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05/29/10 - Farm Subsidies average $500,000 EACH (Updated)
Big farmers get big subsidies, whether they need them or not. To find out how much they’re getting in your state, go to farm.ewg.org, an online subsidy database. The Economist magazine recently did a special report on water shortages worldwide. The biggest users are farmers. Water tables are being seriously depleted. The Economist notes that if markets were allowed to price water instead of governments, few arid regions would grow water-intensive crops. For instance, why do we grow rice in Texas, or cotton in California? Who’s getting the most subsidies? Over the last five years, the wealthiest 10 percent of farmers received 74 percent of subsidies. On average, they got almost half a million each. - Full Article Source

I received an eye-opening email today about this Farm Subsidy subject which I think everyone should be aware of..I never knew all of this, thanks Lee!

KeelyNet Why do farmers in arid regions grow water intensive crops? Because that's the only way they can secure the bank funding to farm. No bank is going to loan money (the kind of money for modern farming equipment) on dryland farming.

And once you've spent the quarter million dollars for a combine, $150,000 for a tractor, about that on implements, thousands for fertilizer and seed at around $100 a bag (thank you Monsanto) (oh, and of course you can't save and reuse the corn for seed-even if it wouldn't de-hybridize, it's illegal), then you have to pour the water to it and not stop or you'll never be able to make your bank payments.

With modern irrigation farming, you're more nearly guaranteed a crop, the bank's investment is more nearly guaranteed, and you're guaranteed to be in debt for a long time. One thing I think is interesting-an old farmer told me that a good irrigation well will flow about a million gallons of water a day. Drinking water (at the store) is often $1 or more a gallon.

Our water is as good or better than most bottled water, so they're putting a million dollars worth of water on the ground a day for corn worth $2.50 a bushel!
(I have a problem with that 'million gallons per day' but couldn't find any details on the net about what is an average flow rate per day. Found it, irrigation pumps often run at 1,000 gallons per minute which comes to 1,440,000 gallons PER DAY! I never realized farming was so water intensive, wonder if a drop system would be better? - JWD)

05/28/10 - Abolish Copyright and Patents? (spend the time, WATCH)
To create an explosion of innovation and great new products abolish copyright and patents. Johanna Blakley gives a talk at TED showing how copyright and patent law's that are claimed to foster innovation and new product creation, actually have the effect of stifling innovation. She points out that the one creative industry that courts have denied patent and copyright protection to, fashion, is actually the most efficiently creative of all creative industries. / Copyright law's grip on film, music and software barely touches the fashion industry ... and fashion benefits in both innovation and sales, says Johanna Blakley. At TEDxUSC 2010, she talks about what all creative industries can learn from fashion's free culture. (12:23 - 12:40 of the video will BLOW YOU AWAY! - JWD) - Full Article Source

05/28/10 - Rig workers told to sign statements or can't go home
Workers aboard an exploding offshore drilling platform were told to sign statements denying they were hurt or witnessed the blast that rocked the rig, killed 11 and spewed millions of gallons of oil into the ocean, their attorneys said Tuesday. Survivors floated for hours in life boats in the Gulf of Mexico following the disaster on the Deepwater Horizon, and were greeted by company officials onshore asking them to sign statements that they had no "first hand or personal knowledge" of the incident, attorneys said. "These men are told they have to sign these statements or they can't go home," said Tony Buzbee, a Houston-based attorney for 10 Transocean workers. "I think it's pretty callous, but I'm not surprised by it." The men were kept for at least 10 hours at sea, then taken to a hotel on shore in Louisiana to sign the forms and be debriefed, according to Buzbee and court documents filed in lawsuits already brought by some Transocean employees. While such statements have no legal force and are a common industry practice, they are often used to attack the credibility of workers who later sue or testify in a lawsuit, Buzbee said. "When I signed that I didn't care what it was. I wanted to sign the papers to do whatever I had to do so me and my wife could leave to go home," Chris Choy, a 23-year-old surviving worker said in an interview that aired Monday night with PBS' "The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer." "I'd been up for 40 hours and was just going through hell." A BP spokesman denied it. - Full Article Source

05/28/10 - Drill, baby, drill: Oil execs sexed regulators
KeelyNet "Government officials handling billions of dollars in oil royalties engaged in illicit sex with employees of energy companies they were dealing with and received numerous gifts from them, federal investigators said...." More here about the bonking scandal two years ago involving the Mineral Management Service, the US government agency tasked with overseeing stuff like, ohhh, the oil rig that BP allowed to blow in the Gulf of Mexico—now the worst oil disaster in American history. As the oil continues to spew today, this most extreme evidence of inappropriate coziness is worth revisiting. Yesterday, the MMS offshore drilling chief resigned. Today MMS head Liz Birnbaum, quit. - Full Article Source

05/28/10 - Wages at Historic Low as Income From Government Benefits Rise
Paychecks from private business shrank to their smallest share of personal income in U.S. history during the first quarter of this year, a USA Today analysis of government data finds. At the same time, government-provided benefits — from Social Security, unemployment insurance, food stamps and other programs — rose to a record high during the first three months of 2010. - Full Article Source

05/28/10 - Electric Car Breaks Record By Traveling 623 Miles Without Recharging
KeelyNet The Japan Electric Vehicle Club broke its own Guinness World Record last weekend by driving an electric vehicle for a distance of 623.76 miles (1,003 kilometers) without recharging. The new distance record nearly doubles the old record of 345 miles (555.6 kilometers) that was set last November. The Tokyo-based Japan Electric Vehicle Club, a group of electric vehicle enthusiasts, converted the Daihatsu Mira EV from gas to electric using Sanyo lithium-ion batteries. The record-breaking run took place at the track of a training school for auto racers in Shimotsuma, Ibaraki. Seventeen drivers took turns driving the electric vehicle during a time period of 27.5 hours, with the car traveling at an average speed of 25 mph (40 kph). The Mira EV was powered by an assembly of 8,320 cylindrical lithium-ion batteries (Sanyo No. 18650) that are normally used in laptops and other electronic devices. According to a press release, the battery configuration was similar to the one used to set the previous record. - Full Article Source

05/28/10 - 6 Reasons Space Travel Will Always Suck
We love movies about space, but are continually bored by actual space travel. When's the last time you rushed to the TV to watch a space shuttle take off? No, we all seem to be waiting for the future of space travel to get here, a future of huge, comfortable starships hauling us to other planets where adventure awaits. Hopefully ships with lasers, that can destroy other ships. Unfortunately, it appears that even for your grandchildren, space travel will really, really suck. Mainly because... - Full Article Source

05/28/10 - Eco-friendly bacteria eat tires, earn student innovation prize
The 17-year-old, who lives on a farm south of Westlock, said he started thinking about the idea while driving past a tire recycling plant. According to the Alberta recycling management authority, Albertans discard more than five million tires each year, though most are turned into products such as speed bumps or rubber surfacing. Tires in landfills take a long time to break down and pose a fire hazard, so Schole wanted to find a natural way to dispose of the waste. He decided to try isolating rubber-eating strains of bacteria, but since most farms aren't equipped to deal with biohazardous material, he had to ask the Westlock Health Care Centre for access to their laboratory equipment. He used the bacteria to create a microbial fuel cell, which converts the chemical energy from the tire's breakdown into electricity. - Full Article Source

05/28/10 - P2P Global Ponzi scheme BUSTED!

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Nicholas Smirnow warned clients of his online business, "Pathway to Prosperity," to stay away from high-yield investment programs that often boast of unrealistic returns for little or no risk. Yet a federal criminal complaint alleges that he promised "outlandish" return rates – investigators say anywhere from 546 percent to 17,000 percent – with no explanation of his methodology or his identity. Smirnow, 53, also hid an extensive criminal past that included convictions for burglary and drug trafficking in Canada, according to the documents. Prosecutors believe Smirnow concocted the scheme in 2007, initially running it out of his rental home Baysville, Ontario. By the time it unraveled last year, it had attracted victims from every U.S. state except Maine and Vermont, the U.S. government says. Smirnow's investors were offered their choice of seven-, 15-, 30- and 60-day plans with varying rates of return, offering the average person investment opportunities generally only available to the very rich, prosecutors said. Some of Smirnow's earliest clients made substantial returns, but most investors lost everything, authorities said. The complaint concluded: "Pathway to Prosperity was a massive Ponzi scheme." - Yep, me and 4 friends joined this and only lost $100 each but still...hey, life is a gamble, ya gotta try new things! (And AIG, Goldman, BP, all the really big guys will get off scotfree too, just like this guy. Being a criminal does indeed payoff. Thanks to Paul for the headsup! - JWD) - Full Article Source

05/28/10 - Physicist subverts training claiming to prove existence of God
As reported by the First Coast News in Jacksonville, Florida, Tulane University professor Frank Tipler has "rock solid, scientific proof that God exists." Tipler grew up religious, had a brief foray into doubt, only to return somewhat to his Christian roots in discovering that the singularity at the beginning of it all, is, well...God. God the father, to be specific. The universe that burst forth from this singularity is God the Son. And once the universe shrinks back into the singularity, well, there will be God the Holy Spirit. Tipler, often confused with an objective rationalist because of his educational background, makes the bold claim that the singularity at the beginning of the universe "has the essential properties of God." It's a perfect example of the cognitive dissonance possible in the human psyche and why the idea that science and religion can be compatible is a dangerous one. Science suffers when scientists forgo the strict standards of the discipline and take giant leaps of faith, as Tipler has done, in order to give scientific credence to supernaturalism. - Full Article Source

05/28/10 - Bay Area Maker Faire 2010 video
Since the previously-posted stills can’t quite convey the chaos of last weekend’s Maker Faire, here’s some video from the event to help get you through hump day. It’s like three liters of Jolt Cola in a two liter bottle. One thing even video can’t adequately capture is our gratitude toward our readers at the show who took time to express their appreciation for the blog. You guys and gals rock our world. Thank you! - Full Article Source

05/28/10 - Psychic Not wanted for Jury Duty
A TELLY mindreading star was excused jury duty after fears he might wreck the trial. Drew McAdam's act includes reading thoughts, duplicating drawings done in secret and bending cutlery Uri Geller-style. He turned up at court after being called to sit on a case. But the 54-yearold was sent home after officials recognised him as the human lie detector on Five's Trisha chatshow. He revealed: "The clerk had seen me doing body language and mindreading. "Then he told me he was surprised that they had even let somebody like me on a jury in the first place." (I thought this was an interesting way to get out of jury duty but moreso because they believed the guy had powers. - JWD) - Full Article Source

05/28/10 - The Trauma of being Spat upon
KeelyNet The 51 drivers who went on paid leave after a spitting incident took, on average, 64 days off work - the equivalent of three months with pay. One driver, who was not identified by the authority, spent 191 days on paid leave. Transit officials, facing a budget shortfall of $400 million, called the numbers troubling. "Being spat upon - having a passenger spit in your face, spit in your mouth, spit in your eye - is a physically and psychologically traumatic experience," said John Samuelsen, the union's president. "If transit workers are assaulted, they are going to take off whatever amount of time they are going to take off to recuperate." - Full Article Source

05/28/10 - Mark's new book: Made by Hand
DIY is a direct reflection of our basic human desire to invent and improve, long suppressed by the availability of cheap, mass-produced products that have drowned us in bland convenience and cultivated our most wasteful habits. Frauenfelder spent a year trying a variety of offbeat projects such as keeping chickens and bees, tricking out his espresso machine, whittling wooden spoons, making guitars out of cigar boxes, and doing citizen science with his daughters in the garage. His whole family found that DIY helped them take control of their lives, offering a path that was simple, direct, and clear. Working with their hands and minds helped them feel more engaged with the world around them. Frauenfelder also reveals how DIY is changing our culture for the better. He profiles fascinating "alpha makers" leading various DIY movements and grills them for their best tips and insights. / "Frauenfelder believes -- as do I -- that the DIY ethic is only partly about the things you produce. It's also about learning how to learn, about connecting with others who share your interests, and about taking pride in your accomplishments. ... I think the book is great, and I encourage you to pick up a copy if you're at all interested in DIY." -- J.D. Roth, Get Rich Slowly - Full Article Source

05/28/10 - Python script turns any song into a swing number
"Tristan Jehan from M.I.T. has created a unique and simple music hack, which my buddy Solcofn stumbled across on Paul Lamere's excellent 'Music Machinery' blog." (several interesting samples at the blog) - Here is White Rabbit - The Swing Version by plamere. One of my favorite hacks at last weekend's Music Hack Day is Tristan's Swinger. The Swinger is a bit of python code that takes any song and makes it swing. It does this be taking each beat and time-stretching the first half of each beat while time-shrinking the second half. It has quite a magical effect. Check out the examples from the likes of The Police, Daft Punk, Metallica, and Prince. - Full Article Source

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05/28/10 - Cheese restores decline in the immune system that happen with aging
Cheese acts as carrier for probiotic bacteria that can help to restore the decline in your immune system that comes with age. Scientists at the University of Turku in Finland have discovered that cheese can help preserve and enhance the immune system by acting as a carrier for probiotic bacteria. The research reveals that daily consumption of probiotic cheese helps to tackle age-related changes in the immune system. - Full Article Source

05/28/10 - UK Newspaper Websites To Become Nearly Invisible
"Various websites have tried to make readers pay for access to select parts of their sites. Now, in a bid to counter what he claims is theft of his material, Rupert Murdoch's Times and Sunday Times sites will become essentially invisible to web users. Except for their home pages, no stories will show up on Google. Starting in late June, Google and other search engines will be prevented from indexing and linking to stories. Registered users will still get free access until the cut off date." - Full Article Source

05/28/10 - Proposed Law Would Require ID To Buy Prepaid Phones
"The Washington Post reports that Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D-NY) and Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) have introduced legislation that would require buyers to present identification when purchasing a prepaid cellphone and require phone companies to keep the information on file, as they do with users of landline phones and subscription-based cellphones. 'This proposal is overdue because for years, terrorists, drug kingpins, and gang members have stayed one step ahead of the law by using prepaid phones that are hard to trace,' says Schumer. Civil liberties advocates have concerns about the proposal, saying there must be a role for anonymous communications in a free society, adding that the space for such anonymous or pseudonymous communications has been narrowed since pay phones, for example, have largely disappeared." - Full Article Source

05/28/10 - Flash Destroyer Tests Limit of Solid State Storage
"We all know that flash and other types of solid state storage can only endure a limited number of write cycles. The open source Flash Destroyer prototype explores that limit by writing and verifying a solid state storage chip until it dies. The total write-verify cycle count is shown on a display — watch a live video feed and guess when the first chip will die. This project was inspired by the inevitable comments about flash longevity on every Slashdot SSD story. Design files and source are available at Google Code." - Full Article Source

05/28/10 - Red Alert for 1951 Chevy seeking entry into TX, NM, AZ or CA

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The United States Border Patrol is asking citizens to keep on the lookout for a red 1951 Chevy that they suspect is being used to smuggle illegal immigrants across the border from Mexico and into points along the U.S. border. If you see the vehicle pictured above and have reason to believe that it is the suspect vehicle, you are urged to contact your local police department or the U. S. Border Patrol. - From several emails

05/28/10 - A Genetically Engineered Fly That Can Smell Light
"It sounds like a cool — if somewhat pointless — super-powered insect: a fly that can smell light! Researchers added a light-sensitive protein to a fruit fly's olfactory neurons, which caused the neurons to fire when the fly was exposed to a certain wavelength of blue light. Adding the protein specifically to neurons that respond to good smells, like bananas, makes for a light-seeking fly." - Full Article Source

05/26/10 - Gulf Oil Spill could have been SEALED in 8 Hours Anytime!
KeelyNet The Counter Pressure Plug information from a UK inventor Branko R. Babic as he invented same in 1991 for Kuwait Oil Fires above the ground and they will work underwater with ROV welding special thick steel tubes with washers to be welded to the interior while the tubes allow full flow of gas, oil, water through tubes into the gulf.

ROV's can be used to WELD UNDERWATER the 5 inch thick washers compressed with thick rubber washers against the inside pipe sealing off all leaking oil, gas and water while the straight through pipe could take the contents flowing through to the TOP of the sea into barges. Keep in mind the CPP with flow pipe has a BALL VALVE wheel operated to shut down the flow and BP could then try to seal the BOP stopping the leak entirely.

BP and Horizon personnel reviewing the messages since 041610 first started denying the idea had merit and they put a straw type pipe six inches inside with rubber flaps then started drawing OFF oil and gas from ONE LEAKING AREA but BP refused to consider the CPP Invention of Branko R. Babic or suggestion to use a "JET SWET' type invention to seal the big pipe and allow the small pipe to function until welded in place then the BALL VALVE WOULD SHUT DOWN THE WELL SO THEY COULD TRY TO USE THE BOP TO SEAL.

What is ODD is a survivor who was the Chief Electronics Technician KNEW the BOP annular was damaged weeks earlier and that the rubber had come up through the piping and was shown to proper supervisors. Also the BOP ELECTRICAL MODULE was damaged plus a battery problem prevented the BOP from shutting down at the time of the alleged ACCIDENT OR INCIDENT causing the disaster. Sounds like CRIMINAL NEGLIGENCE CAUSING THE DEATH OF 11 MEN AND RISKING 115 OTHERS that has to be investigated. (Thanks to Ken for this headsup! - JWD) - Full Article Source

05/26/10 - The latest version of the LittleDog Robot
This is the more advanced version of this robot, created by the University of Southern California. The robot is completely autonomous and trained by machine learning algorithms. The video is real-time, i.e., not sped up. ( via impactlab.com ) - Full Article Source

05/26/10 - Let's mine bright ideas and stop being shrinking violets
When it comes to matters economic, the cultural cringe is alive and well. Australians lack confidence in ourselves and our own inventiveness. We see our country's rightful place as a follower of international trends, never a leader of them. We seek the approval of foreigners and fear their disapprobation. One of the favourite Australian laments is the story about some wonderful new invention that local bankers or businessmen lacked either the wit or the courage to take up, thus forcing the inventor to take his idea abroad for development and losing for Australia all the profits that could have flowed. We've heard such stories so many times most of us hold this view of Australia as an article of faith. A related belief - so deeply held it's impervious to contrary evidence - is that we suffer a terrible Brain Drain as our brightest young scientists and professionals move abroad in search of the opportunities we deny them. There was a time when Australia was happy to do things its own way for its own reasons. What the rest of the world thought we neither knew nor cared. But some of the things we pioneered were copied by others and when we learnt of it we were proud. We cringers think of Australia as a small country that carries no weight in the world. But the world's big companies see us as a potential setter of dangerous precedents. Whenever we decide to do something novel that could impinge on their profits, they quietly assist their local colleagues in trying to dissuade us. The world's tobacco companies are still trying to prevent us preceding with our path-breaking move to plain cigarette packaging. When the Reserve Bank moved to end the banks' ban on shopkeepers charging a fee to people paying by credit card, the two international card companies were most agitated. Turns out the world has more faith in Australian innovations than we do. - Full Article Source

05/26/10 - Inventors say BP ignoring their oil spill ideas
A suggestion box or publicity stunt? BP has received thousands of ideas from the public on how to stop a blown oil well in the Gulf of Mexico, but some inventors are complaining that their efforts are getting ignored. Oil-eating bacteria, bombs and a device that resembles a giant shower curtain are among the 10,000 fixes people have proposed to counter the growing environmental threat. BP is taking a closer look at 700 of the ideas, but the oil company has yet to use any of them nearly a month after the deadly explosion that caused the leak. "They're clearly out of ideas, and there's a whole world of people willing to do this free of charge," said Dwayne Spradlin, CEO of InnoCentive Inc., which has created an online network of experts to solve problems. BP spokesman Mark Salt said the company wants the public's help, but that considering proposed fixes takes time. "They're taking bits of ideas from lots of places," Salt said. "This is not just a PR stunt." - Full Article Source

05/26/10 - Resurrecting DC for Cheaper Power
When electricity was first generated and harnessed, the natural and most simple way to generate it was through direct current (DC). In direct current, electrons travel down a wire in one direction to the equipment in our homes and factories and then back to the source by way of a return wire. This current of electrons is much like the flow of water, in one steady direction. This solution was simple in concept, as were most all of Edison's insights. However, keeping it simple is not always the best solution. Tesla came up with a few innovations. First, he devised a way in which the current could undulate down the wire, kind of like vibrating a taut wire on one end and watching the wave propagate to the other end. To generate this undulating (alternating, or AC) current, Tesla also had to invent a generator that gradually but very rapidly flipped the current from a positive to a negative pole, and vice-versa, 120 times a second, to generate 60 cycle AC. Finally, while this alternating current had no problem powering Edison's light bulbs, it could not run early motors. So, Tesla had to invent a motor that would synchronize with the alternating electric current. As a bonus, the motor could hold the very precise 1,800 or 3,600 rpm speed to which we have now grown accustomed. Tesla discovered that one could easily transform the pressure (or voltage) of his alternating current through another invention called, logically enough, a transformer. By upping the voltage, Tesla could reduce the number of electrons traveling down the wire. In essence, if he could push them harder through a wire, he would have to push fewer through the wire. And that made all the difference. You see, Edison could not easily adjust the voltage of his direct current. To ensure that too much pressure did not enter a house, he had to send his electricity down the wires at relatively low voltage but high current. It turned out that his approach was very wasteful and consumed more electric power than we would actually receive in our homes by the need to heat up the wires. Edison's time has now come and, once again, we are on the forefront of the development of a new, modern and energy-efficient electric grid. A company is now resurrecting Edison, right here in the North Country. Transmission Developers Inc. is proposing to transport electricity from Quebec to New York State using Edison's preferred direct-current method. They can succeed where Edison failed because we have long since figured out how to cheaply convert direct current to alternating current, raise its voltage and convert it back to direct current. We can also do the reverse. As a consequence, we can transform direct current to any voltage we want, just as we have always been able to do with alternating current. Transmission Developers Inc. are proposing to do just that — and bury their wires in our river beds and lakes, right through the Champlain Valley. They can accomplish this with direct current because direct current is not prone to having electrical energy escape from the wires. This leakage of voltage from alternating current wires, along with something called the skin effect that makes wires a bit less efficient in transporting alternating current, means that Transmission Developers Inc. can much more safely transport power, even in trenches buried in rivers and lakes, and with much lower losses. As a consequence, the solution is much more "green" because it conserves power and it does not require tracts of land to be devoted to unattractive power poles. This technology is not new. However, recent innovations have made it much more affordable and economical. - Full Article Source

05/26/10 - Bacteria makes cocaine-killer drug
A new medicine that can break down cocaine and its metabolic products 1000 times faster than the human organism has been created. The enzyme derived from coca plant dwelling bacteria can be used to treat drug overdose. The cocaine esterase (CocE) is naturally produced by soil bacteria found around the roots of the coca plant. The enzyme metabolizes cocaine and its by-products similarly to how the human enzyme counterpart does it, but at a much greater speed. However, natural CocE is unstable, so researchers had to tinker with it to keep it efficient at human body temperature. The modified drug was tested successfully on rodents. It degrades cocaine and two of its metabolites, norcocaine and cocaethylene, and remains efficient in the presence of co-abused substances like alcohol and nicotine. - Full Article Source

05/26/10 - Dow engineer's invention urges children to save, not spend
KeelyNet "Kids are very visual." Engineer Robert Aronson was visiting his daughter in North Carolina when he noticed a piggy bank in his grandsons' room. Jacob, now 10, and Josh, now 6, had each received a bank that was made to look like a baseball. "My daughter said they didn't like it because they couldn't see the money," Aronson said. The Dow engineer dabbled in woodwork, so he came home to Winfield and started working on a bank that encouraged children to save by seeing their money stack up. The USA-VisualBank was born. The coin banks that Aronson initially will market via Tamarack, will be the tall "Coin Tower" design -- usually made from a 2-inch thick piece of wood, between 6 to 12 inches wide and 20 inches tall. "The bank part of the design is a single piece of solid wood," he said. "I cut the channels into this solid wood piece, sand, and then attached the bottom base as a separate solid piece of wood. Then I stain the entire bank as one piece." Aronson uses a special router that he custom orders to create long slots for quarters to slide into, two coins deep and 20 coins tall. The banks that will be sold at Tamarack have five rows on the front and five on the back. That's 10 rows of 40 quarters -- but Aronson will make the children do the math to figure out how much money that equals. "It's not only good for them to learn about saving. They also learn to multiply to find out the total of coins they have," Aronson said. The coin banks were created with children in mind, but Aronson sees them sitting on a credenza in an office or on the mantle in the living room. They are made from cherry, mahogany and other upscale woods, making them functional works of art. - Full Article Source

05/26/10 - Laser as possible rainmaking breakthrough
A powerful laser can be shot into humid air to cause intense water condensation, scientists have discovered. The technology has the potential to replace cloud seeding widely used today. When a short laser pulse is shot into the air, it forms a path of ionised nitrogen and oxygen. Some military researchers want to use this “plasma channel” to conduct electricity in futuristic direct energy weapons, but there appears to be a peaceful application. The ionized molecules act as natural nuclei for water condensation and can potentially be used to cause rain. Optical physicist Jérôme Kasparian at the University of Geneva, Switzerland, and colleagues stumbled on it as they investigated the possibility of diverting lightning discharges via laser. So far Kasparian and the team have successfully tested the laser-induced condensation technology both in lab and in the field. They measured the number of new droplets by counting back-scatterings from a second low-energy pulse from another laser. In humid weather, they measured 20 times more of those after firing the first beam, they report online in Nature Photonics. The technology, however, is in the early stages, and the scientists are yet to prove that it can effectively cause condensation over wide areas rather than along a narrow channel. They also need to investigate if it works in different environmental conditions. - Full Article Source

05/26/10 - Living in denial: Unleashing a lie
How did a fabrication spread so widely? It's something that happens disturbingly often, even with preposterous or discredited claims. According to Cass Sunstein, a legal scholar at Harvard University, the answer lies with the frailties of human psychology. Once released into the wild, erroneous statements follow predictable routes into acceptance or obscurity, driven by well-known psychological processes. First of all, a falsehood has to have at least a shred of believability. In 2008 bloggers claimed that Obama was the secret love child of Malcolm X. They did not get much traction. Falsehoods that sound plausible, on the other hand, can seep unquestioned into consciousness. This happens in part because we use mental short cuts to help us make sense of the world, and also because we seldom bother to check the veracity of what we are told. Here, for instance, is a rumour I just made up: England footballer Ashley Cole owns a fur-lined Ferrari. This is both silly and, as far as I know, untrue. But Cole does have a well-known fondness for bling, which people may take into account when evaluating statements about him. It has been shown that untruths that fit with such mental short cuts are more likely to be remembered as correct, even when there is no evidence they are true. Once receptive individuals start circulating a falsehood, it is a candidate for widespread dissemination. - Full Article Source

05/26/10 - Sound-blasting chips for on-the-spot forensics
The trick is to induce powerful acoustic waves in a droplet of your target sample on a chip by using something called surface acoustic waves or SAWs. These high-energy sound waves can be used to cause ripples in a piezoelectric material, which can transform voltage into mechanical movement or vice versa. In this case SAWs stimulate movements in fluids, which can be harnessed in various ways (see "Sound streams and good vibrations" and diagram, right). SAWs have already been deployed in other technologies, such as in the touchscreens of smartphones. They sense your finger by detecting disturbances in the SAWs, for example. However, recent research has pushed the field forward so acoustic waves are being used in a range of analytical tools. When a low-intensity sound enters a fluid, it generates a compression wave, causing the substance's molecules to wobble backwards and forwards before settling back into their original position. At higher intensities, acoustic waves can cause the molecules in a fluid to move in a stream in the direction of the wave - a phenomenon called acoustic streaming. Wixforth demonstrated that acoustic streaming could be used to mix tiny quantities of biological fluids and went on to found a spin-off company called Advalytix. Traditionally, to chemically test such samples, you would have to pump them into rows of wells containing reagents. Mixing sample and reagent is tricky when the quantities are minute, and diffusion is often your only option. Using SAWs to do the mixing can speed up the process as the fluids can be manipulated at will. - Full Article Source

05/26/10 - Darwinian spacecraft engine to last twice as long
SPACE agencies may one day have Charles Darwin to thank for the longevity of their spacecraft. The life expectancy of a popular type of ion engineMovie Camera has been almost doubled using software that mimics the way natural selection evolves ever fitter designs. Electrostatic ion engines are becoming popular in space missions. Instead of relying on burning large amounts of heavy liquid propellant for thrust, they use solar power to ionise a small supply of xenon gas. A high voltage applied across a pair of gridded electrodes sends the positively charged ions rushing at high speed towards the negative electrode. Most ions pass through the grid, generating thrust. However, some ions collide with the grid itself, causing it to gradually wear out, says Cody Farnell, a space flight engineer at the University of Colorado in Fort Collins. Simulations suggest grids in a typical NASA engine will last 2.8 years - but Farnell wondered whether changing the grid's design could extend its lifespan. He used evolution-mimicking software called a genetic algorithm (GA), and started by instructing the algorithm to randomly generate values corresponding to the geometry of the grid and the voltages applied to it. These values can be thought of as analogous to genes. Each combination of values was then fed into a simulator to give an idea of the grid's performance and its expected lifetime. If the performance was promising, the "genetic material" was subjected to further random changes, or mutation, and this process was repeated until no more improvements were forthcoming. - Full Article Source

05/26/10 - There Is No Substitute for Preparation
KeelyNet Few among us would fail to recount a time when we got by on dumb luck, but there is nothing that can stand in the stead of preparation. Take a peek at this and other wisdom from Abraham Lincoln. Before you can succeed, you must prepare. When Lincoln was an unknown attorney in the backwoods of Illinois he was preparing for success, when Lincoln became an Illinois State Senator, he was preparing for success, and even when he lost the election for the U.S. senate twice, he was preparing for success. What are you doing in preparation for success? Lincoln said, "I will prepare and some day my chance will come." What are you doing today to prepare for the challenges of tomorrow? - Full Article Source

05/26/10 - How corporations manufacture doubt
Techniques appear to be limited only by the imagination and integrity of the campaigners - which is to say, there don't appear to be any limits. One of the best is to just flat-out lie. A coalition of US coal and electricity companies set the tone in the 1990s with the creation of the Information Council on the Environment (ICE). It's purpose: to "reposition climate change as a theory not a fact". ICE hired a PR firm to create advertising messages. These ranged from the ridiculous - "Who told you the Earth was getting warmer... Chicken Little?" - to the blatantly false - "If the Earth is getting warmer, why is Minneapolis getting colder?" But the focus groups found them effective, and that is all that mattered. ICE also hired scientists to sign querulous opinion-page articles and PR agencies to harass journalists. Today, journalists - embattled, overwhelmed and committed to "balance", no matter how spurious - are useful conduits for spreading doubt. Other corporate tactics include the creation of phoney grass-roots organisations. The pioneer was The Advancement of Sound Science Coalition (TASSC), set up in 1993 by a group of tobacco, nuclear energy, agribusiness, chemicals and oil companies. TASSC's stated goal was to "encourage the public to question - from the grass roots up - the validity of scientific studies." ICE and TASSC are no more, but their tactics live on. The doubt industry has ballooned in the past two decades. There are now scores of think tanks pushing dubious and confusing policy positions, and dozens of phoney grass-roots organisations created to make those positions appear to have legitimate following. It's a hardball world. Never doubt it. - Full Article Source

05/26/10 - Composting to create hot water
KeelyNet Want nature to supply you with 130-150 degree hot water? [Onestraw] shows you how to get just that by building a compost heap that heats water. Finding himself the proud owner of a dump truck of green wood chips [Onestraw] went about building his own version of Jean Pain’s thermal compost pile. The idea is to produce and store methane generated from the compost pile but in order to do so, the temperature must be kept fairly low. The microorganisms in the compost generate a lot of heat trying to break down that matter and running water through the system will keep the temperature low enough for the methane-producers to be happy. The side effect of this cooling system is hot water coming out the other end. [Onestraw] even has plans to use salvaged car radiators to turn the hot water into a heating system for his home. Granted you’re not going to add this to your apartment, but if you have space and waste plant matter and need hot water this is a great way to get it. (Years ago I was told about an Aussie who had a 9 long X 6 foot wide X 6 foot deep pit which he filled with chicken manure. He planted a metal pole at each end and connected a cable to each of the poles to extract direct current. He used the DC to charge a battery network which fed inverters to provide all his electrical needs. The fellow who told me this at a conference did not know if the metal poles were iron or different metals. Probably one was iron, the other copper. I have never read of anyone duplicating or testing this. - JWD) - Full Article Source

05/26/10 - Young Adults of Today Have an Over-Inflated Sense of Entitlement
The young adults of today want it all but are not prepared to work for it, a new study suggests. Those who were born into “Generation Y” have an over-inflated sense of entitlement lack the work ethic to achieve their goals. They also hate being criticised, it is claimed. Researchers believe that the problem stems from being constantly told from birth they are special and as a result now believe it – and will ignore anybody who says otherwise. Academics have concluded the values drummed into their grandparents, such as a strong work ethic and self-sacrifice, have been lost in the relentless quest for self-fulfilment. “Generation Y” or Gen-Yers refers to those born between the 1980s and 90s who are now in their 20s or approaching their 30s. They are also known as the “Millennium generation” or the “Boomerang generation” because they keep moving back home with their parents in young adulthood due to financial or commitment issues. They are marked by dependence on technology, delaying of adulthood, a casual approach to life and placing a higher value on self-fulfilment than previous generations. Members have long complained they have been unfairly characterised as lazy but the new research appears to prove that the stereotype is actually true. - Full Article Source

05/26/10 - Aircraft carrier is moving target for autonomous quadcopter
[Karl-Engelbert Wenzel] developed a UAV capable of taking off and landing on a moving platform autonomously. The platform operates aircraft-carrier-style by driving around the room in circles. The quadcopter tracks a grid of IR LEDs at the front of the landing deck by using the IR camera from a Wii remote. The best part is that the flight controls and processing are all done by the copter’s onboard ATmega644 processor, not requiring a connection to a PC. The landings are quite accurate, achieving a maximum error of less than 40 centimeters. In the video after the break you can see the first landing is slightly off the mark but the next two are dead on target. So build yourself a mobile platform and pair it up with your newly finished quadcopter to replicate this delightful hack. / Our visual tracking approach differs from other methods by using low-cost, lightweight commodity consumer hardware. As main sensor we use a Wii remote infrared (IR) camera, which allows robust tracking of a pattern of IR lights in conditions without direct sunlight. The system does not need to communicate with the ground vehicle and works with an onboard 8-bit microcontroller. Nevertheless the position and orientation relative to the IR pattern is estimated at a frequency of approximately 50,Hz. This enables the UAV to fly fully autonomously, performing flight control, self-stabilisation and visual tracking of the ground vehicle. - Full Article Source

05/26/10 - Behavior Detection Not Working - $200M Scam
There's a hidden layer of airport security most people don't know about. It's called "behavior detection," and involves specially trained Transportation Security Administration employees whose primary mission is to spot terrorists. They look for unique facial expressions and body language that may identify a potential threat. About 3,000 of these officers work at 161 U.S. airports -- costing taxpayers nearly $200 million in 2009. This year, the TSA asked Congress for $20 million more to expand the program. But CBS News has learned that the program is failing to catch terrorists. It's never even caught one. But... In a statement Wednesday, the TSA called the program a "vital layer" of security, "based in science," that has resulted in more than 1,700 arrests for "illegal activities" like drug smuggling. - Full Article Source

05/26/10 - BP Tweets
The Twitter account of British Petroleum Public Relations: BPGlobalPR. A few examples:

* It's official, the phrase "All the tea in china" has been replaced with 'All the oil in the gulf" - Can't wait for the royalties!
* Eating at a very expensive restaurant and spilled salad dressing on my pants. Not sure how to tackle this.
* The ocean looks just a bit slimmer today. Dressing it in black really did the trick!
* I'm sorry, are people mad at us for drilling in the ocean?!? Maybe God shouldn't have put oil there in the first place. DUH!
* Negative people view the ocean as half empty of oil. We are dedicated to making it half full. Stay positive America!
* Please do NOT take or clean any oil you find on the beach. That is the property of British Petroleum and we WILL sue you.
* You know what they say about the ocean... Once it goes black it never goes back! JOKING - the water is brown.

