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06/28/10 - Jumping robot bootstraps itself into the air
KeelyNet We love it when footage of a robot prompts a “holy crap” response from us. This little guy, a product of the Chiba Institute of Technology, uses four rods as a suspension system for jumping.

The bulk of the bot can be moved up or down, using its momentum to raise the wheels and jump to the next level. Check out the clip after the break to see how getting down involves a controlled fall as graceful as a dancer.

Note in the 2nd video how it PROVES unidirectional, inertial, reactionless thrust.

Jeepers, its Baron Von Munchausen pulling himself out of the swamp by repeatedly jerking on his bootstraps to jump higher and higher into the air! Thus the term 'to pull onself up by one's bootstrap.'

The expression bootstrapping refers to the tales of Baron Munchhausen, who pulled himself out of a swamp by his own tuft (ponytail/pigtail) in the german version of one of these tall tales. In some later english versions, he used his own bootstraps instead of his hair to pull himself out of the swamp.

Another source reports; "There was further discussion about the theory that the image of lifting oneself up by one's own bootstraps originated in the Baron von Münchhausen stories. But the closest the good Baron came to doing such a thing was lifting himself (and his horse) out of the mud by pulling on his own pigtail. That got conflated with the "bootstraps" figure of speech so that many now claim Münchhausen was the first bootstrapper."

Here is the Munchausen 'bootstrap' quote. It is from page 22 of the edition edited by J. Carswell in 1948.

"I was still a couple of miles above the clouds when it broke, and with such violence I fell to the ground that I found myself stunned, and in a hole nine fathoms under the grass, when I recovered, hardly knowing how to get out again. Looking down, I observed that I had on a pair of boots with exceptionally sturdy straps. Grasping them firmly, I pulled (repeatedly) with all my might. Soon I had hoist myself to the top and stepped out on terra firma without further ado." --With acknowledgement to R. E. Raspe, Singular Travels, Campaigns and Adventures of Baron Munchausen, 1786. - Full Article Source

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06/28/10 - A gas station at home? It's Honda's vision of the future
One of the obstacles to wider adoption of the emerging technology has been the question of gas stations: Places where drivers could refill their tanks with hydrogen were few and far between. Times staff writer Susan Carpenter, however, recently got a peek at one potential solution: a Honda Clarity home refueling system that essentially turns your house into a personal gas station. A car that's refueled at home using solar panels and water? Could this be our future? / How quickly will the home hydrogen refueler follow, and how much it will cost? Honda won't say. But it's a promising technology that advances the trend toward consumers detaching from a fossil-fuel economy and becoming more self-sufficient. - Full Article Source

 

06/28/10 - High Depreciation May Slow Electric Car Acceptance
"The New York Times reports that as cars like the Nissan LEAF and Coda Sedan become available, one question that may give electric car buyers cold feet is bubbling to the surface: How much will these next-gen vehicles be worth a few years down the road? According to a report from the UK's Glass Guide, unless manufacturers properly address customer concerns regarding battery life and performance, the new breed of electric vehicles (EV) soon to be launched will have residual values well below those of rival gasoline and diesel models, with a typical electric vehicle retaining only 10% of its value after five years of ownership, compared to gas and diesel-fueled counterparts retaining 25% of their value in that time period. According to Andy Carroll, managing director at Glass's, the alarming rate of depreciation is a function of customer recognition that the typical EV battery will have a useful life of up to eight years and will cost thousands of dollars to replace. Carroll added that manufacturers could address this problem by leasing the battery to users." - Full Article Source

06/28/10 - Resveratrol in red wine may prevent some age-related blinding diseases
Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis : Resveratrol, found in red wine, grapes, blueberries, peanuts and other plants, stops out-of-control blood vessel growth in the eye, according to vision researchers. The discovery has implications for preserving vision in blinding eye diseases such as diabetic retinopathy and age-related macular degeneration, the leading cause of blindness in Americans over 50. The formation of new blood vessels, called angiogenesis, also plays a key role in certain cancers and in atherosclerosis. Conducting experiments in mouse retinas, the researchers found that resveratrol can inhibit angiogenesis. Another surprise was the pathway through which resveratrol blocked angiogenesis. - Full Article Source

06/28/10 - Sci-Fi Airshow
KeelyNet The SCI-FI AIR SHOW’s purpose is to preserve and promote the rich and varied history of Sci-Fi/fantasy vehicles. Through display and education we seek to celebrate the classic design and beauty of these ships and the rich imaginations that created them. When the cameras stopped rolling, many of these proud old ships were lost and forgotten. Please join us in working to keep these rare and beautiful birds soaring! - Full Article Source

06/28/10 - Cheap camera used to measure oxygen levels
From manufacturing to medicine, measuring oxygen concentration is vital. But until now, sensing and imaging the gas has most often been achieved with electrode arrays, which can detect oxygen only when they come into contact with it. Optical sensors, which can work over a distance, would be more useful. Now Otto Wolfbeis's team at the University of Regensburg, Germany, has come up with a simple method to turn consumer digital cameras into cheap oxygen sensors. The team exploited the fact that each image captured by a digital camera is essentially three separate images captured by the red, green and blue channels of an RGB chip. They designed and made a cheap sensing film containing two dyes that emit light at exactly the right frequencies to match the red and green channels when exposed to purple light. While the amount of light emitted by the red dye depends on oxygen concentration, the brightness of the green dye remains constant regardless of oxygen. Because of this it's possible to measure oxygen levels by comparing the red and green channel images captured by a digital camera using a purple LED flash, says Wolfbeis. Skin and wings - "It can detect oxygen at levels that are equivalent to about 1 per cent of oxygen in air, both in solution and in gas," he says. The sensor currently has a response time between 2 and 10 seconds, but the team are working to make it respond faster and sense even lower oxygen levels. Wolfbeis suggests the sensor film could be placed on skin to reveal areas of low oxygen concentration where a tumour could be developing. Elsewhere, if the sensors were stuck to aircraft wings, photographs could provide a simple means to determine local air pressure. - Full Article Source

06/28/10 - Con/Fiber: Translucent Concrete
What happens when you mix plastic fiber-optic tubes with concrete? You get a wall that’s translucent, but it’s as solid and heavy as concrete. Architect Kengo Kuma used this stuff to build a weirdly see-through wall that’s part of an art installation he calls Con/Fiber. - Full Article Source

06/28/10 - Carbon nanotubes in lithium batteries can increase capacity 10 times
Researchers have discovered that by using carbon nanotubes for one of the battery's electrodes, they can increase the amount of power a battery can deliver from a given weight of material by up to ten times over a conventional lithium-ion battery. Such small but powerful batteries could revolutionize small personal devices, wearware and implants. - Full Article Source

06/28/10 - 'Biggest thing in farming for 10,000 years on horizon'
At the moment, most grain grown around the world has to be replanted after every crop. Farming so-called "annual" grain of this sort consumes a lot of resources and is hard on the land, which is especially worrying as half the world's population lives off farmland which could easily be rendered unproductive by intensive annual grain harvests. Reganold and his fellow dirtboffin Jerry Glover argue that perennial grain - in addition to not needing replanting, so saving on passes of farm machinery over the ground, fuel etc - would have a much deeper and more powerful root system than annuals, rather like a well-kept lawn. This would mean that it used water much more efficiently; and water is often a major issue in agriculture and its impact on its surroundings. Other benefits of a deep perennial root system beneath farmers' fields would be less erosion and better carbon sequestration. Perhaps most tellingly of all, such a field might need as little as 3 per cent of the fertilisers required by annuals. Not only are nitrate fertilisers energy-intensive to make, they are also prone to washing out of fields to pollute water supplies, kill habitats and cause other eco mischief. Perennial fields would also require much less in the way of herbicides to control weeds. At the moment, perennial grains capable of matching annuals don't exist. However, Reganold and Glover argue that they can be bred with sufficient effort: it's purely a matter of resources put into research. It's perhaps worth noting that there's not as much obvious revenue in perennials for major agro firms as there is in some kinds of annuals - there would be no continual requirement for new seed. - Full Article Source

06/28/10 - Motorcycles powered by compressed air
KeelyNet (The photo was posted on the Journal page, not a motorcycle but air powered nonetheless. - JWD) Two scientists in India have conceptually designed a new, cleaner motorcycle engine that uses compressed air to turn a small air turbine, generating enough power to run a motorcycle for up to 40 minutes. Their design, described in a recent issue of the Journal of Renewable and Sustainable Energy, could be combined with a compressed air cylinder as a replacement for traditional internal combustion engines. In areas where motorcycles are a major source of public transportation, in developing countries like India, such a technology could cut emissions substantially if widely implemented. According to Bharat Raj Singh, one of the two authors on the paper and a researcher at the SMS Institute of Technology in Lucknow, some 50 to 60 per cent of present emissions in some areas could be reduced with the new technology, though a number of technical challenges remain. The major hurdle - Designing a compact but high-capacity compressed air tank to store sufficient "fuel" for long rides is a major hurdle. Existing tanks would require someone to stop about every 30 kilometres (19 miles) to swap tanks. / The use of compressed air for running an air turbine is more environmentally friendly than typical engines because there is no combustion involved in producing shaft work. Additionally, the abundance of air makes the resource readily available when needed. The researchers analyzed a small capacity air turbine with vane type rotor. The air turbine is designed to receive compressed air through an inlet port. Once air enters into the turbine and creates impact, it expands inside the rotor vanes and develops rotational torque causing the rotor to rotate with a series of impingement and expansions with each revolution. Expanded air is then released into the atmosphere through an exit port. Vaned rotor motors are most often used in applications requiring low to medium power outputs. The turbine detailed in the paper is designed to output 4 kW (or 5.1 HP) of power and can be fitted on a motorcycle. In developing countries where light vehicles are a major source of public transport, such technology could be employed to cut emissions substantially. "In India, the major source of emission is light vehicles and its contribution is around 77.8 percent," says the paper’s principal author, Bharat Raj Singh, a researcher at SMS Institute of Technology, Lucknow, India. "In view of zero pollution in this technology, 50 to 60 percent of present emissions can be reduced." The proposed air turbine, combined with a compressed air cylinder for storage of working fluid, could replace the internal combustion engines currently fitted on motorcycles. Once filled with compressed air (with a pressure of 20 bar = 290psi), the proposed air turbine and air tank could run a motorcycle for up to 40 minutes. Sizing, shaping and fitting of higher capacity air tanks to store sufficient air for longer runs, however, pose major hurdles. For now, a person utilizing such a vehicle will need to stop around every 30 Km (19 mi) to re-fill their tank with compressed air. "[The] desired infrastructure of compressed air filling stations will be needed [and] may be created upon successful implementation of this compressed air technology," Singh says. The ultimate goal is to use renewable resources like solar and wind energy to compress the air and run not just light vehicles but also domestic appliances, he adds. - Full Article Source

06/28/10 - Bouncing beads outwit Feynman
Researchers have built a machine that harnesses energy from the random motion of bouncing beads to perform work. The machine, a modified re-creation of a system dreamt up nearly a century ago in a captivating thought experiment, dances around physicist Richard Feynman’s dictum that work can’t be extracted from such a system. By skirting some of the rules of the original system, the new machine, described in a paper to appear in Physical Review Letters, keeps the wheel spinning in one direction. “It’s an amusing play on a classical problem,” comments physicist Bob Behringer of Duke University in Durham, N.C. “By changing an assumption you can actually make this work.” In the new study, Devaraj van der Meer of the University of Twente in the Netherlands and his colleagues designed a vigorously shaking platform that sends glass beads flying up like popcorn dancing off a popper. The beads smash into windmill-like vanes, which start turning a rod, which rotates a sensor. If this spinning is directional, it can be put to good use. When the paddles had the same kind of surface on each side, there was no net rotation — the machine swung back and forth evenly, van der Meer and colleagues found. But when they coated one side of each paddle with duct tape, the vanes spun in one direction. The beads lost more energy when they hit the softer duct-taped side of the vanes, causing the system to rotate in one direction. As the vanes began to turn in one direction, their motion created a roiling pattern in the beads, the researchers saw. “There’s a back interaction between the vanes and the surroundings,” van der Meer says. This reciprocal give-and-take — where the beads move the vanes and the vanes move the beads too — could also happen for very tiny molecular ratchets, such as those in the body, he says. Small molecular workhorses perform critical jobs in the body by ratcheting along tracks inside cells: RNA polymerase inches across DNA strands in a single direction as it makes RNA from a DNA template, and the cargo-carrying protein kinesin steps down cellular paths in a similar way. Having a large system to poke and prod may translate to better understanding about how ratchets work at such tiny scales. “The things that we see in this macroscopic system could also be there in very small systems,” van der Meer says. “The idea is to learn more about how these systems work.” Since the new machine requires many vigorously shaking beads to work, it loses most of its energy through heat and sound. “If you think about the amount of energy you need to put into the shaker, it’s an extremely inefficient device,” van der Meer says. “In terms of the second law of thermodynamics, there’s no problem whatsoever.” In a newly created machine, the random motion of 2,000 beads spins a ratchet almost exclusively in the counterclockwise direction (from the sensor's view). - Full Article Source

Newly created machine from Science News on Vimeo.

On Maxwell's Demon - The activity of Maxwell's demon can be modeled by a trapdoor in a partition between two regions full of gas at the same pressure and temperature. The trapdoor needs to be restrained by a light spring to ensure that it is closed unless it is struck by molecules traveling from the left (see illustration). Its hinging is such that molecules traveling from the right cannot open it. The essential point of Maxwell's vision was that molecules striking the trapdoor from the left would be able to penetrate into the right-hand region but those present on the right would not be able to escape back into the left-hand region. Therefore, the initial equilibrium state of the two regions, that of equal pressures, would be slowly replaced by a state in which the two regions acquired different pressures as molecules accumulated in the right-hand region at the expense of the left-hand region. Only a slightly more elaborate mechanical arrangement is needed to change the apparatus to one in which the temperatures of the two regions move apart. In each case, the demonic trapdoor appears to be contriving a change that is contrary to the second law, for an implication of that law is that systems in either mechanical equilibrium (at the same pressure) or thermal equilibrium (at the same temperature) cannot spontaneously diverge from equilibrium.
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06/28/10 - Bang goes the theory: How physicists lost touch with reality
The greatest advances in physics have come when theory has moved in near-lockstep with experiment. Sometimes the theory has come first and sometimes it's the other way around. It was an experiment in 1887 by Albert Michelson and Edward Morley – showing that the speed of light is not dependant on the motion of the observer – that influenced Einstein's 1905 formulation of the special theory of relativity. A decade later, Einstein produced the general theory of relativity, but it was only after experiments in 1919 verified a fascinating implication of general relativity – the bending of starlight by the sun's gravity – that the theory gained widespread acceptance. And throughout the early to mid-1900s, theorists and experimentalists jostled and outdid each other as they shaped quantum mechanics. An equally fruitful collaboration occurred in the 1960s and 1970s, when particle physicists theorised about the fundamental particles and forces that make up the material world, and experiments confirmed their startlingly accurate predictions. But this energetic interplay is now deadlocked. The discovery of dark energy and dark matter, along with the failure, so far, of experiments to find the Higgs boson (thought to give elementary particles their mass), has allowed theorists free rein. Ideas abound, adrift in a sea of speculation. Can the next generation of experiments help anchor the theories to reality? - Full Article Source

06/28/10 - Doomsayers Beware, a Bright Future Beckons
Long before “sustainable” became a buzzword, intellectuals wondered how long industrial society could survive. In “The Idea of Decline in Western History,” after surveying predictions from the mid-19th century until today, the historian Arthur Herman identifies two consistently dominant schools of thought. Rulers like to take credit for the advances during their reigns, and scientists like to see their theories as the source of technological progress. But Dr. Ridley argues that they’ve both got it backward: traders’ wealth builds empires, and entrepreneurial tinkerers are more likely to inspire scientists than vice versa. From Stone Age seashells to the steam engine to the personal computer, innovation has mostly been a bottom-up process. “Forget wars, religions, famines and poems for the moment,” Dr. Ridley writes. “This is history’s greatest theme: the metastasis of exchange, specialization and the invention it has called forth, the ‘creation’ of time.” With new hubs of innovation emerging elsewhere, and with ideas spreading faster than ever on the Internet, Dr. Ridley expects bottom-up innovators to prevail. His prediction for the rest of the century: “Prosperity spreads, technology progresses, poverty declines, disease retreats, fecundity falls, happiness increases, violence atrophies, freedom grows, knowledge flourishes, the environment improves and wilderness expands.” - Full Article Source

06/28/10 - Why crossing your fingers works … if you're lucky
A study from Psychological Science showed that being superstitious improves performance in a whole string of different tasks. As predicted, those who were told someone was keeping their fingers crossed for them finished the task significantly faster. Then things got more interesting, as the researchers tried to unpick why this was happening. They took 41 students who had a lucky charm, and asked them to bring it to the session. It was either kept in the room or taken out to be "photographed". Then they were told about the memory task they were due to perform, and asked questions about how confident they felt. The ones with their lucky charm in the room performed better in the memory game than those without and also reported higher levels of "self-efficacy", which was correlated with performance. Finally, they probed these mechanisms even further. Thirty-one students were asked to bring their lucky charm; it was either taken away or not, and they were given an anagram task. Before starting, they were asked to set a goal: what percentage of all the hidden words did they think they could find? Then they began: as expected, participants who had their lucky charm in the room performed better and reported a higher degree of "self-efficacy" as before. But, more than that, they set higher goals and persisted longer in working on the anagram task. - Full Article Source

06/28/10 - Are the good looking people also good in bed?
KeelyNet Definitely not scientific but as of this date polling is still open if you want to vote at the link... wonder if you can help solve an argument. The other day a friend of mine said that he thinks that good looking people also tend to be good in bed. I am not so sure. So, to help solve the issue in a totally scientific way, could you vote on the following polls. To see if there are any sex difference, females should vote in the first poll and males in the second….. - Full Article Source

06/28/10 - Amputate or Die
Our host leaned over the table to look at me as if his eyes were lasers. "Jack, you need to explain something to your friend. You need to explain something to America and all those Congressmen you know. Amputate or die. That's the choice America has right now. That's the choice Republicans will have after November 2nd, because they're the only surgeons around who can do the surgery." Everyone was quiet so he continued. "Gangrene will kill you. If you don't amputate a finger or other limb that's gangrenous, it will spread bacterially [via Clostridium perfringens], and you will die. Look at these unconstitutional growths of government on the body public as gangrenous infections that have to be amputated for the body to continue living." He looked around the table at all of us. "You know that I know all the main players in the world economy. Some are fools who don't know what they are doing like Strauss-Kahn (Dominque Strauss-Kahn, head of the IMF, International Monetary Fund), some are not like Trichet (Jean-Claude Trichet, president of the European Central Bank). America has no adult on the economy's lever - Geithner is more of a hopeless disaster than Bush's Paulson was, and Bernanke is worse than Greenspan. "So I don't know any player whose smarts I really respect who has much hope for America, who doesn't see an alternative future than the destruction of America's wealth through hyper-inflation. They think elephants will fly before Republican elephants will do what is necessary if the voters give them the power to do it." "I think your player-friends have to see things not as Democrat vs. Republican but as the Court Party - the establishment in power be they Democrat or GOP - vs. the Country Party, the TeaPartyers who want an end to all the corruption, Dem or GOP. Your players are part of the Court Party. The TeaPartyers you might think are like those who led the French Revolution - but they are like those who led the American Revolution instead. "Yes, the TeaPartyers own most of the 300 million guns in America, but they don't want blood unless there's no choice. Note the ‘unless.' November 2nd better be an honest election. What the TeaPartyers must grasp is Churchill's call after the battle of El Alamein [November 1942], that November is only ‘the end of the beginning.' "So you are right - the only hope is radical surgery to cut out all the metastasizing cancer, to amputate unconstitutional gangrene, or another metaphor, to be like Alexander and cut the Gordian Knot with a swordstroke. "But the question really is not whether Republicans have the courage to perform the surgery, to defund ObamaCare, to defund the entire Obama agenda, to defund entire agencies like the Department of Education, Energy, and the EPA. It is whether the TeaPartyers have the courage and capacity to force the Republicans to. I mean, how is eliminating the EPA extreme, and EPA unconstitutional fascism not extreme? We'll find out, because they are America's only hope now." - Full Article Source

06/28/10 - Oily Rain In Louisiana
Oil does evaporate see "Evaporation of Oil Spills" http://www.mms.gov/tarprojects/120/12... -light crude oil evaporates 75%. Didn't they say that the oil leaking is light crude? Corexit 9500 http://lmrk.org/corexit_9500_uscueg.5... from the Nalco Corp. (which makes Corexit 9500) about its toxicity. - Full Article Source

06/28/10 - Portland doctor plans house where terminally ill can kill themselves
A Northwest Portland psychiatrist who the state has reprimanded for wrongly prescribing drugs says he plans to open a facility in the city and charge fees to help patients end their lives under Oregon's Death with Dignity Act. On the website for End of Life Consultants, Weisberg said he has obtained a Portland property that he calls "The Dignity House" where his patients under the Death With Dignity law can receive the medicine and die there. The website promises an address and photos next month. Officials at nonprofit organizations that work with patients under Oregon's assisted-suicide law expressed surprise at the little information they could glean about Weisberg's proposal. The doctor has not spoken with anyone at the Death With Dignity National Center or Compassion & Choices of Oregon. Last year, doctors helped 59 people to die in Oregon under the law. "Never heard of him," said George Eighmey, executive director of Compassion & Choices of Oregon, which assists more than 90 percent of Oregonians who die under the law. Eighmey said the only place akin to what Weisberg proposes is Dignitas in Switzerland. And Eighmey said he does not believe Weisberg's services would be necessary anyway. "Ninety-eight percent of the people who receive the medicine under the Death With Dignity Act take the medicine at home," he said. "It's going to be highly unlikely that people are going to use his service. And we don't charge. He charges $5,000." The website lists a host of fees, including a mandatory $600 for the stay at Dignity House and a mandatory $600 for "End of Life Camera," which will record the patient's last hours. Optional fees include $400 for End of Life Catering, $400 for End of Life Security – a consultation with a "certified security agent" – $400 for linens and flowers from Weisberg's home garden and $400 for End of Life Music, which promises two 100-minute sets of piano music that "will be magical." - Full Article Source

06/28/10 - Stem Cells Help Restore Sight to Burn Victims
KeelyNet Dozens of people whose eyes were severely damaged in chemical accidents have had their sight restored with transplants of their own stem cells. Researchers say the technique returned normal vision to nearly 100 people. They said one of the patients could see clearly for the first time in more than 60 years. Stem cell transplants offer hope to the thousands of people worldwide every year who suffer chemical burns on their corneas from heavy-duty cleansers or other substances at work or at home. In the study researchers took a small number of stem cells from a patient’s healthy eye, multiplied them in the lab and placed them into the burned eye, where they were able to grow new corneal tissue to replace what had been damaged. Since the stem cells are from their own bodies, the patients do not need to take anti-rejection drugs. Currently, people with eye burns can get an artificial cornea, a procedure that carries such complications as infection and glaucoma, or they can receive a transplant using stem cells from a cadaver, but that requires taking drugs to prevent rejection. The Italian study involved 106 patients treated between 1998 and 2007. Most had extensive damage in one eye, and some had such limited vision that they could only sense light, count fingers or perceive hand motions. Many had been blind for years and had had unsuccessful operations to restore their vision. The cells were taken from the limbus, the rim around the cornea, the clear window that covers the colored part of the eye. In a normal eye, stem cells in the limbus are like factories, churning out new cells to replace dead corneal cells. When an injury kills off the stem cells, scar tissue forms over the cornea, clouding vision and causing blindness. - Full Article Source

06/28/10 - Good sex lasts minutes, not hours
Satisfactory sexual intercourse for couples lasts from 3 to 13 minutes, contrary to popular fantasy about the need for hours of sexual activity, according to a survey of U.S. and Canadian sex therapists. Penn State Erie researchers Eric Corty and Jenay Guardiani conducted a survey of 50 full members of the Society for Sex Therapy and Research, which include psychologists, physicians, social workers, marriage/family therapists and nurses who have collectively seen thousands of patients over several decades. Thirty-four, or 68 percent, of the group responded and rated a range of time amounts for sexual intercourse, from penetration of the vagina by the penis until ejaculation, that they considered adequate, desirable, too short and too long. The average therapists’ responses defined the ranges of intercourse activity times: "adequate," from 3-7 minutes; "desirable," from 7-13 minutes; "too short" from 1-2 minutes; and "too long" from 10-30 minutes. - Full Article Source

06/28/10 - Lizard-style bot 'swims' through sand
The latest of these "this would be a cool way for a robot to make its way through a disaster site and rescue people" solutions is a robot from a team at the Georgia Institute of Technology that can "swim" through sand, much like a lizard. Sand's a bit of a toughie, in case you've never found out for yourself in an ill-fated game of sand volleyball, thanks to its combo of solid and fluid dynamics. The spandex-clad, squirmy solution uncovered by Georgia Tech gets along nicely, however, going mainly with the fluid approach. - Full Article Source

06/28/10 - Stem cells have long term benefits
Researchers have demonstrated the long term effectiveness of using stem cells to cure corneal blindness. University of Modena : From 1998 to 2006 the team, Graziella Pellegrini performed 125 stem cell procedures on 112 patients, all who had lost partial or complete vision due to chemical or thermal burns. Stem cells were taken from the limbus in the patient’s own eye, cultured, and then grafted back on the eye. The grafts had a success rate of 76.6% and the positive results have lasted. One patient has been followed for more than 10 years and still has healthy, restored vision. - Full Article Source

06/28/10 - SanDisk WORM SD Card Can Store Data For 100 Years
"SanDisk has announced a 1GB Secure Digital card that can store data for 100 years, but can be written on only once. The WORM (write once, read many) card is 'tamper-proof' and data cannot be altered or deleted, SanDisk said in a statement. The card is designed for long-time preservation of crucial data like legal documents, medical files and forensic evidence, SanDisk said. SanDisk determined the media's 100-year data-retention lifespan based on internal tests conducted at normal room temperatures. The company said it is shipping the media in volume to the Japanese police force to archive images as an alternative to film. The company is working with a number of consumer electronics companies, including camera vendors, to support the media." - Full Article Source

06/28/10 - Flying Cars Hop Slightly Closer With FAA Weight Waiver
"For years we've been waiting for the flying car to arrive. The FAA has made an exemption that moves this one step closer to reality. Terrafugia has been granted a weight limit exemption for a 'Roadable Airplane.' Next up is passing the federal highway safety tests." / Terrafugia, Inc., developer of the Transition ® Roadable Aircraft, or "Flying Car", has received an exemption from the FAA to allow the Transition ® a maximum takeoff weight (MTOW) of 1430 pounds (650 kg). This additional weight accommodates the structure and equipment necessary for compliance with the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) which are not found in other Light Sport Aircraft. Items such as airbags, an energy absorbing crumple zone, and a protective safety cage will increase safety both on the road and in the air. Exclusively applicable to the Transition ® , the FAA's grant of an additional 110 pounds will allow a competitive useful load while providing a revolutionary level of crash safety in a Light Sport Aircraft. By giving pilots a convenient ground transportation option, the Transition ® reduces the cost, inconvenience, and weather sensitivity of personal aviation. In addition to the enhanced protection afforded by applying automotive crash safety technology to light planes, the Transition ® reduces the potential for an accident by allowing pilots to drive under bad weather instead of potentially flying into marginal conditions. Classified as a Light Sport Aircraft, the Transition ® requires a Sport Pilot certificate to fly and is designed to drive on public roadways and park in a standard garage. Terrafugia successfully completed flight and drive testing of its Proof of Concept Transition ® in 2009. Refundable airframe reservations are being accepted with first delivery scheduled for late 2011. - Full Article Source

06/28/10 - American removes Mexican flag over US flag in Nevada
An angered veteran in Reno, NV cuts down an American Flag being flown below the Mexican Flag. - Full Article Source

06/28/10 - What if 20 million Illegal Aliens vacated America?
Mexican journalist Evangelina Hernandez while visiting Denver last week said, "They (illegal aliens) pay rent, buy groceries, buy clothes...what happens to your country's economy if 20 million people go away?"

That's a good question – it deserves an answer. Over 80 percent of Americans demand secured borders and illegal migration stopped. But what would happen if all 20 million or more vacated America? The answers may surprise you!

If 20 million illegal aliens returned "home," the U.S. economy would return to the rule of law. Employers would hire legal American citizens at a living wage. Everyone would pay their fair share of taxes because they wouldn't be working off the books. That would result in an additional $401 billion in IRS income taxes collected annually, and an equal amount for local state and city coffers.

We would lose 500,000 illegal criminal alien inmates at a cost of more than $1.6 billion annually. That includes 15,000 MS-13 gang members who distribute $130 billion in drugs annually would vacate our country. In cities like L.A., 20,000 members of the "18th Street Gang" would vanish from our nation. No more Mexican forgery gangs for ID theft from Americans! No more foreign rapists and child molesters!

Losing more than 20 million people would clear up our crowded highways and gridlock. Cleaner air and less drinking and driving American deaths by illegal aliens!

Over $80 billion annually wouldn't return to their home countries by cash transfers. Illegal migrants earned half that money untaxed, which further drains America's economy – which currently suffers an $8.7 trillion debt.

At least 400,000 anchor babies would not be born in our country, costing us $109 billion per year per cycle. At least 86 hospitals in California, Georgia and Florida would still be operating instead of being bankrupted out of existence because illegals pay nothing via the EMTOLA Act.

Americans wouldn't suffer thousands of TB and hepatitis cases rampant in our country—brought in by illegals unscreened at our borders. Our cities would see 20 million less people driving, polluting and grid locking our cities. It would also put the "progressives" on the horns of a dilemma; illegal aliens and their families cause 11 percent of our greenhouse gases.

We invite 20 million aliens to go home, fix their own countries and/or make a better life in Mexico.

We invite a million people into our country legally more than all other countries combined annually.

We cannot and must not allow anarchy at our borders, more anarchy within our borders and growing lawlessness at every level in our nation.
It’s time to stand up for our country, our culture, our civilization and our way of life. - Full Article Source

06/28/10 - 3D Displays May Be Hazardous To Young Children
"Turns out 3D television can be inherently dangerous to developing children, and perhaps to adults as well. There's a malaise in children that can prevent full stereopsis (depth perception) from developing, called strabismus or lazy-eye. It is an abnormal alignment of the eyes in which the eyes do not focus on the same object — kind of like when you watch a 3D movie. As a result, depth perception is compromised. Acting on a hunch, the guys over at Audioholics contacted Mark Pesce, who worked with Sega on its VR Headset over 15 years ago — you know, the headset that never made it to market. As it turns out, back then Sega uncovered serious health risks involved with children consuming 3D and quickly buried the reports, and the project. Unfortunately, the same dangers exist in today's 3D, and the electronics, movie, and gaming industries seem to be ignoring the issue. If fully realized, 3D just might affect the vision of millions of children and, according to the latest research, many adults, across the country." - Full Article Source

06/28/10 - You just never know...
Incredible sub-visual inhabitants.

06/28/10 - Microwave Pain Ray Keeps Frost From Killing Crops
"Philip K. Dick's novella Project Plowshare was set in a world where deadly new weapons are 'plowshared' into consumer products. A few years after that book was set, defense giant Raytheon is spinning its raygun-like Active Denial System from a weapon into an agricultural tool to prevent frost from damaging citrus and grape crops." / Two moths ago Raytheon deployed a prototype of their newly developed Tempwave system to an Ontario vineyard. Tempwave sits atop a 25 feet pole and is powered by the grid. When its sensors detect weather conditions that may result in frost, its low-level microwave delivers energy directly to the crop without wasting energy on heating the intervening air. As long as the Tempwave system has enough power delivered to it, frost protection is guaranteed. - Full Article Source

06/25/10 - Building a Homemade Nuclear Reactor In NYC
KeelyNet "Mark Suppes, a web developer for Gucci, is working on his own personal fusion reactor. His work in a NYC warehouse using $35,000 of his own money and $4,000 raised on a website has made him the 38th independent researcher recognized as creating a working fusion reactor. How's that for a hobby?" / While they might un-nerve the neighbours, fusion reactors of this kind are perfectly legal in the US. "As long as they [private citizens] obtain that material [the components of the reactor] legally, they could do whatever they want," says Anne Stark, senior public information officer for California's Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. During fusion, energy is released as atomic nuclei are forced together at high temperatures and pressures to form larger nuclei. Scientists say devices like Mr Suppes' pose no real threat to neighbouring communities or the environment because they contain no nuclear materials, such as uranium or plutonium. "There is no chance of any kind of accident with fusion," says Neil Calder, communications chief for Iter, a multi-national project begun in 1985 with the aim of demonstrating the feasibility of fusion power. "There's no CO2 pollution, there's no greenhouse gases, you can't use it for proliferation [the spread of nuclear weapons] - it has so many advantages," he said.

