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02/28/09 - Doodling Can Help Memory
Researchers in the United Kingdom found that test subjects who doodled while listening to a recorded message had a 29 percent better recall of the message's details than those who didn't doodle. The findings were published in Applied Cognitive Psychology. "If someone is doing a boring task, like listening to a dull telephone conversation, they may start to daydream," study researcher Professor Jackie Andrade, of the School of Psychology at the University of Plymouth, said in a news release issued by the journal's publisher. "Daydreaming distracts them from the task, resulting in poorer performance. A simple task, like doodling, may be sufficient to stop daydreaming without affecting performance on the main task." - Source

02/26/09 - You May Just Power All Your Own Gadgets One Day
KeelyNet Ngalande's Green Erg generator is a wheeled device, attached by a simple harness that's designed to trundle along behind a person who's walking. As the user walks along, the rubber-coated rollers keep in good contact with the ground--even on rough, bumpy terrain--and spin a dynamo that generates power. According to Dr. Ngalande using it doesn't place a noticeable burden on the wearer: "We have tested it on moist lawns and it has worked. It is very smooth, so much that you basically don't feel any disturbance as you move along." And it's powerful enough to put out more than 2 watts at normal walking speed--more power would be produced at running pace, but it's also ideal for tagging onto an ox cart, or even a bicycle due to its simplicity. There are a number of technologies bubbling away that make use of "human power." We covered a Japanese experiment to use commuter footsteps to drive machines in railway stations, and the "dance-floor power station" that uses similar principles hit the news last year. There's also considerable research by the space industry and the military into using astronauts and soldier's motions to generate power for their gizmos. That technology is a little more sophisticated, involving piezoelectric power generators and the like, but the principle is the same. Most interesting of all is some research into nanotech-embedded fabrics that would make your clothes generate power as you move without you even noticing. - Source

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KeelyNet Shape Power - 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... - Shape Power Youtube

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...

02/26/09 - Electrolyzed water cleans, degreases -- and treats athlete's foot
KeelyNet The stuff is a simple mixture of table salt and tap water whose ions have been scrambled with an electric current. Researchers have dubbed it electrolyzed water -- hardly as catchy as Mr. Clean. But at the Sheraton Delfina in Santa Monica, some hotel workers are calling it el liquido milagroso -- the miracle liquid. That's as good a name as any for a substance that scientists say is powerful enough to kill anthrax spores without harming people or the environment. Used as a sanitizer for decades in Russia and Japan, it's slowly winning acceptance in the United States. A New York poultry processor uses it to kill salmonella on chicken carcasses. Minnesota grocery clerks spray sticky conveyors in the checkout lanes. Michigan jailers mop with electrolyzed water to keep potentially lethal cleaners out of the hands of inmates. In Santa Monica, the once-skeptical Sheraton housekeeping staff has ditched skin-chapping bleach and pungent ammonia for spray bottles filled with electrolyzed water to clean toilets and sinks. The mixture costs less than a penny a gallon. It cuts down on employee injuries from chemicals. It reduces shipping costs and waste because hotel staffers prepare the elixir on site. It turns out that zapping salt water with low-voltage electricity creates a couple of powerful yet nontoxic cleaning agents. Sodium ions are converted into sodium hydroxide, an alkaline liquid that cleans and degreases like detergent, but without the scrubbing bubbles. Chloride ions become hypochlorous acid, a potent disinfectant known as acid water. "It's 10 times more effective than bleach in killing bacteria," said Yen-Con Hung, a professor of food science at the University of Georgia-Griffin, who has been researching electrolyzed water for more than a decade. "And it's safe." There are drawbacks. Electrolyzed water loses its potency fairly quickly, so it can't be stored long. Machines are pricey and geared mainly for industrial use. The process also needs to be monitored frequently for the right strength. Then there's the "magic water" hype that has accompanied electrolyzed drinking water. A number of companies sell so-called ionizers for home use that can range from about $600 to more than $3,000. The alkaline water, proponents say, provides health benefits. Russians are putting electrolyzed water down oil wells to kill pesky microbes. Europeans use it to treat burn victims. Electrolyzing equipment is helping to sanitize drinking water in parts of Latin American and Africa. - Source

02/26/09 - Morphing Wing Tips Will Cut Drag and Save Fuel
Airbus and Boeing are working on developing winglets – those small drag-reducing attachments at the tip of a plane's wing – that will move while an aircraft is in flight. That's a change from today's winglets, which are fixed in place, and it would mean a big boost in fuel efficiency. The two aerospace giants are investigating different morphing wing tip technologies, but both are banking on moveable winglets as they continue searching for ways to make more earth-friendly aircraft. - Source

02/26/09 - New Membrane to produce biogas
There are large numbers of both biodigesters and compressed methane powered motor vehicles in South Asia, with the largest number of biogas digesters in Nepal, about 140,000. The largest number of methane powered vehicles is in Pakistan, more than 1.2 million. Different problems are associated with producing biogas in village biodigesters. Although the resultant raw gas will burn and can be used for cooking, it is not pure enough to be used in engines. Being able to process biogas locally therefore opens up a possible way in which villages in many countries could become energy independent, without requiring the invention of any radically new technologies. It may also encourage the composting of organic waste in such a way as to reduce the release of methane; a global warming gas more than 20 times as potent as CO2. As well as inventing a new membrane to perform the separation, the team has also invented a continuous asymmetric membrane casting system that can produce this and other membranes as flat sheets. - Source

02/26/09 - Aurora's $3 lifesaver - Broken Neutral Detector
The small device, which looks like a plug-in air freshener, plugs into your power socket and can detect a "broken neutral", which inventor Eric Myers says is a relatively common but potentially lethal problem. It costs roughly $3 a year to operate and Aurora, which holds the patent for the invention, hopes it will become mandatory in houses around the country and even the world. Dr Davis said the device, which is not available now, will eventually be delivered for free to all Tasmanian households. "People just don't know this threat exists," he said. "Broken neutrals are potentially life-threatening and have the capacity to direct dangerous voltages into household objects. "I encourage people when they get one of these to plug it in and continually check if the green light is on." A green light indicates that the active current coming into the house is being released properly through the neutral, or if the neutral is broken, the earth wire. An orange light indicates high or low voltage and a red light indicates a threat of electrocution. "This is essentially like a smoke detector. If a smoke detector goes off you go looking for the smoke or the fire and you deal with it. It is the same with this device and there is the risk of a shock." - Source

02/26/09 - Skype to Go for cheap calls from any Phone
Make cheap international calls from any cellphone or landline with a Skype To Go number, which works sort of like a supercharged calling card for Skype users. Once you've got a Skype To Go number, you just call it when you want to place what would normally be a spendy international call. Instead of taking a hit on $1/minute calls, your Skype To Go number charges you the same low rate as it would if you had used Skype on your computer to call the international number. The service supports creating your own little speed dial list, too, so you can dial up your Skype To Go number and quickly place a call to a favorite contact by hitting #1, for example. Skype To Go isn't a new service, but according to Download Squad, it used to require a Skype Pro plan. Now it's available to all users with a Skype account, provided you've got some Skype Credit or a subscription. - Source

02/26/09 - Flying Car Flies From London To Africa w/video
KeelyNet "It may not be exactly what people have envisioned or tried over the years, such as the flying car in Bladerunner, or the previously reported Terrafugia Transition, but the BBC is reporting that a flying car (creatively dubbed the Skycar, but different from this Skycar) has flown from London across into Africa. They modified a parajet fan that can fly a man into a bigger fan with a canopy that is capable of flying a car." - Source

02/26/09 - Hair bleaches itself as we get older
Wash away your gray? Maybe. A team of European scientists have finally solved a mystery that has perplexed humans throughout the ages: why we turn gray. Despite the notion that gray hair is a sign of wisdom, these researchers show in a research report published online in The FASEB Journal ( that wisdom has nothing to do with it. Going gray is caused by a massive build up of hydrogen peroxide due to wear and tear of our hair follicles. The peroxide winds up blocking the normal synthesis of melanin, our hair's natural pigment. -

02/26/09 - Curious Inventor
We're a few mechanical and electrical engineers from GaTech trying to make it easier to make and sell inventions. We write how-to guides, sell cherry-picked parts and tools, and also manufacture kits. If you've got an idea you'd like to sell, but don't want to deal with kit bagging, shipping, machining a case, or simply don't have the cash to buy in bulk, let us know! - Source

02/26/09 - Recipe for Disaster: The Formula That Killed Wall Street
A year ago, it was hardly unthinkable that a math wizard like David X. Li might someday earn a Nobel Prize...Today, though, as dazed bankers, politicians, regulators, and investors survey the wreckage of the biggest financial meltdown since the Great Depression, Li is probably thankful he still has a job in finance at all. Not that his achievement should be dismissed. He took a notoriously tough nut -- determining correlation, or how seemingly disparate events are related -- and cracked it wide open with a simple and elegant mathematical formula, one that would become ubiquitous in finance worldwide. For five years, Li's formula, known as a Gaussian copula function, looked like an unambiguously positive breakthrough, a piece of financial technology that allowed hugely complex risks to be modeled with more ease and accuracy than ever before. With his brilliant spark of mathematical legerdemain, Li made it possible for traders to sell vast quantities of new securities, expanding financial markets to unimaginable levels. His method was adopted by everybody from bond investors and Wall Street banks to ratings agencies and regulators. And it became so deeply entrenched -- and was making people so much money -- that warnings about its limitations were largely ignored. Then the model fell apart... David X. Li, it's safe to say, won't be getting that Nobel anytime soon. One result of the collapse has been the end of financial economics as something to be celebrated rather than feared. And Li's Gaussian copula formula will go down in history as instrumental in causing the unfathomable losses that brought the world financial system to its knees... - Source

02/26/09 - The 27 Sites that help you find the answers
Social media using the power of communication to get the answers we’re all lookin’ for… Here’s the sites that have the answers. - Source

02/26/09 - Paper Diagnostics
KeelyNet Diagnostic tools that are cheap to make, simple to use, and rugged enough for rural areas could save thousands of lives in poor parts of the world. To make such devices, Harvard University professor George Whitesides is coupling advanced microfluidics with one of humankind's oldest technologies: paper. The result is a versatile, disposable test that can check a tiny amount of urine or blood for evidence of infectious diseases or chronic conditions. The finished devices are squares of paper roughly the size of postage stamps. The edge of a square is dipped into a urine sample or pressed against a drop of blood, and the liquid moves through channels into testing wells. Depending on the chemicals present, different reactions occur in the wells, turning the paper blue, red, yellow, or green. A reference key is used to interpret the results. - Source

02/26/09 - Biological Machines
Michel Maharbiz's novel interfaces between machines and living systems could give rise to a new generation of cyborg devices. The devices are cheap: materials cost as little as five dollars, and the electronics are easy to build with mostly off-the-shelf components. "They can fly into tiny cracks and could be fitted with heat sensors designed to find injured survivors," says Maharbiz, an assistant professor at the University of California, Berkeley. "You cannot do that now with completely synthetic systems." Maharbiz's specialty is designing interfaces between machines and living systems, from individual cells to entire organisms. His goal is to create novel "biological machines" that take advantage of living cells' capacity for extremely low-energy yet exquisitely precise movement, communication, and computation. Maharbi­z envisions devices that can collect, manipulate, store, and act on information from their environments. Tissue for replacing damaged organs might be an example, or tables that can repair themselves or reconfigure their shapes on the basis of environmental cues. In 100 years, Maharbiz says, "I bet this kind of machine will be everywhere, derived from cells but completely engineered." The remote-controlled beetles are an early success story. Beetles integrate visual, mechanical, and chemical information to control flight, all using a modicum of energy--a feat that's almost impossible to reproduce from scratch. In order to deploy a beetle as a useful and sophisticated tool like a search-and-rescue "robot," Maharbiz's team had to create input and output mechanisms that could efficiently communicate with and control the insect's nervous system. Such interfaces are now possible thanks to advances in microfabrication techniques, the availability of ever smaller power sources, and the growing sophistication of microelectromechanical systems (MEMS)--tiny mechanical devices that can be assembled to make things like radios and microcontrollers. - Source

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. - $15 eBook Download / Source to Buy

02/26/09 - PDF-to-Word Converter Pulls Readable Text from Scanned Images
Free web-based converter PDF-to-Word turns static PDF files into edit-friendly Word documents with surprising, reliable accuracy. It's in closed beta right now, but Lifehacker readers can get in early. You upload a PDF, choose Word or Rich Text Format, and fork over your email address. The RTF files are, well, as good as straight-up text can be. The Word results, though, are impressively faithful to your PDF originals, with lines, graphics, boxes, and other elements retained and arranged in fluid layouts. - Source

02/26/09 - Carbon dioxide gets new life as it's recycled into gasoline
Scientists demonstrated years ago that CO2 can be converted into liquid fuel by breaking it apart and combining the carbon atom with hydrogen. Those are the basic building blocks of hydrocarbons, such as oil and coal, and feed stocks such as corn and sugar cane. The problem: CO2 is very stable and can be split only under high temperature and pressure. That requires a lot of energy, which drives up costs. The start-ups are devising ways to unravel CO2 using less energy. But at least a handful of companies and scientists are turning that battle on its head: They're finding ways to recycle CO2 and turn it back into gasoline and other transportation fuels. - Source

DVD - the Physics of Crystals, Pyramids and Tetrahedrons
KeelyNet This is a wonderful 2 hour DVD 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... - $20 DVD + S&H / Source to Buy and Youtube Clip

02/26/09 - State of War?
KeelyNet What I remember most about my return to Mexico last year are the narcomantas. At least that’s what everyone called them: "drug banners." Perhaps a dozen feet long and several feet high, they were hung in parks and plazas around Monterrey. Their messages were hand-painted in black block letters. They all said virtually the same thing, even misspelling the same name in the same way. Similar banners appeared in eight other Mexican cities that day—Aug. 26, 2008. The banners were likely the work of the Gulf drug cartel, one of the biggest drug gangs in Mexico. Its rival from the Pacific Coast, the Sinaloa cartel, had moved into Gulf turf near Texas, and now the groups were fighting a propaganda war as well as an escalating gun battle. One banner accused the purported leader of the Sinaloa cartel, Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán Loera, of being protected by Mexican President Felipe Calderón and the army. After some time, the city’s police showed up politely to take the banners down. I’d recently lived in Mexico for a decade, but I’d never seen anything like this. I left in 2004—as it turned out, just a year before Mexico’s long-running trouble with drug gangs took a dark new turn for the worse. Monterrey was the safest region in the country when I lived there, thanks to its robust economy and the sturdy social control of an industrial elite. The narcobanners were a chilling reminder of how openly and brazenly the drug gangs now operate in Mexico, and how little they fear the police and government. - Source

02/26/09 - Chili Pepper Compound Can Bring Pain Relief
University of Buffalo scientists say they have found how capsaicin, the compound that gives chili peppers their fiery flavor, also works to relieve joint and muscle pain. In a study appearing Tuesday in the journal PLoS Biology, researchers found that capsaicin flips on nerve-ending receptors that sense both pain and heat. - Source

02/26/09 - Gene Discovery May Allow for Growth of Replacement Teeth
Scientists say they've discovered a gene that may some day allow for the growth of replacement teeth in a laboratory setting, according to a study published in this week's Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The gene, called Ctip2, was already known to have several functions in immune response and the development of skin and the nervous system. Scientists say the gene could also be used to grow tooth enamel — the hard outer portion of teeth. Scientists tested their theory in laboratory mice by "knocking out" the Ctip2 gene and found that when this gene was blocked, mice grew rudimentary teeth that did not contain enamel. "A lot of work would still be needed to bring this to human applications, but it should work," Kioussi said. "It could be really cool, a whole new approach to dental health." - Source

02/26/09 - State hopes to thwart crocodiles' homing instinct with magnets
KeelyNet Magnets taped to the heads of captured crocodiles could keep them from returning to South Florida neighborhoods where they're not wanted, state wildlife officials said Monday. State biologists are studying the temporary use of magnets to disrupt the internal navigation of federally and state-protected American crocodiles... "Scientists in Mexico have reported success in using magnets to break the homing cycle," said Lindsey Hord, crocodile response coordinator for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. As part of the study, trappers have been told to attach magnets to sides of the reptile's head where it's captured. The magnets are supposed to disorient the crocodiles and disrupt their navigation so they can't find their way back. The magnets are removed from the crocodile's head when it's released, and a colored tag is attached to its tail for later identification in case it returns. The procedure has been used a few times during the past few weeks, Ferraro said. Besides protecting crocodiles from vehicles and other hazards that could injure them if they try to return, the magnets could also help keep more of them in the wild. - Source

02/26/09 - Brain Stimulation using light-activated semiconductor nanoparticles
Case Western Reserve University Associate Professors Ben Strowbridge and Clemens Burda, who led the research, said that by using semiconductor nanoparticles as tiny solar cells, they can excite neurons in single cells or groups of cells with infrared light. That, they said, allows for a more controlled reaction and closely replicates the sophisticated focal patterns created by natural stimuli. The scientists said electrodes used in previous nerve stimulations don't accurately recreate spatial patterns created by the stimuli and also have potential damaging side effects. "The long-term goal of this work is to develop a light-activated brain-machine interface that restores function following nerve or brain impairments." - Source

02/23/09 - John Kanzius inventor of cancer cure dies
KeelyNet John Kanzius lived part time on Sanibel, but he worked full time on an invention that he hoped would one day cure cancer. Kanzius, 64, passed away Wednesday, but his project is being passed on and FDA is taking notice. When Kanzius first showed us his invention last year, he called it the holy grail of killing cancer cells. At his Sanibel home without any medical training, Kanzius built a machine that emits radio waves and destroys cancer cells without any significant side effects. It worked during animal trials and it got the attention of the nation's top cancer researches. But sadly, Kanzius will never see if his invention works on people. His own cancer killed him before he could kill the disease. He died at Lee Memorial Hospital, fighting right up to his very last days - dedicated to finding a cure. He had been diagnosed in 2002 with chronic lymphocytic leukemia, a rare cancer. Now though, the fight continues. Kanzius' wife, Marianne, says the FDA will meet with her in the near future to talk about her husband's invention - a major step toward getting human trials. - Source

02/23/09 - Local engineer set to unveil air-powered car
This new technology would permit as much as getting 100 to 200 miles per gallon, Aeronautical Engineer Pascal Schreier said, because "compressed air" provides energy to run the vehicle. "It has a 12 HP high efficiency engine," Schreier said while standing in his garage, holding his invention. "If you push on the brake, you will re-compress the air into the (air) tank. It is a rotary engine design, and there will be one in each wheel, even for SUVs, cars, motorcycles, most anything on wheels." Schreier was asked whether this was similar to the technology of the Toyota Prius where applying the brake recharges the hybrid battery. "It is a new hybrid technology," he replied, adding their invention is now 90 percent complete. - Source

02/23/09 - Building a Dome out of Paper (and steel...and cement...)
Clay would need to be excavated and hauled in, straw bale was already expensive and not local, manufactured building materials like rastra were a little too off the shelf for us. We ended up settling on what we had locally available and that was/is paper. It is common for small remote towns to not have much in the way of recycling. Our town was collecting paper, but more often than not would just dump it in the landfill after collection. They were happy to help us load our truck up with their newspaper which was mostly a nuisance to them. We later found a source of rebar being made from old cars within a 100 miles of our place. Since we would have a lot of batteries and solar PV equipment that needed a good home we decided to do our first structure as a battery room for our solar equipment. Domes are inherently strong and energy efficient structures. This is how we started building a battery dome from paper.