Seems kind of fishy to me. I think it's just a ploy to sell t-shirts. - Full Article Source

05/26/10 - Taming Tinnitus with Electrical Stimulation
Electrically stimulating the vagus nerve, which connects the brain and the visceral organs, could help temper the phantom sounds that plague tinnitus sufferers. Tinnitus, the false perception of ringing or other sounds in the ear, affects millions of people worldwide. Most often associated with hearing loss, it has become an especially common problem in soldiers exposed to loud blasts. The severity of the disorder varies widely, from relatively benign to debilitating, and the few existing treatments tend to mask the intrusive sound rather than eliminate it. To treat tinnitus, the idea is to stimulate this area while playing all sound frequencies except the one corresponding to a patient's phantom sound, thus signaling to the brain to become more responsive to all these other frequencies. If successful, this would rebalance the auditory cortex. - Full Article Source

05/26/10 - 15 Futuristic Weapons That Will Certainly Make A Mess
Advancements in science and weaponry will make the battlefields of fifty years from now seem a heck of a lot different than they are today. You may be surprised find out though, just how incredibly different they’ll look in just ten years. The character of Daniel McCarthy from KoldCast TV’s conspiracy thriller series Tyranny, for instance, catches a glimpse of the future where corporations record every thought and action… of ours. Sound scary? Sound like fiction? It’s not that far from the truth. Think Facebook. Think Google. Now here’s a look at fifteen incredible weapons that are likely to appear in our warmongering future. - Full Article Source

05/26/10 - Sharks Can Become Invisible
Lead author Julien Claes explained to Discovery News that about 50 different shark species, or more than 10 percent of all known sharks, are luminous. This means they can produce and emit light from their bodies. Claes and his colleagues chose to focus on one particular luminous shark, nicknamed "the phantom hunter of the fjords": the velvet belly lantern shark. This shark's shimmer originates from light emitting organs called photophores from underneath its body, "effectively creating a glow from that region," said Claes, a researcher in the Laboratory of Marine Biology, Earth and Life Institute at the Catholic University of Louvain. "Since many predators have upward-looking eyes, it is a common method of camouflage in the mesopelagic zone (from 656 to 3,281 feet below the surface), although it is the first time it is demonstrated in sharks," he added. - Full Article Source

05/26/10 - Improve Cholesterol levels and extend Life by eating Nuts
Consuming more nuts appears to be associated with improvements in blood cholesterol levels, according to a pooled analysis of data from 25 trials. 'Dietary interventions to lower blood cholesterol concentrations and to modify blood lipoprotein levels are the cornerstone of prevention and treatment plans for coronary heart disease,' the authors write as background information in the article. Nuts are rich in plant proteins, fats (especially unsaturated fatty acids), dietary fiber, minerals, vitamins and other compounds, such as antioxidants and phytoesterols. - Full Article Source

05/26/10 - See a 10-Year-Old Fix an iPhone Screen for $22
Before you shake off the idea of repairing your cracked iPhone screen yourself with a kit, consider Brett. The crafty 10-year-old repaired the cracked screen on his father's 3GS with a $22 mail-order kit, giving all of us a little more confidence. To be sure, Brett's a crafty kid who comes from geeky roots. But by patiently taking apart the 3GS, sliding out the cracked glass, and replacing it with a repair part from 3GCrackedGlass.com, Brett was able to save his dad the cost of buying an entirely new iPhone. This repair was for the glass only, as the LCD wasn't damaged and the phone was otherwise functioning—but that seems like the type of repairs most iPhone owners need. - Full Article Source

iPhone 3G Glass+Digitizer Repair from Tim Dupree on Vimeo.

05/26/10 - IBM's Patent-Pending Traffic Lights Stop Car Engines
"I'm sorry Dave, I'm afraid I can't let your engine idle. The USPTO has just published IBM's patent application for a 'System and Method for Controlling Vehicle Engine Running State at Busy Intersections for Increased Fuel Consumption Efficiency.' Here's how Big Blue explains the invention: 'The present disclosure is directed to a method for managing engines in response to a traffic signal. The method may comprise establishing communications with participating vehicles; responding to a stop status indicated by the traffic signal, further comprising: receiving a position data from each participating vehicles; determining a queue of participating vehicles stopped at the traffic signal; determining a remaining duration of the stop status; sending a stop-engine notification to the list of participating vehicles stopped at the traffic signal when the remaining duration is greater than a threshold of time; responding to a proceed status indicated by the traffic signal, further comprising: sending a start-engine notification to a first vehicle in the queue; calculating an optimal time for an engine of a second vehicle in the queue to start; and sending the start-engine notification to the second vehicle at the optimal time.' IBM notes that 'traffic signals may include, but are not limited to, traffic lights at intersections, railway crossing signals, or other devices for indicating correct moments to stop and to proceed.'" - Full Article Source

05/26/10 - NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander Killed By Ice
KeelyNet "NASA officially ended its Phoenix Mars Lander operation today after a new image of the machine showed severe ice damage to its solar panels, and repeated attempts to contact the spacecraft had failed. 'Apparent changes in the shadows cast by the lander are consistent with predictions of how Phoenix could be damaged by harsh winter conditions. It was anticipated that the weight of a carbon-dioxide ice buildup could bend or break the lander's solar panels. [Michael Mellon of the University of Colorado] calculated hundreds of pounds of ice probably coated the lander in mid-winter.'" - Full Article Source

05/26/10 - HP Explains Why Printer Ink Is So Expensive
"'There's a perception that [printer] ink is one of the most expensive substances in the world,' says Thom Brown, marketing manager at HP. Well, yeah. One might get that feeling walking out of a store having spent $35 for a single ink cartridge that appears to contain fewer fluid ounces of product than a Heinz ketchup packet. Brown was ready to explain. He presented a series of PowerPoint slides aptly titled 'Why is printer ink so expensive?' I was ready for answers. The key point in a nutshell: Ink technology is expensive, and you pay for reliability and image quality. 'These liquids are completely different from a technology standpoint,' Brown says, adding that users concerned about cost per page can buy 'XL' ink cartridges from HP that last two to three times longer. (Competitors do the same). The message: You get value for the money. No getting around it though: Ink is still expensive, particularly if you have to use that inkjet printer for black-and-white text pages." - Full Article Source

05/26/10 - Poor MABEL
At first, watching this video of MABEL, a bipedal robot for studying dynamic gaits, we didn’t know if we should be scared or feel sad. By the end, we know that sadness prevailed. Poor MABEL, forced into a grueling routine, is not even allowed to rest when her leg breaks. To be serious though, MABEL is quite impressive. Instead of using a direct drive on the legs, motors are attached to springs that act like tendons. This helps compensate for variances in the walking surface, hopefully allowing for smoother transitions between gaits as well. As you can see, MABEL handles the height differences quite well, albeit a bit slowly. It is worth noting that there are no visual sensors on MABEL and everything is done through feedback from her gait. - Full Article Source

05/26/10 - Airship Inflated To Create Monster "Stratellite"
"A huge inflatable vehicle as long as a 23-floor skyscraper is tall has become the world's largest airship in its bid to serve as a stratospheric satellite, or 'stratellite,' according to its developers." / The 235-foot (72 m) long airship, known as the Bullet 580, has a top speed of 80 mph (129 km/h) and can serve as a high-flying sentinel that stays aloft for long periods of time. Getting the new sky behemoth inflated required six hours inside Garrett Coliseum in Montgomery, Ala. The airship is designed to carry payloads of up to 2,000 pounds (907 kg) at altitudes of 20,000 feet (6,096 m). Any cargo aboard the airship would sit within an outer envelope made from a new type of Kevlar, or the same material used to build bulletproof vests. That allows the envelope to have a width just one-sixteenth of an inch thick, but still be 10 times stronger than steel. - Full Article Source

05/26/10 - Decency Group Says "$#*!" Is Indecent
The Parents Television Council says the "$#*!" in the title of the upcoming CBS show $#*! my dad says is indecent. From the article: "'CBS intentionally chose to insert an expletive into the actual name of a show, and, despite its claim that the word will be bleeped, it is just CBS' latest demonstration of its contempt for families and the public,' declared PTC President Tim Winter. 'There are an infinite number of alternatives that CBS could have chosen but its desire to shock and offend is crystal clear in this decision.'" By this logic Qbert was the filthiest game ever made. - Full Article Source

05/26/10 - Alien Rule - A Stranger in Our Midst
KeelyNet As the Obama administration enters its second year, I -- and undoubtedly millions of others -- have struggled to develop a shorthand term that captures our emotional unease. Defining this discomfort is tricky. I reject nearly the entire Obama agenda, but the term "being opposed" lacks an emotional punch. Nor do terms like "worried" or "anxious" apply. After auditioning countless political terms, I finally realized that the Obama administration and its congressional collaborators almost resemble a foreign occupying force, a coterie of politically and culturally non-indigenous leaders whose rule contravenes local values rooted in our national tradition. It is as if the United States has been occupied by a foreign power, and this transcends policy objections. It is not about Obama's birthplace. It is not about race, either; millions of white Americans have had black mayors and black governors, and this unease about out-of-synch values never surfaced. The term I settled on is "alien rule" -- based on outsider values, regardless of policy benefits -- that generates agitation. This disquiet was a slow realization. Awareness began with Obama's odd pre-presidency associations, decades of being oblivious to Rev. Wright's anti-American ranting, his enduring friendship with the terrorist guy-in-the-neighborhood Bill Ayers, and the Saul Alinsky-flavored anti-capitalist community activism. Further add a hazy personal background -- an Indonesian childhood, shifting official names, and a paperless-trail climb through elite educational institutions. The suspicion that Obama is an outsider, a figure who really doesn't "get" America, grew clearer from his initial appointments. What "native" would appoint Kevin Jennings, a militant gay activist, to oversee school safety? Or permit a Marxist rabble-rouser to be a "green jobs czar"? How about an Attorney General who began by accusing Americans of cowardice when it comes to discussing race? And who can forget Obama's weird defense of his pal Louis Henry Gates from "racist" Cambridge, Massachusetts cops? If the American Revolution had never occurred and the Queen had appointed Obama Royal Governor (after his distinguished service in Kenya), a trusted locally attuned aide would have first whispered in his ear, "Mr. Governor General, here in America, we do not automatically assume that the police were at fault," and the day would have been saved. And then there's the "we are sorry, we'll never be arrogant again" rhetoric seemingly designed for a future President of the World election campaign. What made Obama's Cairo utterances so distressing was how they grated on American cultural sensibilities. And he just doesn't notice, perhaps akin to never hearing Rev. Wright anti-American diatribes. An American president does not pander to third-world audiences by lying about the Muslim contribution to America. Imagine Ronald Reagan, or any past American president, trying to win friends by apologizing. This appeal contravenes our national character and far exceeds a momentary embarrassment about garbled syntax or poor delivery. Then there's Obama's bizarre, totally unnecessary deep bowing to foreign potentates. Americans look foreign leaders squarely in the eye and firmly shake hands; we don't bow. But far worse is Obama's tone-deafness about American government. How can any ordinary American, even a traditional liberal, believe that jamming through unpopular, debt-expanding legislation that consumes one-sixth of our GDP, sometimes with sly side-payments and with a thin majority, will eventually be judged legitimate? This is third-world, maximum-leader-style politics. That the legislation was barely understood even by its defenders and vehemently championed by a representative of that typical American city, San Francisco, only exacerbates the strangeness. And now President Obama sides with illegal aliens over the State of Arizona, which seeks to enforce the federal immigration law to protect American citizens from marauding drug gangs and other miscreants streaming in across the Mexican border. - Full Article Source

05/25/10 - Free program to clone your hard drive to USB flash drive
KeelyNet A word of warning from Steve Ferguson about the 256GB flashdrive that I had listed. He ordered and paid for it, then got an email from ebay saying the seller was a crook and they had removed the listing. But that he could file for a resolution and probably (hopefully) get his money back. I removed that 256GB flash drive link from this article even though its no longer functional. Thanks Steve!

(This is only good for 24 hours, see the box to the left for giveaway of the day) - Hola Folks! Thought you might find this of interest and it's one of those timely issues to get it for free. It just came up at 2AM so I'd wait about 8-10 hours and then read the reviews to make sure people who tried it didn't have problems with registration, operation or bugs. Another fascinating free program from giveawayoftheday, its only good for 24 hours so at 2AM central Wednesday morning, you'll have to buy it if you want it...so download now if you could use something like this; Free Drive Copy 9.5 PE (101MB)

101MB program normally sells for $29.95 - Drive Copy 9.5 Personal Edition

Create a virtual clone of your PC, including operating system, drivers and settings, all your applications and files. Save it to the USB hard drive and use it on another computer, just as if you’re working from your own PC. Use Drive Copy Personal to easily migrate to new hard drive or even different hardware without reinstalling, create backup images of your hard drive, and perform basic partitioning operations and even more. Learn how to make your system mobile with Drive Copy 9.5:

1. Create a virtual clone on your PC. Including operating system, drivers and settings, all your applications and files.
2. You can choose the format of your virtual environment. Choose format you prefer –VMWARE or MS Virtual PC. New users can download a virtual player from the official site of preferred vendor for free.
3. Save a virtual clone of your PC to a USB hard drive. Save a virtual player on the same disk as well and use your PC anywhere.
4. Your PC is in your pocket now! Plug your USB drive to other computers, install a virtual player there and use your PC anytime you need it.

Key and New Features:

* Windows 7 Support (32/64-bit). Accomplish any operation under Windows 7.
* Refined User Interface. Improved two-level user interface (Easy/Advanced) to satisfy the needs of every customer.
* Support for major virtual machines. MS Virtual PC, VMware Workstation, VMware Fusion.
* Wide migration options. Migrate to another hard drive, migrate to different hardware, migrate to virtual machine, migrate your Apple hard drive.
* P2V Copy. Migrate a Win2K+ physical system to a virtual environment.
* P2P Adjust OS. Make OS start up after unsuccessful migration with 3rd party tools.
* Smart Driver Injector. Make the process of adding new drivers smooth and easy.
* Simple Backup and Restore Wizard. Make the process of adding new drivers smooth and easy. Create compressed image of your hard drive or partition.

KeelyNet These are all ebay BUY NOW flash drives you can use to clone your computer using the program above and even run it from the flash drive on another computer. I was amazed to see they are up to 256GB and I saw one claim that the flash drive would hold data for 10 years. Bet that 256GB flash drive takes some time to load;

64GB Stainless Steel Rotating USB 2.0 Flash Drive New US $36.99

64GB Flash Memory USB 2.0 64g Thumb Drive US $36.99

128GB USB FLASH DRIVE USB 2.0 PEN STICK MEMORY US $26.99

This looks like a great and cheap way to backup your hard drive and make all your software applications portable. (Any one of them would sure make a nice gift, hint, hint! - JWD) - Full Article Source

05/23/10 - World's first battery fuelled by air
The cells are charged in a traditional way but as power is used or 'discharged' an open mesh section of battery draws in oxygen from the surrounding air. This oxygen reacts with a porous carbon component inside the battery, which creates more energy and helps to continually 'charge' the cell as it is being discharged. By replacing the traditional chemical constituent, lithium cobalt oxide, with porous carbon and oxygen drawn from the air, the cell is much lighter than current batteries. And as the cycle of air helps re-charge the battery as it is used, it has a greater storage capacity than other similar-sized cells and can emit power up to 10 times longer. (Thanks to Bob Nelson at Rex Research. - JWD) - Full Article Source

05/23/10 - Could Millions Die From Gulf OIL SPILL?
Side effects from oil can sicken or kill not just animals, but people and all life in the exposed food chain. (Thanks to Bill Ward for this video link. - JWD) - Full Article Source

05/23/10 - Sharkskin Inspired Paint Helps Planes, Boats Cheat Friction
Researchers at Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft in Germany developed paint that can withstand the extremes of air travel and a pattern that applies it like scales, in turn receiving the organization's Joseph von Fraunhofer Prize for research with practical uses. Sharks' scales cut down on drag and resistance faced while swimming, and researchers Yvonne Wilke, Dr. Volkmar Stenzel and Manfred Peschk wanted to find a way to replicate that effect for planes and ships. They first developed paint made with nanoparticles that allow it to withstand temperatures ranging from -55 to 70 degrees Celsius, intense UV radiation and the speeds of air travel. They then determined the best way to apply the paint to airplane exteriors in a way to mimic scales was to use a stencil. The researchers also tested the paint and application process on a ship in a ship construction testing facility, finding that the paint reduces friction by more than five percent. Over one year of use, they say, the paint would reduce a large container ship's fuel needs by 2,000 tons. (Thanks to Bob Nelson at Rex Research. - JWD) - Full Article Source

05/23/10 - 'Ocean Therapy' invention to clean oil from sea; BP OK's tests
Actor Kevin Costner's high-speed centrifuge machine has a Los Angeles-perfect name: "Ocean Therapy." Placed on a barge, it sucks in large quantities of polluted water, separates out the oil and spits back 97% clean water. "It's like a big vacuum cleaner," said Costner's business partner, Louisiana trial lawyer John Houghtaling. "The machines are basically sophisticated centrifuge devices that can handle a huge volume of water," he said. His scientist brother, Dan Costner, helped develop the device, and together, the brothers formed Costner Industries Nevada Corp. to pursue various energy projects, including a non-chemical battery that could last 15 years. The 55-year-old actor eventually sank $26 million into the Ocean Therapy oil separator project. He obtained a license for the device from the Department of Energy in 1993 and has been trying for years to promote it. In 2007, he told London's Daily Mail that he had blown millions on "technologies I thought would help the world" and had nothing to show for it. "I've lost $40 million-plus," he said. "But I knew that if I was right, it would change things in an incredibly positive way." Last week, he was in Louisiana seeking redemption, demonstrating his Ocean Therapy contraption. At least 210,000 gallons of oil per day is gushing into the sea from the ocean floor where the BP rig exploded April 20. The oil company has tried several novel solutions, but none has worked so far to plug the leak. The company is skimming the oil, spraying it with dispersant chemicals underwater and trying to burn it on the surface. Nineteen percent of the Gulf's lucrative fisheries are closed, billions of beach tourist dollars are at stake and dozens of seagoing species are threatened. Costner has 300 of his Ocean Therapy machines in various sizes. The largest, at 21/2 tons, is able to clean water at a rate of 200 gallons a minute - faster than the well is leaking, Houghtaling noted. - Full Article Source

05/23/10 - Man Thinks Fluid Separator Could Help In Gulf Leak Clean Up
There have been thousands of ideas suggested to BP on first how to stop the leak and then clean up the mess. A small Missouri manufacturer believes a machine he developed could make a big difference. You've heard the old adage: necessity is the mother of invention. Well an engineering and manufacturing firm near Lebanon in southwest Missouri has adapted a fluid separator machine to handle heavy crude oil and water the kind of equipment that is needed to protect those valuable wetlands and beaches along the Gulf Coast. It can pull 80 - 85% percent of the oil from the water. - Full Article Source

 

05/23/10 - Northwoods Man Stumbles Across Oil-Absorbing Invention
Leosorb is a carbon-based material that promises to remove nearly 100 percent of bulk oil on water. And its an invention that a man from Harshaw, WI stumbled upon by chance. Leosorb is a carbon-based material that promises to remove nearly 100 percent of bulk oil on water. And its an invention that a man from Harshaw, WI stumbled upon by chance. About five years ago, Leo Krombholz, 46, spilled some oil. He had some materials he thought could clean it up. He won't say exactly what the materials are made of...but seconds after he put what is now known as Leosorb on top of the oil, it was completely absorbed. He says he knew he was onto something big. "I've been playing around with this four or five years and I think I came to Fred probably a year, year and a half ago, and talked to him about it and we've kinda been working on it since," Krombholz said. Fred Lane writes and prosecutes patents, this particular patent application was filed just recently. - Full Article Source

05/23/10 - Inventors take aim at Pacific Ocean 'garbage patch'
KeelyNet Three longtime fishing buddies will head to the North Pacific this summer hoping to return with an uncommon haul: a barge full of trash from one of the ocean's most polluted spots. San Diego inventor Rich Hebert and his partners, retired metal shop teacher Roger Taylor of San Marcos and Pacific Tugboat Services owner Ted Griffith of Encinitas, will travel 1,000 miles across the ocean to the North Pacific gyre ---- a Texas-sized vortex between California and Hawaii where plastics from the world's continents have converged in a kind of "trash soup." Scientists have said that in parts of the gyre, degraded plastic particles outnumber plankton, and abandoned fishing nets drift, accumulating flotsam. Once they reach the gyre on Griffith's tugboat, the three partners, in cooperation with the San Francisco-based environmental organization Project Kaisei, will experiment with ways to remove debris from the ocean, creating, in effect, a marine waste management system. They've already developed a shoreline cleanup device they call a marine debris trap, and hope to adapt the invention, along with commercial fishing gear, to skim trash from the open ocean. "I'm not thinking we can remove every piece of plastic in the ocean, but we can get some of those materials removed and recycled," said Mary T. Crowley, founder and director of Ocean Voyages Institute and Project Kaisei, which studies marine debris and cleanup methods. Crowley said she's "very excited" about the group's ideas for removing debris from the ocean, which has suffered for decades from the accumulation of plastic waste. Typically, trash flowing from rivers and storm drains floats out to sea and becomes trapped in gyres, or areas between rotating currents. The North Pacific gyre is well known as the "Great Pacific Garbage Patch," a debris field of man-made waste. Plastics don't decompose but remain suspended in the water, eventually disintegrating into smaller particles that harm fish, birds and other sea animals. "If you take away these smaller fish because of plastic ingestion, you have implications up the food chain because you lose your prey base," said Robert Mooney, a marine biologist who is working with the three partners on a debris trap that would stop trash in waterways from entering the ocean. - Full Article Source

05/23/10 - Quantum teleportation achieved over ten miles of free space
KeelyNet Quantum teleportation has achieved a new milestone or, should we say, a new ten-milestone: scientists have recently had success teleporting information between photons over a free space distance of nearly ten miles, an unprecedented length. The researchers who have accomplished this feat note that this brings us closer to communicating information without needing a traditional signal, and that the ten miles they have reached could span the distance between the surface of the earth and space. / Rather than picking one thing up and placing it somewhere else, quantum teleportation involves entangling two things, like photons or ions, so their states are dependent on one another and each can be affected by the measurement of the other's state. When one of the items is sent a distance away, entanglement ensures that changing the state of one causes the other to change as well, allowing the teleportation of quantum information, if not matter. However, the distance particles can be from each other has been limited so far to a number of meters. - Full Article Source

05/23/10 - The American Family’s Financial Turmoil
The average American family is in a serious financial position that leaves no room for financial problems and incorporates little planning for future financial needs. Meet the average American family - The average family has $3,800 in the bank. No one in the family has a retirement account (in 50 percent of American households). Their neighbors (the other 50 percent) only have $35,000 saved for retirement. The family has no mutual funds, stocks or bonds. The house is worth $160,000, but the family owes $95,000 on it to the bank. They make $43,000 a year, but can’t manage to pay off a $2,200 credit card balance. - Full Article Source

05/23/10 - Fast Food Fees
KeelyNet It looks like fast food joints are looking at ways to generate more income: My McDonald's has started charging me extra for mayo.

Needless to say I was floored, and will not return to a McDonalds if they want to nickel and dime me to add a little mayo to my sandwich - I will go see the King from now on, where I can "Have it my way"! - Full Article Source

05/23/10 - Weird Experiments w/videos
Can a remote control help in a bullfight? What if there were 28 hours in a day? Does a dog take a robot dog for real? This website is devoted to scientific experiments that tried to answer such questions. Some truly ingenious - others less so... You can watch a lot of amusing film clips like the one below and learn about The Mad Science Book a collection of amazing experiments from the history of science. - Full Article Source

Sez You!

We are all told at school that in a vacuum, all objects accelerate under gravity at the same rate, regardless of their mass, shape or size. This is something that I had never witnessed first hand. During the Apollo 15 mission, David Scott dropped a hammer and a feather on the moon to demonstrate that they would hit the ground simultaneously. The result of this demonstration looks rather strange though because of the low lunar gravity. It looks more like the hammer is falling abnormally slowly. I decided I wanted to witness this phenomenon first hand, so set up an experiment in the bell-jar vacuum rig.

05/23/10 - New invention set to revolutionise the tyres industry
KeelyNet The CamberTire, which includes a trapezoid profile and asymmetical sidewalls into the design of conventional tyres, is getting ready to hit the roads. “The benefits this design offers are significant to a traditionally slow changing industry – we have, literally, reinvented the wheel.” His US based company Optima Sports LLC has just released the patented CamberTire and he believes the benefit it delivers include better handling and braking performance, safety and fuel efficiency. Camber designs can reportedly be utilised on virtually every tyre category currently available on the market, and a switch over to the production of tyres incorporating CamberTire developments is said to be achievable just by altering the tyre moulds and making adjustments to alignment settings. Optima Sports claims that: “Introducing camber into a tyre, and eliminating the need to have toe-in alignment settings, brings significant benefits including improved fuel efficiency, enhanced handling and performance and improved safety with decreased incidence of rollovers. “Environmental benefits are significant as well, with improved realised mileage due to a reduction in rolling resistance and wind profile, extended tyre life and less material usage allowing narrower tyre profiles to achieve desired handling characteristics with less weight.” The June 2010 issue of US publication ‘Automobile Magazine’ lists camber tyres as being one of the top ten most significant emerging technologies, and likens the importance of Scott’s invention - Full Article Source

05/23/10 - Dr. Mel's invention gets better fix on weather
Not that Dr. Mel, as he is known to his legions of fans, can alter the outcome of New England’s crazy weather patterns. But if by “doing something about the weather” you mean “predicting it accurately enough so that people can get out of the way if necessary” — well, then, Dr. Mel just may have taken an important step forward. He’s not claiming that he can get the weather forecast 100 percent right at all times, you understand. Nobody can do that, he says. There are simply an infinite amount of variables. But over the past 40-something years, he’s been working on a weather index, an analysis scheme, that takes certain factors into consideration — such as the temperature changes in different levels of the atmosphere — and from that data, predicts when severe storms are coming, and just how severe they will be. “I love bad weather,” he says happily. “When I went to grad school, I was asked whether I’d like to work on hurricanes or tornadoes. But how could I pick? I decided to do a project on tornadoes that are associated with hurricanes, the very most violent of all.” At the time, he decided that certain variables could give important information about storms that were developing. “There are two elements needed for severe weather,” he says. “You need air that is explosive, boiling like a pot of water, and all you have to do is apply a little more heat ... and boom!” His index, known as the DAX, or differential advection index, gives meteorologists a new way of looking at and evaluating the volatility of the atmosphere. WTNH-8 is already using the index, which ranks weather from 1-5, with 1 being very mild. At 2, there are showers, but nothing special. A number 3 will bring moderate activity, thunder and some gusty winds. Number 4 includes power outages, numerous thunderstorms developing — and once you get to number 5 — “well, you’re in tornado territory.” It was Dr. Mel, using his special weather algorithm, who predicted the tornadoes in October 1979 that hit Windsor Locks with 100 percent accuracy, even when the National Weather Service hadn’t even issued a warning. - Full Article Source

05/23/10 - The Problem of Illiteracy - who will HELP ME develope my invention???
KeelyNet LiteracyNews.com (www.literacynews.com) is a news-based webblog to promote literacy education and literacy development in the U.S. and abroad. / -TING COMPUTER MACHINE and bring out the ultimate one sett’ling all the hypertivety and perfectness of another and finally obtain solutions to our WORLD PROBLEMS towards adopting the AGE of UNIVERSAL LITERACY using more advanced technology to the fullest. creating the TPG M-62. (telephotogram machine.) - Full Article Source

05/23/10 - Ariz. governor uses puppet video to sell immigration law
Who knew that Kermit the Frog was this into politics. The campaign of Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R) has put out a video that features a frog puppet -- that looks much like the famous Sesame Street character -- to help sell the state's controversial immigration law. The frog encourages opponents to read the immigration law before criticizing it. Some may scoff, but the law has boosted Brewer in the polls over her Democratic opponent, Terry Goddard. / Two weeks ago, Governor Jan Brewer took President Obama to task for making Arizonas unsecured borders and illegal immigration crisis a laughing matter. However, since then, Washingtons comedy of errors has grown far worse, with top cabinet officials admitting that they havent even read Arizonas new immigration law. Broken borders are not a laughing matter, but the failure by Obamas trusted officials to read Arizonas law before commenting and condemning it is laughable. Read the law for yourself at: www.SecuretheBorder.org. - Full Article Source

05/23/10 - Getting Your Invention Idea In The Door Without a Patent
For inventions that are not yet patented, or that contain trade secrets or features that are additional to the patent, I recommend considering the following procedure for submission to companies. (I am not giving legal advice, and you should always contact your attorney when you are dealing with legally binding contracts.) I typically meet many company executives, especially at trade shows, and many are very willing to offer to sign a confidentiality agreement. They typically ask that one be sent to them at their office after the trade show. This is all fine and good, however it is my experience that 1 in 10 of these executives ever follow through with their promise. This, by itself, is not necessarily an indicator that the company is not a worthwhile candidate, for reason that I will explain later. After returning from the trade show, I would send the company executive a confidential disclosure agreement and give them an opportunity to return it. If, after 30 days and one verbal reminder, they have not returned the confidential disclosure agreement, and if it is still part of the strategy to submit the invention to this company, then I would do so with a cover letter of confidentiality. The reason I would do this is because since the company already indicated that they are willing to receive the invention on a confidential basis, receiving a cover letter of confidentiality is not out of the realm of what they should expect. In my cover letter to the company I usually state the invention is being submitted under the understanding that all submitted information shall remain property of the inventor, and the company shall not commercialize or use the invention without a written agreement between the parties. As long as I get this term, it usually doesn’t matter so much to me if the company also agrees to confidentiality, as I have never had a company abuse this in my 33 years in the invention business. - Full Article Source

05/23/10 - Forever White Teeth Headset Is The Stupidest Invention This Year
KeelyNet Take a look at the picture and it gives you an idea of what the Forever White Teeth headset does, basically it is a pair of headphones that can be plugged into your MP3 player and also features a built in teeth whitener. In order to use this wonderful invention, you have to out some sort of gel on your teeth, and then sit there for an hour whilst the LEDs shine on your teeth, seriously who thinks up these things? - Full Article Source

05/23/10 - Insta-Fire invention is hot idea for LDS home food storage
It's pretty much a "don't try this at home" thing, but seriously, Konel Banner can light Insta-Fire granules in his hand. Because the patented volcanic rock and wood pellet mixture burns from the top down, the fire doesn't burn him — unless the wind blows the flame sideways. That's just one feature Banner feels makes Insta-Fire an ideal fuel for Mormons to include in their home storage plan. "It's so completely safe to store, next to food, in the garage, even after it's been opened," Banner said. "It doesn't light with a spark. It's considered a noncombustible." - Full Article Source

05/23/10 - Inflating a modern airship
E Green Technologies, Inc. is an emerging leader in the development and production of helium-filled, lighter-than-air vehicles for surveillance, advertising, military, communications, cargo/passenger transport, and other applications. The company is a Georgia corporation formed in April 2008, and its executive offices are located at 25 McClellan Parkway, Kellyton, Alabama. E-Greens airships are a major leap in technology from traditional lighter-than-air vehicles much in the same way helicopters added unique capabilities to fixed wing aircraft. Advances made from 18 current patents allow E-Green to offer spherical, as well as bullet-shaped design, with vertical takeoff and landing and five times the lift capability of conventional airships on the market today. They hover, spin and rotate on an axis, and no longer require wind to maintain stability. And, they are green fueled by algae and/or diesel with later versions to run on a hybrid electric engine. E-Greens airships offer the greatest value proposition for defense, homeland security, disaster relief, remote sensing, communications, missile defense warning, surveillance and navigation, weather monitoring and other needed capabilities, combining low cost and high performance. E-Green Technology 21st Century Airships (EGT) holds the current world record for high altitude flight (22,000 ft.). E-Green plans to break this record in the next few months by bringing to market the new Bullet 580 airship, 235 feet long, 105 feet wide, 90 feet tall and 65 feet in diameter, making it the largest operating airship in the world. The Bullet 580 has a unique design of seven internal helium envelopes that control lift while the outer envelope is completely non-rigid and contained with simple ambient air much like your everyday moon bounce found at a child's birthday party. The algae fuel is so safe you could actually drink it, if you were so inclined. The first inflation of the E-Greens Bullet 580 Airship occurred at Garrett Coliseum in Montgomery, Alabama, on Monday, May 17, 2010. Test flights will begin in early summer, 2010. With these flights, the Bullet 580 will look to shatter the world record for airship flight altitude and provide a capability never before achievable by airships. Currently there exists no efficient manned or unmanned system for mid- or high- altitude and long duration flight, between 50,000-75,000 feet with the capability to stay airborne for weeks to months, providing a stable sustainable platform. - Full Article Source

05/23/10 - Italian Scientology raid reveals major spying
A raid yesterday on the Scientology office in Turin, Italy uncovered dossiers containing the personal information of local "enemies" of the church, including magistrates, cops, journalists and families of former members. La Stampa said magistrates were now examining these documents which were "chock full" of sensitive information dealing with sexual habits, health and political inclinations. In 2000, the Italian supreme Court of Cassation recognised Scientology as a religion but said it was organised as a business and thus subject to taxation. Member are said to pay high fees for counseling or 'auditing' to advance through the religion's various 'levels'. Scientology has been at the center of controversy because of its nature as a sect, which has led to accusations of fraud, and many countries do not qualify it as a religion. - Full Article Source

05/23/10 - Sugary drinks and their equivalent in junk food
KeelyNet Men's Health's "Harmful Drinks in America" is a series of photos of sugary beverages next to their caloric equivalent in junk food. Here's a 280 calorie Rockstar Energy Drink alongside a mountain of 6 Krispy Kreme donuts. Of course, that's nothing compared to the 345 calorie Arizona Kiwi Strawberry drink (equivalent to 7 bowls of Froot Loops) and the 870 calorie Dairy Queen Caramel MooLatte, (equivalent to 12 Dunkin' Donuts Bavarian Kreme Doughnuts). / Over the past 50 years or so, we Americans have developed a severe drinking problem. We stopped making our own iced teas and lemonades (recipe: water, lemon, sugar) and started buying them in bottles or mixes, with ingredients like "high-fructose corn syrup" and "ascorbic acid" on the labels. We stopped thinking of a soda as a treat - akin to an ice cream or a candy bar - and started seeing it as the equivalent of a glass of water, drinking two, three, four, or more a day. (The average American now drinks about a gallon of soda a week!) Then we stopped drinking water out of the tap and started demanding that it be artificially flavored and put into bottled with the words "vitamin" or "energy" stamped on their labels. - Full Article Source