Suppes has built his first test magrid out of Teflon and copper, though he hasn't run it yet. He's started designing a 3D printable magrid with space for superconducting magnets, which potentially could take less energy to run and get the reaction closer to self-sustaining. He's using a high temperature superconducting magnetic tape, but even high temperature means liquid nitrogen cooled, instead of liquid helium. It has to sit next to plasma. "It's the McDonalds problem. How do you keep the hot side hot and the cool side cool?" says Suppes "It's going to have to be a multilevel cooling system... Multiple layers of vacuum mirrored insulation." "It would be hard to believe you could advance on what Dr. Nebel and Dr. Park (of EMC2) are putting into it," says Ligon. But their funding only goes to next year. Suppes doesn't have institutional support, but he also doesn't have institutional constraint. "I expect to be working on this project for the next ten years, and that's what it will take at least. I have a long term commitment to this," says Suppes, "I would rather really go for something amazing. Even if it doesn't work, I'm learning everything I've always wanted to know about physics, and electrical engineering." - Full Article Source

06/25/10 - Too Small to Matter
From the movie trailer;

It is happening all across America and now in Europe and Africa as well - rural landowners wake up one day to find a lucrative offer from a multinational energy conglomerate wanting to lease their property. The Reason? In America, the company hopes to tap into a huge natural gas reservoir dubbed the Saudi Arabia of natural gas. Halliburton developed a way to get the gas out of the ground—a hydraulic drilling process called fracking—and suddenly America finds itself on the precipice of becoming an energy superpower.

But what comes out of the ground with that natural gas? How does it affect our air and drinking water? GASLAND is a powerful personal documentary that confronts these questions with spirit, strength, and a sense of humor. When filmmaker Josh Fox receives his cash offer in the mail, he travels across 32 states to meet other rural residents on the front lines of fracking. He discovers toxic streams, ruined aquifers, dying livestock, brutal illnesses, and kitchen sinks that burst into flame. He learns that all water is connected and perhaps some things are more valuable than money.

As I watched the documentary GASLAND last night on HBO my blood began to boil. I’m sure my blood pressure went up dramatically during the 1 hour and 40 minute film. After watching our corrupt government decide that the biggest baddest banks on the planet were too big to fail over the last two years and giving my children’s and their children’s money to these behemoth criminal enterprises, I was not surprised to see poor working class Americans treated like dirt by these same corrupt politicians. Big corporations can buy off politicians to ensure profits. The “small people”, as the Chairman of BP likes to call them, are expendable and can be ignored. They are too small to matter.

Horizontal fracking differs in that it uses a mixture of 596 chemicals, many of them proprietary, and millions of gallons of water per frack. This water then becomes contaminated and must be cleaned and disposed of. This new process opened up much of the US to drilling for natural gas. Every big oil and gas company in America was falling all over themselves to buy up the land rights for drilling. The industry insists that fracking is safe and does not contaminate drinking water. Why would they need an exemption from the Safe Water Drinking Act if their process doesn’t contaminate drinking water? Did the American public benefit from this loophole? The loophole benefitted Halliburton and the massive gas corporations. This jump started a phenomenal boom in 37 states. Now the inconvenient truth. The process of capturing this natural gas has consequences:

* The average well is up to 8,000 feet deep. The depth of drinking water aquifers is about 1,000 feet. The problems typically stem from poor cement well casings that leak natural gas as well as fracking fluid into water wells.

* Generally 1 to 8 million gallons of water may be used to frack a well. A well may be fracked up to 18 times.

* For each frack, 80-300 tons of chemicals may be used. Presently, the natural gas industry does not have to disclose the chemicals used, but scientists have identified volatile organic compounds (VOCs) such as benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene and xylene.

* The gas comes up wet in produced water and has to be separated from the wastewater on the surface. Only 30-50% of the water is typically recovered from a well. This wastewater can be highly toxic.

* Evaporators evaporate off VOCs and condensate tanks steam off VOCs, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The wastewater is then trucked to water treatment facilities.

* As the VOCs are evaporated and come into contact with diesel exhaust from trucks and generators at the well site, ground level ozone is produced. Ozone plumes can travel up to 250 miles.

Since the process is “safe” according to the gas industry, they lease the land from the occupants and drill in people’s front and back yards while the residents continue to live on the property. If the process wasn’t safe, these companies would have to negotiate a purchase price for all the land. This would decrease their profits significantly. - Full Article Source

06/25/10 - What they Won't Tell You about the Oil Spill
Nothing funny about any of this oil spill catastrophe, however... - Full Article Source

06/25/10 - Keepin' Cool Misting System Radically Cools Your Outdoor Spaces
KeelyNet What is flash evaporation cooling and how does it work? A recap from our prior article: How do misting systems work? Water is forced through small diameter pipes or hoses to tiny nozzles which release the water in such a fine mist that it appears almost fog like. The droplets are so small most of them will evaporate before even touching your skin and effectively lower the temperature around you 15-20 degrees via the magic of flash evaporation. The amount of water required to cool a large residential deck is only a few gallons an hour since the water is being released through such tiny holes. To put that in perspective you could cool an entire dinner party for as much water as one guest will use flushing a toilet and washing their hands. The Keepin' Cool system hooks up to a regular garden hose and attaches via included clips to your patio umbrella or other elevated surfaces in your outdoor spaces—rain gutters, edge of the second story patio above your deck, etc.—for flexible anywhere-you-need-it cooling. The only caveat we can offer when considering such systems is that they work most effectively in drier climates. We've experienced them in both humid and arid locations before and felt cooler in both instances but flash evaporation works most efficiently when humidity is low. The Keepin' Cool system is $19.99 and includes a 10 foot supply line, 10 feet of misting hose, and assorted clips and hardware for hanging it. Don't feel like paying for it? The same idea is ripe for a DIY implementation. (One of the photolabs I worked in had carpet everywhere so lots of static electricity when it was dry. We installed a misting system like this but assisted by compressed air. We had to filter the compressed air because oil droplets from the compressor would clump together in the airstream as it exited the holes in the tubing and spit small oil gobs through the tiny holes. But it not only kept the static down but also helped cool the building due to evaporation. - JWD) - Full Article Source

06/25/10 - Securely Overwrite Files with a Built-in Command Line Trick
KeelyNet There's plenty of utilities to help you securely delete files so nobody can recover them, but did you know there's a built-in command-line utility that can do just that? Here's how to do it. As long as you're using the NTFS filesystem on a recent version of Windows, you should be able to use the cipher.exe utility from the command line to securely overwrite files—all you need to do is specify the /W switch and the file or folder you want to overwrite—after you have already deleted it. ( cipher /W:C:\Path\To\Folder ) Using this method to overwrite data will take quite a while, and it's definitely not as easy to use as some other utilities, but it's a great way to securely overwrite data without using a third-party utility. Readers should note that we tested this on Windows 7, but the same command is available on XP or Vista if you are using the Professional or Ultimate editions. Update: To clarify, you need to delete the file or folder first before using this command. - Full Article Source

06/25/10 - Super Effective DIY Fly Trap - (3 sizes)

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I came across this contraption at a horse farm in Ecuador where the flies are nearly as abundant as the wild flowers. That mountain at the bottom of the cage is the fly accumulation in one week! Thankfully, our own fly problem is not quite so pronounced in DC, but the pesky little things have still been known to ruin many a good outdoor meal, making this simple trap all the more attractive. The bait (in this case, "dog manure", but you could use something less offensive like composting scraps) in the trap attracts flies in through the bottom, leading them up through the screen cone and into the cage. Since flies only fly up, they don't know how to escape through the cone-shaped screen through which they entered. And voila! - Full Article Source

Recent investigation has proven that the common housefly is a very dangerous enemy to human life. The fact that it spreads disease and is in every way undesirable is sufficient reason why everybody should be as careful as possible to prevent its increase. One of the most successful ways to wage war on flies is to screen our homes so as to shut them out, and then leave no uncovered garbage pails or any other feeding places for them. In cities where everybody has been interested in disposing of flies the results have been very encouraging. School children have helped wonderfully by engaging in fly-catching contests. You can do a great practical good for your own home and community by making this flytrap carefully and using it throughout the fly season. - How To Build All Three FlyTrap Versions

06/25/10 - Natural pesticides may hurt environment
A new Canadian study suggests natural pesticides could cause more environmental damage than conventional chemicals. University of Guelph researchers said natural compounds often are used in higher doses than traditional chemical pesticides, resulting in potentially more problems for the water table and other parts of the ecosystem. "These data bring into caution the widely held assumption that organic pesticides are more environmentally benign than synthetic ones," said a synopsis of the paper published in the most recent edition of PLoS ONE, an online magazine that publishes medical and scientific research. - Full Article Source

06/25/10 - Why Dawn Is The Bird Cleaner Of Choice In Oil Spills
KeelyNet Dawn dishwashing detergent is used to clean up just about anything covered with oil — from birds to sea turtles to human skin. But what makes Dawn so effective? At a warehouse turned bird bathhouse in Venice, La., dozens of bottles of Dawn stand like soldiers behind a row of deep sinks. It takes three people as much as an hour to get the gooey oil off each pelican. They start by rubbing the bird with cooking oil; veterinarian Heather Nevill says that loosens the sticky petroleum. Then one of the crew sprays it with dish liquid. "She's scrubbing very vigorously, getting her fingertips under the feathers to really agitate the feathers in the water," Nevill says. "It's that action of getting the detergent into the feathers that really removes the oil." The bird is covered with a lot of suds. "We're using very heavy concentrations of Dawn because this crude oil has become very weathered, and it's very difficult to remove," Nevill adds. When asked whether they have to use Dawn, Nevill replies, "Dawn definitely works the best. It very effectively removes grease but does not cause harm to the skin of the birds." - Full Article Source

06/25/10 - 2011 Ford Mustang V6 runs 776.5 miles on one tank, 48.5 mpg
On June 24, 2010, a group of Ford engineers took a stock 2011 Mustang V6 to Bristol speedway to see if they could run 1,000 laps on one tank of gas. By the time they ran out they had covered 1,457 laps at 48.5 mpg! / Usually when Mustangs are on the track the drivers are in search of outright speed, but that was not the case this time around. Instead the team of five drivers alternated every hour to see how far they could make the Mustang go on just one tank of gas. The new 3.7-liter in the Mustang is rated at 305 horsepower and 30 miles per gallon on the highway. The goal was to cover 1,000 laps of the 0.533 mile "bull-ring" track. Twelve and a half hours after they started the car rolled to stop having covered 1,457 laps at an average speed of 43.9 miles per hour. The 16 gallon tank had been depleted at the rate of 48.5 miles per gallon! Not bad for a 305 hp sport coupe and as they say, your mileage will vary. - Full Article Source

06/25/10 - The Financial Burden of the Penny
While it might seem foolish to waste money (however small an amount), the public’s disregard for pennies is not as irrational as it sounds. In fact, it now costs more than one cent to produce a penny in the first place. How did the penny came to cost more than its face value? Copper & Zinc Price Increases - Pennies, as you may know, are made of 97.5% zinc and 2.5% copper. Therefore, the costs of producing pennies is tightly linked to fluctuations in the prices of these two commodities. This has been a negligible concern for most of the penny’s life, as copper and zinc prices have typically been quite manageable. n May, the Wall Street Journal reported that the costs of minting a penny have gone up to nearly 2 cents, while those of nickels were up to nine cents each. In total, CoinUpdate.com found that the U.S. Mint lost a combined $22 million producing nickels and pennies in fiscal 2009. And while gains from dimes and quarters have made up for these losses, the fact remains that total U.S. Mint gains would be substantially higher without absorbing ongoing, yearly losses from pennies. The ever-rising cost of the penny has prompted some to ask the obvious question: why not stop making them? There are also the potential savings at stake. At a time when the U.S. is in the teeth of a recession, there are plenty of superior uses for $22 million than producing dead weight currency. Retailers, too, incur penny-related costs of their own. More than 10 years ago, in a 1999 article, Time Magazine estimated that Walgreens lost $1.3 million each year merely counting pennies. Moreover, eliminating pennies would not create the economic chaos that many anticipate. A common worry, for instance, is that prices will rise if stores begin rounding to the nearest nickel. Yet as Time explains, rounding is standard, daily practice on military bases and in various foreign countries with no major corresponding price jump. Threes and fours get rounded to five, and ones and twos get rounded to zero. - Full Article Source

06/25/10 - June 22, 2010 - NASA Satellite Photo of Gulf of Mexico

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06/25/10 - Is Obama Deliberately Protracting Gulf Oil Disaster?
If you were the President of the United States and you see that Gulf wildlife are dying and fishermen and tourist businesses are suffering from the worst environmental disaster in U.S. history, wouldn’t you do EVERYTHING humanly possible to help? I would. I would be down on the beach with my sleeves rolled up to help with the cleanup, picking up tarballs and cleaning off oil from seabirds. Instead, Obama has turned down 13 countries’ offers to help clean up the BP oil spill. The Dutch were the first to offer assistance that, if accepted, would have cleaned up the spill in a matter of weeks. Frustrated by the federal government’s inaction and BP’s ineffectiveness, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal took action and got oil-fighting vacuum barges to remove the oil. But then the Coast Guard shut down all 16 barges last Wednesday, claiming their operations needed to be halted until inspections and certifications could be done. In other words, the situation as it stands now is as follows:

* BP is ineffective at stopping the roiling oil spill.

* The spill is getting worse. CBS News is reporting that there could be as much as 1 billion barrels of oil under the damaged BP oil well in the Gulf of Mexico and that it could keep flowing for more than a decade.

* Obama inexplicably and irrationally refused 13 countries’ offers to help.

* The Obama administration is also thwarting Gulf coast states and private citizens from helping.

The unavoidable conclusion is this: Our government leaders are deliberately protracting and worsening the spill so as to foist on us the Cap ‘n Trade Tax “climate change” bill. Just as obamaCare is not about health care, so Cap ‘n Tax is not about the climate. It’s all about more power to the already too-big too-powerful government. - Full Article Source

06/25/10 - Breathing New Life into Old Lungs
KeelyNet For the first time, researchers have built a functioning lung by growing cells on the skeleton of a donor lung. The engineered organ was transplanted in a live rat, where it exchanged carbon dioxide with oxygen in the blood--just as a normal lung would--for two hours. The study is the first proof that old lung scaffolds can be used as a scaffold on which new lung tissue can grow. Lung tissue does not regenerate, so the only way to replace a damaged lung, for example in those with emphysema and cystic fibrosis, is by transplant. The rebuilt lung was implanted in a rat and hooked up to airways and key blood vessels. The blood leaving the implanted lung was rich in oxygen, showing that the lung could replace carbon dioxide with oxygen as blood passed through it. The implanted lung met the team's goal of exchanging gases for two hours. The work was published today in Science Express. - Full Article Source

06/25/10 - eCAP Invention Hopes to Control Oil Leak
The unit is basically a sleeve that will fit over the broken and jagged pipeline, allowing crews to shut off the flow. "From there you can connect it to another piece of pipe to pump it to the surface, or a hose or whatever. You want to take it and put it up to a tanker and then you can start pumping the oil directly into the tanker." Owens says the concept has worked as planned in computer simulations. They're just waiting for officials to give it the green light. "We designed this unit to go that depth so it will not develop ice crystals or particles in there which would clog it up," says Owens. "Anywhere from 10 days to two weeks we would have this in place, on site, assembled, and starting to shut down the flow of oil." But there's a lot of red tape to cut through before it can be implemented. Coast Guard officials are looking over the device to make sure robots will be able to attach it underwater. - Full Article Source

06/25/10 - Sharks Carrying Drug-Resistant "Bacterial Monsters"
Flushed medicines spawning antibiotic-resistant bacteria in oceans, study says. The finding suggests antibiotics such as penicillin may be leaching into the environment and spurring drug-resistant bacteria to evolve and multiply in the oceans. Mitchell and colleagues found antibiotic-resistant bacteria in seven species of shark—such as bull sharks, lemon sharks, and nurse sharks—as well as the redfish Sciaenops ocellata. The fish live in coastal waters off Belize, Florida, Louisiana, and Massachusetts. Though random mutations can account for the drug-resistant bacteria, there's ample evidence for human origin, he noted. "What do people do with antibiotics when they don't finish them? They flush them down the toilet [or] put them in the garbage," Mitchell said. Trashed Medicines Making Monsters - Bacteria exposed to the drugs develop resistance, Mitchell said, so "we have the risk of creating these bacterial monsters." Though sharks aren't a staple in the human diet, we eat what they eat—crab, shrimp, and other fish. So people should be aware of these risks and handle food appropriately to avoid infection, Mitchell cautioned. - Full Article Source

06/25/10 - Perfboard Prototyping video
When you think "DIY electronics," one of the first images that likely comes to mind is of parts and wire soldered to a standard piece of perforated circuit board -- and that makes sense. Perfboard is widely used because it's so versatile. Essentially, it's just a grid of potential solder-point connections. You can trim it down to just the size you need, or leave extra space for future enhancements, or revisions, if need be. - Full Article Source

06/25/10 - 'Cognitive Radio' can give all of us as much radio bandwidth as we need
Cognitive Radio transceivers are able to jump back and forth to open frequencies intelligently, making the internet fully mobile. Millions of people could simultaneously access HD video or search the web or make voice calls over a cognitive radio system. The 'public' airwaves could truly be public, rather than being split up and parceled out as monopolies to individual corporations. Total available bandwidth explodes because cognitive radios can change parameters such as frequency across the entire spectrum, energy-usage levels, and protocols to adapt as necessary so the signal always gets through. There is no longer any need for licensed spectrum once radios are all smart bots. However, cognitive radio has the capability to work around obsolete political favor spectrum monopolies. CR RF awareness can include a database of licensed users of the slices of spectrum being analyzed, as well as their geographic coordinates. The technology can also detect spectrum users that aren't working via RF, such as TV broadcasters. "Location awareness is an important new dimension of cognitive radio," says Stevens Professor Yingying (Jennifer) Chen. As this can allow the radio's output wattage to scale to be just powerful enough to talk to a nearby device so as to generate minimal interference with others using that same frequency in a city. - Full Article Source

06/25/10 - Brain scans to predict your behavior better than you can
Neuroscientist show in a new study that they can use brain scanning to predict whether you will use sunscreen in the next week better than you can predict whether you will do so. 'There is a very long history within psychology of people not being very good judges of what they will actually do in a future situation,' said the study's senior author, Matthew Lieberman, a professor of psychology and of psychiatry and biobehavioral sciences. 'Many people decide to do things but then don't do them.' So brain scans can better predict if you really will do it than you can. - Full Article Source

06/25/10 - Is oil catastrophe fulfillment of Genesis prophecy?
"April the 19th, Israel celebrates its independence in 2010," Gallups says in narration on the video. "On April the 19th, Fox News reports that the U.S. will no longer automatically support Israel in the United Nations. The next day, on April the 20th, the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explodes. Coincidence? Or the hand and judgment of God?" - Full Article Source

06/25/10 - Tell the truth, get fired
It seems that US politicians and defense officials have already started sharing responsibility for the imminent failure of the US-led operation in Afghanistan. It also seems that McChrystal’s remarks, which an author of Rolling Stone used, were, as a matter of fact, like a howl of despair. Obama has already announced the date of the defeat – June 2011, when the US begins to withdraw its troops from the country in spite of the fact that the troops have not been able to reach any progress in the struggle against the Taliban movement... - Full Article Source

06/25/10 - Home Computers Equal Lower Test Scores
KeelyNet "Politicians and education activists have long sought to eliminate the 'digital divide' by providing universal access to home computers, and in some cases to high-speed Internet service. But a Duke University study finds these efforts would actually widen the achievement gap in math and reading scores. Students in grades five through eight, particularly those from disadvantaged families, tend to post lower scores once these technologies arrive in their homes." - Full Article Source

06/25/10 - Europe To Import Sahara Solar Power Within 5 Years
"If just 1% of the Sahara Desert were covered in concentrating solar panels it would create enough energy to power the entire world. That's a powerful number, and the European Union has decided to jump on its proximity to the Sahara in order to reap some benefits from the untapped solar energy beaming down on Northern Africa. Yesterday, European Energy Commissioner Guenther Oettinger announced that Europe will start importing solar energy from the Sahara within the next five years. It is estimated that the initiative will cost €400 billion ($495 billion). It's part of an EU goal to derive 20% of its power from renewable sources by 2020. From the article: 'The EU is backing the construction of new electricity cables, known as inter-connectors, under the Mediterranean Sea to carry this renewable energy from North Africa to Europe. Some environmental groups have warned these cables could be used instead to import non-renewable electricity from coal- and gas-fired power stations in north Africa.' To this the energy minister replied, essentially, 'Good question, we'll get back to you on that.'" - Full Article Source

06/25/10 - Education on a Shoestring
Charles Leadbeater went looking for radical new forms of education. He found them in the slums of Rio and Kibera, where some of the world's poorest kids are finding transformative new ways to learn. And this informal, disruptive new kind of school, he says, is what all schools need to become. - Full Article Source

06/25/10 - Court Takes Away Some of the Public Domain
"In yet another bad ruling concerning copyright, a federal appeals court has overturned a lower court ruling, and said that it's okay for Congress retroactively to remove works from the public domain, even if publishers are already making use of those public-domain works. The lower court had said this was a First Amendment violation, but the appeals court said that if Congress felt taking away from the public domain was in its best interests, then there was no First Amendment violation at all. The ruling effectively says that Congress can violate the First Amendment, so long as it feels it has heard from enough people (in this case, RIAA and MPAA execs) to convince it that it needs to do what it has done." TechDirt notes that the case will almost certainly be appealed. - Full Article Source

06/25/10 - Erectile dysfunction precedes heart attack
KeelyNet Seventy-six percent of men hospitalized for a heart attack had erectile dysfunction six months prior to the heart attack, researchers in Malaysia found. Ramesh said atherosclerosis, the root cause of erectile dysfunction and coronary artery disease, is a generalized inflammatory disorder that progresses at a similar rate throughout the body, but erectile dysfunction may precede heart attacks because penile arteries are considerably smaller than the coronary arteries. "This study demonstrates that we should consider patients with evidence of erectile dysfunction to be of very high risk for development of future acute coronary syndromes," Ramesh said in a statement. "Interestingly, the study also found that all patients with a prior history of heart attack and erectile dysfunction presented with recurrent heart attacks. Therefore, we should screen and treat such patients very aggressively." - Full Article Source

06/25/10 - For-Profit, Illegal Movie Download Sites Threaten MPAA
BitTorrent is no longer the MPAA's enemy number one. They are now more concerned about illicit, for-profit movie download sites. This reader adds, "Just a thought, but maybe if the studios offered a low-cost, for-profit, legitimate download site without DRM, they could receive the profits at the expense of the cyberlockers." "Movie fans downloading free pirated films are no longer Hollywood's worst nightmare, but that's only because of a newer menace: cheap, and equally illegal, subscription services. Foreign, often mob-run, businesses aggregate illegally obtained movies into 'cyberlockers.' Cyberlocker-based businesses operate from Russia, Ukraine, Colombia, Germany, Switzerland, and elsewhere. ... Hollywood movies are made available via illegal for-profit sites within days of theatrical release, while the advent of global releasing now allows the proliferation of individual titles into an array of language dubs within the first month of a theatrical debut. ... When movies are released on DVD and Blu-ray disc, the sites upgrade the quality of video offered from camcorded images to pristine digital copies. ' - Full Article Source

06/25/10 - Arrests For Selling Poison-Ware In Spain
"Spain's FBI equivalent has arrested the management of a software company (Google translation; Spanish original) for selling custom software to small and medium-sized businesses with 'controlled errors' that resulted in the software bombing on a predetermined date. They would then charge for fixing the problem and press the client into buying a maintenance contract. More than 1,000 clients were affected." - Full Article Source

06/25/10 - The World`s slowest Porsche
This ultra-lightweight pedal powered Porsche is a fancier version of the car featured in one of my all-time favorite videos: a pedal powered car that got pulled over by a perplexed policeman: - Full Article Source

06/25/10 - Firefox 3.6.4 Released With Out-of-Process Plugins
"Mozilla Firefox 3.6.4 went to general release today. The big new feature in this release is out-of-process plugins (OOPP). This means things like Flash, Java, QuickTime, etc., all run in separate processes, so when Flash decides to crash, it won't take your browser out with it. If Flash starts consuming all the CPU it can find, you can kill it without nuking your browser session. I've been using this feature since it was in the 'nightly build' stage, and it was still more stable than 3.6.3, just because Flash was isolated." And reader Trailrunner7 supplies another compelling reason to download 3.6.4: "Security researcher Michal Zalewski has identified a problem with the way Firefox handles links that are opened in a new browser window or tab, enabling attackers to inject arbitrary code into the new window or tab while still keeping a deceptive URL in the browser's address bar. The vulnerability, which Mozilla has fixed in version 3.6.4, has the effect of tricking users into thinking that they're visiting a legitimate site while instead sending arbitrary attacker-controlled code to their browsers." - Full Article Source

06/25/10 - Visa Launches PayPal Alternative
"Visa has entered the micropayment processing space with payclick, a pre-paid hosted service that will compete with the likes of PayPal. Payclick is aimed at teenagers purchasing online content like music and games where the value of the transaction is likely to be less than $20. Like PayPal, payclick is an online money repository that people can pay into with a bank account or credit card (Visa or MasterCard) and then use the funds to purchase products online. The service was developed and launched in Australia with a view for global markets. PayPal integration is not there yet, but parents can monitor the amount of funds their under-18 children have to spend online. For e-commerce sites, an SDK is available for payclick integration." - Full Article Source

06/25/10 - One Step Closer to Star Wars Holograms
An anonymous reader noted a USC research project that is coming ever closer to bringing the classic Star Wars communication holograms from Tatooine to Earth. There's nifty video and some high resolution pictures of Tie Fighters projected into 3-D. Still no clear way to project it from an astro mech droid, but I'm sure that's coming. - Full Article Source

06/25/10 - IceCube Telescope Takes Shape Below Antarctic Ice
"The world's largest telescope, currently under construction more than a mile beneath the Antarctic ice, is on schedule to be completed next year, according to a researcher at the University of Wisconsin, the lead institution for a scientific project called IceCube." / Ninety-five percent of the IceCube telescope, consisting of thousands of digital optical modules developed for scientists working to understand the universe, is already installed and operating at the South Pole, said Albrecht Karle, a physics professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in an interview with EE Times. The IceCube telescope is no ordinary apparatus. With a volume of one cubic kilometer, the instrument is pointed not to the sky, but downward towards the center of the Earth, buried beneath tons of ice in the coldest spot in the world. No one will ever “look through” this telescope. Instead, it will convey its findings through vast arrays of digital sensors. Scientists backed by the National Science Foundation are looking for very small, very elusive particles called neutrinos that can tell scientists much more about the universe than photons or charged particles. - Full Article Source

06/22/10 - New Super-Efficient Oil Skimmer
This invention, which is the greatest hope we have seen yet for collection and cleanup efforts in the Gulf of Mexico, is a new kind of machine that has a collection capability far greater than any skimmer that has been used before. To be exact, these machines each have a collection capacity of up to 4,000 gallons per minute. All the skimmers being used in the Gulf up until now are able, all together, to collect less than half a million gallons a day, while just one BRS-2 is able to collect 2 million gallons a day. Other skimmers work by corralling the oil, usually inefficiently, by dragging boom, over and under which much oil escapes before it can be collected. This machine works differently than all the others by using the force of motion for direct collection of oil and water, and can be more effective in conditions where other skimmers cannot even be used. BP already has one of these new machines, which they have put to the test in the Gulf, and it has performed even better than expected. Production of more BRS-2 units is underway now. The technology is being leased by BP from the Petroleum and Environmental Clean Up Company, a Mobile, Alabama-based company whose owners are the inventors of this technology. The machines can move through the thickest layer of the spill and collect the oil and water which will then be transferred to storage vessels, such as tanker ships. However, this is not the only possible use for the BRS-2 machine. Robert G. Cox, one of the company principles, seems most excited about what these machines -- which he refers to as "surface slicers" -- can do if positioned in places such as Alabama Point, Perdido pass, Destin, and even Mobile Bay. He feels certain that this technology, coupled with barges for collection, can prevent ANY surface oil from entering at these points and coming into the passes. - Full Article Source

06/22/10 - Former NFL stars offer high-tech solution to Gulf oil spill
Just when you thought there couldn't possibly be another celebrity with a high-tech solution to the Gulf oil crisis, along come former NFL star quarterbacks Troy Aikman and Drew Bledsoe. Unlike Kevin Costner's centrifuges, Ecosphere's Ozonix machines use "ultrasonic transducers and acoustic cavitation to create millions of microbubbles that rapidly transport the oil to the water’s surface in a focused containment zone for non-chemical separation." The company has had success in helping natural gas companies recycle water used in the chemically heavy "fracking" process. They say the technology has been in development for more than 12 years. Even more interesting is a patent the company filed on Monday, announcing a technology that could help BP and other energy exploration companies recover oil during a deepwater spill. The process would involve "millions of nano bubbles" raising oil to the surface — potentially preventing massive underwater plumes from forming. "[BP's chemical dispersant] keeps it underwater and out of sight, out of mind, which we don't think is the long-term answer," said Bledsoe. "It just keeps the oil in the water. What we're proposing is using our technology to help get the oil to the surface in a more contained environment, so we can more efficiently strip the oil out of the water." - Full Article Source

06/22/10 - BP Burning Sea Turtles Alive?
KeelyNet A rare and endangered species of sea turtle is being burned alive in BP's controlled burns of the oil swirling around the Gulf of Mexico, and a boat captain tasked with saving them says the company has blocked rescue efforts. Mike Ellis, a boat captain involved in a three-week effort to rescue as many sea turtles from unfolding disaster as possible, says BP effectively shut down the operation by preventing boats from coming out to rescue the turtles. "They ran us out of there and then they shut us down, they would not let us get back in there," Ellis said in an interview with conservation biologist Catherine Craig. Mike Michael at Gather.com reports that Kemp's Ridleys are listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act. Harming or killing one "carries stiff fines and civil penalties ($500-$25,000) assessed for each violation. Criminal penalties include possible prison time and fines from $25,000-$50,000." Michael suggests that, given the size of the fines BP could face as a result of the turtle deaths, the company may be happy to let turtles burn, as it would make it impossible to calculate exactly how many turtles died. He notes that the bodies of dead animals are being kept as evidence to determine how much in fines BP will be liable for. "Is BP destroying evidence to keep their liability down?" he asks. "Is anyone going to stop them?" - Full Article Source

06/22/10 - Oil Spill Live
(Realtime, thanks to Bill Ward for the link. As bad as it is, many are concerned if a hurricane hits and throws this mess miles and miles inland, it would greatly increase the misery of those affected, loss of jobs, business closings, health risks from getting it on your skin or breathing fumes, sick and dead animals, plants, even to EVACUATION, etc.. It looks like they are mixing dispersant with the outgoing oil.

It reminds me of when I worked in photofinishing in Terrell, TX, we had a manager named Noel Williams who apparently had no sense of ethics. When the state would hookup their effluent monitoring system that would sample the outgoing fluid stream about every 5 minutes, he would turn the water on full blast to thin it all out. When several of us told him that was cheating and skewing the tests, he would laugh, tell us that is the way we will all do it, then say,

'The Solution to Pollution is Dilution!'.

I tried to file a complaint with the EPA but the lady interviewing me said they simply didn't have enough personnel to check it out!!! So no telling how much chemical pollution was added to the local water system by his callous attitude. Of course, with tests always passing, he was promoted and made plant manager in a new lab. I think the phrase, as far as I know, came from Mike Whistle in Quality Control in another lab.

