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01/30/10 - So you think you can fly???
Precision model aircraft flying in a small gym. Absolutely incredible control! - Full Article Source

01/30/10 - The Scale of Things
Ever wanted to see the universe from quantum foam all the way to the very edge of space? (Push the slider back and forth) - Full Article Source

01/30/10 - The Problem with Subsidies
Very interesting to visit the Global Development Matters campaign and some of their compelling video snippets, including this one on leveling the playing field for farmers in developing countries by rethinking and adjusting the troubling subsidies paid to Western agribusinesses. Meet Ibrahima Coulibaly from Mali and James Macha from the U.S. Both are cotton farmers, but with vastly different experiences. The American farming subsidies that support James have a negative impact on farmers like Ibrahima, who are trying to climb out of poverty. The result is communities in poor countries face conditions that make them more vulnerable to crime, conflict, or even terrorism. How can rich and poor countries work together so that there is a level playing field? - Full Article Source

01/30/10 - Some inventions can be patently absurd
Since time immemorial (and even afterwards, at the reception), humans have had the urge to invent things, an urge which has resulted, over eons, through trial and error, in cable shopping networks. But let's say you have invented a cuckoo clock which doubles as a nanny surveillance cam. Your first move should be to patent this terrific idea, because research has shown that quaint Germanic timepieces are beyond nannies' suspicions. Your second move should be to figure out which classification of patent it falls under, like, for example, "Surveillance devices - nanny-proof - cuckoo." To the layman (and to the even harder-to-find laywoman), patent classifications can be confusing. Some are straightforward, like "Ships," but some are painfully tortuous, like "Solid anti-friction devices-materials therefor-lubricant or separant compositions for moving solid surfaces, and miscellaneous mineral oil compositions." (I think that just means "goo"). I have no idea what class No. 226 is, "Advancing material of indeterminate length," but I bet that stuff just flies off the shelf at Walmart. There is a class called "Arms, pyrotechnics, hunting and fishing equipment." (Don't tell anybody, but personally, when I go fishing, I use all of the above). "Animal husbandry" patents, for some reason, are split into two entirely distinct classes, and frankly, I am too squeamish to even want to find out why. I love class No. 4, though, which covers patents on "Baths, closets, sinks and spittoons." It is hilarious to me that in this day and age there is still a patent category for closets. Like that hasn't been done to death. There is a classification for "Horology," an industry I briefly explored after college, but somebody really ought to check the spelling. "Toilet" gets a class of its very own, as do "Vehicle fenders" and "Whips," yet "Fishing, trapping and vermin destroying" all get lumped together. Who can say why? The ways of the governmental patent dudes are mysterious, but I tell you this - if I were Patent Czar, I would insist they call it "Fishin', trappin' and vermin destroyin'," because that "ing" just sucks the soul right out of it. - Full Article Source

01/30/10 - How to destroy an invention -- the Patent Office way
The patent office has the power to refuse a patent application for an invention and such decisions are appealable: the appeal lies to the Intellectual Property Appellate Board (IPAB). But now, an absurd interpretation of the law has opened an avenue for the Patent Office to render decisions that cannot be appealed: a crass situation where the first decision becomes final. A decision given by the patent office under Section 25(1) of the Patents Act, 1970, commonly known as pre-grant opposition proceedings, cannot be appealed to the IPAB. A weak substitute for an appeal will be to approach the high court under the writ jurisdiction, where the scope of examination is limited. This narrow view arises from the interpretation of Section 25(1) by the Supreme Court in JMitra Co Pvt Ltd vs Assistant Controller of Patents (2008), where the right of a pre-grant opponent to appeal was considered and rejected. The court took the view that appeals against the order rejecting the pre-grant opposition are not maintainable. This meant that the pre-grant opponent did not have a right to appeal. The issue of the right to appeal of the patent applicant against an order rejecting its application was not considered. By a strange amendment, the Patents Act no longer provides for an appeal from an order passed in a pre-grant opposition. By an even stranger interpretation, the IPAB refuses to hear the case of a patent applicant who has suffered a rejection at the hands of the patent office. - Full Article Source

01/30/10 - Zero-Cost Desalinator could save the world
KeelyNet Mr Coots, a former Metal Box apprentice whose brother Tony still lives in Stanwix, has invented a new type of salt water distillation plant which requires no carbon fuels. Why this is so significant is that the majority of the world’s grain is produced using fossil water – fresh water that is pumped from ancient underwater aquifers in places like the USA, China and India. But these natural supplies will eventually run dry, while the deep underground pumps and large pipelines they use require lots of energy that in turn produce huge quantities of carbon emissions. To tackle this, many countries are instead looking at how they can turn seawater into freshwater by removing the salt. But of those already in use, the major drawback is that they are all powered by carbon-based fuels. A leading American science journal has said the person who can solve that, and provide low or zero-cost freshwater, will become the next Bill Gates – and Mr Coots says he has done just that. His invention, which he has spent five years developing and patenting, separates the salt from freshwater using only the heat from the sun. The remaining salt can then be sold on, for instance to use to grit the world’s roads. But Mr Coots is confident his invention will soon be in huge demand globally, as it has major environmental benefits but also runs itself after an initial outlay of costs. Although this would be millions, or even billions, depending on the size of the plant required, he said governments would soon get that back by saving on huge energy bills. / A solar-powered desalination plant for the Mt Coot-tha Botanical Gardens is believed to be the first in Australia and a model for similar irrigation systems in Queensland nurseries and parks. The system - using two self-positioning solar panels - cost about $400,000. Commissioned today, it produces 32,000 litres a day for irrigation, which is around 25 per cent of the Gardens' needs. It uses solar power during the day and mains electrical power at night. The scheme draws brackish water from the Great Artesian Basin, 80 metres beneath the Botanical Gardens. Water straight from the bore is too salty to immediately use on the gardens. However, when the bore water is mixed with water in six lakes on the Botanical Gardens site, it can then be used to irrigate the 60-hectare site. The salt water "by-product" from the desalination process will be pumped through marine beds of salt-loving plants (yet to be planted at the gardens) to complete the recycling process. - Full Article Source

01/30/10 - Got an invention? RCIC may be able to help
The RCIC has commissioned a survey of inventors, seeking answers to such questions like how many inventions they’ve produced, how many patents they hold, whether any of the inventions have been financially successful, what help they received along the way like technical support or funding, and what kind of help they really need. The survey deadline is Feb. 12. It can be completed online at www.tpeprcic.org, then click on the link to the survey. “The problem is that we don’t know who all of these individuals are or what specific services they would like to have to help them,” he said. The RCIC could help with services from patent attorneys to assistance in developing a prototype to accessing funding. The main idea is to find people with ideas that could lead to high-tech start-ups, jobs and economic development. They also want to build a network of innovators. “We see the RCIC as a catalyst that will get this talented, intelligent group of people talking and working together to promote innovation and, ultimately, commercialization, in our region,” he said. The RCIC is a not-for-profit set up partly in response to the state’s action in 2005 to make $200 million available for startups through the Texas Emerging Technology Fund. So far the fund has dropped $4 million on El Paso firms, and the RCIC is trying to help others access that funding. - Full Article Source

01/30/10 - The Miraculous Honey Bee Network
KeelyNet Mansukh Prajapati invented a first-of-a-kind refrigerator that is made out of terracotta, works without electricity, costs US$53 and is selling in the thousands. It's a sample of an innovation wave from rural and small-town India enriching the world with common-sense products. Anil Gupta, a professor at India's premier business school, the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, leads a pioneering tribe of technocrats working for no-frills change at the mass level, by harnessing knowledge wealth from economically weaker sections of society. "Being economically poor does not mean being knowledge-poor," Gupta told Asia Times Online. "But the poor who are at the bottom of the economic pyramid are often considered as being at the bottom of the knowledge pyramid as well. Nothing could be further from the truth." To prove the truth that wisdom does not depend on university degrees, Gupta's 21-year-old Honey Bee Network has compiled an unprecedented database of 140,000 innovations created by farmers, villagers and small-town inventors. Many have no formal education or technical training. Teams of Honey Bee volunteers scout across India to hunt out local innovations, inventions and traditional knowledge practices. The Honey Bee Network of rural and small-town inventors, academics, scientists, entrepreneurs, policymakers and volunteers gather, pool, develop and share know-how from a mass-based, much-ignored source. India's heart beats in its villages, and the country is entering a phase of listening to its heartbeat. - Full Article Source

01/30/10 - Clean Energy Prize competition heads to Round 2
Downtown Detroit-based DTE Energy and the University of Michigan started the competition last year with the idea of helping fund Michigan's emerging alternative energy start-ups. A total of 32 teams from six universities in Michigan made a go at it this year compared to 23 last year. They are competing for a $100,000 prize pool of start-up capital. Last year's winner walked away with $65,000. That company, Algal Scientific, is developing technology that uses algae to simultaneously treat wastewater and produce the raw materials for biofuels. "We hope the competition and the development of a business plan will help push these entrepreneurs toward starting operations," says John Austerberry, spokesman for DTE Energy. The semifinals will be held on Feb. 12. - Full Article Source

01/30/10 - $6,000 Straw home that would have foiled the Wolf
KeelyNet Known for its low-cost, easy availability and high insulation value, straw-bale construction got its start in the United States in the early 1900s following the invention of steam-powered bailers in Nebraska. And though it flourished until construction became industrialized in the 1950s, it enjoyed a resurgence in the 1970s. Unfortunately, straw-bale construction is illegal in several states, including California. At Quail Springs, local officials have postured over unmet building codes, especially those dealing with earthquake safety. Jim MacDonald, director of the Ventura County Building and Safety Division, said that one of the problems is that building codes are just now starting to catch up with green building techniques. "I'm all for alternative building materials, but I have to be satisfied that it complies with state law. Unfortunately, this presents some difficult rigors to applicants." It doesn't help that Quail Springs is located just 11 miles from the San Andreas Fault, the seismic spine of the Golden State. Brush, though, says engineering tests at the University of Nevada's Large-Scale Structures Laboratory found that load-bearing straw bale — the same type built at Quail Springs — demonstrated the highest earthquake resistance of any buildings they'd ever seen, and want to see the construction fostered in the more rattling parts of the globe like Pakistan. - Full Article Source

01/30/10 - Cheap Hydrogen From Dirty Water...Maybe
In 2008 MIT chemist Daniel Nocera concocted a very simple, very cheap, robust, self-healing and non-toxic catalyst made from cobalt and phosphate that can split water into hydrogen and oxygen. Nocera's invention has attracted luminous scientists, venture capitalists, and now $4 million from the Department of Energy's ARPA-E funding program. Pure hydrogen, after all, is a wonderful thing to have -- as a fuel or as a feedstock for uncountable numbers of chemicals and fuels. Nocera's vision is of a solar-powered home with an energy storage device consisting of a bucket of water and his cheap water-splitting contraption. When the sun goes down, the hydrogen powers a fuel cell that runs your home. It's a nice idea, but for now Metcalfe says the company is simply focused on producing cheap hydrogen. Nocera's initial experiment worked, but it produced hydrogen at extraordinarily slow rates. One of Metcalfe's favorite things about the technology besides its low-cost materials is that it's just like the old Boston rockers The Standells, famous for their Boston anthem Dirty Water: The device, too, "Loves that dirty water." Other water splitting schemes require pure water. "It works on Boston Harbor water, on Charles River water, anything," says Metcalfe. - Full Article Source

01/30/10 - Can Curiosity Be Programmed?
"AI researcher Jurgen Schmidhuber says his main scientific ambition 'is to build an optimal scientist, then retire.' The Cognitive Robotics professor has worked on problems including artificial ants and even robots that are taught how to tie shoelaces using reinforcement learning, but he believes algorithms can be written that allow the programming of curiosity itself. 'Curiosity is the desire to create or discover more non-random, non-arbitrary, regular data that is novel and surprising...' He's already created art using algorithmic information theory, and can describe the simple algorithmic principle that underlies subjective beauty, creativity, and curiosity itself. And he ultimately addresses the possibility that the entire Universe, including everyone in it, is in principle computable by a completely deterministic computer program." - Full Article Source

01/30/10 - Monitor Your Health 24x7 With the WIN Human Recorder
KeelyNet "Japanese venture firm WIN Human Recorder Ltd is set to bring a health monitor patch to market that is capable of keeping tabs on all your vitals. The HRS-I is a small (30mm x 30mm x 5mm) lightweight (7g) device that adheres to your chest and relays the data it collects to a computer or mobile phone via wireless connection. While the HRS-I only directly monitors electrocardiograph information, body surface temperature, and movement (via accelerometers), it can connect to sensors for heart rate, brain waves, respiration and many other important health indicators. WIN is selling the HRS-I for around ¥30,000 (~$330) and providing monitoring software for around ¥10,000 (~$110)." - Full Article Source

01/30/10 - Old Stems Cells Young Again — Via Vampirism
In recent tests a Howard Hughes Medical Institute team has found that through exposure to "young" blood cells, bone marrow stem cells start to act young again as well. "The researchers have not yet isolated the blood-borne factors that can switch old stem cells back to a more youthful state, but their results are consistent with other recent studies that show stem-cell aging may be reversible. Together those results suggest that it might one day be possible to boost the practical lifespan of stem cells, and thereby increase the body’s resistance to disease and age-related degeneration." / The blood of young mice managed to reverse some aspects of aging when pumped into old mice’s veins. The findings by a team at Harvard University showed that some unknown factor in young blood can make old bone marrow act as if it were younger. In the experiment, the researchers surgically connected the circulatory systems of two mice, so that the older animal was constantly exposed to the blood from the younger one. As a result the age-associated changes in blood-producing stem cells of the older mouse were reversed. Namely, the number of the stem cells was reduced, while the number of the blood cells they produced increased. With age, bone marrow also produces fewer immune cells and more inflammatory cells, which was also reversed in the experiment. What expertly causes this rejuvenating effect is not clear yet, but the researchers suspect the hormone called Insulin-like Growth Factor 1 may be involved, they write in a paper published by the journal “Nature”. The hormone was previously shown to have a role in longevity regulation. At the same time, the long-term effect of this blood rejuvenation of bone marrow is unknown and needs further research. - Full Article Source

01/30/10 - Phone and Text Bans On Drivers Shown Ineffective
KeelyNet According to a recent study on the impact of laws banning the use of cell phones during driving, there appears to be no reduction in accidents as a result. "The HLDI compared collisions of 100 insured vehicles per year in New York, Washington D.C., Connecticut, and California -- all states with currently enacted roadway text bans. Despite those laws, monthly fluctuations in crash rates didn't change after bans were enacted, all though there were less people using devices while driving. An earlier study conducted by the HLDI reported that cellphone use was directly linked to four-fold increases in crash injuries. Also independent studies done by universities have shown correlation between driving while using a phone and crashes." - Full Article Source

01/28/10 - Worth Repeating - 5% of a Space Shot - $250 a pound using Cannon
Making deliveries to an orbital outpost on a rocket costs $5,000 per pound, but using a space gun would cost just $250 per pound. Quicklaunch designs shows that all of the high-g issues of my nuclear cannon design can be resolved. If larger projectiles have issues then can launch many smaller projectiles at the same time. The nuclear launch system can achieve the 9km/sec speed so no booster is needed. The nuclear cannon can have a deeper hole to allow reduced g-forces even when accelerating to 9 km/sec instead of 6 km/sec.

* The Quicklaunch will cost $562 million to develop over 4 phases and 8 years
* One thousand pound payloads.
* 10-28% payload fraction (full scale system will have 28% payload fraction)
* the donuts around the tube are for bouyancy and for rigidity and precision alignment
* 97+% recapture of the hydrogen gas to recycle the gas
* Cellphone electronics are G hardened, just replace the transformers
* Bigger systems can be built
* Neutrally bouyant barrel made out of composite, so no gravitational sag

The gun combusts natural gas in a heat exchanger within a chamber of hydrogen gas, heating the hydrogen to 2,600?F and causing a 500 percent increase in pressure. Operators open the valve, and the hot, pressurized hydrogen quickly expands down the tube, pushing the payload forward. After speeding down the 3,300-foot-long barrel, the projectile shoots out of the gun at 13,000 mph. An iris at the end of the gun closes, capturing the hydrogen gas to use again. - Full Article Source

01/28/10 - Think City electric car charges in 15 minutes
An electric car will be made available this year that charges in 15 minutes, goes 100 miles to the charge, tops out at 70mph. Costs only $16,000 and your dignity... Fifteen-minutes is the time it will take to charge a THINK City from completely depleted to 80 percent charged using an advanced fast-charge system, establishing a new benchmark for the rapidly developing electric vehicle industry. “THINK and AeroVironment are setting a new standard for extremely quick re-charging – zero to 80 percent in just 15 minutes,” said THINK CEO Richard Canny. “This is a major leap forward for electric vehicles. The development and deployment of very-fast-charge stations will help speed the electrification of automobiles in the United States and globally.” THINK City, to be sold in the United States beginning this year, will have a top speed of more than 70 miles per hour and a range of more than 100 miles per full charge. THINK City has an onboard AC charger that can be coupled with an economically priced 220-volt THINK home charging station to provide overnight charging for the vehicle. It can also be charged using 110-volt current on a regular household outlet. The fast-charge system will be a supplementary alternative for customers’ added sense of security and for fleets with daily mileage requirements exceeding the car’s range. “Our experience with more than 1,500 vehicles in use in Europe is that customers using the vehicle for daily commutes and trips around town quickly become comfortable with THINK City’s range of more than 100 miles,” Canny said. “For them, the standard over-night charging is a very practical solution. Fast charging’s importance will be for high-use fleets.” - Full Article Source

01/28/10 - How to Put Your PC to Good Use While You're Sleeping
Backup, Update, and Clean - Ah maintenance; it's the stuff that boring work is made of. Rather than incorporate it into your regular computing hours—and staring listlessly at your computer while your maintenance tasks complete—make computer maintenance an overnight task that your computer performs without you. Note: All of the below suggestions, naturally, can be set to run on a schedule. Backup your hard drive: We've emphasized the importance of backup time and again, and even if you've already got some form of backup in place, there's still a good chance that you're doing it wrong. The bummer about backup: It can take a very long time, especially when you're performing an off-site backup over the internet (which you should be doing!). We've detailed how to automatically backup your hard drive to an external drive and/or FTP server in the past. Backing up to a second local hard drive—like a connected USB drive—is the most important of these two, since most people don't necessarily have an off-site FTP server they can back up to. Make your hard drive repair itself: You can't do much to save a hard drive from dying if it's fated in the stars, but you can do your part to keep your disks healthy—specifically by regularly defragmenting and checking for and repairing any disk errors. Our oldie-but-goodie guide to the self-repairing hard drive will allow you to schedule this maintenance once or twice per week, while you're sleeping, so you can rest easy that you've done all you can to keep your disks running in tip-top shape...and more at the link... - Full Article Source

01/28/10 - Use a Pressure Cooker for Fast, Healthy Meals
KeelyNet New York Times guest blogger Paula Crossfield relies on her pressure cooker to make everything from soup to risotto, and says she regularly marvels at the better flavor this method of cooking produces. Aside from pulling a meal together quickly, food prepared in a pressure cooker retains more nutritional value than food cooked other ways. The key to pressure cooking is in the liquid you add to your grains, beans, veggies and meat. Liquids heat fast, and the steam produced helps build pressure in the sealed pot, quickly tenderizing the fibers of the food inside. The result of that contained cooking holds other surprises: intense flavor, and more nutrients maintained in the food. If you've got a pressure cooker laying around or know where you can borrow one, give Crossfield's broccoli risotto recipe a try. It's made up of arborio rice, carrots, celery, broth, broccoli and a few other goodies that you just toss in the pot and cook for five minutes. That's all there is to it. If you need more recipe inspiration, Bing has a great advanced recipe search feature that lets you search by cooking method. - Full Article Source

01/28/10 - Electric cars, Batteries and Cold Weather don't mix
Oh the weather outside is frightful, and my Mini E electric car is … dying? That’s the problem some Northeastern drivers of the leased battery vehicles are having as the mercury dips. And at least one ended up on the business end of a tow hook. There are 450 Mini E cars, battery-powered versions of the Mini Cooper, leased to consumers in test programs in the United States. Cold weather performance hasn’t been much of an issue for California cars, but many of the E.V.’s are on the road in New York and New Jersey — and it’s definitely an issue there. Being stranded on a single-digit day is an element of the general range anxiety experienced by some electric car drivers. Anyone who’s experienced a 12-volt lead-acid battery struggling to turn their car’s engine over on a frosty morning understands the basic point that batteries (or engines for that matter) don’t much like very cold conditions. Some carmakers are trying to combat this problem in their production E.V.’s with management systems to both heat and cool battery packs. - Full Article Source

01/28/10 - Superfast Bullet Trains Are Finally Coming to the U.S.
KeelyNet After decades of false starts, planners are finally beginning to make headway on what could become the largest, most complicated infrastructure project ever attempted in the US. The Obama administration got on board with an $8 billion infusion, and more cash is likely en route from Congress. It’s enough for Florida and Texas to dust off some previously abandoned plans and for urban clusters in the Northeast and Midwest to pursue some long-overdue upgrades. The nation’s test bed will almost certainly be California, which already has voter-approved funding and planning under way. But getting up to speed requires more than just seed money. For trains to beat planes and automobiles, the hardware needs to really fly. Officials are pushing to deploy state-of-the-art rail rockets. (This would be a great infrastructure project that would employ a lot of people, create new industry and help both ecology and the country. Screw Wall Street and the superbanks, let them rot and put the money to the people and the country! - JWD) - Full Article Source

01/28/10 - Horizontal and vertical: The evolution of evolution
There is overwhelming recent evidence for horizontal gene transfer - in which organisms acquire genetic material "horizontally" from other organisms around them, rather than vertically from their parents or ancestors. The donor organisms may not even be the same species. This mechanism is already known to play a huge role in the evolution of microbial genomes, but its consequences have hardly been explored. According to Woese and Goldenfeld, they are profound, and horizontal gene transfer alters the evolutionary process itself. Since micro-organisms represented most of life on Earth for most of the time that life has existed - billions of years, in fact - the most ancient and prevalent form of evolution probably wasn't Darwinian at all, Woese and Goldenfeld say. Strong claims, but others are taking them seriously. "Their arguments make sense and their conclusion is very important," says biologist Jan Sapp of York University in Toronto, Canada. "The process of evolution just isn't what most evolutionary biologists think it is." - Full Article Source

01/28/10 - Dawkins On Hypocrisy
KeelyNet Another brilliant article by Richard Dawkins: Haiti and the hypocrisy of Christian theology. He mentions good old Pat Robertson, and his belief that the Haiti earthquake is God's way of punishing sinners. Needless to say, milder-mannered faith-heads are falling over themselves to disown Pat Robertson, just as they disowned those other pastors, evangelists, missionaries and mullahs at the time of the earlier disasters. What hypocrisy. Loathsome as Robertson's views undoubtedly are, he is the Christian who stands squarely in the Christian tradition. The agonized theodiceans who see suffering as an intractable 'mystery', or who 'see God' in the help, money and goodwill that is now flooding into Haiti , or (most nauseating of all) who claim to see God 'suffering on the cross' in the ruins of Port-au-Prince, those faux-anguished hypocrites are denying the centrepiece of their own theology. It is the obnoxious Pat Robertson who is the true Christian here. Where was God in Noah's flood? He was systematically drowning the entire world, animal as well as human, as punishment for 'sin'. Where was God when Sodom and Gomorrah were consumed with fire and brimstone? He was deliberately barbecuing the citizenry, lock stock and barrel, as punishment for 'sin'. Dear modern, enlightened, theologically sophisticated Christian, your entire religion is founded on an obsession with 'sin', with punishment and with atonement. - Full Article Source

01/28/10 - The electric car: Turn out the lights
In 1899, an electric car was clocked going over 60 miles an hour. And a little over a decade later, a Detroit Electric managed to travel 211 miles on a single charge (by comparison, General Motors’ Volt will go just 40 miles on a single charge before its back-up gasoline engine kicks in.) In an ironic twist of fate, it was the invention of the electric starter that all but killed the electric car, since you no longer needed the physique of a weightlifter to crank-start your internal combustion engine. Back then, of course, you didn’t have today’s lithium-ion battery technology. But like most other oil-saving technologies, this one ain’t cheap. The lithium-ion car battery costs about $7,500, and even a sub-compact like the Volt is going to set you back $40,000. Sure, the cost of operating one of these cars will be cheaper than running the gas-powered one you’re replacing, but will the lithium-ion battery stand up to years of driving? The one in my laptop couldn’t even handle my daily email before frying my hard drive. - Full Article Source

01/28/10 - Crank Up the Juice on a Cheap Laser Pointer
KeelyNet Your laser pointer could be doing so much more than highlighting PowerPoint slides and blowing your cat's mind. It could be sculpting ice, sparking campfires, or searing one bad mofo on your leather jacket. Here's how to give a standard pointer a power upgrade.

1 - Disassemble the unit by removing the batteries, opening the housing, and taking out the laser module.
2 - Search the circuit board for a variable resistor. Resembling a tiny Phillips-head screw, it's the key to boosting the current.
3 - To intensify the beam, use a small screwdriver to gently tighten the resistor. Just don't tighten it all the way — your cheapo laser will burn out instantly.
4 - Reassemble and aim your potent pointer at safe targets like ice, wood, or plastic. (Please, no people, animals, or airplanes!)

Inspired by the potential burnination of your cheap laser? Check out how to turn a DVD player laser into a hand-held burning laser. - Full Article Source

01/28/10 - Mango causes cancer cells to undergo apoptosis (programmed cell death)
Mango. If you know little about this fruit, understand this: It's been found to prevent or stop certain colon and breast cancer cells in the lab. That's according to a new study by Texas AgriLife Research food scientists, who examined the five varieties most common in the U.S.: Kent, Francine, Ataulfo, Tommy/Atkins and Haden. Though the mango is an ancient fruit heavily consumed in many parts of the world, little has been known about its health aspects. The National Mango Board commissioned a variety of studies with several U.S. researchers to help determine its nutritional value. The Talcotts tested mango polyphenol extracts in vitro on colon, breast, lung, leukemia and prostate cancers. Polyphenols are natural substances in plants and are associated with a variety of compounds known to promote good health. Mango showed some impact on lung, leukemia and prostate cancers but was most effective on the most common breast and colon cancers. "What we found is that not all cell lines are sensitive to the same extent to an anticancer agent," she said. "But the breast and colon cancer lines underwent apotosis, or programmed cell death. Additionally, we found that when we tested normal colon cells side by side with the colon cancer cells, that the mango polyphenolics did not harm the normal cells." The duo did further tests on the colon cancer lines because a mango contains both small molecules that are readily absorbed and larger molecules that would not be absorbed and thus remain present in a colon. "We found the normal cells weren't killed, so mango is not expected to be damaging in the body," she said. "That is a general observation for any natural agent, that they target cancer cells and leave the healthy cells alone, in reasonable concentrations at least." - Full Article Source

01/28/10 - Why is the Shuttle such an embarrassing Kludge of parts?
KeelyNet With the program shutting down, NASA has been trying to sell their clunky old space shuttle fleet to museums, but no museum has been willing to pay their $40 million price. So NASA is putting their shuttles fleet on sale. Sad isn't it. I once found myself with a group of NASA engineers at a party and was bold enough to ask them how the shuttle became such a kludge. Their story is a sobering lesson in the bad memes found in government funded research. The original NASA design for the shuttle, they informed me, was rather elegant. Calling for a smaller crew vehicle that took off at a high altitude from a 747-sized launch plane. Both shuttle and launch plane were completely reusable and this cut the cost of each launch drastically from rockets. Congress, however, found the initial development cost for such a revolutionary system too much to swallow, so the launch plane got replaced by a strap-on rocket booster rocket. Then the politicos decided that the shuttle should be able to carry military satellites into orbit, so part of program could be charged to the Pentagon's space budget. NASA engineers were appalled to learn that the military sates were far too big for the existing shuttle design. Requiring that two larger and much more dangerous solid-fuel rocket boosters be strapped on to get the new pregnant shuttle into orbit. Engineers had hoped to use only liquid fuel motors, which can be shut off or throttled back by the shuttle pilot if a problem occurred. In contrast, once the solid fuel boosters were lit. They could not be shut off no matter what happened until they burned out. This Congressional change eliminated the ability of the astronauts to always make a safe landing in an emergency. Once again, astronauts were 'spam in a can' as Chuck Yeager described the early rocket launches that left pilots inside the capsules helpless if anything went wrong. With two airplane-like vehicles, the original design was both far safer than a rocket and much less expensive per pound launched than disposable rockets. But after Congress got through 'helping' with the design, each launch was far more expensive than with a rocket and turned the shuttle system had been made into the deathtrap that would eventually kill a lot of brave Americans. - Full Article Source

01/28/10 - Obama Choosing NOT To Go To the Moon
"Obama's budget proposal will contain no funding for the Constellation program, which was to send astronauts to the moon by 2020. Instead, NASA will be focused on terrestrial science, such as monitoring global warming. One anonymous official said: 'We certainly don't need to go back to the moon.'" / There will be no lunar landers, no moon bases, no Constellation program at all. In their place, according to White House insiders, agency officials, industry executives and congressional sources familiar with Obama's long-awaited plans for the space agency, NASA will look at developing a new "heavy-lift" rocket that one day will take humans and robots to explore beyond low Earth orbit. But that day will be years — possibly even a decade or more — away. In the meantime, the White House will direct NASA to concentrate on Earth-science projects — principally, researching and monitoring climate change — and on a new technology research and development program that will one day make human exploration of asteroids and the inner solar system possible. There will also be funding for private companies to develop capsules and rockets that can be used as space taxis to take astronauts on fixed-price contracts to and from the International Space Station — a major change in the way the agency has done business for the past 50 years. The White House budget request, which is certain to meet fierce resistance in Congress, scraps the Bush administration's Vision for Space Exploration and signals a major reorientation of NASA, especially in the area of human spaceflight. "We certainly don't need to go back to the moon," said one administration official. - Full Article Source

01/28/10 - India Moves To Put Its First Man In Space By 2016
"India plans to launch its first manned space mission in 2016, moving to become the fourth nation to put a man in space. Space scientists and senior officials of the state-run ISRO are preparing a pre-project report to build the infrastructure and facilities for the mission, estimated to cost a $2.76 billion. 'We are planning a human space flight in 2016, with two astronauts who will spend seven days in the Earth's lower orbit,' Radhakrishnan told reporters at ISRO headquarters in Bangalore. In September, India's Chandrayaan-1 satellite discovered water on the moon, boosting India's credibility among established space-faring nations" - Full Article Source

01/28/10 - MakerBot - personal 3d printing with hot ABS plastic
MakerBot is an affordable, open source 3D printer. It makes almost anything up to 4" X 4" X 6". Buld your own MakerBot and it makes things for you. MakerBots print with ABS plastic. It's your own little factory. - Full Article Source

01/28/10 - The U.S. Created the Earthquake in Haiti? So says Chavez...
The Russian Northern Fleet indicates that the earthquake that devastated Haiti was clearly the result of a test by the U.S. Navy through one of its earthquake weapons and drew up a diagram of linear succession in relation to earthquakes reported to have occurred by chance to the same depth in Venezuela and Honduras. According to the report, it is "more than likely" that the U.S. Navy had "full knowledge" of the catastrophic damage that this test earthquake could potentially have on Haiti and had pre-positioned its Deputy Commander of the Southern Command, General PK Keen, on the island to oversee aid work if needed. As regards the final result of the tests of these weapons, the report warns that there is a U.S. plan to destroy Iran through a series of earthquakes designed to overthrow its current Islamic regime. Additionally, according to the report, the system being tested by the USA (HAARP Project) would also create anomalies in the climate causing floods, droughts and hurricanes. According to another report, coincidentally, facts exist establishing that the earthquake in Sichuan, China on 12 May 2008, a magnitude 7.8 on the Richter scale, was also caused by HAARP radio frequencies. It can be observed that there is a correlation between seismic activity and the ionosphere, through the control of Radio Frequencies Induced by force fields, which is a HAARP feature... - Full Article Source

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01/26/10 - Electric VTOL Personal Air Vehicle
A NASA engineer long obsessed with flying cars has produced a concept design for a one-man, electrically powered helicopter/plane/glider podcraft. However the work was done largely without backing from NASA, and designer Mark Moore admits that battery technology must improve massively before the design becomes practical. - Full Article Source

01/26/10 - Puke Ray to fight Pirate and Paparazzi
Seagoing Scottish mercenaries/security operatives say they have deployed a radical laser puke-ray weapon aboard shipping transiting the pirate-plagued Gulf of Aden. The device may also be used on paparazzi by reclusive superyacht owners. ProForm has partnered with Finnish firm Arctic Photonics to promote "Lasersec". The multicoloured raygun "affects the vision" of its victims, making them feel "nauseous and disorientated". The designers claim an effective range of 4km. There would seem to be some similarities here with the so-called "Dazer" handheld belly-scrambler weapons now offered for sale in America; not to mention similar vom-rays under development by the US Department of Homeland Security and the US Navy. Nonetheless, Lasersec describe their gear as "the only Laser based threat deterrent system designed specifically for the needs of the commercial sector". Rather than administering a dazzling sickener to buccaneering Africans bent on plunder, it will instead leave intrusive snappers floundering in pools of their own regurgitated dinner; their plans to garner a lucrative billionaire's-concubine jacuzzi nipslip shot frustrated. - Full Article Source

01/26/10 - Growing Organs
Every 30 seconds, a patient dies from diseases that could be treated with tissue replacement. Anthony Atala, M.D., Director of the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine, gave a TED talk on their research into growing replacement body parts in their lab. The first successful human transplant of lab-engineered tissue was done in 1996, when they patched a torn urethra. Now, they can build an entire bladder onto a scaffold then transplant it. They use a patient’s own cells, so there’s no need to take expensive anti-rejection drugs for the rest of your life. (How expensive? Well, last time I dispensed Cellcept the total price was ~$600 for a one-month supply, and our cost was probably $599.43, because drugstores make all their money selling you greeting cards, batteries, and cosmetics. - Full Article Source

01/26/10 - The Andre Bauer solution: Starve the poor, they’ll stop breeding
“My grandmother was not a highly educated woman, but she told me as a small child to quit feeding stray animals. You know why? Because they breed! You’re facilitating the problem if you give an animal or a person ample food supply. They will reproduce, especially ones that don’t think too much further than that. And so what you’ve got to do is you’ve got to curtail that type of behavior. They don’t know any better.” In effect, his thesis is that government assistance actually causes poverty because it subsidizes and encourages irresponsible actions. “In government, we continue to reward bad behavior,” he said. “Any time we give somebody money we’re rewarding them. We’re telling them to keep doing what they’re doing.” Cut off those subsidies, in other words, and poverty will decrease. - Full Article Source

01/26/10 - Will 2010 Be The Year Of The Renter?
Scores of stalled construction projects can be found scattered around New York City, but one category of building that doesn’t seem to have been sidetracked by the recession is the luxury apartment rental. At least 16 new rental buildings are expected to open in Manhattan in coming months, ranging from small buildings to 500-unit high-rises, for a total of more than 3,500 apartments. Brooklyn will get an additional 3,500 new apartments as well, including units in somebuildings that opened in late 2009. Rents have already dropped to the levels they reached in 2000, and the influx of apartments is expected to keep them there. New studios in the Hudson Yards area could start at $2,000. - Full Article Source

01/26/10 - Couple's 'Solar Suitcases' Give Haitian Hospitals Solar Energy
When the husband and wife duo found out about the Haiti earthquake, they withdrew $10,000 from their own savings and bought supplies to build "solar suitcases"-devices designed to provide hospitals with solar energy. So far, they have sent 12 suitcases to developing countries, four of them going to Haiti, Stachel said in an e-mail. Costing an average of $500 each without excess equipment, the mini solar generators can power operating room equipment, blood bank refrigerators, communication devices and laptops, among other devices, Aronson said. "The demand (in Haiti) is higher just because of the crisis, so our main goal is to prevent the loss of human life," said CJ Jennings, a junior in conservation and resource studies and volunteer with the project. Relying solely upon donations, the project utilizes volunteers to raise money for supplies and help build the mechanism within the suitcase. The lack of funding has not curbed volunteers' enthusiasm, Aronson said. "It's self-empowering," said Bruce Rhodes, vocational trainer for the Community Action Partnership of Sonoma County. "It's about people taking control of their own environment. It's a beautiful thing." Aronson and Stachel founded Women's Emergency Communication and Reliable Electricity (We Care Solar) a year and a half ago to provide impoverished hospitals with electricity in an attempt to reduce high infant and birth mortality rates. Stachel came up with the idea while doing research in Nigeria, and her husband, having 25 years of experience in solar technology, built the devices and packaged them in suitcases. - Full Article Source

01/26/10 - Radiation Therapy Mistakes Cost Lives
Powerful medical linear accelerators have contributed to at least two deaths in the New York area. Although the mistakes were largely due to human error, buggy software also played a role. "...the records described 621 mistakes from 2001 to 2008... most were minor... The Times found that on 133 occasions, devices used to shape or modulate radiation beams... were left out, wrongly positioned, or otherwise misused. On 284 occasions, radiation missed all or part of its intended target or treated the wrong body part entirely. ... Another patient with stomach cancer was treated for prostate cancer. Fifty patients received radiation intended for someone else, including one brain cancer patient who received radiation intended for breast cancer." - Full Article Source

01/26/10 - Researchers Claim "Effectively Perfect" Spam Blocking Discovery
A team of computer scientists from the International Computer Science Institute in Berkeley, CA are claiming to have found an "effectively perfect" method for blocking spam. The new system deciphers the templates a botnet is using to create spam and then teaches filters what to look for. "The system ... works by exploiting a trick that spammers use to defeat email filters. As spam is churned out, subtle changes are typically incorporated into the messages to confound spam filters. Each message is generated from a template that specifies the message content and how it should be varied. The team reasoned that analyzing such messages could reveal the template that created them. And since the spam template describes the entire range of the emails a bot will send, possessing it might provide a watertight method of blocking spam from that bot." - Full Article Source

01/26/10 - The United Corporate States Of America
It's a pretty frightening vision, one where every politician is completely bought and paid for by corporate interests. But it's also frightening because it includes the end of any source of information -- either from the Left or the Right -- that challenges what the wholly corporate-owned political puppets throughout America do. After all, why would corporations finance anything that speaks negatively of their agenda to control our country and make as much money while doing so as possible? That's right, in a corporate controlled world -- as Keith sees it -- there won't be any desire for citizens to be "informed" in such a way that they might think anything needs to be done differently than is currently being done. Welcome to the world of "Fahrenheit 451", where critical thought is outlawed. (By the way, unions have so little money -- comparatively speaking -- that Keith doesn't see them stopping this from happening.) There are two scenarios I'm going to explore for what can be done. I'm sure the first one is familiar to you. And I'm almost positive the second one is not. For that reason, please allow for this being an unusually long essay. The only way I can present this second scenario for getting us out of this crisis is to take some time walking you through it. Okay? - Full Article Source

