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10/30/08 - "Spin Seebeck effect" could lead to new batteries, storage
KeelyNet Researchers at Keio University in Yokohama, Japan say that the so-called "spin Seebeck effect" they've discovered could eventually have some pretty big implications for all sorts of devices. According to Science News, the researchers found that by heating one side of a magnetized nickel-iron rod they were able to change the arrangement of the electrons in the material according to their "spins," which is the quantum-physics equivalent of the south-north magnetic axes in bar magnets. One of the big advantages of that, it seems, is that, unlike with electric currents, transferring information by "flipping spins" does not generate heat, which would let "spintronics devices" operate at higher speeds without overheating, and cut down on power consumption in the process. (Thanks to Esa for the headsup! - JWD) - Source

10/30/08 - KIPR Energy and the Push of Gravity
KeelyNet “KIPR” transfers “Kinetic Energy-KE” into matter causing directional Mass(dM). This happens when “KIPR” flows by or through matter(on its path to its attractant); depositing a small amount of “Kinetic Force Energy” into the body of matter. This amount of energy “pushes” on the matter, causing a change or acceleration of Mass into directional Mass(dM). Directional Mass(dM) is the “pull of Gravity” we feel on Earth. Directional Mass(gravity) is “KIPR” flows through us, depositing Kinetic Energy into our matter, “pushing” us along its path, as its travel to its attractant(like the matter dense center of our planet). Simply put, we are constantly being “pushed down” by an even flow of Sub Atomic Kinetic Interaction Particle Residue or “KIPR” Energy, as it flows to an attractant. “KIPR” is a form of Peter Higg’s field & boson “particle” theory. However, instead of being a “particle”, “KIPR” is the “vaporized residue” left over from the Big Bang. This “residue” transfers a small part of its Kinetic Interactive Energy(E) into any matter that they pass by or through, as it travels to an attractant. This transfer of kinetic energy, causes any matter that KIPR interacts with, to obtain Mass in the direction of the the residues travel. / Correlates to Walter Wright's Push Gravity theories. - Source

10/30/08 - Update on Paul Pantone of the GEET Fuel Processor
KeelyNet In the early 1980's, American inventor Paul Pantone invented the GEET Fuel Processor. With a GEET Fuel Processor one can fuel a car with mostly water. This is technology the big oil companies are NOT waiting for. But YOU are! There are forces busy to make Paul Pantone disappear, together with his invention. How? Like this: Since December 2005, Paul Pantone has been incarcerated in the Utah State Hospital, despite repeated examinations showing him competent. Because he's been declared incompetent by a state doctor, he has virtually no civil rights. We suspect this has been the strategy to suppress his inventions... / (Thanks to Robert Boeman for the notice...met Robert, Duncan and the fine folks at the Frontier Sciences Foundation at the NEXUS Conference in Amsterdam. - JWD) - Source

10/29/08 - The Incredible Aerodynamic Air Turbine Engine w/video
KeelyNet Burns no fuel, emits no exhaust. Based on the air turbine of 87 year old Haskall Karl out of Goldfield, Nevada. / So how was the AATE re-born? In late April 2005 Ron Rockwell, of RSR, was invited to meet with inventor Haskell Karl who claimed to have built an engine powered only by air. Ron met with Haskell in person and after reviewing all his material (consisting only of photographs, drawings and sketches) and detailed phone discussions. Ron decided to rebuild the engine using current technology. I am sure that skepticism reigned high. However, Ron believed this technology had substantial merit and invited his trusted colleague, friend and fellow machinist Cliff Cruz, to join his team in re-creating the engine. Through twelve years of research and development of various devices in the high tech industry, RSR has developed the AATE. So what exactly is the AATE? It is a mechanical device built to spin at high revolutions without the need for any fuel, combustion or compressed air. This device is a sophisticated application of a simple scientific principle long known in the alternative energy field, Vortex Implosion Air Technology (VIAT). Viktor Schauberger first discovered the principle of the Vortex and developed technology for moving water more efficiently. The same principle can be applied to airflow. The RSR AATE runs on ambient air; the very air we breathe, using no air tanks and no other power source other than air. A tornado is created in the engine that implodes on itself which actually speeds up and sustains the airflow back into the tornado. - Source / and this website claiming there is some kind of Rip-Off being carried out. - Scientist, engineer, and inventor, Ron Rockwell, from Las Vegas, Nevada, claims he has invented a clean energy solution to the world’s fossil fuel crisis. The “Crystal Ion”, an Aerodynamic Air Turbine Engine (AATE), is a redesigned prototype from an air engine invented by Haskall Karl in the 1960’s. The original engine was tested by Wyle Testing Laboratory and scheduled to be shown to President Kennedy at a special meeting. Before this presentation could take place, the people who worked with Mr. Karl on the engine mysteriously disappeared. Shortly thereafter, the engine also disappeared. Haskall Karl went into hiding, keeping with him the documents, original drawings, and numerous photos of how he built the engine. Recently, a mutual friend introduced him to Ron Rockwell. Together, the two inventors collaborated to redesign and rebuild the engine, using modern technology. After two years of painstakingly machining special tools to make the parts to precise specifications, Rockwell is presenting a working prototype.

10/29/08 - Lutec's perpetual motion calculations a "basic mistake" w/Lego video
KeelyNet From Lutec's website, it appears to be an investment scheme, with many appeals to buy shares. The most interesting claim in pursuit of that goal is that no physicist or engineer has ever looked at their figures and said it doesn't work. Enter BBG commenter Mac, who claims he's an engineer who has looked at Lutec's numbers and says it doesn't work. I am a professional engineer in Australia. In September 2006 I was supplied with a summary of calculations by a potential investor to Lutec Australia, John Christie's company. The summary had diagrams and calculations showing how this worked. The calculations were, to put it politely, fundamentally miscalculations. For example, they calculated the energy taken out of the battery as 'Ampere Hour Rating' of the battery multiplied by the battery voltage drop over the time of the test. Another basic mistake was that they did all kind of 'chopping' of a sine wave, then used formulas to convert 'Ipeak' to 'Irms' on the assumption that it was a non-chopped sine wave. They are just two of the many, many mistakes in the calculations. I know that my comments to the investor were passed back to them, as I was emailed John Christie's response. I have no objection to them believing that they have invented something new. However, the claim that no engineer has looked at their figures and said it doesn't work is incorrect. -

10/29/08 - Digital Dark Age Could Destroy Our Cultural Record
KeelyNet You may be an internet celebrity today, but in 50 years nobody will remember you — not because your star faded, but because literally nobody can watch your YouTube vids. If you’ve ever lost all your digital photos in a computer crash or struggled to open a docx file in Windows 2004, you know that digital media isn’t always the best way to store and transfer information. Now information scientists are concerned that so much of our information and art is tied up in digital media, a huge portion of our cultural legacy could soon be lost forever. Jerome McDonough, an assistant professor of library and information science at the University of Illinois, notes that our society has amassed over 369 exabytes of data, which includes art, business transactions, and correspondence. McDonough fears that this reliance on digital storage will lead to a “digital dark age” in which all this data is destroyed or rendered unreadable. While the physical records of previous eras are susceptible to destruction and decay, our digital media are far more vulnerable: "Contrary to popular belief, electronic data has proven to be much more ephemeral than books, journals or pieces of plastic art. After all, when was the last time you opened a WordPerfect file or tried to read an 8-inch floppy disk?" - Source

10/29/08 - Neutrons reveal quantum effects of gravity
Valery Nesvizhevsky of the Institute Laue-Langevin and colleagues found that cold neutrons moving in a gravitational field do not move smoothly but jump from one height to another, as predicted by quantum theory. Classically, the energy spread of the bouncing neutrons – and so the range of heights to which they could rise – would be continuous. But this is not what the researchers observed. By placing a neutron absorber above the mirror and counting the particles as they moved the absorber up and down, they found that neutrons existed only at certain well defined heights. According to the researchers, these heights correspond to the peaks in a standing wave created when the de Broglie wave of the neutron interferes with its reflection from the mirror. The first peak agreed well with theory, but the researchers still need to confirm the presence of the higher peaks. Nesvizhevsky says that the experiment could precisely verify the equivalence between inertial and gravitational masses – the reason that all masses accelerate equally in a gravitational field. The set-up could also confirm the electrical neutrality of neutrons. But such studies will require a significant increase in the neutron flux. - Source

10/29/08 - Dean Kamen discusses his Stirling engine
KeelyNet Now he and his engineers have built and tested a range of Stirling engines suitable for mass production that can be run on anything from jet fuel to cow dung. The one in the boot of the small blue car is designed to extend its range and constantly recharge its batteries to make a new kind of hybrid vehicle: one fit for the roads of the 21st century. A Stirling-electric hybrid, Kamen tells me, can travel farther and more efficiently than conventional electric cars; it generates enough power to run energy-hungry devices such as heaters and defrosters that are essential for drivers who, unlike those he calls the 'tofu heads' of California, must cope with a cold climate; and even using petrol, the engine runs far cleaner than petrol-electric hybrids such as Toyota's Prius. However, Kamen confesses, his new creation isn't quite finished yet: 'The Stirling engine's not hooked up. Which really pisses me off.' / Using a Think City car, Kamen is now modifying the two-seater coupe to carry a Stirling engine that would not only extend its range by hundreds of miles but turn the car into a mobile generator. When electricity demand peaks during the day, thousands of Thinks plugged in at office parks could feed power back to the grid so utilities like PG&E (PCG) and Edison (EIX) could avoid having to fire up planet-warming power plants. The Stirling engine would then recharge the car's battery for the commute home. When we last spoke in July, Kamen had the autmotive version of the Stirling engine up and running. The next step is to hook it up to the City and see if it'll work as planned. You probably won't see a Stirling in a Toyota (TM) or Ford (F) but the device gives Think another power plant to offer its customers. - Source

10/29/08 - Bobber Magnet Generator for Scaleable Power
KeelyNet Aaron LeMieux says he has the energy to ford a financial Valley of Death. The baton-like device features a spring-loaded magnet that, with the motion of walking, bobs within an inductive coil, generating electricity. Essentially, movement generates power. The 9-inch, 9-ounce device fits in a briefcase, purse or backpack and is designed to plug into any number of battery-powered products, like a cell phone, iPod or personal digital assistant. Those who studied LeMieux's concept are intrigued by its "scalability." Capturing kinetic energy, or the energy of movement, has applications from the small scale, such as powering an implanted pacemaker, to the large scale, such as harvesting electricity from bobbing, buoy-like devices on Lake Erie. He faces competition. A company that spun out of a U.S. Department of Energy laboratory beat LeMieux to the punch with a patent application that drew interest from the military. "It was a rough day when their patent application came out," said LeMieux, who now has an application pending in the U.S. Patent and Trademark office. LeMieux believes his product is better. The competitor, which has already drawn millions of dollars in venture capital, incorporated a motion-harvesting source inside a battery. It won't generate enough power to keep the battery useful for extended periods, LeMieux believes. - Source / The patent is pending and can be studied at #20080217926 Electrical Energy Generator - September 11, 2008 - Lemieux; Aaron Patrick - An electrical energy generator that converts kinetic energy harvested from voluntary motor activity of a human or animal to electrical energy. The electrical energy generator includes a housing, a coil of electrically conductive material, a reciprocally movable electromagnetically active mass, springs connecting the mass to either the housing or to adjustment means engaged with said housing, and, optionally, means for constraining non-linear motion of the electromagnetically active mass, and/or means of mitigating motion retardation of the electromagnetically active mass within any existing housing atmosphere. The electrical energy generator may be associated with a carried item, such as a backpack.

10/29/08 - Guns & Ammo Sales Spike
Data supplied by federal and state government show sales of firearms up 8 to 10 percent in 2008, continuing a trend that began in 2006, The Washington Post reported Monday. Why? "Generally, we know that hard economic times always result in firearm sales," James Purtillo of Silver Spring, Md., publisher of Tripwire Newsletter, told the Post. Gun shop owner Steve Clark of Warrenton, Va., says his customers have been buying weapons they fear will be restricted or heavily taxed. "What I hear a lot is fear that Barack (Obama) will win the election and tax everything to the point that you can't afford anything," Eugene Proko, 51, a salesman at Clark's shop, told the Post. - Source

10/29/08 - $125 Million Settlement In Authors Guild v. Google
KeelyNet "Authors, publishers, and Google are announcing a huge settlement deal today in their lawsuits over the scanning of millions of copyrighted books in library collections. Google has agreed to a huge payout for books that were scanned without permission, but now they'll be allowed to scan the books legitimately. Most important, they'll be able to put millions of books online, including those still in copyright — not just for searching and not just in snippets. There is a groundbreaking new licensing system meant to make the books as widely available as possible while protecting the authors' copyrights and enabling them to share in the revenue. Some will differ, but personally I think this is a wonderful outcome, for readers and for authors alike." - Source

10/29/08 - What we could have done with the money...
He calculates $1 trillion could pave the entire U.S. interstate highway system with gold _ 23.5-karat gold leaf. It could buy every person on the planet an iPod. It could give every high school student in the United States a free college education. It could pay off every American's credit card. It could buy a Buick for every senior citizen still driving in the United States. $10 billion a month... $1 trillion American tax dollars... the things we could have done with the Bush's war money... - Source

10/29/08 - E - the AI Program That is Pure Evil
KeelyNet A group of scientists is building the world’s most evil computer program. This isn't a B-movie setup: A team at Rensselaer Institute’s AI & Reasoning Lab is bringing personified evil to virtual life in the hope that they'll unlock the secrets of human morality. The researchers have given their creation a face and a name, and quiz it daily, using its answers to further blacken its hideous character. E must, according to Bringsjord, be willing to carry out premeditated acts that are immoral and would cause harm to others. And, when E analyzes its reasons for wanting to commit such acts, it must either develop a logically incoherent argument or conclude that it desired to see people harmed. The researchers then have E discuss moral scenarios... - Source

10/29/08 - Robot Mimics a Canine Helper
A robot inspired by helper dogs could assist the disabled and the elderly. While robots are good at carrying out preprogrammed tasks and following a clear trajectory, navigating a complex home environment and interacting with real people remains a formidable challenge. Canine helpers dogs are trained to open doors, drawers, and cupboards and to fetch objects or operate lights when given a command. "We were amazed at what the dog could do [and] found out there's a list of commands service dogs obey," Kemp says. "That seemed like a great model to go by. If we could make a robot that obeys all those commands, we knew that we would have something valuable." The latest version of El-E has been upgraded so that, in addition to responding to a laser pointer, it understands voice commands and can perform a wider range of tasks. The robot can be commanded the same way as a service dog--to grab hold of a towel attached to a door, drawer, or cupboard when given the right vocal command. As with service dogs, towels help the robot with both perception and physical interaction. Out of 40 trials, the robot was able to open and close drawers with a 90 percent success rate and open doors with an 80 percent success rate. El-E was also able to open a microwave door, using a towel attached to the door with a suction cup. Kemp notes that a robotic service assistant would not require the same training and care as a service dog, potentially offering help to many more people. "A lot of people who would like a service dog are unable to have one because they are costly and there's a long waiting list," he says. - Source

10/29/08 - New process increases energy output of methanol fuel cells by 50%
KeelyNet A layer-by-layer assembly technique is the key to Hammond's membranes. In earlier work, her team altered a membrane made of Nafion, a polymer manufactured by DuPont that is commonly used in fuel cells. It conducts protons well but also permits some methanol leakage, and it's rela­tively expensive to make. To begin the new process, Avni Argun, a postdoc in the lab and lead author on the Advanced Materials paper, mounts a specially treated silicon disc in a lab hood and starts the disc slowly rotating. Facing the membrane are four sprayer ­nozzles. Each nozzle is connected to a separate container. One contains a positively charged polymer solution and one a negatively charged polymer solution; two hold water. Argun starts the sprayer system, which mists the disc with the positive solution for a few seconds, then with a water rinse, then with the negatively charged polymer, and finally with water again. A two-layer film forms within about 50 seconds. The thickness of this "bilayer" depends on the polymers and can range from 3 to 50 nanometers. In about six hours, the sprayer can apply between 400 and 600 bilayers, creating a membrane about 20 micro­meters thick. The membrane described in Advanced Materials was made up of three bilayers on top of a Nafion membrane, adding only 260 nanometers to its thickness. By using a combination of positive and negative polymers, the researchers maintained Nafion's high conduc­tivity while reducing its methanol crossover. - Source

10/29/08 - Jacking into the Brain--Is the Brain the Ultimate Computer Interface?
Primitive means of jacking in already reside inside the skulls of thousands of people. Deaf or profoundly hearing-impaired individuals carry cochlear implants that stimulate the auditory nerve with sounds picked up by a microphone—a device that neuroscientist Michael S. Gaz­zaniga of the University of California, Santa Barbara, has characterized as the first successful neuroprosthesis in humans. Arrays of electrodes that serve as artificial retinas are in the laboratory. If they work, they might be tweaked to give humans night vision. Jacking text into the brain requires consideration of whether to insert electrodes directly into tissue, an impediment that might make neural implants impractical for anyone but the disabled. As has been known for nearly a century, the brain’s electrical activity can be detected without cracking bone. What looks like a swimming cap studded with electrodes can transmit signals from a paralyzed patient, thereby enabling typing of letters on a screen or actual surfing of the Web. Niels Birbaumer of the University of Tübingen in Germany, a leading developer of the technology, asserts that trial-and-error stimulation of the cortex using a magnetic signal from outside the skull, along with the electrode cap to record which neurons are activated, might be able to locate the words “see” or “run.” Once mapped, these areas could be fired up again to evoke those memories—at least in theory. Still more precise hookups might be furnished by nanoscale fibers, measuring 100 nanometers or less in diameter, which could easily tap into single neurons because of their dimensions and their electrical and mechanical properties. Jun Li of Kansas State University and his colleagues have crafted a brushlike structure in which nano­fiber bristles serve as electrodes for stimulating or receiving neural signals. - Source

10/29/08 - Light bulb glows energy-free
KeelyNet American Environmental Products this month debuted the After-Lite, a compact fluorescent lamp that can shine light without any electricity or battery power. An attachment clipped to the top of the fluorescent bulb's spiral contains an advanced photoluminescent, or a refined phosphorous product. This attachment, like the minerals within it, absorbs, retains and gradually releases light photons and only needs to be charged with natural or artificial light. When used, a dark room suddenly glows green, illuminated by American Environmental Products' new bulbs. "It's kind of like a glow-in-the-dark key chain," said Charles Bolta, inventor of the After-Lite technology and president of American Environmental Products. After-Lite, the first consumer product of its kind, can serve as a child's night light, lantern or just a safety light as it glows throughout the night. The bulbs cost $19.95 apiece and are available at The bulbs last at least 8,000 hours, but "will decay out through the night," Bolta said. The After-Lite will glow the greenest and the brightest within the first hour of darkness, but there will still be what he calls an "after glow" into the morning. - Source

10/29/08 - Swans stay in 'warm' Siberia
The arrival of thousands of swans fleeing plunging temperatures in their breeding grounds in western Siberia is usually one of the first signs that winter is on its way in Britain. But wildlife experts are reporting that the swans' 1,800-mile mid-October migration has so far failed tomaterialise, with climate change turning the once famously harsh Russian region into a more inviting winter haven for the majestic birds. The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) said it feared the Bewick's swans could lose their collective memory of where UK wetlands such as Slimbridge are, and be unable to find them again should their alternative eastern holiday destinationssuddenly grow colder. - Source

10/27/08 - SuperSoaker Inventor breaks through again with JTEC
Johnson’s share (he licensed the Soaker’s design to Larami, later bought by Hasbro) won him the financial independence to pursue his own ideas, which is how the Johnson Thermo-electrochemical Converter system —- JTEC for short —- was born. Using heat to force ions out of a hydrogen cell, the JTEC “is just a stunning insight,” said Jerry Beilinson, deputy editor of Popular Mechanics magazine, which honors innovators in its current issue and sponsors the Breakthrough Awards. “I kind of thought we were finished; I didn’t think there was a new way.” Johnson’s device can potentially work with even modest temperature differentials —- say, between body heat and ambient air —- to power implanted medical devices such as pacemakers. If successful, at high heat it would generate Con Edison-scale output. It also would run backward for refrigeration purposes: put in electricity to generate heat loss for, say, wearable air conditioning. Paired with a parabolic solar array to generate heat, it would create virtually limitless emission-free power. Johnson, who projects earnings of $10 billion by 2013, claims a potential 60 percent efficiency rating, which doubles the efficiency of the current leader, the Stirling engine. “It has a darn good chance,” said Werbos, “of being the best thing on Earth.” HOW DOES IT WORK? Most electricity is generated using heat to power a mechanical device, such as a piston or a turbine. The JTEC uses heat to force ions through a special membrane. “It’s a totally new way of generating electricity from heat,” Paul Werbos told Popular Mechanics. The JTEC includes two closed hydrogen cells or “stacks” attached to pairs of electrodes. One is a low-temperature stack, the other is high-temperature. Current compresses hydrogen in the low-temperature stack, ionizing the hydrogen and forcing its protons through the membrane to the high-temperature stack, where the hydrogen expands. Current is generated as electrons are freed. The high-temperature end generates more power than the low-temperature end uses —- creating an excess that can cool beer or run TVs and washing machines. Hydrogen is neither burned nor added, and emissions are zero. - Source / And here is the JTEC webpage for more details.

10/27/08 - Solar Furnace to Melt Steel Video
KeelyNet Clip from James May's Big Ideas where bunch of hippies burn and melt stuff with their 'solar furnace', oh and it has something to do with making petrol out of thin air. Carbonizing hot dogs and melting steel only with solar power. / Included a solar steam photo and one of a solar powered Stirling engine to show some of the other practical applications. - Source

10/27/08 - The European Library
The European Library is a free service that offers access to the resources of the 48 national libraries of Europe in 20 languages. Resources can be both digital or bibliographical (books, posters, maps, sound recordings, videos, etc.). Currently The European Library gives access to 150 million entries across Europe. The amount of referenced digital collections is constantly increasing. Quality and reliability are guaranteed by the 48 collaborating national libraries of Europe. The European Library is a non-commercial organisation. The European Library service is for anyone world-wide seeking for library material; books of course but also book references, maps, photographs, music, videos, etc. The European Library provides a vast virtual collection of material from all disciplines and offers visitors with interest a simple access to European cultural resources. - Source

10/27/08 - The Zeppelin flies again
KeelyNet A company called Airship Ventures is bringing just such an aircraft to its new home at Moffett Field in Mountain View, Calif., sometime in the coming days. Sightseeing flights (the company calls it "flightseeing") will start later this month from Mountain View and in early November from several other locations, with ticket prices starting at $495 per person. This photo shows the Airship Ventures Zeppelin on its maiden flight in May over Friedrichshafen, Germany. (Zeppelins, also sometimes known as dirigibles, have a rigid frame that provide the distinctive, cucumberlike shape, and a soft material such as canvas is wrapped around the frame. Blimps and balloons, by contrast, have no framework and get their shape directly from the internal pressure of the gas providing the lift.) - Source

10/27/08 - Coal v. wind: Energy fight rages in W.Va.
Massey Energy, holder of state permits to blast 6,000 acres, sees the future -- and a fortune -- in Coal River Mountain. With the spot-market price of steam coal at $133 a ton and likely to rise, the mountain is a resource capable of feeding power plants for 14 years. Massey plans to start work as soon as federal regulators approve. But Gibson and others propose a future in which the mountain survives. Mine coal the traditional way, they say. Dig tunnels and leave the top intact for 200 windmills. Generate enough electricity for 150,000 homes. Let the mountain produce energy forever. Gibson, 62, sees Massey's way of mining as no less than "the genocide of Appalachia," the sacrifice of a people, a culture and the hills that bind them. And state government, which gets more than $300 million a year in severance taxes, needs the money. "So do hookers and so do pimps," grumbles 53-year-old Lorelei Scarbro, whose 10 acres on Rock Creek are threatened by Massey's plan. "That doesn't make it OK. ... It's not OK for us to be sacrificed so the rest of the world can have more energy." Last month, Gov. Joe Manchin declined to intervene in the Coal River Mountain dispute, despite a demonstration at the Capitol. It would be inappropriate, he said, to rescind permits granted by state regulators. "If we can't do it in a more productive manner, it shouldn't be done, I understand that," he says. "And we're looking at that, and I think there are better ways. But just to say we're going to shut it down? We cannot afford in the United States of America to discount any part of our energy portfolio." - Source

10/27/08 - Journalism Sacrificed For Power and Pensions
KeelyNet The traditional media is playing a very, very dangerous game. With its readers, with the Constitution, and with its own fate. The sheer bias in the print and television coverage of this election campaign is not just bewildering, but appalling. And over the last few months I’ve found myself slowly moving from shaking my head at the obvious one-sided reporting, to actually shouting at the screen of my television and my laptop computer. But worst of all, for the last couple weeks, I’ve begun — for the first time in my adult life — to be embarrassed to admit what I do for a living. A few days ago, when asked by a new acquaintance what I did for a living, I replied that I was “a writer”, because I couldn’t bring myself to admit to a stranger that I’m a journalist. But nothing, nothing I’ve seen has matched the media bias on display in the current Presidential campaign. Republicans are justifiably foaming at the mouth over the sheer one-sidedness of the press coverage of the two candidates and their running mates. But in the last few days, even Democrats, who have been gloating over the pass - no, make that shameless support - they’ve gotten from the press, are starting to get uncomfortable as they realize that no one wins in the long run when we don’t have a free and fair press. What I object to (and I think most other Americans do as well) is the lack of equivalent hardball coverage of the other side - or worse, actively serving as attack dogs for Senators Obama and Biden. If the current polls are correct, we are about to elect as President of the United States a man who is essentially a cipher, who has left almost no paper trail, seems to have few friends (that at least will talk) and has entire years missing out of his biography. That isn’t Sen. Obama’s fault: his job is to put his best face forward. No, it is the traditional media’s fault, for it alone (unlike the alternative media) has had the resources to cover this story properly, and has systematically refused to do so. - Source

