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1 - 12/31/10 - Can Movies Inspire Kids To Be Future Scientists?
2 - 12/31/10 - Multi-Angular Force Generator aimed to lower energy costs
3 - 12/31/10 - Solar Panels For Your Pants
4 - 12/31/10 - Bulgarian Invention May Reduce Natural Gas, Heating Costs
5 - 12/31/10 - Live in a Fortress
6 - 12/31/10 - Green patent applications in UK processed four times faster
7 - 12/31/10 - Bill Murray Anti-Tech Rant 1982
8 - 12/31/10 - Memory Saving Windows tips
9 - 12/31/10 - Movies and TV shows in any Language
10 - 12/31/10 - Censorship eats Internet from within
11 - 12/31/10 - We need a Nuremberg for Profiteers
12 - 12/31/10 - NASA Continues funding for 500 million to Canceled Ares Project
13 - 12/31/10 - Paris To Test Banning SUVs In the City
14 - 12/31/10 - Cheaters Exposed Analyzing Statistical Anomalies
15 - 12/31/10 - Court Rules Website Doesn't Have To Remove Defamatory Comments
16 - 12/31/10 - Solar Storms Could Bring Northern Lights South
17 - 12/31/10 - People who touch your junk
18 - 12/31/10 - 2010's best tales from the tech trenches
19 - 12/31/10 - South Korea Launches First Electric Bus Fleet
20 - 12/31/10 - Nintendo Warns 3D Games Can Ruin Children's Eyes
21 - 12/31/10 - The Significant Decline of Spam
22 - 12/28/10 - Karpen's Pile Battery Produces Energy Continuously Since 1950
23 - 12/28/10 - Ford To Offer Fuel-Saving 'Start-Stop' System
24 - 12/28/10 - Monothermal aims to utilise energy from ambient heat
25 - 12/28/10 - So why isn't it warming instead of freezing?
26 - 12/28/10 - Searching for Infinite Energy, ‘Fusioneers’ Tinker With the Stars
27 - 12/28/10 - Honeybees are found to interact with Quantum fields
28 - 12/28/10 - Massless Solar Neutrinos changing matter to cause Planetary Mutations
29 - 12/28/10 - Baby boomers near 65 with retirements in jeopardy
30 - 12/28/10 - Facebook, PayPal tycoon embraces sci-fi future
31 - 12/28/10 - African Villages Glow With Renewable Energy
32 - 12/28/10 - Portugal's drug policy pays off; US eyes lessons
33 - 12/28/10 - Monitoring America
34 - 12/28/10 - Spanish Peasants Practical and Cool Subterranean Houses (Mar, 1930)
35 - 12/28/10 - Malaysia Defeats Indonesia Thanks to Laser-Shooting Soccer Fans
36 - 12/28/10 - Study ties brain structure size to socializing
37 - 12/28/10 - Professor Invents a Solar-Powered Rainbow Machine
38 - 12/28/10 - EFF Offers an Introduction To Traitorware
39 - 12/28/10 - Spammers Finally Under the Legal Gun?
40 - 12/28/10 - Build a fusion reactor in your home
41 - 12/28/10 - North Magnetic Pole Racing Toward Siberia
42 - 12/28/10 - Dmitry Orlov on Collapse
43 - 12/28/10 - Using LED Ceiling Lights For Digital Communication
44 - 12/28/10 - Auditors Question TSA's Tech Spending, Security Solutions
45 - 12/28/10 - London Police Credit CCTV Cameras With Six Solved Crimes Per Day
46 - 12/25/10 - New Solar Reactor Prototype Unveiled
47 - 12/25/10 - Banknotes Go Electronic To Outwit Counterfeiters
48 - 12/25/10 - $86 Billion - US Spurs Plethora of Problem Solving Prizes
49 - 12/25/10 - Electric Cars May Be Made Noisier By Law
50 - 12/25/10 - New Molecule Could Lead To Better Rocket Fuel
51 - 12/25/10 - IBM predicts holographic calls, breathing batteries
52 - 12/25/10 - Terry Gilliam presents '1884 Yesterdays Future'
53 - 12/25/10 - Why Our Economy "Requires" Oil Spills
54 - 12/25/10 - Ben Goldacre: bad science kills
55 - 12/25/10 - Baldwin, Costner in Lawsuit Over BP Clean Up Invention
56 - 12/25/10 - Compact fluorescent light bulb explodes and causes fire
57 - 12/25/10 - Fark Headlines
58 - 12/25/10 - Holiday Fun
59 - 12/25/10 - Sexual Assault case Involving Inventor Mom vs. Investor
60 - 12/25/10 - Doctor Says a Device He Invented Poses Risks
61 - 12/25/10 - Inventions That Were Accidents
62 - 12/25/10 - My Blackberry Is Not Working! - The One Ronnie, Preview - BBC One
63 - 12/25/10 - One law for them, another for us...
64 - 12/25/10 - Suicide bombers: fanatics, or suicidally depressed?
65 - 12/25/10 - Wikileaks: All 250,000 cables reported leaked in Norway
66 - 12/25/10 - Jelly Wobbling Machine
67 - 12/25/10 - Hi-Res cameras require caution
68 - 12/25/10 - 7 Mysterious Coded Texts that Defy Translation
69 - 12/25/10 - Hacking Neighbor Pleads Guilty On Death Threats and Porn
70 - 12/25/10 - Man builds doomsday capsule to survive 2012
71 - 12/25/10 - Placebos Work -- Even Without Deception
72 - 12/25/10 - Scientifically, You Are Likely In the Slowest Line
73 - 12/25/10 - Bank of America Buying Abusive Domain Names
74 - 12/25/10 - PC Case Mods of the Year 2010
75 - 12/25/10 - Pay What You Want — a Sustainable Business Model?
76 - 12/25/10 - Dead or Alive? The Eyes Hold the Answer
77 - 12/25/10 - Progress In Algorithms Beats Moore's Law
78 - 12/22/10 - Seaquence - "An experimental musical petri-dish"
79 - 12/22/10 - Free Radicals May Not Be Cause of Aging
80 - 12/22/10 - Spinning Their Wheels in Search of Perpetual Motion
81 - 12/22/10 - Wanted: Buyer for controversial Cape Wind energy
82 - 12/22/10 - Tulikivi Soapstone Masonry Heater - a Green Alternative Heating Source
83 - 12/22/10 - Kodaks' patent spat threatens photo web sites
84 - 12/22/10 - Triac Electric Car - Three Wheels, 100 Miles And $25,000
85 - 12/22/10 - The Primary Purpose (Today) of the ISS is Operations, Not Science
86 - 12/22/10 - Marketing, Papal and Imperial Decree to Mold Beliefs, Increase Sales
87 - 12/22/10 - 2010 natural disasters killed more people than 40 years of 'terrorism'
88 - 12/22/10 - Easy, 'steamy' way to get healthy
89 - 12/22/10 - Iron Age Copper Reveals Earth’s Stronger, Faster Magnetic Field
90 - 12/22/10 - Stop "Computer Hunch" Posture with These Easy Stretches
91 - 12/22/10 - Japanese teenagers use Google Earth and a projector to 'skydive'
92 - 12/22/10 - PC Fan Windmill conversion
93 - 12/22/10 - Zuck promises to give away billions
94 - 12/22/10 - Here comes the inevitable Taiwan CGI on Wikileaks
95 - 12/22/10 - Navy Launches Pilot With an Electromagnetic Shove
96 - 12/22/10 - Update on "inchvesting" in Detroit
97 - 12/22/10 - Engage the plasma drive, Mars here we come
98 - 12/22/10 - Making Holiday Candy
99 - 12/22/10 - Drop Out and Innovate, Urges VC Peter Thiel
100 - 12/22/10 - Ant swarms acting like fluids
101 - 12/22/10 - ACS applauds Congress for passing American competitiveness bill
102 - 12/22/10 - Why I have a public email address (from boingboing.net)
103 - 12/22/10 - U.S. House approves billions for wars without debate
104 - 12/22/10 - Best Dad delights kids with upside-down chin trick
105 - 12/22/10 - First Measurement of Magnetic Field In Earth's Core
106 - 12/22/10 - Microchips Now In Tombstones, Toilets, & Fish Lures
107 - 12/22/10 - DHS Seized Domains Based On Bad Evidence
108 - 12/22/10 - Over 40% of New Mechanical Turk Jobs Involve Spam
109 - 12/22/10 - Judge Ends Massive Porn Lawsuit (different rules for non PCs)
110 - 12/22/10 - Death defeated: Download the brain
111 - 12/22/10 - WikiLeaks Continues To Fund Itself Via Flattr
112 - 12/22/10 - Recording the Police
113 - 12/22/10 - The Smartphone That Spies, and Other Surprises
114 - 12/19/10 - CA's First Molten Salt Energy Plant Approved
115 - 12/19/10 - Real life Tron Light Cycle - 120mph for $55,000
116 - 12/19/10 - Electric vehicles and multiple mileage ratings
117 - 12/19/10 - The Scientific Evidence for Psi Experiences
118 - 12/19/10 - Is this the Future of America?
119 - 12/19/10 - Keelynet Archive Index page updated
120 - 12/19/10 - Store Valuables in the Kitchen to Prevent Theft
121 - 12/19/10 - Views of 2011 From 1931
122 - 12/19/10 - Sex On Mars
123 - 12/19/10 - Cancer spread halted by pomegranate juice?
124 - 12/19/10 - Living longer but not in perfect health
125 - 12/19/10 - Contest of Active Houses Now Open
126 - 12/19/10 - Mysterious Beam Detected on the Moon
127 - 12/19/10 - Lies, damn lies and Chinese science
128 - 12/19/10 - Plastic from Plants: Is It an Environmental Boon or Bane?
129 - 12/19/10 - Research red tape contributes to the suffering and death of millions
130 - 12/19/10 - Epidemic intelligence
131 - 12/19/10 - Transplant may have cured man of AIDS
132 - 12/19/10 - Positive Mood Allows Human Brain to Think More Creatively
133 - 12/19/10 - Uproar over Thor Movie casting Heimdall as black
134 - 12/19/10 - Now Relevant
135 - 12/19/10 - 5 years for possible Stem cell cure for baldness
136 - 12/19/10 - US Offers $30M For High-Risk Biofuel Research
137 - 12/19/10 - Witholding internet access is the new spanking
138 - 12/19/10 - 'YouCut' Targets National Science Foundation Budget
139 - 12/19/10 - Periodic Table of Elements To Get an Update
140 - 12/16/10 - Scot wins fight with Unilever over his £23m diabetes idea
141 - 12/16/10 - Earthing: The Most Important Health Discovery Ever?
142 - 12/16/10 - Electric forcefield space sailing-ship tech gets EU funding
143 - 12/16/10 - UK Gov to give motorists 25% discount on 9 new all-electric cars
144 - 12/16/10 - Man finds extreme healing eating parasitic worms
145 - 12/16/10 - $14 for Foreigners to Visit USA
146 - 12/16/10 - Send your parents a tech support care package
147 - 12/16/10 - Injecting New Bone
148 - 12/16/10 - 2011: Tax Cuts Alone Won’t Do It
149 - 12/16/10 - Technology Outpaces Privacy (Yet Again)
150 - 12/16/10 - DIY Invention: Pedal Powered Snowplow
151 - 12/16/10 - Omaha North teens perfecting stove invention
152 - 12/16/10 - How to use the wind to charge your iPhone
153 - 12/16/10 - Casting Call for Dog and Cat Product Inventions
154 - 12/16/10 - Sales pitch from an ATM-skimmer vendor
155 - 12/16/10 - Americans overwhelmingly against disclosure of government secrets
156 - 12/16/10 - What happens when an alligator bites an electric eel?
157 - 12/16/10 - $100,000 Eye Implant
158 - 12/16/10 - A Bionic Leg That Rewires Stroke Victims' Brains
159 - 12/16/10 - Michael Moore Posts Julian Assange's Bail
160 - 12/16/10 - Why Special Effects No Longer Impress - Ubiquitous
161 - 12/16/10 - Fourth Amendment Protects Hosted E-mail
162 - 12/16/10 - Internet Usage Catches Up With Television In US
163 - 12/16/10 - Aurora youth invents powered shoes
164 - 12/16/10 - First-Sale Doctrine Lost Overseas
165 - 12/16/10 - US Offers $30M For High-Risk Biofuel Research
166 - 12/13/10 - Digital Image Resizer Toy
167 - 12/13/10 - PTO to Effectively Extend Provisional Applications to 24 Months
168 - 12/13/10 - Inventor creates do-it-yourself non-slip shoe covers for icy conditions
169 - 12/13/10 - The high cost of the patent wars
170 - 12/13/10 - Coolme™ Invention Wins Tropical Innovation Award
171 - 12/13/10 - Electromagnetic Railgun That Can Hit a Target Over 100 Miles Away
172 - 12/13/10 - Fake Watchful Eyes Discourage Naughty Behavior
173 - 12/13/10 - Obesity caused by a Virus?
174 - 12/13/10 - Let Your Coaster Do the Talking
175 - 12/13/10 - All set to take the world by storm - Dose of Reality
176 - 12/13/10 - Local bookstores fall to 'e-book revolution'
177 - 12/13/10 - Long or Short Flush Water Saving Invention for Toilets
178 - 12/13/10 - $49.94 Yacker Tracker controls Noise
179 - 12/13/10 - New communication technology unveiled
180 - 12/13/10 - I-Robot inspired Software for Emotion detection from Speech
181 - 12/13/10 - Inventor says Don't File a Patent!
182 - 12/13/10 - Energy investment no one is talking about
183 - 12/13/10 - Sawdust tipped to earn millions
184 - 12/13/10 - FA-18 "Super Hornet" Breaks Sound Barrier
185 - 12/13/10 - Tobacco Virus Could Boost Li Batteries up to 10X
186 - 12/13/10 - Cheap 3D Fab Could Start an Innovation Renaissance
187 - 12/13/10 - Researchers Develop Self-Healing Plastic
188 - 12/13/10 - Points of View
189 - 12/13/10 - Controversial New Hallucinogen Salvia Shows Intense, Novel Effects
190 - 12/13/10 - WikiLeaks, Money, and Ron Paul
191 - 12/13/10 - When Computers Go Wrong
192 - 12/13/10 - Insane Bike & Car Flip
193 - 12/13/10 - Diabetic Men May Be Able To Grow Their Own Insulin-Producing Cells
194 - 12/13/10 - All-Analog DIY Segway Project
195 - 12/13/10 - NASA Solar Sail Lost In Space
196 - 12/10/10 - Gizmo Turns Heat, Light Into Electricity - "Power From Everywhere"
197 - 12/10/10 - Using Hydropower to Create Energy From Water
198 - 12/10/10 - An Energy Boost for Ultracapacitors
199 - 12/10/10 - A form of ‘Health Maintenance’
200 - 12/10/10 - Generating matter and antimatter from the vacuum
201 - 12/10/10 - The Coriolis Force in Maxwell's Equations
202 - 12/10/10 - The God Helmet
203 - 12/10/10 - New NASA model: Doubled CO2 means just 1.64°C warming
204 - 12/10/10 - Diabetes in America
205 - 12/10/10 - 50-cent vaccine dose can stop bacterial meningitis
206 - 12/10/10 - Christmas tree low-water monitor
207 - 12/10/10 - Earth's Core Has Another Layer, Scientists Claim
208 - 12/10/10 - Quick, cheap, and simple vacuum tweezers
209 - 12/10/10 - Cancelling Cable TV For Netflix
210 - 12/10/10 - U.S. Increasingly Like Orwell’s 1984
211 - 12/10/10 - Write Poem, Go To Prison
212 - 12/10/10 - Push-button tool used to shut down Visa, MasterCard, and other sites
213 - 12/10/10 - More than 1000 Wikileaks mirror sites spring up in a week
214 - 12/10/10 - Wikileaked: a foreign policy journal devoted to the Wikileaks releases
215 - 12/10/10 - Wikileaks, the US secret bunker, the Gulf of Aden Vortex: Contact made?
216 - 12/10/10 - FCC Approving Pay-As-You-Go Internet Plans
217 - 12/10/10 - Team Use Stem Cells to Restore Mobility in Paralyzed Monkey
218 - 12/10/10 - Scientists Discover Solar Powered Hornets
219 - 12/10/10 - X Particle Might Explain Dark Matter & Antimatter
220 - 12/10/10 - The first truly honest privacy policy
221 - 12/10/10 - Beating Censorship By Routing Around DNS
222 - 12/10/10 - Eye of Mordor/US dollar bill mashup tee
223 - 12/10/10 - Video Shows Why Recharging Kills Batteries
224 - 12/10/10 - The worshipping baby
225 - 12/10/10 - US Trials Off Track Over Juror Internet Misconduct
226 - 12/07/10 - 200 Countries, 200 Years, 4 Minutes
227 - 12/07/10 - Formic acid in the engine
228 - 12/07/10 - Scots firm develops the world’s largest microwave
229 - 12/07/10 - Award-Winning MagicBulb Offers Alternative to Mercury CFLs
230 - 12/07/10 - Prize-winning pump improves farmers’ lives
231 - 12/07/10 - Binishells domed structures
232 - 12/07/10 - How to stop a hurricane (good luck, by the way)
233 - 12/07/10 - Clean currents and Solar Cooker International help earthquake victims
234 - 12/07/10 - Pulse of light from the Kukulkan Pyramid at Chichen Izta, Mexico
235 - 12/07/10 - 3D Holograms without Glasses
236 - 12/07/10 - How to create temperatures below absolute zero
237 - 12/07/10 - Green Roofs Are Changing Architecture
238 - 12/07/10 - Self-Pressuring Systems for Lunar Stations to Be Developed
239 - 12/07/10 - Scientists discover snowflake identical to one which fell in 1963
240 - 12/07/10 - George Lucas Plans to Resurrect Dead Movie Stars
241 - 12/07/10 - Salamander enzyme could let humans regrow organs and limbs
242 - 12/07/10 - Star Trek inspired pocket doors
243 - 12/07/10 - Don’t Visit Porn or Go to Weird Sites – Browser Flaw Is Spying on You
244 - 12/07/10 - Can we transport food like Internet data? Foodtubes says yes
245 - 12/07/10 - The genius of this 'new' invention
246 - 12/07/10 - Wing Motors to Improve AUTOGYRO (Jan, 1930)
247 - 12/07/10 - Training Your Sensors
248 - 12/07/10 - Bridge Device Helps Paralyzed Rats Walk Again
249 - 12/07/10 - Innovation: Innovate or die
250 - 12/07/10 - SolarWindow Empowers Your Windows to Produce Electricity
251 - 12/07/10 - Why just Mexico?
252 - 12/07/10 - Missouri Ahead of the Game in Dealing with Illegal Immigrants
253 - 12/07/10 - UK imposes new permanent immigration quota
254 - 12/07/10 - Optimizing your diet for longevity
255 - 12/07/10 - Inventor's hard work and sweat creates TENS
256 - 12/07/10 - People With University Degree Fear Death Less
257 - 12/07/10 - Using the Web To Turn Kids Into Autodidacts
258 - 12/07/10 - Japanese Robot Picks Only the Ripest Strawberries
259 - 12/07/10 - Wikileaks Fallout to punish Assange
260 - 12/07/10 - A Nude Awakening — the TSA and Privacy
261 - 12/07/10 - NASA Launches Micro Solar Sail
262 - 12/04/10 - The Alternative Energy Revolution Is Not For You
263 - 12/04/10 - The Real Mother of Invention
264 - 12/04/10 - Leeds inventor's washing machine 'magic'
265 - 12/04/10 - Is WIFI Electrosmog frying our brains?
266 - 12/04/10 - The Solar Oven Restaurant in Chile
267 - 12/04/10 - Fighting Tumors With Tumors
268 - 12/04/10 - Future of Farming - Growing Lettuce, Fish Together Helps Environment
269 - 12/04/10 - IBM's Exascale Computing using Optics
270 - 12/04/10 - Nazi Scientists Idea for a Giant Space Mirror to Burn Enemy Nations
271 - 12/04/10 - Quote Of The Day - We ARE WATCHING
272 - 12/04/10 - The Sea-Gem: a 100mph Air-Cushion Ship by 1963 (Mar, 1962)
273 - 12/04/10 - Germany creates Mutating Robots
274 - 12/04/10 - Parajet puts Police in the Air
275 - 12/04/10 - Dowsing livestock for deficiencies
276 - 12/04/10 - King's designs win 3 patents
277 - 12/04/10 - Local company recognized for innovative Gas Pump invention
278 - 12/04/10 - $150K crowdfunding project for net access to poor countries
279 - 12/04/10 - Your stolen vehicle may be just a tweet away
280 - 12/04/10 - Laser starts fire inside balloon
281 - 12/04/10 - Wikileaks.org blocked, but mirror sites proliferating
282 - 12/04/10 - World's smallest cellphone jammer looks like a pack of cigs
283 - 12/04/10 - Listia Mania - 400 free credits to start
284 - 12/04/10 - Propensity for 1-night, uncommitted sex appears to be genetic
285 - 12/04/10 - Sex Everyday Keeps Diseases Away!
286 - 12/04/10 - Electronic 'bridge' could one day restore damaged spinal cords
287 - 12/04/10 - Attack of the Trojan Printers
288 - 12/04/10 - FTC Proposes Do Not Track List For the Web
289 - 12/04/10 - Google Loses Street View Suit, Forced To Pay $1
290 - 12/04/10 - GM Loses Money On Every Volt Built
291 - 12/04/10 - Feds Warrantlessly Tracking Americans' Real Time Credit Card Activity
292 - 12/04/10 - A Mind Made From Memristors
293 - 12/04/10 - Photo a Day for 300 days
294 - 12/04/10 - Graduate Students Being Warned Away From Leaked Cables
295 - 12/01/10 - How to receive Blocked Channels if you live outside the US
296 - 12/01/10 - Each Volt Costs $40,000 to Build
297 - 12/01/10 - Stirling engine in a teacup
298 - 12/01/10 - Rare metal stores solar heat, makes 'rechargeable solar battery' possible
299 - 12/01/10 - Google Earth 6 w/Millions of 3D Trees and Better Street View Integration
300 - 12/01/10 - Miami Vice - Amen...Send Money
301 - 12/01/10 - Calloway V Spiral Magnet Motor - V Gate: 02
302 - 12/01/10 - Methane-powered laptops closer
303 - 12/01/10 - Climate change will cost a billion people their homes, says report
304 - 12/01/10 - Total Lunar Eclipse December 21st from 1:30AM...
305 - 12/01/10 - Inconvenient truths about our evolution?
306 - 12/01/10 - Mystery of the Razor Blade (Jan, 1932)
307 - 12/01/10 - High-tech patent fuels better car performance
308 - 12/01/10 - China Drops the Hydrail Shoe
309 - 12/01/10 - Shape-shifting robot can grip differently-shaped items
310 - 12/01/10 - Assignment puts spark into high school studies
311 - 12/01/10 - Brazil nut effect: why larger mixed nuts "float" to surface
312 - 12/01/10 - Reversing Aging by protecting chromosome tips
313 - 12/01/10 - Hotel peephole doctored for easy removal and spying
314 - 12/01/10 - No Press Is Bad Press Even Online
315 - 12/01/10 - Being Too Clean Can Make People Sick
316 - 12/01/10 - US Army Unveils 'Revolutionary' $35,000 Rifle
317 - 12/01/10 - WikiLeaks Will Unveil Major Bank Scandal
318 - 12/01/10 - Aussie Government Gives PDF the Thumbs Down

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12/31/10 - Can Movies Inspire Kids To Be Future Scientists?
KeelyNet "MSNBC reports on a recent panel that discussed studies showing that people, especially children, often model their behavior on what they see on the big (or small) screen and science shows up in many Hollywood films. In fact, 22 of the 60 top-grossing mov ies of all time are science-fiction or superhero flicks, including history's No. 1 box office hit, Avatar. The movie science doesn't even have to be entirely accurate, some of the panelists added when asked to consider the role and impact of science in ci nema. As long as it plants a seed of curiosity in viewers, it may spur them to investigate scientific issues on their own — and perhaps consider a career in science down the road. 'It's not an educational medium, it's an emotional medium,' says Seth Shost ak, an astronomer with the SETI Institute in Mountain View, Calif. 'Kids get turned on by the emotion.' Interestingly enough although movies work hard to get the science right, many make errors ranging from the understandable to the egregious, but that's ok, say the panelists. 'Even if a film or media product is not very accurate, that becomes a teaching moment,' says Arvind Singhal. 'So there's room for everything.'" - Full Article Source

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12/31/10 - Multi-Angular Force Generator aimed to lower energy costs
Allen Caggiano is seeking a way to move the Multi-Angular Force Generator 240 aimed at lowering energy costs from the lab into production. Dubbed a windless windmill, the MAFG 240 uses perpetual motion to generate electricity creating a self-sustaining so urce of power, avoiding utility companies. Though private demonstrations have been given to those interested capitalizing on the device, Caggiano is aiming to publicly unveil the MAFG 240 during the 2011 ExtraOrdinary Technology Conference hosted in July by TelsaTech in Albuquerque, N.M. Those who have seen the MAFG at work impress those in the scientific know. “I love stumping those who know physics,” Caggiano said. One of the prototypes developed uses a 5 horsepower motor turning a 450-horsepower genera tor creating 240 kilowatts of energy. “I want to power the hotel in New Mexico,” he said. If the MAFG can enter production, Caggiano foresees an immediate boom into its production claiming large corporations want the equipment to cut their power costs. “I f Wal-Mart pays $123 million a month for electricity, they can put in our equipment and buy power for 50 percent,” he said. Currently, the MAFG is designed for large businesses and manufacturing. “I was powering my house with it since July. There's no mar ket for residential, yet. This unit would cost $50,000,” Caggiano said. Standing at 13-feet, it would be a challenge today to shelter the MAFG in its current form and buffer noise in a typical residential neighborhood. - Full Article Source

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12/31/10 - Solar Panels For Your Pants
KeelyNet "A new line of clothes come with its own solar panels to charge small electronics in your pocket. It might be overdoing the 'Green' technology but for the low, low price of $920, you can own a pair of Go Urban Cargo Pants, which boasts 'fly front, low-slu ng drawstring waist, and two back patch pockets with button down flaps,' but the main reason you might want them is the: "'two side cargo pockets with independently functioning power supply.'" - Full Article Source

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12/31/10 - Bulgarian Invention May Reduce Natural Gas, Heating Costs
An innovation created by a Bulgarian scientist is said to be able to make natural gas use more efficient and cut down the expenses for central heating. The invention, which is a steam and gas turbine installation, can produce the same amount of heating an d electric energy with about 30 percent less natural gas. The installation costs BGN 56 M, but its efficiency may save a big heating utility, like the one in the capital Sofia, up to BGN 500 M in the long run, Prof. Nikolay Kolev, the inventor of the faci lity, has stated. - Full Article Source

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12/31/10 - Live in a Fortress
KeelyNet Martello towers are small circular fortresses that stud the English coastline. With 4-meter walls, a single tiny point of entry and 15-man garrisons, they never saw action: no-one has successfully mounted an invasion of Britain in centuries. Now in disrep air, their small size and remote seaside locations make them ideal homes for people who want to live in totally awesome fortresses. Here's Jonathan Glancey in The Guardian:

Jackson first came across the tower in June 2000, when it was rotting away at the edge of a farm. And so began a 10-year affair with 750,000 Suffolk bricks. "I wasn't wholly naive," says Jackson, whose American wife and young daughter are n ow settling in. "I spent a year in negotiation with the farmer. He put in mains water and electricity, but I did have to face up to the fact that the tower was a Scheduled Monument, that it was on the Buildings at Risk register, and that it's part of an A rea of Outstanding Natural Beauty that's also a Site of Special Scientific Interest. Given all this, perhaps I should have cut my losses and walked away."

The cost of renovation is steep, but once completed, you can rest easy knowing your home is impervious to Napoleon's cannons. Pro-tip: make friends with the local ruinkeepers before messing with important historical monuments! - Full Article Source

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12/31/10 - Green patent applications in UK processed four times faster
The Intellectual Property Office's Green Channel service offers accelerated processing for patent applications where the invention has an environmental benefit. Since it was launched in May last year, 329 patent applications have been, or are being, fast- tracked. On average, a patent is granted through the Green Channel in eight months compared with a 32 month average for standard applications. British businesses have been the main beneficiaries with 86 per cent of requests for fast-tracking coming from U K firms. Intellectual Property Minister Baroness Wilcox said: "The demand for low carbon products is growing across the world. Putting the UK at the forefront of the green technology industry will deliver enormous benefits to this country. "It will provid e the UK with economic growth and new jobs as well as improving our environment. "Fast-tracking green patents provides businesses with practical help in developing green technology and bringing it to the consumer as quickly as possible." - Full Article Source

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12/31/10 - Bill Murray Anti-Tech Rant 1982
Raw footage from "Wired In," a never-completed series on the technological trends and innovations of the early 1980s. Here is unedited tape of Bill Murray doing takes for a promo, shot in NYC. He rants about technology.

• "People have hands... Watches should have hands."
• "Who in the hell is thinkin' up this stuff? High tech stuff."
• "I don't mind robots. I mean, R2D2 was alright. He was a fine actor." - (via boingboing.net) - Full Article Source


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12/31/10 - Memory Saving Windows tips
It’s hard to run out of disk space on today’s huge drives, but if you’re using an older computer, you may be running out of space. Here are some tips for cleaning it up.

* Transfer old videos and photos to a flash drive. These files are typically the biggest disk hogs. Flash drives are really cheap these days and it’s a good way to create a library of photos or videos that can be viewed on any computer.
* WinDirStat from windirstat.info is a free program that shows you how much space is being taken up by individual programs and files. You can see this as a list as well as a graphic image of the drive’s space.

“CCleaner” from ccleaner.com is another useful space clearing program. We ran the free version and it opened 17 gigabytes of space on the drive and it was all automatic. There is a $25 version that comes with tech support. For general tech support on a ny computer problem we use crossloop.com/kennys, iyogi.net, or support.com. All can usually fix your computer problem remotely over the Internet. - Full Article Source

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12/31/10 - Movies and TV shows in any Language
A volunteer community translates TV shows and movies that Viki acquires rights to. In the first 24 hours, a movie will typically be translated into at least 20 languages. (The translators also sometimes add running comments about the movie in their own la nguage.) Since the site began in 2008, it has streamed one billion videos. Its volunteers have put more than 100 million words into subtitles in 143 languages. The translators work in teams and get credit for what they do. - Full Article Source

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12/31/10 - Censorship eats Internet from within
KeelyNet Several countries in the world are considering censorship on the Internet. The measure was proposed in the UN by a representative of Brazil. Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has already imposed censorship. So far, the establishment of a supranational auth ority of censorship is only at the level of a discussion. However, a new wave of leaks that WikiLeaks is threatening with can accelerate this process. The proposal to cover the World Wide Web with a censorship net has caused criticism of many companies an d organizations, including Google, International Chamber of Commerce and non-profit organization The Internet Society (ISOC). "We do not disable the Internet and do not try to impose censorship. All we want is to protect ourselves from Internet crimes and cyber-attacks," Chavez said in his weekly address at one of the national channels. Under the new rules, the authors of the messages, owners of portals, and in some cases even ISPs will be fined if the information published by them will have fallen under the ban items. Venezuelan Chamber of Electronic Commerce criticized the parliament's decision, saying it was another step towards censorship and web sites blockage. Is there a difference between what governments call national interests, and the interests of people? - Full Article Source

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12/31/10 - We need a Nuremberg for Profiteers
Let no one be fooled by the very official position as member of the Advisory Committee on the Human Rights Council of the UN. After the horn-rimmed glasses of a college professor, the Swiss, Jean Ziegler, (Thoune, 1934) is a revolutionary. He likes provok ing and shouting what his diplomatic colleagues dare not say in the corridors of international organizations. An example: "A child who dies of hunger today is a murder." Another: "We are democracies, but we practice exterior fascism." How bad is the world ? Never in history has there been an emperor or a king with so much power as the one that the oligarchy of financial power possesses at present. They are the bags that decide who lives and who dies. They can feed 12 billion people, twice the world populat ion. But every five seconds a child under 10 dies from hunger. It is murder! Do you not believe, however, that the West is only interested in the West and intentionally keeping the Third World in poverty? It's true! But it is not a question of donating mo re, but of stealing less. In Africa you can find European products cheaper than local ones, while people kill themselves working. The hypocrisy of the Europeans is brutal! We generate famine and hunger in Africa, but when immigrants come to our shores in boats, we throw them out. To end hunger, we need a revolution! The hope comes from civil society. If it manages to create a worldwide alliance of all emancipation movements of the West and the South, there will be a world revolution, a revolution that cou ld finish and destroy the cannibalistic world order. - Full Article Source

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12/31/10 - NASA Continues funding for 500 million to Canceled Ares Project
KeelyNet "Thanks to congressional inaction, NASA must continue to fund its defunct Ares I rocket program until March — a requirement that will cost the agency nearly $500 million at a time when NASA is struggling with the expensive task of replacing the space shut tle. About one-third of that money — $165 million — will go to Alliant Techsystems, or ATK, which has a $2 billion contract to build the solid-rocket first stage for the Ares I, the rocket that was supposed to fill the shuttle's role of transporting astro nauts to the International Space Station. ... The odd scenario, in which NASA is throwing money at a canceled rocket program but can't fund a modernization program, is because of several twists in the legislative process that started a year ago and came t o a head this month. At the root of the problem is a 70-word sentence inserted into the 2010 budget — by lawmakers seeking to protect Ares I jobs in their home states — that bars NASA from shutting down the program until Congress passed a new budget a yea r later. That should have happened before the Oct. 1 start of the federal fiscal year. But Congress never passed a 2011 budget and instead voted this month to extend the 2010 budget until March — so NASA still must abide by the 2010 language." - Full Article Source

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12/31/10 - Paris To Test Banning SUVs In the City
"Paris may be the first city to experiment with such a policy. Next year, it will begin to test restrictions on vehicles that emit more than a certain amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) per kilometer — the measure of a car's contribution to greenhouse gases. An official within the Parisian mayor's office, Denis Baupin, identified older diesel-engined cars and sport-utility vehicles as specific targets of the emissions limit. Residents and travelers have responded by buying thousands of electric cars, includin g the low-speed fiberglass G-Wiz — despite major safety concerns with the vehicle." - Full Article Source

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12/31/10 - Cheaters Exposed Analyzing Statistical Anomalies
"Proctors and teachers can't watch everyone while they take tests — not when some students can text with their phones in their pockets, so with tests increasingly important in education — used to determine graduation, graduate school admission and, the la test, merit pay and tenure for teachers, Trip Gabriel writes that schools are turning to "data forensics" to catch cheaters, searching for data anomalies where the chances of random agreement are astronomical. In addition to looking for copying, statisticians hunt for illogical patterns, like test-takers who did better on harder questions than easy ones, a sign of advance knowledge of part of a test or look for unusually large score gains from a previous test by a student or class. Since Cav eon Test Security, whose clients have included the College Board, the Law School Admission Council and more than a dozen states and big city school districts, began working for the state of Mississippi in 2006, cheating has declined about 70 percent, says James Mason, director of the State Department of Education's Office of Student Assessment. "People know that if you cheat there is an extremely high chance you're going to get caught," says Mason." - Full Article Source


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12/31/10 - Court Rules Website Doesn't Have To Remove Defamatory Comments
"In the case of Blockowicz v. Williams, The US Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals refused to force Ripoff Report to remove allegedly defamatory comments posted by a user. The Ripoff Report has a well-publicized no-takedown policy, even if the author wants t o remove his/her post, so the Ripoff Report refused.

The Blockowiczs then claimed that the Ripoff Report violated FRCP 65(d) because the Ripoff Report was 'in active concert or participation' with the initial posters by refusing the injunction's removal order. The district court (and the Court of Appeals ) disagreed with the Blockowiczs. Absent the 'active concert or participation,' the website was outside the court's control.

Ripoff Report has released a statement concerning this case:

'In keeping with our core mission of protecting speech to the fullest extent of the law, we decided that it was not just our right but also our duty to ask questions and dig deeper before we could comply with such an order. Other sites clai m they support free speech, but when the going gets rough, they will usually protect their bottom line rather than the Constitutional rights and freedoms this country was founded upon. Unlike other sites, even when the speech involved is harsh or negative and even if our position sometimes generates negative press for us, we think that the First Amendment requires us to put our principles before our pocketbook and fight against censorship.'" - Full Article Source

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12/31/10 - Solar Storms Could Bring Northern Lights South
"Increased solar activity could give residents of the continental US, southern Europe and Japan the chance to see the northern lights for the first time in several years. The National Weather Service's Space Weather Prediction Center says the sun is enter ing a period of high activity, marked by more sunspots and a greater chance of a coronal mass ejection, or CME, hitting the Earth. That would result in auroras being visible much further from the poles than they usually are." - Full Article Source

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12/31/10 - People who touch your junk

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12/31/10 - 2010's best tales from the tech trenches
"Anyone in IT has a story or two involving stupid users, crazy co-workers, kludgy technology, and airhead managers. Lisa Blackwelder has collected top tales of the tech trenches, covering user antics, office politics, and unusual technical challenges that IT pros faced (usually) with aplomb, insight, and savvy." / If you need an escape from the humdrum routine, take a look at the collection from this year's tech tales from the trenches. And to share your own memorable IT story, send your submission to off therecord@infoworld.com. If we publish it, we'll send you a $50 American Express gift cheque.

* A hospital is transitioning to electronic medical records, and a tech team is assembled to train the users on the new system. But they have to go back to the basics when reminded that even in this day and age, there are still people in the workforce who lack computer experience.
* "Keyboards, condescension come together on a tech call." It's the first week at the new job for a help desk analyst, and the level of tech support a user expects soon becomes very obvious.
* Closing down the email account of a laid-off company employee seems straightforward enough -- until an overlooked detail creates a PR nightmare in "Fixing the fallout from an errant out-of-office email."

