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09/30/09 - The State Doesn't Own My Body
Workers are being told to either get the swine flu vaccine or lose their jobs. New York is the first state in the country to mandate flu vaccinations for its health care workers. The first doses of swine flu vaccine will be available beginning next week. Much of it is reserved for state health care workers, but there is growing opposition to required innoculations. Health care workers in Hauppauge screamed "No forced shots!" as they rallied Tuesday against the state regulation requiring them to roll up their sleeves. - Source

09/28/09 - Simple Parabolic Focusing ring increases Cooking Efficiency
KeelyNet 14-year-old Jason Liu said he first got the idea for his parabolic reflector after he studied a satellite dish outside his home and wondered if he could use such a concave device to cook something more efficiently. His invention, as detailed in a two-minute video he submitted to judges with his application, is quite simple. For his demonstration, he created a concave circle of reflective cardboard with a round hole cut out in the middle so the hole and the reflective material, facing up, could fit around a burner on the gas stove on his kitchen. He placed a metal cup filled with water on the burner with the reflector and another on a burner without a reflector. After heating the two cups of water for five minutes, he measured the temperature of the water in each. The cup on the burner with the reflector was 120 degrees Fahrenheit and the one without was 100 degrees. "It's kind of wasting energy if [the heat] goes in all directions," Liu said. Ironically, after he came up with his idea, Liu said he saw what looked like satellite dishes being used to cook food when he visited China with his family in late August and early September. But those devices used a heat source from above -- the sun -- rather than from below, as his invention does. - Source

09/28/09 - Going nuclear is the only solution
The spent nuclear fuel rods that seem to terrify the antinuclear people are safely tucked away waiting for people in Nevada and Washington to say whether they will allow permanent storage in Yucca Mountain. There are proven methods of reprocessing these rods for further energy extraction that leave the spent rods considerably less radioactive. Furthermore, there is a 50-year-old invention by Edward Teller of a nuclear power plant which is inherently safe and which produces very short-lived nuclear waste. But the most ironic fact of all concerns so-called green energy sources. All of them, including wind, solar, hydroelectric, and geologic and biologic sequestration, produce unintended CO2 emissions which, if we were to depend on them for our energy sources, would preclude the reversal of global warming. The only possible green source that does not produce CO2 is geothermal, which, while clean, has limited potential. Global warming is an existential threat to humanity for which the only ultimate defense is nuclear energy. - Source

09/28/09 - Study suggests link between psychosis and creativity
KeelyNet In this study, the researchers recruited volunteers who considered themselves to be very creative and accomplished. They underwent a battery of tests, including assessments for intelligence and creativity. To measure creativity, the volunteers were asked to respond to a series of unusual questions (for example, "Just suppose clouds had strings attached to them which hang down to earth. What would happen?") and were scored based on the originality and flexibility of their answers. They also completed a questionnaire regarding their lifetime creative achievements before the researchers took blood samples. The results show a clear link between neuregulin 1 and creativity: Volunteers with the specific variant of this gene were more likely to have higher scores on the creativity assessment and also greater lifetime creative achievements than volunteers with a different form of the gene. Kéri notes that this is the first study to show that a genetic variant associated with psychosis may have some beneficial functions. He observes that "molecular factors that are loosely associated with severe mental disorders but are present in many healthy people may have an advantage enabling us to think more creatively." - Source

09/28/09 - New AC/DC Converter Maximizes Turbine Efficiency
KeelyNet Creating a device that maximizes turbine wind efficiency was easy for electrical engineering majors Jonathan Baker and Christopher Hamilton. In layman’s terms, the team invented a converter that makes wind turbines more efficient. A wind turbine is an alternative energy machine that converts kinetic energy into mechanical energy. “Officially, the converter is called a three-phase AC/DC converter,” Baker said. “Unofficially, we called it The Pegador.” Baker and Hamilton, along with electrical engineering majors Anthony Wertz and Mike Ramsey spent more than a year building a low-cost wind turbine energy maximizer. Graduate advisers Gustavo Gamboa and John Elmes supervised them. “There is an optimum rotational speed where the wind turbine can extract the maximum amount of power,” Gamboa said. “Our converter efficiently transfers the maximum power to the battery by finding this optimum rotational speed of the turbine at a low cost.” - Source

09/28/09 - Morals Without God - 10 Morals Atheism Gives Me
KeelyNet Sometimes a Christian will ask me, “how can you be a moral person without God? What’s the motivation to live a moral life if you’re not accountable for it anyway? Where do your morals come from?” Rather than go through an exhaustive analysis of why these questions are flawed, I’m going to make a list.

1. I don’t have a religious justification to hate gay people, so I don’t hate gay people.
2. I don’t have a religious justification to believe that women are inherently inferior to men, so I don’t believe women are inferior to men.
3. I don’t have a religious justification to not see a doctor when I’m sick, so I see a doctor when I’m sick.
4. I don’t have a religious justification to hate someone for having the “wrong” religion, so I don’t hate people because they follow a certain religion.
5. I don’t have a religious justification to deprive my children of truthful, frank sex education and the knowledge of safe and effective birth control use; so when I have a teenage daughter, she will be less likely to have sex too young, get pregnant, or get an STD.
6. I don’t have a religious justification to hate someone for being a member of the “wrong” race, so I am not a racist.
7. I don’t have a religious justification to support certain wars due to a belief that it will fulfill some sort of ancient prophecy, so I oppose needless death and destruction.
8. I don’t have a religious justification to strap a bomb to my chest and blow myself up in a crowded market, so I don’t strap a bomb to my chest and blow myself up in a crowded market.
9. I don’t have a religious justification to not care about climate change because “God would never let it get that bad before the end comes.”
10. I don’t believe that I have an eternal, joy-filled life waiting for me after I die, so I appreciate the value and sanctity of this one. - Source

09/28/09 - Melting Memory Chips In Mass Production
"Nature is reporting that 'South Korean manufacturer Samsung Electronics announced this week that it has begun mass production of a new kind of memory chip that stores information by melting and freezing tiny crystals. Known as phase-change memory (PCM), the idea was first proposed by physicists in the 1960s.' With transistor-equivalent cells only 20 nm wide, switching time is around 16 ns. The first target market is cell phones, but the companies behind the technology see applications in PCs, servers, and other devices as well." - Source

09/28/09 - More school: Obama would curtail summer vacation
KeelyNet Students beware: The summer vacation you just enjoyed could be sharply curtailed if President Barack Obama gets his way. Obama says American kids spend too little time in school, putting them at a disadvantage with other students around the globe. "Now, I know longer school days and school years are not wildly popular ideas," the president said earlier this year. "Not with Malia and Sasha, not in my family, and probably not in yours. But the challenges of a new century demand more time in the classroom." - Source

09/28/09 - NASA Wants Your Ambitious High-Tech Contest Ideas
In an effort to create future Centennial Challenges, NASA is asking the general public to come up with (and submit) ambitious contest ideas. For the next six weeks, the Innovative Partnerships Program will be accepting ideas for new contests, with all submissions becoming public domain information. "According to NASA, any idea can be proposed for a prize competition that addresses challenges related to the mission of NASA in aeronautics, exploration, science, or space operations. Crosscutting topics or those that also address related national or global needs are especially valuable. The challenges must require basic and applied research, technology development or prototype demonstrations." - Source

09/28/09 - Scientists lay bare magic secret
KeelyNet Magicians rely on their hands being quicker than the human eye. Scientists have revealed one of magic's most closely guarded secrets - how a magician makes things disappear. Researchers from Edinburgh University said illusions happen when blind spots prevent us from seeing change before our eyes. When our eyes shift focus for just a few milliseconds, it is enough for us to lose our sight. This is too short for us to notice, but long enough to miss changes in visual scenes. The research team carried out experiments in which people looking at pictures often failed to detect deliberate alterations, such as objects becoming bigger or disappearing. Prof John Henderson of the School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences said: "We think our eyes show us the world in sharp detail all the time, but in fact this is not the case. "Our studies show that our eyes do, in fact, miss a great deal." - Source. Also read about how hypnosis and focused concentration can produce illusions.

