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07/31/10 - Universe with no big bang, no beginning, and no end

"Basically, as the universe expands, time is converted into space, and mass is converted into length. As the universe contracts, the opposite occurs"

Shu, an associate professor at National Tsing Hua University in Taiwan, explains in a study posted at that the new models emerge from a new perspective of some of the most basic entities: time, space, mass, and length. In his proposal, time and space can be converted into one another, with a varying speed of light as the conversion factor. Mass and length are also interchangeable, with the conversion factor depending on both a varying gravitational “constant” and a varying speed of light (G/c2). Basically, as the universe expands, time is converted into space, and mass is converted into length. As the universe contracts, the opposite occurs. “We view the speed of light as simply a conversion factor between time and space in spacetime,” Shu writes. “It is simply one of the properties of the spacetime geometry. Since the universe is expanding, we speculate that the conversion factor somehow varies in accordance with the evolution of the universe, hence the speed of light varies with cosmic time.” As Shu writes in his paper, the newly proposed models have four distinguishing features:

• The speed of light and the gravitational “constant” are not constant, but vary with the evolution of the universe.
• Time has no beginning and no end; i.e., there is neither a big bang nor a big crunch singularity.
• The spatial section of the universe is a 3-sphere [a higher-dimensional analogue of a sphere], ruling out the possibility of a flat or hyperboloid geometry.
• The universe experiences phases of both acceleration and deceleration.

(A most fascinating theory. When it says 'mass converts to length' it makes me think of 2 dimensions being expanded into 3 dimensions. And Time is the 4th dimension. The 2D flat design precedes the manifestation into 3D space. - JWD) - Full Article Source

07/31/10 - Musical frequencies that blow your mind
KeelyNet According to recent newspaper reports, the latest craze to hit the yoof of today is "iDosing", a process in which young people are "changing their brains" using "digital drugs" they've downloaded off the internet to get "digital highs". Obviously it's all nonsense because no one is getting high from watching something on YouTube (though repeated viewings of that large lady riding a motorbike does make you feel rather bilious). However, whenever music and science have been left in the same room they are always capable of some truly next-level physical, emotional, psychological, even spiritual, brain-warping craziness. Churches and cathedrals often boast organ pipes so devilishly long they crank out something called "infrasound", a hardcore frequency so sub-bass it's inaudible to the human ear. In 2003, scientists pumped infrasound into a concert hall and found it could make people feel an extreme sense of sorrow, coldness, anxiety, even give them the old "shivers down the spine". In the mid-60s, French scientist Vladimir Gavreau reckoned a powerful enough Infrasound "laser" could kill everyone in a five-mile radius. Recently, a group of American scientists developed a method of focusing acoustic waves with more powerful energy than ever previously possible. They're calling their invention, "sound bullets" and believe that they could have many uses, including space-age, no-blood-or-gore-necessary "sonic scalpels" used to destroy tumours and blast away kidney stones. The Feraliminal Lycanthropizer – "a fundamental pivot between man and beast" – was a device supposedly created by the Nazis to help turn their troops into killing machines. The Lycanthropizer triggered states of urgency and fearlessness with two ultra-low frequencies and four subliminal, looped, audio tape recordings playing forwards and backwards. Legend has it that the machine could spark fantastical orgies with people sharing their innermost thoughts, secrets and "vulnerable feelings" while getting naked. / The Feraliminal Lycanthropizer is a low frequency thanato-auric wave generator. Known for its use by the Nazis and for its animalizing effects on human subjects tested within measurable vibratory proximity, the machine electrically generates two subsonic sinewaves -- one 3hz, the other 9hz. Together, these two frequencies (one acting as carrier, the other as program) generate a lower third, .56hz. In addition to these sinewave generators, the machine contains four tape loops of unduplicable lengths, each containing textual material. Two of these loops operate below the threshold of decipherability (one forward, the other backward), and two operate far beyond the opposite threshold (also one forward, the other backward). The effect of the subsonic sinewaves on the sound of these human voice recordings is one of organic ululation. But this aurotic environment, with its sensual, undeniably aphrodisiac effect on subjects, is peripheral to the machine's essential function: to trigger states of urgency and fearlessness, and to disarmour the intimate charms of the violent child within. While the 9hz, 3hz and .56hz wavelengths together signal a state of high-level ferocity and austerity in subjects within approximately four yards, the Trithemean incantations richly pervading the machine's aural output produce feelings of `aboveness' and unbridled `openess'. - Full Article Source

07/31/10 - The More You Sit Around, The Shorter Your Life Span
The more Americans engage in one of their favorite pastimes — sitting around — the shorter their average life span, a new study suggests. The effect remained even after researchers factored out obesity or the level of daily physical activity people were engaged in, according to a study of more than 120,000 American adults. - Full Article Source

07/31/10 - Your Boxspring Could Be Giving You Cancer
KeelyNet A Swedish study is trying to nail down the reason that cancer is 10% more likely to occur in the left breast over the right, on top of the steadily increasing risk of cancer over last 30 years. One theory? Your box spring could be a giant, radiation-emitting antenna. The research, carried out by Hallberg Independent Research and the Karolinska Institute, both in Sweden, attempts to correlate the fact that most people tend to sleep on their right side and that the length of a box spring mattress in America is exactly the right length to make it act as an amplifier for FM and TV waves. “Thus, as we sleep on our coil-spring mattresses, we are in effect sleeping on an antenna that amplifies the intensity of the broadcast FM/TV radiation,” writes Scientific American. “Asleep on these antennas, our bodies are exposed to the amplified electromagnetic radiation for a third of our life spans.” The radiation would be the strongest almost a meter above the surface of the box spring, which would mean that the side of your body that you’re not sleeping on would get hit the hardest. In most cases, that’d be your left. - Full Article Source

07/31/10 - Toshiba fast tracks SCiB battery technology
The SCiB™ – or Super Charge ion Battery – is a rechargeable lithium-ion battery that boasts minimal capacity loss even after 6,000 charge-discharge cycles, high levels of safety and rapid charging capability with the ability to charge to 90 percent of capacity in as fast as 5 minutes. For EV applications Toshiba has developed a new anode material and a new electrolyte to improve safety and rapid recharging. According to Toshiba, the long life will promote reduction in the waste that results from battery replacement, reducing the impact on the environment. The SCiB will also be used for electric bicycles, electric motorcycles and for power storage in a microgrid system. - Full Article Source

07/31/10 - TubeSat Personal Satellite Kit
KeelyNet Planet Earth has entered the age of the Personal Satellite with the introduction of Interorbital's TubeSat Personal Satellite (PS) Kit. The new IOS TubeSat PS Kit is the low-cost alternative to the CubeSat. It has three-quarters of the mass (0.75-kg or 1.65-lb) and volume of a CubeSat, but still offers plenty of room for most experiments or applications. And, best of all, the price of the TubeSat kit actually includes the price of a launch into Low-Earth-Orbit on an IOS NEPTUNE 30 launch vehicle. Since the TubeSats are placed into self-decaying orbits 310 kilometers (192 miles) above the Earth's surface, they do not contribute to the long-term build-up of orbital debris. After operating for a few months (the exact length of time on orbit is dependent on solar activity), they will safely re-enter the atmosphere and burn-up. TubeSats are designed to be orbit-friendly. Launches are expected to begin in the first quarter of 2011. - Full Article Source

07/31/10 - Researchers find wine, sake turns iron compound superconductive
Researchers at the National Institute for Materials Science have found that an iron compound become superconductive, where electrical resistance disappears in a substance, if they are dipped in wine, sake or beer, the institute said Tuesday. The researchers said they first produced an iron telluride compound, which has a similar structure to a superconductive substance. It did not show signs of superconductivity immediately but was found to when it was re-examined after being left on a desk for about one week. Assuming that the change was due to moisture in the air, the researchers experimented with water, ethanol and other substances at different temperatures and in varying concentrations but could not attain results showing high conductivity. In March, Takano came up with the idea of trying alcoholic drinks after seeing a wide range of liquors offered at a party given by the institute. They found that the compound showed superconductivity after it was immersed for 24 hours in each of six types of liquors including red wine, white wine, beer and sake, all heated up to 70 C. Red wine proved to be most effective in making the compound superconductive, the researchers said. "Our playful spirit prompted us to hope for something fun to happen and we made an attempt that led to this result," Takano said, referring to the experiment with alcohol drinks. "Sake has a mysterious power," he added. - Full Article Source

07/31/10 - A Paper Test for Liver Damage
KeelyNet Liver colors: Diagnostics for All’s paper test indicates liver damage by changing color when a drop of blood is added. Normal enzyme concentrations turn the dots on the top row blue and yellow. Higher enzyme concentrations, indicators of liver damage, turn the color of the two dots pink, to match the “control” dots in the middle row. Some antiretroviral therapies and many TB drugs are toxic to the liver. Patients on HIV and TB medication in rich countries are typically monitored every month for liver damage and taken off the treatment if liver damage becomes imminent. "In the U.S., [testing] is routine. It's expected, it's standard," says Nira Pollock, a faculty member at Harvard Medical School and infectious diseases expert at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. In the developing world, liver function testing is often either suboptimal or nonexistent, she says. "People don't get monitored because the current tests are expensive, or hard to obtain, or [the results] take far too long." Patients who are being treated for HIV or tuberculosis succumb to liver failure brought on by the medication. Diagnostic for All wants to change that. "The testing needs to be decentralized, done by health workers going around [to remote parts of the country], if they're lucky, on motorcycle," says Patrick Beattie, product development scientist at DFA. Health-care workers at remote stations would take a photograph of the results using their cell phone and transmit the results to a central hospital for analysis. - Full Article Source

07/31/10 - The Fermi Paradox, Phase Changes and Intergalactic Colonisation
A new model shows how the spread of ET civilisations can undergo phase changes, providing a deeper insights into the Fermi Paradox. Imagine that civilisations form at a certain rate, grow to fill a certain volume of space and then collapse and die. They even go as far as to suggest that civilisations have a characteristic life time, which limits how big they can become. In certain circumstances, however, when civilisations are close enough together in time and space, they can come into contact and when this happens the cross-fertilisation of ideas and cultures allows them both to flourish in a way that increases their combined lifespan. Bezsudnov and Snarskii point out that this process of spreading into space can be easily modelled using a cellular automaton. And they've gone ahead and created their own universe using a 10,000 x 10,000 cell automaton running over 320,000 steps. The parameters that govern the evolution of this universe are simple: the probability of a civilisation forming, the usual lifespan of such a civilisation and the extra bonus time civilisations get when they meet. The result gives a new insight into the Fermi Paradox. Bezsudnov and Snarskii say that for certain values of these parameters, the universe undergoes a phase change from one in which civilisations tend not to meet and spread into one in which the entire universe tends to become civilised as different groups meet and spread. Bezsudnov and Snarskii even derive an inequality that a universe must satisfy to become civilised. This, they say, is analogous to the famous Drake equation which attempts to quantify the number of other contactable civilisations in the universe right now. The question of course is what kind of universe do we live in: are the parameters here ripe for the evolution of a single cosmic civilisation or are we condemned to be forever alone? - Full Article Source

07/31/10 - Can Electric Vehicles Lose the Plug?
KeelyNet Companies working on plug-free "proximity" chargers, which rely on magnetic induction, think they can solve this. Such chargers require no plugging--someone who owned an electric car would simply have to pull the car into a spot above a charging pad. However, this convenience comes with a cost--10 percent or more of the power can be lost during charging. Induction chargers are already used to power electric toothbrushes, medical implants, and some portable electronics. Inductive charging also plays a major role in electrical transformers used on the grid. The Plugless Power system has three main parts: a tower that plugs into the wall and converts electricity into the right frequency for the charger; a shoe-box sized, 25- to 30-pound adapter that has to be mounted to the front of a car chassis; and a long, flat pad that sits on the ground beneath a car. The floor pad and the vehicle adapter both contain metal coils; when a car pulls up to the floor pad, the coils inside the pad move until they're within two to three inches of the coils in the vehicle adapter. The charger requires this alignment process, which is guided by magnetic sensors, to account for people parking slightly to the right or left of a parking space, and because the system has to be mounted in different locations depending on the car model. When the coils are aligned, electricity flowing in the charging tower creates a strong magnetic field in the pad's coils, and this magnetic field induces an electrical current to flow in the coils mounted on the car. Evatran and other companies developing wireless charging systems say the plugless chargers work just as fast as the kind that require a cord. The difference is that plugless versions need more electricity to provide the same level of charging, and some energy is lost during transmission. The Plugfree Power products will transfer about 90 percent of the electricity from the wall to the battery, whereas a cable transfers effectively all of it. According to Evatran, this translates to an additional $.005 per mile compared to plugged versions. Or, to put it another way, $5 for every 1,000 miles. - Full Article Source

07/31/10 - Inductive cellphone charging without voiding warranty
KeelyNet [Derek Hughes] wanted to use inductive charging on his cellphone without voiding the warranty. He picked up a Pixi charging backplate meant for a Palm Pre and scavenged the coil and regulator circuitry from it. To make the electrical connection with his HTC HD2 he removed the mini-USB plug from a charging cable and connected it with 30 gauge wire. The whole package will fit beneath the back plate for use with a Touchstone charger (as we’ve seen with the HTC Evo) but there was one problem. The metal backplate from the HD2 interferes with the inductive charging. For now he’s using tape to hold everything together while searching for a plastic case replacement. He walks you through the hack in the video after the break. We’re usually not worried about voiding warranties, but a phone like this takes a lot of abuse and having warranty protection or even a service agreement isn’t a bad idea. - Full Article Source

07/31/10 - Powerful idea wins contest
After winning a $35,000 prize for a creative energy-saving invention, Mark Leiby jokingly thanked his daughter Nicki, 13, for “living in the fear of dad blowing up the house.” Founder and lead technologist at Aerokinetic Systems LLC, Leiby developed a process for the vaporization of hydrocarbons that can increase efficiency of fuels such as diesel and biodiesel by 20 to 25 percent while reducing greenhouse gas emissions. - Full Article Source

07/31/10 - YouTube to increase upload limit from 10 to 15 minutes
Sources at YouTube tell us that online video giant will soon increase the maximum duration of uploaded video clips from 10 minutes to 15 minutes. The move may not mean much to some, but if you're a YouTube uploader, the increase would mean significantly less chopped-up installments of longer form works, and subtly redefine the medium, given that YouTube is the largest video hosting service online. YouTube Partners (online video companies like us and other content owners who have agreements with the company involving shared ad revenue) are already able to upload videos longer than 10 minutes, but it's a fairly big deal for the rest of the ecosystem— and amateur folk make up a huge portion of that ecosystem. Just think about it: the move would bring 50% more "haul videos," from shopaholic teen girls; 50% more crazytime rants from random dudes; 50% more hamster montages; and 50% more double (whoah that's almost a triple) rainbows. - Full Article Source

07/31/10 - 3D-printed clothing
KeelyNet ...Designer-researchers like Freedom of Creation in Amsterdam and Philip Delamore at the London College of Fashion are cranking out seamless, flexible textile structures using software that converts three-dimensional body data into skin-conforming fabric structures. The potential for bespoke clothing, tailored to the specific individual, are as abundant as the patterns that can be created, from interlocking Mobius motifs to tightly woven meshes. / The emerging technology, which uses ultraviolet beams to fuse layers of powdered, recyclable thermoplastic into shape, leaves behind virtually no waste. Its localized production and one-size-fits-all approach also racks up markedly fewer travel miles, requires less labor, and compresses fabrication time to a matter of hours, rather than weeks or months. - Full Article Source

3D Printing Process: 'The FOC Punch Bag' from Freedom Of Creation on Vimeo.

07/31/10 - Biophotonic tools can reveal real-time dynamics of how cells die
Apoptosis, programmed cell death, is essential to normal development, healthy immune system function, and cancer prevention. The process dramatically transforms cellular structures but the limitations of conventional microscopy methods have kept much about this structural reorganization a mystery. Now, scientists have developed a biophotonic imaging approach capable of monitoring in real-time the transformations that cellular macromolecules undergo during programmed cell death. The work could help realize the potential of customized molecular medicine, in which chemotherapy, for example, can be precisely targeted to cellular changes exhibited by individual patients. Paras N. Prasad, PhD, executive director of the UB Institute for Lasers, Photonics and Biophotonics, University at Buffalo. - Full Article Source

07/31/10 - Bio-ware if the regenerative future of joint replacement
As you age your joints inevitably grind down, but when this becomes a problem, very few get the best remedy -- biological regeneration. Stem cells and animal tissues can do a far better job of regenerating joints than today's more common replacements joints. Cellular beat cyborg solutions, says Dr. Stone. A TED talk by Dr. Kevin Stone. - Full Article Source

07/31/10 - Wireless spectrum "Crisis" a myth of cell phone monopolists
Time for an OpenFlow future, say top radio engineers. A Nation Science Foundation study found that only 5.2% of the wireless spectrum from 30 MHz to 3000 MHz was in use at any one time. So why all the dropped calls and high prices and cries of 'spectrum shortages' from the wireless monopolists? Because says a group of communication engineers, we're you are locked into the spectrum offered by a single cell phone carrier. The technology exists for smart devices that can seamlessly switch between any available spectrum so that 95% of the spectrum could be utilized instead of 5% and you could almost never suffer poor service. Engineers have set up OpenFlow to push forward the technologies that can free the spectrum to us all. All that is keeping this from happening is the efforts of those few that hold government granted monopolies over pieces of spectrum. Congressmen will continue going against the public interest to uphold these monopolies in return for huge kickbacks in the form of campaign donations, vacation conference trips, cushy jobs for wives and kids of Congressmen and lucrative lobbying gigs after Congressmen retire. This corruption must be overcome for us all to enjoy near perfect connectivity for a cornucopia of wonderful wireless devices at affordable costs. Demand that all spectrum be OpenFlow spectrum. Stanford University. - Full Article Source

07/31/10 - Resveratrol suppresses inflammation, free radicals in humans
Resveratrol, a popular plant extract shown to prolong life in yeast and lower animals due to its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, has now been shown to also suppress inflammation in humans, based on results from the first human trial of the extract conducted by University at Buffalo endocrinologists. - Full Article Source

07/31/10 - Why SSDs Won't Replace Hard Drives
"Flash drive capacities have been expanding dramatically in recent years, but this article says that's about to change, in part because of the limits of current lithography technology. Meanwhile, disk drive densities will continue to grow, which the author says will mean many years before solid state drives replace hard drives — if they ever do. From the article: 'The bottom line is that there are limits to how small things can get with current technology. Flash densities are going to have data density growth problems, just as other storage technologies have had over the last 30 years. This should surprise no one. And the lithography problem for flash doesn't end there. Jeff Layton, Enterprise Technologist for HPC at Dell, notes that as lithography gets smaller, NAND has more and more troubles — the voltages don't decrease, so the probability of causing an accidental data corruption of a neighboring NAND goes up. "So at some point, you just can't reduce the size and hope to not have data corruption," notes Layton.'" - Full Article Source

07/31/10 - Rogue Anti-Virus Victims Rarely Fight Back
"One big reason why rogue anti-virus continues to make major bucks for scam artists: relatively few victims ever ask their credit card company or bank to reverse the charges for the phony security software — even when the victims don't even receive the worthless software they were promised. I recently found several caches of data for affiliates of a rogue anti-virus distribution program, and the data showed that in one set of attacks only 367 out of more than 2,000 scammed disputed the charge. A second rogue anti-virus campaign scammed more than 1,600 people, and yet fewer than 10 percent fought the charges." - Full Article Source

07/31/10 - If You Don't Want Your Car Stolen, Make It Pink
KeelyNet "A study in the Netherlands illustrates car thieves' preferences. From 2004-2008, the most commonly colored vehicle stolen was black. This may be because black vehicles look more luxurious. Following close behind black were gray/silver automobiles. Of the 109 pink cars in the study, not one was stolen. A bright and uncommon color, like pink, may be as effective deterrent as an expensive security system. Ben Vollaard, who conducted the research, wrote, 'If the aversion to driving a car in an offbeat color is not too high – or if someone actually enjoys it – then buying deterrence through an uncommon car color may be at least as good a deal as buying deterrence through an expensive car security device.'" - Full Article Source

07/31/10 - X Prize To Offer Millions For Gulf Oil Cleanup Solution
X Prize is offering prizes for a solution to the Gulf Coast oil clean up. This is in addition to categories for mapping genomes, making an incredibly fuel efficient car, and exploring the moon's surface with a robotic vehicle. The nonprofit group will hold a press conference in Washington on Thursday to reveal details of an Oil Cleanup X Challenge inspired by the disaster. A cap stopped the flow on July 15 after between 2.8 and 4.5 million barrels (117.6 million and 189 million gallons) had gushed out. Only one quarter of that was collected by BP's various collection and containment systems. Dozens of reconnaissance planes fly constant sorties from Florida to Texas noting any oil sightings, while flat-bottomed boats trawl the marshes for lumps of tar too large to biodegrade. Before the cap went on, some 25,000 barrels of oil a day were being skimmed from the thickest part of the slick near the well site. - Full Article Source

07/31/10 - Tennessee Town Releases Red Light Camera Stats
In what is being called "a transparent look at some statistics released by a small town's red-light camera program," writing "Specifically, in the last fiscal quarter, 7,213 incidents were recorded, 2,673 incidents were rejected by the reviewing officer, and 662 incidents were not processed due to technical issues or lack of information. All in all 3,878 citations were issued between April 1 — June 30 in a town of 17,000 residents. Interestingly enough there are two nearby cities claiming that individuals 'have no presumption of innocence' when accused by the red light cameras." - Full Article Source

07/31/10 - New thinner Kindle has WI-FI
KeelyNet Two new Kindles are replacing the old one. For $139, you can get a Wi-Fi only Kindle that downloads books in AT&T hotspots. For $189, you pick up wireless 3G signals plus Wi-Fi, which means you don’t have to be near a hotspot. Both versions have a lot of new features and are thinner and lighter than the old one. What’s new in the new Kindle:

* Lighter Than a Paperback: The new Kindle has a 21 percent smaller body but keeps the 6-inch-size reading area. At 8.7 ounces, it’s lighter than a paperback book and thinner than a magazine.
* Has Double the Storage. Holds 3,500 Books.
* Share Passages: Share meaningful passages with with built-in Twitter and Facebook integration.
* Up To One Month of Battery Life with the wireless off. Otherwise, it can go 10 days between charges. - Full Article Source

07/31/10 - Chevy Volt Not Green Enough For California
"The first two plug-in cars from major manufacturers will go head-to-head on warranties and lease prices: $350 a month for the 2011 Chevrolet Volt, $349 for the 2011 Nissan Leaf. Now the choice shifts to other measures, including electric and overall range, as well as the plug-in perks that states like California offer to early adopters to encourage them to opt for electric cars. This is where it gets interesting. While California loves the Nissan Leaf, current regulations deny Chevy Volt buyers two significant perks: a $5,000 rebate, and permission to drive solo in HOV Lanes." - Full Article Source

07/31/10 - Fly Eyes Used For Solar Cells
KeelyNet "Researchers took corneas from blow flies, fixed them on a glass substrate, added a polymer to protect the shape and then coated nine-eye arrays in nickel within a vacuum chamber. The result was a master template that retained those useful nanoscale features and can be used to make solar cells." Ultimately that template can be used to replicate the pattern exactly. Next, the plan is to make a larger template from 30 blowfly corneas. "We found that properly designed bioinspired compound lenses can significantly improve the light-harvesting capabilities of silicon solar cells," they wrote. Lakhtakia and his team are currently researching butterfly wings to figure out how it might be possible to create colored surfaces without using pigments. - Full Article Source

07/31/10 - BlindType — the Amazing Keyboard of the Future
"BlindType has created a new touchscreen keyboard program of the same name that changes size, orientation, and position to match your wandering fingers as they type. BlindType also features some of the most impressive typing correction software I've ever seen. The result is a practical touchscreen interface that knows what you meant to type, even if you make mistakes. Lots of them. In fact, you can type without looking at the screen at all." - Full Article Source

07/31/10 - What's Wrong With the American University System
"The Atlantic has an excellent interview with Andrew Hacker — co-author with Claudia Dreifus of a book titled Higher Education? — covering everything that's wrong with the American university system. The discussion ranges from entrenched tenured professors more concerned with publishing and parking spaces than quality teaching; to 22-year-old students with unrealistic expectations that some company will put them in a management position after graduating with six-figures of debt; to football teams siphoning money away from academic programs so that student tuitions must increase to compensate. It really lays out the farce of university culture and reminds me of everything I absolutely despised about my college life. Dreifus is active in the comments section of the article as well, lending to a fantastic discussion on the subject." - Full Article Source

07/31/10 - Hallucinogen to be tested as cure for opiate addiction
KeelyNet Ibogaine, a hallucinogen derived from an African plant, is used (illegally) as a cure for opiate addiction. This month, the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Research will test the effectiveness of Ibogaine on heroin addicts. “As great as ibogaine seems, no one knows exactly how effective it is as a treatment,” says Valerie Mojieko, the director of clinical research for the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Research (MAPS), a privately funded Massachusetts-based nonprofit. So starting this month, MAPS will enlist Clare Wilkins, the director of Pangea Biomedics, to run the first long-term study to gauge the drug’s lasting effects at her clinic in Mexico (where patients already pay $5,000 for the treatment). She will treat 20 to 30 heroin addicts and, for the next year, MAPS will subject them to psychological and drug tests to quantify ibogaine’s effectiveness. - Full Article Source

07/31/10 - Tribalism Is the Enemy Within, Says Shuttleworth
"Tribalism is when one group of people start to think people from another group are 'wrong by default.' It's the great-granddaddy of racism and sexism. And the most dangerous kind of tribalism is completely invisible: it has nothing to do with someone's 'birth tribe' and everything to do with their affiliations: where they work, which sports team they support, which Linux distribution they love. ... Right now, for a number of reasons, there is a fever pitch of tribalism in plain sight in the free software world. It's sad. It's not constructive. It's ultimately going to be embarrassing for the people involved, because the Internet doesn't forget. It's certainly not helping us lift free software to the forefront of public expectations of what software can be." - Full Article Source

07/31/10 - DefCon Contest Rattles FBI's Nerves
"A DefCon contest that invites contestants to trick employees at 30 US corporations into revealing not-so-sensitive data has rattled nerves at the FBI. Chris Hadnagy, who is organizing the contest, also noted concerns from the financial industry, which fears hackers will target personal information. The contest will run for three days, with participants attempting to unearth data from an undisclosed list of about 30 US companies. The contest will take place in a room in the Riviera hotel in Las Vegas furnished with a soundproof booth and a speaker, so an audience can hear the contestants call companies and try to weasel out what data they can get from unwitting employees." - Full Article Source

07/28/10 - For Hybrid Cars, a Hybrid Invention
A company with a different approach to the electric car battery problem got a small boost recently when the Patent Office said it would issue a patent on its concept: using a storage device called a capacitor in conjunction with a traditional battery. The company, AFS Trinity, plans an announcement on Monday. AFS Trinity marries lithium ion and capacitors. The result is that the demand for current from the lithium ion battery rises and falls more gently; the big jolts in or out are handled by the capacitors. Mr. Furia says that his technology could allow a plug-in hybrid or an electric car to get by on a smaller battery pack. Some of those vehicles are designed now with huge battery packs so that they can draw enough energy out of each battery to get sufficient acceleration; with a capacitor to help out in high-demand times, they could do with fewer batteries. Carrying a lot of batteries means greater weight and costs, plus beefier brakes and suspension. He said the zippy performance of a car with capacitors offered “fun without guilt” because it did not burn gasoline and did not damage the batteries. - Full Article Source

07/28/10 - WWU's car fails road tests, eliminated from X Prize competition
The driving tests Monday focused on safety and consisted of a zero to 60 mph acceleration test, a 60 mph to zero braking test and a double lane change without hitting any cones. The car failed the double lane-change maneuvers and braking tests, two challenges in an elimination round, according to Bob Larsen, race director. Competitors had six tries to successfully pass the lane-change test. The Viking 45 took eight, Leonhardt said, and the car overshot its braking area by five feet in the braking test. More than 120 teams from the U.S., Canada and other parts of the world - including some with much deeper pockets than the WWU group - had signed up to compete for a share of a $10 million purse. Just seven teams remain in the running for the prize money after the last elimination round Monday. Organized by the X Prize Foundation and backed by Progressive Insurance, the competition encourages the invention of a vehicle that will get at least 100 miles per gallon or its energy equivalent. That means the winning vehicle could be powered by any type of fuel, as long as it emits no more than 200 grams of carbon dioxide per mile or its equivalent. Organizers said their goal was to inspire a new generation of vehicles that help curb dependence on oil and stem the effects of climate change. The vehicles also must meet safety standards as well as be durable, affordable, appeal to consumers and able to go into production in the near future. - Full Article Source

07/28/10 - The real reason the oil still flows into the Gulf of Mexico
I am about to dispute that claim and offer an expose' as to why that story about them doing everything possible is a lie and a profitable enterprise to those who would make money from this disaster. The Top Kill method was started and suspended several times. It was being attempted only half heartedly. The reason is, there is no money to be made with a solution that simple. The real money is in the use of dispersants. There is a company called NALCO. They make water purification systems and chemical dispersants. NALCO is based in Chicago with subsidiaries in Brazil, Russia, India, China and Indonesia. NALCO is associated with UChicago Argonne program. UChicago Argonne received $164 million dollars in stimulus funds this past year. UChicago Argonne just added two new executives to their roster. One from NALCO. The other from the Ill. Dept of Educaution. If you dig a little deeper you will find NALCO is also associated with Warren Buffett, Maurice Strong, Al Gore, Soros, Apollo, Blackstone, Goldman Sachs, Hathaway Berkshire. Warren Buffet /Hathaway Berkshire increased their holdings in NALCO just last November. (Timing is everything). The dispersant chemical is known as Corexit. What it does is hold the oil below the water's surface. It is supposed to break up the spill into smaller pools. It is toxic and banned in Europe. NALCO says they are using older and newer versions of Corexit in the Gulf.. (Why would you need a newer version, if the old one was fine?) There is big money and even bigger players in this scam. While they are letting the oil blow wide open into the Gulf, the stakes and profit rise. The Dolphins, Whales, Manatees, Sea Turtles and fish suffocate and die. The coastal regions, salt marshes, tourist attractions and the shore front properties are being destroyed, possibly permanently.The air quality is diminished. The Gulf of Mexico fishing industry is decimated. All to create a need for their expensive and extremely profitable poison. (Thanks to R. Dickerson for this revealing link. - JWD) - Full Article Source

07/28/10 - In Defense Of Basic Science
“Why should scientists 'waste their time' with questions that are so removed from everyday life when they could be working on a cure for malaria or trying to come up with cost-effective alternative energy fuels? Don’t they have the ethical obligation to use their talents to help others? And they use public funds for this?” Given the importance of this question, I’d like to present a brief sketch for what could be called a “basic science apology.” First, it’s important to try to define what “basic science” is — not an easy task. Distinguishing basic from applied science, basic science is not related to immediate applications such as the development of new technologies or new medications. Early in the 20th century, when scientists such as Planck, Einstein, Bohr, Schrödinger and Heisenberg were trying to understand the behavior of the atom, they couldn’t have imagined that their theories would revolutionize the way we think about reality and, as a bonus, the way we live. Transistors, semiconductors, lasers, the whole digital technology of modern life emerged as a consequence of their musings. And it was from atomic and nuclear physics that new forms of radiation were discovered, such as the X rays that changed the face of medicine and genetics, and the nuclear weapons that changed history. Wherever there is light, there is shadow, as said the Buddha. - Full Article Source

07/28/10 - - neat ideas
The ultimate destination for everything Alternative Use! Save money and heal the earth by extending the life of everything you already own. Whether it’s using hairspray to remove ink stains, vodka to clean your eyeglasses, or coffee grounds to fertilize your garden, AltUse taps into the planet's collective wisdom so you can keep more in your wallet and send less to landfill! - Full Article Source

07/28/10 - The Acceleration of Addictiveness
What hard liquor, cigarettes, heroin, and crack have in common is that they're all more concentrated forms of less addictive predecessors. Most if not all the things we describe as addictive are. And the scary thing is, the process that created them is accelerating. We wouldn't want to stop it. It's the same process that cures diseases: technological progress. Technological progress means making things do more of what we want. When the thing we want is something we want to want, we consider technological progress good. If some new technique makes solar cells x% more efficient, that seems strictly better. When progress concentrates something we don't want to want—when it transforms opium into heroin—it seems bad. But it's the same process at work. - Full Article Source

07/28/10 - All life may be derived from quantum effects
KeelyNet Now quantum physicists from Singapore and the US have come up with an idea which, if proven true, will make us see life from a different perspective. They believe that DNA, the medium used to store and replicate genetic information by all but the simplest life forms, is bound together by a quantum effect. In a five-page letter published at website, the team devised a simplified model with DNA nucleotides presented as oscillating systems of positively charged cores and negatively charged electron clouds. Due to the size and structure of the double helix molecule, these harmonic oscillators become entangled, and this effect remains significant even at normal temperatures. Moreover, without this quantum interaction the whole system would become unstable and rip itself apart, researchers believe. The theory is yet to be proved by experimentation. Authors of the paper have also come up with the question of how the entanglement may affect information processing in living cells and how it could be harnessed. - Full Article Source

07/28/10 - Break Up Washington to Spread Government Across America?
Americans are angry at Washington, and it’s not hard to see why. Not only does the federal government seem more ineffectual than ever in the face of ongoing economic hardship, but the capital has so far coasted through the downturn relatively unscathed. But instead of just ranting about Washington — or running against it, for those on the hustings — how about breaking it up? It’s an admittedly improbable idea, given the universal instinct for self-preservation, but with Washington burgeoning in a time of general economic gloom, why not address the imbalance by dispersing the government more broadly? Such a move would spread more evenly the benefits of federal employment (and its contractor hangers-on). It would make the federal bureaucracy more attuned to regional issues. And it just might help dissipate some of the anti-Washington venom that’s coursing through the country. Splintering the federal government holds both political benefits for the country and economic benefits for the regions to which jobs are dispersed, said Robert Rupp, a political scientist at West Virginia Wesleyan College — and a resident of a state that has enjoyed a very targeted form of federal job relocation, thanks to the late senator Robert Byrd. “If we begin with the fact that Washington has grown far bigger than the founders ever contemplated, and that voters are mean and mad and distrustful of Beltway politics, it makes sense,” he said. The Brookings Institution’s Bruce Katz said dispersal could improve productivity if the government’s existing regional offices were empowered to serve their constituents in an integrated way, with coordination among agencies, “rather than just be the end of the pipeline for Washington-driven agency decisions that are siloed and compartmentalized.” The key, Katz said, would be to focus less on moving a given unit of the government to a given place and more on creating “networks of federally supported institutions” such as “energy discovery institutes” or metropolitan planning organizations. For instance, he said, “Kansas City shouldn’t care if it gets a particular agency to relocate to its metropolis; rather, it should seek to have an advanced research institution — either standalone or at the metro university — that relates to its particular clusters and economic position.” Katz’s colleague Amy Liu goes a step further: Many corporations, she notes, have moved away from the headquarters model to one in which executives are stationed in one city, research and development in another, marketing in a third and so on. Why not distribute federal tasks in a similar way? - Full Article Source

07/28/10 - 20x More Energy From Sewage…By Adding Gold?
Sewage is a surprising resource when it comes to harvesting energy during its treatment. According to researchers from Oregon State University, investing a little more in sewage could provide substantially bigger yields. They’ve found that adding gold nano-coatings to the anode chamber of a fuel cell could help produce 20 times more electricity from sewage treatment. The findings could mean bid news for combining wastewater with renewable energy generation. According to Oregon State, coating graphite anodes with a nanoparticle layer of gold. The anode chamber is where bacteria from biowaste feed off nutrients and grow a biofilm, releasing electrons in the process. The gold coating — and possibly coatings made from iron — boost the production of electricity and could help wastewater treatment plants do double duty as an electricity generator. - Full Article Source

07/28/10 - We humans can mind-meld too
KeelyNet There's now scientific backing for the old adage that when two people "click" in conversation, they have a meeting of minds. The evidence comes from fMRI scans of 11 people's brains as they listened to a woman recounting a story. The scans showed that the listeners' brain patterns tracked those of the storyteller almost exactly, though trailed 1 to 3 seconds behind. But in some listeners, brain patterns even preceded those of the storyteller. "We found that the participants' brains became intimately coupled during the course of the 'conversation', with the responses in the listener's brain mirroring those in the speaker's," says Uri Hasson of Princeton University. Hasson's team monitored the strength of this coupling by measuring the extent of the pattern overlap. Listeners with the best overlap were also judged to be the best at retelling the tale. "The more similar our brain patterns during a conversation, the better we understand each other," Hasson concludes. - Full Article Source

07/28/10 - Social relationships key to survival, study says
It turns out that people with adequate social relationships have a 50 percent greater likelihood of survival than people who have poor or insufficient relationships. That means that having good relationships is comparable to quitting smoking in terms of survival benefit, and is a stronger factor than obesity and physical activity. This principle of social relationships aiding survival has even been seen in babies, the study noted. In the mid-20th century, infants in orphanages were observed to have high mortality rates predicted by lack of human contact. Death rates in these settings substantially decreased with changes in practice and policy to promote social interaction. One theory behind these results is that social relationships may buffer the negative effects of stressors on health, such as illness and transitions and changes in life. Social relationships may also promote healthy behaviors, in the sense that people may directly encourage each other's good habits or indirectly provide good models. - Full Article Source

07/28/10 - 200 mile RF transmitter (and high altitude balloon)
KeelyNet If there is one thing we like, it’s a fellow hacker so enthusiastic about his or her work that they write the article practically for us by including as much detail and information as possible. In this two part hack, [Scott] wrote in to let us know not only about a high school built high altitude balloon, but also his $5 long range RF transmitter. The former is simply GPS and video data logged over the flight, but [Scott's] specialty comes in the latter. A 74HC240 octal buffer is using to amplify the signal (Morse code) from an ATTiny44a with a 29MHz oscillator, producing a usable signal as far away as 200 miles. It is low bandwidth, but if you’re looking for a simple transmitter in your project and need something with more power (and a smaller package), this might be the ticket. - Full Article Source

07/28/10 - Bumpy Coatings for Better Solar Cells
A thin-film solar cell carpeted with nano pillars is more efficient because the pillars absorb more light and convert more of it into electricity. Other nanoscale textures offer similar advantages in optical devices like display backlights. Cui's group adapted a process that's used commercially to manufacture flexible packaging. A rod wound with wires is used to evenly deposit a liquid coating containing silica nanospheres. The treated surface ends up with specific nanoscale structural properties. Changing the size of the nanoparticles, using wires of different diameters, and applying subsequent chemical treatments can further modify the properties of the surface. The coating method is compatible with roll-to-roll processes used to print flexible devices on plastic, metal, and other materials, and it can also be used on rigid surfaces like glass. In the journal Nano Letters, Cui reports that he and his group have made superhydrophobic surfaces and a proof-of-concept solar device. To make the solar cell, the researchers deposit metal and amorphous silicon on the bumpy surface. The result absorbs 42 percent more light than a flat surface that uses the same quantity of materials - Full Article Source

07/28/10 - Longer Life Depends upon the Brain Size
The brain starts working the time you take birth and stops thinking the time your heart stops beating up. Mammals that have larger brains as compared to the body size they tend to have longer lives than the ordinary life of the common man. Centre for Ecological Research and Forestry Applications (CREAF) had carried out this research over 500 mammal species to get the analysis of the above said quote. Infact the Journal of the Evolutionary Biology said today that the brain size of the varieties of mammals such as Gorillas, Dolphins, Chimps, Whales, Elephants etc. are larger than expected in comparison with the size of the body. With the theory of Cognitive Buffer Hypothesis (CBH) it has been suggested that a larger brain give more flexibility in the behaviour of a person, also give the ability to face the environmental changes and also helps to learn everything easier, faster and in a simplified way. Many of the mammals from rodents and bats to cetaceans, marsupials, felines, ungulates and many other have their larger brains and therefore the longer life. - Full Article Source

07/28/10 - Restoring yellowed plastic
KeelyNet Anyone who has dug their old computer or console out of the cupboard or loft for some retro gaming will probably have noticed that it maybe hasn’t worn too well with the test of time. The plastics these machines were made of is called ABS and to make it flame retardant (just in case it catches fire after a marathon session) the plastics manufacturers added chemicals that caused the plastic turn yellow or, even worse, brown over a long period of time. It was originally thought that the yellowing was permanent and that the only solution to this was to paint the plastic in its original colour and cover the problem up. However, a chance discovery was made in March 2008, by The CBM Museum at Wuppertal in Germany (, that immersing parts in a solution of Hydrogen Peroxide for a few days could partially reverse the process. The problem was finally cracked in late July 2008 with a mixture of hydrogen peroxide, a small amount of an “Oxy” laundry booster as a catalyst and a UV lamp; we believed that this could do the job in hours instead of days. Reducing The Cost - “All of the initial tests were done with a liquid and we realised that for large parts this was getting expensive, so the next stage was to develop a paintable “gel” version that could be brushed onto larger surfaces. This was tried in Ariziona in the sun and the UK under a UV lamp (sunshine isn't guaranteed in Manchester!) and was found to be just as effective as the liquid. We have now released this to the public domain for anyone to use, as we can’t patent it and we coined the nickname “Retr0bright” for it, as it summed up what we were actually doing with it.” Formulas to make your own Retrobrite Gel - SAFETY WARNING!!! You are warned that hydrogen peroxide is very nasty stuff and can cause severe chemical burns to skin and can also cause blindness if splashed into the eyes, if handled incorrectly. Usually, you can’t buy stronger than 12% over the counter, as this is the maximum strength sold to the public and is used to bleach hair. If you want to try this, I would strongly suggest that you wear goggles and gloves to protect yourself. - Full Article Source

07/28/10 - Exposing the Natural Gas Industry's Attempt to Silence Its Critics
In June, just before Josh Fox’s documentary Gasland was about to premiere on HBO, a document seeking to discredit the film’s account of the hazards of natural gas drilling suddenly appeared. "Debunking Gasland" was posted on a Web site for Energy in Depth, a petroleum industry public relations concoction that had been whipped up the year before to defend the radical new drilling technology called horizontal hydraulic fracturing (or “fracking”) from growing investigation and criticism. Energy in Depth presents itself as the voice of the “small-business industry” that is “American oil and gas.” Executives of the Independent Petroleum Producers of America are listed as “personnel” on the site’s Contact Us page. No address is given, only a telephone number, which is the same as that of the Institute of Energy Research, a petroleum industry think-tank. - Full Article Source

07/28/10 - How facts backfire
Recently, a few political scientists have begun to discover a human tendency deeply discouraging to anyone with faith in the power of information. It’s this: Facts don’t necessarily have the power to change our minds. In fact, quite the opposite. In a series of studies in 2005 and 2006, researchers at the University of Michigan found that when misinformed people, particularly political partisans, were exposed to corrected facts in news stories, they rarely changed their minds. In fact, they often became even more strongly set in their beliefs. Facts, they found, were not curing misinformation. Like an underpowered antibiotic, facts could actually make misinformation even stronger. - Full Article Source

07/28/10 - Did you believe that one day...
you'd all be millionaires, and movie gods, and rock stars? I feel like I've been lied to. By Television. By Movies. By School Teachers. By my Parents. By popular culture! There is a quote in Fight Club which says: 'We've all been raised on television to believe that one day we'd all be millionaires, and movie gods, and rock stars.' You are constantly told as a child that if you work hard, study hard and have a dream, that it will come true. My dream (my goal) was to be a millionaire by the time I was 18 (then changed to 21 and later changed to 25). I've studied hard my whole life (often at the loss of my social life), got the grades and technically 'succeeded' at education. However, I feel I've lost at life. I've got a fairly average job, getting an average salary and the thought of this being the rest of my life scares me. I look around and see the smucks who were enjoying life at school, messing about, who got poor grades and left school early. They're living a better life than me, they don't have crippling student loans, they got on the housing ladder earlier when prices were low, they're now settled in a career with wife and kids. I feel I've been lied to. - Full Article Source

07/28/10 - Oil spill glows under UV light
KeelyNet Researcher Ping Wang pointed me towards his grad student's work with UV light. Turns out that the oil glows bright, head-shop fluorescent orange under UV light. Rip Kirby's ultra-powerful $1800 "Klingon Death Ray" ultraviolet spotlight lit up every particle of oil-stained sand, even in seemingly clean areas, and our footprints showed up Day-Glo orange. This isn't just for "woah, dude" value. Applying UV light to contaminated beaches is also a clever way to spot—and clean up—oil that might otherwise go unnoticed by notoriously flimsy human eyes. - Full Article Source

07/28/10 - Street-Fighting Math: down and dirty guide
Street-Fighting Mathematics looks like a fun read: it's a Creative Commons-licensed math textbook that teaches approximation and "down-and-dirty, opportunistic problem solving." It's based on a MIT course taught by the author, Sanjoy Mahajan.

