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03/29/09 - Don't Forget to watch the Dateline Segment about F/E claims
Sunday, March 29: Promises, Promises - With the economy in freefall and unemployment reaching record highs, Hansen investigates two schemes that sound too good to be true. One involves scams targeting people desperately searching for jobs, and the other, a self-professed visionary who claims he can increase gas mileage by 50 percent. Airs at 7 p.m. ET, 6 p.m. CT. / (Thanks to Eric Krieg! - JWD) - Source

03/29/09 - New Design - Fusion Fission Hybrid Reactor
Physicists have spent billions of dollars and half of a century trying to build a contraption that can create a sustained fusion reaction, where fusion is sparked and is then powerful enough to produce enough energy to perpetuate more fusion reactions. They call this dream "burn." Mahajan, along with colleagues Michael Kotschenreuther, Prashant Valanju and Erich Schneider, has described an idea for a fusion fission hybrid reactor that they think could be up and running sooner than a similar project, called LIFE, proposed by NIF scientists. Both LIFE and the University of Texas proposal are schemes to surround a fusion reactor with a nuclear fission reactor. The idea is to use the neutrons produced by fusion to burn up nuclear waste created by traditional nuclear reactors and produce clean, carbon-free energy. The LIFE plans employ so-called inertial-confinement fusion, in which lasers crush a pellet of frozen hydrogen with such force that the hydrogen nuclei fuse into helium, releasing energy. The Texas proposal doesn't require a sustained burn; it just requires those neutrons produced by the fusion reactions that are sparked by energy added to the system. They call their fusion reactor a "compact fusion neutron source." - Source

03/29/09 - Standby for the energy saving technology of 100% Off
KeelyNet “100% Off” was originally conceived as part of a study aimed at improving household energy efficiency by controlling the power consumption of individual appliances. The device utilizes an 8-bit microprocessor programmed to run a mathematical algorithm that identifies different power modes. By measuring the current consumed during both normal operation and standby, the appliances can be automatically turned off when not in use. The invention is claimed to be able to save households up to 20% of their electricity bill, as well as reducing global CO2 emissions by 1%. That’s no mean feat when considering that recent studies revealed that in the EU alone, appliances left on standby are responsible for an estimated 20 million tonnes of CO2 emissions per year. This device has been created as either a single plug-in or as a power board with several sockets that allows for multiple appliances. The user is able to have some units switched off while others remain on – for example a computer monitor can be shut down while a PC stays on if necessary. As well as being compatible with all existing household appliances, there are plans to make the technology applicable for more advanced equipment such as laser printers. - Source

03/29/09 - Another Inventor of Oddities
"I have a rocket here that fires Coke bottles 50 meters high," says Yedidya (Didi) Vardi, who is instantly swallowed up into the depths of his dim, cold workshop. "Come and see," he beckons, from a distance. Stopping next to the wonderful device he has fashioned, he attaches an empty Coke bottle to the mouth of a pipe that is aimed upward. "I am filling a third of the bottle with water, and using a bicycle pump I am also filling it with air pressure," he explains with visible delight. "When I release the bottle, the air pressure simulates the action of a jet engine, and hurtles it high into the air. How can anyone not enjoy something like this?" he asks, a big though slightly bashful smile lighting up his face. At 74, Vardi's brain is afire with childish dreams and intellectual amusement involving pieces of junk he has collected - old gears, bicycle parts, broken record players, parts of cupboards and more - which he brings to life with the sensitive hand of a master craftsman. - Source

03/29/09 - Macedonian teen wins scientific contest in US
KeelyNet Veljan Mitrovski, a six-grader at Oyster-Adams elementary school in Washington, won the first award for his invention that intends to provide an energy-saving illumination device for traffic signals, i.e. solar-powered traffic light lamps, Voice of America said. Veljan was inspired by the project's theme - how to save energy amid a widening economic crisis. "In the course of the project, I compared two generators - a solar panel and hand generator. First, I compared the solar generator. I put a towel on it and I waited for lamp to switch off. Then, I waited a few minutes for the lamp to switch on, and I put the towel again and I waited for lamps to switch off. For hand generator, I placed five 600v bulbs. I calculated how many times the handle should turn to get the light on," Veljan said. The 12-year-old kid calculated that if his solar plates are installed to all traffic lights in Washington, they would save 251.942.000.000 kWh per year. Once the solar energy is collected, the generator switches the battery to solar panel, and once two wires are linked - the lights are on, Veljan said. - Source

03/29/09 - Watching The Income Tax System Implode
In 2003, I wrote a paper titled “The Coming Collapse of Income Tax” in which I predicted that our current income tax system would collapse within 10 years. My prediction stands, even as the clock is running out of time. I am still firmly convinced the collapse is near. Tax expert Calvin Johnson testified before the U.S. Government Affairs Committee in 2003 taking to task the relationships of public accountants and the tax shelter industry. Johnson, a law professor at the University of Texas at Austin told the Senate panel that writing “tax shelters has done real damage to the tax system and allowed many taxpayers who should pay income taxes of 35 percent to pay 10 percent.” The tax base has eroded as a consequence, he noted. The tax system is yet another system that has been so bastardized from original form, it bears no resemblance to a system at all. It is a jumble of instructions, a wilderness of tangled vines only the bravest of us would dare venture into without software or a battery of lawyers and accountants. If taxes were paid through an automated system built around seamless and invisible processes, the system might have a chance to survive. However, the current adversarial model, which is based on minutely detailed tax codes backed up with forced compliance, is a system that can’t last. Small businesses, in particular, await this day. - Source

03/29/09 - 30 Simple Tricks that Make You Look Smart


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03/29/09 - Amazing Hong Kong Day/Night Scene
If you get a minute, click to this site, place your mouse pointer at the top of the photo and move it (no button pressed) down to change from day to night...excellent flash! (via - Source

03/29/09 - Cheap Make-Over For Men
KeelyNet Only $39.98: Imako Cosmetic Teeth. / People who bought cosmetic teeth also bought the $19.98 Magni Ear. / People who bought the Magni Ear also bought the $19.98 Men's Body Shaper. / People who bought the Men's Body Shaper also bought the $7.98 Spray On Hair Color. / For a grand total of $87.92, you can get new teeth, restore your hearing, get rid of your beer belly, and make your baldness go away. What a world we live in! - Source

03/29/09 - Quickly Locates Your Drive-Hogging Files
Windows only: If you're looking to quickly get a snapshot of which folders and files are eating up your disk space, Primitive File Size Chart can help. It's tough to beat the portable application Primitive File Size Chart for speed. You point it at a disk or directory, tell it how many files and folders you want listed, and it takes care of the rest. Results were returned within seconds even when scanning a packed 1TB disk. Primitive File Size Chart doesn't have any fancy bells or whistles but it will give you the path, file name, and size of your largest files making short work out of assessing what is filling up your disks. Primitive File Size Chart is freeware, Windows only. - Source

03/29/09 - Growing Plants In Lunar Gravity
"If everything goes according to plan, an experiment designed to test whether plants can grow in the limited lunar gravity will hitch a ride with a competitor for the Google Lunar X Prize. 'The current prototype for the greenhouse is a 15-inch-high (37.5-centimeter-high) reinforced glass cylinder that's about 7 inches (18 centimeters) wide on the bottom. Seeds for a rapid-cycle type of Brassica plant — basically, mustard seeds — would be planted in Earth soil within the container.' The press release from Paragon Space Development Corporation outlines its partnership with Odyssey Moon to be the first to grow a plant on another world. In addition to the experiment, Paragon will be helping Odyssey with the thermal control system and lander design. To win the prize, Odyssey must land its craft on the lunar surface by the end of 2014." - Source

03/29/09 - ProVector Invention May Save Millions Of Lives
KeelyNet As rising temperatures worldwide result in greater numbers of parasites active for longer periods each year, mosquitoes and other disease transmitters are contributing to higher death rates from disease-carrying pests. This is especially true for malaria and dengue fever, now claiming 5 million and 50 million new victims a year respectively. The ProVector Bt and the ProVector M, have been tested in many tropical and sub-tropical regions of the world, and have proven to be highly effective at reducing mosquito populations in their immediate areas. In blind trials conducted at Walter Reed Army Institute of Overseas Research, the ProVector killed 50 to 100 percent of mosquitoes within just a few days. The ProVector is a small plastic flower made of a high-impact plastic covered in quadrants with red, blue, green, and gold decals, employing the colors that attract different kinds of mosquitoes. Beneath the feeding screens in the petals of the flowers, the sweet artificial nectar attracts them further and when they ingest the nectar they take in a good dose of Bacillus thurengiensis (Bt) and then die. According to Georgia Southern University, this is the first success ever in getting mature mosquitoes to feed on Bt. "We trick the mosquitoes into coming right to it and eating it," Kollars says of the Bt. "This is a very environmentally-friendly apparatus that uses a safe biopesticide, so it can be safely used in the home. No pesticides are sprayed into the environment." To make the ProVector more environmentally friendly, the screens are designed so that only a mosquito's mouth parts can fit into the holes; therefore, any other insects or birds lured to the ProVector will not be able to access the nectar. ProVector M, the second model of the ProVector, kills only the malaria parasite within the mosquito and not the mosquito, leaving the mosquito to carry out its ecological function without infecting humans. The best news is that after 10 years, Dr. Kollars will see his now-patented invention manufactured and marketed by his licensee, Medical Infusions Technologies, Inc. this year. - Source

03/29/09 - California to reduce emissions by... banning black cars
In a move that will likely get California's consumers in a huff, impending legislation may soon restrict the paint color options for Golden State residents looking for their next new vehicle. The specific colors that are currently on the chopping block are all dark hues, with the worst offender seemingly the most innocuous color you could think of: Black. What could California possibly have against these colors, you ask? Apparently, the California Air Resources Board figures that the climate control systems of dark colored cars need to work harder than their lighter siblings – especially after sitting in the sun for a few hours. Anyone living in a hot, sunny climate will tell you that this assumption is accurate, of course. In fact, legislation already exists for buildings that has proven successful at reducing the energy consumption of skyscrapers. - Source

03/29/09 - Pizza-making machine has chefs in a spin
KeelyNet A vending machine that bakes fresh pizza in minutes for a few euros has got Italian chefs in a whirl before it hits the streets in the coming weeks. The bright-red "Let's Pizza" machine uses infra-red rays and technology developed at the University of Bologna to knead flour and water into dough, spread it with tomato sauce and a choice of topping, and cook it -- all in less than three minutes. At present it offers four toppings -- cheese and tomato, bacon, ham and fresh vegetables -- at an average cost of 4 euros (3.7 pounds). Torghele thinks "Let's Pizza" will appeal to Europeans looking for cheap options as a recession hits their pockets. "If I want to eat a great pizza, I go to a pizzeria. But our product is satisfactory, low cost and available 24-hours a day," he said. "This is crisis proof ... McDonald's is increasing its sales. Low cost, fast food is in demand." Purists say the Italian pizza -- invented in the 18th century in the southern city of Naples -- cannot be rushed: the dough must be mixed and left for 12 hours, the ingredients kept fresh, and the oven pre-heated to around 300 degrees. - Source

03/29/09 - Why Foreign Aid Is Hurting Africa
Giving alms to Africa remains one of the biggest ideas of our time -- millions march for it, governments are judged by it, celebrities proselytize the need for it. Calls for more aid to Africa are growing louder, with advocates pushing for doubling the roughly $50 billion of international assistance that already goes to Africa each year. Yet evidence overwhelmingly demonstrates that aid to Africa has made the poor poorer, and the growth slower. The insidious aid culture has left African countries more debt-laden, more inflation-prone, more vulnerable to the vagaries of the currency markets and more unattractive to higher-quality investment. It's increased the risk of civil conflict and unrest (the fact that over 60% of sub-Saharan Africa's population is under the age of 24 with few economic prospects is a cause for worry). Aid is an unmitigated political, economic and humanitarian disaster. - Source

03/29/09 - Running cost of appliances
The following table gives you a guide to the running costs of electrical appliances. To calculate the cost of running each appliance, you need to multiply the units value by the unit cost which will be found on your electric bill. - Source

03/29/09 - Compact Fluorescent Bulbs Draw Quality Complaints
It sounds like such a simple thing to do: buy some new light bulbs, screw them in, save the planet. But a lot of people these days are finding the new compact fluorescent bulbs anything but simple. Consumers who are trying them say they sometimes fail to work, or wear out early. At best, people discover that using the bulbs requires learning a long list of dos and don’ts. “Here’s my sad collection of bulbs that didn’t work,” Ms. Zuercher said the other day as she pulled a cardboard box containing defunct bulbs from her laundry shelf. One of the 16 Feit Electric bulbs the Zuerchers bought at Costco did not work at all, they said, and three others died within hours. The bulbs were supposed to burn for 10,000 hours, meaning they should have lasted for years in normal use. “It’s irritating,” Ms. Zuercher said. Irritation seems to be rising as more consumers try compact fluorescent bulbs, which now occupy 11 percent of the nation’s eligible sockets, with 330 million bulbs sold every year. Consumers are posting vociferous complaints on the Internet after trying the bulbs and finding them lacking. - Source

03/29/09 - Volunteers flock to space experiment
What would you be prepared to do for money? For $6,500 (£4,500) a month, to be precise? How about the following: locking yourself inside a small metal container for three months without any communication with the outside world, with electronic monitors attached to various parts of your body and with frozen baby food and cereal bars for breakfast, lunch and dinner? - Source

03/29/09 - People reading mysterious text messages die of brain hemorrhage in Egypt
KeelyNet Cellular communication subscribers in three Egyptian provinces complain of receiving life-threatening text messages to their phones. Anonymous individuals send text messages which reportedly cause a very strong headache for those who read the messages. The headache develops into a brain hemorrhage that leads to death. Several people in Egypt and in Saudi Arabia have been hospitalized with such symptoms, RIA Novosti reports. The government of Egypt, including the Ministry for Healthcare, denied the rumors and said that such incidents had not been reported in Egypt. “The rumors are absolutely groundless. They contradict to common sense,” an official of the ministry said. Nevertheless, the Egyptian police filed an investigation into the mystery. - Source

03/29/09 - The look of love?
His eyes meet yours across a crowded room - is that the look of love? Only, say scientists, if it lasts longer than 8.2 seconds. If a man's gaze is more like four seconds, research suggests he is less than impressed. Women, however, treat both hunks and geeks alike, with their eyes lingering on both for similar amounts of time. Hidden cameras secretly tracked the eye movements of 115 students as they chatted with actors and actresses. The men looked into the eyes of actresses they considered beautiful for an average of 8.2 seconds, but that dropped to 4.5 seconds when gazing at those they rated less attractive. - Source

03/29/09 - Knee X-ray biometrics plan to fight spoofing
US federal eggheads have proposed a novel method of preventing biometric ID systems being spoofed by the use of such things as contact lenses, fake fingerprints etc. Instead of easily-fooled systems of this sort, people should instead be identified using X-ray photographs of their knees. The advantage of using a biometric identification process based on this kind of imaging is that it would be so much more difficult for a fraudster to spoof the knees or other internal body part in the way that they might with artificial fingerprints or contact lenses ... the algorithm can correctly identify a given pair of knees and match it to a specific individual in the database even if the original X-ray were taken several years earlier. Identifiable features correspond to specific persons, rather than the present clinical condition of the joint. Shamir and Rahimi tried out their theory on a dataset of 1700 kneebone X-rays, scanning them as 8 megapixel images and using the algorithm on a central area of 700x500 pixels. Apparently the below-the-belt bone probe gear isn't actually very reliable: it isn't as accurate as iris or fingerprint scans. But it is "much better than random results", according to the two men. - Source

03/29/09 - Microbes' Toxic Metal-Digestion Secret Revealed
Just like humans effortlessly suck up oxygen and breathe out carbon dioxide, some bacteria take in toxic metals and release non-toxic versions. With that natural ability, these microbes have caught the eye of scientists who'd like to put them to work cleaning up nuclear waste sites. A new study brings that goal one step closer to reality. Researchers have identified and located two proteins that give certain bacteria the power to detoxify dangerous metals, including uranium, chromium and technetium. - Source

03/26/09 - Something to shoot for...
KeelyNet The state of 'Ataraxia'... - a state of tranquility achieved by ignoring all the bullshit you are told. Synonymous with the only true happiness possible for a person. It signifies the detached and balanced state of mind that shows that a person has transcended the material world and is now harvesting all the comforts of philosophy. One's inability to say which sense impressions are true and which ones are false, it is quietude that arises from suspending judgment on dogmatic beliefs or anything non-evident and continuing to inquire. Apply judiciously in your life... - Source

03/26/09 - 'Ice That Burns' May Yield Clean, Sustainable Energy Future
KeelyNet In the future, natural gas derived from chunks of ice that workers collect from beneath the ocean floor and beneath the arctic permafrost may fuel cars, heat homes, and power factories. Government researchers are reporting that these so-called "gas hydrates," a frozen form of natural gas that bursts into flames at the touch of a match, show increasing promise as an abundant, untapped source of clean, sustainable energy. "It's definitely a vast storehouse of energy," Collett says. "But it is still unknown how much of this volume can actually be produced on an industrial scale." That volume, he says, depends on the ability of scientists to extract useful methane, the main ingredient in natural gas, from gas hydrate formations in an efficient and cost-effective manner. Scientists worldwide are now doing research on gas hydrates in order to understand how this strange material forms and how it might be used to supplement coal, oil, and traditional natural gas. Although scientists have known about gas hydrates for decades, they've only recently begun to try to use them as an alternative energy source. Gas hydrates, also known as "clathrates," form when methane gas from the decomposition of organic material comes into contact with water at low temperatures and high pressures. Those cold, high-pressure conditions exist deep below the oceans and underground on land in certain parts of the world, including the ocean floor and permafrost areas of the Arctic. - Source

03/26/09 - Algae propel themselves by "singing"
KeelyNet In 1985, in the middle of Atlantic Ocean, researchers discovered a type of blue green algae called Synechococcus capable of swimming at a rate of 25 diameters per second. That seemed strange because similar strains found in coastal waters are unable to move. Stranger still is that these Synechococcus have no cilia to propel themselves along and neither do they move by changing shape as other single-celled organisms do. In fact, Synechococcus has no identifiable means of propulsion at all. How it moves is a mystery that has puzzled marine biologists ever since. Now Kurt Ehlers from Truckee Meadows Community College in Reno and a buddie from Brazil think they've cracked the problem. They say that recent observations of Synechococcus using atomic force microscopy show these creatures having tiny spikes or spicules that extend from the cell's inner membrane, out through a crystalline outer shell and into the surrounding water. Ehlers and co propose that these spicules can be made to vibrate by molecular motors within the cell and that this vibration causes nearby fluid to flow, generating movement (a phenomenon called acoustic streaming). In effect, the bacteria "sing" themselves along. That may not be so far fetched. Yeast cells have spotted vibrating at frequencies of between 0.8 and 1.6kHz,so why not Synechococcus? - Source

03/26/09 - India's Tata Motors unveils the world's cheapest car
KeelyNet Reporting from New Delhi -- With the flash of cameras and oohs and aahs from the crowd, an Indian company Monday launched what is billed as the world's least expensive car, six years after it was conceived and six months behind schedule. The Nano will start at $2,200 after taxes and dealer costs, while the more expensive CX and LX models with heat, air conditioning and power brakes will go for as much as $3,800. - Source

03/26/09 - Free energy labeled 'economic terrorism'
Many free energy scientists and private inventors have been harassed, threatened and murdered because of their knowledge of alternative energies, especially in the area of free energy [also known as OverUnity (OU)]. Panacea-BOCAF references a short list of names: "Viktor Schauberger, Karl Schappeller, Nikola Tesla, Jim Lawson, Floyd Sweet, Stanley Meyer, John Bedini, Wilhelm Reich, Eugene Mallove, the Australian Joe Cell invention and many, many others - some of who have passed away without their devices being mass-produced and publicly developed, some of whose knowledge has become obfuscated by immense resistance, and some who have been bought off, threatened, received limited funds, suffered from laboratory sabotage and so on." Free energy technology causes panic among governments and big corporations. / Some of the techniques used; # Acquisition of the technology by 'front' companies whose intent have been to 'shelve' the invention and prevent the device from coming to market. # Denial of patents and intellectual property protection by systematic action by the US and other patent offices. # Seizure or suppression of the technology by the illegal application of section 181 of the US Patent law or other illegal applications of national security provisions that result in the technology being classified or deemed "of significance to the national security". # Abuses by other regulatory or licensing entities, including but not limited to rogue elements within the Department of Defense, CIA, NSA, Federal Trade Commission, Department of Energy and others. # Targeting the inventor or company with financial scams, illegal financial arrangements that lead to the demise of the company, and similar traps. - Source

03/26/09 - Mimi Switch lets you control gadgets with face movements

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Move over Samantha with your nose twitch! Stick your finger in your ear. Now smile, or wink, or wrinkle your nose. Can you feel the inside of your ear move? That's the idea behind a Japanese invention called the "Mimi Switch". The device looks like a pair of earbuds but instead of containing speakers, they contain tiny infrared sensors that measure the movements inside your ears that are generated by different facial expressions. Inventor Kazuhiro Taniguchi says: "You will be able to turn on room lights or swing your washing machine into action with a quick twitch of your mouth. An iPod can start or stop music when the wearer sticks his tongue out, like in the famous Einstein picture. If he opens his eyes wide, the machine skips to the next tune. A wink with the right eye makes it go back." - Source

