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1 - 03/31/11 - Three interesting highlights from the recent COFE4 conference
2 - 03/31/11 - On Telomeres and Healing with High Voltage to recharge DNA
3 - 03/31/11 - ‘Blue Petroleum’ Fuel Could Be the Fuel of the Future
4 - 03/31/11 - Just as Bad
5 - 03/31/11 - Is Your Meat Made With Meat Glue?
6 - 03/31/11 - Quadcopter pair plays table tennis without the table
7 - 03/31/11 - Using Heat to Cool Buildings
8 - 03/31/11 - Chrysler Experiments with Hydraulic Hybrid Minivans
9 - 03/31/11 - Plato, Missouri New Mean Center Of Population
10 - 03/31/11 - Mystical coincidences and theory of Synchronicity
11 - 03/31/11 - Why Russian Space Images Look Different From NASA's
12 - 03/31/11 - Plastic Made From Fruit Rivals Kevlar In Strength
13 - 03/31/11 - Tesla Sues BBC's Top Gear For Libel
14 - 03/31/11 - Former Truck Driver Reconstructs A-bomb
15 - 03/31/11 - Pioneer Anomaly Solved By 1970s Computer Graphics
16 - 03/31/11 - AP Adopts Firefox's 'Do Not Track'; Others On the Way
17 - 03/31/11 - Case Closed On Jerusalem UFO Video
18 - 03/29/11 - Fighting Fires With Beams of Electricity
19 - 03/29/11 - Is it a bird? No it's a robot
20 - 03/29/11 - Water-Powered Spaceship Could Make Mars Trip on the Cheap
21 - 03/29/11 - Why do UFOs need headlights?
22 - 03/29/11 - Dementia: A Silent Crisis That May Bankrupt America
23 - 03/29/11 - Frontier Life in the West
24 - 03/29/11 - Hand-built car made almost entirely from scavenged parts
25 - 03/29/11 - Watch the lovely late Dixie Carter on Men
26 - 03/29/11 - Food Dye’s May be Linked to Hyperactivity in Children
27 - 03/29/11 - Three Countries That Do Not Use the Metric System
28 - 03/29/11 - Do Electronic Gadgets Really Affect an Airplane's Instruments?
29 - 03/29/11 - Entropy battery uses difference between freshwater and seawater
30 - 03/29/11 - Freshwater of Upper Arctic Ocean Increased 20 Percent Since 1990s
31 - 03/29/11 - Human hamster wheel from Nokia charges your phone battery
32 - 03/29/11 - Defending America, the Underdog
33 - 03/29/11 - Check out the kid
34 - 03/29/11 - Charge by lung movements
35 - 03/29/11 - Solar firm fights battle to shine
36 - 03/29/11 - Powers of invention on the boil
37 - 03/29/11 - Living on Chips
38 - 03/29/11 - Clock powered by dead flies
39 - 03/29/11 - Textbot lets narcissistic guys trick women
40 - 03/29/11 - Leonard Nimoy Turns 80
41 - 03/29/11 - German Politician Demonstrates Extent of Cellphone Location Tracking
42 - 03/29/11 - Qatar invents artificial clouds to beat the heat at 2022 World Cup
43 - 03/29/11 - Mobile Phone May Rot Your Bones
44 - 03/29/11 - 12-Year-Old Rewrites Einstein's Theory of Relativity
45 - 03/29/11 - Artificial Leaf Could Provide Cheap Energy
46 - 03/26/11 - The Gremlin Effect
47 - 03/26/11 - Most people really can't handle the Truth
48 - 03/26/11 - Big Buzz For $60,000 Electric Flight Prize
49 - 03/26/11 - Researchers claim fuel cell breakthrough
50 - 03/26/11 - Jet Pack proves it
51 - 03/26/11 - Rainbow Potatoes for Diabetes Patients
52 - 03/26/11 - Nimoy upstaged by Flip Wilson
53 - 03/26/11 - Cleaning Blood – Russian Innovation
54 - 03/26/11 - Five ships run aground off British coast from Supermoon lower tide
55 - 03/26/11 - Time and Experiences changes us all
56 - 03/26/11 - Japan 773 Quakes Map
57 - 03/26/11 - TEROOS - Shoulder-mounted Telecommunication Avatar
58 - 03/26/11 - A History of Rigged & Fraudulent Oil Prices
59 - 03/26/11 - Weimar Rail-Zeppelin: streamlined white-elephant
60 - 03/26/11 - New FBI System IDs People By Voice, Iris, More
61 - 03/26/11 - Japanese Chip Shutdown Causing Shortages
62 - 03/26/11 - Fewer People Live To Be Old (Jan, 1930)
63 - 03/26/11 - Surveillance Robot That is Programmed To Hide
64 - 03/26/11 - Funny, racy, very talented Puppet Master
65 - 03/26/11 - Carriers Delay Paying Japan's Texting Donations
66 - 03/26/11 - Google Won't Pull Checkpoint Evasion App
67 - 03/26/11 - An App That Turns Any Drawing Into a Dress
68 - 03/26/11 - Brain-Computer Interface Still Going After 1,000 Days
69 - 03/26/11 - US Contemplating 'Vehicle Miles Traveled' Tax
70 - 03/26/11 - A Late Adopter's Guide To USB 3.0
71 - 03/23/11 - Pay your local Farmer Now or pay the Hospital Later
72 - 03/23/11 - People-tracking orb demo makes us want to build our own
73 - 03/23/11 - Does the pharmaceutical industry exaggerate their R&D costs?
74 - 03/23/11 - Super Cheap Magnetic Mixer
75 - 03/23/11 - Magnetic Pole Shift May Drive Animals and Humans Mad
76 - 03/23/11 - Take A Short Kitten Break
77 - 03/23/11 - An Honest Politician?
78 - 03/23/11 - Invention removes mercury from water
79 - 03/23/11 - Finding investors to commercialize inventions
80 - 03/23/11 - Truth About Provisional Patent Applications
81 - 03/23/11 - Can we predict health care needs?
82 - 03/23/11 - Egypt: Mummy's curse strikes again
83 - 03/23/11 - Michio Kaku's Dark Prediction For the End of Moore's Law
84 - 03/23/11 - Was the Early Universe 2 Dimensional Spacetime?
85 - 03/23/11 - CS Prof Decries America's 'Internal Brain Drain'
86 - 03/23/11 - Secret Libya Psyops, Caught by Online Sleuths
87 - 03/23/11 - NASA Wants Revolutionary Radiation Shielding Tech
88 - 03/23/11 - Mini Drone Detects Breathing and Motion
89 - 03/23/11 - A New Class of Nuclear Reactors
90 - 03/23/11 - System Measures Stress In Emergency Callers' Voice
91 - 03/23/11 - Experimental Batteries Charge In Minutes
92 - 03/23/11 - A Look At the World's Dwindling Food Supply
93 - 03/23/11 - University Switches To DC Workstations
94 - 03/23/11 - Happy 80th Birthday, William Shatner!
95 - 03/23/11 - Sludge In Flask Gives Clues To Origin of Life
96 - 03/23/11 - Watch it before the politically correct take it down!!!
97 - 03/23/11 - Help Map Global Light Pollution, By Starlight
98 - 03/20/11 - Two mind blowing conundrums
99 - 03/20/11 - 4 Intriguing Inventions from the ARPA-E Innovation Summit
100 - 03/20/11 - Shock wave engine for cars gets closer
101 - 03/20/11 - Chemist's Technology Prevents Nuclear Explosions
102 - 03/20/11 - After Earth: Why, Where, How, and When We Might Leave Our Planet
103 - 03/20/11 - In Search Of... The Castle Of Secrets (Coral Castle) Part 1
104 - 03/20/11 - Boric acid to quench Japanese reactors
105 - 03/20/11 - The Iranian flying saucer
106 - 03/20/11 - Things you didn't know about Sperm
107 - 03/20/11 - “FERB” Aerodynamic Invention
108 - 03/20/11 - Irish invention to kill off superbug MRSA
109 - 03/20/11 - Luggage Signals You When It Arrives
110 - 03/20/11 - 70's William Shatner explains the Computer
111 - 03/20/11 - ATM ripoff uses glued-down keys
112 - 03/20/11 - US Reneges On SWIFT Agreement
113 - 03/20/11 - Intelsat To Start Refueling Satellites In Orbit
114 - 03/20/11 - Legacy From the 1800s Leaves Tokyo In the Dark
115 - 03/20/11 - Geologists Say California May Be Next
116 - 03/20/11 - 'Pruned' Microchips Twice As Fast and Efficient
117 - 03/20/11 - How Prepared Are You For a Major Emergency?
118 - 03/20/11 - Postal Sensor Fleet Idea Gets Tentative Nod From the USPS
119 - 03/18/11 - What does all this Exponential growth mean?
120 - 03/17/11 - How One Man Waged War Against Gravity
121 - 03/17/11 - Solar Space Heater Made From Soda Cans & An Old Window
122 - 03/17/11 - Artificial Trees to Convert CO2 to O2
123 - 03/17/11 - Pee Power Offers Green Energy Alternative
124 - 03/17/11 - Ban Lobbyists?
125 - 03/17/11 - 8 Cheapest Homes in U.S.
126 - 03/17/11 - Refill Apple Water Bottles, go to Jail
127 - 03/17/11 - Moving Fence
128 - 03/17/11 - Two Years Of Disaster?
129 - 03/17/11 - Green Inventor Talks Solar Powered Boats
130 - 03/17/11 - Parliament 'bomb' a hydrogen energy converter
131 - 03/17/11 - The Dirt that Solves Global Warming
132 - 03/17/11 - $10 drug now $1500 after FDA grants monopoly
133 - 03/17/11 - Fraudsters break all records in Japan relief ripoffs
134 - 03/17/11 - Help EFF pore over the government docs it secures through FOI Act
135 - 03/17/11 - Superstitions as weapons, 1950
136 - 03/17/11 - Boric acid could cool radioactive rods
137 - 03/17/11 - Tokyo Electric engineers expose fuel rods to the air
138 - 03/17/11 - Should We Have a Right To Be Forgotten Online?
139 - 03/17/11 - Richard Stallman: Cell Phones Are 'Stalin's Dream'
140 - 03/17/11 - Business Opportunity
141 - 03/17/11 - Cutting Prices Is the Only Way To Stop Piracy
142 - 03/17/11 - Bill to make English official government language
143 - 03/17/11 - NASA Building Network of Smart Cameras Across US
144 - 03/17/11 - NASA Wants To Zap Space Junk With Lasers
145 - 03/17/11 - Pepsi Moving To Bottles Made of Plant Material
146 - 03/17/11 - NWO Threaten Japan with HAARP in 2009
147 - 03/14/11 - Hacking a Car With Music
148 - 03/14/11 - How to text $10 to the Red Cross for Japan disaster relief
149 - 03/14/11 - Interactive satellite photos of Japan Devastation
150 - 03/14/11 - Tsunami Warnings Now Faster, More Accurate
151 - 03/14/11 - Japan's Record Quake Corresponds to Solar Flare Activity
152 - 03/14/11 - Japan Quake: Tsunami Intensity
153 - 03/14/11 - Prepare For Massive Wave of Earthquake Scams
154 - 03/14/11 - Microsoft Patent Deems Comic Books Shameful
155 - 03/14/11 - Needed: The Fourth Big Invention
156 - 03/14/11 - Japanese Earthquake Disaster Caused by a ‘Supermoon’?
157 - 03/14/11 - Water droplet sculpture using LEDs and Arduino
158 - 03/14/11 - How a flash of light to the brain can banish fear
159 - 03/14/11 - Build your own vertical axis wind turbine
160 - 03/14/11 - Exorcising A Bank
161 - 03/14/11 - Cells in Living Color
162 - 03/14/11 - One step Screws up Patent Office
163 - 03/14/11 - Portable Lie Detector $49
164 - 03/14/11 - The Ultimate Invention - a Threat to Civilization?
165 - 03/14/11 - James May Wants Your Invention
166 - 03/14/11 - No more protection for Faith Killers
167 - 03/14/11 - They never miss a chance
168 - 03/14/11 - $60k damages awarded against blogger who reported truth
169 - 03/14/11 - 10 Civilizations That Mysteriously Disappeared
170 - 03/14/11 - How Big Data Justifies Mining Your Social Data
171 - 03/14/11 - Copyright Troll Complains of Defendant's Legal Fees
172 - 03/14/11 - Improving Nature's Top Recyclers
173 - 03/14/11 - European Court of Justice Rejects Stem-Cell Patents
174 - 03/14/11 - Is Daylight Saving Time Bad For You?
175 - 03/14/11 - Dying with dignity through ‘assisted suicide'
176 - 03/14/11 - Man Arrested For Linking To Online Videos
177 - 03/11/11 - DIY Skylights From Used Water Bottles Replace 50-Watt Bulbs
178 - 03/11/11 - Government grants pump $13 million into new inventions
179 - 03/11/11 - Slow dust devil lifts plastic sheets off of a strawberry field
180 - 03/11/11 - Invention fights corrosion of light bulbs, electric plugs
181 - 03/11/11 - Lightweight Skeletonics robosuit is like stilts on steroids
182 - 03/11/11 - Why We Need an Asteroid Strike
183 - 03/11/11 - Drug-resistant bacteria: to humans from farms via food
184 - 03/11/11 - Superconducting Magnets for Grid-Scale Storage
185 - 03/11/11 - Hail Cannons: October 1919
186 - 03/11/11 - Macular Degeneration treated with Ultrasonic medicine delivery
187 - 03/11/11 - 3D Vibration for Weight loss and Fitness
188 - 03/11/11 - FTC Targets Patent Trolls
189 - 03/11/11 - Passport ownership prevents diabetes
190 - 03/11/11 - Scientists Give NASA Planetary Marching Orders
191 - 03/11/11 - $30 GPS Jammer Can Wreak Havok
192 - 03/11/11 - Kidney Printer
193 - 03/11/11 - Google Voice Discovered Allowing Pure VoIP Calls
194 - 03/11/11 - Crime Writer Makes a Killing With 99 Cent E-Books
195 - 03/11/11 - Stopping the Horror of 'Reply All'
196 - 03/11/11 - The Coyote
197 - 03/11/11 - Senate Passes Landmark Patent Reform Bill
198 - 03/11/11 - Two of the funnier Youtubes I've received
199 - 03/11/11 - Researchers Develop Biofuel Alternative To Ethanol
200 - 03/11/11 - Invention leads way to "house-trained" horses
201 - 03/11/11 - Wi-Fi Shown To Interfere With Aircraft Systems
202 - 03/11/11 - DIY Laser Pistol Shoot 1MW Blasts
203 - 03/11/11 - How Do People Respond To Being Touched By a Robot?
204 - 03/11/11 - Homeless robot begs for energy
205 - 03/11/11 - DNA Testing Proposed For All Felony Arrests In New Mexico
206 - 03/07/11 - CPV Generators: The U.S. Goverment Develops New Solar Technology
207 - 03/07/11 - Three-wheeled Morgan flier that zips along at 115mph
208 - 03/07/11 - The surprising benefits of lemon!
209 - 03/07/11 - Geminoid-DK: Realistic Robot Could Pass Off as a Human
210 - 03/07/11 - Nasa's $424 million Glory satellite crashes into the ocean
211 - 03/07/11 - Found - Cause of Water Leak Problem
212 - 03/07/11 - New Engine Tech - 4X power from same Mass
213 - 03/07/11 - March 19, Moon will be closest to Earth since 1993
214 - 03/07/11 - Clean Fuel Worsens Climate Impacts for Some Vehicle Engines
215 - 03/07/11 - Spider Venom for Erectile Dysfunction
216 - 03/07/11 - Two Suns in China?
217 - 03/07/11 - Changes At Netflix
218 - 03/07/11 - GlassPoint's Solar could help oil companies go Green
219 - 03/07/11 - How Contests Spur Innovation
220 - 03/07/11 - Curing Doggy Diarrhea
221 - 03/07/11 - Paranoia Power: Confidentiality Before and After Patent Filings
222 - 03/07/11 - Students Use Invention to Help Haitians Get Clean Water
223 - 03/07/11 - Student licenses pedal-power invention for NT$2 million
224 - 03/07/11 - Many more Total Pearls of Wisdom
225 - 03/07/11 - Get Smart
226 - 03/07/11 - Yay TEXAS! - Proposed TX law to criminalize TSA screening procedures
227 - 03/07/11 - Student Sues FBI For Planting GPS Tracker
228 - 03/07/11 - Elfoid: A Pocket-Size Fetus-Like Robot Might Be Your Next Cellphone
229 - 03/07/11 - Leave a Message, Go To Jail
230 - 03/07/11 - Google Cars Drive Themselves, In Traffic
231 - 03/07/11 - Canadian Songwriters Propose $10/mo Internet Fee
232 - 03/07/11 - Researchers Develop Super Batteries From Aerogel
233 - 03/07/11 - IBM Patenting HAL-Like Stuffed Animal Toys
234 - 03/07/11 - Mideast Turmoil and the Push For Clean Energy
235 - 03/07/11 - AZ Team Seeks Fossil-Fuel Cost Parity, Using Solar Concentrators
236 - 03/07/11 - Dealing with Internet Trolls - the Cognitive Therapy Approach
237 - 03/04/11 - Orbiting multi-rotor homopolar system
238 - 03/04/11 - Atmospheric Energy Generator Invention needs Funding
239 - 03/04/11 - Dark Energy: Was Einstein Right After All?
240 - 03/04/11 - Robot Story Generators
241 - 03/04/11 - Ibuprofen Could Help Fight Off Parkinson’s Disease
242 - 03/04/11 - From drugs to mugs: Disfiguring toll of addiction
243 - 03/04/11 - The gigantic underground moon cave
244 - 03/04/11 - Plastic-wrap bananas?
245 - 03/04/11 - Doctors Need to Tell Patients They're Overweight
246 - 03/04/11 - The electronic Mood Ring
247 - 03/04/11 - GM's Volt 'doesn't really make a lot of sense'
248 - 03/04/11 - Gas thieves drilling holes into tanks of parked vehicles
249 - 03/04/11 - Skyrocketing water bills mystify, anger residents
250 - 03/04/11 - Not for kids or Muslims
251 - 03/04/11 - HOWTO get a tractor out of mud
252 - 03/04/11 - When is a religion a cult?
253 - 03/04/11 - Innocent man serves 29 years on child-rape charge
254 - 03/04/11 - $130 Table Top Movie Screen
255 - 03/04/11 - Arkansas Earthquakes Could Be Man-Made
256 - 03/04/11 - How Cyborg Tech Could Link the Minds of the World
257 - 03/04/11 - World's Most Powerful Optical Microscope
258 - 03/04/11 - UK MOD To Spend 20 Million On Toy Size Spy Drones
259 - 03/04/11 - Tractor Beams Are Getting Closer (Sort of)
260 - 03/04/11 - DHS Eyes Covert Body Scans
261 - 03/01/11 - Scientists revisit Tesla's electricity-from-air ideas
262 - 03/01/11 - Less Than Zero-Point Energy
263 - 03/01/11 - DIY Electric VW for $18,000
264 - 03/01/11 - China Announces Plans to Make 1 Million Electric Cars Per Year By 2015
265 - 03/01/11 - Eco Marine Power Developing Solar Sails to Power Ships
266 - 03/01/11 - Researchers discover feathers' prodigious hydrogen storage capabilities
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268 - 03/01/11 - Energy MPs foresee terrible future of clean, cheap energy from Shale
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03/31/11 - Three interesting highlights from the recent COFE4 conference
The most significant highlight is the presentation by www.QMPower.com on a revolutionary "parallel path" motor that was invented by Joe Flynn. Since it provides twice the flux and four times the power, CEO PJ Piper predicts that it will replace all existi ng motors and generators on the market today since most of them are 20% efficient vs. the QM Power motor which reaches 90% efficiency.

Paul Murad comes in second with the much anticipated confirmation of the magnetic walls and temperature anomalies of an obscure Russian experiment reported in last month's FE eNews.

The third most notable experience at COFE4 was the brilliant presentation by graduate student Scott Kelsey on the lengthening of DNA telomeres by the short term application of high voltage therapy to subjects on a daily basis. - Full Article Source

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03/31/11 - On Telomeres and Healing with High Voltage to recharge DNA
Telomeres and Possible Regeneration - You don’t have to let your immune system grow old. When telomerase is activated, you strengthen your cells by keeping the telomeres long, st rong and young. And the younger your cells are, the more powerful they are at fighting sickness and disease. In fact, for most of the people in a brand new study, telomerase activation therapy reduced the percentage of immune cells with short telomeres by 10-50 percent. And the amount of older immune cells decreased by 10-20 percent. This represents an “apparent age reversal of 5-20 years!”

Excitement over telomerase continues to mount as evidence accumulates that makes the connection between telomere length and cell lifespan likely to be more than a coincidence. The most recent findings show that the age span of cultured cells, normally limited to around 50 to 90 cell doublings--the so-called Hayflick limit, named for the scientist who first observed that the lifespan of cultured cells was finite--can be more than doubled by transfecting them with telomerase genes (A.G. Bodnar et al., Sc ience, 279:349-52, 1998). These findings come on the heels of a series of observations correlating the loss of telomerase activity and/or the shortening of the ends of chromosomes (telomeres) with the loss of proliferative capacity, an observation that ho lds true in a number of situations: somatic (limited proliferative capacity) as compared to germ cells (larger proliferative capacity); normal tissue (limited) versus malignant tumors (unlimited); and normal T cells versus HIV-infected T cells, whose telo meres resemble those of aged individuals.

Holos Institutes of Health - The original foundation for Holos Institutes of Health was based upon earlier research and clinical work by C. Norman Shealy, M.D., Ph.D.. Currently, Dr. Shealy is conducting a 5 year study on the effects of his RejuvaMatrix device on telomere length. Telomeres are the tail ends of our DNA and they shrink at the rate of approximately 1% per year throughout our lifetime. The RejuvaMatr ix consists of a mat connected to a Tesla coil. The study member lays on the mat with the Tesla coil turned on for 30 to 60 minutes daily. The Tesla coil outputs a high voltage, low current that generates a field large enough to cover a person laying on the mat. The activating principle is the frequencies issued by the mat when the Tesla coil is connected and on. These frequencies are in the 54 to 78 gigaHertz range, the range at which human DNA vibrates. Two white blood cell factors, granulocytes and ly mphocytes, are measured to determine telomere length. Based on preliminary test results for the use of the mat in the prescribed manner the RejuvaMatrix appears to not only stop the shortening of telomeres but lengthen them. - Full Article Source


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03/31/11 - ‘Blue Petroleum’ Fuel Could Be the Fuel of the Future
In a forest of tubes eight metres high in eastern Spain scientists hope they have found the fuel of tomorrow: bio-oil produced with algae mixed with carbon dioxide from a factory. Almost 400 of the green tubes, filled with millions of microscopic algae, c over a plain near the city of Alicante, next to a cement works from which the C02 is captured and transported via a pipeline to the “blue petroleum” factory. The microalgae reproduces at high speed in the tubes by photosynthesis and from the CO2 released from the cement factory. Every day some of this highly concentrated liquid is extracted and filtered to produce a biomass that is turned into bio-oil. The other great advantage of the system is that it is a depollutant — it absorbs the C02 which would oth erwise be released into the atmosphere. “In a unit that covers 50 square kilometres, which is not something enormous, in barren regions of southern Spain, we could produce about 1.25 million barrels per day,” or almost as much as the daily export of oil f rom Iraq, he said. - Full Article Source

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03/31/11 - Just as Bad
Good news: wind and wave power means less CO2 in the atmosphere. Bad news: full utilization of wind and wave power would have the same effect on the climate as doubling the amount of CO2 in it - Full Article Source

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03/31/11 - Is Your Meat Made With Meat Glue?
Almost every country in the EU last week approved the use of Meat Glue in food. Technically called thrombian, or transglutaminase (TG), it is an enzyme that food processors use to hold different kinds of meat together. Imitation crab meat is one of the mo re common applications: it’s made from surimi, a “fish-based food product” made by pulverizing white fish like pollock or hake into a paste, which is then mixed with meat glue so that the shreds stick together and hold the shape wanted for it by its creat or… Chicken nuggets are also often bound with meat glue, as are meat mixtures meant to mold like sausage but without the casing. Meat glue is also used by high-end chefs like New York restaurant WD-50’s Wylie Dufresne, who is famous for his shrimp pasta d ish—instead of shrimp with pasta, he just makes the pasta out of shrimp. TG is an enzyme that catalyzes covalent bonds between free amine groups in a protein, like lysine, and gamma-caroxminid groups, like glutamine. These bonds are pretty durable and res ist degradation once the food has been formed. Thrombin is made from pig or cow blood, though you’ll see it on labels, if at all, as “composite meat product.” Many Europeans are outraged at their governments’ recent approval of the product: Food Safety Ne ws reports that a member of the Swedish Consumers’ Association, for example, has stated, “We do not want this at all–it is meat make-up.” - Full Article Source

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03/31/11 - Quadcopter pair plays table tennis without the table
This pair of quad-rotor helicopters does a better job of keeping a ping-pong ball in the air than we could. The two flying drones are performing inside of the flying machine arena, a 1000 cubic meter indoor space surrounded by nets with a foam-padded floo r. This makes for a prototype-friendly space, protecting the copters from hard landings and the experimenters from the maiming that might accompany a runaway robot. This project is headed by researcher [Raffaello D'Andrea]. Previously, we’ve seen his work on a distributed flight array. This time around he’s not working with configurable modules, but completely separate units. Don’t miss the video after the break to see several iterations used to keep a ball in the air. Each bot has the head of a tennis ra cket mounted at its center. Throw a ball at them and they’ll to what they can to prevent it touching the ground. - Full Article Source


ITEM #7

03/31/11 - Using Heat to Cool Buildings
KeelyNet It could soon be more practical to cool buildings using solar water heaters and waste heat from generators. That's because of new porous materials developed by researchers from the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. These materials can improve a proce ss called adsorption chilling, which can be used for refrigeration and air conditioning. The key is improving the solid adsorbent material. In an adsorption chiller, evaporated refrigerant is adsorbed—it adheres to a surface of a solid, such as silica gel . The silica gel can hold a large amount of water in a small space—it essentially acts as a sponge for the water vapor. When the gel it heated, it releases the water molecules into a chamber. As the concentration of water vapor in the chamber increases, t he pressure rises until the water condenses. McGrail is replacing silica gel with an engineered material made by creating nanoscopic structures that self-assemble into complex three-dimensional shapes. The material is more porous than silica gel, giving i t a larger surface area for water molecules to cling to. As a result, it can trap three to four times more water, by weight, than silica gel, which helps reduce the size of the chiller. - Full Article Source

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03/31/11 - Chrysler Experiments with Hydraulic Hybrid Minivans
Conventional hybrids save gas in part by using energy from braking to charge a battery. A hydraulic hybrid captures energy by using a hydraulic pump instead of conventional friction brakes to slow the vehicle. The pump forces fluid into a tank, compressin g air that can then be used to help propel the vehicle. Hydraulic systems are bulky and loud, which has limited their use to large vehicles such as garbage trucks. But they're attractive because pumps and air storage tanks are cheap compared to batteries. Also, hydraulic hybrids have the potential for larger fuel economy improvements than battery hybrids because hydraulic systems can store energy very quickly, allowing them to capture more energy from braking. To make the system work in minivans, engineer s will need to find ways to incorporate bulky air storage tanks—which take up more space than the car's gas tank—without eating into cargo or passenger space, and without compromising safety. "Since we are working with an existing vehicle structure, we wi ll have to modify some areas and reinforce others to maintain the strength of the current vehicle," Cowland says. They'll also need to minimize noise, likely by using some of the techniques automakers have used to muffle the sound of hydraulic steering sy stems. - Full Article Source

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03/31/11 - Plato, Missouri New Mean Center Of Population
The U.S. mean center of population, as of April 1, 2010, is near Plato, Mo., an incorporated village in Texas County. The U.S. Census Bureau calculated this point as the place where an imaginary, flat, weightless and rigid map of the United States would b alance perfectly if all 308,745,538 residents counted in the 2010 Census were of identical weight. The Census Bureau will install a commemorative “geodetic control mark” at a site near the official coordinates during a dedication ceremony in April 2011. T his survey disc will be used by satellites and land surveyors to conduct scientific surveys to generate precise position data that serve as the foundation for accurate mapping and charting in America. - Full Article Source

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03/31/11 - Mystical coincidences and theory of Synchronicity
KeelyNet American actor Charles Cogley who died in 1899, was buried not in his homeland, but in Galveston (Texas), where his troupe was touring. A year later a hurricane of unprecedented strength struck the city, washing away a few streets and a cemetery. Hermetic ally sealed coffin of Cogley has sailed the Atlantic for nine years and six thousand miles, until it was finally brought to the shore in front of the house on Prince Edward Island in the Gulf of St. Lawrence where the actor was born.

In 1898 the little-known writer Morgan Robertson wrote a novel Futility, The Wreck of the Titan. The novel told a story of a voyage of a transatlantic liner Titan that sank during its first voyage in the month of April. The "Titan" described in the nov el was touted unsinkable and had the following characteristics: length of 800 feet (243 meters), displacement of 75,000 tons, motor power of 50 000-horsepower, speed of 25 knots per hour, four tubes, and three screws. On a cold April night the ship encoun tered an iceberg and sank. 14 years later, "Titanic" with the length of 882.5 feet (269 meters), displacement of 66,000 tons and a capacity of 55 thousand horsepower, moving at a speed of 23 knots per hour, with four tubes and three screws, set off to a t rip across the Atlantic. According to the book, there were three thousand passengers and 24 lifeboats on "Titan," while Titanic had 2207 passengers and 20 lifeboats.

Two Swiss citizens - one of the founders of modern physics, the Nobel laureate Wolfgang Pauli, and the psychologist Carl Gustav Jung - also made a contribution to the study of this issue. Before the two began working in a tandem, each of them has prove d his value working independently. Pauli formulated the key principle of quantum physics stating that the two particles cannot be in the same condition. Jung became known as the author of the theory of the collective unconscious and archetypes. Together P auli and Jung published a paper "Synchronicity, or the principle of causal connection."

Pauli-Jung theory interpreted the coincidence as the manifestation of an unknown universal principle that binds together all the physical laws. Mystical coincidence may be a reflection of common physical laws in the destiny of every individual. - Full Article Source

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03/31/11 - Why Russian Space Images Look Different From NASA's
"The Russians have published two amazing photos of Earth using their new Elektro-L satellite, in 30,000km high orbit around the equator. The quality is stunning, and they look quite different from NASA's Earth images. But why are they different? And are t hey better than NASA's?" - Full Article Source

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03/31/11 - Plastic Made From Fruit Rivals Kevlar In Strength
"A group of scientists from Sao Paulo State University developed a way to use the nanocellulose fibers from bananas, pineapples, and other fruits to create incredibly strong, lightweight plastics. The plastic is up to four times stronger and 30 percent li ghter than petroleum-based plastics, and it rivals Kevlar — the material used in bullet proof vests — in strength." - Full A rticle Source

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03/31/11 - Tesla Sues BBC's Top Gear For Libel
"About two years ago BBC's Top Gear aired a test drive of the then relatively new Tesla Roadster. In the particular episode, Tesla Roadsters are depicted as suffering several critical 'breakdowns' during track driving. Host Jeremy Clarkson concludes the e pisode by saying that in the real world the Roadster 'doesn't seem to work.' Tesla claims that the breakdowns were staged, making most of Top Gear's remarks about the Roadster untrue. Tesla also states that it can prove Top Gear's tests were falsified due to the recordings of its cars' onboard data-loggers. What's Tesla asking for in the lawsuit? Tesla simply wants Top Gear to stop rebroadcasting the particular episode and to correct the record." - Full Article Source

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03/31/11 - Former Truck Driver Reconstructs A-bomb
"Coster-Mullen taught himself how to build an A-bomb. 'The secret of the atomic bomb,' he says, 'is how easy they are to make.' His findings are available in a book he continuously updates and publishes himself called Atom Bombs: The Top Secret Inside Sto ry of Little Boy and Fat Man, which has received rave reviews from the National Resource Defense Council: 'Nothing else in the Manhattan Project literature comes close to his exacting breakdown of the bomb's parts.'" - Full Article Source

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03/31/11 - Pioneer Anomaly Solved By 1970s Computer Graphics
KeelyNet "A new computer model of the way heat is emitted by various parts of the Pioneer spacecraft, and reflected off others, finally solves one of the biggest mysteries in astrophysics. Previous calculations have only estimated the effect of reflections. A comp uter modeling technique called Phong shading was used to work out exactly how the the emitted heat is reflected (PDF) and in which direction it ends up traveling. Taking into account the reflections on the antenna seem to make the anomaly disappear." / Th e problem is this. The Pioneer 10 and 11 spacecraft were launched towards Jupiter and Saturn in the early 1970s. After their respective flybys, they continued on escape trajectories out of the Solar System, both decelerating under the force of the Sun's g ravity. But careful measuremenrs show that the spacecraft are slowing faster than they ought to, as if being pulled by an extra unseen force towards the Sun. This deceleration is tiny: just (8.74±1.33)×10^?10 ms^?2. The big question is where does it come from. Spacecraft engineers' first thought was that heat emitted by the spacecraft could cause exactly this kind of deceleration. But when they examined the way heat was produced on the craft, by on board plutonium, and how this must have been emitted, the y were unable to make the numbers add up. At most, thermal effects could account for only 67 per cent of the deceleration, they said. In particular, Phong shading has allowed the Portuguese team to include for the first time the effect of heat emitted fro m a part of the spacecraft called the main equipment compartment. It turns out that heat from the back wall of this compartment is reflected from the back of the spacecraft's antenna (see diagram above). Since the antenna points Sunward, towards Earth, re flections off its back would tend to decelerate the spacecraft. "The radiation from this wall will, in a ?rst iteration, re?ect off the antenna and add a contribution to the force in the direction of the sun," say Francisco and co. Lo and behold, this ext ra component of force makes all the difference. As Francisco and co put it: "With the results presented here it becomes increasingly apparent that, unless new data arises, the puzzle of the anomalous acceleration of the Pioneer probes can ?nally be put to rest." In other words, the anomaly disappears. - Full Article Source

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03/31/11 - AP Adopts Firefox's 'Do Not Track'; Others On the Way
"As noted by the Mozilla Blog, the AP News Registry is the first large scale service to support the Do Not Track (DNT) feature of Firefox 4 and Internet Explorer 9. They write, 'The Associated Press (AP) is the first company to deploy DNT on a large scale , and it only took a few hours for one engineer to implement. The AP News Registry tracks 1 billion impressions of news content, with 175 million unique visitors per month, and has membership with more than 800 sites. When consumers send a DNT preference via the browser while viewing a story at one of its publisher's sites, the AP News Registry no longer sets any cookies. The previous solution was for users to opt-out via a link to a central opt-out page referenced in each participating news site's privac y policy. They still count the total number of impressions for each news story, but aggregate consumer data for those with DNT in a non-identifiable way.'" - Full Article Source

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03/31/11 - Case Closed On Jerusalem UFO Video
"Skepticism was high after videos surfaced earlier this year depicting a UFO over Jerusalem. However, ufologists defended the sighting, dismissing claims that it was a hoax. But a few days ago, the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON), one of the oldest, largest, a nd most respected UFO investigation organizations in the world, announced their findings about the Jerusalem UFO. Yes, even MUFON has concluded it was a hoax." - Full Article Source

ITEM #18

03/29/11 - Fighting Fires With Beams of Electricity

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"It's certainly an established fact that electricity can cause fires, but a group of Harvard scientists have presented their research on the use of electricity for fighting fires. In a presentation at the 241st National Meeting & Exposition of the America n Chemical Society, Dr. Ludovico Cademartiri told of how they used a unique device to shoot beams of electricity at an open flame over one foot tall. Almost immediately, he said, the flame was extinguished. 'Such a device could be used, for instance, to m ake a path for firefighters to enter a fire or create an escape path for people to exit, he said. The system shows particular promise for fighting fires in enclosed quarters, such as armored trucks, planes, and submarines.'"