09/28/09 - Rough day at work? You won't feel like exercising
Have you ever sat down to work on a crossword puzzle only to find that afterwards you haven't the energy to exercise? Or have you come home from a rough day at the office with no energy to go for a run? A new study, published today in Psychology and Health, reveals that if you use your willpower to do one task, it depletes you of the willpower to do an entirely different task. - Source

09/27/09 - Introducing the Brabus High Voltage Car
KeelyNet The Smart Fortwo car features lithium ion batteries and a rear electric motor, both of which were developed by Tesla Motors, a partner of Daimler. The state of the batteries is displayed on a monitor mounted in the center of the console. The batteries are recharged from a standard power outlet and are 80% recharged after three hours and fully recharged after eight. The car can reach 60 mph (100 kmh) in under 10 seconds. It delivers 82 horsepower and 207 pound-feet (280 Nm) of torque, and is a near-production development of the Electric Drive concept that the tuning company Brabus introduced at the Geneva Auto Show earlier this year. The car's features include aerodynamic wheels with clear plexiglass covers, and wide side skirts and wheel arches. The interior of the model unveiled at the show had white leather seats, and the car is convertible, with a white soft top. Other features are LED running lights for increased visibility in the daytime, and a sound generator that allows the driver to make the silent electric motor sound like a V8 car. This feature may be a response to complaints of blind people that they cannot hear silent electric cars coming, but the fact that it can mimic the noise made by a racing car or even a space ship suggests it's really there for the fun of it. - Source

09/27/09 - The Patent Process on a Tight but Realistic Budget
The patenting process can be very overwhelming and quite costly to an inventor who wishes to secure patent protection for their invention. But there are certain steps of the process that should not be neglected because of financial constraints, otherwise your efforts could actually be counterproductive and work against you in the end, not to mention your money will be wasted. One inventor recently even gave us a specific dollar amount he could afford to spend to obtain a patent, stating that “I need it to cost under $600, because that is all I have to spend.” But the filing fees payable to the USPTO alone are $110 for a Provisional Patent Application and a minimum of $540 for a Non-Provisional Patent Application and that is not to mention the cost of drawings, the issue fee that must be paid to the Patent Office when they agree to allow a patent and the publication fee, also paid to the Patent Office. A Provisional Patent application is significantly cheaper than a Non-Provisional Patent Application with relatively few guidelines necessary to file a Provisional Patent application. A poorly written Provisional can actually do more harm than good. A Provisional Patent application must be complete as of the time of filing because anything that is not included in this patent application when it is filed will not be covered as of the earlier filing date. But a provisional patent application is only as good as the level of detail you include, which is why you want to not only describe your invention but also any possible variations of your invention no matter how crude the variation may be. You need to make sure that your application adequately provides a written description of the full scope of the subject matter. - Source

09/27/09 - Water shortage in Mexico City could echo global water issue
KeelyNet Mexico City has a population that exceeds 19 million people. The Mexican capitol was built on the bed of a lake, an vast extension of humanity - the third largest metropolitan conglomerate in the world - that originated from the Aztec empire. Modern-day Mexico City faces a water shortage - exacerbated by recent weather patterns - that has inspired an advertising campaign from the government: "February 2010: The City May Run Out of Water." According to the World Bank, 80 countries are now experiencing water shortages severe enough to have an impact on the health and economic output of their populations. 2 billion people - roughly 40 percent of the worldwide population - do not have access to clean drinking water or sanitation. With a global population that currently requires 1.3 earths to sustain, water shortage should not be a surprise. But as water supplies dwindle - where, in many cases (Middle East, Africa) a single water source is shared by two or more antagonistic nations - it is expected that the scarcity will result in diplomatic pressures and in open conflict. - Source

09/27/09 - Does Fasting Work?
Does fasting really deliver spiritual and physical benefits? ...The normal instinct of scientists is to scoff at religious rituals as primitive and naive, coming from that pitiable time before the invention of the lab coat. And scientists do, indeed, downplay many of the supposed benefits of abstaining from food. For starters, your vital organs already do a pretty good job of dispensing with toxins. Second, fasting is not a good strategy for losing weight—after about half a day of not eating, the body turns to muscle and fat for fuel, then eventually slows down its metabolism, so that once you start eating again, any weight loss is quickly reversed. - Source

09/27/09 - Accused kidnapper thought he could speak with God through device
Phillip Garrido--the man who allegedly kidnapped and held Jaycee Dugard for 18 years--also apparently thought he could speak with God through a black box he invented. He had developed and invented a device that would allow a person to speak without physically speaking, and be heard by the listener. He demonstrated the device--a black box with headphones--to Tim Allen, a local businessman. ...when he first brought it in--you can hear voices from the other side-- you can hear people telling you what's going to happen -- and what the future says. Until recently, only a handful of people had seen the box. Some say he became obsessed with his so-called invention. The device is basically just a black case--with a handle and a couple of couple of input jacks. It is also very light. He asked a friend to keep the box for him. His friend wants to remain anonymous. Anonymous friend: He plugged into it. He would give you a set of headphones, and he would have a set of headphones and he would manipulate his hand over the top of box and would have sound coming out of it, emitting sound, like distortions, like whales...all sorts of little interference noises-- while he would move his lips and not speak yet, and move his lips and you would be able to hear his voice-through the headphones. - Source

09/27/09 - John Galt's Speech (mini version)
How did this government get so bloated? The greatest problem with the American Constitution is that it does not say that the federal government is restricted from doing anything other than what is specifically stated in the Constitution. Wait, that IS there in Amendment 10. Well, then the greatest fault is that the Constitution of America is ignored. / "You know that you can't give away everything and starve yourself. You've forced yourselves to live with undeserved, irrational guilt. Is it ever proper to help another man? No, if he demands it as his right or as a duty that you owe him. Yes, if it's your own free choice based on your judgment of the value of that person and his struggle. This country wasn't built by men who sought handouts. In its brilliant youth, this country showed the rest of the world what greatness was possible to Man and what happiness is possible on Earth. Then it began apologizing for its greatness and began giving away its wealth, feeling guilty for having produced more than ikts neighbors. - Source

09/27/09 - Author Edwin Black outlined dangers of foreign oil dependency
In his continued effort to expose secrecy, conspiracy and corruption surrounding the history of oil in America, author Edwin Black spoke about his latest book on campus Tuesday. His 2008 book, "The Plan: How to Rescue Society the Day the Oil Stops - or the Day Before" explains how America is unprepared to stop importing foreign oil.

During the presentation he traced the history of oil usage in the country, beginning with the industrial revolution, the railroad, the invention of the first electric car in 1835 and the invention of the hydrogen fuel cell in 1838. Black noted that America has had alternative energy technology for over a century.

By citing events in the early 20th century, such as the phasing out of the electric car and the systematic destruction of electric trolley systems, he argues that a combination of monopolization practices and corporate misconduct has led to society's increased dependency on oil.

