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11/02/09 - We're Governed by Callous Children
In a WSJ opinion piece by Peggy Noonan titled 'We're Governed by Callous Children.' She writes, 'We are governed at all levels by America's luckiest children, sons and daughters of the abundance, and they call themselves optimists but they're not optimists — they're unimaginative. They don't have faith, they've just never been foreclosed on. They are stupid and they are callous, and they don't mind it when people become disheartened. They don't even notice. - Full Article Source

11/02/09 - Xerox ink will print circuits
KeelyNet Xerox has announced a breakthrough in printable circuits. They’ve developed a conductive ink called “silver bullet” that can be printed on many different types of substrate to create circuits. The key part of the new ink is its lower melting point. Plastic film substrate melts at 150 degrees Celsius but the ink is liquid when ten degrees cooler to avoid damaging the film. This begs the question: how do you then solder components to the circuit? The benefits of printable circuitry are obvious. Aside from cheaper and easier RFID, disposable circuits like greeting cards, and fabric-based electronics, we’re hoping this will facilitate more environmentally friendly PCB fabrication. That really depends on the ink’s production process and the resilience of the resulting circuitry. - Full Article Source

11/02/09 - Now, bulk of innovation is due to government
Few private corporations in this country perform the necessary research and development to create the technologies that have largely been responsible for our high (but dramatically slipping) standard of living. It is the U.S. government — via the Energy and Defense departments, the National Institutes of Health, and the Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer programs — that provides money to support research and development in government-funded national labs, at universities and in industry that are largely the driving forces for our nation’s innovation. At one time, large-scale research was supported by great corporations such as AT&T that resulted, for example, in the development of the transistor and high-speed optical computers. But most U.S. companies no longer perform significant research or do so in an extremely limited capacity because of their short-term and myopic profit-making outlook, and the ball is dropped on the need for long-term investment to develop and improve technologies that may require decades to succeed. Our government is shouldering much of the risk to continue our unprecedented success in science and engineering that mostly drives our economy, well-being and national security. Let the U.S. taxpayers shoulder the risks and costs of developing new technologies (just as they have done to rescue irresponsible and greedy banks) and then let corporations profit from them! What a deal! - Full Article Source

11/02/09 - A New Paradigm: The New Deal of the 1930s
The New Deal that led out of the worldwide economic crisis (1929-1938) in the 1930s was based on the combination of a new technical-economic model with a new socio-economic model. The technical-economic model was Fordist mass production, the economy of scale and the related model of industrial research, development, production and utilization of nature. The socio-economic model was the participation of workers in economic development in the form of higher income, growing consumption and better social security: productivity-oriented wage policy and the welfare state. The New Deal was obviously not the result of intentionally planned political decisions of President Roosevelt, US economic bosses, the voters or the population. It was the result of socio-economic and political developments (in the sense of Schumpeter), of an evolutionary process under the conditions of a profound worldwide economic crisis, of a systemic crisis of capitalism, the second systemic crisis after the First World War, the revolutions and the German-Austrian inflation. The New Deal brought about a new version of the social in the context of US capitalism. Several measures should be underlined here: state monitoring of the stock exchange, price controls for agricultural products (today price controls on energy products are vital), reduction of working hours, voluntary labor, communal investments, legal grounds for unions and the right to strike, introduction of a state pension, an unemployment insurance and the minimum wage, introduction of a progressive income tax (a tax on the rich!) and prohibition of private ownership of gold and silver. Free trade and the principle of most-favored nation status in international trade were added. - Full Article Source

11/02/09 - Eat fruits and vegetables raw when possible - Cook Waterless
It has actually been proven that fruits and vegetables have health benefits that science has not yet discovered, and may act as a medicine for a huge number of diseases,” stated Saleh Al-Mudhian, Owner of Saleh Al-Mudhian Sons Co. for General Trading. “To get the amount that’s recommended, most people need to increase the amount of fruits and vegetables they currently eat every day. Fruits and vegetables contain essential vitamins, minerals, and fiber that may help protect you from chronic diseases. Compared with people who consume a diet with only small amounts of fruits and vegetables, those who eat more generous amounts as part of a healthful diet are likely to have reduced risk of chronic diseases, including stroke and perhaps other cardiovascular diseases, and certain cancers.” Water used for cooking can also dissolve and wash away even more of those vitamins … the water soluble ones. Therefore, any cooking that minimizes time, temperature, and amount of water used will help to preserve nutrients. Microwave cooking has been said to be one of the best ways to preserve nutrients because it needs minimal water, and the cooking time is very short. Pressure cooking under steam is also one of the best because it too minimizes time and requires little water. Other methods for nutrition are steaming in a little water, stir frying, and boil-in-bag. However, I have worked hard throughout my life to research on kitchen products including frying pans, kitchen pots and so on that can cook any kind of food with minimal or no water and oil, minimal heat and minimal cooking time.- Full Article Source

11/02/09 - Where To Get Slaves
KeelyNet According to God, U.S. residents who need slaves can get them from Canada or Mexico. Also, you can round up any illegal aliens (and their children) and make them slaves. / The Bible not only condones slavery, it actually encourages that cruel institution and has, in fact, been effectively used to promote and preserve it. In Exodus 21 the guidelines for the buying, selling and treatment of slaves is given. God says in verse 4 that if a male slave marries, his wife and children shall remain with the master when the slave departs because technically speaking they belong to the master. How's that for family values? Now if the slave is imprudent enough to protest because he loves his wife and children and wants to stay on, the consequences can be pretty drastic. In verse 6 the master is directed to "Bring him unto the judges; he shall also bring him to the door, or unto the door post; and his master shall bore his ear through with an awl; and he shall serve him for ever". This is all repeated with some minor alteration in Deuteronomy 15:16-17. Here the master is told to "Do likewise to your maid slaves." In Exodus 21:7-9 God even instructs men how they are to go about selling their own daughters into slavery. Here it is worth noting that many church officials including popes have owned slaves.

"Your male and female slaves are to come from the nations around you; from them you may buy slaves. You may also buy some of the temporary residents living among you and members of their clans born in your country, and they will become your property. You can will them to your children as inherited property and can make them slaves for life... - Full Article Source

11/02/09 - UA solar device may create energy as cheaply as coal
The University of Arizona's Steward Observatory Mirror Lab has produced the first prototype of a solar device that inventor Roger Angel hopes will eventually produce electricity from the sun at a price rivaling the cheapest fossil fuels. Angel's design uses mirrors — 21 segments arrayed in a parabola on a lightweight aluminum frame — to focus the sun's light on a small solar cell. Angel, the Mirror Lab's founder and director, said the device uses only about $200 worth of glass and eventually could be mass-produced for $1,500. At that price, the device would produce energy for $1 a watt, making it as cheap as coal-burning electrical plants. - Full Article Source

11/02/09 - Noise Diode for DIY Decision Maker
Leon's Mini Portable Random Number Generator Demonstration. [Leon] sent in his random number generator, oddly enough not to just generate a number, but help us through with those life altering decisions. Using a noise diode like setup he’s able to generate random bits, which an ATtiny24 then converts and displays on a 7 segment LED. His generator also has the ability to set upper and lower limits. Seems like an awful lot of work to avoid the freedom of choice paradox, but we enjoyed the project none the less. - Full Article Source

11/02/09 - Wireless security camera for digital nomads hits
Homeowners protect their loved ones and property by installing surveillance cameras around the house to detect intruders. But what about those of us who travel constantly, or live in specific places only temporarily? We want security, too! Now, a $600 wireless product has been designed for nearly all conditions. It's called the Global Watchman. The camera unit is a ruggedized enclosure you can mount anywhere. You can run it off the batteries, or plug it in. The camera takes pictures up to 60 feet away in total darkness, and uploads the photos via a mobile broadband cellular connection. It also stores pictures in a Compact Flash card. The Global Watchman doesn't look for motion, but changes in heat. So a person will trigger the camera, but not wind-blown trees. The device is ruggedized against heat, cold, dirt and water. Because it's both wireless and battery operated, it's easy to set up. A built-in laser guide helps you point it exactly where you want it pointed. Included bungee cords means you can just lash it to a tree or a post. - Full Article Source

11/02/09 - Use Vicks VapoRub To Cure Toenail Fungus
KeelyNet Researchers have been studying the effects of the herb, thyme, on curing toenail fungus—a condition that, while not normally harmful, affects about 15% of Americans. The over the counter medications for eliminating nail fungus are plagued with drawbacks. They're expensive, don't have great results, and have a whole slew of side effects. Here's what The New York Times had to say about the research surrounding the use of herbal remedies such as Thyme instead: In one study, scientists tested the antifungal effects of the ingredients in a generic medicated chest rub. Of the seven ingredients, thymol was among the most effective at inhibiting the growth of dermatophytes that cause nail fungus. Other studies in animals have also shown thymol oil to be effective against dermatophytes. And studies have also shown that thymol oil destroys another cause of nail fungus, Candida, by disrupting its cell membranes and metabolism. - Full Article Source

11/02/09 - A Clever New Approach To Desalination
"The Economist reports on progress by a company called Saltworks on using saline gradients to do the heavy lifting of desalination. In essence, Saltworks uses solar energy or waste heat to concentrate sea water. They then use the ionic gradient between the concentrated brine and two sea-water streams to pull ions from from a 3rd sea-water stream. It appears to work with entropy by trading the reduced entropy of the desalinated water against the increased entropy of 'mixing' the brine and the other sea-water streams. The article only discusses Na and Cl, but even just removing these ions is a step in the right direction." - Full Article Source

11/02/09 - Easy Autodial telephone
KeelyNet Taufeeq's Grandmother needed to be able to call her family members but due to ailing eyesight and memory this was a difficult task. He decided to help her with this by building a telephone that will auto-dial a number at the push of a button. [Taufeeq] built a case to hang on the wall which houses a hook for the receiver and two auto-dial buttons. The buttons are lighted and loosely based on the LED push buttons we covered in January. Housed in a separate box are a microcontroller and a dual tone multiple frequency IC used to dial the numbers. These are patched into a PCB from a standard telephone. - Full Article Source

11/02/09 - Blogger Humiliates Town Councillors Into Resigning
"In an occurrence first postulated in sci-fi and later lampooned by stick figures, it seems that a blogger has actually been responsible for the mass resignation of elected officials — a British town council — largely by calling them 'jack***es' and Nazis. What's next? The deposition of a president with 'your mom' smacktalk?" - Full Article Source

11/02/09 - Clever 'chopped' cars promise cheap electric commuting
Huge effort has been expended on untested new technology, says Illah Nourbakhsh, leader of the Charge Car project at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He suggests an alternative: "Let's use the cheapest hardware possible by making the smartest possible management software." His team has designed a novel electric-car architecture that he says can be used to cheaply convert used cars into electric ones. They took a Toyota Scion to a local "chop shop" to prove that the conversion works. The Scion's petrol engine, fuel tank and exhaust were swapped for a set of lead-acid batteries, four motors and a supercapacitor, which is able to soak up or discharge power much faster than a battery. The load on the battery is minimised by relying heavily on the supercapacitor, which is charged by recouping braking energy. The car might feel like the poor cousin of production electric vehicles, but Nourbakhsh's team reckon that commuters don't need high-spec cars. He says a car that can travel only 32 kilometres per charge would allow 53 per cent of Americans to cover both legs of their daily commute, while 48 kilometres would suit 71 per cent. If using the US's standard Urban Dynamometer Driving Schedule, which models city driving conditions, it appears that regenerative braking could recoup only 6 per cent of energy expended. But the UDDS is a "terrible model" of how commuters drive that fails to account for the stop-start reality of urban driving, says Nourbakhsh. He says records of real commutes suggest regenerative braking could recover up to 40 per cent of the energy used. - Full Article Source

11/02/09 - Plowing Carbon Into the Fields
KeelyNet "A wheat farmer in Australia has eliminated adding fertilizer to his crop by the simple process of injecting the cooled diesel exhaust of his modified tractor into the ground when the wheat is being sown. In doing so he eliminates releasing carbon into the atmosphere and at the same time saves himself up to $500,000 (AUD) that would have been required to fertilize his 3,900 hectares in the traditional way. Yet his crop yields over the last two years have been at least on par with his best yields since 2001. The technique was developed by a Canadian, Gary Lewis of Bio Agtive, and is currently in trial at 100 farms around the world." - Full Article Source

11/02/09 - Toyota Develops New Flower Species To Reduce Pollution
"Toyota has created two flower species that absorb nitrogen oxides and take heat out of the atmosphere. The flowers, derivatives of the cherry sage plant and the gardenia, were specially developed for the grounds of Toyota's Prius plant in Toyota City, Japan. The sage derivative's leaves have unique characteristics that absorb harmful gases, while the gardenia's leaves create water vapour in the air, reducing the surface temperature of the factory surrounds and, therefore, reducing the energy needed for cooling, in turn producing less carbon dioxide (CO2)." - Full Article Source

11/02/09 - Fast-Charging Buses
Batteries that recharge in 5 to 10 minutes could help make electric vehicles more competitive. The high cost of batteries is one of the biggest reasons why electric vehicles aren't widespread. We recently wrote about an interesting solution to this problem--rather than equipping an electric vehicle with enough batteries for a day's driving, use a minimal amount of energy storage but provide a way to recharge quickly. This way you can spend a lot less on energy storage and bring the cost down to something competitive with conventional vehicles. In the case we wrote about, Sinautec Automobile Technologies has equipped buses with ultracapacitors with a very limited range--just a few miles--but that can be recharged in 30 seconds or so at bus stops. Here's another approach from Proterra, a company based in Colorado. Instead of ultracapacitors, the company uses batteries from Altairnano that can recharge in 5 to 10 minutes at a special overhead recharging station. - Full Article Source

11/02/09 - Fraudulent 2009 H1N1 Influenza Products List
This list is intended to alert consumers about Web sites that are or were illegally marketing unapproved, uncleared, or unauthorized products in relation to the 2009 H1N1 Flu Virus (sometimes referred to as the “swine flu” virus). Note that until evidence to the contrary is presented to FDA, the owner of the listed Web site is considered responsible for promoting the unapproved, uncleared, or unauthorized products. The uses related to the 2009 H1N1 Flu Virus are not necessarily being promoted by the manufacturers of the products. - Full Article Source

11/02/09 - Psychic computer shows your thoughts on screen
KeelyNet Scientists have discovered how to “read” minds by scanning brain activity and reproducing images of what people are seeing — or even remembering. Researchers have been able to convert into crude video footage the brain activity stimulated by what a person is watching or recalling. The breakthrough raises the prospect of significant benefits, such as allowing people who are unable to move or speak to communicate via visualisation of their thoughts; recording people’s dreams; or allowing police to identify criminals by recalling the memories of a witness. However, it could also herald a new Big Brother era, similar to that envisaged in the Hollywood film Minority Report, in which an individual’s private thoughts can be readily accessed by the authorities. Jack Gallant and Shinji Nishimoto, two neurologists from the University of California, Berkeley, last year managed to correlate activity in the brain’s visual cortex with static images seen by the person. Last week they went one step further by revealing that it is possible to “decode” signals generated in the brain by moving scenes. - Full Article Source

11/02/09 - Everywhere-and-forever contracts bind you in perpetuity
Lawyers for years have added language to some contracts that stretches beyond the Earth's atmosphere. But more and more people are encountering such everywhere-and-forever language as entertainment companies tap into amateur talent and try to anticipate every possible future stream of revenue. Experts in contract drafting say lawyers are trying to ensure that with the proliferation of new outlets -- including mobile-phone screens, Twitter, online video sites and the like -- they cover all possible venues from which their clients can derive income, even those in outer space. The terms of use listed on Starwars.com, where people can post to message boards among other things, tell users that they give up the rights to any content submissions "throughout the universe and/or to incorporate it in other works in any form, media or technology now known or hereafter developed." Lucasfilm Ltd., Star Wars creator George Lucas's entertainment company that runs the site, said the language is standard in Hollywood. "But, to be honest with you, we have had very few cases of people trying to exploit rights on other planets," says Lynne Hale, a Lucasfilm spokeswoman. - Full Article Source

11/02/09 - AIDA Robot Aims To Change The Way We Interact With Our Car
We envision a navigation system that mimics the friendly expertise of a driving companion who is familiar with both the driver and the city. Instead of focusing solely on determining routes to a specified waypoint, our system utilizes analysis of driver behavior in order to identify the set of goals the driver would like to achieve. Furthermore, AIDA involves an understanding of the city beyond what can be seen through the windshield, incorporating information such as business and shopping districts, tourist and residential areas, as well as real-time event information and environmental conditions. Functinalities that gather information about driver preferences additionally help AIDA to behave more intelligently. One mandatory task for AIDA is to predict the destination of the driver as well as the most likely route that he/she will follow. This will in turn allow for useful reactions from AIDA such as proposing route alternatives when something unexpected happens in the predicted route, or providing the right information at the right time (e.g. a fuel warning before passing by a gas station) or even helping save energy. / MIT develops intelligent in-car robot which reads your moods with facial expressions, figures out your home and work locations, advises you on best route to grocery store, and reminds you to fill up the gas. So basically a full-time, in-car wife. (via fark.com) - Full Article Source

10/31/09 - Halloweeen Tic Tac Toe
Thanks to El Sargento! - Full Article Source

10/31/09 - Kapanadze 5 KW free energy unit (bad audio and video)
KeelyNet From the overunity.com site; http://www.overunity.com/index.php?topic=7679 - There are 7 parts to this video but the guys are lighting 5 large Edison based lightbulbs from a radiator buried in the ground, a wire to a water pipe, a Tesla coil/joule thief, a spark gap, and some other unidentified components. Most intriguing and wish it was a much better video and had translations to english... So thanks James, for the links...this Kapanadze one might be platinum!!! - Full Article Source

10/31/09 - Chinese To Supply 600 MW Wind Farm In Texas
A Wall Street Journal report that Chinese banks will provide $1.5B to a consortium of Chinese and American companies to build a 600-megawatt wind farm in West Texas, using turbines made in China. The wind farm will be built on 36,000 acres, and will use 240 2.5-megawatt turbines, providing enough power to meet the electrical needs of around 150,000 American homes. The project will be the first instance of a Chinese manufacturer exporting wind turbines to the United States. China aims to be the front-runner in wind- and solar-power generation. - Full Article Source

10/31/09 - Notes on Precession, Spin Direction, Gravity and Energy
KeelyNet I restored the interact discussion list archives and am always amazed at how much information is in them, here is a sample with multiple links if you are interested in gravity, inertia, etc.. If you have some time or want to browse, on the keelynet.com main page in the google search box is an option for the Interact list...click that and type in something like energy, space, time, antigravity, whatever your interest might be and see what pops up. Be sure to follow the threads. / (Thanks to Dan York for setting up the Interact list years ago and preserving the information for posterity! - JWD) - Full Article Source. The two pictures above are from articles, the one on the left is for a Gyroscopic Airship and the one on the right where I can't find the original article URL (probably in the archives) but it comes from an inventor who claimed we could produce limitless power by tapping into gyroscopic precession from the Earth.

10/31/09 - Invention Secrecy at Highest in a Decade
The total number of invention secrecy orders that the U.S. government imposed on patent applications rose again this year, reaching 5,081 by the end of last month, the highest figure since 1996. Under the Invention Secrecy Act of 1951, U.S. government agencies may restrict the disclosure of a patent application whenever its publication is deemed “detrimental to the national security.” In Fiscal Year 2009, 103 new secrecy orders were issued, while 45 existing orders were rescinded. The most vexing secrecy orders, known as “John Doe” secrecy orders, are those that are imposed on private inventors who are not government contractors so that the government has no property interest in the invention. In Fiscal Year 2009, there were 21 new John Doe secrecy orders, according to the latest statistics. An argument could be made that secrecy orders in such cases are infringements on an inventor’s First Amendment rights, but such an argument has never been tested in court. - Full Article Source

10/31/09 - Tightening skin with Magnetic Fields
KeelyNet AuraLevée is a proprietary breakthrough technology – the first to employ high frequency alternating magnetic fields for applications in cosmetic medicine by Rocky Mountain Biosystems, Inc. Treatment with the AuraLevée system results in an immediate cosmetic skin tightening that reduces the appearance of wrinkles and skin laxity, followed by the stimulation of new collagen production that results in thickening of the dermis. The use of alternating magnetic fields ensures there is no electrical contact with the patient, and results in focused heating only in the epidermis. Volumetric Skin Tightening - The immediate skin tightening effect of AuraLevée is believed to result from its effect on the molecular structure of proteins and proteoglycans in the dermis. The most prominent effect is believed to occur as a result of collagen contraction following localized heating, permitting the collagen fibrils to once again pack together more closely as found in younger skin. Generation of New Collagen for Skin Thickening - A second AuraLevée effect occurs weeks to months after treatment as a result of the creation of a microthermal “shock” to fibroblasts in the dermis, which proliferate and are stimulated to produce new collagen in the dermal layers. The stimulation and proliferation ultimately result in thickening of the dermis. The uniqueness of AuraLevée lies in the fact that the thermal energy contracting the collagen is generated internally rather than as the result of external electrical or photon stimulation. - Full Article Source

10/31/09 - Who Really Invented the Telephone?
In his provocative new nonfiction, "The Tangled Web Of Patent #174465" (published by AuthorHouse), noted author and researcher Russell A. Pizer sets out to prove that an Italian-American named Antonio Meucci was the inventor of the telephone, as opposed to Alexander Graham Bell, who has long been credited for creating the ubiquitous device. Unbiased and meticulously researched, "The Tangled Web Of Patent #174465" is a story of fraud, collusions, perjury, corruption, bribery and industrial espionage. Employing careful analysis of hundreds of documents, including thousands of pages of sworn testimony before a Congressional investigations committee, "The Tangled Web Of Patent #174465" points to Bell's father-in-law, Gardiner Greene Hubbard, as the actual culprit in this historical subterfuge, although Bell certainly was complicit in his actions. Pizer writes:

It will be seen that throughout the early years of the telephone, A.G. Bell gave different stories about events that surrounded the invention and issuance of a patent of what became -- only via legal subterfuge -- the invention of the telephone. These different stories cast grave doubts about A.G. Bell's honesty and that of his father-in-law, who reaped millions of dollars in profits through what became the Bell telephone monopoly.
Pizer argues that Bell himself was a party to "what might be considered one of America's most far-reaching historical deceptions." - Full Article Source

10/31/09 - Institute for Vacuum Energy, extracting ZPE patents and the Reid-cell
KeelyNet For those interested in vacuum energy, I found an interesting video you might enjoy. Electra Energy AG is in the process of developing renewable energy sources and their commercialisation. Our primary development is an energy generator which belongs to a completely new class of electric systems. They are called “asymmetric electric systems”. These generators receive energy from quantum vacuum or space–time and convert it into electrical or mechanical energy. The advantage over conventional energy conversion systems is, that these technologies deliver energy permanently and emission free.

1.1 Simple measurements with common measuring equipment, it can be seen that nearly every piece of material has an electrical potential. Take a raw piece of a calcite stone and check the voltage at differing places. You will find certain potentials but they never get down to zero. The phenomenon of crystalline energy harmonizes with the view from crystallogy, mineralogy and material sciences. Most scientists treat this energy as being too unimportant and therefore insignificant to have any technological potential. Furthermore many scientists see only the electrolysis as cause for the observed phenomenon. There are other possible causes such as: piezoelectric effect, quantum-tunnelling, high temperature superconductors etc. Once this effect is believed to have an industrial value, the basic research worldwide will investigate these and other possible explanations extensively.

1.2 The Reid-cell: 1.4. This generator consists of a crystalline material attached between two specialised semiconductors, which produce a permanent and loss-free current of electric energy. Using a highly dispersive crystalline material in a special manufacturing process, a synthetic crystal with an extremely big surface is grown, where several different physical processes appear. These cause a multiplication of the effect. With the correct positioning of the semiconductors it is possible to extract electric energy from the synthetic crystal. The current flows continually and may last at least as long as 6 years (current status by observation) without any observable decline of power. Through serial or parallel positioning of the semiconductors it is possible to increase the power to any required strength. These cells have already been presented to the public. The energy capacity is in the moment at about 1.0 mWcdm.

- Electra Energy AG and First List Exchange and Second List Exchange and Animated film shows the function of an electric circuit using quantum electrodynamics and a full report on the Marcus Reid Crystal Battery.