So I think BP figures the oceans are so vast, the oil with dispersant will eventually thin down so much it will break down or sink to the bottom. In my home town, we had Scott Lake which was a dumping site for all the oils and chemicals of the railroad. The shores were completely saturated with tar as was the lake bottom. I know because it was like the La Brea tarpits walking along them and no one dared swim or try to fish in this dead body of water. The railroad was never forced to clean it up, and as far as I know, it remains polluted to this day. - JWD) - Full Article Source

View Live Oil Spill Streaming Video

Not to be totally PARANOID or a conspiracy MONGER, but these links were sent to me, so don't shoot me, I'm just passing them along;

US chamber of comm says taxpayers must help clean up spill,
oil spill damage far worse than anyone thought and the obama government WANTS THIS,
bigtime paranoia, 40 million to evacuate Florida?,
paste these coordinates; 29.97213,-81.660047 into Google Maps magnify & look at the rows of alledged UN vans for FEMA evac,
underground blowout, oil gushing from the sea floor not just from BP well pipe,
any twit can say the buck stops with me but it means nothing w/o PUNISHMENT

06/22/10 - The Trouble With Immortality
Dreams of immortality have led to terrible nightmares of boredom ever since people began writing down their thoughts. "Who the hell wants to live forever? Most of us, apparently; but it's idiotic," Truman Capote writes in his essay "Self-Portrait." "After all, there is such a thing as life-saturation: the point when everything is pure effort and total repetition." We already overcrowd much of the planet. We bestride and consume it, present and future. We eat so much more than our share that the generations following us will inherit a very poor place to live. "Very long lives are the probable destiny of most people alive now in developed countries." Life expectancy has been rising on a straight line for more than 165 years. This linear progress "does not suggest a looming limit to human life span," they argue. "If life expectancy were approaching a limit, some deceleration of progress would probably occur. Continued progress in the longest-living populations suggests that we are not close to a limit, and further rise in life expectancy seems likely." If a cure for aging became available to the rich before the poor, which is the way the world always turns, then the unfairness of life might become absolutely unsustainable. How would our world of haves and have-nots go on spinning if the haves lived for a thousand years while the children of have-nots went right on dying hungry at the age of 5? And what would happen to the rest of the living world? Would the other species on the planet, the other earthlings, have even less? We want a good long life. We also want a good life. It's hard to see how members of our species could have both for very long if more and more of us had to make do with less and less. Still, the adventure of living another 500 years on a planet as overburdened as ours would be, if nothing else, an antidote to boredom. Maybe, just maybe, we would tread more lightly on the Earth because we would each preserve one body, one piece of human equipment, instead of continually having to replace it. In that sense, thousand-year lives would be the ultimate in conservation. We might even grow up faster as a species if we lived long enough to pay the price for our species's sins in our own skins. - Full Article Source

06/22/10 - New CD without the CD
KeelyNet 1-bit Symphony is a newly released album. It come in a CD jewel case but there’s no CD included. That’s because they’ve built a circuit to playback their music via a headphone jack. We didn’t see any info on what microcontroller was used, but we love the cleanliness of the design. This apparently isn’t the first time the artist has released an album like this either. / A complete electronic circuit—programmed by the artist and assembled by hand—plays the music through a headphone jack mounted into the case itself. The project is set to be released on Cantaloupe Music on August 24, 2010. - Full Article Source

06/22/10 - Inferior Blood from sexual contact?
From 1977 to the present, have you had sexual contact with another male, even once? You'll have to answer that question, word for word, on a donor form if you want to give blood in this country. The form, authorized by the Food and Drug Administration and reaffirmed 10 days ago by an FDA advisory panel, offers three possible answers: "yes," "no," or "I am female." If you check "yes," you're done. You're forbidden to donate blood. Why? Because, as the FDA explains, men who have had sex with men—known in the blood world as MSM—"are, as a group, at increased risk for HIV, hepatitis B and certain other infections." To protect blood recipients from this risk, your blood must be excluded. Maybe you fooled around with a guy 30 years ago and have spent the rest of your life as a celibate priest. Maybe you've been in a faithful same-sex marriage for 40 years. Maybe you've passed an HIV test. It doesn't matter. You can't give blood, because you're in the wrong "group." On the other hand, if you're in the right group—heterosexuals—you can give blood despite dangerous behavior. If you had sex with a prostitute, an IV drug user, and an HIV-positive opposite-sex partner 13 months ago, you're good to go. The FDA bases its MSM policy on simple math. "Men who have had sex with men since 1977 have an HIV prevalence … 60 times higher than the general population," the agency observes. "Even taking into account that 75% of HIV infected men who have sex with men already know they are HIV positive and would be unlikely to donate blood," that leaves a population of MSM blood-donor applicants whose HIV prevalence is "over 15 fold higher than the general population." So a 15-fold difference is good enough to warrant group exclusion. - Full Article Source

06/22/10 - Will obama Resign over February 13th?
KeelyNet A question being discussed at FOX Nation: Should Pres. obama Resign Over Feb. 13? It seems incomprehensible that the president and other members of the administration still have jobs when it is now being reported that the federal government was apprised by BP on February 13 that the Deepwater Horizon oil rig was leaking oil and natural gas into the ocean floor. In fact, according to documents in the administration's possession, BP was fighting large cracks at the base of the well for roughly ten days in early February (almost 5 MONTHS AGO). The argument for resignation:

Mr. President, you seem to have very little leadership experience and it appears you have even less skill. Being a good dad and nice guy who sees the world as he wishes it to be is not exactly a resume of exacting leadership. Your advisers have failed you and you have failed the American people on nearly everything we've asked of you.

Where you go from here is really your call, but you should consider two options if you genuinely love the country you work for and those of us you report to. First, change your tactics. Second, appear to care. Attempt to engage and empower Americans who can and will go solve this mess.

Otherwise resign. - Full Article Source

06/22/10 - Not Realizing One’s Incompetence can Lead to Inflated Self-assessments
Wheeler had walked into two Pittsburgh banks and attempted to rob them in broad daylight. What made the case peculiar is that he made no visible attempt at disguise. The surveillance tapes were key to his arrest. There he is with a gun, standing in front of a teller demanding money. Yet, when arrested, Wheeler was completely disbelieving. “But I wore the juice,” he said. Apparently, he was under the deeply misguided impression that rubbing one’s face with lemon juice rendered it invisible to video cameras. In a follow-up article, Fuoco spoke to several Pittsburgh police detectives who had been involved in Wheeler’s arrest. Commander Ronald Freeman assured Fuoco that Wheeler had not gone into “this thing” blindly but had performed a variety of tests prior to the robbery. Sergeant Wally Long provided additional details — “although Wheeler reported the lemon juice was burning his face and his eyes, and he was having trouble (seeing) and had to squint, he had tested the theory, and it seemed to work.” He had snapped a Polaroid picture of himself and wasn’t anywhere to be found in the image. It was like a version of Where’s Waldo with no Waldo. Long tried to come up with an explanation of why there was no image on the Polaroid. He came up with three possibilities:

(a) the film was bad;
(b) Wheeler hadn’t adjusted the camera correctly; or
(c) Wheeler had pointed the camera away from his face at the critical moment when he snapped the photo.[2]

As Dunning read through the article, a thought washed over him, an epiphany. If Wheeler was too stupid to be a bank robber, perhaps he was also too stupid to know that he was too stupid to be a bank robber — that is, his stupidity protected him from an awareness of his own stupidity. - Full Article Source

06/22/10 - Invention keeps tractor on job
KeelyNet The Maxi-Trak Quattro, designed by Otorohanga farmer and contractor Kalvin Singh, has been awarded the Golden Standard, worth $5000 and given annually to the best agricultural invention in New Zealand. The ingenious but simple system, which has been in development for more than 10 years, beat out 27 other entries to win this year's prize. It transfers the main pulling point of the mechanical workhorse further forward, giving the tractor wheels more weight without increasing the weight of the tractor itself. As a result, wheel traction increases by up to 40 per cent, boosting tractor pulling power as well as fuel efficiency. Mr Singh said the innovation's simplicity had surprised a lot of punters who had seen the invention at this week's Fieldays. "When we went to the US patent office they were saying: `I can see how this works but I can't understand why no-one has made one yet'," he said. "Everyone who sees it, whether they have a knowledge of basic physics or not, can understand that this system makes common sense." Mr Singh is currently in talks with tractor manufacturer Case International to have the equipment custom-built into their machines. The Maxi-Trak Quattro costs between $6000 and $7000. - Full Article Source

06/22/10 - Top five legal mistakes entrepreneurs make
Many new entrepreneurs are very knowledgeable about their technology and their markets, but not so much about legal matters. Unfortunately, that means they may receive bad advice and take actions that will come back to haunt them months or years down the road and could potentially be fatal to their company. What follows is a list of five of the top mistakes entrepreneurs make, and how best to avoid them. - Full Article Source

06/22/10 - Fuel Stick keeps fuel fresh over long periods of non-use
KeelyNet It's called the "Fuel Stick", but it looks more like a square piece of green gum. But this is something farmers should pop into their fuel tanks, not their mouths. Canadian distributor Keith Andersen explains, "Put it in the fuel tank, then fill up and it dissolves within minutes and it stays dissolved. It will never separate out, which is important for people that park equipment during the winter months, because it will keep the fuel fresh. The tablets are organic and palm-oil based. He says it's a win-win for farmers who want to save money and the environment. / Fuel Stick is a complex blend of highly refined renewable organic chemicals of exceptional quality designed specifically to improve engine life and performance. Fuel Stick is composed of a number of compounds, each one with a specific function. Some are to clean the engine fuel system and compression chamber, others increase the octane levels in gasoline and cetane levels in diesel fuel and still others change the molecular structure of the fuel so it burns more evenly. These improvements will automatically improve engine performance, reduce exhaust emissions and increase power output. There are, in fact, 6 active ingredients in Fuel Stick and each one has a specific function to clean and improve the performance of your engine. These ingredients can not be put into a compressed pill The cube shape with pre-measured stick sections makes them easy and convenient to use. They are completely safe to handle and can be kept in a cool place in the car or carried in your pocket or purse. They do not alter in storage and there are no disposal or spillage problems with messy bottles. The most important benefits from using Fuel Stick are increased power and better fuel economy. This is accomplished by:

1. Cleaning the fuel system and compression chambers.
2. Increasing the octane and cetane ratings of the fuel you are using.
3. Changing the molecular structure of the fuel so it burns more evenly.

It should be understood that not all results will be the same. Some results may be better than others for a number of different reasons – the actual condition of the engine, driving patterns, road and weather conditions etc all have an effect on the performance of any engine. (About $15US) - Full Article Source

06/22/10 - Ghana: The Great Phone Rip Off
Contrary to what many Ghanaians have been taught to believe, the phone and mobile telecommunications technology was in fact first created by Afrikan people. For example, it was Afrikan American Granville T. Woods (1856-1910) that invented the telephone transmitter that makes it possible to make phone calls from a distance i.e. Accra to Kumasi. Without this technology it is virtually impossible to make long distance calls. The patent no. for this Afrikan American's great invention is 308,817 and was invented on the 2 December 1884. The next invention that Granville T. Woods did that is associated with the telecommunications industry is the technology that allows for the transmission of messages by electricity - meaning that this equipment is the foundation stone for being able to send messages via e-mail and SMS. The patent number for this invention is 315,368 and was invented on July 4 1885. On 11 October 1887, Granville T Woods invented the original telephone system and apparatus that has been modified to the telephone system that we know today. The patent number is 371, 241. In terms of the cell/mobile phone, again the original technology was first created by an Afrikan American. His name is Henry Sampson who is responsible for inventing the Gamma electric cell that is the foundation block for the cell/mobile phone. Without this technology the cell/mobile phone would not have been in existence. - Full Article Source

06/22/10 - Sandbagger Invention helps with flood relief
KeelyNet Alison Peters, Central Plains Herald-Leader...Guy Bergeron of Elie holds a photo of the sandbagger, a machine he invented in the early 1990s. It has helped fill millions of sandbags in Manitoba, North Dakota and British Columbia. "I kept thinking surely there's something wrong here," Bergeron, now 80, said. "You've got to be able to make things easier and faster." So, after open heart surgery in 1990, Bergeron began drawing up plans for what would become the sandbagger, a machine that fills up sand bags quickly — very quickly. "It doesn't take long at all, 5,400 or so an hour," Bergeron said, adding it takes about seven seconds to fill a bag with sand. Bergeron built the first sandbagger himself in his machine shed. "I was able to try it out because I had the conveyor and all the material to try it out," he said. Bergeron owned a gravel trucking business at the time. The sandbagger looks like a giant octopus or spider with a few extra legs. It has a conveyor that brings sand up to a middle funnel, which rotates around sending sand down one of 12 spouts to where someone with an empty sand bag is waiting. Although Bergeron's machine wasn't ready to help out with the 1976 flood, it was finished when rising water on the Red River in 1997 threatened homes in Winnipeg and southeastern Manitoba. "They are hugely useful," Allen said. "They produced literally millions of sandbags to protect Winnipeg homes from river flooding." Winnipeg used four of the sandbaggers to fight the 1997 flood. Allen said the city has used at least one of the machines each year since then to deal with annual flooding. The sandbagger produced 650,000 for Winnipeg in 2009 and 80,000 sandbags this year. "It's a hugely useful machine for our operation," Allen said. The sandbagger has also been useful in Fargo, N.D., Moorhead, Minn., and British Columbia. Bergeron has received inquires about his machine from Australia, eastern Canada and the United States government, he said. - Full Article Source

06/22/10 - Oil clean-up ideas amass in Gulf Shores
There is no shortage of ideas when it comes to cleaning up the oil spill in the Gulf. At Gulf State Park Pier Monday, BP held an event to review some of those ideas to possibly use. The event was somewhat like a science fair. Vendors from across the country presented their ideas on how to contain the oil.

Brian Ablett's idea would have to be fanned out across the water. The Canadian said his invention would soak up the oil. "This is a thin film. It's attracted to oil and rejects water," Ablett explained.

Kraig Shook from south Florida said his powder product would be scattered over the Gulf. It would catch the oil before it makes it to the shoreline, then be scooped up with a device. "The difference is when you capture the oil, you can reclaim it. So out of every ton of every captured oil, (BP) gets three barrels of oil," Shook told FOX10.

Steve Wenzel from Loxley said his liquid formula would disperse the oil. "It obliterates the oil, there is no collecting of the oil. In other words, it affects the bonding molecules of the oil," said Wenzel. "It's manufactured in Tennessee. We are the local distributor and we are just trying to bring this to notice."

BP leaders said there are a lot of ideas out there, but not every idea is a good idea. That's why each one must proven effective. - Full Article Source

06/22/10 - No respect for Philo
KeelyNet Like comedian Rodney Dangerfield, the TV pioneer Philo Farnsworth never got the respect he deserved, at least while he was alive. Now, the brilliant inventor is taking a final hit – the museum devoted to Farnsworth and his invention is withering away, with its contents up for auction this weekend. Stephen Hofer began assembling the documents after writing a dissertation in 1970, the year before Farnsworth died, that concluded Farnsworth was the rightful inventor of television. The advent of the television seldom carries a single name in the history books. That’s partly because it’s difficult to say one single person invented television, though it was Farnsworth who is credited with developing the electronic scanning method that he first demonstrated publicly in 1928 at the ripe age of 22. Still, Vladimir K. Zworykin also developed important elements of TV and patented an electronic camera tube in 1923. Farnsworth licensed some of his patents to Philco and eventually sold his key TV patent to RCA for $1 million. With the insistence of people like Hofer and Farnsworth’s widow, Pem, who waged an aggressive fight to restore the importance of her husband’s name, Farnsworth gained new recognition. Some scholars, though, still debate whether Farnsworth deserves sole credit for the invention. As Hofer assembled various Farnsworth-related items, he decided to share them with the public, leading to a Farnsworth Museum space in the former Karen’s Antique Mall on Fairfield Avenue. After Karen’s closed, he moved the items to the Kruse World War II History Museum in Auburn but is losing the space for a Revolutionary War exhibit, which fits in better at that museum. Hofer said he talked with IPFW and other universities in efforts to find a home for the items but couldn’t reach agreement. So they are being auctioned at 10 a.m. Saturday at the museum. - Full Article Source

06/22/10 - Jail guard’s invention saves on power
An inmate at the Quezon City Jail pedals furiously on a stationary bike, beads of sweat trickling like fat tears down his back. But he’s not only out to lose those extra pounds. He wants to help save on electricity consumption in the congested jail that has been his home for the past two years. Each session on the stationary bike is equal to electric power saved on a battery attached to the bike, which the jail can use to power electric fans and light bulbs. It can even heat water for morning coffee. The Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) has yet to give the contraption a catchy name, but it has caught the interest of both inmates and jail guards after they saw how two electric bulbs lit up after just two minutes of intense pedaling. Today, the BJMP’s “Kuryente Mula sa Pawis” project aims to make use of the inmates’ “potential energy” by encouraging them to sweat it out on the bikes—and generate electricity on the side. Dual purpose - “Biking serves a dual purpose for us here. The inmates can exercise and shed a few pounds. At the same time, the exercise generates electricity that they themselves use,” said BJMP-National Capital Region director Chief Supt. Serafin Baretto Jr. The jail official said that with the device, they hope to bring down the electricity bill of the cramped Quezon City Jail, which houses more than 3,000 inmates. For the project, each of the jail’s eight dormitories will get its own bike and battery, which costs P10,000 a unit. “Our electricity bill amounting to P607,000 was reduced to P315,000 after we cut down on the use of appliances. With this gadget, we hope to be able to power up simple appliances, especially water heaters that we use for the inmates’ morning coffee,” said jail warden Supt. Nestor Velasquez. The contraption—a stationary bike supported by scrap metal collected from a junk shop, a car battery and a light bulb to demonstrate the effect—is the brainchild of a jail guard who once worked as a car mechanic. Each battery can be charged in two to three hours of pedaling on the stationary bike. “Two to five minutes of pedaling by an inmate is enough, then someone can replace him to charge the battery. The device stops automatically once the battery is fully charged.” It would take around 100 inmates to fully charge the battery in three hours, Siena said. Each battery can hold up to eight hours worth of battery life and can power up to 10 light bulbs. It can also power up an electric fan and four light bulbs at the same time. - Full Article Source

06/22/10 - Sock puller invention
84 year old George Adams lives in Gaston County. He had trouble bending down to put his socks on, so he got crafty. Four dollars worth of hardware store parts turned his problem into innovation. He's now selling his handmade Sock Pullers for $8. To find out how you can get one, call George Adams at 704-827-9022. - Full Article Source

06/22/10 - 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

06/22/10 - Robotic Lifeguard
KeelyNet You’re lifeguarding at the beach. Two swimmers spaced widely apart are screaming for your help. You can only save one at a time. So you call EMILY. EMILY (EMergency Integrated Lifesaving lanYard) is a robot-raft which can travel 28 miles per hour. It uses sonar to look for underwater movements associated with swimmers in distress. The victim grabs on and EMILY brings him to shore. Speakers and a camera can be used by the lifeguard on shore to calm the swimmer. EMILY can go for 80 miles on a single battery charge. EMILY costs $3,500 from a company called Hydronalix. More info from Popular Science. - Full Article Source

06/22/10 - obama's energy pipe dreams
Just once, it would be nice if a president would level with Americans on energy. Barack Obama isn't that president. His speech the other night was about political damage control -- his own. It was full of misinformation and mythology. Obama held out a gleaming vision of an America that would convert to the "clean" energy of, presumably, wind, solar and biomass. It isn't going to happen for many, many decades, if ever. Unless we shut down the economy, we need fossil fuels. Rather than admit the obvious, Obama implies that other countries are disproving it. "Countries like China are investing in clean energy jobs and industries that should be right here in America," he said in his address. If China can do it, so can we! Well, whatever China's accomplishing on wind and solar, it's a sideshow. In 2008, fossil fuels met 87 percent of its energy needs, reports the International Energy Agency. Coal alone accounted for 66 percent. China represents about half of the world's hard coal consumption. Usage grew 10.7 percent annually from 2000 to 2008. The outlines of a pragmatic energy policy are clear. A gradually increasing tax on oil or carbon would nudge people toward more energy-efficient products, including cars. Any tax should be part of a budget program that includes major spending cuts. This is a better approach than the confusing cap-and-trade proposals -- embraced by the House and the administration -- that would inevitably be riddled with exceptions and preferences. Finally, research and development should search for cheaper, cleaner energy sources. - Full Article Source

06/22/10 - Invention Unbends Crashed Cars to save passengers
KeelyNet Otaki firefighters demonstrate a spreading system they use in car crashes. The concept was the brainchild of former senior station officer Warren Lauder, who died at Easter. He worked on it after he attended an accident where traditional methods of extraction did not work as well as they should. "We're over the moon," fire chief Ian King said. "It's a fitting tribute to Warren." Unlike other appliances, which pull cars apart with power tools, theirs releases trapped occupants by using chains and rams to lock a mangled vehicle into position and slowly pull it back to its original shape. The judges said they appreciated how the device made it easier for firefighters and medical staff to rescue and treat occupants of vehicles involved in crashes. "Unlike other extraction techniques, the beam introduces no new hazards into the accident situation." They also noted how easy it was for other emergency services to use the device. - Full Article Source

06/22/10 - Stem cell researchers work to smoke out stem cell charlatans
The International Society for Stem Cell Research : Stem cell researchers group plans to evaluate the claims of clinics offering experimental stem cell treatments to route out those of dubious value. From spinal cord injury in China to heart disease in Thailand, desperate patients trolling the internet can find a number of clinics and companies offering purported stem cell therapies of dubious value and great expense. According to Irving Weissman, president of the non-profit International Society for Stem Cell Research, there are more than 200 purveyors of such treatments. 'This is not rare, it's common and it's our responsibility to fix it,' said Weissman, a physician and biologist at Stanford University, in his opening address at the society's annual meeting in San Francisco this week. - Full Article Source

06/22/10 - Dehydration as Main Cause of Mental Confusion in the Elderly?
KeelyNet It seems like a joke, but it is not. Grandpa and Grandma constantly without feeling thirsty, stop taking liquids. When there is no one at home to remind them, they dehydrate quickly. Dehydration tends to be severe and affects the whole body. It can cause mental confusion, an abrupt fall of blood pressure, increased heart rate "rapid heart beat", angina (chest pain), coma and even death. I insist: It is no joke. The three most common causes for mental confusion:

- Uncontrolled diabetes;
- Urinary tract infection;
- The family spent an entire day shopping, while the elderly person was at home.

In the best age, which begins at 60 years, we have little more than 50% water in the body. This is part of the natural aging process. Therefore, the elderly have lower water reserves. But there is another complication: even dehydrated, they feel no desire to drink water, because their internal balance mechanisms do not work very well. Conclusion: Elderly dehydrate easily not only because they have less fluid reserve, but also because they are less likely to perceive a lack of water in their body. Even if the senior is healthy, it degrades the performance of chemical reactions and functions of the entire body. So here are two caveats:

1 - The first one is for grandmas and grandpas: voluntarily make a habit of drinking liquids. By liquid it is understood we mean water, juices, teas, coconut water and milk. Soup, jelly and fruits rich in water, such as melon, watermelon, pineapple, orange and tangerine also work. The important thing is, every two hours, put some liquid inside. Remember this!

2 - My second warning is for the family: constantly offer liquids for the elderly. Meanwhile, be attentive. Realize if they are rejecting liquids, overnight, they can become confused, irritable, staring out into space and demonstrate a lack of attention to surroundings. It is almost certain that these symptoms are caused by dehydration.

"Get liquids into them and quickly seek medical assistance." - Full Article Source

06/22/10 - Potato-Powered Batteries Debut
"Yissum Research Development Company Ltd., the technology transfer arm of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, has just introduced what it's calling 'solid organic electric battery based upon treated potatoes.' In short, it's a potato-powered battery, and it's as real as you're hoping it is. The simple, sustainable, robust device can potentially provide an immediate inexpensive solution to electricity needs in parts of the world lacking electrical infrastructure. Researchers at the Hebrew University discovered that the enhanced salt bridge capability of treated potato tubers can generate electricity through means readily available in developing nations." - Full Article Source

06/22/10 - Carbon Nanotube Batteries Pack More Punch
"Researchers at MIT have come up with a new way of making batteries from carbon nanotubes. Carbon nanotubes are attractive materials for battery-making because of their high surface area, which can accept more positive ions and potentially last longer than conventional batteries. Instead of this design, the MIT researchers introduced something new — using chemically modified carbon nanotubes as the positive ion source themselves. For now, the new batteries can power only small devices, but if the method can be scaled up, the batteries may provide the power needed for applications like electric cars." - Full Article Source

06/22/10 - Family Dies When Poisoning Rats with Exhaust Fumes

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Three residents of a small settlement in Ukraine’s Dnepropetrovsk region died from exhaust fumes of their own Zaporozhets vehicle. The head of the family, a 71-year-old man, decided to exterminate rats in the house with the help of his old car. The man attached a hose to the exhaust pipe of the ZAZ-968 “Zaporozhets” car and put the other end of the hose into the basement of the house. He started the engine and went upstairs. Some time later, the man decided to see what was happening in the basement. As soon as the man entered the basement, he lost consciousness because of the high concentration of exhaust fumes. His wife, a 77-year-old woman, started worrying about her husband when he did not come back. She went downstairs to see what was happening in the basement and fainted too. The same happened with their 29-year-old granddaughter. Their other granddaughter found the bodies two hours later and was lucky to stay alive. However, her three relatives died. (I found this interesting because of farmers using this method to rid their barns and grain storage buildings of rats by the carbon monoxide fumes from a running engine. - JWD) - Full Article Source

06/22/10 - Local invention can prevent carbon monoxide poisoning
Inventor Michael Cristoforo says, "this is a prototype of the device. It's called Clear the Air now." Michael Cristoforo of Palm City is a part-time inventor and he has come up with a device that he says is really something, "I think it's a lifesaver." His invention is a small carbon monoxide detector and it is designed to monitor the level of carbon monoxide in the garage. If for example, a car is left running in a garage, the device will automatically open the garage door to allow the carbon monoxide to escape, before the deadly vapors start to seep into the house. He says it could've made a world of difference Saturday, when an 89 year old Boca raton man left his car running in the garage, and the man later died and his wife got seriously ill. "It would've saved their life. It's positively a lifesaver. It will open up that garage door and let the smoke out." Cristoforo gave us a quick idea of how his invention works saying, "you link it to the garage door and as soon as it detects enough level of, accelerated levels of carbon monoxide. It will open up the garage door and then it'll have a series of, two series of 4 beeps, the first series you'll hear now and then the second series which is gonna start any second now, that locks it out, it will not close again unless the unit is re-set." He says it will open a garage door automatically if someone leaves a car running in the garage by mistake. And it will also open the garage door if someone leaves a portable generator running in the garage. It can even turn the generator off. It's a simple device that he says could prevent a deadly calamity. "This will open up that garage door and keep the people safe." Cristoforo says he's trying to get a manufacturer for his invention. He already has a patent on it. He says it would probably retail for $40-50. - Full Article Source

06/22/10 - Why Engineers Don't Like Twitter
"A recent EE Times survey of 285 engineers found that 85% don't use Twitter. More than half indicated that the statement 'I don't really care what you had for breakfast' best sums up their feelings about it." Reader mattnyc99 notes a related article in which the authors analyzed the content of tweets during a recent World Cup game, finding 76% of them to be useless. "Out of 1,000 tweets with the #worldcup hashtag during the game, only 16 percent were legitimate news and 7.6 percent were deemed 'legitimate conversation' — which leaves 6 percent spam, 24 percent self-promotion, about 17 percent re-tweets, and a whopping 29 percent of useless observation (like this). Is the mainstream media making too big a deal out of the avalanche of World Cup tweets, or is the world literally flooding the zone?" - Full Article Source

06/19/10 - The Greatest Inventions of the Last Year
The greatest thing since sliced bread? The wheel, penicillin, the Internet — can you beat that? There are inventions that we can’t imagine a world without. Who knows what the next game-changer will be, but new discoveries are made every day. Here are a few recent ones that might just shake things up.

The 6,000-Hour Green Battery - A new battery developed in Israel by Yair Ein-Eli lasts thousands of hours and its non-polluting, abundant silicon energy source reverts back to sand when its power is depleted. The battery is small and could soon replace those used in hearing aids. And the prospect of developing the silicon power source for everything from laptops to electric cars to space stations is not so far-fetched.

Bionic Eye - Giving sight to the blind? MIT’s Retinal Implant Research Group has been developing an implant that will restore vision to patients who have lost their site due to retinitis pigmentosa or age-related macular degeneration, two of the leading causes of blindness. A microchip would be implanted into a patient’s eye and special eyeglasses with tiny cameras would transmit images directly to the chip and, in turn, the prosthesis would stimulate retinal nerves that send visual information to the brain. The chip doesn’t restore normal vision but it could help blind people recognize faces and navigate spaces without additional assistance. The technology is here but still undergoing more testing.

Self-Heating Shower - Imagine harnessing the friction of the running water in your shower to heat it? An inspired design team made up of students from Mexico, Finland, Brazil and Germany did. They have created a self-heating shower using piezoelectric nanotechnology. The Piezo Shower is as futuristic-looking as its concept. Its sculptural appeal comes from the ‘vein-like’ grid of pathways that are connected to the shower’s tubing. The friction-generated electricity also powers the waterproof touch-screen that allows the user to regulate temperature and pressure as well as monitor water consumption.

Bullet-Proof T-shirt - Boron, the third hardest material on earth, has been integrated with carbon and cotton to make a lightweight T-shirt that can withstand significant firepower. Scientists from the University of South Carolina collaborating with others from China and Switzerland have dipped regular white T-shirts into a boron solution, heated it and made a shirt that is a bit stiffer than usual, but flexible enough for superhero effects. When combined with nanotechnology to create ultra-tough boron-carbide fibers, there will be applications for body armor and more lightweight, fuel-efficient cars and aircrafts.