05/23/10 - Zero-energy buildings: We have the technology
"We have studies that show [zero-energy buildings] are practical for approximately 62% of buildings in the U.S., based on technologies we have today," he said. "That's mostly one and two-story buildings and still leaves out a lot that can't reach it, but those buildings can be low energy. In fact, Peterson said that currently available energy efficiency technologies alone (not even looking at generating power from wind or solar sources) could reduce the amount of energy used by the total U.S. building stock by 50%. The catch: Hitting that 50% energy reduction goal—let alone getting to zero-energy buildings—means more than buying a better boiler. The environmental systems in buildings—the lighting, heating, cooling, etc—are already pretty efficient, Peterson says. When your heating system is 80% efficient, you can't get a 50% reduction in overall energy use by focusing on squeezing out the last few drops there. Instead, Peterson says we have to put more thought into reducing "plug load"—a fancy way of talking about all the gadgets and appliances we plug into sockets. Think of all the stuff you leave plugged in all day. Like the microwave. It's nice having that clock function, and it really doesn't take much energy to run. But over the course of a year, all the electricity you used to run that microwave clock ends up being enough to power 30 hours of microwave cooking time, Peterson says. All the little "phantom" draws add up, and they bite us hard. - Full Article Source

05/23/10 - Those Stubborn Programs
KeelyNet One of the ways you can speed up your computer is to uninstall programs you’re not using. But some programs won’t uninstall from the Windows Control Panel. It's like pulling teeth to get all of an uninstalled program completely removed. They could be so-called Nazi programs that embed themselves deep within your system. You need extra help to remove those. We’ve had good success with the free “MyUninstaller” from download.com. If for any reason this doesn’t work for you, there’s also the $40 Revo Uninstaller. - Full Article Source

05/23/10 - Tissue engineers create an improved way to assemble artificial tissues
Tissue engineering has long held promise for building new organs to replace damaged livers, blood vessels and other body parts. However, one major obstacle is getting cells grown in a lab dish to form 3-D shapes instead of flat layers. Researchers at the MIT-Harvard Division of Health Sciences and Technology (HST) have come up with a new way to overcome that challenge by encapsulating living cells in cubes and arranging them into 3-D structures, just as a child would construct buildings out of blocks. The new technique, dubbed 'micromasonry,' employs a gel-like material that acts like concrete, binding the cell 'bricks' together as it hardens. Ali Khademhosseini, assistant professor of HST, and former HST postdoctoral associate Javier Gomez Fernandez describe the work in a paper. The tiny cell bricks hold potential for building artificial tissue or other types of medical devices, says Jennifer Elisseeff, associate professor of biomedical engineering at Johns Hopkins University, who was not involved in the research. 'They're very elegant and have a lot of flexibility in how you grow them,' she says. 'It's very creative.' - Full Article Source

05/23/10 - Create your own mentally controlled remote bot agent for under $1,000
Using a combination of low-cost hardware and software and some ingenuity, Robert Oschler has tweaked his low-cost Rovio WiFi tele-presence robot to be mind-controllable with a $300 Emotiv EPOC Neuroheadset developed for video gamers. / ExtremeTech video that shows a WowWee Rovio mobile spy robot being piloted via thoughts, facial gestures, and head movements with the help of the Emotiv Systems 14-electrode EPOC EEG headset with built-in gyroscope. The heart of the system is Robodance 5, a free software program for consumer robot owners due out on May 20, 2005 (beta). The robot can be piloted with the headset from anywhere in the world you have a Web connection and are able to make a Skype video call since Skype is used as the backbone for a remote session. Visit ExtremeTech using the link below to read the full article detailing how the Emotiv Systems headset and SDK were used to create this demonstration. (And hope you don't sneeze, cough or get Parkinsons. - JWD) - Full Article Source

05/23/10 - PA Attorney General goes after bloggers who criticized office
"The state attorney general's office has issued a subpoena threatening officials of the social networking service Twitter with arrest unless they reveal the names of two bloggers who have been critical of Attorney General Tom Corbett and his public corruption investigation. Vic Walczak of the American Civil Liberties Union told Pittsburgh's WTAE-TV that the court action 'raises grave concerns about abuse of the grand jury process to retaliate against political critics and opponents.' He said Americans 'have a right to criticize government officials and to do so anonymously.'" - Full Article Source

05/23/10 - InfoLadies of Bangladesh revolutionize rural life
KeelyNet Bangladesh's Infoladies ride from village to village on bicycles, toting netbooks and mobile phones, and set up infobooths where they use net-gathered info to teach hygiene, help with childbirth, assist with crop problems, and so on. There's an army of them. "Ask me about the pest that's infecting your crop, common skin diseases, how to seek help if your husband beats you or even how to stop having children, and I may have a solution," says a confident Akhter. "An InfoLady's netbook is loaded with content especially compiled and translated in local Bangla language," says Mohammed Forhad Uddin of D.Net, a not-for-profit research organisation that is pioneering access to livelihood information. "It provides answers and solutions to some of the most common problems faced by people in villages." In Bangladesh this means nearly three-quarters of the nearly 160 million that live in rural areas. From agriculture to health, sanitation and disaster management, the content follows simple text, pictures and engaging multimedia animations to include all users, many of whom are illiterate. - Full Article Source

05/23/10 - NASA Outlines "Flagship" Technology Demonstrations
"As part of its new plans, NASA has outlined the initial series of large-scale 'flagship' technology demonstration (FTD) missions for developing and testing technologies needed for sustainable beyond-Earth exploration, complementing the smaller-scale ETDD missions outlined previously. The first four FTD missions (costing $400M-$1B each, about the cost of the recent Ares I-X suborbital rocket launch) are scheduled to launch between 2014 and 2016, demonstrating advanced in-space propulsion (next-generation ion propulsion and solar arrays), in-space propellant transfer and storage, a lightweight/inflatable mission module at the ISS (which will also test closed-loop life support), and an inflatable aeroshell for aerocapture at Mars. A multi-purpose robotic rendezvous and docking vehicle will also be developed to support these missions." - Full Article Source

05/23/10 - Russian man aims to reinvent 'Taser' technology
"A Russian man is hoping to overhaul the technology within Taser-type weapons — transforming them from single-shot, short-range devices that stun for a few seconds, into more effective long-range, rapid-fire weapons — by modifying the wires and the type of shock they generate, reports Wired. Non-lethal weapon developer Oleg Nemtyshkin's design uses bare wires, rather than the insulated wires favored by Taser and other stun gun makers. These wires weigh only about one sixteenth as much as insulated wire, providing less drag on the darts and improved accuracy. Nemtyshkin demonstrated his bare wire technology with a prototype – 'Legionary" — in 2001. His latest version is the S5, and a video of the weapon in action shows it firing repeatedly — almost as fast as the trigger can be pulled." / Nemtyshkin's next project, the Leyden Gun, will deliver a short shock with lasting effects. The Leyden Gun is the size of a paintball rifle, with a magazine of thirty rounds. The projectiles are simple needles rather than elaborate barbed darts, as they do not stick to the target but administer a single jolt from a high-voltage capacitor. Nemtyshkin sees the Leyden Gun as a riot-control weapon, and an alternative to rubber bullets. The lightweight darts are effective out to 30 metres – three times the range of a Taser, and the same as the XREP Taser shotgun projectile currently being considered by UK police. Longer range will make it harder to guarantee a hit, so the Leyden Gun can fire a burst of three shots with each trigger pull to improve the odds. There will also be a pistol-sized Leyden Gun with shorter range and a magazine of eight or 10 shots. - Full Article Source

05/23/10 - Malware on Hijacked Subdomains, a New Trend?
The Unmask Parasites blog discusses a technique attackers are using more and more often recently: modifying a compromised site's DNS settings to redirect various subdomains to different IPs that serve up malware, often leaving site administrators none-the-wiser. Quoting: "It is clear that hackers have figured out that subdomains of legitimate websites are an almost infinite source of free domain names for their attack sites. With access to DNS settings, they can create arbitrary sub-domains that point to their own servers. Such subdomains can hardly be noticed by domain owners who rarely check their DNS records after the initial domain configuration. And they cost nothing to hackers. I wonder if using hijacked subdomains of legitimate websites is a new trend in malware distribution or just a temporarily solution that won’t be widely adopted by cybercriminals in the long run (like dynamic DNS domains last September)." - Full Article Source

05/23/10 - Science Luminary Martin Gardner Dead at 95
KeelyNet From James Randi's blog comes word that science writer Martin Gardner has died at the age of 95. I never met Gardner, but one of his books ("Entertaining Science Experiments With Everyday Objects") has been a favorite of mine since I was 6 or 7 years old; I didn't realize until just now quite how many books he authored. / Gardner more or less single-handedly renewed and nurtured interest in recreational mathematics in North America for a large part of the 20th century. He is best known for his decades-long efforts in popular mathematics and science journalism, particularly through his "Mathematical Games" column in Scientific American. - Full Article Source

The Nature of Things / Martin Gardner from Wagner Brenner on Vimeo.

05/23/10 - Food Bloggers Giving Restaurant Owners Heartburn
"Call it the invasion of the pasta paparazzi. Food bloggers are so excited about sharing their experiences, especially at trendy, popular restaurants, that they're too busy taking pictures and video to enjoy the food when it's at its best. Many signature dishes come out at the perfect temperature ... take a few minutes to capture what it looks like, and your palate won't be nearly as pleased. Some restaurants have taken the step of banning cameras, or at least have established a 'no flash' rule. Others just want to make sure enthusiastic reviewers are still enthused after eating their food." - Full Article Source

05/21/10 - A Fish-Friendly Tidal Turbine
KeelyNet Anderson’s ECO-Auger is based on a much different design, enabling it to access energy that regular water turbines can’t. Rather than using blades, it produces power when the current spins a drill-shaped device called an auger, which has tapered ends that don’t harm fish. Instead of using gears to drive an attached generator, a hydraulic pump in the nosecone pumps high-pressure oil to turn a generator outside the water. The arrangement lets the turbine capture energy in shallow waters, and to tether to bridges and other structures so that the auger is relatively easy to lift out of the water for maintenance. Whereas most bladed turbines need at least 30 feet of water to operate, Anderson’s smallest units need only 10. Anderson had used a revolving horizontal corkscrew to feed plastic to machines in his New Jersey factory and knew that ancient Egyptian farmers used augers to irrigate high ground. To see if a water-driven auger could do the job of conventional turbine blades, he tested an eight-inch plastic prototype in a pool, measured the torque, and ran it in a tank of minnows. When he saw that it worked without affecting the fish, he spent four months in his garage handcrafting a two-foot-diameter polyurethane-and-fiberglass auger that in a test captured 14 percent of the water’s energy—not as much as the 25 to 45 percent that huge propeller-driven turbines can get, but Anderson says that percentage will go up as the auger’s diameter increases, and for a fraction of the cost. In a 10-knot current, each will generate five to seven kilowatts, enough to power four to six homes. Most important, he wants to show that his method of mass production is sound, so he can move on to the full-scale, 16-foot-diameter augers. “We already know it will work,” he says. “Now it’s just a matter of doing it.” - Full Article Source

05/21/10 - Ray Tomes Cycles in the Universe
KeelyNet Received a URL update from cycles researcher Ray Tomes so have made the changes; No. 39. Ray Tomes Cycles in the Universe and No. 40. The Harmonics Theory . Ray also writes; You might also be interested in adding a link for the Cycles Research Institute which will be of interest to your readers for the section on WSM (Wave Structure of Matter) including material related to Dr. Ivanov's Rhythmodynamics work that you have. / "Our mission is to discover, understand, and explain the true nature and origin of cycles, thereby solving the mystery of recurrent rhythmic phenomena, as has been observed in both the natural and the social sciences, and while so doing, to instruct others, and to apply this new knowledge for the greater good of all life."

* First, to discover the causes and conditions for already observed and cataloged cyclic and rhythmic behaviors.
* Second, to classify discovered causes and conditions with the physical sciences.
* Third, to incorporate these causes and conditions into the mainstream of modern scientific theory and knowledge. - Full Article Source

This video looks at the nature of vibrations in some cymatics experiments to give us a comprehension of the true nature of particles as all being interconnected standing waves. The non-linearity of these waves will lead on in part 3 to explaining how all the various sized structures in the universe form.

05/21/10 - Levitating glass bead proves Einstein wrong
KeelyNet Microscopic particles in liquid or gas undergo Brownian motion – jittery, random movements that are the result of countless collisions with neighbouring molecules. Albert Einstein studied this motion, and in 1907, he predicted that a microscopic particle's kinetic energy – and thus the square of its velocity – should be proportional to the temperature of its surroundings. But directly testing this idea, which is called the equipartition theorem, is difficult to do for Brownian particles. That's because the many collisions experienced by the particle cause it to change speed and direction extremely quickly. Trapped by light - If the position of a particle can be measured rapidly enough, it might be possible to measure its velocity before collisions knock it off course. But Einstein predicted the short time scales between collisions would render the measurements "impossible". Now a team led by Mark Raizen of the University of Texas at Austin has found a way to do it – at least in air. The density of air is lower than water, so collisions are less frequent and microscopic particles change direction on longer time scales. To measure the velocity, the team used two laser beams to trap a dust-sized, 3-micrometre-wide glass bead in mid-air. By measuring how much the laser light was deflected by the glass bead as it moved around, the team could make multiple measurements of a particle's position before collisions caused it to veer off course. These position measurements enabled them to obtain a measure of the velocity every 5 microseconds and directly demonstrate that the equipartition theorem holds. - Full Article Source

05/21/10 - Urine a candidate for energy independence
KeelyNet We thought we were supposed to have fusion-power for our DeLorean by now but it perhaps urine-power is just around the corner instead. [Gerardine Botte] has been working on creating hydrogen from urine, the world’s most abundant waste product. The voltage needed to break apart the urea atoms is less than half that of water, and the way we see it, you’ve had the added benefit of already using the water once before creating the fuel. [Gerardine] also makes the point that urine has phosphorus in it which could be another useful outcome of the process because it is needed as an agricultural fertilizer. Does this mean that you can repay your designated driver by fueling up his vehicle after a night at the bar? It’s probably better than doing the same for the battery of your cell phone. - Full Article Source

05/21/10 - American Exceptionalism
KeelyNet American exceptionalism is the theory that the United States occupies a special niche among the nations of the world in terms of its national credo, historical evolution, political and religious institutions, and its being built by immigrants. The roots of the belief are attributed to Alexis de Tocqueville, who claimed that the then-50-year-old United States held a special place among nations, because it was the first modern democracy. Some don't agree: Persons who are not supporters of the theory of American exceptionalism often argue that it is equivalent to jingoism and nationalist propaganda. In their arguments, they often compare the US to other countries that have claimed an exceptional nature or destiny. Examples in more recent times include the UK at the height of the British Empire, as well the USSR, France and Nazi Germany; while many historic empires such as Ancient Rome, China, the Spanish Empire and a wide range of minor kingdoms and tribes have also embraced exceptionalism. (National Pride is a great thing but not when we try to jam our political system down the throats of other countries OR go around boasting how great we are...let it speak for itself by our ACTIONS! - JWD) - Full Article Source

05/21/10 - Micro Carbon "Octopus" Can Clean Up Oil Spills in Open Water
KeelyNet University of Central Florida Research Foundation, Inc. (Orlando, FL) received U.S. Patent 7,691,271 for carbon filaments for applications in many traditional areas, e.g. as catalysts and catalyst supports, selective adsorbents, composite materials, reinforcement agents, in energy and hydrogen storage, and oil spill cleanup. The patent was granted on April 6, 2010. A novel application for carbon materials produced during operation of the apparatus was discovered by inventor Dr. Nazim Muradov. It was found that carbon products produced by hydrocarbon decomposition over catalytic materials (e.g. AC, CB, Fe-alumina) can be used for the clean-up of oil spills on the surface of water. The invention takes advantage of the combination of two features characteristic of the carbon-product: distinct hydrophobic nature of the carbon surface, and the presence of carbon fibers which act as a hydrophobic "sponge" and readily adsorb the oil. Scattering of carbon-product particles over the surface of oil spill results in breaking of the oil pellicle and formation of a plurality of oil/carbon isles separated from each other. These isles can be conveniently removed from water surface by "brushing" with net. The captured oil can be easily retrieved from the oil/carbon slurry using conventional techniques (e.g. press separator). Alternatively, if heavy carbon/support particles (e.g. carbon deposited on Fe-based catalyst) are used for oil spill clean-up, the isles will slowly sink and remain under the water until oil is microbiologically consumed. - Full Article Source

05/21/10 - Move Over Idol - Make Way For The Next President
KeelyNet So You Want To Be The Next President is a new reality TV show that allows the average American to shape government policy, debate the issues and win the popular vote - and a cool million dollars! Do you or someone you know, have what it takes to be the next President of the USA? Have you always wanted a voice in the shaping of government policy or perhaps have been involved in the “Tea Party” events. Maybe you have answers to the country’s burning issues like unemployment, the economy, healthcare, energy, taxation or even the environment? If so, this is your chance to prove it. Audition applications are currently being taken for participants in the first political reality show to be called “So you want to be the next President” which is expected to be shown on one of the major TV networks next year. Armchair politicians, academics, people who have a vision for the future of the US and those who want to debate the major issues are all encouraged to apply to be on the show which will be aired next year. So, if you would like to be the next President, shape government policy or at least have the opportunity of a nationwide political voice on a range of current issues, you can apply for an audition to become a contestant by visiting their website www.bethenextpres.com and filling out an application. Contestants must be US citizens and at least 21 years of age to be eligible. Auditions are scheduled for late summer 2010 with the selection process and pilot beginning in the fall. The show should begin to be aired in early 2011 to coincide with presidential campaigning for the 2012 election. About So You Want To Be The Next President: This is a new reality TV show to be aired in 2011 which gives ordinary Americans the chance to shape government policy, debate the issues, win the popular vote and a grand prize of $1,000,000. Applications are being taken for those who would like to take part as contestants. Company Contact Information - So You Want To Be The Next President - David George - Orlando, Florida - 32819 - Phone : 8003139577 - Full Article Source

05/21/10 - Software that Learns by Watching
Overworked and much in demand, IT support staff can't be in two places at once. But software designed to watch and learn as they carry out common tasks could soon help--by automatically performing the same jobs across different computers. The new software system, called KarDo, was developed by researchers at MIT. It can automatically configure an e-mail account, install a virus scanner, or set up access to a virtual private network, says MIT's Dina Katabi, an associate professor at MIT. Crucially, the software just needs to watch an administrator perform this task once before being able to carry out the same job on computers running different software. Businesses spend billions of dollars each year on simple and repetitive IT tasks, according to reports from the analyst groups Forrester and Gartner. KarDo could reduce these costs by as much as 20 percent, Katabi says. In some respects, KarDo resembles software that can be used to record macros--a set sequence of user actions on a computer. But KarDo attempts to learn the goal of each action in the sequence so it can be applied more generally later, says MIT post-graduate Hariharan Rahul, who codeveloped the system. KarDo is able to reliably infer how to reproduce each of the subtasks after watching it being performed just once, says Rahul. For example, after watching an e-mail account being set up using Microsoft Outlook, it can do the same on other computers running different e-mail software. KarDo has been tested on hundreds of combinations of real tasks by IT staff at MIT and was found to get tasks right 82 percent of the time. When KarDo doesn't perform a task correctly, the results aren't serious, Katabi says. The ultimate goal is for KarDo to intervene completely automatically, although this has not yet been tested. The idea is that when a user sends a request to the IT department , KarDo would perform the task automatically. - Full Article Source

05/21/10 - Are LED Fluorescent Tubes Ready for Prime Time?
KeelyNet What is a LED Fluorescent Tube? Actually, “LED fluorescent tube” is a misnomer. LED lights and fluorescent lights are completely different technologies. LEDs are very small bulbs illuminated by movement of electrons in a diode. Fluorescent bulbs use electrodes and a gas combination of argon and mercury to produce light. As such, the name “LED fluorescent tube” really refers to an LED tube that reminds us of traditional fluorescent tubes (such as the one that is likely overhead as you read this). LED lights should also not be confused with compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs. CFLs use the same technology as fluorescent tubes to produce light, but on a smaller scale. They are a replacement for the incandescent bulbs commonly found in most home light fixtures. CFLs have garnered a lot of press because of their energy efficiency and environmental benefits (i.e., they are considered to be greener than traditional lights because they use less power). An LED tube is made up of hundreds of individual LEDs. They come in a variety of sizes (2, 4 or 6 feet), different temperatures (i.e., different colors of light), and varying arrays of LEDs. They can be purchased with new fixtures, or used for retrofitting existing fixtures. However, they don’t require the ballasts that traditional fluorescents need, so those will need to be removed when replacing fluorescent bulbs with LED tubes. Fluorescent tubes contain mercury and phosphor, which present a number of health and environmental risks. The lights require a ballast, which adds to the cost of the lamp and can cause a buzzing noise. Finally, they frequently flicker, and the light is often drab. On the other hand, LED bulbs last longer than fluorescents, and they don’t contain harmful ingredients like mercury. Perhaps most signficantly, LEDs use much less power than fluorescent lamps -- and there are many other benefits, as well. Still, LEDs aren’t perfect. The tubes are generally not as bright and can cost more up front. And unfortunately, cost will likely be the number-one driver of greater adoption. - Full Article Source

05/21/10 - Shocking Treatment for Heart Repair
In a clinical trial at three centers across the United States, cardiologists are testing the safety of the shockwave device, developed by Maryland-based Medispec. The "Cardiospec" machine is based on the same sound-wave technology used to break up kidney stones, but it requires only about one-tenth the energy. "Shock waves are acoustic waves that create pressure that can be focused," says Medispec's Gil Hakim, the company's director of new product development. Direct that pressure toward the heart muscle with just the right intensity, and it causes the body to produce new blood vessels. Researchers aren't sure precisely why shockwaves have this effect--they believe that the pressure may induce a cascade of events that mimic wound-healing, recruiting undifferentiated cells to the area to build blood vessels. Preliminary studies show that about 70 percent of the patients who undergo the shockwave procedure experience somewhere between a 60 to 70 percent improvement in blood flow to their hearts. - Full Article Source

05/21/10 - Attack of the Cyborg Insects
KeelyNet As my friend Lew Rockwell put it, "The article, a defense of sci-fi war, is a reminder, not only of how much loot is taken from us for these murderous purposes, but how many scientific and engineering brains are enlisted into Starship Trooperism. How much freer, wealthier, and more advanced our civilization would be without the Pentagon, the CIA, the whole military-industrial complex. How many people would not have had their lives ended too soon." Militarism distorts the development of civilization, deforming the natural evolution of culture and even science: the end result is the birth of misshapen monsters, such as nuclear technology, the love child of war and the Leviathan. Allenby’s cyborg insects are the Bizarro World version of productive achievements: they are the cancer cure, the clean power source, the life affirming and life-prolonging innovations that might have been invented, but weren’t. Our elites glory in the term "technocrat" because it is synonymous with the kind of cool competence that supposedly elevates them above the common herd. Draping themselves in the mantle of science imbues their regime with an aura of ersatz legitimacy, the modern analogue of the divine right of kings. While tyrants of yore invoked Bible verses to justify the Crusades, their modern day equivalents rely on Power Point presentations of incomprehensible complexity and elaborate flowcharts. That’s "progress" for you. - Full Article Source

05/21/10 - Fast starts help squeeze watts
Sometimes referred to as the perfect engine, steam turbines rapidly replaced Newcomen’s and Watt’s steam engine, because they are much more efficient than their reciprocating-piston ancestors at converting heat into motion and motion into power. Their rotary action also became the power source of choice for driving generators to create electricity. Steam-powered turbines now generate some 80 percent of the world’s electricity and are expected to do so well into the future. Modern steam turbines are exposed to greater stresses than earlier versions. The quicker you can get a turbine up to operating conditions, the more energy you can produce. These rapid start-ups put tremendous thermal stresses on a turbine, though, as the temperature is raised by several hundred degrees in less than an hour. In the past, power providers took their time during start-ups—a typical start-up might have taken more than four hours—and as a result, stresses were much lower. But in the current competitive market, power plant operators do not have the luxury of time, and need to shave start-up time to maximize energy production and efficiency. Additionally, while power plants in the past ran continuously for long periods of time, modern plants and the steam turbines that drive them need to adapt to varying operating conditions: plants supplying peak power, for example, need to ramp up and down on almost a daily basis; Combined Cycle Power Plants (CCPP)—developed in the 1970s and now the most common plant being built—have both gas and steam turbines and need to switch regularly between the two power sources; and plants that provide backup for sustainable energy sources—such as wind and solar thermal—need to come online quickly when weather conditions change. In simplified terms, the rotor in a steam turbine is comprised of rows of rotating blades that capture the energy from high velocity steam jetted from stationary nozzles in between the rows. During transient events in the operation of a steam turbine, thermal stresses occur, causing high fatigue loading. The faster the transient event, the higher the fatigue loading. These stresses are especially prevalent in thick-walled components (such as rotors, valves, and casings). At the same time, turbines also experience gradual creep loading as a result of general operation at very high temperatures. Combining creep and fatigue loading over time puts stresses on the turbine, eventually leading to crack initiation and growth that can limit turbine lifespan. “As a result of the automated process, we were able to determine the fastest start-up parameters and process without exceeding stress limits,” said Ehrsam. This led to a change in the design of the rotor grooves based on global deformation and heat flows. Rotor model stress profile detail of stresses near first blade groove at 60 minutes into start-up. Note the high stress in the bottom left corner of the groove. “Comparing the sequential versus automated method,” Ehrsam said, “we demonstrated time-savings and improvements in accuracy using the automated tool.” A typical time for a start-up optimization using the previous manual method was about 10 man-days. With the new automated tool, this was reduced to only five. The Alstom Power team validated the automated analysis against the previous process and found good agreement between results data. - Full Article Source

05/21/10 - Hacking is easy!
"You might as well give me the keys to your front door. I'm going to get into your system." - Full Article Source

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05/21/10 - Indian Inventor focuses on Simple Generators
Chandrakant Pathak, an engineer in Pune has invented power generation gadgets tailored for rural energy needs. his work took him to some remote villages in Pune. In these villages the only source of water was a river running through a deep ravine. There was no electricity or diesel to run a pump. Pathak said that these villagers couldn't be dependent on the government for everything.e modified power-consuming gadgets of everyday use like motor pumps, flourmills and even electric vegetable shredders to run on manual power. "For the last 20 years I am working for the invention of power-generation gadgets. Maharashtra is going through a huge electricity shortage. We require 6000-mega watts of electricity. We cannot just depend on the government," he said. His first bicycle pump has evolved into several varieties of bicycle-operated lift and spray pumps to suit different needs. Some of the pumps are powerful enough to draw water from a depth of fifty feet and pump it up to a height of 100 feet. Anything between 15-40 litres of water can be pumped per minute. Pathak found ways to operate other rural machines requiring electricity like the flourmills and threshers on manual and bullock power. He also devised a floating turbine that uses the power of a running river or stream to pump water. - Full Article Source

05/21/10 - Ighina: the man of the clouds
Pierluigi Ighina (1908-2004) was an Italian Magnetics researcher. He was Marconi's assistant for 10 years. His studies share something with Wilhelm Reich. Like Tesla he declared that he could control atmospheric events and he did it. Only after his death something appeared for Italian public. - (Thanks to Bob Nelson of Rex Research for this headsup. The link will take you to the Rex Research article about the works of Pierluigi Ighina, quite fascinating and a totally novel approach. - JWD) - Full Article Source

05/21/10 - Craig Venter creates synthetic life form
On May 20th, J. Craig Venter and his team at J.C Venter Institute announced the creation of a cell controlled by a synthetic genome in a paper published in SCIENCE. As science historian George Dyson points out, "from the point of view of technology, a code generated within a digital computer is now self-replicating as the genome of a line of living cells. From the point of view of biology, a code generated by a living organism has been translated into a digital representation for replication, editing, and transmission to other cells." This new development is all about operating on a large scale. "Reading the genetic code of a wide range of species," the paper says, "has increased exponentially from these early studies. Our ability to rapidly digitize genomic information has increased by more than eight orders of magnitude over the past 25 years " This is a big scaling up in our technological abilities. Physicist Freeman Dyson, commenting on the paper, notes that "the sequencing and synthesizing DNA give us all the tools we need to create new forms of life". But it remains to be seen how it will serve in practice. While it is correct to say that the individual cell was not created, a new line of cells (dare one say species?) was generated. This is new life that is self-propagating, i.e. "the cells with only the synthetic genome are self replicating and capable of logarithmic growth." - Full Article Source

05/21/10 - NYC sidewalk with a tourist lane
KeelyNet A merry prankster has painted a dividing line down the sidewalk beside New York's iconic Flatiron Building, on the Fifth Ave side; the line demarks two walking lanes: one for dawdling tourists, the other for briskly moving locals. - Full Article Source

05/21/10 - Space Oddities
Mary Roach - one of my favorite science writers - has a book coming out this August. It's sort of like "The Right Stuff." But it's more like the weird stuff. The funny stuff. The gross stuff. The unexpected stuff. It's called "Packing for Mars," and it's all about those things NASA doesn't delve into at press conferences: boozing in space, sex in space, peeing in space, etc. Mary - whom you might know from her book about cadavers (Stiff) or her book about life after death (Spook) or her book about bonking (Bonk) -- sent me an early copy for blurbage purposes. Here's the five most important space nuggets I gleaned:

--Among the historic trash left on the moon by the first human visitors: Four condom-like urine collection devices. Two were left by Neil Armstrong and two were left by Buzz Aldrin. By the way, two were large and two were small. "Who wore what is a matter of conjecture," says Roach.
--Space makes you beautiful. It's known as the Space Beauty Treatment. "Without gravity, your hair has more body. Your breasts don't sag. More of your body fluid migrates to your head and plumps your crow's feet."
--A flight surgeon once advised Apollo astroanuts to "self-stim" to prevent prostate infections. Unsurprisingly, today's NASA has no official policy on orbital masturbation. But a Russian cosmonaut Roach interviewed was willing to discuss the issue. "My friend asks me, 'How are you making sex in space?' I say, 'By hand!'" - Full Article Source

05/21/10 - Minesto Tidal Energy
Deep Green is based on a fundamentally new principle for electricity generation from tidal currents. The power plant is applicable in areas where no other known technology can operate cost effectively due to its unique ability to operate in low velocities. Minesto expands the total marine energy potential and offers a step change in cost for tidal energy. The principle of the technology can be explained as a two stage process. The first stage increases the relative flow speed entering a turbine. When the tide hits the wing it creates a lift force, since the kite is mounted to the ocean bed with a tether and is controlled by a rudder, the kite can be taken in the desired trajectory, here in an eight formed path. The method increases the flow velocity into the turbine by 10 times, compared to the actual stream velocity. The second stage uses a generator to convert kinetic energy into electrical power. The net result is increased power from a smaller package. The planned normal full size weighs only 7 tons excluding anchoring which gives an energetic payback time of 3 weeks, compared to 8 months for onshore wind. The test confirms power production of the plant at Marin in Holland. - Full Article Source

05/21/10 - Muscle loss as you age linked to blood vessels' failure to dilate properly
Why do people become physically weaker as they age? And is there any way to slow, stop, or even reverse this process, breaking the link between increasing age and frailty? University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston researchers present evidence that answers to both those questions can be found in the way the network of blood vessels that threads through muscles responds to the hormone insulin. Normally, these tiny tubes are closed, but when a young person eats a meal and insulin is released into the bloodstream, they open wide to allow nutrients to reach muscle cells. In elderly people, however, insulin has no such "vasodilating" effect. "We were unsure as to whether decreased vasodilation was just one of the side effects of aging or was one of the main causes of the reduction in muscle protein synthesis in elderly people, because when nutrients and insulin get into muscle fibers, they also turn on lots of intracellular signals linked to muscle growth," said UTMB's Dr. Elena Volpi, senior author of the paper. "This research really demonstrates that vasodilation is a necessary mechanism for insulin to stimulate muscle protein synthesis." - Full Article Source

05/21/10 - International Cooperation in Space Is Impossible
KeelyNet The construction of the International Space Station with the participation of international partners was supposed to show that “free nations” could cooperate in space as successfully as communist ones. NASA suggested the White House should invite Russia in the project to celebrate the start of the new era in US-Russian relations and to build the complex faster, better and cheaper. NASA believed that Russia’s participation in the construction of the station, which was called the ISS, marked an obvious achievement both from the political, technological and economic point of view. US specialists thought that Russia would help save one year and $2 billion. In total, the construction of the ISS was evaluated at $17.4 billion. A look back at the history of space exploration clearly shows that most significant and technological progress was achieved at the time when it was connected with the solution of strictly national, not international problems of space exploration. Superpowers used space technologies to demonstrate their scientific and technological strength. This competition gave a powerful incentive to the development of space industries in Russia and the United States. International cooperation in space nowadays is impossible. - Full Article Source

05/21/10 - Scientists Implant Biofuel Cells Into Rats
"A team of scientists from Joseph Fourier University in France have successfully implanted biofuel cells into rats, generating 6.5 microwatts by harnessing the power of glucose. From the article: 'The device uses enzymes to harvest energy from glucose and oxygen found naturally in the body. Past attempts at using such a device in animals have failed because the enzymes have required acidic conditions or were inhibited by charged particles in the fluid surrounding cells. But Philippe Cinquin and his team from Joseph Fourier University in Grenoble, France, overcame these obstacles by confining selected enzymes inside graphite discs that were placed into dialysis bags. Glucose and oxygen flowed into the device, but enzymes stayed in place and catalyzed the oxidation of glucose to generate electrical energy.'" - Full Article Source

05/21/10 - Where the White Man Went Wrong

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05/21/10 - 10,000 Cows Can Power 1,000 Servers
"Reducing energy consumption in data centers, particularly with the prospect of a federal carbon tax, is pushing vendors to explore an ever-growing range of ideas. HP engineers say that biogas may offer a fresh alternative energy approach for IT managers. Researchers at HP Labs presented a paper (download PDF) on using cow manure from dairy farms and cattle feedlots and other 'digested farm waste' to generate electricity to an American Society of Mechanical Engineers conference, held this week. In it, the research team calculates that 'a hypothetical farm of 10,000 dairy cows' could power a 1 MW data center — or on the order of 1,000 servers. One trend that makes the idea of turning organic waste into usable power for data centers is the moves by several firms to build facilities in rural locations, where high-speed networks allow them to take advantage of the cost advantages of such areas. But there are some practical problems, not the least of which is connecting a data center to the cows. If it does happen, the move could call for a new take on plug and play: plug and poo." - Full Article Source

05/21/10 - FIRE ALL THESE NAZI BORDER Guards who don't understand their job
"We don't need any grounds. We're the United States." What to expect if you don't kiss the asses of the morons at the US border. / Sane Comments; " 2 days ago. If you are not from the US. I appoligize as an american citizen for the actions of these stooges, they may represent us at the border but maybe not for long I hope." "Its actions? like this that makes people into terrorists stupid f**king pigs" - (Thanks to Steven Braun for the headsup. - JWD) - Full Article Source

05/21/10 - Australia Air Travelers' Laptops To Be Searched For Porn
"Australian customs officers have been given the power to search incoming travelers' laptops and mobile phones for porn. Passengers must declare whether they are carrying pornography on their Incoming Passenger Card. The Australian government is also planning to implement an Internet filter. Once these powers are in places, who knows how they will be used." (Just leave people alone, its their lives, their interests, not the idiot government and nosey officials. - JWD) - Full Article Source

05/21/10 - Websites That Don't Need to Be Made Anymore
KeelyNet They say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but there is a finite number of social networking or selling websites that the world needs. Here is a collection of the eight kinds of websites that absolutely don't need to be made anymore. I'd add dating sites and anybody who uses pop-up ads myself, but I think that would eliminate half the Web. (via slashdot.org) - Full Article Source

05/21/10 - Why Overheard Cell Phone Chats Are Annoying
"American researchers think they have found the answer to the question of why overhearing cell phone chats are annoying. According to scientists at Cornell University, when only half of the conversation is overheard, it drains more attention and concentration than when overhearing two people talking. According to one researcher, 'We have less control to move away our attention from half a conversation (or halfalogue) than when listening to a dialogue. Since halfalogues really are more distracting and you can't tune them out, this could explain why people are irritated.' Their study will be published in the journal Psychological Science." - Full Article Source