In problem solving, as in street fighting, rules are for fools: do whatever works--don't just stand there! Yet we often fear an unjustified leap even though it may land us on a correct result. Traditional mathematics teaching is largely about solving exactly stated problems exactly, yet life often hands us partly defined problems needing only moderately accurate solutions. This engaging book is an antidote to the rigor mortis brought on by too much mathematical rigor, teaching us how to guess answers without needing a proof or an exact calculation.

In Street-Fighting Mathematics, Sanjoy Mahajan builds, sharpens, and demonstrates tools for educated guessing and down-and-dirty, opportunistic problem solving across diverse fields of knowledge--from mathematics to management. Mahajan describes six tools: dimensional analysis, easy cases, lumping, picture proofs, successive approximation, and reasoning by analogy. Illustrating each tool with numerous examples, he carefully separates the tool--the general principle--from the particular application so that the reader can most easily grasp the tool itself to use on problems of particular interest. - Full Article Source

07/28/10 - Where does our money go?
David H. Brooks, Chairman and CEO of a body-armor firm made rich through fat military contracts, was obsessed with the idea of creating a "memory-erasing pill," and badgered a veterinarian for help designing one. This and other revelations of his taxpayer-funded eccentricities in a NYT bombshell today. He reportedly used his expense account to pay for "pornographic videos for his son, plastic surgery for his wife, a burial plot for his mother, prostitutes for his employees, and, for him, a $100,000 American-flag belt buckle encrusted with rubies, sapphires and diamonds." (via - Full Article Source

07/28/10 - Simple safe smoke bomb
I learned how to make smoke bombs when I was 12 by reading a recipe in Abbie Hoffman's Steal This Book. The recipe calls for two ingredients: ordinary sugar and potassium nitrate (also known as saltpeter). In those days I was able to buy potassium nitrate from the pharmacy at K-Mart in Boulder, Colorado. Here's Hoffman's recipe:

SMOKE BOMB - Sometimes it becomes strategically correct to confuse the opposition and provide a smoke screen to aid an escape. A real home-made stroke bomb can be made by combining four parts sugar to six parts saltpeter (available at all chemical supply stores). This mixture must then be heated over a very low flame. It will blend into a plastic substance. When this starts to gel, remove from the heat and allow the plastic to cool. Embed a few wooden match heads into the mass while it's still pliable and attach a fuse. The smoke bomb itself is a non-explosive and non-flame-producing, so no extreme safety requirements are needed. About a pound of the plastic will produce thick enough smoke to fill a city block. Just make sure you know which way the wind is blowing. Weathermen-women!

The problem with this recipe is that the mixture can easily ignite while heating it over a stove burner. My friend and I made a batch when I was 13, and it went off in his kitchen and caused a lot of damage (when it burns it produces a red hot liquid that looks like molten lava). So I do not recommend this recipe. - Full Article Source

07/28/10 - Who Set Up NATO and the Pentagon?
KeelyNet An American online newspaper has disclosed intelligence reports on the conflict in Afghanistan. These documents accumulated over the past six years of the military operation that killed over three hundred British and over a thousand U. S. military. The U.S. media compared the leak to the legendary publication of Pentagon Papers in 1971. The release of the information then greatly exacerbated Americans’ distrust of the U.S. administration policy at the time and had been an icon of the antiwar movement for many years. (It seems apparent that the recent purge of Russian spies is probably how all these documents were released as payback. - JWD) - Full Article Source

Additional comments from - The long-term effects of this week's Afghan mega-leak from Wikileaks remain to be seen. But a mere 48 hours after the docs dropped, our government doesn't appear any less eager to allocate more money to war, and less to domestic programs. The House of Representatives today approved a $59 billion emergency war bill, most of which will go toward troop buildup in Afghanistan. The bill was previously okayed by the Senate, and is expected to be signed into law by President Obama.

07/28/10 - Facing 16 Years In Prison For Videotaping Police
"The ACLU of Maryland is defending Anthony Graber, who faces as much as sixteen years in prison if found guilty of violating state wiretap laws because he recorded video of an officer drawing a gun during a traffic stop. ... Once [the Maryland State Police] learned of the video on YouTube, Graber's parents' house was raided, searched, and four of his computers were confiscated. Graber was arrested, booked, and jailed. Their actions are a calculated method of intimidation. Another person has since been similarly charged under the same statute. The wiretap law being used to charge Anthony Graber is intended to protect private communication between two parties. According to David Rocah, the ACLU attorney handling Mr. Graber's case, 'To charge Graber with violating the law, you would have to conclude that a police officer on a public road, wearing a badge and a uniform, performing his official duty, pulling someone over, somehow has a right to privacy when it comes to the conversation he has with the motorist.'" - Full Article Source

07/28/10 - Kepler Investigator Says 'Galaxy Is Rich In Earth-Like Planets'
"In a recent presentation, Kepler co-investigator Dimitar Sasselov unexpectedly announced news that the Kepler Space Telescope has discovered scores of candidate Earth-like exoplanets. Not waiting for the official NASA press release to announce the discovery, Sasselov went into some detail at the TEDGlobal talk in Oxford, UK earlier this month. This surprise announcement comes hot on the heels of controversy that erupted last month when the Kepler team said they were withholding data on 400 exoplanet candidates until February 2011. In light of this, Sasselov's unofficial announcement has already caused a stir. Keith Cowing, of, has commented on this surprise turn of events, saying it is really annoying 'that the Kepler folks were complaining about releasing information since they wanted more time to analyze it before making any announcements. And then the project's Co-I goes off and spills the beans before an exclusive audience — offshore. We only find out about it when the video gets quietly posted weeks later.' Although Sasselov could have handled the announcement better (and waited until NASA made the official announcement), this has the potential to be one of the biggest astronomical discoveries of our time — so long as these Earth-like 'candidates' are confirmed by further study." - Full Article Source

07/28/10 - Heat Ray Gun Fails Final Test; Nixed From War
"The heat ray gun to be deployed in Afghanistan has failed its final test and will not be deployed. US military commanders who have had it in the field now have declined to use it. After being tested more than 11,000 times on around 700 volunteers, it failed to achieve satisfaction from the military and will not be deployed." - Full Article Source

07/28/10 - Plastic Bottle Catamaran Crosses The Pacific Ocean
The Plastiki, a catamaran made with plastic bottles, has completed a 8,000 mile trip between San Francisco and Sydney. Captain David de Rothschild said, "The Plastiki is literally a metaphorical message in a bottle about beating waste and reducing our human fingerprints on our natural environment." The boat will go on display at the Australian National Maritime Museum for the next month. - Full Article Source

07/25/10 - A headset that reads your brainwaves
A low-cost, simple to use headset that really does let you control devices with your brainwaves. Tan Le of Emotiv Systems demos their device at TED : Tan Le's astonishing new computer interface reads its user's brainwaves, making it possible to control virtual objects, and even physical electronics, with mere thoughts (and a little concentration). In this clip, she demos the headset on an audience member, and talks about its far-reaching applications. - Full Article Source

07/25/10 - Vacuum Can Be Measured
Russian physicists claimed they had successfully measured the essence of emptiness. Frankly speaking, what we call vacuum is not just an empty space – it’s a complex environment full of interstellar plasma. Parameters of “space gas”, such as density, speed, magnetic field and others, change randomly at any measurement scales. Russian physicists succeeded in estimating so-called outer scale of turbulence (the length scale at which the structure function for Kolmogorov turbulence breaks down at large scales is called the outer scale of turbulence) and found it to be 0.03 parsec. However, researchers still fail to explain these changes, they can only measure turbulence spectrum by observing changes in parameters of radio waves, piercing interstellar plasma. Pulsar’s radio waves are powerful enough to be easily registered on Earth by means of radio telescopes. - Full Article Source

Turbulence - In fluid dynamics, turbulence or turbulent flow is a fluid regime characterized by chaotic, stochastic property changes. This includes low momentum diffusion, high momentum convection, and rapid variation of pressure and velocity in space and time. Flow that is not turbulent is called laminar flow. While there is no theorem relating Reynolds number to turbulence, flows with high Reynolds numbers usually become turbulent, while those with low Reynolds numbers usually remain laminar. Turbulence causes the formation of eddies of many different length scales. Most of the kinetic energy of the turbulent motion is contained in the large scale structures. The energy "cascades" from these large scale structures to smaller scale structures by an inertial and essentially inviscid (having no viscosity) mechanism. This process continues, creating smaller and smaller structures which produces a hierarchy of eddies. Eventually this process creates structures that are small enough that molecular diffusion becomes important and viscous dissipation of energy finally takes place. The scale at which this happens is the Kolmogorov length scale.

The Neutral Center and the Aether Spectrum (finally got around to writing it up way back in 1990) - KeelyNet Aether can be so divided as to generate ever lower frequencies with resultant aggregations of energy, force and matter. Just as a prism separates white light (many combined frequencies) into what we perceive as single frequencies, so too can we use the phenomena of interference (collisions with other frequencies), KeelyNetto cause aether and other frequencies to be produced and manipulated to generate energy, matter and various 'effects'. Cascading forcefalls of Aether divide to generate infinite lower frequency interference patterns which form the Universe and all Creation. And if you want to invest in radical new discoveries, see My Lab Project

07/25/10 - White Roofs Could Save U.S. (Much Needed) $735 Million per Year
The cooling effect that white roofs have on buildings — especially air-conditioned ones — as well as their ability to drastically lower energy costs – $735 million per year to be exact, if 85% of all air-conditioned buildings in the US had white roofs. “When you’re thinking of putting on a new roof, make it white,” Dr. Chu said. “It costs no more to make it white than to make it black,” he added. It won’t cost any more to make your new roof white rather than the usual gray or black – and did we mention that it could save us a TON of money? “Cool roofs are one of the quickest and lowest cost ways we can reduce our global carbon emissions and begin the hard work of slowing climate change,” Dr. Chu said in a statement about his new mandate. White roofs could also drastically reduce what is known as the “heat island effect.” It is a phenomenon caused by all of the dark heat absorbing surfaces in urban areas. A study by the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory’s Heat Island Group showed that increasing the reflectivity of road and roof surfaces in urban areas with populations over 1 million would reduce carbon dioxide emissions 1.2 gigatons of carbon dioxide annually. That’s the equivalent of taking 300 million cars of the road. - Full Article Source

07/25/10 - Technique for Faster Wound Healing Developed
KeelyNet Cooperation of Russian biologists and physicists resulted in a new method for better and faster healing of wounds. Healing wounds is a slow and complicated process. Traditional drug treatment is often not effective enough, that is why researchers keep improving existing methods and inventing new techniques for helping people. Russian physicists developed hollow-cathode lamps, with emit low-intensity radiation. Emission spectrum of such lamps consists of thin lines, typical for atomic and ionic spectra of elements, from which a cathode was made. Researchers found out that radiation from lamps with cathode made of magnesium and copper, stimulated migration of mentioned elements in an organism and cured inflammation. Tests on laboratory rats showed that irradiation with these lamps helped cuts heal faster. Lamps also promoted faster skin structure recovery, including sebaceous glands and hair follicles. Scientists think that irradiation with these lamps promoted natural immunity, accelerated recovery of deep skin layers and stimulated wound healing. Mechanisms of this process are still not clear, however, researchers believe that metals form complexes with enzymes metalloproteinases, known to affect healing of wounds. - Full Article Source

07/25/10 - US Senate kills green energy legislation
The Democratic Party in the US Senate was forced to kill potential clean energy legislation because there were not enough votes for it to pass. The only changes that will remain are restrictions on offshore drilling. “Talk is cheap,” said Michaels. “People say, oh I care about global warming, I care about the environment but then you ask them how much are they willing to pay in order to stop this and they won’t even accept 50 cents a gallon in gasoline increase. Well, to reduce consumption 83 percent, gasoline has to become prohibitably expensive. It’s just not politically feasible.” Michaels argued that the people simply do not want expensive energy. The reaction to previous bills on cap and trade caused public outrage. “People like to say they care, but when you ask them to pay for their care they don’t want to do it,” said Michaels. - Full Article Source

07/25/10 - OriginOil Announces Breakthrough Hydrogen Harvester Invention
In contrast to previously reported developments in the area, the new Hydrogen Harvester(TM) uses little or no external energy inputs, requires no sulfur deprivation or other "stressing" of the algae, and no genetic modification. The process employs viable, high growth rate, high oil content algae strains. "One of the primary challenges for algae production is to achieve the best-possible energy balance," said Riggs Eckelberry, OriginOil CEO. "By harvesting hydrogen from algae we are able to increase the energy output of virtually any algae production system. The result is a photosynthetic technology platform that yields energy in the form of oil, biomass, and hydrogen." Algae already create oxygen through photosynthesis. Recovering hydrogen provides the necessary ingredients for electricity generation using fuel cells. The energy can be used to offset the electricity requirements of algae cultivation, harvesting and downstream processing. Dr. Brian Goodall, OriginOil's new CTO, commented: "The co-generation of hydrogen at the algae production site is a critical development for the realization of a completely integrated algal biorefinery. All routes from algae to 'drop-in' fuels such as renewable diesel and jet fuel require hydrogen and hydrotreating. The Hydrogen Harvester technology would eliminate the need for hydrogen pipelines and dependence on existing refineries which are typically far removed from ideal sites for algae growth." - Full Article Source

07/25/10 - Experiment with Inflatable Space Structures to be Performed
KeelyNet In 2011 the crew of International space station will perform an experiment with inflatable space structures, designed by Russian students. The folded structure will be taken to outer space by ISS crewmembers and then spread over external surface of the station. Then, framework tubes of the structure will be automatically filled with a quick hardening composite material, and it will be inflated with compressed air. The experiment is aimed at testing inflatable structures as possible lunar bases. Russian students, who designed the structures, are currently working on a power supply system on solar and other types of energy for future lunar bases. - Full Article Source

07/25/10 - ARPA-E backs a “Smart Metal” to Cool Future Climate Hell
The completely new thermally elastic metal alloy makes possible a fundamental technological advance in cooling technology. Used in refrigeration and air conditioning systems instead of liquid coolant, it would increase cooling efficiency 175%, and cut climate-changing CO2 emissions to practically nothing. The “smart metal”, a solid coolant to take the place of fluids used in conventional refrigeration and air conditioning compressors was developed by materials science engineers Ichiro Takeuchi, Manfred Wuttig and Jun Cui at Maryland’s A. James Clark School of Engineering. The 0.01-ton prototype is intended to replace conventional vapor compression cooling technology. Instead of fluids, it uses a solid-state material — a thermoelastic shape memory alloy, that alternately absorbs or creates heat in much the same way as a compressor-based system, but uses far less energy. - Full Article Source

07/25/10 - 'Eureka moment' inspires graduate's green energy invention
KeelyNet A UNIVERSITY graduate from Notts is in the running for an international design award after inventing a generator which creates electricity using waste water. The device, HighDro Power, is an electricity generator that harnesses the energy of falling waste water from high-rise buildings, and can be used to supplement the power supply and reduce energy bills. Tom is currently in talks with the university about installing the device in the soil pipes of the Fletcher Tower, where its art and design facilities are based. He calculates the electricity generated could save a seven-storey building £926 a year. The device uses four turbines connected by gears to ensure the maximum amount of waste water hits the turbine blades. This means that only one generator is needed at the base of the building, keeping the cost low. - Full Article Source

07/25/10 - Key Aussie invention ignored locally
The big news is Ceramic's BlueGen fuel cell device. Roughly the size of a dishwasher, the device uses solid oxide fuel cell technology to convert natural gas into electricity and heat. It generally produces more than enough electricity to power the average household - unless it is summer and you're constantly running the air-conditioner - and enough heat to produce a tank of hot water daily. In Germany, utility companies supply the device free of charge to households, who then pay for the natural gas they use. Mr Dow likens the arrangement to a mobile phone contract, where the consumer receives a free hand set and pays for their calls. "BlueGen is an enabler of the utilities to be able to bill you for heat and power," he said. The household can then make back some money by selling any excess power to the grid. If widely implemented, the system could save governments cash as well, reducing the need for billions of dollars in infrastructure. "About two-thirds of your electricity bill is actually due to transmission and distribution costs," said Mr Dow. "(The) cost to the government of actually putting in poles and wires and enough infrastructure to deliver the power from the central power station." That in turn would mean cheaper electricity for consumers, Mr Dow said. - Full Article Source

07/25/10 - First Offshore Nuclear Power Plant in the World Launched
KeelyNet An offshore nuclear power plant (ONPP) is a low-power energy source, designed with help of Russian technologies of nuclear shipbuilding and aimed at supplying energy to Russians, inhabiting Far North, Far East and other remote territories of the Russian Federation. The ONPP consists of a flush deck non-propelled vessel with two reactors of ice-breaking type. Each reactor has electrical capacity of 35 megawatt and thermal power of 140 gigacalories. The plant can also work as a desalination unit, which is very important for countries with limited fresh water. The plant can work almost anywhere, even in permafrost areas, and doesn’t require many supporting engineers. - Full Article Source

07/25/10 - The Hybrid Inventor Who Sued Toyota – And Won
Alex Severinsky is a Soviet engineer and immigrant to the United States who once developed antitank-warfare instrumentation. In 1994, he patented a system for powering gas-electric hybrid automobiles. Toyota has been using his system since 1997 without permission or payment. Until now. Toyota Motor has settled a patent-infringement case that has dragged on for six years. - Full Article Source

07/25/10 - Beans are bullets: War-era food posters


Cory Bernat has curated an extensive online image gallery of war-era government posters related to food, food production, farming, backyard gardening, and rationing. The images come from the US National Agricultural Library. - Full Article Source

07/25/10 - Reprogrammed Cells forget over time
Reprogrammed cells 'remember,' retain characteristics of their cells of origin only for a time. Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Regenerative Medicine : Investigators have confirmed that induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) retain some characteristics of the cells from which they were derived, something that could both assist and impede potential clinical and research uses. In their report, the researchers also describe finding that these cellular 'memories' fade and disappear as cell lines are cultured through successive generations. 'How faithfully iPSCs can be reprogrammed into a truly embryonic state has been a longstanding question, and we have found that the cell of origin does affect the capacity of iPSCs to differentiate in vitro into particular cell types,' says Konrad Hochedlinger, PhD, who led the research team. 'But when cultured iPSCs go through many rounds of cell division, they lose that memory.' - Full Article Source

07/25/10 - Island From Garbage?
KeelyNet Recycled island is a research project on the potential of realizing a habitable floating island in the Pacific Ocean made from all the plastic waste that is momentarily floating around in the ocean. The proposal has three main aims; Cleaning our oceans from a gigantic amount of plastic waste; Creating new land; And constructing a sustainable habitat. Recycled island seeks the possibilities to recycle the plastic waste on the spot and to recycle it into a floating entity. The constructive and marine technical aspects take part in the project of creating a sea worthy island. - Full Article Source

07/25/10 - Canada forbids Stem Cell treatments
Woman must flee to Germany to save her autistic son from Canadian regulatory holocaust. Authorities not only won't pay for stem cell treatments that could cure her young son's autism. They have made them illegal for anyone to obtain in Canada, even with their own money. And to add insult to injury, the draconian state medical bureaucrats are threatening to kick her son out of a provincially funded treatment program. Because his progress hasn't met their rigid standards. So, Kristen Foster is desperately trying to raising the $18,000 to take her son to a more civilized country, Germany. Where children aren't denied the stem cell therapy that can change their lives. - Full Article Source

07/25/10 - Micro Plane That Perches On Power Lines
New microplane perches on power lines to recharge its batteries being developed as a surveillance device at MIT. As you can imagine, landing on a power line is hard to do ... and charging off transmission lines has its own problems. - Full Article Source

07/25/10 - Brain Scans May Help Guide Career Choice
"General aptitude tests and specific mental ability tests are important tools for vocational guidance. Researchers are now asking whether performance on such tests is based on differences in brain structure, and if so, can brain scans be helpful in choosing a career? In a first step, researchers writing in the open access journal BMC Research Notes have investigated how well eight tests used in vocational guidance correlate to gray matter in areas throughout the brain." - Full Article Source

07/25/10 - Feds Bust Chinese Firm's Hybrid Car Data Heist
"An FBI investigation has led a Michigan couple to be charged with stealing hybrid car information from GM to use in a Chinese auto outfit. A federal indictment charged Yu Qin, aka Yu Chin, 49, and his wife, Shanshan Du, aka Shannon Du, 51, of Troy, Michigan with conspiracy to possess trade secrets without authorization, unauthorized possession of trade secrets, and wire fraud. One of the individuals was also charged with obstruction of justice, said Barbara McQuade, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan in a statement. GM estimates that the value of the stolen documents is over $40 million." - Full Article Source

07/25/10 - Blinding laser beam newest police tool
One of the newest and most unusual less-than-lethal weapons to hit the market is the "Dazer Laser." It’s a powerful laser gun that can temporarily blind and disorient a suspect with a large modulating pool of green light. "If you can impair their vision where they can’t effectively target or locate you, you're controlling them, you have those couple seconds you need, which in law enforcement is a year," said Ryan Battis, who demonstrates the weapons to police departments for Laser Energetics, Inc. of New Jersey. The Dazer Laser is being pitched to police across the Northwest as a safe alternative to tasers, which can cause burns, or pepper spray, which has to be deployed at close range. The promoters claim the lasers are effective day or night, and are designed to be effective anywhere from 3 feet to a mile-and-a-half away from a suspect - without causing eye damage. - Full Article Source

07/25/10 - Newspapers' New Revenue Plan — Copyright Suits
"Wired magazine has coverage of the numerous lawsuits recently filed by Righthaven, LLC regarding the content of the Las Vegas Review-Journal. 'Borrowing a page from patent trolls, the CEO of fledgling Las Vegas-based Righthaven has begun buying out the copyrights to newspaper content for the sole purpose of suing blogs and websites that re-post those articles without permission. And he says he's making money.' The owner of the LVRJ has commented on the strategy, and the Las Vegas Sun has extensive coverage of each suit filed. The owner of one site has apparently settled for more than the site has made in six years. Media Matters suspects many of the suits may be politically motivated, and thus violate federal election law." - Full Article Source

07/25/10 - Boeing Shows Off First Commercial Spacecraft
KeelyNet "Boeing today released the first public glimpse of the commercial spacecraft it is working on under an $18 million contract with NASA. Boeing's Crew Space Transportation (CST)-100 can hold seven crew and will be bigger than Apollo but smaller than NASA's Orion, and be able to launch on a variety of different rockets, including Atlas, Delta and Falcon.The company envisions the spacecraft supporting the International Space Station and future Bigelow Aerospace Orbital Space Complex systems. Bigelow is building what it calls 'expandable habitats,' that which are inflatable spacecraft would act as large, less costly space stations." - Full Article Source

07/25/10 - Utah State Prof Says Hybrids Don't Kill More Pedestrians
"Preliminary data seemed to show that hybrids were more likely to be involved in pedestrian crashes or hit cyclists. But now EV enthusiast Mark Larson (he's also an Emeritus Professor of Spanish at Utah State University) has analyzed some additional data and found this not to be the case at all. He used 1994-2008 figures from the Fatality Reporting System maintained by the NHTSA and found that the rate of pedestrian fatalities has in fact fallen over that same period." - Full Article Source

07/25/10 - Earth As an Extrasolar Planet
"Astronomers have a theory that they can detect whether a planet light years away will be habitable by just looking at how its sun is reflected in its atmosphere. To test the idea, they pretended that they were observing Earth from a distant object — in this case, the moon. And sure enough, they picked up critical components for life in Earth's atmosphere: ozone, oxygen, sodium, and nitrogen." - Full Article Source

07/25/10 - Growing Number of Prosecutions for Videotaping the Police
"The message is clearly, 'Don't criticize the police,'" said David Rocah, an attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland who is part of Graber's defense team. "With these charges, anyone who would even think to record the police is now justifiably in fear that they will also be criminally charged." Carlos Miller, a Miami journalist who runs the blog "Photography Is Not a Crime," said he has documented about 10 arrests since he started keeping track in 2007. Miller himself has been arrested twice for photographing the police. He won one case on appeal, he said, while the other was thrown out after the officer twice failed to appear in court. "They're just regular citizens with a cell-phone camera who happen to come upon a situation," Miller said. "If cops are doing their jobs, they shouldn't worry." Ford's lawyer, James Green, called videotaping "probably the most effective way to protect citizens against police officers who exaggerate or lie." "Judges and juries want to believe law enforcement," he said. "They want to believe police officers and unless you have credible evidence to contradict police officers, it's often very difficult to get judges or juries to believe the word of a citizen over a police officer." Across the country, arrests such as these highlight the growing role of witness video in law enforcement. A dozen states require all parties to consent before a recording is made if there is a "reasonable expectation of privacy." Virginia and New York require one-party consent. Only in Massachusetts and Illinois is it illegal for people to make an audio recording of people without their consent. Rocah of the ACLU disagreed. "It's not that recording any conversation is illegal without consent. It's that recording a private conversation is illegal without consent," he said. "So then the question is, 'Are the words of a police officer spoken on duty, in uniform, in public a 'private conversation.' And every court that has ever considered that question has said that they are not." Rocah said actual wiretapping prosecutions, though rare, are happening more frequently. But intimidation with the threat of arrest for taping the police is much more common. "Prosecution is only the most extreme end of a continuum of police and official intimidation and there's a lot of intimidation that goes on and has been going on short of prosecution," he said. "It's far more frequent for an officer to just say, 'You can't record or give me your camera or give me your cell phone and if you don't I'm going to arrest you. Very few people want to test the veracity of that threat and so comply. It's much more difficult to document, much more prevalent and equally improper." "Police and governmental recording of citizens is becoming more pervasive and to say that government can record you but you can't record, it speaks volumes about the mentality of people in government," Rocah said. "It's supposed to be the other way around: They work for us; we don't work for them." - Full Article Source

07/25/10 - Adapting the Post Office To the Digital Age
"Paul B. Carroll and Chunka Mui write in the Washington Post that with projected deficits through 2020 of $238 billion, the debate over potential changes at the US Postal Service is like a fight over the dessert bar on the Titanic: email has already supplanted letters, more people will send money via PayPal rather than mail checks, people will download their movies and books, check their bills online, and receive information about their investments electronically. Delivery volume for first-class mail fell 22 percent from 1998 through 2007, tumbled an additional 13 percent last year and was down 3 percent in the first half of this year despite heavy mailings from the Census Bureau. USPS's future lies in things that need to be delivered physically: shoes, computers and other objects, and the USPS has assets that could let it take on UPS and FedEx. 'USPS needs to start with the future and work backward to the present,' write Carroll and Mui. 'It needs to forecast volumes for all types of its business five, 10 and 15 years out and design a business model that will thrive under those scenarios. Only then can it figure out what radical changes need to be made now.'" - Full Article Source

07/25/10 - Americans now scraping off 'Obama B.S.'
The "B.S." simply stands for bumper sticker, and not necessarily any farm-animal by-product. In just five days, the YouTube video has already been viewed about 1 million times. The announcer in the ad is right-leaning comedian Brad Stine, who states:

Has your car been marred by an unsightly blemish? Has your property value decreased due to the regretful political statements on your neighbor's car? Are you tired of being embarrassed to drive through your own neighborhood? ...

Introducing the Obama Bumper Sticker Removal Kit. How does it work? Let me show you. Simply pull your car into a garage, empty warehouse or otherwise inconspicuous area. Use the official B.S. scraper to remove the old B.S. from your car and replace it with a brand-new bumper sticker. It's just that easy. Even works on a Prius. ...

The B.S. Removal Kit works on B.S. of all kinds: "Hope and change," "Change you can believe in," and that oh-so-hard to-get-rid-of "Obama-Biden" B.S. - Full Article Source

07/25/10 - Company Claims Patent On Spam Filtering, Sues World
A "Texas" IP holding company is suing 36 actual companies for violating its claimed patent on spam filtering. Techdirt deconstructs the patent itself, No. 6,018,761, which seems to amount to little more than a database lookup. It was filed in 1996 and issued in 2000 (despite the lawyers' press release claiming that it "was awarded... nearly 15 years ago"). Among the companies being sued are 3Com, Apple, Google, AOL, Yahoo, J.C.Penney, IBM, Dell, Citigroup, and RIM. Not Comcast, Verizon, AT&T, or Microsoft, oddly enough. - Full Article Source

07/22/10 - GE Offering $200m for a Smart Energy Idea
KeelyNet GE is offering a $200 million dare to startup entrepreneurs, technology pros and other innovative thinkers: Find a way to “reinvent how energy is produced, distributed and consumed.” The company is looking for the most innovative ideas it can find in three energy areas: grid efficiency, renewable energy and eco homes/eco buildings. The most promising entrants will get a chance to receive financial, technical and business support from GE and its challenge partners to help develop their ideas and bring them to the global market.

Participate in the Challenge

“This challenge is about collaboration and we are inviting others to help accelerate progress in creating a cleaner, more efficient and economically viable grid,” said Jeff Immelt, GE’s chairman and CEO. “We want to jump-start new ideas and deploy them on a scale that will modernise the electrical grid around the world.” The challenge is open to any legal entity or individual aged 18 and up. Entries will be accepted over the next 10 weeks. In addition to entrants selected to work with GE on bringing their ideas to market, five entrants will be chosen as $100,000 innovation challenge award winners. The GE ecomagination initiative is aimed at helping the world achieve a modern energy infrastructure that’s both efficient and “smart,” enabling two-way communications, automation and less energy waste across the grid. - Full Article Source

07/22/10 - Ohmasa Gas
Thanks to Dr. Bailey for this intriguing email from Dr. Patrick Bailey of the INE (Institute for New Energy); "This is very interesting. Please watch this and research it. It appears to be not cold fusion, or Brown's Gas, and it may be something entirely new. Water in, and energy + water out."

From: "Academy For Future Science"
From: "Office Masaru Emoto"
Subject: Encouragement of Hado Study

Dear Friends,

I would like to share some very important information with you. I feel two incidents which are coincidentally happening at almost the same time in the Western and Eastern part of the world (the oil spill in Gulf of Mexico and Foot and Mouth epidemic in Miyazaki, Japan) are something that the creator of nature is telling us to pay attention to.

The Gulf of Mexico of course is an issue regarding energy and the case of Miyazaki is an issue of a virus out of control. Modern science does not know how to cope with these issues and subsequently they are not yet solved. There is a growing loss of many lives in the Gulf of Mexico and already 270,000 cows and pigs have been put to death in Miyazaki, Japan. We have no idea when this will come to an end.

I am recognized as "Dr. Emoto, the Water Crystal researcher" in the world, but before that I was a researcher of Hado, which is subtle energy, literally the blue print of this material world. The world of Hado was not visible, nor measurable by modern scientific technology so it was hard to be accepted even though I described it in great detail. Since I wrote the first HADO book, I have published more than 10 additional books about Hado theory from major publishers in Japan, including "The Prelude of Hado" in 1992. In these books, I actually predicted different kinds of problems that the human race would face in the future. I also wrote how we can cope with these problems. For this, we would need HADO technology. It has been 15 years since then.

In the interim, my books, Hidden Messages in Water and Messages from Water became bestsellers and a lot of visionary citizens have accepted the Hado way of thinking and Hado technology. However, government does not support the idea at all because scientists who support the government deny my theory and ignore it. I am not asking them to understand the theory and implement the technology at a governmental level right now because I know it takes time. The problems that I described in my books are happening now, so we don't have a time to wait for government and corporations to understand. So, I believe we citizens, each one of us, have to prepare ourselves because it is an urgent issue now. The preparation is not difficult or complicated it simply takes a basic understanding of what Hado is. However, you may think that it is not possible to understand the Hado principals with only images or causes, and you want to see concrete Hado effects clearly. I am writing this now for people who think in this way. Recent discoveries confirm that energy can be extracted from water and water can be made into medicines via HADO. There are 2 major innovative ideas that have now come to light!!

At the first day of the "Water and Peace" Global Forum which was held from March 20th to 22nd this year, Mr. Ryushin Omasa, the president of Japan Techno Co, gave a lecture about his technology which extracts alternative energy called Ohmasa gas from water. This alternative energy can be substituted for petroleum energy. He applies specific low frequencies to water and agitated it to chemically dissolve the water. The oxygen and the hydrogen generated a unified oxy-hydrogen in a safe format, and this oxy-hydrogen solution can create fire to weld with and energy to run a motor. They already succeeded in running a motorbike with this Ohmasa gas. See this video clip which explains the technology:

I have been waiting for this technology to become a reality for 20 years. I have known this technology was possible for many years because water is H2O, and oxygen and hydrogen are a good source of energy. And it is a good thing that such a wonderful energy source exists abundantly everywhere. I came up with the idea to take water crystal photos from water in 1994 and succeeded. I have done a number of various studies since then. The most beautiful water crystal photo that we have ever taken is a water crystal created when the words of love and gratitude were exposed to water. I published the photo in my book, Messages from Water in 1999. Furthermore, I published my hypothesis that the H of H2O represents love and the O of H2O represents gratitude in my book, Hidden Messages in Water, published in 2002 and this book became a bestseller in many countries. Since then, a lot of people have resonated with those ideas and words, and love and gratitude are more frequently used in a daily life among spiritual people around the world.

Mr. Omasa who invented this innovative technology actually has been a regular reader of my books and he asked our institute to take water crystal photos from his water "Alpha Torino water" several years ago. So I assume he naturally received my hypothesis about the mysteries of water and I believe his Hado way of thinking may have lead to his amazing discovery of which energy can be extracted from water. Perhaps he is not the only one who was inspired by my work with water crystals. There may be a lot of people like him in the world trying to create something new and good for the planet and the human race.