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01/26/10 - NASA To Propose Commercial Space Initiative
"The Wall Street Journal is reporting that starting with the FY2011 budget request for NASA, the Obama administration intends to propose a new program to encourage the development of a commercial space flight industry. 'The controversial proposal, expected to be included in the Obama administration's next budget, would open a new chapter in the US space program. The goal is to set up a multi-year, multi-billion-dollar initiative allowing private firms, including some start-ups, to compete to build and operate spacecraft capable of ferrying US astronauts into orbit—and eventually deeper into the solar system. Congress is likely to challenge the concept's safety and may balk at shifting dollars from existing National Aeronautics and Space Administration programs already hurting for funding to the new initiative. The White House's ultimate commitment to the initiative is murky, according to these people, because the budget isn't expected to outline a clear, long-term funding plan.'" - Full Article Source

01/26/10 - China Will Lead World Scientific Research By 2020
"An analysis of papers published in 10,500 academic journals across the world shows that, in terms of academic papers published, China is now second only to the US, and will take first place by 2020. Chinese scientists are increasing their output at a far faster rate than counterparts in rival 'emerging' nations such as India, Russia, and Brazil. The number of peer-reviewed papers published by Chinese researchers rose 64-fold over the past 30 years. 'China is out on its own, far ahead of the pack,' says James Wilsdon, of the Royal Society in London. 'If anything, China's recent research performance has exceeded even the high expectations of four or five years ago.' According to Wilsdon, three main factors are driving Chinese research. First is the government's enormous investment, with funding increases far above the rate of inflation, at all levels of the system from schools to postgraduate research. Second is the organized flow of knowledge from basic science to commercial applications. And third is the efficient and flexible way in which China is tapping the expertise of its extensive scientific diaspora in North America and Europe, tempting back mid-career scientists with deals that allow them to spend part of the year working in the West and part in China." - Full Article Source

01/24/10 - Air Traffic Delays Cost U.S. More Than Hurricanes
Air traffic delays are more than just annoying: On average, they probably cost the U.S. economy more than hurricanes do. - Full Article Source

01/24/10 - Energy-saving honeycomb window shades catch on
KeelyNet Wendell Colson, senior vice president of research and development at Hunter Douglas, a company that makes window shades and blinds, designed the Duette honeycomb shade long before such window coverings became popular for their insulating capabilities. Air trapped within the inch-thick honeycomb structure of Colson's polyester fabric shades helps to keep interiors warm and blocks out excessive heat or cold. Recent tax rebates offered to homeowners who install such energy-saving shades have put Colson's 1982 invention firmly into the spotlight. To make the original honeycomb window shades, Colson continuously folded ribbons of polyester material into flattened tubes with two creases and the slit edges meeting at the center, then applied glue continuously along the slit edges and stacked the tubes one upon another to create a tall stack. Once the glue cured, the stack could be opened into a shade with a series of unique hexagonal cavities. The process is done in much the same way today. By 1985, Hunter Douglas purchased Colson's idea and enlisted his expertise. Today, Duettes are essentially made the way Colson conceived them, with added innovations such as a sleeve of insulating fabric inside the polyester honeycomb. The improved shades, called Duette Architella, can be made up to 14 1/2 feet wide and about 13 feet tall. Polyester fabric is ideal for such shades because it lasts a long time. Although honeycomb shades are sold in as many as 180 colors, white fabric deflects excessive sunlight better than any other color. Pros: Most honeycomb shades of polyester fabric resist stains and are washable. Cons: Polyester is not biodegradable, and although it will last for as long as 20 years, it will eventually lose strength, rip and tear after continuous exposure to sunlight. Cost: Prices vary with sizes and other custom details. A 24-by-36-inch Duette Architella honeycomb shade starts around $200. - Full Article Source

01/24/10 - Therapeutic cough pillow
Anyone having undergone major surgery knows that it is no walk in the park. That's why a Greenville, SC woman has invented a therapeutic cough pillow. When a doctor orders those first steps, patients are often reluctant to take them because of pain and fear. An unexpected cough, for instance, is nothing to sneeze at. Literally. Not only is it painful, but it can re-open a fresh incision. Nurses frequently advise holding a hospital bed pillow over the wound when coughing, sneezing and walking. Truth be told, hospital bed pillow must be encased in plastic for sterilization purposes. It is that plastic that traps air, thereby delaying support when needed most. St. Francis Bon Secours Hospital recommends a heart-shaped pillow for individuals who have recently had open-heart surgery. Greenville Hospital System gives heart patients a tedy bear to hold against the thoracic area. Patients have found that both are hard to hold and, many men are embarrassed to cuddle a bear to their chest. Having worked in hospitals, and having recent surgery, one woman realized the bed pillow was not what she needed. It was too soft to provide support and it did not provide peace-of-mind. She developed a product called Pillow Right Now (TM), or PRN, which means use as needed. PRN has straps indicating where the hands are place to enable the patient to grasp the pillow. Hypoallergenic, it is made from StainSmart (TM), a stain-resistant fabric especially for the healthcare industry to repel medical and body liquids. - Full Article Source

01/24/10 - Another Bicycle Powered Generator
KeelyNet Scientific breakthroughs and inventions are really required at present times when global warming is emerging as one of the major problems. However, even your smallest effort to contribute in this quest counts. Designer Elizabeth Joy Wong has worked on a simple phenomenon and has prepared a bicycle powered generator prototype. A friction drum attached with the bicycle wheel spins the alternator when the user pedals the bicycle and generates electricity which is stored in the power pack. The idea is to provide green energy in emergency situations or otherwise when you don’t want to use gas or grid electricity. It is a small invention, but appreciable. - Full Article Source

01/24/10 - An Inventor's Perspective on Electric Vehicles
Consider the following. How far does a typical car owner drive every day? Who drives the typical second family car? What are the top three features that new car buyers say they want to have in their next vehicle? Anything coming into focus? That next car is probably not going to be a $97,000 sportster that can go from 0 to 60 in 17 nanoseconds. How about an affordable, eco-friendly vehicle with built-in iPhone (News - Alert) and GPS? How about a car with remote control door and cargo hold opening system? How about wireless recharging as parking lot freebie down at Sam’s Club? How about Internet monitoring and data sync while parked at home? Now suppose you could put that package together for about $10,000. Does a second family car start to take on new meaning? Consumers don’t necessarily need to own two long-distance, road-trip cars. Why not buy a must-have electric car for everyday driving and then consider buying or maybe renting a wholly optional road-trip car? I’m going to go out on a limb and say that four’s a charm when it comes to this cycle of invention, and that the electric car in some form will take hold this time around. - Full Article Source

01/24/10 - Camera to Camera wireless transfer invention
A NEW made-in-Singapore invention will allow photobugs to transfer images and video from digital camera to camera wirelessly. The FluCard, announced on Wednesday by local tech company Trek 2000 - the company which patented the now-ubiquitous ThumbDrive portable USB flash drive a decade ago - is a storage card with built-in WiFi connection. When the card, which is the same size as the popular SD card used by most camera vendors, is inserted into a camera, the user will be able to access the software in the card to look for a wireless network or another FluCard in the vicinity. Once connected, the FluCard, which Trek's engineers developed over six years at the cost of US$6 million (S$8 million), will allow users to send pictures to another FluCard-equipped camera or upload pictures or video to Trek's website, where others will be able to download them, said Trek chief executive Henn Tan. - Full Article Source

01/24/10 - Electromagnetic Pulse Gun To Help In Police Chases
"In an attempt to put an end to dangerous, high-speed police chases, scientists at Eureka Aerospace have developed an electromagnetic pulse gun called the High Power Electromagnetic System, or HPEMS. It develops a high-intensity directed pulse of electricity designed to disable a car's microprocessor system, shutting down all of its systems. Right now the prototype seen in a video fills an entire lab, but they have plans to shrink its size to hand-held proportions. Some form of this is already featured in OnStar-equipped vehicles though the electromagnetic signal used to disable the vehicle is beamed via satellite, and doesn't cripple the in-car computer, but rather puts it into a mode that allows police to easily catch and then stop the fleeing criminal." / Today’s cars are so full of computerized electronics, one serious electromagnetic pulse could stop any car built after the mid-’70s in an instant. Canadian company Eureka Aerospace might be able to do that with its High-PoweredElectromagnetic System (HPEMS). It’s a suitcase-sized electromagnetic pulse (EMP) cannon that immediately disables a car or truck from 656 feet away without hurting the driver or innocent bystanders. - Full Article Source

01/24/10 - Skydiver To Break Sound Barrier During Free-Fall
"Over fifty years ago, American Joe Kittinger made history by leaping from a balloon at 102,800 ft, and although many have sought to repeat the feat, all have failed. Now, BBC reports that Austrian extreme sportsman Felix Baumgartner will try to break the long-standing record for the highest ever parachute jump, skydiving from a balloon sent to at least 120,000 ft, and it is likely that 35 seconds into in his long free-fall of more than five minutes, he will exceed the speed of sound — the first person to do so without the aid of a machine. 'No-one really knows what that will be like,' says Baumgartner. Although challenges in the endeavor include coping with freezing temperatures and ultra-thin air, a key objective for Baumgartner will be to try to maintain a good attitude during the descent and prevent his body from going into a spin and blacking out. 'The fact is you have a lot of different airflows coming around your body; and some parts of your body are in supersonic flow and some parts are in transonic flow. What kind of reaction that creates, I can't tell you,' adds Baumgartner." - Full Article Source

01/24/10 - Got diabetes? No more pricks, just breathe on this
KeelyNet Engineers at the University of Florida are reporting that they have designed a tiny and affordable sensor that can do what has up until now been considered impossible: detect glucose (as well as pH and alkalinity) levels in breath condensate. There are long-held assumptions that glucose levels in breath are too small for accurate readings; the sensor, Ren says, uses a semiconductor that amplifies the minute signals to readable levels. "Instead of poking your finger to get the blood, you can just breathe into it and measure the glucose in the breath condensate," he said. Coming in at just 100 microns, the tiny sensor is so small that it can get a pH or glucose reading from a single breath in less than five seconds. This is a big improvement over not only finger pricks, but also the current technique for measuring pH or alkalinity in a patient's breath to identify and treat asthma attacks, which involves blowing into a tube for 20 minutes to collect enough condensate for an accurate reading. The sensors work by joining different reactive substances with the semiconductor gallium nitride, which is commonly used in amplifiers in cell phones, power grid transmission equipment, etc., Ren says. During a reaction, the charge on the semiconductor device changes, and that change provides information on proteins, glucose, pH, etc. For instance, when targeting cancer they use an antibody sensitive to certain proteins thought to be indicative of cancer. And when targeting glucose levels, the reactive molecules comprise zinc oxide nanorods that bind with glucose enzymes. Each chip costs as little as 20 cents, and when combined with applications to wirelessly transmit the data, will likely total around $40, Ren estimates--an amount that could be cut in half with mass production. - Full Article Source

01/24/10 - $30 Practical LCD Writing Tablet
The Boogie Board LCD writing tablet costs $30, can be written on with a stylus or a fingernail, and uses no power in the act of writing. Only erasing consumes power — from a watch battery, which lasts for 50,000 erases. The total cost per "page" comes out to only 1/15th that of steno paper. The writing surface is pressure-sensitive and "highly responsive to variable amounts of pressure," so you can make thick and thin lines. - Full Article Source

01/22/10 - Heat Engines Shrunk By Seven Orders of Magnitude
KeelyNet "The vast majority of motors that power our planes, trains, and automobiles are heat engines. They rely on the rapid expansion of gas as it heats up to generate movement. But attempts to shrink them by any significant amount have mostly ended in failure. Today, the smallest heat engines have a volume of some 10^7 cubic micrometers. Now group of Dutch engineers has built a heat engine that is seven orders of magnitude smaller than this. The engine consists of a piezoelectric bar that expands and contracts in the normal piezoelectric way. However it also heats up and cools at the same time causing a thermal expansion and contraction, which lags the piezoelectric displacement. By carefully choosing the frequency of the driving AC current, the Dutch team found a resonant effect in which the thermal expansion and contraction amplifies the mechanical motion, making it a true heat engine. Operating the thermodynamic cycle in reverse turns the device into a heat pump or refrigerator. The total volume of the device is just 0.5 cubic micrometres." / Crucially, there is a phase lag between the piezoelectric and thermal expansion and contractions. So by choosing just the right driving frequency, it is possible to create a resonant effect in which the mechanical displacement of the bar is amplified. This is the regime in which the bar acts like a heat engine, pushing and pulling to do work. Steeneken and co have tested the idea in a preliminary design and shown it to work well. And they've also shown that reversing the thermodynamic cycle turns the the engine into a heat pump or refrigerator. Of course, there are other, similarly sized refrigerators that work using the Peltier effect but this one has an important advantage. "In contrast to the Peltier effect, the direction of the thermal current does not depend on the direction of the electrical current," say Steeneken and company. Refrigeration may turn out to be the most important near term application. The ability to pump heat away from microchips efficiently is nothing to be sniffed at. - Full Article Source

01/22/10 - Constitution amendment: run government for people, not monied interests
KeelyNet The Supreme Court reversed a century of campaign-finance law Thursday morning when it ruled that corporations, unions, and nonprofits should be allowed to pour their financial resources into presidential and congressional campaigns. The majority decision by Justice Anthony Kennedy and the rest of the Court's conservative wing, said that

corporations have First Amendment rights
and should be able to engage in political speech.

Today's decision opens the door to limitless independent corporate spending. Corporations can pull together their financial resources to create television or radio commercials to support a political candidate. The ruling does not allow corporations to spend endless amounts of money on direct campaign contributions; money that would go directly into the candidate's bank account to travel or produce campaign materials. As long as corporations don't interact with a specific political campaign, they can directly buy ad time to support a candidate.

The Campaign to Legalize Democracy is circulating a petition in response to yesterday's ruling that legalized unlimited political bribery by corporations in the USA. Signatories include Bill Moyer, Howard Zinn, Jim Hightower, Billl McKibben, and Tom Hayden.

We, the People of the United States of America, reject the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in Citizens United, and move to amend our Constitution to:

* Firmly establish that money is not speech, and that human beings, not corporations, are persons entitled to constitutional rights.

* Guarantee the right to vote and to participate, and to have our votes and participation count.

* Protect local communities, their economies, and democracies against illegitimate "preemption" actions by global, national, and state governments.

(Thanks to Infolink for the video headsup! - JWD) - Full Article Source

A sample of why they want this...
All of them need to go to jail and pay it back!

01/22/10 - Norway’s Turbine City Concept example for Future of Energy and Tourism
KeelyNet Norway already boasts the world’s first floating wind turbine, and is apparently the windiest coastline in Europe, making it perfect for even more turbines. Or a turbine city, like On Office’s proposal which shows a stunning vision of the future.The Turbine City concept from the architectural firm not only harnesses all that valuable wind, it also shows a smart tourism scheme housing a hotel, spa and museum. The offshore wind turbines would be connected together like an archipelago of islands, and would provide a base for passing sailors and holidaymakers. If this is the future, I’ve got to find myself a cryogenic freezer. - Full Article Source

01/22/10 - Patent Office Inefficiency
"Believe it or not, in our patent office -- now, this is embarrassing -- this is an institution responsible for protecting and promoting innovation -- our patent office receives more than 80 percent of patent applications electronically, then manually prints them out, scans them, and enters them into an outdated case management system." - Full Article Source

01/22/10 - Life saving invention for Haiti disaster
KeelyNet Michael Pritchard hit the headlines in 2007 after creating a unique filter system that enables safe drinking water to come from a contaminated source. His Ipswich-based business is now sending 1,000 Lifesaver Jerrycans and bottles to Haiti to help with the aid effort. The bottle can revolutionise the way vital fresh water is brought to disaster hit areas because it turns polluted water into filtered sterile drinking water without the need of boiling, tablets or chemicals. Mr Pritchard, whose business is in Tuddenham Avenue, said: “It is not the shortage of water that is the issue; it is the shortage of clean, safe drinking water. There are riots on the streets already with people fighting over bottles of water. “The solution is not trying to ship in millions of bottles of water; the solution is being able to use the water that's already there but turn it into water people can drink. “As little as £4 could provide one child with clean water for a year. Children need at least two litres of water a day to survive. One Lifesaver Jerrycan can produce the equivalent of 20,000 litres of clean, sterile drinking water.” His invention is described as the world's first ultra filtration water bottle and can remove bacteria, viruses, parasites, fungi and all other microbiological waterborne pathogens. The bottles have been sent to Haiti as part of Operation Blessing, a non-profit organisation whose goal is to alleviate poverty and human suffering through various relief programs throughout the world. - Full Article Source

01/22/10 - InventHelp sues IPWatchdog
KeelyNet The invention submission company seeks $75,000. InventHelp yesterday filed a lawsuit against IPWatchdog, accusing owner and principle blogger Gene Quinn and his wife Renee with repeatedly posting “false, misleading” and “defamatory” comments. InventHelp, aka Invention Submission Corp., says in its complaint filed in U.S. District Court in New York that it has “suffered economic damages in the loss and deterioration of its business” as the result of what Quinn posts on IPWatchdog. InventHelp seeks $75,000 in damages. It also wants IPWatchdog to stop posting what it considers disparaging remarks, to retract certain statements, and disclose the number of clients IPWatchdog has served who have successfully commercialized inventions using Quinn’s “Invent + Patent System.” - Full Article Source

01/22/10 - Nanoparticles based heat pump may one day cool buildings
Smith and Gentle have created a coating that can be used as an efficient heat pump and reduce the need for energy-guzzling air conditioning. It relies on a phenomenon known as "night sky cooling", in which energy absorbed by surfaces during the day is emitted back into the atmosphere. Smith and Gentle's invention takes advantage of the fact that certain wavelengths of radiation emitted from the Earth are less likely to be reabsorbed by the atmosphere. These wavelengths - between 7.9 and 13 mm - are more likely to escape all the way back into space than others. Smith and Gentle have found that a mixture of silicon carbide and silicon dioxide (CO2) nanoparticles emit heat radiation at wavelengths that best take advantage of this atmospheric 'window'. They have found a surface coated with the 50-nanometre sized particles can get down to 15 degrees cooler than ambient temperature in Sydney. According to Smith, the nanoparticle coating could be used to make a kind of reverse solar collector. Air, or water, would flow in channels beneath a plate coated with the nanoparticle mixture. Rather than absorbing the radiation for heating purposes, the set up would emit radiation, cooling air or water that could then be pumped through buildings to cool them. As well as cooling buildings, the technology could also be used as a coating on refrigerators, especially in remote areas. "The technology would mainly work at night, but could sometimes work on the shady side of buildings," Smith said. - Full Article Source

01/22/10 - Army Betting Big on Laser Weapons
KeelyNet Boeing, one of the Pentagon's top contractors, already has a laser weapon that will improve the military's ability to counter artillery, mortar, drone aircraft and even rockets, a spokesman tells FoxNews.com. The device is the cornerstone of a high-priority U.S. Army project, called the High Energy Laser Technology Demonstrator (HEL-TD), touted as the future of American war, which will enable the military to fight at the speed of light. "The system is technically not in production right now," says Marc Selinger, a spokesman for Boeing's missile defense systems unit in suburban Washington, near the Pentagon. "Boeing is building only a demonstrator now ... in this case, a test unit." That means the project is moving out of the design phase and, with the Oshkosh Heavy Expanded Military Tactical Truck, into production. The eight-wheel, 500-horsepower HEMTT A4, a widely used military tactical vehicle, is being tightly integrated with the Boeing rugged beam control system. Suppliers are already shipping related components to Boeing for assembly. The weapon will eventually include high-speed processors, optical sensors, and an array of mirrors. Testing of the device's lethal capacity will begin next fiscal year at the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico. In addition to the U.S. Army, Boeing is developing its laser technologies for the Air Force and Navy. A number of new materials enhance the weapon as well, including sapphire substrates for LEDs, semiconductors, and optics. One Chicago-based supplier, Rubicon Technology, provides components made of sapphire for military lasers and sensors. Lasers are sensitive devices, yet in combat, they will be used in harsh conditions, including sand and wind storms. Sapphire is the second-hardest material on earth, next to diamonds, "yet they can be free of imperfections and perfectly flat," says Beth Hespe, a spokeswoman for Rubicon. The material helps keep the laser stable -- key to its effectiveness as a weapon. - Full Article Source

01/22/10 - Naked airport scanner catches cellphone, misses bomb components
This German TV clip highlighting the failure of the new, privacy-violating full-nude scanners going in at an airport near you. As Bruce Schneier notes, "The scanner caught a subject's cell phone and Swiss Army knife -- and the microphone he was wearing -- but missed all the components to make a bomb that he hid on his body... Full-body scanners: they're not just a dumb idea, they don't actually work." / (And the video shows them igniting the components to show how it could burn a hole in a plane. - JWD) - Full Article Source

01/22/10 - Human bed-warming service???
Three Holiday Inn locations in the UK are offering a human bed-warming service: "If requested, a willing staff-member at two of the chain's London hotels and one in the northern English city of Manchester will dress in an all-in-one fleece sleeper suit before slipping between the sheets." - Full Article Source

01/22/10 - A Ferry Powered Completely by Rechargeable Batteries
KeelyNet A Japanese shipbuilding company named IHI Marine United is developing a ship that can be powered entirely by rechargeable lithium batteries. It will be able to travel 80 km while carrying 800 passengers: Its Zero Emission Electric Propulsion Ship will use batteries that can be recharged at charging stations in ports it visits. The plug-in ship powered by lithium-ion batteries would run without a diesel engine, thus cutting its carbon dioxide or nitrogen oxide emissions to zero. - Full Article Source

01/22/10 - Panel Warns NASA On Commercial Astronaut Transport
"In a blow against the commercial space industry, a federal panel warned NASA not to use private companies to ferry astronauts into space. While the Obama Administration wants to outsource some NASA activities, insiders at the space agency are resisting any moves to use commercial alternatives. The Wall Street Journal reports that the Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel 'cautioned that the private space companies rely on "unsubstantiated claims" and need to overcome major technical hurdles before they can safely carry astronauts into orbit. The report urged NASA to stick with its current government-run manned space ventures, and said that switching to private alternatives now would be "unwise and probably not cost-effective. The findings are likely to provide a boost to NASA officials who want to keep nearly all manned space programs in house.' Private companies such as Lockheed Martin and Boeing argue that they're capable of human transport in space safely and at competitive costs." - Full Article Source

01/22/10 - Space Station Astronauts Gain Internet Access
KeelyNet "Internet access on the International Space Station went live this morning. The crew now has full browsing capability via a special LAN and the Ku-band data link on the Tracking and Data Relay Satellite network, as described in the NASA press release. Flight Engineer T. J. Creamer used the access to post the first tweet from orbit about 7 hours ago. Previous astronaut tweets had been posted by a third party on the ground via email." / This personal Web access, called the Crew Support LAN, takes advantage of existing communication links to and from the station and gives astronauts the ability to browse and use the Web. The system will provide astronauts with direct private communications to enhance their quality of life during long-duration missions by helping to ease the isolation associated with life in a closed environment. During periods when the station is actively communicating with the ground using high-speed Ku-band communications, the crew will have remote access to the Internet via a ground computer. The crew will view the desktop of the ground computer using an onboard laptop and interact remotely with their keyboard touchpad. - Full Article Source

01/22/10 - Court Rules WHOIS Privacy Illegal For Spammers
"Spammers hiding behind a WHOIS privacy service have been found in violation of CAN-SPAM. It probably won't stop other spammers from hiding (what can?), but at least it adds another arrow in the legal quiver for skewering the bottom feeders. Quoting from the article: 'A recent decision by the Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit has determined that using WHOIS privacy on domains may be considered "material falsification" under federal law... Although the ruling does not make use of WHOIS privacy illegal, it does serve as a clear message from the court that coupling the use of privacy services with intentional spamming will likely result in a violation of the CAN-SPAM act. This is an important decision that members of the domain community should refer to prior to utilizing a privacy shield.'" - Full Article Source

01/22/10 - White sauce is mother of invention (I always called it white gravy!)
KeelyNet One of the “mother sauces” of classic French cuisine, and often called a “white sauce,” Bechamel is made by stirring milk into a flour and butter roux. “Mother” is an apt description, because the versatile Bechamel gives birth to several sauces and countless dishes. With the addition of cheese, Bechamel becomes Mornay sauce. Substitute stock for milk, and you have Veloute. Bechamel is layered in lasagna and moussaka and blankets vegetables in gratins. Thin versions serve as enhancements; sturdy versions bind croquettes, thicken soups and form the foundation for souffles. The thickness of the sauce is determined by the ratio of milk to roux. Traditional recipes call for steeping flavorings like onion, nutmeg and bay leaf in hot milk prior to preparation, but contemporary cooks often skip this step. - Full Article Source

01/22/10 - Correlation Found Between Brain Structure and Video Game Success
"Still want to argue that video games shrink your brain? While video games have been previously shown to stimulate brain activity and improve coordination skills, a recently published study has directly linked structures in the human brain with video game aptitude. And yes, apparently size does matter in this case. Quoting: '... each subject received 20 hours of training to play a video game specifically created for research purposes, called Space Fortress. It's basically an Asteroids-type arcade game, in which the object is to knock down and destroy an enemy fortress while dodging space mines. However, the game has lots of extra twists that require close attention. Some of the players were told to focus exclusively on running up a high score, while others were told to shift their priorities between several goals. The result? The subjects who had more volume in an area called the nucleus accumbens did significantly better in the early stages of training. Meanwhile, those who were well-endowed in different areas of the striatum, known as the caudate nucleus and putamen, handled the shifting strategies better.'" - Full Article Source

01/22/10 - NASA Designs All-Electric Personal Flight Vehicle
KeelyNet "NASA is currently working on a personal aircraft that will put jet packs to shame. The Puffin is an all-electric one-man airplane that could be the start of some new and amazing air travel technology. With two prop electric engines, lithium phosphate batteries and a top speed of almost 300 mph, the vertical take off and landing vehicle was originally designed for covert military insertions because it has a lower heat signature than combustion engines. The Puffin would also be super quiet – 10 times quieter than current low-noise helicopters, and since the engine is electric it has no flight ceiling and can fly up to 9,150 meters high, uninhibited by thin air." - Full Article Source

01/22/10 - Researchers Pooh-Pooh Algae-Based Biofuel
"Researchers from the University of Virginia have found that current algae biofuel production methods consume more energy, have higher greenhouse gas emissions and use more water than other biofuel sources, such as switchgrass, canola and corn. The researchers suggest these problems can be overcome by situating algae production ponds behind wastewater treatment facilities to capture phosphorous and nitrogen — essential algae nutrients that otherwise need to come from petroleum." - Full Article Source

01/20/10 - Fraudulent Inventor Carl Tilley loses court case for $26 Million
KeelyNet Lebanon man had demonstrated supposedly self-charging DeLorean engine. At the end of a long-running lawsuit, a Nashville jury has found that alternative-energy promoter Carl Tilley and his wife Margaret broke securities law - and played rather fast and loose with the laws of thermodynamics, too. The jury handed down a $26 million judgment last week against the Tilleys and affiliated entities in U.S. District Court. The award, which includes $3.57 million in compensatory and $22 million in punitive damages plus pre-judgment interest, comes three and a half years after a group of investors filed suit against the Tilleys, who were then based near Lebanon. The couple has since moved to Nebraska. The Tilleys did not attend the trial and had no lawyer. In a statement to Judge Robert Echols, they stated they had no more funds to defend the lawsuit. Attempts to reach them have been unsuccessful. The lawsuit's plaintiffs said Tilley sold unregistered stock in his Tilley Foundation, Inc. to them for $1,000 a share. They accused him of defrauding them and other shareholders by falsely claiming the motor recharged itself without fuel - and that he had been offered 'billions of dollars' by major companies thta wanted to commercialize it. / (Thanks to Doug Littlefield for this breaking news. - JWD) - PDF Tilley Court Case Article and these files which recount my trip to Nashville to see his much publicized demonstration, Tilley Demonstration and Photos

01/20/10 - Burst of neural activity at the transition between not seeing and seeing
KeelyNet How do the visual images we experience, which have no tangible existence, arise out of physical processes in the brain? New research at the Weizmann Institute of Science provided evidence, for the first time, that an ‘ignition’ of intense neural activity underlies the experience of seeing. The subjects looked at a computer screen, which briefly presented a ‘target’ image – a face, house, or man-made object. This image was followed by a ‘mask’ – a meaningless picture for distraction – at different time intervals after the target image had been presented. This allowed the experimenter to control the visibility of the images – the patients sometimes recognized the targets and sometimes failed to do so. By comparing the electrode recordings to the patients’ reports of whether they had correctly recognized the image or not, the scientists were able to pinpoint when, where and what was happening in the brain as transitions in perceptual awareness took place. Malach: ‘We found that there was a rapid burst of neural activity occurring in the high-order visual centers of the brain – centers that are sensitive to entire images of objects, such as faces – whenever patients had correctly recognized the target image.’ The scientists also found that the transition from not seeing to seeing happens abruptly. Fisch: ‘When the mask was presented too soon after the target image, it ‘killed’ the visual input signals, resulting in the patients being unable to recognize the object. The patients suddenly became consciously aware of the target image at a clear threshold, suggesting that the brain needs a specific amount of time to process the input signals in order for conscious perceptual awareness to be ‘ignited.’’ - Full Article Source

01/20/10 - Invention meets necessity at summit

Mil-tek Middle East, based in Jebel Ali, holds the worldwide patent on air-operated balers that can crush cardboard, plastic, expandable polystyrene, metal cans and food waste. The baler sorts the rubbish into easily recycled bundles or, in the case of food waste, to be used as compost. Air from a small electric compressor operates a piston inside the baler. Because there are no gears or hydraulics involved, the machine is 60 per cent more energy-efficient than others on the market. “We only use air for pressing the waste so it’s very good for industries like the hotel and food industries where a lot of waste would be generated,” said Mark Laird, the company’s managing director.

Last October, the Ministry of Environment and Water announced plans to ban all non-biodegradable plastic bags from 2013, and now the race is on to supply alternatives. The Swiss firm BioApply is the summit’s official supplier of biodegradable bags, and uses potato and corn-starch molecules in its products. Michel Pikhanov, the company’s sales director, said the organic bags could decompose in 12 weeks, compared with more than 400 years for the common variety.

Employees from the South Korean firm Kyungwon Enterprise, are displaying a model of their detergentless washing machine, which as well as using no chemicals also needs less water. - Full Article Source

01/20/10 - Israelis develop Nazi-doodlebug sonic deathwave cannon
KeelyNet Israel intends to offer for export one of its latest and most terrifying military technologies: a sonic cannon or "thunder generator", powered by devasting "bunker buster" fuel-air explosive technology - used in secret Nazi superweapons of the 1940s - to deliver sound rays so powerful as to be instantly deadly to anyone hearing It uses bottled LPG to create an explosive fuel-air mixture inside a tubular combustion chamber ("cannon barrel"). The mix is then detonated, causing a loud explosion whose blast vents out of one end of the chamber. According to Defense News, this is "a patented process involving Pulse Detonation Technology (PDT)". There might be some new special sauce involved, but the basic idea is an old one - pulse-detonated fuel/air mixtures were used in the Argus "pulse jet" which propelled the Nazis' V-1 (aka "Doodlebug") cruise missiles during WWII, for instance. Fuel-air explosions can also be generated without a confining container, as in the various kinds of "bunker buster" munitions employed by the world's militaries - so called as their prolonged overpressure is particularly hard on structures. Russia's "Father of All Bombs" and the British shoulder-fired Anti Structures Munition are of this type. Igor Fridman, one-time Soviet scientist, decided to use the principle for bird-scaring after moving to Israel in 1991. The use of cheap, clean LPG was seen as a win compared to nasty chemical bird repellents. As it happens, fuel/air effects are used for similar purposes in America: the fearsome "Rodenator" burrow-busting weapon has lately been employed against troublesome tree-scoffing squirrels by uncompromising US parkies, for instance. But now it seems that Israel's booming (cough) weaponry industry has decided that riot-control devices are more profitable than birdscarer kit, and the Thunder Generator has now been licensed for export as a weapon. Fridman tells Defence News that it "could be lethal" inside 10 metres, but that if used as intended outside 30 metres' range it should cause no permanent ill effects. Apparently, the frightful sonic shockwave raygun is "safe and simple to use", and "menial labourers" can be trained to handle it in less than 30 minutes.them. Or, looking at it another way, Israeli businessmen have decided to market an LPG fuelled bird-scaring device as a less-lethal* riot control weapon. - Full Article Source

01/20/10 - Robot waits for no man when recharging
KeelyNet Ugly as it may be, it’s the charging cable for a robot and acts as a sensor that allows the robot to properly align and plug into a power receptacle. Lawn mowing robots that have a little nests to recharge in. Base stations work but they require the machine to return to the same place, or to have multiple charging stations. The point is, this specialized cable makes base stations for robots obsolete.

Now a robot can plug into any outlet it can get near, a great thing for robots roving large facilities. After the break you can see a video of this process. The robot arm zeros in by scanning horizontally and vertically and measuring the magnetic field put out by the AC in the wires of the outlet. - Full Article Source

01/20/10 - CheckingFinder Compares Banks to Find the Best Perks
KeelyNet You've got several factors to consider in the process of opening a checking account, and often you can find better offerings at smaller community banks. Free web service CheckingFinder compares perks between community banking institutions to find the best one for you. The main goals behind CheckingFinder is to help you find free checking accounts from banks with high interest rates, no minimum balance, ATM fee refunds, and other such perks—CheckingFinder will even help you open the account right away. Just punch in your zip code and you'll get a list of local banks and credit unions, from which you can compare up to three banks side-by-side to decide which is best for you. If you want to do all your banking online, you can even open accounts in banks from other states. - Full Article Source

01/20/10 - Is The U.S. Economy Being Tanked By Mistake or By Intent?
The government wants Americans to believe the greatest economic collapse in history was the result of ineptness and mistakes yet still have confidence in their financial institutions. Should American bankers be let off the hook because they self-declare, before an investigational panel, that the failure of their newly invented risk swaps and other highly leveraged investment schemes was simply due to "mistakes"? Not malfeasance – just every-day mistakes? Bankers just fell asleep at the helm at a critical juncture in American history. Is that what we are being led to believe? Are Americans to believe that the Federal Reserve lowered interest rates to create a false bubble in the economy, at the same time the Securities Exchange Commission allowed investment banks risky reserve ratios and exerted lax control over investment tycoons like Bernie Madoff, and in lock step, the credit rating agencies (Fitch, Moody’s and Standard & Poor’s) handed out sterling A+ credit ratings on risky mortgage-backed securities, while the US Treasury Department stood by and did nothing? Shall Americans conclude the world’s largest economy is beyond the management skills and regulation of virtually every financial arm of government and the private sector? If so, widespread incompetence would suggest Americans had better come up with some institution or instrument of their own invention to protect their money. Whatever or whomever did bring down the American economy, it appears to be an orchestrated effort. If one arm of the financial industry had objected or performed their job responsibly, the whole economic collapse could have been averted. The credit rating agencies alone could have put an abrupt halt to what amounts to a financial collapse of western civilization. By plan or mistake? It would be difficult for the American public to even contemplate the idea that their government may be intentionally tanking the economy. So we are left with the commonly-heard claim that people in government are just incompetent, there is no conspiracy of any kind. Regardless, heads should roll, and we still have the same derelict captains (Bernanke, Geithner) at the helm. Whatever is planned for the future US economy, there certainly must be contingency plans in place to devalue the dollar, issue new currency, declare banking holidays, reappraise the value of real estate to true market value (~ 30% drop), sell off government-held real estate assets to hedge funds, confiscate guns, invoke marshal law, etc. If these events occur, they won’t be without forethought. Call it conspiracy if you will. - Full Article Source

01/20/10 - The European Supergrid
One of the key advantages European nations have independently as well as collectively is that their population density makes innovative energy solutions necessary and advantageous. The US has much more empty land to stick big generation plants far away from large populations, which helps power utilities limit costs for locating and building plants. In Europe the “not in my backyard” phenomenon is larger by orders of magnitude; individual governments are more apt to seek alternatives to building new plants. The prospect that neighboring countries could seek damages for cross-border pollution is another consideration. The article I ran across was a new spin on an earlier proposal from the EU to fill the Sahara desert with solar panels and then ship the electricity back to Europe.

The interesting thing about this project is the power would be shipped back to Europe using high-voltage DC power lines. This was precisely why Nikola Tesla's invention of alternating current (AC) won out over Thomas Edison's direct current (DC). A hundred years ago, you couldn't send DC power any distance and transform it on the users' end to usable electricity. Time and technology has solved the transformer challenge, yet the world is essentially built on AC power transmission--though DC transmission is more efficient. This Sahara solar project would be big enough to scale up DC high-voltage transmission on an economy of scale right out of the gate. From there, the idea could spread anywhere cleantech is a priority--like China.