03/26/09 - Flying car unnecessary
According to CBS, you may be able to fly over the traffic ahead of you as the flying car has been tested successfully. The Woburn, Mass., based company Terrafugia has already been permitted the drive the flying car called Transition on roads in their home state. They are now trying to get permission for use in the air. The new mode of transportation can go from ground to air in 30 seconds, and it is set to be marketed by the year 2011. The user of this device will need a minimum of a light sport plane pilot’ s license, which basically allows you to fly a plane weighing less than 1,350 pounds. The Transition needs 1,700 feet to take off. It runs on regular unleaded gas, has a steering wheel and a pilot’s telescopic stick and rudder peddles on either side of the gas and brakes. Terrafugia has reported there has been about 40 people who have already put down a $10,000 deposit for the $194,000 flying machine. The initial reaction of this device being put on the market is cool, but when really thought about, it does seem like an unnecessary piece of technology. The price of this mode of transportation is a crazy amount of money that not every person will be able to afford or have access to. The transition will be a luxury for people who have money to throw away on frivolous things, which really should not be many because of the way the economy is right now. It will be just a way to show off how much money you have. The invention of a flying car seems inevitable because of the fascination people have with new technology. But the fact that this is set to go on the market in a matter of years shows that people have odd priorities. A lot of time, money and research had to go into making this flying car. It seems like it all could have been put to better use. Something else could have been invented, researched or funded that could help all people and not just a select few who could afford it. Plus, this really does not help anyone, it is just another piece of technology that will make those who do not have it feel like they are missing out. - Source

03/26/09 - A fabricator can make a prototype for your invention
KeelyNet There are fabricators that specialize in developing prototypes, which are handmade versions of products that later may be mass-produced. Search the Internet for "prototype manufacturing" and you'll get some idea of the range of companies serving this niche. "The purpose behind a prototype is to test the concept to see how well it works, or to show it to others to gauge market interest," said Phil Baker, a small-business consultant and author of "From Concept to Consumer." A product made of hard plastics, metal or wood should be prototyped by a model-making or machine shop that has experience working with those materials, with parts of similar sizes, Baker said. An engineering firm may be used to build an electronic circuit or simple circuit board. "It's important when you work with these resources that you have drawings that clearly define the parts and the product," Baker said. A good fabricator can help you test and refine your prototype and also recommend a manufacturer or do the manufacturing on site. - Source

03/26/09 - The Art of Chindogu in a World Gone Mad
Humor is part of the art of Chindogu, which translates roughly as weird or unusual tool, but which some have dubbed “The Japanese art of useless inventions.” The Chindogu movement has become something of a cult since Kawakami founded it over a decade ago and began publishing his ideas. Pictures of his inventions have been popping up in office e-mail inboxes for years... We are in Kawakami’s pokey office in central Tokyo, which is messier than an art student’s apartment, thanks to his weird inventions – a total of 600 dreamt up over ten years. Everywhere there are things that look like props from a Monty Python show: duster slippers for cats, self-lighting cigarettes, a portable zebra crossing, a double-headed toothbrush. Now boasting nearly 10,000 practitioners worldwide, according to Kawakami, there is even an International Chindogu Society run out of the US ( Art critics have joined the ranks of Chindogu fans, praising its founder as a Zen satirist of consumer society, and Chindogu exhibitions are often staged around the world. In the US, however, the finer points of his critique of capitalism are sometimes lost. “Chindogu is considered radical in other parts of the world,” says Kawakami. “But in America they just laugh at the weird Japanese inventor.” It all seems like harmless fun, but Chindogu has a serious philosophy and set of rules. The inventions cannot be for real use, for example, but they must work, and they cannot be patented or sold. And humor must not be the only reason for making a Chindogu. It also helps a lot if you have the spirit of an anarchist and hate the way the world is run. - Source

03/26/09 - Thermal Imaging Spy plane snoops on homes wasting energy
KeelyNet Our movements are already tracked by CCTV, speed cameras and even spies in dustbins. Now snooping on the public has reached new heights with local authorities putting spy planes in the air to snoop on homeowners who are wasting too much energy. Thermal imaging cameras are being used to create colour-coded maps which will enable council officers to identify offenders and pay them a visit to educate them about the harm to the environment and measures they can take. Critics have warned the crackdown was another example of local authorities extending their charter to poke their noses into every aspect of people's lives. The council's head of environmental services, Andy Jarvis, said the original plan was to target businesses but it was realised the scope could be extended to include residental properties. 'The project we put together was for a plane to go up on various nights flying strips of the district and taking pictures,' he said. 'Through those images, a thermal image photograph can be created in which you can pick out individual properties which are losing a lot of heat. 'We do a lot on domestic energy conservation already and realised it would be useful to see if any of the homes which were particularly hot were properties where people had not insulated their lofts. 'We were also able to look at very cold properties and think we might have picked up people on low incomes who are not heating their homes because they cannot afford to.' - Source

03/26/09 - Gold from Sewage
• A sewage treatment facility in Nagano, Japan, recently recorded 1,890g of gold per tonne of ash from the sludge it burns up. Not bad, compared to the 20-40g of gold per tonne of ore found in Japan’s largest mine. • The sewage plant’s location, close to factories that deal with precious metals, may explain why they are finding so much gold in among the human waste. • It used to cost too much to try to extract the gold from the molten ash. But today, they can turn a good profit. Because of the current economic volatility, gold prices have shot up as traders buy up the one commodity that will always be valuable. You know the economy has gone down the pan when our crap is worth its weight in gold. - Source

03/26/09 - Ashland church can brew hallucinogenic tea for services, judge rules
An Ashland church can import and brew a hallucinogenic tea for its religious services, according to a U.S. District Court ruling. Judge Owen M. Panner issued a permanent injunction Thursday barring the federal government from penalizing or prohibiting the Church of the Holy Light of the Queen from sacramental use of "Daime" tea. The church, which blends Christian and indigenous religious beliefs in Brazil, uses tea brewed from the ayahuasca plant in their services. The tea contains trace amounts of the chemical dimethyltryptamine or DMT. According to the church's lawsuit, the tea is the central ritual and sacrament of the religion where members believe "only by taking the tea can a church member have direct experience with Jesus Christ." - Source

03/26/09 - The Internet is becoming Ubiquitous
There are very few inventions that in one go transformed the contours of daily life and the world of high scholarship. The World Wide Web, which turned twenty this month, is one such invention. It is difficult to imagine that before 1989, people across the world lived uncomplainingly, without access to the web and the wealth of information that it provides. The original proposal aimed to bring together academic institutions whose members could then exchange data, thoughts and findings. But like all truly brilliant ideas, the proposal broke the limits of such confines. Today, anyone who has access to a computer and to the internet, anywhere in the world, can actually access almost any information he wants without moving out of his home or the neighbourhood internet café. Most of the world has become so familiar and used to the World Wide Web that people have begun to take it for granted. Its impact can only be gauged by travelling back in time to a period when it did not exist. It was necessary then to look up a printed dictionary to find the meaning of a word or to trudge to the library to read a book or to check a reference. This is no longer necessary. There is always the easy option of clicking a mouse to open a relevant site which has the prefix, www, and finding the needed information. This has made life easier and also saved enormous amounts of time. What is equally important is that it has introduced an element of democracy and transparency into the management of information and knowledge. It is no longer necessary to be a specialist in a field to access information. The only expertise required is elementary computer skills and the ability to move fingers over a keyboard. The World Wide Web has opened up an embarrassment of riches. What is significant is that the original invention of Mr Berners-Lee still retains its promise. Its full potential is by no means exhausted. One reason for this is the rapid transformation in the field of communication. A computer is no longer an essential requirement to access the web. People are doing it increasingly through their mobile phones, which means that they are using the web while on the move. This has profound implications for the developing world where most people are far likely to first own a mobile phone before they actually own a computer, desktop or laptop. - Source

03/26/09 - Amazing Gadgets
KeelyNet I found some photos of really cool gadgets. Gadgets amaze me because they are so organized. I just love organization. Some of these gadgets are kind of neat and are definitely innovative. Not much room in your living room? Buy stackable furniture! I could have used this when I lived in my tiny apartment… - Source

03/26/09 - How NOT to use technology
...upon receiving news of a job offer, Twitter user theconnor -- whose profile has since been set to private -- Tweeted the following: "Cisco just offered me a job! Now I have to weigh the utility of a fatty paycheck against the daily commute to San Jose and hating the work." This is a Tweet the user more than likely regrets due to the events that followed. No more than an hour after the first tweet, a Cisco employee who openly utilizes the social networking site and has implemented its use...within the company, posted this reply: "Who is the hiring manager. I'm sure they would love to know that you will hate the work. We here at Cisco are versed in the web." There are a few issues that should be recognized here: First, the girl who originally Tweeted needs to observe proper online etiquette, use proper privacy settings and she needs to know her audience and understand that the Internet is permanent. Second, the Cisco employee who stumbled upon the Tweet acted in an unprofessional manner. And third, there were other Twitter users who launched into full attack mode on the girl. These actions could easily be deemed cyber-bullying, as they started rumors that her job offer had been rescinded, and even built a website devoted to making fun of her -- publishing her private information... - Source

03/26/09 - The 13 Coolest Things Made from Recycled Bottles
KeelyNet From funky recycled art to Earthships, gifts, boats and an island, glass and plastic bottles can be recycled into a surprising range of objects. Plastic may be fantastic for making stuff, from medical devices to fabrics and containers. And glass may be a smash when it comes to packaging beer and cherry cola. But both materials have major drawbacks, especially when it comes to the environment. The good news is that many plastic containers can be recycled -- though only a few times, before the polymers break down too much. Most communities take number 1 and 2 plastics (learn about recycling codes here), which is a good start. Contrary to some early reports and critics, recycling provides substantial savings in greenhouse gases, water and transportation, in case you were worried. What about glass, you ask? In general glass has a pretty good reputation among greens (it does not contain toxic bisphenol A and it is really easy to recycle). - Source

03/26/09 - The Loudness War Analyzed
Recorded music doesn’t sound as good as it used to. Recordings sound muddy, clipped and lack punch. This is due to the ‘loudness war’ that has been taking place in recording studios. To make a track stand out from the rest of the pack, recording engineers have been turning up the volume on recorded music. Louder tracks grab the listener’s attention, and in this crowded music market, attention is important. And thus the loudness war - engineers must turn up the volume on their tracks lest the track sound wimpy when compared to all of the other loud tracks. However, there’s a downside to all this volume. Our music is compressed. The louds are louds and the softs are loud, with little difference. The result is that our music seems strained, there is little emotional range, and listening to loud all the time becomes tedious and tiring. - Source

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

03/26/09 - Outdated energy infrastructure holds back smart-grid future
Despite the Obama administration's pledge of $11 billion to modernize the nation's electric grid, the implementation of so-called "smart-grid" technology that would enable energy efficiency while bringing renewable energy sources online faces a number of hurdles, including an out-dated infrastructure beset by congestion and bottlenecks that constrain the expanded use of sources such as wind, solar and geothermal power, according to a report issued Monday. To make the investment promised by the stimulus package work, the grid will have to be treated as a national enterprise rather than a system owned by different utility companies in different states, the report recommends. This means that clean-energy projects will have to be reviewed by a centralized authority that can approve projects across multiple states simultaneously (to keep construction of any one piece from being held back). - Source

03/26/09 - 40 of The Most Creative Lamp Designs Ever
KeelyNet We all know that one of the easiest ways you have to light a dark corner in any room or add some atmospheric lighting to your living-room area, is to place your choice of lamp. With numerous designs, shapes, colors, dimensions or lighting abilities, lamps constitute one of the most convenient methods one has to alter the lighting tone of a room. In fact, the lighting selected and used can complete the statement of a house or improve a room’s decoration and give the feeling one is looking for. In today article you can see 40 of the most creative lamp designs that you can find on the internet these days. - Source

03/26/09 - Coming Soon To eBay: The Taxman
Desperate to generate revenues by narrowing the "tax gap" (and at the urging of the Bush administration), Congress last year passed legislation requiring processors of third-party payments and settlements--mainly payment card companies and services like Paypal--to report to the IRS individuals and business entities that receive at least $20,000 a year in credit- or debit-card charges from 200 or more transactions. The mandatory reporting, buried in the Housing Assistance Tax Act of 2008, would begin in 2011. The IRS is already soliciting comments on how to implement the law. The primary mechanism likely would be a once-a-year issuance of a variation of Form 1099 reporting gross receipts paid. Here's the big implication: If the IRS sees a credit card or Paypal 1099 issued for an individual who has filed a tax return that doesn't include a Schedule C (Net Profit From Business-Sole Proprietorship) or includes one showing too little in sales, or to a business reporting too little in sales, the agency might target the recipient for an audit. If an audit target fails to produce acceptable documentation of his or her business proceeds and expenses, the IRS might well include all the revenue reported on the 1099s, disallow any undocumented business expenses and then assess taxes, interest and possibly penalties on profits a taxpayer didn't even have. - Source

03/26/09 - EU leader condemns US ‘road to hell’
Barely a week before Barack Obama is due to arrive in Europe on his first official visit as US president, Mirek Topolanek, the Czech Republic’s prime minister, put the 27-nation EU on a collision course with Washington. “The US Treasury secretary talks about permanent action and we, at our spring council, were quite alarmed at that . . . The US is repeating mistakes from the 1930s, such as wide-ranging stimuluses, protectionist tendencies and appeals, the Buy American campaign, and so on,” he told a European parliament session in Strasbourg. “All these steps, their combination and their permanency, are the road to hell.” Other leaders of EU member states, including Angela Merkel, Germany’s chancellor, disagree with US calls for big fiscal stimuli to battle the recession. But they have couched their opposition in more diplomatic language than Mr Topolanek’s. Mr Obama has vigorously opposed the view that the Great Depression was caused by too much spending, rather than too little, a view held by a small handful of rightwing economists. - Source

03/26/09 - 50+ Hacks & Tips to Get to a Real Person
KeelyNet Any Corporation in 10 Seconds or Less - We've all been there. It's infuriating to sit on hold for 20 minutes, only to be connected to a service agent who has only a cursory grasp of the English language and even less knowledge about how to help you. The following tricks will help you skip to the head of the line and find a better person to talk to. Use these methods for surefire ways to find the numbers that VIPs use to get through fast. Confuse, frustrate and game the system by pressing these numbers and characters. Use these key trigger words and methods to get through interactive voice phone trees. Take these actions to get through fast, whether you're employing a white lie or working with the system. - Source

03/26/09 - Building a Brain on a Silicon Chip
With 200,000 neurons linked up by 50 million synaptic connections, the chip is able to mimic the brain's ability to learn more closely than any other machine. Although the chip has a fraction of the number of neurons or connections found in a brain, its design allows it to be scaled up, says Karlheinz Meier, a physicist at Heidelberg University, in Germany. "But rather than simulating neurons," says Karlheinz, "we are building them." Using a standard eight-inch silicon wafer, the researchers recreate the neurons and synapses as circuits of transistors and capacitors, designed to produce the same sort of electrical activity as their biological counterparts. A neuron circuit typically consists of about 100 components, while a synapse requires only about 20. However, because there are so much more of them, the synapses take up most of the space on the wafer, says Karlheinz. The advantage of this hardwired approach, as opposed to a simulation, Karlheinz continues, is that it allows researchers to recreate the brain-like structure in a way that is truly parallel. Getting simulations to run in real time requires huge amounts of computing power. Plus, physical models are able to run much faster and are more scalable. In fact, the current prototype can operate about 100,000 times faster than a real human brain. "We can simulate a day in a second," says Karlheinz. - Source

03/26/09 - Cops help dream up high-tech police car
KeelyNet The Carbon E7 concept vehicle draws on suggestions from more than 3,000 law enforcement professionals. Every feature on the Carbon E7 concept vehicle draws on suggestions from more than 3,000 law enforcement professionals. The result is a futuristic prowler with a 300-horsepower clean diesel engine, flashing lights visible from all angles, an ergonomic cockpit, an onboard computer with voice command and instant license plate recognition, integrated shotgun mounts, and more. The E7 was designed by cops for cops, breaking the tradition of recruiting family sedans into the force, company co-founder Stacy Dean Stephens said. "The current vehicles that they (police departments) use were designed for driving around, going to the grocery store, taking kids to school -- things like that," Stephens said. The rear passenger compartment alone is enough to make experienced cops get teary-eyed. The rear-hinged "suicide doors" make it easier for handcuffed passengers to get in and out, and the seat is designed so "guests" can ride comfortably with their hands cuffed behind their backs. For officer safety, Latorre likes how the seat belts are anchored in the center of the seat and buckle near the door so the officer doesn't have to lean across the prisoner. "When you put a prisoner in the back seat, you're supposed to strap him in," Latorre said. "Nowadays, you have to make sure your gun isn't going close to his hands, and how are you going to strap somebody in doing that?" Perhaps most popular among cops is the rear compartment, which is sealed off from the front and made entirely of seamless, washable plastic, with drain plugs in the floor. The E7 can go 0 to 60 mph in 6.5 seconds, has a top speed of 155 mph and can withstand a 75-mph rear impact, according to the company's Web site. It has bullet-resistant panels in the doors and dash and has push bumpers incorporated into the aluminum frame. The upper flashing lights are integrated into the roof panel, eliminating the need for a bolted-on light bar that causes aerodynamic drag -- reducing fuel economy -- and can lead to rust. - Source

03/26/09 - Brain wave patterns can predict blunders
From spilling a cup of coffee to failing to notice a stop sign, everyone makes an occasional error due to lack of attention. 14 students took an attention-demanding test, Mazaheri recorded their brain activity using MEG — magnetoencephalography — a non-invasive brain-wave recording technique similar to, but more sensitive than electroencephalography (EEG), the technique commonly used in hospitals to detect seizures. The test, known as the "sustained attention response task," was developed in the 1990s to evaluate brain damage, ADHD and other neurological disorders. As participants sit at a computer for an hour, a random number from 1 to 9 flashes onto the screen every two seconds. The object is to tap a button as soon as any number except 5 appears. The test is so monotonous, Mazaheri said, that even when a 5 showed up, his subjects spontaneously hit the button an average of 40 percent of the time. By analyzing the recorded MEG data, the research team found that about a second before these errors were committed, brain waves in two regions were stronger than when the subjects correctly refrained from hitting the button. In the back of the head (the occipital region), alpha wave activity was about 25 percent stronger, and in the middle region, the sensorimotor cortex, there was a corresponding increase in the brain's mu wave activity. "The alpha and mu rhythms are what happen when the brain runs on idle," Mazaheri explained. "Say you're sitting in a room and you close your eyes. That causes a huge alpha rhythm to rev up in the back of your head. But the second you open your eyes, it drops dramatically, because now you're looking at things and your neurons have visual input to process." - Source

03/26/09 - Red Hat CEO questions desktop's relevance in Linux debate
KeelyNet Linux has achieved success on servers, but can it make a go of it on the desktop? Panelists at a technical conference Tuesday evening debated the question, with a Red Hat official wondering whether the issue is even relevant anymore. Interoperability issues also are a hindrance, according to Whitehurst. "There's a reason Microsoft doesn't want to certify Evolution [a Linux mail client] hooking into [Microsoft's mail server] Exchange," he said. Microsoft has key control points locked up on the desktop, he said, "There's a desire [to use desktop Linux] but practicality sets in," said panelist Vinod Kutty, associate director of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. "There are significant barriers to switching." Even Linux developers he has known prefer a Macintosh to a Linux desktop, Kutty said. - Source

03/26/09 - Husband creates PMS Free Alert Service
Jordan Eisenberg says he knows a thing or two about dealing with the volatile emotions of premenstrual syndrome. After all, he grew up around women. A year ago, the 28-year-old entrepreneur and Denver resident decided to devise a way other men could do the same. The outcome was, a free Internet-based service that tracks the monthly cycles of a subscriber's significant other and offers e-mail reminders about the impending deadlines. Unlike websites such as and , Eisenberg's creation is different. "This is for tracking PMS. Those are for tracking fertility," he said. The solution: keep tabs on the woman's menstrual cycle to eliminate the need to ask. "Just having that awareness, we hope, will lend to fewer arguments," he said. The main demographic for PMS Buddy is men ages 20 to 40. There's even a forum for subscribers to post their own PMS stories and a list of tips to help women feel better during their period. Flowers, according to the site, "are the kryptonite to PMS." / is a free service created with a single goal in mind: to keep you aware of when your wife, girlfriend, mother, sister, daughter, or any other women in your life are closing in on "that time of the month" - when things can get intense for what may seem to be no reason at all. - Source

03/24/09 - Scientists in possible cold fusion breakthrough
KeelyNet The scientists on Monday described what they called the first clear visual evidence that low-energy nuclear reaction (LENR), or cold fusion devices can produce neutrons, subatomic particles that scientists say are indicative of nuclear reactions. Scientists have been working for years to produce cold fusion reactions, a potentially cheap, limitless and environmentally-clean source of energy. Paul Padley, a physicist at Rice University who reviewed Mosier-Boss's published work, said the study did not provide a plausible explanation of how cold fusion could take place in the conditions described. "It fails to provide a theoretical rationale to explain how fusion could occur at room temperatures. And in its analysis, the research paper fails to exclude other sources for the production of neutrons," he told the Houston Chronicle. "The whole point of fusion is, you?re bringing things of like charge together. As we all know, like things repel, and you have to overcome that repulsion somehow." But Steven Krivit, editor of the New Energy Times, said the study was "big" and could open a new scientific field. The neutrons produced in the experiments "may not be caused by fusion but perhaps some new, unknown nuclear process," added Krivit, who has monitored cold fusion studies for the past 20 years. "We're talking about a new field of science that's a hybrid between chemistry and physics." - Source