The water created from his technology is called "Alpha Torino water". It also gets rid of viruses and microorganisms and is now available. It is also a kind of Hado medicine that I have proposed for long time. Water seems to be very effective to prevent pandemic phenomenon, which might happen in the near future and of course a virus like the Foot and Mouth Epidemic, which is already happening. However, this type of revolutionary technology could not be initiated by government or major companies in Japan because it would cause an inconvenience to certain people or companies who don$B!G(Bt want this technology to succeed, because it would destroy their current greed based money-making businesses. But I am certain that we need this type of technology for our planet and the people of the world, and we can spread it out, and make it known by ourselves. One way to get prepared is by studying Hado, and preparing ourselves for the year 2012 when an energetic shift will require our focused attention. We will be having the 13th Hado Instructor School in Aso city of Kumamoto in Japan from August 22nd to 26th and we will be congratulating the Fiver Colored Grand Festival at Heitate Shrine. Mr. Omasa will be there to present his technology as well. It will be a life changing event that I hope you will attend. For the information about the school, please click the following link:

With love and gratitude,

Masaru Emoto
Office Masaru Emoto, LLC - Full Article Source

07/22/10 - Nanotechnology coatings produce 20X more electricity from sewage
Engineers found that by coating graphite anodes with a nanoparticle layer of gold, the production of electricity increased 20 times. Coatings with palladium produced an increase, but not nearly as much. And the researchers believe nanoparticle coatings of iron – which would be a lot cheaper than gold – could produce electricity increases similar to that of gold, for at least some types of bacteria. In this technology, bacteria from biowaste such as sewage are placed in an anode chamber, where they form a biofilm, consume nutrients and grow, in the process releasing electrons. In this context, the sewage is literally the fuel for electricity production. In related technology, a similar approach may be able to produce hydrogen gas instead of electricity, with the potential to be used in hydrogen fuel cells that may power the automobiles of the future. In either case, the treatment of wastewater could be changed from an energy-consuming technology into one that produces usable energy. - Full Article Source

07/22/10 - Electrons Dipole Moment (could this explain cold electricity?)
KeelyNet Electrons are negatively charged elementary particles. They form the shells around atoms and ions. This or something similar is what you will find in text books. Soon, however, this information may have to be supplemented. The reason is that many physicists believe that electrons have a permanent electric dipole moment. An electric dipole moment is usually created when positive and negative charges are spatially separated. Similar to the north and south poles of a magnet, there are two electric poles. In the case of electrons, the situation is much more complicated because electrons should not actually have any spatial dimension. Despite this, an entire range of physical theories that go beyond the standard model of elementary particle physics are based upon the existence of dipole moment. These theories in turn would explain how the universe in the form that we know it could have been created in the first place. According to prevailing theories, the big bang some 13.7 billion years ago would have had to have created just as much matter as antimatter. Since both obliterate each other, nothing would have remained. In reality, however, more matter than antimatter was actually created. An electric dipole moment of the electron could explain this imbalance. - Full Article Source

07/22/10 - Electric Vehicles: As Clean As The Grid Powering Them
How clean is the electricity you're putting into the car? EV detractors usually begin with a tired statement along the lines of, "But EVs do produce emissions, where do you think you're getting the power from? Hmm? HMM?". According to the Natural Resources Defense Council, this process results in the typical gas-powered car putting out 465 grams of carbon dioxide per mile. But an electric car powered using the Californian grid produces a well to wheels figure nearer 142 grams per mile. Elsewhere, with natural gas and coal more prevalent, the figure is nearer 214 grams per mile - still under half the amount of a gasoline car. Dirtier coal and natural gas plants are getting cleaner all the time too, which brings us onto another advantage of EVs: "their" emissions will decrease throughout their lives, as the sources powering them become cleaner. As more energy is harnessed from renewable sources or nuclear power, well to wheels emissions will tumble. EV owners take more of an active interest in where their power is coming from, too. Many have taken steps to reduce their home energy usage by fitting wind turbines or solar panels, and if you live in an area suited to either of these power sources, you might even find they produce enough power to make your EV completely zero-emissions. If you make enough electricity, you might even find you're able to sell it back to the grid. - Full Article Source

07/22/10 - 8-bit Computer Can Hold 5,000 Books, Mario Hack Inevitable
KeelyNet Twenty bucks. Yep, for less than the cost of two movie tickets, you can now buy an educational computer. What’s really neat is the design. It’s 8-bit to keep costs down, and instead of a monitor, it just needs a TV with a composite input to display information. The memory is a 2GB SD card, which is included in the twenty bucks. And, of course, it’s got a USB port. Also a PS/2 port, because we guess some schools have to raid the very back of the e-waste containers to find a keyboard that works. We’re sure that this will help humanity immeasurably, but we’re also fairly sure, especially since it’s open source, that this will suffer OLPC Syndrome; namely, people will buy it solely to turn it into an emulator. You can start destroying the dreams of naive people who want to save the world by downloading the open source design plans from their official site. / Learn to hack on a smaller scale with the Humane PC 8-bit microcomputer - a classic style console which displays to your TV and accepts input from any PS/2 keyboard. The palm-sized device comes with an SD Card reader for storage and a micro-usb connector for both power and USB device action! The expansion headers break out maximum hackability, and are compatible with most Arduino expansion shields. Use most existing Arduino software, or write from fresh to take full advantage of the audio, video, IR, and keyboard capabilities of the platform. - Full Article Source

07/22/10 - Locke: U.S. should follow Colo. plan on new energy
The country could miss a key opportunity for growth if it doesn't soon follow Colorado's example in pursuing the new-energy economy, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke said Monday. "I can tell you we need an energy policy in the United States," Locke said while visiting Denver for a forum of U.S. and Brazilian chief executives held in conjunction with the Biennial of the Americas. Colorado earlier this year required that utilities obtain 30 percent of their electricity from renewable sources by 2020, one of the nation's strictest mandates. "The labor advantages of offshore are starting to go away," Locke said. "Many more businesses are seeing the advantages of bringing back manufacturing to the U.S." The administration also has created a program to develop "regional innovation clusters" that highlight the strengths of local economies, Locke said. Aerospace, the biosciences and alternative energy are all areas where Colorado excels, Locke said. He also advised state officials to focus on tourism and agricultural exports. - Full Article Source

07/22/10 - Wind Farm Promotion Produces More Hot Air Than Energy
KeelyNet While solar power and wind farms are neat, they don’t do a whole lot to meet the energy needs of our 21st Century nation. The British Scotsman points out that wind power is very unreliable: Turbines are expected to operate at an average output of about 30 per cent of their maximum installed capacity. But the average output over five months this year was 17 per cent – just over half the expected average. There have been long spells when virtually no electricity has been produced by any of the country’s wind farms. How bad has it been? For almost a third of the time they were operating at less than 5 per cent of their maximum output, meaning they were virtually becalmed. Only nine times between February and June had the wind farms achieved 30 per cent efficiency for a full day at a time. There were long stretches, such as from 16 to 29 May, 9 to 15 April and 6 to 23 February when they failed to reach 30 per cent output. I lived in England for three years, and the only place I’ve seen more windy than that is South Dakota. I don’t think Scotland is considerably less windy than England. The United States government has thrown more than $2 billion of the taxpayer’s money into windmills to prop up an energy source that costs more than conventional ones and produces less. That’s not smart. If the technology can be produced cheaply and efficiently enough to be competitive with coal and oil, fine. But for the foreseeable future, we will always need lots of coal and oil energy because the wind doesn’t always blow and the sun doesn’t always shine. So let’s stop pretending that some nonexistent energy crisis or environmentalist hoax leaves us no choice but to charge windmills. - Full Article Source

07/22/10 - Lithium-ion batteries recharge in 10 minutes with graphene boost
Researchers at the company say that the carbon lattice can massively cut the amount of time it takes to recharge a lithium-ion cell – from two hours or so down to just 10 minutes. Other benefits include longer battery life, and lower operating temperatures. A lithium-ion battery recharges by moving ions of lithium from the positive electrode (made of Lithium cobalt oxide) to the negative carbon electrode where they attach to the carbon and are stored. The rate at which this ion transfer can take place is limited by the material in the electrode, which is where the graphene comes in. Lettow said his company will coat the electrode material with a layer of graphene. This will improve electron transport and storage, he said. And because it is an efficient conductor, batteries with graphene electrodes will not get as hot. / Graphene is chemically stable and has high electrical conductivity so it can move electrons easily. Improved cathodes and anodes also allow for storage of more lithium ions, which can increase the battery's capacity and give laptops longer battery life. Batteries with graphene can also last significantly longer than conventional batteries, Lettow said. Vorbeck's hybrid ion-storage materials can swell and flex without mechanical breakdown, which gives them a significantly longer cycle life in a battery, in some cases up to ten times longer, Lettow said. By comparison, as lithium ions are inserted and removed from electrode material in a typical battery, the material swells and shrinks, leading to a quick breakdown. The efficient conductivity of graphene also leads to less resistive heating within the electrode, so batteries can operate at lower temperatures, which adds to the battery safety, Lettow said. Lithium ions pile up in present battery materials too quickly, waiting to get in the electrode material. This creates an over-voltage situation that can result in overheating, and short circuits that have caused fires in several types of lithium-ion batteries, Lettow said. Because of this, battery manufacturers purposely limit the rate of charge and discharge to very low levels to keep the batteries in a stable operating regime. - Full Article Source

07/22/10 - Top Economists Agree: Don't Block AB 32
More than 100 Ph.D. economists with expertise in California energy and climate issues joined a growing chorus of supporter for the state's energy and climate security law. We released an open letter warning against any delay in the implementation of California clean energy policies. The letter, organized by the Union of Concerned Scientists, features a broad array of leading economists who disagree with those who want to stop implementation of pollution reduction policies. "Delaying action now," the letter states, "will be more costly than initiating action now." In 2006, the California Legislature enacted the California Global Warming Solutions Act, requiring California to reduce its global warming pollution to the1990 level by 2020, a reduction of roughly 12 percent. The state is now poised to implement clean energy policies that will result in more energy-efficient homes, buildings and vehicles; cleaner transportation fuels; increased reliance on clean, renewable energy; and reductions in carbon pollution. This is a balanced and prudent approach. It covers all sectors of the economy and all sources in a fair and balanced manner. While the price of energy may rise moderately, firms and households in California will be able to lower their energy bill through new, clean technologies and improved energy efficiency which are specifically targeted in the state's implementation plan. Postponing the implementation of California's law makes it impossible to meet the state's pollution reduction goals, and won't save money or jobs. China understands that the world is moving to clean energy, which is why China is investing billions of dollars in clean energy technology. They want to own the future trillion-dollar global clean energy market. California's clean energy policies have us well positioned to lead - but not if we slow or stall them. California's clean energy policies make our workers and businesses more competitive while cleaning up pollution at the same time. The letter is a warning - that delay is costly, and in fact the most expensive thing we can be doing now is sticking with the status quo. I hope this warning is heeded. - Full Article Source

07/22/10 - US Department of Energy awards $92 million for energy research
U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu has announced 43 cutting-edge research projects that aim to dramatically improve how the U.S. uses and produces energy. Funded with $92 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act through the Department of Energy's Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E), these selections focus on accelerating innovation in green technology while increasing America's competitiveness in grid scale energy storage, power electronics and building efficiency. The projects announced are based in 18 states, with 36% of projects led by universities, 33% by small businesses, 24% by large businesses, 5% by national labs, and 2% by non-profits. These awards complete ARPA-E's grants under its Recovery Act funding: in three rounds of awards since last year, the agency has selected a total of 117 projects for $349 million in funding, supporting research that can deliver breakthrough changes in how the U.S. generates, stores, and utilizes energy. ARPA-E received 529 initial concept papers and encouraged approximately 164 applicants to submit full applications. Multiple review panels composed of leading U.S. science and technology experts reviewed each proposal and made recommendations based on scientific and technical merit and the potential to dramatically advance national energy and economic goals. Potential additional applications for funding innovative research projects are pending further review. - Full Article Source

07/22/10 - DOE Announces $30 Million for Energy-Efficient Housing Partnerships
The U.S. Department of Energy today announced 15 research and deployment partnerships to help dramatically improve the energy efficiency of American homes. These highly-qualified, multidisciplinary teams will receive a total of up to $30 million for the initial eighteen months of the projects to deliver innovative energy efficiency strategies to the residential market and address barriers to bringing high-efficiency homes within reach for all Americans. A total of up to $20 million per year will also be made available for the partnerships for three potential one-year extensions. These research and deployment partnerships will provide technical assistance to retrofit projects and will leverage industry expertise and funding to support DOE’s energy efficiency retrofit programs. The partnerships announced today will provide additional support to ongoing retrofit initiatives that are making cost-effective energy efficiency retrofits easily accessible to hundreds of thousands of American homes and businesses. These partnerships will research and deploy new technologies and demonstration projects, and provide systems engineering, quality assurance, and outreach for retrofit projects throughout the country. Existing techniques and technologies in energy efficiency retrofitting - such as air-tight ducts, windows and doors, heating and cooling systems, insulation and caulking - can reduce energy use by up to 40 percent per home and cut energy bills by $40 billion annually. - Full Article Source

07/22/10 - Radio Astronomers New Technique for Studying Dark Energy
Dark energy is the label scientists have given to what is causing the universe to expand at an accelerating rate. While the acceleration was discovered in 1998, its cause remains unknown. Physicists have advanced competing theories to explain the acceleration and believe the best way to test those theories is to precisely measure large-scale cosmic structures. Sound waves in the matter-energy soup of the extremely early universe are thought to have left detectable imprints on the large-scale distribution of galaxies in the universe. The researchers developed a way to measure such imprints by observing the radio emission of hydrogen gas. Their technique, called intensity mapping, when applied to greater areas of the universe, could reveal how such large-scale structure has changed over the last few billion years, giving insight into which theory of dark energy is the most accurate. "Our project mapped hydrogen gas to greater cosmic distances than ever before, and shows that the techniques we developed can be used to map huge volumes of the universe in three dimensions and to test the competing theories of dark energy," said Tzu-Ching Chang, of the Academia Sinica in Taiwan and the University of Toronto. To get their results, the researchers used the GBT to study a region of sky that previously had been surveyed in detail in visible light by the Keck II telescope in Hawaii. This optical survey used spectroscopy to map the locations of thousands of galaxies in three dimensions. In the GBT survey, instead of looking for hydrogen gas in these individual, distant galaxies — a daunting challenge beyond the technical capabilities of current instruments — the team used their intensity-mapping technique to accumulate the radio waves emitted by the hydrogen gas in large volumes of space including many galaxies. - Full Article Source

07/22/10 - Which Is Cheaper? Nuclear vs. Solar
“Commercial-scale solar developers are already offering utilities electricity at 14 cents or less per kWh. Duke Energy and Progress Energy are limiting or rejecting these offers and pushing ahead with plans for nuclear plants which, if ever completed, would generate electricity at much higher costs — 14–18 cents per kilowatt-hour according to present estimates.” This is the research conclusion from a study entitled Solar and Nuclear Costs — The Historic Crossover authored by John O. Blackburn, PhD, Professor Emeritus of Economics and former Chancellor, Duke University. The study’s premise is that traditional energy supplies including fossil and nuclear energy are experiencing what economists called “upward cost curves” or in other words, their costs keep going up and are not likely to ever go back down. However, the research claims of Blackburn/Cunningham are that renewable energy has achieved a “downward cost curve” over the last decade, namely that their prices have gone down and there is a strong likelihood that they will continue to fall in price. - Full Article Source

07/22/10 - Maggots won’t eat the bodies of smokers
Apparently the nicotine-ridden flesh of cigarette smokers is so vile that maggots may refuse to feed on the corpses of deceased smokers. If you’re a smoker, I am not sure which is worse – having to pay $11 for a pack of cigarettes in NYC, or knowing that animals that otherwise feast on rotting flesh consider you repulsive. Gag a maggot indeed. - Full Article Source

07/22/10 - Want to See the Future of Energy? Look to Alaska and Hawaii
People in New England pay almost twice as much for electricity as their cousins in Kentucky or Montana. On that spectrum, the strangest places to buy some kilowatt hours are the noncontiguous states Alaska and Hawaii. Hawaii, for one, has taken on the mantle as a leader in non-fossil energy. Right now, the state relies on imported oil for 90 percent of its energy, but by 2030, it wants to meet 70 percent of its energy needs with clean power. To get there, the state will need to bring on a lot of renewable sources like a 30 megawatt offshore wind farm and drive down energy usage through efficiency. Alaska hasn't been quite as ambitious, but still has the second strongest renewable energy goal in the country. Sarah Palin's energy plan as governor of the state called for generating 50 percent of the state's energy to from renewable energy by 2025. (Of course, about a quarter of the state's power already came from large hydroelectric dams, which are renewable, but not the innovative kind.) If both states hit their goals -- which, it must be said, have not been codified into a renewable portfolio standard -- they'll easily surpass states like California that have been more noted for green policies. - Full Article Source

07/22/10 - The Ivory Tower is Headed for a Fall
Wikipedia defines education as the process by which society deliberately transmits its accumulated knowledge, skills, and values from one generation to the next. Much like modern day monks transcribing the scrolls of our generation onto fresh sheets of papyrus, colleges have staked out their territory as the conveyors of wisdom and culture from generation to generation. Rest assured, the need to convey information from one generation to the next will still exist, but the professors, like the monks of the past, will be given a higher calling. For colleges to survive and thrive, the coming years will find them searching for higher ground. Their struggle will be to transition themselves beyond regional objectives, political boundaries and short-term thinking. Instead, college will focus their considerable talent base on the challenges that lie ahead, capturing the salient points of understanding with each step of the journey. Much like an astronaut setting foot on a new planet, future colleges will be seen as the ever-vigilant explorers of the unexplainable, guiding us into worlds unrecognizable, creating doorways into a future that is unknowable. So why are all of these changes starting to happen, and what are the fundamental drivers underlying these shifts? At the heart of these changes is a maturing base of Internet technologies connecting people and rewriting the rules for communication. This has resulted in a shifting base of cultural standards, speed of operations, and overall expectations. As with many industries, universities have established themselves as the intermediaries, the gatekeepers between information and our minds. With information now abundant and free, the gatekeeper business model is quickly becoming unworkable. - Full Article Source

07/22/10 - European offshore wind setting records in 2010
Offshore wind installations and connections in Europe are at a record high. For the first half of 2010, over 118 new offshore wind turbines totaling 333 megawatts worth of capacity became operational in Europe. For comparison, a total of 577 megawatts worth were installed for the entire year of 2009. In addition to those turbines up and running, another 151 turbines have been installed and await grid connection, according to the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA). Europe now has 948 offshore wind turbines offering a total capacity of 2,396 megawatts in operation. Of those offshore wind projects connected to the grid in the first half of 2010, EWEA estimates that E.ON Climate and Renewables developed 64 percent of them, while Siemens supplied 55 percent of the turbines. - Full Article Source

07/22/10 - Taking Photos In Public Places Is Not A Crime
KeelyNet Glenn Reynolds of Instapundit has a piece in Popular Mechanics about the growing trend of cops bullying photographers who take pictures in public places, and why officials who believe such photography is against the law are mistaken. Legally, it's pretty much always okay to take photos in a public place as long as you're not physically interfering with traffic or police operations. As Bert Krages, an attorney who specializes in photography-related legal problems and wrote Legal Handbook for Photographers, says, "The general rule is that if something is in a public place, you're entitled to photograph it." What's more, though national-security laws are often invoked when quashing photographers, Krages explains that "the Patriot Act does not restrict photography; neither does the Homeland Security Act." But this doesn't stop people from interfering with photographers, even in settings that don't seem much like national-security zones. - Full Article Source

07/22/10 - BP bribes Universities to restrict publication of disaster results
Climate Progress reports that scientists from Louisiana State University, Mississippi State University and Texas A&M "have 'signed contracts with BP to work on their behalf in the Natural Resources Damage Assessment (NRDA) process' that determines how much ecological damage the Gulf of Mexico region is suffering from BP's toxic black tide. The contract, the Mobile Press-Register has learned, 'prohibits the scientists from publishing their research, sharing it with other scientists or speaking about the data that they collect for at least the next three years." More at Think Progress, where the story broke. - Full Article Source

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07/22/10 - Small shops at unfair advantage
The Washington Post reports that small auto repair shops in Massachusetts are pushing a bill that would require auto makers to provide (for a price) all diagnostic and software data they make available to their dealerships. "Massachusetts would become the first state to approve the so-called auto right-to-repair law. The Senate recently passed it, and it's pending in the House. Industry observers say passage of the bill in Massachusetts could drive similar legislative efforts in other states." ( via ) - Full Article Source

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07/22/10 - World's largest lab devoted exclusively to stem cell research
KeelyNet Stanford Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine : The new 200,000 square foot laboratory entirely dedicated to innovative stem cell research is set to open its doors at the heart of the School of Medicine at Stanford in late September. / The building will bring together researchers of various fields, including cardiovascular medicine, cancer and immunology, to search for applications of innovations in stem cell research to medical treatments. One of the building’s major features is a basement level dedicated to housing approximately 26,000 mice that will be used for research, resting below the three floors of labs and support spaces for their human researchers. “We believe this facility will be the largest single structure in the world dedicated solely to stem cell research, as well as having one of the largest mice vivariums in the United States,” Pond said, explaining that the vivarium is a “barrier” facility in which the health of the mice is carefully protected against disease. The mice are tested for infections before they join the vivarium, and staff members who take care of them handle them in special ways to ensure that the population will not be contaminated by outside infections. Pond believed that the new research facility would represent opportunities for developments in stem cell research that will have long-term positive impacts. “The hope and aspiration of the research programs that will be contained in the building are to translate the research into cures for many significant diseases and genetic disorders that affect the human population throughout the world,” he said. / (Now to try to catchup after all those years of Bush and his technology backwards Luddites! - JWD) - Full Article Source

07/22/10 - New evidence that capsaicin in chili peppers prevents fat
Department of Biotechnology, Daegu University : Capsaicin, the stuff that gives chili peppers their kick, may cause weight loss and fight fat buildup by triggering certain beneficial protein changes in the body, according to a new study on the topic. Jong Won Yun and colleagues point out that obesity is a major public health threat worldwide, linked to diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, and other health problems. Laboratory studies have hinted that capsaicin may help fight obesity by decreasing calorie intake, shrinking fat tissue, and lowering fat levels in the blood. Nobody, however, knows exactly how capsaicin might trigger such beneficial effects. In an effort to find out, the scientists fed high-fat diets with or without capsaicin to lab rats used to study obesity. The capsaicin-treated rats lost 8 percent of their body weight and showed changes in levels of at least 20 key proteins found in fat. The altered proteins work to break down fats. 'These changes provide valuable new molecular insights into the mechanism of the antiobesity effects of capsaicin,' the scientists say. - Full Article Source

07/22/10 - Blogetery Shutdown Due To al-Qaeda Info
"Over the weekend we discussed news that blog host had been shut down at the request of the US government. Now, it appears the site was shut down because some of the blogs it was hosting contained information on al-Qaeda hit lists and bomb making. According to the article, shut down Blogetery of its own accord after the FBI made a request to the host for information on the people who made the posts. '[ CTO Joe Marr] said the FBI contacted and sent a Voluntary Emergency Disclosure of Information request. The letter said terrorist material, which presented a threat to American lives, was found on a server hosted by and asked for specific information about the people involved. In the FBI's letter, the agency included a clause that says Web hosts and Internet service providers may voluntarily elect to shut down the sites of customers involved in these kinds of situations.'" / (Does that justify shutting down all the other sites who are innocent? Just shutdown the ones doing mischief and leave everyone else alone. - JWD) - Full Article Source

07/22/10 - Have a bit of fun at
KeelyNet Take a stand against monotonous travel with Suitcase Stickers. Designed to stick to anything, they will draw attention to your bag making it easily identifiable and sure to make you some new friends. Caution: Some of these stickers may cause offense to airport and immigration staff. But you would have figured that out whilst enjoying those cavity searches. $25 for all 4. - Full Article Source

07/22/10 - In Oregon, Wind Power Surges Disrupting Grid
"The Oregonian reports gusts of wind cause synchronized power surges, more than the transmission lines can handle. Windmill farms are ordered to fan their blades, despite tremendous demand for 'green' power from California." / At the Bonneville Power Administration's control room in Vancouver, it was too much of a good thing. More electricity than its customers needed. More than the available power lines could export from the region. And more than the grid could readily absorb by ramping down generation at the region's network of federal dams. So the edict went out: Feather your turbine blades; slash output. It was an unwelcome instruction for wind farm owners, whose economics depend on generating electricity whenever possible. Yet it's one likely to go out with increasing frequency. - Full Article Source

07/22/10 - eBook Sales Outpace Hardbacks
"Amazon announced that for every 100 hardback books they sell, 180 eBooks are sold. In addition, they've seen sales for Kindles triple since they lowered the price. But traditionalists shouldn't panic yet — paperbacks are still the king." - Full Article Source

07/22/10 - Criminal Photoshops Himself Into Charity Photos In Bid For Leniency
38-year-old Daryl Simon decided it would be a good idea to submit fake pictures of himself at charity events, and forged letters of support from various charitable organizations to the court before he was sentenced for credit card fraud. Unfortunately for Daryl, he is as good at Photoshop as he is at credit card scams, and Judge Stephen Robinson was not amused. Simon was sentenced to 285-months in prison — 50 months more than the maximum under sentencing guidelines. From the article: "Daryl Simon's bald-faced move included sticking a picture of himself into a shot with a physical-therapy patient, then flipping the image and placing it next to a teen student. 'Evidence that his image was inserted and flipped can be seen by examining the single detail on his shirt above his fingers — that detail appears on the left side of the shirt in the top photograph, and on the right side of the shirt in the bottom photograph,' prosecutors wrote." - Full Article Source

07/22/10 - Warships May Get Lasers For Close-In Defense
KeelyNet "Raytheon and the US Navy have successfully tested a ship-borne laser capable of shooting down aircraft. Video at the link shows the 32-kilowatt solid-state laser shooting down an unmanned aerial vehicle. The technology is apparently mature enough to be deployed as part of ships' short-range missile defenses, a role currently filled by the Basic Point Defense Missile System (based on the Sea Sparrow missile) and the Close-In Weapons System (based on a 20mm Gatling gun)." / "For the first time a ‘solid state’ 32 mega watt laser beam of directed energy has been fired from a warship to a distance of more than two miles burning into a drone traveling at about 300mph," the newspaper said. The tests were conducted on the Californian coast. It is worthy of note that the laser stays invisible until the target is destroyed. Mike Booen, vice president of Directed Energy Weapons at Raytheon, said that it was "more real than Star Wars." "Our lasers destroyed the UAVs lighting them on fire," he said. - Full Article Source

07/19/10 - New ways to accelerate green energy and jobs
In the U.S., utility patents have stalled and some 85 percent of inventions in the U.S. die before they reach commercialization. Many of these inventions fail not because they weren't useful, but because their creators ran out of time and money. If 85 percent of cars ran out of gas before they could complete their trips, we'd add fuel stations, increase efficiencies, or build more roads to solve the problem. Likewise, if we're serious about building America's innovation economy, we must redesign the support network for America's inventors. A lone inventor with a day job might spend years and up to US$100,000 developing a new technology at home. It takes a village to turn an idea into a business: The daunting steps to commercialization include hiring lawyers, creating a business plan and prototype, and finding investors and customers. Many inventors run out of money before a prototype is built. Yet their ideas are often quite valuable. As CEO of SkyBuilt Power, a renewable-energy company, I see potentially great ideas nearly every week. They include wind turbines without blades or gears, heat pumps that cut air-conditioning costs in half, and solar-power systems that eliminate fuel costs.

1. There is no central clearinghouse for information. Inventors need funding, advice, and other support. Ironically, there may be government agencies willing to fund such inventions and private companies wanting them. But the information and parties are scattered and don't connect. We could solve this problem by creating a "tBay," an inventor's eBay. This would be a virtual information meeting place for all parties interested in a specific technology. Buyers, sellers, inventors, grantors, venture capital firms, and patent lawyers all could meet in a virtual marketplace for any specific subject area, such as "mobile solar tracking systems." It takes all of these to go from an idea to commercialization. A wealthy investor, Google, or Yahoo could easily fund this new Web service and profit from it.

2. It costs too much and takes too long to get a patent - typically many years and tens of thousands of dollars. Let's provide a faster patenting system. There should be fixed deadlines for final action on green and other technology patent applications. Tax revenues from having more commercialized products would pay for the additional examiners and generate a profit.

3. There's no central physical meeting place. Stakeholders in green technology need a place to meet. Let's create Local Technology Centers (LTCs) in each state - perhaps 100 of them - where inventors, businesses, law firms, investors, government representatives, and engineers all could meet. Federal funding could be provided to each state, along with LTC guidelines, yet states must have the flexibility to create custom approaches. This allows best-of-breed approaches to be replicated.

These LTCs would be an entrepreneur's bazaar. They would have meeting rooms, secretarial support, and engineering software. Investors could get advice on patents and business matters from law firms, consultants, and venture capital firms, and meet with research institutions. There would be facilities for fabricating prototypes. It would buzz with all the players working together in the creative process. Retired executives, engineers, and others could be added as a green technology volunteer corps or be paid by getting an equity share of the invention. Cross-fertilization and deals would occur on the spot around the water cooler. Inventors could present their invention with a simple business plan to a panel of experts. And a funding decision could be reached in as little as 10 days. (Speed is essential.) Winners would receive a substantial grant, say US$100,000, to spend at any LTC for anything - legal support, engineering advice, and so on. Funding could be done on a "self-licking ice-cream cone" model, used by venture capital firms. Government seed money could start the centers. Next, the inventor could grant a small percentage of company's equity to the LTC. If the product became profitable, the inventor would pay back the funds received plus interest or a small percentage of the profit. - Full Article Source

07/19/10 - Unlock Your Inner Edison
Aside from patenting over 1,000 ideas in his lifetime, Edison gave birth to the modern ideas-driven organization. As the Time article points out, his Menlo Park “invention factory” was “the forerunner of every business-world creative cockpit, from the Ford engineering center to the Microsoft campus and Google’s Googleplex.” The Menlo Park laboratory, Edison famously claimed, would produce a minor invention every 10 days, and a major breakthrough every six months. As if that weren’t enough, Edison’s invention to-do list was ambitious to say the least. It included, among other things, a long-distance telephone transmitter, an electric piano, a new version of the phonograph, and ink for the blind! Edison is one of the greatest exemplars of the term “purpose-inspired, benefit-driven.” He very deliberately – not casually, not tangentially – sought to make the world a better place. He was an interventionist, a provocateur, a radical optimist. Edison’s commitment to goal-setting can be directed at more than the future of the world. - Full Article Source

07/19/10 - Yogis bent out of shape over posing patents
KeelyNet The art of yoga has been in practice for thousands of years. So many practitioners are surprised that some are racing to the patent office to lay claim to inventing specific poses. Raymond Thibodeaux: In a leafy Delhi suburb, yoga teacher Mani Chaitanya leads a class in Sivananda Yoga. His students crouch down like sprinters at the start of a race, then fold themselves in an upside-down V. Chaitanya says it's hard to imagine that some yoga positions, better known here as asanas, could be off limits to him and his students because of patent infringements. Or, more likely, they'd have to pay extra to do the patented moves. Mani Chaitanya: "The truth cannot be patented to anybody. Truth can be available to anybody. Gravity cannot be patented. Same thing. Even yoga cannot be patented by somebody." But when several yoga gurus in the U.S. started franchising their yoga centers, they applied for patents for their signature styles. V.K. Gupta heads the Traditional Knowledge Digital Library. It's part of India's Center for Scientific and Industrial Research, the government agency trying to stop the patenting of traditional yoga moves. He believes that any patent-hungry yoga teacher does not have Yoga's best interests at heart. V.K. Gupta: "He wants to make his own money, for his own benefit, on the knowledge that he has no business to make money on because he did not create it. That knowledge was created 4,000 years back." Gupta says the problem is that knowledge is written in Sanskrit, an ancient and little-known Indian language. His team has spent two years combing through Sanskrit scriptures to identify at least 900 asanas and catalog them in English and other major languages. Gupta: "Our system is not fighting after the patent has been granted. We provide information to patent system so they do not grant a wrong patent." That is a patent for a yoga pose that already exists. India has agreements with U.S. patent offices to protect its traditional knowledge from being wrongly copyrighted. Still, the U.S. has issued about 130 yoga-related patents to date, many of them apparently for innovations to traditional yoga poses. But with more than 84,000 distinct yoga poses described in India's Sanskrit tomes, coming up with something original could be quite a stretch. - Full Article Source

07/19/10 - National coalition for Inventor to Investor Matching
Three organizations are partnering to create an online service to match inventors with companies looking to develop discoveries into commercial products. Indiana University's Pervasive Technology Institute, the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute and Cook Medical have created to help inventors and technology transfer organizations find licensing partners. - Full Article Source

07/19/10 - Hoosiers Swindled By Invention Claims Get Refunds
A company that claimed to help people design and develop their inventions has been ordered to pay out thousands in refunds. The Patent and Trademark Institute of America is issuing more than $116,000 in refunds to 359 people in Indiana that it admitted "never earned a dime" from the program that was the center of a 2006 Call 6 investigation. A 2006 6News investigation showed PTI owner Julian Gumpel was facing numerous complaints from customers and had been sued in 1997 on fraud allegations that he later settled. In January 2007, the Federal Trade Commission charged Gumpel and his associates -- Darrell Mormando, Michael Fleisher and Greg Wilson -- with civil contempt and obtained a temporary asset freeze against PTI. In June 2007, U.S. District Court Judge Gerald Bruce Lee ordered Gumpel to make refunds to 17,000 people nationwide.- Full Article Source

07/19/10 - High-tech tools help scammers - how to avoid being duped
While financial frauds probably date back to the invention of money, 21st century criminals can use e-mail, cell phones, the Internet and copying machines to mass-produce fraud on a scale their ancestors never dreamed of, with little chance of being caught. That means just about everyone can expect to be contacted by crooks, and everyone needs to know the danger signs. By now, most of us just laugh at the steady stream of e-mails promising riches through mysterious money transfers from overseas banks. But some schemes are less obvious, and local people still fall prey occasionally. These frauds often rely on counterfeit cashier's checks that are good enough to pass first inspection. The request to wire money to a shipper has become a common ploy, and an almost certain sign of fraud. In 2009, three local restaurants reported phone calls from someone posing as a sheriff's deputy. They were told that a restaurant employee was in jail for drunk driving and needed $700 in bail money to be wired to Portland, Ore. One of the three restaurants fell for the hoax. Also common are the so-called "phishing" scams. Using e-mail, text messages, or phone calls, the criminals use a wide array of hoaxes to get victims to give up sensitive personal information, such as Social Security numbers, bank account numbers or credit card numbers. Potential victims are warned that they need to turn over that information to resolve a problem with a bank account, a PayPal account or an IRS refund. - Full Article Source

07/19/10 - Pictures of China Airport UFO July 9th 2010
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07/19/10 - In Search Of a Definition for the term “Patent Troll”
Over the last several weeks “patent trolls” have been back in the news. The mother of all patent trolls, NTP, which won over $600 million from Research in Motion as the result of a successful patent infringement litigation over the popular BlackBerry phone, is back at it again. NTP is now suing Apple, Google, Microsoft and others alleging that smart phone e-mail systems infringe its patents. See, for example Bad News for Tech Heavies? and NTP sues Apple, Google, Microsoft and others. Not long ago Attorney John M. Desmarais, who was one of the attorneys who represented GlaxoSmithKline in their effort to stop the claims and continuations rules from becoming effective, left the practice of law. He acquired 4,500 patents and is going to throw his hat into the ring, presumably representing himself, going after those large companies that he believes are infringing his patents. See Billion Dollar Lawyer Desmarais Quits Firm to Troll for Patents. The term “patent troll” is thrown about constantly as a quick way to refer to individuals and companies that have little or nothing in common. Many large corporations have started referring not to “patent trolls,” but rather to non-practicing entities, which allows them to group together Universities, federal research laboratories and start-up companies and research and development companies. As with individual inventors, none of these folks actually “practice” their inventions, and if you use a sterilized term such as “non-practicing entity” it isn’t as shocking as the term “patent troll,” and apparently seems useful to forward their anti-patent, anti-innovation agenda. I suspect this is the case because no one would ever consider a University or R&D company to be a patent troll, so you have to change the linguistics in order to wrap them all together in the same pot. The reality is that the term patent troll seems to be more in the eye of the beholder than anything else. So a patent troll is whoever is suing you because you must be correct and some evil wrong-doer is holding you hostage. Never mind that you are actually infringing and you are the real wrong-doer (i.e., tortfeasor). So the term “patent troll” is much like the term “communist” during the McCarthy era. Once you are labeled a patent troll reality no longer matters, just as those who were labeled communists found out. - Full Article Source

07/19/10 - Joystick guided Robotic Bionic Legs let Paralyzed Walk
Bionic legs are a new top-secret invention that is helping a paralyzed man walk again. The demonstrated was unveiled in New Zealand, who can now stand up and walk across the room to shake hands with Prime Minister John Key. This new invention is being called "Rex", which is short for "robotic exoskeleton." The battery-powered robotic legs strap on around the legs and waist of the user to support their weight. Using a joystick and a small keypad, Allen demonstrated how to operate the legs to stand, walk, and even go up and down steps. The Rex has to be custom fitted to each user, it took about three days for Allen to get the hang of it. However, now he is capable of strapping the 38kg (84lb) device on himself, without any assistance. The investors in the venture capital company put up the $7.5 million which was needed to create the prototypes. The device is expected to be on the market worldwide by mid-2011. The cost of the custom made device will cost around $150,000 each. However, it is priceless for people who never thought they would walk again. - Full Article Source

07/19/10 - Toyota Prius Success Runs Into Soviet Emigrant’s Patent Claim
The success of Toyota Motor Corp.’s Prius, the best-selling hybrid car in the U.S., may stall if Alex Severinsky doesn’t get paid. The Soviet emigrant, who began his career developing antitank-warfare instrumentation, is getting his day in court over his claims that the idea he patented in 1994 for a high- voltage system to power gas-electric hybrid cars was used by Toyota without permission. Severinsky, 65, has spent years trying to get the automaker to pay royalties, and a hearing that starts today may lead to the U.S. blocking imports of the Prius. “When I invented the hybrid engine, I said ‘this is the biggest invention I can ever make,’” Severinsky, who fled to the U.S. in 1978 with his wife, son and $800, said in an interview. “They are thieves.” Toyota, which was found to have infringed the patent in an earlier case, said its hybrid vehicles are the result of its own research and is asking the U.S. International Trade Commission to deny Severinsky’s latest claims. The Washington-based ITC must decide what is more important: Severinsky’s right to protect the millions of dollars invested in his invention or the potential economic harm of banning Toyota’s hybrid-vehicle imports. - Full Article Source

07/19/10 - Underground tunnel complexes found on the Moon
KeelyNet Space boffins believe they may be on the verge of discovering a vast, hidden network of tunnels beneath the surface of the Moon. The tunnels aren't thought to be the work of long-extinct (or perhaps still surviving) intelligent moon aliens, perhaps driven to adopt a subterranean existence by a notional disappearing atmosphere aeons ago. Nor is any involvement by Tibetans, Elvis or others seeking a secluded dwelling far from prying human eyes suspected. Instead, top moonologists think that they may be on the track of "lava tubes" not dissimilar to those of Earth. A lava tube, unsurprisingly, is a tube in solid surrounding rock along which at some point liquid lava has flowed (or is still flowing, in some Earthly cases). When the lava cools and solidifies, there is often an open space left above its surface, forming a tunnel. In some cases, parts of the roof of such a tunnel will collapse, forming a so-called "pit crater". If the pit crater forms while the lava is still flowing, it will have a smooth bottom. If the collapse happens once the lava has hardened, the bottom of the pit crater will be home to a pile of rubble. "To date, we have about ten candidate pits awaiting confirmation," report boffins at the LRO Camera team. "Do these pits provide access to open lava tubes?" they ask. That's a question which the LRO scientists will attempt to answer by snapping pics from the LRO at such angles - and with the Sun at such a position in the sky above - that they could spot overhangs indicating whether or not the possible lava-tube tunnels are still "open and accessible". - Full Article Source

07/19/10 - Use Indoor and Outdoor Fans to Get Rid of Bugs
You might think it's the sheer air movement of a decently powerful fan that keeps bugs at bay—it keeps them moving, and makes landing on your skin seem like less of a relaxing meal. But the power of fans to keep bugs at bay actually lies in the things your body produces that bugs love, and how fans disperse them or keep them at bay: A fan dilutes and disperses the carbon dioxide you exhale. Carbon dioxide is one of the major chemicals that attract mosquitoes. The wind from a fan also cools you off. Sweat, lactic acid and body heat attract mosquitoes - factors that a fan can help minimize. - Full Article Source

07/19/10 - Add "Scam" to Searches When Checking a Business/Product/Web Site
Google is part of our digital brains, and we trust that part to know when something is a scam. Google bill gates email, and you'll find links to Urban Legends and Snopes at the top. Google kevin trudeau, and you only need to look a few links down before you unearth the controversy surrounding him. But googling only keywords won't help when a scam is new or knowledge about it isn't widespread. Instead, I search my keywords plus the word "scam". For example, search "Modern Models inc" (with quotes), and you'll primarily find pages hosted by the business. However, if you Google "modern models inc" scam (with quotes), you'll find—in addition to this comment—information you would want to consider before doing business with that business (info Gawker readers are well familiar with). Note: Just because you get hits when googling keyword + scam, doesn't mean the controversy you find is valid. Google won't rate the quality of the information you're reading for you. You still have to do that yourself. - Full Article Source

07/19/10 - Vibration-powered Batteries
KeelyNet Brother Industries Ltd developed small vibration-powered generators that can replace AA and AAA batteries. For example, when the generator, which the company calls “Vibration-powered Generating Battery,” is set inside a remote control, it is possible to use the remote by shaking it to generate power. Brother Industries ensured the versatility of the generator by employing the shapes of commonly-used batteries. When used with a low power consumption device such as a remote, the generator can replace a battery, the company said. Specifically, the generator can be used for a device that does not always consume electricity and has a power consumption of about 100mW, the company said. For example, the power consumption of a normal remote is 40 to 100mW. This time, Brother Industries prototyped the generator in AA and AAA sizes. Inside a battery-shaped case, there are an electromagnetic induction generator and an electric double layer capacitor with a capacitance of about 500mF. The average output of the AA-size generator is 10 to 180mW (frequency: 4-8Hz). - Full Article Source