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02/23/09 - Fullerton Inventor Pitching Invisible Cloaks
KeelyNet Fullerton-based inventor Raz “Dr. Z” Zeineh, owner of Advanced American Enterprises, has designed what he calls a stealth poncho to keep troops hidden from night vision goggles. The invisible cloaks caught the eye of The Economist magazine, which has given the small, unknown company a shot at a contract with the military and other defense groups. The Pentagon initially rejected his pitch. But he insisted that the chemical he applies to fabric succeeds in making it appear black under night vision goggles, when it normally would appear white. John Roos, a retired Army colonel in Newport News, Va., told the Economist that while others have produced similar products, Zeineh’s was the best camouflage against night vision he’d seen. Since the article, Zeineh says Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton has shown interest in his invention, as have other groups. Falls Church, Va.-based General Dynamics Corp. paid Zeineh $5,000 to test it. Another contractor, who he wouldn’t disclose, paid $50,000. But since many of the country’s wartime enemies don’t use night vision technology, contracts to produce the ponchos in mass are harder to come by. At a price of $385 apiece, the stealth ponchos are made custom for individual buyers. But Zeineh says he’s ready to produce thousands a day with a contract. Zeineh also is modifying the technology to drape over boats and vehicles or to use in the daytime. - Source

02/23/09 - Steam Cooling
KeelyNet PDM Solar will build and test its first fully operational solar-powered air conditioning device in Phoenix within the next eight to 10 months, David Baker, the company's president, said Friday. If the technology reduces carbon emissions and electric costs, PDM Solar expects to begin mass producing the product for sale nationally, Baker said. "We believe the PDM Solar's product ... is the future of air conditioning and has the potential to greatly reduce America's dependence on fossil fuels," he said. "We've accomplished a lot, but we still have much work to do." The company moved a step closer to production Friday as the state awarded PDM Solar a $210,000 loan from its Energy Independence Fund -- part of a $ 1 million budget devoted to developing the solar air conditioning system. PDM Solar's technology heats water using energy collected by solar panels. Steam from the water then is collected in an apparatus called a concentrator, which uses the steam as energy to cool a building. - Source

02/23/09 - For Uninsured Young Adults, Do-It-Yourself Health Care
The Times article describes how the young and uninsured get by on borrowing, trading, and stockpiling medications and medical equipment, seeking out free clinics and testing resources, and turning to net resources like WebMD to self-diagnosis and keep healthy. - Source

02/23/09 - Have Your Next Tooth Filled Electrically! (May, 1932)
KeelyNet NEXT year when you go to a dentist to have a tooth filled he may connect the cavity up to a small dynamo and fill your tooth electrolytically with gold or silver, in the same way that metal articles are gold or silver-plated. Dentists are working along these lines because the prevailing method of making gold inlays involves the use of wax impressions, which frequently are slightly inaccurate, leaving unfilled pockets in the tooth as a source of future trouble. Cavities would be coated with chemically pure graphite as an electric conductor, filled with an electrolytic liquid bearing a solution of a gold salt, and the current turned on to deposit a perfect filling in the tooth. - Source

02/23/09 - DiskDigger Recovers Deleted Files
Windows only: If you've just deleted some important media files, DiskDigger is a straightforward file recovery tool geared specifically toward recovering multimedia and document files. As we noted earlier this month in our feature on properly erasing your physical media, just because Windows says a file is gone doesn't mean it's lost forever. DiskDigger is a standalone application that scans the sectors of your physical media looking for complete or partial media files. Unlike other file recovery tools that look for any files, DiskDigger is focused on the ones that people most commonly accidentally delete and need to recover. In the options menu you can specify what kinds of files you want it to search for, including: images (JPEG, PNG, BMP, TIFF and GIF), documents (DOC and PDF), and multimedia files (MPG, MP3, WMV, MOV and more). DiskDigger has active preview, allowing you to view files as they are discovered in the recovery process. The preview feature is especially helpful when scanning large drives, which can be a lengthy and intensive process. It took nearly two hours to deeply scan a 120GB SATA drive, although for smaller media recovery the process is markedly quicker; it took just 10 minutes to scan and recover files from a 2GB SD card. - Source

02/23/09 - A Cheaper Solar Concentrator
KeelyNet The acrylic component--called a Light-Guide Solar Optic (LSO)--is a new type of solar concentrator that could significantly lower the cost of generating electricity from the sun. Unlike existing designs, there's no need for mirrors, complex optics, or chemicals to trap and manipulate the light. "It's pure geometric optics," says Morgan, director of business development at Toronto-based Morgan Solar. A couple of years ago, Nicolas's brother John Paul Morgan came up with the idea of a solid-state solar concentrator system: a flat, thin acrylic optic that traps light and guides it toward its center. Embedded in the center of Morgan Solar's concentrator is a secondary, round optic made of glass. With a flat bottom and convex, mirrored top, the optic receives the incoming barrage of light at a concentration of about 50 suns and amplifies it to nearly 1,000 suns before bending the light through a 90-degree angle. Unlike other concentrators, the light doesn't leave the optic before striking a solar cell. Instead, a high-efficiency cell about the size of an infant's thumbnail is bonded directly to the center bottom of the glass optic, where it absorbs the downward-bent light. There's no air gap, and there's no chance of fragile components being knocked out of alignment. - Source

02/23/09 - Turning a $57,000 Salary into a Zero Tax Liability
This is all perfectly legal—just use the government’s own tax code against them, as you can learn to do for yourself. Here’s what Joe Taxpayer did: • Got married and stayed that way—this earns him $19,500. • Contributed the max to a 401k plan—this earns him $15,500. • Contributed the max to two IRAs (his & his wife’s)—this earns him $8,000. • Because he contributed so much to savings, he got the saver’s credit—this covered what little he did owe after all deductions and other credits. This could’ve earned him up to $2,000, but only earned him $1,148. • He contributes to his employer’s pension plan and opted for a PPO plan—this earns him $2,550 in pre-tax dollars. • He used a commercial tax preparer for his return—they cost him $159 to use, but got him over ten times that amount for a refund. They do this consistently. These are completely legal tax shelters, folks. These are also the most obvious ones. - Source

02/23/09 - Cheap Hydrogen from Scraps
Turning organic waste into hydrogen now works without expensive platinum. Now, with the help of an unassuming stainless-steel brush, microbial electrolysis cells (MECs) have taken another step forward. The steel brush can be used to replace the expensive platinum normally employed as the electrolysis cell's cathode, slashing costs by more than 80 percent. In late 2007, a team led by Bruce Logan, Kappe professor of environmental engineering at Pennsylvania State University, showed that they could improve the efficiency of this process: by adding a small jolt of electricity (0.25 volts) at the cathode. Until now, however, the researchers have relied on a platinum catalyst on the cathode to make the process fast enough. - Source

02/23/09 - Cell phone triggered fireworks
KeelyNet [Mr. Hasselhoff] is using a disposable cell phone to trigger his fireworks. He has wired into the speaker leads for the speaker phone. When the phone rings, the current sets off a thyristor allowing for a battery pack to be discharged into a rocket fuse. These fuses heat up and ignite, so you can use them to light fireworks fuses pretty easily. This is pretty simple and cheap, considering the price of the cell phone was only $10. His next idea was to have it recognize dial tones and set individual fuses off, but that would require a microcontroller and a much more complex hack. At that point, you might as well just build a fully fledged wireless fireworks launching system and possibly add rocket launching abilities too. - Source

02/23/09 - Atomic energy could have lit 40 million homes
Even without the Indo-US nuclear deal, at least 40 million more homes could have been lit up for an entire year in power-starved India if the Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) had mined and used the extensive uranium reserves lying untapped for years. On Friday, the Comptroller and Auditor-General of India hammered home that point in a damning audit report that peels off the DAE’s sheen. It faulted the all-powerful department for the fuel crisis that is causing India’s nuclear reactors to run at half or less of their capacity. This “denied the nation the full benefits of clean nuclear energy to the extent of 21,845 million units corresponding to Rs 5,986 cores,” the report said. One person uses an average of 553 units of electricity in India every year. India has long been sitting on much of the uranium it needs – enough to produce 10,000 mw of electricity for the 40-year life span of its reactors. It was just not excavated. The ore was buried under the surface — over 1 lakh tonnes across Jharkhand, Meghalaya, Andhra Pradesh, Rajasthan and Tamil Nadu – with tens of thousands of tonnes of new deposits already identified elsewhere in the country. - Source

02/23/09 - Class project: Find bin Laden
University of California, Los Angeles, geographers think they have a good idea where terrorist Osama bin Laden has been hiding. Using standard geographical tools routinely employed to locate endangered species and fugitive criminals, the group said there is a high probability that the al-Qaida leader has been hiding in one of three buildings in the northwest Pakistani city of Parachinar, a longtime hide-out for mujahedeen. The study relies on two geographic principles used to predict the distribution of wildlife. The first, known as distance-decay theory, holds that as an animal -- or person -- moves farther away from its preferred habitat, the probability of finding a compatible environment decreases exponentially. The second principle, called island biogeographic theory, holds that the animal or person is most likely to move into the largest, closest area that can fulfill all its needs. Gillespie and his students started with a satellite map centered on bin Laden's last known location in eastern Afghanistan near the Pakistani border. The group eliminated areas in Afghanistan because they were under the control of U.S. forces at the time of bin Laden's disappearance. Then the group evaluated the cities and towns in the remaining territory and calculated the likelihood that bin Laden would have relocated to them. They concluded that he must have trekked nearly 2 miles over mountainous terrain to the Pakistani tribal area of Kurram and settled in Parachinar, the largest city in the region, with a population of half a million. The class zeroed in further by searching satellite images for buildings with walls at least 10 feet high (for safety), at least three rooms (to house bin Laden's bodyguards) and electricity (to power his kidney dialysis machine), among other features. The sleuths settled on two compounds that are thought to be residences, and a third, with crenelated towers on the corners, that may be a prison or an army officers club. "You develop a testable hypothesis that can be accepted or rejected just like in any other type of science," Gillespie said. In this case, the testing would require checking the buildings to see who is there. Getting that ground truth "is the hardest part," he said. One conclusion the group is fairly confident about is that bin Laden is not living in a cave. A cave would have to have a sealed entrance, be heated and ventilated, and have supplies trucked in regularly. Those physical manifestations could be easily detected from space, they said. - Source

02/23/09 - Buddhist Temple Built from Beer Bottles
KeelyNet Fifty years ago the Heineken Beer company looked at reshaping its beer bottle to be useful as a building block. It never happened, so Buddhist monks from Thailand's Sisaket province took matters into their own hands and collected a million bottles to build the Wat Pa Maha Chedi Kaew temple. - Source

02/23/09 - Power of silver can keep the doctor away
Researchers at the department of Biochemistry in Benaras Hindu University’s Institute of Medical Sciences (IMS-BHU) suggest that the powers of silver could block hyper-functioning of blood platelets, a crucial player in heart ailments. Platelets are the smallest blood component and live for 10-12 days only. They block any breach or injury to blood vessels by forming clots, preventing blood loss. Their hyperactivity, however, turns fatal to human life, as excessive clots cause arterial blockage, triggering heart attack and stroke. Prof. Dash told Hindustan Times on Saturday, “The results were amazing when tested with human blood in vitro, as nano silver dramatically inhibited the platelet’s hyper-functioning.” He said, “We are considering publishing our findings in a premier American nano-tech journal. Two years ago, we analysed anti-bacterial effect of silver nano-particles. but now with the newly discovered anti-platelet effects, nano silver seems to be equipped with two unique properties that can help prevent heart diseases.” - Source

02/23/09 - Athletes' own blood could nurse them to health
At least one major league pitcher, about 20 professional soccer players and perhaps hundreds of recreational athletes have also undergone the procedure, commonly called platelet-rich plasma therapy. The method centers on injecting portions of a patient's own blood directly into the injured area, which catalyzes the body's instincts to repair muscle, bone and other tissue. Most enticing, many doctors said, is that the technique appears to help regenerate ligament and tendon fibers, which could shorten rehabilitation time and possibly obviate surgery. Platelet-rich plasma is derived by placing a small amount of the patient's blood in a filtration system or centrifuge that rotates at high speed, separating red blood cells from the platelets that release proteins and other particles involved in the body's self-healing process. A teaspoon or two of the remaining substance is then injected directly onto the damaged area. The high concentration of platelets — from 3 to 10 times that of normal blood — often catalyzes the growth of new soft-tissue or bone cells. Because the substance is injected where blood would rarely go otherwise, it can deliver the healing instincts of platelets without triggering the clotting response for which platelets are typically known."This could be a method to stimulate wound healing in areas that are not well-vascularized, like ligaments and tendons," said Dr. Gerjo van Osch, a researcher in the department of orthopedics at Erasmus University Medical Center in the Netherlands. "I call it a growth factor cocktail — that's how I explain it." - Source

02/23/09 - Snoop Stick Around
KeelyNet "SnoopStick" is an interesting gizmo. It is a USB flash drive that installs key logging software on any Windows computer it is plugged into. Key logging software records all the keystrokes made on that computer and sends you the information. It also lets you look at whatever screen the user is viewing at the moment. You can use the $60 Snoop Stick on up to three target computers. After you plug it into those and plug it in back into your home computer, you can watch all the action on the target computers, including passwords. You can also see the screens they're watching. You can save an instant snapshot of those screens for later evidence. If they are chatting back and forth with other users, the SnoopStick will record the conversation. SnoopStick is marketed as a parental control device. It operates in stealth mode and the targeted computers would not normally know their actions are being tracked. As a final fillip, you, the spy, can turn off their Internet connection. Standard 256MB SnoopStick Device - $59.95 / Name Brand 512MB USB drive (Add $7.95) Name Brand 1GB USB Drive (Add $12.95). - Source

02/23/09 - As jungles grow, a new debate on rain forests
Here, and in other tropical countries around the world, small holdings like Ortega de Wing's - and much larger swaths of farmland - are reverting back to nature, as people abandon their land and move to the cities in search of better livings. These new "secondary" forests are emerging in Latin America, Asia and other tropical regions at such a fast pace that the trend has set off a serious debate about whether saving primeval rain forest - an iconic environmental cause - may be less urgent than once thought. By one estimate, for every half a hectare of rain forest cut down each year, more than 20 hectares, or 50 acres, of new forest are growing in the tropics on land that was once farmed, logged or ravaged by natural disaster. "There is far more forest here than there was 30 years ago," said Ortega de Wing, 64, who remembers fields of mango trees and banana plants. The new forests, the scientists argue, could blunt the effects of rain forest destruction by absorbing carbon dioxide, the leading heat-trapping gas linked to global warming, one crucial role that rain forests play. They could also, to a lesser extent, provide habitat for endangered species. The idea has caused outrage among environmentalists who believe that vigorous efforts to protect native rain forest should remain a top priority. - Source

02/23/09 - Bremen coating valuables with synthetic DNA to fight theft
“Valuable objects can be individually marked with the invisible liquid substance and be matched to the owner and returned in the case of theft,” the paper reported on Wednesday. The invisible substance can be uniquely coded and remains attached to objects permanently. If someone touches it, traces remain on their skin for some six weeks and can be detected using UV light. “Break-ins have gone down to almost zero in a similar London project,” the paper reported. In a survey of 101 UK inmates, 91 percent said they knew of the synthetic DNA, and 74 percent said it would deter them from committing a theft, Berliner Morgenpost said. But while the number of thefts has been reduced by using the synthetic DNA in some neighbourhoods, it went up in others as criminals simply went elsewhere to do business, the paper said. The new technology might also have been useful in the ongoing investigation of the January 25 jewellery theft from Berlin’s famous luxury department store KaDeWe. Investigators have found that DNA from the crime scene could be difficult to use as evidence because the two main suspects are twins, newsmagazine Der Spiegel reported on Tuesday. If they are identical twins, current law enforcement technology won’t be able to tell their DNA apart, the magazine said. - Source

02/23/09 - New technology enables solar cells to be printed like money
Victorian Minister for Energy and Resources, Peter Batchelor, announced today the start of printing trials by Securency International, a banknote printing company. "The production of these film-like solar cells will be literally as easy as printing money,” Mr Batchelor said. “These solar cells are cutting edge technology and offer advantages over traditional solar technology because of the potential to mass produce the cells cheaply and install them over large areas such as rooftops. “The technology used for these cells is still in its infancy, but this project aims to speed-up the development of this technology and take it from research to rooftops as quickly as possible.” “To be able to manufacture flexible, organic solar cells which are ‘printed’ on to polymer in much the same way as money is made, quickly and cheaply, has enormous potential. - Source

02/23/09 - Jim Rogers: "abolish the World Bank and IMF" (Feb 13, 2009)
I love the way this man thinks...he should be the Secretary of the Treasury! He is so right, let them all go broke and it will recover on its own and much healthier. - JWD

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02/23/09 - Biofuel may be sinful for Muslims
An Islamic scholar in Saudi Arabia said using ethanol or other alcohol-derived fuels in vehicles may be a sin for Muslims. Sheik Mohamed al-Najimi of the Saudi Islamic Jurisprudence Academy told Saudi newspaper Shams that the prophet Mohammed banned alcohol for all uses -- including buying, selling, carrying and manufacturing, Al-Arabiya reported Friday. Najimi said Muslims who use biofuel, which is made from fermented plants, in their cars are violating the ban since the substance "is basically made up of alcohol." - Source

02/23/09 - London Police Seek To Install CCTV In Pubs
"The Met Police got a short sharp rap over the knuckles yesterday, as the Office of the Information Commissioner questioned what looks very much like a blanket policy to force CCTV onto public houses in certain parts of London. The story begins with a letter to the Guardian last week, from Nick Gibson. He is currently renovating Islington pub The Drapers Arms, after its previous owners allowed it to go insolvent and then disappeared. In his letter, he argues that if he had merely taken over an existing licence, the police could not have imposed any additional conditions. However, because this was now a new licence, the police were able to make specific requests, including one particular request in respect of installing CCTV." - Source

02/23/09 - 'Atlantis' was blip on Google Earth
Keen observers had spotted what appeared to be the outline of a vast city - the size of Wales - on the floor of the Atlantic Ocean. But the criss-crossing lines, located 600 miles west of the Canary Islands, were explained as an "artifact" of its map making process. Details for the ocean maps on Google Earth come from sonar measurements of the sea floor recorded by boats - and the area around the Canaries was mapped by boats travelling in a series of straight lines. - Source