All renewable energy sources generate DC current. Presently, especially in the US, the challenge is to collect the DC power, convert it to AC power and step it up to a usable voltage to upload to the high-voltage AC power grid. If you could simply ship DC power, life would be a lot cheaper and easier for consumers and utilities. But the infrastructure isn't there, and there's not a whole lot of money lying around for anyone to pioneer this effort in the US, especially notoriously thrifty utilities. This Sahara project could be a major game-changer for the global clean-tech sector. - Full Article Source

01/20/10 - How Clean Are Your New Clothes? Find Out
When you buy new clothes, you expect them to be new, not already worn by someone else. But that's not always the case. Consider what happens after you return a pair of pants or a blouse. Often it goes right back on the rack, to be resold instead of staying in the back room, retail experts told "Good Morning America." To see how clean some "new" clothes were, "GMA" bought everything from blouses to pants to underwear from three popular chain clothing stores ranging from high- to low-end and handed them over to Dr. Philip Tierno, director of microbiology and immunology at New York University, to test the 14 items for germs. "On this black and tan blouse we found representation of respiratory secretions, skin flora, and some fecal flora," Tierno said. On a jacket, Tierno discovered evidence of feces, skin flora and respiratory secretions, especially in the armpit and "close to the buttocks," Tierno said. The biggest surprise came when Tierno tested a silk blouse. There, he said, he found vaginal organisms, yeast and more fecal germs. Tierno said a couple of the items had extremely high counts of germs, far above normal. "Some garments were grossly contaminated with many organisms … indicating that either many people tried it or ... someone tried it on with heavy contamination," he said. "In a sense, you are touching somebody's arm pit or groin. So you want to be protected that's all. "You may not come down with anything and, most cases you don't, but it's potentially possible," he added. - Full Article Source

01/20/10 - Fish oil not snake oil
A randomised controlled trial of fish oil given intravenously to patients in intensive care has found that it improves gas exchange, reduces inflammatory chemicals and results in a shorter length of hospital stay. Researchers writing in BioMed Central's open access journal Critical Care investigated the effects of including fish oil in the normal nutrient solution for patients with sepsis, finding a significant series of benefits. "Recently there has been increased interest in the fat and oil component of vein-delivered nutrition, with the realization that it not only supplies energy and essential building blocks, but may also provide bioactive fatty acids. Traditional solutions use soybean oil, which does not contain the omega-3 fatty acids contained in fish oil that act to reduce inflammatory responses. In fact, soybean oil is rich in omega-6 acids that may actually promote inflammation in an excessive or unbalanced supply". Calder and his colleagues found that the 13 patients in the fish oil group had lower levels of inflammatory agents in their blood, were able to achieve better lung function and left hospital earlier than the 10 patients who received traditional nutrition. According to Calder, "This is the first study of this particular fish oil solution in septic patients in the ICU. The positive results are important since they indicate that the use of such an emulsion in this group of patients will improve clinical outcomes, in comparison with the standard mix". - Full Article Source

01/20/10 - 2-D Avatar To Be Pulled From Theaters In China
Avatar is being pulled from screens in China for being too successful, and too provocative in its anti-authoritarian message. (The 3-D and IMAX versions will remain.) "The communist nation’s state-run movie distributor China Film Group is unexpectedly yanking the James Cameron-directed blockbuster 'Avatar' from 1,628 2-D screens this week in favor of a biography of the ancient philosopher Confucius starring Chow-Yun Fat. ... According to a report in the Hong Kong newspaper Apple Daily, the move was made at the urging of propaganda officials who are concerned that 'Avatar' is taking too much market share from Chinese films and drawing unwanted attention to the sensitive issue of forced evictions." - Full Article Source

01/19/10 - The Weird Science of Tossing Stones Into a Lake
KeelyNet "Researchers in Spain and the Netherlands add another piece to a centuries-old puzzle in physics: the dynamics of an object falling into water. This common occurrence has a complex anatomy that includes a thin 'crown splash' around the perimeter of the impact, a deep cavity of air following the impactor, and a high, narrow jet of water that results from the collapse of the cavity. The new research, recently published in Physical Review Letters, demonstrates that airflow through the neck of the collapsing cavity reaches supersonic speeds despite low relative pressures between the air in the cavity and ambient pressure. Such an effect has no analogue in aerospace engineering or other sciences because of the highly dynamic nature of the collapsing nozzle structure." - Full Article Source

01/19/10 - Why do Miracle Inventions just disappear?
Billions, trillions, even zillions of dollars have been invested in the 'mother of all battles' against nature's anger at humankinds crass poisoning of the world and zillions more are scheduled, so it is claimed, to follow suit and yet, on the face of things, nothing changes except the weather and the size of the fortunes amassed by scaremongers and profiteers. What could, conceivably, be incredibly efficient, ultimately low cost, alternative energy projects have, unfailingly, been instant hits at the experimental stage, garnering headline grabbing attention that, 'low cost' being the main attraction, has the increasingly cash strapped general public chomping at the bit for the product to arrive on the market in an affordable form and then.....zilch! 'It', 'they', 'them', 'that' exciting new invention just disappears, the news stories evaporate, the scientists, amateur or otherwise behind ingenious alternatives to oil based fuels for example, have developed a sad habit of being bumped off and oil producing nations, along with oil extracting and marketing companies, heave a huge sigh of relief at profits secured and gleefully revert to telling us that prices must be increased, again, in an attempt at stretching fast depleting stocks of raw crude for as long as is ultimately 'possible'.....read 'profitable'. - Full Article Source

01/19/10 - Watching the World Burn: The Appeal of Post Apocalyptic Films
KeelyNet As a people, why are we so obsessed with the means of our destruction and the landscape after the dust settles? A hypothesis is that we're just morbidly curious. Acutely aware of our own mortality, we know that there's enough suffering and evil in the world that if normal life were to cease, society is headed more towards a grim future than a utopian one. Since we are also an incredibly vain as a race, we wonder what the world would be like without our species to look after its grand monuments. As the simulations of life without humans show us, our structures would crumble from years of abusive weather and disrepair if we disappeared. What if we didn't disappear however, but instead catastrophic events led to the end of civilized existence? Many films come to mind that show us exactly what that bleak life would look like. Some of these films leave us with more plausible causes for society's problems, while others prefer to run with wilder ideas. From a list of popular post apocalyptic films made over the past couple of decades, there are two overarching apocalyptic scenarios: disease and human arrogance. This is not to say that there aren't variations on these two themes or subsets of them, but the ultimate root issues leading to the end fall into these categories. Major disease that wipes out 99 percent of the world's population is the source of the world's problems in Terry Gilliam's 1995 time travel thriller "12 Monkeys" starring Bruce Willis and Brad Pitt. While Animals walk the Earth's surface, humans live below ground away from the contamination. Civilization's leaders send criminals back in time to find the source of the virus so that it can be stopped. There is no indication the future can actually be salvaged, however this movie at least presents the hope that time travel could allow humanity to avoid its disastrous fate, not something many pictures of the genre offer. Disease is ultimately responsible for the downfall of man in the zombie films "28 Days Later," "28 Weeks Later," and "Zombieland." Spread rapidly by transmission from one infected human to another, people are transformed into mindless drones, intent on feeding on one another. "I Am Legend", starring Will Smith, represents a similar path where the infected people act more like vampires than the zombies of other stories. Even though the end of the world isn't in sight for humanity, people will continue to be fascinated by watching the world burn in post apocalyptic movies. It reminds them of their own mortality and the need to appreciate each day of our life as a gift, because we might not always have such a lucky existence. - Full Article Source

01/19/10 - Panic walking gets robot out of sticky situations
A six-legged robot learns different walking styles, which it can then use to adapt to tricky terrain or even flee from the first signs of trouble. A six-legged robot with a "panic mode" is proving to be a whizz at locomotion. When it finds it cannot move freely, the panicky droid scans randomly through the many walking gaits it has taught itself and selects the best for the terrain. That means it can free itself should it get stuck. Getting robots to choose the right gait on differently textured surfaces and at varying inclinations is tough. Some robots use preprogrammed gaits, while others use software routines called genetic algorithms (GAs) to evolve the best gait on the fly. But both those methods need a lot of onboard computer power. Silke Steingrube of the Bernstein Centre for Computational Neuroscience in Göttingen, Germany, and colleagues took a different tack. They opted instead for a simple computer called a neural network, a computer system that uses feedback on previous decisions to learn from its experiences. Their robot has six triple-jointed legs each with several sensors. These feed information to the neural network, which then determines the most appropriate gait for the terrain, and adjusts the robot's 18 motors accordingly. - Full Article Source

01/19/10 - How do people NOT get fired for this sort of incompetence?
Read this article, please, and tell me how the people associated with this part of it;

In 1986, there was the fourth husband: Thomas Kaplan, a psychologist and son of a prominent financier and philanthropist. They filed for divorce in 1999. Their large home in the Riverdale section of the Bronx was lost in foreclosure, and Ms. King had to file for bankruptcy, both personally and for her business, King Administrators.

Some of the bankruptcy filings made note of several hundred thousand dollars in personal expenses from Ms. King’s business accounts, including tuition for her children at the Fieldston School in Riverdale and large payments to Neiman Marcus. The bankruptcy trustee, Yann Geron, passed the information in early 2000 to federal prosecutors in Manhattan, records show.

“She was using company funds to pay personal expenses,” Mr. Geron recalled in an interview. “I did see problems, and I made a referral.”

No criminal charges were brought against Ms. King, and she went on with her life. She moved to a large house on a quiet street in Irvington, and continued to operate her business under a new name, King Care.

How is it that every person involved at this juncture is not being prosecuted, fired or both? Is this not another Madoff like theft?

400 members, people who bust their asses at hard core blue collar jobs are possibly sitting on ZERO benefits and ZERO money at retirement? Who fixes this? How? - (via Curt Schilling's Official Blog at 38pitches.weei.com) - Full Article Source

01/19/10 - MIT's Food Printer: The Greenest Way To Cook?
KeelyNet Is Michael Pollan serious with his Rule #2- "Don't eat anything your great-grandmother wouldn't recognize as food." Why bother even having an MIT if you are going to think that way? Make shows us how Marcelo Coelho and Amit Zoran of the Fluid Interfaces Group at MIT propose a much greener, more efficient, waste-free process: Print out your dinner. Cornucopia is a concept design for a personal food factory that brings the versatility of the digital world to the realm of cooking. In essence, it is a three dimensional printer for food, which works by storing, precisely mixing, depositing and cooking layers of ingredients. Cornucopia's cooking process starts with an array of food canisters, which refrigerate and store a user's favorite ingredients. These are piped into a mixer and extruder head that can accurately deposit elaborate combinations of food. While the deposition takes place, the food is heated or cooled by Cornucopia's chamber or the heating and cooling tubes located on the printing head. Just imagine the impact this would have. Real food rots. It has peels. Half of it is wasted. The whole infrastructure of food stores with their refrigerated cases becomes unnecessary. And imagine, no more pesky farmers markets occupying valuable parking lots. This is truly green. - Full Article Source

01/19/10 - A Shot at Transforming America's Energy Future
The invention in question is an improvement of an energy-storage device called the ultracapacitor. Its developers see great potential in applications such as electric cars and storing energy from intermittent sources such as solar and wind. Unlike batteries, capacitors store energy "in an electrical field," Schindall explains. "Since there's no chemical reaction, they can be charged and discharged in fractions of a second, and they don't wear out like batteries do." Traditionally, capacitors also have a serious disadvantage: very limited storage capacity, which makes them impractical for many uses. Ultracapacitors, which have energy-storage capacity much larger than standard capacitors, were previously made using "activated carbon to coat the plates of the capacitor," Schindall says. "Activated carbon, because it's so porous, has a very high surface area, and that increases the amount of energy that it can store." Still, capacity falls far short of that possible with batteries -- and of what's needed for most applications. Seven years ago, Schindall and his colleague John Kassakian were, as Signorelli says, "starting to think ... about an ultracapacitor and how to improve it." Then, one day on an airplane, Schindall read an article "about a technique ... being used in a different field to grow vertically aligned nanotubes on a flat substrate," he recalls. "It occurred to me that if we replaced the activated carbon with these vertical nanotubes, we might get even more surface area and therefore even more energy storage because [this] synthetic material ... has incredibly high surface area, like fractals." Signorelli's application to the Ph.D. program arrived at about this time. "We said, maybe this would be a good project for him," Schindall says. Six years of hard work has proven that surmise correct: The project matched up well with Signorelli's scientific and professional background, interests, and ambitions. - Full Article Source

01/19/10 - Not Your Ordinary Log Cabin
KeelyNet Your ordinary log cabin is laid out with lengthwise logs stacked to make its outer walls. Piet Hein Eek, charged with building a cozy recording studio for friend and musician Hans Liberg, did not make any ordinarylog cabin. This log cabin isn’t even really that: the log facade just covers a plastic and steel frame. It isn’t what you’d expect on the inside, either. Instead of dark, dingy room with a stove in the corner, Hein Eek’s cabin conceals a clean, bright, and quiet modern recording studio. Passers by might mistake the structure for a pile of logs, but they’ll know something’s up when Liberg props open all the unique, top-hinged windows on the sides of the pile. If they’re still nonplussed, they won’t be when the shack rolls away; it has wheels and can be hitched to an automobile for relocation, if Liberg ever gets tired of the view. (via impactlab.com) - (Too cool to pass up posting here. - JWD) - Full Article Source

01/19/10 - Why shouldn’t the US take the lead in nuclear power?
In spite of being awash in oil, the Emirates are now in the nuclear energy limelight, having signed a $20 billion contract with Korea Electric Power, or KEPCO, for the construction of four nuclear reactors. Another $20 billion is under negotiation to provide plant operation for the next 60 years. The Emirates will energize their society with nuclear electricity and sell their oil. While negotiating similar deals with India, Jordan and Turkey, Kevin Kang of KEPCO announces: “We are cheap, durable, and dependable.” The West, including the United States and France, has lost the lead in nuclear power. On a C-SPAN interview on Nov. 29, U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu said the following, as reported in the Jan. 2 Science News: “This is our lead to lose. This transition to a clean energy is essentially a new, second, industrial revolution. We’ve got to get the energy we’ve gotten used to but in a much cleaner way. That’s going to require a rebuilding of ex-isting infrastructure, a creation of a whole new infrastructure. It requires incredible intellectual ingenuity and invention. It’s a high-technology issue, so the American innovation and R&D system is still the best in the world. So why shouldn’t we take the lead?” The Maine Yankee nuclear plant was constructed in the 1960s for about $250 million. It operated for many years with an on-site crew of about 100. Nuclear plants now under discussion in the U.S. will cost more than $6 billion with a crew of nearly 1,000. About 100 nuclear plants are now in operation in the U.S., and generate about 20 percent of the U.S. electricity. In addition to the much larger capital and operating costs required to comply with current U.S. regulation, these plants pay the Nuclear Regulatory Commission about $1 billion per year for regulatory oversight. (That’s about $10 million per year for each plant.) The nuclear plant at Seabrook, N.H., will generate nearly 10 billion kilowatt-hours of electric energy per year, so the direct regulation cost is only about one-tenth of a cent per kilowatt-hour. However, the increased capital and operating costs mandated by regulation no doubt add several cents per kwh. - Full Article Source

01/19/10 - Haiti, HAARP, and conspiracy theorists
I was almost afraid to do it, because I knew it would get me upset. But with so much conspiracy-mongering already rife in the mainstream -- Pat Robertson and Haiti's deal with the devil (maybe Aricept would help?), Rush Limbaugh's insinuation that Obama is exploiting the catastrophe to burnish his creds with, in Limbaugh's words, "the both light-skinned and dark-skinned black community in this country" (lest his listeners forget that light skinned blacks are just as black as their darker-skinned confederates) -- I thought it behooved me to find out what the hard-core conspiracists are saying too. So I typed the words "Haiti" and "Conspiracy" into Google and watched to see what came up. - Full Article Source

01/19/10 - What's all that Stuff running in the Background?
“System Explorer 2.0.5” is a free program from download.com that lets you take a look at everything running on your computer, and turn off what you’re not using. This really speeds things up. When we ran System Explorer on our Windows computer, several programs we thought we had closed were still running in the background. A check on our computer’s central processing unit – the brain chip, showed that it was as busy as a one-arm carpenter, running like crazy at 100 percent. When we clicked to let System Explorer turn off the supposedly closed programs, our central processor’s work load went from 100 percent to 30 percent. - Full Article Source

01/19/10 - France Tells Its Citizens To Abandon IE, Others Disagree
"Microsoft still has not released a patch for a major zero-day flaw in IE6 that was used by Chinese hackers to attack Google. After sample code was posted on a website, calls began for Microsoft to release an out-of-cycle patch. Now, France has joined Germany in recommending its citizens abandon IE altogether, rather than waiting for a patch. Microsoft still insists IE8 is the 'most secure browser on the market' and that they believe IE6 is the only browser susceptible to the flaw. However, security researchers warned that could soon change, and recommended considering alternative browsers as well." - Full Article Source

01/19/10 - I Have a Draem
KeelyNet Even Snopes admits this is on the level: You would think the excruciatingly politically correct liberals who run most if not all television stations would cut this scene before it aired. Apparently they didn't notice anything wrong. / This image has also been circulated with text claiming that it originated not with a Martin Luther King Day event but rather with a rally promoting literacy, and the sign-bearers therefore deliberately misspelled the word "DREAM" as "DRAEM" and "DERAM." That explanation is incorrect. The news director at KIII-TV, Richard Longoria, said of the attention this image has garnered: It's obvious two signs were misspelled, bunches of others weren't. It's such a shame that the person who put it on the web didn't put the entire story, which showed members of the Black American community and others in Corpus Christi respectfully honoring the life and memory of an American hero, Martin Luther King. - Full Article Source

01/18/10 - Jobs in the Future
Among the most popular professions in 2030 will be body-part maker, according to Government-commissioned research. The role will use advances in stem cell technology and prosthetics to create replacements for damaged, diseased and worn-out body parts. Other occupations of 2030 include memory augmentation surgeons, who will boost the brain's storage capacity, and space architects, who will design accommodation on the Moon and even further afield. Other future professions include personal branders, who help others look more interesting when using social networking sites such as Facebook, Bebo and Twitter. If it all goes wrong, there will be social 'networking' workers - social workers trained to help those traumatised or marginalised by their computer addiction.

Virtual clutter organisers, meanwhile, will help us organise our electronic lives.
With Virgin Galactic and other companies pioneering space tourism, space pilots, tour guides and architects are predicted to be in high demand, as are those working on underwater and flying cars.
Jobs as climate change reversal specialists - engineers and scientists who try to reduce or reverse the effects of global warning - are also expected to get a flood of applications, the researchers said.
Weather modification police - who control advances in science that allow us to trigger rainfall - and 'new science' ethicists will help keep the scientific advances in check.

The big bucks, however, will come from memory augmentation surgery, virtual law and nano-medicine - the use of tiny particles in drugs and medical devices. Other growth areas include vertical farming, in which lack of space means crops are cultivated in urban high-rises or 'farm-scrapers'. Another popular role will be that of narrow-caster, who tailors the TV footage streamed into your home from hundreds of available channels. But, just like today, the work of the future will not be all fun. The least exciting jobs include quarantine enforcers, who will prevent the spread of disease, and waste data handlers who will stop us from being tracked by cyber-criminals. The list of jobs was compiled for Lord Mandelson's Department of Business, Innovation and Skills. - Full Article Source

01/18/10 - Powerstick set to revolutionise being mobile
KeelyNet “This device has been given the nod as the one essential gadget destined to make everyone’s life easier. With upwards of 100,000 MP3 players forecast to be sold in New Zealand for this Christmas period alone, not to mention the fact that many of us now have multiple cellphones, PDAs, iPhone and/or a BlackBerry, consumers are crying out for a way to recharge all their devices in one simple way. We have the answer,” says Binns. The PowerstickTM is designed and manufactured in Canada by Ecosol, an engineering-led company with a remit to develop and manufacture sustainable products. With the PowerstickTM that sustainability is achieved in many ways:

• Consumers now only need one small product to charge virtually all their portable devices
• The PowerstickTM is a portable rechargeable device that comes with a one-year warranty
• Chargeable from a laptop, desktop or any device with a USB port (including cars and aircraft)
• Once charged the PowerstickTM Polymer Lithium battery retains more than 90% of energy so it can be left unused but charged for up to 6 months
• Having topped up the PowerstickTM will go into sleep mode and will stop drawing down energy unlike normal wall chargers.
• The LCD display lets the user know when they need a top up, no guessing required and no unnecessary drawdowns

“My arsenal of digital devices is now completely taken care of,” says Binns. “The PowerstickTM comes with 9 different device connectors including iPod, Nokia, Motorola, Mini-USB, LD, and Samsung. You can charge so many things with one stick and it’s also surge protected, so it can’t harm your precious work or play tools. ” “It’s the essential gadget for the traveller (business or leisure), the student, the music lover and the workplace, pretty much anyone with a portable device. Most of us find it a challenge to run an iPhone all day without charging. With the PowerstickTM you can charge up and keep talking, giving you greater peace of mind,” assures Binns. PowerstickTM is available in New Zealand initially through Noel Leeming and online at powerstick.co.nz. With a RRP of $79, it’s an ideal Christmas gift, let alone a useful tool for having the cell, iPod and PDA charged in the beach-bag over summer. And at home users will no longer have to invest in a network of powerboards for their usual electric spaghetti. For more information and for compatibility (virtually all mobile devices are covered) check out www.powerstick.co.nz or call Richard Binns on 021 913 984. - Full Article Source

01/18/10 - Anxious or sexually competitive? Try God
ASK 100 people what they get out of religion and you will probably get 100 different answers. Some worship out of habit, others out of fear of death. New experiments offer two surprising reasons people find God: sex and stress relief. Such fickle religious behaviour could be especially important as promiscuous students mature into monogamous adults, says Douglas Kenrick, a psychologist at Arizona State University in Tempe, whose team uncovered the link between mating and religion. In a previous survey of 22,000 mostly Christian Americans, he and colleague Jason Weeden found a strong correlation between mating behaviour and religiosity. As you might expect, believers were more likely to be married, want to have large families and frown upon cheating and contraception. To probe the relationship between sex and God more explicitly, Kenrick and colleague Yexin Jessica Li presented hundreds of students at their university with dating profiles of highly attractive men or women, then probed them about their religious beliefs. A control group of 1500 students merely filled out the religion survey. Men and women who looked at attractive members of the same sex reported stronger religious feelings than those who checked out prospective mates or just filled in the survey. They were more likely to say "I believe in God" and "We'd be better off if religion played a bigger role in people's lives." "It's an interesting and surprising phenomenon," says Kenrick, who speculates that people ramp up their belief in a system that tends to enforce monogamy when they're confronted with fierce sexual competition. It might have been expected, for example, that people are more religious when they are young, when they have to compete more for sex. "People actually switch on and off their religious beliefs over their lifetime to fit the current mating context they're in," he adds. Sexual strife might not be the only reason people dial up and down their belief in God. Another new report pins changes in religious belief on anxiety. - Full Article Source

01/18/10 - Brain scans to unmask promise breakers
KeelyNet To trust, or not to trust – a question that may be worth millions. Scientists say that now the breaching of promises could be predicted by a certain brain activity pattern visible in brain scans. A group of scientists from Switzerland, who have published their findings in Neuron, have shown that the breach of a promise is associated with increased activity in certain areas of the brain associated with emotions. To register these changes in brain activity, Dr. Baumgartner of the University of Zurich and his colleagues used functional magnetic resonance imaging, or fMRI. As they state, such brain scans even make it possible to predict a breach of promise through registering a “perfidious” brain activity pattern and hence revealing malevolent intentions beforehand. - Full Article Source

01/18/10 - Lighting Can Influence How Wine Tastes
The background lighting provided in a room has an influence on how we taste wine. This is the result of a survey conducted by researchers at the Institute of Psychology at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Germany. It was found that the same wine was rated higher when exposed to red or blue ambient light rather than green or white light. The test persons were even willing to spend in excess of one Euro more on a specific bottle of Riesling when it was offered in red instead of green light. "It is already known that the color of a drink can influence the way we taste it," says Dr Daniel Oberfeld-Twistel of the General Experimental Psychology division. "We wanted to know whether background lighting, for example in a restaurant, makes a difference as well." The survey showed, among other things, that the test wine was perceived as being nearly 1.5 times sweeter in red light than in white or green light. Its fruitiness was also most highly rated in red light. Accordingly, one conclusion of the study is that the color of ambient lighting can influence how wine tastes, even when there is no direct effect on the color of the drink. "The extreme lighting conditions found in some bars can undoubtedly influence the way a wine tastes," concludes Oberfeld-Twistel. He also recommends that serious wine tasting should be conducted in a neutral light color environment. Perhaps a partial explanation of why lighting influences the way we taste wine is that in what we perceive to be pleasant lighting conditions, we also regard the wine as being more pleasant too. Additional research is planned to provide further insight into this fascinating phenomenon. - Full Article Source

01/18/10 - Silencing Brain Cells With Yellow And Blue Light
KeelyNet Neuroscientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have developed a powerful new class of tools to reversibly shut down brain activity using different colors of light. When targeted to specific neurons, they could potentially lead to new treatments for abnormal brain activity associated with disorders including chronic pain, epilepsy, brain injury and Parkinson's disease. Such disorders could best be treated by silencing, rather than stimulating abnormal brain activity. These new tools, or 'super silencers,' exert exquisite control over the timing in which overactive neural circuits are shut down -an effect that is not possible with existing drugs or other conventional therapies. The research paper, "High-Performance Genetically-Targetable Optical Neural Silencing by Light-Driven Proton Pumps," appears in the Jan. 7 issue of the journal Nature. "Silencing different sets of neurons with different colors of light allows us to understand how they work together to implement brain functions," explains Ed Boyden, senior author of the study. "Using these new tools, we can look at two neural pathways and study how they compute together," he says. - Full Article Source

01/18/10 - Mild Apocalypse: 2012 capsule will save your skin
A glimmer of hope has shone for Apocalypse believers: a Russian inventor has created a new capsule that he says will protect occupants from just about every disaster - including lava and tsunamis. Fiery meteors the size of skyscrapers raining down on the planet and California breaking away from the continental US before plunging deep into the Pacific ocean. These are just a couple of the doomsday scenarios played out in the film 2012, but for some the movie is more than just Hollywood science fiction. Engineer and inventor Evgeny Ubiyko has his practical answer to a possibility of a disaster like that. This is not just a flight of fantasy. It is physics, chemistry and mathematics. So 2012 flows from over the years past, and this is the answer of what to do,” he said. The flows he speaks of are the natural disasters such as tsunamis, which the Mayans predicted would trigger the beginning of the end of the world, just three years from now. As for what to do – Evgeny suggests hopping on board his self-contained rescue capsule, called the 2012. He showed RT a prototype but, according to Evgeny, once in production, the $92,000 pod would hold up to four people and would be virtually indestructible. Those inside should survive substantial natural disasters terrorist attacks and even the effects of the end of the world for roughly 40 days while on board. ”This armor is bullet-proof,” he said. “It cannot be destroyed by explosives or burned away. Nothing can happen to it.” There is already a similar model in the US, but the Russian inventor says his is a more enhanced version, as it can resurface from deep depths of water and float on lava. However, for some who are skeptical of the Mayan prediction and of global warming, Evgeny and his gadget symbolize the profit-making fueled by people’s fear of the unknown. “The Europeans who benefited from the ecological disaster theory in the 1970s decided to renew their earnings in the 1990s by creating the concept of global warming which, in their opinion, should also lead to global catastrophe,” said a futurist, Sergey. Meanwhile, Evgeny Ubiyko insists he is more than just an inventor. He is also a believer in the catastrophic prophecy and, come 2012, he will be ready to ride it out. - Full Article Source

01/18/10 - Port trials new lighting system to beat bugs
The Port of Tauranga is looking to fend off night raids by aerial attackers. The precious merchandise being protected from these invaders is sawn timber and logs destined for valuable overseas markets. A new lighting system being trialled at the Port of Tauranga aims to protect New Zealand’s export trade by reducing pest contamination of forest products in an environmentally-friendly way. Project leader Dr Steve Pawson says that the lights normally used by the port attract millions of insects every night, whereas certain wavelengths of light in the yellow spectrum are the opposite for some insects – completely unattractive. “For a busy port like Tauranga, being able to operate at night is essential but, as most people know from their own homes, standard light bulbs are highly attractive to insects. “Unfortunately, the bright lights are like a ‘smorgasboard open’ sign to insects such as the burnt pine longhorn beetle who could end up booking themselves a free trip on forest product exports,” Steve explains. The trial, beginning in January and running for six weeks, aims to identify which type of yellow light is most effective in deterring insects, thereby reducing insect contamination and the need for fumigation. Hundreds of millions of dollars worth of sawn timber and logs are shipped from the Port of Tauranga each year. Pest contamination can result in the loss of export markets so forest products are typically treated with methyl bromide to meet strict quarantine controls. “If New Zealand is going to reduce methyl bromide and other chemical use, we have to start by reducing pest populations at processing sites, which involves taking completely new approaches to pest control,” Steve says. - Full Article Source

01/18/10 - Gravity Ruled Out as the Cause of the Pioneer Anomaly
KeelyNet If the strange deceleration of the Pioneer spacecraft is caused by gravity, then it should also act on other bodies in the outer solar system. That doesn't seem to be the case. The Pioneer anomaly is an unexplained deceleration of the Pioneer 10 and 11 spacecraft that seems to be acting on them as they head out of the Solar System. This deceleration is tiny: just (8.74±1.33)×10^?10 ms^?2. The big question is where does it come from. One possibility is that the deceleration is the result of some long range gravitational force that is not observed on Earth. But if that's the case, then this force should act on all of the many objects in the outer Solar System. Now Lorenzo Iorio, at the Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare in Pisa, Italy, has analysed these orbits and concludes that a Pioneer-like force cannot be acting on Triton, Nereid and Proteus because the resulting anomalous perturbations would be too large to have escaped detection. "The possibility that the Pioneer anomaly may be an exotic gravitational phenomenon seems to be challenged," says Iorio. This work is part of a growing body of evidence that the Pioneer anomaly is not a gravitational effect. That's a puzzle. If not gravitational in origin, what kind of force is acting on the Pioneer spacecraft? - Full Article Source

01/18/10 - The Geoengineering Gambit
For years, radical thinkers have proposed risky technologies that they say could rapidly cool the earth and offset global warming. Now a growing number of mainstream climate scientists say we may have to consider extreme action despite the dangers. Rivers fed by melting snow and glaciers supply water to over one-sixth of the world's population--well over a billion people. But these sources of water are quickly disappearing: the Himalayan glaciers that feed rivers in India, China, and other Asian countries could be gone in 25 years. Such effects of climate change no longer surprise scientists. But the speed at which they're happening does. "The earth appears to be changing faster than the climate models predicted," says ­Daniel Schrag, a professor of earth and planetary sciences at Harvard University, who advises President Obama on climate issues. - Full Article Source

01/18/10 - China's doomed attempt to hold the world to ransom
The Chinese government is trying to corner the rare earths market and that isn't good news for the tech business. Those with good memories of Chemistry O Level will know what the rare earths are: the funny little line of elements from Lanthanum to Lutetium at the bottom of the periodic table, along with Yttrium and Scandium, which we usually add to the list. The reason we like them in the tech business is because they're what enables us to make a lot of this tech stuff that is the business. You can't run fibre optic cables without your Erbium repeaters, Europium, Terbium and Yttrium are all used to make the coloured dots in CRTs, the lens on your camera phone is 25 per cent Lanthanum oxide (yes, really, glass is made of metal oxides) and without Neodimium and Dysprosium we'd not have permanent magnets: no hard drives nor iPod headphones. The reason we like the rare earths so much for all of these things is that while they're all chemically very similar, they have very different reactions to things like light, electricity and magnetism. For example, Lutetium is magneto-electric, meaning that a change in a magnetic field will produce a change in current: just as piezo-electric materials produce a change in response to a change in mechanical stress. That is very useful if you want to convert changes in a magnetic field into variations in current, which you can then use to drive a cathode ray tube. We do that in an MRI machine, which is why at the heart of one is a great big Lutetium oxide crystal. Your fact of the day is that of around 2,200 kg of lutetium used globally a year, 2,000 kg is used at one factory in Texas to make those crystals. Whether I and the professor (and any number of others) turn out to be wastrels or clear sighted visionaries depends upon what happens in China to some extent. If they don't go ahead with export restrictions, we might not find the money to build our extraction methods. If they do then we might. And tenuously perched on the end of that might is that we might make a profit doing so. Hurrah! How wonderful for my pension etc. But that isn't the real point here, that being that attempts to restrict access to any one resource will simply lead to people developing technologies that mean we don't need access to that resource. If China restricts access to raw rare earths this won't, despite what they think, mean that all the processing of rare earths into useful things will move to China. It will just mean that people will work out ways of getting rare earths that don't come from China. - Full Article Source

01/18/10 - HydroWell Village – Produces Clean Water From Virtually Any Water Source
Haiti is looking for help with their water supply, and this may be it. Providing water in remote and austere environments is a logistical nightmare. In emergencies, water systems take too long to setup. Bulk water is expensive and difficult to deliver. Surface water is almost always heavily contaminated, resulting in death and disease. With over fifteen years of research, scientists have developed the world’s first commercially viable forward osmosis membrane for emergency desalination and water filtration. This membrane is used by NASA, the US Department of Defense, the United States Coast Guard and is now available to the public for use in emergency desalination situations. Only one filter technology can reliably and safely filter the muddy or cloudy contaminated water frequently found in remote areas or during disaster scenarios. If you need to be prepared to filter the widest range of water sources – clear, muddy, brackish or ocean water – forwardosmosis is the ideal solution. Forward osmosis products out-perform the competition in these situations, because unlike other filter or purification technologies, they are virtually unaffected by the presence of mud or other suspended solids in the contaminated source water. Using an advanced membrane filter, our systems offer the highest purity available from any personal water filter. Yet because they operate passively without pressure, they do not clog, allowing virtually any water source to be used to provide clean, safe drink. - Full Article Source

01/18/10 - “Temperature-sensitive, color-changing roof to combat global warming”
The selection panel for the InvenTeam grant — made up of inventors, educators, InvenTeam student alumni, MIT faculty, staff and alumni — agreed. They chose Tech High — with their invention officially known as “Temperature-sensitive, color-changing roof to combat global warming” — as one of 15 high school teams nationwide to receive a grant. Zube and his team, the only team selected this year to represent Maryland, were awarded $6,500 for the project. “The whole idea is to do research, to identify solutions to a problem,” Zube said. InvenTeam projects span many fields, including assistive devices, environmental technologies and consumer goods, according to its Web site, http://web.mit.edu/inventeams. “If you go to the Web site, it’s a pretty impressive list of things people worked on. Just to be included in that company is exciting,” Zube said. Work is in the early research stages. The tech high team hasn’t been able to find anyone else working on a roof like they’re proposing. The team has located a group of graduate students at MIT who are working on color-changing tile. They didn’t have much empirical data on normal roofs, but sent e-mails to a list of patents, including a U.S. patent on color-changing roof technology that seemed expensive because it used the same technology as a computer screen, Zube said. They hope to have four test modules — 4-by-4-foot sheds that serve as replicas of the interior of a house. The portable modules will have data collectors inside. The plan is to start with a module with a black shingle roof and one with a white shingle roof. Most of the data collection will be done in the winter months, which will give the team the necessary - Full Article Source

01/18/10 - Aeroplanes go solar
Bertrand Piccard, the founder of this project is all geared to feature his new found research at the third World Future Energy Summit (WFES) which would be hosted by experts, industry leaders, policy makers and the world leaders from many countries across the nation. This summit will be held in Abu Dhabi from January 18 to 21. Impulse Solar will use new technologies towards the creation of this solar based zero fuel plane which includes new aerodynamic features and solutions towards reducing the consumption of energy. The summit will be witnessed by over 600 exhibitors from 50 countries and it will have programmes and sessions based on renewable energy and how it could be applied in our day to day lives which includes e-mobility, green building , vehicle fuels, power trains and architecture. The exhibition would be featured at the World Future Energy and Environment Exhibitions. - Full Article Source

01/18/10 - TSA, You Can Count on Us! (to overreact to tiny threats and ignore big ones)
We're the Transportation Security Administration. We're working hard to make sure you enjoy a safe flight. And while we cannot apprehend every terrorist, you can count on us to do what we're trained to do whenever there's a security breach--overreact to tiny threats. Overreact to tiny threats; ignore the big ones. That's what we do, and we do it better than anyone. - Full Article Source

01/18/10 - Sarasota man's window invention tames the sun
When Ed VerVane moved to Florida from Michigan in the early 1990s, he welcomed the sunshine and then spent the next 17 years earning a living trying to tame its harmful effects. VerVane created the Winsulator, a clear acrylic interior window attachment that fastens to the inside of windows via magnets. The insets keep the heat at bay and deflect damaging UV rays, creating a comfortable environment inside residential and commercial buildings. With a background in window installation, VerVane used his knowledge and skill to come up with a design that created energy efficiency, reduced UV exposure and noise levels and could be used as a retrofit in existing buildings. To gain credibility for his invention, VerVane went to NASA and had its engineers test the product. "They said you have a flawless design," VerVane said. He then installed the product in the fourth-floor windows of the Kennedy Space Center's headquarters. "It cut the temperature through the windows by 30 degrees," he said. The product, which carries a 10-year guarantee and 100 percent replacement coverage, also has been tested by the Florida Energy Office. The Sarasota-based company has installed the window attachments in the Selby Library, Sarasota County judicial center and residential homes in the area. Recently, VerVane has concentrated on promoting the preservation aspect of Winsulators and installed the custom-designed attachments in windows in a long list of historical buildings in Florida, Georgia and South Carolina. - Full Article Source

01/18/10 - Using EMP To Punch Holes In Steel
"The Economist is running a story about a group of researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Machine Tools and Forming Technology in Chemnitz, Germany, who've found a way to use an EMP device to shape and punch holes through steel. The process enjoys advantages over both lasers, which take more time to bore the hole (0.2 vs. 1.4 seconds), and by metal presses, which can leave burrs that must be removed by hand." - Full Article Source

01/18/10 - Open Government Brainstorm Defies Wisdom of Crowds
KeelyNet "In May, the White House launched what it called an 'unprecedented online process for public engagement in policymaking.' Brainstorming was conducted in an effort to identify ways to 'strengthen our democracy and promote efficiency and effectiveness by making government more transparent, participatory, and collaborative.' So, what were some of the top vote-getters? Currently near the top of the list are Legalize Marijuana And Solve Many Tax Issues / Prison Issues (#2) and Remove Marijuana from Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act (#3). For those who remember Obama's earlier Online Town Hall, it's deja vu all over again." / White House-sponsored, IdeaScale-powered Open Government Brainstorm identified legalizing marijuana as one of the best ways to 'strengthen our democracy and promote efficiency and effectiveness. - Full Article Source

01/18/10 - IE Attack Code Used To Attack Google Now Public
"The IE attack code used in last month's attack on Google and 33 other companies was submitted for analysis Thursday on the Wepawet malware analysis Web site. One day after being made publicly available, it had been included in at least one hacking tool and could be seen in online attacks, according to Dave Marcus, director of security research and communications at McAfee. Marcus noted that the attack is very reliable on IE 6 running on Windows XP, and could possibly be modified to work on newer versions of IE." - Full Article Source

01/18/10 - German Government Advises Public To Stop Using IE
"After McAfee's disclosure of an IE 0-day vulnerability this week that had been used in Operation Aurora, the hack and stealing of data from Google, Adobe and about 3 dozen other major companies, the German government has advised the public to switch to alternative browsers (untranslated statement). Given that the exploit has now been made public and the patch from Microsoft is still nowhere to be seen, how long will it be before other governments follow suit?" - Full Article Source

01/18/10 - Two Cups of Fat Make You Completely Different Person
KeelyNet Liposuction and Gastric Bypass are surgical techniques to help lose weight. In the past ten years, a number of clinics in the West widely performed a surgery where a ring with the diameter of 45-50 millimeters was placed on the middle part of the stomach. As a result, the upper part of the stomach quickly filled with food and the patients felt full. This caused a decrease in food consumption and weight loss. The authors of the method claim that after the procedure the patients lose up to 60 pounds and more, and the results are long-term. The procedure was thought to become the main method of obesity treatment, but it turned out it was not that simple. The procedure only helps those with extremely high food consumption, and only a few patients are like that. They do exist, but they usually have extreme stages of obesity and there aren’t that many of them. When the procedure is performed on patients with excessive weight who do not eat much, the weight loss is insignificant or non-existent. As we can see, surgical treatment cannot be considered the only right way to lose weight. Diet and exercise are the most effective methods of weight loss. There is no point in deceiving ourselves and taking risks. - Full Article Source

01/18/10 - Police Called Over 11-Year-Old's Science Project
"Police in San Diego were called to investigate an 11-year-old's science project, consisting of 'a motion detector made out of an empty Gatorade bottle and some electronics,' after the vice-principal came to the conclusion that it was a bomb. Charges aren't being laid against the youth, but it's being recommended that he and his family 'get counseling.' Apparently, the student violated school policies — I'm assuming these are policies against having any kind of independent thought?" - Full Article Source

01/18/10 - How Avatar Technology Could Keep Actors Young
"An article at EW discusses another use for Avatar's sophisticated motion-capture technology: 'Sure, it's terrific for turning human actors into big blue alien Na'vis. But the photorealistic CGI technology James Cameron perfected for Avatar could easily be used for other, even more mind-blowing purposes — like, say, bringing Humphrey Bogart back to life, or making Clint Eastwood look 35 again. "How about another Dirty Harry movie where Clint looks the way he looked in 1975?" Cameron suggests. "Or a James Bond movie where Sean Connery looks the way he did in Doctor No? How cool would that be?"' The article goes on to quote Cameron as saying you would still need actors to play the roles, and that an ethical line needs to be drawn somewhere." - Full Article Source