10/31/09 - Freckles Frozen Off With Dry Ice (Feb, 1933)
Freezing off freckles by means of pencils of compressed carbon dioxide snow, often called “dry ice,” is a new method of getting rid of these skin blemishes devised by an Italian physician, Dr. M. Matarasso. The dry ice, which will freeze all human tissues solid after contact of more than a few moments, is compressed into a small stick or pencil, sharp-pointed like a lead pencil. The point of this pencil of concentrated cold then is pressed against each freckle in turn for three seconds. After the colored skin of the freckle drops off in about a week, the new skin thus disclosed is white and unmarked. - Full Article Source

10/31/09 - How Terahertz Waves Tear Apart DNA
KeelyNet "Great things are expected of terahertz waves, the radiation in the electromagnetic spectrum between microwaves and the infrared. Terahertz waves pass through non-conducting materials such as clothes, paper, wood and brick and so cameras sensitive to them can peer inside envelopes, into living rooms and 'frisk' people at distance. That's not to mention the great potential they have in medical imaging. Because terahertz photons are not energetic enough to break chemical bonds or ionize electrons, it's easy to dismiss fears over their health effects. And yet the evidence is mixed: some studies have reported significant genetic damage while others, although similar, have reported none. Now a team led by Los Alamos National Labs thinks it knows why. They say that although the forces that terahertz waves exert on double-stranded DNA are tiny, in certain circumstances resonant effects can unzip the DNA strands, tearing them apart. This creates bubbles in the strands that can significantly interfere with processes such as gene expression and DNA replication. With terahertz scanners already appearing in airports and hospitals, the question that now urgently needs answering is what level of exposure is safe." / Alexandrov and co have created a model to investigate how THz fields interact with double-stranded DNA and what they've found is remarkable. They say that although the forces generated are tiny, resonant effects allow THz waves to unzip double-stranded DNA, creating bubbles in the double strand that could significantly interfere with processes such as gene expression and DNA replication. That's a jaw dropping conclusion. And it also explains why the evidence has been so hard to garner. Ordinary resonant effects are not powerful enough to do do this kind of damage but nonlinear resonances can. These nonlinear instabilities are much less likely to form which explains why the character of THz genotoxic effects are probabilistic rather than deterministic, say the team. - Full Article Source

10/31/09 - Robins can 'see' magnetic fields
The information, relayed to a specialised light-processing region of the brain called ‘cluster N’, helps the robin navigate on migration flights. Experts know birds possess an internal magnetic compass, but there is disagreement about what form it takes. One idea is that tiny magnets in the beak wired to the nervous system detect lines of magnetic force. Another is that magnetic fields are ‘seen’ via the eyes using a complex light-sensitive mechanism. The new research suggests that, for robins at least, the second theory is probably correct. German scientists studied 36 European robins and found birds with damage to ‘cluster N’ were unable to orientate themselves using the Earth’s magnetic field. But damage to another nerve channel necessary for a beak-sensing system had no effect. - Full Article Source

11/06/09 - WaveRoller Uses Swinging Door for Underwater Wave Energy
KeelyNet The simplest ideas are best at harnessing underwater wave energy. You don’t want lots of parts in the harsh marine environment (for machine parts) under the ocean. Here’s an idea from a diver from Finland who was almost hit in the head by a shipwreck door that inspired this invention: the WaveRoller. Each 20 ton WaveRoller “door” can be connected together in threes to make up a nearly 1 MW unit. Obviously you can make a modular farm of any size under the ocean of these three-packed units, so the output can be as much as you can build tons-worth of “doors”. AW-Energy’s WaveRoller uses the roiling currents under the sea to make energy from the repetitive surge motion at the sea floor in what Koivusaari calls the surge zone. The kinetic energy produced is collected by a piston pump. This energy can be converted to electricity by a closed hydraulic system in combination with a hydraulic motor/generator system. It would be positioned on the sea-floor 21 feet to 75 feet below sea level so ships won’t interfere with it. Since it is out of sight; it is a Nimby-proof source of renewable energy. - Full Article Source

11/06/09 - Find DARPA's Balloons, Win $40K
"The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency today offered up a rather interesting challenge: find and plot 10 red weather balloons scattered at undisclosed locations across the country. The first person to identify the location of all the balloons and enter them on the challenge Web site will win a $40,000 cash prize. According to the agency, the balloons will be in readily accessible locations, visible from nearby roadways and accompanied by DARPA representatives. All balloons are scheduled to go on display at all locations at 10:00AM (ET) until approximately 4:00 PM on Saturday, December 5, 2009." - Full Article Source

11/06/09 - The recession is 'over' – again
Jackie Mason, widely regarded as one of the greatest stand-up comics of all time, has won numerous Tony and Emmy awards for his performances. Besides writing and videotaping commentary for the Web, Mason is still playing to sold-out crowds all over the world with his one-man show. - Full Article Source

11/06/09 - "AirRay Auto": the Car That Oil Companies Don`t Want You to Know About
This is the car that is destined to be the new "Car of the Future". AirRay`s entire system is unique. The roof of the car consists of a solar honeycomb-membrane panel which collects the sun`s rays when parked and when moving, and transfers that energy to the main energy storage system located in the back of the vehicle. The front hood of the car boasts three wind turbines which transfer air into electric energy and is then stored in the main battery. The remaining wind turbine is located on the trunk of the car, grasping at the airflow that surrounds the car when driving. Engineers have incorporated the vehicle with Vehicle to Grid (V2G) capabilities which will enable the user to transfer renewable power back into their home for use in their household or right back into the electrical grid to deplete their electric bills. The initial AirRay concept car will have these features incorporated within a hybrid auto or traditional gas or diesel run vehicle. EarthSure CEO Raymond Saluccio adds, "Our final masterpiece of automobile will be solely electric powered and not have any need for gas or oil. The energy the car creates through the solar panels and the wind turbines will be enough for the automobile to run without worry of losing power. - Full Article Source

11/06/09 - Metallic-Air Battery Could Have 11 Times Energy of Lithium
KeelyNet Arizona State spin-off is targeting energy densities of at least 900 watt-hours per kilogram and up to 1,600 watt-hours per kilogram in the DOE-funded project. Metal-air batteries, such as those that use a zincanode, typically rely on water-based electrolytes. Oxygen from ambient air is drawn in through a porous "air" electrode (-cathode) and produces hydroxyl ions on contact with the electrolyte. These ions reach the anode and begin to oxidize the zinc--a reaction that produces current through the release of electrons. But like any aqueous solution, the water in the electrolyte can evaporate, causing the batteries to prematurely fail. Water also has a relatively low electrochemical window, meaning it will begin to decompose when the cell exceeds 1.23 volts. These were two problems researchers at the U.S. Air Force Academy began tackling about 25 years ago. In the early 1980s they experimented with ionic liquids--salts that are a liquid at room temperature, and which often can remain a liquid in sub-zero temperatures or above the boiling point of water. "They're wonder fluids. They're remarkable," says John Wilkes, an ionic liquids expert who heads the academy's chemistry department. "If you look at these liquids in a bottle, they look like water, except they're viscous. They're not volatile, they don't evaporate, they're physically stable and they conduct electricity fairly well." - Full Article Source

11/06/09 - Small Wind Turbine Flaps Wings Like a Bee
Green Wavelength, an up-and-coming California engineering biz, has prototyped a small wind turbine, the xBEE, the elegant flapping motion of which is inspired by the buzz of insect wings. The xBEE has a19-foot wingspan and swoops in a majestic back-and-forth pattern. Green Wavelength CEO Sabri Sansoy (an MIT grad with a master's in Aeronautics and Astronautics) says, "the prototype represents an attempt to break the mold of everyday windmill solutions that are, at best, 30 percent efficient, and seek efficiency from biological sources such as the movement of bumblebees, hummingbirds, and dragonflies." According to Jetson Green, the company "intends to produce 1-10 kW small wind turbines for home and small business uses." - Full Article Source

11/06/09 - Liquid Granite and the hunt for a carbon-neutral cement
Around 2bn tonnes are used every year, each tonne a source of 0.4 tonnes of carbon dioxide as it is made. The cement industry is responsible for 5% of the world's carbon emissions – more than the entire aviation industry. Liquid Granite does away with most of the use of cement. The amount used is pretty small," says Prof Pal Mangat of Sheffield Hallam University, who came up with the product. "Potentially, by the time we're finished with this developmental technology, it'll be close to zero." Mangat is cagey about the exact formulation of Liquid Granite, and with good reason: by 2020, the French bank Credit Agricole estimates, demand for cement will be 50% greater than today, and a new carbon-free building material could reap huge rewards. All that Mangat will say is that Liquid Granite is made from an inorganic powder, 30-70% of which is recycled industrial waste materials. Using the same aggregates as normal concrete, it could be used anywhere cement is but with a fraction of the carbon footprint. - Full Article Source

11/06/09 - Water, water everywhere. So why not use it to create steam?
Icelandic Hydrogen has created a ship-board hydrogen energy system that is an auxiliary power source for The Elding, a 130-ton, 150 passenger ship used as a whale-watching vessel. The company used Autodesk Inventor to model the system, which was born out of a project called SMART-H2. There’s a mini-interview that explains the technology at this YouTube link. The technology isn’t just intended for ships; it is being examined for multiple transportation challenges. - Full Article Source

11/06/09 - Students work on Energy Saving invention
"We will invent a device that reduces standby power consumption in the home and office. By using infrared radiation sensors and current measurement techniques, the device will be able to determine when to turn on and turn off power to an appliance respectively. The device will be a small module that connects the appliance to a wall outlet. Costing less than $35, the common consumer will be able to effectively and inexpensively decrease his/her energy usage with this device." The team of students, led by Sonal Nanda, met frequently over the summer with Castrogivanni. Their application was based on the premise that if mankind’s excessive usage of energy produced by non-renewable sources continues, not only will our current energy production techniques become unsustainable in the future, but the harmful contaminants released by these industrial energy-production processes will cause lasting damage to the Earth. Instead of prolonging the trend and increasing annual energy production, consumers need to take steps to reduce their energy use until a sustainable form of energy production can be developed. Even the smallest percentage of energy wasted carries a great significance when considered on such a large scale. Based on a Canadian study, industry experts estimate that standby power accounts for four to ten percent of residential energy use in developed countries, amounting to almost $11 billion annually. Our product also has the potential to reduce global warming; it would save the world 230 million tons of carbon emissions each year. A device that cuts down standby energy will assist consumers using electricity for everyday needs, industrial companies using already large amounts of energy, and a world running low on non-renewable energy as a whole. - Full Article Source

11/06/09 - Royal Raymond Rife Microscope #2 Up For Auction In London
KeelyNet Royal Raymond Rife, “genius scientist”, trained for six years at the Carl Zeiss Optical Company in Germany and became the inventor of powerful microscopes, leading to the discovery of a revolutionary therapy for viral diseases. Pictured above is his second microscope which will be included as lot 113 in the Bonhams sale 10th November 2009 at Montpelier St , London SW7 1HH. Rife discovered a cure for cancer utilizing his microscopes, but had all his work was confiscated and he was forced to go into hiding. In 1980, years after Rife died, the American Medical Association was found guilty by a US Court of Appeals of “conspiracy to restrain competition. . . New methods of health care have been discouraged, restricted and in some instances eliminated.” Here’s the listing:

An exceptionally rare Royal R Rife polished steel compound microscope, American, dated 1932, engraved on the tube “ROYAL R. RIFE 1932?, with massive vertical column supporting the compound barrel (lacking ocular and objective) with three fine screw adjustments for vertical, transverse and circular motion, circular stage with rotating and mechanical movement in both axis with engraved scales and verniers, sub-stage Abbe condenser with rack and pinion focusing, a slanted quartz prism and electric illuminant with bulls eye lens engraved THE RIFE MICROSCOPE LAMP, the whole mounted on heavy platform base with three leveling feet and a quantity of accessories 19in (48cm) high; 15in (38cm) wide. - Full Article Source

11/06/09 - ‘Spoonful Of Sugar’ Makes The Worms’ Life Span Go Down
By adding just a small amount of glucose to C. elegans usual fare of straight bacteria, they found the worms lose about 20 percent of their usual life span. They trace the effect to insulin signals, which can block other life-extending molecular players. Although the findings are in worms, Cynthia Kenyon of the University of California, San Francisco, says there are known to be many similarities between worms and people in the insulin signaling pathways. - Full Article Source

11/06/09 - Swine Flu To Cripple Internet?
Telecommuting is a way of life for most businesses, as the internet keeps us connected to the office, from near and far. With the swine flu in full swing, businesses have adopted contingency plans to allow their employees to work from home if they are sick, or at least until they get well enough not to infect their colleagues upon their return. But in the event of a severe pandemic flu emergency, sending millions of workers home, the sheer magnitude of people logging on from their home computers could create so much internet congestion, the entire system could be crippled, a new report from the Government Accountability Office warns. This is not merely a question of how would we all survive without Google for a few days. (Although that is a frightening prospect) Such an onslaught could imperil the financial markets and even threaten national security, the report states. - Full Article Source

11/06/09 - 25 of the Scariest Science Experiments Ever Conducted
While science has the power to improve our lives and cure disease, it can also be used to torture, murder, and brainwash. Here are 25 scary experiments that destroyed lives, or have the potential to unleash doomsday. - Full Article Source

11/06/09 - Allmyapps Bulk-Installs Your Favorite Apps, Rebuilds System
Windows/Linux: One of the most irritating things about reinstalling your operating system is installing all the non-OS applications you love. Allmyapps lets you select all your favorite apps and roll them into a bulk installer to make rebuilding easy. - Full Article Source

11/06/09 - Disease May Prevent Manned Journey To Mars
"Science Daily News reports that human missions to Mars and all other long-term space flights might be compromised by disease, first because space travel appears to weaken astronauts' immune systems; and second, because it increases the virulence and growth of microbes. 'When people think of space travel, often the vast distances are what come to mind first,' says Jean-Pol Frippiat from Nancy-University in France, 'but even after we figure out a way to cover these distances in a reasonable amount of time, we still need to figure out how astronauts are going to overcome disease and sickness.' Frippiat says studies show that immune systems of both people and animals in space flight conditions are significantly weaker than their grounded counterparts and that common pathogens such as Salmonella, E. coli and Staphylococcus reproduce more rapidly in space flight conditions, leading to increased risk of contamination, colonization and serious infection." - Full Article Source

11/06/09 - Moon-Excavation Robots Face Off
"Student teams designed and built robotic power-lifters to excavate simulated lunar soil (a.k.a. 'regolith') earlier this month, with $750,000 in prizes up for grabs. Excavating regolith, according to NASA, will be an important part of any construction projects or processing of natural resources on the Moon. Interestingly, regolith is especially difficult to dig because its dust particles want to stick together. The whole robotic system has to be sturdy enough to scoop moon dirt and powerful enough to move through the dust while still meeting the weight requirements. The winning excavator, from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts, lifted 1,103 pounds within the allotted time, and got its creators a sweet $500,000 for their troubles." - Full Article Source

11/06/09 - IT Snake Oil — Six Tech Cure-Alls That Went Bunk
"InfoWorld's Dan Tynan surveys six 'transformational' tech-panacea sales pitches that have left egg on at least some IT department faces. Billed with legendary promises, each of the six technologies — five old, one new — has earned the dubious distinction of being the hype king of its respective era, falling far short of legendary promises. Consultant greed, analyst oversight, dirty vendor tricks — 'the one thing you can count on in the land of IT is a slick vendor presentation and a whole lot of hype. Eras shift, technologies change, but the sales pitch always sounds eerily familiar. In virtually every decade there's at least one transformational technology that promises to revolutionize the enterprise, slash operational costs, reduce capital expenditures, align your IT initiatives with your core business practices, boost employee productivity, and leave your breath clean and minty fresh.' Today, cloud computing, virtualization, and tablet PCs are vying for the hype crown." - Full Article Source

11/06/09 - NASA Trying To Reinvent Their Approach
NASA has started down the road to reinvention with the addition of four new committees to the external advisory group that drives the agency's direction. "The four new committees include Commercial Space, Education and Public Outreach, Information Technology Infrastructure, and Technology Innovation. The council's members provide advice and make recommendations to the NASA administrator about agency programs, policies, plans, financial controls and other matters pertinent to NASA's responsibilities. In the realm of commercial space, NASA has been pushed by outside experts to leave low Earth orbit flights to other aerospace firms. The Review of United States Human Space Flight Plan Committee report recently took that a step further in recommending: A new competition with adequate incentives to perform this service should be open to all US aerospace companies. This would let NASA focus on more challenging roles, including human exploration beyond low-Earth orbit based on the continued development of the current or modified NASA Orion spacecraft." - Full Article Source

11/06/09 - 2 Companies Win NASA's Moon-Landing Prize Money
"NASA said it will this week award $1.65 million in prize money to a pair of aerospace companies that successfully simulated landing a spacecraft on the moon and lifting off again. NASA's Centennial Challenges program, which was managed by the X Prize Foundation, will give a $1 million first prize to Masten Space Systems and a $500,000 second prize to Armadillo Aerospace for successfully completing the Northrop Grumman Lunar Lander Challenge." - Full Article Source

11/06/09 - Trek Desk
KeelyNet The “TrekDesk” is a work station that attaches to your treadmill. Sound bizarre? The human body has evolved to walk 30 miles per day, but most Americans only walk two miles a day.

The TrekDesk is $479 and shipping is free in the U.S.

(The treadmill is not included) Benefits derived by walking during work hours:

33-70% reduction in the rates of most cancers (National Institutes of Health)
90% reduction in the number of initial heart attacks (American Heart Association)
50% reduction in the risk of Type 2 Diabetes (American Diabetes Association)
70% reduction in the risk of stroke (American Heart Association) - Full Article Source

11/06/09 - Rise of the Robot Squadrons
'Taking a cue from the Terminator films, the US Navy is developing unmanned drones that network together and operate in 'swarms.' Predator drones have proven one of the most effective — and most controversial — weapons in the military arsenal. And now, these unmanned aircraft are talking to each other. Until now, each drone was controlled remotely by a single person over a satellite link. A new tech, demoed last week by NAVAIR, adds brains to those drones and allows one person to control a small squadron of them in an intelligent, semiautonomous network.' - Full Article Source

11/06/09 - Iraq Swears By Dowsing Rod Bomb Detector
KeelyNet "According to the New York Times, more than fifteen hundred remote sensing devices have been sold to Iraq's Ministry of the Interior, at prices ranging from $16,500 to $60,000 each. The devices are used for bomb and weapon detection at checkpoints, and have no battery or other power source. Sounds great, but according to a retired United States Air Force officer, Lt. Col. Hal Bidlack, they work on the same principle as a Ouija board — the power of suggestion. He described the wand as nothing more than an explosives divining rod. Even though the device has been debunked by the US Military, the US Department of Justice, and even Sandia National Laboratories, the Iraqis are thrilled with the devices. 'Whether it's magic or scientific, what I care about is it detects bombs,' said Maj. Gen. Jehad al-Jabiri, head of the Ministry of the Interior's General Directorate for Combating Explosives." - Full Article Source

11/06/09 - LaserMotive Finds Success In Space Elevator Competition
"LaserMotive has achieved the first step towards the creation of a working space elevator by qualifying for the $900,000 prize in a contest sponsored by NASA. To achieve this first level, LaserMotive needed to propel a platform up a cable dangling from a helicopter at over 2 m/s. They hit a top speed of 4.13 m/s. The next level of qualification will be to achieve a climb speed greater then 5 m/s. LaserMotive beamed roughly 400 watts of laser power to a moving target at a distance of 1 kilometer, as part of the vertical laser alignment procedure. The target was a retro-reflective board a little larger than 1 meter on a side. The contest will continue for another two days with at least two other teams challenging for the prize. To win the Power Beaming competition, the LaserMotive system uses a high-power laser array to shine ultra-intense infrared light onto high-efficiency solar cells, converting the light into electric power which then drives a motor. 'Our system will track the vehicle as it climbs, compensating for motion due to wind and other changes. Building on our experience from last year’s competition, we are designing an improved system able to capture the full $2,000,000 prize.'" - Full Article Source

11/06/09 - Sahara Sun 'to help power Europe'
Desertec Industrial Initiative aims to produce solar-generated electricity with a vast network of power plants and transmission grids across North Africa and the Middle East. The first stage will be to build massive solar energy fields across North Africa's Sahara desert, utilising concentrated solar power technology (CPS), which uses parabolic mirrors to focus the Sun's rays on containers of water. The super-heated water will power steam turbines to generate electricity 24 hours a day, 52 weeks of the year. The electricity will then be transported great distances to Europe, using hi-tech cables that suffer little conductive loss of power. Some of the power generated by the Sahara solar energy fields will also be used by domestic African consumers, Desertec is keen to stress. North Africa has a small population relative to the size of its desert terrain, it says. - Full Article Source

11/06/09 - Energy Department awards money for electric cars
The U.S. Department of Energy awarded $2.4 billion in stimulus money in August to build electric vehicles and support them with charging stations. The goal is to promote clean energy and reduce U.S. dependence on oil, says David Sandalow, assistant secretary of Energy for policy and international affairs. The projects come when there are only about 1,000 plug-in hybrids on the road today, and major auto companies do not plan to release their plug-in or fully electric models for another year, says Mark Duvall, director of electric transportation at the Electric Power Research Institute, a non-profit organization that conducts research about the generation, delivery and use of electricity. Prices for electric and plug-in models hitting the road in 2010 have not been officially released. - Full Article Source

11/06/09 - Depression link to processed food
Eating a diet high in processed food increases the risk of depression, research suggests. What is more, people who ate plenty of vegetables, fruit and fish actually had a lower risk of depression, the University College London team found. Data on diet among 3,500 middle-aged civil servants was compared with depression five years later, the British Journal of Psychiatry reported. The team said the study was the first to look at the UK diet and depression. - Full Article Source

11/06/09 - Could America go broke?
The idea that the government of a major advanced country would default on its debt -- that is, tell lenders that it won't repay them all they're owed -- was, until recently, a preposterous proposition. Argentina and Russia have stiffed their creditors, but surely the likes of the United States, Japan or Britain wouldn't. Well, it's still a very, very long shot, but it's no longer entirely unimaginable. Governments of rich countries are borrowing so much that it's conceivable that one day the twin assumptions underlying their burgeoning debt (that lenders will continue to lend and that governments will continue to pay) might collapse. What happens then? - Full Article Source

11/06/09 - Women drink before sex 'because they lack the confidence to do it sober'
Researchers examining the link between sexual habits and alcohol consumption among 3,000 women found that half preferred sex after a tipple. Women said alcohol helped them lose their inhibitions and become more adventurous between the sheets. The study found that 75 per cent of women like to drink a glass of wine or two immediately before getting into bed with their husband or boyfriend. Six per cent of women have never had sober sex, the survey revealed. - Full Article Source

11/06/09 - Healthcare provision seeks to embrace prayer treatments
Backed by some of the most powerful members of the Senate, a little-noticed provision in the healthcare overhaul bill would require insurers to consider covering Christian Science prayer treatments as medical expenses. The provision was inserted by Sen. Orrin G. Hatch (R-Utah) with the support of Democratic Sens. John F. Kerry and the late Edward M. Kennedy, both of Massachusetts, home to the headquarters of the Church of Christ, Scientist. - Full Article Source

11/06/09 - http://hackaday.com/2009/11/04/stereoscopic-3d-with-a-pic-micro/
[Pyrofer] sent in his stereoscopic game project and we are just giddy with excitement. He has hacked apart an old TomyTronic 3D handheld viewer and put new guts in. He’s using a PIC micro to push stereoscopic imagery to twin LCDs. He wrote all code from scratch including the 3d library, wii nunchuck driver, and LCD driver. This thing even has bluetooth so he can play multiplayer if he ever makes a second one. The whole unit is kept alive via a lithium polymer battery so you don’t have to worry about any cords other than the wii nunchuck. This thing is awesome, we would love to play with one. You can see a video after the break. - Full Article Source

11/06/09 - The Old Car Manual Project
The Old Car Manual Project is an online library of automotive, marine and industrial literature available free for everyone to use. We post brochures and manuals for all North American, Canadian only, and Australian vehicles and small trucks up to and including 1987. - Full Article Source

11/06/09 - Psycho-acoustic simulation: the lawsuit
Hank Risan, owner of BlueBeat and other companies named as defendants in the lawsuit EMI filed on Tuesday, has a novel defense to allegations he is unlawfully selling the entire stereo Beatles catologue without permission. He claims in a court filling that he — and not EMI or the Beatles’ Apple Corp — owns these sound recordings, because he re-recorded new versions of the songs using “psycho-acoustic simulation.” - Full Article Source

11/06/09 - Nuclear Power Renaissance?
A year after the accident at Three Mile Island, protesters gathered at the site to mark the anniversary and to demand that the nuclear power plant shut down. The industry stopped planning and building new reactors for decades, but interest has lately revived. - Full Article Source

11/06/09 - Getting Beyond Petroleum Won't Be Easy
Transportation defines our civilization. Where we live and work, the structure of our cities, the flow of global commerce--all have been shaped by transportation technologies. But modern transportation's reliance on fossil fuels cannot be sustained. Relatively wealthy U.S. drivers can afford to adopt new alternative transportation technologies, and after a century's dominance by the internal-combustion engine and gasoline, these technologies, such as electric vehicles and biofuels, are finally becoming competitive (see "Petroleum's Long Good-bye"). But they still have a long way to go, and they must be fostered with coherent government policy (see "Washington Backs Plug-ins") if they are to displace fossil-fuel power. - Full Article Source

11/06/09 - Spraying on Skin Cells to Heal Burns
With just a small skin biopsy and a ready-made kit, surgeons can create a suspension of the skin's basal cells--the stem cells of the epidermis--and spray the solution directly onto the burn with results comparable to those from skin grafts. The cell spray is intended to treat severe second-degree burns, in which the top two layers of skin are damaged but the subcutaneous tissue is left intact. Third-degree burns, which are more severe, still require a skin graft. - Full Article Source

11/06/09 - Why a high IQ doesn't mean you're smart
How can someone with a high IQ have these kinds of intellectual deficiencies? Put another way, how can a "smart" person act foolishly? Keith Stanovich, professor of human development and applied psychology at the University of Toronto, Canada, has grappled with this apparent incongruity for 15 years. He says it applies to more people than you might think. To Stanovich, however, there is nothing incongruous about it. IQ tests are very good at measuring certain mental faculties, he says, including logic, abstract reasoning, learning ability and working-memory capacity - how much information you can hold in mind. But the tests fall down when it comes to measuring those abilities crucial to making good judgements in real-life situations. That's because they are unable to assess things such as a person's ability to critically weigh up information, or whether an individual can override the intuitive cognitive biases that can lead us astray. - Full Article Source