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05/21/10 - Microsoft's New Attempt To Dominate Robotics
"IEEE spectrum reports that Microsoft's Robotics Group is coming out today to announce new world-domination plans — at least for the robotics world. The company is making its Robotics Developer Studio (RDS), which includes Microsoft's CCR and DSS runtime toolkit, available to anyone for free. Why make it a freebie? Because it wants to expand its RDS base and get a grip on the robotics development space, hoping big things will come out of it." - Full Article Source

05/19/10 - Cleaning up the Oil Spill with Hay
CW Roberts employees demonstrating the use of hay to assist in a defense against the oil spill in the Gulf. This is the method that is included in the Walton County Plan of Action. - Full Article Source

05/19/10 - Europeans Bury Equipment to read todays Digital Info in Time Capsule
"In a secret bunker deep in the Swiss Alps, European researchers deposited a 'digital genome' that will provide the blueprint for future generations to read data stored using defunct technology. The sealed box containing the key to unpick defunct digital formats will be locked away for the next quarter of a century behind a 3-1/2 ton door strong enough to resist nuclear attack at the data storage facility, known as the Swiss Fort Knox. The capsule is the culmination of the four-year 'Planets' project, which draws on the expertise of 16 European libraries, archives, and research institutions, to preserve the world's digital assets as hardware and software is superseded at a blistering pace. The project hopes to preserve 'data DNA,' the information and tools required to access and read historical digital material and prevent digital memory loss into the next century." - Full Article Source

05/19/10 - Baloney Detection Kit
With a sea of information coming at us from all directions, how do we sift out the misinformation and bogus claims, and get to the truth? Michael Shermer of Skeptic Magazine lays out a "Baloney Detection Kit," ten questions we should ask when encountering a claim. The 10 Questions:

1. How reliable is the source of the claim?
2.Does the source make similar claims?
3. Have the claims been verified by somebody else?
4. Does this fit with the way the world works?
5. Has anyone tried to disprove the claim?
6. Where does the preponderance of evidence point?
7. Is the claimant playing by the rules of science?
8. Is the claimant providing positive evidence?
9. Does the new theory account for as many phenomena as the old theory?
10. Are personal beliefs driving the claim? - Full Article Source

05/19/10 - Miracle mono-molecule Graphene material could quench hot chips
Graphene, a sheet of carbon just one atom thick which cannot theoretically be manufactured. In its true, perfect form - a two-dimensional molecule potentially unlimited in size. Less colossal graphene molecules are a major constituent of more ordinary forms of carbon such as graphite; and lately, something a bit more like the miracle mono-molecule sheet of theory has been available, in the form of Few Layer Graphene, FLG. Theoretical perfect graphene, according to the calculations of Professor Alexander Balandin of the University of California at Riverside, would be an excellent conductor of heat even though it is so very thin. This would be a useful thing if graphene sheets could be built into silicon chips, or replace parts of them, as getting the heat out of silicon-based electronics is becoming a major issue. - Full Article Source

05/19/10 - Mystery fungus smacks Afghan opium poppies
The infection "attacks the root of the plant, climbs up the stem and makes the opium capsule wither away", the BBC outlines. Some farmers suggest NATO troops have sprayed their crops with chemicals, but this was rejected by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) head Antonio Maria Costa. He said: "I don't see any reasons to believe something of that sort. Opium plants have been affected in Afghanistan on a periodic basis." Farmer Haji Mohammad in Nawzad, Helmand province, explained to the BBC that while last year he'd harvested 450kg of opium, this year he was reduced to a paltry 4kg. Overall, the harvest could fall by 25 per cent this year, according to Costa. The upshot of the blight is a sharp rise in opium prices - up 50 per cent, following a 30 per cent fall in value over the last 12 months. This hike could "impact on revenues for insurgent groups like the Taliban", Costa noted, since they have large stashes of opium. Mr Costa concluded that the fungal disease represented "an opportunity for the international community to bring in support to try to persuade farmers to turn away from planting opium". Afghanistan produces 92 per cent of the world's opium, valued at $3bn a year, and its cultivators view the valuable crop as "one sure way of safe-guarding against an insecure future". - Full Article Source

05/19/10 - Mobile phones actually protect you from brain cancer
Mobile users have a lower risk of developing brain cancers than non-mobile users, a ten-year €19m study by the UN has shown. But the epidemiologists are doubtful about the results, which aren't alarmist enough, and have called for additional research. The study by the Interphone International Study Group, which began in 2000, was supervised by the UN's WHO arm and conducted in 13 countries. Researchers examined the occurrence of four kinds of tumours: two brain tumours (glioma and meningioma), tumours of the acoustic nerve (schwannoma) and cancer of the parotid gland. Regular mobile phone users saw a lower chance of developing brain tumours, with relative risk ratios (ORs) of 0.81 for glioma and 0.79 for meningioma. Successive studies have shown no association between mobile use and cancer, an outlier being a Swedish researcher who found no link for most groups, but RRs of 5.2 for under 20s - only with a very small sample. - Full Article Source

05/19/10 - ThingLoop - save money. save the planet. borrow
Imagine a world in which you could share things easily, a world in which your virtual shared bookcase, DVD collection, toolbox, ... contained hundreds or even thousands of items. This is the world of thingloop, a world of new possibilities. - Full Article Source

05/19/10 - Open Facebook Alternatives Gain Momentum, Funding
When Wired.com called for an open alternative to Facebook...lamenting the company’s untrammeled desire to control your online identity and reconfigure the world’s privacy norms, reader response was overwhelming, with hundreds of comments and ironically, thousands of “Like” votes on Facebook. Now, a group of four New York University students — who were working on just what we called for — have harnessed that dissatisfaction in the form of more than $115,000 [$171,000 at time of post] in crowdsourced funding for their distributed, social networking system called Diaspora. That’s the equivalent of a significant angel round of funding in the internet startup world, and their fundraising on the Kickstarter crowdsourced funding site has...days to go. It’s also an impressive for a project proposal from four students who say they aren’t going to start coding until they graduate from college this summer. And a testament to how strongly that a growing number of people want an alternative to a centralized and dominant social networking site... - Full Article Source

05/19/10 - Quit Facebook Day - May 31, 2010
Why are we quitting? For us it comes down to two things: fair choices and best intentions. In our view, Facebook doesn't do a good job in either department. Facebook gives you choices about how to manage your data, but they aren't fair choices, and while the onus is on the individual to manage these choices, Facebook makes it damn difficult for the average user to understand or manage this. We also don't think Facebook has much respect for you or your data, especially in the context of the future. - Full Article Source

05/19/10 - The hidden roots of the 23 Enigma
KeelyNet In the Illuminatus Trilogy by Robert Anton Wilson and Robert Shea I first encountered the rudiments of the 23 enigma. As the history of the origin of the 23 enigma has it, Robert Anton Wilson first heard of this puzzling bit of Forteana from William Burroughs. Writes Wilson in the May, 2007 issue of Fortean Times:

"According to Burroughs, he had known a certain Captain Clark, around 1960 in Tangier, who once bragged that he had been sailing 23 years without an accident. That very day, Clark's ship had an accident that killed him and everybody else aboard. Furthermore, while Burroughs was thinking about this crude example of the irony of the gods that evening, a bulletin on the radio announced the crash of an airliner in Florida, USA. The pilot was another captain Clark and the flight was Flight 23."

This chain of events so struck Burroughs, that he began to collect data on odd incidents and synchronicities involving the number 23. The 23 enigma did not, however start with Burroughs' Captain Clark in the 1960's. Neither did it start with what is probably the earliest example from Burroughs' collection of cases involving the 23 enigma and notorious gangster Dutch Schultz during the 1930's. - Full Article Source

05/19/10 - Cactus gum could make clean water cheap for millions
Many water purification methods introduced into the developing world are quickly abandoned as people don't know how to use and maintain them, says Norma Alcantar at the University of South Florida in Tampa. So she and her colleagues decided to investigate the prickly pear cactus, Opuntia ficus-indica, which 19th-century Mexican communities used as a water purifier. The cactus is found across the globe. The team extracted the cactus's mucilage - the thick gum the plant uses to store water. They then mixed this with water to which they had added high levels of either sediment or the bacterium Bacillus cereus. Alcantar found that the mucilage acted as a flocculant, causing the sediment particles to join together and settle to the bottom of the water samples. The gum also caused the bacteria to combine and settle, allowing 98 per cent of bacteria to be filtered from the water (Environmental Science and Technology, DOI: 10.1021/es9030744). They now intend to test it on natural water. Householders in the developing world could boil a slice of cactus to release the mucilage and add it to water in need of purification, says Alcantar. "The cactus's prevalence, affordability and cultural acceptance make it an attractive natural material for water purification technologies." - Full Article Source

05/19/10 - Easily the hottest April — and hottest Jan-April — in temperature record
KeelyNet It was the hottest April on record in the NASA dataset. More significantly, following fast on the heels of the hottest March and hottest Jan-Feb-March on record, it’s also the hottest Jan-Feb-March-April on record [click on figure to enlarge]. The record temperatures we’re seeing now are especially impressive because we’ve been in “the deepest solar minimum in nearly a century.” It now appears to be over. It’s just hard to stop the march of manmade global warming, well, other than by reducing greenhouse gas emissions, that is. Most significantly, NASA’s March prediction has come true: “It is nearly certain that a new record 12-month global temperature will be set in 2010.? Software engineer (and former machinist mate in the US Navy) Timothy Chase put together a spreadsheet using the data from NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies. In NASA’s dataset, the 12-month running average temperature record was actually just barely set in March — and then easily set in April. - Full Article Source

05/19/10 - Federal War on Salt Could Spoil Country Hams
If the food police get their way, North Carolinians can kiss their country hams, bacon, and fresh Bright Leaf hot dogs goodbye. These Southern specialties might not disappear altogether, but, if the health agency’s crusade against salt is successful, they never would taste the same again. The Washington Post reports that the Food and Drug Administration plans an unprecedented effort to reduce gradually Americans’ salt consumption. In April, the Institute of Medicine advised the FDA to lower the recommended daily intake of sodium for individuals from 2,300 mg to 1,500 mg. It also recommended setting maximum legal limits on salt in all packaged and restaurant foods. The plan is “to slowly ratchet down the sodium level, so people won’t notice the change,” said Christina DeWitt, a food scientist on the IOM advisory panel. - Full Article Source

05/19/10 - 'Really Fast' Self-balancing Scooter
KeelyNet This self-balancing scooter was designed to go curb hopping and through the sand. It is exceedingly fast. The hardware is from an open source project. Since 2009 I have added a reclining camping chair for comfort and a joystick for control. Far more fun to drive laying down than standing! Also since 2009 I have added lithium cells to power the scooter. This scooter is also radio controlled! / Saturday the scooter had the lounge chair on it and was a joy to drive around. So much more comfy. My lower back got sore, but with a rolled up jacket for lumbar support is was solved. The crowds reaction to a lay down self balancing scooter was incredible! I was asked questions all day and evening long. Toward the end of the day the joystick control was getting very twitchy left and right. As I recall, the increase from 22v to 30-32v accounted for most of the twitchyness. Sure feels like EMI. - Full Article Source

05/19/10 - Doomsayers Beware, a Bright Future Beckons
Rulers like to take credit for the advances during their reigns, and scientists like to see their theories as the source of technological progress. But Dr. Ridley argues that they’ve both got it backward: traders’ wealth builds empires, and entrepreneurial tinkerers are more likely to inspire scientists than vice versa. From Stone Age seashells to the steam engine to the personal computer, innovation has mostly been a bottom-up process. “Empires bought stability at the price of creating a parasitic court; monotheistic religions bought social cohesion at the expense of a parasitic priestly class; nationalism bought power at the expense of a parasitic military; socialism bought equality at the price of a parasitic bureaucracy; capitalism bought efficiency at the price of parasitic financiers.” Progress this century could be impeded by politics, wars, plagues or climate change, but Dr. Ridley argues that, as usual, the “apocaholics” are overstating the risks and underestimating innovative responses. “The modern world is a history of ideas meeting, mixing, mating and mutating,” Dr. Ridley writes. “And the reason that economic growth has accelerated so in the past two centuries is down to the fact that ideas have been mixing more than ever before.” Our progress is unsustainable, he argues, only if we stifle innovation and trade, the way China and other empires did in the past. With new hubs of innovation emerging elsewhere, and with ideas spreading faster than ever on the Internet, Dr. Ridley expects bottom-up innovators to prevail. His prediction for the rest of the century: “Prosperity spreads, technology progresses, poverty declines, disease retreats, fecundity falls, happiness increases, violence atrophies, freedom grows, knowledge flourishes, the environment improves and wilderness expands.” - Full Article Source

05/19/10 - Composing music with the Force Trainer
In the ongoing quest to make the Force Trainer useful [Hunter Scott] developed a music composition platform for your mind (channel Jack Black’s voice for the last half of that sentence). Using the Force Trainer’s serial port [Hunter] feeds the data stream into a computer via an FTDI cable and uses Processing to make the music. It’s good, and the demos on his site are worth the click, but we still can’t get enough of the shocking video from back in March. But we digress, let [Hunter] walk you through his setup in the video. - Full Article Source

05/19/10 - Stem cells used to regenerate lost teeth
A new technique pioneered in the Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine Laboratory of Dr. Jeremy Mao, Edward V. Zegarelli Professor of Dental Medicine, and a professor of biomedical engineering at Columbia University, can orchestrate the body’s stem cells to migrate to three-dimensional scaffold that is infused with growth factor. This can yield an anatomically correct tooth in as soon as nine weeks once implanted in the mouth. - Full Article Source

05/19/10 - Ceiling Movies ROUT Fears of Patient (Jul, 1935)
KeelyNet A BOSTON dentist has discovered a new sort of “anesthetic,” in the form of motion pictures, which he claims is so effective that patients refuse to leave the chair at the conclusion of their dental work. One peculiar effect of the new “drug” is that it soothes harsh feelings against dentists.

Patients no longer fear the semi-annual visit. The movies, projected on the office ceiling, divert the patients’ attention as the doctor fixes their teeth. Mickey Mouse and Popeye the Sailor pictures are most popular with the younger patients, according to the doctor.

Dr. Lawrence J. Obrey of Boston is shown engaged in examining a young patient's teeth, while the youth, unmindful of the hum of the dental drill, watches movies flashed on the ceiling to divert his attention from possible pain. Cartoon comedies are most popular. Each reel runs 20 minutes or the duration of one visit. - Full Article Source

05/19/10 - Stem cells restore acutely damaged lung tissue to normal function
Human stem cells administered intravenously can restore alveolar epithelial tissue to a normal function in a novel ex vivo perfused human lung after E. coli endotoxin-induced acute lung injury (ALI), according to research from the University of California San Francisco. ALI is a common cause of respiratory failure in the intensive care units, often leading to death. It can be caused by both direct injury such as aspiration and pneumonia, and indirect injury such as sepsis and from trauma. ALI is characterized by diffuse bilateral infiltrates on chest x-ray, hypoxemia and both lung endothelial and epithelial injury. Because ALI causes injury to the alveolar epithelium, it impairs its ability to reabsorb pulmonary edema fluid from the airspaces of the lung. Yearly, ALI affects approximately 200,000 patients in the US and has a 40 percent mortality rate despite extensive investigations into its causes and pathophysiology. Innovative therapies are desperately needed. Prior research from the group focused on delivering stem cells intrabronchially. Importantly, in this study, the group found that intravenous delivery of hMSC worked as well as intrabronchial administration. Intravenous administration would be preferred in critically ill mechanically ventilated patients with ALI because bronchoscopy may lead to transient problems with oxygenation and ventilation. In addition to having restored function of alveolar epithelial cells, lungs treated with hMSC showed a reduction in inflammatory cytokine, IL-1b and IL-8, levels suggesting a favorable shift away from a proinflammatory environment in the injured alveolus. "These results suggest that the intravenous route would be ideal for potential clinical trials of hMSC for severe acute lung injury, a syndrome of acute respiratory failure in critically ill patients that is associated with 40 percent mortality," said Dr. Lee. - Full Article Source

05/19/10 - We Have A New Miss USA
Because this country needs a hot chick to represent it. Congrats to Rima Fakih, Miss USA. Holy cow! She's a Muslim. How can Miss USA -- in a country founded on Christian principles -- be a Muslim? Something's wrong here, folks. Michelle Malkin ain't gonna like this. Hold on... Debbie Schlussel has an explanation: Confirmed: Islamic Terrorist Financed Miss USA Contestant. - Full Article Source

05/19/10 - Cancer Treated With Stale Butter (Jul, 1933)
KeelyNet RANCID butter, or rather the chemical called butyric acid which bacteria form in fresh butter, is the newest cancer treatment reported in England by a famous surgeon. The acid of rancid butter is not to be eaten or injected but is applied directly to the cancerous growth. For some reason, which still is mysterious, the butyric acid bites much more viciously into the cancer tissue than into the healthy tissues which surround it. A graduated dose of the acid can kill and eat away all of the diseased cancer cells without damaging the nearby healthy ones. This is the same way that radium attacks cancer. - Full Article Source

05/19/10 - US Supreme Court Upholds Indefinite Confinement
An anonymous reader points out the news that the US Supreme Court today upheld a law that allows the federal government to keep prison inmates behind bars beyond the end of their sentences, if officials determine they may be "sexually dangerous" in the future. The case involves one Graydon Comstock, who was certified as "dangerous" six days before his 37-month federal prison term for processing child pornography was to end. The vote was 7 to 2. Three of the justices who concurred with the decision raised an objection to the broadness of the language used in the majority opinion, written by Justice Kennedy. - Full Article Source

05/19/10 - Justice Not As Blind As Previously Thought
"I doubt this is much of a surprise but apparently Cornell University did a study that seems to show you're more likely to get convicted if you're ugly. From the article: 'According to a Cornell University study, unattractive defendants are 22 percent more likely to be convicted than good-looking ones. And the unattractive also get slapped with harsher sentences — an average of 22 months longer in prison.'" - Full Article Source

05/19/10 - Researchers Restore Youthful Memory In Aging Mice
"German neuroscientists made a breakthrough in 'age-related cognitive decline', a common condition that often begins in one's late 40s (especially declarative memory — the ability to recall facts and experiences). Their new study identifies a genetic 'switch' for the cluster of learning and memory genes that cause memory impairment in aging mice. By injecting an enzyme, the team 'flipped' the switch to its on position for older mice, giving them the memory and learning performance they'd enjoyed when they were young. Now the team ultimately hopes to recover seemingly lost long-term memory in human patients." - Full Article Source

05/19/10 - Mobile 'Remote Wipe' Thwarts Secret Service
"Smartphones that offer the ability to 'remote wipe' are great for when your device goes missing and you want to delete your data so that someone else can't look at it, but not so great for the United States Secret Service, ZDNet reports. The ability to 'remote wipe' some smartphones such as BlackBerry and iPhone was causing havoc for law enforcement agencies, according to USSS special agent Andy Kearns, speaking on mobile phone forensics at a security conference in Australia." - Full Article Source

05/19/10 - Charlie Daniels' on Illegal Immigrants - Mexican Standoff
KeelyNet A commentary said to be written by country music star Charlie Daniels. The Truth: Charlie Daniels is famous for his outspoken opinions on social issues. This particular piece about illegal immigration is posted on his website at http://www.charliedaniels.com/. / I don’t blame anybody in the world for wanting to come to the United States of America, as it is a truly wonderful place. But when the first thing you do when you set foot on American soil is illegal it is flat out wrong and I don’t care how many lala land left heads come out of the woodwork and start trying to give me sensitivity lessons. I don’t need sensitivity lessons, in fact I don’t have anything against Mexicans, I just have something against criminals and anybody who comes into this country illegally is a criminal and if you don’t believe it try coming into America from a foreign country without a passport and see how far you get. What disturbs me about the demonstrations is that it’s tantamount to saying, “I am going to come into your country even if it means breaking your laws and there’s nothing you can do about it.” It’s an “in your face” action and speaking just for me I don’t like it one little bit and if there were a half dozen pairs of gonads in Washington bigger than English peas it wouldn’t be happening. What ever happened to the polls guys? I thought you folks were the quintessential finger wetters. Well you sure ain’t paying any attention to the polls this time because somewhere around eighty percent of Americans want something done about this mess, and mess it is and getting bigger everyday. This is no longer a problem, it is a dilemma and headed for being a tragedy. Do you honestly think that what happened in France with the Muslims can’t happen here when the businesses who hire these people finally run out of jobs and a few million disillusioned Hispanics take to the streets? If you, Mr. President, Congressmen and Senators, knuckle under on this and refuse to do something meaningful it means that you care nothing for the kind of country your children and grandchildren will inherit. But I guess that doesn’t matter as long as you get re-elected. Shame on you. - Full Article Source

05/19/10 - "Fair Trolls" To Fight Patents With Patents
"Can a patent troll ever be fair? Yes. The primary concern over the upcoming Defensive Patent License — a GPL-like non-aggression pact for patents — is that it might be too defensive to have the desired impact. But actually the DPL could grow very big if one or more 'Fair Trolls' are brought to life and enforce patents against companies that don't support the DPL. The 'Fair Trolls' would commit to the DPL's terms, so they would have to leave other DPL backers alone. In exchange for this, the community would gladly feed them with patentable ideas (financial rewards for contributors included). Over time, staying outside the DPL alliance would become a costly choice for companies whose products might infringe patents. The bigger the DPL pool gets, the more valuable it becomes to its members. The more aggressive the Fair Trolls are, the better for the cause." - Full Article Source

05/18/10 - KeelyNet news text running off the edge in Explorer
Apparently there is a glitch with Explorer but NOT FIREFOX, where the right hand text disappears off the edge of this page...working on it, thanks! Update 5 minutes later - the fix was to remove the table width of 750 which allows crappy Explorer to self adjust. Always like to learn something new everyday! - Update 5:30PM - it worked fine this morning with IE8 and Firefox but this afternoon only in IE8 it is losing text again. Trying to figure it out and puzzled why it worked at 8AM! / Update 6PM - Put all the news in its own table and justified the text to look nicer, but of course BUGGY IE8 doesn't allow justify but it does now show all the text. Time to update to Firefox guys, Explorer is and always has been junk. Hope this does it.

05/17/10 - On the Perils of Eavesdropping
...nuff said...(Thanks to Norm Wootan for this hilarious headsup! - JWD) - Full Article Source

05/17/10 - Inventor Demonstrates Infinitely Variable Transmission
"Ready for a bit of a mental mechanical challenge? Try your hand at understanding how the D-Drive works. Steve Durnin's ingenious new gearbox design is infinitely variable — that is, with your motor running at a constant speed, the D-Drive transmission can smoothly transition from top gear all the way through neutral and into reverse. It doesn't need a clutch, it doesn't use any friction drive components, and the power is always transmitted through strong, reliable gear teeth. In fact, it's a potential revolution in transmission technology." - Full Article Source

This SO reminds me of the article on Specific Speed.

05/17/10 - Marriage As A Business Proposal
People marry for all sorts of reasons. People enjoy being married and stay married for reasons that evolve over time. Though studies have shown being married is associated with a longer life span (for men, at least), I don’t believe—nor is there evidence—that a married life necessarily results in more happiness in the long run than a life lived singly. However, marriage is challenging in ways that living singly is not. Because viewing the challenges of a given situation in the context of a parallel situation can generate a fresh perspective and energy for problem solving, I thought I’d describe an analogy that—while not able to encompass or explain every aspect of married life, including the wonderful and necessary dimension of love—has nevertheless served my wife and I well: marriage as a business proposal. / Truthfully, marriages aren’t just like businesses; they’re also like flowers: in need of constant watering. But—whenever you get fed up with your life and really mad at your partner, obsessively focused on his or her negative qualities, and find yourself gleefully fantasizing about leaving and finding a new partner at some other superior company where those negative qualities are absent—pause a moment and remember why you chose your current partner in the first place. If you chose wisely (and admittedly that’s a big if), you might just realize all the positive qualities you saw in the beginning are still there; that the virtues that made your partner such a great match for you in the first place still makes him or her the best choice you could have made. At least, that’s what always happens to me. - Full Article Source

05/17/10 - Square foot gardening produces hefty harvest in smaller space
Imagine getting the same amount of garden produce using only 20 percent of the space you used to plant. As added incentive, you’ll also have healthier plants, fewer weeds and less physical strain when it comes time to reap what you’ve sown. That is the gospel according to Mel Bartholomew; a grinning, gregarious man in a straw hat who wanted to revolutionize the way Americans grow vegetables. Rather than planting in conventional rows, Bartholomew wants you to downsize. Start with a 4-by-4-foot raised box filled with the perfect soil and assigned a grid pattern so each plant variety has its own square-foot section. That may mean only one head of broccoli in one square and 32 radishes in another. The smaller area is easier to reach from the sides, and climbers — such as pole beans, cucumbers and tomatoes — grow up rather than out. “Growing our own groceries can be fun and money-saving,” Bartholomew said. “And a little planning can keep excess vegetables from causing headaches for the cook and the neighbors.” - Full Article Source

05/17/10 - Coke's Freestyle Machines Ready to Rock Tongues With 104 Flavors
KeelyNet The device is essentially a ground-up reinvention of the decades-old free-standing drinks dispenser, with its crates of flavor syrup, chilling equipment and water supply, ready to spew out two or three varieties of cold carbonated drinks. Freestyle's electronic systems have a design that may have fitted aboard Captain Picard's USS Enterprise, right down to the colorful touchscreen interface. Inside it has a flavor-dispensing system inspired by medical use of inkjet technology, with huge dexterity in adding flavors to the outgoing drinks, and even no need for taste-diluting ice as it can super-chill the beverage before delivery if that's how you want it. You may suspect that users wouldn't embrace a machine that can deliver 104 different flavors and stick to the old traditional ones (with the benefit of fast, low-effort single-button delivery). But Coke found the people were experimenting with the flavors so much that they kept pouring away "taster" drinks they'd made down the overspill chute, resulting in spillage problems. This is exactly the purpose of field-testing, of course, and the Freestyle now has a redesigned over-spill system that can accommodate this extra fluid as well as a fan to melt discarded ice-cubes. 500 revamped Freesyle machines are to be shipped out across the U.S. this month, as the next stage in Coke's experiment. - Full Article Source

05/17/10 - 13 urine changes to watch for
Urine moves wastes and extra water out of the body. Most of the time, its transit is uneventful and the normal output of urine will appear pale yellow to amber in color and bear little to no odour. But sometimes urine may look or smell different. Urine changes are often totally harmless and fleeting and require no intervention or medical attention. Here are a few changes you might notice. Colour changes: The common culprits of urine colour changes are foods, medications, and dyes used in foods or medications. Occasionally, a colour change is a signal of an underlying problem. Consistency changes: If you have not urinated in a while, your urine may appear thicker or somewhat murky. Other consistency changes could point to infection or illness. Changes in output: You would expect to produce more urine if you drink six cups of coffee in a row or chug a few too many beers with friends. But too much or too little urine output can be a sign of trouble if it occurs regularly and over time. Odour changes: You probably know what urine smells like if it is left too long in the toilet. Coffee and asparagus can both alter urine odour, too. But on its way out of the body, normal, diluted urine has little to no noticeable odour. (check out the full article for much more detail for each topic) - Full Article Source

05/17/10 - Easter Island discovery disproves idea of how they were moved
KeelyNet Fieldwork led by researchers at University College London and The University of Manchester, has shown the remote Pacific island's ancient road system was primarily ceremonial and not solely built for transportation of the figures. A complex network of roads up to 800-years-old crisscross the Island between the hat and statue quarries and the coastal areas. Laying alongside the roads are dozens of the statues- or moai. The find will create controversy among the many archaeologists who have dedicated years to finding out exactly how the moai were moved, ever since Norwegian adventurer Thor Heyerdahl first published his theory in 1958. Heyerdahl and subsequent researchers believed that statues he found lying on their backs and faces near the roads were abandoned during transportation by the ancient Polynesians. But his theory has been completely rejected by the team led by Manchester's Dr Colin Richards and UCL's Dr Sue Hamilton. Instead, their discovery of stone platforms associated with each fallen moai - using specialist 'geophysical survey' equipment – finally confirms a little known 1914 theory of British archaeologist Katherine Routledge that the routes were primarily ceremonial avenues. The statues, say the Manchester and UCL team just back from the island, merely toppled from the platforms with the passage of time. "The truth of the matter is, we will never know how the statues were moved," said Dr Richards. - Full Article Source

05/17/10 - Nasal spray to prevent bingeing
When people over-eat and drink the brain releases compounds known as endorphins which produce a "rush" or feeling of well being. Over time, this becomes a "craving" or addiction and leads to unhealthy patterns of behaviour such as binge eating and binge drinking. Now Dr David Sinclair, an American researcher, has developed a spray that blocks the effectiveness of endorphins and thus breaks the connection between bingeing and rewards. This in turn allows the user to unlearn bad behaviour and adopt more healthy patterns of consumption. Already the treatment, which is starting human trials in Finland, has shown almost 100 per cent effectiveness in animals. In alcohol trials it has been 78 per cent effective. Dr Sinclair, who is developing the nasal spray along with the drug company Lightlake Therapeutics, said: "You take this spray and over time the craving goes away. It rewires the lower brain and changes behaviour. - Full Article Source

05/17/10 - Why we need to Legalize Drugs - It's a PERSONAL RIGHT & CHOICE!
Maybe we need more guns? After 40 years, $1 trillion, US War on Drugs has failed to meet any of its goals. After 40 years, the United States' war on drugs has cost $1 trillion and hundreds of thousands of lives, and for what? Drug use is rampant and violence even more brutal and widespread. Even U.S. drug czar Gil Kerlikowske concedes the strategy hasn't worked. "In the grand scheme, it has not been successful," Kerlikowske told The Associated Press. "Forty years later, the concern about drugs and drug problems is, if anything, magnified, intensified." A summary:

* $20 billion to fight the drug gangs in their home countries.
* $33 billion in marketing "Just Say No"-style messages to America's youth and other prevention programs.
* $49 billion for law enforcement along America's borders to cut off the flow of illegal drugs.
* $121 billion to arrest more than 37 million nonviolent drug offenders, about 10 million of them for possession of marijuana. Studies show that jail time tends to increase drug abuse.
* $450 billion to lock those people up in federal prisons alone. Last year, half of all federal prisoners in the U.S. were serving sentences for drug offenses. - Full Article Source

05/17/10 - Creepy Anti-Cable (Pay TV) PSA from the 70's
An "Anti-cable" television ad from the 70's (then known as Pay-TV) to discourage viewers to support cable television. Ironically, they encouraged people to support the movie theaters. Just some ploy by Network television companies to eliminate the competition from cable TV. / Comment from reader on BoingBoing;

The part that cable television forgets to mention is that originally, the way they were able to get America to allow them to use up all those public resources to let them run their wires all over creation was by promising, among other things, the following:

-providing and maintaining a public access channel for every community
-offering niche television channels that more accurately cater to viewers' interests
-offering commercial-free television, since their funding comes out of your monthly bill.

So here we are in present-day-land?

-a good chunk of cable access channels have been marginalized / cut budgets; cable tv companies continue to lobby the U.S. government to significantly reduce or eliminate public access
-The History Channel has shows about ghosts, Animal Planet isn't about animals, and Sci Fi is SyFy is wrestling.
-Commercial-free television? The % of commercials per hour has increased, not decreased. - Full Article Source

The real reason Cable TV was started? To demonstrate and sell TVs - Community antenna television (now called cable television) was started by John Walson and Margaret Walson in the spring of 1948. The Service Electric Company was formed by the Walsons in the mid 1940s to sell, install, and repair General Electric appliances in the Mahanoy City, Pennsylvania area. In 1947, the Walson also began selling television sets. However, Mahanoy City residents had problems receiving the three nearby Philadelphia network stations with local antennas because of the region's surrounding mountains. John Walson erected an antenna on a utility pole on a local mountain top that enabled him to demonstrate the televisions with good broadcasts coming from the three Philadelphia stations. Walson connected the mountain antennae to his appliance store via a cable and modified signal boosters. In June of 1948, John Walson connected the mountain antennae to both his store and several of his customers' homes that were located along the cable path, starting the nation's first CATV system.