03/23/09 - Russian designer creates revolutionary car engine
KeelyNet 74-year-old Russian designer Robert Grigoryants has developed an engine which can make a revolution in the engine industry.“My engine works without any noise. It is absolutely harmless to our environment. It is the most economic engine ever created and it can work even without transmission,” the inventor says. “I have already calculated that 10,000 such engines with the 600 horse-power capacity can save up to 2.6 billion roubles ($7.5 million) a year in terms of fuel economy and 16 million roubles ($500,000) in terms of metal economy,” Robert says. - Source

03/23/09 - 'Green' Method of Nuclear Waste Disposal
KeelyNet Dean S. Engelhardt, a nuclear design engineer has a patent on an invention that he claims will completely eliminate nuclear waste from our environment by sending it to the center of the earth. Well, to the surface of the inner core, anyway. The container for the waste is called a Submarine Transport Vehicle (STV) and is similar to a nuclear submarine that uses the seabed as a transit medium, not a dumping ground. The nuclear waste starts its journey in a 75-foot deep hole in the seabed at a subduction fault in the Pacific Ocean. A subduction fault is an earthquake fault at the edge of a continental crust that is in collision with the adjoining oceanic crust. It sounds a bit far-fetched, but Permanent RadWaste Solutions has a process that uses a subduction fault to send the waste to the center of the earth in what Engelhardt claims is a permanent, zero maintenance, less expensive and terrorist-proof solution to the nuclear waste problem. To do this requires burying a specially designed pressure-and-temperature-compensating submersible transport vehicle in the sediments at a subduction fault. The seals on the STV are dynamic and maintain a slight difference in pressure as it descends; the internal pressure being slightly less than the external pressure, insuring that any leak would travel from outside in with the continuing slow descent of the STV. The slow progress of the STV in the fault means that the waste will be harmless by the time it reaches the magma in a few million years. Once buried in the seabed at a subduction fault, the waste cannot go anywhere but down. Gravity eliminates the chance that the waste can return to the surface in a volcano. - Source

03/23/09 - Inventions By Women Wanted By Bed, Bath & Beyond
A new invention contest sponsored by Bed, Bath, and Beyond (B3) that calls for product ideas to retail in its stores. This 'for women only' invention contest is scheduled concomitant with the recognition of American Women of Invention, this year recognizing the 200th anniversary of the first woman* to receive a patent on her invention. Before you start thinking about what to create, check out the rules for the contest, as well as the legal agreements inventors must sign: The Live Product Search Innovator Agreement and the Live Product Search Assignment Agreement. These are important for you to study; before submitting anything, you need to know what your rights will be as the inventor. Submissions will be made online through Edison Nation's Live Product Search Dashboard; prototypes are not requested. There is a $25 fee for each submission which is paid to Edison Nation. You can submit multiple inventions to the contest, but each through a separate entry. Although Edison Nation will screen products, it's a good idea to do some research yourself, and I suggest at least market research to see if your idea is already out there. Here are two columns that will help you: How To Come Up With A Great Product Idea, Great Idea? What To Do Next (this is important information for your submission). You don't have to go through the patent search, but if you want to save yourself $25 if an item very close to it is already "out there," read To Market To Market. Entry deadline is April 30, 2009. B3 does not require much for the application, so rev up your invention engine and submit! You go girls! - Source

03/23/09 - Wireless stun gun paralyzes from 88 feet away
KeelyNet A new X12 stun gun was launched at the Global Security Asia 2009 event on Thursday. It is the world’s first wireless stun gun and features a maximum effective range of 27 metres. Its manufacturers say being able to fire at such a range ensures the safety of any security personnel using it. The product will only be available in June and the Singapore Police Force has already expressed interest in it. The existing X26 Taser stun gun was launched in 2003. It can penetrate clothing and transmit electrical impulses, causing the body to be temporarily paralysed, unlike conventional stun guns which causes immobility by causing pain. - Source

03/23/09 - Locking Lost Memory Sticks
KeelyNet Nine thousand memory sticks are lost at dry cleaners in the United Kingdom every year, left behind in the pockets. Hopefully none of them contained passwords, incriminating photos, military secrets or other damaging information. If you’re worried about what you might have left behind, you can go to and get free software that locks your documents and videos and makes their file names invisible. This also works for files stored on CDs, DVDs, MP3 players or your own computer. The software is for Windows computers only and can create hidden, private storage vaults of up to 2 terabytes. Users may create any number of vaults, and each vault appears as a new disk drive letter. - Source

03/23/09 - Sniffing keystrokes via laser, power lines
Researchers from Inverse Path showed a couple interesting techniques for sniffing keystrokes at CanSecWest. For their first experiments they used a laser pointed at the shiny back of a laptop. The keystrokes would cause the laptop to vibrate which they could detect just like they would with any laser listening device. They’ve done it successfully from anywhere between 50 to 100 feet away. They used techniques similar to those in speech recognition to determine what sentences were being typed. In a different attack, they sniffed characters from a PS/2 keyboard by monitoring the ground line in an outlet 50 feet away. They haven’t yet been able to collect more than just single strokes, but expect to get full words and sentences soon. This leakage via power line is discussed in the 1972 Tempest document we posted about earlier. The team said it wasn’t possible with USB or laptop keyboards. / A security specialist and "hardware hacker" named Andrea Barisani and Daniele Bianco, respectively, have demonstrated an $80 device they've cobbled together than can read which letters are being typed by measuring the vibration of a laptop. The system uses a laser beam and photo diode to shine and read the reflections of light trained on the laptop. They found that each key on the keyboard creates a unique vibration signature. The device works from up to 100 feet away. / They used a handmade laser microphone device and a photo diode to measure the vibrations, software for analyzing the spectrograms of frequencies from different keystrokes, as well as technology to apply the data to a dictionary to try to guess the words. They used a technique called dynamic time warping that's typically used for speech recognition applications, to measure the similarity of signals. Line-of-sight on the laptop is needed, but it works through a glass window, they said. Using an infrared laser would prevent a victim from knowing they were being spied on. The only real way to mitigate against this type of spying would be to change your typing position and mistype words, Barisani said. - Source

03/23/09 - Ads Stenciled on Walk with Water (Aug, 1930)


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03/23/09 - Universal Remote's Days Are Numbered
"While the universal remote has served humanity with distinction, its days are numbered, and your smartphone is to blame. Whether you want to control your music, your television or your PowerPoint presentation, there's probably a solution using your phone. Try as it might, the universal remote simply can't navigate the digital world the way the smartphone can — it's a lot easier to put the remote's abilities in the smartphone than vice versa." - Source

03/23/09 - Lower Air Pollution Means Longer Life
"A new study by the US National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) has found a strong link between air quality and life expectancy. The researchers looked at air pollution, deaths and census data for 51 metropolitan areas between 1978 and 2001, and what they found was a direct correlation between improving air quality and extending life expectancy. People lived about 2.72 years longer over that time span and at least 15 percent of that increased life expectancy was from a decrease in air pollution." - Source

03/23/09 - Obama: $2.4 Billion For Electric Vehicles
KeelyNet After touring the Edison Electric Vehicle Technical Center in Pomona, California today, President Obama announced an outlay of $2.4 billion is stimulus funds meant to encourage the production of next generation plug-in hybrid electric vehicles and advanced battery components for such vehicles. - Source

03/23/09 - Antivirus 'scareware' holds victim's documents for ransom
Security experts are warning that some new "scareware" programs, software that tries to frighten consumers into purchasing bogus security products, also encrypt the victim's digital documents until he or she agrees to pay a $50 ransom demand. Newer versions of scareware family Antivirus2009 warn users in a fake Windows alert that files in the "My Documents" folder are corrupt. The program them directs the victim to download a program called "FileFixerPro" to fix the supposedly corrupt files. In fact, this version of Antivirus2009 encrypts or scrambles contents of documents in that folder, so that only users who pay $50 for a FileFixerPro license can get the decryption key needed to regain access to the files in their My Documents folder... - Source

03/23/09 - A.I.G. Sues U.S. for Return of $306 Million in Tax Payments
While the American International Group comes under fire from Congress over executive bonuses, it is quietly fighting the federal government for the return of $306 million in tax payments, some related to deals that were conducted through offshore tax havens. - Source

03/23/09 - The City that Ended Hunger: Belo Horizonte, Brazil
Belo, a city of 2.5 million people, once had 11 percent of its population living in absolute poverty, and almost 20 percent of its children going hungry. Then in 1993, a newly elected administration declared food a right of citizenship. The officials said, in effect: If you are too poor to buy food in the market—you are no less a citizen. I am still accountable to you. The new mayor, Patrus Ananias—now leader of the federal anti-hunger effort—began by creating a city agency, which included assembling a 20-member council of citizen, labor, business, and church representatives to advise in the design and implementation of a new food system. The result of these and other related innovations? In just a decade Belo Horizonte cut its infant death rate—widely used as evidence of hunger—by more than half, and today these initiatives benefit almost 40 percent of the city’s 2.5 million population. One six-month period in 1999 saw infant malnutrition in a sample group reduced by 50 percent. And between 1993 and 2002 Belo Horizonte was the only locality in which consumption of fruits and vegetables went up. The cost of these efforts? Around $10 million annually, or less than 2 percent of the city budget. That’s about a penny a day per Belo resident. - Source

03/23/09 - If superconducting sheets reflected gravitational waves...
In the couple of weeks since he introduced the idea that superconducting sheets can reflect gravity waves, Raymond Chiao from the University of California, Merced, has been busy with a couple of buddies working out how big this effect is. Let's review the idea. Chiao's claim is that gravity has a fundamentally different affect on localised particles compared to delocalised ones and that a type 1 superconductor contains both: ordinary ions and electrons that make up the ionic lattice of the superconductor and the superconducting Cooper pairs of electrons which are entirely delocalised. Chiao and co describe it like this: "The enormous back-action of the Coulomb force on the motion of the Cooper pairs, greatly enhances the mass supercurrents generated by the wave, so that they become strong enough to produce reflection." Chiao and co ask how big is this effect of a gravitational wave on a thin superconducting sheet compared to the effect on an ordinary conducting sheet. The answer? 42 orders of magnitude bigger. - Source

03/23/09 - Wheel Motors to Drive Dutch Buses
KeelyNet A company based in the Netherlands called e-Traction has developed a new kind of hybrid bus that uses in-wheel electric motors to improve efficiency and a GPS system to reduce pollution in congested areas of a city. The bus is a series hybrid: a diesel generator charges a battery, which in turn supplies electricity for two motors, one in each rear wheel. Thanks largely to its in-wheel motors, the bus can travel twice as far as a conventional bus on a liter of diesel, says Arend Heinen, who is both an engineer and spokesperson for the company. That translates into a fuel-economy improvement of 50 percent. The company has been awarded contracts to retrofit seven commercial buses with its technology, with the first to be completed next month. - Source

03/23/09 - When it comes to wound healing, the maggot cleans up
A study by a team of British scientists, published today, lends support to the use of the maggot in high-tech healthcare. They found that, left to graze on the skin, maggots can clean wounds that fail to heal five times faster than conventional treatments. In a trial to investigate the clinical effectiveness of maggots for wound treatment, the leg ulcers of patients treated with larvae were found to heal just as quickly as the water-based gel normally used. The study also showed that the process of debridement — the removal of dead tissue, in this case eaten by the maggots — occurred far faster, suggesting that larvae could be used to clean sites at high speed before urgent surgery, such as skin grafts. - Source

03/23/09 - Study Shows Maggots Not Better for Wound Cleaning
Maggots did clear away the dead tissue faster, but that’s where their superiority ended. “Maggots, although they sped the cleaning, didn’t speed the healing of the wound,” [lead researcher Nicky] Cullum said in an interview. “Both treatments had a similar cost, but the maggots led to more pain.” The researchers found no evidence that maggot therapy should be recommended for routine use on leg ulcers. / (Note: Brits say Yes, Americans 'big pharmacy' say No, now which is right? - JWD) - Source

03/23/09 - Oil Cos. Buy Rights to Access Water Before Communities & Farmers
Using public records, the report examines more than 200 water rights held by six energy companies, including Shell and ExxonMobil, which, it is estimated, are collectively entitled to divert at least 6.5 billion gallons of water from rivers in western Colorado, as well as almost 2 million acre-feet of water from the state’s reservoirs, which is enough to supply the Denver metro area for six years. Shale oil production is a water-intensive process: up to five barrels of water are consumed for every barrel of oil produced. This means that projects producing 1.55 million barrels of oil per day would require 378,000 acre-feet of water each year, compared to the Denver metro area’s consumption, which is less than 300,000 acre feet. - Source

03/22/09 - My Quest for Practical Gravity Control
KeelyNet Quite simply, Gravity is NOT a pull, Gravity is a PUSH from the zero point energy field into mass. Think of it as bubbles under water where the water is pressing on the bubble trying to implode it. In the case of matter, zero point energy pushes into the neutral centers of mass to not only create it but also give it materiality. We are held to the planet like wind pushing flies against a wirescreen. As zero point energy flows into the neutral centres of mass, the effect of gravity and weight are produced. We can RESTRICT this flow using technology to reduce and even cancel 'weight'. I am seeking funding to re-discover how to control the flow of gravity into local mass to produce weight reduction for practical use, based on my own discoveries of gravity and how it works. Make me an offer. - Source

03/21/09 - Odd Factoids - my new weird blog
KeelyNet The purpose of this blog is just for fun and a bit of edification if you like odd, bizarre, curious and interesting factoids that have been lost in history. I love that kind of stuff as there is no telling what you'll find by perusing old books and documents. So that is what I intend to post here...things that you might find of interest or not...if not, then skip to the next one. We'll see how much time I have to expend on responding to comments or questions but I'll try it. I'll gather a few oddities and post them in the next day or so. Thanks for checking into my blog and feel free to return for new posts. - Source

03/20/09 - Aptera - the vehicle of the Future

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

03/20/09 - Nano is the next wave after the semiconductor
Bionic noses used as bomb sniffers. Mini-medical submarines that deliver drugs to individual cancer cells in your body. Tiny chemical laboratories on a chip to monitor water pollution. Self-cleaning materials that mimic a bird's feathers. Sunscreen that doesn't soak into your skin: If you can dream it, don't be surprised if Israeli nanotech scientists and engineers already have too, and are now building it. Today there are about 75 Israeli nanotech companies - up from 45 three years ago, and some 325 nanotech research teams (up from 210) working in the field, with new ideas spouting up all the time. Nanotech is becoming so hot in Israel in recent years, that this year, Israel will host its very own nanotech conference in Jerusalem. "Nano is the next wave after the semiconductor," says Vilenski. "Nano is anything reduced to a size below 100 nanometers." But scientists aren't just scaling science down, they "are also changing properties, processes or the behavior of materials," he adds. So what nano technologies are emerging from Israel? The list is long. Scientists at the Weizmann Institute in Rehovot have developed "nanospheres" and have turned this invention into a novel company APNano Materials, which now markets an oil additive to keep your car's motor humming. The company claims NanoLub -- its particle-based lubricant - can keep your engine free from an oil change and lube job for years. A special nanotech mechanism that works like the rolling of millions of miniature ball bearings, NanoLub reduces engine wear and tear and will keep your engine purring, some sources claim, for a decade. The Rehovot-based company says its NanoLub dramatically outperforms every commercial solid lubricant found on the market today. It doesn't stop there: the company is now working in the area of clean technology and is developing a special coating for use on solar panels to improve energy efficiency. "ApNano Materials' nanoparticles are excellent optical absorbing materials and among the best substances absorbing light in the visible and near infrared wavelengths," says Dr. Menachem Genut, president and CEO of the company. "Laboratory experiments have shown that our nanoparticles absorb at least 98% of the light in visible wavelengths." - Source

03/20/09 - Patent Application for Human Eyebeam Detection System
KeelyNet Noted psychiatrist and author Colin A. Ross, M.D., today announced his patent application for a system to detect the electromagnetic energy emitted by the human eye. Dr. Ross has been researching a new science and medicine focused on the human body's electromagnetic field, which will be detailed in an upcoming book, "Human Energy Fields." In his research, Dr. Ross has discovered proof that the eye emits electromagnetic energy that he calls an "eyebeam." He calls his invention an Electromagnetic Beam Detection System for which he has filed an application with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. "The experimental proof of the reality of the human eyebeam is crucial in developing the science of human energy fields," said Dr. Ross. "The existence of the human eyebeam has been dismissed by psychologists, physiologists, physicists and virtually all modern scientists. This represents a big step forward." According to Dr. Ross' application, the electromagnetic beam detection system can be used as a switch and can turn on or off any electrical device. It functions like a clapper light, but uses the electromagnetic energy emitted through the eyes instead of the sound of a hand clapping. Dr. Ross has sent the link for the U.S. Patent Office application to James Randi ( and is waiting to hear from him about the status of his $1 Million Paranormal Challenge, in which he claims that he can make a tone sound out of a computer using a beam of energy he sends out through his eyes. Dr. Ross' proposed Challenge protocol is available on his web site ( / Dr. Ross' patent application for the EBDS can be viewed at: Click on: Publication Number Search Enter: 20090046246 - Source

03/20/09 - Thirsty plants send 'text' asking for water
Researchers at the Volcanic Center at the Agriculture Ministry have developed a new sensor that gauges moisture levels in plants and trees, and issues real-time alerts to farmers' mobile phones or computers when watering is required. The device, shaped like a hammer, is embedded in the tree trunk or plant root, where it monitors electrical currents. When such activity is low, the sensor issues an alert. The researchers who developed the device said Wednesday it will be extremely useful to farmers growing fruits and vegetables, bringing down irrigation expenses by up to 50 percent. The researchers also said that until now, farmers lacked simple, cheap and reliable tools to monitor water levels. Dr. Raveh said that in order to get a reliable picture of a plant's moisture level, a farmer must check no fewer than 26 points on the ground around the plant, but that a small number of the newly-developed sensors can now do that work instead. "We are now trying to develop such a device for commercial purposes. We will reduce its size further, and distribute it to farmers at prices affordable to everyone," he said. - Source

03/20/09 - Dorkbot Parties
KeelyNet Dorkbot is something along the lines of a science fair with lots of beer. This year, party-goers were treated to some magnificent attractions. The motto of Dorkbot is "People doing strange things with electricity," and they didn't disappoint. Hundreds of people stopped to grove along to ArcAttack, a couple of Tesla coils which fire in time with music. This video shows ArcAttack playing the "Imperial March" by John Williams and "Popcorn" by Gershon Kingley (or Hot Butter...I can't remember which came first). Another curious invention on display at Dorkbot was the CNC Magic Screen Machine. This is an Etch-a-Sketch connected to a computer and will draw any image (as best it can) loaded into said computer. Being an Etch-a-Sketch enthusiast (but admittedly a terrible artist), this appealed to me on a personal level. On the other side of appealing, Smule was giving out demonstrations on how to play your iPhone like an ocarina. Zelda fans were, quite naturally, thrilled. Everyone else pretty much gave this a miss. NYCResistor, a think-tank collaborative from Tacoma (kidding) was present to demonstrate a very clever invention: a 3-D printer. Bre Pettis, the demonstrator, you might recognize if you're a fan of "Make" magazine. The 3-D printer was not only a nifty invention, but was also available as a kit that you could build on your very own.

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03/20/09 - Local man creates 'revolutionary' fertilizer
KeelyNet Working in an industrial park in Berthoud, Roy developed an efficient process to turn dead trees into nutrient-rich fertilizer. "There's no added chemicals," Roy said. "It's just 100 percent natural." Roy's patent-pending process is now being called revolutionary by forestry and plant specialists at CSU. First, Roy, who's not exactly sure himself how his process works, says the fertilizer produces miracles in the garden. "A lot of the cells have been broken exposing a lot of the nutrients," he said. Second, the process may provide one solution to the question of what to do with the pine beetle kill. "If you were to grind up a pine tree without this process, the plants just couldn't utilize the product," he said. But now, by making the dead trees both usable and profitable, Roy says more landowners will clear out their property. Claiming the process takes a very small amount of energy, Roy would like to see his invention make its way into developing countries. "As long as they have vegetative matter, they can improve their soil and grow bigger and better crops," he said. Fort Collins' stores Jax and Green Logic are the only places carrying Roy's product, which is called Mill Creek Soil Primer. You can also order it online at - 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 - Source

03/20/09 - Windbelt: Small-Scale Wind Power To Help Power Third World
Conventional wind turbines don’t scale down well-there’s too much friction in the gearbox and other components. “With rotary power, there’s nothing out there that generates under 50 watts,” Frayne says. So he took a new tack, studying the way vibrations caused by the wind led to the collapse in 1940 of Washington’s Tacoma Narrows Bridge (aka Galloping Gertie). Frayne’s device, which he calls a Windbelt, is a taut membrane fitted with a pair of magnets that oscillate between metal coils. Prototypes have generated 40 milliwatts in 10-mph slivers of wind, making his device 10 to 30 times as efficient as the best microturbines.