Patience is required to deal with many of these situations, be it solving the mystery of an unexpected tech problem or finding out just how little tech skills are valued at a former company: "We spoke for a couple of minutes, and ultimately, the conver sation turned to Jean's computer problems. He wondered if I could take a look sometime soon. I said something, I don't quite recall what it was, but it was said to cover my surprise. I had just been asked for technical advice at a funeral." - Full Article Source

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12/31/10 - South Korea Launches First Electric Bus Fleet
"The Seoul Metropolitan Government just rolled out the world's first commercial all-electric bus service. The buses were designed to be as efficient as possible — each bus can run up to about 52 miles on a single charge and they have a maximum speed of ab out 62 miles per hour. The vehicles' lithium-ion battery packs can be fully charged in less than 30 minutes and they also feature regenerative braking systems that reuse energy from brakes when running downhill." - Full Article Source

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12/31/10 - Nintendo Warns 3D Games Can Ruin Children's Eyes
KeelyNet "Fox News reports that Nintendo has posted a cautionary note on its Japanese website that 'vision of children under the age of six has been said [to be in the] developmental stage,' adding that 3D content 'delivers 3D images with different left and right images, [which] has a potential impact on the growth of children's eyes.' The notice went to say that Nintendo recommends that all viewers take regular breaks while watching 3D video or playing stereoscopic 3D games (google translation). Dr. Michael Ehren haus, an ophthalmologist with New York Cornea Consultants, thinks Nintendo and Sony may be getting ahead of themselves with these disclaimers. 'It's hard to say that it'll ruin development,' says Ehrenhaus." - Full Article Source

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12/31/10 - The Significant Decline of Spam
"In October Commtouch reported an 18% drop in global spam levels (comparing September and October). This was largely attributed to the closure of Spamit around the end of September. Spamit is the organization allegedly behind a fair percentage of the worl ds pharmacy spam. Analysis of the spam trends to date reveals a further drop in the amounts of spam sent during Q4 2010. December's daily average was around 30% less than September's. The average spam level for the quarter was 83% down from 88% in Q3 2010 . The beginning of December saw a low of nearly 74%." - Full Article Source

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12/28/10 - Karpen's Pile Battery Produces Energy Continuously Since 1950
KeelyNet The "Dimitrie Leonida" National Technical Museum from Romania hosts a weird kind of battery. Built by Vasile Karpen, the pile has been working uninterrupted for 60 years. "I admit it's also hard for me to advance the idea of an overunity generator without sounding ridiculous, even if the object exists," says Nicolae Diaconescu, engineer and director of the museum. The invention cannot be exposed because the museum doesn't have enough money to buy the security system necessary for such an exhibit. Half a c entury ago, the pile's inventor had said it will work forever, and so far it looks like he was right. Karpen's perpetual motion machine now sits secured right in the director's office. It has been called "the uniform-temperature thermoelectric pile," and the first prototype has been built in the 1950s. Although it should have stopped working decades ago, it didn't. The scientists can't explain how the contraption, patented in 1922, works. The fact that still puzzles them is how a man of such a scientific stature such as Karpen's could have started building something "that crazy." The prototype has been assembled in 1950 and consists of two series-connected electric piles moving a small galvanometric motor. The motor moves a blade that is connected to a sw itch. With every half rotation, the blade opens the circuit and closes it at the the start of the second half. The blade's rotation time had been calculated so that the piles have time to recharge and that they can rebuild their polarity during the time t hat the circuit is open.According to some who studied Karpen's theoretical work, the pile he invented defies the second principle of thermodynamics (referring to the transformation of thermal energy into mechanical work), and this makes it a second-degree perpetual motion machine. Others say it doesn't, being merely a generalization to the law, and an application of zero point energy. If Karpen was right, and the principle is 100% correct, it would revolutionize all of the physics theories from the bottom up, with hard to imagine consequences. Though I guess this isn't going to happen very soon, the museum still needs proper private funding to acquire the necessary security equipment required by the police to exhibit the device. - Full Article Source

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12/28/10 - Ford To Offer Fuel-Saving 'Start-Stop' System
"The Detroit Free Press reports that Ford plans to offer start-stop systems on many cars in 2012 that save fuel by turning an engine off when the vehicle is idling and quickly restart it when the driver releases the brake or steps on the gas pedal, improv ing fuel economy by 4% to 10%, depending on driving conditions. The system, common in Europe on cars with manual transmissions, is already in use in the US on gasoline-electric hybrids, including the Ford Fusion Hybrid. Automakers have been reluctant to a dd the feature to cars in the US because the testing method that the Environmental Protection Agency uses to determine fuel efficiency ratings doesn't include many stops and thus doesn't recognize the technology's effectiveness." - Full Article Source

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12/28/10 - Monothermal aims to utilise energy from ambient heat
KeelyNet Walter Lovell of Lovell Patented Technology has patented his invention "Monothermal" which he claims produces electrical current without utilizing existing methods that require heat differential (any method that converts temperature differences into elect rical energy - Seebeck Effect, Thomson Effect, etc.) and without requiring a chemical reaction (i.e. a redox reaction in batteries). The invention can be said to be similar to photoelectric cells (solar panels) that motivate electrons by exploiting photon s (light), except that the Monothermal motivates electrons via infrared radiation, and any molecular activity that produces heat, without a non-differential heated environment. The inventor says an early prototype produced in 1995 worked uninterrupted for more than a decade, powering LCD clocks and a tabletop fan in a room-temperature environment. - Full Article Source

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12/28/10 - So why isn't it warming instead of freezing?
Global warming puts more moisture in the air, which makes it snow more, which reflects more sunlight away from Earth, which makes it colder. So we really need to do something about global warming to make it stop getting so cold - Full Article Source

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12/28/10 - Searching for Infinite Energy, ‘Fusioneers’ Tinker With the Stars
Toiling in his lab, Philo T. Farnsworth was working on something that would change the world forever. His fusion reactor looked like something from the TV show Lost in Space—futuristic technology as imagined in the 1950s. In its finished form, his inventi on would be capable of generating an infinite supply of energy. Although fusion works with nuclear energy, it is the exact opposite of fission energy that is currently in use. While fission works by splitting heavy uranium or plutonium atoms, fusion works by fusing two extremely light hydrogen atoms into a helium atom. The way both technologies generate energy is like night and day. Fusion reactors generate energy by heating water and using the steam to spin turbines. “Farnsworth imagined that his process , because the particles that are spun off within the reaction, working against the walls of the chamber would actually generate electricity directly,” Schatzkin said. “You have this stainless steel sphere, and you have this reaction going on inside it, an d there is electricity pouring out of it. That’s what these folks are chasing,” he said. The only problem is that nobody has been able to achieve sustained fusion that can generate more energy than it uses. The challenge: How do you contain a star? - Full Article Source


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12/28/10 - Honeybees are found to interact with Quantum fields
How could bees of little brain come up with anything as complex as a dance language? The answer could lie not in biology but in six-dimensional math and the bizarre world of quantum mechanics. Honeybees don't have much in the way of brains. Their inch-lon g bodies hold at most a few million neurons. Yet with such meager mental machinery honeybees sustain one of the most intricate and explicit languages in the animal kingdom. In the darkness of the hive, bees manage to communicate the precise direction and distance of a newfound food source, and they do it all in the choreography of a dance. One day Shipman was busy projecting the six-dimensional residents of the flag manifold onto two dimensions. The particular technique she was using involved first making a two-dimensional outline of the six dimensions of the flag manifold. This is not as strange as it may sound. When you draw a circle, you are in effect making a two-dimensional outline of a three-dimensional sphere. As it turns out, if you make a two-dim ensional outline of the six-dimensional flag manifold, you wind up with a hexagon. The bee's honeycomb, of course, is also made up of hexagons, but that is purely coincidental. However, Shipman soon discovered a more explicit connection. She found a group of objects in the flag manifold that, when projected onto a two-dimensional hexagon, formed curves that reminded her of the bee's recruitment dance. The more she explored the flag manifold, the more curves she found that precisely matched the ones in the recruitment dance. "I wasn't looking for a connection between bees and the flag manifold," she says. "I was just doing my research. The curves were nothing special in themselves, except that the dance patterns kept emerging." Delving more deeply into the flag manifold, Shipman dredged up a variable, which she called alpha, that allowed her to reproduce the entire bee dance in all its parts and variations. Alpha determines the shape of the curves in the 6-D flag manifold, which means it also controls how those curves look when they are projected onto the 2-D hexagon. Infinitely large values of alpha produce a single line that cuts the hexagon in half. Large' values of alpha produce two lines very close together. Decrease alpha and the lines splay out, joi ned at one end like a V. Continue to decrease alpha further and the lines form a wider and wider V until, at a certain value, they each hit a vertex of the hexagon. Then the curves change suddenly and dramatically. "When alpha reaches a critical value," e xplains Shipman, "the projected curves become straight line segments lying along opposing faces of the hexagon." The smooth divergence of the splayed lines and their abrupt transition to discontinuous segments are critical--they link Shipman's curves to t hose parts of the recruitment dance that bees emphasize with their waggling and buzzing. "Biologists know that only certain parts of the dance convey information," she says. "In the waggle dance, it's the diverging waggling runs and not the return loops. In the circle dance it's short straight segments on the sides of the loops." Shipman's mathematics captures both of these characteristics, and the parameter alpha is the key. "If different species have different sensitivities to alpha, then they will chan ge from the waggle dances to round dances when the food source is at different distances." If Shipman is correct, her mathematical description of the recruitment dance would push bee studies to a new level. The discovery of mathematical structure is often the first and critical step in turning what is merely a cacophony of observations into a coherent physical explanation. - Full Article Source

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12/28/10 - Massless Solar Neutrinos changing matter to cause Planetary Mutations
For months mounting fear has driven researchers to wring their hands over the approaching solar storms. Some have predicted devastating solar tsunamis that could wipe away our advanced technology, others voiced dire warnings that violent explosions on the surface of the sun could reach out to Earth, breach our magnetic field, and expose billions to high intensity X-rays and other deadly forms of cancer-causing radiation. Now evidence has surfaced that something potentially more dangerous is happening deep within the hidden core of our life-giving star: never-before-seen particles—or some mysterious force—is being shot out from the sun and it's hitting Earth.

Whatever it is, the evidence suggests it's affecting all matter. Radiactive decay rates don't change—or at least they never have in the past. With certain evidence that radioactive decay can be significantly affected by an unknown effect from the s un, much of science is turned on its head. Rate of decay speeding up - Worst of all, if the decay rates of matter are being mutated then all matter on Earth is being affected including the matter that makes up life.

The mutation may go so far as to change the underlying reality of the quantum universe—and by extrapolation-the nature of life, the principles of physics, perhaps even the uniform flow of time. In fact, some evidence of time dilation has been gleaned f rom close observation of the decay rate. If particles interacting with the matter are not the cause—and matter is being affected by a new force of nature-then time itself may be speeding up and there's no way to stop it.

(Thanks to Michael Heleus for this expansion of the phenomenon reported earlier about the changing decay rates of radioactive mater. Notice in the video that humans have 8 radioactive elements in our body, so we too could mutate or worse due to this inter action with supposedly harmless massless solar neutrinos. Fascinating! - JWD) - Full Article Source



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12/28/10 - Baby boomers near 65 with retirements in jeopardy
Through a combination of procrastination and bad timing, many baby boomers are facing a personal finance disaster just as they're hoping to retire. Starting in January, more than 10,000 baby boomers a day will turn 65, a pattern that will continue for the next 19 years. The boomers, who in their youth revolutionized everything from music to race relations, are set to redefine retirement. But a generation that made its mark in the tumultuous 1960s now faces a crisis as it hits its own mid-60s. - Full Article Source

ITEM #30

12/28/10 - Facebook, PayPal tycoon embraces sci-fi future
KeelyNet "Do we try to pursue ideas that are weird and have optimism about the future, or do we give up on all new things and compromise?" Sitting before him in the audience, among others: Facebook co-founder Dustin Moskovitz, Yelp co-founder and CEO Jeremy Stoppe lman and technology publishing guru Tim O'Reilly. As venture capital in Silicon Valley chases the next big mobile app or group discount service, Thiel was asking for them to fund technological breakthroughs that some believe in fervently and others see as sheer fantasy. He even has a name for it: Breakthrough philanthropy. Instead of just giving to help the less fortunate here and now, Thiel encouraged his fellow moguls to put their money toward seemingly far-fetched ventures that he believes could improv e the lives of everyone for good. Gathered on the stage were eight groups that Thiel thinks are on the right path. Unlike the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which has poured billions into providing basic health care for some of the world's most impove rished people, Thiel said he wants to prioritize major scientific advances he thinks will spread to benefit humanity as a whole. His faith appears grounded in a pervasive Silicon Valley belief that motivates gifted individuals to achieve on a grand scale, no matter the apparent hurdles — death included. But even Thiel admitted he has no idea how long that last obstacle will take to overcome. "I would like to say that I would still be doing this even if I thought there was no chance I would benefit from th is in any way," he said in an interview. "I think we have to work on these things even if they take centuries." - Full Article Source

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12/28/10 - African Villages Glow With Renewable Energy
"The NY Times reports that as small-scale renewable energy becomes cheaper, more reliable and more efficient, it is providing the first drops of modern power to people who live far from slow-growing electricity grids and fuel pipelines in developing count ries playing an epic, transformative role. With the advent of cheap solar panels and high-efficiency LED lights, which can light a room with just 4 watts of power instead of 60, these small solar systems now deliver useful electricity at a price that even the poor can afford. 'You're seeing herders in Inner Mongolia with solar cells on top of their yurts,' says energy adviser Dana Younger. In addition to small solar projects, renewable energy technologies designed for the poor include simple subterranean biogas chambers that make fuel and electricity from the manure of a few cows, and 'mini' hydroelectric dams that can harness the power of a local river for an entire village. 'It's a phenomenon that's sweeping the world; a huge number of these systems are being installed,' says Younger." - Full Article Source

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12/28/10 - Portugal's drug policy pays off; US eyes lessons
KeelyNet These days, Casal Ventoso is an ordinary blue-collar community - mothers push baby strollers, men smoke outside cafes, buses chug up and down the cobbled main street. Ten years ago, the Lisbon neighborhood was a hellhole, a "drug supermarket" where some 5 ,000 users lined up every day to buy heroin and sneaked into a hillside honeycomb of derelict housing to shoot up. In dark, stinking corners, addicts - some with maggots squirming under track marks - staggered between the occasional corpse, scavenging use d, bloody needles. KeelyNet At that time, Portugal, like the junkies of Casal Ventoso, had hit rock bottom: An estimated 100,000 people - an astonishing 1 percent of the population - were addicted to illegal drugs. So, like anyone with little to lose, the Portuguese took a risky lea p: They decriminalized the use of all drugs in a groundbreaking law in 2000... Now, the United States, which has waged a 40-year, $1 trillion war on drugs, is looking for answers in tiny Portugal, which is reaping the benefits of what once looked like a dangerous gamble. White House drug czar Gil Kerlikowske visited Portugal in Sept ember to learn about its drug reforms, and other countries - including Norway, Denmark, Australia and Peru - have taken interest, too. "The disasters that were predicted by critics didn't happen," said University of Kent professor Alex Stevens, who has studied Portugal's program. "The answer was simple: Provide treatment..." - Full Article Source

ITEM #33

12/28/10 - Monitoring America
Nine years after the terrorist attacks of 2001, the United States is assembling a vast domestic intelligence apparatus to collect information about Americans, using the FBI, local police, state homeland security offices and military criminal investigators . The system, by far the largest and most technologically sophisticated in the nation's history, collects, stores and analyzes information about thousands of U.S. citizens and residents, many of whom have not been accused of any wrongdoing. The government 's goal is to have every state and local law enforcement agency in the country feed information to Washington to buttress the work of the FBI, which is in charge of terrorism investigations in the United States. Other democracies - Britain and Israel, to name two - are well acquainted with such domestic security measures. But for the United States, the sum of these new activities represents a new level of governmental scrutiny. - Full Article Source

ITEM #34

12/28/10 - Spanish Peasants Practical and Cool Subterranean Houses (Mar, 1930)

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12/28/10 - Malaysia Defeats Indonesia Thanks to Laser-Shooting Soccer Fans
As soon as the team took to the pitch, they were bombarded with lasers to the point where they literally walked off in the 54th minute. No, this wasn't Tron, dear readers, it was a soccer match. With laser pens! The protesting team was Indonesia. They wer e playing Malaysia in the Asean Football Federation Cup finals first leg, and it would be the second time Malaysian fans attacked a team with lasers. Earlier, Vietnam lost 0-2 to Malaysia and complained of the very same thing. Indonesia eventually returne d to play the game out, but ultimately lost 0-3, possibly due to blindness. Whether it was from rage or the Malaysian laser pens we may never know. - Full Article Source

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12/28/10 - Study ties brain structure size to socializing
Do you spend time with a lot of friends? That might mean a particular part of your brain is larger than usual. It's the amygdala, which lies deep inside. Brain scans of 58 volunteers in a preliminary study indicated that the bigger the amygdala, the more friends and family the volunteers reported seeing regularly. That makes sense because the amygdala is at the center of a brain network that's important for socializing, says Lisa Feldman Barrett, an author of the work published online Sunday by the journa l Nature Neuroscience. But does having a bigger amygdala lead to more friends, or does socializing with a lot of friends create a bigger amygdala? The study can't sort that out. But Barrett said it might be a bit of both. She said her study now must be re plicated by further research. The work, supported by the federal government, was aimed at uncovering basic knowledge rather than producing any immediate practical payoff, she said. But it might someday lead to ways to help people maintain active social li ves, she said. People have one amygdala in the left half of the brain and another in the right half. The findings of the new study held true for each one. - Full Article Source

ITEM #37

12/28/10 - Professor Invents a Solar-Powered Rainbow Machine
KeelyNet McKean, a former resident at the Bemis Center and now a professor at Virginia Commonwealth University, has been conducting tests on rainbow creation since 2002. The Bemis Center commissioned McKean to perform this site-specific installation at their facil ity this summer in hopes of capturing the public's imagination and engaging the center in wide-ranging conversations with communities throughout Omaha. The Rainbow Project uses a series of high-powered jet pumps and custom fountain nozzles to spray water into the air, creating the conditions needed for a rainbow to appear. The commercial irrigation equipment is timed in order to create a dense wall of water that mimics a rainstorm, and the sun does the rest of the work. Sure, it seems simple enough -- but McKean aims to make his specially produced rainbows just as low-impact as the real things. To make the arcs, the professor uses rainwater collected from rooftops and pumps them with the help of solar-energy -- the natural refraction of sunlight through t he water droplets does the rest. - Full Article Source

ITEM #38

12/28/10 - EFF Offers an Introduction To Traitorware
"The EFF's Eva Galperin offers a brief primer on Traitorware, devices that act behind your back to betray your privacy. 'Your digital camera may embed metadata into photographs with the camera's serial number or your location,' writes Galperin. 'Your prin ter may be incorporating a secret code on every page it prints which could be used to identify the printer and potentially the person who used it. If Apple puts a particularly creepy patent it has recently applied for into use, you can look forward to a d ay when your iPhone may record your voice, take a picture of your location, record your heartbeat, and send that information back to the mothership.' She concludes: 'EFF will be there to fight it [Traitorware]. We believe that your software and devices sh ould not be a tool for gathering your personal data without your explicit consent.'" - Full Article Source

ITEM #39

12/28/10 - Spammers Finally Under the Legal Gun?
"People are finally starting to use the anti-spam laws in the malevolent manner in which they were intended — unlimited consumer lawsuits from unlimited plaintiffs!" / Daniel Balsam hates spam. Most everybody does, of course. But he has acted on his hate as few have, going far beyond simply hitting the delete button. He sues them. He launched a Web site called Danhatesspam.com, quit a career in marketing to go to law school and is making a decent living suing companies who flood his e-mail inboxes with of fers of cheap drugs, free sex and unbelievable vacations. Balsam settles enough lawsuits and collects enough from judgments to make a living. He has racked up well in excess of $1 million in court judgments and lawsuit settlements with companies accused o f sending illegal spam. - Full Article Source

ITEM #40

12/28/10 - Build a fusion reactor in your home
KeelyNet At first we were pretty skeptical of this home made fusion reactor instructable. However, we’ve seen home made fusion reactors before, so it is technically possible, we guess. The construction alone is interesting enough to warrant a few moments of lookin g. We’re not experts, so pardon us if we can’t tell you exactly what is going on, but we can appreciate the craftsmanship involved with the build. The vacuum chamber specifically is quite nice. We know that some of our commenters probably have more experi ence here. Tell us, does this thing look legit? Yup – It’s a Farnsworth-Hisrch Fusor – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fusor - Full Article Source

ITEM #41

12/28/10 - North Magnetic Pole Racing Toward Siberia
"The NMP, also known as the dip pole, is the point on Earth where the planet's magnetic field points straight down into the ground. Scottish explorer James Clark Ross first located the NMP in 1831 on the Boothia Peninsula in what is now northern Canada... [T]he NMP drifts from year to year as geophysical processes within Earth change. For more than 150 years after Ross's measurement its movement was gradual, generally less than 15 kilometers per year. But then, in the 1990s, it picked up speed, ... boltin g north–northwest into the Arctic Ocean at more than 55 kilometers per year. If it keeps going it could pass the geographic north pole in a decade or so and carry on toward Siberia." - Full Article Source

ITEM #42

12/28/10 - Dmitry Orlov on Collapse
Dmitry makes a compelling case that the US empire will suffer the same fate as its most hated rival, the Soviet empire, for many of the same reasons:

* Extreme dependence on the price of oil. The Soviet's over reliance on oil was as a source of income (which collapsed in the early 80's due to a confluence of factors, hence the bankruptcy). The US depends on it due our profligacy in its use. As oi l availability dries up (export land model, peak oil production, etc.) the US will suffer disproportionately.
* Extreme levels of spending on national security. The paranoia that led the Soviets to overspend on national security was legendary. The same is true with the US. The US now spends more than the rest of the world combined on national security. In a hyper competitive global economy it isn't absolute or historical levels of spending that matter - it's relative spending levels.
* A runaway foreign trade deficit and ballooning debt.
* Extreme levels of corruption and a gross misallocation of economic resources. The Soviets had insular bureaucrats and the US has bankers and financiers.
* A ballooning welfare state that it can't support (in the US's case, it's mostly ballooning health care costs -- the US's crony capitalist health care system costs 2-4x per unit of health care as compared to the rest of the developed world, while del ivering health stats only rivaled by the developing world).

While Dmitry's top level analysis is great, it's the details (from his experience with how people dealt with the economic/political/social collapse of the Soviet Union) on how Americans will cope with daily life after a collapse, that are the most enterta ining/sobering. In a nutshell, life in a US Banana Republic means: we're going to grow lots of our own food, make our own energy, and buy most our products at flea markets. Here's his presentation: The Five Stages of Collapse. Here's a quick summary:< /p>
1. Financial Collapse. Already in motion.
2. Commercial Collapse. Just started.
3. Political Collapse (a loss of faith in the political process). First part is over (the recent election in the US). Second part is going to be nasty.
4. Social Collapse. Potentially the end state or stable equilibrium point for most of the world. Everyone against everyone with points awarded by the global marketplace.
5. Cultural Collapse. Full meltdown. Global market breaks. - Full Article Source

ITEM #43

12/28/10 - Using LED Ceiling Lights For Digital Communication
"A Minnesota start-up company, LVX, is developing products under several patents and about a dozen pending applications, e.g., 'Building illumination apparatus with integrated communications, security and energy management,' that put clusters of LEDs in a standard-sized ceiling light fixture. The LEDs are in optical communication with special modems attached to office computers. The first generation of the LVX system will transmit data at speeds of about three megabits per second, roughly as fast as a res idential DSL line. LVX Chief Executive Officer John Pederson said a second-generation system that will roll out in about a year will permit speeds on par with commercial Wi-Fi networks. It will also permit lights that can be programmed to change intensity and color. Pederson said the next generation of the system should get even more efficient as fixtures become 'smart' so the lights would dim when bright sunlight is coming through a window or when a conference room or hallway is empty. Hurdles: speed and installation costs. No word on the reliability and security of this system." - Full Article Source

ITEM #44

12/28/10 - Auditors Question TSA's Tech Spending, Security Solutions
"Government auditors have faulted the TSA and its parent agency, the Department of Homeland Security, for failing to properly test and evaluate technology before spending money on it. The TSA spent about $36 million on devices that puffed air on travelers to 'sniff' them out for explosives residue. All 207 of those machines ended up in warehouses, abandoned as unable to perform as advertised, deployed in many airports before the TSA had fully tested them. Since it was founded in 2001, the TSA has spent ro ughly $14 billion in more than 20,900 transactions with dozens of contractors, including $8 billion for the famous new body scanners that have recently come under scrutiny for being unable to perform the task for which they are advertised. 'TSA has an obs ession of finding a single box that will solve all its problems. They've spent and wasted money looking for that one box, and there is no such solution,' said John Huey, an airport security expert." - Full Article Source

ITEM #45

12/28/10 - London Police Credit CCTV Cameras With Six Solved Crimes Per Day
"CCTV cameras across London help solve almost six crimes a day, the Metropolitan Police has said. According to the article, 'the number of suspects who were identified using the cameras went up from 1,970 in 2009 to 2,512 this year. The rise in the number of criminals caught also raises public confidence and counters bad publicity for CCTV.'" - Full Article Source

ITEM #46

12/25/10 - New Solar Reactor Prototype Unveiled
KeelyNet "Scientists from the California Institute of Technology and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology have unveiled a new solar reactor prototype that directly converts carbon dioxide or water into carbon monoxide or hydrogen, respectively. The abstract i s available in Science. Quoting the BBC writeup: 'The prototype ... uses a quartz window and cavity to concentrate sunlight into a cylinder lined with cerium oxide, also known as ceria. Ceria has a natural propensity to exhale oxygen as it heats up and in hale it as it cools down. If, as in the prototype, carbon dioxide and/or water are pumped into the vessel, the ceria will rapidly strip the oxygen from them as it cools, creating hydrogen and/or carbon monoxide. ...The prototype is grossly inefficient, th e fuel created harnessing only between 0.7% and 0.8% of the solar energy taken into the vessel. Most of the energy is lost through heat loss through the reactor's wall or through the re-radiation of sunlight back through the device's aperture. But the res earchers are confident that efficiency rates of up to 19% can be achieved through better insulation and smaller apertures. Such efficiency rates, they say, could make for a viable commercial device." - Full Article Source

ITEM #47

12/25/10 - Banknotes Go Electronic To Outwit Counterfeiters
"Modern banknotes contain up to 50 anti-counterfeiting features, but adding electronic circuits programmed to confirm the note's authenticity is perhaps the ultimate deterrent, and would also help to simplify banknote tracking. From the article: 'A team o f German and Japanese researchers created arrays of thin-film transistors (TFTs) by carefully depositing gold, aluminum oxide and organic molecules directly onto the notes through a patterned mask, building up the TFTs layer by layer. The result is an und amaged banknote containing around 100 organic TFTs, each of which is less than 250 nanometres thick and can be operated with voltages of just 3V. Such small voltages could be transmitted wirelessly by an external reader, such as the kind that communicates with the RFID tags found on many products.'" - Full Article Source

ITEM #48

12/25/10 - $86 Billion - US Spurs Plethora of Problem Solving Prizes
KeelyNet "Got a complicated problem? Hold a prize competition to solve it. That's the basic idea behind the America Competes Act, renewed by Congress this week. According to the White House's Office of Science and Technology, the Competes Act gives every department and agency the authority to conduct prize competitions. Prizes and challenges have an excellent track record of accelerating problem-solving by tapping America's top talent and best expertise."

According to the Office of Science and Technology Policy blog: "Whether it's developing new products that will be manufactured in America, or getting and using energy more sustainably, or improving health care with better therapies and better use of information technology, or providing better protection for our troops abroad and our citizens at home, innovation will be key to our success."

The prize competition idea follows on some very successful challenge programs offered by the X Prize Foundation and the government's own Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and Challenge.gov site. For example, in direct response to the Gulf oil disaster this past summer, the X Prize Foundation announced a $1.4 Million competition for advanced technology to help clean up devastating oil spills. And in its first 3 months, Challenge.gov featured 57 challenges from 27 agencies across the Executive Branch, generating novel solutions for childhood obesity, advanced vehicle technologies, financing for small businesses, Type One Diabetes, and many other national priorities, the blog states.

Prizes are indeed hot. The blog notes a recent McKinsey report that said: Catalyzed by new crowd sourcing technologies, investments in prize competitions have increased significantly in recent years. According to the study, more than 60 prizes of at least $100,000 each made their debuts from 2000 to 2007, representing almost $250 million in new prize money. The $45 billion Competes act also continues the budgets of three key research offices: the Department of Energy's Office of Science, the laboratories of the National Institute of Standards and Technology, and the National Science Foundation, the blog states. The act also authorizes ongoing support for ARPA-E, the energy-research program modeled after the DARPA. - Full Article Source

ITEM #49

12/25/10 - Electric Cars May Be Made Noisier By Law
"The Pedestrian Safety Enhancement Act would require electric cars and hybrids to make noise, and would fund the Department of Transportation to create a set of rules for automakers, who would be allowed some leeway in how they carry out the guidelines." - Full Article Source

ITEM #50

12/25/10 - New Molecule Could Lead To Better Rocket Fuel
KeelyNet "Trinitramid is the name of the new molecule that may be a component in future rocket fuel. This fuel could be 20 to 30 percent more efficient in comparison with the best rocket fuels available today, according to researchers (abstract). The discovery was made at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Sweden. 'A rule of thumb is that for every ten-percent increase in efficiency for rocket fuel, the payload of the rocket can double. What's more, the molecule consists only of nitrogen and oxygen, which would make the rocket fuel environmentally friendly. This is more than can be said of today's solid rocket fuels, which entail the emission of the equivalent of 550 tons of concentrated hydrochloric acid for each launch of the space shuttle,' says Tore Br inck, professor of physical chemistry at KTH." (Pathetic, still stuck on rocket fuel instead of CONTROLLING GRAVITY. - JWD) - Full Article Source

ITEM #51

12/25/10 - IBM predicts holographic calls, breathing batteries
If you believe in tech fortune-telling, you'll soon be able to reach out and (sort of) touch someone. By 2015, mobile phones will be projecting 3D images of callers and batteries will run on air alone, according to prognosticators at IBM. Big Blue's list of tech predictions for the next five years includes kinetically powered laptops and computers that predict traffic jams in real time, Bloomberg reports. Batteries of 2015 could last 10 times longer than those of today, and could be based on "energy-dense metals that only need to interact with the air to recharge," it said. Homes of the near future, meanwhile, could be warmed by heat produced by data centers. The report did not go into detail about the predictions. IBM polls its 3,000 rese archers at sites like the Almaden Research Center for hot new ideas in the offing. Previous innovation predictions have included statements such as, "In the next five years, you will be able to surf the Internet, hands-free, by using your voice." - Full Article Source


ITEM #52

12/25/10 - Terry Gilliam presents '1884 Yesterdays Future'
Terry Gilliam's forthcoming film 1884 is a steampunk puppet movie with a distinctly Gilliamesque touch, written and directed by protege Tim Ollive. - Full Article Source


ITEM #53

12/25/10 - Why Our Economy "Requires" Oil Spills
If we take just a few steps back, that bigger picture quickly emerges with startling clarity: we see that to end the spills, we need more than regulation; we need to take away the growth imperative. And not only because the industry has grown too big to r egulate, but because regulation is a limit that it is systemically designed to circumvent. Just as sharks can never stop moving, under our current economic design, corporations have to grow in order to survive. Stock market speculators won’t tolerate a co rporation or an economy that’s simply big enough, or even too big. It has to be ever bigger. Indeed, according to growth economists a “healthy” global economy has to maintain a constant rate of three-percent annual compound growth. In an infinite world wh ere resources aren’t scarce and markets don’t get saturated with surplus dollars, such an approach might work. But we live in a world where resources like oil are rapidly dwindling, and where markets that produce real goods have become so saturated that s peculators have few frontiers left where they can keep that three percent ‘healthy’ growth going. In such a world continued growth depends on the invention of fictions. So with no real markets left that could produce the desired profit margins, Wall Stree t invented a fictitious market in mortgage assets. Similarly, the oil industry has run out of easily accessible reserves; only it doesn’t have the luxury of creating fictitious ones -- though it sometimes tries. Instead, to get bigger, big oil has had to push drilling into ever riskier and costlier environments and invent the fiction that this can be done safely and profitably without cutting corners. Unfortunately reality has a way of catching up with these fictions and smacking them down with devastatin g force, as we’ve learned the hard way with the biggest recession since the Great Depression and the worst oil spill in U.S. history. - Full Article Source

ITEM #54

12/25/10 - Ben Goldacre: bad science kills
Ben's book, oddly enough titled Bad Science, is great as well, and I highly recommend it. There's a chapter he had to take out due to litigation by a guy named Mathias Rath, who says vitamins can cure AIDS. Yes, you read that correctly. Ben posted that ch apter on his website, and it may be one of the most important things ever written in the area of critical thinking. Lack of proper treatment for AIDS kills hundreds of thousands of people in Africa alone. Hundreds of thousands. When people like Ben win, lives are saved. The more people who know about him, the better. He's a true hero of skepticism. - Full Article Source

ITEM #55

12/25/10 - Baldwin, Costner in Lawsuit Over BP Clean Up Invention
The Associated Press is reporting that Stephen Baldwin and a business partner are suing Kevin Costner for returns on an investment the group made in technology that they sold to BP PLC to help in stopping the April 20 oil spill from further permeating the gulf. Baldwin invested in a company he called Ocean Therapy Solutions in order to market the centrifuges to BP for purchase to use during the spill, and now claims that Costner orchestrated a deal with a BP executive for an $18 million deposit to the com pany, which he learned about only after he and his partner had cashed out of the project for $1.4 million. - Full Article Source

ITEM #56

12/25/10 - Compact fluorescent light bulb explodes and causes fire
KeelyNet A compact fluorescent light bulb (CFL) is to blame for an accidental electrical fire in Hornell Wednesday morning, said Steuben County Fire Investigator Joe Gerych. “Those are the lights everybody’s been telling us to use,” he said. “It blew up like a bom b. It spattered all over.” A CFL on the ceiling burst, said Gerych, and gas inside the CFL bulb helped start the fire. He added exploding CFLs are rare. The Arkport Village Fire Department and Steuben County Sheriff’s deputies also responded. Deputies sai d a mother, two children, and several pets were in the house when the fire started. There were no injuries. - Full Article Source

ITEM #57

12/25/10 - Fark Headlines
KeelyNet Nobody writes better headlines than the people at Fark. Here are the finalists for the 2010 Headline of the year contest. Hello and welcome to Fark's Headline of the Year contest for 2010. Every year we wonder where the headlines will come from, and every year, the submitters deliver. On that note, I'd like to thank all of the submitters that make Fark such an enjoyable place. Every one of them scours the news and then craft each headline, sometimes re-wording it, living and dying with each greenlight. You submitters make Fark what it is. Thank you. Through today, we had four quarterfinals threads, and the top five from each quarter are here for your votes. Have at it.A few examples:

"Driving Instructor Critical After Student Crashes." What did the student expect, compliments?

Coup succeeds in detaining Niger president, exciting teabaggers who misread the headline

Record pollen count in Kansas City is so high, drug dealers are turning meth back into Sudafed

A pill to prevent premature ejaculation will be coming soon

Olive oil sold as "extra virgin" often is merely "virgin." Well, yeah, if you want get anal about it

Man impaled on fence. Worst... post... EVER

Fire at home for mentally ill spreads slowly due to retardant

Baby Jesus stolen from church nativity. Maybe they should try nailing him down"

(I think my favorites are the last two...hilarious... - JWD) - Full Article Source

ITEM #58

12/25/10 - Holiday Fun
Don't remember where I found the first one but the second is from Bert Pool...both hilarious. Listen to the delightful laughter and squeals of the little kids on the first one. Ain't that CUTE? Definitely best Dad Ever! - Just some laid back fun stuff


ITEM #59

12/25/10 - Sexual Assault case Involving Inventor Mom vs. Investor
Christine Ingemi who invented safe volume earbuds and headphones to help benefit children with autism claims she was lured into a contractual deal when she was told by the investor, Rob Finlay, Managing Partner of Hillcrest Management now R.J. Finlay & Co ., LLC that they had the resources, expertise and interest in the Product to market it, capitalize it and make money, yet the entity the investor created, iHearSafe, LLC, reports on their website they are not accepting orders and have recalled their produ ct over a year ago. Ms. Ingemi claims that Mr. Finlay was more interested in her than her beneficial product, sexually assaulting her on multiple occasions. Trial is scheduled for Febuary, 2011 in The State of New Hampshire, Merrimack, SS Superior Court B usiness Court, Docket No. 2010-C5011, iHearSafe, LLC v. Christine Ingemi. In court documents Ingemi claims Hillcrest and Finlay enticed her to enter a Asset Purchase Agreement (the APA) and Employment Contract with the entity they created, iHearSafe, LLC, maintaining that they had the resources, expertise and interest in the Product to market it, capitalize it and make money, yet the entity the investor created, iHearSafe, LLC, reports on their website they are not accepting orders and have recalled their product over a year ago. According to court documents shortly after her employment began, Ingemi alleges Finlay repeatedly made sexual advances and she rejected his unwanted touching. On one occasion, Finlay flew Ingemi in his private plane to New York t o meet with The Dilenschneider Group, Inc. and his business associate Robert Dilenshneider. Ingemi alleges that Finlay made sexual advances towards her on this business trip. Court documents show Ingemi alleges that Finlay stated to her that he would not sell the product and in fact would destroy the product, sue her, and keep her company if she would not comply with his sexual advances. Ingemi claims because she did not comply with his sexual advances he followed through on his threats, disregarding her objective to fund autism research through the sales of the product as well as obstructing a viable product that would benefit all children. - Full Article Source

ITEM #60

12/25/10 - Doctor Says a Device He Invented Poses Risks
KeelyNet Dr. Scott D. Augustine, the inventor of a widely used piece of surgical equipment, now has a better idea — he wants hospitals to stop using the device during certain operations, asserting that it poses a danger to patients. Dr. Augustine’s invention, the Bair Hugger, changed surgical practices and made him a fortune. The device, which works like a forced-air heater, carries warmed air through a hose to a special blanket that is draped over a patient. These days, Dr. Augustine asserts that his invention is a danger to surgical patients receiving implant devices like artificial heart valves and joints. The forced air, he says, can spread bacteria associated with hospital-acquired infections. Coincidentally, Dr. Augustine, who no longer has a financial st ake in the Bair Hugger, also says he has a safer alternative, a warming device that works more like an electric blanket and does not use forced air. “I am very proud of the old technology,” he said. “But I am also proud to spread the word that there i s a problem.” - Full Article Source

ITEM #61

12/25/10 - Inventions That Were Accidents
From chocolate chips to potato chips, many of today's most popular products were invented by mistake. Kellogg's ( K - news - people ) Corn Flakes came about when two brothers forgot to properly store wheat and then noticed that it came out as flakes when later processed. Procter & Gamble ( PG - news - people ), which started as a candle- and soap-making company, discovered by chance that its Ivory soap could be made to float--a quality that somehow communicated "clean" to consumers--when an employee left the mixture for it churning and went to lunch. Air seeped in, but the resulting cakes of soap were shipped out anyway. Americans loved the new, floating cleanser. Ernest Mahler, the head of research at Kimberly-Clark ( KMB - news - people ), had hay fever and started using the tissue as a disposable handkerchief. The consumer goods company then began advertising it as "the handkerchief you can throw away." Sales doubled, and Kleenex went on to become, and remain, the world's top facial tissue. Kotex arose when World War I Red Cross nurses discerned that a cellulose wadding product meant for wound dressing also worked well as a sanitary pad. So Kimberly-Clark combined that wadding with fine gauze, for a product that is now one of the leading feminine care brands. - Full Article Source

ITEM #62

12/25/10 - My Blackberry Is Not Working! - The One Ronnie, Preview - BBC One
Ronnie Corbett and Harry Enfield star in a sketch from The One Ronnie. - Full Article Source


ITEM #63

12/25/10 - One law for them, another for us...
One law for them, another for us: is it illegal to record the police on the job? In Reason magazine, Radley Balko takes an in-depth look at all the places in the USA where it's nominally illegal to record the police, and all the people who've faced fines or prison for recording law enforcement officers breaking the law with illegal beatings and harassment. High courts at the state and federal level are pretty consistent in ruling that privacy rules don't protect cops who are, say, beating someone up in an alley or waving their guns around at a roadside stop, but this doesn't prevent cops and prosecutors from dragging people who record law enforcement misdeeds through the criminal justice system.

Maryland State Trooper David Uhler pulled over motorcyclist Anthony Graber for speeding and reckless driving. Graber had a video camera mounted to his helmet that was recording at the time of the stop. Uhler, dressed in street clothes, emerged from his unmarked car with gun drawn, yelling. Graber was given only a traffic ticket, but he was miffed at Uhler's behavior. So he posted the video on YouTube. Days later, Maryland State Police conducted an early-morning raid on Graber's home, held Grab er and his parents for 90 minutes, confiscated computer equipment, arrested him, and took him to jail.

Wiretapping statutes apply to audio recordings, with or without video. Maryland is one of 12 states with a wiretapping law that requires consent from all parties to a conversation for someone to legally record it. But in 10 of those 12 states, including M aryland, the statute says a violation occurs only when the offended party has a reasonable expectation that the conversation is private. This privacy provision prevents people who record public meetings or inadvertently pick up conversations while shootin g video in public from accidentally committing felonies.

