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1 - 10/30/10 - - the dumbing down and Bankrupting of Umerica
2 - 10/29/10 - Inventor says his device turns solar energy into good business
3 - 10/29/10 - Triad Invention Could Wipe Out The Light Bulb
4 - 10/29/10 - Heated Gold Nanoshells appear to kill cancer at root
5 - 10/29/10 - Edison's phone that calls the dead
6 - 10/29/10 - 16 Year Old Builds 100 MPG Hybrid Sports Car
7 - 10/29/10 - Not turning clocks back 'could reduce accidents/cut carbon emissions'
8 - 10/29/10 - Herbal Treatment for Sleep Apnea
9 - 10/29/10 - How the Wars Are Sinking the Economy
10 - 10/29/10 - Sensor Detects Emotions through the Skin
11 - 10/29/10 - New device that keeps brain effective up to 8 hours after stroke
12 - 10/29/10 - Portal…shirt?
13 - 10/29/10 - Snap-On Smile, An Affordable Solution To Tooth Imperfections
14 - 10/29/10 - Never miss a family event again
15 - 10/29/10 - PopSci's Favorite Flying Cars
16 - 10/29/10 - BP dispersants are making people sick
17 - 10/29/10 - EFF suing FBI, DEA and DOJ to prevent back doors in social sites
18 - 10/29/10 - We can consciously exert control over individual neurons
19 - 10/29/10 - Killer insect to invade USA?
20 - 10/29/10 - Robotic Hands Grip Without Fingers
21 - 10/29/10 - NASA Working On Solar Storm Shield
22 - 10/26/10 - Just Sit Back and Immerse Yourself
23 - 10/26/10 - $19 Billion Later, Pentagon’s Best Bomb-Detector Is a Dog
24 - 10/26/10 - Bees' tiny brains beat computers, study finds
25 - 10/26/10 - Chocolate, Vanilla and Vitamin E for Inflammation, etc.
26 - 10/26/10 - Lies, Damned Lies, and Medical Science
27 - 10/26/10 - Dollars for Docs
28 - 10/26/10 - Chaplins Time Traveler
29 - 10/26/10 - Under the 'Give me a break' section
30 - 10/26/10 - The chaos theory of evolution
31 - 10/26/10 - Five Places Where Land is Free
32 - 10/26/10 - Google 2.4% Rate Shows How $60 Billion Lost to Tax Loopholes
33 - 10/26/10 - Texas bills for $269 million for uncollected sales taxes
34 - 10/26/10 - Inventions and Innovations from India
35 - 10/26/10 - Non-Stop Monorail - Inventor hopes rail idea gets noticed
36 - 10/26/10 - Cooker/Boiler Invention bags second prize at US contest
37 - 10/26/10 - School boy invents new security system
38 - 10/26/10 - New rules on bonus payments for employee inventions
39 - 10/26/10 - New tool helping patients undergoing rehab
40 - 10/26/10 - Airport scanners can now reveal content in bottles
41 - 10/26/10 - Fed Court Rules Against U.S. copying Technology Conceived Overseas
42 - 10/26/10 - Japanese invention turns plastic into oil, fits on a tabletop
43 - 10/26/10 - Water saving invention could save you money
44 - 10/26/10 - Wikileaks releases nearly 400,000 new secret Iraq docs
45 - 10/26/10 - Daily vibration to retain youthful strength and density of Bones
46 - 10/26/10 - Apocalypse from WWF: All living beings on Earth become extinct
47 - 10/26/10 - Mazda Claims 70 mpg For New Engine, No Hybrid Needed
48 - 10/26/10 - Can Tweets predict market moves?
49 - 10/26/10 - Are Consumer Hard Drives Headed Into History?
50 - 10/26/10 - Bees Beat Machines At 'Traveling Salesman' Problem
51 - 10/26/10 - Solar Powered Refridgerator
52 - 10/26/10 - Colleges May Start Forcing Switch To eTextbooks
53 - 10/26/10 - 3 Years of Failed Policies
54 - 10/23/10 - The Greenerator: Personal, renewable apartment power
55 - 10/23/10 - Volt Fraud At Government Motors
56 - 10/23/10 - Sun Light Shower Baths to Pep up Weary Congressmen (Dec, 1929)
57 - 10/23/10 - New evidence that Alzheimer's disease is infectious
58 - 10/23/10 - Plantenna: the plant antenna
59 - 10/23/10 - DNA Spray Links Criminals to the Place They Robbed
60 - 10/23/10 - Earthquakes Increase as the Moon Comes Closer to Earth
61 - 10/23/10 - Cheap Diesel-Powered Fuel Cells
62 - 10/23/10 - Baptism of fire on road to creativity
63 - 10/23/10 - GE’s Really Big, Bad Ideas
64 - 10/23/10 - How climate change can affect us
65 - 10/23/10 - Building a Better Goat
66 - 10/23/10 - Osmosis Revives in Northern Europe
67 - 10/23/10 - NASA/DARPA Plan ‘Hundred-Year Starship’ to Never Return
68 - 10/23/10 - Landslide detector wins enterprise award
69 - 10/23/10 - $2.8 Million to Demonstrate the Hydrogen Co-Production
70 - 10/23/10 - Invention Secrecy Still Going Strong
71 - 10/23/10 - Feds forced to admit it's legal to take pictures of federal buildings
72 - 10/23/10 - Scientists open electrical link to living cells
73 - 10/23/10 - China Now Halting Shipments of Rare Earth Minerals To US
74 - 10/23/10 - Cheap Software Tools Give New Life To Stop-Motion Animation
75 - 10/23/10 - Heroic Engineer Crashes Own Vehicle To Save a Life
76 - 10/23/10 - Investor Sues Company For Lack Of Profit
77 - 10/23/10 - 50 Secrets Your Pilot Won't Tell You
78 - 10/23/10 - Physicists Say Graphene Could Create Mass
79 - 10/23/10 - Comic Sales Soar After Artist Engages 4chan Pirates
80 - 10/23/10 - The 545 People Responsible For All of America's Woes
81 - 10/20/10 - Modeling a White Hole With Your Kitchen Sink
82 - 10/20/10 - Salt to accelerate Heating?
83 - 10/20/10 - Viscosity to show Negentropy
84 - 10/20/10 - TSA and the Pilot who declined
85 - 10/20/10 - "More Dangerous Than Dynamite" (1941)
86 - 10/20/10 - Bubble power clinches prize
87 - 10/20/10 - Car that runs on compressed air - Uruguayan invention
88 - 10/20/10 - Predictive Linguistics - A Warning… and why it matters
89 - 10/20/10 - What's the best way to preserve a Jack O'Lantern?
90 - 10/20/10 - Pyrolyzer produces heat for small scale Steam Applications
91 - 10/20/10 - BACKYARD INVENTION: Buggy harnesses wind
92 - 10/20/10 - Device promises 12 Month Money back Guarantee to become Pregnant
93 - 10/20/10 - $19.99 Scorpion Locator
94 - 10/20/10 - Memory Stick Miracle
95 - 10/20/10 - Thin Displays as Wristbands
96 - 10/20/10 - A Breakthrough Invention in the Oil and Gas Market?
97 - 10/20/10 - German engineer sells mini-heaters that light up rooms
98 - 10/20/10 - 10 Big Green Ideas
99 - 10/20/10 - Giant pterosaurs could fly 10,000 miles non-stop to other continents
100 - 10/20/10 - Firm devises world’s first floating solar plant
101 - 10/20/10 - Imagine Paper Solar Cells in Window Blinds
102 - 10/20/10 - Solar powered Window Boxes
103 - 10/20/10 - English Heritage claims ownership of every image of Stonehenge, ever
104 - 10/20/10 - Breakthrough blocks Starlight completely to find extrasolar planets
105 - 10/20/10 - Cool Egg Trick on Johnny Carson show
106 - 10/20/10 - Batteries smaller than a grain of salt
107 - 10/20/10 - The Rise and Fall of America's Jet-Powered Car
108 - 10/20/10 - Tesla Signs $60 Million Contract With Toyota
109 - 10/20/10 - Humans Will Need Two Earths By 2030
110 - 10/20/10 - MS Gives Free Licenses To Oppressed Nonprofits
111 - 10/20/10 - Antenna Arrays Could Replace Satellite TV Dishes
112 - 10/20/10 - International Effort Brings an Open Standard For Docking In Space
113 - 10/20/10 - Removing Traffic Lights Shown to Improve Flow and Safety
114 - 10/17/10 - Cyborgs Needed for Escape from Earth
115 - 10/17/10 - Everything really is relative
116 - 10/17/10 - If we choose wrong food policy, there could be no going back
117 - 10/17/10 - Air Power on the Cheap
118 - 10/17/10 - Taxpayer-funded video game will detect bias
119 - 10/17/10 - Curious mathematical law is rife in nature
120 - 10/17/10 - Robot arm punches human to obey Asimov's rules
121 - 10/17/10 - Windstalk – Wind Farm Without the Turbines
122 - 10/17/10 - A Handy Alternative Therapy Flowchart
123 - 10/17/10 - Passion As Painkiller
124 - 10/17/10 - Robot Jetpacks in the Works
125 - 10/17/10 - UConn Doctor's Invention Could Reduce Need For Biopsies
126 - 10/17/10 - Keeping a Good Invention Notebook
127 - 10/17/10 - Making a Baby in Space Could be Dangerous
128 - 10/17/10 - Here's €5 million - now go and save the planet
129 - 10/17/10 - Concealed Mobile Wind Turbines
130 - 10/17/10 - Agriculture fire-gun of yore
131 - 10/17/10 - The Software Junkyard
132 - 10/17/10 - Prediction: three million electric vehicles by 2015
133 - 10/17/10 - Walking can protect your memory from age-related problems
134 - 10/17/10 - Mayo Clinic laser heat destroys Tumors
135 - 10/17/10 -
136 - 10/17/10 - Ideo: How to Turn Social Taboos Into Innovative Products
137 - 10/17/10 - Amino Acid rejuvenation mixture increases mouse life by 12%
138 - 10/17/10 - Like it says...
139 - 10/17/10 - Study Shows Brain Responds More To Close Friends
140 - 10/17/10 - Why the Web Mustn't Become the New TV
141 - 10/17/10 - I Want Your Money (trailer)
142 - 10/15/10 - Purple Wind Turbines could save Birds and Bats
143 - 10/15/10 - My Orgasm Question - (finally wrote it up)
144 - 10/15/10 - Background Noise Affects Taste of Foods
145 - 10/15/10 - To Alter or Abolish (from 2009)
146 - 10/14/10 - A Back-of-the-Panel Boost for Solar Power
147 - 10/14/10 - Spatial Energy Coherence
148 - 10/14/10 - Sexless Relationships
149 - 10/14/10 - Plumber converts Mobility vehicle to hit 69mph
150 - 10/14/10 - A radical pessimist's guide to the next 10 years
151 - 10/14/10 - Would You Wear a Camcorder on Your Ear?
152 - 10/14/10 - How to brand a disease -- and sell a cure
153 - 10/14/10 - Virus and Malware Protection by using Virtual Space
154 - 10/14/10 - 10 Coolest Future City Concepts
155 - 10/14/10 - Onion Lore
156 - 10/14/10 - Russian Electric Supercar
157 - 10/14/10 - Inductive cooking invention could save 25% energy
158 - 10/14/10 - U.S. Patent Approves Eye Beam Patent for Dr. Colin Ross
159 - 10/14/10 - Excitation energy: Is the written description enabling?
160 - 10/14/10 - Light at night may lead to weight gain
161 - 10/14/10 - Make cheap castable silicone from caulk
162 - 10/14/10 - GM Criticized Over Chevy Volt's Hybrid Similarities
163 - 10/14/10 - Countries Considering Circumlunar Flight From ISS
164 - 10/14/10 - Canon Blocks Copy Jobs Using Banned Keywords
165 - 10/14/10 - Nine Quick Tips to Identify Clutter
166 - 10/14/10 - Careful What You Post, the FBI Has More of These
167 - 10/14/10 - Sir Isaac Newton, Alchemist
168 - 10/11/10 - Superconducting wires will allow more efficient DC power
169 - 10/11/10 - Tobacco kills Germs
170 - 10/11/10 - Apocalypse Calendar May be Off
171 - 10/11/10 - Use Old CDs as Driveway Reflectors
172 - 10/11/10 - Could an 'elixir of life' really increase your lifespan?
173 - 10/11/10 - Worms & Roaches cause Cancer?
174 - 10/11/10 - Who Owns Congress? A Campaign Cash Seating Chart
175 - 10/11/10 - Killing Each Taliban Soldier Costs $50 Million
176 - 10/11/10 - The Electric Plant
177 - 10/11/10 - Anti-Americanism in Europe fueled by ignorance
178 - 10/11/10 - Mystery of the Dying Bees Solved
179 - 10/11/10 - Electromechanical Switches Could Reduce Computers' Cooling Needs
180 - 10/11/10 - Google Secretly Tests Autonomous Cars In Traffic
181 - 10/11/10 - 10/10/10 — a Nice Day To Celebrate the Meaning of Life
182 - 10/11/10 - Alaska To Export Billions of Gallons of Water
183 - 10/11/10 - New Tool Blocks Downloads From Malicious Sites
184 - 10/11/10 - The World Has Moved On; We (Arabs) Have Not
185 - 10/11/10 - Smaller, cheaper, 300 times stronger Lasers
186 - 10/11/10 - No perpetuum mobile, minister says
187 - 10/11/10 - Wheel of Misfortune
188 - 10/08/10 - A very big deal indeed, the Full EV Gray Motor Setup Found!
189 - 10/08/10 - AudioScope lets you zoom in on conversations from afar
190 - 10/08/10 - Curve ball but not
191 - 10/08/10 - Digitally remastered footage of Apollo 11 moon landing
192 - 10/08/10 - Backyard inventors compete in Google's £20 million Moon competition
193 - 10/08/10 - NASA crudely photoshopped something behind Saturn Moon
194 - 10/08/10 - Tesla says 40% of its Roadsters may catch fire
195 - 10/08/10 - Rat propulsion via brain-machine interface
196 - 10/08/10 - Wind farm power twice as costly as gas or coal
197 - 10/08/10 - Tar Ball Burner
198 - 10/08/10 - Your next house could be made of Corn
199 - 10/08/10 - South Australian farmer Tony Bediavas invents locust eating machine
200 - 10/08/10 - Super bricks made of Wool
201 - 10/08/10 - Solar Energy Bag
202 - 10/08/10 - SafeWater - Baby prevention made easy with new invention
203 - 10/08/10 - Can computers learn to read? Try NELL (never ending lanugage learner)
204 - 10/08/10 - Tracking device fits on the head of a pin
205 - 10/08/10 - Brooklyn Father And Son Launch Homemade Spacecraft
206 - 10/08/10 - Comcast Warns Customers Suspected of Bot Infection
207 - 10/08/10 - Patience could save your life
208 - 10/08/10 - Should ISPs Cut Off Bot-infected Users?
209 - 10/08/10 - Visible Light 'X-Ray' Sees Through Solid Objects
210 - 10/08/10 - China Becoming Intellectual Property Powerhouse
211 - 10/08/10 - Top Reason for Facebook Unfriending Is Too Many Useless Posts
212 - 10/08/10 - Djoko shows 'blue energy' invention... then falls ill
213 - 10/08/10 - Dhimmitude -- What does it mean? Obama used it in the health care bill
214 - 10/08/10 - Taseler™ Model 007 for KIDS! Only $99.95!
215 - 10/08/10 - Tech CEOs Tell US Gov't How To Cut Deficit By $1 Trillion
216 - 10/05/10 - GadgetOff presentation with Breck and Splinter
217 - 10/05/10 - AC Solar Generator could Revolutionize Solar Power Production
218 - 10/05/10 - Mouseland - why the 2nd Tea Party is long overdue
219 - 10/05/10 - Telescoping Solar Panels for increased surface area
220 - 10/05/10 - Life Saving Buoyancy Bazooka
221 - 10/05/10 - Bittorrent To Replace Standard Downloads?
222 - 10/05/10 - Busted for Growing Veggies in your own yard
223 - 10/05/10 - West Virginia Is Geothermically Active
224 - 10/05/10 - Robotic exoskeleton for kids
225 - 10/05/10 - Brooklyn Father And Son Launch Homemade Spacecraft
226 - 10/05/10 - Security company Ad Trick
227 - 10/05/10 - Why Johnny Can't Program
228 - 10/05/10 - Conclusive proof Telomeres cause aging
229 - 10/05/10 - Walnuts, walnut oil, improves your body's reaction to stress
230 - 10/05/10 - Homebrew technology: The $100 airplane
231 - 10/05/10 - DIY Squishy Electronics
232 - 10/05/10 - Scratched glasses give perfect vision for any eyesight
233 - 10/05/10 - DIY night vision monocle
234 - 10/05/10 - All-electric scooter that only costs 1p a mile
235 - 10/05/10 - Fisherman uses EVOLVE to dissolve and clean oil pollution
236 - 10/05/10 - Bronze casting with MakerBot
237 - 10/05/10 - Amazing Edited Synchrony
238 - 10/05/10 - 'The Laws Are Written By Lobbyists,' Says Google's Schmidt
239 - 10/05/10 - 66% of All Windows Users Still Use Windows XP
240 - 10/05/10 - Rube Goldberg and the Electrification of America
241 - 10/05/10 - Laptop Heat May Cause 'Toasted Skin Syndrome'
242 - 10/05/10 - Mike Maloney Schools Bankers on Deflation, Gold and Silver
243 - 10/02/10 - Hi-tech Fuel Solutions Energize Taiwan Invention Expo
244 - 10/02/10 - Future electric cars could have bodies made of batteries
245 - 10/02/10 - Air Ailerons
246 - 10/02/10 - Heavy-lifting balloon Flying saucers
247 - 10/02/10 - Indians, Kenyans report mystery phone calls that knock you out!
248 - 10/02/10 - Airenergy – Charging Your Gagdets with Air
249 - 10/02/10 - Dynacar electric car capable of 0-87mph in 10 secs
250 - 10/02/10 - Times Tough, try these Popular Positive Affirmations
251 - 10/02/10 - How to Build a Warp Drive Using Metamaterials
252 - 10/02/10 - Our Oil Addiction
253 - 10/02/10 - Power from Soccer
254 - 10/02/10 - Energy Boosting Earlight
255 - 10/02/10 - Geothermal invention first of its kind
256 - 10/02/10 - Cool Gadget - $199 Pocket Radar
257 - 10/02/10 - Arizona scientists reveal energy saving simulation
258 - 10/02/10 - The Baby Buddha
259 - 10/02/10 - Atheists and Agnostics know more about religion than Believers
260 - 10/02/10 - Stormtec Stormbags Anti-Flood bags
261 - 10/02/10 - USA medical establishment ran Tuskegee experiments in Guatemala
262 - 10/02/10 - Police training film about concealed weapons
263 - 10/02/10 - Sleep duration adds to Longevity
264 - 10/02/10 - "Pre-Crime" Comes To the HR Dept.
265 - 10/02/10 - Digital Dorian Gray
266 - 10/02/10 - Hawking: No 'Theory of Everything'
267 - 10/02/10 - Anti-smoking sign from 1915
268 - 10/02/10 - Google URL Shortener Opened To the Public
269 - 10/02/10 - Blueberries help fight artery hardening,
270 - 10/02/10 - 2010 Ig Nobel Winners Announced w/Asthma palliative
271 - 10/02/10 - Non-Embryonic Stem Cells Developed From Skin Cells
272 - 10/02/10 - Geocentric Earth Theories
273 - 10/02/10 - A Danish scientist Niels Harrit, on nano-thermite in the WTC dust
274 - 10/02/10 - September 30th - International Blasphemy Rights Day


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10/30/10 - - the dumbing down and Bankrupting of Umerica
KeelyNet Umerica is a tongue-in-cheek semi-serious news and rant site about things in the USA which piss us off, sadden us or make us remember what it felt like to be Proud of the USA. Still proud but way tarnished. - Full Article Source


10/29/10 - Inventor says his device turns solar energy into good business
KeelyNet An Armenian inventor says his invention could cut energy consumption used in farming 40-60 percent. According to inventor Vahan Hamazaspyan, helioification – consumption of solar energy – is a necessity for a country like Armenia, which has limited energy resources. HelioSystems are designed for domestic consumption, and mainly for food processing, especially in farming, because they work in the open air. The devices are mirrors, combined with a parabola system, which can accumulate the solar energy in on e point. The thermal capacity of the devices, depending on the area, ranges from 3.3 kilowatts to 3.7 kilowatts. “We have the experience of sunrays consumption. The best proof is the dishes which were prepared using the sunrays,” Hamazaspyan said on Octob er 26, at a presentation of the program. Hamazaspyan says that it is possible not only to prepare food and reprocess agricultural products, but also to get warm water and thermal energy through HelioSystems. He also says the HelioSystems are convenient to use in ‘sun cafes’ of coastal countries for preparing ecologically clean food. And as for the HelioSystems with even greater capacity (up to 250 kilowatts), they may be used in small and medium-sized businesses. - Full Article Source


10/29/10 - Triad Invention Could Wipe Out The Light Bulb
KeelyNet Head researcher Dave Carroll said, "This is a light bulb and most of the light bulb here is actually the glass that holds it. The part that lights up is an extremely thin layer." Researchers at the Center of Nanotechnology and Molecular Materials at Wake Forest say the light source doesn't get hot, won't break, can last longer than an average light bulb and could lower your power bill. "This will be very helpful in task lighting, under cabinets, places where bulbs can't go," said research technician Corey Whitt. "It uses a modified type of phosphor so the phosphors that you're used to are the things that are in your compact fluorescent lamps, right, they're powders and they glow when electricity hits them. This is has got a powder like that but it's been nanoengineered to make it more efficient and to make it brighter." "You can make anything out of it, you can mold it into a lamp shade." The researchers say the light source doesn't burn out, just dims over time. A company called PureLux is marketing the product. - Full Article Source


10/29/10 - Heated Gold Nanoshells appear to kill cancer at root
In a mouse study published Wednesday, Houston researchers showed that the use of tiny gold-coated particles to deliver heat to breast cancer tumors already treated with radiation not only shrank the tumor but also dramatically decreased the population of cancer stem cells. Cancer stem cells self-renew and drive the growth of tumors. "This is a study of extraordinary significance," said Dr. Wendy Woodward, a radiation oncologist at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center who participated in the research. "We have worked with every imaginable drug and genetic therapy to make cancer stem cells sensitive to radiation without success until this." The combination of radiation and nanoshells heated with a near-infrared laser already is being tested i n patients with head and neck cancers in trials in Houston and Dallas. The trial wasn't designed to check the effect on cancer stem cells, but Woodward said it's possible the technique is working at that level, too. She said that a trial measuring the eff ect in human patients could be started in as soon as six months. The technique, known as hyperthermia, can only currently be used on superficial cancers (such as head and neck cancers and inflammatory breast cancer) because the technology can't reach that deep into the body yet. The mouse study, which appears in the journal Science Translational Medicine, was triggered by the serendipitous discovery of a Baylor College of Medicine graduate student working with radiation and cancer stem cells. Returning to her lab one Monday, she was disappointed to find the cancer stem cells dead and the normal cells fine. "But when I opened the incubator and my glasses fogged, I realized the temperature had gone up over the weekend," said Rachel Atkinson, the student and first author of the paper. "That was my clue that heat plus radiation seemed to be effective against the cancer stem cells." The advantage of nanoshells, a specially designed core of material with a thin metal shell a little larger than a molecule, is th at the whole body isn't heated, said Jeffrey Rosen, a Baylor professor of biology and senior author of the paper, who noted that previous mouse studies showed whole-body heating had serious side effects. Nanoshells literally burn away tumor cells without harming nearby skin. Rosen called the new study "a proof of principle of hyperthermia's promise" and a lesson that "just shrinking tumors isn't enough." The nanoshells, heated for about 20 minutes, invade the tumor through the leaky blood vessels that fee d it. The study found the additional heat prevented the cancer stem cells from repairing DNA damage caused by chemotherapy and radiation, usually the cells' great skill. - Full Article Source


10/29/10 - Edison's phone that calls the dead
KeelyNet In 1920, Americans were still reeling from the horrific casualties of World War I. Meanwhile, spiritualism, ouija boards, and the slew of new technological inventions from men like Thomas Edison were capturing the national zeitgeist. All these converged w hen Edison told American Magazine that he was working on a device known as a “spirit phone” — in other words, a phone that would let the living communicate with the dead. The result was a national craze. Most of the major newspapers and magazines in the c ountry leapt to cover this astounding new “invention.” And the magazine that broke the story received over 600 letters to the editor from people obsessed with the device. So was the spirit phone even real? No schematic or prototype was ever found, so the answer is: probably not. Many have suggested it was a hoax and that Edison was playing a joke on reporters. While no one can be certain how serious Edison took the idea, Fabris points out that the lack of a prototype or blueprint doesn’t necessarily mean it was a hoax. Spirit phone impostors have popped up over the years, including a “Psycho-Phone,” pictured below, that was the subject of a PBS History Detectives feature, but was not authentic. Perhaps, since his death in 1931, Edison has been spending hi s afterlife developing the phone, along with the cadre of deceased inventors that letter-writers claimed had been working on it for years. - Full Article Source


10/29/10 - 16 Year Old Builds 100 MPG Hybrid Sports Car
You may recognize Azeem Hill. If you do, it’s because this 16 year-old kid helped build the world’s only high school-made super hybrid sports car. As a participant in an after-school workshop in Philadelphia run by Simon Hauger, he and his teammates dreamed up and built a sporty hybrid that goes from 0-60 in less than 5 seconds, yet gets 70 mpg on the highway and 100 mpg in the city. They entered the car in the Automotive X-Prize, and beat out numerous top competitors — MIT and multimillion dollar tech firms among them. Hill and Hauger brought the car to this year’s Poptech. - Full Article Source


10/29/10 - Not turning clocks back 'could reduce accidents/cut carbon emissions'
Not putting the clocks back in winter could reduce energy use and carbon emissions, as well as cutting road accidents and boosting tourism, MPs were told today. According to researchers from the University of Cambridge, providing an extra hour of light in the peak evening period reduces electricity use. If the clocks were not changed back to GMT in October, a least half a million tonnes of carbon emissions could be saved, they said. In the autumn and spring, keeping British Summer Time (BST) could reduce peak electricity demand by the equivalent of the hourly output (1 gigawatt hour) of a large power station that would be providing power to around 100,000 homes, he suggested. Overall, National Grid estimates there would be a small reduction in electricity use over the year if the clocks did not go back, but there would be no impact on domestic gas use. The University of Cambridge researchers have shown that additional light in the evening can cut energy demand, with higher electricity consumption seen in the autumn and spring during GMT than BST. And Dr Elizabeth Garnsey said a previous trial in the 1960s showed lighter evenings also reduced the number of road deaths by 100, and that tourism bosses were keen on providing an extra hour of light in the afte rnoon for tourists. She said she could not see how such a move could fail to cut greenhouse gas emissions. 'If we reduce energy demand, we reduce emissions and we're more likely to achieve our targets,' she said. - Full Article Source


10/29/10 - Herbal Treatment for Sleep Apnea
KeelyNet Sleep apnea is one of the most common sleep disturbance problems in America. It ruins the sleep of an estimated 25 million Americans on a regular basis. The condition prevents the sleeper from entering REM and Delta sleep causing them to become anxious, cantankerous and tired during the day. There are very serious health consequences of prolonged sleep deprivation. Additionally, due to the nature of the condition, it causes blood oxygen levels to be lower than normal for very prolonged periods of time . This is damaging to the brain and heart in particular. Herbal treatment for sleep apnea begins by relaxing you so that you can fall asleep easier. The most important aspect though, is that it increases the respiration intensity so that you do not stop breathing. It facilitates deep steady breathing througout the night. A diagnosis of obstructive sleep apnea suggests that your airway is being blocked by either a sagging soft-pallet or other tissues in your air passage way. This is very common since as we get older, these tissues are not as tight. You may notice though, while breathing through the same throat during the day, you don’t have apnea. If you lay down on your back during the day and breathe you will also notice that you do not have a probl em. The problem only occurs when you drift off to sleep. Why? Because the cessation of breathing is the real cause of the problem, not the sagging airway. Sleep Apnea Relief, addresses this by maintaining steady breathing. The reason that the obstruct ions cause a problem when you are drifting off to sleep but not when you are awake is the subtle key issue that medical science is missing. You brain reduces the intensity of the signals to your skeletal muscles when you go to sleep so that you don’t phy sically act out movements when you are dreaming. As we get older, the diminished integrity of the nerve boundaries in our spinal column cause some other signals to be diminished un-intentionally. The signal to your diaphragm which sets your respiration rate and intensity diminishes. It often diminishes to the point where you stop breathing all-together. This causes your blood oxygen level to decrease. When the carbon dioxide build-up in your blood reaches a point where it is dangerous, your brain cau ses you to take an immediate deep breath. This deep-fast breath literally sucks the sagging tissue into the airway and causes a “snort” and wakes you or disturbs your sleep. So you see, it is the cessation of breathing that aggravates the tissue blockage problem. If you didn’t draw that fast-deep-breath the obstruction would not occur. However the REAL problem is the cessation of breathing. - Full Article Source


10/29/10 - How the Wars Are Sinking the Economy
Nobel Prize recipient Joseph Stiglitz and Harvard budget guru Linda J. Bilmes are revising their original $3 trillion war cost estimate. As Bilmes reports, the Iraq and Afghanistan wars are at least 25 percent costlier than previous projections. Already, we've spent more than $1 trillion in Iraq, not counting the $700 billion consumed each year by the Pentagon budget. And spending in Iraq and Afghanistan now comes to more than $3 billion weekly, making the wars a major reason for record-level budget defic its. - Full Article Source

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10/29/10 - Sensor Detects Emotions through the Skin
A new device developed by Affectiva, based in Waltham, Massachusetts, detects and records physiological signs of stress and excitement by measuring slight electrical changes in the skin. While researchers, doctors, and psychologists have long used this me asurement--called skin conductance--in the lab or clinical setting, Affectiva's Q Sensor is worn on a wristband and lets people keep track of stress during everyday activities. The Q Sensor measures skin conductance, temperature, and motion to record a we arer’s reactions to events. The Q Sensor stores or transmits a wearer's stress levels throughout the day, giving doctors, caregivers, and patients themselves a new tool for observing reactions. When a person--autistic or not--experiences stress or enter s a "flight or fight" mode, moisture collects under the skin (often leading to sweating) as a sympathetic nervous system response. This rising moisture makes the skin more electrically conductive. Skin conductance sensors send a tiny electrical pulse to o ne point of the skin and measure the strength of that signal at another point on the skin to detect its conductivity. "When you see this flight-or-fight response, it doesn't tell you it's definitely stress, it just tells you something has changed," says P icard. "Are they excited, hurting, are they stressed by a sound or person in the room? It doesn't perfectly correspond to stress as it can also go up with anticipation and excitement, but when you see it change, you know something's going on and you can l ook for the cause." She adds that having clues to a person's stress levels, which might not otherwise be detectable, could give caregivers and researchers more insight--and possibly a way to anticipate--the harmful behaviors of autism, such as head bangin g. Caregivers can try to identify and block sources of stress and learn what activities restore calm. - Full Article Source

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10/29/10 - New device that keeps brain effective up to 8 hours after stroke
Science and technology is all set with its new invention, namely penumbra that will help the stroke patients bouncing back to their lives, if they are even hospitalized after 8 hours of having a stroke. Dr. Vipul Gupta, head of Neuro intervention at Medan ta, explained that, “A penumbra is a device with special tubes called catheters that break and suck out the clot. We inserted the device through the leg arteries and went up to the blocked blood vessel in the brain to restore the flow.” Prasad's conditio n improved and he started moving his left side within days. He was back to normal within two months. “In this case, blood flow was restored eight hours after the stroke and the patient recovered completely. The penumbra can prevent disability for up to ei ght hours, though the sooner it is used, the lower the permanent damage,” said Dr Gupta. - Full Article Source

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10/29/10 - Portal…shirt?
KeelyNet [Ben Heck] is in the Halloween spirit with his Portal inspired “see through” t-shirt. That is, a thin lcd is mounted on [Ben's] chest, with a not as thin camera mounted on his back; when the system is running, everything behind him is captured by the came ra and displayed on the LCD. The concept isn’t exactly new by any means, often by the name of “gaping holes” or “hole through body” or more, but the project goes to show that a creative costume isn’t always the most elaborate, expensive, or even a new ide a. Catch a video of how to make your own Portal shirt, after the jump. Oh, and you can win the Portal shirt here. - Full Article Source

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10/29/10 - Snap-On Smile, An Affordable Solution To Tooth Imperfections
The appliance is made of crystallized acetic resin known to be strong and durable given the right care. Snap-on Smile provides a temporary remedy for a Hollywood Smile Makeover that boosts a person's self confidence in offering a great smile. For those wh o are financially constrained to have a permanent veneers, the removable veneers is a great alternative. The principle behind the successful practice of Dr. Liechtung is not to give in to the limitations of providing treatment to the patient to enable him /her to continue living a normal life. Snap-on Smile offers patients with tooth imperfections a solution that suits his/her lifestyle. The Snap-on Smile device is a removable veneer that can give you a Hollywood Smile Makeover. The idea of a Hollywood Smi le Makeover springs from the fact that celebrities, most often, epitomize the perfect smile. One cannot appear on the silver screen with ugly bad teeth. Everyone deserves to flash a celebrity smile, anytime, anywhere but not everyone has a perfect set of teeth to do that. Snap-on Smile is the kind of makeover that aims to provide people with alternative solutions to ugly teeth and enable them to flash that celebrity smile. - Full Article Source

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10/29/10 - Never miss a family event again
Swish Television developed the concept which allows people to have their family event broadcast live. Relatives and friends can tune into events they cannot be present at by obtaining a password from the event organizer. Adrian McGibbon of the Swish Artho use Studio says the new invention could help people to save money on what can turn into very expensive events. "It’s great for people who, for reasons beyond their control, can’t attend a event. Also, people don’t like to admit it but it can save you mone y, allowing you a smaller wedding without offending people," said Adrian who runs the business. So far the company has broadcast a baptism and also had a wedding viewed by a hospital bound aunt in Chicago. - Full Article Source

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10/29/10 - PopSci's Favorite Flying Cars
KeelyNet In between the Wright brothers' flight at Kitty Hawk and the rise of Henry Ford's automobile factories, the first part of the 20th century became a milestone era in transportation. In 1917, aviation heavyweight Glenn Curtiss presented his Model T Ford-lik e Autoplane at the Pan-American Aeronautical Exposition held in New York. Although the vehicle only managed a few hops, Curtiss still earned a reputation as the father of the flying car. Then, in 1924, Captain Eddie Rickenbacker assured us that flying aut os would become commonplace within the next two decades. So what happened? Every decade thereafter saw the invention of a flying car. Many vehicles were labeled with catchy portmanteaus, like the "Airphibian" and "Aerobile," and almost all were touted as the next big thing in personal transportation. Despite their initial optimism, inventors and transportation companies alike balked at the cost of mass-producing flying cars. Perfecting the technology would require time and money, as early prototypes were so bulky that they couldn't perform at optimal speed in either the air or on ground. Testing often proved dangerous, as people found when Henry Smolinksi died while test-flying his AVE Mizar. Factor in the need for wider roads, revised air traffic laws, a nd individual pilots' licenses, and you can see why it might take longer than expected for roadable aircraft to take flight. - Full Article Source

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10/29/10 - BP dispersants are making people sick
Things could be going from really bad to even worse around the Gulf of Mexico, for residents and for BP. An investigation by Al Jazeera reveals that the dispersants BP is using to treat the spill are making people sick. There are already a number of repor ts about the toxicity of oil itself, but this investigation by Al Jazeera suggests the problem is bigger than that: already toxic dispersants are forming new compounds when combined with crude oil that become even more dangerous— not just for the environm ent, but for the humans who live and work there.

"Naman, who works at the Analytical Chemical Testing Lab in Mobile, Alabama, has been carrying out studies to search for the chemical markers of the dispersants BP used to both sink and break up its oil. According to Naman, poly-aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH s) from this toxic mix are making people sick. PAHs contain compounds that have been identified as carcinogenic, mutagenic, and teratogenic. Fisherman across the four states most heavily affected by the oil disaster - Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida - have reported seeing BP spray dispersants from aircraft and boats offshore.