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03/20/09 - Guns and Generator request don't mix
KeelyNet Alfred J. Brock never got to speak to anyone in President Barack Obama's administration about his clean-energy device. After driving to Washington, D.C., in February, Brock was arrested by U.S. Capitol Police and held in jail until his release three days later after pleading guilty to possession of an unregistered firearm and unregistered ammunition. The incident prevented Brock from completing his mission. Brock said he had planned to hold up a sign saying "200,000 jobs, Mr. President, I have your energy plan." He also planned to show a rough model of his electric generator. The venturi idea simply increases the force of flowing water by funneling the flow into a narrow outlet, he said. Power would be generated by a series of paddles arranged in a manner similar to a windmill and set in the venturi canal. - Source

03/20/09 - Death Switch Sends Out Emails Upon Your Demise
KeelyNet Do you want to be sure that your final messages and missives are heard? Death Switch is a service which sends out emails upon your unfortunate demise. Why would you want to do such a thing? The company's web site points out a variety of potential reasons, like not leaving your coworkers and family high and dry without important passwords or information and getting a secret off your chest now that you're gone. Over at the CNET news blog Technically Incorrect they highlight another potential use of the service: The ability to contact people you don't have real life contact with after your death. You could set up the service to send out emails to members of mailing lists, gaming guilds, discussion boards, and other virtual communities you participate in. The basic service is free and includes a single email. The pay service, $20 a year, allows you to compose up to 30 emails with 10 recipients each. Only the pay service allows you to include attachments. Death Switch determines when to send out the messages by sending out messages to you on a regular basis. If you fail to respond to enough of those messages in a row, the emails are mailed out. - Source

03/01/09 - 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. 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... - Source

03/20/09 - Manmade biomass coal offers storage and fuel
A new machine dubbed the "Black Phantom" can turn biomass into manmade coal. Carbonscape, a New Zealand-based start-up, describes its invention as an industrial-sized microwave that can cook plant waste, wood waste, and "even sewage" into coal. Carbonscape's machine turns biomass into a kind of biochar to be stored underground. Though it's unclear just how clean it would burn, Carbonscape's biochar can also be burned as fuel. Whether or not the invention is scalable remains to be seen, but judging from who is involved Carbonscape's claims seem legit. - Source

03/20/09 - Solar cells from donuts and tea
It sounds unbelievable, but it is true. You can harvest most of what you need for a simple solar cell from powdered donuts and tea. Powdered donuts have nanoparticles of titanium dioxide which is a “high band gap semi conductor”. This means that it can be used to make solar cells. The tea is simply used to dye the material so it can pick up the visible spectrum. The process is a bit too involved to be something you would just toss together in the field, but it’s cute nonetheless.

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03/20/09 - Building Your Own Solar Panel In the Garage
"A Dutch guy was able to build his own solar panel in his garage which is three times less expensive than mass produced solar panels currently available on European market. He bought his solar cells on eBay and created his own solar panel. His cost price is only 1.20 Euro per Watt Peak (Wp). This makes you wonder if we are not paying too much for mass-produced solar panels, which should in theory be a lot less expensive than something you create in your garage." - Source

03/20/09 - Nam women excited by orgasm gel!
THRILLED by Informanté’s announcement last week that an orgasm gel is on its way to Namibia, several women longing for enhanced sexual pleasure poured their hearts out to this newspaper and demanded to know more about the rare invention. Shortly after Informanté published the article entitled, “Orgasm gel coming to Namibia ” in last week’s edition, the newspaper was inundated with text messages, e-mails and phone calls from sexually dissatisfied women wanting to know how they could get their hands on the gel. “Play O”, an orgasm gel that is currently only available in the United Kingdom, is expected to reach Namibia very soon. “Play O” guarantees what its manufacturers describe as “the ultimate orgasm”, 100% of the time when used. According to Durex World, less than 32% of women manage to experience orgasm. The manufacturer explains that “Play O” works “by encouraging blood to flow to the clitoris, the most sensitive area of a woman with more than 8,000 nerve ending.” “Play O” feels deliciously stimulating when it’s applied and makes the area more sensitive to touch and movement,” the company claims. - Source

03/20/09 - Pious 'fight death the hardest'
KeelyNet People with strong religious beliefs appear to want doctors to do everything they can to keep them alive as death approaches, a US study suggests. Researchers followed 345 patients with terminal cancer up until their deaths. Those who regularly prayed were more than three times more likely to receive intensive life-prolonging care than those who relied least on religion. The team's report was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. It suggests that such care, including resuscitation, may make death more uncomfortable. Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine found that treatments such as ventilator support, resuscitation, having a feeding tube and non-palliative chemotherapy were associated with more psychological and physical distress. The patients' chances of dying in their preferred place were also reduced. / (If heaven awaits, LET GO!!! - JWD) - Source

03/15/09 - '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." - Source

03/20/09 - Chinese-made drywall ruining homes, U.S. owners say
Officials are looking into claims that Chinese-made drywall installed in some Florida homes is emitting smelly, corrosive gases and ruining household systems such as air conditioners, the Consumer Product Safety Commission says. The Florida Health Department, which is investigating whether the drywall poses any health risks, said it has received more than 140 homeowner complaints. And class-action lawsuits allege defective drywall has caused problems in at least three states -- Florida, Louisiana and Alabama -- while some attorneys involved claim such drywall may have been used in tens of thousands of U.S. homes. Homeowners' lawsuits contend the drywall has caused them to suffer health problems such as headaches and sore throats and face huge repair expenses. The drywall is alleged to have high levels of sulfur and, according to homeowners' complaints, the sulfur-based gases smell of rotten eggs and corrode piping and wiring, causing electronics and appliances to fail... - Source

03/20/09 - A Machine That Speeds Up Evolution
KeelyNet Rather than changing the genome letter by letter, as most genetic engineering is done, George Church and his colleagues have developed a new technology that can make 50 changes to a bacterial genome nearly simultaneously--an advance that could be used to greatly speed the creation of bacteria that are better at producing drugs, nutrients, or biofuels. In the traditional stepwise approach to genetic engineering, scientists tinker gene by gene with a cell's metabolic system, attempting to rev up some reactions and dampen others. But this method is slow and unpredictable. A cell's metabolism consists of millions of intricately intertwined reactions, so making a specific change to a gene involved in one reaction may not produce the desired outcome, or may trigger harmful side effects. Instead, Church and his collaborators attack the genome on a broad scale. They design numerous genetic changes targeting genes throughout the genome, and then implement them all at once, looking for the resulting bacterial strain that can best produce the desired product. "It allows you to make modifications to the genome much more rapidly than the traditional one-step processes we have," says Kristala Jones-Prather, a metabolic engineer at MIT who was not directly involved in the research. The DNA is mixed into a vial of bacteria, which is then put into a custom-made machine designed in Church's lab. In the machine, the mixture is subjected to a precisely choreographed routine of temperature and chemical cycles that encourage the bacterial cells to take up the foreign DNA, swapping it into their genomes in place of the native piece it resembles. The single-stranded pieces of DNA are thought to "fake out the cell's DNA replication machinery, sneaking in and filling a gap" during the replication process, says Church. Each generation of the rapidly reproducing bacteria takes up more of the foreign DNA, ultimately producing a population that has all the desired genetic changes. - Source

03/20/09 - Tactile illusions: Seven ways to fool your sense of touch
It's surprisingly easy for your body to fool your brain. Some tactile illusions have been known for a long time - one is named after Aristotle - but in general they have been harder to discover and demonstrate than visual illusions. "Optical effects are easily probed. You can study vision with a piece of paper or make fundamental discoveries using a slide projector," says Hayward. "Tactile effects are not so easy." Now that researchers have started to develop new ways to probe the sense of touch, however, tactile illusions are enjoying a golden age. "There has been a surge in the past few years as it has become easier to manipulate and present stimuli," says Charles Spence, an experimental psychologist at the University of Oxford. As a result, in recent years we have seen the discovery of numerous tactile illusions that are no less mind-boggling than their visual counterparts. Another reason for the interest is the drive to add tactile or "haptic" interfaces to phones and other consumer devices. This has already been done to some extent. When you switch your phone to vibrate or play a video game with a rumbling controller, you are using haptic technology. The plan is to go beyond those elementary applications: for example, adding interfaces so that you can feel who is calling without taking your phone out of your pocket, or an MP3 player you can search by touch alone. - Source

03/20/09 - Redneck Star Trek

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03/20/09 - Flying car takes off on first test flight
KeelyNet Logging 37 seconds in the air, a prototype of a flying car completed its first test flight earlier this month in upstate New York. The two-seater vehicle fits into the light sport aircraft category and has an anticipated price tag of $148,000. Richard Gersh, a vice president at Woburn, Mass.-based Terrafugia, told Computerworld in January that the company already has received more than 40 orders for the Transition. Dietrich noted that there are about 6,000 public airports in the U.S., and most people are, on average, within 20 miles of one. The idea, she said, is to take advantage of this underutilized infrastructure. With a drivable aircraft, a pilot could fly into a small airport and, instead of getting a rental car or waiting for a taxi, simply fold up the plane's wings and drive off. - Source

03/20/09 - How Rich Countries Die
KeelyNet Olson showed back in 1982 that modern macroeconomic theory was basically worthless in developed stable countries. Macroeconomics posits a free market in which wages and prices adjust dynamically. That applies to an ever-smaller sector of the U.S. economy. We have a rapidly growing governnment that directly or indirectly employs more than one third of our workers, many of whom are unionized. We have a health care system that consumes 16 percent of GDP and is staffed with doctors who restrict entry into the profession via their licensing cartel. The financial services sector is about 10 percent of the economy and they now tap into taxpayer money to keep their bonuses flowing in bad times. The automotive industry kept itself profitable over the years by successfully lobbying for import tariffs. When the profits turned to losses, they successfully lobbied to have taxpayers pick up those losses. A university-trained macroeconomist might be able to predict what will happen to babysitters in a depression, but not the price of cereal, the wage of a manufacturing worker, or the fate of those Americans who collect most of our national income (e.g., Wall Street, medical doctors, government workers). A cashflow approach is much more effective for figuring out where we’re headed. Money flows out to the folks on Wall Street who bankrupted their firms, to schoolteachers who’ve failed to teach their students, to government workers who feel that simply showing up to work is a heroic achievement, to executives and union workers in America’s oldest and least competitive industries. If times are tough and money is tight, that means almost nothing is left over for productive investment. What would have been a short recession will turn into a long depression and decades of higher taxes and slow growth to pay for all of the cash ladled out. Special interest groups will continue to gain in power. / (Isn't this the very reason the USA was setup as a REPUBLIC rather than a a DEMOCRACY? When we changed from a Republican form of government to a Democracy, thats when the decline began and will continue to destruction if history repeats itself! - JWD) - Source

03/17/09 - Corvette-like car gets 100 MPG, ships next year
KeelyNet Colorado-based Lightning Hybrids plans to ship this biodiesel-fueled vehicle next year for $50,000 (give or take $10,000). The car is a hybrid, but not a gas-electric hybrid like the Prius. It's got a biodiesel engine and a 150 hp hydraulic motor/pump and accumulator system. It should offer a total of 240 hp and go zero to sixty in under six seconds. - Source

03/17/09 - Spider Bite "Cures" Paraplegic
As a result of a motorcycle accident, David Blancarte was confined to a wheelchair for 21 years. Then a brown recluse spider bit him, and he was taken to the hospital... "I'm here for a spider bite. I didn't know I'd end up walking," he says. A nurse noticed David's legs spasm and ran a test on a whim. "When they zapped me, I felt the current, I was like 'whoa, whoa' I yelled." He felt the current and the rush of a renewed sense of hope. "She says, 'your nerves are alive. They're just asleep,'" David says. Five days later, David was walking. - Source

03/17/09 - Rocket Hobbyists Prevail Over Feds In Court Case
"DC District Court judge Reggie Walton has finally ruled in the 9-year old court case pitting the model rocketry community against the US Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The ruling is a 'slam dunk' for the rocketry community, stating that the BATFE ignored scientific evidence and overstepped its bounds by classifying ammonium perchlorate composite propellant (APCP) as an 'explosive.' Effective immediately, the BATFE has no legal jurisdiction over hobby rocket motors, and a federal Low Explosives User's Permit will no longer be needed in order to purchase APCP motors. The full text of the Judge's decision is reproduced at the link." - Source

03/17/09 - Cities View Red Light Cameras As Profit Centers
"Chicago could rake in 'at least $200 million' a year — and wipe out the entire projected deficit for 2009 — by using its vast network of redlight and surveillance cameras to hunt down uninsured motorists, aldermen were told today. The system pitched to the City Council's Transportation Committee by Michigan-based InsureNet would work only if insurance companies were somehow compelled to report the names and license plates of insured motorists. That's already happening daily in 13 states, but not here." - Source

03/17/09 - Europe’s Way of Encouraging Solar Power Arrives in the U.S.
Solar cells adorn the roofs of many homes and warehouses across Germany, while the bright white blades of wind turbines are a frequent sight against the sky in Spain. If one day these machines become as common on the plains and rooftops of the United States as they are abroad, it may be because the financing technique that gave Europe an early lead in renewable energy is starting to cross the Atlantic. Put simply, the idea is to pay homeowners and businesses top dollar for producing green energy. In Germany, for example, a homeowner with a rooftop solar system may be paid four times more to produce electricity than the rate paid to a coal-fired power plant. This month Gainesville, Fla., became the first city in the United States to introduce higher payments for solar power, which is otherwise too expensive for many families or businesses to install. City leaders, who control their electric utility, unanimously approved the policy after studying Germany’s solar-power expansion. Hawaii, where sky-high prices for electricity have stirred interest in alternative forms of power like solar, hopes to have a similar policy in place before the end of the year. The mayor of Los Angeles wants to introduce higher payouts for solar power. California is considering a stronger policy as well, and bills have also been introduced in other states, including Washington and Oregon. - Source

03/17/09 - The Hypnotic Bank Heist
KeelyNet Derren Brown demonstrates his amazing talent, and hypnotize ordinary people to perform a bank robbery, as it was the most normal and exciting thing to do. / (Who says you can't make people do what they normally wouldn't? - JWD) - Source

03/17/09 - Dangerous Hacking
Some sexual experimentation landed a southern Maryland woman in a hospital with injuries tough to imagine and even more difficult to forget. Maryland State Police airlifted the 27-year-old woman to Prince George's County Hospital Center early Sunday morning after she was injured in an incident involving a sex toy attached to a saber saw blade... - Source

03/17/09 - Chilean water rights system leaves town parched
Quillagua is among many small towns that are being swallowed up in the country's intensifying water wars. Nowhere is the system for buying and selling water more permissive than here in Chile, experts say, where water rights are private property, not a public resource, and can be traded like commodities with little government oversight or safeguards for the environment. Private ownership is so concentrated in some areas that a single electricity company from Spain, Endesa, has bought up 80 percent of the water rights in a huge region in the south, causing an uproar. In the north, agricultural producers are competing with mining companies to siphon off rivers and tap scarce water supplies, leaving towns like this one bone dry and withering. "Everything, it seems, is against us," said Bartolomé Vicentelo, 79, who once grew crops and fished for shrimp in the Loa River that fed Quillagua. - Source

03/17/09 - Laser to kill mosquitoes in fight against malaria
KeelyNet Experts behind the 1980s missile shield idea have helped to develop a laser that locks onto and kills airborne insects. It is thought the device, dubbed the 'Weapon of Mosquito Destruction' (WMD), could be used against mosquitoes, which kill almost one million people around the world every year by spreading malaria. The WMD laser works by detecting the audio frequency created by the beating of mosquito wings. A computer triggers the laser beam which burns the wings off the mosquito and kills it. The laser missile defence system was proposed in the 1980s to knock Soviet missiles from the skies with beams. - Source

03/17/09 - Water scarcity 'now bigger threat than financial crisis'
Humanity is facing "water bankruptcy" as a result of a crisis even greater than the financial meltdown now destabilising the global economy, two authoritative new reports show. They add that it is already beginning to take effect, and there will be no way of bailing the earth out of water scarcity. The two reports – one by the world's foremost international economic forum and the other by 24 United Nations agencies – presage the opening tomorrow of the most important conference on the looming crisis for three years. The World Water Forum, which will be attended by 20,000 people in Istanbul, will hear stark warnings of how half the world's population will be affected by water shortages in just 20 years' time, with millions dying and increasing conflicts over dwindling resources. Water use has been growing far faster than the number of people. During the 20th century the world population increased fourfold, but the amount of freshwater that it used increased nine times over. Already 2.8 billion people live in areas of high water stress, the report calculates, and this will rise to 3.9 billion – more than half the expected population of the world – by 2030. By that time, water scarcity could cut world harvests by 30 per cent – equivalent to all the grain grown in the US and India – even as human numbers and appetites increase. Some 60 per cent of China's 669 cities are already short of water. The huge Yellow River is now left with only 10 per cent of its natural flow, sometimes failing to reach the sea altogether. And the glaciers of the Himalayas, which act as gigantic water banks supplying two billion people in Asia, are melting ever faster as global warming accelerates. Meanwhile devastating droughts are crippling Australia and Texas. - Source

03/17/09 - Discovered: The 'fat controller' in the body that is the key to staying slim
Scientists have pinpointed an enzyme that determines whether the fat we eat is burnt off as energy or stored in the body. The breakthrough raises the prospect of a pill being developed which targets the enzyme in people, allowing them to eat without worrying about putting on weight. Mice without the protein were able to eat a high-fat diet while remaining slim and healthy. The fat they absorbed was burnt off as energy, rather than stored, the journal Nature Medicine reports. The mice in the experiment also seemed better at processing sugar, cutting their risk of diabetes, and had lower levels of 'bad' cholesterol in their blood. A pill that targets the enzyme in people could provide a new weapon in the battle of the bulge. - Source

03/17/09 - People with higher IQs live longer
One of the researchers, Dr David Batty, said the statistics showed "a strong link between cognitive ability and the risk of death." He added: "People with higher IQ test scores tend to be less likely to smoke or drink alcohol heavily. They also eat better diets, and they are more physically active. So they have a range of better behaviours that may partly explain their lower mortality risk." Previous studies have suggested that pre-school education programmes and improved nourishment can raise IQ scores. They may also have "previously unforeseen health benefits, further validating government efforts to improve living conditions and education", the researchers believed. - Source

03/17/09 - China: Importers need to share blame for emissions
Countries buying Chinese goods should be held responsible for the heat-trapping gases released during manufacturing in China, one of its top officials said Monday. The argument could place an even greater burden on the U.S. for reducing pollution blamed for global warming. China has long insisted that developed nations bear the main responsibility for cutting emissions. As president, George W. Bush refused to sign the Kyoto Protocol because he said developing nations like India and China should not be exempt. - Source

03/15/09 - '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." - Source

03/13/09 - Tri, Tri Again for Aptera 3-Wheeler Loan From Feds
KeelyNet Aptera Motors is building an electric car that goes 100 miles on a charge, draws power from an ordinary electrical outlet, and should be in driveways by the end of the year. But the federal government won't consider lending the California startup any money to build the car for one reason. It has three wheels. - Source

03/13/09 - Power without Borders
The Dirigo (deer-uh-go, meaning "I Lead") Energy Institute, or DEI, (see is a Maine based research and development nonprofit corporation started in 2007 to respond to this challenge. 1. MIT is working on a concept study to build a pebble bed reactor that could be manufactured at some central location and then transported to a remote site and assembled on a modified LEGO modular basis. 2. A wind-wave converter suitable for operation in the 40 to 50 degree Southern Latitudes sailors refer to as the "roaring forties." I worked briefly in the mid nineties with the now deceased inventor Dr. Edward Jay Schremp. It was obvious to many, or at least to the two of us, that his invention had the potential to solve all the world’s energy problems for all time. 3. There is enough potential in the temperature difference between hot surface water and deeper cold water at selected locations within 20 degrees of the equator to be a major source of the world’s energy. This potential can be recovered through an OTEC (ocean thermal energy conversion) process with Sea Solar Power being the leader in the industry for its development. 4. Solar power satellites in geostationary orbit have the inherent ability to solve all the world’s energy problems for all time. - Source

03/13/09 - Israeli firm develops unique solar energy system
KeelyNet Both PV and regular solar thermal power need vast tracts of land to accommodate all the mirrors or heliostats they require. Aora's new model requires just half an acre of land to produce 100 KW, enough to power 50 homes. By solar standards, that's not a great deal of electricity. "Aora's model has four advantages. It's modular, it's hybrid, it can run on alternative fuels and it offers all of those options in one base package," he explained. What's the secret behind the new technology? Pairing a proprietary solar concentrator with a micro-gas turbine instead of a steam turbine. Conventional solar thermal power, such as that produced by Brightsource/Luz II or Soleil, relies on heated water turning into steam which is then used to power a turbine. However, steam turbines are only efficient when producing many megawatts (MW), which also requires a great deal of land. Aora uses a micro-gas turbine which is effective at less than one MW and requires far fewer heliostats (30) to produce 100 KWs. "A small, modular base unit which doesn't take up very much space means that you can plug it straight into the nearest electricity line. You don't need to run new lines or install new components to handle the flow. In addition, you can link several units together around a village, say, to produce enough power," the South African-raised Susskind said. Each base unit is comprised of one 30 meter high tower housing the concentrator, micro-gas turbine and 30 heliostats. In addition to modularity, the gas turbine also allows for 24-hour energy production. "During the day, the turbine runs on thermal power from the sun. At night, it can run on anything else, including natural gas, bio-fuel, bio-diesel, etc," Susskind told the Post. That means it's a self-contained, reliable power generation system that works around the clock. At around $500,000 per base unit, it's also cheaper than its bigger PV or solar thermal cousins. - Source