Civil liberties advocates argue that on-duty police officers, like people attending city council meetings or walking down a public street, do not have a reasonable expectation of privacy. For Graber to be convicted under Maryland's wiretapping law, a pros ecutor would have to argue that Uhler--a police officer who had pulled over a motorist, drawn his gun, and yelled at the guy on the side of a busy highway--had a reasonable expectation that the encounter would remain private. - Full Article Source

ITEM #64

12/25/10 - Suicide bombers: fanatics, or suicidally depressed?
KeelyNet A growing body of psychological literature suggests that suicide bombers aren't ideologues who are so committed to their cause that they're willing to die for it -- rather, they are suicidally depressed people who use the excuse of dying for a cause to ps ych themselves up to commit the deed, and as a loophole for committing suicide without committing a sin. Lankford writes of al Qaeda-backed terrorists in Iraq who would target and rape local women, and then see to it that the victims were sent to Samira A hmed Jassim. Jassim would convince these traumatized women that the only way to escape public scorn was martyrdom. She was so successful she became known as the Mother of Believers. "If you just needed true believers, you wouldn't need them to be raped fi rst," Lankford said in an interview. Lankford is also intrigued by the man who in some sense launched the current study of suicide terrorism: Mohammed Atta, the ringleader behind the 9/11 hijacking. "It's overwhelming, his traits of suicidality," Lankford said. An isolated, neglected childhood, pathologically ashamed of any sexual expression. "According to the National Institute of Mental Health there are 11 signs, 11 traits and symptoms for a man being depressed," Lankford said. "Atta exhibited eight of them." - Full Article Source

ITEM #65

12/25/10 - Wikileaks: All 250,000 cables reported leaked in Norway
According to a report today in Norway's top business publication, the Norwegian newspaper Aftenposten has managed to get a hold of the entire "Cablegate" database of some 250,000 diplomatic cables—Wikileaks has not granted any news organization this acces s, and has instead been providing access to relatively small batches, one at a time (what the Herald Sun calls "drip-feeding"). How did Aftenposten get access? They won't say, and Wikileaks won't either, but one guess could involve the database being stor ed on a server within Norway. Snip: "Aftenposten news editor Ole Erik Almlid told Dagens Naerings: "We're free to do what we want with these documents ... We're free to publish the documents or not publish the documents, we can publish on the internet or on paper. We are handling these documents just like all other journalistic material to which we have gained access." Around 20 Aftenposten journalists are sifting through the file dump. The news articles are written in Norwegian, which may restrict their immediate impact in the English-speaking media world .. for a time at least. - Full Article Source

ITEM #66

12/25/10 - Jelly Wobbling Machine
A machine for wobbling jelly, operated by a foot-pedal accelerator. (hmmm...could that be use for anything else? - JWD) - Full Article Source


ITEM #67

12/25/10 - Hi-Res cameras require caution
You have to go see this on your own... - Full Article Source

ITEM #68

12/25/10 - 7 Mysterious Coded Texts that Defy Translation
KeelyNet What could be more annoying than picking up a manuscript that is written in a language you cannot translate? Even in the age of the internet, where instant translations are available on demand, there remain examples of written language that continue to de fy the efforts of the best code-breakers – despite years of intense dedication to the task. The truth may well be out there, but will we really ever know it? 5. The Copper Scroll Codex - In 1952, what was believed to be the most important religious find i n history came to pass in Qumran. The Copper Scroll was discovered in a cave on the shores of the Dead Sea by archaeologists. At that time the metal was very corroded and tightly wrapped, so it took many years to unroll it. When this finally happened, the ancient text was found, incised on thin sheets of copper that were joined together. Attempts to translate the text revealed that it gave clues to the location of treasure worth billions by today’s standards, but some of the words were completely unknown to scholars, and thus indecipherable. It was also found that many of the places mentioned simply no longer existed in modern times. Many now think that the Copper Scroll is an ancient flight of fancy, because no treasure has ever been found; nor, accordin g to some, is it ever likely to be while so much of the Copper Scroll remains a mystery. "Under the ruins in the Vale of Achor, forty cubits under the steps entering to the east: are seventeen talents." - A talent of gold is 94 pounds - one troy pound = 12 ounces - 94 pounds x 12 troy ounces = 1128 ounces which at today's prices (roughly $1,400 per troy ounce) would be valued at about $1,579,200 per talent so 17 talents times $1,579,200 = $26,846,400. A talent of silver is 33 kilograms. A kilogram is abo ut $868 times 33kg = $28,644. - Full Article Source

ITEM #69

12/25/10 - Hacking Neighbor Pleads Guilty On Death Threats and Porn
"Another good reason to make sure your wireless is secured! 'Barry Vincent Ardolf of Blaine, Minnesota pleaded guilty to hacking into his neighbor's wireless Internet system and posing as the neighbor to make threats to kill the Vice President of the Unit ed States. Just two days into his federal trial in St. Paul, Ardolf stopped the trial to plead guilty. According to the US Department of Justice, in his plea agreement, Ardolf, 45 years-old, was indicted on June 23, 2010, admitted that in February of 2009 , he hacked into his neighbor's wireless Internet connection and created multiple Yahoo.com email accounts in his neighbor's name." Ardolf's guilty plea included child porn possession, as well as the death threats. - Full Article Source

ITEM #70

12/25/10 - Man builds doomsday capsule to survive 2012
While the world celebrates Christmas, some are more worried about what they call imminent Armageddon. After reading ancient predictions, one man has taken it upon himself to guarantee humanity's survival. The ancient Mayan calendar predicts that on Decemb er 21, 2012, the world will end. It says the Earth will suffer cataclysmic events: floods, eruptions and earthquakes that will wipe out almost everyone. So some people are getting ready to survive the Apocalypse – thanks to Evgeny Ubiyko, a military engin eer by training. Evgeny admits that many laughed when he first revealed his proposal for the life capsule one year ago. Now that he has built it, he says people are taking him seriously. “The capsule is hermetic, it's got four layers of insulation. It can float, roll down hills, and land upside down – without being damaged,” Evgeny explains. “It cannot be destroyed by tremors, or lava, or magnetic storms. This is where the shower will be, and the air purification systems. It can house up to four people fo r 40 days and costs $80,000.” Ubiyko has already recruited a band of neighbors, who have booked their places in the capsule. And if the end of the world does not come in two years, Evgeny says his capsules can be used as saunas or industrial fridges, and recommends that the government order several thousand immediately. - Full Article Source


ITEM #71

12/25/10 - Placebos Work -- Even Without Deception
"For most of us, the 'placebo effect' is synonymous with the power of positive thinking; it works because you believe you're taking a real drug. But a new study rattles this assumption. Researchers at Harvard Medical School's Osher Research Center and Bet h Israel Deaconess Medical Center have found that placebos work even when administered without the seemingly requisite deception. The study was published on December 22 in PLoS ONE." - Full Article Source

ITEM #72

12/25/10 - Scientifically, You Are Likely In the Slowest Line
"As you wait in the checkout line for the holidays, your observation is most likely correct. That other line is moving faster than yours. That's what Bill Hammack (the Engineer Guy), from the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the Univ ersity of Illinois — Urbana proves in this video. Ironically, the most efficient set-up is to have one line feed into several cashiers. This is because if any one line slows because of an issue, the entry queue continues to have customers reach check-out optimally. However, this is also perceived by customers as the least efficient, psychologically." - Full Article Source


ITEM #73

12/25/10 - Bank of America Buying Abusive Domain Names
"Bank of America has snapped up hundreds of abusive domain names for its senior executives and board members in what is being perceived as a defensive strategy against the future publication of damaging insider info from whistleblowing website WikiLeaks. According to Domain Name Wire, the US bank has been aggressively registering domain names including its board of directors' and senior executives' names followed by 'sucks' and 'blows.'" (Isn't this showing how crooked they are by trying to hide, cover up and suppress any of the releases that might show them in a bad light? - JWD) - Full Article Source

ITEM #74

12/25/10 - PC Case Mods of the Year 2010
KeelyNet If you're new to all this modding malarkey, then our modding section is the place to start. Plus, if you want to see how projects begin, or even if you want to start your own, then head over to our world-renowned Project Log forum. Also, if you spot an aw esome mod somewhere, or if you think you have what it takes to compete with the best of the best, then let us know at modding@bit-tech.net. (I like the insides of the red one immersed in mineral oil for efficient cooling but the 3rd one that looks like a modern building for the outside. - JWD) - Full Article Source

ITEM #75

12/25/10 - Pay What You Want — a Sustainable Business Model?
"As 2010 comes to a close, it could be remembered as the year pay-what-you-want pricing reached the mainstream. Along with the two Humble Indie Bundles, YAWMA offer a game and music bundle, and Rock, Paper and Shotgun reports on the curiously named Bundle of Wrong, made to help fund a developer who contracted pneumonia. More examples include when Reddit briefly let their users donate an amount of their choosing for upgraded accounts when they were having financial difficulties; the Indie Music Cancer Driv e launched Songs for the Cure for cancer research; and Mavaru launched an online store where users can buy albums for any amount. Can pay-what-you-want become a sustainable mainstream business model? Or is it destined to be a continued experiment for smal ler groups?" - Full Article Source

ITEM #76

12/25/10 - Dead or Alive? The Eyes Hold the Answer
"Robert Zemeckis, take note. Using videos that morph the face of a baby or man into a doll, researchers have figured out at what point we stop considering a face human — and start considering it artificial. The ability, the researchers say, is key to our survival, enabling us to quickly determine whether the eyes we're looking at have a mind behind them. It may also explain why so many people hated The Polar Express."

(This would so help in real life, sometimes it takes awhile to figure out if anyone is actually IN THERE! Would save on wasting time with 'feverish selfish little clods of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to mak ing them happy.' - JWD) - Full Article Source

Living doll. Researchers used a spectrum of human to doll images to determine when we recognize that a face is alive and has a mind attached to it.

Alive or not? Scientists showed that we consider a part-human and part-doll face to be alive when it is 67% human. Where is the tipping point for you?


ITEM #77

12/25/10 - Progress In Algorithms Beats Moore's Law
"Seen on the blog 'Algorithmic Game Theory,' a report to congress and the president about past and future advances in information technology notes that, while improvements in hardware accounted for an approximate 1,000 fold increase in calculation speed o ver a 15-year time-span, improvements in algorithms accounted for an over 43,000 fold increase." - Full Article Source

ITEM #78

12/22/10 - Seaquence - "An experimental musical petri-dish"
Why not take the idea of generative sound literally? John Conway certainly set the standard during the early 1970s for taking the programming-as-organism metaphor at its word with his Rules of Life. That was his game-like system in which small cellular au tomaton expand into a pulsing pixelfield of what resemble living, if not breathing, digital beings, especially as they get more and more complex. Conway's mix of visual play and algorithmic ingenuity informs Seaquence.org, which may just be the coolest non-iOS interactive audio-game (or sound toy) to appear in 2010. Seaquence is a browser-based sequencer that looks like a petri dish. Or, the more you play with it, a petri dish that acts like a seq uencer. You develop your own set of paramecium-ish creatures, each of which acts like a so-called "step sequencer." That means that it plays a sequence of notes that are notated in a grid-like pattern. Make one creature, toy with its musical DNA (affectin g "waveform, octave, scale, melody, envelope, and volume," as the instruction explain), and then add others to see how they interact. - Full Article Source

Seaquence Demo from Daniel Massey on Vim eo.


ITEM #79

12/22/10 - Free Radicals May Not Be Cause of Aging
"Researchers at McGill University in Montreal have uncovered strong new evidence that that wildly-accepted mitochondrial free radical theory of aging (MFRTA) is wrong. MFRTA suggests that free radicals cause oxidative damage, which in turn leads to the ag ing process. This new evidence shows that high levels of Reactive Oxidative species are rather a biological signal used to combat aging then the process itself. This goes against claims of major health benefits from consuming foods and particularly supple ments that contain antioxidants." - Full Article Source

ITEM #80

12/22/10 - Spinning Their Wheels in Search of Perpetual Motion
Physics dictates that there can be so such thing as a perpetual motion machine – a device that produces more work or energy than it consumes. Yet throughout the centuries and even to this day, inventors the world over continue to challenge the known laws of the universe. However, nothing is free in nature. It takes energy to keep the wheel spinning. Other stabs at building a perpetual motion machine have produced unintended consequences. In the 17th century, mathematician Blaise Pascal inadvertently inven ted the roulette wheel in a failed attempt to create a perpetual motion machine. Evidently tired of scientific false promises, in 1775 the Royal Academy of Sciences in Paris declared it would no longer accept or deal with proposals concerning perpetual mo tion. Rather than ending the debate, however, the decree sparked a frenzy of perpetual motion research. With the invention of modern electrical generators in the 19th century, the quest for perpetual motion literally became electrified. Modern inventors h ave inundated the USPTO with thousands of patent applications for supposed perpetual motion machines. The USPTO has an official policy of refusing to grant patents for perpetual motion machines without a working model. The Manual of Patent Examining Proce dure (MPEP) states: “With the exception of cases involving perpetual motion, a model is not ordinarily required by the Office to demonstrate the operability of a device. If operability of a device is questioned, the applicant must establish it to the sat isfaction of the examiner, but he or she may choose his or her own way of so doing.” Such inventions are typically rejected under 35 U.S.C. §101 as being inoperative. However, the USPTO is far from perfect. The office has issued a number of patents for er stwhile perpetual motion machines.A common trend in modern perpetual motion devices is to state that the machines operate by extracting “zero point energy” or some other source of external energy. Although “zero point energy” is a genuine concept from qua ntum field theory, and the Casimir effect (taking advantage of the zero point energy field) has been shown to be real in laboratories, no actual method of extracting real, usable energy from the “vacuum” is known to modern physics. This, of course, has no t stopped inventors from receiving patents so full of quantum terminology that they “sound” as though they may work. - Full Article Source


ITEM #81

12/22/10 - Wanted: Buyer for controversial Cape Wind energy
Last month, the nation's first offshore wind farm nailed down its first buyer when the Massachusetts Department of Public Utility approved a deal that sees Cape Wind selling half its power to National Grid, the state's largest electric utility. But the ot her half of the Cape Wind project's electricity remains available with no obvious takers, raising the possibility of a smaller project with pricier power. The top prospect for Cape Wind is the state's second-largest electric utility, NStar. But NStar is u ninterested and says it can find cheaper renewable power elsewhere. "It's not that we're for or against Cape Wind at all," said NStar spokeswoman Caroline Allen. "We just want to make sure that we are promoting renewables in the region ... but also being mindful of costs for our customers." - Full Article Source

ITEM #82

12/22/10 - Tulikivi Soapstone Masonry Heater - a Green Alternative Heating Source
KeelyNet The unique Tulikivi soapstone masonry heater provides clean combustion that boasts emissions levels below regulations, its use can offset the carbon footprint, and fueled by a renewable energy source makes it a green heating alternative. The radiant heat provided by a Tulikivi is more energy-efficient than the convection heat of a traditional wood burner. Two natural resources, soapstone and wood bring natural warmth to life. A Tulikivi fireplace burns wood fast and completely (with an efficiency of more than 80%) and therefore uses almost all the existing energy. The emissions amount to only a small percentage of the world’s strictest allowances, which leads to a considerable reduction in carbon monoxide. A small amount of wood is enough to comfortably h eat a healthy gathering point for the entire family. The Tulikivi Whirlbox is a new invention patented by Tulikivi. It lengthens the time combustion gases remain in the fire chamber allowing combustion to not only be efficient, but it is also exceptionall y clean. Soapstone is a dense, heat-resistant and solid material and has better heat retaining and thermal conductivity properties than other stones. With the Whirlbox technology wood is burned completely and the heat is stored in the thermal mass of the soapstone. Tulikivi fireplaces maximize the heat output of wood and are easy to use. A short 1 – 3 hour burn cycle per day will contribute a significant amount of heat. - Full Article Source

ITEM #83

12/22/10 - Kodaks' patent spat threatens photo web sites
The fallout from a patent dispute between Kodak and web photo site Shutterfly could embroil many online image sites, says patent experts. Kodak claimed it owns patents regarding the display of online images that is being infringed by Shutterfly. The photo -sharing site disputes these claims and has launched a counter suit. But the landmark case could have ramifications for other popular online photo sites such as Yahoo's Flickr and Google's Picassa. "The patents Kodak holds are incredibly broad, effectivel y covering images that are stored centrally and can be ordered online," she said. That's likely to mean Kodak will go after other online image sites it believes also infringe its patents, she added. Kodak said it has over 400 similar patents. "We are comm itted to protecting these assets from unauthorised use," it said in a statement. But firms such as Google and Yahoo "have deep pockets" that would allow them to challenge Kodak's claims, he added. Such challenges would likely focus on the validity of Koda k's patents, said Ms Bould. The case may hinge on Kodak's ability to show that when it filed the patents they covered technology that was genuinely innovative, she added. (It's their final ace-in-the-hole by not embracing digital from the gitgo. - JWD) - Full Article Source

ITEM #84

12/22/10 - Triac Electric Car - Three Wheels, 100 Miles And $25,000
KeelyNet The Triac, is a slimline three-wheeled vehicle which company president Mike Ryan says has an honest 100-mile range. Why an 'honest' range? "There has been a tendency in some cases for folks to overestimate their range by calculating it in an advantageous situation, say, 30 mph on a flat surface with no stops," reasons Ryan. "'Honest' means this is what drivers will actually experience driving it around." The batteries themselves are of the lithium-ion type, and are made by Leyden Energy in Fremont. Leyden claim the battery can operate at up to 140 degrees Farenheit without degradation of the cells. Additional cooling is therefore not required, helping to keep complexity and weight down. We always like to advise our readers that a manufacturer's quoted ran ge is more often than not a best-case scenario rather than the norm, so it's refreshing to see a genuinely attainable figure. This is no doubt testament to the light weight (only 2,000 pounds) and relatively slim stature of the vehicle. There's little wor d on performance, though the Triac has a 20 kilowatt electric motor and can apparently hit 80mph on the freeway, so it's certainly not a neighborhood electric vehicle (NEV). There's even a "288 volt performance package" available for $3,800, with a 30 kW motor for even more performance. The range isn't the only genuinely attainable aspect. $25,000 still seems a lot by the standards of regular production cars, but compared to other electric vehicles it's fairly inexpensive, and sold in its local California the Triac might even be eligible for the potential $5,000 rebate towards EVs, as well as up to $7,500 in federal tax credits. If you qualify, a Triac could be yours for as little as $12,500, or about the price of a Chevy Aveo, or a base-spec smart fortwo . - Full Article Source

ITEM #85

12/22/10 - The Primary Purpose (Today) of the ISS is Operations, Not Science
The avowed purpose of the ISS as NASA SOMD's Mark Uhran and others will tell you is to do "science". Up until now the task facing NASA was to assemble the ISS - not an insignificant endeavour - however you look at it. Well, the ISS is all but completed. W hen will NASA actually start to honor the premise upon which the ISS has been marketed and justified for more than 20 years, i.e. to do "science"? The ISS is an utterly amazing and unprecedented base camp sitting at the cusp of the human exploration (and exploitation) of the solar system. Right now, based on time spent by the crew, the primary purpose of the ISS is not "science" - it is operations i.e. keeping itself going. Its time for NASA to adjust its marketing to reflect that reality - unless, that i s, it is ready to truly open this facility up to the world outside of NASA to utilize. So far, it has fallen flat on its face in that regard. - Full Article Source

ITEM #86

12/22/10 - Marketing, Papal and Imperial Decree to Mold Beliefs, Increase Sales
Christmas Is Not the Birthday of Jesus. December 25 is not the birthday of Jesus. Although all Christian churches know this fact, they keep silent about it. There are no feasts of God in the churches!

If Christmas, December 25 is the day when Jesus was born, we should spend the day in a godly way. However, when December come, people indulge in merry-making.

"Christmas was neither established by God, nor based on the Bible." - Cyclopedia of Biblical, Theological and Ecclesiastical Literature

KeelyNet "December 25 is NOT Jesus' birthday, but the sun god's. Christmas originated from a pagan festival for the unconquered sun." - Encyclopedia Britannica

"In ancient Rome, there was a festival named Saturnalia from December 17 to 24. During this festival, people indulged in merry-making regardless of wealth or social position." - History of the Christian Church

KeelyNet "December 25, from which the days begin to lengthen, was regarded as the birthday of the god Mithra." - Encyclopedia Britannica

"On the pretext of breaking the faith in Mithra, the Roman Church enjoyed the festival by changing the 'birthday of the sun god' into the birthday of Jesus." - James G. Frazer, The Golden Bough

"The Christmas tree originated from the pagan ritual of tree worship." - Encyclopedia Britannica

"Enflaming yourselves with idols under every green tree,..." - Isaiah 57:5

"For of old time I have broken thy yoke, and burst thy bands; and thou saidst, I will not transgress; when upon every high hill and under every green tree thou wanderest, playing the harlot." - Jeremiah 2:20

"Only acknowledge thine iniquity, that thou hast transgressed against the LORD thy God, and hast scattered thy ways to the strangers under every green tree, and ye have not obeyed my voice, saith the LORD." - Jeremiah 3:13

"The image of Santa Claus with a white beard, in a red suit, was created in 1931 for a Coca-Cola ad." - Illustrated by Haddon Sundblom

"It was after 354 A.D. that Christmas was celebrated on December 25." - World Book Encyclopedia

"Christmas was neither established by God, nor based on the Bible." - Cyclopedia of Biblical, Theological and Ecclestiastical Literature

Jesus' disciples and apostles never kept Christmas!

The Bible says that "if people keep man-made rules, they worship God in vain." - Matthew 15:8

Since all the churches are keeping man-made rules, there are no churches, that truly worships god!

"Let us not set aside Yahweh's Feasts in favor of pagan leftovers." "Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth." (1 Corinthia ns 5:8)

The History of Christmas: Pagan Yule-Tide, Tree Worship and the Real Birthday of Jesus C hrist - Interestingly, Christians who hate Christmas do it because the Old Testament Judaism is adamantly against all forms of Paganism, sun worship, worship of mystery cults, etc. The assumption that Jesus was totally Jesus and has nothing in com mon with Pagan rituals, however, is rubbish.

Did Judaism naturally adapt and accept Jesus as Messiah? Is Jesus a small schism from the branch of Judaism? NO! It was passionately refused by Jews. Christians came to the Jews talking about how Jesus was the Jewish Messiah and got laughed at: for Jew s he was obviously a pagan sun cult, a suffering and rising figure like other pagan religions. The attempt to combine this figure with the messiah was the height of blasphemy. THAT’S why all the early Christian preachers were stoned to death or crucifi ed – by the Jews!

KeelyNet (Vendyl Jones, the inspiration for the movie version of Indiana Jones, lived in Arlington, Texas and I knew him. Vendyl and his group were looking for the Ark of the Covenant in the 'Cave of the Blue Column'. Part of the purpose was to recover the sacred 'ashes of the Red Heifer' which would allow for the rebuilding of the Temple on the Mount. Vendyl used to give classes about the Torah and Jewish traditions. Vendyl said Jews used to say, 'What do you mean, NEW TESTAMENT?' Meaning how could people give up the much older original testaments for this usurper based on the copying of much older pagan traditions. - JWD) - Full Article Source



ITEM #87

12/22/10 - 2010 natural disasters killed more people than 40 years of 'terrorism'
Earthquakes, heat waves, floods, volcanoes, super typhoons, blizzards, landslides and droughts killed at least a quarter million people in 2010 - the deadliest year in more than a generation. More people were killed worldwide by natural disasters this year than have been killed in terrorism attacks in the past 40 years combined. And we have ourselves to blame most of the time, scientists and disaster experts say. Even though many catastrophes have the ring of random chance, the hand of man made this a particularly deadly, costly, extreme and weird year for everything from wild weather to earthquakes. Poor construction and development practices conspire to make earthquakes more deadly than they need be. More people live in poverty in vulnerab le buildings in crowded cities. That means that when the ground shakes, the river breaches, or the tropical cyclone hits, more people die. "It's a form of suicide, isn't it? We build houses that kill ourselves (in earthquakes). We build houses in flood zones that drown ourselves," said Roger Bilham, a professor of geological sciences at the University of Colorado. "It's our fault for not anticipating these things. You know, this is the Earth doing its thing." - Full Article Source

ITEM #88

12/22/10 - Easy, 'steamy' way to get healthy
KeelyNet The primary value of saunas is that they induce sweating. Although most of us go to great lengths to avoid sweating, perspiration has two essential functions: It cools you down, and it rids the body of waste products. Sweat does more than regulate body temperature. Many of the tens of thousands of man-made chemicals in our environment make their way into our food, water and air. No matter how pure your diet or lifestyle, I guarantee that your body contains traces of hundreds, if not thousands, of chemicals such as pesticides, drugs, solvents and dioxins. But there are ways to get rid of stored toxins, and one of them is sweating. Sweating mobilizes toxins stored in the fat and enhances their elimination. If you've ever been around a heavy smoker or drinker, you know they reek of nicotine or alcohol – it literally pours out of their skin in their sweat.

The same is true, although less obvious, of other toxins. Here's where a sauna comes in. On an average day, your eccrine glands put out about a quart of sweat. But when you hang out in a sauna, they pump out that much in 15 minutes. Several researchers have looked at the effects of sauna on the body's toxic burden. The best-studied is the Hubbard Sauna Detoxification Program. This protocol involves daily exercise followed by sitting in a sauna for two and a half to five hours a day, with breaks for cooling down and rehydrating. Participants in this program also take niacin to stimulate circulation and fat mobilization, as well as multivitamins and polyunsaturated oils. The benefits of sauna extend beyond detoxification; it's also good for your heart. Sitting in a sauna has effects akin to mild exercise. The heart gets a gentle workout, while the heat of the sauna dilates the capillaries and improves blood flow.

In a study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, 15 minutes in a sauna a day for 14 days improved the function of the endothelial cells lining the arteries by 40 percent. Japanese researchers have found that sitting in a sauna is particularly helpful for congestive heart failure. After taking daily saunas for four weeks, 13 of 15 patients with serious heart failure had significant decreases in blood pressure and improvements in ejection fraction (a measure of the heart's pumping ability), exercise tolerance and oxygen uptake.

A detox program or a home sauna? - After considering all of these benefits, my wife Connie and I started a sauna detoxification regimen similar to the program used by the New York rescue workers. During our two-week program, we would go for a 30-minute slow jog to heat up and get our blood pumping. We'd then sit in the sauna at a low temperature (at least for a sauna) of about 140 degrees for two to three hours a day, broken up as needed by cool showers. We felt like a million dollars afterward. We were so impressed with the benefits that six months later we decided to replace the large bathtub in our master bathroom with a far infrared sauna. (Far infrared is part of the spectrum of natural sunlight.) We selected this type of sauna because it's relatively inexpensive and easy to install – it took just 30 minutes, is held together with magnets, and needs no plumbing hookup. It also uses much less electricity and only requires a five minute warm-up period. Above all, it's much more comfortable. Standard saunas heat the air, and the hot air coming into contact with the skin heats the body. Far infrared light directly and deeply penetrates the tissues and heats up the core body temperature. As a result, the air is much cooler, making it easier to breathe and allowing you to stay in longer and work up a better sweat. - Full Article Source

ITEM #89

12/22/10 - Iron Age Copper Reveals Earth’s Stronger, Faster Magnetic Field
The Earth’s magnetic field comes from the movement of molten iron in the core. The field’s strength and structure are constantly changing. But paleomagnetists (scientists who study the history of the Earth’s magnetic field) thought the changes were usuall y small and slow, fluctuating by about 16 percent over the course of a century. But a new study of ancient copper mines in southern Israel found that the strength of the magnetic field could double and then fall back down in less than 20 years. “The magne tic field reached an intensity that was much higher than anyone had ever thought before, two and a half times the present field,” said graduate student Ron Shaar of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, lead author of the new study. “And you can have dramat ic changes in the intensity of the field in periods of less than decades.” When melted iron cools rapidly, it freezes with a signature of the Earth’s magnetic field at that instant. Paleomagnetists have traditionally studied the glass-like rocks thrown fr om volcanoes to build a picture of how the magnetic field has changed over time. Their measurements, plus theoretical models, showed that the magnetic field’s strength peaked around 3,000 years ago in the middle Egypt’s Iron Age. They found that the magne tic field abruptly spiked twice during the 180 years they studied, once around 2,990 years ago and once around 2,900 years ago. Both times, the field jumped up in strength and then fell by at least 40 percent in the space of about 20 years. “These geomagn etic spikes are very different from what we see now or have seen before,” Shaar said. “He sees the field changing 5 to 10 times faster than anything else we have seen so far,” said geomagnetist Cathy Constable of the Scripps Institute of Oceanography in S an Diego, who makes global maps of the changing magnetic field but was not involved in the new work. - Full Article Source

ITEM #90

12/22/10 - Stop "Computer Hunch" Posture with These Easy Stretches
Whether your love your job or hate it, if you're reading Lifehacker right now you're probably hunched over a computer. Here are some simple stretches to improve your posture and save you from future back pain. - Full Article Source


ITEM #91

12/22/10 - Japanese teenagers use Google Earth and a projector to 'skydive'
These Japanese teenagers used their initiative to create a realistic sky-diving experience by simply using Google Earth and a projector. In a video that has been posted on YouTube the group use blue plastic to give the impression of the sky and the spraye d it with white paint to look like clouds. They then fasten themselves into a harness and pulley system which hoisted them up so they can assume a free-falling position. Face-down over a huge mat, an image of Japan from Google Earth is then projected onto the ground below them. A friend then slowly zooms in through the different levels on Google Earth to give them the impression that are were dropping out of the sky. To add to the sensation they were squirted with fire extinguishers and fans to make it fe el like the wind buffeting them as they fell. - Full Article Source


ITEM #92

12/22/10 - PC Fan Windmill conversion
A mini windmill from a PC fan motor, makes 1.5v 20ma. Sorry the vid's a bit washed out, camera didn't like the sunlight too much! We can't help but love this Instructables gem, as it does a few great things at once. It encourages getting inside an old des ktop case and learning, recycling outdated parts, using renewable energy, and helping to keep your gadgets charged. - Full Article Source


ITEM #93

12/22/10 - Zuck promises to give away billions
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg joins 16 other billionaires by signing the "Giving Pledge," a Bill Gates and Warren Buffet project to pressure the obscenely wealthy to give away "a majority of their wealth to the philanthropic causes and charitable organizat ions of their choice either during their lifetime or after their death.” - Full Article Source

ITEM #94

12/22/10 - Here comes the inevitable Taiwan CGI on Wikileaks
Julian Assange through his WikiLeaks website promises greater government transparency. But his document dumps have angered officials around the world. US Senator Joseph Lieberman has pressured internet companies to withdraw their services from WikiLeaks. Rather than protect internet freedom, Amazon and PayPal have willingly complied with US demands. Assange is the subject of death threats. Some government officials say he should be assassinated. Sarah Palin said he should be hunted down like a terrorist. Efforts to take down WikiLeaks have proven futile, thanks to mirror sites. Meanwhile, Assange has been arrested in the UK on rape charges. He has vowed to release more documents in a 'nuclear' option if arrested or killed. - Full Article Source


ITEM #95

12/22/10 - Navy Launches Pilot With an Electromagnetic Shove
Over the weekend, the Navy used a huge electric charge to catapult a manned flight into the air. Naval aviation officials are tight-lipped about the test launch for now and we don't know if the test went according to plan. But Danger Room has confirmed th at the Navy's experimental Electromagnetic Aviation Launch System completed tests on Saturday and Sunday of the deck catapult of the future from its test-bed home at Lakehurst, New Jersey. That's somewhat behind schedule from reports indicating EMALS was supposed to provide a manned flight launch by the fall. We're told to await a full roll-out of the test results, possibly later today. - Full Article Source

ITEM #96

12/22/10 - Update on "inchvesting" in Detroit
TURNING INTO GODS - 'Concept Teaser' from Jason Silva, a resident of the Imagination Age in Loveland, who believes that it's possible for life in our hybrid community to go on forever, and ever, and ever... I bought one thousand square inches (for $1 each ) in Loveland's first microhood, Plymouth. This neighborhood is called the Imagination Age. There are 588 residents of Plymouth including Jane McGonigal, Christian Renaud and Stephen McGee and dozens more in the Imagination Age, among them Grady Booch, Fr ank Rose and Jason Silva. Some "inchvestors" have been letting Loveland unfold before hatching development plans, but others have been ignited by the pace set by the project's directors. Loveland recently applied for support from the Knight Foundation to support development. Check the project out if you're interested in the future of news and creative approaches to making Detroit the city of the future once again. - Full Article Source

TURNING INTO GODS - 'Concept Teaser' from jason silva on Vimeo


ITEM #97

12/22/10 - Engage the plasma drive, Mars here we come
Australian physicist Dr Christine Charles who has invented a new type of plasma rocket drive. This is the supercharger of all space engines and Dr Charles and a team of physicists at the Australian National University developed the first prototype. Lets h ave a look at Dr Charles’ Helicon Double Layer Thruster (HDLT) engine. Currently is would take an astronaut about 14 months to reach Mars and return to Earth. With the HDLT it would take three to four months - cutting 10 months off a round trip. Her ion p ropulsion drive rocket is safer and cheaper than any other similar design and works with a variety of propellants, including carbon dioxide (the main constituent of Mars’ atmosphere). When travelling in deep space, surrounded by radiation and in zero grav ity, velocity is everything. Her discovery had its roots in jazz. Back in 1999 she was attending a jazz course at ANU. She had been thinking of harmonics and how the same notes on different scales beat together. “I went back to the lab thinking about harm onics. I started to explore how plasmas (energy) could be used and I discovered, under certain conditions, a spontaneous double layer of energy appears within the plasma and accelerate ions that passed though it,” Dr Charles said. This electric double lay er is the electrostatic equivalent of a sheer drop. The plasma ions passing through the double layer experience a sudden and very forceful acceleration in the same way water does as it flows over a cliff. The same double layer physics are behind the aweso me light show of the aurora. In this case, the charged particles of the solar wind enter the Earth’s atmosphere at the poles. While the HDLT has a fraction of the power of the rockets that launch the space shuttle, it uses far less fuel and gets more thru st as a ration of the fuel it burns, making it ideal for interplanetary missions. - Full Article Source

ITEM #98

12/22/10 - Making Holiday Candy
KeelyNet I also don’t make candy very often. But when I do it seems the most magical branch of cooking, one that needs little more than plain white powder to conjure up such different marvels as glassy lollipops, opalescent ribbons, smooth creams, crumbly fudge and rich brown caramel. Magical or not, candy making can also be tedious and finicky. Many recipes call for a half-hour or more of standing over a hot stove, stirring constantly to prevent the sugar syrup from scorching or boiling over; attending to the pot walls with a wet brush to remove spatter that could turn a smooth candy grainy; watching a thermometer until it reaches just the right temperature, down to the degree.

There are two basic steps in candy making. First you boil a syrup of sugar, water and other ingredients to evaporate away some of the water and concentrate the sugar. This determines how firm the candy will be when it cools and the sugar forms a solid structure. The more water you leave in the syrup, the more moisture there will be in the candy, and the softer and creamier you can make it. As the sugar concentration rises, the boiling point does, too, so the temperature of the bubbling syrup indicates the candy’s ultimate texture. Syrups for creamy, fudgy or chewy candies are boiled until they rise to about 240 degrees. Syrups for hard candies like brittles and lollipops need to reach 300 degrees.

The second step is cooling the hot syrup to let it solidify. Depending on the recipe and what happens to the syrup during this stage, the sugar molecules may bond to each other randomly in a single amorphous mass, or they may form millions of individual, tightly organized crystals. If you want a creamy or fudgy texture, you stir the syrup as it cools to prevent the sugar crystals from becoming big and coarse. Boiling down the syrup on the stove top is tedious for several reasons. Sugar syrups scorch easily, and form bubbles that last long enough to build into a foam and spill over. To prevent both problems, the cook has to stir constantly over moderate burner heat. And because sugar and water molecules hang on to each other tenaciously, the water is slow to escape, and cooking times are long.

The microwave oven is much better suited to the task. Nearly all the microwave energy goes directly into the water molecules, and evenly, from all directions at the same time. It heats the syrup very quickly, and there’s no chance that one part will be hotter than its boiling point and scorch. If you start the syrup in a bowl large enough to accommodate its overall expansion as it boils, you can leave it to cook down mostly unattended. I scrape the bowl sides and briefly stir every five minutes or so until the syrup is getting close to done, when I check every minute or two to avoid overcooking it. For caramels and other candies that include foam-building milk proteins, you can prevent boiling over by lowering the oven’s power setting once the foam begins to rise. Of course, even in a microwave you’re dealing with a hot sticky liquid that can scald you instantly. So you need to work carefully. Clear a space next to the microwave oven to set the bowl while you check and stir your syrup, and use a kitchen towel or mitts to handle the bowl.

If you haven’t made candy before, nut brittle is a good introduction. You can customize it with your favorite nuts or seeds, which toast in the syrup as it cooks. Brittles are meant to be glassy, not creamy or crumbly, so the recipe includes a large dose of corn syrup, whose glucose sugars prevent table-sugar sucrose from forming crystals. You simply cook the syrup and nuts until they turn golden brown, which happens at about 300 degrees. Then stir in some baking soda, which clouds the syrup with little bubbles that will make the finished candy crunchy rather than hard. Spread the syrup out on a flat surface, let it set, break it into pieces and start nibbling. - Full Article Source

ITEM #99

12/22/10 - Drop Out and Innovate, Urges VC Peter Thiel
"The San Francisco-based founder of PayPal and co-founder of Facebook is offering two-year fellowships of up to $100,000 (£63,800) to 20 entrepreneurs or teams of entrepreneurs aged under 20 in a worldwide competition that closes this week. With the money , the recipients are expected to drop out of university — Thiel calls it 'stopping out' — and work full time on their ideas. 'Some of the world's most transformational technologies were created by people who stopped out of school because they had ideas th at couldn't wait until graduation,' Thiel says. 'This fellowship will encourage the most brilliant and promising young people not to wait on their ideas either.' Thiel says the huge cost of higher education, and the resulting burden of debt, makes student s less willing to take risks. 'And we think you're going to have to take a lot of risks to build the next generation of companies.'" - Full Article Source

ITEM #100

12/22/10 - Ant swarms acting like fluids
This New Scientist video from Georgia Institute of Tech's Micah Streiff features oozing, gurgling swarms of ants behaving with uncanny fluidlike motion: "You can watch them diffuse outwards from a pool, tackle jagged surface like a viscous fluid or flow f rom a funnel." - Full Article Source


ITEM #101

12/22/10 - ACS applauds Congress for passing American competitiveness bill
The American Chemical Society (ACS) applauds Congress for reauthorizing the America COMPETES Act today. America COMPETES (Creating Opportunities to Meaningfully Promote Excellence in Technology, Education and Science), was originally enacted in 2007 and n eeded to be reauthorized this year in order to provide continued support for scientific research, technological development, science, technology, engineering and math education. "I want to extend our appreciation to Congress for passing COMPETES; it is th e backbone of our nation's scientific and technological economy," ACS President Joseph S. Francisco, Ph.D., said. "Despite a very difficult economy, I am glad that members of Congress have agreed to reauthorize this key legislation that keeps the engines of invention and innovation moving forward." If America is to recover from years of severe job losses and financial crisis, the nation must stay the course of smart, sustained investments in our most valuable economic engine: scientific research and globa lly competitive education that together fuel technological innovation. The bill authorizes key funding for science agencies including the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science. According to a report of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), economists broadly agree that more than 50 percent of U.S. economic growth during the last 60 years was due to scientific and technological innovation. - Full Article Source

ITEM #102

12/22/10 - Why I have a public email address (from boingboing.net)
KeelyNet I don't really care how much spam gets eaten by my filters - all I care about is how much spam gets through; that is, how much spam I have to clear out by hand. If the server is culling 16,000 or 160,000 spams a day, it makes no difference to me. On the other hand, if the 100-300 spams I manually kill every day turned into 1,000-3,000, it would seriously undermine my productivity.

So I publish my email address, because I have yet to see any compelling evidence that hiding your email address or using silly techniques like spelling it out (doctorowATcraphoundDOTcom) is any proof against email harvesters. I can think of a way of detecting and converting such obfuscated email addresses, and if I can think of it, so can some spambot author, and she can write the code to do it.

I also have yet to see any compelling evidence that each additional publication of my email address accounts for any uptick in the amount of email that penetrates my filters. Surely after more than a decade, my email address is already in the databases of the world's greatest and most prolific spammers. Re-adding it doesn't make their spam any better at puncturing my defences.

Indeed, the main category of spam that makes it through the filter comes from PR people who have bought it as part of a list of journalists who they might pitch and who are hoping to get a product mentioned on Boing Boing. This is the hardest stuff to filter, since it comes from so many valid email addresses, each message containing unique body text that mentions me by name.

(I analyzed this long ago after tiring of hand deleting some 800-900 spams a day in my emails. Just sends them to trash and I still have to delete all that. So using the Thunderbird Mail software Filter option I generated a massive set of filters that sends EVERYTHING to the trash.

You can use these but you'll have to edit for your email. Using these filters, I simply move what I want to save or respond to back up to my Inbox (maybe 20-50 per day), then delete everything left in the trash box. So much more efficient.

BTW, msgFilterRules.dat are not under Mozilla Thunderbird under Program files, instead the file (for each email account) is found under;

C:\Documents and Settings\User Name\Application Data\Thunderbird\Profiles\********.default\Mail\pop3.***.com\msgFilterRules.dat

This technique has worked very well for me for many years now but I never told anyone about it, assuming they did something similar, so much for assume. - JWD) - Full Article Source

ITEM #103

12/22/10 - U.S. House approves billions for wars without debate
Spending money we don't have: U.S. House approves billions for wars without debate. The U.S. House of Representatives on Friday passed legislation that authorizes the Defense Department to spend nearly $160 billion on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan this budget year without major restrictions on the conduct of operations. That works out to about $520 per U.S. citizen. This year's bill agreed to $725 billion in defense programs, including $158.7 billion for overseas combat. That works out to about $2,361 per U.S. citizen. - Full Article Source

ITEM #104

12/22/10 - Best Dad delights kids with upside-down chin trick
This is one popular daddy. - Full Article Source


ITEM #105

12/22/10 - First Measurement of Magnetic Field In Earth's Core
"A University of California, Berkeley, geophysicist has made the first-ever measurement of the strength of the magnetic field inside Earth's core, 1,800 miles underground. The magnetic field strength is 25 Gauss, or 50 times stronger than the magnetic fie ld at the surface that makes compass needles align north-south. Though this number is in the middle of the range geophysicists predict, it puts constraints on the identity of the heat sources in the core that keep the internal dynamo running to maintain t his magnetic field." / About 60 percent of the power generated inside the earth likely comes from the exclusion of light elements from the solid inner core as it freezes and grows, he said. This constantly builds up crud in the outer core. The Earth's mag netic field is produced in the outer two-thirds of the planet's iron/nickel core. This outer core, about 1,400 miles thick, is liquid, while the inner core is a frozen iron and nickel wrecking ball with a radius of about 800 miles – roughly the size of th e moon. The core is surrounded by a hot, gooey mantle and a rigid surface crust. - Full Article Source

ITEM #106

12/22/10 - Microchips Now In Tombstones, Toilets, & Fish Lures
KeelyNet "Steve Johnson writes in the Mercury News that microchips are going into a staggering array of once decidedly low-tech items — from gravestone markers and running shoes to fish lures and writing pens. In the future, 'where won't we find chips?' asks analy st Jordan Selburn. 'The answer is pretty close to nowhere.' For example, one company sells a coin-size, stainless steel-encased microchip for gravestone markers that tells the dead person's story in text, photos, video or audio histories, which visitors c an access by pointing their Internet-enabled cell phones at it. The company says it has sold thousands of 'Memory Medallions.' There's AquaOne Technologies, who sell a toilet containing chips that automatically shut off the water when it springs a leak or starts to overflow, but Japanese company Toto goes one better with an intelligent toilet that gathers health-related data from the user's urine. Pro-Troll puts a chip in its fish lures that 'duplicates the electrical nerve discharge of a wounded bait fis h,' prompting other fish to bite it."

A standard Memory Medallion remembrance package costs $225 and includes a barcode medallion for the gravesite, a website of eight photos and 1,000-word story and a printed biography. Fam ily members also can record a video about the deceased that plays on smart phones that scan the barcode, called a QR code.