"The dispersants are being added to the water and are causing chemical compounds to become water soluble, which is then given off into the air, so it is coming down as rain, in addition to being in the water and beaches of these areas of the Gulf," Naman added. "I'm scared of what I'm finding. These cyclic compounds intermingle with the Corexit [dispersants] and generate other cyclic compounds that aren't good. Many have double bonds, and many are on the EPA's danger list. This is an unprecedented environ mental catastrophe." - Full Article Source

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10/29/10 - EFF suing FBI, DEA and DOJ to prevent back doors in social sites
The Electronic Frontier Foundation is suing the FBI, DEA, and the Department of Justice Criminal Division, "demanding records about problems or limitations that hamper electronic surveillance and potentially justify or undermine" the DoJ's new demands for back doors in all communications systems. If granted, those expanded spying powers would make it easier for the government to snoop on email, webmail, Skype, Facebook, even Xboxes. - Full Article Source

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10/29/10 - We can consciously exert control over individual neurons
A collaboration between UCLA scientists and colleagues from the California Institute of Technology has shown that humans can actually regulate the activity of specific neurons in the brain, increasing the firing rate of some while decreasing the rate of o thers. And study subjects were able to do so by manipulating an image on a computer screen using only their thoughts. - Full Article Source

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10/29/10 - Killer insect to invade USA?
KeelyNet The Japanese Giant Hornet is one of the most dangerous insects in the world. Two stings is enough to kill most people and shoots flesh-melting acid at the face of its victims - usually at the eyes. This five-eyed monster is endemic in the rural areas of J apan. US based researcher Terrence Aym* claims that the Japanese giant hornet, or Vespa mandarinia japonica, a subspecies of the Asian giant hornet, is "one of the most aggressive insects in the world", which "can shoot flesh-melting acid at you" and "it aims for the eyes", while "only a couple of stings is enough to kill most people". The Japanese Giant Hornet, according to the researcher, has a wingspan of over 6 centimetres and is over 4 centimetres long. Three eyes on the top of its head sit between t wo large compound eyes. The insect has a dark brown thorax, a yellow head and a brown and yellow striped abdomen. The Japanese call it "Suzumebachi", or Giant Sparrow Bee. What comes next in the article is terrifying. "Imagine that this bug is a relentles s killer, single-minded in destroying whatever enemy might threaten it - including you, if it perceives you as a threat". However, "you don't have to imagine it. It's real". The advice the author gives, is "run" and "seek the nearest shelter as fast as yo u can", indicating that there are stories of just 30 hornets destroying hives of 30,000 bees - one thousand bees each. Not that this would do you much good - the hornet can fly at 25 mph! When it attacks, it releases a chemical (an airborne pheromone) whi ch sends a message back to base, rallying the hornet's nest. "Only a few stings will result in almost certain death," according to the article. This horrific killer has a veritable arsenal of weapons. The highly venomous sting is only one. The other is a stream of flesh-melting acid which it squirts into the eyes of the victims. Blinded, they can do nothing to defend themselves against the enraged swarm. This insect is responsible for dozens of deaths every year in Japan, along with hundreds of hospitalis ed cases. - Full Article Source

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10/29/10 - Robotic Hands Grip Without Fingers
"Physicists have designed a robotic hand that doesn't have fingers, yet can still serve drinks and draw pictures. The hand is a thin, rubber sack filled with coffee grains or small glass spheres. When it comes into contact with an object, a small pipe suc ks air from the sack, causing it to contract and mold to the object's shape. As long as the gripper can fold about one-fourth of the object's surface, it can pick up just about any shape thrown in its path. The article includes a video of the hand in acti on." - Full Article Source

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10/29/10 - NASA Working On Solar Storm Shield
"The solar storms that cause the stunning aurora borealis and aurora australis (or northern and southern polar lights) also have the potential to knock out telecommunications equipment and navigational systems and cause blackouts of electrical grids. With the frequency of the sun's flares following an 11-year cycle of solar activity and the next solar maximum expected around 2013, scientists are bracing for an overdue, once-in-100 year event that could cause widespread power blackouts and cripple electric ity grids around the world. It sounds like an insurmountable problem but a new NASA project called 'Solar Shield' is working to develop a forecasting system that can mitigate the impacts of such events and keep the electrons flowing." - Full Article Source

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10/26/10 - Just Sit Back and Immerse Yourself
KeelyNet “You’ve got to try this; it’s amazing,” said Shahriar S. Afshar, the peppy chief executive of a company called Immerz, who had been hovering by a display table. Hey, I’m usually up for amazing, so I let Mr. Afshar slide a small plastic contraption around my neck. It had two flat paddles that rested on my chest. He handed me some headphones and held out an iPod so I could watch a movie clip. That movie clip on his iPod, by the way, consisted of superheroes hollering, shooting guns, driving fast, blowing t hings up and punching each other. But the sound! The sound turned my chest cavity into a subwoofer. Suddenly, I was intensely drawn into this dumb movie scene. “Whoa!” I said, removing the gear. “Right? Right?” said Mr. Afshar, a physicist turned e ntrepreneur whose KOR-fx invention generated some interest earlier this year at the big annual International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Now, the last thing I need is another electronic marvel to put in a drawer and forget about. But Mr. Af shar’s wearable chest-woofer stopped me literally in my tracks, if only because it was so weirdly different from the usual audio and video gear. And with a price tag of $189.99 (it won’t be available until February, but the company is taking orders), the KOR-fx also struck me as one of the few affordable products on exhibit at the convention. Essentially, the KOR-fx is based on technology that generates not just acoustic but also tactile stimulation of the brain. The company also is working on plans to introduce more sophisticated versions of the system for movie theaters and game publishers. “I personally have been using this, stealthily, on airplanes, flying all over,” Mr. Afshar said. “On a 15-hour flight to Asia, I basically immerse myself. And then all of a sudden, I have arrived, and I realize I just watched five movies.” He told me, “Yo u were watching just a plain old movie, with plain old movie sound coming through.” The system’s nearly imperceptible chest vibrations, he said, work with neural pathways to produce emotional immersion in a video or a game. “The technological power is the re, you can actually produce effects beyond what you experienced,” he added. “We can produce sensations of wind, sensations of G-forces, loss of balance. And since it activates the part of the brain that deals with emotion and sense of self, it can eve n produce emotions to match those of the characters in a game or movie. For example, it can stimulate you to cry.” His company, Immerz, is in talks with several studios to add these effects to fi lms. - Full Article Source

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10/26/10 - $19 Billion Later, Pentagon’s Best Bomb-Detector Is a Dog
Drones, metal detectors, chemical sniffers, and super spycams — forget ‘em. The leader of the Pentagon’s multibillion military task force to stop improvised bombs says there’s nothing in the U.S. arsenal for bomb detection more powerful than a dog’s nose. Despite a slew of bomb-finding gagdets, the American military only locates about 50 percent of the improvised explosives planted in Afghanistan and Iraq. But that number jumps to 80 percent when U.S. and Afghan patrols take dogs along for a sniff-heavy w alk. “Dogs are the best detectors,” Lieutenant General Michael Oates, the commander of the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization, told a conference yesterday, National Defense reports. That’s not the greatest admission for a well-funded or ganization — nearly $19 billion since 2004, according to a congressional committee — tasked with solving one of the military’s wickedest problems. - Full Article Source

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10/26/10 - Bees' tiny brains beat computers, study finds
The insects learn to fly the shortest route between flowers discovered in random order, effectively solving the "travelling salesman problem" , said scientists at Royal Holloway, University of London. The conundrum involves finding the shortest route that allows a travelling salesman to call at all the locations he has to visit. Computers solve the problem by comparing the length of all possible routes and choosing the one that is shortest. Bees manage to reach the same solution using a brain the size of a grass seed. Dr Nigel Raine, from Royal Holloway's school of biological sciences, said: "Foraging bees solve travelling salesman problems every day. They visit flowers at multiple locations and, because bees use lots of energy to fly, they find a route w hich keeps flying to a minimum." Using computer-controlled artificial flowers to test bee behaviour, his wanted to know whether the insects would follow a simple route defined by the order in which they found the flowers, or look for the shortest route. A fter exploring the location of the flowers, the bees quickly learned to fly the best route for saving time and energy. - Full Article Source

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10/26/10 - Chocolate, Vanilla and Vitamin E for Inflammation, etc.
KeelyNet This is from an email and I haven't tested it fully yet, but it's worth trying. I bought a bottle of 400mg vitamin E oil capsules for about $7.50 and ate a couple of pieces of milk chocolate followed by vanilla pudding with 2 of the E capsules in it. But I didn't have any serious health problems so didn't notice any effect. But come to think of it, I think it was the next day that I felt like a million bucks, energy and snap just like when I was 20 years old. Have to try it a few more times to verify that. And I don't know if it works on mental problems though it might help for inflammation of the brain. If you try it, please send me an email about what it did for OR TO you;

"During 30 years I took pills from Roche with the name Ephynal. Even when I forgot it for some months and was attacked by a virus or bacteria like everybody else, it worked within half a day. One time even with a big inflammation in my throat while in the waiting room of the doctor my wife said "you didn't take the vitamin E for some months". There were many people before me there so I went to the drugstore in another street, bought vitamin E and I swallowed them there - went back and after another 20 minutes waiting, I said let's go - It doesn't hurt anymore."

Eat a piece of chocolate, then follow it with vanilla pudding and vitamin E before going to sleep. 1000mg of each of the three ingredients.

Why is Ephynal (brand name for vitamin E) prescribed? - Vitamin deficiencies, conditions of convalescence after a disease occurring with a feverish syndrome, high physical activity, older age, disease ligamentous system and muscles. Climacteric autonomic disorders. Neurasthenia with fatigue, asthenia neurasthenic syndrome, primary muscular dystrophy, posttraumatic, postinfectious secondary myopathy. Degenerative and proliferative changes in the joints and ligamentous apparatus spine and large joints. - Full Article Source

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10/26/10 - Lies, Damned Lies, and Medical Science
Much of what medical researchers conclude in their studies is misleading, exaggerated, or flat-out wrong. So why are doctors—to a striking extent—still drawing upon misinformation in their everyday practice? Dr. John Ioannidis has spent his career challen ging his peers by exposing their bad science. / We could solve much of the wrongness problem, Ioannidis says, if the world simply stopped expecting scientists to be right. That’s because being wrong in science is fine, and even necessary—as long as scient ists recognize that they blew it, report their mistake openly instead of disguising it as a success, and then move on to the next thing, until they come up with the very occasional genuine breakthrough. But as long as careers remain contingent on producin g a stream of research that’s dressed up to seem more right than it is, scientists will keep delivering exactly that. “Science is a noble endeavor, but it’s also a low-yield endeavor,” he says. “I’m not sure that more than a very small percentage of medic al research is ever likely to lead to major improvements in clinical outcomes and quality of life. We should be very comfortable with that fact.” - Full Article Source

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10/26/10 - Dollars for Docs
Drug companies have long kept secret details of the payments they make to doctors for promoting their drugs. But seven companies have begun posting names and compensation on the Web, some as the result of legal settlements. ProPublica compiled these discl osures, totaling $258 million, into a single database that allows patients to search for their doctor. Receiving payments isn’t necessarily wrong, but it does raise ethical issues. - Full Article Source

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10/26/10 - Chaplins Time Traveler
This short film is about a piece of footage I (George Clarke) found behind the scenes in Charlie Chaplins film 'The Circus'. Attending the premiere at Manns Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, CA - the scene shows a large woman dressed in black with a hat hidin g most of her face, with what can only be described as a mobile phone device - talking as she walks alone. I have studied this film for over a year now - showing it to over 100 people and at a film festival, yet no-one can give any explanation as to what she is doing. My only theory - as well as many others - is simple... a time traveler on a mobile phone. See for yourself and feel free to leave a comment on your own explanation or thoughts about it. - Full Article Source

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10/26/10 - Under the 'Give me a break' section
“My great-grandfather President Ike, who was also the Army general who led the Allied Forces to victory over Hitler, battled evil corrupt powers on Earth and took on some of the most challenging scenarios in history. As I grew up, I could sense that I was completing this battle that has ancient roots. When Hitler died and the Nazis lost power- the entities including those that were ET/Extraterrestrial did not. They continued to find hosts and create agreements with people who were a part of the races of t he patriarch and Global Elite - who want to run things through fear tactics, control and the suppression of Sophia or the essence of the Divine Feminine.” - Full Article Source

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10/26/10 - The chaos theory of evolution
In 1856, geologist Charles Lyell wrote to Charles Darwin with a question about fossils. Puzzled by types of mollusc that abruptly disappeared from the British fossil record, apparently in response to a glaciation, only to reappear 2 million years later co mpletely unchanged, he asked of Darwin: "Be so good as to explain all this in your next letter." Darwin never did. To this day Lyell's question has never received an adequate answer. I believe that is because there isn't one. Because of the way evolution works, it is impossible to predict how a given species will respond to environmental change. That is not to say that evolution is random - far from it. But the neat concept of adaptation to the environment driven by natural selection, as envisaged by Darw in in On the Origin of Species and now a central feature of the theory of evolution, is too simplistic. Instead, evolution is chaotic. - Full Article Source

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10/26/10 - Five Places Where Land is Free
KeelyNet "Several small cities in rural Kansas will give you a land lot if you agree to fashion housing of at least 1,000 square feet on it. Mobile homes are welcome, and we’ll be sure to wave as yours flies by in the next tornado. If one lot isn’t large enough and you’d like to garden, the city of Marquette, Kansas would be pleased as punch to just give you a second lot adjacent to the first, also for free, says its website. These are developed lots, by the way — they already have water, sewer and electricity…" There are opportunities in Nebraska, Iowa, Maine, and Michigan as well. / Here's a sampling of what we found for free:

1) Several small cities in rural Kansas will give you a land lot if you agree to fashion housing of at least 1,000 square feet on it. Mobile homes are welcome, and we'll be sure to wave as yours flies by in the next tornado. If one lot isn't large enough and you'd like to garden, the city of Marquette, Kansas would be pleased as punch to just give you a second lot adjacent to the first, also for free, says its website. These are developed lots, by the way -- they already have water, sewer and electricity.

2) Atwood Kansas, population 2,600, is also offering free land to anyone willing to move their family to their community and build a new home on one of these lots. If 2,600 people sounds too rural for you, they are quick to point out that another 45,000 people (and probably even more cattle) can be found within an hour's drive. Rush hour traffic isn't an issue.

3) Elwood, Nebraska, with just 761 residents, bills itself as a "great place to find a home." They aren't giving away much in terms of land, but it's worth a look if you want to live in the county seat.

4) Marne, Iowa is giving away what appears to be attractive-looking lots with well-established trees -- either that or someone went a little crazy with PhotoShop. The town, settled in 1875, has 149 residents -- down from the original 617. The city of Marne's website features the winners of the apple pie baking contest, as well as a call for a community prayer for a resident deployed to Iraq and the news that someone's nephew from Australia was visiting. You New Yorkers are just lining up, aren't you?

5) Lest you think businesses are being left out of the free-land loop, some communities aren't waiting for any federal stimulus money to create jobs. They're doing it on their own. Muskegon, Michigan is giving away free land for companies that create new industrial jobs. You get five acres for 25 jobs; create 100 jobs and get 30 acres. The sites they are giving away have full utilities and easy access to highways, a deep-water port, the railroads and the Muskegon County Airport. If that pot isn't sweet enough for you, the city also will throw in free season tickets to the Lumberjacks hockey team or a free boat slip at Harbour Towne Marina in slips the city now owns after prior slip owners didn't pay their property taxes.

And in coastal Camden, Maine, the city is offering a free 3.5 acre lot to any business that will help generate tourism. They throw in no corporate income tax or sales tax for the first few years and will even pay your insurance premiums. Just bring some jobs with you. - Full Article Source

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10/26/10 - Google 2.4% Rate Shows How $60 Billion Lost to Tax Loopholes
Google Inc. cut its taxes by $3.1 billion in the last three years using a technique that moves most of its foreign profits through Ireland and the Netherlands to Bermuda. Google’s income shifting -- involving strategies known to lawyers as the “Double Iri sh” and the “Dutch Sandwich” -- helped reduce its overseas tax rate to 2.4 percent, the lowest of the top five U.S. technology companies by market capitalization, according to regulatory filings in six countries. (All legitimate businesses work within the framework of the laws we have and they are VERY successful. - JWD) - Full Article Source

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10/26/10 - Texas bills for $269 million for uncollected sales taxes
KeelyNet Texas has sent Amazon .com Inc. a $269 million bill for uncollected sales taxes on purchases made by state residents from the Seattle-based Internet superstore over a four-year period. Now that Texas has gotten tough with the No. 1 online retailer, other states could be tempted to pile on with their own assessments as local governments face huge shortfalls, analysts said. Recent estimates put Texas' two-year budget shortfall at as much as $21 billion. Inc., with sales last year of $25 billion, said Friday that it plans to "vigorously defend ourselves in this matter." The uncollected sales taxes are from December 2005 to December 2009 and include interest and penalties. - Full Article Source

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10/26/10 - Inventions and Innovations from India
India’s best chances to make its mark on innovation may be in cleantech and other disruptive technologies that can improve the quality of life for the world’s poor while enriching their inventors and investors. One such invention along that vein, a low-cost, durable, prosthesis known as the Jaipur foot, has restored function to amputees the world over and is probably the best-known Indian innovation to have found a global market. Other recent inventions that hold similar promise include:

• A hybrid electric/kerosene stove that saves 70 percent on fuel costs compared with conventional stoves that burn liquefied petroleum gas. The stove uses a 6-V coil to heat kerosene for cooking. One liter of kerosene lasts for eight hours, and the stove consumes one unit of electrical power for every 20 hours of use.

• Mitti Cool, the so-called village fridge. Invented by a potter, Mitti Cool is made from special clay (mitti) and uses evaporation to cool three or more storage chambers for water, fruits and vegetables.

• Modified lanterns that produce light equal to a 100-watt bulb but run on kerosene, diesel or ethanol. The lamp has a wick coated with high-temperature materials, such as silica; a self-cleaning nozzle; and a special glass that reduces the chances of explosion.

• A diesel motorcycle that doubles as a tractor when the back wheel is removed and replaced with a spiked cylinder.

• A micro-windmill-based mobile charger that uses wind power to charge phones and laptops.

Alok Mittal, a partner at Canaan Partners, noted that while India has engineering talent in spades, that’s not enough to build successful startups. “You need product managers who are able to chart out the road map and carry it through. And you need customers who would like to buy tech innovation from India—and right now, we don’t see customers rushing to buy products from startups. This, in turn, affects the availability of capital” for Indian tech startups. ( via ) - Full Article Source

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10/26/10 - Non-Stop Monorail - Inventor hopes rail idea gets noticed
Nanaimo inventor Frank Illguth designed a hydrogen-powered monorail system he said would make high-speed train service proposed between Vancouver and Portland faster and greener. He envisions rail transit one day replacing fuel-hungry jet travel. Illguth' s ambitious dream has monorails crisscrossing North America and spanning the Bering Strait to Europe via Russia. He's seeking a backer to turn his working model into a reality. His idea isn't new. A popular Youtube videos depicts a Chinese proposal for a twin-rail system that allows passengers to board and disembark without the train ever stopping. Illguth says a monorail right-of-way requires little land and it could also carry luggage. His scale model spills off both ends of the kitchen table in Illguth 's north Nanaimo mobile home. It works as he intended. As the train enters the raised "station," the shuttle car engages with the main train, supported by a movable rail during transportation. Today he's looking for "someone with clout" to turn his model into a reality. With Campbell now talking to Washington State Gov. Christine Gregoire about partnering on a high-speed train serving the Pacific Northwest, Illguth sees it as an opportunity to prove his system works. He doesn't want to profit from his inv ention. He just wants to be remembered as its creator. To reduce global warming he proposes hydrogen instead of diesel. Hydrogen currently costs about the same as gasoline, but Illguth is undeterred. He's designing a solar "engine" to cheaply produce the electricity needed to produce hydrogen. - Full Article Source

ITEM #36

10/26/10 - Cooker/Boiler Invention bags second prize at US contest
R M D C Ratnayake, a student of the Polonnaruwa Camp Navodya school has won the second prize (two gold medals) at an Environment Friendly Inventions Competition held in Texas, USA for a cooker invented by him which can be used as a water heater. A total o f 1,600 competitors representing 56 countries participated at this competition. Ratnayake said he spent only Rs 190 for his invention by using silicon, bottle pieces, salt and sand as raw material. A pipe runs through the cooker and water is filled from o ne end and hot water can be obtained from a tap fixed to the other end. A coil fixed to the cooker gets heated 10 minutes after lighting it and boils water upto 100 centigrades. The water is kept at the same warmth for 12 hours after switching off the coo ker. Ratnayake said another feature of the cooker is that it does not gather any soot. He said his invention will be handy for people in the North Central Province specially Polonnaruwa, who are advised to boil water before drinking it to ward off kidney ailments. Ratnayake is the only son of Ananda Sarath Kumara Ratnayake and T M Ranjini. - Full Article Source

ITEM #37

10/26/10 - School boy invents new security system
Suraj Prasantha Kulatunga, a student of Don Pedrick Maha Vidyalaya, Horana has invented a new electronic telecommunication security system which alerts about strangers in a house, office or bank. The main features of the new system are that it gives a sig nal, a bulb lights up and a phone message is given to the owner of the premises with the photo of the stranger. “They are very expensive. Each costs over Rs 100,000. My system is much more advanced. By adding the 3-G phone system with other electronic gad gets and equipment, I experimented and I have now received expected results,” he said. Suraj said for his invention he used a 3-G phone, two other hand phones and several electronic gadgets. “The system is installed at the entrance of a house and is conne cted with the phones in the house, or the owner of the house or any place. Phone numbers are connected with the main system. When a stranger enters the premises, an electric blub lights up, a warning bell sounds, telephones or hand phones ring. With the u se of 3-G phone or technology, video scenes of the stranger or the places are visible along with sound. Owners of the premises is able to take action when are a stranger enters his premises,” he said. “I spent over Rs 5,000 for my invention. It depend on the brand of hand phones used. I hope to improve the system and intend to get a patent certificate. If the Government or the private sector helps me, I intend to produce the new system as a business,” he said. - Full Article Source

ITEM #38

10/26/10 - New rules on bonus payments for employee inventions
Decree 131/2010, which came into effect on September 2 2010, modifies the provisions on employee inventions in the Intellectual Property Code.(1) The change amends an employee's right to a fair bonus payment for inventions. Previously, if an employee devised an invention in the performance of an employment contract (where devising such an invention was neither the subject of the contract nor the purpose of the employment relationship), and was not otherwise remunerated for the invention, he or she was ent itled to consideration. However, this payment was subject to the employer successfully patenting the invention. Pursuant to the new rules, the patenting condition no longer applies; rather, an employee is entitled to payment by virtue of the employer's use of the invention within a regime of commercial confidentiality (ie, as an industrial or trade secret). This represents an extension of an employee's right to claim for a fair bonus. Such a bonus must be calculated in light of:

* the importance of the invention;
* the employee's tasks and duties;
* the employee's remuneration; and
* the assistance received from the employer in devising the invention.

The change in the rules should be considered at the start of the employment relationship and throughout its duration. Specific individual terms should be included in the employment contract which, as far as possible, seek to cover all aspects of employment that relate to possible inventive activity. The issue of employee inventions is relevant to many industries and fields of work. Even where research does not fall within the scope of an employee's professional activity, there are a vast number of roles in which - particularly, but not exclusively, in connection with his or her tasks - an employee may be responsible for an invention with an application as a trade secret. - Full Article Source

ITEM #39

10/26/10 - New tool helping patients undergoing rehab
KeelyNet A new, local invention is helping stroke patients and others undergoing rehabilitation at the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital. The tabletop screen helps stroke, injury and surgical patients who require upper limb motor therapy to regain strength, co-ordi nation and reactive skills. Typically, rehabilitation patients perform exercises such as stacking items, reaching for cones and wiping a table with a cloth as part of their therapy. But the tabletop offers patients more engaging therapeutic activities. " They get engaged in an activity and, before they know it, they're half an hour into exercise without realizing they're exerting themselves. They work longer and that can lead to a faster recovery," said occupational therapist Quentin Ranson. Patients can engage in activities from popping virtual balloons, to finger-painting and arranging family pictures. The tool tracks hand movement and a patient's reaction, allowing health care workers to measure a patient's progress. Since the $6,000-tool was first int roduced in July, nearly 40 patients have benefited from the tabletop therapy. Plans are underway to add more units. - Full Article Source

ITEM #40

10/26/10 - Airport scanners can now reveal content in bottles
Flyers will once again be able to can carry their own drinks on board planes, for scientists have developed a new generation of X—ray machines which can reveal the contents of a bottle. A team at Durham University in Britain has come up with the scanner t hat can tell the difference between water and liquid explosives; the device can even check the barcode to make sure that the contents haven’t been tampered with. The new scanner has been created by Kromek — a spin off company from Durham University. Arnab Basu, the company’s chief executive, was quoted as saying, “The best analogy is that compared to conventional X—ray scanners, this is the difference between seeing an object in black and white and seeing it in colour.” The new scanner is far more sensiti ve and can distinguish between different wavelengths of X—rays. “You don’t have to open a bottle or sniff it to take a sample. You just put a bottle in the scanner and it will show whether it is water or a chemical explosive,” said Basu. The company’s sca nners can also read the barcode on a bottle of drink and then check to see whether the contents have been tampered with by looking at a vast database of products. - Full Article Source

ITEM #41

10/26/10 - Fed Court Rules Against U.S. copying Technology Conceived Overseas
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has ruled that U.S. reproduction of technology conceived overseas doesn't qualify a U.S. maker as a prior inventor. The court's unanimous Oct. 13 ruling in Solvay S.A. v. Honeywell International Inc. rever sed a District of Delaware judge's December 2008 grant of summary judgment for Honeywell and remanded the case. The dispute involved Belgium-based Solvay's patent on a method of manufacturing a chemical compound used in refrigeration and heat storage. Acc ording to court records, a Honeywell predecessor company used the technology in the United States before Solvay's Oct. 23, 1995, U.S. patent priority date. The Honeywell company, however, had "derived" the invention from an overseas research partner, t he Russian Scientific Center for Applied Chemistry. The district court found that although Honeywell had infringed several claims, its work meant that the company made the invention of the patent at issue in August 1995. In a ruling written by Senior Judge Alvin Schall, the Federal Circuit concluded that, under U.S. patent law, Honeywell did not conceive the invention. It's reproduction of the process "cannot be conception because, if it were, the result would be that one who simply followed another i nventor's instructions to reproduce that person's prior conceived invention would, by so doing, also become an 'inventor,' " Schall wrote. That Honeywell later improved upon the information from the Russian Scientific Center to create a new process for ma king the compound and successfully filed another patent "is immaterial for the purposes of assessing Honeywell's prior invention defense," he said. Honeywell plans to continue its "vigorous defense of this claim," said Honeywell Specialty Materials spokes man Peter Dalpe. "We are confident that we will prevail." The Federal Circuit decision makes it clear that to defend a patent infringement case by claiming prior inventorship, "a party must prove that another conceived the invention in the United States b efore the patentee," said Barry Herman, a litigation partner at Alexandria, Va.-based Oblon Spivak McClelland Maier & Neustadt, who argued the case for Solvay. "Otherwise, that party will not qualify as 'another inventor' as required by the statute," Herm an said. "We are pleased with the decision of the Federal Circuit on behalf of our client Solvay, and look forward to proceeding at the district court in Delaware." - Full Article Source

ITEM #42

10/26/10 - Japanese invention turns plastic into oil, fits on a tabletop
Akinori Ito's plastic-recycling device is no industrial solution. Called the Blest Machine, it sits on a tabletop and is made to be "safe to use at home." The key to the process is an electric heater, which heats the plastic enough to melt, but never to t he point where it burns, thus avoiding any CO2 fumes. Two pounds of plastic fed to the machine gets you a quart of oil. Ito says the fuel that comes out can be used immediately to power stoves and generators, and can even be refined as gasoline. None of w hich are very green either, but considering you'd be buying that fuel otherwise, going this route at least saves you money and keeps the plastic out of landfills. One Blest Machine costs $9,500, though, so it's doubtful it'll ever pay for itself. For eco- warriors to whom price is no barrier, however, you factor in a ticket to Japan, because right now that's the only place you can get one. - Full Article Source

ITEM #43

10/26/10 - Water saving invention could save you money
Johnny Georges grew up on farms. Now he's trying to make a difference on them. How? With his water-saving invention: the Tree T-Pee. Johnny's father gave him the inspiration years ago while attempting to make a product to protect trees from frost. The Tre e T-Pee surrounds the trunk, concentrating irrigation, eliminating over-spray. If the product were used by all tree growers statewide Johnny says he believes his product has the potential to save trillions of gallons of water a year by cutting down wateri ng cycles - a financial savings for the farmers and an environmental savings for the planet. - Full Article Source

ITEM #44

10/26/10 - Wikileaks releases nearly 400,000 new secret Iraq docs
The archive is alleged to have been sourced from Pfc. Bradley Manning, the same US army intelligence analyst who is believed to have also leaked a smaller cache of 90,000 logs chronicling incidents in the Afghan war. According to the Guardian's early anal ysis, the new logs detail how:

• US authorities failed to investigate hundreds of reports of abuse, torture, rape and even murder by Iraqi police and soldiers whose conduct appears to be systematic and normally unpunished.

• A US helicopter gunship involved in a notorious Baghdad incident had previously killed Iraqi insurgents after they tried to surrender.

• More than 15,000 civilians died in previously unknown incidents. US and UK officials have insisted that no official record of civilian casualties exists but the logs record 66,081 non-combatant deaths out of a total of 109,000 fatalities. - Full Article Source

ITEM #45

10/26/10 - Daily vibration to retain youthful strength and density of Bones
A daily dose of whole body vibration may help reduce the usual bone density loss that occurs with age, Medical College of Georgia researchers report.Twelve weeks of daily, 30-minute sessions in 18-month old male mice -- which equate to 55- to 65-year-old humans -- appear to forestall the expected annual loss that can result in fractures, disability and death. - Full Article Source

ITEM #46

10/26/10 - Apocalypse from WWF: All living beings on Earth become extinct
According to the report of WWF Living Planet, prepared for the opening of the UN conference on the conservation of wildlife diversity, which began on October 18 in Japan, the population of all living beings on the planet is sharply reducing, as humanity c onsumes 50% more resources than is resumed. But how accurate is this "apocalyptic" forecast? The Living Planet report is published every two years and is one of the most quoted sources in the world regarding the condition of Earth. Studies have shown that the population of living organisms has decreased by 30% since 1970. Particularly adversely affected are tropical species: their populations have decreased by 60% in less than 40 years. While in poor tropical countries biodiversity is reduced at an alarmi ng rate, developed countries are living in an imaginary paradise based on excessive consumption and greenhouse gas emissions, said James Leape, director of the International Secretariat of WWF. Gloomy forecasts of WWF should not cause fear because the imp ressive numbers cited in the report communicate no more than wrongly conducted studies. - Full Article Source

ITEM #47

10/26/10 - Mazda Claims 70 mpg For New Engine, No Hybrid Needed
"There's no word on when the new version of the Mazda2 will finally reach the US but when it does we can reveal that it will return a fuel economy of 70 mpg — without the aid of any electric motors. This is because the car will feature Mazda's next-genera tion of drivetrain, body and chassis technologies, dubbed SKYACTIV. The new Mazda 2 will come powered by a SKYACTIV-G engine, Mazda's next-generation direct injection gasoline mill that achieves significantly improved fuel efficiency thanks to a high com pression ratio of 14.0:1 (the world's highest for a production gasoline engine)." - Full Article Source

ITEM #48

10/26/10 - Can Tweets predict market moves?
KeelyNet Along come a couple of researchers from Indiana University suggesting that the public mood is an excellent predictor of market behavior. How do you measure public mood? Read the tweets. Johan Bollen, associate professor of informatics, and Ph.D. candidate Huina Mao reviewed nearly 2 million messages on Twitter from 10 months in 2008. Working with Xiao-Jun Zeng of the University of Manchester, they measured key words in tweets using two systems. One was publicly available software called OpinionFinder, whi ch they said was not especially effective. The other was their own algorithm derived from Google. One emotional index of whether the tweeters were "calm" had an astonishing correlation with the movement of the Dow Jones Industrial Average three to four da ys later. The correlation was 87 percent. The researcher published their paper, calculus equations and all, at the free site Bollen said he was stunned because he always thought public sentiment would follow the Dow, not lead it. He said his to ols could be integrated with other programs to improve their prognostication powers. It sounds like a Chicago delegation ought to pay him a visit down in Bloomington, Ind. The Twitter Index, options, futures, ETFs, I can see it all now. Of course, Bollen has found a correlation, but he makes no claim that the tone of tweets causes markets to move. And he's aware that tweeters may not be representative of the global population. - Full Article Source

ITEM #49

10/26/10 - Are Consumer Hard Drives Headed Into History?
"With NAND flash fabricators ramping up production, per GB prices of solid state drives are expected to drop by more than half by this time next year to about 50 cents. Even so, consumers still look at three things when purchasing a computer: CPU power, m emory size, and drive capacity, giving spinning disk the edge. SSD manufacturers like Samsung and SanDisk have tried but failed to change consumer attitudes toward choosing SSDs for their performance, durability and lower power use. But, with the release of the new MacBook Air (sans hard disk drive), Steve Jobs has joined the marketing push and may have the clout to shift the market away from hard drives, even if they're still an order of magnitude cheaper." - Full Article Source

ITEM #50

10/26/10 - Bees Beat Machines At 'Traveling Salesman' Problem
"Recent research on bumble bees has proven that the tiny bee is better than computers at the traveling salesman problem. As bees visit flowers to collect nectar and pollen they discover other flowers en route in the wrong order. But they still manage to q uickly learn and fly the optimally shortest path between flowers. Such a problem is NP-Hard and keeps our best machines thinking for days searching for a solution but researchers are quite interested how such a tiny insect can figure it out on the fly — especially given how important this problem is to networks and transportation. A testament to the power of even the smallest batch of neurons or simply evidence our algorithms need work?" - Full Article Source

ITEM #51

10/26/10 - Solar Powered Refridgerator
KeelyNet Emily Cummins was named among the top 10 most outstanding young people in the world and is receiving two major honours for her inventions which include a solar-powered fridge and a water carrying device designed for use in Africa.

The Leeds University graduate was selected as an Oslo Business for Peace Honouree by a jury of Nobel prize winners during an awards ceremony in Norway.

The solar-powered fridge, which she designed while still a schoolgirl, is now helping families in Namibia, South Africa, Zambia, Botswana and Zimbabwe. It works through evaporation and can be used to keep perishable goods such as milk and meat cool for days.

Without using any power, temperatures stay at around 6C.

The fridge comprises two cylinders - one inside the other.

The inner cylinder is made from metal but the outer cylinder can be made from anything to hand, including wood and plastic.

KeelyNetShe has also designed a multi-bucket water system to help people transport water effectively across southern Africa.

Icey Ball Solar Fridge

Ammonia in boiler is vaporized and rises to condense again in coils and drop as liquid into tank.

Evaporation of liquid in tank absorbs heat and thus cools food compartment.