10/27/08 - Half of American Doctors Often Prescribe Placebos
"'Half of all American doctors responding to a nationwide survey say they regularly prescribe placebos to patients. The results trouble medical ethicists, who say more research is needed to determine whether doctors must deceive patients in order for placebos to work.' The study just quoted goes on to say that the drugs most often used as placebo are headache pills, vitamins, and antibiotics. Studies on doctors in Europe and New Zealand have found similar results." - Source

10/27/08 - Machine turns cheap plonk into vintage wine - in just half an hour
KeelyNet A device that claims to turn cheap supermarket plonk into vintage wine and banish hangovers is set to hit the high street. Inventors say a bottle of any bargain booze can be transformed in just 30 minutes, using space-age ultrasound technology. The £350 gadget - which looks like an ordinary ice bucket - recreates the effects of decades of aging by colliding alcohol molecules inside the bottle. 'The look and bouquet of the drink is improved and because of the chemical changes, the alcohol is easier to absorb by the kidneys and therefore, hangovers are virtually eliminated. 'I have even tried it with orange juice after I saw a similar device being used in the US. It didn't just make the juice taste fresher, it made it look brighter too.' - Source

10/27/08 - One Computer, Ten Users - October 26th, 2008
KeelyNet You can turn three computers into 30 by using “Desktop Multiplier” software from, a Canadian outfit that is offering it free to schools. Your base computers must have the Linux operating system on board, but this too is free and can be installed on any Windows computer as a drive partition, without affecting the other operating system. The Multiplier software lets each computer handle as many as ten users. Each of those users must have their own monitor, keyboard and mouse, but otherwise it will seem to them that they are the only one on the machine. A calculator on the website lets you figure out your hardware and software savings – typically 70 to 80 percent. There’s lots more info at - Source

10/27/08 - Eavesdrop on keyboards wirelessly
Every time you press a key on your keyboard, a small burst of electromagnetic radiation is let out. This radiation can be captured and decoded. Though it only affects some models, this is pretty serious. They tested 11 different keyboards and they were all vulnerable to at least one of the four methods of attack. Tests have shown that the data can be read through walls and up to 65 feet away. That is pretty scary stuff. Someone could be setting up in the apartment or office right next to yours to listen to every keystroke you type. They don’t give a list of what keyboards were affected. Their paper is currently being finished, and should be published soon. The possibility of this attack was suggested to us a couple years ago when we covered old school Van Eck phreaking. - Source

10/27/08 - Interactive touch capable mirror (Check out the video)
KeelyNet [Alpay Kasal] of Lit Studios and [Sam Ewen] created this patent-pending interactive mirror after being inspired by dielectric glass mirrors with built-in LCD panels, and wanting to add a human touch. The end results look like a lot of fun. You can draw on the mirror and play games. According to [Kasal], mouse emulation is essential. The installation features proximity sensors and gesturing. Any game can be set up on it, which makes the possibilities endless… - Source

10/27/08 - Free Online Language lessons - October 26th, 2008 has free language lessons for English speakers who want to learn French, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Italian, Greek or German. There are at least a dozen web sites that offer free language lessons but this is easily the best we’ve seen. They have movies and games in the chosen languages. Instruction in 36 other languages is offered as well, but restricted to essential phrases for the traveler. You can download the phrases to your MP3 player and take them along. - Source

10/27/08 - New human body disposal process raises alarms.
It doesn't make for polite dinner-table conversation, but the national Catholic Cemetery Conference is raising alarms about a potential option for disposing of human bodies in which a lye solution dissolves tissues into a sterile, syrupy substance that can be safely flushed down a drain. Although no funeral home in the U.S. currently is using the process, known as alkaline hydrolysis, two research medical centers -- the University of Florida at Gainesville and the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. -- make use of it to dispose of cadavers. The process, which proponents claim is safe for the environment and potentially cheaper than cremation, was developed in the U.S. in 1992 to dispose of animal carcasses. The two medical centers dispose of the liquid residue from the human cadavers by pouring it down the drain. What's the problem? Deacon Glenn Tylutki, outreach coordinator of cemetery services for the Archdiocese of Chicago said: "I guess I don't know how to say it any better than it's a desecration," Deacon Tylutki said. "The process has no dignity and respect for the human body. In our faith, the body is the temple of the Holy Spirit." - Source

10/27/08 - Area couple wins big for inventing personal wind turbine
KeelyNet Bryce said one problem with wind energy is the costs for the devices remain fairly high for the average individual or family. The wind turbines recently installed by area schools cost about $13,000 to $14,000, including installation, he said. Bryce said there is a need for wind turbines in the $2,000 range that can operate at low wind speeds, and he believes the team's invention may fit the bill. Logan Bryce said he believes the new device, which has a two-meter-long rotor, will offer a good combination of durability and the ability to create power when winds are mild. Smaller rotors also are easier for bats and birds to dodge, he said. Huge rotors at wind farms often are criticized for killing flying creatures. "We've never had a kill of a bird or a bat" at the test facility, Bryce said. Judges in the contest said they were impressed that the invention's inverter system allows direct connection to power mains. Logan Bryce said Friday that he can foresee small wind turbines on billboards, power poles and other places where they could generate electricity and reduce the country's power appetite, as well as a landscape dotted with two-meter turbines that can run a refrigerator or power a computer. "They can be placed everywhere," he said. - Source

10/27/08 - ACLU highlights 'Constitution-Free Zone' 100 miles from border.
KeelyNet The ACLU says a "Constitution-free zone" exists within 100 miles of the US border, where DHS claims the authority to stop, search and detain anyone for any reason. Nearly two-thirds of the US population lives within 100 miles of the border, according to the ACLU, and the border zone encompasses scores of major metropolitan areas and even entire states. Customs and Border Patrol, a component of DHS, was authorized by Congress to operate within a "reasonable" distance of the border, and that distance has been set at 100 miles in regulations governing CBP, the ACLU says. The authorization has been in place for decades, but complaints about abuses of the extended border zone began to ramp up as CBP was expanded and folded into DHS after 9/11. - Source

10/27/08 - Dealing With Terrorists
From now on if a terrorist kills himself by suicide bombing, or is otherwise killed in an attempt to hurt others we embalm their bodies in pig lard and wrapped in bacon. Also, I was thinkinging, we could have airplane security guards carry squirtguns filled with pigs blood. Of course, it would have to have anti-coagulants in it, but it would rock because if some terrorist went crazy we could squirt them with pigs blood, and they couldn't blow themselves up because they'd be unclean, and would have to go to a mosque and pray or something. Of course, then we'd catch them. Also, if a terrorist is caught alive, we make them eat nothing but pork chops and work on a pig farm and play Porky the Pig cartoons in their cells all day. Their clothes and upholstery would be made of pigskin leather, and we'd give them pork rind potato chips. Every meal would include bacon bits. The carpeting in their cells would be boar's fur rugs, and their beds would have Miss Piggy sheets, pillowcovers, and bed spreads. - Source

10/24/08 - High-Efficiency Generators for Hybrid Vehicles
KeelyNet Free-piston engines could be used to generate electricity as efficiently as, and less expensively than, fuel cells. Free-piston engines aren’t new: they were invented in the 1920s. But the increased recent focus on hybrid cars has led a growing number of research groups and automakers to start research programs to develop the technology. Unlike in conventional engines, there is no mechanical connection between the piston and a crankshaft (hence the name free-piston). Since the design allows for improved combustion and less friction, the engines could be far more efficient in generating electricity than either conventional generators or newer fuel-cell technology. Having a cheap and efficient way to generate electricity is becoming more important as automakers develop electric vehicles with onboard generators for recharging the battery pack and extending range. In conventional internal combustion engines, multiple pistons are connected via rods to a crankshaft that, via the transmission, drives the wheels. Free-piston engines do away with the crankshaft: the pistons aren’t connected to anything. Instead, two opposing pistons just shuttle back and forth inside a chamber. To generate electricity, the pistons could be equipped with rows of magnets that shuttle past metal coils to create an electrical current. - Source

10/24/08 - Powering the Planet With Sun-Harnessing Balloons
The start-up Cool Earth Solar, now based in Livermore, California, and its new-think technology, an inexpensive plastic-film balloon a bit over eight feet tall. Millions of these balloons could hover low over the landscape, each concentrating sunlight onto a photovoltaic cell inside, and pumping out electricity more cheaply than power from fossil fuels, the company says. DISCOVER spoke with Cool Earth Solar CEO Rob Lamkin to hear about his solar strategy. How did you come up with this design? If you’re going to replace hydrocarbons with solar, you’re going to need a lot of collecting surface. Eric Cummings, our chief technical officer and founder, thought, what would that collecting surface be? What covers lots of area cheaply? Thin plastic film is one possibility. Plastic film is something we have readily available, and we can make it quickly. All right, so what can you do with film? Cummings saw that you could cover the film with a thin layer of aluminum and shape it to concentrate sunlight on a photovoltaic cell. Now it all comes together. Since you’re concentrating solar rays, you need only a fraction of the [expensive] photovoltaic materials that would be required for flat panels. And because film is so light, you can use cheap infrastructure; in this case the balloons are supported by wire cables strung between vertical wood poles. How does a balloon concentrate solar energy? We take the thin plastic film, cut and seal it to create a balloon shape, make the bottom half reflective and the top half transparent, inflate it with regular air, and then monitor it to keep the pressure at the right level. It turns out to be easy to get a shape in which the focal point [where the reflected rays converge] is internal to the balloon, which makes it perfect for concentrating sunlight. We didn’t invent this form so much as discover it. The material just wants to pop into the right shape. - Source

10/24/08 - 3D Imaging Spreads to Fashion and Beyond
Lori Coulter clients needn't try on piles of swimsuits amid unflattering fluorescent lights in a cramped dressing room. Instead, they discreetly step into a room where the shop uses a scanner to take 140 measurements in less than a minute, then uploads them to a computer, which builds a 3D image and suggests an array of figure-flattering styles. The client chooses a style and pattern, and within as few as three days a custom-made swimsuit is ready to wear. Lori Coulter is one of the scores of businesses that are being transformed by technology that lets you build and manipulate computerized three-dimensional models. - Source

10/24/08 - Rolls-Royce brings propeller engines back in vogue
Aviation company claims the design could cut an airline's fuel bills and greenhouse gas emissions by 30%. The company claims the design could cut an airline's fuel bills and greenhouse gas emissions by 30%. "We're talking about saving $3m or 10,000 tonnes of CO2 per year per aircraft if you introduce an open-rotor on to a 100-200-seater aircraft," said Mark Taylor, an engineer at Rolls-Royce who is leading a project to design the next generation of aircraft engines. Modern propeller-driven engines, also known as advanced open rotors or turboprops, are acknowledged to be more fuel efficient than the turbofan and turbojet engines used by most aircraft today. Rolls-Royce's design uses two sets of propellers near the rear of the engine, which rotate in opposite directions. This reduces the energy wasted when propellers twist some of the air, rather than pushing it all straight backwards. "If you have a second set spinning in the opposite direction, you untwist it and recover the energy from that air. That goes into useful force to drive the aircraft forward," said Self. "But it's even more noisy." The sources of noise in an open-rotor engine come from different aspects of the propeller, such as their thickness and whether the tips spin faster than the speed of sound. Rolls Royce's engineers specifically tackled these problems by increasing the number of blades on the rotors, changing their shape from the traditional elongated to a more squat design and making the blades thinner. The result was, claims Rolls-Royce, a set of rotors that can turn at a slower speed — and hence make less noise — while maintaining a high efficiency. - Source

10/24/08 - Biological clock ticking for men too
Sydney IVF researchers took sperm samples from more than 3,000 men and their DNA or genetic make-up was examined. Mark Bowman from Sydney IVF says they found older men had less chance of fathering a child. "They cannot take fertility absolutely for granted, there is also an impact of male age on fertility," he said. Dr Kylie de Boer says the samples showed that as men age their sperm starts to fragment or break down, which makes the sperm less viable for fertilising the egg. The older the man, the more damage, researchers found. "The rate of DNA fragmentation of sperm increased with age and there was a significant DNA damage to sperm when the man was above the age of 35," Mr Bowman said. And while the Rupert Murdochs of this world have fathered children later in life, the new research suggests they are the exception, not the rule. - Source

10/24/08 - Mysterious 'dead water' effect caught on film
Research has already shown that dead water occurs when an area of water consists of two or more layers of water with different salinity, and hence density – for example, when fresh water from a melting glacier forms a relatively thin layer on top of denser seawater. Waves that form in the hidden layer can slow the boat with no visible trace. Now French scientists recreating that scenario in a lab tank have revealed new detail of the phenomenon and even captured the effect on video. The work will help scientists to better understand dead water and the behaviour of stratified sea patches. Physicist Thierry Dauxois and colleagues from the University of Lyon found that a hidden wave at the interface of the layers invisibly chases and slows a boat (see video, top right). The toy boat is pulled across the 300-centimetre tank with a constant force by a cable. The water is separated into two layers of different saltiness and hence density, labelled with dye. Just as described by people who have experienced dead water in the real world, the water's surface is smooth, but the boat suddenly slows as the concealed wave makes contact. "It creates a depression below the boat that prevents it from moving," team member Matthieu Mercier told New Scientist. It is the boat itself that initiates the wave – water from the layers below is dragged upwards to fill in the gulf its wake. That sets up an oscillation in the boundary between the layers, which gradually grows as the boat moves forward. The wave gains size and speed until it, and the trough in front of it, eventually catch up with the boat and sapping its energy before the wave breaks against its side, Mercier says. - Source

10/24/08 - McCain for President -'Better the devil you know than the devil you don't!'

KeelyNet I stand athwart the rush of conservative ship-jumpers of every stripe -- neo (Ken Adelman), moderate (Colin Powell), genetic/ironic (Christopher Buckley) and socialist/atheist (Christopher Hitchens) -- yelling "Stop!" I shall have no part of this motley crew... I'd rather lose an election than lose my bearings.

First, I'll have no truck with the phony case ginned up to rationalize voting for the most liberal and inexperienced presidential nominee in living memory. The "erratic" temperament issue, for example. As if McCain's risky and unsuccessful but in no way irrational attempt to tactically maneuver his way through the economic tsunami that came crashing down a month ago renders unfit for office a man who demonstrated the most admirable equanimity and courage in the face of unimaginable pressures as a prisoner of war, and who later steadily navigated innumerable challenges and setbacks, not the least of which was the collapse of his campaign just a year ago. McCain the "erratic" is a cheap Obama talking point. The 40-year record testifies to McCain the stalwart.

Nor will I countenance the "dirty campaign" pretense. The double standard here is stunning. Obama ran a scurrilous Spanish-language ad falsely associating McCain with anti-Hispanic slurs. Another ad falsely claimed that McCain supports "cutting Social Security benefits in half." And for months Democrats insisted that McCain sought 100 years of war in Iraq.

The case for McCain is straightforward. The financial crisis has made us forget, or just blindly deny, how dangerous the world out there is. We have a generations-long struggle with Islamic jihadism. An apocalyptic soon-to-be-nuclear Iran. A nuclear-armed Pakistan in danger of fragmentation. A rising Russia pushing the limits of revanchism. Plus the sure-to-come Falklands-like surprise popping out of nowhere.

Who do you want answering that phone at 3 a.m.? A man who's been cramming on these issues for the past year, who's never had to make an executive decision affecting so much as a city, let alone the world?

A foreign policy novice instinctively inclined to the flabbiest, most vaporous multilateralism (e.g., the Berlin Wall came down because of "a world that stands as one"), and who refers to the most deliberate act of war since Pearl Harbor as "the tragedy of 9/11," a term more appropriate for a bus accident?

KeelyNet Or do you want a man who is the most prepared, most knowledgeable, most serious foreign policy thinker in the United States Senate? A man who not only has the best instincts but has the honor and the courage to, yes, put country first, as when he carried the lonely fight for the surge that turned Iraq from catastrophic defeat into achievable strategic victory?

There's just no comparison. Obama's own running mate warned this week that Obama's youth and inexperience will invite a crisis -- indeed a crisis "generated" precisely to test him. Can you be serious about national security and vote on Nov. 4 to invite that test? - Source / And for a slightly expanded view of my thoughts about this topic, how much a self-serving, calculating media seeker Obama is and more, see Elect McCain/Palin at the KeelyNet Blog

10/24/08 - Invention: Hurricane pacifier
An Israeli team says it has developed a way to take the sting out of the storms. Their new patent application says seeding hurricanes with smoke particles could lower wind speeds enough to mitigate their destructive potential. A hurricane's destructive potential is proportionally related to the strongest winds inside it, and only a small reduction in wind speed is needed to dramatically reduce the damage it causes. Daniel Rosenfeld and colleagues at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem say injecting smoke into the lower parts of a hurricane causes water vapour to condense at a lower altitude than usual, and form droplets that are too small to fall as rain. At least, it works that way in Rosenfeld's computer-simulated hurricanes. The team has not tried the idea in the wild yet. They have, though, calculated how much smoke might be needed to pull off their trick: about 10 cargo aircraft could carry enough material to generate the smoke particles needed to seed a single hurricane. - Source

10/24/08 - Year 2030: Top Ten Predictions
The World Future Society has released a 10-page report forecasting more than 70 major global developments for the coming year and beyond. The OUTLOOK 2009 report examines the key trends in technology, the environment, the economy, international relations, etc., in order to paint a full and credible portrait of our likely future. The Society hopes this report, covering developments in business and economics, demography, energy, the environment, health and medicine, resources, society and values, and technology, will assist its readers in preparing for the challenges and opportunities in 2009 and beyond. - Source

10/24/08 - Convert PDFs to Word Online with Three Clicks
Stuck with a PDF file and no application that will let you edit it? PDF UNdo Online is easy, free, works on any computer and there's no registration required. Click to browse your computer for an Adobe PDF document, click to convert it into a Microsoft Word document, then click to download the converted file. Now you can edit it to your heart's content in any application that supports Word documents. - Source

10/24/08 - Solar Lawnmower Robot Hits for the Green and Lazy
KeelyNet Husqvarna today launches a new version of its Automower lawnmower robot, which now CHARGES ITSELF with solar panels and mows your lawn all by itself. To use it, you bury a wire that tells the mower the boundaries of your lawn. Then, you program it to mow your lawn as often you like. The mower shreds grass into tiny pieces and sprays it all over your lawn as mulch. It even cuts grass in the middle of the night or while it's raining. - Source

10/24/08 - First Mars-Goers Should Prepare For a One-Way Trip
"The first astronauts sent to Mars should be prepared to spend the rest of their lives there, in the same way that European pioneers headed to America knowing they would not return home, says moonwalker Buzz Aldrin. '[the distance and difficulty is why you should] send people there permanently,' Aldrin said. 'If we are not willing to do that, then I don't think we should just go once and have the expense of doing that and then stop.'" - Source

10/24/08 - Australia Developing Massive Electric Vehicle Grid
"A US firm Thursday unveiled plans to build a massive one-billion-dollar charging network to power electric cars in Australia as it seeks cleaner and cheaper options to petrol. Better Place, which has built plug-in stations for electric vehicles in Israel and Denmark, has joined forces with Australian power company AGL and finance group Macquarie Capital to create an Australian network. Under the plan, the three cities will each have a network of between 200,000 and 250,000 charge stations by 2012 where drivers can plug in and power up their electric cars. The points would probably be at homes and businesses, car parks and shopping centres. In addition, 150 switch stations will be built in each city and on major freeways, where electric batteries can be automatically replaced in drive-in stations similar to a car wash." - Source

10/24/08 - Panasonic to demo 20-hour laptop-friendly fuel cell
KeelyNet The fuel cell achieves this on just 200cc of methanol, Panasonic said. The battery has a 270cc volume and the ability to provide between 10W and 20W of power. It weighs about 320g, but that's excluding fuel - Panasonic didn't say what filling the tank does for the unit's weight. Panasonic has also developed a standalone DMFC charger which has two USB ports and can be used to charge up all manner of gadgets, including mobile phones and MP3 players. The 360cc DMFC weighs about 350g, again excluding fuel. - Source

10/24/08 - One small step for a robot, one giant leap for young minds
Ms Maxwell, Joshua's mother, first came across "intelligent toys" during her postgraduate studies in computer science at Melbourne University. She says that while they bring technology into the classroom, they do so in a way that does not "involve kids sitting at a computer surfing the internet". As robotics involves students manipulating physical objects, they become active rather than passive learners. "Most of them are almost unaware that they're learning. It feels like play," she said. For all the fun and games, however, robot building is an exercise that integrates a number of multi-disciplinary skills — and makes them interesting, Ms Maxwell said. Take a tricky mathematical problem that sits dully on a textbook page, for example, translate it into an equation that involves how to make a robot move, or how to make it move faster, and suddenly the students want to learn about it. Mitchel Resnick, director of the Lifelong Kindergarten research group at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) — and the inventor behind the programmable bricks that inspired the Lego Mindstorms robotics program Carla Maxwell uses in class — says robotics exercises show that children learn faster when they're placed in active learning environments. And that very young students can grasp sophisticated mathematical and scientific concepts when they're brought to life through "hands-on" projects. New technologies such as robotics, if taught properly, can engage students from diverse backgrounds with different learning styles — and difficulties — and provide them with a way to express themselves, according to Professor Resnick. He says his aim is to find ways to teach children how to think creatively, and believes there is no greater goal for an education system than to arm students with the ability to think "outside the square". - Source

10/24/08 - Ergonomic Laptop Stand Made From a Coat Hanger
KeelyNet DIY website Instructables demonstrates how to make an impressive and—dare I say—elegant vertical laptop stand with nothing but a coat hanger and a little ingenuity. You'd definitely want to find a thick, sturdy coat hanger before proceeding, and a few test runs may be necessary before you get it perfect. That said, the author's setup looks great, the stand seems easy to make, and the laptop stand concept is always useful if you want to work more ergonomically with your laptop. - Source

10/24/08 - Harnessing the Ocean's Abundant Energy
Earth's oceans and rivers, pushed by wind and tugged by the moon and sun, ebb and flow over more than 70 percent of the planet, but only recently have researchers and scientists developed the materials and methods to finally harness some of that kinetic energy. There may not yet be a market for underwater turbines or wave-riding electrical generators designed to use ocean turbulence as a source of renewable energy, but that has not stopped a handful of entrepreneurs from trying to create one. Although all renewable energy sources—sun, water and wind—suffer from peaks and troughs in productivity, "we consider wave energy to be more predictable than wind," says PWP CEO Phil Metcalf. "You look at the ocean 1,000 miles [1,600 kilometers] out, you'll get a good idea of what to expect over the next 24 to 48 hours. We think it's actually going to be easier to dispatch to the grid." - Source

10/24/08 - Buying from a 'dying' car brand
With all the problems in the auto industry, you may wonder if the car brand you're thinking about buying today will be around tomorrow. The bottom line is this: "You should stick with the strongest brand," advises Robyn Eckard, a spokeswoman for Kelley Blue Book, which tracks automotive values. It's not what could go wrong with your car while you own it, she said. It's what happens when you want to unload it. It can be hard to figure out what a healthy brand is, though. Current resale values give a clue, Eckard said. A brand in danger of extinction will usually have a small model range and will hold its value poorly. You can compare resale value of various cars at Kelley Blue Book's Web site. - Source

10/24/08 - Higher Insurance Costs Erode Fuel Savings on Small Cars
This year's higher gasoline prices are prompting drivers to switch to smaller, more fuel-efficient cars. The trouble is, some of the money they save may be going to higher insurance premiums. Small cars generally cost more to insure than larger ones because they're involved in more accidents and incur bigger claims, especially for injuries. Alternative-fuel vehicles in general are even more expensive to insure, though several insurers offer discounts for hybrids. In this case, the main culprit is higher repair costs. The 2009 Camry hybrid, for instance, costs an average $1,957 to insure for that 40-year-old male driver, while a similar conventional 2009 Camry costs just $1,302, according to - Source

10/24/08 - Sparse plug-ins for electric cars spark creativity
Owning an electric vehicle requires more than global-cooling ambitions. It takes guile, planning, sharp vision, a silver tongue - and a 50-foot extension cord. Steve Bernheim knows accessible outlets like a firefighter knows hydrants. He has to - his Corbin Sparrow runs only 25 miles on a charge. The vast majority of electric vehicle owners charge their cars at home while they sleep, so most trips aren't a problem. But drivers can now plug in - reservations recommended - at two park-and-ride lots in King County, which includes Seattle. The county plans to add sockets at three garages under construction. Street-legal "neighborhood electric vehicles" that can travel up to 25 mph typically go about 35 to 40 miles on a single charge. Vehicles like the Chevrolet Volt that General Motors Corp. plans to sell in 2010 can travel about 40 miles before the gasoline engine kicks in. Drivers like Bernheim, whose range is about 25 miles to a charge, has become adept at sweet-talking use of a 110-volt outlet if he needs to travel farther. Once he persuaded a fruit stand owner to let him plug in. He ended up buying $50 of produce there. - Source

10/24/08 - India's unmanned moon mission may launch race for lunar landgrab
In a boost to national prestige, India country will launch its first unmanned moon mission tomorrow - blasting its Chandrayaan satellite into space from an island off the Bay of Bengal, using a domestically produced rocket system. In doing so, it will match Japan, which in 1990 became the first Asian nation to send a satellite to orbit the moon, signalling the possibility of a race for mineral wealth on the lunar surface. If all goes to plan, the satellite, weighing half a tonne, will enter a lunar orbit some 62 miles above the moon's surface on November 8 and begin its two-year mission to map the moon in 3D, survey its surface for mineral wealth and start its 11 hi-tech probes, including five from the US, Sweden, Japan, Germany and Bulgaria. One of India's aims in reaching the moon is the possibility of harvesting helium 3, a key fuel for nuclear fusion. Although fusion is not commercially viable today, scientists say it one day will be, and that once it is a fuel supply will become a problem, as the Earth is believed to have only 15 tonnes of helium 3. The moon is thought to contain up to 5m tonnes. - Source