01/18/10 - Wii Balance Board Gives $18,000 Medical Device a Run For Its Money
KeelyNet Gizmodo highlights a very cool repurposing effort for the Wii's Balance Board accessory. Rather than the specialized force platforms used to quantify patients' ability to balance after a trauma like stroke, doctors at University of Melbourne thought that a Balance Board might serve as well. Says the article: "When doctors disassembled the board, they found the accelerometers and strain gauges to be of 'excellent' quality. 'I was shocked given the price: it was an extremely impressive strain gauge set-up.'" Games controllers you'd expect to be durable and at least fairly accurate; what's surprising is just how much comparable, purpose-built devices cost. In this case, the Balance Board (just under $100) was compared favorably with a test platform that costs just a shade less than $18,000. - Full Article Source

01/16/10 - Digital Fundraising Booms For Haiti Relief
It seems that a recent digital fundraising drive for Haiti relief has stunned organizers at the Red Cross and White House. As of the last tally on Friday the campaign was at well over $8 million. "Earlier Thursday, when the Red Cross topped $3 million in text and social media donations — it hit nearly $40 million from all sources by late Thursday — spokesman Jonathan Aiken described it as 'a phenomenal number that's never been achieved before. People text up to three times at 10 bucks a pop,' Aiken said. 'You're talking about roughly 300,000 people actually spontaneously deciding, "I can spare $10 for this." And that's remarkable.' As of late Thursday, more than half of all donations to the Red Cross's Haiti relief effort had been received online, according to a news release. - Full Article Source

01/16/10 - Trees invading warming Arctic will cause warming over entire region
Contrary to scientists' predictions that, as the Earth warms, the movement of trees into the Arctic will have only a local warming effect, University of California, Berkeley, scientists modeling this scenario have found that replacing tundra with trees will melt sea ice and greatly enhance warming over the entire Arctic region. Because trees are darker than the bare tundra, scientists previously have suggested that the northward expansion of trees might result in more absorption of sunlight and a consequent local warming. But UC Berkeley graduate student Abigail L. Swann, along with Inez Fung, professor of earth and planetary science and of environmental science, policy and management, doubted this local scenario because, while broad-leaved trees are dark, they also transpire a lot of water, and water vapor is a greenhouse gas that is well-mixed throughout the Arctic. Taking account of this in a standard model of global warming, the researchers discovered that, while broad-leaved trees do absorb some additional sunlight, the water vapor they pump into the atmosphere causes a more widespread warming. - Full Article Source

01/16/10 - Pickens reduces order for wind turbines, puts Panhandle wind farm on hold
T. Boone Pickens has cut his massive order for wind turbines from GE by more than half. The energy investor, who made wind power a key part of his plan to wean Americans off foreign oil, said Tuesday he will now take delivery of 300 turbines, which he will use for wind farms in Canada and Minnesota. None of the turbines will come to Texas, as originally planned. Meanwhile, Pickens continues his campaign to persuade Americans to use natural gas to fuel heavy trucks, rather than diesel. Doing so, he said, could cut Middle East oil imports in half. - Full Article Source

01/16/10 - Psychosomatics shows up as revelation in iBurst tower battle
Over the past few months a battle between certain concerned Craigavon residents and iBurst reached fever pitch, with residents demanding that iBurst move a tower that was erected in Fourways Memorial Park on 12 August 2009. A ‘Craigavon Task Force’ was established shortly after the erection of the tower, partly because some residents in the area complained about ailments which they attributed to the tower. They staged a protest a few weeks after the tower went live, handing out flyers with the message: “iBurst subjects a residential community filled with children to uninvited microwaves from their tower”. In an email one Craigavon Task Force member, Tracey-Lee Dorny, describes the affected community’s symptoms: “several rash cases were presented in person and by photos from people who could not attend [a meeting with iBurst]. Headaches, nausea, tinnitus, dry burning itchy skins, gastric imbalances and totally disrupted sleep patterns, especially with some of the children, were some of the issues presented by the residents.” Dorny told The Star that she and her son are spending alternate nights at her mother’s house to get some relief. “When I’m off the property, the symptoms subside,” she said. iBurst CEO Jannie van Zyl said that no medical proof regarding the ailments was presented by any resident to date, but notwithstanding this absence of medical proof iBurst agreed to meet with the Craigavon residents to address their concerns. “At this meeting the residents were informed that the radiation levels emitted by the tower were ten thousand times LESS than the international safety standards set for mobile towers and that the radiation at this site was in fact the same level as that already present from cellular phone towers in the area,” said Van Zyl. “In other words the iBurst tower did not increase the radiation in the area significantly above the level already present for a long time.” At the meeting Van Zyl agreed to turn off the tower with immediate effect to assess whether the health problems described by some of the residents subsided. What Craigavon residents were unaware of is that the tower had already been switched off in early October – six weeks before the November meeting where residents confirmed the continued ailments they experienced. MyBroadband was furnished with technical reports which confirmed that the Fourways Memorial Park iBurst tower was turned off in early October and that it did not provide any services over the next few weeks. Van Zyl argues that this clearly proves that the iBurst tower could not be the cause of the health symptoms described by some of the residents. Van Zyl reiterated that residents said that the symptoms typically subsided in hours or days after leaving the Craigavon area, and since it still prevailed in mid-November it means that it could not have been related to the iBurst tower radiation. - Full Article Source

01/16/10 - Cheap car from India could cost $8,000 in US
KeelyNet The world's cheapest car is being readied for sale in the U.S., but by the time India's Tata Nano is retrofitted to meet emissions and safety standards, it won't be that cheap. Tata officials, while maintaining that they couldn't speak for Tata Motors, maker of the $2,500 Nano, said they were involved with the Nano from concept until it launched last July in Mumbai. They wouldn't say when the Nano might arrive in the U.S. or how much it might cost here, although Ratan Tata, chairman of the group of Tata companies, has said it should be ready for U.S. distribution in about three years. Tata Motors already has made a European version of the four-seat car that will cost about $8,000 when it debuts in 2011, and a Tata Technologies official said privately that the U.S. version is expected to have a comparable price. The official did not want to be identified because the price has not been made public. Warren Harris, Tata Technologies president, would only say that the price would be more than the roughly $2,500 charged in India. "The structural changes that would need to be made, the changes that would be required as far as emissions are concerned, and some of the features that would be appropriate to add to the vehicle for the North American market, obviously that would drive up the price point," he said. - Full Article Source

01/16/10 - Pickpockets targeting sleeping flyers
Travel experts say it is rare but does happen. Two high-profile cases in recent days are raising awareness to the issue. The 22-year-year son of actress Cybill Shepherd was arrested this week after he was caught allegedly rifling through his fellow passengers' carry-on bags. Cyrus Shepherd-Oppenheim allegedly took a Canon digital camera, leather make-up case and cash from passengers aboard a United Airlines flight from San Francisco to Philadelphia. After landing around midnight, two passengers reported the missing items and witnesses identified Shepherd-Oppenheim. And just last week, five passengers traveling from Tokyo to Paris reported they had their pockets picked while they slept on the overnight flight. The loss: about $5,700. "Theft on airplanes is rare," said Bill Miller, an executive with booking site CheapOair. "In my experience of 22 years in the travel business, this is not something that's talked about much and I don't see it happen often." - Full Article Source

01/16/10 - Crazy Magic
Trick performed by Japonese woman wins prize. - Full Article Source

01/16/10 - Sign in a Business window in Florida

We would rather do business with 1000 Al Queda terrorists
than with one single American Solider!

This sign was prominently displayed in the window of a business in Florida and you are probably outraged at the thought of such an inflammatory sign. However, we are a society which holds Freedom of Speech as perhaps one of our greatest liberties. And after all, it is only a sign, right? You may ask : "What kind of business would dare post such a sign?"

Answer: A Funeral Home
(Who said morticians had no sense of humour?)

(Thanks Norm!)

01/16/10 - Pack a Gun to Protect Valuables from Airline Theft or Loss
KeelyNet If you don't like your bags being out of your sight and it makes you uncomfortable to think that airline workers are rifling through your stuff, you can take advantage of the TSA's own security rules by—eek—packing a gun. If you're traveling with equipment you would prefer locked up and watched more closely than your run of the mill luggage, you can pack a firearm with the equipment or luggage. Whether or not you own an actual firearm isn't important—the TSA considers a starter pistol a firearm, and it must be checked in and secured properly. I have a starter pistol for all my cases. All I have to do upon check-in is tell the airline ticket agent that I have a weapon to declare...I'm given a little card to sign, the card is put in the case, the case is given to a TSA official who takes my key and locks the case, and gives my key back to me. That's the procedure. The case is extra-tracked...TSA does not want to lose a weapons case. This reduces the chance of the case being lost to virtually zero. You can pick up a super basic starter pistol for around $16-20—really nice starter pistols can easily cost $100-200, but you're not concerned about the quality—a rather small sum to ensure that your case of photography equipment or personal effects will be watched more carefully and only opened in your presence. - Full Article Source

01/16/10 - Obama Stealing Haiti Donations?
A transcript from yesterday's Rush Limbaugh show, found at Roger Ebert's site.

Justin of Raleigh, North Carolina: "Why does Obama say if you want to donate some money, you could go to whitehouse.gov to direct you how to do so? If I wanted to donate to the Red Cross, why do I have to go to the White House page to donate?"

Limbaugh: "Exactly. Would you trust the money's gonna go to Haiti?"

Justin: "No."

Rush: "But would you trust that your name's gonna end up on a mailing list for the Obama people to start asking you for campaign donations for him and other causes?"

Justin: "Absolutely!"

Limbaugh: "Absolutely!"

Limbaugh implies that the Obama administration will somehow divert the donated money for other causes. Or, at the very least, build up their mailing list. Ebert took a minute to actually check it out, and writes:

Unlike you and Justin of Raleigh, I went to Obama's web site, and discovered the link there leads directly to the Red Cross. I can think of a reason why anyone might want to go via the White House. That way they can be absolutely sure they're clicking on the Red Cross and not a fake site set up to exploit the tragedy. - Full Article Source

01/16/10 - How To Get a Job At a Mega-Corp
"'With the economic hangover starting to wear off, the technology giants are once again recruiting in earnest. Apple, Google, and Microsoft all have vacancies on their websites, and now could be the perfect time to land a job at one of computing's biggest hitters.' PC Pro talked to people inside Microsoft, Apple, and Google to discover how to track down the best jobs, and what it takes to get through the arduous selection and interview processes." - Full Article Source

01/16/10 - Eye test that spots Alzheimer's 20 years before symptoms
KeelyNet Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia blight the lives of 700,000 Britons and their families, and the number of cases is expected to double within a generation. There is no cure and existing drugs do not work for everyone. Current diagnosis is based on memory tests, and expensive brain scans are also sometimes used. Diagnosis: Eye drops would be used in the test to highlight diseased cells at the back of the eye. The eye test would provide a quick, easy, cheap and highly-accurate diagnosis. It exploits the fact that the light-sensitive cells in the retina at the back of the eye are a direct extension of the brain. Using eye drops which highlight diseased cells, the UCL researchers showed for the first time in a living eye that the amount of damage to cells in the retina directly corresponds with brain cell death. They have also pinpointed the pattern of retinal cell death characteristic of Alzheimer's. So far their diagnosis has been right every time. With research showing that cells start to die ten to 20 years before the symptoms of Alzheimer's become evident, it could allow people to be screened in middle age for signs of the disease. - Full Article Source

01/16/10 - A Space Cannon That Might Actually Work
"Chalk another one up to Jules Verne. Physicist John Hunter is proposing a space cannon with a new design idea: it's mostly submerged. 'Many engineers have toyed with the [space cannon] concept, but nobody has came up with an actual project that may work. Hunter's idea is simple: Build a cannon near the equator, submerged in the ocean, hooked to a floating rig ... A system like this will cut launch costs from $5,000 per pound to only $250 per pound. It won't launch people into space because of the excessive acceleration, but those guys at the ISS can use it to order pizza and real ice cream.' Though it won't work on people, with launch costs that low, who cares?" - Full Article Source

01/16/10 - How Not to be Seen
How not to be seen - a ripping hilarious sketch from Monty Python's Flying Circus, the British version of Mad TV. In this we learn the importance of not being seen...as in - Become Invisible. In the video, I feel most sorry for the lady, the second one to stand up...totally bold and cutting edge Python... - Full Article Source

01/16/10 - Is America's financial collapse inevitable?
There were those who warned a housing bubble was being created like the dot-com bubble; others who predicted the Empire of Debt was coming down – as, today, there are those warning that the United States, with consecutive deficits running 10 percent of gross domestic product, is risking an eventual default on its national debt. The warnings come from the Committee on the Fiscal Future of the United States, chaired by Rudolph Penner, former head of the Congressional Budget Office, and David Walker, former head of the Government Accountability Office and author of "Comeback America: Turning the Country Around and Restoring Fiscal Responsibility." What about tax hikes? Obama has promised to let the Bush tax cuts lapse for those earning $250,000 but has pledged not to raise taxes on the middle class. Any broad-based tax would be politically suicidal for him and his increasingly unpopular party. But if taxes are off the table, Afghan war costs are inexorably rising and cuts in Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and entitlement programs are politically impossible, as pressure builds for a second stimulus, how does one reduce a deficit of $1.4 trillion? How does one stop the exploding national debt from surging above 100 percent of GDP? America is the oldest and greatest constitutional republic, the model for all the others. But if our elected politicians are incapable of imposing the sacrifices needed to pull the nation back from the brink of a devaluation or default, is democratic capitalism truly, as Francis Fukuyama told us just two decades ago, the future of mankind? What the looming fiscal crisis of this country portends is nothing less than a test of whether this democratic republic is sustainable. - Full Article Source

01/15/10 - Creating Hospitals From Thin Air
KeelyNet "We're prepared now and have prepared freight, including an emergency inflatable hospital so we can set up exactly those services we're currently missing," Paul McPhun, Doctors Without Borders operations manager for Haiti, told the press. An inflatable hospital? It's exactly what it sounds like: a temporary hospital with inflatable components that can be deployed whenever needed. Doctors Without Borders has been employing them for years, including an impressive inflatable nine-tent, 120-bed center in Pakistan following a 7.6 magnitude earthquake there in 2005. The hospital post-and-beam frames can be made from the same fabric in inflatable lifeboats. Nylon interior and exterior walls leave space for air to create an insulating effect. The Cleveland Plain Dealer created an infographic showing one kind of inflatable hospital. Only a few months ago, a group of hospitals in Illinois set up a giant inflatable unit in Bartonville as part of a quarterly practice drill. "We could be up and operational in, say, Macomb with a 100-bed hospital big enough to fill a football field in 30, 36 hours," local disaster preparedness manager Troy Erbentraut told the Peoria Journal Star. Plus, each one is reusable--just deflate, pack up, and store. - Full Article Source

01/15/10 - Need Money for Your New Company or Invention? Get a Mentor
Though investment from VC firms has been down overall in the current economy, articles from The Wall Street Journal and USA Today make clear the truth that big dollar deals are still getting done. So where does a young entrepreneur or new startup with an idea in need of funding go? They can start at a company like Wise Mentor Capital . According to its Web site, a mentor “compliments a management team by adding the knowledge, experience, strategy and network needed to close the financing in the shortest time frame and on the best terms.” An article from Mass High Tech: The Journal of New England Technology agrees that regardless of whether VC funding is for brick-and-mortar retail stores or hi-tech intellectual property, all successfully funded ideas share sound business practices and a mentor can help. The iStockAnalyst article highlights the annual WBT Showcase , a pre-vetted marketplace for VC firms looking to invest. The WBT 2010, to be held March 16-17 in Arlington, Texas, is actively seeking volunteers to act as mentors. Since its inception in 2002, the WBT Showcase has helped secure more than $450 million in VC funding -- wouldn't it be nice to get some help getting some of that help. - Full Article Source

01/15/10 - A New Way to Make Useful Chemicals from CO2
A copper-based catalyst helps turn the gas into antifreeze and household cleaners. When it's exposed to the elements, the surface of copper turns green because it reacts with oxygen. But now scientists have discovered a copper-based material with a surprising property: it reacts with carbon dioxide in air rather than oxygen. Though the reaction is not a practical way to remove large quantities of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, it does provide an alternative new route, using a cheap, nonpetroleum feedstock, to make useful chemicals. Oxygen makes up over 20 percent of the atmosphere, whereas there are only a few hundred parts per million of carbon dioxide. With the new material, "the energy you need to put in is very low," says Daniel DuBois, a senior scientist at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, WA, who was not involved with the research. "And the fact that it will bind and reduce CO2 directly from the atmosphere is pretty startling. I wouldn't have thought that you could do that." When the copper material is exposed to air, it binds two molecules of carbon dioxide to form oxalate. The researchers then expose the material to a lithium salt, which removes the oxalate from the material, forming lithium oxalate. By applying a low voltage to the copper material, the researchers reduce it to its original state, and it can again bind carbon dioxide. Oxygen makes up over 20 percent of the atmosphere, whereas there are only a few hundred parts per million of carbon dioxide. With the new material, "the energy you need to put in is very low," says Daniel DuBois, a senior scientist at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, WA, who was not involved with the research. "And the fact that it will bind and reduce CO2 directly from the atmosphere is pretty startling. I wouldn't have thought that you could do that. When the copper material is exposed to air, it binds two molecules of carbon dioxide to form oxalate. The researchers then expose the material to a lithium salt, which removes the oxalate from the material, forming lithium oxalate. By applying a low voltage to the copper material, the researchers reduce it to its original state, and it can again bind carbon dioxide. - Full Article Source

01/15/10 - Is Platelet-Rich Plasma an Effective Healing Therapy?
For the treatment, doctors take a small vial of a patient's blood, about 30 milliliters, and spin it in a centrifuge to separate the platelet-rich plasma from the other components. Then they inject the concentrated platelets at the site of the patient's injury. In theory, the growth factors that platelets secrete (not including human growth hormone) spur tissue recovery. Doctors have used PRP therapy since the mid-1990s to aid bone healing after spinal injury and soft tissue recovery following plastic surgery, it has only been in the past year that the treatment has caught on for treatment of sports-related injuries. "PRP treatment really gained speed last January. It got press that two of the Pittsburgh Steelers [Hines Ward and Troy Polamalu] used it before [winning] the Super Bowl. More and more patients started to ask about it," says Dennis A. Cardone, a doctor of osteopathic medicine at the New York University (N.Y.U.) Hospital for Joint Diseases. Cardone has treated 30 amateur athletes with PRP therapy over the past year. - Full Article Source

01/15/10 - Better to run Barefoot
Western runners, of whom 90 per cent suffer injuries every year, would be better off leaving their sneakers at home, and running barefoot. Science and sceptical runners are catching up with something the Tarahumara Indians have known for ever: your naked feet are fine on their own. According to a growing body of clinical research, those expensive running shoes you've been relying on may be worse than useless: they could be causing the very injuries they're supposed to prevent. Out here in the non-Tarahumara world, where we have access to the best in sports medicine, training innovations and footwear, up to 90 per cent of all marathoners are injured every year. The Tarahumara, by contrast, remain spry and healthy deep into old age. I saw numerous men and women in their seventies loping up steep, cliffside switchbacks on their way to villages 30 miles away. Back in 1994, a Tarahumara man ventured out of the canyons to compete against an elite field of runners at the Leadville Trail Ultramarathon, a 100-mile race through the Rocky Mountains. He wore homemade sandals. He was 55 years old. He won. So how do the Tarahumara protect their legs from all that pounding? Simple – they don't. They don't protect and, most critically, they don't pound. When the Tarahumara aren't barefoot, they wear nothing more cushioned than thin, hard sandals fashioned from discarded tire treads and leather thongs. In place of artificial shock absorption, they rely on an ancient running technique that creates a naturally gentle landing. Unlike the vast majority of modern runners, who come down heavily on their foam-covered heels and roll forward off their toes, the Tarahumara land lightly on their forefeet and bend their knees, as you would if you jumped from a chair. This ingenious, easy-to-learn style could have a profound effect on runners, not to mention the multi-billion dollar running-shoe industry. - Full Article Source

01/15/10 - Israeli ducted-fan robo sky-jeep in hover trials
KeelyNet The Israeli designers of a radical flying jeep style vertical-takeoff-and-landing "fancraft" have announced long-belated flight tests. However, the trials of the pilotless "AirMule" have so far seen the aircraft tethered and restricted to just two feet off the ground. "Fancraft" technology - so referred to by its developers to distinguish their creations from hovercraft, which can't actually fly - involves the use of a long-touted basic idea: that of ducted fans, essentially enclosed helicopter rotor discs. It was once thought that ducted-fan aircraft would soon become widespread, perhaps acting as military air-jeeps able to flit about easily in urban areas or other restricted terrain found tricky by helicopters. In the event it was found that small thrust discs mean very low efficiency, leading to aircraft with unacceptably poor fuel endurance and payload even in the context of helicopters. Secondly, many decades ago when most of the tests took place, the ducted-fan machines were almost impossible to control. Engineers at Urban Aeronautics of Israel believe they've cracked the second snag, however. Their fan ducts feature venetian-blind style arrays of tilting slats, allowing air flow to be redirected without any need to tilt the thrust disc as a normal rotorcraft must. Thus the designers believe that one of their fancraft will be able to hover accurately even in strong, gusty winds while remaining entirely stable and level. The Urban Aero machines will not only be easy to fly, but actually able to fly themselves. The initial AirMule is a crewless design. - Full Article Source

01/15/10 - Russia assigns $16.7m for nuclear spaceships
The Russian government has assigned funds of 500 million roubles ($16.7m) for the development of a nuclear-powered spacecraft, according to reports. Draft designs are expected to be finalised by 2012. RIA Novosti reports that 430 million roubles of the space nuke-engine funding has been assigned to the Rosatom state nuclear corporation, and the remaining 70 megaroubles to space agency Roscosmos. Previous reports have quoted Perminov as specifically mentioning "megawatt-class nuclear space power systems" (MCNSPS), which would normally refer to "an appropriate nuclear reactor heat source" generating electrical power aboard a spacecraft by one of several conversion methods (NASA pdf here). However the latest reports speak of nuclear "propulsion", hinting that Russia may seek to explore the use of nuclear heat energy to expel reaction mass directly, rather than to make electricity. It's also quite possible that Roscosmos will seek to use MCNSPS electric generators to power some kind of plasma or ion rocket, perhaps along the lines of the Variable Specific Impulse Magnetoplasma Rocket (VASIMR) drive under development for NASA by former shuttle astronaut Dr Franklin Chang Díaz. Anatoly Koroteyev, president of the Russian Academy of Cosmonautics, has already stated that the key technical problem in sending manned missions to the Moon and Mars is the development of new propulsion systems and energy supplies with a high degree of energy-mass efficiency. The chemical rockets used in spacecraft today expel their reaction mass with relatively low energy, making them highly inefficient. Particularly in the case of round-trip journeys without refuelling at the other end, chemical rocket craft will need to carry so much fuel that they will struggle to deliver any useful payload. They will also be compelled to coast almost the whole way on interplanetary journeys, leading to very long journey times and severe exposure to cosmic radiation for any astronauts or cosmonauts aboard. Nuclear power has been used aboard spacecraft before, mostly in the form of radioisotope batteries rather than reactors proper. This has usually been for deep space probes travelling far from the sun - hence unable to use solar power - or in secret surveillance satellites needing a lot of energy for their sensors. On those occasions where such use has been made public, there has sometimes been nuclear-technofear-inspired protest. - Full Article Source

01/15/10 - Can farming save Detroit?
KeelyNet John Hantz is a wealthy money manager who lives in an older enclave of Detroit where all the houses are grand and not all of them are falling apart. Once a star stockbroker at American Express, he left 13 years ago to found his own firm. Today Hantz Financial Services has 20 offices in Michigan, Ohio, and Georgia, more than 500 employees, and $1.3 billion in assets under management. Twice divorced, Hantz, 48, lives alone in clubby, paneled splendor, surrounded by early-American landscapes on the walls, an autograph collection that veers from Detroit icons such as Ty Cobb and Henry Ford to Baron von Richthofen and Mussolini, and a set of Ayn Rand first editions. One day about a year and a half ago, Hantz had a revelation. "We need scarcity," he thought to himself as he drove past block after unoccupied block. "We can't create opportunities, but we can create scarcity." And that, he says one afternoon in his living room between puffs on an expensive cigar, "is how I got onto this idea of the farm." Yes, a farm. A large-scale, for-profit agricultural enterprise, wholly contained within the city limits of Detroit. Hantz thinks farming could do his city a lot of good: restore big chunks of tax-delinquent, resource-draining urban blight to pastoral productivity; provide decent jobs with benefits; supply local markets and restaurants with fresh produce; attract tourists from all over the world; and -- most important of all -- stimulate development around the edges as the local land market tilts from stultifying abundance to something more like scarcity and investors move in. - Full Article Source

01/15/10 - Cars and the Economy – Liberating ourselves from “common knowledge”
Liberating oneself from false belief may be one of the most powerful freedoms. It is also something which carfree cities advocates should be used to doing: escaping from the myth that cars are necessary for movement opens a whole new world of possibilities and makes many otherwise obscured truths evident. / “Today it is almost universally accepted that we must make cars to keep jobs, not to move people about,” wrote philosopher Hannah Arendt back in 1975 (Hannah Arendt, Responsibility and Judgment, Schocken Books), writing about the change from “an early producer society into a consumer society that could keep going only by changing into a huge economy of waste…” and where progress means that “to stop going, to stop wasting, to stop consuming more and more, quicker and quicker, to say at any given moment enough is enough would spell immediate doom.” (Hannah Arendt, Responsibility and Judgment, p. 262) This is the world that economist John Kenneth Galbraith refers to as a squirrel wheel: we must work hard to produce a vast quantity of goods. We then need advertising to convince us to buy them because otherwise the demand would not be enough to match the supply. Then we have to work equally hard to afford the goods that we didn’t want in the first place. (JK Galbraith, 1958, The Affluent Society, Penguin Book) Meanwhile, since many people still cannot afford them, but the goods must be purchased as well as produced to keep the economy moving, banks provide loans even to the credit unworthy…and if the system collapses, the government (meaning the people) step in to bail it out. A great system for those at the top of the major corporations and the banks, but it is less clear how it benefits the vast majority of the population. - Full Article Source

01/15/10 - No Obama on ballot if he can't prove US birth
If President Obama wants to run for re-election he would need to produce proof of both his U.S. birth and citizenship to get on the ballot in Arizona, if one state lawmaker gets her way. Rep. Judy Burges, R-Skull Valley, is preparing a law to require anyone running for president or vice president to provide proof to the Arizona Secretary of State's Office that they are legally eligible to seek the office. The U.S. Constitution requires the president - and, by extension, the vice president - to be "a natural born citizen." Burges would require the secretary of state to verify that status independently. "If it's not certifiable, then that person's name would not go on the ballot," she said. Burges said the measure is not necessarily about Obama, though she admitted she doubts he was born in Hawaii as he claims or that he can show he is a U.S. citizen. "With what's happening throughout the world, that we need to make sure that our candidates are certifiable," she said. Still, she acknowledges she is not an Obama fan. - Full Article Source

01/15/10 - Generator maker sees used motor oil potential
KeelyNet Cyclone Power Technologies signed a deal with Phoenix Power Group on Thursday to develop an external combustion engine that runs on waste oil. The deal signs over exclusive rights to Cyclone's Mark V external combustion engine over to the Phoenix Power, which plans to use the engine in its new Phoenix 5-Series Generator. A description and video of Schoell's steam engine invention, which can run on "virtually any fuel" can be found in a Popular Science profile on him in 2008. At the time he said he was planning to offer it to lawnmower manufacturers. Now, it seems, a modified version of that original Cyclone Engine, the Cyclone Mark V, will be used in power generators. "The P5S is expected to be the first power generator capable of utilizing waste oil products, such as used motor/equipment oil, to produce electricity for on-site operational requirements or as a power grid feed, " Phoenix Power Group said in a statement. There is a reason why the Phoenix Power Group is so keen on used oil. The generator designer and manufacturer is a subsidiary of the Atlantic Systems Group, a Harrisonburg, Va.-based company that designs and builds automotive oil change and service stations. That's obviously a group of people who think a lot about used oil and its problem as a potential contaminate to our water supply. As it's been noted before in other articles on motor oil, the Environmental Protection Agency contends that dumping the waste oil from just one car's oil change into the ground can contaminate up to 1 million gallons of fresh water. - Full Article Source

01/15/10 - Tynt Insight Is Watching You Cut and Paste
"In recent weeks I've noticed that when I copy and paste text from Wired and other websites, the pasted text has had the URL of the original website appended to it. Cool, and utterly annoying, and how do I make that stop? Tynt Insight is a piece of Javascript that sends what you copy to Tynt's webservers and adds the backlinks. Tynt calls that a service for the site owner, many people call that a privacy invasion. Worse, there are some reports that it sends not just what you copy, but everything you select. And Tynt provides no opt outs. Not cookie-based, not IP-based, but stop-it-you-creeps-angry-phone-call-based. It ain't a pure useful service, and it ain't a pure privacy invasion. But I sure wish they'd go away or have had the decency never to start up in the first place. I block it on Firefox with Ghostery." - Full Article Source

01/15/10 - Augmented Reality To Help Mechanics Fix Vehicles
"ARMAR, or Augmented Reality for Maintenance and Repair, is a head mounted display unit that provides graphic overlays to assist you in making repairs. An Android phone provides an interface to control the graphics you view during the process. Published in IEEE, and recently tested with the United States Marine Corps on an armored turret, ARMAR can cut maintenance times in half by guiding users to the damaged area and displaying 3D animations to demonstrate the appropriate tools and techniques." - Full Article Source

01/15/10 - Robotics Prof Fears Rise of Military Robots
"Interesting video interview on silicon.com with Sheffield University's Noel Sharkey, professor of AI & robotics. The white-haired prof talks state-of-the-robot-nation — discussing the most impressive robots currently clanking about on two-legs (hello Asimo) and who's doing the most interesting things in UK robotics research (something involving crickets apparently). He also voices concerns about military use of robots — suggesting it won't be long before armies are sending out fully autonomous killing machines." - Full Article Source

01/15/10 - Half of US Patents Issued Out of US For Second Year
"According to a new report from IFI Patent Intelligence, 51% of patents issued by the United States in 2009 went to companies located overseas. While this marks the second consecutive year that a majority of US patents have landed abroad, an author of the report says: 'It's foolhardy to use this statistic to infer that American firms are losing ground to foreign competitors because with patents, it's important to consider quality, as well as quantity.' IBM was once again granted the most patents of any company, 4,914, followed by Samsung and Microsoft." - Full Article Source

01/13/10 - Solar cells that assemble themselves
KeelyNet Researchers have demonstrated a simple, cheap way to create self-assembling electronic devices using a property crucial to salad dressings. It uses the fact that oil- and water-based liquids do not mix, forming devices from components that align along the boundary between the two. The idea joins a raft of approaches toward self-assembly, but lends itself particularly well to small components. Crucially, it could allow the large-scale assembly of high-quality electronic components on materials of just about any type, in contrast to "inkjet printed" electronics or some previous self-assembly techniques. Specific gravity - Such efforts have until now exploited the effect of gravity, assembling devices through so-called "sedimentation". In this approach, "blank" devices are etched with depressions to match precisely-shaped components. Simply dumped into a liquid, the components should settle down into the blank device like sand onto a riverbed, in just the right places. "That's what we tried for at least two years and we were never able to assemble these components with high yield - gravity wasn't working," said Heiko Jacobs of the University of Minnesota, who led the research. "Then we thought if we could concentrate them into a two-dimensional sheet and then have some kind of conveyor belt-like system we could assemble them with high yields and high speed," he told BBC News. To do that, the team borrowed an idea familiar to fans of vinaigrette: they built their two-dimensional sheets at the border between oil and water. They first built a device blank as before, with depressions lined with low-temperature solder, designed for individual solar cell elements. They then prepared the elements - each a silicon and gold stack a few tens of millionths of a metre across - and put different coatings on each side. On the silicon side, they put a hydrophobic molecule, one that has a strong tendency to evade contact with water. On the gold side, they put a hydrophilic molecule, which has the converse tendency to seek out water. By getting the densities of the oil- and water-based parts of the experiment just right, a "sheet" of the elements could be made to "float" between the two, pointing in the right direction thanks to their coatings. The conveyor belt process is to simply dunk the device blank through the boundary and draw it back slowly; the sheet of elements rides up along behind it, each one popping neatly into place as the solder attracts its gold contact. The team made a working device comprising 64,000 elements in just three minutes. - Full Article Source

01/13/10 - The Tel Aviv Cluster
Jews are a famously accomplished group. They make up 0.2 percent of the world population, but 54 percent of the world chess champions, 27 percent of the Nobel physics laureates and 31 percent of the medicine laureates. Jews make up 2 percent of the U.S. population, but 21 percent of the Ivy League student bodies, 26 percent of the Kennedy Center honorees, 37 percent of the Academy Award-winning directors, 38 percent of those on a recent Business Week list of leading philanthropists, 51 percent of the Pulitzer Prize winners for nonfiction. In his book, “The Golden Age of Jewish Achievement,” Steven L. Pease lists some of the explanations people have given for this record of achievement. The Jewish faith encourages a belief in progress and personal accountability. It is learning-based, not rite-based. Most Jews gave up or were forced to give up farming in the Middle Ages; their descendants have been living off of their wits ever since. They have often migrated, with a migrant’s ambition and drive. They have congregated around global crossroads and have benefited from the creative tension endemic in such places. No single explanation can account for the record of Jewish achievement. The odd thing is that Israel has not traditionally been strongest where the Jews in the Diaspora were strongest. Instead of research and commerce, Israelis were forced to devote their energies to fighting and politics. - Full Article Source

01/13/10 - China and India pursue 'hit-to-kill' technology
An official from India's Ministry of Defence announced on 3 January that the country is developing a "kill vehicle" with laser vision that could home in on and destroy satellites in orbit. As Jeffrey Lewis, an analyst for the New America Foundation based in Washinton, DC, points out, there is not much difference between missile defence and anti-satellite technology. Both involve missiles, sometimes called "kinetic energy" interceptors, that can be precisely targeted at fast-moving objects in order to slam into and destroy them. - Full Article Source

01/13/10 - Two Invention Contests to try for
KeelyNet Bubble Wrap Contest: Deadline March 3, 2010 - Sealed Air Corporation, the creator of Bubble Wrap, is asking students in grades five through eight to come up with original inventions incorporating clear Bubble Wrap. All entries must incude a visual and written description that explains the name of the invention, the purpose it serves, how it works and how the idea was formulated. Three finalists will win a three-day trip to New York City, where the Grand Prize Winner will be announced during an awards weekend. The Grand Prize Winner will receive a $10,000 savings bond and the second and third place winners will receive $5,000 savings bonds. For details visit www.nmoe.org/bubblewrap/index.html.

KeelyNet Rubber Band Contest: Deadline February 10, 2010 - The Rubber Band Contest has two divisions of competition for young inventors in grades five through eight to create an invention that incorporates the use of rubber bands. Arts & Leisure and Science & Engineering are the divisions, and the winner and runner-up in each division will be annouced at an awards ceremony on May 1, 2010. The first place winner in each division will receive a $5,000 savings bond while the runner-up in each division will receive $2,500 savings bonds. For details visit http://rubberbandcontest.org. - Full Article Source

01/13/10 - Commandclem wins Mobil’s Oily Battle Over Intellectual Property Rights
Mobil Producing Nigeria Unlimited, MPNU, is in serious trouble over allegations of theft of the intellectual property rights belonging to a Nigerian company, Commandclem Nigeria Limited, CNL. From the way things are turning out with the expected final deposition of CNL’s case ruling on August 19, at the Federal High Court, Uyo, Akwa-Ibom State, MPNU may cough out as much as $8trillion, as compensation to Clement Uwemedimo, proprietor of CNL, an agronomist who is believed to be the owner of the oil drilling invention. Trouble brewed in 1980, with the alleged inability of MPNU to come up with an anti-corrosive chemical to neutralize the salinity of the Qua Iboe Terminal, QTI, terrain for their offshore operations. Before this time however, activities of the oil prospecting company were confined to on-shore drilling. According to Jimmy Akpan, CNL coordinator for the Western states of Nigeria, Uwemedimo brokered an agreement with MPNU in 1980, to develop an ante-dote that would neutralize the effect of salinity on the pipes that were pile-driven into the seas for oil prospecting. Accordingly, he was said to have invented an Anti-Corrosive Special Paint for QIT, processed by International Paints West Africa, IPWA, and which Mobil found to be effective in solving the Problems of their Offshore drilling operations at the QIT. Thereafter, MPNU asked for 75 barrels of the product and wrote to CNL, insisting that it wanted to formalize its relationship with Uwemedimo, apparently to review the oral understanding of the $2 per barrel of oil that MPNU was able to drill with the help of his invention. Harry Hawkins, Mobil’s representative at that time, who is now 80 years old and has a pacemaker attached to his heart allegedly signed a letter to that effect. Much later however, MPNU allegedly reneged on the oral agreement as well as the contractual agreement it had with Uwemedimo by bypassing him and started to deal directly with IPWA. That was not all. MPNU was also said to have stolen the formula from IPWA to the US and decoded it. The company began to produce the paint in large quantities and claimed the patent rights and royalties to the anti-corrosive special paint for QIT from all oil prospecting companies across the world that use the anti-corrosive product to coat their oil drilling pipes. CNL has joined representatives of these companies in Nigeria in the matter before the Federal High Court, Uyo, as co-defenders. - Full Article Source

01/13/10 - Is 'golden age for inventors' at hand? + Gadget Nation
KeelyNet Now is a great time for an inventor to become a rock star, inventor Steve Greenberg says. The economy may be slumping, but he and others say inventors are poised to enter a golden age. "Businesses want to pull themselves out of this economic slump, and they're looking for smart ideas," Greenberg says. "You got the next big idea, and these folks want it. Inventors are in demand." Laugh all you want at the plastic-smiling people in the Snuggie commercials on late-night TV and the loud barking of the late Billy Mays, the television pitchman. The world of inventors -- a notoriously difficult profession where inventors often lose jobs, home and family pursuing their creations -- is booming, some say. Companies are looking because they're trying to lure back customers who are deserting them, and they're trying to compensate for the staff they've laid off. "This is new golden age for inventors," Tratner says. "Companies are looking for ideas more than ever." The demand for green products is also increasing the demand for inventors, Tratner says. Green products, ranging from cosmetic and cleaning products to solar energy products, are in demand. "There's this whole new rich area that's developed since the late 1990s," says Tratner, who is based in Santa Barbara, California. "This is a new age of opportunity."- Full Article Source and the Gadget Nation

01/13/10 - Schoolboy invention predicts floods
The third year student's specially designed thermometer, part of this week's BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition in Dublin, checks soil temperature to alert of any increase in water levels. - Full Article Source

01/13/10 - Monsanto corn linked to organ damage
"The first-ever public study of the health effects of genetically modified corn shows that three patented crops developed and owned by agriculture giant Monsanto cause liver, kidney and heart damage in mammals. The FDA has approved all three varieties for sale and consumption in the U.S. and all three are in our food supply right now." - Full Article Source

01/13/10 - Why Incompetence Spreads through Big Organizations
KeelyNet (I saw this attitude over and over when promotion time came around. The best operators worked hard to become the best in hopes of promotion to salaried management, but managers didn't want to lose their best workers so would hire the less qualified or from outside the company. It was really a morale buster for everyone. - JWD) This makes perfect sense. Every large organization I've worked with, for, or been part of falls into this paradigm. Example:

The Army, in the 60's and 70's you could be an E6, E7, E8 and not be a people manager. You were the Lead Specialist. Now you have to be a manager or you can’t get promoted and thus forced out.

