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01/31/09 - Quantum Field memories, Manitous, Poltergeists and BioPatterns
KeelyNet The American Indians had a belief that all things were living with their own soul called a manitou and that they could be communicated with to live in harmony, control the elements, improve the crops, etc.. / Years ago, there was a man who sold a strange device based on a memory chip that used a static electricity chip to serve as a dynamic, adaptive memory which he claimed basically 'learned' and copied the 'biopatterns' of the owner. / Now think of this Field Programmable Field Array as a complex electrostatic matrix which can make interconnctions at the speed of electricity, with the minimum need to pass through diode and transistor gates to make each dynamically, adaptive connection. / "Machine therapy in general is about investigating the very broad and deep - but often subconscious - effects that machines facilitate in just our everyday encounters,"... Instead of assuming that machines serve only the purposes they were designed for, Dobson's work demonstrates a "symbiotic relationship" between man and machine. / Neutronics Technologies Corporation announces the completion of the world's first room temperature, cold dynamic system, QUANTUM computer without decoherence. The device functions with single state bits making up variable QUBYTES. The result has been Little Ricci; Real Independently Controlled Computational Intelligence. Little Ricci is an intelligent robotic device the company calls a 'noid', and is non-programmed, non radio controlled, non digital and autonomous. The device consists of visual (non video) inputs, two parallel processors further paralleled by threes, in a self controlled mobile platform. The Neutronics Dynamic System is a new electromotive protocol using a non-magnetic field quantum intelligent system that functions from a 9 Volt battery. Additional power supplies are present for motor and conversion functions. / Neutronics Technologies Corporation directed the effort toward controlling 3.24 trillion qubits as if they were one. Since non-local effects encode all local events and redundancy into one is permitted in quantum mechanics, a simple procedure occurs to the informed mind… To accomplish this Neutronics Technologies uses charge stored in a NPN transistor acting as a quantum gate. Little or no current flows in the transistor. The transistor is surrounded by two entangled system connected to the transistor so that the transistor is acting as background and oscillating string memory is stored in entangled opposites. / It is a super particle. It is a wavelet. It is a cause. It is an effect. / The transistor gets extremely cold while operational probably because of the large number of spin-half systems approaches 3.24 trillion qubits ultimately effecting every electron in the transistor transition neutral chamber. / The qchip does not have to learn or experience everything in order to produce a behavior. A function or solution to a problem is drawn from the equiprobabilty from the gaussian or uniform distribution. This means then that NTC's qchip would have more complexity theoretic power than a probabilistic Turing machine. / The CORE processor is a fundamental quantum logic gate because it allows either bistable relationship to configure itself in any internal and external degrees of freedom for the single neutral chamber acting as if it was a Bose-Einstein condensate or single particle, solitron, or oscillon. It is neutral and is only a part of the dual representations and transformations occurring in the bistable relationships and is therefore a controlled-not gate since it is neutral but a neutronics dynamic system. By being neutral it reflects a zero-point energy and possibly taps into the zero-point energy of the universe. / One final correlation that you might find of interest is an excellent article printed in Nexus Magazine a few years back. It suggests MACROSCALE Qchip effects where this new electrostatically created baby entity is mapping it's environment by using the powerful electric fields associated with John Hutchison's equipment. You can read about it at The Poltergeist Machine. - Source

01/30/09 - KeelyNet Blog - Time for a Change
I've decided to change the content of the KeelyNet blog from news basically copied over from the KeelyNet website to more blogging. Have no clue what to write about and I only do it when I get the urge which is rare these days. Now I do often think of things to write, but when I get back home and on the computer those things escape my mind. Maybe I should use my little mp3 player's voice recorder to take notes for later transcription?... - Source

01/29/09 - Shelby's amazing Aero EV: 0 to 60 in 2.5 seconds, 10 minute recharge
KeelyNet Shelby Super Cars' Aero EV are in pursuit of the "world's fastest production electric car" title. SSC just came clean with the details behind its All-Electric Scalable Powertrain (AESP) producing 1,000 horsepower and 800 lb-ft of torque that rips the Aero EV through 0 to 60 in just 2.5 seconds at a 208mph top speed. Compare that to the Tesla Roadster's 0-60 in 3.9 seconds (or 3.7 for the 2009 sport model) and you'll understand all the hubbub, bub. Better yet, the 150-220 mile battery can be refilled in just 10 minutes (Tesla takes 3.5 hours) from a 220V service thanks to what SSC calls its "Charge on the Run" onboard charging system -- something that nearly eliminates (or at least minimizes) the need for a battery swapping infrastructure. - Source

01/29/09 - Boat Runs on Seawater (Aug, 1954)
KeelyNet Free, unlimited electric power from the salty sea may soon replace gas, diesel engines in marine use. Ralph E. McCabe, designer and patentee of a practical, new salt water battery, does not claim to be the first to conceive the notion of extracting electric current from the ocean brine. He does claim to be the first to produce a seagoing wet cell that will pull enough juice from Davy Jones' locker to run a boat and haul a payload! McCabe's battery is the result of no sudden stroke of genius. Since he first latched on to the basic idea back in 1948, he has slowly and painfully developed it to its present state of efficiency. During that time no less than 36 model boats have been built and tested at various points in the Atlantic, Pacific and the Gulf of Mexico. His latest models, Mamie and the Eighth Wonder of the World, are each 21 in. long with a 4-1/2 in. beam and they weigh 2-1/2 and 3 lbs. respectively. Each produces a little over one volt and up to three amperes of current, enough to drive them through the water at speeds up to five mph. This, as any boatman can tell you, is quite impressive for a working model of that size. In addition to the propulsion motors, some of the models are fitted with electric fights, foghorns, etc., all operated from the same basic power source. The theory behind McCabe's power plant is simply that of the familiar wet battery. The salt water of the sea acts as a conductor of the electric current flowing between a carbon-graphite positive plate and a nickel-zinc negative plate. This current operates a D. C. electric motor which, in turn, drives the boat's propeller. The plates are corrugated or grooved to provide increased working area without increasing their overall dimensions. Some of McCabe's earlier models stalled after a short run due to the polarization or "balancing" of the ions. Eventually this difficulty was overcome and his latest boats have ticked along steadily until the motor brushes or armatures became dirty-a running time of five-and-a-half hours and a distance of some 20 miles. After cleaning they promptly took off again as strong as ever. With stand-by motors and facilities for automatic changeover, there is no reason why such a power plant should not run indefinitely. McCabe has applied his boat-battery principles to a newly patented flashlight cell which he hopes to have on the market this year. Circular in section, it embodies a grooved carbon-graphite positive rod in the center surrounded by a cylindrical, zinc negative plate, deeply corrugated for increased area. He states that this new arrangement produces twice the amperage of the present cell of similar size and lasts twice as long. The dry cell set-up, shown in the diagrammatic insert in the lead illustration, suggests an efficient wet battery arrangement suitable for large, seagoing freight and passenger ships. Encased in long tubes stretching fore and aft between the longitudinal bottom members of the conventional double hull, the batteries „ would occupy the space now used for fuel-oil tanks. Subsurface intakes on either side of the bow admit seawater to the battery tubes in a through-flow system that exhausts it from exit vents beneath the stern. The moving water, with its constant saline content, forms a perfect electrical conductor. The current thus generated is fed into banks of storage batteries from whence it can be drawn in an even, steady supply to operate the ship's propulsive motors and auxiliaries. Such a power plant can be controlled directly from the bridge with no engine room telegraph ' necessary. The D.C. motors are instantly reversible under full loads, eliminating heavy reversing gear and increasing the vessel's maneuverability. Assembled in short, quickly detachable sections, the battery tubes are easily accessible for cleaning, repair or replacement of worn electrodes. Individual pumps and gate valves, fore and aft, permit any particular battery to be closed off and drained without affecting the others. With a few extra units built in for reserve power, the ship can proceed at normal cruising speed while repairs are completed. At the voyage's end, plates can be readily pulled and replaced without the necessity of dry-docking the ship. Similar sea-water battery arrangements can be adapted to small pleasure craft. As shown in the diagram atop page 86, they can be hung in sheet form on either side of a sailing yacht's keel or spread horizontally across the flatter bottoms of motor cruisers. While the original investment in generating and storage batteries, motors and wiring would undoubtedly equal or exceed the cost of an internal combustion engine with its exhaust pipes, plumbing, tanks, etc., the elimination of dangerous and expensive fuels, engine vibration, noise and mechanical reversing gear would make it well worth while in the long run. It would certainly be far simpler, more easily controlled, lighter and more dependable than today's cranky power plants. McCabe feels that while he has developed his sea-water battery to a fairly efficient stage there is still plenty of room for improvement. He hopes, therefore, that some of you MI readers will pick up the ball and carry it a few yards further, "as the amateurs did in the radio field." With this in mind he offers a free permit to use his improvements in advanced experimentation and will be glad to discuss plans and procedures with any interested amateur. His ideas, however, are patented and can not be used commercially without specific permission. To encourage their continued development, McCabe plans a series of sea-water-powered boat races late this summer. He explains that initial battery experiments can easily be conducted in the family bathtub if two or three per cent of salt is added to the water. The basic idea seems perfectly valid and you may get in on the development of a brand new form of marine propulsion-free electric power from the seven salty seas! - Source

01/29/09 - Portable Rooftop Wind Turbine
Inventor Chad Maglaque envisions a small wind turbine on every rooftop. Each would churn out energy to help power homes across Seattle. "For me, so many of these [wind] systems just aren't practical," Maglaque said, referring to expenses and inspections needed to install other wind devices. "I should be able to go down to Costco and pick one up by a big jar of mayonnaise." He's entered his wind-turbine idea in Google's "Project 10 to the 100th" contest, which, to celebrate the company's 10th birthday, will award $10 million to five innovative ideas that seek, in simple terms, to change the world. "We thought this would be an interesting way to celebrate, and it goes with the Googley culture," said company spokesman Jamie Yood. "Google is very much about democratizing the world. You might have this great idea but no way to share it." Google employees worldwide are wading through more than 100,000 entries submitted in 25 different languages. They're narrowing the field to 100 entries, and starting Tuesday the public can vote to name the top 20. A Google advisory panel will pick the five winning projects. He calls his idea a simple one that combines several everyday parts into a wind-power generator. The 3-foot turbine would be mounted on a rooftop or wind tower and plugged directly into an outdoor electrical socket. The turbine's variable-speed motor - similar to those found in a blender or ceiling fan - is then connected directly to the electrical grid. The turbine is equipped with a device that senses when there is enough wind to operate. That automatically turns the motor on, allowing the wind-driven turbine to generate electricity to be used in the home or fed back to the grid. A handful of small wind turbines already have been developed, but they require an expensive converter to take variable wind energy and turn it into a uniform current appropriate for the grid. Maglaque says his design doesn't need a converter and can be plugged directly into the grid. He hopes his prototype, called the Jellyfish wind turbine, will be easy for homeowners to use. Maglaque started building the wind turbine last spring in his garage. Three thin blades resembling those on a helicopter are placed vertically on a spinning platform and whirl when the wind blows. The prototype cost Maglaque less than $100 to build, but he expects each turbine would sell for $400 or $500. He said one turbine should generate about 40 kilowatt hours each month, enough to light a home using high-efficiency bulbs. "It's not going to power the whole house," Maglaque said. "But it's about doing every little bit." - Source

01/29/09 - Wattcher - Build a wireless home-power monitoring system
KeelyNet I live in a rented apartment so I don't have hacking-access to a meter or breaker panel. Since I'm still very interested in measuring my power usage on a long term basis, I will build wireless outlet reporters. Building your own power monitor isn't too tough and can save money but I'm not a fan of sticking my fingers into 120V power. Instead, I'll build on the existing Kill-a-watt power monitor, which works great and is available at my local hardware store. My plan is to have each room connected to a 6-outlet power strip which powers all the devices in that room (each kill-a-watt can measure up to 15A, or about 1800W, which is plenty!). That way I can track room-by-room usage, for example "kitchen", "bedroom", "workbench", and "office". Each wireless outlet/receiver can be built for $50 with a few easily-available electronic parts and light soldering, no microcontroller programming or high voltage engineering is necessary! - Source and more information on the XBee transmitter/receiver module

01/29/09 - Smart Robot Capable of Hunting For Its Own "Food"
"Ok, maybe this is getting a little too close to bringing Terminator-like robots to life. For starters, eco-friendly engine builder Cyclone Power this week inked a contract from Robotic Technologies, Inc. (RTI) to develop what it calls a beta biomass engine system that will be the heart of RTI's Energetically Autonomous Tactical Robot (EATR). The purpose of EATR is to develop and demonstrate an autonomous robotic platform able to perform long-range, long-endurance missions without the need for manual or conventional re-fueling - in other words it needs to 'eat.' According to researchers, the EATR system gets its energy by foraging, or what the firms describe as 'engaging in biologically-inspired, organism-like, energy-harvesting behavior which is the equivalent of eating. It can find, ingest, and extract energy from biomass in the environment as well as use conventional and alternative fuels (such as gasoline, heavy fuel, kerosene, diesel, propane, coal, cooking oil, and solar) when suitable.'" - Source

01/29/09 - Oh-NO!!! - Reunited In Heaven
KeelyNet A great many people are comforted by the belief that when we die, we will be reunited with our loved ones at the gates of heaven. This is an incredibly selfish notion. What about their loved ones? Would you want to condemn Pop and Mom to spend eternity without their own Moms and Pops? And what about their grandparents, and all of everybody's brothers and sisters, and their kids? Get far enough along on the family tree, and somebody's eventually gonna tell you: "Sorry, I don't have time to be reunited right now." I won't even get into the issue of being reunited with very close friends, or pets, or people you love even though you haven't ever met them, like Garrison Keillor... Meanwhile, you will be joyfully united with your children. And your grandchildren, God love 'em. And your great-grandchildren, the blessed little tykes. And of course your great-great-grandchildren, although by now you may want to issue name tags. Will the offspring, for that matter, be little tykes, or will they have already grown up? What age are we in the sweet bye-and-bye? The same age we were when we said bye-bye? - Source

01/29/09 - Nuclear fusion-fission hybrid reactor for carbon-free energy future
Physicists have designed a fusion-fission hybrid reactor called Super X Divertor that would use fusion to destroy most of the transuranic waste produced by nuclear power plants. As a result making nuclear energy a more viable alternative to coal and oil. The scientists' waste destruction system would work in two major steps. First, 75 percent of the original reactor waste is destroyed in standard, relatively inexpensive LWRs. This step produces energy, but it does not destroy highly radiotoxic, transuranic, long-lived waste, what the scientists call "sludge." In the second step, the sludge would be destroyed in a CFNS-based fusion-fission hybrid. The hybrid's potential lies in its ability to burn this hazardous sludge, which cannot be stably burnt in conventional systems. "To burn this really hard to burn sludge, you really need to hit it with a sledgehammer, and that's what we have invented here," says Kotschenreuther. One hybrid would be needed to destroy the waste produced by 10 to 15 LWRs. The process would ultimately reduce the transuranic waste from the original fission reactors by up to 99 percent. Burning that waste also produces energy. The CFNS is designed to be no larger than a small room, and much fewer of the devices would be needed compared to other schemes that are being investigated for similar processes. In combination with the substantial decrease in the need for geological storage, the CFNS-enabled waste-destruction system would be much cheaper and faster than other routes, say the scientists. The CFNS is based on a tokamak, which is a machine with a "magnetic bottle" that is highly successful in confining high temperature (more than 100 million degrees Celsius) fusion plasmas for sufficiently long times. The crucial invention that would pave the way for a CFNS is called the Super X Divertor. The Super X Divertor is designed to handle the enormous heat and particle fluxes peculiar to compact devices; it would enable the CFNS to safely produce large amounts of neutrons without destroying the system. "The intense heat generated in a nuclear fusion device can literally destroy the walls of the machine," says research scientist Valanju, "and that is the thing that has been holding back a highly compact source of nuclear fusion." - Source

01/29/09 - Orange Ribbon Locates Airplanes Forced Down in Woods (Jul, 1930)
KeelyNet (What an interesting idea, though now we'd use radio beacons. This could also be used for people lost at sea, in the desert, just about anywhere! - JWD) In case of forced landing, the pilot releases 800 fee of wide orange ribbon which rests on the tree tops showing the planes' location to searching airmen, though the plane might be concealed in the trees. - Source

01/29/09 - Video Game Conditioning Spills Over Into Real Life
"Lessons learned in video games may transcend computers, PlayStations and Wiis. New research suggests that virtual worlds sway real-life choices. Twenty-two volunteers who played a cycling game learned to associate one team's jersey with a good flavored drink and another team's jersey with a bad flavored drink. Days later, 3/4 of the subjects avoided the same jersey in a real-world test. Marketers and lawyers will take note." - Source

01/29/09 - Radio Controlled Cyborg Insects At MEMS 2009
KeelyNet "During MEMS 2009, a Micro Electro Mechanical Systems conference taking place in Sorrento (near Naples in Italy), the University of California, Berkeley showed a wireless system to control a live rhinoceros beetle. The researchers controlled the movement of the beetle thanks to six electrodes installed in the insect's brain. The rhinoceros beetles can carry up to 3gr, and fly carrying the control module that weighs a little more than 1 gr." - Source

01/29/09 - Crash Predicted in 2006 w/amazing video
An analyst named Peter Schiff did the TV talking head circuit in 2006 and 2007, during which time he accurately predicted and described the economic crisis we're now suffering. He recommends in one segment that viewers take all their money out of the stock market and buy gold which, it turns out, has risen dramatically since then. The "Prediction Fail" comes from all his many opponents, who dismissed his warnings as absurd, and literally laughed at him. - Source

01/29/09 - System Lets You See Through Walls
KeelyNet A UK company called Cambridge Consultants has developed a system called the Prism 200, which can see through walls. It works using ultrawide-band radar. It can only see objects that are moving, but that includes the movement from breathing or even a beating heart. It provides quick and covert intelligence on the movement and location of people in a room or building - without the need for invasive sensors. prism 200 has been designed for situations where a high degree of insight is essential for success. This compact, portable and durable product uses advanced signal processing to highlight moving people and objects in cluttered environments, through doors or brick, block and concrete walls. prism 200 is easy to use and with the press of a button, operators can switch between front, plan or profile views for a complete picture. The user can also observe the scenario in a 3D view, where the perspective can be rotated to look at a room or building from various vantage points. To extend the flexible operation of Prism 200 a Laptop Application has been developed that allows the user to remotely monitor and record the intelligence gathered. This permits Special Forces or Police Special Operation teams to deploy the Prism 200 Through Wall Radar and monitor the intelligence from a safe distance. - Source

01/29/09 - LED Lighting As Cheap As CFLs Invented
"New Scientist reports that a British team has overcome the obstacles to cheap LED lighting, and that LED lamps as cheap as CFLs will be on the market in five years. Quoting: 'Gallium nitride cannot be grown on silicon like other solid-state electronic components because it shrinks at twice the rate of silicon as it cools. Crystals of GaN must be grown at 1000C, so by the time a new LED made on silicon has cooled, it has already cracked, rendering the devices unusable. One solution is to grow the LEDs on sapphire, which shrinks and cools at much the same rate as GaN. But the expense is too great to be commercially competitive. Now Colin Humphreys's team at the University of Cambridge has discovered a simple solution to the shrinkage problem. They included layers of aluminium gallium nitride in their LED design... These LEDs can be grown on silicon as so many other electronics components are. ... A 15-centimetre silicon wafer costs just $15 and can accommodate 150,000 LEDs making the cost per unit tiny.'" - Source

01/29/09 - 5 cent tilt sensor
KeelyNet This is a 5 cent tilt sensor. We know it cost more than 5 cents, but it is in fact a tilt sensor that utilizes a 5 cent coin. We've all done quick hacks to make quick sensors for various projects. We've seen tons of them, from stealing springs out of pens and shoving a resistor through them for flexible contact switches, to tin foil touch sensors. This one is new to us though. The design is fairly simple, you insert 4 bits of wire to serve as contacts and the coin will make contact with only two at a time. It isn't analog, it isn't extremely precise, but it is super quick and easy. - Source

01/29/09 - Obama's Green Snake Oil
"We need more than the same old empty promises," President Obama declared on Monday. He therefore offered new empty promises, most conspicuously a vow to create "a new energy economy that puts millions of our citizens to work." As he did during his campaign, Obama presented his plan to ameliorate global warming as a way of stimulating the economy, with the first steps -- money for weatherizing buildings, boosting alternative energy production and improving power transmission -- incorporated into his American Recovery and Reinvestment Plan. Thus he continues to ignore the enormous cost of dramatically reducing carbon dioxide emissions, falsely portraying the economic burden as a boon. Obama still officially intends to "help create five million new jobs by strategically investing $150 billion over the next 10 years to catalyze private efforts to build a clean energy future." Exactly where that projection comes from is a mystery. To see the fallacy here, consider this: If Obama could snap his fingers and make global warming disappear tomorrow, should he do it? By his logic, no, because then we'd lose all those wonderful green jobs that will help pull us out of the recession. - Source

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We believe the federal government has grown too centralized, too intrusive, and too expensive. We believe in constitutional limits, smaller government, civil liberties, federalism, and low taxes. We want to end laws and programs that don't work, cause harm, and violate the Constitution. We want to restore the full force of the 9th and 10th amendments, which reserve most social functions to the people and the states. - Source

01/29/09 - Men spend nine hours of their life in a state of orgasm
German sexologist Rolf Degen conducted an extensive research to find out the average duration of orgasm in humans. The average female orgasm lasts for 1.7 seconds. The average male orgasm lasts for 12.4 seconds. It just so happens that a woman spends 1 hour and 24 second in the state of bliss during her entire life. - Source