"The United States uses approximately 20 million barrels of oil per day," Black said. He added that if oil-exporting nations were to embargo the United States, American society would be unable to function. "We have no plan," he said. - Source

09/26/09 - New Motorcycle World Speed Record, 367.382 mph
An anonymous reader, apparently a member of the BUB racing team, wrote to let us know that on Thursday, their crew set the new ultimate motorcycle world speed record at 367.382 mph with the BUB Seven Streamliner at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah. The Seven is powered by a 3 Liter, turbocharged, 16-valve V4 engine that produces a claimed 500 hp and 400 lb-ft of torque at 8500 rpm. The pilot, Chris Carr, hit 380 mph during the run - Source

09/27/09 - Dymaxion Car Being Restored
KeelyNet R. Buckminster Fuller's Dymaxion Car is being restored by the company Crosthwaite and Gardiner. Only three of the vehicles were produced in the 1930s and only one survives. "Synchronofile.com has been granted the great honor of announcing the restoration of the Dymaxion Car — because our readers are now invited to help in the project. Can you identify the manufacturer for the component shown at the link?" - Source

09/27/09 - Video Surveillance System That Reasons Like a Human
"BRS Labs has created a technology it calls Behavioral Analytics which uses cognitive reasoning, much like the human brain, to process visual data and to identify criminal and terroristic activities. Built on a framework of cognitive learning engines and computer vision, AISight, provides an automated and scalable surveillance solution that analyzes behavioral patterns, activities and scene content without the need for human training, setup, or programming." - Source

09/27/09 - No Jobs = No Health Insurance, Focus on what's Important!
Republican Congressman Phil Gingrey (Georgia) in a speech on the floor of the House. At one point during his long speech railing against health care reform, Gingrey found the idea amusing that 14,000 Americans losing their health insurance every day constituted some kind of health care crisis. (It's funny because people don't get that without jobs, who will pay for the healthcare??? Congress is so ANAL, they get stuck on one thing and chew it to death without any results. As Clinton used in his campaign, "It's the ECONOMY STUPID!" - JWD):

"14,000 people are losing their health insurance every day NOT because of the cost of health insurance [laughs], they're losing it because they lost their job!" - Source

09/27/09 - 250-Foot Hybrid Airship To Spy Over Afghanistan
"Gizmodo details the Long Endurance Multi-intelligence Vehicle (LEMV) (based on the P-791), a spyship from US Army's Space and Missile Defense Command capable of hovering at 20,000 feet. Planned for deployment in Afghanistan, the ship can float for three weeks and carry well over a ton of payload, apparently surveillance equipment. The video on Gizmodo of the P-791 shows that these ships are a hybrid not only of both buoyancy and propulsive lift, but also of both awe and hilarity." - Source

09/26/09 - Children Who Get Spanked Have Lower IQs
Spanking can get kids to behave in a hurry, but new research suggests it can do more harm than good to their noggins. The study, involving hundreds of U.S. children, showed the more a child was spanked the lower his or her IQ compared with others. - Source

09/26/09 - For Fun - 100 GREATEST Hits of Youtube in 4 Minutes
How many do you recognise? - Source

09/25/09 - Brazilian Invention Spots Swine Flu in Less than 5 Minutes
The ELINOR (Enhanced Luminescence of Inorganic-Organic Origin) test, developed by Brazilian researchers from the Physics Department of the Federal University of Pernambuco, uses fluorescence to detect specific viruses in patient samples. The test relies on a fluorescent material, made up of metal nanoparticles and a polymer, attached to a 'primer' - a segment of DNA or RNA that matches a specific part of the pathogen's genetic material. A fluorescence microscope can then detect even a tiny amount of the virus. In unpublished work, the researchers have successfully detected both dengue and human papillomavirus. The diagnostic technique is more sensitive and a lot faster than polymerase chain reaction (PCR) - the method currently used to amplify a stretch of the virus' genetic material so there is enough present for it to be detected, according to Celso Pinto de Melo, coordinator of the research. PCR can take 72 hours but the ELINOR takes less than five minutes, he says. "Our test does not require the amplification step of the genetic material - which is expensive - since the nanocomposite that we add to an infected sample is enough to generate an intense luminescence that can easily be seen through a fluorescence microscope," says Melo. The ELINOR test has not, however, been used to diagnose H1N1, as Melo's team says it has been unable to access virus samples. He blames Brazilian bureaucracy for this set-back. If Melo can prove the ELINOR test can detect H1N1 and distinguish it from seasonal flu, clinical trials will be required before the National Agency of Health Vigilance can authorize the test for general use. - Source

09/25/09 - Cocoon Cooker Grows Meat In Your Kitchen
KeelyNet The controversial cooker could 'grow' meat and fish in your kitchen by heating pre-mixed food packets containing animal muscle cells, oxygen, and nutrients. A Chia Pet for steak, in short. Richard Hederstierna of the Lund Institute of Technology, who designed the Cocoon concept and won first place at the Electrolux Design Lab Competition, told the Daily Mail the device could, "create 100 per cent pure meat without the need for animals to be killed and with no risk of contamination. It will change everything." Hederstierna's device uses RFID [radio frequency identification] signals to discern the type of fish or meat inserted into the cooker. The meat's muscle cells, nutrients, and oxygen are heated for a preset time, and voila, delicious meat is born, sans the whole killing animals part. - Source

09/25/09 - Soldiers inspire SuperCooler invention
The device is a modified cooler that divides top and bottom, keeping the main chamber separate so ice won't melt quickly. The top chamber has a fan that pulls air up and out, creating a cool flow directly out of the box. It's now powered by two D-cell batteries, but Mr. Huff plans solar power for future versions. Once he put together the cooler and got it working, Mr. Huff saw potential for other customers as well. Tailgaters, fishermen, outdoor workers, anyone who needs some cool air in the heat could use this, he said. Mr. Huff has applied for patents and hopes the invention is successful, but if not, he just wants to help out soldiers any way he can. And maybe he'll inspire others to think about what they can do, he said. "How many people woke up today and thought about the soldier in Iraq or Afghanistan?" he asked. "If I could do this here, disabled at my home, everybody ought to be able to do something." - Source

09/25/09 - Honda U3-X Personal Mobility Device Revealed in Action
Honda’s new “personal mobility” device looks like a unicycle, but all you need to do to zip around on it — sideways as well as forward and back — is lean your weight into the direction you want to go. Honda President Takanobu Ito said the machine was still “a proposal,” and the company has no sales plans, pricing or firm ideas on where or how it will be used. Honda declined to give details of the U3-X’s technology, but said it weighs less than 22 pounds, runs on a full charge for an hour and has a lithium-ion battery. ( via http://www.impactlab.com/ ) - Source

09/25/09 - Sudbury, Ontario approves new geothermal technology
The City of Sudbury has given the go-ahead for a greenfield residential development to install a new type of concrete sewer and wastewater pipe that captures thermal energy both from the surrounding soil and effluent that passes through the conduit. The invention is called the @Source-Energy Pipe, developed by Renewable Resource Recovery Corporation (RRRC), a Sudbury company that has a patent pending on the design. The re-enforced pre-cast concrete pipe, manufactured by Rainbow Concrete Industries, is lined with geothermal piping channels which carry a mixture of 30 per cent ethanol in water. The pipes are traditionally installed, with exterior connectors joining up the energy recovery system. These channels are hooked to a heat pump located inside each building serviced by the system. The larger the concrete pipe, the more heat it can potentially conduct. Preliminary test results show that 100 feet of pipe eight-to 12 inches in diameter has an energy capacity of 40,000 BTUs per hour, while a similar length of pipe 26 to 30 inches in diameter has an energy capacity of 90,000 BTUs per hour. In summer, the system can be used for air conditioning by drawing on the cooler effluent and surrounding soil. That translates into potential year-round energy cost savings of between 10 and 20 per cent. - Source