Sales role, you are an excellent salesperson blowing out your number YOY. However, you are expected to take over as a Sales Manager. Completely failing because you're not a manager and don’t have the ability to manage.

General Manager, excellent at running the regional market. Leading and strategically guiding that specific sector. Promoted to VP of multiple sectors and fail because you don't have the necessary broad vs deep knowledge and management style.

Each of this instances are exactly what they are talking about. The best of the best and the worst of the worst all because of a promotion, either forced or otherwise. Sometimes it's just better to leave those in a specific position in that position and allow them to do what they are good at.

But, that's not the real problem is it. People stop doing what they are good at because they've peaked in a specific role and can't grow (financially).

Which forces them to stay there indefinitely, leave, or get promoted. Perhaps the real problem is that Big Organizations pay based on title rather than experience and excellence. Or maybe, we're just geared towards an upward momentum and haven't learned that staying where you are isn't a bad thing. Then again, you could go the route of the Federal Government and promote people that fail at one level… look where that promotion style got us. - Full Article Source

01/13/10 - Police fight cellphone recordings
KeelyNet Witnesses taking audio of officers arrested, charged with illegal surveillance. There are no hard statistics for video recording arrests. But the experiences of Surmacz and Glik highlight what civil libertarians call a troubling misuse of the state’s wiretapping law to stifle the kind of street-level oversight that cellphone and video technology make possible. “The police apparently do not want witnesses to what they do in public,’’ said Sarah Wunsch, a staff attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts, who helped to get the criminal charges against Surmacz dismissed. Boston police spokeswoman Elaine Driscoll rejected the notion that police are abusing the law to block citizen oversight, saying the department trains officers about the wiretap law. “If an individual is inappropriately interfering with an arrest that could cause harm to an officer or another individual, an officer’s primary responsibility is to ensure the safety of the situation,’’ she said. In arresting people such as Glik and Surmacz, police are saying that they have not consented to being recorded, that their privacy rights have therefore been violated, and that the citizen action was criminal. “The statute has been misconstrued by Boston police,’’ said June Jensen, the lawyer who represented Glik and succeeded in getting his charges dismissed. The law, she said, does not prohibit public recording of anyone. In a sharply worded dissent, Chief Justice Margaret Marshall criticized the majority view of a law that, in effect, punished citizen watchdogs and allowed police officers to conceal possible misconduct behind a “cloak of privacy.’’ “Citizens have a particularly important role to play when the official conduct at issue is that of the police,’’ Marshall wrote. “Their role cannot be performed if citizens must fear criminal reprisals when they seek to hold government officials responsible by recording, secretly recording on occasion, an interaction between a citizen and a police officer.’’ - Full Article Source

01/13/10 - Man Sues Neighbor For Not Turning Off His Wi-Fi
"A man is suing his neighbor for not turning off his cell phone or wireless router. He claims it affects his 'electromagnetic allergies', and has resorted to being homeless. So, why doesn't he check into a hotel? Because hotels typically have wireless internet for free. I wonder if a tinfoil hat would help his cause?" - Full Article Source

01/13/10 - Street Heat and Foreign Policy
Without sufficient street-heat, according to the new conventional wisdom, President Obama is not going to implement progressive policies. His health care package reeks of insurance company influence. His bailouts favor Wall Street. Climate-change legislation rewards polluters through the shell game of "cap-and-trade." Without strong social movements pulling Obama to the left, the new administration's reforms resemble the pale liberalism of Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter, rather than the robust and transformative domestic change promoted by Lyndon Johnson and FDR. - Full Article Source

01/13/10 - Obama received $20 million from healthcare industry in 2008 campaign
KeelyNet While some sunlight has been shed on the hefty sums shoveled into congressional campaign coffers in an effort to influence the Democrats' massive healthcare bill, little attention has been focused on the far larger sums received by President Barack Obama while he was a candidate in 2008. A new figure, based on an exclusive analysis created for Raw Story by the Center for Responsive Politics, shows that President Obama received a staggering $20,175,303 from the healthcare industry during the 2008 election cycle, nearly three times the amount of his presidential rival John McCain. McCain took in $7,758,289, the Center found. It's a formula that never fails: Donate big money to politicians, and they'll return the favor. - Full Article Source

01/13/10 - US Coast Guard Intends To Kill LORAN-C
"LORAN (Long Range Aids to Navigation) is an electronic navigation system using low-frequency radio, used by many boaters (including me) before GPS. It has an approximately 200m accuracy and is a functional replacement in case GPS fails or the US implements selective availability in time of war. The US Coast Guard, part of the Department of Homeland Security, intends to turn it off starting February 8." This is in spite of $160M spent on modernizing LORAN stations over the past 10 years. - Full Article Source

01/13/10 - Police use DRONES to spy on AMERICANS!!
Houston Police using secret unmanned drone aircrafts to spy on folks. - Full Article Source

01/12/10 - Weird Object Zooming by Earth Wednesday is Likely an Asteroid
A weird object that left some observers wondering if it was a piece of space junk is most likely just a small asteroid, and will zoom close by Earth Wednesday, NASA scientists say. It may be visible to seasoned amateur astronomers as it passes harmlessly by the planet. The space rock won't hit the Earth, but it will make its closest approach at 7:45 a.m. EST (1245 GMT) when it comes within 80,000 miles (130,000 km) of our planet. That's nearly one-third the distance between the Earth the moon. Astronomers announced the discovery of the asteroid, which they named 2010 AL30, on Monday. It is relatively small, about 36 feet (11 meters) wide, NASA researchers said. There was some early speculation that the object was a part of a derelict spacecraft, but NASA scientists have concluded that it is most likely a simple space rock flying near Earth. 2010 AL30 is not the only space rock passing relatively close by Earth this week. Another recently discovered object, known as 2010 AG30, will zip by the planet on Thursday. But that asteroid is a bit smaller, 43 feet (13 meters) wide, and will pass by at a comfortable distance of about 650,000 miles (1 million km) from Earth, NASA scientists said. - Full Article Source

01/12/10 - RCA Airnergy Charges Gadgets with Nothing But Wifi Signals
For about $40, Airnergy takes the energy created by wi-fi signals and stores it in a rechargeable battery. At CES, the device’s battery, which we believe was precharged with Wi-Fi power, was able to charge a BlackBerry from 30% power to full power in about 90 minutes. All kinds of people are pushing wireless charging, but this would hands down take the cake… It doesn’t need a pad and it’s charging all the time, for free, in just about any urban environment. This little box has, inside it, some kind of circuitry that harvests WiFi energy out of the air and converts it into electricity. This has been done before, but the Airnergy is able to harvest electricity with a high enough efficiency to make it practically useful: on the CES floor, they were able to charge a BlackBerry from 30% to full in about 90 minutes, using nothing but ambient WiFi signals as a power source. The Airnergy has a battery inside it, so you can just carry it around and as long as you’re near some WiFi, it charges itself. Unlike a solar charger, it works at night and you can keep it in your pocket. Of course, proximity to the WiFi source and the number of WiFi sources is important, but at the rate it charges, if you have a home wireless network you could probably just leave anywhere in your house overnight and it would be pretty close to full in the morning. - Full Article Source

01/12/10 - Will 2010 be the Year of Zero Point Energy?
For decades researchers have reported anomalous excess heat when atomic hydrogen and catalysts are involved. The mechanisms and therefore the ability to scale the effect have eluded scientists. Researchers point to chemical and nuclear byproducts but both of which are insufficient to explain the amount of heat detected. In the United States we have a patent granted in May 2008 to Haisch and Moddel for a system based on Casimir cavities and 2 Rowan university validations of the Black Light Process developed by Randell Mills, one in 2008 using reactors and materials supplied by Mills and more the second in August of 2009 a validation using only recipes from Mills while materials were procured commercially. All of these researchers appear to have different theories some of which are in direct conflict with established physics, hence Mills inability to patent a process that is clearly demonstrating excess heat while Haisch and Moddel were able to patent an as yet unprototyped device using virtually the same physical concept but based on different physics. While the skeletal catalyst Rayney Nickel forms activated pores with geometry making them Casimir cavities the math and chemistry Mills submits to define the reaction is based on catalytic action and requires hydrogen to take on orbital states 2 to 137 times smaller than ground state. Haisch and Moddel rephrase the "hydrino" which violates the laws of physics to what they term a system for converting energy from electromagnetic quantum vacuum by suppressing appropriate frequencies by virtue of the Casimir effect which suppresses longer wavelength vacuum energy as the plates get closer. Mills definition could have been salvaged in 2005 when Jan Naudts proposed the 137 fractional states could be relativistic or even later when in 2007 Ron Bourgoin published a paper that actually proved the 137 fractional states using equations dictating a relativistic environment for electrons(occupying the same spatial position). Mills embraced the support but never redefined his theory or patent application allowing Haisch and Moddel to patent their similar theory unopposed. The Theories still do not explain how the conservation of energy is broken, even if the hydrogen or deuterium translates to relativistic hydrogen inside a Casimir cavity the transition as noted by Mills is nonradiative, according to Mills a reaction is necessary inside the cavity but according to the H-M theory the hydrogen loses energy to the cavity walls but is then restored via the global vacuum energy as it exits the cavity. (via zpenergy.com) - Full Article Source

01/12/10 - Commuters are leaving mass transit for their cars...
The great debate for middle-class commuters - to drive or take transit - is now a no-brainer for many who are finding it cheaper and faster to take their cars. The recession has changed the way commuters think. Gas prices are down and transit fares are up; freeway traffic is looser, while transit service is less frequent. The recession is not only changing the way people get around but also where they are going. Some commuters said they now try to work from home once or twice a week, or have begun looking for jobs closer to home. Many commuters agree that, if convenience and cost were equal between transit and driving, they would ditch their cars in an instant. But all too often that's not the case, now more than ever. - Full Article Source

01/12/10 - Unemployment unchanged by projects
A federal spending surge of more than $20 billion for roads and bridges in President Barack Obama's first stimulus has had no effect on local unemployment rates, raising questions about his argument for billions more to address an "urgent need to accelerate job growth." An Associated Press analysis of stimulus spending found that it didn't matter if a lot of money was spent on highways or none at all: Local unemployment rates rose and fell regardless. And the stimulus spending only barely helped the beleaguered construction industry, the analysis showed. / "It would be unlikely that even $20 billion spent all at once would be enough to move the needle of the huge decline we've seen, even in construction, much less the economy. The job destruction is way too big," said Kenneth D. Simonson, chief economist for the Associated General Contractors of America. Few counties, for example, received more road money per capita than Marshall County, Tenn., about 90 minutes south of Nashville. Obama's stimulus is paying the salaries of dozens of workers there, but local officials said the unemployment rate continues to rise and is expected to top 20 percent soon. The new money for road projects isn't enough to offset the thousands of local jobs lost from the closing of manufacturing plants and automotive parts suppliers. / (Too many crooks handling our money. - JWD) - Full Article Source

01/12/10 - HAARP Time Hole “Leak” Plunges Northern Hemisphere Into Chaos
KeelyNet Russian scientists are reporting to Prime Minister Putin today that the high-energy beam fired into the upper heavens from the United States High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP) radar facility in Ramfjordmoen, Norway this past month has resulted in a “catastrophic puncturing” of our Plant’s thermosphere thus allowing into the troposphere an “unimpeded thermal inversion” of the exosphere, which is the outermost layer of Earth’s atmosphere. To the West’s firing of this ‘quantum’ high-energy beam we had previously reported on in our December 10, 2009 report titled “Attack On Gods ‘Heaven’ Lights Up Norwegian Sky”. To how catastrophic for our Planet this massive thermal inversion has been Anthony Nunan, an assistant general manager for risk management at Mitsubishi Corporation in Tokyo, is reporting today that the entire Northern Hemisphere is in winter chaos, with the greatest danger from this unprecedented Global event being the destruction of billions of dollars worth of crops in a World already nearing the end of its ability to feed its self. So powerful has this thermal inversion become that reports from the United States are stating that their critical crops of strawberries, oranges, and other fruits and vegetables grown in their Southern States, are being destroyed by record cold temperatures. The US is further reporting record amounts of snowfall in what they are now warning may be their worst winter in 25 years. Reports from the United Kingdom today are, likewise, showing a Nation in chaos as brutal cold temperatures continue to batter the British people suffering under the worst snow blizzards to hit them in almost 50 years. So dire has it become in the UK that their National Grid yesterday issued only its second warning in its entire history stating that their Nation’s gas supply was running out due to this unprecedented event. Not just to the UK, but also to the entire European Union has this thermal inversion been affecting as reports from that region show continued chaos is occurring due to plunging temperatures and snows. In the UK, also, reports are showing that the military has been called out to rescue over 1,000 stranded vehicles. To the long-term consequences of this thermal inversion caused by the West, these reports further warn that by the puncturing of our atmosphere by the HHARP radars our Planet has, also, been “needlessly exposed” to the growing threat posed to us by the giant mysterious object currently approaching us (named by NASA as G1.9) which we had previously reported on in our January 3rd report titled “Russia Prepares For Asteroid Strike As New Comet Nears Sun”, and which has been blamed for the rapid shifting of our Earth’s North Pole that was first documented in 2005. But to the most critical aspect of these events it surely lies with the Western World’s continued arrogance in regards to experimenting on both our Planets natural species and human beings, and though who may think that they are ‘gods’, are continuing to give evidence that they are acting more like devils. - Full Article Source

01/12/10 - Curious - Europe freezes, airports severely affected, spring in Bulgaria
In spite of the Arctic onslaught, which has advanced as far afield as Spain and southern France, Bulgaria is experiencing record warm temperatures. The mercury touched 17C in many places with temperatures in Sofia on January 7 2010 soaring up to 14C at a time when the country should be blanketed by snow and well below zero. The abnormally warm weather in Bulgaria has already seen flowers blossom at the beginning of January. Ski resorts are reeling as business suffers. The 2300m high Vitosha mountain, next to Sofia, should be under 1.5m of snow in the upper parts with temperatures down to -20C and skiing should be in full swing. Instead, spring is in the air. And while the cold snap across most of Europe is expected to last for at least another week to 10 days, with more heavy snowfall and temperatures falling further, Bulgaria will remain warm, at least for the moment. The Bulgarian Meteorologic Service says that on January 8, most of Bulgaria will be covered by clouds, but largely without precipitation. Temperatures will remain between 10C and 15C on average across the country, in places reaching 17C, while Sofia should be at about 12C. The Bulgarian Mountain Rescue Service has warned skiers and mountaineers that conditions in the mountains are not ideal. Fluctuating temperatures and strong winds are not suitable for mountaineering while the snow, which has layered with different density, is highly prone to avalanches. Skiers must remain at designated slopes. Along the Danube Valley in the north, temperatures will be between 1C and 7C but, once again, devoid of snow or rain. - Full Article Source

01/12/10 - Egypt tombs suggest pyramids not built by slaves
New tombs found in Giza support the view that the Great Pyramids were built by free workers and not slaves, as widely believed, Egypt's chief archaeologist said on Sunday. Films and media have long depicted slaves toiling away in the desert to build the mammoth pyramids only to meet a miserable death at the end of their efforts. / (IMHO, Egyptians simply did NOT build the pyramids, they keep trying to prove their ancestors did, they salt the tombs and hide information that shows earlier, more advanced cultures, all in the attempt to rewrite history. I often wonder where their 'Vatican hidden library and artefact collections' are, where they hide any connection to other, more advanced cultures solely to promote themselves as the creators of the pyramids. Like the Indiana Jones movies with the government warehouse that hides anomalous artefacts that can't be explained with modern archeological theories. - JWD) - Full Article Source

01/12/10 - Cold climate solar water heater
KeelyNet Here’s a solar water heater setup that augments your home’s water heater instead of replacing it. The system monitors a solar collector panel on the roof for temperature. If the temperature is warm enough, a photo voltaic cell powered pump circulates cold water through the system. The heated water returns to the top of the home’s water heater. Unlike the warm-climate solar heater we saw earlier, this one can withstand freezing because it uses silicone tubing in the collector. - Full Article Source

01/12/10 - Mozart Helps Premature Babies Gain Weight
Playing Mozart to premature babies can help them gain weight because they use less energy when calmed by listening to soothing melodies, scientists have found. But the music of other composers including Beethoven and Bach does not have the same benefit because they do not have the same repetitive melodies, researchers said. Experts said the findings suggest that playing Mozart could reduce the time babies spend in hospital, saving medical services millions of pounds as a result. - Full Article Source

01/12/10 - “Hydrofill”, a green device
KeelyNet “Hydrofill” is a portable fuel cell system designed towards charging electronic gadgets through a process extracting hydrogen through water. The entire process is clean and quick as the process of extracting hydrogen through water only results in production of water vapour. The hydrogen which is obtained from water is then stored in special cartridges which fits in a pocket sized minipak. A range of devices like Ipods, mobile phones, GPS systems to camera rechargeable batteries can be charged through these minipak which houses a USB port. This device can be used on the go or away from electric sockets thus providing great convenience towards the consumers. The only drawback which arises out of this invention is the non-refillable nature of the cartridges. This is the only area which needs to be worked at if the company needs to make a mark in off-grid power driven green industry. Priced at around $150, the MiniPak will be made available by April this year. Though this is considered to be more expensive than a standard remote charger, the company hopes that this could be a great approach towards the energy enthusiasts. - Full Article Source

01/12/10 - Toyota unveils Compact Hybrid, Reveals Future 'Prius Family'
“Within the next 10 to 20 years, we will not only reach peak oil we will enter a period where demand for all liquid fuels will exceed supply,” said Jim Lentz, TMS president. “A century after the invention of the automobile, we must re-invent it with powertrains that significantly reduce or eliminate the use of conventional petroleum fuels. One of many alternatives is through what is commonly called the electrification of the automobile. By far, the single most successful example of this has been the gas-electric hybrid.” The CH stands for compact hybrid as in compact class and it’s a concept that can best be defined by comparing it with the mid-size class Prius. The FT-CH captures the spirit and functionality of a car that thrives in the inner-city environment; sized right to be nimble, responsive and maneuverable. In the early 2010s, Toyota plans to sell a million hybrids per year globally, a majority of those in North America. To accomplish this, Toyota will launch eight all new hybrid models over the next few years. These will not include next generation versions of current hybrids; instead, they will be all new dedicated hybrid vehicles, or all new hybrid versions of existing gas engine models. The heart of hybrid technology is its battery. Since the early 90’s, during the early stages of first-generation Prius development, Toyota has been committed to in-house R&D of advanced nickel-metal hydride batteries. Through three generations of Prius and a total of seven full-hybrid models, it has systematically reduced size, weight and cost while improving energy density, quality and reliability. The Prius PHV introduces Toyota's first generation lithium-ion drive battery. When fully charged, the vehicle is targeted to achieve a maximum electric-only range of about 13 miles and capable of achieving highway speeds of more than 60 mph in electric-only mode. For longer distances, the Prius PHV reverts to “hybrid mode” and operates like a regular Prius. This ability to utilize all-electric power for short trips or hybrid power for longer drives alleviates the issue of limited cruising range encountered with pure-electric vehicles. All program vehicles will be equipped with data retrieval/communication devices which will monitor activities such as: how often the vehicle is charged and when, whether the batteries are depleted or being topped-off during charging, trip duration and all-electric driving range, combined mpg and so on. - Full Article Source

01/12/10 - Airport Scanners Can Store and Transmit Images
"In the [FOIA] documents, obtained by the privacy group and provided to CNN, the TSA specifies that the body scanners it purchases must have the ability to store and send images when in 'test mode.' ... 'There is no way for someone in the airport environment to put the machine into the test mode,' [an anonymous] official said, adding that test mode can be enabled only in TSA test facilities. But the official declined to say whether activating test mode requires additional hardware, software or simply additional knowledge of how the machines operate." - Full Article Source

01/12/10 - How to Treat Drug Addiction at Home
KeelyNet This novel treatment avoids the onset of delayed abstinence syndrome, avoiding the loss of self-esteem, recurrence to drug abuse and misery for the patient and the family. Drugs reinforce a storm of cytokines in the body previously sensitized by raising it further, disrupting and destroying the opioid neurotransmitter system, serotonin, dopamine and glutamate, deepening drug addiction, causing physical and behavioral disorders. The cytokine storm enhanced by drugs, in turn, further facilitates the installation of infections such as viral hepatitis, AIDS, tuberculosis, etc. and these infections further increase the cytokine storm. The storm of cytokines is not interrupted simply by stopping the use of drugs and sensitization of neurons, the remaining cells persists to trigger DAS and relapse. These are perceived as a lack of character, and the storm of cytokines is not remembered. If the DAS is triggered by the storm of cytokines, it can also be accompanied by AMI, CVA, DM, hypertension, insomnia, anxiety / depression, etc. "complications" are not always recognized as part of DAS. It is necessary to desensitize the body of the addict - through the modulation of cytokines. The compounds, both made of patent registration PBTUZ (Psidium sp, Bauhinia sp, thalidomide, Uncaria sp, Zingiber sp) and BPUZ (Psidium sp, Bauhinia sp, Uncaria sp, Zingiber sp) are viricide antibiotics, analgesic, antipyretic, anticonvulsant, inotropic agents, cytokines modulate and reverse its consequences in the CNS, such as anxiety or depression, not just treat it as prevent the installation of the AWS and DAS eliminating the cravings for drugs early or late (DAS). All these advantages of using BPTUZ and BPUZ without toxicity and without creating more addiction, allows home treatment to all addicts, without the risks or limitation of places in the hospital, and even for those patients with potential to become addicts (1). And mainly prevents the installation of the AWS and DAS, avoiding loss of self-esteem and unnecessary suffering for the addict and his family. - Full Article Source

01/12/10 - Cadmium laced Chinese toys
"Barred from using lead in children's jewelry because of its toxicity, some Chinese manufacturers have been substituting the more dangerous heavy metal cadmium in sparkling charm bracelets and shiny pendants being sold throughout the US, an AP investigation shows. Charms from 'Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer' bracelets were measured at between 82 and 91 percent cadmium, and leached so much cadmium that they would have to be specially handled and disposed of under US environmental law if they were waste from manufacturing. Cadmium, a known carcinogen, can hinder brain development in the very young. 'There's nothing positive that you can say about this metal. It's a poison,' said the CDC's Bruce Fowler. On the CDC's priority list of 275 most hazardous substances in the environment, cadmium ranks No. 7. Jewelry industry veterans in China say cadmium has been used in domestic products there for years. Hey, at least it doesn't metabolize into GHB when the little tykes ingest it." - Full Article Source

01/12/10 - Pirate Scare allows return of Fish
KeelyNet Before the pirates took over, Illegal commercial trawlers parked off the coast of Somalia and scooped up all the critters in the sea. Not so anymore, say fishermen in neighboring Kenya: "There is a lot of fish now, there is plenty of fish. There is more fish than people can actually use because the international fishermen have been scared away by the pirates." / Fishermen and sportsmen say they've been catching more fish than ever. Howard Lawrence-Brown, who owns Kenya Deep Sea Fishing, said fishing stocks over the last year have been up "enormously — across all species." "We had the best marlin season ever last year," said Lawrence-Brown, who owns Kenya Deep Sea Fishing. "The only explanation is that somebody is not targeting them somewhere. ... There's definitely no question about it, the lack of commercial fishing has made a difference." Fishermen in the region have seen their incomes and quality of life rise. New boats and better equipment can be seen on the water. - Full Article Source

01/12/10 - Neural Nets Make Art While High
"Telepathic-critterdrug is a controversial fork of the open source artificial-life sim Critterding, a physics sandbox where blocky creatures evolve neural nets in a survival contest. What we've done is to give these animals an extra retina which is shared with the whole population. It's extended through time like a movie and they can write to it for communication or pleasure. Since this introduces the possibility of the creation of art, we decided to give them a selection of narcotics, stimulants and psychedelics. This is not in Critterding. The end result is a high-color cellular automaton running on a substrate that thinks and evolves, and may actually produce hallucinations in the user." - Full Article Source

01/11/10 - The mini ice age starts here
KeelyNet The bitter winter afflicting much of the Northern Hemisphere is only the start of a global trend towards cooler weather that is likely to last for 20 or 30 years, say some of the world’s most eminent climate scientists. Their predictions – based on an analysis of natural cycles in water temperatures in the Pacific and Atlantic oceans – challenge some of the global warming orthodoxy’s most deeply cherished beliefs, such as the claim that the North Pole will be free of ice in summer by 2013. Prof Latif, who leads a research team at the renowned Leibniz Institute at Germany’s Kiel University, has developed new methods for measuring ocean temperatures 3,000ft beneath the surface, where the cooling and warming cycles start. He and his colleagues predicted the new cooling trend in a paper published in 2008 and warned of it again at an IPCC conference in Geneva last September. Last night he told The Mail on Sunday: ‘A significant share of the warming we saw from 1980 to 2000 and at earlier periods in the 20th Century was due to these cycles – perhaps as much as 50 per cent. 'They have now gone into reverse, so winters like this one will become much more likely. Summers will also probably be cooler, and all this may well last two decades or longer. ‘The extreme retreats that we have seen in glaciers and sea ice will come to a halt. For the time being, global warming has paused, and there may well be some cooling.’ As Europe, Asia and North America froze last week, conventional wisdom insisted that this was merely a ‘blip’ of no long-term significance. The jetstream – the high-altitude wind that circles the globe from west to east and normally pushes a series of wet but mild Atlantic lows across Britain – is currently running not over the English Channel but the Strait of Gibraltar. - Full Article Source

01/11/10 - Pneumatic Tube Communication In Hospitals
"Every day, 7,000 times a day, Stanford Hospital staff turn to pneumatic tubes, cutting-edge technology in the 19th century, for a transport network that the Internet and all the latest Silicon Valley wizardry can't match: A tubular system to transport a lab sample across the medical center in the blink of an eye." Such systems are in use in hospitals nationwide; the 19th-century technology is enhancd by recent refinements in pneumatic braking. - Full Article Source

01/11/10 - Projection touchscreen for portable Desktop
KeelyNet British firm Light Blue Optic wowed visitors with a new projector that produces a 10in touchscreen which can connect to the internet wirelessly, meaning you could soon be browsing Facebook and checking emails on your kitchen table. Called a "slate" device - this laptop has a screen that doubles as a hi-tech writing pad. / Light Touch™ is an interactive projector that instantly transforms any flat surface into a touch screen. It frees multimedia content from the confines of the small screen, allowing users to interact with that content just as they do on their hand held devices – using multi-touch technology. Light Touch™ has Holographic Laser Projection (HLP™) technology inside which creates bright, high-quality video images in WVGA resolution. Integrated infrared sensors detect motion and turn the projected image into a 10.1? virtual touch screen, so the user can control the projector and interact with applications simply by touching the image. - Full Article Source

01/11/10 - The End Of Gravity As a Fundamental Force
"At a symposium at the Dutch Spinoza-instituut on 8 December, 2009, string theorist Erik Verlinde introduced a theory that derives Newton's classical mechanics. In his theory, gravity exists because of a difference in concentration of information in the empty space between two masses and its surroundings. He does not consider gravity as fundamental, but as an emergent phenomenon that arises from a deeper microscropic reality. A relativistic extension of his argument leads directly to Einstein's equations." / Starting from first principles and general assumptions Newton's law of gravitation is shown to arise naturally and unavoidably in a theory in which space is emergent through a holographic scenario. Gravity is explained as an entropic force caused by changes in the information associated with the positions of material bodies. A relativistic generalization of the presented arguments directly leads to the Einstein equations. When space is emergent even Newton's law of inertia needs to be explained. The equivalence principle leads us to conclude that it is actually this law of inertia whose origin is entropic. - Full Article Source

01/11/10 - Sharing a hospital room raises risk of “superbugs”
Staying in a multi-bed hospital room dramatically increases the risk of acquiring a serious infectious disease, Queen’s University researchers have discovered. A new study led by infectious diseases expert Dick Zoutman says the chance of acquiring serious infections like C. difficile (Clostridium difficile) rises with the addition of every hospital roommate. “If you’re in a two, three or four-bedded room, each time you get a new roommate your risk of acquiring these serious infections increases by 10 per cent,” says Dr. Zoutman, professor of Community Health and Epidemiology at Queen’s. “That’s a substantial risk, particularly for longer hospital stays when you can expect to have many different roommates.” Dr. Zoutman suggests hospitals need to consider more private rooms in their planning. “Despite other advances, multi-bedded rooms are still part of hospital design in the 21st century. Building hospitals with all private rooms is not yet the standard in Ontario or Canada – but it should be.” - Full Article Source

01/11/10 - Air Force Completes Killer Micro-Drone Project
KeelyNet The Air Force Research Laboratory set out in 2008 to build the ultimate assassination robot: a tiny, armed drone for U.S. special forces to employ in terminating “high-value targets.” The military won’t say exactly what happened to this Project Anubis, named after a jackal-headed god of the dead in Egyptian mythology. But military budget documents note that Air Force engineers were successful in “develop[ing] a Micro-Air Vehicle (MAV) with innovative seeker/tracking sensor algorithms that can engage maneuvering high-value targets.” We have seen in recent years increased strikes by larger Predator and Reaper drones using Hellfire missiles against terrorist-leadership targets in Afghanistan and Pakistan. But these have three significant drawbacks.

First, you can never be quite sure of what you hit. In 2002’s notorious “Tall Man incident,” CIA operatives unleashed a Hellfire at an individual near Zhawar Kili in Afghanistan’s Paktia province. His unusual height convinced the drone controllers that the man was Bin Laden (who stands 6 feet, 5 inches). In fact, he was merely an innocent (if overgrown) Afghan peasant.

A second problem is that the Hellfire isn’t exactly the right weapon for the mission. Originally designed as an anti-tank missile, it’s not especially agile, nor is it designed to cope with a target that might swerve or dodge at the last second (like cars and motorbikes).

And thirdly, such strikes tend to affect a number of others, as well as the intended target. It raises the risk of killing or injuring innocent bystanders.

This was the rationale for Project Anubis. Special Forces already make extensive use of the Wasp drone made by AeroVironment. This is the smallest drone in service, weighing less than a pound. It has an endurance of around 45 minutes, and line-of-sight control extends to 3 miles. It might seem limited compared to larger craft, but the Wasp excels at close-in reconnaissance. Its quiet electric motor means it can get near to targets without their ever being aware of its presence. A tiny warhead, weighing a fraction of a pound, could mean extremely little collateral damage, compared to the 20-pound warhead on a Hellfire. - Full Article Source

01/11/10 - Mammoth Flying Swing to Give Bird’s Eye Pyramid View (Jun, 1931)
KeelyNet Mammoth Flying Swing to Give Bird’s Eye Pyramid View. Mammoth flying swings erected atop the pyramids, when Egyptian government’s consent is obtained, is amazing project planned by engineers to give tourists a thrilling bird’s eye view of the huge desert structures. / Comments;

1) Without a doubt, the dumbest idea I have seen in years…
2) Brilliant! Maybe they could be franchised out for other monuments, also. How about one on the Eifel Tower?
3) I really like the idea of being swung out hundreds of feet in a large, heavy car attached to a 4500 year old structure.
4) They could get power from the escalater they would need to install for the tourists to get up to the cars.
5) Great idea. Next, we’ll build a rollercoaster along the Great Wall of China. - Full Article Source

01/11/10 - Turning Trash to Fuel and Reducing Battlefield Risks
In a bid to reduce the number of dangerous and expensive convoy missions trekking to remote base camps in Iraq and Afghanistan and to dispose of trash at those bases, the Army is backing an industry project aimed at turning solid waste into diesel. Covanta Energy Corp. is using the $1.5 million boost from the Army Corps of Engineers to develop technology for converting garbage into diesel that would be indistinguishable from crude oil-based diesel fuel and usable for military vehicles and generators. / (Mr. Obvious says LEAVE IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN and the problem is SOLVED...IDIOTS! - JWD) - Full Article Source

01/11/10 - Can reduced Methionine increase Longevity similar to Calorie Restriction?
Eighty percent dietary methionine restriction (MetR) in rodents (without calorie restriction), like dietary restriction (DR), increases maximum longevity and strongly decreases mitochondrial reactive oxygen species (ROS) production and oxidative stress. Eighty percent MetR also lowers the degree of membrane fatty acid unsaturation in rat liver. Mitochondrial ROS generation and the degree of fatty acid unsaturation are the only two known factors linking oxidative stress with longevity in vertebrates. However, it is unknown whether 40% MetR, the relevant methionine restriction degree to clarify the mechanisms of action of standard (40%) DR can reproduce these effects in mitochondria from vital tissues of strong relevance for aging. Here we study the effect of 40% MetR on ROS production and oxidative stress in rat brain and kidney mitochondria. Forty percent MetR, differing from 80% MetR, did not inhibit the increase in rat body weight. These changes are very similar to the ones previously found during dietary and protein restriction in rats. We conclude that methionine is the only dietary factor responsible for the decrease in mitochondrial ROS production and oxidative stress, and likely for part of the longevity extension effect, occurring in DR. - Full Article Source

01/11/10 - Paranidiots - What's wrong with people these days? Drugs in the water?
KeelyNet When a man ducked past security at Newark Liberty International Airport last Sunday to kiss his girlfriend goodbye, the breach in security shut down one of the country's busiest airports, delayed flights through Monday and prompted an intensive manhunt from New Jersey detectives that ended on Friday evening on a street in Piscataway, N.J. They found him at the gym. He's a 28-year grad student at Rutgers. He's being charged with "defiant tresspass." That one little kiss caused lots of problems: The trouble the security breach caused far outweighed the punishment: 1,600 people stuck in the airport for six hours; flights delayed and an "incalculable" loss of money. And then for five days after the incident, New Jersey law enforcement officials searched exhaustively for the man caught on a grainy surveillance video Full Article Source

Washington DC Bans Anyone From Carrying More Than One Condom - In Washington DC, anyone carrying more than one condom on their person in any area police have declared a “prostitution free zone” is considered to be a prostitute. That’s right, kids, if you’re packing a spare in case one breaks, you are a hooker. Best idea might be to wear a condom at all times… / (via impactlab.com)

Family Of Sci Fi Author Philip K. Dick To Sue Google Over Name of Nexus One Phone - The family of author Philip K. Dick is threatening to sue Google for infringement of intellectual property rights over the name of its new mobile phone Nexus One. Isa Dick Hackett, daughter of the U.S. author who wrote Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? which the Blade Runner film is based on, claims some of the phone’s features use names taken from her father’s book. She has sent a letter to Google demanding that the online giant changes the name of its new phone, which was launched as a direct rival to the iPhone. / (via impactlab.com)

01/11/10 - Young eco-inventors of the future and the MotGen
KeelyNet Daniel Asturias and Isaac Harwell are hoping that their invention could revolutionise energy production. At 18 and 19 respectively, their project started as a hobby. Their concept is to convert thermal energy from the naturally occurring heat flow found underwater at hydrothermal vents into electrical energy. Hydrothermal vents are found near volcanic sites on the sea floor, where water heated by volcanic activity under the seabed rushes out. Juan de Fuca Rdge - an underwater volcanic mountain range stretching 300 miles along the coast of Oregon and Washington - is the perfect testbed. Their idea is to position a series of motionless thermal generators (MoTGens) over the hydrothermal vents, so that the temperature difference from the hydrothermal fluid on the hot side to the sea water on the cold side will create a massive heat flux. The MoTGen is a heat engine which would be placed two km under water. A part of this would then be converted to electric energy - essentially working like a fridge in reverse. A massive underwater power line could then be used to carry the electrical power back to where it could be used on land. They say that in terms of energy production, one MoTGen team would provide the same amount of energy as about two or three nuclear power plants, but without the radiation hazard. This scale, they argue, is the unique selling point of their invention. "Lots of renewable energy sources are very high output but the problem is the inconsistency," says Mr Asturias. "For example wind turbines work very well if the wind is blowing, and the same is true of solar panels and sun. The good thing about this is that the stream is more or less constant - it will produce the same amount of power regardless of the time of day." / Cost Estimates - According to our team concept section, the initial investment is $1.15 billion for 149 MotGens, manufacture and installation for a single MoTGEN is $2 million, each MoTGEN produces 45 megawatts, and the electricity is selling at $.07 per kWh, the industrial average for 2008. With these figures, we calculated that the team of 150 model-sized MoTGENs would produce $4.14 billion a year, and pay off all installation costs up to that point and so break even after about 101 days of operation. / Case 1: Once the fleet is installed, the MoTGENs are destroyed by something, say giant clams, at a rate of 2 per month (in reality, it is highly unlikely that units would be ruined at this phenomenal rate, or be destroyed beyond the point of salvage/reparation, or even be attacked by marine fauna). Let us also assume that it takes 2 weeks to return each MoTGEN to full operation, at the cost of the MoTGENs initial price. With these conditions, we can safely assume that at any point in time, there will be only 149 MoTGENs online, and a yearly cost of $48 million for repairs. Under these circumstances, the team would produce $4.06 billion a year, and pay itself off after 103 days. - Full Article Source

01/11/10 - A Better Mouse Trap: Patents and the Road to Riches
There is no guarantee of financial success given by any patent office in the world. This is true even if you have a strong patent that covers a great product that enjoys robust consumer demand. Unfortunately, many inventors operate under the misunderstanding that getting a patent is like owning Boardwalk and Park Place in the popular board game “Monopoly.” The truth is that turning an invention into cash is much more complicated than simply placing hotels on Boardwalk and Park Place. Yes, you must have a patent, but you need to treat inventing as a business. Among the many truths missed by most inventors and entrepreneurs is the fact that it is frequently better to have a weak patent and the financial ability to enforce the patent than it is to have a strong patent and no ability to enforce the patent. In the United States, for example, a 2003 survey of the American Intellectual Property Lawyers Association finds that the average cost of bringing a patent litigation is almost $2 million. How then is the individual inventor or small business owner supposed to be able to meaningfully exploit the rewards offered by the patent system? The answer is that the small players in the game of “patentopoly” frequently see their inventions infringed and find no real recourse available because they cannot afford to even consider undertaking the financial burden that is a patent litigation. Increasingly inventors and small businesses are seeking representation in patent litigation on a contingency basis. While still relatively rare, more firms seem to be at least considering such representation, including a new advertiser to IPWatchdog.com — IP-Contingency-Lawyer.com, which is the website of Attorney Tara Williams from the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin. Of course, in order to justify the investment of time and energy, lawyers who undertake such contingency representation must only take those cases where there are strong facts, a solid patent and an infringer who can afford to pay patent damages. The rise of contingency representation in patent litigation is becoming the great equalizer, and does provide independent inventors and small businesses with a powerful option to enforce their patent rights. If you have a patent and believe it is being infringed you should at least talk to someone like Attorney Williams to see if you do have a case. Having patent litigators on your side who get paid only if you prevail makes for a very formidable team behind you. - Full Article Source

01/11/10 - Researchers Develop “Nano Cocktail” to Target and Kill Tumors
KeelyNet In their study, the UC San Diego chemists, bioengineers at MIT and cell biologists at UC Santa Barbara developed a system containing two different nanomaterials the size of only a few nanometers, or a thousand times smaller than the diameter of a human hair, that can be injected into the bloodstream. One nanomaterial was designed to find and adhere to tumors in mice, while the second nanomaterial was fabricated to kill those tumors. These scientists and others had previously designed nanometer-sized devices to attach to diseased cells or deliver drugs specifically to the diseased cells while ignoring healthy cells. But the functions of those devices, the researchers discovered, often conflicted with one another. The first particle is a gold nanorod “activator’ that accumulates in tumors by seeping through its leaky blood vessels. The gold particles cover the whole tumor and behave like an antenna by absorbing otherwise benign infrared laser irradiation, which then heats up the tumor. After the nanorods had circulated in the bloodstream of mice that had epithelial tumors for three days, the researchers used a weak laser beam to heat the rods that attached to the tumors. This sensitized the tumors, and the researchers then sent in a second nanoparticle type, composed of either iron oxide nanoworms or doxorubicin-loaded liposomes. This “responder” nanoparticle was coated with a special targeting molecule specific for the heat-treated tumor. Much of that work was done in the laboratory of Erkki Ruoslahti, a cell biologist and professor at the Burnham Institute for Medical Research at UC Santa Barbara, and another co-author of the study. “Think of them like soldiers attacking an enemy base,” said Sailor. “The gold nanorods are the Special Forces, who come in first to mark the target. Then the Air Force flies in to deliver the laser-guided bomb. The devices are designed to minimize collateral damage to the rest of the body.” While one type of nanoparticle improves detection of the tumor, he said, the other is designed to kill the tumor. The researchers designed one type of responder particle with strings of iron oxide, which they called “nanoworms,” that show up brightly in a medical magnetic resonance imaging, or MRI, system. The second type is a hollow nanoparticle loaded with the anti-cancer drug doxorubicin. With the drug-loaded responder, the scientists demonstrated in their experiments that a tumor growing in a mouse can be arrested and then shrunk. “The nanoworms would be useful to help the medical team identify the size and shape of a tumor in a patient before surgery, while the hollow nanoparticles might be used to kill the tumor without the need for surgery,” said Sailor. / (This so sounds like the original work of recently deceased John Kanzius who is not even mentioned in this article. - JWD) - Full Article Source

01/09/10 - Henry Ford, the man who truly understood Business
In 1914, the Ford Motor Company shocked the captains of American Industry by raising it¹s wage rates for work shift from $2.40 a day to $5.00 a day and adopting the new 8 hour work day. Henry Ford¹s idea was when workers have more money they buy cars. The idea worked and sales of cars quadrupled and the economic climate of Detroit boomed. Would that companies and the US government learn from this example that bore such sweet fruit! - Full Article Source

01/09/10 - The Secret of Invisibility on Jay Leno Show
Ebay: Sold or Not Sold - Sold or Not Sold: Hamster Coffin, Invisibility and Willy Warmer. - Full Article Source

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01/09/10 - Climate Change Has Become a Reality for Germany
For Germans gobal warming is no longer just about stranded polar bears and dying coral reefs. These days, millions of people are feeling the heat of climate change at home. The effects are becoming more drastic and rapid. A German Armed Forces special unit wearing snowy white protective suits complete with hoods and respiratory masks hacks its way through the Bavarian undergrowth. The ghostly figures are here to carry out a reconnaissance mission. Their enemy has eight legs and a dangerous weapon. The men are from the Armed Forces Institute of Microbiology in Munich. Originally, the organization was founded to defend against exotic epidemics and biological terrorist attacks, but its members also regularly head out to hunt for domestic ticks. The bloodsucking parasites, carriers of dangerous illnesses such as tick-borne encephalitis (TBE) and Lyme disease, pose a danger to the suited soldiers. Meanwhile, the rest of the population are at risk, too. Around 327,000 Germans contract Lyme disease from tick saliva each year. According to Germany's Federal Environment Agency (UBA), treatment for the disease "is often protracted and doesn't necessarily have good prospects of success." - Full Article Source

01/09/10 - Help sought for hydrogen storage in nano bubbles idea
The idea was invented by a former Brookhaven National Lab physicist who died in 2009. HCE is a holding company which holds intellectual property rights on behalf of its scientist members. The invention has only been designed on paper but has not yet been proved. The idea is to produce nano bubbles of hydrogen to make a kind of liquid material which has an energy content close to that of gasoline. "We need explore licensing the invention out to anyone in the industry that will make the investment to prove it out and develop it," says Louis Ventre Jr, Executive VP and general counsel. The nanobubbles are created by flowing an operating gas through a channel plate to form micrometer sized bubbles in a liquid; the bubbles are then compressed to nanometer scale by cooling and pressurising them in a hydrophobic liquid or with a laser. Click yTo see the HCE patent application. - Full Article Source

01/09/10 - Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged and the Obama Economy
The philosophy in Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged is that man should act in their rational self-interest, meaning they must pursue rationality, honesty, justice, independence, integrity, productiveness, and pride. Hard work is rewarded. Laziness is punished. Victims must not allow themselves to be used. Government is the problem. Property rights are absolute. The individual is absolute and must not do what feels good, but should figure out what is in their long-term rational self-interest. You do not give in to whims, but do what is in your long-term productive goals. The book is one of the most revered and hated texts of all time. Lovers of the book cite her belief in individualism and self-sufficiency. Detractors claim it was written out of hate and that its story line was unrealistic. Today though, many people see the book coming to life before us. One central theme is the negative role of government, and as the government grows in size today, the book does seem to presage the current situation. A great question arises: “What similarities exist between the book and 2010?” And, “Who alive today is most like the book’s villain Wesley Mouch?”