02/23/09 - Mr. Wilson and his PM Generator
KeelyNet With reference to an earlier post here Romanian claims Free Energy Generator, that in turn referenced my meeting with Mr. Wilson in East Texas back in the 1990s, I received this email; *** wrote: Jerry: You told me the wilson story back in the 90’s. Here is the problem. I checked and found out there are no permanent magnet generators ever made for 50’s or early 60’s cars. Please prove me wrong. Did the machine you saw use a voltage regulator? / “Early motor vehicles until about the 1960s tended to use DC generators with electromechanical regulators. These have now been replaced by alternators with built-in rectifier circuits, which are less costly and lighter for equivalent output." / “Of the 462 models shown at the 1911 New York Auto Show, only 19 had battery/generator systems, and they all had backup magnetos. Of 119 makes displayed at the 1924 New York Show, 110 had storage battery/generator systems and self-starters. In 1962, the alternator for civilian vehicles arrived none too soon: The number of electrical devices manufacturers put on cars by then began to strain the limits of the d.c. generator. The first car manufacturer to make the alternator available was GM, followed shortly by Chrysler.” / Again, the 1962 reference with GM being the first to use them and others adapting them as time went on….so looks like Mr. Wilson was RIGHT in saying 'about 1964'when everyone had changed over to excited winding alternators to produce electricity in automobiles. - Source

02/20/09 - Romanian claims Free Energy Generator
KeelyNet FREE ELECTRICAL GENERATOR from an old car-ALTERNATOR !!! (Also: how to put a magnet instead of a coil.) / (Apparently this guy doesn't know that all car generators up to 1964 used permanent magnets when they changed to use electrically excited windings. HOWEVER, I met a guy named Mr. Wilson who claimed to have a self-running free energy machine where the secret was using these old style permanent magnet car generators. - JWD)

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02/20/09 - Breakthrough Technology to Transform CO2 Into Fuel
This first patent application details a complete Process Flow Diagram ("PFD") for a system that takes CO2 directly from a large emitter, such as a coal-fired power plant, and transforms it into methanol, a low level fuel, using Carbon Sciences' proprietary biocatalytic process. The resulting methanol is usable directly as a fuel, or it can be used as a building block to create higher level fuels such as gasoline, butanol and jet fuel. The company is currently underway with the design and development of additional biocatalytic systems to create these higher level fuels from low level fuels such as methanol. Dr. Naveed Aslam, inventor of the technology and chief technology officer of Carbon Sciences, commented, "Based on our molecular and process flow simulations, we believe our biocatalytic process can achieve 99% conversion efficiency of CO2 to fuel in a single pass. The system throughput, meaning the rate of fuel production, and operating costs are things we are still optimizing." Our breakthrough and proprietary technology is based on advanced nano-engineering of the biocatalysts, which enables the biocatalysts to perform their CO2 to fuel transformation hundreds of thousands to millions of times, before they die. What we have disclosed in this patent application is a complete industrial system using our biocatalytic process to transform CO2 into methanol, a low level fuel." - Source

02/20/09 - Build Your Own Plant-Boosting LED Light Spikes
KeelyNet For indoor plants, winter is a harsh time. Buying specialty grow lights can give your air-boosting indoor plants the right light and temperature, or you can build your own long-lasting, nifty-looking LED light spikes. Popular science details the parts and simple wiring steps needed to create the light spikes, which can be made from any clear container and hooked up and controlled as single units or chained into a system. No soldering or other intense electrical work appears to be needed, and with an LED controller, you'll get a great deal more control over how long, how bright, and what times your plants are getting their fake sunlight. It's a good idea to team up the LED lights with actual sunlight, using your spikes (or other light shapes) to cover the night hours. - Source

02/20/09 - Stimulus likely to fuel battery research efforts
In the basement lab of Nitash Balsara at the University of California, Berkeley, are the ingredients of a lighter, more-potent battery to power the cars of the future. To build it, he needs President Barack Obama's stimulus package to pass. Obama's New Energy for America Plan, as explained on the White House Web site, calls for creating five million jobs by spending $150 billion, over 10 years, "to catalyze private efforts to build a clean energy future." The stimulus package approved Jan. 28 by the House contains at least $2 billion for research on renewable energy and efficiency, said Kei Koizumi, who analyzes the federal budget for the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a Washington advocacy group. The Senate version has $2 billion in grant money to help create advanced battery manufacturing plants. Senate Democrats and key Republicans reached a deal Friday on a package estimated at $780 billion in tax cuts and new spending combined. Balsara, 48, a native of Mumbai who earned his PhD in chemical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y., works in his lab with four graduate students. The scientists are developing solid compounds called polymers to replace the organic liquid that conducts ions essential to storing electricity. The experiments are funded by a $400,000 Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy grant, from the Energy Department, which renews annually. He aims to form an Energy Frontier Research Center, under a new U.S. program designed to unite investigators at multiple universities. If funded, he would form a team of scientists from Berkeley, New York University and Stanford. The group would tackle all of the parts of rechargeable batteries, whose structure hasn't changed since their invention in 1859, he said. - Source

02/20/09 - Making the stimulus package make sense / Trombe Walls
KeelyNet A trillion here, a trillion there, pretty soon we're talking about real money. Is anyone out there old enough to remember when that was a million? It wasn't that long ago? Economist John Maynard Keynes once remarked that at times when a nation was facing the bottom of a business cycle that it would be a good use of government money to "pay people to dig holes and then fill them in." Apparently quite a few Congressman and Senators who have pasted on their own pet projects to the Stimulus package agree. Announced goals of the stimulus program include making 2 million homes and most government buildings more energy efficient. There is no reason that these relatively modest goals ought to be inordinately expensive... According to a report from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory if all urban roofs in the temperate and tropical climatic zones were painted white global warming would be slowed by 11 years. The Trombe Wall, while named for French solar scientist Felix Trombe, is in fact much older than Trombe. The idea behind the Trombe wall is amazingly simple. The idea is to increase the thermal mass of south facing walls while allowing that heat back into the buildig. The thermal mass can be be very inexpensive and composed primarily of dark colored rocks, bricks or blocks. That mass is then covered by a glazing, a covering of an airtight and insulated glass or plastic which covers the mass as well as areas just above and below to allow for vents. Top one way vents allow hot air from the Trombe wall to enter the building. Bottom one way vents allow cold air to leave the building in order to be heated by the Trombe wall. Vent blocks prevent heat loss when the sun is not shining. National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has a link about one design PDF Trombe Walls in Low-Energy Buildings: Practical. Other Trombe wall links include A Simple Trombe Wall, Trombe Wall and Solar Home. - Source

02/20/09 - You Invented It So You Own It, Right?
Universities welcome and encourage research that can be commercialized and actively engage in technology transfer to put new inventions in the hands of companies that can fully exploit the technology. The universities — and the professors themselves — receive money by way of royalty payments. It’s pretty routine and occurs every day. Last year, the University of Missouri spent $1.4 million commercializing intellectual property while bringing in $6.2 million in licensing income. Now, the university has filed a lawsuit in district court against chemical engineering professor Galen Suppes to regain rights to his research relating to renewable energy. Suppes, along with Dr. Rusty Sutterlin, co-founder and CEO, formed Renewable Alternatives, LLC to develop technology related to products that are an alternative to petroleum-based feedstock materials. Research activities focus on the synthesis of phase change materials, high-performance diesel fuel additives from vegetable oils and fats, development of advanced/integrated reactor systems, new uses for glycerin and glycerin conversion products and regenerative fuel cell technology. According to the Associated Press, Suppes and Sutterlin formed Renewable Alternatives to commercialize their work on fuel cells and other fuel-related technologies because they thought the university had a poor track record in pursuing patents on professors’ research. Suppes said university officials had shown no interest in his efforts until he “informed them that royalties had been paid.” Suppes, as a professor and university employee, is required under the university rules to assign to the the University of Missouri “all domestic and foreign rights to any invention made by the employee within the general scope of her/his duties as employee of the University, unless such requirement is waived in writing by the University.” The complaint now alleges that since 2001, Suppes has invented several inventions within the scope of his duties at the University. But, “rather than disclose and assign those inventions as required, Suppes has on approximately 31 occasions submitted invention disclosure forms that were altered, usually by deleting or substantially modifying the specific assignment language contained in the forms such that Suppes did not in fact assign any meaningful rights to the University. On these occasions Suppes submitted the forms without bringing his alterations to anyone’s attention.” / Dr. Galen Suppes (GS): "I initially met some resistance within the University when I sought permission to pursue my own company. However, that worked out. I found that clear advice regarding University procedures was somewhat lacking. For instance, I was not aware of the importance of the “Potential Conflict of Interest” form. I would strongly recommend that anyone starting their own business here at the University look into this form right away. Renting space for my company here on campus has been somewhat difficult, but the College of Engineering and MIC helped me in breaking ground." - Source

02/20/09 - Technocracy Incorporated
KeelyNet Technocracy Incorporated is one of the great vanishing acts of history. At the peak of its existence, Technocracy Inc. had half a million members in California alone and received extensive press. Today, they are virtually forgotten. To over simplify: the goal of Technocracy Inc. was to create a socio-economic system run entirely by engineers. It was founded by Howard Scott, an engineer with dubious credentials. Technocracy founder Howard Scott’s basic idea was that all human endeavor could effectively be measured in terms of energy expended. Whatever it took to make anything could be translated into pure ergs and joules. Therefore, the first thing to do was to take a grand energy survey of all the nations industries, a project to which Rautenstrauch actually got Columbia’s venerable president Nicholas Murray Butler to lend his support. Once it was determined how much energy it took to make everything, the nation’s engineers could step in and eliminate the irrational “social motives” in business. That is, all the energy businessmen put into making luxury goods or profits. The result, Loeb asserted in a book he rushed into print by early 1933, would be such abundance that no one would have to work more than four hours or so, four days a week. They are forgotten, but not gone. Technocracy Incorporated is alive and active today, but their numbers have diminished. Perhaps, as we enter a new depression and a crashing banking system they will be able to rise again. China actually accomplished part of what Technocracy Inc. sought: rule by engineers. As the United States and Europe’s economies melt down, we can no longer use practicality as a justification to avoid Chinese economic and political policies. Technocracy may well be in our future.

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02/20/09 - Inventing the Future
The purpose of this approach is to attempt to question the adequacy of the standard modern schoolbook treatment, in which history is represented in terms of heroes, themes or periods. / In the heroic treatment, historical change is shown to have been generated by the genius of individuals, conveniently labelled 'inventors'. In such a treatment, Edison invented the electric light, Bell the telephone, Gutenberg the printing press, Watt the steam engine, and so on. But no individual is responsible for producing an invention ex nihilo. The elevation of the single inventor to the position of sole creator at best exaggerates his influence over events, and at worst denies the involvement of those humbler members of society without whose work his task might have been impossible. / The thematic approach attempts to divide the past into subjects such as Transport, Communications, Sail, Steam, Warfare, Metallurgy and others, but this implies a degree of foreknowledge where none exists. Thus Bouchon's use of perforated paper in 1725 to automate the Lyons silk looms had nothing to do with the development of calculation or data transmission, and yet it was an integral part of the development of the computer. The Venturi principle, basic to the structure and operation of the jet engine or the carburettor, was originally produced in an attempt to measure the flow of water through pumps. Gutenberg's movable typeface belonged as much to metallurgy or textiles as it did to the development of literacy. / In the periodic treatment the past is seen as a series of sub-units bounded by specific dates such as the beginning of a new royal dynasty, the fall of an imperial capital city, the arrival of a new mode of transport, and these sub-units are conveniently labelled the Dark Ages, Middle Ages, Renaissance, Age of Enlightenment, and so forth. / The key to success will be the use we make of what is undoubtedly the vital commodity of the future: information. It seems inevitable that, unless changes are made in the way information is disseminated, we will soon become a society consisting of two classes: the informed elite, and the rest. The danger inherent in such a development is obvious. In the meantime, we appear to be at another of the major crossroads in history. We are increasingly aware of the need to assess our use of technology and its impact on us, and indeed it is technology which has given us the tools with which to make such an assessment. But the average person is also aware of being inadequately prepared to make that assessment. Now that computer systems are within the price range of most organizations, and indeed of many individuals, an avalanche of data is about to be released on the man in the street. But what use are data if they cannot be understood? - Source

02/20/09 - Sketchory free to use Drawings
KeelyNet Philipp Lenssen of Google Blogoscoped, Nikolai Kordulla and Dominik Schmid have just released a nifty new website called Sketchory. The site features over 250,000 sketches (cartoons, scribbles and other fascinating artwork) that you can copy, remix, embed, view as animation and so on. The sketches use Creative Commons license, so you're free to use it even in commercial settings (say, create a book of sketches - with a maximum of 1,000 images). - Source

New Vanguard Sciences eBooks - Save a Tree! eBooks make great gifts!
KeelyNet Shape Power - 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... - Shape Power Youtube

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...

02/20/09 - HOW TO GUIDE: 60+ Great How To Sites and Resources
Ever had one of those moments when you really wished you knew how to do something specific? If only there were someone you could ask… Thanks to the social web, particularly niche blogs and expert-driven communities, it’s easy to find knowledge, insights and guidance direct from the pros, no matter what the topic area. In fact, online tutorials and how-to sites have been around almost as long as the web itself. Here’s a run-down of more than 60 great how-to sites and guides covering everything from building a mashup to being more productive, creating a website and more. - Source

02/20/09 - Reclaiming Oil Rigs As Oceanic Eco-Resorts
KeelyNet "Here's an innovative reuse for those old abandoned oil rigs littering the ocean - convert them into eco resorts. Morris Architects' Oil Rig Platform Resort and Spa makes use of one of 4,000 oil rigs out in the Gulf of Mexico and transforms it into a beacon of sustainability, re-imagining an iconic source of dirty energy as an eco-haven that generates all of its power from renewable sources." / The Morris design team wanted to take advantage of the an abandoned oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico and reuse the structure, transforming it into a vibrant and commercially viable destination. The luxury resort offers many amenities including interaction with the surrounding ocean - boating, snorkeling, diving and other water sports. The Rig Hotel will also draw in conferences and business meetings, and will serve as a cruise ship’s main port of call en route to other locations in Mexico and the Caribbean. Situated in the middle of the ocean, the Rig Hotel will need to be as autonomous as possible, generating all of it’s own power from renewable energy, most notably via a large vertical axis wind turbine affixed to one of its foundation towers. Wind power tends to be far more efficient off-shore than on-shore, and the turbine will meet a significant portion of the Rig’s energy demands. Wave energy generators will be buoyed nearby with undersea cables to transmit the power. Solar panels will be affixed on the sides and top of the rig. Additionally, geothermal heat pumps will take advantage of the consistent water temperatures at lower sea levels to aid with heating and cooling of the interior rooms. All of these power systems can easily be integrated into the existing rig infrastructure. The Oil Rig Resort and Spa will provide unparalleled views of the Gulf through patron’s rooms as well as a glass lobby floor. The lobby will be naturally lit with ambient light, which will be reflect the ocean. A central core will be filled with water, which acts as a ballast to help stabilize the platform during stormy conditions. This central core will also host theatrical performances much like the Cirque du Soliel show ‘O’ in Las Vegas. Guests will be able to view the show from their own room every night. - Source

02/20/09 - China's artificially induced snow closes 12 highways
China closed 12 highways around the capital Beijing on Thursday because of heavy snow brought on after seeding clouds with chemicals, state media said on Thursday. All outbound highways were closed in Hebei, the drought-hit northern province surrounding Beijing, after heavy snow fell on Wednesday night, Xinhua news agency said. "The snow has brought moisture to the soil, which may help end the drought," Guo Yingchun, a senior engineer of the provincial meteorological observatory, was quoted as saying. She said that 313 cigarette-size sticks of silver iodide were fired into the clouds from Wednesday night to Thursday morning, "a procedure that made the snow a lot heavier." - Source

02/20/09 - 11 Most Expensive Catastrophes in History
KeelyNet #11. Titanic - $150 Million
#10. Tanker Truck vs Bridge - $358 Million
#9. MetroLink Crash - $500 Million
#8. B-2 Bomber Crash - $1.4 Billion
#7. Exxon Valdez - $2.5 Billion
#6. Piper Alpha Oil Rig - $3.4 Billion
#5. Challenger Explosion - $5.5 Billion
#4. Prestige Oil Spill - $12 Billion
#3. Space Shuttle Columbia - $13 Billion
#2. Chernoybl - $200 Billion

#1. 2008 Presidential Election - $800 Billion in the first two months
President Obama on Tuesday signed the $787 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act into law. But he's far from being able to declare "mission accomplished." "Today does not mark the end of our economic troubles," Obama said before signing the bill at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. "But it does mark the beginning of the end - the beginning of what we need to do to create jobs for Americans scrambling in the wake of layoffs; to provide relief for families worried they won't be able to pay next month's bills; and to set our economy on a firmer foundation." - Source

02/20/09 - An amazing old Shiite Prophecy
There is an amazing old Shiite prophecy that seems to fit Barack Hussein Obama personally. Notice what Forbes’ writer Amir Taheri reported: 'Is Barack Obama the “promised warrior” coming to help the Hidden Imam of Shiite Muslims conquer the world?' The question has made the rounds in Iran, when a pro-government Web site published a Hadith (or tradition) from a Shiite text of the 17th century. The tradition comes from Bahar al-Anvar (meaning Oceans of Light) by Mullah Majlisi, a magnum opus in 132 volumes and the basis of modern Shiite Islam. According to the tradition, Imam Ali Ibn Abi-Talib (the prophet’s cousin and son-in-law) prophesied that at the End of Times and just before the return of the Mahdi, the Ultimate Saviour, a “tall black man will assume the reins of government in the West.” Commanding “the strongest army on earth,” the new ruler in the West will carry “a clear sign” from the third imam, whose name was Hussein Ibn Ali. The tradition concludes: “Shiites should have no doubt that he is with us.” In a curious coincidence Obama’s first and second names---Barack Hussein---mean “the blessing of Hussein” in Arabic and Persian. His family name, Obama, written in the Persian alphabet, reads O Ba Ma, which means “he is with us,” the magic formula in Majlisi’s tradition. Since we are near the end of times and Barack Hussein Obama is considered to be black and he is the new “ruler in the West” and he will lead the "strongest army on earth”, it makes sense that a lot of Shiite Muslims apparently believe that he may fit that Islamic prophecy. Is that a specific Barack Obama prophecy? That is difficult to know for certain, other than to say that some Shiites seem to believe that their writings have Barack Hussein Obama in prophecy. And the fact that his name also seems to closely fit that prophecy suggests that Barack Obama fits to some degree. / Barack Obama in Islamic Prophecy? - Now, lest I start any unfounded rumors, I do not believe that Barack Obama is a secret Muslim. Nor have I ever questioned his USA citizenship. I do, however, strongly believe that because of the timing of his election and how close humankind is to the end of its 6,000 years of rule on the earth primarily cutoff from the true God (see Does God Have a 6,000 Year Plan? What Year Does the 6,000 Years End?), that Barack Obama will (probably inadvertently) support policies that will lead to the rise of the Islamic King of the South and ecumenically-Catholic European King of the North as well as to the bankrupting and ultimate destruction of the United States and its Anglo-Allies. The United States and its Anglo-Allies will be destroyed and presuming he stays in office and wins a second term, there is a very high probability that this destruction will happen under a Barack Obama administration. - Source