10/24/08 - Science on the 'Fringe'
Sometimes science fact is actually stranger than science fiction. As the "science guys" behind Fox television's new scientific thriller, FRINGE, Rob Chiappetta and Glen Whitman, know that better than anyone else. FRINGE takes viewers on a wild ride using sciences that traditionally lie on the "fringe" of mainstream science, such as mind control or teleportation. But with so much research being done in these fields, many of the show’s ideas are actually ripped from science magazines and journals. While the ideas on the show may go beyond current science research, these ideas still have to be plausible. "If it hasn’t happened, it still has to be reasonable," Chiappetta said. "As long as we give a bit of explanation about the science and show the possibility." "We talk a lot about ‘grounding an idea,’" Whitman said. "This means coming up with a real explanation for it." One of the show’s underlying themes is that science can be used for good or evil and that the scientist has a responsibility with this power. "Science is done by people for people; scientists deal with real problems and come up with real solutions," Whitman said. "Our hope is that we can bring fringe science to the forefront at least in the general public’s minds and get them talking about it around the water cooler." - Source

10/24/08 - Gates Foundation gives 104 $100,000 grants for global health projects
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation heard so many creative new ideas when it asked scientists around the world to share their "blue sky" global health projects that the foundation decided to hand out almost twice as much money as initially planned. In all, 104 scientists in 22 countries will be getting $100,000 each to do some initial research on an unusual approach to preventing or curing diseases like AIDS or tuberculosis, or tackling another problem in global health such as drug resistance. The new program is expected to last five years. Ideas for the second round of grants are due at the foundation's Web site by Nov. 2. The winning ideas in the first round range well outside the limit of current global health research: from exploring a possible connection between HIV and the genetic markers for type 2 diabetes to developing a flashlight that would stop malaria transmission by disrupting wavelengths. The grants will go to researchers in 25 U.S. states, but the biggest concentration of awards will go to five scientists at the University of Washington. One grant recipient said the flood of ideas — 4,000 in the first round of grant proposals — shows the foundation has clued into a reality of scientific research. If no one is willing to take a risk on new ideas, most people will continue to focus on the same old approaches, said Tayyaba Hasan, a research professor at Harvard University. - Source

10/24/08 - Packs of robots will hunt down uncooperative humans
The Pentagon is looking for contractors to provide a "Multi-Robot Pursuit System" that will let packs of robots "search for and detect a non-cooperative human". Steve Wright of Leeds Metropolitan University is an expert on police and military technologies, and last year correctly predicted this pack-hunting mode of operation would happen. "The giveaway here is the phrase 'a non-cooperative human subject'," he told me: "What we have here are the beginnings of something designed to enable robots to hunt down humans like a pack of dogs. Once the software is perfected we can reasonably anticipate that they will become autonomous and become armed. We can also expect such systems to be equipped with human detection and tracking devices including sensors which detect human breath and the radio waves associated with a human heart beat. These are technologies already developed." - Source

10/24/08 - Britain's Bloodhound car could reach 1,000mph
KeelyNet It will be faster than a speeding bullet: a pencil-shaped car powered by a jet engine and a rocket, roaring across a desert at 1,000mph. If all goes to plan, Bloodhound SSC will break the land speed record by the largest ever margin, and, in 40 seconds of breathtaking thrust, inspire thousands of British school children to take science A levels. The task of driving the vehicle will fall to Wing Commander Green, 46, who will lie feet-first in the Bloodhound. As the car accelerates, from 0-1,050mph in 40 seconds, he will experience a force of 2.5G (2 times his bodyweight) and the blood will rush to his head. As he decelerates, experiencing forces of up to 3G, the blood will drain to his feet and he could black out. He will practise for this pounding in a stunt aircraft, flying upside-down over the British countryside. Since the car covers the length of four football pitches every second, he will require lightning reflexes. In 1997, as Thrust SSC passed through the sound barrier, it swung sideways and he locked the steering wheel at 90 degrees to recover. Mr Noble said: “The car was probably a few thousandths of an inch out on one side and it blew 100ft left.” No one is sure what problems await a car that travels 300mph faster. - Source

10/24/08 - US want 'James Bond' flying submarine
The US military have launched a competition to find a design for a flying submarine, a week before the release of the latest Bond film. "DARPA has a budget of $3billion," said spokeswoman Jan Walker. "We issue these requests for submissions on a regular basis and we welcome ideas from anybody. We have regular large and small firms who we work with but we are open to submissions from anywhere." The competition specifies that the flying sub must be able to transport eight men and their equipment 1,150 miles (1,850km) by air, 115m (185km) by sea or 14m (22km) underwater - or a combination of the three - in less than eight hours, and then wait for up to three days to pick them up again. - Source

10/20/08 - Mini E electric Car
KeelyNet At the Los Angeles Auto Show in November, BMW will unveil a fleet of all-electric Minis. Dubbed the "Mini E," the car will run on a 150kW motor juiced by an automotive lithium-ion battery that will give it a range of 150 miles. The cute little golf cart real grown-up car will come in a limited run of 500, available to "select private and corporate customers" in California, New York and New Jersey. BMW says it isn't releasing this as a production vehicle, so much as it is using the program to learn about how fully electric vehicles perform in real-world traffic. - Source

10/20/08 - Compare what they say in their own words lets you compare quotes from the Presidential candidates, side by side, on major issues. - Source

10/20/08 - He Makes Sun's Power Portable
KeelyNet Inventor Chuck Cooper's latest idea could help people and benefit the planet. He has developed a prototype trailer equipped with 12 solar panels that can deliver power to places that lack electricity or have been knocked off the grid by a natural disaster. To market the invention, he and his son, Noah Cooper-Harris, have founded a company, Solus International. The solar panels produce about 2,400 watts of electricity. That's enough to power a small water filtration system, a satellite phone, and a mini medical clinic with a refrigerator to hold medicines. By comparison, a backup generator used in a home may produce 3,000 to 6,000 watts. But the generator needs fossil fuels, spews pollution, and creates unrelenting noise. Right now, the trailer, nicknamed the "PV Cruiser," short for photovoltaic cruiser, is quietly using sun energy to power appliances in Cooper's farmhouse in rural Orange County. It has a bank of rechargeable batteries that store electricity for use when the sun isn't shining. It's also been deployed to power lights and amplifiers at outdoor Earth Day events and music festivals. - Source

10/20/08 - Two hilarious SNL video clips with Sara Palin
SNL Palin Opening - don't get confused who is the REAL Sara! - Source. / SNL & the Palin Rap - EXCELLENT parody! - Source and this little bonus site Palin as President - move your mouse around and click various things, make sure your sound is on.

10/20/08 - New Volvo ReCharge Concept
KeelyNet The Volvo ReCharge Concept is a plug-in hybrid with an electric motor at each wheel and batteries that are recharged every day via a household electric power socket. This gives the driver about 100 kilometres on electric power alone. When necessary, the car's four-cylinder combustion engine is activated to recharge the batteries on the move. "This is a ground-breaking invention. Anyone driving less than 100 km a day will seldom or never need to visit a filling station. In the USA, that applies to about 80 percent of all motorists," explains Magnus Jonsson. The excellent battery range means that the Volvo ReCharge Concept is exceptionally kind to the car owner's wallet. When driving on electricity alone, running costs will be about 80 percent lower than for a petrol-powered car of the same size. For distances longer than the range of the batteries and with the combustion engine operating, fuel consumption will vary from 0 till 5.5 l/100 km depending on the fuel and on how much the combustion engine is run. "Used in the most efficient way, the plug-in hybrid should give about 66 percent lower emissions of carbon dioxide compared with the hybrid cars available on the market today. And if the electricity comes from CO2-favourable sources such as biogas, hydropower and nuclear power, the figure improves still further," comments Magnus Jonsson. In principle one might say the Volvo ReCharge Concept is a battery-powered electric car with an efficient generator or Auxiliary Power Unit (APU) which steps in when battery power gets low. The generator has been designed to distribute electric power to the electric motors at each wheel. Since the combustion engine only drives the generator, its combustion process can be fully optimised as regards both fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. The APU is sufficiently powerful to be able to supply an entire villa with current. With a minor modification it would be able to serve the car owner as an electric generator in the event of a mains power failure. - Source

10/20/08 - Chinese verified EM space drive theory
Chinese researchers now claim to have verified the theory behind a space drive that by all rights should not work. According to British scientist Roger Shawyer, his electromagnetic drive, or Emdrive, needs no propellents, but instead converts electrical energy into thrust via microwaves by exploiting the properties of relativity. To describe Shawyer’s work as controversial understates the reaction. New Scientist magazine was roundly pilloried by readers for even dignifying the idea with an article. And Australian physicist John Costella spoke for many when he said, “It is well known that Roger Shawyer’s ‘electromagnetic relativity drive’ violates the law of conservation of momentum, making it simply the latest in a long line of ‘perpetuum mobiles’ that have been proposed and disproved for centuries. His analysis is rubbish and his ‘drive’ impossible.” Luckily, science has a way of resolving these little disputes. Step one requires experimental proof with reproducible results, and at Northwestern Polytechnical University in Xi’an, China, Shawyer has found some folks interested enough to build a demonstration prototype of the drive. The Chinese have some expertise on thrusters using similar construction but based on conventional physics, and they should be able to tell whether the drive is actually working or whether the forces are the result of experimental errors. If the research can be freely reviewed by peers and the results, if favorable, duplicated by others, we should get a good idea of whether this idea is Leonardo crazy or just plain crazy. A revolutionary advance would be exceedingly cool, but even under a generous “anything’s possible” outlook, you wouldn’t want to bet anything more than a buck this one. - Source

10/20/08 - Kiwi company claims world first for charcoal
A world-first invention was unveiled in Blenheim in New Zealand this week with a multi-billion dollar earning potential and the ability to impact on carbon capture on a global scale. Carbonscape has developed and patented a process for manufacturing charcoal using microwave energy - a vastly more energy efficient process than what is currently used. The invention came about when scientist Professor Chris Turney was attempting to cook dinner in a hurry and accidentally blew up the family microwave. He realised he had created pure carbon, and immediately saw its potential in the marketplace. Carbonspace's prototype machine, dubbed "the black phantom" was manufactured by a local design and engineering team, and can be fitted into a 40-foot shipping container. This means that it can be taken into remote places. "It is also possible to use the technology on a large scale either by combining several smaller plants or by scaling up to one big unit," says Carbonscape director Nick Gerritsen. "It could be set up on a forestry skid site with a generator," he says. "This means that wood waste could be processed on-site leaving the forest owner with only the finished charcoal to transport out of the forest." - Source

10/20/08 - Vocal Mouse Control w/video
KeelyNet Absolutely fascinating. The University of Washington is developing a vocally controled mouse interface. We’ve seen vocal control of the computer before, but it is usally responding to specific commands and words to carry out tasks such as opening files. This system uses different vowels and sounds to create cursor motion. You can see the same system used in the video above to control a robot arm as well. The refresh rate is about 100 times per second to monitor voice commands. - Source

10/20/08 - Top-secret innovation will revolutionise internet use
Intune Networks has invented laser technology that has the potential to transform the way we use the web. It means that anyone will be able to have as much bandwidth as they like on demand -- where and when they need it. This new network will simply allocate a 100 per cent guaranteed amount of space to wherever you want it. Right now, watching high-definition video of a live sports event is impossible through the internet, explains Dunne. Intune will unblock this using optical technology. This technology will deliver voice, music, video -- you name it -- on demand. It will change the way we interact and will mean the equivalent of HDTV instantly, wherever you are -- whether at home, on a bus or on the beach. The best bit is that you will pay for only what you use. "We're talking zeta bytes," says Dunne. That's millions and millions of zeros to you and me. The company will be selling this technology to all the big internet providers across the world. Everything is still top secret, but what they can say is that the technology has been validated by several large telecom companies. The other main benefit from the major telecoms' point of view, claims Dunne, is that it drastically reduces their energy consumption by as much as 75 per cent while space requirements will fall by up to 50 per cent. - Source

10/20/08 - U.S. City Dwellers Flock to Raising Chickens
KeelyNet An underground "urban chicken" movement has swept across the United States in recent years. Cities such as Boston, Massachusetts, and Madison, Wisconsin, are known to have had chickens residing illegally behind city fences. But grassroots campaigns, often inspired by the expanding movement to buy locally produced food, are leading municipalities to allow limited numbers of hens within city limits. "Fresh is not what you buy at the grocery store. Fresh is when you go into your backyard, put it in your bag, and eat it," said Carol-Ann Sayle, co-owner of five-acre (two-hectare) farm in Austin, Texas, located within walking distance from the state capitol. "Everyone should have their own henhouse in their own backyard." "Buying local" also provides an alternative to factory farms that pollute local ecosystems with significant amounts of animal waste - which can at times exceed the waste from a small U.S. city, a government report revealed last month. In the United States alone, industrial livestock production generates 500 million tons of manure every year. The waste also emits potent greenhouse gases, especially methane, which has 23 times the global warming potential of carbon dioxide. Meanwhile, advocates insist that birds raised on a small scale are less likely to carry diseases than factory-farmed poultry, although some public health officials are concerned that backyard chickens could elevate avian flu risks. "It felt like a good compliment to our backyard gardening. We get compost from the chickens that goes back into the vegetable beds," LaBadie said. "And there's really nothing better than harvesting tomatoes and peppers from your garden and being able to make an omelet with it using a meal that was based in your backyard." The spread of backyard chickens has promoted spin-off businesses that cater to the local market. Some communities are relying on mobile slaughterhouses to manage and distribute the poultry meat, according to Smit. "It's no longer huge slaughterhouses doing millions [of birds]. It's a guy driving around on a truck, visiting neighborhood to neighborhood," he said. "And it's not chickens only.... Duck, turkey, and quail are particularly attractive." - Source

10/20/08 - Foamy Metal Invention Could Save Energy and Lives
The main weakness of existing metal foams is the varying sizes of their cells — tiny pockets of space inside the material. Instead, inventor Afsaneh Rabiei used cells of standard sizes and combined them with a metallic matrix to support the cell walls. Rough traffic accident calculations show that by inserting two pieces of her composite metal foam behind the bumper of a car traveling 28 mph, the impact would feel the same to passengers as impact traveling at only 5 mph. The results are most striking when the material is tested in a lab. The test itself is exciting: a high-powered machine smashes a piece of steel foam straight down into the base plate of the machine, and then does the same thing with a piece of bulk steel. When she examines the base plates under both samples, there’s a clear indentation left under the bulk steel sample, while the plate under the foam shows no indentation. The test shows how the foam absorbed the energy and protected the plate, while the steel simply transferred it to the base plate with no protection. And since the bulk steel is three times heavier than the steel foam, it’s easy to see how the foam could attract car manufacturers looking for a bumper that will improve safety and gas mileage. - Source

10/20/08 - Complete Spy Cam Smaller Than an Eyeball
KeelyNet is selling what they claim is the WORLD'S SMALLEST SPY CAMERA AND DVR. The camera doesn't appear to have a brand name or manufacturer (as is often the case with spy gadgets), but it looks pretty cool. The camera takes video at 30 frames per second at 320x240 resolution. It supports MicroSD. And the internal battery can record constantly for 6 hours, or capture all motion for 48 hours. (props to DVICE) - Source

10/20/08 - Lunar spacecraft compete for $2 million NASA prize
Nine rocket-powered vehicles will compete for NASA's $2 million, 2008 Northrop Grumman Lunar Lander Challenge, Oct. 24-25. The goal is to accelerate development of commercial Lunar Landers capable of bringing payloads or humans back and forth between lunar orbit and the lunar surface. NASA of course would expect to use some of the technology developed at the Challenge. - Source

10/20/08 - Commercial self-balancing unicycle w/video
KeelyNet Focus Design sent us a video of their self balancing unicycle (looks like they’re taking on Focus Features too). The electric machine moves at 8MPH and lasts 1.5hrs on a single charge. It only weighs 24.6lbs. They say that new riders only need about 2hrs. practice. They’re building ten units to start for $1500 each. Electric unicycles are nothing new to our community. We’ve long been fans of [Trevor Blackwell]’s electric unicycle. [Trevor] spent several months learning how to ride a regular unicycle before he could properly debug the electric version. There are several other designs out there: The Einrand-Fahrzeug has a wide wheel to make balancing easier. The eniCycle includes a steering mechanism. The Uniquecycle has a brushless motor in hub for a compact design. We did a roundup back in July that covers these plus many other motorized unicycle concepts. - Source

10/20/08 - Passport Required To Buy Mobile Phones In the UK
"Everyone [in the UK] who buys a mobile telephone will be forced to register their identity on a national database under government plans to extend massively the powers of state surveillance. Phone buyers would have to present a passport or other official form of identification at the point of purchase. Privacy campaigners fear it marks the latest government move to create a surveillance society. A compulsory national register for the owners of all 72m mobile phones in Britain would be part of a much bigger database to combat terrorism and crime. Whitehall officials have raised the idea of a register containing the names and addresses of everyone who buys a phone in recent talks with Vodafone and other telephone companies, insiders say." - Source

10/20/08 - "Roadable Aircraft" Moving Towards Launch
KeelyNet "The last serious attempt to bring a car-airplane hybrid to market was the Aerocar, in 1949. According to Carl Dietrich, chief executive of Terrafugia, that company built six prototypes. It needed 500 orders in order to gear up for mass production, but it never got there... 'It can be hard to explain the value of this to non-pilots,' Dietrich says, 'but when you're a pilot, the problems of high costs, limited mobility on the ground, and weather sensitivity are in your face, all the time.' The company says more than 50 of the vehicles have been pre-ordered. The target price is $198,000." - Source

10/20/08 - Billions of fish, fish eggs die in power plants
"For a newly hatched striped bass in the Hudson River, a clutch of trout eggs in Lake Michigan or a baby salmon in San Francisco Bay, drifting a little too close to a power plant can mean a quick and turbulent death. Sucked in with enormous volumes of water, battered against the sides of pipes and heated by steam, the small fry of the aquatic world are being sacrificed in large numbers each year to the cooling systems of power plants around the country." - Source

10/20/08 - DIY RFID implant w/video howto
KeelyNet [Quethe] implanted an RFID chip into his hand so that he can access his handgun safe without having to fumble around for keys or buttons. He’s also planning to do more with the chip, including installing readers so he can access his car without keys. [Quethe] claims that inserting the chip hurts less than drawing blood. From the video he’s apparently using livestock grade equipment for the injection. While we applaud his ingenuity, we’re not sure that the convenience of easier access to guns and cars is actually worth the trouble of putting a chip in your body. We’ve covered quite a a few hackers that have chosen to chip themselves in the past. [Mikey Sklar] did it back in 2005 after constructing a pair of pants to block the signal. [Amal Graafstra] ended up writing RFID Toys after implanting himself. [Larry Pesce] from the PaulDotCom podcast had his chip cloned on stage by [Major Malfunction] at ShmooCon. [Annalee Newitz] had her chip cloned by [Jonathan Westhues] while covering RFID hacking for Wired. It’s interesting to see the practice of DIY RFID chipping gaining traction, and, thankfully, all of the people just listed understand that it’s not a form of security. - Source

10/20/08 - Sun's protective 'bubble' is shrinking
New data has revealed that the heliosphere, the protective shield of energy that surrounds our solar system, has weakened by 25 per cent over the past decade and is now at it lowest level since the space race began 50 years ago. Scientists are baffled at what could be causing the barrier to shrink in this way and are to launch mission to study the heliosphere. Dr Nathan Schwadron, co-investigator on the IBEX mission at Boston University, said: "The interstellar medium, which is part of the galaxy as a whole, is actually quite a harsh environment. There is a very high energy galactic radiation that is dangerous to living things. "Around 90 per cent of the galactic cosmic radiation is deflected by our heliosphere, so the boundary protects us from this harsh galactic environment." Without the heliosphere the harmful intergalactic cosmic radiation would make life on Earth almost impossible by destroying DNA and making the climate uninhabitable. - Source

10/18/08 - Envision Perpetual Motion In This Rubber Band Engine? - (Dec, 1933)
KeelyNet AN ENGINE run only by a single rubber band—does it have possibilities of perpetual motion? Many who saw it on exhibit at the Hall of Science in Chicago’s Century of Progress Exposition believe it has. The engine, shown on the left, obtains its energy from heat directed on the rubber band. Many persons visioned the probability of substituting solar heat for the electrical heaters used in the exhibit. However, perpetual motion is an impossibility as the machine would run only during life of band. The apparatus consists of an electrical heater on each side of a vertical support on which swings an ordinary pendulum. One end of the rubber band is attached near the top of the support and the other to the lower end of the pendulum. The engine is started by turning on the current and giving the pendulum a starting swing. As the pendulum reaches the end of its swing, the rubber band is stretched about 300 per cent and is directly in front of one of the heaters. The heat causes the rubber to contract, forcing the pendulum back on another swing. As the rubber band passes through the shadow of the shield, it is cooled off and allows the pendulum to swing out to the other heater. - Source

10/18/08 - 'Unfriendly' Oil Import Figure Is Wildly Inflated
Candidates repeat wildly inflated $700 billion figure for oil imports from unfriendly nations. The claim, however, wildly exaggerates the amount of money going to unfriendly nations. It also significantly inflates spending in general on petroleum imports, especially considering recent dramatic declines in oil prices. The number appears to have originated with Texas oil mogul T. Boone Pickens, who is campaigning hard to displace some of those imports with windmills and domestic natural gas. An examination by The Associated Press of government oil import costs in 2007 and the first seven months of this year, the latest figures available, indicates the $700 billion overstates total spending by nearly one-third — and possibly as much as one-half. Only about one-fourth of the imports come from countries that might be considered unfriendly, such as Venezuela and Iran, and from the politically volatile Persian Gulf. According to government agencies that track energy imports, the U.S. spent $246 billion in 2007 for all imported crude oil; a majority came from friendly nations, including neighboring Canada and Mexico. An additional $82 billion was spent on imported refined petroleum products such as gasoline, diesel and fuel oil. - Source

10/18/08 - Chinese Company Unveils Solar-Powered Car for $5,560
KeelyNet The Zhejiang 001 Group has produced a tiny car powered entirely by the solar panels on its roof. The panels can charge the battery enough for a 3-mile trip in just one hour. After a full charge of 30 hours in the sun, the car can travel up to 90 miles. The panels are not integrated into the car’s design, but rather stand above the car much like a typical roof-rack attachment. According to the company, the panels can absorb up to 95 percent of solar energy, but can only transform 14 to 17 percent to electricity. Roof panels aside, the car is nearly identical to China’s popular economy vehicle, the Cherry QQ, which is pictured above. Only ten of the solar cars have been manufactured so far, but more production is planned. - Source

10/18/08 - Wood produces electricity
KeelyNet The car, which runs solely on woodgas, would be the answer in addressing the growing hunger and fuel problem. Inventor Ronald Go says, “All it needs is wood for it to run and if it runs, it then can transport people and products to wherever they need to be. But better yet, it is designed in such a way, that when it is (idling), it can serve as a generator. You can have it run in order to have light, to generate energy, to run a water pumping system. And importantly, it can work as a plow, using a three-thronged plow,” said Go. The “woodgas multicab survival implements” essentially runs only on woodgas, which allows the car to operate and run all the other implements. “Woodgas just requires the heating of wood to a desired temperature so that it will emit woodgas. The woodgas will be introduced to the engine where it will be used to power the engine,” said Go. Go designed a wood gas reactor system that includes a wood fuel container, which carries wood chips, and a chamber where fire is fed to start combustion. The gas that is produced by the heating of the wood powers the engine of the multi-cab. All the combustion occurs inside a reactor, so there is no risk of setting fire to the vehicle. Once the engine runs, all other “survival implements” can be used during a given time. The “survival implements,” or devices that can be attached to the system, are a shredder for the production of compost fertilizers, a briquette machine for the conversion of loose biomass into solid fuel, a mud pump to pump out long stored “humanure” for farming application and irrigation, a small corn mill, and any other machine that can be attached to it via belt. Go hopes that through his invention, the growing problem of hunger would be addressed. The woodgas multi-cab survival implements have become a “Swiss knife,” catering to all needs of farming with little cost. - Source. / WWII Wood Gasifier Technology - "...during the Second World War, more than a million vehicles buses, trucks, motorcars, boats and trains - were powered by gasifiers fuelled by wood, charcoal, peat or coal." THE OPERATION OF A GAS PRODUCER IS AS FOLLOWS: Most producers comprise of six main parts. These are the Hopper which also comprises the fire box and water tank. To produce gas, air was drawn in, passed into an annular chamber and mixed with steam, this mixture was then 'drafted' into the fire box. The air/steam mixture, passing through the burning coke, produced a gas comprising four main components, carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, hydrogen and nitrogen. Charcoal was the most common fuel, but Coke and Anthracite were also used. The gas was drawn off and passed through a "scrubber". This second main part acts as the primary cleaner and gas cooler. The third part is a second cleaner, a water and sizal filter was typical. Between the two coolers, was mounted a cooling frame, the fourth main part. A fifth part was a security filter which gave a quick warning to the driver if the other filters were becoming defective. The final main part was the Change-over and mixing valve. Major problems were cleaning and maintenance of the producer. - Source

10/18/08 - Farm to Fridge w/video
KeelyNet Life on the farm isn't what it used to be. The green pastures and idyllic barnyard scenes portrayed in children's books have been replaced by windowless sheds, tiny crates, wire cages, and other confinement systems integral to what is now known as "factory farming." Today the majority of farmed animals are: * confined to the point that they can barely move, * denied veterinary care, * mutilated without painkillers, * and finally slaughtered -- often while fully conscious. - Source

10/18/08 - Worm Grunting: A Mystery Solved w/video
Worm grunting, also known as worm fiddling or charming, involves driving a wooden stake into the ground and rubbing the top of it with a leaf spring or other flat piece of steel to make a grunting or snoring noise. Done in the right place under the right conditions, the result will be hundreds earthworms appearing on the surface of the ground. Worm grunting is practiced in parts of the southeast to obtain fish bait. The mystery has been why the vibrations should cause worms to come to the surface. Kenneth C. Catania of Vanderbilt University has provided an answer: worm grunting mimics the sound of a predator, the eastern American mole, causing the worms to flee topside. Over all, Dr. Catania said, the work suggests that the worms are responding to what are perceived to be moles. And it’s a very strong response. “They come out of the soil as if they are running,” he said. “That is, if an earthworm could run.” - Source

10/18/08 - Texas Teen Builds His Own Electric Car on $10,000 Budget
KeelyNet This fall, Texas teenager Lucas Laborde will be driving to school in an electric car he built himself. The 17 year old spent last summer converting a conventional gas-powered car to run on batteries. Total cost? Around $10,000. Luke’s EV is based on a kit car, known as a Bradley GT II, which his father bought on eBay for just $5000 splashing out a further $5700 on electric conversion parts and batteries. The rest was left up to Luke’s ingenuity and technical know-how. After 150 hours of work, Luke had hooked up eight 80-pound lead-acid batteries in the space left after removing the fuel tank, as well as several other ‘creative locations.’ He finished up with an EV capable of travelling 40 miles between charges, a top speed of 45mph, (more than enough for the local school run), and heaps of low-end torque. As Luke told reporters, “it has a lot of power.” - Source

10/18/08 - Shark’s Blood, Newest Cancer Treatment
The reason that shark’s blood might be the next hot cancer treatment is because sharks, like humans, have antibodies in their blood. The antibodies in sharks blood, like sharks themselves, just so happen to be really, really tough. In addition, because the blood is so resilient, it could survive through the acidic environment of our stomachs, getting to us where we need it. Now this treatment would not cure cancer; it would merely slow it down. But heck, if you could pop a pill of sharks blood and slow down cancer, why would you say no? - Source

10/18/08 - Two fun though expensive Robot Dinosaur Toys w/videos
KeelyNet Every Pleo is autonomous. Yes, each one begins life as a newly-hatched baby Camarasaurus, but that's where predictability ends and individuality begins. Like any creature, Pleo feels hunger and fatigue - offset by powerful urges to explore and be nurtured. He'll graze, nap and toddle about on his own -when he feels like it! Pleo dinosaur can change his mind and his mood, just as you do. 1-1/2 hour rechargeable battery, $349. - Source. - Kota the Triceratop Robot - Behold Kota the Triceratop, a 3-foot-tall plush robot that your kid can ride. How awesome is that? The 37-pound Triceratops robot wags his tail, opens and closes his mouth, wiggles his horns, makes dinosaur sounds and plays songs and sound effects for your child.