* Consider that the nationalization of our economy and the TARP bill are eerily similar to Hank Rearden’s (a hero in the book) forced sale of his steel invention to the government.
* Consider Cass Sunstein, or current czar of regulation, and the book’s Steel Unification Plan.
* Consider the administration’s czar of executive compensation and “spreading the wealth around” and book’s Equalization of Opportunity Act.
* Consider anyone of tons of the groups asking for social progress today and the book’s Friends of Global Progress.
* Consider the minimum wage and the pay czar and the Preservation of Livelihood Law.
* Consider our competition czar and, “Each company paid according to its need.”
* Consider the attack on business, small and big, in today’s world and the book.

Yaron Brook, President of the Ayn Rand Institute, said, “Reality is outpacing fiction. It is far more radical than even happened in the book.” - Full Article Source

01/09/10 - Cyber Twin : A pioneer invention of an expat scientist
KeelyNet Cyber Twin’s creator is expat Dr. John Zakos, of the Gold Coast of Australia and his collaborator Liz Capel (photo), who are especially proud and satisfied from the course and development of their creation. The expat claims to give everyone the opportunity to create their twin over the internet- who can easily replace them and speak to their friends, to their collegues, their clients and to anyone wishing to communicate with them electronically. When asked whether the development of Cyber Twin threatens employee positions, Zakos responds: “I wouldn’t say so. On the contrary, people are freed to occupy other areas where the Twin cannot penetrate. He performs the repetitive, mechanical work that tires people out. Let us not forget that people are not machines. Cyber Twin can work very productively 24/7. The employee can, for example, clock off at 5pm and put the Cyber Twin in his place, as a replacement.” The Twin’s popularity is vastly expanding and this is naturally due to its excellent performance. “Compared to man, his success rate is 89-95% when asked to give information and perform customer service duties, whereas an employee averages 81%. He answers directly and accurately. He collects vast information which he evaluates, according to the instructions he has received”, says John Zakos. Apart from the computer, in which it was initially placed, it is now ready to “come closer to man and to be incorporated into devices that are near him in order to assist him fully. So, within days it will be incorporated in mobile phones. This is a new revolutionary application which will be followed by others, such as it’s presence in the car, to give the driver information or to read to him his e-mails.” His presence can be expanded in the kitchen, to assist us when we prepare food, telling us, for example, what ingredients we need to make spaghetti or snapper ala spetsiota! It can be used from the most complicated, to the simplest everyday jobs. He will characterize them as “advanced and effective applications”. John Zakos’s leaps in the IT environment have already become known on a universal level. Now, we have “our other self which, the more time we spend on training him, the more he will resemble us”, says John Zakos about “MyCyberTwin”. Let us not assume that it is a difficult and complicated procedure, he confirms, emphasizing that “MyCyberTwin” can be created fast and trained comparatively easily. Apart from the fact that it can speak on your behalf, in your absence, at the same time it collects information, like for example, where your friends are going for the weekend, and, in the case of companies, what people’s opinions are about a certain individual or product. “The Twin”, says its inventor, “finds answers to others’ questions and responds in the most exact way. You can create a Twin in ten minutes, but you definitely need to spend extra time if you goal is to create a faithful image of yourselves. You will need to train it to express itself like you do, to assimilate your knowledge and to operate on your behalf.” This new IT discovery operates on a 24/7 basis, which means that even while you’re asleep, your fortune could be at work. Your other self can speak on your behalf, serve people, collect information and enrich it’s knowledge. The expat scientist says that his invention does not keep people at a distance. “The idea”, he explains, “is for it to open new ways of communication and introduction, for us to come into direct contact with people which we possibly would not have had an opportunity to meet in our lifetimes, without that meaning that our natural connection to people would change. I believe that we need to find the golden medium. We need to find a balance between yesterday and today, having always our mind open to the future. Exallou, we must not forget that the better informed we are, the more whole we are as individuals. And what role does honesty play in the development of our Twin, our clone? He explains: “ It depends on whether we want to make a faithful copy of our character, of our real self, or of a person we would ideally like to be. In addition, we create MyCyberTwin in order to have fun or to assist us on a serious level? The choice, at the end of the day, is ours.” - Full Article Source. More info at their website My Cyber Twin - A CyberTwin is an artificial intelligence character, which functions on your behalf. Personal CyberTwins represent you online. They are easy to create, and free to personal users and small business. To make your own digital clone, simply sign up and start. Enterprise CyberTwins are advanced customer support robots, which live on the web and talk to your clients. They outperform humans - CyberTwins are always accurate, always in a good mood, speak many languages, and work day and night. Our clients include NASA, major banks, government agencies, and other large enterprises..

01/09/10 - Does Invention Require Design?
Invention requires function and form, but not design. Design is an after-thought. Design is the icing on the cake. Design is not essential. And therein was the problem. At some point, it occurred to me that maybe designers and the rest of the world were not communicating on the same level. The design community had deemed form and function as the design. Whilst the rest of us held onto the belief that design is choosing the pattern for our curtains, the style of our jean pockets, or the white color of our iPods. Design was not the placement of the start button. Design was not the shape of the mouse and the placement of its buttons. Design certainly was not the placement of a sign on the freeway. But the light has since gone on. Design is all those things. And thus, design is essential for invention. - Full Article Source

01/09/10 - Green 'super-kettle' heat to electricity generator
AN AMERICAN invention that turns waste heat into electricity by operating like a "super-kettle", has been licensed by a Scottish energy company, which aims to turn over £40 million within the next three years by manufacturing the devices for the European market. The green machine is designed to work on industrial machinery that runs round the clock, such as generators or incinerators that give off waste heat. The device operates in a similar way to a kettle on a stove. Waste heat from industrial machinery boils a fluid inside the device, which in turn drives a generator to produce electricity. That could then be fed into the National Grid and sold at a profit or, in the offshore market, could be used to power operations such as accommodation barges. He said the typical installation cost for fitting a green machine onto a one megawatt landfill gas generator was about £170,000 and that the device could pay for itself within about 18 months through the profit made by selling the electricity and through UK Government incentives, such as the climate-change levy and enhanced capital allowances. - Full Article Source

01/09/10 - You will become mentally ill in 2013
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), formerly the Clarke Institute, nicknamed "Jurassic Clarke" for its antiquated views on sex and gender minorities. CAMH "experts" have set their sights on declaring many of you mentally disordered because of your sexual preferences. Do you prefer people who are "too fat," or "too skinny," or "too tall," or "too short"? Do you think transgender people are beautiful, or do you prefer to date disabled people? Do you get tingly watching sexy cartoons or prefer dressing up and roleplaying during sex? Do you like dating people who are "too old" or "too young" for you? Under the expanded definition of "paraphilia" which CAMH experts hope to codify in 2013, you will likely become a mentally ill paraphilic. This diagnosis could then be put in your medical records and other databases, with all the attendant joys of being declared mentally disordered. And if that diagnosis doesn't fit, there's always "video game addiction" and "internet addiction," both under discussion for inclusion in the APA's 2013 Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. Read on, future sickos. - Full Article Source

01/09/10 - Scientists and Lawyers Argue For Open US DNA Database
KeelyNet "New Scientist has an article questioning the uniqueness of DNA profiles. 41 scientists and lawyers recently published a high-profile Nature article (sub. required) arguing that the FBI should release its complete CODIS database. The request follows research on the already released Arizona state DNA database (a subset of CODIS) which showed a surprisingly large number of matches between the profiles of different individuals, including one between a white man and a black man. The group states that the assumption that a DNA profile represents a unique individual, with only a minuscule probability of a secondary match, has never been independently verified on a large sample of DNA profiles. The new requests follow the FBI's rejection of similar previous requests." - Full Article Source

01/09/10 - Scientists Turn Wood Into Bone
"The BBC is reporting that scientists in Italy have developed a method to convert rattan wood into a bone-like substance. The bone replacement is currently being tested in sheep, where, when inserted into the area of a fracture, it joins with the existing bone and eventually fuses. Unlike other bone replacements, this one actually has load-bearing ability and also naturally fuses with the existing bone. Additionally, since it is porous like real bone, nerves and blood vessels can pass through it." - Full Article Source

01/09/10 - Sex robots may soon give women a run for their money
Douglas Hines, an electrical engineer and computer scientist who formerly worked on artificial intelligence at AT&T Bell Laboratories, has come up with the world's first sex robot. He unveiled his latest invention - Roxxxy, the latest "sex robot" from the company Truecompanion.com, which cost between $5,00,000 and $1 million and took about two and a half years to create. Hines combined his background with the expertise of 18 artists and engineers from three countries to create a robot designed to "deliver the best in robot sex". "It's really a labour of love," ABC News quoted him as saying. Customers interested in a Roxxxy companion can ask the company to customise the robot for their personal preferences, all they would need to do is fill out a questionnaire to give engineers clues about the robot's personality. Though the prototype robot is modelled after a Caucasian fine arts student and is 5 feet 7 inches tall and 120 pounds, customers can choose hair colour, eye colour and other features, Hines said. But even though Roxxxy is "always on", her attraction isn't supposed to be about only sex. According to True Companion's Web site, she "can carry on a discussion and express her love to you and be your loving friend. She can talk to you, listen to you and feel your touch". / "She can't vacuum, she can't cook but she can do almost anything else if you know what I mean," TrueCompanion's Douglas Hines said while introducing AFP to Roxxxy. "She's a companion. She has a personality. She hears you. She listens to you. She speaks. She feels your touch. She goes to sleep. We are trying to replicate a personality of a person." Roxxxy stands five feet, seven inches tall, weighs 120 pounds, "has a full C cup and is ready for action," according to Hines, who was an artificial intelligence engineer at Bell Labs before starting TrueCompanion. The anatomically-correct robot has an articulated skeleton that can move like a person but can't walk or independently move its limbs. Robotic movement is built into "the three inputs" and a mechanical heart that powers a liquid cooling system. Roxxxy comes with five personalities. Wild Wendy is outgoing and adventurous, while Frigid Farrah is reserved and shy. There is a young naive personality along with a Mature Martha that Hines described as having a "matriarchal kind of caring." S & M Susan is geared for more adventurous types. Aspiring partners can customize Roxxxy features, including race, hair color and breast size. A male sex robot named "Rocky" is in development. People ordering the robots online at truecompanion.com detail their tastes and interests much like online dating sites but here, the information is used to get the mechanical girlfriend in synch with her mate. "She knows exactly what you like," Hines said of Roxxxy, noting that Rocky will also come with personalities. "If you like Porsches, she likes Porsches. If you like soccer, she likes soccer." Roxxxy will chat with her flesh-and-blood mate, and touching her elicits comments varying according to personalities. She is wirelessly linked to the Internet for software updates, technical support and to send her man email messages. People can customize "true companion" personalities and then share the programs with others online on the company's website, according to Hines. "Just think about wife or girlfriend swapping without actually giving the person to someone else," Hines said. "You can share the personality online." - Full Article Source

01/08/10 - Antigravity Emdrive could change everything
Inventor Roger Shawyer's antigravity drive could bring George Jetson's flying car into reality. Shawyer says he's working on a version of his superconductor-packing Emdrive that can generate 300 pounds of thrust using a 6 kW input. The idea is to silently lift vehicles, spacecraft or missiles with the Emdrive, and then propel those projectiles forward using other means such as rocket or jet engines. Is this mad scientist and his antigravity drive for real? We'll see. Scientists all over the world are squabbling over whether it's possible to use the Emdrive's high-power microwaves inside a closed system to create thrust from electrical power. Chinese scientists are building one of the drives to be tested by the end of this year, and the British National Space Centre is investigating his claims — but an Australian researcher calls the inventor a "crackpot" and a "charlatan." Undaunted, Shawyer is moving forward with his plan to build an unmanned demonstration vehicle, defying gravity thanks to four of his Emdrives. Shawyer says those four modules will silently lift the 1000-pound vehicle, and it'll be propelled forward with jet engines, reaching a speed of 230 knots. This tech could also have scary military implications, allowing weapons to be launched with no exhaust plume, making them undetectable. In 10 years the scientist wants to build a space plane that can make the 10,000 mile trip from London to Sydney in under three hours, or take 40 tons of cargo to the moon in four days. - Full Article Source or consider my low tech, lost in history Gravity Control Project.

01/08/10 - Best Fails of 2009
Their parents would be so proud... if they weren't in this video. - Full Article Source

01/08/10 - New Solar Pond distillation system
Francisco Suarez, a doctoral student in hydrological sciences at the University is developing an artificial salt-gradient stratification process that traps solar heat at the bottom of the solar pond and uses the collected energy to power the membrane distillation system recently patented by the University. The system is designed to help sustain the ecosystems of these closed-basin regions where there is no outflow for the water and a high evaporation rate, leaving a high concentration of minerals and salts. The hot brine in the lower storage zone of the pond, which can reach temperatures greater than 195 degrees Fahrenheit, may then be used directly for heating, thermal desalination, or for other low-temperature thermal applications. "Our model results show that in a two-week period, the temperature in the bottom of the solar pond increased from 68 to 126 degrees Fahrenheit and, even though the insulating layer is being eroded by double-diffusive convection, the solar pond remained stable," Suarez explained. The process has been highly successful in the lab in a small-scale experiment using a 400-gallon tank, where dissolved solids and precise fiber-optic temperature sensing are being used to track the process as it desalinates the water. The next step for Suarez and the research group is to build a pilot-project, demonstration-scale, low-temperature desalination system in an open environment. - Full Article Source

01/08/10 - Computer method 'spots art fakes'
KeelyNet The approach, known as "sparse coding", builds a virtual library of an artist's works and breaks them down into the simplest possible visual elements. Verifiable works by that artist can be rebuilt using varying proportions of those simple elements, while imitators' works cannot. The work is reported in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The method works by dividing digital versions of all of an artist's confirmed works into 144 squares - 12 columns of 12 rows each. Then a set of "basis functions" is constructed - initially a set of random shapes and forms in black and white. A computer then modifies them until, for any given cut-down piece of the artist's work, some subset of the basis functions can be combined in some proportion to recreate the piece. The basis functions are refined further to ensure that the smallest possible number of them is required to generate any given piece - they are the "sparsest" set of functions that reproduces the artist's work. The team tried the approach on the works of Pieter Bruegel the Elder, a 16th century Flemish painter whose original works are well-known and who had a number of imitators. Upon using the sparse coding approach on the artist's known works, the Dartmouth team showed that the optimised basis functions were unable to reproduce the imitations. However, Professor Rockmore said that although authentication of works was an application that would appeal to many people, sparse coding could lend its analysis to a number of problems in the study of art. - Full Article Source

01/08/10 - China a rising star in regeneration using stem cell therapies
A skeptical international research community condemns the practice of Chinese clinics administering unproven stem cell therapies to domestic and foreign patients. New rules to govern such treatments were recently instituted but need to be strictly enforced in order to repair China's global reputation, according to MRC authors Dominique S. McMahon, Halla Thorsteinsdóttir, Peter A. Singer and Abdallah S. Daar. Despite the new rules, however, stem cell treatments are still available at over 200 hospitals across China to patients of diseases such as ataxia, Lou Gehrig's disease, traumatic brain and spinal cord injury, diabetes, Parkinson's, multiple sclerosis, autism, cerebral palsy, stroke, optic nerve hypoplasia and many others. Beike Biotechnology Inc. (Shenzhen) is the largest of the Chinese therapy centers and claims to have treated over 5,000 patients to date, including more than 900 foreigners, offering stem cell injections into spinal fluid, for example. The Stem Cell Center affiliated with Tiantan Puhua Neuroscience Hospital in Beijing, meanwhile, claims to activate and multiply the body's own neural stem cells through oral and intravenous medications and rehabilitation. It also offers a lumbar puncture or brain injection of bone marrow stem cells, fetal neural stem cells, or other stem cell types to allegedly improve symptoms of stroke, cerebral palsy, spinal injury, Parkinson's disease or other neurological diseases. Controversial stem cell therapies provided at Beijing Xishan Institute for Neuroregeneration and Functional Recovery, involve injecting cells from aborted fetuses to treat spinal cord injury and a variety of central nervous system diseases. About 1,500 patients have received this treatment, including roughly 1,000 foreigners. - Full Article Source

01/08/10 - Roof Orbs Provide Alternative Solar Power
KeelyNet Nani Kore (”What’s This?”) is the name of a Japanese TV show that digs up bizarre things and phenomena observed around the world and explains how they work. In the latest show, they presented a house in central Tokyo that proves solar power can be used in a residential setting without those expensive solar panels and cells. Just take a set of orbs that look like giant light bulbs, install them on your roof and watch them reflecting the light of the sun into your house. This obviously just works during the day, but if you have buildings around your house that block the sunlight, the orbs might help to light up dark rooms and save electricity costs. - Full Article Source

01/08/10 - What Keeps Time Moving Forward? Blame It on the Big Bang
Physicists often describe the fabric of the universe we inhabit as four-dimensional spacetime, comprising three dimensions of space and one of time. But whereas we spend our days passing freely through space in any direction we wish (gravity and solid obstacles permitting), time pushes us along, willingly or not, in a single predetermined direction: toward the future. This is the arrow of time—life carries us from the past, through the present, and into the future. Back to the Future plotlines notwithstanding, no one knows how to reverse the arrow—how to move backward in time—and the logical paradoxes that would result from such a trip into the past render it a thorny proposition at best. Entropy, which in rough terms is the measure of a system's disorder, creeps up over time, as dictated by the second law of thermodynamics. To illustrate entropy's inexorable growth, Carroll takes us to the breakfast table—you can't unscramble an egg, he points out, and you can't unstir the milk out of your coffee. These systems invariably proceed to disordered, or high-entropy, arrangements. But why should entropy always increase? This is where Carroll turns to cosmology, which must explain why the universe began in a uniquely low-entropy state. - Full Article Source

01/08/10 - Is a Time Machine Scientifically Possible?
By 2010 we thought there would be jet packs and time machines. Science comedian Brian Malow explores the real science behind time travel. Will a time machine ever be possible? / You want to visit the earth 1,000 years from now? Just travel to a star 500 light-years away and return, going both ways at 99.995% the speed of light. When you return, the earth will be 1,000 years older, but you'll have aged only 10 years. I already know a time traveler. My friend, astronaut Story Musgrave, who helped repair the Hubble Space Telescope, spent 53.4 days in orbit. He is thus more than a millisecond younger than he would have been if he had stayed home. The effect is small, because he traveled very slowly relative to the speed of light, but it's real. With more money, we could do better in the next century--but only a little. If we sent an astronaut to the planet Mercury and she lived there for 30 years before returning, she would be about 22 seconds younger than if she had stayed on Earth. Clocks on Mercury tick more slowly than those on Earth because Mercury circles the sun at a faster speed (and also because Mercury is deeper in the sun's gravitational field; gravity affects clocks much as velocity does). Astronauts traveling away from Earth to a distance of 0.1 light years and returning at 1% the speed of light would arrive back 8.8 hours younger than if they hadn't gone. - Full Article Source

01/08/10 - Second whistleblower emerges to confirm reality of time travel
Dr. Lewis’ public revelations regarding time travel follow disclosures made in August and November by Andrew D. Basiago in interviews concerning his experiences in time travel experiments undertaken by DARPA’s Project Pegasus in the early 1970s. A Sept. 15, 2009 report derived from the Web Bot predicted that a “planetary whistleblower” would emerge from the current period of U.S. financial collapse. Clif High, the genius behind the Web Bot, determined that the individual was “very likely” Mr. Basiago, a lawyer from Washington State who is leading a truth campaign to establish that the U.S. defense community achieved teleportation in the late 1960s. In fulfillment of the scenario predicted by the Web Bot, both Mr. Basiago and Dr. Anderson are whistleblowers who have emerged during the latter months of 2009 to affirm secret time travel advancements by the U.S. government and private industry that may articulate a way out of the current depression via investment in a 21st century infrastructure that would include teleportation and other new energy applications. / (Thanks to Ron West for the headsup on this Web Bot predicted whistleblower story. - JWD) - Full Article Source

01/08/10 - About Anti-Time
KeelyNet I've always found the idea of Time Travel interesting but this Anti-Time idea offered a totally different set of possibilites. In the STNG episode, Enterprise crew members reported old scars healing and they became younger by the day. The blind chief engineer used electronic glasses. He experienced pain due to his eyes healing so that he could once again see. The episode showed the anti-time field expanding to eventually take over entire star systems, all from this threefold collision of waves that flipped the time stream to initialize the rupture. Now, the basic idea is PURE TOM BEARDEN....using phase conjugation, the same energy is projected from 3 perspectives to collide...the fault to my view is once the beam was shut off in one time period, it would have no further effect on whatever happened in the future. However, if the time fabric was distorted, then subsequent beams directed to impact the same point but from different angles could cause the anti-time rupture. The reason I'm writing this is because of the properties of this negentropic field (anti-time). / Could there be a way to produce an energy field or zone that would exert 'anti-time' effects on any mass brought into it? Is there a correlation here with reduced or cancelled aether influx into mass? I think so. Keely said 'Time is Gravity'. If you slow or stop the flow of aether into a mass aggregate, then time slows or stops FOR THAT MASS. / It is quite probable that time can be accelerated based on increased aether inflows into the mass aggregate. Conversely, anti-time could be accelerated so that healing and rejuvenation would be effected much more rapidly than the normal time flow associated with the planetary body. The caveat here is there might a limit on how fast living tissue can be temporally advanced, in either direction. Thus, you could have an accelerated forward time field that would produce a Dorian Gray type aging effect, where you shrink, wrinkle and lose vitality or life in a matter of minutes (when using the 'normal' time flow as your background timekeeping reference). By the same token, you could have an anti-time acceleration to reduce an aged adult to a baby (or less) within a matter of minutes, again using the normal planetary flows as the background timekeeping reference. - Full Article Source and Dimensional Shifts - 'a series of speculations on time and dimensional travel' - Each spatial (and possibly TEMPORAL) location, no matter what dimension it resides in, has a specific coordinate, referenced by a combination of frequencies that equate to the 'signature' for that location. These are nested frequencies - like bubbles within bubbles - because they are all standing waves produced by 180 degree phase conjugation. If a modulation - representing a specific 'signature'/coordinate - is imposed on this stress field, then a portal is opened to that location. My concept is that a resonance is established between these two locations (there can be more), i.e. the physical-spatial location and the artifically created image.

01/08/10 - N.S. company helps build plasma rocket
A Nova Scotia company that builds transmitters for radio stations is helping develop a new plasma rocket engine that could cut a trip to Mars down to just 40 days. Nautel Ltd. of Hacketts Cove has partnered with a Texas rocket company, Ad Astra, to build a radio-frequency amplifier for a new plasma rocket engine. The radio waves from the amplifier heat gas, such as argon or xenon, into plasma as hot as the surface of the sun. The rocket then uses a series of magnets to propel the plasma out of the rocket at incredible speeds. Rather than the short, explosive blast seen in chemical rocket engines, plasma rockets provide a continuous, high-speed stream of hot gas that could accelerate a spacecraft to Mars over a period of weeks. Such a spacecraft would then turn its plasma engines toward its destination and fire them in the opposite direction to slow down. Plasma rockets aren't suitable for getting a spaceship from Earth into space, but once in space, a spaceship using plasma propulsion could reach Mars in 40 days, a trip that could currently last up to two years. - Full Article Source

01/08/10 - Tick key grabs head and all
Hiking, fishing, biking, jumping in leaves, walking the dog; all are activities that end the same way - checking for ticks. And, once the tick is found, what to do with it? Grab the tweezers, suffocate it with petroleum jelly, or burn the little sucker? It works with a teardrop-shaped hole that is placed over the tick so the tick is in the fat part of the teardrop. The key is then slid until the tick reaches the point of the teardrop where it is pulled out completely, head and all. The Tick Key is made out of anodized aluminum and comes in seven colors - green, blue, orange, purple, red, pewter, and black. It is flat enough to be kept in a wallet, and has a hole at the top fit for a key chain, collar, or leash. According to Ms. Libby, other methods of tick removal can cause problems. "They cause the tick to be traumatized and it regurgitates its stomach," said Ms. Libby. "You don't get the tick near where it's going to be touched until final yank. That's by and far most amazing part of how [Mr. Binkoski] designed it." According to The Tick Key Web site, the product is 99.9 percent effective on all sizes and all types of ticks. The Web site states: "The Tick Key is the only removal device on the planet that uses natural forward leverage to remove the entire tick, head and all, quickly and safely without touching or squishing even the toughest engorged ticks." The tick key is sold for $5.95 to $9.99. To find the nearest retailer who sells the tick key, or for more information, visit www.tickkey.com. - Full Article Source

01/08/10 - Universal Mobile Coverage
UK-based tech firm Picochip has come up with a new solution to the problem of poor network coverage which blights mobile phone users in rural areas around the country. Called a Femtocell, the device is a small box that plugs into a broadband router and can then boost the signal throughout an entire household and beyond, making mobile calling possible in areas currently neglected by carriers. The Femtocell technology allows for 3G data transfer as well as voice calling and other typical mobile phone communication options and it is likely to help out those living in the worst affected areas of Wales and Scotland where over 60 per cent of residents have no access to adequate network coverage. A spokesperson for the firm also praised the Femtocell technology itself, saying that the coverage within the average home would improve drastically and that the performance and range of the network was more impressive that current Wi-Fi technology. The main issue potentially limiting the success of Femtocells is the price of the devices, which is likely to exceed £160. Experts believe that the technology has the potential to become hugely popular, but that to achieve the desired level of success the price point must be brought down to below the £100 mark before consumers will be tempted to take the plunge. - Full Article Source

01/08/10 - Zomm Cellphone Reminder
KeelyNet The key-chain device, which is to be carried with the user, can send an alarm if the user walks too far away from the cell phone. It can also act as a remote speaker phone, personal alarm and emergency services dialer. Henry Penix said the goals of his company’s CES visit are to secure distribution for the device’s release, tentatively scheduled for this summer, and to drum up interest. The Zomm is tentatively priced at $79.99, but that could change as company representatives meet with distributors. Zomm $79.99 (tentative) keychain device.

# Alerts user when the user forgets cell phone by sounding an alarm when the Zomm is more than 30 feet from the paired phone.
# Sounds an alert activated from the cell phone, helping users find their keys.
# Acts as a speakerphone, allowing user to answer cell phone calls without having to touch the phone.
# Sounds shrill personal alarm with a six-second button-press.
# Calls emergency services directly when needed. - Full Article Source

01/08/10 - Micro-bubble dishwashing machine 80% less energy
One of the inventions is a dishwashing machine with ultrasonic micro-bubbles that can reach the smallest crevices in the utensils, and make sure they emerge spotlessly clean. Edwin Siew, final-year student, Singapore Polytechnic, said: "In between the fork, there are crevices that the conventional dishwasher cannot hit because the spray jets are not angled at a specific point and hence, the crevices are not cleaned. "But in our ultrasonic dishwasher, as long as the fork is submerged, and fully inside the water, the ultrasonic waves can hit and clean the fork effectively." The invention uses 80 per cent less energy than conventional dishwashers, and gets the job done in eight minutes instead of the usual 15 minutes. The dishwashing machine does not require hot water, and consumes only 2.8 kilowatts of energy, compared to the average consumption of 12 kilowatts by a conventional dishwasher. - Full Article Source

01/08/10 - Mosquito Flamethrower
KeelyNet One way to kill mosquitos. It looks like a replaceable can of hairspray that is lighted by a Bic type piezoelectric lighter. Better living through pyrotechnics, that is my motto. Kidding aside, the device could be pretty useful in the hands of someone with a survival instinct. Other comments worth repeating;

1) Used a can of WD 40 and a lighter for Texas cockroaches. Very effective, but left big soot blooms on the kitchen cabinets. After a while, the visual effect was pleasing.
2) I use a 2 component version (lighter and spray bottle) of this to get rid of wasp nests. One quick flame will burn their wings, and you can safely access and destroy the nest (don't try burning the whole nest as you may set your place on fire!).
3) A remarkable woman I knew ages ago used a CO2 pellet gun -sans pellets- to blow the wings off of flies.
4) I grabbed a wind-resistant candle lighter and went to town, spraying jets of flame on any cluster I could find. Not only have they vanished (it appears that, among the survivors, none wish to congregate for long), but it was amazingly satisfying. Except for the cleanup of the hundreds of burnt, fragile corpses.

Hmmm. A handheld flamethrower in bed? What could go wrong! - Full Article Source

01/08/10 - Why ‘peak oil’ collision provides opportunity for bold invention
ONE day, oil production will begin declining. The world’s drivers and transport operators and airlines, not to mention fertiliser, plastics and pharmaceutical manufacturers, will file their usual orders — only to be met by suppliers saying: “Um, sorry, we can only meet part of that order.” Often misunderstood, “peak oil” does not refer to oil running out. That won’t happen for a long time. Peak oil simply refers to the time at which overall production peaks and, most likely, demand begins to outstrip supply. The world consumes 85-million barrels per day. The International Energy Agency (IEA) expects demand to hit 105-million barrels per day by 2030. But it’s not clear how this 20-million barrel-per-day gap will be filled. Whitehorn is clearly trying not to paint governments as blind and obdurate. “I do see government starting to take oil-supply warnings seriously,” he says. “We’re not a group that believes we’re running out of oil. We’re a group that believes the price of oil is going to become permanently high within a decade as cheap sources of oil cease to exist. “We’ve got to be ready for a world with permanent 100-a-barrel oil. Oil is going to become too precious just to burn in cars. Oil is the source of our fertiliser, of our pesticides and pharmaceuticals, of most of our furnishings. It is the lifeblood of civilisation.” Right now, he says, “the first priority for national economies is energy saving…. Efficiency should become the watchword.” - Full Article Source

01/08/10 - Increasing Federal Control through Fear and Paranoia
KeelyNet For some time now, the US government has been looking for a justification to subject airline passengers to even more humiliating security checks, forcing everyone to undergo full body scanning. The Detroit charade was designed specifically for this purpose. No sooner had the charade's main character been carried off to some unknown destination, then the first round of lunatic new on board security measures was announced. During the last hour of flight before landing, passengers are no longer allowed to have anything in their laps and are prohibited from visiting the lavatory. As if these new rules had been designed beforehand and were put into effect at the first opportunity. One crucial detail is mostly left out of the Detroit charade story as it is being handled by the mainstream media worldwide: at Amsterdam airport, the “crotch bomber” boarded the US-bound flight without a passport and without going through any security check. Instead, he was escorted by a “well-dressed” gentleman who apparently had access to the boss of the Israeli firm that handles security at Amsterdam. If the same “well-dressed” gentleman would render this service to all passengers, flying would certainly be a more pleasant experience than it is for most of us at this moment. Curiously, the only answer the US government could think of, seconded by the usual orchestrated choir of its vassal states, was to increase security checks for all passengers, subjecting them to full body scans. Just pause here for a moment. Does this sound logical to you? Of course it does not! If there actually has been an attempt to blow up an airplane and the would-be “crotch bomber” was escorted by another person, the logical thing to do would be to check out security at Amsterdam airport. Not to increase security measures for all passengers. However, the stupidity of the US government may actually be so serious that they actually believe they could tackle the issue by the measures they have taken so far. In the light of the endless series of stupid mistakes the US government has over the past decade been making in Afghanistan and Iraq, it may even be conceivable they figure to be on track with their response to the Detroit incident. It certainly seems part of a grand design to make airline travel unattractive and to get the public used to police state controls. Unfortunately, most of the public numbly believes the official government story. Does nobody wonder why on the one hand his government would go to great lengths to protect the safety of citizens when they board an airplane, while on the other the same government could not care less about his economic security? What about the irresponsible bank bailouts of the past year, the home foreclosures affecting millions of people, the mounting unemployment, the collapse of social security? It just does not square. - Full Article Source

01/08/10 - Cellphone Radiation May Protect Brain From Alzheimers
A Reuters article suggests that cellphone radiation may protect the brain from Alzheimer's disease. "At the end of that time, they found cellphone exposure erased a build-up of beta amyloid, a protein that serves as a hallmark of Alzheimer's disease. The Alzheimer's mice showed improvement and had reversal of their brain pathology..." - Full Article Source

01/08/10 - Controversial gym ad warns that aliens will eat overweight people
KeelyNet The following statement is from a new advertisement campaign for one of the largest health clubs in the UK: "Advance health warning! When the aliens come, they will eat the fatties first." Apparently, quite a few people were offended by it. From The Telegraph:

Vicky Palmer contacted the health club (attached to Bristol's Cadbury House hotel) to complain after seeing an advert similar to the sign in a local newspaper. Mrs Palmer, who had an eating disorder as a teen, said the sign and adverts should be removed.

"I am not overweight yet I still find this extremely offensive and patronising, but how much more so to someone genuinely overweight?," she said. Yatton councillor Tony Moulin described the sign as "tacky". Mr Moulin said: "I think this sign is insensitive, tacky and could cause offence to some people."

Manager at the health club Jason Eaton said: "The alien campaign has been developed as a tongue in cheek look at the fact that people, generally, over the Christmas period do put on a little weight. We do not intend to cause any offence to anyone." - Full Article Source

01/08/10 - Mexico Wants Payment For Aztec Images
"Starbucks brought out a line of cups with prehistoric Aztec images on them. Now the government of Mexico wants them to pay for the use of the images. Does the copyright on an image last hundreds of years?" / The mugs show images of the Aztec calendar stone and the Pyramid of the Moon from the pre-Aztec ruins of Teotihuacan, near Mexico City. The government archaeological agency said Wednesday it will decide by next week whether Starbucks should pay any fees. - Full Article Source

01/07/10 - Comment on International Borders
Let me see if I got this right...