02/20/09 - Missing Iraq billions could be 'greatest fraud in US history'
KeelyNet The US Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction (SIGIR), the Army's criminal Investigation Command and the Justice Department are investigating US soldiers and officials in the alleged misuse of a portion of the $125 billion initially sent to Iraq for reconstruction shortly after the fall of Saddam. Monday, The Independent's Iraq correspondent Patrick Cockburn reported the inspectors believe misuse may account for over $50 billion, exceeding the scope of Bernie Madoff's massive Ponzi scheme and making it potentially the "greatest fraud in US history." In one case, auditors working for SIGIR discovered that $57.8m was sent in 'pallet upon pallet of hundred-dollar bills' to the US comptroller for south-central Iraq, Robert J Stein Jr, who had himself photographed standing with the mound of money," wrote Cockburn. "He is among the few US officials who were in Iraq to be convicted of fraud and money-laundering. - Source

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 - $15.00 - Source

02/20/09 - Interesting new Information about Invisibility
KeelyNet Recently, I received an email from the author of a peculiar document called ‘The Secret of Invisibility’ which comes with a bonus document called ‘Wizard’s Book of Animal Secrets’. I checked out the page and of course it tested my credulity but hey, I’m open to new things and had written a file on invisiblity back in 1990 and posted on the old KeelyNet BBS. But having two personal experiences with a form of invisibility which I have found is called ‘negative hallucination’, the author kindly sent me review copies. To put it mildly, I couldn’t stop reading it. I think because my background involved a lot of paranormal and occult material, as well as experiments. I was and am always trying to correlate all information to science and practical, VERIFIABLE techniques. I was very pleased with the material and decided to offer it on KeelyNet and on my Vanguard Sciences pages. The Wizard’s Book of Animal Secrets I also couldn’t put down as it explained so many tricks, how they are done and how you can do them. I kept thinking of St. Francis of Assisi outside with his arms out and birds landing on his head, shoulders and arms with no fear and sure enough the document tells you how to do this. Amazing! - Source

02/20/09 - Energy secretary predicts higher demand for oil
Energy Secretary Steven Chu, a champion of renewable energy and biofuels, has no delusions about the future of oil. Global demand for it will increase over the next two decades even with more efficiency and alternative fuels, he says, and prices will again go higher. Chu, during an hourlong meeting with reporters Thursday, discussed the futility of predicting oil prices in the short run, the need for a national electricity transmission system, and the urgency of getting the billions of economic stimulus dollars to the nation. Asked if he thought oil prices, which have plummeted, might rebound again, Chu joked: "If anyone thinks they can predict oil prices, they will be very wealthy." But in the long run, over the next two decades, he said, he's certain the price of crude will be significantly higher than today. Crude oil has dropped from a high last summer of $145 a barrel to a recent low of about $34. "After we get out of the deep recession the world is in now I see higher demand" for oil, said Chu, although he hoped the push to alternative fuels and greater efficiency "can help the U.S. greatly decrease that demand." He predicted oil will become more expensive to produce because of the decline in conventional sources and, he said, "that drives the price up." - Source

02/20/09 - Robot Boss In Your Office…It’s More Likely Than You Think
KeelyNet “QA is a telepresence robot, so it’s driven by someone on his laptop,” explains Trevor Blackwell of Anybots. “So the boss is sitting in his condo in Hawaii having a nice time, and the robot’s sitting in the office so he can drive it up and down the cubicles and interact with people in a much more organic way than can be done with a video conference.“ if you thought morale was low in the office before, can you imagine how the accountants are going to go nuts with crazy Mr. Can’t Relax on Vacation boss spying on the workplace from his Bossbot 1000? Mr. Blackwell, I think you are going to have lots of cases of “I don’t know, the robot just kinda fell down the stairs…and got stomped on….and set on fire..” - Source

02/20/09 - Kiwi scientists create magnetic super paper
New Zealand researchers have shown that adding a simple step to paper-making could be used to produce paper which is magnetic, conducts electricity or glows under ultraviolet light. The process coats paper and card with nanoparticles 10,000 times thinner than the average human hair. Doctoral student Aaron Small and his supervisor Professor Jim Johnston, at Victoria University, found cost-effective methods of printing or coating nanoparticles onto "kraft-board" produced from New Zealand-grown radiata pine. Kraft board fibre is exported as newsprint grade paper. "We know how to print nanoparticles that glow under ultraviolet light but are invisible under normal light," Small said in a statement. "They could be used for security labelling to protect against counterfeiting. "You could also have a label that might be blue within the use-by-date and when it's expired it would turn red." The results could also provide a cheaper alternative to metals, such as copper, which is commonly used to shield equipment sensitive to electromagnetic radiation such as cellular and wireless network frequencies. - Source

02/20/09 - Talking with the Fairies (not THOSE Fairies)
KeelyNet I think we can stimulate and expand our senses, perhaps the Pineal which is called the 3rd Eye, to allow us to communicate with other entities, even in other realities or dimensions. History is replete with accounts of such communications where information is transferred that often assists us... I think entities living in other realities or dimensions might have if not a more advanced science than we have, then one that to us would be called magickal because they might have learned to not only detect, but also how to manipulate and even control aether/zpe to produce phenomena on demand... Two books have always inspired me because of the incredible predicitions they seem to be making over 100 years ago. Both are for sale as ebooks but there are a couple of others of interest. My favorite predicts TV, radio, transmutation, levitation, healing, etc. and is called ‘The Annotated Dweller on Two Planets’. One of the most interesting passages describes a race called the Sueni’s who could, through deep, FOCUSED and sustained concentration affect not only the manifestation of matter but other phenomena that most everyone would call pure magic. Here is a part of that description; “It was a strange people, the Suerni. The elder people seemed never to smile, not because they were engaged in occult study, but because they were filled with wrath. The Suerni never lift their hands in manual labor, they sit at the breakfast or the supper table without having previously put upon it anything to eat, or elsewhere prepared a repast; they bow their heads in apparent prayer, and then, lifting up their eyes, begin to eat of what has mysteriously come before them–of wholesome viands, of nuts, of all manner of fruits, and of tender, succulent vegetables! These people gaze upon the foes who come to menace them in their homes–and they are not! “Ours is a peculiar people, prince,” he said to me. “During many years, centuries even, it hath had to reign over it rulers come from the Sons of the Solitude. Each and every one hath striven to train his subjects so as to fit some future generation for initiation, as an entire people, into the mysteries of the Night-Side of Nature, deeper than thy people of Poseid have ever dreamed of going. The Rai continued: “Ye of Poseid dip a little into the Night-Side, and behold! out of it ye gather forces which open the penetralia of the sea, and of the air, and subject the earth. ‘Tis well. But ye require physical apparatus; without it ye are nothing powerful. Those, versed in occult wisdom need no apparatus. That is the difference between Poseid and Suernis. The human mind is a link between the soul and the physical. Every higher force controls all those lower. The mind operates through odic force, which is higher than any speed of physical nature; hence controls all nature, nor needeth apparatus. - Source

02/20/09 - Solar Thermal installation system - enough to power San Francisco?
The largest series of solar installations in history, more than 1,300 megawatts, is planned for the desert outside Los Angeles, according to a new deal between the utility Southern California Edison and solar power plant maker, BrightSource. The momentous deal will deliver more electricity than even the largest nuclear plant, spread out among seven facilities, the first of which will start up in 2013. When fully operational, the companies say the facility will provide enough electricity to power 845,000 homes - more than exist in San Francisco - though estimates like that are notoriously squirrely. The technology isn't the familiar photovoltaics - the direct conversion of sunlight into electricity - but solar thermal power, which concentrates the sun's rays to create steam in a boiler and spin a turbine. - Source

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. - $15 eBook Download / Source to Buy

02/20/09 - Green wheel turns pedal bike into electric hog
KeelyNet Scientists at MIT are testing a new power generation, storage and propulsion system known as the GreenWheel that will turn any pedal bicycle into an electric hog. "Just take the wheel off, put a GreenWheel equipped wheel on in its place, plug it in and it should work just fine," said Ryan Chin, one of the GreenWheel designers. "The whole thing has been designed so all the parts except the throttle are enclosed in the wheel." From the outside, the GreenWheel has the radius of a small dinner plate and is about 2 inches thick. Inside the aluminum frame sits the three major GreenWheel components: an electric generator, batteries and an electric motor. Under its current configuration, a bike powered solely by a single GreenWheel (front, rear or both wheel can be equipped with a GreenWheel) has an estimated range of 25 miles. Pedaling the bike doubles the range under electric power, provided the rider isn't traveling at the nearly top speed of 30 miles an hour. The bike can be charged by pedaling or by plugging it into the electric grid. While an exact cost hasn't been nailed down yet, Chin expects a privately purchased GreenWheel to cost several hundred dollars. Other electric bike converters cost up to $1,200 and require running wires to and from motor to battery to handlebar throttle. Since batteries, generator and motor are all one part connected to the throttle by Bluetooth technology, installation is also easier than existing conversion kits. - Source

02/20/09 - Creationism is OK as long as it's not taught in schools
The foundation of faith is not at stake because belief does not depend on science. Individuals are free to believe in creationism. But the real issue is that the foundation of education is threatened by the way creationism meanders into our schools' curriculum. / During my studies of theology, religion, ancient Hebrew, Asian history and mythology, in conjunction with scientific courses such as biology, chemistry and physics, I have found no correlation or compatibility between science and religion. Recent emotional arguments between those who support creationism and intelligent design and those who support the theory of evolution have created deep disagreements about government policies and social foundations. Religion has a long and tragic history of intense hatred, severe persecution and wars against those who have rejected its doctrines, dogma and superstitions. Secular humanism provides the opportunity to recognize, adopt and accept a scientific mentality and the dignity of a human to assert individuality and responsibility for personal actions. - Source

02/20/09 - Negative Hallucinations
KeelyNet With regard to the prior post about ‘The Secret of Invisibility’, I have twice experienced a similar effect which I have learned is called a negative hallucination. At the time I was deep in concentration and someone was looking for me and walked right past and DIDN’T SEE ME. I think many of us have experienced something similar where we are so intent on looking for something that it can be right in our sight, yet we do not see it... There is a hypnotist named Leslie LeCron who wrote a book called ‘Experimental Hypnosis’. In it he says when he goes to parties and people find out he is a hypnotist they want party he obliges. At one party he met a charming young lady who was there with her boyfriend who he also met. He hypnotized her for the amusement of the crowd and once she was under, he instructed her boyfriend to go into an adjoining room so he couldn’t be seen. The boyfriend obliged and the hypnotist gave the girl a post hypnotic command that when she awoke, she would not be able to see her boyfriend until the hypnotist snapped his fingers. So he wakes her up and the boyfriend comes back in but he has one hand behind his back so no one could see what he was holding. The girl looked right at him in amazement and people asked her ‘whats’s wrong?’…she asked ‘Don’t you see that!!!’ They asked ‘What’ and she said that ROSE FLOATING IN THE AIR!!! Everyone else could only see the boyfriend but no one knew he had the rose as he just decided to surprise her. When the hypnotist snapped his fingers, the boyfriend suddenly appeared to the girlfriend and she nearly fainted. That was when he moved his hand from his back and presented her with the rose to the total astonishment of everyone in the crowd including the hypnotist. The phenomenon is called ‘negative hallucination’ where you can mask out objects. It’s much like layers in a photoshopping type program where you can suppress a layer to see what is behind it. / Mental Invisibility & the Cloud of Confusion - In the book on invisibility, Richards comments on a technique of inducing a ‘mental confusion’ in your target subject. This takes two forms, one of which is a cloud or mental fog which is impressionable by another’s thoughts, the other takes advantage of the brain not wanting to deal with anything that doesn’t immediately fit into the person’s view of reality, such as a chaotic or complex image. When looking towards such an area, the eye will jump past the overly complex image, seeking to find familiar visual territory that doesn’t require a high degree of analysis. This phenomenon has been noted with the Indians who could not see the first Spanish ships that were clearly visible in the harbor. Only when someone else described what they were seeing, could the rest of the group begin to see the reality. Almost like a visual hundredth monkey effect. - Source

02/20/09 - So much for free Speech, Paranoia wins out
OKC officer pulls man over for anti-Obama sign on vehicle - An Oklahoma City police officer wrongly pulled over a man last week and confiscated an anti-President Barack Obama sign the man had on his vehicle. The officer misinterpreted the sign as threatening, said Capt. Steve McCool, of the Oklahoma City Police Department, and took the sign, which read “Abort Obama, not the unborn.” Chip Harrison said he was driving to work when a police car followed him for several miles and then signaled for him to pull over. “I pulled over, knowing I hadn’t done anything wrong,” Harrison said in a recent phone interview. When the officer asked Harrison if he knew why he had been pulled over, Harrison said he did not. “They said, ‘It’s because of the sign in your window,’” Harrison said. “It’s not meant to be a threat, it’s a statement about abortion,” Harrison said. He said he disagrees with the president’s position on abortion... The officers confiscated Harrison’s sign and gave him a slip of paper that stated he was part of an investigation. Harrison said he later received a call from a person who said he was a lieutenant supervisor for the Internal Investigations Department and wanted to know his location and return his sign to him. According to Harrison, the supervisor said the Secret Service had been contacted on the matter and had told them the sign was not a threat to the president... “The Secret Service called and said they were at my house,” Harrison said. After talking to his attorney, Harrison went home where he met the Secret Service. “When I was on my way there, the Secret Service called me and said they weren’t going to ransack my house or anything ... they just wanted to (walk through the house) and make sure I wasn’t a part of any hate groups.” - Source

02/20/09 - Experts Warn of 'Terminator'-Style Military-Robot Rebellion
Autonomous military robots that will fight future wars must be programmed to live by a strict warrior code, or the world risks untold atrocities at their steely hands. The stark warning - which includes discussion of a "Terminator"-style scenario in which robots turn on their human masters - is part of a hefty report funded by and prepared for the U.S. Navy's high-tech and secretive Office of Naval Research. The report, the first serious work of its kind on military robot ethics, envisages a fast-approaching era where robots are smart enough to make battlefield decisions that are at present the preserve of humans. Eventually, it notes, robots could come to display significant cognitive advantages over Homo sapiens soldiers. Modern programs included millions of lines of code and were written by teams of programmers, none of whom knew the entire program. Accordingly, no individual could accurately predict how the various portions of large programs would interact without extensive testing in the field - an option that may either be unavailable or deliberately sidestepped by the designers of fighting robots. - Source

02/11/09 - Hybrids Powered by Air
KeelyNet Storing energy with compressed air, rather than batteries, could cut the cost of hybrids. A new kind of hybrid vehicle being developed at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich could save almost as much fuel as today's gas-electric hybrids, but at a fraction of the cost. Conventional gas-electric hybrids use batteries to store energy recovered during braking, which would otherwise be wasted as heat. They later use that energy to drive an electric motor that assists the car's gas engine. But the high-cost of batteries, and the added cost of including two forms of propulsion -- an electric motor and a gasoline engine -- make such hybrids expensive. This has slowed their adoption and limited their impact on overall greenhouse gas emissions from vehicles. Lino Guzzella, a professor of mechanical engineering at the Swiss Institute, is developing a hybrid that requires no battery or electric motor. Instead, it stores energy by using the engine's pistons to compress air. That air can later be released to drive the pistons and propel the vehicle along. Guzzella says that the system will add only about 20 percent to the cost of a conventional engine, whereas the extra components required in hybrid electric vehicles can add 200 percent to the cost. Computer simulations suggest that the design should reduce fuel consumption by 32 percent, which is about 80 percent of the fuel-savings of gas-electric hybrids, he says. Initial experiments have demonstrated that the design can be built. Guzzella's new air-hybrid design makes use of advanced control systems to more precisely control the flow of air, improving overall efficiency. To overcome limited storage capacity, the design relies less on capturing energy from braking than other hybrids, and more on another approach to saving energy: using pneumatic power to boost the performance of smaller, more efficient gasoline engines. Air supply: Guzzella's design replaces a two-liter gasoline engine with a very small 750-milliliter one that's adequate for cruising speeds. - Source

02/11/09 - Tidal Power on the Cheap?
KeelyNet ScotRenewables, a startup in Scotland, says tidal turbines should float, not be anchored to the ground. The startup, located on the Orkney Islands, way north of Scotland, has raised £6.2 million to build a working prototype of a floating tidal turbine that it says will be cheaper to install and maintain than others being tested now. The 8-meter-long prototype, ideally, will go into the water at the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) Tidal Test Site that sits just down the road from ScotRenewables in 2010. Commercial versions of the turbine will measure up to 40 meters long and weigh 250 tons, but generate 1.2 megawatts of power. "That's quite impressive when you compare it to others," said CEO Barry Johnston. "We want to be competitive with offshore wind." Rather than anchor a permanent turbine on the ocean floor, ScotRenewables will build a floating turbine that is slack moored with chains to an anchor on the sea floor. The body of the turbine – a long 40-meter tube of metal with a point at the end – will face directly into the tide. Below, two turbines attached to fins will convert the power of the tides into electricity. Johnston showed me a 1-meter prototype ScotRenewables is experimenting with in the wave tank it built. It looks like a model rocket with two fins with propellers attached to the ends of the fins. Taking the ScotRenewables turbine in for repairs should be easy: maintenance workers would just have to take a boat out, unhook it, and put another in its place while the first is being detangled. Tidal power is also 50 percent stronger at the surface than at the seabed so these turbines should be capable of generating more power, he said. The 40-meter body of the turbine can also be made by a conventional manufacturing processes, which further cuts costs. - Source

02/11/09 - The Myth of the Efficient Car
In their effort to stave off collapse of their industry, auto executives have continually cited their efforts are building the high-efficiency cars of the future. The problem is, there are no cars of the future, and the looming catastrophe of global pollution, including climate change, will never be solved by building more cars – efficient or otherwise. We’d desperately like to believe that there is a way to preserve our car-centered civilization, while simultaneously placating the gods of atmospheric warming. Even the president-elect believes it, and Obama made fuel-efficient cars a central part of his energy policy. He promised a $7,000 tax credit to hybrid car buyers, aiming for a million plug-in hybrids, getting 150 mpg, by 2015. But there’s an even more profound problem with building more efficient cars. In 1865, English economist William Stanley Jevons discovered an efficiency paradox: the more efficient you make machines, the more energy they use. Why? Because the more efficient they are, the better they are, the cheaper they are and more people buy them, and the more they’ll use them. Now, that’s good for manufacturers and maybe good for consumers, but if the problem is energy consumption or pollution, it’s not good. The so-called Jevons Paradox was resurrected in the 1980s by a variety of environmentalists and is occasionally referred to as the Khazoom-Brookes postulate or the more explicative rebound effect. It's been neatly summarized as, “those energy efficiency improvements that, on the broadest considerations, are economically justified at the microlevel lead to higher levels of energy consumption at the macro level.” Or, in short, you make money on each transaction and lose it in volume. - Source

02/11/09 - This is why you're Fat!