The cooling process continues until all liquid in tank evaporates. - Full Article Source

ITEM #52

10/26/10 - Colleges May Start Forcing Switch To eTextbooks
"Here's the new approach under consideration by college leaders and textbook manufacturers: 'Colleges require students to pay a course-materials fee, which would be used to buy e-books for all of them (whatever text the professor recommends, just as in t he old model).' That may be 'the best way to control skyrocketing costs and may actually save the textbook industry from digital piracy,' proponents claim." - Full Article Source

ITEM #53

10/26/10 - 3 Years of Failed Policies
One of the Federal Reserve's top economists denounced the Obama administration's approach to stemming the growing foreclosure crisis, saying it's part of "three years of failed policies" intended to help homeowners avoid losing their homes. To the experts in the audience, Willen's statements did not come as a surprise. The Obama administration designed a $75 billion program to ease the pain of the housing crisis by promising to pay mortgage companies, mortgage owners and the homeowners themselves if they successfully modified the terms of a delinquent borrower's mortgage. The Home Affordable Mortgage Program (HAMP) is the biggest part of that plan. Obama promised in February 2009 that the program would help three to four million homeowners. Rather than al lowing millions of homeowners to lose their homes, the administration tried to stem the rising tide of foreclosures by getting mortgage companies to lower borrowers' monthly payments. If borrowers have a more manageable payment obligation, the logic goes, they're more likely to stay current, or become current, because the mortgage is no longer seen as unattainable. But it hasn't worked. Many have called it a "failure." - Full Article Source

ITEM #54

10/23/10 - The Greenerator: Personal, renewable apartment power
What about residents living in older buildings, particularly rental apartments, where renewable energy isn’t always a viable alternative? Sure, purchasing green power through a local utility is an option but there’s nothing quite like harvesting your own energy at home, no matter where you live. This is the idea behind Jonathan Globerson’s Greenerator design prototype. This nifty, wind chime-esque “Residental Green Generator” includes flexible solar photovoltaic panels and a pint-sized vertical axis wind turbine; it's designed so that it can easily be installed and hung off of an apartment balcony. Explains Globerson, who believes his invention can lower electric bills by 6 percent and eliminate 2,000 pounds of carbon emissions annually I’m not entirely s ure if such a device would jive with uptight landlords and co-op/condo boards, although in a perfect world anyone in their right mind would give their full-consent. Sure, you can hang a miniature wind turbine from your 15th floor balcony! Go right ahead! If Greenerators were to become commercially available, would you invest in one to power your household appliances and electronics or would you be weary of hanging something like this from an apartment balcony? - Full Article Source

ITEM #55

10/23/10 - Volt Fraud At Government Motors
Government Motors' all-electric car isn't all-electric and doesn't get near the touted hundreds of miles per gallon. Like "shovel-ready" jobs, maybe there's no such thing as "plug-ready" cars either. The Chevy Volt, hailed by the Obama administration as t he electric savior of the auto industry and the planet, makes its debut in showrooms next month, but it's already being rolled out for test drives by journalists. It appears we're all being taken for a ride. When President Obama visited a GM plant in Hamt ramck near Detroit a few months ago to drive a Chevy Volt 10 feet off an assembly line, we called the car an "electric Edsel." Now that it's about to hit the road, nothing revealed has changed our mind. Advertised as an all-electric car that could drive 5 0 miles on its lithium battery, GM addressed concerns about where you plug the thing in en route to grandma's house by adding a small gasoline engine to help maintain the charge on the battery as it starts to run down. It was still an electric car, we wer e told, and not a hybrid on steroids. That's not quite true. The gasoline engine has been found to be more than a range-extender for the battery. Volt engineers are now admitting that when the vehicle's lithium-ion battery pack runs down and at speeds nea r or above 70 mph, the Volt's gasoline engine will directly drive the front wheels along with the electric motors. That's not charging the battery — that's driving the car. So it's not an all-electric car, but rather a pricey $41,000 hybrid that requires a taxpayer-funded $7,500 subsidy to get car shoppers to look at it. But gee, even despite the false advertising about the powertrain, isn't a car that gets 230 miles per gallon of gas worth it? - Full Article Source

ITEM #56

10/23/10 - Sun Light Shower Baths to Pep up Weary Congressmen (Dec, 1929)
KeelyNet CONGRESSMEN in Washington now resort to sun light baths in the turkish baths of the House of Representatives office building when they become jaded. Weary from their intensive work and political worries congressmen find that these sun baths restore their “pep.” The lights, when the treatment is taken for ten minutes each day, give the patient the same benefits as if he were spending a couple of weeks at one of the southern winter resorts. Not only do the lights invigorate, but they also give the patient a n artificial tan. These same kind of lights were used to treat the King of England. The busy men do not; find it necessary to disrobe to derive the full benefit of the sun shower baths and seated before the showers the health-giving rays bathe them from h ead to waist. Masks are worn over the eyes as a protection from the powerful rays. - Full Article Source

ITEM #57

10/23/10 - New evidence that Alzheimer's disease is infectious
Neurologist Yvonne S. Eisele and her team had already proven that mice could catch Alzheimers from each other, but only if the brain of a healthy mouse was injected with amyloids from mouse who already had Alzheimer's symptoms. Now a further study reveals that injecting mice with the amyloids anywhere on their bodies ultimately results in Alzheimer's as well. Amyloid peptides are misfolded proteins, junk molecules that a healthy brain can clear away and reabsorb back into the body. But Alzheimer's sets in when the amyloids aren't cleared away, and they harden into plaques. What Eisele's new research shows is that even if these amyloids enter the body through the arm, they can find their way to the brain and potentially cause Alzheimer's. - Full Article Source

ITEM #58

10/23/10 - Plantenna: the plant antenna
The back story behind [Mike] experimenting with plants as AM radio transmission antennas antennae is rather interesting and worth the short read. But for those who just want the facts, [Mike] took an ATMega324, modified the PWM output into a sinusoidal AM signal (using a simple form of RLC circuitry), and connected the circuit to a plant no plants were harmed in the making of this project. The results? Well we’re not ones who would spoil the surprise, you’ll have to see for yourself in the video after the jump. / Non-Lexical Vocables - One final thing I found interesting: high-power AM signals actually transmit significantly farther at night than during the day. I’d read about this, but had never experienced the effect until the other night. During the daytime, AM540 had been almost completely clear of broadcasts. But at night, I was pulling in one station very clearly. In fact, it was almost overpowering my teeny transmitter. A ccording to this website, “distant AM radio stations are better received at night because the ionosphere that reflects AM stations is protected from ionizing radiation and ionized particles from the Sun.” Pretty nifty, eh? - Full Article Source

ITEM #59

10/23/10 - DNA Spray Links Criminals to the Place They Robbed
A more sophisticated way of marking robbers is making its way into stores and businesses that are frequently targeted by thieves, a device that sprays an invisible DNA mist on the bad guys that won't wash off for weeks. The mist, which is now being used i n nine countries and coming to the U.S. soon, shows up under ultraviolent light and contains a DNA code that police stations scan for when they bring in criminals. The unique code irrefutably links criminals to the scene of the crime. "The word DNA spread s fear into even the most hardened criminals," said Jason Brown, business director of Selectamark, the company that created SelectaDNA Spray. Selectamark says the spray stops crime by scaring criminals away with warning signs posted outside of protected b uildings that read "You Steal, You're Marked." The mist is so fine, it's unlikely a robber would know he's been hit. It sinks into the target's skin and hair where it sits for weeks. "You can take a shower three times a day, but the DNA stays on," said Je an-Paul Fafie, the manager at one of several McDonald's restaurants in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, that had the spray system installed. In Rotterdam, robberies are way down and none of the locations with the spray installed have been burglarized. But crim e has risen in poorer areas outside of town that don't have the resources to install the system. The SelectaDNA Spray has potential for helping police solve who-dun-it mysteries. "Often times it's not that they [police] don't know who they [robbers] are, it's that they don't have evidence to get a prosecution," said Selectamark's Managing Director Andrew Knight. SelectaDNA Spray helps that problem, and has the potential to put more guilty parties behind bars, he said. - Full Article Source

ITEM #60

10/23/10 - Earthquakes Increase as the Moon Comes Closer to Earth
Seismologists at the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre have found that the earthquake counts go up steadily as the moon comes closer to the Earth (perigee) and also when it is Full Moon. The scientists have also found that major earthquakes occur more in numb ers when perigee coincides with Full Moon and New Moon than at apogee (position of moon farthest from earth) with similar combination, going upto a magnitude of 6.0 on the Richter scale, Dr Vinayak G Kolvankar, senior seismologist from BARC said. It has a lso been shown that most of the global earthquake catalog data when examined systematically indicated seismicity variation with local time over 24 hours basis and observed the occurrence of earthquakes to be more during the night than during the day. The earthquake counts go down during the day and it is minimum in the afternoon (between 3 pm and 4 pm) and then steadily goes up till midnight, Kolvankar said. “This typical signature of the diurnal seismicity plots (DSP) seem to be consistent for the global earthquake data for different periods, seasons, longitudes and depths. The drop in earthquake counts during the day, reduces for latitudes away from the equators and larger effect is seen for smaller earthquakes, which proportionally reduces for earthqua kes with higher magnitude up to 5.0,” Kolvankar said. BARC scientists made an attempt to realign the earthquake data from standard catalogs for 36 years (1973-2008), to the different periodicities of the moon to check if any consistent patterns emerge out of this exercise, Kolvankar said. - Full Article Source

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10/23/10 - Cheap Diesel-Powered Fuel Cells
KeelyNet A Norwegian company is developing silent diesel generators based on a new kind of fuel cell. Nordic Power Systems, which is making the generators for that country's military, has successfully tested a 250-watt solid-acid fuel cell developed by SAFCell, a spinoff from Caltech. The companies are now working on a 1.2-kilowatt system. The new generators work by producing hydrogen gas from diesel in a process called reforming (the fuel is heated, but not combusted, and mixed with air and steam). The hydrogen i s then fed into the fuel cell to make electricity. Unlike the fuel cells that have been tested in cars, the new ones can tolerate impurities, such as carbon monoxide, that are present in hydrogen made from diesel. In large-scale production, the new fuel c ells could also be significantly cheaper than high temperature solid-oxide fuel cells, such as those being sold by Bloom Energy, because they operate at lower temperatures, and so don't require expensive heat-tolerant materials, says Calum Chisolm, SAFCel l's CEO. - Full Article Source

ITEM #62

10/23/10 - Baptism of fire on road to creativity
Albert Chan Sun-chi, President of the Hong Kong Baptist University and two other scientific inventors - Dominic Lam Man-kit, chairman of the World Eye Organization, and Jeffrey Cheung, an expert in harvesting energy from ocean waves - talked about the imp ortance of science, creativity and the arts. For his part, the university president talked about his own research and the relationship between creativity and science. While doing research on an environmentally friendly refrigerant, Chan found the toxic ga s produced in making it causes damage to the ozone layer. Faced with the dilemma, Chan was determined to solve it and finally came up with a procedure that converts the toxic gas into a substance that can be sold to factories that need it. Chan said creat ivity is a necessary facet of life that can be found everywhere but many people are afraid of it. "Creativity means new things. So long as we pay more attention to the things around us, we will notice problems within them. If we take the problem as our own and concentrate on solving it, it may result in a creative invention." The professor also encouraged the students never to stop learning because "education has no boundaries." Lam is also an artist who has taught at Harvard University in the Unit ed States. He lamented the death of inventiveness and singled out the current method of teaching used in our schools and by parents for criticism, saying it deprives the students of creative thought. Everyone, says Lam, is full of creativity. Take the cas e of children drawing on a wall. Sometimes an "artwork" is created but, in many cases, parents consider drawing on a wall to be an act of mischief. Lam says creativity consists of curiosity, knowledge and persistence and that all three are indispensabl e to true inventiveness. The students listened attentively to the advice offered by the three experts. There were questions about how to break out of the conservative mindset, and the experts gladly answered these. If the students can seize the opport unity to learn from these inventors, Lam will be happy to be proven wrong on the death of creativity. - Full Article Source

ITEM #63

10/23/10 - GE’s Really Big, Bad Ideas
KeelyNet Why would General Electric abandon the incandescent light bulb? In 1890 Thomas Edison established General Electric after having achieved fame with it and other inventions. Not only will this iconic invention no longer be manufactured in the United States by next year, but the government has ruled that it cannot even be purchased here. That is a level of stupidity that defines much of U.S. manufacturing and energy policy these days and explains why so many jobs have been out-sourced to other nations. It de monstrates what harm can be done by a government that has interfered so much in the industrial and financial marketplace that the nation totters on economic ruin. Jack Welch was famous for instilling new life and vitality into GE before his retirement and replacement by Jeff Immelt. In April, Businessweek magazine devoted its cover to a story, “Can GE Gets Its Juice Back? A company renowned for innovation and talent development has lost its way. Inside Jeff Immelt’s quest to find the light.” GE’s earning s from continuing operations were described as “ho-hum”, having sunk 38% in 2009” and expected to stay flat this year. In an annual shareholder letter, Immelt spoke of a “decade from hell.” You won’t find many corporate leaders or financial analysts that have much good to say of GE these days. And perhaps that might have something to do with GE’s failure to support the best, proven ways to generate electricity? Or to have failed to protect the American consumer from a government-imposed ban on incandescen t light bulbs? - Full Article Source

ITEM #64

10/23/10 - How climate change can affect us
In the late-1900s, there was a huge environmental catastrophe that was plaguing most of the urban cities around the world. People were using horses for transportation and the dung was becoming a problem. It was clogging up sewers, getting into the water s ystem and causing diseases. But the ultimate solution came from the invention of the motorcar and horses started becoming redundant. The problem was that politicians were blaming each other. But that’s the mindset and it really takes breakthrough innovati ons. Governments have a poor track record of coming up with anything innovative. I’m personally not in favour of carbon-offset programmes. They don’t drive innovation. What really counts is when you can figure out how to get from point A to point B with 5 0% less fuel burned and 50% less carbon dioxide emitted. That’s really what counts and that requires innovation, and innovation is bred in a competitive environment. - Full Article Source

ITEM #65

10/23/10 - Building a Better Goat
KeelyNet Brazil's investment in transgenic animals shows how opposition to such technologies in the United States is opening opportunities elsewhere. Researchers at the University of California, Davis, plan to ship goat semen to the Brazilian state of Ceará, where local scientists have received $3.5 million from Brazil's government to establish a herd of transgenic goats and initiate human trials on their milk. No transgenic animal has yet been approved for use as food anywhere in the world. The FDA is currently w eighing its first application, by AquaBounty Technologies, to commercialize a variety of transgenic Atlantic salmon engineered to grow twice as quickly as unaltered salmon. However, the genetically modified salmon, dubbed "Frankenfish" by opponents, have generated substantial controversy in the United States. The herd will be established by crossing the animals at UC Davis with local goats adapted to tropical conditions. "We were making slow progress, so when it came about that the Brazilians thought it w as a good idea to fight diarrhea with [genetic engineering], we decided to contribute the technology," Murray says. Although diarrhea isn't of much concern in the U.S., it's precisely the kind of challenge that Brazilian scientists need to justify growing investments in R&D. In Brazil's poor, arid, northeast region, infant mortality rates remain high. In Ceará, home to the research project, 27 of every 1,000 children die in infancy, a rate four to five times higher than that in the United States. Overall in Brazil, diarrhea is the fifth or sixth most common killer of children under five. Diarrhea kills by draining the body of water and electrolytes, such as sodium and potassium. Standard treatment is rehydration therapy to replace the body's water supply, and zinc tablets. The goats created in Murray's lab have been engineered to express large amounts of human lysozyme, a protein found in human milk, tears, and saliva that destroys the cell walls of bacteria. "What we are trying to do is create a milk tha t would lessen the chance of the diarrhea organism being established," says Murray. - Full Article Source

ITEM #66

10/23/10 - Osmosis Revives in Northern Europe
If you're overlooking an estuary, you'd never guess that vast amounts of energy are flowing into the sea. But what if you place a thin and strong membrane between the fresh and brackish water? Then it might be possible to tap so much energy that tens of t housands of households could be provided with electricity. At least, that is the goal of Dutch and Norwegian researchers, as they seek to make osmotic power commercially viable. Last century osmotic power was no more than a pipe dream for researchers but in the past five years all that has changed. In November 2009 Norwegian utility company Statkraft launched a 1—2 kW prototype plant in Tofte, south of Oslo, while REDstack, a spin-off of Dutch R&D company Wetsus, is scaling up its 5 kW pilot at the salt r efinery in Harlingen to a 50 kW demonstration plant halfway up the country's Afsluitdijk causeway. With rapidly improving advances in membrane technologies, its huge potential is beginning to come to light. According to Wetsus, Dutch coastlines and rivers hold somewhere in excess of 18 TWh of potential generating capacity, enough to power 1 million households. Meanwhile in Norway, estimates suggest the technology could generate some 12 TWh annually from the country's fjords. At present, the Tofte facility can only generate enough energy to power a coffee machine but within five years the utility hopes to have the world's first commercial osmotic plant in operation. As big as a football field, and with a membrane surface of 5 km, it will generate 25 MW, en ough to provide electricity for 15,000 households. Post-2020, Statkraft predicts there will be dozens of plants in operation, generating 12 TWh, or 10% of Norwegian demand. "In theory, blue energy has the potential to generate 2.5 MJ, leading to an overal l potential of 7000 MW in the Low Countries," he said. "Although that's pretty impressive, one has to subtract losses due to fluctuating water flows, diminishing returns, shipping, anti-salinisation, drinking water and other societal limitations. After su btraction, our former national hydraulic laboratory (now Deltares) found out that not more than 500 MW for salinity gradient energy remains, depending on the location one is going to choose." - Full Article Source

ITEM #67

10/23/10 - NASA/DARPA Plan ‘Hundred-Year Starship’ to Never Return
KeelyNet “The human space program is now really aimed at settling other worlds,” Worden said, according to a Singularity University blog that covered the event. “Twenty years ago you had to whisper that in dark bars and get fired.” (Worden added that he was fired by President George W. Bush.) Beyond that, there are no details. But the prospect of a DARPA-NASA spaceship collaboration for Star Trek-esque exploration sounds thrilling — even if by definition, a 100-year ship means leaving Earth and never coming back. irk Schulze-Makuch and Paul Davies suggest sending astronauts to Mars with the intention of staying for the rest of their lives, as trailblazers for a permanent Mars colony. They would get periodic supply missions, but they would be expected to fend for t hemselves for water, shelter, nutrients and mineral/chemical processing. They would be expected to develop some kind of homegrown Martian industry, which could ultimately serve as a hub for an expanded colonization program. Plus, leaving some people on an other planet would probably ensure that we’d want to go back, to visit them and see what they created. Such a mission would save money, the authors say, because the prohibitive costs (in dollars and payload) of a manned Mars mission are mostly associated with bringing the astronauts home. “Eliminating the need for returning early colonists would cut the costs several fold and at the same time ensure a continuous commitment to the exploration of Mars and space in general,” they write. In a news release, Da vies, a cosmologist at Arizona State University’s Beyond Center, compared would-be Mars colonists to swashbuckling explorers like Columbus and Amundsen. “It would really be little different from the first white settlers of the North American continent, wh o left Europe with little expectation of return,” he said. Still, getting there would require an advanced propulsion system that could get off the ground with minimal fuel and land safely. - Full Article Source

ITEM #68

10/23/10 - Landslide detector wins enterprise award
‘When rocks fracture they give off lots of energy as acoustic emissions,’ added Dixon. ‘But most landslides are in soils and you get very low energy when two soil particles move against each other and the stress wave loses energy very quickly in the groun d.’ALARMS uses a steel tube called a wave guide to conduct the signals out of the ground. This is placed in a borehole in the ground filled with sand or gravel that produces more energy when moved than the soil itself, making the signal easier to detect. The device also detects high-frequency waves of around 20-30kHz because lower frequencies within hearing range, although they lose less energy and are easier to detect, would include background noise from other sources. Dixon carried out tests to determin e how the acoustic signal produced by the gravel related to the speed and size of movement in the ground, regardless of what kind of soil it is. ‘Because we used the same backfill and wave guide every time we can actually calibrate it,’ he said. ‘If we ge t a certain amount of acoustics, we can relate that to a displacement rate.’ Measuring such high-frequency waves requires very fast computing power, so Dixon, in collaboration with the British Geological Survey, also developed a low-cost instrument to pro cess and transmit the landslide data from the wave guide. ‘It counts the number of times the signal goes above a threshold every 15 minutes and it’s that number we relate to our calibrations to tell us how fast the slope is moving,’ said Dixon. ‘This has only been possible because of the development of printed circuit boards and the processing that can now be put on small chips. We couldn’t have done this five years ago.’ - Full Article Source

ITEM #69

10/23/10 - $2.8 Million to Demonstrate the Hydrogen Co-Production
For this first-of-a-kind industrial application, FuelCell Energy will demonstrate how a 300 kilowatt DFC300 fuel cell can produce hydrogen for use by the metal processing industry along with clean electricity and high quality heat. The fuel cell will be i nstalled at a metal processing facility owned by ACuPowder International, LLC, located in Union, New Jersey. The metal processing industry uses significant amounts of electricity and heat along with industrial gases such as hydrogen to treat metal prior t o stamping, shaping or forming. ACuPowder uses this process, which is termed annealing, to make powdered copper. This project will capitalize on the versatility of fuel cells by configuring the fuel cell to generate three value streams including: 1) clean electricity, 2) hydrogen, and 3) high quality heat. Objectives of the project are to demonstrate a highly efficient and clean fuel cell that will reduce costs for a metal processor, including electric, heat and the costs associated with purchasing, trans porting and storing industrial gases. The DFC300 can generate about 300 pounds of hydrogen per day which generally meets the daily requirements of the ACuPowder facility. The cost of hydrogen to an industrial operation depends on the volume of hydrogen pu rchased and the distance from the production source. An industrial operation using this amount of hydrogen may pay $3.00 to $5.00 per pound or approximately $325,000 to $550,000 per year depending on their location. The hydrogen produced by the DFC300 is expected to substantially reduce this cost. Fuel cells generate power through an electrochemical reaction that does not require combustion. As a result, fuel cells operate with higher efficiency and emit virtually no pollutants. When byproduct heat is uti lized the combined efficiency of the power plant can be greater than 80 percent, resulting in the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by 12,000 tons annually. - Full Article Source

ITEM #70

10/23/10 - Invention Secrecy Still Going Strong
There were 5,135 inventions that were under secrecy orders at the end of Fiscal Year 2010, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office told Secrecy News last week. It’s a 1% rise over the year before, and the highest total in more than a decade. Under the Inven tion Secrecy Act of 1951, patent applications on new inventions can be subject to secrecy orders restricting their publication if government agencies believe that disclosure would be “detrimental to the national security.” The current list of technology a reas that is used to screen patent applications for possible restriction under the Invention Secrecy Act is not publicly available and has been denied under the Freedom of Information Act. (An appeal is pending.) But a previous list dated 1971 and obtai ned by researcher Michael Ravnitzky is available here - (pdf). Most of the listed technology areas are closely related to military applications. But some of them range more widely. Thus, the 1971 list indicates that patents for solar photovoltaic generators were subject to review and possible restriction if the photovoltaics were more than 20% efficient. Energy conversion systems were likewise subject to review and possible restric tion if they offered conversion efficiencies “in excess of 70-80%.” One may fairly ask if disclosure of such technologies could really have been “detrimental to the national security,” or whether the opposite would be closer to the truth. One may further ask what comparable advances in technology may be subject to restriction and non-disclosure today. But no answers are forthcoming, and the invention secrecy system persists with no discernible external review. - Full Article Source

ITEM #71

10/23/10 - Feds forced to admit it's legal to take pictures of federal buildings
The New York Civil Liberties Union and Libertarian activist Antonio Musumeci just won a court case that affirms the right of photographers to take pictures and record video out front of federal courthouses. The US federal government settled the case by ap ologizing to Musumeci for his arrest, acknowledging that it is legal to record at courthouses, and promising to issue guidelines to federal officers explaining this fact to them.

"Not only will this settlement end harassment of photographers outside federal courthouses, it will free people to photograph and film outside of all federal buildings," said NYCLU Associate Legal Director Christopher Dunn, lead counsel in the case. "The regulation at issue in this case applies to all federal buildings, not only courthouses, so this settlement should extend to photography near all federal buildings nationwide. - Full Article Source

ITEM #72

10/23/10 - Scientists open electrical link to living cells
Scientists with the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have designed an electrical link to living cells engineered to shuttle electrons across a cell's membrane to an external acceptor along a well-defined path. This direct channel could yield cells that can read and respond to electronic signals, electronics capable of self-replication and repair, or efficiently transfer sunlight into electricity. Coaxing electrons across a cellular membrane is not trivial: attempts to pull an electron from a cell may disrupt its function, or kill the entire cell in the process. What's more, current techniques to transfer cellular electrons to an external source lack a molecular roadmap, which means even if electrons do turn up outside a cell, there is no way to direct their behavior, see where they stopped along the way, or send a signal back to the cell's interior. In their approach, Jensen, Ajo-Franklin and colleagues first cloned a part of the extracellular electron transfer chain of Shewanella onei densis MR-1, marine and soil bacteria capable of reducing heavy metals in oxygen-free environments. This chain or "genetic cassette," Ajo-Franklin notes, is essentially a stretch of DNA that contains the instructions for making the electron conduit. Addit ionally, because all life as we know it uses DNA, the genetic cassette can be plugged into any organism. The team showed this natural electron pathway could be popped into a (harmless) strain of E. coli—a versatile model bacteria in biotechnology— to prec isely channel electrons inside a living cell to an inorganic mineral: iron oxide, also known as rust. Bacteria in environments without oxygen, such as Shewanella, use iron oxide from their surroundings to breathe. As a result, these bacteria have evolved mechanisms for direct charge transfer to inorganic minerals found deep in the sea or soil. The Berkeley Labs team showed their engineered E. coli could efficiently reduce iron and iron oxide nanoparticles—the latter five times faster than E. coli alone. " This recent breakthrough is part of a larger Department of Energy project on domesticating life at the cellular and molecular level. By directly interfacing synthetic devices with living organisms, we can harness the vast capabilities of life in photo- an d chemical energy conversion, chemical synthesis, and self-assembly and repair," said Jay Groves, a faculty scientist at Berkeley Labs and professor of chemistry at University of California, Berkeley. "Cells have sophisticated ways of transferring electro ns and electrical energy. However, just sticking an electrode into a cell is about as ineffective as sticking your finger into an electrical outlet when you are hungry. Instead, our strategy is based on tapping directly into the molecular electron transpo rt chain used by cells to efficiently capture energy." The researchers plan to implement this genetic cassette in photosynthetic bacteria, as cellular electrons from these bacteria can be produced from sunlight—providing cheap, self-replicating solar batt eries. These metal-reducing bacteria could also assist in producing pharmaceutical drugs, Ajo-Franklin adds, as the fermentation step in drug manufacturing requires energy-intensive pumping of oxygen. In contrast, these engineered bacteria breathe using r ust, rather than oxygen, saving energy. - Full Article Source

ITEM #73

10/23/10 - China Now Halting Shipments of Rare Earth Minerals To US
China, after putting at least a temporary stop to rare earth exports to Japan, is now doing the same with exports to the US; according to the linked article, this is in response to recent US promises to investigate certain Chinese trade practices. - Full Article Source

ITEM #74

10/23/10 - Cheap Software Tools Give New Life To Stop-Motion Animation
"The NY Times reports that a wide variety of new stop motion animation tools are making it simpler to create stop-motion movies. The new tools are helping animators run more than three times faster than they did just a few years ago. Some even say that st op motion is cheaper than computer generated animation. Tools like Dragon Stop Motion, Stop Motion Pro and iKitMovie are just a few of the tools that are reinvigorating the space." - Full Article Source

ITEM #75

10/23/10 - Heroic Engineer Crashes Own Vehicle To Save a Life
"A manager of Boeing's F22 fighter-jet program, Innes dodged the truck, then looked back to see that the driver was slumped over the wheel. He knew a busy intersection was just ahead, and he had to act fast. Without consulting the passengers in his miniva n — 'there was no time to take a vote' — Innes kicked into engineer mode. 'Basic physics: If I could get in front of him and let him hit me, the delta difference in speed would just be a few miles an hour, and we could slow down together,' Innes explained ." - Full Article Source

ITEM #76

10/23/10 - Investor Sues Company For Lack Of Profit
The board of claims that it is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle, than to make money on the domain name, but an angry shareholder disagrees. From the article: "James Solakian filed the lawsuit in Delaware's Chancery Court ag ainst the board of for breaching their duty by refusing to sell the site or run the company in a profitable way. The lawsuit cites a valuation done by a potential purchaser that estimated could be worth more than, which recently sold for more than $100 million." - Full Article Source

ITEM #77

10/23/10 - 50 Secrets Your Pilot Won't Tell You
KeelyNet We asked 17 pilots from across the country to give us straight answers about maddening safety rules, inexplicable delays, the air and attitudes up there—and what really happens behind the cockpit door. What they told us will change the way you fly. Here a re a few of those secrets:

Random pilot - “Sometimes the airline won’t give us lunch breaks or even time to eat. We have to delay flights just so we can get food.”

“At some airports with really short runways, you’re not going to have a smooth landing no matter how good we are: John Wayne Airport; Jackson Hole, Wyoming; Chicago Midway; and Reagan National.”

“I’ve been struck by lightning twice. Most pilots have. Airplanes are built to take it. You hear a big boom and see a big flash and that’s it. You’re not going to fall out of the sky.”

“We don’t make you stow your laptop because we’re worried about electronic interference. It’s about having a projectile on your lap. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to get hit in the head by a MacBook going 200 miles per hour."

“Those buddy passes they give us? I give them only to my enemies now. Sure, you can get a $1,000 airfare to Seattle for $100. But since you have to fly standby, it will take you three months to get back because you can’t get a seat.”

“We don’t wear our hats in the cockpit, by the way. On TV and in the Far Side comic, you always see these pilots with their hats on, and they have their headsets on over the hat, and that always makes us laugh." - Full Article Source

ITEM #78

10/23/10 - Physicists Say Graphene Could Create Mass
"Graphene has gotten a lot of press lately. The Nobel prize-winning, fastest-spinning, nanobubble-enhanced silicon replacement is theorized to have a new, more outlandish property. As reported by Technology Review's Physics Blog, graphene should be able to create mass inside properly formed nanotubes. According to Abdulaziz Alhaidari's calculations, if one were to roll up graphene into a nanotube, this could compactifiy dimensions (from the sheet's two down to the tube's one), and thus 'the massless equa tions that describe the behavior of electrons and holes will change to include a term for mass. In effect, compactifying dimensions creates mass.' What once would require a massive high-energy particle accelerator can now be tested with carbon, electricit y, and wires, according to the recent paper." - Full Article Source

ITEM #79

10/23/10 - Comic Sales Soar After Artist Engages 4chan Pirates
"Steve Lieber, the artist behind the graphic novel Underground, discovered that someone on 4chan had scanned and posted the entire comic. Rather than complaining, he joined the conversation, chatting with the 4channers about the comic... and the next day he saw his sales jump to unheard-of levels, much higher than he'd seen even when the comic book was reviewed on popular sites like Boing Boing." - Full Article Source

ITEM #80

10/23/10 - The 545 People Responsible For All of America's Woes
KeelyNet Have you ever wondered why, if both the Democrats and the Republicans are against deficits, we have deficits? Have you ever wondered why, if all the politicians are against inflation and high taxes, we have inflation and high taxes? You and I don't propos e a federal budget. The president does. You and I don't have the Constitutional authority to vote on appropriations. The House of Representatives does. You and I don't write the tax code. Congress does. You and I don't set fiscal policy. Congress does. Yo u and I don't control monetary policy. The Federal Reserve Bank does. One hundred senators, 435 congressmen, one president and nine Supreme Court justices - 545 human beings out of the 235 million - are directly, legally, morally and individually responsi ble for the domestic problems that plague this country. Don't you see how the con game that is played on the people by the politicians? Those 545 human beings spend much of their energy convincing you that what they did is not their fault. They cooperate in this common con regardless of party. What separates a politician from a normal human being is an excessive amount of gall. No normal human being would have the gall of Tip O'Neill, who stood up and criticized Ronald Reagan for creating deficits. The pr esident can only propose a budget. He cannot force the Congress to accept it. The Constitution, which is the supreme law of the land, gives sole responsibility to the House of Representatives for originating appropriations and taxes.


It seems inconceivable to me that a nation of 235 million cannot replace 545 people who stand convicted -- by present facts - of incompetence and irresponsibility.

I can't think of a single domestic problem, from an unfair tax code to defense overruns, that is not traceable directly to those 545 people.

When you fully grasp the plain truth that 545 people exercise power of the federal government, then it must follow that what exists is what they want to exist.

If the tax code is unfair, it's because they want it unfair. If the budget is in the red, it's because they want it in the red. If the Marines are in Lebanon, it's because they want them in Lebanon.

There are no insoluble government problems. Do not let these 545 people shift the blame to bureaucrats, whom they hire and whose jobs they can abolish; to lobbyists, whose gifts and advice they can reject; to regulators, to whom they give the power to reg ulate and from whom they can take it.

Above all, do not let them con you into the belief that there exist disembodied mystical forces like "the economy," "inflation" or "politics" that prevent them from doing what they take an oath to do.

Those 545 people and they alone are responsible. They and they alone have the power. They and they alone should be held accountable by the people who are their bosses - provided they have the gumption to manage their own employees. - Full Article Source

ITEM #81

10/20/10 - Modeling a White Hole With Your Kitchen Sink
KeelyNet "That ring of water in your kitchen sink is actually a model white hole. For the first time, scientists have shown experimentally that liquid flowing from a tap embodies the same physics as the time-reversed equivalent of black holes. When a stream of tap water hits the flat surface of the sink, it spreads out into a thin disc bounded by a raised lip, called the hydraulic jump. Physicists’ puzzlement with this jump dates back to Lord Rayleigh in 1914. More recently, physicists have suggested that, if the water waves inside the disc move faster than the waves outside, the jump could serve as an analogue event horizon. Water can approach the ring from outside, but it can’t get in." / To create the white hole, the physicists pumped silicon oil through a stee l nozzle onto a square PVC plate about a foot across. Using silicon oil made the flow smoother and more predictable, and guaranteed the hydraulic jump was a circle, rather than a polygon or some other complicated shape. Then they stuck a needle in the oil to make the Mach cone. Just outside the spot where the jet of oil hit the plate, the water parted around the needle at an angle of about 18 degrees. As the physicists move the needle outward, the angle smoothly increased to about 45 degrees, then rapidly opened up to reach 90 degrees near the ridge of the jump. That implies that the speed of the waves inside the ring is equal to the speed of the waves outside the ring, “and hence constitutes a clear proof that the jump indeed represents a white hole hori zon for surface waves,” the team wrote. “The fact that the circular jump represents a white hole horizon illustrates that the concept of horizons is not limited to relativity.” “This is a brilliant experiment: Kitchen-sink physics is turned into a black-h ole analogue,” commented Ulf Leonhardt, a physicist at the University of St Andrews in Scotland who works on making analogue black holes in fiber-optic cables. “Germain Rousseaux and his team used sophisticated equipment and did very careful measurements, but at its heart, the experiment is based on a simple idea everyone can understand and try at home.” - Full Article Source

ITEM #82

10/20/10 - Salt to accelerate Heating?
KeelyNet Here in a Mexican plaza there is an old lady who roasts corn on the cob to sell. She burns charcoal on which she sprinkles rock salt supposedly to increase the heat. I talked to Suzy at the Cucumber Cafe and she said yes, salt produces more heat and she thought 'everyone knew that'..uh...ok. Found nothing about it on the net so it's new to me, or I just forgot it.

This reminded me of the late inventor John Kanzius who discovered a means to burn seawater/saltwater. Salt water as fuel; #1 Article and this #2 Article. 1500C or 3000F when saltwater is burned and can produce steam to drive a turbine for transportation or to run a generator to make electricity. Heat breaks down hyd rogen/oxygen bond in water. Notice the bright very pure yellow of the flame which I think is coming from the sodium that makes up salt (sodium chloride). You see this all the time in sodium lamps used for parking and street lamps. Yellow light also repels insects.

How it works:

1. A generator emits 200 Watts of 14-megahertz radio waves.
2. The waves bombard a solution of regular table salt and water.
3. Exactly what happens next remains a mystery, but one theory posits that the sodium chloride may weaken the bonds between the strong oxygen and hydrogen atoms in water. Radio waves break apart the bonds and liberate flammable hydrogen gas molecules.
4. A match ignites the hydrogen, generating an intense flame.
5. The resulting heat powers a simple engine.

The saltwater phenomenon happened by accident when an assistant was bombarding a saline-filled test tube with radio waves and bumped the tube, causing a small flash. Curious, Kanzius struck a match. "The water lit like a propane flame," he recalls. "Peopl e said, 'It's a crock. Look for hidden electrodes in the water,' " says Penn State University materials scientist Rustum Roy, who visited the Erie, Pennsylvania, inventor in his lab in August after seeing the feat on Google Video. A demo made Roy a believ er. "This is discovery science in the best tradition," he says. Roy thinks the sodium chloride in the water may weaken the bonds between the oxygen and hydrogen atoms, which are broken free by radio waves. It's these gas molecules that are igniting , he explains, not the liquid itself. Tests show that the reaction disappears once the radio waves stop. Roy plans to conduct more tests to get to the bottom of the mystery.

Sodium magnetic resonance of aqueous salt solutions - The sodium resonance is obtained when the frequency is changed to 15.871MHz, and the homogeneity is excellent (0.5Hz at 15.871MHz).

Microwave Ovens and Water - The microwave spectrum is usually defined as electromagnetic energy ranging from approximately 1 GHz to 100 GHz in frequency, but older usage includes lower frequencies. A microwave oven passes (non-ionizing) microwave radiation (at a frequency near 2.45 GHz) through food, causing dielectric heating by absorption of energy in the water, fats and sugar contained in the food. Water in the liquid state pos sesses many molecular interactions which broaden the absorption peak. In the vapor phase, isolated water molecules absorb at around 22 GHz, almost ten times the frequency of the microwave oven.