05/17/10 - Invention of new Heating System
KeelyNet Canton inventor Robert Cuppetilli has received a patent for a secondary heating system he says will sharply reduce energy consumption, slash customer bills and create thousands of jobs for companies that install it. Cuppetilli has enlisted partners and formed Sunrise Mechanical Inc., in hopes of marketing what he calls an industry-changing creation that has prototypes for natural gas, propane, fuel oil and electric heating systems. He also has a separate patent pending for a secondary cooling system he says will dramatically curb energy usage and reduce consumer bills. Cuppetilli has compared his energy usage and customer bills with those of friends and neighbors who don't have the secondary heating system, and he has kept charts to show the results. Cuppetilli estimates his invention can reduce heating costs by 67 percent or more. He hopes to secure bids from companies for the exclusive right to manufacture and distribute the secondary heating system. Essentially, the heating system operates in supplemental mode to carry water from a water heater to the heat exchanger within an air passage in the furnace. Air within the air passage passes through the heat exchanger and is heated from the water. Then, the water returns to the water tank. Meanwhile, a supplemental thermostat connected to the system controls an air circulator for the furnace without requiring the furnace to be activated. The furnace will turn on and heat the air only if the supplemental mode isn't sufficient to maintain the desired temperature. Cuppetilli also uses coils and soapstone, which retains heat for 48 hours, for the system that gravity-feeds heat through his house without requiring much work from the furnace. A thermostat for the secondary heating system is set higher than the one for the furnace. “What controls this whole thing is the thermostat,” Cuppetilli said, adding later, “The only thing I really use off the furnace is the blower. I figure I'm saving about 67 percent on my heating bill.” It sounds complicated, and it is. Cuppetilli concedes he has spent hours explaining his invention to industry insiders. Yet, he seems confident it works — and Barone and others say he has the statistics to show it. He said utility companies, which stand to lose revenue, “don't want to see this.” Even so, he said his invention could create thousands of jobs in an economy that sorely needs them. Moreover, he said he will dictate that all parts used for installation are made in America. - Full Article Source

05/17/10 - Why not go back to the moon?
John P. Holdren, the President's Science Advisor and Director of the U.S. Office of Science and Technology Policy was asked to clarify the Administration's space-science priorities during the AAAS Forum on Science and Technology Policy. The question related in particular to sending humans back to the moon. His response was offered 13 May 2010. For information on the forum, see http://www.aaas.org/spp/rd/forum. - Full Article Source

05/17/10 - Wireless users opt for service without commitment
This year, customers have been making a big shift away from two-year contracts toward "prepaid" cell phone service, which often costs less and does not require contracts. This is happening even though contracts are needed to get popular phones such as the iPhone and the Droid. Now prepaid service looks like it will get even more attractive, with further price cuts. That's because wireless carriers have hit a wall when it comes to finding new customers who will sign contracts. "I would love to have an iPhone. I just can't swallow the $70 or more bill that would come with it," said Jeff Finlay, a 45-year-old stay-at-home dad in San Antonio who uses a prepaid plan. Unlike contract plans that bill subscribers each month for the services they used the previous month, prepaid services traditionally let subscribers buy minutes in advance for around 10 cents to 20 cents each. When the minutes are used up, people "refill" their accounts as needed. For years, such plans were marketed primarily to people who did not have the credit to qualify for plans with contracts. But as the recession forced more people to cut costs, prepaid service appealed to a broader slice of the market, and prepaid services responded by offering better deals. Now it's possible to make unlimited calls and text messages on a prepaid plan for $45 a month -- half of what it costs a customer with a contract on Verizon Wireless. At Tracfone, the largest independent provider of prepaid service, customers pay an average of $11 per month. The popularity of text messaging is also making some people move away from contract plans that provide a big bucket of monthly minutes that may not get used. - Full Article Source

05/17/10 - Human jawbone grown from stem cells
Watch this fascinating Reuters.com clip of an interview with a Columbia University scientist who has managed to grow a replacement human jaw bone using stem cells. - Full Article Source

05/17/10 - Apoptosis arrested in aftermath of strenuous exercise
Gabriella Marfe from the University of Rome led a team of researchers who studied ten amateur athletes after a 42km run. Marfe said, 'Apoptosis is a normal physiological function dependent on a variety of signals, many of which can be modulated by strenuous exercise. Here, we've shown for the first time that exercise modulates expression of the sirtuin family of proteins.' The researchers believe that the sirtuin family of proteins, particularly SIRT1, may be involved in the protective effects of exercise against cell death. Speaking about these results, Marfe added, 'Sirtuins may play a crucial role of mediators/effectors in the maintenance of skeletal and cardiac muscle tissues as well as neurons, thus explaining the synergic protective effects of physical exercise and calorie restriction for survival and ageing.' - Full Article Source

05/17/10 - Glowing Stem Cells tracked for 12 Months
Stem Cells Injected into Heart, Visually Tracked For 12 Months - Dr. Edward Yeh and colleagues at the University of Texas MD Anderson Center in Houston used an innovative technique to give stem cells a special gene that made them glow so they could be tracked! They were able to follow the lights to see where and how stem cells acted over a year. Yeh also alternatively inhibited the growth of muscle and blood vessel cells to determine which kind were most responsible for the healing process. - Full Article Source

05/17/10 - Cheap Cancer Drug Finally Tested In Humans
"Mentioned on Slashdot a couple of years ago, the drug dichloroacetate (DCA) has finally finished its first clinical trial against brain tumors in humans. Drug companies weren't willing to test a drug they could not patent, so money was raised in the community through donations, auctions, and finally government support, but the study was still limited to five patients. It showed extremely positive results in four of them. This episode raises the question of what happens to all the money donated to Canadian and other cancer societies, and especially the billions spent buying merchandise with little pink ribbons on it, if not to actual cancer research like this." - Full Article Source

05/17/10 - Hacking Automotive Systems
KeelyNet The same networking systems that allow modern cars to communicate with services like OnStar also allow the cars to be hacked. - "University researchers have taken a close look at the computer systems used to run today's cars and discovered new ways to hack into them, sometimes with frightening results. In a paper set to be presented at a security conference in Oakland, California, next week, the researchers say that by connecting to a standard diagnostic computer port included in late-model cars, they were able to do some nasty things, such as turning off the brakes, changing the speedometer reading, blasting hot air or music on the radio, and locking passengers in the car. The point of the research isn't to scare a nation of drivers, already made nervous by stories of software glitches, faulty brakes, and massive automotive recalls. It's to warn the car industry that it needs to keep security in mind as it develops more sophisticated automotive computer systems. Other experts describe the real-world risk of any of the described attacks as low." / To hack the cars, they needed to learn about the Controller Area Network (CAN) system, mandated as a diagnostic tool for all U.S. cars built, starting in 2008. They developed a program called CarShark that listens in on CAN traffic as it's sent about the onboard network, and then built ways to add their own network packets. Step-by-step, they figured out how to take over computer-controlled car systems: the radio, instrument panel, engine, brakes, heating and air conditioning, and even the body controller system, used to pop the trunk, open windows, lock doors and toot the horn. They developed a lot of attacks using a technique called "fuzzing" -- where they simply spit a large number of random packets at a component and see what happens. "The computer control is essential to a lot of the safety features that we depend on," Savage said. "When you expose those same computers to an attack, you can have very surprising results, such as you put your foot down on a brake pedal and it doesn't stop." Another discovery: although industry standards say that onboard systems are supposed to be protected against unauthorized firmware updates, the researchers found that they could change the firmware on some systems without any sort of authentication. In one attack that the researchers call "Self-destruct" they launch a 60 second countdown on the driver's dashboard that's accompanied by a clicking noise, and then finally warning honks in the final seconds. As the time hits zero, the car's engine is killed and the doors are locked. This attack takes less than 200 lines of code -- most of it devoted to keeping time during the countdown. - Full Article Source

05/17/10 - Shall We Call It "Curated Computing?"
"Ars Technica has an opinion piece by Sarah Rotman Epps on the iPad and other potential tablets as a new paradigm that they are calling 'curated computing,' where third parties make a lot of choices to simplify things for the end user, reducing user choice but improving reliability and efficiency for a defined set of tasks. The idea is that this does not replace, but supplements, general-purpose computers. It's possible — if the common denominator between iPads, Android and/or Chrome tablets, WebOS tablets, and the like is a more server-centric web experience — that they could be right, and that a more competitive computing market could be the result. But I wonder, too: would that then provide an incentive for manufacturers to try to lock down the personal computing desktop experience as well?" And even if not, an emphasis on "curated computing" could rob resources from old-skool computer development, as is already evident at Apple. - Full Article Source

05/17/10 - Too Many College Graduates?
The AP reports on a growing sense among policy wonks that too many Americans are going to four-year colleges, to the detriment of society as a whole: "The more money states spend on higher education, the less the economy grows." "The notion that a four-year degree is essential for real success is being challenged by a growing number of economists, policy analysts, and academics. They say more Americans should consider other options, such as technical training or two-year schools, which have been embraced in Europe for decades. As evidence, experts cite rising student debt, stagnant graduation rates, and a struggling job market flooded with overqualified degree-holders. ... The average student debt load in 2008 was $23,200 — a nearly $5,000 increase over five years. Two-thirds of students graduating from four-year schools owe money on student loans. ... [A university economist said,] 'If people want to go out and get a master's degree in history and then cut down trees for a living, that's fine. But I don't think the public should be subsidizing it.'" - Full Article Source

05/17/10 - Taiwanese Researchers Plug RFIDs As Disaster Recovery Aids
"Scientists tag animals to monitor their behavior and keep track of endangered species. Now some are asking whether all of mankind should be tagged too. Looking for a loved one? Just Google his microchip. Taiwanese researchers postulate that the tags could help save lives in the aftermath of a major earthquake. And IBM advocated chips for humans in a speech earlier this week. The ACLU disagrees. 'Many people find the idea creepy,' spokesman Jay Stanley told FoxNews.com." - Full Article Source

05/17/10 - $3 Microscope Plugs into Cell Phones
KeelyNet The microscope, which uses no lenses, saves on cost and weight by using algorithms to get more information from images. The device can generate blood counts and identify disease cells and bacteria from simple images sent through a USB cord to a cell phone that uses software to processes the data. The latest version of the microscope integrates an interference-based contrast method to provide better images in addition to diagnostic information. Even basic cell phones now have significant processing power that can be used to analyze images of blood smears and other samples on the spot, enabling a patient to get on the right tuberculosis drug faster and enabling health-care providers to identify drug-resistant strains faster. What sets the new microscope apart from other efforts at integrating optical diagnostics with cell phones is the effort to make it as simple and cheap as possible. That means eliminating expensive lenses, and using software to get medical information from blurry images. The microscope, which weighs just 46 grams, has no lenses. A sample is loaded into the open drawer; light from an LED passes through the sample and is picked up by an imaging chip that sends image data through the USB cord to a cell phone or laptop. - Full Article Source

05/17/10 - In UK, First "Anarchist's Cookbook" Downloaders' Convictions
"In the UK last month the author/compiler of the well-known-in-Internet-circles 'terrorist handbook' pleaded guilty to seven counts of collecting information that could have been used to prepare or commit acts of terrorism, with a maximum jail term of 10 years. Today the first people caught with downloaded copies have been put behind bars — a white-supremacist father and son pairing getting 10 and two years respectively, convicted of three counts of possessing material useful for acts of terror. How many will be emptying their recycle bins after this conviction? As of writing, the book is still freely available on Amazon.com to buy." - Full Article Source

05/17/10 - Nuclear Experts To Tackle BP Oil Spill
"The US has sent a team of nuclear physicists to help BP plug the 'catastrophic' flow of oil into the Gulf of Mexico from its leaking Deepwater Horizon well, as the Obama administration becomes frustrated with the oil giant's inability to control the situation. The five-man team — which includes a man who helped develop the first hydrogen bomb in the 1950s — is the brainchild of Steven Chu, President Obama's Energy Secretary." - Full Article Source

05/17/10 - Favorite Watch Among Terrorists
KeelyNet What's the most popular watch among international terrorists? It's probably the Casio F91W. Evidence: List of Guantanamo Bay detainees accused of possessing Casio watches. Because of its claimed use in terrorism, possession of a Casio watch, specifically a Casio F91W, was listed in Guantanamo Bay Combatant Status Review Tribunal reports and other government documents as a reason for these detainees' continued detention. One of the prisoners explained why he has a F91W: "All I know about the watch is that it is a Casio... I know it has a compass. When we pray we have to face Mecca" And another: "I have a Casio watch due to the fact that they are inexpensive and they last a long time. I like my watch because it is durable. It had a calculator and was waterproof, and before prayers we have to wash up all the way to my elbows." - Full Article Source

05/17/10 - Texas Schools Board Rewriting US History
"The board is to vote on a sweeping purge of alleged liberal bias in Texas school textbooks in favour of what Dunbar says really matters: a belief in America as a nation chosen by God as a beacon to the world, and free enterprise as the cornerstone of liberty and democracy. ... Those corrections have prompted a blizzard of accusations of rewriting history and indoctrinating children by promoting rightwing views on religion, economics and guns while diminishing the science of evolution, the civil rights movement and the horrors of slavery. ... Several changes include sidelining Thomas Jefferson, who favoured separation of church and state, while introducing a new focus on the 'significant contributions' of pro-slavery Confederate leaders during the civil war. ... Study of Sir Isaac Newton is dropped in favour of examining scientific advances through military technology." - Full Article Source

05/17/10 - The Ferengi Rules of Acquisition
KeelyNet The Rules of Acquisition, in the fictional Star Trek universe, are a set of guidelines intended to ensure the profitability of businesses owned by the ultra-capitalist alien race known as Ferengi. The first rule was made by Gint, the first Grand Nagus of the Ferengi Alliance, a role with political, economic, and even quasi-religious duties. The title of "Rules of Acquisition" was chosen as a clever marketing ploy (since the rules are merely guidelines) and Gint numbered his first rule as #162, in order to create a demand for the other 161 Rules that had yet to be written. The Rules were said to be divinely inspired and sacred (thus furthering the original marketing ploy). Although it has been stated within Star Trek that there are 285 rules, not all of them have been stated in canon. Most of the rules were written by Ira Steven Behr and he published many of them in a book The Ferengi Rules of Acquisition (ISBN 0-671-52936-6), the cover of which credits authorship as being "By Quark as told to Ira Steven Behr." Additional rules were published in Legends of the Ferengi (ISBN 0-671-00728-9), by Behr and Robert Hewitt Wolfe. Behr and Wolfe were both writers for Star Trek: Deep Space Nine with Behr being the Executive Producer of the series.[9] In addition to the Rules, Ferengi recognize five Stages of Acquisition:

1. Infatuation: An unreasoning love or attraction … "I want it."
2. Justification: Moral excuse used to explain … "I must have it!"
3. Appropriation: To take to one's self in exclusion of others … "IT'S MINE AT LAST!"
4. Obsession: A compulsive or irrational preoccupation … "Precious!"
5. Resale: The action of selling something previously bought … "Make me an offer."
The preceding background information is from wikipedia. For your amusement and edification, here is a sampling of some choice rules from the Article Source;

#1 Once you have their money ... never give it back.
#8 Small print leads to large risk.
#48 The bigger the smile, the sharper the knife.
#60 Keep your lies consistent.
#94 Females and finances don't mix.
#139 Wives serve, brothers inherit.
#162 Even in the worst of times someone turns a profit.
#242 More is good ... all is better. - Full Article Source

05/17/10 - 10-Year Cell Phone / Cancer Study Is Inconclusive
"A major international (retrospective) study into cell phones and cancer, which took 10 years and surveyed almost 13,000 people, is finally complete... and it's inconclusive. The lead researcher said, 'There are indications of a possible increase. We're not sure that it is correct. It could be due to bias, but the indications are sufficiently strong... to be concerned.' The study, conducted by the World Health Organization and partially funded by the cellphone industry, looked at the possible link between cell phone use and two types of brain cancer. It will be published this week." - Full Article Source

05/14/10 - Discount Space Travel
KeelyNet Space Adventures is going to use an Armadillo Technologies rocket to launch amateur astronauts 62 miles into the sky. Nothing new, except that they will do it for half the price of Virgin Galactic's ticket, and in a real rocket! Yes, an actual rocket launching vertically, not a glorified spaceplane like SpaceShipTwo. A real rocket, launched vertically. Clear the tower, godspeed, and all that. You know, like the real astronauts with the right stuff in the right places. And then, five minutes on the edge of space, and down you go. Almost like Alan Shepard in his Freedom 7—but hopefully with a lot less Gs—instead of playing a snob version of Chuck Yeager in Rutan's spaceplane. The price tag will be $102,000, which puts it beyond most budgets, but is half Virgin Galactic's projected "more than $200,000" ticket. Looking at this price drop, perhaps we will be able to go to space in our lifetime, after all. - Full Article Source

05/14/10 - What Business is Wall Street In ?
The problem is that Wall Street doesn’t know what business it is in. Regulators don’t know what the business of Wall Street is. Investor/shareholders don’t know what business Wall Street is in. The only people who know what business Wall Street is in are the traders. They know what business Wall Street is in better than everyone else. To traders, whether day traders or high frequency or somewhere in between, Wall Street has nothing to do with creating capital for businesses, its original goal. Wall Street is a platform. It’s a platform to be exploited by every technological and intellectual means possible. The best analogy for traders ? They are hackers. Just as hackers search for and exploit operating system and application shortcomings, traders do the same thing. A hacker wants to jump in front of your shopping cart and grab your credit card and then sell it. A high frequency trader wants to jump in front of your trade and then sell that stock to you. A hacker will tell you that they are serving a purpose by identifying the weak links in your system. A trader will tell you they deserve the pennies they are making on the trade because they provide liquidity to the market. I recognize that one is illegal, the other is not. That isn’t the important issue. - Full Article Source

05/14/10 - Jose Alano and DIY Solar Water Heaters
KeelyNet Since inventing the DIY solar water heater in 2002, Alano has been busy spreading the word in Brazil with workshops and lectures in community centers and schools. Local governments, media, state-owned and private electricity companies have also supported the spread of information on how to build the recycled solar heater. The result is that thousands of people have learned to make and install their own solar water heaters throughout Brazil. Exact numbers are not known, but Alano is quoted saying: 'More than 7,000 people are already benefitting from the solar heaters in Santa Catarina state alone. There are two cooperatives, one in Tubarão and other in Florianópolis, the last producing 437 solar heaters to be installed in council houses. In Paraná state, the number of solar heaters had reached 6,000 in 2008, thanks to the DIY leaflets and workshops that the governmental body SEMA organized there.' The DIY leaflet he mentions above is available online as a PDF. It has a good selection of photos and diagrams describing the process to build your own solar water heater from bottles and cartons. The text is in Portugese, but if you need some English guidance, see Zilli’s article in The Ecologist; he outlines the basic process in English and makes reference to diagrams in the leaflet. - Full Article Source

05/14/10 - Cleaners 'worth more to society' than bankers - study
Hospital cleaners are worth more to society than bankers, a study suggests. The research, carried out by think tank the New Economics Foundation, says hospital cleaners create £10 of value for every £1 they are paid. It claims bankers are a drain on the country because of the damage they caused to the global economy. They reportedly destroy £7 of value for every £1 they earn. Meanwhile, senior advertising executives are said to "create stress". - Full Article Source

05/14/10 - North Korea claims nuclear fusion success
KeelyNet It is a claim that is likely to be met with some scepticism. Despite hopes that the technology can produce large quantities of cheap, clean energy, no country has so far succeeded in making it work. North Korea is one of the world's poorest countries and struggles to generate enough electricity for lighting and other basic needs. The statement, carried by North Korea's official state media, said the country's scientists had succeeded in carrying out nuclear fusion. Laboratory demonstrations of the process, known to release large amounts of energy, are nothing new. But the North Koreans appear to be claiming to have gone much further, by building what they describe as a "unique thermo-nuclear reaction device". 'Highly unlikely' - The dream of overcoming the huge technical challenges to make nuclear fusion commercially viable has so far eluded scientists in Europe, America and China, but they continue to try because the prize is so great: a cheap and abundant source of energy with little environmental impact. North Korea's claim that it has completed the fundamental research, putting the technology within its grasp, will be dismissed as highly unlikely unless concrete evidence is produced. - Full Article Source

05/14/10 - The Right Kind of Peer Pressure
There are two basic challenges that have confounded social scientists' efforts to analyze how we're influenced by our peers. First, our peers don't drop from the sky—we tend to associate with others who are like us to begin with or those whom we'd like to emulate. Friends may pressure friends to do drugs, or friends may become friends because they share a rebellious streak that involves doing drugs. Friends also tend to read the same magazines, shop at the same stores, attend the same classes—so if they act the same, it may not be because they pressure each other, but because they are both swayed by the same influences. Economists refer to this as the reflection problem: If two people are moving in tandem, is the left one mimicking the right or vice versa? Or is some invisible force moving both simultaneously? Jackson obtained the school records of more than 150,000 Trinidadian students entering sixth grade between 1995 and 2002 and followed them through to graduation in 10th grade, when all students again take a set of standardized exams. He found that students who attended high school with high-achieving peers performed better at graduation, passing more of their final exams than students who went to the same school in a different year, when the crop of classmates was weaker. Intriguingly, the effect of high-achieving peers was much more positive for girls than for boys. Jackson's results suggest that boys may, in fact, pass fewer exams when surrounded by high-achievers, while girls' graduation exam pass rates are helped by having bookish classmates. While the overall effects are modest—a girl in a strong class might pass one-tenth more exams than if she had been in a weaker one—it appears to be several times stronger for girls enrolled in Trinidad's best schools. (Even boys seem to get a small boost from good peers at these top schools.) - Full Article Source

05/14/10 - Transistor fabrication: so simple a child can do it
KeelyNet If manufacturing printed circuit boards has become too easy you should try your hand at producing transistors. [Jeri Ellsworth] put together a collection of videos outlining the process. These go way beyond the IC fabrication we saw from her in the past.

It doesn’t take much, a 1000 degree oven with steam option, silicone wafers, and a variety of chemicals. We’ve embedded the instructional video as well as two demonstrations of her N-style FET. - Full Article Source

05/14/10 - Pill to Help You Live Past 100 May Be Available in Two Years
The drugs — a spin-off from research into age-related illnesses such as Alzheimer's — are already being developed, according to an American professor. "Pharmaceutical companies are developing these drugs now," professor Nir Barzilai, one of the world's leading experts on aging, told fellow scientists at a London conference. "They will probably be available for testing from 2012." The breakthrough follows intensive research into what makes cells die — and why some people dodge major illnesses such as cancer, diabetes and dementia. The New York professor's own team at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine has pinpointed genetic variants that let people live to a "ripe old age." Those with anti-aging genes tend not to get seriously ill towards the end of their lives — but die suddenly. "People who die between 70 and 80 are sick in the last few years of their life. Centenarians are dying healthy," Barzilai said. - Full Article Source

05/14/10 - Richard Dawkins: If Science Worked Like Religion
Really interesting and entertaining video. You believe what you were born into. - Full Article Source

05/14/10 - Weather Prayer Group Really Works
On Monday, when it appeared that Mother Nature would unleash nasty weather, city officials in Miami turned to a heavenly ally. They called on the city's Emergency 911 prayer group for divine intervention. That group was activated at 8:35 a.m., when city officials learned that the town faced a good chance of being hit by a severe thunderstorm -- and possibly worse -- Monday night. Importantly, it's not selfish prayer: "We don't pray for it to hit anybody else," said Glenna Longan, Miami's emergency management coordinator. "We just want it to dissipate so nobody is hurt. How's it working? Miami has not been hit by a severe storm since the group's inception. - Full Article Source

05/14/10 - Novel uses for Bubble Wrap
KeelyNet A 13-year-old from Virginia used Bubble Wrap to make a curtain designed to help any ordinary refrigerator become more energy efficient. And a 13-year-old from California used Bubble Wrap to make sanitary covers for stretchers and gurneys. - Full Article Source and I found another article with more details - Jared’s latest invention uses Bubble Wrap curtains and rolls to save energy put out by refrigerators. “I wanted to come up with something that helped an average house, something that saved energy,” Jared said. “So, I did some research and I found that the refrigerator is the number one energy user for appliances in a normal house.” Other appliances such as ovens and air conditioners use comparable amounts of energy, but the refrigerator one of the only high-energy appliances that is constantly on, Jared said. He began his tests by observing the amount of electricity the fridge used each week through an inexpensive kilowatt meter. Then, Jared recorded what happened when he put rolls of Bubble Wrap in the fridge. “If someone hasn’t gone shopping in a while, and they’re cooling all the space and don’t need to, then these rolls of Bubble Wrap make it so it doesn’t have to cool all that space,” Jared said. The savings from simply placing rolls of Bubble Wrap in the fridge amounted to five kilowatt hours, or 10 percent of the fridge’s energy usage without the rolls, Jared said. He was able to conserve even more energy when he added Bubble Wrap curtains to the refrigerator shelves, which keep the cold air inside longer, Jared said. Using the Bubble Wrap rolls and curtains saves an average of 10 KwH every two weeks, Jared said. In total, the refrigerator uses 20 to 25 percent less energy with both devices in place, he said. Jared’s father, David, said he was amazed to see such a significant amount of savings from such a simple and inexpensive invention. “It’s very impressive,” David said. “I just was really amazed. Jared came up with the whole idea from start to finish.” The total cost of the invention, including the kilowatt meter, was about $20, David said. The Fridge Guard was so efficient at keeping air in, that the Mann’s had to turn down the temperature in their fridge to prevent their food from freezing, Jared said.

05/14/10 - Massive DNA logic chips can be easily made
A solitary grad student at a lab bench can produce more simple logic circuits than the world's entire output of silicon chips in a month. A Duke University engineer says the next generation of computer logic circuits will be produced inexpensively in almost limitless quantities. The secret is that instead of silicon chips serving as the platform for electric circuits, computer engineers will take advantage of the unique properties of DNA, that double-helix carrier of all life's information. In his latest set of experiments, Chris Dwyer, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering at Duke's Pratt School of Engineering, demonstrated that by simply mixing customized snippets of DNA and other molecules, he could create literally billions of identical, tiny, waffle-looking structures." - Full Article Source

05/14/10 - Flipped Photo
KeelyNet I got this idea from here: Illusion of the Year contest. Here's a photo of Madonna, photoshopped so her mouth is upside down. She looks fine when the photo is flipped vertically. This is known as the Thatcher Effect.

The Thatcher effect or Thatcher illusion is a phenomenon where it becomes difficult to detect local feature changes in an upside down face, despite identical changes being obvious in an upright face.

It is named after British former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher on whose photograph the effect has been most famously demonstrated. - Full Article Source

05/14/10 - Genetically Modified Food To Make Mankind Retarded Already in 21 Century
In the 21st century most couples will not be able to have children. Those who will manage will have mentally retarded kids. Russian scientists conducted an experiment proving that the main action principle of genetically modified produce (GM) is a “ban for procreation” for next generations of mammals. This is the effect wanted from GM produce by Microsoft founder Bill Gates who started the struggle against the growth of the world population. Today, the community of billionaires throws GM “bombs,” disguised as charitable intentions, on African and Asian countries. Meanwhile, in Moscow alone where state purchasing of transgenic produce is prohibited, 20 % of local and 35% of imported produce are genetically modified. In the early 1990s, Nicaragua, Mexico and Philippines were affected by a horrible epidemic, and it took scientists a while to find its source. Perfectly healthy young women had miscarriages during the second and third trimesters of pregnancy. Further attempts to get pregnant had the same results, followed by infertility. Doctors were at a loss. The only common denominator in all cases was the women’s participation in mass tetanus vaccination supervised by the World Health Organization and funded by Rockefeller’s Fund. It was hard to question the sincerity of the intentions. However, Roman-Catholic organization Comite Pro Vida based in Mexico decided to test capsules with the vaccine and found something horrible. The solution contained human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG), which is a natural hormone required to maintain pregnancy. But how could the hormone become a part of the vaccine? Further analysis shocked the scientists. Combination of tetanus agent with HCG stimulates formation of antibodies for the latter, making women unable to carry a child. In other words, the vaccine was a concealed form of abortion. When the plot of the billionaire David Rockefeller and the WHO was revealed, GM continued what they have started. Two year ago, the exact same things that happened in Nicaragua and Philippines occurred in Zimbabwe and Guinea. This time, the women who suffered shared love for canned corn. Despite the expectations, tests of the cans’ content have not revealed any life threatening components, and the amount of preservatives was compliant with the norm. - Full Article Source

05/14/10 - Seeing the Forest For the Trees
Object recognition systems that break images into ever smaller parts should be much more efficient and may shed light on how the brain works. "A new object recognition system developed at MIT and UCLA looks for rudimentary visual features shared by multiple examples of the same object. Then it looks for combinations of those features shared by multiple examples, and combinations of those combinations, and so on, until it has assembled a model of the object that resembles a line drawing. Popular Science has a summary of the research. I've been working on something similar and I think this accomplishment looks very promising." - Full Article Source

05/14/10 - Lidar Finds Overgrown Maya Pyramids
KeelyNet "A team of archaeologists scanned the jungle of Belize with lidar. Although most of the reflections came from the jungle canopy, some light reflected off the ground surface. Using this, suddenly hidden pyramids, agricultural terraces, and ancient roads are revealed, at 6-inch resolution. The data allowed the archaeologists to bolster their theory that the ancient city of Caracol covered more than 70 square miles of urban sprawl and supported a population of over 115,000." - Full Article Source

05/14/10 - Ball Lightning Caused By Magnetic Hallucinations
"Transcranial magnetic stimulation involves placing a human in a rapidly changing magnetic field powerful enough to induce eddy currents in the brain. Focus the field in the visual cortex, for example, and the induced eddys cause the subject to 'see' lights that appear as discs and lines. Move the field within the cortex and the subject sees the lights move too. Physicists have calculated that the fields associated with certain kinds of multiple lightning strikes are powerful enough to induce the same kind of visual hallucinations in anybody unlucky enough to be within 200 meters or so. These fields ought to induce hallucinations that would take the form of luminous lines and balls that float in front of the subject's eyes, an effect that would explain observations otherwise classed as ball lightning, say the scientists." - Full Article Source

The problem with this story is they totally ignore all the physical effects; BALL LIGHTNING SCIENTISTS REMAIN IN THE DARK - Reference: Hazel Muir, New Scientist, Thursday, December 20, 2001 http://www.newscientist.com/news/news.jsp Ball lighting is still baffling, scientists admit in a new report. They think the wisdom of more than 10 fields of science will be needed to explain the bizarre effect. Glowing spheres of ball lightning float above the ground for up to a minute, usually when thunderstorms are nearby. Eyewitness reports have often been dismissed as fantasy, but with around 10,000 sightings over the past few decades, scientists are now convinced that it really exists. A new report from the UK's Royal Society gathers many previously unpublished sightings of ball lightning. One describes how a luminous ball left a hole the size of a basketball in a screen door as it entered a house in Oregon, then navigated down to the basement and wrecked an old mangle. In another, an 80-centimetre glowing blob bounced on a Russian teacher's head more than 20 times before vanishing. But explaining the reports is extremely tricky. Ball lightning can shine as brightly as a 100-watt light bulb, but has no obvious power supply. It does not radiate heat, yet it can melt glass when it floats into windows.

05/14/10 - Ultrasound As a Male Contraceptive
"The BBC has an article about using ultrasound aimed at the testicles as a reversible male contraceptive. This can last for six months. With a grant of $100,000 from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, researchers at the University of North Carolina will push ahead with more clinical trials, fine tuning, and safety tests." - Full Article Source

05/14/10 - John Carmack To Cut Space Tourism Prices 50%
"Looks like John Carmack, through Armadillo Aerospace, will be battling Burt Rutan and Richard Branson to make space travel affordable. From the article: 'Space Adventures is going to use an Armadillo Technologies rocket to launch amateur astronauts 62 miles into the sky. Nothing new, except that they will do it at half the price of Virgin Galactic's ticket, and in a real rocket!' Perhaps I'll visit space, after all." - Full Article Source

05/14/10 - UK Court Finds Company Liable For Software Defects
"A software company's stipulation that it couldn't be held accountable for the poor performance of its software was unfair and could not be enforced, the High Court has said. 'Pursuant to the Sale of Goods Act 1979, a term is to be implied into the contract that Entirety would be fit for the purpose for which it was bought, namely that the system would increase revenue and occupancy levels and would allow quicker check-in and check-out, including accurately processing groups and making changes to group reservations while preserving the accuracy of the system. I am satisfied that Entirety was not fit for the purpose for which it was sold,' his Honor Judge Toulmin wrote." - Full Article Source

05/14/10 - Researchers Build Evolving Brain Computer?
"'We have mimicked how neurons behave in the brain,' announces an international research team from Japan and Michigan Tech. They've built an 'evolutionary circuit' in a molecular computer that evolves to solve complex problems, and the molecular computer also exhibits brain-like massive parallel processing. 'The neat part is, approximately 300 molecules talk with each other at a time during information processing,' says physicist Ranjit Pati of Michigan Tech. When viewed with a scanning tunneling microscope, the evolving patterns bear an uncanny resemblance to the human brain as seen by a Functional MRI. Using the electrically charged tip of a tunneling microscope, they've individually set molecules to a desired state, essentially writing data to the system. And while conventional computers are typically built using two-state (0, 1) transistors, the molecular layer is built using a hexagonal molecule, and can switch among four conducting states — 0, 1, 2 and 3, suggesting it may ultimately have more AI potential than quantum computing." - Full Article Source

05/14/10 - Outsourcing Unit To Be Set Up In Indian Jail
"Indian outsourcing firm Radiant Info Systems has found yet another way to lower wages — hiring data entry clerks from a local prison. Some 200 inmates will be paid $2.20 a day to handle manual data entry tasks for Radiant's BPO deals in a pilot for the scheme. Radiant execs told the BBC that the deal will provide skills to inmates when they are released from prison. No doubt they would also be due for a pay raise." They're going to need to cut wages if they want to be competitive with the 100,000 US prisoners who work for 25 cents an hour. - Full Article Source

05/14/10 - German User Fined For Having an Open Wi-Fi
"A German citizen was sued for copyright infringement because copyrighted material was downloaded through his network while he was on vacation. Although the court did not find him guilty of copyright infringement, he was fined for not having password-protected his network: 'Private users are obligated to check whether their wireless connection is adequately secured to the danger of unauthorized third parties abusing it to commit copyright violation,' the court said." - Full Article Source

05/14/10 - Call In the Military To Blast Rogue Satellite?
"Will the military need to be called in to blow up the rogue Intelsat satellite meandering through Earth's orbit? Or maybe a NASA Space Shuttle could swing by and grab it? You may recall that in 2008, rather than risk that a large piece of a failing spy satellite would fall on populated areas, the government blasted it out of the sky. The physics of such a shot were complicated and the Navy had a less than 10-second window to hit the satellite as it passed over its ships in the Pacific Ocean. But it worked. Now word comes that a five-year-old Intelsat TV satellite is meandering in orbit and attempts to control it have proven futile. At issue now is that the satellite could smash into other satellites or ramble into other satellite orbits and abscond with their signals." - Full Article Source

05/14/10 - Oil Leak Could Be Stopped With a Nuke
"The oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico could be stopped with an underground nuclear blast, a Russian newspaper reports. Komsomoloskaya Pravda, the best-selling Russian daily, reports that in Soviet times such leaks were plugged with controlled nuclear blasts underground. The idea is simple, KP writes: 'The underground explosion moves the rock, presses on it, and, in essence, squeezes the well's channel.' It's so simple, in fact, that the Soviet Union used this method five times to deal with petrocalamities, and it only didn't work once." - Full Article Source

05/14/10 - A Volcano of Oil, Erupting ~Million Bpd
"Here's a listing of several scientific and economic guides for estimating the volume of flow of the leak in the Gulf erupting at a rate of somewhere around 1 million barrels per day. A new video released shows the largest hole spewing oil and natural gas from an aperture 5 feet in diameter at a rate of approximately 4 barrels per second. The oil coming up through 5,000 feet of pressurized salt water acts like a fractioning column. What you see on the surface is just around 20% of what is actually underneath the approximate 9,000 square miles of slick on the surface. The natural gas doesn't bubble to the top but gets suspended in the water depleting the oxygen from the water. BP would not have been celebrating with execs on the rig just prior to the explosion if it had not been capable producing at least 500,000 barrels per day — under control. If the rock gave way due to the out of control gushing (or due to a nuke being detonated to contain the leak), it could become a Yellowstone Caldera type event, except from below a mile of sea, with a 1/4-mile opening, with up to 150,000 psi of oil and natural gas behind it, from a reserve nearly as large as the Gulf of Mexico containing trillions of barrels of oil. That would be an Earth extinction event." http://hardware.slashdot.org/story/10/05/13/1953208/A-Volcano-of-Oil-Erupting-Million-Bpd - Full Article Source

05/14/10 - Yes we sell pubic lice and yes we are proud of it
KeelyNet We sell you crabs to give to your ex-girlfriend or whoever has pissed you off enough to make you seek revenge on them.. If you want a method of revenge that doesn’t involve permanent damage, risk of personal injury or jail time, you have come to the right place. Want real Revenge? Well, quality revenge is hard to come by these days but we have a method that is so insulting and disgusting that you should never wish it on anyone. Never mind actually go, and do it, and we don't encourage you to. All we do encourage you to do is give us money and we will send you a package in the mail with tiny, purple dots in it… those are crabs, and they need only be sprinkled on the bedding or clothing of the one you once loved the most to ensure he/she sufferers the fullest wrath of those genital lice.We have a facility in a non-descript location in the British Isles where we do our entire parasite husbandry and carefully considered selective breeding.You don't have to agree with it just know we’re doing our very best every day to help good people like yourself get back to where you deserve to be in terms of justice. - Full Article Source

05/14/10 - Cheap Cancer Drug Finally Tested In Humans
"Mentioned on Slashdot a couple of years ago, the drug dichloroacetate (DCA) has finally finished its first clinical trial against brain tumours in humans. Drug companies weren't willing to test a drug they could not patent, so money was raised in the community through donations, auctions, and finally government support, but the study was still limited to five patients, showing extremely positive results in four of them. It also raises the question of where all the money donated to Canadian and other cancer societies, and especially the billions spent buying merchandise with little pink ribbons on it goes, if not to actual cancer research like this." - Full Article Source

05/11/10 - O/U? - Electric Power Generating On-Site Power Plant (OSPP)
KeelyNet The OSPP Module, an electric power generating carbon-free machine, is manufactured by Hybrid Solutions Industries Corp. (HSI) and Shirlee Industries, Inc., exclusively and distributed by HSI. Installed at the customer location by the method of manufactured-to-order, the Module is highly modular and compact (low profile), each rated at 4.4kW for residential application (two modules are sufficient to power an average home) and of much higher name plate for commercial, industrial, institutional and all other applications.

The HOG-GEN technology incorporates proven and reliable for many years, devices, apparatuses and components, inextricably embodied, integrated and synergized, encompassing the associate systems and equipment.