Female Liquid condom - It may sound a little messy, but the applications are radical. The condom will not only function as a contraceptive, it will also protect against diseases like HIV, herpes and the human papilloma virus (HPV). The new "molecular condom" gel changes from liquid to a semisolid when it comes into contact with more alkaline fluids and forms a protective mesh of "crosslinked" molecules. Scientists at The University of Utah in Salt Lake City say their goal was to protect women in countries where HIV is an epidemic and cultural and economic challenges put more women at greater risk of infection. Clinical trials of the gel are expected to take another five years. - Full Article Source

06/19/10 - How Henry Ford And Thomas Edison Killed The Electric Car
KeelyNet At about the same time Ford founded his eponymous automobile company, Edison had made inroads into battery technology and began offering nickel-iron storage batteries for several uses, among them automobiles. His announced plans that same year to convert four large touring cars from gasoline to electric power (using his own batteries, of course) reeks of a publicity stunt to sell his new batteries, but it was enough to get him listed in the Standard Catalog. And though he prodded Ford off into production of gasoline cars, by 1903 he was denouncing them. Electricity is the thing. There are no whirring and grinding gears with their numerous levers to confuse. There is not that almost terrifying uncertain throb and whirr of the powerful combustion engine. There is no water circulating system to get out of order – no dangerous and evil-smelling gasoline and no noise. In early 1914, word had gotten around that work had started on a low-priced electric car. Reports appeared in the Wall Street Journal, in the trade magazines, and in other newspapers as far away as New Zealand regarding Ford's foray into electric cars. Ford himself even confirmed the rumors in the January 11, 1914 issue of the New York Times: Within a year, I hope, we shall begin the manufacture of an electric automobile. I don't like to talk about things which are a year ahead, but I am willing to tell you something of my plans. The fact is that Mr. Edison and I have been working for some years on an electric automobile which would be cheap and practicable. Cars have been built for experimental purposes, and we are satisfied now that the way is clear to success. The problem so far has been to build a storage battery of light weight which would operate for long distances without recharging. Mr. Edison has been experimenting with such a battery for some time. Ford may have fibbed a little by saying that multiple experimental cars have been built, but we know for a fact that at least one experimental Ford electric was built in 1913, as seen above out in front of Ford's Highland park plant. It was a tiller-steered car with an unusually swoopy frame and a contingent of batteries under the seat. Some conspiracy theorists believe the oil cartels got to Ford and Edison and caused them to abandon the project; they offer as evidence the "mysterious" fire that nearly destroyed Edison's workshops in West Orange, New Jersey, in December 1914. Besides the fact that all work on the electric took place in Dearborn (and the fact that Edison got right back on the horse and had his whole place rebuilt by the next spring), we also see in the coverage of the fire in the December 10, 1914, issue of the New York Times that the fire skirted the two buildings in which any work on the electric car would have taken place. It was seen that the only important buildings that could be saved were the experimental laboratory and the storage-battery building, and all attention was given to them. Mr. Edison was in the experimental laboratory when the fire began. He helped in the salvage work, and when that was finished he went to the storage battery building and directed the protection of that structure. Rather, as Bryan wrote, the downfall of the Edison-Ford electric car came about because Ford demanded the use of Edison's nickel-iron batteries in the car, and would have no other battery powering this car. Edison's batteries, however, were found to have very high internal resistance and were thus incapable of powering an electric car under many circumstances. Heavier lead-acid batteries (which would have made the car too ponderous) were substituted behind Henry Ford's back, and when he found out, he went ballistic. The program quickly fell to the wayside with other projects demanding Henry Ford's time. According to The Ford Century, Ford invested $1.5 million in the electric-car project and nearly bought 100,000 batteries from Edison before the project fell apart. - Full Article Source

06/19/10 - Seeing the Invisible
Russian scientists from the Institute of Physics invented a device, which allows seeing the invisible. Tandem organic transformer – light amplifier, consisting of Tb (terbium)-Zn (zinc) metal-organic diodes, makes a screen, which turns signals, invisible for human beings, into full-scale image. Photoelectric current amplification factor of the device is 100 000. In a way, organic light transformer is similar to a display, developers say. Being exposed to, say, infrared radiation, it gives images in visible light range. Organic photosensitive diode captures light, which is transformed into electric current. This current is amplified in diode’s organic part and then affects a light-emitting diode, which starts emitting light. Images are transferred almost without losses, which means high quality of the final image. Such device can be used in defence, aviation and space research due to its properties and size. - Full Article Source

06/19/10 - Crowdfunding – Finding Money in the Crowds
If you know anything about crowdsourcing, you will need to pay close attention to what’s happening in the area of crowdfunding. Whatever startup venture you may be working on, there seems to be a crowdfunding option waiting for you. To start here are 11 examples of crowdfunding, many of them in creative domains... - Full Article Source

06/19/10 - Vacuum Can Be Measured
KeelyNet 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

06/19/10 - Sunny Spain suspends solar subsidy scam
€18bn flushed down the baño. Dead broke Spain can't afford to prop up renewables anymore. The Spanish government is cutting the numbers of hours in a day it's prepared to pay for "clean" energy. Estimates put the investment in solar energy in Spain at €18bn - but the investment was predicated, as it is with all flakey renewables, on taxpayer subsidies. With the country's finances in ruins, making sacrifices for the Earth Goddess Gaia is an option Spain can no longer afford. Incredibly, Spain pays more in subsidies for renewables than the total cost of energy production for the country. It leaves industry with bills 17 per cent higher than the EU average. "We feel cheated", Tomas Diaz of the Spanish Photovoltaic Industry Association told Bloomberg. But it's undoubtedly taxpayers who have been cheated the most. The renewables bandwagon is like a hopeless football team that finishes bottom of the league each year - but claims it's too special ever to be relegated. For sure, you can create a temporary jobs boom, but these are artificial, and the exercise is as useful as paying people to dig a hole in the ground, then fill it in. Spanish economist Professor Gabriel Calzada, at the University of Madrid estimated that each green job had cost the country $774,000. Worse, a "green" job costs 2.2 jobs that might otherwise have been created - a figure Calzada derived by dividing the average subsidy per worker by the average productivity per worker. Industry, which can't afford to pay the higher fuel bills, simply moves elsewhere. - Full Article Source

06/19/10 - Set Up a Foolproof and Fireproof Automatic Backup Plan
KeelyNet You'll find no shortage of ways to backup your data—to other hard drives, to network drives, to external drives, to the cloud, to your neighbor's house, to a data center in Houston, etc.—but not everyone makes computer tinkering and data backup their part-time hobby. We understand the allure of patching together your own awesome and custom-fit backup system, but we also understand the allure of the "It Just Works" method. Whether you want to set up a data protection plan for yourself or for a less than computer-savvy relative (we'll be referring to this relative as Uncle Ted for the rest of the guide), Mozy provides a dead-simple backup plan for both Windows and Macs. Mozy comes in three flavors. MozyHome Free is a no-cost solution that uses the same software and syncing as MozyHome Unlimited but is limited to backing up 2GB of data. If you've never used Mozy before and you're curious if this guide will really help you automate your backups with no fuss or headaches, you should really sign up for a free account and give it a try. At the end of the day, we'd strongly recommend paying for MozyHome Unlimited. It's $4.95 per month (or $55 per year) for unlimited backup on home computers, both locally and to Mozy's servers (where privacy hounds will be happy to know the backups are sent completely encrypted). - Full Article Source

06/19/10 - Temp Nation: The demise of "lifetime employment" in Japan
For decades, Japan's big firms were famous for their deal with employees: The corporation was a big family that looked after its workers for life. In return it expected total dedication. That was the Japanese way, and part of the popular 1980s American media narrative on the rise of Japan, Inc. It's no longer true. Instead, more than 17 million people in the world's second largest economy are now "irregular" workers, or temps, according to government statistics. That's nearly 34 percent of the workforce, up from 25 percent in 1999 and just 15 percent in 1984. Such workers give Japanese firms a more flexible workforce, helping them keep down costs and cope with globalization. But temps are paid less than full-timers, have fewer benefits and are cast off when times are tough. The global downturn of 2008 made that painfully clear. From the last quarter of 2008 to the autumn of 2009, Japan shed 440,000 "dispatch" worker jobs, according to government numbers (some have since been re-hired, or shifted to other categories of temp work.) Temps living in company-provided housing lost not only their jobs but their homes, too. Now, fed-up temps — as well as small, independent unions — are beginning to push back. They say big Japanese firms are exploiting loopholes and weak enforcement of labor laws to maintain a low-cost workforce of "permatemps" with little or no job security. And increasingly, they're taking their cases to labor bureaus and courts. Many such workers are surprisingly sympathetic to the need for Japanese firms to stay competitive. They just think things have gone too far. - Full Article Source

06/19/10 - Hindsight Bias
The Misconception: After you learn something new, you remember how you were once ignorant or wrong. The Truth: You often look back on the things you’ve just learned and assume you knew them or believed them all along. You tend to edit your memories so you don’t seem like such a dimwit when things happen you couldn’t have predicted. When you learn things you wish you had known all along, you go ahead and assume you did know them. This tendency is just part of being a person, and it is called the Hindsight Bias. The availability heuristic shows you make decisions and think thoughts based on the information you have at hand while ignoring all the other information that might be out there. You do the same thing with Hindsight Bias by thinking thoughts and making decisions based on what you know now, not what you used to know. “…people’s need to be right is stronger than their ability to be objective.” - N. Crawford, The American Psychological Association Knowing hindsight bias exists should arm you with healthy skepticism when politicians and businessmen talk about their past decisions. Also, keep it in mind the next time you get into a debate online or argument with a boyfriend or girlfriend, husband or wife – the other person really does think they were never wrong, and so do you. - Full Article Source

06/19/10 - Maker of Eco-Connect Bottle System has lofty goals
KeelyNet Developed by Steve Klein, a former New York City schoolteacher, the Eco-Connect Bottle System is intended to be a green, inexpensive way to make a soccer goal (a computer-generated version of the goal is shown) out of empty, used plastic soda bottles. The Eco-Connect system, hopes Klein, could also be used for toys and building materials. The Eco-Connect Bottle System puts a threaded indentation on the bottom of the plastic bottles, allowing you to make a goal by screwing the bottles together. You connect the goalposts, crossbar, and other legs using a series of connectors. (Read this important safety advice about soccer goals from the Consumer Reports Safety blog.) Beyond goals, Klein says the Eco-Connect Bottle System connectors can array bottles into grids that might be used as insulation in construction or to build temporary shelters to disaster victims. "If bottles like this were donated to a place like Haiti after a natural disaster, they would have material for shelters and building insulation, and the kids could make toys to play with," says Klein, who adds that plastic bottles and chicken wire have already been used to build a school in Guatemala. Klein hopes that beverage companies will license his technology for use with their existing bottles and to develop their own custom connector kits. - Full Article Source

06/19/10 - Can painting a mountain restore a glacier?
Slowly but surely an extinct glacier in a remote corner of the Peruvian Andes is being returned to its former colour, not by falling snow or regenerated ice sheets, but by whitewash. The World Bank clearly believes the idea - the brainchild of 55-year-old Peruvian inventor, Eduardo Gold - has merit as it was one of the 26 winners from around 1,700 submissions in the "100 Ideas to Save the Planet" competition at the end of 2009. Mr Gold, who has no scientific qualifications but has studiously read up on glaciology, is enthused that the time has come to put his theory into practice. Although he is yet to receive the $200,000 (£135,000) awarded by the World Bank, his pilot project is already underway on the Chalon Sombrero peak, 4,756 metres above sea level, in an area some 100km west of the regional capital of Ayacucho. The area has long been denuded of its snowy, white peaks. Four men from Licapa, the village which lies further down the valley, don boiler suits and mix the paint from three simple and environmentally-friendly ingredients: lime, industrial egg white and water. The mixture which has been used since Peru's colonial times. There are no paint brushes, the workers use jugs to splash the whitewash onto the loose rocks around the summit. It is a laborious process but they have whitewashed two hectares in two weeks. They plan is to paint the whole summit, then in due course, two other peaks totalling overall some 70 hectares. Cold generates cold' Mr Gold may not be a scientist but his idea is based on the simple scientific principle that when sunlight is reflected off a white or light-coloured surface, solar energy passes back through the atmosphere and out into space, rather than warming the Earth's surface. The US Energy Secretary, Steven Chu, has endorsed a similar idea using white roofs in the United States - possibly more pragmatic than painting mountains. - Full Article Source

06/19/10 - Adjustable Tesla coil build
KeelyNet This coil has no trouble shooting sparks across four meters of empty air. [Finn Hammer] has been putting in some long hours on this labor of love, and we put in some time reading through his progress thread. He started down this path about a year ago and every step of the way he produces beautiful work. We enjoy seeing his prototyping techniques, moving from concept to hand drawing to CAD diagram before starting the physical build. Check out the demo video after the break and as you read through his thread look for the green arrows that lead to other videos and resources. - Full Article Source

06/19/10 - Velosynth annoys those around you as you ride
We’ve always put stock in ‘the quieter the better’ when it comes to road bikes. You’ll find this truth if you spend 100k on the back wheel of someone with a sqeaky rear derailleur. But apparently the folks at Effalo never learned this lesson as they’ve produced a bike computer that generates noise as you ride. Perhaps it just takes some ingenuity to turn this into a beautiful music maker along the lines of the Force Trainer hack. No problem because the velosynth is a hackable design. The case was made with a vacuum form and inside you’ll find a bunch of small breadboards. The JeeNode, which is an Arduino/Xbee combination, serves as the heart of the device by taking speed and acceleration data from the bicycle wheel. From there it is passed on to various modules, Bob’s your uncle, and sound comes out. Check out their sales pitch after the break and if you’re starting to get some ideas about using this check out the open source info they’ve provided. - Full Article Source

06/19/10 - An Energy-Saving Air Conditioner
KeelyNet "The technology we have today is nearly a hundred years old," says Eric Kozubal, a senior engineer at NREL. Kozubal and colleagues have come up with an air conditioner that combines evaporative cooling with a water-absorbing material to provide cool, dry air while using up to 90 percent less energy. The desiccant-enhanced evaporative, or DEVap, air conditioner is meant to addresses the old complaint, "It's not the heat; it's the humidity," more efficiently. Evaporative cooling--blowing air across a wet surface to promote evaporation--has long been used in so-called swamp coolers. A method called indirect evaporative cooling improves on this design, dividing air into two streams, which separated by a polymer membrane. Water is passed through one airstream, making it cooler and wetter; the cool air cools the membrane, which in turn cools the air on the other side without adding water. But air can only hold so much water vapor, so in humid climates the effect is limited. On a 32 ºC day in Houston, Kozubal says, evaporative cooling may only bring the temperature down to about 27 ºC. Ideally, to provide a comfortable building, an air conditioner should cool air to 13 or 16 ºC. NREL overcomes the humidity problem by adding another step, the use of a material known as a desiccant that absorbs moisture. NREL uses a liquid desiccant, a syrupy solution of lithium chloride or calcium chloride, about 44 percent salt by volume. In this setup, another membrane separates the desiccant from air traveling through a channel. The polymer membrane has pores about 1 micrometer to 3 micrometers in diameter, big enough that water vapor passes through easily while the salty liquid stays put. The membrane is also coated with a Teflon-like substance to repel liquid water. The desiccant pulls moisture from the airstream, leaving dry, warm air. Then it's back to indirect evaporative cooling: in a second channel, water evaporates to cool a secondary airstream, which in turn cools the first airstream, and out comes cool, dry air. - Full Article Source

06/19/10 - Would you buy an electric car if you had access to charging stations?
California is funneling $200 million a year through 2015 into low-emission vehicles. As part of the plan it is subsidizing more than 5,000 charging stations that should be in operation by 2012, which is expected to be more than in any other state. California's goal is to have 7,500 all-electric and 25,000 plug-in hybrid cars on its roads by 2014, rising to 60,000 electrics and 85,000 plug-in hybrids by 2017. The first of the models will begin arriving this fall. What do you think? Will electric cars catch on if there's no problem keeping them powered? - Full Article Source

06/19/10 - Novel Microwave Water Heater Invention
Wanderport Corp. (PINKSHEETS: WDRP) announced today that its prudent analysis, testing and re-evaluation has spawned a new innovative patent for the microwave energy tank-less water heater which it feels will set the bar for performance and innovation standards in the industry. The new patent application comprises a unique heat exchanger using radio frequency and particularly microwaves as an energy source. We believe that this new method will revolutionize the water heater industry and provide Wanderport's shareholders with additional value as this enormous breakthrough will enhance the microwave water heater's efficiency and provide an easier method to manufacture a more compact unit. This new Patent now provides a radio frequency energy exchanger that makes efficient use of microwave energy and its conversion into heat within a flowing liquid and is compact so that it may accommodate residential, commercial, and industrial heating applications. Through his recent analysis, Mr. Robert Simoneau, Wanderport's Technical Advisor and product inventor, has discovered that conventional microwave heat exchangers suffer from reduced efficiency due, in part, to the irregular wave pattern emitted from the magnetron resulting in inefficient energy transfer or coupling. Mr. Simoneau has also discovered that previous attempts at addressing these inefficiencies inevitably resulted in a relatively large heat exchanger design that incorporated one or a series of fluid conductive tubes within a cavity or resonant chamber. Instead, the new patent comprises a system and method for microwave energy transfer that uses a dimensionally defined chamber calculated to offer efficient energy transfer through the use of both molecular friction of the flowing medium and thermal transfer from the adjacent magnetrons into the volume of the liquid. This new heat exchanger makes use of a defined and optimized chamber that enables for an efficient energy transfer in the form of heat into a continuously flowing liquid medium. Significantly, the Invention eliminates the use of microwave-transparent tubing in favor of a combined waveguide and energy exchange chamber. The energy exchanger is designed for the purpose of heating water and continued analysis unexpectedly produced pleasing results. The energy exchanger was not only at least equal in efficiency to conventional inline serpentine or helical microwave heat exchangers but also significantly smaller in size making it capable of operating solely or in tandem with additional similar energy exchangers within single or multiple housings. Advantageously, the energy exchanger may also operate in tandem with dissimilar energy exchangers such as solar capture arrays or gas operated units thereby paving the way for a host of other hybrid water heating applications. - Full Article Source

06/19/10 - Welcome to the Fake, Jobless Economic Recovery
Last Friday, The Feds announced that the U.S. economy has added 431,000 jobs. The boldest spokespersons tried to announce this as good news, but the details revealed that only 40,000 of the total are private-sector jobs – the kind that produce things people want and are willing to pay for. The rest are little more than assignments in make-work projects designed to buy votes and beef-up the statistics on a fake recovery. The British resistance to the 1947 Exodus demonstrated how incompetent and cruel a collapsing empire can be. While this might be news to the general public, it isn't news to freedom-loving entrepreneurs who are making plans to avoid the turmoil, taxes and terror coming from our desperate politicians in Washington. Hence the exodus from America of productive, innovative Americans acting to get themselves and their wealth out before it is too late. This outflow of talent and wealth doesn't get much coverage in the establishment news media. The media are too busy with the pushing and shoving in the Middle East, the sovereign debt problems in Europe, the volatility of the U.S. markets and the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Those things are important (the oil trail from the Gulf may eventually run past my home in the U.S., which is on a coastal island). But an exodus from the Land of Immigrants is a far bigger story. - Full Article Source

06/19/10 - Airplanes Unexpectedly Modify Weather
"Commercial airliners have a strange ability to create rain and snow when they fly through certain clouds. Scientists have known for some time that planes can make outlandish 'hole-punch' and 'canal' features in clouds. A new study has found that these odd formations are in fact evidence that planes are seeding clouds and changing local weather patterns as they fly through. In one case, researchers noted that a plane triggered several inches of snowfall directly beneath its flight path." - Full Article Source

06/19/10 - X Prize Foundation Wants AI Physician On Every Smartphone
"One of the exciting ideas being tossed around recently at the X Prize Foundation is the creation of an Artificial Intelligence physician that you could access from your smartphone. Want to know if that rash on your leg is poison ivy or smallpox? Take a photo of it with your phone and ask the AI. The possibilities are enormous, especially for the billion plus people around the world who live more than a few hours' walk or drive from the nearest doctor." This is one of four X Prizes in planning for the future. The other three are for an AI automobile driver, organ generation through stem cell use, and a deep sea submersible capable of exploring the sea floor. - Full Article Source

06/19/10 - Geologists Might Be Charged For Not Predicting Quake
"In 2009, a series of small earthquakes shook the region of L'Aquila, Italy. Seismologists investigated the tremors, but concluded that there was no direct indication of a big quake on the horizon. Less than a month later, a magnitude 6.3 earthquake killed more than 300 people. Now, the chief prosecutor of L'Aquila is looking to charge the scientists with gross negligent manslaughter for not predicting the quake." (Can we do this with government officials who fail to do what they SWORE to do??? - JWD) - Full Article Source

06/19/10 - Harry Reid Pushes Nevada As "Saudi Arabia of Geothermal Energy"
"Of all the 'mainstream' forms of renewable energy, it seems that geothermal power is always left in the shadows compared to solar and wind power. However, that looks set to change with news that the US Department of Energy will fund geothermal projects in northwestern Nevada and southeast Oregon. With funds from the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act, the DOE has stated a 'conditional commitment' to provide a partial guarantee for a rumored $98.5 million loan to the Nevada Geothermal Power Company (NGP). According to US Senator Harry Reid, 'Northern Nevada is the Saudi Arabia of geothermal energy.'" - Full Article Source

06/19/10 - Thailand Shuts Down 43,000 More Websites
"Bangkok Post reports that the Thai government has now shut down over 43,000 websites deemed defamatory to the royal institution. Thai ISPs are warned to cooperate 'voluntarily' or lose their license. This is in addition to 17,000+ that were recently blocked for 'national security,' including both Facebook and Twitter accounts." - Full Article Source

06/19/10 - Quantum Dots Could Double Solar Energy Efficiency
In the recent publication Science is an article of research demonstrating a way to use hot electrons in solar cells, resulting in an overall energy conversion efficiency of 66%. Here is the abstract in Science; access to the full article requires a subscription. "A team of University of Minnesota-led researchers has cleared a major hurdle in the drive to build solar cells with potential efficiencies up to twice as high as current levels, which rarely exceed 30 percent. ... Tisdale and his colleagues demonstrated that quantum dots — made not of silicon but of another semiconductor called lead selenide — could indeed be made to surrender their 'hot' electrons before they cooled. The electrons were pulled away by titanium dioxide, another common inexpensive and abundant semiconductor material that behaves like a wire." - Full Article Source

06/19/10 - DIY Synthetic Aperture Radar
"Using a discarded garage door opener, an old cordless drill, and a collection of surplus microwave parts, a high resolution X-band linear rail synthetic aperture radar (SAR) imaging system was developed for approximately $240 material cost. Entry into the field of radar cross section measurements or SAR algorithm development is often difficult due to the cost of high-end precision pulsed IF or other precision radar test instruments." - Full Article Source

06/19/10 - TACO Extension for Firefox Forked After Proprietary Update
"Beef Taco is a Firefox extension that allows a mass opt-out from tracking and targeted advertising by many ad networks. The Register reports that the original system, TACO, has become proprietary, and has added new 'features' best described as bloatware. I guess this should serve as a warning for users to always prefer software under a copyleft license where possible. If Google had chosen a license with better protection, such as the GPL, when it released its own opt-out tool, this problem would have been much less likely. This also shows why forks are so important when software development begins to get messy." - Full Article Source

06/19/10 - Stem Cell Tourist Dies From Treatment In Thailand
"Last week, news that Costa Rica was shutting down a large stem cell clinic sparked a debate here on Slashdot about whether patients should be allowed to take the risks that come with untested treatments. Now comes news of what can happen when patients go looking for a shortcut. A patient suffering from an autoimmune disease that was destroying her kidneys went to a Bangkok clinic, where doctors injected her own adult stem cells into her kidneys. Now she's dead, and a postmortem revealed that the sites of injection had weird growths — 'tangled mixtures of blood vessels and bone marrow cells.' Researchers say the treatment almost certainly killed her." - Full Article Source

06/19/10 - Italian MEP Wants To Eliminate Anonymity On the Internet
"The European Parliament wants to monitor your Internet searches for child porn offenders, as previously reported. The declaration was adopted yesterday, and in an interview with the Swedish news outlet Europaportalen.se, the Italian MEP behind the declaration, Tiziano Motti, shares his views on the Internet and anonymity. In essence, Motti wants to completely eliminate anonymity on the Internet. 'Each upload of text, images, or video clips must be traceable by the authorities', says Motti. This is in line with the secretive UN initiative Q6/17, revealed two years ago." - Full Article Source

06/16/10 - Cajun Invents easy to make and use Oil Skimmer
KeelyNet While Otis Goodson was making his barnyard discovery of hay as a crude oil absorbent, a little old Cajun shrimper named Alex Pellegrin was working on an oil pollution solution of his own. His hand-drawn plans are dated April 27, 2010, just seven days after the Deepwater Horizon explosion and following oil spill. With time on his hands and a slick s big as Rhode Island encroaching upon his fishing waters, Alex took his ideas and gave them life. Using shrimp nets and the infamous “blue roof” tarps generously handed out post hurricane by FEMA, Aex designed an oil skimmer prototype. The nets are designed for use by shrimp boats already equipped with skimmers. The skimming nets would be removed from the three-inch pipes and replaced with the blue oil-skimming nets on each side of the boat. The broad opening, as in the shrimp nets, would allow intake of large volumes of oil-laden water. The forward motion of the boat would move the oil and water toward the tail of the net, which according to Alex’s design, would be connected to 24 HP pump that can move about 20,000 gallons of water per minute. The tainted water would be pumped into tanks on the boat, and he projects that four boats could move about 200,000 gallons of water per day. In reality, the nets would be about 40 feet long, and could be hauled by shrimp boats; but ideally, oilfield crew boats would be rigged with the skimmers, as they have more power, fuel and holding capacity. Cajuns are known for making do with what they have, and that is exactly what Alex has done in a grand fashion. With shrimpers sitting idly at shore side, most of them have the skills necessary to make these oil skimming nets. All it takes is a blue tarp, shrimp webbing, and someone with the skills to do the web work. Because most shrimpers make or repair their own nets, it seems Alex might have hit upon something the frustrated fishermen can do with all their spare time. Neither Alex, nor the local TV station, nor I know if anyone will pick up on his invention and give it a try. Even if they don’t, this old Cajun shrimper deserves a big pat on the back and hereby receives the Bayou Woman award for Cajun Ingenuity for 2010. Congratulations, Alex, on your invention of the first APOS (Alex Pellegrin Oil Skimmer), and I wish you the best of luck with it. - Full Article Source

06/16/10 - Running On Empty - L.A. Without Cars
Here's the video by Ross Ching, Running On Empty, that Bill Barol referred to here a couple weeks ago. I think it's a great bit of provocative future fiction showing the vast topologies of the Los Angeles roadway infrastructure absolutely free of automotive traffic. Perhaps a sudden, massive lifestyle change has ended car use. Or a Peak Oil soft landing, or personal teleportation devices have gone mainstream, or the Rapture came and somebody lost the list of sinners and just decided to take everyone... I like to imagine this vision rolled forward 20 years when vegetation has overtaken all the useless hardscaping, no doubt matched by some Jumanji-type unleashing of large fauna across the sprawl. - Full Article Source

Running on Empty from Ross Ching on Vimeo.

06/16/10 - Inertial Mass Separate From Gravitational Mass?
"The equivalence principle is one of the more fascinating ideas in modern science. It asserts that gravitational mass and inertial mass are identical. Einstein put it like this: the gravitational force we experience on Earth is identical to the force we would experience were we sitting in a spaceship accelerating at 1g. Newton might have said that the m in F=ma is the same as the ms in F=Gm1m2/r^2. ... All that changes today with the extraordinary work of Endre Kajari at the University of Ulm in Germany and a few buddies. They show how it is possible to create situations in the quantum world in which the effects of inertial and gravitational mass must be different. In fact, they show that these differences can be arbitrarily large." - Full Article Source

06/16/10 - A New Twist on the ‘Smart’ Window
KeelyNet The Department of Energy estimates that commercial and residential buildings consume 40 percent of our nation’s energy. Most of this energy is used for heating and cooling, but much of it is wasted because of leaky walls and windows. RavenBrick, has developed a smart film that when applied to a window can vary its tint (like transition lens sunglasses) based on the outside temperature. During the cold months, the film remains clear, allowing the infrared spectrum of sunlight to pass through and provide heat. During summer, the window film tints to block unwanted heat, lowering cooling costs. Based on early testing and computer models provided by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, RavenBrick estimates that its smart window film can reduce a building’s energy consumption by 30 to 40 percent. Smart windows that can block heat gain from sunlight have been available for about two decades, according to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, but they have always required an electric current to change their tint. Typically, a building manager will manually control the tint based on the outside temperature and amount of sunlight hitting the building. But Mr. McCarthy suggests that his invention offers a cheaper twist. His window film requires no electric current, which saves money on energy costs. He also says it is easier to install because it requires no control systems. The RavenBrick film has two states, off and on, rather than several transitional states, which also makes the film easier and cheaper to manufacture. - Full Article Source

06/16/10 - Old Livers Made New Again
Researchers took donor livers, gently stripped them of their cells while leaving other material intact, and then used the remaining structure as a scaffold on which to grow healthy liver cells. The result was a nearly complete organ that was transplanted into the rats and remained functional for up to eight hours. The new technique, which was first demonstrated in hearts two years ago, takes advantage of an organ's preexisting structure in all its intricacy, and provides a use for unhealthy organs that could not otherwise be used. "We try to resuscitate organs that would be discarded and do things to make them transplantable," says Basak Uygun, the paper's first author and a researcher at the Center for Engineering in Medicine at MGH. Other approaches for organ regeneration have varied widely, from creating lab-made scaffolds to using ink-jet printers to create three-dimensional tissue. But all of these methods try to mimic what the body has already successfully created. The "decellularization" technique capitalizes on that, removing what's broken and replacing it with healthy new cells. "What we've done is basically take the shortcut," says Korkut Uygun, the researcher at the Center for Engineering in Medicine who led the work. Video - Full Article Source

06/16/10 - Zero-Energy Bio Refrigerator Cools Your Food With Future Gel
KeelyNet Russian designer Yuriy Dmitriev has unveiled a fresh-looking, gel-filled appliance of the future. His Bio Robot Refrigerator utilizes a special gel-like substance that suspends and cools food once inserted. Dmitriev’s design is one of 25 finalists in the Electrolux Design Lab competition, which challenged entrants with the task of redesigning modern appliances for the future. The Bio Robot Refrigerator mounts on a wall — Dmitriev points out it can be mounted horizontally, vertically or even on the ceiling. The fridge does not have a motor or other traditional technology like most refrigerators, — the gel does all the work — so, 90% of the appliance is actual usable space. To use the fridge you basically shove food into it’s biopolymer gel — which has no odor and is not sticky — and it is suspended and cooled until you need it again. Dmitriev notes that the cooling agents are the “bio robots” inherent in the gel that use luminescence — light generated in cold temperatures — to preserve food. Although this sounds super techy and fun, Dmitriev doesn’t really explain how it’s going to work, so we’re a little skeptical of the Bio Robot Refrigerator becoming a reality someday. - Full Article Source

06/16/10 - Weird reverse perspective, animated
In Reverse Perspective the expected visual rules are inverted, so close objects are small and far objects are big. This is not only true for whole objects, but their structure as well. So the near points of an object are closer together, relative to its far points, which gives the flared-out look of the buildings, and the scene as a whole. Essentially, the positions of the vanishing-point and the focal-point are swapped. So now we are at the vanishing-point, where geometry shrinks to nothingness, and the focal-point lies some distance ahead, beyond which objects scale to in?nity. The effect is achieved entirely in-camera. The scene and models themselves have no unusual scaling, they're laid out in a normal / perpendicular fashion; the way the camera 'sees' the scene is altered to create the effect. Perspective is truly reversed. - Full Article Source

True Reverse Perspective from JMS on Vimeo.

06/16/10 - Phantom limbs and smoke and mirrors
Some patients feel non-existent fingers digging into an imaginary palm and suffer intense discomfort as they try, and fail, to unclench their illusory fist. Wood-Gush’s buzzing box was a TENS machine – a trans-cutaneous electrical nerve stimulator, thought by some to block the passage of unwelcome impulses that are interpreted as pain. Thousands have been sold since their invention in the 1970s but, in spite of bold claims, their value remains unproven. They emerged from the assumption that the nervous system has pain “gates”, which open when the number of impulses rises above a threshold, and which can be blocked with anaesthetics or with natural chemicals produced by diversionary signals at the source of the problem. Rubbing the site of a smack can help, as might an electrical field. Such nerve-transmitters are now much studied. In mice, at least, they give relief when fine needles are inserted near a painful site, in a procedure rather like acupuncture (but without the smoke and mirrors – qi energy and meridians – involved). The gate model is now looking dated, but it marked an early attempt to see pain not, as doctors once imagined it, as a shrill message of alarm from a damaged organ to a special centre in the skull, but as a complicated interaction of body and nervous system. Now comes news of a novel approach to that condition. It uses mirrors, without smoke. A person who has lost his left hand hides the stump behind a mirror set at right angles in front of him. He looks into it and shifts the image of his clenched right hand until it appears to replace its missing partner. Then he commands both fists to open. His real fingers obey at once. The hand in the mirror appears to do the same and the pain goes away. The process can be repeated again and again to give lasting relief. Even normal people will accept such an illusion. One hand is hidden beneath a table upon which lies a convincing rubber limb in just the right position to appear as if it is an extension of the arm. Stroke the real and the phony hand while looking at the latter, and almost everyone experiences the eerie feeling that the artificial version is being stimulated. Their arm – or their brain – has accepted the fake limb as its own, and if the real hand is tickled, the brain may fail to notice. For some amputees, just watching someone else’s hand being stroked goes some way to help as they feel a reassuring sense of being touched. Faced with the rubber-hand illusion, they feel a sharp twinge in their phantom limb when the artificial organ is stabbed, or hit with a hammer. Some normal people even feel pain when they see a needle being plunged (or, as it is spring-loaded, appearing to be plunged) into the hand of a healthy volunteer. - Full Article Source

06/16/10 - Romanian Invention claims to increase energy yield from combustion
In the area for economic forums in Romania’s Pavilion at EXPO 2010, today, June 9th, 2010, an invention titled “Method and installation to increase energy yield when burning natural combustible gas” was presented. It is an invention designed to lead to significant savings in technological processes where gas is used as fuel. Physicist Aurel Enache, one of the authors of this invention, spoke to the specialists attending the event about the invention and its major economic benefits. The invention “Method and installation to increase energy yield when burning natural combustible gas” was also presented at various invention shows and exhibitions: Hanover 2008, Paris 2008, Bucharest 2008, Brussels 2008, Geneva 2009, where it has reaped a large number of important awards, such as: Inventika 2008, Bucharest, Romania – Gold Medal WIPO for the most remarkable inventor; Brussels Innova 2008, Belgium – The Special Prize for Energy “INNOVA ENERGY” awarded by the Energy Minister of Belgium; Geneva, The International Exhibition of Inventions 2009 – Gold Medal and the jury’s congratulations, the Special Prize AGEPI and the Medal of the Association of Polish Inventors. / Inventors: Aurel Enache, Liviu Luca - Patent application number: 20090325109 - Abstract: The invention refers to a process and an installation for increasing the burning energy of a natural fuel gas upon burning the same for domestic or industrial purposes. The process claimed by the invention for increasing the burning energy produced by the natural fuel gas is characterized in that it comprises the steps of supplying the natural gas into a treatment chamber confined by a cylindrical-shaped wall made up of a diamagnetic material, in front of which some electromagnetic units are placed in a spiral shape, of said electromagnetic units the terminal ones are diametrically opposed relatively to the longitudinal vertical axis of the chamber, to create a rotating magnetic field which acts on the gas with only one polarity, in the conditions in which a rotating thermal field created by the cores of the electromagnetic units maintained at a temperature between 31.degree. C. . . . 65.degree. C. acts simultaneously on the gas, thereby an energy transfer being ensured from the zero fluctuations of the vacuum towards the natural gas mass passing in an upward flow through the said chamber, before entering the chamber, the gas being pre-heated and having a temperature ranging between 18.degree. C. . . . 30.degree. C., and in the end, the gas thus treated is directed towards a burner. Installation claimed by the invention, for applying the process used for increasing the burning energy produced by the natural gas, based on the action of a magnetic field upon the gas is characterized in that it consists of a reactor [A] equipped with some electromagnetic units (1) and with a heat circuit [B], the heat circuit [B] comprising a tank (R) for the oil used as a thermal medium which heats the natural gas, wherein a number of electric resistors are placed in order to heat the oil, a pump (P) for handling the oil, an oil cooler (E) and a circuit for the transport of the oil from the tank (R) to the electromagnetic units (1) of the reactor (A), as well as an electric panel [C] for the power supply of the reactor [A], and some conduits [D] for the transport of the natural gas. - Full Article Source

06/16/10 - Another Chance to Stop the Gulf Leak (May 20th, 2010)
But BP's "top kill" method to stanch the spill could also break it wide open. The proposed "top kill" method is untested at the 5,000-foot depth of the spill, and could easily join the growing list of fixes thwarted by the spill's punishingly remote environment. It is also the most invasive maneuver attempted to date, and could rupture the leaking well and actually accelerate the flow of crude. Federal officials acknowledge that the top kill carries a risk of breaking open the well or the BOP and exacerbating the spill. "We're carefully looking at all the pressures involved--what the BOP can handle, what the down-hole [pipe] can handle," says Lars Herbst, director of field operations in the Gulf for the U.S. Minerals Management Service (MMS), the federal regulator that both sells offshore oil and gas leases and regulates the resulting drilling. Shell, which is currently drilling seven wells in the Gulf, revealed extra precautions last week for an exploratory drilling program it intends to launch in the Arctic in July. These include doubling the deep-sea safety inspections of their BOP and prebuilding a "coffer dam" to cap blowouts. - Full Article Source