07/19/10 - EPA Slaps Monsanto with Record Fine
In the largest fine ever levied under a U.S. pesticides law, Monsanto agreed to pay the Environmental Protection Agency $2.5 million. The agricultural giant was found to have been selling genetically modified cotton seeds without labeling them as such. Between 2002 and 2007, Monsanto's seeds were illegally sold in several Texas counties where the seeds are explicitly banned. So, while its nice lip service when the EPA holds the company accountable for their recent indiscretions, the company's sordid past goes to show that a fine of $2.5 million is toothless. - Full Article Source

07/19/10 - Last month was hottest June in the history of the Earth
The combined global land and ocean surface temperature data also found the January-June and April-June periods were the warmest on record, according to NOAA's National Climatic Data Center, which based its findings on measurements that go back as far as 1880. In June, the combined average for global land and ocean temperatures was 61.1 degrees Fahrenheit (16.2 Celsius) -- 1.22 degrees Fahrenheit (0.68 Celsius) more than the 20th century average of 59.9 degrees Fahrenheit (15.5 Celsius). Temperatures warmer than average spread throughout the globe in recent months, most prominently in Peru, in the central and eastern United States and in eastern and western Asia, according to NOAA. In contrast, cooler-than-average conditions affected Scandinavia, southern China and the US northwest. - Full Article Source

07/19/10 - Say Hello to The World's Most Advanced Electric Motorcycle
KeelyNet The technology behind the MotoCzysz E1pc isn't just the future for motorcycles, it's the future of electric vehicles. When you have 10x the battery power of a Prius and 2.5x the torque of a Ducati it's easy to see why. The battery, obviously key in any electric vehicle, is connected without wires and thus can be easily swapped out in seconds. The batteries are hand assembled by a company that develops for NASA and its electric motor runs at nearly 500 volts which is powerful enough to turn a wrench into a pile of molten metal. The motor, called "D1g1tal Dr1ve," offers a nearly direct connection between the throttle and rear wheel, which allows it to be nastily fast. How fast? During practice this week: [The E1pc] reached a top speed of 140 MPH-besting its closest electric competitor's 102 MPH. The E1pc also clocked a 94.6 MPH lap, tantalizingly close to the 100 MPH goal. Yes, it completed that lap. But that's not the amazing thing; the E1pc ran that time while using, on average, less than 40 percent of its throttle and crossed the finish line with, according to Czysz, with "plenty in reserve." - Full Article Source

07/19/10 - The German Experiment
A decade ago, Germany launched a renewable-­energy plan on an unprecedented scale. Its parliament, the Bundestag, enacted a law obligating the nation's electric utilities to purchase green power at sky-high rates--as much as 60 cents per kilowatt-hour for solar--under fixed contracts lasting up to 20 years. (German market prices for electricity, largely produced by coal and nuclear plants, were about 12 cents per kilowatt-hour.) The idea behind this "feed-in tariff" was that anyone would be able to build a renewable-power plant--or install rooftop solar panels--and be guaranteed predictable profits by feeding energy into the grid, where utilities would buy it at premium prices. The higher costs would be passed on as monthly surcharges to ratepayers, spread out among all homes and businesses in a country of about 80 million people. Fossil and nuclear fuels amount to "global pyromania," said Hermann Scheer, the German politician who championed the policy. "Renewable energy is the fire extinguisher." The German grid now gets more than 16 percent of its electricity from these sources, and the government has raised its target for 2020 from 20 percent to 30 percent. The country avoided pumping about 74 million metric tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere in 2009. The German environment ministry also touts a side benefit: nearly 300,000 new jobs in clean power. - Full Article Source

07/19/10 - 'The Turbinator' aims to change face of wind power
The Turbinator only stands about 30 feet tall, and its blades spin around a vertical axis. Additionally, The Turbinator feeds the power it generates directly to the business, similar to how solar panels lower a consumer's kilowatt hour usage. It's efficient, it's green, and it's a good business decision. Any extra power generated by The Turbinator is sold to the grid. The Turbinator operates in winds between 4 and 90 mph, generating between 60 and 700 kilowatts of energy. Owner Andrew Thacker says he has orders for about 32 of the units, but those depend on whether he is able to build a working prototype for mainstream consumers. In order to do that, Thacker needs to raise about $23 million. Each unit costs about $149,000 to $800,000. The cost to generate power will be about 1.7 cents per kilowatt hour, which is less than half a traditional turbine's cost. For more information, click onto - Full Article Source

07/19/10 - How to wean the country off oil without help from Congress
According to clean-tech experts, innovation is now less important than rapid large-scale implementation. In other words, developing a clean-energy economy is not about new gadgets but rather about new policies. An overemphasis on breakthrough inventions can obscure the fact that most of the energy technologies we need already exist. You know what they are: wind farms, concentrated solar power plants, geothermal and tidal power, all feeding an efficient smart grid that, in turn, powers electric vehicles and radically more energy-efficient buildings. But the so-called "price gap" is holding back clean tech: it is too expensive, while fossil fuels are far too cheap. The simple fact is that capitalist economies will switch to clean energy on a large scale only when it is cheaper than fossil fuels. The fastest way to close the price gap is to build large clean-tech markets that allow for economies of scale. So, what is the fastest way to build those markets? More research grants? More tax credits? More clumsy pilot programs? No. The fastest, simplest way to do it is to reorient government procurement away from fossil fuel energy, toward clean energy and technology -- to use the government's vast spending power to create a market for green energy. After all, the government didn't just fund the invention of the microprocessor; it was also the first major consumer of the device. Consider this: altogether federal, state, and local government constitute more than 38 percent of our GDP. Allow that to sink in for a moment. The federal government will spend $3.6 trillion this year. In more concrete terms, Uncle Sam owns or leases more than 430,000 buildings (mostly large office buildings) and 650,000 vehicles. The federal government is the world's largest consumer of energy and vehicles, and the nation's largest greenhouse gas emitter. Add state and local government activity, and all those numbers grow by about a third again. A redirection of government purchasing would create massive markets for clean power, electric vehicles, and efficient buildings, as well as for more sustainably produced furniture, paper, cleaning supplies, uniforms, food, and services. If government bought green, it would drive down marketplace prices sufficiently that the momentum toward green tech would become self-reinforcing and spread to the private sector. The good news is that despite our sclerotic, largely right-wing Congress, government agencies are turning toward procurement as a means to jump-start clean tech and cut emissions. - Full Article Source

07/19/10 - Solar generator completely powers Surf Fest
A solar powered energy panel boosted by a bicycle generator is providing all the power for the Reef/Sweetwater Pro-Am Surf Fest this year. The man behind the invention is Mack Coyle. For the past several years, he's been trying to find a cost effective and environmentally friendly way to use electricity. "The unit pays for itself in 12 to 16 months just in the fuel cost savings compared to a conventional generator," said Coyle. "This machine has a panel unit which delivers electricity from the sun, but the amount that can be generated from the bike generator is ten times greater than the panel." - Full Article Source

07/19/10 - Fans that don't chop
Dyson engineers rendered a helium balloon neutrally buoyant and then fed it into a Mousetrap-style rat-run composed of Dyson bladeless fans, through which it bumbled and slurped and bounced, drawn through on invisible air currents. All it wants for total nerdvana is colored smoke-streamers. One balloon and a couple of evenings after work -- Dyson engineers show how inducement and entrainment works on the Air Multiplier™ fan. If you watch closely, the balloon is sucked into the airflow from behind and to the side of the fan; this is inducement and entrainment of the air. Lots of experimentation with different sized balloons and other objects produced this video. And although edited to include our successful attempts, the video is made from completely genuine footage (and no, the balloon isnt attached to anything). Find out more at: - Full Article Source

07/19/10 - Nano-beads cut years off Drug Development Times
New research accepted by the Journal of Molecular Recognition confirms that a revolutionary technology developed at Wake Forest University will slash years off the time it takes to develop drugs – bringing vital new treatments to patients much more quickly. Lab-on-Bead uses tiny beads studded with 'pins' that match a drug to a disease marker in a single step, so researchers can test an infinite number of possibilities for treatments all at once. When Lab-on-Bead makes a match, it has found a viable treatment for a specific disease – speeding up drug discovery by as much as 10,000 times and cutting out years of testing and re-testing in the laboratory. "It helps the most interesting new drugs work together to stick their heads up above the crowd," said Jed C. Macosko, Ph.D., an associate professor of Physics and primary inventor of the Lab-on-Bead technology. - Full Article Source

07/19/10 - USA, Europe and Russia Compete in Energy Technologies
Nearly $2 billion will be allocated for the development of solar energy in America. This information was released in a weekly address to the citizens by obama. Department of Energy has funded two companies that plan to build solar thermal plants. One of them will make the list of the largest new energy facilities in the world. Similar plants are built in Germany and in China. Nobody wants to be in second place. These countries realize that the one who will be a leader in clean energy is likely to be leading in the global economy. He added that unless America recognizes this imperative, it risks falling behind. 15 years ago the United States accounted for 40% of the production of solar panels. By 2008 this number has fallen to five percent. Europe, indeed, is the leader in creating alternative energy. Despite the general economic slowdown, the share of renewable energy in Europe has increased from 14.6% in 2006 to 16.3% in 2008. But, in addition to an attempt to “catch up and outrun”, the United States still has an unsolved issue of obsolete energy infrastructure. - Full Article Source

07/19/10 - Inventor urges Tata to build his 'Air Car'
KeelyNet The air car uses a combination of a Maruti Suzuki engine and a 100cc motorcycle’s engine and one that runs on compressed air. The car can reach speeds of 120 kph and Mr Gogoi claims that it requires very less maintenance for it’s upkeep. Like most inventors and inventions in this country, Mr Gogoi too hasn’t got much support from neither the government nor the manufacturer industry. Recently, Mr Gogoi wrote to Tata Motors about his air car. Tata officials, while acknowledging Mr Gogoi’s creation wrote back saying that their Chairman, Mr Ratan Tata, will get back to him. Ever since, nothing has happened. - Full Article Source

07/19/10 - Islamophobia Sweeps Europe
The continent which produced imperialism, slavery and Hitler now produces Geert Wilders. Belgium and France ban the burqah, a British MP has stated he will refuse to speak to constituents who refuse to reveal their face and Dutch Party for Freedom leader Geert Wilders declares his aim to launch his Stop Islam movement in five countries. It is Europe, not the Moslems, who are seeking a culture clash. - Full Article Source

07/19/10 - BP Claims Gulf Well Has Been Stopped
"The last valve on the new cap has been closed, and the flow of oil and gas into the sea has stopped. That doesn't mean it's over. It is unclear whether the steel casing deep in the well can contain the pressure. The risk is that it could burst, which would eventually cause a rupture on the sea floor that would make things much messier to deal with. However, they're monitoring the pressure buildup carefully and if the pressure holds over the next 48 hours (indicating there is no leak below the sea floor), they'll assess what to do next. If it doesn't hold at the expected readings, then they'll re-attach the pipe used for producing to the surface and start collecting again. Regardless of what happens the relief well still has to be completed to permanently plug the well with cement, which could take a couple more weeks." / An anonymous plumber provided sketches of a flange and seal design six weeks ago that is almost identical to the containment cap lowered onto the Macondo well in the Gulf of Mexico. - Full Article Source

07/19/10 - Zephyr Solar Plane Tops 7 Days Aloft
"The UK-built Zephyr solar-powered plane has smashed the endurance record for an unmanned aerial vehicle. The craft took off from the US Army's Yuma Proving Ground in Arizona at 1440 BST (0640 local time) last Friday and is still in the air. Maybe we can attach some netbooks, and extend the Internet to the clouds." - Full Article Source

07/19/10 - Thermosphere Contraction Puzzles Scientists
The thermosphere layer of earth's atmosphere begins 80 to 90 kilometers above the surface and extends several hundred kilometers into the sky; it is the home to numerous satellites and the International Space Station. It is known that the thermosphere occasionally cools and contracts, but a recent study of satellite orbital decay (due to light atmospheric drag) found that the contraction during 2008 and 2009 was significantly more severe than expected, leaving researchers at a loss for how to explain it. From "This type of collapse is not rare, but its magnitude shocked scientists. 'This is the biggest contraction of the thermosphere in at least 43 years,' said John Emmert of the Naval Research Lab, lead author of a paper announcing the finding in the June 19 issue of the journal Geophysical Research Letters. 'It's a Space Age record.' The collapse occurred during a period of relative solar inactivity — called a solar minimum from 2008 to 2009. These minimums are known to cool and contract the thermosphere, however, the recent collapse was two to three times greater than low solar activity could explain." - Full Article Source

07/19/10 - First Halophile Potatoes Harvested
"A Dutch-based company from Groningen is trying to create a potato race that is able to survive in a saline environment. The first test-batch was just harvested (English translation of Dutch original) on the island Texel and seem to be in good shape. The company states that rising sea-levels will create a demand for halophile crops. I do wonder if one still has to put salt on ones potatoes when they are grown in salt water." - Full Article Source

07/19/10 - David Cameron, don't follow obama
Dear Mr Cameron, welcome young friend. Welcome to America. Bring your bright, dashing self to our shores. Speak your piece with affection and modesty and go home a wiser man. As for your own leadership, here is some advice. Do not imitate obama. He has been a disappointment; learn from his mistakes. America is not Britain and Britain is not America, but the culture of our politics – the polls, the imagery, the fixation on sound bites, the nonsense, the essential shallowness of presentation and of thinking, the inability of political figures to think long term – has grown similar. To your detriment, by the way. Here are the things he got wrong. In the middle of an economic crash, and in the middle of record-breaking federal budgets and budget deficits, obama started a new entitlement. This struck people, by which I mean almost everyone, as off-point. We are in a crisis, part of the crisis involves spending money we don't have, and our answer is to spend more? It wasn't a policy, it was a non sequitur. Moreover, the President's decision to focus his entire first year on health care, when the voters were focused on the economy, on unemployment, on deficits, demonstrated, in the end unhappily for him and frustratingly for his fellow citizens, that he simply wasn't thinking about what they were thinking about. In a high economy this might have been forgiven if he'd been generally understood to be a visionary. But he didn't come across as a visionary – "We will go this way, the path may not be clear to all but I can see the sunlight through the hills beyond." No. He came across as a detached academic who believed in abstract notions he'd picked up in the faculty lounge. To make it all worse, just before he went down the health care pass, he put forward, and saw passed, a stimulus Bill that shockingly – I am not being ironic – could not draw the support of a single Republican congressman. Not one. - Full Article Source

07/19/10 - Rat Lung Successfully Regenerated and Transplanted
"Nature Medicine brings us news of the latest success in the regeneration of the gas exchanging tissues [abstract is free; the full paper requires subscription or payment] of the lungs of a rat. Led by Harald C. Ott, researchers from Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston used decellularization to produce a cellular scaffolding to serve as the basis of the transplant lungs. You may recall the previous achievements in use of this cellular scaffolding technique by Yale University. This latest announcement comes with the excellent news that the rat's airway and respiratory muscles performed the necessary ventilation (as a normal rat's would), and that they provided gas exchange for up to 6 hours after extubation, up from the previous 2 hours. They eventually failed due to capillary leakage resulting in the accumulation of fluids in the lungs. Although there's much work to be done, as not all the cell types found in the lung were regenerated, Ott and his team remain optimistic and estimated we might see regenerated organs for use in human patients within 5 to 10 years." - Full Article Source

07/19/10 - De-Baptizing
Founder of Camp Quest and atheist Edwin Kagin profiled on ABC News Nightline for their "Faithmatters" feature. Like many news reports about atheists this one was framed as "look at the scary atheists making fun of our beliefs.." Host Cynthia McFadden adds at the end "a blurry line between free speech and bad taste..." Ugh! There is no line since free speech has nothing to do with taste. Taste is subjective while free speech is not. - Full Article Source

07/19/10 - IEEE Looks At Kevin Costner's Oil Cleanup Machines
"IEEE Spectrum takes a look at the machines developed by a company funded by Kevin Costner that are supposed to extract the oil from the Gulf waters. Is it possible that in the years since the Exxon Valdez, that Kevin Costner is the only one who has invested money into the technology of oil spill cleanup?" - Full Article Source

07/19/10 - Vaccine Patch Removes Needle Pain
"Researchers led by Mark Prausnitz of Georgia Institute of Technology reported their research on microneedles in Sunday's edition of Nature Medicine. A microneedle contains needles so small you don't even feel them. Attached to a patch like a Band-Aid, the little needles barely penetrate the skin before they dissolve and release their vaccine." - Full Article Source

07/16/10 - Is this the Pentagon's flying car?
KeelyNet A company called AVX Aircraft has come up with an answer to DARPA's call for a military flying car. The proposal features dual-rotor lift and rear propellers for forward speed. Once it lands on a battlefield, it can be driven over moderately rough terrain. According to AVX, it would be able to carry four people and a total payload of 1,040-lb. It could go 140 mph in the air and an impressive 80 mph on the ground. I don't know if this is what the Pentagon is shopping for, but I definitely want one. - Full Article Source

07/16/10 - Smoke-detector isotope to power space probes
Previous spacecraft travelling to the outer solar system have been powered by the decay of plutonium-238. The isotope is running out, though. The US stopped producing plutonium-238 in the 1980s and NASA has nearly used up the leftovers from that period. The US Congress has so far baulked at paying the many millions of dollars it would take to restart production. ESA now plans to build up an alternative supply of americium-241. In smoke detectors, the material's decay helps to make ions that trigger an alarm when smoke particles attach to them. "We really don't know of any other way to have an electric power supply going into the deep solar system," says David Southwood, ESA's director of science and robotic exploration. Americium-241 decays more slowly than plutonium-238, potentially allowing for longer missions, says Ralph McNutt of Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, who co-authored a report on the plutonium-238 shortage in the US. On the downside, it takes more of the stuff to supply one unit of power, which could be a drawback for space missions, in which weight must be kept at a minimum, he says. "When you're trying to do interplanetary missions, really every kilogram counts," he says. - Full Article Source

07/16/10 - Tesla Motors CEO Can't Handle the Truth
KeelyNet Elon Musk, the CEO of electric-car startup Tesla Motors and rocket-launcher SpaceX, should be applauded for the mighty challenges he's taken on and the powers of persuasion he has deployed to build his companies. But along the way, he discovered that he could stretch the truth, casually and frequently, as a shortcut to getting things done. Clad in a sheen of bubbly optimism, his mendacity nonetheless has consequences. Through Tesla's IPO, he has now taken hundreds of millions of dollars from taxpayers and public investors who expect not just a return but square dealing from the man who is managing their company for them. So where has Musk spun the facts? When VentureBeat first started raising questions about Musk's personal finances, his expensive divorce case, and the impact they might have on Tesla's IPO, a Tesla spokesman initially said that the company had no plans to update its IPO prospectus to reflect our reporting. However, in the end, Tesla updated its SEC filings to acknowledge substantially all of the concerns we raised as potential risk factors investors should consider. That is the ultimate correction of the record, and it stands today. Musk's personal spending - There are other whoppers in Musk's piece, such as the suggestion that of the $200,000 per month he's spending, a mere $30,000 a month is going to his own personal household expenses, with the rest going to legal fees in his divorce case. Actually, the figure he told a court is $98,023 a month, according to filings in that case, including $50,000 a month in rent. Whenever Tesla has been in a bind, Musk has spun his way out of trouble. It's a character trait of which elements are found among many successful entrepreneurs: the compelling presentation of an alternate reality in the hopes that so many people will sign on to the vision that it comes true. Apple CEO Steve Jobs, for example, is so masterful at this that people speak of his reality distortion field. But Musk may have taken distortion to extremes. The question now is whether Musk's past habits will serve him well as the CEO of a publicly traded company. Already, it seems the investors who have entrusted Musk with hundreds of millions of dollars are having doubts. With shares of Tesla having already fallen by nearly half since their post-IPO pop, perhaps Musk's bubble is finally deflating. But those who are still sticking with the company should ask themselves this: Has Tesla adequately disclosed to investors the risk of its CEO's curious relationship with the truth? - Full Article Source

07/16/10 - Shine, Baby, Shine
Actor Larry Hagman was all about petroleum when he played oil magnate J.R. Ewing in television's longrunning "Dallas" series. These days, he's pitching solar energy with a new slogan -- "Shine, baby, shine," -- soon to air on a television near you. "'Shine, baby, shine' is an inexhaustible source of energy," said Hagman, who plans to address the Intersolar trade show today in San Francisco. "When affordable oil gives out, we're in real trouble -- I mean the collapse of civilization, within 15 to 20 years." Hagman, who also acted in "I Dream of Jeannie," is a longtime renewable-energy advocate who has installed what he believes to be the country's largest residential solar system at his eco-estate north of Los Angeles. - Full Article Source

07/16/10 - Why Didn't I Think Of That?
KeelyNet You ever see a new product and immediately think "I could have thought of that?" and then repeatedly kick yourself for the rest of the day for not being a gazillionaire? Yes yes, we've all been there. And we're right. We could have been gazillionaires. All of us. Yet for some reason we didn't patent our "pizza scissors" or "remote control bottle opener." Like fools! Anyway, the people behind these products have. And now they're just rubbing it in our faces while we're not sleeping on a pile of money. - Full Article Source

07/16/10 - Perfectionists Die Earlier
Those with high perfectionism scores, meaning they placed high expectations on themselves to be perfect, had a 51-percent increased risk of death compared to those with low scores. The researchers suspect high levels of stress and anxiety, which are known to be linked with perfectionism, might contribute to the decrease in lifespan… - Full Article Source

07/16/10 - Amazing Video of the Sun Melting Steel
Melting steel in a solar oven (aka solar concentrator) isn’t new or unique, but it’s always cool to see and a good reminder of just how much energy is hitting the sunny side of the planet at any moment. The video below shows a short exerpt of James May’s “ Big Ideas” series (James is better known for the Top Gear show), and they start by cooking, er, burning a sausage, and then they melt a steel plate. Impressive to see how quickly it turns to a liquid. (Imagine this creating steam to power a turbo-generator to run your house and charge your battery network for night power. - JWD) - Full Article Source

07/16/10 - New York City To Keep Track Of Water Use With Wireless Monitors
New York City residents will now be able to track their water use in real time. The city has installed wireless meters in The Bronx (the program will expand in the future), and residents will be able to see how much water they’re using at any given moment. The idea is to encourage people to cut down on their water consumption. “Wow, I used X-Number of gallons of water during that shower, let’s see if I can make that X-Minus-One next time.” And so on. If you’re not into the whole green movement, then maybe you’d be interested in saving money—an altogether different kind of green movement. The city’s mayor, Michael Bloomberg, says that the average single family in New York spends around $800 per year on water… - Full Article Source

07/16/10 - Position of your Belly Button as Secret to Running and Swimming Faster
KeelyNet They say the belly-button determines the centre of gravity... According to the report published yesterday in the International Journal of Design and Nature and Ecodynamics, black people’s navels are higher than whites. That gives them a speed advantage on the track, said the study, but holds them back in the pool. Given two runners or swimmers of the same height, one black and one white, ‘what matters is not total height but the position of the belly- button, or centre of gravity,’ claims Duke University professor Andre Bejan, the lead author of the study. ‘It so happens that in the architecture of the human body of West African-origin runners, the centre of gravity is significantly higher than in runners of European origin,’ which puts them at an advantage in sprints on the track, he added. Blacks generally have longer legs than white athletes, which means their belly-buttons are three centimeters higher than whites’, said Professor Bejan. That means the black athletes have a ‘hidden height’ that is 3 per cent greater than whites’, which gives them a significant running speed advantage. ‘Locomotion is essentially a continual process of falling forward, and mass that falls from a higher altitude, falls faster, the professor explained. In the pool, meanwhile, whites have the advantage because they have longer torsos, making their belly-buttons lower in the general scheme of body architecture. ‘Swimming is the art of surfing the wave created by the swimmer,’ said Professor Bejan. ‘The swimmer who makes the bigger wave is the faster swimmer, and a longer torso makes a bigger wave. ‘Europeans have a 3 per cent longer torso than West Africans, which gives them a 1.5 per cent speed advantage in the pool,’ he added. Asians have the same long torsos as Europeans, giving them the same potential to be record-breakers in the pool. But they often lose out to whites because whites are taller, he explained. Many scientists have avoided studying why blacks make better sprinters and whites better swimmers because of what the study calls the ‘obvious’ race angle. But Professor Bejan said the study he conducted with Edward Jones, a professor at Howard University in Washington, and Duke graduate Jordan Charles, focused on the athletes’ geographic origins and biology, not race, which the authors of the study call a ‘social construct.’ Professor Bejan is white, originally from Romania, and Professor Jones is black, from South Carolina. They charted and analysed nearly 100 years of records in men’s and women’s sprinting and 100-meters freestyle swimming for the study. (This reminds me of a yogic technique where one cannot be moved if concentration is focused on the belly button. Also used in Lung Gom Pa to reduce weight to allow jumping many feet. - JWD) - Full Article Source

07/16/10 - Tea May Contain More Fluoride Than Once Thought
Black tea, a Southern staple and the world's most consumed beverage, may contain higher concentrations of fluoride than previously thought, which could pose problems for the heaviest tea drinkers, Medical College of Georgia researchers say. "The additional fluoride from drinking two to four cups of tea a day won't harm anyone; it's the very heavy tea drinkers who could get in trouble," said Dr. Gary Whitford. Most published reports show 1 to 5 milligrams of fluoride per liter of black tea, but a new study shows that number could be as high as 9 milligrams. Fluoride is known to help prevent dental cavities, but long-term ingestion of excessive amounts could cause bone problems. The average person ingests a very safe amount, 2 to 3 milligrams, daily through fluoridated drinking water, toothpaste and food. It would take ingesting about 20 milligrams a day over 10 or more years before posing a significant risk to bone health. While it is extremely rare in the United States, the common link between these four patients was their tea consumption -- each person drank 1 to 2 gallons of tea daily for the past 10 to 30 years. - Full Article Source

07/16/10 - DARPA to Turn Humans into Batteries
A research project by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) seeks to exploit the untapped power reserve of the human body. By utilizing piezoelectric and thermodynamic power generation components, the researchers hope to provide enough energy for a suite of planned embedded technologies. Some readers may be familiar with piezoelectric components, which generate electricity from the vibrations created by movement. The DARPA initiative is also looking into generating power from thermodynamic reactions—such as the difference between body temperature and the surrounding air—much like how these boots from Orange generate electricity to recharge gadgets. The main objective of the project is to create enough power to drive a bunch of military-friendly gadgets. Examples include "Sensor-studded clothing worn by a soldier tracks his movements and vital signs", and "contact lenses that function as computer screens" and receive information via radio. In The Matrix franchise, robots enslaved humankind as a source of power. They turned humans into giant living batteries, tapping the thermal and kinetic energies produced by our bodies. - Full Article Source

07/16/10 - Radio Waves Keep Airship Aloft (Jan, 1929)
KeelyNet PROPELLERS and engines are not needed to fly the model airship of Bernays Johnson, who is shown with his craft in the photograph at the right. A powerful radio wave which neutralizes the pull of gravity is the force which keeps the ship aloft. Johnson experimented for ten years before he succeeded in discovering the principle of his anti-gravity waves. The ship can be controlled from within itself or from the ground. It was exhibited at the recent Boston radio exposition. - Full Article Source

07/16/10 - Smallest Micro Ornithopters yet - DelFly2 and DelFly micro
The video you see above is the on board footage of the DelFly2 autonomous ornithopoter robot. Weighing 16 grams, it carries a small camera and can provide a live feed. If you’re amazed at the tiny size and weight of the DelFly2, check out the DelFly micro, video after the break, that weighs 3 grams. Remember when we thought 17 grams was small for an ornithopter? All processing for the DelFly2 is done at a base station and transmitted to the flying bot to keep the weight down. The team also had to create their own brushless motor that runs at 60% efficiency and weighs only 1.6 grams. The 130mAh battery can sustain 15 minutes of horizontal flight or 8 minutes of hovering. - Full Article Source

07/16/10 - Mystery Lotto Lady - What is her Secret?
The odds that Joan Ginther would hit four Texas Lottery jackpots for a combined nearly $21 million are astronomical. Mathematicians say the chances are as slim as 1 in 18 septillion - that's 18 and 24 zeros. Just as unlikely? Getting to know one of the luckiest women in the world. "She wants her privacy," friend Cris Carmona said. But she's a celebrity who few in this town of 3,300 people can say much about. "That lady is pretty much scarce to everybody," said Lucas Ray Cruz, Ginther's former neighbor. "That's just the way she is." - Full Article Source

07/16/10 - Frog Design Is Making the Smart Grid Sexy
KeelyNet Alternative energy and the promise of clean, reliable power has an allure, but power meters and electric vehicle chargers aren't all that exciting. Frog design wants to change that. The firm has joined with the Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative (SGCC)--a nonprofit amalgam of vendors, utilities, suppliers, and consumer advocacy groups--to help make smart grid-related products more user-friendly. While plenty of tools exist to help homeowners track their power use, the majority of them don't actively help consumers do anything about their excessive energy use. "We are in the era of awareness tech," explains David Merkoski, Executive Creative Director at frog design. "The next era is products and services that move into behavior design." We can already see hints of that next era coming down the pipeline--GE's smart grid aware appliances, for example, which will display energy prices and automatically switch on when electricity is cheapest. But there's a reason that many of these behavior-oriented products haven't been released yet: Companies want to make sure that their design is spot-on. Because if electric vehicle home charging stations or smart appliances are too difficult to use in the first generation, customers will be less likely to pay attention to the next generation. "If you can bring in design to the table before it goes mainstream--that scale moment--whatever that invention is has a much higher likelihood of being adopted," Merkoski says. "Companies are taking a serious shift in their strategy to make sure design is involved before products go to market." - Full Article Source

07/16/10 - Viagra-popping seniors lead the pack for STDs
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there were more than six new cases of STDs per 10,000 men over 40 in 2008, up almost 50 percent since 1996. "Younger adults have far more STDs than older adults, but the rates are growing at far higher rates in older adults," said Dr. Anupam B. Jena of Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, who led the study. While the reasons for this development aren't well understood, he said more divorces and better health might have conspired to boost sexual prowess and activity among graying heads. The problem, however, is that older adults appear to flaunt safe sex practices. For instance, the researchers note, 50-year-olds are six times less likely to use a condom than men in their 20s. "We are typically unaccustomed to practice safe sex over the age of 50, because the risk of pregnancy is eliminated," Jena told Reuters Health. The authors remind us "that men older than 40 years remain sexually active, even if they need chemical assistance to do so. This study also serves as a reminder that sex after age 40 years is not necessarily safe." Jena recommended that doctors take a few minutes to discuss safe sex with older men when they prescribe Viagra. His advice? "Look, just realize that you are at higher risk for STDs, and try to be careful like you used to be 30 years ago." - Full Article Source

07/16/10 - Cyclone Power Technologies Ships Initial Waste Heat Power Generator
Cyclone Power Technologies (Pink Sheets: CYPW) has completed internal testing of its initial waste heat power generator and has shipped the beta unit to its customer, Bent Glass Design. Cyclone’s waste heat power generator – comprised of its 18hp Waste Heat Engine, proprietary heat exchangers and electric generator – will be installed and field tested at Bent Glass’ facility over the following couple of months. This initial system will convert over 500,000 BTUs of exhaust heat from the customer’s glass manufacturing furnaces into electricity, which will be supplied back to the power grid. The final system is expected to be cash positive in 12 months and provide a full payback to Bent Glass within three years. Cyclone’s Rankine-cycle waste heat engine has been in development since late 2008, and during that time has undergone many months of advancements to increase durability, efficiency and power output. The same engine was shipped in March 2010 to Robotic Technology as part of a project sponsored by DARPA, an agency of the U.S. Department of Defense. “People sometimes forget that there are no pre-existing ‘build-by’ design drawings for these engine systems – we have developed it all from the bottom up and that takes time,” stated Cyclone’s CEO and technology inventor Harry Schoell. “We know, however, that there is an enormous, underserved market for medium-range waste heat power generators, and we believe that our system will still be the first to effectively convert such wasted energy into clean, renewable, revenue-producing power.” - Full Article Source

07/16/10 - A Substitute for Vaccination (Popular Science Jan - 1926)
After 27 years of research, Dr. Mervyn Henry Gordon, of the Medical Research Council of Great Britain, has announced a discovery that in some circles is considered as important as the recent discovery of cancer virus. He claims to have found a way to immunize persons from smallpox and other diseases without vaccination. Merely by sniffing through the nose a solution of dead germs properly heated, or passing through a room filled with immunizing vapor, it is said, persons will become immune to certain diseases. Doctor Gordon worked with rabbits. Those 'vaccinated' by sniffing dead virus, he reports, proved immune to cowpox, while others not so protected caught the disease. - Popular Science Archive

07/16/10 - Carbonated Drinks: Learn the Truth!
After just ten minutes, 10 teaspoons of sugar hit your body, 100% of the daily recommended dose. You do not immediately vomit from the overwhelming sweetness because the Phosphoric acid in the drink cuts the taste. After twenty minutes, t he level of sugar in your blood erupts, forcing a rush of insulin. The liver responds by turning all the sugar it receives into fat. After forty minutes, the caffeine absorption is complete. Your pupils dilate, blood pressure rises, the liver responds by pumping more sugar into your bloodstream. Adenosine receptors in the brain are now blocked, preventing drowsiness and giving you an energy rush. After 45, the body increases dopamine production stimulating the pleasure centers. This same process takes place with the consumption of heroin, for example. 50 minutes. The phosphoric acid binds calcium, magnesium and zinc in the intestine, increasing the metabolism. High doses of sugar and artificial sweeteners also increase Calcium excretion in the urine, or in other words, you are urinating your bones away, one of the causes of Osteoporosis. 60 minutes: One hour after consuming. The caffeine's diuretic properties come into play. You urinate. Now it is guaranteed that will be putting out of your system calcium, magnesium and zinc, which your bones need. As time goes on, you'll experience a sugar crash. You'll be cranky. You will already have excreted everything that was in the drink, but also essential properties which your body needs. - Full Article Source

07/16/10 - Dyson Spheres - science-fiction or science-fact?
KeelyNet A Dyson Sphere is a theoretical mega-structure constructed to collect much or even all of the solar radiation produced by a star, extract energy via solar panels or some similar technology, and then radiate lower-energy infrared radiation out into space. It was first described by Freeman Dyson as a mechanism for a sufficiently advanced civilization, either human or alien, which had grown beyond the energy production capabilities of a single planet. The next step after harnessing the energy capacity of a planet would be to harness the capacity of the Sun. Dyson theorized that a sufficiently advanced intelligent civilization, potentially even future humans, could launch a vast network of solar power collection satellites into stellar or solar orbit, forming a ring around its sun. This approach is now known as a Dyson Swarm. A much more ambitious and powerful solar power collection system, known as the Dyson Sphere, would see an incredibly advanced civilization construct an entire shell around their star, perhaps at the distance of Earth's orbit or more, so that the entire solar output of the star could be harnessed. In addition to the material requirements, there is another theoretical problem with a Dyson Sphere that might make it more science fiction than science fact. First, a sphere overlaying a star could not be held in place by the gravitational influence of the star, unlike an object in orbit. This means that it would either require a separate and even more unfathomably powerful system of propulsion for stationkeeping purposes, or that it would be in constant danger of drifting out of position and being destroyed. Finally, constructing a shell around a star would have immense consequences for the broader dynamics of the solar system. Although stellar gravity would still operate, the effects of the solar wind, like the maintenance of the heliosphere which protects us from the matter in the interstellar medium, would probably dissipate. It is uncertain whether life actually benefits from the heliosphere - and it will be difficult to determine otherwise until we send space probes outside of the solar system to conduct such tests. However, it is important to remember that the stream of radiation and particles emitted by the Sun would be stopped against the inner layer of the shell of the Dyson Sphere - so that anything outside of the sphere would be rendered darker and colder than before. In our own solar system, we would essentially be spelling the end of any future life that might plausibly exist on Europa or Ganymede, as well as rendering the rest of the system a very cold, dark place indeed. - Full Article Source

07/16/10 - Great Idea worth repeating - energy stored as air pressure
Elvin Knollman, president of Transmark Logistics LLC, a Decatur County business and inventor of the encapsulated upper coupler, says his pressure grid method will use pressurized gas as an energy source and medium. "It's all-natural, 100-percent green energy," Knollman explained. According to Knollman, conventional practice of harnessing 'green' energy sources like wind, thermal and hydro uses the sources to generate electrical energy, which is transmitted via an electric grid to various locations where the energy is converted to another form. Knollman's concept provides a pressure grid system and method that can generate, store and distribute the pressurized gas. It takes natural energy and turns it into air pressure to run power plants or directly into factories. The system can obtain and generate pressurized gas using green natural energy resources and store the pressurized air in subterranean locations with minimal impact on the surrounding environment. The pressurized air can then be used directly as a pneumatic energy source or by converting the stored energy to another form, like electrical, mechanical or thermal. Knollman's idea can be an energy source in residential, commercial and industry, he explained. The invention can use natural resources to generate a compressed gas, preferably air, for delivery, though other gases could be used. According to Knollman, a wind turbine can be coupled to a compressor that pressurizes the air. Hydro power sources like river currents would utilize an apparatus floating on or suspended above the surface of the river, which can be equipped with paddle wheels, causing a shaft to rotate which would be coupled to a compressor to pressurize the atmospheric air. Another potential source of energy is known as vortex hydro energy. It converts hydro-kinetic energy to electricity, which can be used to operate a compressor. "It will be such a unique thing, but it all creates the same energy," he said. Knollman said he has been in contact with Purdue University and the Department of Energy, who have confirmed that no one else has the concept. Getting people interested and behind the invention's concept is Knollman's current goal. In the pressure grid system, the bulk of the compressed air is delivered to storage areas, most likely underground locations like natural caverns. At least a portion of the pressurized gas is stored in one or more of the underground locations, from which the pressurized gas can be transported to end users for utilization. His vision to revolutionize energy use and wean America from its oil and coal addiction is simple. - Full Article Source

07/16/10 - Making strides in portable power
KeelyNet Aaron LeMieux spent more than a decade developing the nPower PEG, an appliance about the size of an ear of corn that generates electricity from the user's walking motion. The item went on sale two months ago with a price tag of $150. The PEG, short for "personal energy generator," is the debut product from LeMieux's Cleveland-based company, Tremont Electric. The PEG weighs less than a pound. As the user moves, a generator slides up and down on springs inside a titanium casing, producing and storing electricity. For high-efficiency devices, such as an iPod Nano, a minute of walking produces about a minute of charge, the company said. On lower-efficiency devices, such as cell phones, about five minutes of walking produces a minute of charge. - Full Article Source

07/16/10 - Fenland Council be aware - wind farms are less than 20 per cent efficient
Wind farms produce less than one fifth of power. On-shore research by Ofgen records 20 sites in Britain producing less than 20 per cent maximum output. One site generates just 7.9 per cent and another 8.7 per cent. The best result was about 50 per cent. Overall, the average energy countrywide amounted to less than 30 per cent. Developers are anxious to plant wind farms wherever they can and exaggerate the potential of wind-harnessed energy. They would, wouldn’t they. The crux of the matter underscores encouraging land owners to take advantage of wind farms on their property. The carrot is haulsome annual remuneration. Anyone comparing wind turbines to old-time wind engines (not windmills) an invention to grind water, not corn, have lost the point. Wind engines were well less than a quarter of the height of towering turbines and far less obtrusive. What will happen when turbines wear out? Who will be responsible for disposing them? Modern low-profile state-of-the-art nuclear and fossil-fuelled generating stations achieve direct, powerful and reliable output using the latest safety precautions and carbon screening techniques. They far outweigh wind farms driven by not so much the wind as the urge to harvest windfall in terms of cash in the doubtful name of carbon footprint, another exaggeration enmeshed in profit. Councils should be alert to this. - Full Article Source