09/25/09 - New stove dramatically improves lung health in Mexican women
KeelyNet Women in Central Mexico who used a vented stove instead of the traditional indoor open fire, experienced improved respiratory health on par with a pack-a-day smoker kicking the habit, according to a recent study. The study, which analyzed the first year of data in an ongoing project examining the impact of the use of vented stoves over traditional indoor open fires, was reported in the October 1 issue of the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, published by the American Thoracic Society. An estimated two billion people around the world rely on biomass fuel for cooking, typically over unvented indoor fires. These indoor fires generate high levels of pollutants such as carbon monoxide, particulate matter and nitrogen dioxide. One recent analysis put exposure to indoor biomass smoke among the world's top ten environmental causes of mortality and morbidity. The "Patsari" stove was designed to address this problem, and has been shown in previous research to reduce indoor air pollution concentrations by an average of 70 percent. However, until now, no research has directly evaluated the health effects on the women who use them. "We wanted to know whether the Patsari stove would make a measurable difference in the health of people who were actually using it," said Horacio Riojas-Rodríguez, of the Instituto Nacional de Salud Pública, and researcher on the study. To do so, Dr. Riojas and colleagues followed women in more than 500 households from Central Mexico, who had been randomized to receive the new Patsari stove at the beginning of the study, or upon its conclusion. Each participant answered a symptom questionnaire at the outset of the study and every month thereafter for ten months. They also underwent an average of four spirometric tests during the study. "Over 12 months of follow-up, the use of the Patsari stove showed a protective effect on respiratory and other symptoms, and a trend to improve lung function that was comparable to smoking cessation," said Dr. Riojas. In fact, women using the Patsari stove had half the decline in a key measure of lung function—forced expiratory volume in one second, or FEV1—than women using open wood fires. Among those who used the Patsari stove, the loss was 31 ml over a year, versus the 62 ml over a year for the open fire users, a similar effect as what is seen in tobacco cessation. - Source

09/25/09 - Green builder's house of straw blazes a trail in a rainy climate
From outside, the house appears to be a Craftsman. Clapboard siding. Decorative kneebraces under the eaves. A big porch. But inside, the walls of this newly constructed Southeast Portland home once swayed in a Beaverton wheat field. They're made of straw – specifically, the big rectangular bales of straw found on any farm. When done, the bales will be plastered over and unseen from even the inside. But they'll be known to the happy occupant who, owing to straw's insulating capacities, will burn less fuel for heating or cooling. And hear less noise because of sound-deadening walls more than a foot thick. And breathe air free of the chemicals that can emanate from new and synthetic building materials. Straw, a plentiful and inexpensive agricultural waste product, is not to be confused with hay, a food source for animals. Tubular in shape, it is tightly bound into a 30-to 40-pound bale measuring 18-by-16-by-44 inches. In this state it is a bad conductor of heat or cold and contains so little airspace that it resists fire. Each bale is a large "brick" to build with, and Doleman will stack roughly 160 of them in this house. The she will run straps around them and use a machine to compress them against each other and the framed wall. The result is a continuous insulated wall whose studs, if they were in a conventional drywall, would insulate less by conducting heat and cold. The final walls will be more than a foot-and-a-half thick. The straw is trimmed flat with a chainsaw-like cutter and then finished with cob plaster, which sticks to rough surfaces. Atop that will be a fine layer of lime plaster. The City of Portland energy code requires walls to have a minimum insulation rating of R21. Doleman estimates her walls will be R30 or better – a significant measure beyond. - Source

09/25/09 - Explaining Why Pruning Encourages Plants To Thrive
KeelyNet Professor Leyser, of the University of York’s Department of Biology, said: “It is well known that the main growing shoot of a plant can inhibit the growth of the shoots below – that’s why we prune to encourage growth of branches. What we are interested in is exactly how the main shoot can exert this effect. “It has been known since the 1930s that the plant hormone auxin is released by the plant’s actively growing tip and is transported down the main stem where it has an indirect effect on buds to inhibit branching. There are a number of ways in which the hormone exerts this effect and we have discovered a new path by which it works.” The research suggests that for a shoot tip to be active, it must be able to export auxin into the main stem. But if substantial amounts of auxin already exist in the main stem, export from an additional shoot tip cannot be established. Professor Leyser said: “Using this mechanism, all the shoot tips on a plant compete with each other, so that tips both above and below can influence each other’s growth. This allows the strongest branches to grow the most vigorously, wherever they may be on the plant. The main shoot dominates mostly because it was there first, rather than because of its position at the apex of the plant.” The teams went on to show that the recently discovered plant hormone, strigolactone, works at least in part by making it harder to establish new auxin transport pathways from shoot tips, strengthening the competition between auxin sources and reducing branching. - Source

09/25/09 - Toxic Fumes On Planes Linked To Brain Damage In Pilots
Poisons in the air pumped into plane cabins and cockpits have been linked to brain damage. Cabin crew and pilots have long blamed exposure to jet engine fumes for memory loss, tremors, lethargy and other symptoms of so-called aerotoxic syndrome. - Source

09/25/09 - Brush Teeth, Fall Asleep
KeelyNet The unique combination of ingredients in Pearly Dreams took 5 years to develop! Patented balance of melatonin, valerian, balm mint and passion flower helps you relax and promotes sleep. A 3.4 ounce tube costs $19.95. / Why a sleeping toothpaste? "Toothpaste is an exceptional delivery system because the tissues in the mouth absorb ingredients into the body instantly. The natural ingredients do not need to be treated or coated to withstand the digestive process as a pill would, so I can use the purest forms of the herbs and maintain a precise balance for greatest efficacy." Dr. Z - Source

09/25/09 - Debunking Atheism
"All you have to do," Comfort told WND, "is push them into a corner and say, 'So, you're an atheist?' 'Yep.' 'So you believe that nothing created everything, a scientific impossibility?' And they'll say, 'Well, no.' 'So you believe something created everything?' And they say, 'Well, yeah. Something did, obviously.' 'So you're not an atheist?' 'OK, I'm not an atheist.' "'This something you believe created everything," Comfort continued, "do you think it was intelligent? I mean, could you create a bird or a flower or a tree or a blade of grass from nothing?' And they'll say, 'No, I can't do that.' 'Well, is this something you believe created everything intelligent?' And they'll say, 'Obviously.' And I'll say, 'Congratulations, you've just become an anti-science, knuckle-dragger in the eyes of our learning institutions, because you believe in intelligent design.'" - Source

09/25/09 - Seawater cooled data centers
KeelyNet Remember Mauritius from High School geography? We didn’t either, but apparently it’s a small island nation east of the southern tip of Africa. It seems they are trying to develop an industry in eco-friendly data centers. The plan is to use a pipeline to gather cold water from the ocean, run it two miles to the island, and use it as inexpensive cooling. Because rooms packed with servers generate copious amounts of heat it’s easy to see how this can reduce the cost of maintaining a data center. The thing that struck us here is, how eco-friendly is this? The article mentions that this technology is fairly mature and is already used in several places. With that in mind, isn’t this just another way to raise the temperature of the oceans, or does the environmental savings of not using electricity or gas to produce the cooling offset this? - Source