11/06/09 - Judge OKs Challenge to Human-Gene Patents
A federal judge ruled Monday that a lawsuit can move forward against the Patent and Trademark Office and the research company that was awarded exclusive rights to human genes known to detect early signs of breast and ovarian cancer. The first-of-its-kind lawsuit by the American Civil Liberties Union and the Public Patent Foundation at the Benjamin Cardozo School of Law claims that the patents violate free speech by restricting research. U.S. District Judge Robert W. Sweet of New York, in ruling that the case may proceed to trial, noted that the litigation might open the door to challenges of a host of other patented genes. About one-fifth of the human genome is covered under patent applications and claims. - Full Article Source

11/06/09 - Long-range Taser raises fears of shock and injury
A new Pentagon project, now in its final stages, to perfect a projectile capable of delivering an electric shock to incapacitate a person tens of metres away. It will be fired from a standard 40-millimetre grenade launcher. The projectile, being developed by Taser International under a $2.5 million contract, is known as a Human Electro-Muscular Incapacitation or HEMI device. Taser will deliver the first prototypes for testing and evaluation early next year. Wes Burgei, a project engineer at the US Department of Defense's Joint Non-Lethal Weapons Directorate (JNLWD), says the self-contained cartridges should be able to hit targets 60 metres away - more than three times the range of the existing XREP shotgun cartridge (New Scientist, 29 August, p 20). However, the impact force of the projectile remains a worry. "There is a known risk of severe injury from impact projectiles, either from blunt force at short ranges or from hitting a sensitive part of the body," says security researcher Neil Davison, who has recently written a book on non-lethal weapons. - Full Article Source

11/09/09 - Space Hotel On Track To Open In 2012
KeelyNet Space customers would spend three nights in their orbital pod room, where they could crawl around like Spiderman (or Venom) in Velcro suits. Reuters reports that guests would also enjoy an eight-week training course set on a tropical island. The space hotel, which PopSci covered when it was first announced in 2007, would start out as a single pod capable of holding four guests and two pilots. But critics remain dubious — just as Gregory Mone was in our 2007 article — that the company can meet its scheduled launch date. Still, the price tag falls far below the $35 million paid by first repeat space tourist Charles Simonyi, or the same higher amount required to book an orbital vacation aboard a surplus Soviet-era military spacecraft. Hopeful customers might also look forward to Bigelow Aerospace’s long-planned inflatable space hotel. - Full Article Source

11/09/09 - Comic Books Improve Early Childhood Literacy
"The Telegraph reports that Professor Carol Tilley, a professor of library and information science at the University of Illinois, says that comics are just as sophisticated as other forms of reading, children benefit from reading them at least as much as they do from reading other kinds of books, and that there is evidence that comics increase children's vocabulary and instill a love of reading. 'A lot of the criticism of comics and comic books come from people who think that kids are just looking at the pictures and not putting them together with the words,' says Tilley. 'But you could easily make some of the same criticisms of picture books – that kids are just looking at pictures, and not at the words.' Tilley says that some of the condescension toward comics as a medium may come from the connotations that the name itself evokes but that the distinct comic book aesthetic — frames, thought and speech bubbles, motion lines, to name a few — has been co-opted by children's books, creating a hybrid format." - Full Article Source

11/09/09 - Why Doesn't Exercise Lead To Weight Loss?
"The New York Times' Well blog reports that 'for some time, researchers have been finding that people who exercise don't necessarily lose weight.' A study published online in September 2009 in The British Journal of Sports Medicine was the latest to report apparently disappointing slimming results. In the study, 58 obese people completed 12 weeks of supervised aerobic training without changing their diets. The group lost an average of a little more than seven pounds, and many lost barely half that. How can that be?" - Full Article Source

11/09/09 - Japan Eyes Solar Station In Space
"By 2030 [Japan] wants to collect solar power in space and zap it down to Earth, using laser beams or microwaves. The government has just picked a group of companies and a team of researchers tasked with turning the ambitious, multi-billion-dollar dream of unlimited clean energy into reality in coming decades." - Full Article Source

11/09/09 - "Road Trains" Ready To Roll
"Road trains," a system linking vehicles together via wireless sensors could soon be rolled out in Europe. The system is designed primarily at cutting fuel consumption, travel time, and congestion. "Funded under the European Commission's Framework 7 research plan, Sartre (Safe Road Trains for the Environment) is aimed at commuters in cars who travel long distances to work every day but will also look at ways to involve commercial vehicles. Tom Robinson, project co-ordinator at engineering firm Ricardo, said the idea was to use off-the-shelf components to make it possible for cars, buses and trucks to join the road train." / Each road train could include up to eight separate vehicles - cars, buses and trucks will be mixed in each one. The EU hopes to cut fuel consumption, journey times and congestion by linking vehicles together. Early work on the idea suggests that fuel consumption could be cut by 20% among those cars and trucks travelling behind the lead vehicle. The lead vehicle would be handled by a professional driver who would monitor the status of the road train. Those in following vehicles could take their hands off the wheel, read a book or watch TV, while they travel along the motorway. Their vehicle would be controlled by the lead vehicle. - Full Article Source

11/09/09 - US Navy Was Ordered To Listen For Martian Broadcast
"It seems that a SETI (Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence) experiment happened decades before the Project Ozma occurred in 1960. The historians at the blog Letters of Note have uncovered a telegram sent in 1924 by then Chief of Naval Operations Edward W. Eberle instructing the United States Navy to listen for radio transmissions from the planet Mars." - Full Article Source

11/09/09 - Warren Buffett's big railroad buy is also a huge bet on coal
KeelyNet If the Sage of Omaha is truly an oracle of future returns and a leading indicator for where the market is going, it's hard not to think that U.S. carbon emissions will continue to grow apace and that the budding green revolution will be more bang than bucks. Why? On Tuesday, Buffett paid a hefty 25 percent premium to acquire the remaining 77 percent interest in railroad giant Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNI) that his company, Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.A), did not already own. The fate of Burlington Northern is closely tied to shipments of coal. In third-quarter 2009, coal shipments accounted for roughly 25 percent of Burlington Northern's total revenue, according to Marketwatch. It shipped 604,000 carloads of coal in the quarter, more than any other single category. And Burlington Northern hauled 297 million tons of coal last year, enough to supply roughly 10 percent of the country's electrical needs. That means Buffett's bet could be viewed in one of two ways. Either he's doubling down on coal and saying to hell with global warming concerns. Or he believes that coal will continue to prosper even under the yoke of new government regulations on carbon emissions that will mandate expensive clean-up steps for smokestack emissions of utilities and other big coal-burning industries. Oh, and by the way. Berkshire also owns MidAmerican, one of the country's biggest coal-burning utilities. - Full Article Source

11/09/09 - Billionaire Pickens sees end of U.S. natural gas in 25 to 30 years
T. Boone Pickens, who has spent more than a year telling Americans the answer to their energy woes is natural gas, says the U.S. natural gas supply will probably dry up in about 30 years. At that point, Americans will have to find some other technology to fuel vehicles, Pickens said during a speech last week at the University of Texas at Dallas. "Natural gas is just a bridge," Pickens said. - Full Article Source

11/09/09 - 'Boat tail' decreases fuel consumption trucks by 7.5 percent
KeelyNet This is due to dramatically-improved aerodynamics, as shown by road tests conducted by the PART (Platform for Aerodynamic Road Transport) public-private partnership platform. A boat tail is a tapering protrusion about two metres in length mounted on the rear of a truck. The boat tail had already proved itself during wind tunnel experiments and computer simulations, both conducted at TU Delft, in theory and using small-scale models. Now an articulated lorry fitted with a boat tail has also undergone extensive testing on public highways. An articulated lorry was driven for a period of one year with a boat tail (of varying length) and one year without a boat tail. The improved aerodynamics, depending on the length of the boat tail, resulted in reduced fuel consumption (and emissions!) of up to 7.5 percent. The optimum boat tail length proved to be two metres. - Full Article Source

11/09/09 - China's first dynamic energy-saving power supply unit for light sources
MacMic's dynamic energy-saving power supply unit for light sources leverages the latest research results in the international power electronics sector and utilizes integrated and modular technologies to vastly reduce the amount of energy expended while expanding safety and protecting the environment in connection with the use of light sources. The device makes use of a new power semiconductor module based on proprietary patented technology (a high power, high-frequency electronic appliance), enabling high-frequency AC chopper stepless voltage regulation; as well as making use of proprietary embedded software, which can dynamically distribute electricity and adjust the amount of energy used quickly and accurately. This enables advanced logistical control and high-level smart management, so that abnormal events can be spontaneously detected and adjusted for, greatly extending the working life of any kind of light source. Compared with existing energy-saving electromagnetic power supplies for light sources, the product can not only achieve a higher power saving rate, but automatically optimize the lighting effect given the environment and adjust the level of light for high-power lighting on urban roads as well as in factories and supermarkets. By adjusting the lighting according to every possible level of need; the device can not only achieve high-efficiency power savings, but effectively provide a guarantee for the life of the light source. The power supply unit can be used in any situation requiring a reduction in energy usage across a wide array of locales, including roads, supermarkets, stations and loading docks, positioning itself to become the next-generation green and efficient energy- saving power supply unit for light sources. Currently, more than 20 cities in China have completed a trial installation of the MacMic power supply unit. Locations having completed a large-scale installation include Guangdong, Guangxi and Jiangsu provinces. The unit has been used in Changzhou National Hi-tech Industrial Development Zone's overall road lighting energy saving reconstruction efforts for nearly one year, achieving significant energy savings of 20-40%. - Full Article Source

11/09/09 - Recycled Train Car Homes, Offices & Hotels
KeelyNet Railroad cars are big, heavy, and cumbersome. They’re notoriously hard to move into new locations off of their tracks, and because of their odd shape most people wouldn’t think of using them for anything else anyway. But in the spirit of recycling, green construction and shipping container homes, some enterprising people are recycling old train cars into homes, offices and even hotels. Like shipping containers, it’s relatively easy to do the conversion yourself, provided you have the resources to get the car to its new location. Cabooses seem to be the most popular choice for train car homes, but there are plenty of dining and sleeping cars being converted as well. If you’re able to shell out between $8000 and $45,000 for an old car, another several thousand to transport the car and put it into place on your property, and whatever it takes in material and labor to transform it, you can have a home for much less than a conventional house would cost. And best of all, it will be completely unique and as green as you want it to be. - Full Article Source

11/09/09 - The Chevy Volt's unanswered questions
While General Motors continues to define itself post-bankruptcy, it is pushing ahead with one of its key pre-bankruptcy projects: developing the Chevy Volt. This week, a team of GM vehicle engineers is testing eight battery-powered Volts on a three-day, 1,200-mile drive from southeast Michigan to Pittsburgh. Also under scrutiny is GM's oft-repeated assertion that the Volt will have an all-electric range of 40 miles. Critics point out that the car needs ideal conditions to do that. For one thing, the 40-mile range depends on ambient temperatures of 60 degrees to 65 degrees. When the temperature drops below 60, the batteries become less efficient. And if it gets hotter than 65, the air conditioner can impose an additional load on the Volt's batteries. Either way, the range diminishes. - Full Article Source

11/09/09 - 6 Real People Who Turned Their Homes Into Death Traps
KeelyNet There's nothing wrong with home security, but if you find your "protection" involves shotguns hidden in cereal boxes and electrocuting microwaves, you've probably crossed a line somewhere. That would be the line between "safety conscious" and "deranged lunatic." / Dethy decided that, in the event that he got evicted from his house, whoever moved in was in for a festival of firearms. As a last-ditch revenge plot against his family, he rigged more than a dozen shotguns all over his house: a crate of beer that would trigger a shotgun when enough bottles were removed, a trunk full of money in the attic rigged to blow your head off, the television had a shotgun rigged to it and even the water tank had more shotgun. - Full Article Source

11/09/09 - Chrysler drops three electric vehicles despite bailout cash
If you believed all the talk from Chrysler about how our tax dollars would help finance its fast-track electric-vehicle future, you're in for a big disappointment. Chrysler has disbanded the engineering team that was trying to bring three electric models to market as a rush job, Automotive News reports today. Chrysler cited its devotion to electric vehicles as one of the key reasons why the Obama administration and Congress needed to give it $12.5 billion in bailout money, the News points out. - (So GIVE THE MONEY BACK, YOU LIARS! - JWD) - Full Article Source

11/09/09 - Are doctors getting slower or are patients getting sicker?
People are going to the doctor's office more often - and for longer visits than nine years before. So, has care improved or do people just need more medical attention? It's likely the latter, conclude the authors of a new paper in the Archives of Internal Medicine, published online Monday. - Full Article Source

11/09/09 - Phone-Jack Powered Lamp Rips Off Telcos
KeelyNet A lamp this cheap and ugly would never usually get a mention here at the Lab, but as you will have guessed, there is a clever twist. Instead of hooking up to the mains or even a USB port to get its power, this 8-LED reading light plugs into the telephone socket. Yes, at last you have a use for your abandoned landline socket, something for the person whose phone never rings. The cord ends with an RJ11 jack and takes power from the phone company, the supplier of the trickle of electricity to your phone. And remember, this power stays on even when your regular power is out. The price? An almost-free €3.18 ($4.73US). - Full Article Source

11/09/09 - Proposed wind farm site is too windy
A wind-power company says a western Maine site it's been looking at is too windy for turbines. First Wind's Matthew Kearns told a public meeting in Rumford on Thursday that its proposed Longfellow wind farm on Black Mountain and North and South Twin mountains may not be viable. The Sun Journal of Lewiston quotes Kearns as saying First Wind's studies so far show that gusts atop Black Mountain are too strong for turbine engineering to handle, and that's a problem for wind turbine bearings. - Full Article Source

11/09/09 - Russian Ellipse Wing Aircraft
KeelyNet In Belarus they use planes with ellipse wings. They say it has a few benefits comparing to the simple one or double winged planes, like the wing can be less in size, it’s more firm because the ellipse form is self sustaining, also there are now air vortexes by the sides of the wings which gives up to 30% increase in power compared to the traditional planes. - Full Article Source

11/09/09 - Kudzu-eating pest found in northeast Georgia
Researchers from the University of Georgia and Dow AgroSciences have identified a kudzu-eating pest in northeast Georgia that has never been found in the Western Hemisphere. Unfortunately, the bug also eats legume crops, especially soybeans. Suiter says the pest’s populations are, for now, contained to northeast Georgia. It’s an “invasive species feeding on an invasive species.” Introduced to the U.S. in 1876 from Japan, kudzu was planted in the 1930s to control soil erosion. It now tops the nation’s invasive species list. “We have no idea what the long-term impact on kudzu will be, but we also have to consider the fact that it feeds on crops, too,” he said. “It’s kind of a double-edged sword. It eats kudzu, which is good, but it also stinks and gets on homes. And the ominous threat is that it eats soybeans and other legume crops.” - Full Article Source

11/09/09 - Doomed Dome: The Future That Never Was
KeelyNet Winooski and its 7,000 people lie just north of Burlington, Vermont and next to Lake Champlain. Vermont, the saying goes, is nine months of winter and three months of bad skiing. Winooski’s January lows are -20 Fahrenheit or lower, and winters see 75 or more inches of snow. One night in 1979 a group of its creative young city planners went to dinner and Mark Tigan, then the city’s 32-year-old director of community development and planning, decided that not enough attention was being paid to energy conservation. Then, in the way that only a few glasses of wine can facilitate brainstorming, someone said, half tongue-in-cheek, they should put a dome over the city. The next morning it still seemed like a good idea -- or, at least, not necessarily completely absurd. The city’s request for $55,000 for a feasibility study went to Washington, and enthusiasts pushed it up through channels. A deputy assistant secretary at HUD named Bob Embrey said he would fund it. Tigan contracted with John Anderson, a Vermont conceptual architect, to produce drawings of the Dome. Anderson’s vision was not a hemispheric shape, but more like the top half of a hamburger bun. He colored it whiteish yellow and eschewed any inside support structures. Anderson’s picture was the first tangible view of the Dome. Thinking ahead, he envisioned a vinyl-like material attached over a network of metal cables, ranging from transparent (on the southern side, to allow in sunlight) to opaque on the northern side. Air would be brought inside by large fans and heated or cooled as necessary. The Dome would be held up by air pressure just slightly above atmospheric pressure. Entrances and exits would consist of double doors, akin to an airlock. The homes inside would require no individual heating or cooling -- “you could grow tomatoes all year-round” he said. If the Dome were punctured it would come down slowly, allowing for ample warning. Anderson now recalls it as a “totally fun” project, though he did occasionally get insulted in restaurants by some local residents. “What will happen to our children?” they asked. After Ronald Reagan won the autumn election, money for such projects dried up very quickly. Peck, the reporter who broke the story and who is now a realtor in Vermont, called it “wonderful publicity for the town, but it was a great idea that would never work.” - Full Article Source

11/09/09 - Oil Shale Research - 100,000 barrels of oil for 1.2 Gigawatts
Questions about the feasibility of commercial oil shale development:

First, are the technologies under development viable on a commercial scale?
Second, how much water would be required for commercial oil shale development, and where will that water come from? This is an important and key question in both Colorado and Utah, where commercial oil shale development would have major impacts on agricultural and other uses.
Third, how much power would be required for commercial oil shale development? A RAND study suggests that to produce 100,000 barrels a day would require approximately 1.2 gigawatts of dedicated electric generating capacity, the equivalent of over 5 coal fired power plants.
Fourth, what are the impacts of commercial oil shale development on our land, water, wildlife, and communities?

We don’t yet have the answers to these questions at this point in time. - Full Article Source

11/09/09 - Steam Viper – Innovative Windshield Wiper System
The Steam Viper was invented by 15 year old Philip Hartman from Loveland, CO. The Steam Viper will be the very first windshield cleaning/deicing wiper system to utilize the power of steam. Because of the enhanced cleaning abilities of the Steam Viper it is now safer then ever to travel by vehicle. - Full Article Source

11/09/09 - Mill's prescription for health and happiness
The state shouldn't dictate the choices of informed adults, but it must protect children and guard against misinformation. In the US quackery is largely unregulated. The 1994 Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act dramatically limited the ability of the US food and drug administration to regulate dietary supplements – herbal remedies, homeopathic medicines and the like. After its passage, sales of such supplements nearly doubled. I do not believe that such products or practices should be prohibited by law. If people want to consume quack medicines or bogus therapies – or if they want to take part in extreme sports or use recreational drugs – that is their business. When it comes to legal paternalism I follow Mill: the state legitimately restricts individual liberty to prevent individuals from harming others; it may not impose restrictions on the choices of rational, informed adults to prevent them from harming themselves. Where individuals are incapable of rational deliberation and informed consent, paternalism is warranted. - Full Article Source

11/13/09 - How to Cure Health Care (Milton Friedman 2001)
KeelyNet Two simple observations are key to explaining both the high level of spending on medical care and the dissatisfaction with that spending. The first is that most payments to physicians or hospitals or other caregivers for medical care are made not by the patient but by a third party—an insurance company or employer or governmental body. The second is that nobody spends somebody else’s money as wisely or as frugally as he spends his own. These statements apply equally to other OECD countries. They do not by themselves explain why the United States spends so much more than other countries. No third party is involved when we shop at a supermarket. We pay the supermarket clerk directly: the same for gasoline for our car, clothes for our back, and so on down the line. Why, by contrast, are most medical payments made by third parties? - Full Article Source

11/13/09 - Robot interface lets fingers do the walking
We’re filing this one under “best interface implementation”. This robot is controlled by finger gestures on the surface of an iPod Touch. It can walk forward, turn, sidestep, jump, and kick a ball based on the input it receives from your sweaty digits. Unlike vehicles controlled by an iPhone (or by Power Wheels), this has some potential. Especially considering the inevitable proliferation of multi-touch devices in our everyday lives. - Full Article Source

11/13/09 - Ridgeblade Wind Power Generator
KeelyNet The unique design of the Ridgeblade's rotor and its blades, that capture mild breezes and winds coming from any direction and quietly harnesses their power for energy use. Ridgeblade, the first product of the Power Collective Ltd., sits at the ridge line or peak of a building and generates energy by collecting wind that normally escapes other roof-mounted wind generators. The Ridgeblade can capture everything from gentle breezes to brisk winter winds, accelerating them with the blades of its turbine and capturing that energy to provide electricity within. A visually unobtrusive technology, the Ridgeblade should be as friendly to the neighborhood birds as it is to the rest of the environment. It has promise... to produce clean energy efficiently, to lower electricity bills, and to reduce our carbon footprint. - Full Article Source

11/13/09 - System stores industrial truck’s energy
U.S. Patent No. 7,597,172 - This patent deals particularly with large industrial vehicles, such as garbage trucks, that use both an internal combustion engine and hydraulic motor systems. The internal combustion engine moves the vehicle while the hydraulic motor moves the trash-can loader and the dump lift for the bed. A problem is these large vehicles produce a lot of energy when moving but lose a lot of energy when stopping. It would be useful to harness that energy even while the vehicle is stopped. This patent describes an energy accumulator system that recovers kinetic energy from the vehicle by using electronic control systems and fluid circuitry. It is particularly useful for garbage trucks because they use both gasoline and hydraulic motors. Energy can be stored to power either the drive or hydraulic systems when needed, rather than using the gas tank as the exclusive source of power. - Full Article Source

11/13/09 - New invention addresses lithium battery fires
The invention, called Stoba, was developed at the Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI), Taiwan's national research organization. When lithium-ion batteries develop internal shorts they can quickly heat up to as much as 500 degrees centigrade (932 degrees Fahrenheit) and catch fire or explode. Stoba sits between the positive and negative sides of the battery and when the battery hits 130 degrees centigrade (266 degrees Fahrenheit), Stoba transforms from a porous material to a film and shuts down the reaction. - Full Article Source

11/13/09 - Energy Saving: Much Cheaper Than Building Power Plants!
KeelyNet On an electrical grid, supply must always exactly equal demand or the voltage goes unstable. Our utility laws very effectively encourage building of power plants to meet an ever-growing demand. This seemed like wise policy in the days of almost free energy but today it encourages gross investment inefficiencies. Power utilities maximize profits by spending as much as possible on expansion of supply even though energy saving could much more efficiently accomplish the same result. Early in this century we had a nice life based on very little energy consumption. Almost-free energy has led us to change our lifestyle in many ways that should probably be re-examined now. Modern lighting, heating and air conditioning went from uneven coverage to uniformity because cheap energy made that possible. It may be a good time to question whether uniform light and temperature is really better. Those old stone buildings never get very hot or cold because the massive stone walls cool them during the heat of the day and warm them at night with stored heat from the day. Modern lightweight construction has lost this thermal inertia and requires much more heating and cooling. PCM wallboards (Phase Change Material) embed wax beads that melt at 78 degrees in the plaster. Just like melting ice, they they cool the wall when it tries to get hotter than 78. At night , when the wall gets cooler, the wax refreezes, giving back heat in the process. A 15 mm PCM wallboard is as effective for heat retention as a 90 mm of concrete or 150 mm of brick! Tiny acrylic microspheres filled with wax are embedded in wallboard allowing normal nailing and cutting without worry. The microspheres can also be mixed into concrete or plaster. Ceiling fans make it possible to greatly reduce air conditioning use. On warm days you can just open the windows and you'll enjoy the coolness under the fan and enjoy the day. If it gets too hot, try setting the thermostat to eighty degrees and letting the fans cool just your sitting areas. During cold weather you can keep the heat at sixty or so and enjoy sitting by a fire or pellet stove. Ceiling mounted radiant heating panels can make you feel very cozy even though the room is only sixty. NAHB research found they could save 52% compared to electric baseboard heaters. When you are walking around, sixty feels just fine. Sitting is what makes you cold and you usually do that in only a few places in the house. Try to give your body a chance to adapt to heat or cold. Your comfort zone is partly a matter of conditioning. Push yourself a bit and you will find that you don't really need such a uniform temperature. If you live in a very hot or very cold climate a ground source heat pump can save a lot of energy. Deep in the ground the temperature is mild and stable. Buried heat exchange tubing can be used to pump heat to or from the house to the ground. Efficiency can be as high as 500% compared to traditional heating. These systems are expensive to install but can greatly reduce high heating and air conditioning bills. - Full Article Source

11/13/09 - Silent Hybrid Cars Hit More Pedestrians and Bikers Than Regular Cars
Hybrid vehicles, which creep along almost silently at low speeds on electric power, are more likely to hit pedestrians or bicycles than regular cars, a study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration finds. The report is sure to give a boost to the movement to require hybrid cars to include noisemakers so that bikers, pedestrians — especially the blind — know they are coming. Several makers already say they have such a system on the way. - Full Article Source

11/13/09 - UV Toothbrush Uses Kinetic Energy
KeelyNet Many folks insist that toothbrushes should be sterilized, after all, if you don’t, your toothbrush could become a breeding ground for all sorts of nasty bacteria. This concept toothbrush will harness the kinetic energy that we generate through the activity of us brushing out teeth. If you brush for 3 minutes, you should have made about 700 strokes, enough to power the UV LED in the tooth brush to zap the bacteria in the toothbrush. - Full Article Source

11/13/09 - $166 Million Winner Gets Nothing
KeelyNet Florida gambler Bill Seebeck was sure he'd hit the jackpot -- literally. He says the slot machine he was playing flashed a winning sum of more than $166 million. Seebeck told CBS affiliate WFTV "I was screaming, I was like up and around screaming." But the casino says Seebeck's good fortune was a mistake -- a machine malfunction -- and is refusing to pay... At $4 a game he'd dropped about eighty bucks before the lights started flashing and bells started ringing. The display flashed an unbelievable winning number: $166,666,666.65. Casino managers immediately came over and roped off the machine. Seebeck spent the next hour planning what to do with his winnings, but the casino had other plans. The casino asked him to agree in writing that the machine had malfunctioned, and that he was not entitled to the payout. Seebeck -- surprise -- refused to sign, and instead is looking for a lawyer. / (For sure sue them, even if a machine malfunctions, the proprietor is still responsible for the result. - JWD) - Full Article Source

11/13/09 - Dunning-Kruger Effect
What is the Dunning-Kruger Effect? The Dunning-Kruger effect is a cognitive bias in which "people reach erroneous conclusions and make unfortunate choices but their incompetence robs them of the metacognitive ability to realize it". The unskilled therefore suffer from illusory superiority, rating their own ability as above average, much higher than actuality; by contrast the highly skilled underrate their abilities, suffering from illusory inferiority. This leads to a perverse result where less competent people will rate their own ability higher than relatively more competent people. Too dumb to realize that they're dumb. - Full Article Source

11/13/09 - Would you sleep in a box?
KeelyNet What if it had clean sheets, high-def TV and Wi-Fi? It's a fact of life: People sleep in airports. Terminal design discourages the practice, but all that does is ruin the quality of sleep for the passengers. Is it time to install sleep pods in airports? A design firm called Arch Group has created concept illustrations for airport sleep pods they call "Sleep Boxes." Sheets are changed robotically. Each pod provides personal work space, with a table for your laptop and electrical outlets. It also includes sound alerts, a ventilation system, TV, Wi-Fi, luggage space. The pods would be coin operated, rented by the hour or even in 15-minute segments. - Full Article Source

11/13/09 - Simplest Homopolar Motor
KeelyNet Slow day at the office? Here’s a trick that’ll make your coworkers smile. Dangerously Fun has a guide to build a homopolar motor from a battery, copper wire, and magnet. A homopolor motor doesn’t rely on electromagnets in an armature changing their polarity to force a rotation movement compared to stationary magnets. Instead, they use an electrical current’s orientation to a magnetic field to provide a repulsive or rotational force. In this implementation, the current moves through a loops of copper wire from one pole of a battery to the other. A rare-earth magnet on one pole of the battery provides the magnetic field. After the break we’ve embedded video of this simple example as well as a few more complex homopolar examples such as a five speed version. The motor in action certainly brings a smile to our faces and places this firmly in the useless machines family of hacks. - Full Article Source

11/13/09 - $23 to Share files, Extend wireless
KeelyNet The “Easy-Link Data Sharing Hub” from HawkingTech.com, lets two computer share files and peripherals. The hub is a small white box about the size of two packages of chewing gum. It has USB ports for up to three peripherals and one mini-USB port to connect to a second computer. When the second computer is connected to the box, both have access to the peripherals, like printers, scanners, etc., and are also connected to each other. This creates a private two-computer network and the two computers can share files with each other. The price for this is only $23, the lowest we’ve seen for anything with this many features. / Hawkings’ $60 “Wireless G” repeater doubles the range by re-broadcasting the signal. So if your wireless range is limited to 100 feet, for example, placing the repeater near the outer limit of signal reception will extend it to 200 feet. A “Wireless N” repeater is due in November. - Full Article Source and to BUY.