10/18/08 - iPhone-Controlled R/C Car w/videos
The Big Idea - Layering different simple systems together to perform one complex task is really at the heart of what engineering is all about. In this project we show how it is possible to utilize different technologies and piece them together to controll an inxpensive RC Car, with an iPhone. With the NerdKit serving as the bridge between the computer and the R/C Car, it is as an example of how useful microcontrollers can be when they serve as the glue that makes complex systems work together, and how with an understanding of microcontrollers a neat system like this one is achievable as a Do-It-Yourself weekend project. - Source

10/18/08 - BroadStar Brings Revolutionary New Wind Turbine to Europe
KeelyNet BroadStar, an engineering and technology firm specialising in wind power generation, is exhibiting a full-size version of its new AeroCam at the BWEA30 event (, which is being staged at the ExCeL Centre in London's docklands from 21 to 23 October. The innovative AeroCam turbine uses horizontal blades arranged in a rotating cylindrical structure, which can be placed on buildings or to infill existing wind farms. With its parallel rotor blades giving it the appearance of a water wheel, not only does it look radically different from traditional windmill-like designs, but it is also more aerodynamically-efficient, smaller and more compact. This means it can be manufactured, transported, installed and maintained at lower cost. Currently there are very few commercial-scale turbines in the 100kW to 500kW class served by the AeroCam. Traditional propeller designs need to be manufactured at the largest possible size for aerodynamic efficiency. This means producing 1.5MW turbines and upwards, which increases their cost and limits their application to remote areas. The main technical innovation in the AeroCam design is its ability to continually adjust the pitch of its rotor blades to an optimum angle as the turbine rotates. This unique 'active pitch control' capability helps optimise its aerodynamic performance for much the same reasons a bird changes the shape of its wing in flight. The result is a wind turbine that can handle a wide range of wind velocities, anywhere between 4 and 80mph (6-130km/h). It also generates its power at lower rotational speed, so there is less noise and vibration, hence less wear and tear. The AeroCam has a very low start-up speed, requiring a wind velocity of just 4mph (6km/h). And it starts generating power at an unprecedented 5mph (8km/h), which is a much lower wind speed than traditional wind turbines. - Source

10/18/08 - Financial Crisis Zaps Electric-Car Startup
Tesla Motors, a Silicon Valley startup that sells a high-performance electric sports car, is feeling pressure from the ongoing financial crisis. It announced on Wednesday that it is closing an engineering facility in Michigan, laying off an unspecified number of workers, and delaying its next vehicle, a long-anticipated luxury sedan, while it waits on government loans to provide new funding. In addition, Tesla's CEO is being replaced by Elon Musk, Tesla's chairman and a leading investor, whose money nearly single-handedly got the company off the ground. Now the company, instead of pushing full speed ahead on developing new cars, will focus on making itself profitable by selling its sports car and motor and battery technology. - Source

10/18/08 - Microscope-On-a-Chip Is One Step Closer to the Tricorder
KeelyNet In the very near future, drawing blood may be obsolete. Instead, implants will be able to image your blood and monitor it constantly. This is because scientists at Caltech have squeezed a microscope onto a computer chip not much larger than a dime. And that’s just the demo unit. The microscope-on-a-chip uses standard, off-the-shelf hardware sensors with a clever modification — pixels on the sensor are forced to only look through microscopic holes, which allows the chip to image very tiny things. The standard hardware makes future mass production cheap and easy and Yang’s lab is already working to create a small batch of iPod-size prototypes. He hopes to have working units in doctor's hands in a year or two, with full production in five5 years. In addition to the handheld devices, Yang envisions blood- monitoring implants that provide instant health warnings and diagnoses. - Source

10/18/08 - The Cleve Cartmill Affair
Tne anecdote out of science fiction’s history that almost everyone has heard of is the tale of how Cleve Cartmill, a competent writer of middling abilities, published a story describing the workings of the atomic bomb in a 1944 issue of John Campbell’s magazine Astounding Science Fiction, fourteen months before the first successful atomic explosion at the Alamogordo testing grounds, thus causing a Federal security agency to investigate both Cartmill and Campbell to see if there had been a leak of top-secret military information. The story has taken on some of the characteristics of an urban legend by now. But it really did happen. So Campbell, in the next letter, told Cartmill how to construct an A-bomb, how it would be triggered, and what the probable consequences of an atomic explosion would be. Cartmill wrote the story, "Deadline," and Campbell used it in his March, 1944 issue, which went on sale in early February. - Source

10/18/08 - Future planes, cars may be made of 'buckypaper'
KeelyNet Buckypaper is 10 times lighter but potentially 500 times stronger than steel when sheets of it are stacked and pressed together to form a composite. Unlike conventional composite materials, though, it conducts electricity like copper or silicon and disperses heat like steel or brass. Buckypaper is made from tube-shaped carbon molecules 50,000 times thinner than a human hair. Due to its unique properties, it is envisioned as a wondrous new material for light, energy-efficient aircraft and automobiles, more powerful computers, improved TV screens and many other products. So far, buckypaper can be made at only a fraction of its potential strength, in small quantities and at a high price. The Florida State researchers are developing manufacturing techniques that soon may make it competitive with the best composite materials now available. "If this thing goes into production, this very well could be a very, very game-changing or revolutionary technology to the aerospace business," said Les Kramer, chief technologist for Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control, which is helping fund the Florida State research. The secret of its strength is the huge surface area of each nanotube, said Ben Wang, director of Florida State's High-Performance Materials Institute. "If you take a gram of nanotubes, just one gram, and if you unfold every tube into a graphite sheet, you can cover about two-thirds of a football field," Wang said. Carbon nanotubes are already beginning to be used to strengthen tennis rackets and bicycles, but in small amounts. The epoxy resins used in those applications are 1 to 5 percent carbon nanotubes, which are added in the form of a fine powder. Buckypaper, which is a thin film rather than a powder, has a much higher nanotube content - about 50 percent. One challenge is that the tubes clump together at odd angles, limiting their strength in buckypaper. Wang and his fellow researchers found a solution: Exposing the tubes to high magnetism causes most of them to line up in the same direction, increasing their collective strength. Another problem is the tubes are so perfectly smooth it's hard to hold them together with epoxy. Researchers are looking for ways to create some surface defects - but not too many - to improve bonding. So far, the Florida State institute has been able to produce buckypaper with half the strength of the best existing composite material, known as IM7. Wang expects to close the gap quickly. "By the end of next year we should have a buckypaper composite as strong as IM7, and it's 35 percent lighter," Wang said. - Source

10/18/08 - From Old Vials, New Hints on Origin of Life
In 1953, Stanley L. Miller, then a graduate student of Harold C. Urey at the University of Chicago, put ammonia, methane and hydrogen — the gases believed to be in early Earth’s atmosphere — along with water in a sealed flask and applied electrical sparks to simulate the effects of lightning. A week later, amino acids, the building blocks of proteins, were generated out of the simple molecules. The amino acids never grew into the more complex proteins. Scientists now think the composition of air on early Earth was much different from what Dr. Miller used, leading some to question whether the Miller-Urey experiment had any relevance to the still unsolved problem of the origin of life. Consulting Dr. Miller’s notebooks, Dr. Bada discovered that Dr. Miller had constructed two variations of the original apparatus. One simply used a different spark generator. The second injected steam onto the sparks. That caught Dr. Bada’s attention, because the addition of steam seemed to replicate what might have existed in lagoons and tidal pools around volcanoes. - Source

10/18/08 - Blender Defender (hilarious videos)
KeelyNet Have a cat that won't stay off your counters? I do. I finally got fed up with it enough to do something about it: scare the crap out of him with a motion-detecting blender (while recording the results for my own amusement, of course). The computer upstairs is running the 'motion' library for linux. As soon as it detects something moving on camera, it starts recording frames. While it is saving frames, it also initiates another Perl script I wrote that sends an X10 command to turn on the blender and strobe, wait 3 seconds, then turn them off. After the script is done detecting motion, it then splices all the JPG frames together using ffmpeg and saves the resulting movie as a SWF file, which you can see above. Finally, after it saves the movie, I have it set up to email me a link to the movie so I can see the results from where ever I'm at (remotely by using my phone). / (You can get an excellent motion detecting program called Crime Catcher that can handle up to 4 webcams and it can trigger other actions or software. I have it to watch my back and front yard when I am gone.. When I get home I can check the videos to see who has been to my house! Download a free trial copy to check it out! - JWD) - Source

10/16/08 - Automotive X-Prize - 1 Gallon of Gas, 100 Miles — $10 Million
Known as the AXP, the competition will award at least $10 million to the team that builds a 100-mpg machine and then wins a race against other green vehicles. Some 43 teams are already working on their rides, even though the competition won't be formally announced until early 2008. A qualifying race in 2009 will serve as a proof-of-concept shakedown, and then, in 2010, the remaining squads will go after the big money. Who killed the electric car? Who cares. Dangle a $10million carrot and watch as engineers deliver both crackpot schemes and genius innovations, any one of which could upend the existing automotive industry. The rules, which will be finalized later this year, have three broad components: efficiency (cars must get at least 100 miles per gallon); emissions (cars must produce less than 200 grams of greenhouse gases per mile); and economic viability (mass production of the cars has to be feasible, and the company has to have a plan to make 10,000 a year). It's this last point — that a winning vehicle has to be safe, comfortable, and ready to be mass-manufactured at a reasonable cost — that will separate the fantasy-mobiles from those that could actually be put into production and sold for a profit. "We do not want toys," says S. M. Shahed, a Honeywell corporate fellow who, as a past president of the International Society of Automotive Engineers, serves as an adviser to the AXP. In other words, a one-off, carbon-fiber-ensconced motorized recumbent bicycle isn't going to cut it. - Source

10/16/08 - Gas-Powered Bike, 120 Needless Miles Per Gallon
KeelyNet A gas-powered bike? We’ve got those. They’re called motorcycles. Start slapping combustion engines onto your average pedal bicycle and you’re taking one step backward for nature, and one giant backflip for mankind. It can reportedly hit speeds of up to 40 mph, and run on 120 miles-per-needless-gallon. It’s got a charming white-washed frame and the bike itself cost its British builder $25 at a flea market - a motor was slapped onto it. We can’t help but match it up to the slew of other bicycle hybrid designs we see around here, and the idea of wasting gas in such a way - especially these days - is just silly. - Source

10/16/08 - The Second Law of Petropolitics
Oil places dictators at the leading edge of world policy. Moreover, it helps them retain power longer than usual, fattening their supporters and arming police against malcontents. Two years ago, Tom Friedman, columnist for the New York Times, promulgated the First Law of Petropolitics. According to it, the price of oil moves in inverse proportion to the level of freedom in the oil producing countries. Though the presidents of Russia, Iran and Venezuela disagree with this law, statistics and intuition seem to speak in favor of it. Do oil price fluctuations really occur from the whims of the oil exporting countries only? And oil consumers cannot influence the prices? Why not? They can. And they even try to do this. This is the Second Law of Petropolitics. The more active the war policy of the West in oil producing regions of the world, the higher the oil price rises, and vice versa. The only oil importing country which actively influences the world oil market is the United States. The foreign policy of this country (or rather, the White House) is a very influential factor, which can sometimes outweigh the actions of the oil exporting countries. If the United States interferes in the affairs of the Middle East, oil prices often go up. If U.S. action takes place in countries where there is not a drop of oil, the prices usually fall. Speaking figuratively, the White House has a "magic button" by which it is possible to influence oil prices. The Pentagon's war actions play the role of the button. The finger pressing this button is managed not only by a specific man – the president of the United States, but also by the party standing behind him. So, what to do? One can state it like this: Forget about the Persian Gulf and oil prices will go down. Let the sheikhs just earn money and do not interfere in their affairs. And then the prices will go down. This is a paradoxical but only solution. - Source

10/16/08 - Solar furnace invention heating up
KeelyNet John Yates invented a portable, solar powered furnace that can heat your home without using any electricity or oil. The 15 pound unit gets attached to a window and uses sunlight to pump 150-degree air in while drafting cool air out. "It uses the physics of warm air rising to draw the air across the collector panel. And the collector panel is absorbing the sun's heat, transferring that heat to the air," said Yates. Yates and co-inventor Gary Rodd are about to mass produce the solar units and hope to sell them for about $250 each. - Source

10/16/08 - Patient "Roused From Coma" By a Magnetic Therapy
"Could the gentle currents from a fluctuating magnetic field be used to reverse the effects of traumatic brain injury? New Scientist reports on a patient in the US who was in a coma-like state, but can now speak very simple words after being given transcranial magnetic stimulation. This is the first time TMS has been used as a therapy to try and rouse a patient out of a coma." - Source

10/16/08 - Persian Wind Catcher
KeelyNet A modern wind-powered machine inspired by Persian wind catchers is to warranty a high quality wind electricity generating system. Windation Energy Systems, a California-based company, says that their wind appliance resembles more or less like the modern heating and cooling equipment. Mark Sheikhrezai, CEO and founder of Windation, explains that there is a 8-by-8-foot frame around a 10-foot-high cylinder. Wind blows in the top, directed to the bottom and turns a turbine to make up to 5 kilowatts of electricity. A single unit wouldn't be capable of generating enough power for an entire office building but could develop a significant portion. Sheikhrezai, who was born in Iran, got the idea for his invention from Ancient Persian buildings, which were constructed in such a manner that they use wind currents and water reservoirs to cool inside the building. - Source

10/16/08 - A light bulb that could earn you $10 million
With the current state of our economy, it’s a no brainer that many of us could use an extra $10 million. Here is one way to get your hand on this amount: The Department of Energy is holding a competition that envisions a new generation of light bulbs: The L Prize will reward an individual or organization with a prize money of $10 million, who creates a viable solid-state LED replacement for the standard 60 watt incandescent bulb. A second prize will also be awarded... - Source

10/16/08 - Airpod is a compressed air powered vehicle alternative
KeelyNet The Airpod is an all new three seater being built by MDI, which has some experience in the area of air driven vehicles. The vehicle actually uses electricity to build up pressure in its tank, which is then used to power the pistons and drive the vehicle. The Airpod runs about 40 mph, and the range between fillups is around a respectable 130 miles. Fillup itself is unique, in that the tank is filled with air. This means that you can go to a specialized compressed air filling station or do it yourself at home with a small home compressor, not unlike the unit that would put air in a tire. And for the record, refilling from a large capacity compressed air source could happen very quick. As for pollution, there is hardly any to speak of. Given the range, speed, and clean operation the vehicle would be ideal for city solutions as well as some limited distance commuters. With a top speed of 40 mph it might be a good vehicle for a new driver, although they would have to keep an eye on the range. - Source

10/16/08 - Solar Rickshaw
Henceforth cycle rickshaws, particularly the ones plying in Old Delhi's Chandni Chowk, one of the oldest and busiest markets in north India, will now be powered by solar energy instead of human energy. Earlier Chandni Chowk was in the news for being the most polluted residential area in Delhi and is now known for the launch of solar-powered cycle rickshaws. Chandni Chowk comprises a byzantine maze of narrow, winding streets, choked with buses, cars, scooters, cyclists and brave pedestrians. This led the government of Delhi launching the solar-powered cycle rickshaw, ''Solekshaw'', last week. A 36 volt solar battery can run for up to 60 km after being charged for five hours. The rickshaw can be pedalled normally or run on the battery. The fully-charged solar battery can power the rickshaw for 50 to 70 kilometres (30 to 42 miles). Discharged batteries can be deposited at a centralised solar-powered charging station and replaced for a nominal fee. Alongside its solar powered battery, the rickshaw has also attained a new look. The flimsy metal and wooden frames have been replaced by a sturdier frame, foam seats that can seat upto two to three people, FM radios and powerpoints for charging mobile phones during rides. India has an estimated eight million cycle-rickshaws. Power source - Solar and human / Drive - Motor-assisted pedal-driven / Electric motor - BLDC hub motor: 240-350 W, 36 V with regenerative capabilities / Transmission - Chain drive with differential and two ratios / Brakes - Three-wheel braking / Seating capacity - Two passengers / Payload - 200 kg (excluding driver) / Speed limit - 15 kmph - Source

10/16/08 - Soft Drink Can Generator
KeelyNet Something cool to play with if you have the time. Soda. Pop. Coke. Whatever you choose to call it, welcome to the Soft Drink Can Generator, where you can create your own brand of carbonated sugar water. Enter some text, choose an emblem, pick your colors and patterns, and click the 'Go' button. A soft drink can will be generated for you. Collect 'em, trade 'em, put 'em on your website, or e-mail 'em to your friends. (This would be a good tie-in with software and websites that let you print image and text for a major magazine or newspaper. - JWD) - Source

10/16/08 - EcoDaemon energy saving software
EcoDaemon, co-invented by Wu Feng, associate professor of computer science in the College of Engineering at Virginia Tech, and his Ph.D. student, Song Huang, can automatically save substantial energy while programs run on computers. Beyond the energy savings, the solution improves the reliability and useful life of a computer in the data center by reducing the core temperature, thus providing an opportunity to significantly lower the cost and environmental impact of data centers and many other computing devices. “EcoDaemon, operates by judiciously and automatically telling the processor when to change its frequency and voltage and what to change it to in order to simultaneously maximize energy savings and performance,” said Bob Summers, a serial entrepreneur who is interested in commercializing EcoDaemon as part of a new company called EnergyWare. EcoDaemon is an intelligent software package that runs as an application service and maximizes performance while saving energy. “For example, a computer system which normally consumes more than 300 watts of power can be reduced to 240 watts on average while marginally impacting computing speed. Reduction in energy consumption further reduces cooling needs,” said Summers. - Source

10/16/08 - Tapeworm Diet
KeelyNet Over the course of millions of years our bodies have evolved to be chocked full of worms. As recent as a hundred years ago the average human could expect to be home to dozens of types of worms: pin, round, tape, hook, and whip to name a few. Now if you are lucky enough to live in a part of the world with the concepts of hygiene, sanitation, and urbanization, the chances are you do not have any of these worms. In fact, your body has never seen them and you might think this is a good thing, but what is important to understand is that the mammalian immune system is not a big fan of being so clean. What the immune system knows and has known for eons is that it will have to deal with these invaders at some point in a lifetime. Only in the last fifty years have we completely removed the worms from our bodies. However, the immune system does not easily forget millions of years of evolution in two or three generations, so it does what it has always done. It looks for worms, and it looks for worms and it looks for worms.... The beef tapeworm, in addition to some immunoregulatory properties, occasionally produces a symptom of infection that some people find very desirable - weight loss. / How it works... You take one or two cysts and then the worm will attach to the wall of your small intestine. It will grow over the course of three months to a length of three feet. Then around day 85 you will take a dose of medicine to kill the worm. Then you let your body rest for a month and decide if you want do it again. You do this until you have achieved your weight loss goals. How much it costs... The costs depend upon where and how you get treatment. The average cost is between $1,200 and $1,400 USD. Why do I have to travel to Mexico? There are state and federal laws against transporting or giving away the cysts of T. saginata. - Source

10/16/08 - Study finds contaminants in bottled water
Tests on bottled water turned up a variety of contaminants often found in tap water, according to a study released Wednesday by an environmental advocacy group. The findings challenge the idea that bottled water is purer than tap water, the researchers said. All the brands in the study met federal health standards, but two violated a California standard, said the Washington-based Environmental Working Group. The study's lab tests on the 10 brands detected bacteria and 38 chemicals including caffeine, the pain reliever acetaminophen, fertilizer, solvents, plastic ingredients and the radioactive element strontium. - Source

10/16/08 - On Parched Farms, Using Intuition to Find Water
KeelyNet Mr. Phil Stine, you see, is a “water witch,” one of a small band of believers for whom the ancient art of dowsing is alive and well. Asked how he does it, Mr. Stine has a standard retort. “I just tell people,” Mr. Stine said, “it’s the amount of lead” in your haunches. How many rural witches are still around is an open question. Water witches have no trade unions — or covens. Few advertise, or dowse full time. Mr. Stine offers his services without charge, though he says he does accept thanks of another sort. “I got a bunch of gift certificates,” he said. What does he look for in a good dowsing rod? “It’s got to have leaves on it, and it can’t really be bigger than your finger,” Mr. Stine said. “And you got to find one with a fork in it.” He says he was taught his dark arts many years back by a fellow irrigator who used a metal coat hanger and a hard hat to dowse. “He used a metal rod and wore a metal hat, and that thing would hit his head,” Mr. Stine said. “So he always wore that hat.” Mr. Stine’s process is simple: walk the eastern edge of the property with the willow held straight up. When it bends toward him, he marks the spot with a flag and keeps walking. If he gets two or three in quick succession, he is convinced there is a stream somewhere underfoot. - Source

10/16/08 - Study says most corporations pay no U.S. income taxes
Most U.S. and foreign corporations doing business in the United States avoid paying any federal income taxes, despite trillions of dollars worth of sales, a government study released on Tuesday said. - Source

10/16/08 - $2 egg-beater could save lives in developing countries
KeelyNet Plastic tubing taped to a handheld egg-beater could save lives in developing countries, the Royal Society of Chemistry's journal Lab on a Chip reports. The low-cost centrifuge replacement can separate plasma from blood in minutes, which is used in tests to detect lethal infectious diseases responsible for half of all deaths in developing countries. George Whitesides and colleagues at Harvard University, US, say the plasma obtained is easily good enough to use in tests to detect diseases such as Hepatitis B and cysticercosis. The equipment can be bought from shops for around two dollars. It needs no special training to use, no electricity or maintenance, and can be sterilised with boiling water and reused. The user can even prepare several samples at once – just by taping more lengths of tubing to the beater. Contrast this with the bulky, sensitive commercial centrifuges, costing thousands of dollars and requiring extensive operation training, and it's easy to see how this development could save lives. "This technique is simple and works remarkably well," says Doug Weibel, an expert in microbiology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, US. "This technique complements several other 'simple solutions' that the Whitesides group has developed to tackle point-of-care diagnostics in resource-poor settings." - Source

10/16/08 - Efforts made to help the hard-to-transplant get a new kidney
Nearly one in three patients who need a kidney transplant may never get one because their bodies are abnormally primed to attack a donated organ. Now doctors are trying new ways to outwit the immune system and save more of those so-called "highly sensitized" patients - often with kidneys donated by living donors, considered the optimal kind. A transplant starts by matching patient and donor kidney according to blood and tissue type. Today's anti-rejection drugs are so good that tissue-typing can be far from perfect. A different threat is what's called antibody-mediated rejection, where patients increasingly are "sensitized" - their bodies produce antibodies that are super-vigilant at attacking most available kidneys. What causes that? Pregnancy, blood transfusions, a previous transplant, increased time on dialysis. So longer transplant wait times are fueling sensitization, a vicious cycle. One method: Filtering a patient's blood, called plasma pheresis, before transplant. Another is intravenous immune globulin, or IVIG, a mix of infection-fighting antibodies that basically crowd out the bad kidney kind with run-of-the-mill types. But that's not strong enough for many super-sensitized patients, so a new experiment is testing the lymphoma drug Rituxan, which fights the immune-system cancer by killing certain antibody-producing cells. Cedars-Sinai researchers reported the first preliminary but promising evidence in the New England Journal of Medicine this summer: Rituxan helped slash antibody levels enough that 16 of 20 patients could be transplanted, and all but one of the new kidneys was working a year later. - Source

10/16/08 - Ah, ah, ah!!! Troublemakers will hear voice from above
KeelyNet A QUEENSLAND city is to install CCTV cameras that "speak" to potential troublemakers before they do anything wrong... The portable cameras with loudspeakers can be set up anywhere to keep an eye on hotspots. "If operators see some kids hanging around and think they might be up to no good, they can warn them off, saying 'son, I wouldn't do that'," he said. "This is not about Big Brother spying on law-abiding citizens. This is about telling the morons who cause civic damage and destruction that they are not welcome in our city." Images are monitored round-the-clock and can be immediately sent to police computers, enabling them to respond in record time. The cameras are the latest addition to the city's 160 "Big Brother-style" security cameras, which have reduced crime by 80 per cent in the past five years. - Source