(Everything old is new again. I think the whole thing is sensationalized and misleading since the Israelis had a back mounted electrostatic fire quencher about 17 years ago and Norman Wo otan demonstrated this negative ion flame quenching effect to our Roundtable group back around 1993. I'm pretty sure I have an article about this Israeli device from the old KeelyNet BBS archives but could not find it for reference here. Aw, screw it, spent the time and found the original article which is quoted last for your edification and to reconfirm I don't have failing memory! - JWD)

Firefighters currently use water, foam, powder and other substances to extinguish flames. The new technology could allow them to put out fires remotely — without delivering material to the flame — and suppress fires from a distance. The technology coul d also save water and avoid the use of fire-fighting materials that could potentially harm the environment, the scientists suggest. In the new study, they connected a powerful electrical amplifier to a wand-like probe and used the device to shoot beams of electricity at an open flame more than a foot high. Almost instantly, the flame was snuffed out. Much to their fascination, it worked time and again. The device consisted of a 600-watt amplifier, or about the same power as a high-end car stereo system. H owever, Cademartiri believes that a power source with only a tenth of this wattage could have similar flame-suppressing effect. That could be a boon to firefighters, since it would enable use of portable flame-tamer devices, which perhaps could be hand-ca rried or fit into a backpack. But how does it work? Cademartiri acknowledged that the phenomenon is complex with several effects occurring simultaneously. Among these effects, it appears that carbon particles, or soot, generated in the flame are key for i ts response to electric fields. Soot particles can easily become charged. The charged particles respond to the electric field, affecting the stability of flames, he said. - Full Article Source.

Additional info - Extinguishing fires with sound - Conventional fire extinguishers do not work properly aboard spacecraft, because the e xtinguisher's foam tends to spread out in a low-g environment rather than smother a fire. Therefore, students from the University of West Georgia are testing to see if sound waves can extinguish a flame in a low-gravity environment. In the meantime, the P rometheus Project, which contains graduate-student and faculty advisors, has obtained an encouraging sign: sound can repeatedly extinguish small flames in the 1-g environment of their lab. This finding might lead to applications of its own, such as puttin g out fires in computer-server rooms where water damage from conventional fire extinguishers can be costly. Using sound to extinguish flames is new and has not been previously reported in the literature, according to Plaks. While the researchers know that sound can cause pressure to drop at the site of a flame, they are working to determine the explicit mechanism, which might involve a temperature decline at the site of the flame or a decrease in the concentration of oxygen. / Electrostatic Force Fields as the Secret to the Tesla Shield.

KeelyNet BBS Archives - September 2, 1993 - Israeli Electric Wind Extinguishes Fires

A novel, more environmentally sound method for extinguishing fires uses electricity instead of chemicals or water. The Technology, being marketed by a Tel-Aviv firm, directs an intense electrical field and/or gaseous plasma to the base of the fire. An "electric wind" cools the area in which combustion is occurring. The process also inhibits the fire's fuel supply.

The technology should avoid some of the drawbacks of existing fire-fighting equipment, such as ozone damage to the environment, hazards to operating personnel, noise, and a high rate of costly fire alarms. A technical paper describing the new process was presented in late May by co-inventor Esther Jacobson to a meeting of the National Fire Prevention Association in Orlando.

The equipment uses only 1000 volts of electricity during an extinguishing operation, according to Jacobson. Spectrex Inc. of Cedar Grove, NJ, a subsidiary of Israel's Spectronix Ltd., is looking for a strategic partner in the U.S. to help it find suitable applications.


Vanguard Note.. - It is amazingly coincidental that Norman, Bert and some others brought the principle of electrostatic quenching of fires up at our last Roundtable. The discussion noted that with a sufficiently intense ion flow (neg ative, I believe), a propane torch could be directed at a flammable mass having such a "shield" and it would not burn or even get hot. Various theories were brought up regarding this phenomenon, among them :

1) That heat and fire must be of an electromagnetic nature and thus involve frequency(ies) because of the "interference" of the energy by this turbulent ion wind,

2) that the ion wind acted to displace the oxygen from the immediate vicinity and so cut off the fuel necessary to sustain combustion

We have not seen any reports on this subject as to actual experiments. These would make a great demonstration and/or video and possibly lead to practical devices (portable?) like the one described in the above article. In some of our experi ments with a large Tesla coil, it was noted that an ionic wind did seem to be projected as the electricity streamed from pointed fingers or arms. At that time, we did not think about this being an opportunity to do some experiments. However, one of the stunts used in our ZAP show was to hold up a torch handle containing paper, then momentarily switch on the coil. This caused the paper to flame up but it did NOT extinguish it, possibly because of the short duration burst.

On leaving the platform after allowing the electricity to course over the skin, you could smell ozone from your skin for a couple of hours. There was also a spider web feeling as if some kind of clinging sheet was attached to you. The only other t hing I have ever felt that was like this, was when you hang your arm over an open car window on a warm day. The wind seems to place a charge on the arm and you will feel a similar feeling where it tingles and has this kind of static web. Perhaps this is what happens with this electrostatic field, it forms a kind of web or matrix. Try it yourself.

If a mass could be sufficiently charged, perhaps this is one approach to CAUSING THE MASS ITSELF TO PROJECT THE WIND, thus protecting it from flame and heat by both turbulence and oxygen displacement.

ITEM #19

03/29/11 - Is it a bird? No it's a robot
First watch the video and just be impressed that at long last we can mimic the flight of birds. Then watch it again more carefully and try to compare it to everyone's favourite flying robot platform - the quadrarotor or the hexarotor. They are noisy and s uck power but they can lift loads and they can hover and position. Now look at the way the robot SmartBird flies. It has a gentle mastery of the air that allows it to semi-hover and to almost stall in mid turn. This is a type of flight that might not be a ble to lift heavy loads but its silence and maneuverability suggests many other applications. With the right software it could be made to be much more controllable and sophisticated.

(Another key part of my personal flight propulsion, all I need is funding to discover how to reduce local gravity...you don't weigh but a few pounds, such a contraption on y our back could fly you anywhere. Sure there are better ways, but this would be relaxing and fun. - JWD) - Full Article Source


ITEM #20

03/29/11 - Water-Powered Spaceship Could Make Mars Trip on the Cheap
KeelyNet A journey to Mars and back in a water-fueled vehicle could cost as little as one space shuttle launch costs today, researchers said. And the idea is to keep these "space coaches" in orbit between trips, so their relative value would grow over time, as the vehicles reduce the need for expensive one-off missions that launch from Earth. The water-powered space coach is just a concept at the moment, but it could become a reality soon enough, researchers said. The space coach concept vehicle is water-driven an d water-centric, starting with its solar-powered electrothermal engines. These engines would super-heat water, and the resulting steam would then be vented out of a nozzle, producing the necessary amount of thrust. Electrothermal engines are very efficien t, and they're well-suited for sustained, low-thrust travel, researchers said. This mode of propulsion would do the lion's share of the work, pushing the space coach from Earth orbit to Mars. Smaller chemical rockets could be called into service from time to time when a rapid change in velocity is needed, McConnell said. The space coach's living quarters would be composed of a series of interconnected habitat modules. These would be expandable and made of fabric, researchers said — much like Bigelow Aeros pace's inflatable modules, which have already been deployed and tested in low-Earth orbit. Water would be a big part of the space coach's body, too, according to the study. Packed along the habitat modules, it would provide good radiation shielding. It co uld also be incorporated into the fabric walls themselves, freezing into a strong, rigid debris shield when the structure is exposed to the extreme cold of space. Rotating the craft could also generate artificial gravity approximating that of Earth in cer tain parts of the ship, researchers said. Slashing the cost of space travel. The dependence on water as the chief propellant would make the space coach a relatively cheap vehicle to operate, researchers said. That's partly because electrothermal engines a re so efficient, and partly because the use of water as fuel makes most of the ship consumable, or recyclable. Because there are fewer single-use materials, there's much less dead weight. Water first used for radiation shielding, for example, could later be shunted off to the engines. Combined, these factors would translate into huge savings over a more "traditional" spacecraft mission to Mars using chemical rockets, according to the study. "Altogether, this reduces costs by a factor of 30 times or better ," McConnell told SPACE.com. He estimates a roundtrip mission to the Martian moon Phobos, for example, could be made for less than $1 billion. A space coach journey would also be more comfortable, McConnell added. The ship would carry large quantities of water, so astronauts could conceivably grow some food crops and — luxury of luxuries — even take hot baths now and again. - Full Article Source

ITEM #21

03/29/11 - Why do UFOs need headlights?
KeelyNet In looking over the comments a question has come up which really strikes at the heart of the UFO issue. Someone astutely asked something along the lines of "Why do UFOs need headlights?" Yeah. Good point. Are the aliens scared of running into a deer? One of my major beefs with the UFO issue is the discussion always ends up sounding like the script of a (bad) science fiction film. C'mon, why don't the aliens just land on the White House lawn and announce themselves? Because, we are told, they are watching us and taking data. They want to keep their presence hidden so that it doesn't affect our evolution. There is more, but you get the idea. The problem, of course, is that any civilization with technology capable of spanning light-years ought to be able to hide themselves well enough to avoid detection from hairy apes with jet-planes like us. "Lights in the Sky" has been at the root of many UFO sightings. But why would alien spacecraft need lights? If they were really planning interstellar black-ops, then t hey should paint their spacecraft — you know — black and turn off the damn lights. Yes, of course, it might be their engines but a species crossing trillions of kilometers of empty space is not going to be using rockets. Hopefully they have some other kin d of "hyperdrive" or something cool. If so, they should be smart enough to stealth its exhaust (does hyperdrive have exhaust?) I want a Universe populated by intelligence as much as anyone else but, as an astrophysicist, the whole UFO thing leaves me cold . In the end, we are almost always left with lights in the sky and many, many more plausible explanations than alien highbeams. (Some comments you mi ght find of interest. - JWD) - Full Article Source

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03/29/11 - Dementia: A Silent Crisis That May Bankrupt America
We all hope never to endure having our minds slowly diminished and devoured by dementia, but the odds of that are worse than you might know. In fact, there's about a 40% chance that your brain will self-destruct while you're in your 80s. Your chances of d eveloping dementia increase steadily every year. Almost 13% of those aged 65 and older already have Alzheimer's disease, which is only one of many forms of dementia. As the Baby Boomers age, the number will increase astronomically. This coming, unpreceden ted surge threatens to overwhelm individuals, families, medical systems and budgets. Years ago, we undertook a massive research campaign for HIV/AIDS, successfully developing treatment and prevention strategies. If we are to avert the looming catastrophe posed by dementia, we must increase research funding for it in the same way. Many people believe that dementia is a benign experience for patients because "They don't know what is happening to them." Nothing could be further from the truth. Neurodegenerat ive diseases work by destroying the mind. Yesterdays disappear, except those long ago, creating a circumscribed life in a prison of fear. Without memory we become lost. We lose our identity. It is like being slowly eaten alive. Dementia sends us back to a n elemental world of abject insecurity and frustration, where even the simplest things are difficult because they are unrecognizable. As Thomas DeBaggio, author and Alzheimer's patient wrote, it is "A malady of slow, writhing death, a secret torture in th e head." Eventually there is a descent into silence and dependence on caretakers. Hands other than yours change your diapers, feed and bathe you, at their convenience and on their terms. The terrified patient is often treated as a child. This stigmatizing degradation subjects patients to eviscerating daily humiliations. No one should have to endure this but sadly, 40% of us who live past 80 will. The caretakers who will be responsible for us as we descend into silence and dependence are young and middle-a ge families. They will sacrifice their own lives and livelihoods to such an extent that by the time we die, 72% of them will feel relief, according to a 2006 study published in The Gerontologist. In the early stages, family members provide about 21 unpaid hours of care per week. By the end, round-the-clock care is necessary, forcing family members to reduce working hours, take unpaid leave, or quit their jobs. - Full Article Source

ITEM #23

03/29/11 - Frontier Life in the West
Between 1887 and 1892, John C.H. Grabill sent 188 photographs to the Library of Congress for copyright protection. Grabill is known as a western photographer, documenting many aspects of frontier life — hunting, mining, western town landscapes and white s ettlers’ relationships with Native Americans. Most of his work is centered on Deadwood in the late 1880s and 1890s. He is most often cited for his photographs in the aftermath of the Wounded Knee Massacre on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. (It is wo rth your time to check out these incredible photographs. Imagine it was only about 120 years ago! - JWD) - Full Article Source

ITEM #24

03/29/11 - Hand-built car made almost entirely from scavenged parts
KeelyNet So you’ve swapped out your car’s motor or added new tranny. Perhaps you’ve rewired your ancient VW bus from 6v to 12v. Do you think that makes you a car expert? [Orismar de Souza] might beg to differ. The homeless Brazilian native has spent the last four years of his life building a car from sheet metal and junked parts. He searched high and low across the region looking for parts, scoring a 125cc motorcycle motor, among other various components – mostly from old Fiats. He scraped together $270 while panh andling and simultaneously fighting off starvation over the span of four months in order to purchase enough sheet metal to skin the vehicle. Crafting the body panels by hand using a borrowed hammer and chisel, he nearly gave up, but was resolute in not le tting his dream die. The car features more amenities than you would imagine. It can hit 50 mph on the freeway and includes a real car ignition, which replaces the old motorcycle kickstarter. It was recently fitted with a new gearbox that allows him to go in reverse, and if you look at the picture above closely enough, you will also see that he even took the time to install a stereo. - Full Article Source

ITEM #25

03/29/11 - Watch the lovely late Dixie Carter on Men
She is right, to put it simply and to the point, it's the men who have created and who sustain most of the worlds problems. - Full Article Source

ITEM #26

03/29/11 - Food Dye’s May be Linked to Hyperactivity in Children
Americans are really turned on by a bright-red strawberry juice, and they think it’s natural,” said Kantha Shelke, co-president of the food research firm Corvus Blue. “Or cheese — cheese is naturally a pale color, but most young kids will not eat cheese u nless it’s a bright, almost fluorescent orange.” Foodmakers have used dyes since ancient times to make food more appealing to the eye. But the practice has so invaded the modern psyche that artificial dyes are being used even on some pet foods. Dogs see l imited color, but apparently their owners don’t like buying dull, gray chow. Now, federal regulators are reexamining artificial ingredients they have long deemed to be safe, prompted by scientific studies suggesting that color additives might be linked to hyperactivity in children and other health effects. On Wednesday, an advisory panel to the Food and Drug Administration will begin a two-day meeting to discuss the science behind artificial dyes and whether the government ought to restrict their use. “Th ere are sometimes nine different dyes in a food product,” said Laura Anderko of Georgetown University Medical Center, who serves on the Children’s Health Protection Advisory Committee for the Environmental Protection Agency. “Moms and dads will say, ‘Here ’s a fruit roll-up — that must be healthy.’ But it’s filled with dyes. And emerging science suggests it’s a harm to children.” Two recent studies sponsored by the British government found that children given foods made with some artificial dyes and a food preservative, sodium benzoate, showed an increase in hyperactivity. The study sampled children in the general population, not just those known to show hyperactive behavior. The studies remain controversial, with some scientists skeptical about the links that can be drawn. - Full Article Source

ITEM #27

03/29/11 - Three Countries That Do Not Use the Metric System

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As a reminder, these are the three countries who don’t use the incredibly sensible metric system: Liberia, Myanmar and of course, the United States of America. U-S-A! U-S-A! - Full Article Source

ITEM #28

03/29/11 - Do Electronic Gadgets Really Affect an Airplane's Instruments?
Shortly after boarding, flight attendants are required by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to tell passengers to turn off all electronic devices including cell phones and laptop computers. But is it really necessary and what really happens if you don't? The official reason for the requirement that electronic devices need to be turned off is to make sure passengers listen to the safety instructions from the flight attendants, reduce the presence of loose objects getting in the way in case of an em ergency and to eliminate the possibility of the devices interfering with the airline's avionics. It is not just about putting away your electronic devices, but actually shutting them completely down. Electronic devices must be kept off under 10,000 feet s ince take off and landing are two of the most critical parts of a flight, experts say. It's considered a matter of safety. At lower altitudes there is less room to recover if something goes wrong, so, "aircraft navigation and course corrections are requir ed to be more precise," Dave Carson, Boeing Cabin Systems Engineer told AOL Travel News. The FAA's website indicates the agency is not fully sure how electronic waves might interfere with airline avionics, but they want to make sure passengers remain safe . According to the site, "there are still unknowns about the radio signals that portable electronic devices and cell phones give off." Of course many airlines allow passengers to use cell phones once flights are on the ground. A few years ago American Air lines, for one, tested how cell phones would affect their planes electronics, and decided it was fine to allow passengers to turn on their cell phones after landing and while taxiing to the gate. And in some places around the world, passengers can use the ir cell phone during flight. Before airlines add any new technology for passengers – such as Wi-Fi or interactive TV – the FAA has to approve it for flight. Again, the concern is possible interference with electronic navigation. "Our regulations say that the airline must prove to the FAA that there is no chance for electronic interference," Alison Duquette with the FAA explains. Aircraft manufactures Boeing and Airbus work closely with their airline customers on certification of systems, officials say. Ev en in the last week, there were reports that Honeywell cockpit displays were blanking during testing of onboard Wi-Fi systems on Boeing 737s. "Airplane systems are tested to rigorous electromagnetic standards, and Boeing supports our airline customers in the introduction of new electronics for our aircraft," Carson explained. (Of course, we all know its gremlins messing with the electronics. A recent news article talked about a plane being grounded because of caterpillars in the pressure sensitive meters, god how primitive we still are. "An engineering inspection found several green caterpillars in the pressure-sensitive instruments." - JWD) - Full Article Source

ITEM #29

03/29/11 - Entropy battery uses difference between freshwater and seawater
KeelyNet Up to now, this kind of process has been accomplished by passing seawater though a membrane which unfortunately is too costly to merit creating large-scale operations. With the entropy battery, costs are much lower than other ways of accomplishing the sam e thing due to the absence of replaceable membranes. Cui believes that the entropy battery might eventually contribute up to 13% of total energy needs. He also believes that by moving the two electrodes closer, he might be able to improve his efficiency r ate from 74% percent to 85%. Because the entropy battery operates in both warm and cold conditions it is a completely renewable resource; one that might lead to mass energy production in both developed countries and those in the third world. The new proce ss works like this:

Step 1 - Two types of nanorod electrodes are placed in river water; one silver anionic electrode contains Cl- ions and one manganese dioxide cationic electrode contains Na+ ions. The battery charges as the river water’s low salinity concentration of sa lt pulls the chorine and the sodium from the respective electrodes.

Step 2 - The river water is slowly replaced with seawater, causing a potential difference between the two concentrations of ions in the combined water. This is due to the Cl- ions, or anions, traveling to the silver electrode and the Na+ sodium ions, o r cations, traveling to the manganese dioxide electrode.

Step 3 - Ions in the electrodes discharge into the seawater when the electrodes receive more ions than they can accommodate.

Step 4 - The salt water is slowly replaced with river water. This lessens the potential difference of the two electrodes which charges the battery. More energy was released in Step3 into the saltwater than is needed to charge the battery, thus the batt ery collects and stores the energy that has been building up as the ions have been moving in and out of the crystal lattice of the electrodes. - Full Article Source

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03/29/11 - Freshwater of Upper Arctic Ocean Increased 20 Percent Since 1990s
KeelyNet The freshwater content of the upper Arctic Ocean has increased by about 20 percent since the 1990s, according to a new large-scale assessment. This corresponds to a rise of approximately 8,400 cubic kilometres and has the same magnitude as the volume of f reshwater annually exported on average from this marine region in liquid or frozen form. The freshwater content in the layer of the Arctic Ocean near the surface controls whether heat from the ocean is emitted into the atmosphere or to ice. In addition, i t has an impact on global ocean circulation. Around ten percent of the global mainland runoff flows into the Arctic via the enormous Siberian and North American rivers in addition to relatively low-salt water from the Pacific. This freshwater lies as a li ght layer on top of the deeper salty and warm ocean layers and thus extensively cuts off heat flow to the ice and atmosphere. Changes in this layer are therefore major control parameters for the sensitive heat balance of the Arctic. We can expect that the additional amount of freshwater in the near-surface layer of the Arctic Ocean will flow out into the North Atlantic in the coming years. The amount of freshwater flowing out of the Arctic influences the formation of deep water in the Greenland Sea and La brador Sea and thus has impacts on global ocean circulation. - Full Article Source

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03/29/11 - Human hamster wheel from Nokia charges your phone battery
Nokia, who incidentally made the bike dynamo, also created this man-sized hamster-wheel to sustainably power attendee’s mobiles at 2011's South by Southwest (SXSW). James Whatley, marketing director at 1000heads, the people behind it, said, “The giant kin etic generator was inspired by Peter Ash’s hamster-sized invention from Nokia’s TV ads from last year. We took this idea even further and created the giant wheel which people can run inside to charge their mobile devices and generate electricity sustainab ly.” Ignoring the distinctly non-plussed couple in the background of the picture, the wheel is big enough to house a few humans, or a lot of hamsters, depending on how you look at it. Running on the treadmill converts enough electricity to give your phone a power boost- if you’ve got the physical health for it. Nokia is looking to build on its reputation as one of the most environmentally considerate mobile phone manufacturers. - Full Article Source


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03/29/11 - Defending America, the Underdog
Review of video game about fictional conquest of U.S. includes real expectation of U.S. decline. When it comes to our national self-image, humility gave way to hubris long ago. Politicians not only proclaim the United States the greatest society the world has known, but say that it will remain so forever. Few leaders give voice to the notion of decline even as it becomes quite plausible to some of us. Thankfully, that’s what we have artists for: to challenge and force us to face our darkest fears. And tha t’s why we have video games like Homefront. What follows is a description of the future as imagined in the game, developed in New York by Kaos Studios and released recently by THQ for Windows, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. The basic shooting and combat mech anisms in Homefront are standard fare. And the main single-player story campaign is brief, perhaps five hours at most, though the multiplayer modes are surprisingly engaging. What makes Homefront stand out from all the other shooting games is its setting and its ambition to grapple with a vision of what could happen in the real world if absolutely everything were to go wrong. When you see images of bulldozers pushing around mounds of American corpses, citizens in an internment camp in what used to be a hi gh school football stadium and the twisted wreckage of a suburban White Castle or Hooters restaurant, you feel an emotional connection to the action that simply doesn’t accompany a science-fiction game set on a faraway planet. When Mr. Milius worked on “R ed Dawn” in the 1980s, few people really thought that Soviet troops were about to occupy a small town in the Rockies. And maybe no one thinks a unified Korea is about to take over San Francisco. And yet I can’t imagine what the social and political fallou t would be if some company had invested the millions of dollars required to make a film or TV mini-series out of Homefront’s vision. And I’m not sure a whole lot of people would really want to watch it, because it is disturbing. And it is disturbing becau se as unpalatable as it may be, the inkling that America might not necessarily be the most important place in the world forever is finally sinking into our national consciousness. No matter what the politicians say. - Full Article Source

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03/29/11 - Check out the kid

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JFK Gives Speech On A Chair, Boy Shoots Self. - Full Article Source

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03/29/11 - Charge by lung movements
KeelyNet Indian technology student Kancharla Sampath Reddy poses with his invention - a cellular telephone charger activated by lung movements - strapped to his chest in Hyderabad. Reddy, studying Electrical and Electronics Engineering at Arjun College of Technolo gies invented the device which is triggered by the expansion and contraction of the body when breathing; this connected to a gearbox rotates a turbine which gives an electrical energy output of 3-5 volts. The human breath charger is useful when a main pow er supply is not available. The market value of the charger is approximately around Indian Rupees 150 (USD 2.32). - Full Article Source

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03/29/11 - Solar firm fights battle to shine
A MELBOURNE solar technology company says it is battling to keep the manufacture of its product in Australia after being rejected for government grants. Technique Solar Ltd says it has repeatedly been knocked back at the finishing line after getting posit ive feedback from government. Technique Solar managing director John Keating said the solar module developed by the company is four times more efficient and three times cheaper than available models. The idea was conceived at RMIT by a Masters student and was funded by the Technique Solar shareholders for five years. In September 2009, the RMIT team became employees of Technique Solar. Mr Keating said the invention used a concentrator lens, which meant one of the modules delivered the same energy as achie ved by a bank of 12 conventional solar panels. And it is four times more efficient than current household panels. Mr Keating said the 120 mum and dad shareholders and small corporates had pumped $8 million in so far. To get it up and running by the first quarter of next year would take another $1.5 million. "We are struggling along with various manufacturers and trying to raise money," he said. "We have applied for every funding program via the federal and state governments." Mr Keating said it was baffli ng that they were often invited to apply for grants. - Full Article Source

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03/29/11 - Powers of invention on the boil
KeelyNet Six Christchurch pupils have created a device that uses a pot of boiling water to charge cellphones, power a light and run a radio. The small generator has a flat base and a cup on top, which is placed on a pot of boiling water. The cup is filled with wat er, and, using the heat generated from the pot, it creates enough energy to power small devices. Sam Mackwell, 16, developed the generator in his backyard shed after the St Thomas of Canterbury College pupils came up with the idea after the September 4 ea rthquake. He said a lot of Christchurch people were having to boil water and the generator meant they could take advantage of the energy that would otherwise be wasted. Sam built 10 prototypes before designing the final product. He also destroyed his iPod Touch and a video camera while testing earlier models. They have borrowed $1000 from the school's board of trustees to develop the prototype and to fund the building of another 10, which they hope to sell for $50 each. Sam said there were similar devices on sale in the United States, but they were expensive. The group wanted to sell the generator at a realistic price. James said they were not concerned about making a profit. They were concentrating on providing a product that could help people. They hope d to sell the device, called The Lion, in retail stores. "We called it The Lion because the lion is seen as a strong and resilient creature. Our product is born out of adversity." - Full Article Source

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03/29/11 - Living on Chips
KeelyNet Debbie Taylor writes about her eating habits: I've eaten only crisps for the past 10 years. Note: Crisps are potato chips. Debbie Taylor I've been eating two family-size bags a day for two years, and little else for the past decade. My shopping tro lley looks as if I'm having a children's party. The idea of eating anything else is repellent; I don't like being full and bloated, which is how "proper food" makes me feel. I have a tea for breakfast, skip lunch and then I'm ready for my first large bag of crisps at around 4pm and my second bag at 8pm. During the day I'll have a few cups of tea and sometimes a cola. I don't get ravenous because my body is used to it after all these years. Does she eat anything else? The only time I'll eat anything else i s a family meal at a restaurant. Then I'll pick at a piece of dry chicken and a morsel of bread, just to stop people nagging at me. She sounds like one of those fussy eaters. I've always been a fussy eater. I can remember my mum trying everything to get m e to eat healthily, cooking spaghetti bolognese and chopping up veg, which I refused to eat. She finally said, "If you don't eat that, there's nothing else." "Fine," I replied, "I don't want anything." I wonder what kind she prefers? When Luke was five, I bought a packet of barbecue-flavoured crisps and that was it: I was in love. I didn't eat anything else for the next eight years, until the day I decided to go wild and try Monster Munch. They had been a childhood treat, and they became my crisp of choic e. Probably Walkers. - Full Article Source

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03/29/11 - Clock powered by dead flies
This prototype clock, designed by James Auger and Jimmy Loizeau, is powered by dead flies. A conveyor of fly paper catches the insects and then drops them into a microbial fuel cell where they become feedstock for bacteria to consume. As the bacteria munc h on the dead flies (or most any organic matter), the chemical energy is converted to electrical energy. - Full Article Source


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03/29/11 - Textbot lets narcissistic guys trick women
Textbot lets narcissistic guys trick a women into believing they are sweet, loving and caring. Never be feel unappreciated or without loving attention with your own Textboyfriend bot. The web site promise that 'he' will text you 3 times a week with just t he perfect amount of sweetness, no overtexting, no drama. He's always fun and cute and he's all about you! Texts are sweet and seem to just be timed right when you need a little lift. You can make your friends jealous with no worries, nothing offensive, i t's all sweet. And, it's cheaper than sending yourself flowers! And when you want to dump Textboyfriend, you can unsubscribe by just replying 'STOP' to any message you receive. All for only $1.95 per week. Guys can use it too by signing up and then forwar ding the messages. With Using Textboyfriend even the most narcissistic guy can trick a woman into thinking he is sweet, loving and caring. - Full Article Source

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03/29/11 - Leonard Nimoy Turns 80

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"Leonard Nimoy, whom we all fondly remember as Spock, has turned 80 today. StarTrek.com has posted a three-part interview with Nimoy. He talks about shooting the original series ('it was explained to me that they were concerned that the character looked d evilish'), moving to the silver screen ('The feeling was, after that first movie, there was something to be done with Star Trek, that the first movie hadn't done what was available to be done'), and passing the torch to the new rebooted cast ('I think the alternate universe was necessary.') Thanks for the memories, Mr. Nimoy! May you live long and prosper!" - Full Article Source

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03/29/11 - German Politician Demonstrates Extent of Cellphone Location Tracking
"Deutsche Telekom is tracking its customers' locations and saving the information: '.... as a German Green party politician, Malte Spitz, recently learned, we are already continually being tracked whether we volunteer to be or not. Cellphone companies do not typically divulge how much information they collect, so Mr. Spitz went to court to find out exactly what his cellphone company, Deutsche Telekom, knew about his whereabouts. The results were astounding. In a six-month period — from Aug 31, 2009, to Fe b. 28, 2010, Deutsche Telekom had recorded and saved his longitude and latitude coordinates more than 35,000 times. It traced him from a train on the way to Erlangen at the start through to that last night, when he was home in Berlin. Mr. Spitz has provid ed a rare glimpse — an unprecedented one, privacy experts say — of what is being collected as we walk around with our phones." - Full Article Source

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03/29/11 - Qatar invents artificial clouds to beat the heat at 2022 World Cup
KeelyNet Qatar say they will air condition the stadia via solar power and now scientists at Qatar University have designed the 'cloud' which can be produced at a cost of US $500,000 (£310,000) each.

Saud Abdul Ghani, head of the mechanical and industrial engineering department, told Gulf News the 'clouds' are made from a lightweight carbon structure carrying a giant envelope of material containing helium gas.