(Note #1: Keely claimed 42,800Hz was the disruptive frequency for the water molecule, which would appear to have been in the vapor phase, not as a liquid. I can see if he used ultrasonics to create a mist from one or more drops of water, then the 42,800Hz could further disrupt the molecule. If you take 22GHz (22,000,000,000) and keep dividing it by 2 you eventually get 41,961.67 hz which is just 838.33Hz difference. I find it MORE than a bit remarkable that Keely would find this frequency using his own re search equipment in the late 19th century? - JWD)

(Note #2: The Kanzius generator emits 14MHz radio waves which is 1.871MHz below the sodium frequency. What would happen if they tried 15.871MHz? Would it be more efficient? Sodium is a soft metal which has a body-centered cubic crystal structure. High int ensity radio waves near or at the sodium resonant frequency would cause intense, focused heat from each sodium atom which would help vaporize water and ignite the hydrogen and oxygen. - JWD) - Full Article Source

Sodium Burning Yellow in Air
Sodium Chloride (salt) burns Orange

ITEM #83

10/20/10 - Viscosity to show Negentropy
KeelyNet Viscosity - the property of a fluid that resists the force tending to cause the fluid to flow. Negentropy - is the force that seeks to achieve effective organizational behavior and lead to a steady predictable state. So entropy produces chaos and total di sorganization and negentropy produces order out of chaos. This is a way cool demo of negentropy. Think of reversing time as on the old Bewitched show where Samantha twitched her nose to restore a broken vase or mirror. It just so happens is showing early versions of Bewitched, they are delightful! - Full Article Source

I expanded on this topic a bit in two other posts if you might be interested;
KeelyNet Blog - Viscosity, Negentropy & Time Reversal
Mexistim Group - Negentropy & Rejuvenation

ITEM #84

10/20/10 - TSA and the Pilot who declined

As I loaded my bags onto the X-ray scanner belt, an agent told me to remove my shoes and send them through as well, which I've not normally been required to do when passing through the standard metal detectors in uniform. When I questioned her , she said it was necessary to remove my shoes for the AIT scanner. I explained that I did not wish to participate in the AIT program, so she told me I could keep my shoes and directed me through the metal detector that had been roped off.

She then called somewhat urgently to the agents on the other side: "We got an opt-out!" and also reported the "opt-out" into her handheld radio. On the other side I was stopped by another agent and informed that because I had "opted out" of AIT screening, I would have to go through secondary screening.

I asked for clarification to be sure he was talking about frisking me, which he confirmed, and I declined. At this point he and another agent explained the TSA's latest decree, saying I would not be permitted to pass without showing them my naked body, an d how my refusal to do so had now given them cause to put their hands on me as I evidently posed a threat to air transportation security (this, of course, is my nutshell synopsis of the exchange).

I asked whether they did in fact suspect I was concealing something after I had passed through the metal detector, or whether they believed that I had made any threats or given other indications of malicious designs to warrant treating me, a law-abiding f ellow citizen, so rudely. None of that was relevant, I was told. They were just doing their job.

Perhaps the best part of the pilot's testimonial is the last line in his email signature:

Malo Periculosam Libertatem Quam Quietum Servitium
("I prefer liberty with danger to peace with slavery").

- Full Article Source

ITEM #85

10/20/10 - "More Dangerous Than Dynamite" (1941)
Housewives blow themselves up by washing their clothes in pans of gasoline. - Full Article Source

ITEM #86

10/20/10 - Bubble power clinches prize
The award provides funding of up to £250,000 for researchers to develop an already proven concept of prototype into a near-market product which can be commercially exploited. The awards, established in 2001 by a bequest from the late Brian Mercer OBE FRS, was presented to Prof Zimmerman at the Royal Society. The team previously won the Moulton Medal from the Institution of Chemical Engineers and Best Poster Award at the bioProcessUK conference. The manufacture of biofuels requires vast amounts of power an d when the process uses too much energy, it is uneconomic. The new method consumes much less energy and could prove vital to the economic, green production of alternative fuels. The Sheffield team devised an air-lift loop bioreactor which creates microbub bles using 18 per cent less energy. Microbubbles are miniature gas bubbles of less than 50 microns diameter in water. They are able to transfer materials in a bioreactor more rapidly than larger bubbles produced by conventional bubble generation technique s and consume much less energy. The approach is being tested with researchers from Suprafilt in Rochdale on industrial stack gases. The team are is also testing the application of the device with local water company Yorkshire Water, using the components o f the bioreactor that produce microbubbles to give a better performance in the treatment of waste water. They predict a reduction of electricity costs of at least a third. Prof Zimmerman said: "We are delighted to have identified over 40 potential applica tions for the energy-efficient microbubble generation system, the most promising of which is more rapid growth of algal biomass for biofuel production. "As the invention is becoming better known, researchers and engineers from all over the globe are propo sing innovations where bubbles have never been used before, to save energy and increase production rates. - Full Article Source

ITEM #87

10/20/10 - Car that runs on compressed air - Uruguayan invention
KeelyNet The compressed aircar by Guy Negre has been looming for decades, like the flying car from Moeller...always trolls for more investment but never a product.

Guy Negre of MDI Air Car has an engine that runs on compressed air. Emissions are only filtered air that's cleaner than outside air. 300 bars of pressure (300 bar = 4,351.132 pounds/square inch) in carbon-fibre & kevlar air tanks. Car can travel at 110 km /hr (62mph) and has a 150km (93 miles) driving range.

Refilling can be done by plugging in at home or at a special high-pressure air station. Dual-energy models use small amounts of bio-fuels that can extend the range to over 1400 kms (870 miles). Pollution free vehicle that produces zero emissions. When the car stops at traffic lights, the engine stops so no energy is lost because there's no idling.

I wish the video below would be translated into english to reveal what pressure he was using, how far and how fast he could drive on a charge and other useful details. One welding tank can hold about 3,000 psi. / Based on Boyle´s law "p x v = k", this car uses compressed air to work. It was invented by Armando Regusci, an uruguayan engineer.

A search finds Aircars on Regusci - Since 1984 Armando Regusci is working on compressed air vehicles. In 1992 with only one charge of compressed air in the tank of hi s car, he drove 100Km (62 miles). This is possible because he uses a special free piston and free wheel compressed air engine. To drive 100Km in Uruguay a car needs to spend $10 at prices for the year 2000. With this vehicle, the cost is only 4 cents out of a dollar. - Full Article Source

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ITEM #88

10/20/10 - Predictive Linguistics - A Warning… and why it matters
Clif High describes himself as a ‘Radical Linguist’. He’s multi-lingual and also proficient in several computer programming languages. Around 1997 he began analyzing language patterns scavenged from the internet by his ‘web bots’ or spiders. He found that people’s language patterns changed in response to certain emotional impacts. He analyzed this by putting certain emotional subjects into various ‘buckets’ that he gave generalized and sometimes whimsical names to, in order to group various subjects for a nalysis. Then he found that people’s emotional language actually began to change IN ADVANCE of certain events that impacted them. It seems that people are subconsciously prescient to a degree, and this subconscious knowledge leaks out in the language they choose to use. In a nutshell, that is how the ‘predictive linguistics’ of the web bots project works. Scavenging data is purely mechanical. But the interpretation is human labor, software, and knowledge intensive by Clif and assistants. His ‘hit rate’ ex ceeds pure chance by something better than 50%. It’s not perfect, and it becomes more and more ‘foggy’ as one tries to elicit fine details out of a subject. It does not predict actual events, but the emotional ‘headline’ response to those events, with cer tain keywords or phrases attached to them. So yes, it’s kinda ’squishy’…. but still stunning when it gets a ‘hit’ and you see the actual language anticipated that is later used to describe an event. Sometimes, some strong language pops out everywhere and grabs his attention and can be used as a ‘temporal marker’ to verify a chain of possible events upcoming. - Full Article Source

ITEM #89

10/20/10 - What's the best way to preserve a Jack O'Lantern?
KeelyNet The Experiment - The purpose of this experiment was to test the effectiveness of various methods of preserving a carved pumpkin (jack o' lantern). We gathered some tips from various pumpkin carving resources, and also sampled a commercial spray. The resul ts were observed over a two week period. After carving and treatment, all of the pumpkins were placed in an indoor location with a stable temperature of 62 to 64 degrees F. They were observed for a period of 14 days, and were photographed daily to record changes. Summary of Results:

# White glue – Preserved pumpkin for 6 days. Profuse mold and rot.
# Acrylic spray – Preserved pumpkin for 9 days. Profuse mold and rot.
# Vaseline – Preserved pumpkin for 9 days. Profuse mold and rot.
# Bleach – Preserved pumpkin for 10 days. Minimal mold, some rot.
# Control – Preserved pumpkin for 14 days. Minimal rot, some mold.
# Pumpkin Fresh – Preserved pumpkin for 14 days. Minimal mold, some rot.
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ITEM #90

10/20/10 - Pyrolyzer produces heat for small scale Steam Applications
The Green Pyrolyzer Gasifier, or GPG, processes more than 20 different types of organic waste and heats it indirectly. The process doesn’t expose the waste to oxygen. By not burning the biomass completely, the process yields a byproduct called biochar, w hich can be used both as an additive to improve soil fertility. The created energy can also be used to heat greenhouses or small-scale steam turbines, said Andrew Zimmerman, a UF assistant professor of geological sciences. The idea for the GPG began in 19 96 when Green realized that he could power a small-scale turbine generator without oil or natural gas. He said he had trouble convincing Gainesville Regional Utilities and city residents of the benefits of using biomass, and it wasn’t considered a serious option. “Everybody has long been talking about alternative fuels, but people don’t realize how serious a problem it is,” he said. The first prototype has been ready since May and will be sold to a research and development agency in Quincy, Fla. in Novemb er. However, the company is still struggling to expand commercial use of the machine. - Full Article Source

ITEM #91

10/20/10 - BACKYARD INVENTION: Buggy harnesses wind
KeelyNet Gary Reid is used to getting attention. As a 6-foot-plus owner of an unmistakable bubble-topped hot rod, curious stares are nothing new, and the diehard do-it-yourself auto enthusiast is developing a vehicle he hopes will appeal to the eco-conscious masse s. The Wind Jammer, named by his wife, Royina, started its life as an Infiniti Q45 sedan before being morphed into a trike (two wheels in the rear and one in the front) that is charged solely by a wind turbine. The turbine, located at the vehicle's rear, is designed to create energy while the Wind Jammer is in motion, and can also be raised up to 10 feet to collect power when the vehicle is parked. The Wind Jammer employs the same technology used in Chevy S10 pickup conversions -- a 9-inch motor powered b y 144 volts, which gets a range of 70 to 80 miles cruising at 60 mph -- but the Wind Jammer, at less than 1,000 pounds, weighs one-third as much as the stock truck does. Although Reid isn't yet sure of its range, he hopes it will get at least 100 miles pe r charge. "Nobody's done it before, so no one can tell me how far it's going to go," Reid said. Reid has big plans for the patent-pending Wind Jammer, which ABC TV is considering showcasing on "Shark Tank," a show that helps entrepreneurs launch their bus iness ideas. If the project proves successful, he will take the Wind Jammer on a cross-country promotional tour. "What's neat about it is it's like a dune buggy, it's like a motorcycle, it's like a car," Reid said. "It's kind of like a motorcycle with a c age around it, but then it's got the bubble on there, got a wild body shape to it, so everyone who sees it really goes crazy." - Full Article Source

ITEM #92

10/20/10 - Device promises 12 Month Money back Guarantee to become Pregnant
The DuoFertility system, developed by former students of Cambridge University, measures variations in body temperature to identify when a woman is most fertile. The £495 device, dubbed the ‘sat-nav of the fertility world’, is claimed to be statistically a s good as IVF. Its developers, Cambridge Temperature Concepts, even promise to give couples their money back if they are not pregnant within 12 months of using the gadget. DuoFertility combines a small sensor that fits under the arm and a hand-held reader that together can measure body temperature 20,000 times during the night to identify when a woman is at her most fertile. It stores the data which is then downloaded at the touch of a button to the reader and CTC claims it is 99 per cent accurate. Couple s trying to conceive can then check their fertility up to a week ahead and get their data analysed by a team of CTC fertility experts. The data also helps highlight any medical problems that doctors can miss in women trying for a baby. - Full Article Source

ITEM #93

10/20/10 - $19.99 Scorpion Locator
KeelyNet Hunt down scorpions with the Arachnid. Exposure to ultra-violet light will cause scorpions to fluoresce and make them easier to spot, even in the darkest of night. Other uses include: Counterfeit money detection, lighting up fluorescent materials, chargin g glow in the dark items, urine detection (faint), ID checking (some ID's), credit card validation, UV curing, invisible ink detection, Halloween flashlight, etc.. / Fluoresces at distances over 20 feet in darkness with unbreakable SUPER BRIGHT UV LED bul bs. For best results, use the Arachnid A14 with Blue Invisible Ink (BLWII8 works well, shown left). Your results may vary with Red and Yellow Invisible Inks and are not recommended for use with the Arachnid A14 light source. - Full Article Source

ITEM #94

10/20/10 - Memory Stick Miracle
A professor at Umeå University in northern Sweden was stunned after a thief who stole his laptop copied and returned the contents of the computer to him - on a USB memory stick. "I am very happy," the unnamed professor told the local Västerbottens-Kurire n newspaper. "This story makes me feel hope for humanity." All things considered, the professor is delighted at the outcome, despite the loss of his computer. He hopes, however, that other thieves can learn to be as compassionate. - Full Article Source

ITEM #95

10/20/10 - Thin Displays as Wristbands
KeelyNet The U.S. Army is testing a prototype "watch" that's lightweight and thin and has a full-color display. This display is built on flexible materials encased in a rugged plastic case and can be worn on a wristband to display streaming video and other informa tion. It uses newly developed phosphorescent materials that are efficient at converting electricity into red, blue, and green light, which means the display needs less power to work. The new display prototypes use efficient OLED materials developed by Uni versal Display of Ewing, New Jersey, and are built on foil-backed electronic controls developed by LG Display, headquartered in Seoul, South Korea. The devices were designed by L-3 Display Systems of Alpharetta, Georgia. The display is 4.3 inches. As pa rt of military demonstration tests, the device has been used to stream real-time video from unmanned air vehicles. The first generation of OLED materials, used today in glass-backed cell-phone displays and some small TVs, can convert only 25 percent of el ectrical current into light; the rest is lost as heat. Universal Display is designing and developing materials that work by a different mechanism and that have a theoretical efficiency of 100 percent. The prototypes for the Army use a full set of phosphor escent materials; the companies have not released specifications about power consumption, but Mahon says displays made with these materials use one-fourth the power of a conventional OLED. - Full Article Source

ITEM #96

10/20/10 - A Breakthrough Invention in the Oil and Gas Market?
An oil and gas entrepreneur in the US has devised an inexpensive way to capture oil and natural gas vapors around a well site, and sell them to make money. These vapors are often flared (burned), or vented into the atmosphere, and trust me, if people real ly knew how much oil and gas was flared around the world every day, even in first world countries, the media outcry would make the “water fracking” issue look like a kindergarten party. In fact satellite images show intense flaring occurring, principally in third world countries. Shell has just committed $2 billion to reduce flaring from its operations in Nigeria. A study near Denver in the hydrocarbon rich Denver Basin containing almost 8000 oil and gas wells showed the “fugitive” hydrocarbons, gases ema nating from production tanks can be captured and sold at a profit rather than burned in a flare. Just like water evaporates in a dish, oil and gas evaporates from the production tank at a well site, and escapes into the atmosphere or alternately is burned (flared). The problem becomes bigger when a combination of gas and oil are produced with the gas being injected into a pipeline having pressure. The oil then is also pressurized and the pressurized gases (like gas in a pop can) then “flash” or boil off l ike a shaken beer can. In certain areas these gases are captured and directed to a flare for burning rather than being allowed to vent to the atmosphere. Trost’s invention, called the V3RU (Variable Volume Vapor Recovery Unit), is different than other vap or recovery systems in that it uses a flexible accumulator (bag) to capture the vapors. “It swells up like it is taking a deep breath,” says Trost. “The bag thus captures both the flash gas and also any contained liquids. We exhale it slowly into compress or for injection and sale to a pipeline. It’s a variable volume bag and it’s safety rated. The alternative energy industry already uses it around breweries located in or adjacent to cities. - Full Article Source

ITEM #97

10/20/10 - German engineer sells mini-heaters that light up rooms
KeelyNet Siegfried Rotthaeuser and his brother-in-law have found a way to skirt around an EU ban on incandescent light bulbs brighter than 60 watts by importing them from China and selling them as "small heating devices" called "heatballs." The mechanical engineer from the city of Essen began marketing 75 and 100 watt bulbs as mini-heaters since he calculated that just 5 percent of the energy they use creates light while the other 95 percent is turned to heat. According to the sales website, the device s are "the best invention since the light bulb" and are "technically very similar to the classic light bulb except they are not made to produce light but rather heat." At a price of 1.69 euros ($2.38) each, Rotthaeuser sold the first batch of 4,000 in thr ee days. Describing the bulbs' sale as "action art," the website questions whether changing to mercury-containing compact fluorescent light bulbs would really improve the state of the plant for generations to come. The site, however, says that 30 cents of each sale are donated to projects to protect rainforests. - Full Article Source

ITEM #98

10/20/10 - 10 Big Green Ideas
Back in those early days—long before we began driving hybrid cars and politicians started using words like “sustainability” and “carbon footprint” to win elections—Mead and her Earth Day comrades were on the fringe. Would she be surprised to see how mains tream the green movement is today? Probably not. After all, she once said, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world.” All it takes is a great idea. Here we’ve gathered 10 of those, along with the stories of th e thoughtful citizens who are trying to make them a reality... - Full Article Source

ITEM #99

10/20/10 - Giant pterosaurs could fly 10,000 miles non-stop to other continents


The huge flying creatures, some of which had a wingspan of more than 30 feet, used updrafts of warm air and wind currents to fly over long distances, according to new research. Michael Habib, a paleontologist at Chatham University in Pittsburgh, US, said: ‘They probably only flapped for a few minutes at a time ... and then their muscles had to recover. In between, they're going to use unpowered flight and glide. The effort required to get airborne would use large amounts of energy meaning that each pteros aur would burn around 72 kilogrammes of fat reserves on each trip. The biggest type of pterosaur weight around 400 pounds and is the biggest animal to have ever flown. They were successful residents of the Earth for 150 million years. The new research rai ses the startling possibility that pterosaurs could have criss-crossed the globe and visited different continents. The research team modeled the pterosaurs based on what is now known about their body mass, fat and wing shapes. Habib’s team say that the la rge pterosaurs may have launched themselves into the air using all four limbs. The thicker, more humid atmosphere on Earth during the Cretaceous period when the pterosaurs were alive may also have made it easier to fly, the researchers say. Habib also tol d National Geographic that ‘unsteady dynamics’ – the means by which birds move in the air – would also have allowed pterosaurs to become airborne despite their vast weight. - Full Article Source

ITEM #100

10/20/10 - Firm devises world’s first floating solar plant
The technology developed by Solkiss uses a photovoltaic cell in a mold specially designed to rotate on a pond or reservoir, the company said. When the cell catches sunlight, it begins rotating and generating electricity while following the sun’s movement. The Seoul-based firm said its new invention would increase energy-efficiency by 30 to 40 percent compared to existing solar energy generators. Unlike conventional cells placed on rooftops, in farmlands and on mountains, it does not need a huge site, thu s minimizing impact on the environment, the company added. - Full Article Source

ITEM #101

10/20/10 - Imagine Paper Solar Cells in Window Blinds
KeelyNet The process used to generate energy from paper is similar to using an inkjet printer to print a memo. The difference is that the “ink” is actually an organic semiconductor material, and researchers are experimenting with a number of these materials to fin d one or two high in conductivity and low in cost. Granted, at two percent the paper is not very efficient, and the time line from discovery to commercial production is at least a decade, but as MIT’s Solar Frontiers Research Center Director Vladimir Bulo vic points out, if only 0.3 percent of usable surfaces in the U.S. had 10-percent efficient solar applied to them, the power generated would exceed U.S. energy needs by 200 percent! In another instance of, “Wouldn’t it be great if …” this writer couldn’t help reflecting on window shades sandwiched between the double glass panes on thermally efficient windows (think Pella). Imagine those same shades imprinted with high-efficiency semiconductor material and linked to a mini-inverter inside the glass that co nnects to a grid serving the home’s electrical supply system. If the outer glass pane itself was also a solar collector, windows in American homes could be generating energy whether the blinds were down for privacy, or up for natural light. Proving yet ag ain (to those naysayers who insist we are doomed once oil and coal run out) that the future is just exactly as bright as we are willing to work to make it. - Full Article Source

ITEM #102

10/20/10 - Solar powered Window Boxes
84 year old inventor Edward Pratt, who refers to himself as a "tinkerer," began experimenting with the idea of a self-contained, portable, energy-efficient heating device. After some trial and error he struck upon a system using solar-powered window boxes . Since then, he has been trying with some difficulty to secure a patent for the device that he believes will significantly cut people's heating costs. He thought he had made a breakthrough when a door-to-door window salesman took an interest. He said the man even put up the money for the $6,000 patent application. But the relationship took a downturn when the salesman wanted to change Pratt's free-standing prototype and build the heating unit into the window itself. That was not how Pratt meant it to be. "It is totally independent from anything," he said of his device. "There are no batteries, no hook up. You don't attach it to anything. Everything is self-contained." As a result, Pratt said his partner called and "said he doesn't want anything to do wit h it because his interest is getting it so it can be built into the window itself." But since the partner financed the application fee, along with another investor he brought in to help defray the cost (a sore spot for Pratt), all three are named on the a pplication, Malcolm Chisholm, the attorney who handled the application, said the filing fee for the utility patent the three requested was actually $550, but the process is so complex that it is nearly impossible to file without a lawyer who is well-verse d in patent law, which explains the added costs. Most patents are sought by businesses rather than individuals, Chisholm ex-plained, and the utility patent for a working device is more complex than a design patent for, say, a piece of furniture or a toy. He said the patent is in pending status. As it stands, the portable unit is placed in a window with the most direct light exposure, and Pratt, who has two units operating at a time in his own home, claims that they are instrumental in generating and retai ning heat. "You move them throughout the day," he says, and take advantage of the location [of the sun]. My wife got mad at me yesterday, she said it was too hot in here, I said, ‘Well, open a door.'" He says the unit itself will heat safely up to 120 deg rees, circulating warm air for as long as the light lasts. "You wouldn't believe it, but the strongest sun-light is in the winter." Pratt said he plans to charge $150 dollars a unit, adding that his own estimated savings were around $500 dollars last year . But he is wary of selling the devices individually before the patent is secured. - Full Article Source

ITEM #103

10/20/10 - English Heritage claims ownership of every image of Stonehenge, ever
KeelyNet "Every photo image library got this by email today. 'We are sending you an email regarding images of Stonehenge in your fotoLibra website. Please be aware that any images of Stonehenge can not be used for any commercial interest, all commercial interest t o sell images must be directed to English Heritage.'" / Firstly, what legitimacy do they have for this claim? Is there any law that states that it is illegal to use images of Stonehenge for any commercial interest? Can someone direct me to it? Secondly, i f an image of Stonehenge is so used, how could they possibly police the usage? - Full Article Source

ITEM #104

10/20/10 - Breakthrough blocks Starlight completely to find extrasolar planets
Planet hunting telescopes will no longer be blinded by starlight. Using new optics technology developed at the University of Arizona's Steward Observatory, an international team of astronomers has obtained images of a planet on a much closer orbit around its parent star than any other extrasolar planet previously found. Installed on the European Southern Observatory's Very Large Telescope, or VLT, atop Paranal Mountain in Chile, the new technology enabled an international team of astronomers to confirm th e existence and orbital movement of Beta Pictoris b, a planet about seven to 10 times the mass of Jupiter, around its parent star, Beta Pictoris, 63 light years away. At the core of the system is a small piece of glass with a highly complex pattern inscri bed into its surface. Called an Apodizing Phase Plate, or APP, the device blocks out the starlight in a very defined way, allowing planets to show up in the image whose signals were previously drowned out by the star's glare. The breakthrough, which may a llow observers to even block out starlight completely with further refinements, was made possible through highly complex mathematical modeling. - Full Article Source

ITEM #105

10/20/10 - Cool Egg Trick on Johnny Carson show
Comedy segment with Johnny and Dom DeLuise. Dom DeLuise sets up an elaborate slight of hand trick with eggs. Johhny thinks he's in on the gag when things suddenly turn into an impromptu food fight. From The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. - Full Article Source

ITEM #106

10/20/10 - Batteries smaller than a grain of salt
Lithium-ion batteries have become ubiquitous in today's consumer electronics -- powering our laptops, phones, and iPods. Research funded by DARPA is pushing the limits of this technology and trying to create some of the tiniest batteries on Earth, the lar gest of which would be no bigger than a grain of sand. These tiny energy storage devices could one day be used to power the electronics and mechanical components of tiny micro- to nano-scale devices. - Full Article Source

ITEM #107

10/20/10 - The Rise and Fall of America's Jet-Powered Car
KeelyNet "The WSJ reports that the automobile designs of the 1950s and 1960s were inspired by the space race and the dawn of jet travel. But one car manufacturer, Chrysler, was bold enough to put a jet engine in an automobile that ran at an astounding 60,000 rpm on any flammable fluid including gasoline, diesel, kerosene, jet fuel, peanut oil, alcohol, tequila, or perfume. Visionary Chrysler designer George Huebner believed that there was plenty to recommend the turbine. People loved the car. In a publicity schem e to promote its 'jet' car, Chrysler commissioned Ghia to handcraft 50 identical car bodies and each car would be lent to a family for a few months and then passed on to another. Chrysler received more than 30,000 requests in 1962 to become test drivers a nd eventually 203 were chosen who logged more than one million miles (mostly trouble free) in the 50 Ghia prototypes. In the end Chrysler killed the turbine car after OPEC's 1973 oil embargo. 'How different would America be now if we all drove turbine-pow ered cars? It could have happened. But government interference, shortsighted regulators, and indifferent corporate leaders each played a role in the demise of a program that could have lessened US dependence on Middle East oil.'" - Full Article Source

ITEM #108

10/20/10 - Tesla Signs $60 Million Contract With Toyota
"Tesla Motors announced that it has reached a $60 million deal with Toyota to develop the powertrain for an electric version of the strong-selling Rav4 sport utility vehicle. A prototype RAV4 Electric will be unveiled by Toyota at November's Los Angeles Auto Show. The company plans to sell the electric RAV4 starting in 2012, the same year that a number of new electric cars will join the 2011 Nissan Leaf and 2011 Chevrolet Volt in the US market." - Full Article Source

ITEM #109

10/20/10 - Humans Will Need Two Earths By 2030
"A recent report warns that humans are overusing the resources of the planet and will need two Earths by the year 2030. The Living Planet Report tells that the demands on natural resources have doubled in the past 50 years and are now outstripping what th e Earth can provide by more than half." - Full Article Source

ITEM #110

10/20/10 - MS Gives Free Licenses To Oppressed Nonprofits
"Microsoft is vastly expanding its efforts to prevent governments from using software piracy inquiries as a pretext to suppress dissent. It plans to provide free software licenses to more than 500,000 advocacy groups, independent media outlets and other n onprofit organizations in 12 countries with tightly controlled governments, including Russia and China." - Full Article Source

ITEM #111

10/20/10 - Antenna Arrays Could Replace Satellite TV Dishes
"There was a time not so very long ago when people who wanted satellite TV or radio required dishes several feet across. Those have since been replaced by today's compact dishes, but now it looks like even those might be on the road to obsolescence. A rec ent PhD graduate from The Netherlands' University of Twente has designed a microchip that allows for a grid array of almost-flat antennae to receive satellite signals." / Instead of the usual elaborate, energy-hungry processors, his system contains multip le smaller, simpler processors on a single chip. They can carry out tasks more flexibly, and can be turned off when not in use. The system’s infrastructure operates as a miniature network, in which TV or radio receivers are defined by software, as opposed to the traditional coils and crystals. The approach allows an entire computer network to be constructed over a space of just a few millimeters. “Software-defined radio may seem much more complex, but we can pack so much computing power into the space tak en up by, for example, a coil that it more than repays the effort”, he stated. Van de Burgwal also discovered that his multi-processor chip would work well for digital radio reception on smartphones, due to its low energy use. - Full Article Source

ITEM #112

10/20/10 - International Effort Brings an Open Standard For Docking In Space
"Engineers from the US, Russia, Japan, Canada and Europe have come together to publish an International Docking Standard for spaceships. Currently the space station has three different types of incompatible docking ports, and the Chinese are developing th eir own. Standardizing on one type would permit interoperability and facilitate emergency rescues." - Full Article Source

ITEM #113

10/20/10 - Removing Traffic Lights Shown to Improve Flow and Safety
n article in a local Bristol newspaper explaining the effort stated, “drivers will now be expected to use a combination of common sense and courtesy to negotiate the junction of the town’s High Street, Wyndam Way and The Cabstand.” The method is much in contrast to one British publication’s description of car drivers’ relationships with traffic signals: The thinking is based on the way drivers habitually race through lights before they turn red and who are lulled into a false sense of security by the con fidence that they have right of way – making them less aware of potential hazards. For the trial period, roads were monitored using cameras to see the impact of no traffic signals on congestion. (A 20 mile-per-hour speed limit was instituted over that sam e period.) In the video and in comments on articles about the initiative, residents said there have been big improvements—drivers pay more attention to the road and nearby pedestrians as opposed to traffic lights. Plus, there are savings, as each traffic lights usually costs 30,000 to 50,000 pounds to maintain. Self-Organizing Leads To Less Chaotic Streets - These lightless traffic junctures are known as “naked streets.” Trial projects that challenge the importance of traffic lights have occurred in othe r areas of England and Europe. (The first traffic signal, according to this video report, was erected in London in 1868.) The Portishead experiment is not alone in its redesign. Transport for London (TfL) worked to remove lights in the central downtown with hopes of getting rid of as many as 20 percent of existing traffic lights with support from Mayor Boris Johnson. Recently the city aimed to eliminate 145 lights it deemed useless. - Full Article Source

ITEM #114

10/17/10 - Cyborgs Needed for Escape from Earth
While save-the-planet campaigns are asking people to save energy, conserve water, recycle and even go vegetarian, some scientists are thinking literally out of this world by suggesting that humans may eventually have to consider leaving Earth if they are to survive as a species. Humans are unable to survive beyond about a minute and a half in space without significant technological assistance. Other than some quick trips to the moon and the ISS, astronauts haven’t spent too much time too far away from Ea rth. Scientists don’t know enough yet about the dangers of long-distance space travel on human biological systems. A one-way trip to Mars, for example, would take approximately six months. That means astronauts will be in deep space for more than a year w ith potentially life-threatening consequences. If humans are to colonize other planets, Launius said it could well require the "next state of human evolution" to create a separate human presence where families will live and die on that planet. In other w ords, it wouldn't really be Homo sapien sapiens that would be living in the colonies, it could be cyborgs—a living organism with a mixture of organic and electromechanical parts—or in simpler terms, part human, part machine. To Be a Cyborg - By definition , cyborgs are not a thing of the future, but very much a thing of the present. Launius classifies himself as a cyborg because he relies on medical technology to sustain and enhance his life. "There are cyborgs walking about us," Launius said. "There are i ndividuals who have been technologically enhanced with things such as pacemakers and cochlea ear implants that allow those people to have fuller lives. I would not be alive without technological advances." NASA still isn’t focusing much research on how to improve human biological systems for space exploration. Instead, its Human Research Program is focused on risk reduction: risks of fatigue, inadequate nutrition, health problems and radiation. While financial and ethical concerns may have held back cybor g research, Launius believes that society may have to engage in the cyborg debate again when space programs get closer to launching long-term deep space exploration missions. “If our objective is to become space-faring people, it's probably going to force you to reconsider how to reengineer humans,’ Launius said. - Full Article Source

ITEM #115

10/17/10 - Everything really is relative
KeelyNet (Photo: Relativity causes clocks in motion to tick slower than stationary clocks (top); clocks that are nearer to a massive object such as Earth also run slower (bottom).) Tabletop experiments at a lab in Colorado have illustrated the odd behavior of time , a strangeness typically probed with space travel and jet planes. Using superprecise atomic clocks, scientists have witnessed time dilation — the bizarre speeding up or slowing down of time described by Einstein’s theories of relativity. The experiments are presented in the Sept. 24 Science. “Modern technology has gotten so precise you can see these exotic effects in the range of your living room,” says physicist Clifford Will of Washington University in St. Louis. The experiments don’t reveal any new ph ysics, Will says, but “what makes it cute and pretty cool is they have done it on a tabletop.” Time dilation arises in two situations. In one case, time appears to move slower the closer you are to a massive object, such as the Earth. So a person hover ing in a hot-air balloon, for example, actually ages faster than someone standing below. Time also ticks by faster for someone at rest relative to someone moving. Einstein dramatized this second strangeness with the twin paradox — one 25-year-old twin traveling in a rocket ship near the speed of light for what he perceives as a few months will return to Earth to find the other has reached middle age. Previous experiments with rockets and airplanes have demonstrated these odd aspects of general and spe cial relativity. The notion of time running slower closer to Earth was even tested on the scale of a multistory physics building at Harvard. / A clock at higher elevation will tick faster than will a clock closer to Earth's center. In other words, time passes more quickly in your neighbor's upstairs apartment than it does in your apartment. To complicate matters, the theory of special relativity, which preceded general relativity by a decade, predicts a similar effect for clocks in motion—a station ary clock will tick faster than a moving clock. This is the source of the famous twin paradox: Following a round-trip journey on a spaceship traveling at some exceptionally high velocity, a traveler would return to Earth to find that her twin sibling is n ow older than she is, because time has passed more slowly on the moving ship than on Earth. - Full Article Source

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10/17/10 - If we choose wrong food policy, there could be no going back
The takeover sprung upon Potash Corp of Saskatchewan, Canada, by BHP Billiton of Melbourne, Australia, is a seismic shift in the future of food. Demand for potash, a mineral salt that is mined and used as crop fertiliser, has risen because the world needs to produce more food to feed an increased population, and there is limited land for cultivation. Added to this is the rising wealth of highly populated countries in Asia, with a growing appetite for meat. If you want to produce a lot of meat, you need a lot of grain – 7kg for every 1kg of beef – and the broad view is that to achieve this, you need large quantities of NPK – or fertiliser that combines nitrogen with potassium, the latter found in potash. There is a finite quantity of naturally occurring po tash, or potassium carbonate, in the Earth's crust. You can manufacture it by burning down forests of broad leaf trees – let's not go there. Digging it out of the ground is the agri-business-preferred option. Meanwhile, to produce the nitrogen for fertili ser you need to burn an awful lot of – er – crude oil. Yep, the world is going to look like a perforated airflow golf ball by the time we've finished with it. Every government needs to pay attention to what is happening. It is the opportunity for a debate about what is the right way forward and it may well be that if, at this juncture, we choose the wrong food policy, there will be no going back. The two colleges of thought - chemical farming and organic - both possess many unknowns. Choice one is to allo w corporate control of the supply and let agri-business go ahead with a fully developed bio-technical revolution. Choice two is to restore fertility to the globe with an ecological plan that promises a revolution in our approach to utilising and recycling waste. Food policy experts are divided, with some saying squeamishness over controversial technology has to stop, or we risk not being able to feed ourselves. - Full Article Source

ITEM #117

10/17/10 - Air Power on the Cheap
KeelyNet So-called light-attack turboprops are cheap both to build and to fly. A fighter jet can cost $80m. By contrast the 208B Caravan, a light-attack turboprop made by Cessna, costs barely $2m. It also costs as little as $500 a hour to run when it is in the air , compared with $10,000 or more for a fighter jet. And, unlike jets, turboprops can use roads and fields for takeoff and landing. Nor is it only jets that light-attack turboprops can outperform. Armed drones have drawbacks, too. The Reaper, made by Genera l Atomics, can cost $10m or more, depending on its bells and whistles. On top of that, a single drone can require a team of more than 20 people on the ground to support it, plus satellite communications. A manned turboprop can bomb an insurgent for a thir d of the cost of using a drone, according to Pat Sullivan, the head of government sales at Cessna. And there are strategic considerations, too. Many countries’ armed forces rely on allies such as America for the expertise and satellite networks needed to run drones. Such allies can let you down in a pinch. Piloted light-attack planes offer complete operational independence—and, being lower-tech than many drones, are less subject to restrictions on exports in the first place. They are also better, in many ways, than helicopters. To land a chopper safely in the dirt requires sophisticated laser scanners to detect obstacles hidden by dust thrown up by the downdraught of the rotors. On top of this, such dust makes helicopter maintenance even more difficult th an it is already. Maintaining turboprops, by contrast, is easy. According to Robyn Read, an air-power strategist at the Air Force Research Institute near Montgomery, Alabama, they can be “flown and maintained by plumbers”. Thrush Aircraft, a firm based in Albany, Georgia, is even more expansive. It claims that the Vigilante, an armed version of its cropdusting plane that costs $1m, can be disassembled in the field with little more than a pocket screwdriver. Turboprops are also hard to shoot down. Air Trac tor, another firm that makes cropdusters, branched out into warplanes last year. One reason was that a fleet of 16 unarmed versions of its aircraft had been used by America’s State Department to dust South American drug plantations with herbicide—an activ ity that tends to provoke a hostile response from the ground. Despite the planes’ having been hit by more than 200 rounds, though, neither an aircraft nor a pilot has been lost. In part, this is because of the robust mechanics of turboprops and in part be cause Air Tractor’s fuel tanks have rubber membranes which close around bullet holes to slow leaks. Add extra fuel tanks, which let the plane stay aloft for ten hours, six 225kg precision-guided bombs and more than 2,000kg of missiles, rockets and ammunit ion for two 50-calibre machineguns, and you have the AT-802U, a formidable yet reasonably cheap (at $5m) warplane. (I am so pleased with this if the military/gov saves our money by using these. Only use costly jets when necessary. - JWD) - Full Article Source