The smart phone market has been a godsend for Memory Medallion, which previously required users to lug a laptop to the tombstone and download the information through a USB cable. - Full Article Source

ITEM #107

12/22/10 - DHS Seized Domains Based On Bad Evidence
"Back over Thanksgiving, the Department of Homeland Security's Immigration and Customs Enforcement unit (ICE) made a lot of news by seizing over 80 domain names. While many of these involved sites that sold counterfeit products, five of the domains involv ed copyright issues. Four of them involved hiphop-related blogs — including ones that hiphop stars like Kanye West and others used to promote their own works, and the last one was a meta search engine that simply aggregated other search engines. Weeks wen t by without the owners of those sites even being told why their domains were seized, but the affidavit for the seizure of those five sites has recently come out, and it's full of all sorts of problems. Not only was it put together by a recent college gra duate, who claimed that merely linking to news and blog posts about file sharing constituted evidence of copyright infringement, it listed as evidence of infringement songs that labels specifically sent these blogs to promote. Also, what becomes clear is that the MPAA was instrumental in 'guiding' ICE's rookie agent in going after these sites, as that appeared to be the only outside expertise relied on in determining if these sites should be seized." (Have they learned NOTHING from the bogus excuses and l ies proffered for war against Iraq, etc.? - JWD) - Full Article Source

ITEM #108

12/22/10 - Over 40% of New Mechanical Turk Jobs Involve Spam
KeelyNet "An NYU study reveals that over 40% of the jobs posted by new employers on MTurk are some sort of spam request, such as fake account creation, fraudulent ad clicks, or fake comments, tweets, likes and votes. The study also shows that the bad jobs could be automatically filtered with 95% accuracy, but Amazon is not interested." / Overall, the findings are not really surprising: Most of the spam HITs require large number of workers to complete a task. They want 1000 users to click an ad, not a single user t o click a thousand times at a single ad. Therefore, I suspect that most of these spam HITs have a very significant amount of redundancy, (which unfortunately we cannot observe). This means that the total value of the posted spam HITs is most probably much higher than the total value of the legitimate HITs. According to our measurements, we see approximately 1500 new HITs arriving in the market every day (from all requesters), and approximately 30 new requester accounts join the market every day. It should be trivial to review all the HITs manually by posting them to MTurk for review. But even if this manual inspection is expensive, this is a task that can be very easily automated. In our current work, we realized that it is very easy to accurately classif y HITs as spam or not. A simple SVM linear classifier that uses bag of words as features can achieve a 95% true positive and 95% true negative rate. With a moderately advanced scheme, it should be possible to have a strong system in place pretty quickly. - Full Article Source

ITEM #109

12/22/10 - Judge Ends Massive Porn Lawsuit (different rules for non PCs)
"A recent offensive of porn producers using copyright law against many anonymous P2P users has been terminated by a West Virginian judge. Initially, Ken Ford of Adult Copyright Company planned out nine lawsuits against some 22,000 file sharers, starting w ith 7,000-person and 9,000-person suits in the first wave. Unimpressed, the judge reduced everything down to one lawsuit against one file sharer, telling the Adult Copyright Company that they are to prosecute each individual separately, as the accused nei ther participated in the same transaction nor collaborated in these offenses. So, if you're looking to hit 22,000 people with such a lawsuit, the $350 court filing fee will require an investment of $7.7 million ($1.8 million for the individuals listed so far). Ars points out the hilarious fact that 'Ford has sued enough people that lawyers are taking out ads on his company name,' providing an image of an advertisement for such a search. This is separate from a similar showdown in US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois." - Full Article Source

ITEM #110

12/22/10 - Death defeated: Download the brain
KeelyNet In his article "How to become immortal - upload your mind", US based researcher Terrence Aym* presents the latest focus of the scientific community in achieving immortality. He claims that the thoughts of futurists, cybernetic experts and artificial intel ligence researchers "are converging on the same basic idea: Why not upload everything that's in the brain-everything that makes a person who they are-into a computer and then download it again into a new body? Doing such a thing would make the individual theoretically immortal". According to his research, there is already a taskforce working on this death-defying project, namely an organization called The Digital Immortality Institute (DII) which "has determined the three things necessary to achieve digit al immortality are: guaranteed Internet access; insure the identity integrity of the avatars for each individual user; and finally, make sure the personality, memory, everything that makes up the person as a unique individual, has been uploaded into the d igital facsimile before the actual person dies". What then happens is that "an individual is uploaded into a digital avatar and survives 24/7 within a permanent, theoretically eternal, Internet". Fantasy? Not quite. The British futurist Ian Pearson, quote d by Terrence Aym, claims that "death will be a thing of the past by 2050". Until then, super computers with massive memory capacity will have been developed (studies indicate that this will take place already by 2020). - Full Article Source

ITEM #111

12/22/10 - WikiLeaks Continues To Fund Itself Via Flattr
"Since the corporations MasterCard, PayPal, and Visa have been trying to shut down the cash flow to the Wikileaks project, those who wish to donate have been having trouble finding a way to help out. The social media/micropayment site Flattr (run from Swe den) continues to leave the channels open." - Full Article Source

ITEM #112

12/22/10 - Recording the Police
KeelyNet Even in the wake of gross injustices, state legislatures have largely neglected the issue. Meanwhile, technology is enabling the kind of widely distributed citizen documentation that until recently only spy novelists dreamed of.

The result is a legal mess of outdated, loosely interpreted statutes and piecemeal court opinions that leave both cops and citizens unsure of when recording becomes a crime.

This is all important. Being able to record the police is one of the best ways to ensure that the police are held accountable for their actions. Privacy has to be viewed in the context of relative power. For example, the government has a lot more power than the people. So privacy for the government increases their power and increases the power imbalance between government and the people; it decreases liberty. Forced openness in government -- open government laws, Freedom of Information Act filings, the recording of police officers and other government officials, WikiLeaks -- reduces the power imbalance between government and the people, and increases liberty.

Privacy for the people increases their power. It also increases liberty, because it reduces the power imbalance between government and the people. Forced openness in the people -- NSA monitoring of everyone's phone calls and e-mails, the DOJ monitoring everyone's credit card transactions, surveillance cameras -- decreases liberty.

I think we need a law that explicitly makes it legal for people to record government officials when they are interacting with them in their official capacity. And this is doubly true for police officers and other law enforcement officials. (This applies to news releases like Wikileak where hidden, shameful actions are being revealed. - JWD) - Full Article Source

ITEM #113

12/22/10 - The Smartphone That Spies, and Other Surprises
"As smartphones become ubiquitous accessories, unexpected consequences can result. In this blog, InfoWorld's Galen Gruman looks at some of the unintended consequences of mobile technology's ubiquity, in which very useful technology can also raise issues. For example, the U.S. Army has put out a training video to tell troops how to disable the location detection on iPhones and Androids so they can't be tracked when on deployment. That's just one example of the behavior and awareness that most people haven' t yet grokked. Others involve cameras, microphones, and USB drives." - Full Article Source

ITEM #114

12/19/10 - CA's First Molten Salt Energy Plant Approved
"This year we've seen molten salt power plants start to pick up steam around the world, and now the technology is heating up stateside — California just approved its first molten salt energy plant. Designed by SolarReserve, the plant uses heliostats to fo cus thermal energy on a power tower filled with salt, which is able to reach very high temperatures (over 1000 degrees Fahrenheit) and can hold heat for an extraordinary length of time. Heat from this reserve of molten salt can then be pumped through a st eam generator to provide on-demand energy long after the sun has set." - Full Article Source

ITEM #115

12/19/10 - Real life Tron Light Cycle - 120mph for $55,000
KeelyNet Only five of the machines are being produced by Florida-based Parker Brothers Choppers and cost $55,000 each. The real-life hubless space-age bike is an amazing recreation of the CGI graphics from the film and is in reality 8ft long, 23-inches wide and 47 4lbs. 'We pretty much started out just seeing if we could make it,' Halverson said. 'We put up the videos on YouTube and it got a pretty big following when it was done. 'After the third day it went viral and at the last check we were at about 800,000 hits on the video - much bigger than we expected.' The YouTube coverage attracted the attention of Disney and the film producers behind Tron: Legacy, who approached the company to use the bike at promotional events for the new film. 'The one we have at the mo ment is a prototype,' said Halverson. 'But we've got another four in production for a total of five - four of those are already taken so there's just one available for sale at the moment.' - Full Article Source


ITEM #116

12/19/10 - Electric vehicles and multiple mileage ratings
According to the government, the car with the highest mileage per gallon on the market doesn't use a single drop of gasoline. The 2011 Nissan Leaf, which was scheduled to be delivered to its first California customers this weekend, runs entirely on batter y. But the Environmental Protection Agency says it can travel 99 miles on the equivalent of a single gallon of fuel. Confused? You're not alone. The mileage-equivalent ratings, meant to help potential buyers compare electric cars with others in their clas s, are befuddling some consumers who see them as an automotive example of comparing apples and oranges. "It's a whole new world that needs to be rated," Nissan spokeswoman Jeannine Ginivan said. "It is for sure complicated, since there is really no gallon . For now, the consumer is going to have to decipher everything and see how to make it work for them." - Full Article Source

ITEM #117

12/19/10 - The Scientific Evidence for Psi Experiences
Entitled "Feeling the Future: Experimental Evidence for Anomalous Retroactive Influences on Cognition and Affect," the paper presents evidence from nine experiments involving over 1,000 subjects suggesting that events in the future may influence events in the past -- a concept known as "retrocausation." In some of the experiments, students were able to guess at future events at levels of accuracy beyond what would be expected by chance. In others, events that took place in the future appeared to influence those in the past, such as one in which rehearsing a list of words enhanced recall of those words, with the twist that the rehearsal took place after the test of recall. As Director of Research at the Institute of Noetic Sciences, where, among other thin gs, we study experiences that seem to transcend the usual boundaries of time or space (generically called "psi" experiences), I've already received a slew of comments and queries regarding the pre-print of the article that is making the rounds. The commen ts range from, "Wow, that's amazing!" to, "That's not possible -- there must be some mistake." But most responses are along the lines of "Hello?? This isn't news. Hundreds of articles reporting significant results on psi experiments have already been publ ished in dozens of academic journals. What's the big deal?" - Full Article Source

ITEM #118

12/19/10 - Is this the Future of America?
The last three weeks I have traveled about, taking the pulse of the more forgotten areas of central California. I wanted to witness, even if superficially, what is happening to a state that has the highest sales and income taxes, the most lavish entitleme nts, the near-worst public schools (based on federal test scores), and the largest number of illegal aliens in the nation, along with an overregulated private sector, a stagnant and shrinking manufacturing base, and an elite environmental ethos that restr icts commerce and productivity without curbing consumption. Here are some general observations about what I saw (other than that the rural roads of California are fast turning into rubble, poorly maintained and reverting to what I remember seeing long ago in the rural South). First, remember that these areas are the ground zero, so to speak, of 20 years of illegal immigration. There has been a general depression in farming — to such an extent that the 20- to-100-acre tree and vine farmer, the erstwhile ba ckbone of the old rural California, for all practical purposes has ceased to exist. On the western side of the Central Valley, the effects of arbitrary cutoffs in federal irrigation water have idled tens of thousands of acres of prime agricultural land, l eaving thousands unemployed. Manufacturing plants in the towns in these areas — which used to make harvesters, hydraulic lifts, trailers, food-processing equipment — have largely shut down; their production has been shipped off overseas or south of the bo rder. Agriculture itself — from almonds to raisins — has increasingly become corporatized and mechanized, cutting by half the number of farm workers needed. So unemployment runs somewhere between 15 and 20 percent. Many of the rural trailer-house compound s I saw appear to the naked eye no different from what I have seen in the Third World. There is a Caribbean look to the junked cars, electric wires crisscrossing between various outbuildings, plastic tarps substituting for replacement shingles, lean-tos c obbled together as auxiliary housing, pit bulls unleashed, and geese, goats, and chickens roaming around the yards. The public hears about all sorts of tough California regulations that stymie business — rigid zoning laws, strict building codes, constant inspections — but apparently none of that applies out here. It is almost as if the more California regulates, the more it does not regulate. Its public employees prefer to go after misdemeanors in the upscale areas to justify our expensive oversight indus try, while ignoring the felonies in the downtrodden areas, which are becoming feral and beyond the ability of any inspector to do anything but feel irrelevant. But in the regulators’ defense, where would one get the money to redo an ad hoc trailer park wi th a spider web of illegal bare wires? - Full Article Source

ITEM #119

12/19/10 - Keelynet Archive Index page updated
Updated Keelynet archive index page 1988-2010, now to update all the archives, whew, what a lot of work. - Full Article Source

ITEM #120

12/19/10 - Store Valuables in the Kitchen to Prevent Theft
Obviously, a safe is the safest place for your valuables when you go on vacation, but if you don't have one around, the safest place to store important items is probably the kitchen, since it's so often skimmed over by criminals. - Full Article Source

ITEM #121

12/19/10 - Views of 2011 From 1931
1931 was a far different time culturally, socially, politically. The issue: What did the great minds of 1931 predict the rapidly approaching 2011 would be like? There is actually an answer to that question. Way back on September 13, 1931, The New York Tim es, founded in 1851, decided to celebrate its 80th anniversary by asking a few of the day's visionaries about their predictions of 2011 - 80 years in their future. Those assembled were big names for 1931: physician and Mayo Clinic co-founder W. J. Mayo, f amed industrialist Henry Ford, anatomist and anthropologist Arthur Keith, physicist and Nobel laureate Arthur Compton, chemist Willis R. Whitney, physicist and Nobel laureate Robert Millikan, physicist and chemist Michael Pupin, and sociologist William F. Ogburn. Since these guys all have their own Wikipedia entries so many decades later, they had to have been important for their time, right? Perhaps not a diverse lot, but it was 1931. Ford, perhaps the most recognizable name to modern readers, set the to ne of the project in his own editorial of prognostication:... - Full Article Source

ITEM #122

12/19/10 - Sex On Mars
Humans are sexual beings and it can be predicted that male and female astronauts will engage in sexual relations during a mission to Mars, leading to conflicts and pregnancies and the first baby born on the Red Planet. Non-human primate and astronaut sexu al behavior is reviewed including romantic conflicts involving astronauts who flew aboard the Space Shuttle and in simulated missions to Mars, and men and women team members in the Antarctic. The possibilities of pregnancy and the effects of gravity and r adiation on the testes, ovaries, menstruation, and developing fetus, including a child born on Mars, are discussed. What may lead to and how to prevent sexual conflicts, sexual violence, sexual competition, and pregnancy are detailed. Recommendations incl ude the possibility that male and female astronauts on a mission to Mars, should fly in separate space craft. - Full Article Source

ITEM #123

12/19/10 - Cancer spread halted by pomegranate juice?
Researchers have identified components in pomegranate juice that inhibit the movement of cancer cells and weaken their attraction to a chemical signal that promotes the metastasis of prostate cancer to the bone. - Full Article Source

ITEM #124

12/19/10 - Living longer but not in perfect health
From 1970 to 2005, the probability of a 65-year-old surviving to age 85 doubled, from about a 20 per cent chance to a 40 per cent chance. Many researchers presumed that the same forces allowing people to live longer would also delay the onset of disease a nd allow people to spend fewer years of their lives with debilitating illness. However, increased life expectancy in the U.S. has not been accompanied by more years of perfect health, reveals new research published in the December issue of the Journal of Gerontology. Indeed, a 20-year-old today can expect to live one less healthy year over his or her lifespan than a 20-year-old a decade ago, even though life expectancy has grown, according to a University of Southern California press release. While people might be expected to live more years with disease simply as a function of living longer in general, the researchers show that the average number of healthy years has decreased since 1998. We spend fewer years of our lives without disease, even though we live longer. A male 20-year-old in 1998 could expect to live another 45 years without at least one of the leading causes of death: cardiovascular disease, cancer or diabetes. That number fell to 43.8 years in 2006, the loss of more than a year. For young women, expected years of life without serious disease fell from 49.2 years to 48 years over the last decade. At the same time, the number of people who report lack of mobility has grown, starting with young adults. - Full Article Source

ITEM #125

12/19/10 - Contest of Active Houses Now Open
On Wednesday a contest started, which is aimed at creating a house, which would not only be independent from any networks, but also able to produce energy and accumulate it for personal needs of an owner, or for commercial production of various goods. The contest, organized without Russian government’s help, has a prize pool of 150 000 rubles (about $5 000). Participating companies will submit projects of already existing active houses, built in Russia not earlier than 2010 and used for at least 6 months. Participating houses should exploit only alternative and renewable energy sources and be a living place for a five-member family. - Full Article Source

ITEM #126

12/19/10 - Mysterious Beam Detected on the Moon
Astronomers from Siberia performed optical observations of Earth’s natural satellite and detected a mysterious beam on its surface. Researchers have performed a digital video recording of the Moon’s night side in order to detect flares, caused by meteorit e impacts. They have noticed a diffused, but visible light beam. The beam has cut the Moon’s surface at an angle of 45 degrees to a terminator, the line between the day and night sides of a planetary body. Nothing is known about the beam’s origin. - Full Article Source

ITEM #127

12/19/10 - Lies, damn lies and Chinese science
“What is the definition of a good person?” Wang Jisi, dean of the School of International Studies at Peking University, asked at a graduation address in July. His answer: “He does not cheat in exams, or plagiarise another scholar’s work, or cut corners in construction projects, or sell fake goods or accept bribes.” All fairly uncontroversial, you might think, especially considering the occasion. But, in fact, Wang was bravely addressing an issue that surfaces almost every day in the Chinese media. He was taking a stand in the continuing battle between those who uphold academic and scientific values and those others who can still achieve high status and rewards in China from peddling pseudoscience. Whether the issue at hand concerns earthquakes or nutritio n or medicine, what we witness in today’s China is the way in which science – upheld since the early 20th century as the cornerstone of Chinese development – is repeatedly stymied by ideology, superstition, bureaucratic thinking and fear of dissent. This is a frightening situation. As China enters a new phase of economic and geopolitical might – and its model of authoritarian capitalism gains an increasing number of admirers, from developing-world leaders to op-ed writers in the rich world – the country’s attitude towards honest, rational inquiry becomes of crucial importance. - Full Article Source

ITEM #128

12/19/10 - Plastic from Plants: Is It an Environmental Boon or Bane?
More than 2.5 billion plastic bottles—partially made from plants—are already in use around the world in a bid to replace petroleum as the fundamental building block of everyday plastics. The so-called PlantBottle from the Coca-Cola Co. is made by converti ng sugars from sugarcane farmed in Brazil into the polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plastic commonly used in the ubiquitous clear bottles for various beverages. Fully recyclable, the bottles debuted at the 2009 U.N. Copenhagen Climate Conference and Vanco uver Olympics, and are now on sale from Japan to Chile and across the U.S. Most importantly from Coke's point of view, none of the six other major varieties of plant-based plastic can keep the carbonation from leaking out. "It's not only to hold carbonati on, it's just to hold water," explains chemist Shell Huang, Coca-Cola's director of packaging research. "You can lose moisture through the bottle wall" with some of the other available plant-based polymers. But can plants become more widely used as buildi ng blocks of ubiquitous plastics? Making the PlantBottle has thus far saved roughly 70,000 barrels of oil by the company's calculations—and the plastic resin, indistinguishable from its petroleum-based analog, can be exported throughout the world. "We ar e making PET from a renewable resource so there's a lower carbon footprint, and we can take advantage of existing infrastructure to recycle it," Huang explains. Plus, "the carbon is captured in the [plastic of the] bottle and never goes back to the air." Of course, plant-based plastics run into the same problem as plant-based fuels—directly or indirectly they have an impact on food production. - Full Article Source

ITEM #129

12/19/10 - Research red tape contributes to the suffering and death of millions
Overregulation is preventing vital clinical trials to investigate the effectiveness of treatments, writes Sir Iain Chalmers. Doctors decide to use or withhold lots of treatments without sufficient evidence of whether their decisions are likely to do more good than harm. I believe that the overregulation of research is preventing essential work on the effects of inadequately evaluated treatments and as a result is contributing to the avoidable suffering and deaths of millions of people. For example, the de mands of a research ethics committee in the UK meant that this country contributed very little to the discovery that caffeine helps to prevent cerebral palsy. Everyone must recognise that the interests of the vast number of patients receiving inadequately evaluated medical treatments are more in need of protection than the relatively small number of patients receiving exactly the same treatments in planned, properly controlled clinical experiments. We need to clarify what we do and don't know. Only then c an we identify where important uncertainties remain about treatments. To do this, we must insist on the results of all reliable research being made publicly available, including research that is too often swept under the carpet because the results are dis appointing. Unless important uncertainties about the effects of treatments are identified and addressed, patients will continue to receive improper care. The consequence of our ignorance is that they will unwittingly receive harmful treatments while being denied effective ones. - Full Article Source

ITEM #130

12/19/10 - Epidemic intelligence
Technology will help to spot and stop epidemics before they go global, predicts Nathan Wolfe, founder and director of the Global Viral Forecasting Initiative. The march of globalisation will create a single mega-population of people on the planet in whic h more and more viruses have the potential to survive and thrive. Distant will be the days when the isolation of remote villages imposed a natural quarantine on a nascent outbreak. From a virus’s perspective, there will be a single mass of humans, tightly connected by air travel, with plenty of susceptible people to fuel the fire of new plagues, whether natural, accidental or deliberate. Fortunately, globalisation will also speed the flow of health data. In 2011 the growing field of digital epidemiology w ill attract more students, health officials and resources than ever before. People in viral hotspots around the world will report suspicious human and animal deaths (often a warning sign of a coming plague) by mobile phones. These data will be posted to t he web, instantly enriching the data that came from traditional surveillance systems and electronic medical records. Organisations like Google.org will scour search patterns around the world, expanding their search-based predictions of influenza to other infectious diseases. Still more creative early-detection systems will begin to pull together illness information present in social-networking sites like Facebook and Twitter, allowing us to see changing disease patterns before they make the morning news. - Full Article Source

ITEM #131

12/19/10 - Transplant may have cured man of AIDS
A very unusual blood transplant appears to have cured an American man living in Berlin of infection with the AIDS virus, but doctors say the approach is not practical for wide use. The man, who is in his 40s, had a blood stem cell transplant in 2007 to tr eat leukemia. His donor not only was a good blood match but also had a gene mutation that confers natural resistance to HIV. Now, three years later, the recipient shows no signs of leukemia or HIV infection, according to a report in the journal Blood. "It 's an interesting proof-of-concept that with pretty extraordinary measures a patient could be cured of HIV," but it is far too risky to become standard therapy even if matched donors could be found, said Dr. Michael Saag of the University of Alabama at Bi rmingham. - Full Article Source

ITEM #132

12/19/10 - Positive Mood Allows Human Brain to Think More Creatively
People who watch funny videos on the internet at work aren't necessarily wasting time. They may be taking advantage of the latest psychological science -- putting themselves in a good mood so they can think more creatively. Happy volunteers were better at learning a rule to classify the patterns than sad or neutral volunteers. "If you have a project where you want to think innovatively, or you have a problem to carefully consider, being in a positive mood can help you to do that," Nadler says. And music i s an easy way to get into a good mood. Everyone has a different type of music that works for them -- don't feel like you have to switch to Mozart, she says. Nadler also thinks this may be a reason why people like to watch funny videos at work. "I think pe ople are unconsciously trying to put themselves in a positive mood" -- so that apparent time-wasting may actually be good news for employers. - Full Article Source

ITEM #133

12/19/10 - Uproar over Thor Movie casting Heimdall as black
KeelyNet Did you know that the totally made-up-by-medieval-drunks gods of Norse mythology were all white? Literally none of them were African. We didn't know that, but thanks to the prodigious efforts of the Council of Conservative Citizens and their friends at Bo ycott-Thor.com, the truth has been revealed: Heimdall, Sentry of Asgard, was white and Idris Elba, the English actor hired to portray Heimdall in Marvel Studios' Thor, is black! BLACK! (Being of germanic descent, I am offended about all the remarks of Tho r, Heimdall and Norse gods as MADE UP...if thats the argument then so are all the christian, indian, tibetan, chinese, jews, catholics, polynesian, muslim, etc. 'gods' and 'prophets', MADE UP. - JWD) - Full Article Source

ITEM #134

12/19/10 - Now Relevant
NowRelevant.com is a new search engine that delivers news from just the last two weeks. However, you can also go to News.Google.com and click “past hour” for news within the last hour, or “past day,” for news within the last 24 hours, or “past week,” “pa st month” and archives. - Full Article Source

ITEM #135

12/19/10 - 5 years for possible Stem cell cure for baldness
For the first time, scientists in Germany have grown hair follicles from stem cells. The feat has brought scientists a step closer to creating a cure for baldness. The study used cells taken from animals, but researchers hope to create human hair follicle s from human stem cells within a year. / The study used cells taken from animals, but researchers hope to create human hair follicles from human stem cells within a year. - Full Article Source

ITEM #136

12/19/10 - US Offers $30M For High-Risk Biofuel Research
"This one sounds a bit like really wishful thinking. The US Department of Energy today announced $30 million for research projects that would develop advanced biofuels that could replace gasoline or diesel without requiring special upgrades or changes to the vehicle or fueling infrastructure. The $30 million would be spent over the next four years to support as many as five 'traditionally high-risk biofuels projects,' such as converting biomass into biofuels and bioproducts to be eventually used for hydro carbon fuels and chemicals." - Full Article Source

ITEM #137

12/19/10 - Witholding internet access is the new spanking
KeelyNet No TV for a week, the time-honored punishment for misbehaving children, has been enhanced. Now, parents are also withholding Internet access to punish their kids, further sign that the Web has become as important to families as television. As the two medi ums converge, parents are quickly coming to see TV and the Internet in similar ways and are seeking to limit their kids' access to both, according to a report out this week from researchers at the University of Southern California. The survey from the USC Annenberg Center for the Digital Future found that two-thirds of parents say they restrict their kids' access to TV as punishment, a number that has barely budged over the past 10 years. But the percentage of parents who limit Internet access as a form o f punishment has nearly doubled in the last decade. - Full Article Source

ITEM #138

12/19/10 - 'YouCut' Targets National Science Foundation Budget
"As some of you may have heard, the incoming Republican majority in Congress has a new initiative called YouCut, which lets ordinary Americans like me propose government programs for termination. So imagine how excited I was to learn that YouCut's first t arget — yes, its first target — was that notoriously bloated white elephant, the National Science Foundation." / Obviously the NSF wastes plenty of money, but if it didn’t, then it would be doing a terrible job, because research is all about trying stuff that has a good chance of failure; obviously if you were seriously looking for waste, you could find orders of magnitude more of it in the military and elsewhere. So then the only remaining question is: how can we best have fun with a disgusting and cont emptible situation? - Full Article Source

ITEM #139

12/19/10 - Periodic Table of Elements To Get an Update
"Scientists from around the world have put forth an update to the Periodic Table of Elements. In particular, they are changing the manner in which atomic weights of ten elements are expressed. From the article: 'For example, sulfur is commonly known to ha ve a standard atomic weight of 32.065. However, its actual atomic weight can be anywhere between 32.059 and 32.076, depending on where the element is found.'" - Full Article Source

ITEM #140

12/16/10 - Scot wins fight with Unilever over his £23m diabetes idea
A Scottish professor could receive millions of pounds from one of the world’s biggest companies after the Appeal Court ruled he was entitled to a “fair share” of profits for an invention that has transformed the lives of diabetics around the world. Profes sor Ian Shanks, a visiting professor in electronic engineering at Glasgow University, came up with a way of delivering precise medication in 1984 when he was working for the research arm of industrial conglomerate, Unilever. His invention now forms a vita l part of home diagnostic blood testing kits used by diabetics. Unilever was “not interested” in manufacturing the devices itself, but made £23 million by licensing out Mr Shanks’s invention to others before the patent on his idea ran out, a court heard. Mr Shanks sued Unilever UK Central Resources Ltd for compensation under section 40 of the Patents Act 1977. He has been engaged in a titanic legal struggle with Unilever, claiming that, had the company exploited his invention sooner, and on a larger scale , it could have earned a royalty income of $1 billion. Although he was employed by Unilever when he had his brainwave, Mr Shanks’s legal team argued he was entitled to “inventor’s compensation” and that the billion-dollar figure should be used to calculat e his share, rather than the £23m Unilever actually made. Unilever insisted that £23m was “not a lot” for such a huge conglomerate and the invention had not been “of outstanding benefit” to the company. A spokeswoman from Unilever said: “We are pleased by the Appeal Court’s ruling, which found that Professor Ian Shanks is not entitled to a share of the potential income which he claims this invention could have generated. The matter of whether he is entitled to a share of the £23m which was actually genera ted is a case which remains to be heard, and it is one we will defend strongly.” Colin Miller, a partner specialising in intellectual property with Scots solicitors firm Biggart Baillie, said cases like these were “very, very rare”. He added: “Under the l aw, the invention belongs to the employer if the employee was working for them when they invented it. But if there has been an outstanding contribution by the employee then they should be entitled to their share.” Mr Miller added: “These cases are rarely reported so this may well encourage more people to do the same. But it will depend on the company and the individual. As you can see from this case, it’s taken so long for a decision to be reached that it may not appeal to many people in the same position . These cases are definitely very few and far between.” - Full Article Source

ITEM #141

12/16/10 - Earthing: The Most Important Health Discovery Ever?
KeelyNet The reproductions in the photo represent darkfield microscope images of blood taken from three individuals in attendance at Dr. Sinatra's house just before and after forty minutes of grounding. The before image is on the left side, the after on the right. The pictures clearly show a dramatic thinning and decoupling of blood cells.

Throughout evolution, humans walked barefoot and slept on the ground and received from the Earth a natural, nurturing, and gentle electric energy. You likely have experienced this form of energy yourself some time or another. Maybe while on vacation and walking barefoot on a sandy beach, you felt some tingling or some warmth in your feet. A sense of well-being. That sensation is the ground's electric energy rising up into your body, the result of the skin of your conductive body making contact with the "skin" of the conductive Earth.

Modern lifestyle has increasingly separated humans from this flow of subtle omnipresent surface energy. We wear insulative rubber or plastic soled shoes that block the flow. Obviously, we no longer sleep on the ground as we did in times past. Research is now revealing that this energy creates a distinct and uplifting shift in the physiology. It promotes health, vitality, and better sleep; harmonizes and stabilizes the body's basic biological rhythms; knocks down (and even knocks out) chronic inflammation; and reduces and eliminates pain. The disconnect from this natural resource right under our feet may likely be a totally overlooked – and major– factor behind the alarming rise of chronic disease in recent decades, and inflammatory-related conditions in particular.

KeelyNet These revelations are central themes of a new book, Earthing (Basic Health Publications), that I have had the privilege to write. My coauthors are Stephen Sinatra, MD, the well-known integrative cardiologist, and Clint Ober, a most amazing individual who discovered the health benefits of reconnecting to the Earth. Dr. Sinatra describes this discovery as the most exciting health breakthrough that he has encountered in his 30-plus years in medicine. He sees it as a profoundly simple, practical, effective, and cost-cutting way to combat common illnesses and pain problems, and make people healthier. In his own field of cardiology, he says it has great promise for improving arrhythmias, blood pressure, blood viscosity and flow, and energy production of heart cells. He recently completed a pilot study of the electrodynamics (zeta potential) of blood which indicates that Earthing improves viscosity and flow. The study was inspired by an informal experiment which he conducted utilizing darkfield microscopy that produced dramatic changes in blood cell aggregation after only 40 minutes of Earthing. Check out this Research Studies page and these remarkable thermal imaging photos using an earth grounding system. (Thanks to Ken for this remarkable information and link. - JWD) - Full Article Source

ITEM #142

12/16/10 - Electric forcefield space sailing-ship tech gets EU funding
A spacecraft propelled by the pressure of sunlight striking an enormous electrical field. The "electric solar wind sail" is not your common or garden solar sail, familiar to many Reg readers, in which the solar wind strikes something physical – a fabric o r film, probably extremely thin and light – and the resulting minuscule pressure exerted over a large area very gradually accelerates the sail and its attached spacecraft. In the electric version, the ship deploys instead 50-100 20km-long, extremely fine (25 micron thick) cables. These are arranged in a circle and the whole thing spins, keeping the wires stretched out in a huge, 40km-across disc like the spokes of a wheel. A positive potential of, say, 20,000 volts is put on the wires (requiring only a fe w hundred watts of power, as almost no current is actually flowing). Thus the wires generate overlapping electrical fields which, as far as the ions of the solar wind are concerned, is a solid barrier. They hit it and are stopped or bounced back, and in t he nature of things this exerts pressure on the electric-field "sail". The effect isn't nearly as strong as it would be with a physical sail, but because the electric model is so huge and so light, it can still achieve impressive results. For instance it has been calculated that an electrosail ship could reach Pluto in less than five years. - Full Article Source

ITEM #143

12/16/10 - UK Gov to give motorists 25% discount on 9 new all-electric cars
The first nine plug-in electric cars to qualify for discounts of up to £5,000 are revealed today. The 'green' emissions-free cars which can be charged up from household mains and deliver 2p-a-mile motoring, go on sale from the New Year with a Government ' Plug-IN Car Grant'. From January 1, 2011, motorists buying the first three of the named electric cars will get 25 per cent off, up to a maximum of £5,000. The electric 'plug-in' discount comes as the Government also announces more places around Britain wh ere the cars can be charged up when out on the road. The taxpayer hand-out aims to kick-start the market for electric vehicles, which are exempt from the London Congestion Charge. - Full Article Source

ITEM #144

12/16/10 - Man finds extreme healing eating parasitic worms
One day in 2004, a 29-year-old man with a terrible stomach problem stepped off a plane from the United States in Thailand. He wasn't there for the sights, or the food, or the beaches. He had traveled thousands of miles for worms -- parasitic worms whose e ggs he intended to swallow by the thousands. His doctor back home had told him his idea was crazy, that infesting himself with parasitic worms wouldn't do anything to help his ulcerative colitis, and in fact could make him very sick. The gastroenterologi st had told the man if he pursued this course of treatment, he would refuse to be his doctor anymore... Indeed, he was on his own, standing in the office of a Thai doctor, asking her to pick the worm eggs out of an 11-year-old girl's stool... This month, the man's experience treating himself with parasitic worms was published in a medical journal. Depending on who's telling the story, his journey is one of a brilliant, empowered patient who found an amazingly effective treatment for himself and possibly o thers who suffer the same debilitating disease -- or the dangerous tale of an irresponsible medical rebel who could have killed himself and, by telling his story, might be inspiring others to do the same thing. As with any experimental treatment, you shou ld not try this at home... / The man -- who wants to protect his privacy, and be referred to only as "the patient" -- was 28 when he started having bloody bowel movements. Soon, he was having 10 to 15 bloody bowel movements a day. "I was constantly runni ng to the bathroom," he remembers. - Full Article Source

ITEM #145

12/16/10 - $14 for Foreigners to Visit USA
The United States doesn't attract nearly as many foreign travelers as it used to. And to try to address that, the U.S. government and travel industry have launched a new travel promotion corporation. The group says one of its first tasks will be convincin g international travelers that the U.S. is looking forward to seeing them. The CTP is launching "Destination America" — an international ad campaign including TV spots, print ads and websites to educate the world about the rules for entering the United St ates. It's kind of like a theme park, but they don't have any "you must be this tall" height restrictions: Entering the U.S. used to be free, but the Commerce Department is now charging foreign travelers a $14 fee to fund the new group's $200 million annu al budget. - Full Article Source

ITEM #146

12/16/10 - Send your parents a tech support care package
It's basically an easy way to send how-to videos to people who need help with computer-related things. - Full Article Source

ITEM #147

12/16/10 - Injecting New Bone
Thomas Webster has developed a nanomaterial that quickly solidifies at body temperature into a bone-like substance. This week, Brown announced a deal with medical device maker Audax Medical of Littleton, Massachusetts, to further develop the material and launch trials in animals. The material contains the same nucleic acids as DNA, Webster says. Each molecule has two covalent bonds and links with other molecules to form a tube. Hence it's called a "twin-base linker." (Audax will develop it under the name Arxis.) "It self-assembles into a nano structure, emulates natural tissue, solidifies quickly at body temperature, and can be made to match the mechanical properties of the tissue you inject it into," Webster says. - Full Article Source

ITEM #148

12/16/10 - 2011: Tax Cuts Alone Won’t Do It
There’s no question that cleansing the tax code of a quarter-century’s worth of lobbyist shenanigans would be a good thing; the best tax systems are simple ones that collect revenue as unobtrusively as possible. But before we bog down in year-long trench warfare over the mortgage interest deduction and a national sales tax, we ought to at least discuss some of the economy’s other problems. The tax code didn’t get us in this mess, and a new one won’t usher in prosperity on its own. The economy’s most painful symptoms are jobs and housing, but the underlying causes of those ailments are unaffordable health-care system and an overvalued dollar.

Unleash the Market Forces - If Congress really wanted to solve the housing problem, it would hold a one-time immigration auction large enough to put a real dent in all the vacancies. Advanced degrees might be worth bonus points, as would a willingness to create jobs. America remains a highly desirable place to live, and there are enough willing millionaires and rocket scientists overseas who could help the economy perform, if only we would let them. Eleven million US mortgages are under water, and if the borrower should happen to be unemployed and unable to find work within driving distance, the choice becomes one between default and being able to put food on the table. Wider adoption of telecommuting would be one way to improve and restore the economy’s famous flexibility. By all means, let’s let the billions sitting in corporate accounts overseas come home. Auction off tax-free repatriation quotas based on the companies’ commitments to create net US jobs. - Full Article Source

ITEM #149

12/16/10 - Technology Outpaces Privacy (Yet Again)
“Solitude and privacy have become more essential to the individual; but modern enterprise and invention have, through invasions upon his privacy, subjected him to mental pain and distress,” the privacy experts wrote in the Harvard Law Review. “In this, as in other branches of commerce, the supply creates demand,” they added; and that demand, they noted, ends up broadcasting our private matters in public spheres. Sound familiar? The review article, written in 1890 by the young lawyers Samuel D. Warren and Louis D. Brandeis, concerned the spread of that era’s viral technology: snapshot photography. Newspaper photographers, the lawyers wrote, were feeding an “unseemly gossip” industry by taking and publishing candid shots of people without their consent. Bef ore the advent of the camera, explains Jon Leibowitz, the chairman of the Federal Trade Commission, newspaper photographers would have had difficulty carting heavy daguerreotype equipment and using it to peer over people’s back garden fences. “But once yo u went to a real camera,” Mr. Leibowitz said in an interview last week, “that could easily be done.” Mr. Warren and Mr. Brandeis wrote, for example, that privacy, an intangible right, was as important as more tangible common law rights, like the ownershi p of private property. People have the right, they wrote, to control dissemination of their personal thoughts or images. People also have “the right to be let alone.” In a similar fashion, the F.T.C.’s report recommends that Internet and mobile app users receive better control over who sees, collects and shares information about their electronic behavior — like, say, the Web sites they peruse or the terms they plug into search engines. Indeed, the commission proposed a “do not track” mechanism that would allow consumers to opt out of “behavioral advertising,” the kind of marketing that tailors ads to a consumer’s personal track record. - Full Article Source

ITEM #150

12/16/10 - DIY Invention: Pedal Powered Snowplow
By using an old riding lawnmower, a plow V-blade, and some old bike parts, you can have a little more fun with one of the most frustrating chores of the season. Unlike snow blowers or gas-powered snowplows, this concept uses no electricity, is 100% free of emissions, and made from mostly reused materials. It's said to be quite easy to operate and maneuver. With a plow blade that can be raised and lowered during operation, clearing a driveway or sidewalk has never been so easy or eco-conscious. Kevin B lake of Mother Earth News says it took him 50 to 80 hours to complete the creation of his "pedal plow." He says, "Inspired by Monster Garage, I realized that I had access to a shop and the beginnings of a snowplow in my garage." Blake recommends you shou ld start with the frame by modifying an old mower that will supply your plow with a seat, wheels, and transmission. Blake created much of his frame from scrap steel. For the drive train, Blake used old bicycle parts. By salvaging the complete steering system from the mower, you can avoid building you own steering system. Obviously, bicycle pedals will be the driving force behind the apparatus. And a new, v-shaped plow blade is ideal. - Full Article Source


ITEM #151

12/16/10 - Omaha North teens perfecting stove invention
A $10,000 Lemelson-MIT InvenTeam grant was awarded to Omaha North to create a technological solution to a real-world problem: deforestation of the world’s rainforests. North’s grant will be used to improve the school’s O!maha-Dagascar project — a rocket s tove and biofuel briquettes — that earned first place at the Society of American Military Engineers 2010 competition. The stove and briquettes were created to provide an alternative cooking procedure for Third World countries. The goal is an effort to eli minate or reduce the consumption of forest materials. Five prototypes of last year’s stove were tested by the people of Kianjavato, Madagascar, during the summer of 2010, and the results provided North’s InvenTeam, Telo Hevitra, a basis from which to begi n work on their MIT project. “We’ve learned that the stoves are working but are failing after about 40 days,” said senior Jesse Epperson. “We also know they are reducing individual consumption of wood by 50 percent,” added Garcia. “While that’s an indicat or of success, we know we have to make them more sustainable.” Throughout this school year, the InvenTeam will work to find an alternative material to insulate the stoves, test biofuel briquettes made from various recycled and natural materials to find wh ich has the most efficient heating abilities, and develop a more user-friendly press and grinder to perfect the field construction of briquettes. - Full Article Source

ITEM #152

12/16/10 - How to use the wind to charge your iPhone
KeelyNet The iFan is a charger that holds various Apple devices, including the iPhone, inside a soft rubber skin. It uses fan blades to capture energy from the wind, which charges the battery. “The thing with wind is that it is often only profitable when you scale it up to large windmills. Therefore, wind energy is a concept that is far away from us,” Veenhoven said in an interview Tuesday with the Star. “One of the nice things about the iFan is that it communicates the quality of wind in a very direct and persona l way.” Believing that “nature is our new energy, in synergy with our technical adaptations,” Veenhoven first created the iFan out of wood before building a more practical one, with one out of soft-rubber that can easily wrap around the phone. Veenhoven e stimates it takes him about six hours to charge his phone using his iFan. Still in its design stages, iFan is not available for sale. Not yet anyway, says Veenhoven. “I love just throwing ideas out there, and this was basically just a prototype. . . even so, the response is that good that we are pushing to make one for on your bike, in order to keep your phone charged if you tour along,” he said. To accomplish this, Veenhoven has to redesign the fan blades. - Full Article Source

ITEM #153

12/16/10 - Casting Call for Dog and Cat Product Inventions
"Everyday Edisons," a TV show chronicling the development of consumer product innovations, is on the hunt for the next big dog or cat product. The PBS series, which is gearing up for its fourth season, is holding a casting call online here for innovative dog and cat product inventions, among several other product categories. The show will consider all levels of inventions, ranging from a sketch on a napkin of a well-described product to a manufactured product or patented prototype. Seven finalists in each product category will be flown to Charlotte, N.C., for a final casting call in February 2011. There, the finalists will present their dog and cat product ideas to the "Everyday Edisons" team. From the Charlotte casting call, the "Everyday Edisons" team w ill select a total of 10 products to engineer, develop and market. All will be documented on the TV show’s fourth season at no cost to the chosen inventors. Product entries for household cats and dogs and dog and cat owners must be submitted by midnight P ST on Thursday, Dec. 30, 2010. For more information, http://www.everydayedisons.com/ . - Full Article Source

ITEM #154

12/16/10 - Sales pitch from an ATM-skimmer vendor
The vendor gave him the whole sales-pitch for the efficiency and safety (for the criminals) of GSM-based skimmers. It's a fascinating read, unless you use ATMs, in which case, it's a terrifying one.

