dr. Balthasar van der Pol, in a letter to Nature, is well authenticated by competent observation. Increased power, during exceedingly dry weather, was followed by the appearance of a “coronal” discharge—that is, light surrounding the antenna wires, produced, of course, by the ionization of gas affected by the leakage of electrons from the wires. The corona, however, appeared in the shape of balls of light, a few inches in diameter, first at one end of an outside wire, and then inside. When the power of the station was reduced to its normal figure—about 10 kilowatts, 296 meters—the light disappeared. In addition to being luminous, the antenna was loudly audible. The program of the station was heard by passers-by, as sound from the antenna, up to a distance of a mile, on later high-power experiments. The action is undoubtedly similar to that of the glow-discharge loud speaker, with which interesting experiments have been performed in the past; but needs voltage too high for ordinary use. - Full Article Source

12/18/09 - Will Automation Lead to Economic Collapse?
Will the future be filled with cool technologies and endless opportunities or will our own creations lead to eventual doom? I tend to think the former. Technology has seemingly endless ability to improve the health, freedom, and happiness of our lives. Even optimistic futurists like Ray Kurzweil and James Canton admit, however, that the road to advancing technology is fraught with dangers. Super viruses, artificial intelligences run amok, environmental calamity – science has its threats as well as its promises. Yet there could be one near term problem that even futurists tend to ignore – economic collapse. Martin Ford, a silicon valley computer engineer, entrepreneur, and blogger has written The Lights In The Tunnel, a book which explores the economic implications of a world which is becoming increasingly automated. Ford proposes that in the upcoming years robots and computer programs will edge human workers out of their jobs and that unless we take drastic actions this will reduce mass market purchasing power, destroy consumer confidence, and shut down the global economy. Ford has the reader envision these changes during a thought experiment where lights in a tunnel represent purchasing power in the mass market (hence the title). Even after discussing the book with the author, I’m not convinced that The Lights In The Tunnel is an accurate prediction of our future, but I wanted to spread the question: what does increased automation mean for our economy? / (Here in central Mexico, they take months and even years to rebuild streets. Why? Because they prefer to use hand cut and hand laid rock that is cemented into patterns. What we COMPLETE in the USA with asphalt or cement in about 3-7 days, takes them many months. When I ask why they don't use longer lasting, easier and faster to build roads, the answer is always 'TO MAKE JOBS' for the people. You see swarms of mexican men working on these roads and it hurts surrounding businesses to the point of closing or going out of business...strange... - JWD) - Full Article Source

12/18/09 - ScienceHack
ScienceHack is a vertical search engine for science videos. Search for science experiments, science projects, science movies and science news. - Full Article Source

12/18/09 - Insurgents Hack U.S. Drones
KeelyNet Militants in Iraq have used $26 off-the-shelf software to intercept live video feeds from U.S. Predator drones, potentially providing them with information they need to evade or monitor U.S. military operations. Senior defense and intelligence officials said Iranian-backed insurgents intercepted the video feeds by taking advantage of an unprotected communications link in some of the remotely flown planes' systems. Shiite fighters in Iraq used software programs such as SkyGrabber -- available for as little as $25.95 on the Internet -- to regularly capture drone video feeds, according to a person familiar with reports on the matter. - Full Article Source

12/18/09 - Why We're Fascinated by the Paranormal, Masonry and Secret Societies
This is hardly the first time in history that people have suddenly started spouting prophecies and speaking with the dead. These fads come in waves, usually fostered in the wake of unbearable tragedy. What else to do about earthquakes, floods, epidemics, dictators and wars than wonder which demon or deity devised this living hell and why, and what sacrifice or sorcery might make it stop? It is always fear and despair that sets us on this train of thought. During a gold rush or when we've just been given a clean bill of health, we need not believe in magic. - Full Article Source

12/18/09 - The Physics of Space Battles
"Gizmodo has run an article with some predictions on what future space battles will be like. The author brings up several theories on propulsion (and orbits), weapons (explosives, kinetic and laser), and design. Sounds like the ideal shape for spaceships will be spherical, like the one in the Hitchhiker's Guide movie." / I certainly hope we don't get into any space wars. Human nature being what it is, though, and given how scarce a lot of resources really are on the scale of a solar system or a galaxy, I don't think it's out of the question. I would like to think that when we start colonizing other worlds, we will be sufficiently enlightened to do so from on board the Ship of the Imagination, and not as futuristic conquistadores. Still, the part of me that loves science fiction has fun with these thought experiments. - Full Article Source

12/17/09 - Clever folds in a globe give new perspectives on Earth
A new technique for unpeeling the Earth's skin and displaying it on a flat surface provides a fresh perspective on geography, making it possible to create maps that string out the continents for easy comparison, or lump together the world's oceans into one huge mass of water surrounded by coastlines. "Myriahedral projection" was developed by Jack van Wijk, a computer scientist at the Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands. "The basic idea is surprisingly simple," says van Wijk. His algorithms divide the globe's surface into small polygons that are unfolded into a flat map, just as a cube can be unfolded into six squares. - Full Article Source

12/17/09 - At the mercy of corporations
Industry has long maintained that cleaning up their pollution will cost us money. Simply put, they pass that cost back down to us whether they pay, or through the costs of government action, or taxes, or all three. They should know, since they have spent generations gaming the system to their benefit. We rely on fossil fuels not because there haven’t been alternatives, on the contrary, but because they write the rules, even in eras where they had the market advantage. If you believe we live in a free-enterprise system, please go and try to market a new invention that competes with an existing industry, and see how fast you get shut down or bought out. The energy industry is working toward owning solar and wind, along with fuel-cell technology that we can be sure will be there right when the profits dry up from oil. We now turn full circle. Caldwell stands for the right to make money at any cost, in this case pollution. You want clean air or clean water, then buy a filter but beware of any idea that would limit a corporate right to make money. Andy has no problem with tax money being diverted to corporate welfare programs and tax cuts for the wealthy, or even the funding of government agencies that service them, but heaven forbid you should want your tax money paying for things that benefit you. - Full Article Source

12/17/09 - Intelligent bike wheel transforms use
KeelyNet The new design from Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT) Senseable City Lab extends the concept of hybrid cars to hybrid bikes, and works by charging a battery as you brake, then releasing the power when you need it. Where this design is unique however, is in its clean packaging that is free of external clutter such as wires, allowing it to fit easily and simply into the user’s life with no more visual impact than a giant Smartie. The wheel has been developed for Copenhagen City Council, with the express aim of bringing the proportion of people who cycle to work or school up to 50 percent, and may just tip the balance in favour of the bike when it comes to choosing which keys to take in the morning. “When long distance and steep hills are no longer barriers to comfortable cycling, many cities can become more bicycle-friendly.” Says Assaf Biderman. - Full Article Source

12/17/09 - Cell Phone Searches Require Warrant
"The Ohio state supreme court has decided that a cell phone found on a suspect cannot be searched without a warrant. The majority based this decision on a federal case that deemed a cell phone not to be a 'closed container,' and therefore not searchable without a warrant. The argument of the majority contended that a cell phone does not contain physical objects and therefore is not a container. One dissenting judge argued that a cell phone is a container that simply contains data. He argued that the other judges were 'needlessly theorizing' about the contents of a cell phone. He compared the data contained within an address book that would be searchable." - Full Article Source

12/17/09 - Reform: past, present, future, or somewhere in between
KeelyNet Old ways of doing things are not necessarily better ways of doing things. Though we may have swung the pendulum from one side to another in the course of half a century or so, we shouldn't lose sight of the true balance of things. Anyone who has walked down a street where automobiles are not available and where all traffic directed down a major thoroughfare is pulled by horses knows the filth and the stench that fills the air and collects on either side of the roadway. It is for that reason, among others, that the horseless carriage was developed in the first place. We must not ever assume that the motives of those who came before us were summarily evil or distasteful simply because they did not have the ability to measure what they did by the power of hindsight. Any of us could look like geniuses if we had that in our favor. We often look for an easy enemy when the true hard work is to work to reach the point where we recognize that there are no easy answers and no easy targets. Demystifying the past does not imply that we ought to summarily scrap its lessons. The mythology of past ages needs to be removed, but those who view past behaviors and past events without rosy gloss can find many helpful examples for contemplation, provided, one doesn't heave it into the trash can in one go, assuming the whole bunch is rotten all the way through. The larger point I am making is that it is tempting these days to assume that the advances of the past are purely evil, based on their unforeseen and unintended consequences wrought by best intentions. We have gotten to the point now that we are reluctant at times to modify the world around us even in the slightest, lest we upset the fragile balance of energy, life, and movement that defines existence as any being currently alive. While we are humans, we are also animals, too. Our will dictates the shape and pace of the world around us, of course, but so also does our very existence. Reform is a constant process of refining, re-honing, and revision. It's foolish to expect that one bill, one policy statement, or one innovative strategy will come out perfect and never need to be updated to reflect changing times. Rather than seeing this established fact as frustrating or limiting, we need to modify our expectations. - Full Article Source

12/17/09 - Accio Energy Wins DARPA Contract for Electrokinetic Wind Generator
Accio Energy, Inc., a pioneer in electrokinetic wind energy devices, announced today a development contract with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to design, build and test a prototype electrokinetic wind energy device. Electrokinetic wind generators, termed aerovoltaic™ systems by Accio Energy, separate charged particles using wind energy to create an electric current without moving parts. Accio Energy’s DARPA project will expand their proof of concept and create a design study for a soldier-portable version. As part of the program, Accio Energy will team with Applied Energetics, Inc. on power conditioning of the electricity generated. “For over 700 years, wind energy has been harnessed solely by mechanically rotating blades. With the support of DARPA and our other funding partners, Accio Energy’s aerovoltaic ™ technology is renewing the spirit of invention in the field of wind energy,” said Dr. Dawn White, Accio Energy President. “Accio Energy’s low cost, silent, stationary, and modular aerovoltaic™ systems will expand wind energy to a much broader landscape including community based generation and installations along offshore sites" - Full Article Source

12/17/09 - Gadget turns anything into a Speaker
KeelyNet A Korean company called Xenics plans to launch December 21 a gadget that transforms just about anything into a speaker. The device has a little pod thing tethered to the main unit, which attaches to things, then transfers vibration. Whatever you attach it to actually produces the sound. You can attach it to a box, window, desk or whatever, and that object becomes a speaker. / According to the company, by using the vibration principle, objects such as a paper box, a piece of wood, a postcard, or an umbrella can turn into portable speakers with Vibholic's mini module. When users stick it anywhere, then the Vibeholic takes music from your devices and generates it into vibration sequences. Also this unique new speaker is on patent pending. - Full Article Source

12/17/09 - A Stimulating Treatment for Sleep Apnea
The experimental device is designed to treat sleep apnea, a breathing disorder that can disrupt sleep and trigger serious complications, including an increased risk for heart disease and stroke, as well as daytime sleepiness so severe that sufferers often fall asleep at the wheel. The implant, which wraps around a nerve connected to the tongue, is now being tested in a small clinical trial in Europe. Sleep apnea is one of the most common kinks to the breathing process. It affects as much as 4 percent of the U.S. population, and occurs when something--usually a blockage, such as the tongue--stops a person's breathing multiple times throughout the night. The resulting oxygen deprivation and sleep loss leads to fatigue in the short-term, but it can also cause serious long-term health problems. A new implantable device to treat sleep apnea wraps around the tongue's large hypoglossal nerve, stimulating it in six different places to keep the tongue muscle toned and less likely to fall back and obstruct a person's airway as he sleeps. It's powered by a small rechargeable generator and computer, about the size of a Zippo lighter, implanted in the patient's chest. - Full Article Source

12/17/09 - Bad to Worse: Dubai's Palm Island May Be Sinking
KeelyNet The man-made island, which was dredged from seabed and shaped into a palm for luxury housing, is sinking by an average of 5 millimeters a year, an executive at leading European ground survey company Fugro NPA told the paper. The beach-front properties could be flooded if sea levels rise, as predicted by many climate-change experts, the executive added. "We're seeing across the island, at a number of locations, ground is moving downwards," Adam Thomas, InSar surveying project manager at Fugro, told the paper. "In the future, sea levels are predicted to rise and if this goes on then it could pose a flood risk," he added. The claims have been firmly rebuked by the Dubai-based developer that created the island, Nakheel, the report said. The island, which cost more than $12 billion to build, originally added to the Dubai's reputation as a global hub for high-end property, but could now be the latest reason for investors to shun the country. - Full Article Source

12/17/09 - Average speed cameras installed in neighbourhoods for the first time
The cameras, which link wirelessly to each other, are capable of tracking vehicles for up to 15 miles whichever route they take over a wide area. The new "time over distance" devices are also seen as a way of dealing with the problem of motorists braking when they see a camera then accelerating once past it. They are already used in motorways where despite catching far fewer speeders than traditional speed cameras, they have dramatically reduced casualties. - Full Article Source

12/17/09 - Problem with Alien Abduction Attempts, here ya go!
KeelyNet The thought screen helmet stops space aliens from abducting humans. It's been used successfully by former abductees for nine years. Using a Velostat lining, the thought screen helmet scrambles telepathic communication between aliens and humans. Aliens cannot immobilize people wearing thought screens nor can they control their minds or communicate with them using their telepathy. When aliens can't communicate or control humans, they do not take them. - Full Article Source

12/17/09 - What helped set off WWI? Check out this ridiculous story from 1960
Thanks to the information he sold, Russia broke the back of the drive into Poland, captured several fortresses and occupied eastern Hungary. To stave off complete collapse, Germany had to take over and reorganize the Austrian Army. By the time the war ended Austria had suffered the highest casualties (in proportion to men engaged) of all the armies in the field. Some 90 percent of its troops—nine out of every ten men—were either killed, captured or wounded. By terms of the peace treaty the great Austro-Hungarian Empire ceased to exist. Out of its prostrate body was carved five new nations: Austria, Hungary, Czecho-Slovakia, Poland and Yugoslavia. All this was the work of one traitor. Count Sternberg told Parliament: “Redl denounced each Austrian spy. He delivered our secrets to Russia and hindered our learning Russian secrets through spies. So in 1914 Austria and Germany remained ignorant of the existence of 75 Russian divisions, more than the whole Austro-Hungarian Army. Hence our desire for war and our defeat. - Full Article Source

12/16/09 - Atlantis found again?
Undersea archaeologists have found the ruins of an ancient city on the bottom of the Caribbean Sea, and researchers claim that it is the fabled and lost city of Atlantis. The satellite photos do show something that could be a city, and the researchers believe that what they've found would predate the pyramids of Egypt. Indeed they claim to be able to make out a pyramid and other city-like structures from the satellite photos. The archaeologists have so far refused to divulge their identities or the location in the Caribbean. They say they are raising money for an expedition to confirm their findings. - Full Article Source

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12/16/09 - World's First 3-D Laser Projector Unveiled by Prismatic Magic
Laser-3D combines the vibrant, scintillating colors of traditional laser-light shows with full-color, stereoscopic 3-D technology. Laser-3D marks the latest technical milestone in Prismatic Magic's effort to enhance laser projection technology for novel applications in entertainment and academic settings. Laser-3D works by generating left and right duplicate images that are slightly offset from one another. Each image is projected by its own dedicated red, green, and blue (RGB) laser subsystem. The laser wavelengths of each subsystem are tuned 10-30 nanometers from one another in order to match the optical transmission of Infitec's reusable 3-D glasses. By allowing each eye to see only one RGB image, the 3-D glasses create a stereoscopic parallax, which is interpreted by the wearer as a full-color, 3-D laser image. "Prismatic Magic's experience with laser projection and our experience in 3-D complement one another in an ideal way to form a new and unique product," said Helmut Jorke, the founder and CEO of Infitec. Laser-3D is projected onto any lightly-colored, smooth surface. No special screen is required. The system is compact and portable allowing transport and projection indoors and outdoors. Eight complete 40-minute 3-D programs are expected to be initially available, with additional content created on an ongoing basis. Laser-3D systems are expected to be commercially available early 2010. - Full Article Source

12/16/09 - Kanzius' cancer-fighting device gets $500,000 from state
Industrial Sales and Manufacturing Inc., a Millcreek Township company that helped Kanzius build and maintain cancer-killing machines that have been tested on animals, will receive a total of $500,000 from the state Department of Community and Economic Development to help build a larger, human-sized device, state Rep. John Hornaman announced. Industrial Sales and Management will directly receive $100,000. The remaining $400,000 will be funneled to the company through the Kanzius Cancer Research Foundation and M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, the Houston facility conducting research with the device, said Jim Rutkowski Jr., the company's general manager. Kanzius' device works by sending radio waves into the body. The radio waves heat nanoparticles -- microscopic pieces of gold or carbon -- hot enough to kill the cancer cells into which they are placed. Healthy cells are not affected. Kanzius himself suffered from a rare leukemia and died in February from pneumonia. The DCED funding will help move the process of developing a human-sized machine forward and, eventually, help secure human trials, Rutkowski said. The company is in the process of talking with M.D. Anderson about design specifications, and a full-sized device could be built within the next eight to 12 months, he said. Human trials are still years away. In addition to a breakthrough in cancer treatment, Kanzius' device could mean more jobs for the region, Rutkowski said. In the short term, building one device for FDA approval and human trials would result in fewer than five jobs, he said. But in the long term, "the goal is, if this is acceptable and it passes (FDA approval), that this creates jobs and a new type of manufacturing for the Erie community," he said. - Full Article Source

12/16/09 - The Germ Terminator could be coming to a grocery store near you soon
The invention is a machine equipped with ultraviolet lights that grocery stores can wheel grocery carts through. According to its inventors, when those carts come out the other end, they are 99.9% germ-free. “I called (Stamm) and told him what my idea was and I worked on finding the proper lights and the proper strength,” Glenn said. “I basically looked at it as a challenge to begin with to see what we can do and the more I got into it, the more I saw that people were really concerned with all the wipes and all the hand cleaner.” Using funding from Glenn’s company, Fleet Cleaning Supply, the two built the machine together. Stamm says it is much more effective than the hand wipes people use at the store to wipe off their carts. Those wipes only kill 40% of germs, Stamm said. The Germ Terminator kills just about everything. “This unit will kill basically a germ in one half-second,” Stamm said. “Ultraviolet is a very powerful germ killer and in turn, is used in hospitals and is used quite extensively now.“ The pair hopes grocery stores will soon try using their ultraviolet technology too. The Germ Terminator’s patent is pending and the inventors expect their creation to hit the national grocery store market in the near future. - Full Article Source

12/16/09 - Patenting melon juice? Not if India gets its way...
Fed up with foreign companies patenting traditional medicine from India, the country's top scientific body is compiling a giant database of everything from yoga positions to medicinal fruit juice. The initiative has had early success since going public in February, repelling two foreign patent applications in July -- one for a skin cream based on melon extract and another for a cancer medicine based on pistachios. Another 30 cases are being examined worldwide, drawing on the database which aims to prove medical precedents and therefore undercut attempts by companies to patent knowledge that has been passed down over generations in India. V.K. Gupta, the head of this library, known as the Traditional Knowledge Digital Library (TKDL), told AFP he hoped the database would provide a cheap and easy system to prevent "wrong patents" based on Indian naturopathy. "Nobody in the world has a right to take our knowledge, repackage it and claim it as theirs," said Gupta, who works for the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR). The TKDL already contains 30 million pages and more than 200,000 medicinal formulas derived from herbal and mineral-based treatments originating in India and abroad, such as ayurveda, unani, siddha, as well as yoga techniques. Researchers are combing through and translating thousands of pages from India's canon of ancient texts -- including the Hindu holy book the Bhagavad Gita -- from Sanskrit, Persian and Tamil to English and other languages. "The most important parts of the books which were prone to be patented were identified and converted into coded language and stored into the database," said Jyoti Chahar, a junior ayurvedic expert with the project. "Now we're in the process of adding more and more books," she added. In Europe and the United States, patent applications for a treatment containing the leaf of the neem tree in 2005 and the yellow spice turmeric in 1997 attracted huge media interest in India and accusations of "biopiracy." Various organisations, including the CSIR, challenged their validity and the patent requests were refused on the grounds that the anti-fungal properties of neem and the therapeutic value of turmeric were hardly original ideas. - Full Article Source