01/29/09 - Best Ways to Reengineer the Climate Revealed
"The realisation that existing efforts to mitigate the effects of human-induced climate change are proving wholly ineffectual has fuelled a resurgence of interest in geo-engineering," explains UEA environmental-sciences professor Tim Lenton, who wrote the report with UEA colleague Naomi Vaughan. Reflecting sun away from the earth by launching sunshades into space or injecting reflective manufactured particles into the stratosphere tops UEA's list, showing the greatest potential to cool Earth back to preindustrial temperatures by 2050, when combined with serious greenhouse-gas reductions. Lenton's team judges stratospheric particle dispersal to also carry the most risk, because the particles would be both highly effective and short acting. Any interruption in the particle deployment (if, for example, we fell behind on the 135,000 space launches per year required to maintain an effective sunshade) would unleash extremely rapid warming. Next up are enhanced carbon sinks, such as burying carbon-rich charcoal (i.e., "bio-char"). What New Scientist calls "burn it and bury it" in its coverage of UEA's geoengineering rankings could cut atmospheric CO2 to preindustrial levels. But not before 2100 and, again, only when combined with strong mitigation of CO2 emissions. Schemes that fail their back-of-the-envelope calculations include ocean fertilizing: phosphorus pollution from farms and laundries may already stimulate more carbon sequestration than proposed schemes to deliberately seed the ocean with iron or nitrogen. Making cities more reflective also comes up short: the UEA team says that this could make cities more livable but would have "minimal global effect." - Source

01/29/09 - Google plans to make PCs history
Google is to launch a service that would enable users to access their personal computer from any internet connection, according to industry reports. But campaigners warn that it would give the online behemoth unprecedented control over individuals' personal data. The Google Drive, or "GDrive", could kill off the desktop computer, which relies on a powerful hard drive. Instead a user's personal files and operating system could be stored on Google's own servers and accessed via the internet. Home and business users are increasingly turning to web-based services, usually free, ranging from email (such as Hotmail and Gmail) and digital photo storage (such as Flickr and Picasa) to more applications for documents and spreadsheets (such as Google Apps). The loss of a laptop or crash of a hard drive does not jeopardise the data because it is regularly saved in "the cloud" and can be accessed via the web from any machine. The GDrive would follow this logic to its conclusion by shifting the contents of a user's hard drive to the Google servers. The PC would be a simpler, cheaper device acting as a portal to the web, perhaps via an adaptation of Google's operating system for mobile phones, Android. Users would think of their computer as software rather than hardware. - Source

01/29/09 - Barack Obama's approval rating plunges 15 points
KeelyNet After less than a week in office, Barack Obama's approval rating plunges 15 points. Barack Obama might have been in office for less than a week, but the euphoria is beginning to wane. The new President's approval ratings have fallen from a stratospheric 83 per cent to a more modest - although still impressive - 68 per cent. He still remains vastly more popular than his predecessor George Bush - who left office with around 25 per cent approval. - Source

01/29/09 - Cows respond to personal touch
Happy cows produce more milk, according to researchers at Newcastle University. Cattle that are named and treated with a "more personal touch" can increase milk yields by up to 500 pints a year. The study, by the university's School of Agriculture, Food and Rural Development, involved 516 farmers across the UK. Published in the journal Anthrozoos, the study found farmers who named their cows gained a higher yield than the 54% that did not give their cattle names. - Source

01/26/09 - New Way To Produce Hydrogen Discovered
The findings are important because they demonstrate that it is the geometries of these aluminum clusters, rather than solely their electronic properties, that govern the proximity of the clusters' exposed active sites. The proximity of the clusters' exposed sites plays an important role in affecting the clusters' reactions with water. "Our previous research suggested that electronic properties govern everything about these aluminum clusters, but this new study shows that it is the arrangement of atoms within the clusters that allows them to split water," said A. Welford Castleman Jr., Eberly Family Distinguished Chair in Science and Evan Pugh Professor in the Penn State Departments of Chemistry and Physics. "Generally, this knowledge might allow us to design new nanoscale catalysts by changing the arrangements of atoms in a cluster. The results could open up a new area of research, not only related to splitting water, but also to breaking the bonds of other molecules, as well." They found that a water molecule will bind between two aluminum sites in a cluster as long as one of the sites behaves like a Lewis acid, a positively charged center that wants to accept an electron, and the other behaves like a Lewis base, a negatively charged center that wants to give away an electron. The Lewis-acid aluminum binds to the oxygen in the water and the Lewis-base aluminum dissociates a hydrogen atom. If this process happens a second time with another set of two aluminum sites and a water molecule, then two hydrogen atoms are available, which then can join to become hydrogen gas (H2). The team found that the aluminum clusters react differently when exposed to water, depending on the sizes of the clusters and their unique geometric structures. Three of the aluminum clusters produced hydrogen from water at room temperature. "The ability to produce hydrogen at room temperature is significant because it means that we did not use any heat or energy to trigger the reaction," said Khanna. "Traditional techniques for splitting water to produce hydrogen generally require a lot of energy at the time the hydrogen is generated. But our method allows us to produce hydrogen without supplying heat, connecting to a battery, or adding electricity. Once the aluminum clusters are synthesized, they can generate hydrogen on demand without the need to store it." - Source

01/26/09 - Aptera's Electric Car About to Roll
KeelyNet After delays, the Google-funded car is due out this fall. The strange-looking, three-wheeled electric vehicle from Aptera, the startup based in Vista, CA, will be rolling off assembly lines this October, the company says. The fish on wheels seemed a long shot for commercial success, but the Google funding seems to be helping. Now the company has 4,000 people signed up to buy the car, according to VentureBeat. / The Aptera Typ-1, a vehicle that can get 300 miles per gallon, will be available in early 2008 for less than $30,000 in both an electric plugin, and gas electric plugin hybrid version, the company announced Monday. The vehicle will be able to charge from any stand 110-volt outlet, according to company specs. The Typ-1 will have a range of 120 miles on electricity alone, with a 600 mile range for the hybrid version when fully fueled. The vehicle seats two in the front, with one seat in the back big enough to fit an infant car seat, according to company specs. With that seat removed and used as a cargo area, it can fit up to 15 bags of groceries or two full-size golf club bags. The previous prototype of the Aptera had been able to get 230 mpg, according to the company. The car is street legal, according to Aptera. Like many of the electric vehicles you can buy right now, the vehicle is registered with the Department of Transportation as a motorcycle. Instead of typical side mirrors, the car has displays fed by embedded cameras that show a 180-degree view of the rear and side area of the car. Its safety features include a front-end crumple zone to protect passengers and air bags. - Source

01/26/09 - Portable Hydro-power invention
Inventor Willis Bond has a fluid-driven power plant invention that might turn out to be a key technological advancement in the nation's ongoing effort to harness renewable energy and transform it into electricity. It's simple: Put the kinetic energy created by water flow to work. You can find it almost anywhere, he says. "The mass velocity of fluid is hundreds of times more powerful than wind," Bond says. "If you look around, there's moving fluid almost everywhere, whether its water in a river, storm drains or the ocean's tide." The miniature power plants could float in water, or be attached to a bridge support. It might lean off the side of a boat dock, or stand in the middle of aqueduct. A generator would transform kinetic energy flowing through its moving gears into electricity. Federal patents on his renewable energy concepts were filed in December, both for the United States and internationally. "We don't have a shortage of energy if we can use the kinetic energy around us," Bond said. "There's gotta' be somebody out there interested in this. It's going to be up and running, even if I have to work at this day by day, piece by piece." - Source

01/26/09 - Amazing solar-powered fridge invented by British student
KeelyNet Not only is the fridge solar powered, it can also be built from household materials - making it ideal for the Third World. Emily Cummins, 21, came up with the idea while working on a school project in her grandfather's potting shed. The fridge is now improving the lives of thousands of poverty-stricken Africans. And Miss Cummins hopes to patent a more sophisticated portable model for use in transporting medical supplies around hot countries. From the age of four, when she was given a hammer as a gift, Miss Cummins has spent much of her spare time making things out of ordinary materials. She has won awards for a toothpaste squeezer for arthritis sufferers and for a water-carrying device, again for Third World use. Her 'sustainable' fridge works through evaporation and can be used to keep perishable goods such as milk and meat cool for days. Without using any power, temperatures stay at around 6c (6 degree Celsius = 42.8 degree Fahrenheit). The fridge comprises two cylinders - one inside the other. The inner cylinder is made from metal but the outer cylinder can be made from anything to hand, including wood and plastic. - Source

01/26/09 - An Energy Efficient Tiny House That Sets Up in Hours
KeelyNet A Colorado company builds 'Smart Cabins' out of Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) that can be set up in a matter of hours for a sweet off-grid house or weekend getaway. The company claims up to 30% to 70% energy savings for their octagonal yurts (built with R-28 walls and R-42 roof panels) and a temperature difference between inside and out of over 35° F with no internal heat source. That's a pretty substantial savings in both money and energy, and you'll probably be the only one in your neighborhood with an octagonal yurt, which gets extra points for style. / Using SIPs for the structure uses 20% less wall materials than for a rectangular house of comparable square footage, and the design is seven times stronger than conventional framing. The panels contain no formaldehyde or VOCs, no asbestos, glass or cellulose fibers, and make for fast assembly. SIPs are manufactured with electrical chases already in place, speeding up the wiring for the builder, and the panels will fit in the back of a standard ¾ ton pickup truck, letting you get your house to remote areas without renting a semi-trailer or a crane to unload it. The open floor plan and operable skylight help with convective airflow for heating and cooling, and the air-tight, super-insulated walls will save you a bundle on your utilities. A 20 foot diameter model has about 300 square feet of interior space, and the company has options for joining two or more together. For a starter home, the 20 foot Solargon sounds like the perfect choice, especially with a price of only about $24,000. If you want to go bigger, they do make a 30 foot diameter model with about 695 square feet of space, and the extra space allows for a loft above. - Source

01/26/09 - Two-Story Hydraulic extended Camper-Car
KeelyNet How three former classmates in Japan spent two years converting a 1.5-ton box truck into a mobile camper -- which hydraulically transforms into a two-story house -- and took said camper on a year-long cross-country tour. With images, video (Windows Media format) and specifications, as well as a tour gallery. At first we looked for a used truck. Fortunately, we were able to buy a truck cheaply. And we made a house on the truck. It took about 2 years. We are not a carpenter and engineers. Therefore long time was necessary. Anyway, the camper was completed safely. - Source

01/26/09 - Obama Can Solve the Energy Crisis With Electric Vehicles
There is a way to solve our energy crisis with strong leadership. If our rich and prosperous country's leader defines the strategy, implements the tactics and requires results, he could free the U.S. of dependence on foreign oil, clean the atmosphere, and lower the cost of fuel and enrich our national technology - all at the same time. The critical steps are: * 1. Evolve autos from gasoline/diesel to hybrid to plug-in hybrid. * 2. Develop a battery that can run 200 miles on a 10-minute recharge. * 3. Strengthen America's electrical distribution system. * 4. Recharge cars in garages, public places and service stations. * 5. Build nuclear power plants to enlarge the supply of electricity. * 6. Use all alternate sources of energy, i.e. wind, natural gas, solar. The fundamental strategy is to evolve to an electric transportation system and an electricity-based refueling infrastructure. The internal combustion engine that powers our cars and trucks is 100 years old. Our organization of gasoline stations is effective and well established, with more than 160,000 service stations throughout the U.S. on interstate highways and in our cities. A swift transition to electric cars and the ability to conveniently recharge them is the best energy policy for the future. The first step is to require or convince auto manufacturers to quickly evolve from gasoline and diesel engines to hybrid electric and then to fully electric vehicles within 10 years. The second step is to enable our vehicles to be recharged in our homes, parking lots, parking garages and service stations. The electrical distribution system in the U.S. can be expanded to provide capacity to gasoline stations, evolving them into recharging stations. Parking spaces in the public and private environment can incorporate plug-in charging systems as well. The major challenge is to develop a battery system that is small, light and able to be recharged in 10 minutes for a 200-mile capacity, even though most drivers refuel often and do not require that much range. This technology is not available today, but American ingenuity, entrepreneurship and invention can make it possible. We are accustomed to recharging devices and equipment, from cell phones to electric drills. The problem is that the battery technologies used in our laptops, iPods and cameras are not adequate for automobiles. The technical challenge is clear and can be solved. - Source

01/26/09 - Magnets Are Now Re-Volting
KeelyNet The Powermat, revealed at CES, is an Israeli invention that uses magnetic induction to recharge batteries, without removing them from the device itself. The system is already clever enough to identify RFID tags and deliver power based on the power needs of the device, even recharging up to four devices at once, with differing needs. "It can charge a 100-watt gadget side by side with an iPod Nano that is very low power," said Ron Ferber, president of Powermat. "It knows what's on the mat." Also at CES was the eCoupled system, developed by Fulton Innovation, which detects the power need by the induction coil already within the device, and then recharges it in a similar way. Both devices won't be available to the general public until late 2009, but the system itself is safer and less expensive than normal wall-based cables. Obviously, you can't power devices like monitors or items with a hard-disk, due to the magnets inside - that would be bad, - but the inventions are still in their infancy. As it stands, you can run a desklamp or fan purely by sitting them on the mat. The systems are also green (as the power use is massively decreased), take a similar time to recharge as normal wall-based sockets and can't shock you (as the mat needs to recognize the RFID/coil before it will provide power). / PowerMat is designed to replace the need to access multiple electrical sockets with the flexibility and freedom of wireless power for real-time powering and charging of electronic devices of almost any kind in almost any environment. The technology utilizes principles of magnetic induction to transmit electrical power via an ultra thin mat embedded in, or overlaid on, any surface or wall, to electronic devices placed randomly upon it. When the mat and the device are in immediate proximity, an "handshake process" evokes to identify: 1. if there is a valid connection between the mat and the device, 2. the amount of power required, and its existing level of stored battery power, 3. which component in the Mat should be activated to transfer the required power. Then and only then does the transfer of electricity begin. The system continuously monitors the power level of each device and automatically discontinues power transfer when the need for power is satisfied (i.e. when charging has reached optimal levels or device is either disconnected from the mat or turned off). - Source

01/26/09 - Never underestimate the power of yourself
KeelyNet The passion starts subconsciously when we are young, and develops every year we grow older even when we may not realize it. Pretty soon, we start to research and, perhaps, even tell other people what our ultimate goal is with our passion. As soon as we get to that point, however, we end up being stuck in between dreaming and actually doing. What is really holding us back? The answer to that question is ourselves. When you really want something in life you have to be willing to work hard and sometimes even make sacrifices to get what you want. There is an anonymous quote that says: "In order to get something that you want in life, you have to be willing to do something you have never done to get it." In other words, we may have to make sacrifices, stay up late at night, trade fun for work in order for us to achieve our ultimate goal. If you really want something you will do the work to get it. Many times, however, we will get to the point where we know what we want to do in life that we want to make something of ourselves, and maybe even the necessary steps we have to take in order to get there. The only thing that is holding us back is us. We are the only ones that can tell us that we cannot do something, or that we are not good enough, etc. No one else has the power to tell us that we can't do something. So why is it we tend to hold ourselves back so often to achieve success? Fear could be one reason. Are we afraid to be successful? Are we just comfortable how our life is now without achieving our goals? Do we let other people tell us that we can't? If so, then we are putting blockers on our own path in life. Things do come up in life unexpectedly and, then again, sometimes things go as planned. However, do you think it's possible that obstacles are put on our path for a reason? In other words, if we wanted to achieve something bad enough, we would figure out a way to get around those obstacles. Obstacles are there to test whether or not you want something bad enough. You have no idea what could happen until you try. Why wait? Know that you can do anything that you put your mind to. Don't let anyone ever tell you that you can't follow your dream, tell you you're not good enough or that you can't do something. Only you have the power to make those statements about yourself. Only you have the power to make your dreams come true. If you really want to pursue your dreams you can find a way to overcome the obstacles that get in the way. Never give up, and it's time to start pursuing your dreams. It is never too early or too late to start, for you don't know how much time you have left to fulfill them. - Source

01/26/09 - Philippine inventions
Air-chamber hub windmill - After retiring in 2003, Macario Tagum spent most of his time inventing energy-saving and renewable-energy devices. One of his inventions is the air-chamber hub windmill, a vertical-axis windmill that converts wind energy into mechanical energy with low speed and high-torque output. When the wind exerts sufficient pressure on the concave surface of one blade, the wind on the convex surface of another blade produces low pressure so the whole blade assembly rotates in a clockwise direction, creating mechanical energy. The invention is aimed at reducing electric-energy and fossil-fuel consumption by harnessing wind energy. It can be used in windy coastal areas for ice-making or cold-storage plants. / Fuel-saving gadget - Invented by Teodorico Badua of La Union, it can recycle engine oil and other combustible-liquid waste into fuel. It converts used oil and other combustible-liquid waste into flammable gas. Badua claims the device helps save fuel consumption by up to 30 percent as it generates fuel vapor that can be used for gasoline-based engines. It enhances fuel combustion, reducing hydrocarbon and carbon-monoxide emissions while increasing engine power, torque and speed to achieve a higher mileage. He says it also helps prolong engine life by reducing friction and heat between pistons and cylinders. - Source

01/26/09 - Gui:config Gives Easy Access to Hidden Firefox Settings
KeelyNet Firefox only (Windows/Mac/Linux): Firefox extension gui:config adds an advanced settings panel with easy access to options normally hidden behind cryptic about:config options. Once installed, the extension adds a new Advanced Settings item to the Tools menu for accessing the hidden settings. Rather than making you install the add-on to see if the settings apply to you, we'll just take a quick tour through all of the screens so you can visually figure out if you want to install it or not. The Accessibility tab adds in quite a few useful settings like middle-click paste or changing the backspace key's default setting to go back a page (an annoyance for many people). - Source

01/26/09 - Mexico turns toward alternative energy
Mexico is trying to exploit its rich wind and solar potential after relying almost exclusively on petroleum for decades. With oil production down by 9.2 percent in 2008, Mexico now is turning to foreign companies, mainly Spanish, to tap its renewable riches. "If we don't do something about this problem of climate change it probably could become - I'm sure it already is - one of the biggest threats to humanity," said President Felipe Calderon at the inaugural ceremony attended by about 1,000 residents, many of whom held on to their cowboy hats on this wind-swept day. The new, $550 million project is in a region so breezy that the main town is named La Ventosa, or "Windy." It's on the narrow isthmus between the Gulf of Mexico and the Pacific Ocean, where winds blow at 15 mph to 22 mph (25 to 36 kph), a near-ideal rate for turbines. Gusts have been known to topple tractor trailers. Spanish energy company Acciona Energia says the 6,180-acre (2,500-hectare) farm should generate 250 megawatts of electricity with 167 turbines, 25 of which are already operating. The rest should be on line by the end of the year, making the project the largest of its kind in Latin America. It will produce enough energy to power a city of 500,000 people, while reducing carbon monoxide emissions by 600,000 metric tons each year, according to the company. Mexico hopes to boost the nation's wind energy capacity, mainly at La Ventosa, to 5,000 megawatts - about 10 times its current output. Wind energy now accounts for less than 2 percent of electricity production. Energy Secretary Georgina Kessel said the government is planning a series of wind projects that by 2012 should generate 2,500 megawatts of electricity. "The intensity of wind in various parts of the country can make our plants among the most efficient in the world," she said. - Source

01/26/09 - Security robot that nets burglars with spider web spray
KeelyNet A new robotic security guard has been unveiled that can sense an intruder and launch a net to capture them. The prototype T-34 trundles along on four small wheels and it loaded with sensors that can detect anything untoward in an office building. Created by robot developer tmsuk and security firm Alacom the surveillance robot reacts to body heat and sound. The zippy machine moves up to 6mph under the command of a person who sees real-time images of where the robot is on the screen of his mobile. It can then be instructed to spray a 'spider web' net that entangles the intruder. The robot was demonstrated recently in Tokyo. 'Security sensors often set off false alarms but examining the location with the robot will lead to more efficient operations,' the companies said. T-34 users can see live images from the robot's camera and control the robot using a mobile phone. / The T34 robotic mall cop is a two-foot-high security guard on wheels that can track down bad guys running amok on commercial property and disable them with a 'Spider-Man' like web. Named the T-34, possibly after the legendary Soviet tank of World War II, the little blue guy on wheels weighs about 25 pounds and has a top speed of about 6 mph. - Source

01/26/09 - The Obameter: Tracking Obama's Campaign Promises
PolitiFact has compiled about 500 promises that Barack Obama made during the campaign and is tracking their progress on our Obameter. We rate their status as No Action, In the Works or Stalled. Once we find action is completed, we rate them Promise Kept, Compromise or Promise Broken. - Source

01/26/09 - Better Thermal Photovoltaics
KeelyNet In general, thermal photovoltaics use solar cells to convert the light that radiates from a hot surface into electricity. While the first applications will be generating electricity from waste heat, eventually the technology could be used to generate electricity from sunlight far more efficiently than solar panels do. In such a system, sunlight is concentrated on a material to heat it up, and the light it emits is then converted into electricity by a solar cell. A conventional solar panel absorbs light from the entire spectrum, but it only converts certain colors efficiently. Much of the energy in the other wavelengths of light goes to waste. As a result, the maximum theoretical efficiency of a conventional solar cell is 30 percent, or 41 percent if the sunlight is first concentrated using a mirror or lens. In a thermal photovoltaic system, light is concentrated onto a material to heat it up. The material is selected so that when it gets hot, it emits light at wavelengths that a solar cell can convert efficiently. As a result, the theoretical maximum efficiency of a thermal photovoltaic system is 85 percent. In practice, engineering challenges will make this hard to attain, but DiMatteo says that the company's computer models suggest that efficiencies over 50 percent should be possible. - Source

01/26/09 - Batchrun Creates Automated Scripts Easily
Windows only: Batchrun is a graphical script creation tool that eliminates the need for knowledge of arcane scripting languages to execute batches of commands. Using the application is fairly simple, albeit a little clunky until you get used to it: Start by using the Add button to create a new line, then choose a command to execute from the drop-down list. Once you are done, there's a handy option on the File menu to save the script directly to the desktop or startup folder. One of the notable commands in the list is "End Process", which could be used as an alternate method to quickly kill multiple programs, a handy option for your toolkit. Batch scripts might seem boring, but they can be useful to run a set of applications as part of a scheduled task to cleanup your computer. We've shown you how to create your own batch scripts to quick launch your workspace, but Batchrun does the same thing but doesn't require any special knowledge from you. For a more powerful alternative that includes it's own scheduler, check out previously mentioned Z-Cron. - Source