So we potentially have already about 20k dollars. Also imagine that if was not GSM sending SMS and to receive tracks it would be necessary to take the equipment from ATM, and during this moment, at 15:00 there comes police and takes off the equipment. And what now? All operation and your money f#@!&$ up? It would be shame!! Yes? And with GSM the equipment we have the following: Even if there comes police and takes off the equipment, tracks are already on your computer. That means they are already yours, a nd also mean this potential 20k can be cash out asap. In that case you lose only the equipment, but the earned tracks already sent. Otherwise without dumps transfer - you lose equipment, and tracks, and money. That's not all: There is one more important p art. We had few times that the police has seen the device, and does not take it off, black jeeps stays and observe, and being replaced by each hour. But the equipment still not removed. They believe that our man will come for it. And our observers see thi s circus, and together with it holders go as usual, and tracks come with PINs as usual. - Full Article Source


ITEM #155

12/16/10 - Americans overwhelmingly against disclosure of government secrets
According to a Washington Post poll, Americans are overwhelmingly against the disclosure of government secrets, even if they reveal misconduct. Hey, it's a step up from editorials calling for Julian Assange's assassination! - Full Article Source

ITEM #156

12/16/10 - What happens when an alligator bites an electric eel?
I speak a little portugese which is what he is speaking. He said that he was fishing and he caught an eel, he forgot his knife so he called out to his friend to get a knife, but an alligator arrives. He even says at the end of a video "I? have never seen anything like this, I didn't mean for this to happen." - Full Article Source


ITEM #157

12/16/10 - $100,000 Eye Implant
Thirty totally blind people are wearing the Argus II new retinal implant costing $100,000. With it, they can see around obstacles, observe changes in light and look at someone who is talking to them. Without the device, their diseased retinas made it imp ossible to see anything. The Economist notes that this technology is where cochlear implants for the hearing impaired were 26 years ago. They’ve come a long way since then and are now routine. The new artificial retinas will also be common some day among people who have lost theirs to disease or injury. - Full Article Source

ITEM #158

12/16/10 - A Bionic Leg That Rewires Stroke Victims' Brains
"A startup called Tibion in Sunnyvale, CA, has begun selling battery-powered robotic exoskeletons that help stroke victims with one-sided weakness relearn how to stand, sit, walk, and negotiate stairs. The leg isn't a permanent attachment; the company say s patients who use the device for 45 minutes a week for four weeks experience significant gains in walking speed that persist and even improve months after the treatment. They believe that the $40,000 device — which includes sensors that respond to subtle signs of user intentions, such a shift in weight — provides feedback that triggers neuroplasticity, the brain's ability to rewire itself to repair damage." - Full Article Source

ITEM #159

12/16/10 - Michael Moore Posts Julian Assange's Bail
"Yesterday, in the Westminster Magistrates Court in London, the lawyers for WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange presented to the judge a document from me stating that I have put up $20,000 of my own money to help bail Mr. Assange out of jail. Furthermore, I (Michael Moore) am publicly offering the assistance of my website, my servers, my domain names and anything else I can do to keep WikiLeaks alive and thriving as it continues its work to expose the crimes that were concocted in secret and carried out i n our name and with our tax dollars."

"We were taken to war in Iraq on a lie. Hundreds of thousands are now dead. Just imagine if the men who planned this war crime back in 2002 had had a WikiLeaks to deal with. They might not have been able to pull it off. The only reason they thought they c ould get away with it was because they had a guaranteed cloak of secrecy. That guarantee has now been ripped from them, and I hope they are never able to operate in secret again." - Full Article Source

ITEM #160

12/16/10 - Why Special Effects No Longer Impress - Ubiquitous
"When an advert for toilet roll now has a CG dog in it, have we come to the point where special effects have no lasting impact whatsoever? As Den of Geek argues, 'Where we once sat through Terminator 2 and gasped when Robert Patrick turned into a slippery blob of mercury, we now watch, say, Inception and simply acknowledge that, yes, the folding city looks quite realistic.'" - Full Article Source

ITEM #161

12/16/10 - Fourth Amendment Protects Hosted E-mail
"As reported on the EFF website, today the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit ruled that the contents of the messages in an email inbox hosted on a provider's servers are protected by the Fourth Amendment, even though the messages are accessible to an email provider. As the court puts it, 'The government may not compel a commercial ISP to turn over the contents of a subscriber's emails without first obtaining a warrant based on probable cause.'" - Full Article Source

ITEM #162

12/16/10 - Internet Usage Catches Up With Television In US
"Joshua Brustein writes that according to a survey by Forrester Research the amount of time people spend on the Internet has increased 121 percent over the last five years with Americans now spending as much time using the Internet as they are watching te levision. And while people younger than 30 years old have spent more time with the Internet than television for several years, Forrester's survey shows that this is the first year that people in older age groups are doing so as well. Forrester's survey al so shows a significant increase in the number of people using the Internet to watch streaming video with 33 percent of adults surveyed this year saying they use the Internet to watch video, up from 18 percent in 2007. However the rise of the Internet is n ot necessarily leading to a drop in television consumption because the Internet, and particularly the mobile Internet, simply creates more opportunities for people to consume media, says analyst Jacqueline Anderson with younger viewers increasingly comfor table with the Internet as the place to watch their television. 'For the younger population, the TV is still important, but where they're getting that content from is changing,' says Anderson. 'For the generations that are coming up, that's where we're go ing to see the cut.'" - Full Article Source

ITEM #163

12/16/10 - Aurora youth invents powered shoes
KeelyNet 10-year-old student Tyler Bisnauth invented Speed Em Up Shoes, the shoes that move you. His concept is a comfortable pair of shoes with a built-in track system controlled by a wireless device on your wrist. After spending more than six months with a desig n team to help with technical writing, logo and website design, prototypes and patent issues, Tyler began putting his plan into motion. He came up with the idea while on evening walks with his parents and two sisters. “I like being outdoors,” he said. “Bu t walking is so boring. How cool would it be to glide along?” Rather than re-invent the wheel, Tyler invented a way to make walking less arduous for individuals with limited mobility. His shoes allows the person wearing them to control speed and movement by a voice-activated remote control. Part of his marketing campaign stems from his grandmother, who has severe knee problems and can’t walk for very long. “With this shoe, she can still be outside,” he said. “This is a great shoe for someone with physical limitations.” His shoes differ from the popular Heely shoes, which feature wheels on the back of the sole. Tyler’s shoes are equipped with a regular sole that can be converted into a treadmill-style system by flipping the sole. “The track is like the bot tom of a tank,” he said. “You stand still and the shoes carry you.” - Full Article Source

ITEM #164

12/16/10 - First-Sale Doctrine Lost Overseas
"In a 4-4 decision, the U.S. Supreme court let stand the Ninth Circuit's decision that the First-Sale Doctrine (which says once you buy something, the maker gets no say in what you do with it) only applies to goods made in the US. That Omega watch you bou ght in Switzerland last year? It's yours now—forever. You can't sell it without Omega's permission." - Full Article Source

ITEM #165

12/16/10 - US Offers $30M For High-Risk Biofuel Research
"This one sounds a bit like really wishful thinking. The US Department of Energy today announced $30 million for research projects that would develop advanced biofuels that could replace gasoline or diesel without requiring special upgrades or changes to the vehicle or fueling infrastructure. The $30 million would be spent over the next four years to support as many as five 'traditionally high-risk biofuels projects,' such as converting biomass into biofuels and bioproducts to be eventually used for hydro carbon fuels and chemicals." - Full Article Source

ITEM #166

12/13/10 - Digital Image Resizer Toy
The Digital Image Resizer Toy (codename: DIRT) is an implementation of Shai Avidan and Ariel Shamir's "Seam Carving for Content Aware Image Resizing" algorithms. Their algorithms have been made famous via a video labelled "Advanced Image Resizing". HOW DO ES IT WORK? The program is pretty much self explanatory, you just load in an image, then use the arrow keys on your keyboard to increase or decrease the width and height of the image. The window with the picture must be the active window on screen for pre ssing the arrow keys to work. You can even brush the image with preserve (P) and Erase (E) brushes, so the algorithm targets (or avoids) particular areas of the image. The "N" brush erases other brush strokes, and the "C" button clears ALL brush strokes f rom the image. The decrease size algorithm is implemented as described in the paper. The increase size algorithm is almost the same, only it hacked up to try and avoid the last seams that were added (but there are no guarantees it will). The algorithm to enlarge areas of the image (section 4.4 of the paper) is not implemented in DIRT. The Sobel algorithm is a gradient magnitude function, and the Prewitt filter is a less strict gradient magnitude algorithm. The Laplace algorithm is used to find noisy areas of the image, so it is also an edge detector. WARNING: How fast the program works depends on the size of the image and the speed of your computer. So try with small images first. The "Erase" and "Retarget" buttons are not implemented how they are describ ed in the paper, DIRT simply alternates between calling the decrease/increase functions for width and height until the image is resized, and they take a LONG TIME to finish with the image. (Thanks to Bert Pool for sharing this fascinating information, I'l l definitely be using this! - JWD) - Full Article Source


ITEM #167

12/13/10 - PTO to Effectively Extend Provisional Applications to 24 Months
The United States Patent and Trademark Office will soon unveil a pilot program that is aimed at trying to provide inventors with some additional options with respect to moving from a filed provisional patent application to a nonprovisional patent applicat ion. USPTO Director David Kappos wrote about this in the November edition of Inventors Eye, see Providing Inventors More Time and Options. Turning to the specifics, it is technically inaccurate to say that the Patent Office can or will allow for a provisi onal patent application to be “extended” to remain pending for 24 months. The Patent Office simply does not have that authority because the way the law has been written by Congress a nonprovisional patent application must be filed within 12 months of the filing of a provisional patent application in order for you to claim priority of the provisional patent application. The importance of “claiming priority” from the provisional patent application is this — if you can claim the priority of the provisional patent application then your nonprovisional patent application will essentially be deemed filed as of the date you filed the provisional patent application. So you can claim the benefit of a provisional patent application if you file the nonprovisional w ithin 12 months of the filing date of the provisional, and when you do file the nonprovisional it will be effectively treated as having been the date the provisional patent application was filed, at least with respect to whatever was fully and fairly disc losed in the provisional patent application. This is CRITICAL because an early filing date cuts off prior art. In logic and law it is true to say that something that comes after you filed could not be prior art for you, so having the earliest filing date can be absolutely essential and holding onto that filing date and not having to reset the filing date with a new filing is tremendously important. This is because in the US we consider public use and offers for sale to be prior art events when they occur more than 12 months before you file. - Full Article Source

ITEM #168

12/13/10 - Inventor creates do-it-yourself non-slip shoe covers for icy conditions
KeelyNet The easy-to-assemble covers are made from chicken wire available at most DIY stores at the cost of about £6. Mr Jackson said he came up with the design after being plagued by the recent snow and ice. He said: "Over the past few days, I've tried coming up with all sorts of ideas to help me on the ice. "I got fed up of slipping around everywhere, so decided to try to make my own DIY shoe covers. "I went to the local hardware store and bought chicken wire and some tie-wraps. "First, I cut a 3ft by 4ft piece of chicken wire in half with nail clippers so I had one piece for each shoe. "Then I folded it in half to give it extra strength and put my shoe in the middle. "The ribs of the chicken wire go down the sole of the shoe so they stop you from sliding around everywhere. "Then I bent the wire around my shoe and folded it into shape to make them more comfortable. Then I just held them together with the tie-wraps and I haven't slipped since. "The shoes have given me a bigger surface area to help keep my balance and the extra tread means I'm not just using the ball of my foot. "To take them off, I just cut the tie-wraps and they should keep the shape of my shoe. The only drawback I've had with them so far is that they can stick to the ice if you stand still for too long." - Full Article Source

ITEM #169

12/13/10 - The high cost of the patent wars
The patent system developed gradually. Today, people know that invention and innovation can not flourish if there is no assurance of financial gain attached. Yet the counter-arguments are difficult to refute. Those who claim that the patent system should be abolished say that the desire to do good, not make money, can be the mother of invention. In the pharmaceutical industry, especially, the patent system is a punching bag. Patent rights are openly violated based on the claim that a patent is nothing com pared to a human life. A typical example is the government of Thailand, which produced a generic drug for AIDS without permission in 2002. Although there was lots of protest in the international community, the Thai government responded that they were able to save a large number of lives because the price of the drug had plummeted to $30 from $500. Pharmaceutical companies complain a lot when their patent rights are violated because of the time and money they invested in developing a new drug. When their p atents expire, they direct their complaints against companies that produce cheap generic drugs. That is why the U.S. insisted, in Korea-U.S. free trade agreement negotiations, on delaying the sale of generic drugs in the market even after a patent expired . It is said that the suspension period was lengthened when the agreement was renegotiated. - Full Article Source

ITEM #170

12/13/10 - Coolme™ Invention Wins Tropical Innovation Award
A James Cook University-developed disposable cooling vest for combating heat stress in hot working environments recently added a Tropical Innovation Award to its record of success. UniQuest is helping the Cairns-based inventors commercialise the technolog y and congratulates the JCU team on the Award. The winner of the Troplinks Tropical Innovation category, CoolMe™ technology, was developed by JCU researchers Dr Glen Deakin, Robert Ennis-Thomas and William Armstrong. A company, GRW Industries, has been fo rmed to commercialise the technology. The vest can be worn by emergency workers, miners and others working in extreme heat conditions. The vest promotes rapid recovery in heat stress situations and does not require pre-freezing or access to ice. In May th is year, the GRW team and the CoolMe™vest won a heat on an episode of ABC’s New Inventors program. Last year, the team won the inaugural Trailblazer Awards at JCU and UQ Business School’s prestigious $100,000 Enterprize business planning competition. / Th e winning CoolMe™ technology developed by GRW Industries is a disposable vest that can be worn under protective clothing, achieving temperatures of three to five degrees Celsius through a chemical reaction inside the vest. "It's is a personal cooling vest designed to limit the effects of heat stress during physical activity in hot and humid environments, in particular for people wearing protective clothing like by fire fighters, " said Robert Ennis-Thomas, a member of the GRW Industries product developmen t team from James Cook University. - Full Article Source


ITEM #171

12/13/10 - Electromagnetic Railgun That Can Hit a Target Over 100 Miles Away
KeelyNet The last time the Navy set a world record for firing a slug from its railgun was in 2008 and that was from a distance of 13 miles away. Today, it’s from over 100 miles away — quite a large jump in such a short amount of development time. Assisted by GPS s ystems, the Navy’s railgun can shoot “non-explosive bullets at several times the speed of sound” at “speeds up to Mach 7? with pinpoint accuracy. When can we start launching spaceships into space with these charged up slides? The Navy hopes to get its rai lgun to fire from over 200 miles by the time it’s ready for operation. According to Rear Admiral Nevin P. Carr, Jr., the chief of Naval Research, railguns cost much less than conventional missiles and make for more strategic warfare options. - Full Article Source

ITEM #172

12/13/10 - Fake Watchful Eyes Discourage Naughty Behavior
KeelyNet Being watched by a photograph of staring eyes can be enough encouragement to behave, follow orders or do the right thing, a study has found. Psychology researchers at Newcastle University hung two different posters at a restaurant, to see how customers wo uld react. They both featured text asking patrons to bin their rubbish, but one had a picture of flowers on it and the other had a pair of staring eyes. The number of people who paid attention to the sign, and cleaned up after their meal, doubled when con fronted with a pair of gazing peepers. The research team, lead by Dr. Melissa Bateson and Dr. Daniel Nettle of the Centre for Behaviour and Evolution found that twice as many customers followed the orders when met with eyes, compared to figures for the fl ower poster from the day before. The study is based on the theory of “nudge psychology,” which suggests people behave better if the best option is highlighted, but not forced upon them. Linking that with the eyes grabs peoples’ attention, and makes that n udge even more effective. It’s a followup to a 2006 study where similar posters were hung up in a communal tea room, by the honesty box. Subjects were found to pay up nearly three times as much cash when stared at by eyes, rather than flowers. Luckily, we ’re far too honest to need one of these posters in the Wired offices. But researchers wanted to know whether the same tactic would work outside the workplace, and would extend to other forms of cooperation. The successful cafe experiment is the first step , but the researchers have even more ambitious plans. “Painting a pair of eyes on a wall may be useful for preventing antisocial behavior in quiet locations,” says Dr. Bateson. And, “if signs for CCTV cameras used pictures of eyes instead of cameras they could be more effective.” - Full Article Source

ITEM #173

12/13/10 - Obesity caused by a Virus?
THE obesity epidemic seen in humans and their pets may be caused by more than rubbish diets and lack of exercise. Some scientists think it may be due to a combination of issues, including viruses or something else that affects cells or organs. Scientists' curiosity was triggered when they noticed laboratory rats and mice on strict diets had put on weight just as domestic pets and feral animals living around humans had. They looked at more than 20,000 animals from 24 populations of eight species living in or around industrialised societies. Scientists from nine research centres across the world found that in all cases, body weight was increasing. The scientists' work, published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B, says that apart from obvious explana tions such as over-eating and lack of exercise - there are many others, including the accumulation of endocrine-disrupting chemicals, and that obesity is of infectious origin. The findings have implications for our understanding of the dramatic rise in h uman obesity. What cannot be explained is the rise in obesity in laboratory animals on controlled diets. In Australia, veterinarians and the RSPCA have argued pet lovers may be loving their animals to death with over-feeding and little exercise. - Full Article Source

ITEM #174

12/13/10 - Let Your Coaster Do the Talking
KeelyNet Once the hallmark of lonely barflies, playing with your beer coaster could actually help you socialize, thanks to a smart bar surface that brings ordinary coasters to life. The coasters communicate by sending messages across the surface. The messages are meant to act as icebreakers between bar patrons, says Tom Bartindale... An infrared light source and a camera beneath the partially transparent surface recognize ordinary circular coasters because their white underside causes more light to be reflected (a technique called diffused illumination). A projector, also below the surface, creates a halo around each coaster and shows text messages that spin around them. When a coaster is first placed on the bar, it is assigned a random gender and sexual preferenc e, says Bartindale. It will then try to "chat up" other coasters within a 60-centimeter range by displaying lines such as: "If I had a chance to rearrange the alphabet, I would put 'U' and 'I' together," and, "Are you a parking ticket? Because you've got 'fine' written all over you." When one beer coaster is contacted by another, it scores the amorous advance depending upon the chat-up lines used, and a preset state of interest. If a potential suitor repeatedly scores badly, the coaster on the receiving e nd will refuse to talk to it anymore. One of the problems with other interactive surfaces, Hornecker says, is that they can interfere with using the surface as a table. "This is quite interesting because it turns a supposed limitation into the core of the idea," she says. Bartindale says he and Weeden got the idea after a conference in Germany, where lots of people were sat in isolated groups. The coasters were put to the test last week at the university's Culture Lab Jam 45, an event that showcases stude nt ideas. "People loved it," Bartindale says. "And we did notice that people that didn't know each other were talking to one another, which was encouraging." - Full Article Source

ITEM #175

12/13/10 - All set to take the world by storm - Dose of Reality
A decade ago, Mr Tan, previously a director with Sanyo Semiconductors, came up with the idea to store data differently with a device the length of one's thumb. The gadget would come to be the grim reaper of the square-shaped 1.44MB floppy disk and the ext ernal removable disk storage system known briefly as the Iomega Zip drive. 'People thought I was crazy when I said that this would replace the floppy disk. They thought it was too costly for the capacity. But I said the cost factor can be improved. And lo ok at it today - it has changed the way we educate, the way we carry around data, the way we store data,' says the founder, chairman and chief executive of listed tech company Trek 2000 International. Mr Tan's ThumbDrive would be the template for Trek 200 0's future product offerings. They would be marriages of both 'capacity and portability', objects of convenience and great value in the fibre-optic-speed generation of today. The spin-off of Trek's ThumbDrive was its secure version, ThumbDrive Crypto, whe re data would be encrypted for the owner's personal use. 'No one in the world can hack it, so that when you misplace it, the information is safe.' However, Mr Tan's healthy dose of reality makes him well aware that his creations can be wielded by the crim inal underworld who seize upon his product's plus points just as much as the everyday consumer. 'I am aware that money lenders use it to store bio and data of their borrowers,' says Mr Tan. 'If they are caught, it would be impossible for the police to cra ck the client list because the thumb drive contains information that only these moneylenders can see.' It seems to be a common enough problem for other tech tzars in the New Establishment. Matt Mullenweg, creator of open-source blogging website WordPress, once said that he was confronted with this situation, as WordPress is used by hate sites or neo-Nazis to publish their 'morally odious' messages. 'But ultimately, the freedom to use a technology for any purpose is far more important than what I may disag ree with,' said Mr Mullenweg in a recent interview for American public radio. - Full Article Source

ITEM #176

12/13/10 - Local bookstores fall to 'e-book revolution'
KeelyNet Booksellers are calling the shift a "Gutenberg moment" for the entire publishing industry, likening it to Johannes Gutenberg's game-changing invention of movable type almost 600 years ago. E-books aren't the only adversary, of course; people are buying fe wer books in general. Still, dusting bookshelves in the digital age is starting to feel a bit quaint. "Unfortunately, the publishers don't understand the ramifications to brick-and-mortar stores" of the growth in electronic readers such as Kindles, Nooks and iPads, said Anita Zager of Northern Lights Books. Lately, she said, more customers are browsing to decide which books to download at home. "We're really now a showroom for books.'' The number of independent bookstores has been declining for some time, from about 6,000 in the early 1990s to about 2,200 today, according to the American Booksellers Association. Sales of all books are declining, down almost 8 percent in September, which followed a 6.5 percent drop in August. Books, in this context, mean t hings with pages and bindings. For digital sales, the publishing industry relies on projections. Earlier this year, Bloomberg Businessweek reported that digital book sales in the U.S. would rise 5.8 percent through 2015. Projections, of course, rely on pe ople buying electronic readers such as the Kindle, which Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos famously called his response to "the failings of a physical book." Last week, Google eBooks launched its long-awaited (or feared) electronic bookstore. It immediately became th e largest e-book provider in the world, according to Publishers Weekly, with almost 3 million books, including more than 2 million titles available for free. The program offers options for independent booksellers to sell Google's books on their websites w ithout having to invest in expensive software platforms. While too late for the indie shops here that are closing, the president of the ABA, Michael Tucker, told the San Francisco Chronicle that the program puts indies "on a level playing field" with onli ne booksellers. "We're not going to make a living from e-books," Tucker said. "But at least we can offer e-books to customers who want them, rather than having them go somewhere else." - Full Article Source

ITEM #177

12/13/10 - Long or Short Flush Water Saving Invention for Toilets
A simple design by two engineering professors at the University of Western Ontario has made public toilets more efficient. A new valve designed by Tony Straatman and Kamran Siddiqui will give Masco Canada toilets the ability to have both "long" and "short " flushes as opposed to their default 6-litre flush, which has been a part of their products for 80 years. For an average commercial toilet, the addition could save 3,650 litres of water per year. - Full Article Source

ITEM #178

12/13/10 - $49.94 Yacker Tracker controls Noise
KeelyNet Chico's Fran Rebello created the Yacker Tracker to give teacher a way to quiet their students without having to raise their voices. The device sounds a siren and flashes a red light whenever noise goes above a preset level, but teachers aren't the only on es taking notice. The Yacker Tracker has been put to use in hospitals, city council chambers, and is even being used in Australia as a safety device in mines. - Full Article Source

ITEM #179

12/13/10 - New communication technology unveiled
Moonitin, a communication technology that can deliver access to the Internet without an Internet connection, to over five billion telephones in the world has been invented. It operates when a user dials a specific Moonitin telephone number from among thou sands of listed numbers (moonitin.com). Without accepting the user’s call, the Florida-based company instantly hangs up, and tracks the user from the dialled number’s caller-ID data, and recognises what the user wants. User preferences can be pre-register ed. From news to weather, stock prices to ordering a pizza, every thing is available. “You tell Moonitin your telephone number(s) and any and all things (communication-related actions that you routinely perform). We then assign one of our thousands of numbers also known as Hypermostlinks to each of the desired actions. Moonitin numbers can be saved in your telephone with names that appropriately describe their corresponding actions. All you then have to do is start dialling,” Khan explained. As with all new technologies, there has been a bit of hesitation from those hearing it for the firs t time, he said. “Imagine a world, where even the most poor and illiterate person can get information about his village by just dialling a number. There are no economic, knowledge and empowerment divides in this world,” he added. “This will make us all d igital equal and give equal opportunity to all of humankind.” According to Khan, Qatar is one of the first countries in the world to have an all inclusive digital policy and a successful implementation of Moonitin in Qatar will go on to serve as a role mo del for the region, and subsequently the world. “Al Jazeera Network, for example, can instantly become the most accessible network in the world by utilising Moonitin,” Khan said. As a demonstration, Khan presented a Moonitin number 001567 (ALJNEWS or 2556 397), that when dialled will be disconnected by the company’s servers, and the users receiving a text message with news from the Qatar-based network. - Full Article Source

ITEM #180

12/13/10 - I-Robot inspired Software for Emotion detection from Speech
KeelyNet Akash Krishnan and Matthew Fernandez of Portland, Ore., won the team prize for their work on speech recognition technology. They developed a computer algorithm that can detect a speaker's emotion better than current technology and will split the $100,000 team prize. Krishnan, 16, and Fernandez, 17, were taking a break from trying to come up with a project idea and watched ‘I, Robot’. The movie featured a robot that could detect when its user was stressed, and they decided to try to improve on the existing technology. The algorithm the duo wrote has an improved accuracy at 60 percent, which is better than the 40 percent for a previous system. They claim their work could be utilized to improve computer automated phone systems, helping, for example, to tell if a caller was becoming irate. "You could automatically redirect them to a actual human person, so that you could handle those kind of angry people better," Krishnan said. “The duo built a computer algorithm that allows us to listen to an auditory signal from a human, analyse it and assess the emotional state of the speaker”said competition judge Gert Lanckriet from the department of electrical and computer engineering, University of California, San Diego. “It can help identify if the speaker is angry, s ad, bored, anxious or happy. They came up with a strong creative idea and brought it from theory into practice. Using an emotional speech database with 18,215 files and five emotions -- anger, positive, neutral, emphatic, rest-the team developed, trained and tested a classification engine to determine emotions from an input signal” he elaborated. - Full Article Source

ITEM #181

12/13/10 - Inventor says Don't File a Patent!
December 22 marks the 128th anniversary of Edward Hibberd Johnson’s patented invention of the first electrically-illuminated Christmas tree. Like the Christmas tree light invention, many inventors are file a patent to protect their invention. However, “ Filing a Patent is a waste of money,” says Patented Inventor John D. Smith, author of the new DON’T File a Patent! (Smith Press, 200 pages, $24.95) “Inventors foolishly file for patents thinking they are buying "protection" against copycats,” says Mr. Sm ith. “However, a patent doesn’t prevent copycats. There is no Patent 911 to call, nor does the US Patent & Trademark Office send out the Patent Police to arrest the copycat. A Patent is really just an expensive and worthless piece of paper.” Smith has made millions with his storm protection invention without a patent. From spending almost $25,000 on his patent application, Smith learned that Patents are a cleverly disguised illusion of protection. Smith’s DON’T File a Patent! is the first and only bo ok that describes the roadblocks that the Patent Office uses to discourage inventors, such as their repeated Office Action rejections. These Office Action rejections require inventors to continually re-submit their patent applications and pay thousands i n additional re-filing fees, before their patent applications are ultimately turned down. “Besides the 11 reasons why NOT to file a patent application on your invention, I describe many free and low cost ways to protect your product without a patent, as well as many marketing tips for entrepreneurs just starting a business,” says Smith. - Full Article Source

ITEM #182

12/13/10 - Energy investment no one is talking about
KeelyNet We Need Better Batteries! A major hurdle for electric carmakers to overcome in addition to the lack of charging stations around the U.S., is the capacity, efficiency and charging time of the batteries used in the cars. Batteries for hybrid and electric ca rs are still evolving and although they have gotten much more efficient and recyclable (most are made with very toxic chemicals), they still have a ways to go. Most of us are familiar with the lead-acid batteries common to traditional cars. Nickel-metal h ydride is another form of battery used in many of the first-generation hybrid cars. Today’s technology of choice is lithium-ion, which produces 400% more energy than its lead-acid cousin. Even though that sounds impressive, it still needs improvement, and here’s why. Our Driving Habits - For most Americans, our cars are used predominantly to get us to and from work and to run errands. According to Edmunds, the average American drives about 12,000 miles per year and that number has been increasing year ove r year on average. If you assume that people drive the same distance each day, that’s about 34 miles per day. Commuting figures are closer to 26 miles round trip per day on average. We all know that those figures vary quite a bit and if there is an accide nt on the way to work, expect longer drive times and distances if detours are involved, and of course we have to account for those trips to the market or shopping malls. At 35 miles per day, that means that the “electric” power of the Chevy Volt for examp le will be depleted, leaving the driver to burn fossil fuel. - Full Article Source

ITEM #183

12/13/10 - Sawdust tipped to earn millions
Carbonscape has created a one-step process which turns pine sawdust into highly porous carbon, which can sell for US$2000 ($2675) a tonne. Known as activated carbon, the substance is used in water filters and other industrial processes such as cleaning co ntaminated soil and water and capturing carbon dioxide emissions from power stations. Company director Nick Gerritsen said the process currently used around the world to make activated carbon took two steps and used exotic materials. Carbonscape uses pine sawdust from forestry companies, which usually pay to dispose of the waste product, and turns it into a high-value end product, 60 per cent better quality than carbon now sold. The quality of the carbon is measured by how absorbent it is. Gerritsen said 300sqm per gram of carbon was considered the standard quality, but Carbonscape's product measures 750sqm/gm. - Full Article Source

ITEM #184

12/13/10 - FA-18 "Super Hornet" Breaks Sound Barrier
"This is it!" A FA-18 Super Hornet breaking the sound barrier at the 2009 Bethpage Federal Credit Union Airshow at Jones Beach On May 24th, 2009. - Full Article Source


ITEM #185

12/13/10 - Tobacco Virus Could Boost Li Batteries up to 10X
In a possible use of one of the world's most destructive naturally occurring scourges, the tobacco mosaic virus, could be used to boost the capacity of lithium ion batteries by 10 times. It seems the virus can be made to attach itself to the electrodes in a lithium cell perpendicularly, increasing the surface area of the electrode and greatly improving the battery's capacity to store energy. PhysOrg has some more detail on virus-enhanced batteries. Four years ago we discussed the use of the tobacco mosaic virus to enable fast-switching transistors. - Full Article Source

ITEM #186

12/13/10 - Cheap 3D Fab Could Start an Innovation Renaissance
KeelyNet "An article over on O'Reilly Radar makes the argument that, just as inexpensive or free software development environments have led to a cornucopia of amazing Web and mobile applications, the plummeting cost of 3D fabrication equipment could enable myriad new physical inventions. The article was prompted by a new Kickstarter project, which if funded will attempt to produce a DIY CNC milling system for under $400. Quoting: 'We're already seeing the cool things that people have started doing with 3D fab at t he higher-entry-level cost. Many of them are ending up on Kickstarter themselves, such as an iPhone 4 camera mount that was first prototyped using a 3D printer. Now I'm dying to see what we'll get when anyone can create the ideas stuck in their heads.'" - Full Article Source

ITEM #187

12/13/10 - Researchers Develop Self-Healing Plastic
"Arizona State researchers have been working on a 'self-healing' polymer that uses a fibre optic 'nervous system' to detect and fix cracks. The system recovers up to 96 percent of an object's original strength in laboratory tests. It could find use in 'la rge-scale composite structures for which human intervention would be difficult,' such as wind turbines, satellites, aircraft, or the Mars Rover." - Full Article Source

ITEM #188

12/13/10 - Points of View

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ITEM #189

12/13/10 - Controversial New Hallucinogen Salvia Shows Intense, Novel Effects
The study found that salvia’s effects begin almost immediately after inhaled, are very short acting — with a peak of strength after two minutes and very little effect remaining after 20 — and get more powerful as more of the drug is administered. Salvinor in A produced no significant changes in heart rate or blood pressure, no tremors and no adverse events were reported. But, Johnson cautions, the sample size was small and only healthy and hallucinogen-experienced volunteers participated, so conclusions of safety are limited. The study was conducted on four healthy, paid subjects — two men and two women — who had taken hallucinogens in the past. Each participant completed 20 sessions over the course of two-to-three months. They inhaled a wide range of dose s of the drug in its pure form. At some sessions, they were given a placebo. Participants were asked to rate the strength of peak drug effect on a scale of 1 to 10. Participants were allowed to drop out of the study at any time if they felt they could not tolerate a stronger dose on the following visit. No one withdrew. Researchers say they were struck by the reaction of two participants who rated the strength of a high dose a 10, or “as strong as imaginable for this drug.” It is unusual, the investigator s said, for volunteers with prior hallucinogen experience to report such intensity. Despite these strong experiences, heart rate and blood pressure were unaffected. While no adverse effects were noted in the controlled laboratory environment, Johnson says , the drug’s effects could be disastrous if a person were, for example, driving a car while on salvia. Few emergency room visits have been linked to its use, which researchers believe is because it wears off so quickly. He says subjects in the study repor ted very different experiences from those caused by hallucinogens like LSD and so-called “magic mushrooms.” Those drugs, Johnson says, tend to have powerful effects, but the person is typically still aware of the external world and can interact with it . “With salvia, the subjects described leaving this reality completely and going to other worlds or dimensions and interacting with entities,” Johnson says. “These are very powerful, very intense experiences.” Animal data suggests the drug is not addictive, Griffiths says, and its intensity could keep people from returning to the drug again and again. “Many people take it once and it produces such profound dysphoria that they don’t want to do it again,” he says. - Full Article Source

ITEM #190

12/13/10 - WikiLeaks, Money, and Ron Paul
Another day, another dozen WikiLeaks stories, several of which revolve around money. PayPal has given in to pressure to release WikiLeaks funds, though they still won't do further transactions. Mobile payment firm Xipwire is attempting to take PayPal's pl ace. "We do think people should be able to make their own decisions as to who they donate to." PCWorld wonders if the WikiLeaks' money woes could lead to great adoption of Bitcoin, the peer-to-peer currency system we've discussed in the past. Meanwhile, R epresentative Ron Paul spoke in defense of WikiLeaks on the House floor Thursday, asking a number of questions, including, "Could it be that the real reason for the near universal attacks on WikiLeaks is more about secretly maintaining a seriously flawed foreign policy of empire than it is about national security?" The current uproar over WikiLeaks has prompted Paul Vixie to call for an end to the DDoS attacks and Vladimir Putin to break out a metaphor involving cows and hockey pucks. - Full Article Source


ITEM #191

12/13/10 - When Computers Go Wrong
"PC Pro's Stewart Mitchell has charted the world's ten most calamitous computer cock-ups. They include the Russians' stealing software that resulted in their gas pipeline exploding, the Mars Orbiter that went missing because the programmers got their impe rial and metric measurements mixed up, the Soviet early-warning system that confused the sun for a missile and almost triggered World War III, plus the Windows anti-piracy measure that resulted in millions of legitimate customers being branded software th ieves." - Full Article Source

ITEM #192

12/13/10 - Insane Bike & Car Flip
Fun rolling ring test. - Full Article Source

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ITEM #193

12/13/10 - Diabetic Men May Be Able To Grow Their Own Insulin-Producing Cells
"Men with type 1 diabetes may be able to grow their own insulin-producing cells from their testicular tissue, say Georgetown University Medical Center (GUMC) researchers who presented their findings today at the American Society of Cell Biology 50th annua l meeting in Philadelphia. Their laboratory and animal study is a proof of principle that human spermatogonial stem cells (SSCs) extracted from testicular tissue can morph into insulin-secreting beta islet cells normally found in the pancreas. And the res earchers say they accomplished this feat without use of any of the extra genes now employed in most labs to turn adult stem cells into a tissue of choice." - Full Article Source

ITEM #194

12/13/10 - All-Analog DIY Segway Project
"One of the zany hacker-makers here at MIT just finished this DIY Segway project (video). Difference from the others: it's all analog. The controller is built without a microprocessor or even digital logic. It does use a gyroscope like the real Segway. Th e functionality looks fairly basic, but the fact that the controller works at all is amazing. The guy has a ton of other projects on his site too. Definitely worth a read for people who enjoy building things." - Full Article Source


ITEM #195

12/13/10 - NASA Solar Sail Lost In Space
"According to Spaceflight Now: 'NASA has not heard from the experimental NanoSail-D miniature solar sail in nearly a week, prompting officials to wonder if the craft actually deployed from a larger mother satellite despite initial indications it ejected a s designed.' NanoSail-D's spring-ejection was indicated at 1:31 a.m. EST Monday, leading to a predicted release of the spacecraft's sail membrane around 1:30 a.m. EST Thursday." - Full Article Source

ITEM #196

12/10/10 - Gizmo Turns Heat, Light Into Electricity - "Power From Everywhere"
Fujitsu's trick is to combine the two ways of generating power into one device, leading to more efficient ways to gather energy from the environment, or what Fujitsu's calling "energy harvesting." Fujitsu is cagey about the actual technology used. We do k now it involves modifying the two types of semiconductor that go into transistors--P and N type--and a new organic material that has "high generating efficiency" that's "suitable for a generator in both photovoltaic and thermoelectric modes." The company has big hopes for the device, noting it can "produce power from even indoor lighting in photovoltaic mode" and since its "process cost" is inexpensive "production costs can be greatly reduced." This is a bold promise, hinting that an invention can "double " the ability to capture energy and also come at a low price. The Fujtisu sensors are to be slapped onto the body, gathering their power from the room's lighting or the body heat itself, and then wirelessly reporting in. This could be especially handy in remote environments where it "would be problematic to replace batteries or run electrical lines," the company says. If the device can be made small enough and still remain efficient, it could even be built into the body of cell phones, so that it could bo ost the battery with a trickle charge from the heat of your pocket or ambient light. There are a million other potential benefits, each of which could have small--but cumulative--environmental benefits. - Full Article Source

ITEM #197

12/10/10 - Using Hydropower to Create Energy From Water
Using innovative hydropower technology, Hydrovolts now makes it possible to collect renewable energy from the water channels around the world. The company evolved from a consultant project studying tidal energy production in Puget Sound near Seattle, WA. This led to the invention of a turbine for manmade canals and Hydrovolts grew from there. Hydrovolts will be building turbines, getting them into the water and demonstrating that this is a system that can work. Another exciting development is the availab ility of water waste treatment plants. There are a couple million out there that are perfect for Hydrovolts' technology. This is a huge opportunity to replace traditional energy sources and illuminate new areas. Today electricity is crucial and our old su pply methods no longer work. Clearly this B Corp couldn't have come at a better time. - Full Article Source


ITEM #198

12/10/10 - An Energy Boost for Ultracapacitors
An alternative to batteries gets an advance from tiny, crumpled sheets of graphene, whose electrodes can store more charge because they have larger surface areas. Energy An alternative to batteries gets an advance from tiny, crumpled sheets of graphene, w hose electrodes can store more charge because they have larger surface areas. Ultracapacitors, energy-storage devices that absorb and release charge in minutes, could be a rapid-charging, cheaper, and safer alternative to batteries for electric cars. But commercial ultracapacitors can hold just 5 percent of the energy of lithium-ion batteries, providing short power bursts that limit them to uses such as acceleration in hybrid buses. Researchers at Nanotek Instruments in Dayton, Ohio, have now made graphen e electrodes that could lead to ultracapacitors with more than five times the energy density of commercial devices. By using graphene--atom-thick sheets of carbon--Nanotek increases the surface area of the electrodes in the ultracapacitors, boosting the a mount of charge that they can store. "We are trying to bridge the performance gap between an ultracapacitor and a lithium-ion battery," says Nanotek's Bor Jang, the lead author of a paper published in the online version of the journal Nano Letters. The co mpany's tests of a coin-sized ultracapacitor cell show that the graphene electrodes could store 85.6 watt-hours of energy per kilogram. Since an electrode typically weighs about one-third of a full-size ultracapacitor, a practical device would have an ene rgy density of around 28 watt-hours per kilogram, Jang says. By comparison, today's ultracapacitors have densities of 5 to 10 watt-hours per kilogram, while nickel metal hydride batteries and lithium-ion batteries boast 40 to 100 watt-hours per kilogram a nd over 120 watt-hours per kilogram respectively. - Full Article Source

ITEM #199

12/10/10 - A form of ‘Health Maintenance’
I like to think of it as a form of ‘Health Maintenance’ where you don’t have to use it all the time… just pump up the energy field to increase all the internal functions of the cells; iontophoresis (moving chemical ions through the body with electrical currents), apoptosis (programmed cell death), osmosis (backflushing) and other means the body uses to a ssist healing and tissue regeneration. After the 2001 Dallas conference where Lee initially presented his discovery, it took me a couple of months before I finally hooked up a machine to a wirescreen on my bed. That is when I noticed the beneficial effect s which sold me on the basic claims. In my experience, these effects included increased energy, better rest, allergies and muscle pains went away and other effects listed below... I have been sleeping on it now for about 9 years, using an approximately 3 X 4 inch wirescreen, covered with a 1 inch thick foam pad and a sheet over that. This way anytime I sleep or lie down, I am bathed in the energy from the Mexistim sitting on my nightstand. I leave the AC/DC adapter plugged in 24/7 and have changed my batt eries three times in 9 years. - Full Article Source

ITEM #200

12/10/10 - Generating matter and antimatter from the vacuum
The scientists and engineers have developed new equations that show how a high-energy electron beam combined with an intense laser pulse could rip apart a vacuum into its fundamental matter and antimatter components, and set off a cascade of events that g enerates additional pairs of particles and antiparticles. A gamma photon is a high-energy particle of light. A positron is an anti-electron, a mirror-image particle with the same properties as an electron, but an opposite, positive charge. "If the electro n has a capability to become three particles within a very short time, this means it's not an electron any longer," Sokolov said. "The theory of the electron is based on the fact that it will be an electron forever. But in our calculations, each of the ch arged particles becomes a combination of three particles plus some number of photons." "The basic question what is a vacuum, and what is nothing, goes beyond science," he said. "It's embedded deeply in the base not only of theoretical physics, but of our philosophical perception of everything---of reality, of life, even the religious question of could the world have come from nothing." - Full Article Source

ITEM #201

12/10/10 - The Coriolis Force in Maxwell's Equations
KeelyNet As a comet approaches its nearest point to the Sun, the gravitational force approaches its maximum, yet the downward motion will be on the verge of reversing. Although this fact can be fully accounted for mathematically when we analyze the planetary orbital equation, it is clear that there are forces acting in addition to gravity. Gravity is a purely radial force which acts downwards, however at perihelion, the comet's kinetic energy will be at its maximum, yet its speed will be in the transverse direction. Modern physicists will say that this is merely the effects of inertia, yet a closer scrutiny of the maths will reveal the hand of a distinct transverse force identical in form to the vxH force in magnetism. The same situation arises when a pivoted gyroscope topples under gravity. The effects of gravity are deflected sideways. In 1835, the French scientist Gaspard-Gustave Coriolis, when analyzing the forces involved in water-wheels, identified a mathematical term which took the form of a centrifugal force multiplied by two. He referred to it as the 'compound centrifugal force'.