07/16/10 - Body as battery
KeelyNet Display screens integrated into contact lenses (image above)? Micromechanical medical devices? Pervasive biosensors? A big challenge in the development of wearable and implantable gadgets is how to power them. Obviously, our bodies generate heat—thermal energy. They also produce vibrations when we move—kinetic energy. Both forms of energy can be converted into electricity. Anantha Chandrakasan, an MIT electrical engineering professor, who is working on the problem with a former student named Yogesh Ramadass, says the challenge is to harvest adequate amounts of power from the body and then efficiently direct it to the device that needs it. In the case of harnessing vibrations, Chandrakasan and his colleagues use piezoelectric materials, which produce an electric current when subjected to mechanical pressure. For energy scavenging, ordinary vibrations caused by walking or even just nodding your head might stimulate a piezo material to generate electricity, which is then converted into the direct current (DC) used by electronics, stored in solid-state capacitors and discharged when needed. This entire apparatus fits on a chip no larger than a few square millimeters. Small embedded devices could be directly built onto the chip, or the chip could transmit energy wirelessly to nearby devices. The chip could also use thermoelectric materials, which produce an electric current when exposed to two different temperatures—such as body heat and the (usually) cooler air around us. - Full Article Source

07/16/10 - Increasing your 'luck'
Find that old rabbit's foot, new research shows lucky tokens can improve performance by increasing your self-confidence. University of Cologne : 'I watch a lot of sports, and I read about sports, and I noticed that very often athletes – also famous athletes – hold superstitions,' says Lysann Damisch. Michael Jordan wore his college team shorts underneath his NBA uniform for good luck; Tiger Woods wears a red shirt on tournament Sundays, usually the last and most important day of a tournament. 'And I was wondering, why are they doing so?' Damisch thought that a belief in superstition might help people do better by improving their confidence. With her colleagues Barbara Stoberock and Thomas Mussweiler, she designed a set of experiments to see if activating people's superstitious beliefs would improve their performance on a task. In one of the experiments, volunteers were told to bring a lucky charm with them. Then the researchers took it away to take a picture. People brought in all kinds of items, from old stuffed animals to wedding rings to lucky stones. Half of the volunteers were given their charm back before the test started; the other half were told there was a problem with the camera equipment and they would get it back later. Volunteers who had their lucky charm did better at a memory game on the computer, and other tests showed that this difference was because they felt more confident. They also set higher goals for themselves. Researchers also tried wishing volunteers good luck, and actually found that it improved success at a task that required manual dexterity. - Full Article Source

07/16/10 - Audio Shock waves regenerate tissus
KeelyNet A noninvasive device that uses pulsed audio shock waves to stimulate damaged tissue regeneration launches in Europe. SANUWAVE, Inc. of Alpharetta, Georgia : The company describes itself as an emerging medical technology company focused on the development and commercialization of non-invasive, biological response activating devices in the regenerative medicine area. Reports the European launch of orthoPACE, a device intended for use in orthopedic, trauma and sports medicine following CE mark approval last month. The orthoPACE incorporates the Company’s proprietary Pulsed Acoustic Cellular Expression (PACE) technology platform that delivers extracorporeal shock wave technology (ESWT) to treat a wide variety of chronic and acute conditions in hard and soft tissue. This award-winning device platform generates high energy, electrohydraulic shock waves that activate biological signaling and angiogenic responses, including revascularization and microcirculatory improvement, helping restore the body’s normal healing processes and promote regeneration. The orthoPACE™ has a compact, portable design and allows for treatments to be performed by a single operator in both the hospital and office setting. The device features a new, unique applicator that is less painful for some indications and may reduce or completely eliminate anesthesia for some patients. - Full Article Source

07/16/10 - More Gas Station Credit-Card Skimmers
A Network World piece on credit-card skimmers found installed in gas pumps, this time in Florida. Like the similar wave of attacks in Utah earlier this year, the latest crop uses Bluetooth to transmit the illicitly collected data. Does this mean an accomplice has to hang around within 3m of the pump? "The Secret Service has indicated there's a crime wave throughout the Southeast involving the gas-station pump card skimmers, and it may be traced back to a single gang that may be working out of Miami... St. Johns County in Florida has also been hit by the gas-pump card skimmers. [A local sheriff's department spokesman] says criminals wanting to hide the credit-card skimmers in gas pumps have to have a key to the pump, but in some cases a single key will serve to get into many gas pumps." - Full Article Source

07/16/10 - Cops turn to voodoo for curbing mishaps
KeelyNet With regulation failing to give results, city traffic police seem to be turning to voodoo science to check road accidents. The department is convinced placing 'pyramidical structures' at the centre of each crossing will result in positive energy circulating in the area and reduction of mishaps. The department has decided to introduce it at 11 mishap probe places across city. Actually, the city traffic police are merely following the lead of Nagpur rural police who have already buried pyramids at accident-prone places as per principles of Vastu, the ancient architectural science. The move was initiated after several measures to curb road mishaps failed, said sources in the department. They said even the commissioner of police Pravin Dixit had given his nod for this experiment. Deputy commissioner of police (traffic) Sahebrao Patil confirmed the development. He said the traffic cops had identified 22 accident prone spots. In phase one, pyramids would be installed at 11 junctions, he said. The DCP said the work of burying pyramids would begin in a few days. The DCP said there was nothing wrong with adopting Vastu Shastra and "we would study the spots after a few months. KeelyNet Actually, the city traffic police are merely following the lead of Nagpur rural police who have already buried pyramids at accident-prone places as per principles of Vastu, the ancient architectural science. A person left a comment: "It is not voodoo science. A pyramid has a positive energy and it is a proven fact. What needs to be seen is how a pyramid is going to help prevent road mishaps." / Little Pyramid ebook - shows you how to make your own pyramids for experimentation; they can be constructed entirely from inexpensive materials equally as well as from costly ones. Cardboard, wire, plywood or anything rigid enough to retain the pyramid shape will suffice. KeelyNetThe pyramid does not necessarily have to be solid; in many experiments just the outline shape is sufficient, provided that it is jointed at all corners and at the apex. / Physics of Crystals - insights into Pyramidal and Tetrahedral Geometry. How they work and how to use them for novel effects. Incredible, information packed, over 2 Hour long DVD describing many unusual and original experiments including transmutation of elements, energy extraction, increasing plant growth, healing the body and more! - Full Article Source

07/16/10 - Your Feces Is a Wonderland of Viruses
"Thanks to an anlaysis of fecal samples from four sets of Missouri-born female identical twins and their mothers, researchers have concluded that human guts harbor viruses as unique as the people they inhabit; the viral lineup differs even between identical twins. Even more surprising? These viruses may be doing good work inside of us." - Full Article Source

07/16/10 - Pacific Trash Vortex To Become Habitable Island?
"The Pacific Ocean trash dump is twice the size of Texas, or the size of Spain combined with France. The Pacific Vortex as it is sometimes called, is made up of four million tons of plastic. Now there's a proposal to turn this dump into 'Recycled Island'. The Netherlands Architecture Fund has provided the grant money for the project, and the WHIM architecture firm is conducting the research and design of Recycled Island. One of the three major aims of the project is to clean up the floating trash by recycling it on site. Two, the project would create new land for sustainable habitation complete with its own food sources and energy sources. Lastly, Recycled Island is to be a seaworthy island. While at the moment the project is still more or less a pipe dream, it's great that someone is trying to work out what to do with one of humanity's most bizarre environmental slip-ups." - Full Article Source

07/16/10 - Mailbox Sentry
KeelyNet Have you ever wished that you could be notified when your snail mail arrives? In the age of instant email notifications, the hit-or-miss nature of checking your postal mail can be an annoyance. Even more so if your mailbox is located a great distance from your door. Nothing is more annoying than walking five minutes, only to not find a single letter. Did the mailman come yet, or was there just nothing for you today? This seems like a useful little item, and it's only $95: Thanko Mailbox Sentry. Known as the Posto no Mihariban in Japan, all you have to do is set up the antenna and transmitter on the inside of the lid of your post box. When something is put inside by the mailman it sends out a signal to your receiver, connected up to 100m away in your home. - Full Article Source

07/16/10 - Twitter Says Americans Are Happier In the Morning
"There are lots of things you can infer from Twitter. But while we're learning what we're eating or where we're flying, we haven't been able to use Twitter to determine how we're feeling. Researchers at Harvard and Northwestern have created a video that shows the mood in the US, as inferred using over 300 million tweets, over the course of the day. The results? The early morning and late evening appear to provide the highest levels of happiness. Geographically, the data points to a significantly happier west coast, which is consistently three hours behind the east coast." - Full Article Source

07/16/10 - Sound As the New Illegal Narcotic?
"The Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics is warning parents and teachers of a new threat to our children: sounds. Apparently kids are now discovering binaural beats and using them to get 'physiological effects.' The report goes on with everyone suggesting that such aural experiences will act as a gateway to drug usage and even has one student claiming there are 'demons' involved. Anyone who has used one of those light/sound machines knows all about the effects that these sounds will give and to state that they will lead kids to do drugs is nonsense at best. It seems the trend in scaring the citizens with a made-up problem has gone to the next level." - Full Article Source

07/13/10 - Sun's Dark Companion 'Nemesis' Not So Likely
KeelyNet "The data that once suggested the Sun is orbited by a distant dark companion now raises even more questions... The periodicity [of mass extinctions] is a matter of some controversy among paleobiologists but there is a growing consensus that something of enormous destructive power happens every 26 or 27 million years. The question is what? ... another idea first put forward in the 1980s is that the Sun has a distant dark companion called Nemesis that sweeps through the Oort cloud every 27 million years or so, sending a deadly shower of comets our way. ... [Researchers] have brought together a massive set of extinction data from the last 500 million years, a period that is twice as long as anybody else has studied. And their analysis shows an excess of extinctions every 27 million years, with a confidence level of 99%. That's a clear, sharp signal over a huge length of time. At first glance, you'd think it clearly backs the idea that a distant dark object orbits the Sun every 27 million years. But ironically, the accuracy and regularity of these events is actually evidence against Nemesis' existence."

(From the KeelyNet Archives, see Two Suns - Hamel was told, 'In twenty more years everything on earth will be devastated. It's the magnetic that will change. I was told that when the lineup of the planets and THE SECOND SUN passes for three days and three nights in front of our sun and blacks it out, the magnetic will change. Between the years 2000 and 2005.'

We definitely DO have TWO SUNS, according to M. F. Malin, of Salt Lake City, who has spent much of his spare time for over forty years in pursuit of such a theory. Malin made some simple calculations which showed that THE SUN HAS LESS THAN ONE-THIRD THE VOLUME OF MATERIAL REQUISITE TO ITS EXISTENCE AS THE CENTRAL ATTRACTION OF THE PLANETARY SYSTEM, even if its average density were the same as that of the earth. There seemed to be only one possible place in the system. For a body larger than the sun in volume, or the equivalent with unequal densities - a position PERPETUALLY IN ALIGNMENT BEHIND THE SUN AS SEEN FROM THE EARTH, incredible as this might seem at first glance. And if there were a relationship between mass and brightness among stars, perhaps THE GREATER STAR WOULD BE BRIGHTER AND HOTTER THAN THE SUN, and there should be some physical signs of its presence. If such a body existed, the planetary system would revolve around a center of gravity SITUATED BETWEEN THE TWO, SOME DISTANCE BEYOND THE SUN.

It was not very difficult to calculate the proper radius of Earth's orbit by Newton's methods, and this turned out to be 101,300,000 miles - placing the possible center of gravity of the system about 4,800,000 miles BEYOND THE SUN. Later, Malin wrote an imaginative account of the physical appearances which might be expected if there were a brighter and hotter star operating at comparatively close range BEHIND THE SUN, and made drawings to illustrate the writing. Malin had grown up in the Mormon faith, in fact had spent two years as a missionary in New Zealand before he was twenty. Something which might have helped him substantiate the double sun theory in his own mind is to be found in one of the basic books of Mormon - THE PEARL OF GREAT PRICE.

KeelyNetThe book is mainly a compilation of material which the Mormon founder- prophet, Joseph Smith had translated into English from a scroll of Egyptian papyrus brought to him by a stranger in the 1820's. Among other things in the translation was a group of heiroglyphics, showing humans, birds and symbological figures. One of these symbols Smith interpreted as being 'a planet called Kolob, which is directly BEHIND THE SUN.' - (Fig. 1. Kolob, signifying the first creation, nearest to the celestial, or the residence of God. First in government, the last pertaining to the measurement of time. The measurement according to celestial time, which celestial time signifies one day to a cubit. One day in Kolob is equal to a thousand years according to the measurement of this earth, which is called by the Egyptians Jah-oh-eh.)

Whether or not this had any influence on Malin's thinking, it is an interesting parallel. In 1931 a booklet, SOLAR ARRANGEMENT, was distributed to the worlds major observatories. It contained drawings which portrayed the Zodiacal body with its light and heat AS A SEPARATE ENTITY BEHIND THE SUN from the earth, with all the sun's major "mysteries" DRAWN IN AS NORMAL PHENOMENA.

If Key #1 indications are valid, then the Earth and all other planets reside within a null zone, kept spinning by the swirling magnetic flux lines of our sun and polarized to remain with North repelling North and South repelling South, then this 2nd sun, having an opposite polarity would cause an equatorial (Bloch Wall) flip which would cause the Earth's magnetic field to flip. This should apply to all the other planets also. If this postulated 2nd sun is of the SAME polarity N/N to S/S, yet it is smaller and more powerful than the expanded sun we see every day, then if it came between us and our sun, the intensified gravity and magnetic fields would cause massive climate and geological shifts, obscuring the atmosphere to create the 3 days and nights of blackness as told to Hamel. / If Nemesis races around to intervene between the Earth and SOL, it would cause pole flips to any planets suspended in SOL's equatorial zone, including the Earth.) - Full Article Source

07/13/10 - Update: Acrobatic quadcopters with grippers team up
We usually envision small wheeled robots when we thing about swamp robotics but these cooperative quadcopters make us think again. This is an extension of the same project that produced those impressive aerial acrobatics. It may not be as flashy, but watching groups of the four-rotored flyers grab onto and lift loads is quite impressive. There is also a shot of one dropping a 2×4 and immediately compensating for the loss of weight. We’re not certain, but it looks like team lifting doesn’t require the 20 high-speed camera rig that the acrobatics did. - Full Article Source

07/13/10 - Law of hurricane power discovered
The intensity of hurricanes follows a simple mathematical law – a finding that could help us predict how they will respond to climate change. Álvaro Corral of the Centre for Mathematical Research in Barcelona, Spain, and colleagues looked at records of hurricanes from four ocean basins around the world between 1966 and 2007. For each known hurricane, they calculated how much energy it released, based on the wind speeds and how long the hurricane lasted. Regardless of region, the researchers found that the proportion of rarer, strong hurricanes to more frequent, weaker ones was always the same, regardless of the ocean basin. Only the very weakest and the very strongest hurricanes did not fit the pattern, called a power law. / When the number or frequency of an object or event varies as a power of some attribute of that object (e.g., its size), the number or frequency is said to follow a power law. Power-law relations characterize a staggering number of naturally occurring phenomena, and this is one of the principal reasons why they have attracted such wide interest. For instance, inverse-square laws, such as gravitation and the Coulomb force, are power laws, as are many common mathematical formulae such as the quadratic law of area of the circle. A great many power-law distributions have been conjectured in recent years. For instance, power laws are thought to characterize the behavior of the upper tails for the popularity of websites, number of species per genus, the popularity of given names, the size of financial returns, and many others. However, much debate remains as to which of these tails are actually power-law distributed and which are not. For instance, it is commonly accepted now that the famous Gutenberg–Richter law decays more rapidly than a pure power-law tail because of a finite exponential cutoff in the upper tail. - Full Article Source

07/13/10 - Can wind power your home?
James Gabriel of Mount Vernon said it was a moment of weakness that led him to install a wind turbine on his farm two years ago. It cost him $70,000, offset by a $25,000 grant through the Ohio Department of Development. On average, the turbine generates 10 percent of his electricity, and at current rates will take 25 years to pay for itself. Despite the recent buzz on alternative energy, residential wind turbines remain a novelty in Ohio. They are scattered about in pockets, mostly in the northern part of the state. They remain a rarity in southern Ohio, where strong winds are scarce and electric rates are cheap. They are more common in northern Ohio. Dale Arnold, director of energy services for the Ohio Farm Bureau, called those with residential wind turbines “pioneers” — the technology still has a long way to go. However, as wind turbines and solar panels become more advanced, the payback time has been slashed in half from what it was just a few years ago. Recent models of wind turbines can pay for themselves in nine years, he said. Electricity is relatively cheap in the state. The statewide average — 10.6 cents per kilowatt hour in March — lands near the middle of the 50 states. When you factor in inflation, today’s rate is actually less expensive than the kilowatt-hour price of 2.4 cents in 1970, according to historical data from the U.S. Department of Energy. - Full Article Source

07/13/10 - Parking lots could become 'solar groves'
Architect Robert Noble, who specializes in sustainable design has come up with the idea of turning parking lots into "solar groves" that shade the vehicles, generate electricity, and serve as recharging stations for electric vehicles. Covering parking lots with solar groves could reduce the criticism often aimed at electric car manufacturers, that the vehicles need to use electricity that often does not come from renewable sources, and it could also reduce criticisms about excessive land use for large-scale solar power plants. Mr Noble said that converting the “desert of concrete parking lots” into small power plants sidesteps both problems. - Full Article Source

07/13/10 - Science self-reporting Questionable
Women married to wealthier men say they experience more orgasms. People who say they watch more TV are more likely to die sooner. People who say they got more vaccines are more likely to say they got sick after getting them. People who say they eat more fish are more likely to say they are depressed. All these statements are true, backed up by scientific research. But the studies that produced these surprising results all share the same weakness: They rely on self-reporting. Think of it this way: Just because you say you always have great sex doesn’t make it true. But aren’t there some occasions when self-reported data is better than nothing at all? After all, it’s a lot easier to ask someone how much TV they watch than it is to look over their shoulder for a week and find out exactly. If people who say they watch a lot of TV really are more likely to die than those who don’t, isn’t that important to know—even if their recollections aren’t perfect? Not when that research results in misleading conclusions, argues the cancer surgeon who blogs as “Orac.” The popular anti-vaccination movement arose primarily on the basis of a few specious self-report studies purportedly linking vaccinations to poor health. In 2008, Orac reported on a study that compared self-reports to real medical records. British troops deploying for Iraq from 2004-2006 were routinely administered a number of vaccines. When they were asked about those vaccinations later, the individuals who said they received more vaccinations in a day also reported having more health problems. But when the researchers examined the medical records themselves, they found no relationship between the number of vaccinations given and the reported health problems. So while a belief that more vaccinations were given was associated with health problems, actually receiving more vaccinations was not. The research was published in the British Medical Journal in 2008. But remember, the health problems were self-reported too, so there may not even be a relationship between believing you receive vaccines and having real health problems. - Full Article Source

07/13/10 - Plastics Accelerating Puberty
Boys’ voices are breaking earlier; girls are developing breasts as young as six. But why? Professor Niels Skakkebaek, now in his 70s, has handed the reins to Anders Juul, a flamboyant, tousle-haired endocrinologist. “We used to think early puberty was an American problem,” Juul tells me, “to do with American lifestyle, hormone-treated beef, obesity, too much sitting around watching TV and playing on the internet. We felt we should repeat studies that we had done in 1991, which showed no change in the age of puberty, to see if we were now experiencing this phenomenon.” The adverse effects of oestrogenic pollutants have been known since the early 1990s, when Professor John Sumpter, a fish physiologist at Brunel University, reported an outbreak of hermaphrodite fish in rivers in England. Male fish were found to be developing smaller testes and were producing the female yolk protein found in eggs, so they were becoming feminised. The results of his investigations led Sumpter to suspect that man-made industrial chemicals in sewage effluent were acting as female oestrogens. Natural oestrogens, known as phyto-oestrogens, are also present in many plants, including soya. But just because they are natural doesn’t mean they are benign. In 2007 a study in the New England Journal of Medicine described how three young boys began growing breasts after using products containing lavender and tea-tree oils. In one case a mother used a healing balm containing lavender oil on her four-year-old son; in another a ten-year-old boy used hair gel containing lavender and tea-tree oil; in the final example a seven-year-old was using lavender soap. Lavender and tea-tree were found to cause hormonal disruptions by mimicking oestrogen. When they stopped using lavender and tea-tree, the boys’ chests returned to normal. This was the first time the relationship between EDCs and hormonal disruption in human beings had been proven. If you were to do a line-up of the key suspects, Skakkebaek says, phthalates like the seven being tested in the laboratory would come first. These are substances that are added to plastics to increase their flexibility, transparency and durability. A few have already been phased out of products in America and Europe over health concerns. But the phthalates that make plastic flexible are still found in anything from cellophane to shower curtains to toys, and they are omnipresent in food packaging. Despite extensive research, their effects on humans are still poorly understood. The next suspect would be Bisphenol A, a component of polycarbonate found in the lining of tin cans, children’s feeding cups and in plastic bottles, including baby bottles. Later this year the urine and blood samples from the Danish puberty study will be tested for this chemical. Skakkabaek points out that animal experiments have shown that Bisphenol A is a weak oestrogen that can accelerate pubertal development in mice. But there is still controversy over whether neonatal exposure can trigger early puberty. Last year the Danish government passed a motion to prevent the use of Bisphenol A in milk bottles, but it has yet to be enacted. In 2008 Canada followed suit. In January the US Food and Drug Administration recommended a similar ban on Bisphenol A in baby bottles and infant feeding cups because of “concern about the potential effects of BPA on the brain, behaviour and prostate gland in fetuses, infants and young children,” based on recent studies using “novel approaches to test for subtle effects”. - Full Article Source

07/13/10 - You Built What?! The 200-MPG Aerocycle
KeelyNet Dutch vehicle designer Allert Jacobs has a lot of patience. He first built a resistance-reducing nose cone in 2007, in an attempt to increase his Honda Innova 125i’s 114-mpg rating. That design fell short, so he built a 1:5 scale model, followed by a full-size polyurethane and wood mold. By 2009, he was crafting the fiberglass shell. Steel tubes welded to the bike’s frame attach it, and a frame and rails added to the front of the bike allow the front of the shell to slide forward like a door and lock shut. Last winter, he even made aerodynamic cones with indicator lights for his side-view mirrors. Most of the mileage boost comes from the aerodynamic shape, but Jacobs also converted the bike’s automatic clutch to manual to keep it from slipping. Altogether, the changes worked: On one long trip, the bike got 214 miles per gallon. And as for the impound? “I got it back,” he says, “and they had to apologize.” Time: 3 years Cost: $5,000 - Full Article Source

07/13/10 - Oxygen therapy slows mouse wrinkles
HAIRLESS mice get fewer wrinkles if they spend time in an oxygen chamber after exposure to UVB. Shigeo Kawada and colleagues from the University of Tokyo, Japan, exposed mice to UVB from a fluorescent lamp three times a week for five weeks. After each session half the mice spent two hours in a hyperbaric chamber on 90 per cent oxygen, which increased the amount of oxygen dissolved in their blood. After the trial, the mice on oxygen had fewer wrinkles and less thickening of the epidermis than those who had gone untreated. - Full Article Source

07/13/10 - The Rising Cost of Evil in a Hyperconnected World
Given the prevailing industrial models over the past century and a half, the enormous capital outlays needed for production — not only plant and equipment for manufacturing, but the enormous price of a radio station, recording studio or state-of-the-art printing press — required large hierarchical organizations to govern the physical capital and the people working it. And given the enormous transaction costs of monitoring their activities, it was commonly understood that a giant bureaucratic organization was needed to regulate such business firms. The desktop computer and the Internet changed all this. As Hacque argues, the first principle of a hyperconnected world is information: “information flows much faster and more freely. So it’s less costly to ascertain who’s really evil — and who’s really good.” The second principle is discipline: “Cheap information lays the foundations for more collective action. It’s less costly to punish those who are evil.” The implications of this are just starting to sink in for our corporate overlords. We’re barely in the beginning stages of a fundamental transformation in which corporate executives live with the reality constantly in the back of their mind that any particular cutting of corners on safety or customer service, any particular downsizing or speedup, any grinding of the boot into the faces of labor, will show up on WikiLeaks. And then become the focus of a campaign of boycotts, picketing and letter-writing organized by some advocacy group like the Wal-Mart Workers’ Association or - Full Article Source

07/13/10 - Untidy beds may keep us healthy
Research suggests that while an unmade bed may look scruffy it is also unappealing to house dust mites thought to cause asthma and other allergies. A Kingston University study discovered the bugs cannot survive in the warm, dry conditions found in an unmade bed. The average bed could be home to up to 1.5 million house dust mites. The bugs, which are less than a millimetre long, feed on scales of human skin and produce allergens which are easily inhaled during sleep. - Full Article Source

07/13/10 - Retro USB Typewriter
The USBTypewriter™ is a new and groundbreaking innovation in the field of obsolescence. Lovers of the look, feel, and quality of old fashioned manual typewriters can now use them as keyboards for any USB-capable computer, such as a PC, Mac, or even iPad! The modification is easy to install, it involves no messy wiring, and does not change the outward appearance of the typewriter (except for the usb adapter itself, which is mounted in the rear of the machine). So the end result is a retro-style USB keyboard that not only looks great, but feels great to use. - Full Article Source

07/13/10 - Access Hulu from Outside the U.S. Without a Proxy Server
We've featured one or two ways to watch Hulu from outside the US, but one user over at Reddit has discovered another method, no outside proxy server required. All you need is a Firefox add-on and a few blocked ports. First, download the Modify Headers add-on for Firefox. Once installed, go to Tools > Modify Headers in Firefox and add a new filter by clicking on the drop-down menu and hitting "add". In the first box, type X-Forwarded-For and in the second box, type in the IP address of any US web site. Leave the third box blank, and then save and enable the filter. Next, block TCP and UDP port 1935. To do so on Mac, all you need to do is type the following in a Terminal window:

sudo ipfw add 0 deny tcp from any to any 1935
sudo ipfw add 0 deny udp from any to any 1935

Linux users can install iptables to do it through Terminal as well, with the commands:

iptables -A INPUT -p tcp --dport 1935 -j DROP
iptables -A INPUT -p udp --dport 1935 -j DROP

Windows users should be able to follow these instructions to correctly block the ports. This method should allow access not just to Hulu, but many other US-only streaming sites. Note that this may disable Flash on other sites, so you'll only want to enable this while you're watching video on one of these sites. We Lifehacker editors are all in the US, however, so we can't verify the efficacy of this method. Thus, be sure to let us know what does and does not work for you in the comments, and we'll edit the post accordingly. Also be sure to check out the original post at Reddit and the comments over there, as they have been honing the method quite well. / (WOW! This worked for me here in Mexico! I run XP with Firefox 3.6, installed the addon and added a US IP address as directed, didn't change anything else and shazamm, I now can access HULU, thanks Lifehacker! - JWD) - Full Article Source

07/13/10 - Nutritional value of fruits, veggies is dwindling
KeelyNet Today's conventionally grown produce isn't as healthful as it was 30 years ago — and it's only getting worse. The decline in fruits and vegetables was first reported more than 10 years ago by English researcher Anne-Marie Mayer, PhD, who looked at the dwindling mineral concentrations of 20 UK-based crops from the 1930s to the 1980s. It's happening to crops in the United States, too. In 2004, Donald Davis, PhD, a former researcher with the Biochemical Institute at the University of Texas, Austin, led a team that analyzed 43 fruits and vegetables from 1950 to 1999 and reported reductions in vitamins, minerals, and protein. Using USDA data, he found that broccoli, for example, had 130 mg of calcium in 1950. Today, that number is only 48 mg. What's going on? Davis believes it's due to the farming industry's desire to grow bigger vegetables faster. The very things that speed growth — selective breeding and synthetic fertilizers — decrease produce's ability to synthesize nutrients or absorb them from the soil. "Look for bold or brightly hued produce," says Sherry Tanumihardjo, PhD, an associate professor of nutritional sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. A richly colored skin (think red leaf versus iceberg lettuce) indicates a higher count of healthy phytochemicals. Tanumihardjo recently published a study showing that darker orange carrots contain more beta-carotene.

Pair your produce - "When eaten together, some produce contains compounds that can affect how we absorb their nutrients," explains Steve Schwartz, PhD, a professor of food science at Ohio State University. His 2004 study of tomato-based salsa and avocado found this food pairing significantly upped the body's absorption of the tomato's cancer-fighting lycopene.

Buy smaller items - Bigger isn't better, so skip the huge tomatoes and giant peppers. "Plants have a finite amount of nutrients they can pass on to their fruit, so if the produce is smaller, then its level of nutrients will be more concentrated," says Davis.

Pay attention to cooking methods - Certain vegetables release more nutrients when cooked. Broccoli and carrots, for example, are more nutritious when steamed than when raw or boiled — the gentle heat softens cell walls, making nutrients more accessible. Tomatoes release more lycopene when lightly sauteed or roasted, says Johnny Bowden, PhD, nutritionist and author of "The Healthiest Meals on Earth."

Eat within a week - "The nutrients in most fruits and vegetables start to diminish as soon as they're picked, so for optimal nutrition, eat all produce within 1 week of buying," says Preston Andrews, PhD, a plant researcher and associate professor of horticulture at Washington State University. "If you can, plan your meals in advance and buy only fresh ingredients you can use that week." - Full Article Source

07/13/10 - A Scientist Takes On Gravity
But what if it’s all an illusion, a sort of cosmic frill, or a side effect of something else going on at deeper levels of reality? So says Erik Verlinde, 48, a respected string theorist and professor of physics at the University of Amsterdam, whose contention that gravity is indeed an illusion has caused a continuing ruckus among physicists, or at least among those who profess to understand it. Reversing the logic of 300 years of science, he argued in a recent paper, titled “On the Origin of Gravity and the Laws of Newton,” that gravity is a consequence of the venerable laws of thermodynamics, which describe the behavior of heat and gases. Dr. Verlinde’s argument turns on something you could call the “bad hair day” theory of gravity. It goes something like this: your hair frizzles in the heat and humidity, because there are more ways for your hair to be curled than to be straight, and nature likes options. So it takes a force to pull hair straight and eliminate nature’s options. Forget curved space or the spooky attraction at a distance described by Isaac Newton’s equations well enough to let us navigate the rings of Saturn, the force we call gravity is simply a byproduct of nature’s propensity to maximize disorder. Some of the best physicists in the world say they don’t understand Dr. Verlinde’s paper, and many are outright skeptical. But some of those very same physicists say he has provided a fresh perspective on some of the deepest questions in science, namely why space, time and gravity exist at all — even if he has not yet answered them. Dr. Padmanabhan said that the connection to thermodynamics went deeper that just Einstein’s equations to other theories of gravity. “Gravity,” he said recently in a talk at the Perimeter Institute, “is the thermodynamic limit of the statistical mechanics of “atoms of space-time.” Dr. Verlinde said he had read Dr. Jacobson’s paper many times over the years but that nobody seemed to have gotten the message. People were still talking about gravity as a fundamental force. “Clearly we have to take these analogies seriously, but somehow no one does,” he complained. His paper, posted to the physics archive in January, resembles Dr. Jacobson’s in many ways, but Dr. Verlinde bristles when people say he has added nothing new to Dr. Jacobson’s analysis. What is new, he said, is the idea that differences in entropy can be the driving mechanism behind gravity, that gravity is, as he puts it an “entropic force.” Dr. Padmanabhan said that he could see little difference between Dr. Verlinde’s and Dr. Jacobson’s papers and that the new element of an entropic force lacked mathematical rigor. “I doubt whether these ideas will stand the test of time,” he wrote in an e-mail message from India. Dr. Jacobson said he couldn’t make sense of it. - Full Article Source

07/13/10 - Bhara Kahu resident designs model to produce 3,000 watts energy
Masood Ahmad, a resident of Moori, Bhara Kahu, has designed a model to produce at least 3,000 watts of electricity by using sunlight reflected by mirrors. The amount of energy is enough for household needs of a single residential unit or a family to turn all tubelights, fans and one air-conditioning unit on.Masood Ahmad’s model is simple like everybody might be doing in his or her childhood, concentrating the sunlight on an object using a concave lens. The difference Masood Ahmad has made is that, it is not the lens anymore but the mirrors reflecting the sunlight at a single focal point where the solar energy could burn anything whether timber or an iron rod. Masood has it in his plan to install a turbine at the focal point of energy where the heat energy would turn the water into steam that would turn on electricity generating unit on producing ample energy for household needs. He has installed one such model at the rooftop of his house where he has been using the dispersed solar energy into concentrated heat energy for cooking purposes. In his model, he has built a structure of jute and Plaster of Paris, with jute as an inside support structure like iron bars inside a concrete structure and Plaster of Paris as an outer layer of concrete. He has designed these jute and Plaster of Paris structures in the shape of panels joining each other in a concave manner creating a dish antenna like structure. Till this time, Masood Ahmad has installed these above-mentioned panels covering an area of 24 square feet but according to his plan he is supposed to build these panels over an area covering 140 square feet that will maximise the results. At the inner side of these panels, Masood has glued thousands of pieces of mirror reflectors converging the solar energy to a single focal point. The whole structure moving all together locating a single focal point converts sunlight into heat energy. Talking to ‘The News,’ Masood Ahmad said that this matter is far precise and cheaper than the use of solar cells. Masood’s invention in the market would cost five to six times lesser to the end consumer wishing to install a solar generating energy solution at his or her house. Telling about the specifications of his design, he said that the 3,000 watts is the minimum amount of energy that could be increased to 10,000 watts. The design has good results in the hot atmosphere in the day while in the night there is a need to connect UPS with the system. Masood suggests that all offices and factories could utilise free of cost energy through this method. He wants to rebuild his panels at the fibreglass structures where he would install a stand and a timer as well. With the timer, the dish shaped structure would keep on moving automatically with the movement of the sun.Masood needs government assistance to make his invention marketable. He says that either government or a private investor should help him in this regard. - Full Article Source

07/13/10 - America's addiction to oil seems unshakable
The fact is, we have relied exclusively on a finite, vulnerable, and ecologically dangerous source of energy - fossil fuels - despite literally decades of advance scientific, economic, and geopolitical notice that that this was not, shall we say, a very good idea. Every American president since Nixon has advocated alternative energy sources in recognition that it is in our long term economic and national security interests to do so. The point is that we have not demonstrated the national will to do whatever is necessary to end our dependency on fossil fuels to power transportation vehicles. The question is "why not?" There is no simple answer. That said, it may nonetheless be a matter of the twin tried and true (though hackneyed) maxims of our economic and political systems. It's a matter of supply and demand; and when in doubt, follow the money. The so-called "addiction" to oil that we Americans have, is really nothing more than a reflection of the literal co-dependence of the motor vehicle and what it has taken, up until now, to make it go. So the question really is why haven't we come up with a better means in which to power our cars, planes and other similarly powered vehicles? One would hope it's simply because we haven't found an alternative energy source that is as plentiful, available, or effective as fossil fuels have been. It may indeed be that simple, that innocent. However, for the oil producing industry and the automotive and aviation equipment manufacturing industries, this appears to be too convenient (as in "good") to in fact be true. Clearly, the oil industry has been hugely profitable for well over a century as a direct result of the world's dependence on this commodity. We have heretofore been unable to have summoned the national will to invest in finding and implementing alternative sources and means of transportation energy; and for private enterprise to likewise have been unable to invent or discover such means; while the oil and automotive industries have benefited from all of this failure... - Full Article Source

07/13/10 - Mexico’s DIY Windfarms
The GlobalPost has been running a great Video series on energy entrepreneurs and invited us to share some of their video interviews and short clips. One of the best comes from Oaxaca Mexico where Architect Porfirio Sanchez has come up with a novel and affordable solution to energy shortages in one of Mexico’s poorest regions… - Full Article Source

07/13/10 - Patent Reform Key to Job Growth
The unprecedented explosion of American growth and prosperity over the past two centuries has been built on the engine of the genius, industry, entrepreneurship and innovation of individual men and women who have made the United States the global leader in technological advances in every field from finance to defense to medical science. These advances have allowed Americans to enjoy a standard of living almost unimaginably higher than any other civilization in history. The role of Congress in protecting our free-market economic engine and spurring innovation has evolved over time, but it is clearly rooted in the Constitution’s mandate “to promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries.” Patents play a vital role in incentivizing the risk-taking inherent in technological development. As the importance of patents has increased, the backlog of patent applications has climbed to a historic 1.2 million applications waiting to be reviewed, which has heightened concerns about the fairness, effectiveness and efficiency of the current system, drawing Congress’ eye to the need for reform. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office could potentially hold the key to creating literally millions of jobs if the patent process is reformed effectively. In fact, a recent study estimates that the “forgone innovation” that has resulted from the significant patent delays is costing the economy billions of dollars annually. As Congress undertakes to bring significant reform to the patent system, it must take caution to avoid worsening the bureaucratic mess hindering Americans’ ability to realize the benefits of their own intellectual property. - Full Article Source

07/13/10 - Over 27,000 abandoned oil/gas wells waiting to leak in Gulf of Mexico
KeelyNet An Associated Press investigation shows that there are more than 27,000 abandoned oil and gas wells in the hard rock beneath the Gulf of Mexico, and the constellation of aging wells has been ignored for decades. "No one—not industry, not government—is checking to see if they are leaking." The oldest was abandoned in the late 1940s. The AP investigation uncovered particular concern with 3,500 of the neglected wells -- those characterized in federal government records as "temporarily abandoned." Regulations for temporarily abandoned wells require oil companies to present plans to reuse or permanently plug such wells within a year, but the AP found that the rule is routinely circumvented, and that more than 1,000 wells have lingered in that unfinished condition for more than a decade. (Couldn't these be 'repurposed' into small island homes or even communities? - JWD) - Full Article Source

07/13/10 - Michigan town wants fortune-tellers' employment history
Warren, Michigan has just passed a new law requiring fortune-tellers to get "licenses, fees, fingerprints, criminal background reports and employment histories." As Ed Brayton sez, "All fortune tellers are fraudulent and prey on the vulnerable. A fortune teller without a criminal background is every bit as incapable of telling fortunes as one with a criminal background. A fraud with a good employment history is no less a fraud." - Full Article Source

07/13/10 - Fibers that can detect and produce sound
MIT's Research Lab of Electronics : Yoel Fink, an Associate professor of Materials Science, Yoel Fink's lab has for the past decade been working to develop fibers with ever more sophisticated properties, to enable fabrics that can interact with their environment. Now Fink and his collaborators have announce a new milestone on the path to functional fibers: fibers that can detect and produce sound. Applications could include clothes that are themselves sensitive microphones, for capturing speech or monitoring bodily functions, and tiny filaments that could measure blood flow in capillaries or pressure in the brain. The technology offers many possibilities for enabling more capable wearware. - Full Article Source

07/13/10 - Want to stay a child for life?
Just knock out the signalling molecule that triggers puberty. Johns Hopkins University : The onset of puberty is triggered by pulsatile release of the hormone GnRH from nerve cells in a region of the brain known as the hypothalamus. Exactly what signals tell these nerve cells to release GnRH has not been known, although it has been suggested that hormones associated with good nutritional status (such as insulin and IGF-1) may have a role. Now a team of researchers, led by Sara DiVall, has confirmed that in mice IGF-1 does indeed have a key role in coordinating the timing of puberty onset. To study the issue, the team generated mice lacking either the receptor for insulin or the receptor for IGF-1 in GnRH-producing nerve cells. Male and female mice in which the receptor for insulin had been deleted displayed normal timing of puberty and fertility, but male and female mice with the receptor for IGF-1 deleted showed delayed pubertal development but normal fertility. Furthermore, administration of IGF-1 to normal female mice triggered the onset of puberty. The authors therefore conclude that IGF-1 signaling is necessary for timely triggering of pulsatile GnRH production at puberty and that it helps coordinate puberty with a specific stage of body development. - Full Article Source

07/13/10 - Teaching With Robots
"If you're a math, CS, or engineering grad, odds are you've seen your share of robot-like teaching — but never an actual robot teacher. Now, that's starting to change. Computer scientists are developing robots with social components that can engage people and teach them simple skills, including household tasks, vocabulary, elementary imitation and taking turns. Several countries have been testing teaching machines in classrooms. At USC, researchers have had their robot, Bandit, interact with autistic children. South Korea is 'hiring' hundreds of robots as teacher aides and classroom playmates and is experimenting with robots that would teach English." - Full Article Source