01/26/09 - Sex and depression: In the brain, if not the mind
KeelyNet As everyone knows, sex feels good. Or does it? In recent years, I've come across several patients for whom sex is not just unpleasurable; it actually seems to cause harm. There is nothing strange about a little sadness after sexual pleasure. As the saying goes, after sex all animals are sad. But these patients experienced intense dysphoria that lasted too long and was too disruptive to be dismissed as mere unhappiness. The research literature is virtually silent on sex-induced depression, but a Google search revealed several Web sites and chat rooms for something called postcoital blues. Who knew? There, I read many accounts nearly identical to those of my patients, with reports of various remedies for the malady. Serotonin is good for your mood, but too much of it in your brain and spinal cord is decidedly bad for sex. I thought that if I could somehow modulate my patients' sexual response, make it less intense, it might blunt the negative emotional state afterward. In other words, I would exploit the usually undesirable side effects of the SSRI's for possible therapeutic effect. As anyone who has taken one of these drugs for depression can tell you, it may take a few weeks to feel better, but side effects, like sexual dysfunction, are often immediate. For my patients, that turned out to be an advantage. After just two weeks on an SSRI, both said that while sex was less intensely pleasurable, no emotional crash followed. - Source

01/26/09 - Electric Drag Racing w/video
KeelyNet This electric car uses 60 batteries that provide fast, total power that kicks butt against gas powered race cars. Also shown in the video are super fast accelerating motorcycles being raced on the drag circuit. - Source

01/26/09 - 'Peak Water' Requires Low-Cost Solutions
The threat of "peak water" should be considered as big a threat - and opportunity - as the threat of peak oil. It's not that the world is running out of water per se, water expert Peter Gleick told an audience Wednesday at the Cleantech Investor Summit in Palm Springs. Rather, "We may run out of the ecological value that water provides," he said, by depleting ancient underground aquifers, overdrawing the world's major rivers and contaminating the limited fresh water available in certain parts of the world. That's not just a problem for the more than one billion people worldwide that lack access to safe drinking water, or the two-fifths of the world that lacks access to adequate sanitation services, he said. "What companies once thought of as a minor cost may no longer be a minor cost," he said. But what he called a coming water crisis also represents an opportunity for the $400 billion to $500 billion water industry, he said. "There are enormous opportunities for end-use [conservation] devices, from water use in homes to drip irrigation in fields," he said. Small-scale water treatment systems for small communities could also be useful, he said. "There are also opportunities in real-time water testing and monitoring," he said. "There are new contaminants we have to worry about and low-level contaminants that we've never previously detected," such as traces of pharmaceuticals that are now showing up in drinking water supplies. In his speech, Gleick also suggested a different approach to thinking about water infrastructure, which has traditionally been a matter of huge dams, reclamation projects and centralized water treatment systems. - Source

01/26/09 - Air Travel Won't Suck in 2093
KeelyNet Departure 2093: Five Visions on Future Flying includes sleek planes that run on algae and venture into space, airlines that offer everything from personal flight attendants to pre-flight yoga and an industry that - gasp! - runs efficiently. Departure 2093 is full of cool ideas, but it's hard to know which are real and which are just wishful thinking from an industry that really couldn't make air travel any worse. Besides - you'd think 85 years would be long enough to straighten it all out. Paul Steele of the International Air Transport Association predicts on the website that algae-derived biofuels will be commonplace by 2093. He's also gung-ho for hydrogen despite the hurdles. Boeing is among the companies experimenting with hydrogen, and Steele thinks we'll see the first H-powered flights by the mid to late 2050s. That's all well and good, but what will flying be like? Well, by 2093 we'll no longer kill time at the gate and waste time in long lines. Finnair''s seers say we'll arrive at the gate and take our seats in a passenger module that, once full, will be loaded onto our waiting plane. Those planes, by way, will essentially be airborne cruise ships offering everything from gourmet meals to wellness services, predicts Ingo Wuggetzer of Airbus. It won't be long before the narrow metal tubes we're used to flying in will be replaced by sleek blended wing planes that can carry more than 1,000 people. Superquiet small planes will hop between Podunk airports. This is where Departure 2093 gets really interesting. Finnair invited designer and aviation nut Kauko Helvuo to dream up six planes he thinks we'd see by 2093, and they're all pretty freakin' cool. They range from the A600, a supersonic zero-emission aircraft that resembles the Concorde and cruises at more than four times the speed of sound, to the donut-shaped A1700 that carries 2,400 people and includes a beauty parlor, gym and, um, hologram movies. For families on the go, Helavou designed the "aircraft for everyone," a three passenger, Jetsons-style rotor craft that features solar panels and a cruising speed of 150 mph. It's all pretty wild, but Helvuo says it's not completely pie in the sky. - Source

01/26/09 - All Earth's Seasons Now Arrive Two Days Earlier
Although the cause of this seasonal shift - which has occurred over land, but not the ocean - is unclear, the researchers say the shift appears to be related, in part, to a particular pattern of winds that also has been changing over the same time period. This pattern of atmospheric circulation, known as the Northern Annular Mode, is the most important wind pattern for controlling why one winter in the Northern Hemisphere is different from another. The researchers found that the mode also is important in controlling the arrival of the seasons each year. Whatever the cause, Stine said, current Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) models do not predict this phase shift in the annual temperature cycle. Details are published in the Jan. 22 issue of the journal Nature. - Source

01/26/09 - Plasmonic whispering gallery microcavities
KeelyNet The principle behind whispering galleries - where words spoken softly beneath a domed ceiling or in a vault can be clearly heard on the opposite side of the chamber - has been used to achieve what could prove to be a significant breakthrough in the miniaturization of lasers. Ultrasmall lasers, i.e., nanoscale, promise a wide variety of intriguing applications, including superfast communications and data handling (photonics), and optical microchips for instant and detailed chemical analyses. Just as the energy in waves of light is carried through space in discrete or quantized particle-like units called photons, so, too, is the energy in waves of charged gas (plasma) carried in quantized particle-like packets called plasmons, as they travel along metallic surfaces. When photons excite the collective electron oscillations at the interfaces between metal and dielectric (insulator) materials, they can form yet another quasi-particle called a surface plasmon polariton(SPP). Such polaritons play an important role in the optical properties of metals and can be used to manipulate light on a nanoscale. - Source

01/26/09 - Biodiesel Congeals, School Buses Stall
Biodiesel congeals at low temperatures, as John Jones, the transit director for the Summit Stage bus service in the Colorado mountains told me. He stopped using biodiesel in the winter after one of his buses filled with drunken revelers - and fueled by a biodiesel blend - stalled on the interstate in the middle of a frigid winter night. Now a similar problem has hit Minnesota school buses, which also run on a biodiesel blend. According to The Minneapolis Star Tribune, some school buses stalled in last week's bitterly cold weather. Children got stuck in stalled buses or had a long wait in the freezing weather at their bus stops. A few school districts were closed as a result of the problem. Unlike most states, Minnesota law requires diesel fuel to carry a 2 percent biodiesel blend - a policy backed by soy farmers, whose crop accounts for most of the state's biodiesel stock. Diesel also can congeal at low temperatures, but experts say that biodiesel congeals more readily... - Source

01/22/09 - Boat Moves Without an Engine Or Sails w/video
KeelyNet "Researchers say technology they have developed would let boats or small aquatic robots glide through the water without the need for an engine, sails or paddles. A University of Pittsburgh research team has designed a propulsion system that uses the natural surface tension that is present on the water's surface and an electric pulse to move the boat or robot, researchers said. The Pitt system has no moving parts and the low-energy electrode that emits the pulse could be powered by batteries, radio waves, or solar power, researchers said in a statement." / One of the system's primary applications could be as a cheap, environment-friendly robot that could traverse the world's oceans, gathering research data, Cho said. Pitt researchers said that in their experiments, an electrode attached to a 2-centimeter-long "mini-boat" emitted a surge that changed the rear surface tension direction and propelled the boat at roughly 4 millimeters per second. A second electrode attached to the boat's front side served as the rudder. The Pitt system is similar to the MIT developed robot known as a Robostrider. - Source

01/22/09 - WePOWER to Mass Produce Its Innovative PacWind Turbines
KeelyNet WePOWER, LLC., a developer of clean energy solutions around the world, announced today that it has secured the capacity to mass produce up to 500,000 of its PacWind turbines in the United States within a 12-month period. This capability enables the company to swiftly and cost-effectively deliver its clean energy wind turbines to consumers, home-owners, businesses, developers and wind farms throughout the nation. "WePOWER's system to mass produce wind turbines is significant because it allows us to bring accessible wind energy to consumers, businesses and wind energy developers," explained Marvin Winkler, CEO of WePOWER. "Through our innovative technology and manufacturing capacity, we will help bring to life the goals and aspirations of the nation's green leaders who envision micro-utilities, a smart grid and new clean energy jobs in the US." Five hundred thousand PacWind turbines can enable: * CLEAN POWER. At an average wind speed of 10mph, the PacWind turbines can generate an estimated 2.4 billion kWh of electricity per year, which is enough to power over 210,000 homes per year. At 28mph, they can generate about 11 billion kWh per year, which is enough to power about 1 million homes per year. * NEW JOBS. Create about 5,000 jobs in the US through development, manufacturing, sales and installation. * REDUCED EMMISSIONS. Reduce the equivalent of over 750,000 tons of CO2 from being emitted into the Earth's atmosphere. WePOWER's PacWind line of innovative, patented turbines have only a few moving parts and can easily be installed almost anywhere. PacWind turbines can capture and create energy from multi-directional winds as low as 3mph and survive wind speeds in excess of 147mph due to the self-regulating, patented air foil. In addition, they are free of noise, vibration and maintenance, while also safe to people and animals. - Source

01/22/09 - Southern alchemy turns sewage into oil
A Southern invention that turns sewage algae into crude oil is now operational but commercial testing of it is still three months away. The machine, known as the MKII, replicates the way oil is created naturally by pressure and those working on the project say it is 10 years ahead of similar projects worldwide. The oil produced can be refined into petrol, diesel and aviation fuel. The machine left sewage water clean, while the algae absorbs carbon dioxide, making the technology appealing to councils and heavy polluters, Mr Bathurst said. Twelve councils had already made inquiries, he said. SEWAGE TO OIL - * The machine uses high pressure to turn algae, grown in sewage ponds, into algal sludge. * The sludge is then processed using pressure, temperature, timing and a secret catalyst to turn it into crude oil. * The crude oil can then be refined into jet fuel (kerosene), petrol, methane, LPG, diesel, or bitumen. *The sewage pond water is left clean enough to be re-used by industry. * The algae absorbs carbon dioxide. * The process replicates how oil is created naturally, but much faster. - Source

01/22/09 - Inventor creates energy-efficient hydraulic technology
KeelyNet Essential as it is to a lot of heavy work, even the most efficient hydraulic equipment wastes about 65 percent of the energy it consumes. But a Fort Wayne entrepreneur just received a patent on an invention he expects to revolutionize the industry. It was an important moment for Elton Bishop's Fort Wayne company, DigitalHydraulic LLC, and for what could become a new northeast Indiana industry. "We want to get the technology into a form that is streamline mass producible, and we want to be retrofitting actual machinery," he said. "We'll remove their existing valve blocks and install our DHTs in place of that and save customers a lot of money," he said. "We'll be teaming up with Indiana businesses to do that." Bishop invented the digital hydraulic transformer in 2001, after at least three years of extensive research. A typical hydraulic system uses an incompressible fluid - usually a petroleum product - to transmit energy from a piston device through a pipe to another piston device. The principle behind the control of pressures in conventional hydraulic systems relies on a throttling valve restricting the free flow of hydraulic fluid. Without throttling flow, a DHT can increase or decrease pressure to a hydraulic cylinder by controlling the volume of fluid it displaces. The DHT does this by dividing a piston device into multiple chambers, shaped like concentric circles. Each of the chambers holds twice the fluid volume of the next smallest chamber. The chambers can be pressurized individually, all of them can be pressurized simultaneously or any combination of them can be pressurized together at the same time. The multichamber device at the heart of the DHT is called a "transtatic bridge." A digital control varies the combinations pressurized instantly, based on the amount of pressure required to accomplish a task. The DHT's four-quadrant functionality involving motoring and pumping allows energy to be recycled and reused by hydraulic machines in a process that approaches perpetual energy. "The DHT replaces the throttling valve in conventional hydraulics," Bishop said. "The transformer concept is not new. There've been many attempts to create it. This four-quadrant functionality is like the holy grail of hydraulics." - Source

01/22/09 - NuVinci Transmission Invention Draws $25M in Financing
KeelyNet The NuVinci CVP can be used in virtually any transmission-based vehicle or device--from bicycles and outdoor power equipment to cars, trucks and wind turbines. It is already on track to expand the number of bicycles used for transportation and it enables the design and manufacture of a wide range of electric and hybrid vehicles that have the speed, range and hill-climbing capability to be genuine transportation alternatives. The NuVinci CVP uses a set of rotating and tilting balls positioned between the input and output components of a transmission. Tilting the balls changes their contact diameters and varies the speed ratio. A study conducted by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) showed that, when used in a wind turbine, NuVinci technology can reduce the cost of producing energy. Since coming into the market in late 2006, market acceptance and penetration for the NuVinci CVP has increased steadily--particularly in the bike and electric vehicle industries, and especially in Europe. "NuVinci technology has enormous potential to add value in the bicycle, electric vehicle and automotive industries," said Keimpe Keuning, senior investment manager at Robeco. / The NuVinci CVP is a new, revolutionary class of CVT transmission that gives LEVs real-world performance and makes them genuinely competitive with gas-powered vehicles. It offers seamless shifting over an "infinite" number of ratios. And it dramatically improves acceleration, hill climbing and top-end speed while extending range and battery life. Best of all, it offers vehicle designers the ability to affordably create LEVs with performance and capabilities never before possible! - Source

01/22/09 - Wireless LED Speaker Lightbulb
KeelyNet The SoundBulb is a combination lightbulb and wireless speaker system designed to solve all of these problems by letting you stick everything up in the ceiling and inside lamps. Stuffed inside the form factor of a regular incandescent bulb is an array of LEDs to provide (eco-friendly!) light, with an 8-ohm speaker behind it. The speaker is connected wirelessly to your home entertainment system, and you can adjust the volume of each speaker by simply twisting the top of the bulb. - Source

01/22/09 - You Can Change Your Appearance With Exercise, But Not Overnight
KeelyNet Carl Foster, an exercise physiologist at the University of Wisconsin, La Crosse, was amused by ads for a popular piece of exercise equipment. Before-and-after photos showed pudgy men and women turned into athletes with ripped bodies of steel. And it all happened after just 12 weeks of exercising for 30 minutes three times a week. Then there was the popular book, with its own before-and-after photos, promoting a program that would totally change your body in six weeks with three 20-minute exercise sessions a week. - Source

01/22/09 - How About a Combination Lock For Your USB Drive?
KeelyNet A Japanese company called Green House is selling a bicycle-style combination lock for USB drives. Just slide it over the business end of the drive and spin the numbers. In order to get it off without damage, you need to enter the right combination. / The "USB lock cap" is the dial lock which is installed in the USB terminal of USB flash memory and the like. Unless the dial is adjusted to optional number, because you cannot use the USB terminal, use of the USB flash memory by the third party is controlled, the data is protected physically. Because it corresponds to the general USB terminal, in addition to USB flash memory, you can use with the USB equipment which we would not like you to use, in various others such as USB [donguru] and USB wireless LAN adapter and USB mouse. - Source

01/22/09 - Battlestar Galactica's Last Days
KeelyNet "If your country was invaded and occupied by a foreign power, would you blow yourself up to fight back? If someone pointed a gun at your head and threatened to pull the trigger if you refused to sign a document you knew would lead to a hundred deaths (and you signed!), would that make you ultimately responsible? Does superior technology give you the moral right to impose your will on a technologically inferior culture? You wouldn't expect a mainstream television show to tackle such philosophically loaded questions, certainly not a show based on cheesy science fiction from the '70s, but if you've watched Battlestar Galactica since it was re-imagined in 2003, there has been no escape. The final fourth season is nearly over, and when the final episode airs, television will never be the same again. SFFMedia illustrates how Battlestar Galactica exposes the moral dilemmas, outrages, and questionable believes of the present as effectively (but more entertainingly) than any documentary or news program. It's not hard to see parallels in the CIA and US military's use of interrogation techniques in Bush's War on Terror, the effects of labeling one race as 'the enemy,' the crackdown on free speech, or the use of suicide bombers in Iraq." - Source

01/22/09 - Could Poop Power Your Car?
Idaho, now the United States' No. 3 milk producer with 550,000 cows, is hoping to turn the manure from those cows into natural gas that not only can fire turbines to produce more electricity, but also fuel vehicles. Similar efforts are already underway in Texas, Oregon and especially in California, which outpaces all other states when it comes to alternative energy and is home to more than 192 natural gas fueling stations. But you might want to wait a bit before running out to sell your gas-burning vehicle. The infrastructure to truly help natural gas take off as a vehicle fuel is coming along, but it's not quite there yet. According to the organization Natural Gas Vehicle for America, there are now more than 120,000 natural gas vehicles and more than 1,100 fueling stations in the U.S. Sounds great, but most of those vehicles in use by the government or in private fleets and only about half of those stations, which are dwarfed by the 200,000 regular gas stations in the U.S., are open for public use. While one company, Toronto-based Fuel Maker, has developed an in-home natural gas pump, cutting down on the need for natural gas fueling stations, the equipment costs around $4,000 to have installed. Perhaps the biggest obstacle to widespread use of natural gas to fuel vehicles is limits of the fuel itself. - Source

01/22/09 - Growing stocks of unsold cars around the world
KeelyNet A 10-picture slideshow of ports and staging areas overflowing with new vehicles that aren't being sold. 6 months ago, it took a month for a dealer to get his hands on the car I wanted. Now the dealers won't take delivery because they can't unload what they've already got. Carmakers around the world are cutting production as inventories build up to unprecedented levels. Storage areas and docksides are now packed with vast expanses of unsold cars as demand slumps. - Source

01/22/09 - Homeopathy and AIDS
Sherr believes that modern medicine is a conspiracy, and that homeopathic remedies can cure Malaria and AIDS. His latest venture in Tanzania involves travelling there to meet a fellow homeopath and set up a clinic, and in the first entry in his blog he bemoans the lack of funding available to do this: "There is plenty of money for AIDS, and there is plenty of money for Africa, but when it comes to homoeopathy- brick wall, a polite 'f off'. If I sound frustrated about this, it is because I am. After 10 years of emailing and conferencing and pleading and applying, I remembered what I have always known. Homoeopathy is the odd one out, the weird freak of medicine. And society and the conventional powers don't want to know." It's not that homeopathy is the "odd one out", in fact it shares the same thing that all medicines have in common - if they can't be demonstrated to work, they won't get funded. If Jeremy really thinks homeopathy works, he should be conducting clinical trials in the UK, rather than 'f-ing off' to Tanzania where he can make wild claims without anyone around to check his data. Claims like: "I have decided that the main aim is to get out there and cure as many people as possible. I know, as all homeopaths do, that you can just about cure AIDS in many cases. But shhhh… I'm not allowed to say that, so you didn't hear it." You're allowed to say it Mr. Sherr, but unfortunately you do have to back it up with evidence. - Source

01/22/09 - Need Surgery? Try the Heartland.
You've heard of medical patients traveling abroad to save on everything from hip replacements to nose jobs. But how about heading to Wichita or Oklahoma City? More Americans are discovering medical tourism right here in the United States. In 2007, Thomas Van Buskirk, 64, a chiropractor in Oakland, Calif., had a blocked carotid artery and no insurance. He'd have paid $70,000 to have surgery at a Bay Area hospital, and $12,000 plus travel expenses to do it in India. Then he found Oklahoma Heart Hospital, which did the surgery for just $15,000. "The hospital was new, all-digital, with good food, and the doctor had done hundreds of these surgeries," he says. Brokers such as Vancouver-based North American Surgery, which helped Van Buskirk, and traditional medical-tourism outfits, such as Healthbase, in Boston, are connecting patients with U.S. hospitals willing to compete on price with providers overseas and across town. Galichia Heart Hospital, in Wichita, recently lowered its price for a coronary bypass to a flat $10,000. The hospital discounts a number of procedures for patients willing to pay cash upfront, including a hip replacement for $12,000 -- about one-third of the going U.S. rate. Discounts stem in part from a building boom that is now putting pressure on administrators to fill new facilities. - Source

01/22/09 - Recharging the Grid with Electric Cars
KeelyNet A utility in Delaware has taken a step toward a future in which electric cars store renewable energy to help make its use more widespread. The city of Newark has approved a system called vehicle-to-grid (V2G), in which the battery pack in a car serves as a place to temporarily store energy from the power grid. A big problem with renewable sources of power like solar or wind is that they only operate intermittently. For now, renewables provide such a small part of the total electricity supply that other sources can easily make up for the hours, minutes, or days when the wind isn't blowing and the sun isn't shining. But if we're ever to rely on them for a large part of our power, we'll need a cheap way to store the energy that they produce for when it's needed most. The vehicle-to-grid concept suggests a way to store energy cheaply, since the batteries in electric cars have already been paid for. Most of the time, a car is just sitting around doing nothing. For short-term storage--needed to smooth out fluctuations in power from a wind turbine, for example--a utility could quickly charge a car (or, ideally, distribute a little charge to hundreds or thousands of cars) when the wind is blowing and then take that electricity back a few minutes later when the wind dies down. The more cars that are available, the more energy can be stored. Longer-term storage might also be possible: a car owner could charge up for a discount at night, provided she agreed to keep the car plugged in at work to supply extra power during peak power demand in the afternoon. - Source