12/16/09 - First-to-File versus First-Inventor-to-File
Although the guest authors here used the term as a way to distinguish, my experience is that the first-inventor-to-file (FITF) terminology is more frequently used as a propaganda tool by proponents of the new US legislation. By adding "inventor" to the name, proponents of the switch are hoping to sideline the FTI argument that a later inventor is not actually an inventor. Perhaps most notable on this front is PTO Director David Kappos. In a recent article directed to independent inventors, Kappos repeatedly referred to the benefits of the "first-inventor-to-file" system. [Link] In a recent speech, Director Kappos also distinguishes between FTF and FITF systems -- suggesting that a FTF system allows non-inventors to file patent applications. The new process isn’t a “first to file” system, it’s the “first inventor to file” system. So there is no risk of someone who learns about your invention being able to beat you to the patent office; because they’re not an inventor. As you know, any filer has to sign an oath and declaration under penalty of criminal sanctions. Of course, there is no country in the world today that grants patents on stolen ideas. - Full Article Source

12/16/09 - Placer Co. Biz Designs Flying Motorcycle
KeelyNet A Placer County business is developing an invention that could change the way we travel. Sam Bousfield, CEO of Samson Motorworks in Meadow Vista, is working on a switch blade flying motorcycle. Based on a computer model, the two-seater motorcycle -- which is actually a tricycle -- transforms into an airplane. The tail extends, and the wings come out from under the vehicle. Right now, Bousfield only has a model flying motorcycle built, but he said he's sure the actual motorcycle will fly based on the computer testing. He said he hopes to have a working flying motorcycle doing test runs within 12 months. Bousfield compared the motorcycle's size to a Honda Fit and said it will cost about $85,000. - Full Article Source

12/16/09 - Memory Fox Manages Firefox's Memory Use, Aims to Keep It Low
Firefox extension Memory Fox optimizes your memory so you can surf without slowing down. Memory Fox keeps an eye on your browser's memory usage and notices when Firefox starts edging toward user-preset resource limits. When it does, the extension springs into action, automatically flushing your memory to recover space and keep your browser from slowing down. To use the add-on, you need two things: A Windows operating system and Firefox 3. Once you download the tool, restart your browser then activate Memory Fox from the Tools button in the toolbar. Now the add-on is all set up to flush the memory every time you open or close a tab, or switch between tabs. Memory Fox may not make a noticeable difference in your browsing speed if you've got a souped up computer, but it's a terrific add-on for machines without a lot of extra RAM to sacrifice to the 'fox. It's an experimental extension, Windows only. - Full Article Source

12/16/09 - The Watcher
The program runs in stealth mode, so it’s very unlikely that the person being watched knows that it’s running. The program records actual screenshots every sixty seconds by default or whatever period you select. It also captures all keystrokes, entire chat conversations, all applications run and web sites visited. The screen shots are automatically put together into a slideshow you that can be viewed directly or emailed. There’s a $60 version for Windows and Mac at acespy.com. - Full Article Source

12/16/09 - "Loud Commercial" Legislation Proposed In US Congress
"Have you ever caught yourself running for the volume control when a TV commercial comes on? Congresswoman Anna Eshoo (D-CA) has, and is submitting legislation that would require TV commercials in the US to stay at volume levels similar to the programming they are associated with. From the article: 'Right now, the government doesn't have much say in the volume of TV ads. It's been getting complaints ever since televisions began proliferating in the 1950s. But the FCC concluded in 1984 there was no fair way to write regulations controlling the "apparent loudness" of commercials.'" - Full Article Source

12/16/09 - Swiss Geologist On Trial For Causing Earthquakes
"BBC reports that Markus Haering's company had been working with the authorities in Basel, Switzerland to try to convert the heat in deep-seated rocks into electricity, but the project was suspended in 2006 when drilling triggered earthquakes, one of them with a magnitude of 3.4, leading Haering's company to pay out $9M in damages. Haering's team planned to drill a series of holes penetrating up to 3 miles (4.8 km) underground with water being pumped onto rocks with a temperature of more than 195C. Basel's location on top of a fault line – the upper Rhine trench – had been deliberately chosen because the heat was closer to the Earth's surface. A risk assessment has since shown that the prospect of further quakes is too high to continue drilling in the city. Haering faces up to five years in prison if the judge finds he intentionally damaged property. Haering has admitted the 3.4 magnitude earthquake was stronger than he had expected and that his team 'had very little knowledge of seismicity' before starting to drill, but called the quakes 'a learning process for everyone involved.' Despite Haering's trial, the Swiss appetite for geothermal projects has not diminished. Engineers are beginning preliminary drilling in Zurich to see whether that area was suitable for a similar scheme, and St. Gallen, in eastern Switzerland, plans to start work on its own geothermal project next year. Drilling efforts are being closely watched in the US, where the energy department is sponsoring more than 120 geothermal energy projects in several states." - Full Article Source

12/16/09 - Travel full-time for less than $14,000 per year
Ask anyone what they wish they could do more of, and the answer is literally always the same: “I wish I could travel more.” Yet when you remove all the excuses, few people actually do. I don’t have enough vacation days! It’s too expensive. My friends don’t want to go with me. I know I’ve been guilty of this. Today, I’ve asked Nora Dunn, a professional world traveler, to write up a detailed post with her tips on traveling affordably. What I love about this article is how Nora has used money to do what she wants– instead of waiting around for a mythical day where she’ll be able to travel. Below, you’ll find a few sites you’ve heard of, some you haven’t…and the overall message: Once you remove the barrier of money, what’s your excuse? - Full Article Source

12/16/09 - With U.S. Opportunities Dim, Expats Return Home
With unemployment at 10% and prospects for finding work bleak, foreign-born professionals who came to the United States in search of better job opportunities and prosperity are now retreating. Foreign-based companies, particularly in Asia, are using the employment picture in the U.S. as a means to lure former residents home. This comes as a welcome respite for professionals who've experienced layoffs, underemployment and visa issues. - Full Article Source

12/16/09 - Hollywood Sets $10 Billion Box Office Record
"Claims by the MPAA that illegal downloads are killing the industry and causing billions in losses are once again being shredded. In 2009, the leading Hollywood studios made more films and generated more revenue than ever before, and for the first time in history the domestic box office grosses will surpass $10 billion. ... [N]either the ever-increasing piracy rates nor the global recession could prevent Hollywood having its best year ever in 2009. With an estimated $10.6 billion in consumer spending at the US and Canadian box office, the movie industry will break the 2008 record by nearly a billion dollars." - Full Article Source

12/13/09 - "Great Man" Theory? History Is Driven by the Little Guy
History told from above -- from the standpoint of generals and kings and presidents -- encourages passivity, a sense of helplessness. In this version of history, "great men" make history, not ordinary people. But looked at from below, history has another lesson. Whenever change has happened, it has been through protest, dissent, struggle, social movements, ordinary people picketing, striking, boycotting, sitting down, sitting in. All this means that we make history, history is effected by our everyday decisions. And we have a responsibility to speak out when we see injustice. We can't wait on others to "lead" us or solve our problems for us. We have to participate, to engage, every day and not just once every four years. - Full Article Source

12/13/09 - The DIY Book Scanner
KeelyNet "Daniel Reetz did not want to lug around heavy textbooks, so he built a book scanner to create digital copies. '... over three days, and for about $300, he lashed together two lights, two Canon Powershot A590 cameras, a few pieces of acrylic and some chunks of wood to create a book scanner that's fast enough to scan a 400-page book in about 20 minutes (PDF). To use it, he simply loads in a book and presses a button, then turns the page and presses the button again. Each press of the button captures two pages, and when he's done, software on Reetz's computer converts the book into a PDF file. The Reetz DIY book scanner isn't automated — you still need to stand by it to turn the pages. But it's fast and inexpensive.'" - Full Article Source

12/13/09 - Stoplights Freeze Over, Causing Accident
High efficiency traffic lights are being blamed for layer of ice and snow that completely covered stoplights across our area. According to the West Bend Department of Public Works, ice built up over new high-efficiency LED fixtures installed in traffic lights. The LED traffic lights use substantially less electricity but do not give off enough heat to melt ice or snow. - Full Article Source

12/13/09 - Rife - the Rise and Fall of a Scientific Genius
See the staggering discoveries and work of Roy Rife which led him to a cure for cancer (among many other diseases) in 1934. hear Rife’s own voice describe his breakthroughs and successes which shook the medical-pharmaceutical establishment to its core. This documentary by Shawn Montgomery, will leave you reeling with anger and shock at what has been withheld from all of us by men with an unbridled lust for profits and a complete disregard for the welfare of humanity. The Rise and Fall shows how Rife’s own brilliance led him to eventual ruin in the hands of the hopelessly corrupt American Medical Association, which did not and still does not want you to know his astonishing story. Countless millions of lives have been lost due to conflicting interests within the so-called Cancer Industry. / (13 segments reveal how the medical establishement first praised Rife, then denounced him when they realized they'd have little work to do if everything can be CURED instead of the endless pills, surgeries and hospital stays with which we are currently afflicted. This is the absolute best, most thorough Rife information I have seen. Thanks to Michael Gacek for the headsup! - JWD) - Full Article Source

12/13/09 - City Threatens $2500 Fines for Challenging Traffic Tickets
Motorists who receive minor parking or traffic tickets in Indianapolis, Indiana are being threatened with fines of up to $2500 if they attempt to take the ticket to court. A local attorney with the firm Roberts and Bishop was so outraged by what he saw in Marion County traffic court that he filed a class action suit yesterday seeking to have the practice banned as unconstitutional. "The deck is stacked against the motorist," lawyer Paul K. Ogden wrote. "To penalize that person for seeking justice seems wrong. I know it is done for the purpose of discouraging baseless challenges to tickets and clogging the docket, but in the process you are also penalizing people who have a legitimate defense and want a chance to present it to the court." The city made explicit the threat of additional fines for challenging parking tickets in a November 30 press release announcing a deal between Indianapolis and a private firm, T2 Systems, to hand over operations of a parking ticket court to increase municipal income. "Using Six Sigma process improvement strategies, it is estimated that under this program the city may collect an additional $352,000 to $520,000 in parking citation revenue over the next 12 months," the city press release stated. "If citations are not paid prior to their scheduled hearing, the city may request a fine of up to $2500 per citation. Upon receiving a judgment for an unpaid citation, individuals responsible could be subject to collections actions or having their vehicle registration suspended." In traffic court, Judge William Young has been making good on the threats by routinely siding with police officers in disputes and imposing fines of up to $500 on anyone who challenges a moving violation ticket, no matter how minor, and loses. Those who pay without going to court do not face this extra fine. "Unfortunately what you have happen a lot of times is that judges aren't particularly worried about whether what they're doing may be violating the law as the odds of someone ever appealing a $400 traffic ticket is remote," Ogden wrote. "I see it all the time. Trial judges flouting the law knowing they are unlikely to ever be challenged on an appeal because the litigants can't afford it." / (Thanks to Infolink for the headsup! - JWD) - Full Article Source

12/13/09 - A Breakthrough for Hydrogen Storage?
KeelyNet Technology from the Soviet space program adapted by Israeli and German scientists may offer a safe way to deliver the volatile gas to power laptops and cars. On Nov. 25, Germany's Federal Institute for Materials Research & Testing (known by its German acronym, BAM) released results of nearly two years of tests on C.En's technology, which involves the storage of compressed hydrogen inside bundles of thin, strong tubes of glass, known as capillary arrays. "The lightweight storage and safety factors give the technology a huge commercial potential for a whole range of industries," says Kai Holtappels, who heads up the working group at BAM that has been testing the technology since February 2008. A team of scientists first invented the capillary array technology at Moscow's Kurchatov Institute for use in the Soviet space program. Stern thinks his system can be adopted by the electronics industry to replace conventional batteries in portable devices such as laptops and mobile phones. The challenges of using hydrogen, though, have always been the size of containers needed to store the volatile gas and the risk of explosion. C.En claims to have overcome those problems with its leakproof capillary arrays. "Glass has proven to have three times the storage capacity at only a third of the weight of steel containers that are now commonly used for hydrogen storage, and it's far cheaper," says Eliezer. Outside experts are impressed at the potential, but are taking a wait-and-see attitude. "If C.En's capillaries can withstand the external pressure, the technology could be practical in vehicles and electrical devices," says Yoel Sasson, a professor of applied chemistry at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, who notes that another critical factor will be the cost of producing the capillary arrays. - Full Article Source

12/13/09 - Science-Based Medicine:The End of Chiropractic
An article written by 3 chiropractors and a PhD in physical education and published on December 2, 2009 in the journal Chiropractic and Osteopathy may have sounded the death knell for chiropractic. The chiropractic subluxation is the essential basis of chiropractic theory. A true subluxation is a partial dislocation: chiropractors originally believed bones were actually out of place. When x-rays proved this was not true, they were forced to re-define the chiropractic subluxation as a complex of functional and/or structural and/or pathological articular changes that compromise neural integrity and may influence organ system function and general health. Yet most chiropractors are still telling patients their spine is out of alignment and they are going to fix it. Early chiropractors believed that 100% of disease was caused by subluxation. Today most chiropractors still claim that subluxations cause interference with the nervous system, leading to suboptimal health and causing disease. What’s the evidence? In the 114 years since chiropractic began, the existence of chiropractic subluxations has never been objectively demonstrated. They have never been shown to cause interference with the nervous system. They have never been shown to cause disease. Critics of chiropractic have been pointing this out for decades, but now chiropractors themselves have come to the same conclusion. - Full Article Source

12/12/09 - Cavitation, Megafloods and the CIBC Engine
KeelyNet Recently, a fellow who had read about the rebirth of the Clem engine in the CIBC bubble cavitation version sent me links to a NOVA documentary called, 'The Mystery of the Megafloods'. He had noticed incredible correlations to how imploding bubbles could be used to explain anomalies that had puzzled geologists for decades. The documentary is posted in 6 parts on youtube and all are worth watching, but my favorite is #5 which I have included here because it shows the lab experiments that verified the theory and shows the raw power of a vortex producing cavitating (imploding) bubbles acting like sledgehammers against anything they strike. If you have been following the CIBC engine updates, this adds to the mix to show how that sledgehammer force could be translated into rotary motion to drive a shaft. Clem's engine had been called a 'tornado in a box' to hint at the source of the power produced, roughly 325hp. So now we have additional information that shows the novelty of using this natural implosion effect as a motor force. If you are not yet aware of this incredible rediscovery, see The Clem Engine Reborn and visit the Micro-Combustion Website for all the technical details, tests completed and documents posted for your study. / (Thanks to Rodney Rogers for the headsup on this wonderful video! - JWD) - Full Article Source

Additional information courtesy of Benedikt Stefansson - Iceland’s recent ‘mega-flood’ - An illustration of the power of Noah's Flood - Icelanders will long remember November 5, 1996. On that day the largest flood in living memory swept from the terminus (bottom end) of Skeidarár Glacier. Icelanders call such sudden drainage events jökulhlaups, literally, ‘glacier bursts.’ It is these that lead to mega-scale flooding with devastating consequences.1 During this flood, huge volumes of ice-blocks were detached from the glacier and swept along in the raging waters. Depending on their size, some ice-blocks floated, others rotated, bounced, skipped and slid down-channel. The biggest were 10–15 meters (33–50 feet) high and estimated to be up to 1,000 tonnes in weight. Many huge 200-tonne blocks were strewn across the alluvial plain. Sediment up to 9 meters (30 feet) thick was deposited over an area of 500 square km (200 square miles)—all in less than two days.6,7 Collisions by moving ice-blocks caused considerable damage. A 10-km (6-mile) segment of the premier highway that rings Iceland disappeared (Figure 2). The reinforced-concrete bridge over the Gígja River was totally swept away. The 900 meter (3000 feet) Skeidará River Bridge was severely damaged, even though its foundations were buried to a depth of 15 meters (50 feet) to withstand mega-floods. Iceland’s main high-tension power-lines were severed, and the telephone cables ripped apart.6,7 Relevance - Icelandic history records about 60 such cataclysms since the Vikings arrived in the ninth century. However, scientists were skeptical of the previous awesome descriptions of fantastic floods. Now that this mega-flood has been observed, many times larger than previously measured, it is considered that these stories are probably true.2 At 55,000 cubic meters (two million cubic feet) per second, Iceland’s deluge was of apocalyptic proportions. It destroyed reinforced-concrete bridges, swept along 1000-tonne blocks of ice, eroded 3-km-wide canyons and dumped 9 meters of sediment over 500 square km. Mercifully, it lasted only two days. Yet, on a world scale this was only a local flood. It affected only a small part of one tiny island on our planet. What would the global, year-long biblical Flood have achieved? Iceland’s devastating November 1996 jökulhlaup testifies to the power of Noah’s Flood and that it can easily explain the building of the geological record. Skeptics who deny the historicity of the Genesis account need to learn from Iceland’s latest mega-flood.

12/12/09 - Require all Congress and Senate to Enroll in Gov't Health Care
On Tuesday, the Senate health committee voted 12-11 in favor of a two-page amendment courtesy of Republican Tom Coburn that would require all Members and their staffs to enroll in any new government-run health plan. It took me less than a minute to sign up to require our congressmen and senators to drink at the same trough! Three cheers for Congressman John Fleming of Louisiana !

Congressman John Fleming ( Louisiana physician) has proposed an amendment that would require congressmen and senators to take the same healthcare plan they force on us (under proposed legislation they are curiously exempt).