ITEM #118

10/17/10 - Taxpayer-funded video game will detect bias
University of Wisconsin-Madison's Molly Carnes, who is Director of the school’s Center for Women's Health Research, has been given a $2 million American Recovery and Reinvestment Act grant to develop a computer-based game designed to reveal "implicit, uni ntentional biases against women, minorities and people with disabilities." However, the game will focus only on the politically fashionable biases of gender, race and disability and completely ignore biases against people who are fat, old, ugly, short or whatever. Why? Well, Carnes may have a few implicit, unintentional biases of her own. - Full Article Source

ITEM #119

10/17/10 - Curious mathematical law is rife in nature
KeelyNet A subject of fascination to mathematicians, Benford's law states that for many sets of numbers, the first or "leading" digit of each number is not random. Instead, there is a 30.1 per cent chance that a number's leading digit is a 1. Progressively higher leading digits get increasingly unlikely, and a number has just a 4.6 per cent chance of beginning with a 9 (see diagram). The law is named after physicist Frank Benford, who in 1938 showed that the trend appears in many number sets, from the surface area of rivers to baseball statistics to figures picked randomly from a newspaper. It later emerged that such distributions are "scale-invariant": if you convert the units of the numbers in the set, from metres to yards, say, the set will still conform to Ben ford's law. Not all sets of numbers obey this law, but it crops up surprisingly often. As a result, mathematicians have put it to work, using deviations from it to detect cases of tax fraud, voter fraud and even digital image manipulation. Now Malcolm Sam bridge of the Australian National University in Canberra and colleagues have extended the list of natural phenomena with properties that follow Benford's law. Their new list includes the depths of almost 250,000 earthquakes that occurred worldwide between 1989 and 2009, the brightness of gamma rays that reach Earth as recorded by the Fermi space telescope, the rotation rates of spinning star remnants known as pulsars, and 987 infectious disease numbers reported to the World Health Organization in 2007 (Ge ophysical Research Letters, DOI: 10.1029/2010GL044830). - Full Article Source

ITEM #120

10/17/10 - Robot arm punches human to obey Asimov's rules
Isaac Asimov would probably have been horrified at the experiments under way in a robotics lab in Slovenia. There, a powerful robot has been hitting people over and over again in a bid to induce anything from mild to unbearable pain - in apparent defiance of the late sci-fi sage's famed first law of robotics, which states that "a robot may not injure a human being". But the robo-battering is all in a good cause, insists Borut Povše, who has ethical approval for the work from the University of Ljubljana, w here he conducted the research. He has persuaded six male colleagues to let a powerful industrial robot repeatedly strike them on the arm, to assess human-robot pain thresholds. It's not because he thinks the first law of robotics is too constraining to b e of any practical use, but rather to help future robots adhere to the rule. "Even robots designed to Asimov's laws can collide with people. We are trying to make sure that when they do, the collision is not too powerful," Povše says. "We are taking the f irst steps to defining the limits of the speed and acceleration of robots, and the ideal size and shape of the tools they use, so they can safely interact with humans." - Full Article Source

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10/17/10 - Windstalk – Wind Farm Without the Turbines
KeelyNet Devised as a potential clean energy generation project/tourist attraction for Abu Dhabi’s Masdar City, the Windstalk concept consists of 1,203 carbon fiber reinforced resin poles, which stand 55 meters (180 feet) high and are anchored to the ground in con crete bases that range between 10 and 20 meters (33-66 ft) in diameter. The poles, which measure 30cm (12 in.) in diameter at the base, tapering up to a diameter of 5cm (2 in.) at the top, are packed with a stack of piezoelectric ceramic discs. Between th e discs are electrodes that are connected by cables that run the length of each pole – one cable connects the even electrodes, while another connects the odd ones. So, instead of relying on the wind to turn a turbine to generate electricity, when the pole sways in the wind, the stack of piezoelectric discs are compressed, generating a current through the electrodes. In a nice visual way to indicate how much – if any – power the poles are generating, the top 50cm (20 in.) of each pole is fitted with an LED lamp that glows and dims relative to the amount of power. So when the wind stops, the LED’s go dark. As a way to maximize the amount of electricity the Windstalk farm would generate, the concept also places a torque generator within the concrete base of each pole. As the poles sway, fluid is forced through the cylinders of an array of current generating shock absorbers to convert the kinetic energy of the swaying poles into electrical energy. Because the electricity generation capabilities of a Windstalk field site would depend on the wind, the designers have devised a way to store the energy. Below the field of poles would be two large chambers located on top of each other and shaped like the bases of the poles but inverted, (see the cross section image of the pole base section below). When the wind is blowing, part of the electricity generated is used to power a set of pumps that moves water from the lower chamber to the upper one. Then, when the wind dies down, the water flows from the upper chamber d own to the lower chamber, turning the pumps into generators. - Full Article Source

ITEM #122

10/17/10 - A Handy Alternative Therapy Flowchart
If perchance you are a little disillusioned with allopathy, here's a handy little flowchart to help you find the ideal alternative therapy to meet your needs. - Full Article Source

ITEM #123

10/17/10 - Passion As Painkiller
KeelyNet Intense, passionate feelings of love can provide effective pain relief on a par with painkillers or even illicit drugs like cocaine, according to a new study. The concept for the study was sparked several years ago at a neuroscience conference when Arthur Aron, PhD, a professor of psychology at State University of New York at Stony Brook and an expert in the study of love, met up with Sean Mackey, MD, PhD, chief of the Division of Pain Management, associate professor of anesthesia and senior author of th e study, and they began talking. "Art was talking about love," Mackey said. "I was talking about pain. He was talking about the brain systems involved with love. I was talking about the brain systems involved with pain. We realized there was this tremendo us overlapping system. We started wondering, 'Is it possible that the two modulate each other?'" After the conference, Mackey returned to Stanford and collaborated with postdoctoral scholar Jarred Younger, PhD, now an assistant professor of anesthesia, wh o was also intrigued with the idea. Together the three set up a study that would entail examining the brain images of undergraduates who claimed to be "in that first phase of intense love." Researchers recruited 15 undergraduates (eight women and seven me n) for the study. Each was asked to bring in photos of their beloved and photos of an equally attractive acquaintance. The researchers then successively flashed the pictures before the subjects, while heating up a computer-controlled thermal stimulator pl aced in the palm of their hand to cause mild pain. At the same time, their brains were scanned in a functional magnetic resonance imaging machine. The undergraduates were also tested for levels of pain relief while being distracted with word-association t asks such as: "Think of sports that don't involve balls." Scientific evidence has shown in the past that distraction causes pain relief, and researchers wanted to make sure that love was not just working as a distraction from pain. Results showed that bot h love and distraction did equally reduce pain, and at much higher levels than by concentrating on the photo of the attractive acquaintance, but interestingly the two methods of pain reduction used very different brain pathways. (Photo: (d) Axial view (z = ?16) of neural activity increase (yellow) and decrease (blue) associated with pain relief during viewing the romantic partner pictures. Pain relief is associated with greater BOLD activity in the bilateral lateral orbitofrontal cortices, and decreased a ctivity in the right brainstem, approximately in the location of the substantia nigra. Also shown (in green) is an overlapping area of the right lateral orbitofrontal cortex that was also positively associated with analgesia in the distraction condition.) - Full Article Source

ITEM #124

10/17/10 - Robot Jetpacks in the Works
The Martin Aircraft Company, makers of the world's only commercial jetpack, has built an unmanned version of the device that can be launched from the back of a pickup truck, ferry supplies to troops, monitor a battlefield, and even scan a war zone for imp rovised explosive devices. "With the potential to reach heights of up to 10,000 feet or more, and lift loads of up to 100 kilograms (220 pounds) -- while taking off and landing vertically -- the potential applications for the unmanned version are large a nd varied," Lauder said in an interview with It's called the Martin Skyhook UAV, and it could be a missing piece in the military's unmanned arsenal, resupplying troops on the front lines -- or maybe dropping bombs on the the enemy. The Skyhoo k, remote-control operated from the ground, boasts the same specifications as the manned version of Martin's jetpack: Lift is generated by two turbofans driven by a 2-liter, 200-horsepower engine that can theoretically take the craft as high as 8,000 feet . It boasts a range of 31 miles and a maximum speed of 63 miles per hour, and it runs on ordinary gasoline, not jet or rocket fuel. And oddly, the product was inevitable. "It's something we had to develop anyway as part of our testing program," Lauder exp lained. With its tiny budget and only a few test vehicles, Martin didn't want to risk an engineer's life just to push the test envelope. "If we say, look, we want to go 40 kilometers per hour now, then somebody has to agree to do that," he said. Thus the Martin Skyhook was born, using the same on-board remote control electronics as the popular Predator drone, controls developed by military supply company Rockwell Collins. - Full Article Source

ITEM #125

10/17/10 - UConn Doctor's Invention Could Reduce Need For Biopsies
By adding infrared light to ultrasound, a UConn engineer hopes a device she invented could reduce the need for biopsies in diagnosing breast cancer. Quing Zhu's invention uses technology known as diffuse optical tomography to distinguish between cancerous tumors from benign lesions with a non-invasive procedure. The device, known as the "combined ultrasound and light imager," was tested on 178 women between the ages of 21 and 89 with suspicious tumors in the breast tissue. The tests were conducted over a four-year period at the University of Connecticut and Hartford Hospital. The results were published in August in the journal Radiology. When mammograms and ultrasound detect a suspicious mass, a biopsy traditionally is ordered to further examine the mass and determine whether its malignant or benign. When evaluating cancers of less than two centimeters, Zhu's device correctly distinguished between malignant and benign tissue 92 percent of the time. It does so by determining the blood content in the mass; malignant lesions tend to have more blood running through them. Because it's not 100 percent accurate, Zhu says the device won't replace biopsies, which are 100 percent accurate. She notes that none of the non-invasive procedures can be 100 percent accur ate, but a combination of procedures could reduce the number that are given. That's important, she says, because not every insurance plan will cover the costs of every biopsy. It can also be a relief for women particularly anxious about getting a biopsy. - Full Article Source

ITEM #126

10/17/10 - Keeping a Good Invention Notebook
Every good invention starts out with an idea, but the answer to the question – can you patent an idea – is a resounding NO! Therefore, in order to obtain a patent and become an inventor it will be necessary to move from idea to patent, which means that travel along the path to invention will take time. As with any lengthy project, keeping notes and tracking progress, success and failures becomes exceptionally important. For many independent inventors and small businesses they simply will never be able to prove they were first to invent because the records they keep are not capable of making the required evidentiary demonstrations. Keeping an invention notebook or other invention record is an extremely wise thing to do, and in fact should be done by every inventor. As with so many things in life, however, there are a number of ways to do it correctly, and any number of ways to do it wrong. Compounding this is the urban myth, propagated by some scam companies over the years, which suggests that sending a description of your invention to yourself through the mail is beneficial to protect your invention. Unfortunately, protecting an invention is not so easy. Regrettably, those that suggest that mailing a description of your invention to yourself will offer some protection are either simply incorrect or they are well over-blowing what mailing your invention to yourself can accomplish. It is absolutely imperative to understand that mailing a description of your invention provides absolutely no exclusive rights. To the contrary, mailing such a description to yourself and then doing nothing with it could be used against you later on to demonstrate lack of diligence, abandonment or even suppression and concealment, none of which would be good things! The one thing that mailing a description of your invention can do is demonstrate that as of the date of the postmark you were in possession of whatever is included in the envelope. Given that the US patent system is currently a first to invent system, such a mailin g could be at least some useful evidence, provided of course the envelope does have a postmark and provided the envelope is not opened. CAUTION! Do not overestimate the importance of mailing your invention to yourself. It is not bad to do, and in fact can be helpful in a limited number of cases. The main point is to remember, however, is that no exclusive rights attach to or will be derived from such a mailing. If you want a low cost solution to starting the patent process you should really consider a provisional application.

Comment: If you look at many patents, they ARE just IDEAS which have never been built or tested. Some patent trolls use these ideas to sue for income from those who actually do build something which they actually invented and proved. This is wrong and is why the patent office needs to return to REQUIRING WORKING MODELS from anyone seeking a patent. - JWD - Full Article Source

ITEM #127

10/17/10 - Making a Baby in Space Could be Dangerous
Microgravity tampers with stem cells, the building blocks of all other cells in our body and a vital repair system. The researchers simulated zero-G conditions on Earth and then placed embryonic stem cells inside. They discovered that 64 percent of the stem cell proteins were fundamentally different from how they would be in normal gravity. And the changes weren’t good – most of the altered proteins would weaken bones and allow increased oxidative damage to DNA. Damage was also done to proteins involved with the immune system, proper cell division, calcium levels, and much more. Tissue engineer and lead researcher Helder Marcal says this is bad news for procreation in space:

“The simulated microgravity experiments we are investigating don’t seem to suggest a very positive outcome. The effect that microgravity may have on a growing embryo or fetus would be similar to an adult body – however, much more detrimental. The adult body can adapt to some microgravity space environments – however, what remains totally unknown is if an embryo can adapt to such an environment too.”

Still, now that we know the problems, we have a chance to solve them. Marcal says that gravity is somehow responsible for a vital part of the body’s mechanical or circulatory feedback, which help keep bones and blood vessels healthy. If we can isolate exactly what gravity does, it may be possible to genetically engineer something that can substitute for the lack of gravity. - Full Article Source

ITEM #128

10/17/10 - Here's €5 million - now go and save the planet
At the Green Machines exhibition in Dublin, you are given play money to invest in a range of environmentally friendly innovations. It’s up to you to spend it wisely. FANCY €5 MILLION? If your answer is “yes please”, you might want to make your way to the Science Gallery at Trinity College Dublin. But, as with most offers of instant riches, there are a few catches: the loot, meted out in €500,000 coins, isn’t legal tender. Also, you can’t spend the fortune on anything your heart desires. You have to “inves t” the money in environmentally friendly innovations such as a bamboo bike, house-warming fungi and energy-generating pavements – all being showcased at the Gallery’s new Green Machines exhibition, which launched on Thursday night. The idea is to get peop le to think about green inventions and opportunities, according to the Science Gallery’s director, Dr Michael John Gorman. “We wanted to do something connected with the theme of sustainability, but enough of the doom-and-gloom stuff; we are all tired of t hat,” he says. “So we thought about looking at the opportunity provided by the environmental challenge, the opportunity for people to engage creatively and come up with new ideas that are going to make a difference.” The sweetener is to offer visitors a r oll of coins minted by the gallery for the occasion. “Our new strategy to beat the recession is to make our own money,” says Gorman. “So at the beginning of the exhibition you get €5 million.” - Full Article Source

ITEM #129

10/17/10 - Concealed Mobile Wind Turbines
Ken Glynn, President of SpeechSwitch, Inc. (pinksheets:SSWC), reported today that another patent has issued in his name relating to creative alternative energy solutions. Specifically, United States Patent No. 7,808,121 B1 issued to Ken on October 5, 2010 . The patent relates to vehicles with battery recharging needs, wherein micro wind turbines are exposed for recharging only when the vehicle is decelerating or is at rest (to create a net energy gain and to enhance braking during deceleration). The turbin es are concealed when the vehicle is accelerating or at steady speed (to avoid a net energy loss). This invention was originally assigned to and owned by Kenergy Development Corp. and is now assigned into the SpeechSwitch patent portfolio. Opportunities f or development include federal and state departments and agencies, as well as bus and other transportation vehicle manufacturers. - Full Article Source

ITEM #130

10/17/10 - Agriculture fire-gun of yore


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ITEM #131

10/17/10 - The Software Junkyard
One way to speed up a slow computer is get rid of programs you no longer use. Junk never sleeps, it just sits there, getting in the way. Since we run all the programs we write about, the main computer gets pretty crowded after a while. Joy had 353 program s and it was starting to make disturbing noises and threatened to go on strike. Using Windows “add/remove programs” tool from the Control Panel, would not only have been a major pain in the gluteus maximus, but would have taken a lot of time as well. Anot her sticky problem is that Windows add/remove tool sometimes leaves behind bits and pieces, which can continue to mess up your machine. So Joy tried the free “Revo Uninstaller” from After installing the software, you can click on the “tools” icon to get three tools: Autorun Manager, Windows Tools and Junk Files Cleaner. The “Autorun Manager” tells you which programs start up when your com puter starts up. Remove the ones you don’t need. Revo Uninstaller has been downloaded over three million times. Joy is now one of those downloaders and after about an hour’s work, she got the computer down to 186 programs. Those are the ones she needs, sh e says. - Full Article Source

ITEM #132

10/17/10 - Prediction: three million electric vehicles by 2015
A study from IDC Energy Insights predicts that plug-in electric vehicles will be hitting the market within the year, and 540,000 will be sold globally by 2012. There will be more than 2.7 million of the vehicles on roads across the globe within five years . IDC predicts there will be 885,000 electric cars in North America and more than 780,000 in Europe by the year 2015. The report’s authors warn, however, that the electric grid won’t be ready for this surge. “Unfortunately, these vehicles will cause havoc on the distribution grid if they start appearing without any preparation by grid managers. The utilities that prepare today for this new reality will be the ones that will win in the long term.” Challenges utilities will face include “significant upgrade s in distribution equipment, from the addition of separate metering apparatus to the installation of advanced transformers that can handle the increased load on a particular line. Utilities will also need to address the creation of novel rate structures t hat allow the utility to control how and when the vehicles are charged.” - Full Article Source

ITEM #133

10/17/10 - Walking can protect your memory from age-related problems
New research suggests that walking at least six miles per week may protect brain size and in turn, preserve memory in old age. "Brain size shrinks in late adulthood, which can cause memory problems. Our results should encourage well-designed trials of phy sical exercise in older adults as a promising approach for preventing dementia and Alzheimer's disease," said study author Kirk I. Erickson, PhD, with the University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh. For the study, 299 dementia-free people recorded the number of blocks they walked in one week. Then nine years later, scientists took brain scans of the participants to measure their brain size. After four more years, the participants were tested to see if they had developed cognitive impairment or dementia. - Full Article Source

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10/17/10 - Mayo Clinic laser heat destroys Tumors
Physicians at Mayo Clinic's Florida campus are among the first in the nation to use a technique known as MRI-guided laser ablation to heat up and destroy kidney and liver tumors. So far, five patients have been successfully treated -- meaning no visible t umors remained after the procedure. This sounds like another great triumph for American medicine. However, what it is instead, is a scandalous indictment of the disincentives to bringing the most effective life saving treatments into the USA. You see, the Chinese discovered nearly a decade ago that tumors in solid tissue like the pancreas, liver, and kidney can be precisely imaged using devices like ultrasound and MRI. And the tumors can then be precisely and completely destroyed by using those computer i mages to direct computer controlled beams of sound or laser light to destroy the tumors. The Chinese have been curing people with inoperable tumors for nearly a decade with these computer controlled imaging and beams. People getting these treatments can g o right home the same day, cured of their cancer. There is no need to suffer the ravages of chemo, which against pancreatic and liver cancers enjoy only a tiny success rate. Despite this, however, these revolutionary computer technologies, so effective fo r so long in China, still remained unavailable here. Because these treatments are so effective and quick, that they are much less profitable for a hospital than the current long regiment of chemo treatments. Sure they are vastly more effective, but the ex penses and difficulties involved in getting something like this through the FDA gestapo has kept it from happening here for nearly a decade already. By the time this gets approved for a full roll out to hospitals, America will be 15 years behind China, al l due to the ludicrous costly regulator regime called the FDA. We simply don't know how many hundreds of thousands of Americans will be forced to endure painful and debilitating chemo over that 15 years of regulator delay. Only to eventually die of their pancreatic, liver or kidney cancer because chemo is not very effective for tumors in those organs. All because a known effective cure was being kept off the market by the murderous actions of the bureaucratic executioners at the FDA. Only AIDS suffers hav e been able to defeat them. By picketing these murders homes, speeches and offices, they were finally able to fast track AIDS drugs. Only when other disease suffer's families are willing to be as militant as AIDS suffers, will this FDA-produced holocaust, which has caused so much death and suffering to so many millions, become a thing of the past. - Full Article Source

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10/17/10 -
KeelyNet Sign up with and one of its employees will pose as an HR representative for a virtual (read: fake) company...

so you can lie about previous work experience on your job application or resume.

Put whatever you want and they'll verify it, including job title, job description and dates of employment.

They even promise to give a “positive reference in a professional, businesslike manner”!

Let's just hope pilots, medics and doctors aren't using their services.

(I've known so many people who lied through their teeth about their skills and job history because they knew few companies check.

When I would chastise them for lying, they would invariably say "Well, you fake it til you make it!"

So I played fair, told the truth, got the regular low raises, never received rewards for my innovations and improvements to equipment and streamlining methods designed to optimize production (some that were copied in our other 9 labs and even taken back to manufacturers by their engineers to improve their equipment with just a letter thanking me for my innovation, big whup) while their lying let them go on to make 2-5 times my salary. Sadly, in this world a few tricks and lies can take the unscrupulous far in life from trusting employers. That's life. - JWD) - Full Article Source

ITEM #136

10/17/10 - Ideo: How to Turn Social Taboos Into Innovative Products
Social taboos suppress discussion of many details about life: bodily functions, sexual problems, and other socially stigmatizing conditions. Discomfort with these topics compromises our health and short-circuits our quality of life by keeping important in formation in the dark. Taboos also create social isolation. When forced to navigate forbidden areas, people often find that they have little information and are reluctant to experiment or explore. From a business perspective, this may translate into untap ped opportunities — “ugly ducklings” that aren’t sexy on the outside, but are extremely rewarding if tapped in the right way. How might your business acknowledge taboos affecting your industry, and turn these constraints into opportunities? - Full Article Source

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10/17/10 - Amino Acid rejuvenation mixture increases mouse life by 12%
Amino acids have extended mouse life by 12% Could you be next? Researchers in Italy may have struck upon a health supplement that could extend life. Enzo Nisoli and colleagues developed a cocktail of amino acids and gave it to mice via their water supply. Those mice that received the supplement had a longer median lifespan – 869 days compared to 774 days in the control group, an impressive 12% increase. As recently reported in the journal Cell Metabolism, the mice were all middle aged when testing began, and those given amino acids showed increased energy, muscle coordination, and stamina. Essentially the cocktail helped the middle aged mice stay more youthful. Nisoli believes that the antiaging effects of the amino acids were due to increased production of mitochondria, and lower incidence of damage caused by reactive oxygen species, associated with free radicals. The amino acids used in the cocktail leusine, isoleusine, and valine are known as branched-chain amino acids and are already found in many wid ely used health supplements! - Full Article Source

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10/17/10 - Like it says...


As Homer Simpson once said, "It's funny cause it's true!" - Full Article Source

ITEM #139

10/17/10 - Study Shows Brain Responds More To Close Friends
"People's brains are more responsive to friends than to strangers, even if the stranger has more in common, according to a study in the Oct. 13 issue of The Journal of Neuroscience. Researchers examined a brain region known to be involved in processing so cial information, and the results suggest that social alliances outweigh shared interests. In a study led by graduate student Fenna Krienen and senior author Randy Buckner, PhD, of Harvard University, researchers investigated how the medial prefrontal cor tex and associated brain regions signal someone's value in a social situation. Previous work has shown that perceptions of others' beliefs guide social interactions. Krienen and her colleagues wondered whether these brain regions respond more to those we know, or to those with whom we share similar interests." - Full Article Source

ITEM #140

10/17/10 - Why the Web Mustn't Become the New TV
"This article argues that Rupert Murdoch's bid to own complete control of BSkyB is only part of an ongoing process to make the internet a totally 'linear' experience. The increase in the use of paginated content and the proliferation of video over transcr ibed interviews are, the author argues, part of a tidal shift from a browsable internet experience to a linear one that will move the user's experience of media from genuine choice to a series of locked-down 'information rides,' in order to re-secure adv ertising exposure. The author also writes, 'Current worries among publishing houses that magazines and newspapers will succumb to the digital written word on the internet are perhaps analogous to Victorian fears about mechanical horses taking over from re al horses in the drawing of carriages. The point is being missed, the wrong fear being indulged.'" (This month I'll cancel my megacable and internet after months of disgust with service and quality. My plan is to use Telmex internet with a VGA to TV box a nd a mini wireless keyboard to choose my video content purely from the net. Cable sucks, we shouldn't be seeing ANY commercials on cable, they need fresh content EVERY month, make sure what is playing is what is in the listing and don't change movie names as if its something new...screw them. - JWD) - Full Article Source

ITEM #141

10/17/10 - I Want Your Money (trailer)
For more information about I Want Your Money please visit Movie will be in theaters 10-15-10. Set against the backdrop of today's headline - 67% of Americans don't approve of Obama's economic policies, the film takes a provocative look at our deeply depressed economy using the words and actions of Presidents Reagan and Obama and shows the marked contrast between Reaganomics and Obamanomics. The film contrasts two views of the role that the federal government should play in our dail y lives using the words and actions of Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama. Two versions of the American dream now stand in sharp contrast. One views the money you earned as yours and best allocated by you; the other believes that the elite in Washington know how to best allocate your wealth. One champions the traditional American dream, which has played out millions of times through generations of Americans, of improving one's lot in life and even daring to dream and build big. The other holds that there is n o end to the "good" the government can do by taking and spending other peoples' money in an ever-burgeoning list of programs. The documentary film I Want Your Money exposes the high cost in lost freedom and in lost opportunity to support a Leviathan-like bureaucratic state. - Full Article Source

ITEM #142

10/15/10 - Purple Wind Turbines could save Birds and Bats
It has long been known that wind turbines attract vast numbers of insects which in turn bring larger predators within range of the spinning blades. Now scientists have discovered that the colour of the turbines themselves could make a huge difference to t he number of insects that are attracted to it. The study, carried out by PhD students from Loughborough University, analysed how the colour of a wind turbine influences the number of insects that are attracted to it. They laid coloured cards in a random s equence next to a 13m-high three-blade wind turbine situated in a meadow near Leicestershire They found that while most turbines are painted pure white or light grey to blend in with the surroundings, these colours are extremely attractive to insects. Instead they suggested that wind turbines painted purple would dramatically reduce the number of insects, and therefore bats and birds, that were brought within range of the spinning blades. - Full Article Source

ITEM #143

10/15/10 - My Orgasm Question - (finally wrote it up)

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ITEM #144

10/15/10 - Background Noise Affects Taste of Foods
"The level of background noise affects both the intensity of flavour and the perceived crunchiness of foods, researchers have found. Blindfolded diners assessed the sweetness, saltiness, and crunchiness, as well as overall flavour, of foods as they were p layed white noise. While louder noise reduced the reported sweetness or saltiness, it increased the measure of crunch. It may go some way to explaining why airline food is notoriously bland — a phenomenon that drives airline catering companies to season t heir foods heavily. In a comparatively small study, 48 participants were fed sweet foods such as biscuits or salty ones such as crisps, while listening to silence or noise through headphones. Also in the group's findings there is the suggestion that the o verall satisfaction with the food aligned with the degree to which diners liked what they were hearing — a finding the researchers are pursuing in further experiments." - Full Article Source

ITEM #145

10/15/10 - To Alter or Abolish (from 2009)
KeelyNet “Dear Federal Government, Drop dead. Please understand we aren’t here to argue. No special new subsidy, tax break, or privileged “loophole” is going to sway our opinion or make us change our minds about this. We’ve been there, done that, for too many deca des to count now. Likewise, your threats are starting to make us yawn and even laugh. You see, we know all your tricks now. We can see through your lies because we’ve heard them all so many times before. We are fully aware of your true nature, and we see that that nature is radioactive evil, wrapped in a tattered blanket of ignorance, foolishness, and stupidity. Look, we know it’s only a matter of time anyway. Your dimwittedness, greed, fraudulence, and moral bankruptcy are finally starting to catch up to you. Even your former employees admit as much. Do you remember Paul Craig Roberts, one of your past Treasury officials? Today he says of your latest economy-wrecking and warmongering efforts: “The world has never seen such total mindlessness. Napoleon’s and Hitler’s marches into Russia were rational acts compared to the mindless idiocy of the United States government.” Mindless idiocy: We could not have said it better ourselves. Wait, yes, we could have, because we would have also mentioned your meanness and malevolence. Our state governments are starting to feel the same way about you that we do... Some are even starting to make noises about the Tenth Amendment (The Tenth Amendment restates the Constitution's principle of federalism by providing that p owers not granted to the federal government nor prohibited to the states by the Constitution of the United States are reserved to the states or the people.), which reiterates that you aren’t allowed to just do anything you feel like doing. (We are not big fans of our state governments either, but at least they don’t start wars, counterfeit our money, and prop up tyrannies across the globe.) - Full Article Source

ITEM #146

10/14/10 - A Back-of-the-Panel Boost for Solar Power
KeelyNet Suntech Power, the world's largest maker of crystalline-silicon solar modules, based in Wuxi, China, has announced partnerships with Santa Clara, California-based National Semiconductor and other solar electronics makers to develop "smart" panels that w ould give the most power possible even if other panels are underperforming due to damage or to sunlight being blocked by shade or debris. This kind of system is useful because in conventional photovoltaic systems, one panel's performance affects the outpu t of the whole system. National Semiconductor's power-optimizing device is already on the market. Tests on customer installations have shown that it can squeeze 25 percent more energy from a photovoltaic system, says Kevin Kayser, a marketing manager at the company. Independent tests by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Photon International have demonstrated power gains from arrays as high as 39 percent. Solar modules operate at various current and voltage levels. Panels are traditionally str ung together in a series, and their combined DC power is sent to a large inverter. The inverter does two things: it converts the power into grid-ready AC electricity, and its control circuit constantly searches for and sets the operating voltage and curre nt levels for all the panels based on the total power output of the array. But if one panel's current drops because of shade or debris, the inverter lowers the current of all the other panels, bringing down the array's power output. "Ten percent shade on the array means a 50 percent power loss," Kayser says. National Semiconductor's power optimizer does away with the central control circuit in the inverter, instead placing a separate control circuit behind each panel. This allows the optimizer to wring th e most power from each panel. In addition, Kayser says, while some power-optimization products either increase both current and voltage or decrease current and voltage, theirs can increase and decrease both current and voltage, squeezing out even more pow er. - Full Article Source

ITEM #147

10/14/10 - Spatial Energy Coherence
This Patent Pending technology is an educational way to open the window to the "Energy Lattice" and allow the coherence of a greater amount of energy. Applications include research and development, electrolysis, battery charging, and efficient light circu its. All licenses are available from Stiffler Scientific. / PDF Course - Further before we even get started, Dr. Stiffler wishes to state for the record that you cannot create or destroy energy, but you can tap other forms that are not currently understood or utilized. Very, very simply put, the interface is capacitive and all matter is surrounded by unlimited amounts of ene rgy in different forms. With a proper interface some of this energy can be cohered and utilized. This understanding puts Dr. Stifflers system in the category of a C.O.P (Co Efficiency of Performance) energy pump, which is operating as an open system. This does not violate the law of thermo dynamics, or the law of the conservation of energy. Dr. Stifflers ultimate goal from all associate experimenters that are collectively aiding in the replication of his system is to acquire sufficient data in order to pu blish a paper on 'Spatial Energy Coherence' (SEC). The SEC Theory Paper by Dr. Stifflers will be presented with the hope of advancing the faculties’ education. Dr. Stiffler in his research and coming SEC Theory prefers to replace the concept and term of C .O.P. with a new term called CEC or 'Cohered Energy Coefficient'), which is a far more accurate way of looking at the Cohered Energy recovery and utilization. CEC is a simple mathematical description indication what appears to be energy gain but is rathe r the Coherence of a different form of energy into a form that can be added to and used by one or more of the circuits developed by Dr. Stiffler. Dr. Stiffler believes (as do others) that the connotation of OU (Over Unity) is a bad acronym, the reason bei ng that it could give the impression that something is obtained from nothing and by doing so we can obtain what is also a misnomer 'A self running' machine or device. The universe in which we exist is full of energy, but in many ways it like a vitamin K i njection, until you have one, the energy that you feel is not present in any other way. There is a FINITE amount of energy in the universe, which is defined by the mass of the universe, we cannot change that, but we can convert one form to another that in our limited view appears to be that old and out dated description called 'OU'. SEC Exciters (Do Not) create energy; they do not amplify energy either. Think of an Exciter as causing a door to open slightly and allowing a natural energy to leak through into the circuit. - Full Article Source

ITEM #148

10/14/10 - Sexless Relationships
There’s no RDA for sex; no prescribed “supposed to” frequency. But most of us assume that, barring significant health or emotional issues, a good relationship has to have at least a little of it. When sex slumps, it’s supposed to be a red flag, a sign tha t other things—intimacy, connectedness, romance—are on the way out, if they’re not gone already. Right? In a study of 1,748 women cited in Why Women Have Sex (Times Books), by sex researchers David M. Buss, PhD, and Cindy M. Meston, PhD, 32 percent of wom en aged 18 to 24 (single and married) reported having little interest in sex in the past year. According to Meston, who heads the Sexual Psychophysiology Laboratory at the University of Texas at Austin, that one-third percentage remained relatively consta nt throughout all age groups, until the fifties and sixties, when it rose to 37 percent. It’s not that these women don’t want to want sex. The decline of a once-thriving libido can be devastating: an identity altering loss that results in feelings of inad equacy and frustration not unlike those associated with erectile dysfunction. “Sex used to be the easy part, a bodily urge like hunger or tiredness. It happened, whether I wanted it to or not,” says Gina, 32. “Now, I can’t even quite remember how that spa rk felt.” This loss would be painful at any age, but young women are also keenly aware that while waning desire can always be milked for a laugh—thank you, Liz Lemon—it can also feel like a failing on a wider social scale. Liberated, educated young women don’t want sex? One can imagine our feminist forebears shaking their heads in disgust. For if The Feminine Mystique and Cosmo converged on one point, it’s that the modern woman isn’t just entitled to sex. She also wants it, enjoys it, and, by this point, should be pretty damned good at it. Today’s twenty and thirtysomethings are among the first American women to grow up operating under that assumption. Shouldn’t they, if anyone, be hopping into the sack? If they’re not, well, it’s possible that sexual lib eration is in some way to blame. Call it bachelorette syndrome... - Full Article Source

ITEM #149

10/14/10 - Plumber converts Mobility vehicle to hit 69mph
KeelyNet Mr Furze was given the scooter by a friend who sells and repairs them. The 125cc engine was taken from a motorbike. The petrol-powered super scooter, which is British racing green, does 10 miles to the gallon and is nearly NINE times faster than an averag e mobility scooter which glides along at just 8mph. ‘I was told by Guinness that I could modify the engine but I wasn’t allowed to change the appearance in any way so I couldn’t give it bigger wheels or make it more stable. 'I initially tried experimentin g with battery power but I only got to about 30mph and the batteries died really quickly so I knew then it would have to be petrol powered. ‘I haven’t had any crashes but the wheel fell off when I was slowing down once. I’ve nearly been in the hedge a few times.’ - Full Article Source

ITEM #150

10/14/10 - A radical pessimist's guide to the next 10 years
The iconic writer reveals the shape of things to come, with 45 tips for survival and a matching glossary of the new words you'll need to talk about your messed-up future.