09/25/09 - Put a Satellite Into Orbit For $8,000
Randa Milliron, CEO of Interorbital Systems, “a ‘rocket and spacecraft manufacturing company’ that locates itself at the Mojave Airport and Spaceport in Mojave, California. They recently announced that they were offering to send people’s personal satellites into low-earth orbit on a NEPTUNE 30 rocket for the low low low cost of $8,000.” - Source

09/25/09 - USB Car Adapter Charges Any USB Device On-the-Go
KeelyNet The iLuv Micro USB Car adapter turns your car's cigarette outlet into a universal USB charger, so you don't have to buy specialized car chargers for all of your USB-chargeable gear. The device is tiny (1.7-inches long), so once plugged in only a small portion of the gadget will stick out from your dash, so it shouldn't be much of an eyesore. Then, rather than buying car chargers for your cellphone, your iPod, your camera, or whatever else you've got that can already charge via USB, you can just plug your cheap USB charging cable into the USB car adapter and call it good. The gadget will set you back $15, so it's probably just as cheap (if not cheaper) than dedicated chargers. - Source

09/25/09 - Battlefield complicates Va. wind dispute
A Civil War battlefield is now part of a dispute over wind power in Virginia's Highland County. Highland New Wind Development plans to have 19 turbines built next year, generating enough electricity to power 15,000 homes. But some residents, who have opposed the project, say the turbines will adversely effect the historic Camp Allegheny site, just over the border in West Virginia. It was the scene of an 1861 Civil War battle in which nearly 300 soldiers died. The Virginia Department of Historic Resources has filed a complaint with the State Corporation Commission over Camp Allegheny. A hearing is scheduled for Wednesday. Highland New Wind spokesman Frank Maisano says the turbines will have little effect on the battlefield. - Source

09/25/09 - Health bill says 'tax' when President Obama said 'not'
In the most contentious exchange of President Barack Obama’s marathon of five Sunday shows, he said it is “not true” that a requirement for individuals to get health insurance under a key reform plan now being debated amounts to a tax increase. But he could look it up — in the bill. Page 29, sentence one of the bill introduced by Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont) says: “The consequence for not maintaining insurance would be an excise tax.” And the rest of the bill is clear that the Finance Committee does, in fact, consider it a tax: “The excise tax would be assessed through the tax code and applied as an additional amount of Federal tax owed.” The bill requires every American, with few exceptions, to carry health insurance. To enforce this individual mandate, the Senate Finance Committee created the excise tax as a penalty for people who don’t have insurance – and it can run as much as $3,800 a year per family. The House bill also refers to the penalties for not carrying insurance as a tax. It calls for a “tax on individuals without acceptable health care coverage” and amends the tax code to implement it. - Source

09/25/09 - The Guide to Home Geothermal Energy
Efficient and economical, geothermal heats, cools and cuts fossil fuel use at home. Whether you're in sunny Florida, or snowy New Hampshire, a ground-fed climate system can free a consumer from fluctuating energy prices and save money on power bills immediately. Here's how it works... “You’re not making heat, you’re moving heat,” Colorado geothermal installer Jim Lynch says. Installations like Lynch’s tap into the earth below the frost line—which always stays around 50 degrees Fahrenheit—to reduce a home’s heating and cooling loads. All HVAC systems require energy-intensive heat movement, a task responsible for over half of the average house’s total energy demand. Geothermal works more efficiently because the system’s mild starting point creates an efficient shortcut to the target temperature. Imagine a 100-degree Florida day or a 0-degree Michigan night: Spot the system 50 degrees, and it doesn’t work so hard to get the house comfortable. Unlike wind and solar, geothermal’s power source never varies. Bob Brown, vice president of engineering with equipment maker Water­Furnace, says, “The ground’s there all the time. It’s great for heating and it’s great for cooling. All I’ve got to do is bury a plastic pipe, put fluid in and, lo and behold, I’ve got a great system.” - Source

09/25/09 - GifSoup - Create Animated GIFs from YouTube videos
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09/25/09 - Solar Home Economics
Have you seen your power bill lately? Are you happy with it? If like many people, you have and you're not, to answer both questions in order, perhaps you might find the appeal of saving the money you currently send to the power utility companies each month by generating your own power directly from the sun to be a pretty compelling idea. And why not? It's a technology that can provide the energy you want while cutting your bill and is currently believed to be good for the environment (you know environmentalists - sooner or later, they'll find something wrong with it.) But does it make sense to go solar? Warren Meyer has been weighing the costs and benefits of going solar at his home in Phoenix, Arizona, perhaps the sunniest major city in the United States. If going solar can be made to work economically anywhere in the U.S., Phoenix would be at the top of the list of places that would benefit. He found that going solar could work, but only if U.S. and Arizona taxpayers chipped in and helped him. - Source

09/25/09 - 'Federal' Reserve rejects request for public review (not remotely FEDERAL)
KeelyNet The institution which creates and oversees America's currency wants to keep a "low profile," according to a published report on Monday, and may willing to dodge the U.S. Treasury in order to do so. According to Bloomberg News, the Federal Reserve Bank will not submit to a voluntary public study of its internal structure and methods of governance, as it was requested to do so by Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner. Geithner is the former New York Federal Reserve Bank chairman. The review he requested is part of President Barack Obama's financial regulatory reforms, which he proposed in mid-June. Part of those reforms would have studied the Fed's "ability to accomplish its existing and proposed functions" -- a proposal the bank's board of governors appears to have flatly rejected. / The Federal Reserve has been under growing political fire ever since Congressman Ron Paul (R-TX) made it a frequent target during his presidential campaign. However, Paul has been a longtime opponent of the bank, openly calling for it to be abolished and the U.S. dollar to once again be backed by gold, instead of mere faith. Paul said in 2002, according to congressional records. "The Fed has followed a consistent policy of flooding the economy with easy money, leading to a misallocation of resources and an artificial 'boom' followed by a recession or depression when the Fed-created bubble bursts." His bill, House Resolution 1207, which would subject the Fed to a complete audit, has gained significant traction in the U.S. House of Representatives, with over half its members signing on in support of the move. The Fed has also come under fire for refusing to disclose which firms it paid massive bailouts to in 2008 and early 2009, amid the greatest financial crisis since the Great Depression. A particular amount of interest among lawmakers has focused on the Bank of America - Merrill Lynch & Co. merger, which the Fed facilitated. That specific argument -- that the monetary system is endangered by closer observation of Fed actions -- was discounted by Judge Loretta Preska of the Manhattan U.S. District Court, in a ruling that ordered the Fed to disclose which firms received bailout dollars. While the Fed argued that disclosing who was bailed out on the taxpayer's dime could be detrimental to the agency's independence from Congress, Judge Preska wrote that the claim was based merely on "conjecture" and the court remained unconvinced because the Fed had failed to provide adequate evidence to substantiate its claims. - Source

