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02/28/10 - 'OTP – (One Term President)' hits You Tube
I'm not a fan of rap but this pretty much hits home... - Full Article Source

02/27/10 - Bloom Box Launch Is "Big Hype"--Invention Nothing New?
After days of speculation and hype, the fuel cell company unveiled their plans for Bloom Box mass production—but no prototype—at a press conference today with California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and former U.S. secretary of state and Bloom Energy board member Colin Powell, among others. But fuel cell experts say that, based on the information the company made public today, the Bloom Box technology is not revolutionary, nor is it the cheapest or most efficient fuel cell system available. "It's a big hype. I'm actually pretty pissed off about it, to be quite honest," said Nigel Sammes, a ceramic engineer and fuel cell expert at the Colorado School of Mines. "It really is nothing new. Go to any [solid oxide fuel cell] Web site and you'll see the same stuff." Mike Brown, a vice president at fuel cell maker UTC Power—a competitor to Bloom Energy—also wasn't surprised. "I think we had anticipated just about everything that's on their Web site," Brown said. "But it's nice to at least finally see something" after ten years, which is about how long the Bloom Box has been in development. - Full Article Source

02/27/10 - High-Tech Energy "Oasis" to Bloom in the Desert?
KeelyNet A renewable-energy "oasis" slated to be built in 2010 may serve as a proving ground for new technologies designed to bring green living to the desert. The planned research center is part of the Sahara Forest Project—but that doesn't mean it'll be built in Africa. Sahara means "desert" in Arabic, and the center is meant to be a small-scale version of massive green complexes that project managers hope to build in deserts around the globe. "The Sahara Forest Project is a holistic approach for creation of local jobs, food, water, and energy, utilizing relatively simple solutions mimicking design and principles from nature," said Frederic Hauge, founder and president of the Norwegian environmental nonprofit the Bellona Foundation. For instance, special greenhouses would use hot desert air and seawater make fresh water for growing crops, solar energy would be collected to generate power, and algae pools would offer a renewable and easily transportable fuel supply. In addition, planting trees near the complex would trap atmospheric greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide while restoring any natural forest cover that has been lost to drought and timber harvesting. - Full Article Source

02/27/10 - Stopping Stealthy Downloads
Researchers at SRI International and Georgia Tech are preparing to release a free tool to stop "drive-by" downloads: Internet attacks in which the mere act of visiting a Web site results in the surreptitious installation of malicious software. The new tool, called BLADE (Block All Drive-By Download Exploits), stops downloads that are initiated without the user's consent. "When your browser is presented with an [executable file] for download, it's supposed to prompt you for what to do," said Phil Porras, SRI's program director. But software can also be pushed onto an unsuspecting user's computer without ever asking for permission. In the fourth quarter of 2009, roughly 5.5 million Web pages contained software designed to foist unwanted installs on visitors, according to Dasient, a firm that helps protect websites from Web-based malware attacks. Such drive-by downloads target computers that are not up-to-date with the latest security patches for common Web browser vulnerabiltiies, or are missing security updates for key browser plug-ins, such as Adobe's PDF Reader and Flash Player. Attackers use software called exploit packs, which probe the visitor's browser for known security holes. So far, Porras said, BLADE has blocked all of the more than 5,150 malicious programs foisted by some 1,205 unique drive-by URLs tested. During the test period, Adobe's PDF Reader was by far the most-targeted browser plug-in, accounting for more than half of the applications targeted by drive-by exploits. Sun Microsystems's Java platform attracted nearly one quarter of all drive-by attacks, while the bulk of remaining exploits targeted vulnerabilities in Adobe Flash and Internet Explorer. - Full Article Source

02/27/10 - Glowing Wallpaper Could Be a Better Way to Light Your Home
KeelyNet Ultra-thin and electricity-saving organic light diodes, so-called OLEDs, have recently been introduced commercially in mobile phones, cameras, and super-thin TVs. An OLED consists of a light-generating layer of plastic placed between two electrodes, one of which must be transparent. Today's OLEDs have two drawbacks -- they are relatively expensive to produce, and the transparent electrode consists of the metal alloy indium tin oxide. The latter presents a problem because indium is both rare and expensive and moreover is complicated to recycle. Now researchers at Linköping and Umeå universities, working with American colleagues, are presenting an alternative to OLEDs, an organic light-emitting electrochemical cell (LEC). It is inexpensive to produce, and the transparent electrode is made of the carbon material graphene. Since all the LEC's parts can be produced from liquid solutions, it will also be possible to make LECs in a roll-to-roll process on, for example, a printing press in a highly cost-effective way. "This paves the way for inexpensive production of entirely plastic-based lighting and display components in the form of large flexible sheets. This kind of illumination or display can be rolled up or can be applied as wallpaper or on ceilings," says another of the scientists, Ludvig Edman from Umeå University. - Full Article Source

02/27/10 - Reactor Burns Depleted Fuel Emerges as a Potential 'Game Changer
Politicians and scientists speak of them hopefully as "home runs" and "game changers," the long-shot technology breakthroughs that could produce a major advance toward the nation's future climate policy goals. After years in a status closer to science fiction than reality, the traveling wave nuclear reactor is emerging as a potential "game changer," according to a U.S. Department of Energy official. It helps that the reactor is the product of a team of top scientists backed by the deep pockets of Microsoft founder Bill Gates. This reactor (pdf) works something like a cigarette. A chain reaction is launched in one end of a closed cylinder of spent uranium fuel, creating a slow-moving "deflagration," a wave of nuclear fission reactions that keeps breeding neutrons as it makes way through the container, keeping the self-sustaining reaction going. And it goes and goes, perhaps for 100 years, said former Bechtel Corp. physicist John Gilleland. He heads TerraPower LLC, a private research team based outside Seattle that is pursuing the traveling wave reactor design. "We believe we've developed a new type of nuclear reactor that can represent a nearly infinite supply of low-cost energy, carbon-free energy for the world," Gilleland said in a presentation. If it can be built, a commercial version of the reactor is 15 years away or more, Gilleland acknowledged. But that could keep its development in step with the long-range policy and business investment decisions that lie ahead for the future of nuclear power fuel cycles and reactor designs. The venture has caught the Energy Department's eye. "We've just been introduced to the idea," said Warren "Pete" Miller, DOE's assistant secretary for nuclear energy, who mentioned the project in his comments to last week's 2010 National Electricity Forum in Washington, D.C. "That's one innovation that could make a tremendous difference" for nuclear power. "These are game changers if they can be deployed," said Miller, a former official at Los Alamos National Laboratory. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Technology Review magazine chose the traveling wave reactor last year as one of 10 emerging technologies with the highest potential impact... - Full Article Source

02/27/10 - What’s killing us: a look at mankind’s deadliest inventions
Starting in 1976, the media began whipping up a tidal wave of hype and hysteria about the Next Big Thing that was coming to kill everybody: the growing hole in the Earth’s protective ceiling, known as the ozone layer, which, if not patched up would let in deadly amounts of ultraviolet rays and ruin everybody’s beach holidays. The scientific community explained that the main culprit for ozone depletion was chlorofluorocarbon (CFC) compounds, once found in a wide range of products, including refrigerants, propellants and your mother’s favorite hairspray. But it took many years for the scientists to convince the global community that the threats were not the product of bad science fiction. Global warming has become one of the nastiest political battles of recent years. In December, the United Nations sponsored the Copenhagen Summit, which brought together heads of state and government to agree on ways to reduce global levels of carbon dioxide, the “greenhouse gas” many believe is driving up temperatures around the planet. But what about the other existential threats to human life? After all, global warming is not the only environmental problem, and some scientists are even arguing that the threat is overly exaggerated. This does not prove, of course, that we should write off the scientists as a bunch of worrying Cassandra’s who just want to ruin our lifestyles. But it does suggest that there are many other more immediate things causing a lot of death that is going unnoticed. So here is a top-10 list of the most destructive inventions of all time, outright weapons, like guns,knives and nuclear weapons, are excluded... - Full Article Source

02/27/10 - Russian nuclear rocket engine may get mankind to other planets
Humans on Mars and beyond and protecting the Earth from asteroids… A new nuclear propulsion system to be used in spacecrafts is set to be developed in Russia. The technology will allow bigger vehicles to be sent into space, making manned missions to Mars possible. It will also mean new and more efficient type of satellites to monitor weather and gather intelligence. Currently rockets use solid or liquid fuel boosters, which are very energy-inefficient. With the new system, once the payload gets into space using conventional fuel, they can then stop using that booster and switch over to the new nuclear-powered drive that has the potential to bring payloads to much greater distances. That is something that can help get payloads to the ISS, and this is even more important, as the US space shuttle program is going to end in 2010 and not resumed until 2015. It also has implications for getting mankind even further to the Moon, possibly to Mars, and even exploration further in the cosmos. - Full Article Source

02/27/10 - Latex could silence noisy neighbours
Low-frequency sounds, especially, seem to seep through most domestic walls. That's because of their long wavelength, says Zhiyu Yang at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology in Kowloon. Bass sounds at 100 hertz have a wavelength of over 3 metres in air, "and several times longer in solids", he says. To block out all sound, buildings would need walls several metres thick. Now Yang and his team have developed soundproof panels made of latex and plastic buttons, that will do the job (Applied Physics Letters, DOI: 10.1063/1.3299007). These noise-cancelling panels consist of a latex rubber membrane stretched over a 3-millimetre-thick rigid plastic grid of 1-centimetre-wide squares. In the middle of each square is a small, weighted, plastic button. When sound waves hit the panel, the membrane and weighted buttons resonate at difference frequencies. "The inner part of the membrane vibrates in opposite phase to the outer region," says Yang. That means the sound waves cancel each other out and no sound gets through. Each weighted membrane only cancels out sound waves within a small band of frequencies. But changing the weight of the buttons alters the operational frequency, says Yang. By stacking five membranes together, each tuned to a specific band, you can create a soundproof panel that works in the range from 70 to 550 hertz. By stacking five membranes, each tuned to a specific band, you can create a soundproof panel. With these panels you can soundproof homes, says Yang. And the panel's weight is equivalent to ceramic bathroom tiles, "although it's slightly thicker at 15 millimetres", he adds. - Full Article Source

02/27/10 - Magnet magic puts phone control in the air
Researchers at Deutsche Telekom (DT) in Berlin, Germany, who have developed software that makes it possible to control a cellphone by moving a magnet around near it. It works on devices with a compass sensor, now a standard feature of smartphones such as the Apple iPhone or Google's Nexus One. The DT team's software, dubbed MagiTact, tracks changes to the magnetic field around a cellphone to identify different gestures by a hand holding or wearing a magnet. The software scans several times a second for rapid changes in local magnetic fields to ensure that it is picking up on a user's moves, not other magnetic fields. Using MagiTact a user can turn the pages of an on-screen document by moving their hand right to left. A sharp patting motion 10 to 20 centimetres above a device's screen is enough to terminate a call. They can also move their hand behind the device to control the zoom on a map without obscuring the screen. - Full Article Source

02/27/10 - NASA sets sights on inflatable space stations
KeelyNet Astronauts may one day orbit the Earth in roomy balloons instead of cramped tin cans, now that NASA has made inflatable space habitats a priority. The outline listed technologies on NASA's wish list but provided few details. Now NASA has fleshed out its plans in a detailed budget proposal posted on its website on 22 February. One section notes that balloon-like habitats "can be larger, lighter, and potentially less expensive" than traditional ones made of rigid metal walls. They could be used as space stations, or eventually as moon bases. NASA may send inflatable structures to the International Space Station to test their mettle – including their ability to shield against space radiation. The document also reveals that the agency plans to restart the NASA Institute for Advanced Concepts. Until it was closed by budget cutbacks in 2007, the institute funded research into potentially revolutionary technologies, including space elevators and antimatter harvesting. "Its cancellation was very short-sighted," says John Cramer of the University of Washington in Seattle. - Full Article Source

02/27/10 - Mouse grows human liver
MICE with a "human" liver could be used to study malaria, hepatitis and cirrhosis. Inder Verma of the Salk Institute in La Jolla, California, and colleagues created mice that lacked a range of immune cells and a toxin-clearing enzyme, which meant that their liver cells died unless they were given a drug. Then the team injected the mice with human liver cells and withdrew the drug. These cells homed in on the mouse livers, where they replaced dying mouse cells (The Journal of Clinical Investigation, DOI: 10.1172/JCI40094). The livers appeared to act like human ones, producing human, not mouse, albumin. The mice were also infected with human hepatitis, then cured. - Full Article Source

02/27/10 - Basically, It's Over
In the early 1700s, Europeans discovered in the Pacific Ocean a large, unpopulated island with a temperate climate, rich in all nature's bounty except coal, oil, and natural gas. Reflecting its lack of civilization, they named this island "Basicland." The Europeans rapidly repopulated Basicland, creating a new nation. They installed a system of government like that of the early United States. There was much encouragement of trade, and no internal tariff or other impediment to such trade. Property rights were greatly respected and strongly enforced. The banking system was simple. It adapted to a national ethos that sought to provide a sound currency, efficient trade, and ample loans for credit-worthy businesses while strongly discouraging loans to the incompetent or for ordinary daily purchases. In its first 150 years, the government of Basicland spent no more than 7 percent of its gross domestic product in providing its citizens with essential services such as fire protection, water, sewage and garbage removal, some education, defense forces, courts, and immigration control. A strong family-oriented culture emphasizing duty to relatives, plus considerable private charity, provided the only social safety net. The tax system was also simple. In the early years, governmental revenues came almost entirely from import duties, and taxes received matched government expenditures. There was never much debt outstanding in the form of government bonds...and more... - Full Article Source

02/27/10 - Homeopathy Gets a Reality Check in the UK
The House of Commons Science and Technology Committee (STC) has released a report, Evidence Check 2: Homeopathy, in which they recommend that the NHS stop funding homeopathy. The reports is rare commodity – a thoroughly science-based political document. The committee went beyond simply stating that homeopathy does not work, and revealed impressive insight into the ethical, practical, and scientific problems caused by NHS support for an implausible and ineffective pseudoscience. - Full Article Source

02/27/10 - 15 House Plants You Can Use As Air Purifiers
A NASA research document came to the conclusion that “house plants can purify and rejuvenate air within our houses and workplaces, safeguarding us all from any side effects connected with prevalent toxins such as formaldehyde, ammonia and also benzene.” In another study made in 1996, a bedroom with no plants had 50% more colonies of airborne microbes than a room which contained houseplants. Make sure to Maintain your house plants in a good condition and make sure you have enough of them. The NASA research advised that there should be a six inch plant for every 100 sq feet of interior living space. Link shows all 15 plants. - Full Article Source

02/27/10 - "It Didn't Happen If You Didn't Write It Down"
Borrowing an idea from a Tom Clancy novel, software developer and blogger Christopher Schanck explains why he writes everything down, then suggests a handful of worthy tools for the job. If you think of a good idea and don't record it somewhere, you'll forget it. Inevitably. If you need something done by a certain time and don't record it somewhere, you'll miss it. If you learn something while roaming through code, or exploring a new tool, write your experiences down. You'll thank yourself later. As far as his write-it-down tool suggestions go, Schanck discusses everything from the classic text editor Emacs and reader favorite mind-mapping tool FreeMind to Evernote and pencil and paper. Ultimately, Schanck doesn't prescribe anything in particular—it's really an individual choice based on what works best for you—because it's not really about the tool you use to do the job, but the benefits of writing things down and taking notes in the first place. - Full Article Source

02/27/10 - Allergic to Radio Waves
On a walk last summer, he ran into one of his few neighbors, a man who lives in a cottage about 100 yards away. During their chat, the man’s cellphone rang, and Segerbäck, 54, was overcome by nausea. Within seconds, he was unconscious. Segerbäck suffers from electro-hypersensitivity (EHS), which means he has severe physical reactions to the electromagnetic radiation produced by common consumer technologies, such as computers, televisions and cellphones. Symptoms range from burning or tingling sensations on the skin to dizziness, nausea, headaches, sleep disturbance and memory loss. In extreme cases like Segerbäck’s, breathing problems, heart palpitations and loss of consciousness can result. A cellphone has to be in use—either making or receiving a call, or searching for a signal, when radiation levels are highest—for it to have this kind of effect on Segerbäck. Phones that are on but neither sending nor receiving usually don’t produce enough radiation to be noticeable. But it’s not the sound of the phone that sets him off. Once, while on a sailboat with friends, he recalls, he was on the front deck when, unknown to him, someone made a call belowdecks. Headache, nausea, unconsciousness. When Segerbäck is within range of an active cellphone (safe distances vary because different makes and models produce different radiation levels), he experiences the feeling that there is “not enough room in my skull for my brain.” - Full Article Source

02/27/10 - Liberals and Atheists Smarter?
More intelligent people are statistically significantly more likely to exhibit social values and religious and political preferences that are novel to the human species in evolutionary history. Specifically, liberalism and atheism, and for men (but not women), preference for sexual exclusivity correlate with higher intelligence, a new study finds. "Evolutionarily novel" preferences and values are those that humans are not biologically designed to have and our ancestors probably did not possess. In contrast, those that our ancestors had for millions of years are "evolutionarily familiar." "General intelligence, the ability to think and reason, endowed our ancestors with advantages in solving evolutionarily novel problems for which they did not have innate solutions," says Satoshi Kanazawa, an evolutionary psychologist at the London School of Economics and Political Science. "As a result, more intelligent people are more likely to recognize and understand such novel entities and situations than less intelligent people, and some of these entities and situations are preferences, values, and lifestyles." An earlier study by Kanazawa found that more intelligent individuals were more nocturnal, waking up and staying up later than less intelligent individuals. Because our ancestors lacked artificial light, they tended to wake up shortly before dawn and go to sleep shortly after dusk. Being nocturnal is evolutionarily novel. In the current study, Kanazawa argues that humans are evolutionarily designed to be conservative, caring mostly about their family and friends, and being liberal, caring about an indefinite number of genetically unrelated strangers they never meet or interact with, is evolutionarily novel. So more intelligent children may be more likely to grow up to be liberals - Full Article Source

02/27/10 - Russia's new military robots
The US already has thousands of military robots and unmanned aircraft in Afghanistan. As for the prospect of killer robots stalking the battlefield – Russia is catching up, with a Russian team building one too. The US has been using unmanned drones for a number of years, and now it is testing land-based robots in Iraq and Afghanistan, which despite being in their early stages, are showing a lot of potential. But military forces around the world are not ignoring robot technology either. A Russian team from Moscow’s Bauman Technical University has been at work to build one too. The team's first creation was a bomb-detecting and destroying robot. First it analyses the package with sensors, and then destroys whatever explosives are inside with high-powered water jets. Having succeeded with their first creation, they then moved on to a military spy robot. It is able to look around corners and up into first floor windows with an extendable camera. Then, if it needs to call in fire support to tackle the bad guys, it calls on a partner robot – like the MRK-27 BT, equipped with a machine-gun, two grenade launchers and two rocket launchers. - Full Article Source

02/27/10 - Hobos Are Coming Back
Extending unemployment benefits is creating hobos. Heller said the current economic downturn and policies may bring back the hobos of the Great Depression, people who wandered the country taking odd jobs. He said a study found that people who are out of work longer than two years have only a 50 percent chance of getting back into the workforce. "I believe there should be a federal safety net," Heller said, but he questioned the wisdom of extending unemployment benefits yet again to a total of 24 months, which Congress is doing. "Is the government now creating hobos?" he asked. - Full Article Source

02/27/10 - Lost your Password? try Code Cracker
ElcomSoft’s password cracker is so good they almost went to jail for it. Now they have a new beta version for the iPhone and iPod Touch that can crack any password, encrypted or not, to retrieve address books, call logs, text message archives, calendars, photos, voice mails, emails, apps and Web history. The beta version is free to try at ElcomSoft is a Russian software company specializing in cryptography. They sell numerous programs for cracking encrypted files, passwords, protection codes, etc. Some are quite expensive: $1,400. But others cost as little $39. - Full Article Source

02/27/10 - Sucking up Youtube
A problem with YouTube is most of the videos are short; it’s not like watching an hour of or two of TV. But with “TubeSucker” you can download thousands of short takes from your favorite artist, lecturer or author in one fell swoop. You can also create a playlist in YouTube itself, without additional software, but you can’t watch it off line. TubeSucker lets you get all the videos that fit a keyword search, a channel, a playlist or category. Think of the possibilities for sports highlights. New to TubeSucker is the ability to send a video to your cell phone, download videos from other sites, edit ring tones, and create your own videos using clips, music, voice and text. TubeSucker is $40 from There’s a free version, but it only downloads one video at a time. - Full Article Source

02/27/10 - Sidestep the religious Luddites
In an effort to sidestep the religious Luddites holding back the tremendous medical progress possible through the study of human embryonic stem cells to treat diseases. Scientists are being forced to waste their precious research time developing non-controversial alternatives. In particular, they are seeking chemical compounds that can re-program adult skin cells into the stem cells now obtained from human embryos. The ultimate goal is to be able to reprogram any cell of the body into another by means of a simple molecular kit. Medical research delays caused by the need to get around religious obstructionism has cost millions of lives over the years. It began over 100 years ago, when religious zealots held up the introduction of blood transfusions for decades. Because they thought back then that the soul flowed around in your blood stream. So mixing your blood with another might mix your soul with another. Sadly, the hoodoo of these profoundly ignorant busybodies is still killing thousands every day by holding back stem cell research. - Full Article Source

02/27/10 - Beliefs Conform To Cultural Identities
"This article describes an experiment that demonstrates that people don't put as much weight on facts as they do their own belief about how the world is supposed to work. From the article: 'In one experiment, Braman queried subjects about something unfamiliar to them: nanotechnology — new research into tiny, molecule-sized objects that could lead to novel products. "These two groups start to polarize as soon as you start to describe some of the potential benefits and harms," Braman says. The individualists tended to like nanotechnology. The communitarians generally viewed it as dangerous. Both groups made their decisions based on the same information. "It doesn't matter whether you show them negative or positive information, they reject the information that is contrary to what they would like to believe, and they glom onto the positive information," Braman says.'" - Full Article Source

02/27/10 - EU Says Google Street View Violates Privacy
The EU says that Google's Street View images violate privacy laws. The EU's privacy watchdog asked Google to notify cities and towns before photographing (Google says it does this already) and to delete original photos after 6 months (Google keeps them for a year and says it has reason to do so). "[The privacy official] said that the company should revise its 'disproportionate' policy of keeping the original unblurred images for up to a year, saying improvements in Google's blurring technology and better public awareness would lead to fewer complaints — and a shorter delay for people to react to the photos they see on the site. Complaints about the images put online would usually be checked against the original photos." - Full Article Source

02/27/10 - Space Junk Getting Worse
KeelyNet "According to the amount of space junk is getting worse. 'A head-on collision was averted between a spent upper stage from a Chinese rocket and the European Space Agency's (ESA) huge Envisat Earth remote-sensing spacecraft. [...] But what if the two objects had tangled? Such a space collision would have caused mayhem in the heavens, adding clutter to an orbit altitude where there are big problems already, said Heiner Klinkrad, head of the European Space Agency's Space Debris Office in Darmstadt, Germany." - Full Article Source

02/24/10 - We have a 'moral obligation' to Seed Life
Eventually, the day will come when life on Earth ends. Whether that’s tomorrow or five billion years from now, whether by nuclear war, climate change, or the Sun burning up its fuel, the last living cell on Earth will one day wither and die. But that doesn’t mean that all is lost. What if we had the chance to sow the seeds of terrestrial life throughout the universe, to settle young planets within developing solar systems many light-years away, and thus give our long evolutionary line the chance to continue indefinitely? - Full Article Source

02/24/10 - Nuclear Traction Engine To Take Russian Spacemen to Mars
In the past few years it seemed like Russia was ready to accept its role as a space power number two. Americans are building a new spaceship and packing their space suits for the Mars expedition, while Russia is modernizing its Soyuz yet again, built over 40 years ago. Like true cab drivers, Russia gives rides to the International Space Station to everyone who pays. In the 50 years of space era the humanity learned very well how to deliver cargo to low earth orbit. Bringing 20 to 30 tons 300 to 500 kilometers above Earth does not pose a problem. But this is what the experts call the “stopover technology” (throwing a satellite in required orbit and burning the fuel). Spacecrafts with nuclear engines are not just a dream. Back in the 1970s, the Soviet Union launched nuclear powered satellites. Recently a federal program “New generation of nuclear energy technologies for the period of 2010 - 2015 and up to 2020” was approved. This year, 500 million was allocated for creation of transport-power module based on nuclear energy. According to Lopota, the first nuclear power spacecraft can be launched by Russia in 2017. This means that by the end of the decade, if all works out, we will have both a new manual spacecraft and new energy system. Vitaly Lopota is convinced that Russian spacecrafts will be built from modules. Nuclear power can be used as a basis for a universal platform capable of solving a number of issues, including those outside of low earth orbit. It could serve as a cargo delivery vehicle (for example, to the Moon) or as a base for telecommunication satellites or even a special trawl for collecting space litter. It could also serve as an interplanetary interceptor capable of eliminating asteroids posing a threat for the humanity. Engineers suggest using the same platform as the basis for the Mars expedition complex. “By 2020 - 2025 Russia will have a base for assembling interplanetary spacecrafts in orbit,” Lopota is convinced. The project will employ the piloted capsule Rus’, storage modules, and scientific labs. In orbit these components would come together as a Mars complex. The complex will not have to be built for one flight only. Its structure will depend on its task . One type of structure would be assembled for traveling to asteroids and other type would be assembled for delivering cargo to low earth orbit. - Full Article Source

02/24/10 - Fluorescent probes light up cancerous tumors for surgery
Moores UCSD Cancer Center has developed biological probes that can stick to and light up tumors in mice. The scientists were able to spot and remove more cancerous tissue in mice injected with the fluorescent probes than in those mice without the fluorescent probes, upping survival five-fold. - Full Article Source

02/24/10 - Ibuprofen May Help Stave Off Parkinson's
Regular use of ibuprofen, a common anti-inflammatory drug, significantly lowers the risk for developing Parkinson's disease, Harvard researchers report. Pople who took three or more tablets a week showed a 40 percent lower risk than those who didn't take the common pain reliever, their study found. Study author Dr. Xiang Gao, an instructor and epidemiologist at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, said the findings are important for anyone at increased risk for Parkinson's because most people with the disease eventually become severely disabled. - Full Article Source

02/24/10 - Steorn Orbo motor replica
KeelyNet Brilliant or just a load of bull. We’re not making the call on that, but the tests on a Steorn Orb motor replica are worth looking at.Keep in mind, people used to think the earth was flat and scientists of the time would have sworn up and down that’s the way things were. The Steorn Orbo is a motor that generates more power than is put into it. At least according to Steorn Limited that’s what it does. An independent panel of scientists said otherwise a few years back but that didn’t stop the company from showing off the concept a few more times, most recently a showing in Dublin ended this month. So anyway, [Jean-Louis Naudin] took what he saw from those demonstrations and built a replica. He’s made several papers about the principle as well as his testing available online. There’s a lot of math, a little bit of smoke and mirrors, and several videos. - Full Article Source

02/24/10 - Electric cars spark safety fears
"Electric vehicles run on around 15,000 volts – more than enough to kill someone," said the chamber's executive director, David Purchase. Working on an electric vehicle is a dangerous activity and that is why we believe the automotive industry should be involved in discussions regarding training, regulation, national standards and licensing," he said. Already there are high-voltage hybrids on the road made by Toyota and Honda, with other manufacturers racing to follow in their path. The next wave of cars, due as soon as this year, are pure electric cars, which plug-in, charge up and store electricity in suitcase-sized batteries to feed their electric motors. As many as 40 manufacturers were planning to release electric cars over the next three years, the chamber says. - Full Article Source

02/24/10 - Smoke Ring Collision
Once generated two similar eddies and with opposed angular velocity, these increase the size of their radius when advancing. The speed as they approach each other increases as does the radius. The radius will continue increasing until both eddies are disintegrated. If both eddies are perfectly symmetrical, the speed of the elements of parallel fluid to the center line in the midpoint between eddy and eddy is equal to zero. This line generated by all the points where the speed is zero, becomes a solid border where the speed through the wall is zero. - Full Article Source

02/24/10 - The 'Nitrogen Grid'
Albertan oil veteran Dave McConnell is pumping the "nitrogen grid" these days, and he figures that within 15 years his new system could do away with the need for high-voltage transmission lines and offer a way to store energy from wind farms. The problem with today's electricity system is that, for the most part, power must be consumed when it's generated. In other words, supply and demand must be carefully balanced. Every electron that's produced and put onto the transmission system, whether from uranium, coal or wind, must be used somewhere along the grid or else the whole system can crash. This gets tricky when dealing with the wind, which doesn't necessarily blow when we need it. Large-scale energy storage can solve this problem by absorbing supply when it's not needed and releasing it when we do. But batteries are too expensive today, and other options – such as compressed-air storage in salt caverns – are largely limited by geography. What if, initially, unused portions of this pipeline network could be used to hold compressed nitrogen, an inert gas that represents more than three-quarters of the air we breathe? And instead of capturing wind energy and converting it into electricity for the grid, what if we could build special wind turbines that convert the wind into hydraulic energy that's used to compress nitrogen and inject it into a common pipeline? The idea is that the pipeline would become a big battery consisting of compressed nitrogen – that is, a nitrogen grid. At various points along the pipeline where electricity is needed, special generators would tap into the compressed gas and produce electricity as the nitrogen is released and rapidly expands. "It's a closed-loop system," explains McConnell, referring to the fact that the nitrogen is always recycled back into the pipeline. "We're reusing, reusing, reusing." Presumably it would take a lot of energy initially to charge the pipeline with nitrogen and to reach the desired pressures – for example, 1,440 pounds per square inch for a 32-inch pipe. The initial nitrogen also has to be produced. But once that has been achieved, maintaining desired pressures and periodically replenishing any lost nitrogen would be a fairly simple operation. The underground pipeline, in essence, would eliminate the need for high-voltage transmission, and a new generation of wind turbines across North America could theoretically feed the nitrogen grid. - Full Article Source