1) It's going to get worse - No silver linings and no lemonade. The elevator only goes down. The bright note is that the elevator will, at some point, stop.
9) The suburbs are doomed, especially those E.T., California-style suburbs - This is a no-brainer, but the former homes will make amazing hangouts for gangs, weirdoes and people performing illegal activities. The pretend gates at the entranceways to gated communities will become real, and the charred stubs of previous white-collar homes will serve only to make the still-standing structures creepier and more exotic.
15) Make sure you've got someone to change your diaper - Sponsor a Class of 2112 med student. Adopt up a storm around the age of 50.
20) North America can easily fragment quickly as did the Eastern Bloc in 1989 - Quebec will decide to quietly and quite pleasantly leave Canada. California contemplates splitting into two states, fiscal and non-fiscal. Cuba becomes a Club Med with weapons . The Hate States will form a coalition.
35) Stupid people will be in charge, only to be replaced by ever-stupider people. You will live in a world without kings, only princes in whom our faith is shattered.
37) People will stop caring how they appear to others - The number of tribal categories one can belong to will become infinite. To use a high-school analogy, 40 years ago you had jocks and nerds. Nowadays, there are Goths, emos, punks, metal-heads, geeks and so forth.
38) Knowing everything will become dull - It all started out so graciously: At a dinner for six, a question arises about, say, that Japanese movie you saw in 1997 (Tampopo), or whether or not Joey Bishop is still alive (no). And before long, you know the answer to everything... - Full Article Source

ITEM #151

10/14/10 - Would You Wear a Camcorder on Your Ear?
KeelyNet The $199 Looxcie connects to a smartphone via Bluetooth to record and share video. (It also doubles as Bluetooth headset for your phone, albeit an inelegant one.) For now, the Looxcie is compatible only with Android 2.0 phones, although the eponymous comp any says it will add compatibility with BlackBerrys and iPhones later this fall. Here’s how it works. First, you try on the Looxcie camera and adjust its bendable ear loop to fit (it can be worn on the right or left ear). Looxcie says the ear loop is flex ible enough to accommodate most ears, although the top part of the loop is a bit thick for my ears, which I consider pretty flappy. Initially I worried the little camera would take a dive, but once I had it positioned it proved pretty tenacious. Next, you use the Looxcie app on the phone to position the camera (it should be roughly eye level) and ensure that it’s horizontally level. You also as set up upload information for sending video to e-mail, Facebook, and YouTube. After that, you can put your phone in your pocket and go hands free. - Full Article Source

ITEM #152

10/14/10 - How to brand a disease -- and sell a cure
If you want to understand the way prescription drugs are marketed today, have a look at the 1928 book, "Propaganda," by Edward Bernays, the father of public relations in America. For Bernays, the public relations business was less about selling things th an about creating the conditions for things to sell themselves. When Bernays was working as a salesman for Mozart pianos, for example, he did not simply place advertisements for pianos in newspapers. That would have been too obvious. Instead, Bernays pers uaded reporters to write about a new trend: Sophisticated people were putting aside a special room in the home for playing music. Once a person had a music room, Bernays believed, he would naturally think of buying a piano. As Bernays wrote, "It will come to him as his own idea." - Full Article Source

ITEM #153

10/14/10 - Virus and Malware Protection by using Virtual Space
# 4th novel way to protect your computer, Returnil;
# 3rd novel way to protect your computer, Shadow Defender;
# 2nd novel way to protect your computer, Sandboxie;
# 1st novel way to protect your computer, Time-Freeze; - Inspired by Giveawayoftheday

ITEM #154

10/14/10 - 10 Coolest Future City Concepts
Comment #1; It is interesting that in all of the designs that include non-residential space, there is no inclusion of industrial/manufacturing space. I guess, like the people who plan the US economy, the designers believe that in the future people will wo rk, but that they will not have to make anything. - Full Article Source

ITEM #155

10/14/10 - Onion Lore
Claims of onions curing/repelling flu and other illnesses. Also claims leftover onions are poisonous... - Full Article Source

ITEM #156

10/14/10 - Russian Electric Supercar
KeelyNet The car can hit 60 miles per hour in about 4.0-5.0 seconds. It's got a top speed of 260 km/h. It also sports a 3.5 L V6 Petrol engine. And it looks this sexy because it has one ridiculously low drag coefficient. Surprisingly, the car is also pretty safe, unlike many supercars which are made of flimsy lightweight material. The car can withstand a head-on collision with a test dummy barely affected. And how much does the Marussia monster cost? A pretty darn reasonable $130,000. The 1st model, the B1, is the less powerful version designed for the open market. The more impressive and elegant B2 features a crazy 420 HP engine. Gotta admit, this is the 1st thing I ever wanted with a Made in Russia sticker on it. But what really is interesting is that the car ma kers have hinted that they are working on another version of the supercar, and this one is electrical. Can the electric version do 60 mph in 4 seconds? - Full Article Source

ITEM #157

10/14/10 - Inductive cooking invention could save 25% energy
Under the project management of Infineon, the research partners seek to develop cost-efficient systems with optimized power electronics components that significantly reduce the power loss of induction cookers. To this end, Infineon is working on the advan cement of power semiconductors, so-called IGBTs (Insulated Gate Bipolar Transistor). In the induction cooker IGBTs switch the high-frequency currents of the induction coils which induce the cooking heat in the vessels. Using these new power components, E. G.O. will remodel the electronic and mechanical inner workings of induction cookers and provide induction cookers with new circuit concepts that will reduce their manufacturing cost and energy consumption. The IALB will conduct research into the modeling and simulation of the high-frequency switching operations to reduce parasitic energy loss. - Full Article Source

ITEM #158

10/14/10 - U.S. Patent Approves Eye Beam Patent for Dr. Colin Ross
KeelyNet Noted psychiatrist and author Colin A. Ross, M.D. (, whose research into a new science and medicine focused on the human body's electromagnetic field is described in his book, Human Energy Fields (ISBN-13: 978-0-9821851-0-0), has received approval for Patent #7,806,527 from the U.S. Patent Office ( Dr. Ross' device can detect the brain waves emitted through the eye using an electrode that makes no physical contact with the body. He calls his invention an Electromagnetic Bea m Detection System, the result of his discovery that the eye emits electromagnetic energy that he calls an "eyebeam." "We will now develop a prototype device that can detect a human stare from a greater distance, similar to a motion detector or sound sens or," said Dr. Ross. "Such a device could be used to turn on a light, or any other electrical device, from a computer to a garage door opener to an entry system. It would work like a clapper light activated by clapping your hands, except that the signal wo uld be the electromagnetic energy beam emerging through your eyes." A second Patent Pending by Dr. Ross uses the same electrode technology to construct a Whole Body Electromagnetic Scanner that would be like an MRI machine, except that it would scan the e lectromagnetic field of the body to detect and track disease at an early stage. A recently published paper, "Simultaneous Variation in the Heart and Brain Electrical Fields," ( df) by Dr. Ross provides the first data on scanning the heart and brain electrical fields simultaneously. Dr. Ross expects this line of research to lead eventually to the Whole Body Electromagnetic Scanner. (My late friend Peter Kelly was doing this with a custom brainwave device fully 30 years ago. In his Lakemont, Georgia lab, I saw it pick up the signals from both hemispheres from at least 30 feet away. This also ties into the research of Cleve Backster in San Diego, California. - JWD) - Full Article Source

ITEM #159

10/14/10 - Excitation energy: Is the written description enabling?
When an Examiner is reading an application for enablement, he or she looks for the relationship between the specification, the claims, and the knowledge of one of ordinary skill in the art. Since the invention is what is articulated in the claims, the Exa miner analyzes whether a particular claim is supported by the written description and considers all the evidence related to each of the factors listed above before reaching a conclusion of non enablement. Abstract: The patent application covers technology relating to the propagation or distribution of excitation energy (arrangement of self resonant bodies). On appeal to the BPAI the Applicants lost the case due to their failure to show a connection between the discussed theory set in the written description and the structure recited in the pending claims that would enable a skilled artisan to practice the invention without undue experimentation. The patent application relates to the propagation or distribu tion of excitation energy. Specifically, the invention concerns an electromagnetically responsive element composed of an arrangement of self resonant bodies, such as atoms or quantum dots that form an effective dielectric constant, typically at or near a resonance. Claims 1 is illustrative: An optical component having a selected optical response to excitation energy at a selected frequency, comprising: an array of self resonant bodies, each of the self resonant bodies having a frequency line center substa ntially at the selected frequency, the self resonant bodies being arranged in a pattern corresponding to the selected optical response. The Examiner found that the Specification did not satisfy the enablement requirement. The Specification failed to show a connection between the discussed theory and the structure recited in the pending claims that would enable an skilled in the art to practice the invention without undue experimentation. The Examiner determined that the appellants' approach to controlling the optical response of the array was a theory "of college level optical physics courses" including "basic equations and physical parameters taught in any electrical or optical engineering curriculum." - Full Article Source

ITEM #160

10/14/10 - Light at night may lead to weight gain
Persistent exposure to light at night may lead to weight gain, even without changing physical activity or eating more food, according to new research in mice. Researchers found that mice exposed to a relatively dim light at night over eight weeks had a bo dy mass gain that was about 50 percent more than other mice that lived in a standard light-dark cycle." - Full Article Source

ITEM #161

10/14/10 - Make cheap castable silicone from caulk
KeelyNet Simple, elegant garage casting hack here from Instructables user mikey77, who calls the stuff "Oogoo," which is, I think, a portmanteau of "Oobleck" and "Sugru." If you've ever bought casting silicone, you know it can be pretty expensive. If, seeking a co st-saving alternative, you've ever experimented with making castings using the dirt-cheap silicone caulk they sell at the hardware store, you know that it doesn't work very well. Large volumes set up very slowly, if at all. Turns out, though, that mixing in some cornstarch accelerates the drying process; just how much depends on how much starch you add. The author recommends starting with a 1:1 mix. I'm not sure about his explanation that the process works because the hygroscopic starch carries moisture i nto the internal volume of the silicone, but in any case there are probably other additives that will accelerate the process as well as or better than cornstarch. You might even find one that's not opaque and allows for translucent castings. - Full Article Source

ITEM #162

10/14/10 - GM Criticized Over Chevy Volt's Hybrid Similarities
"This article says the Chevy Volt is not what GM claimed it was: an Extended Range Electric Vehicle. The Volt is simply a plug-in hybrid. Instead of a vehicle that is only driven with the electric drive train that uses a gasoline engine to charge the batt eries, the Volt actually uses the gasoline engine to drive the front wheels at speeds above 70 miles per hour or when the batteries run down. Additionally, the Volt gets nowhere near the 230 mpg that GM was claiming for it. If this is all true, why di d GM misrepresent the car? The facts as stated in the article make the Volt a pretty decent competitor to the Prius and other hybrids already on the market." - Full Article Source

ITEM #163

10/14/10 - Countries Considering Circumlunar Flight From ISS
"The BBC reports that the space agencies of Europe, Russia, and the US are in (very) preliminary discussions about a potential collaborative mission where astronauts would assemble a small spacecraft at the ISS, then fly it around the Moon and back. This is somewhat similar to previously-proposed commercial missions, with many elements adapted from spacecraft systems already in existence. This would also be a testbed for eventual asteroid and Mars missions, which would likely require modules to be launche d on multiple rockets and assembled in space." - Full Article Source

ITEM #164

10/14/10 - Canon Blocks Copy Jobs Using Banned Keywords
A future version of Canon's document management system will include the exciting breakthrough technology that will OCR your printed and scanned documents, and prevent distribution of keywords. Documents containing the offending words can be sent to the ad ministrator, without actually telling the user just what word tripped the alarm. The article notes that simply using 1337 for example will get around it. - Full Article Source

ITEM #165

10/14/10 - Nine Quick Tips to Identify Clutter
KeelyNet As I sifted through our possessions, I identified nine questions to ask myself when I was confronted with a questionable object. This list helped me decide what to keep and what to toss, recycle, or give away.

1. Does this thing work? I was surprised by how hard it was to admit that something was broken and couldn’t be fixed—say, our dud toaster or my daughter’s frog clock. Why was I hanging on to these things?
2. Would I replace it if it were broken or lost? If not, I must not really need it.
3. Does it seem potentially useful—but never actually gets used? Something like an oversized water-bottle, a corkscrew with an exotic mechanism, or a tiny vase. Or duplicates. How many spare glass jars did I need to keep on hand?
4. Was I “saving” it? Leaving bath gel in the tube, or hoarding my favorite stationery in a desk drawer, was as wasteful as never using these things.
5. Does it serve its purpose well? For example, we have a lot of “cute” kitchen objects that don’t really work.
6. Has it been replaced by a better model? Inexplicably, I’m in the habit of keeping a broken or outmoded version of tech gadgets, even after they’ve been replaced. Pointless.
7. Is it nicely put away in an out-of-the-way place? One of my Secrets of Adulthood is: Just because things are nicely organized doesn’t mean they’re not clutter. No matter how tidily a thing is stored, if I never use it, why keep it?
8. Does this memento actually prompt any memories? Sometimes I automatically keep things that fall into the category of “mementos,” assuming that they’d set off some sort of response, but they don’t. The attendance trophy from my daughter’s pre-school sports class—out.
9. Have I ever used this thing? I was absolutely shocked to find, when I started looking, how many things we owned that we had never once used. Many were gifts, true, but I promised myself we’d either put these things into use within a few weeks or giv e them away. - Full Article Source

ITEM #166

10/14/10 - Careful What You Post, the FBI Has More of These
"A comment posted to a website got its author's *friend's* car an unwanted aftermarket addon. The Orion Guardian ST820, a GPS tracking device, was attached to the underside of the car by the FBI. No warrant required. The bugged friend, a college student s tudying marketing, was apparently under suspicion because he's half-Egyptian. As Bruce Schneier says, 'If they're doing this to someone so tangentially connected to a vaguely bothersome post on an obscure blog, just how many of us have tracking devices on our cars right now ...' The ACLU is investigating." - Full Article Source

ITEM #167

10/14/10 - Sir Isaac Newton, Alchemist
"Natalie Angier writes in The Hindu, that it is now becoming clear that Newton spent thirty years of his life slaving over a furnace in search of the power to transmute one chemical element into another. 'How could the ultimate scientist have been seeming ly hornswoggled by a totemic psuedoscience like alchemy, which in its commonest rendering is described as the desire to transform lead into gold,' writes Angier. Now new historical research describes how alchemy yielded a bounty of valuable spinoffs, i ncluding new drugs, brighter paints, stronger soaps and better booze. 'Alchemy was synonymous with chemistry,' says Dr. William Newman, 'and chemistry was much bigger than transmutation.' Newman adds that Newton's alchemical investigations helped yiel d one of his fundamental breakthroughs in physics: his discovery that white light is a mixture of colored rays that can be recombined with a lens. 'I would go so far as to say that alchemy was crucial to Newton's breakthroughs in optics,' says Newman. 'He 's not just passing light through a prism - he's resynthesizing it.'" - Full Article Source

ITEM #168

10/11/10 - Superconducting wires will allow more efficient DC power
If funded and completed, the Tres Amigas project would enable the currently independently operating Eastern Interconnection, Western Interconnection, and Texas Interconnection grids to redistribute electricity as needed throughout the U.S., as well as par ts of Canada and Mexico, which could reduce brownouts. It will also allow them to better manage electricity generated from intermittent energy sources like solar and wind. While the invention of smart grids is what makes much of this possible, it's the di rect-current superconductor cables that will make it feasible. Direct-current superconductor cables only lose 3 percent of the electricity they transmit, as opposed to the 10 percent that is lost over conventional overhead transmission cables, according t o the Department of Energy's most recent study on the topic (PDF). Because of this greater efficiency, electricity can be transported over greater distances which allows more flexibility as to where electricity can be sourced from. American Superconductor calls its HTS wire Amperium, because it has the "ability to conduct more than 100 times the electrical current, or 'amperage' of a copper wire," according to the company. - Full Article Source

ITEM #169

10/11/10 - Tobacco kills Germs
KeelyNet It is not surprising to learn that tobacco smoke is inimical to the activity of micro-organisms, since it contains, amongst many other things, pyridin, which has been shown to be a powerful germicide. Definite experiments, says the 'Lancet,' have recently been made, which show that tobacco smoke rapidly destroys in particular the comma bacillus of cholera.. It was stated that amongst a body of 5,000 cigar-makers (I think they meant cigar-smokers) only eight cases and four deaths from cholera occurred. Sub sequent experiments proved that tobacco smoke destroyed bacilli of Asiatic cholera as well as pneumonia, and there was some evidence also that tobacco smoke was preventive of some forms of nasal catarrh. And see this related post about how Tobacco was discovered and used in a poultice to cure 'incurable' sores, tumors, etc.. Tobacco as a cure f or various illnesses (Bear in mind the pyridin made today is not the original from coal tar as in this; "Pyridine was originally industrially produced by extraction from coal tar. It is currently synthesized from formaldehyde, ammonia, and acet aldehyde.") - Full Article Source

ITEM #170

10/11/10 - Apocalypse Calendar May be Off
The Maya prophecy predicting the 2012 end of the world may be off by 50 to 100 years or more, according to a new book. For nearly half a century, Maya scholars have relied on a fixed numerical value called the GMT constant as a means of correlating the da tes on the ancient Maya calendar with those on the Gregorian—or modern—calendar. “One of the principal complications is that there are really so few scholars who know the astronomy, the epigraphy, and the archeology,” says Aldana. “Because there are so fe w people who are working on that, you get people who don’t see the full scope of the problem. And because they don’t see the full scope, they buy things they otherwise wouldn’t. It’s a fun problem.” Although Aldana identifies the problems of the GMT const ant, he isn’t the first to question the calendar correlation and offers neither a solution nor a replacement. He says his goal is to study the soundness of the arguments presented in support of—and opposition to—the GMT constant and attempts others have m ade at identifying a solution. Aldana says a sound demonstration of the incorrectness of the GMT is a necessary first step in deriving a sound replacement. “A few scholars have stood up and says, ‘No, the GMT is wrong. But in my opinion, what they’ve done is try to provide alternatives without looking at why the GMT is wrong in the first place.” - Full Article Source

ITEM #171

10/11/10 - Use Old CDs as Driveway Reflectors
KeelyNet If you have a long, winding driveway, it can be pretty difficult (and dangerous) for you and others to drive through it at night. To make it safer, nail a few old CDs to posts or trees as light reflectors. Whether you have CDs that are beyond saving or ju st no longer necessary, you can post a few of them up as light reflectors to help you and your guests navigate your driveway. Hit the link to read up on 44 more great uses for old and broken CDs, and share your own favorite uses in the comments. - Full Article Source

ITEM #172

10/11/10 - Could an 'elixir of life' really increase your lifespan?
A chemical elixir can add 10 years to your life! According to the media, anyway. How much of the claim that an amino acid cocktail can boost longevity should be taken with a pinch of salt? For starters, the study was carried out in mice. Giuseppe D'Antona at Pavia University in Italy and his colleagues added a cocktail of three branched-chain amino acids (BCAA) - isoleucine, leucine and valine - to the feed of young nine-month-old mice. Compared with mice that were fed regular, unsupplemented chow, which survived an average 774 days, the BCAA-fed mice on average lived to the ripe old age of 869 days. As D'Antona's team point out, the BCAA-fed mice lived 12 per cent longer. When the mice were tested at middle age - 16 months - those fed the BCAA mixture we re also able to run for longer on a treadmill, and better maintain balance on a rotating rod. So not only did the diet help them live longer, the mice also had higher endurance and better motor coordination. - Full Article Source

ITEM #173

10/11/10 - Worms & Roaches cause Cancer?
KeelyNet (1907) - Working on an idea put forward by other investigators that malignant tumors in rats and mice were due to the presence of worms in their bodies, Professor Johannes Fibiger carried out a huge number of experiments and observations on these animals, and was able to satisfy himself that he had conclusively proved the truth of the theory. He found that tumor affections in the stomach and esophagus of rats were associated with a particular species of worm which develops from the egg to the larva stage in the bodies of cockroaches. He fed healthy cockroaches with the eggs of these worms, and then healthy rats with the infected cockroaches, with the result that the rodents developed tumors of an unmistakably cancerous type.

This ties in well with the claims of Dr. Hulda Clark. According to Clark, all disease is caused by foreign organisms and pollutants that damage the immune system. She asserted that eliminating parasites, bacteria and viruses from the body using herbal remedies or electrocution while removing pollutants from the diet and the environment would cure all diseases.

In her book The Cure For All Cancers, Clark postulated that all cancers are caused by the flatworm Fasciolopsis buski. However, this worm does not live in the USA and Europe but mainly in India, parts of China, Vietnam and other east-Asian countries, and only in rural areas where people are eating unboiled food from water plants, or where pigs live close to humans.

She also said that HIV is a worm virus and that the worm is responsible for AIDS: "I find it (F. buski) in every case of HIV, Alzheimer's disease. Without this parasite you can't get HIV."[citation needed] According to Clark, depression is caused by hookworms.

Fibiger's Work on Cancer & Sugar (As I recall Dr. Clarks' theory, when the eggs of these worms hatch, they excrete excessive growth hormone which induces cancer in surrounding tissue. It is claimed her 'Zapper' machine, putting out a frequency of about 30,000hz would kill the eggs. - JWD) - Full Article Source

ITEM #174

10/11/10 - Who Owns Congress? A Campaign Cash Seating Chart



What if members of Congress were seated not by party but according to the industries which gave them the most money over their entire careers? - Full Article Source

ITEM #175

10/11/10 - Killing Each Taliban Soldier Costs $50 Million
The Pentagon will not tell the public what it costs to locate, target and kill a single Taliban soldier because the price-tag is so scandalously high that it makes the Taliban appear to be Super-Soldiers. As set out in this article, the estimated cost to kill each Taliban is as high as $100 million, with a conservative estimate being $50 million. A public discussion should be taking place in the United States regarding whether the Taliban have become too expensive an enemy to defeat. Each month the Pentag on generates a ream of dubious statistics designed to create the illusion of progress in Afghanistan. In response this author decided to compile his own statistics. As the goal of any war is to kill the enemy, the idea was to calculate what it actually co sts to kill just one of the enemy. The obstacles encountered in generating such a statistic are formidable. The problem is that the Pentagon continues to illegally classify all negative war news and embarrassing information. Regardless, some information h as been collected from independent sources. Here is what we know in summary and round numbers:... - Full Article Source

ITEM #176

10/11/10 - The Electric Plant
KeelyNet (no date for this 100 year old article) There has been discovered in the forests of India a strange plant, which possesses to a very high degree astonishing magnetic (electric) power. The hand which breaks a leaf from it receive immediately a shock equal to that which is produced by the conductor of an induction coil. At a distance of six meters a magnetic needle is deranged if brought near...One never by any chance sees a bird or plant alight on the electric plant; an instinct seems to warn them that they would find their sudden death. It is also important to remark that where it grows none of the magnetic metals are found, neither iron, nor cobalt, nor nickel-an undeniable proof that the electric force belongs exclusively to the plant. - Full Article Source

ITEM #177

10/11/10 - Anti-Americanism in Europe fueled by ignorance
My comment--this is reminiscent of HunAvar's belief about the average adult Euro's scientific knowledge, which is by and large inferior to the average adult American's knowledge -- From the link:

More than 50 percent of Britons believe that polygamy is legal in the United States; in fact, it is illegal in all 50 states. Almost one-third of Britons believe that Americans who have not paid their hospital fees or insurance premiums are not entitled to emergency medical care; in fact, such treatment must be provided by law.

Seventy percent of Britons think the United States has done a worse job than the European Union in reducing carbon emissions since 2000; in fact, America’s rate of growth of carbon emissions has decreased by almost ten percent since 2000, while that of the EU has increased by 2.3 percent.

ighty percent of Britons believe that “from 1973 to 1990, the United States sold Saddam Hussein more than a quarter of his weapons.” In fact, the United States sold just 0.46 percent of Saddam’s arsenal to him; Russia, France, and China supplied 57 percent, 13 percent, and 12 percent, respectively.

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ITEM #178

10/11/10 - Mystery of the Dying Bees Solved
"Dr. Bromenshenk's team at the University of Montana and Montana State University in Bozeman, working with the Army's Edgewood Chemical Biological Center northeast of Baltimore, said in their jointly written paper that the virus-fungus one-two punch was found in every killed colony the group studied. Neither agent alone seems able to devastate; together, the research suggests, they are 100 percent fatal. 'It's chicken and egg in a sense — we don't know which came first,' Dr. Bromenshenk said of the virus -fungus combo — nor is it clear, he added, whether one malady weakens the bees enough to be finished off by the second, or whether they somehow compound the other's destructive power. 'They're co-factors, that's all we can say at the moment,' he said. 'Th ey're both present in all these collapsed colonies.'" - Full Article Source

ITEM #179

10/11/10 - Electromechanical Switches Could Reduce Computers' Cooling Needs
"Science Daily is reporting that researchers at Case Western Reserve University have taken the first step to building a computer capable of operating in extreme heat. Te-Hao Lee, Swarup Bhunia and Mehran Mehregany have made electromechanical switches — bu ilding blocks of circuits — that can take twice the heat that would render electronic transistors useless. 'The group used electron beam lithography and sulfur hexafluoride gas to etch the switches, just a few hundred nanometers in size, out of silicon ca rbide. The result is a switch that has no discernable leakage and no loss of power in testing at 500 degrees Celsius. A pair of switches were used to make an inverter, which was able to switch on and off 500,000 times per second, performing computation ea ch cycle. The switches, however, began to break down after 2 billion cycles and in a manner the researchers do not yet fully understand. ... Whether they can reach the point of competing with faster transistors for office and home and even supercomputing, remains to be seen. The researchers point out that with the ability to handle much higher heat, the need for costly and space-consuming cooling systems would be eliminated.'" - Full Article Source

ITEM #180

10/11/10 - Google Secretly Tests Autonomous Cars In Traffic
KeelyNet "Autonomous cars are years from mass production, but technologists who have long dreamed of them believe that they can transform society as profoundly as the Internet has. Now the NY Times reports that Google has been working in secret on vehicles that ca n drive themselves, using artificial-intelligence software that can sense anything near the car and mimic the decisions made by a human driver. With someone behind the wheel to take control if something went awry and a technician in the passenger seat to monitor the navigation system, seven test cars have driven 1,000 miles without human intervention and more than 140,000 miles with only occasional human control. One even drove itself down Lombard Street in San Francisco, one of the steepest and curviest streets in the nation. The only accident, engineers said, was when one Google car was rear-ended while stopped at a traffic light." - Full Article Source

ITEM #181

10/11/10 - 10/10/10 — a Nice Day To Celebrate the Meaning of Life
"My wife noted that tomorrow's date is 10/10/10. This was probably some time after Illinois whomped Penn State's butt. I pondered that for a moment, noting that 101010 was a valid binary number. Then it dawned on me that 101010base2 was 42base10. Verifying that this truly was the answer given after typing 'meaning of life' into Wolfram's web site, I thought I was onto something." (A friend pointed out 10/10/10 signifies World Porn Day because in Roman numerals 10 10 10 is XXX. No one can beat that! - JWD) - Full Article Source

ITEM #182

10/11/10 - Alaska To Export Billions of Gallons of Water
"Newsweek reports on a company called True Alaska Bottling that has purchased the rights to transfer 3 billion gallons of water a year from Sitka, Alaska's bountiful reserves. If all goes according to plan, 80 million gallons of Blue Lake water will soon be siphoned into the kind of tankers normally reserved for oil and shipped to a bulk bottling facility near Mumbai. From there it will be dispersed among several drought-plagued cities throughout the Middle East. Think of it as a proof of concept for turn ing life's most essential molecule into a global commodity." - Full Article Source

ITEM #183

10/11/10 - New Tool Blocks Downloads From Malicious Sites
"Science Daily Headlines reports that a new tool has been developed (funded by the National Science Foundation, US Army Research Office and US Office of Naval Research) to prevent 'drive-by downloads' whereby simply visiting a website, malware can be sil ently installed on a computer to steal a user's identity and other personal information, launch denial-of-service attacks, or participate in botnet activity. The software called Blade — short for Block All Drive-By Download Exploits — is browser-independe nt and designed to eliminate all drive-by malware installation threats by tracking how users interact with their browsers to distinguish downloads that received user authorization from those that do not. 'BLADE monitors and analyzes everything that is dow nloaded to a user's hard drive to cross-check whether the user authorized the computer to open, run or store the file on the hard drive. If the answer is no to these questions, BLADE stops the program from installing or running and removes it from the har d drive,' says Wenke Lee, a professor in the School of Computer Science in Georgia Tech's College of Computing. Blade's testbed automatically harvests malware URLs from multiple whitehat sources on a daily basis and has an interesting display of the infec tion rate of different browsers, the applications targeted by drive-by exploits, and the anti-virus detect and miss rates of drive-by binaries." - Full Article Source

ITEM #184

10/11/10 - The World Has Moved On; We (Arabs) Have Not
KeelyNet In reality, the story is almost always the same; new inventions were often strongly resisted by supporters of the status-quo. There was a time when workers destroyed their machinery, just as the Japanese Samurai refused to use gunpowder, as they considered it to be a method of killing without honour or courage. Yet, the Samurai eventually advocated the modernization of Japan, and new industries were maintained. Nowadays, the same applies to many companies and countries, and this can be seen in what China and India is doing with regards to researching into new fields and attempting to become market leaders. If Apple can be successful with its ‘iPad’ device, which in some places retails for a price of around $800, then China can reproduce a similar device for a price of no more than $100, and it is rumoured that India can produce such a device for as low as $30. In the media industry alone, the barriers that separated the printed press, digital media, and satellite television broadcast have collapsed, and none of the above can claim to best express the real world, as we currently understand it.

The newspaper press, distribution networks, and other forms of production are on the verge of collapse, whilst corporations are now rushing to catch up with the inevitable changes that have taken place. Yet what is even more difficult then this is convincing older generations with regards to this new technology, considering that their knowledge is limited to what they already know. The dilemma does not only exist in the underdeveloped world, or even in our Arab countries, but is also a problem that is faced by advanced companies such as "Nokia" which transformed Finland into a global power in technology. Despite being one of the founding companies behind the first manned space station, Nokia initially rejected touch-screen technology when it was first presented by its researchers. As a result of this, Nokia lost ground to its rivals, and its market share in the cell phone – that it previously led – has declined.

The issue here is that we cannot rest on our laurels. Anyone who thinks that our only problem with Israel lies in its construction of settlements has overlooked Israel’s activities in the technological fields. Israel now possesses technologies that it can offer other countries; countries that condemn Israel during the daytime at the United Nations, but who contribute to Israel's technological advancement – and vice versa – at night. Whilst this is happening, our projects are limited to changing the name of the Arab League to the Arab Union, and our social infrastructure has come to a virtual standstill. We have failed to propose a single idea that the world could be grateful of. Perhaps the only exception to this is what Abu-Dhabi is trying to do in the c ity of Masdar, aiming to completely rid the city of carbon emissions by relying upon solar energy.

However, this is all too little too late for the Arab world, that has a collective population of over 350 million, not one of whom has been able to produce anything equivalent to a "Google" or "Facebook." The problem here lies not in consuming such products, for this is something that happens extensively in many poor Arab countries, but rather in our ability to produce such products for ourselves. Frankly speaking, the Arab mind requires liberation so that it is educated rather than ignorant, scientific rather than superstitious, logical rather than rhetorical, and civilized rather than believing in magic and witchcraft. We must focus on the future rather than the past, the international rather than the local. How have all of these changes and development taken place outside of the Arab World, whilst everything here has remained the same. We must first acknowledge the situation, and then take action to rectify it. - Full Article Source

ITEM #185

10/11/10 - Smaller, cheaper, 300 times stronger Lasers
A team of scientists from the Instituto Superior Tecnico in Lisbon, Imperial College London, and the Universities of St Andrews, Lancaster and Strathclyde as well as STFCs Central Laser Facility staff have demonstrated the feasibility of a groundbreaking method called Raman amplification which can take long laser pulses and compress them to 1000 times shorter, but with intensities 300 times greater. This means that current very expensive and complex laser set-ups could eventually be replaced with smaller and more cost-effective systems. This would make many technologies, including methods used to develop x-rays which rely on lasers, far more accessible and easier to mass-produce. - Full Article Source

ITEM #186

10/11/10 - No perpetuum mobile, minister says
A Week of Renewable Energy has been opened at the Moscow House in Yerevan. Panel discussions and exhibitions are being held as well. The inventor Henrik Mkhitaryan is among the participants; he is displaying his “perpetuum mobile” at one of the stands. Mk hitaryan challenges physical laws and promises generation of more energy than a nuclear-power station generates. RA Minister of Energy and Natural Resources Armen Movsisyan never approached the stand. He gave an evasive answer to’s question about the ministry’s attitude to the invention. First, there must be an expert opinion by the Scientific Council of Armenia. “It is clear that there is no perpetuum mobile,” Movsisyan said. - Full Article Source

ITEM #187

10/11/10 - Wheel of Misfortune
August 5th, 1901 - Some months ago an attempt was made by a Melbourne man to attract the attention of the scientific world to a 'marvellous' discovery he had made-the secret of perpetual motion. He offered as a demonstration a wooden wheel arranged in the backyard of his house. Eager investors put up nearly 2000 pounds. The next course taken was the construction of a wheel in iron, and this was done at a cost of 60 pounds. A few days ago, when everything was ready for the 'grand display', those interested , included the inventor, attended at the foundry to start the wheel in motion. At first the strange-looking contrivance, which weighs a ton, refused to start, and then, when it had been made to move, all the strange-looking contrivances, weights, and leve rs with which it was almost hidden from view could not carry it more than a quarter of a revolution. "I have miscalculated the balance," the inventor snapped out. He left the foundry. - Full Article Source

ITEM #188

10/08/10 - A very big deal indeed, the Full EV Gray Motor Setup Found!
This is a video showing a complete EV motor that was in storage for two decades. We opened it up to research it and to show his details to the public. Please feel free to use this as reference for further studies. This motor is for purchase. Please email Serious inquires only. I will not comment on this video as I am only uploading this for the interested parties. Enjoy! - Full Article Source

ITEM #189

10/08/10 - AudioScope lets you zoom in on conversations from afar
Two physicists developed a new technology called AudioScope that apparently enables you to zoom in on sounds in huge, loud places like sports arenas or lecture halls. Physicists Morgan Kjølerbakken and Vibeke Jahr, formerly of the University of Oslo, were were experimenting with sonar when they hit upon the idea for the AudioScope, which is based on a circular array of 300 microphones and a video camera. They've now launched a company, Squarehead, to commercialize the system. From New Scientist: The Audio Scope software then calculates the time it would take for sound emanating from that point to reach each microphone in the circular array, and digitally corrects each audio feed to synchronise them with that spot. "If we correct the audio arriving at three microphones then we have a signal that is three times as strong," says Kjølerbakken. Doing the same thing with 300 microphones can make a single conversation audible even in a stadium full of sports fans. - Full Article Source

ITEM #190

10/08/10 - Curve ball but not
The coolest optical illusion you'll see in the next 26 minutes. / In the game of baseball, a pitcher stands on a mound and throws a 2.9-inch diameter ball in the direction of home plate. The pitcher creates different types of pitches by releasing the ball at different velocities and with different spins. A typical major league “curveball” travels at about 75 mph, and spins at an oblique angle at about 1500 rpm; this means that the travel time from the pitcher’s hand to home plate is about 0.6 sec, during which time the ball undergoes about 13 rotations.

The spinning of the curveball creates both a physical effect (“the curve”) and a perceptual puzzle. The curve arises because the ball’s rotation creates an imbalance of forces on different sides of the ball, which leads to a substantial deflection in the path of the ball. The perceptual puzzle arises because the deflection of the ball should appear gradual, but from the point of view of the batter standing near home plate, the flight of the ball often appears to undergo a dramatic and nearly discontinuous shift in position (this sudden shift is referred to as the curveball’s “break”).

Here we present an illusion that suggests that the perception of a “break” in the curveball’s path may be related to physiological differences between foveal and peripheral vision. We contend that the visual periphery frequently reports a perceptual combination of features (a process we refer to as “feature blur”) because it lacks the neural machinery necessary to maintain separate representations of multiple features. (via (This means something useful with the spinning ball pulling to one side, but I can't grasp it at the moment. Wonder if you changed the color of the blue ball? - JWD) - Watch the Animation

ITEM #191

10/08/10 - Digitally remastered footage of Apollo 11 moon landing
After six years of searching and digital restoration, scientists have finally completed remastering footage of the Apollo 11 moon landing. The restored video was shown for the first time on Wednesday at an Australian Geographic magazine awards ceremony, w ith Edwin 'Buzz' Aldrin as guest of honour. In 2009, NASA released some extracts of the work to mark the 40th anniversary of the landing, but it has taken the Apollo 11 tape search team six years to complete full digital restoration of the two and a half hour long tape. It shows the first few minutes of Neil Armstrong's history-making mission far more clearly than the world saw on television at the time. - Full Article Source

ITEM #192

10/08/10 - Backyard inventors compete in Google's £20 million Moon competition
Nasa had previously estimated that such voyages would cost more than £1billion - with some skeptics suggesting that it is almost impossible to even fly to the moon. But since the Isle of Man government has lifted tax restrictions of space exploration a fl urry of do-it-yourself voyages throughout the cosmos are expected. Internet search giant Google became one of the first to take advantage of the tax break when it announced the Lunar X prize in September 2007. Twenty two teams who have worked tirelessly o n their strange machines will meet in the Isle of Man tomorrow to thrash out the final details of the missions. The $20million prize will be given to the first team that lands their craft on the moon and directs of journey of more that 500 metres. An addi tion $4million is on offer for anybody whose spaceship survives the incredible cold of the lunar atmosphere and another $2million bonus if the craft is launched from Florida. The second prize is $5million. If nobody manages to reach the moon by December 2 012 the prize money will be dropped to $15million. If still nobody has succeeded two years later the competition will be scrapped. Ranger added: 'It is not the technology that is holding us back. We could be ready in less than a year. Raising the cash wil l take longer, however.' 'At present, the exact rules of the competition have not been worked out. The organisers and competitors need to work out how they share out the revenue generated by the flights. That is what we are going to do this week at our me eting. Then it will be a matter of raising the money – and flying to the moon.' The Google Lunar X prize was created following the success of the Ansari X prize which was established in 1996 to inspire private investment in manned space travel. - Full Article Source

ITEM #193

10/08/10 - NASA crudely photoshopped something behind Saturn Moon
KeelyNet Original NASA photo from Saturn's Moons Dione and Titan from Cassini. / More solid proof of NASA/government coverups....and this is recent (April 10, 2010). You can do thi s yourself!! / When appearing close to each other, moons will show a similar phase. A view with two of the more famous moons of Saturn in gibbous phase was captured last month by the robot spacecraft Cassini now orbiting Saturn. Titan, on the left, is amo ng the largest moons in the Solar System and is perpetually shrouded in clouds. In 2005, the Huygens probe landed on Titan and gave humanity its first view of its unusual surface. Dione, on the right, has less than a quarter of Titan's diameter and has no significant atmosphere. The above uncalibrated image was taken on April 10 after Cassini swooped by each moon the previous week. - Full Article Source

ITEM #194

10/08/10 - Tesla says 40% of its Roadsters may catch fire
In a statement posted on its website but not circulated to the press (as is normal with Tesla announcements), the firm says that it has decided to initiate a safety recall after an electrical fault occurred in one of its $100k Roadster sports cars:

The 12v low voltage auxiliary cable is physically isolated from the main battery pack in the rear of the car... [it] chafed against the edge of a carbon fiber panel in the vehicle causing a short, smoke and possible fire behind the right front headlamp of the vehicle. This issue is limited to the 12V low voltage auxiliary cable and does not involve the main battery pack or main power system.