09/25/09 - How to Enrage the Church of Scientology - (Using Net Psychology)
In the evening of January 15, 2008, a 31-year-old tech consultant...sat down at the computer and paid a visit to one of his favorite Web sites, the message board known as 4chan...a fountainhead of twisted, scatological, absurd, and sometimes brilliant low-brow humor... Yet today, [he] found 4chan grappling with an injustice no Internet-humor fan could ignore. Days earlier, a nine-minute video excerpt of an interview with Tom Cruise had appeared unauthorized on YouTube and other Web sites. Produced by the Church of Scientology, the clip showed Cruise declaring himself and his co-religionists to be, among other remarkable things, the "only ones who can help" at an accident site. For the online wiseasses of the world, the clip was a heaven-sent extra helping of the weirdness Tom Cruise famously showed on Oprah. But then, suddenly, it was gone: Scientologists had sent takedown notices to sites hosting the video, effectively wiping it from the Web. ...channers knew that Scientology had a long history of using copyright law to silence Internet-based critics. But this time, maybe because the church was stifling not just unflattering content but potential comedy gold, the tactic seemed to inflame the chortling masses... There was a sense that something must be done, but what? ...Within a couple of days, a consensus emerged: They would take down the main Scientology Web site with a massive distributed denial-of-service attack... / It was early afternoon on January 8, 2009, almost a year after the birth of Project Chanology, when 18-year-old Anonymous member Agent Pubeit emerged from a subway station in New York City's Times Square clothed in nothing but a ski mask, shorts, sneakers, and surgical gloves. The temperature was just above freezing, but it's doubtful Pubeit felt the cold: A thick layer of petroleum jelly covered his exposed upper body, and this was thickened further by a generous admixture of pubic hairs and toenail clippings. Pubeit was not alone. As he walked along the crowded sidewalk toward his destination—a Church of Scientology center on nearby West 46th Street—he was filmed by an accomplice with a video camera, and the two were in radio contact with more coconspirators. As Pubeit got closer to his target, the remote team unleashed a rolling barrage of distractions on the Scientology center, tying up phone lines with prank calls and faxes. In the midst of this, Pubeit burst into the center's reception area and jogged around for a moment or two, leaving traces of hairy lube on whatever surfaces he could get close to. From there he proceeded to a nearby Scientology management office. Just inside the doorway, he found church materials loaded onto a cart, which he mounted for a few seconds of simulated man-cart love before fleeing into the city's streets. "Greasy Vandal in Hate Crime vs. Scientology," read the New York Daily News headline. Two weeks later, Davis was citing the stunt as proof that Project Chanology is no more legitimate a protest movement than the KKK. "To have a man slathered in Vaseline and covered in pubic hair and toenail clippings storm in and begin desecrating a place of worship," Davis said with quiet outrage. "That puts it in perspective." - Source

09/25/09 - Evangelist Ruined By Maher Movie
For the past decade, Jeremiah Cummings says, he has made a modest living as an Orlando-based evangelist who traveled the globe to encourage people to deepen their faith. Then, he said, he was tricked into appearing in front of a movie camera with political comedian Bill Maher and was falsely portrayed in Maher's comedy documentary Religulous as a flashy, gold-loving evangelist. Since the movie came out about a year ago, Cummings said, his life - and work - has been a struggle. He has sued. He has been sued. His speaking engagements are down. He can't pay the rent on his family's five-bedroom home in the Rio Pinar community, court records show. "All of these things that have happened have hurt the ministry," Cummings said. "I'm struggling to try to keep my family together." - Source

09/25/09 - TARP Watchdog Doubts All Funds Will Be Repaid
U.S. taxpayers will probably never recover all of the hundreds of billions of dollars invested to bail out financial firms, automakers and homeowners, a key watchdog for the program said on Thursday. For example, $50 billion in funds allocated to modify mortgages to reduce monthly payments will never yield a direct return, while full recovery of the more than $80 billion spent to prop up the U.S. auto industry “is far from certain,” Mr. Barofsky said. - Source

09/25/09 - Lackluster Sales of First Plug-in Hybrid
Chinese automaker BYD has only sold 100 of the vehicles in 8 months. It's been reported that over the eight months since, only 100 of these cars have been sold (via Green Car Congress), far less than an anticipated run of 3,000 to 4,000 vehicles. In the United States, the first plug-in hybrid will likely come from start-up Fisker Automotive later this year, followed by the much publicized Chevy Volt next year. GM, through its heavy marketing of the Volt, has staked a great deal of its reputation on the car. It's expected to sell for $40,000-$45,000, and the Fisker vehicle--a luxury sedan--will sell for $87,900. The BYD vehicle hasn't been able to sell its vehicles even though they're much cheaper--about $22,000. Of course, we're talking about different markets. All three of these vehicles have large battery packs capable of storing enough energy for over 40 miles of driving. - Source

09/25/09 - Longer-Running Electric-Car Batteries
KeelyNet In an advance that could help electric vehicles run longer between charges, researchers have shown that silicon nanotube electrodes can store 10 times more charge than the conventional graphite electrodes used in lithium-ion batteries. "In a hybrid car, the battery lasts only 30 minutes using the current technology," says Jaephil Cho, professor of energy engineering at the Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology in Korea, who led the research on nanotube anodes. If the new silicon anode can be matched to a cathode with comparable storage capacity, the resulting battery should be able to run a car for three to four hours without recharging, says Cho. Silicon anodes have a higher energy-storage capacity than conventional graphite because the material can take up 10 times more lithium by weight than graphitic carbon. In fact, silicon takes up so much lithium--increasing in volume by as many as four times--that it can be a disadvantage. The mechanical strain on the brittle material is so great that silicon anodes tend to crack after they're charged and discharged only a few times. - Source

09/25/09 - Farm-Fresh Fish -- With a Catch
By the end of this year, the world is projected to reach an unheralded but historic milestone: Half of the fish and shellfish we consume will be raised by humans, rather than caught in the wild. Consumers will have to accept that they are eating a different kind of fish than the ones that swim wild: ones that might have eaten unused poultry trimmings, been vaccinated, consumed antibiotics or been selected for certain genetic traits. - Source

09/25/09 - Will We Eventually Upload Our Minds?
Ultimately, we want to be free of the limitations of the human brain. There are just too many inherent difficulties in its kludgy design. The alternative is to free the mind from limitations of the brain by the addition of prosthetic devices and ultimately uploading it into digital form. While it is unlikely either of these (and especially the latter) will occur in the next few decades, this remains the ultimate goal of enhancement. Both processing speed and memory will be the most immediate beneficiaries of such developments, but the truly significant gains will involve the types of processing that will be possible. Freeing the mind from this limited, albeit remarkable, organ will allow us to manipulate thought directly, and this will produce the most gains in intelligence, creativity, and in achieving harmony with other sentient beings and the universe as a whole. - Source

09/25/09 - Predicting Drug Response from Brain Waves
KeelyNet Brain waves measured using a simple device just one week into treatment can indicate whether a depressed patient should continue taking a medication or be switched to another. The system was used to predict whether patients should be kept on one antidepressant or switched to another. The strap around the subject’s head contains electrodes that pick up brain waves. The strap hooks up to a hockey-puck-size device that digitizes and filters the EEG signal before sending it on to a laptop for processing. The researchers used a customized version of a quantitative electroencephalography (QEEG) system to study the brainwave patterns of 375 people suffering from major depression. The device, developed by Aspect Medical Systems of Norwood, MA, consists of a few electrodes mounted on a strap that is worn across the patient's head. (Aspect Medical provided funding for the study and employs Leuchter as a consultant. Leuchter is also a minor shareholder in the firm.) The strap hooks up to a hockey-puck-size device that digitizes and filters the EEG signal, as well as performing some basic processing. That device plugs into a laptop computer, which does the bulk of the signal analysis. - Source