10/16/08 - FEMA sources confirm coming martial law, says Wayne Madsen
Wayne Madsen a Washington based investigative journalist, author, columnist (crackpot) and former U.S. Naval Officer is reporting a document called the “C & R” document is being passed around among senior members of Congress and their staff. FEMA sources have told Madsen that the Bush administration is putting final touches on a plan that would initiate martial law in the event of continuing economic collapse causing massive social unrest, bank closures resulting in violence against financial institutions and another fraudulent presidential election that would result in rioting in major cities and campuses around the country. - Source

10/14/08 - Lloyd Tanner's Friction Heater w/video
KeelyNet Lloyd Tanner has built a device in his garage that can boil water and create steam pressure using the heat of FRICTION... you know, the same thing that lights matches, and overheats our automobile brakes. His prototype presses pieces of oak 4 by 4s onto a metal wheel being spun by an electric motor. The wheel soon becomes a spinning "hot plate" that can heat water in a boiler to create steam pressure that can run a generator to supply electricity to run not only the motor turning the wheel, but everything in his house as well. We're not talking perpetual motion here, (the water and wood get used up) but it's an idea for a clean source of energy that could be refined through R&D to provide every home with an efficient on-site power station. / (Thanks to Herman for the headsup on this. - JWD) - Source

10/14/08 - Cats and dogs cut their owners' cancer risk by a third
Scientists at the University of California, San Francisco, and Stanford University, also in California, who carried out the study believe pets help protect against cancer by boosting the immune system. Previous studies have shown children who have pets take fewer sick days off school because they are more resistant to infections. Some research even suggests toddlers who grow up around cats or dogs are less likely to suffer allergies or asthma. Recent evidence suggests exposure to allergens and toxins in the environment may actually help to protect the body against certain types of cancer. In the latest investigation, researchers at the University of California San Francisco and Stanford University, also in California, studied more than 4,000 patients to see if owning a pet slashed their chances of getting cancer. Just under 1,600 of the volunteers had developed NHL, while the remaining 2,500 were free of the disease. The results showed pet owners were almost 30 per cent less likely to have cancer than those who had never kept animals. The longer the family had kept pets, the greater the protection against the disease, the study found. - Source

10/14/08 - Black Silicon: 100 to 500 Times More Powerful Than Old Solar Cells
KeelyNet Kept in secret until yesterday, a newly appeared company, named SiOnyx, unveils an invention of some Harvard researchers, that is going to revolutionize the whole industry. Harvard has been studying their “black silicon” for almost ten years, but nothing has come out of their lab, due to internal policies regarding the output of their discoveries to commercial companies.Now, SiOnyx has the exclusive rights to commercialize the invention. So, what is that “black silicon” and how did they get it? You may imagine black silicon as being a black piece of silicon, because it is. It practically absorbs all the light coming onto it, including infrared. Ten years ago, by mistake, scientists focused a powerful and short (in lengths of femtoseconds) laser beam to a silicon wafer and got it black. Then, they analyzed the silicon wafer with the microscope and they found nanometric-scale spikes. To the whole experiment they added sulphur hexafluoride. The effects of this “fried” silicon were a sky rocketing light sensitivity, somewhere between 100 and 500 times more sensitive than the ordinary ones. It even detects infrared light, by an effect still not understood by scientists. The black silicon will be used in manufacturing high efficiency solar panels with 1600W per square meter, high sensitivity imaging sensors, and others. / (Thanks to Hank for the headsup. - JWD) - Source

10/14/08 - Hack N Mod - Amazing Hacks, Mods, and DIY Projects
Launched in 2006, HacknMod has grown to be one of the biggest hacking and modding community on the web. At HacknMod, users will find hundreds of tutorials, guides, and even step by step video lessons to learn to hack and modify common (even retro) game consoles such as the Xbox 360, Wii, PSP, NES, Atari, etc. Not only does HacknMod demonstrate game console hacking, but they also have loads of information on modding AirSoft guns, Windows, Mac, iPods, robotics, case mods, coke machines, and even elevators. - Source

10/14/08 - Moving Big Rocks w/video (WATCH THIS!)
KeelyNet Wally Wallington has demonstrated that he can lift a Stonehenge-sized pillar weighing 22,000 lbs and moved a barn over 300 ft. What makes this so special is that he does it using only himself, gravity, and his incredible ingenuity. - Source

10/14/08 - Terminate the Department of Energy
Absolutely The Funniest Joke Ever ! . . . ON US - Does anybody out there have any memory of the reason given for the establishment of the DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY during the Carter Administration? Anybody? Anything? No? Didn't think so. Bottom line . . we've spent several hundred billion dollars in support of an agency the reason for which not one person who reads this can remember. Ready? It was very simple, and at the time everybody thought it very appropriate. The Department of Energy (located appropriately at 1000 Independance Ave ) was instituted 8-04-1977 TO LESSEN OUR DEPENDENCE ON FOREIGN OIL. ...AND NOW IT'S 2008, 31 YEARS LATER, AND THE BUDGET FOR THIS "NECESSARY" DEPARTMENT IS AT $24.2 BILLION A YEAR, THEY HAVE 16,000 FEDERAL EMPLOYEES, AND APPROXIMATElY 100,000 CONTRACT EMPLOYEES AND LOOK AT THE JOB THEY HAVE DONE! ...IT'S WORSE TODAY THAN EVER!!! / (Thanks to Ken for this. - JWD) - Source

10/14/08 - The coming liberal thugocracy
KeelyNet Actually, Obama supporters are doing a lot more than getting into people's faces. They seem determined to shut people up. That's what Obama supporters, alerted by campaign e-mails, did when conservative Stanley Kurtz appeared on Milt Rosenberg's WGN radio program in Chicago. Mr. Kurtz had been researching Mr. Obama's relationship with unrepentant Weather Underground terrorist William Ayers in Chicago Annenberg Challenge papers in the Richard J. Daley Library in Chicago - papers that were closed off to him for some days, apparently at the behest of Obama supporters. Obama fans jammed WGN's phone lines and sent in hundreds of protest e-mails. The message was clear to anyone who would follow Mr. Rosenberg's example. We will make trouble for you if you let anyone make the case against The One. Other Obama supporters have threatened critics with criminal prosecution. In September, St. Louis County Circuit Attorney Bob McCulloch and St. Louis City Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce warned citizens that they would bring criminal libel prosecutions against anyone who made statements against Mr. Obama that were "false." I had been under the impression that the Alien and Sedition Acts had gone out of existence in 1801-'02. Not so, apparently, in metropolitan St. Louis. Similarly, the Obama campaign called for a criminal investigation of the American Issues Project when it ran ads highlighting Mr. Obama's ties to Mr. Ayers. These attempts to shut down political speech have become routine for liberals. Obama supporters who found the campuses congenial and Mr. Obama himself, who has chosen to live all his adult life in university communities, seem to find it entirely natural to suppress speech they don't like and seem utterly oblivious to claims this violates the letter and spirit of the First Amendment. In this campaign, we have seen the coming of the Obama thugocracy, suppressing free speech, and we may see its flourishing in the four or eight years ahead. - Source

10/14/08 - Study Links Personal Music Players To Hearing Loss
"A recent NY Times article discusses links between personal music players and hearing loss. This is not anything new; personally, I have hearing loss from listening to my Sony Walkman cassette player many years ago. However, given the widespread use of the personal music players, I see people using earbuds everywhere; is there a technical solution to the potential danger?" - Source

10/14/08 - Simple Pop-Ups You Can Make!
KeelyNet Imagine opening a piece of paper and having a pig jump out. Something for schools, kids and playful adults to tinker with. / (I know, whatever does this have to do with KeelyNet, well gotta have a little fun in life! - JWD) - Source

10/14/08 - Breakthrough Science: Turning CO2 into Fuels
Those of you familiar with the physical properties of CO2 molecules know that it takes a lot of energy to break them apart and produce hydrocarbons that can be used for fuel. Carbon Sciences is developing a revolutionary new process that utilizes principles of chemical and bioengineering to achieve the feat: “The key to our CO2-to-Fuel approach lies in a proprietary multi-step biocatalytic process. Instead of using expensive inorganic catalysts . . . the Carbon Sciences process uses inexpensive, renewable biomolecules to catalyze certain chemical reactions required to transform CO2 into basic hydrocarbon building blocks.” Since the process occurs at low temperature and low pressure, it stands to be highly energy-efficient, and Carbon Sciences has developed plans for a CO2-Fuel transformation plant that takes CO2 from a large emitter, such as a power plant, and produces usable fuels as the output. - Source

10/14/08 - This Should Stop Him
KeelyNet This site is dedicated to upholding the dignity of the America People by insisting on the prosecution of Barack Hussein Obama for his violations of United States Code Title 36 Section 301 which states all present except those in uniform should stand at attention facing the flag with the right hand over the heart. The United States Code is the codification by subject matter of the general and permanent laws of the United States. YES, this is a law. Barack Obama knowingly and flagrantly violates this law and should be held accountable. Not only is he breaking the law, but he is also disrespecting all Americans who honor the American Flag and who have fought so hard for what it stands for. A petition is being formed to prosecute Barack Obama and disqualify him as a presidential candidate. / (To be fair, none of them are 'facing the flag'. - JWD) - Source

10/14/08 - Washington weighs lethal meds for terminally ill
The emotionally charged battle over end-of-life decisions has taken to the airwaves as Washington state voters decide whether to allow doctors to prescribe lethal medication to terminally ill patients. - Source

10/14/08 - PrintWhatYouLike
Ever print a web page only to find your printout is full of ads, empty space and other junk you don't want? PrintWhatYouLike is a free web page editor that gives you control of how web pages look when printed... • Format any web page for printing in seconds - no more pasting into Word • Save money and the environment by reducing your paper and ink usage • Make printed web pages more readable by removing ads, widgets and other distractions • Fix broken pages that don't print correctly - Source

10/14/08 - Nature loss 'dwarfs bank crisis'
The global economy is losing more money from the disappearance of forests than through the current banking crisis, according to an EU-commissioned study. It puts the annual cost of forest loss at between $2 trillion and $5 trillion. The figure comes from adding the value of the various services that forests perform, such as providing clean water and absorbing carbon dioxide. - Source

10/12/08 - Promising New Material Could Improve Gas Mileage
The researchers discovered that adding two metals, antimony and lead, to the well-known semiconductor lead-telluride, produces a thermoelectric material that is more efficient at high temperatures than existing materials. Thermoelectric materials are only 5 to 6 percent efficient today, but a new generation of materials based on recent discoveries including this one at Northwestern, could produce devices with 11 to 14 percent efficiency, says Kanatzidis. The long-term goal is to reach 20 percent. Thermoelectric materials convert heat into electricity by taking advantage of temperature differences. Electrons move from the hot end of the material to the cold end, creating positive and negative electrodes and an electrical voltage. A thermoelectric device, for example, could be attached to a car's tailpipe. The side of the material in contact with the tailpipe would be the hot side, and the side exposed to the air would be the cold side. The temperature difference would be enough to generate electricity, which would be returned to the car's engine for additional torque. Such devices also could be used in large industrial plants, such as those for power, chemical production and glass making. Car companies are working on the thermoelectrics problem as part of their strategy to raise the overall gas mileage of vehicles, says Kanatzidis. They hope to raise mileage by 5 to 10 percent per gallon using thermoelectrics, which would be significant. For the new work reported in Angewandte Chemie, Kanatzidis and graduate student Joseph Sootsman decided to add two different materials -- the metals lead and alimony, also in the form of nanodots -- to lead-telluride to see if they could lower the thermal conductivity even more. They were surprised when they saw the results. Interestingly, the researchers also discovered that adding lead or antimony alone to the lead-telluride did not produce an improvement. Lead and antimony both had to be present in the lead-telluride to produce the electrical conductivity gain. The electrons scatter less and move faster with the two inclusions than with just one or none. - Source

10/12/08 - Firefox location tool that knows where your computer is
Mozilla, the company behind the Firefox browser, has launched a tool that is able to tell exactly where your computer is. The application, called Geode, allows websites to ask for your physical location, although users will control how much location information they give. A notification bar will ask how much information you want to give that site: your exact location, your neighborhood, your city, or nothing at all. 'You’ve arrived in a new city, a new continent, a new coffee shop. You don’t really know where you are, and are looking for a good place to eat,' reads the Mozilla Labs blog. 'You pull out your laptop, fire up Firefox, and go to your favorite review site. It automatically deduces your location, and serves up some delicious suggestions a couple blocks away and plots directions there.' In the future Geode could potentially tell the difference between your home and work computer and change its behaviour appropriately. News sites could tailor their local sections so it was more relevant to each user. Geode is available as an experimental add-on, before Mozilla launches geolocation technology fully on Firefox 3.1. - Source

10/12/08 - Radiation warning for low-energy lightbulbs
KeelyNet The Health Protection Agency is warning that low-energy light bulbs could give enough ultraviolet radiation to cause damage to your skin. You'd need to be closer than 30 cm from the bulb for more than an hour a day and it would need to be an open type light bulb - the whirly ones. Not all fluorescent bulbs give off significant ultraviolet radiation, but for some if you are within two centimetres the exposure is equivalent to that experienced by being outside on a sunny summer's day in the UK. The Agency recomends lamps or lights used for close work should be replaced with double envelope bulbs - which look like traditional light bulbs. - Source

10/12/08 - EMP-Shielded Power Grids Under Development
"A one-megaton nuclear bomb detonated 250 miles over Kansas could cripple many modern electronic devices and systems in the continental US and take out the power grid for a long time. ... A solar storm similar to the one that occurred in 1859, which shorted out telegraph wires in the United States and Europe, could wreak havoc on electrical systems. Each of the above scenarios can create a powerful electromagnetic pulse that overloads electronic devices and systems. IAN staff and Frostburg State University physics and engineering professor Hilkat Soysal are teaming — through a $165,000 project recently approved by the Maryland Industrial Partnerships (MIPS) program — to create renewable energy-powered, electromagnetic pulse (EMP)-protected microgrids that could provide electricity for critical infrastructure facilities in the event of a disaster." - Source

10/12/08 - Can we save forests by listening to trees?
James Crutchfield with the University of California at Davis and David Dunn, who heads the Art and Science Laboratory in Santa Fe, N.M., are listening to trees in their research into the effect of climate change on forest infestations. They described their ongoing work two years ago on the Santa Fe Institute website. The journal Leonardo will carry an updated version. The two found that trees stressed by drought emit sounds pitched too high for human hearing. The researchers suspect that bark beetles detect these sounds and thus locate weakened trees to attack. The beetles also emit ultrasounds with which they communicate among themselves. This, too, may attract more beetles to a tree under attack. Dr. Crutchfield is quoted in Science News as warning that these hypothesizes now need to be thoroughly tested. If true, it may be possible to use ultrasound to divert and confuse the beetles and thus protect vulnerable trees. - Source

10/12/08 - High-tech sponge could take hydrogen cars further
KeelyNet Hydrogen is in many ways the perfect fuel – it can be burnt in combustion engines and produces only water as a by-product. But for hydrogen-powered vehicles, the gas tank is a big limiting factor. Weight for weight, hydrogen is three times as energy dense as petrol, but the gas is difficult to store. Even when liquefied it contains just a quarter of the energy as the same volume of petrol, and that involves high pressures, or super cooling. The latest prototype vehicles can travel only up to 450 kilometres (280 miles) or so on a full tank. Materials scientists in Greece say they have designed a material able to meet a challenge set five years ago by the US Department of Energy to create materials capable of holding 6% of their weight in hydrogen. That compares to the 2% figure achieved by metal hydrides, the most advanced current solid storage materials. Researchers at the University of Crete, proved last year that carbon nanoscrolls can hold up to 3.31% of their weight in hydrogen. Now they have designed a similar material that can theoretically hold almost twice as much, beating the DoE target. The team was led by George Froudakis. The new design comprises sheets of graphene – atom-thick carbon sheets – separated by 1.2-nanometre-tall carbon nanotube pillars. Simulations were used to ensure that hydrogen molecules could freely diffuse throughout a chunk of the material, which is "doped" with positively charged lithium ions to strengthen its hold on the gas. Simulations show that the new material adsorbs 6.1% of its weight in hydrogen at room temperature and pressure. - Source

10/12/08 - All the PhDs, JDs, and MBAs In the World Can't Make Capital Markets Work, But Sarah Palin Can
Sarah Palin is quite special, and quite ordinary--for America--at the same time. The true story of Palin contains the reason for America's ability to absorb multiple blows that would have ended most other governments and economies. It is the resilience of Americans like Palin, the sheer energy, optimism in the face of difficulties, and perseverance that allows America to bounce back in the face of multiple overwhelming problems and threats. (via - Source

10/12/08 - Palm oil clearing swathes of forest in Indonesia's Papua
"Palm oil companies have obtained the land conversion permits for tens of thousand of hectares," Greenpeace campaigner Bustar Maitar told AFP. Observations from the air in the Lereh region near Papuan capital Jayapura showed palm oil producers including Indonesian giant Sinar Mas had started widespread clearing to make way for palm oil plantations, Maitar said. Continued clearing and expansion of the concessions will have a devastating impact on Papua's forests, Maitar said, adding the land-clearing is allowed under Indonesian law. Fears are that the expansion of palm oil and logging could send Papua down the road of other Indonesian islands Sumatra and Borneo, where land-clearing and the illegal logging that has followed has stripped once-great forests. "It is crucial that the last remaining intact tracts of Indonesia's forest are protected in order to combat climate change," Maitar said in the statement. Local people in the area are heavily reliant on the forest for food and building materials and face the collapse of communities if clearing goes ahead, Greenpeace said. - Source

10/12/08 - October 14th Mass UFO sighting predicted for Alabama
Blossom Goodchild, an Aussie actress and author, has the international Ufology community on its ear with channeled information concerning the eminent appearance of a massive extraterrestrial spacecraft for October 14th, 2008. Calling themselves ‘The Federation of Light’, these Beings from another world have stated to Goodchild that they intend not only to make themselves known, but also to remain more or less in place for a full 72 hour period, thereby providing the media with ample opportunity to once and for all capture on film evidence that will silence the skeptics and debunkers forever. The predicted rendezvous point? Alabama. In his latest book (entitled “Secrets of the Light” and published in 2004) on page 222 Dannion Brinkley says: “By the year 2008, the fact that we are not alone in the universe will be made undeniably clear to everyone on the planet. With millions of planets and billions of stars, I cannot fathom how we could ever thought in any other terms. However, for those who have doubted, the extraterrestrials will make themselves known. I believe they feel they have no choice but to show themselves as we verge on self-annihilation, genocide and toxic poisoning. The truth of our inter-galactic lineage will become common knowledge. If I am to believe the vision, the truth of our intergalactic lineage will cause humanity to take one wild ride.” - Source

10/12/08 - Credit crunch will be 'devastating to science'
The worldwide credit crisis will be 'just devastating' to scientific research in coming years, as companies cut donations, a famous scientist has warned. Richard Leakey, who once served on a government economic team in his native Kenya, said much of the support for science comes from wealthy philanthropists, foundations and companies. All those groups likely will be affected by lowered interest rates and the squeeze of credit not being available to fund their operations, he said. The effect of the credit crisis on science likely will begin to be felt as organizations begin planning their budgets for 2009, Leakey said. The paleontologist said donations will be 'hugely hit,' affecting what research and exploration can be done next year and into the future. In a new book, Leakey offers a stark warning for the planet, saying global warming could wipe out endangered species living in national parks and refuges throughout the world. He said the extinction of a few species could destroy food chains supporting many other animals - including humans. - Source

10/12/08 - Indian Tribes See Profit in Harnessing the Wind for Power
The wind blows incessantly here in the high plains; screen doors do not last. Wind is to South Dakota what forests are to Maine or beaches are to Florida: a natural bounty and a valuable inheritance. Native American tribes like the Rosebud Sioux now seek to claim that inheritance. If they succeed in building turbine farms to harness some of the country’s strongest and most reliable winds, tribal officials like Ken Haukaas believe, they could create a new economic underpinning for the 29,000 tribal members whose per capita annual income is about $7,700, less than a third the national average. The planned Owl Feather War Bonnet wind farm will be a 30-megawatt project that could power about 12,000 homes, each about 1,200 square feet. After five years of negotiations with a non-Indian developer, Distributed Generation Systems Inc. of Colorado, the tribal council president, Rodney M. Bordeaux, said Thursday that he expected to sign a construction deal that would bring in some $5 million to the tribe over 20 years. The total is about $1.7 million less than the developer’s original offer because of an acrimonious last-minute dispute with the tribe. - Source

10/12/08 - Will Obama Kill Science?
There is a widespread feeling in the human sciences — particularly in genetics, population genetics, evolutionary biology, and neurophysiology — that the next five to ten years will see some sensational discoveries. Unfortunately those discoveries will have metaphysical implications more disturbing than were those of quantum mechanics. Heisenberg, Schrödinger, Pauli, and Dirac may have seriously upset our ideas about matter and energy, but at least they left our psyches and our political principles intact. Barack Obama was raised in an atmosphere of “cultural Marxism.” His mind was set that way, and he retained the essential precepts of the creed into adult life, as his close association with somewhat-more-than-cultural Marxist Bill Ayers illustrates (as of course do Obama’s remarks quoted above). Obama would fill his administration with cultural Marxists like himself, whose attitude to human-sciences research is the one spelled out by Edward O. Wilson in his book On Human Nature. "Marxism is sociobiology without biology. The strongest opposition to the scientific study of human nature has come from a small number of Marxist biologists and anthropologists who are committed to the view that human behavior arises from a very few unstructured drives. They believe that nothing exists in the untrained human mind that cannot be readily channeled to the purposes of the revolutionary socialist state. When faced with the evidence of greater structure, their response has been to declare human nature off limits to further scientific investigation. A few otherwise very able scholars have gone so far as to suggest that merely to talk about the subject is dangerous." We are about to find out whether our traditional devotion to free speech and free enquiry can survive real, incontrovertible results from the human sciences; and in particular, in the event of an Obama victory, whether that devotion can survive under a left-liberal administration headed by a cultural Marxist — an administration much more interested in shoring up the soft totalitarianism of “diversity” and “multiculturalism” than in permitting the discovery of true facts about human nature. - Source. / And this opposing article Obama talks science - We should commend Obama for his strategies to combat global climate change with aims of reducing emissions to 1990 levels by 2020 and his proposal to "create a Technology Transfer Program dedicated to exporting climate-friendly technologies, including green buildings, clean coal and advanced automobiles, to developing countries to help them combat climate change." To complement the policy, he will also expand funding in research looking into energy resources that reduce greenhouse gas emission and avoid energy wastage. Changes would appear in the life sciences and space technology as well, where he would lift the current ban on federal funding of embryonic stem cell research, support recommendations on genetic engineering as proposed by the Recombinant DNA Advisory Committee, and re-establish the National Aeronautics and Space Council to "expand our reach into the heavens and improve life here on Earth."