Congressman Fleming is encouraging people to go on his Website and sign his petition (very simple - just first, last and email). I have immediately done just that at:

http://fleming.house.gov/index.cfm?sectionid=55§iontree=29,55

Please urge as many people as you can to do the same! If Congress forces this on the American people, the Congressmen should have to accept the same level of health care for themselves and their families. To do otherwise is the height of hypocrisy! - Please pass this on!! - (Thanks to Infolink for this excellent headsup, I signed up and it's really easy and quick! - JWD) - Full Article Source

12/12/09 - A Marshall Plan For America
To solve our jobs problem and to increase our use of the country's productive capacity, we need a new method of job creation that doesn't rely entirely on credit and that is independent of the larger banks. One model for this would be the Marshall Plan, the U.S. government program that rebuilt Europe's economy's after World War II. Overkill? Maybe. But we have a systemic problem here, that if left unaddressed will slowly hack into the standard of living. Two elements of the Marshall Plan are relevant here: It operated as a locally run business development program, and Uncle Sam never expected to get its money back, correctly betting that any dollar invested would reap huge rewards when Europe emerged as a viable trading partner. - Full Article Source

12/12/09 - Fears of Eurabia - How Much Allah Can the Old Continent Bear?
KeelyNet Switzerland's recent vote to ban the construction of new minarets has shocked and angered Muslims around the world. But the controversial move also reflects a growing sense of unease among other Europeans who have trouble coming to terms with Islam's increased visibility. Zingg has prevented the minaret that Karaademi wanted to build, and has managed to make it illegal for any other minarets to be built in Switzerland. He was one of the authors of the referendum that was passed by the Swiss on Nov. 29 with 57.5 percent of the votes. The constitution will now contain the following sentence: "The building of minarets is banned." The Swiss decision has shocked Europe and the world because its ramifications go far beyond the building of minarets -- they also concern the identity of an entire continent. This was a referendum on Western society's perception of Islam as a threat. The issue is generating intense debate: Just how much of Islam is predominantly Christian Europe prepared to accept? The decision by the otherwise so tolerant Alpine country reveals the deep-seated fear of an Islam that is becoming increasingly visible. Are Muslim immigrants threatening European values? This is a concern shared by many Europeans across the continent. Surveys last week revealed that 44 percent of Germans oppose the construction of minarets, followed by 41 percent of the French. Fifty-five percent of all Europeans see Islam as an intolerant religion. - Full Article Source

12/12/09 - Geothermal Project in California Is Shut Down
The company in charge of a California project to extract vast amounts of renewable energy from deep, hot bedrock has removed its drill rig and informed federal officials that the government project will be abandoned. The project by the company, AltaRock Energy, was the Obama administration’s first major test of geothermal energy as a significant alternative to fossil fuels and the project was being financed with federal Department of Energy money at a site about 100 miles north of San Francisco called the Geysers. But on Friday, the Energy Department said that AltaRock had given notice this week that “it will not be continuing work at the Geysers” as part of the agency’s geothermal development program. The project’s apparent collapse comes a day after Swiss government officials permanently shut down a similar project in Basel, because of the damaging earthquakes it produced in 2006 and 2007. Taken together, the two setbacks could change the direction of the Obama administration’s geothermal program, which had raised hopes that the earth’s bedrock could be quickly tapped as a clean and almost limitless energy source. - Full Article Source

12/12/09 - Rethinking artificial intelligence
KeelyNet Researchers hope to produce ‘co-processors’ for the human mind. One of the projects being developed by the group is a form of assistive technology they call a brain co-processor. This system, also referred to as a cognitive assistive system, would initially be aimed at people suffering from cognitive disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease. The concept is that it would monitor people’s activities and brain functions, determine when they needed help, and provide exactly the right bit of helpful information — for example, the name of a person who just entered the room, and information about when the patient last saw that person — at just the right time. The same kind of system, members of the group suggest, could also find applications for people without any disability, as a form of brain augmentation — a way to enhance their own abilities, for example by making everything from personal databases of information to all the resources of the internet instantly available just when it’s needed. The idea is to make the device as non-invasive and unobtrusive as possible — perhaps something people would simply slip on like a pair of headphones. In the longer run, Minsky still sees hope for far grander goals. For example, he points to the fact that his iPhone can now download thousands of different applications, instantly allowing it to perform new functions. Why not do the same with the brain? “I would like to be able to download the ability to juggle,” he says. “There’s nothing more boring than learning to juggle.” / (Oddly enough, that is similar to the group mind described at The Preceptors - JWD) - Full Article Source

12/12/09 - Fines Fail To Curb Cell Phone Usage While Driving
"An in-depth study of over 14,000 London drivers by the Transport Research Laboratory has found an increase in the number of London motorists making and taking calls using their handsets at the wheel between 2008 and 2009, even though harsher penalties were introduced in 2007. It seems that most people, at least in London, still don't respect the fact that there's a much higher risk of being involved in an accident if you're using your cell phone." - Full Article Source

12/11/09 - Magic Project 1.0
A novel augmented reality setup. A camera picks up some IR LEDs in a canvas and translates that into information for a video projector. - Full Article Source

12/11/09 - Pranav Mistry’s cool input devices
This new video about [Pranav Mistry's] SixthSense project doesn’t bring us much that we haven’t seen before. At least, not on that project. What really caught our eye was the device he shows off at the beginning of the video. Using two old ball mice, he constructed a grip style input device. It is simple and elegant and we can definitely see using this in future hacks. Not only is it cheap and apparently effective, it seems as though it could be constructed in a very short amount of time. all you need are the wheels that spin when the ball moves, 4 springs and some string. Why didn’t we think of that? - Full Article Source

12/11/09 - Eureqa discovers equations
KeelyNet While “Software to discover equations and mathematical relationships in data” isn’t at the top of our christmas wish list, we have to admit that Eureqa is pretty cool. Developed at Cornell University, Eureqa uses machine learning algorithms to determine the underlying math behind data sets. It derived Newton’s second law of motion in a few hours on a standard desktop computer, which isn’t bad at all for a cold unfeeling robot mind. There probably aren’t many applications for this in most hacks, but what hacker wouldn’t want Sir Issac Newton’s brain in their toolbox? The software can be downloaded for free from their website. / Eureqa is a software tool for detecting equations and hidden mathematical relationships in your data. Its primary goal is to identify the simplest mathematical formulas which could describe the underlying mechanisms that produced the data. - Full Article Source

12/11/09 - Tata unveils affordable water purifier
Tata Chemicals says its ‘Tata Swach’ requires no energy or running water to operate, and will provide a family of five in India safe drinking water for as little as Rs30 (40 pence). In India water-borne diseases such as typhoid, cholera and polio are some of the biggest causes of death. R Mukundan, Managing Director of Tata Chemicals, said: “With the launch of this product we are committing ourselves to work towards wiping out the curse of water-borne diseases.” Less than a metre high, the Swach combines low-cost ingredients with superior nanotechnology. The cartridge bulb has the capacity to kill bacteria and disease-causing organisms. - Full Article Source

12/11/09 - In Energy Innovation, Everything New Is Old Again
KeelyNet A solar array in Peoria, Ariz. incorporates an updated Stirling engine, below, a device created in the early 19th century. High-tech marvels, the solar dishes look like three-story-tall mirrored flowers atop steel stems. But at the heart of each dish is a very old-fashioned invention: a Stirling engine, patented by a Scotsman in 1816, decades before the diesel or internal combustion engine. The cutting edge of renewable energy is littered with long-established ideas such as the Stirling. From generating power from the wind to harvesting liquid fuel from algae, some of today's most promising new technologies are actually quite old. New energy technologies tend to develop slowly and spread at a snail's pace. It takes time and money to accomplish small improvements, and even more of both to spread those improvements across the energy system. The invention of the gas turbine -- used to power aviation and generate electricity -- is the only true energy breakthrough in the 20th century, says Vaclav Smil, a prolific author on energy topics and professor at the University of Manitoba. "There is nothing new under the sun." Others would disagree. They cite nuclear power, even though a nuclear plant incorporates old-fashioned steam turbines. And other inventions might yet turn out to be game changers, such as the lithium-ion battery or regenerative braking, the technology hybrid vehicles use to capture energy while reducing the car's speed. So while the Obama administration is pouring billions of dollars into renewable-energy research and counting on green technology to create new jobs, some energy experts warn that change is likely to be less rapid than many Americans -- conditioned by the lively pace of computer innovation -- expect. Even technology enthusiasts admit that innovation is slow, and costly. "If you want to speed up the innovation process, you are not going to do it on the cheap," says Ted Nordhaus, chairman and founder of the Breakthrough Institute, an energy think tank in Oakland, Calif. "You are going to do it with brute-force expenditure." - Full Article Source

12/11/09 - U.S. Helps Frequent Fliers Make a Mint
Enthusiasts of frequent-flier mileage have all kinds of crazy strategies for racking up credits, but few have been as quick and easy as turning coins into miles. At least several hundred mile-junkies discovered that a free shipping offer on presidential and Native American $1 coins, sold at face value by the U.S. Mint, amounted to printing free frequent-flier miles. Mileage lovers ordered more than $1 million in coins until the Mint started identifying them and cutting them off. Coin buyers charged the purchases, sold in boxes of 250 coins, to a credit card that offers frequent-flier mile awards, then took the shipments straight to the bank. They then used the coins they deposited to pay their credit-card bills. Their only cost: the car trip to make the deposit. - Full Article Source

12/11/09 - Capturing Osama Bin Laden Is the Last Thing That Americans Want
“Let’s start with saying that Bin Laden was created by American special services to struggle against the Soviet military contingent in Afghanistan. It is a well-known fact. In 2001, Washington said that it was Osama who organized the terrorist acts. The acts were then used as the reason to invade Afghanistan and Iraq. Washington said that it would be struggling against terrorism there. Therefore, if they capture or kill Bin Laden, they will ruin their arguments justifying the presence of NATO troops in the two countries. “If Bin Laden is killed, he will become a martyr for many Muslims, and they may decide to continue his deeds. Furthermore, US officials believe that terrorist organizations, including al-Qaeda, may split into many uncontrollable groups and it would become even more difficult to struggle against them. That is why there is nothing surprising about the fact that Rumsfeld and Franks canceled the storming of Tora Bora in 2001,” Mr. Sivkov said. - Full Article Source

12/11/09 - New Model of the Universe Says Past Crystallizes out of the Future
KeelyNet What do you get when the past crystallizes out of the future? According to a new model of the universe that combines relativity and quantum mechanics, the answer is: the present. Today, Ellis and Rothman introduce a significant new type of block universe. They say the character of the block changes dramatically when quantum mechanics is thrown into the mix. All of a sudden, the past and the future take on entirely different characteristics. The future is dominated by the weird laws of quantum mechanics in which objects can exist in two places at the same time and particles can be so deeply linked that they share the same existence. By contrast, the past is dominated by the unflinching certainty of classical mechanics. What's interesting is that the transition between these states takes place largely in the present. It's almost as if the past crystallizes out of the future, in the instant we call the present. Ellis and Rothman call this model the "crystallizing block universe" and go on to explore some of its properties. They point out, for example, that this crystallization process doesn't take place entirely in the present. In quantum mechanics the past can sometimes be delayed, for example in delayed choice experiments. This means the structure of the transition from future to past is more complex than a cursory thought might suggest. Ellis and Rothman suggest that their model provides a straightforward solution to the problem of the origin of the arrow of time. "The arrow of time arises simply because the future does not yet exist," they say. That's a thought-provoking but ultimately unconvincing model in its current form. But it'll be interesting to see whether Ellis and Rothman can conjure a little more substance from the idea. What it needs, of course, are some testable predictions, things that cosmologists usually spend little time worrying about. Don't hold your breath. - Full Article Source

12/11/09 - A Cheaper Hydrogen Catalyst
Using nickel as a catalyst rather than platinum could also mean less-expensive fuels cells. Platinum normally plays a crucial role in fuel cells and in the production of hydrogen. Now a group of researchers has shown how to get the same kind of reactivity using a metal--nickel--that is a thousand times less expensive than platinum. Electrodes made using the new catalyst would be about 20 percent cheaper than those made of platinum, Artero says. Given that the platinum makes up roughly a third of the cost of fuel cells, this could have a significant impact on the price of fuel cell technology. The new compounds are based on a type of enzyme called hydrogenase. Normally found in bacteria and algae that live in anaerobic (or oxygen-free) conditions, these enzymes are used by these organisms as a catalyst to metabolize hydrogen, says Artero. "They use exactly the same process as fuel cells to stay alive," he says. - Full Article Source

12/11/09 - Portable DVD LED Projector - $261.00
KeelyNet This idiot-proof LED projector features an integrated DVD player and built-in stereo speakers. Simply plug it in, bung in a disc and gawp in wonder as it beams a quality image (up to 50”) on the wall. Ideal for kids’ bedrooms, family get-togethers and movie night parties, the robust MCDVDP (catchy, eh?) uses clever LED technology, so power consumption is low and lamp life is long. And because it’s portable you can move it between rooms with ease. / With its simpleton-friendly controls and toytown styling, the DVD Projector is not for all you pixel-counting tech anoraks out there. No, it’s for all you stay-at-home movie buffs looking for a portable escape hatch from the grim realities of 21st century life. Or for students who’ve had the telly repossessed. The point is it’s perfect for watching movies in a cinema-esque fashion without having to sit behind a row of popcorn-flicking asbos. - Full Article Source

12/11/09 - Getting Power From Coal Without Digging It Up
Converting coal in the ground directly into clean-burning gases could have huge environmental benefits--not the least of which would be the avoidance of destructive mining operations. The problem is, technology for underground coal gasification is still in its early stages. Previous demonstrations of the technology have turned coal seams as deep as 1,000 meters below the surface into clean-burning gas. In contrast, Swan Hills Synfuels' C$1.5 billion project proposes to reach down 1,400 meters. Working at that depth could lessen the threat of groundwater contamination from the smoldering decomposing coal. "We've got 800 meters of rock--a lot of it impermeable--between us and freshwater aquifers," says Swan Hills president Doug Shaigec. Pilot testing by Swan Hills confirms the viability of these promises, according to Shaigec. He says the pilot produced excellent gas using a pair of adjacent wells spaced 50 to 60 meters apart, installed in the coal seam with the same directional-drilling techniques behind the accelerating production of natural gas from shale deposits. Oxygen is driven down the feed well and the coal seam is ignited, driving the temperature to 800 to 900 ºC and the pressure to almost 2,000 PSI. Under those pressures, the oxygen, coal, and saline water (present in the coal and also injected via the feed well) react to form a gas that is roughly one-third methane and two-thirds hydrogen, along with some carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide. The gas is drawn to the surface via the adjacent production well, where the carbon monoxide is converted to hydrogen and CO?, and all of the CO? is removed. - Full Article Source

12/11/09 - Obama's Big Sellout
KeelyNet The president has packed his economic team with Wall Street insiders intent on turning the bailout into an all-out giveaway. What's taken place in the year since Obama won the presidency has turned out to be one of the most dramatic political about-faces in our history. Elected in the midst of a crushing economic crisis brought on by a decade of orgiastic deregulation and unchecked greed, Obama had a clear mandate to rein in Wall Street and remake the entire structure of the American economy. What he did instead was ship even his most marginally progressive campaign advisers off to various bureaucratic Siberias, while packing the key economic positions in his White House with the very people who caused the crisis in the first place. This new team of bubble-fattened ex-bankers and laissez-faire intellectuals then proceeded to sell us all out, instituting a massive, trickle-up bailout and systematically gutting regulatory reform from the inside. There's no other way to say it: Barack Obama, a once-in-a-generation political talent whose graceful conquest of America's racial dragons en route to the White House inspired the entire world, has for some reason allowed his presidency to be hijacked by sniveling, low-rent shitheads. Instead of reining in Wall Street, Obama has allowed himself to be seduced by it, leaving even his erstwhile campaign adviser, ex-Fed chief Paul Volcker, concerned about a "moral hazard" creeping over his administration. "The obvious danger is that with the passage of time, risk-taking will be encouraged and efforts at prudential restraint will be resisted," Volcker told Congress in September, expressing concerns about all the regulatory loopholes in Frank's bill. "Ultimately, the possibility of further crises — even greater crises — will increase." What's most troubling is that we don't know if Obama has changed, or if the influence of Wall Street is simply a fundamental and ineradicable element of our electoral system. What we do know is that Barack Obama pulled a bait-and-switch on us. If it were any other politician, we wouldn't be surprised. Maybe it's our fault, for thinking he was different. / (It's ALL OF CONGRESS AND THE SENATE who are also responsible for letting any of this happen, they all need to GOOOO! - JWD) - Full Article Source

12/11/09 - Accepting Friend Requests from Strangers Is a Recipe for ID Theft
According to a study conducted by computer security company Sophos, anywhere from 41 to 49 percent of users (by age group) they test-requested friendship with on Facebook accepted their invitation. The problem, as they see it: After they became friends with people they don't know, they've got access to dates of birth, email addresses, the places they went to school, the town in which they live, and a lot more—basically it's a great start gathering all of the things an identity thief would need to get the ball rolling. Do you blindly accept friend requests on Facebook? And if you do, do you have a limited profile set up for those people you don't know that limits the personal information they can see? - Full Article Source

12/11/09 - I Want One of Those - Geek Toys for Christmas
Cool, unusual gifts for friends and family. - Full Article Source

12/11/09 - Baby Luggage
KeelyNet Some designer has come up with a "Smart Baby Case" space pod for wheeling a baby around. The designer's site says his client is Samsonite, the luggage people. You put the baby in there butt-ass naked, and an "auto-diaper" feature cleans up any unfortunate occurrences. Air filters keep the air clean. An baby monitor lets you check in on your baby without moving your neck. Just weird and creepy. At the airport, will your baby fit in the overhead bin, or do you have to check it? - Full Article Source

12/11/09 - Electric Mini Cooper Has Rough Start
"BMW's limited roll out of the electric version of its Mini has met with complaints from early adopters including less than advertised range, cold weather charging problems, bulky batteries and connection issues. Richard Steinburg, BMW's manager of electric vehicle operations, assures everyone that the manufacturer is 'learning quite a bit as we go.' Drivers are paying $850/month for the privilege of helping BMW learn how to build EVs, while also helping BMW meet alternative fuel mandates so that other models can continue to be sold in select markets." - Full Article Source

12/11/09 - How Men and Women Badly Estimate Their Own Intelligence
"In investigating the question of whether men are smarter than women, British researcher Adrian Furnham came up with some startling results. His analysis of some 30 studies showed that men and women are fairly equal overall in terms of IQ, but women underestimate their own intelligence while men overestimate theirs. Surprisingly, both men and women perceived men being smarter across generations — both sexes believe that their fathers are smarter than their mothers and their grandfathers are more intelligent than their grandmothers. And if there are children, both men and women think their sons are brighter than their daughters." - Full Article Source

12/11/09 - US Patent Office Fast Tracks Green Patents
"A new initiative is being piloted where 'green' patents are given special priority over other patents in the backlogged system. David Kappos (Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO) said, 'Every day an important green tech innovation is hindered from coming to market is another day we harm our planet and another day lost in creating green businesses and green jobs. Applications in this pilot program will see a significant savings in pendency, which will help bring green innovations to market more quickly.' The details of how you qualify for a green patent (PDF) are available with patent blogs offering opinions on this initiative." - Full Article Source

12/11/09 - Yahoo Sells Users Private Email Contents to U.S. Agencies for Small Price
After earlier reports this week that Yahoo had blocked an FOIA Freedom of Information release of its "law enforcement and intelligence price list", someone helpfully provided a copy of the Yahoo company’s spying guide to the whistleblower web site Cryptome.org. The 17-page guide, which Yahoo has tried to suppress via legal letters to the Cryptome.org site run by freedom of information champion John Young, describes Yahoo’s policies on keeping the data of Yahoo Email and Yahoo Groups users, as well as the surveillance and spying capabilities it can give to the U.S. government and its agencies. The Yahoo document is a price list for these spying services and has already resulted in many people closing down their accounts in protest. However, closing a Yahoo account is not as easy as one might expect: users have reported great difficulty in finding the link to delete their account, and, Yahoo will still keep data for another 90 days. Mathaba has also long been aware of a great many business people, politicians and even Presidents who use the "free" web-based email services of Yahoo for their Email communications, thus making it easy for the U.S. and its owners to spy on them with negligible cost. The price list that Yahoo tried to prevent the government from releasing to Soghoian appears in one small paragraph in the 17-page leaked document. According to this list, Yahoo charges the government about $30 to $40 for the contents, including e-mail, of a subscriber’s account. It charges $40 to $80 for the contents of a Yahoo group. Facebook, Twitter, MySpace and other U.S. "social networking" sites are at minimum providing information in similar fashion to U.S. agencies, and in some cases have also received substantial funding by U.S. government related entities as a most efficient and cost-effective means of spying on their users around the world - Full Article Source

12/11/09 - Crematorium to use burning bodies to generate electricity
Hastings Borough Council in East Sussex says it would be the first in Europe to invest in technology which converts excess heat from cremations into reusable energy. It hopes new generators, being installed next summer as part of an £800,000 refit, will save money in the long run by cutting energy bills. Hastings Borough Council amenities manager Peter Mead said the recycled power would not come directly from the bodies but from the machines used to cremate them and filter the fumes. He said: "A crematorium uses vast amounts of energy. We buy about £25,000 worth of gas a year. Clearly we want to be as energy efficient as we can be. "The first part would be to use that heat, but the second stage is to use it to generate electricity. - Full Article Source