03/13/09 - Entrepreneurs are plugging into renewable energy
A recent North Carolina law dictates a growing role for renewables in the state's energy mix, beginning next year. Generous tax credits salve the sting of investing in expensive technology. And an energy-focused president believes he can help heal the economy by developing alternatives to fossil fuels. It's fertile ground for tinkerers chasing the next great idea. That describes Richard and Jerry Tucker, brothers and engineers who live in Locust, 20 miles northeast of Charlotte. The Tuckers have patented a device that superheats landfill garbage, producing methane gas and carbon in a process that they say emits no pollutants. Four-foot flames, fueled by methane, shot into the night air recently as they demonstrated their invention for potential customers and investors. The methane could generate electricity or heat homes or boilers, the Tuckers say. “What we produce is, in a sense, a transition fuel,” Jerry Tucker said. “It's a transition between foreign oil and solar, wind, hydro and geothermal energy.” Like the Tuckers, most renewable-energy firms are small, according to a recent survey by the N.C. Sustainable Energy Association. - Source

03/13/09 - Rotary piston invention could revolutionise the automobile industry
Romania's State Office for Trademarks and Patents has awarded an inventor's patent to Romanian Emil Tarnavean of Targu Mures after being satisfied that his invention, the rotary piston, is a technological world first. The inventor claims that the rotary piston eliminates the traditional crank-connecting rod system, while providing the same revolution efficiency, reaching very high revolution cycles, eliminating vibrations and coming for a smaller price than the price for a four -stroke engine. The new device can transmit the couple, a force that is currently generated with the aid of the crank-connecting rod system, through rotational or circular movements. Tarnavean says that automobile transmission is currently obtainable with axis and toothed wheels but his invention can generate transmission hydraulically. He explains that a piston will be attached to the engine , acting as a pump, while another piston will be attached to the wheel, acting as a hydraulic motor , whereas a liquid will circulate between the two pistons through a flexible cable, without the need to use axis and toothed wheels. 'This could be the end of internal combustion engines, which will be replaced with a burner, the same as in a thermal heating system. The burner will move the rotary piston, which can be operated with diesel fuel, petrol or alcohol, without the need for sparking plugs or compression. The invention could also be used in gear boxes. Currently, three gears are possible with the aid of three toothed wheels , but with the aid of three rotary pistons there could be 13 gears, and with four, no less than 40. The mechanism will completely eliminate vibrations. It can be used after the pattern of a turbine system and for the manufacturing of ceramic engines,' says Tarnavean. The inventor explains that attempts at a rotary engine have already been made in the world, and one of the most known outcomes is the Wankel engine by Mazda. 'The problem is the Wankel engine is a joke compared with my piston. The piston in the case of the Wankel is triangular in shape, with sides curving inside, that rotates on an axis within an oval shape. When rotating, the axis moves and oscillates, but more than 3,200 rotations per cycle are hard to achieve, a limitation that is no longer valid as far as my piston is concerned,' says Tarnavean. - Source

03/13/09 - Over-consumption Of Sugar Linked To Aging
KeelyNet To understand aging, Rokeach and Roux in collaboration with Université de Montréal Biochemistry Professors Pascal Chartrand and Gerardo Ferbeyre used yeast as a model organism. At a basic level, yeast cells are surprisingly similar and age much like human cells, as well as being easy to study. The research team found that the lifespan of yeast cells increased when glucose was decreased from their diet. They then asked whether the increase in lifespan was due to cells decreasing their ability to produce energy or to the decrease in signal to the cells by the glucose sensor. The scientists found that cells unable to consume glucose as energy source are still sensitive to the pro-aging effects of glucose. Conversely, obliterating the sensor that measures the levels of glucose significantly increased lifespan. “Thanks to this study, the link between the rise in age-related diseases and the over-consumption of sugar in today’s diet is clearer. Our research opens a door to new therapeutic strategies for fighting age-related diseases,” says Professor Rokeach. - Source

03/13/09 - Diagnosing Car Problems
In 1950, General Motors condensed the sounds of car trouble into seven types:
* The Rattle. A series of hard, sharp sounds in rapid succession, like a hard object being shaken around in a metal container. This noise usually indicates a loose or broken part striking against another.
* The Thump. A dull sound, generally made when a soft part strikes against a hard part. An example is the noise made by a deflated tire on the road.
* The Squeak. A sharp, shrill, piercing noise, generally made by two dry metal parts rubbing together. The sound may be sharp and erratic, or drawn out - a squeal. Lack of lubrication causes many squeaks.
* The Grind. This is a continuous crushing sound like a part being crushed between two revolving parts. Such a sound might come from the transmission.
* The Knock. This is a sharper and more distinct sound than a thump. It's generally associated with a loose rod or crankshaft bearing. (Not to be confused with the "knock" or ping of a laboring engine.)
* The Scrape. A grating or harsh rubbing sound, often made by two pieces of material rubbing together. The sound of a dragging brake could be described as a scrape.
* The Hiss. This is like escaping air or steam or the sound of water on a hot metal part. - Source

03/13/09 - Magazines from the Future


Possible headlines and articles for a variety of magazines. - Source

03/13/09 - DHS To Use Body Odor As a Lie Detector
The US Department of Homeland Security is studying lies, damned lies, and smells. They hope to prove that human body odor could be used to tell when people are lying. The department says they are already "conducting experiments in deceptive behavior and collecting human odor samples" and that the research it hopes to fund "will consist primarily of the analysis and study of the human odor samples collected to determine if a deception indicator can be found." - Source

03/13/09 - Researchers Sniff Keystrokes From Thin Air, Wires
"Two separate research teams have found that the electromagnetic radiation that is generated when a computer keyboard is tapped is actually pretty easy to capture and decode. Using an oscilloscope and an inexpensive wireless antenna, the Ecole Polytechnique team was able to pick up keystrokes from virtually any keyboard, including laptops — with 95 percent accuracy over a distance of up to 20 meters. Using similar techniques, Inverse Path researchers Andrea Barisani and Daniele Bianco picked out keyboard signals from keyboard ground cables. On PS/2 keyboards, 'the data cable is so close to the ground cable, the emanations from the data cable leak onto the ground cable, which acts as an antenna,' Barisani said. That ground wire passes through the PC and into the building's power wires, where the researchers can pick up the signals using a computer, an oscilloscope and about $500 worth of other equipment. Barisani and Bianco will present their findings at the CanSecWest hacking conference next week in Vancouver. The Ecole Polytechnique team has submitted their research for peer review and hopes to publish it very soon." - Source

03/13/09 - Rubber Bands Drive This Baby Auto Three Miles
KeelyNet Here’s something distinctly new in the way of midget autos. Powered by a battery of rubber bands from old inner tubes, it will cover a distance of three miles at a surprising clip and on one winding. Suppose you looped three, heavy-duty, 6 inch inner tubes of good, live rubber over a solid post, and looped the other ends around the bumper of a light car. Now start the car. To show the reader how much power can be stored up in the rubber band “motor” of the baby car, I shall illustrate. Suppose you looped three, heavy-duty, 6? inner tubes of good, live rubber over a solid post, and looped the other ends around the bumper of a light car. Now start the car. The tubes will stretch out about five times their original length and will actually stall the car in low gear. Now think of the potential energy possessed by those stretched tubes! Think how high they could hurl a rock if made into a giant catapult! That is the potential power stored in the rubber band motor—only more. When the amount of rubber contained in three inner tubes is cut into narrow strips, the rubber has a greater elastic limit. The purpose of the rubber band motor is to conserve all the available power and deliver it to the wheels of the car in an even flow. - Source

03/13/09 - Laid-Off Foreigners Flee as Dubai Spirals Down
With Dubai’s economy in free fall, newspapers have reported that more than 3,000 cars sit abandoned in the parking lot at the Dubai Airport, left by fleeing, debt-ridden foreigners (who could in fact be imprisoned if they failed to pay their bills). Some are said to have maxed-out credit cards inside and notes of apology taped to the windshield. The government says the real number is much lower. But the stories contain at least a grain of truth: jobless people here lose their work visas and then must leave the country within a month. That in turn reduces spending, creates housing vacancies and lowers real estate prices, in a downward spiral that has left parts of Dubai — once hailed as the economic superpower of the Middle East — looking like a ghost town. Instead of moving toward greater transparency, the emirates seem to be moving in the other direction. A new draft media law would make it a crime to damage the country’s reputation or economy, punishable by fines of up to 1 million dirhams (about $272,000 - nice to do it this way from a safe european home :)). Some say it is already having a chilling effect on reporting about the crisis. - Source

03/13/09 - Novel Electric Signals In Plants Induced By Wounding Plant
KeelyNet This electrical signal — called “system potential” — is induced by wounding of the plant tissue and then passed from leaf to leaf. Using ion-selective micro-electrodes electrical signals in plants moving from leaf to leaf could be measured. The speed of the signals spreading as voltage changes over cell membranes ranged from 5 to 10 cm per minute. If a plant leaf is wounded, the signal strength can be different and can be measured over long distances in unwounded leaves, depending on the kind and concentration of added cations (e.g. calcium, potassium, or magnesium). It is not the transport of ions across cell membranes that causes the observed changes in voltage transmitted from leaf to shoot and then to the next leaf, but the activation of so-called proton pumps. “This is the reason why the “system potential” we measured cannot at all be compared to the classic action potential as present in nerves of animals and also in plants”, says Hubert Felle from Gießen University. Action potentials follow all-or-none characteristics: they are activated if a certain stimulus threshold is reached and then spread constantly. The “system potential”, however, can carry different information at the same time: The strength of the inducing stimulus (wound signal) can influence the amplitude of the systemic signal as well as the effect of different ions. - Source

03/13/09 - Why Do CEOs (Still) Love Ayn Rand?
How did a Russian-born novelist become such an influential “thought leader” for American CEOs, entrepreneurs, and MBAs — and even Alan Greenspan? Consider the message behind Ayn Rand best sellers The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged, which speaks to anyone with ambition and a big ego: The gifted should do what’s in their self-interest. If you have a sharp mind, it is your moral responsibility to make yourself happy. The weak are not your problem. “I am for an absolute laissez-faire, free, unregulated economy,” Rand told CBS interviewer Mike Wallace in 1959. “If you separate the government from economics, if you do not regulate production and trade, you will have peaceful cooperation, harmony, and justice among men.” Rand’s critics claim that the current financial crisis proves her theories unrealistic and selfish. “Her economic ideas were never really relevant or workable,” says Rick Wilson, a sociology instructor at Marshall University in Huntington, W.Va., which offers a class on Rand’s writings. “The time we’re living through is just another example of that.” And yet 51 years after Atlas Shrugged was published, Rand’s writing still wields considerable influence in business. - Source

03/13/09 - 'There will be blood'
Harvard economic historian Niall Ferguson predicts prolonged financial hardship, even civil war, before the ‘Great Recession' ends. Policy makers and forecasters who see a recovery next year are probably lying to boost public confidence, said Harvard author and financial crisis guru Niall Ferguson. And the crisis will eventually provoke political conflict, albeit not on the scale of a world war, but violent all the same. Niall Ferguson: As you know, Chimerica – the fusion of China and America – is one of my big ideas. It's really the key to how the global financial system works, and has been now for about a decade. At the end of The Ascent of Money, I speculate about whether or not that relationship will survive. If it breaks down, then all bets are off, for the U.S. and indeed for Asia. I think that's really the key point. Both sides stand to lose from a breakdown of Chimerica, which is why both sides are affirming a commitment to it.” “One possibility is that policy makers are lying in order to encourage people and prevent depression from become a self-fulfilling psychological conditions. That's why it's called a depression … Maybe they don't really believe this, but they're saying it in order to cheer people up, and if they're sufficiently consistent, perhaps people will start to believe it, and then it will magically happen.” “The other way of looking at that is to say every time a politician uses a word like ‘catastrophe' or ‘depression' to pressurize legislators into passing a stimulus package, for example, the signal goes out to the public that this is bad. And it gets worse. That's one of the interesting things that both President Bush and President Obama have done. Bush used that wonderful phrase, “this sucker's going down.” Obama talks about catastrophe at the critical moment when he wanted Congress to pass the package. - Source

03/13/09 - The First President Of Texas?
KeelyNet Get ready for the American Revolution 2.0. Chuck Norris sez: "I may run for president of Texas". On Glenn Beck's radio show last week, I quipped in response to our wayward federal government, "I may run for president of Texas." That need may be a reality sooner than we think. If not me, someone someday may again be running for president of the Lone Star state, if the state of the union continues to turn into the enemy of the state. From the East Coast to the "Left Coast," America seems to be moving further and further from its founders' vision and government. - Source

03/13/09 - Your eyes aren't deceiving you: Skies are dimmer
Scientists found that most of the blame can be traced to aerosols — suspended airborne pollution — that are released from the burning of fossil fuels. Aerosols in the atmosphere block sunlight from reaching the Earth's surface. The dimming has been nearly worldwide. The report says that while visibility worsened only slightly in North America, it "decreased substantially over south and east Asia, South America, Australia and Africa, resulting in net global dimming over land." Europe, however, has actually experienced brightening skies, the authors say, where visibility has increased since the mid-1980s. This is because of declines in pollution over that continent, likely because of controls on using sulfur in coal, says study co-author Robert Dickinson of the University of Texas. When averaged globally, Dickinson says, the dimming has been rather subtle, akin to a 100-watt bulb dimming to a 99-watt bulb. But it has been more noticeable in the most polluted locations. - Source

03/13/09 - City floating on the sea could be just 3 years away
KeelyNet One project engineer described the prototype as similar to a cruise ship, but from a distance the cities might look like oil-drilling platforms. According to the plans, the floating cities would not only look different from their land-based counterparts, but they might operate differently, too. Patri Friedman, a former Google engineer who now works for the Seasteading Institute, said floating cities are the perfect places to experiment with new forms of government. Some of the new political ideas the group is tossing around include legalizing marijuana and making intellectual property communal -- so that everyone would take ownership in art produced on the city at sea. "The idea isn't just about getting away from rules or getting rid of rules. It's about a system that encourages experimentation with different political systems," he said. Cermelli, who is part of a team of designers creating a blueprint for the first seastead, said it's unclear if construction is possible -- or what it would cost. Still, a prototype for the idea may be finished in as little as three years, he said. Friedman said seasteads are loosely based on oil rigs, but with important modifications. "We care more about sunlight and open space, so the specifications are different," he said. "Also, oil platforms are fixed in place. We think it's important to have more modular cities. So you would build a city out of buildings that can actually be separated and rearranged." Cermelli said the ocean cities may use technology from suspension bridges "to expand the space at sea and basically get a roomier platform." - Source

03/13/09 - Breakthrough battery can charge up in seconds
Scientists in the United States have invented a battery that can charge in seconds, promising a revolution in power storage that could also help green cars and renewable energy. The advance allows lithium-ion batteries, the standard variety used in consumer electronics and cells for electric or hybrid vehicles, both to charge and discharge stored energy more quickly than at present. The researchers, from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, have already made a small prototype cell that charges fully in 10 to 20 seconds, compared with six minutes for cells made in the standard way. Electric car batteries may be able to charge in less than an hour, removing one of the main barriers to wider uptake of the vehicles. Solar and wind power generation could also benefit as better batteries could be used to store surplus energy. / The new high rate electrode, the researchers calculate, would allow a one-liter battery based on the material to deliver 25,000 watts, or enough power for about 20 vacuum cleaners. - Source

03/13/09 - Now scientists can virtually read our minds...
Researchers can tell where a person is “standing” in a virtual reality room purely by looking at patterns of activity in the brain, the study at University College London has found. The findings indicate that it is possible to read at least a small part of people’s minds using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), and open a new window on the way the brain learns and constructs memories. Professor Maguire said: “fMRI scanners enable us to see the bigger picture of what is happening in people's brains. By looking at activity over tens of thousands of neurons, we can see that there must be a functional structure — a pattern — to how these memories are encoded. Otherwise, our experiment simply would not have been possible to do.” - Source

03/13/09 - Self-repairing car paint 'makes scrapes vanish'
Scientists in the United States have developed a type of polyurethane coating that mends itself in less than an hour when exposed to sunlight. They plan to develop it as a paint for cars and other surfaces that are subjected to heavy wear and tear, as well as in new forms of packaging, clothing and biomedical products such as bandages. Marek Urban and Biswajit Ghosh, of the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, created the material using a natural substance found in the shells of crabs and shrimps. The coating consists of a network of ring-shaped molecules known as oxetanes, which split open when damaged, exposing two reactive ends. When this is exposed to ultraviolet light from the Sun, a chemical reaction allows a material called chitosan, which is found in crab shells, to repair the broken rings. - Source

03/10/09 - The Amazing GE 3D Virtual Windmill

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03/10/09 - Extracting Energy from Braking
Father Tom , 67, and son Jonathan, 28, have come up with the Supercharger Air Hybrid which uses the energy created from braking to boost the downsized engines in hybrid cars. The idea means the car would become even more efficient with about a 40 per cent reduction in CO2 emissions compared to a standard car. - Source

03/10/09 - Zero-energy machines making a clean sweep
KeelyNet The push-cart machine simply needs a sanitation worker to operate it, making it different from the electricity-powered or diesel-fueled sweepers now in use. The machine doesn't make noise or belch polluting emissions when cleaning wastepaper, cigarette butts, plastic bags, leaves, small branches and dirt, said Li Yaoting, an official with the Shanghai Intellectual Property Service Center. A sanitation worker surnamed Tang said the new machines were better. "This one is much easier to use and maintain since there is no battery to charge," Tang said. Li said the invention may be promoted across the city if workers give it a thumbs up. The machine costs about 10,000 yuan (US$1,461), its inventor Ou Weilong, a 47-year-old Hainan Province native, who is also a former engraver, said. - Source

03/10/09 - Religion Is Slowly Dying Out
A few highlights: * 86% of American adults identified as Christians in 1990 and 76% in 2008. * The historic Mainline churches and denominations have experienced the steepest declines while the non-denominational Christian identity has been trending upward particularly since 2001. * The challenge to Christianity in the U.S. does not come from other religions but rather from a rejection of all forms of organized religion. * The U. S. population continues to show signs of becoming less religious, with one out of every five Americans failing to indicate a religious identity in 2008. / "The future does not belong to religion. - comedian/commentator Bill Maher" - Source

03/10/09 - Dream Cars you'll never see (Mar, 1949)
KeelyNet IN the January MI we showed you Tom McCahill's dream car. And it really caught your fancy. We were swamped with letters, many of which longingly described pet dream cars.

So, the editors asked artist Doug Rolfe to draw this set of cartoons to illustrate what might happen if Everyman would fit a car to his own personality.

SPORTSMAN'S MODEL: good on land and sea. It's equipped with reds, pad' dies, elephant guns, LaCrosse sticks, fencing masks and cricket bats. - Source

03/10/09 - Kill Snipes Open Applications with a Single Click
Kill is an effective little application written in AutoHotKey. When you run the application it turns your regular mouse cursor into a cursor with a skull and crossbones, as seen in the screen shot to the left. If you left click on an application, Windows attempts to close it, as though you'd shut it down through normal methods and prompting you to save unsaved work. Holding down CTRL while you left click, and you kill the process behind the application, as though you had gone into the task manager and terminated the process. If you activate the Jolly Roger icon accidentally, pressing the ESC key returns your cursor to a less destructive clicker. For a tool with more diverse process killing options, like the ability to terminate based on the window name, check out Kill Tools, but for simple problem-enders, Kill is only 205k in size and is only loaded into the memory during actual use. Kill is freeware, Windows only. - Source

03/10/09 - China's New Military Space Stations Coming Soon
KeelyNet "China will be launching 2 news space stations this next year. One is for their civil program (as run by the military), while the second is openly for the military. It appears that there will be multiples of the military version to be launched in 2010, and that they are developing the same US Air Force Manned Orbiting Laboratory (MOL) that was canceled in 1969. In addition, it appears that China is accelerating their timelines on a number of the earlier space announcements." - Source

03/10/09 - New Ice Structure Could Help Seed Clouds, Cause Rain
ScienceDaily is reporting that a new ice chain structure may provide a better method for seeding clouds and causing rain. "Ice structures are usually built out of simple hexagonal arrangements of water molecules and this hexagonal building block motif is easily observed in the structures of snowflakes. However, during their studies Dr Angelos Michaelides and co-workers from the Fritz Haber Institute, Berlin, and the University of Liverpool have discovered a natural nanoscale ice structure formed of pentagons." - Source

03/10/09 - Robot Love Goes Bad
KeelyNet "Ever had a super needy girlfriend that demanded all your love and attention and would freak whenever you would leave her alone? Irritating, right? Now imagine the same situation, only with an asexual third-generation humanoid robot with 100kg arms. Such was the torture subjected upon Japanese researchers recently when their most advanced robot, capable of simulating human emotions, ditched its puppy love programming and switched over into stalker mode. Eventually the researchers had to decommission the robot, with a hope of bringing it back to life again." - Source

03/10/09 - Save Money with Ideas on Tip Jar
After months of hearing about economic difficulties, a few of us were wondering how Google could help. We realized there were a lot of tips that could help people save money scattered across the web. Why not use Google Moderator to collect and rank them all according to community feedback? And so Tip Jar was born: a list of money-saving tips for users to vote on, and even add to. We hope you like it, and find the tips useful. - Source

03/10/09 - Prices for used hybrid vehicles fade as gas costs less
Consumers have lost their appetite for pricey hybrids, two industry experts say, leading to a drop in used hybrid values and an oversupply of new ones. Used hybrid values are down 23.5% since their peak last summer, says Juan Flores, director of vehicle valuation for Kelley Blue Book. Just since the beginning of 2009, they've fallen 4.5%, while used vehicle prices overall are going up as more buyers opt for used over new. - Source

03/10/09 - Russia cancels sale of Su-33 fighters to China to prevent their pirate copies
KeelyNet A large arms deal between Russia and China has not taken place over a possible violation of intellectual property rights. Russia has refused to sell Su-33 deck-based fighter jets to China.