01/22/09 - A new formula for teaching introductory physics
With physicists across the country pushing for universities to do a better job of teaching science, MIT has made a striking change. The physics department has replaced the traditional large introductory lecture with smaller classes that emphasize hands-on, interactive, collaborative learning. Last autumn, after years of experimentation and debate and resistance from students, who initially petitioned against it, the department made the change permanent. Already, attendance is up, and the failure rate has dropped by more than 50 percent. Other U.S. universities are changing their ways, among them Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, North Carolina State University, the University of Maryland, the University of Colorado at Boulder, and Harvard. In these schools, physicists have been pioneering new teaching methods drawn from research showing that most students learn fundamental concepts more successfully, and are better able to apply them, through interactive, collaborative, student-centered learning. "Just as you can't become a marathon runner by watching marathons on TV," physicist Eric Mazur said, "likewise for science, you have to go through the thought processes of doing science and not just watch your instructor do it." At MIT, two introductory courses are still required - classical mechanics and electromagnetism - but today they meet in high-tech classrooms, where about 80 students sit at 13 round tables equipped with networked computers. Instead of blackboards, the walls are covered with white boards and huge display screens. Circulating with a team of teaching assistants, the professor makes brief presentations of general principles and engages the students as they work out related concepts in small groups. Teachers and students conduct experiments together. The room buzzes. Conferring with your tablemates, calling out questions and jumping up to write formulas on the white boards are all encouraged. The new approach at MIT is known by its acronym, TEAL, for Technology Enhanced Active Learning. - Source

01/22/09 - Scientists Welcome Obama's Words
When he vowed in his Inaugural Address to "restore science to its rightful place," President Obama signaled an end to eight years of stark tension between science and government. Whether the Obama administration entirely reverses its predecessor's strict controls over the government's main scientific agencies remains to be seen. Still, many scientists were exuberant. Staff members throughout the government's scientific agencies held inaugural parties on Tuesday, and many reported being teary-eyed with joy. "If you look at the science world, you see a lot of happy faces," said Frank Press, a former president of the National Academy of Sciences and former science adviser to President Jimmy Carter. "It's not just getting money. It's his recognition of what science can do to bring this country back in an innovative way." - Source

01/22/09 - Can sci-fi helmet really halt Alzheimer's?
KeelyNet The prototype anti-dementia helmet, which must be worn for ten minutes each day, was designed by British GP Dr Gordon Dougal. It works by directing intense bursts of infrared light into the brain to stimulate the growth of brain cells. Low-level infrared is thought to encourage cell growth in tissue and encourages it to repair. Dr Dougal believes it can reverse symptoms of dementia - such as memory loss and anxiety - after just four weeks and experts have described it as 'potentially life-changing'. Dr Dougal, from Peterlee, County Durham, has already developed a hand-held gadget which uses the same technology to stimulate cold sores to heal themselves. A clinical trial of the helmet is expected soon. - Source

01/22/09 - Selling companies on the power of trash
Stu Haber is chief executive of the Waltham waste-to-energy company that created the garbage-guzzling Green Energy Machine system, or GEM, was scheduled to be unveiled today. Haber said his company hopes to start demonstrating the $850,000 system to potential customers - he hopes they'll include the Prudential Center in Boston, the Town of Lincoln, and several universities - this month. What the GEM can do is cleanly power a 200,000-square-foot office building with more than 500 people, Haber said. And the payback period is only three to four years, he added. the company designed a waste-to-energy system that can fit into a standard 30-foot-long shipping container. The GEM, Haber added, works by shredding and drying up to three tons of trash a day, squishing the waste into something resembling wood pellets, then converting the pellets into about 120 kilowatts of electricity and 240 kilowatts of heat through a gasification process. "We're talking about anything that's combustible, but specifically paper, plastics, food, wood, and agricultural material," Haber said of what can be fed into a GEM. "The machine can handle other things, like glass and metal, but there's no energy content in glass or metal." Two things about the GEM system make it unique, Doucett said. First, it converts trash to energy through gasification rather than by burning. Second, because it fits into a shipping container, the system can be transported and used almost anywhere. "One of the interesting ideas that IST has is that this could be distributed waste management - that the trash could be managed at the facility generating it instead of having a trash truck come and take it away," Doucett said. - Source

01/22/09 - Acupuncture helps headaches, even when 'faked'
KeelyNet Acupuncture helps prevent headaches and migraines, suggests two new research reviews, which also found the treatment effective even when needles are incorrectly used. "Much of the clinical benefit of acupuncture might be due to non-specific needling effects and powerful placebo effects, meaning selection of specific needle points may be less important than many practitioners have traditionally argued," lead researcher Klaus Linde, of the Centre for Complementary Medicine Research at the Technical University of Munich, said in a statement. The trials in the review showed that, following at least eight weeks of treatment, patients who received acupuncture had fewer headaches than patients who were only given painkillers. In these studies, fake acupuncture was only slightly less effective than the real thing. In studies of acupuncture's effectiveness at preventing migraines, acupuncture was again more beneficial than drug treatment. In these studies, the reviews' authors found fake acupuncture to be just as effective. The findings suggest that acupuncture may be a safe alternative headache treatment for patients who do not want to take conventional medication, the authors said. - Source

01/22/09 - MPs criticise science adviser for defending government on homeopathy
The government funds homeopathic medicines - which contain no active pharmaceutical ingredients - through four specialist NHS hospitals, and will this month reclassify cannabis as a class B drug, against the recommendation of its own independent panel of drug advisers. "The government should be using scientific evidence to make policy and the chief science adviser should hold the noses of ministers and departmental chief scientists to the grindstone on that. And if you don't do it within the department of health, frankly where do you do it," said Willis. A spokesman for Professor Beddington said yesterday: "There will of course be times when contradictions exist between scientific advice and other policy imperatives but the chief scientist has and will continue to challenge policy on scientific grounds when he feels it is right to do so." - Source

01/22/09 - Energy-saving bulbs to be tested for UV radiation
KeelyNet Health Canada launched a study in December to test compact fluorescent bulbs to see if they emit ultraviolet rays - less than two months after British health officials issued a public warning that, in proximity, the bulbs emit UV rays similar to outdoor exposure levels on a sunny summer day. The United Kingdom's Health Protection Agency now recommends people should not be closer than 30 centimetres from an energy-saving light bulb for more than one hour per day, since it is like exposing bare skin to direct sunlight. The agency warns the emissions could cause problems for people suffering from medical conditions like lupus. Manitoba Hydro promotes compact fluorescent bulbs as one of the best energy-efficiency investments, since they use 75 per cent less electricity and last up to eight times longer than incandescent bulbs. The utility first started public campaigns to get Manitobans to switch to the efficient light bulbs four years ago, and continues to offer special discounts and incentives for people who purchase them. Hydro spokesman Glenn Schneider said the utility may have to change its energy-efficient lighting programs if the federal study unearths harmful emissions from the bulbs. Schneider said Hydro hasn't received any complaints about radiation or skin damage from the light bulbs and speculates that sensitivity to light is more common in Europe than North America. - Source

01/22/09 - Wii Fit helps paralysed girl to walk again
If you thought that computer games were bad for children and turning us into a nation of couch potatoes then think again. The Wii Fit has helped one girl to walk again after years of paralysis. Nicole Cahill, 10, of Enniscorthy in Wexford, Ireland managed to walk again after for years in a wheelchair. She received treatment in a New York hospital, attending therapy courses for six days a week. "The Wii Fit has really helped. It's great because there are so many balancing and stretching exercises on it," Nocole's mum, Mairead told the Irish Herald. "I also do yoga with her at home, and she does exercises on a ball. The Wii has taken an awful lot of pressure off her as well." The balance board has been helping the girl strengthen her legs and regain her balance. Nicole had spent six month at a New York rehabilitation centre after a virus she contracted left her in a wheelchair at the age of six. - Source

01/22/09 - New evidence on Antarctic warming
KeelyNet The continent of Antarctica is warming up in step with the rest of the world, according to a new analysis. Scientists say data from satellites and weather stations indicate a warming of about 0.6C over the last 50 years. Writing in the journal Nature, they say the trend is "difficult to explain" without the effect of rising greenhouse gas levels in the atmosphere. - Source

01/22/09 - US Army working on 'exploding marmalade' missile tech
According to boffins at Purdue Uni in Indiana, there would be many advantages to rocket fuel with the consistency of marmalade - though it needs to be smooth, not chunky. This is because liquid fuels are very difficult to contain safely, leading to massive handling and storage problems which have seen them mainly used on large rockets. On the other hand, relatively safe and simple solid-fuelled jobs have their disadvantages too. In particular, once you light a solid rocket you can't turn it off or even throttle it up and down. It's going to burn, hopefully at the designed thrust, until all the fuel is gone. But gel fuels, described as "kind of like orange marmalade without the rind" - apart from being "quite hazardous and reactive", ie basically explosive - by Purdue astronautics prof Stephen Heister, could bridge the gap. They would still have plenty of oof, with "a little more energy than the solid propellants", according to Heister. But they wouldn't leak and/or corrode tanks and pipework nearly as badly as current liquids. And the potential would be there to throttle an exploding-marmalade rocket up and down, or turn it off for a bit with fuel still remaining. "You can turn the engine on and off, you can coast, go fast or slow," says the Purdue astro prof. "You have much greater control, which means more range". - Source

01/22/09 - Eight Years of Bush: It's Over at Last
KeelyNet When giving a farewell address after 8 years of utter horror, George Bush admitted having made many "mistakes." Saying he made mistakes is putting it mildly. He also said he believes that the world respects his nation "for its compassion." Compassion? What compassion? How deluded he is! In listening to this individual speak and watching him the saying comes to mind, "Whom the gods would destroy, they first make mad." Bush somehow, while being a one man weapon of mass destruction, justifies himself by saying, "America has gone more than seven years without another terrorist attack on our soil." Never mind that in so doing he has trashed the US Constitution with more and more laws to keep control of the restive citizenry . He has trashed international law, trashed freedom and democracy and all vestiges of decency and humanity while establishing a modern day Gestapo in that the Department of Homeland Security and related intelligence services have been given carte blanche to spy on not only US citizens, but on individuals all over the world. They have also been given the green light for illegal detentions, deviant sexual practices and tortures that only the SS could envy. He boasts of having allies on his side, but he has totally alienated allies and the rest of the international community. Now his country's international relations are merely a matter of arm twisting, threats, blackmail and bribery. - Source

01/22/09 - Kids race models powered by fuel cells at Detroit auto show
Three dozen students from Heilmann Park Middle School in Detroit and Lincoln Middle School in Pontiac tested their environmentally-friendly cars at the "Fuel Cell Challenge," sponsored by the Society of Automotive Engineers Foundation and the GM Foundation. The schools were among 25 nationwide that participated in a pilot fuel cell program that might expand to about 200 schools nationwide. The program challenges students to build a car that travels up to 10 meters and is fueled by water. - Source

01/19/09 - Reclusive green-tech startup whispers a eulogy for the battery
KeelyNet Millions of inventions pass quietly through the U.S. patent office each year. Patent No. 7,033,406 did, too, until energy insiders spotted six words in the filing that sounded like a death knell for the internal combustion engine. An Austin-based startup called EEStor promised "technologies for replacement of electrochemical batteries," meaning a motorist could plug in a car for five minutes and drive 500 miles roundtrip between Dallas and Houston without gasoline. By contrast, some plug-in hybrids on the horizon would require motorists to charge their cars in a wall outlet overnight and promise only 50 miles of gasoline-free commute. And the popular hybrids on the road today still depend heavily on fossil fuels. EEStor's secret ingredient is a material sandwiched between thousands of wafer-thin metal sheets, like a series of foil-and-paper gum wrappers stacked on top of each other. Charged particles stick to the metal sheets and move quickly across EEStor's proprietary material. The result is an ultracapacitor, a battery-like device that stores and releases energy quickly. Batteries rely on chemical reactions to store energy but can take hours to charge and release energy. The simplest capacitors found in computers and radios hold less energy but can charge or discharge instantly. Ultracapacitors take the best of both, stacking capacitors to increase capacity while maintaining the speed of simple capacitors. Hebner said vehicles require bursts of energy to accelerate, a task better suited for capacitors than batteries. - Source

01/19/09 - Feds To Offer Cash For Your Clunker
KeelyNet "The government... wants to motivate you to get rid of your clunker of a car for the good of the country (and the moribund car industry). A 'Cash for Clunkers' measure introduced this week by three US Senators, two Democrats and a Republican, would set up a national voucher program to encourage drivers to voluntarily trade in their older, less fuel-efficient car, truck, or SUV for a car that gets better gas mileage. Should the bill pass, the program would pay out a credit of $2,500 to $4,500 for drivers who turn in fuel-inefficient vehicles to be scrapped and purchase a more fuel-efficient vehicle." - Source

01/19/09 - Tapping the Earth For Home Heating and Cooling
KeelyNet A CNet post gives details of a still little-known energy technology: the ground source heat pump or geo-exchange system. This is distinct from so-called geothermal energy, which taps the heat in the earth to provide energy. Geo-exchange is suitable in scale for small industry — the article describes one commercial re-development of an old mill into apartment and commercial space that put in a geo-exchange at about half the cost of traditional fossil fuel-based alternatives. Even some individual homeowners are opting for this green method of heating and cooling, at a premium in price of about 50 percent (but costs are very much per-project, largely because drilling is involved). "Rather than use underground heat, geothermal heat pumps attached to buildings capitalize on the steady temperature of the ground or deep water wells. In effect, they treat the Earth like a giant energy savings bank, depositing or withdrawing heat depending on the time of year." / Open and closed loop - Strictly speaking, what's often called a "geothermal system" is a misnomer because it implies tapping the heat in the Earth, something already done at large scale to supply electricity to utilities. This geothermal energy--and its offshoot enhanced geothermal--works only works in certain geographies and uses different technology. Rather than use underground heat, geothermal heat pumps attached to buildings capitalize on the steady temperature of the ground or deep water wells. In effect, they treat the Earth like a giant energy savings bank, depositing or withdrawing heat depending on the time of year. During the summer, the systems pump indoor heat underground and draw on the lower temperatures of the Earth to cool a building. In colder months, the same process works in reverse, with heat from the ground being used to warm indoor air. Indoors are box-shaped heat pumps that pull and and push either water or a working fluid, such as antifreeze, in and out of the ground. Using the same compressor loop mechanism that a refrigerator has, a heat exchanger draws energy from the circulating liquid to either heat or cool a building. There are a number of different configurations for the liquid transfer loops--either water wells several hundred feet deep, which are said to be the most efficient, or coils which could be dug only a few meters underground. Others use a body of water like a pond as a heat sink. Regardless of type, though, ground-source heat pumps are considered one of the most efficient forms of heating and cooling. - Source

01/19/09 - Where are the WOW! products?
Did you know there was an old, retired station owner and broadcast engineer in 2007 named John Kanzius who, while looking for a way to cure cancer using radio wave emissions, accidentally discovered how certain frequencies spontaneously break apart the atoms of hydrogen and oxygen in salt water - allowing it to become a gas which can be burned. By pointing a transmitter at a glass of water (like the way a Microwave oven's emitter works to heat up food), hydrogen and oxygen were emitted from the water in a continuous stream that can be piped off from salt water fuel tanks in cars, converted to hydrogen and oxygen safely in the last stage. Here are the YouTube videos which prove it (here, here, here and here). Where is this man's salt-water-fuel invention today (let alone his cancer cure)? We have a huge, nation-wide effort underway to fight carbon emissions and tax us for our carbon use. Why isn't this man's invention front-page news and on every major news network on the planet? And why aren't we throwing 100s of millions of dollars to research this? It's the biggest WOW! invention any of us will likely ever hear of in our lifetimes: a fuel made from salt water - the most abundant and free resource on the planet. - Source

01/19/09 - Michigan man claims to make flying saucer
KeelyNet A Michigan man has designed a flying saucer that he says one day could transport you back and forth to work. It's a flying machine that has been in the works for barely 30 years. Alfie Carrington has a bagful and a brainful of very big ideas, especially the x-v-7-h. "That will cruise 700 miles an hour. I wont go to mach speed too controversial," said Carrington. He doesn't like to say flying saucer because the phrase pushes eyebrows even higher. "This is the outer disc right here and it rotates in one direction as it draws air in through the inlet holes here. And then this is the inner disk that rotates in the opposite direction," said Carrington. Some how creating an electromagnetic force for lift and funneling air for directional control. The entire bill, about $70,000 so far, has been footed by the 59 year old dishwasher and construction worker. - Source

01/19/09 - Ayn Rand’s Promethean myth
KeelyNet Ayn Rand, who was a friend of Alan Greenspan’s, is little known in Europe, but she’s the author of two books which are huge bestsellers in the United States, The Fountainhead (1943) and Atlas Shrugged (1957). The latter is a saga which combines an investigation into the disappearance of great American entrepreneurs with a vision of utopia. Highly talented individuals go missing one after another with the result that American society starts to crumble. The investigation focuses on John Galt, an engineer, who is among the missing. His disappearance is all the more surprising since he leaves behind an (incomplete) revolutionary invention which he hasn’t sought to profit from: a motor which runs on a free and inexhaustible energy source: static electricity. The reader learns that Galt’s withdrawal from society was voluntary. He believes that its unproductive members suck the life-blood from its creative, productive individuals, in an abuse of power made possible by the state. Galt has persuaded other great minds to follow him, in effect bringing about the most disastrous strike in US history. Galt and his companions found the city of Galt’s Gulch in a remote, mountainous part of the US, where these economic outlaws can make use of all their gifts of creativity, invention and enterprise. A film of Atlas Shrugged is currently being planned starring Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, both admirers of Ayn Rand. - Source

01/19/09 - The Wall paper house offers cheap dry home for poor and displaced
KeelyNet Retailing for about $5,000 (£3,375), the house is supposed to brighten up Third World shantytowns and provide quick shelter for long-term refugees. The Universal World House can be used almost anywhere: light, easily assembled, environmentally friendly, earthquake-proof and, crucially in the age of recession, a bit of a bargain. Gerd Niemoeller, its inventor, says that the 36sq m paper house weighs barely 800kg (1,763lb) — lighter than a VW Golf. “Without the foundation block, the whole house actually weighs in at about 400kg,” says the design engineer. It will not, however, simply blow away. The basic material is resin-soaked cellulose recovered from recycled cardboard and newspapers. Add heat and pressure and the paper becomes extremely stable. The interior of the prefabricated building panels resemble honeycombs; an air vacuum fills each of the units. The result: a strong and stable exterior wall, well insulated. A similar construction technique is used in aircraft and high-speed yachts. The house has eight built-in single and double beds and a veranda with a sealed-off area housing a shower and a lavatory. Apart from the sleeping area, there are shelves, a table and benches. “It has been designed so that a family can slaughter an animal on the veranda, wash it in the shower and hang it, along with fish, on an integrated washing line.” The whole wall of the kitchen can be tipped open to let air in and to blur the distinction between inside and outside. - Source

01/19/09 - Cooling The Planet By Growing The Right Crops
By carefully selecting which varieties of food crops to cultivate, much of Europe and North America could be cooled by up to 1°C during the summer growing season, say researchers from the University of Bristol, UK. This is equivalent to an annual global cooling of over 0.1°C, almost 20% of the total global temperature increase since the Industrial Revolution.The growing of crops already produces a cooling of the climate because they reflect more sunlight back into space, compared with natural vegetation. Different varieties of the same crop vary significantly in their solar reflectivity (called ‘albedo’), so selecting varieties that are more reflective will enhance this cooling effect. Since arable agriculture is a global industry, such cooling could be extensive. Dr Andy Ridgwell and colleagues at the University of Bristol argue that we should select crop varieties in order to exert a control on the climate, in the same way that we currently cultivate specific varieties to maximize and fine-tune food production. - Source

01/19/09 - Golf Ball Technology May Improve Your Car’s Gas Mileage
KeelyNet Long ago, golf ball manufacturers discovered that a dimpled surface would help a ball to fly farther through the air with less drag, so why not apply the same thinking to cars? The dimples reduce the wake turbulence caused by early separation of the boundary layer. FastSkinz are made by SkinzWraps, better known for those commercial car wraps that advertise things like radio stations and rap albums, although thankfully, the aerodynamic FastSkinz are pretty discreet. The company claims an 18-20 percent improvement in gas mileage, although independent testing is still needed. - Source

01/19/09 - Video Reviews of the Best Robots of 2008
KeelyNet Robot innovation continued its relentless advances during 2008. In this post we would like to showcase some of our favorite robots and robot videos of the last year or so. This review is heavily slanted to consumer robots and research robots. Perhaps in the future we can do a review of industrial robots. Given the sheer number of robots that are out there we know there will be several excellent robots that we have overlooked in this review. If you know of any really awesome robots or robot videos that we have missed please let us know and we will consider adding them to this post. So without further delay, lets take a look at some of the best robots and robot videos of 2008 (maybe some are from 2007 too), broken down by category:... - Source

01/19/09 - Researcher Focuses on Reducing Turbulence in Large Wind Farms
KeelyNet While harnessing more energy from the wind could help satisfy growing demands for electricity and reduce emissions of global-warming gases, turbulence from proposed wind farms could adversely affect the growth of crops in the surrounding countryside. By disrupting airflow to nearby turbines, turbulence can significantly reduce the efficiency of a wind farm. But turbulence produced by turbine rotors also can have a strong impact on local ground temperature and moisture content. "Turbulence creates stronger mixing of heat and moisture, which causes the land surface to become warmer and drier," Baidya Roy said. "This change in local hydrometeorological conditions can affect the growth of crops within the wind farm." Using models, Baidya Roy is simulating the effects of different turbine spacing and patterns, and different rotor designs, on turbulence. The simulations show that reducing rotor-generated turbulence not only reduces the hydrometeorological impacts, but also increases power production by harnessing energy that was otherwise lost to turbulence. - Source