09/25/09 - 35 Million Living with Dementia
In India, such terms such as "tired brain" or "weak brain" are used for Alzheimer's symptoms amid widespread belief that dementia is a normal part of aging - when it's not. That mistake isn't confined to the developing world. Even in Britain, the report found, just over half of the families caring for someone with dementia believed the same thing. While age is the biggest driver of Alzheimer's, some of the same factors that trigger heart disease - obesity, high cholesterol, diabetes - seem to increase the risk of dementia, too. Those are problems also on the rise in many developing countries. In poorer countries, "dementia is a hidden issue," Acosta said, and that's complicating efforts to improve earlier diagnosis. "You're not supposed to talk about it." - Source

09/25/09 - Man Solves Hot Dog And Bun Problem
All it took was one conference call. Prank phone call to the makers of Oscar Meyer hot dogs and Wonder hot dog buns, getting them to agree on a common number of hot dogs and buns in each package. - Source

09/25/09 - The computer game that destroys your files
Lose/Lose is the sort of computer game most people will be too afraid to install. In fact, I was slightly nervous just watching the online video (below). From the website: "Lose/Lose is a video-game with real life consequences. Each alien in the game is created based on a random file on the player's computer. If the player kills the alien, the file it is based on is deleted. If the player's ship is destroyed, the application itself is deleted." If you think they're kidding, the game reinforces the message at the title screen in large red capital letters. Only the brave, or those playing on someone else's computer, should continue. Gameplay resembles a classic top-down shoot-em-up, with aliens racing down towards your tiny intergalactic ship, menacing yet vulnerable to your pew-pew laser. Each alien destroyed explodes into tiny bits, which seems appropriate. You aren't even told which file you just killed – only the file extension gives any indication. - Source

09/23/09 - Converter turns air conditioning unit into sub-power station
KeelyNet Incorporated into existing air conditioning condenser or manufactured as new unit, WindAir(TM) drives warm air conditioning exhaust into secondary fan turbine system that uses electric-generating mechanism to transform wind flow into free, clean, renewable energy, which is then inverted into electric meter of home or office building. Shroud design absorbs AC units' operational sound and funnels air in concentrated fashion. Unit also protects inside components of outdoor AC units from elements. The WindAir(TM) system uses the warm air flow from the exhaust of a traditional air conditioning unit and drives it into a secondary fan turbine system. This secondary system has an electric-generating mechanism that transforms the wind flow into free, clean, renewable energy which is then inverted into the electric meter of the home or office building. This renewable energy has the capability to reduce the increase in electric used by the air conditioning system by generating enough electricity to send it back to the meter, thereby turning the air conditioning unit into an actual "sub-power station". So every time you turn on the central air or cooling systems, your electric bill goes down instead of up! How's that for a "cool" way to go green? The unique WindAir(TM) converter system can be incorporated into any existing air conditioning condenser unit or manufactured as a complete new unit. This technology can be utilized within small homeowner units all the way up to the largest of commercial air conditioning applications. - Source

09/23/09 - Finnish companies trying for breakthrough in harnessing wave power
Two Finnish companies, Ecowave and AW-Energy, are both attempting to make a technical breakthrough in wave energy technology. CEO Teemu Penttilä from Ecowave is holding in his hand a harmless-looking plastic spiral. However, the appearance is deceptive, as the piece of plastic models a turbine for which patent applications have been filed in 40 countries. ”No corresponding solution can be found anywhere in the world”, says Penttilä with some satisfaction. A full-size turbine would be several metres in height and would float on the waves supported by pontoons. Ecowave estimates that the invention would produce electricity on a par with three large wind power plants. ”If we manage to achieve an output of ten megawatts, then victory is ours”, Penttilä declares. The small Finnish enterprises are quietly trying to turn wave power technology into an export item. According to estimates, a total of 70 to 90 various concepts exist worldwide to produce wave energy, but so far none of these ideas has led to permanent commercial production, which is why it is possible even for small enterprises to continue to do well in competition. - Source

09/23/09 - Immortality only 20 years away says scientist
KeelyNet He says theoretically, at the rate our understanding is increasing, nanotechnologies capable of replacing many of our vital organs could be available in 20 years time. Mr Kurzweil adds that although his claims may seem far-fetched, artificial pancreases and neural implants are already available. "Ultimately, nanobots will replace blood cells and do their work thousands of times more effectively. "Within 25 years we will be able to do an Olympic sprint for 15 minutes without taking a breath, or go scuba-diving for four hours without oxygen. "Heart-attack victims – who haven't taken advantage of widely available bionic hearts – will calmly drive to the doctors for a minor operation as their blood bots keep them alive. "Nanotechnology will extend our mental capacities to such an extent we will be able to write books within minutes. "If we want to go into virtual-reality mode, nanobots will shut down brain signals and take us wherever we want to go. Virtual sex will become commonplace. And in our daily lives, hologram like figures will pop in our brain to explain what is happening. "So we can look forward to a world where humans become cyborgs, with artificial limbs and organs." - Source

09/23/09 - Bullet Business Booming - the 'Obama Effect'
KeelyNet Bullet-makers are working around the clock, seven days a week, and still can't keep up with the nation's demand for ammunition. Shooting ranges, gun dealers and bullet manufacturers say they have never seen such shortages. Bullets, especially for handguns, have been scarce for months because gun enthusiasts are stocking up on ammo, in part because they fear President Barack Obama and the Democratic-controlled Congress will pass antigun legislation - even though nothing specific has been proposed and the president last month signed a law allowing people to carry loaded guns in national parks. Gun sales spiked when it became clear Obama would be elected a year ago and purchases continued to rise in his first few months of office. "I call it the Obama effect," said Jason Gregory, 37, of Terrytown, La. "It always happens when the Democrats get in office. It happened with Clinton and Obama is even stronger for gun control. Ammunition will be the first step, so I'm stocking up while I can." - Source

09/23/09 - Excerpt about why people are thinking of moving from the US
"But what is amazing," continued our International Living colleague, "is that interest in moving overseas is going up. It's not about money. Apparently, a lot of Americans are just fed up...or afraid. They want to get out. They see taxes going up or they see the society going down the tubes. I don't know. But many say they just don't like the way things are going. "One thing I hear is that they think American society has become meaner...ruder...less civil. You can't have a polite discussion of politics anymore. People get really upset and nasty. I mean, someone yelled out and called Obama a liar in the middle of a joint session of Congress. And a substantial part of the US population regards the guy - the guy who called him a liar - as a hero. They think Obama is a traitor... "I think this is really a result of the financial downturn. People feel betrayed. Let down. They think something is very wrong. That the nation is in decline. So they look for someone to blame. And they tend to blame each other. Conservatives blame liberals. Liberals blame conservatives. They blame the bankers. They blame the capitalists. They blame the government. "I guess that's what happens when you get a major correction or a big financial crisis." We recalled what happened in Germany in the '20s and '30s: "Germany was probably the most civilized country in the world - before WWI. Artists, philosophers, scientists, mathematicians, musicians... Germany had the best in the world. The war shook the public's faith in its leaders. But then, according to people who lived through the period, the financial crises of the '20s and '30s were worse. Hyperinflation...depression...strikes...a decade of financial chaos and disruptions led to a breakdown in social order. By the early thirties, groups of communists and fascists were battling in the streets. People seemed to leave the center and move to extreme positions. Soon, the Nazis had the upper hand and Hitler was voted into the government." - Source