China has an experience of cloning the fighters of Russia's renowned Sukhoi jets. It is obviously highly unprofitable for Russia to let cheaper Chinese analogues of its reputable jets appear in the region. - Source

03/10/09 - How to Share without Spilling the Beans
A new protocol aims to protect privacy while allowing organizations to share valuable information. Cryptographers have been working on solutions since the 1980s, and as more data is collected about individuals, Lindell says that it becomes increasingly important to find ways to protect data while also allowing it to be compared. Recently, he presented a cryptographic protocol that uses smart cards to solve the problem. To use Lindell's new protocol, the first party ("Alice" in cryptography speak) would create a key with which both parties could encrypt their data. The key would be stored on a special kind of secure smart card. Alice would then hand over the smart card to the second party in the scenario (known as "Bob"), and both parties would use the key to encrypt their respective databases. Next Alice sends her encrypted database to Bob. The contents of Alice's encrypted database cannot be read by Bob, but he can see where it matches entries in the encrypted version of his own database. In this way, Bob can see what information both he and Alice share. For extra protection, Bob would only have a limited amount of time to use the secret key on the smart card because it is deleted remotely by Alice, using a special messaging protocol. Lindell says that, in tests, it took about nine minutes to compare 10,000 records. The same system can also be used to search a database without exposing either the database or the nature of the search. - Source

03/10/09 - Liquid Battery
Without a good way to store electricity on a large scale, solar power is useless at night. One promising storage option is a new kind of battery made with all-liquid active materials. Prototypes suggest that these liquid batteries will cost less than a third as much as today's best batteries and could last significantly longer. The first prototype consists of a container surrounded by insulating material. The researchers add molten raw materials: antimony on the bottom, an electrolyte such as sodium sulfide in the middle, and magnesium at the top. Since each material has a different density, they naturally remain in distinct layers, which simplifies manufacturing. The container doubles as a current collector, delivering electrons from a power supply, such as solar panels, or carrying them away to the electrical grid to supply electricity to homes and businesses. As power flows into the battery, magnesium and antimony metal are generated from magnesium antimonide dissolved in the electrolyte. When the cell discharges, the metals of the two electrodes dissolve to again form magnesium antimonide, which dissolves in the electrolyte, causing the electrolyte to grow larger and the electrodes to shrink. - Source

03/10/09 - Sea rise 'to exceed projections'
The global sea level looks set to rise far higher than forecast because of changes in the polar ice-sheets, a team of researchers has suggested. Scientists at a climate change summit in Copenhagen said earlier UN estimates were too low and that sea levels could rise by a metre or more by 2100. The projections did not include the potential impact of polar melting and ice breaking off, they added. Professor Steffen, who has studied the Arctic ice for the past 35 years, told me: "I would predict sea level rise by 2100 in the order of one metre; it could be 1.2m or 0.9m. "But it is one metre or more seeing the current change, which is up to three times more than the average predicted by the IPCC." "It is a major change and it actually calls for action." - Source

03/10/09 - Oxygen Therapy Is Valuable, Sometimes
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy was long called a treatment in search of diseases. But in recent years, laboratory and clinical studies have found more than a dozen serious diseases for which it is considered a valuable - and sometimes life-saving - treatment. The Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society, the professional organization in this field, recognizes 13 conditions for which it is legitimate to place patients in high-pressure chambers that force pure oxygen into their blood and tissues. Eleven of those conditions have been approved by Medicare for reimbursement, indicating that solid evidence supports these uses of hyperbaric oxygen. The list includes decompression sickness ("the bends"), necrotizing fasciitis (flesh-eating disease), carbon monoxide poisoning, gas gangrene, the bone infection osteomyelitis, nonhealing wounds and delayed radiation injury to bone and soft tissue. But nowhere in the list are cerebral palsy, autism, multiple sclerosis, stroke, macular degeneration, spinal cord injury, sports injuries, heart attack, postpolio syndrome, Lyme disease, migraine, cirrhosis, myasthenia gravis, fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue syndrome - among the dozens of conditions that independent clinics claim to treat with hyperbaric oxygen. Not to mention the claims of celebrities like Michael Jackson, who used it in the hope that it will keep him alive to 150, and Keanu Reeves, who used it for insomnia. - Source

03/10/09 - The Panhandlers' Secret
KeelyNet When there were old-school parking meters in New York, quarters were precious. One day, I'm walking down the street and a guy comes up to me and says, "Do you have a dollar for four quarters?" He held out his hand with four quarters in it. Curious, I engaged with him. I took out a dollar bill and took the four quarters. Then he turned to me and said, "can you spare a quarter?" What a fascinating interaction. First, he engaged me. A fair trade, one that perhaps even benefited me, not him. Now, we have a relationship. Now, he knows I have a quarter (in my hand, even). So his next request is much more difficult to turn down. If he had just walked up to me and said, "can you spare a quarter," he would have been invisible. - Source

03/10/09 - Swedish study links height to pay
The study, soon to be published by Kalmar University, is based on the details of 500,000 Swedish men and indicates that average pay increases in line with average height. Professor Dan-Olof Rooth at Kalmar University has led the study which compares statistics for the men at 18 years of age and then their levels of pay when they are between 28 and 30-years-old. The results are conclusive. The taller a person is, the higher their average pay. "These are not small differences we have noted, on average those who are ten centimetres taller have six percent higher incomes," Dan-Olof Rooth said to the newspaper Östran. The study also concludes that there are income differences even among siblings of differing height, even if the differences are somewhat smaller. Researchers will now look at the reasons why height seems to pay. "We have found a pattern that taller people earn more money. We now want to study why that is so." Several theories indicate that it is due to upbringing and cognitive ability (the ability to receive and digest information). "To a certain extent it can be seen that taller people are sick less during their childhood." - Source

03/10/09 - It is like plugging into a vast electronic brain
'Wolfram Alpha' can understand what you are looking for and calculate a single precise answer. So in theory it will be able to answer questions such as 'What is the location of Timbuktu?', 'How many protons are in the hydrogen atom?' and 'Where is the International Space Station?' 'There will be one simple input field that gives access to a huge system, with trillions of pieces of curated data and millions of lines of algorithms,' Professor Wolfram said. This ability to process natural language, understanding everyday speech as well as computer-programming language, could prove to be a leap forward in how humans interact with computers. At present such machines only exists in science fiction, like the ship's computer in Star Trek or Deep Thought from The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Alpha can answer questions about technology, geography, weather, cooking, business, travel, people, and music. 'Questions are broken down to their basic parts and then simple reasoning takes place, and answers are computed on the vast knowledge base in the system. 'In fact it may be as important for the Web (and the world) as Google, but for a different purpose.' - Source

03/10/09 - Turning the tide to energy
KeelyNet NASA researchers who developed a new way to power robotic underwater vehicles believe a spin-off technology could help convert ocean energy into electrical energy on a much larger scale. The researchers hope that clean, renewable energy produced from the motion of the ocean and rivers could potentially meet an important part of the world's demand for electricity. In the proposed hydrokinetic energy transfer system, the flow of water current causes turbine blades to rotate. The rotor's rotational speed is increased through a gearbox, which drives a high-pressure fluid pump. The high-pressure fluid would be transported though flexible tubes to a larger pipe and then to an efficient, onshore hydroelectric power plant. - Source

03/10/09 - Seebeck Effect Generator for BMWs
Engineers at the BMW's high tech experimental lab in Palo Alto, California are attempting to adapt the thermoelectric system for cars that NASA scientists employ to help power their deep space probes navigating the far reaches of the solar system, BMW's director of vehicle integration told Reuters. The NASA probes use so-called radioisotope thermoelectric generators (RTGs) which transform heat emitted from naturally decaying plutonium into electricity. BMW wants to bring this concept back to earth by reclaiming the thermal energy released in engine combustion. Simple physics prevents a conventional combustion engine from ever exceeding one-third efficiency. A motor with an output of 200 kilowatts (kw) generally creates 400 kw thermal energy as a waste by-product. Recycling this abundant energy source would require replacing the plutonium in a RTG with a non-hazardous material that conducts electricity while resisting heat, not an easy task since most metals become hot when a current is applied to them. BMW settled on a semiconductor element called Bismuth Telluride as a link between the car's engine coolant and its exhaust gas manifold to fuel the thermoelectric cycle. Simply put, a charge is induced when you heat and cool two separate ends of a closed circuit. The amount of electricity generated is proportionate to the difference in temperature at the two points -- a property known as the "Seebeck Effect". - Source

03/07/09 - A Tale of Negative Gravity
KeelyNet An enchanting story about controlling buoyancy by writer Frank R. Stockton. Note this doesn't appear to be true gravity control, but I loved the description of his device. "I had long been anxious to discover the means not only of producing, but of retaining and controlling, a natural force, really the same as centrifugal force, but which I called 'negative gravity.' This name I adopted because it indicated better than any other the action of the force in question, as I produced it. Positive gravity attracts everything toward the centre of the earth. Negative gravity, therefore, would be that power which repels everything from the centre of the earth, just as the negative pole of a magnet repels the needle, while the positive pole attracts it. My object was, in fact, to store centrifugal force and to render it constant, controllable, and available for use..." - Source

03/07/09 - Tea Bag Revolt - April 1st
There's a storm abrewin'. What happens when good, responsible people keep quiet? Washington has forgotten they work for us... We don't work for them.

Throwing good money after bad is NOT the answer. I am sick of the midnight, closed door sessions to come up with a plan. I am sick of Congress raking CEO's over the coals while they, themselves, have defaulted on their taxes. I am sick of the bailed out companies having lavish vacations and retreats on my dollar. I am sick of being told it is MY responsibility to rescue people that, knowingly, bought more house than they could afford. I am sick of being made to feel it is my patriotic duty to pay MORE taxes. I, like all of you, am a responsible citizen. I pay my taxes. I live on a budget and I don't ask someone else to carry the burden for poor decisions I may make. I have emailed my congressmen and senators asking them to NOT vote for the stimulus package as it was written without reading it first. No one listened. They voted for it, pork and all.

O.K. folks, here it is. You may think you are just one voice and what you think won't make a difference. Well, yes it will and YES, WE CAN!! If you are disgusted and angry with the way Washington is handling our taxes. If you are fearful of the fallout from the reckless spending of BILLIONS to bailout and "stimulate" without accountability and responsibility then we need to become ONE, LOUD VOICE THAT CAN BE HEARD FROM EVERY CITY, TOWN, SUBURB AND HOME IN AMERICA. There is a growing protest to demand that Congress, the President and his cabinet LISTEN to us, the American Citizens. What is being done in Washington is NOT the way to handle the economic free fall.

KeelyNet So, here's the plan. On April 1, 2009, all Americans are asked to send a TEABAG to Washington , D.C. You do not have to enclose a note or any other information unless you so desire. Just a TEABAG. Many cities are organizing protests. If you simply search, "New American Tea Party", several sites will come up.

If you aren't the 'protester' type, simply make your one voice heard with a TEABAG. Your one voice will become a roar when joined with millions of others that feel the same way. Yes, something needs to be done but the lack of confidence as shown by the steady decline in the stock market speaks volumes.

This was not my idea. I visited the sites of the 'New American Tea Party's and an online survey showed over 90% of thousands said they would send the teabag on April 1. Why, April 1?? We want them to reach Washington by April 15. Will you do it? I will. Send to:

1600 Pennsylvania Ave.
Washington, D.C. 20500

Forward this to everyone in your address book. Visit the website below for more information about the 'New American Tea Party'. I would encourage everyone to go ahead and get the envelope ready to mail, then just drop it in the mail April 1. Can't guarantee what the postage will be by then, it is going up as we speak, but have your envelope ready. What will this cost you? A little time and a 40 something cent stamp.

What could you receive in benefits? Maybe, just maybe, our elected officials will start to listen to the people. Take out the Pork. Tell us how the money is being spent. We want TRANSPARENCY AND ACCOUNTABILITY. Remember, the money will be spent over the next 4-5 years. It is not too late.

Of course, if you agree with the way things are being done now, just delete!!!!! Check the web site, people are getting active.
- Source and this site about the Tea Bag the Fools in D.C. / (Thanks to Andrew for the headsup on this. - JWD)

03/07/09 - Scale Models Can "Compute" Casimir Forces
KeelyNet "Place two conducting parallel plates a few nanometres apart and the well-known but difficult-to-measure Casimir force will push them together. The force depends crucially on the shape of the plates but nobody is exactly sure how. That's because calculations with anything other than flat plates are fiendishly difficult and measurements are even harder. Now a group at MIT has come up with an ingenious new way to investigate Casimir forces. What the team has noticed is a mathematical analogy between the Casimir force acting on microscopic bodies in a vacuum and the electromagnetic behavior of macroscopic bodies floating in a conducting fluid. Their idea is to build a centimeter-scale metal model of the system they want to investigate, place it in salt water, and bombard it with microwaves and see what happens. The team says the experiment does not measure the force on the scale model but instead a quantity that is mathematically related to the force. So the experiment is not a simulator but actually an analog computer that calculates the force (abstract). What's exciting is that the method should for the first time give researchers a way of testing nano-machines designed to exploit the Casimir force." - Source

03/07/09 - HTML to PDF Converter Turns Web Sites into PDF Files
If you'd like to save a web site for posterity without the mess of saving the page and all its files, the web-based HTML to PDF Converter can crank out a PDF. - Source

03/07/09 - GM Cornered Into Defending the Volt
KeelyNet A story in Technology Review reporting on a CMU study (now over a month old) claiming that the Volt doesn't make economic sense, and GM's response. The study suggests that hybrids with large batteries offering up to 40 miles of range before an on-board generator kicks in simply cost too much for the gas savings to work out (PDF). Al writes: "Unsurprisingly, GM disputes the claims, saying 'Our battery team is already starting work on new concepts that will further decrease the cost of the Volt battery pack quite substantially in a second-generation Volt pack.' Interestingly, however, GM admits that the tax credits for plug-in hybrids will be crucial to making the volt successful. Without those credits, would an electric vehicle like the Volt be viable?" - Source

03/07/09 - How to Be Jason Bourne
Multiple Passports, Swiss Banking And Crossing Borders - Neil Strauss' new book, Emergency, teaches you how to become Jason Bourne. Multiple passports, moving assets, lock-picking, escape and evasion, foraging, even how to cross borders without detection (one preferred location: McAllen, Texas, page 390)-it's a veritable encyclopedia of for those who want to disappear or become lawsuit-proof global citizens. I proofread the book months ago, and it's been torture to keep some of the content from you, as I find the topics endlessly fascinating. For example, let's take the concept of "geoarbitrage" to it's natural but extreme extension: The 5 Flags. I was first introduced to the 5 Flags approach by a deca-millionaire in San Francisco, but here is Neil's explanation: - Source

03/07/09 - How to stop the drug wars
Next week ministers from around the world gather in Vienna to set international drug policy for the next decade. Like first-world-war generals, many will claim that all that is needed is more of the same. In fact the war on drugs has been a disaster, creating failed states in the developing world even as addiction has flourished in the rich world. "Least bad" does not mean good. Legalisation, though clearly better for producer countries, would bring (different) risks to consumer countries. As we outline below, many vulnerable drug-takers would suffer. But in our view, more would gain. Far from reducing crime, prohibition has fostered gangsterism on a scale that the world has never seen before. According to the UN's perhaps inflated estimate, the illegal drug industry is worth some $320 billion a year. In the West it makes criminals of otherwise law-abiding citizens (the current American president could easily have ended up in prison for his youthful experiments with "blow"). It also makes drugs more dangerous: addicts buy heavily adulterated cocaine and heroin; many use dirty needles to inject themselves, spreading HIV; the wretches who succumb to "crack" or "meth" are outside the law, with only their pushers to "treat" them. But it is countries in the emerging world that pay most of the price. Even a relatively developed democracy such as Mexico now finds itself in a life-or-death struggle against gangsters. American officials, including a former drug tsar, have publicly worried about having a "narco state" as their neighbour. A calculated gamble, or another century of failure? - This newspaper first argued for legalisation 20 years ago (see article). Reviewing the evidence again (see article), prohibition seems even more harmful, especially for the poor and weak of the world. Legalisation would not drive gangsters completely out of drugs; as with alcohol and cigarettes, there would be taxes to avoid and rules to subvert. Nor would it automatically cure failed states like Afghanistan. Our solution is a messy one; but a century of manifest failure argues for trying it. - Source

03/07/09 - Pulmonary Embolism Invention
KeelyNet Above Matt Mayer's desk in his office at the Business Incubator Center hangs a sign displaying the number 548. That's the number of people who die from pulmonary embolism every day - a condition in which an artery in the lung becomes blocked by one or more blood clots. Hospitals currently try to prevent blood clots by prescribing drugs and using a pneumatic compression device, a cumbersome, 20-year-old technology that involves cords that run from a box to the feet, Mayer said. The device discourages people from getting up and moving around, which is necessary for preventing blood clotting, Mayer said. Patients don't like it, and they can easily trip over cords if they try to ambulate, he said. Mayer said the Frogg, which the inventors worked on for two-and-a-half years, is a better system. "What we've done is eliminated the cords," Mayer said. "The device goes around the foot. There's no more tripping or nurse having to come and take it off." A soft, shoe-like monitoring device is wrapped around the foot. A pad is firmly pressed into the arch of the foot every 30 seconds, compressing a group of veins. An impulse device monitors patient compliance by logging when and how long a patient uses the device - something for which the current system doesn't allow, Mayer said. - Source

03/07/09 - Russian scientists invent medication to extend healthy lifestyle
Vladimir Chistyakov, the senior scientist of the lab, said that academician Skulachev dissipated the energy of a living organism on the molecular level during the 1970s. "Living cells have their own power plants, which produce by-products in addition to energy. The speed of aging largely depends on those toxic substances. Skulachev created nanoconstructions which penetrated into mitochondrions - the energy-making part of the cell - and destroyed toxic substances. It was some sort of a nanorobot, which was tested on lab rats. It turned out that the DNA of the rodents, which fed on Skulachev's ions, had a slower destruction process. "The rats did not suffer from any ailments, they did not lose fur and they maintained the reproductive function throughout their life cycle. They lived longer than their naturally aging "comrades," although the difference was not striking. They all died of cardiac arrest. This is the riddle that we are working on now. Their bodies were young, but they could not live longer. It would be very sad to die in good health for humans," the scientist said. - Source

03/01/09 - 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. 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... - Source

03/07/09 - Tumor suppressors may prompt cancer to return
The drugs, which include Pfizer's Sutent and Genentech's top-selling Avastin, are designed to starve tumors by blocking the formation of new blood vessels that could nourish their growth. But that tactic could incite the tumor to activate a sort of "guerrilla warfare" campaign to evade the famine, said UCSF Professor Douglas Hanahan, one of the senior authors of the paper. The original tumor might release individual cells that can spread more invasive growths to other parts of the body, the UCSF team concluded based on animal experiments. If human cancers react the same way, it could explain why drugs such as Sutent and Avastin are not cures but only temporary bulwarks against the disease, the research group said in an article in the scientific journal Cancer Cell. - Source

03/07/09 - Brain Differences Found Between Believers In God And Non-believers
KeelyNet Compared to non-believers, the religious participants showed significantly less activity in the anterior cingulate cortex (ACC), a portion of the brain that helps modify behavior by signaling when attention and control are needed, usually as a result of some anxiety-producing event like making a mistake. The stronger their religious zeal and the more they believed in God, the less their ACC fired in response to their own errors, and the fewer errors they made. Their findings show religious belief has a calming effect on its devotees, which makes them less likely to feel anxious about making errors or facing the unknown. But Inzlicht cautions that anxiety is a "double-edged sword" which is at times necessary and helpful. "Obviously, anxiety can be negative because if you have too much, you're paralyzed with fear," he says. "However, it also serves a very useful function in that it alerts us when we're making mistakes. If you don't experience anxiety when you make an error, what impetus do you have to change or improve your behaviour so you don't make the same mistakes again and again?" - Source