11/13/09 - Have a Book you want to Publish or get Distributed?
FastPencil is self-publishing with a twist. The traditional publishing process is a daunting one that can take many months of effort and more money than most writers anticipate. It’s no wonder authors get discouraged. You shouldn’t have to ask anyone’s permission to write and publish your own book! We have removed the hurdles inherent in traditional publishing by combining amazing advances in print on demand technology with a sophisticated online workflow system. While sophisticated technology makes it possible for anyone to publish a high-quality book, our community is what makes FastPencil the easiest, fastest, and most exciting way to write and collaborate. Most writers yearn for feedback while they create. When authors have ready access to a community of friends, readers, and partners, the writing process is richer and more engaging. Through a process we call Guided Collaboration, you can bring in new acquaintances and old friends to help you turn your idea into a masterpiece. At any point in the process you can connect with like-minded people, share knowledge, chat, gather feedback from reviewers and editors, and collaborate with other authors, all without leaving FastPencil. / FastPencil.com offers free templates for your memoir, novel, children’s book or blog. The site will also publish your book as a hard cover, in a limited distribution to friends and family, for $20. For $100, they’ll get it distributed to Barnes and Noble and other major retailers. - Full Article Source

11/13/09 - All Natural NyQuil
KeelyNet As much as you'll hear us brag that we never fall ill (largely due to copious amounts of garlic, onions and vitamin C) we do -- once in a blue moon -- get sick. And yes, we have chased the green dragon. NyQuil, DayQuil, other sorts of new fangled drugstore opiates in their generic versions. We will fess up. The stuff works! In place of Acetaminophen (pain and fever reliever), Dextromethorphan HBr (cough suppressant), and Doxylamine succinate (sleep aid) we used green chile, ginger, citric acid and booze -- all herbal, if subtler, forms of the chemical stuff. A couple shots, errr, doses, of the stuff is perfect for sitting on the couch in a sweatshirt and sweating out your germs. Take that Big Pharma! - Full Article Source

11/13/09 - Tech Allows Stable Integration of Wind In the Power Grid
"One of the most frequently raised arguments against renewable power sources is that they can only supply a low percentage of the total power because their unpredictability can destabilize the grid. Spain seems to have disproved this assertion. In the last three days, the wind power generation records with respect to the total demand were beaten twice (in special conditions: a very windy weekend, at night): 45% on November 5 and almost 54% last night (Google translation; Spanish original). There was no instability. These milestones were accomplished with the help of a control center that processes meteorologic data from the whole country and predicts, with high certainty, the wind and solar power that will be generated, allowing a stable integration of all the renewable power. You can see a graphic of the record here." - Full Article Source

11/13/09 - US Navy Ordered to Listen for Martian Radio Broadcasts in 1924
KeelyNet

“NAVY DESIRES COOPERATE ASTRONOMERS WHO BELIEVE POSSIBLE THAT MARS MAY ATTEMPT COMMUNICATION BY RADIO WAVES WITH THIS PLANET WHILE THEY ARE NEAR TOGETHER THIS END ALL SHORE RADIO STATIONS WILL ESPECIALLY NOTE AND REPORT ANY ELECTRICAL PHENOMENON UNUSUAL CHARACTER AND WILL COVER AS WIDE BAND FREQUENCIES AS POSSIBLE FROM 2400 AUGUST TWENTY FIRST TO 2400 AUGUST TWENTY FOURTH WITHOUT INTERFERRING WITH TRAFFIC”

- Full Article Source

11/13/09 - 10% of US Energy Derived From Old Soviet Nukes
"The New York Times reports that about 10 percent of electricity generated in the United States comes from fuel from dismantled nuclear bombs, mostly Russian. 'It's a great, easy source' of fuel, said Marina V. Alekseyenkova, an analyst at Renaissance Bank and an expert in the Russian nuclear industry that has profited from the arrangement since the end of the cold war. But if more diluted weapons-grade uranium isn't secured soon, the pipeline could run dry, with ramifications for consumers, as well as some American utilities and their Russian suppliers.'" - Full Article Source

11/13/09 - Keeping Pacemakers Safe From Hackers
"Researchers from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich and the French National Institute for Research in Computer Science and Control have now developed a scheme for protecting implantable medical devices against wireless attacks. The approach relies on using ultrasound waves to determine the exact distance between a medical device and the wireless reader attempting to communicate with it." - Full Article Source

11/13/09 - Synthetic Stone DVD Claimed To Last 1,000 Years
"A start-up launched a new DVD archive product this week: a disc that it says will hold its data for 1,000 years. The company, Cranberry, says its DiamonDisc product, which can be used in any standard DVD player, is not subject to deterioration from heat, UV rays or material rot due to humidity or other elements because it has no dyes, adhesives or reflective materials like standard DVD discs, and its discs are made from a vastly more durable synthetic stone. Data is laid down on the platter much in the same way as a standard DVD disc, but with DiamonDisc the burner etches much deeper pits. Cranberry said it is also working on producing a Blu-ray version of its 1,000-year disc." - Full Article Source

11/13/09 - An Ethical Question: Does a Nazi Deserve a Place Among Philosophers?
For decades the German philosopher Martin Heidegger has been the subject of passionate debate. His critique of Western thought and technology has penetrated deeply into architecture, psychology and literary theory and inspired some of the most influential intellectual movements of the 20th century. Yet he was also a fervent Nazi. Now a soon-to-be published book in English has revived the long-running debate about whether the man can be separated from his philosophy. Drawing on new evidence, the author, Emmanuel Faye, argues fascist and racist ideas are so woven into the fabric of Heidegger’s theories that they no longer deserve to be called philosophy. As a result Mr. Faye declares, Heidegger’s works and the many fields built on them need to be re-examined lest they spread sinister ideas as dangerous to modern thought as “the Nazi movement was to the physical existence of the exterminated peoples.” - Full Article Source

11/13/09 - George Hutchins For Congress (gotta see this!)
He's not a fan of Obama:

"The November 4, 2008 U.S. Presidential Election was the result of the worst MASS VOTING FRAUD in U.S. History."

"Obama has NOT produced a Legal U.S. Birth Certificate."

"If elected, I will FIGHT with all possible legal methods, to remove Obama, DIRECTLY from office, and to put an END, to all future MASS VOTING FRAUD !!! "

BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA is JIMMY CARTER, in AL JOLSON Make-Up.

SO-CALLED "CIVIL RIGHTS ACT OF 1964" BASICALLY TO BLAME FOR YANKEES WINNING THE WORLD SERIES. SOME1 CHECK MEXICANO RIVIERA'S PAPERS!!!11!!

If you can't get enough of this guy, follow him on Twitter. - Full Article Source

11/13/09 - Key oil figures were distorted by US pressure
The world is much closer to running out of oil than official estimates admit, according to a whistleblower at the International Energy Agency who claims it has been deliberately underplaying a looming shortage for fear of triggering panic buying. The senior official claims the US has played an influential role in encouraging the watchdog to underplay the rate of decline from existing oil fields while overplaying the chances of finding new reserves. - Full Article Source

11/13/09 - Fat in Japan? You're breaking the law
In Japan, being thin isn't just the price you pay for fashion or social acceptance. It's the law. In Japan, already the slimmest industrialized nation, people are fighting fat to ward off dreaded metabolic syndrome and comply with a government-imposed waistline standard. Metabolic syndrome, known here simply as “metabo,” is a combination of health risks, including stomach flab, high blood pressure and high cholesterol, that can lead to cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Concerned about rising rates of both in a graying nation, Japanese lawmakers last year set a maximum waistline size for anyone age 40 and older: 85 centimeters (33.5 inches) for men and 90 centimeters (35.4 inches) for women. - Full Article Source

11/13/09 - When Hoarders Make Life Miserable for Others
Compulsive hoarding—accumulating so much stuff that one's living space is rendered unusable—is coming out of the closet these days, thanks to books, movies and TV shows like A&E's "Hoarders." Mental-health experts view it as a form of obsessive-compulsive disorder. It's also seen in people with dementia, depression, attention-deficit disorder and brain injury, and after major life losses. As many as one in 50 Americans may fit the criteria. Many families are still agonizing over what to do with hoarders who refuse to change or even acknowledge the problem. They don't want to run their elderly parents' or grown siblings' lives, but they're fearful of letting safety hazards fester. Some are also fed up with experts who counsel patience and understanding with hoarders. - Full Article Source

11/13/09 - Birth Rate down spiral
Russia is disappearing. So is Japan. Europe is next to go. It's not the rising waters of global warming that threaten these parts of the world. The problem is more basic. The Russians and Japanese, as well as large numbers of Europeans, are not having enough children to replace themselves. The birth rates across a large swath of Eurasia are considerably below the replacement rate of 2.1 babies. - Full Article Source

11/13/09 - 6 Insane Laws We'll Need in the Future
KeelyNet From the war on drugs to gay marriage to file sharing, it seems like the law is in a continual, often losing, battle to keep up with the modern world. But it's only going to get worse from here. Advances in genetic engineering and AI are going to change what it means to be human, and that means lots and lots of work for the future's lawyers. / #6 Mandatory Life Span Limits - If nobody eats it, it can live to be 400 years old. So if it can do it, what's stopping us from living that long? Or longer? Nothing, according to researchers like Dr. Aubrey de Grey. He wrote a paper in 2005 mapping out a research path for treatments that would keep us alive for multiple normal lifespans. Feel free to take this out of context if we ever run for office later, but we sort of need people to die. Our entire society and economy depends on it, and at some point we'd have no choice but to impose a lifespan cap. First, it will cost money to keep these people going (it already costs far, far more to care for the elderly than it does for young people). Only the population of elderly will have exploded, because they won't be dying off. Also, the vast majority of you have the job you have now because at some point in the past the last guy who had it quit, or retired, or died. Picture a future where every high-paying position in your department or company is held by somebody who's been there for 200 years. - Full Article Source

11/13/09 - Teens' artificial trees will store CO2
When is a tree that acts like a tree not a tree at all? When it's a metal tower that absorbs, transforms and stores carbon dioxide and is made by two teenage math and science whizzes as a research project on climate change. David Keith, a professor at the University of Calgary in Alberta, developed carbon-dioxide-catching towers years ago. Keith's concept uses resin to capture carbon dioxide as bicarbonates in a dry form. When flushed with water, the carbon dioxide is dumped. Chuck Rice, a soil scientist doing research on climate change at Kansas State University, said that while the premise was good, the next question was "how to dispose of the CO2 once it's collected." Clark and Davis have ideas about disposal, but they said they were still researching. They are also trying to figure out how much their artificial trees will cost to build. Clark estimates it will be about 6 to 7 feet tall and 3 to 4 feet wide. - Full Article Source

11/13/09 - Google Latitude Gets Snoopier: Adds Location History and Alerts
KeelyNet Just when you thought Google Latitude would no longer haunt your dreams, the service has been updated to make it a smidge creepier than before. Now Latitude tracks your location history and alerts you when your friends are nearby -- two add-ons that could make stalking that much easier! Location History is the creepiest of all, so thankfully this service is only for personal use and is not shared with Latitude friends. The way it works is Google pinpoints your trail of breadcrumbs and determines where you were by where you paused. (Click on the above image from Google's demo to see a larger screen showing how it works) From there, you can check your history and piece together last night's manic bender, or, you know, a harmless cross-country trip. And if the ghost of your whereabouts proves to be more than you can handle, you can delete selected history or the entirety of it at any time. Despite sending shivers down my spine, Location History could have some practical uses. And while it's currently private, the rise in popularity of location-based services such as Loopt, Stalqer and FourSquare may convince Google to later selectively publicize Location History to friends. - Full Article Source

11/13/09 - Placebo effect behind many natural cures
People looking for natural cures will be happy to know there is one. Two words explain how it works: "I believe." It's the placebo effect — the ability of a dummy pill or a faked treatment to make people feel better, just because they expect that it will. It's the mind's ability to alter physical symptoms, such as pain, anxiety and fatigue. The placebo effect looms large in alternative medicine, which has many therapies and herbal remedies based on beliefs versus science. Often the problems they seek to relieve, such as pain, are subjective. "It has a pejorative implication — that it's not real, that it has no medicinal value," said Dr. Robert Ader, a psychologist at the University of Rochester in New York who has researched the phenomenon. But placebos can have real and beneficial effects, he said. The placebo effect accounts for about a third of the benefits of any treatment — even carefully tested medicines, scientists say. This dates to a landmark report in 1955 called The Powerful Placebo. Viewed as groundbreaking, the analysis of dozens of studies by H.K. Beecher found that 32 percent of patients responded to a placebo. Later studies found that dummy pills could raise pulse rates, blood pressure and reaction speed when people were told they had taken a stimulant; the opposite occurred when people were told that a drug would make them drowsy. How does it work? Scientists do not always know, but there are many possible ways. Brain imaging shows that beliefs ("I know these pills will help") can cause biological changes and affect levels of chemical messengers and stress hormones that signal pain or pleasure. - Full Article Source

11/13/09 - 'Something may come through' dimensional 'doors' at LHC
KeelyNet A top boffin at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) says that the titanic machine may possibly create or discover previously unimagined scientific phenomena, or "unknown unknowns" - for instance "an extra dimension". "Out of this door might come something, or we might send something through it," said Sergio Bertolucci, who is Director for Research and Scientific Computing at CERN, briefing reporters including the Reg at CERN HQ earlier this week. Naturally, some extremely strange phenomena are to be expected when one mangles the very fabric of space-time itself in this fashion. Various eccentric nutballs have claimed that this would doom humanity in one fashion or another; perhaps converting the entire Earth, everything on it and possibly the rest of the universe too into "strangelet soup", monopole mulligatawny or some other sort of frightful sub-particulate blancmange or custard. It has also been suggested that cack-handed boffins at the LHC might inadvertently call into being a miniature black hole and carelessly drop this into the centre of the Earth, rather irritatingly causing the planet to implode. It's certainly to be hoped that the button marked "Call Black Hole Into Being" on the control board has some kind of flip-down cover over it. Obviously all that's utter rubbish. But some boffins have speculated that black holes might alternatively act as spacewarp wormhole portals into alternate universes, or something. This would seem to chime with Bertolucci's remarks this week on hyperdimensional "doors" out of which might come unspecified "somethings". - Full Article Source

11/13/09 - Straw Might be the Building Material of the Future
Similar in appearance to Southwestern adobes, straw bale structures are earth-friendly and energy-efficient, Lung said. Unlike the wall in a typical home, which is about 6 inches thick, a straw-bale wall is 18 to 23 inches thick, providing greater insulation against winter cold, summer heat and sound. Fire and pests are not a problem, advocates say, and straw is a cheap, easily renewable building material. "Straw makes sense. It is the building material of the future," Lung said. "The building industry is in a real revolution," said Lung's builder, Ron Hixson. Hixson's local company, Earthcraft, specializes in innovative, energy-efficient design and construction. With rising construction costs and a new economy, natural materials like straw are becoming more popular. Green building "should reflect the earth itself," Lung said. His house does: straw, dirt and sun - his passive solar design will help heat and cool the house. The cost of building a straw-bale home is comparable to a conventional home. The materials - straw, sand and clay - are cheaper. The labor is more intensive, and includes applying multiple layers of plaster to the straw walls. To build his home, Lung purchased 250 bales at $2 a bale from a Meridian farmer. He held a "barn-raising" event to get his walls up. Lung is providing much of the labor himself and is using recycled materials, which brought the costs down to about $86 a square foot - he's spending about $165,000, not including land. Building the 1,900-square-foot home with conventional materials would have cost Lung about $103 per square foot. Lung and Hixson are sharing their straw-bale building experience with other builders, architects and students. - Full Article Source

11/**/09 - The Clem Engine Reborn!

KeelyNet

Back in the mid-1970s’, gifted inventor Richard Clem was working for the city of Dallas, operating heavy equipment when he noticed that a heated asphalt sprayer for paving streets would continue running for many minutes after the gas engine was turned off. This aroused his natural curiosity and from this, he designed and built a closed system engine that was purported to generate 350 HP and run itself. The engine weighed about 200 pounds and ran on cooking oil at temperatures of 300 F.. As the years have passed, we have accumulated slightly more information, such as the fact that he first tried engine oil but found it would break down too soon due to the high heat produced by the engine, so he used Mazola cooking oil which would operate over many months at the requisite +300 degrees F.. Roughly four years have passed with no new information coming in about the Clem engine until around Halloween of 2009.

Two introductory emails followed by a phone call from Jim Ray, President of Micro-Combustion, Inc., we have since exchanged many emails and he sent me about 25 documents of his company’s work with what he personally knew of working with Richard Clem and his famous engine and how he had taken it much further, building several working models, which were tested and validated by NASA and by the Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

KeelyNetIt was in 2005 that a NASA scientist and Jim Ray saw on the Internet the picture of the actual first engine and noticed it had a double chamber. As the president of Micro-Combustion he then figured out how to build this engine with the double chamber, but did not have sufficient funds or shop capability to complete or rebuild this design, instead concentrating on the physics and chemistry of the original engine.

Richard had claimed that it was perpetual motion but since there is no such thing Jim felt there was some unknown factor in the equation of the Laws of Physics. The company has now postulated a theory complying with these equations and Laws of Physics as to what made Richard’s engine run without air induction and/or combustion of any given amount or type of fuel.

Micro-Combustion, Inc. was formed in 1997 and privately funded to continue research on the engine, it has produced several hundred prototype versions that have resulted in an excellent understanding of what has now been identified as Cavitation Ignition Bubble Combustion (CIBC), and hence the likely ability to take this breakthrough technology to commercialization.

“The Cavitation-Ignition Bubble Combustion (CIBC) engine is a new discovery in green energy technology that holds the potential to replace fossil fuel altogether. The basic idea behind this new engine is simple but revolutionary:

it utilizes a small air bubble in a fluid (the fuel) as the combustion chamber to compress, ignite, and capture the energy (heat) released by the combustion of the fuel-air contents of the bubble.

The fuel also happens to be the working fluid, which drives the turbine blades to extract power. The CIBC engine can run on just about any liquid hydrocarbon fuel, including plant, mineral, or recycled oils.

Although the CIBC engine can operate on petroleum-based fuels, they are not required. Its ability to operate on alternative liquid fuels holds the potential, if fully realized, to transform the transportation sector by reducing or eliminating our nation’s reliance on domestic or imported petroleum-based fuels.”

KeelyNet

No doubt you can see many correlations throughout history and today, Keely’s Molecular Dissociation and his Cavitation Engine, Schauberger’s Implosion Engine the Zokwendle, Griggs Hydrosonics and several more which adds that much more credence to this new Clem Engine understanding.

Imagine an engine the size of a basketball running your car, truck, boat, etc.. And it is scaleable, meaning the bigger it is the more power it produces so we could power trains, shipping freighters, even airplanes, but the best part is to hook it up to a generator and produce all the power for your home.

Finally we could get off the grid which would lead us toward the mythical ‘Autonomous Home’ where you generate all the power you need for heating, air conditioning, cooking, condensing water from the air and dissociating waste.

When such an engine is available and in use worldwide, what then of solar, wind, wave and other, in comparison, primitive forms of energy collection?

This rebirth of the Clem Engine in the form of the ‘Cavitation-Ignition Bubble Combustion (CIBC) Engine’ by the good folks at Micro-Combustion, Inc. is a major stepping stone on that path and I will do all I can to help them complete their work and get these amazing engines on the market. Visit the Micro-Combustion, Inc. website for additional fascinating details and company contact information. - Full 'Clem Reborn' Article on KeelyNet

11/12/09 - Perry says Obama taking U.S. toward socialism
The first part of Perry’s remarks focused on what’s called the Alien Transfer and Exit Program, something that he has been talking about for more than a week. Perry describes it as a plan where illegal immigrants who are captured in Arizona are sent to the small Texas town of Presidio and set free. It’s a sign that the Obama administration is trying to punish Texas, Perry said, adding that members of the state’s congressional delegation, as well as his office, weren’t given any warning of the administration’s plans for Presidio. But there’s more to the program than Perry described.According to a story by the CBS affiliate in Odessa, the illegal immigrants are returned to Mexico via secured buses. The station also reported, “last year 4,500 illegals were sent back through Presidio. Now 94 will be bused across this bridge 7 days a week.” / Predisio has a population of 4600 people. He says if faced with a choice of returning to Mexico through the Chihuahua desert or turning back into Texas that would add +28,000 people a year if they all sneaked back in. - Full Article Source


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11/12/09 - You Had Better Sit Down
The U. S. Geological Service issued a report in April 2008 that only scientists and oil men knew was coming, but man was it big. It was a revised report (hadn't been updated since 1995) on how much oil was in this area of the western 2/3 of North Dakota, western South Dakota, and extreme eastern Montana ..... check THIS out: The Bakken is the largest domestic oil discovery since Alaska's Prudhoe Bay, and has the potential to eliminate all American dependence on foreign oil. The Energy Information Administration (EIA) estimates it at 503 billion barrels. Even if just 10% of the oil is recoverable... at $107 a barrel, we're looking at a resource base worth more than $5..3 trillion. "When I first briefed legislators on this, you could practically see their jaws hit the floor. They had no idea.." says Terry Johnson, the Montana Legislature's financial analyst. A recent technological breakthrough has opened up the Bakken's massive reserves.... and we now have access of up to 500 billion barrels. And because this is light, sweet oil, those billions of barrels will cost Americans just $16 PER BARREL! That's enough crude to fully fuel the American economy for 2041 yearsstraight. And if THAT didn't throw you on the floor, then this next one should - because it's from 2006! U. S. Oil Discovery- Largest Reserve in the World - Stansberry Report Online - 04/20/2006 - Hidden 1,000 feet beneath the surface of the Rocky Mountains lies the largest untapped oil reserve in the world. It is more than 2 TRILLION barrels. On August 8, 2005 President Bush mandated its extraction. In three and a half years of high oil prices none has been extracted. With this motherload of oil why are we still fighting over off-shore drilling? They reported this stunning news: We have more oil inside our borders, than all the other proven reserves on earth. Here are the official estimates:

  • - 8-times as much oil as Saudi Arabia
  • - 18-times as much oil as Iraq
  • - 21-times as much oil as Kuwait
  • - 22-times as much oil as Iran
  • - 500-times as much oil as Yemen

and it's all right here in the Western United States. HOW can this BE? HOW can we NOT BE extracting this? Because the environmentalists and others have blocked all efforts to help America become independent of foreign oil! Again, we are letting a small group of people dictate our lives and our economy.....WHY? / (Imagine how this would affect terrorists if we no longer bought Mid East oil? How their incomes would go down when their sponsors lose Americans as customers? But of course the Chinese, India and other countries would gladly make up the difference. Courtesy of Infolink! - JWD) - Full Article

11/11/09 - Free DC Energy _The worlds biggest kept secret
KeelyNet The DC Energy is exactly as i stated, file a raw magnetite magnet into the same shape as the Giza pyramid angled at 22.5 degrees (in fact it's 52 degrees). Place it point down in the center of 3 solid ball magnets notched at 19.5 degrees on 4 sides. (there is a cc like this but i could not locate it, maybe you can.) All this is, is a giant stater on a lawnmower. Two magnets pass each other and create a spark. So, as the corner of the pyramid passes a notch energy will form and spark from the bottom of the pyramid. How do i know, i touched it and landed on my ass! It is a pointed object spinning at high revolutions inside a circular object that is hollowed out at 19.5 degrees. (useing pi as a reference) A quick note on cc" you must pay attention to the wheat/grass that is flattened. This is very important. The way the grass is laid is the key to seeing what is in plain site. How do you do this? Make 3 solid raw magnetite ball and cut them in half. Hollow each one until you have 6 bowls hollowed out at 19.5 degrees. Take two pyramid magnets and place them together point to point and you will have a tetrahedron. (obviously you would have to carve it into a tetrahedron from raw material.) Make the tetra slightly smaller than the inside of the balls. So that when you place the pyramids into one have of the ball the points will barely not touch the inside walls. So so far you have 6 half bowls hollowed at 19.5 degrees and 3 tetrahedrons whos points are angled at 22.5 degrees. Place the 3 stars into the ball halfs and place the tops on the bottoms. Now a little magnet lesson: Remember how the pyramid magnet acts when you move above and below the earths equator? Well check this out. When the balls are whole they have a north and south polarity. After cutting them in half each half now has a north and a south. Place that star inside one of those balls, go to put the other half back on and it wil SNAP back together and become whole again with only one north and one south as if it was never cut. Once sealed the stars inside will try to spin in all directions at the same time, alot like the image above. Place the 3 starballs in a perfect triangle from each other and all 3 stars will begin to spin in torward each other createing 3 distinct energy barriers. Congradulations you've just created the drive engine for most of the starships in use today. - Full Article Source and check out this additional information; Joe Parr's Spinning Pyramid Experiment as well as Les Browns Crystals DVD where Pyramid Energy threw him against the wall with a youtube clip excerpted from the DVD.