10/12/08 - Want to Find Out What Your Government File Contains?
In the age of government surveillance, we at least have the right to find out what kind of files the government is keeping on us (unless, of course, it's classified, in which case you're probably already screwed). That's what the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) is all about. Of course, if there IS classified info, they at least have to tell you that the classified information exists. Here is where to start, to ask for your personal file. Unfortunately, the government refers us all to the "FOIA Reference Guide" if you want a personal (i.e., non-business related) file. It seems that the government gives priority to "free information" related to business contracts. Still, if you want to know what's in your file, and aren't so cowed by the executive power grab that you are afraid to call attention to yourself, here is the place to start. Bottom line: it's our legal right to know what information the government is collecting about us as individuals. This is your chance to exercise that right. Start here, and I look forward to not only receiving my own file, but hearing what others receive. Time to keep the government honest... - Source

10/12/08 - Excellent Video - webcam attached to Falcon 1 Flight 4
Coolest video set to music from a webcam attached to the very first privately owned company rocket that made it into orbit that you'll see. - Source

10/12/08 - New machine prints sheets of light
KeelyNet The size of a semitrailer, it coats an 8-inch wide plastic film with chemicals, then seals them with a layer of metal foil. Apply electric current to the resulting sheet, and it lights up with a blue-white glow. You could tack that sheet to a wall, wrap it around a pillar or even take a translucent version and tape it to your windows. Unlike practically every other source of lighting, you wouldn't need a lamp or conventional fixture for these sheets, though you would need to plug them into an outlet. The big glowing sheets could also make light sources out of everyday things. GE imagines putting OLEDs on the inside of window blinds -- pull them down, light them up, and you have light streaming from the window, even at night. You could even make OLED wallpaper, since the material is flexible. - Source

10/12/08 - GPS could save airlines billions in fuel costs
A World War II-era air traffic network that often forces planes to take longer, zigzagging routes is costing U.S. airlines billions of dollars in wasted fuel while an upgrade to a satellite-based system has languished in the planning stages for more than a decade. The $35 billion plan would replace the current radar system with the kind of GPS technology that has become commonplace in cars and cell phones. Supporters say it would triple air traffic capacity, reduce delays by at least half, improve safety and curb greenhouse gas emissions. An Associated Press analysis of federal and industry data found that if the new system were already in place, airlines could have saved more than $5 billion in fuel this year alone. - Source

10/10/08 - Renault Bets on Electric Vehicles
KeelyNet Renault says that it is engineering a pair of battery-powered electric vehicles (EVs), to be produced starting in 2011, that it claims will be cheaper to build, cost markedly less to power, and produce far less carbon dioxide. Renault's vision for electric cars is small vehicles principally designed for commuting. At the Paris show, Renault unveiled a concept car showing the design of a compact EV commuter car: an EV version of its Kangoo utility van, with startling acid-green windows to minimize air conditioning and a lithium-ion battery that carries the van 160 to 200 kilometers on an average charge. That range "really covers the usage by our customers, who are using their cars only for commuting and maybe short trips during the weekend," says Renault EV project director Serge Yoccoz. As a result, he predicts that such EVs could capture from 10 to 15 percent of the European car market as early as 2015. (Hybrids currently command just 2 percent of auto sales worldwide.) - Source

10/10/08 - America's Gasoline Shortage is a Bigger Threat Than Wall Street Crisis...
"Congress should realize we have two diseases crippling America today," warned Matthew R. Simmons, Chairman of Simmons & Company International. "While the financial crisis is like asthma or tuberculosis to the economy, a gasoline supply crisis could be terminal cancer," Simmons argues. "The government can print more money but gasoline is a hard asset. If we drain the pipelines, we won't be able to drive; if we don't ban driving we could run out of food within 5-6 days and face the greatest crisis in the history of the United States," Simmons said on WorldEnergy.TV, where he focused on the current financial crisis, the price of oil, the gasoline shortages, and the upcoming presidential election. Because prices have plummeted from a high of $140 a barrel, Simmons thinks we have created the impression that the oil supply problem is solved. "We know gasoline is in short supply but we really don't have an idea as to how widespread the shortage is, when in fact it may be hemorrhaging," said Simmons. "We don't have a Strategic Petroleum Reserve for finished gasoline. If Americans were to suddenly top off their tanks, gasoline supplies worsen and it takes more than 120 days to refine Middle East crude, transport it to U.S. refineries, transfer finished gasoline via pipelines at 4 mph to markets already in short supply like Atlanta, Nashville, Richmond, Baltimore, Charlotte, and along the Northeast." - Source

10/10/08 - Geothermal Heat Pumps
KeelyNet There are over two million ground source heat pumps used for heating or cooling around the world, yet opinion remains divided on their renewable credentials. While some hail them as a low-input means of using freely available heat, some renewables purists reject them because they require electrical input. Heat pumps can also do exactly what the name says — pump heat! To apply them as heating devices (rather than the now almost ubiquitous cooling devices) low-grade heat is collected from the atmosphere (air), bodies of water (such as lakes or rivers) or from the ground. Using a refrigerant circuit, this heat is upgraded by an electrically-driven compressor and can then be delivered at a useful temperature for heating. For cooling, this process is simply reversed; low-temperature heat is collected from inside a building, upgraded and rejected to the atmosphere, water or ground. Water heat pumps have a big advantage in that water has a much higher heat-carrying capacity than air, better heat-transfer characteristics and can be moved around easily and efficiently. However, relatively few buildings have a conveniently located, appropriate source of water to use. As a result, interest in geothermal heat pumps (or ground source heat pumps) has burgeoned. Typically, these are closed loop systems, and usually use the ground surrounding or underneath a building. By installing a suitably sized loop of pipework in the ground, water can be circulated to collect the renewable energy stored in the earth and deliver it to a water-source heat pump. - Source

10/10/08 - Blow-up Spheres could be key to finding life on Mars
KeelyNet Fredrik Bruhn, CEO of the Angstrom Aerospace Corporation, and his team created small inflatable scouts to help the bigger, less mobile rovers in their mission to seek out microbial life on Mars. Each foot-wide, 11lb ball can roll up to 62 miles, snap photos at any angle and take soil samples. Unlike wheeled rovers, these spherical scouts will never flip over, have fewer motors to repair and shouldn’t get stuck on the Red Planet’s tough terrain because they can automatically decrease their internal pressure (ie deflate slightly) to roll more easily over soft surfaces and sand. Each ball would run on two solar-powered motors. One motor would swing a pendulum to move the ball’s centre of mass to build forward or backward momentum. To turn, a second motor would tilt the pendulum along the main axis, using the same physics used to fly a helicopter. In 2006, engineers and scientists at the Massachusetts Institute Of Technology (MIT) suggested that a swarm of tiny spherical probes, each the size of a baseball, could bounce across the planet in all directions powered by fuel cells, cover a vast area of Mars presently beyond the reach of previous landing craft and explore the remote and rocky terrain that previous Mars rovers could not navigate. Their plan was that these balls would hop, bounce and roll, and distribute themselves across the surface of the planet, exploring as they went, taking scientific data samples. However, during testing the toysize balls lodged against the rocks similar in size to those that dominate much of Mars’s terrain. As planetary rovers, the beach balls flopped, leaving the scientists more than a little deflated. BIGGER BALLS - However, Mr Bruhn is confident his bigger balls - which can bounce over and around obstacles in their path - will do the trick. His company, Rotundus, invented a GroundBot that uses the same pendulum-propulsion mechanism and now test-patrols a harbour in Stockholm. By swapping in a radiation-proof computer and designing a lightweight, inflatable shell, he thinks he could produce four of the Mars balls for as little as $6m (£3.4m) - small change for Nasa. - Source

10/10/08 - Super-Conductors Generating Enormous Interest
Super conductors are materials that conduct current without resistance. Magne Runde and Niklas Magnusson at SINTEF have super conductivity as a field of research, and are testing out super conductors in the huge induction heaters utilised by the aluminium industry. Today the industry preheats huge meter-long aluminium cylinders known as billets in induction heaters with copper conductors. When the temperature reaches 500 °C, the billet is extruded to profiles. "This heating process leads to large losses in energy," says Runde. "Only half the energy supplied is used to heat the billet. The remaining 50 percent is waste energy. This is something super conductors can improve." The research scientists have now replaced the copper conductors in the induction coils with super conductors. As the conductivity is significantly improved, a much higher proportion of the energy is transferred to the billet. The two research scientists have conducted laboratory tests that confirm the energy efficiency is increased to 80-90 percent. In the basement laboratory, Magnusson and Runde proudly show the two large super conducting coils, with a 1.5m diameter. The super conducting material, magnesium diboride, is in thin, brittle filaments enclosed by a nickel matrix. "These will be the world's largest super conducting coils made from this special material," says Runde. In 2007, the German company Zenergy Power licensed a patent based on SINTEF's basic idea. The company has acted quickly and produced two heaters, which it has sold. The concept of super-conducting induction heaters was awarded a prize worth Euro 100,000 at this year's Hannover trade fair. - Source

10/10/08 - The Electric Helicopter
KeelyNet The electric helicopter is an invention of Sean Herbert, who started testing the concept two years ago. With Sydney-based Wieland Helicopter Technologies, Sean has now developed an range of electric helicopters (a 1-seat, 2-seat, 4-seat, 5-seat and an unmanned version) at prices that are competitive with conventional helicopters. The coaxial rotor is crucial in making it work. With coaxial rotors, the top and bottom rotors spin in opposite directions, thus counteracting the rotational pull, or torque effect of conventional helicopters. Coax rotor helicopters therefore don't need a tail rotor. The tail rotor of conventional helicopters consumes up to 25% of the energy to stabilize them and prevent them from spinning around. The coax rotor helicopter therefore has a much better power to weight ratio. Importantly, coax helicopters are also much quiter than conventional helicopters. Tail rotors add around 30-40% of the noise a helicopter makes, due to the main rotor wash impacting the tail rotor wash. At the moment, the electric option will only allow up to 35 minutes flying time, but the range all depends on what batteries are selected. According to Sean, WHT are about to start testing a hydrogen option, in order to further extend the range. - Source

10/10/08 - Rescue worker designs 'unsinkable boat'
ILOILO CITY, Philippines - For years, Mariano Grino toyed with the idea of building an unsinkable rescue boat that would resist collisions and would not be punctured easily. Grino, 61, thought that a rescue boat should be made sturdy and should withstand collisions during rescue operations. He started on the construction and assembly early August at the backyard of his house using imported and locally made materials. The boat was completed a month and half later and was successfully tested at the Jalaur River in Iloilo last September. Measuring 14 feet in length, six feet in width and three feet in height, the boat's body is filled with lightweight polystyrene (styrofoam) insulated in marine epoxy composite. Its body frame is made of plywood and has skid plate made of aluminum as a protection from hard and pointed objects in maneuvering over rooftops or fences. The boat can accommodate 12 people. “It can still float and maneuver even if punctured,” said Mariano in a telephone interview Thursday from the United States where he spends half of the year with his US-based children. The boat is provided with a trailer for easy transport to disaster areas. It is also equipped with a 40-horse power outboard engine, four paddles, a grappling hook/anchor to maintain stability while picking up victims, and a throwable lifesaver. Grino said he was planning to sell a unit with trailer and other accessories at P380,000 (without engine) (7,959.33 USD) and at P580,000 with a 40-hp outboard engine (12,149.003 USD). This would still be cheaper than most inflatable rubber boats that each cost about P700,000 (14,662.590 USD), he said. - Source

10/10/08 - More details about the Incredible Inventions of Pier Luigi Ighina
KeelyNet (See earlier post of 10/01/08) - Pier Luigi Ighina has been a co-operator of Guglielmo Marconi and shared his most secret experiments. During his whole life he has worked without being recognized by the scientific community and achieving incredible results which are even today not imaginable for most scientists. Regarding the translation, I excuse myself in advance for every mistake I might have done translating his work, but I believe that the main facts are correct. In order not to change the original meaning, I have translated the Italian words “materia” and “atomo” into “Matter” and “Atom” using them the way he did, which means that “Materia”, for example, is used for both living and non-living substances and “Atomo” is used in a wider meaning than what we are used to. Concerning the use of the word “Magnetic”, my personal opinion is that also this word is to be understood in a much larger conception of Magnetism than what we are usually accustomed to. / (Thanks to Robert Nelson at Rex Research for providing this additional information. You can buy his CD for just $13 to receive volumes of incredible inventions with details! - JWD) - Source

10/10/08 - Aquaduct Bike Purifies Water as you Pedal
KeelyNet The Aquaduct is “a pedal-powered concept vehicle that transports, filters, and stores water.” Pedal to the well, fill up the tank and by the time you’re home you have 8 liters of purified water. According to the W.H.O., “1.1 billion people have no access to any type of improved drinking source of water.” As a result, a growing number of health issues face developing countries such as diarrhoeal disease, schistosom`iasis, trachoma, intestinal helminths (ascariasis, trichuriasis and hookworm) and hepatitis A. The Aquaduct is designed to address all these issues and more. It works by using a pedal-driven peristaltic pump to drive water from its trunk through a filter into a clean tank. The bike can carry enough water for an entire family, and can filter while moving or stationary. In its present configuration it is not a feasible solution for most developing communities due to production costs and durability. / (This needs to be hacked to make a cheaper version. - JWD) - Source

10/10/08 - Child Robot Makes Rare Appearance w/video
KeelyNet Sporting a silicon skin and utilizing 50 sensors, the tiny robot was designed to mimic the appearance and movements of a 5 year-old child. While the effect of the child-bot is decidedly more hauntingly creepy than cute (see video here), the sister of the previous Repliee Q-1 reminds us that we are probably just a decade or so away from having these kinds of humanoid robots walking our streets and giving us real nightmares. - Source

10/10/08 - Mini-Motel
KeelyNet Weighs less than 5 pounds, so you can carry it wherever you go: Mini Motel. Never again find yourself stranded in a transportation terminal with no place to sleep! The Mini Motel provides you with comfortable sleeping accommodations no matter where your travels take you. The Mini Motel is your solution to canceled flights and overnight layovers, which are becoming more and more of a problem. With the Mini Motel, there is no hotel bill, and no concern about local motels being all booked up. Air, train and bus terminals are all great places to use your Mini Motel. Actually, there are many creative ways that people are using Mini Motel! - Source

10/10/08 - Smart Car Key
Ford announced today a new technology called MyKey that will be standard on the 2010 Focus Coupe and quickly spread to the rest of the Blue Oval's lineup. MyKey can do three basic things: * Allow parents to limit a vehicle's top speed to 80 mph * Limit the stereo's volume up to 44% of its max * Set a sustaining chime if the seatbelts aren't being used. Clearly targeted towards worry wart parents, the MyKey system is meant to keep teens safe despite their protestation that a system like this curtails their kiddy freedoms. Ford did some polling and found that 67% of teens didn't like the idea, though that number fell to 36% if the MyKey system led to parents letting the kids use the car more. - Source

10/10/08 - Don’t Open The MiniBar!
KeelyNet My wife and I are there right now. We opened the minibar last night to put a piece of pizza in there in a pizza box. This morning, there's a $26.04 charge for food on the bill slid under our door. Why? My wife just called to ask and was told, "If you open the mini bar door, there's a sensor in there and if you move anything in there... you get billed for it." In our case, we must have jiggled a $20 bottle of wine. - Source

10/10/08 - HUD: Five million fraudulent mortgages held by illegals
Some five million fraudulent home mortgages are in the hands of illegal aliens, according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. One illegal alien was arrested this year in Tucson after allegedly using a stolen social security number to buy two homes and rack up over $780,000 in bad debt. It's not known how many of those have contributed to the subprime housing mortgage meltdown, but it has affected every state, including Arizona. The problem began years ago when banks were forced to give mortgages without confirming social security numbers or borrower identification. As a result, illegal immigrants were able to obtain home mortgages which they could not afford. (social engineering + government + big money = disaster) - Source

10/10/08 - Governor Sarah Palin: a different image
KeelyNet Why all the mis-statements and vicious lies about Alaska’s Governor Sarah Palin? Why do the major newscasters show polls looking like McCain/Palin are neck and neck with Obama/Biden? Major newscasters use polls based on 700 people polled, or 1,000 people polled and in one case, less than 200 people were polled. There is no way such a small list can reflect a public opinion. I think it is fraudulent to suggest that it can. The day after the Palin-Biden debate, major network polls were showing again, a neck and neck rating, from small polls. But,, with millions of readers ran a poll that over 550,000 readers responded to. The results, in the morning, when only 60,000 people had voted, showed Palin at 70% against Biden’s 28%. That same figure stayed the same all day long, until over 550,000 people had voted: Palin 70% vs Biden 28%. That figure seems a more accurate portrayal of informed people. Especially when you compare it with Governor Palin’s 84% approval rating in her home State. Television, radio talk shows, movies, newspapers, news reporters, our police, courts, teachers, professors and politicians have gone to great lengths to make the American public believe that Constitutional Rights are “just something you see on television”. I think quite a few of the “authorities” actually believe that. Sarah Palin respects and obeys the Constitutions of both Alaska and The United States of America. This is why she is so vilified by the media liars and anti-American politicians. - Source

10/10/08 - Reverse Speech applied to Mccain and Obama
KeelyNet In the 1990s Reverse Speech Analysis was discovered by David John Oats, a Nobel Laureate nominee for this discovery. The process is simple. When our forward speech is played in reverse at certain cyclic intervals our subconscience speaks in a discernable forward audible language. This hidden speech is always truthful; it is NEVER a lie. It reveals the true concealed feelings and intent of the individual despite the incongruent and masking surface message being communicated in the forward speech.

Barack Obama - Reverse Speech Technology with YES WE CAN youtube song - Some hidden messages in the song: "Satan..him Satan... Here's the announcement, he's our soul Krist (Christ) [i.e. False Christ & False Messiah]… The world will fear till the end's up... the world will smoke... World War III... War..." - Source and This Odd Page. / One final link from the Barack Obama Campaign Rally - February 2008 - These are a mixed bag of reversals. Some are congruent, others are not. Overall, I do not believe he is as he appears. Click on the reversal to hear the mp3 file. The exact forward words where the reversals occurred are marked with brackets - [ ] And check out the video.

John McCain - Generally a good batch of congruent reversals with a couple of puzzling ones. His concern for the troops is genuine in the second half of this presentation. Click on the reversal to hear the mp3 file. The exact forward words where the reversals occurred are marked with brackets - [ ]. "My sister Sandy, her husband Henry and my son Doug are [here also]. Thank you for being here." We're sorry (Unknown. What is his family sorry about?) / "[We know where] either of their candidates will lead this country and we dare not let them." I warn you (Congruent, warning of a disaster if a democrat wins the White House.) / "The American people don't [send us to Washington] to serve our self interests but to serve theirs." Let me show with sadness (What is the sadness?) - Source.

KeelyNetAnd finally, to get a better handle on Reverse Speech Analysis, check out this page of Speech Lab Reversals by many people. In one of those quantum weirdness synchronitices, I found out that David Oates lived a few blocks from my house in Dallas so I had the opportunity to spend some time with him and took his course to learn how to do Speech Reversal Analysis...quite fascinating and it will surprise you! The photos are as I remember him then and how he looks now. - JWD

10/10/08 - Expect Massive Voter Fraud AGAIN!
105% of Indianapolis Residents Now Registered to Vote - According to STATSIndiana, In 2007, Indianapolis/Marion County had an estimated population of 876,804. Of that number 232,607 were below 18 years of age, for a total of 644,197 people in Marion County/Indianapolis 18 or over and thus eligible to vote. (Indiana allows felons to vote as long as they are not incarcerated). So we have 644,197 people eligible to be registered in Marion County/Indianapolis, and 677,401 people registered. Congratulations go to Indianapolis for having 105% of its residents registered!

How ACORN got me into Vote Scam - Two Ohio voters, including Domino's pizza worker Christopher Barkley , claimed yesterday that they were hounded by the community-activist group ACORN to register to vote several times, even though they made it clear they'd already signed up.

10/10/08 - If Bailout Plan Is Too Socialistic, Just Wait For Obama Leviathan
KeelyNet Have Americans been so lulled by Barack Obama's smooth talk that they don't realize his plans would expand government into a massive socialist behemoth? During Friday night's debate in Mississippi, Obama disparaged what he called "this notion that the market can always solve everything and that the less regulation we have, the better off we're going to be." But the subprime crisis Washington is dealing with is the result of three decades of the federal government pressuring banks — via the regulatory demands of the Democrats' 1977 Community Reinvestment Act, which was expanded by Bill Clinton — to make tens of billions of dollars in bad loans to poor people with lousy credit ratings. It was Democrats' regulatory and litigious assaults upon the mortgage market in pursuit of "social justice" that left our economy in its precarious position of today;... But if the taxpayer rescue of Wall Street and Uncle Sam's taking over the banking system scares you, the broader socialism planned by the Democratic presidential nominee should leave you petrified... The Obama campaign uses the word "encourage" over and over in numerous areas of policy. Expect it to be the form of encouragement practiced by Don Corleone — making you an offer you can't refuse. / Dictatorial energy policy: Obama would spend $150 billion over a decade "to advance the next generation of biofuels and fuel infrastructure, accelerate the commercialization of plug-in hybrids" and create other ways to force uneconomical forms of energy on the auto and oil industry. A Clean Technologies Deployment Venture Capital Fund would artificially finance the environmentalist pet projects in which private investors have little faith. Negating the global labor market, the Illinois senator also promises to "provide specific tax assistance and loan guarantees to the domestic auto industry to ensure that new fuel-efficient cars and trucks" are built within the U.S. - Source

10/10/08 - Stripper tips and Coca-Cola spermicide highlight wacky Ig Nobel awards
Scientists who discovered that professional lap dancers earn higher tips when they enter their fertile periods were awarded the coveted Ig Nobel economics prize on Thursday night at Harvard's Sanders Theatre, during a ceremony in which prizes were handed out by an actual Nobel laureate – William Lipscomb, who won for chemistry in 1976. The chemistry prize went to American researchers who discovered that Coca-Cola is an effective spermicide, and also to a competing team of Taiwan researchers who discovered that it is not. The Peace prize, meanwhile, was awarded to Switzerland for adopting the legal principle that plants have dignity. - Source

10/08/08 - UK's Loughborough Uni Demos Hydrogen Motorcycle
KeelyNet "The Beeb have a piece about Loughborough University's hydrogen motorcycle and one of the UK's first hydrogen fuel pumps (presumably all developed by their excellent Aeronautical and Automotive Engineering department). Offering 50mph, the ENV will have a range of 100 miles on a 3-minute refill of hydrogen. By-products are warm air and 'drinkable' water. It will be interesting to compare these hydrogen powered vehicles with the hydrogen fuel cell-powered vehicles as pioneered by such as the Morgan prototype 'Lifecar' in the near future." - Source

10/08/08 - New Bill To Rein In DHS Laptop Seizures
"The Travelers Privacy Protection Act, a bill written by US Senators Russ Feingold, D-Wis., and Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., and Rep. Adam Smith, D-Wash., would allow border agents to search electronic devices only if they had reasonable suspicions of wrongdoing. In addition, the legislation would limit the length of time that a device could be out of its owner's possession to 24 hours, after which the search becomes a seizure, requiring probable cause." - Source

10/08/08 - Latest Detox Trend, Is It Real or Just a Very Expensive Scam?
KeelyNet “The system is designed to operate with water, because water is the basis of all biological function. Water is also the medium through which all tasks in the body are performed. All of the body’s cells need water for hydration and energy to perform their designated tasks. The depletion of either water or energy promotes poor health,” explains Apple Feng, owner of the Energy Spa. She continues, “The system works through the medium of water by making available extra energy that the living cells can utilize. The process is transference of energy through water. All the client has to do is soak their feet in the charged water for 20-30 minutes and watch the junk come out. The process leaves the client feeling amazing!” “The effects are better than a traditional foot massage. It is an exceptional healing tool. It’s painless and drug-free with no harmful side effects. One day this will become as mainstream as a massage, recycling and organic food. Until that day, it is offered at the price of $1,465.” explains Apple Feng. - Source

10/08/08 - Cylinder Solar Panels Generate More Energy For Less Cost
KeelyNet Solyndra, a California-based solar start up, says it's figured out a way to make solar panels cheaper to install and better at producing energy—rolling them up. The company's solar panels are comprised of rows of cylindrical solar cells deposited on glass tubes, a new type of shape that purportedly lets them absorb more light during the day. The shape also offers less wind resistance than conventional flat panels, making them cheaper and easier to mount on roofs. These advantages ultimately reduce the cost of generating power from the sun, though Solyndra couldn't give a direct answer on how much. / The cylinders are composed of curved solar panels made from thin semiconductor sheets fixed to a glass tube. The company touts that the panels are far easier to bracket to a structure than conventional panels. - Source

10/08/08 - We can't defeat the Taleban
Brigadier Mark Carleton-Smith told The Times that in his opinion, a military victory over the Taleban was “neither feasible nor supportable”. The brigadier’s grim prognosis follows a leaked cable by François Fitou, the deputy French Ambassador in Kabul, claiming that Sir Sherard Cowper-Coles, the British Ambassador, had told him the strategy for Afghanistan was “doomed to failure”. In the cable, Mr Fitou told President Sarkozy that Sir Sherard believed “the security situation is getting worse, so is corruption and the Government has lost all trust”. He said Sir Sherard had told him Britain had no alternative but to support the US, “but we should tell them that we want to be part of a winning strategy, not a losing one. The American strategy is doomed to fail.” - Source

10/08/08 - Mystery of the 12-Year-Old McDonald’s Meat
KeelyNet In 1996, Karen Hanrahan, a wellness educator and nutritional consultant from Illinois, bought a plain McDonald’s hamburger but did not eat it. “I took the bun and the meat, arranged the pieces on a plate, and stored it in a cupboard,” she says. A friend had told her that someone else had tried a similar experiment, to see if the burger would decompose. “I was curious and wanted to try it.” On her blog, “Best of Mother Earth,” Hanrahan posted photographs of the hamburger. In one close-up, the patty looks cracked and shriveled, dotted with crumbs from the dry, miraculously mold-free bun. In another photograph, Hanrahan positions the old hamburger beside a freshly made one, which is darker in color and more recognizable than the other. To explain why her hamburger hasn’t visibly decomposed, Hanrahan cites preservatives, processing, and the cows’ diet of genetically modified corn. Thomas J. Montville, PhD, former Chairman of the Department of Food Science at Rutgers University and current Professor, is not convinced that Hanrahan’s experiment proves anything about the food’s origins, nutritional value, or safety. “Cooking kills bacteria, and the result is a sterile hamburger,” says Dr. Montville. “McDonald’s has one of the most stringent food safety programs in the industry, and they cook their meat thoroughly.” In addition, Dr. Montville observes that Hanrahan’s hamburger lacks fresh ingredients like lettuce or tomato. Without moisture, mold may not grow, but the hamburger fat will spoil and emit a strong odor. “I think it smells a lot like a dead tortilla, with rancid oil and corn,” says Hanrahan. - Source and Effects of Preservatives in McDonald's Food - I went and bought burgers and fries from a nearby diner, New College Restaurant, and from McDonald's and compared the two. As you can see here, the local place uses crinkle fries that come frozen, not unlike McDonald's.