02/24/10 - Blind Machismo to Explain The Endless Idiotic Waste that IS the Iraq 'War'


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02/24/10 - $50 Billion In Government Energy Opportunities (Feb 2010)
The Stimulus Package includes $50 Billion in energy opportunities, and numerous other public sources are available for energy conservation inventions of all types, and more is on its way. Most state and local governments are also spending big in this area, as are private investors who want to cash in on the Green Boom. Here is link for a good breakdown of the stimulus programs: / Ignore the “Inventors Wanted” ads on TV. We’ve all heard those commercials where they give out an 800 number. I hate people screaming at me on TV. Whatever you do, avoid those numbers. These invention companies take advantage of people who don’t realize that they can get the same services (and often better services) for free from the government. These companies are likely to charge $5,000 to $10,000 before they are finished, and an inventor might be no closer to having backing than they were when they dreamed it up. Check out And here is what the University of Mississippi’s FREE Invention Assistance Center says about such companies: “I am unaware of any invention promotion company that I would recommend.” “If an invention company thinks your idea is really good, why don't they invest some of their money in your idea?” / There are hundreds of offices supported by government and non-profit organizations, all over the country, that will help with every stage of developing and protecting an idea, and they will do it for free. Most people do not know about these offices because, even though they spend millions providing these free services, they spend almost nothing on advertising. We’re talking about help from top-notch professional engineers, accountants, patent with years of experience. But don't trust my biased opinion about invention companies The Federal Trade Commission has a long history of investigating such companies. National Network Of Free Help For Inventors - There are over 3,000 offices around the country where an inventor can make an appointment to sit down with a counselor who knows the ins-and-outs of the invention process. These Small Business Development Centers are sponsored by both the SBA and state governments. To find a local office go to You can also watch a video of a government official from one of these offices describing their services: - Full Article Source

02/24/10 - Levitating chair shuffles the elderly around like air hockey pucks
Researchers at Japan's Kobe Gakuin University are taking a cue from Wall-E with their levitating chair, which shuffles around its occupant on a bed of high-powered air jets. The concept works almost exactly like an air hockey table, with a series of air compressors mounted to the bottom of the chair. As it stands (or floats), the chair has a lot of problems. It wouldn't work on rugs or the tatami mats they have in Japan, for instance, and its ground clearance doesn't give it too many options when it comes to uneven terrain. Still, the chair is just a prototype and the researchers are looking for investors — so maybe they have some grander designs. - Full Article Source

02/24/10 - Faking it for god
Interesting, all-too-brief account of a family in Texas who fakes Christianity for social reasons. As agnostics, their children don't get play dates. / We don’t go to church or teach or children one belief is “right” over another. We expose them to every kind of belief and trust that they will one day settle in to their very own spirituality. However, for the sake of friends and neighbors, we pretend we are Christians. We try not to lie but rather not to disclose unnecessary information. As the children are getting older, this isn’t so easy for them and an outing is probably eminent. We are not the only ones. We have found a few other fakers out there. - Full Article Source

02/24/10 - Wealth Disparities in U.S. Approaching 1920s Levels
Folks, there is no way we can have economic prosperity in this country when the top 1% has all of the money. The middle class is basically being destroyed right in front of our very eyes. Consumption economies die when the consumers have no money to consume! I see growing signs of desperation and anger as the wealth of this nation continues to get transferred to the elite of this nation. People are starting to "lose" it as a result. This past week's airplane event in Austin was a disturbing development. I must admit that I really am not surprised. The government shouldn't be either. Things are only going to get worse in the violence department as the taxpayers continue to get violated and more desperate as a result of this economic cataststrophe. The news media tried to downplay the actions in Austin. All the government has done is bail out Wall St. continuously since 2008. My guess is the disparity of wealth in this chart would look even worse if it included 2009. The rest of America has basically been ignored minus a few housing programs to help lower mortgage payments. That's what's been so frustrating about this whole crisis and America is finally starting to get it. Just about ALL of the steps that have been taken by the government to help fix this crisis have involved throwing more and more money to the financial elites of this country. I mean, the examples are endless: TARP, AIG, Bank of America (BAC), Citi (C), Freddie (FRE), Fannie (FNM)....Need I say more? The sheeple are finally realizing that the money is not trickling to them like Washington had promised when they threw billions to the banks. The people have only seen things get worse while Wall St. has prospered. They now want to know where their friggin' bailout is! - Full Article Source

02/24/10 - Endless Dominoes
If only the dominoes could stand themselves up again, you could topple them over and over. Los Angeles artist Karl Lautman solved this problem a few years ago in his sculpture called Ouroborus. In Ouroborus, each domino is connected to a solenoid beneath it via a couple of polyester strands. When the domino falls over, it lifts the solenoid's plunger a bit. When the solenoid is energized (under microncontroller control), it pulls the plunger back down, yanking the domino back up. I've attached a drawing of the domino hardware. - Full Article Source

02/24/10 - Share your ideas with even more government agencies
OpenGov Tracker is the multi-agency dashboard that allows you to share ideas with everybody from the NSF to the DOD, and vote on other people's ideas. What's posted at OpenGov really is being read, and thought about, by the people in power. NASA and Veterans Affairs are getting the most activity right now. Other agencies—like the Small Business Administration, the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the US Agency for International Development—are low on public input. Maybe you've got something to say? - Full Article Source

02/24/10 - A midday nap markedly boosts the brain's learning capacity
KeelyNet New research from the University of California, Berkeley, shows that an hour's nap can dramatically boost and restore your brain power. Indeed, the findings suggest that a biphasic sleep schedule not only refreshes the mind, but can make you smarter. Conversely, the more hours we spend awake, the more sluggish our minds become, according to the findings. The results support previous data from the same research team that pulling an all-nighter – a common practice at college during midterms and finals –- decreases the ability to cram in new facts by nearly 40 percent, due to a shutdown of brain regions during sleep deprivation. "Sleep not only rights the wrong of prolonged wakefulness but, at a neurocognitive level, it moves you beyond where you were before you took a nap," said Matthew Walker, an assistant professor of psychology at UC Berkeley and the lead investigator of these studies. - Full Article Source

02/24/10 - Flyfire - pixel swarms in space
Flyfire, a project initiated by the SENSEable City Laboratory in collaboration with ARES Lab (Aerospace Robotics and Embedded Systems Laboratory) aims to transform any ordinary space into a highly immersive and interactive display environment. In its first implementation, the Flyfire project sets out to explore the capabilities of this display system by using a large number of self-organizing micro helicopters. Each helicopter contains small LEDs and acts as a smart pixel. Through precisely controlled movements, the helicopters perform elaborate and synchronized motions and form an elastic display surface for any desired scenario. With the self-stabilizing and precise controlling technology from the ARES Lab, the motion of the pixels is adaptable in real time. The Flyfire canvas can transform itself from one shape to another or morph a two-dimensional photographic image into an articulated shape. The pixels are physically engaged in transitioning images from one state to another, which allows the Flyfire canvas to demonstrate a spatially animated viewing experience. Flyfire serves as an initial step to explore and imagine the possibilities of this free-form display: a swarm of pixels in a space. - Full Article Source

02/24/10 - The Stack bombing and Our Low-Tech Tax Code
"After establishing that nothing can excuse Joe Stack's murderous intentional plane crash into an IRS office, a NY Times Op-Ed explains the reference in Stack's suicide note to an obscure federal tax law — Section 1706 of the 1986 tax act — which the software engineer claimed declared him a 'criminal and non-citizen slave' and ruined his career. Interestingly, a decade-old NY Times article on Section 1706 pretty much agreed: 'The immediate effect of these [Section 1706] audits is to force individual programmers ... to abandon their dreams of getting rich off their high-technology skills.' Section 1706, the NYT Op-Ed concludes, 'is an example of how Congress enacted a discriminatory law that hurt thousands of technology consultants, their staffing firms and customers. And despite strong bipartisan efforts and unbiased studies supporting that law's repeal, it remains on the books.'" - Full Article Source

02/24/10 - A real and deadly job for Gamers
"After the morning commute from his Las Vegas apartment, Air Force captain Sam Nelson sits in a padded chair inside a low, tan building in Nevada, controlling a heavily armed drone aircraft soaring over Afghanistan, prepared to kill another human being 7,500 miles away if necessary. Welcome to the surreal world of drone pilots, who have a front-row seat on war from half a world away. 'On the drive out here, you get yourself ready to enter the compartment of your life that is flying combat,' explained retired Col. Chris Chambliss. 'And on the drive home, you get ready for that part of your life that's going to be the soccer game.' No wonder why the Air Force is interested in the Xbox LIVE crowd and the Army's opened a new arcade recruitment center!" - Full Article Source

02/24/10 - Students Build 2752 MPG Hypermiling Vehicle
KeelyNet "Think claims of electric vehicles that get over 200 MPG are impressive? Try this on for size: a group of mechanical engineering students at Cal Poly have developed a vehicle that can get up to 2752.3 MPG — and it doesn't even use batteries. The Cal Poly Supermileage Team's wondercar, dubbed the Black Widow, has been under construction since 2005. The 96 pound car has three wheels, a drag coefficient of 0.12, a top speed of 30 MPH, and a modified 3 horsepower Honda 50cc four-stroke engine. It originally clocked in at 861 MPG and has been continuously tweaked to achieve the mileage we see today." It's not quite as street-worthy, though, as Volkswagen's 235 MPG One-Liter concept. - Full Article Source

02/24/10 - Fuel Cell Marvel "Bloom Box" Gaining Momentum
Many sources are continuing to excitedly report on the latest in a long line of startups chasing the holy grail of power sources. This incarnation, the "Bloom Box" from Bloom Energy, promises a power-plant-in-a-box that you can literally put in your backyard, and has received backing from companies like eBay, Google, Staples, FedEx, and Walmart. CBS recently aired an exclusive interview with K.R. Sridhar about his shiny new box. "So what is a Bloom Box exactly? Well, $700,000 to $800,000 will buy you a 'corporate sized' unit. Inside the box are a unique kind of fuel cell consisting of ceramic disks coated with green and black 'inks.' The inks somehow transform a stream of methane (or other hydrocarbons) and oxygen into power, when the box heats up to its operating temperature of 1,000 degrees Celsius. To get a view of the cost and benefits, eBay installed 5 of the boxes nine months ago. It says it has saved $100,000 USD on energy since." - Full Article Source

02/24/10 - Criminals Hide Payment-Card Skimmers In Gas Pumps
KeelyNet "Wave of recent bank-card skimming incidents demonstrate how sophisticated the scam has become. Criminals hid bank card-skimming devices inside gas pumps — in at least one case, even completely replacing the front panel of a pump — in a recent wave of attacks that demonstrate a more sophisticated, insidious method of stealing money from unsuspecting victims filling up their gas tanks. Some 180 gas stations in Utah, from Salt Lake City to Provo, were reportedly found with these skimming devices sitting inside the gas pumps. The scam was first discovered when a California bank's fraud department discovered that multiple bank card victims reporting problems had all used the same gas pump at a 7-Eleven store in Utah." - Full Article Source

02/24/10 - Avoiding a Digital Dark Age
"It seems unavoidable that most of the data in our future will be digital, so it behooves us to understand how to manage and preserve digital data so we can avoid what some have called the 'digital dark age.' This is the idea — or fear! — that if we cannot learn to explicitly save our digital data, we will lose that data and, with it, the record that future generations might use to remember and understand us. ... Unlike the many venerable institutions that have for centuries refined their techniques for preserving analog data on clay, stone, ceramic or paper, we have no corresponding reservoir of historical wisdom to teach us how to save our digital data. That does not mean there is nothing to learn from the past, only that we must work a little harder to find it." - Full Article Source

02/24/10 - Magicjack Loses Legal Attack Against Boing Boing
KeelyNet An anonymous reader sends word that USB VOIP company Magicjack lost a lawsuit against Boing Boing when the judge declared the legal action a SLAPP (strategic lawsuit against public participation). Magicjack must pay more than $50,000 in legal costs. Boing Boing has posted a page linking and summarizing all the legal documents relating to the lawsuit. - Full Article Source

02/24/10 - How Banker Trojans Steal Millions Every Day
"Banker trojans have become a serious problem, especially in South America and the US. Trojans like Zeus, URLZone and others are the tip of the iceberg. These toolkits are now standard-issue weapons for criminals and state-sponsored hackers. Like Zeus, URLZone was created using a toolkit (available in underground markets). What this means is that the buyer of this toolkit can then create customized malware or botnets with different command-and-controls and configurations (such as which banks to attack), but having all the flexibility and power of the original toolkit. Having such a toolkit in the hands of multiple criminal groups paints a scary picture. It's simply not enough to eliminate a particular botnet and criminal group to solve this problem." - Full Article Source

02/24/10 - IRS Plane Attacker
KeelyNet A new online game called Tax Time! has you controlling an on-screen Joseph Stack, the Austin plane attacker.

The game action is right out of the news. Your objective is to light your house on fire, jump into an airplane and fly it into the IRS building. Sick! - Full Article Source

02/21/10 - How Would You Fix the Economy?
Some reader suggestions about how to do it;

1 - Patriotic retirement: There are about 40 million people over 50 in the work force … pay them $1 million apiece severance with stipulations.
  • a) They leave their jobs.
  • b) Forty million job openings — unemployment fixed.
  • c) They buy new American cars. Forty million cars ordered — auto industry fixed.
  • d) They either buy a house or pay off their mortgage — housing crisis fixed.

KeelyNet 5 - Make Stuff Ourselves
6 - Install accountability into all business
7 - Make Banks Nonprofit
8 - If people want help or work, let them earn by helping to rebuild infrastructure, etc.
9 - Convert big out-of-business, empty Warehouse stores into Farms
10 - Legalize Marijuana
11 - Make all members in Congress pay their taxes.
12 - Make Congress retire on Social Security and Medicare.

(And I like this one to follow these; "Tax what you spend not Earn. That'll encourage Saving and Investment." - JWD) - Full Article Source

02/21/10 - Free Energy on 60 Minutes today???
KeelyNet I'm told 60 minutes this Sunday (today) is to have a free energy device...thought it might be Steorn, they are such media trolls...but investigation finds there is something to it;

The Bloom Box Fuel Cell - Large corporations in California have been secretly testing a new device that can generate power on the spot, without being connected to the electric grid. They're saying it's efficient, clean, and saves them money. Will we have one in every home someday? Lesley Stahl reports. Shachar Bar-On is the producer. - (Google, WalMart, eBay, UPS and others are already testing them with excellent results. Thanks to Paul Carlson for the headsup!) - Full Article Source

The Bloom Box ~ $3,000 - $10,000 - Bloom Energy CEO KR Sridhar is a man with a mission to change the world. A former NASA advisor who developed technologies to sustain life on Mars, this earnest scientist is now harnessing his visionary skills and a large team of engineers to solve the energy crisis. His ambitious goal? To revolutionize the energy industry, just like cell phones revolutionized the communications industry. His team is developing high efficiency fuel cells to provide a global distributed system of electricity supply at low cost. What's in the Bloom Box? "It takes the chemical energy from the fuel and converts that to electrons with no in between conversion. So you are changing your currency only once. It's an electro-chemical a battery...but the big difference is it's a power generator so you keep supplying the fuel in and you'll keep getting the electrons out - most importantly without combustion. It's a one step conversion... high burn less fuel - less greenhouse gases - and eliminate all the combustion related polluting gases." What's the link with transportation? "Transportation can potentially go in two directions in the future. One is a hydrogen infrastructure for the car, the other one is an electrical infrastructure for the car...plug-in hybrids...Our device can either produce the electricity that'll charge the car or provide you hydrogen if the transportation becomes hydrogen based. So we've sort of become the gas station for the transportation industry."

Distributed is a lot better than centralized because you’re empowering the people. It’s not some central authority that’s going to tell you when and how you can get your energy and at what cost and when can you have it. You give the power to the people; you empower them. It is an electro-chemical reaction. The simplest way for you to conveive of that is, it’s similar to your battery in your car, a lead acid battery. Everybody is familiar with that. The big difference between our box which is a fuel cell and that box which is a battery is a battery is only a storage device. If it’s a primary battery you use it once and you throw it away; if it’s a rechargable battery you keep doing the charge, recharge cycle. A fuel cell is not a storage device, it’s a power generator, so you keep supplying the fuel in, as long as you’re supplying the fuel you’ll keep getting the electrons out without having to go through the charge recharge cycle. But a similar electro-chemical reaction, which is simply to say: you take a chemical and convert that to electricity with no in-between steps and most importantly without combustion, without fire. And so not only because of the high efficiency you get from the one step conversion do you have to burn less fuel and therefore less greenhouse emitting gases, but because there is no combustion, you eliminate all the combustion related polluting gases, like noxious gas from getting into the atmosphere. I also understand part of the Bloom box is splitting out the hydrogen? That’s an option. People always ask, it’s electricity is it a fuel cell for the car? The answer is no. This is for stationary uses like buildings and houses. So then the question is, you have a big transportation infrastructure that requires fuel for that. Transportation can potentially go in two directions in the future: one is a hydrogen infrastructure for the car, the other one is an electrical infrastructure. We’re already getting a lot more comfortable with plug-in hybrids… which is right on the horizon. / (I found 16 patents with Bloom Energy in them. - JWD)

Bloom Energy Patent 7,599,760 - Online configurable control system for fuel cells - A fuel cell system control system includes a fuel cell system and a controller. The controller includes a display and a processor configured to execute a program for managing an operation of a fuel cell state machine having a plurality of states and capable of executing logic to execute state transitions, and a fuel cell failure detection and correction program, configured to detect one or more fuel cell system failures and correct each detected failure while the fuel cell system continues to operate. The control process includes the steps of representing an operation of a fuel cell control system as a state machine having one or more states, controlling the operation of the fuel cell system using the state machine, executing one or more states of the state machine, and correcting operational errors in the fuel cell control system while the fuel cell system continues to operate.

02/20/10 - Think about it - We, the 300,000,000 are Controlled by just 545 people
KeelyNet Politicians are the only people in the world who create problems and then campaign against them. Have you ever wondered, if both the Democrats and the Republicans are against deficits, WHY do we have deficits? Have you ever wondered, if all the politicians are against inflation and high taxes, WHY do we have inflation and high taxes? You and I don't propose a federal budget. The president does. You and I don't have the Constitutional authority to vote on appropriations. The House of Representatives does. You and I don't write the tax code, Congress does. You and I don't set fiscal policy, Congress does. You and I don't control monetary policy, the Federal Reserve Bank does. One hundred senators, 435 congressmen, one president, and nine Supreme Court justices equates to 545 human beings out of the 300 million are directly, legally, morally, and individually responsible for the domestic problems that plague this country. I excluded the members of the Federal Reserve Board because that problem was created by the Congress. In 1913, Congress delegated its Constitutional duty to provide a sound currency to a federally chartered, but private, central bank. I excluded all the special interests and lobbyists for a sound reason.. They have no legal authority. They have no ability to coerce a senator, a congressman, or a president to do one cotton-pickingthing. I don't care if they offer a politician $1 million dollars in cash. The politician has the power to accept or reject it. No matter what the lobbyist promises, it is the legislator's responsibility to determine how he votes. Those 545 human beings spend much of their energy convincing you that what they did is not their fault. They cooperate in this common con regardless of party. - (I received this in an email from Infolink so checked it with Snopes and found the attribution to journalist Charlie Reese and content is correct. - JWD) - Full Article Source

02/20/10 - Photonic fence against malaria 'will never work'
KeelyNet The 'Photonic Fence' invention is the brainchild of ex-Microsoft executive, Nathan Myhrvold. The system tracks insects in the sky, identifies their species and kills them individually with a blast of energy from a laser. By focussing on mosquitos, the company claims that the technology could be an important tool in fighting malaria. Dr Knols says high costs of the equipment necessary to run the system and a lack of stable energy supplies, make the Photonic Fence a totally impractical and inefficient use of resources. Dr Knols also points out that, far from being a new invention, the Photonic Fence concept was unveiled nearly one year ago and has only been shown to work in a lab setting. In his most damning criticism of Intellectual Ventures, Dr Knols says that the company is acting immorally and unethically by using the statistic about a child dying from malaria every 43 seconds in their marketing. Whether the Photonic Fence invention makes it beyond glossy podium presentations and scientific journals and actually into rural areas of Africa remains to be seen. But one thing is for sure, Dr Bart Knols' assessment is a sobering moment for the Intellectual Ventures. - Full Article Source

02/20/10 - Hands-on learning key to kids' interest in sci/tech fields
Last year we reported on the results of the annual Lemelson-MIT Invention Index, which showed US teens were very interested in studying science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields and pursuing careers in these areas. When asked which career fields contributed the most to society's well-being, teacher, doctors, and scientists were ranked highest (in that order), and accounted for 74 percent of the responses. Somewhat sadly—for someone such as myself—engineers garnered a mere five percent of the responses, a scant three points ahead of politicians and tied with "other." These results can be interpreted as an indication of many teens not knowing exactly what engineers do. Teachers' and doctors' job roles are easily understandable by high school aged individuals, thanks to a high degree of interaction. Other studies have shown that engineers, on the other hand, perform jobs that are not understood by a large portion of the US, high school-aged or otherwise. Next on the list was access to places outside the classroom that provide hands-on activities and allow experiments to be carried out. This interest in hand-on learning was also seen when students were asked what type of classroom activity was the most engaging. Two-thirds of teens chose hands-on projects, either individual or group, as their favorite classroom activity. Looking back on my grade school time, I can clearly remember building paper bridges, but can't remember the countless days of being lectured to. Although this survey has only been going for a few years, a few trends seem to be obvious. Once again, the survey indicates that teens (12-17) are interested in the possibility of pursuing STEM careers. - Full Article Source

02/20/10 - Secret Energy Turbine
KeelyNet The wind turns a levitated turbine, set free from gravity by means of two magnets opposing one another. The blades catch the moving air and quickly accelerate to form a very fast aerofoil by means of boundary layers, so you have air touching air. This creates a very powerful turbine which turns the generator to produce an uneven current of electricity. The uneven current is organized by an essential Controller which in turn feeds a Batter Pack. The more batteries you have the less you have to rely upon the grid, because you can store power. The Sine Wave inverter then converts the voltage from the 12 or 24 volt to the 230 volt that most of us in our houses use to power lights, watch television and cook with. The SET has withstood winds in excess of 90mph with no problems whatsoever. - Full Article Source

02/20/10 - Austin plane crash reveals populist fury
KeelyNet While members of Washington and Wall Street elites transfer the accumulated wealth of 200 years to themselves, the desperation in the rest of America becomes palpable. And today it hangs in the air like the smoke billowing from the Echelon Building here in Austin, into which Joseph Andrew Stack crashed a Piper Cherokee PA-28. And now, instead of condemning the violence and loss of innocent life, as every citizen of the United States should do, many on the right are lionising Joseph Andrew Stack. While Massachusetts' newest Senator stopped short of praising Stack, he hardly condemned the violence. The right wing is riding the populist tiger.

In an era where the average time to get a new job for the unemployed is 30 weeks, and the average American pays more than 25% of their income in taxes, class warfare is reaching fever pitch. It has prevented us from investing in healthcare, education and infrastructure. It has reduced many of us to wage-slave penury, while some lucky middle class members are only subjected to a life of debt peonage, paying off astronomically high rates of interest on their accumulated debt, while the same elites enjoy virtually interest free loans from the Federal Reserve. - Full Article Source

02/20/10 - High-Tech Invention Aims To Stop ID Theft
KeelyNet Many people carry wallets, whether they are leather, canvas, clips or clutches, and Steve Cabouli is one of many people who still can't believe a low-tech device carries very valuable information. "It's been the same for the past 200 to 300 years and nobody thought about a high-tech wallet," said Cabouli. Cabouli's invention is called the iWallet, and it is a compact electronic lockbox that can only be opened with a swipe of your finger. No one else's finger can open it. Cabouli came up with the idea three years ago after thieves stole his identity. He invested $500,000 and worked with designers in San Diego to develop the iWallet. It was unveiled last month. One feature of the iWallet is if it is stolen, once the thief gets a few feet away, Bluetooth technology allows an alarm on the owner's cell phone to go off. Additionally, Cabouli and his company are working on a new version of the iWallet that includes GPS tracking. "So if someone happens to get away with your wallet, somehow some odd reason they happen to get away with it, you'll always be able to find it," said Rahlonso Sharpe, sales director with iWallet. So far, the company has sold more than 10,000 iWallets. While each iWallet costs up to $600, Cabouli said it is a good investment when you consider up to 45 percent of identity thefts stem from wallet thefts. - Full Article Source

02/20/10 - Global Weirding Is Here
Of the festivals of nonsense that periodically overtake American politics, surely the silliest is the argument that because Washington is having a particularly snowy winter it proves that climate change is a hoax and, therefore, we need not bother with all this girly-man stuff like renewable energy, solar panels and carbon taxes. Just drill, baby, drill. When you see lawmakers like Senator Jim DeMint of South Carolina tweeting that “it is going to keep snowing until Al Gore cries ‘uncle,’ ” or news that the grandchildren of Senator James Inhofe of Oklahoma are building an igloo next to the Capitol with a big sign that says “Al Gore’s New Home,” you really wonder if we can have a serious discussion about the climate-energy issue anymore. - Full Article Source

02/20/10 - Sweet Home 3D Models Your Home, Rearranges Your Furniture
KeelyNet Windows/Mac/Linux: Next time you get the urge to rearrange your furniture, don't strain your back randomly shoving your sofa around the room. Download Sweet Home 3D and do the heavy lifting on your computer screen before moving a stick of furniture. This slick free interior design app recreates the dimensions of a room, and displays the furniture you add in 3D. Drag and drop tables, chairs, and plants around the room until you find an arrangement you like. Drop in windows, doors, and even change the color of the walls to replicate your room as closely as possible. If you happen to have a blueprint available of the room you're redecorating, Sweet Home 3D will accept an import of the file in BMP, JPEG, GIF or PNG formats. Sorting through the furniture is easy—it's arranged in a tree view, just select the room you're decorating and drag what you like onto the 2D room grid. The app displays a 3D representation in real-time in a pane directly underneath. Check out an overhead view, or walk through the room as a virtual visitor for another perspective. - Full Article Source

02/20/10 - How To Blur Faces In Videos
This tutorial will show you how you can blur out peoples faces in videos and make them anonymous. The star application in this process is a free app called Wax, which handles video compositing and some special effects. Tinkernut's excellent walkthrough covers every step in the process. Apart from blurring the face, the video also covers how to change the voice to give it a little extra anonymity, but be aware: At the very least the voice adjustment is just a pitch change, so it could be reverse engineered easily enough by someone determined to hear the voice. - Full Article Source

02/20/10 - Untreated vision problems linked to dementia in the elderly
KeelyNet When elderly people with poor vision went to an ophthalmologist even once, their risk of dementia was reduced by 64 percent, the study found. People who had undergone eye procedures to treat glaucoma and correct cataracts were also less likely to develop dementia. “Visual problems can have serious consequences and are very common among the elderly, but many of them are not seeking treatment,” said University of Michigan researcher Mary Rogers, the study’s lead author, in a prepared statement. Poor vision often prevents people from participating in the types of activities thought to reduce Alzheimer’s risk, such as socializing, reading, and physical activity. Early treatment of vision disorders, the authors suggest, could delay the onset of dementia, and of Alzheimer’s disease in particular. The study analyzed medical data and surveys from 625 elderly Americans. The data was collected from 1992-2005, with each person’s health followed for an average of 8.5 years. - Full Article Source

02/20/10 - Plugging Highway Vehicles into the Electric Grid
Backers say 'vehicle to grid' - V2G could help balance the country's supply and demand for power, especially as renewable energy from intermittent sources like wind and solar becomes a larger part of America's energy mix. With enough cars participating, a V2G system could help buffer ups and downs in power production by allowing utilities cheap storage for their excess power. "One car doesn't make much difference," said Willett Kempton, director of the Center for Carbon-free Power Integration at the University of Delaware. "But when you have 100 cars or 1,000 cars, you actually start to talk about displacing power plants." The demonstration project -- known as the Mid-Atlantic Grid Interactive Car Consortium, or MAGICC -- is now "making money in the grid, actually collecting cash" for sending power back to PJM, said Kenneth Huber, the grid operator's senior technology and education principal. "Whenever these cars are plugged in at the University of Delaware, they're making cash." Here's how it works. The cars on the University of Delaware campus are connected to PJM by an Internet connection. Every four seconds, PJM makes contact with the vehicles, allowing them to signal the cars to send power back into the grid in times of need. "PJM is required to have 1 percent of its peak power on any particular day to be provided in frequency regulation at 60 megahertz," said PJM's Huber. "At the same time, people are turning on load and off load, so we have to move our generation up and down to match the load." He compared it to a pond where water comes in and out, but the overall water level must remain constant. - Full Article Source

02/20/10 - Australian study uses cat food in war on cane toad
KeelyNet ...Australia has found a new weapon in its war on the dreaded cane toad: cat food. Researchers with the University of Sydney found that a few tablespoons of cat food left next to ponds in the Northern Territory attracts fierce Australian meat ants, which then attack baby cane toads as they emerge from the water. The results of the study were published in the British Ecological Society's Journal of Applied Ecology this week. It is the latest weapon in Australia's seemingly endless battle against the cane toad, which was introduced from Hawaii in 1935 in an unsuccessful attempt to control beetles on sugarcane plantations. The toads bred rapidly, and their millions-strong population now threatens many species across Australia... - Full Article Source

02/20/10 - eBay Urges Rethink On EU Plan's "Brick and Mortar" Vendor Requirement
"According to a draft regulation drawn up by the European Commission and seen by Reuters, suppliers may be allowed to require that distributors have a 'brick-and-mortar' shop before they can sell online. The proposed rules would replace existing guidelines exempting companies from strict EU competition rules under certain circumstances. Those rules expire at the end of May." - Full Article Source

02/20/10 - A Contract from America
KeelyNet A call went out from Tea Party movement leaders directly to the grass-roots "Teabagger" activists (meant with all due respect) to create their own Contract from America. The goal is to produce a 10-item "Contract with America" - type document, but one issuing forth from We the People. Ryan Hecker, a national coordinator of Tea Party Patriots and a member of the Houston Tea Party Society who developed the contract idea, said it "is a grassroots, bottom-up document." Though the comparisons to Gingrich's "Contract with America" are unavoidable, Hecker said the new contract stands in stark difference to the 1994 document, especially how it originated with the people and not from elected officials. The message in the new Tea Party contract, Hecker said, is also more focused solely on economic conservatism than the one in 1994. Hecker said more than a thousand ideas for the contract were submitted and were edited down to 20 through the help of hundreds of Tea Party activists and through a series of online surveys.