06/16/10 - The Mexican Narco-Insurgency
KeelyNet Benefiting from the inflated margins of the illegal drug trade, Mexican cartels move billions of dollars worth of cocaine, methamphetamine, & marijuana to the high-demand markets of the United States, using sophisticated weaponry and horrific violence to defend their markets against competitors and directly challenge attempts by state militia to control their activities. In return, they purchase guns from border states like Texas, Arizona, and California to arm their narco-insurgency. The Mexican state apparatus has become a hollow shell, heavily militarized but incapable of managing its territories. PEMEX, the major oil developer along the Mexican Gulf, has reported that cartels siphon about $1B in oil annually, reselling it on the open market to fund their insurgency. (We all need to GROW UP and legalize drugs in both countries. Have we learned nothing from Prohibition that spawned criminal organizations and their internecine wars over territorial control? Legalize drugs in both countries and the wars stop on a dime! - JWD) - Full Article Source

06/16/10 - Oil spill: Read this before you volunteer to clean it up
Riki Ott, a marine toxicologist specializing in oil pollution, she finally put the pieces together. According to Ott, respiratory and central nervous system problems are common among oil spill cleanup workers. In a recent blog post, she explains her concerns: Oil spill cleanups are regulated as hazardous waste cleanups because oil is, in fact, hazardous to health. Breathing oil fumes is extremely harmful...Unfortunately, Exxon called the short-term symptoms, "the Valdez Crud," and dismissed 6,722 cases of respiratory claims from cleanup workers as "colds or flu" using an exemption under OSHA’s hazardous waste cleanup reporting requirements. I know of many who have been disabled by their illnesses – or have died. The same symptoms--headache, nausea, coughing--are being reported by workers cleaning up the BP oil disaster. - Full Article Source

06/16/10 - GoFlex 320GB backup drive system for $99
KeelyNet The new Seagate “GoFlex” portable hard-drive is fast, but you need the new USB 3.0 connection to get full speed. But what if you don’t care about speed? We don’t. While our files are backing up, we do other things on the computer. What impressed us much more than speed was the “Memeo” software on the drive. The control screen is a “dashboard” that makes “driving” much easier. “Memeo Instant Backup” comes with the GoFlex drive but you can also get it for $30 on its own at Memeo.com. It backs up all your files and makes it easy to restore them selectively or all at once. It also lets you create a “sharing circle” for sharing photos and videos with friends. This is a lot faster and simpler than trying to email them. The sharing circle, “Memeo Share” is free at Memeo.com, but the recipients of your photos will also get buttons for trial versions of “Instant Backup” and “Memeo Send.” Memeo Send is for sending huge files. We mean files that are larger than two gigabytes. There seems to be no limit to the size of the file, unless your computer or network imposes one, and you could theoretically send your whole computer’s contents. (Except system files.) You can get a free trial of the Memeo “Send” service that lets you have three free sends. After that it’s $5 a send or $20 a month. (Individuals might prefer the free “YouSendIt.com,” for less than two gigabytes, but Memeo seems very handy for businesses that need to send more.) TheGoFlex drive is $99 for the 320 gigabyte version. You can get a cable for either eSATA or Firewire connections for an extra fee, or use the drive at USB 2 speed. Speed freaks will want to order a USB 3 adapter, which experts say will soon dominate all other types. Lots more info at Seagate.com. - Full Article Source

06/16/10 - Higher levels of vitamin B6 lowers risk of lung cancer
International Agency for Research on Cancer, Lyon, France : An analysis that included nearly 400,000 participants finds that those with higher blood levels of vitamin B6 and the essential amino acid methionine (found in most protein) had an associated lower risk of lung cancer, including participants who were current or former smokers. "Given their involvement in maintaining DNA integrity and gene ex pression, these nutrients have a potentially important role in inhibiting cancer devel opment, and offer the possibility of modi fying cancer risk through dietary changes," the authors write. They add that deficiencies in nutrient levels of B vitamins have been shown to be high in many western populations. - Full Article Source

06/16/10 - Ground your car to make it go
This security system called G-spot requires that you touch a special place on the car prior to attempting to start it. This is pretty slick as it could be completely un-obvious and doesn’t require any special fobs or minor surgery. With the right placement, no one would ever notice that you had touched it. - Full Article Source

06/16/10 - Adult brain wiring is remarkably dynamic
Rockefeller University : Neuroscientists once thought that the brain's wiring was fixed early in life, during a critical period beyond which changes were impossible. Recent discoveries have challenged that view, and now, research by scientists at Rockefeller University suggests that circuits in the adult brain are continually modified by experience. The researchers, led by Charles D. Gilbert, Arthur and Janet Ross Professor and head of the Laboratory of Neurobiology, observed how neurons responsible for receiving input from a mouse's whiskers shift their relationships with one another after single whiskers are removed. The experiments explain how the circuitry of a region of the mouse brain called the somatosensory cortex, which processes input from the various systems in the body that respond to the sense of touch, can change. - Full Article Source

06/16/10 - Arkaim, Russia's Strongest Anomaly Zone
KeelyNet The ancient Ural fortress Arkaim located in the Chelyabinsk region is called “Russian Stonehenge.” In addition to streets and buildings ruins scientists found remnants of the water system, metallurgic furnaces, and mines. It is also believed to be one of the strongest anomaly zones in Russia. We were especially impressed by the so called Drunken Forest where nearly all trees have crooked trunks. It is interesting that there are burn marks on some trees in various places, but they do not look like lightning tracks. Possibly, there are crust fractures which promote the egress of energy flow that left the marks on the trees. The growth near Grachinaya Mountain (also called Blessed) is infamous. Birch trunks there are abnormally crooked at the bottom. They say people cannot stay there for too long, otherwise they risk losing their mind. Once during archeological excavations a female student heard a voice that called her to the center of the structure. She went there alone, and cried for a long time when she came back. She said she met ghosts of ancient Arkaim residents. She had to be sent to a psychiatric facility. Similar incidents happened while researching Egyptian pyramids. Archeologists had hallucinations and psychiatric disorders. - Full Article Source

06/16/10 - Why Video Calling Is a Wasted Feature In the UK
"Technology affects the way we live but sociocultural influences also dictate what technology we absorb into our day-to-day lives. Take video calling on the iPhone 4 for example; it was pitched as an impressive feature, but will people adopt it? According to one British writer, the UK is unlikely to start making lots of video calls because it's awkward and, well, not very British. 'It's not the way we look when we say them, but the way we say them in order to inject the most bile into a negative statement. Or, on our more enthusiastic days, finding the most wryly witty way to say something while indicating that you couldn't really care less about it. This is the reason we've taken so well to Twitter and are better at watching than creating YouTube videos, to put it in sweepingly generic Internet terms.'" - Full Article Source

06/16/10 - Foxconn May Close Factories In China
KeelyNet "Foxconn, the manufacturer whose clients include Apple, Dell, and HP, is on the verge of pulling out of China after a spate of suicides. The CEO has accused workers of killing themselves for financial compensation, and the company has stopped suicide payments to suicide victims' families. Foxconn's CEO also told investors that it is considering moving its production operations to Taiwan, and automating many parts of its business, a move which could see 800,000 workers lose their jobs." - Full Article Source

06/16/10 - Newly Discovered Bacteria Could Aid Oil Cleanup
News from Oregon State University, where researchers have discovered a new strain of bacteria that may be able to aid cleanup efforts in the Gulf of Mexico. The bacteria "can produce non-toxic, comparatively inexpensive 'rhamnolipids,' and effectively help degrade polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, or PAHs — environmental pollutants that are one of the most harmful aspects of oil spills. Because of its unique characteristics, this new bacterial strain could be of considerable value in the long-term cleanup of the massive Gulf Coast oil spill, scientists say." In related news, Kevin Costner's centrifugal separator technology has gotten approval for deployment; now it is only waiting on funding from BP. - Full Article Source

06/16/10 - Can Transistors Be Made To Work When They're Off?
"Engineers at the Belgian research institute IMEC are looking at the use of silicon transistors in the sub-threshold region of their operation as a way of pursuing ultra-low power goals. A chip the engineers are designing for biomedical applications could have blocks designed to operate at 0.2 or 0.3 volts, researchers said, according to EE Times. The threshold voltage is the point at which the transistor nominally switches off. Operating a transistor when it is 'off' would make use of the leakage conduction that is normally seen as wasted energy, according to the article." - Full Article Source

06/16/10 - Recharging AC with propane
As the summer heats up an air conditioning system is a necessity in many climates. [Grayson's] system suffered some damage over the winter that caused it to vent its refrigerant, avoiding an explosive situation. Before he can chill out inside he’ll need to recharge it and he’s chosen to use propane in his cooling system. According to our friend Google this is not his original idea, but has been done many times before. [Grayson] makes the point that although propane is flammable it’s not necessarily any more dangerous in a fire than Chlorodiflouromethane, or R22, which is the nasty little gas that fled his system for its new home in the upper atmosphere. The video above includes a brief explanation of recharging the system and the tools needed. We’d need to mill this over for quite a while before working up the gumption to give it a try. For now we’ll stick to [Grayson's] more pedestrian hacks like making some servo motors sing or easing our yard work woes. / Recharging my 3 year old heat pump with propane, otherwise known as R290 and somewhat falsely marketed as R22a or ES22..."environmentally safe". It is not very dangerous and already used in millions of autos and houses. The system is closed, and the propane has an odorant (ethyl mercaptan) so you can detect any serious leaks and vent the system (legally even). R22 is a very nasty CFC that is being phased out. My system took 6lbs of propane and blows 55f at the farthest register. - Full Article Source

06/16/10 - The Real Science Gap
"This article attempts to explain why the US is struggling in its competition with other countries in the realm of scientific advancement. 'It's not insufficient schooling or a shortage of scientists. It's a lack of job opportunities. Americans need the reasonable hope that spending their youth preparing to do science will provide a satisfactory career.' I can hardly believe that somebody actually understands the present situation. It continues, 'The current approach — trying to improve the students or schools — will not produce the desired result, the experts predict, because the forces driving bright young Americans away from technical careers arise elsewhere, in the very structure of the US research establishment. For generations, that establishment served as the world’s nimblest and most productive source of great science and outstanding young scientists. Because of long-ignored internal contradictions, however, the American research enterprise has become so severely dysfunctional that it actively prevents the great majority of the young Americans aspiring to do research from realizing their dreams.'" - Full Article Source

06/16/10 - Mars May Have Been 1/3 Ocean
KeelyNet "It's possible that a huge ocean covered one-third of the surface of Mars some 3.5 billion years ago, a finding likely to reignite an old argument about that amount of water on the red planet, according to a new report. The study by the University of Colorado at Boulder is the first to integrate multiple data sets of river deltas, valley networks and topography from a cadre of NASA and European Space Agency orbiting missions of Mars dating back to 2001, the researchers claim." - Full Article Source

06/16/10 - NASA Warns of Potential "Huge Space Storm" In 2013
"Senior space agency scientists believe the Earth will be hit with unprecedented levels of magnetic energy from solar flares after the Sun wakes 'from a deep slumber' sometime around 2013. In a new warning, NASA said the super storm could hit like 'a bolt of lightning' and could cause catastrophic consequences for the world's health, emergency services, and national security — unless precautions are taken. Scientists believe damage could extend to everyday items such as home computers, iPods, and sat navs. 'We know it is coming but we don't know how bad it is going to be,' said Dr. Richard Fisher, the director of NASA's Heliophysics division. 'I believe we're on the threshold of a new era in which space weather can be as influential in our daily lives as ordinary terrestrial weather.' Fisher concludes. 'We take this very seriously indeed.'" - Full Article Source

06/16/10 - How to keep a simple-minded person busy

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06/16/10 - Airplanes Unexpectedly Modify Weather
"Commercial airliners have a strange ability to create rain and snow when they fly through certain clouds. Scientists have known for some time that planes can make outlandish 'hole-punch' and 'canal' features in clouds. A new study has found that these odd formations are in fact evidence that planes are seeding clouds and changing local weather patterns as they fly through. In one case, researchers noted that a plane triggered several inches of snowfall directly beneath its flight path." - Full Article Source

06/16/10 - Telling us something?
KeelyNet Lightning struck a six-story tall Jesus Christ statue. The sculpture, 62 feet tall and 40 feet wide at the base, showed Jesus from the torso up and was nicknamed Touchdown Jesus because of the way his arms were raised, as though reaching out to catch a football. It was made of plastic foam and fiberglass over a steel frame, which is all that remained early Tuesday. The fire spread from the statue to an adjacent amphitheater but was confined to the attic area, and no one was injured, police Chief Mark Neu said. The fire department would release a monetary damage estimate Tuesday, he said. - Full Article Source

06/16/10 - FBI's Facebook Monitoring Leads To Arrest In England
"The BBC reports that armed police were called to a UK school earlier today after being advised of a potential threat by the FBI. The school stated that the FBI 'raised the alarm after Internet scanning software picked up a suspicious combination of words,' strongly implying that they are carrying out routine, automated surveillance of social networking sites. While in this case it does appear that there may have been a genuine threat, the story nonetheless raises significant privacy concerns." - Full Article Source

06/13/10 - Your Religion is Not Important
These words of wisdom from the Dalai Lama should ring true to everyone. Would that everyone would follow them and cast away all the cults and churches who say they are the only path. Thank you Norman Wootan for sharing this excellent virus free Power Point presentation. - JWD - Full Article Source

06/13/10 - Employers could earn billions by ditching insurance
The new healthcare law gives most employers a choice: Fund health insurance for your workers, or pay a fine. Sounds great for the workers — until you run the numbers. Don’t bother getting out your calculator, corporate America has already beaten you to the punch. It took them all of 12 seconds to figure out that it would be cheaper to kill their insurance plans and pay the fines. Just look at AT&T. They might provide lousy phone service, but they’re pretty good with math — they’ve calculated that ditching health insurance for employees would cost them $600 million in ObamaCare fines, according to the Wall Street Journal. But since they paid $2.4 billion in health care costs last year, that’s the quickest and easiest $1.8 billion they’ll ever make. Remember, once they drop your insurance you will be required by law to buy your own — and don’t think for a moment that it’ll be cheaper or better. Some of my middle- class friends will have to pay $1,000 a month or more for their “free” obamaCare. - Full Article Source

06/13/10 - On 'The Secret Powers of Time'
In this wonderfully animated video, Professor Philip Zimbardo (of the famed Stanford Prison Experiment) "conveys how our individual perspectives of time affect our work, health and well-being. Time influences who we are as a person, how we view relationships and how we act in the world." - Full Article Source

06/13/10 - One Stubborn Texan, One Energy Revolution
George Mitchell had already found plenty of natural gas in his life. But he had a hunch that there was a lot more out there under the dusty plains of north Texas. He was a geologist by training and president of the gas company he founded with his brother in 1946 that helped fuel Chicago. Looking for more gas to feed his pipelines, Mitchell honed in on the idea of tapping into a concrete-like layer of rock called "shale." He spent more than $60 million to come up with the right formula to blast gas out of the shale. And finally he did. That was 1993. "They kept telling me, 'You're wasting your time,'" Mitchell, now retired, recalled in a recent interview. "Well, it worked." Now the energy industry and the country's policymakers are starting to realize the transformative potential of Mitchell's find. What had been a dwindling domestic resource is now an abundant fuel that burns twice as clean as coal. Shale gas has more than doubled the size of North America's discovered natural gas, according to a study by IHS Cambridge Energy Research Associates. The country now has enough gas to satisfy more than 100 years of consumption. And the United States recently overtook Russia as the second-largest global producer of gas. "America has more shale gas than it knows what to do with," says T. Boone Pickens, who has made shale gas a key component of his "Pickens Plan" to turn gas into a transportation fuel. "This is simply the most significant energy innovation so far this century," said Daniel Yergin, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning history of the oil business, The Prize. "As recently as 2007, it was widely thought that natural gas was in tight supply and the U.S. was going to become a growing importer of gas. But this outlook has been turned on its head by the shale gale." The shale boom's most enthusiastic boosters, major CEOs among them, even talk about the United States becoming energy independent, and even a net exporter of gas, though most find that concept far-fetched. Still, this is happening in a country that a few years ago started a building spree of terminals to import liquefied natural gas (LNG) because officials like former Fed chairman Alan Greenspan were warning of a dangerous decline in supplies. - Full Article Source

06/13/10 - US 'HyperSpectral Cube' spy satellite rushed into active use
KeelyNet An experimental "hyperspectral" spy sat which is able to detect buried roadside bombs and concealed cave or tunnel entrances has been handed over to the US forces for operational use in the Wars on Stuff. TacSat-3, as a prototype, carried one in particular known as the Advanced Responsive Tactically Effective Military Imaging Spectrometer, or ARTEMIS. This is a "hyperspectral" sensor able to detect not just visible light but infrared and ultraviolet as well. The idea of hyperspectral sensing is not, however, merely to "see" in the usual sense of optical telescopes, infrared nightscopes and/or thermal imagers. This kind of detection is used on spy satellites and other surveillance systems, but it suffers from the so-called "drinking straw effect" - that is, you can only view a small area in enough detail to pick out information of interest. It's impossible to cover an entire nation or region in any length of time by such means; you have to know where to look in advance. Hyperspectral imaging works differently. It's based on the same principle as the spectrometry used in astronomy and other scientific fields - that some classes of objects and substances will emit a unique set of wavelengths when stimulated by energy. In this case, everything on the surface below the satellite is being stimulated by sunlight to emit its unique spectral fingerprint. By scanning across a wide spectrum all at once across a wide area, it's then possible to use a powerful computer to crunch through all wavelengths coming from all points on the surface below (the so-called "hyperspectral cube", made up of the full spectrum coming from all points on a two-dimensional surface). If the sensor is good enough and the computer crunching powerful and discriminating enough, the satellite can then identify a set of points on the surface where substances or objects of interest are to be found, and supply map coordinates for these. This is a tiny amount of data compared to the original "hyperspectral cube" generated by ARTEMIS and crunched by the satellite's onboard processors, and as such it can be downloaded to a portable ground terminal (rather than a one with a big high-bandwidth dish). Within ten minutes of the TacSat passing overhead, laptop-sized ROVER ground terminals can be marking points of interest on a map for combat troops nearby. Exactly what sorts of objects and substances ARTEMIS is able to pick out of its region-spanning hyperspectral cubes is a military secret. However this briefing pdf given in 2006 by US airforce lab officials suggests that it was expected to pierce overhead camouflage that would deceive optical or thermal sensing; that it would be able to spot disturbed earth and "concealed adits" (that is cave or tunnel entrances invisible from above) and generally "detect and identify" unspecified "targets". Evidently the TacSat-3 can do at least some of this, as we now learn that following a year as an experiment it has proved so successful that it is now being handed over to US air force Space Command to become a full-time operational asset - America's first hyperspectral spy sat. "ARTEMIS can detect various man-made and natural materials, which adds a fundamentally new capability," according to Bill Hart, veep at ARTEMIS maker Raytheon. TacSat-3 has "demonstrated the utility of hyperspectral information to benefit soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines around the world," says Dr Peter Wegner, chief of the Operationally Responsive Space office at the Pentagon, in a statement issued yesterday. It's quite unusual for a military prototype to be put straight into frontline service like this; furthermore we're told that ARTEMIS data has already been "used operationally" even while the TacSat-3 was under control of the airforce research lab. All this would seem to indicate that hyperspectral spy sats are set to become a significant new player in the surveillance and spookery world. Even more than ever, you may watch the skies - but the skies will be watching you back. And you can forget about relying on your insulated camouflage netting or your overhung tunnel entrance which never shows a shadow, or your buried bomb or weapons cache. ARTEMIS and its successors will sniff you out, perhaps, even if thus far you have remained completely unseen. - Full Article Source

06/13/10 - One-Shot Radiotherapy for Breast Cancer
Radiotherapy for breast cancer patients could soon be a single dose 30-minute affair, instead of the tedious present-day regimen lasting over six weeks. In a major breakthrough, a team of British doctors headed by University College London’s Dr Jayant S Vaidya — an Indian from Goa — has succesfully created and tested a new technique that will blast the remnants of a tumour inside the breast in just one shot, lasting half an hour. The team used radiation on areas just around the tumour rather than the whole breast, as is done presently. A 10-year trial of this Targeted Intraoperative Radiotherapy (TIR), conducted in nine countries involving over 2,200 women, confirmed that radiation targeting a specific area of the breast was as effective as whole-breast radiation in reducing breast cancer recurrence in women. The results of this trial was published in the latest edition of the medical journal ‘The Lancet’. So, while a patient is still under anaesthesia following the removal of the tumour, a series of gentle X-rays are administered to destroy any remaining tumour cells at the cancer site. The technique is highly convenient, requiring just one session of radiation, making it less time consuming and less costly than whole-breast treatment. - Full Article Source

06/13/10 - Smart Underwear That Could Save Lives
KeelyNet A revolutionary pair of men’s briefs are not just comfortable to wear but may also save lives as well. An electronic biosensor is printed on the waistband and measures blood pressure, heart rate and other vital signs through constant contact with the skin. Stresses of everyday wear such as folding or stretching did not affect the performance of the sensor. It is hoped the intelligent textiles will allow patients to be monitored at home rather than at hospital, cutting medical costs. The method, outlined in The Royal Society of Chemistry journal, is similar to conventional screen-printing although the ink contains carbon electrodes. The project is being funded by the U.S. military will first benefit American soldiers. Professor Wang said: ‘This specific project involves monitoring the injury of soldiers during battlefield surgery and the goal is to develop minimally invasive sensors that can locate, in the field, and identify the type of injury.’ Ultimately, the biosensor that detects an injury will also be able to direct the release of drugs to relieve pain and even treat the wound. But the technology’s range of application goes beyond the military. ‘We envision all the trend of personalised medicine for remote monitoring of the elderly at home, monitoring a wide range of biomedical markers, like cardiac markers, alerting for any potential stroke, diabetic changes and other changes related to other biomedical scenario,’ Professor Wang said. Wearable biosensors can also provide valuable information to athletes or even measure blood alcohol levels. - Full Article Source

06/13/10 - What’s the Difference? Viruses, Trojans, Worms, and Other Malware?
How much do you really know about viruses, spyware, scareware, trojans, and worms? Here’s a helpful guide to understanding all the different types of malware. The point of today’s lesson, of course, is to help you teach your friends and family more about the different types of malware, and debunk a few of the common myths about viruses. Who knows, maybe you’ll learn a thing or two as well… / What is Malware? The word Malware is short for malicious software, and is a general term used to describe all of the viruses, worms, spyware, and pretty much anything that is specifically designed to cause harm to your PC or steal your information. / Viruses Wreak Havoc On Your Files The term computer virus is often used interchangeably with malware, though the two don’t actually have the same meaning. In the strictest sense, a virus is a program that copies itself and infects a PC, spreading from one file to another, and then from one PC to another when the files are copied or shared. Most viruses attach themselves to executable files, but some can target a master boot record, autorun scripts, MS Office macros, or even in some cases, arbitrary files. Many of these viruses, like CIH, are designed to render your PC completely inoperable, while others simply delete or corrupt your files—the general point is that a virus is designed to cause havoc and break stuff. You can protect yourself from viruses by making certain your antivirus application is always updated with the latest definitions and avoiding suspicious looking files coming through email or otherwise. Pay special attention to the filename—if the file is supposed to be an mp3, and the name ends in .mp3.exe, you’re dealing with a virus. / Spyware Steals Your Information / Scareware Holds Your PC for Ransom / Trojan Horses Install a Backdoor / Worms Infect Through the Network... - Full Article Source

06/13/10 - Solar Energy photos from back in the day
KeelyNet Those who imagined a world powered by clean, limitless energy. / Solar Roaster - The oldest trick in the (cook) book: Using a curved lens or reflecting surface to focus the sun's rays and generate surprising amounts of heat. / Mighty Solar Furnace in the Pyrennees - The main mirror (flat, foreground) and the parabolic mirror of a French "solar furnace" built atop a 17th century fortress in the 1950s. The main mirror -- a 43-foot X 34-foot giant -- deflects rays of sunlight to the 31-foot parabolic shell, which then focuses the sunlight even further, intensifying it to a point where it generates temperatures in excess of 5,000 degrees Fahrenheit. / Fast Worker - "A fast worker," the LIFE article went on, "the solar furnace is able to melt a hole through a steel beam in 30 seconds." / Solar Car - In 1960, Dr. Charles A. Escoffery discusses the solar-powered car he invented. The 1912 "Baker Electric Mode" featured 26 square feet of silicon cells on its roof. - Full Article Source

06/13/10 - For Very Young, Peril Lurks in Lithium Cell Batteries
Data from the National Capital Poison Center in Washington found a sevenfold increase in severe complications from button cell ingestions in recent years. Moderate to severe cases have risen from less than a half percent (about a dozen cases per year) to about 3 percent (nearly 100 cases per year), based on a review of 56,000 cases since 1985. Among the serious complications, the chemical reaction triggered by the batteries can damage vocal cords, leaving children with a lifelong whisper. Damage to the gastrointestinal tract means some children require feeding tubes and multiple surgeries. “The injuries are so much more serious,” said Dr. Toby Litovitz, director and lead author of both articles in Pediatrics. “It’s like drain opener or lye. It’s not something you want in the esophagus of your child.” The batteries that pose the greatest risk are those that begin with the number 20, which stands for 20 millimeters. They are larger and stronger than older models. Batteries numbered 2032, 2025 and 2016 are responsible for more than 90 percent of serious injuries. - Full Article Source

06/13/10 - A Plant On Wheels!
KeelyNet By nature, plants absorb carbon dioxide from the atomsphere, and release oxygen. This is good. This is how the ecosystem is supposed to work. Plants like this. Human bodies like this. In contrast, petroleum burning vehicles consume oxygen during combustion and emit carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Now if you're thinking, "wait, that's great--everything will balance out right?", you're partially correct (Rremember, humans consume oxygen and emit carbon dioxide too). The problem is, too much of a good thing is not such a good thing in this case. Specifically, automotive carbon emissions are at a level determined to be unhealty for the environment in general. For this reason, automakers and government organizations have been focusing heavily on reducing the amount of carbon dioxide emissions produced by motor vehicles. The Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation (SAIC) of China has gone a step further with a concept that acually consumes C02, rather than emitting it! Although the technology isn't quite ready to hit the streets, SAIC says it's real, and will be available 20 years from now. It's hard to imagine what automobiles will be like 20 years from now, but this might be a sneak peak. Here's how the YeZ works. A photoelectric converter is incorprated into the car's leaf-shaped canopy, and collects energy from the Sun. This energy is converted to electricity, which powers a fully electric drivetrain. Wind power is even harvested from small windmills on all four wheels. And I thought spinners went out of style years ago! The vehicle's body is constructed with metal-organic framework materials which absorb water and carbon dioxide (yes, this is the negative emissions bit). The YeZ then does three really cool things with the two naturally occurring resources. It generates electricity, air conditioning refrigerant, and... oxygen! The oxygen is diffused back into the air, where it should be. This process makes it the most plant-like car concept yet! - Full Article Source

06/13/10 - Fish-Inspired Wind Farms Are 10x More Powerful
Researchers at the California Institute of Technology (CalTech) have found that observing schooling fish unlocks clues to better vertical axis wind turbines and setting up wind farms, which could yield as much as 10 times more energy from the same amount of space. Fluid-dynamics expert John Dabiri uses bioinspiration for coming up with better solutions for water and wind energy. According to Dabiri, schools of fish offer a wealth of insight into setting up better wind farms using vertical axis turbines. "I became inspired by observations of schooling fish, and the suggestion that there is constructive hydrodynamic interference between the wakes of neighboring fish," says Dabiri, associate professor of aeronautics and bioengineering at Caltech. "It turns out that many of the same physical principles can be applied to the interaction of vertical-axis wind turbines." Dabiri points out that lack of space is a big problem with wind farms because wind turbine blades need a lot of room. If placed too close together, their efficiency drops because of the vortexes created as the blades turn. Vertical axis turbines are an alternative, and by observing schooling fish, Dabiri is learning the best ways to set up wind farms with vertical axis turbines. [W]hile studying the vortices left behind by fish swimming in a school, Dabiri noticed that some vortices rotated clockwise, while others rotated counter-clockwise. Dabiri therefore wants to examine whether alternating the rotation of vertical-axis turbines in close proximity will help improve efficiency. The second observation he made studying fish-and seen in Whittlesey and Liska's simulation-was that the vortices formed a "staircase" pattern, which contrasts with current wind farms that place turbines neatly in rows. With optimal placement, Dabiri thinks we could get 10 times more energy out of the same wind farm using vertical instead of horizontal turbines. A test of the fishy findings is underway with a pilot program called The Caltech Field Laboratory for Optimized Wind Energy (FLOWE). Two plots of land in the LA area will be home to six vertical turbines (three of which are provided by Windspire Energy) on mobile platforms, which will be moved around to test different configurations and discover the best patterns for wind farms. - Full Article Source

06/13/10 - Wanted: 400,000 truck drivers.
Can't find a job? Maybe it's time to take your search on the road. The U.S. trucking industry will need to hire about 200,000 drivers by the end of this year, and will need to add another 200,000 by the end of 2011, according to the state of logistics report from the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals. Rosalyn Wilson, the author of the report that was sponsored by Penske Logistics, said that even with continued high unemployment, motor carriers are going to face a challenge finding drivers needed over the next year and half. "It's not a very attractive profession," she said. "People want jobs, but they also want their quality of life, to be home with their family at the end of the work day." The median pay for a trucker stood at $37,730 in May of 2009, and Wilson said that wage probably fell in the last year as miles driven were reduced. But more miles and the driver shortage are likely to increase wages in the years ahead, she said. The article doesn't mention that you must like country music. - Full Article Source

06/13/10 - Origami Gossamer Gliders
A group of high school students, led by a terrific teacher, made origami paper airplanes from phonebook pages that glide on a wave of air. Magnificent. "Build and Surf an Origami Hang Glider" (via Make:) / The rest of the videos in this series as well as the 2 4 1 pattern at http://www.sciencetoymaker.org/ - Full Article Source

06/13/10 - Bug gives attackers complete control of Windows PCs
A security researcher has warned of a vulnerability in older versions of the Windows operating system that allows attackers to take full control of a PC by luring its user to a booby-trapped website. The flaw resides in the Windows Help and Support Center, a feature that provides users with online technical support. Malicious hackers can exploit the weakness of Windows by embedding commands in web addresses that activate the feature's remote assistance tool, which allows administrators to execute commands over the internet. The exploit works in XP and Server 2003 versions of Windows and possibly others. “Upon successful exploitation, a remote attacker is able to execute arbitrary commands with the privileges of the current user,” researcher Tavis Ormandy wrote in an advisory published Wednesday. The attack works against most major browsers, including Internet Explorer 8 if the Windows Media Player is available. / (I think I've hit a couple of these by not watching what I clicked...when I hovered over the URL to see what it said, it had an .exe in the location, something like http://www.attackyou.com/runvirus.exe . The way to avoid getting attacked in this manner is don't just randomly click on any untrusted or unknown sites, no matter the temptation...always find out what the actual URL is where you are being taken. I see this all the time in spam emails where it will claim to be from PayPal, Chase, etc...though the printed link address looks correct, when you hover the mouse over it, the actual address is not the same. So I never click on links within an email that don't match. - JWD) - Full Article Source

06/13/10 - Amazing new Portable 3D
It must've been just coincidence that Nintendo released head-tracking downloadable game Rittai Kakushi e Attakoreda (Hidden 3D Image: There It Is!) in Japan just weeks before going on to announce its actual 3D DS followup, still codenamed the 3DS, especially with the confusion that followed, where many thought the demonstration video was for the latter. By now we know the forthcoming handheld's 3D will have little to do with tracking technology, but Looksley's Line Up (as Attakoreda has now been released as in the U.S.) still might've made a nice showcase title for the new tech. - Full Article Source

06/13/10 - the Dark Laser
US government boffins say they have invented a fiendishly cunning new kind of laser running on quantum dots which, rather than producing pulses of light, actually emits pulses of intense darkness. Unsurprisingly but mildly sinisterly, the new invention has been dubbed the "dark pulse laser". It works using extremely clever quantum dots which unlike regular boring quantum dots are made out of "nanostructured semiconductor materials" grown in special US government labs. The new laser depends on the qdots' unusual energy dynamics, which have the effect of stabilizing dark pulses. After emitting light, qdots recover energy from within rapidly (in about 1 picosecond) but more slowly (in about 200 picoseconds) from energy inputs originating outside the qdots in the laser cavity. This creates a progression of overall energy gains gradually giving way to overall energy losses. Eventually, the laser reaches a steady state of repeated brief intensity dips—a drop of about 70 percent—from the continuous light background. Thus the laser, brilliantly, is able to almost turn itself off and go dark. In itself this would be rather unimpressive, but the dark pulse laser goes briefly dark and then comes back on in just 90 picoseconds. As the dark-pulse can be measured, the laser is thus a means of measuring time very precisely. - Full Article Source