11/10/09 - At $600, VW introduces the most Economical Car in the World
KeelyNet It is ready to be launched as a single-seater for sale in Shanghai in 2010 for a mere RMB 4,000 (US$600). Interested? Wait till you learn that it will cruise at 100-120 Km/Hr with an unbelievable 0.99 litre/100Km (258 miles/gallon)!

Better than Electric Car - 258 miles/gallon: IPO 2010 in Shanghai
This is a single seat car
From conception to production: 3 years and the company is headquartered in Hamburg, Germany
Gas tank capacity = 1.7 gallons (7 litr)
Speed = 62 - 74.6 Miles/hour (103 klm/hr)
Fuel efficiency = 258 miles/gallon
Travel distance with a full tank = 404 miles (674 klm)

(Thanks to Duncan Roads at Nexus Magazine for this headsup! - JWD) - Full Article Source

11/17/09 - Deviant Art - If you have some time
Totally fascinating to watch these animations, give them a shot, but definitely play animation vs. animation... (Thanks to Lloyd Pye for this headsup - JWD) - Full Article Source

11/17/09 - An Insult to Our Democracy - this should outrage everyone!
Rep. Jack Murtha presides, ignores reality to push through his preferences without a vote. (Thanks to Katman for this scandalous video showing how crooks get away with anything they are paid to do. - JWD) - 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

11/17/09 - Become Your Own Heir After Being Frozen
KeelyNet "A science writer discovered it's possible to finance your cryogenic preservation using life insurance — and then leave a huge death benefit to your future thawed self. From the article, 'Most in the middle class, if they seriously want it, can afford it now. So by taking the right steps, you can look forward to waking up one bright future morning from cryopreservation the proud owner of a bank account brimming with money!' There's one important caveat: some insist that money 'will have no meaning in a future dominated by advanced molecular manufacturing or other engines of mega-abundance.'"

KeelyNet Reminds me of an episode on an old TV show which I think was Hitchcock. It opened with a middle-aged man lounging on board a cruise ship with two lovely young girls accompanying him for drinks. Some of the passengers asked him if he was wealthy and he said no, but I'm comfortable.

He told a story where he robbed a bank of several hundred thousand dollars when he was young and then hid the money. They caught him and he did his time, but the police never found the money.

When he got out, a detective who was on the case followed him everywhere waiting for him to retrieve the hidden money. Finally, one day this now middle-aged man invited the detective to his modest hotel room. On the bed was a suitcase containing all the stolen money. He asked the detective, now will you leave me alone? The detective had what he wanted, so agreed to bother him no more and everyone was happy.

What they didn't know, he had invested the stolen money all those years he was in prison and when he got out, he was a very wealthy man, so he returned the principle and kept the interest so he could enjoy life!

KeelyNetHis rationale was from seeing his father, uncles and friends work and slave all their lives and retire with a watch and a meager pension.

So he figured he'd just do time and let the money work for him...now how BRILLIANT is that???

$500,000 at 6% for 20 years is $1,603,567.74 - 500,000 = $1,103,567.74 to spend or invest for a very comfortable and secure retirement income. - JWD - Full Article Source

11/17/09 - New Zealand To Launch First Private Space Rocket
"Private New Zealand aerospace company Rocket Lab completed its final ground-based test today and is now ready to launch New Zealand into the space race with its Atea-1 launch vehicle. The first high-altitude launch of Atea-1 is scheduled for the end of November this year. Once Atea-1 has successfully concluded the development phase it will be the first privately built rocket launched from the Southern Hemisphere to enter space. The article features a new CGI movie on the launch." - Full Article Source

11/17/09 - Antonio Meucci: The Real Father of the Telephone
A lecture and presentation by filmmaker/historian Tony De Nonno on Italian inventor Antonio Meucci, "Telephone Inventor, Antonio Meucci and the Age of Invention," gave students and faculty at the Cobble Hill school insights into the life and work of Meucci, considered by many the "true inventor" of the telephone. The presentation featured newspaper, scientific and magazine articles, court testimony and schematic drawings from the period in support of Meucci and not Alexander Graham Bell as the original inventor of the phone. It also included fascinating facts about the fierce competition that ensued over the invention. The Garibaldi-Meucci Museum stands today at Meucci's former Staten Island home, where many witnessed his invention in operation. De Nonno's 12-minute documentary, "Antonio Meucci: The Father of the Telephone," which was shown during the presentation, can be seen at there. - Full Article Source

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

11/17/09 - Vertical wave power generator
Jay Matabadul's invention, which is called the "vertical model", took him six years to complete - through research, planning and finally construction, with the belief that his invention could harness electricity through sea-wave-energy. He also believes that his invention can reduce global warming and he says it is inexpensive to build and install, is energy free, does not require fossil fuels like coal or expensive uranium and oil, is environmentally friendly and does not pose a threat to marine life or plants. In addition, sea waves are in abundance, there are no greenhouse gases and waste to worry about, it does not need vast|areas of land and sea, and it takes the least amount of time from inception to production. Energy generation is constant, much cheaper, could start quicker than coal or uranium-driven sea-wave energy-saving mechanisms, and could benefit communities through job creation. - Full Article Source

11/17/09 - Economic Recovery Inspires Innovation and Frustration
Innovation is now front and center on the corporate agenda, according to a global survey we recently conducted with 65 senior executives from diverse industries. Executives are adding more breakthrough innovations and business model changes to their portfolio to fuel the growth engine for the recovery. There's no magic formula for successful execution, of course. But there is evidence of growing interest in business model innovation, whereas in the past the focus was mostly on product and technology innovation. Roughly one-quarter of the companies surveyed are developing bundled products and services to provide solutions. General Electric (GE), for example, created Power by the Hour, bundling jet engines, financing, fuel services, and operations and maintenance contracts. Bundling products and services creates stronger customer loyalty and improves both revenues and margins. - Full Article Source

11/17/09 - If 1950s Men Redesigned the Human Form, We'd Be Horrors
KeelyNet While the human body has never been equaled [in] all-around master engineering, a number of glaring weaknesses do exist in man's basic equipment," stated a Mechanix Illustrated article from August 1956, which enlisted experts to suggest upgrades.

Here are the most unexpected add-ons recommended by industrial designers, anthropologists, engineers and biologists:

• Folding ears, something like the old-fashioned ear trumpet, to catch low-pitched sounds
• Hooks on heads for straphangers on subways who wanted to read the papers
• A device resembling a giant clamshell can protect internal organs and be opened easily for surgical purposes
• 20 teeth would be an improvement over the present 32, according to dentists
• A long snout to do away with the nose's confusing air flow and related sinus troubles
• Detachable arms so that you can sleep in comfort
• An extra pair of hands coming out of ears to hold hats in high winds
• Antennae concealed in the head that could pick up sound waves, lights and shadows
• A protective covering for the eye, containing substances which would screen out harsh ultra violet rays
• A small food storage compartment like the camel's
• Built-in pockets, such as kangaroos have
• The spine as a solid column, to greatly increase load-carrying capacity and protect vital nerves - Full Article Source

11/17/09 - China's Weather Manipulation backfires - Crippling Snowstorm in Beijing
In The People's Republic of China, it's no secret that the Party controls just about everything. But as Beijing suffers through its second major snowstorm this season, residents are growing weary of their leadership's control-freak tendencies. After all, while the storm came as a surprise to residents, the government knew about it all along. In fact, the government caused it. The purpose behind weather modification is less megalomaniacal than it sounds at first pass; a large swath of northeast China, including Beijing, has been mired in a drought for nearly a decade, and the party leadership would like to reverse that trend for both practical reasons and to show the Chinese people exactly who is in charge. To do so, they've turned to cloud seeding, a controversial practice that involves launching (or dropping) chemicals into the atmosphere -- silver iodide in China, though dry ice and liquid propane also work -- that cause water vapor in the air to crystallize at temperatures it otherwise would not. Its effectiveness is dubious; while it's generally accepted that it works to some degree, it can only increase precipitation by 20 percent. Sometimes. Weather manipulation is actually not as rare as one might think. Currently, 24 countries practice some kind of cloud seeding. Moscow's mayor keeps the Russian Air Force on cloud seeding duty to make sure it never rains on his parades (literally). The U.S. has dabbled with weather manipulation in attempts to curb the intensity of Gulf hurricanes back in the '60s, and the military seeded clouds over North Vietnam during the war there to extend the monsoon season. - Full Article Source

11/17/09 - Scientists probe possible human causes of earthquakes
Could oil and gas exploration — or the burial of climate-changing carbon dioxide deep underground — trigger earthquakes in the normally calm crust of Alberta? Nobody knows for sure but a team of researchers from the University of Calgary plans to find out. Earthquakes occur naturally but can also be human-induced, Dave Eaton, U of C head of geoscience, said Friday. He said he wants to know more about the impact of the oil and gas industry on seismic activity — and better understand the potential seismic effects of underground CO2 storage, a largely untested technology seen by many governments as a magic bullet to arrest greenhouse gas-induced climate change. - Full Article Source

11/17/09 - Attention loss feared as high-tech rewires brain
Some mental health experts fear that a growing technology addiction, perhaps accelerated by the popularity of smart phones and social networks, will lead to a breakdown of interpersonal relationships and an increase in attention deficit disorder. "If our attention span constricts to the point where we can only take information in 140-character sentences, then that doesn't bode too well for our future," said Dr. Elias Aboujaoude, director of Stanford University's Impulse Control Disorders Clinic at Stanford University. "The more we become used to just sound bites and tweets," Aboujaoude said, "the less patient we will be with more complex, more meaningful information. And I do think we might lose the ability to analyze things with any depth and nuance. Like any skill, if you don't use it, you lose it." Dr. John Ratey, an associate clinical professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, uses the term "acquired attention deficit disorder" to describe the way technology is rewiring the modern brain. - Full Article Source

11/17/09 - Cow dung to power more Dutch homes
A plant that converts cow dung into energy for homes opened in the Netherlands Friday. Manure from cows at a nearby dairy farm will be fermented along with grass and food industry residues, and the biogas released during the process will be used as fuel for the thermal plant's gas turbines. The heat generated will be distributed to around 1,100 homes in the area around Leeuwarden in the north of the Netherlands, the plant's operator Essent said in a statement. - Full Article Source

11/17/09 - Apple patents freeze computer if you don't respond to an advertisement
Apple's filed a patent on a design for a device that won't let its owner use it unless that person demonstrates that she has complied with an advertiser's demands by paying attention to an ad and taking some action indicating her dutiful attention. Its distinctive feature is a design that doesn't simply invite a user to pay attention to an ad -- it also compels attention. The technology can freeze the device until the user clicks a button or answers a test question to demonstrate that he or she has dutifully noticed the commercial message. Because this technology would be embedded in the innermost core of the device, the ads could appear on the screen at any time, no matter what one is doing. The system also has a version for music players, inserting commercials that come with an audible prompt to press a particular button to verify the listener's attentiveness. The inventors say the advertising would enable computers and other consumer electronics products to be offered to customers free or at a reduced price. In exchange, recipients would agree to view the ads. If, down the road, users found the advertisements and the attentiveness tests unendurable, they could pay to make the device "ad free" on a temporary or permanent basis. - Full Article Source

11/17/09 - Insomnia Fighter Invention
KeelyNet Kate Evans, 25, designed the Light-Sleeper to beat her insomnia as a student. Trials were so successful it is being considered by the NHS, which has spent s36million on sleeping pills this year - a 20% annual rise. The s125 device moves a soothing blue light across the ceiling. Kate said: "It moves your eyes along a line, relaxing your brain. "This helps you drift off. Reading a book can make you more alert but this makes you switch off. It's the first device that offers a simple, drugfree and natural way of falling asleep for those who find it hard." The device is on sale at lightsleeper.co.uk and Boots.com plans to market it. (125.00 GBP = 210.023 USD, isn't that awful steep for a nightlight??? So easy to HACK THIS! - JWD) - Full Article Source

11/16/09 - DIY Home Made Russian Magnetic Water Purifier
To Anton Ivanovich Reznikov 68 years, entire life it worked as production engineer, and even on the pension did not leave the dear matter. In the close kitchen of one-room apartment it created the present baffle separator (not to confuse with the home-brewed). Bulky, but effective invention converts dirty tap water into the completely clean, the suitable for the drink. Inventor does not hold the schematic of apparatus in the secret, but it on the contrary, proposes all to that desiring to gather the same at home and forever to forget about the poor water. In the Ionizer section, water on the hose enters the vessel with silver (in this case this silver hours and the pair of silver teeth). The structure of water is restored in this stage, and it is saturated by silver ions. For strengthening the effect, toward the vessel is directed the dark-blue quartz lamp. The magnetic bottle is a plastic bottle with the magnets (author used refrigerator magnets). Here the surpluses of some metals are moved away from the water. Next is the carbon pipe filter. Plastic housings of ball-point pens, well-packed by activated carbon. Coal is excellent sorbent and absorbs into itself harmful substances. Then, the Accumulator- mineralizer which is a plastic canister with the stones on the bottom. Stones are the natural minerals, brought by Anton Ivanovich from the sanatorium, they saturate water, giving to it noble natural taste. sonic restorer. To the plastic canister old tape recorder is attached by Scotch tape. The sounds of classical music favorably affect the water, restoring its structure. The capacity of gramineous saturation (millet filter) is a funnel from the neck of plastic bottle, filled with millet. Here water is saturated by vitamins and acquires without anything the incomparable aroma of Russians pour on. Then a thermal tunnel which is a metallic hose from soul, wound around the battery. Here water rapidly is heated to 70 degrees, which kills all microbes. And the boxing of layered purification. Plastic box with the layers of different ground, soil and sand with the flower is above. Finally water passes entire cycle of cleaning and it is possible to drink it, having preliminarily cooled in the freezer. You be healthy! - Full Article Source

11/16/09 - Holding Hands Reduces Pain and Discomfort
Holding the hand of a loved one during times of distress really can reduce their discomfort, scientists believe. Researchers revealed that, at least for women, the touch or look of a boyfriend seems to anaesthetise them from pain. Even a photograph of their partner is enough to have an effect. The discovery was made by psychologists at the University of California and “underscores the importance of social relationships and staying socially connected”, they reported. A similar anaesthetising effect was found if they held hands with their partners when “moderately painful heat stimuli” was applied to their forearms. In further experiments, each woman held either the hand of her boyfriend, the hand of a male stranger or a squeeze ball. The “thermal stimulus” last for just a tenth of second to produce a “sharp prickling sensation.” The volunteers who held hands “reported less physical pain than when they were holding a stranger’s hand or a ball while receiving the same amount of heat stimulation”. The findings might also explain why a mother can apparently give instant comfort to a poorly child by “kissing it better”. - Full Article Source

11/16/09 - Cool Rider - a Modern Chariot
KeelyNet Now you can have all the fun of a Segway without looking like a dork. You can zip along at 12mph, looking cool while spending $1250 for the privilege, about a quarter the price of the much-geekier Segway. If you want to be really daring, you can don a pair of roller blades and ditch that standing sled altogether. - Full Article Source

11/16/09 - Mexicans Sending Money To U.S. To Help Relatives
Unemployment has hit migrant communities in the United States so hard that a startling new phenomenon has been detected: instead of receiving remittances from relatives in the richest country on earth, some down-and-out Mexican families are scraping together what they can to support their unemployed loved ones in the United States. Statistics measuring the extent of what experts are calling reverse remittances are hard to come by. But interviews in Mexico with government officials, money-transfer operators, immigration experts and relatives of out-of-work migrants show that a transaction that was rarely noticed before appears to be on the rise. “It’s something that’s surprising, a symptom of the economic crisis,” said Martín Zuvire Lucas, who heads a network of community banks that operate in poor communities in Oaxaca and other underservedMexican states. “We haven’t been able to measure it but we hear of more cases where money is going north.” With nearly half its population living in poverty, Mexico is not well placed to prop up struggling citizens abroad. Mexico could lose as many as 735,000 jobs this year and its economy may decline 7.5 percent, government economists predict, making the country one of the worst affected by the global recession. Still, poverty is a relative concept. It is easier to get by on little in Mexico, especially in rural areas, allowing the poor to help the even more precarious. - Full Article Source

11/16/09 - Garlic As Flu Preventative
Belgrade's open-air markets were a welter of busy customers on Friday, pushing and shoving to buy one item - garlic. In Serbia, garlic has long been regarded as a good luck charm and a guard against many ailments. As far as the public is concerned, that includes the swine flu pandemic, which recently has spread in Serbia and triggered near panic among the local population. Health officials have publicly urged the population not to take garlic's healing properties so seriously. Instead, they recommend opting for more conventional precautions, such as washing hands, wearing face masks, or eventually getting vaccinated. But those calls seem to have been in vain. "Garlic is the best, forget the vaccines," said Marko Jankovic, an elderly Belgrader, with the pungent smell of garlic obvious as he spoke at the crowded Kaleniceva Pijaca market. "From the vaccine, you can get sick. From garlic, you can only get bad breath." - Full Article Source

11/16/09 - AI Competition Announced
"The 2010 conference on Artificial Intelligence and Interactive Digital Entertainment (AIIDE 2010) will be hosting a StarCraft AI competition as part of the conference program. This competition enables academic researchers to evaluate their AI systems in a robust, commercial RTS environment. The competition will be held in the weeks leading up to the conference. The final matches will be held live at the conference with commentary. Exhibition matches will also be held between skilled human players and the top-performing bots." - Full Article Source

11/16/09 - The Space Garbage Scow
"Robert X. Cringely once again educates and amuses with his take on how we could clean up the garbage that's in orbit around Earth. I cannot vouch for his math, but it makes sense to me. Quoting: 'We’d start in a high orbit, above the space junk, because we could trade that altitude for speed as needed, simply by flying lower, trading potential energy for kinetic. Dragging the net behind a little unmanned spacecraft my idea would be to go past each piece of junk in such a way that it not only lodges permanently in the net, but that doing so adds kinetic energy (hitting at shallow angles to essentially tack like a sailboat off the debris). But wait, there’s more! You not only have to try to get energy from each encounter, it helps if — like in a game of billiards or pool — each encounter results in an effective ricochet sending the net in the proper trajectory for its next encounter. Rinse and repeat 18,000 times.'" - Full Article Source

11/16/09 - Humans Still Evolving as Our Brains Shrink
KeelyNet "When it comes to recent evolutionary changes, we currently maybe have the least specific details with regard the brain, but we do know from archaeological data that pretty much everywhere we can measure - Europe, China, South Africa, Australia - that brains have shrunk about 150 cubic centimeters, off a mean of about 1,350. That's roughly 10 percent," Hawks said. "As to why is it shrinking, perhaps in big societies, as opposed to hunter-gatherer lifestyles, we can rely on other people for more things, can specialize our behavior to a greater extent, and maybe not need our brains as much," he added. - Full Article Source

11/16/09 - The Internet has destroyed Western Civilization in just a few short years
The past decade is the era in which the Internet ruined everything. Just look at the industries that have been damaged by the rise of the Web: Newspapers. Magazines. Books. TV. Movies. Music. Retailers of almost any kind, from cars to real estate. Telecommunications. Airlines and hotels. Wherever companies relied on advertising to make money, wherever companies were profiting by a lack of transparency or a lack of competition, wherever friction could be polished out of the system, those industries suffered. Remember all that crazy talk in the early days about how the Internet was going to change everything and usher us into a brave new techno-utopia? Well, to get to that promised land, we first have to endure a period of what economist Joseph Schumpeter called “creative destruction,” as the Internet crashes like a tsunami across entire industries, sweeping away the old and infirm and those who are unwilling or unable to change. That’s where we’ve been these past 10 years, and it’s been ugly. - Full Article Source

11/16/09 - NASA launches website to dispel fears from "2012"
KeelyNet "Impressive movie special effects aside, December 21, 2012, won't be the end of the world as we know," NASA scientists wrote on its 2012 page. "It will, however, be another winter solstice." According to NASA scientists, "nothing bad will happen to the Earth in 2012." The scientists wrote on the page that "our planet has been getting along just fine for more than 4 billion years, and credible scientists worldwide know of no threat associated with 2012." But it's further down on the page where the scientists bring out the big guns. They said although the myth surrounding 2012 contends planets will align and crash into Earth, "there are no planetary alignments in the next few decades, Earth will not cross the galactic plane in 2012, and even if these alignments were to occur, their effects on the Earth would be negligible. Each December the Earth and sun align with the approximate center of the Milky Way galaxy but that is an annual event of no consequence." - Full Article Source

11/16/09 - Rosetta Fly-By To Probe "Pioneer Anomaly"
"On Friday November 13th, ESA'a Rosetta probe will get its third and final gravity assist slingshot from Earth on its way to its primary targets, the asteroid Lutetia and Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. But the slingshot itself will allow ESA scientists to examine the trajectory for unusual changes seen in several other probes' velocities. An unaccountable variation was first noticed as excess speed in Pioneers 11 and 12, and has since been called the Pioneer Anomaly. More troubling than mere speed increase is the inconsistency of the effect. While Galileo and NEAR had appreciable speed increases, Cassini and Messenger did not. Rosetta itself gained more speed than expected from its 2005 fly-by, but only the expected amount from its 2007 fly-by. Several theories have been advanced, from mundane atmospheric drag to exotic variations on special relativity, but none are so far adequate to explain both the unexpected velocity increases and the lack of them in different instances. Armed with tracking hardware and software capable of measuring Rosetta's velocity within a few millimeters per second while it flies past at 45,000 km/hr, ESA will be gathering data which it hopes will help unravel the mystery." - Full Article Source

11/16/09 - The Clem Engine Reborn! Too important to Miss...

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Back in the mid-1970s’, gifted inventor Richard Clem was working for the city of Dallas, operating heavy equipment when he noticed that a heated asphalt sprayer for paving streets would continue running for many minutes after the gas engine was turned off. This aroused his natural curiosity and from this, he designed and built a closed system engine that was purported to generate 350 HP and run itself. The engine weighed about 200 pounds and ran on cooking oil at temperatures of 300 F.. As the years have passed, we have accumulated slightly more information, such as the fact that he first tried engine oil but found it would break down too soon due to the high heat produced by the engine, so he used Mazola cooking oil which would operate over many months at the requisite +300 degrees F.. Roughly four years have passed with no new information coming in about the Clem engine until around Halloween of 2009. It was in 2005 that a NASA scientist and Jim Ray saw on the Internet the picture of the actual first engine and noticed it had a double chamber. As the president of Micro-Combustion he then figured out how to build this engine with the double chamber, but did not have sufficient funds or shop capability to complete or rebuild this design, instead concentrating on the physics and chemistry of the original engine. “The Cavitation-Ignition Bubble Combustion (CIBC) engine is a new discovery in green energy technology that holds the potential to replace fossil fuel altogether. The basic idea behind this new engine is simple but revolutionary:

it utilizes a small air bubble in a fluid (the fuel) as the combustion chamber to compress, ignite, and capture the energy (heat) released by the combustion of the fuel-air contents of the bubble.