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02/11/09 - How to Turn Grease Into Biodiesel (for Cheap!)
Dave Hubbard turns grease from restaurants into fuel for his black Jetta TDI, a BMW motorcycle, bulldozers, tractors for five local farms and a tree nursery, and his neighbors' pickups - all for the low cost of about 50 cents a gallon. The process is basic chemistry and can be done by any DIYer with a steady supply of restaurant oil, a strong winch, and a willingness to get greasy. Here's how he does it. - Source

02/11/09 - Why sustainable power is unsustainable
Renewable energy needs to become a lot more renewable - a theme that emerged at the Financial Times Energy Conference in London this week. Although scientists are agreed that we must cut carbon emissions from transport and electricity generation to prevent the globe's climate becoming hotter, and more unpredictable, the most advanced "renewable" technologies are too often based upon non-renewable resources, attendees heard. Supratik Guha of IBM told the conference that sales of silicon solar cells are booming, with 2008 being the first year that the silicon wafers for solar cells outstripped those used for microelectronic devices. But although silicon is the most abundant element in the Earth's crust after oxygen, it makes relatively inefficient cells that struggle to compete with electricity generated from fossil fuels. And the most advanced solar-cell technologies rely on much rarer materials than silicon. Renewable energy technologies remain the great hope for the future, and are guaranteed research funds in the short term. But unless a second generation of sustainable energy ideas based on truly sustainable resources is established, the renewable light could be in danger of dimming. - Source

02/11/09 - Norfolk town's schools first to be heated by burning cattle
KeelyNet A "trailblazing" Norfolk town has begun heating many of its buildings - including the schools - by burning oil made from melted-down cow and pig carcasses. The strategy is described as "equal or lower in carbon footprint than natural gas". The replacement fuel now warming the children of Reepham in Norfolk is, as is normal with biofuels, partly mixed with ordinary fossil fuel. The biologically-sourced portion is made from used cooking oil and from tallow, which in turn is made by rendering down fatty remains from slaughtered livestock. Strictly speaking, tallow is from cattle and lard is from pigs, but industry cares more about things like melting point. The oil now being burned in Reepham's boilers may have started out originally as any sort of animal. The proponents of tallow-based fuel admit that raising livestock in order to burn their corpses for energy would be a very carbon-intensive way of making biofuel. Rearing cattle or pigs involves the emission of lots of greenhouse gases. But that's not the idea: rather, the thinking goes, people will raise livestock anyway in order to eat it. Thus it makes sense to use the waste products for energy. - Source

02/11/09 - Gadgets fueled by the sun? That day has dawned
You might not be able to spend thousands of dollars to convert your house to solar power right now. But there are smaller, less expensive ways to do your environmental part with the sun's help. Many solar products are available, although there are limits to what some can do. Still, anything to reduce your carbon footprint is worth doing. Solar charger: Solar Style's SC002NBC ($59.99, will charge cell phones, PDAs, MP3s, hand-held video games and digital cameras, and can operate radios, CD players and other portable devices. It also has an emergency light and can be used with a car adapter or plugged into a regular outlet. / Wireless speaker: With the Arius solar-powered wireless speaker ($260, www.novatech, you can have music outside without running wires. You can even plug an iPod directly into the weatherproof speaker. It produces 15 watts of sound; technology and signals are transmitted through walls, floors and ceilings as far as 150 feet away. Once fully charged, the speaker lasts eight to 10 hours. / Water bottle: During the day, the bottle stores a solar charge (the water doesn't heat up); at night, it's a spare LED lantern ($19.95 / Portable multiband radio: This unit ($69.95, has four shortwave bands, a medium-wave band, FM, two television bands and a weather band. It can be powered by the sun or by dynamo (cranking), battery (not included) or AC/DC adapter (included). - Source

02/11/09 - Desulfator for 12V Car Batteries, in an Altoids Tin
KeelyNet My urge to build this project came when my wife's car refused to turn over after a three day weekend away. Here in Tokyo, during winter, the temperature can drop to the low 20's (F) at night and since we have no garage, her car just has to endure the cold as best it can. Many people don't realize that you don't have put up with repeated jump-starts or run to the nearest garage and plunk down 7,500 yen ($85) for a new battery every time this happens. Your old battery may just have built up a layer of lead sulphate crystals on its plates and that is preventing the acid from contacting them over their full surface area. This is caused by subjecting the battery to long periods of insufficient charge, as in the case of unplugged golf carts over the winter, infrequently used automobiles, and PV systems that don't get enough sunlight to charge their batteries. The result is a great reduction in the battery's ability to poduce electricity. With a desulfator circuit you can reverse this process and rejuvenate the battery to like new condition. You can also save money and prevent water and ground pollution at the same time by keeping your old battery out of the local landfill. As long as nothing is seriously wrong with the battery it can last many times the two or three years that people typically use them. You can even get free batteries from garages that routinely throw them away, desulfate them, and never buy another battery again. Save money and help the environment - now there's a green ecology scheme I can get into! Desulphators use various pulsing circuits to force the lead sulphate crystals back into the electrolyte thus rejuvenating the battery and restoring its lost capacity. The version I chose uses an NE555P timer chip for the multivibrator front end and two coils, a low ESR cap, a fast diode, and an N-channel MOSFET (hereafter referred to as a FET) to generate the high voltage (35V) spikes in the output. - Source

02/11/09 - The Magnet Motor - beyond hybrid, hydrogen & battery electric
The magnet motor is the invention of Charles Watson. It doesn’t run on gasoline or require a large pack of batteries. It runs on magnets. If scaled up it could replace all combustion engines. This is a patented device and it is running now. It requires a 12 volt battery to run the magnet motor and the magnet motor recharges the battery so there’s no need for a plugin at night. / Using permanent magnets in such a fashion as to turn linear motion into a rotary motion. producing torque using 12vdc power source input voltage and putting out and storing in a capacitor 290 to 300 vdc that can be used to recharge batteries. The magnets are shifed by one electromagnetic coil that is electrically timed. Two relays are used. One for speed control and the other for pulsed timed switching inphase with the main coil.

(Thanks to Jim Nicholson at for the headsup. - JWD) - Source

02/11/09 - X Prize announces green-idea winners
The first-place winners, which will receive $25,000, were University of California at Irvine students Kyle Good and Bryan Le on the Capacitor Challenge team, for their idea that someone should develop a more efficient energy storage device to replace batteries, for everything from iPods to cars. The "X Prize in Energy and Environment" were chosen through a contest held on Google's YouTube. Competing among 130 submissions, Good and Le's team video garnered about 4,200 votes. "Capacitors recharge in seconds, survive thousands of recharge cycles, and provide high-efficiency electricity by using environmentally benign materials. But here's the challenge: capacitors are far more expensive (and) provide far less energy than common batteries," Le said in his team's contest pitch video on YouTube (below). "We invite the next generation of inventors and engineers to construct an energy storage device far more advanced, far more environmentally friendly, far more affordable than we have yet to see in our lifetime." For the engineering geniuses game for taking a crack at this, here are the guidelines, as proposed by the Capacitor Challenge team: * Use only self-contained capacitors. * Exceed the energy density of average lead acid batteries. * Fully recharge in less than a minute and up to 500,000 cycles. * Be completely recyclable and incorporate nontoxic materials. * Cost less than twice the price of average lead acid batteries. - Source

02/11/09 - Dramatic Rise In Sea Level And Its Broad Ramifications Uncovered
KeelyNet Scientists have found proof in Bermuda that the planet’s sea level was once more than 21 meters (70 feet) higher about 400,000 years ago than it is now. Geologist Paul Hearty of the Bald Head Island Conservancy discovered sedimentary and fossil evidence in the walls of a limestone quarry in Bermuda that documents a rise in sea level during an interglacial period of the Middle Pleistocene in excess of 21 meters above its current level. Hearty and colleagues had published preliminary evidence of such a sea-level rise nearly a decade ago, which was met with skepticism among geologists. This marine fossil evidence now provides unequivocal evidence of the timing and extent of this event. The nature of the sediments and fossil accumulation found by Olson and Hearty was not compatible with the deposits left by a tsunami but rather with the gradual, yet relatively rapid, increase in the volume of the planet’s ocean caused by melting ice sheets. A rise in sea level to such a height would have ramifications well beyond geology and climate modeling. For the organisms of coastal areas, and particularly for low islands and archipelagos, such a rise would have been catastrophic. The Florida peninsula, for example, would have been reduced to a relatively small archipelago along the higher parts of its central ridge. - Source

02/11/09 - USAF testing MPK's power source for use in military cell phones
Sheets of Litroenergy are sandwiched between layers of solar cells in stacked sets. The continuous light creates energy in the cells. Kohnen said the U.S. Air Force is testing the power cells for use as military cell phone batteries, adding the U.S. Army and U.S. Navy also have expressed interest in Litroenergy cells. When MPK was first incorporated in 2001, the company produced "Glopaint," which glows for up to 24 hours. It is available in liquid, spray and powder form, online and at novelty shops. Glopaint's active ingredient is non-radioactive strontium aluminate. Most glow-in-the-dark products use zinc sulfide and last only 20 minutes. MPK's Web site ( touts Litroenergy as "non-radioactive" though it has a radioactive source, tritium gas. Because the tritium is encapsulated and present in such small quantities, "we consider it to be non-toxic and non-radioactive," Kohnen said. The tritium is contained in microscopic glass or plastic spheres along with a phosphorescent substance. The microspheres are injected into plastic or mixed with paint. The product's half-life (the time it takes to lose half its initial energy) is 12 years. Lynn Knutson, professor of nuclear physics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, said tritium is not harmful unless ingested, and even then it eventually flushes from the body. "I tend not to be scared of tritium in small amounts," he said. But a product with any amount of radioactive substance presents a marketing problem, he said. "Even if it's not dangerous, consumers are not convinced it's not dangerous." - Source

02/11/09 - Zap new life into Ni-Cads
KeelyNet Apparently you can revive dead Ni-Cad batteries by zapping them with high voltage. Some people have used welders in the past, but many of us just don't have access to one. This project shows you how to hack a disposable camera into a battery revival device. This could be very cost effective. A single regular AA battery could revive many Ni-Cads. Remember, this doesn't charge them, just makes them able to be charged again. - Source

02/11/09 - Property seizure by police called 'highway piracy
A two-decade-old state law that grants authorities the power to seize property used in a crime is wielded by some agencies against people who are never charged with, much less convicted, of a crime. Law enforcement authorities in this East Texas town of 1,000 people seized property from at least 140 motorists between 2006 and 2008, and, to date, filed criminal charges against fewer than half, according to a San Antonio Express-News review of court documents. Virtually anything of value was up for grabs: cash, cell phones, personal jewelry, a pair of sneakers, and often, the very car that was being driven through town. Some affidavits filed by officers relied on the presence of seemingly innocuous property as the only evidence that a crime had occurred. Example: Linda Dorman, a great-grandmother from Akron, Ohio, had $4,000 in cash taken from her by local authorities when she was stopped while driving through town after visiting Houston in April 2007. Court records make no mention that anything illegal was found in her van and show no criminal charges filed in the case. She is still waiting for the return of what she calls "her life savings." How it works: Guillory alleges in the lawsuit that while his clients were detained, they were presented with an ultimatum: waive your rights to your property in exchange for a promise to be released and not be criminally charged. Guillory said most did as Dorman did, signing the waiver to avoid jail. The state's asset seizure law doesn't require that law enforcement agencies file criminal charges in civil forfeiture cases. - Source

02/11/09 - Tesla Coil Music Video
KeelyNet We've heard tesla coils play the Zelda theme, now here's the Ghostbusters version for your listening enjoyment. I mean, what could be more fitting for this theme than seeing electricity bolts shooting from the coils? The only thing missing now are proton packs. / Another version - This is a solid-state Tesla coil. The primary runs at its resonant frequency in the 41 KHz range, and is modulated from the control unit in order to generate the tones you hear. So just to explain a little further, yes, it is the actual high voltage sparks that are making the noise. Every cycle of the music is a burst of sparks at 41 KHz, triggered by digital circuitry at the end of a "long" piece of fiber optics. - Source

02/11/09 - Here comes the e-book revolution
Why people will read e-books - Just because e-books are available on better (the new Kindle) and more (all cell phones) devices doesn't mean people will read them. But mark my words, read them they will. Six trends will conspire over the next year to drive e-book reading to levels that will surprise just about everybody. 1. The economy. 2. The environment. 3. A publishing revolution. 4. The rise in aggressive e-book marketing. 5. A rise in books written for electronic reading. 6. The decline of the newspaper industry. - Source

02/11/09 - Personalized Podcars Float Over Abu Dhabi
KeelyNet A Jetsons-style transit system is set to roll out around Masdar City - electric, elevated podcars that can carry a few passengers at a time around the city, between several customizable destinations. Designed by transportation planners at Systematica, the system is called "personal rapid transit," or PRT. The only functioning PRT is in West Virginia, but Systematica hopes to roll our the Abu Dhabi system very soon. You will swipe a smart card through a machine, and a welcome message will appear. One option is that the system will recognize you and greet you personally: "Good morning, where do you want to go today?" Perhaps the system will remember your usual path, and offer it to you as an option. After you click on your destination, the system will say something like, "Your car is arriving in 2 minutes at platform number 3." You may have to stand on a line, and you will be able to identify your car by its number. The second option is that you will enter your destination into the system when you are already sitting inside a car. Initially, the system will be very simple, with only a couple of stations. During this period, the system will function kind of like an elevator – you press a button and go to the third floor. Think of it as a horizontal lift. Later on it will be more sophisticated, and passengers will be able to get within 100 meters of any destination. The cars will not run on tracks, but will operate within a kind of grid network, and take the shortest paths to get where they need to be. The cars will have wheels, and will be battery powered. - Source

02/11/09 - Beer, wine make for a healthier steak!
If you're frying a steak and mindful of your health, then marinate it in either beer or red wine. So say food scientists who measured amounts of a family of carcinogens found in fried steaks after steeping them in booze. Cooking food increases levels of cancer-causing compounds called heterocyclic amines (HAs). Fried and grilled meat are particularly high in these compounds, because fiery temperatures convert the sugars and amino acids in muscle tissue into HAs. Various substances can reduce HA content: olive oil, lemon juice and garlic marinade cut HAs in grilled chicken by 90 percent, while red wine reduced HAs in fried chicken. Now, Isabel Ferreira and colleagues at the University of Porto in Portugal have looked at the effects of beer and red wine marinades on fried steak. Six hours of marinating in beer or red wine slashed levels of two types of HA by up to 90 percent compared with unmarinated steak (Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry). For a third type of HA, beer was more efficient than wine at reducing its content, cutting levels significantly in 4 hours, while wine took 6. Beer contains more water-retaining sugars than wine, and Ferreira says that may hinder the transport of water-soluble molecules to the steak's surface, where high heat converts them into HAs. Tasters also preferred the smell, taste and appearance of beer-marinated steak. - Source

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 - $15.00 - Source

02/07/09 - New Stirling design solves numerous problems
KeelyNet This invention is about stirling engine, which is an internal combustion engined heat machine known as hot air engine and converting the heat to mechanical motion. Invention in question is about stirling engine, having an accordion/bellows element with opening and closing feature, that is placed between the connecting rod and gas transmission pipe and moving in an expansion gap whether folding or stretching to achieve the radial motion without using the cylinder and the piston. The Advantages of Our Invention: - Sealing problem is completely removed. - Energy loss caused by the friction of the cylinder and the piston is removed. - There is no need for oiling. - Costs are minimized. - There is no need for special materials. And this causes the invention to be economical and low-cost. - It is possible to produce based on mass production. - It creates a point that, alternative energy is being reached by the individual user. To achieve the above mentioned objects, it has an accordion/bellows element with opening and closing feature, that is placed between the connecting rod and gas transmission pipe and moving in an expansion gap whether folding or stretching. To achieve the above mentioned objects, the point is obtaining the required linear motion by the hot working gas affecting the folding and/or stretching material. - Source

02/07/09 - Intriguing UFO reports - Escape Pod or Craft and a Green Tractor Beam
KeelyNet Happened on Unexplained Mysteries which is shown on Channel 82 here in Mexico, well on MegaCable. This episode was about UFOs so the previews made it look interesting enough to get my notepad. The one that caught my interest was an incident in Kecksburg, PA in 1965. They showed a drawing of something that looked like an acorn or a short condom with a ring around the bottom. One of the people who saw it said it was big enough for a man to stand up in. Also that it made no noise when in flight. / Another report about the Coyne Helicopter Incident in Mansfield, Ohio in 1973 referred to a tractor beam taking the form of a green light cone to lift a helicopter from 1700 feet up to 3800 feet. This reminded me of when I, as President of the Dallas Mufon Metroplex group and our board of Directors, hosted Ed Walters (of the Gulf Breeze sightings) and his wife. KeelyNetWe always had a get-to-know each other dinner the night before the lecture which Ed Walters was scheduled to make. Very nice people and always fascinating information. During our group conversation with Ed, he mentioned having to slide under a pickup truck when a UFO came really close over his house. He did this because they shot a green beam of light at him and he began to rise into the air! He said though he was under the truck as much as he could be, his foot and part of his leg was sticking out and being pulled upward by the green beam. I asked him if he noticed anything odd about this green tractor beam and he said yes, now that you ask, it had a sickly sweet smell but like almonds. Turns out arsenic smells like almonds so I suggested it might be some arsenic maser to produce this tractor beam. A report on this incident mentions a green tractor beam... - Source

02/07/09 - The Oxford student who plans to make baldness a thing of the past
Thomas Whitfield is the 27-year-old Oxford biochemistry PhD who is working on a venture called TRX2 (derived from the Greek word for hair, Trichos. "The two for second – your second generation of hair," he tells me). It promises to make "hair loss a thing of the past". Still in stealth mode as the intellectual property is in the process of being protected, Whitfield plans to have his "product and service" on the market within 12 months. His only guidance is that it is not based on "gene therapy" – an area being explored by several other British start-ups. The Kilcady-born entrepreneur, who grew up in Germany – his mother is German – said: "Current treatments don't work properly or they are inconvenient or they are simply very, very expensive. We have come up with a solution that's quite easy and much cheaper." (Thanks to Rick Isak for the headsup) - Source

02/07/09 - Solar Blinds - Stores Power By Day, Shines By Night
KeelyNet Take your standard Venetian blinds, attach some thin solar panels on them, and let them store energy on batteries during the daytime and allow them to gradually shine as the sun sets. This particular concept is called, "Blight". As the sun sets, raise the blinds for a single light source for reading or illuminating your living room without having to use up any extra power whatsoever. / From the moment the sun comes out, you'll be able to extract its powers by opening up the blinds and letting the rays power up the battery cell located on the top of the Venetian blinds. As the sun sets, you'll have the ability to raise them to create a single light source for reading or illuminating your living room without having to use up any extra power whatsoever. - Source

New Vanguard Sciences eBooks - Save a Tree! eBooks make great gifts!
KeelyNet Shape Power - 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... - Shape Power Youtube

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...