This compound centrifugal force is induced by a compound motion which involves two independent, yet physically connected motions, one of which is linear and the other which must be of a rotatory nature. The deflection of the effects of gravity in a comet and a gyroscope, and also the reversal of a rotating rattleback (Celtic stone), indicate that space is not empty, but rather that it is densely packed with stuff which can emit pressure and deflect motions.

Nowadays the compound centrifugal force is known as the Coriolis force but its application has become derailed from the physical situations where it is induced. It has come to be seen as the apparent deflection of a moving object as viewed from a rotating frame of reference. The physical connection between the linear motion and the rotatory motion has been lost, and hence so has the very basis upon which the inertial pressure will be induced. In actual fact, a rotating frame of reference which is physically disconnected from the observed motion will do nothing other than to create the illusion of a circular motion superimposed on top of the observed motion. And that is not what Coriolis force is all about. This article "The Coriolis Force in Maxwell's Equations", - Full Article Source

ITEM #202

12/10/10 - The God Helmet
Neuroscientist Michael Persinger uses helmet with solenoids to stimulate the brain with magnetic fields inducing a sense of presence of beings such as angels, demons, ghosts, and aliens. From episode one, "Is There a Creator?", of the Science Channel seri es "Through the Wormhole".

(Also check this out; The PsychoManteum - Basically, the ancient Greeks had a very dark room (no light WHATSOEVER) which had a mirror that a person faced while sitting in a comfortable chair. By getting into the correct frame of mind, they claimed you could actually communicate with the departed. It is basically a soft comfortable chair like a bean bag chair, inside a darkroom created by using black material such as felt to enclose the space to prevent any outside light from entering. A mirror is also provided and if one is attempting to contact someone departed, some kind of link in the form of a personal effect, photograph or such is included as a 'witness' (to use a radionic term). The subject is to sit in the chair, touch the witness sample and gaze in to the mirror in the total darkness and think about the person they are wanting to contact. - JWD) - Full Article Source



ITEM #203

12/10/10 - New NASA model: Doubled CO2 means just 1.64°C warming
According to Lahouari Bounoua of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, and other scientists from NASA and the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), existing models fail to accurately include the effects of rising CO2 levels on green pla nts. As green plants breathe in CO2 in the process of photosynthesis – they also release oxygen, the only reason that there is any in the air for us to breathe – more carbon dioxide has important effects on them. Bounoua and her colleagues write: Increase in precipitation contributes primarily to increase evapotranspiration rather than surface runoff, consistent with observations, and results in an additional cooling effect not fully accounted for in previous simulations with elevated CO2. The NASA and NO AA boffins used their more accurate science to model a world where CO2 levels have doubled to 780 parts per million (ppm) compared to today's 390-odd. They say that world would actually warm up by just 1.64°C overall, and the vegetation-cooling effect wou ld be stronger over land to boot – thus temperatures on land would would be a further 0.3°C cooler compared to the present sims. (1.64 degree Celsius = 34.952 degree Fahrenheit) - Full Article Source

ITEM #204

12/10/10 - Diabetes in America

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Slate has an interactive map showing when and where cases of diabetes are soaring. At the link, you can adjust the year with a slider and mouseover the counties to find yours. - Full Article Source

ITEM #205

12/10/10 - 50-cent vaccine dose can stop bacterial meningitis
he vaccine, called MenAfriVac, is being given to 12 million people this month at a cost of less than 50 cents per dose. It protects younger children and lasts longer than vaccines costing $4 to $50 a dose. Last year, more than 88,000 cases of meningitis i n sub-Saharan Africa caused 5,352 deaths, according to WHO, the largest number since the 1996 epidemic that spurred global-health leaders into action. The new vaccine targets Type A meningitis, which causes more than 80 percent of outbreaks in Africa. Bac terial meningitis is a highly contagious infection of the brain membrane. It kills about 10 percent of patients within two days, and about 20 percent suffer long-term injury, such as loss of limbs, deafness or brain damage. The disease strikes quickly and overwhelms health systems, said Dr. Rana Hajjeh, division director of bacterial diseases at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "Usually the whole country almost comes to a stop," she said. In 1996, "I remember seeing patients lying on the st reet." Most new vaccines take decades to reach developing countries because they're not designed or priced for them. In this case, PATH set out to find a manufacturer that could produce the vaccine for Africa at the target price of 50 cents per dose. - Full Article Source

ITEM #206

12/10/10 - Christmas tree low-water monitor
KeelyNet The end of the year is rapidly approaching and there’s a good chance you have a slowly dying tree in your living room. Help it hold on a little longer by using [Eric Ayars'] Christmas Tree water monitor. He’s built a sensor out of a piece of strip board. Three bus strips on the board allow for a variety of alerts. When all three are submerged everything is ok. When the two longer traces are still under water but the third is not an LED will blink to let you know it’s time. If you don’t pay attention and t here’s no water left, a piezo buzzer makes noise until you add water (or the coin cell runs out of juice). This project centers around an ATtiny85 that [Eric] programmed using an Arduino, one of the methods we covered in our AVR Programming Tutorial. But if this simple circuit isn’t high-tech enough for you, we saw a similar method last year that will send an alert to your iPhone. - Full Article Source

ITEM #207

12/10/10 - Earth's Core Has Another Layer, Scientists Claim
This discovery could help solve mysteries of the planet's magnetic field, researchers say. The Earth's core is composed mainly of iron, divided into a solid inner center roughly 1,500 miles (2,440 kilometers) wide covered by a liquid outer layer about 1,4 00 miles (2,250 km) thick. Even though the bulk of the core is iron, researchers also knew it contained a small amount of lighter elements such as oxygen and sulfur. As the inner core crystallized over time, scientists think this process forced out most o f these light elements, which then migrated through the liquid outer core. Now geoscientists think they have detected all these light elements concentrated in the outermost parts of the core. "Ever since core structure started to be studied, there were hi nts of structure there - that's why we looked for it," said researcher George Helffrich, a geologist and seismologist at the University of Bristol in England. - Full Article Source

ITEM #208

12/10/10 - Quick, cheap, and simple vacuum tweezers
KeelyNet [Ken] found that using traditional tweezers is a good way to lose tiny surface mount parts and so set out to make his own vacuum tweezers (PDF). He already had a small aquarium pump that he used as a bubbler for etching circuit boards. After opening up th e case he found it was possible to connect tubing to the input of the pump to use as the source for the vacuum. The business end of the device is a syringe which he already had for applying oil in tight spaces. A file took off the sharp tip, and a small h ole lined with a bit of soft tubing serves as a valve. Put the needle tip in place and plug the hole with your finger to pick it up. Works like a charm and will go well with our next feature, building your own reflow skillet. - Full Article Source

ITEM #209

12/10/10 - Cancelling Cable TV For Netflix
Jody, at Steel White Table, writes; "As I posted in Replacing Cable TV with Netflix, we’re trying Netflix instead of cable TV for a month; that month is almost over and we’re cutting the cord – no more cable. I just cancelled my television cable and upgra ded my internet package. We didn’t watch any cable TV the past month, using Netflix the entire time. We all love it. I upgraded my internet package to increase the download limit from 60 GB to 90 GB but the download speed remains the same. I’m willing to upgrade again if it’ll make a big different (from 10 Mbps to 25 Mbps), but netflix has been working well even on two devices at the same time. TV cable cost $80+ a month, which was cancelled. Netflix cost $8/month. Internet package upgrade cost an additio nal $10/month. Good savings overall!" - Full Article Source

ITEM #210

12/10/10 - U.S. Increasingly Like Orwell’s 1984
KeelyNet Shoppers at Walmart will soon have something other than glossy magazines and chewing gum to look at when in the checkout line: A "video message" from the Department of Homeland Security asking them to look out for "suspicious" activity and report it immed iately. It's part of a new Department of Homeland Security program that could see Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano's face on video screens in malls, retail outlets and hotels across the United States. The Walmart video, which will soon be laun ched at 230 locations nationwide and may eventually be expanded to nearly 600 locations in 27 states, features Napolitano thanking the retailer by name for participating in the program. Napolitano then says: "If you see something suspicious in the parking lot or in the store, say something immediately. Report suspicious activity to your local police or sheriff. If you need help, ask a Walmart manager for assistance." The video, which doesn't appear to offer any advice on what constitutes "suspicious" acti vity, is part of DHS' "If You See Something, Say Something" program. - Full Article Source

ITEM #211

12/10/10 - Write Poem, Go To Prison
A Kentucky man who acknowledged threatening President Barack Obama in a poem has been sentenced to nearly three years in prison. Johnny Logan Spencer apologized for writing the poem, which described a fatal sniper shooting of the president. The 28-year-ol d said in federal court in Louisville on Monday that he was upset about his mother's death and had fallen in with a white supremacist group that had helped him kick a drug habit. U.S. District Judge Joseph H. McKinley Jr. called Spencer's writing of the p oem an extremely dangerous thing. You can read the poem in the criminal complaint document (PDF). It's just a normal racist hate poem. It hardly seems worth 33 months in the slammer. - Full Article Source

ITEM #212

12/10/10 - Push-button tool used to shut down Visa, MasterCard, and other sites
LOIC ("Low Orbit Ion Cannon") is an application developed by 4Chan-affiliated hackers designed to--when used en masse by thousands of anonymous users--launch Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks on websites. Like Visa.com and Mastercard.com, for i nstance. It's a pushbutton application... The idea behind LOIC is that it can allow you to participate in attacks even if you've no clue how to hack. Just download a copy of LOIC (available for Windows, Mac, and Linux!), punch in the target information li ke a URL or an IP address and zap. (This is the kind of idiocy that is going to make the government take over control of the internet. Cause and Effect. - JWD) - Full Article Source

ITEM #213

12/10/10 - More than 1000 Wikileaks mirror sites spring up in a week

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The total grew by about 15% just today. [Wikileaks] Previously: Hilary Clinton's "Remarks on Internet Freedom," January 2010. - Full Article Source

ITEM #214

12/10/10 - Wikileaked: a foreign policy journal devoted to the Wikileaks releases
Wikileaked is a new foreign policy journal that covers nothing but the stories emerging from Wikileaks's leaks, including the latest batch of #cablegate leaks. It looks like an exhaustive blow-by-blow of all the revelations contained in the leaked cables -- something I've been looking for. There are at least four different Wikileaks stories: the intelligence in the cables, the reaction to that intelligence, the debate over the ethics of releasing the cables, and the news about Julian Assange. I find them all interesting, but I'm much more interested in the content of the cables themselves, put into context. Wikileaked is my new go-to source for that information -- despite the fact that its publisher is owned by the Washington Post, which has led the pack in stupid, reactionary attacks on #cablegate... - Full Article Source

ITEM #215

12/10/10 - Wikileaks, the US secret bunker, the Gulf of Aden Vortex: Contact made?
Where is this story in the international media? The combined naval might of twenty-seven countries is concentrated off the Somali coast allegedly to fight the poorly armed pirates who continue to act with apparent impunity. Or is there something far, far more serious? According to a report allegedly prepared by Admiral Maksimov of Russia's Northern Fleet, in late 2000, a magnetic vortex was discovered in the area of the Gulf of Aden. Russia, the PR China and the USA joined efforts to study what it was but discovered that it defied logic and the laws of physics. The USA set up a center of operations in Djibouti, which soon became the HQ of the Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) and monitored the vortex, which remained stable from its dis covery in November 2000, according to the same report, until late 2008, when it started to expand.

This, it appears, caused the USA to send a warning to the rest of the world and in response the following nations poured their military resources into the area:... This is the largest naval force to have been assembled in human history. And it has been ga thered to defeat what, half a dozen poorly, armed youngsters in cheap speedboats? What is going on?

The photo shows a spiral of light which appeared over Norway on December 9, 2009. So strange was the occurrence, that according to a Wikileaks document presented to President Putin by the GRU (foreign intelligence unit), President Obama and Defence Secret ary Gates were ushered into a secret military bunker, (2012 Alice). Why 2012? This spiral suddenly disappeared, and a month later, the vortex in the Gulf of Aden seemed to project a worm-hole, like the one in this You Tube: Norway Spiral. Notice the hole on seconds 7, 17 and 35.

Researchers* have pointed out that this Norway Spiral appeared at the same time that HAARP (High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program) and the LHC (Large Hadron Collider), CERN, were conducting tests. And how to explain this top secret report (CI/KR = critical Infrastructure and Key Resources) from the US Embassy in Oslo, Norway, sent to USNORTHCOM: Now, perhaps, we are beginning to understand the campaign against Wikileaks, the Chinese panic against Google and the rest of the hype, for the spider at the center of the Web is not US diplomatic staff mouthing their personal opinions or saying Gaddafy goes around having intellectual conversations with a Ukrainian blonde, but indeed the Gulf of Aden Vortex file, which Assange has in his possession. - Full Article Source



ITEM #216

12/10/10 - FCC Approving Pay-As-You-Go Internet Plans
"As details emerge about the Federal Communications Commission's controversial proposal for regulating Internet providers, a provision that would allow companies to bill customers for how much they surf the Web is drawing special scrutiny. Analysts say pa y-as-you-go Internet access could put the brakes on the burgeoning online video industry, handing a victory to cable and satellite TV providers. Public interest groups say that trend will lead to a widening gap in Internet use in which the wealthiest woul d have the greatest access." - Full Article Source

ITEM #217

12/10/10 - Team Use Stem Cells to Restore Mobility in Paralyzed Monkey
"From the article: 'Japanese researchers said Wednesday they had used stem cells to restore partial mobility in a small monkey that had been paralysed from the neck down by a spinal injury.' This is huge news in the world of stem cell research; restoring some muscular control to a simian is a huge step. This means that stem cell therapy is a demonstrably viable path to restoring motility for millions of accident victims, palsy and ms sufferers, the list just goes on." / The injection was given on the nint h day after the injury, considered the most effective timing, and the monkey started to move its limbs again within two to three weeks, Okano said. "After six weeks, the animal had recovered to the level where it was jumping around," he told AFP. "It was very close to the normal level." "Its gripping strength on the forefeet also recovered to up to 80 percent." - Full Article Source

ITEM #218

12/10/10 - Scientists Discover Solar Powered Hornets
KeelyNet "The oriental hornet is more active during the day, and tends to become even more active as the temperature rises. And now scientists have discovered the reason: the hornets are solar powered. It turns out that the distinctive yellow stripe on the hornet' s abdomen is actually full of tiny protrusions that gather sunlight and harness it for energy. The insect also features a special pigment, called xanthopterin, that helps with the process." - Full Article Source

ITEM #219

12/10/10 - X Particle Might Explain Dark Matter & Antimatter
"Wired Science has a story on a new theory that tries to explain dark matter, and the balance of regular matter with antimatter. This theory may even be testable. From the article: 'A new hypothetical particle could solve two cosmic mysteries at once: wha t dark matter is made of, and why there's enough matter for us to exist at all." / “If matter and antimatter were created in equal amounts in the early universe, they would all have annihilated [each other],” said theoretical physicist Sean Tulin of the C anadian physics institute TRIUMF. “There has to be some asymmetry that was left over.” - Full Article Source

ITEM #220

12/10/10 - The first truly honest privacy policy
Apparently, the 10 years online data mongers have been given to come up with privacy protections that actually protect privacy hasn’t been enough. Just give them another 10 years and they promise they’ll get it right. I’ve got a better solution. Instead o f a welter of new laws or regulations, how about just one: The Honest Privacy Policy Act. The HPPA would require every company to post a simple, direct, and brutally honest policy detailing what really happens to your data. To help this proposal along I’v e come up with one of my own – and it’s 5,085 words shorter than Facebook’s. Here’s what a real privacy policy might look like:... - Full Article Source

ITEM #221

12/10/10 - Beating Censorship By Routing Around DNS
"Last month, the US gov't shut down a number of sites it claimed were infringing copyright. They did it by ordering VeriSign to change the sites' authoritative domain name servers. This revealed that DNS is subject to government interference — and now a n umber of projects have emerged to bypass DNS entirely." - Full Article Source

ITEM #222

12/10/10 - Eye of Mordor/US dollar bill mashup tee

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Threadless's dschwen and murraymullet created this Eye of Mordor/US-dollar-bill-pyramid mashup and have put it to the vote on Threadless. I'm for it! I think the Elvish script under the sigil really makes this. (These days, its a lot closer to reality tha n ever before. - JWD) - Full Article Source

ITEM #223

12/10/10 - Video Shows Why Recharging Kills Batteries
"You may not give a lot of thought to what happens inside the battery of your laptop or cell phone, but to judge from this video, it's not a dull place. The battery in question is a miniature rechargeable lithium-ion device, and the clip shows what happen s when it is charged. As lithium ions flow from the positively charged cathode into the 200-nanometre diameter wires of tin oxide that make up the negatively charged anode, the nanowires writhe and bulge, causing them to expand up to 2.5 fold. The wires a lso change structure from a neatly ordered crystal to a disordered glassy material. These distortions may explain why such batteries ultimately wear down. Knowing more about the process may help researchers develop longer lasting, and perhaps much smaller , batteries in the future." - Full Article Source

ITEM #224

12/10/10 - The worshipping baby
"The amazing one-minute video [above] shows Ava Grace, a child of about two, at Ignited Church in Lakeland, Florida (source). The clip beautifully illustrates the socialization of children into particular kinds of worship. With hand motions, body movement s, and facial expressions, this child is doing a wonderful job learning the culturally-specific rules guiding the performance of devotion." (Its child abuse in my opinion. - JWD) - Full Article Source


ITEM #225

12/10/10 - US Trials Off Track Over Juror Internet Misconduct
"The explosion of blogging, tweeting and other online diversions has reached into US jury boxes, in many cases raising serious questions about juror impartiality and the ability of judges to control their courtrooms. A study by Reuters Legal found that si nce 1999, at least 90 verdicts have been the subject of challenges because of alleged Internet-related juror misconduct — and that more than half of the cases occurred in the last two years. Courts were fighting back, with some judges now confiscating all phones and computers from jurors when they enter the courtroom." - Full Article Source

ITEM #226

12/07/10 - 200 Countries, 200 Years, 4 Minutes
Hans Rosling's famous lectures combine enormous quantities of public data with a sport's commentator's style to reveal the story of the world's past, present and future development. Now he explores stats in a way he has never done before - using augmented reality animation. In this spectacular section of 'The Joy of Stats' he tells the story of the world in 200 countries over 200 years using 120,000 numbers - in just four minutes. Plotting life expectancy against income for every country since 1810, Hans shows how the world we live in is radically different from the world most of us imagine. (Thanks to Lloyd Pye for sharing this revealing video. - JWD) - Full Article Source


ITEM #227

12/07/10 - Formic acid in the engine
Do ants hold the key to the fuel of the future? Formic acid provides more efficient and safer storage of hydrogen. It is an ideal way to store energy from renewable sources or to power 21st century cars. Hydrogen is often referred to as the future replace ment for fossil fuels. Despite being environmentally-friendly and efficient, it nevertheless has many drawbacks. Because it is extremely flammable, it must be stored in bulky pressurized cylinders. Scientists from the EPFL and their colleagues at the Leib niz-Institut für Katalyse have found a way around these obstacles. Once converted to formic acid, hydrogen can be stored easily and safely. This is an ideal solution for storing energy from renewable sources like solar or wind power, or to power the cars of tomorrow. Hydrogen is easy to produce from electrical energy. With a catalyst and the CO2 present in the atmosphere, scientists have been able to convert it to formic acid. Rather than a heavy cast iron cylinder filled with pressurized hydrogen, they o btain a non-flammable substance that is liquid at room temperature. In November 2010, EPFL laboratories produced the opposite reaction. Through a catalytic process, the formic acid reverts to CO2 and hydrogen, which can then be converted into electricity. A compact working prototype producing 2 kilowatts of power has been developed, and two companies have purchased a license to develop this technology: Granit (Switzerland) and Tekion (Canada). - Full Article Source


ITEM #228

12/07/10 - Scots firm develops the world’s largest microwave
Fitting the latest microwave cooker in your kitchen may be a challenge – the device developed by a small Scots firm is the size of a small car. Grangemouth-based Advanced Microwave Technologies (AMT) has developed the world’s largest microwave in conjunct ion with Edinburgh’s Queen Margaret University. The invention is said to be eco-friendly as it uses less energy than existing industrial cooking methods. “It ticks all the boxes for them – it reduces energy costs, reduces labour costs and allows them to i mprove the quality of the food that’s being produced.” AMT’s unique system, called “microwave volumetric heating” relies on electromagnetic waves that transfer heat energy directly and evenly. The pioneering cooking method also retains more of the nutrien ts in food than a standard microwave would. The product is expected to be popular in large commercial kitchens cooking industrial quantities of food. Many currently use steam but it can be inefficient. The AMT microwave also preserves the taste of raw ing redients better, and can be used for pasteurisation. Mr Armstrong added: “The fruit juice pasteurised in our machine tastes the same as fresh. “The anti-oxidants and vitamins are exactly the same as you would find in fresh fruit juice.” The device may als o prove successful in developing countries because of its cost effectiveness. - Full Article Source

ITEM #229

12/07/10 - Award-Winning MagicBulb Offers Alternative to Mercury CFLs
In a few short months, consumers in the U.S. will likely have their first opportunity to purchase a new, high-efficiency, long-lasting LED bulb that has earned gold medals for innovation at new product shows worldwide. The MagicBulb appears to have many a dvantages over the energy-saving compact florescent (CFL) bulbs: the company reports that it should last 5 to 10 years (having been continuously tested for 20,000 hours and counting), and it represents an energy savings of 90 percent when compared to i ncandescent bulbs and 70 percent when compared to CFL bulbs.

It generates more appealing, full-spectrum light that is less eye-fatiguing than CFLs. Its most important attribute may be that it is produced of materials safe for the environment, in contrast to the worrisome levels of toxic mercury in florescent lamps that pollute the environment and are dangerous to factory workers exposed during production.

There is an appealing bonus feature to the MagicBulb: it uses so little electricity to operate that a lithium ion battery built into each bulb stays charged while power is available so it can be used to power the bulb (with the identical level of illum ination) for several hours in the event the electricity to the home or office goes off. The video on the company's website as well as on YouTube shows how the consumer can unscrew the bulb from the lamp socket and extend the base to create a handle fo r an impromptu emergency flashlight.

Unlike a traditional incandescent bulb – which is very sensitive to the voltage level of the power source (as anyone with half-spent batteries in their flashlight knows), the MagicBulb has an integral current regulator that enables it to be used with AC c urrent that can range between 85 volts to 235 volts. Essentially, the same bulb can operate with 110-volt household current in the United States and with 220-volt current in Europe and other markets. The MagicBulb is priced at $49 in Japan, and it was reported that the European and Japanese markets generated a demand of roughly 50,000 units during the first six months. Imagine the interest when the omni-directional model makes its debut! - Full Article Source



ITEM #230

12/07/10 - Prize-winning pump improves farmers’ lives
The Tara Hydraulic Ram Pump System won for the Alternative Indigenous Development Foundation Inc. (Aidfi) the top prize of the BBC (British Broadcasting Corp.) World Challenge, a global competition rewarding grassroots projects that give something back to their communities, on Nov. 29. “The water brought to our village by the ram pump has changed our lives. Many of our children have finished college and some have become seamen,” farmer Benedicto Agenga, 62, says. Tara now enjoys three cropping seasons and the farmers’ income has increased by 20 percent yearly, he says. Aidfi has so far installed 170 ram pumps that have improved the lives of about 50,000 beneficiaries in remote villages, including Tara, a sitio (sub-village) in Barangay Carabalan in Himama ylan. The Tara system, which has six pumps, stone dike with catchment tanks, and drive pipes, costs less than P890,000. A single ram pump costs between P10,000 and P25,000. The Tara ram pump makes use of renewable energy, such as falling water, to pump wa ter to very high elevations, Idzenga explains. Although the technology has been around for two centuries, it “has failed to date to realize its potential,” BBC World News, which broadcast the final program of the World Challenge 10 series, said in a state ment on Saturday. Aidfi “is determined to see it come into its own and has devised a way of using the pump which has proved a boon for poor villagers living in mountainous regions,” it said. “The ram pump can save both hours of back breaking work carrying water uphill and cash where expensive water pumps are replaced.” Villages that have ram pumps now have better sanitation from construction of new latrines, Idzenga says. There are fewer absences from school by children, better nutrition from vegetable pr oduction around the house, better protein intake from more livestock and aquaculture, and extra income from sales of vegetables and animals, he adds. Pump-equipped irrigation systems spread production over the year and yield more earnings from higher prod uction, Idzenga says. The pumps have no fuel cost and low maintenance, he adds. - Full Article Source

ITEM #231

12/07/10 - Binishells domed structures
KeelyNet The image is an architectural model of the Happy Mutant Retreat and Preschool we are currently building at an undisclosed location.

Once the dome is in place to fend off the gamma rays, we will begin construction in earnest.

The structures are called Binishells. Mike Mechanic says:

This is my old friend Nic Bini’s company... His dad, Dante Bini, invented them as an architecture graduate student in Italy.

As I recall, he had to borrow money from his aunt in order to prove the basic concept, which is that you sandwich wet concrete between layers of a neoprene-like material and pump the whole thing up with air to create these domes, which have been used to b uild homes, and malls and swimming pools in Australia...

Binishell lay fallow for many years before Nic revived it in recent years, realizing the green potential—the building sector, as you may know, is a huge greenhouse-gas emitter, and these things are relatively low impact (plus you can put lawns on their ro ofs, apparently.) Anyway, Nic has big dreams these days — LEED-certified eco-resorts, futuristic condos...airport terminals!? - Full Article Source

ITEM #232

12/07/10 - How to stop a hurricane (good luck, by the way)
Inside a cyclone, bands of rain layer from the center (the eye) outward and house super-cooled water. Silver iodide forms ice nuclei with super-cooled water, causing it to freeze. Heat is released when molecules fuse in the freezing process and the rain w all grows, collapsing the cyclone’s eye next door. Good idea. Scientists actually tested the silver iodide method, dropping it in on Hurricane Debby in 1969. The cyclone was weakened, but only temporarily. This all happened before anyone knew that cyclone s go through stages of weakening and strengthening naturally, as outer storms replace the inner ones close to the eye. Lesson learned. So, if we can’t freeze it out, can we dry it up instead? In 2001, Dyn-O-Mat Company patented a water-absorbing substance called Dyn-O-Gel, similar to the stuff used in the absorbent strip of a baby’s diaper. The company suddenly got all pie in the sky about their invention, claiming Dyn-O-Gel could suck the moisture right out of a moving cyclone. "This powder will give you perfect weather every day," said the company spokesperson in Women’s World Magazine. The company actually tested it on live clouds and storms in the Caribbean. The small particles are able to absorb water up to several thousand times their own weight and create a heavy gel when they contact water, and the clouds and thunderstorms tested actually did seem to disappear. But, the study methodology was somewhat questionable (basically, there was no ‘control cloud’ to see if they would have dissipated anyway. ) And, Dyn-O-Gel has the same cost-logistical problem as Bill Gates’ water buoys. Dyn-O-Mat’s proposed "2000-to-1 Dyn-O-Gel to water" ratio means that a typical 4,000 square km cyclone would call for 30,000 tons of goop. That much goop would call for 300 heavy-load aircrafts at 100 tons each, dumping their load every two hours. Ridiculous. Ok. We can’t slow its turning winds, we can’t lower the surface water temperature, we can’t wipe out its eye, and we can’t dry it out. How about we prevent evaporation of the tepid water in the first place. This solution was suggested back in 1966 and again in 2005—just pour some oil or other surfactant around the cyclone, and the water would be trapped below the slick. But, alas, most substances separate into pools and evaporation persists in the spaces in between. Has anyone tried to just cover up the water with plastic wrap? Now we’re getting desperate. How about--if we really want to control the destructive powers of a cyclone once and for all—nuke the bastard. Ever y year, it gets mentioned somewhere. Desperation is not pretty, and expensive at $2-10 million per bomb. In fact, the cost of all these heroic efforts--water buoys, tons of silver iodide, gobs of Dyn-O-Gel, farms of phytoplankton--is through the roof. And , none of them promise to stop a cyclone completely, just slow it down. It leaves me wondering, is it cheaper to just rebuild a coastline than prevent it from destruction? Maybe. But, as Katrina proved, our nation can’t even commit to rebuilding after a m ajor disaster. - Full Article Source

ITEM #233

12/07/10 - Clean currents and Solar Cooker International help earthquake victims
KeelyNet Haiti is beneficiary of many a solar invention this holiday season as companies are ramping up their seasonal giving. And now, 150 to 200 Haitian households can look forward to receiving a solar cooker, thanks to donations from Clean Currents, a renewable energy company based in Rockville, M.D. Clean Currents sells wind power through the grid in those eastern states that allow energy companies to compete for utility business. The company has only existed since 2005 and has always done some holiday giving, communications director Eric Vermeiren said. “There are only 18 of us in the company,” he said. “And it’s been hard to escape the news of tragedy in Haiti this year.” When the whole company gathered a couple months to decide what it would do for the holi days this year, solar cookers seemed like a logical and useful choice. “We are a clean energy company, and the solar cookers just seemed like a good fit,” Vermeiren said. Solar Cookers International, the organization that Clean Currents partnered with, ha s successfully distributed solar stoves to families all over the developing world, Vermeiren said. They are a good alternative to the traditional charcoal, wood or kerosean cookers that are not only costly, but also cause significant indoor air pollution, Vermeiren said. "Solar cookers are cheap, simple, and easy to maintain. By harnessing the abundant power of the sun, solar cookers provide a measure of independence to those who use them—and they decrease a user's reliance upon traditional sources of coo king fuel like charcoal, which is costly and very polluting," Clean Currents presidents Gary Skulnik was quoted in a press release. - Full Article Source

ITEM #234

12/07/10 - Pulse of light from the Kukulkan Pyramid at Chichen Izta, Mexico
KeelyNet Micheal Heleus sent an email about this Chichen Itza photo which is claimed to be authentic. Of course there are numerous comments about '100% Photoshopped' and 'it's a fake'..but I haven't seen where anyone has done a pixel analysis to show variations of the light beam from the surrouding areas. It reminded me of the DNA helix photo taken by Dr. J.D. Nelson of the University of Wyoming. From the limited information we have concer ning how it was done, the pyramid shape is made of soldered copper sheet, possibly with a crystal placed at the apex.. The Tesla coil is placed so that the electrical emission occurs at the 2/3's power point of the pyramid. We do not know the voltage thou gh we think it is approximately 200,000 Volts. Dean says he thinks that the light curtain that projects from the pyramid due to the Tesla coil arcing is NOT acrylic sheet but that the pyramid is supported by acrylic columns. It would seem that acrylic she et would help to concentrate the ions and further intensify the energy emissions, so there is room for experiment here. Also note that this photo was taken in a perfectly dark room and with a time exposure of about 1 to 3 minutes, (our information regardi ng the technical details is very limited).

KeelyNet (Additional research finds they have nightly light shows at this pyramid so it is probable they had a big Klieg type searchlight behind the pyramid which was momentarily tested for a burst into the clouds. You'd think the people taking the photo wo uld have gone behind and on top to see if there was any equipment. One thing I didn't discover yet, did they SEE the light captured in the photo? There are a few UFO photos where the UFO was caught on film but NOT SEEN by the person taking the photo or by people watching the sky during that time. - JWD) - Full Article Source



ITEM #235

12/07/10 - 3D Holograms without Glasses
“The hologram is about the size and resolution of Princess Leia in the movie,” said Nasser Peyghambarian, an optical scientist at the University of Arizona and leader of a research team that recently demonstrated the technology, reported in the Nov. 4 iss ue of Nature. The holograms aren’t as speedy as those in Hollywood. The images move a lot more haltingly, as the display changes only every two seconds, far slower than video sailing past at 30 frames a second. But unlike science fiction, these holograms are actually happening and in close to real time: a fellow is filmed in one room, the computer-processed data is sent via ethernet to another room, and then laser beams go to work. Voilà: His holographic telepresence appears and moves, albeit somewhat jer kily, in apparently solid detail (until you try to put a hand through him). Zebra Imaging in Austin, Tex., sells holographic prints that at first glance look much like ordinary 2-by-3-foot pieces of plastic — until an LED flashlight is shined at them. The n the patterns, burned into the plastic with high-power laser beams, come to life, said Al Wargo, chief executive. Out of the surface springs a model of a complicated building or an intricate network of pipes and mechanical equipment. No special eyewear i s required to view the holographic prints, which typically cost $1,000 to $3,000 each. The company has also demonstrated moving holographic displays in prototype at conferences, Mr. Wargo said. (It introduced color holograms in September.) Zebra’s main cu stomer has been the Defense Department, which sends data in computer files to the company. Zebra then renders holographic displays of, for example, battlefields in Iraq and Afghanistan. Businesses are also Zebra customers, including FMC Technologies in Ho uston, which uses holograms of oil field equipment for sales and training. Adam Andrich, global marketing manager for fluid control at FMC, says holograms are handy substitutes when the company wants to demonstrate its 50,000-pound equipment at trade show s. “The holograms are a lot lighter,” he said, and they create a striking effect as they rise in shimmering volume in the air. “They are so realistic that every time we show them, people try to grab them,” he said. The holograms are an inexpensive alterna tive to bulky, often fragile physical models of wood or polystyrene, says Jared Smith, a senior vice president at Parsons Brinckerhoff in Seattle, an engineering, planning and architecture firm. “Slip them into a portfolio case and carry them,” he said. “ Then shine a light on them and up leap these buildings in three dimensions.” At the University of Arizona in Tucson, Dr. Peyghambarian created his displays using 16 cameras. Software rendered the images in holographic pixels, and laser beams directed by t he software recorded the information on a novel plastic that can be erased and rewritten in two seconds. Dr. Peyghambarian says that the group is working on speeding up the rate and expects versions to be in homes in 7 to 10 years. Slower versions may be useful far sooner, for example, for long-distance medical consultation. - Full Article Source


ITEM #236

12/07/10 - How to create temperatures below absolute zero
Temperature is defined by how the addition or removal of energy affects the amount of disorder, or entropy, in a system. For systems at familiar, positive temperatures, adding energy increases disorder: heating up an ice crystal makes it melt into a more disordered liquid, for example. Keep removing energy, and you will get closer and closer to zero on the absolute or kelvin scale (-273.15 °C), where the system's energy and entropy are at a minimum. Negative-temperature systems have the opposite behaviour . Adding energy reduces their disorder. But they are not cold in the conventional sense that heat will flow into them from systems at positive temperatures. In fact, systems with negative absolute temperatures contain more atoms in high-energy states than is possible even at the hottest positive temperatures, so heat should always flow from them to systems above zero kelvin. Creating negative-temperature systems to see what other "bizarro world" properties they might have is tricky. It is certainly not do ne by cooling an object down to absolute zero. It is, however, possible to leap straight from positive to negative absolute temperatures. In 2005 Allard Mosk, now at the University of Twente in the Netherlands, devised a scheme for an experiment that woul d offer more knobs to turn to explore the negative temperature regime. First, lasers are used to herd the atoms into a tight ball, which is in a highly ordered or low-entropy state. Other lasers are then trained on them to create a matrix of light called an optical lattice, which surrounds the ball of atoms with a series of low-energy "wells". The first set of lasers is then adjusted so that they try to push the ball of atoms apart. This leaves the atoms in an unstable state, as if they were balanced on a mountain peak, poised to roll downhill. The optical lattice acts like a series of crevices along the mountainside, however, halting their progress. In this state, removing some of the atoms' potential energy, letting them roll away from each other, would lead to greater disorder - the very definition of a negative temperature system. - Full Article Source

ITEM #237

12/07/10 - Green Roofs Are Changing Architecture
KeelyNet Green roofs continue to change architecture, as architects blend buildings into the landscape and use the roofs as architectural elements, often to hide the building from view. The Vilhelmsro school in Denmark “focuses on nature and sustainability” so Bja rke Ingels of BIG designed it out of sloping landscaped bands that are integrated into the hillside. The alternating bands admit lots of natural light to the interior, and “allows daylight to stream into all of the school’s classrooms." - Full Article Source

ITEM #238

12/07/10 - Self-Pressuring Systems for Lunar Stations to Be Developed
Russian scientists work on protecting manned space stations on the Moon, Mars and other planets of the Solar system, by means of self-pressuring systems. Surface of the Moon, Mars and other planets of the Solar system is intensively bombarded by micro-meteorites and space debris, and that is why space stations need protection. Protective screens are currently reaching technical frontiers due to weight rest rictions, so scientists suggest a new protection systems, based upon quick and effective restoration of station’s air tightness in case of a puncture. Researchers suggest three possible techniques for puncture elimination: a plug, a liquid sealer, or a co mbination of first two techniques – a self-pressuring system. - Full Article Source

ITEM #239

12/07/10 - Scientists discover snowflake identical to one which fell in 1963
KeelyNet Scientists were today able to dispel the age-old belief that no two snowflakes are the same, using state of the art microscopy and by catching flakes as they fell in specially designed equipment while sitting at a table outside a pub in Norwich. The team of researchers, backed by a £20m grant, were able to make an identical match to the famous Bentley flake, photographed 47 years ago by amateur snowflakeologist Wilson Bentley. - Full Article Source

ITEM #240

12/07/10 - George Lucas Plans to Resurrect Dead Movie Stars
According to Mel Smith—friend of George Lucas and director of Radioland Murders—the creator of Star Wars is "buying up the film rights to dead actors." He says that Lucas plans to resurrect them in future movies using 3D technology: George has been buying up the film rights to dead actors in the hope of using computer trickery to put them all together, so you'd have Orson Welles and Barbara Stanwyck alongside today's stars. Mel Smith's revelations don't surprise me at all. In fact, the possibility of doin g this has been rumored in Hollywood for a while, but, if true, this seems the first actual news of someone buying "film rights" to dead movie stars. In the words of Luke Skywalker: "NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!" This has so much evil potential for perpetrating crimes against common sense and good taste that it boggles my mind.