07/13/10 - Chinese News Reports the Taliban Are Training Monkey Soldiers
KeelyNet According to a Chinese news publication, soldiers in Afghanistan may soon come up against a deadly new weapon in the war: monkey soldiers. The report claims that the Taliban are training the monkeys to shoot and kill American soldiers. They also claim to have pictures of monkeys holding AK-47s and Bren light machine guns. From the article: "The New York Magazine has reported about this in jest and stated on Friday, 'No invader has ever conquered Afghanistan, and now we know why. The monkeys will not allow it. It was a good effort, but it's time to pack it in. This is no longer a fight we can win.'” - Full Article Source

07/13/10 - Every school should have a Useless Teacher
Zenna Atkins, the chairman of the Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted), has raised some eyebrows by saying that, "every school should have a useless teacher." She stresses that schools shouldn't seek out or tolerate bad teaching, but thinks bad teachers provide a valuable life-lesson. From the article: "... on Sunday Ms Atkins told the BBC that schools needed to reflect society, especially at primary level. 'In society there are people you don't like, there are people who are incompetent and there are often people above you in authority who you think are incompetent, and learning that ability to deal with that and, actually surviving that environment can be an advantage.'" - Full Article Source

07/13/10 - Electric Cars Won't Strain the Power Grid
"Last week's heat wave prompted another eruption of that perennial question: Won't electric cars that recharge from grid power overload the nation's electricity system? The short answer is no. A comprehensive and wide-ranging two-volume study from 2007, Environmental Assessment of Plug-In Hybrid Vehicles, looked at the impact of plug-in vehicles on the US electrical grid. It also analyzed the 'wells-to-wheels' carbon emissions of plug-ins versus gasoline cars. The load of one plug-in recharging (about 2 kilowatts) is roughly the same as that of four or five plasma television sets. Plasma TVs hardly brought worries about grid crashes." - Full Article Source

07/10/10 - Company Builds Fast Charging Station For Electric Cars
"Japanese based JFE Engineering has released its ultra-fast charge station. Designed to comply with the CHAdeMo standard developed by Tokyo Electric Power Company, Nissan, Mitsubishi, Subaru and Toyota, the system is capable of charging a 2011 Mitsubishi i-Miev from empty to 50% full in just three minutes. Even just three minutes plugged into the fast-charge station was enough to enable a standard 2011 Mitsubishi i-Miev to travel a further 50 miles before further charging was required." / Consideration will have to be given to the massive high-voltage power lines needed to power a charger capable of recharging an EV so quickly. But for retail locations and gas stations, the 62.5 kW power requirements of each charger should not be impossible to accommodate in all but the remotest of locations. - Full Article Source

07/10/10 - Viagra-popping seniors lead the pack for STDs
"Younger adults have far more STDs than older adults, but the rates are growing at far higher rates in older adults," said Dr. Anupam B. Jena of Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, who led the study. While the reasons for this development aren't well understood, he said more divorces and better health might have conspired to boost sexual prowess and activity among graying heads. The problem, however, is that older adults appear to flaunt safe sex practices. For instance, the researchers note, 50-year-olds are six times less likely to use a condom than men in their 20s. "We are typically unaccustomed to practice safe sex over the age of 50, because the risk of pregnancy is eliminated," Jena told Reuters Health. To test whether the introduction of Viagra in 1998 might explain some of the STD surge, Jena and colleagues examined insurance records for more than 1.4 million U.S. men over 40. The average age in the study was about 60 years. The most commonly found STD was HIV, followed by chlamydia, syphilis and gonorrhea. Among the few percent of men who had filled prescriptions for erectile dysfunction drugs, more than two in a thousand had been treated for an STD in the year before they got the drug. A year later, the number dropped to half that, suggesting that Viagra and its chemical cousins didn't fuel STDs. However, the risk of contracting an STD turned out to be more than twice as high in men taking erectile dysfunction drugs compared with those who didn't. - Full Article Source

07/10/10 - Your next ebike: Lithium or hydrogen?
KeelyNet More and more electric bicycles are being developed in Japan to give riders a little help when commuting or going grocery shopping. They're a common sight on the hilly streets of Tokyo, where "mamachari" bikes with baskets and kid seats over the wheels are the norm. Sanyo recently unveiled a new series of two-wheel drive eneloop electric hybrid bicycles whose lithium-ion batteries can recharge while the bike is being pedaled on level terrain. Previous models relied on braking or downhill energy to repower. The Eco Charge Mode increases driving distance per charge by 53 percent compared with just biking in a high power-assist mode; Sanyo says the new SPL bikes can travel about 34 miles per charge. By traveling 1km (1,093 yards) on flat ground in Eco Charge Mode, you can generate enough electricity to go about 300m (328 yards) in Power Mode, which provides lots of power assist. A power reserve function stores an extra bit of juice for those times when the battery runs out before you arrive at your destination. The 26-inch CY-SPL226 and the 24-inch CY-SPL224 has a price tag of about US$1,700. Meanwhile, industrial products maker Iwatani recently showed off a hydrogen-powered electric bicycle at FC Tokyo, a gathering of companies in the fuel cell business. Developed last year, the motorized hydrogen bicycle has a 60W polymer electrolyte fuel cell (PEFC) stack, a 26V lithium ion battery, and a hydrogen cartridge that's located in a cargo carrier over the back wheel. Battery power drives the bike's motor to help with pedaling. When the battery power runs low, the cartridge automatically supplies hydrogen to the fuel cell to recharge the battery, but the system can still provide pedaling assistance during the recharge. It eliminates the need to take out and recharge the battery--much more convenient than charging an e-bike for 5 hours. The bicycle weighs about 68 pounds and can provide power-assist travel for about 28 miles, depending on road conditions, or a continuous power supply for 3 hours. - Full Article Source

07/10/10 - Stabilisers will let deep-sea wind turbines stand tall
KeelyNet FAR out to sea is nirvana for wind energy generation. Here the winds blow stronger and the giant turbines are less of an eyesore. But how to keep them from toppling over in a gale? That is the challenge being tackled by a consortium of universities and private companies called DeepCwind. Wind turbines fixed in shallow water are already in operation in Europe, but local opposition has stalled construction of near-shore wind farms in the US. Putting the turbines much further out will mean they can't be seen from shore, but sidestepping objections is not the only benefit of doing so. "Most of the offshore wind resource is in deep water," says Walt Musial of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado, who isn't involved in the project. Winds blow stronger over open water than land, where they lose energy to turbulence around buildings, trees and hills. The biggest obstacle to building a deep-water wind turbine is that the blades make the assembly top-heavy and prone to tipping over, especially in high seas, Musial says. Shallow-water wind turbines are installed on massive piles drilled deep into the seabed, an impractical arrangement in deep water. With no proven techniques for keeping floating turbines upright and properly aligned, DeepCwind is testing three new platform designs using one-fiftieth scale models in a wave tank at the University of Maine in Orono. One design is a large floating tube with a massive keel beneath and anchors for additional stability. The second design is secured to the seabed using taut cables, as with many modern oil rigs. The third design, likewise held in place by cables, features a pair of semi-submersible platforms balanced like a catamaran. The tests will help the consortium pick a design for the second stage of the trials, when engineers will build a 30-metre-high turbine. In the spring of 2012 they will tow the prototype to a site 4 kilometres off Monhegan Island, where it will float in 120 metres of water. - Full Article Source

07/10/10 - Save space by dissolving dead and flushing
KeelyNet The controversial new method is said to be less expensive and more environmentally friendly than running highly polluting crematoria or using up valuable land for graves. The departed would go into the sewage systems of towns and cities and then be recycled in water processing plants. The proposals are being studied by the EU and if approved, it would mean the procedure could be used across Europe. However, opponents of the plans say it smacks of a Frankenstein callousness towards the dead and one survey in Belgium found many people found the idea “disturbing.” “The idea is for the deceased to be placed in a container with water and salts and then pressurised and after a little time, about two hours, mineral ash and liquid is left over,” said a spokesman for the Flemish Association of Undertakers. The European Commission is investigation whether the resulting liquid could safely be flushed into the sewage system. Authorities in the northern Belgian region have yet to decide whether to approve the process. Six states in America – Maine, Colorado, Florida, Minnesota, Oregon, and Maryland have recently passed legislation that allow the process to be used. Although experts insist that the ashes can be recycled in waste systems, the residue from the process can also be put in urns and handed over to relatives of the dead. - Full Article Source

07/10/10 - Jasmine extract as powerful as sleeping pills
KeelyNet The scent alone can be a powerful sedative. Oils extracted from the jasmine plant have long been used in aromatherapy with many claims made about the effect of the scent. But now a new study has found that certain chemicals extracted from the plant can act as powerful sedatives with effects as strong as sleeping pills and barbiturates. The jasmine extracts were administered to mice, both as injections and by inhalation. In both cases the mice responded by becoming calm, ceasing activity and sitting quietly in the corner. Mice that had been genetically modified such that their brain receptors no longer respond to sedatives were not affected by the chemicals, showing that the action of the jasmine extract is the same as other sedatives. - Full Article Source

07/10/10 - FLYING CAR, full hover, fairly quiet, offered to US Marines
KeelyNet Nippy VTOL hatchback gets 19 mpg in flight. The Tyrannos is nominally intended to provide Marines with the ability to leapfrog over troublesome roadside bombs, mines, and ambushes while remaining able to drive on the ground as they normally might. However, it promises to be much quieter than ordinary helicopters in use and far easier to fly and maintain. If the Tyrannos can do all its makers claim, it really does have the potential to become the flying car for everyman. Is there, perhaps, a miraculous new power source or energy-storage method? No: the Tyrannos' prime mover will be a 185-horsepower supercharged racecar engine, not even a gas turbine (which would offer more poke for weight but also shorter life, more cost, added maintenance burden, and a lot of noise). There is a hybrid-electric transmission, but nothing outrageous in the way of batteries, as required in some all-electric designs. Despite this limited amount of power, the Tyrannos design — as you can see in the pictures — includes quite limited amounts of thrust-disc area. Normally such small lift discs would require vast, brutal amounts of power to lift an aircraft vertically into the sky. But somehow, in the Tyrannos, they don't. Why? Here we come to the vehicle's main special sauce. The Tyrannos doesn't have ordinary ducted fans, but special "shrouded propellers" developed by engineer Rob Bulaga at his firm Trek Aerospace, also part of the design alliance. The idea of a shrouded prop is that the duct wrapped around it is not merely an inactive doughnut. Rather, as air is sucked in at the top for a vertical takeoff, a stream flow develops both on the inside and the outside of the duct, which then acts as though it were a wing cutting through stationary air to develop lift — even though it is for the moment stationary with respect to the ground. This acts to supplement the thrust produced by the downward-pointing fans. According to Bulaga, his ring-wings actually deliver half the lift during takeoff, rather than 10 per cent at most as is common among ducted-fan systems. Thus you only need half as much thrust disc area as a helicopter does to lift the same weight. Smaller props are lighter, which in turn means that the electric motors need less juice to spin them and thus are themselves lighter. - Full Article Source

07/10/10 - “Bowling Ball” Lumbering (Nov, 1953)
KeelyNet Crashing through an area to be cleared, these giant steel balls can topple timber like tenpins—at 50 acres an hour. SCORES of times every day in an area near Hungry Horse, Montana, a man-made hurricane takes place. Hurtling through heavy timber with relentless force and a crash heard for miles, a giant steel ball, as big as a garage, snaps trees two feet thick as easily as if they were match sticks. Known as the “ball that saves millions,” this is a revolutionary method for clearing timber in record-breaking time and far cheaper on a large scale, than anything else ever known. The ball, weighing 4-1/2 tons, and measuring 8 feet in diameter, is pulled through the timber by two powerful diesel tractors traveling several hundred feet apart. Two, three and sometimes more trees are grabbed and “bitten” by a tenacious loop of cable. In a matter of seconds they are either uprooted or broken off. The ball rolls on a 6-inch shaft and in- I creases the efficiency of the snagging operation by keeping the cable approximately four feet off the ground, thereby preventing hangups on stumps and giving better leverage in pulling down trees. The men who developed the spectacular clearing method and are using it to snag down timber on the steep mountain slopes and valley floor of the Flathead River’s south fork, are Wixson and Trisdale, commercial contractors of Redding, Calif. Basically, the giant ball is a refinement on another new clearing method used in 1951 by the two contractors, in which pairs of diesel tractors are used to drag up to 400 feet of 2-inch wire cable through the timbered areas, snagging down all of the trees and brush caught in cable loop. Working largely in burned over areas, the contractors ‘found the cable snagging method so efficient that they were able to complete about 95 percent of their joint contract for clearing 7,210 acres of land. However, land to be cleared under new contracts—6,840 to Wixson and 7,855 acres to Trisdale—was mostly in logged over areas. Recognizing that the cable would tend to hang up on the stumps left by the loggers, Wixson and Trisdale came up with the idea of using the 8-foot diameter steel balls to keep the cable high enough above the ground to prevent snagging on stumps. Working on fairly level ground under ideal conditions, one pair of tractors pulling only one ball snagged down all of the trees on a heavily timbered area of nearly 200 acres in four hours. Average daily production for one pair of tractors and one ball working under varying conditions, including steep hillsides and marshy ground, has been close to 100 acres per 8-hour shift. A contributing factor to the success of the new method has been the use of winches on the tractors. By using up to 900 feet of 1-1/4-inch cable on special winches on each tractor, the two tractor operators are able to circle a large stand of timber and reel out a total of 1,800 feet of cable as they bulldoze their way through the woods. When the operators reach the end of the cable on their winches, they anchor the tractors against trees or stumps and start reeling the cable in on the two winches. As the cable and ball crash through the timber all of the trees caught in the loop of cable are uprooted and felled. - Full Article Source

07/10/10 - New 'Ultra-Battery' as Energy-Dense as High Explosives
"If you think about it, [this] is the most condensed form of energy storage outside of nuclear energy," said inventor Choong-Shik Yoo of Washington State University. Yoo's ultra-battery consists of "xenon difluoride (XeF2), a white crystal used to etch silicon conductors," compressed to an ultra-dense state inside a diamond vice exerting a pressure of more than two million atmospheres. - Full Article Source

07/10/10 - Heel treads make shoes go
Motorized treads as a replacement for the heel of your shoe? Okay, remember how The Jetsons had moving sidewalks everywhere so you wouldn’t have to walk at all? Well, there’s a much more efficient way to do it and Treadway Mobility seems to have figured it out. In the video after the break you can see several of their prototype units zipping the wearer around quite happily. We think the best part is that with the tread locked in place you can stand and walk like normal, assuming you don’t feel like you have a block of concrete attached to each foot. - Full Article Source

07/10/10 - 27 Of The Sickest Things You've Done To Save Money
I'd save the excess milk from my cereal in the morning to be used the next day (and maybe the next). / Dated a horrible person because she was rich and would pay for dinner out 6 nights a week. / I drove from WA to Alaska one summer. I bought a sleeping bag in Canada, used it every night for nearly a month, then returned it on the way home. / When we were living out of a motel last year with no money and still waiting for food stamps to kick in, we ate nothing but oatmeal cooked in a crock pot for a week straight. No salt, no sugar, no cinnamon. Just water and oats. (via - Full Article Source

07/10/10 - Physicist Predicts Gravitational Analogue Of Electrical Transformers
The gravitational equivalent of an electrical transformer could reveal bizarre new properties of space-time. John Swain at Northeastern University in Boston points out that despite the extensive work in this area, nobody has translated the simple idea of Faraday's electrical transformer into the gravitational domain, an oversight that he now corrects. The analogy to a primary winding in Swain's model is a beam of particles traveling in a circle. This generates a "magnetogravitic flux" that can be picked up by a secondary winding, essentially a giant loop antenna. That's an interesting idea that raises all kinds of questions about the nature of space-time. For example, an electromagnetic transformer requires a core, a doughnut of iron, thats properties are defined by its magnetic permeability. What manner of stuff might play the role of this core in a gravitational transformer and what on Earth might be gravitational permeability? Then there's the question of where in the universe these kinds of transformers might exist. It's possible that the orbit of matter close to a black hole might provide the right kind of mass-energy currents. And on Earth, it might just be possible that the Large Hadron Collider could produce mass-energy currents that are large enough to test the idea. How might the effect manifest itself? We know that the LHC produces large amounts of electromagnetic synchrotron radiation as the paths of its charged particles are bent into a circle. Swain suggests that his idea could be tested by looking for "gravitational synchrotron radiation". In other words, near field gravitational wave effects that could be picked up by sensitive interferometers or Weber-type resonant bars. Swain says there's as much reason to imagine a gravitational analogue to permeability as there is to think that permeability itself ought to exist--after all there is no way to derive the permeability of a material from first principles. - Full Article Source

07/10/10 - Startup Aims to Bring Useless Farmland Back to Life
Last week, Ceres, a biotechnology company in Thousand Oaks, CA, announced that it had developed a trait that allows several common crops to grow under highly saline conditions, even in seawater. Ceres researchers have tested the trait in Arabidopsis thaliana, rice, and switchgrass, a hardy perennial that's used as a feedstock for making ethanol and other biofuels. "The fact that we've seen this very high-level salt tolerance in three different plant species gives us a high degree of confidence that this trait will recapitulate itself in other energy grasses as well," says Ceres CEO Richard Hamilton. The ability to grow energy crops, such as switchgrass, on marginal lands means that they wouldn't have to compete for the best farmland. "The great opportunity is that we could use land unsuitable for food crops," says Chris Field, director of the department of global ecology at the Carnegie Institution of Washington in Stanford, CA. But he cautions that there still could be competition for water, depending on where the crops are grown. "It depends on whether your land or the water is the limiting resource," he says. Indeed, irrigation is to blame for turning much of the world's cropland fallow. When a field is irrigated, water evaporates, and salts get left behind in the soil. Over decades, the salts build up and degrade the soil's quality. "There's not only salinity now, but it's getting worse," says Mark Tester, a plant physiologist at the Australian Centre for Plant Functional Genomics at the University of Adelaide and director of the Australian Plant Phenomics Facility. "It's inevitable, and this is compounded by the fact that the world's water supplies are under increasing pressure. The salinity of these systems is being accelerated by the decreasing quality of water." - Full Article Source

07/10/10 - Biosensors Comfortable Enough to Wear 24-7
KeelyNet Many medical sensors, like the sort used for heart-monitoring electrocardiograms (ECGs) or brain-monitoring electroencephalograms (EEGs), require direct skin contact and a sticky layer of gel to help conduct electrical signals. Both technologies can be remarkably precise, but they don't transfer easily from hospital to home. Now researchers at the University of California, San Diego believe they may have solved the sticky situation with a sensor that can read ECG and other data through clothing, without ever touching the skin. Instead of using electrodes, the UCSD researchers built a capacitive sensor, which conducts much weaker signals but can do so across small distances. While the concept goes back decades, prior attempts at building such sensors have been impractical for mass production--they tended to be either too costly, too sensitive to outside noise, or both. The sensor developed by bioengineer Gert Cauwenberghs and his graduate student, Mike Chi, uses off-the-shelf components and clever circuitry to get around these problems. The resulting sensor can detect faint changes in capacitance, and amplify them, while canceling out the ambient electrical noise that exists all around us. "What's out there today requires several discrete components," Chi says. "Our process makes it reliable and inexpensive, so we have a circuit that can be mass-produced." Chi's sensor is barely larger than a quarter, and when multiple sensors are embedded in material and wired together, they create a portable monitor that patients can wear over clothing as they go about their daily routine. This could mean increased monitoring time and better compliance from patients. Currently, when cardiologists want to know what a patient's heart activity looks like for an extended period of time, they have to send them home with a Holter monitor, a portable ECG device that employs the same wired, sticky electrodes used in the hospital. But this monitor can only be used for up to 48 hours, and abnormal cardiac rhythms don't always occur during such a short window of time. "A lot of these events are transient, and with today's tech you actually miss the events because you can't capture them reliably," Chi says. If a patient could wear a vest over his clothing, such monitoring could go on for as long as a physician required. - Full Article Source

07/10/10 - How the electric car will save us
The first automobiles ran on batteries. But when the modern gas-fueled internal combustion engine debuted in the 20th century, even Edison understood that petroleum trumped electricity when it came to powering a car that wasn't attached to a wire. A century later, though, that advantage is poised to flip. Breakthroughs in battery and related technologies began about four years ago. It won't be long, these experts say, before the power of car batteries will catch up to gasoline's—and electric power is already a good deal cheaper. When it happens, it will usher in a new era for American transportation—and in our way of life. Picture more people in center cities, less suburban sprawl. Picture a lot of small, quiet, emission-free electric vehicles, especially in downtowns. Picture electric-powered streetcars. They're coming, with enormous savings for the American economy. Further, electric batteries are two-way devices, able to draw power from the electric grid and store it, and also to discharge stored power to a vehicle or back to the grid. Thus a new generation of electric-powered vehicles could—when combined with the coming smart-grid technologies—transform the electric-utilities industry as well. Indeed, as profound as the changes in transportation would be, the changes in electric generation could be even more significant: Centralized power plants may give way over time to a decentralized system of power generation, with power coming from rooftop solar panels, backyard wind turbines, and yes, battery power from literally millions of idle vehicles. In effect, every plant, office building and household would be its own two-way substation. It won't happen overnight, obviously. And the extent to which such a far-flung system of small generators can replace large nuclear and coal-powered plants is much debated. But the electric utilities, including Progress Energy and Duke Energy, have moved from a posture of slow-walking the change to one of promising to lead it over the next 10–15 years. - Full Article Source

07/10/10 - Inventor Puts Pressure On Energy Conversation With Green Idea
Elvin Knollman, president of Transmark Logistics LLC, a Decatur County business and inventor of the encapsulated upper coupler, says his pressure grid method will use pressurized gas as an energy source and medium. "It's all-natural, 100-percent green energy," Knollman explained. According to Knollman, conventional practice of harnessing 'green' energy sources like wind, thermal and hydro uses the sources to generate electrical energy, which is transmitted via an electric grid to various locations where the energy is converted to another form. Knollman's concept provides a pressure grid system and method that can generate, store and distribute the pressurized gas. It takes natural energy and turns it into air pressure to run power plants or directly into factories. The system can obtain and generate pressurized gas using green natural energy resources and store the pressurized air in subterranean locations with minimal impact on the surrounding environment. The pressurized air can then be used directly as a pneumatic energy source or by converting the stored energy to another form, like electrical, mechanical or thermal. Knollman's idea can be an energy source in residential, commercial and industry, he explained. The invention can use natural resources to generate a compressed gas, preferably air, for delivery, though other gases could be used. According to Knollman, a wind turbine can be coupled to a compressor that pressurizes the air. Hydro power sources like river currents would utilize an apparatus floating on or suspended above the surface of the river, which can be equipped with paddle wheels, causing a shaft to rotate which would be coupled to a compressor to pressurize the atmospheric air. Another potential source of energy is known as vortex hydro energy. It converts hydro-kinetic energy to electricity, which can be used to operate a compressor. - Full Article Source

07/10/10 - Inside the "Nitrous Mafia"
Hippie crack: it's a familiar sight (and sound) at summer music festivals. Folks line up to drop $5 for a balloon of laughing gas. And then another. And another. For the dealers of N20, called the "Nitrous Mafia" by some, this is big business. But many jam bands and fans consider nitrous to be a big bummer. From this week's Village Voice cover story, titled "Tales of Hippie Crack": Throughout the year, the Nitrous Mafia travels from state to state, selling balloons at concert sites. The scene in Williamsburg is only a small preview of what happens in summer, when the outdoor festival season kicks into gear. During these campground events, which last two to four days, the Mafia, which is divided into two rings, based in Boston and Philadelphia, can burn through hundreds of nitrous tanks. With the ability to fill up to 350 balloons per tank, which they sell for $5 and $10, they can bank more than $300,000 per festival, minus expenses. Year after year, security guards at these events attempt to crack down on the illicit business, but, in most cases, they're outmatched by a phalanx of menacing gas dealers who have little regard for unarmed concert personnel. - Full Article Source

07/10/10 - Solar plane flies through the night
The first solar-powered plane to make an overnight flight landed early this morning after flying for 26 hours straight. There's some great photos up on ZDnet. NPR says it was also the longest and highest flight by a solar-powered aircraft. That said, don't get too excited yet. The Solar Impulse is, basically, the green futurism equivalent of a Wright Brothers prototype. Promising, but a ways from commercial use. From conversations I've had with researchers studying the future of transportation technology, we'd need a way to store a lot more energy in a lot less weight/space before solar planes can really be competitive with those run on liquid fuels. - Full Article Source

07/10/10 - Big Bang Big Boom
Blu's "Big Bang Big Boom" is a spectacular stop-motion graffiti animation depicting "an unscientific point of view on the beginning and evolution of life ... and how it could probably end." - Full Article Source

BIG BANG BIG BOOM - the new wall-painted animation by BLU from blu on Vimeo.

07/10/10 - Avoiding GM Foods? Monsanto Says You're Overly Fussy
"The BBC today characterized those who avoid GM foods as overly fussy, the very same day that the Wall Street Journal announced that picky eating may be recognized in the 2013 DSM as a psychiatric disorder. The DSM item refers to something completely different, though I'm sure many will confuse the two. Of course, this was not done without subterfuge; the BBC's author, Professor Jonathan Jones, in no way indicates his close ties to Monsanto. Point by point Jones regurgitates the same pro-GM arguments debunked numerous times all over the net for years, while serving up some stale half facts too." - Full Article Source

07/10/10 - 'Forest Bathing' Considered Healthful
"The NY Times reports that although allergies and the promise of air-conditioning tend to drive people indoors at this time of year, when people spend time in more natural surroundings — forests, parks, and other places with plenty of trees — they experience increased immune function. A study of 280 healthy people in Japan, where visiting nature parks for therapeutic effect has become a popular practice called 'Shinrin-yoku,' or 'forest bathing,' found that being among plants produced 'lower concentrations of cortisol, lower pulse rate, and lower blood pressure,' among other things. Another study in 2007 showed that men who took two-hour walks in a forest over two days had a 50-percent spike in levels of natural killer cells, and a third study found an increase in white blood cells that lasted for a week in women exposed to phytoncides in forest air." - Full Article Source

07/10/10 - Should Cities Install Moving Sidewalks?
"The real problem nowadays is how to move crowds,' said the manager of the failed Trottoir Roulant Rapide high-speed (9 km/h) people mover project. 'They can travel fast over long distances with the TGV (high-speed train) or airplanes, but not over short distances (under 1 km).' Slate's Tom Vanderbilt explores whether moving walkways might be viable for urban transportation. The first moving sidewalks were unveiled at Chicago's 1893 Columbian Exposition, and at one point seemed destined to supplant some subways, but never took root in cities for a variety of reasons. Vanderbilt turns to science fiction for inspiration, where 30 mph walkways put today's tortoise-like speed ranges of .5-.83 m/s to shame. In the meantime, Jerry Seinfeld will just have to learn to live with 'the people who get onto the moving walkway and just stand there. Like it's a ride.'" - Full Article Source

07/10/10 - Some Birds Can See Magnetic Fields
"The magnetic sense of birds was first discovered in robins in 1968, and its details have been teased out ever since. Years of careful research have told us that the ability depends on light and particularly on the right eye and the left half of the brain. The details still aren’t quite clear but, for now, the most likely explanation involves a molecule called cryptochrome. Cryptochrome is found in the light-sensitive cells of a bird’s retina and scientists think that it affects just how sensitive those cells are. ... The upshot is that magnetic fields put up a filter of light or dark patches over what a bird normally sees. These patches change as the bird turns and tilts its head, providing it with a visual compass made out of contrasting shades." - Full Article Source

07/10/10 - Colleges Stepping Up Anti-Cheating Technology
"No gum is allowed during an exam: chewing could disguise a student's speaking into a hands-free cellphone to an accomplice outside. The 228 computers that students use are recessed into desk tops so that anyone trying to photograph the screen — using, say, a pen with a hidden camera, in order to help a friend who will take the test later — is easy to spot. Scratch paper is allowed — but it is stamped with the date and must be turned in later. When a proctor sees something suspicious, he records the student's real-time work at the computer and directs an overhead camera to zoom in, and both sets of images are burned onto a CD for evidence." - Full Article Source

07/10/10 - American capitalism gone with a whimper
It must be said, that like the breaking of a great dam, the American decent into Marxism is happening with breath taking speed, against the back drop of a passive, hapless sheeple, excuse me dear reader, I meant people. First, the population was dumbed down through a politicized and substandard education system based on pop culture, rather then the classics. Americans know more about their favorite TV dramas then the drama in DC that directly affects their lives. They care more for their "right" to choke down a McDonalds burger or a BurgerKing burger than for their constitutional rights. Then they turn around and lecture us about our rights and about our "democracy". Pride blind the foolish. Then their faith in God was destroyed, until their churches, all tens of thousands of different "branches and denominations" were for the most part little more then Sunday circuses and their televangelists and top protestant mega preachers were more then happy to sell out their souls and flocks to be on the "winning" side of one pseudo Marxist politician or another. Their flocks may complain, but when explained that they would be on the "winning" side, their flocks were ever so quick to reject Christ in hopes for earthly power. Even our Holy Orthodox churches are scandalously liberalized in America. The final collapse has come with the election of Barack Obama. His speed in the past three months has been truly impressive. His spending and money printing has been a record setting, not just in America's short history but in the world. If this keeps up for more then another year, and there is no sign that it will not, America at best will resemble the Wiemar Republic and at worst Zimbabwe. These past two weeks have been the most breath taking of all. First came the announcement of a planned redesign of the American Byzantine tax system, by the very thieves who used it to bankroll their thefts, loses and swindles of hundreds of billions of dollars. These make our Russian oligarchs look little more then ordinary street thugs, in comparison. Yes, the Americans have beat our own thieves in the shear volumes. Should we congratulate them? The proud American will go down into his slavery with out a fight, beating his chest and proclaiming to the world, how free he really is. The world will only snicker. - Full Article Source

07/07/10 - Thai Inventor Shows Off Unique Solar Hybrid Tuk Tuk
KeelyNet Although the Thai government stopped issuing permits in 2008, gas-powered tuk tuks still clog Bangkok streets and contribute to that city’s dirt and pollution. One aspiring inventor is attempting to get the Thai government and Bangkok tuk tuk drivers to move from cooking oil or gas fueled buggies (tuk tuks) to solar electric hybrid ones instead, according to the AFP. Tuk tuk maker Clean Fuel Energy Enterprise says its solar electric hybrids are silent and can travel between 60 and 80 kilometers on a single charge. Interestingly – and perhaps something that would be fun to do – is that these hybrid vehicles are supposed to travel up to 60 miles per hour. - Full Article Source

07/07/10 - Take nothing for Granted!
KeelyNet Watch the man on the left walking, crossing the road where there is no car. It is so definite that the coast on the left is clear, and safe to cross. Any person would see it is safe... Take nothing for granted, not even for a split second! VIDEO CAPTURED BY TRAFFIC CAMERA !!!! 'Life is too short to wake up in the morning with regrets; so love the people who treat you right, forget about the ones who don't, and believe that everything happens for a reason. If you get a chance, take it. If it changes your life, let it. FootNote: Believe it or not the pedestrian in the intersection lived! He was saved by the imprint that the PT Cruiser left in the driver's side of the Subaru. When the Subaru went over him, it came down on him right where the dent in the car was made, and did not crush him! Another 'angel on your shoulder' event! Be grateful for every living minute! - Thanks Linda Veach!

07/07/10 - How American energy independence can be won
The benefits of not sending huge amounts of petrol-dollars to foreign governments will create huge opportunities and the money that was sent overseas will create jobs here in America and the technology needed to attain energy independence will also create jobs. Many of these jobs will require new skills and extensive training but these are the jobs that pay good wages unlike the service industry that fails to provide a living wage to many employees in that sector. The barriers to success go far beyond oil companies, lobbyists and alleged corrupt politicians. It requires a collective will of the American people to act instead of just talk about energy independence. The primary source of our addiction to oil is the use of the automobile and its internal combustion engine (ICE). While there have been advances in ICE technology since its invention over 100 years ago, it is relatively unchanged and a very inefficient means of producing motive force. The options available to America, if the love affair of the automobile isn’t ended, is to either find another type of fuel that can be produced in the US or develop another type of motive force. Fortunately both options are currently available even if both technologies are still in their infancy. - Full Article Source

07/07/10 - The Ribbon Ceiling Fan: The Coolest Next Generation Air Cooler
KeelyNet Benjamin McMahon has a patent pending for his ribbon-inspired design/invention that not only looks like a fast, free-flowing ribbon, spinning in suspension, when it's turned on, but his Ribbon Ceiling Fan is actually more efficient than other ceiling fans, perhaps even limiting the need for air conditioning in some environments. Making use of the geometry of a helical loop, the Ribbon Ceiling Fan's unique blades are able to focus air in a wider circumference from the fan than current blade fan. Another positive feature of the Ribbon is that it uses standard fixtures for installation, making it much easier to replace a standard fan. - Full Article Source

07/07/10 - Solar powered, clay roof tiles — Make a tree smile today
You could always outfit your roof with some of these terracotta roofing tiles complete with built in solar panels. Dubbed the “Tegolasolare“, these clay tiles aim to make your energy bill more manageable and your energy footprint smaller overall. The tiles themselves measure 46 x 46cm with the actual solar part of the tile clocking in at 29cm x 29cm. But even at that size and considering a roof full of tiles, you’re only looking at 3-5Kw of energy produced each day. In the grander scheme of things, 3-5Kw of “free energy” isn’t going to help you out much, as 3-5Kw is but a small portion of a typical person’s daily usage. - Full Article Source

07/07/10 - Better Way to Detect Food Allergies
KeelyNet About 30 percent of Americans believe they have food allergies. However, the actual number is far smaller, closer to 5 percent, according to a recent study commissioned by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Food allergies occur when the body's immune system mistakes a protein in food for something harmful. This triggers an allergic response that can include rashes, hives, difficulty breathing or gastrointestinal distress. Some allergies can provoke life-threatening anaphylactic shock, which requires immediate treatment. Patients suspected of having food allergies usually undergo a skin test, which involves placing small quantities of potential allergens under the skin of the patient's arm. If the patient's blood has antibodies specific to that allergen, immune cells will release histamines that cause itching and redness in the spot where the allergen was placed. "In this image, each block represents a single cell. Each cell's type can be distinguished, and its cytokine secretion can be measured. (The image is a composite of actual data and computational models.) - Full Article Source

07/07/10 - Natural Gas Vehicles: Viable Alternative to Oil-Based Car Fuels?
Utilities who operate electric power generation plants are already turning to natural gas as a cleaner fuel than coal. Likewise with home/commercial heating -- assuming natural gas remains cheap, the energy form will likely see increased use for heating in the decade. Natural gas already is the dominant form for home heat in the Midwest U.S. But getting the civilian car market to convert to natural gas will be struggle. First, the filling station network would have expand vastly. A central filling station fits the bill for bus fleets or truck fleets, but widespread civilian use of natgas would literally require a natural gas filling station network almost as large as the current gasoline station network. More than likely, what will follow is a gradual increase in natural gas filling stations. Further, natural gas vehicle designs are being refined to accommodate natural gas' storage requirements. Natural gas, whether compressed or liquefied, must be stored in cylinders, and these were initially placed in the trunk, displacing, to the dismay of drivers, valuable carrying/storage space. New vehicles are placing the tanks under the vehicle frame, which takes advantage of dead space, and leaves the trunk free. - Full Article Source

07/07/10 - Thermo-Acoustic Generator
KeelyNet There is a development project for using sound based generators that are over 18% efficient at converting heat to electricity. The target is to mass produce the units starting in 2012.

* Target of 100-150 Watts electrical thermo-acoustic generator (stove, fridge, electricity) for £20 in 1 million quantities with half the wood and no smoke
* weight: 10-20kg
* 1.6 kWth for cooking and 0.75 kWth for simmering.
- Fuel: consumption 1 kg/hour, wood, dung and other bio-mass.
* fuel is placed inside the stove and burned. The fire heats compressed air that has been pumped into specially shaped pipes located inside the stove's chimney and behind the stove. The heated air begins to vibrate and produce sound waves. Inside the pipes, the noise is 100 times louder than a jet taking off. But because the pipes are stiff and do no vibrate, the sound waves have nowhere to go. So outside the pipe, people hear only a faint hum.
* The sound waves vibrate a diaphragm located at the end of the pipe. The diaphragm is attached to a coil of metal wires that sit inside a magnet. As the wire coil vibrates — about 50 times per second — it generates an electrical current, which is captured by wires and converted to the proper voltage.
* The stove has electrical sockets, where the homeowner can plug in, for example, a mobile phone for charging. Or she can sell the electricity as a phone-charging service.
* For refrigeration, the heated, compressed air is sent through a different part of the pipe, where sound waves cause the air to expand. As it expands, it cools to a temperature that can produce ice. It takes about two hours of stove use to produce enough ice that will keep the fridge cold for 24 hours. But homeowners have the option of producing more ice to sell for income.
* Across the world, two billion people use open fires as their primary cooking method. These fires have been found to be highly inefficient, with 93 per cent of the energy generated lost. And when used in enclosed spaces, smoke from the fires can cause health problems.