1) If you cross the North Korean border illegally, you get 12 years hard labor.
2) If you cross the Iranian border illegally you are detained indefinitely.
3) If you cross the Afghan border illegally, you get shot.
4) If you cross the Saudi Arabian border illegally, you will be jailed.
5) If you cross the Chinese border you may never be heard from again.
6) If you cross the Venezuelan border illegally you will be branded a spy and your fate will be sealed.
7) If you cross the Cuban border illegally you will be thrown into political prison to rot.
8) If you cross the U.S. border illegally you get;
1 - A JOB,
2 - A DRIVERS LICENSE,
3 - SOCIAL SECURITY CARD,
4 - WELFARE,
5 - FOOD STAMPS,
6 - CREDIT CARDS,
7 - SUBSIDIZED RENT OR A LOAN TO BUY A HOUSE,
8 - FREE EDUCATION,
9 - FREE HEALTH CARE,
10 - A LOBBYIST IN WASHINGTON
11 - BILLIONS OF DOLLARS WORTH OF PUBLIC DOCUMENTS PRINTED IN YOUR LANGUAGE
12 - AND THE RIGHT TO CARRY YOUR COUNTRY'S FLAG WHILE YOU PROTEST THAT YOU DON'T GET ENOUGH RESPECT

I JUST WANTED TO MAKE SURE I HAD A FIRM GRASP ON THE SITUATION... / (Thanks to Stevie for this email. - JWD) - Mexico treats illegal immigrants in its midst harshly - If a group of illegal immigrants living south of the border took to the streets in a similar protest, they'd be breaking Mexican law. There, the constitution bars noncitizens from participating in any public political demonstration. In fact, Mexican law contains several provisions that are notably tough on illegal immigration. As the debate continues over whether to crack down or ease up on illegal immigrants in the United States, little attention has been paid to the treatment immigrants receive in Mexico. Similarities abound between the two countries' policies, given that Mexico built much of its 1917 constitution and other laws on the United States' example. But Mexico has some noteworthy standouts:

# Under Article 123 of the General Population Act, illegal immigration is an offense punishable by up to two years in prison and a fine of up to 5,000 pesos, or about $450. Typically, any crime with a punishment of a year or more is considered a felony.
# Article 118 of the act says foreigners who are deported and then later attempt to re-enter the country without authorization can be punished with up to 10 years in prison.
# Under Article 73, local police must cooperate with federal immigration authorities when asked to help enforce the nation's immigration laws.
# As set forth in several articles of the act, immigrants are admitted into Mexico according to their potential to "contribute to the national progress" and must have the income needed to support themselves.
# Article 9 of the constitution says only citizens may assemble to "take part in the political affairs of the country." Under Article 33, noncitizens "may not in any way participate in the political affairs of the country."

01/07/10 - Battery charging while walking
KeelyNet The idea behind Tremont Electric's nPower PEG technology is to harness the kinetic energy you produce every time you walk or run around and convert it into a small amount of electricity to charge the cellphones and other gadgets in your pockets. The concept is relatively simple. The device lets users never lose battery power for their pocket devices. By plugging a cellphone, MP3 player or portable computer into the PEG and then carrying it vertically, walking or running -- even peddling a bicycle -- recharges the battery. Kinetic energy is produced by human locomotion (walking or running). Since people tend to move at a consistent frequency regardless of body factors, the nPower PEG tunes into this frequency. For example, a person walking up a set of stairs expends some 200 watts of power. Cellphone and other mobile devices have batteries that at most accept is 2.5 watts on a recharge. The nPower PEG harvests 1.25 percent of the walking power and delivers it to the mobile device, according to the company. - Full Article Source

01/07/10 - Massive Solar Updraft Towers Planned For Arizona
"Australia-based EnviroMission Ltd recently announced plans to build two solar updraft towers that span hundreds of acres in La Paz County, Arizona. Solar updraft technology sounds promising enough: generate hot air with a giant greenhouse, channel the air into a chimney-like device, and let the warm wind turn a wind turbine to produce energy. The scale of the devices would be staggering — each plant would consist of a 2,400 foot chimney over a greenhouse measuring four square miles. The Southern California Public Power Authority has approved EnviroMission as a provider, although there’s still plenty of work to be done before the $750 million, 200 megawatt project can begin." - Full Article Source

01/07/10 - MexiStim Polarity Cycler
KeelyNet The Mexistim is based on Lee Crocks 2nd version of the 'Energy Cleaner'. The 2nd version was used with good results on over 10,000 people according to the inventor. Normally I question such devices since they do not seem to work according to normal electronic principles, however, having used the device and noted positive changes now over the past 8 years, I can only attribute them to the Mexistim. Lee claims his 'energy cleaner' assists the body to purge toxins from the cells.

His analogy goes something like this,

Mexistim 'It's like taking a bucket lined with dried mud which is similar to the toxins that build up in the cell.

If you fill the bucket with water and empty it, you have removed some of the toxins.

By continually filling and emptying the bucket with fresh water, you will eventually have a clean bucket. This is what is believed to happen in the cells when using the machine.

One polarity pulls fluid into the cells, the other polarity ejects the fluid, now laden with toxins, from the cells.'
As you know, no one can make claims of cures without running afoul of the medical establishment who themselves don't have absolute cures. Each person's body is different with a constantly changing acid and alkali balance, varying daily stresses and other factors which affect healing. The only thing the Mexistim is claimed to do, is switch battery polarities (cycle between positive and negative every ~15 minutes). A link is included showing how anyone can assemble a simple version of the device to test for yourself. - Full Article Source

01/06/10 - Free Online Service to Promote and Organize Science Fairs
KeelyNet “As a parent, the amount of time you take to fill out forms with the same information on them, year after year, adds up quickly. You get tired of it,” he said. “Like me, I figured there were a lot of parents that would rather fill it out online, since we’re on the computer so much anyway. “So, I used my software expertise,” he added. “I thought, why not move the school forward and have a electronic-based Web site for it.”The Our Science Fair Web site went live for other schools in October. It is a free Web site platform and tool that allows veteran or first-time school science fair coordinators to minimize paperwork, so they have time to focus on what’s important, ensuring a quality science fair that supports the students’ interests. “Kids are the center of a science fair,” Goel said. “They learn a lot from their teachers, but this is something they get to choose, a project they want to do. When they do that, they get so much more out of the learning, they are often more excited and energized by it.” “Our grades, in math and science are below standards as a state and as a nation,” said Nga Selbig, a parent and former coordinator at Cascade Ridge. “Anything that inspires them [students] to get involved and gets them excited about science is really important.” Each school gets it own science fair Web page, where coordinators can publish information and details about the event. Whether the school’s students are in elementary, middle or high school, the Web site is easy enough to be used by parents and students. Students can use the Web site to enter their school’s fair and write their project synopsis. In addition, going online with electronic documents cuts down paper waste associated with hand-written forms, Goel said. Parents can also order supplies, like display boards, online. The orders also act as a school fundraiser. For every item sold from the Web site, the school’s association receives a portion of the money that a parent spends online. The items are shipped directly to a family’s home or business address, and there’s no more running around to five craft stores to find an adequate display board. “It’s a no-hassle fundraiser,” Goel said. The Web site, like other networking sites, allows parents, students, coordinators and teachers to upload digital photos of science projects throughout their creation, and they can upload photos of the science fair with additional content, like a thank you letter, to the community or a list of winners. “It’s absolutely inspiring to get organized, because all the tools are there,” Selbig said. “It makes it more interesting and exciting, because he’s made it accessible. “It’s a very easy site to use, because it’s user friendly and kid friendly” with its simple wording, she said. The Web site is secure and can only be accessed by members of the school community who have the username and passwords. In all, more than 30 schools have looked at or started using the Web site, but that isn’t limited to just the Issaquah School District. Schools throughout the state and the nation can use the site for free. Goel said he has had science coordinators from the Kent School District, and as far away as Michigan, Arizona, New Jersey and New York, start using the site. - Full Article Source and the actual site at Our Science Fair

01/06/10 - An Overview of Stan Meyers Water Car experiments w/correlations
Researcher Slavek Krepelka writes;

"I have uploaded my take on water run cars. To me, it appears that the special electronics etc. for water electrolysis are unnecessary. You have come across the fact yourself that hydrogen has much more bang per unit of weight than fosils. IMHO, it is indeed the key. The rest is in the article.

http://www3.sympatico.ca/slavek.krepelka/gismos/StanMeyer.htm

If you want to post the link on KeelyNet, it is fine with me, but please read it first. With kind regards, Slavek
- Full Article Source

01/06/10 - 'Ferropaper' is new technology for small motors, robots
KeelyNet The material is made by impregnating ordinary paper - even newsprint - with a mixture of mineral oil and "magnetic nanoparticles" of iron oxide. The nanoparticle-laden paper can then be moved using a magnetic field. "Paper is a porous matrix, so you can load a lot of this material into it," said Babak Ziaie, a professor of electrical and computer engineering and biomedical engineering. The new technique represents a low-cost way to make small stereo speakers, miniature robots or motors for a variety of potential applications, including tweezers to manipulate cells and flexible fingers for minimally invasive surgery. "Because paper is very soft it won't damage cells or tissue," Ziaie said. "It is very inexpensive to make. You put a droplet on a piece of paper, and that is your actuator, or motor." Once saturated with this "ferrofluid" mixture, the paper is coated with a biocompatible plastic film, which makes it water resistant, prevents the fluid from evaporating and improves mechanical properties such as strength, stiffness and elasticity. Because the technique is inexpensive and doesn't require specialized laboratory facilities, it could be used in community colleges and high schools to teach about micro robots and other engineering and scientific principles, Ziaie said. The magnetic particles, which are commercially available, have a diameter of about 10 nanometers, or billionths of a meter, which is roughly 1/10,000th the width of a human hair. Ferro is short for ferrous, or related to iron. "All types of paper can be used, but newspaper and soft tissue paper are especially suitable because they have good porosity," Ziaie said. The researchers fashioned the material into a small cantilever, a structure resembling a diving board that can be moved or caused to vibrate by applying a magnetic field. "Cantilever actuators are very common, but usually they are made from silicon, which is expensive and requires special cleanroom facilities to manufacture," Ziaie said. "So using the ferropaper could be a very inexpensive, simple alternative. This is like 100 times cheaper than the silicon devices now available." The researchers also have experimented with other shapes and structures resembling Origami to study more complicated movements. - Full Article Source

01/06/10 - Generate electricity with a candle
KeelyNet What you see is a generator that converts heat to electricity. [Reukpower's] thermoelectric lamp is one of those hacks that makes you scratch your head even though you understand why it should work. The heart of the system uses a Peltier cool, just like the thermoelectric solar generator. When there is a temperature differential from one side of the Peltier to the other a small current is generated. In this case a candle heats one side and a heat sink cools the other. The tiny voltage picked up from the Peltier’s contacts is then boosted using a joule thief. We’ve seen LEDs powered with a joule thief before, benefiting from their own low power consumption. In this case, the boost circuit is scavenged from an emergency phone charger and probably achieves higher efficiency than if he had built it himself. - Full Article Source

01/06/10 - Relic reveals Noah's ark was circular
KeelyNet According to newly translated instructions inscribed in ancient Babylonian on a clay tablet telling the story of the ark, the vessel that saved one virtuous man, his family and the animals from god's watery wrath was not the pointy-prowed craft of popular imagination but rather a giant circular reed raft. The now battered tablet, aged about 3,700 years, was found somewhere in the Middle East by Leonard Simmons, a largely self-educated Londoner who indulged his passion for history while serving in the RAF from 1945 to 1948. The relic was passed to his son Douglas, who took it to one of the few people in the world who could read it as easily as the back of a cornflakes box; he gave it to Irving Finkel, a British Museum expert, who translated its 60 lines of neat cuneiform script. There are dozens of ancient tablets that have been found which describe the flood story but Finkel says this one is the first to describe the vessel's shape. "In all the images ever made people assumed the ark was, in effect, an ocean-going boat, with a pointed stem and stern for riding the waves – so that is how they portrayed it," said Finkel. "But the ark didn't have to go anywhere, it just had to float, and the instructions are for a type of craft which they knew very well. It's still sometimes used in Iran and Iraq today, a type of round coracle which they would have known exactly how to use to transport animals across a river or floods." In his translation, the god who has decided to spare one just man speaks to Atram-Hasis, a Sumerian king who lived before the flood and who is the Noah figure in earlier versions of the ark story.

"Wall, wall! Reed wall, reed wall! Atram-Hasis, pay heed to my advice, that you may live forever! Destroy your house, build a boat; despise possessions And save life! Draw out the boat that you will built with a circular design; Let its length and breadth be the same."

The tablet goes on to command the use of plaited palm fibre, waterproofed with bitumen, before the construction of cabins for the people and wild animals. - Full Article Source

01/06/10 - Russian Inventor Trained Computer to Recognize People’s Faces
KeelyNet The Russian scientist Aleksandr Syomochkin from Blagoveshchensk Teachers’ Training University has created a program that enables computer to discern people and convey messages to them. The invention in future will be able to have full-fledged conversations with people. The computer discerns people’s faces by means of monitor cameras. The more cameras there are, the more detailed features of the “seen” people will remain in the computer’s memory. The program already works in the university’s laboratory of information technologies. Within a minute hundreds of the visitor’s pictures are downloaded from six cameras. The program named Iscanderus Visius remembers face features, mimic, and gestures of every object. Aleksandr Syomochkin is not going to patent his invention: “It is not necessary to patent everything: sometimes you can just make your invention available to people for free, so that they can take it and create something new on its basis” – he said. - Full Article Source

01/06/10 - 100 Quotes Every Geek Should Know
One thing that every geek can do is quote their favorite geek-culture media, whether it’s movies, books, television, theater or music. The GeekDads have tried to compile a list of such quotes for your enjoyment. This list is certainly not definitive. Indeed, it’s only the beginning!

#3 “I’m sorry, Dave. I’m afraid I can’t do that.” - HAL, 2001: A Space Odyssey
#11 “I’m going to give you a little advice. There’s a force in the universe that makes things happen. And all you have to do is get in touch with it, stop thinking, let things happen, and be the ball.” - Ty Webb, Caddyshack
#25 “No matter where you go, there you are. ” - Buckaroo Banzai, Buckaroo Banzai Across the Eighth Dimension
#27 “Ray, if someone asks you if you’re a god, you say YES!” - Winston, Ghostbusters
#30 “I find your lack of faith disturbing.” -Darth Vader, Star Wars
#43 “If we knew what it was we were doing, it would not be called research, would it?” - Albert Einstein
#73 “Gentlemen, you can’t fight in here! This is the War Room!” - President Merkin Muffley, Dr. Strangelove
#75 “Take your stinking paws off me, you damn dirty ape!” - Taylor, Planet of the Apes
#100 “End Of Line” - The MCP, TRON
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01/06/10 - Think City cars to be made in Elkhart
KeelyNet THINK Chief Executive Officer Richard Canny said his company looked at more two dozen states and counties before selecting Elkhart for its North American production plant. The company also received more than $3 million dollars in tax credits and grants. The company already has about 1,500 vehicles on the road in Europe. Mayor Dick Moore is confident there is real momentum behind THINK and its City vehicle, which were a spin-off from Ford Motor Company. "It's proven," said Moore. "It's already got thousands and thousand of miles in Europe. It's not a dream or concept or an idea or invention, it's proven." Canny said there's a market for these vehicles and he believes the company will be competitive among established automakers in the U.S. The Think City has a $30,000 price tag. Canny said he hopes government incentives will lower the price to the $20,000 range. - Full Article Source

01/06/10 - Three green inventions to keep your eye on
The Synthetic Tree where the leaves are made from a plastic material that absorbs CO2 when it is dry and releases it again when it is moist. Standing in the wind the sorbent material loads up with CO2, it is then transferred into a chamber, from which the air can be removed. / Erasable Paper is just real paper, with a very thin coating of chemicals that contain light activated molecules. We pass it through a printer with an ultraviolet light bar that changes the colour of the pixels. The molecules change colour with the UV light and then through heat, erases everything on the page. / Anti-pollution Concrete doesn’t absorb the pollution but it decomposes pollutant gases by chemical reactions produced by ultraviolet rays. We need to find other ways to get better air quality. By finding antipollution coating for frontage. And why not try to find solutions for interior pollution. - Full Article Source

01/06/10 - Unemployed Developing More Inventions
With millions of Americans out of work, some of the unemployed are taking matters into their own hands. Experts say the number of new inventions being pushed into the marketplace is rising. Experts say tough economic times often lead to new inventions as people out of work have more time available and are more willing to take risks. "I would say that the numbers have probably gone up four-fold in the last, even in the last month. I think that stems from people that are either out of work or have been displaced, companies have closed and they’re trying to set themselves up long term for a better financial position," said Bruce Nemec of C2R Product Development. But turning an idea into a marketable product can be costly. It can cost as much as 100 thousand dollars to pay for the patent, design, testing and engineering. That much money might not be available to people out of work. - Full Article Source

01/06/10 - Johnston Man Pleads Guilty in Money Laundering Case
Rocco DeSimone, 56, of Johnston, pleaded guilty today to federal mail fraud and money laundering charges, admitting that he conned an inventor and defrauded several investors with fraudulent claims about marketing inventions. At the plea hearing, Assistant U.S. Attorney Lee H. Vilker said the government could prove that, in 2005, DeSimone convinced the inventor of a device called the Drink Stik to give him a one-third ownership interest in the product. The Drink Stik is designed to allow soldiers and first responders wearing protective gear to drink fluids without removing their gear. DeSimone falsely told the inventor that the CEO of Fidelity Investments had offered millions of dollars to purchase the Drink Stik. In fact, DeSimone had not discussed the Drink Stik with the CEO of Fidelity, nor had he ever even met him. DeSimone then solicited investments from third parties, either to him personally or to a company he had established called Falcon, Ltd. In addition to misrepresenting that the CEO of Fidelity was interested in the Drink Stik, DeSimone also falsely represented that Raytheon Corporation and AlvaMed Corporation had offered to purchase the product. He told some investors that Raytheon was going to pay $268 million for the rights to the invention. Through his misrepresentations, DeSimone was able to solicit approximately $1,221,250 in cash from investors. In exchange for shares in Falcon, Ltd, other investors sent him merchandise, including eight valuable antique Japanese swords. Of more than $1.2 million that he raised for the Drink Stik, DeSimone spent about $28,000 on expenses related to the product. He spent the rest on personal expenses, including a $180,000 Ford GT automobile, art work, mortgage payments, and a large payment to the IRS for taxes owed from a previous federal prosecution involving the sale of artwork. - Full Article Source

01/06/10 - A Sign of the Times
KeelyNet According to data released by StatCounter.com, Mozilla’s Firefox 3.5 is now the most popular web browser. It just passed Microsoft’s Internet Explorer version 7. This is a landmark. It was just a couple of years ago that Internet Explorer dominated the world of browsing the Internet; it was used by more than 90 percent of people who went online. Of course that was mainly because it came packaged with Windows, so anyone who bought a computer automatically had it. But you can have as many Internet browsers as you want on your computer and gradually people began to move toward something better. So it’s still true, that if you make a better product, you will usually win out. - Full Article Source

01/06/10 - CIA Teams Up With Scientists To Monitor Climate
"The CIA has just joined up with climate researchers to re-launch a data-sharing initiative that will use spy satellites and other CIA asets to help scientists figure out what climate change is doing to cloud cover, forests, deserts, and more. The collaboration is an extension of the Measurements of Earth Data for Environmental Analysis program, which President Bush canceled in 2001, and it will use reconnaissance satellites to track ice floes moving through the Arctic basin, creating data that could be used for ice forecasts." Even though the program is "basically free" in terms of CIA involvement, the Times notes: "Controversy has often dogged the use of federal intelligence gear for environmental monitoring. In October, days after the CIA opened a small unit to assess the security implications of climate change, Senator John Barrasso, Republican of Wyoming, said the agency should be fighting terrorists, 'not spying on sea lions.'" - Full Article Source

01/06/10 - 2009 Darwin Award Winners Announced
KeelyNet "From the woman who jumped in a swollen creek to rescue her drowning moped, to the man who hopped over the divider at the edge of the highway to take a leak, and plunged 65 feet to his death, 2009 was a year both exceptional and unexceptional for Darwin Award-worthy behavior!" / What is this world coming to? The "Dummies" series is highly successful, and has spawned an extensive product line as well as dozens of books. But the "Dummies" series has gone too far, has jumped the shark, with this title. Pregnancy for Dummies. Do we really need to encourage dummies to reproduce...? - Full Article Source

01/06/10 - Best Buy $39.95 "Optimization" At Best a Waste of Money
"The Consumerist deconstructs the appalling 'optimization service' that Best Buy has been pushing on consumers in recent weeks. The retailer charges 40 bucks to give you a slower PC, and make bizarre claims that it makes it go 200% faster. 'We ran the 3DMark 2003 graphics benchmark on each laptop, comparing optimized and non-optimized settings. For two of our samples, the Gateway and Toshiba, performance changes were negligible. On the Asus laptop, however, optimized tests actually scored about 32% worse than the non-optimized setup. We have been unable to isolate the source of this performance change. On none of the three tested laptops did the optimized settings give a performance boost in our test.'" - Full Article Source

01/06/10 - Human Race Up for Difficult 12 Months in 2010
KeelyNet The coming year will demonstrate the period of dynamic collapse of the established rules and “world order” not only in the global economy, but in political systems as well. It includes various levels of the state power, change in political regimes, waging wars and serious religious conflicts. All negative consequences of 2010 will be shaped by a strong collaboration of planets, the Solar System giants. Particularly, the union of Uranus (revolutionary changes) and Jupiter (expansion, of religious doctrines and extremism) will enter in a strong opposition with Saturn (restrictions and discipline). This configuration will reveal a systematic “crisis of power” which will affect all types of business, will cause an increase in taxation and administrative pressure, and will be belt-tightening even for those who are already poor. This will enhance the vicious circle and weaken the integrity of the state system. At the same time, the effect of this planetary group will cause a chain reaction with Pluto (nuclear energy and people masses) located at the top of the Cardinal Cross, at the point of winter solstice, marking a colossal emission of unprecedented energy – Holy Spear. It is not ruled out that such configuration will provoke a peak in solar activity, which, in turn, will cause civil commotion, natural disasters and man-made accidents. The most significant events will occur in Japan (earthquakes and nuclear power plants), China (earthquakes and epidemics), Iran (earthquakes, opposition with Israel and the US). The issue of the economic crisis (unemployment and bankruptcy) will be the most acute in the EU countries, but in Russia the situation will not be better either. Russia was on the peak of its economic development in 2008, and now it is facing a serious drop in all economic indicators in the next nine years (wave dynamics). Yet, positive changes may also happen since Russia is the country of Aquarius. 2010 will be particularly important for North Korea, China, Afghanistan, Italy and Germany. The USA will not avoid hardships either. It will face escalation of the financial crisis, natural and man-made disasters. The war in Iraq, sending additional troops in Afghanistan prior to the beginning of military actions in Iran (bombing missile attack, Israel) will cause additional frenzy with regard to oil supply and prices, which will not bring extra optimism in solving economic problems and issues of civil rights. - Full Article Source

01/04/10 - Disinfectants 'train' superbugs to resist antibiotics
Scientists in Galway found that by adding increasing amounts of disinfectant to cultures of pseudomonas aeruginosa in the lab, the bacteria learnt to resist not only the disinfectant but also ciprofloxacin - a commonly-prescribed antibiotic - even without being exposed to it. The researchers report the bacteria had adapted to pump out anti-microbial agents - be they a disinfectant or an antibiotic - from their cells. The adapted bacteria also had a mutation in their DNA that allowed them to resist ciprofloxacin-type antibiotics specifically. Pseudomonas aeruginosa is a bacterium most likely to infect those who are already seriously ill. It can cause a wide range of infections, particularly among those with weak immune systems such as HIV or cancer patients, as well as people with severe burns, diabetes or cystic fibrosis. Surface disinfectants are used to prevent its spread - but if the bacteria manage to survive and go on to infect patients, antibiotics are used to treat them. Bacteria that could resist both these control points could be a serious threat to hospital patients, the study said. - Full Article Source

01/04/10 - Jobless and Living In A Capsule In Japan
KeelyNet Twenty years ago, Capsule Hotel Shinjuku 510 was a place where Tokyo’s businessmen could get a quick night’s sleep after a long day at the office. Today it’s an apartment building for those left unemployed by the devastating recession. As Japan’s jobless rate creeps higher—it is currently 5.2%, the highest it has ever been—some Tokyo residents are saving money by moving into hotels. Caspule hotels. At about $620 a month, rent’s not that cheap, though that does afford you a small in-capsule TV and fresh linens, as well as access to communal areas. The capsules have screens instead of doors, and their thin walls provide little privacy. There is, of course, little space for personal possessions, so most residents keep their things stowed in even smaller lockers on the premises. The hotel’s proprietor estimates about a third of the establishment’s 300 capsules are rented long term, on a month by month basis. It is heartening, though, to read that the capsule-dwelling individuals interviewed in this article remain optimistic about what the future holds. - Full Article Source

01/04/10 - 911 Software predicts Emergency zones
Lee County EMS is looking to speed up its response time in emergencies by predicting where ambulances will be needed most. There's no crystal ball for dispatchers. They never know when or where the next emergency may strike. But now they have some help. Lee County EMS in Florida is the first in the nation to use this new software. "As a former dispatcher, I know half the time when I move someone to cover an area I get a call back where the ambulance was," Tom Woolverton, Lee County communications supervisor, said. This new program could prevent that. It's able to predict where a 911 call may come from every hour of every day. - Full Article Source

01/04/10 - Hybrid Solar Panels Combine Photovoltaics with Thermoelectricity
KeelyNet These new photovoltaic thermal hybrid panels presently exist only as prototypes. Beneath the clear, outermost protective cover is a layer of photovoltaic cells, followed by a layer of thermoelectric material, a layer with plastic tubes (called the functionally graded material interlayer) to carry water that will cool the other layers while also carrying away heated water, and a bottom layer of reinforcing plastic. The photovoltaic cells convert the sun's electromagnetic radiation into electricity, while the thermoelectric layer converts the sun's heat into electricity. The water tubes are crucial to the design. Typically, when photovoltaics heat up they begin to lose their efficiency at normal operating temperatures in a sunny environment, says Greg Kelly, Weidlinger's director of sustainable design. The design created by Huiming Yin, an assistant professor of civil engineering and engineering mechanics at Columbia, incorporates a capacity to cool down the photovoltaics while also heating water for use in the building to which the panels are attached. Although this idea of "building-integrated photovoltaics" (BIPV) is not new, the Columbia-Weidlinger multilayered hybrid design is different from anything currently available to builders. SolarWorld AG in Germany, for example, sells a technology it calls Energyroof, which consists of panels covered with solar laminates that generate electricity but does not include a layer of thermoelectric material. In October, The Dow Chemical Company announced its Powerhouse Solar Shingle, which the company says can be integrated into rooftops with standard asphalt shingle materials. These solar shingles, which feature thin-film copper indium gallium selenide (CIGS) photovoltaic cells, are expected to be available in limited quantities by mid-2010 and projected to be more widely available in 2011. - Full Article Source

01/04/10 - Are Engines the Future of Solar Power?
Nearly 200 years after their invention, and decades after first being proposed as a method of harnessing solar energy, 60 sun-powered Stirling engines are about to begin generating electricity outside Phoenix, Ariz., for the first time. Such engines, which harness heat to expand a gas and drive pistons, are not used widely today other than in pacemakers and long-distance robotic spacecraft. The 1.5 megawatt (MW) demonstration site, known as Maricopa Solar, is set to begin operations early January 2010, with units provided by the Arizona-based Stirling Energy Systems (SES). Proponents of the technology point to the advantages it has over other forms of solar power, particularly concentrating solar power (CSP), which also captures the sun’s heat. Most CSP systems require significant amounts of water, which has proven to be a challenge in desert regions of the U.S. where solar power is most attractive, while Stirling engines require none other than small amounts for cleaning the mirrors. In addition, if one engine goes down, it has minimal impact on overall production. - Full Article Source

01/04/10 - Young children who are smacked 'go on to be more successful'
KeelyNet Research found that children who are smacked before the age of six perform better at school when they are teenagers. They are also more likely to do voluntary work and to want to go to university than those who have never been physically disciplined. But the study also revealed that children who are smacked after the age of six were more likely to exhibit behavioural problems, such as being involved in fights. Smacking is currently banned in 20 European countries, including Germany, Spain and the Netherlands. In Britain 'reasonable chastisement' in the home is allowed unless it leaves a mark. Professor Gunnoe questioned 2,600 people about being smacked, of whom a quarter had never been physically chastised. The participants' answers then were compared with their behaviour, such as academic success, optimism about the future, antisocial behaviour, violence and bouts of depression. Teenagers in the survey who had been smacked only between the ages of two and six performed best on all the positive measures. Those who had been smacked between seven and 11 fared worse on negative behaviour but were more likely to be academically successful. Teenagers who were still smacked fared worst on all counts. - Full Article Source

01/04/10 - The really effective conservation steps, not just feel-good ones
Most people's feelings of helplessness aside, households represent a huge reservoir of untapped potential for reducing carbon emissions. According to Stern and co-researcher Gerald T. Gardner, a psychology professor at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, U.S. households - including their vehicles - account for 38 percent of the U.S. carbon emissions. It's larger than the industrial sector. Larger than any nation's emissions except for China's. The top three most effective and achievable emissions reductions are getting a fuel-efficient vehicle, weatherization and buying more efficient appliances .. - Full Article Source

01/04/10 - Nostradamus, Mayan Calendar, Magnetic Reversals and Nibiru in 2012
The concern has invaded cable TV and Hollywood, spreading internationally. As a result, many originally unrelated threads have joined the doomsday chorus, including Nostradamus believers, a variety of eschatological Christian, Native American, and spiritualist sects, and those who fear comet and asteroid impacts or violent solar storms. All agree that terrible things will happen to the Earth in 2012, but many also assert that this will be the beginning of a new age of happiness and spiritual growth for the survivors. This story began with predictions that Nibiru, supposedly a planet discovered by the Sumerians, is headed toward Earth. Zecharia Sitchin, who writes fiction about the ancient Mesopotamian civilization of Sumer, claimed in several books (e.g., The Twelfth Planet, published in 1976) that he has found and translated Sumerian documents that identify the planet Nibiru, orbiting the Sun every 3,600 years. These two Nibiru fables were greatly amplified when linked with the turn-over of the Mayan long-count calendar at or near the winter solstice of 2012. Many Web sites sprang up declaring that December 21, 2012, would be the end of the world, a time of violent physical and spiritual transformation—never mind that the real end for Mayan civilization came several hundred years earlier with the European invasion of the Americas. As the story grows in complexity, many more doomsday scenarios are being suggested, often unrelated to Nibiru. These include a reversal of the Earth’s magnetic field, severe solar storms associated with the eleven-year solar cycle (which may peak in 2012), a reversal of Earth’s rotation axis, a 90 degree flip of the rotation axis, bombardment by large comets or asteroids, and bombardment by gamma rays or various unspecified lethal rays coming from the center of the Milky Way Galaxy or the “dark rift” seen in a nearby galactic spiral arm. A major theme has become celestial alignments, which fascinate laypersons. Supposedly, the Sun will align with the galactic center (or maybe with the Milky Way Dark Rift) on December 21, 2012, subjecting us to potentially deadly forces. All of these pseudoscientific claims, together with distrust of the government, are being amplified by publicity for the new film from Columbia Pictures, titled simply “2012,” to be released in November 2009. The doomsday scenario is spreading internationally; about half the questions I receive about Nibiru/2012 on my Web site now come from outside the U.S. Many write from India, saying they read about Nibiru in the newspapers. A journalist said that many people in Russia “are anxious by problem Nibiru.” A correspondent from Pakistan wrote, “The propaganda of 2012 is rising day by day. Why is NASA is not condemning these hoax?” The theme of censorship is often raised. One woman asked “why you and your government dont put a ban on the TV shows and report telecasting about Nibiru and 2012. If US can step to protect the world physically from terrorism, why can’t it protect us mentally from these news, if they are hoax?” Another woman pleaded, “I have four little babies and I think all of the human race deserves to know the truth from you ‘experts’. If it’s real then do the right thing; if not quit letting these hoaxes confuse true issues please.” - Full Article Source

01/04/10 - Small wonder the Scottish economy is lying in tatters
It’s in the Guinness Book Of Records. He even showed me a working model of his tiny TV which, I can confirm, was very small indeed. As flat-screen televisions get larger and larger, you might wonder why anyone would want to make a screen that is not much larger than a pinhead. But it turns out miniaturisation is the future of video. In 10 years everyone will be playing Grand Theft Auto wearing special glasses with these video screens embedded in them, projecting images directly on to the retina. Surgeons doing delicate operations will use micro video, as will engineers doing complex procedures, where you can’t just pop out and consult a manual. Tiny TVs will also be used in cameras, mobile phones, robotics. We’ll probably be wearing ties covered with them. All well and good. But there’s a couple of things you need to know about this Scottish invention. The firm that developed it, Microemissive Displays (MED), went bust last year and the man who told me about it was made redundant, and has had to find contract work in the south of England. The reason they couldn’t develop this invention further was simple: the credit crunch. Another piece of groundbreaking technology slips out of our grasp, just like wind power and marine energy, to be developed elsewhere. When economists like Professor David Bell warn of a decade of decline in Scotland following the banking crash, this is what they mean. These advanced small businesses are supposed to be the economic future, but like silicon glen, they are already becoming part of the past. Manufacturing plants in China will probably be turning these things out by the million in a few years. - Full Article Source

01/04/10 - A smart man’s wind turbine
KeelyNet A smart man’s creative mind and technical eye drove him to create a domestic wind turbine which generates up to 25 kilowatt hours of energy per day: enough to run a small apartment. The turbine was made from mainly recycled material including marine plywood, steel pipes and plates, magnets, fibreglass, coils and electronic components such as rectifiers. Mr Cauchi has so far spent some e550 (1,842.42USD) in material as the magnets, for instance, had to be custom made. The most challenging part, he explained, were the blades, for which he had to create moulds. Each of the three blades had to be identical in weight and design and were created on designs approved by NASA, he noted. The wind turbine awaits his return from Libya for it to be installed on his residence roof. He is yet to purchase specialised batteries which will cost some e350 (1,172.83USD). However, Mr Cauchi believes the cost is nothing compared to the cost of electricity and the e300 (1,004.96USD) bills he receives every time. He now hopes to not get bogged down in MEPA’s red tape and install his creation. - Full Article Source

01/04/10 - Last global warming, sea level peaked at least 6.6 meters higher than today
All the argument over human-causation makes no real difference at all. Climate has always naturally fluctuated radically over time. If we want to build coastal and northern cities and not eventually lose them to sea level rises or glacial advances, we will need to eventually learn to control climate. Geological records from several sites indicate that local sea levels during the last interglacial were higher than today, but because local sea levels differ from global sea level, accurately reconstructing past global sea level requires an integrated analysis of globally distributed data sets. - Full Article Source

01/04/10 - How Norway Fought Staph Infections
"Studies are showing that Norway's dirtiest hospitals are actually cleaner than most other countries', and the reason for this is that Norwegians stopped taking antibiotics. A number of factors like paid sick leave and now restrictions on advertising for drugs make Norway an anomaly when it comes to diseases like Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). A Norwegian doctor explains, 'We don't throw antibiotics at every person with a fever. We tell them to hang on, wait and see, and we give them a Tylenol to feel better.' Norway is the most MRSA free country in the world. In a country like Japan, where 17,000 die from MRSA every year, 'doctors overprescribe antibiotics because they are given financial incentives to push drugs on patients.'" - Full Article Source

01/03/10 - Happiness Hat - Put a Smile on Your Face
KeelyNet A wearable conditioning device that detects if you're smiling and provides pain feedback if you're not. Frowning creates intense pain but a full smile leaves you pain free! The first in a series of Tools for Improved Social Inter-Acting. An enclosed bend sensor attaches to the cheek and measures smile size, a servo motor moves a metal spike into the head inversely proportional to the degree of smile. Through repeated use of this conditioning device you can train your brain to smile all the time. The device runs on Arduino. / (I can't help but think of this as something that Sheldon from the Big Bang Theory would create. Thanks to my twisted friend Bert who I hope never runs for a major public office! - JWD) - Full Article Source

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01/03/10 - Stop children joining gangs by getting them interested in inventions
KeelyNet Brainy Bill Currie has come up with an inventive idea to stop kids around the country joining gangs - by getting them interested in coming up with new inventions instead. He wants to see his Being Inventive Through Education (BITE) project rolled out across Britain after a successful pilot at a South Norwood school. The 53-year-old has received high praise for his Programme 21 scheme, a 21-week programme which has seen youngsters from Cypress Juniors coming up with their own inventions. He is now in talks with several other schools across the borough who are interested in setting up similar inventors' clubs for their pupils. They have been impressed by the fact Cypress youngsters' maths and science skills improved thanks to the project. "You hear that children as young as 11 are getting involved in violent gang crime," he said. "Well they are the same age as the kids who took part in Programme 21. "Kids join gangs because they have got nothing else to do. An inventors' club gives a feeling of camaraderie. "It redirects their minds and brings so much enrichment to their lives. "If we can get them young and start channelling their minds, that's how you stop these kids going into this violent gang culture." It proved such a success that the Cypress pupils won a gold medal at the British Invention Show, for an alarm that alerts parents when their child wanders too close to a fire or staircase. "The children that belonged to my inventors' club (at Cypress Juniors) have come on so much. "It brought them out of themselves and they were able to use their maths and science skills. "But most of all it was about having fun." - Full Article Source

01/03/10 - RI man accused of duping investors faces trial
A Rhode Island man whom prosecutors call a "habitual con man" heads to trial next week on charges that he duped investors by claiming access to deep-pocketed business connections. Rocco DeSimone, a former art dealer from Johnston, was convicted in 2005 of filing a false tax return and later escaped from prison. He now is accused of inducing people to invest money in products that he said brand-name companies had offered millions of dollars to buy. One invention was a protective covering for CDs and DVDs to prolong their life. DeSimone told potential investors that he owned the product and that Nintendo had offered millions of dollars for it, even though both claims were false, federal prosecutors said. DeSimone is accused of taking in roughly $6 million in money, property and forgiven debt. Prosecutors plan to call as witnesses some of the people who gave him money. - Full Article Source

01/03/10 - Why Music Sounds Worse
KeelyNet Big-name CD manufacturers are distorting sounds to make them seem louder. Sound quality suffers. / As we come to the end of the decade, we turn to one of the more dramatic changes we've heard in music over those 10 years: It seems to have gotten louder. We're talking about compression here, the dynamic compression that's used a lot in popular music. Robert Siegel talked to Bob Ludwig, a record mastering engineer. For more than 40 years, he's been the final ear in the audio chain for albums running from Jimi Hendrix to Radiohead, from Tony Bennett to Kronos Quartet. Bob pointed to a YouTube video titled The Loudness War. The video uses Paul McCartney's 1989 song "Figure of Eight" as an example, comparing its original recording with what a modern engineer might do with it. "It really no longer sounds like a snare drum with a very sharp attack," Ludwig says. "It sounds more like somebody padding on a piece of leather or something like that," Ludwig says. He's referring to the practice of using compressors to squash the music, making the quiet parts louder and the loud parts a little quieter, so it jumps out of your radio or iPod. Ludwig says the "Loudness War" came to a head last year with the release of Metallica's album Death Magnetic. "It came out simultaneously to the fans as [a version on] Guitar Hero and the final CD," Ludwig says. "And the Guitar Hero doesn't have all the digital domain compression that the CD had. So the fans were able to hear what it could have been before this compression." According to Ludwig, 10,000 or more fans signed an online petition to get the band to remix the record. - Full Article Source

01/03/10 - New wireless system can save 10 percent of bandwidth
Baio Chen's invention makes a major reduction in "training overhead," which occupies a significant portion of the wireless band. Most current systems typically allow 15-20 percent of bandwidth for this "overhead," and the new technology potentially reduces it by half. Bandwidth is very valuable. When the FCC auctioned off a large portion of wireless bandwidth last fall, the wireless carriers who bid successfully paid a total of $19.6 billion. For large wireless firms, saving even a fraction of their investment in bandwidth could mean millions of dollars. There are also benefits in the new technology for the cell phone user. "If you are sending an image from your cell phone," says Chen. "You typically get an on-screen bar that grows as it repeats the word 'sending, sending.' "With the new system the bar will fade sooner. The user gets the job done more quickly, and that will extend the phone's battery life." - Full Article Source

01/03/10 - Provisional Patents Don’t Exist
KeelyNet One of the most common misunderstandings relates to the notion of a “provisional patent.” I’ve heard people say, “I have a provisional patent” or “I am protected because I have filed for a provisional patent.” Because of their misunderstanding of the process, many have unintentionally surrendered any patent rights they may have secured for their invention. There is no such a thing as a provisional patent.