The OSPP machine is a Panel-tied with an input of approximately 20% and is designed to foster up to five time output compared to the input, thus as a super hybrid energy efficient device, should qualify for Government rebates and incentives.

This machine is an alternative (green) energy apparatus, with and efficiency (capacity factor) to 80%, invented on the principles of least-cost, least-risk, best-fit, portfolio-fit and in the cumulative context, an environmentally friendly. Should not be compared to wind turbines and solar PV roof installation which are exhibiting intermittent and low capacity factor (low efficiency) electric power generation, whether off-grid, or grid-tied. Now, the user can pay to the Utility Company only a small fraction (approximately 20%) of what used to pay and the rebates/incentives can bring the pay-back time to less than 8 years. Sale of OSPP modules has commenced and prospective user can contact HSI directly. (There are no salespersons). The OSPP is also designed as an Electric Vehicle (EV) charging station, as well as to generate excess power for auxiliary uses, not limited to replacing natural-gas fired water heater with fully electric water heater, a system utilizing excess power generated during nights (off-peak) and stored in an additional battery bank, as a viable option, thus an additional saving realized and elimination of fossil fuel use (substantial carbon footprint reduction by millions of homes when utilizing the OSPP). As an EV charging station, the OSPP can be sited at any location, not limited to at parking lots and garages and virtually at every street corner. The utility company can also benefit, since approximately 20% is the input needed. The input of only 20% can curtail the need for building massive new power plants, whether plants utilizing fossil fuel, or nuclear energy, however although the wind and solar installation are intermittent, such shall continue their contribution to free the US from dependence on oil. Hybrid Solutions Industries Corp. (HIS) www.hsicorpusa.com is now accepting applications from dealers, representatives and installers who must be licensed electrical contractors, Nationwide and Worldwide. Contact HSI corporate at 909-614-4645, by e-mail corporate@hsicorpusa.com as well as Shirlee Industries, Inc. at 909-590-4120.

Users can now pay to utility company only a fraction of what they used to pay, 15% - 25% and in any event, the power supply can be from the utility, during unscheduled, or scheduled maintenance of the OSPPe.

Abstract - OSPPe, an On-Site Power Plant / HOG-GEN technology Patent Pending No. 61/339,677 USPTO Priority Date March 8, 2010 - OSPP Modules are manufactured in Chino, California. ( Early version - Inventor: Harold Shirlee - Patent App. 20060232068 filed October 19th, 2006) The OSPPe, on-site power plant, aka the HOG-GEN, is a hybrid orbital gears generator, an electric power generating plant, modular and 100% carbon free machine, each 4.4kW module is of size 3' x 3' x 4', manufactured-to-order according to owner/user's need by the primary manufacturer HSI, jointly with the exclusive manufacturer Shirlee Industries, Inc., Chino, California. (Should not be compared to horizontal and vertical axis wind turbines, nor to solar PV roof installation's output of approx. 25% (OSPP output (capacity factor) is over 75% and up to 85%) - Full Article Source

05/11/10 - Harold Shirlee - Self-Powered Electrical System - Patent App. 20060232068
KeelyNet The SELF POWERED ELECTRICAL SYSTEM is an invention that will produce enough electric power to operate itself indefinitely along with any other electrical operated machine, tool, or equipment without the need of any outside power source or fuel. Thus, eliminating the need for fuel.

[0010] First the off and on switch (1) is moved to the on position. This causes electrical power from the batteries (2) to travel through the battery cable (3) through the voltage regulator (4) to the off and on switch (1). The off and on switch (1) sends electrical power through electrical motor cord (6) to the electrical motor (7). This will cause the electrical motor (7) to turn the electrical motor 31/4 in. pulley wheel (8) that will turn the drive belt (9) that will turn the small 1/2 in. gear pulley wheel (10) that will turn the large 6 in. gear pulley wheel (11) (FIVE times the RPM of the electric motor 31/4 in. pulley wheel (8)). The large 6 in. gear pulley wheel (11) will turn the gear wheel drive belt (12) that will turn the generator 31/4 in. pulley wheel (13) TEN times the RPM of the electric motor 31/4 pulley wheel (8) that will turn the generator (14).

[0011] Electrical power from the generator (14) goes through the voltage regulator cord (15) to the voltage regulator (4) that will power the electric motor (7) through the electrical motor cord (6). Also the voltage regulator (4) will recharges the batteries (2) through battery cable (3). When batteries (2) are charged the voltage regulator (4) will stop the charge and continue to power the electric motor (7) through the electric motor cord (6). Also in start up the voltage regulator (4) will supply the electric motor (7) with electric power from the batteries (2) until the generator (14) reaches its full RPM.

[0012] By causing the generator 31/4 in. pulley wheel (13) to have TEN times the RPM of the electric moter 31/4 in. pulley wheel (8) is what cause the generator (14) to supply enough electrical power to power itself through the electric motor (7) and the test light (17): that represent any electrical tool or appliance.

KeelyNet This looks like a copy of Jesse McQueen's generator. Patent #7095126 b2 granted August 22, 2006 and notice Harold Shirlee filed his application 2 months LATER! An external power source such as a battery is used to initially supply power to start an alternator and generator. Once the system has started it is not necessary for the battery to supply power to the system. The battery can then be disconnected. The alternator and electric motor work in combination to generator electrical power. The alternator supplies this electrical power to the two inverters. One inverter outputs part of its power to the lamp load device and part back to the electric motor/generator. This power is used to power the electric motor. The second inverter supplies power to the specific load devices that are connected to the system. / The battery supplies the initial power to the system to initiate/start the operation of the alternator. The McQueen Machine can implement other power sources in addition to the illustrated battery to supply the initial power to the system. The initial model of the machine incorporated an alternator from a 1997 Isuzu Trooper. Once this system is started it is not necessary for the battery to supply power to the already operating system. Therefore, the battery can be disconnected.

Once started, the alternator 20 and electric motor 30 work in combination to generate electrical power. The alternator supplies this electrical power to the two inverters 40 and 50. Inverter 40 outputs part of this power to the lamp 60 and part to the electric motor 30. This power is used to power the electric motor. The second inverter 50 supplies power to the specific load devices that are connected to the system. These load devices can be any devices that operate by using electrical power.

The key aspect of the present invention is the loop between the alternator 20, electric motor 30 and the first inverter 40. A portion of the power generated by the electric motor is recycled and is used to power the electric motor. In this way the system produces the power internally that is used to power the system. This concept makes this system a self-power generating system.

KeelyNet In the initial model of the present invention incorporated an alternator from a 1997 Isuzu Trooper. The invention incorporates an electric motor 30 (148 watt AC). The electric motor connects to an inverter 40 (400 watt AC). The system also comprises a second inverter 50. The battery 10 also connects to both inverters 40 and 50. Each inverter has two outputs. For the first inverter 40, one output feeds into the electric motor 30 to provide to the motor and alternator combination. The other output feeds into a lamp device 60. The lamp device is a 60-watt AC lamp. This lamp device alters the current traveling from the inverter 40 such that the current feeding into the electric motor 30 is not purely inductive.
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05/11/10 - A UV Water Pitcher Kills 99.999% of Germs in Drinking Water
The Restore Clean Water System from HoMedics claims that its built-in ultraviolet lights will kill 99.9999% of bacteria, 99.99% of viruses and 99.95% of microbial cysts in your drinking water. - Full Article Source

05/11/10 - Fake Science
KeelyNet For when the facts are too confusing.

Science posters of unquestioned questionable veracity.

Each science feature takes months, if not years, to create.

Check it out and straighten out your kids while you can.

This site has great answers to those unending, 'but WHY?' questions. - Full Article Source

05/11/10 - Dents in Earth's gravitational field due to plumes
Ancient pieces of continental crust that are falling to the bottom of the Earth's mantle could explain mysterious dents in our planet's gravitational field. Sail towards the centre of the Indian Ocean and you will find yourself losing weight because the Earth's gravitational field is weaker in this region. Similar dents in field strength are found in the north-east Pacific Ocean and the Ross Sea. These weaknesses are believed to be created by "slab graveyards" – ancient pieces of crust and sediment that were pushed down into the Earth when plates collided and are now falling through the mantle. The slabs are denser than the surrounding mantle, so they have a stronger gravitational pull. As they fall, however, their effect on the gravitational field at the Earth's surface decreases. But surrounding these areas are even weaker, unexplained dents in the field. Now Sonja Spasojevic from the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena and colleagues say this could be because the movement of the slabs through the mantle forces plumes of less dense material to rise towards the surface. The distribution of the unexplained weak spots simply reflects the pattern of these plumes, they say. - Full Article Source

05/11/10 - Mini Cannon Firing and Destroying Targets
Homemade miniature cannon shoots and destroys objects. It fires steel balls with great power and accuracy. NOT FOR SALE!!! - Full Article Source

05/11/10 - The Magic Cure
You’re not likely to hear about this from your doctor, but fake medical treatment can work amazingly well. For a range of ailments, from pain and nausea to depression and Parkinson’s disease, placebos--whether sugar pills, saline injections, or sham surgery--have often produced results that rival those of standard therapies. For drug companies, the placebo effect can pose an obstacle to profits--if their medications fail to outperform placebos in clinical trials, they won’t get approved by the FDA. Patients who benefit from placebos might understandably wonder if the healing isn’t somehow false, too. But as evidence of the effect’s power mounts, members of the medical community are increasingly asking an intriguing question: if the placebo effect can help patients, shouldn’t we start putting it to work? In certain ways, placebos are ideal drugs: they typically have no side effects and are essentially free. And in recent years, research has confirmed that they can bring about genuine improvements in a number of conditions. An active conversation is now under way in leading medical journals, as bioethicists and researchers explore how to give people the real benefits of pretend treatment. - Full Article Source

05/11/10 - Hack Your Crystal’s Frequency
KeelyNet [Drone] tipped us off about [Joachim]‘s efforts to alter a crystal’s frequency. Through a process called penning, a crystal’s resonant frequency is lowered by painting the crystal with an indelible ink marker. Our curiosity piqued, we went off and found more information about penning crystals. It turns out this technique has been around for nearly as long as there have been amateur radio operators. Outside of your local oscillator, and radio jammer, how might you best use a hacked crystal? - Full Article Source

05/11/10 - Having a Cow About Steak Quality
Let's talk about steak for a moment. Was the last one you ate good? How about the one before that? Be honest. The first bite, in all probability, was juicy and tender. Not bad. A brief hit of beefiness, enough to spur you on to bite No. 2. But by bite No. 4, there was a problem: grease. The tongue gets entirely coated in it. It is at this point that many hands reach for that terrible abomination called steak sauce. It's acidic and zingy and cuts through grease, but it blots out the weak flavor of the steak. All anyone seems to know about steak today is this: It doesn't have much flavor. The great American steak is great in name only. It has become like its hated nemesis, boneless chicken breast: bland. The decline started back in 1926 when the U.S. Department of Agriculture began grading beef. Like the rest of the country, steak had undergone a big change in the preceding decades. In the 1960s, graders began cutting a side of beef and looking for the dots and swirls of fat within the exposed rib eye. This fat is called marbling. The more marbling in a rib eye, the higher the grade. Other than that, not much has changed at the USDA. What a beef grader prized in 1926 is the same thing a grader prizes today: fat. By the turn of the century, a new drug entered the scene: the beta2-adrenergic agonist, a muscle relaxant used in humans to treat heart and respiratory disease that makes cattle gain more muscle. And the corn cattle now eat, not surprisingly, has also taken great strides in efficiency, having been hybridized and genetically engineered to pack more fat-producing starch. More recently, we've been feeding cattle something called dried distillers grains, which is the muck that's left over after corn is distilled into ethanol. The result has been astonishing. In the 1950s, a cow was about two years old by the time it got fat. Today, it can be as young as one year old. An average carcass now yields 40% more beef than it did just 30 years ago. In short, the beef industry has experienced a tectonic supply-side shift. Production has become vastly more efficient. In 2009, beef cost 30% less than in 1974. Yet the average American is eating 20 pounds less of it per year. The USDA is not alone in worshipping at fat's altar. "Fat is flavor" is the mantra of the grilling world. Unfortunately, it's not true. - Full Article Source

05/11/10 - Music Making Boulders

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Just outside of Whitehall and Pipestone Montana, is a geological formation called the Ringing Rocks. These rocks are the size of boulders and through evolution have been piled on top of each other in a large mound. Kind of fun to check out – when tapped with a hammer, each rock rings a different chime. Apparently, if a chiming rock is removed from the pile, it will no longer make a sound. - Full Article Source

05/11/10 - Pay To Get In Pennsylvania?
Pennsylvania legislators believe that charging drivers a border toll every time they enter and exit the state on its interstate highways is an innovative way to generate millions to fix their roads and bridges. But Ohioans may consider the idea a new form of highway robbery. A local law professor said it may even violate interstate commerce laws. A bill introduced this week would establish gateway tolls at the 11 locations where interstate highways cross Pennsylvania's border. So a traveler from Ohio driving along Interstate 90 to a casino in Erie or one taking Interstate 80 to do some home shopping at IKEA would pay $1 at the state line and another buck on the way home. A trucker would be hit even harder, being charged $5 to enter the state and another $5 to leave. - Full Article Source

05/11/10 - Electricity-Generating Shock Absorbers
KeelyNet Shock absorbers that generate electricity, which are being developed by Cambridge, MA-based Levant Power, can lower fuel consumption by 1.5 to 6 percent, depending on the vehicle and driving conditions. The system can also improve vehicle handling. The shock absorbers look like conventional ones from the outside, except for a power cord coming out of one end, and they can be installed in ordinary vehicles by mechanics. They plug into a power management device that can also manage power from other sources, such as regenerative braking systems, thermoelectric devices that convert waste heat into electricity, or solar panels. The power is then fed into the car's electrical system to reduce the amount of load on the alternator. As in a conventional shock absorber, the Levant technology uses a piston moving through oil to damp down movement. But Levant has developed a modified piston head that includes parts that spin as it moves through the oil, turning a small generator housed within the shock absorber. To improve vehicle handling, the power controller uses information from accelerometers and other sensors to change the resistance from the generators, which stiffens or softens the suspension. For example, if the sensors detect the car starting a turn, the power controller can increase the resistance from the shock absorbers on the outer wheels, improving cornering, says David Diamond, the vice president of business development at Levant. - Full Article Source

05/11/10 - 1 Molecule Computes Thousands of Times Faster Than a PC
"A demo of a quantum calculation carried out by Japanese researchers has yielded some pretty mind-blowing results: a single molecule can perform a complex calculation thousands of times faster than a conventional computer. A proof-of-principle test run of a discrete Fourier transform — a common calculation using spectral analysis and data compression, among other things — performed with a single iodine molecule transpired very well, putting all the molecules in your PC to shame." - Full Article Source

05/11/10 - Concentrated Solar Set to Shine
KeelyNet A California-based startup, Amonix, has received $129 million in venture-capital investments to further its commercialization of concentrated photovoltaic technology. The company's product combines powerful lenses, a tracking system, and solar cells for large, highly efficient solar-power installations. The funding could give the company, and the emerging field of concentrated photovoltaics, the boost it needs for widespread utility-scale deployments.Amonix recently launched its newest solar concentrator, which converts one fourth of the sunlight that falls on it into AC electricity. That's compared with the approximately 18 percent system efficiency--including inverters that convert solar's DC power to useable AC power--of the most efficient photovoltaic systems that don't use special optics or track the sun. To collect sunlight as efficiently as possible, Amonix starts with a massive 23.5-meter-by-15-meter array. The array is covered with thin, plastic Fresnel lenses, each measuring 350 square centimeters, that focus sunlight to an area that's .7 square centimeters. The sunlight, concentrated to 500 times its normal intensity, hits an ultra-efficient multi-junction solar cell that converts 39 percent of the light into electricity. The cell, made by Spectrolab, is the most efficient in the world, demonstrating more than 41 percent efficiency in lab tests. To further enhance performance, Amonix uses a tracking system that keeps the lenses pointed within .8 degrees of the angle of the sun throughout the day. - Full Article Source

05/11/10 - Bio-Detector Scans For 3,000 Viruses and Bacteria
"Researchers at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory recently unveiled a three-inch-long bio-detector than can scan for 3,000 different types of viruses and bacteria in just 24 hours. The device, dubbed the Lawrence Livermore Microbial Detection Array (LLMDA), boasts significant advantages over traditional bio-detectors, which can only identify a maximum of 50 pathogens. The three-inch-long glass slide is packed with 388,000 probes that can detect more than 2,000 viruses and 900 bacteria. The device may have huge implications in identifying agents released during biological and chemical attacks. Plus, in more everyday uses, LLMDA can ensure food, drug and vaccine safety and help diagnose medical problems. Scientists' next version of LLMDA is even more impressive: A new bio-detector will be lined with 2.1 million probes that can scan for 5,700 viruses and thousands of bacteria as well as fungi and protozoa." - Full Article Source

05/11/10 - Gringo Mask Lets Nervous Arizonans Whiten Up
KeelyNet Foes of Arizona's stringent new immigration law -- which requires police to check the paperwork of anyone believed to be an illegal immigrant during traffic stops, arrests or detentions -- claim that it's essentially an open invitation for the authorities to harass the, let's say, swarthier citizens of the Grand Canyon State. For those legal Arizonans worried that their skin tone may now result in their being routinely pestered by local law enforcement (as well as those unwilling or unable to spring for a skin-whitening procedure a la Sammy Sosa or the late King of Pop), Zubi, a Hispanic ad agency based out of Miami, has offered a solution: the Gringo Mask. "Our agency mantra is 'Erasing Stereotypes,' so as soon as this law was passed, we knew we had to do something to communicate just how ridiculous we thought it was," said the firm's COO, Joe Zubizarreta. There is a male and a female version, both possessing a degree of whiteness that can only be described as "Scandinavian" (incidentally, not a part of America). The concept behind them is a simple one: Download and print out a mask from the website, cut it out, place it over your face -- and off you go, a walking protest. - Full Article Source

05/11/10 - Bill Gates Funds Seawater-Spraying Cloud Machines
"Environmentalists have long argued about whether geoengineering (using technology to alter the climate) is a good way to tackle climate change. But the tactic has some heavy hitters on its side, including Bill Gates. The Microsoft founder recently announced plans to invest $300,000 into research for machines that suck up seawater and spray it into the air, seeding white clouds that reflect rays of sunlight away from Earth. The machines, developed by a San Francisco-based research group called Silver Lining, turn seawater into tiny particles that can be shot up over 3,000 feet in the air. The particles increase the density of clouds by increasing the amount of nuclei contained within." - Full Article Source

05/09/10 - Invisible Chair Promotion In Manchester Airport Stuns Travelers
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines hired illusionist Ramana to help them drum up publicity for their new economy comfort line, which offers customers more leg room and further reclining. In Manchester airport, Ramana sat in chair on a raised platform in the middle of the terminal, striking a relaxed pose as he read the paper. What shocked travelers was that the chair Ramana was lounging on was nowhere in sight. It was invisible. Delighted kids and stunned adults ran their hands underneath him to try to locate the chair but to no avail. Ramana hasn't divulged his levitation secret and we're stumped. (Thanks to Norm Wootan for the headsup. - JWD) - Full Article Source

05/08/10 - Bladeless wind turbine gains patent, now looks for lift
KeelyNet The (bladeless) turbine is an improvement on a 1913 Tesla patent, specially modified for use in wind generation applications, says inventor Howard J. Fuller, Jr., of the Greenville, N.H.-based not-for-profit scientific research organization. With only one rotating component (a turbine/driveshaft/alternator assembly) and no heavily loaded bearings, the turbine is expected to deliver power at a cost comparable to present coal-fired power plants. The bladeless wind turbine is completely enclosed in a relatively small compact unit. Instead of using wind-powered blades to rotate a shaft and generator, the Tesla-inspired design consists of an array of closely spaced, parallel, thin metal disks separated by spacers. When air flows in the spaces between the disks, the spacers are arranged in such a way as to provide inward momentum to the air, causing the disks to move. The disks are connected to a shaft by spokes, so that the rotating disks cause the shaft to rotate as well. As explained in the patent held by Howard Fuller, the turbine design "provides maximum efficiency in converting wind energy to mechanical power." "The turbine of the present invention has the advantage that it is efficient over a wider range of fluid flow rates, as compared with turbines of the prior art, due to the airfoil-shaped spacers," the patent explains. "This feature makes the present turbine especially useful for generating power from wind, which is inherently random and variable." - Full Article Source

05/08/10 - Wind turbine for generation of electric power - Patent #7,695,242
KeelyNet United States Patent 7,695,242 - Fuller April 13, 2010 - Wind turbine for generation of electric power / A turbine includes a stack of substantially parallel disks, the rotation of which causes rotation of a shaft. The disks are separated by peripheral spacers, each peripheral spacer having the shape of an airfoil. Each peripheral spacer defines a chord which is angled radially inward, towards the axis of rotation of the disk. The peripheral spacers are located only in the vicinity of the periphery of the disk. Air, or other fluid, entering the turbine engages the airfoil shaped peripheral spacers, and the flow of air generates lift, and associated drag, causing the energy of the fluid to be more efficiently converted into mechanical, and ultimately, electrical power. The turbine is especially useful in harnessing wind energy for the generation of electric power. / An improvement to the Tesla turbine was disclosed in U.S. Patent Application Publication No. US 2003/0053909, the disclosure of which is also incorporated by reference. The cited publication discloses a modified Tesla turbine in which the disks are separated by airfoil-shaped members disposed between the disks. The turbine in the cited publication is intended for use in a turbine engine, such as in an aircraft. The present invention provides a further improvement over the basic concept of a Tesla turbine. The turbine of the present invention is particularly useful as a wind turbine or the like, and provides maximum efficiency in converting wind energy to mechanical power. It can also be used in geothermal applications, in which a refrigerant fluid, flowing in a closed loop, is used to drive the turbine. Air entering the turbine flows over the airfoil shaped peripheral spacers, and the lift produced thereby enhances the efficiency of the turbine. As a result of air flowing over these airfoil shaped peripheral spacers, the turbine generates more mechanical power, for a given flow of air, than would be produced by a prior art turbine. The turbine of the present invention is especially suitable for use in wind or geothermal power plants, but it can also be used in other applications. - Full Article Source

05/08/10 - USPTO Plans Could Kill Small Business Innovation
"If protecting inventions is at the heart of high tech competitiveness, plans underfoot at the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will critically wound small companies. The agency's notorious 750,000 patent application backlog has long been the subject of heavy criticism. One of the key tools the USPTO wants to use is to raise fees so high as to directly reduce 40 percent of the backlog. That would mean setting filing and maintenance rates so high as to make it economically difficult, if not impossible, for many small companies to adequately protect their innovations, leaving large corporations even more in control of technology than they are now." - Full Article Source

05/08/10 - Eagle-Research eNotice - eBooks online
KeelyNet I don't know who else is a fan of researcher George Wiseman but I'm on his mailing list and he now has converted all his excellent project books to ebooks. Why do I think so highly of George? Because he is real, he is very smart, he is honest and a doer. George builds things, documents his results and offers those in books so others can duplicate what he has done and expand on it. So many might actually do things but often they hide the details for proprietary or egoistic reasons. If you are a collector of information as I am and want to have as much juicy, useful material in your library as you can collect, then I highly recommend the projects George has documented. Here are excerpts from his email;

!! Ring the Bells !!
!! Blow the whistles !!M
!! Fireworks like New Year's !!
:) We've Finally Done it :)

Most of our physical books, which we've written over the years, are now available in eBook format (see list below). We've been wanting to do this for years, and so many of our customers have requested it, mostly because eBooks entirely eliminate shipping costs and you get 'instant' access to the information.

I wanted MORE than just converting to eBooks; anyone could do that. I wanted a method to UPDATE the eBook information; so customers would have 'instant' access to corrections, revisions and the latest information. The information in the Books is state of art when written but our technologies are constantly getting better. Figuring out how to quickly update information was a challenge that took years to resolve (with our limited resources).

We've created a 'Resources' section of our website. The rules are:

1. Buying devices or kits gives automatic access (a perk for buying them from us). (Only for kits purchased after March 8, 2006)
2. Buying books requires an additional fee to qualify for Resources access.
3. For a limited time we're selling Resources access (for most of the technologies) for 50% off the full price, ~ IF ~ you purchase the Resources access at the same time as you purchase the applicable eBook.
~ There will be NO exceptions to these rules. ~

Our eBooks feature automatic links to their applicable Resources, where there will be public and non-public information. The public information will provide updates and corrections directly related to the actual eBook. The non-public authorized access-only information will enhance the technology in ways the original eBook didn't cover.

NOTE: When buying Resources access (with our time limited 50% offer) understand that, for most of the eBooks, we don't yet have anything in the Resources. If you buy the Resources access now, with an eBook, the website will 'know' you have authorization once we do upload information to the Resources. I'll concentrate on uploading information to those Resources that have the most subscribers first.

Just to be perfectly clear... There is very little in the Resources right now; that's why I'm offering the 50% pre-launch discount until we get information uploaded.

I won't list them all here but George now has 22 ebooks currently for sale as ebooks and 4 in the resources section....if you want some great information, that is true, exact and with details...I don't have them all, but the few I do have are quite detailed and useful to me...I highly recommend these works. - Full Article Source

05/08/10 - Quantum wonders: Something for nothing
KeelyNet If you place two uncharged metal plates side by side in a vacuum, they will move towards each other, seemingly without reason. They won't move a lot, mind. Two plates with an area of a square metre placed one-thousandth of a millimetre apart will feel a force equivalent to just over a tenth of a gram. A similar uncertainty relation exists between energy and time, with a dramatic consequence. If space were ever truly empty, it would contain exactly zero energy at a precisely defined moment in time - something the uncertainty principle forbids us from knowing. It follows that there is no such thing as a vacuum. According to quantum field theory, empty space is actually fizzing with short-lived stuff that appears, looks around a bit, decides it doesn't like it and disappears again, all in the name of preventing the universe from violating the uncertainty principle. For the most part, this stuff is pairs of photons and their antiparticles that quickly annihilate in a puff of energy. KeelyNet The tiny electric fields caused by these pop-up particles, and their effect on free electrons in metal plates, might explain the Casimir effect. Or they might not. Thanks to the uncertainty principle, the electric fields associated with the atoms in the metal plates also fluctuate. These variations create tiny attractions called van der Waals forces between the atoms. "You can't ascribe the Casimir force solely either to the zero point of the vacuum or to the zero point motion of the atoms that make up the plates," says Lamoreaux. "Either view is correct and arrives at the same physical result." Whichever picture you adopt, the Casimir effect is big enough to be a problem. In nanoscale machines, for example, it could cause components in close proximity to stick together. The way to avoid that might be simply to reverse the effect. In 1961, Russian physicists showed theoretically that combinations of materials with differing Casimir attractions can create scenarios where the overall effect is repulsion. Evidence for this strange "quantum buoyancy" was announced in January 2009 by physicists from Harvard University who had set up gold and silica plates separated by the liquid bromobenzene (Nature, vol 457, p 170). (See my article on Rectifying Chaos written in 2000 and Something for Nothing Revisited written in 2001...takes some folks a long time to catchup. - JWD) - Full Article Source

The two plates on the left start out slightly closer together than the ones on the right, so there is an imbalance in pressure that causes the plates to come together. If you look closely, you can see that low-frequency oscillations start getting “squeezed out” near the end of the video.

05/08/10 - Quantum Buoyancy
KeelyNet In 1961, Russian theorists calculated that in certain circumstances, the Casimir effect could cause objects to repel one another - a scenario Capasso's team have finally created experimentally. The team achieved this by adding a fluid, bromobenzene, to the setup. The Casimir attraction between the liquid and the silica plate is stronger than that between the gold bead and the silica, so the fluid forces its way around the bead, pushing it away from the plate. The effect is akin to the buoyancy we experience in the macro world - where objects less dense than water are held up by the liquid around them. But in this case the bromobenzene is less dense than the solid bead. "You could call it quantum buoyancy," Capasso told New Scientist. The force he measured was feeble - amounting to just a few tens of piconewtons - but that is still enough to buoy up nanoscale objects. Quantum bearings - "The next experiment we want to do is use a TV camera to track the motion of one of these spheres, then we should be able to see easily whether you have levitation." Harnessing the repulsive Casimir force could provide a kind of lubrication to solve the problem of nanomachines becoming gummed up by the better-known attractive version, says Capasso. In theory you could instead use a liquid denser than the components to buoy them up, but that wouldn't be practical. "These gizmos are usually made of metal, so you would have to use mercury," he explains. Quantum buoyancy bearings could be used to build delicate sensors, such as a floating "nanocompass" to detect small-scale magnetic fields. - Full Article Source

05/08/10 - Neural Pathway links taste buds to Muscles
IF YOU spit out an energy drink after taking a sip, it could still boost your strength. This pre-digestive effect is immediate and seems due to a newly discovered neural pathway that links taste buds to muscles. Nicholas Gant at the University of Auckland in New Zealand previously showed that mouth-rinsing and then spitting out a carbohydrate solution immediately improved performance at sprinting and cycling - even though it takes at least 10 minutes for carbohydrates to be digested and utilised by muscles. The team found that the volunteers who swilled with carbohydrates were able to flex with more force immediately afterwards, and had a 30 per cent stronger neural response compared with those given placebo. Gant says it's likely that taste receptors detect carbohydrates, resulting in a signal to fatigued muscles "that help is on the way" so they continue working hard. - Full Article Source

05/08/10 - Germans plan to make 'synthetic natural' gas from CO2
"Our demonstration system in Stuttgart splits water using electrolysis. The result is hydrogen and oxygen," explains Dr Michael Specht of the Zentrum für Sonnenenergie- und Wasserstoff-Forschung (Solar energy and Waterstuff [Hydrogen] Research centre - ZSW). "A chemical reaction of hydrogen with carbon dioxide [then] generates methane – and that is nothing other than natural gas, produced synthetically." The process is thought to scale up well, with Specht and his colleagues planning to fire up a "double-digit megawatt range" unit by 2012. The kit is intended to solve one of the great problems of renewable power supplies - wind, solar and tidal - which is that their electric output is variable and uncontrolled, bearing no relation to demand at the time. Storing electricity on a large scale can be done by pumping water uphill for later use in hydropower turbines, but this is expensive even where suitable geography exists. The synthi-gas plan has other things going for it, however, which pumped storage doesn't offer. First off you can store a lot more power, as massive gas storage is already available within the gas grid - to the tune of 200 terawatt-hours in Germany, apparently. That's enough to cover months of present-day German gas demand, or alternatively to generate more than two months' German electricity assuming the gas is used in efficient combined-cycle turbine generators. Thus Germany could potentially store enough renewable juice in gas form to last it through a days-long midwinter calm of the sort which feasible amounts of pumped storage could probably never cope with. - Full Article Source

05/08/10 - Laser Cage snares swollen 'excited giant' in forcefield prison
The scientists achieved this, put simply, by tickling a soft-metal Rubidium atom with laser beams until its outer valence shell became highly excited and the atom swelled up to giant size - 100 times as big as normal, though obviously, being an atom, still pretty tiny. Atoms in this condition are known as "Rydberg" atoms, after the 19th century Swede famous for his knowledge of exotic atoms. Having created their freakish, excited giant the boffins snared it in a "crate made of interfering laser beams" according to a statement released by Michigan uni. This optical lattice force cage affair works by seizing the atom's embulgenated outer valence shell using a "ponderomotive force" field. "The laser field holds on to the electron, which behaves almost as if it were free, but the residual weak atomic binding force still holds the atom together. In effect, the entire atom is trapped by the lasers," explains Georg Raithel, Michigan physics prof. - Full Article Source

05/08/10 - Fault-fixing technology restores power quickly
A new generation automated fault-fixing technology remotely locates and isolates an electrical fault wherever it occurs in a power distribution network and restores current in seconds, an answer to lengthy power outages. - Full Article Source

05/08/10 - Making magnetite nanocrystals
KeelyNet Unlike many chemistry projects we post here, making magnetite nanocrystals doesn’t require anything that can’t be found in a local grocery store. All that is required is oil, vinegar, crystal drain opener, and rust. We don’t recognize the specific brand of drain cleaner that they are using, but we’re sure that you could find one with the same ingredients. Magnetite nanocrystals are used to remove arsenic from water. If you are in the USA or most of Europe, that’s not a big concern, but it can’t hurt can it? / Magnetite Nanocrystals are good for removing arsenic from water. Based on recent advances in nanotechnology, it’s now possible to make regular magnetite nanocrystals as small as 20-100nm, and to remove them from solution using a handheld magnet. Arsenic poisoning is a huge problem in Southeast Asia, especially in Bangladesh, and in various other parts of the world. Our project opens up the process for making magnetite and encourages you to experiment with it, contribute to it, and improve it. - Full Article Source

05/08/10 - A Good Night’s Sleep is Important for Health, Especially for Athletes
Longer days could mean time for long evening workouts, but you need to be careful. Enthusiasm for exercise is fabulous, but athletes can sabotage their fitness goals if it causes them to hit the sack much later. New findings by Harvard researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital show that a vast number of hormonal changes and neurochemical reactions occur only while you sleep, and many have serious implications for your weight, health and fitness. This is why you can’t compensate for missed sleep with coffee or vitamins. - (And that is why I have used my MexiStim for over 8 years now for a good, restful sleep and other health benefits. - JWD) - Full Article Source

05/08/10 - Silent electric cars to get 'Star Wars' sound effects
Electric cars could soon be given special 'signature tunes' so that pedestrians can hear them coming and avoid stepping out into their path. The decision comes following concerns from road safety experts that the 'green' credentials of the zero-emission cars may be overshadowed by a rising accident and death toll caused by the fact that they are so eerily quiet. Regulators in the European Union, Japan and the United States are considering allowing manufacturers an array of sounds - from the conventional brum brum car engines to sci-fi sounds from Star Wars. They could even develop individual 'signature' sounds to differentiate them on the road. Research by the University of California highlighted the noiseless dangers of electric cars in a recent study which found that hybrid vehicles came 40 per cent closer to pedestrians than their combustion engine counterparts before they could detected. The market is currently dominated by the quirky and slightly eccentric niche products like the G-Wiz favoured by hard-core environmentalists or the petrol petrol-electric hybrid cars such as the Toyota Prius which almost silent when running on electric power only. Each manufacturer may be permitted to provide its own 'signature tune', with the regulation simply setting a minimum volume to warn pedestrians, cyclists and especially blind people from stepping into the path of the battery powered cars. The noise will be 'projected' in the direction in which the vehicle is travelling in a bid to minimise disturbance. Experts in the motor industry believe an artificial sound is likely to be needed only at speeds of below 20mph because above that all vehicles create enough tyre noise to be heard. - Full Article Source

05/08/10 - First Superbugs, Now Superweeds
"Years of heavy use of the broad spectrum herbicide Roundup has led to the rapid growth of superweeds. They are spreading throughout North America, creating headaches for farmers and posing 'the single largest threat to production agriculture that we have ever seen,' according to Andrew Wargo III, the president of the Arkansas Association of Conservation Districts. From the article: 'The first resistant species to pose a serious threat to agriculture was spotted in a Delaware soybean field in 2000. Since then, the problem has spread, with 10 resistant species in at least 22 states infesting millions of acres, predominantly soybeans, cotton and corn. The superweeds could temper American agriculture’s enthusiasm for some genetically modified crops. Soybeans, corn and cotton that are engineered to survive spraying with Roundup have become standard in American fields. However, if Roundup doesn’t kill the weeds, farmers have little incentive to spend the extra money for the special seeds." - Full Article Source