02/07/09 - H2O Oxygenator System to Replace Catalytic Converter
A correction from source is being issued with respect to the release sent earlier today. Please note that the title was incorrect. H2O Oxygenator System to Replace Catalytic Converter as a Viable Solution against Global Warming - Patriot Energy Corporation (PINK SHEETS:PGYC) intends to market the H2O Oxygenator System to replace the catalytic converter which is currently the OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) standard, but is now believed to be a major producer of extreme green house gas emissions. The H2O Oxygenator System is more effective, cost efficient and proven through EPA and SAE (Environmental Protection Agency/Society of Automotive Engineers) to drastically reduce CO2 emissions. "The catalytic converter, an invention that has sharply reduced smog from cars, has now become a significant and growing cause of global warming; according to the Environmental Protection Agency... researchers have suspected for years that the converters sometimes rearrange the nitrogen-oxygen compounds to form nitrous oxide, known as laughing gas. And nitrous oxide is a potent greenhouse gas, more than 300 times more potent than carbon dioxide, the most common of the gases, that is warming the atmosphere, according to the experts."(1) It is clear for Patriot Energy Corporation that the catalytic converter can no longer be considered an Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) auto component to combat global warming in the future. We intend for the H2O Oxygenator System to be produced right on the assembly line as an OEM component to replace the catalytic converter. Furthermore, Patriot Energy Corporation will implement the H2O Oxygenator System on every type of vehicle including diesel trucks, tractors marine engines and generator sets. The H2O Oxygenator System is the solution for a cost effective, immediate and mass scale application. For more information on TECTANE and its Technologies, please visit the company's website at and view the documentary on the company and its technologies. - Source

02/07/09 - Drug smugglers successfully build ramps to jump border fence.
KeelyNet The planned 670-mile fence along the US border with Mexico has proven remarkably ineffective at deterring or stopping illegal crossers to the United States, advocates and critics of the fence admit. Moreover, the fence's construction remains in limbo in numerous areas, where legal, political and engineering obstacles have brought its implementation to a halt. And, where the 600 miles of fencing are already up, along the borders of California, Arizona and New Mexico, "smugglers and illegal immigrants continue to breach the fencing that is up, forcing Border Patrol agents and contractors to return again and again for repairs," the Wall Street Journal noted Wednesday. "The smugglers build ramps to drive over fencing, dig tunnels under it, or use blow torches to slice through. They cut down metal posts used as vehicle barriers and replace them with dummy posts, made from cardboard." - Source

02/07/09 - Radio controlled sphere
[prabbit22m] has written an instructable on how to build a radio controlled sphere. The mechanism is fairly simple, with one drive motor, one servo and a gyro for stability. To turn, the servo shifts the center of gravity off to one side. You can see that the system works pretty well in the video above. If it didn’t have that gyro, it would be insane, believe us, we’ve done our own experimenting. If you like this, but want more features, check out this one that has a camera and takes pictures wherever it goes. We can’t forget Swarm either. The autonomous swarm of robot spheres. Of coarse [prabbit22m] might have the best idea of all. Dress it up as a regular ball to mess with people.

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02/07/09 - Parking violation leads to malware download
KeelyNet It seems some enterprising individual in Grand Forks, North Dakota has been placing fake parking violations on cars. If the recipient visited the URL on the flyer, they would be told to install a toolbar to view pictures of their vehicle. That piece of malicious software would then attempt to install several more. The actual vehicle pictures were from Grand Forks, but we wouldn’t be surprised to see a similar attack happen in a much larger city. - Source

02/07/09 - Bulk Image Resizer is Light and Quick on Photo Processing
Batch Image Resizer is a small utility for speedily batch processing your image files. Bulk Image Resizer supports popular image formats like JPG, PNG, BMP, and GIF among others without any limitation on file size. The documentation for the program describes the resizing method as a "high quality distortion-less image resizing." While "high quality" isn't exactly a scientific measure, during testing, our resizing results were comparable to other resizing applications, and reasonable upscaling had good results. If you have a multi-core processor, the application is optimized to use it for speedier processing. One small but handy feature is the ability to pull source images from multiple directories at once, rather than demanding a folder-by-folder run. Batch Image Resizer is freeware, Windows only. - Source

02/07/09 - Universal Power Adapter Struggling For Support
KeelyNet "Last year, there was a lot of hopeful discussion surrounding an initiative to have the consumer electronics industry standardize their products on a USB-based universal power adapter devised by Green Plug. Eight months later, the effort has stalled. The reason: manufacturers have balked from using Green Plug's technology. '... Gadget makers seem to have no compelling financial incentive to adopt Green Plug's technology. It would require them to add Green Plug's chip, or similar hardware and software, into every phone, camera, or music player they build, making them more expensive and more complicated to build. Another stumbling block for manufacturers: A universal power supply would kill the market for replacement power supplies. Manufacturers sell these at a steep markup price to customers who lose or break the original one that came with the device, and aren't tech-savvy enough to procure a low-cost generic replacement.' Green Plug is now trying to drum up public outcry through a (slow) website, but the number of supportive comments and votes remains relatively low." / Billions of devices including laptops, printers, speakers, routers, modems, cell phones, entertainment devices, power tools, cameras and so many other portable electronic devices require a power source that converts between 90V and 254V wall power to device-specific DC power. That means that these devices require unique power converters, and that is very costly, is extremely inconvenient and contributes to wasted resources and pollution. With Green Plug, however, intelligent power supplies communicate with electronic devices and agree upon device power requirements for all devices connected to them. All cables and connectors are uniform; so, they work with any device! Being intelligent power sources, they eliminate wasted “phantom power” (power that is wasted when chargers are plugged in and either connected to devices that are fully charged or have no devices connected to them) and improve power utilization and efficiency. - Source

02/07/09 - Can we Revive Vacant Malls?
Architects Ellen Dunham-Jones and June Williamson confront the challenge of redeveloping abandoned suburban retail space in their new book, Retrofitting Suburbia: Urban Design Solutions for Redesigning Suburbs (Wiley Press, 2009). The detailed text also explores several creative solutions in which progressive planning has reinvigorated suburban communities nationwide. PM spoke to Dunham-Jones about the challenge of replacing dying malls and the culture of the car with pedestrian-centered residential and retail development. - Source

02/07/09 - David Letterman airs the 'lost' Bill Hicks routine w/videos
KeelyNet This past Friday night, David Letterman devoted a chunk of his show to a bit of insider baseball, a piece of late-night talk show history that probably meant nothing to 99 percent of his audience, but enough to him to give about half his show over to it. The segment centered around a legendary ''lost'' routine by the comedian Bill Hicks from the early days of the Late Show in 1993. Its legend comes not from viewers' memories of it, but because no one got to see it (this was a time before all video made its way onto the Internet within hours). As Letterman explained on Friday, he deemed the routine not suitable to air, for reasons he seems at a loss to explain. In a sad coda, Hicks, a frequent guest on Letterman's 12:30 a.m. show on NBC who was visiting the then-new CBS 11:30 p.m. Late Show for the first time, would be dead from cancer months later. / (I'm a fan of Bill Hicks so if you have the time, watch this 8 minute routine. - JWD) - Source

02/07/09 - Drive Dock: Turn Those Internal HDs into Floppies!
KeelyNet You might have heard the news, Western Digital was the first company to release a 2TB internal drive. Yep, you read right. That's 2000 GB of storage in one single drive. When I get back home, you can be sure that I'll upgrade all of my pesky 400 GB, 320GB and 500 GB to 2TB! That being said, what are you going to do with all of those drives? You can either throw them away, recycle them, or give them away. I try to move them around to other computers that I have, but most people don't have 5 or 10 computers laying around at home. The Drive Dock is a solution to this problem. Now you can find a use for them by plugging them into ThinkGeek's External USB SATA Drive Dock. Now you've got extra storage without having any enclosure. This type of device is great for people who need massive amounts of storage, like nerds, photographers, video animators and the like. Or simply for people wanting to maximize the use of their old technology. A couple of extra 2TB HDs and you'd be in business. - Source. You can buy this Drive Dock for $39.99! - Slip your spare hard drives into this USB dock and it mounts as an available volume on your Windows, Mac OS, or Linux computer via either a USB or an eSATA connector. Hot-swap with a new drive by pressing the center button on the base and jamming in a new drive. Making the dock even more awesome - it can connect equally well with big 3.5" desktop SATA hard drives and 2.5" laptop hard-drives. Features - * Connects to 2.5" or 3.5" internal SATA hard drives * USB or eSATA connectivity * Plug and Play * Transfer rates up to 480Mbps with USB 2.0 * Transfer rates up to 3Gb/s with eSATA

02/07/09 - Volkswagen Shows Thermoelectric Generator for Waste Heat Recovery
Volkswagen showed a prototype vehicle fitted with a thermoelectric generator (TEG) for waste heat recovery at the “Thermoelektrik—Eine Chance Für Die Atomobillindustrie?” meeting held in Berlin, October 2008, according to a report on the International Thermoelectric Society website. Volkswagen claims 600W output from the TEG under highway driving condition. The TEG-produced electricity reportedly meets around 30% of the car’s electrical requirements, resulting in a reduced mechanical load (alternator) and a reduction in fuel consumption of more than 5%. - Source

02/07/09 - Ice shelf collapse could shift axis of Earth
KeelyNet A new study from Toronto researchers suggests that the collapse of a large portion of the Antarctic ice sheet would shift the very axis of the Earth. Geophysicists at the University of Toronto explored the effects on North America and the globe, if sea levels were to rise due to the collapse of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet. "The melting of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet will actually cause the Earth´s rotation axis to shift rather dramatically -- approximately 500 metres from its present position if the entire ice sheet melts," states a release from U of T's physics department. North America and nations in the southern Indian Ocean in particular -- would see much higher sea-level rises than other areas. "We´ve been able to calculate that not only will the rise in sea levels at most coastal sites be significantly higher than previously expected, but that the sea-level change will be highly variable around the globe," said physics graduate student Natalya Gomez. The research suggests the melting of the sheet would change the balance of the globe -- similar to tsunamis that move massive amounts of water from one area to another. Water would migrate from the southern Atlantic and Pacific Oceans northward toward North America and into the southern Indian Ocean. "The net effect of all of these processes is that if the West Antarctic Ice Sheet collapses, the rise in sea levels around many coastal regions will be as much as 25 per cent more than expected, for a total of between six and seven metres if the whole ice sheet melts," said geophysicist Jerry Mitrovica. "That´s a lot of additional water, particularly around such highly populated areas as Washington, D.C., New York City, and the California coastline." - Source

02/07/09 - Over 30,000 people fall for ComputerTan hoax
A new technology that harnesses the rays of a computer screen to give office workers a tan while they type was today revealed as a charity hoax, after 30,000 people visited the ComputerTan website in 24 hours to register their interest. ComputerTan is in fact a ruse by the UK skin cancer charity Skcin to raise awareness of skin cancer in the UK. Users who registered for a PC tanning session through the fake ComputerTan website expected to be bathed in heated rays, but were in fact confronted by an alarming collection of facts about skin cancer, and illustrations and photographs of the disease. - Source

02/07/09 - 5 Things That Will Age You
KeelyNet High Blood Pressure - The No. 1 driver of aging is blood pressure. That seems tedious, boring and a humdrum problem. But blood pressure is so important because it's like a fire hydrant. It's squirting blood against the arteries of the body, which scrapes and erodes their lining; with the thin layer of protection gone, the arteries begin to scar. The result is hardening of the arteries, as well as strokes. For guys, it leads to one bigger issue, which is impotence. Men are lucky because they have a dipstick for health. It's called the penis. When it's not working, it means that those little arteries in the penis aren't functional. That means the blood can't get in there. And guess what? If it's not working there, those same arteries aren't working in your brain or your heart or your kidneys, or all the other critical organs. Normal blood pressure is 140 over 80. But the optimal blood pressure is 115 over 75. The higher number is the maximum force with which the heart pushes the blood out. The lower number is how much your arteries can relax. So you don't want too much force because you're wasting energy. You're also destroying arteries. But you also want to know that you're relaxed. So 140 over 90, a little bit more than your recommended, is actually hypertension. So you don't want to be even close to that. Belly Fat - Belly fat is the main reason that Americans get high blood pressure and even a little bit of it could be too much for some people. The ideal waist size is half your height in inches. So if you're 40 inches around in, in your girth, you've got to be 80 inches tall. - Source

DVD - the Physics of Crystals, Pyramids and Tetrahedrons
KeelyNet This is a wonderful 2 hour DVD 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... - $20 DVD + S&H / Source to Buy and Youtube Clip

02/07/09 - No-Brainer total system Backups (like Ghost)
KeelyNet If the computer’s hard drive dies, most people go out and replace the whole thing. That’s because they never backed up the system, so they’ve not only lost all the files and programs, but the operating system as well. A company called “Rebit” has come out with a hard drive that does all the thinking for you. Just keep it plugged into your laptop or desktop and use your computer as usual. If the computer’s hard disk fails, and your computer won’t start no matter what you do, you just replace the hard disk, plug in Rebit, and follow the on-screen directions to restore everything. Yes! Everything! Rebit comes in sizes from 80 gigabytes for $170 and on up to the 500 gigabyte level for $220. You probably won’t need that much, however, since it has the good sense to delete old backup files when it starts to get full. It works in those brief moments of inactivity when new and great ideas are springing into your head, so it won’t slow you down. New Rebit software lets you back up six PCs at once. You should choose a backup drive that is at least as large as the largest drive to be backed up. The software can be password-protected for each PC to keep information private between users. To save storage space and avoid needless duplication, only one copy of the operating system or any particular application or file is stored on the backup drive. Rebit also offers backup software on a CD, so you don’t have to buy one of their hard drives to restore your whole system, but can use one you already have. More info at - Source

02/07/09 - Are fossils really millions years old?
Haven't geologists proved from scientific dating methods that the earth is 4.5 billion years old? Doesn't astronomy prove that the universe must, at least, be billions of years old since it would have required billions of years for light from the nearest stars to reach the earth? Don't all qualified scientists, including geologists, believe in Darwinian evolution and a billions of years old Earth and universe? The simple answer is "No". Many times one radiometric dating method will give a vast difference in age from another radiometric dating method used on dating the same rock! Radiometric dating methods have also been severely faulty when tested with the actual historical age of certain rock. For example, Hawaiian lava flows that were known to be no more than two centuries old were dated by the potassium-argon method to be up to three billion years old! (Science 141 [1963]: 634). The reason for these huge discrepancies is that these methods are based on assumptions that no major changes have occurred in the earth's atmosphere in the past which could have affected the initial amounts and even the rates of decay of the substances involved (Industrial Research 14 [1972]: 15). If, for example, a world-wide flood the Bible describes in Genesis had actually occurred then it would have, indeed, altered the initial conditions so as to make radiometric dating less than an exact science, to say the least. The Carbon -14 dating method has been known to have fifty percent accuracy, but it is only accurate up to thousands (not millions or billions) of years and can only be used on things that were once living. - Source

02/07/09 - Swedish Visby-Class Corvette Is First Operational Stealth Ship in the World
KeelyNet This water-based Imperial Star Destroyer is really the spectacular Swedish Visby-Class corvette, the first operational stealth ship in the world, powered with silent waterjets and made with non-magnetic composite materials. According to the experts, the corvettes are "electronically undetectable at more than 8 miles in rough seas and at more than 13.5 miles in calm seas". Their creation was an answer to the incursion of foreign submarines in Swedish waters in the mid-eighties. The corvettes are designed to travel at more than 35 knots in between the many beautiful islands that populate Sweden's shallow coast, thanks to waterjets-made by Rolls-Royce subsidiary Kamewa-that reduce their draft. Their mission will be to quickly patrol their territorial waters while hunting for enemy submarines and other ships. - Source

02/07/09 - 46 States May Face Bankruptcy in Two Years
States are facing a great fiscal crisis. At least 46 states faced or are facing shortfalls in their budgets for this and/or next year, and severe fiscal problems are highly likely to continue into the following year as well. Combined budget gaps for the remainder of this fiscal year and state fiscal years 2010 and 2011 are estimated to total more than $350 billion. - Source

02/07/09 - Something BIG is happening: 9 U.S. states declare sovereignty
Last week, I reported on this blog that the New Hampshire Legislature made a dramatic declaration warning the federal government that they risk "nullifying the Constitution." Within the past 7 days, eight other U.S. states have made similar declarations of their sovereignty! Clearly something "big" is up. These types of actions by state legislatures rarely if ever take place, and I know of absolutely no time in US history when so many states made such declarations within such a short period of time. WHAT IF. . . . . . The states disband the federal government; which is within their power to do via Constitutional Convention, then walk away from the entire $20 TRILLION U.S. National Debt? They could tell the creditors to go collect the money from the people who borrowed it. . . . . Oh, wait. . . . . . they no longer exist . . . . . too bad. Bye. We could be witnessing the foundation of the biggest financial f**k-job in the history of the world as US states dissolve the federal government that borrowed all the money! Below are links to the nine states (so far) that have made sovereignty declarations of one type or another. Washington / New Hampshire / Arizona / Montana / Michigan / Missouri / Oklahoma/ Hawaii / (I only count 8??? Maybe Texas? - JWD) - Source

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. - $15 eBook Download / Source to Buy

02/06/09 - Jovion Corporation Gets Patent for Zero Point Energy Extraction
KeelyNet Jovion Corp is trying to extract energy from the reservoir of “zero point energy” using Casimir cavities. One proposed device would generate up to 21.5 kilowatts of heat from sugar cube sized device. The heat would need to be captured and converted to electricity. Micro-gap thermal photovoltaics could match up well for this application to convert 50% or more of the heat to electricity. Jovion Corporation of Boulder aims to develop and commercialize a device for extracting energy from the reservoir of “zero point energy” that has been shown to fill all of space. The Jovion device would employ numerous Casimir cavities, consisting of closely spaced metal plates within which a range of electromagnetic modes are excluded due to quantization of the electromagnetic field. The harvested energy would be in the form of electromagnetic radiation and could in principle be converted directly into electrical power through the incorporation of solar cells. The POCi funding covers the design, construction and testing of a practical and scalable energy harvesting system. The funding is contingent on the satisfactory achievement of certain scientific proof of principle milestones relating to a prototype Casimir cavity device as described in a current research grant to Dr. Garret Moddel, Professor in CU-Boulder’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and an inventor of the technology. / A system is disclosed for converting energy from the electromagnetic quantum vacuum available at any point in the universe to usable energy in the form of heat, electricity, mechanical energy or other forms of power. By suppressing electromagnetic quantum vacuum energy at appropriate frequencies a change may be effected in the electron energy levels which will result in the emission or release of energy. Mode suppression of electromagnetic quantum vacuum radiation is known to take place in Casimir cavities. A Casimir cavity refers to any region in which electromagnetic modes are suppressed or restricted. When atoms enter into suitable micro Casimir cavities a decrease in the orbital energies of electrons in atoms will thus occur. Such energy will be captured in the claimed devices. Upon emergence form such micro Casimir cavities the atoms will be re-energized by the ambient electromagnetic quantum vacuum. In this way energy is extracted locally and replenished globally from and by the electromagnetic quantum vacuum. This process may be repeated an unlimited number of times. This process is also consistent with the conservation of energy in that all usable energy does come at the expense of the energy content of the electromagnetic quantum vacuum. Similar effects may be produced by acting upon molecular bonds. Devices are described in which gas is recycled through a multiplicity of Casimir cavities. The disclosed devices are scalable in size and energy output for applications ranging from replacements for small batteries to power plant sized generators of electricity. Jovion plans to use MEMS devices or polymer sheets to form the small Casimir cavities. - Source

02/04/09 - Hydrogen Home Heating unit uses Water for Fuel w/video
KeelyNet Boise, Id January '09 - Mark Akkerman and Randy Bunn announce the invention of a self contained home heating unit along with a hybrid furnace conversion that utilizes water as its fuel. This unit is made of common parts which can be found in most hardware stores. This hydrogen heating unit is environmentally friendly emitting no carbon, and no green house gases, while being safe to operate and easy to build. The unit utilizes a dual hydrogen separation unit working in conjunction with both heat exchangers and heat sinks. The unit separates the hydrogen from the water and then burns it as the fuel. It is a delicate balance of heating and cooling, and in the end it produces an incredible heat source that is both low in cost and environmentally friendly. This unit is the first of it's kind in the entire world! We believe this is a historical announcement that will change the way people heat their homes. Water is the most abundant and efficient energy source on the planet, it is only logical to utilize this gas to its practical purpose. The base unit consumes as much power as an average home computer and will effectively heat an area of over 1000 square feet. With record cold and sky rocking heating bills water is the practical solution for all of us. The environmental impact of this unit could be very significant! It will help decrease the amount of fossil fuels being used for home heating and the unit itself burns absolutely clean. The only emission is heat and a small amount of moisture as some of the hydrogen recombines with oxygen to once again form water. Typically the moisture will raise room humidity by approximately 1%. The unit may be powered by solar cells to become 100% Green, environmentally. Never before has such a unit existed and the information is being made available to the public for the first time. Detailed step-by-step instructions featuring the entire process necessary for customers to build their own water-powered home heating unit can be found at Go to for easy-to-follow instructions, blueprints, schematics, and complete video instructions. is also producing entire units for sale. We expect that the way people heat their homes will be completely changed by burning the hydrogen in water. For more information contact Mark Akkerman at 1-208-703-4614, or email at or Randy Bunn 1-208-697-1758, or email at / The Complete HHOHHU Information Library - only $39.99 - All the Information needed to construct your own HHO Home Heating Unit. From detailed plans and schematics, Where and How to find each part, to detailed instructional video. Build it the easy way, with The Complete HHOHHU Instructional Library / Plans and Schematics - only $29.99 - The detailed plans and schematics used to build the HHO Home Heating Unit without video and other options. - Source and check out the fascinating Video.