01/19/09 - When Used Cars Are More Ecofriendly Than New Cars
Is it better to drive an older, well-maintained car that gets about 25 miles per gallon or to buy a new car that gets about 35 miles per gallon? / A 2004 analysis by Toyota found that as much as 28 percent of the carbon dioxide emissions generated during the lifecycle of a typical gasoline-powered car can occur during its manufacture and its transportation to the dealer; the remaining emissions occur during driving once its new owner takes possession. An earlier study by Seikei University in Japan put the pre-purchase number at 12 percent. And don't forget that the new hybrids‚ despite lower emissions and better gas mileage‚ actually have a much larger environmental impact in their manufacture, compared to non-hybrids. The batteries that store energy for the drive train are no friend to the environment‚ and having two engines under one hood increases manufacturing emissions. And all-electric vehicles are only emission-free if the outlet providing the juice is connected to a renewable energy source, not a coal-burning power plant, as is more likely. If you want to assess your current car's fuel efficiency or emissions, there are many services available online. The government website provides fuel efficiency stats for hundreds of different vehicles dating back to 1985. Websites and can help you track your mileage and provide ongoing tips to improve fuel efficiency for your specific make and model vehicle. takes it a step further, making projections about annual mileage, fuel costs and fuel efficiency based on your driving habits. - Source

01/19/09 - Forecast for 2009
KeelyNet There are two realities "out there" now competing for verification among those who think about national affairs and make things happen. The dominant one (let's call it the Status Quo) is that our problems of finance and economy will self-correct and allow the project of a "consumer" economy to resume in "growth" mode. This view includes the idea that technology will rescue us from our fossil fuel predicament -- through "innovation," through the discovery of new techno rescue remedy fuels, and via "drill, baby, drill" policy. This view assumes an orderly transition through the current "rough patch" into a vibrant re-energized era of "green" Happy Motoring and resumed Blue Light Special shopping. The minority reality (let's call it The Long Emergency) says that it is necessary to make radically new arrangements for daily life and rather soon. It says that a campaign to sustain the unsustainable will amount to a tragic squandering of our dwindling resources. It says that the "consumer" era of economics is over, that suburbia will lose its value, that the automobile will be a diminishing presence in daily life, that the major systems we've come to rely on will founder, and that the transition between where we are now and where we are going is apt to be tumultuous. My own view is obviously the one called The Long Emergency. Since the change it proposes is so severe, it naturally generates exactly the kind of cognitive dissonance that paradoxically reinforces the Status Quo view, especially the deep wishes associated with saving all the familiar, comfortable trappings of life as we have known it. - Source

01/19/09 - Top 7 promising alternative energies
According to a report in New Scientist, the study, carried out by Mark Jacobson of the atmosphere and energy programme at Stanford University, US, found wind power to be by far the most desirable source of energy. Biofuels from corn and plant waste came right at the bottom of the list, along with nuclear power and "clean" coal. The energy sources that Jacobson found most promising were, in descending order, wind, concentrated solar power (mirrors heating a tower of water), geothermal energy, tidal energy, solar panels, wave energy, and, hydroelectric dams. To compare the fuels, Jacobson calculated the impacts each would have if it alone powered the entire US fleet of cars and trucks. He considered not just the quantities of greenhouse gases that would be emitted, but also the impact the fuels would have on the ecosystem - taking up land and polluting water, for instance. - Source

01/19/09 - Breakthrough Invention Can Help Save World's Auto Makers!!!
KeelyNet Inventor Dr. Derek Zupancic is proud to announce the debut of the patent pending HH2 Hydrogen Generator Water Fuel Cell Clean Air Combustion System. The unique system extracts separated Hydrogen and Oxygen gases from distilled water in a large book sized device installed in a vehicle. The unit uses a little of the vehicles excess energy to produce just the right amount of Hydrogen catalyst to blend with the existing fuel source, enhancing the combustion of fuel from 30% up to 90% or more, completely incinerating fuel toxins and particulates due to the high 3000 degree burn temperature of the Hydrogen catalyst, creating clean air exhaust discharge. KeelyNet The gases go into the vehicle air intake system separately from each other. Vehicles can use regular fuel. The amazing system uses only water and electricity to produce the Hydrogen and Oxygen gases for pennies from water, testing on many vehicles shows greatly reduced or totally eliminated emissions, removal of engine and exhaust carbon deposits, improved torque and power, and increased fuel economy due to the complete burning of the vehicles existing fuel. Please visit the company website at: http://www.HH2.US for more detailed information. HH2 Hydrogen Fuel Cell Devices have no moving parts and lasts for years. IRS tax credits are available. / (What makes this novel is the use of both oxygen AND hydrogen. Most such systems simply use hydrogen, but this one emulates the 1935 Garrett Electrolytic Carburetor patent.) - Source

01/19/09 - Making Friends With the Mechanical
An artist-cum-engineer who recently earned a doctorate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dobson explores what she calls "machine therapy," or the personal and social effects of machines on everyday life. "Machine therapy in general is about investigating the very broad and deep -- but often subconscious -- effects that machines facilitate in just our everyday encounters," she said. "I'm specifically looking at the side aspects of machines, not what we expect them to do." "One of the things about communications technology is that even as they succeed, there's a paralysis, a psychological scarcity. They diminish us," he said. "We're constantly being tethered to our Blackberries [and] constantly in the bubble of our ear buds. Somehow they're so seductive, they overwhelm our frail human psychology..." Instead of assuming that machines serve only the purposes they were designed for, Dobson's work demonstrates a "symbiotic relationship" between man and machine. "We learn to speak the machine's language, even as they learn to speak ours," Zolli said. Indeed, Dobson's experiments are designed to make people more aware of how machines socialize humans and indirectly express and communicate human values. - Source

01/19/09 - Debunkers fail in $10,000 challenge of NASA photos
KeelyNet On August 16, 2008 a $10,000.00 challenge was offered for anyone who could prove the NASA STS 75 SHUTTLE TETHER SHUTTLE MISSION PHOTOS that were enhanced by PPP-Penetrating Photographic Process were not real. A second challenge was issued on UFODIGEST.COM on December 12, 2008 and a third challenge was made public on January 3, 2009 at EXAMINER.COM. To date six challenges have been made but those who replied offered only their theories, which had no scientific basis, and not one of the challengers provided any proof the photos were not real or decedents of NASA's original photo. Some of the challengers complained that they should not have to prove the photos are not real. Can you believe it? In the past debunkers used ridicule and shame to keep UFOs and alien sightings from being reported without any scientific proof. Debunkers have ignored the fact that man has sent space vehicles to the end of our solar system in the last seventy years and believe man is the only species in the universe capable of space travel. Debunkers ignore all scientific proof of alien existence and when a real challenge arises the debunkers run for cover or try the old tactics of ridicule to achieve their goal of destroying the presenters. For more than seventy years UFO enthusiasts have had to prove to debunkers that their photos, videos, sightings and close encounters were real, but the tables have turned and now it is the debunkers who must prove they are not real. Over 82% of Americans believe that life exists on other planets with most of those believing we have been visited by our galactic neighbors. So why were debunkers unable to undertake the real challenge of the photos? Is it lack of photo processing knowledge or scientific understanding of optical properties? Perhaps. Or maybe their minds are a closed book on the subject of UFOs. - Source

01/19/09 - Cook Timer Alerts You When Food is Done
KeelyNet Windows only: Simple count-down timer application Cook Timer alerts you after a user-specified length of time, perfect for preventing burnt food while you're busy on the computer. The tiny open-source application requires no installation and is only resident in memory while the timer is active. You can choose from one of the presets or set a custom time, and then minimize the application to the system tray until you hear the alarm, at which point the window should pop back up. / (I found you can open multiple copies of this onscreen for various timing projects. - JWD) - Source

01/19/09 - Multi-Timer Counts Down to More Than One Event
KeelyNet Windows only: Timers are a useful productivity booster and we've shared more than a few of our favorites over the years both physical and digital. Most of the timers we've featured only support one timer at a time, which means you either have to run multiple instances or juggle your timer-related tasks for several things at once. Enter Multi-Timer: a simple, straightforward (and admittedly a bit ugly) timer app that can run up to sixteen timers simultaneously. You can count up or down and have a message pop up with a sound reminder at the end of the count down. Currently I'm using Multi-Timer to remind me when my tea is done steeping, potty breaks for my currently-being-potty-trained-toddler, minor stretch breaks while working, and major breaks once an hour. If you know of other applications that allow for multiple timers, share below in the comments I'd love to have more to play with! Multi-Timer is a free download for Windows only. / (I use 3 kitchen countdown timers when testing projects so this is a way handy program for me. - JWD) - Source

01/19/09 - Water the new Snakeoil
Well, it’s an old snakeoil too. There certainly seems to be something psychologically appealing about the notion of pure water. It is clear, crisp, untainted - it just has to be healthy. And, of course, clean water is essential for health and life, and nothing enhances a lie better than a kernal of truth. It is not surprising, therefore, that “magic” water has long been a staple of snakeoil salesmen, gurus, and charlatans. Health spas originally centered around special springs of water, or mineral water, and later carbonated water. I was recently asked about a recent incarnation of the water snakeoil routine, Kangen Water. The claims made on the website for this dubious product are unimaginatively representative. - Source

01/19/09 - Scratch to create interactive stories, animations, games, etc... (Free)
KeelyNet Scratch is a new programming language that makes it easy to create your own interactive stories, animations, games, music, and art -- and share your creations on the web. Scratch is designed to help young people (ages 8 and up) develop 21st century learning skills. As they create and share Scratch projects, young people learn important mathematical and computational ideas, while also learning to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively. Scratch is available free of charge... / You snap together blocks to create stories, games and animations. Then you can share your projects on the web!!! / "Scratch allows kids to program by 'stacking' commands like LEGO blocks. Instead of reactively playing video games -- now they can create them! They are learning programming and logic flows without knowing it. The boys learned about random number generators and they learned about XY axes. If I sat them down to go over these concepts, there would have been eye-rolling and moaning. But if it helps them make their game work better -- it takes a minute to explain and off they go using their newly-learned concepts." / "Scratch is effective as a learning tool because it incorporates several effective practices: it uses hands-on, active learning; it is visually appealing; it allows users to express their own creativity and to build on their own experiences; it gives immediate, understandable feedback; and it allows users to avoid syntax errors without focusing on minutiae, freeing them to focus on processes and concepts." - Source

01/19/09 - Control your Mouse with your webcam (Free)
KeelyNet Camera Mouse is a free program that enables you to control the mouse pointer on your computer screen just by moving your head. Camera Mouse is designed to help a person who cannot use his hand to control the mouse but who can voluntarily move his head. To use Camera Mouse 2009 you need a standard USB webcam (for example, a Logitech Pro 9000) and a Windows Vista or XP computer. Camera Mouse 2009 is easy to learn and easy to use. And, Camera Mouse 2009 is absolutely FREE. / Camera Mouse 2009 is a program that allows you to control the mouse pointer on a Windows computer just by moving your head. The program was developed to help people with disabilities use the computer. The main audience for this program is people who do not have reliable control of a hand but who can move their head. People with Cerebral Palsy, Spinal Muscular Atrophy, ALS, Multiple Sclerosis, various neurological disorders use this program and its predecessors to run all types of computer software. Camera Mouse works as a mouse replacement system for Windows computers so it should work with just about any application program. - Source

01/19/09 - The Generator Blog
KeelyNet This blog is not about those machines used to change mechanical energy into electrical energy. It's about software that creates software. Software to play around and have fun with. / Massive collection of interesting online services and programs to make banners, signs, forms and tons of incredible free services and software. - Source

01/19/09 - 10 minute Video - The True Bush Legacy


For those who have been in a coma for the past eight years, here's a quick summary of what you've missed. This one isn't funny. Will he and his cohorts get off scotfree??? - Source

01/16/09 - e-speaking Voice Computer Control - An Amazing Program
KeelyNet A few days ago, I was reading comments on some blog and found note of a program called e-speaking as an alternate program for dictation and emails. Man was I ever amazed to see what all this nifty $14 program can do. Not only does it talk back to you but you can run just about any program you want purely by voice. One of the very cool videos is a guy in England who has it hooked into a computer in his car. Check it out on the video/demo page where it is listed as Implemented in a Car/Vehicle. A very simple demonstration but the beginnings of Star Trek voice controlled computer technology and so easy and cheap to begin experimenting with. I love it how he addresses it as computer and it responds. / Months ago I saw a program called UltraHal which is an artificial intelligence program you can train to carry out conversations and voice control. Ultra Hal Assistant can run programs for you and offer help with programs. Hal automatically finds all of the Windows programs you have in your start menu. You can tell him to run any program you have and he will run it. It is much easier then searching through all the folders in the start menu to find the program you want. Ultra Hal Assistant can help you browse the Internet by telling you what your local weather is, telling you the current news, and even performing an Internet search for you. You can also ask Hal the definition of any word. / Speaking of computer control, don’t forget to check out the excellent CrimeCatcher software which sleeps until it detects motion of up to 4 video cameras. On motion detect, it can take video for as many minutes as you want, then sleep until new motion is detected. It also has a builtin user selectable alarm like a dog barking that will start up when it sees motion, you can also send the video to the internet and even run a program to carry out a pre-determined action or series of actions. - Source

01/16/09 - A Dirt-Bag Fuel Cell
A startup that is striving to bring energy to countries that lack reliable power has developed a remarkably simple new microbial fuel-cell design: grain bags, stuffed with metal and dirt. Lebônê, a startup based at Harvard University, has already shown how to make fuel cells from buckets full of wastewater, with a graphite cloth as the anode and chicken wire as the cathode. In this setup, bacteria extract electrons from organic waste at the anode to generate small amounts of power--enough to charge, say, a flashlight or cell phone. Owners can bury the bags in the yard, so that they are undisturbed and out of the way. They can even link several of the bags together--in series or in parallel--to increase the voltage or the electrode area, respectively. The bags are fairly ubiquitous across Africa, according to the startup. "They're very familiar to the people there, so it's a natural material to use for something that we want to get widespread acceptance for," says CTO Aviva Pressner. The team is still testing the best materials to use, and it reports that a graphite anode and aluminum cathode combination works well. - Source

01/16/09 - Our world may be a giant hologram
KeelyNet GEO600 has not detected any gravitational waves so far, but it might inadvertently have made the most important discovery in physics for half a century. For many months, the GEO600 team-members had been scratching their heads over inexplicable noise that is plaguing their giant detector. Then, out of the blue, a researcher approached them with an explanation. In fact, he had even predicted the noise before he knew they were detecting it. According to Craig Hogan, a physicist at the Fermilab particle physics lab in Batavia, Illinois, GEO600 has stumbled upon the fundamental limit of space-time - the point where space-time stops behaving like the smooth continuum Einstein described and instead dissolves into "grains", just as a newspaper photograph dissolves into dots as you zoom in. "It looks like GEO600 is being buffeted by the microscopic quantum convulsions of space-time," says Hogan. If this doesn't blow your socks off, then Hogan, who has just been appointed director of Fermilab's Center for Particle Astrophysics, has an even bigger shock in store: "If the GEO600 result is what I suspect it is, then we are all living in a giant cosmic hologram." - Source

01/16/09 - New twist for Pickens in energy independence fight
Pickens and environmental advocate Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. said oil-rich Middle East nations are using billions of U.S. energy dollars to build new schools, roads and airports while America's infrastructure crumbles. They made the comments during a briefing at the Capitol. Americans in December sent $19.3 billion overseas to foreign governments for their oil, said Pickens, citing government figures. "It is outrageous that we are sending billions of dollars -- $432,000 per minute -- overseas to foreign countries while domestic programs at home remain severely underfunded," said Pickens, who plans to highlight the monthly figures on his Web site. Pickens met with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and several House and Senate members to promote his plan. He urged them to include money in the economic stimulus plan they are crafting for converting 350,000 large commercial trucks such as 18-wheelers to natural gas. - Source

01/16/09 - Auto Industry Sees Bright Future for Electric Vehicles
KeelyNet Gasoline- and diesel-powered vehicles today store their fuel in a metal tank. Electric cars store theirs in a battery. Battery technology has been improving rapidly, but Nancy Giola of Ford says it's still a major roadblock. "The biggest challenge, and we've heard this repeatedly, remains the battery. Questions remain about the durability in real world use, safety, and of course affordability in the cost equation," she said. The U.S. electric power industry is excited about the prospect of fueling the next generation of cars and trucks. Thomas Kuhn of the industry's trade group, the Edison Electric Institute, says people will be able to refuel right at home. "We can wire up in houses easily where there are garages, and where there are not garages, we can rev up in parking lots," he said. "So there is going to be an electric infrastructure need, and we think we can move that [forward] very, very quickly because electricity, fortunately, is everywhere." Critics note, however, that many urban dwellers, for example, park on the street, not in a garage. - Source

01/16/09 - Lunar Bricks Could Be Used To Build Bases On The Moon
A team of seven Virginia Tech students think that domes could be built on the lunar surface instead, made from rock gathered on site. All told, the Tech students are informed by old-school and ancient building practices to get the job done. Structures built by the team’s simulated regolith were about as strong as concrete and, since mortaring several brick together isn’t really an option in space, the team had to make an igloo of specially molded blocks that could support its own weight. There are still a few hurdles to clear, however. The process used to fire the bricks hasn’t been tested in a vacuum and the domes aren’t exactly airtight (though they could still shield astronauts from debris and radiation). - Source

01/16/09 - Networked Fridges 'Negotiate' Electricity Use
"Researchers have developed a way to network household and commercial fridges together in a distributed peer-to-peer fashion that lets them 'negotiate' with each other on the best time to consume electricity. A retrofittable controller is attached to each fridge and then a temperature profile is built around the unit. The controller enables communication between other fridges on the network and also the power source. It enables fridges to work together to decide when to cool down, and thus consume power, based on how much surplus power will be available, and to anticipate power shortages and change their running schedules accordingly to use as little power as possible during these times." - Source

01/16/09 - How to hallucinate with ping-pong balls and a radio
KeelyNet DO YOU EVER want to change the way you see the world? Wouldn't it be fun to hallucinate on your lunch break? Although we typically associate such phenomena with powerful drugs like LSD or mescaline, it's easy to fling open the doors of perception without them: All it takes is a basic understanding of how the mind works. The first thing to know is that the mind isn't a mirror, or even a passive observer of reality. Much of what we think of as being out there actually comes from in here, and is a byproduct of how the brain processes sensation. In recent years scientists have come up with a number of simple tricks that expose the artifice of our senses, so that we end up perceiving what we know isn't real - tweaking the cortex to produce something uncannily like hallucinations. Perhaps we hear the voice of someone who is no longer alive, or feel as if our nose is suddenly 3 feet long. - Source

01/16/09 - Phishing For Bank Info Without Any Pesky Malware
" brings us news of a new approach to phishing that targets online banking sites. Here's the novel part of it: it doesn't involve any of the typical attack vectors we all know and love. Instead, it uses JavaScript from a remote page to detect if you have a banking site open, and prompts you for info via popup if you do." - Source

01/16/09 - Laid off? Hyundai will take your car back
If you buy a new Hyundai and lose your job within a year, you can give it back. "If you find that you cannot make your payment because of a covered life changing event, we'll allow you to return your vehicle and walk away from your loan obligation - and in most cases we will cover most, if not all of the difference," the carmaker's Web site says. With no extra charge to the sticker price, the program pays the difference between the car's trade-in value at the time the owner files a claim and any remaining balance on the loan up to a maximum of $7,500. Hyundai is offering the program because its own market research showed car shoppers weren't attracted by rebates and other more normal incentives, said Joel Ewanick, Hyundai America's vice president for marketing. People are simply too worried about making payments no matter how good the deal is, he said. "Until they saw a change in that, customers just aren't going to buy," he said. - Source

01/16/09 - Leamington man loses $150,000 in Nigerian scam
KeelyNet A Leamington man has fallen prey to international scam artists who strung him along for more than a year with the promise of millions in cash, but ultimately bilked him and his family of $150,000. John Rempel said he quit his truck driving job, lost friends, borrowed money and crossed the globe in pursuit of a non-existent inheritance, after he was contacted by e-mail in what is known as a Nigerian 419 scam. Rempel said he borrowed $55,000 from an uncle in Mexico and his parents gave him $60,000 on credit to cover fees for transferring $12.8 million into his name. “They’re in it now because of me,” said Rempel, 22, breaking into sobs. “If it wasn’t for me, nobody would be in this mess. You think things will work out, but it doesn’t. It’s a very bad feeling. I had lots of friends. “I never get calls anymore from my friends. You know, a bad reputation.” - Source

01/16/09 - Top 15 Ways to Extend Your Laptop’s Battery Life
Laptops tend to lose their charm quickly when you’re constantly looking for the nearest power outlet to charge up. How do you keep your battery going for as long as possible? Here are 15 easy ways to do so... / 1. Defrag regularly / 2. Dim your screen / 3. Cut down background programs / 4. Limit external devices / 5. Add RAM / 6. Run off HD rather than CD/DVD / 7. Keep battery contacts clean / 8. Take care of battery / 9. Hibernate not standby / 10. Keep temperature low / 11. Optimize power options / 12. Don't multitask / 13. Easy on PC demands / 14. More efficient laptop and 15. Prevent battery memory effect - expanded details on link. - Source

01/13/09 - The Greatest Inventions Nikola Tesla Never Created
KeelyNet Inventor Nikola Tesla invented the radio, experimented with wireless electricity, and designed a death ray. In science fiction, his work goes even further. We list Tesla's greatest fictional inventions and the facts behind the fiction. - Source

01/13/09 - Finnish inventor suspected of fraud
The Finnish inventor Rainer Partanen, 69, is today being charged at the Helsinki District Court with aggravated fraud and accounting offences in the period from 2001 to 2007. Partanen, the Managing Director of Europositron, has collected a total of EUR 1.3 million with the help of a battery project based on innovative nanoscale electrochemistry technology that allows the production of rechargeable aluminum batteries. The largest number of foreign owners was found in Sweden, where a total of 70 investors believed in nanochemistry. In Sweden, Partanen advertised his share issues at least in the financial newspaper Dagens Industri. Typically, shareholders invested in Europositron the minimum sum of EUR 1,500, but investments of as much as EUR 24,000 were also made. The police were unable to locate any kind of prototype for aluminium batteries. Moreover, the invention documents which were confiscated from the company’s safe, were incoherent, factitious, and defective, while the text was unscientific, the prosecutor charges. The indictment indicates that the manufacturing of a rechargeable aluminium battery would not have been possible on the basis of the invention data found in the safe. The prosecutor has issued a subpoena to several experts, who will testify that the expenses to construct a prototype of the described invention could have been around EUR 10,000 to 100,000. According to Partanen, the required amount of funds should be EUR 8 million. - Source