06/13/10 - The Empathic Civilisation
Bestselling author, political adviser and social and ethical prophet Jeremy Rifkin investigates the evolution of empathy and the profound ways that it has shaped our development and our society. - Full Article Source

06/13/10 - Confronting the Hoarding Instinct
Michael S. Rosenwald of the Washington Post wrote a a brave piece about coming to terms with his hoarding condition. Later, I would learn from Frost that I keep my stuff on tables and in piles because having everything in plain sight provides comfort and, in a sense, a form of organized disorganization. If I can see it, I know it's there. That was the practical explanation. But as the students questioned me -- about the pleasure I feel acquiring stuff, the anxiety I feel tossing it -- I sensed that there was something deeper, more philosophical. And it was this: All of the stuff I pile up is a sort of second body, my twin. I am Michael Rosenwald, and those piles -- the books, magazines, fountain pens, inks, newspapers, everything -- are also me. The more I have of it, the more I am me. Up there in front of the class, I was beginning to confuse myself, and then I felt as if I might cry. I blurted this out to the class: "What would I be without it all?" - Full Article Source

06/13/10 - Ultrasound to improve the Brain
KeelyNet Brain stimulation with ultrasound may increases brain plasticity and enhance cognitive function. Arizona State University : The ability to diagnose and treat brain dysfunction without surgery, may rely on a new method of noninvasive brain stimulation using pulsed ultrasound developed by a team of scientists led by neuroscientist William 'Jamie' Tyler. The approach shows that pulsed ultrasound not only stimulates action potentials in intact motor cortex in mice but it also 'elicits motor responses comparable to those only previously achieved with implanted electrodes and related techniques,' says Yusuf Tufail, the lead author from ASU's School of Life Sciences. 'We were surprised to find that ultrasound activated brain waves in the hippocampus known as sharp-wave ripples,' Tufail says. 'These brain activity patterns are known to underlie certain behavioral states and the formation of memories.' The scientists also found that ultrasound stimulated the production of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) in the hippocampus, one of the most potent regulators of brain plasticity. - Full Article Source

06/13/10 - Japan Successfully Deploys First Solar Sail In Space
KeelyNet "This morning the Japanese space agency, JAXA, successfully unfurled a solar sail in space for the first time. Solar sails offer the best hope for deep space exploration because they eliminate the need to carry fuel. The Japanese spacecraft IKAROS created centripetal force by spinning, allowing it to launch the 0.0003-inch-thick sail. While deployment is a challenge in a zero-gravity environment, spacecraft — unlike airplanes — don't have to contend with drag, so with each photon that hits the sail helps the spacecraft gather speed." - Full Article Source

06/13/10 - Publishing Company Puts Warning Label on Constitution
Wilder Publication is under fire for putting warning labels on copies of historical US documents, including the Constitution. The label warns "This book is a product of its time and does not reflect the same values as it would if it were written today." From the article: "The disclaimer goes on to tell parents that they 'might wish to discuss with their children how views on race, gender, sexuality, ethnicity, and interpersonal relations have changed since this book was written before allowing them to read this classic work.'" - Full Article Source

06/13/10 - Renewable Energy To Power Aussie SKA Radio Telescope
KeelyNet "New solar and geothermal energy facilities are being built in Australia to provide sustainable energy for the region's Square Kilometer Array (SKA) bid. The Australian Government yesterday announced A$47.3m in funding for a full-scale, hybrid solar and diesel plant for the Australian SKA Pathfinder (ASKAP) at the Murchison Radio-astronomy Observatory, and geothermal energy facilities for the Pawsey High-Performance Computing Centre, where data from SKA radio telescopes would be processed. ASKAP is part of the Australasian bid to host the $2.5 billion Square Kilometre Array (SKA), which involves 20 countries and will investigate galaxy evolution, dark matter, and the existence of life. IBM expects the whole of the SKA to produce an exabyte of data per day." - Full Article Source

06/13/10 - Quant AI Picks Stocks Better Than Humans
"The ability to predict the stock market is, as any Wall Street quantitative trader (or quant) will tell you, a license to print money. So it should be of no small interest to anyone who likes money that a new system that works in a radically different way than previous automated trading schemes appears to be able to beat Wall Street's best quantitative mutual funds at their own game. It's called the Arizona Financial Text system, or AZFinText, and it works by ingesting large quantities of financial news stories (in initial tests, from Yahoo Finance) along with minute-by-minute stock price data, and then using the former to figure out how to predict the latter. Then it buys, or shorts, every stock it believes will move more than 1% of its current price in the next 20 minutes — and it never holds a stock for longer." - Full Article Source

06/13/10 - Porn Sites More Infected Than Thought
KeelyNet "Porn sites are five times as likely to host malware as previously thought, with 3.6% offering up a digital infection of some sort, according to a researchers who set up their very own adult sites for a new study. One reason for the high rate of malware is that the online porn industry makes use of affiliate programs, where one site will drive traffic to another in exchange for links, cash or simply free pornographic material to use. Because such programs don't check who they're doing business with, and sites use disguised links and other clandestine methods to drive people to different pages, it's easy for criminals to abuse the system to spread malware. Researcher Gilbert Wondracek said: 'They inadvertently have created an ecosystem that can easily be abused on a large scale by cyber criminals, and that's worrying.'" - Full Article Source

06/13/10 - When Will the Automotive Internet Arrive?
"European researchers are developing a cooperative traffic system, known CVIS (Cooperative Vehicle-Infrastructure Systems), comprised of vehicle-, roadside-, and central infrastructure-based communications hardware and software, including vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) wireless. Among other capabilities, cars communicate with each other and with 'smart traffic signals' to smooth the flow of traffic and avoid accidents, or with 'smart traffic signs' to avoid dangerous driving conditions. The CVIS project is in the midst of undergoing field trials in Europe, and Audio has recently deployed 15 test vehicles in a similar project. The ambitious vision of intelligent transportation systems (ITS) includes goals such as reduced traffic congestion and fuel consumption, enhanced safety, and improved driver and passenger comfort. Ultimately, the developers envision a sort of Automotive Internet." - Full Article Source

06/10/10 - Catching Danger with your iPhone
IcePics stands for “in case of emergency pictures.” It’s an iPhone application that lets you tap an icon on the screen to take a picture that is then emailed to your phone contacts in a few seconds. A Google map goes along with the photo, telling the recipients when and where the picture was taken. This could be a real nuisance to everyone you know if misused, but the main point is defensive: If you are attacked or in an unfamiliar place where you feel threatened, this provides a nearly instant record of your situation. If you are in an accident or injured and unable to get yourself out, the application will show people your surroundings, and in this case the even more important information of where you are. The creator of the application suggests telling any attacker what has just been done when you take their picture. Because from that moment forward, their face, time and place are on record and there’s nothing they can do about it; smashing the iPhone will not remove the picture or reverse the process. The maker of the application suggests that it can also be used to send yourself photos with a push of the on-screen button. It normally takes several steps to send yourself a picture you want to keep and be sure it gets there. The IcePics application is $3 from icepics.com or the iTunes store. (Note: It is almost certain that this or a similar application will soon be available for other smart phones.) / The intent of the note is not to alarm the recipient but just to have you covered should something happen. Some users of this app are using their own email address or that of a close friend or their spouse. If it’s a false alarm, just delete the picture, but, if someone would try to harm you in any way, you will be able to inform the perpetrator that an emergency picture was already sent. Once the perpetrator is informed by you that his/her picture has been taken and sent, they may even stop what they are doing knowing that the likelihood of them being caught just went way up! OTHER USES: Users are also emailing IcePics support staff with a wide variety of other uses for this app besides emergency pictures. Here are just a few:

Take a photo of a piece of real estate so you have both the photo and location when you return home.
Use to keep your friends up to date on an event or your travels, in almost real time.
Use as a way to find your way back to a “For Sale” item that you are interested in.
Campus security officials advise women to “tell a friend” if they are leaving a bar or party with someone. Icepics would be an additional aid.
Use IcePics to track large inventory items that are used in the field. One person uses several bulldozers and now has a Google map of where each has been used last.
Quickly note a hunting or fishing spot with a photo of where you got that trophy.

A way to send your location when lost and or injured. For instance, some users have been lost hiking and say they always have their phone. Now if lost or injured while hiking they can send the GPS location of where they can be found – along with a photo of their injury, if needed. If you stop and think for a moment, you will more than likely find uses that fit your lifestyle. At $2.99, it is not hard to imagine this app paying for itself if only used once for any of the above situations. - Full Article Source

06/10/10 - Swiss Inventor Creates Photosynthetic Windows
Swiss inventor, Michael Gratzel, created a low-cost energy source that creates energy similar to plants and will most likely be used in windows to conserve costs. The Gratzel Cell uses nanotechnology to capture light on all sides. Because of the small size of the nanocrystal cells, there is little to no scattering of light, meaning more energy is harnessed. Since the cells are able to capture light on all sides, they would be storing energy collected from both outside and inside a building. This latest invention will most likely revolutionize low-cost energy solutions, and Gratzel dreams of one day seeing his cells on high-rise New York buildings. - Full Article Source

06/10/10 - Distributed Flight Array
Robotics developers at the Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich's Institute for Dynamic Systems and Control have built autonomous robots that drive, dock with their peers on the ground, then fly into the air in coordinated swarms....all of this without human direction. In fact, the vehicles can drive around on the ground as individual, autonomous units, but "it is not until they assemble that they are able to fly," according to the researchers: These modules are organized as distributed computational units with minimal sensory input. This is a complex system that is rich in dynamics with much room to explore various strategies of distributed estimation and control. - Full Article Source

06/10/10 - Izuogu Invents New Tool to End Energy Crisis
The new invention will offer uninterrupted power supply at no cost, says the inventor. This was the view expressed by most of those who attended an investor's dinner in Abuja where the invention was presented and demonstrated. The invention called Self-Sustaining Emagnetodynamics Machine, according to the inventor, Izuogu, was made possible after over 30 years of research and work. Already, the machine has received patent from 104 countries and is recognized by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). He said that the new invention, when fully installed, would also eliminate running cost as it is self-sustaining and needs no diesel or petrol to power it. The machine, he said, became possible after turning the two laws of emagnetodynamics into interpretable work. Describing the machine, WIPO said "the self-sustaining emagnetodynamics machine utilizes a theory that is different from the age old theory on which electric motors have been built for over five hundred years since the days of the great inventor and scientist, Michael Faraday." WIPO said: "The present invention is a magnet motor that utilizes the inventor's first and second laws of emagnetodynamics as well as the inventor's horse orientation theory of magnetism." It said, "the critical feature of this machine is that it is distinguishable from earlier invention of the non self sustaining emagnetodynamics machine in that the self-sustaining machine generates a feedback current which provides release from the backlash stators and therefore the machine is able to run without any external source of energy." / Dr. Izuogu, who was a former Travelling secretary of Scripture Union (SU) in Benin City has, however, issued a word of caution on his invention. Said he "the inventor is conscious of the fact that this self-sustaining machine does seem to violate the age-old and hitherto proven law of conversation of energy. For this reason, he has been very reluctant to publish his findings. But then experts in physics are of the opinion that his views and findings be published, especially as they are verifiable in a standard laboratory. Let scientists around the world draw their conclusions." Throwing more light on his design, the Imo State born engineer said two laws of Emagne to dynamics he used stated that "a suspended composite magnetic pole will rotate in a certain direction, if placed in the vicinity of an array of like poles of magnets" while the second law said that "the direction of rotation is that of the composite similar to the array. The Emagnetodynmics machine also attracts two versions: non-self sustaining and self-sustaining machine. In the non-self sustaining machine, like the conventional electric motor, it runs off mains electric source or battery while the self-sustaining machine uses energy tapped from its feedback generator to run itself. "It boils down to explaining the Atomic energy stored in permanent magnets, a phenomenon hitherto unknown to science," said Izuegu adding "the effects of a machine that runs without currency are enormous and have great implications of man." - Full Article Source

06/10/10 - THE IZUOGU SELF-SUSTAINING EMAGNETODYNAMIC MACHINE
KeelyNet The self sustaining emagnetodynamics machine utilizes a theory that is different from the age old theory on which electric motors have been built for over five hundred years since the days of the great inventor and scientist, Michael Faraday. A self sustaining machine that uses its own feedback current to operate, runs like an electric motor but not using the force exerted on a current carrying conductor in a magnetic field,but runs by the interaction of magnetic poles between the stator and rotor and powered by magnets and electromagnets,the main parts comprising a set of permanent magnets placed in a circular pattern,and forming the STATORS of the machine,and a composite magnetic pole attached to a spindle,forming the ROTOR,and a DISTRIBUTOR pressing against brushes for releasing the rotor vanes(on each respective plane) from backlashes arising from repulsions/attractions of the rotor composite polarity. - Full Article Source

06/10/10 - Bubbles Forever Bursting
The process of a large air-bubble popping on a surface has been described, but researchers had no insight into the mechanism, says James Bird of Harvard University. To explore it, Bird's team created hemispherical bubbles using water and glycerol and popped them. High-speed cameras revealed how the popping can trap toruses of air. One torus is formed as the initial rupture grows. Flung outwards by surface tension, the rim of the rupture folds back onto the main body of the bubble. Meanwhile, the outer parts of the bubble collapse down to the surface, crimping off a second air torus. This structure is unstable and collapses into smaller bubbles, which in turn produce even tinier ones (Nature, DOI: 10.1038/nature09069). The team found that increasing the fluid's viscosity prevents these bubble rings. This may remove unwanted bubbles from industrial processes such as glass-making. The process may also play a part in the mixing between atmosphere and oceans, as smaller bubbles tend to absorb gas faster than big ones and are better at spitting out aerosol droplets when they pop. - Full Article Source

06/10/10 - 50% Efficient Lasers won't cut it
Raygun fans will be overjoyed today to hear that a major problem of energy weapons - the fact that they tend to be hugely more devastating to themselves and their users than they are to their targets - may soon be solved. No, really. Even the very latest laser and high-powered microwave weapons have beam efficiencies well under 50 per cent. The rest of the energy is released inside the weapon, in the form of heat. This means that one may very well generate an ass-whupping hundred-kilowatt or even megawatt-range beam capable of burning a blazing hole through armour plate or exploding an intercontinental missile or whatever; but you'll have inflicted twice as much potential destruction on yourself, as vast amounts of heat are released inside your raygun in a short space of time. The answer is a heat sink; but not just any old heat sink. A battle-strength war ray based on recent technology will be throwing out a beam of 100 kilowatts or more and needing to dump at least twice that over time. Boffins at famous crazytech firm General Atomics - the company which gave us the killer robot, the electromagnetic aircraft-catapult and the "Blitzer" railgun - now say they've cracked the raygun hotness dump problem. They've come up with a relatively handy little 35kg unit which can store up to three megajoules of heat using "phase change", that is by "melting a wax-type phase change material". “We are very pleased with its performance, which shows that it can store heat at an average rate of 230 kilowatts. To put it into perspective, it’s the equivalent of melting about 20 pounds of ice in 13 seconds,” says GA powersystems honcho Dr Paul Clark. - Full Article Source

06/10/10 - Tax Hikes and the 2011 Economic Collapse
People can change the volume, the location and the composition of their income, and they can do so in response to changes in government policies. It shouldn't surprise anyone that the nine states without an income tax are growing far faster and attracting more people than are the nine states with the highest income tax rates. People and businesses change the location of income based on incentives. Consider corporate profits as a share of GDP. Today, corporate profits as a share of GDP are way too high given the state of the U.S. economy. These high profits reflect the shift in income into 2010 from 2011. These profits will tumble in 2011, preceded most likely by the stock market. - Full Article Source

06/10/10 - Debtors Increasingly Thrown In Jail. Wait, What?
Did you know you can get thrown in jail for not paying your debts? Yes, in America, in the 21st century, debt collectors are effectively deputizing local police forces to collect on debts, manipulating the system and using your tax dollars to do their dirty work. Debt collectors buy five to six year old debts for pennies on the dollar from companies that have already written off ever collecting the debt. Then, the firms, frequently run by attorneys, employ a system of auto-dialers and call center teams to get the cash. They aim to get double what they paid for the debts. Anything after that is just gravy. In some states and counties, the collectors can seek court orders to get debtors to pay, which can result in a civil warrant for the debtor's arrest. Some precincts then apparently have the luxury and manpower to enforce them and a deputy sheriff shows up on the debtor's doorstep and arrests them. The debtor can spend 24-48 hours in jail until their court appearance. Debtors often don't even know that there is a warrant out for their arrest until they get the knock on their door and the bracelets on their wrists. The point of bail is get a person to show up to court. But in some cases, the judge will set the bail at the exact amount of the debt owed. - Full Article Source

06/10/10 - In New Space Race, Enter the Entrepreneurs
KeelyNet At the Bigelow Aerospace factory here, the full-size space station mockups sitting on the warehouse floor look somewhat like puffy white watermelons. The interiors offer a hint of what spacious living in space might look like. Four years from now, the company plans for real modules to be launched and assembled into the solar system’s first private space station. Paying customers — primarily nations that do not have the money or expertise to build a space program from scratch — would arrive a year later. In 2016, a second, larger station would follow. The two Bigelow stations would then be home to 36 people at a time — six times as many as currently live on the International Space Station. If this business plan unfolds as it is written — the company has two fully inflated test modules in orbit already — Bigelow will be buying 15 to 20 rocket launchings in 2017 and in each year after, providing ample business for the private space companies ... A stay on a Bigelow station, including transportation, is currently priced at just under $25 million a person for 30 days. That is less than half the more than $50 million a seat that NASA is paying for rides alone on Soyuz spacecraft to the International Space Station. Doubling the stay to 60 days adds just $3.75 million more. For a country or company willing to sign up for a four-year commitment, the lease for an entire six-person module would cost just under $395 million a year, and that would include transportation for a dozen people each year. “You see why this is attractive for the sovereign client market,” Mr. Gold said. The Bigelow prices are good through 2018, and Mr. Bigelow said the prices would drop by then if, as he expects, rocket prices drop. - Full Article Source

06/10/10 - Coulomb Technologies to install 4,600 electric vehicle charging stations
The company, based in Campbell, Calif., will immediately start setting up public and private stations in Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Jose and San Francisco Bay Area. The stations will also go up in Austin, Texas; Detroit; New York; Orlando, Fla.; Redmond, Wash.; and Washington, D.C. Once installation launches in the coming weeks, more than 1,000 stations are scheduled to be put in by December, with the rest to be in place by September 2011. Partnerships with major automakers mean that electric vehicles including the Chevrolet Volt, the Ford Transit Connect, the Ford Focus and the Smart Fortwo from Daimler AG will be available in the metropolitan areas with the stations. A wide network of charging stations is expected to help quell fears that future electric car owners won’t be able to drive far before their batteries peter out. - Full Article Source

06/10/10 - New Solar Air Heater uses no glass
Johnson has invented a simple and inexpensive air heater that is solar powered and energy efficient. He wants to share it with anyone who needs one. Called a “solar makeup air heater,” it’s a device that can be used by home- and business-owners alike. Johnson has authored a booklet on building the heater, which can be considered a do-it-yourself type project, he says. "The heater has some interesting features not available on many…manufactured solar heaters,” said Johnson. “(It) can be built in only about three hours using locally available materials for…about $250, and will put out about as much heat as a 1,500-watt heater when receiving full sun.” During this area’s cold season months, “The product heats outside air with the sun, then blows all the fresh warm air into the house,” says Johnson. How is his air heater better than others? Johnson was asked. The product is “…a very simple design…that mounts on the side of your home or garage,” Johnson began. “It can provide some heat, it can operate at low temperatures without costing a lot of money, it provides fresh air to your home inexpensively, the materials used to put the heater together can be purchased at most hardware stores, and you only need to make a two-inch round hole in your house.” Johnson explained that other commercially built heaters only run at higher temperatures, thus adding to the heating cost; they rely on an electric or gas energy source, again adding to heating costs; the simple design is easy to install, so home and business owners have no labor/installation fees; most commercial units require a six-inch or larger hole. “And who wants to drill a six-inch hole in their house?” asked Johnson. Another advantage of Johnson’s invention is its safety aspect. His air heater doesn’t use any glass, which can be easily broken — accidentally or intentionally — reducing the chance of others being cut on shards. The size of the home determines the size of the panels needed to build the heater, said Johnson. Therefore, his device can be built in different sizes. The one installed on his home is a different size than one installed on the chicken coop of a customer up in Ladysmith, who uses Johnson’s invention to not only keep the chickens warm, but to also add fresh air to the enclosed coop. Johnson’s booklet is available on e-Bay in the form of an e-book or on CD. In just the last four months that the heater’s concept has been on the Internet, Johnson said his site has received over 2,500 hits, and he’s has had a number of international customers purchase his idea. “The booklet is selling internationally and I am getting very good reviews,” Johnson said. Check out Johnson’s e-book on e-Bay or send him an e-mail for more information at johnson_virgil@sbcglobal.net. - Full Article Source

06/10/10 - Terrorist figure out how to make America Attack Itself
According to the FBI, terrorists have noticed that Americans will go crazy and attack themselves (shutting down public spaces and transit, evacuating busy areas, subjecting innocents to search, detention and questioning) if you leave a "suspicious" bag in a public place. This is thanks to programs like New York City's "See Something, Say Something," which generates thousands of calls about "suspicious activity" every year, not one of which has ever led to an actual terrorism arrest. Of course, leaving bags of water or socks is an errand that's a lot less risky than planting bombs. (Paranoia, deep destroyer... - JWD) - Full Article Source

06/10/10 - Rubber Boots Charge Your Phone
"UK wireless provider Orange and renewable energy experts GotWind have come up with a prototype pair of power-generating rubber boots. Inside the power-generating soles of the boots are thermoelectric modules constructed of pairs of p-type and n-type semiconductor materials forming thermocouples, which are connected electrically to form an array of multiple thermocouples (thermopile). They are then sandwiched between two thin ceramic wafers. When the heat from the foot is applied on the top side of the ceramic wafer and cold is applied on the opposite side, from the cold of the ground, electricity is generated." (They keep missing this by requiring a complete shoe or boot, what is needed are pads you put IN ANY SHOE/BOOT or as a clipon to the bottom, you can use whatever shoes/boots you have. - JWD) - Full Article Source

06/10/10 - Cloth Successfully Separates Oil From Gulf Water
"Di Gao, an assistant professor at the Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh, has developed a method of separating oil from water within just seconds using a cotton cloth coated in a chemical polymer that makes it both hydrophilic (it bonds with the hydrogen atoms in water) and oleophobic (oil-repelling), making it absolutely perfect for blocking oil and letting water pass through. Gao tested his filter successfully on Gulf Oil water and oil and has an impressive video to demonstrate the results." / A piece of chemically treated cotton cloth is able to separate crude oil from sea water (both from Mexico Gulf) completely within seconds by using gravity alone. It can be developed into various effective tools for cleaning up the oil spill in Mexico Gulf. The treated cloth allows water to path through but not oil. The novel surface chemical treatment method is developed by University of Pittsburgh. Contact gaod@pitt.edu for details. - Full Article Source

06/10/10 - The Men Who Stare At Airline Passengers, Coming To the UK
"Over the past four years, some 3,000 officers in America's Transportation Security Administration (TSA) have been specially trained to spot potential terrorists at airports. The programme, known as SPOT, for Screening Passengers by Observation Technique, is intended to allow airport security officers to use tiny facial cues to identify people who are acting suspiciously. The British government is currently launching a new screening regime modelled on the Americans' SPOT. There's just one problem with all this: there's no evidence that SPOT is actually effective. The whole thing is mostly based on pseudoscience, Sharon Weinberger reports in Nature." - Full Article Source

06/10/10 - Violent Video Games Only Affect Some People
"The media would have you believe that violent video games will be the downfall of our civilization and the cause of moral decline in young people. A recent study suggests that most people aren't so easily influenced by the violence; instead, just a few bad apples are likely to react poorly, with everyone else showing little or no effect from playing these games." The American Psychological Association has posted the academic paper (PDF) as well, in addition to a few related studies. One examines how games can be a force for good (PDF), and another looks at the motivations behind children playing such games (PDF). - Full Article Source

06/10/10 - iPhone 4's "Retina Display" Claims Challenged
KeelyNet "Of the many things that buyers might need to know about the new iPhone; Raymond Soneira — president of DisplayMate Technologies — added one more to the list. Raymond Soneira challenged Apple's claims that Apple's new iPhone contains a so-called 'retina display.' According to Soneira the the resolution of the retina is in angular measure, 50 cycles per degree, whereas a cycle is a line pair which is two pixels, so the angular resolution of the eye is 0.6 arc minutes per pixel. So, if you hold an iPhone at the typical 12 inches from your eyes that works out to 477 pixels per inch and at 8 inches it's 716 ppi. You have to hold iPhone 4 out about 18 inches before it falls to 318 ppi. So the iPhone has significantly lower resolution than the retina." - Full Article Source

06/10/10 - 2 In 3 Misunderstand Gas Mileage; Here's Why
"OK, so here's a little test: Which saves more gasoline, going from 10 to 20 mpg, or going from 33 to 50 mpg? If you're like most Americans, you picked the second one. But, in fact, that's exactly backwards. Over any given mileage, replacing a 10-mpg vehicle with one that gets 20 mpg saves five times the gasoline that replacing a 33-mpg vehicle with one that gets 50 does. Last summer, Duke University's Fuqua School of Business released a study that shows how much damage comes from using MPG instead of consumption to measure how green a car is. Management professors Richard Larick and Jack Soll's experiments proved that consumers thought fuel consumption was cut at an even rate as mileage increased." - Full Article Source

06/07/10 - SAWSTOP in TimeWarp
SawStop® saws are equipped with a safety system to stop the blade within 5 milliseconds of detecting contact with skin. The blade carries a small electrical signal, which the safety system continually monitors. When skin contacts the blade, the signal changes because the human body is conductive. The change to the signal activates the safety system. The blade stops within milliseconds of detecting contact, quicker than a car airbag deploys. During this time three things happen:

* An aluminum brake springs into the spinning blade, to stop the blade.
* The blade’s angular momentum drives the blade beneath the table, removing the risk of subsequent contact.
* Power to the motor is shut off.

Resetting the saw is easy. It takes about five minutes to replace the $69 single-use brake cartridge and blade. In order to stop the saw, a fast-acting brake stops the blade when contact is detected. The brake includes a heavy-duty spring to push a block of aluminum, called a brake pawl, into the teeth of the blade to stop the blade from spinning. The spring is held in compression by a fuse wire until contact is detected. When contact is detected, the system sends a surge of electricity through the fuse wire to burn the wire and release the spring. The spring pushes the brake pawl into the teeth of the spinning blade, and the teeth cut into the aluminum and bind, thereby stopping the blade. All this happens in about 3–5 milliseconds, or 1/200th of a second. At the same time, the angular momentum of the blade causes the blade to retract below the table and the power to the motor is shut off. (Thanks to Doug Littlefield for the headsup on this! - JWD) - Full Article Source

06/07/10 - Google-Backed Wind-Powered Car Goes Faster Than the Wind
KeelyNet "A wind-powered car has been clocked in the US traveling downwind 2.85 times faster than the 13.5 mph wind. The definitive research by Rick Cavallaro of FasterThanTheWind.org is being funded by Google and Joby Energy. The run should now settle the DWFTTW (downwind faster than the wind) debate that has been raging for some time on the Internet about whether or not such a feat was possible." / Cavallaro explained the car is able to move faster than the wind because the propeller is not turned by the wind. The wind pushes the vehicle forward, and once moving the wheels turn the propeller. The propeller spins in the opposite direction to that expected, pushing the wind backwards, which in turn pushes the car forwards, turning the wheels, and thus turning the propeller faster still. The vehicle was built after over a year of trials. Building a transmission able to transfer power from the wheels to the propeller was the most difficult part of the design. The next stage in development will be to have trials confirmed by NALSA. - Full Article Source

06/07/10 - Growing ranks of long-term jobless face tough odds
If you lose your job these days, it's worth scrambling to find a new one — fast. After six months of unemployment, your chances of landing work dwindle. The proportion of people jobless for six months or more has accelerated in the past year and now makes up 46 percent of the unemployed. That's the highest percentage on records dating to 1948. By late summer or early fall, they are expected to make up half of all jobless Americans. Economists say those out of work for six months or more risk becoming less and less employable. Their skills can erode, their confidence falter, their contacts dry up. Their growing ranks also will keep pressure on Congress to keep extending jobless benefits, which now run for up to 99 weeks. Overall, the economy has created a net 982,000 jobs this year. But for Jeff Martinez and the record 6.76 million others who have struck out for six months or more, their struggles are getting worse, not better. One factor behind the growing proportion of the long-term unemployed is the erosion of their workplace skills — or employers' perception of it. It's hard to find work in a tight job market when your skills are seen as stale. For some occupations in particular, such as computer technicians or accountants, people jobless for many months can lose pace with technological changes or federal rules. - Full Article Source

06/07/10 - Turn a Sewing Machine into a Scroll Saw
KeelyNet If you've got a sewing machine that's just collecting dust, either because you've upgraded to a newer model or you just don't sew anymore, you can easily repurpose it into a scroll saw for cutting wood with precise, controlled movements. Whether you're just making wooden decorations or something a bit more useful, a scroll saw can give you way more control over smaller movements than a large saw. In order to do this mod, you'll need to take apart your machine, replace the needle with a blade, and probably tweak a few parts of the machine to accomodate it (like the baseplate). Lots of the materials you'll need (besides the saw blade) you'll be able to get from the machine itself, but you will probably need some epoxy on hand, as well as a dremel to cut into the baseplate (although if you don't have access to one, you could probably use a drill). - Full Article Source

06/07/10 - N. Korea claims 'super drink' breakthrough
North Korea's propaganda machine, taking time off from threatening war with South Korea, hailed Friday the development of a "super drink" that can multiply brain cells and stop skin ageing. The anti-oxidation drink contains 60 kinds of "microelements" extracted from more than 30 species of plants, according to the communist state's official news agency KCNA. "It, with effects of both preventive and curative treatment, helps improve mental and retentive faculties by multiplying brain cells," KCNA said. The drink can also protect skin from wrinkles and black spots, and prevent common conditions such as heart disease by removing "acid effete matters", it said. "It also makes skin fair." The drink is a breakthrough by the state company Moranbong Carbonated Fruit Juice Joint Venture, which also makes fizzy water flavoured with fruits such as apples, peaches and strawberries, KCNA said. - Full Article Source

06/07/10 - Mobile Phones Can Be Dangerous
KeelyNet Permanent electromagnetic radiofrequency exposure affects, immune and reproductive systems, Soviet scientists discovered in the middle of the previous century. However, no one understood how important the discovery had been. Almost every one now uses a cell phone, or finds himself within operational range of other phones or base stations of mobile networks. These facilities create weak electromagnetic fields, which, however, affect people during their whole life. Existing standards of mobile communication seem to be a bit out-of-date. Russian scientists decided to reproduce results of the experiment of Soviet researchers. For this purpose they used laboratory animals. First group of rats was exposed to weak electromagnetic field for 7 hours every day in special boxes. Second group lived under the same conditions as the first, but without radiation. Third group was a control group, which never left their homes. Results weren’t comfortable – rats from first group showed high concentration of antibodies to brain tissues. Radiation promoted formation of active oxygen and nitrogen, which troubled lipid exchange and damaged molecules of DNA and proteins. Scientists warn that existing standards of mobile communication cannot guarantee safety for cell phone users and those, who are exposed to this kind of radiation. - Full Article Source

06/07/10 - URI Student Develops Self-Renewing Concrete
In what may be finding the equivalent to the fountain of youth for concrete, Michelle Pelletier found that mixing a micro-encapsulated sodium silicate agent into standard concrete can cause the material to regain up to 26 percent of its original strength after being severely fractured. According to Pelletier, those numbers were developed by using a two percent solution of the sodium silicate, and the results could be even better with a higher concentration. So how does it work? As the concrete fractures, the tiny sodium silicate capsules break apart, releasing their contents. The sodium silicate reacts with the calcium hydroxide naturally present in the concrete to form a calcium-silica-hydrate product to heal the cracks and block the pores in the concrete. The chemical reaction creates a gel-like material that hardens in about one week. The best part is that unlike other so-called “smart” materials, Pelletier’s concoction is fairly inexpensive, which means that it’s more likely to be adopted in the near future. - Full Article Source