In August 2009 a propane fueled Score stove produced 19.5 Watts of power. This allowed it to power lights and simultaneously charge a mobile phone. - Full Article Source

07/07/10 - Lower IQ from trying to just Survive
People in developing countries have lower IQs because their bodies divert energy from brainpower to fighting disease, researchers claimed today. In hot nations blighted by deadly infections, the priority is survival and populations have evolved to develop stronger immune systems rather than intelligence, according to the controversial theory. Some critics warned the study could become an excuse for racism if it was used to suggest that people in the Third World are not as intelligent as those in cooler, richer climes. Others pointed out that the ancient Persians, Greeks and Romans lived in hot climates and still boasted extraordinary civilisations. U.S. researchers claimed their work could explain why national IQ scores vary around the world and are lower in some warmer countries stricken by diseases such as malaria, tetanus and tuberculosis. Infection could have as important an impact on intelligence as education, diet and wealth, said researcher Randy Thornhill and a team from the University of New Mexico. Children under five use most of their energy for brain development and this can be restricted if the body has to fight disease, they wrote in the Proceedings of the Royal Society. They compared data from worldwide IQ studies with disease maps drawn up by the World Health Organisation and concluded that the higher the level of infectious disease in a country, the lower the average national IQ. 'The effect of infectious disease on IQ is bigger than any other single factor we looked at,' said Chris Eppig, lead author on the paper. Disease is a major sap on the body's energy, and the brain takes a lot of energy to build. If you don't have enough, you can't do it properly. 'The consequence of this, if we're right, is that the IQ of a nation will be largely unaffected until you can lift the burden of disease.' - Full Article Source

07/07/10 - No spacesuits for future cosmonauts
KeelyNet Crews of the spaceship Rus, which is now in development, may have standard space suits replaced with individual sealed capsules. The capsules would be closed tight from the inside with a special airtight zipper, chief designer of the Zvezda space firm, Sergey Pozdnyakov, said in an interview to Interfax news agency. The Rus crew members would stay inside this “egg-like” shelter during the dangerous stages of a flight, he said. The space designer added that the futuristic idea is now in the early stages of development and may not be given the green light. Russia’s space agency is yet to present their requirements to life support systems of the Rus. Zvezda is a subcontractor of Energia, the head developer of Russia’s next-generation piloted spacecraft, which is expected to replace the Soyuz capsules. They will make crew seats and life support systems for the new craft. The Rus project won a tender in 2009 and the involved producers are now preparing technical documentation for it. The spacecraft will be partially re-usable, with crew capsule capable of performing up to ten launches. Flight tests for the Rus are scheduled for 2015. - Full Article Source

07/07/10 - 30 Mph electric mountain bike
A 48 volt power house pushes this mountain bike at speeds up to 30Mph. That’s a bit of a boost from many off the shelf E-bikes. [Jennifer Holt] wanted speed, and to retain the off road capabilities of her bike, so she made a custom one. As you can see in the video, this thing gets going fast and hills are no problem. She says that it will toss you off if you slam the throttle, and we believe her. We know some of you will insist on chiding her because she’s not wearing a helmet in those videos. She did manage to break her elbow offroading in the video after the break. That part is edited out though. / The second of my electric bikes. Battery: 144 A123systems 26605 cells in a 9p16s arrangement. motor: Mars Electric ME0708. controller: Alltrax 4844 transmission: 2-stage reduction, 1st stage Gates GT2 cogbelt 2.9:1 second stage #35 rollerchain 3:1, total reduction 8.7:1 Top speed 32MPH. Currently the controller is turned down to half current, otherwise it is almost impossible to keep the front wheel on the ground. - Full Article Source

07/07/10 - Superpowered energy-storing wonder stuff created in lab
"It is the most condensed form of energy storage outside of nuclear energy," says Choong-Shik Yoo, chemistry prof at Washington State University. Yoo and his colleagues created "novel two- and three-dimensional extended non-molecular phases" of xenon difluoride (XeF2) by squashing their samples incredibly viciously. This was done using two small "anvils" made of diamond, rammed together by powerful machinery. The diamond anvil moleculo-juicer rig was eventually cranked to 100 Giga-Pascals and beyond - more than a million times ordinary atmospheric pressure - the style of pressure one would be under halfway to the Earth's core. The large amounts of energy used in the squashage were "stored as chemical energy in the molecules' bonds", according to the scientists. A statement issued by Washington State says: Possible future applications include creating a new class of energetic materials or fuels, an energy storage device, super-oxidizing materials for destroying chemical and biological agents, and high-temperature superconductors. - Full Article Source

07/07/10 - Lab Unveils 3 Layered Solar Panel That Catches Full Solar Spectrum
KeelyNet Solar panels are great, but they’ve got one huge problem. On average, they only catch about 15% of the sun’s rays and scientists are scrambling to find a way to increase that efficiency — using mirrors and even the shaping them like origami. Well, RoseStreet Labs might just have a solution – they’ve created a thin film solar panel that integrates three separate layers of PV cells into one panel. Each layer captures a different part of the sun’s spectrum bringing the total efficiency above 35%. The triple banded thin film cells could push solar panels into the next realm, if coupled with mirroring or thermal technology they could really stretch the efficiency of solar energy much higher than their current low-percentage output. “Although we are three to four years away from high volume production with the IBand product, this development opens up a new class of semiconductor devices for photovoltaic conversion and other advanced semiconductor applications,” said Bob Forcier, CEO of RSLE. The new solar cells were developed using high volume CVD technology, one of the industry standards, which validates the possibility that they could be commercialized. - Full Article Source

07/07/10 - How to regulate climate control
Given the chaos caused by erupting volcanoes this year, the idea of creating a fake eruption sounds like lunacy. Who would wish further mayhem on an already wayward weather system? Yet this is just one of a number of ideas for controlling the elements mooted by climate scientists as a solution to rising temperatures. Other methods include whitening clouds, shooting mirrors into space and cloaking the Sahara in reflective material. The term for these ideas is climate geoengineering, specifically solar radiation management (SRM). Within a few years this acronym may be as familiar as CO2 emissions and climate change are today. Messing about with the sun doesn't sound a natural solution to climate disaster, but it is not the preserve of cranks and despots. And it's probably closer than you imagine. Bill Gates recently gave $4.5m to researchers who model weather systems to better understand climate risks, of which $300,000 ended up with a controversial cloud-whitening experiment. Rainmaking isn't a new idea. Ceremonial rain dances are still performed by societies that rely on agriculture for subsistence. Nor is scientific experimentation with the weather a 21st century invention. A process called cloud seeding has been around since the beginning of the 20th century, when attempts to change the structure of clouds and increase rainfall by spraying substances into the air began, starting in earnest in the 1940s. During the Vietnam War, Operation Popeye tried to slow the Vietnamese army by flooding their roads. Last October China said the blue skies that accompanied Beijing's celebration of 60 years of communism were bespoke, flushed clear by 18 cloud-seeding jets and 432 rockets sent to put a stopper in the skies. The same process was used for the Olympic opening ceremony. In November, droughts led the Beijing Weather Modification Office in the opposite direction, and an 11-hour snowfall was attributed to the 186 rockets scrambled to induce precipitation. In the absence of international mitigation plans, environmentalists are weighing up scientific options. "I don't know an environmentalist who wants geoengineering," says Childs. "But we must investigate the science. The methods which seem safe are artificial trees and afforestation." The first major conference on "Climate Intervention Technologies" was held in California this year, reflecting the rapid advancement of the concept of climate geoengineering. The conference wouldn't have been necessary if countries could agree to reduce emissions instead of sidestepping them. As yet it is unclear whether these techniques to battle the sun will be a way out of climate chaos or a hi-tech booby trap. - Full Article Source

07/07/10 - Singularity is Creepy
KeelyNet The Singularity in the film’s title refers to a point in time when the planet’s non-biological intelligence will be one billion times more powerful than the sum of all human intelligence existing today. At that point, the non-biological intelligence will have begun to analyze and improve itself in increasingly rapid redesign cycles. Technical progress will be so fast that un-enhanced humans would be unable to follow it. Kurzweil posits that this will occur in 2045 and concedes the extreme difficulty in making predictions past that point. At the core of the notion is the suggestion that machines will be developed with capacity for creativity and invention which mimic that of humans but as they take on this new dimension they will achieve something dramatic, the ability to self-iterate and evolve at a rate far greater than if that development were solely at the hands of humans. I’m not sure I want to have a world where technology is autonomous and I’m just another cog in a machine, literally. - Full Article Source

07/07/10 - Urban Energy Myths - The Top Three
Seems like there are a lot of energy myths and legends in the talk show mix. I’m not referring to true urban myths, such as the conspiracy myth about a local mechanic whose invention to triple gas mileage was nefariously suppressed by the big oil companies. Most folks recognize those kinds of tales as nonsense. At least I hope they do. Far more troublesome are those half-truths, urban “sort-of-myths” - beliefs that are almost true, but not quite. Here are three from last week’s top ten.

Sort-of myth #1 - Wind, solar and other alternative energy sources can eliminate dependence on oil. To some degree true, but in general, not true, unless we’re talking about moving mostly to electric transportation. The transportation sector uses about 70 percent of our petroleum, domestic and imported. Less than 10 percent is used for power generation. The biggest barrier to replacing the fossil fueled automobile is lack of acceptance by the American driver. (see also Oil Dependence, Renewable Energy and the Politics of Ignorance: More Wind and Solar Won’t Cure Oil Addiction )

Sort-of myth #2 - Wind, solar and other alternatives can replace coal. These intermittent resources can certainly replace much of the energy provided by coal fired plants. But solar and wind still require stabilizing base generation, usually fossil (oil, coal, natural gas) or nuclear. How much conventional base generation is needed? Depends on whom you ask, but probably more than 30 percent of the total generation mix.

Sort-of myth #3 - Smart grid technologies enable #1 and #3 Partially true. Smart grid technologies may indeed make more efficient use of distributed and customer owned wind and solar. However, Smart Grid won’t resolve the intermittency issues unless, at some point in the faraway future, the grid is so large and inter-connected with dispersed generation that it provides sufficient spatial and time diversity.

It's even more disturbing that these "sort-of-myths" aren't just urban. They apparently echo around the government halls in Washington D.C. More than ever, our nation desperately needs clear thinking at every level, from Joe Sixpack to the President. - Full Article Source

07/07/10 - Edison's light bulb dims as freedom flickers
KeelyNet As the United States of America celebrates its 234th birthday, the plight of a quintessentially American innovation says volumes about the state of the union. As American as the grand slam, the Mustang convertible, and the constitutional republic, Thomas Alva Edison's incandescent light bulb is among this nation's most enduring gifts to mankind. Granted U.S. Patent No. 223,898 on January 27, 1880 (after enduring some 1,200 experiments), Edison's ``Electric Lamp" essentially made night optional for most Earthlings. Days stopped ending at sunset. Simple, convenient, and cheap, Edison's greatest invention also was far safer than the flammable kerosene lamps they replaced. Today's federal government, naturally, had to hammer something that has hummed along nicely for 130 years. In one of his most shameful acts, former President George W. Bush stupidly signed the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007. EISA establishes performance criteria that Edisonian bulbs cannot meet. As the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) explains: ``These standards, which begin in 2012, will eliminate low efficiency incandescent light bulbs from the market." According to an April 14 fact sheet from General Electric, which Edison founded in 1876, 276 of its incandescent bulbs will start to vanish just 18 months from now. Few Americans realize that federal busybodies plan to snatch their traditional bulbs. Sylvania's December 2009 survey of 302 adults found that ``awareness of the 2012 100-watt bulb phase-out is" just 18 percent. (Error margin: +/- 5.7 percent) EISA has made more common the Compact Fluorescent Lights, those swirly bulbs with distinct pros and cons. Costlier up front, energy-efficient CFLs eventually save money. They also require less frequent replacement than do traditional bulbs.

To discover CFLs' negatives, try setting a romantic mood with a dimmer switch. This is, at best, a hit or miss proposition. Scarier still, just drop one onto your kitchen floor. Its internal mercury is highly toxic. If spilled, it requires something approximating a Superfund cleanup. The Environmental Protection Agency warns that if a CFL breaks on one's apparel or bedspread, ``Do not wash such clothing or bedding because mercury fragments in the clothing may contaminate the machine and/or pollute sewage." (Emphasis added.) CFLs should be discarded at recycling centers. Hundreds of millions of busy Americans, however, will toss these dangerous bulbs in the trash, atop table scraps and junk mail. CFLs will clog landfills from coast to coast. Decades hence, mercury will have leeched into the environment. Americans will wonder why people are suffering brain, kidney, and lung damage. Medical visits will yield lawsuits.

And another national disaster will erupt, courtesy of Washington, D.C. As June 25's Washington Times detailed, 91 pages of brand-new FTC rules force manufacturers to label the front of CFL packages regarding brightness (in lumens) and annual energy cost (in dollars). Packages' sides or rears must disclose bulbs' lifespan, color appearance, wattage, voltage, and mercury content. ``I think the incandescent light bulb was one of the great contributions to the art of architecture in the 20th century," says Howard M. Brandston, a legendary lighting designer renowned for relighting the Statute of Liberty before its rededication on July 4, 1986. ``Lighting played a huge role, as essential as the structures themselves. That was thanks to Thomas Edison."

``Our homes are our castles," says Brandston, a former adjunct professor of architecture at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. ``The government should not enter our homes, tell us how to live, endanger our health, and ruin our quality of life."

Republicans and thinking Democrats running for Congress this fall should pledge publicly to repeal the federal ban on Thomas Edison's monumental creation. Why not try something worthy of the Spirit of '76? Keep traditional bulbs, CFLs, halogens, and everything else on the market, and allow Americans to purchase whatever bulbs help them pursue happiness. July 4 would be a perfect day for such a Declaration of Incandescence. - Full Article Source

07/07/10 - 'Robofish' Schools the Rest
"Biologists from the University of Leeds have built a computer-controlled replica of a three-spined stickleback fish to study how the behavior of individual fish might influence the movement of others. The so-called 'Robofish' was able to recruit single fish into a group, and cause fish in groups of up to ten to turn in the same direction as itself. The researchers claim that Robofish is the first robotic fish to 'interact convincingly' with a school of fish and convince the whole group to make a sharp turn." - Full Article Source

07/07/10 - NASA Unveils New Plan for Muslims in Outer Space


Barack H. Obama
666 Pennsylvania Ave
Washington, DC 20006

Dear Sir,

I cannot tell you how much we appreciate your budget cuts, your cancellation of the space shuttle and any replacement launch vehicle for it, forcing us to rely on Russian Soyuz ships and their space program, which can't even seem to dock with the ISS Space Station. Your wise decision in this regard, as well as your cancellation of any return trip to the moon, has caused us to reevaluate many of our programs, including the search for intelligent life on earth.

We understand of course that space exploration must take a backseat to more important matters, such as bailing out the car companies and banks who contributed to your campaign. And of course the White House entertainment budget. Your historic actions since taking office have truly challenged us as an agency. We can only hope to one day be able to return the favor.

After carefully reviewing your new priority for NASA, to reach out to Muslims and make them feel good about "their historic contribution to science, math, and engineering", which consisted mainly of ripping off Greek and Indian science, and passing it off as their own, we have developed a comprehensive plan for utilizing the talents and abilities of Muslims to further the goals of this nation's goals space program, which you so articulately described as "That Outer Spacey Thing".

Project 1: HATE Ignition
Project 2: Throw Things at on the Jews
Project 3: Mecca on Mars
Project 4: Space Camel

Project 5: Time Machine
Since we don't have a budget, or spaceships or calculators anymore. And our new job is to run a self-esteem school for Muslims, we're out of ideas. The only ideas we have anymore show up when we're drinking. And since you took office, we've been drinking a lot. And I mean a whole lot. (These days we can give the Russians a run for their money at a drinking contest. The Russians say it's because now we know what it's like to live under the same government they used to have.)

So far our best idea is a time machine. We don't have all the details nailed down. But our calculations have shown us that we only need to go back to November 3rd, 2008. And we don't need to send back a human being. Only a 1 oz CD containing the economic indicators for the last year, and every major news story in America that didn't involve Reality TV stars or the media kissing your ass. We have prepared a Post It note that we will attach to that CD.

The note reads: "We're from the future. Don't vote for that jackass."

No you don't need to worry. We don't actually have a time machine yet. But we figure we have somewhere between 3-7 years of your term(s) in office to construct one. And when we do, you'll be the first to know.

P.S. We haven't figured out how to incorporate Muslims into this one yet, but maybe we'll order spicy goat curry takeout before we do it. Or we'll send that CD back to September 10th, 2001 instead, along with a Post It note reading, "We're From the Future. Don't vote for that jackass. And don't let any Muslims board planes."

Sincerely Yours

Charles S. Griffith
Administrator in Charge of Absolutely Not a Damn Thing
1601 NASA Parkway
Houston, Texas 77058 - Full Article Source

07/07/10 - $10,000 prize Songwriting Contest deadline August 31
The “Superstars” competition for budding songwriters will award $50,000 in prizes in the categories of Rock, Pop, Country, Singer-Songwriter, Urban and Latin. It’s sponsored by Cakewalk music software, Intel and The Grand Prize is $10,000 cash. It’s free to enter but limited to residents of the United States. Go to and click the “Superstars” tab to submit a song. The deadline is August 31. Click here to view the full press release: - Full Article Source

07/07/10 - Vitamin D key to maintaining mental agility as you age
Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University in Boston : Metabolic pathways for vitamin D have been found in the hippocampus and cerebellum areas of the brain involved in planning, processing, and forming new memories. This suggests that vitamin D may be implicated in cognitive processes. The study to confirm this involved more than 1,000 participants receiving home care. The researchers evaluated associations between measured vitamin D blood concentrations and neuropsychological tests. Elders requiring home care have a higher risk of not getting enough vitamin D because of limited sunlight exposure and other factors. The participants, ages 65 to 99 years, were grouped by their vitamin D status, which was categorized as deficient, insufficient, or sufficient. Only 35 percent had sufficient vitamin D blood levels. They had better cognitive performance on the tests than those in the deficient and insufficient categories, particularly on measures of "executive performance," such as cognitive flexibility, perceptual complexity, and reasoning. The associations persisted after taking into consideration other variables that could also affect cognitive performance. - Full Article Source

07/07/10 - TSA Internally Blocking Websites With 'Controversial Opinions'
"The Transportation Security Administration is blocking certain websites from the federal agency's computers, including halting access by staffers to any Internet pages that contain a 'controversial opinion,' according to an internal email obtained by CBS News. The new rules came into force on July 1, and prevent TSA employees from accessing such content, though what is deemed 'controversial opinion' is not explained." - Full Article Source

07/07/10 - Ban On Photographing Near Gulf Oil Booms
"The day before yesterday CNN's Anderson Cooper reported that, from now on, there is a new rule in effect, which de facto bars photographers from coming within 65 feet of any deployed boom or response vessel around Deepwater Horizon (official announcement). The rule, announced by the US Coast Guard, forbids 'photographers and reporters and anyone else from coming within 65 feet of any response vessel or booms out on the water or on beaches. In order to get closer, you have to get direct permission from the Coast Guard captain of the Port of New Orleans,' while 'violators could face a fine of $40,000 and Class D felony charges. What's even more extraordinary is that the Coast Guard tried to make the exclusion zone 300 feet, before scaling it back to 65 feet.'" - Full Article Source

07/07/10 - Photo Kiosks Infecting Customers' USB Devices
The Risky Biz blog brings news that Big W, a subsidiary of Woolworths, has Windows-based Fuji photo kiosks in at least some of its stores that don't run antivirus software, and are therefore spreading infections, such as Trojan-Poison-36, via customers' USB storage devices. Here is the account of the original reporter. "It's not just the lack of AV that's the problem... it appears there's been zero thought put into the problem of malware spreading via these kiosks. Why not just treat customers' USB devices as read-only? Why allow the kiosks to write to them at all? It would be interesting to find out which company — Fuji, Big W, or even some other third party — is responsible for the maintenance of the machines. It would also be interesting to find out if there are any liability issues here for Big W in light of its boneheaded lack of security planning." - Full Article Source

07/07/10 - Study Hints Ambient Radio Waves May Affect Plant Growth
"A Lyons (Colorado) area woman with no academic pedigree has published a scientific paper in the International Journal of Forestry Research about the adverse effects of radio waves on aspen seedlings. Katie Haggerty, who lives north of Steamboat Mountain, found in a preliminary experiment done near her house that aspens shielded from electromagnetic radiation were healthier than those that were not. 'I found that the shielded seedlings produced more growth, longer shoots, bigger leaves, and more total leaf area. The shielded group produced 60 percent more leaf area and 74 percent more shoot length than a mock-shielded group,' she said." - Full Article Source

07/07/10 - SSDs vs. Hard Drives In Value Comparison
"SSDs hardly offer compelling value on the cost-per-gigabyte basis. But what if one considers performance per dollar? This article takes a closer look at the value proposition offered by today's most common SSDs, mixing raw performance data with each drive's cost, both per gigabyte and as a component of a complete system. A dozen SSD configurations are compared, and results from a collection of mechanical hard drives provide additional context. The data are laid out in detailed scatter plots clearly illustrating the most favorable intersections of price and performance, and you might be surprised to see just how well the SSDs fare versus traditional hard drives. A few of the SSDs offer much better value than their solid-state competitors, too." - Full Article Source

07/05/10 - 10 Minute Charge for Student-Built Electric Car
MIT students are trying to produce an alternative to fossil fuel driven cars. They are trying to build up a car that is clean and green but provides good competition to recent automobiles. They claim that their electric cars can be charged fully within ten minutes. Normally an EV vehicle takes overnight to get fully charged. They are trying to achieve this feat with the help of a 2010 Mercury Milan hybrid and 7,905 lithium iron-phosphate batteries. Gogoana explains about the use of such batteries, “because they have very low internal resistance and they’ve also been on the market for about three years,”. The team’s press materials assured us that, “electrochemistry [of the batteries] is less volatile than that of other types of lithium-ion cells, which makes these batteries desirable in applications where crash safety is a high priority.” They have designed a motor that is an oil-cooled, three-phase 187 kW AC induction motor from SatCon. This weighs 138 kilograms including its controller. This was initially intended for 15,000 kg electric buses. So when it was first installed in the 2,000 kg car in Milan it allowed the car to have a pick up from 0 to 60 in just 9 seconds and achieve a top speed of 100 mph at 12,000 RPMs. It should be noted that each ‘ten minute’ charge will give you a mileage of about 200 miles. This car will require a 350 kW of power to attain that ten minute charge time. But the good thing is that the vehicle can also use a regular means which would require an overnight charge. Gogoana opines, “That’s enough power [350 kW ] to blow the fuses on 20 residential homes at once.” - Full Article Source

07/05/10 - Free energy from wave-fields
There is an engineer in Hungary Janos Vajda who dedicated his whole life to the science, specifically to the microwave technology. He worked with radio locators mainly for the military forces, and had several inventions in the field of microwave technology. Since many of his measurements proved that the energy preservation thesis is not generally valid in wave-fields, he started to seriously research this "unbelievable" phenomena also from theoretical point of view, to see where is the mistake in the official scientific approach that upholds the validity of energy preservation under all circumstances.

The title of the study written by Janos Vajda is “Violation of The Energy Thesis in Wave-Fields “. Since primarily it was meant for the people of science - as an exact scientific paper - it contains a lot of equations, which might discourage many people from reading it (since for its understanding the knowledge of higher mathematics is required). But even if you can not understand the mathematical demonstration now, it is worth saving the complete study to your computer for later reference, as it has great scientific significance which will become evident only later. You can use it as a scientific evidence about the invalidity of the energy preservation in wave-fields, and as a firm base that justifies and urges further investigations in the field of free energy research. It is enough to read the explanations and very important conclusions (leaving the mathematics aside) in the study, to get a picture about the essence of the discovery.

Mr. Vajda has invented a free energy device based on these principles and a patent application has been filed (Title: APPARATUS FOR GENERATING AND UTILIZING SURPLUS ENERGY BY MEANS OF ELECTROMAGNETIC WAVES, Number: P9601424, Application filed: 05/28/1996). If anyone wishes to invest into the full development and utilization of that invention, (or into book-format publishing of his study) please contact us. / The basic principle of deriving free energy from wave-fields can be understood even without higher mathematics. If we would have to summarize the essence of Mr. Vajda’s discovery in few sentences without maths, the following explanation could be given:

When two waves with identical polarization, frequency, phase and amplitude propagate in the same direction and meet (and merge) in free space, then their amplitudes will add together and the amplitude of the resultant wave will be double that of a single input wave. This physical phenomenon is called superposition or interference of the waves, when (under the above conditions) the amplitude of the resultant wave is calculated by simply adding together the amplitudes of the incoming waves.

The energy content of a wave is directly proportional with the square of its amplitude. This fact has a profound impact on the energy balance of the wave-fields.

Calculating the energy balance of the above example, we get that if two units of energy enter the system, then the energy of the output resultant wave will be (calculated as the square of the resultant’s amplitude, that is) four times that of one single input wave (and not only double). As we see, two units of energy enter the system and four units leave, that means we have gained two times more energy then what we have feed into it. If we take two units of energy from the output and feed it back into the input, then there are still two units remaining for utilization and the process can go on continuously.

A further question is that if an excess of energy appears, or an existing energy disappears as the result of the interference of waves, then from where does it come from, or to where does it disappear? In the case of longitudinal waves propagating in a medium one might imagine that the excess of energy is derived from the heat of the medium and the energy that disappears is transformed into heat (although this is not the complete truth). But the case of electromagnetic waves is a bit more mysterious. If we stick to the idea that when the electromagnetic waves propagate in vacuum, in that empty space there is no medium, then there is certainly no explanation for the question. But if we suppose that there is a medium that fills even the vacuum, which might be called ether (it does not have to be a static medium), then we get some base for the explanation. / If we make a positive feedback, then the initial external energy source can be disconnected from the apparatus without stopping the generation of free energy. Naturally the divider and regulator should feed back enough energy to continuously keep up the process and also to cover the losses in the feedback loop. The schematic illustration of the process is shown in fig. 2. KeelyNet Although at first sight the less than 50% of energy gain of the interference chamber seems to be unimpressive in our example, with such an arrangement the maximum available output energy is limited only by the energy conducting capacity of the parts. After starting the device the input energy source can be disconnected, and the energy generation process will be self-sustaining. During the startup process the regulator feeds back more energy to the input then what has started the amplification cycle. Consequently the amplitude and energy of the wave circulating in the system will continuously increase from few watts of the starting input to the several kW to be utilized at the output. Since there is no further need for input energy, the coefficient of performance of the device will be infinite. The level of output energy can be adjusted through the regulator, and it does not depend on the strength of the starting energy source. While few watts of input power can start the process, the device can provide several kW of power continuously at the output, even with the external starter energy source disconnected. Using sound waves in practice it might be difficult to achieve noteworthy outputs, since the practical limit of energy density is quite low in such arrangements. But using electromagnetic microwaves it is possible to make very efficient, relatively cheap and compact devices, without any moving parts. The output of such generators can vary from several kW to the range of GW depending on the size and types of the components. As you can see, this is a real free energy principle that works, and it has been confirmed by measurements and scientific analysis. It is based on the law of interference and on the equations for calculating the energy density of a wave, that are already accepted by science. No new theory has been created, only the existing knowledge clarified and interpreted in the correct way, and its possible new applications suggested. / In 2009, Dr. Janos Vajda, Founding father of Energetics in wave fields, passed away in Budapest, Hungary.

Please note that these over unity devices almost all of them work based on constructive interference. This means that you emit EM pulses from a minimum of 2 places and phase their interference in a way (superimpose) that excessive energy is extracted from the ether during the interference called interferometry.

Basically, this means that there is no free energy since the device simply "nicks" (extracts) energy from the sorrunding environment by applying constructive interferometry in 3D space.

Also see Annihilation of Energy to produce Over-Unity - ...two unlike polarities (positive against negative) can be thrown against each other and instead of annihilating, the primaries will increase in number, by as much as 18% more than the original energies....from EACH collision of opposites.

Also see Specific Speed - 'What is Specific Speed?' To resume then: If molecules revolve, as science declares that they do, then it is not unreasonable to assume that some kinds of atoms revolve more or less swiftly than other kinds. Sec. 156. "Another point occurs to me here: If those elements that combine to produce a new element - whose properties have no resemblance to the parent substances - are possessors of opposite directions of axial rotation, then when these substances are brought into contact, the friction produces heat, tending like a brake applied to a wheel, to retard each. But as long as each atom moves and remains in contact, they continue to retard each other, each Specific Speed continually losing or gaining some of its momentum. Sec. 157. "Then the analogy of the solar spectrum previously instanced and the assumptions I made therefrom, would enable us to perceive that the new Specific Speed, produced as a result of retardation, would cause a different sensation, or different degrees of sensation. Thus, two high speeds would probably so retard each other, according to their direction of axial revolution, as to bring them out of the realm of the invisible into the visible. An example of this may be found in water. Here two gases combine, and immediately they come under the domination of gravitation, because the speed is so reduced as to overcome the neutralization of gravitationl attraction which their previous velocity caused. Sec. 161. "Specific Speed offers the most reasonable explanation, it appears to me, for when two definite speeds, each different, unite to retard each other, and thereby produce a new Specific Speed, of course, the behavior of the new Specific Speed in company with the second Specific Speed would be different from the action of the parent speeds mixed with the same agent.

KeelyNet Also see Larry Spring's Spherical Electromagnetic Quantum - Larry Spring, in 1985, using TV waves 150,000 to 9,600,000 times the size of light waves, was able to determine the spherical shape, size, alternating polarity magnetic structure, and bounce characteristics of the electromagnetic wave. I, Larry Spring, in 1985 succeeded in determining, and setting down in writing the shape, size, magnetic structure, alternating polarity, bounce characteristics and compressibility of the quantum of energy which was believed to exist by many electromagnetic energy physicists from Isaac Newton's time up to the present. Summary of the foregoing describes a simple magnetic quantum traveling through space with every second quantum being in opposite polarity. The non-traveling form is described in Oersted's right hand rule which can be readily demonstrated by a battery, a compass and a piece of copper wire. So much for the magnetic structure. I may be one of the first to recognize Oersted's magnetic field traveling through space and putting it into print. The shape of all quanta must be the same as they all act similarly. Only the size and density of magnetic lines of force are different. The best observation of its shape is the way it bounces. Being of equal dimensions in all directions it is capable of bouncing from all quadrants of a parabolic satellite receiving dish regardless of polarity. This I tested by screening off sections of the dish to see if all polarities bounce equally, and they do. It has all the bounce characteristics of a weightless elastic ball. At the Borderland Conference, Larry demonstrated this theory by using a parabolic dish lying face up on a table, suspended at the focal point of the dish was a ping pong ball. When Larry dropped other ping pong balls from any angle, THEY ALWAYS STRUCK THE BALL AT THE FOCAL POINT. If the incoming energy had been lines of force or undulating waves, they would have all had different angles of deflection and missed the focal point, I was quite impressed... If it is quantum (a quantity) shaped like a ball, it must have a three dimensional size. This can be readily determined by running the energy through a chicken wire grid like screening gravel. Wire openings just larger than 1/2 wavelength will pass most all the signal without loss. Wire openings 1/4 wavelength will pass approximately 1/2 of the signal. 1/8 wavelength will pass approximately 1/4 of the signal. A solid metal sheet reflects it all, except for the tiniest spheres which find the texture of solid metal is really like a screen. The size is directly related to the 1/2 wavelength and ties in correctly with 1/2 wavelength diameter traveling magnetic spheres of alternating polarity following each other through air and space. Most of the energy that does pass through the wire mesh is reflected back as determined by constructive and destructive interference with a test dipole antenna in front of the screen, and a field strength meter. The vertical magnetic lines of force around a horizontally polarized transmission can be readily shown by passing the spherical magnetic quantum through a grill of vertical wires. Close spacing of the wires makes little difference and very little if any loss of signal, as the vertical wires do not cut the vertical lines of force around the horizontally polarized sphere of magnetic energy. The grill can be placed any distance in front of the receiving antenna which indicates that normally the lines of force remain vertical from transmission to reception. If the vertical grill of wires is rotated 90 degrees to the wires, the slots, then the transmitting antenna and the receiving antenna all lie in the same plane. This allows the amount of signal passed and reflected to be determined by the wire spacing in relation to the 1/2 wavelength as stated in my description of a signal passing through a grid. A grill at 45 degrees to the polarity will pass approximately 50%. Wires spaced over 1/2 wavelength will pass most all the signal. This grill of wires acts with UHF TV and satellite signal the same as polarizing film works on sunlight or laser light. - Full Article Source

07/05/10 - The Chernetski Plasmatron
The Plasmatron creates more electricity than it consumes created by Chernetski, he died suddenly. The device demonstrates the ability to transform a pure dieletric field energy into any sized KW output. / Classical physics cannot explain what happens when a plasma discharger placed in the Chernetski circuit is started: for no apparent reason the ammeter pointer shows triple strength-of-current increase [sic] and energy output is several times above input. The plant's efficiency is much more than 1. Prof Chernetski, author of the first-ever study paper on plasma diagnostics equipment (he has been in this field for 40 years now) and 20 inventions, never knew what probing into specific unstable plasma states at strong-current discharges could have led to. In the early 70s, he and fellow-researcher Yuri Galkin worked on a basically new type of high-frequency plasma generator which could at high power do without unwieldy energy converters. In one test, they discovered a decided input-to-output energy gap. [sic] "I knew electron drift begins in plasma and sought to deduce a combination of variables in which fluctuating plasma instability emerged in discharge," Chernetski says. "Gas discharge was meant to serve as a powerful stimulator of electromagnetic modes and, all of a sudden and in defiance of the law of conservation of energy, a strange energy IMBALANCE was produced. Repeated experiments with different circuits proved energy output to be ALWAYS GREATER than input." The mysterious discharge stimulating additional energy extraction was called the "self generating discharge (SGD)". Measurements showed that part of the discharge power went back into the network as if two series-connected electromotive forces were at work. This is how he explains his miraculous experiment: "The self-generating discharge emerges when the discharge current reaches a definite critical density, when the magnetic fields they create ensure magnetization of plasma electrons and they begin to perform MOSTLY CYCLOID movements. The interaction of currents with their magnetic fields forces the electrons to deviate to the CYLINDER-SHAPED discharge axis and the electrical field emerges. It has proved to 'switch on' the physical vacuum: in this field the vacuum is polarized and consequently the virtual pairs begin to move in a definite direction, instead of chaotically. The virtual positrons accelerate plasma electrons, giving them part of their energy. The current in the circuit builds up and additional energy is discharged on the resistor switched into the discharge circuit. Clearly, only part of the tremendous vacuum energy is extracted. "We've developed several circuit versions which can find application. In the later experiment with an input power of 700 watts, the energy extracted by the generator load resistance was three kilowatts, or nearly five times more. This is by far not the limit and with more powerful plants and the corresponding calculations; megawatts of free electricity can be produced from a minimal power source." - Full Article Source

07/05/10 - This Won't Hurt a Bit
Each snafu is a test of the country's reflexes; each overreach by Corporatis Colossus is but an R&D trial writ large. Want to find out how the crowd will react when a real catastrophe (read: change) occurs? Poke and prod. Set up simulacra. Fetishize dependency. Addict and distract. Shock 'em.

Skeptical? It isn't beyond the scope of corporately endowed think tanks to proffer such premises. It's their job to analyze from every possible angle sociopolitical scenarios in order to come up with as mathematically perfect a result as possible which suits their ideological area of study.

And what has come out of all the disaster-level situations that have arisen most notably since 9/11 (but began many years prior to that) is the indifference of the American public. Republican or Democrat, Libertarian or Liberal, Neo-Con or Neo-Kook, citizens talk a good game, brandishing flags and preaching participation. But really, it is all too clear that they will basically allow anything---anything---to happen, even if it clearly runs contrary to their own interests.

KeelyNet So sated with high-tech addictions, so soldered to their screens, so disconnected from the tactile reality of the world their bodies inhabit but their minds avoid, the American people give lip service to that Rosie the Riveter "We Can Do It!" spirit but have none of the actual desire to drive a rivet, let alone participate in their democracy.

KeelyNet And the folks who have pulled strings, made gas prices fluctuate, tell you of the boogie men with beards and turbans; the folks who make policy,

who steer the herd...

...they are regularly gauging the responses of the American public to further hone their future schemes, schemes which depend on mass apathy.

So today, when the report of firecrackers cause nary a start; when the latest iGadget is front page news; when the national fixation is on salaciousness and opulence; when Democracy is turned into a spectator sport played in stadiums with bold, blinking corporate monikers; when fewer people read history; when schools have to teach to tests to obtain funding; when the disparity between rich and poor is the greatest it's ever been in this country---and the Powers that Be (who possess the Power that Can) don't do a thing, then you know you're being tested. - Full Article Source

07/05/10 - Want To Stop Car Thieves? Paint Your Car Yellow
A new study based on automobile data from the Netherlands suggests cars painted in bright, unusual colors are far less likely to be stolen. At Vox Ben Vollard notes that in the Netherlands students have taken to painting their bicycles pink or yellow, which makes it all that much easier to spot thieves. Applying this idea to cars, Vollard finds that car color has a significant impact on rates of theft. Thieves, it turns out, do a quick economic analysis of the resale value before jacking a vehicle. Black, silver, grey and blue are the favorites; yellow, pink and red are the least likely to be stolen. The three most common colours - black, blue, and silver/grey - are stolen more frequently than the uncommon colours. Pink is the perfect deterrent: none of the 109 pink cars (aged up to three years) have been stolen over the last few years. Noticeable is the rate of theft for black cars, which is higher than the rate for the most popular colour, silver/grey. There may well be something else than colour that makes black cars relatively attractive to car thieves. Black is more popular for luxury makes. However, if we exclude the three luxury makes Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz, we find the same pattern - albeit at a slightly lower overall rate of theft (right bars in Figure 2). It could be that the most expensive models (independent of make) are more likely to be black, but that is not clear and not easy to test. - Full Article Source

07/05/10 - Storing Wind Power as Ice?
KeelyNet Of the total amount of electricity generated by all sources, about 75% is used by buildings, a major fraction of which is consumed by air conditioners. With the demand of renewable energy increasing with every passing day, inventors are trying to find the best possible means to store the generated energy during the best time, to provide power when the generators aren’t getting the resources they need. It is a natural phenomenon that the wind blows stronger at night than in the day. We don’t need that extra energy during nighttime. Calmac Booth is manufacturing a hybrid cooling system. This system exploits an ice bank thermal energy storage tank known as IceBank. IceBank makes and stores ice for use in air conditioning systems when the wind is blowing a bit faster or the sun isn’t shining, that is, at night. Heavily insulated polyethylene is used to manufacture the IceBank tanks. They also contain a spiral-wound, polyethylene-tube heat exchanger surrounded with water. The tanks are available in a variety of sizes. According to one’s need it is available from 45 to over 500 ton-hours. When the charging cycle is going on, a solution containing 25% ethylene or propylene glycol is cooled by a chiller. In the next step this solution is circulated through the heat exchanger inside the IceBank tank. It has to be noted that the ethylene-based or propylene-based is an industrial coolant. These coolants are particularly devised for low viscosity and superior heat-transfer properties. The unique property of the IcaBank is that the ice is built uniformly throughout the tank. Charging cycle of an IceBank tank takes about 6 to 12 hours. This device can also be utilized in conjunction with a solar panel array. - Full Article Source

07/05/10 - What if the Oil Spill is a huge Illusion?
The 'disaster' in the Gulf of Mexico is beyond a false flag; it's an illusion. What I'm about to reveal will more than likely go by the wayside, and the charade will continue. The reason for writing this is not for attention, games, or folly, but to expose the biggest scam in the 21st century, and to relieve some aching hearts. There is no need for fear as this is a staged event. I cannot reveal my sources, they do go straight to the top, but hopefully what I write will echo inside of each person reading this as the truth. Much of the information I present here cannot be easily verified, fast checked, or ever presented as anything, but hearsay, as they are just words of an anonymous online entity. The Government, corporations, and the people behind them have pulled out all the stops to insure the truth doesn't come out. They are the reason why the beaches have private security contractors, insuring no one is able to gain access to the oil on shore. They are the reason the Gulf of Mexico is a no fly zone. They are the reason why the gulf states are being locked down by military. They are the reason why the well head you see is different in many videos that BP releases. Without this measure of control the illusion would fail. In this post, what I can do is provide leading evidence, or give clues to the truth; from there you can use something that has gone by the way side, common sense. The large oil spills washing up on the shores are not from BP Deep Horizon. They are indeed from surrounding wells, that were already leaking by design. These wells can be verified through a simple online search. You'll notice that much of the oil is actually in the form of tar. Usually tar balls; sizes of these have reached 2000+ pounds. (read it all at the link) - Full Article Source

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07/04/10 - NY man blows off arm with party fireworks (BE CAREFUL!)
Suffolk County police say 36-year-old Eric Smith was using a 3-foot long metal tube to shoot mortars from the street near his Islip (EYE'-slip) Terrace home around 5:45 p.m. Saturday. Police believe he leaned over the device to ignite it and didn't get out of the way before an explosive shot out of the launcher. His left arm was severed at the shoulder. Smith was taken to Southside Hospital in serious condition while friends packed the lost limb in ice to try to save it. Police believe doctors will try to reattach his arm. - Full Article Source

07/04/10 - Terrible Fireworks Safety Tips To Ensure You Have An Eventful 4th
It's almost that time. That wonderful day of the year when everyone who's anyone sets off their own fireworks. But before doing so make sure you listen to the tips provided by sketch group Back of the Class. This is the essential crash-course, with lessons like "Light fireworks near baby's feet" and to "make sure you point your fireworks directly at a wall for a really neat ricochet effect." Pay attention. - Full Article Source

07/04/10 - Spectral Imaging Reveals Jefferson Nixed 'Subjects' for 'Citizens'
Jamie points out this excellent piece, well timed for America's Independence Day, that says spectrographic evidence has established that the one word Thomas Jefferson fully blotted out from an early draft of the Declaration of Independence was not "resident," or "patriot," but rather "subject." This, he replaced with "citizen." - Full Article Source

07/04/10 - Switching off your lights has a bigger impact than you might think
Switching off lights, turning the television off at the mains and using cooler washing cycles could have a much bigger impact on reducing carbon dioxide emissions from power stations than previously thought, according to a new study published this month in the journal Energy Policy. The study shows that the figure used by government advisers to estimate the amount of carbon dioxide saved by reducing people's electricity consumption is up to 60 percent too low. - Full Article Source

07/04/10 - Free energy researcher writes 2000+ pg free ebook
"A Practical Guide to Free-Energy Devices", author: Patrick J. Kelly, is a free pdf eBook that should interest DIY experimenters/researchers very much. Website: This is Version 16.2 of a large eBook of some 2,200 pages, with a file size of about 30 Mb. With an internet connection of 1.4 Mb, it takes 4.5 minutes to download. ( via ) - Full Article Source

07/04/10 - USB coffee-cup warmer could be stealing your data
ARE you sure that the keyboard or mouse you are using today is the one that was attached to your computer yesterday? It might have been swapped for a compromised device that could transmit data to a snooper. The problem stems from a shortcoming in the way the Universal Serial Bus (USB) works. This allows almost all USB-connected devices, such as mice and printers, to be turned into tools for data theft, says a team that has exploited the flaw. Welcome to the murky world of the "hardware trojan". Until now, hardware trojans were considered to be modified circuits. For example, if hackers manage to get hold of a microchip when it is still in the factory, they could introduce subtle changes allowing them to crash the device that the chip gets built into (New Scientist, 1 July 2009, p 18). - Full Article Source