* Amending the constitution to require a balanced budget and a two-thirds majority for any tax hike.
* Permanently repealing all tax hikes scheduled to begin in 2011.
* Requiring every bill in Congress to be made public seven days before any vote can be taken and all government expenditures authorized by any bill to be easily accessible on the Internet before the money is spent.
* Requiring each bill to identify the specific provision of the Constitution that gives Congress the power to do what the bill does.
* Permitting all health insurance plans to be sold anywhere in the United States through the purchase of insurance across state lines. Allow small businesses and associations to pool together across state lines to buy insurance.
* Adopting a simple and fair single-rate tax system by scrapping the internal revenue code and "replacing it with one that is no longer than 4,543 words -- the length of the original Constitution."
* Imposing a statutory cap limiting the annual growth in total federal spending to the sum of inflation rate plus the percentage of population growth.
* Allowing Americans to opt out of Social Security and Medicare and instead put those same payroll taxes in a personal account "they own, control and can leave to whomever they choose."
* Preventing any regulation or tax on the Internet.
* Improving education by eliminating ineffective and wasteful programs, giving parents more choices from pre-school to high school and improving the affordability of higher education.
* Authorizing the exploration of proven energy reserves to reduce our dependence on foreign energy sources from unstable countries and reduce regulatory barriers to all other forms of energy creation, lowering prices and creating competition.
* Prohibiting the Federal Communications Commission from using funds to reinstate the Fairness Doctrine.
* Creating a Blue Ribbon task force that engages in a complete audit of federal agencies and programs.
* Blocking state and local governments that receive federal grants from exercising eminent domain over private property for the primary purpose of economic development or enhancement of tax revenues.
* Preventing the EPA from implementing costly new regulations.
* Placing a moratorium on all earmarks until the process is fully transparent. Also requiring a two-thirds majority to pass any earmark.
* Making all lawmaking regulators, including presidential appointed czars, be affirmatively approved by Congress and signed into law by the president.
* Audit the Federal Reserve System.
* Making sure the federal government does not bail out private companies. The government should also immediately divest itself of its stake in the private companies it owns from recent bailouts.
* Amending the constitution to require congressional term limits. No person shall be elected to the Senate more than twice or to the House of Representatives more than four times.
* Making all regulations "sunset" after 10 years unless renewed by congressional vote.
* Broadcasting all non-security meetings and votes on C-SPAN and the Internet.

We could only be so lucky if even a quarter of these points were codified into a new way of doing business -- the people's business -- in Washington. - Full Article Source

02/20/10 - Justice, medieval style
KeelyNet The ordeal system worked surprisingly well. It accurately determined who was guilty and who was innocent, sorting genuine criminals from those who had been wrongly accused. Stranger still, the ordeal system suggests that pervasive superstition can be good for society. Medieval legal systems leveraged citizens’ superstitious beliefs through ordeals, making it possible to secure criminal justice where it would have otherwise been impossible to do so. Some superstitions, at least, may evolve and persist for a good reason: They help us accomplish goals we couldn’t otherwise accomplish, or accomplish them more cheaply. Ordeals were based on a medieval superstition called “iudicium Dei” - the judgment of God. According to this belief, God helped man resolve judicial matters through trials of fire and water. The superstitious “logic” that underlay ordeals was based on divine intervention. God, the thinking went, saved innocent defendants from being burned in hot ordeals and allowed guiltless men to sink in water “over which He hath thundered” in cold ones. The ordeal, then, offered a way for God to render judgment. How might these trials have worked, without divine intervention? The key insight is that ordeals weren’t just widely practiced. They were widely believed in. It’s this belief - literally, the fear of God - that could have allowed the ordeals to function effectively. - Full Article Source

02/19/10 - Space Oddity Incites Curiosity and Weird Speculations
KeelyNet Is this incredible thing in heavens a sign from God? Some people are seeing a flying cross, or perhaps a Star of David. Others say it resembles a ninja-style throwing blade or even a science-fiction spaceship from such Hollywood creations as "Star Wars," "Star Trek," "Babylon 5" or "The Last Starfighter." "I've seen thousands of astronomical images over my career, but this is one of the few absolute jaw-droppers: A flying X-pattern with trailing streamers," said Ray Villard, a contributing writer to Discovery News. "Whatever it is, nothing quite like it has ever before been seen in the heavens." The discovery of the object, officially known as "P/2010 A2," is sparking some chatter concerning a possible biblical message regarding end-time scenarios, as well as other theories. In the New Testament, Jesus Christ predicted celestial signs concerning the end of this current age and His return to Earth to govern the kingdom of God.

* "And the stars of heaven shall fall, and the powers that are in heaven shall be shaken. And then shall they see the Son of man coming in the clouds with great power and glory." (Mark 13:25-26)

* "And great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven." (Luke 21:11)

"With 2012 doomsday hysteria building, this might get attention on the Internet as yet another omen of the 'End of Times,'" notes Villard. "Those who've overdosed on Nostradamus might see a flying Star of David, or a pentagram." - Full Article Source

02/19/10 - Orange peels, newspapers may lead to cheaper, cleaner ethanol fuel
University of Central Florida professor Henry Daniell has developed a groundbreaking way to produce ethanol from waste products such as orange peels and newspapers. His approach is greener and less expensive than the current methods available to run vehicles on cleaner fuel - and his goal is to relegate gasoline to a secondary fuel. Daniell's breakthrough can be applied to several non-food products throughout the United States, including sugarcane, switchgrass and straw. Daniell's technique - developed with U.S. Department of Agriculture funding -- uses plant-derived enzyme cocktails to break down orange peels and other waste materials into sugar, which is then fermented into ethanol. Corn starch now is fermented and converted into ethanol. But ethanol derived from corn produces more greenhouse gas emissions than gasoline does. Ethanol created using Daniell's approach produces much lower greenhouse gas emissions than gasoline or electricity. There's also an abundance of waste products that could be used without reducing the world's food supply or driving up food prices. In Florida alone, discarded orange peels could create about 200 million gallons of ethanol each year, Daniell said. - Full Article Source

02/19/10 - Evolution of the Dynasphere and the Uniwheel Car
KeelyNet Every now and then, I get an email talking about 'Keelys Dynasphere.' Despite claims by Dale Pond, Keely never built a machine called the Dynasphere. It is documented that Keely did build the Globe Motor which actually ran. Dale got the idea for his 'Dynasphere' from a PSYCHIC and people keep writing me about it as if it's a copy of a real Keely device. I have tried to get him to clarify that it was HIS design, not Keely's but he has not produced anything that I've seen stating this simple fact, thus misleading people who believe it is a 'Keely' machine.

He sells a machine he CALLS a Dynasphere for $35,000 which does not produce mechanical thrust as did Keely's Globe motor did nor could it be anything remotely like a Dynasphere 'similar to Keelys' since such a thing never was. Dale's description of what his 'version' of a Dynasphere actually DOES will simply boggle the mind with the mishmash of metaphysical gobblety-gook. Dale used to be quite a stickler for correct terminology so I wish he would correct this misleading idea that Keely EVER built anything called a 'Dynasphere', once and for all.

If there is documentation from the period to prove Keely ever named any machine a 'Dynasphere', then I stand to be corrected but it simply doesn't exist. It really bothers me when people do such things as misattribution. To me it is akin to those who try to take credit or profit from others' works without giving credit to the source/inventor. At the very least admit WHERE the name came from, that this 'machine' and name is solely his and his psychics idea and NOT Keely's. But then for $35,000 per machine...hmmm... It is similar to the actions of primitives such as the Cargo Cult copying shapes and pretending they will attract the original. (see video below) To put it simply Globe Motor does not equal 'Dynasphere'.

KeelyNetJust copying Keely's Globe motor shape and giving it a bogus name won't magically make it spin! Keely refers to the Dynasphere as a rotating field of force which binds the atom.

The term 'dynasphere' appears to have originated in the writings of Laurence Oliphant. See how easy it is to give proper credit? But then I ain't getting $35,000 for what looks like either brass or a highly polished, possibly plated supersized, modified toilet bowl copper float... So now that I've posted this, please stop writing me and babbling about Keely's never existed! Now as to the origins of the word 'dynasphere';

"Modern science, then, having reached the vanishing-point of matter, and there stuck hopelessly befogged, and unable to decide whether it generates force, in which case it might be called ponderable force - or is only acted on by force, in which case the force that acts upon it must also be material, or it would have no transmitting medium; and having also decided that matter can never touch matter, every atom being prevented from doing sy by it's own 'dynasphere' (nobody knows what a dynasphere is made of); and being further satisfied that 'the atomic abyss is as unfathomable as the interstellar space is immeasurable,' - leaves us there to scramble out of it as best we may.

Those who are sufficiently unprejudiced to connect the bearings of (Keelys') discovery, of what must be dynaspheric force, with phenomena which have hitherto been regarded as supernatural by the ignorant, will percieve how rapidly we are bridging over the chasm which has always divided the seen from the unseen, and obliterating the distinction between what has erroneously been called matter, and what has no less erroneously been called spirit.

From this we may infer that the dynaspheres of the atoms cognisable by science themselves contain atoms, which are in their turn surrounded by dynaspheres, and so on ad infinitum..." - Laurence Oliphant - 1888

"The atom is surrounded with a dynasphere, or etheric capsule, which prevents the atoms from touching each other, inasmuch as dynasphere is in inconceivable rapid motion." - John Worrell Keely - 1893

"Dynaspheric force is broadly divided into two categories: the sentient and the non-sentient atoms, as the force used mechanically by Mr. Keely to power his motor. (Laurence Oliphant.)"

Yet in modern times, Dynasphere is simply used to describe a vehicle where the driver rides inside a giant wheel. - Full Article Source

the Dynasphere

the Cargo Cult

02/19/10 - Banned Federal Money In South Carolina?
South Carolina will no longer recognize U.S. currency as legal tender, if State Rep. Mike Pitts has his way. Pitts, a fourth-term Republican from Laurens, introduced legislation earlier this month that would ban what he calls "the unconstitutional substitution of Federal Reserve Notes for silver and gold coin" in South Carolina. If the bill were to become law, South Carolina would no longer accept or use anything other than silver and gold coins as a form of payment for any debt, meaning paper money would be out in the Palmetto State. Pitts said the intent of the bill is to give South Carolina the ability to "function through gold and silver coinage" and give the state a "base of currency" in the event of a complete implosion of the U.S. economic system. "I'm not one to cry ‘chicken little,' but if our federal government keeps spending at the rate we're spending I don't see any other outcome than the collapse of the economic system," Pitts said. - Full Article Source

02/18/10 - Hawaii is paradise for green-tech entrepreneurs
KeelyNet On one parcel of this government-created energy laboratory, rows of mirrors shine white-hot in the sun, turning heat into energy. On another, brown water tanks harbor strands of algae that will be made into fuel. Nearby is a wind turbine whose blades spin parallel to the ground. "It's an awesome amount of things going on here," said Baird, chief executive of National Energy Research Laboratory of Hawaii Authority, which is helping to nurture 42 green private-sector businesses on 877 acres of land in Kona. Tiny Hawaii is gunning for the title of the nation's green energy capital. It's aiming to obtain 70 percent of its total energy needs from clean sources within 20 years. That ambitious target blows the solar panels off California's mandate to get a third of its electricity from renewables by 2020. But Hawaiian officials have concluded their state has little choice. This tropical paradise is an energy beggar that depends almost solely on oil to fuel its vehicles and stoke its power plants. That's left the state, which doesn't produce a drop of crude, vulnerable to spills, price swings and geopolitics. Hawaii residents already pay the highest pump prices and electricity rates in the country. The state imports around 51 million barrels of oil costing billions annually, according to government figures. "We really are the canary in the coal mine," said Jeff Kissel, chief executive of the Gas Company of Hawaii. "What's happening to us with oil is going to happen to the rest of the country as ... supplies diminish." - Full Article Source

02/18/10 - Nano-Powders for Rocket Fuel
Russian scientists performed several experiments with rocket fuel with added aluminum nano-powders. This helped making this fuel more ecologically friendly. Aluminum micro-powders are a common component of rocket fuel. As for nano-powders, they are known to burn out better than micro-powders, thus a rocket needs less fuel. Nano-aluminum has some more useful qualities – it ignites and burns faster. Scientists also studied various fuel additives and found out that ammonium nitrate in combination with ammonium perchlorate significantly reduces amount of solid combustion products. Mentioned combination of oxidizers has a bit worse ballistic characteristics, but nano-aluminum eliminates this problem completely. - Full Article Source

02/18/10 - Andrew Stack Manifesto - what drove him to crash plane into IRS building?
KeelyNet A pilot furious with the Internal Revenue Service crashed his small plane into an Austin, Texas, office building where nearly 200 federal tax employees work on Thursday, igniting a raging fire that sent massive plumes of thick, black smoke rising from the seven-story structure. A U.S. law official said investigators were looking at a lengthy, anti-government "manifesto" Stack is believed to have written on his Web site. The message outlines problems with the IRS and says violence "is the only answer." No doubt, everyone is shocked and horrified at Joseph Andrew Stack for his - deadly attack on an IRS building with no regard for the innocent employees inside? Here are some quotes from his manifesto listing some of his reasons for finally taking a deadly stand...

If you’re reading this, you’re no doubt asking yourself, “Why did this have to happen?” The simple truth is that it is complicated and has been coming for a long time.

We are all taught as children that without laws there would be no society, only anarchy. Sadly, starting at early ages we in this country have been brainwashed to believe that, in return for our dedication and service, our government stands for justice for all. We are further brainwashed to believe that there is freedom in this place, and that we should be ready to lay our lives down for the noble principals represented by its founding fathers. Remember? One of these was “no taxation without representation”. I have spent the total years of my adulthood unlearning that crap from only a few years of my childhood. These days anyone who really stands up for that principal is promptly labeled a “crackpot”, traitor and worse.

KeelyNet Why is it that a handful of thugs and plunderers can commit unthinkable atrocities (and in the case of the GM executives, for scores of years) and when it’s time for their gravy train to crash under the weight of their gluttony and overwhelming stupidity, the force of the full federal government has no difficulty coming to their aid within days if not hours? Yet at the same time, the joke we call the American medical system, including the drug and insurance companies, are murdering tens of thousands of people a year and stealing from the corpses and victims they cripple, and this country’s leaders don’t see this as important as bailing out a few of their vile, rich cronies. Yet, the political “representatives” (thieves, liars, and self-serving scumbags is far more accurate) have endless time to sit around for year after year and debate the state of the “terrible health care problem”. It’s clear they see no crisis as long as the dead people don’t get in the way of their corporate profits rolling in.

Nothing changes unless there is a body count (unless it is in the interest of the wealthy sows at the government trough). In a government full of hypocrites from top to bottom, life is as cheap as their lies and their self-serving laws.

I know I’m hardly the first one to decide I have had all I can stand. It has always been a myth that people have stopped dying for their freedom in this country, and it isn’t limited to the blacks, and poor immigrants. I know there have been countless before me and there are sure to be as many after. But I also know that by not adding my body to the count, I insure nothing will change. I choose to not keep looking over my shoulder at “big brother” while he strips my carcass, I choose not to ignore what is going on all around me, I choose not to pretend that business as usual won’t continue; I have just had enough.

KeelyNet I can only hope that the numbers quickly get too big to be white washed and ignored that the American zombies wake up and revolt; it will take nothing less.

I would only hope that by striking a nerve that stimulates the inevitable double standard, knee-jerk government reaction that results in more stupid draconian restrictions people wake up and begin to see the pompous political thugs and their mindless minions for what they are.

Sadly, though I spent my entire life trying to believe it wasn’t so, but violence not only is the answer, it is the only answer. The cruel joke is that the really big chunks of shit at the top have known this all along and have been laughing, at and using this awareness against, fools like me all along.

Will this man go down in history as a crackpot, a Patriot, a hero or a Revolutionary? Controlled media will ignore his reasons and claim he is crazy, but if we are totally honest about it, how many Americans feel the same way about how the government is ruining the country? We express it verbally, rant, rave and comment, but nothing else. This man took the ultimate step. - Full Article Source

Read and LEARN what the founding fathers sacrificed to birth the United States of America! - Silently thank our nations TRUE Patriots.

02/18/10 - Scientists Invent Vibrating Generator with no Batteries
KeelyNet Scientists from Southampton University in the UK have created a practical “vibration harvesting” microgenerator. At less than one cubic centimeter, this device is capable of generating electric power using the natural vibrations that surround it. Due to the increasing demand of low power miniature sensors and wireless sensor networks over the past years, this clever microgenerator immediately came into use as the electrical power source to these sensors. The device invented by the British scientists who founded the “Perpetuum” Company is entirely mechanical. Vibrations cause magnets on a cantilever at the heart of the generator to oscillate and the movement of the magnets generates power of several microwatts. This is achieved through a highly optimized magnetic circuit, which is coupled to a mechanical resonator, so that the mechanism transforms the kinetic energy of the vibrations into an electric current. According to Dr. Steve Beeby, who led the research, the small amount of energy produced by the microgenerator is enough to activate sensors attached to machines in manufacturing plants. "The big advantage of wireless sensor systems is that by removing wires and batteries, there is the potential for embedding sensors in previously inaccessible locations," says Beeby. Initially, the microgenerator was developed to be applied into air compressors, but the technology is now used in various fields. Vibration energy-harvesting is a highly attractive option for wireless condition monitoring of machinery, since machinery performance is often measured by the level of its vibrations. The microgenerator is also widely used in civil and military aircrafts and in other means of transportation.However, one of the most interesting applications of the microgenerator is in medical implants, where among other applications is is being used in order to constantly recharge devices such as heart pacemakers. The device converts the kinetic energy of the vibrations generated by the patient’s heart beat into electric power, decreasing the invasive procedures needed to maintain the built-in pacemaker. - Full Article Source

02/18/10 - Recognising a voice among many
An advanced system that will allow speech recognition in spaces filled with other voices, noise and echoes is being developed by an international team of researchers. Roberto Togneri, professor at the University of Western Australia, said current systems turned a speaker’s words into text on a computer or mobile phone screen. It depended on the user wearing a head-set microphone or speaking close to the microphone in a relatively quiet environment. This project aims to develop a system that frees the user from having to wear a headphone, or be right next to one, to provide on-screen text entry or voice control even in hostile, or noisy, multi-voiced, environments. An important characteristic of automatic speech recognition systems is their use of adaptive modelling which means such systems can be customised to speakers with specific accents or suffer from speech impediments, says a UWA release. Among its many applications, it could be assistive technology for vehicle drivers. - Full Article Source

02/18/10 - Saudis worried over global oil demand
KeelyNet A top Saudi energy official expressed serious concern today that world oil demand could peak in the next decade and said his country was preparing for that eventuality by diversifying its economic base. Mohammed al-Sabban, lead climate talks negotiator, said the country with the world’s largest proven reserves of conventional crude is working to become the top exporter of energy, including alternative forms such as solar power. “We cannot stay put and say ‘well, this is something that will happen anyway,” al-Sabban said at the Jeddah Economic Forum. The “world cannot wait for us before we are forced to adapt to the reality of lower and lower oil revenues,” he added later. Either peak oil scenario presents grave challenges for the Gulf region and OPEC, whose countries rely on oil sales for as much as 90 percent of their budgets. Al-Sabban said that along with investing in education and economic diversification, Saudi must ensure that it become the top energy exporter, including in solar power, to keep moving forward. The country recently launched its first solar-powered desalination plant and al-Sabban said oil giant Saudi Aramco was working on a pilot project to inject carbon emissions back into wells to help boost output. The carbon sequestration project, which he said would be operational by 2012, was a sign of Saudi Arabia’s commitment to environmentally sound energy development. - Full Article Source

02/18/10 - Oxford snaps high-speed movies with consumer cams
Your camera may one day be able to take ultra-high speed movies, allowing you to capture amazing footage of fast-moving objects. That's if a new technique in scientific imaging makes it back onto the off-the-shelf, consumer-oriented kit it was developed from. The trick, detailed in a paper published by journal Nature Methods, is to divide the sensors pixels into groups and expose those groups one at a time during the short period at which the camera's shutter is open. Viewing the shot as a whole, you have a full-resolution picture. But by taking each groups of pixel and playing them back in sequence, you also have a high-speed video capturing events taking place within the time it took to open the shutter. The downside is that the video is of a reduced resolution. The team were able to take a video shot running at 400 frames per second. The further you subdivide the picture into pixel groups, the higher the video frame rate, but the lower the video resolution. It's a technique the team calls "temporal pixel multiplexing", and it was thought up by team member Gil Bub while he and his fellows were investigating new, inexpensive ways to photograph high-speed events such as very rapid changes in intensity of light from fluorescent molecules. "The camera's pixels to act as if they were part of tens, or even hundreds of individual cameras taking pictures in rapid succession during a single normal exposure," said Dr Bub. "The pattern of pixel exposures keeps the high resolution content of the overall image, which can then be used as-is, to form a regular high-res picture, or be decoded into a high-speed movie." - Full Article Source

02/18/10 - Busting Blood Clots with Sound Waves
KeelyNet The device surrounds the head with an array of transducers that can focus ultrasound beams on a single spot in the brain without damaging the skull. The technology is already being tested in patients to remove diseased brain tissue, but treating stroke will require a more delicate hand. Hoelscher and colleagues will need to prove that the device can break up a clot without damaging nearby brain tissue. Strokes are the most common cause of long-term disability in the United States, and the third most common cause of death. Typically, they occur when a blood clot blocks an artery and prevents blood from flowing to the brain. The longer the clot remains, the more brain tissue dies, and the lower a person's chance for survival. - Full Article Source

02/18/10 - Foreigners cut Treasury stakes; rates could rise
A record drop in foreign holdings of U.S. Treasury bills in December sent a reminder that the government might have to pay higher interest rates on its debt to continue to attract investors. China reduced its stake and lost the position it's held for more than a year as the largest foreign holder of Treasury debt. Japan retook the top spot as it boosted its Treasury holdings. The Treasury Department said foreign holdings of U.S. Treasury bills fell by a record $53 billion in December. That topped the previous record drop of $44.5 billion in April 2009. - Full Article Source

02/18/10 - Fast-Growing Trees Created
KeelyNet Russian scientists created fast-growing trees, which are perfect as a raw material for biological fuel. Researchers from Siberian Institute of Plant Physiology and Biochemistry used two techniques in order to create rapidly growing aspens and poplars – somaclonal variability of plant cell and tissue cultures and genetic transformation. Scientists introduced a special corn gene, able to regulate free and bound hormone, responsible for fast growth, into aspen’s auxiliary bud. As for poplars, fast-growing shoots were selected, rooted and acclimatized. Tests samples of mentioned trees grew 7-8 times faster, than ordinary trees of same species. It takes a seedling two years to turn into a 4-meter high tree. - Full Article Source

02/18/10 - Starship pilots: speed kills, especially warp speed
Star Trek fans, prepare to be disappointed. Kirk, Spock and the rest of the crew would die within a second of the USS Enterprise approaching the speed of light. The problem lies with Einstein's special theory of relativity. It transforms the thin wisp of hydrogen gas that permeates interstellar space into an intense radiation beam that would kill humans within seconds and destroy the spacecraft's electronic instruments. For a crew to make the 50,000-light-year journey to the centre of the Milky Way within 10 years, they would have to travel at 99.999998 per cent the speed of light. At these speeds, hydrogen atoms would seem to reach a staggering 7 teraelectron volts – the same energy that protons will eventually reach in the Large Hadron Collider when it runs at full throttle. "For the crew, it would be like standing in front of the LHC beam," says Edelstein. The spacecraft's hull would provide little protection. Edelstein calculates that a 10-centimetre-thick layer of aluminium would absorb less than 1 per cent of the energy. Because hydrogen atoms have a proton for a nucleus, this leaves the crew exposed to dangerous ionising radiation that breaks chemical bonds and damages DNA. "Hydrogen atoms are unavoidable space mines," says Edelstein. The fatal dose of radiation for a human is 6 sieverts. Edelstein's calculations show that the crew would receive a radiation dose of more than 10,000 sieverts within a second. Intense radiation would also weaken the structure of the spacecraft and damage its electronic instruments. Edelstein speculates this might be one reason why extraterrestrial civilisations haven't paid us a visit. - Full Article Source

02/18/10 - Porsche recovers kinetic energy
KeelyNet Porsche has now come up with a racecar outfitted with a hybrid engine. The technology could ultimately find its way onto the street. The Porsche 911 GT3 R Hybrid draws on two power sources. A traditional six-cylinder engine at the rear of the vehicle provides 480 horsepower and drives the rear wheels. Two additional electric motors up front can supply each of the front wheels with a short-term burst of 80 horsepower during acceleration. It can't be said for certain, though, that this accumulation of power will automatically increase the car's odds of winning a race. The electric components also make the car heavier, a serious disadvantage in auto racing. Whatever gains the hybrid system achieves in terms of power, it must also work to compensate for that additional weight. Porsche's hybrid system isn't based on a chemical storage system for electricity. Instead of a conventional rechargeable battery, the car's designers included an energy recovery system that works mechanically. The device sits on the usually empty passenger's side of the racecar, bears a slight resemblance to a pressure cooker, and together with all its wiring and electronics weighs a good 100 kilograms (220 pounds). The unit is essentially an electric engine with a rotor and flywheel that can accelerate up to 40,000 revolutions per minute. To access this kinetic energy again, the device only needs to reverse its polarity and become a generator. The energy stored in the flywheel is converted back to electricity and flows to the electric engines on the front axle. This "Kinetic Energy Recovery System" (KERS) appears to be perfect for racecars. The flywheel unit charges within seconds, meaning it can capture most of the energy created even by full application of the brakes -- and make that energy available again just as quickly. One charge of the system is enough to provide a 160 horsepower boost lasting six to eight seconds. - Full Article Source

02/18/10 - Response to Detroit News item on electric cars as "inferior in every way,"
Winton's main issues with EVs are that they are too expensive and don't offer the range that drivers need. Even though Winton is based in the UK, he's certainly blinded by General Motors marketing speak. Um, despite The General's best efforts to tell us otherwise, the difference between a PHEV and an EREV is a semantic one. But whatever. Curmudgeons come and curmudgeons go – and there are some legitimate criticisms that can be levied against EVs – but all-electric automaker Think was not about to let Winton get the last word. Think CEO Richard Canny wrote a letter to the Detroit News refuting some of Winton's points, ending with: In fact, even after the battery in an EV has completed its 10-year useful life, it'll still retain about 60% of its energy density. Owners of EVs will have a valuable asset that could provide energy storage for offices buildings. A market will develop to pay them for these assets, further reducing overall cost of EV ownership. The electric car is starting to look like a stronger proposition now, isn't it? - Full Article Source