01/13/09 - Sea Level Rise Of One Meter Within 100 Years
KeelyNet New research indicates that the ocean could rise in the next 100 years to a meter higher than the current sea level – which is three times higher than predictions from the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, IPCC. According to the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change the global climate in the coming century will be 2-4 degrees warmer than today, but the ocean is much slower to warm up than the air and the large ice sheets on Greenland and Antarctica are also slower to melt. The great uncertainty in the calculation of the future rise in the sea level lies in the uncertainty over how quickly the ice sheets on land will melt and flow out to sea. By linking the two sets of information together Aslak Grinsted could see the relationship between temperature and sea level. For example, in the Middle Ages around 12th century there was a warm period where the sea level was approximately 20 cm higher than today and in the 18th century there was the ‘little ice age’, where the sea level was approximately 25 cm lower than it is today. Assuming that the climate in the coming century will be three degrees warmer, the new model predictions indicate that the ocean will rise between 0,9 and 1,3 meters. To rise so much so quickly means that the ice sheets will melt much faster than previously believed. But it has already been observed that the ice sheets react quicker to increases in temperature than experts thought just a few years ago. And studies from the ice age show that ice sheets can melt quickly. When the ice age ended 11.700 years ago, the ice sheets melted so quickly that sea level rose 11 millimeters per year – equivalent to a meter in 100 years. In the current situation with global warming, Aslak Grinsted believes, that the sea level will rise with the same speed – that is to say a meter in the span of the next 100 years. - Source

01/13/09 - All the water and air on earth
KeelyNet Left: All the water in the world (1.4087 billion cubic kilometres of it) including sea water, ice, lakes, rivers, ground water, clouds, etc. Right: All the air in the atmosphere (5140 trillion tonnes of it) gathered into a ball at sea-level density. Shown on the same scale as the Earth. Conceptual computer artwork of the total volume of water on Earth (left) and of air in the Earth's atmosphere (right) shown as spheres (blue and pink). The spheres show how finite water and air supplies are. The water sphere measures 1390 kilometres across and has a volume of 1.4 billion cubic kilometres. This includes all the water in the oceans, seas, ice caps, lakes and rivers as well as ground water, and that in the atmosphere. The air sphere measures 1999 kilometres across and weighs 5140 trillion tonnes. As the atmosphere extends from Earth it becomes less dense. Half of the air lies within the first 5 kilometres of the atmosphere. - Source

01/13/09 - Scientists Solve Century-Old Optics Mystery
"From the article: Since the early 20th century physicists have known that light carries momentum, but the way this momentum changes as light passes through different media is much less clear. Two rival theories of the time predicted precisely the opposite effect for light incident on a dielectric: one suggesting it pushes the surface in the direction light is traveling; the other suggesting it drags the surface backwards towards the source of light. After 100 years of conflicting experimental results, a team of experimentalists from China believe they have finally found a resolution." / Weilong She and his colleagues from Sun Yat-Sen University have studied the effect of light at the interface of air and a silica filament and they find that light exerts a push force on the surface... She and colleagues have now finally overcome these difficulties by replacing the water surface with a nanometre silica filament. “We report direct observation of a push force on the end face of the silica filament exerted by the outgoing light” said She. Given this result, Abraham has been declared the new winner and light momenta is directly proportional to the material it is travelling through. “The experiment represents a modern form of a beautifully simple idea” said Leonhardt. One application that may spring from this knowledge is a more precise technique for laser-induced inertially-confined fusion: a method of producing fusion energy by compressing a fuel capsule made to high density. A series of incoherent laser beams incident on a transparent dielectric ball in a vacuum would cause it to shrink under pressure to achieve nuclear fusion. - Source

01/13/09 - Free .5mb Disk Investigator Examines Raw Hard Drive Data
KeelyNet Using the tool is enormously more intensive than a casual Windows search or even using an indexer like Google Desktop. Searching for a string like "password" will reveal every single instance of the word throughout the entire disk inside code, help files, documents, where ever it may be found. If you're at your wits end trying to recover a deleted file or mine the depths of your computer for something that is stubbornly resisting being found, if it exists there is a strong chance Disk Investigator will turn it up. During my testing of the application, I was rather impressed with just how much it found. (Windows only ; 0.5 Mb freeware) / What is Disk Investigator? - Disk Investigator helps you to discover all that is hidden on your computer hard disk. It can also help you to recover lost data. Display the true drive contents by bypassing the operating system and directly reading the raw drive sectors. View and search raw directories, files, clusters, and system sectors. Verify the effectiveness of file and disk wiping programs. Undelete previously deleted files. - Source

01/13/09 - Exposing the Myth of Clean Coal Power
If you paid any attention to last year's Presidential campaign, you'll remember ads touting the benefits of "clean coal" power, sponsored by the industry group American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity. (The ads featured lumps of coal plugged into an electrical cord.) Designed in part to respond to the growing green campaign against coal power — which accounts for about 30% of U.S. carbon emissions — the ads promised high-tech and eventually carbon-free power, emphasizing coal's low cost compared to alternatives, its abundance in America and its cleanliness. - Source

01/13/09 - Purple-shaded glasses to spot garden trouble in advance
KeelyNet Clean Air Gardening sells this purple-tinted glasses that are supposed to help you identify unhealthy, chlorophyll-deficient plants before it's too late. The lenses block out the green reflected by chlorophyll in the healthy areas of your lawn and garden, causing those areas to show as black or gray. Any unhealthy spots, deficient in chlorophyll, will show up as pink, red or coral colors. It's the plant equivalent of full-body MRIs that detect problems before their symptoms surface. - Source

01/13/09 - 48 mpg is nice, but hybrids don't add up right now
Paying thousands of extra dollars for a hybrid car when gas topped $4 a gallon wasn't unreasonable because with enough driving, it only took a few years to recoup the added cost. But with the economy mired in a recession and fuel prices at their lowest in six years, pinched consumers seem less willing to fork over the extra thousands of dollars for a car that coaxes just a few extra miles out of a gallon of gas. At this point, buying a hybrid makes as much economic sense as buying a gas-guzzling SUV did last summer. - Source

01/13/09 - Pint-sized motorcycle-engine-powered monowheel of yesteryear
KeelyNet POWERED by a motorcycle engine and operated through the conventional handlebar control, a rubber-tired motor wheel has been invented which is claimed to represent the ideal in cheap and rapid transportation. The device is so simple that a youngster can operate it. The large wheel is fitted with a continuous inner track along which run a series of flanged wheels on which the mechanism revolves. The rider is seated inside the wheel on a regulation motorcycle saddle. - Source

01/13/09 - Wanted: digital drones to earn ½p (1 cent) an hour
After years of globalisation in which rich western economies farmed out dull, repetitive jobs to developing nations, the tables may be about to be turned as businesses start to employ westerners in so-called virtual sweatshops. The companies work on a simple principle: many digital tasks require some form of human input and can’t be completed by computers alone. However, rather than employ office workers to work through a myriad of simple chores, they farm them out via the web to the reservoir of global digital workers growing by the week. The work can be anything from skilled translation services to repetitive data inputting and image identifying. A site called Mechanical Turk, operated by Amazon, is leading the way in harnessing the army of digital labourers. Anyone can log on to the site and browse the tens of thousands of jobs on offer from hundreds of companies. The jobs are termed “human intelligence tasks”, or Hits. Amazon, which is paid by the employer 10% of the fee for any job completed, says it stumbled on the idea after using a similar system to catalogue its vast archive of books three years ago. Once it offered the service, it was inundated by companies wanting to make use of cheap, flexible labour available 24 hours a day. - Source

01/13/09 - Lose the Memory, Lose the Weight
Researchers at the University of St. Andrews in the United Kingdom and at the University of Windsor in Canada each found that subjects who were told that a particular food had made them sick years earlier not only believed the made-up events but also stopped craving the food. Researchers already knew that generating false memories can alter a person's beliefs, but these studies are the first to show that the practice can change behavior as well. "Although it's not ethical to create false memories in people, making an association between eating a fattening food and getting ill may be beneficial," says Elke Geraerts, a psychologist from St. Andrews and lead author on one of the studies. "People may avoid those foods in the future." Researchers from Duke University found regions in the brain that may explain how false memories could slip by as real ones. Using brain scans, the researchers saw that when participants believed a memory was true, they exhibited more activity in part of the brain that processes feelings about an event. However, when subjects thought a false memory was true, they showed less activity in another part of the brain that checks memory for facts. Although not yet tested for combating obesity, manipulating memories could make people less hungry for fatty foods. - Source

01/13/09 - Johnson Controls re3 Concept next generation small car environment
KeelyNet The Johnson Controls re3 has been designed to show off their latest innovations for small cars. re3 stands for "rethink, renew, and respond," refering to realistic reactions to reproaches, revisited and reappraised, then rendered with realistic replies. The re3 is a plug-in hybrid with batteries stored in between the two front seats. This results in a lower center of gravity, while freeing up space in the back seats and rear compartment. At the same time, the instrument panel is surrounded with storage spaces while being composed of weight reducing materials. Not only is it more convenient for passengers, it also reduces weight of the panel by more than 25% and costs less to produce. Also included is a gauge cluster intermingled with a new 7-inch color touch screen. Slim seats in the front have better vibration dampening foam and a sturdier head restraint system. In the back, stadium-style folding seats accomodates three rear passengers. Folding seats also mean the front passenger can slide his or her seat almost all the way into the back row, making interaction between passengers easier. Everything about the car has been designed with the idea of "reducing weight, optimizing cost and providing sustainable solutions that generate consumer appeal." The company also focused their attention on "human machine interaction (HMI), comfort and interior ambiance." - Source

01/13/09 - Implant raises cellular army to attack cancer
Implants that sit in the body and reprogram a person's immune cells could be used to treat a range of infectious diseases and even cancer. In a trial on mice with an aggressive melanoma that usually kills within 25 days, the new treatment saved 90% of the group. Because cancer cells originate within the body, the immune system usually leaves them alone. Therapies exist that involve removing immune cells from the body before priming them to attack malignant tissue and injecting them back into a patient. In tests, the researchers implanted cylinders with a diameter of 8.5 millimetres into mice and two weeks later injected the animals with highly aggressive melanoma cells. Mice implanted with 'blanks' - cylinders lacking any chemical additives - developed large tumours within 18 days and had to be euthanised. However, 90% of the mice given the full treatment were cured. - Source

01/13/09 - Flying Car Ready For Take-Off
KeelyNet The world’s first flying automobile is scheduled to take to the skies next month. The flying car, which can transform itself from a two-seater road vehicle to a plane in just 15 seconds, runs on normal unleaded fuel and can fit easily into a garage, according to its Massachusetts-based manufacturer. Should it survive its initial test flight, the Terrafugia Transition is set to land in showrooms in about a year and a half, with a retail price of $200,000. NASA engineers developed the Transition, which is powered by the same 100bhp engine on the ground and in the air. It can fly up to 500 miles on a single tank of gas at a cruising speed of 115mph, Terrafugia said. However, the vehicle has only been tested on the road at speeds up to 90 mph. Dietrich said the company has already received 40 orders. - Source

01/13/09 - Why Doesn't the New Insight Get Better MPG than the Civic Hybrid?
Why indeed. According to the EPA, the Civic Hybrid manages 40 mpg in the city and 45 mpg on the highway, for an EPA combined score of 42 mpg. The 2010 Honda Insight scores 40/43 mpg for a combined 41 mpg. I posed the question to Hideharu Takemoto, Assistant Chief Engineer for Honda, and one of the fathers of the original Insight and the IMA system. "The main reason is that we didn't set the target of "label" fuel economy," says Takemoto-san. Which means the Insight team's primary goal was not merely a high mileage number or as he is fond of calling it -- a label. "The main concept of this vehicle is 'Next Era Transportation' which is based on four key pillars: Clean and Green, Usable, Fun and Affordable. The highest priority during development was balancing of all four of these key pillars at a high level -- not get one and lose the others," he says. "For example, we didn't apply [a] dish type alloy wheel. The decision was made because there have been [a] certain number of customers who didn't like dish wheels and replaced them when they bought Civic Hybrid. We didn't want to see this situation with the Insight." "Tires are another example," Takemoto-san continues. "Civic Hybrid has very low rolling resistance with good stopping distance but ride/handling feeling is not great. We wanted fun drive feel even if we lose a little on the fuel economy label." The first gen Insight posted nosebleed mpg numbers (61 city, 68 highway mpg on the old EPA cycle) -- but was roundly criticized for returning a loud and flimsy feeling drive. Look at their next big hybrid launch -- the Civic -- and you see then that the Insight's IMA technology was applied to a far more livable package. This time around, Honda has addressed a few more of the concerns and smoothed out leftover rough spots -- at the expense of one combined EPA mpg. - Source

01/13/09 - Make Money While Disabled
Thomas Mundy files lawsuits to force businesses to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act. The targets of his litigation have called his crusade "basically extortion" and "an old Chicago-style shakedown." One fighter in a burgeoning army of crusaders for disabled access, Mundy says he has filed more than 150 lawsuits in 18 months demanding damages from small businesses in violation of the exacting requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Suing for ADA noncompliance has become a cottage industry for dozens of disabled Californians who have taken on the role of freelance enforcers of an often ignored federal statute. They secure piecemeal correction of offending premises and often enrich themselves and their lawyers in the process... Divorced and jobless except for the self-assigned ADA work, Mundy won't say how much he has earned by filing lawsuits demanding five-figure sums then settling out of court with business owners keen to escape a costlier defense. Here's a lawyer who specializes in this new way of making money: Morse Mehrban. "Confined to a wheelchair in California?" Mehrban asks potential clients on his website: "You may be entitled to $1,000 each time you can't use something at a business because of your disability." One of his victims: "He might as well have had a gun and asked me for $1,000 when he came in," Paul Venetos, owner of Anaheim's Varsity Burgers, said of an April visit by Mundy that led to a lawsuit over a condiments counter that was half an inch too high. The burger joint's security camera recorded Mundy wheeling in, looking around for a few minutes then leaving without perusing a menu or attempting to order, Venetos said. He believes Mundy came in only to look for a chink in his ADA armor. - Source

01/09/09 - Wingsuits let People Fly w/Incredible Video
KeelyNet Free flyers falling at speeds of 100mph and gliding like human flying squirrels. / Wingsuit flying is the art of flying the human body through the air using a special jumpsuit, called a wingsuit, that shapes the human body into an airfoil which can create lift. The wingsuit creates the airfoil shape with fabric sewn between the legs and under the arms. It is also called a birdman suit or squirrel suit. A wingsuit can be flown from any point that provides sufficient altitude to glide through the air, such as skydiving aircraft or BASE jumping exit points. The wingsuit flier wears parachute equipment designed for skydiving or BASE jumping. The flier will deploy the parachute at a planned altitude and unzip the arm wings, if necessary, so they can reach up to the control toggles and fly to a normal parachute landing. - Source

01/09/09 - Garage Invention Turns Restaurants into Power Plants
KeelyNet A new garage-engineered generator burns the waste oil from restaurants' deep fryers to generate electricity and hot water. Put 80 gallons of grease into the Vegawatt each week, and its creators promise it will generate about 5 kilowatts of power.While Vegawatt is a small solution, Peret's invention is a very clever embodiment of several long-cherished alternative-energy ideas: capturing both the heat and power from fuel combustion, making energy where it's used, and recycling used resources. Big industrial plants that make paper, for example, have long taken advantage of these concepts to save on their utility bills, but the Vegawatt will be the first product that could turn thousands of fast food restaurants into mini power plants. "Now the restaurant owners are going to be motivated to put every single drop of waste oil into this thing, because it will pay for itself," Peret said. Vegawatt is derived from the home-brew fuel movement that many trace back to Dr. Thomas Reed, who popularized a recipe to convert waste cooking oil into biodiesel more than 20 years ago. Peret converted his truck to run on straight vegetable oil, or SVO to home brewers. But he was troubled by the inefficiency of the process. If you want to run waste vegetable oil in your car, it's not as simple as going behind a restaurant and filling up," Peret said. "People that do this spend the majority of their free time collecting fuel from restaurants." Peret realized he could use the same engine technology to power an on-site generator and defray a restaurant's electricity costs. "It's not difficult to go from spinning tires to spinning magnets," he said. So he created a test unit which you can see at the back of his garage in the top photo that's basically a diesel generator hacked to run waste cooking oil. It feeds power directly into the restaurant's electrical system through a 30 amp hook-in. Vegawatt is more efficient than a typical coal or natural gas plant. Peret said it can capture 70 percent of the fuel's caloric value. That's because the generator captures and uses the waste heat it generates. "All the water [the restaurant] would send to its boiler, instead of sending it straight there from the city, we run it through our heat exchanger first," Peret said. "Depending on the flow, [the water] can go into the hot water heater at 120 degrees." (This non-electrical energy savings is included in the 5-kilowatt rating cited above.) - Source

01/09/09 - Solar power for cheap cold food and pure water
KeelyNet Low-tech ways to harness the Sun's energy can have big impacts too, as these two new simple solar gadgets for use in poor areas of the world show: a solar-powered fridge and a drinking water steriliser, without a single moving part between them.The fridge, designed by Emily Cummins of West Yorkshire in the UK, consists of a two-walled cylinder, with the outer one perforated. Wet sand or soil fills the gap between the two walls. When sunlight heats the out wall and wet material, evaporating water cools the inner cylinder and its contents in the same way evaporating sweat cools our bodies. Cummins perfected her invention on a trip to Namibia. The Swedish invention Solvatten is also easy to use. Simply pour several litres of water into its two tanks, leave it in the sun for a few hours and collect the sanitised drinking water. An indicator signals it is safe to drink once the temperature inside has reached 55°C. That heating, together with exposure to UV radiation, helps destroy harmful bacteria, and the water is also filtered during pouring to remove particulates. It works even on cloudy days, the inventors say, although it can take up to 6hrs to reach temperature. Unfortunately, it doesn't work at all when it's raining. - Source

01/09/09 - The lost art of tinkering
Why is that so many of us have grown up without the least inclination of launching an invention which will fundamentally alter the nature of human life? We instinctively expect the cars we drive, the cameras we click and the toys we bequeath to the next generation to be made elsewhere. The creative mess which once routinely inspired flurries of genius came from an earlier, easier-going age when young men had the time to sit under a tree, watch an apple drop and think: "Oh, I think I'll call that phenomenon 'gravity'." In some cultures the production line is a place of burning creativity. Toyota workers made the elimination of waste an art form; the refinement of the production process of a Lexus is like the paring down a poem until it attains the stark beauty of a haiku. British inventors have thrived in atmospheres of mess when they are up to their earlobes in odd pieces of wire but untangled by the demands of marketeers (surely that can't be a proper word?) and flagellating accountants. In Wales, great thought is being invested in how commercial wizards can be brought together with modern day Bells. The idea is that they will be able to spot the practical possibilities of discoveries and inventions as it is very rare that a scientific genius is also blessed with mindblowing commercial acumen. It is possible that our apparent deficit of first rate inventors is actually an illusion and a by-product of how reports of new products now zip around the world in seconds. Previously, people in different countries could quite happily tinker away for years on variants of the same idea before a definitive "invention" arrived in the popular consciousness. While we're aware that Al Gore didn't invent the internet, how many of us know that Massachusetts-based but England-reared Tim Berners-Lee created the web? Hopefully, the kid now taking a screwdriver to your microwave oven will grow up to be a neo-Brunel. There is a hunger for such high-profile inventor heroes, as the celebration of James Dyson and his dual cyclone vacuum cleaner demonstrates. - Source

01/09/09 - Lok8u GPS Child Locator Watch
KeelyNet Lok8u has made the trek from the UK all the way to Vegas so they could show off their Nu•M8 GPS child locator at CES. It's the "innovative new best friend for parents and children." Yippee. Try telling your kid that after he's been beat up for wearing such a hefty nerd watch. The device is touted as the first of its kind, created specifically to be worn by children with the technology "cleverly concealed within a child's digital watch." Um, okay. I think everyone who sees this watch knows that something is up. The watch will also send an alert if it's ever "forcibly removed,", thereby forcing your child to wear their $218 watch. - Source

01/09/09 - Gmail Warning
If you use Gmail, don't put anything in an email you wouldn't want your boss to read. We've discovered that Google's "autosave" feature saves your text in such a way that your company's network administrator could view it before it's sent. - Source

01/09/09 - Yahoo is Tracking Group Members
If you belong to ANY Yahoo Groups - be aware that Yahoo is now using "Web Beacons" to track every Yahoo Group user. It's similar to cookies, but allows Yahoo to record every website and every group you visit, even when you're not connected to Yahoo. Look at their updated privacy statement at: Privacy / About half-way down the page, in the section on *cookies*, you will see a link that says *WEB BEACONS*. Click on the phrase "Web Beacons." On the page that opens, on the left find a box entitled "Opt-Out." In that section find "opt-out of interest-matched advertising" link that will let you "opt-out" of their snooping. Click it and then click the opt-out button on the next page. Note that Yahoo's invasion of your privacy - and your ability to opt-out of it - is not user-specific. It is MACHINE specific. That means you will have to opt-out on every computer (and browser) you use. - Source

01/09/09 - Stem Cells Undo Birth Defects
By injecting stem cells directly into the brain, scientists have successfully reversed neural birth defects in mice whose mothers were given heroin during pregnancy. Even though most of the transplanted cells did not survive, they induced the brain's own cells to carry out extensive repairs. Transplanted stem cells have previously shown promise in reversing brain damage caused by strokes, as well as by neurological diseases like Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, and Huntington's. But their use in treating birth defects is relatively new. Such dramatic results were surprising, considering that just a fraction of a percent of the transplanted stem cells survived inside the mice's brains. But they are consistent with an emerging consensus of how adult stem cells perform their many functions through so-called bystander or chaperone effects. Beyond simply generating replacements for damaged cells, stem cells seem to produce signals that spur other cells to carry out normal organ maintenance and initiate damage control. - Source