Four solar powered engines move the structure via remote control. - Full Article Source

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03/29/11 - Mobile Phone May Rot Your Bones
"Researchers at the National University of Cuyo, in Mendoza, Argentina, looked at that strange breed — men who wear mobile phones on their hip. They discovered evidence to suggest that the proximity of the mobile phone caused a reduction in bone mineral c ontent (BMC) and bone mineral density (BMD) in the men who wore the phones over a 12-month period, compared to a control group that didn't." - Full Article Source

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03/29/11 - 12-Year-Old Rewrites Einstein's Theory of Relativity
"A 12-year-old boy by the name of Jacob Barnett is a math genius. Mastering many college level astrophysics courses by the age of 8, he now works on his most ambitious project to date: his own 'expanded version of Einstein's theory of relativity.'" / Acco rding to his parents Jake has trouble sleeping at night as he constantly sees numbers in his head. But far from complaining, Jake has turned the sleepless nights to his advantage - debunking the big bang theory. The next step, according to professor Ross, is for Jake to leave class altogether and take up a paid research role. - Full Article Source


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03/29/11 - Artificial Leaf Could Provide Cheap Energy
"Nearly all the energy we use on this planet starts out as sunlight that plants use to knit chemical bonds. Now, for the first time, researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have created a potentially cheap, practical artificial leaf that does much the same thing—providing a vast source of energy that's easy to tap. The new device is a silicon wafer about the shape and size of a playing card coated on either side with two different catalysts. The silicon absorbs sunlight and passes that en ergy to the catalysts to split water into molecules of hydrogen and oxygen. Hydrogen is a fuel that can be either burned or used in a fuel cell to create electricity, reforming water in either case. This means that in theory, anyone with access to water c an use it to create a cheap, clean, and available source of fuel." - Full Article Source

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03/26/11 - The Gremlin Effect
Don't you hate machines that flake out on you when you most need them to operate without problems? Computers and software that crashes, car won't start, power outages, lock won't open, appliances fail and a host of other events which impede your day, make you late or miss appointments and generally ruin your day. In real life, it (strange attractors) shows up the more hurried and eager you are to make something happen, then the greater the chances of things popping up to slow you down (since they 'tend to wards chaos' and can manifest as a variety of problems to screw up your ordered plans). People blocking your way, traffic problems, weather problems, mechanical problems, there can be unlimited attractions which otherwise are spread out over time but when a strange attractor is in effect, the problems all manifest and jumble together to screw up your plans. Having worked on and around thousands of machines of various types in a production environment, I have the benefit of a distilled, concentrated set of observations witnessed almost daily. So too did many of my fellow techs as explained below. That is why I think the gremlins are like mini-poltergeists temporarily created and sustained by the emotional imbalances of operators with personal problems. - Full Article Source


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03/26/11 - Most people really can't handle the Truth
KeelyNet Everyone always talks about truth. Well, face it, we really want just shades of grey when it comes to truth. The white and black version simply hurts because brutal honesty is too much for many to hear. To have their rosy outlook on life, love and the wor ld ripped away to show the stark realities would make life unbearable without the soothing salve of little white lies along the way... When it comes down to truth versus little white lies, you don't tell your wife or girlfriend that she is fat, pasty, big assed, stupid, vain, etc.. You tell them just the opposite or risk all hell breaking loose because they will not face the truth. The same for your boyfriend, husband, friend, family member where you tell them they are bucktoothed, gotch eyed, short dicke d, pimply faced, etc. Instead you GLOSS OVER their imperfections and reinforce it with compliments just to KEEP THE PEACE. Yes, the world would be a horrible, miserable place if people told the truth all the time. Fights would continually break out, drink ing and drug use would prevail as people tried to escape the harsh realities of their lives and conditions, depression and suicides would be the norm, wars and unending damage to payback insults (whether lies or the simple truth) would result. - Full Article Source

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03/26/11 - Big Buzz For $60,000 Electric Flight Prize
"Electric Light Sport Aircraft are sprouting up all over. Now that the Experimental Aircraft Association is offering a 60,000 prize for the best ones, manufacturers are gearing up for the competition to be held the last week in July, at AirVenture 2011 in Oshkosh, 'The World's Greatest Aviation Celebration.' Airplanes will be tested for endurance, speed and time-to-climb. Pilots, charge up your batteries.." / An Initial Application Form, along with the official rules, is available to download at www.airve nture.org/electric. Completed applications can be emailed here. A maximum of 12 viable candidates from the pool of applications will be selected to compete for the Electric Flight Prize, which will showcase the accomplishments and viability of flight powe red exclusively by electricity. Three flight competitions held during EAA AirVenture 2011, scheduled for July 25-31 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, along with electric aircraft innovation evaluations will determine prize recipients. The competitio ns are open to anyone with an electric-powered aircraft who has flown at least 40 hours and has an airworthiness certificate. Cash prizes totaling $60,000 will be awarded to the winners of each category as well as the overall winner of the Electric Flight Competition. The prizes and support for the competition comes from Wicks Aircraft Supply, Dynon Avionics, Aircraft Spruce & Specialty and AeroLEDs – four companies highly active in the sport aviation community. - Full Article Source

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03/26/11 - Researchers claim fuel cell breakthrough
Researchers at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland say catalysts made of carbon nanotubes dipped in a polymer solution can outperform traditional platinum catalysts in fuel cells at a fraction of the cost. Platinum, which represents at least a qu arter of the cost of fuel cells, currently sells for about $30,000 per pound, while the activated carbon nanotubes cost about $45 per pound, a Case release said Tuesday. Soaking carbon nanotubes in a water solution of the polymer for a couple of hours coa ts the nanotube surface and pulls an electron partially from the carbon, creating a net positive charge, researchers said. When placed on the cathode of an alkaline fuel cell, the charged material acts as a catalyst for the oxygen-reduction reaction that produces electricity by electrochemically combining hydrogen and oxygen. In testing, the researchers' carbon catalyst fuel cell produced as much power as an identical cell using a platinum catalyst. Dai said he's confident his lab can increase the energy output of the new process. "We have not optimized the system yet," he said. One widely researched use for such cells would be to produce electricity to power an electric car, using hydrogen and oxygen from the air. The only emission from such a vehicle, r esearchers say, would be water. - Full Article Source

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03/26/11 - Jet Pack proves it
Jem Stansfield from BBC One program “Bang Goes The Theory” wanted to find out if it’s possible to swing 360 degrees on a playground swing, so he did the only logical thing: strap on a jet pack, get on the swing, and let the magic happen (video below). U nfortunately, they thought far enough ahead to add some safety precautions, so this video wasn’t nearly as dangerous (meaning awesome) as it could have been. (Of course, they are fudging it since the question is can you get enough speed on your own to do it? - JWD) - Full Article Source


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03/26/11 - Rainbow Potatoes for Diabetes Patients
Russian biologists from Tomsk plant coloured potatoes with orange, blue, violet tubers with red and violet streaks. Coloured potatoes are known to be poor in starch and rich in antioxidants and insulin. The more intensive is tuber’s colour, the higher its antioxidant activity is. Coloured potatoes have the same taste as ordinary one. Coloured potatoes have nothing to do with genetic manipulations – these kinds of potato grow in tropical forests of South America. Natural rainbow potato doesn’t have any spe cial cultivation requirements. - Full Article Source

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03/26/11 - Nimoy upstaged by Flip Wilson
From the Oct 73 airing of the "The Flip Wilson Show". Flip Wilson was a very funny comedian back in the 1960s-1970s. Like Dave Chappelle, he quit at the peak of his career. - Full Article Source


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03/26/11 - Cleaning Blood – Russian Innovation
Russian medics suggest using coal sorbing agent for removing microorganisms from blood during sepsis. Blood of healthy donors was mixed with well-known pathogens Staphylococcus aureus and Klebsiella pneumoniae, which cause a range of infection diseases, i ncluding sepsis. These microbes are famous for their ability to rapidly form resistance for new antibacterial agents. Experiments showed that “filtering” blood through a coal sorbing agent removed up to 68% of pathogenic cells. The difference between a so rbing agent and a filter is that the former removes certain substances, not just large particles. This is the first time when removal of whole microbial cells by means of coal sorbing agent is reported. The technique is a promising one for fighting sepsis , Russian medics believe. (They need to add heat and UV to kill all bacteria and viruses. - JWD) - Full Article Source

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03/26/11 - Five ships run aground off British coast from Supermoon lower tide
The super moon was today blamed for causing five ships to run aground within hours in one of the world’s busiest shipping lanes. Vessels hit sandbanks that are not normally exposed in the Solent, between the Isle of Wight and Hampshire coast, as the pheno menon led to lower tides. The moon was at its closest to the earth for 19 years and some believe it may also have triggered Japan’s tsunami, although astronomers have dismissed the claims as pure nonsense.On Saturday night, the moon was closer to Earth th an at any time since 1992 - just 221,567 miles away. It meant it was around 14 per cent bigger and 30 per cent brighter than typical full moons. The reason for this is a phenomenon called the 'lunar perigee'. The moon's orbit around Earth is not a circle, but an eclipse. At its closest approach - the perigee - the moon appears brighter and larger in the sky. When it is furthest away - the apogee - it is smaller and dimmer. A lunar perigee occurs once a month. However, next week's perigee coincides with a full moon - a combination of events that happen just once every two or three years. - Full Article Source

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03/26/11 - Time and Experiences changes us all
Most fascinating "before and after" pics you'll see all day. - Full Article Source

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03/26/11 - Japan 773 Quakes Map
Watch this to get an idea of the earthquakes that have hit Japan on March 11th through March 26th. - Full Article Source

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03/26/11 - TEROOS - Shoulder-mounted Telecommunication Avatar
A little robot that sits on your shoulder like a parrot and looks around. The enginers describe it as, "just like being on a date" ...with a creepy parrot - Full Article Source


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03/26/11 - A History of Rigged & Fraudulent Oil Prices
With Century of War, Seeds of Destruction, and Gods of Money, Mr. Engdahl wrote a “trilogy of power” which followed the pattern that was once laid out by the Nobel Peace Prize Laureate of 1973, Dr. Henry Kissinger: “Who controls the food supply controls t he people; who controls the energy can control whole continents; who controls money can control the world.” Mr. Engdahl belongs to the more widely discussed analysts of current political and economic developments, and his provocative articles and analyses have appeared in numerous newspapers and magazines and well-known international websites on economics and political affairs. I wrote back in the 2008 period, when oil briefly spiked-up to $147 per barrel and Goldman Sachs was issuing client-advisories th at it was going quickly to $200, and when JP Morgan was advising the Chinese government that China ‘buy all the physical crude you can get your hands on because it is going to $200,' at that point I wrote that roughly 60-70% of the price of oil then was p ure speculation, manipulated by the GSCI, the Goldman Sachs Commodity Index. It's a perfect scenario that they have created on Wall Street to control the oil price irrespective of supply and demand (ii). I would just add that the crucial ingredient these days is not the NYMEX for the global oil price benchmark, but the ICE Futures in London. Why do I say that? Because the ICE Futures is a daughter company of the International Commodity Exchange of Atlanta in Georgia, owned by Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley , JP Morgan Chase etc. – the big oil banks that benefit enormously from the inside. There is absolutely no serious regulation of the ICE Futures. The British keep their hands off it, and the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission, the CFTC, since 2006 under the “Commodity Modernization Act of 2000“ allows ICE Futures to trade energy futures without disclosure to CFTC in the U.S. market through London. So, in fact, it has deregulated and taken away from any government supervisory role the entire trade i n energy futures, especially oil. This is a rigged game. All you need now is a plausible event like this madman Gaddafi going berserk, or even a CNN perception of such, to then kick-off a snowball effect in the futures markets. These games are not sustain able over a ten year time, of course. Eventually it has to come back to supply and demand on some level, but the reality is that this is pure price and perception manipulation right now. - Full Article Source

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03/26/11 - Weimar Rail-Zeppelin: streamlined white-elephant
KeelyNet Conceived and built in 1930 by the German rail company Deutsche Reichsbahn, the Schienenzeppelin was a design alternative to the streamlined steam locomotives of its day. It was a slick and relatively lightweight at 20 tons, running on but two axles and p owered by a 46-liter BMW V-12. The same engine was later used to power the light bombers of the Luftwaffe. The engine sent 600 horsepower to a massive ash propeller, tilted seven degrees to produce downforce. It was one of those designs that would shock a nd delight even in these times, when aluminum is used not for Bauhaus trains but for high-revving V-8s and computers from the near future. Originally good for 120 mph -- on par with the fastest streamlined steam locomotives -- the Schienenzeppelin topped out at a magnificent 140 mph in the summer of 1931. It was a record that stood for 23 years and was never surpassed by a gasoline-powered locomotive. - Full Article Source

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03/26/11 - New FBI System IDs People By Voice, Iris, More
"Under the system, state and local police officers also will eventually use hand-held devices to scan suspects' fingerprints and send the images electronically to the FBI center. 'It's a quick scan to let police officers know if they should let the person go, or take him into custody,' Morris said. In later stages, NGI system also will be expanded to include the analysis of palm prints, handwriting, faces, human irises and voices." - Full Article Source

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03/26/11 - Japanese Chip Shutdown Causing Shortages
"Japan's natural disasters and nuclear crisis have already caused silicon wafer shortages that are rippling through the global supply chain of semiconductors for everything from your garden variety PC to the biggest Google server farm. The earthquake and tsunami in Japan have shut down 25 percent of the global semiconductor raw materials production, threatening to cause shortages and price hikes in everything from smartphones to supercomputers. Intel and Qualcomm are countering that they have stockpiles a nd alternative manufacturing plants that can pick up the slack, but dozens of other electronics makers require critical components only manufactured in Japan." - Full Article Source

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03/26/11 - Fewer People Live To Be Old (Jan, 1930)

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03/26/11 - Surveillance Robot That is Programmed To Hide
"The folks over at Lockheed Martin have just released information about their new covert robot that can sneak up on buildings, detect and evade sentries, and send reconnaissance information back to the good guys. From the article: 'What makes the robot sp ecial is its ability to build a computer model of its surroundings, incorporating information on lines of sight. The robot is fitted with a laser scanner to allow it to covertly map its environment in 3D. It also has a set of acoustic sensors which it use s to distinguish nearby footsteps and their direction.'" - Full Article Source

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03/26/11 - Funny, racy, very talented Puppet Master
Suave, Suave, Suave, hilarious beach puppet. - Full Article Source


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03/26/11 - Carriers Delay Paying Japan's Texting Donations
"As the fallout from the Japanese earthquake/tsunami/nuclear meltdown tragedy continues to unfold, Americans want to help. We learned from the Haiti disaster that the easiest thing to do is to text a donation to our favorite relief organization. But, unli ke Haiti, Japan's text-to-give donations will take as long as three months to get to the relief agency. And the company handling these donations, mGive.com, has not waived the transaction fees it charges relief agencies." - Full Article Source

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03/26/11 - Google Won't Pull Checkpoint Evasion App
"Don't expect Google to remove apps that help users avoid DUI checkpoints — the company says it is leaving the controversial apps on its Android Marketplace. A source said the company only removes apps that violate its Android content policies and the app s in question do not appear to violate these policies." - Full Article Source

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03/26/11 - An App That Turns Any Drawing Into a Dress
KeelyNet "A new app by interactive designer Mary Huang called Continuum, lets you turn any drawing into a customized three-dimensional garment. From the article: 'Huang dubs her software “D. dress”—the “D” stands for “Delaunay triangulation,” an algorithm she uses to deconstruct each dress into a series of triangular planes. Any adjustments in necklines, skirt lengths, or sleeve types are achieved by adding or subtracting triangles. “Lo-res triangular models are more abstract,” Huang admits, “but this abstraction prompts people to imagine what the resulting dress would look like rather than expect an exact rendition of the screen image. The triangulation also insures that almost any drawing will produce an interesting form.”'" - Full Article Source

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03/26/11 - Brain-Computer Interface Still Going After 1,000 Days
"Remember BrainGate? The implanted system lets people with paralysis control computer cursors and other devices just by thinking about moving them with their hand. A new report shows that it is still going strong in a patient 1,000 days past her implant." - Full Article Source

ITEM #69

03/26/11 - US Contemplating 'Vehicle Miles Traveled' Tax
"This week the Congressional Budget Office released a report saying that taxing people based on how many miles they drive is a possible option for raising new revenues, and that these taxes could be used to offset the costs of highway maintenance. The pro posed tax would be enforced through the use of electronic metering devices installed on all vehicles. The mileage tax is being considered instead of an increase in the gas tax in order to tax hybrids, EVs, and conventional automobiles equally." - Full Article Source

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03/26/11 - A Late Adopter's Guide To USB 3.0
"Even with cheap external hard drives, USB 3.0 offers roughly double the real-world transfer rates of old-school USB 2.0. It's no wonder, then, that USB 3.0 ports are available on most new systems. But what if you want to add USB 3.0 to an existing one? T his article goes over what's required and explores the sort of performance improvements you can expect to see. Looks like a no-brainer for anyone who does a lot of transfers to external hard drives." - Full Article Source

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03/23/11 - Pay your local Farmer Now or pay the Hospital Later
This is great!! More kids need to get out of the whole brainwashed mindset.. and start looking into this themselves! This kid has some balls... and he doesn't care what people think (the most important thing!!) (Thanks to Bob Aldrich for this excellent, t hought provoking link. - JWD) - Full Article Source


ITEM #72

03/23/11 - People-tracking orb demo makes us want to build our own
Earlier this week, we came across a video of an orb-based eyeball that would follow you throughout the room, based on data gathered from a Kinect sensor. Try as we might, we couldn’t find much more than the video, but it seems that the guys behind the pro ject have spoken up in a recent blog post. [Jon George] of The Design Studio UK explained that the person-tracking eyeball visualization was built using a PC, a Kinect, and a product called the Puffersphere, which projects a 360 degree image on the inside of a glass orb. A panoramic image is converted for use by the special lens inside the sphere by applying a filter which warps the image into a circular shape. After the image has been created, a simple Windows app is used in conjunction with the OpenNI f ramework that allows the image to follow you around the room. The only problem with this fun little project is the price of the sphere – we’re not sure what it is exactly, but rest assured it is more than we are willing to pay for such a toy. We’re thinki ng there has to be a way to simulate the orb’s effect to some degree using cheaper hardware. It’s possible that it could be done using a small-scale DIY version of this spherical mirror projection build, though it consists of concave half-spheres rather t han full orbs. In the meantime, take a look at these two videos of the orb in action. Don’t worry – we know you were totally thinking about the Eye of Sauron, so the second video should not disappoint. (Years ago I saw a similar robot tracking system a t the Exploratorium in San Francisco. It was a very simple feedback circuit and would move the head sideways or up and down when you came within about 3-5 feet of it. This one is way more advanced. - JWD) - Full Article Source


ITEM #73

03/23/11 - Does the pharmaceutical industry exaggerate their R&D costs?
One of the principle claims for allowing pharmaceutical companies to continue their hold on current patent practices, is that research and development (or R&D) is very expensive. It just keeps coming up, and seems to be all the rage when arguing against t hings like the passing of Bill C-393. Although the fact that there are high costs is obviously true, a recent paper published in Biosocieties would suggest that the oft cited statistics, the ones always used to support this assertion for lobbying or publi c relations purposes, may in fact be over inflated. "The most widely cited figures (by government officials and the industry's trade association for its global news network) for the cost to discover and bring a new drug (defined as a 'new chemical entity' or 'new molecular entity'; not a reformulation or recombination of existing drugs) to market are US$802 million in 2000. This has been updated by 64 per cent to $1.32 billion in 2006." - Full Article Source

ITEM #74

03/23/11 - Super Cheap Magnetic Mixer
[Wes] threw together a few spare parts to make this Magnetic Stir Plate. The whole setup is amazingly simple. Pry the fins off of an old computer fan, glue a couple magnets to the fan’s hub. Drill a hole for a DC connector, find some sort of cover and.. B ob’s your uncle! [Wes] advises that you test the spacing of the magnets on the hub before gluing them permanently, as they can be a bit tricky to align. The stir bar for non food items is a magnet bar from one of those crazy magnet and ball bearing toys, it is basically just a solid magnet covered in plastic. Food safe bars can be acquired, though they are not as cheap. With all that room under the hood we would love to see him throw in some kind of a PWM speed control but that could be a bit complicat ed. Most of us could throw this together from spare parts. / Magnetized water is claimed to be energy-building, activating, cleansing and detoxifying. There are reports of people resolving bladder problems, recovering quickly from a stroke, alleviating ar thritis pain and reducing blood pressure by drinking magnetized water. It is perhaps reasonable to assume that if scientific studies on animals have proven that magnetized water has health benefits, then it should also be beneficial to humans. However, so far there have been no systematic, clinical trials done to prove or disprove the healing effects of magnetized water in humans. - Full Article Source


ITEM #75

03/23/11 - Magnetic Pole Shift May Drive Animals and Humans Mad
Scientific research suggests the Earth's changing magnetic field may cause otherwise peaceful animals to become enraged killers banding together in voracious indiscriminate attacks and killing both terrified humans and each other. During the final months of 2010 and the beginning of 2011, much attention was focused on mass animal deaths occurring throughout the world. Speculation revolved around many different causes, the most popular one being the current magnetic polar shift. Although the hypothesis was dismissed as being unsupported by scientific evidence, that was not quite true. Scientific research does exist that tends to support the bizarre behavior of such suicidal animals. Worse, that same research suggests the possibility that as the magnetic fi eld becomes more unstable and the flux intensifies, masses of animals could literally lose their minds and embark on frenzied, murderous rampages. Every human would be at risk, for even a crazed squirrel can kill an unarmed person. - Full Article Source

ITEM #76

03/23/11 - Take A Short Kitten Break
All that Libyan war talk is getting too serious. Invest 17 seconds and enjoy a cute little kitten. Here's the most popular kitten video on YouTube, with 44 million views: Surprised Kitty. - Full Article Source


ITEM #77

03/23/11 - An Honest Politician?
Can it be? An elected official (besides Kucinich) who actually tells the truth? Congressman Ed Markey, from Massachusetts, sez:

"Well, we're in Libya because of oil. And I think both Japan and the nuclear technology and Libya and this dependence that we have upon imported oil have both once again highlighted the need for the United States to have a renewable ener gy agenda going forward." - Full Article Source

ITEM #78

03/23/11 - Invention removes mercury from water
U.S. Patent No. 7,901,585 - Invented by Larry J. Lehtinen, Two Harbors, Minn., and Jeffrey A. Hansen, Fort Wayne - Assigned to Ferro LLC, Gilbert, Minn. Too much mercury can be particularly detrimental to aquatic life. Furthermore, when mercury gets into the fish we eat, it that can be dangerous. So obviously, removing mercury from gas or wastewater before it contaminates our atmosphere, rivers or streams is a good thing. This patent describes a process for removing mercury from air or liquid by combining them with an admixture of sorbent reagents including taconite tailings. Taconite is an ore that contains iron and other elements. It is a waste product in certain metal manufacturing processes so it is inexpensive and readily available. The taconite abso rbs the mercury, thereby removing it from the air or water before escaping to the environment. - Full Article Source

ITEM #79

03/23/11 - Finding investors to commercialize inventions
In a nutshell, it boils down to lack of track record. There is many a slip between cup and lip, between idea and execution, to the point of an invention commercialized to successfully delivering cash flow and value for investors. Hence, risk is significan tly higher than for a going concern, where a company has already gone through its teething issues, and usually already established cash flow. It therefore takes a certain breed of investor who has the kind of appetite for risk, and the expertise to evalua te investment proposals. There are relatively few of these in Central Europe, particularly who are prepared to offer equity financing for larger amounts. There are thousands of worthy technologies and inventions throughout Central Europe that are not achi eving funding due to the factors mentioned above. This is a loss not only for inventors, but for society at large. - Full Article Source

ITEM #80

03/23/11 - Truth About Provisional Patent Applications
As patent reform moves forward with the first to file provisions still intact we can expect to hear from many corners that the thing that inventors and businesses need to do is file provisional patent applications. I am a big fan of provisional patent ap plications, and they can be a very useful tool, but only when they are done right. When a provisional patent application is done poorly you not only don’t get any benefit, the filing potentially demonstrates that as of that moment you were not in possess ion of an invention. Poorly done provisional patent applications are almost certainly useless for their intended purpose, but can be used against the inventor later as a weapon to demonstrate there was no invention, or at least that the invention has not ripened past the idea stage at the critical moment the invention was memorialized at the filing date. Therefore, it is critically important to understand what is required in a provisional patent application and not to fall prey to those who knowingly or unknowingly prey on unsophisticated inventors. - Full Article Source

ITEM #81

03/23/11 - Can we predict health care needs?
What if a computer algorithm could predict, based on patient profiles and low-level symptoms, who would need hospital care within the next year? The Heritage Health Prize thinks that just such an algorithm would save both lives and money, and they're star ting up a contest aimed at developing it. There's a $3 million prize on the line, as well as $230,000 in progress prizes. - Full Article Source

ITEM #82

03/23/11 - Egypt: Mummy's curse strikes again
KeelyNet Remember the stories about the pieces stolen from Cairo Museum during the revolt against President Mubarak? Apparently, like so much you read in the bought media, things turned out rather different. Several museums were targeted. In one, the looters ended up stricken with the Mummy's Curse, thrashing on the floor speaking in tongues... Their mistake? Tearing the heads off two mummies and kicking them around like footballs. Terrence Aym quotes the Museum security guard al-Hamad Genadry, who told the Cairo press that "when he discovered the two goons they were jabbering and drooling-talking in gibberish to the two severed mummy heads". "They rolled about on the floor thrashing like curs. It was truly quite a remarkable sight," the 52-year-old museum guard s aid. In fact that day, several museums - not one, as it was reported - were targeted by armed groups of thugs, as was the case in Iraq where dubious shopping lists were drawn up, before the invasion, by foreign powers. Quoting archaeologist Zahi Hawass, S ecretary General of Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities, Aym reveals "A large group, armed with guns and a truck, entered the store, opened the boxes in the magazine and took the precious objects. Other groups attempted to enter the Coptic Museum, Roya l Jewellery Museum, National Museum of Alexandria, and El Manial Museum." What happened to the thieves? Their bodies were taken to Ain Shams University Hospital. Some experts speculate that they breathed in some ancient dust and got a brain infection, oth ers label the illness which killed them "more mysterious". The Royal Curse? Many Egyptian tombs were sealed with the warning of a curse to those who opened them, "a warning to future grave robbers," claims Terrence Aym, who expands: "Lesser known is the f act that small cults still exist in Egypt that worship the ancient gods and ascribe to them great powers". - Full Article Source

ITEM #83

03/23/11 - Michio Kaku's Dark Prediction For the End of Moore's Law
"An excerpt from Michio Kaku's new book appears at salon.com, in which he sees a dark economic future within the next 20 years as Moore's law is brought to an end when single-atom transistors give way to quantum states. Kaku predicts: 'Since chips are pla ced in a wide variety of products, this could have disastrous effects on the entire economy. As entire industries grind to a halt, millions could lose their jobs, and the economy could be thrown into turmoil.'" What happens when computers stop shrinking? By around 2020, the age of the ever-smaller chip will come to an end -- and we'd better prepare for it. - Full Article Source

ITEM #84

03/23/11 - Was the Early Universe 2 Dimensional Spacetime?
"According to two theoretical physicists, our current four-dimensional Universe (3 dimensions of space, 1 dimension of time) is actually an evolution from a lower-dimensional state. The early Universe may have existed with just one spatial dimension (plus one time dimension) up until the Universe cooled below an energy state of 100 TeV. At this point, a transition occurred when the spatial dimension "folded" to create 2 dimensions. At 1 TeV, it folded again to create the Universe we know today: 3 dimensio ns of space, one of time. This may sound like a purely theoretical study, but there might be evidence of the evolution of universal dimensions in cosmic ray measurements and, potentially, in gravitational wave cut-off frequency." (We have just folded space from Ix... - JWD) - Full Article Source

ITEM #85

03/23/11 - CS Prof Decries America's 'Internal Brain Drain'
"Dr. Norman Matloff of the University of California-Davis computer science department argues that US citizens are avoiding 'Science Technology Engineering Math' (STEM) careers, because US citizens see those fields as being ruined by massive offshoring and inshoring. 'Despite widely publicized claims that foreign tech workers and scientists represent exceptional ability and are thus vital to American innovation, Matloff called that argument merely "a good sound byte for lobbyists" supporting industry propo sals for higher visa caps. The data (PDF), on the other hand, indicate that those admitted are no more able, productive, or innovative than America's homegrown talent, he said.'" - Full Article Source

ITEM #86

03/23/11 - Secret Libya Psyops, Caught by Online Sleuths
The U.S. military has dispatched one of its secret propaganda planes to the skies around Libya. And that “Commando Solo” aircraft is telling Libyan ships to remain in port – or risk NATO retaliation. We know this, not because some Pentagon official said s o, but because one Dutch radio geek is monitoring the airwaves for information about Operation Odyssey Dawn — and tweeting the surprisingly-detailed results. On Sunday alone, “Huub” has identified the tail numbers, call signs, and movements of dozens of N ATO aircraft: Italian fighter jets, American tankers, British aerial spies, U.S. bombers, and the Commando Solo psyops plane. “If you attempt to leave port, you will be attacked and destroyed immediately,” the aircraft broadcasted late Sunday night. “I ju st combine the global and free information on the Internet with my local received information from the ether,” Huub e-mails Danger Room. “[My] main goal to listen to this communication is to listen to ‘the truth,’ without any military or political propaga nda.” - Full Article Source

ITEM #87

03/23/11 - NASA Wants Revolutionary Radiation Shielding Tech
KeelyNet "Long term exposure to radiation is one of the biggest challenges in long-duration human spaceflights, and NASA is now looking for what it calls 'revolutionary' technology that would help protect astronauts from harmful exposure. 'It is believed that the best strategy for radiation protection and shielding for long duration human missions is to use electrostatic active radiation shielding while, in concert, taking the full advantage of the state-of-the-art evolutionary passive (material) shielding technol ogies for the much reduced and weaken radiation that may escape and hit the spacecraft.'" - Full Article Source

ITEM #88

03/23/11 - Mini Drone Detects Breathing and Motion
"The Phoenix 40-A mini-UAV system is capable of performing dual functions as a motion detector as well as probing for breathing of a hiding person in a compound. The mini-UAV can be remotely controlled at long standoff distances from ground or an airborne asset. In addition to the programmed, GPS-guided multi-waypoint visits, the integrated video cameras allow for day and night landing and monitoring of a premises under surveillance for enhanced situational awareness." - Full Article Source

ITEM #89

03/23/11 - A New Class of Nuclear Reactors
KeelyNet "The folks over at IV Insights, the blog associated with Nathan Myhrvold's Intellectual Ventures, point out that it was the complete loss of power that disabled the cooling systems protecting the plant's reactors. Which raises the question: Is there nucle ar technology that could withstand such a catastrophe? Possibly. TerraPower, an Intellectual Ventures spin-off that also boasts Bill Gates as an investor, is working on a new reactor design called a traveling wave reactor that uses fast reactor technology , rather than the light water technology used at the Fukushima Daiichi plant. The two biggest advantages of the fast reactor design is that it requires no spent fuel pools and uses cooling systems that require no power to function, meaning the loss of pow er from the tsunami might not have crippled a fast reactor plant so severely."

After an initial start-up with a small amount of low-enriched material, this innovative reactor design can run for decades on depleted uranium – currently a waste byproduct of the enrichment process. An established fleet of TWRs could operate without e nrichment or reprocessing for millennia. TerraPower has explored the advanced physics of this concept in detail with 21st-century computational tools and is moving forward with the overall plant design. Huge amounts of depleted uranium, useless to today's reactors, already exist in stockpiles around the world. Stocks of this material grow as uranium is enriched for the refueling of conventional reactors. The TWR directly converts depleted uranium to usable fuel as it operates. As a result, this inexpensiv e but energy-rich fuel source could provide a global electricity supply that is, for all practical purposes, inexhaustible. There are currently 700,000 metric tons of this low-level nuclear leftover product in the United States. Using a TWR, an 8-metric-t on canister of depleted uranium could generate 25 million megawatt-hours of electricity – enough to power 2.5 million U.S. households for one year. - Full Article Source

ITEM #90

03/23/11 - System Measures Stress In Emergency Callers' Voice
"Chances are that if you're calling 9-1-1 (or 9-9-9, or whatever it is where you are), you're not likely to tell the operator that your case isn't all that urgent, and that it can wait. The problem is, sometimes emergency dispatch centers are so overloade d with callers – all of them stating that they need assistance right now – that some sort of system is required in order to determine who should get help first. Dutch researchers claim to have developed just such a system, which analyzes callers' voices t o determine how stressed-out they are." - Full Article Source

ITEM #91

03/23/11 - Experimental Batteries Charge In Minutes
"Of all the criticisms of electric vehicles, probably the most commonly-heard is that their batteries take too long to recharge – after all, limited range wouldn't be such a big deal if the cars could be juiced up while out and about, in just a few minute s. Well, while no one is promising anything, new batteries developed at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign do indeed look like they might be a step very much in the right direction. They are said to offer all the advantages of capacitors and batteries, in one unit." - Full Article Source

ITEM #92

03/23/11 - A Look At the World's Dwindling Food Supply
KeelyNet "The UK's Government Office of Science has released a report titled 'The Future of Food and Farming' which takes a look at, among other related concerns, how to continue to feed a global population that is on pace to reach 9 billion by the year 2050.

'The report calls for more innovation to increase production. That means using the potential benefits of GM crops and other biotech approaches, although these won't be a cure-all. There's room for improvement on the consumption end, too, as 30 percent of food never makes it into a human stomach; in the developed world, we let produce slowly rot in the backs of our fridges, and the in developing world, farm wastage causes a similar problem. ...

Rising energy prices influence food security, with a correlation between food price and oil price that has become stronger over time, first increasing food production costs, and later by encouraging the diversion of food stocks into biofuel production. '" - Full Article Source

ITEM #93

03/23/11 - University Switches To DC Workstations
"Researchers at the University of Bath, UK are undertaking an in-depth study of energy consumption within the new network, with the aim of demonstrating that running a large network of devices on DC rather than AC is both more secure and more energy effic ient. AC electric power from the grid is converted to DC and runs 50 specially adapted computers in the University Library. Students using the system have noticed that the new computers are more compact and much quieter than the previous systems. The imme diate advantages of the new system are not only for the user but for the energy bill payer and the environment." (I hope this catches on worldwide, DC is so much more efficient. - JWD) - Full Article Source

ITEM #94

03/23/11 - Happy 80th Birthday, William Shatner!

KeelyNet

"March 22, another geek legend celebrated a birthday. Best known for portraying Captain James T. Kirk, William Shatner has cemented himself into geek science fiction lore forever. Today he begins his ninth decade on this planet — yes, Captain Kirk is now 80 years old." - Full Article Source

ITEM #95

03/23/11 - Sludge In Flask Gives Clues To Origin of Life
"In the 1950s, scientist Stanley Miller conducted a series of experiments in which he zapped gas-filled flasks with electricity. The most famous of these, published in 1952, showed that such a process could give rise to amino acids, the building blocks of proteins. But a later experiment, conducted in 1958, sat on the shelf--never analyzed by Miller. Now, scientists have gone back and analyzed the sludge at the bottom of this flask and found even more amino acids than before--and better evidence that ligh tning and volcanic gasses may have helped create life on Earth." - Full Article Source

ITEM #96

03/23/11 - Watch it before the politically correct take it down!!!
Multiculturalism cannot succeed because 3rd worlders won't change their ways for a civilized world. (Thanks Walter for this shocking but predictable cause and effect scenario taking place in the real world, and it will get much worse in all countries w ho do not require their immigrants to give up their backward ways. - JWD) - Full Article Source


ITEM #97

03/23/11 - Help Map Global Light Pollution, By Starlight
"Light pollution is a big problem these days, affecting not only astronomers and wild life, but also everyone else because of wasted energy. GLOBE at Night aims to raise awareness by urging people to go outside and find out how much light pollution there is in their area. 'The campaign is easy and fun to do. First, you match the appearance of the constellation Orion in the first campaign (and Leo or Crux in the second campaign) with simple star maps of progressively fainter stars found. Then you submit yo ur measurements, including the date, time, and location of your comparison. After all the campaign's observations are submitted, the project's organizers release a map of light-pollution levels worldwide.'" - Full Article Source

ITEM #98

03/20/11 - Two mind blowing conundrums
Does a wind driven vehicle move faster than the wind? AND Why does the toy roll further than the ruler moves? (Thanks to Bob Aldrich for the links to this fascinating information. - JWD) - from two emails

Downwind Faster than the Wind (DWFTTW) Myth Challenge

Under the ruler faster than the ruler


ITEM #99

03/20/11 - 4 Intriguing Inventions from the ARPA-E Innovation Summit

Illuminated Paper

At the summit, Nth Degree Technologies made the debut of what it calls Printed Illuminated Paper. The company embeds paper with thousands of tiny LEDs, each the size of a white blood cell, to make sheets of light that can be cut to any shape or size. T he company had two kinds of demos on hand: One was two light bulbs, or rather pieces of illuminated paper cut into the shape of light bulbs. (See the video.) However, Mark Lowenthal, the company's vice president, told me that these were just attention-gra bbers and that the final product will be based on a different technology and will bear more resemblance to the piece of paper in the photograph to the right. This light was far brighter and used 8 watts of electricity. The next generation of illuminated p aper, Lowenthal said, will consume a quarter the wattage and be 50 to 100 times brighter.

Trapping the Ocean's Power: Atmocean, Inc.

The idea behind the Atmocean WEST (Wave Energy Seawater Transmission) is to deploy an array of oceanborne devices that capture wave energy and store it for later use, all while creating better fishing grounds. How is such a trifecta possible? WEST crea tes its power from a sort of tug-of-war. A series of buoys (the yellow items in the graphic) float on the surface. Underwater, each buoy has a tail equipped with a series of toggles that creates a huge amount of drag. Between the buoy and the tail is a pu mp that is activated with each passing swell. That pump sends seawater through a hose to a central floating platform, where it operates an air compressor. That compressor, in turn, routes through a hose to the ocean floor, where the air is stored in bladd ers. Those bladders are the invention of an ARPA-E awardee, Bright Energy Storage Technologies. (Atmocean isn't an awardee, by the way, but was one of several companies whose presence on the show floor was a tacit endorsement by ARPA-E.) Bright Energy has realized that air, trapped in the pressurized environment of deep water, is an efficient way to store energy. A pneumatic tube connects the bladder to shore, where the air expands in volume and can be released to spin a turbine whenever the energy is nee ded. Now about that fishing thing: Atmocean's CEO, Philip Kithil, told me that his initial tests have shown that the toggle-and-buoy system creates an upwelling of cold water, which if it were borne out would make the area around the buoys into a nutrient -rich ground for fish.

Refrigeration Anywhere: Xergy Inc.

Xergy uses the principles of a fuel cell to create cooling in a much smaller space than a traditional air conditioner, while consuming a fraction of the power and without using refrigeration fluids that are harmful to the atmosphere. "We are using hydroge n as a working fluid and pumping it across a membrane using electricity," says Bahmad Bahar, the company's president and an Iranian engineer who grew up in the family's refrigeration business. The company was a finalist in ARPA-E's BEETIT (Building Energy Efficiency Through Innovative Thermodevices) category and is a finalist in GE's Ecoimagination contest. With no moving parts and a simple design, Bahar thinks Xergy's air conditioners could be scaled to cool an environment of almost any size, from a comp uter's CPU to a full-size building. And since it takes up less space, a unit could be inserted where air conditioners have never gone before, like the wall of a building or the door panel of a car.