12/11/09 - WinFontsView Gives You a Glimpse of All the Fonts on Your System
KeelyNet Free app WinFontsView displays all the fonts on your system so you can quickly grab one you need. To find fonts on your system, simply run the portable EXE file from a thumb drive or wherever it's stored on your hard drive. The app displays a handful of samples for each font, including bold, italic, underline, and different sizes, too. You'll be able to tell at a glance which fonts might work for your needs and which you can skip right off the bat. WinFontsView isn't as full-featured as some of the other font managers out there, but it's perfect for previewing batches of fonts so you don't have to painstakingly click on every single one you want to test. It also won't change the font in blocks of text you've already typed so it won't help you compare how your work will look in different typeface. WinFontsView is available in several languages and works with all Windows version 2000 and higher. - Full Article Source

12/11/09 - Keeping People at a distance with Social Networking
Today, you can publish anything you like, to anyone on earth, for almost nothing. You can whip up a group of people with the same interest as you in a few hours. You can talk to anyone else on Earth, via Skype, for as long as you like, for nothing. Social networking sites are a genuinely new way of interacting: you can feel close to somebody without actually speaking to them from one month to the next. It also keeps people in your orbit who would normally have slipped away. I know, for example, that the girl I used to sit next to at primary school has spilled coffee on her laptop three hours ago, and a woman I met at a checkpoint in Gaza is glad Lloyd was voted off The X Factor. At some point in my life, some of these people will loop back into real interaction with me, maybe, but for now they remain a constant comforting source of inane babble. But is it more? Recently, an old friend I hadn't seen for 10 years committed suicide. I instinctively went to her Facebook page, and so, it seemed, had everyone else who knew her, leaving messages of regret and love and loss. I found myself reading over her old status updates. She was clearly trying to communicate pain and isolation – but we all missed it, leaving inane comments and thumbs up and tossed sheep below every plea for help. Could we have known, if we had read it less casually? Or am I projecting backwards? The contrast between the transitory nature of a Facebook status update and the permanence of death made me wonder if all this social networking is actually a way of keeping people at a distance – a way of having a "friend" but not having any of the commitments and duties of friendship. When the sci-fi novelist William Gibson first put forward the notion of "cyberspace", he described it as a "consensual hallucination", where we pretend we are together, when in reality we are alone. It seemed true that night. - Full Article Source

12/11/09 - Researchers find hidden sensory system in the skin
Surprisingly, this sensory network is located throughout our blood vessels and sweat glands, and is for most people, largely imperceptible. "Under normal conditions, the skin contains many different types of nerve endings that distinguish between different temperatures, different types of mechanical contact such as vibrations from a cell phone and movement of hairs, and, importantly, painful stimuli," said Dr. Rice. "Much to our surprise, the skin we received from England lacked all the nerve endings that we normally associated with skin sensation. So how were these individuals feeling anything?" The answer appeared to be in the presence of sensory nerve endings on the small blood vessels and sweat glands embedded in the skin. "For many years, my colleagues and I have detected different types of nerve endings on tiny blood vessels and sweat glands, which we assumed were simply regulating blood flow and sweating. We didn't think they could contribute to conscious sensation. However, while all the other sensory endings were missing in this unusual skin, the blood vessels and sweat glands still had the normal types of nerve endings. Apparently, these unique individuals are able to 'feel things' through these remaining nerve endings," said Dr. Rice. "What we learned from these unusual individuals is that there's another level of sensory feedback that can give us conscious tactile information. Problems with these nerve endings may contribute to mysterious pain conditions such as migraine headaches and fibromyalgia, the sources of which are still unknown, making them very difficult to treat." To facilitate these collaborations, Dr. Rice and Dr. Albrecht, recently founded a new biotechnology company, Integrated Tissue Dynamics, LLC, also known as Intidyn (www.Intidyn.com). Intidyn provides flexible and scalable research capabilities on behalf of pharmaceutical companies to detect chemical and structural changes in the skin that may cause the chronic numbness, pain and itch associated with a wide variety of afflictions such as diabetes, shingles, complex regional pain syndrome, carpal tunnel syndrome, sciatica, fibromyalgia, psoriasis, chemotherapy and even the unintended side effects caused by many drugs. Such afflictions and the associated neurological problems respond poorly to existing treatments. The preclinical and clinical research conducted by AMC and Intidyn facilitates biomarker identification and the evaluation of potential therapeutic strategies to prevent or treat these naturally-occurring afflictions and drug-induced side effects that harm the skin and nerves. - Full Article Source

12/11/09 - Super-potato could save money and energy
Scientists in Germany have taken the humble potato and genetically modified it to produce a new variety that produces a starch used by the paper, textile and food industries. The team from the Fraunhofer Institute used a rapid breeding process called Tilling (Targeting Induced Local Lesions in Genomes) to create potatoes that contain amylopectin starch instead of amylose starch – normal breeds contain both. A total of 2,748 seedlings were examined before the plant that produced only the right starch was found. The team then created the first generation of super-potatoes, which could save both money and energy as manufacturers will no longer have to separate the two types of starch. In Germany alone the paper and adhesives industries get through 500,000 tonnes of highly purified amylopectin each year. - Full Article Source

12/10/09 - Is Obama Poised to Cede US Sovereignty?
On October 14, Lord Christopher Monckton gave a presentation in St. Paul, MN on the subject of global warming. In this 4-minute excerpt from his speech, he issues a dire warning to all Americans regarding the United Nations Climate Change Treaty that is scheduled to be signed in Copenhagen in December 2009. There has been considerable debate raised about Monckton's conclusion that the Copenhagen Treaty would cede US sovereignty. His comments appear to be based upon his interpretation of the The Supremacy Clause in the US Constitution (Article VI, paragraph 2). This clause establishes the Constitution, Federal Statutes, and U.S. TREATIES as the supreme law of the land. Concerns have been raised in the past that a particularly ambitious treaty may supersede the US Constitution. In the 1950s, a constitutional amendment, known as the Bricker Amendment, was proposed in response to such fears, but it failed to pass. You can read more about the Bricker Amendment in a 1953 Time Magazine article: http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,824007,00.html - The amendment seems simple. Its key sentence: "A provision of a treaty or other international agreement which conflicts with any provision of this Constitution shall not be of any force or effect." / (Thanks to Bill Ward for the headsup! - JWD) - Full Article Source

12/10/09 - Researcher's lie could threaten diesel rules
A sweeping California regulation aimed at cutting hazardous pollution from diesel engine exhaust could be derailed after a key state researcher on the project was caught in a lie about his academic credentials. Two of the 11 air board members have asked that the anti-pollution rules be suspended because they were partially based on a report by Hien Tran that found particulates in diesel emissions account for 3,500 premature deaths a year in California. Tran falsely claimed he had a doctorate in statistics from UC Davis. The regulation, unanimously approved nearly a year ago, requires big rig owners to retrofit or replace trucks and buses to cut diesel particulates spewed into the air. The regulation would begin to take effect next year and ramp up over the next several years. The rules, which also apply to out-of-state vehicles if they are driven in California, affect 1 million vehicles. It will cost the trucking industry $5.5 billion, according to air regulators. Tran, whose estimate of 3,500 deaths was higher than previous estimates, does have a doctorate in statistics, but he obtained it from Thornhill University, a distance learning school. He has a master's degree in the subject from UC Davis. Tran, who has worked at the air board for 11 years, was demoted and his salary was cut by $1,066 per month to $7,899 per month. He was not fired. A few days before the board voted on the regulation, a researcher from UCLA notified the board staff that Tran did not have the degree he claimed, said air board spokesman Leo Kay. Some, but not all, members of the air board were told about the falsification, Kay said. Kay said it was a mistake that the full board was not notified. - Full Article Source

12/10/09 - CaptureFox Adds Screen Capture Capabilities to Firefox
KeelyNet Firefox: If you need a simple screen recording tool but don't want to install an extra application just for the task, the CaptureFox extension brings screen recording to Firefox. Once you install the extension, a small icon is placed in the right hand side of your status bar—for those of you who have banished your status bars for extra screen space, you can hit CTRL+SHIFT+U or open it from the Tools menu instead—clicking on it pulls up the menu you see in the screenshot above. After you select the settings you want, you can begin capturing. The capture can be limited to the Firefox windows or cover the whole screen and you can select your video quality, frame rate, codec, and filename. CaptureFox is free and works wherever Firefox does. - Full Article Source

12/10/09 - Ferrofluid on the track of a Meatgrinder
Ferrofluid is attracted by magnetic flux. It flows with the gradient. A track with continuously increasing flux density is formed by a conical screw. Such a high pitch, conical steel-screw is difficult to make. It is much easier to just take it form discarded equipment, like in this case from a meatgrinder. A meatgrinder core is tested in the field of an adjustable DC Magnet. The flux lines emerging from track at the ridge of the thread shall be of increasing density from bottom to top. To visualise the flux density on the track, identical steel spheres are attached at high flux. With decreasing flux they will fall down when at their location the flux density falls under the critical value. With continuously decreasing flux they shall fall down in sequence from bottom to top. The handmade screw shows a suitable increasing line with some distortions. The final test shows that the meatgrinder screw is capable to levitate the ferrofluid on the track at the ridge of the thread from the basin to its top. / (Note how the flux lines focus on the edges, this backs up what Howard Johnson and others claim that you can focus the flux lines like high pressure water from a hose. The crescent shaped magnets used by Johnson are the key to his magnetic engine, many say it was self-running. - JWD) - Full Article Source

New way of making a ferrofluid. Cost only $1.00! - I found a new way of making ferrofluid (a substance that's liquid, but turns solid in the presence of a magnetic field). My project adventage is cost. It's much cheaper than all the other methods and it's very simple. My ferrofluid consists of only 2 inexpensive parts and can be made for ~$1.00 per ml or even cheaper . You only need old record tapes or video tapes and acetone! - Full Article Source

12/10/09 - Solar power coming to a store near you
Lowe's has begun stocking solar panels at its California stores and plans to roll them out across the country next year. This shows how far the highest of the high-tech alternative energy technologies has come. Solar power is now accessible to anyone with a ladder, a power drill, and the gumption to climb up on a roof and install the panels themselves. For Lowe's, it's an opening into a new and potentially lucrative DIY business. Buyer be warned, however. The DIY part of solar goes beyond installation. Professional installers typically handle all the necessary paperwork, like clearance from the local utility and applications for a bevy of government subsidies that can make the system a whole lot cheaper. "You put solar panels on your roof without a permit, bad things happen to you," said Jeff Wolfe, CEO of solar installer groSolar. "The utility could shut off the power." Lowe's will staff a kiosk near the panels that provides information on how to apply for rebates. For anyone willing to tackle the paperwork, Akeena Solar promises a hassle-free installation that will immediately reduce the power you need to buy from the local utility. The rectangular panels retail at $893 a piece. They produce the same AC power that runs in homes and plug directly into a circuit breaker. During the day, the solar panels will act like a large battery, producing energy from the sun and pumping it through the circuit breaker to appliances inside. On cloudy days or at night, of course, homeowners will again draw 100 percent of their power from the grid. To install, you'll need to carry the 40-pound panels to the roof and drill holes — two per panel — into the rafters. After adding a barrier to prevent leaks and a couple of brackets, the panels are bolted to the roof. The home would need a dedicated circuit breaker, just like a washer and dryer. One panel packs nowhere near the punch of a full solar system. A typical solar system installed by a professional usually has 20 panels. Each Akeena panel will generate about 175 watts of electricity, about enough to power a flat screen television. If you want more solar power, you can snap another panel to the first, kind of like Legos. "People might want to put up one, see if it works. Then with their next paycheck, they may buy four more," Cinnamon said. - Full Article Source

12/09/09 - Power device to cut energy and costs
KeelyNet The power boards use Embertec's patented technology to determine when a device or series of devices is in use or on stand-by and intuitively controls power supply to the appliance. In Australia, consumers spend nearly $2 billion a year on wasteful power consumption related to audio-visual and PC equipment, Embertec chief executive Domenico Gelonese says. "Our product makes every device plugged into it intelligent. It's stopping appliances from being a drain on our environment without any human intervention,'' he said. Entry-level Embertec products are likely to be priced around $80 and promise quick payback, with a life-span of 15 years. While other energy-saving devices and technologies exist, most involve changing consumer habits. "With our products, it's about plugging it in once and forgetting about it,'' Mr Gelonese says. A marketing campaign is being finalised to target the three core markets for the product - existing residential and commercial properties, retrofits and new constructions. - Full Article Source

12/09/09 - World's first passenger space ship.. £130k first paying flights in 2011
KeelyNet Each trip which will cost £130,000 and take passengers to the very edge of space where they will enjoy zero gravity during the two and a half hour flight. Hundreds of aspiring rocket men and women, including physicist Stephen Hawking, Hollywood director Bryan Singer and Dallas actress Victoria Principal, have already signed up for the flights, and many of them attended the historic unveiling at the project base in Mojave, California, this week. Governor of California Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Bill Richardson, the Governor of New Mexico, where a new spaceport is being built, joined Branson for the launch and officially christened the craft, the VSS (Virgin Space Ship) Enterprise. Branson, 59, said: "We want this programme to be a whole new beginning in a commercial era of space travel. I have been dreaming about it ever since the Moon landing - that one day I would get the chance to go into space. "So a number of years ago I thought, 'Let's do it, let's build our own spacecraft'. "Nasa spent billions upon billions of dollars on space travel and has only managed to send 480 people. "We're hoping to send thousands of people into space over the next couple of years. We want to make sure that we build a spaceship that is 100 percent safe. "I think it will be an experience that will be out of this world, literally. An experience of a lifetime." SpaceShipTwo has been designed as the most luxurious private jet in the world. Measuring 60 feet long, it also has more windows than the average plane, including overhead portholes for added stargazing. The ship will carry six passengers, each in seats which will fold down flat when they reach space to allow for more zero gravity acrobatics. While SpaceShipOne was designed for three people, SpaceShipTwo can carry six passengers and two pilots. - Full Article Source

12/09/09 - Brooklyn Superhero Supply Co.
KeelyNet If a superhero is on your Christmas shopping list, this is for you: Brooklyn Superhero Supply Co. "Online purveyors of high quality crimefighting merchandise." A 16-ounce can of X-Ray Vision is only $11.00. Orders for Christmas must be received by December 14th! - Full Article Source

12/09/09 - Chilling results from COD invention
Four new state-of-the-art chillers have been installed in the Berg Instructional Center at College of DuPage, and the results are netting savings that go beyond dollars and cents. One of the biggest benefits is the reduction in electrical consumption by 300,000 kilowatt hours, for a savings of more than $400,000 per year. This also has led to a reduction of carbon dioxide emissions by 50.2 percent per year, the equivalent of taking 923 cars off the road. "With the reduction of electricity, the College reduces its carbon footprint because the power plants are producing less electricity," said Ron Dulceak, project manager at COD. Other projected savings are as follows: • Water consumption has been reduced by 2.3 million gallons per year for an annual savings of $23,000. • The fully automated control system allows equipment to automatically power up or down as needed, uses auto start-up, and bases start up and shut down on efficiency, for overall increased efficiency by 52.4 percent. • Four new variable speed motors reduce wear and energy and increase efficiency. • A new feature is the refrigerant leak detection system. If a leak occurs, an alarm and strobe are activated and exhaust fans automatically start to remove the refrigerant from the plant. - Full Article Source

12/09/09 - Invention puts brakes on car thieves
KeelyNet A SOUTH Shields inventor has created a device which he said can halt a stolen vehicle anywhere in the world in seconds. The immobilisation invention's wizardry is contained in a box less than the size of a matchbox. It allows the owner to remotely send a signal which cuts the vehicle's ignition as soon as it stops. Dr Tann said: "We were approached by one of our customers who hire out very expensive motors. "They required not only the ability to track their vehicles, but also to immobilise and recover them should they be stolen. "As soon as the vehicle's ignition is turned off, it cannot be restarted and the system pinpoints its location to an accuracy of less than one metre. "The vehicle can then be recovered by the owner or the police. "We can remotely immobilise a vehicle from anywhere in the world." The immobiliser connects to the vehicles existing electrical system. It allows the owner to remotely immobilise a vehicle using their PC or mobile phone. A user sends a stop signal to FleetM8's server and, once the vehicle has come to a stop, the engine is immobilised. When the owner chooses to mobilise the vehicle again, a start signal is sent by the FleetM8 server. A vehicle can be immobilised when it enters a virtual fenced area or by a simple button on their mobile phone, and can happen under one second. - Full Article Source

12/09/09 - Cheap Christmas Light Display

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Dave Nosek's neighbor always has an outstanding holiday lights display: white bulbs dangling from the gutters, blue bulbs circling the windows, trees completely wrapped in multi-colored lighting. So rather than compete with the shimmering light display that twinkles from Chet Cybulski's yard, Nosek followed a time-tested maxim: If you can't beat ‘em, amusingly underperform ‘em. Nosek arranged a few twisted sets of Christmas lights above his garage into the word "DITTO" with an arrow pointing toward Cybulski's house. - Full Article Source

12/09/09 - Gigantic Spiral of Light Observed Over Norway; Rocket To Blame?