02/18/10 - Nearly 1/3rd of Texans say humans coexited with dinosaurs
KeelyNet Republicans are less likely to believe that humans developed from earlier species of animals; 26 percent agree, while 60 percent disagree. Among Democrats in the survey, 46 percent agree that humans evolved from earlier species; 42 percent disagree. Perry's voters were most hostile to this premise — 67 percent disagree. About the same numbers of Democrats and Republicans — 43 percent — disagree with the idea that dinosaurs and humans lived on the planet at the same time. Republicans were slightly more likely to agree with the idea (31 percent to 27 percent). Perry had more voters in each group on the GOP side, but Kay Bailey Hutchison had the largest share of voters who believe in that coexistence. Prindle says the results recall a line from comedian Lewis Black. "He did a standup routine a few years back in which he said that a significant proportion of the American people think that the 'The Flintstones' is a documentary," Prindle says. "Turns out he was right. Thirty percent of Texans agree that humans and dinosaurs lived on the earth at the same time." / (There is so much in science that is mostly speculation and which ignores anomalies. Are all the stories and pictographs about giants and big reptiles made up or fakes?..I think not...the jury isn't out yet on the FACTS of evolution. It annoys me that science throws out anomalies and settles on their interpretation as the absolute fact...the Smithsonian has long had a history of ignoring incredible finds, hiding them away and some suspect destroying them if they upset too many accepted theories. I'm a Texan and I happen to think there is a high probability man did live concurrent with some species of dinosaurs. You can't simply ignore historical texts and images that were drawn or describe events from thousands of years past. People shouldn't be that cocky and crystallized, stating their views as FACT and all others must be crazy or laughable. It's an ad hominem, unjustified and disrespectful attack of many decent people who have their own ideas, not necessarily emanating from religion. - JWD) - Full Article Source

02/18/10 - AbsurdlyCool Freebie Finder
Freebie Finder finds freebies! It is an automated free stuff aggregator. It is designed to collect free stuff offers from top freebie sites, while filtering out most scams and referral pyramids. Your feedback on freebies is used to improve the listings, and your suggestions are always appreciated. Remember to bookmark this site, because it updates every few hours! - Full Article Source

02/18/10 - Lack of morning light can cause health problems
KeelyNet A Daysimeter is used to monitor rest and activity patterns and the amount of circadian light -- short-wavelength (blue) light -- reaching her eyes. A lack of exposure to early morning light can result in a 30-minute delay in the onset of sleep. "If you remove blue light in the morning, it delays the onset of melatonin, the hormone that indicates to the body when it's nighttime," explains Dr. Figueiro. "Our study shows melatonin onset was delayed by about 6 minutes each day the teens were restricted from blue light. Sleep onset typically occurs about 2 hours after melatonin onset." The study findings should have significant implications for school design. "Delivering daylight in schools may be a simple, non-pharmacological treatment for students to help them increase sleep duration," concludes Dr. Figueiro. The new research has applications for more than 3 million shift workers and Alzheimer's patients who suffer from lack of a regular sleep pattern. Studies have shown that this lack of synchronization between a shift worker's rest and activity and light/dark patterns leads to a much higher risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, seasonal depression and cancer over decades. - Full Article Source

02/18/10 - Soft drink consumption may increase risk of pancreatic cancer
Consuming two or more soft drinks per week nearly doubles your risk of developing pancreatic cancer say researchers from the School of Public Health at the University of Minnesota. Although relatively rare, pancreatic cancer remains one of the most deadly, and only 5 percent of people who are diagnosed are alive five years later. "The high levels of sugar in soft drinks may be increasing the level of insulin in the body, which we think contributes to pancreatic cancer cell growth," said Pereira. - Full Article Source

02/18/10 - Constant Charge with Your Solar Jacket?
KeelyNet Made with a canvas material this outdoor wear is ready for weather and any hard outdoor trips involving any rough terrain. You are set for wear and warmth when you break out this sun-powered vest. This jacket has implemented 4 solar panels on it’s back, so as you play in the sun you gain energy stored directly into a battery built into the jacket that has a capacity of 8,800mAh or 3.7 Volts, and with this you can charge your favorite electronics for a long amount of time, while the light indicator it has is green you are good for charging, and when it turns yellow you’ll be able to tell when you should start playing once again. It is equipped with a multi-plug with almost every hook-up known to man for your portable electronics. The pockets are easy accessible, using both zippers and Velcro, and have a lot of room to add, it has eight front pockets and 1 large back pocket for all your carrying needs, the price of this geeky fashionable starts at $126.00. - Full Article Source

02/18/10 - Intelligent Design On Another Planet?
Imagine finding a planet where robots are programmed so that they can make other robots just like themselves from raw materials. Now, imagine an alien scientist visitor coming to the planet and, after many years of studying these robots, the alien scientist visitor comes to the conclusion that since science can explain how these robots work, operate, function, and reproduce there's no reason to believe that there was an ultimate intelligent designer behind them. The analogy above certainly is not perfect but it is sufficient to reveal the fallacious thinking of those who attack intelligent design behind life and the universe. Intelligent Design theory does not oppose natural laws but simply states that mere undirected natural laws can never account for the high complexity found in life and the universe. Chance physical processes can produce some level of order but it is not rational to believe that the highest levels of order in life and the universe are by chance. For example, some amino acids have been shown to be able to come into existence by chance but not more complex molecules or structures such as proteins which require that the various amino acids be in a precise sequence, just like the letters in a sentence. If they're not in the right sequence the protein molecules will not function. A single cell alone has millions of protein molecules! - Full Article Source

02/18/10 - Slowly but Surely, Europe Rises Against Islam
KeelyNet Germany has found itself involved in a scandal similar to the one which took place in Switzerland in the fall of 2009. The population of Germany’s Saar province decides whether or not the Muslim community of the province can build a minaret near the mosque in the town of Volklingen. It is not ruled out that the question will be solved at a referendum since opinions are different. The town of Volklingen with its 40,000-strong population is a special place on the map of the country. Muslims, presumably the Turks, make a third of the town’s population. The mosque was built there a long time ago, but it raises concerns with many people. Rightist organizations of Germany share the views of Switzerland’s ultra-right activists, who believe that minaret symbolizes the Muslim aspiration to power. Spokespeople for leftist political organizations claim that a prohibition will trigger massive protests. A local priest said that minaret was not a symbol of opposition between two cultures. Quite on the contrary, it represented peaceful integration of Muslims into the German society, the priest said. An opinion poll conducted among the local population showed that the adversaries of minarets outnumber their supporters. Thus, it is not ruled out that a small town in Germany’s Saar will become the first place on the map of the European Union where the construction of such religious objects is officially prohibited (Switzerland is not a member of the European Union). The story in Saar may echo in other regions of Germany. The Muslim population of Germany makes up over 4 million people; Turks make two-thirds of the number. Arabs, Kurds, Muslim Bosnians and Albanians have large communities in the country. Nearly all of them have adjusted themselves to the German society. At least a quarter of them said that they did not attend mosques. Hundreds of thousands continue to follow Shariah laws... - Full Article Source

02/18/10 - Milking Taxpayers
By exploiting a system that let's government employees retire at age 50 with 90% of their pay. Then take another job with the government. San Luis Obispo County Under Sheriff Steve Bolts will take home between $640,000 and $772,000 this year in taxpayer money. Public employee contracts like these are one reason why America is sinking into a quagmire. - Full Article Source

02/18/10 - Subversives In South Carolina Mostly Safe
"According to Eugene Volokh, the Raw Story article has got it backwards. Westlaw says that the cited statute dates back to 1951, when a lot of anti-Communist statutes were being enacted nationwide. What brought Raw Story's attention to it may be that South Carolina is once again trying to repeal the archaic law. And in any event, a half-century-old case (Yates vs. United States, 354 U.S. 298 (1957)) took most of the teeth out of such laws." - Full Article Source

02/18/10 - Robots To Clear the Baltic Seafloor of WW-II Mines
KeelyNet "A Russian company is building a massive natural gas pipeline that will run across the Baltic Sea floor. But first, they must clear some of the 150,000 unexploded bombs sitting at the bottom of the sea, left there by the Russian and German armies in the 1940s. About 70 of these mines, each filled with 300 kg of explosive charge, sit in the pipeline's path, mostly in its northern section just south of Finland. And so the company contracted to remove the mines is bringing in robots to do the dirty work. Here's how it will work: A research ship deploys the robot to the seabed, where it identifies the exact location of the explosive. After sounding a warning to surrounding ship traffic, scaring fish away using a small explosive, and then emitting a 'seal screamer' of high intensity noises designed to make the area around the blast quite uncomfortable for marine mammals, Bactec's engineers erupt a 5 kg blast, forcing the mine to detonate. This process ensures the safety of humans plus any animals living in the surrounding environment. The operation concludes with the robot being redeployed to clear up the scrap of the now-destroyed bomb." - Full Article Source

02/18/10 - A Warming Planet Can Mean More Snow
"NPR reports that with snow blanketing much of the country, the topic of global warming has become the butt of jokes; but for scientists who study the climate, there's no contradiction between a warming world and lots of snow. 'The fact that the oceans are warmer now than they were, say, 30 years ago means there's about on average 4 percent more water vapor lurking around over the oceans than there was... in the 1970s,' says Kevin Trenberth, a prominent climate scientist. 'So one of the consequences of a warming ocean near a coastline like the East Coast and Washington, DC, for instance, is that you can get dumped on with more snow partly as a consequence of global warming.' Increased snowfall also fits a pattern suggested by many climate models, in which rising temperatures increase the amount of atmospheric moisture, bringing more rain in warmer conditions and more snow in freezing temperatures." - Full Article Source

02/18/10 - No Glasses Needed For TI's New 3D Display
"At the MWC, TI showed off a tablet-sized device with a 3D display that doesn't require glasses, running on an existing TI OMAP3 chipset. The 3D demo showed images and video in 3D by using a standard 120-Hz LCD with a special overlay film from 3M that can direct images either towards your left or right eye. By flickering two images very quickly, running at 60 frames per second rather than the usual 30, the display transmits a different picture to each eye, creating a simulated 3D image. The 3D picture can be created using a handheld with dual 3-megapixel cameras and an 800-MHz TI OMAP 3630 chipset." / The 3D demo showed images and video in 3D by using a standard 120-Hz LCD with a special overlay film from 3M that can direct images either towards your left or right eye. By flickering two images very quickly – running at 60 frames per second rather than the usual 30 – the display transmits a different picture to each eye, creating a simulated 3D image. Still images looked good to me, with some depth, though movies weren't quite as convincing. With dual cameras on the front of OMAP4 phones, TI will be able to record 3D images as well. If you want to watch an ordinary 2D image, you can do it in 1080p high definition resolution with OMAP4, Carlson said. - Full Article Source

02/18/10 - Modern Eugenics - $349 Genetic test
KeelyNet Counsyl is offering a $349 genetic test kit that by analyzing a parent's saliva can determine their future children's risks for developing any of over 100 debilitating genetic diseases. “Universal genetic testing can drastically reduce the incidence of genetic diseases, and may very well eliminate many of them.” — Professor Steven Pinker, PhD, Harvard University Every test you take funds treatments and cures for children living with genetic disease. Without preconception testing, genetic disease can strike like a bolt from the blue. A safe, non-invasive medical test to protect your future child from dozens of serious diseases like cystic fibrosis, SMA, sickle cell, and Tay-Sachs. These diseases cannot be cured, but they can be prevented. The Universal Genetic Test allows you to prevent needless suffering. If you and your partner take the Universal Genetic Test and test positive, rest assured there are actions you can take to have a healthy baby... - (

Can you say Lebensborn and Eugenics? - The purpose of this society (Registered Society Lebensborn - Lebensborn Eingetragener Verein) was to offer to young girls who were deemed “racially pure” the possibility to give birth to a child in secret. The child was then given to the SS organization which took charge of the child’s education and adoption. Both mother and father needed to pass a “racial purity” test. Blond hair and blue eyes were preferred, and family lineage had to be traced back at least three generations. Of all the women who applied, only 40 percent passed the racial purity test and were granted admission to the Lebensborn program. - Eugenics has been described as the science of improving the human race through the careful selection of parents. As practiced in the early 20th century it is probably best described as a movement than a science. Those with "good" characteristivs would be encouraged to have children. Those with "bad" characteristics would be sterilized. The problem was in defining just what constituted an improvement. Many promoting the program focused on outward physical characteristics which usually resembled themselves. Eugenics gained an immense following in America and European countries.

"People with hereditary diseases place a heavy burden on the nation's healthy, working people"

"The National Socialist State will prevent the birth of humans who are not worth living"

"Those with hereditary diseases, the inferior and ill without hope of recovery will be euthanized"

(I happen to agree with the pure logic of using eugenics for the prevention of birthing damaged children if we can detect and correct it prior to birth. The question with eugenics is who determines what traits are acceptable? We have enough risks just living, without being born with defects or deformities that would present hardship for the child and family. If we can fix or repair the corrupt DNA prior to birth, well then thats just excellent! I think it could be argued that knowing about a genetic disease or deformity producing condition and allowing the birth without any attempt at correction is the ultimate form of child abuse and shows total insensitivity and lack of social responsibility on the part of the parents and medical people involved. - JWD) - Full Article Source

02/16/10 - Lithium batteries key to remote solar power
The solar system, which powers three lights and a fan in each home at night, took two weeks to install in the Murut village. This pilot project could soon see remote kampungs, villages, and even isolated islands in Sabah and Sarawak being lit up. The key success of this project is the 'green' light weight and safe lithium-based battery, replacing the cumbersome and harmful lead acidbased battery, said ETI Tech chief technology officer Y. K. Khor. Lithium is a light metal that can be found in edible vegetable and is biodegradable. It is also used in anti-depression drugs. According to test records, 60 to 70 per cent of energy can be lost while charging a lead acid battery system. As such, the energy absorbed by solar panels and stored inside the lead acid battery can only produce about 25 per cent of 'usable' power. "With our lithium-based battery, up to 85 per cent of energy imput can be used and we are improving the level to 90 per cent," said Khor. "This is due to the high terminal resistance to lead acid battery versus the absorption power of a lithium-based battery system. In laymen's terms, we need to push power into a lead acid battery system whereas a lithium-based battery system simply absorbs it." ETI Tech is a home-grown pioneering company that focuses on providing renewable energy storage solutions. It is proud of its Malaysian invention that took eight years of research. The company now offers a solar home system at a fraction of the cost of RM36/watt for a solar system below 10KWh and RM50/watt for a system above 10KWh. The cost includes installation, and comes with a warranty of five years for the ETI Tech Green Battery and 15 years for the solar panel. "Our battery produces a constant power characteristic, unlike lead acid batteries that exhibit a sagging problem. Such changes in voltage is unsuitable for ICT and electronic components," said Khor. "A 2.2kg lithium battery-powered generator gets more power than lead powered batteries that weighs about 100kg." The ETI team leader for the Sumambu project, K. S. Loh, said the company initially developed the 2.2kg generator set using polymer lithium batteries for pasar malam traders to power their lights. The generators were charged using any power point. It was only later that the company worked on diversifying its uses, including charging the generator with solar power to provide electricity to rural and isolated areas. Loh said the polymer lithium battery-powered generator is much cheaper, lighter and environmentfriendly and easy to install compared to a solar system powered by lead acid batteries. - Full Article Source

02/16/10 - Scientists discover the secret of ageing (heard this so many times before)
In this aged state, cells stop dividing and the tissues they make up show physical signs of deterioration, from wrinkling skin to a failing heart. The research, published by the journal Molecular Systems Biology, shows that when an ageing cell detects serious damage to its DNA – caused by the wear and tear of life – it sends out specific internal signals. These distress signals trigger the cell’s mitochondria, its tiny energy-producing power packs, to make oxidising “free radical” molecules, which in turn tell the cell either to destroy itself or to stop dividing. The aim is to avoid the damaged DNA that causes cancer. “It is absolutely essential to tread carefully in trying to alter processes that cause cells to age, because the last thing we want is to help age-damaged cells from breaking out to become malignant,” said Mr von Zglinicki. - Full Article Source

02/16/10 - Scientists freeze water with heat
KeelyNet Researcher Igor Lubomirsky at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, Israel, and his colleagues have discovered another way to control the freezing point of water — via what are called quasi-amorphous pyroelectric thin films. These surfaces change their electrical charge depending on their temperature. When pyroelectic surfaces are positively charged, water becomes easier to freeze, and when they have a negative charge, it becomes harder to freeze. The researchers saw that supercooled water could freeze as it's being heated, as long as the temperature changes the surface charge as well. For instance, when supercooled water is on a negatively charged lithium tantalate surface, it will freeze solid immediately when the surface is heated to 17.6 degrees F (minus 8 degrees C) and its charge switches to positive. Curiously, positively charged surfaces inspire supercooled water to freeze from the bottom up, while negatively charged surfaces cause it to freeze from the top down. This likely has to do with how water molecules orient themselves — the negatively charged oxygen atoms in water molecules naturally point toward positively charged surfaces, while the reverse is true with hydrogen atoms. - Full Article Source

02/16/10 - Suspended animation coming to life
A gas proven deadly in chemical weapons could one day be used to put people into life-saving suspended animation. While hydrogen sulfide is toxic in large doses, small amounts of the gas have the potential to make animals appear dead for a while then allow them to wake up unharmed, according to biochemist Mark Roth. "In the future an emergency medical technician might give hydrogen sulfide to someone suffering serious injuries and they might become a little more immortal giving them time to get the care they need." Roth found that hydrogen sulfide in bonds in spots in bodies that would usually be occupied by oxygen, ostensibly becoming a sort of dimmer switch for metabolism. "We did it with a mouse; this was cosmic," Roth said. "We found a way to do this with a mammal. All you had to do was put it in room temperature and it was no worse for the wear." Roth's lab has completed early phase human trials but hasn't actually tried the process in a person. - Full Article Source

02/16/10 - RIP U.S. manned spaceflight, 1962-2010
By the end of this year, there will be no shuttle, no U.S. manned space program, no way for us to get into space. We're not talking about Mars or the moon here. We're talking about low-Earth orbit, which the United States has dominated for nearly half a century and from which it is now retiring with nary a whimper. Our absence from low-Earth orbit was meant to last a few years, the interval between the retirement of the fatally fragile space shuttle and its replacement with the Constellation program (Ares booster, Orion capsule, Altair lunar lander) to take astronauts more cheaply and safely back to space. But the Obama 2011 budget kills Constellation. Instead, we shall have nothing. Of course, the administration presents the abdication as a great leap forward: Launching humans will be turned over to the private sector, while NASA's efforts will be directed toward landing on Mars. This is nonsense. It would be swell for private companies to take over launching astronauts. But they cannot do it. It's too expensive. It's too experimental. And the safety standards for getting people up and down reliably are just unreachably high. - Full Article Source

02/16/10 - Postage stamp 1TB solid state drives available in two years
KeelyNet A team of Japanese researchers from Toshiba and the Keio University in Tokyo, led by Professor Tadahiro Kuroda, claims to have developed a technique that will reduce the size of SSDs by around 90 per cent. Not only that, but the technology also increases their energy efficiency by 70 per cent and makes them cheaper to manufacture. A prototype of the new SSD consists of one controller chip and 128 NAND flash memory chips. The data transfer speed is said to be 2 GB per second, and Nikkei said that since the system is based on radio communication its production costs are lower. All this could help SSDs become the standard system for data storage in the future. The SSDs are expected to be available commercially in 2012, and by then their specifications may have improved even further. Their expected retail price is unknown at this stage. - Full Article Source

02/16/10 - Sleep Yourself Skinny – Too Little Sleep Is Making Us Fat
‘We have done a series of studies looking at weight and sleep, and studying the metabolic rate,’ says Dr Shahrad Taheri, a consultant endocrinologist at Birmingham Heartlands Hospital. We discovered that people who sleep for significantly less than seven hours a night often end up being obese.’ It also seems that people who sleep for fewer than four hours a night are 73 per cent more likely to gain excess weight, while restricting sleep can lead to cravings for up to 900 extra calories a day. This much food on top of a normal diet could result in an alarming weight gain of up to 2lb a week. The findings suggested that although participants had no significant weight problems beforehand, their weight grew as their sleeping time shrank. ‘Lack of sleep seems to stimulate the hormones that regulate appetite,’ explains Dr Taheri. ‘It leads to higher levels of ghrelin, a hormone that triggers appetite, and lower levels of leptin, that tells your body it’s full.’ And the problem is set to increase. In the past 50 years, the average night’s sleep has dropped from nine to seven hours. - Full Article Source

02/16/10 - US lab creates flexible, silicon stingy solar cells
A team of US research scientists have made a startling breakthrough in solar-cell development, creating flexible wire-based cell substrates that use just one per cent of the silicon needed for brittle and comparatively heavy conventional cells. Solar cells made from this material would not only be less expensive than current photovoltaics, but due to their low weight and bendable structure the could be used in a wide variety of applications. The trick in this new method is to bundle one-micrometer-thick silicon wires and embed the resulting array vertically in a flexible polymer. Thus bundled, the paper claims, the array could capture and transmit up to 96 per cent of light in peak conditions while requiring only one per cent of the silicon needed by conventional cells. What's more, the wire arrays would have work over "over a broad range of incidence angles," thus capturing light efficiently with less need to be reoriented. The researchers achieved their best results when coating the ends of the wires with an anti-reflective material, and predict that solar cells built using this technique would achieve efficiencies of around 17 per cent. Today's commercial-grade solar cells are in the 10 to 15 per cent range. - Full Article Source

02/16/10 - Coolest Hexacopter yet
Quad copters have been pretty popular for the last few years, but this one is new to us. Take the same basic layout, but bump it to 6 rotors. Then you’ll have the hexacopter (google translated). With 6 rotors, built in GPS and stabilization and a camera mounted on the bottom, this thing is pretty well equipped. You can see how agile and stable it is in the video above. We know it isn’t necessarily new, but it is new to us. Of course, you don’t have to stop at 6 rotors. You could always just continue on to 8. - (Imagine one of these big enough to fly with you riding inside! What a cool ride that would be! - JWD) - Full Article Source

MikroKopter - HexaKopter from Holger Buss on Vimeo.

MikroKopter- Vortrag von Holger Buss from Holger Buss on Vimeo.

02/16/10 - DNA Charged With Crime
In their effort to beat the statutes of limitations that prevent people from being charged with a crime after a certain amount of time has passed, prosecutors in some parts of the US are trying a new tactic: They're charging half-eaten food, saliva-crusted glasses or other inanimate objects with the crime. That's because prosecutors now have DNA evidence as a way to get around statutes of limitations. One way to make sure a criminal doesn't get away by hiding long enough is to simply charge the DNA itself, and wait until the DNA is matched to an actual person. Laura Bauer of the Kansas City Star reported Monday that prosecutors "in a few pockets of the country" have begun issuing "John Doe" arrest warrants that identify only a person's unique DNA signature. Once the arrest warrant on the DNA is in place, the statute of limitations on the applicable crime will no longer run out. - Full Article Source

02/16/10 - This should tick everyone off
Bank of America forecloses on house that couple had paid cash for. - (I hope they sue everyone involved and teach them to do their homework before causing such needless headaches. - JWD) - Full Article Source

02/16/10 - More Homeless Americans Living in Cars and Campers
For people who cannot afford rent, a car is the last rung of dignity and sanity above the despair of the streets. A home on wheels is a classic American affair, from the wagon train to the RV. Now, for some formerly upwardly mobile Americans, the economic storm has turned the backseat or the rear of the van into the bedroom. "We found six people sleeping in their cars on an overnight police ride-along in December," says John Edmund, chief of staff to Long Beach councilman Dee Andrews. "One was a widow living in a four-door sedan. She and her husband had been Air Force veterans. She did not know about the agencies that could help her. I had tears in my eyes afterwards." "Cars are the new homeless shelters," says Joel John Roberts, CEO of PATH (People Assisting the Homeless) Partners, the largest provider of services for the homeless in Los Angeles County, which had nearly 50,000 people homeless in 2009. Of these, experts estimate that up to 10% live in vehicles - even though doing so is illegal in most of the county. A similar situation is true for many other regions across the nation, especially in the Sun Belt. A woman lives in her BMW in Marina Del Rey, a swank L.A. address on the coast. PATH outreach workers Jorge Guzman and Tomasz Babiszkiewicz say she was an executive recruiter until the Great Recession. "She was self-employed for 36 years," says Guzman. "Now she sits in the car with a blanket and reads. She has not told her daughter." - Full Article Source

02/16/10 - Micro Solar Cells Handle More Intense Sunlight
KeelyNet Cells absorb sunlight concentrated 1,000 times without cooling. Adding concentrating lenses to solar panels increases the amount of electricity they can produce. But photovoltaic concentrators add a great deal of expense to a solar installation. The optical systems themselves are expensive and bulky--the larger a cell, the larger its paired lens must be. More intense light also means that more performance-degrading heat must be dissipated using heat sinks or fans. The two major suppliers of concentrated solar modules, Amonix and Emcore, both sell systems based on conventional-size cells that operate under 500 times concentration sunlight with costly cooling systems. Semprius's solar modules contain arrays of square cells that measure just 600 micrometers on each side. These cells have three semiconducting layers--each of which is based on gallium arsenide and absorbs a different band of sunlight--and they are made using a combination of chemical etching and printing, which means fewer raw materials are wasted. They can operate under sunlight concentrated 1,000 times using cheap optical systems. According to the National Renewable Energy Laboratories, the efficiency of the resulting modules ranges from 25 to 35 percent and they can provide electricity for about 10 cents a kilowatt hour. The company expects the final costs, including installation, to be $2 to $3 per watt. - Full Article Source

02/16/10 - "Melting" Drywall Keeps Rooms Cool
The "phase-change" materials inside the BASF capsules keep a room cool in much the same way that ice cubes chill a drink: by absorbing heat as they melt. Each polymer capsule contains paraffin waxes that melt at around room temperature, enabling them to keep the temperature of a room constant throughout the day. The waxes work best in climates that cool down at night, allowing the materials inside the capsules to solidify and release the heat they've stored during the day. BASF makes the microcapsules by rapidly beating melted wax into hot water. Since wax and water repel one another, the wax forms small droplets. When the researchers add acrylic precursors to the mix, the repulsion between wax and water drives them to coat the droplets' surface. Finally, they add a catalyst to form an acrylic polymer shell around the wax. The resulting wet mixture can then be added to the powder that's used to make drywall or dried out and incorporated into other construction materials, including concrete and plasters. - Full Article Source

02/16/10 - Sonic Warfare to repel bugs
Bark beetles can be driven out of the pine forests they currently infest if you play digitally-altered sounds of their own chewing back at them through loud speakers. The high-volume sound of themselves drives them away. A research assistant suggested using sounds to aggravate the beetles, much as police sometimes blare music in hostage situations. The researchers tried Queen and Guns N' Roses and played snippets of radio talker Rush Limbaugh backward. None produced the desired results. Then, the beetles were exposed to digitally altered recordings of their own calls, the sounds they make to attract or repel other beetles. The response was immediate. The beetles stopped mating or burrowing. Some fled, helter-skelter. Some violently attacked each other. Most important, they stopped chewing away at the pine tree, suggesting that the scientists may have discovered a sort of sonic bullet that could help slow the beetles' destructive march. More about the actual experiment, run at Northern Arizona University's Forestry Lab: They collected tree trunks infested with bark beetles... Working in the lab, [research assistant Reagan McGuire] piped in the music through tiny speakers, the sort you might find in a singing greeting card. He watched the reaction of the beetles using a microscope. The rock music didn't seem to annoy the bugs, nor did Rush in reverse. McGuire and [Northern Arizona University forest entomologist Richard Hofstetter] decided to try something different. They recorded the sounds of the beetles and played them back, manipulating them to test the response. Suddenly, every little thing they did seemed to provoke the beetles. "We could use a particular aggression call that would make the beetles move away from the sound as if they were avoiding another beetle," Hofstetter said. When they made the beetle sounds louder and stronger than a typical male mating call, he said, the female beetle rejected the male and moved toward the electronic sound. These audio simulations, in other words, had demonstrable physical effects on another species; their own warped sonic portrait drove them crazy. So could you reprogram your Marsona 1288A ("create a personalized sound environment") with the digitally-altered ambient sounds of termites and thus clear your house of insectile pests? The USDA, after all, has published a paper—download the PDF—explaining how a "portable, low-frequency acoustic system was used to detect termite infestations in urban trees." Indeed, "termite sounds could be detected easily underneath infested trees, despite the presence of high urban background noise." So why not reverse this—drive them out of the city using weird MP3s specially produced for boom cars? - Full Article Source

02/16/10 - Nanofiber Lamps Are More Efficient Than Incandescent Bulbs,
No gas, No Glass - While incandescent bulbs are wildly inefficient, compact fluorescent bulbs contain hazardous chemicals. With funding from the Department of Energy, RTI International claims to have solved the problem with the invention of nanofiber bulbs more efficient than regular lights, and more environmentally sound than fluorescent bulbs. The nanofibers themselves have diameters smaller than a human hair, and emit warm, white light when in contact with an electric current. More important from an energy usage perspective, the nanofiber lights put out 55 lumens of light per watt. That makes them five times more efficient than a traditional light bulb. - Full Article Source

02/16/10 - Paint goes nanotech
Arup Kumar Chatterjee has used nano technology to produce a new paint for your walls made, which he claims, is robust, long lasting and offers high resistance to impact and abrasion. It has high water repellency, is anti-fungal, bactericidal, UV protective and, above all, environment-friendly. Chatterjee is an alumnus of IIT Mumbai and Jadavpur University. “While conventional paints and coatings are made of large molecules where water, dirt and other particles can leach into the gaps and erode the surface, the nano-engineered paints are densely packed with robust molecules that act as a penetrative and functional barrier,” Chatterjee, who is an M Tech said. - Full Article Source

02/16/10 - Thirty-six predictions for the world: 2010 – 2012
People are concerned about what might be coming. They’re concerned about a global financial collapse, an ecological crisis and potential disruptions in the food supply. The radical weather patterns now being witnessed across the world are further indication that something’s wrong with the world we thought we knew. But what’s really going to happen between now and 2012? Is there any way to take an educated guess about which challenges are most likely to appear?