06/07/10 - Just in time for 2012, our Sun is Waking Up!
Earth and space are about to come into contact in a way that's new to human history. To make preparations, authorities in Washington DC are holding a meeting: The Space Weather Enterprise Forum at the National Press Club on June 8th. Richard Fisher, head of NASA's Heliophysics Division, explains what it's all about: "The sun is waking up from a deep slumber, and in the next few years we expect to see much higher levels of solar activity. At the same time, our technological society has developed an unprecedented sensitivity to solar storms. The intersection of these two issues is what we're getting together to discuss." Much of the damage can be mitigated if managers know a storm is coming. Putting satellites in 'safe mode' and disconnecting transformers can protect these assets from damaging electrical surges. Preventative action, however, requires accurate forecasting—a job that has been assigned to NOAA. - Full Article Source

06/07/10 - Idea of using Liquid Nitrogen for sealing the Oil Spill
KeelyNet We received a very interesting “hack” todsy from our good friend [Jonny Dryer] that really got us thinking, but first a little background. For those that live only inside of a box on top of a mountain (we know who you are), there was an explosion of a British Petroleum oil rig about 40 miles southeast of Venice, LA. Being proclaimed by Carol Browner as “probably the biggest environmental disaster” – stated a month after the accident. And the oil is still spewing. Now, we’re not ones for criticizing how this event is being handled; no, we left it to the experts. Back to our point, [Jonny Dryer's] sent us his plan for slowing the oil spill, by using liquid nitrogen, pretty genius if you ask us... / Crude oil and two-phase crude oil/gas mixtures have a very strong viscosity dependency on temperature. At lower temperatures (especially below 0?F) the viscosity of crude oil and its mixtures increase very rapidly. As can be seen in the figure I generated below and to the left, the mass flowrate of a fluid through a pipe at constant pressure drop is a very strong function of the viscosity of the fluid flowing in the pipe. Next to it is a plot of viscosity vs. temperature for a two-phase mixture of light crude and natural gas (as the flow coming out of the Deepwater Horizon wellhead is) at a bunch of different pressures. Using common and relatively low cost industrial materials, components and techniques, a cooling jacket can be applied around the broken riser in order to significantly lower the temperature of the oil flowing from the well. This will increase its viscosity and lower the flowrate in an accelerating feedback loop. Several companies make clamp-on liquid nitrogen collars for freezing fluids in pipes. They are off the shelf cryogenic components. An alternate method would involve pumping liquid nitrogen directly into the well head below the break in the hope of forming hydrate and extremely thick crude “sludge” that would plug up the riser, slowing or haulting flow. - Full Article Source

06/07/10 - Top 10 Codes You Aren’t Meant To Know
Stores, hospitals, entertainment venues, and other places where the public are together in large numbers, use secret codes to pass information between store employees. These are meant to be a secret as they don’t want to alarm the non-staff members or alert someone (like a thief) to the fact that they have been noticed. Many stores have their own codes – for example WalMart, but there are a number that are nearly universal in application. This is a list of ten secret codes that may prove useful to you in future, or at least dispel any curiosity you may have if you hear them. - Full Article Source

06/07/10 - The Electromagnetic Bazooka
KeelyNet The technique uses a Time Reversal Mirror to receive a short pulse of electromagnetic energy at an antenna and then shoot back toward the initial transmitter the same signal, but with its wave-form reversed in time. The technique is enabled by the use of an Arbitrary Waveform Generator, which can generate any waveform you like, including a backwards version of the waveform an antenna just received. It's a bit like responding to a given signal by playing the same signal backward, although it happens in milliseconds. When used on either audio signals or electromagnetic waves, a Time Reversal Mirror allows engineers to exploit what's known as the "pulse compression property" of time reversal to create an amplified version of the signal at a point outside the reverberation chamber housing the transmitter and the time reversal mirror. Therefore, at some distance from the device, a significantly amplified version of the initial signal is generated. Using this setup, the researchers discovered a linear relationship between the number of antennas (from one to eight) used in their time reversal mirror and the resulting amplitude of the microwave pulse they generated. Further amplification of the signal before retransmission by the mirror, using a technique called "one-bit time reversal," allowed the team to achieve 46 dB of amplification. Because decibels are represented on a logarithmic scale, that corresponds to amplification of the original signal by a factor of more than 10,000. - Full Article Source

06/07/10 - Wolfram Alpha - it's all about how you phrase your question
Wolfram Alpha gives you access to the world's facts, without searching. See what everyone is talking about. The site is an attempt to address some of the deficiencies of current web search by understanding people's questions and answering them directly. According to its creator, the system understands questions that users input and then calculates the answers based on its extensive mathematical and scientific engine. Natural language processing – the ability to determine – has long been a holy grail for computer scientists, who believe for interacting with machines in an instinctive way. And that, says Wolfram, is part of the code that Alpha has cracked. - Full Article Source

06/07/10 - Ohio's clean energy
KeelyNet William T. Beale continues to adapt and perfect the Stirling engine for future energy-efficient uses in the home after already using it to cool vehicles such as satellites. He began experimenting with an old invention: In 1816, Robert Stirling, a Scottish minister, founded the concept of an engine powered by external heat rather than internal combustion. After borrowing $20,000 from his mother-in-law in 1974, Beale left the university to start his own company, Sunpower Inc., and take Stirling's invention to then-unforeseen heights. He invented the free-piston Stirling engine and, over the past 36 years, Sunpower has received 48 American patents and 111 international ones for generators capable of taking any source of heat - solar, landfill gas, biomass, fossil fuel, or nuclear - and converting it to electricity. Sunpower has become a world leader in energy-efficient, environmentally friendly machines for power generation and cooling. The company expects to more than double its 73-employee work force. Along with powering and cooling space vehicles and appliances, Beale sees Sunpower's engines eventually being mass-produced in Ohio factories, with capabilities such as moving solar energy from the nation's Southwestern deserts to Ohio. At 83 , he can be found most days in a cluttered lab of the Mill Street building, working with younger engineers and students. - Full Article Source

06/07/10 - Foreign Firms Dominate Wind Energy
The level of investment varies widely, from companies like Spain-based Gamesa, which has the ability to completely manufacture some models at its Pennsylvania plants, to India-based Suzlon, which has only one American plant that builds just one component -- hubs. An example of foreign dominance of wind power is the Meadow Lake Wind Farm in Indiana. The farm, which picked up $113 million in U.S. stimulus funds, was developed by a Portuguese firm, Horizon-EDPR. Horizon hired the Danish firm Vestas to construct the turbines using steel towers built by the Vietnam factory, CS Wind, with blades and giant nacelles from Denmark. A wind farm built for Puget Sound Energy, also by Vestas, received $28.6 million in stimulus funds. Its steel towers also came from Vietnam and the blades and nacelles from Denmark. And the U.S stimulus grant program gave $91.3 million to the Bull Creek wind farm in Texas -- a project that consists of 180 Japanese-built wind turbines constructed under the supervision of a British company for Japanese owners who use a French firm to manage the site. It's not surprising that foreign companies collected the majority of stimulus dollars spent on the wind industry. Compared to mature and vibrant wind power industries in Europe and Asia, the U.S. has only two homegrown wind turbine manufacturers of any significance: General Electric and Clipper Wind. While both have assembly plants in the U.S., they also import many parts from factories overseas. G.E. and Clipper accounted for 49.3 percent of the U.S. turbine market in 2008. By 2009, that had slipped to 45.7 percent. As of late 2009, the two U.S. companies combined have 32.3 percent of the market for wind plants currently under development, according to AWEA market reports. - Full Article Source

06/07/10 - Microbial Mud Batteries
During an event featuring "modern MacGyvers" -- inventors, biologists and engineers innovating for the developing world -- Van Vuuren described how the microbial reactions in a bucket of mud could be used to provide electricity to approximately 500 million people in Africa who don't have access to it. Van Vuuren said that so-called "microbial fuel cells" are based on science that was discovered about 80 years ago, but until now it was considered too weak to use. "It's just a technology, a science, that creates very small amounts of electricity -- a trickle charge -- that up till now has not been useful for us because we needed to power refrigerators and cars and big things," he said. "But now, we as a people, all of a sudden, we realize that there are 4 billion other people who live on less than $5 a day and they are a market." Building on research into microbial fuel cells, Van Vuuren said he and his partners created a battery that derives power from the energy created as soil microbes break down organic matter. As long as the soil stays moist enough, he said the soil can continue to generate energy for eight to 12 months (in the lab). - Full Article Source

06/07/10 - War Required to Burn $13 Trillion of USA’s National Debt
The national debt of the United States reached the record level of $13 trillion, which means that every US citizen owes the world $42,000. It seems that the US administration does not seem to care much about the fact. barack obama believes that it is the fault of the previous government. obama stated during his speech at Pittsburg that his administration was not guilty of the enormous national debt. He said that he took office during the time of the crisis, when the economic recession in the country resulted in the creation of a huge hole of $3 trillion in the budget of the country. - Full Article Source

06/07/10 - Software Describes Surveillance Footage In AI-Generated Text
"A computer vision research group at UCLA has put together a system that watches surveillance footage and generates a text description of the events in real time. It only works on traffic cameras for now but demonstrates how sophisticated computer vision is becoming. Interestingly, the system was built thanks to a database of millions of human-labeled images put together by Chinese workers." - Full Article Source

06/07/10 - Sticky Rice Is the Key To Super Strong Mortar
"For over 1,500 years the Chinese have been using sticky rice as an ingredient in mortar, which has resulted in super strong buildings, many of which are still standing after hundreds of years. Scientists have been studying the sticky rice and lime mortar to unlock the secrets of its strength, and have just determined the secret ingredient that makes the mortar more stable and stronger. The scientists have also concluded that this mixture is the most appropriate for restoration of ancient and historic buildings, which means it is probably also appropriate for new construction as well." - Full Article Source

06/07/10 - Econophysicists Develop and Test "Bubble Index"
KeelyNet "Oh if only we could identify the bubble markets as they appear, but with all the random variables, it would take some sort of econophysicist to build predictions for that! Well, a team has released a definition of a 'bubble index' that led them to make predictions of bubbles six months ago that would pop between then and now. The four bubbles they selected were the IBOVESPA Index of 50 Brazilian stocks, a Merrill Lynch Corporate Bond Index, the spot price of gold, and cotton futures. Two out of the four were bubbles, with Merrill Lynch being a bubble already popping and cotton continuing to soar into even bubblier status. Still, for your first try, 50% isn't bad. The team learned a lot of new things from the first run, revised their method, selected their predictions for the next six months, and sealed them. Only time will tell if they are truly onto predicting crashes." - Full Article Source

06/07/10 - Traffic-Flow Algorithm Can Reduce Fuel Consumption
"New projects from German automakers Audi and BMW promise to ease congestion simply by looking at traffic signals and driving style, in an effort to smooth the flow of traffic. Through a test course in Munich, vehicles were able to post phenomenal fuel efficiency gains simply by adjusting the timing of traffic lights depending on traffic volume — to whatever speed provides a so-called 'green wave' of four or more synchronized signals." - Full Article Source

06/07/10 - Bottle Bomb Warning
KeelyNet Snopes reports on Bottle Bombs. Claim: Plastic soda bottles left in unsuspecting residents' yards may be bottle bombs. Verdict: TRUE The police sez: If you find a soda bottle that has any liquid in it, DO NOT TOUCH IT! Call 911 and let us respond to check it / dispose of it... I know that calling 911 for a soda bottle may sound silly or like a misuse of your Police protection but trust me, it is not. These bombs have been found in Michigan and Massachusetts. I think you're safe if you live in a state that doesn't start with the letter M. But maybe not. Thanks to Snopes, these will probably become quite popular. They provide instructions: A "Works" Bomb is Drain-o and Tin Foil, mixed together inside of a bottle. The chemical reaction between the Drain-o and the Tin Foil makes a volatile build up of gases and subsequently detonates the bottle with a great amount of force. Once the detonation occurs, the chemical substance that is in the bottle is actually boiling liquid. - Full Article Source

06/07/10 - New Gadget Tells You When To Take a Break
"An Israeli company developed a gadget that measures your blood pressure and tells you when you are stressed and need to take a break from your computer. 'The user grasps two sensors shaped like computer mouses to measure the electric activity of the heart in minute detail. Software then combines the measurements with prerecorded personal details such as age and sex to calculate various indicators for stress and mood.' Looks like a must-have accessory for Slashdotters everywhere." - Full Article Source

06/07/10 - Internet Has Broken the Political System
"The deluge of information available on the Web has made the country ungovernable, according to EFF co-founder John Perry Barlow. 'The political system is broken partly because of Internet,' Barlow said. 'It's made it impossible to govern anything the size of the nation-state. We're going back to the city-state. The nation-state is ungovernably information-rich.' ... Barlow said there is too much going on at every level in Washington, DC, for the government to effectively handle everything on its plate. Instead, he advocated citizens organizing around the issues most important to them. 'There is a circle of fat around the Beltway that is incredibly thick. We can no longer try to run this country from the center. We've got to run it, just like the Internet, from the edges.' Barlow also said that President Barack Obama's election, driven largely by small donations, has fundamentally changed American politics. He said a similar bottom-up structure is needed for governing as well. 'It's not the second coming, everything won't get better overnight, but that made it possible to see a future where it wasn't simply a matter of money to define who won these things. The government could finally start belonging to people eventually.'" - Full Article Source

06/07/10 - Urine Test For Autism
"Defining and diagnosing autism has been a controversial process — but maybe a little less so now. Children with autism have a different chemical fingerprint in their urine than non-autistic children, according to new research. The difference stems from a previously documented difference in gut bacteria found in autistic individuals. The possibility of a simple pee test matters because currently, children are assessed for autism through a lengthy testing process that explores a child's social interaction, communication, and imaginative skills. Being able to identify the condition earlier and at a lower cost could leave more time and money for treatment." - Full Article Source

06/07/10 - Slot Machine Malfunction
"Engineering mistakes, while frustrating, seldom definitively alter the end user's life. Not so in Cripple Creek, Colorado — MaryAnn and Jim McMahon thought their money troubles were over when they hit an $11 million jackpot at a casino Tuesday. Before paying the jackpot, the Wildwood Casino turned the machine over to the Colorado Gaming Division for inspection. A glitch was found, aha! The Wildwood Casino blamed a slot machine malfunction for the $11 million jackpot. Total actually won by the McMahons? $1,627.82." - Full Article Source

06/07/10 - Mysterious Radio Station UVB-76 Goes Offline
KeelyNet "Tinfoil hatters around the world are abuzz that UVB-76, the Russian shortwave radio station that has been broadcasting its monotonous tone almost uninterrupted since 1982, has suddenly gone offline. Of course no one knows what the significance of this is, but best brush up on your drills just in case." / It's known among radio listeners by the nickname The Buzzer. It features a short, monotonous buzz tone, repeating at a rate of approximately 25 tones per minute, for 24 hours per day. The Buzzer has apparently been broadcasting since at least 1982 as a repeating two-second pip, changing to a buzzer in early 1990. It briefly changed to a higher tone of longer duration (approximately 20 tones per minute) on January 16, 2003, although it has since reverted to the previous tone pattern. - Full Article Source

06/07/10 - Restraining Order On Commercial Spyware Lifted
Back in 2008, the US Federal Trade Commission filed a restraining order against CyberSpy Software, makers of a commercial spyware program that logged keystrokes, took screenshots, monitored IM conversations, and sent all the collected data back to the company's servers. Reader suraj.sun tips news that the order has now been lifted, allowing CyberSpy to sell its software, but with a few restrictions. "According to the US District Court settlement, the company must not provide users with the means to disguise the software as an innocent file or email attachment. Users must also be advised that doing so may violate US state or federal law. Additionally, all recorded information sent over the Internet must be encrypted and older legacy versions of the software must be removed from computers on which it was previously installed. ... RemoteSpy is said to employ rootkit techniques to hide from virus scanners." - Full Article Source

06/07/10 - Plotting a Coup In the Internet Age
"The Guardian is reporting on the attempts of an exiled Sheikh to regain power in a bloodless coup. The plot, led by British solicitor Peter Cathcart, involves the use of Washington political lobbyists, PR agencies writing fake blogs and Twitter accounts, and a newspaper advertising campaign in the US. The coup attempt is remarkable in its choice of modern communications and political lobbying, rather than the traditional resort to violence." - Full Article Source

06/04/10 - A new way to harness sun’s rays
KeelyNet The Prometheus Project uses an ordinary mirror — albeit quite huge at five metres square — that bounces the sun’s energy onto a smaller mirror that then directs it into a crucible where it melts a lump of aluminum at 660 C. Inventor Peter Kinley said the groundbreaking results have astonishing potential for the industrial and residential sectors. It can be used as an environmentally friendly way to melt metal and to heat water to warm houses. "It’s a good time to look at renewables." With the high cost of oil, it is expensive to melt the metals the foundry needs to create parts for boats and ships, and burning oil hurts the environment. Kinley wanted to find a way to concentrate the sun’s energy and harness it to melt metals. The folks working on this solar furnace, with its patented Kinley Dual Mirror System, are usually refurbishing boats — from Theodore Too to the Bluenose II and luxury yachts. But Kinley said it’s an ideal setup for his invention — he has the carpenters, electricians, plumbers and welders he needs to refine the technology, as well as the space to store the contraption in a huge boat shed. His first prototype, Alpha, was rudimentary, using polished stainless-steel sheets inside plywood casing. "I was surprised at how well our system worked from the get-go. We were able to melt metal the first time out." It generated a temperature of 407 C, melting a metal called babbit, which is made from lead and zinc. As the foundry tweaks its invention, it has been working with Dalhousie University in Halifax to create a computer model of the temperatures the current system, Gamma II, has generated. It has reached recorded temperatures of 1,800 C, although Kinley suspects it gets far hotter, even though it hasn’t been proved yet because the Gamma II has melted the platinum thermocouples that were used to measure the temperature. They can withstand temperatures of 1,755 C. There were signs of vaporization when the Gamma II melted iron recently, and that happens at 2,800 C. As the Prometheus team continues to refine the Gamma II so that it can melt larger amounts of metals, and do it safely, a smaller version is undergoing six months of testing by Alberta Innovates — Technology Futures, the former Alberta Research Council, in Edmonton. The foundry is looking at the potential to commercialize the Gamma II by making it more automated and to provide solar heat in houses by heating water that passes through pipes. - Full Article Source

06/04/10 - Heated Air system engine runs on compressed air
At the second annual Green Energy Fair in Johnstown, visitors could see nearly 50 vendors and programs that specialize in energy-saving products, services or information. In addition to large companies such as Gamesa, the show included smaller scale inventors such as Greg Puckey of Johnstown. The engineer has created a single cylinder engine that runs for more than two hours —with battery life being the main limit— on a patented 100 psi heated-air system that replaces gasoline as the primary fuel and it doesn’t require oil. It’s an invention that has been in the works for him for 27 years and involved more than 100,000 hours of labor. He believes cars could be powered by his engine with air-intake ducts and solar panels that constantly regenerate the two primary energy components of the system. - Full Article Source

06/04/10 - Dearth of financing stalls inventor of 110-mpg engine
KeelyNet Doug Pelmear of Napoleon shows off his second Mustang that he converted into a vehicle that can get 110 miles per gallon. The V-8 engine runs on E85 fuel and produces 400 horsepower. A year ago, hundreds of people flocked to a 100,000-square-foot former factory building in Wauseon's industrial area where a Napoleon, Ohio, inventor promised to begin building engines that would travel more than 110 miles on a gallon of E85 gasoline. But time and the economy have not been kind to Doug Pelmear's plan to revolutionize the American automobile. "We can't get the banks to look at us," Mr. Pelmear said yesterday. Mr. Pelmear said he hasn't sought money from more traditional capital sources such as investors, selling stock or bonded indebtedness, because such sources would likely cost him control of HP2g LLC - something he's unwilling to provide. A partnership Mr. Pelmear forged with Revenge Designs Inc., a Decatur, Ind. specialty carmaker that had planned to use his engine in its upcoming "Verde" supercar, dissolved this spring. On May 14, an attorney filed his patent application for his "internal combustion engine and method of operating same," allowing him theoretically to begin selling the engines or at least some of its technology. He said he is trying to source the castings for his aluminum block in suburban Cleveland, the electronic components in metro Toledo, and a firm to assemble it in Adrian, but he admitted his hand-built engines would be prohibitively expensive for the vast majority of consumers. While Mr. Pelmear struggles to properly fund his company, automakers, inventors, and engineers worldwide are continuing to develop ways to improve fuel efficiency, said Don Walkowicz, executive director of the United States Council for Automotive Research in Southfield, Mich. The council is a collaborative research organization for the nation's three domestic automakers. "There is no be-all, end-all to this challenge of ever-increasing fuel economy requirements. I think the industry recognizes that it's going to take many different technologies to answer the mileage needs of the future," Mr. Walkowicz said. "Everybody's looking at this. Transmissions are being improved, hybrid-electric vehicles, battery-electric vehicles - there are many technologies being worked on." - Full Article Source

06/04/10 - Why sensible people reject the truth
All denialisms appear to be attempts like this to regain a sense of agency over uncaring nature: blaming autism on vaccines rather than an unknown natural cause, insisting that humans were made by divine plan, rejecting the idea that actions we thought were okay, such as smoking and burning coal, have turned out to be dangerous. This is not necessarily malicious, or even explicitly anti-science. Indeed, the alternative explanations are usually portrayed as scientific. Nor is it willfully dishonest. It only requires people to think the way most people do: in terms of anecdote, emotion and cognitive short cuts. Denialist explanations may be couched in sciency language, but they rest on anecdotal evidence and the emotional appeal of regaining control. Many denialist movements originate as cynical efforts by corporations to cast doubt on findings that threaten their bottom line. Big Tobacco started it in the 1970s, recruiting scientists willing to produce favourable data and bankrolling ostensibly independent think tanks and bogus grass-roots movements (see "Manufacturing doubt"). One such think tank was The Advancement of Sound Science Coalition (TASSC), set up in 1993 by tobacco company Philip Morris (American Journal of Public Health, vol 91, p 1749). TASSC didn't confine itself to tobacco for long. After getting funds from Exxon, it started casting doubt on climate science. Such links between denial movements are not unusual. A number of think tanks in the US and elsewhere have been funded by both the oil and tobacco industries and have taken denialist positions on smoking and warming. - Full Article Source

06/04/10 - Defeat Keyloggers with Keyscrambler for Firefox
Keyloggers are a serious threat for everyone who is using the internet for sensitive applications such as online banking or shopping. The biggest thread in my opinion comes from trojans and viruses that log all keystrokes once activated. Other possibilities include local installations of keyloggers and successful hacking attempts. Keyscrambler for Firefox is a add-on that encrypts the keystrokes and decrypts them in the browser. This ensures that the keyloggers can only log the encrypted keystrokes which protects the original data. Every time you enter data in a sensitive area a overlay is displayed which displays the encrypted keystrokes. The data is of course encrypted and entered correctly in the form to ensure that you can use the service as usual. - Full Article Source

06/04/10 - Let's Cover The Moon in Solar Panels
KeelyNet Here's an idea so crazy it might work: a solar plant on the Moon. Specifically, a 6,800 mile long solar belt that spans the Moon's equator and sends energy back to Earth with lasers and microwave power. Japanese firm Shimizu is calling their lunar solar power generation concept the Luna Ring and it's brilliantly ambitious. The way the Luna Ring works is by gathering solar energy with a 6,800 mile long solar belt across the Moon's equator that'll be transmitted to Moon-based energy conversion facilities. The converted power will then be beamed to Earth-based facilities with laser power and microwave power. Once on Earth, we'll be able turn all that power into electric power for our power grids or hydrogen fuel. Robots will handle the lunar-side construction with most building materials coming from the moon. The benefit of having solar panels on the Moon is that it eliminates inefficiency due to bad weather and allows it to achieve 24/7 continuous power generation. Oh, and the fact that we'll have a freaking power plant on the Moon sending lasers at the Earth isn't anything to sneeze at either. - Full Article Source

06/04/10 - San Jose takes a look at pod car system
The fully automated, zero-emission, elevated electric transit system lets passengers pick a destination, and takes them directly there. It travels non-stop at 25 mph. "For Silicon Valley, it's like a packet-switched people mover. It's like the Internet for people," says Steve Raney, an Ultra senior staffer. San Jose is thinking about bringing pod cars to the Bay Area to link the ever-expanding airport with Caltrain and future BART stations, light rail, the convention center, and possibly office parks and retail centers. The VTA just dedicated $4 million for a feasibility study. UK-based Ultra shows its system in an animation, but there are other companies out there. San Jose estimates the cost at $200 million, which is much cheaper than a $600 million estimate for an underground people-mover. - Full Article Source

06/04/10 - Waste-Treatment Plant Plays Mozart to Microbes
A sewage plant near Berlin is playing Mozart to its biomass-eating microbes, hoping the sweet sounds will make them work harder. The Austrian composer may save the facility as much as 1,000 euros a month. A bit of Mozart, it seems, is useful for all kinds of things. There's "Mozart for the Morning Commute," "Mozart for Your Mind," -- and now Mozart for your manure. One German sewage plant is using the Austrian composer's music to motivate microbes in their treatment facility, in the hopes of driving down energy costs. The sonic waves of Mozart's compositions, along with the addition of oxygen, spur micro-organisms to a higher performance in breaking down biosolids, Stucki explained. As a result, wastewater facilities will be able to save energy costs and decrease the amount of residual sludge, which is expensive to dispose of. The process derives from the company's special stereo systems that are meant to accurately replicate the vibrations and sounds of a concert hall. The system used by the Treuenbrietzen wastewater plant costs €400 ($485) per month to rent from Mundus. Stucki estimates that a waste-treatment plant can save several thousand euros a year on energy costs, depending on the size of the plant. Dalichow is hoping that Mozart will help his plant to cut costs. "If it means we can save €1,000 per month on sludge disposal, then it would definitely be worth it," he told the Märkische Allgemeine. - Full Article Source

06/04/10 - Detention Camps For Gulf Coast Residents?
KeelyNet Is the BP oil spill a slippery slope to FEMA detention camps? Is there a covert government plan to forcibly evacuate up to 50 million people from the Gulf Coast and move them into FEMA trailers somewhere in Missouri and elsewhere because of the oil spill? Some of the nation's survivalists are convinced that the obama administration is plotting just such an operation. Last week, Greg Evensen, a former Kansas state trooper and a regular on the "Patriot" movement talk circuit, appeared on the Internet radio show "Shattering the Darkness" to warn listeners that government is moving to evacuate basically everyone from the coast of Texas to Cape Cod. Evensen says the move will come after these areas become uninhabitable due to an "oversaturation of benzene" from the chemical dispersants BP is using to try to clean up the oil leaking into the Gulf of Mexico. Interviewed by a man known only as "the Hawk," Evensen predicted on May 27 that the evacuations would begin sometime around June 15, after the government brings together "people who can be engaged in combat"-possibly including foreign troops-and stations them at 500-mile intervals. Last year, Evensen repeatedly suggested that the government was planning to set up roadblocks to force people to get the H1N1 vaccine or tag them with a steel bracelet with a microchip that would indicate that they’d been vaccinated. Anyone who refused, according to Evensen, would be hauled off to a camp. When none of that happened, Evensen had to make a retraction. But that didn't seem to dampen the demand for his survivalist seminars or radio appearances. And Evensen says that he doesn't claim to be 100 percent accurate. "We're watchmen, if you will," he says, explaining that he just puts information out there for people to assess for themselves. He doesn’t mention that doomsday predictions are good for business: He sells DVDs on "Castle Defense" and other "defensive planning" materials on his website (along with CDs of "Hymns from the Heartland," performed by Evenson himself)—all of which can be purchased with gold in lieu of currency. He says he also offers seminars and survivalist trainings across the country. - Full Article Source

06/04/10 - Americans Run Into Trouble Using Credit Cards Abroad
Americans are increasingly facing difficulty using their credit cards abroad. Chief culprit? Different technology standards. U.S.-issued cards still have magnetic strips. More cards abroad are issued with encrypted microprocessor chips, and shops and businesses have adjusted the payment process to the varying standard, says Jack Jania of Gemalto, which develops chip cards. - Full Article Source

06/04/10 - Home Depot takes LED lighting mainstream with $20 bulbs
KeelyNet Slowly but surely, LED light bulbs have been getting brighter and more efficient, but price has always been a major factor staying their adoption. Back in 2007, a single 308 lumen bulb cost $65, and the more things changed, the more they've stayed the same. Now, out of the blue, The Home Depot has stepped forward with a cost-effective alternative. For $20, the new EcoSmart LED bulb promises a 429 lumen, 40W equivalent with a 50,000 hour expected lifetime, making it cheaper and nearly as powerful as the 450 lumen, $40-50 design industry heavyweight GE unveiled last month. - Full Article Source

06/04/10 - Ethical investment schemes offer power to the people
Community interest companies are providing ethical investment opportunities in projects that give long-term benefits to communities and the environment. Tired of watching the value of your shares falling? Looking for an alternative investment that puts money back into your local community and which has tax advantages? And one that promotes renewable energy while at the same time paying a reasonable rate of return? If this strikes a chord with you, it might be worth investing in one of the growing band of "community interest companies" (CICs) that are now vying with the banks for your money. CICs are a new-style type of limited company designed for those wishing to operate for the benefit of the community rather than owners or individuals. Their number has boomed in recent years – and if the new coalition government increases capital gains tax, as is widely expected, the sector will get a further shot in the arm as wealthy investors seek new ways to avoid handing over large sums to the Treasury. Ideally, the organisers say, investors should be prepared to lock their money away for at least 10 years – and preferably longer. This is not like investing in shares, which can be traded on the stock market at any time. Investors who want to get out at a later date must sell them back to the owning society. The organisers stress that money raised from the share issue will fund a not-for-profit organisation and investors should perhaps see it as a social rather than financial investment. If you put your money in, you are unlikely to see any return at all for the first two years. In the third, fourth and fifth years, you can expect a 3% return and around 5% in all future years assuming all goes well. The dividends are taxed in the normal way. Ideally, the organisers hope that the shares will be passed on to children, or relatives. Any excess profits will be used to fund other green projects in the areas concerned. Before you reach for your cheque book, be aware that investing in such schemes is not without risk, and you could lose your money if the schemes go disastrously wrong. Future returns will largely depend on the price the scheme can get for the electricity – difficult to predict when the project has a 40-year lifespan. It will also depend on water flows. Last summer's washout would have been great for such a scheme, but a lack of rain in the Dales in recent weeks has left the Bainbridge weir too dry to generate electricity, although the organisers have factored in a set number of dry days. - Full Article Source

06/04/10 - 2012 - The truth about the myth
KeelyNet Over the last 20 years there has been a surge of natural catastrophes. Among them the Indian Ocean earthquake that caused the Sumatran tsunami, costing an estimated 230 000 human lives, not to mention the destruction of land and property in 14 countries. There’s also been an increased number of hurricanes in the Atlantic, including Katrina that completely demolished large parts of New Orleans and lately the devastating Haitian earthquake that might have killed up towards 300.000 people. Nostradamus described specific predictions about global warming, freak weather and natural disasters. Mentioned are scenes of devastation, upheaval and turmoil followed by disaster, disease and famine. However, they all come with a glimmer of hope and an open ending – giving humanity a chance to take note of the warnings and act accordingly. Over the course of earths existence our planet has gone through constant changes and adaptations. Around 3000 B.C. a mathematical clan began to prosper on the Yucatan peninsula of Mesoamerica. The Mayans created a complex calendar based on planetary cycles around earth. When the Spanish invaded during the 16th century they destroyed most of the Mayan literature in an attempt to convert them to Catholicism. A few written scripts remained and it was with their help that the Mayan calendar could finally be understood. It took German scientist Ernst Forstemann over 20 years to decipher. According to their count the calendar ends on 13.0.0.0.0. which was translated into 21.12.2012, modern day. It was also discovered that the calendar began on 13.08.3114 B.C. – making it a full cycle of roughly 5126 years. There has been a lot of speculation as to why the calendar seems to be so exact. Combined with Nostradamus prophecies of an ever changing environment man's fear the worst possible outcome. Some guess that Earth’s core will heat up due to extensive and increased solar flares. Eventually causing major volcanoes to erupt and shift the magnetic field causing the poles to switch place. Some say that a black hole, probably man made in the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland, will devour our planet and send us into oblivion. Others believe that we might collide with another planet known as Nibiru or Planet X. Terrifyingly all these possibilities inevitably end with the extinction of mankind. Looking into the Maya culture as well as deciphering the prophecies of Nostradamus, instead of waiting for the world to end, perhaps we should look at it as a New Beginning. In the book The Celestine Prophecy author James Redfield describes nine insights based on ancient scrolls found in Peru. Each insight leads to greater awareness, evolving the human mind. It is thought, that the Maya believed when the new cycle begins mankind will reach a higher state of consciousness, progressing to the next evolutionary step. The ideology is to connect to the planet that feeds and nurtures us. To connect to people we encounter and share the energy instead of conflictingly strive for greatness and power, thus repressing a fellow man. It’s simple yet effective. But the transition is much more complicated than that. In the last couple of centuries modern civilization has evolved at such rapidity that we have been spoiled with technology and lost touch with our own spirituality – especially our connection with mother earth. Instead of nurturing the planet we inhabit, we are set on stripping it of all natural resources and polluting it with all the unnatural ones. The human race is growing at an alarming pace and as a result we are in danger of outgrowing earth’s sustenance. Does it then really come as such a surprise when our planet fights back? If somebody repeatedly kept punching you, unprovoked, would you just sit there and take it or would you fight back and defend yourself? Natural disasters, illnesses and epidemics almost seem like a necessary evil in order to somehow maintain a natural balance and give us hope for the future of mankind. - Full Article Source

06/04/10 - Woman wins SR150,000 for cancer treatment invention
The winner of the SR150,000 first prize at the Ibtikar exhibition, which concluded here on Thursday, was Sahar Asiri who invented a novel way to treat blood cancer in children using virtual reality. - Full Article Source

06/04/10 - Turbine Invention - Inventor seeks votes for Pepsi Refresh Challenge
KeelyNet A wonderful idea floated into the brain of 86-year-old Jackson resident Raymond Green one night as he was drifting into sleep. His idea, a turbine that effectively harnesses the wind and transforms it into energy four times as much as it collects is one that not only has the potential to revolutionize the energy industry, but to create new jobs and generally make everyone's life easier. The octogenarian inventor has recently been accepted into the Pepsi Refresh Project, which rewards local movers and shakers who are working to have a positive impact on their community and on the world. Green is eyeing a $250,000 prize that will really set his turbine (figuratively) in motion, once he has garnered a sufficient amount of votes. Individuals can log onto the Pepsi Refresh Challenge website and vote for Green's turbine. The turbine could be designed to power everything from a computer, to a car and even an entire house. It collects wind through a cone, spinning a circle of impeller blades that, in turn, spins a bicycle wheel. The bicycle wheel turns an alternator via an automotive timing belt, thus creating a greener, alternative source of energy that could replace energy supplied by large gas companies or even Pacific Gas and Electric Co. Unlike a windmill that creates power by the wind pushing directly against its blades, Green's innovation compresses air and creates more torque, requiring less wind than a standard windmill. His apparatus also is more practical than using solar power. "Wind pretty much is blowing all of the time," Green said. The device could be deployed almost everywhere, from windswept coasts to remote mountaintops, and beyond. "It's something they could use up in Alaska or the North Pole," he said. "They can literally create this out of bamboo and canvas out on an island. Imagine, too, if they had this turbine at the Mt. Everest base camp at 1,000 feet. They would use this instead of relying on gas and other fuel supplies." - Full Article Source

06/04/10 - "Doping" in Cycling: Now with Motors
Professional cycling fans are far too accustomed to doping scandals. But while everyone is focused on the Floyd Landis confession, a far more unusual allegation first surfaced at this year's Giro d'Italia, when the media speculated that some riders riders may be practicing "motorized doping" -- or hiding motors on their bikes. Obviously, in bicycle racing, motor equals cheating. The newspaper behind the speculation, L'Avvenire, gave one example of a motor the riders could be using. It is a Hungarian product called the "Gruber Assist," and it comes complete with heavily-accented promotional video. Not only that, but some now claim that Swiss cyclist Fabian Cancellara (one of the best riders in the world) has also used "motorized doping" this year to win two of the hardest races in pro cycling: the Tour of Flanders and Paris Roubaix. Here's the compelling (and poorly edited) video "evidence." All of this seems unlikely as the "whirring" sound alone would give the cheater away, but nobody likes conspiracy theories like pro cycling fans. - Full Article Source

06/04/10 - Eastman: obama is causing an environmental disaster
Hubris has excessive pride and arrogance. This toxic trait was clearly demonstrated by obama’s words during the Democratic presidential nomination acceptance speech in June 2008 when he said, “…this was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal.” During both the election cycle and his term in office, obama has continuously demonized energy production companies. Meanwhile, the extremist environmentalist arm of the Democratic Party has tried force passage of “Cap and Trade” legislation. On April 20, a “crisis situation” that usually excites the obama administration occurred: A British Petroleum oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico blew out, killing 11 workers. For over one month, this drill site has been releasing over 100,000 gallons of oil daily. As an environmental health and safety professional, I have been watching the event closely and have even helped locate responders who could travel to the region to assist with clean-up efforts. While the cause of the incident is not known at this time, some interesting information on the obama administration connections to this event has been revealed:

• During his time in the Senate and while running for president, obama received a total of $77,051 from the oil giant and is the top recipient of BP PAC and individual money over the past 20 years, according to Politico.
• Last year, obama administration’s Minerals Management Service (MMS) awarded the rig for its safety history, according to Beacon.
• A detailed review of the records conducted by The Associated Press indicates that the MMS, which was responsible for ensuring that the Deepwater Horizon was operating , didn’t make the required checks on the unit.
• An Interior department report shows that MMS employees (including some who inspect offshore oil rigs) accepted sporting-event tickets and other goodies from oil and natural-gas companies, according to The Wall Street Journal.