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"A mysterious light display appearing over Norway last night (more pictures) has left thousands of residents in the north of the country baffled. Witnesses from Trøndelag to Finnmark compared the amazing display to anything from a Russian rocket to a meteor to a shock wave — although no one appears to have mentioned UFOs yet. The phenomenon began when what appeared to be a blue light seemed to soar up from behind a mountain. It stopped mid-air, then began to circulate. Within seconds a giant spiral had covered the entire sky. Then a green-blue beam of light shot out from its center — lasting for ten to twelve minutes before disappearing completely. The Norwegian Meteorological Institute was flooded with telephone calls after the light storm — which astronomers have said did not appear to have been connected to the aurora, or Northern Lights, so common in that area of the world." The Bad Astronomer makes the case that a malfunctioning rocket spewing fuel is a parsimonious explanation, backed up by witnesses to similar events and a cool simulation (on video). An anonymous reader suggests that this Proton-M Carrier Rocket might be responsible for the display. - Full Article Source

12/09/09 - Super Strength Substance Approaching Human Trials
KeelyNet "You may remember Liam Hoekstra, the baby apparently born without the myostatin gene, and consequently sporting 40% more skeletal muscle than his peers. Using gene therapy, NCH scientists have been able to get follistatin (a myostatin blocker) to promote phenomenal muscle growth in macaque monkeys. NCH is now working with the FDA to perform the preliminary steps necessary for a human clinical trial. Is this the prelude to a super-strength gene therapy for all of us?" - Full Article Source

12/08/09 - The Circular Logic of the Universe
KeelyNet Life as we know it must be lived in the round, and the natural world abounds in circular objects at every scale we can scan. Let a heavenly body get big enough for gravity to weigh in, and you will have yourself a ball. Stars are giant, usually symmetrical balls of radiant gas, while the definition of both a planet like Jupiter and a plutoid like Pluto is a celestial object orbiting a star that is itself massive enough to be largely round. Sometimes roundness is purely a matter of physics. “The shape of any object represents the balance of two opposing forces,” explained Larry S. Liebovitch of the Center for Complex Systems and Brain Sciences at Florida Atlantic University. “You get things that are round when those forces are isotropic, that is, felt equally in all directions.” In a star, gravity is pulling the mass of gas inward toward a central point, while pressure is pushing the gas outward, and the two competing forces reach a dynamic détente — “simultaneously stable and unstable,” you might say — in the form of a sphere. A sphere is also tough. For a given surface area, it’s stronger than virtually any other shape. If you want to make a secure container using the least amount of material, Dr. Liebovitch said, make that container round. “That’s why, when you cook a frankfurter, it always splits in the long direction,” he said, rather than along its circumference. The curved part has the tensile strength of a sphere, the long axis that of a rectangle: no contest. Artists in turn have used the circle as shorthand for the divine: in mandalas, rose windows, the lotus pad of the Buddha, the halos of Christian saints. For Kandinsky, said Tracey Bashkoff, who curated the Guggenheim exhibition, the circle was part of a “cosmic language” and a link to a grander, more spiritual plane. - Full Article Source

12/08/09 - Supermarket Giant To Open Customer-Free ‘Dark Stores’ In Britain
The supermarkets, which are laid out in the same manner as normal stores, will be used exclusively by staff doing virtual shopping for online customers. Instead of the public browsing up and down the aisles, teams of Tesco workers will push their own trolleys around as they complete more than 1,000 shopping lists every day. - Full Article Source

12/08/09 - Five-Story Steel Ball Makes Novel Hyperbaric Hospital (Jan, 1929)
KeelyNet RESEMBLING a strange machine from another planet, a huge steel ball standing five stories high is being erected at Cleveland, Ohio, so that persons suffering from diabetes may be given treatment under ideal conditions. In the strange spherical “health hotel,” patients will live constantly in an atmosphere of high oxygen content, maintained at a pressure of 30 pounds per square inch, twice that of the normal atmosphere. There are five floors inside the tank. An elevator in the center of the tank connects the different levels. Each of the private rooms is furnished like that in a modern hotel. Light enters through windows shaped like portholes to resist the pressure. The treatment tank was designed in the shape of a ball so that air-tight seams could be secured more easily. Air under 30 pounds pressure will be maintained, and the temperature and humidity will be carefully regulated. A large refrigerating plant has been built for cooling air as it leaves the compressors, and a drying plant will remove excess moisture. - Full Article Source

12/08/09 - "Lawful Spying" Price Lists Leaked
"Wired has a story about how the site Cryptome.org leaked the price lists for 'lawful spying' activities of Yahoo and other companies, and subsequently received a DMCA takedown notice from Yahoo. The documents, however, are still posted online, and in them you can learn, for instance, that IP logs last for one year, but the original IPs used to create accounts have been kept since 1999. The contents of your Yahoo account are bought for $30 to $40 by law enforcement agencies." - Full Article Source

12/08/09 - A Tesla Christmas
KeelyNet SOME people just have to go one step further when it comes to Christmas lights and 500,000 deadly volts of electricity would probably do it. Peter Terren produces his display by sending the massive voltage through a Tesla coil — a transformer that turns electricity into ribbons of light that fire directly through the air or strike nearby objects like lightning. According to Peter his dangerous experiments are "absolutely useless and with no practical purpose," but his website has a huge cult following and his family love his crazy hobby. When asked what attracted the Physics drop-out to his dangerous electrical hobby, he said: "It's great - try it. Stand next to a small Tesla coil and try not to be impressed. Stand next to a large one and try not to be incontinent." Needless to say these tricks should not be tried at home. Peter revealed: "My high voltage stuff is dangerous and easily fatal. "I have safety procedures and safeguards so I don't get fried alive." To see more visit Peter's website: www.tesladownunder.com - Full Article Source

12/08/09 - Martian Methane May Be Created By Lifeforms
Following our recent discussions about the growing evidence pointing to possible life on Mars, reader skywatcher2501 writes with news of a study that has ruled out one possible explanation for the levels of methane seen on that planet — that it might be replenished by disintegrating meteors entering the atmosphere. So two theories remain: either the gas is created as a by-product of reactions between volcanic rock and water, or it is a by-product of a lifeform's metabolism. - Full Article Source

12/08/09 - “Frigidine” is New Beauty Treatment for Women (Jan, 1929)
KeelyNet AS A MECHANICAL aid to beauty, the National Beauty and Barbers Supply Dealers Association introduced in a recent convention a new type of light treatment which emits a blue actinic light called “Frigidine.” At present it is estimated that American women pay $3,472 every second to heighten their beauty through the use of cosmetics and beauty treatments. This figures out at $55.30 a year per woman. This light was devised as a substitute for astringent massages. “Frigidine” dries the tissue in the skin, removing it. This causes fresh skin growth to be stimulated and a beautiful complexion is the result. The woman in the photo is Miss Elaine Neilon, who is giving a demonstration of the new device. - Full Article Source

12/08/09 - Acer's 3D laptop
The Acer 5738DZG, the first laptop with a 3-D display, is a widescreen, 15.6in model. The 3-D effect is achieved by a transparent polarising filter overlaid on the screen, which splits images into separate streams for each eye. When looking at the screen straight on (if the angle of view is too wide the effect disappears), and seen through a suitable pair of polarising glasses (two are included, one a clip-on pair in case you already wear specs), the results range from stunning to not so good. Best are the special trailers and animations saved on to the 500GB hard drive. Many more can be downloaded, and they are genuinely breathtaking. Portal, a computer-animated trip through time and space, is bound to win over any sceptic, with the effect being far more noticeable on the relatively small, bright laptop screen than on a TV or cinema screen. Handling all the hard work is a piece of software called TriDef 3D, which can also add three dimensions to PC games and DVD and video footage, although these are less impressive. It seems like a lot of cash to pay for the 3-D but, to be charitable, this is like the first fax machine or photocopier: it’s bound to improve with time and as dedicated software and video material becomes available. - Full Article Source

12/08/09 - 'Poo power' cuts electricity bill
KeelyNet In 2008/09, Thames Water generated 14% of its power from either burning sludge or methane derived from the 2.8 billion litres of sewage it treats every day. The company hopes the move will ultimately help it cut greenhouse gases by 20%. More than 13 million people in London, Berkshire, Oxfordshire, Hertfordshire and Surrey are served by Thames Water. Dr Keith Colquhoun, Thames Water's climate change strategy manager, said: "There's no polite way of saying this but what we produce - our poo - isn't simply waste, it's a great source of energy. "The solids in sewage have a high calorific content that we use to generate electricity. - Full Article Source

12/08/09 - Ink Infused With Nanotubes and Nanowires Creates Instant Battery
Simply coating a sheet of paper with ink made of carbon nanotubes and silver nanowires makes a highly conductive storage device, said Yi Cui, assistant professor of materials science and engineering. "Society really needs a low-cost, high-performance energy storage device, such as batteries and simple supercapacitors," he said. Like batteries, capacitors hold an electric charge, but for a shorter period of time. However, capacitors can store and discharge electricity much more rapidly than a battery. The flexibility of paper allows for many clever applications. "If I want to paint my wall with a conducting energy storage device," Cui said, "I can use a brush." In his lab, he demonstrated the battery to a visitor by connecting it to an LED (light-emitting diode), which glowed brightly. A paper supercapacitor may be especially useful for applications like electric or hybrid cars, which depend on the quick transfer of electricity. The paper supercapacitor's high surface-to-volume ratio gives it an advantage. - Full Article Source

12/06/09 - About Machines and Curiosity
Think of Sargeant Schultz from 'Hogan's Heroes';

ACHTUNG!

Das machine is nicht fur gerfingerpoken und mittengrabben.
Ist easy schnappen der Sprinngwerk, blowenfusen und
poppencorken mit spitzensparken.
Ist nicht fur gewerken by das Dummkopfen. Das rubbernecken
sightseeren keepen hands in das Pockets.
Relaxen und watch das blinkenlights...

12/05/09 - Temporary Winter Shelter needs donations in Chapala
KeelyNet I was at a local cafe having lunch and talking with friends. One mexican friend said a homeless boy was found dead from exposure while sleeping against a building about a week ago.

A local doctor came up with the idea of a temporary Winter Shelter for the Homeless only active for the months of December 2009, January and February of 2010, to allow homeless people a place they could at least stay the night and be out of the deadly cold.

So they are requesting donations of used blankets, jackets, sweaters, thick shirts, etc. for young and old folks. Also coffee, sugar, disposable cups, plastic spoons, etc. to help warm them up. They have the building but need help with supplies for these unfortunate people. If you can possibly help, any donations would be much appreciated. Please contact or visit;

Chapala Municipal Clinic
Chincorros No. 29
Chapala, Jalisco, Mexico 45900
Director: Doctor Rosalba Gomez Hernandez
Telephone: 01-376-765-5421
Email: rosalbagomezh@hotmail.com

- Thanks to Leo Raygoza for the headups! - JWD

12/05/09 - Butterflies in Space
KeelyNet The University of Kansas and Bioserve Technologies decided to send some monarch butterfly larvae to the International Space Station, provide them with microgravity (the nearest thing to feeling weightless) and see whether or not the caterpillars would become butterflies. The creatures did manage to metamorphose, but now that they're butterflies, the poor things absolutely cannot fly. The low gravity conditions fling them into a chaotic and rapid flight pattern that sends them banging around the plastic cages they're living in. / Heres a great shot of a painted lady trying to fly without the aid of gravity. It gets a bit disoriented and bounces off a few wall before giving up and clinging to the wall. - Full Article Source

12/05/09 - Salahis on SNL
The Salahis did not appear on SNL's opening scene. But the show did begin with a clip lampooning the party crashers and a Secret Service of enablers. - Full Article Source

12/05/09 - What Drugs Do Astronauts Take?
"Science fiction is stuffed full of examples of pill-popping space explorers and aliens enjoying psychedelic highs. After all, space is big; it can get boring/scary/crazy up there. It's little wonder, then, that our current space explorers consume a cocktail of uppers, downers, tranquilizers and alcohol to get the job done. Robert Lamb on tranquilizers in the space station: 'Sure, it hardly makes for a civilized evening aboard ISS, but it beats someone blowing the hatch because they think they saw something crawling on one of the solar panels.'" - Full Article Source

12/05/09 - Children's invention to detect forest fires
KeelyNet A group of children from California, who were evacuated out of their homes because of wildfires, came up with an inspired idea to detect forest fires. After teaming up with Sony Europe, the concept is now being put to the test in trials on Forestry Commission land at Alice Holt in Surrey and in America. A network of solar powered CCTV cameras mounted on poles throughout the forest are linked to citizen fire watchers over the web, to obtain advance warning of wildfires before they manage to spread. Sony’s designs and software for the Forest Guard proof of concept will be released into the public domain and a white paper will be made available so that the technology is available to all scientists, governments and NGOs working to combat wildfires globally. - Full Article Source

12/05/09 - ElliptiGo standup bicycle
KeelyNet On Nov. 18, the world’s first outdoor elliptical road bike, the elliptiGO, made its debut with a gangbuster party at the Del Mar Marriott, amid of large gathering of friends, family and financial backers cheering on the duo of “Bryan and Brent” (that would be friend and mechanical engineer Brent Teal) who developed the novel invention and brought it to market. Pate describes the bike as providing the “best low-impact substitute for running outdoors.” In 2004, Pate’s legs couldn’t sustain the pounding of running but he found cycling uncomfortable and too time consuming to get a good workout. Instead, Pate started using an elliptical trainer at the gym. “I really liked the workout, but found the gym environment too confining.” So Pate thought he’d simply get himself an outdoor elliptical bicycle. “I went home and Googled it and was shocked that one of these things didn’t exist.” That’s when he teamed up with Teal who took Pate’s idea and built a prototype in his backyard. “The first model was comfortable,” Pate said. “There was no pounding; it felt like running.” They built a second model, and for a “proof of concept” Pate rode it in the 50 mile Rosarita to Ensenada bike ride where he passed a bunch of cyclists on the climbs.” The bike climbs hills really well,” he said of the eight-speed elliptiGO, which balances and brakes like a bicycle. At present the bikes are sold online. Half of their first order of 250 elliptiGOs, arriving just after the first of the year, have been presold. Twice each week Pate and Teal host test rides in San Diego. And yes, they’re still taking orders. The price: $1,999. Test ride dates and locations are at the company website at www.elliptiGO.com - Full Article Source

12/05/09 - the Sharmor bicycle for the handicapped
KeelyNet Inspired by the natural symbiosis between sharks and remora, or suckerfish, an engineering student at Surabaya’s Petra Christian University has created the “sharmor,” a kind of bicycle that can be used to help guide handicapped people. At first glance, the device looks like a becak , the traditional three-wheeled Indonesian pedicab. Combining both a bicycle and a wheelchair, student Eric Sugianto spent about six months designing and then building the sharmor as part of a university project design course. “By using the bike, hopefully, the guide for handicapped people can cover longer distances, as the wheelchair is not pushed as usual, but is pedaled like a regular bike,” Sugianto said. Sugianto said the hardest part of making the sharmor was in joining the bicycle to the wheelchair, while still being able to steer it easily. He also replaced the wheelchair’s plastic tires with rubber ones to absorb jolts and vibrations better. Although his idea has been realized, Sugianto said he was still unsatisfied with the final results, such as its wide turning circle. He also wants it to be foldable for portability. Other students involved in the project offered their own unusual designs, including the “O Squid,” a scooter that can be pedaled by hand. “It works just like how a squid moves, that is by moving or pumping its tentacles,” said its creator, Dipta Pradipta. Another student invention is the “Snake Cycle,” a three-wheeled board that moves like a snake, and a bicycle with a floor mop attachment, which looked to the algae-sucking cleaner fish for its inspiration. - Full Article Source

12/05/09 - Propane Lawnmower
KeelyNet For the past two years, students have worked to convert a gasoline-powered, riding lawn mower to run on propane, a cleaner, greener and less-expensive fuel. About 250 students have worked on the effort in the past two years. Now that the mower is finished and working, the district’s landscape department plans to test it. If the machine earns high marks from the crews, the district could have students convert more of its 100 riding mowers to run on propane fuel. Quirin and Kingsbury are working to secure grant money to continue their work converting lawn mowers in auto-shop classes. They might expand their work to convert other machines, as well. “It’s a big deal for the students to be involved in something like this,” Quirin said. “It’s more effective than a lecture on greenhouse gas emissions, which would probably put them to sleep.” Auto-shop teacher Carl Kingsbury said the project fits nicely with the school’s invention and design theme. It also illustrates how everyday machines can be made more environmentally friendly. Propane burns cleaner and costs less than gasoline. Also, machines that run on it require less maintenance, Kingsbury said. “It shows that we actually can reduce our carbon footprint,” he said. “These children did that, and they probably won’t ever forget the experience.” - Full Article Source

12/05/09 - Flight invention could save 1.3 billion a year
KeelyNet Researchers at the University of NSW have borrowed an idea from nature to smooth the airflow over a plane's wing section. After observing how marine animals such as octopus, squid and jellyfish use suck and blow jets to propel themselves through the water, a team of scientists adapted the principle for aircraft. They attached rows of synthetic jets to the wings of planes, resulting in a smoother and more efficient ride. Researcher Nicholas Findanis said the findings had huge implications for aviation. "There are two key advantages with this technology. The first is it will make air travel more efficient so it will reduce its impact on the environment. Secondly, it will have a big impact in dollar terms for the airline industry. "Even if this technology means aircraft are using 1 per cent less fuel, when you add up all the aircraft and all the flights in the world, that is a huge saving." A spokesman for the International Air Transport Association, which represents 230 airlines comprising 93 per cent of international aircraft, said fuel costs were expected to reach $131 billion next year. A 1 per cent reduction would mean a saving of $1.31 billion in fuel costs as well as a decrease in carbon emissions. Called Sharklets, the $969,000 devices will first be fitted to Air New Zealand A320s by the end of 2012, followed by A321s, A319s and A318s. - Full Article Source

12/05/09 - "Accidental" Download Sending 22-Year-Old Man To Prison
"Two years ago, Matthew White searched Limewire for porn. He was looking for 'College Girls Gone Wild,' but ended up downloading some images of child pornography. This was accidental, according to White, and he quickly deleted the images. A year later, the FBI showed up on his family's doorstep and asked to search the computer. After thorough sleuthing, the FBI found some images 'deep within the hard drive.' According to White, the investigators agreed that he himself could not have accessed the files anymore. Matthew now faces 20 years in jail for possession of child pornography. On advice from his lawyer, he intends to plead guilty so that he will 'hopefully' end up with 3.5 years in jail, 10 years probation and a registration as a sex offender. 'The FBI could not comment on this specific case, but said if child pornography is ever downloaded accidentally, the user needs to call authorities immediately. They may confiscate your computer, but it's better than the alternative.'" / (Does this CRAP ever END? Paranoia and control, leave people ALONE! - JWD) - Full Article Source

12/04/09 - WindTamer brings turbines to campus
KeelyNet On Nov. 18, WindTamer Turbines Corp. brought a 3.5 kilowatt silent wind turbine on campus to reveal its innovative product line to students and the community at large. According to Schmitz, WindTamer's turbines are safer than giant turbines because ice will not accumulate on the small blades. In addition, they are relatively quiet and therefore will not cause any hearing loss, they do not vibrate and their block shape makes them more easily identified and avoided by birds than traditional windmill-shaped turbines. The turbines operate using a diffuser augmentation, a vacuum system that increases efficiency by pulling extra wind through the machine. This feature allows a small model to produce surprising amounts of electricity - a positive development considering the objections by some that large wind turbines are aesthetically unpleasing. "People seem to want to have wind energy so long as they don't have to see the turbines go up," said geological sciences professor Scott Giorgis. "It's a 'not in my backyard' mentality that I think we have to get past." - Full Article Source

12/04/09 - New Artificial Lenses Give Recipients Super-Vision
Doctors and medical researchers at Spire Gatwick Park Hospital, a medical facility near Sussex in the UK, have completed the most advanced artificial lens implant to date and have endowed patients with vision better than the most able humans traditionally have. The process to get "high definition" vision begins with the implantation of an artificial lens, using the standard procedure for cataracts. Where as some lens implants are made of plastics PMMA or acrylic, the high tech lenses use special light-sensitive silicone. Several days after the implant, doctors zap the lens with UV light, fine tuning it. Over days, the lens is carefully tuned to overcome defects in the eye until patients have perfect vision. A final blast of light fixes the lens in a final configuration. The typical net result is that the recipients' vision significantly surpasses 20/20 sight, the best vision typically found in adults. The patients are amazed at the results. Gill Balfour, one of the first patients to receive the lens recalls how she used to have cataracts and other vision problems. Now the world is a richer place for her. She comments, "It's absolutely incredible. To think it's been tailor-made for you, matching any imperfections. It's the way forward, isn't it?" - Full Article Source

12/04/09 - Automower Solar Hybrid: That's One Smart Lawn-Mowing Robot!
KeelyNet The Automower Solar Hybrid from Husqvarna is an invention that almost seems too good to be true. Not only is the Automower Solar Hybrid fully automatic, it is also partially powered by sunlight. Whether you use a mower that requires fuel to run, or you have an electric mower, which is just plain cumbersome, you are using more energy than the Automower Solar Hybrid requires. The solar panel on top of the Automower Solar Hybrid harvests sunlight to help power your mower. When the device needs more power, this intuitive little robot makes its way back to the charging station. Approximately 45 minutes of charge time gives your Automower Solar Hybrid about 60 minutes of mow time. You're not only saving energy that which is harvested from the environment, you are saving yours as well. The Automower Solar Hybrid isn't just for perfectly flat lawns with no adornments. With the ability to handle slopes up to 35% as well as rough terrains, it is suitable for yards up to ½ acre in size. Set up is easy. Just staple the included wire to the ground around the perimeter of your yard and the Automower Solar Hybrid will stay within that area. You can also use the wire to protect trees, shrubs and flower beds. Best of all, you don't even have to be home to supervise the process. The Automower Solar Hybrid comes with a timer that can be set for any time during the day – rain or shine. An anti-theft alarm and the requirement to enter a four digit pass code to operate, helps to keep your mower safe from potential thieves. While the $2,000 price tag may sound steep, the Automower Solar Hybrid quickly pays for itself. Not only does the Automower Solar Hybrid only consume about $12 to $25 of electricity annually, it's also super quiet compared to a conventional mower. Anyone who needs to mow their lawn during a child's naptime or early in the morning can appreciate this feature. And so will your neighbors! To find a retailer that sells the Automower Solar Hybrid, check out www.automower.com. / Reduced energy consumption together with longer battery life gives the ultimate environmental solution for the perfect cut. Manages both mowing and charging automatically and is suitable for areas up to 2,100 square metres. Cutting 10h during daytime, the mower handles an area of 1,100 square metres, depending on the light conditions. - Full Article Source