Apparently the issue only affects the Roadster models 2.0 and 2.5: earlier 1.5 vehicles don't have the offending cable. This means that some 439 cars will need to have their auxiliary power cables checked and fitted with a protective sleeve, a procedure which can be done in the field and requires "approximately one hour". Thus far the Roadster is the only car that Tesla has delivered. As of June this year it said it had shipped 1,063 of them, with a remaining order book of 110, indicating that the fault affects around 40 per cent of the firm's deliveries. Early Roadsters also required after-sale modifications, as they were shipped with a transmission that could not deliver the promised neck-snapping acceleration (the Roadster's main claim to supercar status, as in other respects its performance is well below that of a petrol car in the same price bracket*). Tesla's repeated assertion that the fault has nothing to do with the main battery or power supply circuitry is understandable, as a Roadster is basically a big lithium-ion battery on wheels. In general, as any reader of the gadget press knows, li-ion batteries are prone to spontaneous overheating and fires - quite annoying even in the case of relatively tiny laptop or iPod units, and presumably very scary were such to occur in a Roadster. - Full Article Source

ITEM #195

10/08/10 - Rat propulsion via brain-machine interface
KeelyNet Our little red-eyed friend can drive this vehicle around with his mind. WITH HIS MIND, MAN! This is the product of research into adaptive technologies. The process is pretty invasive, implanting neural electrodes in the motor cortex of the brain. The hope is that some day this will be a safe and reliable prospect for returning mobility to paralysis victims. We found it interesting that the vehicle was trained to react to the rats’ movements. They were allowed to move around a test space under their own po wer while brain signals were monitored by the electrodes. Video tracking was used to correlate their movements with those signals, and that data is used to command the motors for what the Japanese researchers are calling RatCar. We can see the possibiliti es opening up for a mechanized cockroach v. RatCar free-for-all. Something of a battlebots with a live tilt. But we kid, this is actually quite creepy. - Full Article Source

ITEM #196

10/08/10 - Wind farm power twice as costly as gas or coal
The study comes amid Britain’s ‘dash for wind’ – one of the biggest engineering projects of the last few decades. Over the next ten years, the Government wants up to 10,000 new wind turbines to be built at sea and on land to meet tough climate change targ ets. The report, from the UK Energy Research Centre – a Government funded academic think tank – said the costs of offshore wind power were underestimated in the mid-2000s. Instead of costs falling as predicted, in the last five years the cost of buying an d installing turbines and towers at sea has gone up by 51 per cent. Once the bill for building and maintaining an offshore wind farm is spread over the 25-year lifespan of a typical farm, each kilowatt hour of electricity now costs 15p. That’s nearly twic e as expensive as electricity from conventional coal and gas power stations, which costs 8p a unit, and more than nuclear, which costs 10p a unit. A unit of electricity from an onshore wind turbine costs 9p, the report says. The author of the study, Dr Ro bert Gross, predicts that the costs are likely to fall over the next decade to around 11p. However there is a ‘very small chance’ that it could soar to nearly 19p. The true cost of wind is likely to be much higher than the 15p a unit outlined in the repor t. Because wind is intermittent, the National Grid is forced to rely on a fleet of gas and coal power stations to back up the supply when the wind fails. - Full Article Source

ITEM #197

10/08/10 - Tar Ball Burner
KeelyNet Produce pure gasoline from FREE Tar Balls! The Tar Ball Burner. It's a HUGE ocean... and BP has spilled millions of gallons of oil into it. This is your chance to scoop up the freetar balls, use the patented Tar Ball Burner™to convert them into gasoline, sell thousands of gallons of gas at half the price of your local gas station... and be SET FOR LIFE!

Here's the Home and Light Commercial Model ($2,599.95): It's from Russia, and it's endorsed by Reverend Jesse Jackson, who sez: "You'll be so rich using the Tar Ball Burner™ you'll make the Beverly Hillbillies look poor!" - Full Article Source

ITEM #198

10/08/10 - Your next house could be made of Corn
Researchers from the University of Illinois have developed a proprietary corn-based composite board that can be used instead of particle board, plywood of fiberboard. Called CornBoard, the invention is not one of those still-in-development laboratory hot house flowers. The product has been patented for use by a company called Corn Board Manufacturing, Inc. Aside from providing a new use for corn stover (corn husks and stalks), CornBoard could play a role in trapping excess CO2 that would otherwise be rel eased when corn stover decomposes. It would only take about two acres of corn stover to make enough CornBoard to outfit a two-story house with decking, flooring, and outdoor wall sheathing. They’re also working on using CornBoard for other household wood- based products such as furniture (check out this video of a CornBoard Adirondak-style chair that snaps together), and cabinets. Oh, and don’t forget your CornBoard longboard. Conventional adhesives and binders that are used to make composite wood products contain nasty chemicals, but the industry is beginning to transition into non-toxic binders. CornBoard uses a non-toxic resin based binder. Researchers at Oregon State University are also developing a non-toxic adhesive for pressure-sensitive tapes, and adhesives based on tofu are on the horizon. One researcher at the University of Kansas has even developed a soy based adhesive that can be used with straw to make edible feed barrels for cattle. - Full Article Source

ITEM #199

10/08/10 - South Australian farmer Tony Bediavas invents locust eating machine
KeelyNet IT SUCKS, it slices and it dices - but wait, there's more. It could also be the answer to the state's locust plague. This contraption, the "locust muncher", is one man's answer to controlling the ravenous insects that are invading regional NSW. South Aust ralian farmer Terry Bediavas is offering our farmers, who are facing the worst plague in 30 years, the prototype for his locust muncher. He said locusts needed to be sprayed while they were banding on the ground but once they took to the skies his muncher could clean up the adult insects. After locusts ravaged his crops, Mr Bediavas built his makeshift muncher. Using a fan, garden rakes and a grate from the fridge, he assembled the machine and welded it onto his ute. "It works like a huge vacuum that suck s in locusts, shreds them and dispels them," Mr Bediavas said. "It only works when they fly." - Full Article Source

ITEM #200

10/08/10 - Super bricks made of Wool
Teams working together at the Schools of Architecture at the University of Seville in Spain and the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, UK have created a new environmentally friendly building material that is stronger and uses less energy to make than its conventional counterpart. The new blocks, which are reinforced by wool and seaweed, were developed during a push by the two universities to create more environmentally kind building materials that would also mechanically improve upon more traditional ones. Wool and an alginate conglomerate from the cell walls of seaweed were mixed with clay to create the bricks. When dried — they don’t need to be fired, which cuts down on energy used in their production — the mixture seemed to make the bricks less pr one to cracking and less likely to warp. The raw materials were sourced locally in Scotland from clay based brick manufacturers and local wool producers who are unable to use all of their product. - Full Article Source

ITEM #201

10/08/10 - Solar Energy Bag
KeelyNet A group of scientists from the University of Thessaloniki have manufactured a new solar bag that can produce enough energy to charge you mobile phone! This amazing invention has already gone in production in Europe and the USA. It has been featured by ma jor media networks such as BBC. The current cost of the device is calculated at about 150 euros. However it is believed that further development on the product will result in a price decrease. It is expected that the device will continue to develop in th e future. The scientists predict that it will be possible to charge a whole laptop! - Full Article Source

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10/08/10 - SafeWater - Baby prevention made easy with new invention
Next year, several American cities will begin to infuse a new form of birth control into drinking water. Johns Hopkins professor Dr. Henry Carlson created this new form of birth control that is completely tasteless and completely safe for both males and f emales to consume. In a double-blind experiment, 2,500 men drank the water and suffered no negative side effects from the contraceptive. In fact, doctors reported that participants seemed to have stronger immune systems afterward. Carlson created this new form of birth control in hopes it would prevent future unplanned pregnancies. Fewer unplanned pregnancies will ultimately result in a population decrease. The U.S. has allowed for small-scale testing in which the city must convert all drinking water rese rvoirs to accommodate the introduction of what Carlson has named Safe Water. Safe Water now has agreements with the Coca-Cola bottling company and all other major bottled water distributors to make sure all water sold in these cities is infused with birth control. The state of California has randomly selected the cities of San Diego, Santa Barbara and Chico to undergo the first small scale tests. The only group opposing this movement is middle-aged women, while men seem to be in full support. Next fall, Safe Water will take the same concept into the alcohol and spirits industry. It's no secret that alcohol increases sexual activity, which is why Grudnitsky called this decision a "no brainer." He added, "85 percent of Americans describe sober intercourse as ‘too brief' and ‘mostly awkward,' so we had to attack that problem at the source." Safe Water's solution is a new line of contraceptive cocktails, delicious yet effective. (The names and statistics in this article are merely fictitious manifestations u sed to portray an ideal world. If you made it this far without realizing this on your own, please report to the Registrar's Office to file your drop-out papers.) - Full Article Source

ITEM #203

10/08/10 - Can computers learn to read? Try NELL (never ending lanugage learner)
KeelyNet Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University think so. Read the Web is a research project that attempts to create a computer system that learns over time to read the web. Since January 2010, our computer system called NELL (Never-Ending Language Learner) has been running continuously, attempting to perform two tasks each day. First, it attempts to read, or extract facts from text found in hundreds of millions of web pages (e.g., playsInstrument(George_Harrison, guitar)). Second, it attempts to improve its re ading competence, so that tomorrow it can extract more facts from the web, more accurately. As of October 2010, NELL has acquired a knowledge base of nearly 440,000 beliefs that it has read from various web pages. It is not perfect, but NELL is learning. Hopefully, this will turn out to be a fast path to truly smart personal digital assistant bots capable of vastly extending your mind's capabilities. - Full Article Source

ITEM #204

10/08/10 - Tracking device fits on the head of a pin
Prof. Koby Scheuer of Tel Aviv University has developed nano-sized optical gyroscopes that can fit on the head of a pin or, more usefully, on an average-sized computer chip without compromising the device's sensitivity. These gyroscopes will have the abil ity to pick up smaller rotation rates, delivering higher accuracy locomotion data capture in a nano form-factor. When available, the nano-gyroscopes will improve technologies that we use every day. When you rotate an iPhone, for example, the screen adjust s itself accordingly. A nano-gyroscope would improve the performance of this feature and be sensitive to smaller changes in position, says Prof. Scheuer. And that's not all. Nano-gyroscopes integrated into common cellphones could provide a tracking functi on beyond the capabilities of existing GPS systems. "If you find yourself in a place without reception, you would be able to track your exact position without the GPS signal," he says. There are benefits to medical science as well. Right now, small capsul es that contain cameras pass through the body during some diagnostic procedures, but to know where the capsule is within a patient, doctors must track its signal from the outside. With the addition of a nano-gyroscope, explains Prof. Scheuer, the capsule would have a built-in navigation system, which would provide the ability to move the capsule to more specific and precise locations within the body. - Full Article Source

ITEM #205

10/08/10 - Brooklyn Father And Son Launch Homemade Spacecraft
"A father and son team from Brooklyn successfully launched a homemade spacecraft nearly 19 miles (around 100,000 feet) above the Earth's surface. The craft was a 19-inch helium-filled weather balloon attached to a Styrofoam capsule that housed an HD vide o camera and an iPhone. The camera recorded video of its ascent into the stratosphere, its apogee where the balloon reached its breaking point, and its descent back to earth. They rigged a parachute to the capsule to aid in its return to Earth, and the i Phone broadcast its GPS coordinates so they could track it down. The craft landed a mere 30 miles from its launch point in Newburgh, NY, due to a quick ascent and two differing wind patterns. The pair spent eight months researching and test-flying the cra ft before launching it in August. Columbia University Professor of Astronomy Marcel Aguera said, 'They were very good but also very lucky.'" - Full Article Source

Homemade Spacecraft from Luke Geissbuhler on Vimeo.

ITEM #206

10/08/10 - Comcast Warns Customers Suspected of Bot Infection
"Comcast is pushing a new program nationwide that warns customers if they might have a bot infection. It puts a semitransparent overlay on the top of the website you're viewing, warning you that you may have a bot installed if the provider detects botnet traffic from your residence. Of course, if you have multiple machines running behind a router or modem then you're going to have a difficult time pinning down which machine might have the infection." - Full Article Source

ITEM #207

10/08/10 - Patience could save your life
This is one of those situations in which the punishment is linked directly to the crime. I hope he is OK. UPDATE: It turns out he is not OK. This video (not provided) shows the last few unhappy seconds of his life. - Full Article Source

ITEM #208

10/08/10 - Should ISPs Cut Off Bot-infected Users?
"There's no doubt that botnets are a major threat to the safety and stability of the internet — not to mention the cleanliness of your inbox. After years of failure to act, could we finally be seeing ISPs waking up to their responsibilities? While ISPs ca n't prevent users getting infected with bots, they are in a superb position to detect the signs of infection. Contractually, the ISP would be reasonably justified in cutting off a user from the internet, as bot infection would be contrary to the terms of the ISP's acceptable-use policy." - Full Article Source

ITEM #209

10/08/10 - Visible Light 'X-Ray' Sees Through Solid Objects
KeelyNet "Some day we may not need X-rays to see inside people, thanks to a new way to decipher light that passes through opaque surfaces. Normally visible light becomes too scattered to detect after passing through opaque surfaces. But scientists in France have d eveloped a way to reconstruct images from light passing through such surfaces by deciphering just how the material makes the light scatter. In the short term the research will help improve the strength of telecommunications signals and fiber optics cables , but years from now the technology could supplement or even replace traditional ultrasounds for baby imaging and X-rays for weapons detection at airports." / "It's like putting a flashlight behind your hand," said Sylvain Gigan, a co-author of the recent Nature Communications and a scientist at the Institut Langevin in Paris. "You cannot see an image, but you can still see a faint glow." Imagine that there was an image over the top of a flashlight. As the light passes through your hand the image is destr oyed; all you see is a faint glow. But using the new method pioneered by the French scientists, they can collect the light and extract an image from it. Their experiment contained three key pieces of widely available technology: a green laser as the light source, a light modulator (which is often used in projectors), and a charged coupled device, the technology used in many digital cameras. The laser created the light, which was sent through the modulator, and illuminated the image (in their tests, a rose ). The green light bounced off the image and through a glass slide that was painted white, which scatters the light in all kinds of different directions. Ordinarily that would be the end of it; the image captured by the digital camera would be blurred bey ond all recognition. The French scientists got around this limitation by taking picture after picture of the blurred image, and then applying a program that accounts for how the light is scattered by the white glass. That way they could reassemble a grain y image of the flower. "When light hits a glass of milk, a cloud, or our tissues, some of it is absorbed, but most of it is scattered," said Gigan. "You would think that this light is scattered beyond recovery, but it's not." It's not imaging as we are us ed to seeing with X-rays or ultrasounds, said Changhuey Yang, a scientist at Cal Tech familiar with the new research. The image that comes through is grainy and can only work through thin opaque surfaces. Nonetheless, Yang said it was "fascinating" that t he French scientists could detect an image through a opaque medium. "What we showed can be adapted to any wavelength," or any kind of wave, said Gigan. At first the technique could help cleanup noise in telecommunciations signals or fiber optic cables. E ventually however, the French scientists hope to adapt their technology to other see-through technologies, such as X-rays or ultrasounds. - Full Article Source

ITEM #210

10/08/10 - China Becoming Intellectual Property Powerhouse
"A lot of Westerners view China as little more than the world's factory manufacturing anything with little regard to patents, copyrights and trademarks. But it seems as far as patents go, China is moving on up. According to the WIPO, the company that appl ied for the most patents in 2008 was not an American or Japanese company but China's Huawei Technologies. And China has made astonishing ground recently moving up to third place with 203,257 patent applications behind Japan (500,000) and the United States (390,000). It remains to be seen if these patents applications will come to fruition for China but it is evident that they are focusing on a new image as a leader in research and development. The Korean article concentrates on 2008 but you can find 2009 statistics at the WIPO's report on China along with some statistics breaking down applications by industry." - Full Article Source

ITEM #211

10/08/10 - Top Reason for Facebook Unfriending Is Too Many Useless Posts
KeelyNet "The No. 1 reason why friends dump friends on Facebook is when they get fed up seeing too many useless posts, according to new research out of the University of Colorado Denver Business School. Posts about polarizing subjects such as politics and r eligion as well as inappropriate and racist comments also sever many Facebook relationships, according to Christopher Sibona, a PhD student in the Computer and Science and Information Systems program. 'Researchers spend a lot of time examining how people form friendships online but little is known on how those relationships end,' said Sibona, whose research will be published in January by the Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences. 'Perhaps this will help us develop a theory of the entire cycl e of friending and unfriending.' Sibona surveyed more than 1,500 Facebook users to get to the bottom of why people dump each other. Not surprisingly, people who flood others with posts are at great risk of being unfriended. 'The 100th post about your favo rite band is no longer interesting,' he said." - Full Article Source

ITEM #212

10/08/10 - Djoko shows 'blue energy' invention... then falls ill
It was an auspicious moment for the 48-year-old Djoko, a man of dubious educational background, to prove in public his controversial "blue energy" invention was no hoax. Before starting his demonstration, Djoko clarified reports saying his "invention" cou ld turn water into fuel. In fact, he said, it wasn't blue energy but rather "an alternative energy" 70 percent water and 30 percent diesel. "I have been trying to increase the water portion to as high as 90 percent," said the host, who looked tired, possi bly from staying up for a shadow puppet show overnight at his residence. Djoko, who has rarely appeared in public after he failed to honor his promise to demonstrate his creations to President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono last month, somehow managed to impres s his guests, who were mostly journalists and laymen. He managed to show that the fuel he created was able to power a generator. Earlier on Wednesday, he had also demonstrated the wonder of his invention to his guests that included local military chief Lt . Col. Crysetyono. Before he started Thursday's demonstration, he excused himself, went into the house to change and reappeared in black attire. As Djoko started the long-awaited demo, all eyes were set on a red rectangular box -- the infamous "Jodhipati" -- which Joko said could power an electric drill and light up bulbs using his fuel. With six 1.5 volt batteries attached, the drill and lights did indeed start up and then remained working after the batteries were removed a few minutes later. The generat or is able to produce 10,000 watts of electricity, according to Djoko. "After the generator starts, it doesn't need an external source of energy. It will work independently," he told his audience. Knowing his public expose was a "success" he became agitat ed. He turned to M. Toriq, an academic representing Yogyakarta's Muhammadiyah University, which used to finance his research, and shouted at him, "Toriq, please explain all this to the audience and don't dare to intimidate me and never call me a liar agai n." "Touch the inside of this box and see if you can get electrocuted." Visibly tired, Djoko briskly left the audience and went back to his house, complaining he felt ill. - Full Article Source

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10/08/10 - Dhimmitude -- What does it mean? Obama used it in the health care bill
KeelyNet Now isn't this interesting? It was used in the health care law. Every day there's another revelation of what obama and his fellow Democrats are doing to our country. Dhimmitude -- I had never heard the word until now. Type it into Google and start reading. Pretty interesting. It's on page 107 of the healthcare bill. I looked this up on Google and yep, it exists. It is a REAL word. Amish , scientologists, christian scientists and Muslims are exempt ...ARE EXEMPT ...from the requirements of the health care bill). I think I could become Amish a whole lot easier than muslim.

Word of the Day: Dhimmitude

Dhimmitude is the Muslim system of controlling non-muslim populations conquered through jihad. Specifically, it is the TAXING of non-muslims in exchange for tolerating their presence AND as a coercive means of converting conquered remnants to Islam.

obamaCare allows the establishment of Dhimmitude and Sharia muslim diktat in the United States. Muslims are specifically exempted from the government mandate to purchase insurance, and also from the penalty tax for being uninsured. Islam considers insurance to be "gambling", "risk-taking", and "usury" and is thus banned.

Muslims are specifically granted exemption based on this.

How convenient. So I, as a Christian, will have crippling IRS liens placed against all of my assets, including real estate, cattle, and even accounts receivables, and will face hard prison time because I refuse to buy insurance or pay the penalty tax. Meanwhile, Louis Farrakhan will have no such penalty and will have 100% of his health needs paid for by the de facto government insurance. Non-muslims will be paying a tax to subsidize muslims. Period. This is Dhimmitude.

Dhimmitude serves two purposes: It enriches the muslim masters AND serves to drive conversions to Islam. In this case, the incentive to convert to Islam will be taken up by those in the inner-cities as well as the godless Generation X, Y, and Z types who have no moral anchor. If you don't believe in Christ to begin with, it is no problem whatsoever to sell Him for 30 pieces of silver. "Sure, I'll be a muslim if it means free health insurance and no taxes. Where do I sign, bro?"

1. Health Insurance Exemptions •••

Are various religious groups exempt from requirements to obtain health insurance?
...Health Insurance Exemptions Claim: Scientologists, Amish, Christian Scientists, and Muslims will be exempt from requirements to obtain health insurance....
...their presence AND as a coercive means of converting conquered remnants to islam. The ObamaCare bill is the establishment of Dhimmitude and Sharia... Obama-Care that is denied to main-stream Christians and Jews. Or if you prefer a New-Age religion to Islam, you may become a Scientologist and Opt Out...

Wed, 06 Oct 2010 19:38:09 GMT

And a contrary argument; "Who told you this nonsense, how could you be so gullible as to believe it, and why would you be so anxious to show the rest of us how easily you are duped by right-wing propaganda? There is nothing in the bill specific to Muslims. Are you really naive enough to believe people haven't read the bill or won't check your claims? The only religious reference on page 107 is this: "In the case of an individual seeking exemption based on the individual’s status as a member of an exempt religious sect or division, as a member of a health care sharing ministry, as an Indian, or as an individual eligible for a hardship exemption, such information as the Secretary shall prescribe."" - Email

ITEM #214

10/08/10 - Taseler™ Model 007 for KIDS! Only $99.95!
KeelyNet Guarantees you'll have children that obey every command! You'll have the best dressed and most respectful children in your neighborhood, or Your Money Back! Taseler™ Model 007 for KIDS! Shoots 6 Barbed Spikes at the Press of a Trigger! Specially engineer ed for children. Has a lower voltage output, and smaller barbed spikes than the popular adult model compliance tool. Barbed Spikes are easily removed without tools! 40,000 Volts are sent through the Barbed Spikes, guaranteeing compliance from even the most unruly children... who just won't listen. Imagi ne their surprise the first time they say NO, and you show them how well the Taseler™ for KIDS! works! / Here's your chance to get your kids to listen to you every time, and to condition them for the first time they're tasered by a police officer. It's g oing to happen. Your children need to be conditioned to handle the 50,000 volt shock and large barbed spikes used by police officers. Every police officer who uses an electronic compliance device has been tasered themselves at least once. Your child needs to be as ready as the police officer. Using the Taseler™ for KIDS! on your own children will have the dual benefits of conditioning their body to 40,000 volts of electricity, as well as getting immediate compliance after the use of your Taseler™ for KIDS ! (and having well behaved kids!). That means your children will easily handle the 50,000 volts when the police officer decides to use their electronic compliance tool on your child. Conditioning has proven to last over 8 years after four electronic compl iance sessions (Taseler™ for KIDS! Barbed Spike Refills are only $1.99 in 100 quantity!). The Taseler™ for KIDS! has also been proven effective at waking up children for school. We all know what a problem it can cause when they miss the bus.* - Full Article Source

ITEM #215

10/08/10 - Tech CEOs Tell US Gov't How To Cut Deficit By $1 Trillion
"The U.S. government can save more than $1 trillion over the next 10 years by consolidating its IT infrastructure, reducing its energy use and moving to more Web-based citizen services, a group of tech CEOs said in a report released Wednesday. The Techno logy CEO Council's report, delivered to President Barack Obama's National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, also recommends that the U.S. government streamline its supply chains and move agencies to shared services for mission-support activi ties. 'America's growing national debt is undermining our global competitiveness,' said the council, chaired by IBM CEO Samuel Palmisano. 'How we choose to confront and address this challenge will determine our future environment for growth and innovation .' If the cash-strapped U.S. government enacted all the recommendations in the advocacy group's report, it could save between $920 billion and $1.2 trillion by 2020, the group said. The federal government could also reduce IT energy consumption by 25 perc ent, and it could save $200 billion over 10 years by using advanced analytics to stop improper payments, the report said." - Full Article Source

ITEM #216

10/05/10 - GadgetOff presentation with Breck and Splinter
What do we do with all the trash? Why recycle it like Sanford and Son..check out this short but fun video... - Full Article Source

ITEM #217

10/05/10 - AC Solar Generator could Revolutionize Solar Power Production
KeelyNet Inventive Research’s Jason Oliver is credited with developing the patent-pending process to obtain and generate alternating current (AC) power directly from solar cells through the company’s AC Solar Generator, which works on the same principle as existin g generators. Oliver’s patent-pending AC solar process is simple. He arrayed solar cells in a circular pattern. Above them is a spinning disc with slots that alternatively allow light to shine on the panels to produce an AC waveform. The resulting voltage produced is sinusoidal or AC that can be configured to three-phase power usable with the national power grid. Not only did the researchers figure out how to successfully and consistently generate AC power, they also developed and patented a sensing techn ology to match the phase of the power from the AC Solar Generator to the phase of the power grid. For more information on Inventive Research’s novel way to generate alternating current from solar panels go to: - Full Article Source

ITEM #218

10/05/10 - Mouseland - why the 2nd Tea Party is long overdue
Tommy Douglas was the socialist premier of Saskatchewan, the father of Canada's healthcare system, and the grandfather of actor Keifer Sutherland. In this short animated video introduced by Sutherland, Douglas delivers his famous "Mouseland" parable, abou t the day the mice decided to elect their own to government. - Full Article Source

ITEM #219

10/05/10 - Telescoping Solar Panels for increased surface area
The invention has been developed to enable electric vehicles to recharge in the absence of an outlet designed for that purpose. The idea of electric vehicles with solar panels on its body is not new. However, Glynn pointed out that his invention involves multiple panels that telescope or swing out to substantially increase, by five to ten times, the amount of panel surface area for recharging when the vehicle is parked. The new system may be used for emergency recharges, as well as for enhancing or reduci ng the need for outlet recharging. The invention is also designed for boats and yachts for recharging the battery systems, especially when batteries go dead at sea. Ken further indicated that he has initiated discussions with major auto manufacturers worl dwide to seek a partner for a developmental prototype. - Full Article Source

ITEM #220

10/05/10 - Life Saving Buoyancy Bazooka
The "buoyancy bazooka" is a pneumatic gun that lifeguards can use to fire a foam ring to a person struggling in water up to 150 metres away. The device was announced today as the winner of the 2010 James Dyson Awards, an annual international invention com petition set up by the British entrepreneur. Dubbed the buoyancy bazooka by Dyson judges, the Longreach Buoyancy Deployment System looks like a grenade launcher and fires a tightly packed, lightweight "shell" comprising a ring made of a hydrophobic foam. When the shell touches the water, the foam takes 15 seconds to expand to 40 times its volume - leaving a flotation ring the victim can grab hold of until rescue arrives. Inventor Samuel Adeloju wins £10,000, as does his engineering department at the Unive rsity of New South Wales, Australia. The system is set for trials with Surf Life Saving Australia later this year. - Full Article Source

ITEM #221

10/05/10 - Bittorrent To Replace Standard Downloads?
"Have you ever tried to download an operating system update only to have it fail and have to start all over? What about patches for your favorite games? World of Warcraft already uses Bittorrent technology as a way to distribute large amounts of content a t a lower cost to the company and faster speeds to all of their clients. So why haven't they replaced the standard downloading options built into any major OS? Companies like Opera are including the downloading of torrents in their products already and ex tensions have been written for Firefox to download torrents in-browser. Every day Bittorrent traffic is growing. Sites like OpenBittorrent already exist and DHT doesn't even require a tracker. So why isn't everyone doing it? Is it finally time to see all downloads replaced with Bittorrent?" - Full Article Source

ITEM #222

10/05/10 - Busted for Growing Veggies in your own yard
Nanny of the Month turns one-year-old this month, and it seems that public officials' obsession with minding other people's business has only intensified over the past 12 months. We've exposed meddlers who want to squash other people's right to do everyth ing from sing karaoke, to drink raw milk, and bust a move at ladies night. What could possibly top all that? How about the "Greenest County in America" suing a man for growing too many vegetables in his garden? - Full Article Source

ITEM #223

10/05/10 - West Virginia Is Geothermically Active
"Researchers have uncovered the largest geothermal hot spot in the eastern United States. According to a unique collaboration between Google and academic geologists, West Virginia sits atop several hot patches of Earth, some as warm as 200C and as shallo w as 5 kilometers. If engineers are able to tap the heat, the state could become a producer of green energy for the region." - Full Article Source

ITEM #224

10/05/10 - Robotic exoskeleton for kids
Japanese firm Sakakibara Kikai Co., Ltd. rents out their Kid's Walker robotic exoskeleton for amusement events. It's gasoline-powered and stands 5.25 feet tall. Watching the video, it's appears to roll rather than walk. - Full Article Source

ITEM #225

10/05/10 - Brooklyn Father And Son Launch Homemade Spacecraft
"A father and son team from Brooklyn successfully launched a homemade spacecraft nearly 19 miles (around 100,000 feet) above the Earth's surface. The craft was a 19-inch helium-filled weather balloon attached to a Styrofoam capsule that housed an HD vide o camera and an iPhone. The camera recorded video of its ascent into the stratosphere, its apogee where the balloon reached its breaking point, and its descent back to earth. They rigged a parachute to the capsule to aid in its return to Earth, and the i Phone broadcast its GPS coordinates so they could track it down. The craft landed a mere 30 miles from its launch point in Newburgh, NY, due to a quick ascent and two differing wind patterns. The pair spent eight months researching and test-flying the cra ft before launching it in August. Columbia University Professor of Astronomy Marcel Aguera said, 'They were very good but also very lucky.'" - Full Article Source

ITEM #226

10/05/10 - Security company Ad Trick
The Chilean division of security company ADT created an under-door advertisement intended to trick people into thinking that someone had broken into their houses. The ad was a spring-loaded, collapsible box that could be slid under the door, whereupon it popped up, giving the impression that it had been placed there by someone who had slipped the lock. Copyranter reports, "On the box was the ADT logo and the line: 'Breaking into your apartment is easier than you think.'" - Full Article Source

ITEM #227

10/05/10 - Why Johnny Can't Program
Just last year, while researching a book on America's digital illiteracy, I met with the Air Force General then in charge of America's cybercommand. He said he had plenty of new recruits ready and able to operate drones or other virtual fighting machines - but no one capable of programming them, or even interested in learning how. He wasn't even getting recruits who were ready to begin basic programming classes. Meanwhile, he explained to me, colleges in Russia, China, and even Iran were churning out an o rder of magnitude more programmers than universities in the US. It is only a matter of time, he said - a generation at most - until our military loses its digital superiority. - Full Article Source

ITEM #228

10/05/10 - Conclusive proof Telomeres cause aging
In a breakthrough study, a team led by Jan Karlseder, Ph.D. at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, reports that as cells count down to senescence and telomeres wear down, their DNA undergoes massive changes in the way it is packaged. These changes likely trigger what we call aging. 'Prior to this study we knew that telomeres get shorter and shorter as a cell divides and that when they reach a critical length, cells stop dividing or die,' said Karlseder, an associate professor in the Molecular and C ell Biology Laboratory. 'Something must translate the local signal at chromosome ends into a huge signal felt throughout the nucleus. But there was a big gap in between.'

Karlseder and postdoctoral fellow Roddy O'Sullivan, Ph.D., began to close the gap by comparing levels of proteins called histones in young cells-cells that had divided 30 times-with "late middle-aged" cells, which had divided 75 times and were on the down ward slide to senescence, which occurs at 85 divisions. Histone proteins bind linear DNA strands and compress them into nuclear complexes, collectively referred to as chromatin. The researchers found that aging cells simply made less histone protein than do young cells. 'We were surprised to find that histone levels decreased as cells aged,' said O'Sullivan, the study's first author. 'These proteins are required throughout the genome, and therefore any event that disrupts this production line affects the stability of the entire genome.'

The team then undertook exhaustive time-lapse comparisons of histones in young versus aging cells and confirmed that marked differences in the abundance and variety of histones were evident at every step as cells moved through cell division. O'Sullivan ca lls the default histone pattern displayed by young cells 'happy, healthy chromatin.' By contrast, he says, aging cells appear to undergo stress as they duplicate their chromosomes in preparation for cell division and have difficulty restoring a 'healthy' chromatin pattern once division is complete. Comparisons of histone patterns in cells taken from human subjects-a 9- versus a 92-year-old-dramatically mirrored histone trends seen in cell lines. 'These key experiments suggest that what we observe in cultu red cells in a laboratory setting actually occurs and is relevant to aging in a population,' says Karlseder. - Full Article Source and a great video explaining Immortality.