03/07/09 - Russian general says U.S. may have planned satellite collision
A collision between U.S. and Russian satellites in early February may have been a test of new U.S. technology to intercept and destroy satellites rather than an accident, a Russian military expert has said. According to official reports, one of 66 satellites owned by Iridium, a U.S. telecoms company, and the Russian Cosmos-2251 satellite, launched in 1993 and believed to be defunct, collided on February 10 about 800 kilometers (500 miles) above Siberia. However, Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Leonid Shershnev, a former head of Russia's military space intelligence, said in an interview published by the Moskovsky Komsomolets newspaper on Tuesday that the U.S. satellite involved in the collision was used by the U.S. military as part of the "dual-purpose" Orbital Express research project, which began in 2007. The February collision could be an indication that the U.S. has successfully developed such technology and is capable of manipulating 'hostile satellites,' including their destruction, with a single command from a ground control center, the general said. - Source

03/07/09 - The car that runs on air? The AirPod is here
KeelyNet MDI says the air supply can be recharged by plugging into an AC outlet for 8 hours, or in just 2 minutes at a designated air station. The AirPod is to start at the equivalent of about $7,500. It's said to be good for nearly 140 miles on a single 46-gallon tank of air, and is controlled not with a steering wheel, but a joystick. The model shown in Geneva is a three-seater in which the driver sits in front and two rear passengers sit behind, facing backward. MDI, short for Motor Development International, hopes the AirPod is just the first in a series of cars that can run on the stuff we breathe. The company also already has plans for bigger, four-wheel vehicles. The OneFlow convertible is another vehicle in development by the company, and will feature a dual-energy system that allows traditional fuel to also be used. It, also, is on display at the show. - Source

03/07/09 - Time for a radiation reality check?
Yes, Americans are now exposed to about six times more radiation from medical procedures than they were in 1980, according to a report released by the National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements. However, the numbers can be misleading, some scientists say. The increase in radiation is largely due to a rise in the number of CT, or computed tomography, scans being performed in the country. While in 1980 these scans were just beginning to be widely used, by now they have taken hold as a major diagnostic tool with many applications. CT scanners take a series of X-ray images from different angles to create a 3-D image of the inside of a part of the body. They can reveal tumors, internal bleeding, pulmonary embolisms, and a host of other life-threatening conditions. Tens of millions of the procedures are performed each year in the United States. On average, the radiation exposure from a CT scan is equivalent to about 600 chest X-rays. - Source

03/07/09 - New device increases penis size by a third
KeelyNet The Andro-Penis - which consists of a plastic ring, two extender rods and a silicon band - increased volunteers' average flaccid length of 7cm (2.8in) to 9.5cm (3.7in) in a year using weights up to 1.2kg. The device also improved erectile function by 36 per cent, Italian researchers told the British Journal of Urology International. / Andropenis® is a traction device used to enlarge the penis. This growth occurs due to the reaction capacity of tissues to experience cellular multiplication when they are subjected to a continuous force of traction. The principle of traction is used in plastic surgery for tissue expansion. The regeneration of new tissue is used to cover cutaneous defects, burns, and areas of hair loss. It is also used in orthopaedic surgery to enlarge the diaphysis of bones and phalanges. In ancient cultures this principle of traction is used to enlarge different parts of the body, like the neck of the Giraffe women of the Paduang tribe in Burma, or the lips and ears of other African and Amazonian tribes. They attach prothesises or weights for elongation. - Price: USD299.00 - Source

03/07/09 - Women who pay for sex
It's not just men who pay prostitutes to sleep with them. For some women, paying for sex is more convenient than cruising bars and clubs trying to find men. "They don't want to be found out. They want to do something private - it's their own world, a part of their life that they want to be secret." - Source

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...

03/07/09 - Is Salacious Content Driving E-Book Sales?
"Having already abandoned ebooks once, Barnes & Noble is jumping back into ebooks with the purchase this week of ebook seller Fictionwise. Why is the format suddenly hot? Look no further than the top 10 Fictionwise bestsellers, says blogger Peter Smith. Once again it seems like 'porn is blazing a path to a new media format. Of the top 10 bestsellers under the 'Multiformat' category, nine are tagged 'erotica' and the last is 'dark fantasy.' Need more proof that folks (let's take a leap and call them women) who read 'bodice rippers' like the privacy of ebooks? Author Samantha Lucas (who writes for publishers like Cobblestone Press and Siren Publishing) tells Smith that she sells almost all of her novels in ebook format." - Source

03/07/09 - Efficient lighting equals higher heat bills
A recent report by BC Hydro estimates new lighting regulations will increase annual greenhouse gas emissions in British Columbia by 45,000 tonnes annually as consumers use more energy to heat their homes after switching to more energy efficient - but cooler - lighting. "The replacement of inefficient lights with efficient lights that produce less waste heat will lead to increased fossil fuel use for non-electric space heating," says the report, part of a submission BC Hydro made to the B.C. Utilities Commission last month. Another study, by the Canadian Centre for Housing Technology, also concluded that actual dollar savings by using CFLs depend on the climate in which a home is located. In Canada, in winter, "the reduction in the lighting energy use was almost offset by the increase in the space-heating energy use," the study said. - Source

03/04/09 - Air Powered Motorcycle
KeelyNet U.S. inventor Jem Stansfield has built what he claims is the world's first motorcycle powered by fresh air. Created for a National Geographic channel documentary, Planet Mechanics, Stansfield outfitted his Puch with high-pressure carbon fibre air cylinders -- typically used by fire fighters as breathing apparatus in smoke-filled buildings -- to power two rotary air engines, which in turn drive the chain to the rear wheel. The University of Bristol aeronautics graduate says unlike electric scooters, his invention takes just seconds to recharge from large air tanks. The downside, however, is the motorcycle's top speed -- it maxes out at just over 28 kilometres per hour. - Source

03/04/09 - World's 'first practical jetpack' rockets onto the open market w/video
The world's 'first practical jetpack' has gone on sale, and you can take to the skies for just $158,000. After 27 years and 11 prototypes, Kiwi Glenn Martin is finally ready to put his Martin Jetpack on the market and interest is streaming in from international military agencies, border control, rescue operations and thrill seekers. "At this stage it's mostly boys into toys who are putting deposits in," said Mr Martin. The Martin Jetpack is able to fly for 30 minutes at a time and features safety features like a built-in parachute in case of engine failure. The 113kg pack is designed to lift a pilot vertically, and pitching it forwards slightly will allow it to move horizontally at nearly 100kmh. Martin's invention consists of two rotors powered by a 200-horsepower piston engine. "You strap it on, rev the nuts out of it and it lifts you up off the ground," he said. "It's basic physics. As Newton said, for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. So when you shoot lots of air down very fast you go up and you're flying." His version is more fuel efficient, costing just 15 US cents for 20 seconds in the air and keeping you airborne for up to 30 minutes. There's no storage on board as of yet, but Martin says he's working on that. "Legally speaking it's a microlight, so you can't take it downtown yet, but NASA in the US are looking at making some law changes to that and hopefully they'll do the same Down Under." - Source

03/04/09 - Implant to treat Paralysis
Patients will next year be feeling the benefit of an implantable pulse generator (IPG) made by Thai scientists and engineers for 10 times less than foreign versions. "The device uses electric current to stimulate nerves or muscles affected by disease or injury," Zeng says. "The first tests will be on patients paralysed due to spine injury. The IPG is designed to help them stimulate movements, control breathing and pass urine. If successful, we will try it out on patients suffering from other diseases." The IPG has been designed to ease symptoms of shaking in Parkinson's patients, to correct abnormal heart rhythms, stimulate the inner ear for better hearing, and the vagus nerve to ease epilepsy symptoms. 10 times cheaper - The university's IPG costs about Bt40,000, compared to about Bt400,000 for the imported version, Zeng says. In addition, unlike its foreign counterparts, no battery is needed to run the Thai machine. "Patients can trust in our invention's safety. The biocompatible implant uses pulses that are generated electromagnetically." - Source

03/04/09 - Window by day, light at night
Damien Savio, 23, has developed a window which stores energy from the sun during the day and then becomes a light at night. Just four hours of direct sunlight can produce a 60 watt-strength light which will last six hours. His invention, which he calls the Lightway, has the potential to cut household energy use by 22 per cent. As the window absorbs solar energy during the day, it is stored in a battery hidden in the window frame. This means it can be used as a light at any future time. - Source

03/04/09 - German Telescope is UNIQUE in Design (Aug, 1930)
KeelyNet One of the chief features of the new telescope is the barrel. It is built in sections, and resembles at a distance a war time "big bertha." Because of this the inhabitants of the surrounding territory have given it the name of the "Peace Gun." The barrel is 70 feet long, with a weight of 22 tons; the lenses have a diameter of 28 inches and are a foot thick. Three months were required in the grinding and polishing of the lens which magnify the stars to a size where all the details of the surface of distant planets are plainly visible. The mechanism for focussing the telescope on the distant stars merits special attention. The entire instrument with its subsidiary equipment hinges on a huge axle 8 feet long which supports both the barrel and two eleven-ton counterweights. This axle is geared to a powerful motor which gives elevation to the barrel, while rotation is achieved by rotation of the platform. The mechanism is so arranged that once a star is brought into focus it can be followed in its course through the heavens without further adjustment. The astronomer is thus relieved of the necessity of changing his position as the position of the observed planet changes. He merely needs take a single position for observation and the mechanism keeps the star in focus. Steel girders form the major support of the entire construction, and the barrel of the telescope is braced rigidly with heavy cables. The total weight amounts to more than 130 tons. The instrument is protected by a gigantic canvas cover during storms. - Source

03/04/09 - On Energy Loopholes in Victorian Physics
This article will suggest that, as far as a substantive violation of Thermodynamics' Second Law goes, one need not wait to see an over-unity motor in operation - to the discerning eye, a simple isolated permanent magnet should do. Consider the permanent magnet: a constant source of magneto-motive force (MMF) capable of enduring repeated entropic stress from opposed magnetic flux sources - and without any net degradation of the magnet's MMF. Here stands a staunch example of the second law's violation: a system (the magnet) that can journey through a sea of opposing entropic forces, interact fully with all of them, and return to "the starting point" essentially unchanged. Should such magnetic fields as these "dipoles" be sourced by a flow of conventional electric current through a coil, we might reasonably expect that induced "back voltages" opposing the flow of current would establish the energy balance required by the conservation of energy principle. A permanent magnet, however, is modeled electrically as a constant DC current source connected to a magnetic field producing coil, and thus can sustain arbitrarily large "back voltages" without any depreciation of magneto-motive force. Hence, in this situation where our "test-magnet" moves so as to repeatedly receive energy from another permanent magnet's field, the field sustaining permanent magnet may be seen as a potential source of near unlimited energy (at least over the course of the magnet's own lifespan). It may appear that the field produced by an actual magnet would have both the mathematical aspects of 1) the magnetic dipole, and 2) the pairing of balanced, opposed polarity monopoles separated by small distances. This seems necessary to account for repulsive forces which occur between two magnets whose north (or south poles) face one another - a phenomenon which the dipole model alone does not appear, in my estimation, to provide for. In theoretical simulation of the specific results achieved in physically embodied systems, such a mixed model of the permanent magnet and its linked magnetic forces may be implemented, with the "monopole" portion of the model resulting only in a conservative "cogging" of system torque, and the "dipole" portion providing the non-conservative solenoidal "driving torque." - Source

03/04/09 - What's the Point? - Some Taxpayers to Sidestep Obama Tax-Hike Plan
Dr. Sharon Poczatek, who runs her own dental practice in Boulder, Colo., said that she too is trying to figure out ways to get out of paying the taxes proposed in Obama's plan. "I've put thought into how to get under $250,000," said Poczatek. "It would mean working fewer days which means having fewer employees, seeing fewer patients and taking time off." "Generally it means being less productive," she said. "The motivation for a lot of people like me - dentists, entrepreneurs, lawyers - is that the more you work the more money you make," said Poczatek. "But if I'm going to be working just to give it back to the government -- it's de-motivating and demoralizing." - Source

03/04/09 - The ''Retr0brite'' Project
KeelyNet How to deal with the "not-so-mellow yellow" of old computers and consoles - Anyone who has dug their old computer or console out of the cupboard or loft for some retro gaming will probably have noticed that it maybe hasn't worn too well with the test of time. The plastics these machines were made of is called ABS and to make it flame retardant...the plastics manufacturers added chemicals that caused the plastic turn yellow or, even worse, brown over a long period of time. It was originally thought that the yellowing was permanent and that the only solution to this was to paint the plastic in its original colour and cover the problem up. However, a chance discovery was made in March 2008, by The CBM Museum at Wuppertal in Germany, that immersing parts in a solution of Hydrogen Peroxide could partially reverse the process. This was initially taken up by the Amiga community in Germany...and the idea eventually found its way to the English Amiga Board...where a madcap collection of chemists, plastics engineers and retro hackers managed to perfect this concept and put it on steroids, with help from other forums... / Directions - In Arizona, you shouldn't need the UV lamp, it's just us in the UK that keep wondering what the big yellow thing in the sky is.....;) Temperature will not be a problem and may help the reaction. DON't add more than 5 grammes (1/4 teaspoonful) per litre max. of the Oxy powder, or you will have foam all ove the place that the local Fire Department would be proud of... LOL. That works out at about 1 teaspoonful per gallon. Summarising, this is what you need for best results:- 1. Hydrogen peroxide solution, the stronger the better; 2. "Oxy" laundry booster powder, 1 teaspoonful per gallon; 3. The part to be treated, with all electronics and metal parts removed as much as possible; 4. Sunlight, lots of sunlight. 5. A large clear plastic or glass tank, large enough to hold the object to be cleaned, e.g. a fish tank. Under your conditions I would expect you to see a major difference within two to three days, even with 6% peroxide. Please take some photos, before, during and after, that would be cool. - Thanks Merlin - Source

03/04/09 - We came 'This Close' to a Police Nation - Restricting the 1st Amendment
In the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, the Justice Department secretly gave the green light for the U.S. military to attack apartment buildings and office complexes inside the United States, deploy high-tech surveillance against U.S. citizens and potentially suspend First Amendment freedom-of-the-press rights in order to combat the terror threat, according to a memo released Monday. In perhaps the most surprising assertion, the Oct. 23, 2001, memo suggested the president could even suspend press freedoms if he concluded it was necessary to wage the war on terror. "First Amendment speech and press rights may also be subordinated to the overriding need to wage war successfully," Yoo wrote in the memo entitled "Authority for Use of Military Force to Combat Terrorist Activity Within the United States." This claim was viewed as so extreme that it was essentially (and secretly) revoked-but not until October of last year, seven years after the memo was written and with barely three and a half months left in the Bush administration. - Source

03/04/09 - Face Recognition: Clever or Just Plain Creepy?
Face recognition was one of those brilliant but technically iffy and ethically tricky counterterrorism technologies deployed as a result of the September 11 attacks. The idea was to automatically screen out terrorists as they walked through security checkpoints--only it didn't work out that way: at a test in Tampa, for example, airport employees were correctly identified just 53 percent of the time. Civil-liberties groups also raised concerns about false positives--people being mistakenly identified as terrorists, and possibly arrested, just because of their looks. And so, without a demonstratable benefit, face recognition largely dropped off the public's radar. We tested the face recognition in Apple's iPhoto '09 by applying it to two different databases of 17,000 and 10,000 photos, stored on our own hard drives. Google's Picasa only works with previously uploaded Web albums; we tested it on roughly 500 photos there. The verdict: both of these systems mostly work, are extremely cool, and are also kind of creepy. - Source

03/04/09 - Carbon Sciences' CO2 to Fuel: How Real Is It?
For the past few years, the company has touted a system that can convert captured CO2 into calcium carbonates, white mineral powders that can be stored easily or transformed into things like baking powder or raw material for the paper industry. The company has a demo system in a white van: solar panels gather energy to run the chemical reaction. We like the fuel idea, but here are the reservations: 1. There are a whole host of start-ups trying to exploit bacteria to turn trash into fuel. A great idea, but it's mostly still in development. You don't see a lot of mass produced bug fuel yet. One of the key problems lay in genetically engineering microbes that can produce large volumes of materials (fuels or enzymes) economically before they die. Ethanol companies, for instance, are trying to get yeast to tolerate high volumes of alcohol content. 2. Carbon dioxide is a low energy molecule. Converting it into something useful isn't easy. How much input energy is required will be a big issue. Many other companies, labs and universities (Sandia National Lab, are trying this too. The fact that no one is on the verge of commercialization underscores that it's a real problem. Take a look at the Counter Rotating Receiver Reactor Recuperator Device from Sandia. Some serious science needs to be worked out. 3. It's a little troubling that Carbon Sciences uses conventional catalysts for its CO2 to carbonates and biocatalysts for this process. That means they are crossing scientific disciplines. - Source

03/04/09 - On Simplicity
On Simplicity is all about creating a happier, easier, more enjoyable life for yourself. What if you had fewer items on your to-do list, but they all got done? What if you had fewer time commitments, but enjoyed every single one of them? What if you had fewer possessions, but you truly valued all of them? That's the power of simplicity: amplifying life's pleasures by clearing out the clutter that gets in their way. If you're interested in having less but enjoying more, then On Simplicity is written for you. At On Simplicity, I offer a range of posts. Some are how-to pieces, some are sharing helpful ideas or insights, and others are simply meant to be inspirational. You can find ideas designed to help you grow as well as posts that are all about celebrating life's imperfections. - Source

03/04/09 - Audio Watermarking Technique Could Locate Movie Pirates
KeelyNet In an attempt to deter camcorder piracy, researchers have been developing watermarking techniques that embed a secret message into a movie indicating when and where the movie was shown. Once the movie is posted on the Internet, this secret message can be extracted to reveal the movie theater and showtime, and the theater can implement additional surveillance to deter piracy. However, these watermarking techniques cannot identify the recording location in the theater. Now, a newly proposed position estimation system can use an audio watermarked signal embedded into a movie soundtrack to estimate the camcorder's location in a theater to within half a meter - basically down to a specific seat. As the researchers explain, this audio watermarking method could be combined with a conventional watermarking method, which together could determine the move theater, showtime, and the seat in the theater. Then, a person identification system - such as a ticketing system or video surveillance - could identify the pirate. - Source

03/04/09 - Decrease in food production blamed on climate change: Study
A three year global assessment of agricultural knowledge, science and technology revealed that the decrease in food production is mostly caused by climate change. As a result, the number of people around the world who have little or no access to food has risen from 800 million to well over 900 million in the past few years. The assessment was done in 110 countries and shows that the total global harvest of food has dropped to new lows. Agricultural scientists say hunger is also being exacerbated by lack of balanced diet. According to Director at Inter. Assessment of Agric Knowledge, Bob Watson, "While it varies from one country to another in Sub Saharan Africa, we have seen a decrease in food production. At the same time we have seen an increase in population, so the food per capita in Sub Saharan Africa is actually decreasing." The report highlights how some farming practices are creating a vicious cycle, ruining the environment and reducing the harvest. - Source

03/04/09 - Scientists Control Plasma Bullets
KeelyNet The plasma bullets are created by a "plasma pencil," which is a pulsed plasma source that the researchers previously developed. The plasma pencil is a hollow tube about 2.5 cm in diameter that contains two copper electrodes. To ignite the plasma, the researchers sent a gas mixture of helium and oxygen through holes in the electrodes, and applied high-voltage electric pulses between the electrodes. When the gas ignited between the electrodes, it launched a plasma plume through the hole of the outer electrode up to 5 cm into the air. - Source

03/04/09 - Making Bottled water uses 2000 times more energy
New research from the Pacific Institute estimates that bottled water is up to 2000 times more energy-intensive than tap water. Similarly, bottled water that requires long-distance transport is far more energy-intensive than bottled water produced and distributed locally. Indeed, when all the sums were done, it seems the annual consumption of bottled water in the U.S. in 2007 required the equivalent of between 32 and 54 million barrels of oil-roughly one-third of a percent of total U.S. primary energy consumption. Gleick and Cooley calculate the energy requirements for various stages in bottled water production, including the energy to manufacture the plastic bottles, process the water and the bottles, and transport and cool the final product. Combining the energy intensities for these stages, the analysis finds that producing bottled water requires between 5.6 and 10.2MJ per liter-as much as 2000 times the energy cost of producing tap water. The authors further estimate that to satisfy global demands, the energy equivalent of 50 million barrels of oil per year is used just to produce the bottles, primarily made of PET plastic, almost all of which are currently made from virgin, not recycled, material. For water transported short distances, the energy requirements of bottled water are dominated by the energy to produce these plastic bottles. Long-distance transport, however, can lead to energy costs comparable to, or even higher than, the energy to produce the bottle. In the article, the authors calculate the energy costs of three different scenarios for a bottle of water consumed in Southern California-a locally produced bottle and bottled water from both France and Fiji transported to the region. - Source

03/04/09 - Simple device can ensure food gets to the store bacteria free
Kevin Keener's in-bag ozonation method creates ozone in packaged foods by using high-voltage coils to charge the gas inside sealed food packages, effectively killing any bacteria inside them. By placing two high-voltage, low-watt coils on the outside of a sealed food package, a plasma field is formed. In the plasma field, which is a charged cloud of gas, oxygen has been ionized and turned into ozone. Treatment times range from 30 seconds to about five minutes, Keener said. Ozone kills bacteria such as E. coli and salmonella. The longer the gas in the package remains ionized, the more bacteria that are killed. Eventually, the ionized gas will revert back to its original composition. The process uses only 30-40 watts of electricity, less than most incandescent light bulbs. The outside of the container only increases a few degrees in temperature, so its contents are not cooked or otherwise altered. Other methods of ozone treatment require adding devices to bags before sealing them to create ozone or pumping ozone into a bag and then sealing it. Keener's method creates the ozone in the already sealed package, eliminating any opportunity for contaminants to enter while ozone is created. "It's kind of like charging a battery. We're charging that sample," Keener said. "We're doing it without electrode intrusion. We're not sticking a probe in the package. We can do this in a sealed package." - Source