Storing Sun and Wind Energy: General Compression

One of the biggest problems with renewable energies like wind and solar is that the sun doesn't always shine and the wind doesn't always blow. General Compression is one of several companies funded by ARPA-E that is figuring out how to take these inter mittent sources and make them into something that can provide "baseload power" that is available 24/7. When the wind blows or the sun shines, a renewable-energy plant often produces more electricity than the grid can presently use. General Compression tak es that extra power and uses it to make compressed air, which is stored in a salt cavern underground. Then, when night falls or the wind dies, the air can be released to spin turbines and create electricity. There's just one problem. When that stored air is released, or un-compressed, it becomes so cold that it's difficult to handle. Other companies contend with this problem by burning some fossil fuels to heat the air. General Compression's answer is to trim the cold temperatures (and also the heat from the initial compression) by venting it to a pool of water on the surface. - Full Article Source

ITEM #100

03/20/11 - Shock wave engine for cars gets closer
If it works as advertised, the so-called Wave Disk Engine would use shock waves to more efficiently compress fuel and transmit energy. The research team at Michigan State University claims that its prototype could potentially decrease auto emissions by up to 90 percent. The invention, which doesn't have a radiator or valve train, uses a generator connection to serve as a vehicle's engine, according to Norbert Mueller, an associate professor of Mechanical Engineering at MSU. The idea here being that compre ssion becomes more efficient if there are no moving parts involved in the process. The MSU team contends that their prototype thus would more efficiently process automobile fuel. What's more, they estimate it would subtract almost 1,000 pounds from the we ight of a car that now gets taken up in the way of a conventional engine, transmission, cooling system, emissions, and fluids. Vehicles incorporating the system would be able to run on myriad fuels - including compressed natural gas, hydrogen, gas or rene wable fuels.(You can listen to Mueller explain this in more detail in the above video filmed a couple of years ago when MSU received the grant to undertake the project). The prototype was presented last week to the Advanced Research Projects Agency Energy ,, which is backing the Michigan State University Engine Research Laboratory with $2.5 million in funding. Also, check out this 2008 paper on wave disk technology. - Full Article Source


ITEM #101

03/20/11 - Chemist's Technology Prevents Nuclear Explosions
Larry Harrah is a physical chemist who said his 1976 invention may have stopped the explosions in Japan and saved lives. Harrah said his invention, 14 difenyl-dycentiline, is commonly known as hydrogen getter. “It’s just that kind of thing I think our inv ention would have prevented,” Harrah said. He said that he and other scientists created the hydrogen getter back in 1976 while working for Sandia Labs. When an accident causes a nuclear reactor to critically overheat, hydrogen is released. If the hydrogen reaches the air, it can cause radiation-filled explosions. Harrah’s hydrogen getters, however, attach to hydrogen molecules and stop the explosions. “When i saw what was going on over there, I thought, ‘Oh maybe if they had that, it would’ve prevented it . Perhaps they had it and it did prolong it,” Harrah said. As far as he knows, the patent for the technology still remains behind the gates at Sandia Labs. The research facility wasn’t able to reveal if it still has the patent or if anyone is using the te chnology. - Full Article Source

ITEM #102

03/20/11 - After Earth: Why, Where, How, and When We Might Leave Our Planet
KeelyNet Given the risks humans pose to the planet, we might someday leave Earth simply to conserve it. Earth won’t always be fit for occupation. We know that in two billion years or so, an expanding sun will boil away our oceans, leaving our home in the universe uninhabitable—unless, that is, we haven’t already been wiped out by the Andromeda galaxy, which is on a multibillion-year collision course with our Milky Way. Moreover, at least a third of the thousand mile-wide asteroids that hurtle across our orbital pa th will eventually crash into us, at a rate of about one every 300,000 years. - Full Article Source

ITEM #103

03/20/11 - In Search Of... The Castle Of Secrets (Coral Castle) Part 1
In Search Of... "The Castle of Secrets" hosted by Leonard Nimoy, Episode #112, Season 5. Part 1 of 3. Coral Castle in Homestead, Florida, is one of the most amazing structures ever built. In terms of accomplishment, it's been compared to Stonehenge, ancie nt Greek temples, and even the great pyramids of Egypt. It is amazing -- some even say miraculous -- because it was quarried, fashioned, transported, and constructed by one man: Edward Leedskalnin, a 5-ft. tall, 100-lb. Latvian immigrant. Notes;

1. Oolite coral might be the key for an experiment, stone floats in air as iron floats in water.
2. Oolite is a sedimentary rock composed of small spherical grains of concentrically layered carbonate...
3. Calcium carbonate is the main component of shells of marine organisms, snails, pearls, and eggshells. commonly used as a calcium supplement.
4. Trigonal (3 angles of symmetry, a stem w/3 longitudinal spines) crystal structure of calcite is most common. called chalk, neutralizes acids. - Full Article Source


ITEM #104

03/20/11 - Boric acid to quench Japanese reactors
The government of Japan has asked Seoul for 52.6 tons of boric acid to try and keep the damaged reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station cool. Boric acid lowers the temperatures of the reactors by preventing nuclear fission. Korean Minister of Knowledge Economy Choi Joong-kyung said "We'll send it as quickly as possible once we've checked that our stockpile is suitable for the Japanese nuclear plant." - Full Article Source

ITEM #105

03/20/11 - The Iranian flying saucer
KeelyNet It's not clear how far or how high it can fly – or even how big it is and what makes it take off. But an aircraft created by scientists in Iran is, they claim, the world’s first flying saucer. Called the Zohal - or Saturn in English - it said the unmanne d spaceship is designed for 'aerial imaging' but added it can be used for 'various missions'. The hardline Fars news agency illustrated its story with a photo of a flying saucer, akin to one appearing in a 1950s Hollywood B-movie, hovering over an unident ified wooded landscape. The reports gave no indication of the spaceship’s size. But they indicated it was small by claiming, somewhat bizarrely, that it can also fly indoors. 'The device belonging to the new generation of vertical flyers is designed for a erial photography. 'It is equipped with autopilot, image stabiliser and GPS and has a separate system for aerial recording with full HD quality!' The flying saucer was said to have been unveiled at an exhibition of 'strategic technologies' attended by Ira n’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. At the same time Iran’s Space Agency launched a test spacecraft designed to sustain life in orbit. The state IRNA news agency said the capsule was carried by a rocket called the Kavoshgar-4 (Explorer-4) 75 miles into orbit before returning to earth. Iran’s often outlandish scientific claims usually prove difficult to confirm. American naval forces in the Persian Gulf have yet to come across a 'super-modern' radar-evading flying boat Iran claimed to have tested f our years ago. - Full Article Source

ITEM #106

03/20/11 - Things you didn't know about Sperm
Sperm vs Semen - Some people use the terms sperm and semen interchangeably. But sperm cells are only one component. Semen also contains substances from the prostate and a pair of rabbit ear-shaped organs inside the pelvis called the seminal vesicles. Sper m cells - which are made in the testicles - need lots of high-octane fuel to whip their tails. Lucky for them (and us), sperm get the fuel they need in the form of sugar fructose, which is supplied by the seminal vesicles. Fluid from the prostate contains chemicals that cause semen to liquefy once it's inside the female. Without it, sperm would be locked in place and unable to swim.

Dead Sperm Can Make Live Babies - To fertilize an egg the old-fashioned way, sperm need to be able to swim. Not so with in-vitro (test tube) fertilization. In fact, when IVF technicians use tiny, robotically controlled glass straws to insert a single s perm inside an egg, they sometimes beat the sperm with the glass until it stops moving. The only thing that matters is the DNA inside the sperm.

Sperm Live for Days - How long can a sperm cell live once inside a woman's body? About two days.

Refrigerator Testicles - Sexual passion may be hot, but a guy's testicles stay cool - about 7 degrees Fahrenheit cooler than ordinary body temperature. That's just right for producing healthy sperm. A man's body keeps the ideal testicle temperature wit h radiator-like veins that pull heat away and muscles in the scrotum that raise and lower the testicles to bring them closer to the body's warmth - or farther away. If a guy crosses his legs, his scrotal temperature increases by about 2 degrees. Ditto if he wears briefs. But lots of guys who cross their legs become dads, and Dr. Niederberger says the idea that wearing boxers will help boost fertility is probably misguided.

Two Months to Make Sperm - How long does it take to make sperm? About two months, according to the latest studies. "Sperm are being started all the time, just like an assembly line," says Dr. Niederberger. "You don't wait for a truck to finish the asse mbly line before starting to build another, right? But just like an assembly line, it takes time to go from the start to the end." - Full Article Source

ITEM #107

03/20/11 - “FERB” Aerodynamic Invention
An inventor from Tennessee, has designed an air dam to could increase a truck’s mileage and protect against road debris. This invention is patented. The “FERB” dam would hang low in order to reduce wind drag under the truck. This design would force air to move over and around the truck which could help to increase a truck’s miles per gallon (MPG). The accessory is indestructible yet aesthetically appealing, which would enhance a truck’s appearance while protecting against debris. FERB is compatible with a ll types of trucks, SUV’s, buses, recreational vehicles, coaches, etc. FERB would consist of a unit that would be producible from painted or non-painted polychloroprene rubber and stainless steel. The unit can be coated with tire foam or rubber protector to avoid scratches. The unit can be installed around the front bumper section, wrapping around on both sides of the vehicle directly in front of the front tires. A horizontal, stainless-steel strip would trim the lengths of the top sides of the unit. The streamlined form would redirect air over the top and around the sides of the truck. Sizes and designs can vary according to a consumer’s needs and tastes. Variations of FERB would include a polished, stainless-steel unit with rubber trim, as well as a car version. - Full Article Source

ITEM #108

03/20/11 - Irish invention to kill off superbug MRSA
A research team has created nanomaterials for textiles used in hospital drapes, bed linens and upholstery to fight killer infections. Scientists said that when embedded on hospital materials through a patent-pending process, which ensures the nanoparticle s stick tightly to the textile, they stop the infections spreading. The MRSA bug is one of the major causes of hospital-acquired infections. Every year, around three million people in the EU catch a healthcare-associated infection, resulting in around 50 thousand deaths. - Full Article Source

ITEM #109

03/20/11 - Luggage Signals You When It Arrives
After a long flight every suitcase starts to look the same, which makes navigating the anxious crowds at the carousel even more nerve-wracking. Imagine a word of travel where your suitcase actually alerted you as it was headed your way on the conveyor bel t. This Wireless Luggage Locator does just that! A patented electronic luggage tag features a built-in wireless transmitter and wireless key chain recognition device. While you wait at baggage claim, your key chain will sound, flash, and vibrate once your suitcase is within 20 meters! Automatically de-activates in the plane and re-activates on the luggage belt. Using the built in electric photo sensor, it senses when it is in the cargo of the plane by measuring factors such as light, altitude & noise. - Full Article Source

ITEM #110

03/20/11 - 70's William Shatner explains the Computer
Back in 1976, microprocessors had a maximum of 8.5K transistors for 64bits of memory. The Queen of England sent her first email, and Steve Wozniak designed the Apple I. And a post-Star Trek but pre-TJ Hooker William Shatner made this film for AT&T about t he future of microprocessors. The chips were tiny at that time, to be sure, but paltry in terms of memory by today's standards. Yet Moore's Law had already been in effect for 11 years by this point, enough time to see that the future was going to be full of miniscule, powerful machines, even they weren't the predicted picturephones. Today's "microworld" is still getting smaller all the time. This version of the film was slightly revised in 1980. - Full Article Source

ITEM #111

03/20/11 - ATM ripoff uses glued-down keys
ATM crooks in San Francisco have a clever trick: they glue down the ENTER, CANCEL and CLEAR buttons on an ATM, and wait for customers to go into the bank to complain. The fraudsters then complete the transaction using the on-screen equivalents -- the vict im having already keyed in a PIN -- and skip away before the victim comes back out. - Full Article Source

ITEM #112

03/20/11 - US Reneges On SWIFT Agreement
"It seems the US is not living up to its end of the bargain when it comes to the SWIFT data agreement. When the agreement was signed last year, every EU citizen was guaranteed the right to know if the American authorities had retrieved their banking infor mation, and which authorities had requested the information. Now one European Parliamentarian, Alexander Alvaro says that, once again, the Americans are not honoring their treaties." - Full Article Source

ITEM #113

03/20/11 - Intelsat To Start Refueling Satellites In Orbit
"Intelsat has signed a contract with Canadian MDA to refuel satellites in geostationary orbit. The $280 million contract will buy half of the 2000kg fuel carried by the space servicing vehicle. Besides refueling aging satellites, the vehicle will also be able to tow failed satellites away from the geostationary orbit." - Full Article Source

ITEM #114

03/20/11 - Legacy From the 1800s Leaves Tokyo In the Dark
"East Japan entered its fifth day of power rationing on Friday, with no end to the planned blackouts in sight. The local electrical utility can't make up the shortfall by importing power from another region, though, because Japan lacks a national power gr id, a consequence of a decision made in the late 1800s." - Full Article Source

ITEM #115

03/20/11 - Geologists Say California May Be Next
"Newsweek reports that first there was a violent magnitude-8.8 event in Chile in 2010, then a horrifically destructive Pacific earthquake in New Zealand on February 22, and now the recent earthquake in Japan. Though there is still no hard scientific evide nce to explain why, there is little doubt now that earthquakes do tend to occur in clusters: a significant event on one side of a major tectonic plate is often — not invariably, but often enough to be noticeable — followed some weeks or months later by an other on the plate's far side. 'It is as though the earth becomes like a great brass bell, which when struck by an enormous hammer blow on one side sets to vibrating and ringing from all over. Now there have been catastrophic events at three corners of th e Pacific Plate — one in the northwest, on Friday; one in the southwest, last month; one in the southeast, last year.' That leaves just one corner unaffected — the northeast. And the fault line in the northeast of the Pacific Plate is the San Andreas Faul t. Although geologists believe a 9.0 quake is virtually impossible along the San Andreas, USGS studies put the probability of California being hit by a quake measuring 7.5 or more in the next 30 years at 46 percent, and the likelihood of a 6.7 quake, comp arable in size to the temblors that rocked San Francisco in 1989 and Los Angeles in 1994, at 99 percent statewide." - Full Article Source

ITEM #116

03/20/11 - 'Pruned' Microchips Twice As Fast and Efficient
"If you had to use a commuting bicycle in a race, you would probably set about removing the kickstand, fenders, racks and lights to make the thing as fast and efficient as possible. When engineers at Houston's Rice University are developing small, fast, e nergy-efficient chips for use in devices like hearing aids, it turns out they do pretty much the same thing. The removal of portions of circuits that aren't essential to the task at hand is known as 'probabilistic pruning,' and it results in chips that ar e twice as fast, use half the power, and are half the size of conventional chips." - Full Article Source

ITEM #117

03/20/11 - How Prepared Are You For a Major Emergency?
The northern US has been buried under snow several times this winter, and flooding has struck quite a few places in the southwest. Those pale, though, beside the recent disasters in Haiti, New Zealand, and Japan, and the seemingly inevitable arrival of a serious earthquake on the West Coast of the US. All of which has me thinking about my (meager) preparedness for a major disaster. Despite plans to stock up in case of a major storm or other emergency, right now I'd be down mostly to canned beans, sardines and Nutella. How prepared are you to do deal with a disaster affecting your region? Is your data safe? What about your family? Do you have escape, regrouping, or survival plans in the event of an earthquake, tsunami, hurricane, industrial accident, or wh atever hazards are most relevant where you live? It would be helpful if in comments you disclose your region and environment (urban? rural? exurbs?) and the emergencies you consider worth preparing for, as well as talking about any steps you've taken or p lan to take. - Full Article Source

ITEM #118

03/20/11 - Postal Sensor Fleet Idea Gets Tentative Nod From the USPS
Late last year, we mentioned the idea floated by to Michael J. Ravnitzky, a chief counsel at the Postal Regulatory Commission, that the US Postal Service use its wide-ranging fleet to gather and upload useful data of all kinds — everything from weather co nditions to RF coverage. Now, an anonymous reader writes "A workshop on this topic is scheduled for April 12th in Washington, DC. This month, the Postmaster General sent a letter to Senator Thomas Carper, Chairman of the US Senate Subcommittee that overse es the Postal Service, expressing interest in exploring this concept." - Full Article Source

ITEM #119

03/18/11 - What does all this Exponential growth mean?
Fantastic video on the progression of information technology, researched by Karl Fisch, Scott McLeod, and Jeff Brenman, remixed... (Thanks to Jerry Draughon for the headsup. - JWD) - Full Article Source


ITEM #120

03/17/11 - How One Man Waged War Against Gravity

KeelyNet

The story of Roger Babson, gravity's sworn enemy, and his Gravity Research Foundation. Roger Babson was the quintessential rich and powerful American businessman. He was born in Gloucester, Mass., in 1875 the tenth-generation Babson born there. Soon after earning an engineering degree from MIT, he founded a financial analysis firm called the Babson Statistical Organization (later renamed Babson's Reports), which made him a millionaire within its first decade and stayed in business for almost a century. KeelyNet Despite his status as an extraordinarily successful businessman and Mr. American everyman, Babson was also—there's no other word for it—a crackpot. Throughout his life, he had major beef with, of all things, the force of gravity. In a 1948 essay entitled “Gravity – Our Enemy Number One,” he explained that the grudge traced back to his childhood, when his sister drowned in a swimming accident. “Yes, they say she was "drowned", but the fact is that ... she was unable to fight Gravity which came up and seize d her like a dragon and brought her to the bottom. There she smothered and died from lack of oxygen.” Later in the essay, he writes: Gradually I found that "old man Gravity" is not only directly responsible for millions of deaths each year, but also for m illions of accidents ... Broken hips and other broken bones as well as numerous circulatory, intestinal and other internal troubles are directly due to the people's inability to counteract Gravity at a critical moment. He bought Invention Incorporated, a Washington, D.C.-based company, in order to have three investigators in the U.S. Patent Office at all times scanning through incoming patent proposals. “The investigators were constantly on the watch for any machine, alloy, chemical or formula which direc tly relates to the harnessing of gravity,” Babson wrote in the second edition of his autobiography, Actions and Reactions. He explained that a gravity harness would most likely take the form of a metal alloy which would act as a “partial insulator.” The e ventual discovery of that alloy, he wrote, would be “a great blessing to mankind.” The year of that writing, Babson established the Gravity Research Foundation (GRF). It operated out of New Boston, N.H., 60 miles north of Boston, Mass., – “a safe distance ... in case [Boston] should be bombed in World War III,” Babson wrote. The GRF was intended as a sort of clearinghouse, which would collect and disseminate gravity-related information as well as fund promising research projects. In short, its goal was to expedite the discovery of a gravity shield.

(For additional information on this 'impossible quest' check out Negative Gravity and Gravity Resea rch Project.) - Full Article Source

ITEM #121

03/17/11 - Solar Space Heater Made From Soda Cans & An Old Window
KeelyNet As air enters the 2 holes on the sides near the bottom, the sun is heating up the soda cans all painted black to absorb the heat. The cans have holes drilled in the bottom, so the air being drawn in at the bottom works its way through all the heated cans and gets hotter and hotter as it approaches the top. With convection, more and more air is drawn in through the bottom and the heat rises. A single hole drilled in the top of the frame is where all this heat comes out, and I have to tell you – it’s friggi n’ hot and it comes flying out of there at full speed. That’s the basics of how it works. But how was it made? Well, if you cannot see from the pictures, the ingredients include:

One old window frame w/glass intact
Empty soda or beer cans, spray painted black, with holes drilled in the bottom
Duct tape
A piece of insulation
Plywood for the back (I only have cardboard on it right now, so it’s not even sealed properly)
A dryer vent to hook to the top to direct the heat where you want it to go
Small screen to cover the 2 intake holes at the bottom

And finally, if I wanted to, I could mount a tiny fan to blow the heat further into the garage. But judging by the temperature reading coming off the air at the top, I might not even need to do that. It was up to over 105 degrees the other day around 1 1am. Amazing! And as I mentioned, it’s not even properly sealed yet. - Full Article Source

ITEM #122

03/17/11 - Artificial Trees to Convert CO2 to O2
KeelyNet If you're not getting enough air, you might want to spend time sitting under a newly designed artificial tree that converts carbon dioxide into breathable oxygen. In the modern world of urban pollution, we can't seem to grow enough trees to naturally conv ert carbon dioxide into life-sustaining air -- the process of photosynthesis -- until now. Researchers at New York's Columbia University, working with Influx Studio in Paris, have designed a faux or artificial tree. It's basically a machine fashioned to r esemble a dragon blood tree, complete with wide branches and umbrellalike tops that are used as support for the large solar panels that will power the tree, according to PhysOrg.com. Composed of recycled plastic bottles, the treepods utilize a carbon diox ide-removal technique called "humidity swing" that helps clean the air. These air-filtering faux trees look like giant futuristic urban lamps that light up at night in multiple colors. They can also generate energy via solar panels as well as kinetic ener gy created by young and old sitting on interactive seesaws attached to the base of the trees. Purists might object to the idea of creating artificial trees, saying that all we need to do is plant more trees. At least these treepods would be up and running , so to speak, long before new trees can provide the same amount of oxygen to a geographic location. - Full Article Source

ITEM #123

03/17/11 - Pee Power Offers Green Energy Alternative
Ohio University’s Gerardine Botte has invented a way to create hydrogen fuel from urine. Ammonia and urea, two compounds found in urine, are also a source for hydrogen. Placing an electrode in the wastewater and applying a current creates hydrogen gas. Th e company that has commercialized “pee power” is called E3 Clean Technologies. Their “ammonia electrolysis” process is referred to as GreenBox technology. The GreenBox is expected to be ready by the end of next year. The technology will be targeted toward s areas with large groups of people, such as city buildings, offices, and stadiums. Botte reports that an office building of about 300 people can generate two kilowatts of power… it’s unclear how much power could be generated if office managers invested i n more water coolers. Beyond generating power, Botte hopes that the new technology will also reduce animal feedlots' pollution. She estimates that 1,000 cows could generate up to 50 kilowatts of power with their urine. - Full Article Source

ITEM #124

03/17/11 - Ban Lobbyists?
KeelyNet A modest proposal that seems so logical, honest, and fair: An Amendment to Ban Lobbyists from our Government. Government lobby groups should be banned from any state or federal building. They should be banned from talking to, discussing with, or interacti ng with any federal employee or elected official. Any group, firm, PAC, or cause found guilty of lobbying members of the government should be tried under RICO and have all assets seized. Any elected official to have any dealings with lobby groups should b e found to have committed a first degree felony punishable by life in prison without possibility of parole. Bribery is normally frowned upon -- except when it comes to making laws. Then, it's standard procedure. - Full Article Source

ITEM #125

03/17/11 - 8 Cheapest Homes in U.S.
Looking for a great deal on fixer-uppers? Try these... - Full Article Source

ITEM #126

03/17/11 - Refill Apple Water Bottles, go to Jail
Don't be tempted to refill the bottle: Pre-dawn raids across U.S. nab over 100 Apple Water violators. Tempted to refill that Apple Water container at the sink? “Don’t even think about it,” says Apple. With over 100 people in custody as the result of preda wn raids today, Apple is hoping customers get the message loud and clear. “Refilling your Apple Water container with unauthorized, third-party water is just plain illegal,” says Apple attorney Mason Morrison. “If you do the crime, you’ll do the time.” By opening the bottle you automatically accept a legal agreement with Apple. If you don't like their terms, don't open the bottle. - Full Article Source

ITEM #127

03/17/11 - Moving Fence
KeelyNet You might be asking ‘why hasn’t anyone thought of this before?’ But the garden fence industry is very powerful and they kill any idea that would threaten their plank quantity sales. When I was twelve, while lying in bed, I worked out how to make a perpetu al motion machine. This would solve all the world’s energy problems, I fell asleep in the excitement of planning how I would spend the profits. When I woke up I realised that I had forgotten what my idea was. I apologise. I’m frowning in regret as I write this even today. However, now in the age of the internet I can quickly put my ideas on this website so that the world can reap the rewards before I forget. - Full Article Source

ITEM #128

03/17/11 - Two Years Of Disaster?
Gas prices have gone up. Record home foreclosures. High unemployment. Increase in the deficit. obamacare. We are now just after the halfway point of the Obama presidency. Based on the facts, we are no better off as a nation than we were when obama took o ffice. The average American citizen has failed to see an improvement in his or her lifestyle versus two years ago. This is a presidency, up to this point, that has been an absolute disaster for our nation and our people. - Full Article Source

ITEM #129

03/17/11 - Green Inventor Talks Solar Powered Boats
Montgomery Gisborne: Having built electric cars and electrified many other devices such as a snowmobile, I was always looking for a business opportunity in the mix. I had thought of building electric cars for a living, especially after coming in first in the 2003 American Tour del Sol electric car rally, but the reality that you cannot become GM overnight settled in. After much deliberation, I decided that the idea of a solar-powered boat must be a good one, perhaps my best, so I decided to build me first solar boat as a "science project" in 2005. The boat worked so well that I little choice but to pursue it! There are so many reasons that make solar a natural on an electric boat. People look at my boats and say, "Oh, I get it, when the is moored at the i t is picked up a free charge." While this is certainly true, the rationale for the solar goes far beyond that. For example, it dramatically reduced Peukert Effect on lead-acid batteries. Without getting into a long-winded technical discussion, this effect has a negative effect on batteries when the boat is under power, reducing the instantaneous capacity of the energy storage cells, and the solar input helps to reduce that effect, thus increasing the effective range the boat can travel on a given charge. This also helps the lead-acid batteries to better compete against other chemistries, such as nickel and lithium-based batteries at lower expense. - Full Article Source

ITEM #130

03/17/11 - Parliament 'bomb' a hydrogen energy converter
A bomb scare which saw some parts of Parliament evacuated today turned out to be an invention someone wanted to show the Government. After x-raying the parcel it was found to be a model of a hydrogen energy converter. The x-ray showed wires and coils whic h led staff to treat it with caution. Wellington police emergency response manager acting inspector Scott Miller says police located the member of public who delivered the box. It was his intention to show members of Parliament his model which is believed to convert water to energy sources. - Full Article Source

ITEM #131

03/17/11 - The Dirt that Solves Global Warming
KeelyNet By the end of the century, 182 million sub-Saharan Africans could die of disease directly attributable to climate change. By 2030, more than 60 million more Africans will be exposed to malaria if temperatures rise by 2 degrees Celsius. One-sixth of the world’s population will face water shortages because of the retreating glaciers [1]. Because political and social steps have not been taken earlier, the deprecating effects of carbon emissions have taken their toll. Terra preta, a carbon-sequestering soi l, offers the urgently-needed solution. Terra preta do indio, also known as agrichar/biochar, is the most plausible answer. In short, agrichar is the antithesis of how many climate change scientists approach the global warming problem. Rather than findi ng a way to reform our energy economies, which is a long process the Earth cannot afford, agrichar mitigates and offsets current CO2 levels. Through a process called carbon sequestration, agrichar creates permanent repositories for holding carbon dioxide . Geologic formations and terrestrial ecosystems are the two ways to accomplish this goal. The pores in various geologic formations have formed an impermeable membrane with overlaying layers to prevent material from leaking out. To this day, they hold la rge amounts of oil and gas, accumulated over centuries. By taking out the natural gas and oil in the rock repository at this time, carbon dioxide can be permanently injected in its place. In particular, saline formations have high retention of materials , depending on size, permeability, and heterogeneity of the formation in question. Not only will we be able to store away tons of emissions, but also will we take advantage of a reservoir of natural resources. At this point however, permeability is stil l in question: the existence of carbon retention is true enough, but the retentive quantity is still under research. One of the most successful approaches to this method of carbon sequestration in the world today was discovered mistakenly in the Amazonian rainforests. Though similar in nearly every aspect to the yellow oxisol that surrounds these patches of dark soil, terra preta hides a truly precious ability. Unlike most soils and fertilizers used in today’s gardens, terra preta do indio has a propert y of which when burned, it does release some carbon dioxide but retains more than 80% – an astonishing discovery that has dubbed it a carbon negative fuel. According to Jeremy Faludi, a professor of green design at Stanford University, “[With] twenty tim es the carbon of normal soils, terra preta is the legacy of ancient Amazonians who predate Western civilization” [4]. Amazonian Dark Earths have high carbon contents of up to 150 g C/kg soil in comparison to surrounding soils with 20-30 g C/kg soil. The potential for carbon lock-in for this particular soil type could offset the emissions that increase daily around the world. - Full Article Source

ITEM #132

03/17/11 - $10 drug now $1500 after FDA grants monopoly
A progesterone hormone injection, used to prevent preterm labor, used to be $10 a shot. Now that the FDA has assigned an exclusive right to create the easily-made formula to one company, KV Pharmaceuticals, the price has risen to $1500. Almost all of it i s pure profit, and KV Pharma did not develop the drug or pay for its trials: the taxpayer did, via the National Institute for Health. It is said to be the only drug proven to prevent pre-term birth, and an expert cited by ABC News suggests that the profes sion was snookered into supporting the assignment as a quality standardization measure. - Full Article Source

ITEM #133

03/17/11 - Fraudsters break all records in Japan relief ripoffs
Fraudster scumbags have beaten all records in setting up fake Japan relief pages, fielding more than 1.7 million malware pages, 419 scams trading on the Japanese disasters, 50+ fake domains with "Japan tsunami" or "Japan earthquake" in their URLs. MacWorl d recommends donating via the Red Cross, or other established charities that you're familiar with. - Full Article Source

ITEM #134

03/17/11 - Help EFF pore over the government docs it secures through FOI Act
The Electronic Frontier Foundation's work to use the Freedom of Information Act to gain access to detailed information about the way that the US government operates in the realm of privacy, due process and civil liberties has been an enormous success. Too enormous, as it turns out. Now, EFF has more liberated documents than it can handle, so it's seeking volunteers to help look through the document dumps for significant material: Here's how the Cooperating FOIA list will work: Send us an email to put your name on our list. When we get government documents in response to a FOIA request, we'll post a note to the list with a basic description of the project (for example: "Documents from DHS detailing government use of social media - approximately 100 pages" or "Documents from FBI detailing misuse of National Security Letters - approximately 10,000 pages"). If you're on the list and are interested, you contact us, and we'll tell you how to access pdf versions of the documents and what we're looking for in the information. Then you review the documents and let us know what you find. If it's important and we think it fits in with our mission at EFF, we'll blog about it and publicize it. If we decide not to, you're free to write about it on your own. You don't n eed to be an attorney or have any specialized knowledge to be a Cooperating FOIA Reviewer. The documents we get may include technical specifications, reflect internal conversations on policy, or discuss violations of the law, so the ideal FOIA Reviewer is someone with sharp eyes and an interest in ferreting out information. Interested in being a Cooperating FOIA Reviewer? Send a note to coopfoia@eff.org with your name, email address, and some brief information on who you are and what you're interested in, and we'll add you to the list. - Full Article Source

ITEM #135

03/17/11 - Superstitions as weapons, 1950
KeelyNet 1950 report from the RAND Corporation: "The Exploitation of Superstitions for Purposes of Psychological Warfare." ‘It seems likely that superstitions flourish in an atmosphere of tension and insecurity’, writes its author, Jean Hungerford, and her timing couldn’t have been more perfect. The paper was published for the US Air Force on 14 April 1950, just as Cold War tensions were first reaching levels of serious discomfort. In the previous six months, the Soviets had detonated their first atom bomb, China and the USSR had signed a pact of allegiance and Los Alamos physicist Klaus Fuchs had confessed to passing atom bomb secrets to the Soviets... The paper discusses PSYOPS missions that successfully exploited local superstitions; for example in the 1920s o n Afghanistan’s Northwest Frontier, the British planted loudspeakers in planes warning tribal peoples that God was angry with them for breaking the peace with India, while in World War II the Germans projected imagery (though it doesn’t say what) onto ‘dr ifting clouds’. Hungerford goes into some detail on the use of chain letters to clog up enemy communications networks... and the use of bogus fortune-tellers and false astrological data to dampen morale amongst both civilians and their leaders, a techniqu e used extensively by both Allied and Axis powers during WWII. Hungerford also references the activities of Captain Neville Maskelyne, the wartime illusionist most famous for his inflatable tanks and making the port of Alexandria ‘invisible’ to German bom bers. In his 1949 book Magic Top Secret, Maskelyne gleefully describes other devilish antics that he and his team got up to: “Our men…were able to use illusions of an amusing nature in the Italian mountains, especially when operating in small groups as ad vance patrols scouting out the way for our general moves forward. In one area, in particular, they used a device which was little more than a gigantic scarecrow, about twelve feet high, and able to stagger forward under its own power and emit frightful fl ashes and bangs. This thing scared several Italian Sicilian villages appearing in the dawn thumping its deafening way down their streets with great electric blue sparks jumping from it; and the inhabitants, who were mostly illiterate peasants, simply took to their heels for the next village, swearing that the Devil was marching ahead of the invading English. Like all tales spread among uneducated folk (and helped, no doubt, by our agents), this story assumed almost unimaginable proportions.” - Full Article Source

ITEM #136

03/17/11 - Boric acid could cool radioactive rods
The government of Japan has asked Seoul for 52.6 tons of boric acid to try and keep the damaged reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station cool. Boric acid lowers the temperatures of the reactors by preventing nuclear fission. Korean Minister of Knowledge Economy Choi Joong-kyung said "We'll send it as quickly as possible once we've checked that our stockpile is suitable for the Japanese nuclear plant." - Full Article Source

ITEM #137

03/17/11 - Tokyo Electric engineers expose fuel rods to the air
The explosion followed an early-morning acknowledgment from Tokyo Electric Power that, because of human error, the fuel rods inside the Unit 2 reactor had been at least partly exposed to air for more than two hours during two separate incidents the previo us evening, allowing them to heat up and causing a buildup of explosive hydrogen gas. Engineers had begun using fire hoses to pump seawater into the Unit 2 reactor — the third at the plant to receive the last-ditch treatment — after the emergency cooling system failed. Company officials said workers were not paying sufficient attention to the process, however, and let the pump stall, allowing the fuel rods to become partially exposed to the air. Once the pump was restarted and water flow was restored, another worker inadvertently closed a valve that was designed to vent steam from the containment vessel. As pressure built up inside the vessel, the pumps could no longer force water into it and the fuel rods were once again exposed. - Full Article Source

ITEM #138

03/17/11 - Should We Have a Right To Be Forgotten Online?
"There's a growing movement in Europe regarding a right to be forgotten online. It's a notion that might sound attractive on its face, but could have chilling unintended consequences for the historical record." - Full Article Source

ITEM #139

03/17/11 - Richard Stallman: Cell Phones Are 'Stalin's Dream'
"Cell phones are 'Stalin's dream,' says free software pioneer Richard Stallman, who refuses to own one. 'Cell phones are tools of Big Brother. I'm not going to carry a tracking device that records where I go all the time, and I'm not going to carry a surv eillance device that can be turned on to eavesdrop.' Even the open source Android is dangerous because devices ship with proprietary executables, Stallman says in a wide-ranging interview on the state of the free software movement. Despite some progress, Stallman is still dismayed by 'The existence and use of non-free software [which] is a social problem. It's an evil. And our aim is a world without that problem.'" - Full Article Source

ITEM #140

03/17/11 - Business Opportunity

KeelyNet

Potatoes might be up to 3 cents a pound by now, but it's still a great way to make money because everything is furnished and you don't buy anything. - Full Article Source

ITEM #141

03/17/11 - Cutting Prices Is the Only Way To Stop Piracy
"The only way to stop piracy is to cut prices. That's the verdict of a major new academic study that reckons copyright theft won't be halted by 'three strikes' broadband disconnections, increasing censorship or draconian new laws brought in under the anti -counterfeiting treaty ACTA. The Media Piracy Project, published last week by the Social Science Research Council, reports that illegal copying of movies, music, video games and software is 'better described as a global pricing problem' — and the only way to tackle it is for copyright holders to charge consumers less money for their wares." - Full Article Source

ITEM #142

03/17/11 - Bill to make English official government language
KeelyNet Two conservative Republican lawmakers, Congressman Steve King (R-Iowa) and Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), introduced the English Language Unity Act of 2011 on Friday, a bill that requires that all official United States government functions be conducted in English. "A common language is the most powerful unifying force known throughout history," King said in a release. "We need to encourage assimilation of all legal immigrants in each generation. A nation divided by language cannot pull together as effecti vely as a people." - Full Article Source

ITEM #143

03/17/11 - NASA Building Network of Smart Cameras Across US
"A major government agency is looking to blanket the US with cameras that will never stop their surveillance. But don't worry, privacy pundits, those cameras will be spying on the sky, not civilians. NASA's All-sky Fireball Network is a series of cameras that track meteorites as they enter the atmosphere. With careful triangulation, NASA can not only know where the meteorites will land, they can determine where they came from as well. One of the coolest parts of the All-sky Fireball Network is that it's f ully automated. Meteors are detected by a computer which sends images, video clips, and data analysis to William Cooke, head of NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office. Now you can get the same information as Cooke, too – the All-sky Fireball Network's websit e publicly records all the data for you to peruse." - Full Article Source

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03/17/11 - NASA Wants To Zap Space Junk With Lasers
KeelyNet "MIT Technology Review reports that various ideas have been floated for removing space junk, most of them hugely expensive, but now James Mason at NASA Ames Research Center has come up with the much cheaper option of zapping individual pieces of junk with a ground-based laser, to slow them down so that they eventually de-orbit. Mason estimates that a device to test the reversal of the Kessler syndrome could be put together for a million dollars, which would have to be shared by many space-faring nations, to avoid the inevitable legal issues that using such a device would raise. 'The scheme requires launching nothing into space — except photons (PDF) — and requires no on-orbit interaction — except photon pressure. It is thus less likely to create additiona l debris risk in comparison to most debris removal schemes,' writes Mason. 'Eventually the concept may lead to an operational international system for shielding satellites and large debris objects from a majority of collisions as well as providing high ac curacy debris tracking data and propellant-less station keeping for smallsats.'" - Full Article Source

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03/17/11 - Pepsi Moving To Bottles Made of Plant Material
"Pepsi unveiled a new bottle yesterday made entirely of plant material. The bottle is made from switch grass, pine bark, corn husks and other materials. Ultimately, Pepsi plans to also use orange peels, oat hulls, potato scraps and other leftovers from it s food business. 'This is the beginning of the end of petroleum-based plastics,' said Allen Hershkowitz, a senior scientist with the Natural Resources Defence Council and director of its waste management project. 'When you have a company of this size maki ng a commitment to a plant-based plastic, the market is going to respond.'" - Full Article Source

ITEM #146

03/17/11 - NWO Threaten Japan with HAARP in 2009
Did USA use HAARP to create undersea quake and resultant tsunami to cripple Japan for not complying with their demands? You ain't gonna believe this! - Full Article Source


ITEM #147

03/14/11 - Hacking a Car With Music
"Researchers at the University of California, San Diego, and the University of Washington have identified a handful of ways a hacker could break into a car, including attacks over the car's Bluetooth and cellular network systems, or through malicious soft ware in the diagnostic tools used in automotive repair shops. But their most interesting attack focused on the car stereo. By adding extra code to a digital music file, they were able to turn a song burned to CD into a Trojan horse. When played on the car 's stereo, this song could alter the firmware of the car's stereo system, giving attackers an entry point to change other components on the car. This type of attack could be spread on file-sharing networks without arousing suspicion, they believe. 'It's h ard to think of something more innocuous than a song,' said Stefan Savage, a professor at the University of California." - Full Article Source

ITEM #148

03/14/11 - How to text $10 to the Red Cross for Japan disaster relief
KeelyNet Authorities estimate at least 370,000 people have been evacuated or displaced—many of which have evacuated to the 2,000 shelters operated by the government and supported by the Japanese Red Cross. Local Red Cross volunteers in Japan have handed out more t han 46,000 blankets so far, and nearly 28,000 more have been sent to the affected area for further distribution. / From George Takei's Twitter feed: "Today we are all Japanese. Give $10 to help. Text REDCROSS to 90999, or click here." / (They need to setup a PayPal link to accept donations, many don't want to use credit cards, including me. I sent them an email asking that the y setup a PayPal account to take donations, for Japan right now but also for other causes in need. - JWD) - Full Article Source

ITEM #149

03/14/11 - Interactive satellite photos of Japan Devastation
I found these photos to be the most revealing. Drag the blue bar to wipe the photos for before and after. Incredible. - Full Article Source

ITEM #150

03/14/11 - Tsunami Warnings Now Faster, More Accurate

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"As the deadly tsunami generated by Friday's massive earthquake off the coast of Japan headed toward the United States, scientists at NOAA's Center for Tsunami Research tracked its progress in real-time. Dozens of deep-ocean tsunami-monitoring sensors mor e than three miles beneath the surface of the Pacific Ocean picked up information on the silent swell of water and transmitted it by way of a satellite to the Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory in Seattle, Wash. Here, scientists crunched the data and quickly developed real-time predictions about how and when the tsunami would reach select locations in Hawaii, Alaska and the US west coast. The models predicted the wave arrival time, estimated wave height and the likely extent of inundation for about 5 0 communities likely to be affected."