There is, however, a provisional application for patent, which is just that – an application. It’s not a granted patent. A 'provisional application for patent' provides a way to establish an early priority date for a subsequently filed non-provisional application. Once you file a provisional application, you can use the term “patent pending.”

“Patent pending” gives notice that a current patent application covering an invention is on file with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. It does not mean that a patent has been or will be allowed, only that an application for a patent is currently on file. Many are confused when they hear about provisional rights authorized under 35 U.S.C. §154. This section does not grant rights to a provisional application for patent, nor does it grant rights before a patent has been granted. Provisional rights under §154 relate to the retroactive enforcement of patent rights in very limited circumstances. If final patent meets certain criteria, you may be able to enforce your rights for some period before the date the patent was granted. The takeaway is this: There is no such thing as a provisional patent. And while a provisional patent application allows you to use the phrase “patent pending,” you have no patent enforcement rights under a provisional patent application. - Full Article Source

01/03/10 - Quick swine flu diagnostic method developed
The invention is particularly significant amid the outburst of the pandemic swine flu which has created havoc worldwide. The rapid and automated system ensures quicker and effective detection of different flu sub-strains, including influenza A, influenza B, and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). The test can also assay human H1N1, H3N2, and swine-origin H1N1 viruses. Not only this, it also enables distinguishing these viruses from influenza B and RSV infections. Furthermore, this method ensures the testing of large number of influenza infected samples simultaneously. This will cut down the unnecessary time usually taken in examining and giving out patients’ reports. Researchers said that "this outbreak demonstrates the importance of having rapid, reliable, sensitive, and specific assays that allow clinicians and public health officials to react quickly and effectively during viral outbreaks." A viral infection that affects mainly the nose, throat, bronchi and, occasionally, lungs is termed as influenza. It is generally accompanied by chills, fever, sore throat, muscle pains, severe headache, coughing, weakness/fatigue and general discomfort. The illness is more dangerous than common cold, and in serious cases, could prove fatal, especially for the young and the elderly. The influenza viruses could be classified in three categories; influenza virus A, B and C.

Generally, wild aquatic birds are host to influenza virus A. It may be transmitted from one species to another, could severely infect poultry or humans and give rise to influenza pandemics. The 2009 pandemic, the H1N1 virus, falls under this category.

Influenza virus B is less common than influenza virus A. It infects humans, and seal and ferret in animals.

Influenza virus C infects humans, dogs, and pigs, and can cause severe illnesses as well as local pandemics. - Full Article Source

01/03/10 - Empire State Building car zap mystery
KeelyNet In the shadow of the Empire State Building lies an “automotive Bermuda Triangle” - a five-block radius where vehicles mysteriously die. No one is sure what’s causing it, but all roads appear to lead to the looming giant in our midst - specifically, its Art Deco mast and 203-foot-long, antenna-laden spire. “We get about 10 to 15 cars stuck near there every day,” said Isaac Leviev, manager of Citywide Towing, the AAA’s exclusive roadside assistance provider from 42nd St. to the Battery. “You pull the car four or five blocks to the west or east and the car starts right up.” The 102-story building, at Fifth Ave. between 33rd and 34th Sts., has been home to broadcast equipment since its opening in 1931, when RCA installed an experimental TV antenna. “If the claim were indeed true, the streets in the vicinity of the building would be constantly littered with disabled vehicles,” the building’s owner said. According to many doormen in the area, they often are. “They park here on the block and when they come back and try to leave, they can’t start their cars,” said Martin Deda, a doorman at 16 Park Ave., which fronts E. 35th St. Automotive experts and engineers believe the problem stems from radio frequency interference that’s “jamming” the remote keyless entry systems of cars. / The alleged “effect” dissipates rapidly as you move away from the building. “You pull the car four or five blocks to the west or east and the car starts right up,” says Isaac Leviev, manager of Citywide Towing, in the Daily News report. According to the Daily News, some engineers and automobile experts hypothesize that radio signals from the Empire State Building’s 203-foot-long, antenna-laden spire is at the root of the problem. However, the FCC says it has not received any complaints and Empire State Building officials have shot down the claims. - Full Article Source

01/03/10 - Top grosser '3 Idiots' to fund real life inventors
As India prepares to launch itself into a new decade of economic growth, the year’s top movie is energising a rapidly expanding national network of grassroots enterprise. If you’ve seen 3 Idiots, a frothy film about an impoverished, smart-alecky student-inventor who lives by his wits, you can’t miss the scooter-powered flourmill, a cycle-powered horse hair clipper and exercycle-cum-washing machine. 3 Idiots is topping box-office collections, prompting producer Vidhu Vinod Chopra to annou-nce a fund for the three real-life brains — a Kerala teen, a Maharashtra painter and a UP barber — powering the fertile imagination of wannabe engineer “Rancho”, or Ranchoddass Shyamaldas Chanchad, Aamir Khan’s character. The inventions were sourced from the National Innovation Foundation (NIF), set up nine years ago by the government with inspiration from a 16-year-old proponent of grassroots invention, the Honey Bee Network. The popular attention to rural invention couldn’t come at a better time for a nation that increasingly values creativity but is still given to rote learning at schools and colleges. / Three friends meet in country's premier engineering college. While Raju and Farhaan are normal guys, middle class, studious and focused, who want to lead life in normal way, studying and getting good jobs, Rancho is somewhat different. This man loves machines and can make inverters which can run from car batteries, and devices which can create trouble for the private organs of a wicked senior student. Rancho teaches his friends lessons of life through live demos and in easy language, by saying just 'all izz well'. Due to his unconventional methods of learning, college director Viru Sahastrabuddhe aka Virus (Boman Irani) develops ill will for him and asks Farhaan and Raju to forget his friendship. But they can't. Rancho is a genius in fact, who studies engineering with a difference and also woes college director's daughter Pia Sahastrabuddhe (Kareena Kapoor). Despite Virus' ill will, Rancho wins at last and becomes able to convince his friends and college director that his unconventional methods are actually the right methods. How? This is what the movie is about. Watch it… its funny, amusing and sometimes incongruous but provoking laughter. - Full Article Source

01/03/10 - Developing A Promotional Strategy
Even if you were to invent something earth-shattering, you would not make any money from of it if you left the invention on your desk. The only way you can turn a profit from it is by selling it and in order to achieve this, you have to inform people that it exists, that it is for sale and where they may get it from. In other words, you have to promote it. The US Patents Office has issued thousands patents for products that never made it and many of those did not make it, not because they were not excellent ideas, but because their inventors did not know what to do with them. A business is more or less the same as a new invention. It has to be advertised, unless it is situated in the middle of the only street in town. Having already launched your business, it is to be expected that, you have already worked out your intended market and evaluated the need for your goods or services. Now you have to convert those potential customers into contented customers and this is where your promotional strategy comes in. This means that you have to divine the channels of communication most used by your potential customers and try to connect with them through those. This is usually constrained by a budget. Advertising involves the purchasing of time or space in the media you have chosen in order to publicize your business to your target market. You then have to decide which kind of advertising you are going to use: institutional or product advertising. Institutional advertising markets the firm's name as in: 'Larry's Boot Shop - The Best In Town', whereas product advertising is more specific and might read: 'Nike Walking Boots - 30% off at Larry's. Offer Finishes Friday!' Both forms of advertising can be successful and lend themselves better to some media than to others. - Full Article Source

01/03/10 - Cooling stations designed for farmworkers
KeelyNet Patterson has trademarked his "Cooling Station," which runs on a generator and features high-quality misting fans that can reduce surrounding temperatures by 25 degrees. It seats 12, holds as much as 300 gallons of water and features an emergency shower. Patterson characterizes his trailer as an "asset protection tool" for businesses whose employees labor in the sun because the penalties for failing to properly care for workers can far outweigh the Cooling Station's $20,000 price tag. He also is making sales pitches to home builders, emergency first responders and movie-production crews. Early models of the Cooling Station consisted of chairs, a collapsible table and water jugs. When an engineering firm built the third prototype, it was deemed too expensive. Patterson finally settled on Zeiman Manufacturing in Rialto, east of Los Angeles, to make the current model. - Full Article Source

01/03/10 - Viagra sheets: genius invention of the year
While it's not entirely clear how the Viagra sheets actually work (how many washes can they go through?) they do seem to portend a look up in the lives of some this coming year. The basic idea is terribly simple. Instead of taking a pill at some indeterminate time before one might be offered some sex the Viagra sheets are of course on your bed. So that you automatically start to get dosed with it when you actually go to bed with someone. When people get into bed the viagra soaks into their skin and gets into the bloodstream - which could reek havoc if you were hoping for an early night. Pep said: "It started as a joke after we saw a German study that said businessmen get little sex because they are too tired from work. "But we got so many calls after launching it that we're going into production. - Full Article Source

01/03/10 - Harmonographs and the Wooden Books Series
KeelyNet Anthony Ashton's Harmonograph is a visual guide to the mathematics of music. The harmonograph was a popular 19th-century parlor pastime that created art similar to a Spirograph, but with a much wider range of variables. Ashton purchased one and illustrated his book with it. He also gives a history of math and music dating back to Pythagoras, and includes schematics for building your own harmonograph. You can generate them by computer these days, but there's something hypnotic and amazing about watching one in action. The Wooden Books website lets you browse the series for free for 20 minutes a day, but if you're like me, you will want to experience the tactile pleasures of these lovely little pieces of art. The whole series is first-rate! - Full Article Source

01/03/10 - TinkerCell - Computer-Aided Design for life itself
FIRST it was planes, trains and automobiles that benefited from computer-aided design technology. Now, as synthetic biologists attempt to build artificial life forms, a CAD system has been developed to allow them to redesign the stuff of life much faster and more easily. The package has a library of the components of life, from which users can pick different cells, membrane proteins, fluorescent proteins, enzymes and genes to create their organism. Tinkercell can then simulate the life form to see if it functions as expected. - Full Article Source

01/03/10 - Asthma Breakthrough
KeelyNet Half of the most seriously ill asthmatics are also suffering another condition called Vocal Chord Dysfunction, which accounts for many of their symptoms but can be easily controlled, a team from Southern Health has discovered. Patients who had been regularly hospitalized with severe asthma attacks in the past are now attack free and have been able to abandon most of their medication in favour of vocal exercises, such as whistling or humming, to stretch their vocal chords. The condition causes the patient's vocal chords to close when they attempt to breath out, limiting them to taking breaths through a hole the size of a straw and creating symptoms previously indistinguishable from asthma. "But this is not for people who need to use a puffer when they are out running around on the football field, it's for those people who can't make it to the footy (British slang for soccer game) in the first place because they are so out of breath,'' he said. - Full Article Source

01/03/10 - Did the US Take the Back Seat In Science In 2009?
"In the PBS NewsHour's roundup of the biggest science news of the year, Neil DeGrasse Tyson dropped this doozie: '[Scientific leadership] drives the economic strength and security of nations. The fall is not from a cliff. More like a slow, downward slide — almost imperceptible from day to day. But as the years pass America will have descended from leaders to players to merely followers as we fade to insignificance, at best hitching a ride on the innovations of others.'" - Full Article Source

01/03/10 - Using Fourth-Party Data Brokers To Bypass the Fourth Amendment
KeelyNet "Coming out of Columbia Law School is an article about commercial data brokers and their ability to provide information about individuals to the US government despite Fourth Amendment or statutory protections (abstract, full PDF at Download link). Quoting: 'The Supreme Court has held that the Fourth Amendment does not protect information that has been voluntarily disclosed to a third-party or obtained by means of a private search. Congress reacted to these holdings by creating a patchwork of statutes designed to prevent the government's direct and unfettered access to documents stored with third-parties; thus, the government's access is fettered by various statutory requirements, including, in many cases, notice of the disclosure. Despite these protections, however, third-parties are not restricted from passing the same data to other private companies (fourth-parties), and after the events of September 11, 2001, the government, believing that it needed a greater scope of surveillance, turned to the fourth-parties to access the personal information it could not acquire on its own. As a consequence, the fourth-parties, unrestricted by Fourth Amendment or statutory concerns, delivered — and continue to deliver — personal data en masse to the government.'" - Full Article Source

01/03/10 - Thorium, the Next Nuclear Fuel?
"When the choices for developing nuclear energy were being made, we went with uranium because it had the byproduct of producing plutonium that could be weaponized. But thorium is safer and easier to work with, and may cause a lot fewer headaches. 'It's abundant — the US has at least 175,000 tons of the stuff — and doesn't require costly processing. It is also extraordinarily efficient as a nuclear fuel. As it decays in a reactor core, its byproducts produce more neutrons per collision than conventional fuel. The more neutrons per collision, the more energy generated, the less total fuel consumed, and the less radioactive nastiness left behind. Even better, Weinberg realized that you could use thorium in an entirely new kind of reactor, one that would have zero risk of meltdown. The design is based on the lab's finding that thorium dissolves in hot liquid fluoride salts. This fission soup is poured into tubes in the core of the reactor, where the nuclear chain reaction — the billiard balls colliding — happens. The system makes the reactor self-regulating: When the soup gets too hot it expands and flows out of the tubes — slowing fission and eliminating the possibility of another Chernobyl. Any actinide can work in this method, but thorium is particularly well suited because it is so efficient at the high temperatures at which fission occurs in the soup.' So why are we not building these reactors?" - Full Article Source

01/03/10 - America's Future confronting Communism as the new Radical Islam
Political Islam, i.e. radical Islam, is actually a cutout for continued communist aggession against the West. This is perhaps the most justifiable explanation for the resurgence of radical Islam in recent years, though it receives scant recognition. We knew this to be true back in the 1970s and 1980s, when the communist-inspired PLO began its operations against Israel. We knew that Hezbollah and the other Muslim terrorist organizations got their training, weapons and support from Syria - a Ba'athist (Stalinist Arab Communist Party) country. We knew by extension that Syria, like all Soviet client states, was acting on behalf of the Soviet Union.

But after the Soviet Union "fell" in the 1990s, suddenly we were confronted with "Muslim" terrorism. Still the same actors, still the same support networks, still the same tactics, yet now it was supposedly a dire new threat. And if you think horrific public killings and suicide bombings – even using children – are an Islamic invention, ask anyone who served in Vietnam. Communist tactics, all.

If you listen to statements from jihadists like Osama Bin Laden, their justification for war against the West is based on the same tired slogans repeated by leftists since the 1930s, i.e. that America and its allies are "imperialist," "greedy capitalists" "exploiting" the rest of the world, yada yada, only now it is the Muslim world we are supposedly oppressing.

There it is: "...were the Islamists to be empowered, there would be movements within their own countries… to liberate." You have to know leftist terminology. "Liberate" everywhere and always refers to imposing a communist regime, for that is always the leftists’ long run goal. So what she is saying is that these movements are actually communist movements in disguise. And indeed, the statements by radical Islamic leaders, though couched in Islamic phraseology, essentially advocate the same thing. This does not mean that radical Islam is not a threat in-and-of-itself. Just as most American liberals are unaware that their purpose is to give legitimacy – "mainstream" if you will – the radical left's communist agenda, most Muslim Jihadists are unaware that they fight on behalf of the same ideology. Many of them believe the exhortations of their Imams. Some Imams may even believe it. Many truly believe they are working on Allah's behalf to create a worldwide Muslim caliphate. Because of this, they have to be considered a stand-alone threat. - Full Article Source

01/03/10 - Move your Money
JUST BEFORE CHRISTMAS, a few friends were having dinner wondering what personal actions they could take to help limit the power of the big banks and create a more sane, stable financial system.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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01/02/10 - Just wanted to say...
KeelyNet I'd like to express my gratitude toward those of you who made a donation to help support my efforts maintaining the KeelyNet Website. I was very surprised and flattered that in these troubled times, you considerate folks felt it sufficiently worthy of support. As well, thank you for the kind comments and I wish you all the best for 2010 and beyond! Maybe this year we will have some kind of breakthrough for practical overunity and/or gravity control technology. Nos Vemos (seeya)! - Donation Link

01/02/10 - Lightning prods shiitake to multiply
KeelyNet According to Koichi Takaki, associate professor at the faculty of engineering and a member of the research group, experiments have shown that exposure to high-voltage lightning can double the yield of shiitake compared with normal cultivation methods. During the lightning process, the protein and enzymes secreted by the mushrooms' hyphae initially decrease but then multiply dramatically. It is thought that the hyphae, sensing danger, accelerate development to leave more shoots. "If we applied this to other vegetables, it could lead to an advancement in farm produce," Takaki, 46, said. Similar experiments are being carried out on daikon sprouts, which appear to be budding earlier than usual. Inspired by the saying "lots of lightning gives a good harvest of mushrooms," the high-voltage experts in the city of Morioka developed a device using four condensers. They hit mushroom bases and bed logs two to four weeks before harvesting with 50,000 to 100,000 volts for a 10-millionth of a second. According to results of experiments carried out in the local woods since 2006, the shiitake crops have approximately doubled using this method, while "nameko" mushrooms increased by 80 percent and fried chicken mushrooms by 30 percent. Results have shown that the most effective size of the voltage varies with each mushroom type. "maitake" mushrooms died, while high-quality "matsutake" did not multiply with any voltage. - Full Article Source

01/02/10 - How to Make a Car Spend Less Fuel?
KeelyNet Russian engineers suggest a technique for making electric current from car emissions. Improved thermogenerator, which is a special exhaust tip, helps reducing carbon dioxide concentration in exhaust gases and cutting fuel consumption. The device will generate electric current due to temperature difference – 30 degrees of difference between exhaust pipe and cooing element are enough for electrons to start flowing. Electricity will move to car accumulator and other electronic devices of a car. Generator power output can reach 750 Watt, which is comparable to common car accumulators, developers say. When tip’s efficiency coefficient becomes high enough, scientists claim that no accumulators would be required in cars. Estimated costs of this device will not exceed 300 rubles ($10), when serial production starts. - Full Article Source

01/02/10 - DARPA scientists demand lightning on tap
KeelyNet Experimental Set-up for Triggering Lightning: Bidders should fully describe how they would attempt to trigger lightning and list all potential pieces of equipment necessary to trigger lightning, as well as the equipment necessary to measure and characterize the processes governing lightning initiation, propagation, and attachment. The project to provide lightning on tap is known as "Nimbus". According to DARPA, Nimbus lightning-triggering equipment is in no way intended for differently-sane researchers to jumpstart enormous, powerful monsters assembled from assorted body parts and directed by brains recovered from criminal psychopaths. No, it's all about protecting property from lightning damage, or "advances in... science relating to lightning". - Full Article Source

01/02/10 - Hole in the moon could shelter colonists
The gaping, dark pit on the near side of the moon is as big as a city block and deep as a modest skyscraper. It is thought to be a collapsed lava tube, created perhaps billions of years ago when the moon was warmer and volcanically active. The moon, overall, is more than 4 billion years old. Recent discoveries of water and water ice on the moon hold promise that astronauts could journey back and stay for longer periods, perhaps even establish lunar colonies. But a remaining hurdle to setting up a permanent moon base is devising shelter to shield colonists from radiation and meteor strikes that befall the gray world, which has no protective atmosphere or magnetosphere. "Because lava tubes are sheltered from the harsh environment on the moon's surface, such tubes could one day be useful for lunar bases," the scientists said in a statement. Similar Mars caves have found and also envisioned as potential shelters, should humans desire to return to a sort of modernized cave man existence. The hole is nearly circular, about 213 feet (65 meters) across with a depth of 262 to 289 feet (80-88 meters). Here's how scientists think it was created: Flowing lava long ago left a tunnel with a roof of somewhat fragile, cooled lava, which later collapsed. The hole is in the Marius Hills region, an area known to have been volcanic. - Full Article Source

01/02/10 - Our Dreams of the Future
KeelyNet Last week, I posted an article on James Montgomery Flagg's "Nervy Nat", a comic strip that ran in Judge magazine from 1903 to 1907. The page below was part of that post. It depicts a trip to Venus by zeppelin. For the past few days, I've been thinking about this comic and what it says about the way mankind's vision of the heavens has changed in the past century. In previous generations, outer space was thought of in terms of symbolic mythology. Mars was the god of war- Venus, the goddess of love. The stars in the sky formed the shapes of the signs of the Zodiac. The concept of traveling to another planet was unthinkable- as fantastic as the trip to the underworld, purgatory and paradise in Dante's Divine Comedy. When people of the past envisioned what the inhabitants of other planets might be like, they conceived of gods and spirits who lived lives like those of the heroes and villains found in fables and ancient myths. - Full Article Source

01/02/10 - The Most Useless Machine EVER
And yet everybody wants one!!! Complete instructions for building this device: http://www.instructables.com/id/The-Most-Useless-Machine/ - Full Article Source

01/02/10 - Tunguska Mystery Solved
Researchers from Cornell University have confirmed that the mysterious Tunguska explosion was caused by a comet. In 1908, this explosion levelled 830 square miles of the Siberian forest. Now the new findings have been validated, strangely enough by the exhaust plume from a NASA space shuttle. The two events are related by bright and night-visible clouds, also known as "noctilucent" clouds which are developed when ice particles form at high altitudes in extremely cold temperatures. A few days after the Tunguska Explosion, reports from Europe, especially Great Britain, described night skies that shone brightly. Noctilucent clouds could be the only reason for this phenomenon. The comet would have begun to break up at the thermosphere and release copious amounts of water vapour, just like the space shuttle. Previously, there has been discussion on how this vapour travelled so far without scattering and diffusing, as expected according to conventional physics laws. ”There is a mean transport of this material for tens of thousands of kilometers in a very short time, and there is no model that predicts that,” Kelley said. “It's totally new and unexpected physics.” The development of this ‘new’ physics could be due to counter-rotating eddies with extreme energy. Water vapour can travel at speeds of 300 feet per second when caught in these eddies. - Full Article Source

01/02/10 - Omni-Directional Vibrating Speaker
KeelyNet The Dwarf 360 is a USB powered device, which produces omni-directional sound. In addition, it vibrates in order amplify the sound. The device could be useful in situations that require circular dispersing of sound, such as conference meetings. This innovative, portable device connects to a computer via USB in order to produce audio (a 3.5mm jack is installed as well). According to its manufacturer, the device's “tumbler” design is based on cutting edge technology, which enables the sound to travel in multiple directions at once. It was originally developed for the USA Navy, specifically for their radar systems. However, no elaboration was given about the military benefits this device provides. - Full Article Source

01/02/10 - New Device For Plants To Talk and Send Text Messages
The device can send short messages to a mobile phone or, by using a service called Twitter, it can send short messages to the Internet. The messages can range from reminders to water the plant, a thank you or a warning that you over- or under-watered it. To communicate, probes in the soil emit electric waves. A voltage level based on the moisture content is sent through two wires to a circuit board that compares the optimum moisture level with the current one. A local network receives this data and allows the plant to send a message through the device. "They'll recognize when they've been watered, and they'll say thank you, and they'll also let you know if you've over-watered or under-watered," said Botanicalls developer Katie London. Botanicalls researchers have created units with a soil-moisture sensor. "We have a little micro-controller unit that's basically a little computer that's hooked up to your plant," said developer Kate Hartman. Probes in the soil send out electrical waves. Based on amount of moisture in the soil, a voltage level is sent through two wires to a circuit board that compares current moisture levels to the optimum moisture level. This data is received by a local network, which allows the plant to send a message for help. "We decided to tap into existing communication systems and allow them to talk like people," Hartman said. Not only is it for growing botanists -- it's also for budding engineers. Each device has to be assembled from basic parts. Each Botanicalls kit is $99. Developers say it's worth it if you like your plants but don't always remember to take care of them. The new kit is the third generation of the Botanicalls system. The team is continuing to innovate and hopes to make it smaller, cheaper and easier to use. - Full Article Source

01/02/10 - Cloud seeding could prevent bushfires says engineer Aaron Gingis
KeelyNet He says more rain could be generated over the Dandenong Ranges and other bushfire-threatened zones with a $5 million outlay, but the state had ignored repeated attempts to consider his proposals since 2002. “The evidence clearly shows that air pollution reduces precipitation by at least 40 per cent, which in turn has resulted in the tinder-dry conditions,” Mr Gingis wrote to Police Minister Bob Cameron soon after the devastating fires. Mr Gingis claimed his company, Australian Consolidated Management, could target rain to suppress dry woodland conditions to reduce fire hazards and even “assist in extinguishing bushfires”. He says using a salt spray mimicking the action of sea air could be injected into clouds to trigger rain and prevent fires. But federal and state authorities have discounted the research, saying there is still no concrete proof cloud seeding works. "Due to the uncertainties associated with cloud seeding and the limited seeding opportunities from the current drought conditions, the Victorian Government has chosen not to be involved in cloud seeding programs at this time," a State Government spokesman said today. But Mr Gingis is adamant he can make a difference. - Full Article Source

01/02/10 - One-in-five HIV positive men don't know they carry virus
ONE in five of Melbourne's HIV positive gay men have the infection without realising it, helping to spread the killer virus and delaying treatment. A study of 745 sexually active gay Melbourne men revealed 100 were HIV positive, including 20 who had no idea they were carrying the virus. The Burnet Institute study raises concerns about the number of men unwittingly spreading HIV in Melbourne, where almost 10 per cent of gay men are infected. Dr Mark Stoove, from the Centre for Population Health at the Burnet Institute, said it was vital men realised they were HIV positive to prevent them infecting others. Having treatment earlier could also add years to their lives, with HIV positive patients now living decades with the help of anti-retrovirals. - Full Article Source

01/02/10 - Scots say Green energy 'too costly'
CONCERNS about costs are putting nearly two-thirds of residents off the idea of renewable energy at home, according to a new study. The Energy Saving Trust found that 60 per cent of residents surveyed in Edinburgh and the Lothians said they would consider technology like solar panels but are put off by what they think it would cost. But the trust also found that 70 per cent of those surveyed did not know that there are grants available to help cover the costs. Mike Thornton, director for Scotland at the Energy Saving Trust, which surveyed 1,025 people across Scotland, said: "People like the idea of generating their own energy, and if they knew they could get help to meet the costs, they might be more likely to install the technology. "The initial cost of installing a system can seem expensive but a grant can help and the long-term savings can be substantial. Once installed, these technologies can save hundreds of pounds on utility bills every year, and create a more sustainable lifestyle. - Full Article Source

01/02/10 - How-to: USB remote control receiver
KeelyNet Now that we listen to MP3s, and watch XVIDs or x264s, a computer is the entertainment center in at least one room of most homes. Unless you have a special HTPC, though, you’re probably stuck using the keyboard to pause, change the volume, and fast-forward through annoying Mythbusters recaps. PC remote control receivers range from ancient serial port designs (who has one?) to USB devices not supported by popular software. In this how-to we design a USB infrared receiver that imitates a common protocol supported by software for Windows, Linux, and Mac. We’ve got a full guide to the protocol plus schematics and a parts list. - Full Article Source

01/02/10 - Micronesia: A Third Kind of Nation, Written Off?
Take the vast island nation of Micronesia, with an ancient culture that includes 607 islands, scattered across a million square miles of the western Pacific. These islands are already being eroded away by fast-rising sea level -- so fast that graveyards are disappearing. "The threat is to our existence, survival, not only as a people -- as a culture. ... We now have just flat beaches -- the wash comes in and hits the roots of coconut trees," he said, describing more photos. "It's very scary, it's very frightening." Three to 6½ Feet More Sea Level Rise in 90 Years. Scientists are telling Micronesians there will probably be 3 more feet of sea-level rise in less than 90 years, with 6½ more feet as an estimated "upper bound" -- a distinct possibility. "Even a small rise of 1 meter ... would already have a devastating effect," he said. "If it gets to a meter or higher, the islands would get uninhabitable." A rising water table is already turning salty in the center of islands, killing staple food crops like taro, and many other kinds of plants. "Sea level rise is the most scary -- you cannot put sea walls on all the islands -- about 600 of them. 500 are small islands like atoll islands," said Nakayama. - Full Article Source

01/02/10 - Healing Contaminated Sites
ABSMaterials is developing a toxin-eating material — described as ''swelling glass'' — that was created by Paul Edmiston from the College of Wooster. The glass absorbs bad molecules from water and can hold up to eight times its weight. Spoonamore said there are currently two main products. One is a glass used to treat water from oil wells. For about every gallon of oil that comes out of a well, there are seven gallons of ''messy water'' with it, Spoonamore said. ''We have something the oil industry thinks is a game changer,'' he said. After the oil is separated, the contaminated water is put into a tank. The special glass absorbs the volatile organic compounds in the water and then floats to the top of the tank, where it is skimmed off. The remaining water can be used for industrial purposes. This summer, ABSMaterials plans to work on improving the cleaning rate so the water can also be used for irrigation. Another variety of the glass is being used to treat ground that has been contaminated by old industrial operations. The system is currently being tested at four sites in Ohio. That glass, the consistency of sand, is injected into the soil. As water passes over the glass, the glass ''eats'' the toxins, Spoonamore explained. The glass then ''slices'' the toxins in a way that turns the harmful molecules into the equivalent of table salt, he said. Ted Frank, the JumpStart partner who will work with ABSMaterials, said the company is responding to a market that is ''screaming for better technologies.'' ''The Department of Energy's 4,000 priority contamination sites alone represent $250 to $350 billion in potential remediation costs,'' Frank said. - Full Article Source

01/02/10 - Concern as China clamps down on rare earth exports
KeelyNet Britain and other Western countries risk running out of supplies of certain highly sought-after rare metals that are vital to a host of green technologies, amid growing evidence that China, which has a monopoly on global production, is set to choke off exports of valuable compounds. Failure to secure alternative long-term sources of rare earth elements (REEs) would affect the manufacturing and development of low-carbon technology, which relies on the unique properties of the 17 metals to mass-produce eco-friendly innovations such as wind turbines and low-energy lightbulbs. China, whose mines account for 97 per cent of global supplies, is trying to ensure that all raw REE materials are processed within its borders. During the past seven years it has reduced by 40 per cent the amount of rare earths available for export. - Full Article Source

01/02/10 - Palin Proved Right about Energy Independence
Not only was Abdul Farouk Umar Abdulmutallab on several watch lists, and from a real hotbed of al Qaeda terrorist activity, the guy’s own father warned the embassy that his son had become radicalized by militant Islamic fanatics. Never mind Abdul showed up with no luggage, tried to board with no passport, and paid for the one-way ticket to Detroit in cash. Who goes to Detroit without a ticket out of there anyway? Long before Sarah Palin made “death panels” a household word, long before she was even picked as the John McCain’s running mate, Sarah made energy independence a centerpiece of her message; her career. Sarah didn’t just talk the talk either, within hours of stepping into her new office as the Governor of Alaska she began working on making the decades long dream of a natural gas pipeline to the lower 48 a reality. It was Sarah’s dream to get Alaska’s 100’s of trillions of cubic feet of clean burning natural gas out of the ground and into use. She was able to work out all of the issues and now the pipeline is on track to become a reality. Of course, Sarah’s message on energy independence isn’t just an economic one. Now it’s true, we send between $700 billion and $1 trillion dollars annually overseas. The problem is many times it’s to nations that not only hate us, but use our own dollars to fund efforts to undermine us as a nation. In other words, they use our dollars to fund terror, worldwide, against the United States, and our allies. Even worse, we are forced to act gingerly, even timidly, on many issues, lest we cause major problems with big oil producing nations like Saudi Arabia. We make those guys mad, and they can shut us off, or raise prices to the moon, destroying our already devastated economy. (That is if Obama and the rest of the democrat/communists don’t beat them to it!) - Full Article Source

01/02/10 - New research into what actually caused the financial crisis
New research by housing expert Edward Pinto, a former chief credit officer for Fannie Mae, found that the principal cause of the financial crisis is that Fannie and Freddie's misrepresentation of the nature of the loans they were buying. It seems that from the moment that Fannie and Freddie started buying risky loans in 1993, they routinely misrepresented the mortgages as prime, when they had characteristics that caused them to very clearly fall into the subprime or Alt-A category. This deception by the two government-founded mortgage agencies created a tremendous amount of artificial demand for home ownership, inflating housing prices to outlandish levels. While keeping rating agencies and investors in the dark about the vast number of questionable mortgages infecting the financial system in the years just before the crash. - Full Article Source and a further update from 01/02/10 - U.S. to Lose $400 Billion on Fannie, Freddie, Wallison Says - Taxpayer losses from supporting Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will top $400 billion, according to Peter Wallison, a former general counsel at the Treasury who is now a fellow at the American Enterprise Institute. “The situation is they are losing gobs of money, up to $400 billion in mortgages,” Wallison said in a Bloomberg Television interview. The Treasury Department recognized last week that losses will be more than $400 billion when it raised its limit on federal support for the two government-sponsored enterprises, he said. The U.S. seized the two mortgage financiers in 2008 as the government struggled to prevent a meltdown of the financial system. The debt of Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and the Federal Home Loan Banks grew an average of $184 billion annually from 1998 to 2008, helping fuel a bubble that drove home prices up by 107 percent between 2000 and mid-2006, according to the S&P/Case- Shiller home-price index. The Treasury said on Dec. 24 it would provide an unlimited amount of assistance to the companies as needed for the next three years to alleviate market concern that the government lifeline for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the largest source of money for U.S. home loans, could lapse or be exhausted. Lax regulation of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac led to the mortgage companies taking on too many risky loans, Wallison said. / (FOLLOW THE MONEY and convict anyone who signed off on any of it, send them to prison! - JWD) - Full Article Source.

01/02/10 - Simple Experiment to Talk with the Dead
KeelyNet The phenomenon has a scientific name – the electric voice phenomenon (EVP). There are plenty of online resources dedicated to this phenomenon. The most distinctive movie of the genre, White Noise, describes a miserable widower who traces radio interferences day and night and discovers messages from the other world once in a while. Many scientists tried to establish a connection with the other world using various technical devices. In 1920, Thomas Edison put forward an idea that our ego, transferring to the other world, had to preserve its ability to affect matter even from there. If this is the case, then sensitive equipment would be able to register these effects, it just has to be invented. This original idea was used as the epigraph for White Noise. Friedrich Jürgenson, a Swedish documentary film maker, is one of the most famous researchers of EVP. He accidentally tape-recorded the voices of his diseased relatives. Dr Konstantin Raudive, a Latvian psychologist, was Jürgenson’s supporter and follower. They conducted numerous experiments together, and Raudive soon realized that the best results can be achieved when the recording process is accompanied by white noise. He believed that the dead are somehow using this noise transforming it into sounds of their voices. The sound of electronic voices usually vibrates at high frequency. The phrase rhythm of electronic voices is also unusual and supernatural. The tempo of speech is generally faster than normal. Another typical feature of these voices is monotony. The most intriguing part of the phenomenon is that a person who encounters EVP recognizes the voices of her diseased relatives without fail, provided the record is of good quality. All you need is a recording radio with AM/FM reception and headphones to hear electronic voices. Take a clean audio cassette, insert it in the radio and put your headphones on. Then turn on the radio and look for empty frequencies. You need to find a space between two radio stations when you can clearly hear static but cannot hear radio stations. Try to relax, press the “record” button and ask those who are dead to talk to you. Do not try to hear the voices while you are recording, it will not happen. - Full Article Source

01/02/10 - Phase Change Memory vs. Storage As We Know It
"Access to data isn't keeping pace with advances in CPU and memory, creating an I/O bottleneck that threatens to make data storage irrelevant. The author sees phase change memory as a technology that could unseat storage networks. From the article: 'While years away, PCM has the potential to move data storage and storage networks from the center of data centers to the periphery. I/O would only have to be conducted at the start and end of the day, with data parked in memory while applications are running. In short, disk becomes the new tape." - Full Article Source

01/02/10 - The future of brain-controlled devices
KeelyNet Researchers are already using brain-computer interfaces to aid the disabled, treat diseases like Parkinson's and Alzheimer's, and provide therapy for depression and post-traumatic stress disorder. Work is under way on devices that may eventually let you communicate with friends telepathically, give you superhuman hearing and vision or even let you download data directly into your brain, a la "The Matrix." Researchers are practically giddy over the prospects. "We don't know what the limits are yet," says Melody Moore Jackson, director of Georgia Tech University's BrainLab. At the root of all this technology is the 3-pound generator we all carry in our head. It produces electricity at the microvolt level. But the signals are strong enough to move robots, wheelchairs and prosthetic limbs -- with the help of an external processor. Brain-computer interfaces (BCI) come in two varieties. Noninvasive techniques use electrodes placed on the scalp to measure electrical activity. Invasive procedures implant electrodes directly into the brain. In both cases, the devices interact with a computer to produce a wide variety of applications, ranging from medical breakthroughs and military-tech advances to futuristic video games and toys. One of the more controversial uses under development is telepathy. It would require at least two people to be implanted with electrodes that send and receive signals back and forth. DARPA, the Pentagon's technology research division, is currently working on an initiative called "Silent Talk," which would let soldiers on secret missions communicate with their thoughts alone. This stealth component is attractive, but naysayers fear that such soldiers could become manipulated for evil means. Games like Mindflex and the Star Wars Force Trainer use headsets with simple electrodes to monitor levels of concentration and relaxation. The signals trigger a fan that can move a ball up or down, depending on how hard you're thinking. Jackson calls it a "fascinating application of a very sophisticated technology in a very cheap package." The headsets used in both games were designed by the California company Neurosky. - Full Article Source

01/02/10 - SpamAssassin 2010 Bug
"You might want to check your spam folder, as SpamAssassin has a rule which is tending to mark email sent in 2010 as spam. There is some discussion in a bug report. The SpamAssassin Wiki FH_DATE_PAST_20XX page doesn't have discussion, but it was updated today with a different date rule." / (My new server hostgator.com uses Linux and has this as an email addon where I had my Spam Assassin enabled. I noticed I'd not received any email today so contacted live support after disabling my spam assassin. What is interesting, within seconds after disabling, I received, 2, then 3 more emails, so I don't think they knew about it. If you are using it on your email, you might want to contact your host or risk losing emails possibly of value. - JWD) - Full Article Source

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May peace break into your home and may thieves come to steal your debts.
May the pockets of your jeans become a magnet for $100 bills.

May love stick to your face like Vaseline and may laughter assault your lips!
May happiness slap you across the face and may your tears be those of joy!

May the problems you had forget your home address!
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May 2010 be the best year of your life!!

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$5 Alt Science MP3s to listen while working/driving/jogging
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