10/08/08 - iJET Solar Cell is as Easy to Make as Pizza
An Australian scientist has developed a new method of manufacturing solar cells using nothing more than some nail polish remover, a pizza oven and a standard inkjet printer. The iJET technique is so easy and cheap to carry out that it could revolutionize access to solar technology in the developing world. In a recent radio interview (audio), Nicole Kuepper, a 23 year-old PhD student at the University of New South Wales, explained the process. Firstly, she takes a standard silicon solar cell and sprays it with a substance similar to nail polish. Then, she inkjet prints something like nail polish remover onto the wafer in a set pattern in the same way that you’d print a normal photo. This enables the creation of high-resolution patterns on the cell at a very low cost. The cell is then metallized with an aluminum spray and baked at a very low temperature of around 550 fahrenheit in “something like a pizza oven.” - Source

10/08/08 - Pollution linked to appendicitis
KeelyNet If the appendix becomes inflammed it must be removed surgically to avoid the risk that it will burst, and put the patient's life at risk. A University of Calgary team found more patients were hospitalised on days when pollution levels were at their highest. Appendicitis, which causes the appendix to swell up and fill with pus, can be caused by infection or obstruction, but in many cases there is no obvious cause. The Calgary team identified more than 45,000 adults who were hospitalised for appendicitis between 1999 and 2006. They found patients were approximately 15% more likely to be hospitalised on days of highest ozone concentrations compared to days of lowest ozone concentrations. Similar findings were seen for other pollutants such as sulphur dioxide, nitrogen dioxide, and particulate matter - although the effect appeared to be not as marked. The effect of air pollution was strongest during the summer months, when people were more likely to be outside. Previous studies have shown that air pollution may promote other disease states through inflammation, and the researchers said this was the most likely explanation for their finding. - Source

10/08/08 - Microwaves Can Extract Water from Moon, Mars
“A lot of people think that water doesn’t exist on the Moon,” said Kaukler. “It’s true that not all parts of the Moon have water. Where the Apollo missions landed, there isn’t much water because it is exposed to the sun half of the time. However, in the polar regions, exploratory satellites have found huge amounts of hydrogen, which is evidence that water exists.” The Moon’s surface is covered with over two meters deep of regolith (like soil), a layer of loose, powdery, heterogeneous material created by hundreds of millions of years of meteorite and comet bombardment. Below that covering lies bedrock. “Ice is just inches below the surface of the moon in craters at the poles (where solar heating doesn’t occur),” he said. “Using microwaves to heat the soil offers several advantages,” Kaukler said. “Microwaves are not strongly absorbed by the regolith (soil) so it can penetrate several feet into the soil and heat it.” Heating is possible because the Moon’s soil has about 5 percent iron, similar to volcanic rock on Earth, according to Kaukler. Microwave absorption is the most efficient method to heat large volumes of regolith or rock. He said research shows that if the regolith can be warmed from a minus 150 degrees Celsius to minus 50 degrees, the vapor pressure of the water mixed in with the regolith particles is much higher than the Moon’s atmospheric pressure. Kaukler said the moon’s vacuum environment literally percolates the water vapor to the surface through the regolith particles. The water vapor collects on a cold (below minus 50 C) plate where it forms as ice and is scraped off for human consumption or where it can be converted by electrolysis to hydrogen and oxygen to be used as a fuel and oxidizer that can be used in space travel, like going to Mars. - Source

10/08/08 - 'Intelligent' computers put to the test
KeelyNet Can machines think? That was the question posed by the great mathematician Alan Turing. Half a century later six computers are about to converse with human interrogators in an experiment that will attempt to prove that the answer is yes. In the Turing test a machine seeks to fool judges into believing that it could be human. The test is performed by conducting a text-based conversation on any subject. If the computer's responses are indistinguishable from those of a human, it has passed the Turing test and can be said to be "thinking". No machine has yet passed the test devised by Turing, who helped to crack German military codes during the Second World War. The six computer programs taking part in the test are called Alice, Brother Jerome, Elbot, Eugene Goostman, Jabberwacky and Ultra Hal. Their designers will be competing for an 18-carat gold medal and $100,000 offered by the Loebner Prize in Artificial Intelligence. - Source

10/08/08 - Bedroom Fan Cuts SIDS Risk by 72%
"What we found in this study is that if an infant had a fan that was used in the sleeping room, the infant's risk of SIDS was reduced by 72 percent compared to no fan in the room," said study senior author Dr. De-Kun Li. Li said the prevailing theory is that SIDS occurs because an infant re-breathes carbon dioxide and doesn't have either the strength to move from harm's way or a properly developed neurological system to warn of the impending danger. "For whatever reason, carbon dioxide is trapped in the airway," he said. And the exact reason that happens is still unknown. To assess whether or not increasing the ventilation in a room would affect the risk of SIDS, the researchers compare information from mothers of 185 infants who died of SIDS with 312 randomly selected, age-matched infants. The infants were also matched based on their race or ethnicity and where they lived. They found that the risk of SIDS was reduced by 72 percent if a baby slept in a room with a fan. Having an open window also seemed to reduce the risk, but this finding wasn't statistically significant. "If parents, in addition to following the American Academy of Pediatrics recommendations for SIDS prevention, want to add an extra layer of protection, they could add a fan to the room," said Li, who cautioned that parents need to use common sense when placing a fan so it's not too close to the crib and it's not somewhere a toddler could reach it. - Source

10/06/08 - Invention may brighten city's future
KeelyNet The gleaming corrugated glass in Robert Hockaday’s hand is an invention he’s worked on to convert energy from the sun. To make the glass sheets in 2 x 2 foot sections, it will take dozens of railcars loaded with clear recycled glass. Hockaday is planning to manufacture them in Tucumcari. Hockaday’s company eQsolaris, which is based in Los Alamos, has teamed up with two Japanese companies Kyosemi and Mihama. Together they have a patent pending on the invention that Hockaday said is price competitive with fossil fuels. Using droplet heat dispersal techniques, the cells can focus sunlight with greatly reduced heat for efficiencies on the order of 20%. One of the first markets Hockaday said he expects to tap is the $500 million skylight market with his photovoltaci cells. The glass sheets will easily fit into the ceiling niches for skylights where it can produce energy for homeowners. - Source

10/06/08 - Energy Speedometer
With the help of heavyweight partner Black & Decker, the Power Monitor, as it has been tagged, will hit retail outlets across North America come November, the first product in Black & Decker's Energy Series category. Designed to measure energy as it's being used, the unit allows homeowners to see where exactly they consume, with the idea that seeing those patterns will teach them how to consume less. According to Black & Decker, the tool could save the average Canadian homeowner approximately 20% on energy costs (or $300 a year) based on nationwide averages, just by helping them change their behaviours. The Power Monitor, which will retail for $99.99, attaches to a home's hydro meter, sending out a wireless signal to a display monitor, which then offers real-time data not only on how much energy is being used at any given moment, but on how that translates into dollars and cents. Homeowners can even isolate the cost of a specific appliance or electronic device to see exactly how much energy, for example, that old fridge is wasting. - Source

10/06/08 - Work up a good head of steam for greener driving
KeelyNet Fred Bayley, an automotive engineer from Brighton, U.K., has designed a hybrid car that combines diesel and steam power, says New Scientist. The trick is to store exhaust heat in a form that can be used later. Bayley has designed a "steam accumulator" based on a wrought aluminum pressure vessel containing 100 liters of water. During diesel-powered driving, the water is heated by the 500 deg C exhaust gases until it reaches a pressure of 100 atmospheres (10 megapascals). In town, the diesel engine switches off and a pressure valve opens, releasing a superheated steam jet that drives a turbine, which in turn drives the wheels. The waste steam is condensed and pumped back into the pressure vessel. He says his system will increase the distance driven on a liter of fuel from 29.4 kilometers achieved by diesel/battery hybrids to 49.5 kilometers, equivalent to 140 miles per gallon. This can be achieved because "charging" the steam storage system does not take any power away from the diesel engine. "Current hybrids run on the internal combustion engine to charge the battery," explains Bayley. "But this design doesn't ask the internal combustion engine to do anything except power the vehicle. The accumulator gets its energy from the hot exhaust gases - energy which is usually chucked out of the tailpipe." Steam accumulators were used in the 20th century on railway locomotives, says Roger Waller, chief engineer at DLM in Switzerland, which makes modern steam locos. They minimized the hazard from the firebox in environments such as chemical plants. "It's an old principle but it needs to be developed," says Waller. "The problem is convincing people that steam has its place." - Source

10/06/08 - Homemade solar tank has Marrero man in hot water
For the past 25 years, the water at the 85-year-old Kreamer's August Street property has been heated through solar power. A collection of recycled water heaters sits under special, light-absorbing plastic inside twin containers propped at an angle against a wall. "It's a really simple concept," said Kreamer's son, Brett Kreamer, 51. "It's an insulated box, and basically the cold water goes in, the sun heats up the tanks, and the hot water goes to the top and out." The elder Kreamer said, "You have no maintenance, no electrical motor running, no pumps, no blowers, no nothing." Yet the solar heater's gauge put the water temperature inside the tanks at 140 degrees, "way hotter than you need," he said. While he can't put a figure on the family's savings over the years thanks to the solar heating system, Erole Kreamer points out that about a quarter of a home's power bill is attributed to heating water. So significantly reducing that chunk of what a person pays every month can translate into big savings, Kreamer said. A caveat, Kreamer says, is that the solar collection system must be put in a spot that receives sunlight year-round. Do not, however, put the system on the roof, because 60 gallons of water translates to about 500 pounds -- too heavy for the roof, Kreamer said. - Source

10/06/08 - Wichita Inventor Creates All Electric Car w/video
KeelyNet A Wichita man is going electric on the road and is hoping others will follow his lead. He has developed an all-electric vehicle and hopes his device could mean drivers will no longer need to stop at the gas station for fill-ups. It doesn't look like much. It's a 1986 Isuzu truck that Roger Nethercot is transforming into one of the first all electric vehicles. A hybrid it's not. "We stripped everything out. The engine and transmission... It all goes and don't go back," said Nethercot. What will go in are high powered generators, a power supply and a motor that will run the entire vehicle. He can't say how because the patent is still pending, but what Nethercot can promise is that, once installed, the all electric vehicle will never need a charge or gas to run. The total conversion cost starts at $4,000. To get information on how you can have your car converted you can call Nethercot at 880-4301 or check out his website which will be up and running on Saturday. - Source

10/06/08 - Wearable Power Source Inventor finalist in DOD $1M contest
KeelyNet Todd Pool, a 26-year-old maintenance worker at Coats America, has been named a finalist in a Department of Defense contest to design and build a "wearable power source" for possible development for use in the field by armed service personnel. The contest rules call for a compact and lightweight generator that can produce 20 Watts continuously for 96 hours. It must also give 200 Watts for five minutes at a time, several times selected randomly throughout the test period. "The challenge is efficiency," said Pool. He said it was simple enough to build a generator to do one or the other, but to do both efficiently he chose to incorporate batteries to deliver the 200 Watt peak. When operating at 20 Watts, the system charges the batteries. "My design uses an external combustion heat engine that has a separate compressor, heating and expander section. I am using propane as the fuel in the prototype," he said, due to its higher BTU by weight, and because it needs no fuel pump and allows a simpler burner design. "The prototype uses a heat exchanger on the exhaust to capture as much as 90 percent of the lost heat which will then preheat the air from the compressor before entering the burner," he added. "To increase efficiency, the expander section is ceramic-coated on the head, valves and piston tip." Pool said the empty prototype weighs four lbs. And he has opted to run it with two lbs of fuel, to safely make it through the 96-hour demonstration. - Source

10/06/08 - Taking the Salt Out of Sea Water
The United Nations estimates that 1.1 billion people across the globe lack access to sustainable, clean drinking water and that 1.6 million children will die each year because of that lack of access. Geoscientist David Kreamer of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, noting that at least 37% of the world’s population lives within 100 kilometers of a coastline, says that desalinization -- removing salt from ocean water to create fresh water -- is a practical way to meet the growing human need. Desalinization is not a novel idea, says Kreamer. U.S. Navy aircraft carriers, for example, have had to generate fresh water to help sustain large crews while at sea for six months or more. In fact, says Kreamer, such ships are ideal platforms for desalinization. And what better use for large, mothballed ocean vessels currently dry-docked or cluttering working harbors? The U.S. alone has a fairly large mothball fleet, including U.S. Navy inactive ships and the U.S. Merchant Marine reserve fleet. Kreamer’s work examines the practicality of recycling decommissioned U.S. Navy vessels, especially with an eye toward using old aircraft carriers, to become mobile desalinization plants. When ships meet the end of their service life with the U.S. Navy, they are often quite serviceable. Kreamer notes that the decommissioning of the John F. Kennedy multipurpose aircraft carrier in August 2007 saved the Navy about 1.2 billion U.S. dollars, yet the vessel itself is still sea worthy and could be a good candidate for work as a desalinization plant. A change in purpose would save money in other areas as well. The John F. Kennedy aircraft carrier had a crew of about 5,200, but says Kreamer, "You wouldn’t have as many people working a desalinization plant." Kreamer will also address how voyaging desalinization plans can (1) help reach more people in need – "they could outrun a hurricane and steam within days to an area of natural or man-made disaster"; (2) harness wind, wave, and solar power to help sustain operations; and (3) meet cost, center of gravity, and environmental concerns. - Source

10/06/08 - Video - Early attempts at Flight
If you are at all interested in such things, this nearly 10 minute video is a total hoot! - Source

10/06/08 - Motorcycles of the Air May Give Wings to All (Aug, 1931)
KeelyNet A cycle plane already has been successfully designed and flown by Johann Franz, a Czechoslovakian inventor. A tow rope of the type used in launching gliders assisted in the take-off of the cycle plane, “but once in the air it skimmed along with its propeller turning over under power of its motorcycle engine. Mr. Franz patented his plane in the United States in January of this year, and is now refining its design. The ultimate development of such a light single-seater craft will point toward an all-metal plane weighing not more than 250 pounds, the abolishment of fixed stabilizing surfaces in the rear, single airwheel landing gear and stamped dural construction throughout. The greatest single problem confronting designers and engineers before such a craft can be safely produced and sold is the development of a wing construction and mechanism which will permit the angle of incidence to be varied to suit the constantly changing conditions of flight. - Source

10/06/08 - Human Power Tiles
At its most basic, the concept of energy harvesting - the gathering of energy from one source, and applying it to power an object - is akin to a bicycle dynamo. At its most complex, it can take the form of floor tiles that absorb the energy created by footsteps and even dance moves and convert it into electricity. This is happening in two European clubs. In the Netherlands, the dance floor of Club Watt has coils and magnets underneath that move in keeping with the pounding of the dancers, creating power which can satisfy 30 per cent of the establishment's requirements. Even in high traffic areas, the technology can work as the company behind the club, part of the Sustainable Dance Club group, is producing smaller portable floors that businesses in places such as bus and train stations can install to generate free power. In the United Kingdom, the London Club Surya, claimed to be the world's first "ecological club", boasts a dance floor with piezoelectric tiles that generate enough electrical charge with the assistance of bobbling dancers to fulfill 60 per cent of its electricity needs. Elizabeth Redmond, a student of the University of Michigan in the United States, said her invention, POWERleap tiles, also produces piezoelectricity simply by pedestrians walking on them. When certain materials such as lead zirconate (crystal) plates are stressed and bent, she said they produce a charge that can be stored in batteries. - Source

10/06/08 - The Post Turtle
KeelyNet A 70-year-old Texas Rancher got his hand caught in a gate while working cattle. He wrapped the hand in his bandana and drove his pickup to the doctor. While suturing the laceration, the doctor asked the old man about George W. Bush being in the White House. The old Texan said, "Well, ya know, Bush is a 'Post Turtle.'" Not knowing what the old man meant, the doctor asked what a Post Turtle was. The old man looked at him and drawled, "When you're driving down a country road and you come across a fence post with a turtle balanced on top, that's a Post Turtle." The old man saw a puzzled look on the doctor's face, so he continued to explain: "You know he didn't get there by himself, he doesn't belong there, he can't get anything done while he's up there, and you just want to help the poor dumb bastard get down." - Source

10/06/08 - Solar Paint on Steel Could Generate Renewable Energy Soon
In three years, buildings covered in steel sheets could be generating large amounts of solar electricity, thanks to a new photovoltaic paint that is being developed in a commercial partnership between UK university researchers and the steel industry. The photovoltaic paint is made up of a layer of dye and a layer of electrolytes and can be applied as a liquid paste. Altogether, the sheets of steel get four coats of solar paint — an undercoat, a layer of dye-sensitized solar cells, a layer of electrolyte or titanium dioxide as white paint pigment and, finally, a protective film. The paste is applied to steel sheets when they are passed through the rollers during the manufacturing process. The four layers of the solar cell system are built up one after the other in rapid succession. Light hits the dye-sensitized solar cells, exciting the molecules that act as a light absorber or sensitizer. The excited molecules release an electron into the nanocrystalline titanium dioxide layer, which acts as an electron collector and a circuit. The electrons finally move back into the dye, attracted by positively charged iodide particles in a liquid electrolyte. The solar electricity that the area covered with paint generates is collected and provides power for whatever application it is connected to. - Source

10/06/08 - Build a solar dehydrator
KeelyNet Erik Knutzen and Kelly Coyne, authors of The Urban Homestead, are really into all things green and sustainable. In their blog, Homegrown Evolution, they discuss building their own solar dehydrator using plans from the February/March 1997 issue of Home Power Magazine. The dehydrator is designed by Appalachian State University’s Appropriate Technology Program. If interested, you can check out or buy other solar dehydrator designs. This seems like a great, cheap alternative to buying an expensive electric dehydrator, and you get some great advantages, like low-cost dehydrating, solar energy, and beef jerky whenever you want it. Besides just making jerky, you can use a dehydrator to dry fruits such as prunes and figs, make raisins from seedless grapes, grow and dry your own herbs and dry walnuts for winter storage. Plus, the authors point out, for most of these designs, if you remove the top box and you stick it next to a window, you’ve got a solar heater. It’s now a dual-purpose device. - Source

10/06/08 - Paper and pencil, not computer, boosts creativity
Paper, pencil and books are the key to developing one's creativity and maximizing one's intelligence, says Dutch psychologist Christof van Nimwegen. In "The Paradox of the guided user: assistance can be counter- effective," van Nimwegen asked two groups to perform the same tasks. The first was allowed use a computer; the second group only got a pen and pencil. The second group executed all tasks faster and performed substantially better. In addition, their solutions to complicated problems were more creative. Van Nimwegen says much software turns us into passive beings, subjected to the whims of computers, randomly clicking on icons and menu options. In the long run, this hinders our creativity and memory, he says. Van Nimwegen says his study demonstrates people may benefit if they continue to study new information by using books and the spoken word. "Listening to someone is the best guarantee to absorb information and store it permanently in one's memory," van Nimwegen says. "Sometimes, if computers take over too much from people, their brains get lazy and people become less attentive. They miss out on problems. Sometimes the consequences can be enormous," he warned. - Source

10/06/08 - PromptPuppy Replaces a Teleprompter - Oct. 5th, 2008
KeelyNet When you’re giving a speech, you may wish you had a teleprompter, but these can cost thousands of dollars. For $20 instead, you can get a program called “PromptPuppy,” from It does pretty much the same thing. With PromptPuppy, you can have your script or notes roll by in giant letters on a laptop screen. But if you’re delivering your speech in front of a camera, you want to be seen looking directly at that camera, not at your laptop. In this situation, you can use a two-way mirror placed between you and the camera. The camera looks right through the clear side of such a mirror, as if it that were plain glass. But what you see is your script rolling by. Besides the huge cost difference, PromptPuppy has other advantages over ordinary Teleprompters. You can use the scroll wheel on your mouse to speed up or slow down your script, or go back a few lines. If you buy the professional version, the $60 “PromptDog,” you can also edit your script as you practice, and then jump right back to the prompter. The new version lets you colorize text to separate various speaking parts, and has a feature typically found on expensive Teleprompters: a timer that shows you how long it will take to get through your script at the rate you’re going. - Source

10/03/08 - The 'Bio-Truck' - turning waste into energy
Chuck Davis, Chairman and CEO of TMD technologies group says, "Waste Energy is a partner of TMD Technologies Group which is a Lafayette based company. Waste Energy is going to be involved in the production of ethanol and other alternative fuels out of waste products." The goal is to take waste from high sugared products like yams and soda and use treatment plants like this one to make ethanol. "We also have the ability with these units to return the water to them for reuse in the process," says Davis. Wayne Keith, farmer and inventor says, "This particular vehicle gets about 5,000 miles per core of wood and is selling for about $50 right now." The bio-truck may be more useful to farmers and drivers who have access to a large supply of biomass. But it's an example of how new technology can reduce our carbon footprint. - Source

10/03/08 - ‘Thinking Cap’ to Unlock Our Inner Genius
KeelyNet The device uses tiny magnetic pulses to change the way the brain works and has produced remarkable results in tests. The hairnet-like cap uses tiny magnetic pulses to change the way the brain works and has led to improved artistic ability, mathematical ability and proof-reading skills. If the technique is perfected, the device could be marketed as a cap slipped on to boost creativity and intellectual capacity. The technique is based on research into savants, like the Dustin Hoffman character in the film Rainman, who have extraordinary abilities as well as severe mental disability, reported the Telegraph. They act as if one part of the brain has been sacrificed so that the other is more powerful. The cap can reproduce the same affect by careful targeting of the magnetic pulses allows over or under-active parts of the brain to be calmed down or jump-started. The researchers used a cap equipped with magnetic coil to zap the left side of the brain. This side generally sees the “bigger picture” and suppresses the detail-hoarding right side. In one experiment, volunteers were asked to draw a dog, horse or face from memory before and after being zapped for ten to 15 minutes. Four of the 11 volunteers produced more natural pictures after wearing the cap. Two also spotted written mistakes in pieces of text that they’d overlooked earlier, a Royal Society conference heard on Monday. The effects of the thinking-cap zap may remain upto an hour, said the researchers. / Picture - 1) Cap containing a figure-of-eight shaped magnet connected to an electric current is placed on head. Magnet is made up of a bundle of intertwined wires and is near the left ear. 2) The tiny magnetic pulses disturb electric circuits on left side of the brain, which usually sees the 'bigger picture' and suppressed the detail-hoarding right side. 3) Details filed unconsciously come to the fore, creating a burst of creative, mathematical or other talent. - Source

10/03/08 - Plug-in Hybrids May Not Go Mainstream, Toyota Says
"Honda's challenger to the Prius — the Insight hybrid that we discussed so lividly a month ago — got its official unveiling today at the Paris auto show, with insiders confirming it would be cheaper than the world's most popular 'green' car while still hitting the same fuel-efficiency range. But the hybrid-electric showdown comes in the midst of a sudden rethink by Toyota about plug-in hybrids. Apparently all the recent hype — over the production version of the Chevy Volt, plus Chrysler's new electric trio and even the cool new Pininfarina EV also unveiled today — has execs from the world's number one automaker, and alt-fuel experts, questioning how many people will really buy electric cars, whether people will really charge them at night to keep the grid clear, whether batteries will make them too expensive and more." - Source

10/03/08 - Plant used by Voodoo practioners shows promise as source of biofuel
KeelyNet For generations, Voodoo practitioners in rural Haiti have sworn by the mystic qualities of Jatropha, an indigenous plant believed to purge evil spirits and release the trapped souls of the dead. It has been known for decades that the oil-producing seeds of the Jatropha curcas, once they are crushed and processed, can be a potent source of energy. But now the so-called "miracle plant" is sparking heightened interest as oil prices skyrocket and reports filter out of India and Nepal of power plants there being fueled by Jatropha. Jatropha, or Gwo Medsiyen, is everywhere in Haiti. For centuries, it has been part of the medicinal arsenal of Voodoo priests and priestesses. They use it in burial ceremonies to banish evil spirits, in ritual baths, as a remedy for constipation and as an acne cure. It can also be used, Voodoo practitioners believe, to physically harm one's enemies, through incantations. The toxic seed is dropped into a kerosene lamp, and the longer the lamp burns, the longer the harm is supposed to endure. Where most crops don't grow, Jatropha will. "There are about (1.5 million acres) of dry and arid land, which is suitable for Jatropha plantations and would create thousands of rural jobs," said Reginald Noel, a biofuel pioneer in Haiti, whose car runs on biodiesel. "We can satisfy our energy needs in this country and divert money to our farmers." - Source

10/03/08 - The Acoustic Coagulation Cuff
US researchers intend to develop an automated ultrasonic cuff which could be fitted to the arms or legs of wounded troops to stop blood loss and so save the limb - or indeed the whole soldier. The idea is that an untrained user will be able to attach the DBAC to the arm or leg of a colleague which has suffered a penetrating wound. The machine will use ultrasound scanning to pinpoint internal bleeding, before focusing "high-power energy" on the bleed sites. This will cause the blood to coagulate, forming instant scabs and so preventing further blood loss. The cuff is intended to lower chances of limbs being lost to severe battlefield trauma, which is an increasingly common situation as improved combat medicine saves more and more soldiers who would previously have died - but often can't preserve their limbs. The DBAC, if it works as intended, should also prevent deaths from haemorrhagic shock. - Source

10/03/08 - Models of Eel Cells Suggest Electrifying Possibilities
KeelyNet Artificial versions of the eel’s electricity generating cells could be developed as a power source for medical implants and other tiny devices. Electric eels channel the output of thousands of specialized cells called electrocytes to generate electric potentials of up to 600 volts, according to biologists. The mechanism is similar to nerve cells. The arrival of a chemical signal triggers the opening of highly selective channels in a cell membrane causing sodium ions to flow in and potassium ions to flow out. The ion swap increases the voltage across the membrane, which causes even more channels to open. Past a certain point the process becomes self-perpetuating, resulting in an electric pulse traveling through the cell. The channels then close and alternate paths open to “pump” the ions back to their initial concentrations during a “resting” state. One design for an artificial cell generates more than 40 percent more energy in a single pulse than a natural electrocyte. Another would produce peak power outputs over 28 percent higher. In principle, say the authors, stacked layers of artificial cells in a cube slightly over 4 mm on a side are capable of producing continuous power output of about 300 microwatts to drive small implant devices. - Source

10/03/08 - No Space Porn (For Now)
With the entry to sub-orbital flight, and even orbital flight, becoming ever so slightly easier, the obvious thought of space porn kicks in. Who wouldn't want to see two or more people going at it like rabbits in a weightless environment (or at least trying to go at it like rabbits in a weightless environment)? Sadly, Virgin Galactic has turned down a $1 million offer to do just that. The offer was made by an unidentified party who was willing to put the money up front to do a space porn movie. Considering that a flight aboard VG costs $200,000 for a two-hour flight, $1 million doesn't seem too bad. Though how much you could actually do and perform in two hours is debatable. And what if one or more of the actors gets sick? - Source

10/03/08 - US Hospital Finder Locates the Nearest Hospital
KeelyNet Web site US Hospital Finder is a Google Maps mashup that finds the nearest hospital based on your address. Frankly, at first glance the results of the Hospital Finder don't net you all that much more information than searching for "hospital" on Google Maps proper. If you click on a specific hospital, though, you're greeted with an overview of all kinds of fascinating information, like mortality rates, number of beds, and patient ratings. It may not be a web site you'll use every day, but it's certainly interesting to learn more about your current hospital, and it may be worth a look next time you need to pick a new hospital. - Source