#5 – U.S. power grid suffers catastrophic failure
#9 – Weather patterns become increasingly radicalized
#11 – Nuclear weapons unleashed in the Middle East
#15 – U.S. nearly comes to military conflict with China over natural resources
#23 – The psychiatric industry will declare more normal behaviors to be “disorders”
#25 – War on health freedom ramps up, targeting raw milk, homeopathy, herbs and supplements
#30 – Local currencies emerge following the collapse of the dollar
#32 – Cell phone brain tumors start to appear in younger users
#34 – Terrorist strike on the U.S. water supply - Full Article Source

02/16/10 - Taiwan Bus driver falls Asleep
Falling asleep when you are driving a truck could turn into complete chaos. - Full Article Source

02/16/10 - Whaddaya mean screw space, we need jobs! - Alabama Fights NASA Plan
"Alabama politicians have formed a 'task force' dedicated to fighting NASA's new plans to cancel the costly Constellation/Ares program, which is largely based in Alabama. The chronically mismanaged Constellation project attempted to build new rockets in-house and replicate an Apollo-style lunar program with minimal investment in new technologies. NASA's new boosted budget revives formerly suppressed R&D efforts into critical technologies needed for a sustainable push towards Mars and intermediate waypoint destinations, works with (instead of trying to compete with) existing commercial rockets to transport cargo/crew to orbit, and funds a stream of robotic precursor missions to scout other worlds and demonstrate new technologies. The Alabama task force fighting the new plan includes former NASA Administrator Mike Griffin and former Ares project manager Steve Cook." - Full Article Source

02/16/10 - A Printer That Uses No Consumables
A printer introduced by Japanese company Sanwa Newtec, called the PrePeat RP-3100 (a play on "repeat"). It prints on A4-sized sheets of PET plastic, and these sheets can be reused up to 1,000 times, the company says. The printer uses heat transfer technology rather than ink, and so has no consumables. There's a video of the printer in operation at the link. The PrePeat costs about $5,600 and a supply of 1,000 plastic sheets will set you back another $3,300. However, the company gives a use case in which a corporation saves $7,360 per year on consumables, as well as putting less CO2 into the atmosphere. So far the PrePeat is available only in Japan. - Full Article Source

02/16/10 - HP's New Data Center Cooled By Glacial Wind
HP's recently completed datacenter in northeast Englan utilizes the glacial wind blowing off the North Sea to lower temperatures of IT equipment and plant rooms: "The Wynyard takes in the cool air, filters it accordingly and collects it in the management system and is then forced over the front of the server racks before it is exhausted. The result is a hall with a constant temperature of 24C. When the winds become even colder than usual, the exhausted heat is mixed with the outside air to maintain temperatures." - Full Article Source

02/13/10 - Battery-only cars make no sense, but still find investors
KeelyNet It's a bit like those old Looney Tunes cartoons, when the Road Runner races off a cliff and it takes a little while for gravity to establish its case for the inevitable swift vertical descent. How else can you explain the fact that investors still take battery cars seriously, after the invention of the plug-in hybrid, not to mention the extended range electric vehicle (EREV)? Battery-only cars lose out on every front. The batteries are hugely expensive -- up to $15,000 a throw for the Nissan Leaf being launched later this year -- much bigger and pricier than the batteries required for hybrids and EREVs like the Chevrolet Volt, or plug-in hybrids like the next generation Toyota Prius. The economics of Better Place's idea of having huge stocks of spare engines hanging around waiting to be swapped, look poor. The technology of quick recharging is questionable. Some experts say if you overdo quick recharging, you quickly render the battery useless. Other experts question the environmental benefits assumed from battery power, pointing out that although electric motors are super efficient at using power, up to two thirds of electricity is lost between the generation of the electricity and getting it to the battery.Paying more for a battery car which is almost guaranteed to leave you stranded someday and which is inferior in every way to conventional automobiles might have been acceptable if it saved future generations from global warming. If that conclusion is in doubt, battery cars will go the way of the dodo. At least plug-in Priuses and extended range Volts can claim to improve economy without dying beside the road. - Full Article Source

02/13/10 - New Composite means Cars of the future to power themselves
A car able to run solely on power generated from the material in its roof or door could offer a sustainable alternative to other eco-friendly motoring solutions, researchers say. Scientists at Imperial College London are working with car manufacturer Volvo on a $4.6 million project to develop a new material that could store and discharge electricity in future hybrid vehicles. The prototype consists of carbon fibres and a glass fibre which allows the material to store and discharge large amounts of energy. When the device is plugged into a power supply, it creates a current like a normal battery would. Essentially the car acts as its own battery. The material is a supercapacitor, similar to those used in electrical circuits -- and only takes 10 to 15 seconds for it to be fully charged, according to the scientists. "We are aiming to produce a 15 percent weight reduction," said Dr. Alexander Bismarck who works alongside Greenhalgh. "The structure would be lighter so that would mean you could drive further." He added that the material could, in future, be used in other objects."You might have a mobile phone that is as thin as a credit card because it no longer needs a bulky battery, or a laptop that can draw energy from its casing." During the three-year project, researchers hope to develop material that will replace the metal flooring in the car boot. They say making a wheel well out of the composite material could allow Volvo to reduce the number of batteries needed to power the electric motor. Current hybrid cars need a large number of batteries to power the electric motor which means it uses up more energy and batteries often need regular recharging. This breakthrough invention is also good news for the environment. A lighter vehicles means "cutting down fuel which reduces our carbon footprint," said Bismarck. - Full Article Source

02/13/10 - The Anti-Gravity Alignment
Sir Patrick Moore is an accomplished astronomer, beloved public figure, and prankster par excellence from that one time he convinced a significant fraction of the British population that they could float. In 1976 he used his Radio 2 astronomy show to tell listeners that at precisely 9:47 am, April 1st 1976, an alignment between Pluto and Jupiter would cancel gravity and enable anyone who jumped to hover for a moment. During his show, hundreds of people called in to confirm the anti-gravity effect, as well as the fact that people don't check the date, and basically disproving all alternative medicine while they were at it. These people believed they could FLY because a voice on the radio told them they could. Patrick Moore's Prank: 1, Evolution: 0. - Full Article Source

02/13/10 - NASA chief: Mars is our mission
obama: No more money for the moon. NASA: Fine, we'll just go to Mars then. Your move Mr. Not-Kennedy (via - NASA's emerging exploration plan will call for safely sending humans to Mars, possibly by the 2030s, and de-emphasize exploration of the moon, the agency's leader said Tuesday. Congressional critics have said NASA should not be asked to change plans when $9 billion has already been spent on Constellation and that by canceling the space agency's next-generation exploration program, obama is turning his back on human spaceflight. “The president's plan is not what our country needs at this time,” said Rep. Pete Olson, R-Sugar Land. “We have been the world's leader for 50 years, and I can't accept that we're going to fall behind. We are going to fight, fight, fight to ensure that the next person who steps on the moon is an American.” Olson said the right thing to do is add $3 billion to NASA's budget annually for the next five years to ensure Constellation is fully funded. Bolden said this could be accomplished by sending robotic or possibly human missions to the lunar surface, but to skip the costly and timely step of building a permanent lunar base. "I don't see us colonizing the moon as some people do,” he said. “That's not NASA's job. Our job is to explore.” And if someone beats NASA back to the moon while it is conducting research on rockets that can blast humans to Mars? “When the Chinese or the Japanese or the Russians, or anybody else that people are worried about, get back to the moon before we do, I'm not worried about that,” said Bolden, a former astronaut. “Because when they land they're going to be walking in the footsteps of 12 Americans who have already been there.” - (This man is a testosterone spouting, egotistical, macho idiot. WHEN other countries go to the moon and setup permanent moon bases, then manned colonies, they will claim it as their own which will result in major space wars! - JWD) - Full Article Source

02/13/10 - Stream movies from the Web to your TV
A $9 a month subscription through Netflix gets her rentals in the mail, and for no extra charge, instant online access to 17,000 titles, both movies and TV episodes. Consumer Reports tester Chris Andrade says to connect your TV to an online service, you need an Internet-ready TV or a device, such as a Blu-ray player, a Playstation 3 or an Xbox 360. "There are other Internet-ready boxes you can buy that aren't too expensive, including ones from Roku, Apple TV and Vudu," said Andrade. Vudu offers 20,000 titles, costing between $3 and $6 each depending on whether you choose to watch a movie in standard definition, high definition, or a higher-quality format called HDX. Blockbuster has also gotten into the video-on-demand game. For $2 to $4, you can browse through about 10,000 titles -- thousands more than what's available in a typical video store. The downside is they are all in standard definition. For the best picture quality, Consumer Reports says look to Vudu, whose HDX format comes closest to Blu-ray. It also provides Dolby Digital audio output. But no matter which service you choose, a few clicks can have you streaming movies in no time at all. If all this has you itching for a new Internet-ready TV, be aware, many manufacturers have partnered with some movie services but not all services. And, if you're not ready to buy a new TV consider a Blu-ray player with Internet capability. - Full Article Source

02/13/10 - Another Blizzard: What Happened to Global Warming?
It stands to reason that if the world is getting warmer — and the past decade was the hottest on record — major snowstorms should become a thing of the past, like PalmPilots and majority rule in the Senate. as far as winter storms go, shouldn't climate change make it too warm for snow to fall? Eventually that is likely to happen but probably not for a while. In the meantime, warmer air could be supercharged with moisture and, as long as the temperature remains below 32F, it will result in blizzards rather than drenching winter rainstorms. And while the mid-Atlantic has borne the brunt of the snowfall so far this winter, areas near lakes may get hit even worse. As global temperatures have risen, the winter ice cover over the Great Lakes has shrunk, which has led to even more moisture in the atmosphere and more snow in the already hard-hit Great Lakes region, according to a 2003 study in the Journal of Climate. - Full Article Source

02/13/10 - Human-caused global warming easily overwhelms much-hyped "cold snap"
KeelyNet While the anti-science crowd will no doubt tout that as evidence we aren’t warming — just as they did with the “cold snap” in early January — in fact, climate science predicts we will see more extreme precipitation events year-round as warming puts more moisture into the atmosphere. Indeed, the January “cold snap” not only didn’t prove the case for (nonexistent) global cooling — it turns out that January was uber-hot around the globe! As leading anti-science guy Roy Spencer posted Thursday (including the figure above):

The global-average lower tropospheric temperature anomaly soared to +0.72 deg. C in January, 2010. This is the warmest January in the 32-year satellite-based data record…. Note the global-average warmth is approaching the warmth reached during the 1997-98 El Nino, which peaked in February of 1998.

Of course, right now we’re only in a moderate El Nino. In 97-98, we had a monster El Nino. And Spencer doesn’t mention that this record is especially impressive because we’re at “the deepest solar minimum in nearly a century.” The point is, notwithstanding the all-too-effective disinformation campaign of the anti-science crowd, it’s getting hotter — thanks primarily to human emissions. The satellite record itself clearly shows the long-term warming trend, especially when you remove the stratospheric cooling influences. - Full Article Source

02/13/10 - What the heck is going on?
It's official: all 3 major climate sites in the Washington DC-Baltimore area are recording the highest cumulative seasonal snowfall in 126 years. - Full Article Source

02/13/10 - Paramedic invents scoop and suck device
KeelyNet Jeff Rehman said the idea for the tool that helps clear blocked airways came to him in the middle of the night. Frustrated by the standard suction device that often became blocked, Rehman came up with a tool that scoops and suctions. "It was just scooping, scooping, scooping and sucking, sucking, sucking and simply never worked out for this guy," said Rehman. It's designed to go deep into the esophagus to continually pump blockages out, while the other tube pushes air in. "You can actually put it down into the esophagus itself and bend it out of the way and you can intubate around it," said Rehman. "Anything I can do to contribute I think is an honor to my trade and I'd like to see every jump kit with one of these in it, and every emergency room and hopefully the battlefield as well." Rehman found a company to manufacture and sell the devices. It's called S3, for scoop, suction and sump, as in sump pump. Rehman will receive 22 cents for each one sold. North Metro Fire Rescue is the first in the country to use the S3. - Full Article Source and More Info here.

02/13/10 - PassivEnergy's New Remote Home Climate Control System
The new invention was shown at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, and would allow consumers to have more control over the amount of energy they use. It is one step forward from the Smart Meters, which allow people to monitor their real time energy usage and the amount it costs. Using this new technology, households will be able to remotely turn off their heating by sending a text message. The system is intelligent enough to understand when the house needs heating and hot water. All the user would have to do is press the ‘occupancy button’ which can be installed in the bedroom or by the front door and the technology will then learn when to turn on the heating. The chief executive of PassivEnergy, Colin Calder, who invented this technology, said: “Over the last few years consumers have adopted technology at an astonishing rate…But their homes have been left behind. Houses are still run off electromagnetic systems which are decades old.” He added that this system could be a huge benefit to the elderly. PassivEnergy believes that if people use the technology the correct way, it could save 20 per cent off annual energy bills. - Full Article Source

02/13/10 - Positive Lock Torque Converter could reduce fuel usage w/video
KeelyNet This positive Lock Torque Converter is within months of hitting the market. An exciting project Ernie and Gail Brookins have been working on for years. "All transmissions in the world today were built backwards.” It takes the place of a torque converter in a transmission. Ernie says the positive lock torque converter stores energy, so when a vehicle is resting at a stop nothing is wasted. They say installing it turns a vehicle into all wheel drive and combining it with their hybrid drive system can help a vehicle use 75 percent less fuel. "The original torque converter went here that torque converter still goes right here in the original spot." The couple says after everything is complete, people all over the world will be buying it. They're hoping all school and city busses along with semi's and farm equipment will soon have their idea installed. Though the Brookins system might first show up in busses, the couple says farmers could see huge benefits from their invention. "If North Dakota farmers put it in every one of their vehicles, their farm trucks, their pickups, their combines, their tractors, everything, they would have 75 million dollars a year on fuel." As many work to go green these days, the Brookins idea to save money and the environment looks to be a winning combination. The couple hopes to have everything on the market in 3 to 6 months. - Full Article Source

02/13/10 - General Electric Sues Mitsubishi Over Wind Energy Patents
On February 11, 2010, General Electric (NYSE: GE) launched a patent infringement lawsuit in the United States Federal District Court for the Northern District of Texas. Caught in the cross-hairs is Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (TYO:7011), Mitsubishi Heavy Industries America, Inc. and Mitsubishi Power Systems Americas, Inc. (hereinafter “Mitsubishi). The complaint alleges that GE engages in the development, manufacture, and distribution of variable speed wind turbines and components, and that GE is the assignee and owns all right, title and interest to US Patent No. 6,879,055 and US Patent No. 7,629,705, which are being infringed by Mitsubishi. A jury trial has been demanded in this Green Tech patent dispute; the type of dispute we are all but certain to see increasingly more often as the alternative energy market continues to mature and become more economically relevant. - Full Article Source

02/13/10 - Add Bacteria to clean up and purify Water
KeelyNet The systems, called “bio-reactors,” clean putrid water using the same bacteria you’d find in a handful of dirt. The bacteria filter the water, then eat up the sludge that’s a common byproduct of waste treatment. It’s all done in less than 24 hours, and from devices smaller than a standard shipping crate. To put that into perspective, an average waste-water treatment process can take up to a month, and produces toxic sludge as an inevitable byproduct. Researchers isolated a set of bacterium to do the filtering, and they’ve now patented that combination. The Army has already ordered six units, and now that the team has the bacterial combination mastered, they’re confident that the project can quickly be scaled to hundreds of units — assuming the Defense Department keeps up the funding. They probably will, given the ongoing logistical challenges the military’s been up against in Afghanistan, where troops need convoys of water trucks because of a lack of purified local sources. The Marine Corps’ Marine and Energy Assessment Team (MEAT) estimates that a better option for water purification could mean 50 fewer military trucks on the roads, according to Less dependency on fuel would add up: Right now, a single soldier in Afghanistan uses 22 gallons of fuel per day. But war zones are only one application for the bacteria-based sludge removers. Natural disaster sites would benefit immeasurably from portable, low-cost, quick water treatment systems. In Haiti, one of the biggest challenges has been coping with contaminated water. Dan Davis, SHSU’s associate vice president for research administration and technology commercialization, said that a single unit could purify a trench latrine within a single day, and then provide a constant stream of clean water. - Full Article Source

02/13/10 - Penis-Straightening Drug Xiaflex May Provide Relief for Peyronie's
A new drug for claw hand, a condition that causes bent fingers, may serve double-duty as a penis-straightener. Pfizer's drug Xiaflex was not approved for this, but it may provide much needed relief for those suffering from Peyronie's Disease -- a hard-to-treat condition in which the penis becomes permanently and painfully bent. The drug was approved by the Food and Drug Administration Tuesday night explicitly for use against claw hand, but research suggests that Xiaflex is effective in Peyronie's patients as well. The release of the drug this spring may lead to off-label use for Peyronie's Disease. But Auxilium Pharmaceuticals, Inc., the company developing the drug, says that -- as a safety precaution -- it will do everything it can to discourage off-label use of Xiaflex for Peyronie's. That is a prospect urologists and patients will find frustrating, Davis says. In both Peyronie's and claw hand, known clinically as Dupuytren's contracture, an excess buildup of collagen creates scar tissue, preventing normal movement and functioning of the hand or penis. Xiaflex, delivered in a series of injections to the affected area, works by breaking down the excess collagen with the enzyme collagenase, providing more movement to the extremity. - Full Article Source

02/13/10 - An interesting Study from TED
Psychologist and Nobel Laureate Daniel Kahneman says millions of dollars won't buy you happiness, but a job that pays $60,000 a year might help. Happiness levels increase up to the $60K mark, but "above that it's a flat line," he said. "Money does not buy you experiential happiness but lack of money certainly buys you misery," he said. But the real trick, Kahneman said, is to spend time with people you like. - Full Article Source

02/13/10 - The Numbers Report
– Less than five percent of all e-mail is actually seen, reports Enisa, the European Network and Information Security Agency. The other 95 percent is blocked by spam filters and security programs.

ipod-touch-5 – Children work their electronic devices like a full-time job. According to a new study by the Kaiser Family Foundation, youths aged 8 through 18 spend an average of 53 hours a week with cell phones, iPods, video games and computers. On a daily basis, youths average seven hours, 38 minutes. This is up from six hours, 19 minutes a day a decade ago.

– According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Radon Gas causes over 20,000 deaths annually in the United States. To put that into perspective, Radon caused more deaths in 2009 than drunk driving, fires and carbon monoxide poisoning combined. You can learn more about Radon Gas at Note: Radon gas is a radioactive element produced by the decay of radium. It is found in many parts of the world. - Full Article Source

02/13/10 - 'Subversive Groups' Must Now Register In South Carolina
"The Raw Story reports that terrorists who want to overthrow the United States government must now register with South Carolina's Secretary of State and declare their intentions — or face a $25,000 fine and up to 10 years in prison. The 'Subversive Activities Registration Act' passed last year in South Carolina and now officially on the books states that 'every member of a subversive organization, or an organization subject to foreign control, every foreign agent and every person who advocates, teaches, advises or practices the duty, necessity or propriety of controlling, conducting, seizing or overthrowing the government of the United States ... shall register with the Secretary of State.'" - Full Article Source

02/13/10 - Thermeleon Roof
KeelyNet What's wrong with dark roofs? Simple: they absorb most of the rays from the sun that happen to hit them each day, and those rays ultimately show up as heat that brings warmer temperatures for your home, your neighborhood, and your city. Not good for urban heat islands -- and if you run your air-conditioner a lot, not good for global warming. White roofs, on the other hand, reflect rather than absorb most of the sunlight, and that means less heat, lower temperatures, and less energy needed for air-conditioning. One solution would be to have the roofers out to your house twice a year to change your roof from white to black and back to white, and so forth, to get both energy savings and temperature benefits. Some students from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have struck upon a better idea. A group of recent M.I.T. grads, as reported on the school's web site, has developed a temperature-sensitive tile -- it's black when temperatures are cold and white when temps are warm. It's a chameleon roof tile -- so adding the Greek word for heat to the English word for the colorful lizard, they named their invention Thermeleon. Cool, huh? And warm! But don't get too excited. The Thermeleon still needs some work so you won't be able to find it at the local Home Depot or Lowe's. - Full Article Source

02/13/10 - Feds Push For Warrantless Cell Phone Tracking
"An article at CNET is reporting on the Obama administration's push for warrantless tracking of the location of cell phones (Verizon Wireless stores location data for one year, for instance). The Justice Department says no warrant is necessary: 'Because wireless carriers regularly generate and retain the records at issue, and because these records provide only a very general indication of a user's whereabouts at certain times in the past, the requested cell-site records do not implicate a Fourth Amendment privacy interest.'" - Full Article Source

02/13/10 - Brain Surgery Linked To Sensation of Spirituality
"'Removing part of the brain can induce inner peace, according to researchers from Italy. Their study provides the strongest evidence to date that spiritual thinking arises in, or is limited by, specific brain areas. This raises a number of interesting issues about spirituality, among them whether or not people can be born with a strong propensity towards spirituality and also whether it can be acquired through head trauma." - Full Article Source

02/13/10 - Windows Patch Leaves Many XP Users With Blue Screens
"Tuesday's security updates from Microsoft have crippled Windows XP PCs with the notorious Blue Screen of Death, users have reported on the company's support forum. Complaints began early yesterday, and gained momentum throughout the day. 'I updated 11 Windows XP updates today and restarted my PC like it asked me to,' said a user identified as 'tansenroy' who kicked off a growing support thread: 'From then on, Windows cannot restart again! It is stopping at the blue screen with the following message: 'A problem has been detected and Windows has been shutdown to prevent damage to your computer.' Others joined in with similar reports. Several users posted solutions, but the one laid out by 'maxyimus' was marked by a Microsoft support engineer as the way out of the perpetual blue screens." - Full Article Source

02/13/10 - Directed Energy Weapon Downs Mosquitos
KeelyNet "Nathan Myhrvol demonstrated at TED a laser, built from parts scrounged from eBay, capable of shooting down not one but 50 to 100 mosquitos a second. The system is 'so precise that it can specify the species, and even the gender, of the mosquito being targeted.' Currently, for the sake of efficiency, it leaves the males alone because only females are bloodsuckers. Best of all the system could cost as little as $50. Maybe that's too expensive for use in preventing malaria in Africa but I'd buy one in a second!" He gave the first public demonstration of the laser, which was cobbled together from parts found on eBay, at the annual TED conference in Long Beach, Calif., which features lectures and demonstrations by experts in a wide range of fields, including technology, politics and entertainment. After hundreds of mosquitoes (which were kept in the hotel bathroom until showtime) were released into a glass tank, a laser tracked their movements and slowly shot them down, leaving their carcasses scattered on the bottom of the tank. While the demonstration was slowed down for public viewing, Mr. Myhrvold said that normally the lasers could shoot down anywhere between 50 to 100 mosquitoes per second. Mr. Myhrvold played a slow-motion recorded video that showed what happened to a representative mosquito. As the insect flew, a sudden light beam struck it, disintegrating parts of its body into a plume of smoke. It fell, even as its wings continued to beat. Mr. Myhrvold said the software detects the speed and size of the image before deciding whether to shoot. It would reject a butterfly or a human, for example, and more powerful laser blasts could be used for locusts. In regions afflicted by malaria, the lasers could be used to create protective fences around clinics, homes, or even agricultural fields as a substitute for pesticides. - Full Article Source

02/13/10 - Tiny ARM-Based Sensor System Makes Battery Replacement Obsolete
"University of Michigan researchers have crammed an ARM Cortex microcontroller, a thin-film battery, and a solar cell into a package that is only 9 cubic millimeters in volume. The system is able to run perpetually by periodically recharging the on-board battery with a solar cell (neglecting physical wear-out of the system)." The U-M system’s processor, solar cells, and battery are all contained in its tiny frame, which measures 2.5 by 3.5 by 1 millimeters. It is 1,000 times smaller than comparable commercial counterparts. The system could enable new biomedical implants as well as home-, building- and bridge-monitoring devices. It could vastly improve the efficiency and cost of current environmental sensor networks designed to detect movement or track air and water quality. - Full Article Source

02/13/10 - A Brief History of Pretty Much Everything
KeelyNet Clever, and amazingly accurate: A Brief History of Pretty Much Everything. This is the final piece for my AS art course, a flipbook made entirely out of biro pens. It's something like 2100 pages long, and about 50 jotter books. I'd say I worked on and off it for roughly 3 weeks. Song is French Cancan by Jaques Offenbach. Additional sounds credited to Valve, specifically from their game Team Fortress 2. Other stuff is from the 300 trailer and O Little Town of Bethlehem. - (This is so Big Bang Theory, so I'm including my favorite characters 'smile' photo!!! - JWD) - Full Article Source

02/13/10 - Porsche Unveils 911 Hybrid With Flywheel Booster
"Porsche has just unveiled its 911 GT3 R Hybrid, a 480 horsepower track vehicle ready to rock the 24-hour Nurburgring race this May. Porsche's latest supercar will use the same 911 production platform available to consumers today, with a few race-ready features including front-wheel hybrid drive and an innovative flywheel system that stores kinetic energy from braking and then uses it to provide a 160 horsepower burst of speed. The setup is sure to offer an advantage when powering out of turns and passing by other racers." - Full Article Source

02/10/10 - Someone I Admire - Millionaire gives away fortune that made him miserable
KeelyNet Austrian millionaire Karl Rabeder is giving away every penny of his £3 million fortune after realising his riches were making him unhappy. "My idea is to have nothing left. Absolutely nothing," he told The Daily Telegraph. "Money is counterproductive – it prevents happiness to come." Instead, he will move out of his luxury Alpine retreat into a small wooden hut in the mountains or a simple bedsit in Innsbruck. His entire proceeds are going to charities he set up in Central and Latin America, but he will not even take a salary from these. "For a long time I believed that more wealth and luxury automatically meant more happiness," he said. "I come from a very poor family where the rules were to work more to achieve more material things, and I applied this for many years," said Mr Rabeder. But over time, he had another, conflicting feeling.

"More and more I heard the words: 'Stop what you are doing now – all this luxury and consumerism – and start your real life'," he said. "I had the feeling I was working as a slave for things that I did not wish for or need. I have the feeling that there are lot of people doing the same thing."

However, for many years he said he was simply not "brave" enough to give up all the trappings of his comfortable existence. The tipping point came while he was on a three-week holiday with his wife to islands of Hawaii. "It was the biggest shock in my life, when I realised how horrible, soulless and without feeling the five star lifestyle is," he said.

"In those three weeks, we spent all the money you could possibly spend. But in all that time, we had the feeling we hadn't met a single real person – that we were all just actors. The staff played the role of being friendly and the guests played the role of being important and nobody was real."

He had similar feelings of guilt while on gliding trips in South America and Africa. "I increasingly got the sensation that there is a connection between our wealth and their poverty," he said. Suddenly, he realised that "if I don't do it now I won't do it for the rest of my life". Mr Rabeder decided to raffle his Alpine home, selling 21,999 lottery tickets priced at just £87 each. The Provence house in the village of Cruis is on sale at the local estate agent. All the money will go into his microcredit charity, which offers small loans to Latin America and builds development aid strategies to self-employed people in El Salvador, Honduras, Bolivia, Peru, Argentina and Chile.

Since selling his belongings, Mr Rabeder said he felt "free, the opposite of heavy".

But he said he did not judge those who chose to keep their wealth. "I do not have the right to give any other person advice. I was just listening to the voice of my heart and soul." - Full Article Source. With all the pressures and stresses from life, combined with our perceived need for more and more, I suggest Die Broke and this wonderful piece, Regrets for Opportunities Lost. And on thinking about it, you should check out the fascinating ideas in Gnosticism vs Agnosticism - To illustrate :

KeelyNet we will picture a beggar asking alms of a richly dressed gentleman, who passes by entirely oblivious of the suppliant's needs; but here the wonderful law of sympathetic action intercedes, making the wealthy individual comprehend the necessitous condition of the pauper. At this point the EGO enters the chamber of ordeal; here, in commonplace life, in every-day surroundings, man is tried; this is INITIATION.

KeelyNet The well-to-do man goes on his way, not caring to stop, hurried perchance by the urgency of worldly affairs; the chord-setting representing that differentiation of infinite force called by us COMPASSION, acting upon its concordant chord-setting, loudly proclaims to the EGO what is right action, and the opportunity passing when it should be seized, powerfully exerts its force against the will of the personality that would suppress its action.

Here is where the battle is fought; simple though the illustration may appear, it forcibly sets forth the actual conflict continually waging between divine wisdom and mortal error, carelessness, and ignorance.

The man of wealth and position goes on, perhaps, for some distance, the battle all the while continuing; finally, he stops and turns back, he yields to the dominating influence of that chord-setting; he gives the beggar alms and goes on his way with the skies bright above him: he has won a battle he will not have to fight again.

Understand that victory is won, not by the giving of alms, but by YIELDING to that divine force-differentiation. In like manner, other centres may be rendered latent by repeated suppression, until we find a person so dead to all appeals from the various chord-settings that his whole course in life is represented by the sum-total of the antagonisms internally produced: results proving this are seen every day.