02/04/09 - Cyclone Power Technologies Air-Less Power Test for Raytheon Company
This recent technological achievement involved running the patented Cyclone Engine by the combustion of an environmentally friendly monopropellant called Moden Fuel. Moden Fuel is able to burn in the complete absence of air, a requirement for underwater and space applications. "The significance of this new engine and monopropellant system that will produce energy under water or in the emptiness of space, that is safe, low-cost, clean and environmentally benign, can be considered one of the great achievements in modern undersea and space technology," stated James Moden, a Registered Professional Chemical Engineer and inventor of Moden Fuel. "This is truly a breakthrough event." - Source

02/04/09 - Vertical Wind Turbine Could Be Successful w/video
KeelyNet In 2007, the first reports (Gazette Extra) of invention Alan Fuller's invention mentioned that his windmill consists of 8-stacked turbines. Each turbine has 4 structural steel wind scoops. In total the vertical turbine has 32 scoops. It stands 36 feet tall and has a 12-foot diameter. Because his wind turbine has multiple points of contact the smallest breeze, from whichever way the wind blows will make the blades spin. Adam Fuller's vertical wind turbine prototype has worked successfully so far. If funding becomes available once again he would like to build a larger version, 120-foot model. Fuller estimates it can produce up to 75,000 kWh each month. This is estimated to power up to 30 to 70 homes. Whether his invention will work or not is up for debate, but its clear that Fuller wants to make a difference and is giving it his all to do it. - Source

02/04/09 - Wackiest Inventions
This website is full of photos of the wackiest inventions imaginable. As you click on the photos, you’re given a description of the invention. There are all kinds of inventions including the Wake n’ Bacon Alarm and Oxygen-Making Backpack. Check out this website for the descriptions and more inventions. - Source

02/04/09 - Drug Said to Cause Clairvoyance (Apr, 1932)
KeelyNet A SOUTH AMERICAN plant called Yage is believed by natives to have the magical property of enabling the drinker to see great distances or through obstacles. Before the drinker falls asleep everything seems to be filled with hazy bluish rings. As the stupor deepens the sleeper sees vivid visions of things or people known to be somewhere else. This is the reason the drug is supposed to cause clairvoyance. / A rare accession of the fresh seed of this famous sacred vine from the Amazonian rainforest. The pharmacological activity of the visionary brew known as ayahuasca is actually a synergistic interaction between the bark of the Banisteriopsis vine, which is a potent MAO inhibitor, and the companion plant Psychotria viridis, which contains the molecule known as dimethyltryptamine. Sow in spring. Place seeds flat on sandy medium and cover with 1/4 inch of soil. Keep warm until germination. Protect from frost. Potted vines thrive in a shady greenhouse. - Source

02/04/09 - Revolutionary Invention Receives World-Wide Attention - Portable Farms
KeelyNet A Portable Farm(TM) offers a simple way to grow food for families, schools, businesses, or commercial growers. A Portable Farm(TM) doesn't require soil and can be Solar powered. It can be used in hot or cold climates and produces food 12 months a year. By combining fish, water and plants, Portable Farms(TM) uses an integrated environment to produce vegetables and fish in very small space, with very little water. A Portable Farm(TM) grows most table vegetables except for root vegetables. The system creates optimal growing conditions by using Tilapia, a warm water fish, which circulates 80 degree F water through gravel trays to encourage rapid growth for the fish and the vegetables. Yearly Production From a Portable Farm(TM) A 6' x 8' unit produces 400 vegetables and 100 pounds of fish. A 10' x 20' unit produces 1,100 vegetables and 400 pounds of fish. A 20' x 30' unit produces 3,600 vegetables and 1,400 pounds of fish. A 100' x 100' unit produces 60,000 vegetables and 23,000 pounds of fish. - Source

02/04/09 - Young doctor develops sleep disorder detector
KeelyNet A local doctor has created a relatively cheap and easy to use device to detect sleep apnea – a disorder that causes sleepers to loose breath and oxygen, often without knowing it. Dr. Hoang Anh Tien’s device, known as the Sleep Apnea Syndrome Detector (SASD – 07), fuses a digital recorder with a stethoscope to record a person’s breathing while he/she sleeps. The recording then is analyzed by everyday computer software such as Power Voice II to determine whether or not the sleeper has a problem. Tien, 30, said the SASD has several advantages over equipment currently used in other countries. At less than US$500, the device is cheaper and simpler than similar machines currently on the market. Scientists say the disorder implies risks ranging from depression, irritability, loss of memory and lack of energy, to auto accidents and workplace injuries. It also puts patients at risk of having heart problems, or even a stroke, and can thus be considered life-threatening. To detect the disorder, sufferers must often take a sleep test at a laboratory. Though some home sleep tests are available, they require sophisticated equipment. While a lab test can cost as much as $1,500 and a night in the lab, scientists around the globe are trying to develop less costly home devices. - Source

02/04/09 - Sure-Fire Way To Win Lottery
Group invests $5 Million to Hedge Bets in Lottery. It was a pick-6 lottery, worth $27 million. Each ticket cost $1.00. In the Virginia game, there are 7,059,052 possible combinations of numbers. So someone who buys one ticket has odds of 1 in slightly more than 7 million. Having more tickets increases the odds of winning, so that 1 million tickets have odds of 1 in 7. Buy all the tickets, and you can't lose, right? An investment group in Australia did just that. Only, logistically, they couldn't accomplish buying 7+ million tickets. They could buy only about 5 million before the deadline. But they still won. Better yet, no on else guessed 8, 11, 13, 15, 19 and 20 -- so they didn't have to share they $27 million. - Source

02/04/09 - YourFonts Turns Your Handwriting Into a Personlized Font
KeelyNet YourFonts is a web-based service that turns your handwriting into a TrueType font for free. If you have a printer and scanner, nothing can stand between you and the awesomeness of your own script. We've covered a similar service before, but the handwriting-to-font process at Fontifier costs $9 per font you create. YourFonts has a software package for making personalized fonts that runs $49, but the web-based tool is entirely free. The process is straightforward: download the provided PDF template, print it out, and fill in each number and letter blank with your own hand writing. When you're done you upload the template back to YourFonts, preview it to make sure it looks like your own calligraphic gift to the world, and then download it as a monitor-friendly font. Additionally you can use the service without actually printing the PDF out and using a scanner—if you've ever wanted to create your own set of crazy wingdings, you can load up the PDF in an editing application like Adobe Illustrator and fill in the font-grid with anything you wish—hand writing or otherwise. - Source

02/04/09 - US Becomes Top Wind Producer; Solar Next
"The United States overtook Germany as the biggest producer of wind power last year, new figures showed, and will likely take the lead in solar power this year, analysts said on Monday. Even before an expected 'Obama bounce' from a new President who has vowed to boost clean energy, US wind power capacity surged 50 percent last year to 25 gigwatts — enough to power more than five million homes." - Source

02/04/09 - Why Efficient Light Bulbs Fail to Thrive
KeelyNet While compact fluorescent light bulbs are undeniably more efficient, many consumers find them less than appealing. A consumer buys a light source to look good and to provide quality lighting inside a space. They don’t normally go to a store to buy a light source to save energy. Incandescent light sources typically are very flattering in terms of rendering skin and enhancing how we look. Consumers got used to a very high level of color quality in the home. Compact fluorescents can be some departure or produce less color quality in terms of rendering color inside a space. The next big [issue] is dimming. Many fluorescents that are available do not dim well. Incandescent lamps dim very nicely. They dim all the way from 100 percent light all the way to 0 percent light. They do it very smoothly and very predictably. Consumers are used to that kind of smooth dimming. Typically when you dim a compact fluorescent it can flicker, it can buzz, it can create all kinds of what I call “unintended consequences” that disturb the consumer. So the consumer is left with a less-than-satisfied level with this kind of technology. The third big one is product longevity. Consumers have an expectation that compact fluorescents will last a very long time — significantly longer than the incandescents that they’re replacing. This is technically achievable. Compact fluorescents can last a very long time. Unfortunately, I think we’ve compromised greatly on quality with many compact fluorescents and these things are not lasting quite as long as consumers have been led to believe. - Source

02/04/09 - More Aging Americans Leaving US
There are now a record 47 million Americans without health insurance, while the percentage of children without insurance rose for a second consecutive year, according to newly released US Census Bureau data. Medical tourism, in order to obtain affordable health care, is beginning to be a necessary option for some as US citizens go to Cuba for medical procedures, Canada and Mexico for medicine and to Mexico for elder care. The drug cartel violence that gets so much corporate media coverage rarely touches civilians. Mexico is as safe as or safer than the US. Many Americans will come perhaps not because they want to, but out of necessity and will find Mexico far more modern and far safer than they had imagined. One retiree in Mexico reported that he has satellite television in his facility, so he doesn't miss any American news or programs. When he wants to see a movie or go shopping downtown, the taxi ride is only $2-$3 to Guadalajara, a culturally rich city of 4 million people, just 30 miles away. One problem, according to some health care lobbyists, is a lack of regulations. The private assisted living and nursing industry is so new in Mexico – there are about a half dozen facilities under construction – that laws need to be written to cover their activities. However, the Mexican Association of Retirement Communities is lobbying for legislation similar to that in the US. Mexico has a national health care system (which Americans can buy into for only $350 a year) along with many private hospitals and clinics with US trained doctors. Average life expectancy for Mexicans is 75 years, just three less than in the US, according to the retirement organization AARP (American Association of Retired Persons). Since most Mexicans take care of their parents until death, there has not been much of a nursing home industry at all, except for those run by charities or the government. It is shameful that in the US many have no health care at all and cannot afford assisted living services. Taxpayer money is a shame to waste on wars and other foreign adventures. The society has also not progressed to the point where Americans take care of their aging parents. - Source

02/04/09 - Plug-in Hybrids Reduce Power-Plant Emissions
A recent study published in the journal Environmental Science and Technology suggests that plug-in hybrids can reduce emissions not only from tailpipes, but also from the smokestacks of power plants. Plug-in hybrids have larger battery packs than do conventional hybrids and can be recharged by plugging them in, allowing them to rely far more on electric power than do conventional hybrids. While this can substantially reduce gasoline consumption and vehicle emissions, plugging the cars in will increase demand for electricity, which could lead to more harmful emissions from power plants. The new study, which was conducted by researchers at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), concludes just the opposite: in some parts of the country, the added demand for electricity from plug-in hybrids could actually decrease harmful emissions. "We were surprised by the results," says Paul Denholm, the NREL researcher who led the study. - Source

02/04/09 - Managing Energy with Swarm Logic
KeelyNet Air-conditioning units and heating systems are examples of power-hungry equipment that regularly switches on and off in commercial buildings. When these devices are all switched on at once, power consumption spikes, and a building's owners are left with hefty peak-demand charges on their electricity bills. A startup based in Toronto says that it has come up with a way to reduce energy use by mimicking the self-organizing behavior of bees. REGEN Energy has developed a wireless controller that connects to the control box on a piece of building equipment and functions as a smart power switch. Once several controllers have been activated, they detect each other using a networking standard called ZigBee and begin negotiating the best times to turn equipment on and off. The devices learn the power cycles of each appliance and reconfigure them to maximize collective efficiency. The goal is to avoid everything coming on at the same time without sacrificing individual performance. The devices work through this problem using a "swarm algorithm" that coordinates activity without any single device issuing orders. - Source

02/04/09 - NW Missouri man sues Deere, wind energy company
Charlie Porter filed the lawsuit in the 4th Circuit Court of Missouri against Deere and The Wind Capital Group, a St. Louis-based wind energy company. Porter settled a federal lawsuit in December that he filed against the Gentry County Commission last year over the turbines. Terms of that settlement were not disclosed. In the state lawsuit filed Jan. 26, Porter said the 260-foot turbines near his home outside King City have led to loss of property value and sleep deprivation caused by noise from the turbines. Some of the turbines are within about 1,200 to 1,500 feet of his home, according to the lawsuit. "It's not like we're trying to get rich or make $5 million," Porter said Tuesday. "All we want is for the wind company to replace what they took from us -- our peace and quiet and our property values." Deere spokeswoman Angela Gallagher said the company does not comment on litigation. - Source

02/04/09 - Funny music video shows madness of geeks inventions
A wacky new music video is pointing the finger at geeks who plague our lives with overly-complicated computer programs. "Momentum" by New Zealand duo ’As U R’ (pronounced "as you are") hilariously shows how nerdy thinking can add layers of needless complexity to our everyday activities, and how computers are dangerously close to running our lives. As U R observed that although their instruments were long-established technically speaking, using computers for recording meant playing a constant game of ’upgrade leapfrog’. "We would get to the stage of using no more than about 10% of a program before we were prompted to buy an upgrade which would chew up more resources. It would give us even more options so that now we were only using about 7% of the program but waiting longer for the computer to do it’s thing". As U R elected instead to record all their album on a dedicated multitrack hard-disk recorder - no PC, no crashes, no waiting for processors. Their message is ’keep it simple, use PC’s only for the things they are good at". - Source

02/04/09 - Evolution of Dance 1 and 2 (hilarious)

02/04/09 - Crop waste sunk to the ocean deep
A leading idea to fight global climate change is to permanently remove some of the carbon dioxide building up in the atmosphere. Here's one way to do it: deep-six much of the world's agricultural waste. Plants remove CO2 from the air through photosynthesis, incorporating the carbon in their tissues. So dumping corn stalks, wheat straw and other crop residues into the deep ocean, where cold and lack of oxygen would keep them from decomposing, would in effect sequester atmospheric CO2 on a time scale of millennia. Researchers calculated that crop waste burial would be more efficient than some other methods and could be adopted sooner, in part because existing technology and infrastructure could be used. Stalks could be baled in the field, transported to ports and loaded on barges for deep-water dumping. The researchers suggest any environmental impact could be minimized by concentrating the dumping in one area. - Source

02/04/09 - Really, Really Tiny Compressed Air V8 Engine w/video
KeelyNet Constructing tiny replica or modified versions of full-scale engines is a little-known hobby with a rabid fan-base. It boasts adherents to the art of building tiny steam engines, radial engines, all manner of V-engines, single cylinder motors, vintage agricultural engines, and experimentals, along with what we see here, compressed air powered miniatures. This example is one of the smallest examples of a V8 we've ever seen and it was built to emulate the Chevy 350 in look if not in function. The video shows the motor in an early, undecorated iteration running on 65 PSI of compressed air for a sustained 38 seconds. It may bot be internal combustion, but take a look at the impossibly small components and you can appreciate the build anyway. Check out the hand built and pressed together crankshaft, the tiny connecting rods and pistons, it's all very impressive. - Source

02/04/09 - Google and Nasa back new school for futurists
The new institution, known as "Singularity University", is to be headed by Ray Kurzweil, whose predictions about the exponential pace of technological change have made him a controversial figure in technology circles. Google and Nasa's backing demonstrates the growing mainstream acceptance of Mr Kurzweil's views, which include a claim that before the middle of this century artificial intelligence will outstrip human beings, ushering in a new era of civilisation. The so-called "singularity" is a theorised period of rapid technological progress in the near future. Mr Kurzweil, an American inventor, popularised the term in his 2005 book "The Singularity is Near". Proponents say that during the singularity, machines will be able to improve themselves using artificial intelligence and that smarter-than-human computers will solve problems including energy scarcity, climate change and hunger. Yet many critics call the singularity dangerous. Some worry that a malicious artificial intelligence might annihilate the human race. - Source

02/04/09 - Dark Days for Green Energy
Wind and solar power have been growing at a blistering pace in recent years, and that growth seemed likely to accelerate under the green-minded Obama administration. But because of the credit crisis and the broader economic downturn, the opposite is happening: installation of wind and solar power is plummeting. Factories building parts for these industries have announced a wave of layoffs in recent weeks, and trade groups are projecting 30 to 50 percent declines this year in installation of new equipment, barring more help from the government. - Source

02/01/09 - Water Jet Pack Patented: The Jet Ski of 2020 w/video
KeelyNet We've all dreamt, with tears in oureyes, of one day flying with a jet pack. The inherent danger of falling and/or exploding were almost as much as of a deterrent as the price tag. Now, that dream is closer to our grasp. This system, looks like it is basically just a pump that drags along behind you pushing water through nozzles on your back. / A new design for jet packs uses a system of conduits to push water from an engine below the surface of a lake through thrust nozzles on the pack. Raymond Li's terrifying contraption, described as a "personal propulsion device," just became U.S. Patent 7,258,301. Powered by a clever system of conduits that lead to independently pivoting thrust nozzles, it's designed to provide inherent stability using "throttle controls and the like." Typically, flight packs include propulsion devices such as propellers, rotor blades, or rockets, which often require a highly flammable fuel in order to generate sufficient thrust for flight. In addition to having a reservoir of volatile fluid attached to the body of a pilot, the close proximity of the propeller, rotor blades, or rocket exhaust to the pilot further poses significant safety risks. ... As an alternative to employing the combustion of volatile fluids to directly generate thrust, the high-pressurization of non-flammable fluids, such as water, has been proposed to create sufficient thrust in order to achieve flight. Any flammable stuff, therefore, only ever sees the dark interior of a combustion engine floating on the water, powering the pump. No rotor blades, no hot gases (except the motor's exhaust), just plumes of pressurized water. - Patent and this excellent Video