(This is the most pathetic, after the deadly fact, self-serving backpatting I've seen in awhile. With LOOMING natural disasters, REALTIME DOESN'T COUNT...they must learn to predict them well in advance to allow people to save themse lves. NOAA and all weather monitoring agencies should be totally embarrassed to post such useless self-serving drivel. Just admit YOU GUYS DROPPED THE BALL by not predicting this in time to save a lot of people in Japan.

NOAA was asleep at the switch, needs a bigtime INVESTIGATION and heads should roll. All that technology and couldn't see this coming, even 30 minutes advance warning could have saved thousands of Japanese people. Now, on top of all the lost lives and r ebuilding, the poor Japanese again will have to deal with deadly radiation, this time from damaged and leaking reactors. NOAA is having funding problems so this failure doesn't help in the least. - JWD) - Full Article Source

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03/14/11 - Japan's Record Quake Corresponds to Solar Flare Activity
Several well-known scientists chime in to corroborate the connection between the recent solar flare activity and the March 11 Japan 8.9 earthquake via the Sun-Earth connection. The Earthquake in Japan follows a week of exceptional skip in the Amateur Radi o bands. This means that the Ionosphere was exceptionally energized and the reception at exceptional ranges indicated that the Sun had extraordinary influence on this event. (via zpenergy.com) - Full Article Source

ITEM #152

03/14/11 - Japan Quake: Tsunami Intensity

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This graphic shows the intensity of the tsunami prompted by the 8.9-magnitude earthquake as it travelled across the Pacific. - Full Article Source

ITEM #153

03/14/11 - Prepare For Massive Wave of Earthquake Scams
"Today's tragic events of the 8.9 magnitude earthquake and resulting tsunami, as sad as it is, is a dream for scammers and fraudsters around the world. Tragic events are always something scammers use to their advantage, helping them prey on and exploit in nocent victims. Scams are already spreading across Facebook, which started in a matter of minutes after the news broke of the earthquake in Japan. As I write this, scammers are hard at work, registering new domains and cranking out templates for their fak e donation sites. This will be followed with massive volumes of email spam, Tweets through Twitter, and Facebook posts, as scammers gear up to solicit donations from around the world." As coverage of the earthquake and resulting tsunami has proceeded, col lections of videos and pictures are showing the extent of the devastation. The NY Times makes the excellent point that things could have been much worse if not for building codes and quake-resistant engineering. A state of emergency was declared at one of Japan's nuclear plants, after the earthquake caused cooling problems at one of the reactors. No radiation leakage has been reported, and the US Air Force has helped by delivering coolant by air. - Full Article Source

ITEM #154

03/14/11 - Microsoft Patent Deems Comic Books Shameful
KeelyNet "A newly-surfaced Microsoft patent application describes methods of secretly matching up individuals whose shared 'fringe interests' might be 'a source of shame or embarrassment' to them should they become known to society-at-large.

No, not sexual preferences. A much bigger taboo. Comic books. 'For example,' explains Microsoft in its filing, 'an ambitious professional is not likely to divulge that he likes, say, comic books, even though quite true.

Appreciably, certain affinities especially those relating to fringe interests, eccentricities, or topics about which there is a common misconception or very little mainstream familiarity or understanding are generally omitted rather than included in conventional descriptions. Typically, this is so because these affinities might be a source of shame or embarrassment or incur undue explanation.'"

KeelyNet(So now because people (like us) aren't mainstream or politically correct, we should be ashamed or embarrassed because of our wide range of unconventional interests? Nev er happen, as a matter of fact, I am very proud that I and many of my associates, friends and contacts have always been not just on the cutting edge, riding that razorblade but are slightly ahead of the mainstream, in some cases, WAY AHEAD. It seems to me there are many people who are satisfied with boring lives and interests. Fine, have at it, but don't go pointing fingers and name-calling to hide your MEDIOCRITY.

I have experienced this before when talking with or being contacted by 'discrete' professional scientists or engineers who cannot publicly admit they read Keelynet (or other sites of similar focus) or study such subjects as Keelynet promotes.

They tell me they could be chastised or even fired from their jobs or tenured positions if it was found out they were interested in such subjects as free energy, gravity control, paranormal phenomena, non-orthodox healing techniques, etc.. But the mind fires run deep and they do quest for more information, however discretely.

At one conference, five semi-famous scientists and me standing around talking, I mostly listened. Then I tell them the first cold fusion was done by LeBon. All say they never ev en HEARD OF GUSTAVE LEBON or his two books...of course not, when the libraries were raped by the government during the 'Manhattan Project' anything about radioactivity was removed and never replaced.

I describe the experiment...they all laugh and say impossible. Yet, once the group broke up, three of the five came up to me discretely and asked me to send them details about the LeBon experiment. I'm not sure if they didn't trust their own peers to snitch on them or if they were trying to get and use the information in their own experiments. It was at one of Dr. JOM Bockris' invitation only 'Low Energy Nuclear Reactions Conferences ' in College Park, Texas at Texas A&M. Isn't that pathetic to have to be so secretive just to find out more information?

Entrenched orthodoxy, I live for the day to see that edifice blown to smithereens with the discovery of free energy and gravity control, rapidly spread around the world, being put to practical use in every country and they won't even be aware of it until everyone else is USING IT. But those few scientists and engineers who DO have the heuvos to study such things will be years ahead of the rest who, out of fear or stupidity, turned a blind eye of disbelief for such impossible things. - JWD) - Full Article Source

ITEM #155

03/14/11 - Needed: The Fourth Big Invention
Roughly speaking, I'd say there have only been three big GDP-busting inventions over the past few centuries: the steam engine, electrification, and the digital computer. There have been plenty of related spinoffs (internal combustion engines, the internet ) and plenty of important but smaller inventions (penicillin, radio). But the big three are the big three. World-changing inventions just don't come around all that often, and when they do it takes a long and variable time for them to become integrated en ough and advanced enough to have an explosive economic effect. Steam took the better part of a century, electrification took about half that, and computers — well, we don't really know yet. So far it's been about 60 years and obviously computers have had a huge impact on the world. But I suspect that even if you put the potential of AI to one side, we're barely halfway into the computer revolution yet. ...it's hardly surprising that we haven't yet had a fourth great invention. They only come around once a century or so, after all. Give it time. - Full Article Source

ITEM #156

03/14/11 - Japanese Earthquake Disaster Caused by a ‘Supermoon’?
The powerful tsunami that today slammed into Japan’s eastern coast comes just two days after warnings that the movement of the moon could trigger unpredictable events on Earth. Astrologers predicted that on March 19 – a week tomorrow – the so-called ’supe rmoon’ will be closer to Earth than at any time since 1992, just 221,567 miles away, and that its gravitational pull will bring chaos to Earth. Coming just three weeks after the quake which devastated Christchurch in New Zealand killing hundreds, this lat est disaster will only add fuel to their fire… However the ’supermoon’ date is still eight days away. But those that adhere to this particular belief could claim that this was still close enough for there to be some kind of effect. Two days ago, in an int erview with ABC radio discussing the potential impact of the March 19 supermoon, astrologer Richard Nolle, who first coined the term in 1979, said he was convinced that lunar perigees cause natural disasters on Earth. ‘Supermoons have a historical associa tion with strong storms, very high tides, extreme tides and also earthquakes, he said. However, scientists dismiss this as utter nonsense and that although it makes a good photo opportunity for astronomers it has no impact on Earth. Dr David Harland, spac e historian and author, said: ‘It’s possible that the moon may be a kilometre or two closer to Earth than normal at a perigee, but it’s an utterly insignificant event.’ Professor George Helffrich, a seismologist at the University of Bristol was equally di smissive. ‘Complete nonsense. The moon has no significant effect on earthquake triggering. ‘If the moon triggers “big” earthquakes, it would trigger the many of millions of times more “small” earthquakes that happen daily. There is no time dependence of t hose; hence no moon effect.’ - Full Article Source

ITEM #157

03/14/11 - Water droplet sculpture using LEDs and Arduino
This water sculpture can stop drops of water in mid-air. This is accomplished by flashing LEDs to illuminate the droplets at just the right time. But it’s not limited to blinky lights alone. The top of the frame has eight nozzles, each fed by its own pump . An Arduino controls the pumps and the lights making it possible to create different motion effects by adjusting how events line up. For instance, the image above shows just two of the water nozzles on, but in the video after the break it appears one is dripping downward while the other is dripping upward. Alas, there’s few build details for this but the source code is available for downloading. If we were going to build one of these ourselves we’d probably try to regulate the drips using some solenoids built from scratch. How would you do it? Leave your ideas in the comments. - Full Article Source

Big Dripper from Giles Hall on Vimeo.


ITEM #158

03/14/11 - How a flash of light to the brain can banish fear
More than one in four people are likely to experience a bout of anxiety at some point in their lives sufficiently intense to be classed as a psychiatric disorder. The condition can severely damage quality of life, with some suffering regular panic attacks or almost constant ‘nervous’ symptoms such as sweating, raised heart rate and churning stomach. Tests on mice showed triggering the mechanism with pulses of light boosted their willingness to take risks – while inhibiting it rendered them more timid. The team were able to pinpoint the phenomenon by working with a technology called optogenetics, where nerve cells are rendered photo-sensitive so their action can be turned on or off by different wavelengths of light. They targeted a circuit within the amygd ala region of the brain and found dramatic changes in the behaviour of mice. Prof Deisseroth, whose research is published in Nature online, said: ‘They suddenly became much more comfortable in situations they would ordinarily perceive as dangerous and, th erefore, be quite anxious in.’ For example, rodents ordinarily try to avoid wide-open spaces such as fields because such places leave them exposed to predators. But in simulations of both open and covered areas the willingness of mice to explore the open areas increased profoundly as soon as light was pulsed into the brain circuit. Pulsing that same circuit with a different, inhibitory frequency of light produced the opposite result – the mice instantly became more anxious and ‘hunkered down’. - Full Article Source

ITEM #159

03/14/11 - Build your own vertical axis wind turbine
KeelyNet You can build a copy of this vertical wind turbine in a weekend and it won’t cost you all that much. Applied Sciences developed the hardware and they’re sharing all for the build details. You will be taken through every part of the build starting with the fin assembly which is made from stove-pipe material. This is a perfect raw material because it is already curved and suited for aerodynamic use in much the same way that PVC pipe is for making fins and we would expect it to be a bit lighter in weight. Yo u will also need to turn your own coils when assembling the stator. This particular build process uses nine coils embedded in fiberglass. They remain stationary while two different discs, each containing a dozen rare earth magnets, rotate in close proximi ty to induce a current. It outputs three-phase AC current which can be turned to DC using a bridge rectifier and then further regulated for storage in batteries. - Full Article Source

ITEM #160

03/14/11 - Exorcising A Bank
A group of clergy gathered together on the steps of JP Morgan Chase on Park Ave in New York City to perform an exorcism on the bank. They said that the bank was possessed by the demons of "selfishness and avarice" because according to the group's new stud y, only 6% of New York homeowners seeking a loan mod have gotten it in the past year. - Full Article Source

ITEM #161

03/14/11 - Cells in Living Color

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One of the dirty secrets of biology is that most of the cells we study are dying. The laser light scientists use to take gorgeous images of cells causes fatal damage, in addition to quickly bleaching out the fluorescent proteins that appear in the image. Now scientists at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Janelia Farm, in Ashburn, Virginia, have built a microscope that can take 3-D movies of living cells that are not only highly detailed and fast but also nontoxic. By shining a thin sheet of light thr ough a sample, Eric Betzig and colleagues greatly reduced a cell’s exposure to toxic laser light. By pulsing the light on and off rapidly, they were able to get a set of overlapping images from which a computer program could subtract fuzziness. For speed, they could switch to another mode that allowed them to take nearly 200 images per second. The thin laser beam they used, called a Bessel beam, allowed them to boost their resolution. - Full Article Source

ITEM #162

03/14/11 - One step Screws up Patent Office
This topic is unknown to most Americans due to its complexity -- and therefore difficulty -- in reporting on it (or even writing a succinct Op-Ed on it). This week -- perhaps today (Tuesday) -- the Senate will vote on S.23, the America Invents Act. Its ma in proponent, Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT), says that we are the last industrialized nation using the antiquated subjective First-to-Invent (FTI) system, instead of the First-to File (FTF) system, which awards the patent to the first one to submit an appl ication, rather than the one who can prove having invented it first. Isn't it odd that ours is old, subjective and different, yet we are the world's leader in innovation? Canada shifted to FTF in 1989, and a 2009 study found an "adverse effect on domestic -oriented industries and skewed the ownership structure of patented inventions towards large corporations, away from independent inventors and small businesses." The EU, which has had FTF for a while, last month declared an "innovation emergency" due to h ow far behind us they are falling in innovation and R&D investments. It's not working for them. There is even a movement afoot among small businesses in the UK and Germany to try to change their system to be more like ours! Under current law, we have what 's called a "grace period." That is the one-year between public use or sale, and the time by which the inventor must file the application. This enables entrepreneurs to present to investors, share plans with potential hires, or exhibit at trade shows duri ng that time without concern that such acts would either preclude a patent or enable someone else to poison the well so that no one can get a patent. Under FTF, if someone else finds out about your invention, and if they apply first, they can win. Overtur ning that requires proving that they derived their idea from yours. This would be almost impossible to prove since there is inadequate right to discovery. What's most scary to me is that this creates strong financial incentives for usurping patents rights by hacking and industrial espionage, which is increasingly state-sponsored (think China). Through the new mechanisms of this new law, competitors could destroy nascent companies by using their own information against them. The flip side of the problem is that it will put a chill on the normal open discourse that occurs today between innovators, investors and customers. One of the great benefits of our FTI system is that inventors can refine and improve their inventions in private prior to filing for it. Under FTF, one should file early and often on each idea, however impractical it later proves to be. That burden falls disproportionately on smaller companies for whom patenting expenses are material. This will increase the workload of the Patent and Trade mark Office (PTO), which will exacerbate their delays in processing patents. Those delays are probably the worst problem of the PTO. It now takes about twice as long to get a patent than it did 20 years ago. This potential law bars receiving a patent for inventions that were publicly used or offered for sale prior to filing. This rule, had it been in place then, would have prevented the Wright brothers from receiving their patent on their airplane due to its public use at Kitty Hawk. It is unconscionable that our government would intentionally establish trip-wires to eliminate the patentability of legitimate inventions in this way, and it's bizarre that they would make it more draconian than foreign laws. - Full Article Source

ITEM #163

03/14/11 - Portable Lie Detector $49
KeelyNet The Portable Voice Lie Detector is the first hand-held voice tension detector. Portable Lie Detector is destined to be the most talked about new novelty product this year. The portable device utilizes voice tension technology to measure varying degrees of vibration in the voice. These vibrations are caused by the user going from a state of calm, to being a little nervous as you would when you lie. Even an F.B.I. polygraph isn�t 100% accurate but after extensive testing, the Voice Lie Detector was shown to have a very high accuracy rate. It can even be connected to your cell phone! As a matter of fact, because of the digital connection it will actually be much more accurate. To train the Portable Voice Lie Detector to the human voice, ask your subject 3 yes/no questions and then record the voice to establish a baseline. Then ask the real yes/no questions and watch the figure on the screen. The devilish figure's nose will grow and his horns will appear. The greater the tension in the voice, the longer his nose and horns will be. - Full Article Source

Research casts doubt on voice-stress lie detection technology - Voice-stress analysis, an alternative to the polygraph as a method for lie detection, is already widely used in police and insurance fraud investigations. Now, however, it is being touted as a powerful and effective tool for an array of new applications — everything from the screening of potential terrorists in the nation's airports to catching wayward spouses in messy marital disputes. Despite its booming popularity, a number of fe derally sponsored studies have found little or no scientific evidence to support the notion that existing voice-stress technologies are capable of consistently detecting lies and deceptions. "Voice-stress analysis is fairly effective in identifying certai n variations in stress levels in human speech, but high levels of stress do not necessarily correlate with deception," Sommers said. "It may someday be possible to refine voice-stress analysis so that it is capable of distinguishing among various sources of stress and accurately identifying those that are directly related to deception. However, all the research that I've seen thus far suggests that it's wishful thinking, at best, to suggest that current voice-stress analysis systems are capable or reliabl y detecting deception." In theory, voice-stress analysis works by measuring slight inaudible fluctuations in the human voice known as "micro-tremors." "In our evaluation, voice-stress analysis detected some instances of deception, but its ability to do so was consistently less than chance — you could have gotten better results by flipping a coin," Sommers said. - Full Article Source

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03/14/11 - The Ultimate Invention - a Threat to Civilization?
A new lie detector said to be accurate to within .000001 of a percent has been hailed by many in America as a major breakthrough in crime detection. Retired CIA scientist and inventor Dr. Ralph Seemore who is currently under police protection is said to b e in line for either assassination or a congressional medal. Time will tell. "It will revolutionize the legal system around the world...and hence democracy as we know it. It's accuracy is virtually infallible. It works on minuscule modulations of speech f requencies determined by cortical activity in the brain. "Hitherto, lie detectors could be duped by taking medication for instance before testing so as to slow down brain waves and reactions. This one cannot be duped no matter what you do as the mere thou ght of trying to outsmart it will be recorded as will any abnormal brain signals. "Ironic,eh?... that man should be at the mercy of his greatest pride and joy... technology. He is now a captive of what he hoped would free him, a teeny weeny gadget that, l ike his ego-maniacal pride... to use Shakespeare's immortal words... has been "shrunk to this little measure"; and costs no more than a few pints of Guinness to make". Cheers!" That indeed is the real trouble with this invention: Its SIZE! Measuring no bi gger than a cigarette packet it operates without wires or antennae and can function with total accuracy at a distance of thirty feet. It can be concealed on one's person and be programmed to emit sounds or flash lights at the occurrence of a lie. It is no more expensive to run than a digital camera. The media industry are not the only ones thrown into confusion by its arrival. A massive escalation in the divorce rate is anticipated should the device be unleashed into the market, an unlikely scenario at th is stage. Military regimes and dictatorships could use it to consolidate power or to break adversaries. Many politicians around the world are lobbying ferociously against it in the Senate arguing that it is an infringement of democratic principle to intim idate a person into telling the truth. Senator Spud Poker of Wisconscin said: "Nobody will be safe with this thing. Politics is all about lying successfully. That is how we got our boys into Iraq and hopefully Iran for crying out loud. Everybody knows tha t. "A president that would always have to tell the truth to the people would be no president at all. It would be like forcing a European politician to be loyal to his wife. It threatens civilization as we know it. The sooner we put the brakes on this damn ed gizmo the better!" (Ralph Seemore is a clue this is a joke. - JWD) - Full Article Source

ITEM #165

03/14/11 - James May Wants Your Invention
Now entering its second season, James May's Man Lab now wants to involve you. Or, more specifically, your invention. Each week during the first episode, the show featured an Invention of the Week, namely a motorized picnic table, a wasp-destroying helicop ter airforce, and a toilet paper empty alarm. All ground-breaking, critical inventions destined to save humankind from itself, to be sure, but all invented by May and his team. So now it's your turn. If you have an invention that you think can match one o f these, send your "videos, concept drawings, technical explanations, anything you've got," to manlab@bbc.co.uk, marking your Subject Line with, "I've come up with this." Here is May's personal plea: - Full Article Source


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03/14/11 - No more protection for Faith Killers
In Oregon, faith healing has been a legitimate legal protection against certain kinds of homicide charges. Yesterday, the Oregon state House voted unanimously in favor of a bill that would remove that special protection, and stipulate mandatory sentencing for parents whose children died because the parents chose to give those children faith healing rather than medical treatment. Basically, you can make the choice yourself as an adult, but you can't choose to deny life-saving treatment to your kids. The bi ll's sponsors say that, in the past two years alone, two Oregon children have died, and another was severely disfigured, when those children's parents denied them medical care. - Full Article Source

ITEM #167

03/14/11 - They never miss a chance
Two websites launched this week, Karma Japan and Ignorant and Online, collect a wide assortment of terrible, insensitive, hateful things said by stupid people about Japan and her people after the earthquake. Mostly, this is thick-headed white people in Am erica saying the disaster is "karma for Peal Harbor." Feeding the trolls? Perhaps, but it's still an interesting sociological snapshot. - Full Article Source

ITEM #168

03/14/11 - $60k damages awarded against blogger who reported truth
A blogger must pay $60,000 after reporting a link between a local community leader and mortgage fraud. From the Star Tribune: The jury awarded [Jerry] Moore $35,000 for lost wages and $25,000 for emotional distress. The civil verdict culminated a nearly t wo-year legal scuffle between John Hoff, whose blog, The Adventures of Johnny Northside, has 300 to 500 readers daily, and Moore, former director of the Jordan Area Community Council. Because the story was true, according to the Star Tribune, Moore (who w as fired after the report) sued not for libel but for 'meddling' in his employment. - Full Article Source

ITEM #169

03/14/11 - 10 Civilizations That Mysteriously Disappeared
Throughout our history, most civilizations have either met a slow demise or were wiped out by sudden natural disasters or invasion. But there are a few societies whose disappearance has scholars truly stumped: - Full Article Source

ITEM #170

03/14/11 - How Big Data Justifies Mining Your Social Data
"Paul Krill reports that one of the big uses of the new "Big Data" analytics technology is to mine the information people post through social networking. Which led him to ask 'What gives Twitter, Facebook, et al. the right to mine that data?' It turns out , users do when they sign up for social networking services, even if they don't realize that — but less clear is the ownership of other information on the Web that these tools also mine." - Full Article Source

ITEM #171

03/14/11 - Copyright Troll Complains of Defendant's Legal Fees
"Copyright enforcement company Righthaven, accused of coercing defendants into settling with threats of damages of $150,000 and forfeiture of the defendants' website domain names, is complaining that one of its litigation foes is needlessly running up leg al costs that Righthaven may end up having to pay. In one of its more extensively-litigated cases, Righthaven sued the Democratic Underground last year after a message-board poster re-posted the first four paragraphs of a 34-paragraph Review-Journal story . After suffering a fair-use setback in another case involving a partial story post, Righthaven tried to drop its suit against the Democratic Underground, which would have resulted in a finding of 'no infringement.' But the Democratic Underground is press ing for Righthaven to pay its attorney's fees and says new evidence had surfaced that would bolster their case. 'Defendants agree that this case should be over — indeed, it should never have started. But it should not end until Righthaven is called to acc ount for the cost of the defense it provoked,' say attorneys for the EFF. 'To allow Righthaven to avoid compensating those who have no choice but to defend would be unjust and unsupportable.' In related news, Righthaven has filed five more lawsuits, bring ing their total since March 2010 to 246 lawsuits." - Full Article Source

ITEM #172

03/14/11 - Improving Nature's Top Recyclers
"Over billions of years, fungi and bacteria have evolved enzymes to convert abundant cellulosic plant matter into sugars to use as energy sources to sustain life. It's a great trick, but unfortunately, these enzymes don't work fast enough...yet. So comput ational scientists at NREL, in collaboration with a large experimental enzyme engineering group, set about trying to understand and design enhanced enzymes to ... lower the cost of biomass-derived fuel to serve the global population (abstract)." - Full Article Source

ITEM #173

03/14/11 - European Court of Justice Rejects Stem-Cell Patents
"The European Court of Justice Friday issued a preliminary opinion that procedures involving human embryonic stem cells are not patentable — even if the process in question does not involve the direct destruction of embryos — because they are tantamount t o making industrial use of human embryos, which 'would be contrary to ethics and public policy.'" - Full Article Source

ITEM #174

03/14/11 - Is Daylight Saving Time Bad For You?
"According to experts on circadian rhythms, the hour shift in sleep schedule from Daylight Saving Time can have serious effects on some people's health, particularly in people with certain pre-existing health problems. One study found that men were more l ikely to commit suicide during the first few weeks of Daylight Saving Time (DST) than at any other time during the year, and another study showed that the number of serious heart attacks jumps 6% to 10% on the first three workdays after DST begins. Dr. Xi aoyong Yang, an assistant professor of comparative medicine and cellular and molecular physiology at Yale University, theorizes that shifts in biologic rhythms could trigger harmful inflammatory or metabolic changes at the cellular level, to which these i ndividuals may be more susceptible." - Full Article Source

ITEM #175

03/14/11 - Dying with dignity through ‘assisted suicide'
Many doctors in U.K. are for assisted dying. A new group for health professionals called the “Dignity in Dying: Healthcare Professionals for Change” has taken on itself the task of challenging the British Medical Association and a number of royal colleges in their stance against assisted dying of terminally ill people. Even the public supports the idea of assisted dying. British social attitudes survey undertaken last year found that 82 per cent people support assisted dying, according to a BMJ News item published on October 5, 2010. Assisted dying is different from euthanasia; it is not a doctor but the patient himself who administers the lethal dose to kill himself in the case of assisted dying. The doctor's role is limited to prescribing a life-ending dose of medication to a mentally competent, terminally ill adult at his request. Assisted dying is currently illegal in England, and doctors who help patients to die are committing an offence. The 12-member commission will be submitting its report by the end of the year. Even as it is illegal in England, many patients travel from U.K to Switzerland for assisted dying. While assisted dying or assisted suicide is not illegal in Switzerland, people in U.K who have helped the patient to travel to Switerland c an be punished. According to the New York Times, as on September 23, 2009, more than 100 terminally ill or severely disabled Britons have travelled to Switzerland in recent years for assisted dying. But it is not Switzerland alone that has legalised assis ted dying. Even in the U.S. where destroying embryos for harvesting embryonic stem cells is not permitted using Federal money, the State of Oregon legalised it in 1997. Washington State followed Oregon's footsteps and legalised assisted dying in November 2008. Number of deaths - About 460 patients have taken advantage of the “Oregon's Death with Dignity Act” and ended their lives between 1998 and 2009. In the case of Washington State, 11 people have ended their lives within six months of the law coming in to force. According to a paper published in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM), there were 23 who got legal prescriptions for lethal medications in Oregon in 1998, the first year when doctors could legally assist people to die; 15 of the 23 actual ly used the lethal medications and ended their lives. A News item in BMJ states that in 2009, 55 physicians wrote 95 lethal prescriptions. Only 59 people actually took the lethal prescription to its logical end by ending their lives. Three other countries excluding Switzerland have legalised assisted dying — Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands. (Life is Precious - It's totally different if you are able to take care of yourself and DOING SOMETHING with your life...but when I'm in miserable shape, can't do anything and need someone to take care of me, I'm READY TO GO... - JWD) - Full Article Source


ITEM #176

03/14/11 - Man Arrested For Linking To Online Videos
"In a case against a New York website owner, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is claiming that merely linking to copyrighted material is a crime. DHS, along with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), seized Brian McCarthy's domain, channelsu rfing.net, in late January. The site has now been replaced with a government warning: 'This domain has been seized by ICE — Homeland Security Investigations, Special Agent in Charge, New York Office.' The advocacy group Demand Progress has claimed that Mc Carthy never reproduced copyrighted material, and that his website simply linked to other sites. A criminal complaint obtained by the group seems to acknowledge that agents knew that McCarthy was running a 'linking website.' While the criminal complaint a lleges that McCarthy did engage in the 'reproduction and distribution' of copyrighted material, it is never clear that he actually reproduced any of the specified broadcasts." - Full Article Source

ITEM #177

03/11/11 - DIY Skylights From Used Water Bottles Replace 50-Watt Bulbs
An ingenious invention by an engineer in Brazil has made an enormous difference in his town. Simply placing a bottle of water in a hole in the ceiling can light up a room with the same brightness as a 50-watt light bulb! Residents have better lighting and are using less electricity. I think the part that made it most convincing was the bucket comparison -- when they took the buckets off the bottles to show what a difference they make in lighting the room, my jaw dropped open. While it's obvious that these only work for certain types of structures, and only provide extra light when the sun is out, it shows that you don't have to construct a complex skylight in your roof to get some daylight into your home. It's clear from the women in the video that they'r e pretty darn happy with how the concept has improved their homes. And to hear that the bottles are lasting years without needing any maintenance at all is exciting. Apparently there's just enough bleach to keep any algae from growing inside, but not enou gh to deteriorate the plastic, or at least not very quickly. What a great bottle-reuse-zero-electricity idea! - Full Article Source


ITEM #178

03/11/11 - Government grants pump $13 million into new inventions
The Australian organisations behind 34 new inventions have received grants of up to $2 million to commercialise their projects under the Federal Government’s new Commercialisation Australia initiative. Commercialisation Australia is designed to assist res earchers, entrepreneurs and innovative companies convert intellectual property into sustainable commercial ventures. In 2010, its first year of operation, Commercialisation Australia awarded a total of $33.6 million for 88 projects. This year, $13 million has been invested into 34 projects ranging from a cloud-based call centre platform and a whole-body vibrating machine, to dementia treatment medicine and a termite barrier for buildings. According to a spokesperson for the Department of Innovation, Indus try, Science and Research, there are four merit-based assistance programs offered within Commercialisation Australia. Skills and knowledge support helps build the skills, knowledge and connections required to commercialise intellectual property, providing funding of up to $50,000 to pay for specialist advice and services. Experienced executives provides funding of up to $200,000 over two years to assist with the recruitment of a chief executive officer or other executive. Proof of concept grants of $50,00 0 to $250,000 to test the commercial viability of a new product, process or service. Early state commercialisation repayable grants of $250,000 to $2 million to develop a new product, process or service to the stage where it can be taken to market. - Full Article Source

ITEM #179

03/11/11 - Slow dust devil lifts plastic sheets off of a strawberry field
Gever Tulley says: "This might just be the most beautiful piece of collaboration between nature and industrial agriculture that I have ever seen." The video gets much better after the first 30 seconds. It reminded me of the transcendental plastic bag scen e in American Beauty. - Full Article Source


ITEM #180

03/11/11 - Invention fights corrosion of light bulbs, electric plugs
Dean Thommes has got a product he feels will sell a million — if he can just get people to try it. The general contractor from Stuart has created Electralube, a lubricant for light bulbs and electrical plugs that fights corrosion and eases installation an d removal. He came up with the idea after years of struggling with bulbs that break and stubborn plugs. "Everybody's had a bulb break on them in a socket, then you have to go turn off the power and take pliers and dig the stub out," he said. "That's what led me to create this." With the recent advent of compact florescent bulbs, the need to simplify bulb removal has become more serious, as the CFL bulbs contain mercury — exposure to which is toxic. Thommes sees a huge market for his product right here in Florida. "People here love it because corrosion is always an issue, especially in the marine industry. These homes and condos along the beach have to deal with this problem all the time, and now I have the solution." Ray English, manager of the Stuart off ice of Rexel Electrical Supply, knew Dean was onto a winner the first time he tried Electralube. "I've been in this business 33 years and not too many things make me go 'hmmm,' but Dean sure did. Now if he can just get a national chain to pick it up, elec tricians everywhere will be using this stuff." - Full Article Source

ITEM #181

03/11/11 - Lightweight Skeletonics robosuit is like stilts on steroids
What would you do if you were a foot or two taller? How about if you had an arm span two times as wide as you have now? A group of Japanese engineering students asked themselves the same question and built a wearable chassis that does just that. Their pro ject is called “Sukerutonikusu”, which we believe roughly translates to: “This is freaking awesome, we’ll take two!”. [Thopter] however informs us that it translates to “Skeletonics”, a fusion of the words “skeleton” and “mechanics”. The suit is comprised of lightweight aluminum pipes and sheeting, allowing for it to be powered solely by the person wearing it. Stepping inside the chassis looks like it lifts the wearer about a foot and a half off the ground, while increasing their wingspan by nearly 6 feet ! In the video embedded below you can see that while in the suit, the wearer is quite agile, and even has the ability to run at a decent tick. If this ever comes to market, you can bet we will buy one in a heartbeat – until then, we will have to settle fo r making RoboCop sounds as we walk about the office. - Full Article Source