05/08/10 - Top 10 Things You Didn't Know Google Maps Could Do
There's more to Google Maps than a place you double-check your directions. Google's data-stuffed site offers a lot of helpful tools for vacationers, spreadsheet nerds, bikers, and others. Today we're digging into Google's data-rich geo-tool and pulling out some helpful lesser-known features. 6. Map Out a Great Bike Route 2. Provide Directions via SMS 5. Provide Instant Lat/Long (GPS) Coordinates - Full Article Source

05/08/10 - High Doses of Antioxidants Can Mutate Your Stem Cells
There's no cause for alarm if you're staying within suggested doses of your vitamins or nutritional supplements. This study looked only at what happens when people take much more than the standard amounts of antioxidants. Researcher Eduardo Marbán and his colleagues' stumbled on the antioxidant problem while they were researching tissue engineering for human hearts. Marbán and his team accidentally discovered the danger of excessive antioxidant doses while seeking a way to reduce the genetic abnormalities that occurred naturally when the scientists sought to multiply human cardiac stem cells . . . In laboratories, stem cells are often grown in a Petri dish culture than is composed of 20 percent oxygen, whereas cells growing inside human tissue are exposed to just 3 to 5 percent oxygen. But Marbán's team of researchers became frustrated because the higher concentration of oxygen in lab-grown stem cells resulted in 9 percent of the cells being rejected because of genetic abnormalities. "We sought to counter that oxidation problem by adding high doses of antioxidants directly to the cells," Marbán said. "That's when we made the serendipitous discovery that there is a danger zone for the cells exposed to antioxidants to develop genetic abnormalities that predispose to cancer." - Full Article Source

05/08/10 - How to get a creative project funded online
IndieGoGo that lets you fund creative projects through their web site, or start your own and get it funded. The way it works is similar to the microlending non-profit Kiva, except you can chip in to just about anything. Donors are incentivized by things like a shout out in a film's credits, free swag, or event invites. If you're the one who has a project that needs funding, you can post your pitch for free; the company takes a cut of what you make but you still get to keep most of it. - Full Article Source

05/08/10 - Japanese Company Turns Diapers Into Energy Source
"A Japanese company called Super Faith has developed a new machine that turns used adult diapers into a clean fuel source in about 24 hours. You simply place the bag of dirty diapers in the machine, and once set it motion it pulverizes, sanitizes and dries the material in the diapers and then forms it into small pellets that contain 5000 kcal of heat per kilogram and are meant to be used in biomass heating and electricity systems. Super Faith has reportedly installed two SFD systems at a hospital in Tokyo's Machida area. Each is capable of turning 700 pounds of used diapers — and everything they hold — into fuel every day." - Full Article Source

05/08/10 - Why Some Obese People Cannot Lose Weight?
KeelyNet Russian scientists found out that losing weight with psychologist’s help depended on whether a patient liked his body or not, on his requirements for himself and others, and on his eating habits. About 30% of Russians have excessive body weight, which is mostly linked with overeating. Overeating results from defective eating habits, and there are three abnormal types of these habits in human beings. First one is feeling hungry when seeing food, second – eating when feeling stressed, and third is trying various diets and failing to follow them. Abnormalities in eating habits depend on a patient, who either dislikes his body, or suffers from perfectionism. Russian researchers experimented with 90 obese volunteers, who were subjected to psychological weight correction after finding out their level of perfectionism, body dissatisfaction and eating habits. Results of the experiment showed that those, who didn’t lose weight, disliked their body more and had higher level of perfectionism and defective eating habits, compared to others. Well, try to love your body as it is, and your weight problems would be easier to cope with. - Full Article Source

05/08/10 - MIT Unveils First Solar Cells Printed On Paper
"MIT researchers recently unveiled the world's first thin-film solar cell printed on a sheet of paper. The panel was created using a process similar to that of an inkjet printer, producing semiconductor-coated paper imbued with carbon-based dyes that give the cells an efficiency of 1.5 to 2 percent. That's not incredibly efficient, but the convenience factor makes up for it. And in the future, researchers hope that the same process used in the paper solar cells could be used to print cells on metal foil or even plastic. If they're able to gear efficiencies up to scale, the development could revolutionize the production and installation of solar panels." - Full Article Source

05/08/10 - Huge Mercury Arc Rectifer Tube
I’m going to break from the typical Hackaday article format for a moment. I’m smitten, captivated by this wondrous new discovery. Forgive my ignorance for having never seen one of these before, I didn’t go to school for electronics. For those, who like myself wondered, what is this beautiful glowing thing, it is a mercury arc valve rectifier. This is not some chintzy attempt at neo victorian styling (steampunk if you absolutely must), this is an actual piece of electronics used in the field. Widely used to convert alternating current to direct current for railways and street cars, these could actually be found in the wild. There was a time, that opening a door in a power station would have presented you with this fantastic green and purple glowing orb, dripping mercury sparkling inside. If you are anything like me, you would most likely have been frozen in your tracks, convinced you were bearing witness magic. This is the Hewittic Mercury-arc Rectifier of Manx Electric Railway at Laxey in the Isle of Man. Its purpose is to transform AC current into DC which is then used to power the Manx Electric Railway Trams travelling between Douglas and Ramsey, and also the Mountain Railway between Laxey and the summit of Snaefell. - Full Article Source

05/08/10 - NASA Space Habitat Research Goes Undersea
"NASA is preparing to make use of Aquarius, the underwater laboratory off Key Largo, for an extended period of time to research the effects of isolation in habitats situated in extreme environments. Planned areas of research include extravehicular activity logistics and crew health and performance. According to NASA's factsheet (PDF), the mission will include some communication with schools and social media sites. " - Full Article Source

05/08/10 - Air Force Treating Wounds With Lasers and Nanotech
KeelyNet "Forget stitches and old-school sutures. The Air Force is funding scientists who are using nanotechnology and lasers to seal up wounds at a molecular level. It might sound like Star Trek tech, but it's actually the latest in a series of ambitious Pentagon efforts to create faster, more effective methods of treating war-zone injuries. ... Instead of being sealed up with a needle and thread, a patient's wound would be coated in a dye, then exposed to green light for 2-3 minutes. The dye absorbs the light and catalyzes molecular bonds between the tissue's collagen. The bonds instantly create a seal that's watertight, which prevents inflammation or risk of infection, and speeds up the formation of scar tissue." - Full Article Source

05/08/10 - The Desktop Security Battle May Be Lost
"For years, security experts, analysts and even users have been lamenting the state of desktop security. Viruses, spam, Trojans and rootkits have added up to create an ugly picture. But, the good news is that the desktop security battle may be over. The less-than-good news, however, is that we may have lost it. Jeremiah Grossman, CTO of WhiteHat Security, said Thursday that many organizations, particularly in the financial services industry, have gotten to the point of assuming that their customers' desktops are compromised. And moving forward from that assumption, things don't get much prettier." - Full Article Source

05/08/10 - NASA Outlines Plan For Next-Gen Space Robots
"Imagine a team of robots — some rolling on wheels, some walking on two legs — working alongside astronauts on the surface of Mars, scouting previously unseen locations, measuring the parameters of a new base or constructing a building. Now picture astronauts driving across the Martian surface in a vehicle. When the astronauts get out and begin their work, they can flip a switch to turn the vehicle into an autonomous robot that goes off to undertake projects on the planet. Whatever work the next generation of NASA-developed space robots does, it will be done in conjunction with their human counterparts. Terry Fong, director of NASA's intelligent robotics group, said that's the image that a lot of the US space agency's engineers have in mind as they work on the new robotic rovers. In comparison, the Mars rovers on the Red Planet have been working alone for years. 'We're working on a new use of these robots — robots to support human exploration,' Fong said. 'NASA is now thinking, "How do you go about sending humans to the moon or Mars or elsewhere? How can you use the combination of humans and robots to do exploration better?" I think it's a really, really fundamentally different approach.' Fong said he's hopeful that the next-generation robotic rovers will arrive on the moon or on an asteroid within five to 10 years." - Full Article Source

05/08/10 - Wikipedia Offers a Book Creator
"Wikipedia recently added an option to create a book from your chosen entries: 'That's it, the book creator has gone live in the English Wikipedia! A few hours ago, the book creator has been made available to all users of the English Wikipedia. This feature, which allows all readers to create books from Wikipedia articles, has been until now only available to logged-in users. It has been available in other Wikipedias for a longer time, it's now available on the English Wikipedia, for all, without restrictions.' You can either download the book in PDF format for free or have it printed and sent to you via PediaPress with 10% of the total going to the Wikimedia Foundation." - Full Article Source

05/05/10 - Chinese ‘bullet train’ doesn’t need to stop
No time is wasted. The bullet train is moving all the time. If there are 30 stations between Beijing and Guangzhou, just stopping and accelerating again at each station will waste both energy and time. A mere 5 min stop per station (elderly passengers cannot be hurried) will result in a total loss of 5 min x 30 stations or 2.5 hours of train journey time.

1. For those who are boarding the train : The passengers at a station embarks onto to a connector cabin way before the train even arrives at the station. When the train arrives, it will not stop at all. It just slows down to pick up the connector cabin which will move with the train on the roof of the train. While the train is still moving away from the station, those passengers will board the train from the connector cabin mounted on the train's roof. After fully unloading all its passengers, the cabin connector cabin will be moved to the back of the train so that the next batch of outgoing passengers who want to alight at the next station will board the connector cabin at the rear of the train roof.

2. For those who are getting off : As stated after fully unloading all its passengers, the cabin connector cabin will be moved to the back of the train so that the next batch of outgoing passengers who want to alight at the next station will board the connector cabin at the rear of the train roof. When the train arrives at the next station, it will simply drop the whole connector cabin at the station itself and leave it behind at the station. The outgoing passengers can take their own time to disembark at the station while the train had already left. At the same time, the train will pick up the incoming embarking passengers on another connector cabin in the front part of the train's roof. So the train will always drop one connector cabin at the rear of its roof and pick up a new connector cabin in the front part of the train's roof at each station. - Full Article Source

05/05/10 - Magic 'Pixie Dust' from pig bladders to 'regrow' limbs of wounded soldiers
KeelyNet Many British and American soldiers have lost limbs to roadside bombs in the bitter battle for control of Afghanistan. Now there is hope that limbs that would have been previously amputated can be saved. Pig bladders contain a substance called extra cellular matrix, which is made up largely of collagen. Scientists have already used powdered pig bladders help grow replacement human bladders. But researchers working for the American military realised the substance might also help hundreds of wounded soldiers. Professor Steve Wolf one the US's top plastic surgeons -is carrying out a trial in Houston, Texas on victims of the Afghan fighting and has already treated several young soldiers whose limbs were so badly damaged they were unable to walk or faced amputation. Corporal Hernandez, a 25-year-old marine, was wounded in 2008, in an incident in which a colleague died. He said: 'The surgery that Dr Wolf performed has been fantastic. Within a few weeks of the operation last year I was doing things with the leg I hadn't done for months. 'It was so quick that you could almost see it growing and filling the hole where I was blasted. 'Before I had the sheets made from pigs bladder put into my leg I could barely use it. I had to crawl upstairs or take the elevator and I was either on sticks or in a wheelchair. It was pretty much useless. 'I had only 10 per cent strength in my injured leg compared to my good leg which was one reason why they'd wanted to amputate. 'After the operation it was up to 25 per cent. KeelyNet Now my leg is back to 35 per cent strength and I'm able to get out on my mountain bike and I can walk as far as I want. 'The Extra Cellular membrane had not only made muscle but also built nerves. I could feel my limb tingling as the new tissues grew.' 'Professor Wolfe has said there's a good chance I might be able to go back to active duty.' He had a gaping, crater-like wound, in his thigh right down to the bone and doctors had no way of replacing the muscle and other tissue that had been blown away. Professor Wolf operated and instead of using powered bladder he used it in sheet form putting layers of it into the large wound in leg Corporal Hernandez's leg. Magically over a period of several weeks new tissue and muscle grew until the wound was filled. Professor Wolf said: 'This was an amazing result. It was quite a sight to see the body regenerate in this way because in the past we have not been able to replace muscle and tissue once it has been lost.' The Extra Cellular Matrix grew nerves, ordinary tissue and muscle where there had been none. Corporal Hernandez is now able to walk on the limb - which he couldn't do before surgery -and is undergoing physiotherapy to restore as much strength as possible to his limb. A large scar covers the area where the sheets of pig bladder worked their magic. 'It was several inches deep and you could see right down to my thigh bone,' he said. - Full Article Source

05/05/10 - Plasma Rocket May Shorten Space Voyages
Equipped with an electric propulsion system, the rocket, known as Variable Specific Impulse Magnetoplasma Rocket (VASIMR), is being developed to one day transport astronauts to Mars in 39 to 45 days -- a fraction of the six to nine months the trip would take with conventional chemical rockets. Shorter travel time greatly reduces astronauts' exposure to potentially deadly cosmic and solar radiation, currently a show-stopper for human missions to Mars. Setting sail for an asteroid would be a powerful demonstration of VASIMR technology, which uses radio waves to ionize propellant -- such as argon, xenon or hydrogen -- and heat the resulting plasma to temperatures 20 times hotter than the surface of the sun. In place of metal nozzles to control the direction of the exhaust, VASIMR uses magnetic fields. "All of a sudden, the future is here," said VASIMR inventor and physicist Franklin Chang-Diaz, a seven-time shuttle flier who left NASA in 2005 to start a company and work full time developing the rocket. - Full Article Source

05/05/10 - Nikola Tesla predicted mobile phones in 1909
KeelyNet It turns out that the legendary inventor and electrical engineer Nikola Tesla (1856 to 1943) predicted mobile phones in 1909. In an interview with the New York Times, published in Popular Mechanics, Tesla states that "It will soon be possible, for instance, for a business man in New York to dictate instructions and have them appear in type in London or elsewhere. He will be able to call from his desk and talk with any telephone subscriber in the world. It will only be necessary to carry an inexpensive instrument no bigger than a watch, which will enable its bearer to hear anywhere on sea or land for distances of thousands of miles." Read the full Popular Mechanics article from 1909 below. - Full Article Source

05/05/10 - OriginOil's Layered-Growth Helix BioReactor Invention
KeelyNet "Algae ponds and channels are great for tapping the sun's energy, but they require vast amounts of land," said Riggs Eckelberry, OriginOil CEO. "We simply stacked the algae layers to multiply the benefits of 'free' solar energy. The result is an ideal mix of sustainable growth and industrial-grade concentration." The company recently filed for patent protection of the new layered solar growth design, its ninth patent application, entitled "Multi-Plane Growth Apparatus and Method." While currently focused on algae, the invention applies to the intensive growing of any crop. The company, which is now working in the lab with the new design, plans to build it into a standard 40-foot container for field testing. Shipping containers are inexpensive, available worldwide, easy to transport and convenient for carbon credit certification. The MultiReactor takes advantage of the fact that much more sun falls on the ground than vegetation can normally absorb. The solution is to capture it all in a stack of growth layers. The new design uses an array of lenses to direct solar radiation from the top through a system of algae channels. Algae culture is pumped continuously to the top of the array and then trickles down through the layers, ensuring equal exposure. Tapping units at the end of the stack capture valuable gases. The growth units are oriented east-west to capture the sun's rays throughout the day. Adjustments are made for seasonal changes in the sun's angle of incidence. The resulting system may be 10 to 20 times more efficient than single-layer systems. Algae prefer certain wavelengths, typically in the red and blue frequencies. This new design allows for filters and prisms to assure that only the wavelengths beneficial to algae get through, potentially diverting the rest for optional storage and night-time lighting. Reducing the footprint required for algae growth enables co-location with industrial sources of CO2 and nutrient-rich wastewater. These synergies make algae production more viable, and enable a distributed energy network. - Full Article Source

05/05/10 - Legacy Locker Hands Over the Keys to Your Online Life When You Die
KeelyNet Web site Legacy passes on your "digital property" to your friends or loved ones should you die. At first blush, the idea sounds admittedly kind of absurd. But think about the hassle for your loved ones involved in finding contacts that should be notified of your death (email or Facebook), or the money sitting in your PayPal account with nobody around to claim it. None of this poses an insurmountable obstacle for your loved ones, but it'd all be a lot easier if the appropriate usernames and passwords were automatically handed over at your demise. The service comes with several tiered accounts, from the free account—which will store and hand over 3 "assets" (logins) to one "beneficiary" and send out one "legacy letter" (a farewell message to your loved one) to the $30 annual account, which gives you unlimited everything. We appreciate what the service offers, and appreciate that Legacy Locker provides a service that may be worth some cash, but we can't help but think you could have Legacy Locker hand over the keys of your email, then provide instructions to finding an email you've prepared in your email account with further instructions for accessing what you couldn't fit into Legacy Locker. But we're cheap like that. If you don't feel like handing over your logins (some of us would rather they self destruct) but like the idea of sending out emails from the grave, check out previously mentioned Death Switch. - Full Article Source

05/05/10 - Ants Hate Cucumbers and other Pest Control Techniques
KeelyNet When I was young I used to crush ants on the kitchen floor — now I am a little older and live by the laws of a more natural lifestyle. I am taunted by animal cruelty ads and am convinced that everything living gives off an energy and has a soul. If bugs happen to pay me a visit, I gently place them outside or out the window. In addition, we think there is a nice way to say, "We appreciate your existence, but can you please stay out of our home." We found a couple different natural solutions to prevent household bug problems. We prefer to use natural preventative measures rather than toxic pesticides which kill the little creatures.

5 Natural Household Bug Repellents:

• Essential Oils: Using essential oils such as lemon, orange, clove, peppermint, and mint around the home will deter most bugs as they are turned off by strong odors.
• Garlic and Pepper Powder: Most bugs avoid both garlic and pepper; therefore, sprinkling the powder around the key areas in the home helps keep the bugs at bay.
• Cucumber Slices and Ants: As summer approaches, ants flock to kitchens on the hunt for food crumbs. Ants are appalled by cucumbers; therefore, the cucumber slices work best when placed near cracks or other areas where ants may enter the home.
• Crushed Mint and Flies: Small packets of crushed mint helps to repel flies.
• Lemon Peels and Moths: We love the fresh, citrus smell of lemons and prefer it to using cedar blocks in the closet to keep moths from destroying our clothes. - Full Article Source

05/05/10 - American Meat Is Even Grosser Than You Thought
In 2008, Mexican authorities rejected a shipment of U.S. beef because the meat exceeded Mexico's regulatory tolerance for copper. The rejected meat was returned to the United States, where it was sold and consumed, because the U.S. has no regulatory threshold for copper in meat. Incidents like this are why the food safety arm of USDA, known as the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), is under USDA scrutiny. While the public has gotten used to microbes like E. coli and salmonella threatening the nation's meat supply, and while food safety agencies make food-borne illness a high-profile priority, contamination of meat by heavy metals, veterinary drugs and pesticides has been slipping through the bureaucratic cracks. Microbial contaminants can be killed by cooking, but chemical residues aren't destroyed by heat. In fact, some of these residues break down into more dangerous substances when heated, according to the FSIS National Residue Program for Cattle, a recent report by the USDA's Office of the Inspector General. - Full Article Source

05/05/10 - Out-of-Control Satellite Threatens Other Nearby Spacecraft
An adrift Intelsat satellite that stopped communicating with its ground controllers last month remains out of control and has begun moving eastward along the geostationary arc, raising the threat of interference with other satellites in its path, Intelsat and other industry officials said. In what industry officials called an unprecedented event, Intelsat's Galaxy 15 communications satellite has remained fully "on," with its C-band telecommunications payload still functioning even as it has left its assigned orbital slot of 133 degrees west longitude 36,000 kilometers over the equator. Galaxy 15 stopped responding to ground controllers on April 5. The satellite's manufacturer, Orbital Sciences Corp. of Virginia, has said an intense solar storm in early April may be to blame. It was launched into space in 2005. Industry experts say there are several dozen spacecraft, sometimes called "zombiesats," that for various reasons were not removed from the geostationary highway before failing completely. Depending on their position at the time of failure, these satellites tend to migrate toward one of two libration points, at 105 degrees west and 75 degrees east. Figures compiled by XL Insurance of New York, an underwriter of space risks, say that more than 160 satellites are gathered at these two points, which Bednarek described as the orbital equivalent of valleys. "Unfortunately for us, we were downhill from Galaxy 15 as it rolls toward" the 105 degrees west libration point, Bednarek said. - Full Article Source

05/05/10 - Extending the Life of Donated Organs from hours up to 10 days
KeelyNet The 100,000-plus U.S. patients waiting for organ transplants face a perilous race against time. Most organs can only be preserved outside the body for somewhere between four and 24 hours--a problem that aggravates the chronic shortage of donors. In 2008, 6,684 patients died waiting for organs, according to the National Kidney Foundation. A Harvard scientist is hoping to change those bleak statistics. Hemant Thatte, associate professor of cardiothoracic surgery, has developed a liquid solution that may preserve organs for up to 10 days outside the body. Thatte's lab devised a recipe of 21 chemical compounds that they believe will slow down the process of cell deterioration. "Our whole goal is to maintain the metabolism of the organ without having to lower the temperature" of the preservation system, Thatte explains. "It's like a state of suspended animation." Thatte dubbed the solution "Somah," which is Sanskrit for "ambrosia of rejuvenation." A startup called Hibergenica hopes to commercialize a solution called Somah, shown here with a pig's heart. Somah may extend the usable life of donated organs from a few hours to up to 10 days. - Full Article Source

05/05/10 - Treadway Wearable Transportation
Treadways are very simple: A shoe, motor, gearbox, circuit board, and batteries. The throttle, brakes and taillights are directed by a wireless handheld ninja controller. You can transition from walking to scooting, invisibly. Plug them in at work or at home and get a ten mile range at a fun but safe 10mph with the lithium ion battery packs. With Treadways, you just click in and out of a wearable vehicle. Wear them to get you from Ludlow ave. back to school. Wear them to Findlay Market for some Goetta, bacon and *ahem* Amish Limburger. At 3 lbs per foot, you can wear them all day, everywhere you go and never have to leave them unattended- security is not an issue. Treadways are the glue to fill those cracks. They allow you to get from one place to another by adapting to all native forms of transit. You can ride a bike while wearing them, walk with them, even drive a car with them on. They enable efficient and total mobility. Treadways are for active people. They give you more reasons to be outside. They are not a stand-there-and-let-the-device-take-over type of product. You need to be involved and you will probably be walking more than you are now. Because they are lower to the ground than rollerblades, skateboards and scooters, they are safer and easier to use. - Full Article Source

05/05/10 - Wind Turbines Shed Their Gears
Both Siemens and GE bet on direct-drive generators. Siemens has begun selling a three-megawatt turbine using a so-called direct-drive system that replaces the conventional high-speed generator with a low-speed generator that eliminates the need for a gearbox. And last month, General Electric announced an investment of 340 million euros in manufacturing facilities to build its own four-megawatt direct-drive turbines for offshore wind farms. Most observers say the industry's shift to direct-drive is a response to highly publicized gearbox failures. But Henrik Stiesdal, chief technology officer of Siemens's wind power unit, says that gearbox problems are overblown. He says Siemens is adopting direct-drive as a means of generating more energy at lower cost. "Turbines can be made more competitive through direct-drive," says Stiesdal. Siemens's plans hinge on a new design that reduces the weight of the system's generator. In conventional wind turbines, the gearbox increases the speed of the wind-driven rotor several hundred fold, which radically reduces the size of the generator required. Direct-drive generators operate at the same speed as the turbine's blades and must therefore be much bigger--over four meters in diameter for Siemens's three-megawatt turbine. Yet Siemens claims that the turbine's entire nacelle weighs just 73 metric tons--12 tons less than that on its less powerful, gear-driven 2.3-megawatt turbines. - Full Article Source

05/05/10 - Side Bumpers Look Odd, But Could Increase Safety
KeelyNet Compacts and subcompacts have grown increasingly safe over the years as manufacturers have installed multiple airbags and other features while also reinforcing the doors for side-impact collisions. But the added technologies carry a weight penalty, which is why a car like the 1987 Chevrolet Sprint got Prius-worthy mileage even without the battery behind the back seat. Steve Shoap is eager to encourage automakers to put their cars on a weight-loss program that would help increase fuel efficiency — thereby cutting CO2 emissions. So the MIT grad recently patented a safety system he says will allow manufacturers to build smaller, lighter cars without compromising occupant safety. The Safer Small Cars system uses collapsible side bumpers that absorb the force of an impact. They work a lot like the bumpers on the front and back of the car in your driveway, but they can take the brunt of a side impact. They’re connected to a compartment of energy absorbing material that Shoap calls a crumple box. In the event of an impact, the bumpers collapse into the crumple box, absorbing the impact force. Rather than reinforcing the doors and B-pillars — the vertical supports often found between the front and rear doors of a sedan — Shoap says a small car car built using his safety system could be lighter, and therefore more fuel-efficient. “My side bumpers allow B-pillars to be much lower cost,” he said. “Car doors can be made much thinner and lighter.” So far Shoap has only built a two-foot prototype (shown above) that looks like a Tonka version of the Volkswagen Thing, but he’s looking to catch the eye of major automakers and parts suppliers. - Full Article Source

05/05/10 - What Would You Need to Ditch Cable Television?
We've highlighted how to ditch your cable and switch to online alternatives and even fielded questions from readers about how to do the same. A combination of belt-tightening across the U.S., coupled with an increasingly diverse pool of online media, make switching off the box even more appealing. The biggest reason why customers will cut the cord, according to the study, is the growing cost of pay-TV service. Cable and satellite viewers pay an average of $71 per month, and they receive an average annual price hike of 5%, according to research firm Centris. That annual price jump could be even higher if battles between pay-TV operators and networks continue. Meanwhile, free or cheap alternatives to pay-TV subscriptions are growing wildly popular. More than 180 million U.S. viewers watched 31 billion videos on the Internet last month, according to online data tracker comScore. That's more than double the 15 billion Internet videos that were watched at the same time last year. What's more telling is how much Hulu people watch. Viewers tuned into Hulu for an average of 2.6 hours in March, up a full hour from a year earlier. Netflix's streaming service is rapidly gaining ground as well. The company said last week that 55% of its users watched at least 15 minutes of streaming video in the first quarter. Netflix (NFLX) has grown its customer base by 35% over the past year, and recently raised its 2010 subscriber forecasts by 1 million customers. More devices are connected - Until recently, people had been watching Hulu and Netflix almost exclusively on their computers -- not the most desirable replacement for pay-TV service. But more devices are coming pre-installed with Netflix or Internet connections, so people can stream videos right onto their televisions. - Full Article Source

05/05/10 - Young Inventors Ketchup Blade Windmill
KeelyNet A 12-year-old student in Pennsylvania is being praised for his inventive design for a product that could conceivably revolutionize auto making. That wind turbine sits outside the Da Vinci Science Center in Allentown, Pennsylvania. And it's where Billy met Dr. Frank Schweighardt and the sketches began of a windmill that attaches to a car to charge a solar battery at night. And that's when Billy conceived the idea of using a circulating liquid that changes thickness to keep the fan blades at the best angle but what kind? "I looked on the internet and one of the fluids was ketchup and I said, 'I know what that is! And I said, Billy, use the ketchup 'cause I know that's a thixotropic fluid! And he's, like, mom!'" said mom Karen Schopf. The Da Vinci Center applied for and got a provisional patent. "We did a patent search and we found nothing! Billy's concept of using the thixotropic solution, the ketchup type idea wasn't used to turn a blade!" said Dr. Schweighardt.

Did you for instance know that mayonnaise is thixotropic? This means that it only flows after a certain minimum stress has been applied. This is unusual. Liquids usually flow even under the smallest stress. Non-drip paint is also thixotropic. It retains its shape, but becomes fluid when enough stress is applied, for example when a paint-roller moves through it. Once the stress is removed, the paint becomes stiff again, as it is then only affected by gravity, and does not flowdown the coated surface. It contains large molecules that form a gel, keeping the paint in place. The gel structure breaks down if enough stress is applied, only to re-form quickly once the stress has been removed. So, paint is liquid on the brush and solid on the wall. Try painting with mayonnaise!

Thixotropic materials are also referred to as shear thinningpedia. However, according to this page, the terms thixotropic and shear thinning are easily confused, so here’s the IUPAC definitions: Shear thinning: If viscosity is a univalued function of the rate of shear, a decrease of the viscosity with increasing rate of shear is called shear thinning, and an increase of the viscosity shear thickening. Ketchup is shear thinning (or was it thixotropic?) - Full Article Source

05/05/10 - HOWTO live out of your car
Some practical, hard-won tips for living out of your car. His list has sparked a long and pretty interesting thread of tips, tricks and theory that runs from "how to live off the grid" to "how to hang on by your fingernails."

# Staying clean is very important. Trust me on this. People trust you more when you're clean and you'll have an easier time spinning yourself as "adventurous" rather than "destitute." More on this later.
# If you can find a restroom with a lock, you can take a fairly complete bath with a washcloth and a sink.
# If you can't actually bathe, do a whore's bath once a day. Get some hand sanitizer, the gel with high alcohol content, and rub yourself down, especially in the stinky areas. It won't get you clean per se and the alcohol will dry out your skin, but it'll disinfect you and kill all the smell-causing microorganisms. Follow this with deodorant and baby powder.
# The easiest way to LOOK clean and safe is to keep your hair and beard trimmed. The simplest and cheapest way to do this is to get some inexpensive hair clippers and clip it short once or twice a week. - Full Article Source

05/05/10 - Triggering rain with lasers
KeelyNet Researchers from the University of Geneva are exploring whether firing lasers into the sky could stimulate rain more effectively and safely. They've published results from their experiments in the journal Nature Photonics. From Nature News: Firing a laser beam made up of short pulses into the air ionizes nitrogen and oxygen molecules around the beam to create a plasma, resulting in a 'plasma channel' of ionized molecules. These ionized molecules could act as natural condensation nuclei, (optical physicist Jérôme) Kasparian explains. To test whether this technique could induce droplets, the researchers fired a high-powered laser through an atmospheric cloud chamber in the lab containing saturated air. They illuminated the chamber using a second, standard low-power laser, enabling them to see and measure any droplets produced. Immediately after the laser was fired, drops measuring about 50 micrometres wide formed along the plasma channel. Over the next three seconds, the droplets grew in size to 80 micrometres as the smaller droplets coalesced. The next step for Kasparian and his team was to take the technique outside... Kasparian and his colleagues tested the (high-powered, portable) Teramobile laser over a number of different nights and in various humidity conditions. Once again, they detected the amount of condensation induced by monitoring how much the light from a second laser was back-scattered by any droplets. In low humidity conditions, the Teramobile laser did not induce droplets. But when the humidity was high, the team measured up to 20 times more back-scattering after the Teramobile laser was fired than before, says Kasparian, suggesting that condensation droplets were forming. - Full Article Source

05/05/10 - Copenhagen wheel stores and provides power for bicyclists
Its basic purpose is to store energy when you pedal, coast downhill, or brake your bike, and give you a boost when you go uphill. Smart, responsive and elegant, the Copenhagen Wheel is a new emblem for urban mobility. It transforms ordinary bicycles quickly into hybrid e-bikes that also function as mobile sensing units. The Copenhagen Wheel allows you to capture the energy dissipated while cycling and braking and save it for when you need a bit of a boost. It also maps pollution levels, traffic congestion, and road conditions in real-time. Controlled through your smart phone, the Copenhagen Wheel becomes a natural extension of your everyday life. You can use your phone to unlock and lock your bike, change gears and select how much the motor assists you. As you cycle, the wheel's sensing unit is also capturing your effort level and information about your surroundings, including road conditions, carbon monoxide, NOx, noise, ambient temperature and relative humidity. Access this data through your phone or the web and use it to plan healthier bike routes, to achieve your exercise goals or to meet up with friends on the go. You can also share your data with friends, or with your city - anonymously if you wish - thereby contributing to a fine-grained database of environmental information from which we can all benefit. - Full Article Source

05/05/10 - Bio-Fab ready to distribute building blocks of synthetic life
The first biological design-build facility in the world announced that it will soon be able to synthesize chemicals, fuels and new drugs by manipulating the elements necessary to make microbes. The facility’s output of standardized biological parts made from genetic material will be made available to both academic and commercial users, greatly shortening necessary development times and significantly lowering research costs. - Full Article Source

05/05/10 - Legal and Illegal Drugs
KeelyNet Prohibition BREEDS Crime and Criminals - A few months ago the United Nations published a report about illicit drugs consumption during the year of 2007. The conclusion was that 208 million people - 4,8% of the World’s adult population - had used illicit drugs, at least, once a year. It was also found that the “regulars” - classified as drugs addicts - corresponded to 26 million people or 0,6% of the World’s population. Finally, it was announced that 200 thousand people died during the year of 2007 due to the use of illegal drugs. With this alarming scenario a large National-State-Local “clean up” is demanded. The worldwide authorities are searching for drug dealers, literally seeking for “a needle in a haystack”. A few days ago I read that in our planet, three million people die every year (approximately six per minute) due to cigarette smoking. The World Health Organization foresees that if nothing is done, cigarette addiction will lead more than 10 million people into death annually. The “smoking issue” is such a big concern that according to a study published by the Newsweek magazine, in the United States alone, smoking shall lead to 420 thousand deaths per year, 50 times the number of deaths caused by illicit drugs' consumption. Facing these numbers, it is hard to understand the World’s Policy to overcome drug use. Meanwhile, the tobacco industry keeps steady if not growing, supplies its 1,1 billion clients and maintains its US$ 285 billion annual profit. Brazil alone supplies this industry with a US$ 4,5 billion in revenue and an immense number of “smokers” that reaches approximately 35 million people. Cigarettes aren’t the only legal addictive drug. Another power drug - “alcohol” - is equally inductive for chemical addiction. According to The World Health Organization, approximately 2 billion people worldwide consume alcohol and 76 million are severely addicted. There are about 60 types of diseases related or caused by alcohol consumption. It is known that at least 2.3 million people die from problems connected with alcohol intoxication per year, which sums up to 3.7% of World’s death toll rate. Reviewing and analyzing shocking data: from 1986 to 1993, 19.000 Brazilian autopsies concluded that 95% of deaths by non-natural causes showed alcohol levels present in the blood. In Brazil, Alcoholism is associated with 50% of homicides and over 30% of suicides. Recent releases describe that in 50% of traffic accidents deaths, either the victim or the driver had positive alcohol levels present in the blood results. Also, it was confirmed that 22% of deaths caused by cardiovascular diseases and 20% of cancer illnesses were related to alcohol use. Analyzing the price tag of “alcohol vicious cycle”, in 2002 it was published that the estimated cost related to harmful alcohol consumption reached 655 billion dollars, almost 2% of the World’s GDP (Gross Domestic Product), an incredible figure. / (This reminds me of the incredible induced and media inflamed paranoia about the 3,000 who died in 9/11 versus the 2.5 million who die from accidents and disease every year in the US. A matter of SCALE and PRIORITY, not the driven sheep paranoia that has overtaken the US. If cigarettes and alcohol are legal, drugs should also be legal. It would stop the drug wars, increase revenue from taxes and let people have freedom of choice if they want to kill themselves from addictions. - JWD) - Full Article Source

05/05/10 - U.S. Scientists Praising Cuban Health and Urge Ending Blockade
The United States should put an end to drug trade restrictions imposed against Cuba for 50 years in the context of an economic blockade, according to the scientific magazine Science, which reflects the views of scientists and is considered one of the best publications of its kind in the world. "An even better policy would be the total elimination of the commercial blockade," they argued in an article teachers Paul Drain and Michele Barry, of the School of Medicine, University of Staford. Both say that the end of the blockade would allow the U.S. to study and learn from the successful universal health care system of Cuba. "In spite of after a half a century of blockade, Cuba has better results in public health that most Latin American nations," they wrote. Its aggregate successes are comparable to those of more developed countries. In relation to Latin America and the Caribbean, Cuba exhibits the highest rate of life expectancy (78.6 years) and the largest number of physicians per population (59 to each 10,000). It also has the lowest infant mortality rate (5 per thousand births) and among children (seven thousand), according Drain and Barry. Through community education on prevention of diseases and health promotion, Cuba depends less on medical resources to maintain a healthy population. The United States would gain by studying the successful experience of the Island and adopting some of its policies for the sector and this could also be a good first step towards normalization of relations between Cuba and the United States, the teachers conclude in the article published by Science. - Full Article Source