(Do you remember the movie 'Looker'? A company called Digital Matrix took detailed scans of models and actresses to create computerized models used in visual media. From the movie; "J ohn Reston: Television can control public opinion more effectively than armies of secret police, because television is entirely voluntary. The American government forces our children to attend school, but nobody forces them to watch T.V. Americans of all ages *submit* to television. Television is the American ideal. Persuasion without coercion. Nobody makes us watch. Who could have predicted that a *free* people would voluntarily spend one fifth of their lives sitting in front of a *box* with pictures? Fi fteen years sitting in prison is punishment. But 15 years sitting in front of a television set is entertainment. And the average American now spends more than one and a half years of his life just watching television commercials. Fifty minutes, every day of his life, watching commercials. Now, that's power."

And another 2002 movie called 'S1m0ne' - A producer's film is endangered when his star walks off, so he decides to digitally create an actress to substitute for the star, becoming an overnight sensation that everyone thinks is a real person. - JWD) - Full Article Source




ITEM #241

12/07/10 - Salamander enzyme could let humans regrow organs and limbs
The axolotl salamander is able to regrow its limbs and even damaged organs. But it loses its ability to regenerate as it grows older. 'Coagulation sets in instantly,' scientist Björn Menger told Germany‘s Spiegel magazine this week. 'You can almost watch the healing process happening.' They can even grow back sections of their brains and spinal columns, raising hopes that disabled people might one day be able to walk if such feats can be copied. Ambystoma mexicanum is almost extinct in Mexico due to dimin ishing habitats and human hunting - they are regarded as a delicacy in much the way the French like frogs legs. Scientists experimenting on a batch of them in Hanover notice that after a limb has been amputated a layer of skin cells forms from the cells a t the spot of the incision. Scar tissue forms underneath and new tissue begin to grow, such as blood vessels, muscles, sinews, bones and nerves. The researchers are homing in on a particular enzyme called amblox which makes the axolotl unique in the anima l kingdom. The grail is to create amblox artificially. Initial tests on human skin cells have been encouraging; wounds do heal faster, skin grows back at an accelerated pace. But a breakthrough in terms of regenerating limbs and organs is a long way off. All animals can regenerate to some degree. A human fingertip can sometimes grow back and cuts often heal with minimal scarring. In salamanders, the blood vessels contract quickly and limit bleeding when a limb is cut. Skin cells quickly cover the wound an d form what is called a blastema. - Full Article Source

ITEM #242

12/07/10 - Star Trek inspired pocket doors
KeelyNet Do you have enough confidence in your hacking abilities to build a project into the walls of your home? [Marc] used his skills to build an air-powered sliding door for his bedroom. It is similar to the sliding door you’d find on the Enterprise, two sectio ns that slide nicely into the wall to let you pass. Although the picture above shows the internals, he followed through and ended up with a fully finished room that looks fantastic. A compressor in the attic provides the pressure necessary to move the doo r sections. It is automated, but uses a button press or keypad combination to run instead of detecting motion. Of course, since he’s using a PIC microcontroller to drive the system there’s always room for future changes. Check out how great the finished l ook is in the video after the break. - Full Article Source


ITEM #243

12/07/10 - Don’t Visit Porn or Go to Weird Sites – Browser Flaw Is Spying on You
As San Francisco based survey report revealed a web browser flaw that lets certain websites store all your browsing history. They’re calling it “The History Sniffing” phenomenon. Those websites know what kind of pages you’ve been visiting, your online sur f activities, all those bank websites, online password related and all that stuff. This phenomenal sniffing stuff was first developed by the valiant students of the University of California – San Diego. It is a result of your browser’s nature and level of interaction with website. The person who intends to spy on you, he’ll create a webpage with a slight alteration to the coding section. He won’t be sending you any keyloggers or anything. Everything will happen online...as you peruse their material... - Full Article Source

ITEM #244

12/07/10 - Can we transport food like Internet data? Foodtubes says yes
KeelyNet Much of the world's food supply is transported via an inefficient, polluting, and dangerous system of highways and trucks. The overwhelming share of the fuel used to move food powers cumbersome vehicles, only eight percent is really needed to transport th e cargoes themselves to supermarkets, according to one estimate. So what's the alternative? Move the whole system underground and set up a "transport industry Internet," says the United Kingdom based Foodtubes Project, a consortium of academics, project p lanners, and engineers. Siphon veggies, corn flakes, and cans of baked beans about in high-speed capsules (one by two meters) traveling through dedicated pipelines lodged below our cities. And why not? That's the way we transport water, oil, gas, and sewa ge, isn't it? Imagine a 1,500 kilometer underground FoodTubes ring circling the UK. The packet-switched-style network would connect all major food producers and retailers via 3,000 kilos of smart grid controlled air pressure pipe. The Foodtubes capsules, spaced one meter apart, will race about in gangs of 300 or so at 100kph. As many as 900,000 will be in circulation at any given moment, either zipping around beneath London and Liverpool or being loaded and unloaded at freight dockets. "Really fast food, " Foodtubes literature calls the concept, with big payoffs for the economy and environment. "Inefficient food transport costs the Earth," another presentation insists. Huge quantities of diesel are burned to move food trucks—17 billion for each 25 million UK homes, which represents eight percent of all the carbon dioxide mixed into the atmosphere. "In contrast, we transport 180 times more weight of water than food every day (150 litres/person) in pipelines, with little pollution and no traffic jams," the project notes. "Multiply by 5 to get the totals for the 120 million USA households." - Full Article Source


ITEM #245

12/07/10 - The genius of this 'new' invention
Twenty-three California cities have banned leaf blowers, including the entire city of Los Angeles. L.A. banned them not because of noise but because they "increase the presence of airborne particles, which may cause problems for persons suffering from ast hma, hay fever, or other upper respiratory ailments." Where blowers have been banned, the airborne particulate argument is the one that wins. Today, I am pleased to report the development of a leaf-gathering device so advanced it is not only silent, it's carbon footprint is almost invisible. This device should play a pivotal role in Newport's transition from leaf blowers. The device is called a Regional Accumulator and Keeper of Exfoliation, or R.A.K.E. The R.A.K.E. is a truly remarkable device with so ma ny state-of-the art benefits that is sure to revolutionize the gardening industry. The R.A.K.E. consists of a 48- to 60-inch wooden handle connected to a series of approximately two dozen plastic or metal tines. When passed over leaves, these have the abi lity to gather them into a central collection area where they can be assembled and thrown away instead of being blown into a neighbor's yard. Benefits of the R.A.K.E. include:... - Full Article Source

ITEM #246

12/07/10 - Wing Motors to Improve AUTOGYRO (Jan, 1930)
KeelyNet The principal difference from the autogyro lies in the installation of two motors in the ends of the revolving wings. In addition to this, the wings themselves are thickened and are generally of heavier construction than the companion pair of wings, witho ut motors, which give fore and aft stability while the motored wings are parallel with the fuselage of the plane. In the autogyro a long run on the ground is necessary in taking off, to give the rotating wings time to gain speed. As implied in the name of the machine, these wings are set in motion automatically when the plane moves forward. In the helicogyre this long take off would be eliminated, the wing motors taking care of accelerating the wings, making possible an ascent which its advocates predict would be almost vertical. The addition of motors to the wings complicates the aerodynamics of the design somewhat. Light, high speed motors must be used to economize on weight. Such installation, however, entirely changes the principle by which flight is attained. The two small wings, resembling the lower wings of a biplane, are used more for directional control than for lifting power. Practically all of the lift is supplied by the revolving wings. An extremely low landing speed is a feature of the autogy ro which appeals most strongly to observers. The plane seems almost to hover in the air, and when it comes down in a vertical line it stops rolling almost at the instant its wheels touch the ground. If the autogyro’s take-off ability can be made comparabl e to that of landing, the machine will have an ability to land in and rise from a back yard. - Full Article Source

ITEM #247

12/07/10 - Training Your Sensors
My Ford Escape used to give an occasional warning message: Tire Pressure Sensor Fault. Now it gives a permanent warning: Low Tire Pressure. So is it a faulty sensor giving a false reading? The tires look OK, but I'll try to find my tire pressure gauge and check them. Maybe it's because of cold weather. In any case, I was googling it and found that tire pressure sensors must be "trained." Here's how it's done on a 2005 Ford Explorer:... 8. Repeat Step 7 for the RR and LR tires. When the tire training proce dure is complete, the horn will sound once and the message center (if equipped) will display TIRE TRAINING MODE COMPLETE. NOTE: The tire pressure sensor training procedure must be done in an area without radio frequency (RF) noise. RF noise is generated b y electrical motor and appliance operation, cell phones, and remote transmitters. - Full Article Source

ITEM #248

12/07/10 - Bridge Device Helps Paralyzed Rats Walk Again
KeelyNet Electrodes in this rat's front legs are routed to a microprocessor on its back. When the processor detects walking, it sends an electronic pulse to an electrode on the rat’s severed spinal cord, which in turn triggers walking in the paralyzed hind legs. I n his lab at the University of California, Los Angeles, V. Reggie Edgerton is developing an electronic neural bridge, one that helps impulses jump from one side of a severed spinal cord to the other to take advantage of neural "circuitry" that remains int act even after it's been cut off from the brain. In research presented two weeks ago at the Society for Neuroscience meeting in San Diego, Edgerton and graduate student Parag Gad used this approach, combined with electromyography (EMG), to help rats with severed spinal cords and completely paralyzed hind legs to run on all fours again. When their front legs began to run, the movement triggered a small current that prompted their rear legs to keep up. Edgerton has been working on a system that employs preë xisting abilities of the spinal cord: neural pathways that, after an injury, may be blocked but don't disappear. Although the brain may control the impulse that initiates walking, the sequential muscle-by-muscle movement is not under our conscious command . "The signal coming down from the brain isn't to activate this muscle and then this muscle and then this muscle," Edgerton says. "It's to activate a program that's built into the circuitry. A message comes down from the brain that says step. The spinal c ord knows what stepping is; it just has to be told to do that." Rather than connecting electrodes to neurons or muscles, Edgerton attaches his neural bridge to electrodes on the outside membrane of the severed spinal cord. Slow pulses of electricity fire up the spinal circuitry associated with stepping, and, once the legs start to bear weight, the spinal cord recognizes the resulting sensory information and generates stepping motions on its own—no brain connection required. With the flick of a switch, Ed gerton and his colleagues made the rat's paralyzed hind limbs break into a trot. The result—an even, rhythmic gait controlled by the researchers—is something that stimulation of individual muscles can't yet replicate. Gad took this system one step further , creating a technique that monitors movement of the animal's front legs and uses this information to generate electrical pulses that prompt the rear legs to move. - Full Article Source

ITEM #249

12/07/10 - Innovation: Innovate or die
“It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent, but the one that is the most responsive to change.” This was from Charles Darwin writing in the “Origin of Species.” If you doubt how the world responds to change, as k yourself why we have lush green forests and deciduous trees in Wisconsin, but the deserts of Arizona are filled with cactus plants that need little water? That didn’t happen by accident, as each adapted to the change is in its environment. Effective bu siness leaders realize survival requires change and adaptation to the continual challenges of a market economy. Professor John Kotter of the Harvard Business School captured it best when he said: “Truly adaptive firms with adaptive cultures are awesome co mpetitive machines. They produce superb products and services faster and better. Even when they have far fewer resources and patents or less market share, they compete and win.” Contrast that with the advice of Niccolo’ Machiavelli, famous political sci entist: “It must be considered that there is nothing more difficult to carry out, no more doubtful of success, nor more dangerous to handle, than to initiate a new order of things.” Who was right? They both are. Change is inevitable. It’s how you bring about change at your company which will spell success or doom for your business and you personally as a leader. So how do you get your management team or even yourself personally to embrace change and generate creative and effective solutions to the challenges facing your company? The temptation to do “business as usual” is overwhelming. After all, it’s worked in the past, why shouldn’t work in the future? The most critical step is to start is facing what has been called by Professor Kotter “ the brutal facts”. Get your management team to step back in a planning session and ask them:

1. What’s happening to our markets?
2. What are our competitors doing that we are not?
3. What technological shifts have occurred that we did not anticipate?
4. What do we see on the horizon?
5. What our customers telling us about opportunities they see coming? - Full Article Source

ITEM #250

12/07/10 - SolarWindow Empowers Your Windows to Produce Electricity
KeelyNet New Energy Technologies Inc developed an organic solar array that is both transparent and produces electricity. They made use of conductive polymers, a thousand times thinner than human hair, assembled them together, and – voilà! Here’s a working solar ce ll less then 1/4 the size of a grain of rice, producing electricity just like its big silicon brother, only cheaper. Silicon solar cells are expensive at the moment. They break off easily, and they’re not very flexible, making a pretty bad choice for appl ications where they would provide the most help – mobile electricity production. NET’s ultra-small organic solar cells are made on a polymer substrate, while standard silicon solar cells are made on stainless steel – you can see the difference. These tra nsparent cells are suited for all kinds of lighting, including the office fluorescent one (possibly recovering some of the energy). Even more than its flexible and transparent nature, the SolarWindow cells are made of natural polymers, being able to be di ssolved into liquid for an easy application. They don’t require high temperature or high vacuum production techniques, like classic silicon solar cells do. - Full Article Source

ITEM #251

12/07/10 - Why just Mexico?
Everyone is talking about the warden messages shooting out to expatriates from the United States Consulate in Guadalajara (and in other regions of Mexico), warning them about the dangers of south-of-the-border travel... What I don’t understand is why no o ne posts warnings about visiting the United States … like bucolic Wisconsin, where high school kids hold others hostage for hours and then shoot themselves (and sometimes others) when the pressure gets too great. Or why not ban tourism in Phoenix, Arizona , that has one of the highest kidnapping rates in the western world? Los Angeles, New York and Chicago are riddled with drive-by random or gang shootings and hate crimes are gaining traction even in the Pacific Northwest, where people are famous (or were) for their good manners and tolerance. Maybe it’s time for news programs to quit using Mexico for both tabloid sensationalistic entertainment and as the whipping boy when their own house is in such disarray. Don’t send emails. I’m an American and I have t he right to criticize my own country – at least for now. - Full Article Source

ITEM #252

12/07/10 - Missouri Ahead of the Game in Dealing with Illegal Immigrants
KeelyNet In 2007, the Missouri General Assembly approved HJR 7 to place on the ballot a proposed constitutional amendment designating English as the official language of Missouri. Voters then went to the polls and approved the measure with nearly 90 percent voting in favor. With that, English became the official language for all governmental proceedings in Missouri. It also means no individual has the right to demand government services in a language other than English. A common language is the cornerstone of a cohesive and united state and country. Ensuring that English is our official language is simply common sense.

Another measure that directly addresses the issue of illegal immigration was passed in 2008. HB 1549 requires our Highway Patrol and other law enforcement officials to verify the immigration status of any person arrested, and inform federal authorities if the person is found to be here illegally. It also allows Missouri law enforcement officers to receive training to enforce federal immigration laws. Furthermore, the bill makes it clear that illegal immigrants will not have access to taxpayer benefits such as food stamps and health care through MO HealthNet. With the passage of this legislation, Missouri sent a clear message that illegal immigrants are not welcome in our state, and that they are certainly not welcome to receive public benefits at the cost of Missouri taxpayers.

KeelyNet 2009 saw another significant piece of legislation passed dealing with illegal immigration. HB 390 ensures Missouri’s public institutions of higher education do not award financial aid to individuals who are here illegally. The law also requires all postsecondary institutions of higher education to annually certify to the Missouri Department of Higher Education that they have not knowingly awarded financial aid to students who are unlawfully present in the United States. The bill represents another common sense approach to the issue as it ensures taxpayer dollars are not used to subsidize the education of someone who is in our country illegally.

So while Arizona has made national news for its new law, it’s important to remember Missouri has been proactive in addressing this growing problem. The laws we have on the books help ensure the rights and benefits of Missourians are preserved for actual Missouri citizens. It’s also important to remember that this country has always opened its arms to immigrants, which is why our nation is often referred to as the great melting pot. Immigrants from all parts of the world have helped make our country what it is today. However, our doors are not open to those who try to live in our country illegally. I believe Missouri’s laws make that very clear and give our law enforcement officials the authority they need to deal with the problem. - Full Article Source

ITEM #253

12/07/10 - UK imposes new permanent immigration quota
Britain will impose a tough annual limit on the number of non-Europeans allowed to work in the U.K. and slash visas for overseas students as it seeks to dramatically reduce immigration, the government said Tuesday. Home Secretary Theresa May told the Hous e of Commons that the number of non-EU nationals permitted to work in the U.K. from April 2011 will be capped at about 22,000 — a reduction of about one-fifth from 2009. "We can't go on like this, we must tighten up our immigration system," May told legis lators as she announced details of the new rules. Public anxiety over immigration — and the burden on public services caused by new arrivals — was a key issue during the country's national election, when then-leader Gordon Brown was angrily challenged by an elderly voter over workers arriving from eastern Europe. May's quota will have only a limited impact on Britain's overall immigration rate — as work-related visas account only for about 20 percent of migration. Families of those with rights to live and work in Britain claim about 20 percent of visas, while non-European students arriving to study in the U.K. account for 60 percent of immigration. May said those seeking a marriage visa will in the future need to prove they have a minimum standard of Engl ish. - Full Article Source

ITEM #254

12/07/10 - Optimizing your diet for longevity
A decade or so ago, I was wondering one day about how one might go about determining the optimum diet for longevity. Why not, it popped into my head, eat the same diet our hunter/gather ancestors ate. After all, that is the diet our body evolved to consum e. So I did a little research to see if scientists knew what our ancestors consumed ten or twenty thousand years ago, and they did. It seems that hunter/gathers sometimes lived near deserts, and crapped in the sand at certain spots, so that their poop dri ed out and is still around today for analysis. It turned out to be something like 40% insects, so I shelved that idea. But according to a recent talk by Marcel Dicke at the TED conference, perhaps I was on the right track. Watch Dicke make an appetizing c ase for adding insects to everyone's diet. His message to squeamish chefs and foodies: delicacies like locusts and caterpillars compete with meat in flavor, nutrition and eco-friendliness. - Full Article Source

ITEM #255

12/07/10 - Inventor's hard work and sweat creates TENS
KeelyNet The world's first micro electrical nerve stimulation wristband for pain relief and healing has been launched by an award-winning West inventor – and it's powered by sweat. The average person releases one pint of sweat through their skin every day. The new invention has a pair of electrodes within the band that generate a stabilising microcurrent from the tiny amount of moisture in the skin around the wrist. Microcurrents are essential to life – their roles include turning off pain, operating vital organs and moving muscles. TENS (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation) machines are widely used for therapeutic purposes, but none is as small and portable as the BrodTeNS, invented by Taunton-based Nigel Broderick, whose work on magnetic therapy has rece ived a BT Innovations Award. "It's light, affordable, and has the very real potential of alleviating the pain experienced by millions of people on a daily basis," says Mr Broderick. "Without the need for batteries or wires, this is the ultimate health bra celet." - Full Article Source

ITEM #256

12/07/10 - People With University Degree Fear Death Less
"People with a university degree fear death less than those at a lower literacy level. In addition, fear of death is more common among women than men, which affects their children's perception of death." - Full Article Source

ITEM #257

12/07/10 - Using the Web To Turn Kids Into Autodidacts
"Autodidacticism — self-education or self-directed learning — is nothing new, but the Internet holds the promise of taking it to the masses. Sugata Mitra, an Indian physicist whose earlier educational experiments inspired the film Slumdog Millionaire, is convinced that, with the Internet, kids can learn by themselves so long as they are in small groups and have well-posed questions to answer. And now, Mitra's Self-Organized Learning Environments (SOLE) are going global, with testing in schools in Australi a, Colombia, England and India. On their own, children can get about 30% of the knowledge required to pass exams, so to go further, Dr. Mitra supplements SOLE with e-mediators, amateur volunteers who use Skype to help kids learn online." - Full Article Source

ITEM #258

12/07/10 - Japanese Robot Picks Only the Ripest Strawberries
"The Institute of Agricultural Machinery at Japan's National Agriculture and Food Research Organization, along with SI Seiko, has developed a robot that can select and harvest strawberries based on their color. Ripened berries are detected using the robot 's stereoscopic cameras, and analyzed to measure how red they appear. When the fruit is ready to come off the vine, the robot quickly locates it in 3D space and cuts it free. From observation to collection, the harvesting process takes about 9 seconds per berry. Creators estimate that it will be able to cut down harvesting time by 40%." - Full Article Source


ITEM #259

12/07/10 - Wikileaks Fallout to punish Assange
A number of readers have sent in new WikiLeaks stories today, many of which focus on the content of the leaked diplomatic cables. The documents showed how the US government bullied and manipulated other countries to gain support for its Copenhagen climate treaty (though behavior from the US wasn't all negative), how copyright negotiations largely meet the expectations of critics like Michael Geist, and how Intel threatened to move jobs out of Russia if the Russian government didn't loosen encryption regul ations. Perhaps the biggest new piece of information is a list of facilities the US considers 'vital to security.' Meanwhile, the drama surrounding WikiLeaks continues; Julian Assange's Swiss bank account has been frozen and the UK has received an arrest warrant for the man himself; the effort to mirror the site has gained support from Pirate Parties in Australia, in the UK and elsewhere; and PayPal was hit with a DDoS for their decision not to accept donations for WikiLeaks. - Full Article Source

ITEM #260

12/07/10 - A Nude Awakening — the TSA and Privacy
KeelyNet "The Oklahoma Daily has a well-written editorial about the current state of airport security. Though the subject of overzealous, rights denying, invasive, disrespectful TSA groping and checking has been overly-commented on, this article is well worth the read. Quoting:

'The risk of a terrorist attack is so infinitesimal and its impact so relatively insignificant that it doesn't make rational sense to accept the suspension of liberty for the sake of avoiding a statistical anomaly.

There's no purpose in security if it debases the very life it intends to protect, yet the forced choice one has to make between privacy and travel does just that.

If you want to travel, you have a choice between low-tech fondling or high-tech pornography; the choice, therefore, to relegate your fundamental rights in exchange for a plane ticket.

KeelyNetNot only does this paradigm presume that one's right to privacy is variable contingent on the government's discretion and only respected in places that the government doesn't c are to look —

but it also ignores that the fundamental right to travel has consistently been upheld by the Supreme Court.

If we have both the right to privacy and the right to travel, then TSA's newest procedures cannot conceivably be considered legal.

The TSA's regulations blatantly compromise the former at the expense of the latter, and as time goes on we will soon forget what it meant to have those rights.'"

KeelyNet
You know they are JUST LOVING THIS show
of National Stupidity and slavelike SUBMISSION...

- Full Article Source

ITEM #261

12/07/10 - NASA Launches Micro Solar Sail
NASA has successfully used a "microsatellite" (a term given to satellites weighing between 10kg and 100kg) to deploy a "nanosatellite" (a term given to satellites weighing between 1kg and 10kg). The deployed object, the first of six in the microsatellite' s payload, was the NanoSail-D flight unit. NanoSail-D masses 4kg and is "about the size of a loaf of bread" until it deploys its solar sail. "...when the NanoSail-D sail is deployed it will use its large sail made of thin polymer material, a material much thinner than a single human hair, to significantly decrease the time to de-orbit the small satellite without the use of propellants as most traditional satellites use. The NanoSail-D flight results will help to mature this technology so it could be used on future large spacecraft missions to aid in de-orbiting space debris created by decommissioned satellites without using valuable mission propellants." - Full Article Source

ITEM #262

12/04/10 - The Alternative Energy Revolution Is Not For You
KeelyNet If you’ve been watching the alternative energy/cleantech industry closely for the last few years, you’ve probably noticed a few disturbing trends. First is the sort of “pump and dump” syndrome practiced by seemingly reputable institutions like MIT, Harvar d and Caltech whereby a breakthrough fuel cell, battery or solar technology is announced to, and then by, a gullible press which has no idea what the guys in the lab coats are talking about, but it must be brilliant. Sometimes a venture capital firm will buy the eggheads, their research and the accompanying patents outright. But the result is the same: hype, IPO, slow fade, bankruptcy. Only a depressingly small fraction of the green-friendly innovations you read about in press releases, magazines and tech nology websites will survive the so-called “Valley of Death” and be realized as viable products. Even more depressing, on the rare occasions they do become real products, 90 percent of the time, they are marketed only to government agencies or industrial markets. “There are no legitimate consumer markets for them,” says Robert Gelinas, a systems engineer, anthropogenic global warming skeptic, author and business and technology writer for American Thinker. “A lucrative IPO should not be confused as anythin g other than an exit strategy for early venture capital investors who cash out on hype and a government grant/contract and are long gone before the company has to generate a positive cash flow,” he says. A few innovations have made it to market. Fuel inje ction allows our vehicles to suck less gas than the carbureted clunkers we drove decades ago. The infernal internal combustion engine has become steadily more efficient and less polluting. The Toyota Prius is proof that automobile mileage can be extended with hybrid technology. Most of us are at least beginning to use more efficient compact fluorescent (CFL) light bulbs. We have the option of buying more energy-efficient appliances. We can even buy more powerful batteries for our cameras and laptops. Howe ver, we were promised much more. If even a fraction of the research on alternative energy sources initiated during the energy crunch of the seventies had been translated into viable products, the computer you’re staring at would be powered by ultra-cheap, long lasting, deep cycle batteries fed by even cheaper thin solar panels on your roof, or a bank of high-output wind turbines from Wal Mart. Your car would run off similar long-lived batteries, or perhaps hydrogen fuel cells. You would be able to “fill ‘ er up” for $4 or less. - Full Article Source

ITEM #263

12/04/10 - The Real Mother of Invention
Cramming down more rote learning won’t help much because it is soon forgotten as it is not connected to anything of interest to the student, other than passing exams to get some academic position or good salary. Inventors are not scientists. They apply a smattering of second-hand science in a mission-driven approach of creative problem-solving. They are not inhibited like scientists by the inertia of their field and the scorn of their colleagues. Inventors take what they need to solve a problem from vario us fields and learn as they need to. That is the reverse of the conventional approach imagined by theorists of education and innovation. Scientists do not care much about utility, but for inventors utility is crucial. Inventors these days can easily find the information they need, using Wikipedia and Google to supplement their education, so we don’t need to pay more drones to bore unwilling students. Amplifying or supplementing the web-based learning tools seems to me to be a more promising approach, but I am no educational theorist, only an attorney/inventor. Attorneys are used to processing huge volumes of information, often of a highly technical nature, and producing a concise and persuasive argument based on the evidence. That, in a nutshell, is the p rocess of invention as well, once the inventor has identified and clearly stated an important problem to work on. Government could help by posting a frank technology assessment showing what’s known and what still needs work. So instead of torturing unwill ing children, teach more attorneys how to beat their swords into plowshares. First you clearly state an important problem, and examine the relevant prior art. That will entail learning or updating the necessary science to understand and evaluate the prior art. - Full Article Source

ITEM #264

12/04/10 - Leeds inventor's washing machine 'magic'
KeelyNet Imagine using just a cup of water and a sprinkling of powder to do your washing. Not only would you be saving your pockets, you'd be doing your bit for the planet too. It may sound like a pipedream, but a washing machine that uses 90 per cent less water c ould be available by the end of next year – and it's all thanks to a chance discovery made right here in Leeds. The device – developed by Leeds-based Xeros Ltd – harnesses over 30 years of research to replace water with tiny plastic beads that suck up sta ins. The idea came from Stephen Burkinshaw, a polymer chemist at Leeds University who spent three decades working out how to improve the dyeing of plastics used in fabrics. A few years ago he realised the stains on clothes acted in a similar way to dyes, and wondered if he could reverse the process and use plastics to draw away the stains. After experimenting with a range of plastics, he found nylon worked best due to its unique ability to become highly absorbent in humid conditions. The beads flood the m achine's drum once the clothes are wet and the humidity is at the right level. When humidity hits 100 per cent, the molecular structure of the plastic becomes amorphous, so the stains soak into the centre of the beads. Then, once the washing cycle is comp lete, the beads drain away in the same way as water in a conventional washing machine. "In simple terms, it's going to save you a lot of money to do your laundry," said Bill Westwater, chief executive of Xeros. - Full Article Source

ITEM #265

12/04/10 - Is WIFI Electrosmog frying our brains?
KeelyNet Research in the Netherlands suggested that outbreaks of bleeding bark and dying leaves which have blighted the country’s urban trees may be caused by radiation from the Wi-Fi ­networks now so integral to life in offices, schools and homes. It is not the e xistence of these radio waves that is the problem so much as the use we make of them. Rather than being emitted at a constant rate, technology demands they are ‘pulsed’ in short and frequent bursts which appear to be far more biologically harmful. Not the least is their impact on our ability to reproduce. It is well documented that average male sperm counts are falling by two per cent a year. Many causes have been suggested, from stressful lifestyles to poor diet and ­hormones in our water supplies. But s tudies in infertility clinics show problems with sperm dying off or not moving properly are most common in men who use mobiles extensively. This has also been demonstrated in the laboratory. Mobiles are not the only problem. Many laptops are now equipped with Wi-Fi which sends out pulses every second as it maintains contact with the nearest access point. Young men with these devices on their laps are submitting their testicles to strong EMFs at close range, oblivious to the damage they may be doing to the ir chances of future fatherhood. EMFS have also been shown to affect the brain, suppressing production of melatonin, the hormone controlling whether we feel happy or sad. In 2004, researchers at the University of Malaga found that significant exposure to EMFs increases the chances of developing depression 40-fold. They also linked electrosmog to headaches, irritability, unusual tiredness and sleeping disorders. This has been confirmed in research by the respected Karolinska Institute in Sweden. Sponsored by the leading mobile phone companies, it showed that using handsets just before going to bed caused people to take longer to reach deeper stages of sleep. They also spent less time in each of these stages, so interfering with the body’s ability to repair damage suffered during the day. This year saw the publication of the Interphone study carried out in 13 countries including the UK, and examining the links between mobile phone use and brain tumours. It suggested that those who had made heavy use of mobi les for a decade or more faced twice the risk of glioma, the most common type of brain tumour. And this was a study based on the period between 1994 and 2004 when ‘heavy’ usage was defined as two to three hours per month. A conservative estimate of averag e mobile phone use now is approximately half an hour a day, seven days a week. Since brain tumours often develop very slowly it may be many years before the full impact of our reliance on mobiles becomes clear. But they are already implicated in another a rea of concern to health professionals, the onset of dementia in those under 65. - Full Article Source

ITEM #266

12/04/10 - The Solar Oven Restaurant in Chile
At the Villaseca Solar Restaurant all the food is cooked in locally and handmade solar ovens. 10 solar ovens cook enough eco-friendly and healthy meals to serves up to 70 people a day. It can take several hours for a meal to cook, but that doesn’t discour age customers from eating at the restaurant. What happens when the sun don’t shine? Well in Chile, the sun shines for about 310 days according to Wikia. 10 solar ovens are used to serve up to 60 customers a day. “On weekends, about 60 customers a day come to savor its specialties: fresh bread; cazuela, a meat stew; and leche asada, or flan, for dessert. It takes two hours to bake bread and about three hours to cook stew”. The idea for a solar oven restaurant started in 1989 when four women in a village of 300 people agreed to allow researchers from the University of Chile to place solar ovens in their home. When the research end and the solar ovens needed to be returned the women didn’t want to let them go. Together with the help of others they raised en ough money to make their very own solar ovens. They built 33 solar ovens. After a couple of years of experimenting with these ovens, to make them easier to handle and more efficient, the Villaseca Solar Restaurant was born. / Solar de Villaseca - Located south of Santiago, this restaurant has cooked with solar heat since 1989. In the past, many people cut trees for cooking fuel, a practice that led to desertification. To preserve forests, the University of Chile started a project to support solar ovens fo r restaurants in rural areas. At Solar de Villaseca, 10 solar ovens serve up to 70 people a day. In Chile, the sun shines 300 days a year! - Full Article Source


ITEM #267

12/04/10 - Fighting Tumors With Tumors
Barth and his colleagues They took proteins from the patient's tumor and mixed them with a certain kind of cell grown from the patient's blood. The personalized vaccines were injected into each patient a month after surgery. Barth was able to determine th at about 60% of the patients developed an immune response from the vaccine. About five years later, he was able to compare the clinical outcomes between those who had had an immune response, and those who had not. Of the group who did not have an immune r esponse from the vaccine, only 18% were alive and tumor-free. Of the group who did have an immune response from the vaccine, 63% were alive and tumor-free--a remarkable result indeed. (The vaccine approach has the added benefit of being non-toxic, in cont rast to chemo.) - Full Article Source

ITEM #268

12/04/10 - Future of Farming - Growing Lettuce, Fish Together Helps Environment
Some believe it's the future of farming because it uses only a fraction of the water. "The fish waste provides the nutrients to the plants," explained J.D. Sawyer, owner of Colorado Aquaponics. Sawyer and his wife Tawnya have created a system of grow beds and holding tanks where fish and garden greens thrive in a symbiotic relationship. "They grow much faster," Tawnya said as she admired a tray of basil. Aquaponics is the combination of two farming methods -- aquaculture (where aquatic species are grown i n a controlled environment) and hydroponics (where plants are raised without soil). Water circulates in a closed system through both the gravel filled plant beds and the fish filled tanks. As J.D. explains it, excrement from the fish actually feeds the ga rden greens. Water gets filtered and cleaned up as it moves moving through the plant beds. That helps keep the fish healthy. What's significant is how much water is conserved, especially in a semi-arid climate like that in Denver. Aquaponics uses just 10 percent of the water typically needed for irrigated farming. There are no pesticides and no chemical fertilizers. "The flavor is fantastic, it's great to have the fresh produce when we're not getting it from anywhere else," Birky said. The fish -- includ ing tilapia and trout -- are also being raised as table fare. - Full Article Source


ITEM #269

12/04/10 - IBM's Exascale Computing using Optics
IBM scientists have unveiled a new chip technology that integrates electrical and optical devices on the same piece of silicon, enabling computer chips to communicate using pulses of light (instead of electrical signals), resulting in smaller, faster and more power-efficient chips than is possible with conventional technologies. The patented technology will change and improve the way computer chips communicate -- by integrating optical devices and functions directly onto a silicon chip, enabling over 10X improvement in integration density than is feasible with current manufacturing techniques. IBM anticipates that Silicon Nanophotonics will dramatically increase the speed and performance between chips, and further the company's ambitious exascale computin g program, which is aimed at developing a supercomputer that can perform one million trillion calculations -- or an exaflop -- in a single second. An exascale supercomputer will be approximately one thousand times faster than the fastest machine today. - Full Article Source

ITEM #270

12/04/10 - Nazi Scientists Idea for a Giant Space Mirror to Burn Enemy Nations
KeelyNet An issue of Life magazine published on July 23, 1945 includes an article about a secret weapon proposed by some Nazi scientists toward the end of World War II. It was a huge mirror that, if placed in orbit, would focus sunlight on enemy nations and burn t hem... The only major obstacle: constructing a rocket powerful enough to reach a point where a space station could be built. If the modern German scientists had been able to make such a rocket, they might have ben able to set up their sun gun. Whether the sun gun would have accomplished what they expected, however, is another matter.” The German idea of using the sun as a military weapon is not new. There is an ancient legend that Archimedes designed great burning mirrors which set the Roman fleet afire d uring the siege of Syracuse, in which Archimedes later died. This legend, and the German plan for building may be proved physically impossible by a simple axiom of optics. This is that light cannot be brought to a sharp, pointed focus with lenses or mirro rs unless it comes from a sharp, pointed source. Since the sun appears in the sky as a disk and not as a point, the best any optical system can produce is an image of this disk. At very short focal lengths, the image is small and hot but as the focal leng th is increased the image becomes progressively bigger and cooler. At the distance the Germans proposed to set up their mirror (3,100 miles) the image of the sun cast on the earth would be about 40 miles in diameter and not hot enough to do any damage. - Full Article Source

ITEM #271

12/04/10 - Quote Of The Day - We ARE WATCHING

"Any allegedly democratic government that is so hubristic that it will lie blatantly to the entire world in order to invade a country it has long wanted to invade probably needs a self-correcting mechanism. There are times when it's necessary that the powerful be shown that there are checks on its behavior, particularly when the systems normally designed to do that are breaking down. Now is one of those times."