ITEM #182

03/11/11 - Why We Need an Asteroid Strike
Me, I reckon that what we need is an asteroid strike. I don’t know how to start an asteroid, but I’m going to think about it. I see it as a matter of social responsibility. See, societies are like people in that they get old, clot, lose flexibility, and t hen croak. They can’t get better. Like most things, they just get worse. A rule of thermodynamics says that rivers don’t flow backwards, plaque does not voluntarily leave arteries, and governments do not become more reasonable, efficient, or interested in the well-being of their populations. What happens is that a government needs money, typically to do badly what it shouldn’t be doing in the first place, so Congress passes tax laws. These may at first inadvertently be simple, comprehensible, and tolerabl y light. Then the unscrupulous, and bureaucrats, who would be unscrupulous if they had the intelligence, discover that it is easier to have the government drain money from the people and give it to the sharpers than it is to work for a living. Taxes grow heavier to feed the growing number of trough-feeders. The people who actually pay the taxes grow weary of playing udder to innumerable ticks and invent ingenious ways to avoid the taxation. Each new dodge inspires Congress to pass a new and more complex l aw to prevent people from keeping their money. Humans are ingenious when they feel someone else’s hand in their pockets. Thus regulations grow like kudzu on a Georgia road cut until you have three hundred shelf-feet of impenetrable law that no one underst ands, even the government. This is good for the ticks because when law metamorphoses into mysticism, the shifty can find loopholes. Meanwhile every special interest on the planet bribes Congress, which amounts to an inexplicably exalted garage-sale, to pa ss laws exempting the special interest... - Full Article Source

(Just a little asteroid maybe or better yet, 'maybe a little demonstration'
as from the original 'Day the Earth Stood Still'.
I think this video edits the best parts of the subtle threat from Klaatu. - JWD)


ITEM #183

03/11/11 - Drug-resistant bacteria: to humans from farms via food
For anyone who thinks about these issues—anyone interested in sustainability, organics or small-scale farming, anyone working to combat foodborne disease—this may seem like a foregone conclusion. And it should. The first observation that giving antibiotic s to animals spreads antibiotic-resistant bacteria to humans was made in 1976, and there has been a steady accumulation of evidence since. Nevertheless, the argument keeps being made that the connection is not water-tight, and that antibiotic use outside agriculture—in human medicine, perhaps—can be blamed for the vast rise in antibiotic resistance. For those who don’t want to believe in this connection—and it is, at this point, a matter of belief much more than it is of evidence—this new paper may not co nvince them. To me, though, it’s more good evidence that overuse of antibiotics in farming is a human-health threat. The details: A public-private team from the Netherlands (several universities and the National Institute for Public Health and the Environ ment) gathered samples of E. coli, the ubiquitous gut bug, from live poultry and from retail chicken meat. They looked for a particular resistance pattern: extended-spectrum beta-lactamase resistance, or ESBL. ESBL is an emerging problem in human medicine . It tends to appear in Gram-negative bacteria such as E. coli and also Klebsiella, species that cause hospital-acquired infections in vulnerable people such as ICU and burn patients. ESBL confers protection against whole families of drugs, starting with penicillin and extending to the later generations of cephalosporins, and leaves bacteria treatable by only one remaining small family of drugs, the carbapenems. ESBL incidence has been rising steadily for the past two decades, even in countries in the Eur opean Union where human antibiotic use is strictly controlled by government policy—meaning there are not a lot of antibiotics washing around, exerting the selective pressure that drives the emergence of resistance. - Full Article Source

ITEM #184

03/11/11 - Superconducting Magnets for Grid-Scale Storage
At a DOE Advanced Research Projects Agency for Energy (ARPA-E) conference in Washington, D.C. on March 2, Swiss-based engineering firm ABB outlined plans for a 3.3 kilowatt-hour proof-of-concept SMES prototype. The device will store electricity in the for m of a magnetic field generated by direct current circulated through superconducting wires. The geometry of the superconducting coils creates a highly contained electromagnetic field, but relatively little energy is needed to sustain the field. The energy is released by discharging the coils. ABB is collaborating with superconducting wire manufacturer SuperPower, Brookhaven National Laboratory, and the University of Houston as part of the $4.2 million ARPA-E grant. The group's ultimate goal is to develop a 1-to-2-megawatt-hour commercial-scale device that is cost-competitive with lead-acid batteries, says ABB project manager V.R. Ramanan. Matching the price of lead-acid batteries would make SMES systems less expensive than flywheels but more expensive tha n pumped hydro or compressed air, according to a recent study by the Electric Power Research Institute. Pumped hydro, which stores energy by pumping water uphill, and compressed air, which stores energy in the form of air compressed in underground caverns , are the two leading methods for storing energy on a large scale today. These approaches are, however, limited to areas with lakes or other reservoirs at high elevations or with underground caverns. - Full Article Source

ITEM #185

03/11/11 - Hail Cannons: October 1919
KeelyNet Few things would be more convenient than the ability to control the weather, but the technologies we've developed toward that end haven't exactly made life easier. Hail cannons, which predate the invention of gunpowder, experienced a brief revival in the late 19th century when residents of Styria (in modern-day Austria) devised a special gas-based mortar supposedly capable of preventing hail. By the year 1900, more than 10,000 hail guns had cropped up across Western Europe. Given their popularity, it's a shame that the cannons proved useless. Scientists commissioned by the Austrian and Italian governments dismissed the weather guns after finding that they failed to "agitate" the air or change the composition of clouds. Even if the mortar could affect one oncoming storm, it was highly unlikely that they could prevent future hailstorms altogether. (But they have been found to WORK! - JWD) - Full Article Source

ITEM #186

03/11/11 - Macular Degeneration treated with Ultrasonic medicine delivery
An Australian invention which could do away with the need for injections into the eyeball to treat a common vision problem is about to be tested in humans. People with the treatable form of age-related macular degeneration (AMD) are now required to have m onthly injections into each affected eye to preserve their sight. "Nobody likes to have an injection in the eye, and not only once but every month," said Melbourne-based Dr Harry Unger, an ophthalmologist who has developed the SonoEye. "And sometimes if t hey have got it (AMD) in both eyes ... these patients would do anything not to have an injection." Testing of the SonoEye is well advanced, and it has shown capable of delivering medication to the inside of the eyeball. Instead of a needle, the device use s waves of ultrasound which first liberate the medicine from a special gel and then push it through the surface of the eye. The drug then gets taken up and circulates through the tiny blood vessels in the eye, reaching even the retina at the back of the e ye. It is a relatively painless process that is over within minutes, and does not carry the same infection risk and need for anaesthetic that an injection does. The injections also can also result in a blood vessel haemorrhage or detachment of the retina leading to, ultimately, a loss of sight. "All of those potential side-effects disappear if you can get the drug in without sticking a needle in the eye," Dr Unger said. "The ultrasound vibrates the drug from being bound to being released and pushes it tow ards the surface of the eye, where the blood vessels inside the eye carry it to where it needs to be. "The patient will hardly be aware of it, and they won't need an anaesthetic," he said. AMD is the leading cause of blindness and severe vision loss in Au stralia, where one in seven people aged over 50 will develop a form of the disease. Its "wet" version - so called because it involves leakages out of the tiny blood vessels in the eye - is treatable. - Full Article Source

ITEM #187

03/11/11 - 3D Vibration for Weight loss and Fitness
The Power Plate works by vibrating in three-dimensions, or three planes: vertical, horizontal and sagittal (front to back). If you have ever been in an earthquake, you have experienced this sort of complex motion – right and left, front and back, and up a nd down – it's very hard to stand up in an earthquake! But the Power Plate moves very quickly (25 to 50 times per second) across very small distances (one to two millimeters), so you aren't knocked off balance, but just enough that your muscles must accom modate. When the Power Plate vibrates up and down, your muscle tone improves. Left to right and front to back movements improves your balance and coordination. So the net result is a dramatic improvement in strength and power, flexibility, balance, tone a nd leanness – for starters. When you stand on the vibrating Power Plate, each muscle in your body reacts in a continuous flow of micro adjustments, contracting reflexively. Just like when your leg automatically jerks after your physician taps it with his reflex hammer, your muscles react automatically to the Power Plate's vibrations – 25 to 50 times per second. Stimulating your muscles and nerves this way results in more work being done by your body in a shorter period of time – with FAR greater recruitme nt of your muscle fibers. Think about it... If you apply 30 Hertz (30 cycles per second) for 30 seconds, you are triggering/stimulating your neuromuscular system a total of 900 times in just half a minute. This means you can train to athlete status with about 12-25 minutes of Acce leration Training, three days a week. - Full Article Source


ITEM #188

03/11/11 - FTC Targets Patent Trolls
The Federal Trade Commission this week released a 300-page report singling out “patent assertion entities” – or so-called “patent trolls” as they’re known in the information technology sector – for raising costs and risks in the patent system without cont ributing to innovation. Rather than develop technology, patent trolls purchase and assert patent claims against businesses already using a technology in order to seek compensation on the grounds of infringement. In its report, the agency says the strategy is on the rise and risks “distorting competition and deterring innovation.” Yet beyond legislative efforts, the FTC says the patent system would also benefit from heading off costly and lengthy court battles brought by patent trolls. To do this, the agen cy recommends improving methods for informing business owners of what technology is and isn’t protected. This includes publicizing patent applications, while screening out deliberately vague claims and clarifying their scope. It also urges judges to align compensation for patent infringement with the actual economic value of a patented invention, saying “overcompensation can lead to higher prices and encourage speculation in patent rights.” The report is based on a series of hearings since December 2008, along with submissions from patent holders and industry experts. (We need to REQUIRE WORKING MODELS to stop this insane rush of theoretical UNBUILT 'inventions'. - JWD) - Full Article Source

ITEM #189

03/11/11 - Passport ownership prevents diabetes

KeelyNet

It's conclusive: owning a passport will prevent you from becoming diabetic. - Full Article Source

ITEM #190

03/11/11 - Scientists Give NASA Planetary Marching Orders
"The community and team of scientists that help NASA prioritize space missions has come out with its exploration recommendations for the next decade: get to Mars, explore one of Jupiter's moons and study Uranus. From the report: 'The gas giants Jupiter an d Saturn have been extensively studied by the Galileo and Cassini missions, respectively. But Uranus and Neptune represent a wholly distinct class of planet. While Jupiter and Saturn are made mostly of hydrogen, Uranus and Neptune have much smaller hydrog en envelopes. The bulk composition of these planets is dominated instead by heavier elements; oxygen, carbon, nitrogen, and sulfur are the likely candidates. What little we know about the internal structure and composition of these "ice giant" planets com es from the brief flybys of Voyager 2. So the ice giants are one of the great remaining unknowns in the solar system: the only class of planet that has never been explored in detail.'" (No, commercialized space station, then moon, then Mars and others. Ca rlin calls them Nas holes...- JWD) - Full Article Source

ITEM #191

03/11/11 - $30 GPS Jammer Can Wreak Havok
KeelyNet "A simple $30 GPS jammer made in China can ruin your day. It doesn't just affect your car's navigation — ATM machines, cell phone towers, plane, boat, train navigation systems all depend upon GPS signals that are easily blocked. These devices fail badly — with no redundancy. These jammers can be used to defeat vehicle tracking products — but end up causing a moving cloud of chaos. The next wave of anti-GPS devices include GPS spoofers to trick or confuse nearby devices."

Faking it - Todd Humphreys can trick you into thinking you are somewhere else. He uses a "spoofer" device that causes a GPS receiver to give an inaccurate reading. Humphreys, at the University of Texas at Austin, has no mischief in mind, but built the device to demonstrate how straightforward it is to do. Such spoofers are not on the market yet, but when they are, could cause all sorts of havoc. Unlike a GPS jammer, which has fairly obvious effects, the spoofer's impact is slow and subtle. "The victim usually won't realise they're being spoofed," says Humphreys. "It leaves no trace." Humphrey's GPS spoofer looks like a wireless internet router. It picks up genuine GPS signals and synchronises its output to resemble them. Any nearby receiver will treat this output as a genuine signal from a GPS satellite. The spoofer then gradually alters its time output, changing from the true value by, say, 3 nanoseconds per second. Since GPS receivers use the time signature in a signal to find location or as an easil y accessible clock, the error builds up.

"The biggest risk is probably complicit spoofing, where someone deliberately misleads their own GPS," says Humphreys. For example, unscrupulous fishing boat captains could spoof GPS to fake their location and fish in forbidden waters. "If mass-produced , they could be made for perhaps $400 to $500," says Humphreys. Such a spoofer could push another ship off course, just as ship-wreckers used to lure vessels onto rocks with false lighthouse lights. Criminals could also spoof GPS timing for profit. The US National Association of Securities Dealers requires financial traders to time-stamp transactions with an accuracy of within 3 seconds. "The bad guys would spoof the timing at their preferred site and, watching an upward trend, buy stock a few seconds in arrears," says Humpreys. "Those three seconds could be worth a lot of money." (eBay has dozens and dozens of them. - JWD) - Full Article Source

ITEM #192

03/11/11 - Kidney Printer
"Dr. Anthony Atala of the Wake Forest Institute of Regenerative Medicine demonstrated his technique for printing a new kidney. The early stage technology involves scanning the patient's current organ, and actually printing the organ directly into the pati ent. He refutes reported claims that it's just a kidney shaped mold, as reported by some. While still in the early stages, it does hold promise that we will be able to use this technology for actual transplants in the future." - Full Article Source

ITEM #193

03/11/11 - Google Voice Discovered Allowing Pure VoIP Calls
"Google Voice users learned late Monday that the service now has a way of making purely Internet-based phone calls. Making a SIP call with a 'sip:' prefix, the Google Voice phone number and @sip.voice.google.com skips the conventional phone network entirely, saving users cellphone minutes. Disruptive Telephony tested it and found that a call worked 'great.'" - Full Article Source

ITEM #194

03/11/11 - Crime Writer Makes a Killing With 99 Cent E-Books
"Joe Konrath has an interesting interview with independent writer John Locke who currently holds the coveted #1 spot in the Amazon Top 100 and has sold just over 350,000 downloads on Kindle of his 99 cent books since January 1st of this year, which, with a royalty rate of 35%, is an annual income well over $500k. Locke says that 99 cents is the magic number and adds that when he lowered the price of his book The List from $2.99 to 99 cents, he started selling 20 times as many copies — about 800 a day, turning his loss lead into his biggest earner. 'These days the buying public looks at a $9.95 eBook and pauses. It's not an automatic sale,' says Locke. 'And the reason it's not is because the buyer knows when an eBook is priced ten times higher than it has to be. And so the buyer pauses. And it is in this pause—this golden, sweet-scented pause—that we independent authors gain the advantage, because we offer incredible value.' Kevin Kelly predicts that within 5 years all digital books will cost 99 cents. 'I don't think publishers are ready for how low book prices will go,' writes Kelly. 'It seems insane, dangerous, life threatening, but inevitable.'" - Full Article Source

ITEM #195

03/11/11 - Stopping the Horror of 'Reply All'
"The WSJ's Elizabeth Bernstein reports that Reply All is still the button everyone loves to hate. 'This shouldn't still be happening,' Bernstein says of those heart-stopping moments (YouTube) when one realizes that he or she's hit 'reply all' and fired off a rant for all to see. 'After almost two decades of constant, grinding email use, we should all be too tech-savvy to keep making the same mortifying mistake, too careful to keep putting our relationships and careers on the line because of sloppiness.' Vendors have made some attempts to stop people from shooting themselves in the foot and perhaps even starting a Reply All email storm. Outlook allows users to elect to get a warning if they try to email to more than 50 people. Gmail offers an Undo Send button, which can be enabled by setting a delay in your out-bound emails, from 5-30 seconds, after which you're SOL. And AOL is considering showing faces, rather than just names, in the To field in a new email product. 'I wonder if the Reply All problem would occur if you saw 100 faces in the email,' AOL's Bill Wetherell says." - Full Article Source

ITEM #196

03/11/11 - The Coyote
KeelyNet California :

The Governor of California is jogging with his dog along a nature trail. A coyote jumps out and attacks the Governor's dog, then bites the Governor.

1. The Governor starts to intervene, but reflects upon the movie "Bambi" and then realizes he should stop because the coyote is only doing what is natural.

2. He calls animal control . Animal Control captures the coyote and bills the State $200 testing it for diseases and $500 for relocating it.

3. He calls a veterinarian. The vet collects the dead dog and bills the State $200 testing it for diseases.

4. The Governor goes to hospital and spends $3,500 getting checked for diseases from the coyote and on getting his bite wound bandaged.

5. The running trail gets shut down for 6 months while Fish & Game conducts a $100,000 survey to make sure the area is now free of dangerous animals.

6. The Governor spends $50,000 in state funds implementing a "coyote awareness program" for residents of the area.

7. The State Legislature spends $2 million to study how to better treat rabies and how to permanently eradicate the disease throughout the world.

8. The Governor's security agent is fired for not stopping the attack. The State spends $150,000 to hire and train a new agent with additional special training re: the nature of coyotes.

9. PETA protests the coyote's relocation and files a $5 million suit against the State.

TEXAS :

The Governor of Texas is jogging with his dog along a nature trail. A Coyote jumps out and attacks his dog.

1. The Governor shoots the coyote with his State-issued pistol and keeps jogging. The Governor has spent $0.50 on a .45 ACP hollow point cartridge.

2. The Buzzards eat the dead coyote.

And that, my friends, is why California is broke and Texas is not. - from Dick Rochon

ITEM #197

03/11/11 - Senate Passes Landmark Patent Reform Bill
"The US Senate is congratulating itself for passing a 'landmark' piece of patent reform legislation. Some key elements are 'first to file' instead of first to invent, and ending fee diversion, which means fees paid to the Patent Office will actually fund the Patent Office. Curiously, this practice has resulted in a backlog of 700,000 patent applications. The House is reportedly working on a similar bill, and soon harmony and rationality will triumph." - Full Article Source

ITEM #198

03/11/11 - Two of the funnier Youtubes I've received
I know, I know, but hey, we all need a little humor in our life...some more twisted than others... - from my inbox


ITEM #199

03/11/11 - Researchers Develop Biofuel Alternative To Ethanol
"Researchers say they have developed a method of using bacteria to convert decaying grass directly into isobutanol, which can be burned in regular car engines with a heat value higher than ethanol but similar to gasoline. The research could mean great sav ings in processing costs and time, plus isobutanol is a higher grade of alcohol than ethanol, according to the Department of Energy's BioEnergy Science Center (BESC) and its Oak Ridge National Laboratory" - Full Article Source

ITEM #200

03/11/11 - Invention leads way to "house-trained" horses
An Austrian man, Alexander Kronsteiner, says he has come up with the answer - a system which rewards horses with a small offering of food whenever they deposit their dung or urine in the correct part of their stable. Kronsteiner joined forces with Hermann Sonnleitner to come up with the device, which they are hoping will take the world of stabled horses by storm. The invention is based around a heat-based sensor which detects when dung or urine is deposited in a grille-covered pit in the stable. If the ho rse does as desired, the sensor allows an automatic feeder to release a food morsel. The sensor can be placed either in the collection area or above it, where it is focused on the area where the horses need to do their business. Kronsteiner says the syste m has been tried on five horses, with all of them eventually coming to grips with what they need to do to obtain a reward, although some took several months to learn it. Even so, Kronsteiner says the long-term benefits are enormous. He says the cost of da ily box care is reduced considerably, and the stable bedding lasts longer. "Hygiene is terrifically improved," he says, "because dung does not mix with feed. "Air quality is improved because the urine immediately runs off. The horses remain clean, because they are not lying any more in their own dung or urine." He says the design has proved safe and no parts can be reached by the horse and damaged. "There is no system-related danger of injury." He says they have detected no negative effects on the behavio ur of horses that have used the device. - Full Article Source


ITEM #201

03/11/11 - Wi-Fi Shown To Interfere With Aircraft Systems
"It's official: using Wi-Fi on a plane can interfere with a pilot's navigational equipment, according to airline equipment manufacturers Honeywell Avionics and Boeing today. Boeing confirmed to ZDNet Australia that the issue does exist, but said it has no t delivered any planes suffering the fault. 'Blanking of the Phase 3 Display Units has been reported during airline EMI (electromagnetic interference) certification testing of wireless broadband systems on various Next-Generation 737 aeroplanes,' Boeing s aid." - Full Article Source

ITEM #202

03/11/11 - DIY Laser Pistol Shoot 1MW Blasts
"It doesn't get cooler than this — a German hacker put together a 1MW laser pistol capable of shooting straight through a razor blade with a single pulse. Quoting: 'Fitted with a Q-switched Nd:YAG laser, it fires off a 1 MW blast of infrared light once th e capacitors have fully charged. The duration of the laser pulse is somewhere near 100ns, so he was unable to catch it on camera, but its effects are easily visible in whatever medium he has fired upon.'" (Can you say 'beam expander'? - JWD) - Full Article Source


ITEM #203

03/11/11 - How Do People Respond To Being Touched By a Robot?
"You know it's coming, and for the forever-alone crowd, not soon enough: robots that physically interact with humans. Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have found in a study that people generally had a positive response toward being touch ed by a benevolent robotic nurse, but that their perception of the robot's intent made a significant difference. 'Even though the robot touched people in the same way,' said a team lead, 'if people thought the robot was doing that to clean them, versus do ing that to comfort them, it made a significant difference in ... whether they found that contact favorable or not.'" - Ful l Article Source

ITEM #204

03/11/11 - Homeless robot begs for energy
KeelyNet Pawel Hynek's 2006 image "Obsolete" depicts a homeless robot begging for electrical power; it's striking and funny as well as a little uncomfortable-making. It reminds me of one of the most demented scenes in science fiction history: the moment in Ian McD onald's stupendous novel 'The Broken Land' in which a re-animated severed head is reduced to performing sexual favors on a street-corner in exchange for nutrient bath to fill the shallow dish in which its neck-stump rests.

Well, here we are. It's something I was thinking about a long time. It was somehow inspired by Battlestar Galactica and the idea of Cylons. Creation of man, abandoned by him. Where lies the border of responsibility for our deeds?

Scene created with 3ds max and rendered in Vray in learning/fun purposes. My first high resolution image. It was harder to render than to create geometry, models and textures, but I learn a lot this time. Especially about shaders and light. - Full Article Source

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03/11/11 - DNA Testing Proposed For All Felony Arrests In New Mexico
"The AP reports that a proposal to expand DNA testing to anyone arrested for a felony in New Mexico has passed the state House, expanding a 2006 state law requiring DNA samples of those arrested of certain violent felonies, such as murder, kidnapping and sex offenses. 'We must give law enforcement the best possible tools to prevent crime and convict criminals, and requiring DNA samples from those arrested for felonies is simply the modern-day equivalent of fingerprinting,' says Governor Susana Martinez. U nder the measure, already enacted in a dozen states, suspects 18 and older will have to provide DNA samples — from a cheek swab, for example — when they're booked at jails for any felony, as supporters says the expanded testing can help prevent crimes. Bu t opponents contend the testing violates a person's right to privacy and could cause police to make arrests on a pretext to obtain a DNA sample." - Full Article Source

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03/07/11 - CPV Generators: The U.S. Goverment Develops New Solar Technology
KeelyNet By using gallium-based, triple junction technology, the CPV solar cells are more heat resistant than traditional silicon-based cells. This is because CPV solar cells have been used in space for their robustness for quite some time now. Since these new c ells are practically unaffected by high temperatures, efficiency is drastically improved because more sunlight can be concentrated on them. In fact, they were up to 41.6% more efficient in the lab. Their solar density is increased by 500 times thanks to their inexpensive Fresnel lenses. What's more, the price to produce CPV cells is competitive with the natural gas prices.

How does the new technology compare to traditional photovoltaic cells? A traditional silicon wafer used in photovoltaic panels produces approximately 2.5 watts of electricity. The same sized wafer use in a CPV cell produces more than 1,500 watts o f electricity.

Although the generator is the size of an IMAX screen, it's much cheaper than comparable generators. This is in-part due to the higher efficiency of the cells, delivering more "energy per acre" than anything of its kind. This exciting new technology i s probably what won the CPV cells the "2010 Research and Development 100 award" at what is commonly known as the "Oscars of Invention." - Full Article Source

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03/07/11 - Three-wheeled Morgan flier that zips along at 115mph
The little trike harks back to the first car Morgan ever built in 1909. That three-wheeler stayed in production for decades until the last rolled out of the company’s factory in Malvern, Worcestershire in 1951. The new version is powered by a 1.9 litre en gine which allows it to accelerate from rest to 60mph in 4.5 seconds. Yet it still manages a frugal 50 miles to the gallon and has a range of 400 miles on just one tank of petrol. At £30,000, it is hardly a budget drive. But already more than 300 enthusia sts have put down £7,000 deposits. On the road, the trike resembles a First World War Sopwith Camel fighter plane only shorn of its wings and propeller. Officially the vehicle is not classed as a car but as a motor trike which means the owner pays a mere £17 a year road tax. - Full Article Source


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03/07/11 - The surprising benefits of lemon!
Lemon (Citrus) is a miraculous product to kill cancer cells. It is 10,000 times stronger than chemotherapy. Why do we not know about that? Because there are laboratories interested in making a synthetic version that will bring them huge profits. You can n ow help a friend in need by letting him/her know that lemon juice is beneficial in preventing the disease. Its taste is pleasant and it does not produce the horrific effects of chemotherapy. As you know, the lemon tree is known for its varieties of lemons and limes. You can eat the fruit in different ways: you can eat the pulp, juice press, prepare drinks, sorbets, pastries, etc… It is credited with many virtues, but the most interesting is the effect it produces on cysts and tumors. This plant is a prove n remedy against cancers of all types. Some say itis very useful in all variants of cancer. It is considered also as an anti microbialspectrum against bacterial infections and fungi, effective against internal parasites and worms, it regulates blood press ure which is too high and an antidepressant, combats stress and nervous disorders.

The source of this information is fascinating: it comes from one of the largest drug manufacturers in the world, says that after more than 20 laboratory tests since 1970, the extracts revealed that: It destroys the malignant cells in 12 cancers, includ ing colon, breast, prostate, lung and pancreas … The compounds of this tree showed 10,000 times better than the product Adriamycin, a drug normally used chemotherapeutic in the world, slowing the growth of cancer cells. And what is even more astonishing: this type of therapy with lemon extract only destroys malignant cancer cells and it does not affect healthy cells. - Full Article Source

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03/07/11 - Geminoid-DK: Realistic Robot Could Pass Off as a Human
Called the Geminoid-DK, it is based on the Geminoid-F, but it is made to look like the professor instead of a female robot. Judging from the videos online, the robot looks incredibly lifelike and could be easily passed off as a human being. It scares me t o think of what the world will be like in the future if these robots get mass produced and started living amongst us. / This is from the first test of the Geminoid. The first hint of a smile triggers immediate response. The people laughing in the backgrou nd are the designers, who at this point have worked on the robot for months, and here see it operated for the first time. (Seems I know a few people with that same blank, moronic stare and stunted response to stimuli. At least the robots WILL get bette r. - JWD) - Full Article Source


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03/07/11 - Nasa's $424 million Glory satellite crashes into the ocean
A rocket carrying the Glory Earth-observing satellite launched yesterday but failed to place the satellite into orbit, sending both plummeting into the Pacific. Nasa said a protective covering on the Taurus XL rocket did not separate as planned three minu tes after launch at 2.09am local time (10.09 GMT). With the covering intact, the rocket was too heavy to get the satellite into orbit. (That money should have funded NEW APPROACHES TO FLIGHT! They are so STUCK on rockets. - JWD) - Full Article Source

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03/07/11 - Found - Cause of Water Leak Problem
Jennifer and Jim kept getting huge water bills. They knew beyond a doubt that the bills weren't representative of their actual usage, and no matter how they tried to conserve, the high bills continued. Although they could see nothing wrong, they had every thing checked for leaks or problems: first the water meter, then outdoor pipes, indoor pipes, underground pipes, faucets, toilets, washer, ice maker, etc. -- all to no avail. One day Jim was sick and stayed home in bed, but kept hearing water running down stairs. He finally tore himself from his sick bed to investigate, and stumbled onto the cause of such high water bills. Apparently this was happening all day long when they were not at home. Knowing that few would believe him, he taped a segment of the 'p roblem' for posterity -- see attached video. (Thanks to Ed Heft for the headsup. - JWD) - Full Article Source


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03/07/11 - New Engine Tech - 4X power from same Mass
Opposed Piston Opposed Cylinder Engine uses Diesel, Gas or other combustible fuels, 40% more efficient fuel use - An extremely lightweight opposed piston opposed cylinder (OPOC) engine has been developed under a Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency ( DARPA) program. FEV and Advanced Propulsion Technologies (APT) were asked by the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC) to modify this engine for heavy-truck applications. Analyzing the two stroke scavenging, the si de-injection combustion, and the structure of the key components shows the potential of the OPOC concept. It is predicted for the 465 kW (650 hp) OPOC truck engine. The OPOC engine was designed to be modular. Each module is self-contained and delivers 325 hp. The modules are connected together via the Modular Displacement Clutch, which synchronizes the modules for achieving even firing when both modules are functioning. With an optimized scavenging process, the special design features of the OPOC engine o ffer a significant step towards the potential of the two-stroke engine having double the power density of a four-stroke engine. An estimated 90% scavenging efficiency has been achieved with unique gas exchange characteristics of the OPOC engine and the us e of an electric assisted turbocharger. The OPOC engine runs with almost two times the engine speed (3800 rpm) along with a large cylinder stroke (167.53 mm), as a result of the split stroke of the opposed piston structure. This also improves the power de nsity by another factor of 2. (Thanks to Ed Heft for the headsup. - JWD) - Full Article Source

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03/07/11 - March 19, Moon will be closest to Earth since 1993

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Earthquakes are not out of the question. More about that later. For now, all you need to know is that on March 19th the moon will be at its closest point to Earth in 18 years, an event that is known as a “lunar perigee”. Or the much more exciting “SuperMo on”, as one astrologer called it. On March 19, the moon will be just 356,577km away from Earth, an event that has internet theorists a-quiver with the possibility of extreme weather, earthquakes and volcanoes.

Not all scientists are convinced, however. Though throughout the last year the world may have seen birds falling from the sky and schools of dead fish washing up on the shore, Pete Wheeler of the International Centre for Radio Astronomy says we shouldn ’t be running to our bomb shelters just yet. “There will be no earthquakes or volcanoes,” Mr Wheeler told news.com.au, “unless they are to happen anyway". “(The Earth will experience) just a lower than usual low tide and a higher than usual high tide arou nd the time of the event, but nothing to get excited about.”

But try telling that to anyone who suffered through the New England hurricane in 1938, or the Hunter Valley floods of 1955. Both happened during lunar perigrees. Cyclone Tracy in 1974 and Hurricance Katrina in 2005 also coincided with SuperMoons, or at least, very close to. But wait - this just in from Dr Victor Gostin, Planetary and Environmental Geoscientist at Adelaide University. He told news.com.au the predictions of weather and earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and other natural disasters ba sed on planetary configurations have not been successful, but there may be some correlation between near-equatorial large scale earthquakes and new and full moon situations. “This is because the Earth-tides (analogous to ocean tides) may be the final trig ger that sets off the earthquake,” he said. - Full Article Source

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03/07/11 - Clean Fuel Worsens Climate Impacts for Some Vehicle Engines
A pioneering program by one of the world's largest cities to switch its vehicle fleet to clean fuel has not significantly improved harmful vehicle emissions in more than 5,000 vehicles -- and worsened some vehicles' climate impacts -- a new University of British Columbia study finds. The study -- which explores the impacts of New Delhi, India's 2003 conversion of 90,000 buses, taxis and auto-rickshaws to compressed natural gas (CNG), a well-known "clean" fuel -- provides crucial information for other citi es considering similar projects. Of the city's more than 5,000 auto-rickshaws with two-stroke engines -- a common form of transportation in Asia and Africa -- the study found that CNG produced only minor reductions in emissions that cause air pollution an d an increase in emissions that negatively impact climate change. The study finds that as much as one third of CNG is not properly burned in two-stroke engines, producing high emissions of methane, a major greenhouse gas that contributes to climate change . CNG use also produced substantial emissions of high particulate matter from unburned lubricating oil, which can appear as blue smoke. The findings show the importance of strong scientific data for policymakers and the need to consider small vehicles lik e auto-rickshaws in emissions reduction programs, according to the researchers. - Full Article Source

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03/07/11 - Spider Venom for Erectile Dysfunction
Spiders and penises are two things most people want to keep far, far apart. Until now. New research suggests that the venom of one aggressive arachnid could be used in future treatments for erectile dysfunction (that is, if it doesn’t kill you first). Say hello to the Brazilian wandering spider (Phoneutria nigriventer), also known as the armed spider, or as the banana spider. With an over four-inch leg span, this South and Central American native normally creeps around banana plantations, although some h ave wound up in American supermarkets and Canadian grocery stores. Flaccid fellows beware: On top of severe pain, a single bite from this eight-legged foe can cause you to lose control of your muscles—and if it’s not treated, the bite can screw up your ab ility to breathe so much so that you slowly die of oxygen deprivation.With a sip of the anti-venom, though, you’d recover in a week. And truth be told, only 10 people out of 7,000 are known to have actually died from a bite. Survivors tell of experiencing painful erections that last for more than four hours—a medical ailment known as priapism. Now physiologist Kenia Nunes wants to see if this toxin can also help female sexual dysfunction. And if everything goes to plan, in the coming years, this spider to xin could wind up on drug store shelves and bedroom across the nation, causing shortness of breath of a very different kind. - Full Article Source

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03/07/11 - Two Suns in China?
Weeks after a story shot across the Web claiming that the imminent explosion of a nearby star would result in the appearance of a second sun in the sky — a story that was later debunked — two suns were caught on camera yesterday in China. The suns — one f uzzy and orange, the other a crisp yellow orb — appeared side-by-side, one slightly higher than the other. What's going on? Life's Little Mysteries, a sister site to Space.com, asked Jim Kaler, the University of Illinois astronomer who squelched the excit ement over the aforementioned exploding Betelgeuse and who has written books on the day and night sky. The double sun image is an effect of optical refraction, Kaler said, but it's a "pretty darn rare" one, and one not fully explained by science. "I doubt it's been computer modeled," he said. "There must have been some blob of atmosphere somewhere that caused this truly spectacular phenomenon, which in a sense is a mirage." Previous sightings of horizontally-aligned double images of the sun and moon are r ecorded in a book called "Light and Color in the Outdoors" (English edition: Springer 1993) by the famous Flemish astronomer Marcel Minnaert, which remains the most complete reference on double suns. "So many other instances have been reported that there is no longer any doubt about ... observations of sun and mock sun(s) being at exactly the same altitude," Minnaert wrote. "The case of a mock sun 3 degrees and 25 arc-seconds to the left of the nearly set sun sounds incredible but has been recorded photog raphically." Indeed, Minnaert's description sounds nearly identical to the scene in question. He goes on to state that the double or multiple image phenomena are produced by abnormal refraction, but that "it remains extraordinary that the images of the su n and moon were sharp and of the same size as the real sun and moon." - Full Article Source


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03/07/11 - Changes At Netflix
Officials at Netflix announced Thursday that the company has finally reached its long-term goal of constructing a chain of easily accessible stores. "Having actual physical locations was always our ultimate intent, and we are proud to provide our customer s with the convenient option of driving to a nearby Netflix store and renting any available movie for just $3.99 per title," said Netflix spokesman Henry Regis, adding that the ease of physically walking through aisles and picking out DVDs will more than make up for the stores' minimized selection of titles. "We will also be implementing late fees to help ensure films are returned on time—that way no one misses a chance to rent the hottest new releases." Regis confirmed that the new physical locations wil l be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and include easy after-hours drop-off boxes. - Full Article Source

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03/07/11 - GlassPoint's Solar could help oil companies go Green
KeelyNet The unveiling last week revealed GlassPoint’s invention—a glass house located in an oil field in Bakersfield, California. The house contains several solar reflecting mirrors that are made to follow the sun’s rays. The sunlight bounces off the mirrors and is directed towards a series of water-filled pipes suspended from the ceiling, allowing the water to boil, turn into steam, and push the crude oil from the ground. The current stumbling block is how viable such a solution is, considering the large amount of acreage these companies extract oil from. For instance, in order to satisfy all the steam needs of an oil field the size the glass house site, there would need to be 100 acres of glass houses in all. - Full Article Source

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03/07/11 - How Contests Spur Innovation
Is the America Competes Reauthorization Act the most important piece of legislation for inventors in more than a decade? And if so, why hasn’t anybody noticed? In short, invention contests and prizes work. In fact, when applied to big problems, contests c an deliver big solutions with big economic impact. But until now only a few government agencies were allowed to hosts contests. The Act provides a “clear and simple legal path” for Uncle Sam to run invention contests, much like the private sector. The U.S . public sector, it should be noted, accounts for approximately 25% of our $15 trillion economy. Of course, private companies such as Edison Nation, Quirky.com and GE’s ecomagination challenge come to mind, among many others, as recent and reliable places where inventors can safely submit ideas for potential prize money and future product development. According to a 2009 study by McKinsey & Company, more than 60 prizes have debuted since 2000, representing almost $250 million in new money. The total funds available from large prizes have more than tripled over the last decade to surpass $375 million. The total prize sector could already be worth as much as $2 billion. The America Competes Reauthorization Act and Challenge.gov might very well achieve what the AIPA and nonprofits could not over the past decade: offer a viable, non-predatory commercial alternative for inventors. It also seems like a uniquely American solution to the global problem of competitiveness. While many other countries’ leaders and d espots have trouble listening to their own citizens, it’s heartening to see our government cuing up a public chorus and inviting inventors to help solve the planet’s most pressing problems. - Full Article Source

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03/07/11 - Curing Doggy Diarrhea
KeelyNet We found this black Cocker Spaniel that looked a lot like her and he's been a good dog, but was unadoptable because of one reason: chronic diarrhea. And then… Recently, we've been letting our new grandson scribble with some crayons I bought for him... and the dogs run and grab them and eat 'em whenever they get the chance.... so... about the same time, I discovered when Snoop's poop is very colorful (sorry for being so graphic), it's normal poop and he doesn't poop all day long... it suddenly dawned on me : the cure we've searched for for the past 5 years... a crayon a day... could it be that easy? (Wonder if this will work for humans? Is it the coloring or the wax they're made from? Could eating candles clog you up too? How exactly would this work, int ernal body heat surely is enough to make the wax at least semi-liquid? - JWD) - Full Article Source

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03/07/11 - Paranoia Power: Confidentiality Before and After Patent Filings
Most inventors know that a healthy amount of paranoia goes a long way when dealing with an idea or invention. Ideas cannot be protected, so if you tell others they are free to use them unless they have signed an agreement saying they will pay you if they use your idea — good luck with that! Inventions can be patented, but if you start telling others about your invention they could make and use your invention, which has immediate negative consequences for the patenting of the invention. Outside the Unite d States most countries follow an absolute novelty standard, which means you need a patent application on file before any public activity associated with the invention. In the United States you would need to file a patent application within 12 months of public activity, such as a public use or offer for sale. Timing can be critical and keeping your mouth shut a very good strategy. But how much paranoia is too much paranoia?