The fuel also happens to be the working fluid, which drives the turbine blades to extract power. The CIBC engine can run on just about any liquid hydrocarbon fuel, including plant, mineral, or recycled oils. Although the CIBC engine can operate on petroleum-based fuels, they are not required. Its ability to operate on alternative liquid fuels holds the potential, if fully realized, to transform the transportation sector by reducing or eliminating our nation’s reliance on domestic or imported petroleum-based fuels.” Visit the Micro-Combustion, Inc. website for additional fascinating details and company contact information. - Full 'Clem Reborn' Article on KeelyNet

11/21/09 - Take advantage of solar heating
It may be a little misleading to present the solar heating as a new invention. In 1978, Sunmaster Corp. in Corning developed and patented the first commercially successful solar collection system, using evacuated tubes similar to those depicted in the photograph with the Nov. 14 article. For a while, the tubes were manufactured in Corning. That business failed after 1985 when government incentives were discontinued. There are numerous installations of Sunmaster collectors still working all over the country, nearly 30 years later. The technology is now a multi-billion dollar industry in China and elsewhere. - Full Article Source

11/21/09 - Don't get burned by Ads for this Heater
KeelyNet The Amish mantle from Heat Surge has been around for several years, and it's hard to believe it hasn't gotten enough bad press to make sure everyone is aware of it, but Larry and Brenda are proof that its mass ad campaigns continue to leave an impression on consumers. If you've missed the ads -- typically designed to look like newspaper articles -- they carry headlines like "Amish mantle and miracle invention help home heat bills hit rock bottom." Some of the ads have promised to give away these "miracle heaters" for free, although you only actually get them that way if you buy the surrounding mantle, which will set you back about $300. The device -- formally called a Roll-n-Glow Fireplace -- is a portable heater built to look like an actual fireplace. The "miracle" is the "fireless flame," which basically is a fake fireplace; it doesn't appear to be much different than the film-loop fireplaces that some community television stations use as a backdrop when they don't have fresh programming over the holidays. They're about as warm as those images, too. You get the fireplace look without the flame, ashes, soot, smell, mess or chimney. Don't believe the hype. If you're looking for some type of country, feel-good feeling from the Amish connection, you're stretching. Some Amish don't use electricity, so an electric heater made in China isn't too authentic; in fact, it's only the mantle that goes around the heating unit that is made by Amish craftsmen. The product's claims, however, are the biggest issue. They can be boiled down to this line in the ad: "Only uses about 9 cents electric an hour; so turn down your thermostat and never be cold again." U.S. Department of Energy studies show that space heaters save money only when they heat one room at a time, so that you take the heater with you and keep the neighboring rooms chilly. The Amish heater does roll, but it's a lot clunkier than most portable heaters; plus, that fake fireplace might look a bit goofy standing in the middle of the kitchen or laundry room when you need to warm those areas up. Moreover, electric costs per hour vary not only by the setting you put the heater on, but also based on the electric rates where you live. And then there's the claim that the Amish Fireplace produces "an amazing 5,119 BTU." If you remember high-school science classes, you might recall that BTUs (British Thermal Units, a measure of heat created by burning any material) are standard. If you have a 1,500-watt heater -- the wattage of the Roll-n-Glow -- it's going to be capable of producing 5,119 BTU. That's also the BTU capability of the $35 space heater you can get on sale at local hardware stores, at big-box office-supply stores or anywhere heaters are sold. There is no type of heater that can miraculously convert 1,500 watts into more than 5,119 BTUs. / Who are the Amish, and what are their beliefs? Question: "Who are the Amish, and what are their beliefs?" Answer: The Amish are a group of people who follow the teachings of Jacob Ammann, a seventeenth century citizen of Switzerland. It is a Protestant denomination, closely related to the Mennonites. The Amish, most of whom live in the United States, follow simple customs and refuse to take oaths, vote, or perform military service. They shun modern technology and conveniences. Transportation for the Amish is by horse and buggy. They do not have electricity or telephones in their homes. The men usually wear beards and pants with buttons instead of zippers. The women wear white head coverings and plain dresses, usually without buttons—they use straight pins to fasten the clothing. The Amish believe that James 1:27 "...and to keep oneself unspotted from the world" means to stay away from things the "world" does—like driving autos, having a TV, going to movies, wearing make-up, and the enjoying the conveniences of electricity and phones. They often use generators to create power to run their equipment and use horses, instead of tractors, to do farm work. - Full Article Source

11/21/09 - New solar energy technology wins accolades
A shingle that generates solar energy was named one of the 50 Best Innovations of 2009 by Time magazine. Dow Chemical, the Powerhouse Solar Shingle's inventor, will make the shingles commercially available by the middle of next year. Dow's technology "will make affordable renewable energy a reality now and for future generations," said Dow Solar Solutions managing director Jane Palmieri. The Powerhouse design includes thin-film cells of copper indium gallium diselenide. Dow notes the cells' low cost relative to other solar technologies. And, on top of low cost, Dow's new shingle has other advantages. The company reports that the installation process is no different than that of traditional shingles, making Powerhouse shingles attractive to contractors. And in addition to saving money for homeowners by cutting energy use, the shingles are anticipated to make a lot of money for Dow - up to $10 billion a year by 2020. - Full Article Source

11/21/09 - Look ma, no wires
KeelyNet [Robotkid249] details how to build a wireless power transmission system. This is similar to the commercial applications we have seen in a TED talk as well is in a Sony prototype. Power is fed to a ring made of magnet wire. A smaller loop is attached to the system that you want to power and picked up from the base unit. In this case, he is powering some LEDs but the concept can be tailored for your purposes such as an inductive charging pad. We’d like to see a hack that incorporates the base into a mouse pad (or the desk itself) and the receiver into the body of a wireless mouse. We’ve seen a commercial solution along these lines but we want one that doesn’t require a physical connection for power transfer. - Full Article Source

11/21/09 - Mobile Water Purification Offers Hope To Disaster-Hit Regions
A Japanese team has developed Courier Water, a mobile desalination unit that has tremendous potential for helping people in areas affected by water shortages or natural disasters. The unit’s defining feature is its mobility. With its compact design, Courier Water can be installed on a four-ton truck, allowing it to travel far and wide. It incorporates a pump that produces pressure of about 6 MPa, enough to desalinize seawater, with only a small amount of energy. On the roof are solar panels that spread to over twice the truck’s width, and two wind turbines. In fair weather the electricity generated from the sun and wind can provide nearly 100% of the power needed, enabling the system to operate even in areas with an inadequate power supply, such as remote or disaster-affected communities. Courier Water employs a safe coagulant made from natural substances including polyglutamic acid and calcium. Polyglutamic acid is an amino acid polymer widely known to be responsible for the threadlike goo of natto, the traditional Japanese food otherwise known as fermented soybeans. The coagulant is used to clot particles of impurities in the water prior to filtration by reverse osmosis, simplifying the filtration process. Coagulation significantly improves water quality, as well as reducing the strain on the reverse osmosis membrane. In addition to its safety and efficiency, Courier Water’s coagulant is distinct in that it has little effect on the pH level of the water. This eliminates the need to adjust the pH of the water using sodium hydroxide or other caustic agents, which cannot be handled without a special license. The coagulant also removes any heavy metals contained in the water. The truck-loaded Courier Water is capable of producing 7.2 tons of drinking water in a day, enough for 3,600 people, assuming that a person drinks 2 liters per day. A container-type system has also been developed. While not mobile, it is capable of purifying several times more water than its mobile counterpart and will be transported to its destination mainly by ship. - Full Article Source

11/21/09 - Omni-car
We stumbled onto one of [Nik Melton]’s projects, an Omni-car. It is omnidirectional, meaning it can go any direction at any time without having to turn. The body was designed by him, then printed with a 3D printer. The control scheme is what interests us though. He has found a simple way to wire it to get the job done. Sure you can see that it suffers from some pretty bad “drift” when trying to go in a straight line, but overall, we think he pulled it off well. You might want to take a few moments to look around his project page. This guy has done a bunch of fun stuff like delta robots, strange hybrid wheel/leg robots, tesla coils, and arm mounted flamethrowers. Judging by the videos, he’s pretty young too. We think his guy has a bright future ahead of him. - Full Article Source

11/21/09 - Laser Weapon Shoots Down Airplanes In Test
"Boeing's directed-energy weapons (a.k.a. frickin' laser beams) have been getting some attention lately. The Advanced Tactical Laser (ATL) is a C-130 that famously burned a hole through a car's hood, and the YAL-1 AirBorne Laser is a 747 that shoots a laser from its nose that is powerful enough to bring down an ICBM. But even cooler is the Mobile Active Targeting Resource for Integrated eXperiments (MATRIX), a laser that is mounted on a truck (which probably costs less than a 747, but who knows) and that can shoot down small aircraft, as shown in the picture on this article. (The Laser Avenger supposedly also has this capability). We live in the future!" - Full Article Source

11/21/09 - Intel Says Brain Implants Could Control Computers By 2020
"Scientists at Intel are working on developing sensors that would be implanted in a person's head in order to harness brain waves that could then be used to control computers, televisions, cell phones and other electronic equipment. Intel has already used Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (FMRI) machines to determine that blood flow changes in specific areas of the brain based on what word or image someone is thinking of. People tend to show the same brain patterns for similar thoughts. 'Eventually people may be willing to be more committed ... to brain implants. Imagine being able to surf the Web with the power of your thoughts.' said Intel research scientist Dean Pomerleau." - Full Article Source

11/21/09 - Remote uses no batteries
KeelyNet How often do you change the batteries in your television remote control? Yeah, basically never. But that’s a tribute to how efficient the device is and not a reason to overlook this development. NEC is showing off a remote control that uses no batteries. Power is generated using the piezo effect that occurs when a button is pushed. That is to say, when a crystal is compressed it emits a tiny bit of electricity which is harnessed and used to power this device. This is the same principle that is used in the electricity producing sidewalks tested in Japan. It’s pretty phenomenal that they can run the device using this method. Right now there’s only a handful of buttons but we’re sure there’ll be advances in the technology. There’s a ton of use for this if it can be miniaturized. It is using radio frequency instead of infrared, making it a useful development in wireless doorbells, garage door openers, key-less entry fobs for your car, and many more applications. - Full Article Source

11/21/09 - Anti-Smoking Vaccine Is Nearing the Market
"Almost 6 years ago we discussed a vaccine to help people quit smoking as it entered human clinical trials. Now it looks like the finishing touches have been put on a deal that will go into effect once phase III testing of the drug now called NicVAX is completed. NicVAX was developed by Nabi Biopharmaceuticals, who have agreed to license it to GlaxoSmithKline Biologicals; it is expected to complete phase III testing successfully. Others have fallen short of this goal, in pursuit of a smoking-cessation market expected to hit $4.6 billion worldwide by 2016. Nabi has also sold an experimental vaccine for staph infections; and in 2008 we discussed news of a cocaine vaccine." - Full Article Source

11/21/09 - Chu's Tall Tale of Energy Efficiency
It was certainly striking in the telling. But the truth is another story. Speaking to business leaders at a White House event last week on clean energy and the economy, Secretary of Energy Steven Chu was asked what he's doing to improve energy efficiency at Department of Energy laboratories. Chu launched into a story of gross energy negligence at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), which he headed before coming to Washington, D.C. - Full Article Source

11/21/09 - Chickens home to roost- Millions will have to repay part of tax credit
More than 15 million taxpayers could unexpectedly owe taxes when they file their federal returns next spring because the government was too generous with their new Making Work Pay tax credit. Taxpayers are at risk if they have more than one job, are married and both spouses work, or receive Social Security benefits while also earning taxable wages, according to a report Monday by the Treasury Department's inspector general for tax administration. - Full Article Source

11/21/09 - 100 Coolest Science Videos on YouTube
Just about everybody can find a YouTube video they appreciate these days, whether they love animals, practical jokes, dance, politics, or academia–even science. From evolution to the future of medicine, the following videos encompass nearly every aspect of science a student would need to know. Some are 90 minutes long, while others are 20 seconds, but all of them are full of valuable information for the modern scientist. - Full Article Source

11/21/09 - National Debt Now Tops $12 Trillion
It's another record-high for the U.S. National Debt which today topped the $12-trillion mark. Divided evenly among the U.S. population, it amounts to $38,974.34 for every man, woman and child. Technically, the debt hit the new high yesterday, but it was posted on the Treasury Department website just after 3:00 p.m. ET today. The exact calculation of the debt is a 16-digit tongue-twister and red-ink tsunami: $12,031,299,186,290.07 - Full Article Source

11/21/09 - Which Religion Should I Follow?

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11/21/09 - How to Avoid Unnecessary Car Costs
A guy walks into a mechanic and asks for a tune-up. “Looks like your car needs a lot of work,” says the mechanic. “After a quick inspection, I estimate about $1000 worth of services.” It may sound like a joke, but car owners are often hit with an unhappy diagnosis like this. Many of us have little-to-no car expertise. We feel helpless at the sometimes-merciless hand of our mechanic. After all, who are we to say when a spark plug needs changing or steering should be flushed? Jon Bartunek, owner of his family’s Union Street Garage in San Francisco who has worked in the car repair business since he was ten years old, has some empowering tips and guidelines to offer. - Full Article Source

11/21/09 - Federal 'improper spending' surges to $98bn
The US government wasted almost $100bn in tax dollars in fiscal 2009 - more than a third more than the year before - prompting the White House to pledge a crackdown on fraud and mistakes in federal spending. So-called 'improper payments' by government agencies to individuals, organizations and contractors surged from $72bn in 2008 to $98bn in 2009; 5 per cent of total outlays. - Full Article Source

11/21/09 - Why Capitalism Cannot Survive Global Warming
In one view, the destruction of old energy technology and its replacement could become the basis for a new round of capitalist growth. In another analysis, the changes necessary to halt global warming cannot be contained within capitalism. It will be argued that the technological changes required are so very major as to imply a drastic reduction in material production and consumption. The consequences of doing nothing are equally drastic. One possible outcome is world revolution, despite the absence of a strong anti-capitalist movement today. Another option is that the capitalist class will agree to a new dispensation and direct much productive capacity to saving the planet. The capitalist class would be behaving more like a redistributive chieftainship; extracting surplus value and redistributing it. Or these problems could be resolved coercively in a technocratic feudalism. A likely outcome is a last days flurry of grand projects and expensive wars, followed by a collapse in food production and population. So whatever is done to resolve the environmental crisis, we are not going to end up with a capitalist society. For environmental activists, putting environmental outcomes first is just as likely to bring down capitalism as a campaign to end capitalist society. Doing nothing at all is very likely to have the same effect. - Full Article Source

11/21/09 - World on course for catastrophic 6° rise
The world is now firmly on course for the worst-case scenario in terms of climate change, with average global temperatures rising by up to 6C by the end of the century, leading scientists said yesterday. Such a rise – which would be much higher nearer the poles – would have cataclysmic and irreversible consequences for the Earth, making large parts of the planet uninhabitable and threatening the basis of human civilisation. We are headed for it, the scientists said, because the carbon dioxide emissions from industry, transport and deforestation which are responsible for warming the atmosphere have increased dramatically since 2002, in a way which no one anticipated, and are now running at treble the annual rate of the 1990s. This means that the most extreme scenario envisaged in the last report from the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, published in 2007, is now the one for which society is set, according to the 31 researchers from seven countries involved in the Global Carbon Project. - Full Article Source

11/21/09 - Mind Blowing Hyperrealistic Sculptures
KeelyNet Artists that produce photorealistic sculptures, for the most part, aim to show us our bodies and life as it really is. Technically, artists who strive for a high resolution level of detail in painting or sculpture are called “hyperrealists”, although all hyperrealists are also considered to be photorealists. Every detail is slavishly recreated as close to the real life model as possible, even if the sculpture is larger than the original scale. Photorealistic sculptors create truly amazing sculptures that will make you feel wonder, revulsion and the sense of looking in someone else’s mirror. Wake up next next to one of these and you might change your drinking habits. - Full Article Source

11/21/09 - Planet's Megacities Create A Third of World’s GDP
GDP of the world’s largest cities with emerging economies will experience rapid growth. In 2008 the largest 100 cities accounted for about 30% of global GDP and some have bigger economies than medium-sized countries like Sweden or Switzerland. Within the last three years, Moscow has leaped from the 25th to the 15th place in this rating. Tokyo that produced goods and services totaling to $1.479 trillion last year leads the rating. The next three positions are taken by American agglomerations: New York ($1.406 trillion), Los Angeles ($792 billion), and Chicago ($574 billion). The size of economy of the first two of these cities amounted to nearly $1.5 trillion each, which is close to the size of economy of Spain. The most noticeable change in the first ten positions since 2005 was London ($565 billion) getting ahead of Paris ($564 billion) by a billion dollars and taking the 5th place. San Paulo took the 10th place and neared Philadelphia with $388 billion. The top 10 include two countries-representatives of the Old World, five North American metropolises (including Mexico City with $390 billion, 8th place), and two Japanese agglomerations – Tokyo and Osaka/Kobe ($417 billion, 7th place). It is worth mentioning that in 2008 only two European cities besides London and Paris were in the top 30 – Moscow and Madrid. In countries like Germany and Italy there is not only one dominating capital city like in Great Britain and France, but several main cities whose economy is considered medium-sized by the world standards. - Full Article Source

11/21/09 - Russia Builds New Spaceport for Lunar and Martian Missions
Russia is equipping its spaceport at Kourou, the Space Center of French Guiana. This week it sent there two Soyuz rockets. They will be launched into space in 2010 along with the Russian boosters Vega. Why is Russia so interested in developing its space program in Guiana with its horrible climate and sad fame of a former French colony for incorrigible offenders? Pravda.ru interviewed Sergey Fyodorov, a senior research fellow of the Institute of Europe of the Russian Academy of Science, to discuss this issue. “First of all, it is beneficial for Russia to enter the international space market. We have been collaborating with France in the area of aviation and space industry for a long time. The French are interested in our technologies, that’s why they opened the door that was closed for us before. There are no rocket carriers in the world that would be comparable with the Russian ones. Ariane used by Europeans is good, but it’s designed for heavy lifting. There are no light rockets in Europe, whereas Russia has the “light” Vega and “medium” Soyuz rockets. Besides, French specialists believe that Russian rockets are more convenient, simple, and reliable than similar European rockets. Another important factor is that the equator is located 310 miles away from Guiana, which is extremely important for launching space devices. - Full Article Source

11/21/09 - A 25-Year Battery
Batteries that harvest energy from the nuclear decay of isotopes can produce very low levels of current and last for decades without needing to be replaced. A new version of the batteries, called betavoltaics, is being developed by an Ithaca, NY-based company and tested by Lockheed Martin. The batteries could potentially power electrical circuits that protect military planes and missiles from tampering by destroying information stored in the systems, or by sending out a warning signal to a military center. The batteries are expected to last for 25 years. - Full Article Source

11/21/09 - How to Spur U.S. Renewable Energy
Steen Riisgaard, the CEO of Novozymes, based in Denmark, had more specific recommendations for the biofuels industry. He said the current 10 percent limit on the amount of ethanol in gasoline is slowing down the industry in the United States. He said that the EPA should raise what he called this "arbitrary limit" on ethanol content to 15 percent. The current limit effectively puts a cap on the amount of ethanol that can be sold in the U.S. Riisgaard's other suggestions sounded less controversial. He wants the federal government to require 50 percent of all new vehicles in the next couple of years to be flex fuel vehicles capable of running on 85 percent ethanol (which seems feasible given the low cost of doing this), to require 25 percent of the largest gas stations to install E-85 pumps by 2014 (funded by reducing subsidies to the gasoline industry), and to require federal agencies to buy only flex-fuel vehicles and use only E-85 in new vehicles. Finally he called on the Department of Energy to send out what remains of $480 million already approved for funding advanced biofuels. Do this, he said, and you'll create 100,000 jobs, and keep the rest of the world from overtaking the current U.S. lead in biofuels. - Full Article Source

11/21/09 - 'Zombie Buildings': Are They The Next Economic Calamity?
Many banks that cater to regional and community developments were largely unscathed by the residential mortgage meltdown. But now they are facing huge numbers of possible defaults by builders who erected thousands of office towers, condominiums and shopping centers with the easy credit available five years ago. With few tenants, those developments are turning into what industry insiders call zombie buildings. - Full Article Source

11/21/09 - ‘Climate change pushes poor women to prostitution, dangerous work’
The effects of climate change have driven women in communities in coastal areas in poor countries like the Philippines into dangerous work, and sometimes even the flesh trade, a United Nations official said. Of the 92 million Filipinos, about 60 percent are living in coastal areas and depend on the seas for livelihood, said former Environment secretary Dr. Angel Alcala. Alcala said that “we have already exceeded the carrying capacity of our marine environment." But as the sea’s resources are depleted due to overpopulation and overfishing, fishermen start losing their livelihood and women are forced to share the traditional role of the man in providing for the family. Women who can no longer endure this work often go out to find other jobs, while some are tempted to go into prostitution, Alcala added. - Full Article Source

11/19/09 - Green plan to add £3,300 to cost of a car
A report unveiled today by experts including the Government's environment tsar will urge £150bn in taxes on households and businesses. Petrol could cost £2 a litre by 2020, while a tax on new cars that would start at £300 would rise by £3,000 over the next 11 years. The blitz is essential if Britain is to meet its target of cutting greenhouse gas emissions by a third by that time, according to the influential think-tank behind the proposals. But critics said drivers were already over-taxed and were being used as 'cash cows'. (3,300.00 GBP = $5,491.34 USD) - Full Article Source

11/19/09 - Giving gas the boot
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wants to be remembered as the leader of a small nation who warned the great countries about the dangers lurking for Western democracy, and showed them how to protect themselves. For years, Israeli researcher Gal Luft has been preaching about "energy security" in Washington, and warning that the oil addiction is making the West a captive to threatening and unstable regimes. In his lectures, he reminds Americans that in their land of suburbia, it is impossible even to buy bread without driving a petroleum-fueled car. He relates that much of the world's oil reserves lie under the Sunni-Shiite rift - that is, in regions prone to Islamic extremism and religious wars. In short, oil means trouble. Netanyahu shares this view, but adds two new dimensions. He believes alternative energy will create a more equal distribution of global wealth, and will not enrich only countries blessed with subterranean oil reserves. This is especially important for developing countries like China, India and the African states, which depend on oil from the Middle East and whose industrial revolution is restricted by concerns about greenhouse gas emissions. - Full Article Source

11/19/09 - IIT boys draw power & water from sewage
It was while working on microbes that can be used as purifying agents that Manoj Mandelia, a fourth year student of biotech engineering, stumbled upon the idea that if a bio cell can be developed to treat sewage water for use, it would solve one of the biggest problems of the present times. The idea is simple. The specially designed bio cell (LOCUS) will be set up in the form of a plant, through which the sewage water of a housing complex would be flowed in. The genius of this invention which is awaiting patent lies in the design of the cell that will automatically grow millions of anaerobic bacteria that multiply through respiration. The bacteria clean up the sewage water and in the process generate free electrons. If harnessed, these electrons can generated electricity. The cell, at this stage, can clean up 50,000 litres of sewage water, about the amount generated by 100 flats in a day. The water produced this way can be compared with that supplied provided by a civic body, the students say. "The purified water has been tested and has been certified to be clean and fit for household use. It is, however, not fit for drinking," Mandelia explained. The IIT-Kgp team has even produced electricity with the bio cell. "A township of 100,000 people needs about 2.3 megawatts of electricity a day. It will be years before we reach that stage. But we have already been able to generate electricity. By next year, we aim to generate 350 units, enough to meet 50% of the demand of a 100-flat complex. When we say this we are not taking airconditioners into consideration," said Prateek. - Full Article Source

11/19/09 - Lab worms are stunned by 'phaser'
A special molecule exposed to ultraviolet (UV) light, changes its shape. When the worms were fed this molecule and then exposed to UV light, they exhibited paralysis. But when the worms were again exposed to visible light, they regained their ability to move. - Full Article Source

11/19/09 - What Happens to Your Online Accounts When You Die?
Will your relatives be able to gain access, or will the accounts simply fade away? That depends. Weblog MakeUseOf looks into the subject, examining several of the most popular web services out there. Email services like Hotmail and Gmail allow next of kin to access accounts of deceased individuals as long as the family can provide proof of death. Other services, like MySpace, will simply delete the account upon request. Facebook will also delete an account if asked, but also goes the extra mile and turns the user's page into a memorial page if the family desires. Hit up the post for more steps various email and social networking sites take when notified of a user's death, and read up on making post-mortem plans for your online life. - Full Article Source

11/19/09 - Uncovering Obama's Stimulus Sham
There were few economists who really believed, despite the promises that the money would go to shovel ready projects that could begin immediately once the funding came through, that the stimulus would really create any net jobs. It comes as little surprise that the recipients of the stimulus money have been, to put it indelicately, cooking the books. Both ABC News and the Washington, DC Examiner have been monitoring the spending as posted on the government's recovery.gov website and have found egregious errors, including money being spent in non-existent congressional districts and public entities claiming the stimulus money saved their entire workforce. Vice President Joe Biden, when told of the problems, reportedly told those responsible for the website to "fix it." Having dealt with the "jobs issue" early on in his administration, President Obama thought he could move on to healthcare, a national energy tax, the abolition of "Don't ask, Don't tell," and other issues that were important to his political base. The continued increase in the unemployment numbers, coupled with the bogus claims made on the recovery.gov website, may yet force him back to square one. - Full Article Source

11/19/09 - Bomb-Proof Wallpaper Developed
"Working in partnership with the US Army Corp of Engineers, Berry Plastics has rolled out a new breed of bomb-proof wallpaper. Dubbed the X-Flex Blast Protection System, the wallpaper is so effective that a single layer can keep a wrecking ball from smashing through a brick wall, and a double layer can stop blunt objects (i.e. a flying 2×4) from knocking down drywall. According to its designers, covering an entire room takes less than an hour." - Full Article Source

11/19/09 - The Fed - Out of Control - End the FEDERAL RESERVE. Audit the FED
The Federal Reserve is one of the most powerful and secretive institutions in Washington, long considered beyond the reach of lawmakers. But now, as details emerge of how the Fed secretly doled out more than a trillion dollars during the financial crisis, a rare bipartisan movement in Congress demands that the Fed be held accountable. - Full Article Source

11/19/09 - Sumatra 1.0 is a Blazing Fast Replacement for Adobe Reader
Windows only: The Sumatra PDF Viewer is a tiny, open-source, portable, and, most of all, lightning-quick replacement for the bloated Adobe Reader we've all learned to replace. It's only a 1.2 MB download, so why not give it a try? - Full Article Source

11/18/09 - Super Efficient Hydrogen Generator PDF
KeelyNet From Jeffrey Sokol - George Wiseman and I have been speaking daily about WFC invention a retired physicist friend of mine produced. He is in AZ, and says he can run a 3.6 kw generator with his HHO fuel cell design, at a full load, with only 10% of the power created by the generator. George asked me to make contact with you so we can get the information out there together, and we must act quickly. I'll be selling the information on how to replicate the design online... My friend in AZ says that his cells are stackable, so they can be fitted to larger generators to power homes like 17 kw or even 100 kw with enough cells. Oh, by the way, the cells only use distilled water, and usually zero electrolyte. The past times he's used tap water, it's had way too much electrolyte for the cell. The cells don't get above 88 degrees. He has all the notes and photos to make a complete packet of information. / The cell is a 12.5 volt design, to be used anywhere. What makes it so amazing, is that the inventor, Dr. Steven Eaton, has designed it so that physics work with the cell, instead of against it. The cell is incredibly efficient, able to produce approximately 5 liters per minute, with less than 15 amps, with absolutely ZERO electrolyte. The cell in previous testing has not reached over 88 degrees. Previous models were completed, producing 2 lpm with 10 amps each. 3 of those units were fitted to run a 3.55 kw Troy Bilt Generator. The generator ran 100% on 6 LPM of HHO gas, which was produced by the Troy Bilt Generator itself, and ran light bulbs and other shop devices. The only thing that bogged it down was a large bench grinder drawing 4.9 amps on top of the 200 watts being taken from 2 light bulbs. The key here, is that electricity was being produced with 100% water for fuel technology, no gasoline or any other fossil fuels. The Troy Bilt generated enough power off of HHO gas, to operate the HHO cells, and provide extra power for small household items. This newest design will be finished and tested very soon... Dr. Eaton has designed it to be even more efficient than it’s predecessors. Each unit providing 5 liters per minute, drawing less than 15 amps, will be mounted on the generator. / (Courtesy of Jeffrey D. Sokol, President/CEO, HybridTech Energy. - JWD) - Full Article Source and Free PDF download.