12/04/09 - Whether you believe it or not, global warming affects us all
Considering it snowed in Lubbock a lot this week, it is safe to say the global warming issue is not that prominent right now. However, whether global warming is one of our namesake phrases or is a legendary warning sign to humanity, we are all affected by it. The fear alone of global warming has manipulated dozens of nations to invest hundreds of millions of dollars toward anything ranging from site cleanup to alternative energy. In addition, the prices of our food, electricity usage and safety measures in plants also are affected by any level of speculation put forth. Just this week, established economist Lord Stern of Brentford, Britain, revised his estimates for the cost of tackling global climate change to about double the amount stated in 2006, according to The Guardian. To an extent, it seems like a majority of anything attached to the issue of global warming is all speculation. At the point where tax dollars that should be spent on far more pressing domestic needs are going toward some sort of renewable abstract safety net, we are all being affected. Of course, there recently were leaked e-mails dated from 1999 discussing the fudging of numbers involving global warming statistics, something that is now being called Climategate. The director of the climate research unit in East Anglia University has since stepped down. I am not surprised about the invention of numbers, but at the same time, I have to sympathize. Much of this new science is relative. Still, it is one thing to use those numbers and another to parade them around like final, absolute numbers. - Full Article Source

12/04/09 - Meet The FlexibleLove Folding Chair
KeelyNet The FlexibleLove Folding Chair was designed by Chishen Chiu. He stumbled upon a small factory producing ‘honeycombed’ sheets of recycled paper in suburban Taipei one day, and was intrigued. Taking the idea of the honeycomb structure and creating cardboard palettes to replace traditional wooden palettes, he believed the material could be applied to create any rigid structure. Within days, the idea for FlexibleLove had been sketched out and turned into a working model. Compacted, it’s a sturdy seat for one. But all you need to do is stretch out the accordian-like structure into any appropriate seating shape and blammo! instant party. This durable furniture is produced from widely-available recycled materials like paper and wood waste, and is made using pre-existing manufacturing processes in order to reduce its overall impact on the environment. - Full Article Source

12/04/09 - The Eternal Candle
RESEARCHERS AT Trinity College have developed a clean technology that improves on oil-powered lighting used by two billion people in less developed Asian and sub-Saharan African countries. "The people there are using solutions as basic as bent-up Pepsi cans and burning raw kerosene in them. "The combined CO2 output of that across the developing world is equal to about a quarter of Britain's carbon emissions. "But it's also a massive drain on their already meagre incomes because they're spending up to 25 per cent of their income on kerosene. So we felt that this was a good area on which to focus our attentions," Robinson said. He was therefore inspired to come up with a cheaper, less polluting method of lighting, which would also somehow use the abundant solar energy from the daytime heat of over 50 degrees. He found that paraffin wax could be heated up and as it melts it stores the sun's energy. And when combined with a thermo-electric generator, this heat could then be released in the much colder night-time temperatures in order to power a white LED light. The team has dubbed their invention "the eternal candle", and with the help of a marketing and branding consultant and the backing of Enterprise Ireland, they have formed a company called Restor, which stands f or Renewable Energy Storage, with the aim of developing other off-grid technologies. - Full Article Source

12/04/09 - Hairy Hearing - another Keely correlation
KeelyNet Inner ear hair cells. Colored scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of sensory hair cells from the organ of corti, in the cochlea of the inner ear. These cells are surrounded by a fluid called the endolymph. As sound enters the ear it causes waves to form in the endolymph, which in turn cause these hairs to move. The movement is converted into an electrical signal, which is passed to the brain. The V-shaped arrangement of hairs lies on the top of a single cell. Magnification: x21,000 when printed 10cm wide. - Full Article Source

12/04/09 - Finland Taps Server Heat To Power City
Helsingin Energia (HE) is going to use a new heating and cooling pump to recycle excess heat from a large data center to generate serious amounts of energy. The data center is being built in an old bomb shelter connected directly to HE's direct heating system — a set of pumps that move boiling water through a system of pipes to heat homes around the city. How It Works - First, cold water is pumped through the data center to cool the servers; this warmer water is then drawn into a large pump, where it is then further heated to boiling temperatures. Once the water is hot enough to actually heat a building, it is pumped through buried pipes to Helsinki's residential districts to heat homes. It is then pumped back to the server room to restart the cycle. This system is extremely efficient, as it is 5 times cheaper than traditional energy sources. The idea is that you have hot air that needs to be cooled in the data center in close proximity to cold air (inside residential spaces) that needs to be heated. By using water as the transport medium, Helsingin Energia can provide more energy at a cheaper price. Putting It Into Perspective - This technology is not limited to Helsinki though. Not in the least. In fact, the people at Helsingin Energia want business leaders worldwide to know that this technology can be applied in a variety of settings and can be installed on a mass scale. When you consider that about .5% of the world's total energy use is dedicated solely to cooling IT servers, you can see how much power could be saved by making this type of HVAC system smarter. It's innovations like these that almost seem too simple. There are no overly-complex power transfer locations or new infrastructures to install; rather, people have found a way to use the power they are already producing in the smartest and most efficient way. - Full Article Source

12/04/09 - How a Web Design goes straight to Hell!
KeelyNet From start to redesign to restart to redesign and horrible finish...whew! How a web design goes straight to hell. Or as subby likes to call it: Why all clients are morons. - Full Article Source

12/04/09 - What Do You Do When Printers Cost Less Than Ink?
"A family member recently asked me to pick up more ink for her Epson Photo RX 595. Unfortunately, replacing the black and color ink cartridges costs $81.92 + tax at the local store! That's so bad that I got a replacement printer that's just as good, and spare ink, for less. But now I have a useless piece of e-waste that I can't even give away. What can you do with a printer like that? I hate to just throw it away." / (I think everyone has experienced this and it's a shame to think of all that unnecessary waste just because of overpriced ink cartridges. - JWD) - Full Article Source

12/04/09 - Wingsuits Pushed for Airborne Assaults
KeelyNet The Special Parachute and Logistics Consortium, is a German venture between two companies with expertise in this area. SPELCO produces a variety of parachute systems, helmets, oxygen supplies and other gear and services. But their most eye-catching project is the Gryphon Next Generation Parachute System (PDF, pictured). This is described as a modular upgrade for parachute systems for use in “high-altitude, high-opening” jump missions, typically carried out by Special Forces. This 6-foot wing gives a glide ratio of 5:1, which means that a drop from 30,000 feet will allow you to glide about 30 miles. The makers estimate that this would take around 15 minutes, giving an average speed of about 60 miles an hour. “All equipment is hidden in a lifting body optimized for stealth, the radar-signature is extremely low,” says the Gryphon data sheet (PDF). “Detection of incoming Gryphon soldiers by airborne or ground radar will be extremely difficult.” Gryphon has a guidance system and heads-up display navigation. Best of all, the company are looking at an option for bolting on small engines similar to those used in Yves Rossy’s setup. These will increase the range to more than 60 miles, but will also make it possible to cover long distances from low altitude so that the entire mission can be more stealthy. This might just be the future for ultrastealthy airborne assault. Aided by extremely precise instruments and a flight computer, the wingman comes in at low level and high speed, before pulling up and dropping gently to the ground at exactly the right spot. It might sound wild, but it would certainly surprise the bad guys. - Full Article Source

12/04/09 - Cell Phones Don't Increase Chances of Brain Cancer
"Even though mobile telephone use soared in the 1990s and afterward, brain tumors did not become any more common during this time, the researchers reported in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. Some activist groups and a few researchers have raised concerns about a link between mobile phones and several kinds of cancer, including brain tumors, although years of research have failed to establish a connection. ... 'From 1974 to 2003, the incidence rate of glioma (a type of brain tumor) increased by 0.5 per cent per year among men and by 0.2 per cent per year among women,' they wrote. Overall, there was no significant pattern." - Full Article Source

12/04/09 - Student to Obama: Legalize Drugs, Prostitution to Stimulate the Economy
No answer, no discussion, just endless obama drivel. But it's a great idea from this student! - Full Article Source

12/04/09 - Organovo Has Its First Commercial 3D Bio-Printer
"Organovo and strategic partner Invetech hope in 2010 to release a commercial version of their 3D organ printer capable of producing very basic tissues like blood vessels. While it is still limited to simple tissue structures (full organs are a long ways off), Organovo plans to deliver the printers to various research institutions interested in organ and tissue production. Working with these institutions, Organovo hopes to one day progress to creating a system that can print organs as easily as other 3D printers print plastic figurines." - Full Article Source

12/03/09 - Can we swap out Obama for the honorable Lt. Colonel Allen West???
Just play the video of congressional candidate Lt. Col. Allen West. You'll be glad you did. / Congressional candidate Lieutenant Colonel West speaking at the American Freedom tour in Fort Lauderdale Florida at the Revolution Nightclub. / West, who captured 45 percent of the vote in his Florida swing district in 2008, says his positions on the economy and national security are resonating with his constituents. "It has nothing to do with race," he said. "People don't care about your color, they care about your character." Retired Army Col. Louis Huddleston, who is running for Congress against incumbent Rep. Larry Kissell, D-N.C., is blunt when talking about race. "My bona fides and my credibility ... have nothing to do with my race," he said. "It may be good for copy or for media sensationalism. But my success will not be based on race. "I don't function from that paradigm," he said. "Race is a benign characteristic. It is who you are and what motivates you that matters." Frazier said he's not living in a bubble -- "I go anywhere, the NAACP as well as the tea parties." He is also sure that Carter's comments "did nothing to further race relations in this country." "Does racism exist in this country? Sure. But I think the overwhelming majority of Americans who care about this country do not care about skin color," Frazier said. "My candidacy is based on solutions and beliefs I hold near and dear. It's not going to be about race, and when I oppose Obama, it is going to be purely because I believe his administration is headed the wrong way." For more information about the West for Congress campaign or to become involved please follow this link http://allenwestforcongress.com/. - Full Article Source

12/03/09 - Energizer Zinc Air batteries on sale next year
KeelyNet The Energizer Zinc Air is a non-rechargeable battery that uses — you guessed it — zinc and air to generate energy. And, more to the point, they’re smaller, cheaper and, it’s claimed, last up to three times longer than equivalent rechargeable lithium ion batteries. Zinc Air technology is 35 years old, but it’s only recently that Energizer figured out a way to stop them from rapidly degrading when first exposed to oxygen. The breakthrough was announced at CES last January, but it seems that it’s taken the best part of a year for Energizer to start production. Zinc Air technology still isn’t perfect though, and energy output is still hindered by low temperatures and a steady supply of dry air is key to their performance. - Full Article Source

12/03/09 - The Electricity Generating Wave Pipe
KeelyNet Their source is the ocean, but more specifically the waves. "We want to be secure, and the demand for energy will never go away," Linda said. She’s right. Even with the erratic prices and environmental havoc it causes, oil is needed to heat homes and get people to work. Linda wanted to know if the team could get electricity from the ocean waves instead. So, Stanley Rutta began to develop a device to help free Americans of their oil dependence. Stanley’s tedious writings and testing on the kitchen table and in the garage envisioned a hollow pipe that would be secured by a concrete structure at the bottom of the ocean floor. "Lots of companies have started in their garage — Apple, Microsoft," said Stanley. The hollow pipe would be raised and lowered by ocean waves. This movement action is enabled by clutches, gears, cables and is connected to a central generator. This invention was eventually named the Electricity Generating Wave Pipe, or EGWP. The team looked to England and Scotland, forerunners in the wave energy industry, to help fine tune the EGWP. By November 2002, the EGWP was patented and the team created the company Able Technologies, LLC. - Full Article Source

12/03/09 - Canadian Blood Services Promotes Pseudoscience
"The not-for-profit agency Canadian Blood Services has a section of their website based on the Japanese cultural belief of ketsueki-gata, which claims that a person's blood group determines or predicts their personality type. Disappointing for a self-proclaimed 'science-based' organization. The Ottawa Skeptics, based in the nation's capital, appear to be taking some action." - Full Article Source

12/03/09 - How The White House Is Caving To Wall Street
In a video by Rolling Stone (hat tip to Zero Hedge) that offers a glimpse into Taibbi's forthcoming piece, "Obama's Big Sellout", he details what he sees as the White House's nefarious connections to deregulation champion Bob Rubin. The very day Obama got elected, he brought in a Wall Street-friendly team, Taibbi says, led by former Citigroup exec Michael Froman, a Harvard classmate of the president. Froman was put in charge of running Obama's economic transition team and hired James Rubin, the son of Bob Rubin, a former Goldman Sachs chief and Treasury Secretary under President Clinton, to be his number two. Though he has never actually worked for the Obama administration, according to Taibbi, the Obama administration has long been under the sway of the elder Rubin's philosophy:

"[Bob] Rubin probably more than any other person was responsible for the financial crisis by deregulating the economy [while] in the White House. And he had a major role in helping destroy one of the world's biggest companies in Citigroup. He has one of the worst track records you can find, but he was basically the guy who was the architect of the entire Obama policy. Obama put him in charge of everything. " - Full Article Source

12/03/09 - Magic Highway USA
An excerpt from the 1958 Disneyland TV Show episode entitled Magic Highway USA. In this last part of the show, an exploration into possible future Transportation technologies is made. It's hard to believe how little we've accomplished on this front since 1958, and how limited the scope for imagining such future technologies has become. Witness an artifact from a time where the future was greeted with optimism. Note the striking animation style here, achieved with fairly limited animation and spectacular layouts. (via impactlab.com) - Full Article Source

12/03/09 - Computer Prank
You won't have to harm or destroy your friend's computer to play a prank on them. Simply replace the welcome sound with a medley of gun effects, crank up the volume, and start filming. - Full Article Source

12/03/09 - FCC Lets Spectral Radar See Through Walls
The L-3 CyTerra, a division of L-3 Communications Corporation, has a new radar device, intended for police, fire, and homeland security personnel, can look through walls to detect people on the other side – even immobile hostages or unconscious fire victims. The L-3 CyTerra device sends pulses on 200 different frequencies, one at a time, ranging in sequence from 3101 to 3499 MHz at 2 MHz intervals. The whole cycle repeats 54 times per second. Each of the pulses still reflects from multiple surfaces. But the circuitry combines the echoes at different frequencies in such a way that the echoes from stationary objects fade into the background while those from moving objects stand out. The system is sensitive enough to detect the chest motions of a person who is unconscious but breathing, or the slight swaying of a person trying to stand perfectly still. A radar that uses 200 different frequencies is not consistent with the FCC’s technical rules. No rule expressly forbids such a device, but neither is there a rule under which the FCC can authorize it. L-3 CyTerra accordingly requested a waiver, which the FCC granted. - Full Article Source

12/03/09 - Dr. Raymonds Phillips is demonstrating the future of energy TODAY
There is history here but I'm too tired to write it up at the moment. Basically the guy used to teach at a black college in Terrell, Texas when I worked at the WalMart photo lab. He gave a demonstration of his power magnification device to a group of us. A CB transmitter and a special receiver circuit which as I recall, picked up about 2-3 times more energy than was being sent out by the CB radio. Will have to go through my notes for more details. Last time I saw Dr. Phillips was at a Tesla conference in Colorado Springs where he dropped in with bodyguards, to check out the competition. Haven't heard from him since. The video indicates he was in Dallas November 9th, 2009? and says "We are in Texas and speaking to the inventor of the cordless phone, Dr. Raymond Phillips. Next step for Dr. Phillips "Converting radio waves in to electricity"." / (Thanks to El Sargento for giving me this URL. - JWD) - Full Article Source

12/02/09 - Updates at the Micro-Combustion website
KeelyNet In case you have been following this rediscovery of the Clem Engine technology called the CIBC cavitation engine, two documents have been updated with additional information for your perusal. Under the Technology option, look for 'Research and Development Evolution' and 'Dissociation of the Molecules in the Vapor of a Bubble Produced in the Process of Cavitation'. If you don't know about the Clem Engine, check out the Clem Engine Index page to catch up with what promises to be the biggest engine technology breakthrough of the century. - Full Article Source

12/02/09 - Man controlled robotic hand with thoughts
An Italian who lost his left forearm in a car crash was successfully linked to a robotic hand, allowing him to feel sensations in the artificial limb and control it with his thoughts, scientists said Wednesday. During a one-month experiment conducted last year, 26-year-old Pierpaolo Petruzziello felt like his lost arm had grown back again, although he was only controlling a robotic hand that was not even attached to his body. The Italy-based team said at a news conference in Rome on Wednesday that in 2008 it implanted electrodes into the nerves located in what remained of Petruzziello's left arm, which was cut off in a crash some three years ago. The prosthetic was not implanted on the patient, only connected through the electrodes. During the news conference, video was shown of Petruzziello as he concentrated to give orders to the hand placed next to him. During the month he had the electrodes connected, he learned to wiggle the robotic fingers independently, make a fist, grab objects and make other movements. - Full Article Source

12/02/09 - Kill the bills. Do health reform right.
The United States has the best health care in the world -- but because of its inefficiencies, also the most expensive. The fundamental problem with the 2,074-page Senate health-care bill (as with its 2,014-page House counterpart) is that it wildly compounds the complexity by adding hundreds of new provisions, regulations, mandates, committees and other arbitrary bureaucratic inventions. Worse, they are packed into a monstrous package without any regard to each other. The only thing linking these changes -- such as the 118 new boards, commissions and programs -- is political expediency. Each must be able to garner just enough votes to pass. There is not even a pretense of a unifying vision or conceptual harmony. The result is an overregulated, overbureaucratized system of surpassing arbitrariness and inefficiency. The bill is irredeemable. It should not only be defeated. It should be immolated, its ashes scattered over the Senate swimming pool. Then do health care the right way -- one reform at a time, each simple and simplifying, aimed at reducing complexity, arbitrariness and inefficiency. The better choice is targeted measures that attack the inefficiencies of the current system one by one -- tort reform, interstate purchasing and taxing employee benefits. It would take 20 pages to write such a bill, not 2,000 -- and provide the funds to cover the uninsured without wrecking both U.S. health care and the U.S. Treasury. / (Thanks to Lloyd Pye for this headsup! - JWD) - Full Article Source