A provisional patent application can be a great first step particularly if you are going to need some assistance later to develop your invention because whatever is disclosed in the application is protected as your invention as of the filing date, assu ming of course you ultimately get patent claims issued. It is also a good first step because you do not need a confidentiality agreement when dealing with a patent agent or patent attorney because the law already requires that information learned from cl ients or even prospective clients must remain confidential. So even if you just seek the advice of a patent attorney or patent agent and never wind up hiring them they are legally required to keep what you tell them confidential. That is the law and it is stronger than any confidentiality agreement you could ever have them sign. - Full Article Source

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03/07/11 - Students Use Invention to Help Haitians Get Clean Water
Sherman Humphrey, southeast regional manager of child sponsorship for Friends of the Orphans in Miami, told them the places in Haiti where his group operated needed clean drinking water. On his wish list was a water filtration device that could be used as an emergency water source. It should be portable, run off renewable energy and be constructed of materials that wouldn't need to be constantly replaced. So the students formed a research and design team and got to work. They built a solar-powered filtrat ion device using steel parts coated to prevent rot and rust. A barrel split in two by a piece of plexiglass contains bio-balls to remove large particles like leaves, a string filter for removing sand and an ultraviolet bulb that destroys viruses and bacte ria. "We kept it really low-maintenance as far as cost because they really don't have many resources there," said Kurzner. Most Haitians have access to water through a city-provided cistern system that sells water by the bucket for 5 to 10 cents -- a heft y sum for a Haitian who lives on less than $1 a day, said Humphrey. Another option -- small sand filters -- need to be cleaned on a weekly basis, he added. The students' device was sent to Haiti around the first of the year and is operating at a facility for 450 orphaned and abandoned children in the town of Kenscoff, said Humphrey. "My guess is it would have cost us $5,000 to $7,000 to buy something like it," he said. About a month ago, the ultraviolet light bulb used to kill off bacteria in the tank bur ned out, and the six team members -- now college students -- brainstormed solutions. A new bulb was sent and installed last week. According to Humphrey, his organization has plans to develop similar products and improve the current device to make it light er and more mobile. "Eventually, we would like to set one up at each of our community schools so these areas wouldn't be reliant on the city's cistern water," he said. - Full Article Source

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03/07/11 - Student licenses pedal-power invention for NT$2 million
A senior undergraduate got her first "pot of gold" Tuesday by licensing her patented invention -- a pedal-power LED lighting system for bicycles -- to a local company for NT$2 million (US$67,453). Hung said his company is planning to mass-produce bicycle parts based on Liu's idea before expanding its use to the production of hiking footwear. According to 22-year-old Liu, the invention stemmed from her own childhood experience in rural Pingtung County in southern Taiwan, where she was once nearly hit by a car while riding her bicycle on a poorly illuminated street. Whereas bicycle lights are usually installed separately and require regular battery changes, her invention has LED lights installed on the pedals that are powered by a pedal-propelled mini gener ator and equipped with a rechargeable battery, Liu explained. - Full Article Source

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03/07/11 - Many more Total Pearls of Wisdom

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03/07/11 - Get Smart
For life in the 21st century, it is impossible to put a dollar value on the necessity of reliable electrical power. Electricity underlies every aspect of our modern lives, and yet the grid used to deliver this crucial commodity has not substantially chang ed since the 1890s, after its invention by Nikola “Electric Jesus” Tesla. The current electricity delivery model is a source-sink one, meaning that a few giant power plants passively monitor the demand for electricity caused by net usage, and turn generat ors on or off accordingly. From a consumer perspective, your personal “sink” is monitored with a metre that is checked a couple of times a month and you are charged accordingly with a flat rate. But the real cost of producing electricity is far from a fla t rate. Over the day, as people go about their business, the net amount of electricity used rises relative to times when everybody is asleep, resulting in “peak power” consumption, such as when consumers begin making dinner as they collectively return hom e from work. This peak power is particularly noticeable during hot summers, when millions of people turn on their energy-intensive air conditioners. Enter the smart grid: an emerging set of technologies that can make electricity consumption more efficient and economically viable. The smart grid would overturn the source-sink model by making every electricity user into a potential producer through the use of a two-way metering system. Monitors deployed through the grid would allow supply and demand of elec tricity to be measured in real time, resulting in a market-driven pricing of electricity. As a result of this real-time pricing, consumers would be financially rewarded for using electricity in off-peak hours, resulting in lower electrical bills. A smart grid would also be able to re-route power intelligently in the case of emergencies like ice storms, falling trees, or even terrorist attacks, greatly decreasing the likelihood of a failure like the 2003 blackout. The smart grid would also be a boon for el ectrical cars. Real-time pricing would allow car owners to recharge their batteries during off-peak hours at low cost. During high demand, car owners could sell excess battery power back to the grid at a profit, simultaneously reducing the need for the pe aker plants – and consumption in general – through a distributed supply. The batteries in just one million electric cars have a potential electrical capacity of about a gigawatt hour, which amounts to approximately 15 per cent of the average daily energy use by Canadians. Potentially enough to take the “peak” off of peak power. - Full Article Source

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03/07/11 - Yay TEXAS! - Proposed TX law to criminalize TSA screening procedures
KeelyNet Volunteers of the Fifth Infantry Regiment, Hood's Texas Brigade, had this flag made in 1861 in Richmond, Virginia. A variant of the Confederate First National Flag, Republic of Texas, the volunteers of the Fifth Texas developed great affections for what t hey referred to as their "lone-star flag."

A Republican Texas legislator has introduced a bill that,

would make the TSA's grope-and-fondle secondary search into a felony, and would also criminalize installing and using a pornoscanner.

Random full-body scans and pat downs in the absence of probable cause arguably violates the Fourth Amendment.

HB 1937 includes the following:

(3) as part of a search performed to grant access to a publicly accessible building or form of transportation, intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly:
(A) searches another person without probable cause to believe the person committed an offense; and
(B) touches the anus, sexual organ, or breasts of the other person, including touching through clothing, or touches the other person in a manner that would be offensive to a reasonable person.
(f) .... An offense under Subsection (a)(3) is a state jail felony.

The Tenth Amendment Center adds, "the Texas legislature stands on solid ground. Local governments control airports and no enumerated power in the Constitution gives the federal government the authority to regulate them. Under the Tenth Amendment, ai rport operation falls under state jurisdiction."

Both bills empower the Texas Attorney General to bring suit in court. The TSA will likely challenge such a law, but the Texas legislature stands on solid ground. Local governments control airports and no enumerated power in the Constitution gives the f ederal government the authority to regulate them. Under the Tenth Amendment, airport operation falls under state jurisdiction. TSA regulations allow for passengers to refuse the body scans, but they must instead submit to an intrusive full-body pat down. This package addresses both issues. The HB 1938 legislation addresses the physical installation of full-body scans, and HB 1937 addresses the problematic constitutional issues of TSA security screening procedures.

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated… - Full Article Source


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03/07/11 - Student Sues FBI For Planting GPS Tracker
"'Yasir Afifi, 20, says a mechanic doing an oil change on his car in October discovered the device stuck with magnets between his right rear wheel and exhaust. They weren't sure what it was, but Afifi had the mechanic remove it and a friend posted photos of it online to see whether anyone could identify it. Two days later, Afifi says, agents wearing bullet-proof vests pulled him over as he drove away from his apartment in San Jose, Calif., and demanded their property back.' Now he has decided to sue the F BI. This story was also covered last year when he found the tracking device." - Full Article Source

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03/07/11 - Elfoid: A Pocket-Size Fetus-Like Robot Might Be Your Next Cellphone
KeelyNet A pocket-size android shaped like a fetus might be your next cellphone. Meet Elfoid, a miniature anthropomorphic robot unveiled today in Japan that works like a cellphone but is designed to transmit not only voice but also "human presence." The idea is yo u use a motion-capture system to transmit your face and head movements to the Elfoid, which would reproduce them, plus your voice, on its own little body, thereby conveying your presence. Last August, Ishiguro and his colleagues at the Advanced Telecommun ications Research Institute International, known as ATR, where he's a visiting group leader, unveiled the Telenoid, an infant-size telepresence android that resembles, depending on whom you ask, Casper the Friendly Ghost, an overgrown sperm, or a developi ng fetus. Talk about embryonic technology. Now the Japanese researchers have shrunk the Telenoid into a little robot elf you can carry in your pocket. The Elfoid P1, introduced today at a press conference in Tokyo, combines the robotic technology of the T elenoid with cellphone capability, allowing people to interact in a way that they can "feel each other's presence," according to Ishiguro. It seems the Elfoid can't move its face and limbs as the Telenoid does, but the researchers say they're planning to use microactuators to improve the device's movements. With the Elfoid, the researchers want to create "an innovative communication medium" capable of conveying human presence to remote locations using voice, appearance, motion, and touch (the Elfoid has a "soft, pleasant-to-the-touch exterior," they say). - Full Article Source

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03/07/11 - Leave a Message, Go To Jail
"A man in Weare, New Hampshire was charged with felony wiretapping for recording the police during a traffic stop — based on a cell phone call he made as an officer approached his vehicle. From the article: Police considered it wiretapping because the cal l was being recorded by a voice mail service without the officer's consent." (Such incredible INSANITY, where does it stop? - JWD) - Full Article Source

ITEM #230

03/07/11 - Google Cars Drive Themselves, In Traffic
"At the TED 2011 conference this week, Google has been giving extremely rare demos of its self-driving cars. TED attendees have even been allowed to travel inside them, on a closed course. The car is a project of Google, which has been working in secret b ut in plain view on vehicles that can drive themselves, using artificial-intelligence software that can sense anything near the car and mimic the decisions made by a human driver." - Full Article Source


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03/07/11 - Canadian Songwriters Propose $10/mo Internet Fee
"Canadian songwriters are proposing a $10 fee to be added to monthly ISP bills, giving users a license to download music using peer-to-peer file sharing technologies for free, without fear of reprisal. The money collected would be distributed to members o f a Canadian association of songwriters (SOCAN). The story doesn't make clear whether the license would apply only to Canadian music, or how musicians in other nations would be compensated otherwise." - Full Article Source

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03/07/11 - Researchers Develop Super Batteries From Aerogel
"Researchers from the University of Central Florida may have found the most efficient (and most bizarre) battery material yet – 'frozen smoke', also known as Aerogel. One of the world's lightest solids, aerogel contains multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCN T) which each one several thousands thinner than human hair. The researchers, Associate Professor Lei Zhai and Postdoctoral Associate Jianhua Zou, believe that this material could soon become the best energy storage material for capacitors and batteries." - Full Article Source

ITEM #233

03/07/11 - IBM Patenting HAL-Like Stuffed Animal Toys
KeelyNet "'Look, Dave,' said HAL. 'I can see you're really upset about this. I honestly think you ought to sit down calmly, take a stress pill and think things over.' Put a HAL 9000 in a baby's stuffed animal toy, a toddler's EEG-equipped knit cap, or other intera ctive monitoring device, and you've got the gist of IBM Research's just-published patent application for its Adaptive System for Real-Time Behavioral Coaching and Command Intermediation. 'For example,' explains Big Blue, 'to help a child who plays rough w ith other children the interaction data can include multiple interaction operations that can be performed by the interactive device for helping the child play less rough with other children. For example, one interaction operation can include an audible wa rning telling the child 'to play nice' in a strict tone of voice, whereas another interaction operation can include an audible warning that asks the child 'would you like someone to do that to you' in a softer tone of voice along with a visual cue as well ." - Full Article Source

ITEM #234

03/07/11 - Mideast Turmoil and the Push For Clean Energy
"Adam Werbach writes that in July 2008 oil prices reached $147 a barrel and suddenly energy prices and alternative energy was on everyone's agenda but soon oil prices fell as the economy faltered and people moved on to the more immediate concerns of keepi ng their jobs and businesses alive. Now with the possibility looming of $200 a barrel oil, the US has a robust field of clean energy technologies that are slowly coming online, from thinfilm solar to fuel cells to cellulosic ethanol — unlike 2008, when it seemed like we were starting our innovation engine from a cold start. 'In the last three years, as oil prices have softened, we've seen stumbles as companies like Applied Materials pulled back from the clean energy space because of operational and market conditions,' writes Werbach. '2012 will be a rich year for equity capitalizations, giving energy entrepreneurs the capital they need to build infrastructure. Even with the draconian austerity measures that are coming into effect across the country, this is a second opportunity for energy innovation.'" - Full Article Source

ITEM #235

03/07/11 - AZ Team Seeks Fossil-Fuel Cost Parity, Using Solar Concentrators
"A University of Arizona engineering team led by Roger Angel has designed a new type of solar concentrator that uses half the area of solar (PV) cells used by other optical devices and delivers a light output/concentration that is over 1000 times more con centrated before it even hits the cells. This comes as a result of a broader goal to make solar energy cost competitive with fossil fuels (target = 1$/W) without the 'need for government subsidization.'" - Full Article Source

ITEM #236

03/07/11 - Dealing with Internet Trolls - the Cognitive Therapy Approach
You have probably heard various opinions about how to deal with people who write insulting or provocative remarks on various Internet forums (also known as "trolls" or people who "flame"). The most common is "Don't Feed the Trolls", which says that all th e people in the forum should avoid responding to the troll. However, as you will see below, "Don't feed the trolls" is also a wrong and ineffective approach for dealing with trolls. Use Verbal Judo;

Case Study

Someone joins a Python IRC channel and says "Perl rocks my socks and Python sucks balls, LOL. Python programmers are incompetent imbecile losers, ROTFL…" (I'm giving it about Python to avoid Perl-elitism on my part. I'm also using "him", "he" consisten tly, though the troll might be female. )

What not to do?

1.Criticise his judgement:
* "Python does not suck, and you are being rude."
* "WTF are you saying? Everybody knows that Perl sucks."

Saying sentences like that will likely irritate the troll further, will likely yield an even more aggressive response from the troll, and will only escalate the heat in the conversation.

2. Don't feed the troll" - i.e: ignore him. Someone will "feed" him eventually and the troll may continue trolling and feeling he's right and superior, or alternatively that the Python people on the channel are being "jerks" for not responding.

3. Ban him / call for banning him - a great way to create another enemy, and can also possibly start some "was it right to ban him" converations. Will also negatively contribute to the channel's atomsphere among the channel members. The troll may also prove to be a useful resource in the future, or can be taught to love Python eventually.

4. Tell him not to troll. - you're labelling him, insulting him and making him feel like he's alienated. Some people may still respond harshly.

5. Cancel the project, or close the channel - may seem very far-fetched but in a project I was involved in and made some suggestions which were perceived as annoying, I was told that they actually considered cancelling the project. Naturally, this is t hrowing the baby along with the bathwater, so you certainly must not do that.

What to do instead

So what should we do instead. It's very simple:

1. Ask him what he means. ; interrogate him:
* "Why do you feel that Python is so bad? What do you find wrong with it?"

2. Agree with him (but use a softer language):
* "Yes, Perl is a nice language, and I agree that Python has its downsides and/or trade-offs in comparison to Perl."
* "It's OK to prefer Perl, we'll still accept you here."

This will make the troll lose steam and help you find a common ground.

3. And eventually negotiate a common ground: "Would you agree that some people like Perl better and some like Python better? (And some may like both equally.). Maybe you can still write Python code and be productive in it while still not in love with i t. Who knows, maybe you'll even grow to like it. Feel free to stick around and ask questions."

The rest of this post gives more useful advice for communicating with people who are making provocative statements, and can be read at your own leisure. - Full Article Source

ITEM #237

03/04/11 - Orbiting multi-rotor homopolar system
KeelyNet Energy Invention from Russia Replicated - For the first time, the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Space, Propulsion & Energy Sciences (IASSPES) led by NASA scientist, Glen Robertson, will feature a breakthrough announcement by Paul Murad, Morgan Boa rdman and John Brandenburg from Morningstar Applied Physics, Inc. (Vienna, VA) of measurements on their "Morningstar Energy Box" which have replicated a Russian magnetic energy converter (MEC) patented (6,822,361) in 2004. The Morningstar team "found s imilar phenomenon regarding temperature loss and the discrete magnetic walls during tests of the Energy Box", which consists of a series of rotating, cylindrical magnets around a magnetic ring. These anomalous "magnetic walls" and regions of cool temp erature, both occurring in the space surrounding the device, have never been duplicated before by any independent team as the Morningstar Physics team.

Abstract - An orbiting multi-rotor homopolar machine employs axially parallel, cylindrical, electrically conductive magnets arranged circumferentially around vertical axis of central stator ring, intimately contacting and engaging non-slip rolli ng between rotor magnets and stator. A bearing rotatably secures each end of each magnet to a corresponding electrically conductive circular endplate, each slightly wider than the stator. An electrically conductive axle located in the center of the stator rigidly attaches to one of the top circular endplate, and an electrically insulating bearing means attaches the center of bottom circular endplate to a coaxial inner cylinder, located between the axle and the stator.

Summary - The present invention derives direct current electricity by co-rotating a plurality of magnets and a metallic disk. It comprises an improved homopolar machine with dynamically balancing, axially parallel, cylindrical, electrically c onductive magnets arranged circumferentially around the vertical axis of central stator ring. Such a design can be referred to as distributed generation since each magnet rotor generates only a fraction of the current that is transmitted through the machi ne. Thus, the conductive bearings contacting the center of each end of the magnet rotors may carry only one tenth or less of the total current.

The Problem - The problem this invention solves is that it generates high power direct current electricity without the need for commutation and rectification, otherwise the internal resistance losses are high.

Theory of Operation

The main principle of operation is based on the fact that rotating cylindrical magnets creates a homopolar emf generation from Faraday's Law and the Lorentz Force. Physically, a rotating, non-inertial reference frame configuration can only be an alyzed correctly with Einstein's general theory of relativity, utilizing a Thirring metric.

Particularly, where rotating cylindrical magnets and disk are synchronized and made co-rotational, such a co-rotational configuration makes the generator one piece like the earth's magnetic field itself. As the inventors explored this correspondence mo re closely, it was learned that the earth's molten, electrically conductive iron core also includes not one but several vortices in a coaxial circular arrangement. The inventors stumbled upon this concept while investigating the field rotation paradox and found that an orbiting, multi-rotor homopolar generator assembly would be analogous to the earth's electrically conductive, multi-vortex, magnetic, molten iron core.

The field rotation paradox can be easily resolved by an amateur DIY (Do It Yourself ) scientist by comparing the interception of a linear magnetic field vs. a rotating magnetic field. In the former configuration the meter gives the same reading whether the magnet is moved with respect to a pickup coil of wire or vice versa but in the latter configuration the meter reading is seen only when the disk is moved with respect to rotary magnetic field of cylindrical magnet but not when the magnet is mo ved with respect to the disk. The former is consistent with special relativity while the latter is relying on general relativity. Both are loosely termed "relativistic."

The manufacturing, assembly and use of this invention is very simple even intuitive. The system of this invention can be readily assembled from the teaching provided in this disclosure by state of the art techniques and materials by a person of average skill in the art. Keelynet(This is what Dr. Paramahansa Tewari, in a private meeting with our 'Dallas Contingent' told us about at a conference about 15 years ago. Dr. Tewari had f igured out a way to inductively tap the high current, low voltage power from a homopolar generator but, at that time, it needed more testing so he wasn't yet ready to release the information publicly. This Russian method is totally different by using distribution of the high ampere, 1.2-1.5 volt direct currents. - JWD) - Full Article Source

ITEM #238

03/04/11 - Atmospheric Energy Generator Invention needs Funding
A local inventor has built a new energy source that can provide enough electricity for a small house. The Einsvanian power plant is a generator 3 feet long and wide and 4 feet high in Paul Eiselstein’s garage that runs free from any external source.

It runs continuously and in a demonstration Friday produced enough electricity to power a portable light and two power tools. “It is a green energy source far better than any solar panel system or fuel cell technology source,” Eiselstein claims. “It produces no pollution, has no exhaust and can run inside a home safely.”

Eiselstein is keeping the particulars of how his invention operates as a trade secret. In general terms, the generator pulls energy from the atmosphere, converting potential energy to kinetic energy. “There’s an unlimited source there,” the inve ntor explained. “I’ve built several prototypes,” Eiselstein said, admitting his current generator “is not pretty. I wish it was better looking.” Eiselstein is eager to hook up the power plant to his home’s electrical system but says the unit needs more te sting.

The 1,500-pound generator runs at 5,500 rpms and produces 7,200 watts, 480 volts alternating current. The unit includes a battery to store the power it produces. It makes a humming sound that is about the same volume and pitch as an air conditioner unit. The noise is made by an internal fan and bearings.

Future models, Eiselstein promised, will be quieter. “And cheaper,” the manufacturer added. “I want to start producing and selling them. I want people to receive their energy from green sources.” Eiselstein said he wants to swap out the combustion port ion — “the polluting part” — of a hybrid car with a more compact version of his generator. To date, Eiselstein estimates he has invested well over $70,000 in his invention.

“If I had more money I’d build it better — more presentable,” Eiselstein said apologetically. He has recently created a corporation. “I would like to find investors,” the inventor-cum-entrepreneur said. “There are people out there who are interested.” (I won't publish the number or address but here is the superpages result. - JWD) - Full Article Source

ITEM #239

03/04/11 - Dark Energy: Was Einstein Right After All?
Astronomers found that the universe is actually expanding faster now than it was billions of years ago. It's as though the baseball had a rocket attached. And the only plausible explanation was that some mysterious, invisible source of energy must be p ushing the universe apart faster and faster all the time. That mysterious force came to be known as dark energy, and to date nobody has figured out exactly what it is. All astronomers know is that dark energy seems to make up more than 70% of the matt er-energy content of the universe. Back in the 1920s, Einstein abandoned the concept of the cosmological constant, calling it "the greatest blunder of my life." If dark energy really does match his long-ago idea, his greatest blunder could also turn out t o be his final triumph. - Full Article Source

ITEM #240

03/04/11 - Robot Story Generators
Demand Media and its peers pay lots of writers small sums in order to generate lots and lots of content, with the help of computers. But you can do it for even less if you eliminate the writers altogether. That's the premise behind Narrative Science, a st art-up that sells technology that “generates news stories, industry reports, headlines and more–at scale and without human authoring or editing.” Narrative Science has ambitions bigger than box scores. The company wants to use structured data sets to prod uce a wide range of stories. Many of which you probably wouldn't identify as stories (“narrative” is an intentionally broad term), and many of which you'll never see anyway, because they're behind a paywall of some sort. Think of financial reports, real e state write-ups, etc. I suppose some people might get queasy about the idea of robot writers, but I think it makes perfect sense. There's lots of content-making that machines can and should do much faster than humans, and at least as effectively. - Full Article Source

ITEM #241

03/04/11 - Ibuprofen Could Help Fight Off Parkinson’s Disease
Taking ibuprofen just two or three times a week could reduce the risk of developing Parkinson’s disease by a third, scientists have found. Researchers discovered that adults who regularly take the painkiller are significantly less likely to go on to deve lop the debilitating condition. The exact mechanism by which it works is not known but it is believed ibuprofen may reduce inflammation in the brain and protect brain cells from death caused by the disease. - Full Article Source

ITEM #242

03/04/11 - From drugs to mugs: Disfiguring toll of addiction

KeelyNet

Shocking mug shots reveal toll of drug abuse. In-your-face photos aim to scare teens straight by striking their vanity. With disturbing before and after photos of drug users’ faces, a new anti-drug campaign may succeed where others have failed, grabbing teens’ attentions by appealing to their vanity. The pairs of mug shots, which graphically display the damage drugs can do to the face, were collected by the sheriff’s office in Multnomah County, Ore. Faces that were normal — even attractive — in initial p hotos, shot when addicts were first arrested, metamorphose over years, and sometimes just months, into gaunt, pitted, even toothless wrecks. - Full Article Source

ITEM #243

03/04/11 - The gigantic underground moon cave
India's space agency announced it had discovered an enormous volcanic cave under the surface of the moon, in the midst of analyzing 3D images taken last year by the lunar orbiter Chandrayaan-1. Thanks in large part to its stable climate, the cave could pr ovide suitable housing for humans who want to further explore the moon. It's far bigger than what was previously the largest-known hole on the moon, which is 213 feet across and 289 feet deep, and was discovered by the Japanese Space agency Jaxa in 2009. Its main attraction is a temperate climate. Temperatures on the moon swing wildly, from a maximum of 262 degrees Fahrenheit to a minimum of -292. The cave holds steady at a (relatively) comfortable -4, since the moon's weather can't penetrate its 40-foot- thick wall. It could also protect astronauts from "hazardous radiations, micro-meteoritic impacts," and dust storms, according to paper published by the journal Current Science, as quoted by Silicon India. - Full Article Source

ITEM #244

03/04/11 - Plastic-wrap bananas?
KeelyNet Del Monte has come up with individual plastic packaging for bananas, a fruit that already comes in its own natural, biodegradable wrapper. At a time when we’re all trying to reduce packaging waste, why would a company create more? Paradoxically, Del Monte says the packaged bananas, which will be marketed as a “natural energy snack on the go” in Britain and the United States, are intended as a green initiative. The clear pouches are said to contain “controlled ripening technology,” purported to extend the shelf-life of the fruit by several days. The packaged bananas are also expected to be more expensive, at about $1 (U.S.) per fruit. - Full Article Source

ITEM #245

03/04/11 - Doctors Need to Tell Patients They're Overweight
Too few doctors tell their patients that they are overweight or obese, allowing patients to remain in denial about their weight, according to a new study. Researchers led by Dr. Robert Post of the Virtua Family Residency in Voorhees, New Jersey analyzed n ational data on 5,500 U.S. adults. They found that one-third of obese participants and more than half of overweight patients said their doctor had never talked to them about their weight. Compared to patients who were not informed of their weight problem, study participants who were told by their physicians that they were overweight were eight times more likely to perceive themselves this way. Obese patients were six times more likely to accept that they had a weight problem, the researchers said. "If peo ple are told by their doctor that they are overweight, it corrects their perception," Post said in the report. - Full Article Source

ITEM #246

03/04/11 - The electronic Mood Ring
KeelyNet The Q Sensor could help you manage stress by showing when you are under pressure. It looks like a large digital watch with no readout. A button on its surface lights up in different colors to convey the level of battery charge. Two small silver electrodes on the underside of the device continually send out a low electric current to measure skin conductance. Skin conductance rises along with physiological levels of stress, including both excitement and fear. Over the last year, the Q Sensor has been snappe d up by researchers studying everything from sleep to game design, eating habits, and brand design. Scientists are using it to tailor new treatments for autistic children; others are planning studies to see if information about stress can help treat peopl e with drug addictions or post-traumatic stress disorder. But anyone might benefit from the information the sensor provides. Knowing our daily state of stress could help us understand ourselves and our daily lives better. It might also, perhaps, help us d e-stress more effectively. - Full Article Source

ITEM #247

03/04/11 - GM's Volt 'doesn't really make a lot of sense'
"When you are looking at purely dollars and cents, it doesn't really make a lot of sense. The Volt isn't particularly efficient as an electric vehicle and it's not particularly good as a gas vehicle either in terms of fuel economy," said David Champion, t he senior director of Consumer Reports auto testing center at a meeting with reporters here. "This is going to be a tough sell to the average consumer." The magazine said in its testing in Connecticut during a harsh winter, its Volt is getting 25 to 27 mi les on electric power alone. GM spokesman Greg Martin noted that it's been an extremely harsh winter — and as a Volt driver he said he's getting 29-33 miles on electric range. But he noted that in more moderate recent weather, the range jumped to 40 miles on electric range or higher. Champion believes a hybrid, such as the Toyota Prius, may make more sense for some trips. "If you drive about 70 miles, a Prius will actually get you more miles per gallon than the Volt does," Champion said. But GM has noted that most Americans can avoid using gasoline for most regular commuting with the Volt, while its gasoline engine can allow the freedom to travel farther, if needed. The magazine has put about 2,500 miles on its Volt. It paid $48,700, including a $5,000 ma rkup by a Chevy dealer. Champion noted the Volt is about twice as expensive as a Prius. - Full Article Source

ITEM #248

03/04/11 - Gas thieves drilling holes into tanks of parked vehicles
Police are looking for thieves who are stealing gasoline by drilling holes into gas tanks of parked vehicles. The York County Sheriff's Office says there have been five incidents reported in the Baxter Village and Bailiwyck areas of Fort Mill. The thefts are taking place at night. Some of the victims did not realize that someone had drilled into their gas tanks until the vehicle was at a repair shop. - Full Article Source

ITEM #249

03/04/11 - Skyrocketing water bills mystify, anger residents
Imagine paying as much for water as you do for your mortgage. Residents throughout Atlanta are outraged by hundreds, even thousands of dollars in monthly spikes in their water bills, and have questioned the legitimacy of the charges for years. Now, they'r e demanding answers. "I thought we were sinking in a hole of water," said Debbi Scarborough. "It scared me to death. I thought we had a major leak when I got the bill." Over two months last summer, her family's monthly water bill, shot up to $1,805 In Jul y and then $1,084 in August, leaving a balance due of more than $3,000. She said in the past her bill has averaged $200 to $250. "I'm not paying a $3,000 bill. And for those three months, we were pretty much out of town most of the time and there's no lea ks," she said, showing CNN a copy of her plumber's report. It's led to a class-action lawsuit, countless meetings with city officials and continuing complaints from fed-up residents. Thousands of residents who have seen unusual spikes have appealed their high water bills. Just last year, the city issued credits totaling $466,368 to customers. Many of the problems arose after the installation of new, automated water meters, which began nearly five years ago, and involved contracts for meter installations, the electronic meters and software equipment. The automated meter-reading technology eliminates the need for city workers to manually check every meter. Instead, they retrieve the data by driving by each property. The meter electronically transmits data s howing the amount of water used. In 2007, city auditors found they were "unable to verify electronic meter readings" because of "meter read errors, equipment failures or human errors." Specifically, the audit said "about 9% of the meters could not be rea d due to broken or malfunctioning equipment." - Full Article Source

ITEM #250

03/04/11 - Not for kids or Muslims
Truth hurts... - Full Article Source

ITEM #251

03/04/11 - HOWTO get a tractor out of mud
A fun video of an ingenious (and apparently incredibly dangerous) method to get a stuck tractor out of the mud. - Full Article Source


ITEM #252

03/04/11 - When is a religion a cult?
Many academics and observers of cult phenomena, such as psychologist Philip G. Zimbardo of Stanford, agree on four criteria to define a cult. The first is behavior control, i.e., monitoring of where you go and what you do. The second is information contro l, such as discouraging members from reading criticism of the group. The third is thought control, placing sharp limits on doctrinal questioning. The fourth is emotional control—using humiliation or guilt. Yet at times these traits can also be detected wi thin mainstream faiths. So I would add two more categories: financial control and extreme leadership. - Full Article Source

ITEM #253

03/04/11 - Innocent man serves 29 years on child-rape charge
Here's Esquire's heartbreaking profile of Raymond Daniel Towler, a man who served nearly 29 years after being wrongfully convicted of raping a twelve year old girl before being exonerated on the basis of DNA evidence. Writer Mike Sager paints a vivid pict ure of the hardships faced by an innocent man accused of raping a child during 29 years in prison, but the full scope of Towler's predicament really comes through when Sager describes his life now that he's outside.. (click on the link and READ THIS, t hen shut up, quit whining and count your blessings! - JWD) - Full Article Source

ITEM #254

03/04/11 - $130 Table Top Movie Screen
KeelyNet You’re about to do a presentation and you’re looking around the room for a blank wall to project your show. So what you need is a portable movie screen that can sit at the end of the conference table and is about the same width. Epson has thought about th is and has a new portable screen, “ES1000,” which weighs 6.5 pounds and measures 34.5 inches wide. The projected image is 50 inches diagonally. When closed it forms its own carrying case and fits into an airplane’s overhead compartment. The ES1000 is $130 from Epson.com. Since projectors can project movies and TV shows as well, this can be a cheap alternative to a big-screen TV. - Full Article Source

ITEM #255

03/04/11 - Arkansas Earthquakes Could Be Man-Made
"The small earthquakes that struck north central Arkansas could be from a combination of natural and man-made activity. Some experts think that pumping water into the ground as part of the extraction process of natural gas could cause local seismic events ." - Full Article Source

ITEM #256

03/04/11 - How Cyborg Tech Could Link the Minds of the World
"Science writer Michael Chorost has written a book that suggests that mankind may one day be able to link individual minds to share thoughts, feelings and perceptions by genetically modifying individuals brains and implanting computers based on neural net works in the body. Here he talks about the implications for human relationships, our sense of self and phenomenon like telempathy and dream brainstorming that this so-called World Wide Mind would make possible." - Full Article Source

ITEM #257

03/04/11 - World's Most Powerful Optical Microscope
"Scientists have produced the world's most powerful optical microscope, which could help understand the causes of many viruses and diseases. Previously, the standard optical microscope could only see items around one micrometre — 0.001 millimetres — clear ly. But now, by combining an optical microscope with a transparent microsphere, dubbed the 'microsphere nanoscope,' the Manchester researchers can see 20 times smaller — 50 nanometres ((5 x 10-8m) — under normal lights. This is beyond the theoretical limi t of optical microscopy. 'Seeing inside a cell directly without [it] dying and seeing living viruses directly could revolutionize the way cells are studied and allow us to examine closely viruses and biomedicine for the first time.'" - Full Article Source

ITEM #258

03/04/11 - UK MOD To Spend 20 Million On Toy Size Spy Drones
"The Ministry of Defense (MOD) is making 20 million pounds available for Nano UAS. This is the second story this week in which military organizations seem to be looking for small multicopters. A market to date that has been ignored by the big defense cont ractors and a space owned by small start ups. No doubt some of those small start ups will soon become big defense contractors!" - Full Article Source

ITEM #259

03/04/11 - Tractor Beams Are Getting Closer (Sort of)
"A recently submitted paper in arXiv claims that by using Bessel beams it is theoretically possible to pull particles towards the light source, opening up new avenues for optical micromanipulation (the direction of the force is size dependent, so it could be used for particle sorting). There is also a simpler article translated in English (original article in Greek)." - Full Article Source

ITEM #260

03/04/11 - DHS Eyes Covert Body Scans
"Documents obtained by the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) suggest that the US Department of Homeland Security has signed contracts for the development of mobile and static systems that can be used scan pedestrians and people at rail and bus stations and special event venues — apparently at times without their knowledge. Under consideration: An Intelligent Pedestrian Surveillance platform; an X-Ray Backscatter system that could detect concealed metallic and high-density plastic objects on peo ple from up to 10 meters away; a walk-through x-ray screening system that could be deployed at entrances to special events or other points of interest, which could be installed in corridors and likely scan people walking through it without them knowing it , EPIC said." - Full Article Source

ITEM #261

03/01/11 - Scientists revisit Tesla's electricity-from-air ideas
KeelyNet Harnessing the electrical power that is generated naturally when water vapor collects on microscopic particles of dust and other material in the air could provide an alternative to solar power and reduce the incidence of lightning strikes, say scientists at the 240th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society. "Our research could pave the way for turning electricity from the atmosphere into an alternative energy source for the future," said study leader Fernando Galembeck, from the University of Ca mpinas in Brazil. Electrical impresario Nikola Tesla was among those who dreamed of capturing electricity from the air. This is the electricity formed when water vapor collects on microscopic particles of dust and other material in the air. But unt il now, scientists lacked adequate knowledge about the processes involved in the formation and release of electricity from water in the atmosphere.