11/18/09 - Solasyphon cuts costs of Solar Heaters
KeelyNet The Solasyphon is set to revolutionise the option of solar water heating by making the cost of installation cheaper. The product was developed to remove the need for householders to replace their existing hot water tank when installing solar panels and was driven by the cost of installing the new tank and the waste involved in scrapping the old one. The result is a significant drop in the cost of switching to solar power that is set to dramatically increase the uptake of the technology. / Our clever clogs device doesn’t rely on nasty fossil fuels for energy, so while you’re boiling your water, you won’t be boiling the planet! And, you’ll save up to 30% of the installation costs of a similar solar cylinder because the Solasyphon is fitted to your existing hot water storage cylinder. The Willis Solasyphon can be connected to the existing hot water cylinder with two simple connections. This is quicker, cheaper and much more environmentally friendly than the alternative. The unique and innovative feature of the Willis Solasyphon is the way in which it delivers solar heated water directly to the top of the existing water hot water cylinder where it stratifies ready for use at a useable temperature. - Full Article Source

11/18/09 - Telepresence Robots can take your place at Work
'Anybots' are controlled via video-game-like controls from your laptop, allowing you to be “present” without actually being in the office. The robots are equipped with a screen displaying your smiling mug to your co-workers, as well as a camera that beams a feed straight to your computer screen. They’re also mobile, so you can still drop by co-workers’ offices unannounced, presumably to let them know that a robot will be filling in for you today. There are a few variations that Anybots is toying with, including one with long arms and hands, and another with a laser pointer. While it may seem to be little more than an expensive videoconferencing link (the product is expected to retail between $10,000 and $15,000), it could be a valuable tool in workplace environments where a more physical presence is handy, such as for U.S. businesses trying to keep an eye on manufacturing floors overseas. - Full Article Source

11/18/09 - Cooling Bags Could Cut Server Cooling Costs By 93%
"UK company Iceotope has launched liquid-cooling technology which it says surpasses what can be done with water or air-cooling and can cut data centre cooling costs by up to 93 percent. Announced at Supercomputing 2009 in Portland, Oregon, the 'modular Liquid-Immersion Cooled Server' technology wraps each server in a cool-bag-like device, which cools components inside a server, rather than cooling the whole data centre, or even a traditional 'hot aisle.' Earlier this year, IBM predicted that in ten years all data centre servers might be water-cooled." - Full Article Source

11/18/09 - Engineered Bacteria Glows To Reveal Land Mines
"Sifting through minefields to remove hidden threats is a dangerous, tedious, and expensive process. Scientists at the University of Edinburgh recently announced that they have engineered a strain of bacteria that glows green in the presence of explosives, making mine detection a snap. The new strain of bacteria can be sprayed onto local affected areas or air-dropped over entire fields of mines. Within a few hours the bacteria strain begins to glow wherever traces of explosive chemicals are present." - Full Article Source

11/18/09 - The Jet Fighter Laser Cannon
"The US military will shortly issue a brace of contracts for 'refrigerator sized' laser blaster cannons. One of the deals will see a full-power ground prototype built which will be the final stage prior to America's first raygun-equipped jet fighter. ... If it scales down far enough, this would seem to put handheld HELL-guns within an order of magnitude of the striking power offered by conventional small-arms. A 9mm pistol bullet has about 750 joules muzzle energy: a 5kg portable HELL-ray weapon would put out this much energy in a blast less than a second long. We seem to be looking at practicable head-[laser] output in the 20-kilowatt range." - Full Article Source

11/18/09 - Obama's Teleprompter Malfunctions at Family Dinner
President forced to fumble through family dinnertime conversation. - Full Article Source


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11/27/09 - Crop Circles - Crossover from Another Dimension?
KeelyNet Discover the hidden secrets of a timeless mystery in this award winning film about the greatest Crop Circle formations ever created. The creators of these paranormal formations still remain a mystery. After years of painstaking research, scientific evidence still points to alien influences that are responsible for this phenomena. One thing is certain, what you are about to see in this amazing film can only be described as miraculous evidence of a secret art form that continues to defy explanation. (Thanks to Guy Alland for the headsup on this newest film. I wonder what might be revealed by using crop circle images with the http://photosounder.com software in an earlier post? This is the best crop circle video I have yet seen, very interesting! Be sure to use the FULL SCREEN viewing option! Crop Circles via UV- JWD) - Full Article Source

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11/27/09 - LED Lenses - a Brighter Idea
KeelyNet It seems so obvious now, but a year ago none of the major lighting manufacturers had thought to make highly efficient LED lights even more efficient by adding a lens. Innovative Lighting did. The Story County manufacturer makes lenses that direct light at 90-degree angles away from light-emitting diodes, making the tiny bulbs ultra-efficient replacements for fluorescent lights in grocery display cases. The concept is hitting the market at a time when retailers across the country are looking for ways to boost profit margins by cutting fixed expenses, including energy use and maintenance costs. "Want to save money?" asks Paul Runyan, Innovative Lighting's marketing director. The company's LEDs use about a third as much power as fluorescent lights and last more than three times as long. A big advantage for Innovative Lighting over other LED suppliers is that, even with fewer bulbs, the Iowa company's lights do a better job of throwing light on products in display cases. Thornton recently installed Innovative Lighting's LEDs side by side with the LEDs of another supplier at a West Des Moines Hy-Vee store so the supermarket chain could compare the two. - Full Article Source

11/27/09 - Major barriers to the mass production of electric tractors
Writer George Monbiot says; "There are no obvious barriers to the mass production of electric tractors and combine harvesters." But to anyone who has worked with farm machinery, especially on smaller and poorer farms, the idea of electric tractors will seem ridiculous. So far, electric traction has been developed only for transport, and most successfully in railway trains. The development of batteries and control systems has been directed at the needs of passenger cars, which do not have to pull heavy loads at low speeds for long periods. Electric tractors do exist, but are light machines similar to ride-on lawn mowers, with power outputs of around 40kW. Typical farm tractors have outputs of 100kW-200kW, and no currently available batteries could provide anything like this amount of energy, or anything approaching the working life of a diesel engine. The best lithium-ion electric car batteries and motors work at high voltages (500V for example). As an engineer, I would blench at the idea of maintaining a 100KW, 500V system in a damp and muddy farmyard, let alone carrying out running repairs in the middle of a 50-hectare field, in the rain. As far as I know, electric traction for farm machines has not yet been even considered as an option. If it ever reaches the stage of production, it will be very expensive indeed – far beyond the budgets of even large farms. So the diesel tractor will be with us for some time. - Full Article Source

11/27/09 - The Sound of Fractals & Photographs
http://photosounder.com Various fractals and photographs found around the web turned into sounds using Photosounder. Links to the original image (when it still exists) in the annotations. - Full Article Source

11/27/09 - Global Warming Fraud: Somebody Needs to Go to Jail
The revelations that scientists at the University of East Anglia’s Climate Research Unit (CRU) doctored the data supporting the global warming claims of the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) means that EVERYTHING attributed to or based upon “global warming” is invalid. It means the Kyoto Climate Protocols that nations agreed to on December 11, 1997 and which entered into force on February 16 2005, and all subsequent agreements based on “global warming” have no validity, scientifically or as the basis for public action by any nation, state, province, city or town. It means that Al Gore’s pusillanimous “documentary” is a fraud along with just about every other statement uttered by any scientist, academician, or politician claiming that something, anything, should be done to avoid “global warming.” There is no “global warming”, if by that discredited term, you mean a dramatic increase in the Earth’s temperature, the vast rising of ocean levels, the melting of the polar ice caps, and the thousands of other things attributed to a massive fraud orchestrated by the IPCC and a vast network of scientists and environmental groups that benefited from the billions of U.S. taxpayer dollars they received in grants and other payments for their “research.” - Full Article Source

11/27/09 - Man versus electricity: Meet Doctor Megavolt
KeelyNet Sporting a stainless steel mesh suit and a Tesla coil capable of producing 200,000 volts, here is Austin Richards or Dr Megavolt as he put on an electrifying performance at San Francisco's Exploratorium. / (We did this in Dallas at the Mr. Zap show back in 1988 where I played with 2.1 MILLION volts using a machine supplied by Dr. Bob Wallace from the Gates Planetarium in Denver. - JWD) - Full Article Source

11/27/09 - Plasma Device Kills Bacteria On Skin In Seconds
"In medicine, plasma, the fourth state of matter, is already used for sterilizing surgical instruments; plasma works at the atomic level and is able to reach all surfaces, even the interior of hollow needle ends. Now the BBC reports that researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics have demonstrated a plasma device that can rid hands, feet, or even underarms of bacteria, including the hospital superbug MRSA, by creating cold atmospheric plasma that produces a cocktail of chemicals that kills bacteria but is harmless to skin. 'The plasma produces a series of over 200 chemical reactions that involve the oxygen and nitrogen in air plus water vapor — there is a whole concoction of chemical species that can be lethal to bacteria,' says Gregor Morfill. 'It's actually similar to what our own immune system does.' The team says that an exposure to the plasma of only about 12 seconds reduces the incidence of bacteria, viruses, and fungi on hands by a factor of a million — a number that stands in sharp contrast to the several minutes hospital staff can take to wash using traditional soap and water. Morfill says that the approach can be used to kill the bacteria that lead to everything from gum disease to body odor and that the prototype is scalable to any size and can be produced in any shape." - Full Article Source

11/27/09 - Space Saving Wind Turbines
KeelyNet Arranging wind turbines like a school of fish could reduce the amount of land they take up by 100-fold while maintaining their electrical output, say researchers. Wind farms based on the approach might also be considerably safer for migrating birds. Placing one HAWT in another's draft drastically reduces the efficiency of the trailing windmill. That's because the turbulent breeze created by the leading turbine's blades can't propel the trailing blades as well as an unobstructed airflow. So engineers spread the giant fans across hundreds of hectares of land--a practice that has created a backlash from people who find the turbines unsightly. Turn a windmill on its side, so to speak, and the drafting benefit returns. That's what two fluid dynamicists from the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena have discovered. Robert Whittlesey and John Dabiri decided to study how a new type of generator, called a vertical-axis wind turbine (VAWT), stacked up against its more conventional counterpart. VAWTs resemble giant versions of the lawn ornaments that gardeners install to scare away birds and other veggie-loving critters (see picture). The researchers measured airflows at a prototype VAWT array in Glendora, California. They then compared that data with existing studies of how water flows through schools of swimming fish to see how geometrically arranging the arrays affected their performance. Bunching up the vertical-axis turbines behind a leader pays off, Whittlesey and Dabiri reported yesterday at the annual meeting of the American Physical Society in Minneapolis, Minnesota. In fact, using a new mathematical model they developed from the Glendora data, the researchers found that arranging the VAWT arrays just like schools of fish produced the best results. Such tightly packed VAWT arrays can produce as much electricity as conventional windmills, all while using as little as one-hundredth of the land area. "I don't think I expected to see as great an improvement in the land use," says Whittlesey. The study revealed that the most efficient arrangement involved alternating the rotational direction of the turbines: a clockwise rotation in the lead turbine, say, with two counterclockwise rotators next in line, followed by three clockwise rotators, and so on. Whittlesey notes that the models are preliminary, so even greater improvements might be possible with further study. And he says that the VAWT arrays could be much less deadly to birds because "the faster they spin, the more solid they appear," thereby allowing birds to see the turbines more easily and navigate around them. - Full Article Source

11/27/09 - Liquid battery big enough for the electric grid?
Because the technology is being patented and could lead to very large-scale commercialization, Sadoway will not discuss the details of the materials being used. But both Sadoway and ARPA-E say the battery is based on low-cost, domestically available liquid metals that have the potential to shatter the cost barrier to large-scale energy storage as part of the nation's energy grid. In announcing its funding of Sadoway’s work, ARPA-E said the battery technology “could revolutionize the way electricity is used and produced on the grid, enabling round-the-clock power from America's wind and solar power resources, increasing the stability of the grid, and making blackouts a thing of the past.” A large, utility-owned system “doesn’t have to be crash-worthy; it doesn’t have to be ‘idiot-proof’ because it won’t be in the hands of the consumer.” And while consumers are willing to pay high prices, pound-for-pound, for the small batteries used in high-value portable devices, the biggest constraint on utility-sized systems is cost. In order to compete with present fossil-fuel power systems, he says, “it has got to be cheap to build, cheap to maintain, last a long time with minimal maintenance, and store enormous amounts of energy.” And so the new liquid batteries that Sadoway and his team, including graduate student David Bradwell, are designing use low-cost, abundant materials. The basic principle is to place three layers of liquid inside a container: Two different metal alloys, and one layer of a salt. The three materials are chosen so that they have different densities that allow them to separate naturally into three distinct layers, with the salt in the middle separating the two metal layers —like novelty drinks with different layers. The energy is stored in the liquid metals that want to react with one another but can do so only by transferring ions — electrically charged atoms of one of the metals — across the electrolyte, which results in the flow of electric current out of the battery. When the battery is being charged, some ions migrate through the insulating salt layer to collect at one of the terminals. Then, when the power is being drained from the battery, those ions migrate back through the salt and collect at the opposite terminal. The whole device is kept at a high temperature, around 700 degrees Celsius, so that the layers remain molten. In the small devices being tested in the lab, maintaining this temperature requires an outside heater, but Sadoway says that in the full-scale version, the electrical current being pumped into, or out of, the battery will be sufficient to maintain that temperature without any outside heat source. - Full Article Source

11/27/09 - 74 Mesmerizing Slow Shutter Shots
KeelyNet The coolest slow-shutter shots you'll see today. Honesty: I never, in my wildest dreams, expected your slow shutter photography to be this crazy-awesome. But 74 of you turned in some humbling shots for this week's Shooting Challenge. Your digital camera has many options to create both high speed and slow speed photo effects. - Full Article Source

11/27/09 - Power plant uses salt to make electricity
NORWAY unveiled the world's first osmotic power plant overnight, harnessing the energy-unleashing encounter of freshwater and seawater to make clean electricity. Osmotic energy is based on the widespread natural phenomenon of osmosis, which allows trees to drink through their leaves and plays on the different concentration levels of liquids. When freshwater and seawater meet on either side of a membrane - a thin layer that retains salt but lets water pass - freshwater is drawn towards the seawater side. The flow puts pressure on the seawater side, and that pressure can be used to drive a turbine, producing electricity. Osmosis has been used by industry to desalinate seawater, but the company's prototype at Tofte marks the first time it has been used to produce energy. Although the plant will for now produce just enough electricity to power a coffee-maker, it could prove to be a great potential clean, environmentally friendly power source. Statkraft hopes to start building the first commercial osmotic power plant, which would have a 25 megawatt capacity, enough to provide about 10,000 households with electricity, in 2015. - Full Article Source

11/27/09 - Ant Pedometer suggest Ants Count
Most ants get around by leaving smell trails on the forest floor that show other ants how to get home or to food. They squeeze the glands that cover their bodies; those glands release a scent, and the scents in combination create trails the other ants can follow. That works in the forest, but it doesn't work in a desert. Deserts are sandy and when the wind blows, smells scatter. Harald Wolf of the University of Ulm and his assistant Matthias Whittlinger proposed that ants have "pedometer-like" cells in their brains that count the steps they take. - Full Article Source

11/27/09 - Japanese robots are coming to take your job away
A new mood is in the air: the downturn, says a Tsukuba University engineer, has honed Japanese robotics research and forced it to be more practical. Companies and universities once given unlimited budgets to push the boundaries of robotics are being told to come up quickly with something usable and commercial. Perhaps disturbingly for workforces around the world, say representatives of several of the largest robot makers, there is now a fast-growing list of human jobs that robots can do quicker and better. The opening of the four-day show yesterday brought the debut of Kawada Industries’ new Hiro robot — a humanoid that can identify colours, shapes and human faces and boasts some of the most dextrous mechanical paws created. Japanese Trade Ministry regulations prohibit humans and robots from working alongside each other. A Kawada engineer said: “We are working on the assumption that those barriers will be gone in the future . . . our society has fewer children, and a lot of people want robots to do the hard work.” - Full Article Source

11/25/09 - Polar Printer Reimagines the Way Magnets Work
A team of engineers in Alabama unveils an invention that reimagines the way magnets work, and that could change the way we do everything from closing the fridge to building frictionless gears. A startup company in Hunstville, Ala. has revealed an invention that can reconfigure the charges of magnets in never-before-seen patterns, a breakthrough that may lead to new varieties of contact-free attachments and friction-free gears. The company, Correlated Magnetics Research (CMR), creates magnets that, instead of carrying a positive charge on one end and a negative on the other, have complex field patterns that can be used to attract corresponding magnetic fields. When the correlated patterns on two magnets match, they attract and clasp. With a simple turn, the correlation is lost and the two sides can be easily separated. Most magnets used in self-assembly rely on electricity to switch their positive and negative poles to initiate action. But Fullerton's desire for a simpler solution led to a question: What if he could instill multiple magnetic poles, instead of just two, into magnetic material? In collaboration with company engineers, he created a machine that uses an electromagnetic print head to focus a high-intensity magnetic field to form new patterns in the material. The company has developed a more advanced technology that reprograms magnets by heating up material to above its Curie temperature, the maximum temperature at which a material can retain its magnetism. It then brings the material into contact with a magnetic structure that instills the material with new magnetic field patterns. When the material cools, the multipole pattern remains. CMR is making prototype devices that demonstrate some other possibilities: Two handheld smart magnets mounted on handles clasp together tightly, but when they are twisted they come apart. This ability could come in handy in, say, tightly securing freezer doors—perfectly sealed with powerful magnets, but opened easily once the magnets rotate. Another key benefit of the arrangement becomes clear with this prototype: the attraction between correlated magnets falls off more quickly than that between traditional magnets as distance between the magnets increases. (The presence of so many positive and negative points close together saps the long-distance magnetic force. This is explained in some depth on the company's website.) This ability could allow for strong magnets to be used in everyday applications without destroying nearby credit cards, for instance, or it could control magnetic emissions used in medical imaging equipment that are not compatible with medical devices such as Pacemakers. - Full Article Source

11/25/09 - Inventor's Machine produces super cheap Feminine Napkins
Last week, school dropout A. Muruganantham, who sparked a hygiene revolution in Indian villages through a machine that churns out cheap sanitary napkins, won a National Innovation Foundation award for his invention. But the 43-year-old from Coimbatore, who received the prize from the President, is more excited that his invention has freed poor women from the tyranny of unhygienic menstrual periods. “Whereas napkins made by MNCs cost at least Rs 100 (2.17486 USD) for a pack of five, the napkin made by my machine costs just 50 paise per piece. (1 rupee is 100 paise which is about .021 cents US, so one feminine napkin made with his machine costs about a penny!!!) The semiautomatic machine that I invented makes 1,000 napkins in eight hours, runs on 5 amp power connections and costs just Rs 85,000 (1,848.63 USD),” says Muruganantham, who couldn’t complete schooling after his father died in an accident. His machines have also made sure that self-help groups (SHGs) that bought them take home tidy profits. “We sell each napkin for Rs 2 and, at the of the month, each member of our SHG takes home at least Rs 3,000 (65.2458 USD) from the profits,” says G. Kamala, who heads an SHG in Villupuram district of Tamil Nadu. Thanks to the publicity given to his invention by the National Innovation Foundation (NIF), dozens of self-help groups across the country placed orders for the machines. Muruganantham supplies them the raw material — pinewood chips imported cheap from America. Easy on the pocket, the napkins are also biodegradable, another reason for their popularity. When the Massachusetts Institute of Technology came to know about Muruganantham’s invention, it placed orders for supply of the machines to Bangladesh and several African countries. - Full Article Source

11/25/09 - New Theory of Gravity Decouples Space & Time
"Petr Horava, a physicist at the University of California in Berkeley, has a new theory about gravity and spacetime. At high energies, it actually snips any ties between space and time, yet at low energies devolves to equivalence with the theory of General Relativity, which binds them together. The theory is gaining popularity with physicists because it fits some observations better than Einstein's or Newton's solutions. It better predicts the movement of the planets (in an idealized case) and has a potential to create the illusion of dark matter. Another physicist calculated that under Horava Gravity, our universe would experience not a Big Bang but a Big Bounce — and the new theory reproduces the ripples from such an event in a way that matches measurements of the cosmic microwave background." - Full Article Source

11/25/09 - Bionic Contact Lenses
KeelyNet “The true promise of this research is not just the actual system we end up making, whether it’s a display, a biosensor, or both,” Dr. Parviz said in a recent interview. “We already see a future in which the humble contact lens becomes a real platform, like the iPhone is today, with lots of developers contributing their ideas and inventions. As far as we’re concerned, the possibilities extend as far as the eye can see, and beyond.” Even Parviz can’t resist the easy jokes and puns, but his vision is off to a good start: He has already tested prototypes of the contact lenses on rabbits, which wore them for some 20 minutes with no adverse side effects, he claimed. Parviz conducted these prototype tests early last year, and those lenses only included one LED light — a far cry from a rich user experience like the iPhone. Parviz, however, believes it’s a start. Parviz said the lenses could be used as biosensors to display body chemistry or vital signs. In other words the contact lens will no longer be a tool that only enables us to see the outside world better, it will help us get a better view of what is going on inside our own bodies, too, Parviz predicts. Parviz’s prototype lenses are powered by radio waves and 330 microwatts of power from a loop antenna that picks up power beamed from nearby radios, but Parviz and collaborators are currently working on future versions of the lenses that are able to harvest power from a cell phone. The search for wireless electricity is clearly key for the success of the contact lens as wireless health’s future, but it’s a challenge Parviz recognizes. - Full Article Source

11/25/09 - Federal Circuit Rules That Muscle Magazine Ad Invalidates Patent
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit recently upheld a lower court's ruling that a muscle magazine advertisement about a bodybuilding supplement rendered the underlying patent obvious and invalid. The court's Nov. 19 panel decision in Iovate Health Sciences Inc. v. Bio-Engineered Supplements & Nutrition Inc. upheld an Eastern District of Texas decision that seven claims of the patent were invalid because the invention "was disclosed in a printed publication before the critical date." The patent's licensee, Iovate Health Sciences Inc., and its assignee, University of Florida Research Foundation Inc., sued Bio-Engineered Supplements & Nutrition Inc. and Medical Research Institute in March 2007, claiming patent infringement. The lower court concluded that June 1995 and 1996 advertisements in Flex magazine about two other supplement companies' products "anticipated" the foundation's November 1997 provisional patent application and its November 1998 formal application. The Federal Circuit concluded that a person with ordinary skill in the art would be able to figure out the exact amounts of the known ingredients listed in the ad to practice the invention, wrote Federal Circuit Judge Alan Lourie. "Thus, contrary to Iovate's assertions, the district court correctly concluded, as do we, that a person of skill in the art, combining his or her knowledge of the art with the advertisement's suggestions, would have considered the advertisement to be enabled," Lourie wrote. - Full Article Source

11/25/09 - Saguaro Kills Man legend True or False
Snopes finally gets around to covering a 10-year old story about a saguaro cactus.