01/09/09 - Why Does the US Have a Civil Space Program?
KeelyNet "The Presidents of the National Academy of Science and the National Academy of Engineering have commissioned a study on the Rationale and Goals of the US Civil Space Program. In short, the Academies are asking why the nation has a civil space program (including human, robotic, commercial, and personal spaceflight). The study is intended to provide a strategic framework for the nation's activities in space that can provide consistent guidance in an increasingly interconnected world. The members of the study committee are interested in the views (positive or negative) of the general public, particularly those people with a scientific and/or technological interest." - Source

01/09/09 - Fuel Made With Wastewater Drastically Reduces Emissions
A team of Taiwanese researchers has combined industrial wastewater and petroleum oil to make a new fuel that could largely eliminate the costly treatment of industrial air emissions from boilers, is an environmentally-friendly way to treat industrial wastewater, and could increase fuel efficiency by 14%. They've discovered that when they mix 80% HFO with 19.9% wastewater and 0.1% surfactant, then burn it in a boiler, carbon monoxide emissions are reduced by 84% compared to the emissions generated by burning standard heavy petroleum oil in the same boiler. Not only that, the new fuel also drastically reduces other emissions such as particulate matter, nitrogen oxides, sulfur dioxide, and volatile organics. The addition of the wastewater to the oil causes microexplosions prior to ignition of the oil which, in turn, causes the oil to atomize into a fine vapor. This increases the surface area of the oil and leads to more complete combustion. The water also lowers the temperature of combustion of the entire mixture which also reduces pollution from nitrogen oxides. - Source

01/09/09 - A Low-Energy Water Purifier
A Yale University spinoff called Oasys is driving one effort to change all this. Professor Menachem Elimelech and graduate students Robert McGinnis and Jeffrey McCutcheon have developed a novel desalination device that reduces the energy needed to purify water to one-tenth of that required by conventional systems. In Oasys's system, a "draw solution" is added on one side of the membrane to extract clean water from dirty water. The solution used by Oasys is designed to have a high osmotic pressure and be easy to remove through heating. "Forward osmosis is not a new technology, but trying to find the optimal draw solution to make it efficient and create the proper balance of ammonia and chlorine is critical," says Michael LoCascio, senior analyst with Lux Research. The biggest challenge, according to Mandell, was identifying a concentrated solution that could be removed efficiently and entirely. Details of Oasys's draw solution are a company secret, but it uses ammonia and carbon-dioxide gases dissolved in water in specific proportions. Crucially, the solution can be reused after being removed from clean water, and the membrane required is also nearly identical to those already used in reverse osmosis. While other companies are doing forward osmosis, Oasys claims that its draw solution makes its technology much more efficient. Reverse osmosis currently produces water at a cost of about $0.68 to $0.90 per cubic meter. Oasys estimates that engineered osmosis will cost just $0.37 to $0.44 per cubic meter once fully scaled up. The startup has so far established a pilot-scale plant to test the technology by producing one cubic meter of water per day. - Source

01/09/09 - Does DNA Have Telepathic Properties?
KeelyNet DNA has been found to have a bizarre ability to put itself together, even at a distance, when according to known science it shouldn't be able to. Explanation: None, at least not yet. Scientists are reporting evidence that contrary to our current beliefs about what is possible, intact double-stranded DNA has the "amazing" ability to recognize similarities in other DNA strands from a distance. Somehow they are able to identify one another, and the tiny bits of genetic material tend to congregate with similar DNA. - Source

01/09/09 - Worried About Antibiotics In Your Beef?
For half a century, meat producers have fed antibiotics to farm animals to increase their growth and stave off infections. Now scientists have discovered that those drugs are sprouting up in unexpected places: Vegetables such as corn, potatoes and lettuce absorb antibiotics when grown in soil fertilized with livestock manure, according to tests conducted at the University of Minnesota. Today, close to 70 percent of all antibiotics and related drugs used in the United States are routinely fed to cattle, pigs and poultry, according to the Union of Concerned Scientists. Although this practice sustains a growing demand for meat, it also generates public health fears associated with the expanding presence of antibiotics in the food chain. People have long been exposed to antibiotics in meat and milk. Now, the new research shows that they also may be ingesting them from vegetables, perhaps even ones grown on organic farms. - Source

01/09/09 - Deserving Of A Face Punch
KeelyNet Socially responsible reasons to punch someone in the face. Every day, a new reason. 75 entries, so far. It's kind of like a modern day Everett True, except he doesn't have actual physical outbursts. For example, here's #64: The Self-Important Bluetooth Guy. Hey there buddy, I see you got one of those fancy cyborg ear attachments for your cell phone, you must be pretty important? No? Oh, of course you're not, you're not even on the phone right now, instead your just walking around with a blinking light in your ear like a metro-sexual robot. Honestly, unless you're police dispatch, or air traffic control, there is no way you're getting enough calls to justify sporting that glorified techno-earring 24/7. So do us all a favor take that "thing" out of your ear and rejoin regular society. Otherwise, it's open season, and our fist-to-face connection is one call that always goes through. Can you hear us now? - Source

01/09/09 - Nanotube Superbatteries
Researchers at MIT have made pure, dense, thin films of carbon nanotubes that show promise as electrodes for higher-capacity batteries and supercapacitors. Dispensing with the additives previously used to hold such films together improved their electrical properties, including the ability to carry and store a large amount of charge. Carbon nanotubes can carry and store more charge than other forms of carbon, in part because their nanoscale structure gives them a very large surface area. - Source

01/09/09 - Free Online Logo Makers
KeelyNet and offer to make free logos for your websites. You choose an icon and text from a menu and build it online with a couple of clicks. Logomaker then gives you the code that lets you embed it on a website. Logoease gives you the graphic in ten different formats, including "encapsulated PostScript" (EPS), which is what commercial printers need for their presses. - Source

01/09/09 - Heat may spark world food crisis
Half the world's population could face climate-induced food crisis by 2100, a new report by US scientists warns. Rapid warming is likely to reduce crop yields in the tropics and subtropics, according to Prof David Battisti of the University of Washington. The most extreme summers of the last century will become the norm, he calculates, using 23 climate models. We must urgently create crops tolerant to heat and drought if we are to adapt in time, he writes in Science journal. The study is based on combined direct observations with projections from 23 global climate models that contributed to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's (IPCC) 2007 global assessment. They calculate there is greater than 90% probability that by 2100, the average growing-season temperatures in the tropics and subtropics will be higher than any temperatures recorded there to date. - Source

01/09/09 - Holes give edge to new MoD armour
KeelyNet Scientists from the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) have devised an ultra-hard vehicle armour to protect military personnel. Details of the steel armour, called Super Bainite, were outlined during a seminar at the University of Cambridge. "You shouldn't think of them as holes, you should think of them as edges. When a bullet hits an edge, it gets deflected, and turns from a sharp projectile into a blunt fragment - which is much easier to stop. It doubles the ballistic performance and halves the weight." Certain heat treatments alter the fine-scale structure of steel, creating a "phase" called bainite - which has been known about since the 1930s. But a new manufacturing process, developed by DSTL scientists in collaboration with steelmaker Corus, allows the alloy to be produced quickly and cost effectively. Super Bainite develops its exceptional strength through a new low-temperature process called "isothermal hardening". The steel is heated to 1,000C, cooled to about 200C and then held at this temperature for a period of time before cooling to room temperature. Initially, the team held the steel at about 200C for just over two weeks to achieve the right ballistic protection. However, this was too slow for the process to be commercialised. The researchers subsequently reduced the heat treatment time to eight hours by transforming the steel at 250C instead of 200C. Importantly, the work gives the UK an indigenous armour steel manufacturing capability, benefiting industry. An industrial process called "Kolsterising" (developed by the firm Bodycote) is able to increase the surface hardness of stainless steel to twice that of Super Bainite while maintaining its ductility - the extent to which a material can be bent, or deformed, without fracturing. "It's as hard as a ceramic and as ductile as a metal. It re-defines, really, what steel is capable of," he said. - Source

01/09/09 - 'Cybergeddon' fear stalks US: FBI
Cyber attacks pose the greatest threat to the United States after nuclear war and weapons of mass destruction -- and they are increasingly hard to prevent, FBI experts said Tuesday. Shawn Henry, assistant director of the FBI's cyber division, told a conference in New York that computer attacks pose the biggest risk "from a national security perspective, other than a weapon of mass destruction or a bomb in one of our major cities." Henry said that terrorist groups are working to create a virtual 9/11, "inflicting the same kind of damage on our country, on all our countries, on all our networks, as they did in 2001 by flying planes into buildings." - Source

01/09/09 - Scientists race to unlock 'love drug'
KeelyNet A frontrunner in the race to find a 'love pill' is oxytocin. Known as the 'cuddle hormone', it plays a key role in bonding. Oxytocin is involved in sex and sexual attraction, promotes feeling of trust and confidence and helps to reduce fear. It is released into the blood during labour - triggering the production of breast milk - and floods the brain during breastfeeding, helping mother and baby bond. Studies have shown that those with the highest levels of oxytocin are the most trusting and more willing to give money away. Boosting oxytocin levels also makes it easier for people to read others' emotions and eases shyness and phobias. If that were not enough, recent research credited an oxytocin spray with the power to ease relationship squabbles. Although similar sprays can be bought over the internet, Professor Young, of Emory University in Atlanta in the US, does not recommend people part with their money just yet. He said: 'Although such products are unlikely to do anything other than boost users' confidence, studies are underway in Australia to determine whether an oxytocin spray might aid traditional marital therapy.' Prozac and Viagra both affect the balance of oxytocin in the body but no one has looked at how they affect relationships. - Source

01/09/09 - You think others got there before Darwin?
Religion of Peace™ claiming its scientists figured out Theory of Evolution in 869 AD, and Darwin stole the idea from them... Another contender for the "he-beat-Darwin-to-the-punch" medal has come on the scene in the form of Abu Uthman al-Jahith, an Islamic intellectual of East African descent who died in AD 869. Al-Jahith wrote a Book of Animals in which he talked about animals engaging in a "struggle for existence", and this has been taken as evidence that he came up with evolution by natural selection a thousand years before Darwin. Science flourished in the Islamic world between the 8th and 11th centuries, and certainly in optics and mathematics it produced wonderful insights and inventions, as Al-Khalili's series describes. But I wonder why some scholars persist in calling this "Islamic science"? Science is science wherever it is practised, and its strength is its universality. It certainly shouldn't be linked with a religion. The Renaissance period in Italy produced an amazing rebirth of science, but to describe it as "Roman Catholic science" would be an unjust misnomer. It is good that we celebrate the science of the Islamic world, but we should also ask why it failed to flourish beyond the 14th century. Could it have something to do with the growing influence and anti-science attitude of medieval Islamic clerics, who even prohibited the mechanical printing of the Koran until the 19th century? Political correctness dictates that we shouldn't even mention this, but it would be wise to understand that, in the past, religion has been no friend of science. - Source

01/06/09 - Omnivorous Fuel Cells
KeelyNet A prototype fuel cell runs on a wide range of fuels without turning up the heat. Superprotonic, a startup company in Pasadena, CA, is developing a fuel cell that can handle dirty hydrogen at relatively low temperatures. It could thus use hydrogen produced from other fuels--such as natural gas or ethanol--by a simple device called a "reformer." Superprotonic's fuel cells rely on a material called a solid acid, first tested as an electrolyte in 2001 by Caltech materials-science and chemical-engineering professor Sossina Haile. "What makes our fuel cell special is the nature of this electrolyte," she says. Solid-acid fuel cells operate at what Haile calls a Goldilocks temperature: not too hot, not too cold. Electrolytes made from polymer membranes provide a higher power output per unit area, but they require water to facilitate proton conduction. Consequently, polymer-electrolyte fuel cells require heat exchangers to keep the electrolyte temperature below 100 °C. At that temperature, the catalysts can be poisoned by carbon monoxide and other impurities at levels as low as ten parts per million. The cells thus require very pure fuel. Solid acids, however, are conductive at about 250 °C, which is hot enough that the catalyst can withstand impurities in the fuel. Superprotonic's prototype 50-watt fuel-cell stack can run on any fuel that can be reformed into hydrogen, says Calum Chisholm, the company's vice president and founder. Because a catalyst's activity increases with increased temperature, future solid-acid fuel cells may operate with much less catalyst, or with less-expensive catalysts that are not active below 100 °C. "Other materials become active at this temperature, including nickel, cobalt, and iron," says Chisholm. - Source

01/06/09 - Abu Dhabi: The New Prince of Solar Technology?
"The Sun," said Jalal al-Din Rumi, one of the world's greatest poets, "must come." And the Arab world, which was an engine for centuries of innovation in science, philosophy and the arts, is now poised to become a leader in solar technology. Though reported to have 8.5% of the world's oil reserves and 3.3% of the world's gas reserves, Abu Dhabi has launched a fund worth more than US $10 billion to find advanced renewable energy technology solutions to climate change. Solar energy is also set to power another major Abu Dhabi project - Masdar City. The ultra modern city, due to be completed by 2015, aims to be the first zero-carbon emission and car-free city in the world, housing 50,000 inhabitants and 1,500 companies. Abu Dhabi is, however, reaching out to partners throughout the world to help it to realize its vision of creating green jobs, protecting the environment and transforming its economy by promoting innovation and progress in solar energy. Marrying the effective government leadership, regulatory environment and large amounts of capital, and creativity of the UAE to the technological know-how of Germany could, however, prove be a particularly productive partnership. - Source

01/06/09 - Car As Power Source
KeelyNet When an ice storm knocked out power to much of New England, one Toyota Prius owner reached for his inverter and powered some of his home with the happy little hybrid. Smug FTW? Yes. John Sweeney, of Harvard, Massachusetts, was among the many residents of Eastern Mass without power after a big ice storm hit on December 12th. Sweeney, an electrical engineer, saw his Prius as the answer. Using an inverter, he converted the DC power coming out of the car into AC power for his house. Though he couldn't run his entire house one his one car, they were able to get approximately 17 Kilowatt hours of energy. This was enough to power his refrigerator/freezer, television, lights, wood stove fan and accessories for a few days. Although anyone can use a regular DC power supply, like the battery found in a non-Hybrid car, but a hybrid is ideal. First, the Prius carries a much larger batter pack than a regular car, allowing someone to power more appliances for longer than the conventional AC Delco found in most cars. Second, unlike some backup battery systems found in homes, the Prius, like other cars, can recharge its batteries with its normal internal combustion engine. And here's the best part - because the Prius automatically turns itself on when the batteries drain to a certain level, Sweeney left the car running and it automatically turned over when it needed to recharge - about once every 30 minutes. - Source

01/06/09 - Distributed "Nuclear Batteries" the New Infrastructure Answer?
"The Star reports about a new power generation model using smaller distributed power generators located closer to the consumer. This saves money on power generation lines and creates an infrastructure that can be more easily expanded with smaller incremental steps, compared to bigger centralized power generation projects. The generators in line for this are green sources, but Hyperion Power Generation, NuScale, Adams Atomic Engines (and some other companies) are offering small nuclear reactors to plug into this type of infrastructure. The generator from Hyperion is about the size of a garden shed, and uses older technology that is not capable of creating nuclear warheads, and supposedly self-regulating so it won't go critical. They envision burying reactors near the consumers for 5-10 years, digging them back up and recycling them. Since they are so low maintenance and self-contained, they are calling them nuclear batteries." - Source

01/06/09 - High-Def Video Camera Built Into Scuba Mask
KeelyNet A company called Liquid Image plans to unveil at CES a new, $215 HD video and still-photo camera fully integrated into a scuba mask. Called the Liquid Image SCUBA SERIES HD320 Camera/Video Mask, it captures 1280 x 720 at up to 30 frames per second (with audio). As a digital still camera, it takes 2560 x 1920 pixel images. The mask itself is certified to a depth of 115 feet. / This new model has adjustable light attachments available to help bring out the color and detail that is generally lost while diving below 5 meters. Large lever style buttons allow for greater dexterity while wearing diving gloves. A darker silicon skirt helps to shield the peripheral vision from distraction, while still permitting the LED light indicator to signal the user when recording photos and videos. The digital camera comes with 64 MB Nand Flash internal memory. A Micro SD/SDHC Card slot allows the memory to be upgraded to 32 GB. Every 1 GB of memory added allows approximately 30 minutes of recorded video. - Source

01/06/09 - Tooth Regeneration Coming Soon
"For thousands of years, losing teeth has been a routine part of human aging. Now the Washington Post reports that researchers are close to growing important parts of teeth from stem cells, including creating a living root from scratch, perhaps within one year. According to Pamela Robey of the NIH. 'Dentists say, "Give me a root and I can put a crown on it."' In a few years dentists will treat periodontal disease with regeneration by using stem cells to create hard and soft tissue; they will take out a tooth that is about to fall, and reconnect it firmly to the regenerated tissue. Although nobody is predicting when it will be possible to grow teeth on demand, in adults, to replace missing ones, a common guess is five to ten years. Baby and wisdom teeth are sources of stem cells that could be 'banked' for future health needs, says Robey. 'When you think about it, the teeth children put under their pillows may end up being worth much more than the tooth fairy's going rate. Plus, if you still have your wisdom teeth, it's nice to know you're walking around with your own source of stem cells.'" - Source

01/06/09 - Top 50 movie special effects shots w/video clips
KeelyNet This is not a list of 'iconic' SFX shots, such as the opening shot in Star Wars or the final shot in Back To The Future, etc. There are many fantastic SFX shots in cinema history that are artistically 'awesome' without qualifying here. For the purposes of this list, a shot has to be either a) exceptionally convincing, b) ground-breaking or c) an exemplary execution of an oft-used technique. Only one shot is allowed per film. - Source

01/06/09 - Investors Strain to Sell Start-Up Companies
In 2008, entrepreneurs and venture capitalists had difficulty cashing out of start-ups, underscoring just how much the financial crisis has pummeled the technology sector. Stock market investors do not want to invest in initial public offerings, said Mark Heesen, president of the association. And "potential acquirers have just become much more conservative in buying - stock prices are so volatile that they don't know how much money they have." If venture-backed companies cannot achieve public offerings or acquisitions, it could have a ripple effect. Some limited partners, like universities and pension funds, have sought to put off their commitments to invest, and venture capitalists said they are reluctant to back many early-stage companies without more certain gains. "Right now, it's really hard for us to think about doing a start-up investment," said Annette Campbell-White, founder of MedVenture Associates, a venture firm in Emeryville, Calif., that invests in medical technology companies. Instead of start-ups, she said, "we are looking for companies that are in revenue mode and don't have a whole lot of technology or regulatory risk, and those deals are few and far between." - Source

01/06/09 - Inventions aid nuclear clean-up
KeelyNet Staring into a dark green crystal ball, nuclear engineer Matt Clough is eyeing the future. "The basic idea is that it's transparent when it's new," he grins, holding it up against the light. "The darker it is, the more radiation it's absorbed." Mr Clough and his team are behind the RadBall, or radiation ball, made from a polymer material that becomes opaque when exposed to radiation. To nuclear decommissioners, who are working to clean up the mess left behind from half a century of nuclear weapons and energy production, the RadBall could soon become a vital tool. The RadBall's main advantage is that it is very portable. "You can use it in hard-to-reach areas in the plant and in areas where electric devices struggle with high radiation levels," Mr Clough explains. "It tells us where the hazards are and how severe they are." - Source

01/06/09 - Now, a machine that will make wine hangovers history
A new invention by a South African company provides a magical cure to the headache, nausea and shaking associated with excessive drinking. What's more, the technology improves the taste of the drink in the process. Headaches after drinking wine are usually caused by sulphites - sulphur dioxide added to the bottle to kill off unwanted microbes and yeasts and limit oxidation.Now, a new machine by L'Ormarins, near Stellenbosch in the Western Cape wineland, work towards reducing greatly the volume of sulphites by using ultraviolet rays to do the job. Called Surepure, the technology is being tested by a many South African wine estates including Steenberg, Alluvia Stellar Organics, Clarius, Bouchard Finlayson and L'Ormarins, as well as winemakers in California, Chile, New Zealand and Australia. According to Neil Patterson, cellar master at L'Ormarins, a wine that is almost free of sulphites cannot come too soon. Patterson has a sulphur intolerance, causing blotchiness around his eyes, and was looking for a solution before hearing about Surepure. Roughly the size of two fridge-freezers, the new machine, has wine piped in and out through two pipes, while the passing liquid is exposed to UV-ray lamps. This way, Surepure can process 4,000 litres in an hour and the process can be repeated as many times as the winemaker wants. "Using this technology we can cut down the need for sulphites and improve the quality of our wine," said Patterson. - Source

01/06/09 - Turbine Engine Technology Filed
Turbine Truck Engines, Inc. is a technology company focused on the development, manufacture and testing of its New Energy and Environmental Efficient Truck Engine intended for mass market in the United States and abroad. This new engine design can utilize any known fuel source (gasoline, diesel, propane, natural gas, hydrogen, methanol, ethanol or LPG) or fuel mixture, yet needs zero coolant, lube oil, filters, or pumps. The unique, lightweight turbine design has few moving parts, significantly reducing maintenance costs. The innovative cyclic detonation process produces a complete combustion of fuel-oxidation mixtures, resulting in greater fuel economy and fewer harmful exhaust emissions. For more information concerning TTE, kindly visit our website at - Source

01/06/09 - Power-aid? Sweat Fuels Electricity at Gym
KeelyNet Launched last week, his "human-powered" gym is one of few fitness centers in the world that runs on power generated by people working out, Boesel said. As members pedal on stationary bicycles, a small motor connected to the stations charges batteries that power the gym's television and stereo system. Boesel said he doesn't yet have a way to quantify the output but knows that at the moment it's relatively small. However, this is just the beginning, he said. "Our goal is to someday create 100 percent of the electricity we use in the gym," Boesel said. "The short-term goal is to get all of the electricity we can out of the machines." In addition to three spin bikes Boesel re-engineered the gym features a new four-person machine that generates 200 to 400 watts of electricity an hour, depending on the fitness level of the group. Boesel's gym is also working with a St. Petersburg, Fla.-based startup called to implement a "grid-tie" system. Instead of using a battery-based system,'s approach is to retrofit elliptical machines to harvest energy from the machines and send the electricity directly back into the electrical panel. - Source