A few years ago, a common right-wing response to government surveillance was, "If you haven't don't anything wrong, you have nothing to worry about." Does that also apply to the Wikileaks thing? Or is this different? - Full Article Source

ITEM #272

12/04/10 - The Sea-Gem: a 100mph Air-Cushion Ship by 1963 (Mar, 1962)
KeelyNet Some time next year, America’s first air-cushion ship, the Sea-GEM (for sea-going ground effect machine) may streak New York to London on her maiden “flight.” Riding 3 to 6 ft. above the waves on a frictionless cushion of air, the giant 100-ton craft will be propelled at better than 100 mph by four jet-prop pusher-type engines. Part ship, part plane, and wholly revolutionary, the Sea-GEM promises its 100 first-flight passengers some surprises. Your seat-belt cinched, you’ll scarcely notice when the alumin um and stainless steel craft makes the transition from land to water. Though you’ll be “airborne,” the ocean will be but a yard or two below you. Between you and the sea will lie nothing but air—a low-pressure air cushion churned into being by the Sea-GEI V^ dual horizontal fans. “Afloat” but almost “flying,” you’ll feel no sea-sensation, no roll or pitch. Nor will the thundering jet engines (a total 22,000 hp) be audible through the aircraft-like hull. Thirty super-smooth hours after leaving New York, you ’ll “land”—actually, slide up a ramp—in London. The figment of a naval architect’s imagination? Not at all. The U.S. Maritime Administration announced recently that it’s negotiating a $370,000 Sea-GEM design-study contract with Vehicle Research Corp., Pas adena, Calif., and its subcontractor (and probable Sea-GEM builder), big Douglas Aircraft Co. The Maritime Administration’s admitted goal: to launch the craft by 1963. The first Sea-GEM probably will be the 100-ton model, but Douglas Aircraft’s president, Donald W. Douglas Jr., recently indicated there is almost no size limit. He pegged as “most efficient,” sea-skimmer ships in the 500- to 1000-ton class. The Sea-GEM, although using the same air-cushion principle (see page 73, June ’60 S&M), will resemble neither Britain’s now abuilding 25-ton SRN-2 (which is powered by four turbine engines) or several U.S.-sponsored GEM-vehicles, including the now-declassified Avro craft. Pentagon insiders say the Avro failed, in wind-tunnel tests, to meet military altit ude specs. In contrast to the Avro, the Sea-GEM will, at most, skim the water, its great weight supported by the cushion of air (only about 1/4 psi, or 36 lbs. per square foot). Douglas estimates that even a 500-ton craft would operate about half of the t ime at just 3 ft. or less above the surface—closer in calm seas; higher, and probably slower, when it’s rough. For its main propulsion, the craft will depend on its four jet pusher engines. But propulsive power, even for the 500-ton ship envisioned by Dou glas, won’t need to be anywhere near as big as for either jet planes or helicopters. Reason: The jet engines’ total power is translated into thrust; none of it (as in aircraft) is squandered on lift. Artist’s drawings of the first 500-ton craft confirm Do nald Douglas’s statement that “the craft’s configuration will tend toward a low, functional profile with essentially straight-line elements which permit the structure, although aircraft type, to be simple and low in cost.” Although the Maritime Administra tion’s underwriting of the first Sea-GEM ostensibly aims at faster, more economical over-water transport, the Navy is also eyeing the craft as a multi-functioned amphibian: a land-to-water assault and supply ship. - Full Article Source

ITEM #273

12/04/10 - Germany creates Mutating Robots
The people dooming us all this week are the good folks at the Fraunhofer Institute. The idea was to have a design algorithm that would be able to come up with the best robot for the task, so they could all get back to making Germany’s other key export, d isturbing blue movies. The algorithm works really well, and has started spitting out “designs that would not necessarily have occurred to the human designer.” In other words, they mutate. It’s just simple robots for now, but that’s always how it starts, isn’t it? First it’s a stair-climbing robot, then it’s a “kill everything” robot. Thanks, Germany. Thanks so much. We hope they blow you up during the robot uprising first. - Full Article Source

ITEM #274

12/04/10 - Parajet puts Police in the Air
KeelyNet Parajet is celebrating after their lightweight flying machines were adopted by the Palm Bay Police in Florida as the idea tool for conducting search and rescue missions. The flying machines comprise a large petrol-powered rotor strapped to the back of the pilot and a parascending wing that provides the lift. Palm Bay officers hit on using the machines as a cheaper alternative to a helicopter. Mr Edmondson said: "It was a surprise for us because we were at a show in America promoting the paramotors and a c ouple of officers happened to be there who have used paramotors recreationally. "They asked if we would be interested in supplying them with a couple of units for the force and of course we said we would." The firm has provided two units costing about £6, 000 each. Mr Edmondson said: "The paramotor is ideal because Palm Bay is surrounded by countryside and whenever someone is reported missing or a car is stolen, the police have to hire a helicopter, which is extremely expensive and takes a long time to org anise. "With the paramotor they can carry it in the back of a van and there is plenty of open space out there for them to take off so they are able to get into the air almost instantly." Mr Edmondson said the police could use the contraption to fly at muc h lower speeds and altitudes than a helicopter and search as much ground in a couple of hours as it would take 20 officers on foot in a whole day. - Full Article Source

ITEM #275

12/04/10 - Dowsing livestock for deficiencies
KeelyNet Most days will find Arnold Evans with his hand on an animal and swinging a crystal pendulum. The 72-year-old farmer from Kyabram has a divine gift - dowsing livestock for vitamin and mineral deficiencies. He doesn't even have to see the animal: Arnold also treats animals using hair samples sent through the mail. The hair samples are placed in a pewter pendulum while he uses green crystals and quartz to dowse a live animal. When working with the pendulum, Arnold says questions must be direct, and the mind clear and positive. He started with calves: "I heard about iodine, how it affected the immune system and how it was essential for life, both human and animal. I touched each calf and the pendulum indicated yes or no whether the animal needed iod ine." Arnold now uses the pendulum to test for vitamin B12, vitamins E, B1 and B6, calcium, magnesium and boron. / Arnold attended a workshop on water divining using pendulums of crystal and quartz. Pretty soon, he was divining underground water for farme rs up and down the eastern seaboard. "People send me maps of their properties, I divide the map into squares and ask the pendulum for water on each square," Arnold said. "If the pendulum swings clockwise it is yes, and anti-clockwise is no. "I find the be st water supply within 100m and give a rough idea of depth." In the meantime, the couple had bought a calf feeder and began raising Wagyu-Holstein, Friesian and Jersey bull and heifer calves. The Wagyu-cross calves were bought in at seven days old and wen t to a backgrounding program at 15-16 weeks of age. "Suddenly we started losing calves - up to 5-6 per cent," Arnold said. "I heard about iodine, how it affected the immune system and how it was essential for life, both human and animal. "I touched each c alf and the pendulum indicated yes or no whether the animal needed iodine." - Full Article Source

ITEM #276

12/04/10 - King's designs win 3 patents
KeelyNet The Intellectual Property Department has awarded patents to three more inventions by His Majesty the King. The three innovations are a water quality improvement system with a plant rail and an aerator, a kinetic power generator, and a kinetic power genera tor structure. The water quality improvement system with a plant rail and an aerator injects oxygen into the water to generate circulation and break up waste particles, inducing adequate absorption by the plant. The kinetic power generator is an invention that harnesses flowing water as a source of energy to propel a turbine to generate electricity, representing an alternative means of developing renewable energy. Previously, the department has presented seven patents and one minor patent to His Majesty's innovations. The patents were awarded for the Chaipattana Low Speed Surface Aerator (Model RX-2), the Water-Air Pump Type Aerator or Chaipattana Aerator (Model RX-5C), the use of pure palm oil to power diesel engines, weather modification by Royal Rainma king Technology, a human waste receptacle, a water jet device, and a soil acidity acceleration and amelioration process. - Full Article Source

ITEM #277

12/04/10 - Local company recognized for innovative Gas Pump invention
Cantest created an electronic closed-loop calibration system to more accurately measure gasoline in pumps. “This marks an important milestone in fair trade at the gas pump for both service station owners and consumers across Canada,” said Al Krause, presi dent of Cantest Solutions Inc. “This is a large step towards fair measurement for all.” Inaccurate calibration cans have been used to measure gasoline since the 1920s. These cans have a margin of error of about 0.5 per cent. Cantest’s system eliminates va pour loss, human errors, temperature errors and provides lab quality results in the field with a margin of error of approximately 0.03 per cent. Companies such as Esso, Shell, UFA, Safeway, Loblaw and Huskey use the Cantest calibration system. “The consum ers from these locations are getting exactly what they pay for,” said Krause. Allan Johnson, president of Measurement Canada, said his organization is going even further to ensure the accuracy of pumps. “Bill C-14 is currently before the Senate and it is a bill that would require gasoline dispensers be inspected and certified every two years,” he said. “There are currently no requirements. This will ensure the devices are inspected and accurate and provide opportunities for businesses of all sizes in Cana da.” If the bill is passed, the number of inspections would increase from 42,000 to between 250,000 and 300,000 annually. - Full Article Source

ITEM #278

12/04/10 - $150K crowdfunding project for net access to poor countries
We're buying a satellite to grant millions of people who can't get online the opportunity to join in digital dialog and have a voice. / A new NGO called A Human Right is attempting to raise $150K in a bid to buy one of the world's highest capacity communi cations satellites from its bankrupt owners in order to re-task it to supply Internet access to the world's poorest people. They plan on building their own super-cheap satellite modems as well. Unlike most crowdfunding projects, they've put up bios of the ir team and advisors (I pass on nearly every Kickstarter project I get sent because the creators don't detail any successful project they've done before), which includes telcoms veterans, accomplished technologists, and aerospace experts. They also claim support from organizations as diverse as NASA, Fon, and Deutsche Telekom Labs. Although we believe in free Internet for the planet, there are some realities to face: like paying the rent. We will offer a diminished service for free to everyone, while allo wing telecommunications companies to purchase and re-sell high speed bandwidth. Our goal is to not only get everyone online, but also facilitate the growth of an industry. As the CTO of Deutsche Telekom Thomas Curran advised us: "You're evangelizing for a ccess, expanding it. That can only help the industry." And helping industry helps developing countries grow. - Full Article Source


ITEM #279

12/04/10 - Your stolen vehicle may be just a tweet away
Seattle police use a dedicated Twitter account to report the details of verified car thefts. It's crowdsourcing police work! Police in other cities have tried this, but Seattle has a bizarrely high car theft rate, partly due to a logistical problem in the courts in which car thieves are routinely charged with misdemeanors and released. / When a car is reported stolen, an officer will confirm the report and get the owner's signature on a form, Lt. Mike Edwards of the department's investigations procedures unit said. Once that form is signed, the officer will call into the dispatch center and the information — a vehicle's color, year, make, model, body type and license-plate number — will be tweeted to Twitter followers. "It's a force multiplier," with citi zens helping police see stolen vehicles and, hopefully, get them back to their owners more quickly, Edwards said. Criminals are already using social networking, even posting on Twitter and Facebook about the houses they've broken into or the items they've stolen, Edwards said. "It's just one more thing they're using, so we want to use it, too," he said during a news briefing to announce the launch of the campaign. Police in Albuquerque, N.M. have been issuing Twitter alerts about stolen cars and have seen some marked success, Edwards said. Seattle has seen a dramatic decrease in the number of stolen cars in recent years. But some 3,000 vehicles are still stolen every year; police recover about 80 percent of them, he said. It's Edwards' hope that people wh o see the Twitter alerts will call 911 when they see a stolen vehicle. The aim is to further reduce car thefts in the city between 10 and 20 percent. Police will not send tweets to followers when stolen cars have been recovered, he said, but car owners wi ll be notified. - Full Article Source

ITEM #280

12/04/10 - Laser starts fire inside balloon
What happens when you use a laser to ignite a piece of paper that's been suspended inside a clear balloon? The slow-motion replay is really the key in this experiment. Don't miss it. - Full Article Source


ITEM #281

12/04/10 - Wikileaks.org blocked, but mirror sites proliferating
Wikileaks.org is currently dead, and the organization claims the U.S.-based service which provides domain name service "killed" it due to attacks, presumably of the denial of service variety. I wonder if that would be a TOS violation, technically? (Note that this doesn't mean wikileaks has actually lost its domain: they lost DNS service, but EveryDNS isn't the managing authority of the .org TLD. So Wikileaks should be back as soon as new DNS records propogate) (via boingboing.net)

In response to the "killing" of Wikileaks.org by the US, countless mirror sites are springing up all over the world. It's impossible to authoritatively catalog them all—too many mirrors, and too fluid of a situation. But here are some active indexes, which appear to be dynamically updating as new mirrors pop up.

• wikileaks.ch
• wikileaks.de
• wikileaks.fi
• wikileaks.nl
• Wikileaks.info
• Anapnea
• etherpad.mozilla.org:9000/wikileaks
• A Google search string
• [[wl-mirror]] at AnonWiki

Man, it's DeCSS all over again. - Full Article Source

ITEM #282

12/04/10 - World's smallest cellphone jammer looks like a pack of cigs
KeelyNet Disguised as a pack of cigarettes, the so-called "world's smallest cellphone jammer" disables a cluster of frequencies, mainly GSM and 3G signals within a 32-feet radiius — turning crystal clear babbling into ear-splitting static. This could come in handy when trying to block out mommy from shouting at daddy for the umpteenth time. Price for quiet? $46. In the U.S. cellphone jammers are illegal, with anyone caught with one punishable with a fine of $11,000 and up to a year in jail time. I don't know what the laws are in your neck of the woods, so consider yourself warned before hitting that "Add to Cart" button. - Full Article Source

ITEM #283

12/04/10 - Listia Mania - 400 free credits to start
When stuff gets old, wouldn’t it be nice to exchange it for new stuff? Actually, you can do this at Listia.com, which just came out with an app for Android phones, though it’s also available for free on computers. They start you out with credits and you g et more if you connect it to your Facebook account, which means posting an announcement on your Facebook page saying you just joined the service. We looked over the stuff we could get with our free 400 credits. There was an iPod nano listed for 323 credit s, an all-in-one copier/scanner for 11 credits, lots of arts and crafts supplies, jewelry and so on. Note that the price listed isn’t necessarily the final price.

FREE Stuff for Everyone! Seriously.
Use credits to bid on free auction items
Get 400 free credits when you get started
List stuff you don't need. Get stuff you want - Full Article Source

ITEM #284

12/04/10 - Propensity for 1-night, uncommitted sex appears to be genetic
KeelyNet One in four born to be unfaithful. So, he or she has cheated on you for the umpteenth time and their only excuse is: 'I just can't help it.' According to researchers at Binghamton University, they may be right. The propensity for infidelity could very wel l be in their DNA. "We already know that while many people experience sexual activity, the circumstances, meaning and behavior is different for each person," said Garcia. "Some will experience sex with committed romantic partners, others in uncommitted on e-night stands. Many will experience multiple types of sexual relationships, some even occurring at the same time, while others will exchange sex for resources or money. What we didn't know was how we are motivated to engage in one form and not another, p articularly when it comes to promiscuity and infidelity." Gathering a detailed history of the sexual behavior and intimate relationships of 181 young adults along with samples of their DNA, Garcia and his team of investigators were able to determine that individual differences in sexual behavior could indeed be influenced by individual genetic variation. "What we found was that individuals with a certain variant of the DRD4 gene were more likely to have a history of uncommitted sex, including one-night st ands and acts of infidelity," said Garcia. "The motivation seems to stem from a system of pleasure and reward, which is where the release of dopamine comes in. In cases of uncommitted sex, the risks are high, the rewards substantial and the motivation var iable – all elements that ensure a dopamine 'rush.'" According to Garcia, these results provide some of the first biological evidence that at first glance, seems to be somewhat of a contradiction: that individuals could be looking for a serious committed long-term relationship, but have a history of one-night stands. At the same time, the data also suggests it is also reasonable that someone could be wildly in love with their partner, commit infidelity, and yet still be deeply attached and care for their partner. It all came back to a DRD4 variation in these individuals. Individual differences in the internal drive for a dopamine 'rush' can function independently from the drive for commitment. "The study doesn't let transgressors off the hook," said Garci a. "These relationships are associative, which means that not everyone with this genotype will have one-night stands or commit infidelity. Indeed, many people without this genotype still have one-night stands and commit infidelity. The study merely sugges ts that a much higher proportion of those with this genetic type are likely to engage in these behaviors." Garcia also cautions that the consequences of risky sexual behavior can indeed be extreme. - Full Article Source

ITEM #285

12/04/10 - Sex Everyday Keeps Diseases Away!
Making love is good for adults. And making love regularly is even better. Not only does it help you sleep well, relieve stress and burn calories, there are also several other reasons why you need to have sex more often. A recent study says that men who ha ve sex more than twice a week, have a lesser risk of getting a heart attack, than men who had sex less than once a month... - Full Article Source

ITEM #286

12/04/10 - Electronic 'bridge' could one day restore damaged spinal cords
Until recently, severe spinal cord injuries came with a fairly definite diagnosis of paralysis, whether partial or complete. But new developments in both stem-cell therapy and electronic stimulation have begun to provide hope, however distant, that paraly sis may not be a life sentence. Complicated muscle stimulation devices can enable limited standing and walking, and the first embryonic stem-cell trials began last year. Other techniques, however, may provide an even simpler solution. - Full Article Source

ITEM #287

12/04/10 - Attack of the Trojan Printers
KeelyNet "Security professionals are tapping Trojan horse access points cloaked in printers and other office equipment to infiltrate clients who want their defenses tested, InfoWorld reports. Attackers dressed in IT supplier uniforms drop off printers to a company for a test-drive. Once the device is connected to the network, the penetration testers have a platform behind any perimeter defenses from which to attack. 'You can put your box inside a printer tray and glue it shut, and who will notice if there are one or two or three power cables coming out?' one security researcher says of the method. A variant of the attack, presented by Errata Security at the Defcon hacking convention, uses an attack-tool-laden iPhone mailed to a target company to get inside the fir m's network defenses." - Full Article Source

ITEM #288

12/04/10 - FTC Proposes Do Not Track List For the Web
"The Federal Trade Commission proposed allowing consumers to opt out of having their online activities tracked on Wednesday as part of the agency's preliminary report on consumer privacy. FTC chairman Jon Leibowitz said he would prefer for the makers of p opular web browsers to come up with a setting on their own that would allow consumers to opt out of having their browsing and search habits tracked." - Full Article Source

ITEM #289

12/04/10 - Google Loses Street View Suit, Forced To Pay $1
"Two and a half years ago, the Borings sued Google for invading their privacy by driving onto their private driveway and taking pictures of their house to display on Google Street View. Now, the case has finally come to a close with the judge ruling in fa vor of the Borings and awarding them the princely sum of $1. While the judge found the Borings to be in the right, she awarded them only nominal damages, as the fact that they had already made images of their home available on a real estate site and didn' t bother to seal the lawsuit to minimize publicity indicated the Borings neither valued their privacy nor had it been affected in any great way by Google's actions." - Full Article Source

ITEM #290

12/04/10 - GM Loses Money On Every Volt Built
"Doug Parks, vehicle line executive for the 2011 Chevrolet Volt, GM's range-extended electric vehicle, confirmed Tuesday that the company loses money on every Volt it sells. The expensive 16-kilowatt-hour battery pack, which likely costs GM somewhere betw een $8,000 and $12,000, is clearly too expensive to let the company build hundreds of thousands of Volts right away. Just 10,000 Volts will be built in 2011, though GM is working to increase that number. GM plans to chip away incrementally to lower the co sts of the specialized components in the Volt, especially the power electronics. The price of consumer lithium-ion cells has fallen 6 to 8 percent annually since their 1989 launch; the large-format cells in automotive packs seem likely to follow the same curve and as costs are lowered the Volt may stop being a loss for the company." - Full Article Source

ITEM #291

12/04/10 - Feds Warrantlessly Tracking Americans' Real Time Credit Card Activity
"A 10-page Powerpoint presentation (PDF) that security and privacy analyst Christopher Soghoian recently obtained through a Freedom of Information Act Request to the Department of Justice reveals that law enforcement agencies routinely seek and obtain rea l-time surveillance of credit card transactions. The government's guidelines reveal that this surveillance often occurs with a simple subpoena, thus sidestepping any Fourth Amendment protections." - Full Article Source

ITEM #292

12/04/10 - A Mind Made From Memristors
"Researchers at Boston University's department of cognitive and neural systems are working on an artificial brain implemented with Memristors. 'A memristor is a two-terminal device whose resistance changes depending on the amount, direction, and duration of voltage that's applied to it. But here's the really interesting thing about a memristor: Whatever its past state, or resistance, it freezes that state until another voltage is applied to change it. Maintaining that state requires no power.' Also theore tically described, solid state versions of memristors have not been implemented until recently. Now researchers in Boston claim that memristors are the new key technology to implement highly integrated, powerful artificial brains on cheap and widely avail able hardware within five years." - Full Article Source

ITEM #293

12/04/10 - Photo a Day for 300 days
There's three-and-a-bit years of aging here. I have been somewhat negligent about taking photos for some of that time. Snivelling apologies. - Full Article Source


ITEM #294

12/04/10 - Graduate Students Being Warned Away From Leaked Cables
"The US State Dept has started to warn potential recruits from universities not to read leaked cables, lest it jeopardize their chances of getting a job. They're also showing warnings to troops who access news websites and the Library of Congress and Depa rtment of Education have blocked WikiLeaks on their own networks. Quite what happens when these employees go home is an open question." (So afraid of their own malfeasance being brought to light...this won't stop it. - JWD) - Full Article Source

ITEM #295

12/01/10 - How to receive Blocked Channels if you live outside the US
KeelyNet If you live outside the USA and want to receive blocked TV from the states, I would HIGHLY RECOMMEND you sign up for the very low cost services of; VPNTelevision.com. I screwed around fo r weeks trying Modify Headers, FoxyPoxy, Hotspot Shield, VPN net, UltraSurf, Proxies..all were flaky, questionable or SLLOOWWW! Then I found VPNtelevision..wow! $21 for 3 months or $55 for 1 year. I signed up for the 3 months for $21, paid with PayPal and they had me hooked up and online with Hulu and anything else I wanted within about 30 minutes. The online tutorial video shows how to set it up on your computer, SO EASY and QUICK! I cannot tell you how DELIGHTED I AM with this service living in Mexico a nd I can choose whatever I want in English, fast, clean, easy to install. Once I have it on, I can't SEND emails but its easy to Log out or Log back in when I want to watch TV or movies. I terminated my $50US a month Megacable which had about 50% commerci als and flaky programming, most of course in spanish, so now I save almost $600US A YEAR!!! My TV channels cover just about anything you want, news, comedy, TV shows, movies, documentar ies, etc.. Will add more as they become available or I find out about them and test to verify no problems.

A new report shows that cable television companies lost 741,000 customers between July and September, representing the biggest quarterly drop ever since the media research firm SNL Kagan began compiling the statistics 30 years ago. - Full Article Source

ITEM #296

12/01/10 - Each Volt Costs $40,000 to Build
In his new book called Overhaul, Steve Rattner who used to head the government’s auto task force, disclosed GMs cost to build the Volt. This is a closely guarded corporate secret that Rattner was privy to through his work to restructure GM though its bank ruptcy. Rattner is currently the subject of legal proceedings and despite the questionable ethics and behavior of doing so he wrote the following: “At least in the early years, each Volt would cost around $40,000 to manufacture (development costs not incl uded).” - Full Article Source

ITEM #297

12/01/10 - Stirling engine in a teacup
KeelyNet Gas is sealed inside a Stirling engine. The pistons move as you heat and cool that sealed gas, changing the pressure inside the system. Stirling engines were invented in the early 19th century, but they aren't used much today, mainly because the need for an external heat source makes them a bit impractical. For instance, a car run on a Stirling engine would take a while to heat up before you could drive it. They also weigh a lot more than an equally powerful internal combustion engine, which means, in a c ar, you'd lose some of the efficiency you'd gained. That said, there's a lot of potential for these things. Stirling engines can run on pretty much any heat source, which makes them a great fit for alternative energy. They're already starting to show up i n stationary power plants that produce both heat and electricity for universities and factory campuses. This little engine is built from a kit, and can run on everything from the heat of your hand, to the steaming cup of coffee we see here. - Full Article Source

ITEM #298

12/01/10 - Rare metal stores solar heat, makes 'rechargeable solar battery' possible
KeelyNet The remarkable material is known as fulvalene diruthenium. When a molecule of the substance absorbs sunlight it changes shape into a semi-stable, but perfectly safe, state. It can stay like this indefinitely until combined with a catalyst when it will sna p back to its original form releasing a huge amount of heat. This heat could then be used to heat a home. Most solar power device used today convert energy from the sun into electricity or heat but do not store the energy that is not used. When the heat i s released, fuel made from fulvalene diruthenium is capable of becoming as hot as 200C. ‘You can use it where you want, on demand. You could put the fuel in the sun, charge it up, then use the heat, and place the same fuel back in the sun to recharge.' The main obstacle to the new technology is the relative rarity of fulvalene diruthenium, m aking it extremely expensive to use. Fulvalene diruthenium comes from ruthenium, which is a rare, expensive hard white metal element of the platinum group. Only about twelve tons of ruthenium are mined each year. It is also a byproduct of nuclear fission but the process to create it is extremely expensive. However scientists believe that now they understand how it works, other cheaper materials with similar properties will be found. - Full Article Source

ITEM #299

12/01/10 - Google Earth 6 w/Millions of 3D Trees and Better Street View Integration
The just-released Google Earth 6 adds an entirely new—and surprisingly interesting—dimension to Google's virtual globe application: 3D trees. Well, trees and a much-improved street view. - Full Article Source


ITEM #300

12/01/10 - Miami Vice - Amen...Send Money
KeelyNet Watch 00:00-01:48...Watch preacher explain God as Glue that holds together all matter... Reverend Bill Bob Proverb (Brian Dennehy) is preaching the gospel through his IGG (In God's Glory) Ministries, wanting money for his ministry, and for himself to buy the "better things". Brian Dennehy puts in one of his patented solid performances, this time as the televangelist Reverend Billy Bob Proverb who preaches the divinity of materialism (props to the MV writers for not pulling any punches satirizing the like s of notorious religious shysters such as Jim Bakker). This episode isn't your standard MV fare: no guns are shot, no boats are raced, no Ferrari's rip around town to 80's pop music. What you do get is a pretty solid, albeit light, 48-minutes of entertain ment. - Full Article Source

ITEM #301

12/01/10 - Calloway V Spiral Magnet Motor - V Gate: 02
Calloway V Gate on a skateboard wheel. For more info please visit http://www.callowayengines.com Brought to you by http://www.dust-aid.com - seeking simple solutions for a better world. Comment: Very awsome! We may be getting close to a self suficent moto r... But then we have the whole energy output for uses other than to keep itself running... If that makes sense... I belive we are getting there none the less! Great?job! - Full Article Source


ITEM #302

12/01/10 - Methane-powered laptops closer
It may not much longer to make fuel cells practical and affordable. Fuel cells operate by converting chemical energy (from hydrogen or a hydrocarbon fuel such as methane) into an electric current. Oxygen ions travel from the cathode through the electrolyt e toward the anode, where they oxidize the fuel to produce a current of electrons back toward the cathode. That may seem simple enough in principle, but until now, SOFCs have been more suited for the laboratory rather than the office or garage. With advan ces in nanostructured devices, lower operating temperatures, and the use of an abundant fuel source and cheaper materials, a group of researchers led by Shriram Ramanathan at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) are increasingly o ptimistic about the commercial viability of the technology. Ramanathan says they may, in fact, soon become the go-to technology for those on the go. The obstacles to using SOFCs to charge laptops and phones or drive the next generation of cars and trucks have remained reliability, temperature, and cost. Critical advances - In two studies appearing in the Journal of Power Sources this month, Ramanathan's team reported several critical advances in SOFC technology that may quicken their pace to market. In th e first paper, Ramanathan's group demonstrated stable and functional all-ceramic thin-film SOFCs that do not contain any platinum, according to a Harvard University press release. In thin-film SOFCs, the electrolyte is reduced to a hundredth or even a tho usandth of its usual scale, using densely packed layers of special ceramic films, each just nanometres in thickness. These micro-SOFCs usually incorporate platinum electrodes, but they can be expensive and unreliable. “If you use porous metal electrodes,” explains Ramanathan, “they tend to be inherently unstable over long periods of time. They start to agglomerate and create open circuits in the fuel cells.” Win-win situation - Ramanathan's platinum-free micro-SOFC eliminates this problem, resulting in a win-win: lower cost and higher reliability. - Full Article Source

ITEM #303

12/01/10 - Climate change will cost a billion people their homes, says report
Devastating changes to sea levels, rainfall, water supplies, weather systems and crop yields are increasingly likely before the end of the century, scientists will warn tomorrow. A special report, to be released at the start of climate negotiations in Can cún, Mexico, will reveal that up to a billion people face losing their homes in the next 90 years because of failures to agree curbs on carbon emissions. Up to three billion people could lose access to clean water supplies because global temperatures cann ot now be stopped from rising by 4C. Researchers such as Richard Betts, head of climate impacts at the Met Office, calculate that a 4C rise could occur in less than 50 years, with melting of ice sheets and rising sea levels. - Full Article Source

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12/01/10 - Total Lunar Eclipse December 21st from 1:30AM...
KeelyNet The last one visible for us was nearly three years ago and the next one will be nearly three and a half years in the future, so make sure you catch this one if it is clear. This eclipse will be later than usual, starting at 1: 30 a.m. Dec. 21, just a few hours before the winter solstice. The total part of the eclipse, when the moon is completely engulfed in our shadow, will start at 2:41 a.m. and end at 3:53 a.m. The entire eclipse will not be over until 5 a.m. This means the moon will be nearly directly overhead when it plunges into the earth's shadow. Every lunar eclipse is always different in character and tells you a lot about the nature of our atmosphere at the time. They range from almost completely black, with the full moon melting into our sky and disappearing from sight, which happened in 1982 and 1991 after major volcanic eruptions, to being bright and coppery like a new penny when the atmosphere is clear. They are usually somewhere in between, glowing with a wonderful deep orange or reddish lig ht that makes the moon look alive and three-dimensional, as if you could just reach up and touch it. The moon is only 1 1/2 seconds away at the speed of light, but that is still nearly a quarter of a million miles out in space. - Full Article Source

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12/01/10 - Inconvenient truths about our evolution?
A controversial scientist claims he can shed light on human behaviour. But not everyone will like his theories, says Jeremy Laurance. Why do beautiful people have more daughters? Because beauty is more important for a woman than a man, according to evolut ionary psychologist Satoshi Kanazawa. Why are most suicide bombers Muslim? Because they don't get enough sex. Why are liberals more intelligent than conservatives? Because liberalism is "evolutionarily novel." The London School of Economics researcher and author of Ten Politically Incorrect Truths about Human Nature is accustomed to defending his provocative assertions against outraged critics. He acknowledges that some of his ideas may seem "immoral, contrary to our ideals or offensive". But he insists they are true and supported by scientific evidence that he has continued to collect since his book was published in 2007. "Like it or not, human nature is simply not politically correct," he says.

1 Beautiful people have more daughters
2 Liberals are more intelligent than conservatives
3 Most suicide bombers are Muslim
4 Men like blonde bombshells (and women want to look like them)
5 Humans are naturally polygamous
6 Having sons reduces the likelihood of divorce
7 What creative geniuses have in common with criminals
8 The myth of the male mid-life crisis
9 It's natural for male politicians to risk everything for an affair
10 Men sexually harass women because they are not sexist
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12/01/10 - Mystery of the Razor Blade (Jan, 1932)
KeelyNet There has been so much misunderstanding of razor blades in the past that every user of those universal utilities will welcome this highly interesting and authoritative article. - By J. G. PRATT - ALTHOUGH a large amount of research lias been conducted in connection with razor blades, the magnification has generally been carried little beyond three or four hundred diameters— insufficient to show the actual cutting edge and the effect of stropping. On this account, the numerous myths and illusions which hav e found their way into the lore of razors have been handed down unchallenged since man began to shave. The most common of these is that the razor’s edge is “sawtooth”; that these “teeth” are bent over in shaving and that stropping brings them back into pr oper alignment. The blade does look that way in sunlight, even to the naked eye; and the micrograph reproduced in Fig. 1, even at 200 diameters, seems to carry out this idea. Even eminent authorities show micrographs taken at two or three hundred diameter s, similar to that seen in Fig. 2, in proof of the sawtooth theory. What appears sawtooth, however, is not the actual cutting edge, but the coarse grinding, probably 1/500-inch below the cutting edge, as shown in Fig. 3. I can easily condone this mistake because, when (after weeks of study) I managed to secure Micrograph No. 2, I remember throwing my hat in the air in the belief that my goal had finally been reached. At 1,000 diameters the edge (see Fig. 4) straightens out into an unbroken line; at two th ousand, and beyond, it shows the “grain” and a wavy or scalloped edge, according to the structure of the steel and the processes used at the factory (Fig. 5). With the entire lack of scientific knowledge on the subject, it is remarkable that stropping dev ices have been improved to their present state of efficiency; for manufacturers could rely only upon shaving tests, and there are probably few things in life as variable as men’s whiskers. People often ask me which I judge, from my extensive research, to be the sharpest blade on the market. Sharp- ness in a razor blade is merely a relative quality; because what best suits one beard might be very inferior when used on another. If you can imagine a razor blade nearly two blocks long, with a continuous serie s of little mounds and jagged depressions hardly larger than the teeth of a bucksaw, you might visualize to some extent the magnitude of the task involved; especially since this vast edge can only be ‘Tacked” across the field of the camera a little at a t ime. My investigation proved that stropping does not fill in the nicks; — it merely straightens up the edge where it is turned over, and pushes back into a plane the steel fibers which are bulged out of place. It is these which pull the whisker and make f or uncomfortable shaving; the nicks seen at high magnification having little to do with the efficiency of the blade. This fact is well illustrated in the large illustration on the first page of this article, showing that a comparatively large nick compris es hut a small portion of the cutting edge which attacks a single hair; the hair at this magnification, it will be seen, appearing about seven inches in diameter. Another interesting fact rought to light is that the old-fashioned razor strop is just as ef ficient as the best of the machine stroppers. It has often been wondered why the real heavy blades, with proper stropping, give probably ten times as many comfortable shaves as the thin blades. The thin blade has a tendency to break down, practically all along the edge (Figs. 6, 7, 8) and its rejuvenation from stropping is more or less limited. With the heavy blades, although a nick appears here and there, the edge as a whole is practically untouched except for a certain amount of bending; and this is at once corrected by stropping, to almost the efficiency of a new blade. And even the nick, seen in Fig. 10, by compression of the bulged fibers, is reduced to one-third its original size. In conclusion, I might say that the man who does his own shaving migh t well profit from the experiments conducted in connection with the care of razor blades. New blades are covered with a waxy substance which will preserve them in their original packages almost indefinitely. A blade used once, however, and subjected to th e usual bathroom moisture, will deteriorate more rapidly from corrosion than from subsequent shaving, after shaving, therefore, wipe the blade dry and then cover it with vaseline ; and it will give you more and better shaves than has heretofore been its w ont. - Full Article Source

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12/01/10 - High-tech patent fuels better car performance
With a vast number of advanced vehicles on the road and stricter controls on emissions in China, demand for better quality gasoline has skyrocketed. A team from the Research Institute of Petroleum Processing has now developed proprietary technology to hel p deliver it. "A naphtha catalytic reforming unit is key to producing high-octane gasoline," said Ma Aizeng, director of institute affiliated with China Petroleum and Chemical Corp, widely known as Sinopec. "Complete catalytic converter expertise was befo re mastered in only two countries, but now China has become the third with its own independent intellectual property," he said proudly. The process actually rearranges - or reforms - hydrocarbon molecules for higher energy potential. The patented technolo gy produces catalysts called PS-VI and PS-VII. Both meet leading international standards. PS-VI is now included on the supply list of ExxonMobil, the largest US oil company. The patented approach can also be applied to make chemical fibers, plastics and r ubber materials related to the country's strategic and economic security, according to Ma. PS-VI and PS-VII are now used in 28 of the nation's 38 catalytic reforming units. But they are not the only homegrown catalysts, said the director. "We have had two generations of products," Ma said. "With the previous versions, we accumulated experience that have paved way for the successful invention of the two latest catalysts." - Full Article Source

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12/01/10 - China Drops the Hydrail Shoe
Today (29 November, 2010) a joint academic/industrial enterprise announced in the English language People’s Daily that they have “successfully introduced” China’s first “new energy fuel cell light rail [hydrail] locomotive,” potentially moving the country to the head of the hydrail manufacturing and exporting line. Those of us who follow hydrail—hydrogen fuel cell railroad technology—and give it a shove forward whenever we can, are surprised that China hasn’t stood up to be counted earlier. The enormous T hree Gorges hydroelectric project, though environmentally controversial, seemed an ideal source of zero-carbon electrolysis hydrogen for rail propulsion. That could take a big chunk out of the newly car-crazy nation’s huge oil imports and CO2 emissions. A t the same time, the US and Canada (who collaborated years ago in the invention, development and demonstration of hydrail) have got to be wishing they had followed-up in a timely fashion to exploit its enormous job creation potential instead of meekly han ding it off to the “shop floor of the world.” It isn’t as if we couldn’t see it coming. There’s no other realistic alternative to petroleum and track electrification. There’s no need to belabor the need to get off oil (climate, geoilpolitics and all that) . - Full Article Source

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12/01/10 - Shape-shifting robot can grip differently-shaped items
The Jambot is a shape-changing robotic prototype being developed by a team led by University of Chicago Physicist Heinrich Jaeger and his group through a DARPA initiative. Also involved is iRobot, the company best known for the Roomba. He and [colleague E ric] Brown have designed a gripper using jamming and flexible structures that could replace a robotic claw. A typical claw needs hinges, motors, and feedback sensors to prevent it from crushing the object it's trying to hold, and the computational power t o operate them. But Jaeger's jamming-based gripper is more like a beanbag, flowing around the object and then holding it gently. "We came at this from a completely different perspective," he says, "looking for a way to short-circuit this inherent complexi ty." - Full Article Source


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12/01/10 - Assignment puts spark into high school studies
The assignment challenged students to come up with their own way to convert mechanical energy from a recycled bicycle into electrical energy to power an iPod, cell phone or GPS, said their teacher, Terri Tessmann, who formerly worked as a biomedical engin eer. The students had the option of using an alternative energy source to power the bike, Tessmann said. Seniors Nick Lichtenwalner, 18, and Kevin Walsh, 17, built a system that connected the bike's chain to a cog that spun a generator to produce electric ity. By using a small capacitor, they were able to maintain a steady energy flow rather that one that fluctuates with the speed of the bike, which could burn out the iPod's battery. Also, by using a capacitor with a USB port, they were able to easily use the iPod's regular charging cord. Their classmates, Marques Surita, 17, and Vince Dodulik, 18, ran into a few more bumps along the way as they came up with a system to charge a cell phone or GPS. Having discovered their classmates' use of a capacitor just one week before the project was due, it was too late to adjust. The two said they actually "torched" a couple phones because they had problems keeping the energy flow steady. - Full Article Source

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12/01/10 - Brazil nut effect: why larger mixed nuts "float" to surface
While I'm thinking about particle physics, here's something that might interest those of you who puzzle over why the dried fruit often ends up on the top of your cereal, or why cashews and Brazil nuts often end up pouring out on top in a can of mixed nuts . It's because of a phenomenon called granular convection, also known as the muesli effect or the Brazil nut effect. Shaking the contents of a container effectively liquidizes them, causing the bigger ones to float and cluster together. The phenomenon has been of interest to scientists since the 1930s. - Full Article Source


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12/01/10 - Reversing Aging by protecting chromosome tips
Telomerase reverses ageing process -- dramatic rejuvenation of prematurely aged mice hints at potential therapy. Premature aging can be reversed by reactivating an enzyme that protects the tips of chromosomes, a study in mice suggests. Mice engineered to lack the enzyme called telomerase become prematurely decrepit. But they bounced back to health when the enzyme was replaced. The finding hints that some disorders characterized by early aging could be treated by boosting telomerase activity. - Full Article Source

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12/01/10 - Hotel peephole doctored for easy removal and spying
Last week, as Kent Brewster was leaving his hotel room in the morning, he found a small piece of crumpled paper on the floor of his room; he realized that this had been used to plug up the peephole in the door, which had been doctored to allow people in t he hallway to spy on the goings-on in the room. Says Kent: " The hotel manager took care of me--and was just as freaked as I was, and instantly sent housekeeping to check every room--so I don't want to call them out by name ... - Full Article Source


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12/01/10 - No Press Is Bad Press Even Online
"The NYTimes has an 8-page exposé on how an online business is thriving because of giant amounts of negative reviews. It seems that if you directly google the company you have no problem discerning the true nature; but if you instead only google the brand names it sells, the company is at the top of the rankings. Turns out that all the negative advertisement he generates from reputable sites gives him countless links that inflate his pagerank." - Full Article Source

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12/01/10 - Being Too Clean Can Make People Sick
KeelyNet "Young people who are overexposed to antibacterial soaps containing triclosan may suffer more allergies, and exposure to higher levels of Bisphenol A among adults may negatively influence the immune system, a new University of Michigan School of Public He alth study suggests (abstract, full paper [PDF]). Triclosan is a chemical compound widely used in products such as antibacterial soaps, toothpaste, pens, diaper bags and medical devices. Bisphenol A is found in many plastics and, for example, as a protect ive lining in food cans. Both of these chemicals are in a class of environmental toxicants called endocrine-disrupting compounds, which are believed to negatively impact human health by mimicking or affecting hormones." - Full Article Source

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12/01/10 - US Army Unveils 'Revolutionary' $35,000 Rifle
"Don't call it a 'rifle,' call it the 'XM25 Counter Defilade Target Engagement System' and get your $35,000 worth. Much more than a projector of high-speed lead, this device hurls small grenades that automatically detonate in mid-flight with 1-meter accur acy over nearly 800m. The vital field feature is the ability to explode 1m behind the wall you just lazed — the one with the enemy hiding behind it." (This is pathetic...sure, marevelous tech but one rifle costs more money than an enemy trooper makes in h is entire life. War is fine when justifiable but none of our current engagements are justifiable or morally correct. - JWD) - Full Article Source

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12/01/10 - WikiLeaks Will Unveil Major Bank Scandal
KeelyNet "When WikiLeaks announced it was releasing 251,287 US diplomatic cables, we all thought we knew what was meant by its earlier ominous words that, 'The coming months will see a new world, where global history is redefined.' It now appears the organization is sitting on a treasure trove of information so big that it has stopped taking submissions.

Among data to be released are tens of thousands of documents from a major US banking firm and material from pharmaceutical companies, finance firms and energy companies." - Full Article Source

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12/01/10 - Aussie Government Gives PDF the Thumbs Down
"The central IT office of the Australian Government has advised its agencies to offer alternatives to Adobe's Portable Document Format to ensure folks with impaired vision are able to consume information on the Web. A Government-funded study found that PD Fs can present themselves as image-only files to screen readers, rendering the information contained within them unreadable for the vision impaired." (So what about the zoom feature builtin to PDF readers? - JWD) - Full Article Source

DVD - the Physics of Crystals, Pyramids and Tetrahedrons
KeelyNet This is a wonderful duel DVD set lasting 2 hours and which presents one man's lifelong study of pyramids, crystals and their effects. Several of his original and very creative experiments are explained and diagramed out for experimenters. These experiments include;

1) transmutation of zinc to lower elements using a tetrahedron,
2) energy extraction from a pyramid,
3) determining mathematic ratios of nature in a simple experiment,
4) accelerating the growth of food,
5) increasing the abundance of food,
6) how crystals amplify, focus and defocus energy,
7) using crystals to assist natural healing,
8) how the universe uses spirals and vortexes to produce free energy and MORE...
- Two DVDs - More Info and check out this Youtube Clip

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

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

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

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

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

Shape Power
KeelyNet Dan Davidson's analysis of the mysterious pyramid energies, Keely's aether force, Reich's orgone energy, Schauberger's diamagnetic energy, plus a host of others, and shows how shape and materials interact with the universal aether to modify the aether into electromagnetic, gravitic, and various healing energies... - More Info and check out this Shape Power Youtube

The Physics of the Primary State of Matter
KeelyNet The Physics of the Primary State of Matter - published in the 1930s, Karl Schappeller described his Prime Mover, a 10-inch steel sphere with quarter-inch copper tubing coils. These were filled with a material not named specifically, but which is said to have hardened under the influence of direct current and a magnetic field [electro-rheological fluid]. With such polarization, it might be guessed to act like a dielectric capacitor and as a diode... - More Info

$5 Alt Science MP3s to listen while working/driving/jogging
KeelyNetNo time to sit back and watch videos? Here are 15 interesting presentations you can download for just $5 each and listen to while driving, working, jogging, etc. An easy way to learn some fascinating new things that you will find of use. Easy, cheap and simple, better than eBooks or Videos. Roughly 50MB per MP3. - More Info

15 New Alternative Science DVDs & 15 MP3s
An assortment of alternative science videos that provide many insights and inside information from various experimenters. Also MP3s extracted from these DVDs that you can listen to while working or driving. Reference links for these lectures and workshops by Bill Beaty of Amateur Science on the Dark Side of Amateur Science, Peter Lindemann on the World of Free Energy, Norman Wootan on the History of the EV Gray motor, Dan Davidson on Shape Power and Gravity Wave Phenomena, Lee Crock on a Method for Stimulating Energy, Doug Konzen on the Konzen Pulse Motor, George Wiseman on the Water Torch and Jerry Decker on Aether, ZPE and Dielectric Nano Arrays. Your purchase of these products helps support KeelyNet, thanks! - More Info

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