12/02/09 - Dark power: Grand designs for interstellar travel
KeelyNet In August, physicist Jia Liu at New York University outlined his design for a spacecraft powered by dark matter (arxiv.org/abs/0908.1429v1). Soon afterwards, mathematicians Louis Crane and Shawn Westmoreland at Kansas State University in Manhattan proposed plans for a craft powered by an artificial black hole (arxiv.org/abs/0908.1803). No one disputes that building a ship powered by black holes or dark matter would be a formidable task. Yet remarkably there seems to be nothing in our present understanding of physics to prevent us from making either of them. Most astronomers are convinced of the existence of dark matter because of the way its gravity tugs on the stars and galaxies we see with our telescopes. Such observations suggest that dark matter outweighs the universe's visible matter by a factor of about six - so a dark matter starship could have a plentiful supply of fuel. "A dark matter rocket would pick up its fuel en route," says Liu. His plan is to drive the rocket using the energy released when dark matter particles annihilate each other. Here's where Liu's idea depends on more speculative physics. No one knows what dark matter is actually made of, though there are numerous theories of the subatomic world that contain potential dark matter candidates. One of the frontrunners posits that dark matter is made of neutralinos, particles which have no electric charge. Neutralinos are curious in that they are their own antiparticles: two neutralinos colliding under the right circumstances will annihilate each other. If dark matter particles do annihilate in this way, they will convert all their mass into energy. A kilogram of the stuff will give out about 1017 joules, more than 10 billion times as much energy as a kilogram of dynamite, and plenty to propel the rocket forwards. Even less certain is the detail of how a dark matter rocket might work. Liu imagines the engine as a "box" with a door that is open in the direction of the rocket's motion (see diagram). As dark matter enters, the door is closed and the box is shrunk to compress the dark matter and boost its annihilation rate. Once the annihilation occurs, another door opens and the products rocket out. The whole cycle is repeated, over and over again. Liu points out that the faster his dark matter rocket travels, the quicker it will scoop up dark matter and accelerate. Precisely how quickly it can accelerate depends on the density of the surrounding dark matter, the collecting area of the engine and the mass of the rocket. In his calculations, Liu assumes the starship weighs a mere 100 tonnes and has a collecting area of 100 square metres. "Such a rocket might be able to reach close to the speed of light within a few days," he says. So the journey time to Proxima Centauri would be slashed from tens of thousands of years to just a few. There is just one small problem, however. To work most efficiently, Liu's rocket would have to fly through dense regions of dark matter. As far as we know, the greatest concentration of dark matter is 26,000 light years away at the centre of the Milky Way. Still, Liu points out that no one has made a detailed map of the dark matter in our galaxy and he hopes that nearer concentrations will be found. - Full Article Source

12/02/09 - New technique to "revolutionise" astronomy
Hydroxyl atoms in the Earth's atmosphere scatter infrared light, making the sky 'bright' in this part of the spectrum, and hindering infrared telescopes which are useful for seeing distant stars or objects obscured by dust. "What we are doing now is developing an instrument [called a] photon integrating multi-mode spectrograph," said Bland-Hawthorn. "Good light goes forward, and bad light goes back." The instrument, about the size of a microwave oven, consists of stacked layers of fibre optics that channel single photons. This enables the astronomers to focus on photons from particular objects - such as stars - and ignore the unwanted light from the rest of the sky. "We are now suppressing the entire night sky with a level of 80% efficiency and this will completely revolutionise the way that astronomy is done," said Bland-Hawthorn. - Full Article Source

12/02/09 - Bendy antennae could reshape electronics
KeelyNet The bendable antenna consists of liquid metal injected into tiny channels within the silicon elastomer. The antenna can be deformed and snapped back to its original shape. Tiny antennae that can bend, twist and stretch, before snapping back to their original shapes, could some day find themselves in flexible electronics and equipment that needs to be rolled up before deployment. Such novel antennae can be used in military equipment that can be rolled up or folded, trekked to another site and unpackaged with no wear on the antenna. The antenna could also be used to monitor motion in structures such as bridges. As the bridge expands and contracts, it would stretch the antenna — changing the frequency of the antenna, and providing civil engineers information wirelessly about the condition of the bridge. Like all antennae, most of which are made out of copper and are not reshapable, the bendy variety would collect or emit radio waves of a certain frequency. - Full Article Source

12/02/09 - 56% say border-crossing cellphone tool threatens national security
Readers were divided when responding to a poll on whether they thought a new mobile phone application geared to keep border-crossers safe during their journey north posed a threat to national security. An ocregister.com poll showed that 56 percent of responders said yes when asked the following question: "Does this tool pose a threat to national security?" A little more than 40 percent of 332 those who responded said "no" and 2 percent said they were not sure. / There seems to be a mobile phone application for just about everything these days -- even illegal border crossing. An application still in the testing stages is designed to point border-crossers to nearby water, show them safer routes and provide them with a series of poems to make them feel welcome along their way. Individuals trekking north may soon be able to download the program into an inexpensive web-enabled cellular phone that is supposed to help them safely navigate the treacherous desert crossing between Mexico and the United States, known as the Devil's Highway. "The point of the project is to offer multiple spaces of sustenance," said Ricardo Dominguez, who led the creation of the tool. Dominguez, an associate professor of visual arts at UC San Diego, leads a team at the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology where he is a principal investigator. While U.S. Border Patrol officials say they are not worried by the invention, which they see as more of a nuisance, the news has already made its way into anti-illegal immigration Web chat rooms, enraging members of that movement. "He is aiding and abetting criminal activity," said Barbara Coe, founder of Huntington Beach-based California Coalition for Immigration Reform. "He should be arrested and prosecuted." The tool pairs cheap cell phone technology with a global-positioning system and consistently updated online data to guide individuals who are trying to cross international borders. The GPS system, however, doesn't contact all three satellites so authorities would not be able to triangulate where the person is, unless he or she used the phone to make a call. Border Patrol officials said the device won't stop them from nabbing border-crossers. - Full Article Source

12/02/09 - Sopogy's version of Google Maps to maximize sun's energy
KeelyNet When Sopogy CEO Darren Kimura told me about his new portable power unit called SopoLite, I was intrigued. This 90-pound invention is a pint-sized version of the parabolic trough reflectors that Sopogy uses to collect solar thermal energy. From what I can tell, this is among the first instances of concentrated solar thermal power used as a portable power solution. Kimura, a cleantech exec I've known for a while, also told me the product could be used to desalinate water in disaster zones. But the unit's most interesting facet is its original purpose -- collecting data on the solar power potential of wherever its located. Kimura plans to park these puppies all over the country and build out a map of the potential availability of thermal solar energy, or the energy derived from the sun's heat. Such a map will make it much easier to determine the true thermal solar power potential of any given location without having to deploy sensors and testing gear. This could prove to be a boon to the still nascent rooftop and commercial solar thermal power segment. - Full Article Source

12/02/09 - Israeli Professor Works To Regenerate Lost Limbs
A 3D scaffold that can replace missing bone while helping it regenerate, a biodegradable stent that releases drugs while keeping a weak artery open, a wound dressing that releases antibiotics and then magically disappears when the job is done… all this has been made possible by Meital Zilberman, an Israeli researcher at Tel Aviv University’s Department of Biomedical Engineering who has invented a series of drug-releasing fibers that dissolve over time. Zilberman’s most notable invention involves soluble fibers that can be used to form a biologically active and flexible ’scaffolding’ to encourage tissue and bone regeneration in humans. The flexible scaffolding, shaped so that regenerating bone will take the proper form, can release drugs in a controlled fashion and then completely dissolve into non-toxic material. “The main idea here is that we succeeded in developing a scaffold that is not only biodegradable but that also releases very sensitive bioactive agents in a controlled manner,” Professor Zilberman told The Media Line. “So for example if a segment of a bone is missing then we could use such a scaffold to promote cell growth and regeneration of damaged tissue.” - Full Article Source

12/02/09 - Dutch PhD student develops device to combat noise
This invention curtails sound waves and vibrations by producing anti-noise. The device uses microphones to capture sound and can curtail sound waves by producing anti-noise through loudspeakers. This is achieved by means of a rapid-response algorithm, implemented efficiently using specially developed hardware. Johan Wesselink's device combats noise actively. The passive approach to combating noise has been with us for a while. It involves building noise barriers or fitting soundproofing materials, often resulting in an increase in the bulk and weight of the object being soundproofed. Johan hopes that his device will one day replace all those thick layers of insulation. One effect will be to decrease the weight of motor vehicles, thereby reducing their fuel consumption.TNO Research Institute is currently investigating the practical applicability of Johan's system. It is now being tested on navy frigates, canal barges, extractor fans, heavy goods vehicles and optical precision equipment. The system can also be used to reduce the noise made by MRI scanners. - Full Article Source

12/02/09 - One use syringe could save many lives
Twenty-five years ago I read a newspaper article which said that one day, reused syringes would be one of the major causes of the spread of AIDS. I thought this was totally unacceptable and decided to do something about it. Sadly, it's come true. The toll from the reuse of syringes now exceeds that of malaria, with deaths due to this practice estimated at about 1.3 million each year. Every 24 seconds a child dies as a result of receiving an unsafe injection. The transmission method is crude -- blood-borne viruses are transmitted from patient to patient as body fluid is transferred by reusing a needle and syringe multiple times. My invention, the K1 Auto-Disable (AD) syringe, can only be used once and thereby helps stop the spread of blood-borne diseases such as HIV and Hepatitis. I set up Star Syringe to globally license K1. Fourteen licensees now distribute syringes to more than 70 countries, and from our sales figures, we can estimate that 9 million lives have been saved. This syringe is as cheap as all other standard syringes -- about 5 cents, a tenth of the cost of a Coca-Cola, to give you an idea -- but can only be used once and will lock and break if a doctor or nurse tries to reuse it. Outside of our 14 licensees, there are another 10 factories producing single-use syringes in different designs around the world. - Full Article Source

12/02/09 - Invention can cool brains
A British company, ThermaHelm, has developed a therapeutic cooling insert for motorcycle helmets that the inventor says can save lives. The ThermaHelm insert works by setting off a chemical cooling process in the helmet liner on impact. According to the inventor, Julian Preston-Powers, the brain of a crash victim can heat up inside a helmet in the minutes after impact. The cooling insert is activated by the impact, and an endothermic reaction cools the liner and prevents the brain from heating. The insert is still being developed, but you can sign up on the website to be notified when a retrofit service begins, in which case you can send your helmet in for fitment. Preston-Powers says he got the idea after his elbow collided with another player's head in a basketball game. The two players were given ice packs, he said, but the pack was too cold to keep on his injured elbow, so he periodically dropped it into a nearby motorcycle helmet. When the helmet's owner put on the helmet and remarked on the coolness, an idea was born. - Full Article Source

12/02/09 - Government should do less, not more
If government would just stop trying to do everything in the world ... Well, wait. Let's review what the U.S. government is currently up to: 1. Overhauling health care, or, if not actually overhauling it, talking endlessly about how government should do it. 2. Reconfiguring the way Americans use energy. 3. Rejiggering financial regulations. 4. All the while, trying to restart job growth. There's a disagreeable pattern here: one of alleged omnicompetence and general nosiness in the service of putting together voter coalitions. We'll get a really close look Thursday when the White House's jobs summit convenes against background noise in the Senate chamber concerning, who knows, "public options," abortion, Medicare cuts, the whole paraphernalia of interference in the intimacies of health and survival. If government would just stop trying to do everything in the world ... perhaps we wouldn't have job summits and anguished debates over public options. - Full Article Source

12/02/09 - How to Fix America!
Many have asked me this year, what can we do to change our economic fate in the United States? We appear destined for larger crises in the future from historic debt levels, a loss of confidence in our institutions and leaders, negative changes to spending patterns, and out of control money printing by the Federal Reserve bank and Treasury Department. Here is the blueprint to change our course dramatically for the better, and what I would recommend we implement as a people, united under God and each other, if I served as President of this great nation again. - Full Article Source. Seems like everyone is getting into the act...see my version of it from 11/28/09 at the Preceptors.

12/02/09 - Scientology Charged With Slavery, Human Trafficking
"A formal complaint was filed in California (caged PDF) last week by John Lindstein naming David Miscavige and the Church of Scientology International as defendants. Lindstein claims that for sixteen years (from age 8) he was forced to work as a slave at Gold Base, a secret CoS site run by Golden Era Productions with 'razor wire, security guard patrols, surveillance posts, and three roll calls each day.' The pay was $50 a week. The allegations include 'Violations of wage and hour laws as well as unfair/illegal business practices actionable under California B&P 17200 Et. Seq.' and a complaint under the 13th Amendment of the US Constitution, which abolished slavery. Members of the group Anonymous praised the summons." - Full Article Source

12/01/09 - Do RIGHT - Charity Appeal: SolarAid brings healthy light to Africa’s poor
KeelyNet Times Charity Appeal - “There are two defence mechanisms that keep your lungs healthy,” he says. “One is cellular immunity. But the lungs have another defence mechanism, which allows them to remove infection and particles by coughing them up. The toxic smoke from kerosene lamps knocks out this protection. “This is particularly dangerous for children uner three months old because their lungs are not fully developed. The mother will be cooking over an open fire every day and she will be burning a kerosene lamp. The baby will be inhaling just as many fumes as her because she is tied to her back. Think of how we worry about cot deaths and how we are told not to smoke in the house when there is a baby. Now imagine a tiny house chock-full of kerosene fumes.”

The statistics are as stark as they are heart-breaking. Respiratory diseases caused by toxic smoke kill 1.5 million women and children every year. Many more suffer with related illnesses. The reason is simple: with less than 2 per cent of the rural population of Africa having access to electricity, numerous millions are forced to breathe in poisonous fumes every day. “Kerosene lamps have long been the only option for those needing light and power in the evenings,” Dr Hart says.

But the uplifting message from this year’s The Times Christmas Charity Appeal is that there is an alternative — so simple, so cheap, so staggeringly effective that you want to jump up and down and proclaim its existence. How does this SolarAid miracle work? Follow the wire attached to the light bulb and you discover a small, rectangular piece of glass with lines running up and down. “You just place this in the sun during the day,” Imbogu explains, “and by sun-fall you have enough power in the batteries to run the bulb for the next few evenings. At first I did not believe it, but now I use it every day. It has transformed my life.” It is the economics, as much as the health benefits, that will enthuse the rural poor. To buy kerosene and single-use batteries costs a small fortune for villagers living on the edge of subsistence. The power of the sun, on the other hand, is free. “The only cost of solar is the panel and kit,” Imbogu says. “And it pays for itself within a matter of weeks.” The essential truth of solar, then, is that it will not only save millions from the spectre of toxic fumes, it will also save untold money for some of the world’s poorest, freeing resources for food, education and medical expenses. SolarAid is the evangelical force behind solar power in Africa. It identifies entrepreneurs and helps them to set up businesses so that they can build and sell solar lights and chargers. The solar equipment is built from local materials and imported solar glass and can fulfil the vast majority of the average household’s energy needs. SolarAid also provides heavily subsidised solar installations for larger facilities, enabling schools to teach in the evenings, community centres to offer vocational training and health clinics to power medical equipment such as vaccine fridges. - Full Article Source

12/01/09 - Where Scientific Stimulus Funding Went
The stimulus plan passed by the US Congress earlier this year provided $21 billion for scientific R&D to be allocated through the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Energy, and other agencies. (The full text of the bill is available in this large pdf file.) The debate still rages amongst politicians and economists about just how many jobs the $787 billion bill has created. In the meantime, the government has launched an interesting website detailing where that scientific R&D money went. Call it propaganda--the site is called ScienceWorksForUS -- but it's interesting to browse through the detailed list and see which research projects were funded and for how much. You can browse by state from the homepage, and a full report is here in a large pdf file. - Full Article Source

12/01/09 - A laser-powered space elevator?
A team from the Seattle area is leading a NASA-sponsored contest that aims to demonstrate the possibilities for space elevators by sending a payload nearly 3,000 feet into the air -- up a cable suspended from a helicopter. LaserMotive is a Seattle-based company commercializing laser power beaming to transmit electricity without wires for applications where wires are either cost prohibitive or physically impractical. The system is powered by beaming energy from the ground through a laser. The competition is meant to show the potential for lifting satellites and other objects into orbit via super-long ribbons to space. The LaserMotive team has been the only team to meet the second-level standard of climbing the 900-meter cable suspended from a hovering helicopter in less than 7.5 minutes, having accomplished that goal four times in the first two days of competition. LaserMotive has qualified for the $900,000 second-level prize. If they can knock 47 seconds off their fastest time so far, they could qualify for the top-level prize of up to $2 million for climbing the entire length of the cable in three minutes or less. If other teams make it into either bracket, the judges' scores will be used to determine the exact winnings. - Full Article Source

12/01/09 - Saving household energy a breeze
Today's Energy Star-rated refrigerators use half the electricity of models meeting the government's minimum standards as recently as 1993, according to engineer Bruce Harley, author of the book “Cut Your Energy Bills Now.” The gap is even wider for older models. Side-by-side refrigerators and those that offer drinks and ice through the doors — even those that are Energy Star approved — use more electricity than other models. Government standards allow side-by-sides to use 10 to 30 percent more energy. Compact fluorescent lamps use 75 percent less energy than a standard incandescent bulb and provide up to 15,000 hours of usage, compared to 1,000 hours for a regular bulb. Although the compact bulbs cost more — up to $4 apiece compared to 25 cents for a standard bulb — they end up costing far less over the life of a bulb. For an incandescent bulb, virtually unchanged since its invention by Thomas Edison, 90 percent of the energy produced comes out as heat. The compact bulbs return 90 percent of the energy consumed as light, thus allowing a smaller bulb to provide the same light. For example, a 15-watt compact bulb produces the same amount of light, 800 lumens, as a 60-watt incandescent bulb. The Energy Trust offers cash incentives for a variety of improvements, from sealing heating ducts, replacing windows or old appliances, adding insulation. A chart available online at www.nrtoday.com shows the incentives and potential state and federal tax credits for each program. Included is a $30 rebate for recycling an old refrigerator, an incentive that has been increased to $50 through the end of the year. Free pickup is included. Home heating and cooling systems are another area that should receive close attention, Iacoveone said. Up to 60 percent of the energy used to heat and cool homes can be lost due to leaky ducts, inefficient equipment, inadequate insulation and air leaks, he said. Iacoveone offered several suggestions for ways families can reduce energy consumption. He urged participants to create an energy plan to reduce usage by a set amount, such as 10 percent per year. Families with children could assign one child to turn off households lights when they aren't being used and monitor which other family members tend to leave lights on. He also recommended a weekly “no power hour,” where all lights and nonessential appliances are turned off. Iacoveone suggested family members go outside and do something together. It's also easy to encourage neighbors and friends to join in, he said. - Full Article Source

12/01/09 - Black Gold Fuel Enhancer invention saves fuel and cleans emissions
The Virgin Earth Challenge was founded by the United Kingdom’s Virgin Brand mogul Sir Richard Branson and supported by famous environmentalists, former US Vice President Al Gore, among them. The Challenge was launched on September 2, 2007 and is now accepting entries until January 8, 2010. The Virgin Earth Challenge offers a prize of US$25 million and a distinct page in world history to whoever can demonstrate to the judges’ satisfaction a commercially viable design or product that results in the successful mitigation or removal of anthropogenic, atmospheric greenhouse gases and contribute materially to the stability of the earth’s climate and preserve its environment. Local inventor Engineer June A. Yasol, who is currently the Parañaque City’s Alternative Energy consultant, is credited with pioneering the practical application of Wind/Solar Hybrid Power Centralized Street lighting System which is now widely used in the city. Yasol’s entry to the Challenge is called Black Gold Saver – an Electron Water to Nitrous Oxy-Hydrogen Fossil Fuel Enhancer, Booster-Saver and Emission Cleanse. The invention is a plug-in device for any fossil-fueled car and machine users which is designed as an on-board and on-demand combination of Nitrous Oxidizer for atmospheric intake air enhancement and an eWater to Oxy-Hydrogen Generator for fuel supplement to work for any engine’s combustion efficiency resulting in cleaner watery emissions, recycling oxygen in the air. Yasol said an estimated 7.5 billion metric tons of greenhouse gases are produced annually worldwide mostly by fossil fuel-fed machines and an average 100 liters capacity per hour of the BlackGold Saver system stands to eliminate two metric tons of carbon equivalents in an hour of its operation. This is due to the resulting more efficient combustion, thus saving on fuel consumption by up to 50 percent and recycling dirty atmospheric air into water. The plug-in gadget is scalable to any required capacity from motorcycles to cars, buses and trucks, and any kind of fossil-fueled machines such as generators and heavy equipment, industrial power plants, and even ships and aircrafts. - Full Article Source