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10/05/10 - Walnuts, walnut oil, improves your body's reaction to stress
A diet rich in walnuts and walnut oil may prepare the body to deal better with stress, according to a team of Penn State researchers who looked at how these foods, which contain polyunsaturated fats, influence blood pressure at rest and under stress. - Full Article Source

ITEM #230

10/05/10 - Homebrew technology: The $100 airplane
Breck Baldwin and Mark Harder, two exhibitors from last week's Maker Faire who spend much of their time in an underground workshop building remote-controlled airplanes pretty much from scratch. Their plan is to wean people off shop-bought kits and get the m freestyling when it comes to building model planes, getting creative with recycled materials instead. Perhaps the most impressive part of the project is that the plane, remote controller included, costs under $100 to build. The exact cost depends on wha t materials you can find lying around: "You can certainly improvise," says Baldwin, who has made planes from such unlikely materials as cardboard, laptop batteries and credit cards. Although the duo's planes tend to be creatively decorated, it's the illum inated night-flying planes that really capture the attention and imagination of passers-by (see video). The idea originated from an installation for the annual Burning Man festival held in the Black Rock desert in Nevada, for which the team wanted to crea te an above-ground coral reef effect at night. - Full Article Source

ITEM #231

10/05/10 - DIY Squishy Electronics
By using a unique play dough, electronic circuits can be made without fiddly tools like a soldering iron or a breadboard. Circuits can also be moulded into just about any shape, which allows for inventive designs like a smiley face or a pig (see video abo ve for ideas). And if you don't like it, you can always scrunch up your creation and start again. To make a squishy circuit, you'll need to make two types of dough – one conducting and one insulating. Most play dough does conduct, but by variable amounts, so Samuel Johnson and AnnMarie Thomas at the University of St Thomas, Minnesota, decided to invent their own recipes, including one for a unique dough that insulates to prevent short circuits. Unlike normal play dough, the two types won't mix together wh en they come into contact, meaning they retain their respective resistances. - Full Article Source

ITEM #232

10/05/10 - Scratched glasses give perfect vision for any eyesight
Zeev Zalevsky at Bar-Ilan University in Ramat Gan, Israel, has developed a technique to turn a standard lens into one that perfectly focuses light from anything between 33 centimetres away and the horizon. It involves engraving the surface of a standard lens with a grid of 25 near-circular structures each 2 millimetres across and containing two concentric rings. The engraved rings are just a few hundred micrometres wide and a micrometre deep. "The exact number and size of the sets will change from one le ns to another," depending on its size and shape, says Zalevsky. The rings shift the phase of the light waves passing through the lens, leading to patterns of both constructive and destructive interference. Using a computer model to calculate how changes i n the diameter and position of the rings alter the pattern, Zalevsky came up with a design that creates a channel of constructive interference perpendicular to the lens through each of the 25 structures. Within these channels, light from both near and dis tant objects is in perfect focus. "It results in an axial channel of focused light, not a single focal spot," Zalevsky says. "If the retina is positioned anywhere along this channel, it will always see objects in focus." - Full Article Source

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10/05/10 - DIY night vision monocle
KeelyNet This interesting mashup shows it’s easy to make your own night vision goggles. It makes use of just a few parts; the viewfinder from an old camcorder, a low-light security camera module, and a collection of infrared LEDs. The low-light camera is capable o f detecting infrared light, which is invisible to our eyes. If you shine the right IR LEDs on an object, they will cast enough light for the camera to clearly view the objects around you. The camcorder viewfinder is nothing more than a compact way to disp lay what the camera sees. This would be easy to accomplish with a wearable display. It is also beneficial to have a large IR light source so you may consider modifying that giant LED flashlight you’ve been meaning to build so that it operates in the infra red wavelengths. This project comes from the same source as the Laser Microphone we looked in on last month. Just like that one, there’s plenty of extra information about this build. There’s suggestions for choosing and focusing a light source. This inclu des using lasers as the source, and binoculars for long-range viewing. - Full Article Source

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10/05/10 - All-electric scooter that only costs 1p a mile
The new prototype MINI Scooter-E is powered by a lithium-ion battery linked to an electric motor which drives the 11-inch rear wheel. Aimed primarily at younger drivers for urban use, the MINI electric scooter expected to produce 1p a mile motoring, with a range of about 30 miles and a top speed restricted to about 50 mph. It can be charged directly from the household mains thanks to a plug and five yards of spring-loaded retractable cable cunningly stored beneath the driver and passenger seat. Each full re-charge is expected to take around four hours. However a spokesman pointed out:'Brief stops can be used to top up the battery. Stop-offs for shopping or visiting a cafe can be used for hassle-free battery recharging.' A battery charge indicator tells t he rider how much charge is left - and how far it will take them. Although some basic electric scooters currently on the market can cost from around £1,500, the hi-tech, hi-spec MINI Scooter is expected to be between £4,000 and £5,000. A MINI spokesman said:''The MINI Scooter E is powered is powered by an electric motor integrated in the rear wheel. 'The motor's lithium ion battery can be recharged at any conventional power socket using the on-board charging cable.' The MINI Scooter also has another hi- tech touch. A snap-in adaptor means the driver can insert his or her smart-phone into the front console as a secure 'key' to start it. The screen of the phone then doubles as sat-nav, music player or blue-tooth telephone. A special crash helmet with an integrated microphone and headphones will allow the rider - via a wireless Bluetooth connection - to use the phone or access their music while riding. - Full Article Source

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10/05/10 - Fisherman uses EVOLVE to dissolve and clean oil pollution
Evolve is an aerospace approved degreaser. “BP wouldn't let us help,” says fisherman Cristian Delano. “We had to turn around all the trucks and trainload s of hay we had coming and tell them to go back to where they came from. It was a huge wasted effort that we knew could have helped keep the oil out. I had nightmares after that of not being able to do anything.” Cristian later got a job with a BP contrac tor on the cleanup, but he still feels the effort has been half-hearted and wasteful. He saw hundreds of workers on small boats using small power vacuums trying to suck oil out of the marshes, looking like kids sucking chocolate out of a straw. But this w as a seemingly endless line of oily dark brown goo stuck to miles of marsh grass. It wasn’t coming out and he knew he needed to do more. Then he heard about a non-petroleum based cleaning agent used for agricultural purposes called Evolve, which breaks do wn oil and disperses it in a non-toxic chemical reaction. Cristian decided to give it a try and see if it worked on the marsh. He had sprayed it on a few small sections of marsh and had nearly gotten arrested for it. The Coast Guard let him go, he says, a nd said they would do independent testing. A test with a full bucket, oil glimmering in the sun with its load of crude-laced dead grass. He took out the natural oil based cleaning solution in a plastic bottle and poured it on his oil-covered gloves. The o il quickly seemed to dissolve away. After rinsing them in the water they were clean of the thick brown crude. It worked on his hands tainted with oil too. “See, works like a charm. And it’s not toxic to plants or the fish in the water, or even to your own hands,” he said assuredly. - Full Article Source

ITEM #236

10/05/10 - Bronze casting with MakerBot
KeelyNet Ah the lovely scent of burning plastic. Because how do you celebrate a new Hackerspace? By casting bronze coins of course! Begin by having a MakerBot extrude plastic coins, then compact the plastic coin in sand to produce a mold. Heat up your bronze in a trashcan furnace and pour it into the mold. The plastic melts away and you’re left with a bronze coin. There are probably some safety measures and precautions that should be followed as well… / Step by Step Sandcasting - In commercial foundries the sand is used over and over thousands of times. Between uses, the sand is rejuvenated by adding water and mulling (mixing and smashing). If you do not let the sand dry out all the way , you do not have to mull, just add water. Sand grit is determined just like sandpaper. 150 is very fine and 50 grit is coarse. Fine sand will give good detail, coarse sand will give a pebbly or rough texture. If you look at the sand through a microscope there are gaps and spaces like a sponge. Any moisture that turns to gas during pouring can escape out the pores (gaps). Other materials like plaster do not have gaps for the gas to escape. The sand used in greensand is silica, common/ordinary sand. You c an use beach sand, desert's all good as long as it is clean and fine. The sand is held together with bentonite, a powdered clay. Bentonite is also used for wine-making, well drilling, patching dry lake beds, cosmetics, farm-feed additive and milkshake thickener. Bentonite is also sold in health food stores for abdominal problems. You can purchase bentonite locally at well-drillers or well-drilling suppliers. - Full Article Source

ITEM #237

10/05/10 - Amazing Edited Synchrony
A collection of dance clips from almost 40 movies from dance movies to comedies, from Fred Astaire to Micheal Jackson. - Full Article Source

ITEM #238

10/05/10 - 'The Laws Are Written By Lobbyists,' Says Google's Schmidt
"'The average American doesn't realize how much of the laws are written by lobbyists' to protect incumbent interests, Google CEO Eric Schmidt told Atlantic editor James Bennet at the Washington Ideas Forum. 'It's shocking how the system actually works.' I n a wide-ranging interview that spanned human nature, the future of machines, and how Google could have helped the stimulus, Schmidt said technology could 'completely change the way government works.' 'Washington is an incumbent protection machine,' Schmi dt said. 'Technology is fundamentally disruptive.' Mobile phones and personal technology, for example, could be used to record the bills that members of Congress actually read and then determine what stimulus funds were successfully spent." - Full Article Source

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10/05/10 - 66% of All Windows Users Still Use Windows XP
"Almost one year after the introduction of Windows 7 it appears that the hype surrounding it has faded. The overall market share of Windows has turned into a slight decline again. Windows 7 is gaining share, but cannot keep pace with the loss of Windows X P and Vista. Especially Windows XP users seem to be happy with what they have and appear to be rather resistant to Microsoft's pitches that it is time to upgrade to Windows 7." - Full Article Source

ITEM #240

10/05/10 - Rube Goldberg and the Electrification of America
KeelyNet "Alexis Madrigal has an interesting essay in the Atlantic about the popular response of people in the 19th century to the development of the electric power industry in America. Before electricity, basically every factory had to run a bit like a Rube Goldb erg machine, transmitting power from a water wheel or a steam engine to the machines of a manufactory but with the development of electric turbines and motors the public believed engineers were tapping mysterious, invisible forces with almost supernatural powers for mischief. 'Think about it,' writes Madrigal. 'You've got a wire and you've got a magnet. Switch on the current - which you can't see and have no intuitive way to know exists - and suddenly the wire begins to rotate around the magnet. You can r everse the process, too. Rotate the magnet around the wire and it generates a current that can be turned into light, heat, or power.' And that brings us back to Rube Goldberg, a cartoonist who was was shockingly popular in his heyday and whose popularity closely parallels the rise of electrification in America. 'I think Goldberg's drawings reminded his contemporaries of a time when they could understand the world's industrial processes just by looking. No matter how absurd his work was, anyone could trac e the reactions involved,' writes Madrigal. 'People like to complain that they can't understand modern cars because of all the fancy parts and electronic doo-dads in them now, but we lost that ability for most things long ago.'" - Full Article Source

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10/05/10 - Laptop Heat May Cause 'Toasted Skin Syndrome'
"Working with a laptop on one's lap for extended periods of time has been found to cause heat damage and skin discoloration in a handful of cases, prompting researchers examining the phenomenon to recommend thermal protection for laptop users and warning s labels on laptop device packaging." Only 10 cases have actually been reported, so this might just be a case of media hyping something, or it could be the end of the world with a generation of nerds doomed to sterility and crunchy crotches. - Full Article Source

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10/05/10 - Mike Maloney Schools Bankers on Deflation, Gold and Silver
After speaking with many of the attendees, Mike was alarmed to find that practically none of the international bankers understood our present monetary system. Most had no idea how currency is created! Here at, we've often wondered exactly how well modern day bankers understand the worldwide predicament that we find ourselves in. Ladies and gentlemen, our worst fears have been confirmed - the lights are on, but there's nobody home. Mike's presentation on personal protection of wealth chang ed overnight, into one of basic education on our monetary system. How can anybody take the role of wealth protection (or running an economy!) seriously unless they can see the massive storm that lies ahead? Whether you are a banker or a baker, a lawyer or a bricklayer...the time to get educated is NOW. We hope you enjoy Mike's frantic effort to awaken the conference from its slumber. (Thanks to Bill Ward for this fascinating headsup on how banking and the stock market works. - JWD) - Full Article Source

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10/02/10 - Hi-tech Fuel Solutions Energize Taiwan Invention Expo
Taiwan's annual invention expo features more than 2,000 inventions from about 600 companies worldwide. Among the inventions on display is a system designed by Taiwan's Ministry of National Defense that collects wasted heat energy and transforms it into a source of electricity. The system is installed over the exhaust pipes of a solar-powered beach car, and the heat can generate 170 watts of electricity. Here it’s applied to a deep frying cart used by street vendors.

[Dr. Lee Jinn-shing, Program Developer]: "We knew that the chicken nuggets are deep fried using fuel gas, the heat is transmitted to a set of five tubes that heat up the cooking oil until it reaches the desired temperature. On the other hand, part of the heat needs to be exhausted, so we installed our device on the exhaust pipe, and turn the waste heat into electricity."

Microalgae as the next alternative biofuel is also represented at the expo. The system can extract more than 50 percent of the oil in the microalgae that can then be processed for use in machinery. [Lin Yun-huin, Industrial Technology Research Inst., Taiw an]: "This extraction system allows a continuous extraction process while the microalgae is contained in 85% water. This system continuously extracts and filters out the residue and separates the different components, producing biofuel as well as higher-p riced health products to increase its value.” - Full Article Source

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10/02/10 - Future electric cars could have bodies made of batteries
One of the biggest challenges plaguing electric car design is the size and heft of a traditional battery. The unwieldy weight of giant electricity storage units has bogged down production on green cars since their invention. Volvo, along with eight other research participants, may have the solution. The car manufacturer is currently testing a vision where the car’s entire body, including doors, roof and bonnet, serve as the vehicle’s battery. The body would store braking energy while you drive, and elect rical energy when you plug in the car overnight. The design uses a a composite blend of carbon fibres and polymer resin. It’s flexible yet durable, meaning it can be shaped for use in any of the car’s major panels. Early calculations show that the materia ls can store more energy, and charge faster, than conventional batteries. Plus, it would cut down the car’s weight, reducing the heft of the steel panels by as much as 15 percent. Other implications include cutting down on wiring. Instead of hooking up yo ur GPS to the car’s battery, the device’s cradle would charge and power it. Plus, if the technology is proven to be viable, the actual GPS itself and other mobile gadgets could use similar designed casing to cut down on battery size. Imagine how thin an i Pod touch could be if the battery was stored within its steel back. - Full Article Source

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10/02/10 - Air Ailerons
Cranfield University, BAE Systems, and nine other UK universities adapted a BAE Systems Eclipse Unmanned Air Vehicle (UAV) to fly without the aid of control surfaces, successfully executing the world’s first flapless airplane flight. This represents the f irst alternative to the moving flap technology used since the early days of aviation, in which moving mechanical elevators and ailerons control the aircraft’s flight. Conventional control surfaces’ many moving parts require frequent, costly repairs and ac count for a significant percentage of an aircraft’s noise output. The Demon UAV, BAE Systems’ flapless aircraft, is shaped in a “blended wing body” configuration, which allows it to mimic the aerodynamic forces normally provided by flaps, elevators and ai lerons by blowing jets of air from a nozzle over Coanda surfaces installed across the wing. The flapless system, based on a concept called fluidic flight control, would require less maintenance and would produce less noise, affording the aircraft a more s tealthy profile for military missions. It could also allow for planes with significantly reduced wing size. - Full Article Source

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10/02/10 - Heavy-lifting balloon Flying saucers
Heavy-transport helicopters, such as the Mil Mi-26 or Sikorsky S-64 Skycrane, address some of these difficulties, but their payloads are limited to 20 and nine tonnes, respectively, and the huge rotors create a powerful downdraft that makes handling that payload rather tricky. So people have long been looking for other ways round the problem. Now, Skylifter, an Australian aeronautical firm, thinks it has found the perfect solution. The company is developing a piloted dirigible capable of carrying loads of up to 150 tonnes over distances as great as 2,000km (1,240 miles) at a speed of 45 knots (83kph). This would permit the craft to transport not just hefty components, but entire buildings, to remote areas. The company envisages modules ranging from rural hospitals and disaster-relief centres to luxury airborne cruise ships. Rather than use either a spherical or a cigar-shaped aerostat, as the gas-filled envelope of a lighter-than-air craft is known, Skylifter has developed a discus-shaped one. This means that like a traditional, round ballon—and unlike the elongated dirigible blimps that have hitherto been used as serious modes of commercial transport—the craft is “directionless”. In other words, it is oblivious of where the wind happens to be blowing fro m, which simplifies load-handling in places where the wind is fickle. At the same time, being flatter than a sphere, the aerostat acts less like a sail than a traditional balloon does, making it easier to steer. The flying-saucer shape also acts as a para chute, affording greater control during descent. Skylifter’s other innovation is to use devices called Voith-Schneider propellers instead of airscrews. A Voith-Schneider propeller is similar to a paddle wheel, but has hydrofoil-shaped blades instead of fl at ones. Speeding up the propeller’s rotation increases its thrust, while shifting the blades’ angles changes the direction of the thrust. A Voith-Scheneider propeller thus provides power and steering at one and the same time. Skylifter plans to use sever al such drives to control the craft’s horizontal motion, and also to aid a buoyancy-control system within the envelope in moving the vehicle up and down. Finally, by dangling the control pod well below the aerostat, the whole craft’s centre of gravity is shifted downward. This makes it less wonky, without the need for additional stabilisers—which bring extra weight. - Full Article Source

ITEM #247

10/02/10 - Indians, Kenyans report mystery phone calls that knock you out!
KeelyNet Indian newspapers are reporting that 20 people have been sent to the hospital by a mysterious cell phone call that knocks people unconscious. The phenomenon, called Bombile, has been reported by 30 people. A similar series of events is happening in Kenya. Victims claim to receive phone calls where the Caller ID number is displayed in the color red, and then they wake up in the hospital after being zapped by the phone somehow. While this is obviously another urban legend, combined with mass hysteria, it is an entertaining notion. / An estimated 30 cases have been reported so far with more than 20 people admitted to various hospitals in Assam during the past one week. Most of the victims complained of nausea and a splitting headache, and some of them had to be literally wheeled into the hospital unconscious after the mobile handsets exploded soon after receiving a call. According to witnesses and victims, the explosions took place soon after receiving calls from numbers that appeared in red on the handset s creens. IANS noted that, despite the absence of a scientific explanation for the exploding cellphones, “the incidents are triggering panic among mobile users in Assam with ‘bombile’ being the word that is in vogue now." - Full Article Source

ITEM #248

10/02/10 - Airenergy – Charging Your Gagdets with Air
The “Airenergy” uses wireless electricity from radio frequencies in the air to charge your various gadgets via USB port. During Airenergy’s unveiling at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, one company spokesperson claimed the device tohave charge d a Blackberry with only 30% charge to full battery in just 90minutes, and of course, this was all without the use of an outlet. The prototype is a small, compact device that uses anantenna to absorb energy from radio frequencies and then converts that en ergyinto DC power. These energy sources comefrom seemingly mid-air, using free electricity from ambient Wi-Fi signals. What’s more, the device charges itself twenty-four hours a day given the device is in the vicinity of a Wi-Fi source. Thus, if you ha ve a Wi-Fi connection in your home, your device could be charging itself while you sleep and all the while not affecting your electric bill like a regular charger would. The device is expected to be released for around $40 a piece sometime this year. - Full Article Source

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10/02/10 - Dynacar electric car capable of 0-87mph in 10 secs
Though it is an entirely electric vehicle, the Dynacar is capable of reaching a speed of 62 mph in under 5.7 seconds, reaching 87 mph in just 10 seconds and has a peak power of 100kW. Furthermore, the two-seater Dynacar, built with single-shell, lightweig ht steel and aluminium alloy, weighs just 700 kg (most small vehicles weight between 900-1100kg). The actual purpose of the car, however, is to act as a platform for further research and development into new concepts for high-powered electric vehicles. Th e Dynacar stores 15 kWh of energy, which enables it to run for some 40 miles or more without recharging. Those behind Tecnalia's Dynacar project have said that the "electrification of road transport" in one of their main priorities: "the dependence on fos sil fuels and the greenhouse effect has focused everyone's attention on... conventional motor transport". - Full Article Source

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10/02/10 - Times Tough, try these Popular Positive Affirmations

* Wealth is pouring into my life.
* I am fit, healthy and attractive.
* I radiate love and happiness.
* My possibilities are endless.
* I will remain confident and unaffected by negative attitudes around me.
* I am confident.
* My inner vision is always clear and focused.
* I am worthy of love.
* Today, I will concentrate on taking one step forward, however small.
* I possess an endless supply of creativity, energy and tolerance for any project that I assume.
* The riches of the universe come to me effortlessly.
* I gratefully accept all the health, wealth and happiness that the universe pours into me every day.
* I deserve love, success and happiness.

The theory is, if you repeat these words, they will come true. Seems reasonable to me. - Full Article Source

ITEM #251

10/02/10 - How to Build a Warp Drive Using Metamaterials
A "warp drive" built using metamaterials could reach a quarter of light speed. Metamaterials are substances in which their ability to support electric and magnetic fields can be changed. Fiddle with these properties in just the right way and you can steer electromagnetic waves in all kinds of strange and exotic ways. The highest profile use of this idea is to build invisibility cloaks but there's another more fascinating application. It turns out there is a formal mathematical analogy between the way meta materials bend light and the way gravity does it. Inside metamaterials, electromagnetic space becomes distorted in exactly the same way as spacetime in general relatively. In 1994, the Mexican physicist, Michael Alcubierre, realised that while relativity prevents faster-than-light travel relative to the fabric of spacetime, it places no restriction on the speed at which regions of spacetime can move relative to each other. That suggests a way of building a warp drive. Alcubierre imagined a small volume of flat spacetime in which a spacecraft sits, surrounded by a bubble of spacetime that shrinks in the direction of travel, bringing your destination nearer, and stretches behind you. He showed that this shrinking and stretching could enable the bubble--and the spaceship it contained--to move at superluminal speeds. Today, Igor Smolyaninov at the University of Maryland, points out that if these kinds of bubbles are possible in spacetime, then it ought to be possible to simulate them inside a metamaterial. Hi s analysis makes for interesting reading. It turns out that faster than light travel travel is not possible inside any physically-realisable metamaterial. That agrees with various analyses of Alcubierre's ideas suggesting that his bubble would be highly u nstable and that superluminal travel would be impossible. We looked at one here. However, Smolyaninov says that subluminal travel is still possible using this method and shows how it ought to be possible to reach speeds of up to a quarter of the speed of light by distorting space in front of and behind the traveller. That's not quite warp speed, nowhere near it actually. But it's a fair rate of knots by anybody's standards. - Full Article Source

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10/02/10 - Our Oil Addiction
KeelyNet How do we finally break this addiction? The first step for addicts going through a recovery program is to admit that they are powerless over the substance they are addicted to and their lives have become unmanageable as a result of their addiction. We can talk objectively about the problems we face as a result of our oil addiction but without the realization that our lives have become unmanageable we cannot begin the process of recovery. We are engaged in a counter-productive war in Iraq whose real purpose is apparently to control more oil, we are facing increasing global warming, and we are assaulted by an immense environmental disaster with far reaching ecological implications. Our lives have become unmanageable.

After this first step we need to begin to take concrete action to break our addiction. There is no shortage of energy in the world beyond oil, gas and coal. From the sun and the wind to biomass, geothermal and ocean currents, energy and the means to capture it exist; what we lack is the infrastructure and scale to support the economics of alternatives. We need to demand change. Automakers made SUVs because consumers wanted them. Ask for (and buy) hybrid cars, electric cars and fuel-efficient vehicles and the auto industry will make them.

Conserve energy. Realize the implications of driving a few blocks and change ingrained habits. Speak up -- tell lawmakers you do not want cheap gas, you want money spent on viable alternatives and efficiency improvements.

The BP spill is no longer front page news and now we are left with a choice: move this disaster to the back of our minds and continue on as before, albeit slightly wiser about the negative consequences of our addiction, or choose to let the BP spill be the proverbial "hitting bottom" that propels us to finally break our addiction to oil. - Full Article Source

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10/02/10 - Power from Soccer
Not your usual ball, the sOccket is a soccer ball that, after only fifteen minutes of play, can provide up to three hours of LED light. Simply put, the balls are fitted with a mechanism that allows kinetic energy to be turned into electricity. In most Afr ican countries 95 percent of the population lives without access to electricity, according to sOccket's website. The hope is that these soccer balls, which are only five ounces heavier than regular balls, will help lower that percentage. - Full Article Source

ITEM #254

10/02/10 - Energy Boosting Earlight
KeelyNet Finnish inventors have created a new method for warding off the winter blues this season—by shining bright light into the ear. An Oulu-based company’s bright light headset increases light exposure by bringing light close to the brain via the ear canal. Th e company Valkee Oy argues that the eyes are not the most effective route to deliver light to the brain, but the ear canal is since this is where the skull is thinnest. So far, the company has tested the headsets on 50 people who suffer from seasonal affe ctive disorder, or winter depression. These test subjects are said to have experienced relief in terms of their symptoms. However, further tests are needed, as it’s still somewhat of a mystery as to how light therapy through the ear actually works. “A gen erally held assumption is that bright light can only affect mood through the eyes. But very little scientific proof of this exists,” says Valkee’s CEO Juuso Nissilä. The conventional bright light lamp, often attributed to boosting mood and energy, has bee n popular in Finland for years. The headset delivers an amount of light equal to what a person living in the Mediterranean would normally soak up. Valkee recommends a dose of between 6 and 12 minutes a day several times a week. - Full Article Source

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10/02/10 - Geothermal invention first of its kind
Developed and released in late August, Lima-1 is the first geothermal transfer system to be created under the new Limnion product line, created by Heat-Line CEO and founder Lorne Heise. Like a geothermal lake loop, the Lima-1 system works for lakes, river s, ponds and oceans and has been engineered to work with the ecosystem. The system features a design unlike a loop system and is a compact and lightweight unit constructed using a hexagonal barrel shape. Made using modern polymers, the unit is constructed without the use of metal. According to Fraser Newton, project manager for the Limnion product line, "the unit is suitable for six-ton capacities and 1/600 of the size of a lake loop." "It suspends itself harmlessly within the lake water anchored with a 1 00-pound ball of which only the bottom four inches is in contact with the lake bottom," he said "The heat pumps sip electrical energy to power a compressor, circulating pumps and control circuits." The unit, said Newton, contains approximately 30 litres o f propylene glycol heat exchange fluid, compared to a loop system, which contains approximately 300 litres of heat exchange fluid. According to Gareth Goodchild, senior habitat biologist with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, propylene glycol is the preferred heat exchange fluid for environmental, health and safety reasons, as opposed to methanol, ethyl alcohol or Freon, which are unsafe for fish and fish habitats. With a footprint of less than one square foot, Newton argues that the unit has a far lesser impact on the environment than does a map or loop system situated on the bottom of a lake. "There have been major improvements in the design and construction of geothermal heat pumps," said Newton. "There have also been improvements in loop exchang er design." A permit is not required by the Ministry of the Environment to install a lake loop, however, a document outlining best practices and regulations has been put into place and can be found on the MOE website. - Full Article Source

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10/02/10 - Cool Gadget - $199 Pocket Radar
KeelyNet Hold this thing in your hand, aim it at a fast, moving object and it instantly gives you the speed of that object -- either coming or going. Not only big objects like cars, but little ones like golf balls, too. This little gizmo's accuracy matches that of police scans, so you can check for speeders on your block. The main use of the Pocket Radar is for sports, which is what we use it for -- measuring ball/running speeds for performance improvement. It's super easy to use. And it will pick up all kinds of things I had no idea radar detected. We were able to get accurate measurements on arrows in flight! Not everyone needs to measure speed, but for most who do, this pocket device is all you need. - Full Article Source

ITEM #257

10/02/10 - Arizona scientists reveal energy saving simulation
A new technique could allow waste heat from devices to be converted back into power at a voltage 100 times that achieved by previous technologies. Their energy saving invention is currently only a simulation, but the team say they have been assured that n othing in their virtual version would be impossible to reproduce in the real world. Justin Bergfield, lead author on the study and a doctoral candidate in the college of optical sciences at the University of Arizona, says: "Thermoelectricity makes it poss ible to cleanly convert heat directly into electrical energy in a device with no moving parts." As their rubber-like material is highly flexible, it could be used to coat parts of machinery that get hot - such as the exhaust of a car - and generate power directly from there. - Full Article Source

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10/02/10 - The Baby Buddha


This adorable Baby Buddha was taken by my friend who is in Chang Mai, Thailand. Just something to share that I so want in my house or garden. - Email

ITEM #259

10/02/10 - Atheists and Agnostics know more about religion than Believers
American atheists and agnostics tend to be people who grew up in a religious tradition and consciously gave it up, often after a great deal of reflection and study, said Alan Cooperman, associate director for research at the Pew Forum. "These are people w ho thought a lot about religion," he said. "They're not indifferent. They care about it." Atheists and agnostics also tend to be relatively well educated, and the survey found, not surprisingly, that the most knowledgeable people were also the best educat ed. However, it said that atheists and agnostics also outperformed believers who had a similar level of education. The groups at the top of the U.S. Religious Knowledge Survey were followed, in order, by white evangelical Protestants, white Catholics, whi te mainline Protestants, people who were unaffiliated with any faith (but not atheist or agnostic), black Protestants and Latino Catholics. - Full Article Source

ITEM #260

10/02/10 - Stormtec Stormbags Anti-Flood bags
KeelyNet Basically, they're burlap sacks with water absorbing polymer crystals inside. You soak them in fresh water and the polymer crystals expand to create an alternative to a sandbag. They're lightweight (a pound when dry), easy to transport to the disaster sit e, and simple to soak and set in place. I've never used them for flood control, but they look like they'd work quite well. When exposed to water they increase 33 pounds in weight in about 5 minutes. I have used them to soak up an intermittent leak in my h usband's garage. We laid it down where the puddle usually forms, and it slurped up all the water, keeping it in one place. They will eventually dry out if set aside in a dry, well-ventilated area, so they can be reused. The Stormbags cost $7.00 each at th e Stormtec website, or $340 for a box of 50 bags. They also sell door protection kits that will fit various sizes of doors. They're expensive, compared to regular sandbags, until you consider how easy they are to store and transport and their alternative uses. If you have a small leak having a couple of these on hand is a real time and money saver. Stormtec Stormbags - $7 per bag or $340 for 50 - Available from and manufactured by StormTec . Alternatively, they are available in cases of 50 from Costco for $280 with shipping included. - Full Article Source

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10/02/10 - USA medical establishment ran Tuskegee experiments in Guatemala
A researcher studying the infamous Tuskegee experiment discovered that American researchers had performed similarly immoral medical studies in Guatemala in the 1940s. In an attempt to figure out whether penicillin could prevent, as well as cure, STDs, res earchers affiliated with the U.S. Public Health Service, the National Institutes of Health, the Pan-American Health Sanitary Bureau (now the Pan American Health Organization) and the Guatemalan government exposed almost 700 Guatemalans to syphilis and gon orrhea without their consent—both through direct inoculation and via hiring of infected hookers. It's unclear whether any of the subjects ever received treatment to cure the diseases they were unknowingly given. - Full Article Source

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10/02/10 - Police training film about concealed weapons
"There's also hidden danger in this lipstick tube, popular with prostitutes." The narrator's voice takes on a syrupy tone at 1:30 when the camera lingers on a "bearclaw necklace," which was sure to have elicited guffaws around the office. Razorblade baseb all caps, Tonto knives and lipstick death devices. (via - Full Article Source

ITEM #263

10/02/10 - Sleep duration adds to Longevity
A new study, derived from novel sleep research conducted by University of California, San Diego researchers, suggests that the secret to a long life may come with just enough sleep. Less than five hours a night is probably not enough; eight hours is proba bly too much. - Full Article Source

ITEM #264

10/02/10 - "Pre-Crime" Comes To the HR Dept.
"Like something out of the Steven Spielberg movie Minority Report, a startup called Social Intelligence is mining social media to weed out job applicants based on their potential for violence, drug abuse or just plain bad judgment. The startup also combs sites like Facebook and Twitter to monitor current employees, presumably to monitor compliance with company social media policy, but as the criteria are company-defined, anything's possible. Just one more reason to watch what you post, folks." / Two tren ds -- social network data mining for weeding out prospective new hires and existing employees plus the emerging field of predictive analytics -- will conspire to bring pre-crime like features to everyday HR software. When the software decides that you're going to quit, steal company secrets, break the law, post something indecent on a social network or lie on your expense report, the supervising manager will be notified and action will be taken -- before you make the predicted transgression. - Full Article Source

ITEM #265

10/02/10 - Digital Dorian Gray
KeelyNet They called it “Digital Dorian Gray App,” because like the famous portrait in Oscar Wilde’s “The Picture of Dorian Gray,” its subject stayed young and good looking. In this case, the software makes you look younger and better-looking in photos. We tried t he free trial version, which starts by asking you to choose a picture of yourself and mark the corners of the eyes and mouth and the tip of the nose. Then you get sliders for categories such as thin out wrinkles, fine shadows, imperfections, shine, etc. E nhance as much or as little as you want. The free trial version lets you manipulate the picture but won’t let you save it. You could get around that by doing a screen capture of your work, but unfortunately, each finished face has the word “trial” marked across the forehead. (Of course you could say you were on trial right then and not available.) The program is currently $50, at - Full Article Source

ITEM #266

10/02/10 - Hawking: No 'Theory of Everything'
"In a Scientific American essay based on their new book A Grand Design, Stephen Hawking and Leonard Mlodinow are now claiming physicists may never find a theory of everything. Instead, they propose a 'family of interconnected theories' might emerge, with each describing a certain reality under specific conditions. The claim is a reversal for Hawking, who claimed in 1980 that there would be a unified theory by the turn of the century." - Full Article Source

ITEM #267

10/02/10 - Anti-smoking sign from 1915


Can't beat these sentiments. It's your choice and enjoy it but not at the expense and harassment of non-smokers who are allergic to or can't stand that disgusting smell. - Full Article Source

ITEM #268

10/02/10 - Google URL Shortener Opened To the Public
"Just what the world needs, another URL shortener, right? Google seems to think so, and it's making its own widely available to anyone — complete with tracking and statistics — for free. As noted on its blog: 'There are many shorteners out there with grea t features, so some people may wonder whether the world really needs yet another. As we said late last year, we built with a focus on quality. With, every time you shorten a URL, you know it will work, it will work fast, and it will keep wor king. You also know that when you click a shortened URL, you're protected against malware, phishing and spam using the same industry-leading technology we use in search and other products.' Is shaking in its boots?" - Full Article Source

ITEM #269

10/02/10 - Blueberries help fight artery hardening,
KeelyNet Blueberries may help fight atherosclerosis, also known as hardening of the arteries, according to results of a preliminary US Department of Agriculture-funded study with laboratory mice. The research provides the first direct evidence that blueberries can help prevent harmful plaques or lesions, symptomatic of atherosclerosis, from increasing in size in arteries. (Also see Patent on how to remove plaque from your system. - JWD) - Full Article Source

ITEM #270

10/02/10 - 2010 Ig Nobel Winners Announced w/Asthma palliative
"Having trouble breathing? Try riding a roller-coaster. Really. A pair of Dutch researchers who discovered that the symptoms of asthma can be treated with a roller-coaster ride are among this year's winners of the Ig Nobel awards, the infamous annual trib ute to scientific research that seems wacky — but also has real world applications. has interviews with several award winners, who are all ecstatic to win, despite the fact that they're all gently being poked fun at." - Full Article Source

ITEM #271

10/02/10 - Non-Embryonic Stem Cells Developed From Skin Cells
"Scientists reported Thursday they had developed a technique that can quickly create safe alternatives to human embryonic stem cells, a major advance toward developing a less controversial approach for treating a host of medical problems. The researchers published a series of experiments showing they can use laboratory-made versions of naturally occurring biological signals to quickly convert ordinary skin cells into cells that appear virtually identical to embryonic stem cells. Moreover, the same strate gy can then coax those cells to morph into specific tissues that would be a perfect match for transplantation into patients." - Full Article Source

ITEM #272

10/02/10 - Geocentric Earth Theories
KeelyNet Galileo and Copernicus were wrong. NASA is wrong. 'Science' is wrong. The textbooks are wrong. And Youtube is wrong. The Earth is NOT rotating on its axis once a day. In fact it is fixed in space and the Sun revolves around it. So do the stars. You don't need to be brainwashed !! Stop believing science fiction. Read the evidence !! How is that possible if the Earth is rotating West to East during aircraft flights at a speed of many hundreds of miles an hour ? The answer is simple. The Earth is NOT rotatin g on its axis ! It is not rotating in any direction ! It is a sphere standing still in space. The Sun rotates around the spherical Earth in a spiral which starts every year. Each day its orbit of Earth is slightly different. This gives the seasons on Eart h. But the Earth itself is fixed in space. Galileo, Copernicus and NASA are all wrong. Let's stop believing science fiction. (And I so believed in the infinite space wonderful-ness of Star Trek! - JWD) - Full Article Source

ITEM #273

10/02/10 - A Danish scientist Niels Harrit, on nano-thermite in the WTC dust
Argumentative discussion about the reaction, intense pressure and heat from nano-thermite in 9/11 collapse tests. - Full Article Source

ITEM #274

10/02/10 - September 30th - International Blasphemy Rights Day
KeelyNet International Blasphemy Rights Day takes place every September 30th, to commemorate the publishing of the Jyllands-Posten Muhammad cartoons.

The purpose of this event is to set a particular day as a day to support free speech, support the right to criticize and satirize religion, and to oppose any resolutions or laws, binding or otherwise, that discourage or inhibit free speech of any kind.

The goal is not to promote hate or violence.

While many perceive blasphemy as insulting and offensive, it isn't about getting enjoyment out of ridiculing and insulting others. Very true. I get no enjoyment from ridiculing religion. It's just a job that must be done. - Full Article Source

DVD - the Physics of Crystals, Pyramids and Tetrahedrons
KeelyNet This is a wonderful duel DVD set lasting 2 hours and which presents one man's lifelong study of pyramids, crystals and their effects. Several of his original and very creative experiments are explained and diagramed out for experimenters. These experiments include;

1) transmutation of zinc to lower elements using a tetrahedron,
2) energy extraction from a pyramid,
3) determining mathematic ratios of nature in a simple experiment,
4) accelerating the growth of food,
5) increasing the abundance of food,
6) how crystals amplify, focus and defocus energy,
7) using crystals to assist natural healing,
8) how the universe uses spirals and vortexes to produce free energy and MORE...
- Two DVDs - More Info and check out this Youtube Clip

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

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

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

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

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

Shape Power
KeelyNet Dan Davidson's analysis of the mysterious pyramid energies, Keely's aether force, Reich's orgone energy, Schauberger's diamagnetic energy, plus a host of others, and shows how shape and materials interact with the universal aether to modify the aether into electromagnetic, gravitic, and various healing energies... - More Info and check out this Shape Power Youtube

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

$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. - More Info

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


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