Galembeck and his colleagues have been performing laboratory experiments that simulate water's contact with dust particles in the air. They used tiny particles of silica and aluminum phosphate, both common airborne substances, showing that silica be came more negatively charged in the presence of high humidity and aluminum phosphate became more positively charged. High humidity means high levels of water vapor in the air - the vapor that condenses and becomes visible as "fog" on windows of air-co nditioned cars and buildings on steamy summer days. "This was clear evidence that water in the atmosphere can accumulate electrical charges and transfer them to other materials it comes into contact with," Galembeck explained.

"We are calling this 'hygroelectricity,' meaning 'humidity electricity'." He proposes that it may be possible to develop collectors, similar to solar cells that collect sunlight, to capture hygroelectricity and route it to homes and businesses. Just as solar cells work best in sunny areas of the world, hygroelectrical panels would work more efficiently in areas with high humidity. Galembeck said that a similar approach might help prevent lightning strikes.

He envisions placing hygroelectrical panels on top of buildings in regions that experience frequent thunderstorms. The panels would drain electricity out of the air, and prevent the build-up of electrical charge that is released in lightning. His re search team is testing metals to identify those with the greatest potential for use in capturing atmospheric electricity and preventing lightning strikes. "We certainly have a long way to go. But the benefits in the long range of harnessing hygroelect ricity could be substantial," Galembeck said in conclusion.

(Back in 2001 a fellow contacted me saying he was using doped electrets with long wire antennas to produce 2 foot continuous arcs as the most spectacular demonstration of how much energy was in the air. He said there was a lot more energy when it wa s snowing, sand/dust was in the air or the wind was blowing. He wrote up this brief article on Electrets for us. - JWD) - Full Article Source

ITEM #262

03/01/11 - Less Than Zero-Point Energy
KeelyNet The Casimir force can only be measured when the distance between the two plates is extremely small; in the order of several atomic diameters. Since the Los Alamos experiment, other researchers have repeated and refined the experiment, in the hope that the y can one day connect gravity with the quantum world.

Scientists say that accomplishing this may finally lead to a theory of everything. But the idea that zero-point energy exists everywhere in the universe has also appealed to others who believe that they can somehow tap this unlimited energy f or free.

Something for nothing, or "owt for nowt," is the usual reply when there is talk of free energy; or when you get more energy out of a process than you put in. The constant failure of anyone actually trying to produce such a machine has led to an inevitable and inalienable conclusion.

"Countless inventors have tried to construct a machine which will produce work from nothing – always in vain," wrote the Nobel Prize winning physicist Max Born. "In the end this failure was recognized as a law of nature. Thus the principle of t he conservation of energy was formulated; this has remained a fundamental concept of physics to this day, and has proved itself extremely fruitful," Born added.

Nonetheless, researchers such as the late Dr. Eugene Mallove and Bernard Haisch, of Calphysics, have devoted many years trying to find the angle needed to harness and create applications for the "free" energy that permeates throughout the universe (and indeed pushes it ever outward!). This speculative investigation into a hypothetical "zero-point-field inertia resonance" caused much of the brouhaha that has dogged Haisch, as he says that his explanation of inertia in the universe may one-day power spac ecraft.

"There exists a background sea of quantum light filling the universe and that light generates a force that opposes acceleration when you push on any material object," explains Haisch. "That is why matter seems to be solid, stable stuff that we, and the world, are made of. So maybe matter resists acceleration not because it possesses some innate thing called mass as Newton proposed and we all believed, but because the zero-point field exerts a force whenever acceleration takes place."

Haisch is something of a hero to basement boffins, inventors and (pseudo)scientists who are used to taking the-road-less-traveled and have recognized in Haisch a kindred spirit. But while Haisch hypothesizes about future spacecraft powered by a mysteri ous inertia, he is also the first to say that he could be very wrong. "Dr. Paulo and Alexandra Correa in Toronto, Canada, have managed to create a special type of what (Wilhelm) Reich would have called an Orgone Accumulator, but they call it a Hybrid O rgone Accumulator, that sits, around-the-clock, generating power in a small Stirling engine, as though there were a source of 2 watts of thermal energy inside the metal Faraday cage. Now that's vacuum-energy for sure."

Such claims are disputed by mainstream scientists of course, as the effect of vacuum energy that exists everywhere equally – which is why we don't notice it. But Haisch claims that this is irrelevant, and as long as "zero-point energy is real; there is the possibility that it can be tapped as a source of power or be harnessed to generate a propulsive force for space travel." At present it all comes down to whom you believe, but – barring some amazing new discovery – as it stands, the basic te nets of physics seem to have the upper hand.

(The writer falls into the same simple minded trap that infects so many seemingly rational people in claiming free energy and perpetual motion enthusiasts are claiming to produce something from nothing.

No one I know ever claimed anything remotely like 'something from nothing.' We look for new methods for the conversion of energy from one form to another, except that 'we' think the source can be magnets, gravity, inertia, cosmic rays, atmospheric ener gy, earth energy, coriolis forces, gyroscopic forces, zero point energy, etc. as long ago spelled out in this paper on Something from Nothing Revisited.

And what really PISSES ME OFF is that orthodox scientists have been seeking 'something from nothing', way more energy out than in, was ting many billions of dollars on fusion where;

"the goal of creating a tiny star by replicating the process that powers the sun and similar celestial bodies. This controlled form of fusion theoretically could tap into the boundless energy that binds the universe together, creating in tense heat and driving huge generators that could supply enough power to run the entire world’s electricity grid in perpetuity."

Yet free energy enthusiasts are considered half baked due to our attempts to discover how to tap into zero point and other forces to CONVERT them to useful forms such as electricity, heat, mechanical force, etc..

Perhaps if we had BILLIONS OF DOLLARS spread out over many hundreds or thousands of projects to investigate gravity and free energy, our chances of success would be significantly greater, ORDERS OF MAGNITUDE GREATER, than focusing all that money and ef fort SOLELY ON ONE METHOD that to date has yielded NO RESULTS. Doesn't it make more sense to hedge our bet with dozens, hundreds or thousands of different approaches than waste all that money on JUST ONE?

One day there will be one or more major breakthroughs by one or a group of maverick inventors that will be released all over the internet so that anyone can build a free en ergy generator and scale it up to whatever power level they need. That is assuming we can ever find a forward thinking, selfless, investor or group of investors with huevos grandes to make it happen.

I have had several investor types say 'Why should I fund this when I can just wait and get it on the cheap when it comes on the market?' Can you believe that? What if other countries (China, Saudis, Japan, Korea, etc..) fund their own maverick research projects and BEAT US TO THE TECHNOLOGY for free energy and gravity control? Will people still be so smug and self-serving then? Basically having sold out their own country because they are too cheap or fearful to use some of their 'disposable' income to fund such projects.

KeelynetFrom 'Return to Tomorrow' - Sargon leads the party to another room where more spheres are found. Only two of them are glowing; the others are dark and cold. Sargon indi cates the two active spheres hold the minds of Thalassa, his wife, and Henoch,[1] a former enemy of his. Sargon explains that this is how they stored their minds after the war, and have been lying in wait for someone to find them. Kirk's body becomes too drained, so Sargon returns to the sphere and Kirk pops back into his body. While McCoy is disturbed by the prospect of alien possession, Kirk states that during the brief exchange, he learned what Sargon is and what he wants, and he is not afraid.

In an impassioned speech in the briefing room, Kirk reminds his reluctant officers that "risk is our business" and suggests amazing technological advances which Sargon and his people might be able to provide. Finally voting yes, the team gath ers the active spheres and brings them to the Enterprise.

Surely there are some philanthropist(s) or investor(s) out there who 'get this' and why it is so important to help recreate/rebuild jobs, factories and opportunity for Americans, to bring us back and even exceed our past accomplishments when we can reclaim deserts as rich, lush farmland, colonize other planets, produce energy on demand. Maybe my views and lab plans are just too extreme for ever finding funding for an y of us... - JWD) - Full Article Source

A Machine to Die For

Or will it be Stopped by Conspiracies?


ITEM #263

03/01/11 - DIY Electric VW for $18,000
Introducing the all-electric VW bug! No, you can’t buy it out on the showroom floor — DIY-er and entrepreneur Al Bullock electrified his VW bug and has been driving around Livermore, Calif. for the past three years. It cost him around $18,000 to turn the classic car into an EV, and you might think that’s expensive, but it’s a lot less than a Nissan LEAF, and it’s more stylin’. / 220amphour battery pack - 29kwhours - over 6,000 lithium ion 18650 cells soldered together in 8 packs with charger - large impul se 9 DC series electric motor - standard 4 speed transmission no clutch - entire system weighs less than 600 pounds - 1000 amp microprecessor based controller - over 85mph and can go faster but VW chassis/body not built for speed - range 75-125 miles - to tal cost about $18,000 - Full Article Source


ITEM #264

03/01/11 - China Announces Plans to Make 1 Million Electric Cars Per Year By 2015
According to an article from the state-run People’s Daily, new plans for the auto industry, to be published soon, are going to make electric and hybrid cars a national priority. In the long run, China has said that it is hoping to manufacture 100 milli on new cars and buses each year by 2020. The country has pledged to invest more than 100 billion yuan over the next 10 years to make China into the world’s producer of alternative energy vehicles. While a move towards more fuel-efficient cars is a ste p in the right direction, China is still heavily dependent on coal for its electricity. While EVs pollute less than their internal combustion engine counterparts, it is imperative that China invest more money in clean energy sources to curtail emissions i n the long run. - Full Article Source

ITEM #265

03/01/11 - Eco Marine Power Developing Solar Sails to Power Ships
KeelyNet The energy firm has developed rigid sails that are installed with solar models and the system, called The Aquarius, is able to collect both solar and wind energy to power ships. Eco Marine Power have been developing the technology for large ships such as oil tankers, but believe it could also benefit smaller vessels such as passenger ferries, tourist boats and coastal freighters. The company also hope that global governments could also benefit from the technology on naval vessels. The Eco Marine Power Aqu arius System will allow ships to not only utilise wind power and solar energy, but reduce fuel consumption and lower greenhouse gas emissions. It would enable shipping fleets the world over to reduce the CO2 footprint of their fleet. The latest design mad e by Eco Marine allows the array of rigid sail panels to be controlled via an on-board computer system. It allows the solar sail panels to be optimized in order for the collection of either solar and wind energy in variable weather conditions. - Full Article Source

ITEM #266

03/01/11 - Researchers discover feathers' prodigious hydrogen storage capabilities
Scientists from the University of Delaware say that carbonized chicken feather fibers can hold vast amounts of hydrogen and do it at a far lower cost than other hydrogen storage systems currently under consideration. Wool explained that chicken feather fi bers are mostly composed of keratin, a natural protein that forms strong, hollow tubes. When heated, this protein creates crosslinks, which strengthen its structure, and becomes more porous, increasing its surface area. The net result is carbonized chicke n feather fibers, which can absorb as much or perhaps more hydrogen than carbon nanotubes or metal hydrides, two other materials being studied for their hydrogen storage potential. Using carbonized chicken feathers would only add about $200 to the price o f a car, according to Wool. By comparison, making a 20-gallon hydrogen fuel tank that uses carbon nanotubes could cost $5.5 million; one that uses metal hydrides could cost up to $30,000. Wool estimates that it would take a 75-gallon tank to go 300 miles in a car using carbonized chicken feather fibers to store hydrogen. He says his team is working to improve that range. In addition to hydrogen storage, Wool is working on ways to transform chicken feather fibers into a number of other products including h urricane-resistant roofing, lightweight car parts and bio-based computer circuit boards. - Full Article Source

ITEM #267

03/01/11 - New Turbine Harnesses the Coriolis Force
The force that creates whirlpools and hurricanes could soon be used to boost the output of traditional hydroelectric power stations by 27 percent, says Australian Paul Kouris, inventor of a new turbine that he says harnesses the vortex effect created by t he rotation of the Earth. Using the Coriolis force, the turbine is designed to harness draining water's rotational kinetic energy, as distinct from traditional hydroelectric plants which get their motive power from water falling under gravity's influence. / The Kouris Centri Turbine Generator (KCT) domestic pilot plant on the Steavensons River near Marysville, in the State of Victoria, Australia. Testing and demonstration of a domestic KCT producing up to 10.5 Kwh per day, sufficient to power a convention al home. The pilot plant is using only approximately 110 litres of water per second, has a vortex 2m in diameter, and a vortex depth/fall of just 60cm. www.kourispower.com - Full Article Source


ITEM #268

03/01/11 - Energy MPs foresee terrible future of clean, cheap energy from Shale
New techniques of unlocking gas from rock thousands of feet beneath the earth's surface have potentially opened up huge amounts of cheap energy; the International Energy Authority recently ripped up its previous estimates of global gas reserves to predict that there was sufficient gas from shale reserves to meet the next 250 years of demand. It's a game-changer, for sure. No technology in the world is as disruptive as shale gas right now.

Shale disrupts the conventional gas and oil businesses by decoupling the price of natural gas from the price of oil. It disrupts the petroleum industry by providing a cheap alternative to petrol: UPS is putting liquified natural gas-powered trucks i nto its fleet. It disrupts both by allowing new entrants into the field, which upsets the existing cartels, and state monopolies. It disrupts the nuclear industry by providing energy buyers with a supply that's cheap and reliable – with no subsidies requi red.

Politically, shale frees much of Europe from a dependence on Russia's gas production. It also disrupts the environmental movement in several ways, making the high subsidies that investors demand to build ecologically correct renewable energy, such as w ind and solar, hard to justify. An economy dependent on gas, rather than coal, cannot but help but lower its carbon footprint.

With so many vested interests upset by shale, no wonder it's so popular! Yet the economic benefits of an abundance of cheaper energy can't be overstressed: cheaper manufactured goods, energy independence, and an end to the obscenity of fuel poverty, wh ere the poorest freeze – and pay to subsidise solar panels on the roofs of the wealthy. There are 5.5m UK households today living in "fuel poverty" – and thanks to carbon emissions targets and renewables commitments, the average household will have to pay £300 extra every year to 2020. - Full Article Source

ITEM #269

03/01/11 - On Voltage and Health
I received this in an email from a friend. It was an audio segment from CoasttoCoastAM. - On Wednesday's show, Dr. Jerry Tennant talked about how he developed a method of u sing voltage to diagnose and treat a variety of health problems. A successful eye surgeon, he came down with encephalitis, and it was during this period that he correlated lowered voltage in specific body areas with illness. Pain is actually a symptom of abnormal voltage, and "all you have to do to get rid of it is insert enough electrons to get the voltage back up into the operating range," he said. Dr. Tennant has developed a device called the Biomodulater which can transfer the electrons to cell mem branes.

Many ailments referred to as auto-immune are not caused by the body attacking itself, but from bacteria releasing digestive enzymes that get into the bloodstream and attack low voltage areas, he explained. Dr. Mark Starr, who has studied with Dr . Tennant, joined the discussion to talk about how he was successfully treated with the Biomodulater, and how hyothyroidism (previous show recap) is often associated with low voltage. A lot of the hypothyroidism is due to fluoride exposure, Tennant added.

He also pointed toward root canals as a source of health problems -- one infected root canal can shut down 63% of the immune system, he cited. Another cause of having low voltage is not having enough stomach acid (sometimes brought about by a deficiency of iodine and zinc), he detailed.

KeelyNet The Tennant Biomodulator® PLUS "Slimline" is based on the Russian SCENAR (or Self-Controlled Energo Neuro Adaptive Regulation), which was developed by Russian scientists in the 1970s to address unexpected problems encountered by cosmonauts exposed to space travel. According to Russian clinical studies, the SCENAR was used successfully in over 50,000 cases dealing with circulatory, endocrine, respiratory, gastrointestinal, neurological, muscular, skeletal, and genito-urinary problems.

In 2004 Dr. Jerry Tennant developed an easier-to-use, more effective version of the Scenar. He called it the Tennant Biomodulator. This device, powered by two AA batteries, is either moved across the body or placed on a particular area. The biofeedb ack feature then sends out a series of precisely modulated electrical currents to the skin. These currents instantly measure the body's responses, thus allowing the user to determine the approximate voltage of the cells.

The amount of voltage recorded, and whether that voltage registers as plus or minus, helps the user determine whether tissue is mildly or severely inflamed or mildly or severely degenerated. Based on the readings, the user can tell which therapy mode to apply to tissue. The device also has a setting for "automatic," which is a combined biofeedback and signal input mode. Used this way, the Tennant Biomodulator provides drug-free, non-invasive, safe, pain-free, and inexpensive (considering the number of conditions for which it can be used) therapy. According to Nenal Sylver, Ph,D, in a 2008 article in the respected Townsend Letter, "In general, subjects not only feel positive effects after the first session, but the effects are long-lasting." - Full Article Source

ITEM #270

03/01/11 - Mass. company making diesel with sun, water, CO2 says at $30/Barrel
A Massachusetts biotechnology company says it can produce the fuel that runs Jaguars and jet engines using the same ingredients that make grass grow. Joule Unlimited has invented a genetically-engineered organism that it says simply secretes diesel fuel o r ethanol wherever it finds sunlight, water and carbon dioxide. The Cambridge, Mass.-based company says it can manipulate the organism to produce the renewable fuels on demand at unprecedented rates, and can do it in facilities large and small at costs co mparable to the cheapest fossil fuels. What can it mean? No less than "energy independence," Joule's web site tells the world, even if the world's not quite convinced. Joule says its organisms secrete a completed product, already identical to diesel fuel or ethanol, then live on to keep producing it at remarkable rates. Joule claims, for instance, that its cyanobacterium can produce 15,000 gallons of diesel full per acre annually, over four times more than the most efficient algal process for making fuel. And they say they can do it at $30 a barrel. A key for Joule is the cyanobacterium it chose, which is found everywhere and is less complex than algae, so it's easier to genetically manipulate, said biologist Dan Robertson, Joule's top scientist. The orga nisms are engineered to take in sunlight and carbon dioxide, then produce and secrete ethanol or hydrocarbons — the basis of various fuels, such as diesel — as a byproduct of photosynthesis. Pienkos said his calculations, based on information in Joule's r ecent paper, indicate that though they eliminate biomass problems, their technology leaves relatively small amounts of fuel in relatively large amounts of water, producing a sort of "sheen." They may not be dealing with biomass, but the company is facing complicated "engineering issues" in order to recover large amounts of its fuel efficiently, he said. "I think they're trading one set of problems for another," Pienkos said. - Full Article Source

ITEM #271

03/01/11 - Water demand will 'outstrip supply by 40% within 20 years
KeelyNet In the next two decades, a third of humanity will have only half the water required to meet basic needs, said researchers. Agriculture, which soaks up 71 per cent of water supplies, is also likely to suffer, affecting food production. Virtual water descri bes the volume of water 'embedded' in the production process. Manufacturing a desk top computer, for example, requires 1.5 tonnes, or 1,500 litres of water, said Mr Parker. A pair of denim jeans used up six tonnes, a kilogram of wheat one tonne, a kilogra m of chicken three to four tonnes, and a kilogram of beef 15 to 30 tonnes. 'What people don't often realise is how much water there is in everything we make and buy, from T-shirts to wine,' Mr Parker added. Dr Nicholas Ashbolt, from the US Environmental P rotection Agency (EPA) said water conservation measures could 'easily' reduce household demand in developed countries by 70 per cent. Examples of water-saving devices included dry composting toilets with urine separation systems which operated like 'garde n compost heaps'. Diverted water was re-used in agriculture while remaining waste was turned into soil-enriching organic compost. 'These techniques can be used safely, even in fairly dense urban settings,' said Dr Ashbolt. Other innovations described at t he meeting included roads, pavements and home driveways redesigned to collect and absorb rainwater. Anna Warwick Sears, from the Okanagan Basin Water Board in British Columbia, Canada, where a rising local population threatened water shortages, said: 'Cli mate change requires new ways of thinking and co-operation between water users. - Full Article Source

ITEM #272

03/01/11 - Aussie invention cuts diesel fuel costs
Perth-based Eden Energy Limited advised the market late last week that its OptiBlend dual fuel kit had secured its first repeat commercial sales in the Indian market after successful trials on four generators in 2010. The retrofit technology enables diese l engines to operate on a fuel mixture of diesel fuel and natural gas with up to 70 to 75 per cent of the diesel displaced by gas. "The kit is opening opportunities for hundreds of thousands of diesel-dependent generators worldwide to run more economicall y in areas where diesel has risen in price while natural gas prices have fallen," Eden Energy executive chairman Greg Solomon said. As a generator's fuel mix is lower in carbon content and the combustion process is modified, it produces a cleaner exhaust with lower levels of particulates, carbon dioxide and oxides of nitrogen. "Last month we successfully installed a kit on a Cummins1250 kva generator at a large machinery manufacturer near Delhi and have received a second order from the firm," Mr Solomon s aid. - Full Article Source

ITEM #273

03/01/11 - Charlie Brooker on Gadaffi
Charlie Brooker's commentary on Gadaffi's erratic atrocities -- and the western leaders who've kissed up to him over the years -- from last week's Ten O'Clock Live is some of the most nose-milk-spurting material ever aired. I wish that all of Ten O'Clock Live's clips were on YouTube, as it would be amazing blogfodder -- the show is better than The Daily Show most weeks... - Full Article Source


ITEM #274

03/01/11 - Power saving invention for portable devices switches operating system
According to the patent, the key to the technology is a system that allows users to switch between two operating systems, one of which requires much less power than the other. Users can switch to the low-power system for tasks that do not require the more complex system, allowing them to increase the time between recharges. The patent credits Isaac Lagnado of Houston and Yogesh K. Mittal of Spring with the invention of the device. The patent was originally filed on April 30, 2007 and was approved on Feb. 1 of this year. Its official number is 7,882,377. Hewlett-Packard owns the patent. - Full Article Source

ITEM #275

03/01/11 - Why are America's largest corporations paying no tax?
- BANK OF AMERICA: In 2009, Bank of America didn't pay a single penny in federal income taxes, exploiting the tax code so as to avoid paying its fair share. "Oh, yeah, this happens all the time," said Robert Willens, a tax accounting expert interviewed by McClatchy. "If you go out and try to make money and you don't do it, why should the government pay you for your losses?" asked Bob McIntyre of Citizens for Tax Justice. The same year, the mega-bank's top executives received pay "ranging from $6 million t o nearly $30 million."

- BOEING: Despite receiving billions of dollars from the federal government every single year in taxpayer subsidies from the U.S. government, Boeing didn't "pay a dime of U.S. federal corporate income taxes" between 2008 and 2010.

- CITIGROUP: Citigroup's deferred income taxes for the third quarter of 2010 amounted to a grand total of $0.00. At the same time, Citigroup has continued to pay its staff lavishly. "John Havens, the head of Citigroup's investment bank, is expected to be the bank's highest paid executive for the second year in a row, with a compensation package worth $9.5 million." - Full Article Source

ITEM #276

03/01/11 - Do immigrants want to integrate at all?
KeelyNet The problem of migrants in Russian cities is one of the most serious and subtle issues that Russia has to deal with today. To reduce the public tension, authorities urge guest-workers to assimilate. However, it seems that all the appeals remain either ign ored or unnoticed. Is it really hard to become integrated into another culture, or is it the matter of people's unwillingness to do it? "For the time being, there is a set of unwritten rules, which immigrants are supposed to stick to in Moscow, For exampl e, it is forbidden to slaughter sheep in public places, to make barbecue meat on the balcony, to wear national clothing in public, and so on," Solomentsev said. When immigrants come to Moscow from small villages, they very often lose their heads in big ci ties. Big city is full of temptations, and your relatives and friends will not condemn you if you get carried away by temptation. Too much freedom may drive some people crazy. The Russian Orthodox Church is going to be actively involved in the solution of all of the above-mentioned problems. It is particularly planned to open integration centers for immigrants, where the latter would be able to study the Russian language, first and foremost. Will immigrants be willing to attend such centers? Will they eve r be willing to integrate? It is possible to help a person only when this person wants to be helped. (This is a problem for all sovereign nations..if people come there to live as immigrants, they are supposed to integrate, learn the language, laws and customs, renounce what they were and become that nationality...Russian, French, Spanish, American, etc.. - JWD) - Full Article Source

ITEM #277

03/01/11 - Inspiring manifesto from China's Jasmine revolution
Every good and honest Chinese person, please think: So much public housing has been sold to individuals, so many state-owned enterprises and so much land have been sold, and nearly all state-owned property has been sold off. But where has all the money fr om these sales gone? It goes without saying that state-owned property belongs to the entire people. But what did the people get? Led by an authoritarian regime, the opaque process of privatization has made a small number of people rich, but what did the v ast number of ordinary people get? Every good and honest Chinese person, please think: When Japan, Korea, and Taiwan were in the process of industrializing, they were able to make the overwhelming majority of their people prosperous. Why is it that during China's industrialization the ordinary people are becoming poorer? Why is it that in just the last few decades China has gone from being a country with the smallest gap between the rich and the poor to one with the largest? It is because the unfair syste m has made a small number of people incredibly wealthy, and the vast majority of people remain poor. - Full Article Source

ITEM #278

03/01/11 - World's Best 'My Mystery UFO' Flyers!
Insane tricks with My Mystery UFO flying toy. It seems to defy gravity! (Bought mine on ebay for $24 to buy and ship to Mexico. - JWD) - Full Article Source


ITEM #279

03/01/11 - Consumers Buy Less Tech Stuff, Keep It Longer
"The NY Times reports that there are indications that a sea change is taking place in consumer behavior as a result of the great recession: Americans are buying less tech stuff and making it last longer (reg. may be required). Although in many cases the d ifference is mere months, economists and consumers say the approach may outlast a full recovery and the return of easy credit, because of the strong impression the downturn has made on consumers. For example Patti Hauseman stuck with her five-year-old App le computer until it started making odd whirring noises and occasionally malfunctioning before she bought a new computer for Christmas — actually, a refurbished one. 'A week later, the old one died. We timed it pretty well,' says Hauseman, adding that it was not so much that she could not afford new things, but that the last few years of economic turmoil had left her feeling that she could be stealing from her future by throwing away goods that still had value. Consumers are holding onto new cars for a re cord 63.9 months, up 4.5 months from a year ago and 14 percent since the end of 2008, according one research firm. Industry analysts also report that people on average are waiting 18 months to upgrade their cellphones, up from every 16 months just a few y ears ago. 'We're not going back to a time of our grandmothers' tales of what they kept and how they used things so carefully,' says Nancy F. Koehn, a professor at the Harvard Business School and a historian of consumer behavior. 'But we'll see a consisten t inching or trudging towards that.'" - Full Article Source

ITEM #280

03/01/11 - 'Inside Job' documentary Trailer about Wall Street Crooks
From Academy Award® nominated filmmaker, Charles Ferguson ("No End In Sight"), comes INSIDE JOB, the first film to expose the shocking truth behind the economic crisis of 2008. The global financial meltdown, at a cost of over $20 trillion, resulted in mil lions of people losing their homes and jobs. Through extensive research and interviews with major financial insiders, politicians and journalists, INSIDE JOB traces the rise of a rogue industry and unveils the corrosive relationships which have corrupted politics, regulation and academia. Narrated by Academy Award® winner Matt Damon, INSIDE JOB was made on location in the United States, Iceland, England, France, Singapore, and China. - Full Article Source


ITEM #281

03/01/11 - Two Planets Found Sharing One Orbit
"Buried in the flood of data from the Kepler telescope is a planetary system unlike any seen before. Two of its apparent planets share the same orbit around their star. If the discovery is confirmed, it would bolster a theory that Earth once shared its or bit with a Mars-sized body that later crashed into it, resulting in the moon's formation." - Full Article Source

ITEM #282

03/01/11 - Collection of Funny New Rules by Maher
new rules rejects from the show, 'real time with bill maher", from podcasts. - Full Article Source


ITEM #283

03/01/11 - Scientists also are Getting Tickets to Ride Into Suborbital Space
"Science, perhaps even more than tourism (free reg. may be required to read), could turn out to be big business for Virgin Galactic and other companies that are aiming to provide short rides above the 62-mile altitude that marks the official entry into outer space, eventually on a daily basis." Virgin is looking at ticket prices in the $200,000 range, which is peanuts compared to the millions some scientific space expeditions can cost, even for brief experiments. And if you don't even have *that* much in your research budget, John Carmack has been touting $105,000 space flights for nearly a year now, and Xcor Aerospace has been taking $95,000 space ride reservations since 2008. It looks like the biggest customer for short space flights for scientific experiments so far is the Southwest Research Institute, but many others are lining up, especially since, the article quotes one scientist as saying, “It’s almost impossible to get research on the space station at the moment." Of course, none of these commercial space ventures has actually carried any paying passengers into space yet, but it's only a matter of time before some of them do. - Full Article Source

ITEM #284

03/01/11 - DVD - the Physics of Crystals, Pyramids and Tetrahedrons
KeelyNet This is a wonderful duel DVD set lasting 2 hours and which presents one man's lifelong study of pyramids, crystals and their effects. Several of his ori ginal 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...
- Two DVDs - More Info and check out this Youtube Clip

ITEM #285

03/01/11 - 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 g ive you clues and insights into many subjects and new ideas for investigation and research. IN ADDITION, I am including as a bonus gift, the book (in PDF form) that started it all for me, 'Keely and his Discoveries - Aerial Navigation' which includes the analysis of Keely's discoveries by Dr. Daniel G. Brinton. This 407 page eBook alone is worth the price of the KeelyNet BBS CD but it will give you some degree of understanding about what all Keely accomplished which is just now being rediscovered, but of course, without recognizing Keely as the original discoverer. Chapters include; Vibratory Sympathetic and Polar Flows, Vibratory Physics, Latent Force in Interstitial Spaces and much more. To give some idea of how Keely's discoveries are being slowly redi scovered in modern times, check out this Keely History. These two excellent bodies of information will be sent to you on CD. If alternative science intrigues and fascinates you , this CD is what you've been looking for... - More Info

ITEM #286

03/01/11 - '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 availab le 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 sile nt 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 gra vitation 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 ma gnetic 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 touch ing 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. Th e 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 p encil 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, wh ich 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." - More Info

ITEM #287

03/01/11 - 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 detai ling 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 r epulsion. - 121 pages - More Info

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03/01/11 - Hypnosis CD - 3 eBooks with How To Techniques and Many Cases
KeelyNet If you have a few minutes, you might want to read my page on hypnosis and all the amazing things associated with its application. Included is an experience I had when I hypnotized a neighbor kid when I was about 14. As well the hypnotic gaze of snakes, th e discovery of 'eyebeams' which can be detected electronically, the Italian Hypnotist Robber who was caught on tape with his eyes glowing as cashiers handed over their money and remembered nothing, glamour and clouding the mind of others, several methods of trance induction and many odd cases, animal catatonia, healing, psychic phenomena, party/stage stunts, including my favorite of negative hallucination where you make your subject NOT see something...much more...if nothing else, its might be a hoot to r ead. - More Info

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03/01/11 - 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. I t 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. Jus t 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 looki ng 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 c osts 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 yo ur gas costs. - eBook Download / More Info

ITEM #290

03/01/11 - Shape Power
KeelyNet 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 int o electromagnetic, gravitic, and various healing energies... - More Info and check out this Shape Power Youtube

ITEM #291

03/01/11 - The Physics of the Primary State of Matter
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 s aid 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... - More Info

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03/01/11 - $5 Alt Science MP3s to listen while working/driving/jogging
KeelyNetNo time to sit back and watch videos? Here are 15 interesting presentations you can do wnload for just $5 each and listen to while driving, working, jogging, etc. An easy way to learn some fascinating new things that you will find of use. Easy, cheap and simple, better than eBooks or Videos. Roughly 50MB per MP3. - More Info

ITEM #293

03/01/11 - 15 New Alternative Science DVDs & 15 MP3s
An assortment of alternative science videos that provide many insights and inside information from various experimenters. Also MP3s extracted from these DVDs that you can listen to while working or driving. Reference links for these lectures and workshops by Bill Beaty of Amateur Science on the Dark Side of Amateur Science, Peter Lindemann on the World of Free Energy, Norman Wootan on the History of the EV Gray motor, Dan Davidson on Shape Power and Gravity Wave Phenomena, Lee Crock on a Method for Stimulating Energy, Doug Konzen on the Konzen Pulse Motor, George Wiseman on the Water Torch and Jerry Decker on Aether, ZPE and Dielectric Nano Arrays. Your purchase of these products helps support KeelyNet, thanks! - More Info

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