I thought federal oversight is suppose to solve all our problems. Now, this same group is in charge of overseeing a new health care bureaucracy. I am not comforted. - Full Article Source

06/04/10 - Don’t Let a Good Crisis Go to Waste
Tying the catastrophic oil spill to possible future climate change falls under the dictum of not letting a good crisis go to waste. Even though oil drilling is one of the safest forms of oil extraction, and that deepwater oil drilling is still relatively new and on a continual learning curve, obama is determined to rip the country off our oil addiction and put everyone in a wind-powered vehicle. Reiterating his almost obsessive desire to tax us from cradle to grave, obama stated, “The only way to do that is by finally putting a price on carbon pollution.” This despite that the cap-and-tax bill is stuck in the Senate and will remain there as long as public opinion is firmly rooted in reality and keeps saying no to further energy increases. Realizing he has until November 2010 to get this done, when a mass-exodus of Democrats will likely be leaving Congress by choice or design, obama is ready to pull a rabbit from his magical hat by reinterpreting the constitution and ramming legislation through. He noted that the House of Representatives had already “passed a climate change bill”, which sounds eerily familiar for it was his one-note prelude before passing the Healthcare bill into law. “The next generation will not be held hostage to energy sources from the last century,” said obama. As survey after survey has shown, no one is in the throes of Stockholm syndrome or inclined to pay more for unreliable “clean” energy. The combustion engine brought many in the world out of poverty and ushered in an age of unfathomable invention and non-linear thinking. The only persons whining about our use of fossil fuel, and doing it loudly and unsparingly, are narrow-minded politicians, Pollyanna-ish green-gooders, and environmental religious groups. Dogma has now replaced science; rhetorical flourishes have now replaced sound judgment. - Full Article Source

06/04/10 - Commercially available ATM skimmers
State of the art in commercially available artisan-crafted skimmers that can be bought through the criminal underground. Generally, these custom-made devices are not cheap, and you won't find images of them plastered all over the Web. Take these pictures, for instance, which were obtained directly from an ATM skimmer maker in Russia. This custom-made skimmer kit is designed to fit on an NCR ATM model 5886, and it is sold on a few criminal forums for about 8,000 Euro -- shipping included. It consists of two main parts: The upper portion is a carefully molded device that fits over the card entry slot and is able to read and record the information stored on the card's magnetic stripe (I apologize for the poor quality of the pictures: According to the Exif data included in these images, they were taken earlier this year with a Nokia 3250 phone). The second component is a PIN capture device that is essentially a dummy metal plate with a look-alike PIN entry pad designed to rest direct on top of the actual PIN pad, so that any keypresses will be both sent to the real ATM PIN pad and recorded by the fraudulent PIN pad overlay. - Full Article Source

06/04/10 - Notes On Illegals
KeelyNet Created on 06/03/10 to offer insights, opinions, humor and outrage at the handling of illegals from Mexico and other countries who sneak into the USA to live and work illegally. This page takes the stance that illegal is precisely that, no amnesty, stop the influx, return illegals until they become legal, then they are welcome to become AMERICANS, no longer Indian, Mexican, Nigerian, Jewish or whatever country they are from. If you try to drag your failed ways to the USA, then STAY HOME til you are ready to learn and use our language and comply with our laws like LEGAL Americans do. - Full Article Source

06/04/10 - Americans don't need costly energy taxes
Jimmy Carter was president 33 years ago, when Congress created the Department of Energy. Its mission was to make the nation less dependent on foreign oil and to develop alternative forms of energy. In 1973, the nation imported 35 percent of the oil it used. By 1979, the figure had risen to 45 percent. Today, 60 percent of the oil America uses is imported from foreign companies. By any measure, after nearly 33 years of operation - and with a budget now of $30 billion a year - the Washington approach of mandates has failed to achieve either of these two goals. There's nothing wrong with encouraging alternative sources of energy, but the idea that Washington has the wisdom to solve all the nation's problems has been suspect all along. Given the federal government's track record for industry takeovers under President Obama, those suspicions are even higher. Capitalism - not bureaucracy - is the engine of innovation and invention. The marketplace determines what is needed. The oil industry rose not from some government think tank but from a need to replace whale oil for lighting. Entrepreneurs such as John D. Rockefeller developed the industry without a Department of Energy, and generated tax revenues for the government. The electric lamp soon replaced oil. What saved the oil industry was not a government handout but rather the automobile. Rather than re-invent the Department of Energy, obama should have the government step out of the way and allow private enterprise to do for energy what it did with computers. The last things Americans need right now are federal control of energy markets and trillions in carbon taxes. - Full Article Source

06/04/10 - Hacking the brain to kill fears and induce an artificial feeling of safety
University of Puerto Rico, School of Medicine : Researchers have found a way to pharmacologically induce a memory of safety in the brain of rats. Administering brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) into the prefrontal cortex prevented rats from expressing fear to a tone that had been previously paired with a shock. Rats given BDNF acted as if they had received repeated presentations of the tone without the shock, a procedure called extinction. - Full Article Source

06/04/10 - iRobot Demonstrates New Weaponized Robot
"According to this IEEE story, iRobot and the US military have released video showing a weaponized version of iRobot's Warrior robot. In the video, the Warrior is seen firing a weapon system called the APOBS (Anti-Personnel Obstacle Breaching System), a grenade-filled line propelled by a rocket and stabilized by a drogue parachute. This system is used to clear minefields and obstructed roads. The video shows soldiers deploying a Warrior with the APOBS mounted on its back. The robot fires the device, which lands along a dirt road, exploding after a few seconds. A voice is then heard, 'Road clear; proceed forward.'" - Full Article Source

06/04/10 - Washington Wants 10,000 Web Surfers
"This one sounds too good to be true: surf the Web, and you'll be helping the government. The FCC is looking for 10,000 volunteers to take part in a study to determine if broadband providers are really providing Internet connections that are as fast as advertised. The broad look at broadband will involve special equipment installed in homes across the country to measure Internet connections and compare them to advertised speeds." - Full Article Source

06/04/10 - Part-Human, Part-Machine Transistor Devised
KeelyNet "Man and machine can now be linked more intimately than ever, according to a new article in the journal ACS Nano Letters. Scientists have embedded a nano-sized transistor inside a cell-like membrane and powered it using the cell's own fuel. To create the implanted circuit, the UC scientists combined a carbon nanotube transistor, lipid bilayer coating, ion pump, and ATP. The ion pump changes the electrical charge inside the cell, which then changes the electrical charge going through the transistor, which the scientists could measure and monitor." - Full Article Source

06/04/10 - Police Officers Seek Right Not To Be Recorded
"When the police act as though cameras were the equivalent of guns pointed at them, there is a sense in which they are correct. Cameras have become the most effective weapon that ordinary people have to protect against and to expose police abuse. And the police want it to stop. Judges, juries, and legislatures support the police overwhelmingly on this issue, with only a few cases where those accused of 'shooting' the cops being vindicated through the courts." - Full Article Source

06/04/10 - Guess My Speed and Give Me a Ticket, In Ohio
KeelyNet "The Ohio Supreme Court has ruled that police may estimate your car's speed and issue a ticket if they believe you were speeding. The hearing threw out a radar gun as evidence because the officer was not qualified to use it, but apparently his guess was good enough. If you make your way into Ohio, I suggest driving 5mph under the speed limit because this leaves little room to dispute your ticket in court. The only chance you have is if the issuing officer decides to skip your hearing." - Full Article Source

06/04/10 - FTC Staff Discuss a Tax on Electronics To Support the News Business
"The FTC is concerned about the death of the 'news.' Specifically newspapers. Rather than look to how old media models can be adapted to the Internet, they instead suggest taxing consumer electronics to support a huge newspaper bailout. Additionally, they suggest making facts 'proprietary' and allowing news organizations to copyright them." Note, though, "The good news in all this is that the FTC's bureaucrats try hard to recommend little. They just discuss. And much of what the agency staff ponders are political impossibilities." - Full Article Source

06/01/10 - Nimble autonomous flying copters: video
The GRASP Lab at University of Pennsylvania made this video that shows off the "precise aggressive maneuvers" of an autonomous quadrotor helicopter. It flies through small windows, perches on walls, and nimbly flips over. I imagine there are quite a few applications for something like this. - Full Article Source

06/01/10 - Toward Quantum Gravity?
The Cosmological Constant has remerged as a start to account for Dark Energy. With it, one can achieve an accelerating expansion of the universe. The Cosmological Constant is as if there were a “repulsive force” in space, pushing any two regions of space further apart, and the more so as their distance apart increases. Einstein realized that his Cosmological Constant implied an increasing energy in the expanding universe, such that the vacuum energy per unit volume remained constant. This flies in the face of the Big Bang belief that all the energy of the universe came to exist in that Bang. Well, OK, so it does. The problem is, there is, in a deep sense, no physics behind the Cosmological Constant, it is just a constant added the only place Einstein could in his equations and keep the rest of the physics of General Relativity unmodified. Thus, the deep question is: What conceivable physical process(es) could constitute the Cosmological constant. I am going to propose a related set of concepts that might do the job:

1. Space is NOT CONTINUOUS. Space, on the smallest length scale, the Planck length of 1034 centimeters, comes in discrete units. These units cannot interpenetrate, otherwise, once again, space would be continuous. An approach to quantum gravity, Loop Quantum Gravity, kindly taught to me by Lee Smolin, a founder of that field, proposes that on the Planck scale, space is comprised of tetrahedra.
2. These units of space also cannot expand. But this implies that space itself cannot expand! The only way “space” can expand is if more units of space, the tetrahedra, come into existence. In Loop Quantum Gravity this is allowed: tetrahedra can build new tetrahedra on any of their four faces in what are called Pachner moves. So for space to “expand” it must build itself by “cloning” itself.
3. Tetrahedra or units of space have a constant “rate” or probability per unit time, of cloning themselves. This postulate implies that space builds itself and expands EVER FASTER. Indeed, like a bacterial colony freshly plated, space expands exponentially. We are stepping towards Dark Energy and a Cosmological Constant which yields an exponentially expanding space. Before I go further, it is clear that the more space now exists, the more tetrahedra there are, so any two regions of space are being “pushed apart” by the cloning of tetrahedra between them.
4. Every time a tetrahedron of space is created, new energy enters that tetrahedron from nowhere, so the vacuum energy is constant as space expands at an accelerating rate. This accords with Einstein’s realization that the Cosmological Constant could imply can constant energy per unit space as space expanded: Dark Energy we now say. I note that it makes us uncomfortable in imagine energy arising from “nothing”, but we accept this magic at the Big Bang It is no more magical here. Some energy per unit space is needed for point 5) next. Also physicists say that once there is matter, energy, expansion, and gravitation, energy is not conserved.
5. Newborn tetrahedra are quantum objects. More, by Pachner moves, quantum geometry can be in a superposition of more than one “graph structure” connecting the nodes of the tetrahedra in a diversity of ways. But because they contain energy, they contain mass. At some scale and volume of cloning tetrahedra, considered as a “system” in a still larger spatial volume considered as the “environment” of the “system”, the mass in the space in the “system” is sufficient that some number of quantum tetrahedra DECOHERE into CLASSICAL SPACE.
6. Now two alternative postulates: 6A, even classical space can give birth to new tetrahedra. 6B, decoherence can be reversed occasionally, and newly quantum tetrahedra can clone themselves and give birth to new tetrahedra. The alternative postulates matter of course, but I will not favor either.

If we give up the real line, space must have a smallest length scale. The Planck length scale is the obvious scale. Then we get to Loop Quantum Gravity’s tetrahedra, or some other minimal discrete units of space, avoid the continuous line, and with the postulates that these minimal units of space cannot interpenetrate, cannot expand, and can clone themselves we have the start of an exponentially expanding space. If we add energy per new unit of space and decoherence of quantum units of space, we get classical space and a constant vacuum energy. And if on 6A or 6B space tetrahedra can continue to clone themselves at some rate per unit volume of space we have Dark Energy. There is as yet no matter or other energy in this space, of course, to add its mutual gravitational attraction to that of vacuum energy, as described by General Relativity, but given CLASSICAL SPACE achieved by the decoherence of quantum regions of space considered as “systems” into larger regions of quantum space considered as “environments, General Relativity seems safe. This could conceivably constitute a theory, or part of a theory, of quantum gravity. The ideas could just possibly unite General Relativity and Quantum Mechanics. It seems worth thinking about. - Full Article Source

06/01/10 - Long Beach Wilson engineers envision a novel 'green' truck
When truckers stop during long trips to sleep in their cabins, they often idle their engine to power their cabins' air-conditioning and heating systems. The Wilson engineering club, which had been looking for a way to improve the environment, started thinking about possible alternatives. "We thought there was a better way to do this," Dubovsky said. The Wilson students' invention allows truckers to use wind power for their cabins instead of idling, reducing fuel use and pollution. Wilson students designed a wind turbine to be placed on top of the truck cabin. The turbine would lie behind a sloped metal covering now mounted on the top of big-rig cabins to reduce wind resistance. The invention calls for a slit in that metal covering, and the turbine would sit behind it. As the truck would move, wind would enter the slit and turn the eight-bladed turbine, which is connected to a generator. The power produced by the generator is stored in a battery for use by truckers later during their rest stops. - Full Article Source

06/01/10 - Videogames train you for lucid dreaming?
Can playing videogames train you as a lucid dreamer? Psychologist Jayne Gackenbach thinks so, according to work she presented at this week's Games for Health Conference in Boston. For several years, Gackenbach, a researcher at Grant MacEwan University, studied similarities in skills between gamers and individuals who have learned to control their dreams. "If you're spending hours a day in a virtual reality, if nothing else it's practice," said Gackenbach. "Gamers are used to controlling their game environments, so that can translate into dreams...." Finding awareness and some level of control in gamer dreams was one thing. But Gackenbach also wondered if video games affected nightmares, based on the "threat simulation" theory proposed by Finnish psychologist Antti Revonsuo. Revonsuo suggested that dreams might mimic threatening situations from real life, except in the safe environment of dream world. Such nightmares would help organisms hone their avoidance skills in a protective environment, and ideally prepare organisms for a real-life situation. To test that theory, Gackenbach conducted a 2008 study with 35 males and 63 females, and used independent assessments that coded threat levels in after-dream reports. She found that gamers experienced less or even reversed threat simulation (in which the dreamer became the threatening presence), with fewer aggression dreams overall. In other words, a scary nightmare scenario turned into something "fun" for a gamer. "What happens with gamers is that something inexplicable happens," Gackenbach explained. "They don't run away, they turn and fight back. They're more aggressive than the norms." - Full Article Source

06/01/10 - What happens when you let smart teenagers play with their passions
KeelyNet Two and a half years ago, a high school freshman called up a cell biologist and asked him to "give her a try in his lab.' This month, Raina Jain of Freedom High School in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, won the International BioGENEius Challenge—a sort-of mega science fair—with a project to test which type of surfaces are best for growing the precursor cells that could one day be used to create bone implants. Kudos to Dr. Matthias Falk, of Lehigh University, for giving Jain that proverbial try. I wish more high schoolers had the opportunity to poke their noses around laboratories and learn about the things they think are cool in a way that allows them to go as far as their brains can reach. This is just simply something you can't get in a high school class that has to teach the basics to everybody. - Full Article Source

06/01/10 - Curing cancer by preventing cancer cells from de-kinking their DNA
University of California, Berkeley : Many standard antibiotics and anti-cancer drugs block the enzymes that snip the kinks and knots out of DNA, DNA tangles are lethal to cells but the drugs are increasingly encountering resistant bacteria and tumors. A new discovery by biochemists could pave the way for new research into how to re-design these drugs to make them more effective poisons for cancer cells and harmful bacteria. 'The development of the anti-bacterial and anti-tumor agents that target these enzymes thus far has been done entirely in the absence of any visualization of how these drugs actually interact with the protein itself. And they have done remarkably well,' said James Berger, professor of molecular and cell biology. 'But we have increasing problems of resistance to these drugs. Being able to see how these drugs can interact with the enzyme and DNA is going to be critical to developing the next generation of therapeutics that can be used to overcome these resistance problems.' - Full Article Source

06/01/10 - Aging causes brain blood vessels to lose their ability to expel debris
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine : Scientists have discovered capillaries have a unique method of expelling debris, such as blood clots, cholesterol or calcium plaque, that blocks the flow of essential nutrients to brain cells. The capillaries spit out the blockage by growing a membrane that envelopes the obstruction and then shoves it out of the blood vessel. Scientists also found this critical process is 30 to 50 percent slower in an aging brain and likely results in the death of more capillaries. 'The slowdown may be a factor in age-related cognitive decline and may also explain why elderly patients who get strokes do not recover as well as younger patients,' said Jaime Grutzendler, senior author and principal investigator of the study and assistant professor of neurology and of physiology at Feinberg. 'Their recovery is much slower.' - Full Article Source

06/01/10 - Stress shortens telomere length, brief exercise reduces the effect.
KeelyNet University of California - San Francisco : Exercise can buffer the effects of stress-induced cell aging, according to new research from UCSF that revealed actual benefits of physical activity at the cellular level. The scientists learned that vigorous physical activity as brief as 42 minutes over a 3-day period, similar to federally recommended levels, can protect individuals from the effects of stress by reducing its impact on telomere length. Telomeres (pronounced TEEL-oh-meres) are tiny pieces of DNA that promote genetic stability and act as protective sheaths by keeping chromosomes from unraveling, much like plastic tips at the ends of shoelaces. - Full Article Source

06/01/10 - The Rise of Nanofoods
"Researchers are altering foods at the nanoscale level, changing their tiny molecular structures to enhance certain properties. (New Scientist has a more detailed look.) For example, one group of scientists found a way to hide water within individual droplets of oil, making low-fat mayonnaise taste like the real thing. The process can make spices spicier, potato chips healthier, and make diet food taste just like full-calorie snacks. Nanotech can even help combat global malnutrition. But the process is certainly controversial, and food manufacturers are being tight-lipped about exactly what nanofoods they're working on. So can nanotech create a healthier world, or is it just frightening Franken-food?" - Full Article Source

06/01/10 - Gulf of Mexico Gets Wave-Powered Desalination Plant
"The US Army Corps of Engineers has issued the first permit for a wave-powered desalination plant in American territory to a company called Independent Natural Resources. Waves will operate 'Seadog' pumps, which will lift water into the plant and onto a water wheel connected to a generator, which will create electricity to operate a reverse-osmosis desalination system. The permit runs for four years. Let's hope they don't harm the environment, permanently impact drilling operations, or give Rube Goldberg any crazy ideas..." - Full Article Source

06/01/10 - Japan Plans Moon Base Built By Robots For Robots
"The Japanese space agency, JAXA, has plans to build a base on the Moon by 2020. Not for humans, but for robots — and built by robots, too. A panel authorized by Japan's prime minister has drawn up preliminary plans for how humanoid and rover robots will begin surveying the moon by 2015, and then begin construction of a base near the south pole of the moon. The robots and the base will run on solar power, with total costs about $2.2 billion USD, according to the panel chaired by Waseda University President Katsuhiko Shirai. 'As currently envisioned, the robots that will land on the lunar surface in 2015 will be 660-pound behemoths equipped with rolling tank-like treads, solar panels, seismographs, high-def cameras, and a smattering of scientific instruments. They'll also have human-like arms for collecting rock samples that will be returned to Earth via rocket.'" - Full Article Source

06/01/10 - The Sun's Odd Behavior
"Most of us know about the sun's eleven-year activity cycle. However, relatively few other than scientists (and amateur radio operators) are aware that the current solar minimum has lasted much longer than expected. The last solar cycle, Cycle 24, bottomed out in 2008, and Cycle 25 should be well on its way towards maximum by now, but the sun has remained unusually quiescent with very few sunspots. While solar physicists agree that this is odd, the explanation remains elusive." - Full Article Source

06/01/10 - When the US Government Built Ultra-Safe Cars
KeelyNet Jalopnik has a piece on a mostly forgotten piece of automotive history: the US government built a fleet of ultra-safe cars in the 1970s. The "RSV" cars were designed to keep four passengers safe in a front or side collision at 50 mph (80 kph) — without seat belts — and they got 32 miles to the gallon. They had front and side airbags, anti-lock brakes, and gull-wing doors. Lorne Greene was hired to flack for the program. All this was quickly dismantled in the Reagan years, and in 1990 the mothballed cars were all destroyed, though two prototypes survived in private hands. "Then-NHTSA chief Jerry Curry [in 1990] contended the vehicles were obsolete, and that anyone who could have learned something from them had done so by then. Claybrook, the NHTSA chief who'd overseen the RSV cars through 1980, told Congress the destruction compared to the Nazis burning books. ... 'I thought they were intentionally destroying the evidence that you could do much better,' said [the manager of one of the vehicles' manufacturers]." - Full Article Source

06/01/10 - Intel Sucks Up Water Amid Drought In China
"Intel is going head-to-head with businesses like Coca-Cola to swallow up scarce water resources in the developing world. According a 2009 report ... 2.4 billion of the world's population lives in 'water-stressed' countries such as China and India. Chip fabrication plants in those countries, as well factories such as the soft drink giant's bottling plants, are swallowing up scarce resources needed by the 1.6 billion people who rely on water for farming. ... Li Haifeng, vice president of sewage treatment company Beijing Enterprises Water Group, told Bloomberg, 'Wars may start over the scarcity of water.' China's 1.33 billion citizens each have 2,117 cubic meters of water available to them per year.... In the US, consumers can count on as much as 9,943 cubic meters." - Full Article Source

06/01/10 - What Scientists Really Think About Religion
"The Washington Post has a book review of Science and Religion: What Scientists Really Think by Rice University sociologist Elaine Ecklund, who spent four years doing a detailed survey of 1,646 scientists at elite American research universities. The study reveals that scientists often practice a closeted faith, worrying about how their peers would react to learning about their religious views. 'After four years of research, at least one thing became clear: Much of what we believe about the faith lives of elite scientists is wrong. The '"insurmountable hostility" between science and religion is a caricature, a thought-cliche, perhaps useful as a satire on groupthink, but hardly representative of reality,' writes Ecklund. Unsurprisingly, Ecklund found that 64% of scientists are either atheists (34%) or agnostic (30%). But only five of the 275 in-depth interviewees actively oppose religion; and even among the third who are atheists, many consider themselves 'spiritual.' 'According to the scientists I interviewed, the academy seems to have a "strong culture" that suppresses discussion about religion in many areas,' says Ecklund. 'To remove the perceived stigma, we would need to have more scientists talking openly about issues of religion, where such issues are particularly relevant to their discipline.'" - Full Article Source

06/01/10 - Design Contest Highlights Video Games With a Purpose
"Game developers' website Gamasutra discusses a video game design contest with socially redeeming qualities — is this a productive role video games can play? Quoting: 'A unique game design competition aimed at teen violence prevention has announced its winners, revealing that Grace's Diary is taking home the top prize. The annual contest is sponsored by Jennifer Ann's Group, a non-profit organization focused on teen violence education and prevention since its founding in 2006. The "Life. Love. Game Design Contest" challenges entrants to design a game about the issue — without using violence itself.' The winning games are available to play online now." - Full Article Source

06/01/10 - IRS Wants a Cut of Sales On eBay and Craigslist
"In 2009, $60 billion worth of items were sold on eBay, meaning 'extra' money for many sellers, whose activities may provide them with taxable income. Now the Washington Post reports that beginning next year, a new law will require 'the gross amount of payment card and third-party network transactions to be reported annually to participating merchants and the IRS.' Also, for 2011 tax returns, 'taxpayers who annually sell more than $20,000 worth of goods and have more than 200 electronic transactions' will receive a new IRS form, known as 1099-K, for reporting the proceeds. The new tax issues shouldn't be a concern for people who sell just a few small items online for less than they paid for them, because as the IRS points out, income from auctions that resemble a garage or yard sale 'generally' isn't required to be reported. But if an online garage sale turns into a business with recurring sales and purchases of items for resale, it may be considered an online auction business. 'Generally, transactions resulting in a gain are reportable, regardless of whether the taxpayer is conducting a business,' says Gil Charney, principal tax researcher at The Tax Institute at H&R Block. The real reason behind the law is simple: Research shows taxpayers do a much better job of reporting taxable income when they know the IRS is receiving information about their transactions." - Full Article Source

06/01/10 - UK Students Build Electric Car With 248-Mile Range
"A group of students and graduates at Imperial College London have built an electric car with a massive range — 248+ miles on a charge at 'reasonable' highway speeds (60 mph). They did this by filling the car to the absolute max with as many lithium iron phosphate batteries as possible — 56 kWh — and designing a very efficient direct drive powertrain, about 90% batteries-to-wheels at highway speeds. The choice of vehicle is an interesting one: it's a converted Radical SR8 — a track racing car with a speed record on the Nurburgring. Not an obvious contender for an endurance vehicle (no windscreen either!) — but then they claim it's lightweight to start with, being constructed of steel space frame and glass fiber. Also, Radical is based in the UK and provided some help and sponsorship. The students plan to drive their 'SRZero' 15,000 miles down the Pan American Highway, beginning July 8 in Prudhoe Bay, Alaska, and ending up in Tierra Del Fuego three month later. That's about 60 charges." - Full Article Source

06/01/10 - Acupuncture May Trigger a Natural Painkiller
"USNWR is reporting that the needle pricks involved in acupuncture may help relieve pain by triggering the natural painkilling chemical adenosine. There are also indications that acupuncture's effectiveness can be enhanced by coupling the process with a well-known cancer drug — deoxycoformycin — that maintains adenosine levels longer than usual. Dr. Maiken Nedergaard of the University of Rochester Medical Center and her colleagues administered half-hour acupuncture treatments to a group of mice with paw discomfort. The investigators found adenosine levels in tissue near the needle insertion points was 24 times greater after treatment, and those mice with normal adenosine function experienced a two-thirds drop in paw pain. By contrast, mice that were genetically engineered to have no adenosine function gained no benefit from the treatment." - Full Article Source

06/01/10 - Pedestrian Follows Google Map, Gets Run Over, Sues
"The Toronto Star reports that a Utah woman is suing Google for more than $100,000 in damages, claiming its maps function gave her walking directions that led her onto a major highway, where she was struck by a car. Lauren Rosenberg sought directions between two addresses in Utah about 3 kilometers apart and the top result suggested that she follow a busy rural highway for several hundred meters. The highway did not have sidewalks or any other pedestrian-friendly amenities, and Rosenberg was struck by a car. Rosenberg filed suit against both the driver of the car that struck her and Google, claiming both carried responsibility in her injury. Her lawyers claim Google is liable because it did not warn her that the route would not offer a safe place for a pedestrian to walk. Google has pointed out that the directions Rosenberg sought come with a warning of caution for pedestrians, but Rosenberg claims that she accessed the Maps function on her Blackberry mobile device, where it did not include the warning." - Full Article Source

06/01/10 - Publishers Campaign For Universal E-Book Format
As the battle rages for control of the e-book market, publishers are starting to unite behind a common desire: a universal e-book format. David Shanks, chief executive at Penguin Group USA, said, "Our fondest wish is that all the devices become agnostic so that there isn’t proprietary formats and you can read wherever you want to read. First we have to get a standard that everybody embraces." The company's president, Susan Petersen Kennedy, explained that book publishers did not want to "make the same mistakes as the music industry, which had an epic struggle over electronic distribution and piracy and lost huge market share." - Full Article Source

06/01/10 - Study Claims Cellphones Implicated In Bee Loss
"They set up a controlled experiment in Punjab earlier this year comparing the behavior and productivity of bees in two hives — one fitted with two mobile telephones which were powered on for two 15-minute sessions per day for three months. The other had dummy models installed. After three months the researchers recorded a dramatic decline in the size of the hive fitted with the mobile phone, a significant reduction in the number of eggs laid by the queen bee. The bees also stopped producing honey. The queen bee in the 'mobile' hive produced fewer than half of those created by her counterpart in the normal hive. They also found a dramatic decline in the number of worker bees returning to the hive after collecting pollen." - Full Article Source

06/01/10 - Mobile Game Trojan Calls the South Pole
"Freeware games can actually cost you more money than their pay-to-play cousins, as mobile gamers in the UK have learned. A 'booby-trapped' version of a popular Windows Mobile game has been sneakily spending their money while they sleep – by dialing phone numbers in the Antarctic behind their backs." - 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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