03/04/09 - "Ergometer" Checks Pensioners (Jun, 1934)
KeelyNet DISPUTES between pensioners and government officials at Hamburg, Germany, as to their working capacities are now being settled by the "ergometer," a machine which registers electrically the capabilities of different people for all sorts of work. The queer machine is first adjusted to the height of the person. A mask is adjusted over the face to meter the amount of air breathed in and out. The patient then cranks a device which records electrically the amount of work being done. From this reading a fair pension allotment can be found for any person. The machine will expose persons who claim disability when they are too lazy to work. - Source

03/04/09 - Rotten egg gas 'could make the new Viagra'
Small quantities of hydrogen sulphide are released by nerve cells in the penis before intercourse, causing the male sex organ to become erect, Italian scientists have found. The foul-smelling gas is released in larger amounts by decaying eggs and from the exhaust pipes of cars fitted with catalytic converters, but researchers now believe it could be used to create a rival to Viagra. "We found that hydrogen sulphide is involved in human penile erection," Professor Giuseppe Cirino of the University of Naples Federico II told The Independent. "The hydrogen sulphide pathway represents a new therapeutic target for erectile dysfunction and it should be possible in future to deliver drugs that either deliver hydrogen sulphide or that control the hydrogen sulphide production." A similar discovery about the role of another chemical, nitric oxide, in causing erections eventually led to the development of Viagra, which stimulates blood supply to the penis. - Source

03/01/09 - Aussie Redneck Road Grader
KeelyNet Roger Chapman has worked and lived on remote Aboriginal communities and in Alice Springs for years. He understands the cost of repairs and maintenance on roads and the vehicles that travel on them. He's invented the "Road Transformer" -- a simple road `grooming' device that flattens corrugations, fills potholes and generally smooths the surface. The device, a simple steel construction of several sections of train line bolted together, is dragged behind any 4WD vehicle or tractor. Roger believes the device could be used by indigenous communities, mining companies and other remote service providers to help maintain roads between government grading programs. He said: "Graders are expensive, and most roads only get the chance for a grading once or twice a year. "But, in the meantime, the roads get into a really bad state of disrepair. "Not only does that cost the government and councils to maintain the roads, but it causes a lot of vehicle damage, and part replacement costs. "The advantage of this is that it is a ready solution for easy regular road maintenance, and it could provide opportunities for indigenous employment out on communities. "It also could keep the roads in a much safer condition for industries like tourism and pastoralism _ these are all groups that could benefit from my invention." Roger said a further advantage of his device was the use of attainable, recycled materials. "The entire thing is made out of old train lines from the Ghan, and used tyres. "What I like to say about it is: People can wear their tyres out on the road, then wear the road out on their tyres." - Source

03/01/09 - Electric motor polarizes opinion
The Star first profiled Thane Heins and his controversial invention a year ago. In a nutshell, he had figured out a way to eliminate the electromagnetic friction that typically limits the performance of an electrical generator - an effect known as "Back EMF." Not only that, but he also learned how to redirect that magnetic energy so that, instead of causing resistance, it gave an electrical motor connected to the generator a significant boost. The result, as far as Heins was concerned, violated Lenz's law or what's often called the law of diminishing returns. For many, that equates to a perpetual motion machine, an impossible claim in the conventional field of physics. Through his Ottawa-based company Potential Difference Inc., Heins has been in serious talks with a designer of small wind turbines in Montreal, a senior engineer from a large utility in Turkey, and a small manufacturer of electrical equipment in Toronto. He's altered the design of his prototype as well by developing a high-voltage "self-excited" motor coil. "We can use it to accelerate (the motor shaft) from 100 revolutions per minute to 3,500 without adding an ounce of power," according to Heins. His most promising partnership so far is with California Diesel & Power, a $10-million company that sells back-up generators for cellphone towers throughout California. AT&T is one of its largest customers. Owen Charles, head of technology at California D&P, viewed Heins' demonstration videos on YouTube last year and was intrigued. He flew to Ottawa for a live demonstration and was convinced the technology worked, at least enough to pursue it further. "There's acceleration, but what I don't see is being able to harness more power out than power in," said Charles during a phone interview. "But Thane is starting to get more and more watts, more power, out of the coil, in addition to the acceleration." Heins' made a prototype for Charles, who's been demonstrating it to customers and contacts throughout California. During a demonstration to some AT&T contacts the motor was spinning at its full rated capacity using only 75 watts of power, when normally it takes 250 watts to do the same work. "To me, that makes the motor a hell of a lot more efficient." "Within a month or two months, we should have that generator in a car," said Heins. "All we're going to try to do is run the car in the conventional mode, measure the number of miles we get out of it, then put our generator in and see if we can get more miles out." - Source

03/01/09 - Hacking an old VCR

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03/01/09 - The most useless inventions ever
Ever been plagued by damp ears after taking a shower? Or worn yourself out eating an ice cream? Well, help is at hand with the first ever battery-powered ear-dryer and motorised ice-cream cone. They are certainly up there with the most pointless inventions in the world. Here, LIZ HOLLIS gives a rundown of the latest mustn't-have gadgets that you can easily live without. - Source

03/01/09 - 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. 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... - Source

03/01/09 - Invent Your World Challenge (Submissions before March 15, 2009)
Eligibility: The challenge is open to all youth between the ages of 12 and 20 in North America and Europe and 12 and 24 everywhere else. (Proof of age will be required before grants can be approved.) Each participant is limited to one grant. Each participant will be required to submit an action plan showing what activities will be carried out and how the grant will be spent. Each participant will need to form a team with at least two other youth to qualify for funding. Participants under age of 18 must have parental or guardian support and approval to receive grants and launch projects. Ideas and action plans should be submitted before March 15, 2009 in English, Spanish or French.

Purpose: Good or bad, small or big, inventions have defined our modern world. Just think what life would be like without light bulbs, telephones, cars, airplanes, and computers! What's next? That's up to you! Ask yourself… What can you invent to make life easier, the planet greener, and the world better? Come up with an invention - a new or adapted technology - and enter the Invent Your World Challenge. Ashoka GenV and the Lemelson Foundation will support 50 young inventors in using their inventions to create positive change - by providing mentorship, seed funding, networking opportunities, and even a $20,000 scholarship.

More Information: Email: Web site:, - Phone: 617-452-2147 - Fax: 617-258-8276 / Street Address: 30 Memorial Drive / Building E60, Room 215 / Cambridge, MA 02142

Mailing Address: The Lemelson-MIT Program / Attn: Lemelson-MIT InvenTeams / 77 Massachusetts Ave. / Building E60-215 / Cambridge, MA 02139-4307 - Source

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

03/01/09 - $25 Billion to Promote Electric Cars Is Untouched
KeelyNet The Energy Department has $25 billion to make loans to hasten the arrival of the next generation of automotive technology - electric-powered cars. But no money has been allocated so far, even though the Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing Loan program, established in 2007, has received applications from 75 companies, including start-ups as well as the three Detroit automakers. With General Motors and Chrysler making repeat visits to Washington to ask for bailout money to stave off insolvency, some members of Congress are starting to ask why the Energy Department money is not flowing yet. Energy Department staff members said they were still sifting through loan applications, dozens of which arrived on the filing deadline of Dec. 31. On top of that, another $2 billion is coming to the department from the $787 billion stimulus package. That money will be used to develop the advanced battery technology needed to power electric cars, batteries more durable, safer and cheaper than anything available today. There are complicating factors. Money can be given only to companies and projects that are deemed "financially viable." G.M. and Chrysler, which have applied for a combined $13 billion from the Energy Department, must wait until the end of March for the Obama administration to decide whether the companies' restructuring plans would make them viable. The program's small staff - around a dozen part- and full-time employees - must also sort through complicated proposals, up to 1,000 pages long. Many of the applicants have lined up members of Congress to pressure the department. Meanwhile, smaller companies say they fear the bulk of the money will be directed to the Detroit automakers. - Source

03/01/09 - Local pair invents new generator that hooks up to a lawn tractor
Joel Gezel, 52, and Brad Ross, 52, created an electricity generator they say can power your home when hooked up to a garden tractor or zero-turn lawn mower. The generator, tentatively called New Millennium Power, creates a consistent flow of 10,000 watts - enough to fuel your furnace, lights, refrigerator and other amenities. The device ran for 32 hours at 8,500 watts, without faltering, when Gezel tested it, he said. Early versions of the device weighed nearly 250 pounds, but the inventors have worked it down to a manageable 148 pounds. It's lighter to carry and is eligible for shipping through United Postal Service and FedEx. The government issued a patent for the invention in May 2008. The patent is still pending, said John Goodhue, a patent attorney from Des Moines. Hooking the generator to a piece of lawn equipment takes just a few steps. The owner detaches the deck of the lawn mower or tractor, screws the generator onto the engine, attaches a few belts and ratchet straps and it's ready to run. As with all generators, it's up to the homeowner to effectively and safely attach the device to a home's electrical system. Most generators that power a home cost about $700 and produce around 7,000 watts of electricity, said Steve Pfeiffer, owner of McCoy True Value Hardware in Indianola. New Millennium Power is more reliable than a gas-powered generator because a person is more likely to maintain the engine on their lawn equipment than the engine on a generator they rarely use, Gezel said. "It can sit in a garage for years, bring it out and it'll work," Gezel said. "One with an engine in it, you don't start it regularly and when you need it chances are it won't start." - Source

03/01/09 - Bait and Switch Mosquito control
KeelyNet A chemistry professor at Laurentian University in Sudbury is developing an artificial breeding pool that tricks the female bugs to lay their eggs where they'll never be able to hatch. Ulibarri has spent the last three years studying how to control the pesky critters that make you itch. His invention aims to help homeowners control mosquito populations by luring females to lay eggs in water laced with decaying organic matter. The water is dumped before the eggs can hatch, also staving off risks of them spreading potentially fatal West Nile virus. - Source

03/01/09 - Ford should latch onto electric car idea, pronto
There is this talk about reducing our dependency on foreign oil. Congress wants automakers to increase the CAFE standards on new cars. There is an inventor from Wisconsin who invented an all-electric car in the form of a Ford Ranger that was shown at the KARE 11 fair booth at the 2008 Minnesota State Fair. It is capable of reaching 100 miles per hour in speed, has a range of 300 miles, charges in 10 minutes and is pollution free with only the pollution that is done to make the electricity to charge it. The inventor of this invention has, to my understanding, approached Ford Motor Company with his invention. The Ford Motor Company, in my estimation, should latch onto this idea, pronto. My understanding is there are members of Congress who are trying to shoot down this idea of an electric car. Where is there any common sense in this country? - Source

03/01/09 - Dunmore man's invention worth its weight in water
KeelyNet THE contentious issue of water charges and land owners having to pay dearly for any water they waste could be addressed by a new invention by a North Galway farmer. The new water valve unit, which has been designed by Paddy Martyn from Drumbane, Dunmore, is designed to prevent waste on farms and building sites. Paddy, who is a plasterer by profession as well as operating a farm, is selling the portable water valve unit for €38 but it could save farmers hundreds of euro on an annual basis. - Source

03/01/09 - Inventors given £1.5m by High Court
Two researchers have been awarded £1.5m under a little-used section of patent law which allows employees extra compensation for inventions which are of "outstanding benefit" to employers. Companies which hire employees to invent things for them generally retain the patents and other intellectual property for those inventions. By owning those rights the companies in turn control the earnings that result from the inventions. But a clause of the Patents Act allows for extra payments to be made in exceptional circumstances. The High Court has just made the first public award of such a payment to two scientists from Amersham International, now a subsidiary of GE Healthcare. Duncan Kelly and Kwok Wai Chiu invented a cardiac imaging product which the High Court found had earned £50m for Aversham. In fact the Court said that the benefit was "very much greater" than that figure, but chose £50m as "the absolute rock bottom figure" for the patents' benefit. The invention earned £1.3bn in revenues up to 2007, the Court said. It found that not only did the invention earn the company significant sums outright, but it protected the company from competition from generic products, and protected its high profit margins. It also helped Amersham to win lucrative corporate deals and without it the company would have been in "crisis". Section 40 of the Patents Act says that where an employee invents something which is of "outstanding benefit" to the employer and the employer owns the patents, "it is just that the employee should be awarded compensation to be paid by the employer". The Court awarded a payment of £1.5m in this case. - Source

03/01/09 - Homeland Security Buys Local Invention
In a space that looks like a makeshift hospital room, Kaimuki company Kai Sensors has created U.S. Dept. Of Homeland Security's latest tool. "We call this one the Non-Contact Respiratory Rate Continuous Monitor," said Davin Kazama, the company's chief operating officer. The machine monitors breathing patterns without touching a subject. The gadget looks for rates above or below normal -- normal being 13 to 20 breaths a minute. "When it goes too high or too low we set off an alarm," Kazama said. Kai Sensors created the device and sold it to the U.S. government. Homeland Security will test the machines at border crossings and other points of entry. "When someone is crossing through various checkpoints they want to see if someone's breathing rate is elevated," Kazama said. "Perhaps they ask them more questions, monitor them more closely." And you don't have to see a subject to know they are there. "We're able to detect the presence of a person if they're trying to cross the border in a container by hiding," Kazama said. The non-contact respiratory monitor applies Doppler radar to physiological motion -- that's the technical explanation.

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03/01/09 - To publish or not?
How does "publishing" an invention stimulate creativity and innovation? How does publishing affect the intellectual-property rights of an inventor? To "publish" is a critical element of the intellectual-property (IP) system, accomplishing several purposes. Every inventor, scientist and researcher must appreciate this if she is to manage well her invention or creation. When an inventor files a patent application, she goes through a process of describing, explaining and proving her claim that her invention is novel, meaning nobody else in the world has come up with it. She communicates with the patent examiner, who in turn searches the worldwide public domain for any indication of "prior art," any mention of the applicant's claim in existing patents, journals and other publications that would refute the claim of novelty. This entire process is conducted with utmost confidentiality. After 18 months of searching and adjusting the claim, and if the application proceeds, the patent application and its documents are published in the IPO Gazette together with the results of the search. With this public disclosure, the gates are opened wide to the world and interested parties can now inspect the documents in the IP office and file their own observations and comments on the patentability of the invention. Here, publication's significant role is to ensure transparency in the patent process. Since a patent grants a temporary monopoly, the inventor has to prove her claim on novelty and inventiveness. Publication also motivates innovation by making the technological information in the application available to other innovators who can use it for their own work or research as long as they do not infringe upon the specific patent claim on the application. Publication at this stage of the process, on the other hand, also protects the inventor or the patent applicant as the world is given notice that she has a pending application with the IP office. The law states that the applicant shall have all the rights of a patent owner, as if a patent had been granted, against any person who, without her authorization, exercises any of the rights of a patent owner over the invention for which the application was filed. If her patent is eventually granted, her rights are effective the day she filed her application, and all the legal remedies to enforce her rights are at her disposal. - Source

03/01/09 - Nanotech Storage Invention Squeezes 250 DVDs Onto A Quarter
KeelyNet The scientists from University of California, Berkeley, and University of Massachusettes Amherst have invented a way of packing an array of polymer molecules tightly together. The polymer chains are chemically different from one other, and form a block copolymer when bunched up: This arrangement is actually self-forming, and creates a tight grid of molecules when viewed from above. The team's breakthrough has been to use a feature of sapphire crystal to create vast fields of these blocks--previously an impossible feat, since the blocks break down past a certain scale as disorder kicks in. The sapphire facets are cut and heat-treated which causes them to form nano-scale sawtooth ridges, and when the copolymer grid is formed on these ridges, the scale problem disappears. As a result, if the molecules were arranged to store electronic data as bits, the nano device represents a data storage capacity of 10 terabits per square inch--1,250 gigabytes of data in an area only slightly bigger than a postage stamp. That's a storage density some 15 times greater than seen before. - 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

03/01/09 - Radio chip coming soon to your driver's license?
Privacy advocates are issuing warnings about a new radio chip plan that ultimately could provide electronic identification for every adult in the U.S. and allow agents to compile attendance lists at anti-government rallies simply by walking through the assembly. Enhanced driver's licenses have built-in radio chips providing an identifying number or information that can be accessed by a remote reading unit while the license is inside a wallet or purse. The technology already had been implemented in Washington state, where it is promoted as an alternative to a passport for traveling to Canada. So far, the program is optional. "What happens to all those people when a government operator carrying a reading device makes a circuit of the event?" she asked. "They could download all those unique ID numbers and link them." Participants could find themselves on "watch" lists or their attendance at protests or rallies added to their government "dossier." She said even if such license programs are run by states, there's virtually no way that the databases would not be linked and accessible to the federal government. - Source

03/01/09 - U.S. to yield marijuana jurisdiction to states
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is sending strong signals that President Obama - who as a candidate said states should be allowed to make their own rules on medical marijuana - will end raids on pot dispensaries in California. Asked at a Washington news conference Wednesday about Drug Enforcement Administration raids in California since Obama took office last month, Holder said the administration has changed its policy. "What the president said during the campaign, you'll be surprised to know, will be consistent with what we'll be doing here in law enforcement," he said. "What he said during the campaign is now American policy." - Source

03/01/09 - Exploring a 'Deep Web' That Google Can't Grasp
One day last summer, Google's search engine trundled quietly past a milestone. It added the one trillionth address to the list of Web pages it knows about. But as impossibly big as that number may seem, it represents only a fraction of the entire Web. Beyond those trillion pages lies an even vaster Web of hidden data: financial information, shopping catalogs, flight schedules, medical research and all kinds of other material stored in databases that remain largely invisible to search engines. The challenges that the major search engines face in penetrating this so-called Deep Web go a long way toward explaining why they still can't provide satisfying answers to questions like "What's the best fare from New York to London next Thursday?" The answers are readily available - if only the search engines knew how to find them. Now a new breed of technologies is taking shape that will extend the reach of search engines into the Web's hidden corners. When that happens, it will do more than just improve the quality of search results - it may ultimately reshape the way many companies do business online. - Source

03/01/09 - Make a Liquid-Fuel Rocket from Office Supplies w/video
Warning, this is kinda dangerous, I had one blow up in my hand already, it was more startling than anything, the two halves flew off in different directions (wear leather gloves just to be safe). But they'll fly about 75 feet straight up... With illustrated instructions. - Source

03/01/09 - Low-carb? Low-fat? Study finds calories count more
Low-fat, low-carb or high-protein? The kind of diet doesn't matter, scientists say. All that really counts is cutting calories and sticking with it, according to a federal study that followed people for two years. However, participants had trouble staying with a single approach that long and the weight loss was modest for most. The new research found that the key to losing weight boiled down to a basic rule - calories in, calories out. "The hidden secret is it doesn't matter if you focus on low-fat or low-carb," said Dr. Elizabeth Nabel, director of the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, which funded the research. Limiting the calories you consume and burning off more calories with exercise is key, she said. - Source

03/01/09 - Ice in east Antarctica a bigger threat long term
The report said west Antarctica has been warming, ice shelves floating on the sea fringing the west coast are weakening, and the glaciers they hold back are pouring ice faster into the sea. The report doesn't forecast immediate Antarctic disasters because of global warming. Scientists point out, however, that if the western ice sheet ever collapsed completely, it would add some 7 meters to sea levels worldwide. East Antarctica's ice appears more stable than the west's -- "I wouldn't say it's stable, but more stable," said Neumann -- but it has the theoretical potential to add some 200 feet (60 meters) to sea levels in centuries to come, scientists say. Even a small, more immediate shift here could raise oceans significantly. - 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 - Source

03/01/09 - 13 Unsolved scientific puzzles
Most of the Universe is missing...two spacecraft defy the laws of physics...cold fusion without the on Mars or not...has ET been here, etc... - Source

03/01/09 - How to get your home off the water grid
Water is the basis of agriculture and industry, and the foundation of sanitation. In essence, humanity can live without oil -- albeit more primitively -- but humanity cannot survive without water. Fossil fuel and electricity from the grid are the lifeblood of conventional water- and wastewater-treatment systems, which are designed and built to rely on fossil fuel as their sole energy source. Without fossil fuel, there simply would be no water and wastewater treatment. The case for small, decentralized, and natural water systems is the same as that for the food system: many experts have advised us to go back to local farms, to be self-sufficient on a local level. These natural systems use local materials and resources, local labor, and local expertise, thereby making them independent of costly and highly toxic synthetic chemicals and fossil fuels in their operation. Many natural systems are widely in use, including the following: * Ponds (e.g., aerobic, anaerobic, aerated, facultative, waste-stabilize, primary, secondary, tertiary, maturation or polishing, algal, duckweed, and macrophyte ponds, etc.) * Constructed wetlands (e.g., subsurface, surface flow, vertical flow) and reed beds * Anaerobic digesters * Aquaculture and aquatic-macrophyte pond system * Sand filters (slow sand filters, fast sand filters) * Low-cost sorbents and filters (e.g., coconut shell, peanut hull, risk husk, peat moss, iron-oxide-coated sand, old clothing clay, zeolite, etc.) * Integrated, combined systems (a full system with many components discussed here) - Source


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