Claim: A damaged saguaro cactus fell onto the man who had harmed it and killed him.

TRUE - Example: [Collected via e-mail, 1999]

In southern Arizona they have the sorts of cacti that have great arms like you see on old westerns, called saguaros. they're quite protected by various laws and live to be hundreds of years old. The story goes that some guy was out with his shotgun shooting signs and such. Well, he decided to blast some cacti too. As he stood within a few feet, perhaps 10, of a giant old cactus, he blasted a few holes in its giant trunk. It gave way and fell right on top of him, crushing and impaling him with nail-like spikes. He died, being alone and unable to crawl away.
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11/25/09 - Recession Pushes More Workers To Steal Data
A recent transatlantic survey which suggests that the recession is pushing workers to be a little bit more accommodating when it comes to sharing, viewing, or stealing sensitive information from the company they work(ed) for. "Pilfering data has become endemic in our culture as 85% of people admit they know it's illegal to download corporate information from their employer but almost half couldn't stop themselves taking it with them with the majority admitting it could be useful in the future! [...] The survey entitled 'the global recession and its effect on work ethics,' carried out for a second year by Cyber-Ark – found that almost half of the respondents 48% admit that if they were fired tomorrow they would take company information with them and 39% of people would download company/competitive information if they got wind that their job was at risk. Additionally a quarter of workers said that the recession has meant that they feel less loyal towards their employer." - Full Article Source

11/25/09 - CO2 Recycler Creates Fuel From Carbon Dioxide
KeelyNet Researchers at Sandia National Laboratories have built a machine that uses the sun’s energy to convert carbon dioxide waste from power plants into transportation fuels such as gasoline, diesel, and jet fuel. The system could provide an alternative to carbon sequestration; instead of permanently storing CO2 underground, the CO2 could be recycled and put to use. Called the Counter-Rotating-Ring Receiver Reactor Recuperator (CR5), the cylindrical machine consists of two chambers on the sides and 14 rotating rings in the center. The outer edges of the rings are made of iron oxide. When the scientists heat the inside of one chamber to 1,500C with a solar concentrator, the iron oxide undergoes a thermo-chemical reaction where it gives up oxygen molecules. As the rings rotate (at one revolution per minute), the hot side approaches the opposite chamber and begins to cool down. When carbon dioxide is pumped into this chamber, the iron oxide retrieves oxygen molecules from the carbon dioxide, transforming it into carbon monoxide. The carbon monoxide could then serve as a building block to create a liquid combustible fuel. - Full Article Source

11/25/09 - Shortage of Helium 3 Stalls Nuclear Bombs Detection
"The NY Times reports that a program to detect plutonium or uranium in shipping containers has stalled because the United States has run out of helium 3, a crucial raw material needed to build the 1,300 to 1,400 machines to be deployed in ports around the world to thwart terrorists who might try to deliver a nuclear bomb to a big city by stashing it in one of the millions of containers that enter the United States every year. Helium 3 is an unusual form of the element that is formed when tritium, an ingredient of hydrogen bombs, decays — but the government mostly stopped making tritium in 1989 after accumulating a substantial stockpile of Helium 3 as a byproduct of maintaining nuclear weapons. 'I have not heard any explanation of why this was not entirely foreseeable,' says Representative Brad Miller, chairman of a House subcommittee that is investigating the problem. Helium 3 is not hazardous or even chemically reactive, and it is not the only material that can be used for neutron detection. The Homeland Security Department has older equipment that can look for radioactivity, but it does not differentiate well between bomb fuel and innocuous materials that naturally emit radiation like cat litter, ceramic tiles and bananas — and sounds false alarms more often. In a letter to President Obama, Miller called the shortage 'a national crisis' and said the price had jumped to $2,000 a liter from $100 in the last few years. With continuing concern that Al Qaida or other terrorists will try to smuggle a nuclear weapon into the United States, Congress has mandated that, by 2012, all containers bound for the US be inspected overseas." - Full Article Source

11/25/09 - Man Pleads Guilty To Selling Fake Chips To US Navy
"Neil Felahy of Newport Coast, California, has pleaded guilty to conspiracy and counterfeit-goods trafficking for his role in a chip-counterfeiting scam. Felahy, along with his wife and her brother, operated several microchip brokerage companies under a variety of names, including MVP Micro, Red Hat Distributors, Force-One Electronics and Pentagon Components. 'They would buy counterfeit chips from China or else take legitimate chips, sand off the brand markings and melt the plastic casings with acid to make them appear to be of higher quality or a different brand,' the US Department of Justice said in a press release. The chips were then sold to Naval Sea Systems Command, the Washington, D.C., group responsible for maintaining the US Navy's ships and systems, as well as an unnamed vacuum-cleaner manufacturer in the Midwest." - Full Article Source

11/25/09 - Rosen Healthcare Solutions - a Model for National Healthcare
If the politicians ever get it through their heads to GET THE ECONOMY back on track so everyone would be ABLE to AFFORD decent healthcare, this looks like a very viable model. I saw it on CNN today and went to the site to check it out.

"Providing superior healthcare at a fraction of the national healthcare average cost may sound too good to be true -not when you partner with Rosen Healthcare Solutions! RHS track record is proof that your organization’s total healthcare cost and annual trend can be significantly reduced. Trend is that painful punch you feel every year when you renew your health insurance contract; the annual percentage that continues to increase at three times that of wages. While national healthcare costs increase at close to double digits, The clients of RHS costs have remained relatively flat for the past five years. For every dollar an employer invests in the RHS model, it will achieve a significant return on investment.

The centerpiece of the RHS model is its comprehensive primary care, however a large focus is placed on the organization’s entire healthcare costs. U.S Congressman Frank Pallone, Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Health, and Congressman Alan Grayson both toured the Orlando RHS Medical Center and studied it closely. Chairman Pallone is convinced that our model could play a role in overhauling the entire national healthcare system. After touring the facility Congressman Alan Grayson said that this health care model “could save the nation one trillion dollars annually.”"
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11/24/09 - Modern PhotoTherapy will be based on Dinshahs Sprectro-Chrome
KeelyNet Have to pass this on to you. For years I looked for a copy of the rare 3 volume set of Dinshah Ghadiali's 'Spectro-Chromemetry Encyclopedia'. Several years ago, Health Research found several copies in an old warehouse. I bought a set for about $60 and was totally delighted with all the detailed information on healing with very intense colored light. I loaned out the #2 volume which covered the technical details and never got it back. So in my internet travels I found the World Research Foundation page which offered, (get this), the ENTIRE 3 volume set scanned and reformatted to fit into a single volume for the unbelievable price of $14.00!! It cost me $6 for shipping to Mexico and I got it yesterday so have been reading since then. Amazing information and this is one of those books you have to get a copy of before they disappear as so many volumes like this do. You will not be disappointed and will quickly see why Dinshah was so hated and attacked by the medical establishment then and even TODAY. Though some are (re)discovering the healing power of light using colored lasers and high intensity colored LEDs, but these days, they called it 'Photo Therapy'...right, don't mention Dinshah and all the successful CURES he accomplished using light. I see this time and time again, where new discoveries are in fact repackaged old discoveries with NO CREDIT to the original. I don't know if it's because they just don't know or want to keep it quiet so they will be considered the original discoverer. All that aside, if you have a spare $20, get a copy of this book, 'Spectro-Chromemetry Encyclopedia'...you will be reading it for hours and learn a lot of new things. You will also wonder why we can't use tunable dye lasers or intermixed laser or colored LED beams to produce similar miraculous healing results these days. I am so pleased to have the full set of all 3 volumes, even in the form of one book, back in my personal library for reference and study. It is a platinum mine of useful information and research possibilities for those who can think for themselves. - Full Article Source

11/24/09 - Foretelling the Future - Chinese Style
I'm not really too concerned about Swine Flu, but one has to wonder about this point:

Three years ago, Chinese calendar year of the cow... Mad Cow Disease.

Two years ago, Chinese calendar year of the bird... Avian Flu.

This year, Chinese calendar year of the pig... Swine Flu.

Next year is the year of the cock... Anybody else worried?

by David Kline, M.D. / Email from Ken

11/23/09 - Movies that Leap From the Screen! (Jan, 1929) (without stereo glasses)
KeelyNet The man’s name is Dimitre Daponte. In his early years he was troubled with faulty eyesight, and in studying the mechanics of the eye was intrigued with the phenomenon of sight known as “persistence of vision.” This is the term physicists use in describing the ability of the eye to retain an impression after the scene has changed or after the eye has been closed to the view. You can bring the truth of this to mind in recalling that after looking at the sun there will be a vivid impression of a ball of fire left on the retina of the eye by the light. In real life the eye sees around a thing, so to speak. One eye, being set a short distance from the other sees just enough different a view to let a sort of mental triangulation take place which enables the mind to estimate distance and depth. The reason that the third dimension or dimension of depth is left out when a picture is presented on the screen is that both eyes see exactly the same view. M. Daponte reasoned that if a camera could be made which would take two views from two points no farther apart than the distance between one’s eyes, and then re-project them so that each eye would recognize its own view, then blend them so that continuous motion could be imparted to the film, that a sterescopic motion picture would result. He was right, and recent demonstrations in London have proved his claims to the letter. The machine devised was a combination team of a camera and projector which would follow out M. Daponte’s theory. He built a camera with two lenses spaced about two inches center to center and arranged the shutters so that first one lens and then the other took pictures of the action. Only he speeded the film up to 32 feet a second so that ordinary 16 foot per second speed would result to the eye, since it was his plan to make each eye view only its own side of the picture. The film resulting from such a camera you can visualize as you read this page by winking first one eye and then another in rapid succession at, say, a chair, noting the difference in view. With the resulting two strips of film there remained the problem of putting them into one reel, so that the film could be run by the average operator in various theaters. Daponte devised a projection system which is fool proof, since the dissimilar views are finally printed on a master positive. Instead of being printed side by side and projected in superposed positions on the screen, which would result only in a blur, Daponte made use of the previously explained phenomenon of the persistence of vision. He ran this master film at double speed, threw one view after the other alternately on the screen so that the eye was actually fooled into thinking it was looking at the stirring events pictured before it as though they were real life. - Full Article Source

11/23/09 - Berkeley Engineers Have Some Bad News About Air Cars
"We've argued before over compressed air vehicles, a.k.a. air cars. Air cars are an enchanting idea, providing mobility with zero fuel consumption or environmental impacts. The NYTimes' Green Inc. blog reports that the reality is less rosy. New research from UC Berkeley and ICF International puts a period at the end of the discussion, showing that compressed air is a very poor fuel, storing less than 1% of the energy in gasoline; air cars won't get you far, with a range of just 29 miles in typical city driving; and despite appearing green the vehicles are worse for the environment, with twice the carbon footprint as gasoline vehicles, from producing the electricity used to compress the air. Given these barriers, manufacturer claims should definitely be taken with a grain of salt." - Full Article Source

11/23/09 - Experience the Unexpected
Wow, this girl can spin! One of our Samsung Mobile Explorers caught this ice skater warming up for Vancouver 2010 Winter Games. Seems she knows a few unusual tricks... - Full Article Source

11/23/09 - Scottish invention promises power revolution
A radical new design of electrical generator that solves an engineering quandary and promises to be cheaper, lighter and more reliable than anything currently available has been unveiled by scientists at the University of Edinburgh. The blades of conventional turbines are connected to a generator via a gearbox. In harsh conditions at sea, this is prone to breakdown, leading to costly repairs which themselves are at the mercy of the weather. The alternative is to dispense with the gearbox and connect the blades directly to a generator via an axle. The institute’s design — through a novel arrangement of the magnets inside the generator and the copper coils that produce electricity as they pass the magnets — has succeeded in cutting the weight of direct-drive generators by up to half and made assembly much easier. A prototype installed on a wind turbine has proved that the design works. - Full Article Source

11/23/09 - Kid invents 2D spinning LED technique
Young inventor Logan Glasson has big plans for his hi-tech creation. Logan has figured out a way to display two-dimensional pictures on a spinning light-emitting diode. He has made it possible, through some smart electronics and programmed trigonometry, to download pictures created in Microsoft Paint. - Full Article Source

11/23/09 - Story of the Indian techie who built air-car
Welcome to the world of Kanak Gogoi, an entrepreneur based in Guwahati, who has over a dozen innovations to his credit ranging from gravity-operated bicycle to a car which can run on air. Among his innovations are a solar hybrid car, whose 320 watt battery is charged by solar panels and is powered by a 100cc engine. Another car that Gogoi made from integration of motorcycle and Maruti 800 [ Images ] engines runs on air energy powered by a hand glider and can reach a maximum speed of 120 km per hour. He, however, has not bothered to apply for intellectual property rights (IPR) for any of his innovations, although they have cost in Rs 1.5 crore of his own money. "When anybody talks about things like IPR or patents, it is generally assumed that the person must be a Ph.D or DLitt. Who will think of an undergraduate as a genuine and worthy innovator? Besides, paperwork of the kind that is required for patent filing has always been an anathema for me," Gogoi said. In fact it is the National Innovation Foundation, headed by noted scientist Raghunath A Mashelkar, that applied for a patent on Gogoi's behalf for his gravity operated cycle, which converts gravitational force released by pedaling of the cycle into kinetic energy. Another of Gogoi's invention is the speed breaker that can generate electricity simply when vehicles pass over it. Gogoi explains that a ramp under the speed breaker would absorb the static energy produced by the sheer mass of the vehicle and convert it into kinetic energy. This is, in turn, transferred into electricity and stored in a battery cell. A vehicles weighing one tonne can create electricity equivalent to one kilowatt. - Full Article Source

11/23/09 - Common Sense
KeelyNet Sarah Palin has figured out how to appeal to the common man. Just claim that every problem is simple, and can be solved by using common sense: Sarah Palin Tells Rush Limbaugh the Magic Word. In answering about a dozen questions, Palin said some combination of "solutions," "conservative" and "commonsense" twenty-five times. To Rush's credit, he actually asked her about politics. Policy. That's where she shines. - Full Article Source

11/23/09 - Michigan Becoming Little Iraq
Tens of thousands have fled Michigan's troubled economy in recent years, yet Iraqi refugees continue to move there despite a U.S. government policy trying to limit refugee resettlement in the Detroit area. Family ties and cultural support from the region's large Middle Eastern community appear no match for the U.S. effort, which tries to place refugees in cities where they stand a better chance of financial success. "What the government gives you as a support is not a great deal. ... If you'd like to live decently, you should have a live connection - that's your family here in Michigan," said Alsaqa, 34, who lives in suburban Birmingham with family. Southeastern Michigan has one of the country's largest Middle Eastern populations - about 300,000 can trace their roots back to the region - and has long been a top destination for Arab immigrants to the U.S. And its affecting the fast food market: Kabobs are easier to come by than Big Macs in some areas of the Detroit suburb of Dearborn that more closely resemble a Middle Eastern city than a Midwestern one. Arabic signs are common on storefronts, headscarves are worn by many women and at some fast food joints in the city, the meat is halal - meaning it is prepared according to Islamic law. - Full Article Source

11/23/09 - LiftMagic - Instant Cosmetic Surgery and Anti-Ageing Makover tool
Welcome to LiftMagic.com, the world's most advanced facelift, anti-aging, and cosmetic surgery simulation application, offering fully automated one-click makeovers in just seconds! To use LiftMagic, upload your own photo, and then click and drag the sliding circles to the left of this page to see immediate effects. - Full Article Source

11/23/09 - Will The Unemployment Disaster Be Obama's Katrina?
KeelyNet The members of the Obama administration may not be attending a birthday party at John McCain's ranch in Sedona or shopping for expensive Ferragamo shoes in New York as a great American city is destroyed, but their decidedly lackadaisical response to what job losses are doing to multiple great American cities raises the question: will unemployment be Barack Obama's Katrina? His economic team's resistance to a second round of stimulus, "lukewarm" reaction to Congressional jobs legislation, and prioritization of deficit reduction over job creation certainly has the feel of a taking-in-the-damage-from-2,500-feet flyover moment. Of course, the real problem isn't the outside experts; the administration's wrongheaded approach is a classic inside job. Sen. Sherrod Brown summed it up on CNN, telling John King that when it comes to putting the focus on Main Street, the president's "advisors are mixed." Which makes one wonder: what level of unemployment would it take to unmix them? Even 10.2 percent, the highest level in 26 years, after 22 straight months of job losses, doesn't seem to have quickened the pulse of Larry Summers and Tim Geithner. So, clearly, the winds of change are picking up in Washington and around the country. It's time for the White House to stop holding no-rush summits and insisting that everything is going as planned, and course-correct. Now. And there is no shortage of bold steps the administration can take to mitigate the damage before it turns into an all-out catastrophe. The unemployment disaster has already inflicted great damage all across the country. And the Obama White House will be defined by its response to it. So what is it going to be: a muscular, multi-tiered jobs plan to deal with reality or "heck of a job" delusion? - Full Article Source

11/23/09 - Ten Things Mobile Phones Will Make Obsolete
"recombu.com has an article examining ten things mobile phones will make obsolete, including phone booths, wristwatches and handheld games consoles. It's interesting to see how many devices have been absorbed into mobile phone technology, and it raises the question: are we better off having everything in one device? The author poignantly concludes that while it's great to have so much power at our fingertips, it does mean that some of us will rely on mobile phones for even basic mental tasks, which is great until the battery runs out." - Full Article Source

11/22/09 - Free Classified Section for KeelyNet
KeelyNet If you have something you might want to buy or sell, feel free to post to the classified section. Please don't abuse it, might be helpful to a few of us, thanks! A link is provided above or in this post. - View KeelyNet Classifieds

11/29/09 - Ford owes Aurora man $55 mil., judge rules
Side-mirror inventor wins verdict after 11-year legal battle. Jacob Krippelz's long road from creation to vindication has taken almost 20 years. In the early 1990s, the Aurora man patented a sideview mirror light. Because he bought Ford trucks and he liked Mercedes-Benz, Krippelz sent the patents to both companies. "Ford turned him down. Mercedes turned him down," said Krippelz's attorney, James Ryndak. Fast-forward to 1997. Krippelz walked into a Ford dealership in St. Charles and was greeted by a salesman congratulating him on selling the "puddle lamp" idea to Ford, which had put the lights on 1998 Ford Explorer models. "He was shocked," Ryndak said of Krippelz's reaction. That discovery set off an 11-year legal journey in federal court where Ford was eventually found to have infringed on Krippelz's idea and, as a result, a jury and judge this year awarded Krippelz $44 million. Add in another $11 million in interest since Ford's first act of infringement, and you have about $55 million in damages against Ford, Ryndak explained. - Full Article Source

11/29/09 - Investors, inventor left behind in apparent scam
KeelyNet Scientist and inventor Oskar Klenert spent the better part of 50 years perfecting and patenting his Earth Cell Module and dreaming of when his invention would end coastal erosion. It took Scott David Farah less than two years to nearly shatter that dream, according to Klenert who is in his mid-seventies and lives in a small Cape Cod community. Klenert is the founder of Earth Protection Systems, Inc., a Delaware corporation with a mailing address in Meredith. Farah operated Financial Resources Management, Inc., and his business partner, Donald Dodge, had C L and M, Inc. until both companies abruptly shut their doors. The state Attorney General's Office has filed petitions for involuntary bankruptcy against the two Meredith firms in order to gain control over the assets and arrange an orderly dissolution of both. Klenert said his business relationship with Farah began in 2008 when he told Farah about the Earth Cell Module which he has embedded into coastal areas and which uses the energy from crashing waves to collect displaced sand and rebuild the beach. While it is not clear when Klenert became aware Farah had investors to whom he had sold interests in Earth Protection Systems, Inc., he said now he "should have been smarter," adding he "just took some things for granted." Klenert said he was "blindsided" like everyone else when Farah and Dodge closed down Financial Resources Mortgage, Inc. and, as far as he was concerned, disappeared. Since then, Klenert said he has been contacted by many of the people who invested in his company and he is learning what Farah told them to entice them. "He glorified the product," said Klenert, adding Farah "made claims of great returns." - Full Article Source

11/29/09 - Missoula invention has ‘potential to change world’
Chemicals made from simple plant sugar - more specifically, glucaric acid, which is created by oxidizing glucose - are capable of amazing things. Recognized by the Department of Energy as one of the top 12 "building block chemicals" that can be produced from sugars, glucaric acid can be converted to high-value, bio-based chemicals or materials. In other words, it's a biodegradable, environment-neutral chemical that could be used in everyday materials, such as road salt and detergents, to replace harmful persistent petrochemicals and phosphates, which can last for centuries. Scientists have long known glucaric acid is well suited as a benign alternative to such chemicals, Kiely said. But the potential has gone unrealized because no one has be able to solve this riddle: How do you produce glucaric acid on a large scale in way that is cost efficient? That is, until now. Kiely and his research team of Tyler Smith, Kylie Presta and Kirk Hash know how. They've not only invented a chemical process using a computer-controlled reactor to make the product cheaply in large volumes, they've discovered a process that is adaptable and can produce other environment-friendly building block chemicals. - Full Article Source

11/29/09 - Advances In Luggage Finding
KeelyNet Easily locate your bag from the sea of look-alike luggage. Simply press the button on your remote and the locator on your bag will light up (6 flashing LEDs!) and your prerecorded message will play for 30 seconds continuously.

You'll be able to hear it up to 45 feet away! Attaches securely to your luggage. $14.98USD - Full Article Source

11/29/09 - Italian doctor may have found simple cure for Multiple Sclerosis
An Italian doctor has been getting dramatic results with a new type of treatment for Multiple Sclerosis, or MS, which affects up to 2.5 million people worldwide. In an initial study, Dr. Paolo Zamboni took 65 patients with relapsing-remitting MS, performed a simple operation to unblock restricted bloodflow out of the brain - and two years after the surgery, 73% of the patients had no symptoms. Dr. Zamboni's thinking could turn the current understanding of MS on its head, and offer many sufferers a complete cure. Italian Dr. Paolo Zamboni has put forward the idea that many types of MS are actually caused by a blockage of the pathways that remove excess iron from the brain - and by simply clearing out a couple of major veins to reopen the blood flow, the root cause of the disease can be eliminated. - Full Article Source

11/29/09 - Throw Canada out of Commonwealth for climate record
Rising emissions and support for tar oil sands leads prominent figures to call for suspension. Canada should be suspended from the Commonwealth for its appalling record on tackling climate change, claims a coalition of developing countries and UN scientists. Canada's emissions rose by 26 per cent between 1990 and 2007, and it continues to support the production of oil from tar sands deposits. The energy needed to extract and process this kind of oil results in greenhouse gas emissions per barrel three times those of conventional oil. Major figures, including the secretary general of the Commonwealth Nations and former UK international development secretary Clare Short, say Canada is ignoring the impact greenhouse gas emissions are having on the poorest countries in the world. - Full Article Source

11/29/09 - The Preceptors - Suggestions from the Future
KeelyNet Premise - World has gone to hell in the future, hidden group of scientists develop group mind AI software composed of 'Preceptor' teacher AI programs. This AI group mind invents incredible technology including travel back in time, teleportation, transmutation, life extension, etc.. The scientists send the Preceptors back in time to 'influence' the US government with specific directives that will save the future from the savage world it had become. / (I added a comment section to test possibly for KeelyNet. Originally it wouldn't store comments so lost about 6 that I know of, but tech support gave me the fix and now it seems to hold comments. If you have something to say, feel free. - JWD) - Full Article Source

11/29/09 - Algae Could Be the Key To Ultra-Thin Batteries
"Algae is often touted as the next big thing in biofuels, but the slimy stuff could also be the key to paper-thin biodegradable batteries, according to researchers at Uppsala University in Sweden. Uppsala researcher Maria Stromme and her team has found that the smelly algae species that clumps on beaches, known as Cladophora, can also be used to make a type of cellulose that has 100 times the surface area of cellulose found in paper. That means it can hold enough conducting polymers to effectively recharge and hold electricity for long amounts of time. Eventually, the bio batteries could compete with commercial lithium-ion batteries." - Full Article Source

11/29/09 - Calling Video Professor a Scam
palmerj3 writes in to give some wider attention to a piece on Techcrunch today in which Michael Arrington reacts to Video Professor's desperate attempts to shut him up after he called Video Professor a scam in a piece syndicated by the Washington Post. As described by Arrington, the ways the company's site operates (differently depending on where a visitor comes from) are strongly reminiscent of the practices a Senate committee recently condemned. (Here is a detailed example of another, similar scam, from a not-naive victim. Video Professor's tactics sound even more deceptive.) Video Professor seems to react with belligerence, not to mention legal threats, towards any hint of criticism. Please share any direct experiences you have with this outfit. - Full Article Source and check out Video Professor Tries To Bully Washington Post, Fails

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

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

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

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... - Source

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

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

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

$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. - 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! - Source to Buy

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