10/03/08 - Can Static Electricity Generate Votes?
"A recent local election in Washington, DC, resulted in 1500 extra votes for a candidate. The board of elections is now claiming that static electricity caused the malfunction. Is this even remotely possible? If so, couldn't an election be invalidated pretty easily?" - Source

10/03/08 - Portable Medical Scanner With Inexpensive Digicam Sensor
KeelyNet A lot can be learned from simply counting the cells found in a sample of blood or water; the rub is that it requires either a lengthy and complex manual process with an expensive microscope or a a quicker process with an even more expensive flow cytometer. Now, UCLA researchers have devised a compact system that scans samples with a cheap CCD digicam sensor to quickly spot and count 100,000 different kinds of cells in a sample. The device works by placing the sample in close proximity to the sensor and beaming a strong light through it. The sensor doesn’t take a scientifically useful photo, but rather looks for each cell’s unique light diffraction signature to spot and count it. It compares each signature to its onboard cell database to distinguish healthy and infected cells of many different types almost instantly. - Source

10/03/08 - 'Illusions driving market havoc'
The mind naturally creates illusions and superstitions at times of stress - and this could be adding to the global financial crisis, say scientists. US researchers say feeling "out of control" makes us more likely to misinterpret information as we search for signs of order. The researchers, from the University of Texas and Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, believe that humans cope with feeling out of control by trying to impose order subconsciously - even in situations where there is none. The researchers believe that other kinds of illusion, from conspiracy theories to superstitions, stem from the same basic subconscious problem, and that it may be contributing to the current havoc on the world's financial markets. Professor Cary Cooper said, "These dealers are supposed to be rational - but they're almost certainly not. If they feel out of control they will be not be looking in the right way at the information that is coming to them." - Source

10/03/08 - Earth's Poles Are Shifting to New Coordinates
KeelyNet Recent researches in our planet's lava flows seem to indicate that the North Pole is becoming weaker and weaker, as the magnetic field Earth generates is decreasing in intensity. According to the September 26 issue of the journal “Science,” secondary magnetic sources, other than the constant, turbulent flow of molten iron and rock beneath the ground, exist under the crust. Apparently, they can, at times, influence the magnetic field generated by our planet's poles, usually when the main “generators” are dwindling. - Source

10/03/08 - Earliest reference describes Christ as 'magician'
A team of scientists led by renowned French marine archaeologist Franck Goddio recently announced that they have found a bowl, dating to between the late 2nd century B.C. and the early 1st century A.D., that is engraved with what they believe could be the world's first known reference to Christ. If the word "Christ" refers to the Biblical Jesus Christ, as is speculated, then the discovery may provide evidence that Christianity and paganism at times intertwined in the ancient world. The full engraving on the bowl reads, "DIA CHRSTOU O GOISTAIS," which has been interpreted by the excavation team to mean either, "by Christ the magician" or, "the magician by Christ." / (There is a lot more to this that most people don't have a clue about...see my blog in couple of days from now. - JWD) - Source

10/03/08 - High-Efficiency Generators for Hybrid Vehicles
KeelyNet Free-piston engines could be used to generate electricity as efficiently as, and less expensively than, fuel cells. Free-piston engines aren't new: they were invented in the 1920s. But the increased recent focus on hybrid cars has led a growing number of research groups and automakers to start research programs to develop the technology. Unlike in conventional engines, there is no mechanical connection between the piston and a crankshaft (hence the name free-piston). Since the design allows for improved combustion and less friction, the engines could be far more efficient in generating electricity than either conventional generators or newer fuel-cell technology. Having a cheap and efficient way to generate electricity is becoming more important as automakers develop electric vehicles with onboard generators for recharging the battery pack and extending range. In conventional internal combustion engines, multiple pistons are connected via rods to a crankshaft that, via the transmission, drives the wheels. Free-piston engines do away with the crankshaft: the pistons aren't connected to anything. Instead, two opposing pistons just shuttle back and forth inside a chamber. To generate electricity, the pistons could be equipped with rows of magnets that shuttle past metal coils to create an electrical current. - Source

10/03/08 - Inpex to Use Bacteria at Old Oil Wells to Produce Gas
Japanese researchers have developed a method of using bacteria found in depleted oil wells to turn leftover crude into natural gas, a technique that could help meet 10 percent of the country's demand for the fuel. Inpex Holdings Inc., Japan's largest energy explorer, has produced methane using microbes and crude residue from the 139- year-old Yabase field in northern Japan, said Haruo Maeda, director of a laboratory operated by Teikoku Oil Co., an Inpex unit. One kind of oil-eating microbes turns crude into hydrogen and the second reacts with hydrogen and carbon dioxide, which is added, to produce methane, according to Inpex's Maeda. These bacteria have also been cultivated in a laboratory as part of a three-year study by Inpex and Tokyo University, he said. Inpex has found bacteria that can penetrate wells as deep as 1,500 meters and produce methane gas at temperatures as high as 55 degrees Celsius (131 degrees Fahrenheit), Maeda said. - Source

10/03/08 - Ultrasound Machine Ages Wine
KeelyNet "This machine can take your run-of-the-mill £3.99 bottle of plonk and turn it into a finest bottle of vintage tasting like it costs hundreds. It works on any alcohol that tastes better aged, even a bottle of paintstripper whisky can taste like an 8-year-aged single malt." The Ultrasonic Wine Ager, which looks like a Dr. Who ice bucket, takes 30 minutes to work and has already been given the thumbs up by an English winemaker. - Source

10/03/08 - A taste for scorpion venom could be cancer's undoing
KeelyNet The scorpion Leiurus quinquestriatus lives in the Middle East. Among the powerful cocktail of neurotoxins packed into its venom is a peptide that is non-toxic to humans and binds to a receptor found only on some tumour cells. In culture, the peptide has invaded tumours in breast, skin, brain and lung tissue, but left healthy cells untouched. "It's as if the tumours collect it," says Michael Egan of the company TransMolecular in Cambridge, Massachusetts. To see if the peptide could deliver lethal doses of radioactivity to cancer cells, researchers at the company have attached radioactive iodine isotopes to it. In a trial last year, they injected this agent directly into the tumours of 59 people suffering from inoperable brain cancer. All the patients have now died, but those receiving a higher dose lived for three months longer, on average. - Source

10/03/08 - Google unveils $4.4 trillion alternative energy plan
The non-profit organization operated by Google Inc. on Wednesday unveiled a $4.4 trillion plan to cut the use of fossil fuels by 2030. The plan, called "Clean Energy 2030," is designed to provide "a potential path to weaning the U.S. off of coal and oil for electricity generation by 2030," according to an online posting by climate and energy technology manager Jeffery Greenblatt. Greenblatt wrote that while the plan would cost $4.4 trillion to implement, it could result in net savings of $1 trillion over its 22-year span. Google has invested in a number of companies developing alternative energy technologies, in part to develop more efficient ways to power the company's many data centers. - Source

10/01/08 - Magnetic Air Car Could Be Ready by 2010
KeelyNet Magnetic Air Cars, Inc.. The San Jose-based company claims that it is working on the world’s first fuel-less car (as opposed to the World’s Most Fuel Efficient Car). The Magnetic Air Car uses three on-board substations to harness compressed air. The resulting airflow is channeled, modulated, and converted to torque that propels the car. According to company representative Paul Donovan, the car uses a silicon salt battery that has 30% more mass power than a lead acid storage battery and can charge completely within an hour. The 95 percent recyclable battery can also can be used in a temperature range from -40 degrees Celsius to 50 degrees Celsius. Though the Magnetic Air Car has not yet been tested, Donovan hopes to have it ready for production by 2010. The company plans on building its first prototype at Club Auto Sport in San Jose in the near future. The vehicle draws comparisons to Tata Motors’ 106 mpg air car, but Donovan says that the Tata Motors design uses pistons while the Magnetic Air Car design uses magnetic technology. / (Thanks to Jim Logue for this headsup. - JWD) - Source

10/01/08 - Compressed Air Motor Runs Car
KeelyNet Either the era of 'free air' is about to come to an end, or the cost of motoring is about to be reduced to practically nothing. In an amazing demonstration conducted recently in Los Angeles, a standard automobile chassis, powered with a newly-developed compressed air motor, whizzed around the city streets at not one cent of cost to the driver for fuel. The engine, which is the result of six years of research by Roy J. Meyers, resembles in general appearance a radial airplane motor. It is mounted in an upright position in the same space occupied by a gasoline motor in standard cars. A front view, shows how the compressed air engine is mounted. An electric heater, operated by a battery and generator, heats the air until it attains a pressure of 200 lbs. As the warm air goes through the engine and is cooled, it is recovered and drawn into a compressing chamber, where it is heated again and returned to the tank. A side view of the compressed air car, showing the four fuel tanks which will drive the car 500 miles at a speed of 35 miles an hour. The engine requires no cooling system, no ignition system, no carburetor, nor the hundreds of moving parts included in a standard gasoline motor. - Source

10/01/08 - The Element That Could Change the World
Making green energy work may depend on three unlikely heroes: an Australian engineer, a battery, and the element vanadium. This new battery, is an obscure piece of technology known as the vanadium redox flow battery. This unusual battery was invented more than 20 years ago by Maria Skyllas-Kazacos, a tenacious professor of electro­chemistry at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. The vanadium battery has a marvelous advantage over lithium-ion and most other types of batteries. It can absorb and release huge amounts of electricity at the drop of a hat and do so over and over, making it ideal for smoothing out the flow from wind turbines and solar cells. A traditional battery, such as the familiar AA dry cell, holds electrolytes in its own sealed container. But the vanadium battery is a flow system—that is, liquid electrolytes are pumped from external tanks into the stack, where the electricity-generating redox reaction takes place. Want to store more power? Use bigger tanks. The bigger the tanks, the more energy-rich electrolytes they can store. The downside is that flow batteries tend to be big. It takes a flow battery the size of a refrigerator, incorporating a 160-gallon tank of electrolytes, to store 20,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity, enough to power a full-size HDTV for about three days. This is because the energy density in the liquid electrolytes is relatively low compared with that of the chemicals in lithium-ion batteries. (Energy density is a measure of the amount of energy that can be extracted from a given volume or mass of a battery.) For this reason, flow batteries are unlikely to be found in mobile applications, like laptops or electric cars. In those cases the battery of choice remains lithium-ion, which has an energy density five times that of vanadium. - Source

10/01/08 - Portable Nuclear Power In Your Backyard
KeelyNet Before eyebrows are raised about the security aspect, we must tell you that only “highly enriched” Uranium fuel is something you need to worry about. This nuclear reactor concept would make use of Uranium Hydride, which doesn’t invite sanctions, is super-safe and renewable, and generates waste only the size of a watermelon (if used for 10 years). Hyperion’s home nuclear reactor concept promises a lot - most of which is centered on providing people with an alternate source of energy that doesn’t exhaust itself. What’s Innovative: Hyperion’s nuclear reactor uses clean water to moderate the reaction and also to cool the system. You can, therefore, rest assured that the reaction wouldn’t reach uncontrollable proportions. For those of you who have had to forcibly stay away from energy-guzzling devices, there is good news too. Nuclear energy is renewable and you can choose to be either self-sufficient or magnanimous enough to donate some of your additional energy to neighbors. - Source

10/01/08 - New software turns PC into TiVo TV recorder
TiVo Inc. and Nero AG of Germany were set to announce Monday that they will be launching a package that turns a Windows PC into a TV recorder, just like a TiVo set-top box. The kit will cost $199 when it goes on sale Oct. 15, and includes a remote and a TV tuner that plugs into the PC. The interface on the computer screen looks just like the one on a TV equipped with a TiVo box. It's not the first software that allows TV recording on the PC. That's been possible for years on computers equipped with TV tuners, and some versions of Microsoft Corp.'s Windows Vista operating system include the necessary software. But it will be the first time that both the TiVo interface and functions have been replicated on a PC. The Nero LiquidTV/TiVo PC will go on sale initially in the U.S., Mexico and Canada, but it could open up some markets where TiVo does not yet sell its set-top boxes. Joshua Danovitz, vice president and general manager of international business at TiVo, said the plan is to launch it in Europe next year, including in Nero's home country, Germany. Britain is the only European country where TiVo currently has subscribers. Like TiVo's existing TiVo Desktop software, LiquidTV will allow users to transfer shows recorded on other TiVo devices in the home to the PC's hard drive, and bring shows out of the home, either on a laptop's drive or on an iPod or PlayStation Portable. LiquidTV also allows users to burn shows onto DVDs if the computer has a DVD burner. - Source

10/01/08 - Invention in Syria is no easy task
KeelyNet When engineer Mohammad Kaffouzi returned to Syria after years of living abroad, he brought with him the blueprints for several inventions he had withheld from developing, preferring instead to launch his ideas in his country of birth. Back in Damascus, Kaffouzi dedicated his time and money to his lead invention: an environmentally friendly air-conditioner which consumed only half the energy of normal air-conditioners at the time. It seemed to be a money spinner – an invention which was not only good for the environment, but would also save people money. But while Kaffouzi’s prototype was a success, patenting his design and getting financial backing for the idea in Syria has turned out to be all but impossible. “If I knew this would be the situation, I would have carried out my inventions abroad and never come back,” a dejected Kaffouzi said. - Source

10/01/08 - US House Limits Constituent Emails
"The House is limiting e-mails from the public to prevent its websites from crashing due to the enormous amount of mail being submitted on the financial bailout bill. As a result, some constituents may get a 'try back at a later time' response if they use the House website to e-mail their lawmakers about the bill defeated in the House on Monday in a 205-228 vote." - Source

10/01/08 - The Strange Inventions of Pier L. Ighina
KeelyNet The world of Pier Luigi Ighina is of a science never before propagated, in which reality and mysticism seem to join in a way that is both charming and unnerving. As a student of magnetic fields, Ighina developed a great number of inventions throughout his life based on atomic vibrations. He also worked with the interaction of fields between the earth and sun, harnessing this energy to regenerate diseased cells. Ighina’s numerous inventions include a bed of passive resonance, an earthquake neutralizer, and a strange device he dubbed “Elios,” which is said to purify any food matter that comes within its small field of action. But perhaps none of these strange inventions brought as much pleasure to Ighina as the magnetic stroboscope. He was delighted in its capacity to surprise and amaze curious onlookers on cloudy days. In 1998, internationally renowned journalist Maurizio Costanzo went to interview Ighina and witnessed a strange propeller spinning above his humble dwelling in Imola, Italy. Costanzo describes how a hole in the clouds steadily opened and grew as the minutes passed. Later, Ighina admitted that the most satisfying component of his unusual invention was the innocent smiles of children as they watched the clouds retire, as if by magic. The magnetic stroboscope—which can be compared to Wilhelm Reich’s Cloudbuster—could certainly deliver a magnificent performance. And yet the landmark of Ighina’s work would have to be his discovery of something never before considered by science—a small, elusive, yet fundamental particle he named “the atomic magnet.” Ighina devised a mechanism that isolated each atom, consisting of walls of different atoms with decreasing rates of light absorption. It was during these investigations (for which he employed a microscope of his own design capable of magnification of up to 1.6 billion times) that Ighina discovered the magnetic atom—an extremely energetic particle present in all organic matter. After years of arduous lab work, Ighina discovered the most profound nature of matter—that atoms do not oscillate but vibrate. This revelation led to one of his more curious and brilliant inventions—the magnetic field oscillator. The scientist discovered that if he managed to change the vibratory state of a group of particles, the material itself could transform. What followed was a series of fantastic experiments in which the field oscillator played a leading role. On one occasion, Ighina set up his apparatus before an apricot tree. He then altered the atomic vibration so that it gradually became the same as that of an apple tree. (He had previously studied the indices of this vibration.) After 16 days, he ascertained that the apricots had mutated, almost completely, into apples. Through studying the corresponding vibration of the healthy bone of a rabbit, he excited the atoms of another rabbit’s fractured feet until they were healed in record time. In this way, Ighina understood that sick cells (including cancerous ones) of any individual were possible to cure through a simple, gradual alternation in their vibrational index, if this was correctly calculated. - Source

10/01/08 - Nuclear power is the key to weaning America off oil
Much like ethanol, wind power is a colossal waste of taxpayer money. It's unreliable, difficult to transport and generates little energy for the amount of effort. On average, wind mills only generate 30 percent of total capacity. Once produced, this energy has to be used or transported to another location for use. With constant fluctuations in the amount of energy produced, wind mills create huge problems for engineers, who have to balance peaks and valleys in usage to avoid electrical surges and shortages. That's why Denmark, the world's leading producer of wind energy, stopped building wind mills in 2007. With constant variations in wind speed, it becomes too difficult to rely on wind power to maintain a power grid. Transporting power over great distances is a losing proposition, as regular power lines lose 10 to 15 percent of their power every 1,000 miles. This can be solved with higher voltage power lines, but that would cost tons of money replacing our electrical infrastructure. Other government ideas, such as million dollar prizes for better electrical car batteries, will fail as well. If huge government prizes worked, we would have already captured Osama bin Laden. Instead of subsidizing wind mills and other noneffective sources of energy, the federal government should remove the massive regulator roadblocks restricting the construction of new nuclear power plants. Nuclear power is a cleaner, more efficient energy source than coal, natural gas or alternative sources. Uranium requires less mining than coal and produces the greatest amount of energy per resource. Nuclear waste byproducts can be safely stored in pellet form sealed in specialized containers placed in a hollowed-out mountain in the middle of nowhere, Nevada. For the pure earth crowd, the only perfect solution is no power. That's why they celebrate high gas prices, hoping that America reverts back to the supposedly environmentally friendly times of horse-and-buggy. They forget that horses create pollution. Before the invention of the automobile, horse manure was a constant problem in every major city. - Source

10/01/08 - Access From Anywhere w/video
KeelyNet Those that live outside of the United States may find that several videos will not play due to being in a different country. This tutorial lays out the steps of how to get around that using a free proxy called Hotspot Shield. / (I tried it from Mexico, and IT WORKS! - JWD) - Source. / It might be useful to have a list of a few others that aggregate video from all over the web; HULU, TVland, Surf the Channel, Sidereel, ABC, NBC, CBS, BBC - (BBC requires RealPlayer).

10/01/08 - Sound Familiar? Create Crisis -> Outrageous 'Fix' = Overthrow Democracy
Huffington Post writer threatened by neo-con bloggers after urging readers to remember Prescott Bush's 1933 Fascist "Business Plot". Writer Larisa Alexandrovna makes a number of salient points in an article entitled "Welcome to the final stages of the coup...". Referring to the Bush administration's "Wall Street bailout bill", Alexandrovna warns that a fascist coup is in it's closing stages, describing the proposed legislation as "treachery being conducted in the light of day." Alexandrovna compares the current manufactured crisis to the now infamous "Business Plot" of 1933, a previous attempt at an outright coup in order to install fascism in America. This treasonous plot was so called because the high-level plotters, including Prescott Bush, the current president's grandfather, were Wall Street men who openly supported fascism. The coup attempt came to light one year later in 1934, when General Smedley Butler informed the Congress that a group of wealthy industrialists had attempted to get on side high ranking military figures in order to overthrow the government of President Franklin D. Roosevelt. "It seems this time around, the Bush family is trying the more subtle approach to open bloodshed: first create a crisis, then under the guise of addressing that crisis, overthrow democracy. Yes, it does sound terribly conspiracy-theory-esque when explained just this way. But what else does one call a criminal conspiracy to destroy Congressional powers permanently, alter judicial powers permanently, and steal public funds?" Alexandrovna writes. In a passionate conclusion the writer demands that Impeachment be brought against those members of the government involved in the "New Business Plot". She then voices fears that failing this, people will have to take to the streets to prevent the usurpation of their freedoms and the total dissolution of America... - From an Email

10/01/08 - Fraunhofer ISE Researchers Achieve 39.7% Solar Cell Efficiency
KeelyNet "We have improved the contact structures of our solar cells," says Frank Dimroth, Head of the III-V - Epitaxy and Solar Cells Group at Fraunhofer ISE. "As a result, using the same semiconductor structures, we now achieve the higher efficiency when converting sunlight into electricity." In these concentrating PV applications, optimal efficiency is achieved between 300 - 600 suns, that is, at a sunlight concentration factor of 300 - 600. The metallization of the front side makes the main difference for different concentration factors. In the front grid the current is conducted through a network of thin wires from the middle of the solar cell to the edge, where it is then picked up by a 50 µm gold wire. Particularly under concentrated sunlight, the structure of this metal network is decisive. For one, the metal wires must be big enough to transport, with low resistance, the large currents that are generated under concentrated sunlight. On the other hand, the wires must be as small as possible since the sunlight cannot penetrate through metal and thus the cell area covered by metal cannot be used for the electrical conversion. - Source

10/01/08 - Achilles Ligeras' Magnetic Engine (ALME)
American-Grecian inventor, Achilles ("Archie") Ligeras, who resides in New York, claims to have built a working prototype that demonstrate his original concept of a motor driven by magnets only, with no other input. He claims that his prototype (now broken) reached upwards of 1500 rpm for 45 minutes, and ran continuously at a lower speed for 48 hours. Achilles claims that his working prototype achieved a rotation speed of 1500 rpm for fifteen minutes, and ran continuously at a slower speed for about 48 hours. At the end of that run, the motor box housing was hot to the touch, but not too hot to touch. The heat was most likely a function of friction from the various rollers and bearings. He applied a Schwinn bike generator to generate a few watts of electricity. He also tried stopping the shaft wearing leather garden gloves, and that it was quite hard to stop the rotation. In the process of removing the housing from the motor in preparation for its photographing and videotaping, the device broke. A second, more professionally-machined prototype is in process of being built. In open sourcing this idea, Achilles only asks that he receive a 6% royalty on any commercial development of the technology,... This is another in a long stream of claims to working magnet motors, none of which have yet emerged with a clear public demonstration. / (via - Source

10/01/08 - The Doorway to the Gods
KeelyNet A real-life Twilight Zone may exist in Southeastern Arizona near the Mexican border. Before continuing, I'd like to set forth a theory told to us by a party well-versed in the field of the strange and paranormal: Perhaps an enormous deposit of geodes beneath the surface might be effecting time in some mysterious manner. When all the natural elements --the vibration of the crystals, the electricity in the atmosphere and the magnetic fields in the earth--come together at the precise moment, laws of nature are turned topsy-turvy, and things occur beyond our understanding. It could be like dropping a stone into a pool of calm water--the archway being the stone and the waves expanding outward could be the natural forces. These might reach anywhere from several yards to a mile. Depending upon the activation, everything within this radiating circle could be thrown into a different period of time. When it fades, things return to normal. This fascinating journey into the unknown began in early 1956 and still remains an unsolved mystery today. It all began during a two-year adventure into Southern Arizona in search of lost mines and hidden Spanish treasures. High among the rugged terrain bordering Mexico, my brother Chuck and I discovered a location where time itself is altered. This natural freak of nature lies deep within a region seldom visited by modern man. John told us around the 1800s, three Indians were hunting and upon returning to their village, discovered a stone archway. Being in a jubilant mood, they began chasing one another through the opening in a playful manner. Moments later, one jumped through but never emerged from the opposite side. Fearing they had entered some sacred ground of the gods, the remaining two fled the scene. Arriving at the village, they told the medicine man how their friend had vanished before their eyes. As the story spread, others journeyed to the high plateau to gaze upon the stone structure. Rocks and other items were tossed through, but nothing occurred--until an elderly woman approached. Tossing in a live rabbit, it suddenly vanished. The Indians backed off in fear and spread the story of this "Doorway to the Gods," as it came to be known. - Source

10/01/08 - Fighting the scourge of scareware
Microsoft and Washington State's Attorney General filed lawsuits against scam artists who frighten consumers into buying useless software. "Scareware" merchants are accused of tricking computer users into clicking on pop-up alerts that claim their device is "damaged and corrupted". They are then persuaded to buy software that corrects the non-existent issue by offering fake security fixes. Users are "duped into downloading a fake scan (of the computer) and then duped into paying for software they don't need". The attorney general's lawsuit has been filed against a Texas firm called Branch Software and Alpha Red and its owner James Reed McCreary IV. The suit alleged that Mr McCreary's company "sent incessant pop-ups resembling system warnings to consumers' personal computers. "The messages read "CRITICAL ERROR MESSAGE! - REGISTRY DAMAGED AND CORRUPTED." The complaint goes on to claim that the ads "instructed users to visit a web site to download Registry Cleaner XP" at a cost of $39.95 (£21.70) "We won't tolerate the use of alarmist warnings or deceptive 'free scans' to trick consumers into buying software to fix a problem that doesn't even exist," said Mr McKenna. - Source

10/01/08 - Bush Legacy Tour
KeelyNet By now, most Americans agree that President Bush's two terms in office have been a profound failure. For months, Bush's approval ratings have hovered around 30 percent -- while approximately 2/3 of the American people disapprove of the job he's doing in Washington. What the polls don't tell us is that in truth, the failures of the last eight years cannot be chalked up to one man - and that means they won't necessarily be turned around when he leaves office. The war in Iraq, the floundering economy, the tragedy that befell New Orleans, were the failures of conservative ideology. And they were the failures of every one in Congress who cheerleaded for and happily rubber-stamped the President's conservative agenda. The purpose of the Bush Legacy Tour is not to gloat about all that has gone wrong over the past eight years, but to ensure that the legacy of President George W. Bush can be used to ensure that the next eight are drastically different. - Source

10/01/08 - Carbon Dioxide Captured Directly From Air With Simple Machine
In research conducted at the U of C a team of researchers showed it is possible to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) – the main greenhouse gas that contributes to global warming – using a relatively simple machine that can capture the trace amount of CO2 present in the air at any place on the planet. The U of C team has devised a new way to apply a chemical process derived from the pulp and paper industry cut the energy cost of air capture in half, and has filed two provisional patents on their end-to-end air capture system. The technology is still in its early stage, Keith stresses. "It now looks like we could capture CO2 from the air with an energy demand comparable to that needed for CO2 capture from conventional power plants, although costs will certainly be higher and there are many pitfalls along the path to commercialization." Nevertheless, the relatively simple, reliable and scalable technology that Keith and his team developed opens the door to building a commercial-scale plant. - 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

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