01/06/09 - How to get your product on QVC
The application process is quick and painless. Both ShopNBC and QVC have applications available online for downloading, and both sites offer guidelines for product submissions. You'll need to send in digital photos of your product and answer questions about your manufacturing process and price point. The networks are looking for vendors who already have a product - they aren't interested in ideas, sketches or prototypes. "Don't be redundant," says Marilyn Montross, QVC's director of vendor relations. "The first thing we look at is the product. For jewelry, we're asking, 'is this something new and innovative versus products we're already selling?'" "They have to have their ducks in order," says ShopNBC Chief Merchant Kris Kulesza. "If you can only make five to 10 units of something, that could close the door." ShopNBC, which broadcasts to more than 70 million homes, might ask vendors to have as many as 5,000 units available. However, QVC's Montross warns against jumping the gun - never manufacture large quantities of your product on spec before getting approval from the network. They want to see that you are capable of manufacturing mass quantities, not that you've already done it. The volume demand usually rules out hand-crafted items. - Source

01/06/09 - 2008 Darwin Awards
KeelyNet Named in honor of Charles Darwin, the father of evolution, the Darwin Awards commemorate those who improve our gene pool by removing themselves from it. / (20 April 2008, Atlantic Ocean, Brazil) In 1982 Lawn Chair Larry, beloved survivor of a Darwin-worthy attempt, attached 45 helium weather balloons to his comfortable Sears lawn chair, packed a picnic and a , and cut the tether. But instead of drifting lazily above the Los Angeles landscape, the combined lift of 45 huge helium balloons rocketed Larry into LAX air traffic lanes 16,000 feet above sea level. Astoundingly, he survived the "flight." In homage to Larry's aerial adventure, a Catholic priest recently ascended towards heaven on a host of helium party balloons. Adelir Antonio de Carli, 41, was attempting to set the world record for clustered balloon flight to publicize his plan to build a spiritual rest stop for truckers. Sitting for more than 19 hours in a lawn chair is not a trivial matter, even in the comfort of your own backyard. The priest took numerous safety precautions, including wearing a survival suit, selecting a buoyant chair, and packing a satellite phone and a GPS. However, the late Adelir Antonio made a fatal mistake. He did not know how to use the GPS. The winds changed, as winds do, and he was blown inexorably toward open sea. He could have parachuted to safety while over land, but chose not to. When the voyager was perilously lost at sea, he prudently phoned for help. But rescuers were unable to reach him since he could not use his GPS! HE struggled with the control panel as the charge on the satellite phone dwindled. Instead of a GPS, the priest let God be his guide, and God guided him straight to heaven. Bits of balloons began appearing on mountains and beaches. Ultimately the priest's body surfaced, confirming that he, like Elvis, had left the building. (and many, many more...) - Source

01/06/09 - Food vs. Fuel
Saltwater-loving plants could open up half a million square miles of previously unusable territory for energy crops, helping settle the heated food-versus-fuel debate, which nearly derailed biofuel progress last year. By increasing the world's irrigated acreage by 50 percent, saltwater crops could provide a no-guilt source of biomass for alt fuel makers and tone down the rhetoric of U.N. officials worried about food prices, one of whom called the conversion of arable land to biofuel crops "a crime against humanity." While growing crops in saltwater has been on the fringes of horticulture for decades, the new demand for alternative energy has pushed the idea onto the pages of the nation's most prestigious scientific journal and drawn the attention of NASA scientists. Citing the work of Robert Glenn, a plant biologist at the University of Arizona, two biologists argue in this week's Science that "the increasing demand for agricultural products and the spread of salinity now make this concept worth serious consideration and investment." - Source

01/06/09 - Green algae which could save the world from global warming
A team working on board the Royal Navy's HMS Endurance off the coast of Antarctica have discovered tiny particles of iron are released into the sea as the ice melts. The iron feeds algae, which blooms and sucks up damaging carbon dioxide (CO2), then sinks, locking away the harmful greenhouse gas for hundreds of years. The team think the process could hold the key to staving off globally rising temperatures. Lead researcher Professor Rob Raiswell, from Leeds University, said: 'The Earth itself seems to want to save us.' The aim of the study is to discover whether artificially fertilising the area will create more algae in the Great Southern Ocean. That ocean is an untapped resource for soaking up CO2 because it doesn't have much iron, unlike other seas. It covers 20million square miles, and scientists say that if this could all be treated with iron, the resulting algae would remove three-and-a-half gigatons of carbon dioxide. This is equivalent to one eighth of all emissions annually created by burning fossil fuels such as oil, gas and coal. It would also be equal to removing all carbon dioxide emitted from every power plant, chimney and car exhaust in the rapidly expanding industries of India and Japan. Lead researcher Prof Rob Raiswell thinks the process could hold the key to staving off globally rising temperatures. However, the experts warn it is too early to say whether it will work. - Source

01/06/09 - Russian scientists grow new tobacco that kills cancer instead of humans
KeelyNet Statistically, smokers die of lung cancer a lot more frequently than other people. The ill habit kills several millions of people every year, but the production of cigarettes continues to grow. "One box of these herbs is enough to make the vaccine for an oncological patient, the lead scientist of the Laboratory of Molecular Biology of viruses, Professor Yury Dorokhov said. "It is five or six times cheaper than other cancer medications. A patient would have to wait from three weeks to 1.5 months for their medications to be ready. This is extremely important, for there are several hundreds of cancer types existing nowadays. We chose the wild Australian tobacco for our experiments. For the time being, we only have a small greenhouse here, but there will be whole fields in the future. We saturate tobacco with a special solution which contains a genetically modified bacterium. The bacterium transmits a DNA fragment into herbal cells, and the required medication is produced afterwards. The leaves begin to glow as soon as the medication is ready. We only have to extract it. The produced substance is a killer: it will search and destroy malignant cells in the body," the professor said. The tobacco medication will be first tested on mice. If all tests are successful, those suffering from breast cancer will be the first to receive the new vaccine. - Source

01/06/09 - Honda Working On Electric Motorcycle For 2010
Honda has announced plans to put an emissions free all-electric motorcycle on sale sometime in 2010. Honda CEO Takeo Fukui said that an electric bike makes sense as the battery characteristics and driving range fits a motorcycle profile - as they are generally used for shorter trips. Mr Fukui is confident the product could potentially be a hot ticket item for Honda, especially in emerging countries, where motorcycles are popular means of transportation. The cheap running costs would also broaden the appeal if the initial outlay was reasonable. - Source

01/06/09 - Terrorists could use 'insect-based' biological weapon
Jeffrey Lockwood, professor of entomology at Wyoming University and author of Six-legged Soldiers: Using Insects as Weapons of War, said such Rift Valley Fever or other diseases could be transported into a country by a terrorist with a suitcase. He told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "I think a small terrorist cell could very easily develop an insect-based weapon." He said it would "probably be much easier" than developing a nuclear or chemical weapon, arguing: "The raw material is in the back yard." He continued: "It would be a relatively easy and simple process. "A few hundred dollars and a plane ticket and you could have a pretty good stab at it." However, WHO says that "the vast majority of human infections result from direct or indirect contact with the blood or organs of infected animals. - Source

01/06/09 - Inoperable Tumors and Radium laced Superglue
KeelyNet Milo Mika hopes the day he remarries his ex-wife is the one day he doesn't have to think about the tumor growing inside his brain. Milo, 36, and his once and future bride, Sherrie Morin, will exchange "I do's" one more time at the Moose Lodge Saturday. Then a few days later he expects to start radiation and chemotherapy that doctors say will extend his life about a year. Milo was diagnosed with diffuse brain stem pontine glioma, a cancer so rare it usually strikes about 300 children a year. It's even more rare in adults, with less than 100 a year. - Source / And I dug up an old post from Dec 6th, 1999 on curing cancer with radium doped superglue - Last night on EXTRA TV, they had a segment on a doctor who said he was getting 98% positive results in treating all kinds of cancers, including brain and other supposedly inoperable tumors. The technique involved using a super glue to bind radioactive material to the tumor, thus killing the cancerous tissues which, as they are excreted from the body, carry out the radioactive elements. The segment said only about 10 doctors in the US are using it but all report great success. I imagine if its 98%! That beats ANYTHING I've ever heard of including chemo or surgery. I went to their website at; and found only a tiny phrase that says; 'Also, it's a NEW CANCER TREATMENT that claims to have a 98 percent success rate! Find out how one doctor's simple remedy is giving terminal patients new hope!' I found nothing on my searches to for additional information. Must be pass it on to those who need alternatives, it sounds brilliant! / Followed up by this post - "The innovative cancer therapy, currently under development, uses an ultra-pure form of the medical radio isotope yttrium-90 that is extracted from the weapons production byproduct strontium-90 to deliver a lethal dose of radiation to selected cancer cells, said Sue Golladay, project leader at the laboratory. The radioisotope is attached to a cancer-binding antibody, which, once injected, seeks out cancer cells and kills them. The therapy, unlike chemotherapy, only selects cancer cells, has few side effects and can be administered on an outpatient basis....." - The rest on the article can be found at: Wayback Source

01/06/09 - Bugs in your Food
As it turns out, there really may be a bug in your soup. The Food and Drug Administration has finalized a rule that will require food companies to list cochineal extract and carmine on the label when they are used in food and cosmetics. But the new rule contains one glaring omission. It doesn't require companies to tell you that the ingredients come from a bug. Cochineal extract and carmine, used to dye food, drinks and cosmetics various shades of red, orange, pink and purple, are extracted from the dried bodies of the female cochineal bug. The F.D.A. typically doesn't require color additives to be named on food labels. For years, the bug extracts "have been hidden under the terms 'artificial colors' or 'color added,' " according to the Center for Science in the Public Interest. The group says the extracts are commonly used in reddish-colored foods and beverages, including fruit drinks, ice creams, yogurts and candies. - Source

01/03/09 - RORMaxx - Wind Powered Sports Car
KeelyNet Rory Handel and Max Bricklin, both of Harvard-Westlake High School, are responsible for the wind driven concept and they have every intention of following through with the idea. Handel has a passion for motor racing and there is no doubting that his racing ambitions played a part in designing the RORMaxx. Powering the RORMaxx is a 285 horsepower AC electric motor. Power will be provided via Lithium-Phosphate batteries that can be charged through solar paneling mounted on the body of the vehicle. On a sunny day, the solar power could extend the overall range by 15%-30%. The body and frame of the RORMaxx will be kept as light as possible to keep the required level of power down. The F1 inspired shell is expected to be aluminum based with steel being used only when necessary. Light-weight Magnesium racing wheels with M composite tires will keep the RORMaxx on the tarmac without adding too much weight. Once the vehicle is moving, the forward motion will be used to route air into 4 ducts, each one housing a small turbine. The turbines will be connected to ultra-capacitors that will store the charge until it is needed. The capacitors will provide for quicker acceleration off the line and when coming out of turns. - Source

01/03/09 - Why Not To Shout At Your Disk Array w/amazing video
Sun's Fishworks lab has an interesting video demo up at YouTube video demonstrating just how bad vibes, if expressed with sufficient volume in front of a rack full of disks, can cause a spike in disk latency. White noise, evidently, doesn't do them much harm. - Source

01/03/09 - Basic EVO Questions (and much more on electron clusters)
KeelyNet Ken Shoulders writes; "View of Existing Science - What I say about EVOs is viewed as the ultimate heretical doctrine by established and entrenched science because my vanguard statement is that many sacrosanct laws of present, single particle physics are baloney when considered from the multi-universe view I advance. For example: neither charge nor mass is fixed in magnitude and energy does not equal mass times the velocity of light squared. In addition, matter, even biological life forms, can be teleported with ease in concealed form at thousands of times the velocity of light. Nuclear transmutation is a trivial act, as many cold fusion workers have already revealed. This is dissent heresy from a normal, existing science point of view. - Source and all his articles and papers in pdf, doc and ppt form.

01/03/09 - New Year's Resolutions Bad For Your Health
Making self-improvement New Year's resolutions often leaves people feeling worse, the British mental health charity Mind warned. Mind urged people not to make resolutions focusing on physical imperfections such as attempting to lose weight because they create a negative self image and lead to feelings of low self-esteem, hopelessness and even mild depression. And when such optimistic resolutions fail, that could spark feelings of inadequacy and failure, the charity warned. "New Year's resolutions can sometimes focus on our problems or insecurities such as being overweight, feeling unhappy in our jobs or feeling guilty about not devoting enough time to friends and family throughout the year," said Mind chief executive Paul Farmer. "We chastise ourselves for our perceived shortcomings and set unrealistic goals to change our behaviour, so it's not surprising that when we fail to keep resolutions, we end up feeling worse than when we started." Mind suggested resolution-makers focus instead on being active, connecting with nature, learning something new and working for one's community. - Source

01/03/09 - As Local Ingenuity Generates Electricity. . .
Though no one could trace the exact origins of the invention, one thing that is sure is that it must have started as a hobby by a talented individual somewhere who thereafter decided to test its acceptability. And just like any other invention that started as an idea, this one is really working. It uses no petrol or kerosene and is fabricated by local technicians. Hawked on the streets of Lagos by young boys at very affordable price, this small box that has been christened 'doju ti NEPA' meaning 'putting NEPA to shame' is indeed putting the PHCN to shame by lighting up many homes that had for long been battling with epileptic power supply. Other users, probably out of ignorance, call it a solar lamp because of the reflective compact disc fitted to it that looks like a miniature solar panel. Though it may not be the perfect solution, it is meeting some immediate needs. The lighting box which comes with a switch to put in on and off is made up of a reflective used compact disc fitted with about four or five tiny globes that are powered by three batteries. The effect is indeed 'electric' whenever it is switched on as the bulbs reflect directly on the compact disc to produce a very bright light. The impact as well as the effect, many users would confirm, is even more than that from a 40 watts bulb. According to Mrs. Adekunle, "we later discovered that these are Hausa boys and the lighting box they were selling would be very useful especially with the way the Power Holding is treating us. I bought a set that evening and discovered that it is working. Now, we can sleep with our two eyes closed without the fear of an explosion. We put it on all night and it is very bright. We don't need to go looking for kerosene or petrol as in the case of generator and we don't have to exercise any fear of any fume as it is environmentally friendly." - Source

01/03/09 - Americans to Have More Sex, Use Fewer Antidepressants in 2009
The reason is that women's growing economic power around the world will give them more choices, and one of those choices, apparently, will be to have more sex. This prediction and more comes from The Futurist magazine, which compiles the forecasts and predictions of assorted visionaries each year. The issue also predicts that "Americans may turn away from antidepressants." According to the anthropologist who made this call, the millions of antidepressant prescriptions Americans take "kill the sex drive" but many may quit taking them, giving another boost to sexual activity in the new year. - Better underwear. The magazine says the invention of "high-tech underwear" will mean, "better blood flow, more energy" for all who wear them. - Source

01/03/09 - Economic Crises Known to Spawn Innovation
Given previous times of economic turmoil, the slogan "A crisis is the mother of invention" is a perfect description. Dramatic technological advancement usually follows an economic crisis because of the golden opportunity to newcomers given that old values are destroyed and entry barriers and the risk of failure are lowered. "Though 2009 faces the worst economic crisis in a century, a new technology or product that changes the world could emerge this year as well," the paper said. Toyota Motor is developing an electronic car powered by an attached solar cell battery. The company's ultimate goal is reportedly developing vehicles powered by solar energy that can be recharged at home via solar panels. - Source

01/03/09 - Entrepreneur's advice: Avoid 'sky is falling' mentality
People are essentially declaring that '"the sky is falling.'" As a result, you see lots of bad thinking people are selling off perfectly sound investments or going further into debt with '"therapeutic shopping.'" If there ever was a time for rational and calculated thinking this is it. Many investment portfolios may not look great today, but the market will bounce back so go over them carefully and methodically before making any portfolio changes. Together, we can avoid mass -hysteria and shore -up our economy to its previous strength. We can encourage innovation by creating tax incentives for venture capitalists to invest in small companies say, less than $30 million in revenues and by cutting back on Sarbanes -Oxley regulations, which have crippled the creation of new public companies, shifted the world financial center out of New York, and hamstrung entrepreneurship. America must restore its economic leadership by investing more in the skills of Americans in science, engineering and math. For decades America's commitment to education in these fields helped us compete to win in the world economy. But in recent years, the number of Americans pursuing education in science and technology has fallen far behind the people in the rest of the world. In fact, Americans have been a minority in U.S. graduate schools in these fields. The National Academy of Sciences, with many Nobel Prize winners, has recommended 20 concrete steps to address the erosion of our technological competitiveness. They include special training and incentives for science and math teachers, expanded scholarship programs, and increased federal investment in basic research. - Source

01/03/09 - Xtreme Science Foundation (XSF) - an Institution whose time has come
KeelyNet Here we are at the beginning of 2009, year that will certainly prove very challenging for all of us, wherever we are. Such a global economic crisis doesn't only hurt people where it seems to matter the most - their pockets - but it also provides some time for reflection, and creates an opportunity to re-examine the adequacy of many fundamental principles our society has been guided by in its chosen developmental model. We may finally understand that money IS NOT everything, and that Earth provides enough to satisfy everybody's needs, but not everybody's greed. We may hopefully understand what Gandhi said about "The Roots of Violence: "Wealth without work, Pleasure without conscience, Knowledge without character, Commerce without morality, Science without humanity, Worship without sacrifice, Politics without principles." And we should have understood by now that, in this WWW age, people are powerful, if they're not "asleep". - Source

01/03/09 - Volvo Introduces a Collision-Proof Car
Volvo will introduce a concept car based on the S60 this month at the Detroit Auto Show, looking ahead a few years to the goal that by 2020 "no one should be killed or injured in a Volvo car." The concept car will have forward-looking radar as a proximity sensor, and the ability to brake if a collision is imminent. When the car senses a collision, a light flashes on the windscreen display along with an audible warning. If the driver doesn't act, the car will brake automatically. - Source

01/03/09 - Why Mirroring Is Not a Backup Solution
" has fallen and can't get up. The post on their site describes how their entire database was overwritten through either some inconceivable OS or application bug, or more likely a malicious act. Regardless of how the data was lost, their undoing appears to have been that they treated drive mirroring as a backup and have now paid the ultimate price for not having point-in-time backups of the data that was their business." - Source

01/03/09 - viaLibri Resources for Bibliophiles
Search for rare books from over 20,000 booksellers worldwide. - Source

01/03/09 - The Tissue of Youth
To date, at least, that evidence supporting placenta as a health treatment is scant. One small, randomized clinical trial from Korea published this spring suggests that injections of placental extract may help relieve symptoms of menopause and fatigue... As for liver and skin, some work suggests that placental extract may stimulate the regeneration of liver cells-in rats, at least. This may happen partly because placenta contains hepatocyte growth factor, which supports liver cell growth and tissue development. But without clinical trials, it's hard to know what the effects would be in people. The effects on skin are also fairly speculative. In theory, topical gels or creams containing placental extract might help chronic wounds to heal. That is plausible since placenta contains compounds that facilitate collagen formation and skin cell proliferation... - Source

01/03/09 - Cheap RV Living
KeelyNet Move Into Your Vehicle and Save your Rent/House Payment - You are probably working at a job right now and paying for an apartment or house. The first thing you do is decide what type of vehicle you want to live in and purchase it. Then you have a garage sale and sell as much of your excess stuff as you can, and give the rest away. Then you move into your vehicle (to learn how to convert a van: click here). Now this is very important, you open a savings account and the money you used to pay for your apartment or house and all utilities goes into the savings account instead. The hardest part is that it will soon turn into a lot of money and you will be tempted to spend it. Don't do it! Leave it there unless it is a total emergency. If you are currently paying $600 a month for rent and utilities, then at the end of the year you will have saved $7,200. Now you can travel for the next 7-14 months without working. Or if you work intermittently, you can extend that even further. - Source

01/03/09 - The best Web sites to help you scrimp through the recession
In our not-so-distant time of plenty, the word frugal might have conjured images of hardscrabble folks who've deliberately divorced themselves from modern pursuits. The Amish live frugally; the rest of us may cut back when times get rough, but when the world takes off again, we'll be right there to grab our share. With a historic recession affecting virtually every industry, we are all Amish now, and frugality has become a necessity. - Source

01/03/09 - M40's Wilderness Survival Skills
KeelyNet If you are looking for tips on hoarding supplies, becoming a shut-in or building nuclear fallout shelters, you've come to the wrong place. There are plenty of nut cases out there who intersperse "survival" information amongst heaps of "end of the world" type bullshit. These folks are scare-mongerers at best, and some are dangerous individuals. If you are looking for "earth-friendly" or "green" survival information, you should leave now... you will not like what I have to say. Go cuddle a shrub on someone else's site. These pages are dedicated to keeping folks alive in the wilderness for the SHORT TERM, whether lost, injured, or stuck somewhere. I've see too many news stories every year about hikers and hunters dying out there, and figured my extensive outdoor skills could be put to some good use. These tips, tricks and skills are based off of many years spent camping, hiking, and hunting. As a kid, I camped almost every weekend. I happily camped in blizzards and sub-zero temperatures. Back in the 90's, I took multiple survival courses at the USAF Survival School in Washington state. Between my own hands-on outdoor experiences and extensive research, I have gathered and assembled here what I would estimate to be the simple but effective skills that almost anyone can use. - Source

01/03/09 - Obama Moves to Counter China With Pentagon-NASA Link
President-elect Barack Obama will probably tear down long-standing barriers between the U.S.'s civilian and military space programs to speed up a mission to the moon amid the prospect of a new space race with China. Obama's transition team is considering a collaboration between the Defense Department and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration because military rockets may be cheaper and ready sooner than the space agency's planned launch vehicle, which isn't slated to fly until 2015, according to people who've discussed the idea with the Obama team. - Source

$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. - Source

15 New Alternative Science DVDs & 15 MP3s
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