02/10/10 - Patent nonsense
DO PATENTS help or hinder innovation? Instinctively, they would seem a blessing, especially for backroom tinkerers. Patenting an idea gives its inventor a 20-year monopoly to exploit the fruit of his labour in the marketplace, in exchange for publishing a full account of how the new product, process or material works for all and sundry to see. For the inventor, that may be a reasonable trade-off. For society, however, the loss of competition through the granting sole rights to an individual or organisation is justified only if it stimulates the economy and delivers goods that change people’s lives for the better. If truth be told, few inventions are really worth patenting. Time and again, surveys show that in both America and Europe companies rate superior sales and service, lead time and secrecy as far more important than patents when it comes to profiting from innovation. And, although applying for patents is relatively cheap, the cost of maintaining them can be horrendous. If the idea behind a patent has any commercial merit, it will attract imitators—and the inventor must be prepared to defend it in the courts. In a majority of cases, the cost of litigation will far exceed any revenue the inventor may subsequently earn from royalties or licensing. What is clear is that the “non-obviousness” part of the test for patentability has not been applied anywhere near rigorously enough to internet and business-process patents. Because they lack a history of “prior art” to refer to, examiners and judges have granted a lot of shoddy patents for software and business processes. Mercifully, that is beginning to change. America’s Supreme Court is about to issue a ruling which, by all accounts, will make it difficult, if not impossible, to get a patent for a business process. And because most business processes are, at bottom, computer algorithms, the Supreme Court’s judgment could also bar all sorts of software patents in the process. As a result, a lot of patents for online shopping, medical-diagnostic tests and procedures for executing trades on Wall Street could be invalidated. - Full Article Source

02/10/10 - Five Arguments Against the Extraterrestrial Origin of UFOs
KeelyNet Scientific opinion has generally followed public opinion in the belief that unidentified flying objects either do not exist (the 'natural phenomena hypothesis') or, if they do, must represent evidence of a visitation by some advance race of space travellers (the extraterrestrial hypothesis or 'ETH'). It is the view of the author that research on UFOs need not be restricted to these two alternatives. On the contrary, the accumulated database exhibits several patterns tending to indicate that UFOs are real, represent a previously unrecognized phenomenon, and that the facts do not support the common concept of 'space visitors.' Five specific arguments articulate here contradict the ETH:

1 - unexplained close encounters are far more numerous than required for any physical survey of the earth;

2 - the humanoid body structure of the alledged 'aliens' is not likely to have originated on another planet and is not biologically adapted to space travel;

3 - the reported behavior in thousands of abduction reports contradicts the hypothesis of genetic or scientific experimentation on humans by an advanced race;

4 - the extension of the phenomenon throughout recorded human history demonstrates that UFOs are not a contemporary phenomenon;

5 - the apparent ability of UFOs to manipulate space and time suggests radically different and richer alternatives, three of which are propoed in outline form as a conclusion to this paper...
- PFD Download

02/10/10 - PowerGenix brings 100 year old Battery technology back to life
NiZn – Nickel-Zinc is the reintroduction of an old idea. It maintains the use of Nickel as the positive electrode but changed out the negative plate for Zinc [Instead of Cadmium or Metal Hydride]. This use of Zinc, which chemically similar to Cadmium offers some advantages. NiZn has better volumetric electrical density than either NiCad or NiMH. It has very little environmental impact and no known toxic side effects on humans or animals. NiZn also has no memory issues and also have a higher operating temperature range than either Li-Ion or NiMH and also have a higher nominal discharge rate of 1.6V vs. the 1.2V of NiMH and NiCad. This rate is close to the 1.5V of your typical alkaline batteries. On top of all of this the nickel and zinc components can both be fully recycled with a reuse level of almost 100% for both materials. - Full Article Source

02/10/10 - Pedestrians to power London
In a city of more than 7 million people, it is estimated that more than 11 trillion steps are taken each day in London. Imagine harvesting that energy into something that could be used to power essential urban infrastructure like tube stations, bus stops and crosswalks. Pavegen Systems has done just that with the invention of foot-powered electricity generators in the form of green pavement slabs. These green pavement slabs are made of rubber produced from 100 percent recycled car tires. In the center of each slab is a small disc, which compresses approximately five millimeters when stepped on. The compression of the slab leads to the conversion of the kinetic energy of the pedestrian’s footstep into electricity, which can then be stored in either an internal battery or sent along a wire to a light source. Groupings of slabs in the vicinity of an area requiring electricity (i.e., a tube station) form networks of energy that can be harvested to power the adjacent facility. These sorts of groupings have already been tested and deemed a success in London thus far. The next testing will take place this summer when the slabs will be installed on staircases in a major tube station in an attempt to harvest the power of pedestrian traffic on these staircases to supply a portion of the tube station’s energy needs. - Full Article Source

02/10/10 - Chavez - Households with excess electricity use must cut down or pay up
During a national link-up last night President Chavez has announced new plans to deal with the electricity emergency. High consumers of electricity will be targeted to pay extra tariffs as one way of curbing excessive and unnecessary use of electricity, as people apparently are failing to heed the government rational use campaigns. It is not only the big companies that will be hit with top-up fees but also households consuming more than 500 kilowatts a month. According to a report in 'Noticias 24 horas' website, 24% of consumers categorized as residential will be affected. If they do not reduce consumption by a minimum 10%, then they will have to pay an extra 75% per month. On the other hand, households that reduce consumption to between 10-20% will be rewarded with a 25% discount and even 50%, if their savings go over the 20% mark. During the broadcast. Chavez announced that a list of the biggest 8,000 consumers in Caracas will be published and if the excessive use continues, then the government will close the offending companies and businesses down for 24-48 hours. According to the President, 46% of energy sales go to big consumers and small to medium industries, 25% is being used by the residential sector, 17% the public sector and 12% the social residential sector. Last night, the President decreed a national electricity emergency lasting 60 days. - Full Article Source

02/10/10 - Real levitation?

Never mind, just a wet spot... - Full Article Source

02/10/10 - Energy-generating sOccket soccer ball scores a goal in off-grid villages
The sOccket is a prototype soccer ball that captures kinetic energy when it is kicked or thrown, stores it in an internal battery and makes that energy available for a myriad of small but useful purposes. In other words, it’s a fun, portable energy-harvesting power source that is designed to take a kicking. The sOccket captures kinetic energy through an inductive coil mechanism similar to the nPower PEG that can charge mobile devices by shaking. As the ball is kicked around, a magnet is drawn through a coil which creates a current that is then stored on a battery. This technological wizardry means the sOccet weighs slightly more than a regular 16-oz soccer ball (5-oz more), but the sOccket team say it is anticipating its design will get even lighter. They are also investigating using local materials, meaning product from Africa where the product is targeted. According to the World Bank Millennium Goals Report, 2006, 95 percent of African countries live off-grid with no access to electricity. The girls at sOccket say that people in some developing countries have been known to walk for three hours just to find an outlet from which to charge a mobile phone. With one of the special soccer balls, the team says the power will literally be in the people’s hands. They anticipate 15 minutes of play time equaling roughly three hours of power for an LED light. - Full Article Source

02/10/10 - Invention Could Unlock U.S. Oil Reserves 3X Larger Than Saudi Arabia's
Essentially, the U.S. has a lot of spent nuclear fuel (SNF) rods from nuclear reactors, which need to be disposed off in deep, protected underground sites. Yet these rods give off massive amounts of heat as they slowly cool. Jumping to oil extraction challenges, there are massive amounts of oil locked in U.S. shale formations, which could equal three times the proven reserves of Saudi Arabia even using relatively conservative extraction estimates. Problem is, they require inordinate amounts of energy to heat up, liquefy, and then extract; which makes them too expensive to be worthwhile based on established technology. Thus there might be an excellent use for spent nuclear fuel rods which are otherwise be left to rot -- use the heat they produce, in an environmentally-protected fashion, to liquefy hard to get U.S. oil reserves. - Full Article Source

02/10/10 - Standard vaccine injections don't work as well for the obese
Standard vaccine injections, done with a 1-in.-long needle, aren't as effective in obese patients. Instead, they need a longer needle to get the same level of immune response. Researchers aren't sure why, but it's possible that fat prevents shorter needles from delivering the vaccine directly into muscle, where it has better access to immune cells. - Full Article Source

02/10/10 - Building Sheet Heat
Foods to increase your libido.

Honey - Honey is rich in barium which increases testosterone level, which in turn causes increase in both male and female libido. Barium also improves metabolism, which leads to a better physical shape and sexual drive.

Nuts - Not all cholesterol is bad . The lack of good cholesterol contained in nuts causes low libido. To prevent it from happening, include nuts and seeds containing fatty acids in your diet.

Oils - Vegetables are primary source of oil. Cold-pressed oils contain more nutrients and vitamin E required for sustaining hormonal balance than heat treated ones. Read labels carefully to make sure you are buying the best oil.

Raw oysters - This is one of the classic aphrodisiac. In fact, all sea food is rich in minerals known to increase libido. Minerals from sea food are easily digested.

Eggs - Eggs are a symbol of fertility and rebirth. Eggs are choke-full of vitamins and nutrients. They contain B6 and B5 vitamins that help balancing hormonal level and sustain energy.

Pears - Just like eggs, pears, spinach, yeast, carrots, fish, potatoes and milk are a good source of B6, which leaves you with plenty of choices.

Red meat - Red meat, as well as dark poultry meat, is a good source of zinc which reduces the amount of prolactin hormone. Excessive levels of prolactin cause sexual dysfunction.

Brown Rice - Brown rice or multigrain bread is a good vegetarian substitute for red meat. These products are also an excellent source of zinc.

Chocolate - Apart from being a great brain activity booster, multifunctional chocolate creates a feeling of satisfaction and improves mood. It contains substances that stimulate neuromuscular facilitation.

Seaweed - High content of iodine makes seaweed indispensible for normal functioning of the thyroid gland responsible for women’s libido. Seaweed can be enjoyed in salads, sushi and sushi rolls.

Oatmeal - Surprisingly, oatmeal increases testosterone level. A cup of oats a couple of days a week and three cups of oat broth are sufficient to notice the effect. - Full Article Source

02/10/10 - But what can one DO with a 3D printer?
What happens when art and science meet? That's the point of departure of the Parallellepipeda project at the new M museum in Leuven, Belgium. The exhibition also contains a 3D scanning booth from Eyetronics, some pieces of the the .MGX collection and creations from i.materialise. - Full Article Source

02/10/10 - Studies Find Harm From Cellular and Wi-Fi Signals
Studies from Israel and Sweden indicate a link between cellphone use and cancer, one from England exonerating cell towers as a cause of "microwave radiation sensitivity," and a recent 30-year Swedish study that found no link to cancer. The question won't go away though. Reader Artifice_Eternity writes "I've always tended to dismiss claims of toxicity from cell phone and Wi-Fi signals as reflecting ignorance about microwave radiation. However, this GQ article cites American and European studies going back decades that have found some level of biological harm caused by these signals. Why haven't they gained more attention? Quoting: 'Industry-funded studies seem to reflect the result of corporate strong-arming. Lai reviewed 350 studies and found that about half showed bioeffects from EM radiation emitted by cell phones. But when he took into consideration the funding sources for those 350 studies, the results changed dramatically. Only 25 percent of the studies paid for by the industry showed effects, compared with 75 percent of those studies that were independently funded.'" - Full Article Source

02/10/10 - Pen Still Mightier Than the Laptop For Notetaking?
"While waiting to see if the iPad is a game-changer, this CS student continues to take class notes with pen and paper while her fellow students embrace netbooks and notebooks. Why? In addition to finding the act of writing helps cement the lecture material in her mind, there's also the problem of keeping up with the professor: '[While taking notes on a laptop] every five minutes I found myself cursing at not being able to copy the diagram on the board.' So, when it comes to education or business, do you take notes on a notepad/netbook, or stick with good old-fashioned handwriting? Got any tips for making the transition, or arguments for staying the course?" - Full Article Source

02/10/10 - White House Claims Copyright On Flickr Photos
KeelyNet "US government policy is that photos produced by federal employees as part of their job responsibilities are not subject to copyright in the US. But Kathy Gill writes that after originally putting official White House photos in the public domain, since January the Obama White House has been asserting that no one but 'news organizations' can use its Flickr photos taken by the official White House photographer, who is a US government employee. This change appears to be a heavy-handed response to last month's controversy resulting from a billboard that implied the President endorsed The Weatherproof Garment Co. after the company used an AP photo of the president for a Times Square billboard. However a New York law already protects individuals from unauthorized use of their image for advertising, and the billboard was quickly taken down. Gill writes, 'Whatever the reason, the assertion of these "rights" seems to be in direct contrast to official government policy and is certainly in direct contrast to reasonable expectations by the public, given that the photos are being produced with taxpayer (i.e., public) money. Ironically, the same Flickr page that claims (almost exclusive) copyright also links to the US copyright policy statement.'" - Full Article Source

02/10/10 - New Material Transforms Car Bodies Into Batteries
"As battery manufacturers race to produce more efficient lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles, some scientists are looking to make the cars themselves a power source. Researchers are currently developing a new auto body material that can store and release electrical energy like a battery. Once perfected, scientists hope the substance will replace standard car bodies, making vehicles up to 15 percent lighter and significantly extending the range of electric vehicles." - Full Article Source

02/10/10 - Re-Engineering the Immune System
A microbiology professor describes "Immunity on Demand" (or "Immunity 2.0") and wonders whether we could genetically engineer all the antibodies we need. "...there's a good chance this system, or something like it, will actually be in place within decades. Caltech scientists have already engineered stem cells into B cells that produce HIV-fighting antibodies — and an NIH researcher engineered T cells that recognize tumors which has already had promising clinical trials again skin cancer. Our best hope may be to cut out the middleman. Rather than merely hoping that the vaccine will indirectly lead to the antibody an individual needs, imagine if we could genetically engineer these antibodies and make them available as needed?" - Full Article Source

02/07/10 - Injected fruit juice liquifies cancer
KeelyNet Scientists have identified a compound in the fruit of the native blushwood shrub that appears to "liquefy and destroy cancer with no side-effects", according to latest research. Found deep in the remnants of a 130 million-year-old rainforest, the fruit extract may yet hold the secret antidote to Australia's No.1 killer disease. Dr Gordon said a single dose injection of the extract, known as EBC-46, had been effective in 50 critically ill dogs and about a dozen cats and horses. "This is proving to be something exceptional," she said. "The tumour literally liquefies. "There is a rapid knock-down of the tumour, it disintegrates within 24 hours and we have a rapid healing response. "The biggest tumour we treated was the size of a Coke can in a dog, and that animal is fully healed and healthy." Dr Gordon said it had worked on skin cancers, such as carcinomas and melanomas, and bone cancer, and was a possible treatment for breast, colon and prostate cancer. / (Who would have thought to squirt this stuff into a tumor? Wonder what other juices and liquids might produce a similar effect? - JWD) - Full Article Source

02/07/10 - Temp sensitive Windmills don't spin in Cold Weather
Turbines, more than 100 feet tall, were installed last year in 11 Minnesota cities to provide power, and also to serve as educational symbols in a state that has mandated that a quarter of its electricity come from renewable resources by 2025. One problem, though: The windmills, supposed to go online this winter, mostly just sat still, people in cities like North St. Paul and Chaska said, rarely if ever budging. Residents took note. Schoolchildren asked questions. Complaints accumulated. No one knows for sure why these turbines do not. Officials believe there may be several reasons, but weather is the focus of much speculation. It is not as though turbines cannot function in cold places; thousands of them work perfectly well throughout Minnesota and the Midwest, the American Wind Energy Association is quick to note. But the 12 turbines in question, each 20 years old, spent their earlier years twirling in California. “If you were to move a car from California to Minnesota, say, you would need to change the fluids,” said Derick O. Dahlen, president of Avant Energy, which manages the windmills for the Minnesota Municipal Power Agency. Mr. Dahlen said workers were busy testing the turbines and, among other things, expected to add warming elements to gear boxes, oil and computers. In a month, he predicted, the turbines will be spinning smoothly. - Full Article Source

02/07/10 - Lose weight at high altitude
A study of twenty men with an average BMI (body mass index) of almost 34 found they kept off the pounds they had shed for at least a month after finishing the experiment. Independent of any other change in lifestyle, the unique conditions appeared to increase metabolism, decrease appetite and lower blood pressure. Thin air is not nearly as rich in oxygen as the dense, more heavily compressed air found at sea level. The team studied the effect of living in high altitudes for one week while no other change was made to their exercise routine or food availability. At the end of the study at an air conditioned lab near the top of Germany’s highest mountain Zugspitze their body weight, food intake and blood pressure had dropped dramatically and these effects were still there four weeks afterwards. The researchers, whose findings are published in the journal Obesity, said the low levels of oxygen present at high altitudes could be responsible for an observed increase in leptin, a hormone thought to suppress appetite, although the causes of this need to be further studied. Dr Lippi said: “The lasting weight reduction seen at high altitudes is primarily due to an increased metabolism and decreased food intake, though the reasons behind these changes remain unclear and may be a temporary effect of the body acclimatizing to new surroundings.” - Full Article Source

02/07/10 - Electron microscope object scanned for free
KeelyNet The PSEM has a scan range of 100nm to 5mm and an imaging resolution of 25nm, capable of bringing the smallest samples into focus. ASPEX will scan submitted samples and then post before/after photos along with an analytical report online. This allows viewers to see what the sample looks like to the naked eye as well as under the PSEM. Anyone interested in having an item scanned can simply fill out the submission form and send in a sample for analysis, free of charge. The SEM Image Gallery shows the samples already scanned, including mold, cat hair, fly eyes, and more. Satisfy your curiosity; send your sample in today! - Full Article Source

02/07/10 - Magnesium supplements to boost brainpower
Because it is difficult to boost brain magnesium levels with traditional oral supplements, Dr. Liu and colleagues developed a new magnesium compound, magnesium-L-threonate (MgT) that could significantly increase magnesium in the brain via dietary supplementation. They used MgT to increase magnesium in rats of different ages and then looked for behavioral and cellular changes associated with memory. “We found that increased brain magnesium enhanced many different forms of learning and memory in both young and aged rats,” says Dr. Liu. A close examination of cellular changes associated with memory revealed an increase in the number of functional synapses, activation of key signaling molecules and an enhancement of short- and long-term synaptic processes that are crucial for learning and memory. - Full Article Source

02/07/10 - Superinsulating Aerogels - you could heat your home with a candle
KeelyNet Over 70 years ago, scientists invented aerogel, the least dense solid known to man, and an insulator four times more efficient than fiberglass or foam. Famously, according to Dr. Peter Tsou of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, "you could take a two- or three-bedroom house, insulate it with aerogel, and you could heat the house with a candle. But eventually the house would become too hot." Unfortunately, aerogels remained so expensive and unwieldy that only NASA used them with any regularity. However, thanks to recent production advances, aerogel insulation is now available and affordable for consumer purchase. - Full Article Source

02/07/10 - Humans are aliens
The human race began as microbes brought to Earth by comets billions of years ago, according to a British scientist. "We are all aliens. We share a cosmic ancestry," Prof. Chandra Wickramasinghe, astrobiologist at Cardiff University, said in his paper carried in the Cambridge University's international journal of space biology. He said the first "seeds of life" were deposited on Earth 3.8 billion years ago by comets. "These then multiply and seed other planets. We are thus part of a connected chain that extends over a large volume of the cosmos," the professor said. - Full Article Source

02/07/10 - Acne App Treats Your Zits With Your iPhone
A new app from dermatologist Dr. Greg Pearson called 'AcneApp' claims that it can cure acne and even improve wrinkles. The $1.99 app promises to improve your skin while you gab: it will project either red or blue light onto your face, which will, supposedly, kill bacteria and promote collagen growth. According to the app's description on iTunes, the dermatologist-developed treatment uses 420 nanometer blue light (which has antibacterial properties) and 550 nanometer red light (which is anti-inflammatory) to help your complexion. So does it work? Dr. Pearson told the New York Times in an interview, "This would have to go through a lot more clinical study before I could quantify its efficacy," Dr. Pearson said. But he said he was "fascinated by the concept that users would potentially be able to treat their acne while talking on the phone." Another dermatologist suggested that based on his studies, it would take some 88 treatments for users to see results. - Full Article Source

02/07/10 - AirCruise Luxury Helium Airships
KeelyNet Towering, kite-shaped airships could herald a new era of luxury transport following today's introduction of the Aircruise concept. Standing 98ft taller than Canary Wharf, packing 330,000 cubic metres of hydrogen gas and capable of lifting 396 tonnes, the Aircruise concept features penthouse apartments, bars and even dizzying glass viewing floors. Aircruise was created as the antithesis of a hurried, crowded passenger jet. London-based design and innovation company Seymourpowell wanted to rethink transport - on the premise 'slow is the new fast'. It could ferry 100 people from London to New York in a leisurely 37 hours as opposed to the seven it takes now by airplane. Standing 98ft taller than Canary Wharf, packing 330,000 cubic metres of hydrogen gas and capable of lifting 396 tonnes, the Aircruise concept features penthouse apartments, bars and even dizzying glass viewing floors. Aircruise was created as the antithesis of a hurried, crowded passenger jet. London-based design and innovation company Seymourpowell wanted to rethink transport - on the premise 'slow is the new fast'. It could ferry 100 people from London to New York in a leisurely 37 hours as opposed to the seven it takes now by airplane. Design director Nick Talbot says: 'The concept questions whether the future of luxury travel should be based around space-constrained, resource-hungry, and all too often stressful airline travel' Silent and pollution free, the Aircruise combines solar power with a primary hydrogen drive for a cruising speed of around 90mph. It can fly up to a maximum of 12,000ft but if there are specific areas of interest en route it can drop down to a few hundred feet. Seymourpowell design director Nick Talbot said: 'The Aircruise concept questions whether the future of luxury travel should be based around space-constrained, resource-hungry, and all too often stressful airline travel.' He said the Aircruise straddles the line between a cruise ship and a floating hotel. Mr Talbot explained: 'In a world where speed is an almost universal obsession, the idea of making a leisurely journey in comfort is a welcome contrast.' - Full Article Source

02/07/10 - US gov's emptying of vast Texan helium-tank dome 'wrong'
A hefty sci/tech body has said that the USA's current policy of selling off its enormous reserves of helium gas - which it keeps stored in a gigantic subterranean dome reservoir in Texas - is all wrong. This is partly because the plan is cocking up the global helium market, and partly because helium is vital for many activities dear to the hearts of Reg readers. Helium is indeed important stuff. It's also quite rare on Earth. Though the second-most-common element in the universe after hydrogen, small helium molecules are so light they escape into space once free in the atmosphere. Like natural gas, they can be trapped in underground rock formations - but they leak out a lot quicker. There wouldn't be any helium in or on Earth at all, goes the thinking, except that radiocative decay of uranium and thorium in the Earth's crust produces alpha particles. These are, of course, helium nuclei once they've slowed down. Thus there is a constant trickle of new helium being formed within the planet, enough that in some locations it builds up to extractable levels in subterranean gas pockets. Helium is also pretty expensive to store for any length of time, which means that normal natural-gas drilling and refining operations, producing helium as a waste product, would normally throw it away if there was no customer just then. - Full Article Source

02/07/10 - US plans crewless automated ghost-frigates
KeelyNet DARPA plans an entirely uncrewed, automated ghost frigate able to cruise the oceans of the world for months or years on end without human input. The new project is called Anti-submarine warfare Continuous Trail Unmanned Vessel (ACTUV), and is intended to produce "an X-ship founded on the assumption that no person steps aboard at any point in its operating cycle". The uncrewed frigate would have enough range and endurance for "global, months long deployments with no underway human maintenance", being able to cross oceans largely without any human input - communications back to base would be "intermittent", according to DARPA. DARPA specifies that the ACTUV must be able to conduct "safe navigation at sea within the framework of maritime law" - that is the International Rules for Prevention of Collisions at Sea, aka "Rule of the Road", which Royal Navy officers have to memorise almost word-perfect. Then, while weaving in and out of other ships, the crewless frigate must be able to stay on the trail of a well-nigh silent diesel-electric submarine running beneath the waves. Such subs are operated - albeit in small numbers - by various minor powers around the world, and are considered by some in the major navies to be a very serious threat. DARPA's idea would be that every time such a sub put to sea or was otherwise at a known location, an ACTUV would be put onto its tail - freeing up hugely expensive manned ships and subs from routine shadowing work. The thinking is that following such a submarine is fairly easily done compared to finding it in the first place. That might be true in this case, as DARPA specify that the ACTUV should be able to carry out "continuous overt trail of threat submarines", as opposed to following them secretly as manned US forces might. The robo-frigate would be able to simply get a lock on its prey using powerful active sonar, sending loud "pings" of sound into the sea and detecting the echoes from the sub. - Full Article Source

02/07/10 - Renewable oil companies
The entry of oil companies into the realm of renewable energy could present major obstacles for the development of a sustainable economy that is not based on carbon resources, according to a report in the International Journal of Green Economics. Jack Reardon of the Department of Management & Economics, at Hamline University, in St. Paul, Minnesota, explains that how the transition from carbon to renewable proceeds will depend on whose values are solicited and whose voices are listened to in the process. He suggests that should the large international oil companies (IOCs) endeavor to enter this arena in a significant way that will present a possible obstacle to the transition that will preclude the emergence of democratic, distributed and green economics based on wind, solar, and other renewable resources. Ideally, green economics will see a switch from an energy intensive and consumption-focused society economy that perpetuates poverty, gender inequalities and environmental degeneration to one of sustainability that circumvents the carbon-based energy regime. If, however, present trends continue, then by 2030, global energy demand will increase 45%, with China and India accounting for just over half the increase and oil consumption will increase from 85 million barrels per day to 106 with all of the projected increase from non-OECD countries and four-fifths of the projected increase from China. Given such an unrelenting addiction to fossil fuels, it will not be a surprise if energy-related carbon dioxide emissions and the release of other atmospheric greenhouse gases will increase 45% by 2030. "Arresting this unsustainable and potentially catastrophic increase is a central focus of green economics," says Reardon. Given the monopolistic and powerful positions adopted by the oil companies since the beginning of the modern oil age in the nineteenth century, it is almost inevitable that their entry into the renewable arena will not be without problems. "A palpable lesson is that if oil companies enter the renewable industry, the latter could potentially be transformed along a hierarchical and centralized structure, which contravenes the widely dispersed and readily available nature of renewable energy sources, particularly wind and solar," Reardon fears. He suggests that now is the time to "map a democratic and equitable transition." - Full Article Source

02/07/10 - New ORNL system provides hybrid electric autos with power to spare
Researchers at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory have designed, fabricated and demonstrated a PHEV traction drive power electronics system that provides significant mobile power generation and vehicle-to-grid support capabilities. "The new technology eliminates the separate charging mechanism typically used in PHEVs, reducing both cost and volume under the hood," said Gui-Jia Su of ORNL's Power Electronics and Electric Machinery Research Center. "The PHEV's traction drive system is used to charge the battery, power the vehicle and enable its mobile energy source capabilities." Providing more power than typical freestanding portable generators, the PHEV can be used in emergency situations such as power outages and roadside breakdowns or leisure occasions such as camping. Day-to-day, the PHEV can be used to power homes or businesses or supply power to the grid when power load is high, according to Su. The charging system concept, which is market ready, could also be used to enhance the voltage stability of the grid by providing reactive power, Su said. - Full Article Source

02/07/10 - 'Green' experiment at City Hall stinks
There's been a stench coming from the second floor of City Hall -- and it has nothing to do with the steady stream of Chicago aldermen convicted on corruption charges. Waterless urinals installed to promote water conservation in the public men's room outside the City Council chambers have turned into a stinky mess. The odor got so bad that the "green" urinals are now being ripped out and replaced with the old-fashioned kind at a cost City Hall has refused to disclose. - Full Article Source

02/07/10 - Physicists Prove Teleportation of Energy Is Possible
Over five years ago, scientists succeeded in teleporting information. Unfortunately, the advance failed to bring us any closer to the Star Trek future we all dream of. Now, researchers in Japan have used the same principles to prove that energy can be teleported in the same fashion as information. - Full Article Source

02/07/10 - 10 Bizarre Psychological Experiments
Magicians, hypnotists and needy women aren’t the only ones who enjoy playing mind games. Scientists quite like to screw with our heads too and over the years they’ve found some pretty strange ways of doing just that. - Full Article Source

02/07/10 - Madrid parking solution Multiparker 710
KeelyNet A novel mulilayer automated parking system. Click on the link to see the animation. The parking garage system shown is designed to hold up to 155 automobiles. Human attendants are not needed, all robotic tranport systems. / (Thanks to Bert for this update. - JWD) - Full Article Source

02/07/10 - You really can be bored to death, scientists discover
Researchers say that people who complain of boredom are more likely to die young, and that those who experienced 'high levels' of tedium are more than two-and-a-half times as likely to die from heart disease or stroke than those satisfied with their lot. More than 7,000 civil servants were studied over 25 years - and those who said they were bored were nearly 40 per cent more likely to have died by the end of study than those who did not. The scientists said this could be a result of those unhappy with their lives turning to such unhealthy habits as smoking or drinking, which would cut their life expectancy. Those who reported feeling a great deal of boredom were 37 per cent more likely to have died by the end of the study. - Full Article Source

02/07/10 - The Stan Meyer Estate and his 'Water Fuel Cell'
KeelyNet (I received this from Paul, longtime friend associate. - JWD) I received the following from a friend who is a retired US Air Force Colonel. What do you think about what he has to say?