07/04/10 - Makeshift DIY AC Batteries Power Your Electronics
KeelyNet You’ll need a universal AC adapter (or one with the right voltage and amperage), the right-sized batteries, your device, along with a dowel, a drill, and some other basic tools. Take caution as this DIY involves electricity and sharp things, and be safe. The dowels need to be made into the same shape as the batteries you’re replacing, with the wire threaded through it. The device is now powered through the “batteries,” and can still accept the good ol’ regular kind. DIY site Instructables has the whole tutorial breakdown... - Full Article Source

07/04/10 - Military ‘Bat-Hook’ Sucks Free Power from Overhead Lines
Check out this neat device called RAPS designed and created by Dave Coates of Dayton, OH. RAPS was originally created so that Air Force personnel in the field could suck electricity out of power lines and recharge their equipment. The device is a hook that pierces a power line’s outside layer and then converts the AC power into DC power for consumer devices. Looks easy to use. You throw the small hammer-head over a power-line like you would a grappling hook, and a cut-out slips over the cable, contacting the bare metal. At the same time, a small blade pierces insulation of the other cable to complete the circuit, and power pours down the connected line to the soldier on the ground. Once there, the AC supply is converted via transformer to DC, whereupon it can be used to recharge equipment. (Here in Mexico, the power lines are uninsulated, just bare wires separated about 2-3 feet. So people use a long stick with a hook on the end that hangs over the wire and sends power to their equipment to steal electricity. Circuses, taco stands, special events, they all do it and pay nothing. No one says anything about it. Sometimes neighbors will run a secret wire into your power box and you'll notice your electric bill jump...I found one neighbor had spliced into my antenna wire without even asking me..but I have cable now and they wanted to drill a hole in the wall so they could Y off my internet for thanks. Now they are divorced and have moved...- JWD) - Full Article Source

07/04/10 - Only Atomic Bomb Ever Detonated in Space
Back in the summer of 1962, the U.S. blew up a hydrogen bomb in outer space, some 250 miles above the Pacific Ocean. It was a weapons test, but one that created a man-made light show that has never been equaled — and hopefully never will. While looking through the Van Allen papers at the University of Iowa to prepare a Van Allen biography, Fleming discovered “that [the] very same day after the press conference, [Van Allen] agreed with the military to get involved with a project to set off atomic bombs in the magnetosphere to see if they could disrupt it.” Discover It, Then Blow It Up - The plan was to send rockets hundreds of miles up, higher than the Earth’s atmosphere, and then detonate nuclear weapons to see: a) If a bomb’s radiation would make it harder to see what was up there (like incoming Russian missiles!); b) If an explosion would do any damage to objects nearby; c) If the Van Allen belts would move a blast down the bands to an earthly target (Moscow! for example); and — most peculiar — d) if a man-made explosion might “alter” the natural shape of the belts. The scientific basis for these proposals is not clear. Fleming is trying to figure out if Van Allen had any theoretical reason to suppose the military could use the Van Allen belts to attack a hostile nation. He supposes that at the height of the Cold War, the most pressing argument for a military experiment was, “if we don’t do it, the Russians will.” And, indeed, the Russians did test atomic bombs and hydrogen bombs in space. In any case, says the science history professor, “this is the first occasion I’ve ever discovered where someone discovered something and immediately decided to blow it up.” - Full Article Source

07/04/10 - Left-sided Cancer: Blame your bed and TV?
Curiously, the cancer rate is 10 percent higher in the left breast than in the right. This left-side bias holds true for both men and women and it also applies to the skin cancer melanoma. For unknown reasons the rates of breast cancer and melanoma have both increased steadily in the last 30 years. Exposure to the sun elevates the risk of melanoma, but the sun's intensity has not changed in the last three decades. Stranger still, melanoma most commonly affects the hip, thighs and trunk, which are areas of the body protected from the sun. What is responsible for the left-side dominance and increasing incidence of these cancers? An intriguing clue comes from the Far East. In Japan there is no correlation between the rates of melanoma and breast cancer as there is in the West, and there is no left-side prevalence for either disease. Moreover, the rate of breast cancer in Japan is significantly lower than in the West; only 3 percent of what is seen in Sweden, for example. The rate of prostate cancer in Japan is only 10 percent of that in the U.K. and U.S. The researchers suggest an explanation based on differences in sleeping habits in Japan and Western countries. Previous research has shown that both men and women prefer to sleep on their right sides. The reasons for this general preference are unclear, but sleeping on the right side may reduce the weight stress on the heart, and the heartbeat is not as loud as when sleeping on the left. Still, there is no reason to suspect that people in Japan sleep in positions that are any different from those in the West. The beds in Japan, however, are different. The futons used for sleeping in Japan are mattresses placed directly on the bedroom floor, in contrast to the elevated box springs and mattress of beds used in the West. A link between bedroom furniture and cancer seems absurd, but this, the researchers conclude, is the answer. - Full Article Source

07/04/10 - Moynihan, as Nixon aide, warned of global warming
Documents released Friday by the Nixon Presidential Library show members of President Richard Nixon's inner circle discussing the possibilities of global warming more than 30 years ago. Adviser Daniel Patrick Moynihan, notable as a Democrat in the administration, urged the administration to initiate a worldwide system of monitoring carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, decades before the issue of global warming came to the public's attention. There is widespread agreement that carbon dioxide content will rise 25 percent by 2000, Moynihan wrote in a September 1969 memo. - Full Article Source

07/04/10 - Virtual Holy Water
A South Korean professor who claimed he could make tap water into holy water will face fraud charges, police say. The man, named as Prof Kim, claimed he could digitally capture the elements of holy water from Lourdes, France, that believers say has healing powers. He had sold devices to more than 5,000 people, making almost 1$1.3m. He and his associates allegedly told customers that different devices cured different illnesses, including diabetes and tumours. "Professor Kim says if the medical properties are changed into digital signals, and radiated onto any water, the water will adapt those properties," the JoongAng Ilbo newspaper quoted police as saying. / ...from South Korea, we have Professor Kim, who has developed a device that takes ordinary water and turns it into holy water, without the benefit of a priest’s mumbled chanting and waving of hands. And Professor Kim’s device doesn’t produce ordinary holy water, mind you. No, the water issuing from his device specifically mimics the healing properties of the waters from the spring at shrine to the Virgin Mary at Lourdes. Professor Kim had acquired a sample of holy water from the shrine, and through his “transfer” process, saved its healing powers in digital form. Professor Kim (who apparently has no first name, and doesn’t seem to be attached to an institution of higher learning that would bestow such an honorific) has created a device similar to a water purifier with ceramic and paper filters, and plastic cards, which rearranges the properties of ordinary water to “digitally” match those of the famous Lourdes water. The device can be tuned for the specific ailment you want to have cured, with a different configuration for a variety different illnesses, including chronic ones like diabetes. Professor Kim’s device can also produce water that will shrink tumors. According to the Korean daily newspaper, JoongAng Ilbo, “Professor Kim says if the medical properties are changed into digital signals, and radiated onto any water, the water will adapt those properties”. The police, who have brought fraud charges against Professor Kim, disagree. They had the physics departments at Seoul National University and Korea Institute of Science and Technology test the device. They reported that it was a piece of junk and that Professor Kim’s transfer theory was “completely impossible”, and ” based on no scientific evidence”. On his web site, Kim tried valiantly to cover his ass by saying “The transferring of healing effects to water is something that modern science cannot prove. I have customers who saw benefits from these filters, and I am eager to participate in experiments”. Selling the devices turned into quite a money maker for Kim; he managed to pocket 1.7 billion Korean won (the equivalent of $1.3 million). Of course, Professor Kim wouldn’t be the first man to get rich preying on prayers, as Pat Robertson, Jerry Fallwell, Jim & Tammy Faye Bakker and the rest of the cash-for-salvation crowd will tell you. Kim sold his ceramic filters, which cost only 1,500 won in stores, for 40,000 won. Filters that Kim said were specifically for insulin and cancer treatments were sold to his customers for 90,000 won. Hence the interest of the police. They’re charging nine people altogether in the case, including Kim, his wife, his brother-in-law, and six others. - Full Article Source

07/04/10 - 56 new 'crimes' created per year by congress
Congress continues to create an average of over 56 new crimes each year, that is, one new crime a week, every week of the year, even when Members are not in session. I have no way of verifying that, or course. But I did find this article about British laws: Labour is dreaming up 33 new crimes a month. Labour has created 4,300 new crimes since taking power - including a ban on swimming in the wreck of the Titanic and on the sale of game birds shot on a Sunday. - Full Article Source

07/04/10 - Green Roofs That Melt the Mind, Not the House
Want plants on your house but have a funky-shaped roof? No problem. The team from Hillside New Tech High School in Durham, North Carolina, came up with a structure that makes it possible to grow plants on sloped rooftops. Their lattice-system contains modified roof air vents and vine boxes lined with polyurethane foam that anchors the plants, replacing soil. Clamps attached to the roof's sideboard hold the lattice in place. The system costs $10 to $20 per square yard. "The object of the invention is to have the vines grow through the lattice to cover the roof and provide natural shade," explains Sidhartha Jandhyala, a student member of the Hillside team. "Also, we are targeting storm water runoff and the urban heat island effect." A hydroponic system with a solar-powered water pump sends rainwater from a collection barrel to the plants through drip irrigation. When it rains, the water is captured by the rain barrels instead of running off and leaking pollution into nearby streams and lakes, says Victor Abiona, another student on the team. Hillside currently has a prototype of the roof on the school campus that the team is testing. Ultimately they'd like to patent it and get the structure onto local rooftops in Durham. Washington County Technical High School from Hagerstown, Maryland, invented a color-changing roof that lightens in hot weather and darkens when it gets cold. Their system reminds me a little bit of the temperature-sensitive Thermeleon roof tiles that a group of MIT grads created last year from polymer sandwiched between flexible plastic, except it has a different mechanism. Their system has a gear-driven system of black and white tubes that run perpendicular to the roof's drip edge and rotate at pre-determined temperatures. The whole thing can switch from dark to light. During the winter, warm air collected in the tubes could potentially be pumped back inside the house. "The system can run on very low voltage," says Alan Zube, a pre-engineering teacher at the high school who mentored the team. "The needed energy could easily be generated with a 20W photovoltaic cell mounted on the roof." Initially the team used PVC for the tubes but found after testing that aluminum would work better. Eventually the team would like to realize a full-sized prototype of their invention. - Full Article Source

07/04/10 - Glenn Beck Warns Safety Plug Will Help Government Consolidate Power
On today’s program, Beck found a nefarious plot by the brains at Fannie Mae to fully control personal use of energy through a brand new patented safety plug. The strange invention– illustrated across one of Beck’s chalkboards– is a product that would give the government power to turn off energy in individual homes. As described by Republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz, the product’s intention to is protect from unexpected energy surges by household appliances: “literally it locks down the energy in your home and the concern that some of us have is that they’re pursuing Cap and Trade,” such that the government can tell you when you’ve had too much energy. Moreover, it protects from individuals who would use outlets in one’s home without authorization, and prevents them from spending energy on one’s dime. Beck explained that the reason a floundering mortgage company was investing in electricity patents was “about the government gaining more control and more power through– because it’s war– Cap and Trade.” - Full Article Source

07/04/10 - Group shows off invention to separate oil from water
The machine is a new type of skimmer that, once set up, does not require anyone nearby to run it. "You can sit at a terminal and have several of these logged in just like you do sea buoys,” said David Carambat, the design director of Andy’s Oil Skimmers, LLC. “Right now you can go on the web and check on the status of the waves and the temperature. We can dial into these with that package." Carambat is a boat designer who lives in Covington. He worked with Chalmette machinist Marvin Alberado and they came up with a new generation skimmer that runs off of very low energy. That energy is supplied by a solar panel that makes enough energy to run the skimmer even in the clouds and throughout the dark of the night. The wheel drum that is only three feet wide, can recover 1,000 gallons of oil an hour. In a short time, the water that was mixed with oil from the Gulf, was nearly clear again. "There's very little water that is collected with it so you have so much less volume to deal with," he explained. - Full Article Source

07/04/10 - Part 2 of ‘Never let a good crisis go to waste’
Remember in November 2008 when Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel said never let a good crisis go to waste? The oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is a crisis the obama administration could have only dreamed of. Why? The oil spill has given the liberals just the excuse they need to “starve this country of domestically produced oil.” The longer oil spills into the Gulf, the longer the president can use the crisis to gain support for his $1 trillion energy policy. During his Oval Office address, the president shifted gears from the crisis itself to using the oil spill to talk up his energy policy. He stated “that the time to embrace a clean energy future is now. Now is the moment for this generation to embark on a national mission... and seize control of our own destiny.” Here’s a better idea, why don’t we get the Gulf coast cleaned up and instead of seizing control, why don’t we plug the leak? Gulf leaders have begged the president to not put into place his moratorium on off-shore drilling but he refuses to listen. Putting thousands of people out of work will devastate the Gulf coast economy but the president doesn’t seem to care. He even acknowledged that his moratorium will cost jobs and believes it is BP’s responsibility to pay the “unemployment benefits” for his actions. BP should be held accountable for the disaster in the Gulf. They should pay for the cleanup. They should pay for the financial losses of the businesses directly affected by the spill. If the company used cheaper wells for their off-shore drilling, then they should be held accountable. However, I would like to see the incompetent federal government officials at the MMS who signed off on the deep-water drilling measures for BP dragged before Congress and questioned in the same childish manner as the BP CEO. America has an even bigger problem than the oil spill. This crisis is reminding us just how incompetent our federal government is. They halted the use of barges off the coast of Louisiana because they needed to count the number of life jackets on board. Seriously, you couldn’t have counted the life jackets some other way? They turned down the help of more than two dozen foreign countries, including the Dutch, the Norwegians, the Saudis, who have experience in underwater drilling. Yes, they did approve the construction of new barrier islands in Louisiana six weeks after Governor Jindal made the request. The federal government has shown us that they can’t be trusted with taxpayer money. Why would people in the Gulf trust them with this fund? While Ken Feinberg did a good job with the 9/11 fund, the fund set up for Katrina victims was filled with fraud and abuse. And in case you need reminding, the federal government announced in August 2009 that they will send $2 billion to Brazil to drill off-shore for oil. The chief beneficiary of this project is none other than George Soros. Soros’ principal investment just happens to be in oil and the Brazilian-owned company, Petrobras (the largest investment in his portfolio). It’s good to know that the administration is in favor of lower energy prices, limiting the use of fossil fuels, and the exploration of new resources in one America. Unfortunately, it’s not North America. - Full Article Source

07/04/10 - Michael Grätzel: Give people access to cheap solar power
As the inventor of a low-cost solar cell, he wants to help the world avoid an energy crisis by harnessing the power of the Sun. His translucent Grätzel cells use a combination of titanium dioxide and organic dyes to convert sunlight into electricity, providing a cheaper and more environmentally friendly source of energy than silicon solar cells. How is the Grätzel cell different from other solar cells? Silicon cells absorb sunlight and generate electric charges, but the silicon also has to transport the charges and separate positively charged carriers from negatively charged ones. To do the separation, you need a positively doped and negatively doped layer of silicon and for this to work well you need very pure materials – solar grade silicon has to be 99.9999% pure. Our cell is different in the sense that it is close to what photosynthesis does in green leaves. The charges are generated by dye molecules and other constituents take care of the conduction. That separation was achieved for the first time by our cells – except for photosynthesis, which has been working for 3.5 billion years! People are resistant to use renewables because of the low return on investment. Can you help? That's the problem, they are so expensive, except for countries that have a feed-in tariff [electricity suppliers pay their customers for feeding excess energy into the grid]. We need to get to a stage where solar panels are competitive, we have to come down to the range of 30p kilowatt hour, and this has the potential to deliver that price. But is price enough for people to change? We need to change public awareness. The consumer has to have a benefit, that's the only way to drive it. We've seen people respond favourably to this technology – they ask: "When can we buy it?" – and if that's a question, then we can sell. Of course, we have to be sure about the product – quality and stability, production on a large scale – and this will take some time. We're talking about 40 years from now, or even longer, but we have to start early. - Full Article Source

07/04/10 - Fox News advocates shutting down public libraries
But keeping libraries running costs big money. In Chicago, the city pumps $120 million a year into them. In fact, a full 2.5 percent of our yearly property taxes go to fund them. That's money that could go elsewhere - like for schools, the CTA, police or pensions. One of the nation's biggest and busiest libraries is the $144-million Harold Washington Library in the Loop. It boasts a staggering 5,000 visitors a day!. - Full Article Source

07/04/10 - Hypertension significantly reduced by eating dark chocolate
KeelyNet University of Adelaide : Researchers have combined the results of 15 studies into the effects of flavanols, the compounds in chocolate which cause dilation of blood vessels, on blood pressure. 'Flavanols have been shown to increase the formation of endothelial nitric oxide, which promotes vasodilation and consequently may lower blood pressure,' said Dr Karin Ried, leader of the team of researchers that conducted the analysis. 'There have, however, been conflicting results as to the real-life effects of eating chocolate. We've found that consumption can significantly, albeit modestly, reduce blood pressure for people with high blood pressure but not for people with normal blood pressure.' - Full Article Source

07/04/10 - Compound restores noise-induced hearing loss
University of Auckland, New Zealand : Researchers have discovered that a potent new drug restores hearing after noise-induced hearing loss in rats. The landmark discovery found that injection of an agent called ‘ADAC', activates adenosine receptors in cochlear tissues, resulting in recovery of hearing function. The finding paves the way for effective non-surgical therapies to restore hearing loss after noise-induced injury. The work was done by Dr. Srdjan Vlajkovic and his team. - Full Article Source

07/04/10 - 50 Random Facts to show negative changes in America
Our world is changing at a pace that is so staggering these days that it can be really hard to fully grasp the significance of what we are witnessing. Hopefully the collection of random facts below will help you to "connect the dots" just a little bit. On one level, the facts below may not seem related. However, what they all do have in common is that they show just how much the United States has fundamentally changed. Do you ever just sit back and wonder what in the world has happened to America? The truth is that the America that so many of us once loved so much has been shattered into a thousand pieces. The "land of the free and the home of the brave" has been transformed into a socialized Big Brother nanny state that is oozing with corruption and has accumulated the biggest mountain of debt in the history of the world. The greatest economic machine that the world has ever seen is falling apart before our very eyes, and even when our politicians actually try to do something right (which is quite rare) the end result is still a bunch of garbage. For those who still love this land (and there are a lot of us) it is heartbreaking to watch America slowly die. The following are 50 random facts that show just how dramatically America has changed.... - Full Article Source

07/04/10 - Automated Language Deciphering By Computer AI
"Ugaritic has been deciphered by an unaided computer program that relied only on four basic assumptions present in many languages. The paper (PDF) may aid researchers in deciphering eight undecipherable languages (Ugaritic has already been deciphered and proved their system worked) as well as increase the number of languages automated translation sites offer. The researchers claim 'orders of magnitude' speedups in deciphering languages with their new system." - Full Article Source

07/04/10 - Mom Arrested After Son Makes Dry Ice "Bombs"
"Police were called to a house in Omaha where a 14-year-old made some 'dry ice bombs' (dry ice in soda bottles). Since his mom knew about it, she is now facing felony charges for child endangment and possession of a destructive device. From the article: 'Assistant Douglas County Attorney Eric Wells said the boy admitted to making the bomb and that his mother knew he was doing so. The boy was set to appear Tuesday afternoon in juvenile court, accused of possessing a destructive device.'" - Full Article Source

07/04/10 - Things You Drink Can Be Used To Track You
An intriguing story about the potential of figuring out where people have been by examining their hair: "That's because water molecules differ slightly in their isotope ratios depending on the minerals at their source. Researchers found that water samples from 33 cities across the United State could be reliably traced back to their origin based on their isotope ratios. And because the human body breaks down water's constituent atoms of hydrogen and oxygen to construct the proteins that make hair cells, those cells can preserve the record of a person's travels. Such information could help prosecutors place a suspect at the scene of a crime, or prove the innocence of the accused." Or frame someone by slipping them water from every country on the terrorist watchlist. - Full Article Source

07/04/10 - The Ignominious Fall of Dell
"InfoWorld's Bill Snyder discusses the ignominious decline of Dell, one akin to that of Computer Associates, leaving the company forever tainted by scandal and a 'shocking breach of faith with customers.' Dell's pioneering business model and supply chain helped make desktop computing ubiquitous, affordable, and secure. But years of awful quality control and customer service have finally caught up to the company in a very public way that will do irreparable damage to the company for years to come. 'What we've learned about Dell recently doesn't qualify as an understandable mistake. Only a rotten company sells defective computers and lies about it.'" - Full Article Source

07/04/10 - Boy Builds Wall-Climbing Machine Using Recycled Vacuums
"Hibiki Kono just might be a boy genius. The 13-year-old decided he wanted to climb vertical surfaces like his hero, Spiderman. So, he used two 1,400-watt recycled vacuum cleaners and a little bit of elbow grease to make a machine that allows him to scale walls. Kono has been scaling the walls of his UK school and has told the media that he hopes his invention will help window washers eliminate clumsy ladders from their daily routine." - Full Article Source

07/04/10 - Russia's Unmanned Capsule Misses Space Station
"Russia's unmanned cargo ship Progress 38 missed docking with the ISS and sailed right on by it instead of docking on autopilot. A telemetry lock between the Russian-made Progress module and the space station was lost and the module flew past at a safe distance. NASA said the crew was never in danger and that the supplies are not critical and will not affect station operations. There will be no other attempts at docking today, and the orbit of the module raises questions of any other attempts again. Packed aboard the spacecraft are 1,918 pounds of propellant for the station, 110 pounds of oxygen, 220 pounds of water and 2,667 pounds of dry cargo — which includes spare parts, science equipment and other supplies." - Full Article Source

07/04/10 - Poor Vision? There's an App For That
"Researchers at MIT's Media Lab have developed a smartphone app that allows users to measure how poor their vision is (myopia, hyperopia, and astigmatism) and receive a corrective prescription. The user peers through a $2 optical adapter at the screen of a smartphone. The app displays lighted bars, and prompts the user to adjust the display until the bars line up. Repeating this with bars in different locations and orientations allows the vision distortion to be determined to within about 0.4 diopters using a Nexus One. The iPhone 4, with its higher-resolution display, should be able to improve that to 0.28 diopters. This could have broad application in the developing world, where experienced opticians and diagnostic equipment are hard to come by." - Full Article Source

07/01/10 - Super spiky solar cells
KeelyNet The microwire-array solar cell is a technology that drives down cost of solar cell production by using less silicon. This is achieved by aligning micron-thick silicon wires perpendicular to a dimethylsiloxane (PDMS) substrate (as opposed to the traditional flat layer of silicon), giving the cell the appearance of a bed of nails. However, efficiencies of only 3.4 per cent have so far been achieved with this design, despite a theoretical efficiency of 17 per cent. Now, Harry Atwater and his team at the California Institute of Technology, have demonstrated an efficiency of 7.9 per cent using their silicon microwire-array solar cell, by implementing an insulator that minimises surface recombination of charge carriers, aluminium oxide particles to scatter light between the wires and silver back reflectors to prevent loss of incident illumination into the substrate. Despite their already impressive results, the researchers state much higher efficiencies could be achieved. 'We know we were only absorbing about 50 per cent of the incident photons,' explains Nathan Lewis, one of the collaborators on the work. 'So, with device optimisation, we should already have efficiencies close to 15 per cent.' - Full Article Source

07/01/10 - U of O engineers design car capable of travelling 1,500mpg
KeelyNet The Ottawa team was able to show that their car was capable of travelling 1,500 miles (2,414 kilometres) per U.S. gallon (3.79 litres) of regular unleaded gasoline. That’s equal to travelling from Ottawa to Winnipeg on a single gallon, with enough left over for another 300-kilometre trip. The U of O team, however, says it could have done even better. “We didn’t have time to tune the engine prior to the competition and when we finished we realized there was a major fuel leak,” said Lihang Nong, a recent University of Ottawa engineering graduate and one of the team leaders. The leak cost them first place, according to Nong, which is why the team has their hearts set on breaking the world record for fuel efficiency in the coming weeks. They already have plans to push the envelope further, claiming their car can top 3,000 miles (around 4,800 kilometres) on a single gallon of gas. Their car, which resembles a tanning bed, weighs 54 kilograms, has a top speed of about 50 kilometres an hour and is slightly less than three metres long. There is room for one driver, lying on his back. For the competition, held annually in Marshall, Michigan, teams are given a 38-cubic-centimetre Briggs and Stratton engine that they can modify. The engine is about the size of those in a light-duty chainsaw and far smaller than one in a common gas-powered lawn mower. Nong and his team decided the engine, which was capable of getting between 300 and 500 miles (482 kilometres to 643 kilometres) per gallon of gasoline, wasn’t good enough. So they ripped it apart and recreated it, keeping only the engine block. Pistons were made smaller and gears were changed in order to pump up the compression ratio and reduce fuel consumption. - Full Article Source

07/01/10 - All life may be derived from quantum effects
Now quantum physicists from Singapore and the US have come up with an idea which, if proven true, will make us see life from a different perspective. They believe that DNA, the medium used to store and replicate genetic information by all but the simplest life forms, is bound together by a quantum effect. In a five-page letter published at website, the team devised a simplified model with DNA nucleotides presented as oscillating systems of positively charged cores and negatively charged electron clouds. Due to the size and structure of the double helix molecule, these harmonic oscillators become entangled, and this effect remains significant even at normal temperatures. Moreover, without this quantum interaction the whole system would become unstable and rip itself apart, researchers believe. The theory is yet to be proved by experimentation. Authors of the paper have also come up with the question of how the entanglement may affect information processing in living cells and how it could be harnessed. - Full Article Source

07/01/10 - Gulf Oil Spill-Gutsy Solution Restores Environment in Just Six Weeks
There exist microbes that break down oil into non-toxic organic waste which can safely be eaten by sealife. They can be mass produced quickly, and cheaper than any of the current solutions. So why arent they being used? / Gulf Oil Spill-Gutsy Solution Restores Environment in Just Six Weeks - - The Texas Land Office and Texas Water Commission successfully used 'oil eating' microbes to clean up large oil spills in just weeks. Microbes hunt down and eat the toxic oil and leave only a biodegradable waste that is non-toxic to humans and marine life. Marshland and beaches were pristine again in just weeks---not years like the Exxon Valdez spill. This is the answer to save the seafood industry and all the precious creatures we are about to kill. - Full Article Source

07/01/10 - Seattle - I-5 to become the nation's first electric highway?
With help from a $1.32 million federal grant, the state Transportation Department plans to turn Interstate 5 into the nation's first "electric highway" with enough charging stations so electric vehicles can make the entire 276-mile trip from the Canadian border to the Oregon state line, Gov. Chris Gregoire announced Monday. State officials are trying to gear up for the large infusion of electric vehicles expected over the next few years. The Nissan Leaf will debut in December along with a large deployment of charging infrastructure in Seattle and four other regions around the country as part of The EV Project, a federal study into the needs and driving habits of electric vehicle drivers. The Seattle area is getting 2,500 charging stations as part of the $230 million EV Project. More than half of them will be public. Altogether, 4,700 electric vehicles and nearly 15,000 charge stations will be introduced in four states -- Washington, California, Arizona and Tennessee -- and the District of Columbia. WSDOT's goal with the electric highway is to plug in under-served areas and connect Seattle with Portland, which also is participating in the project. WSDOT plans to create a network of seven to 10 Level 3 fast-charging stations along the I-5 corridor. The Level 3 stations are the type that can recharge an electric vehicle's battery within 15 to 30 minutes. There still are plenty of details to work out, like the exact locations and how consumers would pay for the power. There will be at least one charging station between Olympia and Portland and another between Everett and Bellingham. WSDOT also plans to install a charging station at a rest stop just south of the Canadian border and another one at a rest stop just north of the Oregon state line. The "gateway" sites will be equipped with Level 2 charging stations, which take 2 to 8 hours to fully recharge a battery, said Tonia Buell, communications manager for WSDOT's public/private partnerships. "We want people to buy electric vehicles with the confidence that they can take longer trips than just around the community and to different cities," Buell said. Stations won't be any farther than 80 miles apart. On a full charge, the Nissan Leaf has a maximum range of 100 miles. The Chevy Volt, which also is soon to hit the market, has a maximum range of 40 miles on a charge before its gas-powered generator has to kick in. - Full Article Source

07/01/10 - A revolutionary sneaker, or overhyped gimmick?
The makers of "toning shoes" say the shoes can help give wearers more shapely butts, legs and abs, often without the need for gym workouts. That's partly why toning shoes — which often have a rounded sole like a rocking chair, to stretch the wearer's leg muscles with each stride — represent the fastest-growing segment of the $17 billion-a-year athletic footwear industry. It's a market driven by a customer base that is 90% women... Skechers, the market leader, now has Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Montana touting the shoes in an effort to attract men... But now a growing number of doctors are warning that toning shoes don't deliver on their marketing promises and could cause injuries by, among other things, changing a person's gait, or way of walking... - Full Article Source

07/01/10 - Sonoluminescence
Sonoluminescence is one of those strange phenomenon that many would never encounter outside an academic environment. For those who have never heard of it, Sonoluminescence is when tiny bubbles suspended in a liquid emit light while being vibrated at certain frequencies. We were pleased to see that some plans are out there on how to build your own device to produce it. (via - Full Article Source

07/01/10 - Cameras perch on power lines, steal electricity
[Tim] let us know about a video outlining some covert camera devices the Air Force is developing. The video takes a lot of time to explain induction to those who’ve never heard of it but we liked to see the bird-like concept animations. They’ve already developed cameras that will clamp on to power lines in order to use induction as a power source. Shown in the video is an eight-rotor quadcopter they’re hoping to use to deliver the camera covertly. But the animations show a winged robot similar to a hawk that has a camera for a head. Having seen some of the other flying devices in development this may not actually be that far off. / Power Harvesting: Induction Magic - Pulling Energy From the Sky - Figuring out how to harness electricity from power lines isn't the only amazing goal that Air Force research lab engineers achieved. They still had a question: Could electronics such as cameras and radio transmitters be fired up by placing them on power lines? That process -- capturing magnetic energy and turning it back into electricity -- is called electromagnetic induction. The answer was "yes," and now that the engineers can harness this energy, they have big plans to power other devices. Using induction is "taking advantage of all the power lines that are available all over the world," says electrical engineer David McDaniel. "It's like when you were a kid you're working on your bike -- it's like that, times a thousand," says electrical engineer Pat Marshall. "I love it! I love being an engineer -- electrical, of course." - Full Article Source

07/01/10 - Programmable Origami
Researchers at MIT have come up with this slick demo of, what they call, programmable matter. This flat sheet covered in tiny foil actuators can be programmed to fold into specific shapes. Shown in the video above is a boat and an airplane. Using the concepts set down by origami through the years, they can divide the sheet into triangles in specific arrangements to make certain shapes possible. This one is fairly simple, but judging by some of the insane origami we’ve seen around, this could get pretty cool. - Full Article Source

07/01/10 - We are losing our nation to lies about the necessity of war
In a little more than a year the United States flew $12 billion in cash to Iraq, much of it in $100 bills, shrink wrapped and loaded onto pallets. Vanity Fair reported in 2004 that "at least $9 billion" of the cash had "gone missing, unaccounted for." $9 billion.Today, we learned that suitcases of $3 billion in cash have openly moved through the Kabul airport... Last week, the BBC reported that "the US military has been giving tens of millions of dollars to Afghan security firms who are funneling the money to warlords." Add to that a corrupt Afghan government underwritten by the lives of our troops. And now reports indicate that Congress is preparing to attach $10 billion in state education funding to a $33 billion spending bill to keep the war going. Back home millions of Americans are out of work, losing their homes, losing their savings, their pensions, and their retirement security. We are losing our nation to lies about the necessity of war. Bring our troops home. End the war. Secure our economy. - Full Article Source

07/01/10 - One reason humans are special and unique...
Amongst the more interesting things discussed in the article--trust me, it's a great read--is the fact that most men basically need to spill their seed, drain the vein, etc, at minimum, every 72 hours. Pair that notion with studies that found women's bodies rejected sperm that had overstayed its welcome in the male testes (had not been flushed out) by 48 hours. - Full Article Source

07/01/10 - Checks vs Direct Deposit
Businesses with 25 employees or more would save at least $2000 a year if they used direct deposit instead of cutting checks for their employees, according to the The Electronic Payments Association and Without direct deposit, each check costs a business about $3. - Full Article Source

07/01/10 - Scientists measure telomeres, the chromosome caps that prevent aging
University of Warwick and University Hospitals Coventry : Scientists are the first to directly measure a specific region of DNA in human embryos that could be a quality marker for embryonic development. Researchers at the have measured telomeres, regions of repetitive DNA at the ends of a chromosome which protect it from deterioration. Telomeres shorten each time a cell divides and when telomere length becomes critically short, the cells die." - Full Article Source

07/01/10 - Walnuts: Food for Gods Available to Anyone
KeelyNet “Walnuts contain a great deal of minerals,” the expert explains. “They include iron, copper, cobalt, potassium, sodium, phosphorus, magnesium, calcium, and iodine. Many of them are antioxidants. In addition, walnuts contain unsaturated fatty acids, more than 20 amino acids, and vitamins A, E, B, P and C. By the way, they contain nearly 50 times more vitamin C than citrus, and 8 times more than black currants. In addition, walnuts are rich in protein. Recently, scientists from the Cancer Center at the University of California Davis (USA) found that consumption of walnuts slows down the growth and reduces the size of cancerous tumors of the prostate gland. This was revealed during laboratory experiments on mice. Perhaps the remedy could be effective for people as well. “In addition, walnuts have anti-inflammatory properties, promote healing of wounds,” - says Anna Protsenko. “Thanks to the contents of iron and cobalt, they can be used in the treatment of anemia. They promotes regular bowel movements. Here are a few popular walnuts recipes recommended by experts:

- To strengthen the immune system: Mix a pound of walnut kernels, dried apricots, raisins and honey, then squeeze the juice out of two lemons, stir and put the mixture in a jar and cover with lid. Take 1 tablespoon a day. After some time, the course may be repeated.

- To improve metabolism: Mix equal proportions of grated walnuts, honey and chopped figs. Take 1 tablespoon per day on empty stomach.

- If you have diabetes and want to lower blood sugar: Get septum from 40 nuts, cover them with a glass of boiling water, keep in a steam bath for an hour then let cool and filter. Take 1 teaspoon three times a day.

- Athlete's Foot: Take 2 tablespoons of ch o pped walnut septum, pour 0.5 liters of boiling water and let sit for 30 minutes. Use for foot baths twice a week. - Full Article Source

07/01/10 - California's Cure for Whooping Cough!
The best natural remedy against whooping cough, colds, and flus is the age old remedy of colloidal silver. The metal silver in its colloidal state can be safely consumed and used in the body. Bacteria and viruses cannot develop resistance to silver. Silver disables a vital enzyme and mechanism in all bacteria, viruses, and pathogens so that they cannot survive. It is good to take a few teaspoons of colloidal silver daily to maintain health. More colloidal silver should be taken if experiencing illness. Make sure that you're not allergic to colloidal silver. Rub some on your skin to see if there is any reaction to it. In case of respiratory infection, snort or inhale, through the nose, colloidal silver several times. It will feel a little uncomfortable, like you feel when you get water in your nose from swimming, but it is quite effective. I know from personal experience. - Full Article Source

07/01/10 - Believing You Are Very Good Or Evil Boosts Your Physical Capabilities
Research by Kurt Gray, a doctoral student in psychology at Harvard, shows that a person's capacity for willpower and physical endurance increases if they perceive themselves as good or evil. "Evil" acts in particular give a person a large boost in physical strength. From the article: “'People perceive those who do good and evil to have more efficacy, more willpower, and less sensitivity to discomfort,' Gray said. 'By perceiving themselves as good or evil, people embody these perceptions, actually becoming more capable of physical endurance.' Gray’s findings run counter to the notion that only those blessed with heightened willpower or self-control are capable of heroism, suggesting instead that simply attempting heroic deeds can confer personal power." - Full Article Source

07/01/10 - Dell Selling Faulty PCs
"PC maker Dell has been accused of selling thousands of desktop PCs despite knowing the machines contained faulty components, according to recently unsealed court documents first reported about on Tuesday by The New York Times." - Full Article Source

07/01/10 - Subscription-Based 'Hulu Plus' Is Now Official
"After months of rumors, Hulu officially announced its $9.99/month Hulu Plus service. Invites will soon start rolling out in weekly batches. So what will you get for that $9.99? 'Full access to a bunch of current shows (Hulu lists 40 but adds 'and more' to that list) as well as complete series collections of some older titles such as The X-Files, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and the wonderful and mostly-ignored Eli Stone,' writes blogger Peter Smith. 'HD content sources will be streamed at 720P but Hulu mentions that the service is ad-supported.'" / So, Hulu Plus is real and it costs about the same as Netflix's lowest "unlimited streaming" tier ($8.99). Hulu Plus has more current content, but overall less of it. Hulu Plus has ads, Netflix doesn't. So would you choose Hulu Plus or Netflix? Or both? Or neither. will still be there providing free recent episodes; maybe that's enough? - Full Article Source

07/01/10 - "David After Dentist" Made $150k For Family
It turns out recording your drugged child pays pretty well. 7-year-old David DeVore became an overnight sensation when his father posted a video of his ramblings after dental surgery. To date that video has made the DeVore family around $150,000. Most of the money came from YouTube, but the family has made $50k from licensing and merchandise. From the article: "The one seemingly minor decision to make the video available all over the Internet set off a whirlwind of changes for the DeVore family. Within just four days, 'David After Dentist' received 3 million views on YouTube and the younger David quickly became an Internet celebrity. His father quit his job in residential real estate (did we mention they live in Florida?), and the family started selling T-shirts featuring cartoon drawings of their son post-dental surgery." - Full Article Source

07/01/10 - Doubled Yield For Bio-fuel From Waste
"Dutch chemical company DSM announced a new process for production of ethanol from agricultural waste. Most bio-fuel ethanol now is produced from food crops such as corn and sugar cane. Ethanol produced from cellulose would use waste products such as wood chips, citrus peel, and straw. The new process is claimed to increase the yield by a factor of two compared to existing processes, thanks to new enzymes and special yeast strains." - Full Article Source

DVD - the Physics of Crystals, Pyramids and Tetrahedrons
KeelyNet This is a wonderful 2 hour DVD which presents one man's lifelong study of pyramids, crystals and their effects. Several of his original and very creative experiments are explained and diagramed out for experimenters. These experiments include; 1) transmutation of zinc to lower elements using a tetrahedron, 2) energy extraction from a pyramid, 3) determining mathematic ratios of nature in a simple experiment, 4) accelerating the growth of food, 5) increasing the abundance of food, 6) how crystals amplify, focus and defocus energy, 7) using crystals to assist natural healing, 8) how the universe uses spirals and vortexes to produce free energy and MORE... - $20 DVD + S&H / Source to Buy and Youtube Clip

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

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

High Voltage & Free Energy Devices Handbook
KeelyNet This wonderfully informative ebook provides many simple experiments you can do, including hydrogen generation and electrostatic repulsion as well as the keys to EV Gray's Fuelless Engine. One of the most comprehensive compilations of information yet detailing the effects of high voltage repulsion as a driving force. Ed Gray's engine produced in excess of 300HP and he claimed to be able to 'split the positive' energy of electricity to produce a self-running motor/generator for use as an engine. Schematics and tons of photos of the original machines and more! Excellent gift for your technical friends or for that budding scientist! If you are an experimenter or know someone who investigates such matters, this would make an excellent addition to your library or as an unforgettable gift. The downloadable HVFE eBook pdf file is almost 11MB in size and contains many experiments, photos, diagrams and technical details. Buy a copy and learn all about hydrogen generation, its uses and how to produce electrostatic repulsion. - 121 pages - $15.00 - Full Article Source

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

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

New Vanguard Sciences eBooks - Save a Tree! eBooks make great gifts!
KeelyNet Shape Power - Dan Davidson's analysis of the mysterious pyramid energies, Keely's aether force, Reich's orgone energy, Schauberger's diamagnetic energy, plus a host of others, and shows how shape and materials interact with the universal aether to modify the aether into electromagnetic, gravitic, and various healing energies... - Shape Power Youtube

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

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

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


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