02/01/09 - Six SF Devices Soon to Hit the Shelves
Science fiction books, videos, movies and games have taught us that a future of laser guns, jet packs, space travel and breathing underwater is inevitable. But not even the authors of such books know how close they are to the truth. Here is a list of six incredible devices that will soon be made commercially available, as compiled by New Scientist. Cambridge Consultant engineers in the UK have designed the Prism 200, a briefcase-sized device that emits ultra-wide band radar signals through the thickest walls, and listens for echoes. Depending on the input, it can asses if there are people inside, and where each of them is located. Recently, meta-materials have been used to conceal a small object from people viewing it in visible light. Granted, the technique only works in two dimensions, but progress on the matter is unavoidable. Hands free healing prototypes now in the making will also feature the possibility to heal wounds using high-frequency sound waves. Literally, the most severe internal injuries will disappear in a flash. Portable electricity generators sound bulky and cumbersome, but a shirt designed by Zhong Lin Wang, a scientist at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, can provide sufficient energy to even the most sophisticated cell phone. The invention is not made of cotton or wool, but of zinc-oxide nanowires, which are placed on strands of Kevlar. Friction caused by movement triggers the generation of tiny electric currents, which offer enough juice for any portable device. Jet packs have captured the imagination of SF fans like no other gadget depicted in the thousands of books and movies of the genre. Humans have been building such devices for more than 50 years, but they all have limited range and are fairly unsafe. The Martin Aircraft Company of Christchurch, New Zealand, has created a jet pack that is fitted with two turbojet engines, which generate lift for propellers. The gadgets costs $100,000, and can fly for about 30 minutes on a single tank, or 50 kilometers. - Source

02/01/09 - Across the ocean in a pedal-powered submarine
KeelyNet Ted Ciamillo decided he would pedal across the Atlantic in a one-man submarine he has designed and built himself. Ciamillo designed a carbon-fibre "tail" for divers, called the Lunocet. Modelled on Fish's CAT scans of dolphin flukes, the Lunocet has a hydrofoil profile, like an underwater wing. "As dolphins move their tails up and down, they create a forward-directed lift," says Fish. This lift becomes thrust, and lots of it: dolphins have been clocked at 54 kilometres per hour. They can turn 80 per cent of their energy into thrust, compared with a paltry 3 per cent or so for unaided human swimmers and about 10 per cent for people wearing ordinary swim fins. The Lunocet operates in a similar way, to enable the diver to swim as efficiently as possible. A dolphin-tail configuartion has previously been shown to be up to 15 per cent more efficient at transforming energy into forward motion than even the best rigid propellers. Ciamillo and Fish say they knew they were onto something when the first prototype Lunocet, a piece of sculpted foam sandwiched between two pieces of carbon fibre, essentially swam by itself. When they released it at the bottom of a test pool, its buoyancy combined with its cambered shape generated a forward thrust that made it scoot across the tank. The company started selling the Lunocet last year and Ciamillo has already used one to propel himself at nearly 13 kilometres per hour, almost twice the top speed of Olympic swimming champion Michael Phelps. The body of the vessel is built from lightweight yet tough materials: a stainless steel frame, a polycarbonate shell and a propulsion system made from aluminium and titanium. It will operate as a "wet" sub: instead of having a pressurised shell filled with air, it will be full of water at all times. Buoyancy is provided by PVC foam packed into the shell and from air bladders that can be filled or emptied to keep the vessel at the desired depth. At 1.2 metres at its widest point by 5 metres long it is not exactly roomy, but neither is it claustrophobic. "Being weightless, with all the windows, you feel like you have plenty of room," Ciamillo says. Ciamillo will wear a wetsuit and breathe using scuba gear or a specially adapted snorkel. A major challenge will be keeping cool, since the average water temperature will be around 30 °C. One plan is to use a reflective coating to prevent the sun shining in through the top of the sub and heating the water inside. - Source

02/01/09 - Toyota’s Solar-powered Car
KeelyNet I used to think that a solar car was a useless invention, as most people drive at night. However, if it is possible to charge a car with solar power, then I guess we’d power our car in a manner similar to solar-powered cell phone chargers. As you can see on the photo, the solar panels are on the roof like solar panels of a house. This is only one way the car gets its power, as the company wants to supplement power by somehow attaching the car to the solar panels on the roofs of homes. This way, a car can be powered in a garage or parked outside. Toyota is actually quite ahead of the solar power game. Their company in central Japan has solar panels on the roof that are equivalent in area to sixty tennis courts, and can produce enough energy to power 500 homes. That is enough annual savings for 740 tons of carbon dioxide emissions, which is equal to using 1,500 barrels of crude oil. - Source

02/01/09 - NASA Offering Free Zero Gravity Flights
NASA is offering free zero-g flight time for anyone with a viable proposal for emerging space technologies. While NASA will provide the flight time, approved projects will be responsible for all other expenses. "NASA's Facilitated Access to the Space Environment for Technology Development and Training, or FAST, program helps emerging technologies mature through testing in a reduced gravity environment. To prepare technologies for space applications, it is important to demonstrate they work in a zero-gravity environment. This unique testing environment can be provided in an aircraft flying repeated parabolic trajectories which create brief periods of zero gravity. The aircraft also can simulate reduced-gravity levels similar to those found on the surface of the moon or Mars." - Source

02/01/09 - Mega bike draws attention
KeelyNet A bike which can carry 7 people at a time is the main attraction of the science exhibition which began on Thursday at the Cantonment maidan here as part of the 21st Kerala Science Congress. The bike with a 350 cc engine is a four-speed geared vehicle. Either petrol or kerosene could be used as fuel, while petrol gives more pulling power. The bike could be easily rided on roads with a slope of up to 40 degrees and the maximum fuel efficiency is 35 kms per litre. The bike having a length of 2.5 meters can turn on the roads in a turning radius needed for a Maruti car. One can ride the bike at a maximum speed of 40 kms while 6 can ride at a speed of 60 kms. An electric cycle which can run 60 km at the cost of one unit of electricity is another invention by Sajeem. One can ride the cycle at a speed of 40 kms per hour. He has got about 600 orders on the first day itself. But since he has no plants and resources for the same, the production of the electric cycles remains as a distant dream. He had spent Rs 6,000 for developing the cycle and if it is produced on a commercial basis the cost of this environment friendly vehicle would come down to Rs 4,000, according to Sajeem. He had developed some other interesting items also Sajeem with his 7-seater bike and electric cycle. like automatic dimmer for bikes, which dims the lights automatically when a vehicle comes in the opposite direction and windmills which could be installed on the roof top to produce electricity. - Source

02/01/09 - Silent Killers - How generators slowly destroy Nigerians
KeelyNet People in a bid to make money or escape from the torment of heat waves in the night purchase cheap, substandard generating sets imported from. These vicious, silent killers, which spew poisonous gas into the atmosphere, have so much flooded the market that the generating set it has turned from necessity in palatial mansions to luxury in poorly ventilated homes in densely populated ghettoes. Carbon monoxide, an odourless, colourless toxic gas produced when fuel containing carbon is burned where there is little oxygen has been a four-legged monster on the prowl in the country. A monster unleashed in the form of generating sets by the ineptitude of past administrations in the country and the failure of the Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN). Since the invention of electricity by the legendary Michael Faraway, it has turned to be a crucial force in man’s daily existence. While leaders of other countries seek to maximize their potentials in electricity by seeking ways to sustain and possibly improve on its production, Nigeria’s crave for electricity has been purely for self aggrandizement. The media is replete with news of fire incidents because of over-tasked generators and damaged home appliances across the country. Aside inestimable loss accrued from generating sets; they provide the antithesis of the relative peace and comfort they are meant to give. Insomnia, eye problems, hearing defects and headaches are also side effects of the noisy drone and black smoke belching from the equipment. With the power situation treated with lethargy as shown by the ineptitude of successive and present administrations, the trauma of Nigerians living in uncertainty of steady electricity supply is overwhelming. - Source

02/01/09 - NREL and SkyFuel Collaborate on Concentrating Solar Technology
KeelyNet It looks like a giant funhouse mirror. But the big new dish atop South Table Mountain could be a renewable energy breakthrough that helps make concentrated solar power more affordable and appealing to utilities and their customers. The unit's lightweight glass-free are mirrors made of sheet metal beneath ReflecTech mirror film. This highly-reflective, silver-metalized film is lighter and less expensive than the breakable glass mirrors that are traditionally used. The film is a joint invention of NREL and ReflecTech and exclusively licensed from NREL. The glossy laminate is comprised of multiple layers of polymer films with an inner layer of pure silver to provide for a highly reflective surface that also protects the silver layer from oxidation. In commercial use, a SkyTrough could measure as large as 375 feet long and 20 feet high. The test model is smaller, but uses the same technologies. Parabolic-trough systems concentrate the sun's energy through long U-shaped mirrors. The mirrors are tilted toward the sun, focusing sunlight on a vacuum pipe that runs down the center of the trough. The tube contains heat-transfer oil that absorbs the focused sunlight and reaches temperatures of 400°C. The hot oil then is used to boil water in a conventional steam generator to produce electricity. As the sun moves across the horizon, the troughs follow its trajectory by rotating along their axes with the help of tracking motors. This keeps the collectors oriented towards the sun to maximize the system's performance throughout the day. - Source

02/01/09 - Vote in Google’s $10M Do-Gooder Ideas Contest
Is it possible that the best ideas to fight global warming will come from the garages of the masses, not cultivated in universities or by elite venture capitalists? Google thinks so, and the search engine giant is asking the public to start voting on Tuesday for the do-gooder ideas that have been submitted to its contest “Project 10 to the 100th.” [Update: Bummer, Google just pushed back the date of the public voting until March 17th] Google asked inventors to start submitting ideas via YouTube video clip to the contest back in October, and after receiving over 100,000 submissions, tomorrow Google will release 100 of the top ideas — things like a new wind turbine and energy-efficient buildings materials. It’s our job to whittle those ideas down to 20, and then a Google advisory board will select five semi-finalists that will split $10 million to get the ideas implemented. The inventions don’t necessarily have to do with fighting climate change, but looking through the submissions, many of them do. Google has divided the submissions into a variety of categories: community, opportunity, energy, environment, health, education, shelter and “every else.” The best ideas will be selected based on how many people the invention can help, and how quick and easy it is to implement the idea. But ultimately Google is hoping that with over 100,000 submissions, there’ll find at least five elegant, simple ideas that can help people. - Source

02/01/09 - AquaJelly and AirJelly
KeelyNet Because the jellyfish is 99 percent water, Fester has attempted to make the AquaJelly as light as possible with its central watertight body and its eight tentacles that are used for propulsion. Several AquaJellies can communicate with each other through exterior sensors controlled by an external control board and there is a docking station where the lithium-ion batteries in the AquaJellies receive charging. What is being studied is the behavior of several autonomous AquaJellies in relation to each other, how they interact without interfering with each other, how they survive (get their energy from the charging units), and how they insure the survival of the group. Fester wondered if the same principles that applied to jellyfish in the water could apply to an air-filled jelly fish. Using the design of the AirJelly, but adding a balloon-like corps of helium and using a peristaltic drive, Fester created the first indoor propulsion driven flight object. This intelligent, lighter than air remote-controlled mechanism may hold solutions for many fields from automation to aerospace. - Source

02/01/09 - Sick Traveler Detector
The Sick Traveler Detector is a software idea by Belgian company Biorics, which can determine if travelers are sick by the sound of their coughs. The tech involves installing dozens of microphones around an airport security area or any public space, and running all the coughs they pick up through a special software algorithm that can tell the difference between a dry throat-clearing hack and a loogy-dripping, bubbling and wheezing honk, otherwise known as a “productive cough.” - Source

02/01/09 - Thermageddon - I'm a sceptic now, says ex-NASA climate boss
KeelyNet Dr John Theon, who supervised James Hansen - the activist-scientist who helped give the manmade global warming hypothesis centre prominent media attention - repents at length in a published letter. Theon wrote to the Minority Office at the Environment and Public Works Committee on January 15, 2009, and excerpts were published by skeptic Senator Inhofe's office here last night. Theon takes aim at the models, and implicitly criticises Hansen for revising to the data set: "They have resisted making their work transparent so that it can be replicated independently by other scientists. This is clearly contrary to how science should be done. Thus there is no rational justification for using climate model forecasts to determine public policy.” Hansen is in charge of the GISS data set, derived from readings published by NOAA. The GISS adjustment have received criticism (a potted summary here) for revising the historic record in an upward direction - and making undocumented and unexplained revisions. Theon also takes issue with Hansen's claim that he was suppressed by NASA officialdom, and states that the science didn't support Hansen's increasingly apocalyptic warnings of an imminent thermageddon. - Source. Check out the new book Stop Thermageddon - "Author Bob Hunter and many respected scientists, believe that all environmental lines will be crossed around the year 2030. By that time, climate change will be so extreme as to be irreversible. The burning off of the planet’s ozone layer and the melting of the polar ice cap – with its attendant disruption of ocean currents and flooding of low-lying areas around the world – will be impossible to stop. In this book, he produces the scientific evidence for global warming – and the role we all play in it."

02/01/09 - Infecting patients with worms 'could hold key to treating asthma'
Researchers are testing whether parasitic worms can stimulate patients' immune systems to fight illnesses. The worms have been all but eliminated from humans in developed countries, because of an increased emphasis on hygiene. But experts believe their absence could be one of the reasons why some illnesses, including asthma and diabetes, are increasingly prevalent. A trial by scientists at Nottingham University is testing whether infecting asthma sufferers with hookworms, by placing them on the patient's skin and allowing them to burrow their way into the body, can ease their symptoms. American researchers are also attempting to replicate the results of an Argentinian study which showed that infecting multiple sclerosis sufferers with parasites slowed the progression of the condition. Experts believe that our bodies became so used to the presence of worms over hundreds of thousands of years that our immune systems evolved to include them. The increase in conditions including allergies in recent years could be a reaction to the absence of worms, which some scientists believe was only finally completed a few generations ago. - Source

02/01/09 - Attempts to contact aliens date back 150 years
KeelyNet Several 19th century scientists contemplated how we might communicate with possible Martians and Venusians. These early proposals - which predate by 150 years the first extraterrestrial message that was sent in 1974 - were based on visual signals, as the invention of radio was still decades away. Over two thousand years ago, the ancient Greeks argued over the existence of life on other planets, but the idea really took off after the Copernican revolution. "Once it was realized that all the planets go around the sun, it was not hard to imagine that the other planets could be like Earth," Dick said. Galileo, Kepler and others considered the inhabitability of the planets, while being careful not to upset Church authority. The first of these inventors was Carl Friedrich Gauss, the German mathematician. In the 1820s, he spoke of reflecting sunlight towards the planets with his land surveying invention, the heliotrope. He is also credited with the idea of cutting a giant triangle in the Siberian forest and planting wheat inside. "The size and color contrast should have made the object visible from the moon or Mars, and the geometric figure could only be interpreted as an intentional construction," Raulin-Cerceau wrote. Twenty years later, the astronomer Joseph von Littrow came up with a similar idea to pour kerosene into a 30-kilometer-wide circular canal that would be lit at night to signal our presence. In 1869, the French inventor and poet Charles Cros imagined using a parabolic mirror to focus the light from electric lamps towards Mars or Venus. He figured the light could be flashed on and off to encode a message. Could aliens have seen any of these light displays? "It depends on how much money you think the Martians are spending on their telescopes," said Seth Shostak of the SETI Institute. - Source

02/01/09 - Multiple sclerosis 'reversed' with stem cell therapy
For the first time, some of the disability associated with the early stages of multiple sclerosis appears to have been reversed. The treatment works by resetting patients' immune systems using their own stem cells. Multiple sclerosis is an autoimmune disease in which the fatty myelin sheath that wraps around nerve cells and speeds up their rate of transmission comes under attack from the body's own defences. In the latest trial, his team recruited 12 women and 11 men in the early relapsing-remitting stage of MS, who had not responded to treatment with the drug, interferon beta, after six months. They removed stem cells from the patients' bone marrow, and then used chemicals to destroy all existing immune cells in the body, before re-injecting the stem cells. These then developed into naïve immune cells that do not see myelin as alien, and hence do not attack it. Three years later, 17 of the patients had improved by at least one point on a standard disability scale, while none of the patients had deteriorated. - Source

02/01/09 - Swiss police spy marijuana field with Google Earth
KeelyNet Swiss police said Thursday they stumbled across a large marijuana plantation while using Google Earth, the search engine company's satellite mapping software. Police said the find was part of a bigger investigation that led to the arrest of 16 people and seizure of 1.2 tons (1.1 metric tons) of marijuana as well as cash and valuables worth 900,000 Swiss francs ($780,000). Officers discovered the hemp field in the northeastern canton (state) of Thurgau last year while investigating an alleged drug ring, said the head of Zurich police's specialist narcotics unit Norbert Klossner. The plantation, measuring almost two acres (7,500 square meters), was hidden inside a field of corn. But officers using Google Earth to locate the address of two farmers suspected of involvement in the drug operation quickly spotted the illegal crop. - Source

02/01/09 - Canada's science credibility on the line, scientists warn
The uncertainty over research funding in Canada left scientists across the country fretting over the future of crucial projects yesterday, and a few wondering if they would relocate their work. While the United States took steps to add billions to research budgets, Adrian Tsang, a molecular geneticist at Concordia University in Montreal, worried that his long-time effort to find a biofuel alternative will be compromised with Genome Canada — the only agency in the country that regularly funds large-scale science — receiving no new money in 2009. The government has invested in buildings and training bright people, he said, but "without operating money what are they going to do?" If the funding taps don't flow, he said, "We could start losing the best and the brightest, they'll go do something else — or they may just go somewhere else." "The anticipation is that there will be quite an injection of cash into research in the U.S. The optimist in me thought Canada would follow suit." As part of President Barack Obama's economic stimulus package, the U.S. House of Representatives approved Wednesday a $3.9-billion (U.S.) increase to the budget of the National Institutes of Health, the main funding agency for medical research in the United States. "I'm hoping there will be an outcry from the Canadian public about the lack of new research funds." "It shows a lack of understanding in the value of research. - Source

02/01/09 - Fuel Invention Sweeps Nation, Gay Men Particularly Interested - The Spoof
Amateur scientist and professional pole-barn tinkerer, Uppa YurAssa of Italy, stumbled upon the end to the use of fossilized fuel, paving the way for self-reliant energy consumption in the very near future. YurAssa explained that the device was meant to harness the bodies own methane production, and store the gas in containers suitable for direct connection to a modified combustion engine. The invention was a small canister not unlike a portable oxygen tank you might find people carrying about. Connected to the bottle was a small box that had a clip intended for one's belt or pants pocket. This box was actually a small air pump with an LED gauge that forced air into the canister under pressure. The "interface" linking the body, and the canister, was a plug that looked like a baby's pacifier with a hose attached to it. When the "plug" was inserted into the pooper hole, the rest was left up to a healthy serving of beans, and mother nature. A special ceramic filter was strategically placed in the pacifier nipple to screen out "soft" turds, diarrhea, and corn nuggets. K-Y Jelly is included for those people that are "tense." YurAssa tells us the concept was so simple and obvious it's hard to believe no one came up with the idea sooner. - Source


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