- Videos of Meyers Estate - I never heard of this Meyers guy. I assume he was breaking down water to H and O then combusting. But, these flicks don't show how he separates the gasses, keeps them gaseous and then using them in an internal combustion engine. Did he do that?

There always was a ??? about if he was really breaking water into its 2 components. He has a modified sparkplug that supposedly not only fired the gaseous mixture, but broke down the water within the plug. I knew a man who was financially in for a $200,000+ and he took me with him for one of Stan's pitches. Rather interesting, this wealthy man, Mel Kramer, developed and illness which they couldn't stop and he died. It wasn't because of lack of money, as this man also started & owned the "HIPPLE CANCER RESEARCH CENTER" in Moraine, Ohio.

Then, it was not very long when Stanley and his brother were with 2 Brit's at the Cracker Barrel in Groove City, Ohio, When Stan got up, departed the table, went outside and through the window motioned for his brother to come out. Stan said he thought he was poisoned and they raced to the Columbus, Ohio Hospital and in 2 hours Stan was DEAD!! Later on, his mechanic, who proclaimed knew the how to's of what Stan had, lived at our farm for about 1.5 years rent free and he could do what he pleased. He left of his own freewill without ever accomplishing anything. How many more similar stories would you like to hear???

Here are three Youtube Videos of the Meyer Estate. It would be a fun place to explore for a couple days;

Stan Meyers Estate Water Fuel Cell #1
Stan Meyers Estate Water Fuel Cell #2
Stan Meyers Estate Water Fuel Cell #3

(On a personal note from me to Paul...JWD) - Remember years ago when Dan Haley went out there with a couple of friends. He said they were impressed at first but Meyers kept hitting on each of them to buy a franchise for I think he said $5,000 each. He kept telling them how much money they'd make from this WHEN his technology came to market, but he would never give any date for it. What finally convinced them it was a con was they kept asking to see a demonstration of the water car and Meyers would say no. Finally he told them it did run, but only for a few miles before it would slug down and stop due to buildup on the hydrogen reactor electrodes. He'd have to take it apart and clean the electrodes to get it to run again. They had the money and the interest but felt Stan was just too eager for collecting frachise sales for a technology that was far from ready for the market.

Additionally, Stan Meyer was a speaker at a conference in Switzerland with Dale Pond, also a speaker. The speakers would eat together and one evening, Dale suggested to Stan what if you dissociated the water molecule inside the cylinder, like Keely suggested by using 42.8 khz. Dale explained it to him and Meyers didn't express any interest and blew it off. After his return to the US and a few months later, Meyer begin making claims he had developed a spark plug which could be installed in any engine to allow it to burn water. His claim was the spark plug ruptured the water molecule to release oxygen and hydrogen which was then exploded to power the cylinders. He never gave Dale Pond any credit for the idea nor did it ever come to market. It was just another fantastic claim to suck in gullible investors.

United States Patent 3,262,872
Rhodes July 26, 1966
Apparatus for the electrolytic production of hydrogen and oxygen for the safe consumption thereof

United States Patent 3,310,483
Rhodes March 21, 1967
Multicell Orthohydrogen Generator

United States Patent 4,107,008
Horvath August 15, 1978
Electrolysis method for producing hydrogen and oxygen

United States Patent 3,311,097
Mittelstaedt March 28, 1967
Hydrogen generator for comustion in automobiles

United States Patent 4,394,230
Puharich July 19, 1983
Method and apparatus for splitting water molecules

United States Patent 4,798,661
Meyer January 17, 1989
Gas generator voltage control circuit

United States Patent 4,936,961
Meyer June 26, 1990
Method for the production of a fuel gas

You can lookup any patent number or inventor name at the US Patent Office. - Email Communication

Video #1 (of 3)

02/07/10 - Cars for a Grand and trucks and motorcycles and boats!!!
You CAN buy a used car for $1,000 or even less. Believe it or not, there are thousands of people out there trying to sell a car for under a thousand bucks. Our software is constantly searching the internet gathering cheap used cars for sale, updating our used car listings every minute. But wait, I know what you are thinking. How can you possibly buy a decent car for under $1,000? We get that a lot, so in April of 2009 we bought a car for $899 from this website and drove it across country. Seriously, like 3800 miles from San Diego to Miami. It's on video, and actually got a bit of news coverage. Even CNN got in on it, which we thought was pretty cool. (And motorcycles, trucks and boats!) - Full Article Source

02/05/10 - Unconfirmed report of Free Energy devices from China and India
KeelyNet Is this the true reason for the recent clampdown on sales of Chinese rare earth materials used in supermagnets? - Confidential sources now tell us that both China and India are about to unveil new electrical devices which will break the grip of the global energy & power cartels with breakthrough technology that bends the rules of physics in new and game-changing ways. One device, due out from China shortly is described as a "battery charger" which will support a fixed 2 KW load on a continuous basis. Yep - that unit which has an anticipated price point in the $2,000 (USD range/current exchange rates) also features a projected lifespan of 50-years and is a zero emissions device. Apparently, the new devices use certain rare earth/strategic metals and are the motivation for China putting the brakes on strategic mineral exports recently. This also plays into the reports that China's interest in going to the moon is more than a passing fancy. There may be desired materials there. The purported existence of a Chinese over-unity device suitable for commercialization may also play into why China "Renews opposition to Iran sanctions" on the one hand, while Iran's leadership is promising February 11th will reveal a strike against 'global arrogance' and we're left wondering if more than opposition to antigovernment demonstrations is in play. We hear the Chinese technology is not precisely perfect. Seems that due to the physics involved, the unit doesn't scale well; meaning that optimum efficiencies come in the 2 KW region and so larger installations, like homes, would need multiple units if air conditioning is required. More to the point, it works best when fed as a DC output into a large battery bank and yes, the Chinese have been getting large in battery development (which breakthrough US efforts continue in Utah in the quest for ever higher energy densities for storage media which run the gamut from conventional lead-acid to the more exotic zinc/air and the class called 'super-capacitors.' When the announcement comes, we're not looking for the Chinese to sell it as an 'over-unity device' (produces more energy than consumed), but simply they plan to call it a 'battery charger' and thus not offend conventional paradigm adherents who would have a problem acknowledging something out of their immediate understanding. The other project is described as an Indian-backed project which relies for its precious materials on deposits (at/near - we're not clear from our sources on this) the disputed Kashmir region along the hotly contested India/Pakistan border. Our sources tell us this machine is different than the Chinese. for one thing, it reportedly is capable of variable load handling. Thus, it will be more adaptable and we hear more scalable in size. rumor has it that certain Swedish officials are holding talks with the Indian company because there are unique power issues in the high latitudes and the Indian project may deliver under more adverse conditions. According to our sources, the Indian company unit can be scaled to 10 KW within the same box and uses different technology so there's potentially a ton more IP to be developed in the field. / (Thanks to Guy Alland for this headsup! - JWD) - Full Article Source

Possibly related to this article - Lawrence TSEUNG, et al. (Magnetic) Zero Point Energy Converter - The Wang Shum Ho Prototype Electricity Generator was reportedly demonstrated to five Chinese Officials on Jan 15, 2007. Lawrence Tseung, a colleague of the inventor, has said the plan is to initially build four 5kW working units. One of these will be located in Beijing, another in Hong Kong and the third one at the United Nations in New York The fourth unit is to serve as a portable demonstration device. All will be made available to universities for academic validation. Then, 200 more will be produced. They intend to present one of these to each member country of the United Nations, as a gift from China. Mass production may begin in 2008. Tseung has written: "Devices of this nature are converting the electromagnetic wave energy that surrounds us all the time. Some call this Zero Point Energy. That energy is due to the rotational motion of the electrons. Unless the electrons stop spinning and fall into the nucleus, that electromagnetic energy exists.” "We are actually immersed in electromagnetic waves. When electrons rotating around the nucleus change orbits, they give rise to electromagnetic waves. Light is only one form of electromagnetic waves. We emit and receive electromagnetic waves all the time. Unless the electrons stop rotating and fall into the nuclei, there will be electromagnetic waves. Thus we are never in a CLOSED system. We are always in an OPEN system with energy interchanges. For example, we were in calm waters and good sunshine. If we did not know how to use solar panels, we might conclude that we were in a CLOSED system. We should use our muscle power to row the boat. The Lee-Tseung Patent information (PCT/IB2005/000138) states that Energy can be extracted (Lead Out, Lead Out, and Lead Out with Pulse Force) from Energy Fields via oscillation, vibration, rotation or flux changes. Energy Fields can be gravitational, magnetic, electric or electromagnetic." - Full Article Source

02/05/10 - Government should Follow Timelines, can't complete? MOVE ON!
Two things that would radically help our country, bring back all our troops to stop hemorraghing money for unwinnable wars and rebuild infrastructure to create jobs to improve our country. When our troops are out of other countries, the 'threat' of terrorism goes way down, thats when we disband Homeland Security to restore rights and let people travel freely. See the Preceptors for other ideas to improve our country and the world at large.


02/05/10 - Elect A Corporation?
Following the Supreme Court decision implicitly granting corporations the right to free speech (by determining that political spending is a kind of speech), a corporation has decided to take what it believes to be "democracy's next step": It is running for Congress. With more than a twinge of irony, Murray Hill Incorporated, a liberal public relations firm, recently announced that it planned to run in the Republican primary in Maryland's 8th Congressional District. - Full Article Source

02/05/10 - Over-Priced
Nine items that represent America's Biggest Rip-Offs.

* Text messages - 6,500% markup
* Movie theater popcorn - 900% markup
* 'Free' credit reports that'll cost you
* Name-brand painkillers - 60% markup
* Wine at restaurants - 500% markup
* College textbooks - $900 a year!
* Super gasoline - 15% markup
* Hotel mini-bars - 1,300% markup
* Hotel in-room movies - 200% markup

They left out cable TV. / (Aren't there laws against Gouging? - JWD) - Full Article Source

02/05/10 - 'Wind bags' tested in Nottingham
KeelyNet Wind bags which would store excess energy from wind turbines as compressed air under the sea are being tested by a Nottingham University professor. Seamus Garvey's idea to hold air in bags the size of 10 double-decker buses, compressed by the sea, has been backed by E.On. The power company has invested £236,000 towards building two prototypes, which are now being tested in 15-tonne tanks. Mr Garvey said more storage of renewable energy was needed. Mr Garvey said currently energy from wind turbines has to be used when it is created, or lost. Using his invention, excess energy would be used to compress and pump air into underwater bags, anchored to the seabed. When energy demand is highest the air would be released through a turbine, converting it to electricity. Mr Garvey said: "These are like huge bicycle tyres under the sea where we are not just interested in putting the energy in, we have a way of getting it back out." He added that as the world moved towards using more renewable energy, storage was going to be crucial to avoid waste. - Full Article Source

02/05/10 - End of the Battery? Plastic stores Electricity
British scientists say they have created a plastic that can store and release electricity, revolutionising the way we use phones, drive cars - and even wear clothes. It means the cases of mobiles and iPods could soon double up as their power source - leading to gadgets as thin as credit cards. The technology could also lead to flexible computer screens that can be folded up and carried around like a piece of paper. And it could even be used to create 'electric clothes' that charge up as a person moves around and which slowly release heat when the weather gets cold. Dr Emile Greenhalgh, from Imperial College London's Department of Aeronautics, said the material is not really a battery, but a supercapacitor  -  similar to those found in typical electrical circuits. His team's prototype is around five inches square and wafer-thin and it takes five seconds to charge from a normal power supply and can light an LED for 20 minutes. - Full Article Source

02/05/10 - Wind power growth limited by radar conflicts
KeelyNet The most well-known obstacles to installing wind turbines are complaints over their visual impact and the potential for bird and bat deaths. But conflict with radar systems have derailed over 9,000 megawatts worth of wind capacity--nearly as much as was installed in the U.S. last year. "We're not going to put up more wind (in many locations) without conflict because radar systems and wind systems love exactly the same terrain...which is where the wind is at," said Gary Seifert, a program manager for renewable energy technologies at the Idaho National Laboratories, during a presentation at the RETECH conference here on Thursday. "It's really causing a challenge to meeting long-term goals." The problem is wind farms create "cones of silence" above them, making it difficult for primary radar systems to detect airplanes when they fly over them, Seifert explained. Planes with transponders can communicate with air traffic control towers, but smaller planes don't all have transponders. Because of radar issues, 2,100 megawatts of wind projects were held up, 5,100 megawatts were deferred, and 2,100 megawatts were abandoned, he said, citing data from a survey done by the American Wind Energy Association. Last year, 10,000 megawatts were installed in the U.S. Seifert said research could lead to technical fixes to address the problem, including upgrading the software within radar systems to better discern between a spinning turbine blade and an airplane. Turbine blades can also become more "stealthy," or less reflective and detectable by radars systems, he added. - Full Article Source

02/05/10 - USPTO Won't Accept Upside Down Faxes; Demands Resends
What do you do if someone inadvertently fed a page upside down into the fax machine? You simply turn the page over or, if you get an electronic version, use the reader software to rotate it. Apparently this is not within the standard operating procedures of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. No, if your fax comes in upside down, they send you a message in return saying that they can't accept it and to re-fax. - Full Article Source

02/05/10 - Call for a Constitutional amendment on campaign financing
KeelyNet "Today, Larry Lessig announced his call for a constitutional convention to fundamentally address the problem of money in politics by passing a Constitutional amendment. he posted today." The procedural point is more fundamental, and comes in two parts: First, no one should distract Congress from the one good thing it could do right now -- pass the Fair Elections Now Act. That would be a huge victory; it is a possible victory; and we are defeating the cause of reform if we do anything that jeopardizes that possible win. And second, we all need to recognize that America is uncertain about how best to fix our government right now. From the Tea Party Right to the Progressive Left, there is agreement that something fundamental has gone wrong. But I believe that our frustrations share a common source -- an exasperation with the broken state of our political system -- even as we disagree passionately on what to do about it. The solution to that disagreement is democracy. We should begin the long discussion about how best to reform our democracy, to restore its commitment to liberty and a Republic, by beginning a process to amend the Constitution through the one path the Framers gave us that has not yet been taken -- a Convention. - Full Article Source

02/05/10 - Wait, you can buy USB Rootkits in SkyMall?
"Easy To Use & Undetectable Total Computer Spying Tool Covertly Monitors Passwords, Chatting, Photos, Websites & More! Insert In USB, And In 5 Seconds Data Nano iBots Monitor All Computer Activity On ALL USER ACCOUNTS w/o Tell-Tale Hardware Left Behind. Covertly Record Everything A Person Does On A Computer. Remove Stealth iBot After 5 Seconds: No Hardware Left Behind. Undetectable By Most Anti-Spyware Applications. Store Up to 10,000 Screenshots & Virtually Unlimited Text. Total Surveillance - Record All Computer Activity - Even On Other User Accounts. - Full Article Source

02/05/10 - Mini Ion Thrusters to power CubeSats
KeelyNet Right now, 10 to 15 Rubik’s Cube-sized satellites are orbiting high above Earth. Known as cube satellites, or “CubeSats,” the devices help researchers conduct simple space observations and measure characteristics of Earth’s atmosphere. One advantage is that they are relatively cheap to deploy... Paulo Lozano, the H.N. Slater Assistant Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics at MIT, is designing a tiny propulsion system that could allow the satellites, which weigh about a kilogram and are used for tasks that don’t require precise orbit control, to travel great distances and perform more serious tasks, such as searching for planets outside our solar system. The technology, which is based on the process of extracting and accelerating charged ions, or atoms that have gained or lost an electron, could make CubeSats much more useful for organizations or countries that until now have had limited access to space. By changing the design from chemical to electric, and to one that relies on a simple power supply, Lozano has created a system that produces more efficient thrust — the force created when mass is accelerated in a certain direction — than that produced by a chemical-based system, which produces a low thrust per gram of propellant. About the size of a computer chip, the mini-thruster design also overcomes the size constraints of chemical propulsion and other forms of electric propulsion because it does not require a bulky chamber to burn (chemical) or extract ions from (electric) the propellant. Although other electric propulsion systems have been developed, Lozano’s is considered superior because it uses only one power supply. - Full Article Source

02/05/10 - Why the First Cowboy To Draw Always Gets Shot
"Have you ever noticed that the first cowboy to draw his gun in a Hollywood Western is invariably the one to get shot? Nobel-winning physicist Niels Bohr did, once arranging mock duels to test the validity of this cinematic curiosity. Researchers have now confirmed that people indeed move faster if they are reacting, rather than acting first." - Full Article Source

02/05/10 - Police Want Fast Track To Get At Your Private Data
"According to this story on CNET, police again are pushing for new laws requiring ISPs and webmail providers to store users' private data for five years and also want a new electronic way of speeding up subpoenas and search warrants via police-only encrypted portals at all ISPs and webmail providers." - Full Article Source

02/05/10 - Can You Trust Chinese Computer Equipment?
"Suspicions about China slipping eavesdropping technology into computer exports have been around for years. But the recent spying attacks, attributed to China, on Google and other Internet companies have revived the hardware spying concerns. An IT World blogger suggests the gear can't be trusted, noting that it wouldn't be hard to add security holes to the firmware of Chinese-made USB memory sticks, computers, hard drives, and cameras. He also implies that running automatic checks for data of interest in the compromised gear would not be difficult." The blog post mentions Ken Thompson's admission in 1983 that he had put a backdoor into the Unix C compiler; he laid out the details in the 1983 Turing Award lecture, Reflections On Trusting Trust: "The moral is obvious. You can't trust code that you did not totally create yourself. (Especially code from companies that employ people like me.) No amount of source-level verification or scrutiny will protect you from using untrusted code. In demonstrating the possibility of this kind of attack, I picked on the C compiler. I could have picked on any program-handling program such as an assembler, a loader, or even hardware microcode. As the level of program gets lower, these bugs will be harder and harder to detect. A well installed microcode bug will be almost impossible to detect." - Full Article Source

02/05/10 - Remnants from the Russian Roswell Incident
KeelyNet This internationally famous UFO incident took place in 1986, on January 29, at 7:55 p.m. Some have called it the Roswell Incident of the Soviet Union. The information concerning this incident was sent to us by a number of Russian ufologists. At the edge of the site a tree-stump was found. It was burnt and emitted a chemical smell. The objects collected at the site were later dubbed as "tiny nets", "little balls", "lead balls", "and glass pieces" (that is what each resembled). Closer examination revealed very unusual properties. One of the "tiny nets" contained torn and very thin (17 micrometers) threads. Each of the threads consisted of even thinner fibers, tied up in plaits. Intertwined with the fibers were very thin gold wires. Soviet scientists, at such facilities as the Omsk branch of the Academy of Sciences, analyzed all collected pieces. Without going into specific details suffice it to say that the technology to produce such materials was not yet available on Earth...except for one disturbing account. To give an idea of the complexity of the composition of the pieces, let us look at the "iron balls". Each of them had its own chemical composition: iron, and a large mixture of aluminum, manganese, nickel, chromium, tungsten, and cobalt. Such differences indicate that the object was not just a piece of lead and iron, but some heterogeneous construction made from heterogeneous alloys with definite significance. When melted in a vacuum, some pieces would spread over a base, while at another base they would form into balls. Half of the balls were covered with convex glass-like structures. Neither the physicists nor physical metallurgists can say what these structures are, what their composition is. The "tiny nets" (or "mesh") have confused many researchers. It is impossible to understand their structure and nature of the formation. A. Kulikov, an expert on carbon at the Chemistry Institute of the Far Eastern Department of the Academy of Sciences, USSR, wrote that it was not possible to get an idea what the "mesh" is. It resembles glass carbon, but conditions leading to such formation are unknown. Definitely a common fire could not produce such glass carbon. The most mysterious aspect of the collected items was the disappearance, after vacuum melting, of gold, silver, and nickel, and the appearance-from nowhere-of molybdenum, that was not in the chamber to begin with. The site of the crash itself was something like an anomalous zone. It was "active" for three years after the crash. Insects avoid the place. The zone affects mechanical and electronic equipment. Some people, including a local chemist, actually got very sick. This Hill 611 is located in the area of numerous anomalies; according to an article in the Soviet digest Tainy XX Veka (Moscow, 1990, CP Vsya Moskva Publishing House). Even photos taken at the site, when developed, failed to show the hill, but did clearly show other locations. Members of an expedition to the site reported later that their flashlights stopped working at the same time. They checked the flashlights upon returning home, and discovered burned wires. - Full Article Source

02/05/10 - Robotic Audi To Brave Pikes Peak Without a Driver
"A team of researchers at the Center for Automotive Research at Stanford (CARS) has filled the trunk of an Audi TTS with computers and GPS receivers, transforming it into a vehicle that drives itself. The car will attempt Pikes Peak without a driver at race speeds, something that's never been done." - Full Article Source

02/05/10 - Stay Off the Grid, Win $10,000
"Last summer, Wired writer Evan Ratliff wrote a story about how people erase their identities and start over. After it ran, he tried to disappear — spending 25 days on the lam until a few enterprising Wired readers tracked him down through some brilliant hacking and sleuthing. Now we're going to try the experiment again. Evan, Wired, Loneshark Games and I are working with Universal Pictures to do another, similar contest connected to the new film Repo Men, and this time we want you to go on the run. We need four applicants willing to disappear from their lives from late February to late March. If they can stay hidden for that time period, they'll end up with $10,000 each." - Full Article Source

02/05/10 - Prayer Vs. Action

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02/05/10 - DARPA Aims for Synthetic Life With a Kill Switch
DARPA's mad scientists have undertaken a new program designed to create synthetic organisms, complete with a "kill switch." The project, dubbed BioDesign, is dumping $6 million into "removing the randomness of evolutionary advancement" by creating genetically engineered masterpieces. "Of course, Darpa's got to prevent the super-species from being swayed to do enemy work — so they'll encode loyalty right into DNA, by developing genetically programmed locks to create 'tamper proof' cells. Plus, the synthetic organism will be traceable, using some kind of DNA manipulation, 'similar to a serial number on a handgun.' And if that doesn't work, don't worry. In case Darpa's plan somehow goes horribly awry, they're also tossing in a last-resort, genetically-coded kill switch." - Full Article Source

02/05/10 - BEWARE and this type of redirect!
KeelyNet This took me many, many hours to figure out. I had installed this neat user location addin and didn't notice they had redirects in their code. Techs blamed it on Flash, viruses, malware, etc...not their fault they didn't know either. But by selective removal and blocking of all my cookies, I found that this idiot site would WRITE OVER the cookie which hostgator sends out and has never been a problem.

But the fake copy would open a 2nd browser with their host ad. I finally started removing whatever I had added and this geovisite crap was the latest...took it out and voila, the cookie is the correct one from hostgator and

no more redirects!

Please watch for this and pass it around if others are having the same is the code these jerks used;
************CODE GEOCOUNTER***********
script type=text/javascript src= /script

a href= target=_blank img src= border=0 alt=science and company /a

Please do not change this code for a perfect fonctionality of your counter

a href= science and company /a

a href= comprar de todo /a

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After doing all this and sending my report back to hostgator security, I found an email in my box saying they had tracked the problem to the code from geovisite and this is what was embedded in the code that I couldn't see but which shows the redirect Erik and I had both found;

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02/03/10 - Tripping
When traveling, you can use Tripping to connect with local people who will introduce you to their towns, their cultures, their lives and their friends. You'll feel welcome everywhere you go and you'll end your trips with far more than photos and crinkled maps. Not going anywhere for a while? Tripping is also a great way to meet travelers who are visiting your city. In an instant, your life will become more colorful and you'll get to experience the world without ever packing a bag. Started by a few friends who are passionate about travel and technology, Tripping is about connecting good people around the world. - Full Article Source

02/03/10 - China sees sexual frustration causing social problems
Sexual frustration amongst migrant workers in China's booming southern province of Guangdong is leading to a host of social problems and must be tackled, state media on Saturday cited a local official as saying. Guangdong, China's export powerhouse, is home to about 30 million migrant workers, the most in the country. Many leave wives, husbands or children in their native villages to seek the higher wages factories pay compared with agricultural work. The China Daily quoted Zhang Feng, head of Guangdong's provincial commission of population and family planning, as saying these migrant workers suffered from "severe sexual repression." - Full Article Source

02/03/10 - Archeological Discoveries in 3000AD
Is this how they will read us? - Full Article Source

02/03/10 - More than 1,200 tiny quakes hit Yellowstone Park
Over eight days, more than 1,270 mostly tiny earthquakes have struck between Old Faithful and West Yellowstone. The strongest dozen or so have ranged between magnitudes 3.0 and 3.8. That's strong enough to feel - barely. The vast majority have been too weak to be felt even nearby. Likewise, online chatter about an imminent volcanic eruption in Yellowstone hasn't really picked up compared with the attention that a similar quake swarm drew just over a year ago. One Web site during last year's swarm carried a "Yellowstone Warning" urging everyone to flee the Yellowstone area, saying there was a risk of poisonous volcanic gases venting from the earth. Others have tied the Yellowstone volcano to the end of the world in 2012, as some people fancifully interpret the ancient Mayan calendar to predict. Relatively mundane fault slippage is believed to be causing the latest quakes, said Jamie Farrell, a researcher at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. - Full Article Source

02/03/10 - California 'protects' Apollo 11 landing site on Moon
The site where Apollo 11 landed on the Moon in 1969, the first US landing, is now included on the state's register. The unusual move by the California State Historical Resources Commission aims to protect more than 100 items left by US astronauts on the Moon. They include tools, a flag, footprints, food bags and bags of human waste. The commission said California firms had worked on the Apollo project and their efforts had a historical value to the state. "It has a significance that goes way further than whether it came from a quarter million miles away or not," state historic preservation officer Milford Wayne Donaldson was quoted as saying by the New York Times newspaper. "They are all parts of the event," he said. The designation applies to everything left on the Moon by astronauts Neil Armstrong - the first man to walk on the Moon - and Buzz Aldrin, with a total weight of 5,000 lbs (2,270 kg). A number of items were jettisoned by the mission in order to make their module lighter for the take-off which began their journey back to Earth. However, the moon's surface is not included in the designation, because under international law no country or state can make a claim to it. The move aims to protect the site in the face of possible lunar missions in the future by other nations. - Full Article Source

02/03/10 - Wavepower Firm in for £40,000 award
KeelyNet Pulse Tidal, based at the Advanced Manufacturing Park Technology Centre, has developed the generator, which can be used in far shallower water than conventional wave power machines, opening the way for generating power from many new coastal locations. The company, which is developing a commercial version of its device after successfully testing a prototype working in the Humber Estuary, has been shortlisted for a Shell Springboard worth up to £40,000. Shell Springboard gives a financial boost to innovative, commercially viable business ideas that tackle climate change. James Smith, chairman of sponsors Shell UK, said: "Over the last five years, Shell Springboard has supported over thirty small businesses that have products for tackling climate change. "They have received no strings financial awards totalling £1.3 million. It's great to these businesses still coming through even in these tough times. Congratulations and best wishes for success to Pulse Tidal." - Full Article Source

02/03/10 - Hot-water 'Quooker' gadget could 'kill the kettle'
Introduced to the UK by a Dutch-based company three years ago, Quookers supply boiling water through a tap connected to a small tank hidden in a cupboard underneath the work surface or sink. Retailers say as many as one in three designer kitchens now features a Quooker, with one declaring that the device would "kill the kettle". What is more, despite costing nearly £800, nearly 10,000 of the taps were installed last year - an increase of 300% on the previous year. According to the Energy Saving Trust, kettles are one of the most used appliances in the kitchen with the average family brewing up around four times a day, a total of 1,500 times per year. However, retailers have praised the Quooker for being more cost-effective and labour-saving than the average kettle. - Full Article Source

02/03/10 - Lithium-Air battery
Chemists in the UK say that there's a way to break through the looming energy capacity barrier - by letting the batteries "breathe" oxygen from the air. Lithium ions shuttle between the two electrodes during charging and discharging, sending electrons around the external circuit to power a gadget in the process. The problem with that design is that the lithium cobalt oxide is bulky and heavy. The major barrier to increasing the energy density of these batteries is the positive electrode. Everyone wants to find a way to push up the amount of lithium stored there, which would raise the capacity. Chemists in the UK say that there's a way to break through the looming energy capacity barrier - by letting the batteries "breathe" oxygen from the air. The idea is borrowed from the zinc-air batteries used in hearing aids, which get their power reacting zinc with oxygen from air. So, scientists have begun designing a lithium-air battery. The new battery has a higher energy density than existing lithium ion batteries because it no longer contains dense lithium cobalt oxide. Instead, the positive electrode is made from lightweight porous carbon, and the lithium ions are packed into the electrolyte which floods into the spongy material. When the battery is discharged, oxygen from the air also floods through a membrane into the porous carbon, where it reacts with lithium ions in the electrolyte and electrons from the external circuit to form a solid lithium oxide. Reversible process - The solid lithium oxide gradually fills the pore spaces inside the carbon electrode as the battery discharges. But when the battery is recharged the lithium oxide decomposes again, releasing lithium ions again and freeing up pore space in the carbon. The oxygen is released back to the atmosphere. Most batteries have all the chemicals they need built in from the start. By using oxygen from the environment instead there is a saving in weight and volume because battery doesn't have to carry the reagents around inside. The new design is like a battery-fuel cell hybrid. Like a fuel cell it uses reactants from outside the system, while like a battery it also has internal reactants. Developments - Li-air batteries use a catalytic air cathode that supplies oxygen, an electrolyte and a lithium anode. The technology has the potential to store almost as much energy as a tank of gasoline, and will have a capacity for energy storage that is five to 10 times greater than that of Li-ion batteries, a bridge technology. The prototype device is said to have a capacity-to-weight ratio of 4000 milliamp per hours per gram - eight times that of a cellphone battery. - Full Article Source