05/05/10 - AU Optronics Asks For US Ban On LG LCD Sales
"After a lengthy patent case, complete with counter suits, AU Optronics has asked for an injunction against all LCD products made by LG. While this may not sound serious, LG is the number one manufacturer of LCDs used in LCD-TVs, laptop PCs and desktop monitors. A quarter of global LCDs shipped in March were LG brand. The bizarre part of the story is that LG Display struck first against AU Optronics way back in 2006 with a patent suit to the tune of $690 million, and in 2009, when the case finally went to court, AUO filed counter-claims of patent infringement that are now coming to fruition. So before you call AUO a patent troll, keep in mind that LGD shot first." - Full Article Source

05/05/10 - Rest In Peas — the Death of Speech Recognition
"Speech recognition accuracy flatlined years ago. It works great for small vocabularies on your cell phone, but basically, computers still can't understand language. Prospects for AI are dimmed, and we seem to need AI for computers to make progress in this area. Time to rewrite the story of the future. From the article: 'The language universe is large, Google's trillion words a mere scrawl on its surface. One estimate puts the number of possible sentences at 10^570. Through constant talking and writing, more of the possibilities of language enter into our possession. But plenty of unanticipated combinations remain, which force speech recognizers into risky guesses. Even where data are lush, picking what's most likely can be a mistake because meaning often pools in a key word or two. Recognition systems, by going with the "best" bet, are prone to interpret the meaning-rich terms as more common but similar-sounding words, draining sense from the sentence.'" - Full Article Source

05/05/10 - Texas Tells Cape Wind "You're Not First Yet"
"Cape Wind is making headlines for for being the first offshore wind farm to earn federal approval, but it still has plenty of legal hoops to jump through before groundbreaking. Texas, on the other hand, requires no review — state, federal, or otherwise — to build wind farms off its shore. Texas energy expert and Popular Mechanics senior editor Jennifer Bogo talks to Texan energy leaders who are confident they will beat Cape Wind to the punch for the distinction of having the first functional US offshore wind farm. 'I was about to write a press release to congratulate Cape Wind for getting their approval,' says Jim Suydam, press secretary of the Texas General Land Office, 'and let them know when they're done jumping through hoops up there they can come build off the Texas Coast.' Despite its reputation as an oil-addicted, non-environmentally-friendly, conservative state, Texas's existing land-based wind farms actually produce four times more electricity than California's." - Full Article Source

05/05/10 - Salad Spinner Made Into Life-Saving Centrifuge
KeelyNet "Two Rice University students have transformed a simple salad spinner into an electricity-free centrifuge that can be used to diagnose diseases on the cheap. Created by Lauren Theis and Lila Kerr, the ingenious DIY centrifuge is cobbled together using a salad spinner, some plastic lids, combs, yogurt containers, and a hot glue gun. The simple and easily-replicated design could be an invaluable tool for clinics the developing world, enabling them to separate blood to detect diseases like anemia without electricity." - Full Article Source

05/05/10 - "Digital Universe" Enters the Zettabyte Era
"In 2010 the volume of digital information created and duplicated in a year will reach 1.2 zettabytes, according to new data from IDC and EMC. The annual Digital Universe report is an effort to visualize the enormous amount of data being generated by our increasingly digital lives. The report's big numbers — a zettabyte is roughly a million petabytes — pose interesting questions about how the IT community will store and manage this firehose of data. Perhaps the biggest challenge isn't how much data we're creating — it's all the copies of it. Seventy-five percent of all the data in the Digital Universe is a copy, according to IDC. See additional analysis from TG Daily, The Guardian, and Search Storage." - Full Article Source

05/05/10 - Martian Gullies Explained By... Sand
"There's a lot of evidence that a very long time ago some fluid once flowed on Mars, but the primary evidence of water today — gullies inside craters — is explainable by a much less exotic reason: flowing dust and sand. It would now seem that the news from 2006 that NASA had found definitive evidence of flowing water on today's Mars needs to be comprehensively reexamined. The Bad Astronomer lays claim that flowing sand and dust doesn't explain all recent hi-res imagery from the red planet, but it certainly does seem more plausible, considering what we know about Mars." / (I keep getting the distinct impression that news is constantly being manipulated in favor of Mars exploration rather than the more logical one of first an occupied productive space station, then colonize the moon for lots of experience and THEN use the Moon for staging for Mars when we are ready. - JWD) - Full Article Source

05/05/10 - RFID Checks Student Attendance in Arizona
The student newspaper at UW-Madison is running a piece about the use of RFID to check lecture attendance at Northern Arizona University. One poster to an email discussion list suggested that getting around this system would be simple if "all one has to do is walk into a classroom with 10 RFID-enabled cards in their pocket." "The new system will use sensors to detect students' university identification cards when they enter classrooms, according to NAU spokesperson Tom Bauer. The data will be recorded and available for professors to examine. ... [The spokesman] added the sensors, paid for by federal stimulus money, initially would only be installed in large freshmen and sophomore classes with more than 50 students. NAU Student Body President Kathleen Templin said most students seem to be against the new system. She added students have started Facebook groups and petitions against the sensor system. ... One of the most popular Facebook groups ... has more than 1,400 members." What are the odds that the use of tracking RFID will expand over time on that campus? - Full Article Source

05/05/10 - How many illegal aliens are in the U.S.?
KeelyNet Imagine recovering 10-20 million (or more) jobs for legal citizens which are currently LOST to illegals from all countries - Our illegal immigration numbers are based on an estimated twenty million illegal aliens having been present in our nation as of January 1, 2004. The Tucson sector Border Patrol union local 2544 on the number of illegal aliens in our nation: "There are currently 15 to 20 million illegal aliens in this country by many estimates, but the real numbers could be much higher and the numbers increase every day because our borders are not secure (no matter what the politicians tell you - don't believe them for a second)". In agreement with Senator McCain, we believe that an increase of 10,000 total additional illegal aliens added to the United States population each day. This reflects figures that include illegal aliens successfully entering our nation combined with those who overstay their visas. We are of the educated opinion that we are conservatively low in our estimation. President George W. Bush and then Secretary of Homeland Security, Tom Ridge, used a figure of "8-12 million" illegal aliens in December 2003. Other reports - including one recently released by the Pew Hispanic Center and figures used by the Center for Immigration Studies quoting 10 - 11 million illegal aliens present in the U.S. - rely heavily on U.S. Census data that many, we at TAR included, believe to be incomplete, inaccurate and artificially low. An independent study of the underground economy released in January 2005 by the Wall Street financial firm Bear Stearns, The Underground Labor Force is Rising to the Surface, produced estimates of 18-20 million illegal aliens present in the United States. (Estimates vary from 12-15 million legal citizens are unemployed in 2010.)

The Arizona legislation, signed April 23 by Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, is similar to Reglamento de la Ley General de Poblacion — the General Law on Population enacted in Mexico in April 2000, which mandates that federal, local and municipal police cooperate with federal immigration authorities in that country in the arrests of illegal immigrants.

Here's a Thought - Let's adopt Mexico's laws

All of those criticizing Arizona's new anti-immigration law are absolutely correct! It is so unfair! Instead of mimicking existing federal law like it does now, Arizona should enact laws similar to Mexico's. By applying the same standards to illegal immigration as Mexico, Arizona and the U.S. as a whole should:

1. make illegal immigration a felony, punishable by up to two years in prison;
2. deported illegals that re-enter should be imprisoned for 10 years;
3. visa violators sentenced to six years;
4. helping illegal immigrants would be a felony; and
5. deport foreigners who are deemed detrimental to economic or national interests and those who are not "physically or mentally healthy" or lack the "necessary funds for their sustenance" and for their dependents.

I haven't heard a single charge of racism concerning Mexican immigration policy, so logic would follow that (if they are so happy with the immigration laws in their country, they will be equally happy with their own countries laws applied to them as illegal immigrants in the US), then all of the current critics of Arizona's law could be happy. It's a win-win situation! - M.J. Lewis
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05/03/10 - 10,000 Pennies - obama Budget Cuts Visualization
Take 1 minute - 38 seconds to watch this... Recently the President announced that over the next 90-days he is going to work to cut 100-Million dollars of spending out of the Federal Budget. A college student explains the presidents economics plan. VERY well done! This is worth spending one minute and thirty eight seconds to watch! How much is the $100 million dollars in budget cuts compared to the federal budget as a whole? This video imagines the budget as $100 in pennies to provide the answer. (Thanks to Bob Aldrich for this excellent headsup! - JWD) - Full Article Source

05/02/10 - Navy Develops Battery that Runs on Mud
KeelyNet According to Peter Vietti of the Office of Naval Research the microbial fuel cell is a device “that could revolutionize naval energy use by converting decomposed marine organisms into electricity.” By converting naturally occurring fuels and oxidants in the marine environment into electricity, Naval vessels could be running on a clean and efficient reliable alternative battery avoiding the harmful impact that standard batteries and fuels have upon the marine environment. The fuel cell is already able to power many types of sensors and those behind the project believe that it could be installed in underwater unmanned vehicles, in-water sensors, as well as a bounty of devices currently being used to monitor the ocean environment, and in theory should be able to power these devices for years without any sort of battery replacement. Navy researchers at the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific are already using fuel cell-powered devices to track Pacific-endangered green sea turtles. Together with scientists from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Tender and his own team began investigating electricity-generating microorganisms. The most promising discovery is called Geobacter, and was found in the Potomac River downstream of the Naval Research Laboratory, and is believed to hold the key to understanding microbial energy conversion. Geobacter uses hair-like extensions known as pili to generate electricity from mud and wastewater. Researchers have developed a new strain of Geobacter that is eight times more efficient at producing power than other strains. “Think of it as a battery that runs on mud,” ONR Program Manager Dr. Linda Chrisey said. “They are sustainable, environmentally friendly and don’t involve hazardous reactants like a regular battery might because they use the natural carbon in the marine environment. For example, we are working on a 4-foot long autonomous underwater vehicle that will settle on the seafloor and recharge its batteries using this fuel cell approach. We are already able to power many types of sensors using microbial fuel cells.” - Full Article Source

05/02/10 - Four Rotating Magnets Run Clock. (May, 1932)
KeelyNet NO MATTER how closely you listen, you can’t hear this clock tick because four rotating magnets have replaced the old gears, making the clock “tickless.” The mechanism of this new timepiece, shown below, is made up of four magnetic fields. One rotates every second; one each minute; the third each hour; and the fourth operates the hour hand at the rate of one revolution every twelve hours. The new clock must be set face up on a table or support because the mechanism doesn’t function properly when hung on a wall or placed on the mantel. Gearless clock requires no winding and keeps perfect time by means of four rotating magnetic fields. - Full Article Source

05/02/10 - Skin Cancer Cure Invented
A group of researchers who have claimed to have found the cure for skin cancer. A vaccine, which attacks tumour cells, not effecting the healthy cells and carries agents that boost the body's response to skin cancer, is being tested in the UK. The vaccine till date experimented on few patients have shown positive results. It has helped some patients fully recover from melanoma, even in its advanced stages. Dr Howard Kaufman, of Chicago's Rush University Medical Center, said: "Our study shows we may have a cure for some advanced melanoma patients and a drug which has real benefits for others.This will save thousands of lives a year." The launch of this vaccine will be a boon for many sufferers and one of the major discovery in medical science. - Full Article Source

05/02/10 - Laser 'tractor beams' to tidy up space junk
KeelyNet How about using a tractor beam to simply steer future junk aside, says space-flight engineer John Sinko of Nagoya University, Japan. Sinko's idea is based on an experimental type of spacecraft engine called a laser thruster. Inside these motors, laser pulses fired into a mass of solid propellant cause a jet of material to be released, pushing the craft in the opposite direction. Sinko realised that the laser did not necessarily have to be on the same craft. "These on-board motors could also be targeted remotely by lasers for tractor beaming," he says. He has designed a series of laser thrusters that can be activated in this way. A spacecraft fitted with a laser would fire a low-power beam at a thruster fitted on another craft to attract, repel or steer it in another direction. Pushing a spacecraft away is a relatively simple matter, but more complex designs using mirrors are needed to use a beam to tug one towards the laser (see diagram). Combining those designs could allow full control in any direction, says Sinko. He imagines spacecraft being fitted with remotely operated thrusters before launch, so that once they reach the end of their lives it is simple to alter their orbit or even shove them into the atmosphere to burn up - even if they have lost all power (Journal of Propulsion and Power, DOI: 10.2514/1.46037). Tractor beams could be fired from up to 100 kilometres away, says Sinko, either from a spacecraft in orbit or a mirror in space redirecting a beam from Earth. - Full Article Source

05/02/10 - Audi Wants Your 'Tony Stark Innovation'
In one of the more bizarre promotional tie-in contests we’ve ever heard of, Audi has announced “The Tony Stark Innovation Challenge.” Named after the alter ego of Iron Man, the challenge asks contestants to submit YouTube videos describing ideas for “living better through technology.” Audi will post the two-minute videos and then allow people to discuss the ideas through social media networks. The winner gets $15,000 to develop the idea, as well as a four-day trip to California for tours of Audi design centers and racetracks, not to mention spa treatment, tailored cocktail attire and grooming “to perfect their Stark style.” - Full Article Source

05/02/10 - Ball Balancing Robot
We’ve seen several different balancing bot styles over the past few years, but this one is new to us. The BallP, short for Ball inverted Pendulum, balances on top of a ball. We’re not sure what the advantages are to this layout though. Anyone care to enlighten us? Even though we hadn’t seen this style, it is apparently not new. The Ballbot has been around for a while and might seem even more impressive visually. - Full Article Source

05/02/10 - Priligy, Another Drug Discovered By Accident
Like all of the world’s best inventions the drug Priligy (Dapoxetine) was discovered by accident when a drug company was researching compounds to be used as antidepressants. Eli Lilly and Company was busy testing a drug which they code named LY210448 when interesting side effects were reported by those men using it. The drug was found to treat premature ejaculation in men. The research that was led by Professor David T. Wong proved to be lucrative especially when Eli Lilly then sold the patent of the drug to Johnson & Johnson for a whopping $65 million as well as a cut of the future royalties. Eli Lilly are probably regretting the sale of the LY210448 drug which went on to be called Dapoxetine and then ultimately Priligy. Probably the most famous medication which like Priligy was discovered by accident is the erectile dysfunction medication Viagra which was originally developed as a possible treatment for angina and other types of heart illness. Scientists often say that drug testing is so important even if there seems to be very little chance of success because something unexpected but nevertheless incredibly useful often turns up. - Full Article Source

05/02/10 - Want to save capitalism? Regulate it.
KeelyNet If money is an abstraction, the investment industry's creative inventions are abstractions of abstractions of abstractions. Banks no longer just give people loans to buy houses. Now Wall Street's geniuses -- and they are ingenious -- trade bizarre financial products in which the original loan is packaged with thousands of others and buried under piles of equations and economic gibberish. Goldman may face charges from the Securities and Exchange Commission, but it's the entirety of our deregulated financial system that's on trial. In this new order, the inventiveness of our entrepreneurs goes not only into creating products that enhance our lives (from refrigerators to laptops to iPods) but also into fashioning "absolutely conceptual and highly theoretical" financial products whose main function is to enrich a very small number of well-placed people. When defending themselves against legal charges, Wall Streeters retreat to honesty by saying that everybody knows they are really there to make money and that it's naive to hold them accountable for the social impact of what they do. It is, indeed, naive to expect Wall Street to act as charitably as the Salvation Army, and you have to respect Fabulous Fab's brutal candor about this. Which brings us back to socialism. Marx's predictions about the inevitable collapse of capitalism have been wrong so far because the system has worked reasonably well, thanks to the rules and redistributive programs established after the Great Depression. The lesson is that the surest way to save capitalism is to regulate it in the public interest. The surest way to create socialists is for everyone to experience the economic consequences of counting only on the goodness in the hearts of Mr. Potter and Fabrice Tourre. - Full Article Source

05/02/10 - 'Infallible' Biometric innovation takes top prize at Inventions Fair
A new form of biometric identification has been awarded top prize at the International Exhibition of Inventors in Geneva. The system, designed by Spanish scientist Dr Celia Sanchez-Ramos Roda, could make biometric identification cheaper and easier. Instead of scanning the retina (inside the eye) like traditional retinal scanners, Dr Sanchez-Ramos's invention photographs and compares more than 1000 points of the cornea, the colored part of our eyes. The non-invasive machine and methods are, says the inventor, infallible, and can make an identification match in under a second. After commercialization, Dr Sanchez-Ramos believes that the potential uses include hotels, offices and banks. - Full Article Source

05/02/10 - Sparkfun educates and promotes Unique inventions
KeelyNet "We show people that electronics don't have to be scary," Nathan Seidle, the CEO and Founder of Sparkfun Electronics explained. The Boulder-based company provides electronic components and tutorials for people who want to build gadgets of their own. "We like to educate people," Seidle said. "We try to give them the tools they need to get going [on a project]. We try to share as much information about the things we've learned about the pitfalls and the failures we've had over the years so the customers and users can learn from our mistakes." The company looks for the newest and coolest electronic inventions and then works to provide them in a format customers can use at home. "The electronics we sell are made a little bit bigger so people can then put different pieces together and then build the prototype or the project that they're going for. If that really takes off and they really want to reduce it down then that's where the engineering comes in to really scale that down to much smaller size," Seidle explained. Sparkfun then encourages customers to use their imagination to find new uses for those components, offering them tips for what the parts and pieces can do and forums to encourage collaboration and improvements. - Full Article Source

05/02/10 - Inventions Wanted: New Staff and Website for Ad-Gen
While other companies are experiencing massive layoffs and job losses, Ad-Gen improves staff by hiring a consumer product pro with over 20 years of experience to help inventors commercialize their inventions. In addition, an upgraded website provides a more user-friendly experience for the aspiring inventor that is looking to get their patented or patent-pending product on the market. “In addition, an upgraded website provides a more user-friendly experience for the aspiring inventor that is looking to get his or her patented or patent-pending product on the market.” The new format highlights recent success stories of inventor clients, an updated blog and news release section, and an outline of the services Ad-Gen provides to its inventors.

“There are so many marketing tools that inventors are not even aware of to get their patented and patent-pending products commercialized, and we are excited to assist them,” says Jeff Bartlett.

“The blogs, news releases, RSS subscription, social media links, and overall feel show that Ad-Gen is leading the way for inventors in the Web 2.0 world.”

The re-design and launch of the new website comes off of the heels of Ad-Gen updating the new website for InventSAI. InventSAI, part of the Montgomery IP Associates family of companies that includes Ad-Gen, assists inventors in the early stages of developing their inventions and provides services, such as preparing a US Patent Application. These websites are tailored to the specific needs of inventors as they work on protecting, engineering, and launching their products to the market. - Full Article Source

05/02/10 - New Book Shows How to Get Inventions to Market After Filing a Patent
Filing for a patent is one thing, getting a product into the market is the real challenge. In his new book Patent to Market Success author, Matthew Yubas (www.ProductCoach.com) shows inventors and entrepreneurs a fresh, practical, and easy-to-understand guide for bringing an invention to market. "After filing for a patent, inventors are often confused about what to do next. As a result, they often fall into a variety traps and pitfalls. Patent to Market Success is the first book that not only shows an inventor what to do after filing a patent, but how to do it step-by-step. Anyone who has filed for a patent can benefit from the new strategies in this book," Yubas says. Patent Attorney Howard Cohn says, "Yubas has written the definitive guide for inventors and entrepreneurs seeking to reap the full benefits of their intellectual property rights. Anyone looking to turn an idea into a successful product should read Patent to Market Success." Patent to Market Success provides inventors with the following important benefits:

* How to make money from an invention
* How to get an invention to market using a proven 7-Step process
* How to sell an invention for a pay-out
* How to license an invention for royalties
* How to determine the value of a patent
* How to make money selling products to retailers, catalogs, and home shopping networks

US Patent and Trademark Office data shows that over 60,000 patents are abandoned per year (more than 1,000 per week). Patents are abandoned when the inventor fails to pay the patent maintenance fees, which is typically due to a lack of market success. When an invention fails, inventors generally waste between $5,000 and $15,000 in patent filing and attorney fees, plus development and other marketing expenses. - Full Article Source

05/02/10 - Break-through MIT Battery Maker Tries 'Made in USA'
Yet-Ming Chiang relishes his 20-mile drive to work. His hybrid car gets more than 100 miles per gallon, recharges by plugging into a regular wall outlet, and purrs so quietly that it's his favorite place for making important phone calls. But what makes Chiang's ordinary-looking beige Toyota Prius even more special is that it's powered by a break-through battery he invented himself and is working to turn into the kind of high-tech, green, "Made in America" product that many see as the key to the nation's economic future. Safer and more long-lasting than conventional lithium-ion car batteries, the 52-year old MIT professor's invention packs 600 cells into a base the size of an airplane carry-on bag. His technology has already transformed the batteries used in many cordless power tools. So why are Chiang and his company, A123 Systems, having trouble moving to full-scale commercial production and creating thousands of new American jobs with his better mousetrap? Despite the obstacles, A123 and a handful of other advanced battery producers are building plants in Michigan and other states – thanks massive government support that has offset Wall Street's skepticism. A123 alone is getting a whopping $250 million in aid from Obama's stimulus program as well as tax incentives from Michigan. A123's first U.S. plant opens in June, in an abandoned brick building near Detroit that once made VHS tapes for Disney. That achievement is a testament to American inventiveness, still-flourishing entrepreneurism, and a belated conclusion on the part of government that making things in America is critical to the nation's economic future. - Full Article Source

05/02/10 - 2 Pinoy kids win grand prize in US science fair for algae to oil
Grade 6 pupils Richard Ira and Brian Niguidula of Scofield Magnet Middle School in Stamford, Connecticut won the grand prize in the national ExploraVison for their “Community Algae Bioreactor” science project. Ira and Niguidula, in an interview with a local TV station in Connecticut, said they chose the project because “it was interesting and could benefit human kind.” The two boys’ winning invention—the micro community algae bioreactor—actually collects oil from algae. Ira and Niguidula explained through the ExploraVision website that the “Community Algae Bioreactor (mCAB) is a miniature renewable energy processing unit that creates biofuels from algae while cleaning water and reducing carbon dioxide levels. The closed-system mCAB uses plastic tubes lined with nanosand to remove fast-growing, easily-harvested ‘super algae’ with a high and constant oil content from wastewater and then extracts oil from the algae for fuel production.” - Full Article Source

05/02/10 - An advanced new system developed for solar-thermal energy
KeelyNet New technological advances at GreenFix Energy have helped push the creation of OASIIS into full effect. Through the combination of solar thermal and ocean thermal energy conservation (OTEC) technology, the new system, a solar-thermal floating island has been developed to replace environmental hazards like fossil fuels. The OASIIS system is also designed to make inhabitable areas with low agriculture more habitable due to the production of “large quantities of agricultural, potable water.” Engineer Richard Henderson, along with his colleagues, had the ingenuity to combine both renewable energy sources to launch this new and advanced environmental solution. Henderson said, "It took me thinking outside of the box to solve why some really great technologies like OTEC and Solar Thermal weren’t working with the efficiency they could. The solution was to resourcefully combine them." The OASIIS team views CSEM’s Solar Island as their biggest competition, however, they are also confident that their technology will be more effective and cost efficient. The CSEM Solar Island is a platform that floats above the sea in remote locations and adjusts to the course of the sun. This is currently being tested, and is said to be performing as expected. While the CSEM Solar Island costs one billion to make, the GreenFix system generates up to 70 percent of the efficiency and costs only two hundred million dollars to create. Plus, by creating distilled water as a bi-product, the OASIIS is “worth countless millions on its own.” - Full Article Source

05/02/10 - ' 'New' energy capture prototype
The Company has successfully created the first ever system that will generate sustainable energy from moving vehicles. New Energy Technologies, Inc. revealed the MotionPower™-Heavy system, the first ever full-scale technology that will generate electricity from the movement of heavy commercial vehicles such as buses, trucks and long-haul rigs. The idea is for the systems to unobtrusively capture extra kinetic energy that is produced from vehicles as they are slowing down on roadways. These systems would work at specific locations where heavy commercial vehicles tend to slow or come to a stop, for example: toll plazas, weigh scales, rest stops, or any other slowing areas on roadways. The excess energy is present in the same way a bicycle continues to move, even if the bicyclist is no longer pedaling. The MotionPower™ system converts this extra kinetic energy into sustainable energy. With the amount of vehicles on America’s highways, this will be a sufficient supply of energy. - Full Article Source

05/02/10 - 80 year old claims to live on Air
Prahlad Janim, who claims not to have had food or drink for the last 70 years, is under observation by India's defense research organization in a hospital in India. He has now spent six days without food or water under strict observation and doctors say his body has not yet shown any adverse effects from hunger or dehydration. Mr Jani, who claims to have left home aged seven and lived as a wandering sadhu or holy man in Rajasthan, is regarded as a 'breatharian' who can live on a 'spiritual life-force' alone. He believes he is sustained by a goddess who pours an 'elixir' through a hole in his palate. His claims have been supported by an Indian doctor who specializes in studies of people who claim supernatural abilities, but he has also been dismissed by others as a "village fraud." - Full Article Source

05/02/10 - Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine is open to electronic submissions
At long last, Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine is open to electronic submissions, as opposed to managing the mountains of paper that come into its NYC office every month. Asimov's gets vastly more submissions than it could ever publish, but the willingness to put a paper manuscript in the postal mail is not a good proxy for the ability to write a great story. Asimov's is the first of the big three (Asimov's, Analog and F&SF to open to electronic subs. (via boingboing.net) - Full Article Source

05/02/10 - Digital Camera Failure Rates
Out of 60,000 digital cameras purchased since 2006, SquareTrade.com, a warranty-provider, found that 11 percent fail in the first two years. In three years time, nearly 16 percent of digital cameras fail. Sixty percent of those failures were not the user’s fault. - Full Article Source

05/02/10 - Purple Pokeberries Yield Cheap Solar Power
KeelyNet "Researchers at Wake Forest's Center for Nanotechnology and Molecular Materials created a low-cost solar power system geared towards developing nations. By coating fiber-based solar cells with dye from purple pokeberries, a common weed, scientists created a cheap yet highly efficient solar system. Wake Forest researchers and their accompanying company, FiberCell Inc., have filed for a patent for fiber-based solar. Plastic sheets are stamped with plastic fibers, creating millions of tiny 'cans' that trap light until it is absorbed. The fibers create a huge surface area, meaning sunlight can be collected at any angle from the time the sun rises until it sets. Coating the system with pokeberry dye creates even greater absorption: researchers say the system can produce twice as much power as traditional flat-cell technology." - Full Article Source

05/02/10 - Can Oil-Eating Bacteria Help Clean Up the Gulf Oil Spill?
"At this point it's unclear how much of an environmental threat oil spreading from the BP spill will cause, but the federal government is mobilizing thousands of workers to prepare for the worst. They have a potential ally: microbes that have evolved an ability to break down oil that seeps from the ocean bottom. It gets devoured by a variety of bacteria, which eat it by chemically transforming its compounds into useful cellular constituents." - Full Article Source

05/02/10 - No Crying Out In The Wilderness
KeelyNet This summer, June 14-18, 2010, thousands from around the nation will come together in night and day worship, fasting and prayer, and crying out to God. The way the Holy Spirit has sovereignly orchestrated this gathering with dreams, God-encounters and supernatural events has been amazing. I feel it may end up being the most significant gathering I have ever participated in. But now, all pages at the Wilderness Outcry site have been taken down and replaced with an official update. We are very sorry to announce that due to a lack of funds, the large 5-day gathering called Wilderness Outcry will no longer take place this upcoming summer. We believe this vision is of the Lord, and certainly no one can deny the desperate need of our nation for prayer, but the reality is that provision for the high cost of doing an event like this - most of which must be paid in advance - has simply not materialized. Obviously, they didn't pray hard enough. A prayer event requires prayer to ensure its success. - Full Article Source

05/02/10 - Japanese Researchers Make Plastic Out of Water
"The material shown in the picture above is just ice, right? Look again. Elastic water, a new substance invented by researchers at Tokyo University, is a jelly-like substance made up of 95% water along with two grams of clay and a small amount of organic materials. As is, the all-natural substance is perfect for medical procedures, because it's made of water, poses no harm to people, and is perfect for mending tissue. And, if the research team can increase the density of this exciting new substance, it could be used in place of our current oil-based plastics for a host of other things." - Full Article Source

05/02/10 - An American Citizen's Response to 'Americas rich muslim heritage'
KeelyNet Barack OBAMA, during his Cairo speech, said: "I know, too, that Islam has always been a part of America's story." This response has been printed all over the internet. I'm not sure where it first originated, although I did try to find out.

Dear Mr. Obama:

Were those Muslims that were in America when the Pilgrims first landed? Funny, I thought they were Native American Indians.
Were those Muslims that celebrated the first Thanksgiving day? Sorry again, those were Pilgrims and Native American Indians.
Can you show me one Muslim signature on the United States Constitution?
Declaration of Independence?
Bill of Rights?

Didn't think so.

Did Muslims fight for this country's freedom from England? No.

Did Muslims fight during the Civil War to free the slaves in America? No, they did not. In fact, Muslims to this day are still the largest traffickers in human slavery. Your own half brother, a devout Muslim, still advocates slavery himself, even though Muslims of Arabic descent refer to black Muslims as "pug nosed slaves." Says a lot of what the Muslim world really thinks of your family's "rich Islamic heritage," doesn't it Mr. Obama?

The letter to Obama goes on reminding the President that there were no Muslims here during the Civil Rights Era and that there are no pictures or media accounts of Muslims standing or walking side-by-side with Martin Luther King, Jr.. It reminds Obama that Muslims were not here during our country's Woman's Suffrage Era and that in the Islamic culture, women remain subservient and are beaten for not wearing the 'hajib' or for talking to men outside the family. The writer asks where the Muslims were during WWII, then answers that they were aligned with Adolf Hitler. Then the writer reminds the President that on September 11, 2001, Muslims flew airplanes into the World Trade Center, and the Pentagon, and were stopped by an airplane full of people in Pennsylvania and killed nearly 3,000 people. He also reminds Obama that afterward, Muslims rejoiced in the Middle East, and that we saw the footage on CNN, Fox News, MSNBC and other stations. The writer adds:

Strangely, the very "moderate" Muslims whose asses you bent over backwards to kiss in Cairo, Egypt on June 4th were stone cold silent post 9-11. To many Americans, their silence has meant approval for the acts of that day.

And THAT, Mr. Obama, is the "rich heritage" Muslims have here in America. Oh, I'm sorry, I forgot to mention the Barbary Pirates. They were Muslim. And now we can add November 5, 2009 - the slaughter of American soldiers at Fort Hood by a Muslim major who is a doctor and a psychiatrist who was supposed to be counseling soldiers returning from battle in Iraq and Afghanistan.

That, Mr. Obama is the "Muslim heritage" in America. - Full Article Source

05/02/10 - Items of Interest and Concern
A recent patient survey indicated that 70% of the women who gave birth at Parkland Hospital in Dallas in the first three months of 2006 were illegal immigrants. The Dallas Morning News article followed a Hispanic woman who was a patient at one of the clinics and pregnant with her third child - her previous two were also born at Parkland. Her first two deliveries were free and the Mexican native was grateful because it would have cost $200 to have them in Mexico. This time, the hospital wants her to pay $10 per visit and $100 for the delivery. (I wonder why they even bother asking at this point.) How long has this been going on? What are the long-term effects? Well, another subject of the article was born at Parkland in 1986 shortly after her mother entered the US illegally - now she is having her own child there as well. (That's right, she's technically a US citizen.) These women receive free prenatal care including medication, nutrition, birthing classes and child care classes. They also get freebies such as car seats, bottles, diapers and formula. Because these women are illegal immigrants they do not have to provide any sort of legitimate identification - no proof of income. An American citizen would have to provide a social security number which would reveal their annual income - an illegal immigrant need only claim to be poor and the hospital must take them at their word. As if that isn't annoying enough, the illegal immigrant patients are actually complaining about hospital staff not speaking Spanish.

Mexican Assassins - As you know, one of the local ranchers was murdered in Douglas two weeks ago. His funeral is tomorrow. I received three messages similar to the one below from different officers within the Rangers and law enforcement. Yesterday afternoon I talked to another rancher near us who is a friend of ours and whose great grandfather started their ranch here in 1880. These are good people. He told me what really happened out at the Krentz ranch and what you won't read in the papers. The Border Patrol is afraid of starting a small war between civilians here and the drug cartels in Mexico. Bob Krentz was checking his water like he does every evening and came upon an illegal who was lying on the ground telling him he was sick. Bob called the Border Patrol and asked for a medical helicopter evac. As he turned to go back to his ATV he was shot in the side. The round came from down and angled up so they know the shooter was on the ground. Bob's firearm was in the ATV so he had no chance. Wounded he called the Cochise County Sherriff and asked for help. Bleeding in the lungs he called his brother but the line was bad so he called his wife but again the line was bad. Several ranchers heard the radio call and drove to his location. Bob was dead by this time. The ranchers tracked the shooter 8 miles back towards Mexico and cornered him in a brushy draw. This was all at night. The Sherriff and Border Patrol arrived and told them not to go down and engage the murderer. They went around to the back side and if you can believe it the assassin managed to get by a BP helicopter and a Sherriff's posse and back to Mexico. So much for professional help when you need it. One week before the murder Bob and his brother Phil (who I shoot with) hauled a huge quantity of drugs off the ranch that they found in trucks. One week before that a rancher near Naco did the same thing. Two nights later gangs broke into his ranch house and beat him and his wife and told them that if they touched any drugs they found they would come back and kill them. The ranchers here deal with cut fences and haul drug deliveries off their ranches all the time. What ranchers think is that the drug cartels beat the one rancher and shot Bob because they wanted to send a message. Bob always gave food and water to illegals and so they think they sent the assassin to pose as an illegal who was hungry and thirsty knowing it would catch Bob off guard. What is going on down here is NOT being reported. You need to tell people how bad it is along the border. Texas is worse. Near El Paso it's in a state of war. 5000 people were killed in Ciudad Juarez last year and it's over 2000 so far this year. Gun sales down here are through the roof and I get emails from people wanting firearms training. Something has to be done but I don't hold out much hope. These gangs have groups in almost every city in the US. The Barrio Azteca and their sub gangs are like Mexican Corporations and organized extremely well. If this doesn't get dealt with down here you guys will deal with it on your streets. - Full Article Source

05/02/10 - One In Eight To Cut Cable and Satellite TV In 2010
"It looks like people are finally getting sick of overpriced, ad-infested cable and satellite TV. I had predicted that by 2005 we would mostly be using the net for video — seems like I was a few years off. From the article: 'A cutting-the-cord trend has been the subject of speculation for some time, as networks have increasingly made television programming available for free on the Internet. But a combination of other factors, including a growing number of battles between cable companies and networks, soaring Internet video viewings, and an increase in connected TVs and devices, suggest the trend is finally upon us. ... The biggest reason why customers will cut the cord, according to the study, is the growing cost of pay-TV service. Cable and satellite viewers pay an average of $71 per month, and they receive an average annual price hike of 5%, according to research firm Centris.'" - Full Article Source

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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