12/01/09 - Gearbox for Industrial Trucks hydraulic energy recovery
U.S. Patent No. 7,597,172 - This patent deals particularly with large industrial vehicles, such as garbage trucks, that use both an internal combustion engine and hydraulic motor systems. The internal combustion engine moves the vehicle while the hydraulic motor moves the trash-can loader and the dump lift for the bed. A problem is these large vehicles produce a lot of energy when moving but lose a lot of energy when stopping. It would be useful to harness that energy even while the vehicle is stopped. This patent describes an energy accumulator system that recovers kinetic energy from the vehicle by using electronic control systems and fluid circuitry. It is particularly useful for garbage trucks because they use both gasoline and hydraulic motors. Energy can be stored to power either the drive or hydraulic systems when needed, rather than using the gas tank as the exclusive source of power. - Full Article Source

12/01/09 - Detroit’s Cannabis College Hopes To Stimulate Economy
KeelyNet At most colleges, marijuana is very much an extracurricular matter. But at Med Grow Cannabis College, marijuana is the curriculum: the history, the horticulture and the legal how-to’s of Michigan’s new medical marijuana program. “This state needs jobs, and we think medical marijuana can stimulate the state economy with hundreds of jobs and millions of dollars,” said Nick Tennant, the 24-year-old founder of the college, which is actually a burgeoning business (no baccalaureates here) operating from a few bare-bones rooms in a Detroit suburb. The six-week, $485 primer on medical marijuana is a cross between an agricultural extension class covering the growing cycle, nutrients and light requirements (”It’s harvest time when half the trichomes have turned amber and half are white”) and a gathering of serious potheads, sharing stories of their best highs (”Smoke that and you are … medicated!”)… - Full Article Source

12/01/09 - SMET Rube Goldberg Design challenge and success
This is a video of my students successfully demonstrating their SMET boards. Each team has to incorporate all 6 simple machines on each board. The boards must then pass their energy to the next board with the final board raising a flag. SMET = Simple Machine Energy Transformation Device. "The kids love it; they find it challenging," he said. "Because it’s about problem-solving and teamwork they can apply the concepts. Engineers are problem-solvers. They have to follow the rules. If they design a new car that has to get 30 miles an hour, they need to stay within constraints." Salonia stresses that he is teaching how engineers think — from concept to manufactured product. Students can go further in engineering if they are interested in architecture or manufacturing or con-struction or woodworking. Out of eight kids in class, two are girls - Full Article Source

12/01/09 - Baby Cage
KeelyNet It's an ad for Trimble's Practical Safety Crib. It's basically a rat cage for a baby. When you put Baby in safety-screen Kiddie-Koop, he's there to stay. He can't get out, can't throw towys out... pets and older children can't hurt him. He is safe -- and you know it, even if you are out of sight. And 87 out of 100 doctors say that it's safer than an ordinary crib. So why don't people use this any more? Or do they? / (Recently the 16 year old daughter of a barmaid friend of mine was about 2 months away from having a baby, so Lupita asked me to help her find a crib. Never thought of building one of these, would be so easy, wood and wirescreen, piece of cake! - JWD) - Full Article Source

12/01/09 - SparkFun product used for immoral hacking
KeelyNet While we have our fun ethically hacking, its very easy to forget that sometimes our ideas could be used with malicious goals. Take for instance SparkFun’s BlueSMiRF – the device’s original intention is simply to act as a wireless serial cable replacement. After hackers discovered several PIN pads use a serial interface, they put one and one together to steal several hundreds of people’s personal bank accounts from handheld credit card readers. This allows a person sitting ~100 feet away to see all the serial traffic including all the credit card information and pin #s. Not hard - all it takes is a bit of time, and malicious intent. It seems SparkFun is getting a lot of heat lately, but we’re glad they stand up and address these issues. You can check out the original news clipping here. - Full Article Source

12/01/09 - 61 Free Apps We're Most Thankful For
Earlier this week we asked you to share the free apps you're most thankful for, and after rounding up thousands of your suggestions, considering our own favorites, and performing a little spreadsheet magic, we've cooked up our own cornucopia of excellent free software and webapps we're extremely thankful for. So whether you're an American celebrating the season or not, the selection of apps below is like gravy-drenched turkey and mashed potatoes for your computer. - Full Article Source

12/01/09 - Frankfurt to Munich in less than 2 minutes
Timelapse video taken on flight from Frankfurt to Munich. speed is roughly equivalent to 12,000 km/h = mach 10. - Full Article Source

12/01/09 - Free Lectures
You can get free college lectures at guidetoonlineschools.com/online-classes, or if that’s too hard to remember, go to tinyurl.com/mp3class. The lectures are from a variety of schools, including the University of California, Berkeley, and the Massachusetts Institute for Technology. There’s a huge range, including literature, economics, and science. You can download them and play them on your computer, iPod or other MP3 player. - Full Article Source

12/01/09 - Turn Cold-Cathode Tubes into Cheap Under-Cabinet Lighting
KeelyNet In a quest for cheap under-cabinet lighting, the owner of the kitchen pictured above turned to cold-cathode tubes intended for the inside of a PC case. The result of his experimenting is a kitchen well lit by under-cabinet lights. The entire affair is powered by an old laptop power supply brick and toggled with a small power switch which all tuck neatly out of sight for a clutter-free lighting arrangement. - Full Article Source

12/01/09 - Firefox Addon Tracks Your Stolen Computer, Nukes Your Personal Data
Once you install the add-on for Firefox or its mobile version Fennec, FireFound uses geolocation to track where you are every time you open your browser, sending that information to a secure server (or your own server, if you prefer.) If your laptop is ever lost or stolen, log into FireFound's web site from any computer and find out where your laptop's being used—handy information to pass on to the cops, though not necessarily info that'll get your laptop back. You can also choose to nuke the personal data in your browser, including history and saved passwords, to protect if from prying eyes until you get your computer back. FireFound lets you tweak several settings according to what level of security you desire, including the option to receive email notifications if your computer is used more than a certain number of miles from its last location. The data protection feature instantly annihilates some or all of the personal information contained in your browser if someone can't provide a password to use it. - Full Article Source

12/01/09 - Air Cannon Ties Pirates In Knots
"Numerous high-tech devices have been proposed to help ships cope with piracy on the high seas. Now a company has developed a ship-borne launching device that fires a net or coiled rope into the path of pirate vessels using compressed air with a range of up to a range of 400m. The payload net or rope, which has a parachute attached to the end, will unravel and lay out across the surface of the water so that as the pirate boat travels through the water its propeller shaft will pick up the line and become entangled. 'With the trials and testing we've done, it has taken us some 45 minutes to cut and disentangle the line from the propeller itself,' says Jonathan Delf. 'Within that time of course, the target ship is on its way and hopefully help has arrived in the form of naval forces or helicopter support.' The system can be fired up to five times off just a cylinder of air like a simple scuba tank." The video mentions that the device can also fire a payload of golf balls. - Full Article Source

12/01/09 - Lifecycle Energy Costs of LED, CFL Bulbs Calculated
"The NY Times is reporting on a new study from Osram, a German lighting manufacturer, which has calculated the total lifecycle energy costs of three lightbulb technologies and found that both LEDs and CFLs use approximately 20% of the energy of incandescents over their lifetimes. While it is well known that the newer lighting technologies use a fraction of the energy of incandescents to produce the same amount of light, it has not been proven whether higher manufacturing energy costs kept the new lighting from offering a net gain. The study found that the manufacturing and distribution energy costs of all lightbulb technologies are only about 2% of their total lifetime energy cost — a tiny fraction of the energy used to produce light." - Full Article Source

12/01/09 - The Double Helix Theory of Electric Current
KeelyNet Although Tesla's alternating current triumphed over Edison's direct current, the underlying mystery that had confused Edison was never resolved. Under existing electric current theory, an AC current will involve a 'to and fro' motion of electric particles. In order to make this 'to and fro' motion of particles compatible with the fact that there is a net outflow of energy from an AC generator, and a net inflow of this energy into the circuit, we need to revise our entire understanding of the nature of electric current. We need to re-introduce the aether (vitreous electric fluid) and consider electric current to be a flow of pressurized aether. This pressurized aether enters the electric circuit from the power source, just like water enters the household pipe circuit under pressure from the reservoir. The pressurized aether either originates in a battery, or it is screwed out of a magnetic field by a rotating loop of wire. In the latter case, the induced alternating current results in aether being pumped into the circuit during both of the half-cycles. That being the case, something must nevertheless change during each half cycle. It is the circulation direction that changes during each half cycle in AC current. Electric current and magnetic field are mutually interlocking solenoidal lines of force. These solenoidal lines of force are riddled with aether sinks and aether sources in a double helix fashion. When an AC generator screws aether out of the positron sources, this aether will move in a solenoidal path like a boomerang, while constantly sinking into the electron sinks that are dotted along the path. If the input pressure is greater than the outflow tension, the current loop will inflate. This inflation normally occurs between two wires, with a transverse electric field step advancing in the space between the wires. This is explained in more detail in "The Double Helix Theory of the Magnetic Field", which is found in the downloads section. Modern physics attempts to explain electric current without the aether. The result is similar to trying to explain the water supply without mentioning the water. Electric charge is simply aether pressure, and it originates outside the circuit at the power source. Modern physics teaches that the charge on an electric wire is supplied from the return limb. This would be the same as having your water supplied from your drainpipe. (via Zpenergy.com) - Full Article Source

12/01/09 - Homemade 'Telepathic' car symbolises Cambodian car industry hopes
Creator Nhean Phaloek's outlandish claims that it can be operated telepathically. "I just snap my fingers and the car's door will open. Or I just think of opening the car's door, and the door opens immediately," says the 51-year-old as he proudly shows off the homemade car, named the Angkor 333-2010. Onlookers gasp as he demonstrates the trick, and with the fibre-glass vehicle having cost him 5,000 US dollars and 19 months of labour he is in no mood to reveal the remote control system behind it. "I am very excited and proud of this car because many people admire me and keep asking me about how I can make it," he says, adding that it reaches speeds of up to 100 kilometres (62 miles) per hour. Kong Pharith says it took him four months to design and put the final polish on his "tribrid" car which operates on solar energy, electricity and gasoline, hitting speeds of up to 40 kilometres per hour with its 2,000 watt motor. Despite the Cambodian love for cars, Roux and several other analysts say its doubtful proper domestic manufacturing will emerge here soon -- especially since neighbouring Thailand remains Asia's auto assembly giant. "It's not just about having four walls (for a factory). You need hundreds of companies supplying seats, steering wheels, hoods... This is not going to happen in Cambodia for a number of years," Roux says. Until then, Nhean Phaloek says he will keep making cars at home. The Angkor 333-2010 is the third he has built, and his first to talk. When he slams the door a voice out of the dashboard moans: "Why do you close me too strongly?" "Dozens of local and foreign guests have come and seen my car," Nhean Phaloek says with a smile. "One British man told me that it is the Cambodian James Bond car." - Full Article Source

12/01/09 - Mazda Demio To Be Base Architecture for Electric Vehicle Test Project
KeelyNet The project aims to comprehensively assess a low-carbon energy network composed of electric vehicles (EVs), rapid chargers, fixed battery stations, solar panels and a car sharing service. Mazda will assist in determining optimum vehicle specifications and evaluating vehicle performance. Mazda has adopted a policy to comprehensively improve its internal combustion engines and then progressively combine them with electric devices. This process includes the i-stop idling stop system, regenerative braking and hybrid systems. Main initiatives of the Tsukuba Environmental Style Test Project (each initiative will be the first case in Japan) include: * Testing the viability of reusing EV batteries in fixed battery stations. * Testing a model to optimally use renewable energy in EVs and in participating stores. The project will use information and communications technologies (ICT) in conjunction with control and electricity storage technology to develop an effective system to optimally use electricity that is generated through solar panels, stored in fixed battery stations and supplied to EVs and participating stores. * Test the viability of a new EV car sharing system to accelerate the establishment of a low-carbon transport society. - Full Article Source

12/01/09 - Mass. homeowners can now sell back electricity
The hitch? Homeowners need a way to generate power on their own, either by installing solar panels on their roofs or planting wind turbines on their property. It's called "net metering," and beginning Tuesday, property owners can submit the applications needed to begin earning credits on their electricity bills if they generate more energy than they need on any given day or week. To sweeten the deal, the state's 2008 Green Communities Act requires utility companies to pay their customers for the excess electricity at a retail rate rather than a lower wholesale rate. Property owners still would need to be connected to the utilities-owned grid for cloudy days or during the dark, cold winter months when they likely will use more energy from a power company than they would produce on their own. "Your utility is tracking how much energy you are buying and how much energy you are delivering back," said Ann Berwick, the state's undersecretary for energy. "You'll have meters tracking it in both directions." The law also lets customers allocate their credits to other customers, allowing those without the ability to generate solar or wind power to take advantage of the change. The benefits aren't limited just to homeowners. The law lets businesses and even cities and towns sell excess electricity back to utilities. Several municipalities are moving ahead on solar and wind turbine projects. Before the change, net metering was limited to solar arrays or wind turbines capable of generating just 60 kilowatts or less, and customers were able to sell their power back to the grid only at the wholesale rate. Under the new law, customers who own wind turbines or solar power installations up to 2 megawatts — even larger for municipal and state installations — can sell excess power back to the grid at the higher retail rate. - Full Article Source

12/01/09 - Wake Up, America!
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To my Fellow Americans,

“I am concerned for the security of our great nation; not so much because of any threat from without, but because of the insidious forces working from within” - General Douglas MacArthur.

KeelyNet What exactly did General MacArthur mean? Let me try to explain. The United States was founded as a Constitutional Republic based on liberty and the unalienable rights of the individual; and where the government exercised it’s limited power and authority with the consent of “We the people”.

But slowly, over the course of the past 100 years, “invisible” forces have turned us into a socialist “Democracy” where government is the Ultimate power and authority; where every action of our lives is legislated and restricted, and where Rights are becoming nonexistent.

(If that sounds like an absurd statement, then think about this: the United States, a supposed Free society, has a population of 300 Million; yet this Free society has a total of 2.3 million adults held in prison; or one in every 99.1 adults. That puts the US far head of ANY other country: including Communist China, a supposed repressive society. China has a population of 1.3 Billion people, yet they have only 1.5 million people behind bars).

To those who believe that we continue to be a government “of the people, by the people, and for the people”, and that the government is limited in it's power and authority as enumerated in the Constitution, I say take the blinders off your eyes and wake up! If you do, and honestly seek the truth, this is what you will see. That today the true seat of Power in Washington is the “Invisible Government”, which exercises its total control from behind the scenes.

Who is this Invisible Government? It is a small elite group of individuals who own and control the Giant International Banks and Corporations, and who exercise their control through the Military-Industrial Complex. Through their foundations and organizations, like the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) and the Trilateral Commission , they train and groom those who would be the “movers and shakers” of both U.S. political parties; in other words, they own and control the Republican and Democratic parties.
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12/01/09 - However they sugar it, you’re swallowing a delusion
Confused? Welcome to the baffling world of homeopathy. If, for example, you were suffering from stomach gripes similar to the effects of arsenic poisoning, Hahnemann would have treated you with a heavily diluted solution of arsenic. Luckily Hahnemann had signed up to the Hippocratic oath, so he diluted his preparations until almost no trace of the original element remained. Nobody died from taking homeopathic medicine, which is why homeopathy continues to flourish while other more dangerous medical practices from the late 18th century such as blood-letting and the use of Venice treacle — a concoction of opium, myrrh and viper flesh used as a painkiller — have fallen by the wayside. The royal family take homeopathic remedies; there are even homeopathic hospitals available on the National Health Service. I have intelligent friends (make that ex-friends) who have spent much money and time training to be homeopaths. All this, but there’s not a shred of serious scientific evidence that homeopathy has any therapeutic value. That’s not to say that taking homeopathic remedies doesn’t make people feel better. Clearly the world is full of nervous blondes who feel great once they are given a medicine precisely tailored to their hair colouring. But there is no evidence as yet to prove that homeopathic remedies are any more effective than placebo. One reason people like going to homeopaths is that they spend an hour filling in a detailed questionnaire about every aspect of their physical health and personality, trying to determine which remedy will suit them best. Chances are that the people consulting homeopaths have nothing urgently wrong with them (otherwise they would go and see a real doctor) but have magnified versions of what GPs call “finger aches”: Tatt (“tired all the time”), sleeplessness, mild stomach aches and limb pain. The conventional doctor can do nothing for them and might even be a wee bit impatient, but the nice, sympathetic homeopath who has plenty of intriguing questions makes them feel a whole lot better. For while there is no evidence in the scientific efficacy of homeopathy, there is plenty for the power of placebo, whether it’s taking a sugar pill or talking to a sympathetic person with lots of questions about what ails you. - Full Article Source

12/01/09 - Could This Lump Power the Planet?
KeelyNet Scientists at Lawrence Livermore National Lab are betting $3.5 billion in taxpayer money on a tiny pellet that could produce an endless supply of safe, clean energy. For some, that's hard to swallow. Scientist Edward Moses holds a model pellet, but the real version will contain a few milligrams of deuterium and tritium, isotopes of hydrogen that can be extracted from water. If you blast the pellet with a powerful laser, you can create a reaction like the one that takes place at the center of the sun. Harness that reaction, and you've created a star on earth, and with the heat from that star you can generate electricity without creating any pollution. Forget about nuke plants, coal, oil, or wind and solar. "This is the real solar power," says Moses. What Moses is talking about is controlled nuclear fusion—fusing nuclei rather than splitting a nucleus, as happens in ordinary nuclear-fission power plants. In a fission reaction, the nucleus of a uranium atom is split into two smaller atoms, releasing energy in the form of heat. The heat is used to make steam, which drives a turbine and generates electricity. In fusion energy, the second half of this process (heat makes steam makes electricity) remains the same. But instead of splitting the nucleus of an atom, you're trying to force a deuterium nucleus to merge, or fuse, with a tritium nucleus. When that happens, you produce helium and throw off energy. It's not an enormous laser, but a system that combines 192 identical lasers and zaps them into a round chamber, about 30 feet in diameter, where the tiny pellet of fuel awaits the blast. NIF's laser, which took a decade to build and was completed earlier this year, can produce 60 times more energy than any other laser ever built. - Full Article Source

12/01/09 - Scientists Create Artificial Meat
"The Telegraph reports that scientists have created the first artificial meat by extracting cells from the muscle of a live pig and putting them in a broth of other animal products where the cells then multiplied to create muscle tissue. Described as soggy pork, researchers believe that it can be turned into something like steak if they can find a way to 'exercise' the muscle and while no one has yet tasted the artificial meat, researchers believe the breakthrough could lead to sausages and other processed products being made from laboratory meat in as little as five years time. '"What we have at the moment is rather like wasted muscle tissue. We need to find ways of improving it by training it and stretching it, but we will get there," says Mark Post, professor of physiology at Eindhoven University. "You could take the meat from one animal and create the volume of meat previously provided by a million animals." Animal rights group Peta has welcomed the laboratory grown meat announcing that "as far as we're concerned, if meat is no longer a piece of a dead animal there's no ethical objection while the Vegetarian Society remained skeptical. "The big question is how could you guarantee you were eating artificial flesh rather than flesh from an animal that had been slaughtered. It would be very difficult to label and identify in a way that people would trust."" - Full Article Source

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