02/03/10 - ATM skimmers: man, these things are scary
KeelyNet Brian Krebs continues to scare the pants off of me with his ongoing series on sophisticated ATM skimmers (devices that capture your card number, working with a hidden camera to catch your PIN). His slideshow of next-gen skimmers has me convinced that there's no way I'd notice a skimmer on an ATM that I was using: "According to Doten, the U.S. Secret Service estimates that annual losses from ATM fraud totaled about $1 billion in 2008, or about $350,000 each day. Card skimming, where the fraudster affixes a bogus card reader on top of the real reader, accounts for more than 80 percent of ATM fraud, Doten said." - Full Article Source

02/03/10 - Library of Unusual Materials
Inside the basement of King's College London's engineering department, Mark Miodownik curates a "cabinet of curiosities" for materials scientists. He started the collection in 2003 after noticing that his colleagues trashed all kinds of unusual materials at the end of their research projects. From News@Nature: His collection now includes more than 300 samples, including artificial skin made of rubber composites, and a material known as a superslurper that absorbs 400 times its own weight in water.... Miodownik trawls the globe in search of additions to his collection. On a recent trip to Australia, he found himself in the remote uranium-mining town of Broken Hill in New South Wales. He started hunting through antique shops there to find a special type of glass. Miodownik explains that in the early twentieth century people thought that radioactive materials had beneficial health properties. For this reason, they manufactured glassware containing uranium, especially in places such as Broken Hill that had an abundance of the element. In the Australian antique shops, Miodownik flashed an ultraviolet light on various glass pieces to find one that glowed, a sign that it contained uranium. When he found a bowl that did just that, he brought it back to London and added it to the library. - Full Article Source

02/03/10 - Could Cellphones be good for you?
The Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center at the University of Florida’s reports that mice exposed to cell phone radiation did better than mice who weren’t on the phone. The radiation removed plaque buildups in their brains. Such deposits are believed to be a major cause of Alzheimer’s, which destroys memory. The mice were bombarded for two hours every day in structures that resembled apartment and condominium buildings. The radiation simulated the level that humans get by holding cell phones to their heads. This backs up a previous study by the University of Sunderland in England which claimed that Alzheimer’s could be reversed if patients wore helmets that bathed their brains in infrared light, which is at a lower electromagnetic frequency than cell phones emit. There’s more info on this at the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, Click on “press releases.” - Full Article Source

02/03/10 - Super Strong Metal Foam Discovered
KeelyNet A North Carolina State University researcher has discovered what appears to be the strongest metal foam yet, capable of compressing up to 80% of it's original size under load and still retain the original shape. The hope is that this amazing material could be used in cars, body armor, or even buildings to absorb the shock from earthquakes. "Metal foam is exactly what you might think – a cellular structure made from metal with tiny pockets of space inside. What makes Rabiei’s metal foam better than others is that she’s been able to make the tiny pockets of space more uniform. And that apparently is what gives it the strength as well as elasticity it needs in order to compress as much as it does without deformation. Many tests are being performed in the laboratory to determine its strength, but so far Rabiei says that the spongy material has 'a much higher strength-to-density ratio than any metal foam that has ever been reported.' Calculations also predict that in car accidents, when two pieces of her composite metal foam are inserted 'behind the bumper of a car traveling at 28 mph, the impact would feel the same to passengers as an impact traveling at only 5 mph.'" - Full Article Source

02/03/10 - Electric Bicycles Surging In Popularity
"An accidental transportation upheaval began in China, where an estimated 120 million electric bicycles now hum along the roads, up from a few thousand in the 1990s. They are replacing traditional bikes and motorcycles at a rapid clip and, in many cases, allowing people to put off the switch to cars. The booming Chinese electric-bike industry is spurring worldwide interest and impressive sales in India, Europe, and the US. China is exporting many bikes, and Western manufacturers are also copying the Chinese trend to produce models of their own. From virtually nothing a decade ago, electric bikes have become an $11 billion global industry. In the Netherlands, a third of the money spent on bicycles last year went to electric-powered models. Industry experts predict similar growth elsewhere in Europe, especially in Germany, France, and Italy, as rising interest in cycling coincides with an aging population. India had virtually no sales until two years ago, but its nascent market is fast expanding and could eclipse Europe's in the next year. In China, electric bicycles have evolved into bigger machines that resemble Vespa scooters. These larger models are causing headaches for global transportation planners. They cannot decide whether to embrace them as a green form of transportation, or ban them as a safety hazard. Some cities are studying the halfway measure of banning them from bicycle lanes while permitting them on streets." - Full Article Source

02/03/10 - And Now, the Animated News
"'You have a lot of missing images, in the TV, in the news reporting,' explains billionaire Jimmy Lai. It's a gap that Lai's Next Media intends to fill with its animated news service. Artists lift details from news photos while actors in motion sensor suits re-create action sequences of stories making headlines. Animators graft cartoon avatars to the live-motion action, and the stories hit the Web. When news agencies didn't have footage of scenes from the Tiger Woods car crash, Lai's team raced to put together animation dramatizing the incident that became a YouTube sensation. Thus far, Lai has been denied a television license, but with or without his own station, he thinks his animations are headed for televisions worldwide. His company is currently in talks with media organizations to churn out news animations on demand using Next Media's graphic artists and software tools." - Full Article Source

02/03/10 - Why Time Flies By As You Get Older
KeelyNet An audio report on WBUR Boston addresses theories to explain the universal human experience that time seems to pass faster as you get older. Here's the 9-minute audio (MP3). Several explanations are tried out: that brains lay down more information for novel experiences; that the "clock" for nerve impulses in aging brains runs slower; and that each interval of time represents a diminishing fraction of life as we age. - Full Article Source

02/01/10 - Interesting comments about EEstor
Unfortunately EEStor never made and will never make the supercapacitor described in the patent, because they ignore a well known physical effect, called “dielectric saturation”. Barium titanate has been used in capacitors for decades, due to its high dielectric constant. However, the dielectric constant drops as the electric field strength increases: and At a hypothetical field of 3500 Volts over a thickness of 12.76 micrometers, as proposed in the patent, the dielectric constant of barium titanate would be orders of magnitude lower than the claimed 18500, reducing capacity and energy density by the same factor… This has been discussed in more detail by Prof. Anatoly Moskalev on December 24th and 26th, 2006 in with an update on January 20th, 2007: and on the other hand; The EEStor patent indicates that the ceramic material that they are using is a doped barium-titanate covered by US patent 6078494 assigned to U.S. Phillips Corp. That patent claims that the material has a capacitance with a low voltage dependence. The patent does not quantify the voltage dependence. The accelerated life test was performed at 1800 V/mm. The EEStor patent indicates the selected ceramic formulation has a dielectric constant of 33500 before further modification. - Full Article Source

02/01/10 - Optical WiFi
KeelyNet In January 2010 a team of researchers from Siemens and Fraunhofer Institute for Telecommunications (Heinrich Hertz Institute in Berlin) demonstrated the transmission of 500 MBit/s with white LED over a distrance of 5 metres (16 ft) or 100Mbit/s over longer distance using 5 LEDs. Penn State has achieved over twice the speed. The system uses a high-powered laser diode -- a device that converts electricity into light -- as the optical transmitter and an avalanche photo diode -- a device that converts light to electricity -- as the receiver. The light bounces off the walls and is picked up by the receiver. "Unless the walls are painted solid black, there is no need to worry about transmission within a room," said Jarir Fadlullah, graduate student in electrical engineering who presented the paper Tuesday (Jan. 27) at SPIE Phonotics West Conference in San Francisco, the paper will be published in the conference proceedings. The researchers tested infrared light, but the system also will work with visible light and ultraviolet light. "The optical system we have offers a very large bandwidth thus a very high speed," said Fadlullah. "We can send one gigabit per second or more over a gigahertz band." - Full Article Source

02/01/10 - New Life for Magnetic Tape
At IBM's Zurich Research Laboratories in Switzerland, researchers have developed a new tape material and a novel tape-reading technology. In combination, they can store 29.5 billion bits per square inch, which translates to a cartridge capable of holding around 35 terabytes of data--more than 40 times the capacity of cartridges currently available, and several times more than a hard disk of comparable size. The researchers used a relatively new magnetic medium, called barium ferrite. In cooperation with researchers from Fujifilm's labs in Japan, they orientated the barium ferrite magnetic particles so that their magnetic fields protrude perpendicularly from the tape, instead of lengthways. This means that more bits can be crammed into a given area, and the magnetic fields are stronger. Furthermore, these particles allow thinner tape to be used, meaning12 percent more tape can be stored on a single spooled cartridge. Increasing the density of data that can be stored on a tape makes it more difficult to reliably read information. This is already a problem because of electromagnetic interference and because the heads themselves will retain a certain amount of residual magnetism from readings. To overcome this, the IBM group developed new signal processing algorithms that simultaneously process data and predict the effect that electromagnetic noise will have on subsequent readings. Hard disks can store more data on a given surface area than magnetic tape, and the data on a disk can be read faster. But because hundreds of meters of tape can be spooled on a single cartridge, the overall volumetric data density of tape is higher, says Evangelos Eleftheriou, head of the Storage Technologies group at IBM Zurich. Crucially, tape storage is also much cheaper. "What's most important is the cost per gigabyte," says Eleftheriou. Solid state drives cost between $3 and $20 per gigabyte. In contrast, it costs less than a cent per gigabyte to store information on magnetic tape. In the third quarter of 2009, the global tape market was worth more than half a billion dollars. - Full Article Source

02/01/10 - New 'suicide' molecule halts rheumatoid arthritis
A Northwestern University scientist has invented a novel way to halt and even reverse rheumatoid arthritis. He developed an imitation of a suicide molecule that floats undetected into overactive immune cells responsible for the disease. Referred to as Casper the Ghost, the stealthy molecule causes the immune cells to self-destruct. The approach doesn't carry the health risks of current treatments. The new therapy, tested on mice, stopped the disease cold in 75 percent of the animals. - Full Article Source

02/01/10 - Blueberry Juice Improves Memory In Older Adults
KeelyNet In the study, one group of volunteers in their 70s with early memory decline drank the equivalent of 2-2 l/2 cups of a commercially available blueberry juice every day for two months. A control group drank a beverage without blueberry juice. The blueberry juice group showed significant improvement on learning and memory tests, the scientists say. "These preliminary memory findings are encouraging and suggest that consistent supplementation with blueberries may offer an approach to forestall or mitigate neurodegeneration," said the report. "Fresh blueberries. Scientists are reporting the first evidence from human research that blueberries - one of the richest sources of healthful antioxidants and other so-called phytochemicals - improve memory. - Full Article Source

02/01/10 - ‘Cool’ sleeves fight fatigue
Liquid Cooling/Warming Garments in sleeve form apply heat or cold to a specific area of the body. Dancisak’s team is quantifying the delay in the time it takes to reach a state of functional muscle fatigue. They are currently analyzing data from their experiments, and early results indicate that temperature control can indeed stave off fatigue. The team first worked with women volleyball players and male baseball pitchers to determine how temperature control affected the athletes’ performances. In between sets and innings, the players wore the sleeve to cool down and then warm up muscles. “We noticed that there was about a 30 percent increase in maintenance of power with the volleyball players when they used the sleeves,” says Dancisak. “With the pitchers, we simply looked at pitching speed. Without the sleeve, their fastball declined. “But when they wore the sleeve in between innings, they were able to maintain their fastball speed through all seven innings. One of the pitchers actually increased his speed.” Dancisak recently applied the cooling sleeve to delay fatigue in a surgeon’s arms during surgery, reducing tremor and delaying fatigue in longer procedures. - Full Article Source

02/01/10 - More White Roof Studies
To help combat global warming and urban heating, we might just need to paint the town white. A new modeling study simulated the effects of painting roofs white to reflect incoming solar rays and found that it could help cool cities and reduce the effects of global warming. Cities are particularly vulnerable to climate change because of a phenomenon known as the urban heat island effect. The asphalt roads, tar roofs and other artificial surfaces that permeate cities absorb heat from the sun, making temperatures in urban areas on average 2 to 5 degrees Fahrenheit (1 to 3 degrees Celsius) higher than in rural areas. "It's critical to understand how climate change will affect vulnerable urban areas, which are home to most of the world's population," said NCAR scientist Gordon Bonan, a co-author of the study, which will be detailed in an upcoming issue of the journal Geophysical Research Letters. Reflecting light - White roofs could reflect some of that heat back to space and cool temperatures, because white surfaces reflect most of the light that hits them, while black surfaces absorb most of that light. (The amount of light that a surface reflects is known as its albedo.) Oleson and his team used a newly developed computer model to simulate the amount of solar radiation absorbed or reflected by urban surfaces. The model simulations, which are idealized representations of cities, suggest that, if every roof were entirely painted white, the urban heat island effect could be reduced by about a third. Such a reduction would cool the world's cities by an average of about 0.7 degrees F (0.4 degrees C), with the cooling influence more noticeable during the day, especially in the summer. - Full Article Source

02/01/10 - You get one shot and we get you! - Airships can defeat roadside bombers
KeelyNet An ex-US air force officer has said that unmanned spy airships capable of defeating terrorist/insurgent bombers could have been in service years ago, saving many lives among US and allied troops. He says that the technology was "illegally" sidelined by senior officers determined to preserve satellite and aircraft budgets. The idea is that a spy airship would lurk high (say 60,000 feet) above an area of interest, with close-to-vertical line of sight view of a large area beneath (the steep downward look is important, as people or things get hidden behind buildings, terrain etc once one is looking more from the side). Most importantly, the spy dirigible would be monitoring the entire area all the time, not peering at just one part of it through a narrow-field "drinking straw view" sensor such as a normal electro-optical telescopic camera. The entire, huge, detailed picture would be recorded, so creating a record of every bomb-laying or ambush team as it left its home base or IED factory, travelled to the point of action and set up its trap. No feasible analysis could pick this out of the picture as it was happening: but once the bomb went off or the ambush took place it would be a simple matter to reverse the tape back to the moment it was set up, and then backtrack the enemy to their lairs - perhaps even to their homes. Presto: every time a bomb goes off or a patrol is attacked, all the enemy personnel involved are bagged. According to Herlik, this technology could have been in service years ago - but senior air force officers, despite having been ordered to sort it out, deliberately sidelined the idea. The DEW Line blog flags up the incendiary part of his remarks: - Full Article Source

02/01/10 - Whitehouse to Triple Reactor Loan Bid to $54 Billion
obama will propose tripling loan guarantees for nuclear-power plants to more than $54 billion in his budget Feb. 1, according to two people familiar with the Energy Department plan. The loan guarantee is part of an effort to bolster nuclear- power production after obama called for doing so in his State of the Union address yesterday. Tomorrow, the Energy Department plans to announce formation of a panel to find a solution to storing the waste generated by nuclear plants. - Full Article Source

02/01/10 - Tattoos - GET IT RIGHT before you Ink'em!
Every couple of months the department gets another Latin translation request for either a tattoo or a slogan of some sort. Most of them would be inane in English, so I suppose I should applaud the attempt to give their ink a little class but honestly, "Drive it like you stole it" is ridiculous in any language. Our most recent request is to render "Be Real" into the Roman tongue. I do not know where to begin, and so will not. I just keep picturing this person walking about with some Latin scrawl on his skin, accosted by friends and strangers, "Hey dude, what's your tat say?" He'll snort in derision, already accustomed to the question and ready, albeit grudgingly, to enlighten the unwashed masses. "It says Be Real. In Latin." The interrogator will nod sagely. "That's deep, man." In a fit of pique, I turned to the internet, ready to behold what other people were inscribing on their flesh in this language I hold so dear. The findings, my dear friends, were not unsatisfactory. Not in the least. - Full Article Source

02/01/10 - Belousov–Zhabotinsky-like reaction from Mercury, Sulfuric Acid and Nail
A drop of mercury in a watch glass is covered with a solution of potassium chromate in concentrated sulfuric acid. An iron nail is positioned so that it nearly touches the mercury. Eventually, the mercury drop starts to beat rhythmically, like a beating heart. A close up view is shown. / A Belousov–Zhabotinsky reaction, or BZ reaction, is one of a class of reactions that serve as a classical example of non-equilibrium thermodynamics, resulting in the establishment of a nonlinear chemical oscillator. The only common element in these oscillating systems is the inclusion of bromine and an acid. The reactions are theoretically important in that they show that chemical reactions do not have to be dominated by equilibrium thermodynamic behavior. These reactions are far from equilibrium and remain so for a significant length of time. In this sense, they provide an interesting chemical model of nonequilibrium biological phenomena, and the mathematical models of the BZ reactions themselves are of theoretical interest. An essential aspect of the BZ reaction is its so called "excitability" — under the influence of stimuli, patterns develop in what would otherwise be a perfectly quiescent medium. Some clock reactions such as Briggs–Rauscher and BZ using the chemical ruthenium bipyridyl as catalyst can be excited into self-organising activity through the influence of light. - Full Article Source

02/01/10 - Researchers Synchronize Blinking 'Genetic Clocks'
Scientists recently synchronized these bacterial "genetic clocks" to blink in unison and engineered the bacterial genes to alter their blinking rates when environmental conditions change. "Synchronization of clocks and oscillators in general has been a fascinating subject for physicists and applied mathematicians for centuries," said Tsimring. "This began with the Dutch mathematician and astronomer Christiaan Huygens, who is credited with its serendipitous discovery in 1665 when he suspended a pair of nearly identical pendulum clocks (which he invented and patented some 8 years earlier) on the same wooden beam." "Synchronization plays a crucial role in physics and biology as a way of self-organization of highly regular behavior with less that perfect components. This phenomenon has a myriad of applications in modern technology, from communication networks to GPS. Our study demonstrates how inherently noisy gene oscillators can operate together with beautiful synchronicity and regularity once coupled together in a specific way." The researchers constructed devices to precisely control the sizes of the bacterial colonies between two different scales: a micron, or a millionth of a meter, and a millimeter, or one-thousandth of a meter. At the micron scales, Hasty said the cells in the colonies oscillate synchronously from 50 to 90 minutes, a period that can be tuned externally. But at the longer, or millimeter scales, he noted, the time for diffusion of the signal becomes more important, allowing the researchers to actually observe the propagation of the signal through the colony. "The use of quorum sensing is a promising approach to increase the sensitivity and robustness of the dynamic response to external signals," said Hasty. "In nature, synchronization typically helps stabilize a desired behavior arising from a network of intrinsically noisy and unreliable elements. We think the synchronized genetic clock sets the stage for the use of microbes as a macroscopic biosensor with oscillatory output, or applications of using a synchronized periodic signal in drug delivery." - Full Article Source

02/01/10 - Liquid glass: the spray-on miracle that could revolutionise manufacturing
It sounds too good to be true: a non-toxic spray invisible to the human eye that protects almost any surface against dirt and bacteria, whether it is hospital equipment and medical bandages or ancient stone monuments and expensive fabrics. But true it is. The spray is a form of "liquid glass" and is harmless to living things and the wider environment. Tests have revealed an astonishing variety of potential uses for the liquid glass, from protecting vineyards against fungal attacks to coating medical implants with non-stick, antibacterial surfaces. Scientists have even used it to spray fabric with an invisible, dirt-resistant film – emulating the fictional invention of unstainable clothing in the 1951 Ealing comedy The Man in the White Suit. The secret of liquid glass is that it forms an ultra-thin film between 15 and 30 molecules thick – about 500 times thinner than human hair. On this nanoscale – a few millionths of a millimetre thick – liquid glass turns into a highly flexible invisible barrier that repels water, dirt and bacteria, yet is resistant to heat, acids and UV radiation but remains "breathable". A family-owned German company called Nanopool holds patent rights on the technology behind the liquid glass, which emerged from research at the Institute for New Materials in Saarbrücken. The liquid glass is composed of almost pure silicon dioxide, the chemical constituent of quartz or silica, the most abundant mineral in the Earth's crust. It is quite inert and has no known harmful impact on the environment, unlike many of the domestic and industrial cleaning products its use could help to reduce. The "easy-clean" properties of the liquid glass could lead to drastic cuts in the amount of potentially toxic cleaning agents used in factories, offices, schools, hospitals and the home, as well as cutting the costs of labour and the amount of time spent scrubbing surfaces. It works by forming a highly water-repellent or "hydrophobic" layer that resists dirt and bacteria, so that treated surfaces can be quickly be washed clean with plain water, according to Neil McClelland, Nanopool's UK project manager. The secret of the glass's unique properties lies in the way it is manufactured so that it can be sold in a solution of water or alcohol, depending of the type of surface to be covered. When sprayed on a surface, the glass solution forms a flexible, ultra-thin film that generates strong electrostatic forces that bind it to the material in question, yet repel water from the opposing, exposed surface. "In essence, we extract molecules of silicon dioxide from quartz sand and add molecules of water or ethanol depending on which surface is being coated. The really clever part is that there are no added nano-particles, resins or additives – the coatings form and bond due to quantum forces," Mr McClelland said. When bacteria or other microbes land on the glass surface they are not killed, but they cannot divide and replicate easily, he said. This imparts a natural, antibacterial property to the layer of liquid glass similar to the silver-ion surfaces used to protect some kitchen equipment, but with a longer-lasting effect, Mr McClelland claimed. "Very soon almost every product you purchase will be protected with a highly durable, easy-to-clean coating ... the concept of spray-on glass is mind boggling," Mr McClelland said. - Full Article Source

02/01/10 - Solar Innovations
The U of M had a $1.2 million budget for the project and invested more than $750,000 in the structure. “Not an affordable housing model by any means,’’ laughed Handeen. But the upfront investment belies the fact this prototype could lead to affordable copies, and that the gee-whiz technology it utilizes is ready for the market. “We’re right there,’’ said Handeen of the solar technology the house employed. “It’s coming out and it’s coming out quick.’’ Like other houses in the competition, the U of M house relied on an array of rooftop solar panels to produce electricity and heat. But it also used two-sided solar panels to shade a deck area while converting both direct and ambient light into electricity. Inside, the Minnesota house captured attention for its electro-chromatic windows produced by Sage Glass of Faribault. With the turn of a switch, a tiny electrical current can tint the widows to reduce solar gain by as much as 60 percent and help keep the house cool on sunny, summer days. An undergraduate student’s invention also made the house unique. A desiccant dehumidifier uses common road salt to remove the humidity from summer air and as a result, greatly reduce the electricity needed to cool it down. Only the most energy efficient devices were allowed inside. Fourth-generation LED lights, and a large LED TV that needed only 30 watts of electricity, were among them. An electric induction stove did the cooking: Electromagnetic waves cause the steel and cast iron pots to heat, greatly reducing the electricity required while offering the same heating precision and speed as that of natural gas stoves. Competition rules limited the size of the house to no more than 800 square feet. The Minnesota version had 550 square feet of open, interior space with an attached deck. Rubber bladders hidden underneath the deck held rain water for use in irrigating. - Full Article Source

02/01/10 - `Novel ideas must get encouragement'
"Promote creativity towards new ideas and inventions," said former director of IIT-Mumbai, Prof Ashok Misra, at the ongoing convocation week of Lucknow University (LU) on Saturday. Higher education should provide an ambience for creativity and innovations. It is assuming an even bigger role with time. No wonder, the developed countries have a high quality of it. Institutes should play a role in the development of high quality manpower, new knowledge, advanced technologies, inventions and intellectual property. More than 70% of Nobel laureates come from educational institutions. "We have to think about it and bring the level of research here at par with developed countries", he said. Certainly this does not mean that only sciences be encouraged but also the social sciences. This will encourage inventions in an ethical manner, he said. "People with new ideas should be encouraged," he said. There are various fields where inventions are needed like food and resource management, energy generation and distribution, healthcare, waste management, ecological balance and terrorism besides others. "Can we have a technology that can help warn against threats of terrorism," he said. To bring out the best creative talents inter-disciplinary research should be encouraged. "We need to have some invention capital," he said. Money is easy to get but idea is more difficult to come. The revenue from patents in India is about 0.4% of the world share. Besides, India must not be accounting for more than 2% of world share of research papers. "People are at the heart of knowledge economy and hence we need to invest in people", he said. - Full Article Source

02/01/10 - What's Clogging Your Computer? Try DiskPie
KeelyNet Running out of hard disk space slows down your computer. How can you find your space hogs? We ran “Disk Pie,” a Windows program that gives you a pie chart and a list of offenders. We found old installation files, old backup sets, and several junk videos. Each item on the list showed how much space it was taking up. A couple of programs couldn’t be deleted, but just seeing them there reminded us to go to the Windows “Control” panel and uninstall them. We were surprised that so much old stuff was still around. It took us five minutes to reclaim over 50 gigabytes, almost a third of our drive. To remove junk, right-click a file and choose “move,” “copy” or ”delete.” When finished with your “C” drive, click on other drives attached to your computer. Disk Pie is part of PC Magazine’s utilities library. You can buy it there for $8. If you subscribe to the utility library for $20 a year, you get an unlimited number of free downloads. (via - Full Article Source

02/01/10 - Evolving Robots Learn To Prey On Each Other
"Dario Floreano and Laurent Keller report in PLoS ONE how their robots were able to rapidly evolve complex behaviors such as collision-free movement, homing, predator versus prey strategies, cooperation, and even altruism. A hundred generations of selection controlled by a simple neural network were sufficient to allow robots to evolve these behaviors. Their robots initially exhibited completely uncoordinated behavior, but as they evolved, the robots were able to orientate, escape predators, and even cooperate. The authors point out that this confirms a proposal by Alan Turing who suggested in the 1950s that building machines capable of adaptation and learning would be too difficult for a human designer and could instead be done using an evolutionary process. The robots aren't yet ready to compete in Robot Wars, but they're still pretty impressive." - Full Article Source

02/01/10 - "Perpetual Motion DeLorean" Scammers Face $26M Judgment
"Back in 2002, we discussed a story about the so-called 'Perpetual Motion DeLorean,' which could 'supposedly go "hundreds of miles" at speeds over 100MPH without stopping to recharge.' More than seven years later, the final shoe has dropped on this saga, with a $26 million judgment against Carl Tilley and his wife, who propagated this scam that ran for several years. Probably the height of its audacity was when Tilley told his shareholders in May of 2002 that GE had offered $2 billion 'sight unseen' to buy out the technology." - Full Article Source

02/01/10 - Using Infrared Cameras To Find Tastiness of Beef
KeelyNet "Might we one day be able to use our cell phone cameras to pick out the best piece of meat on display at the market? Some Japanese researchers seem to hope so. A team of scientists is using infrared camera technology to try and determine the tastiest slices of high-grade Japanese beef. The researchers believe that the levels of Oleic acid found within the beef strongly affect the beef's tenderness, smell, and overall taste. The infrared camera can be tuned to pick out the Oleic acid levels through a whole slab, a process that would be impossible to do with the human eye. While the accuracy is still relatively low — a taste test this month resulted in only 60% of participants preferring beef that was believed to have had a higher level of Oleic acid — the researchers hope to fine tune the process for market testing by next year." - Full Article Source

02/01/10 - Can we trust Electronics in Critical Car systems?
"The gas pedal system used Toyota Motor Co.'s recall crisis was born from a movement in the auto industry to rely more on electronics to carry out a vehicle's most critical functions. The intricacy of such systems, which replace hoses and hydraulic fluid with computer chips and electrical sensors, has been a focus as Toyota struggled to find the cause for sudden acceleration of vehicles that led the company to halt sales of eight models this week." / Earlier this decade, Toyota began using a new type of electronic accelerator. In the past the gas pedal of a vehicle was connected to a cable that opened the throttle on the engine to increase speed. The all-electronic type Toyota began using has sensors that detect how hard and fast a driver is pushing on the gas pedal, and sends signals telling the engine computer whether to accelerate or slow down. Toyota has said its latest problem happened because condensation from heaters caused increased friction in the gas pedal, making it stick in some cases, making the problem a mechanical one and not an issue of electronics. But some critics are questioning why Toyota's system didn't include a brake override system to stop the vehicles - Full Article Source

02/01/10 - DIY Texting System For Really Underground Radio
"Sixteen-year-old Alexander Kendrick has created a device that allows texting and other data transfer from almost 1000 feet underground. The tech could allow rapid emergency communication with the surface and opens the potential for scientific measurements without the need to continually visit (and disturb) the cave environment." - Full Article 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

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

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

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

09/23/09 - Hypnosis CD - 3 eBooks with How To Techniques and Many Cases
KeelyNet If you have a few minutes, you might want to read my page on hypnosis and all the amazing things associated with its application. Included is an experience I had when I hypnotized a neighbor kid when I was about 14. As well the hypnotic gaze of snakes, the discovery of 'eyebeams' which can be detected electronically, the Italian Hypnotist Robber who was caught on tape with his eyes glowing as cashiers handed over their money and remembered nothing, glamour and clouding the mind of others, several methods of trance induction and many odd cases, animal catatonia, healing, psychic phenomena, party/stage stunts, including my favorite of negative hallucination where you make your subject NOT see something...much more...if nothing else, its might be a hoot to read. - Full Article 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 / Full Article Source to Buy

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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...

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

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


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