09/21/09 - Could Exotic Matter Provide an Infinite Source of Energy?
KeelyNet Generally, scientists prefer to avoid the concept of perpetual motion. The idea of a machine that could produce movement that goes on forever, and using that movement to generate an endless stream of energy, is usually considered more science fiction than science. But recently, physicist Pavel Ivanov has investigated previous speculation that an exotic fluid with unusual properties could cause energy to flow continuously between different regions of space, resulting in a runaway transfer of energy. If an advanced civilization were able to construct a device to capture this energy, it might finally possess its own "perpetuum mobile" -- or perpetual motion. The idea is that a one-dimensional exotic fluid, whose unique properties such as violating the weak energy condition in particle physics, leads to a scenario in which there is a light cone with regions of negative and positive total energies. Ivanov has calculated the equations of state which give a continuous energy transfer from the negative regions to the positive regions, resulting in what he calls “perpetuum mobile of the third kind.” However, Ivanov conjectures that theories “plagued” by solutions involving continuous energy flows should be discarded as inherently unstable. Ivanov points out that, although it may be technically difficult to construct the runaway process involving the emission of gravitational waves, it may be easier to construct a process with even more exotic “ghost” matter, which has a negative energy density. For example, he considers a model of a rotating relativistic string with two monopoles at its ends emitting weak gravitational waves. With modifications, this model can be converted to a model of “ghost” matter interacting with gravity, with the length of the rotating string ever increasing with time, thus making the total energy of the string-monopoles system ever decreasing. The positive energy carried away by gravitational waves might be captured by an advanced civilization and put to whatever use they might have for it. - Source

09/21/09 - Urinating On Tomatoe Plants Makes The Crop Four Times Larger
A team of Finnish researchers found that sprinkling tomatoes with human urine mixed with wood ash was the ultimate eco-friendly fertiliser. It worked just as well with cucumber, corn, cabbage and other crops. Although scientists have previously tested urine on plants, this is the first one to mix it with wood ash. The mixture produced bumper harvests when compared to untreated plants. It could one day be substituted for costly synthetic fertilisers. The university study, published in this month’s Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry, found using nitrogen-rich urine does not carry any risk of disease. When combined with wood ash is perfect to provide minerals and reduce the acidity of soil. Report author Surenda Pradhen said the findings could lead to a new source of cheap fertiliser without the need to use potentially dangerous chemicals. ‘The results suggest that urine with or without wood ash can be used as a substitute for mineral fertiliser to increase the yields of tomato without posing any microbial or chemical risks,’ she concluded. - Source

09/21/09 - Kamen's Island Empire Off The Grid
KeelyNet Dean Kamen is turning his private island into a proof of concept for zero-net energy. Kamen is determined to use his North Dumpling empire to show that zero-net energy is not only possible now but that it will be very appealing in the future. He has resolved to live off the renewables on the island: a wind turbine and three monster arrays of solar panels, plus Kamen’s beefed-up version of the Stirling engine. It all adds up to a peak generation capacity of just under 25 kilowatts. To coordinate the different sources, Kamen designed an intelligent system that knows, down to an individual solar panel or light source, how much energy is being produced and consumed on the island and, based on that information, negotiates the relationship between the two in real time. It is this system that he monitors and controls from his basement command center. With the help of his friend Fritz Morgan, chief technology officer at Philips Color Kinetics, in Burlington, Mass., Kamen has replaced every bulb and fixture on his island with light-emitting diodes. That switch cut the power he needed to light his lair by 50 to 70 percent. LEDs last about 30 times as long as incandescent bulbs and three to four times as long as compact fluorescents. And they’re gorgeous. They wash the island in colors that cycle through the rainbow. The island’s four arrays of solar panels have a combined peak output of 12.2 kW. A 10-kW wind turbine that looks like a cartoon missile, made by Bergey Windpower Co., perches on a lattice tower 25 meters above the island. The Stirling engine in the basement can contribute another 2 kW if necessary. Kamen deploys this patchwork of sources and generators using a system he designed with a team of engineers at Teletrol Systems, another of his companies, also based in New Hampshire. The software acts like a central nervous system, monitoring loads and choreographing the various energy sources to make sure energy consumption on the island never outpaces generation. Basically, the system establishes priorities among the power drains: At the very top are the necessary functions—lighting LEDs currently in use, heating or purifying water, or cooling the house. Heating is not really an issue, because the island isn’t accessible on the coldest days, when the swell in the surrounding seas can reach 9 meters. The house is cooled centrally with ultraefficient central heat exchangers. After addressing immediate needs, the system diverts any extra power to a bank of batteries. ”That way, we don’t have to waste any voltage generating energy to charge them,” says Kamen. - Source

09/21/09 - Air Cushion Motorcycles Developed (cool video)
KeelyNet Russian scientists from Zhukovsky developed cross-country vehicles, which move due to air cushion and are able to swim, climb over large snowbanks and turn during jumping into the air. One of the new vehicles, “Donut”, needs only 6.5 seconds to reach the speed of 100 kilometers per hour. The vehicle moves due to a screw, which sits at the front and makes driving safe, because its location prevents rubbish from getting into the screw. This improvement makes the vehicle almost non-sensitive for swamps, mud and mud streams. Another air cushion vehicle has a joystick instead of a driving wheel. Developers say that their vehicles are ideal for those, who love traveling at full speed. The vehicles can carry their owners where no foot may tread. / In contrast to other apparatuses of this class, the engine in “Donat” is located from the front - this increases safety due to the smaller entry of garbage into the propeller. Therefore mud flows, swamp and mud for “Donat” - not obstacle. One additional development in a series of light apparatuses on the air cushion - “[Gerris]”. Machine has the renovated housing, and control is substituted to the joystick. Furthermore, in the construction are provided stove and ventilation system of wind glass, so that it would not become covered with moisture. - Source

09/21/09 - Bedside “Eye Movement” Exam Outperforms MRI for Diagnosing Stroke
In a small “proof of principle” study, stroke researchers at Johns Hopkins and the University of Illinois have found that a simple, one-minute eye movement exam performed at the bedside worked better than an MRI to distinguish new strokes from other less serious disorders in patients complaining of dizziness, nausea and spinning sensations. “The idea that a bedside exam could outperform a modern neuroimaging test such as MRI is something that most people had given up for dead, but we’ve shown it’s possible,” says David E. Newman-Toker, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor of neurology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dizziness is a common medical problem, Newman-Toker says, responsible for 2.6 million emergency room visits annually in the United States. While the vast majority of dizziness complaints are caused by benign inner-ear balance problems, about 4 percent are signals of stroke or transient ischemic attack (TIA, a condition that often warns of impending stroke in the coming days or weeks). Because more than half of patients with dizziness who are experiencing strokes show none of the classic stroke symptoms — one-sided weakness, numbness, or speech problems — emergency room physicians are estimated to misdiagnose at least a third of them, losing the chance for quick and effective treatment. “We know that time is brain, so when patients having a stroke are sent home erroneously, the consequences can be really serious, including death or permanent disability,” says Jorge C. Kattah, M.D., chairman of neurology at OSF St. Francis Medical Center, who co-led the study. - Source

09/21/09 - Cars running on ethanol can pollute too: Brazil study
Cars running on sugarcane ethanol can produce as many harmful pollutants as those using ordinary petrol (gasoline), according a study published by Brazil's environment ministry. But the report on the emissions of the cars on Brazil's roads does not count carbon dioxide emissions. The study ranked emissions based of a scale of "green grades" that measured three pollutant gases that do not produce climate change but do affect the health of a country's population: carbon monoxide, hydrocarbons and nitrogen oxide. The green grade scale, ranging from 0-10, does not count carbon emissions, which are the main driver of global warming, because emissions from burning ethanol are offset by the carbon dioxide that sugar cane absorbs as it grows, the study said. The research also examined 250 so-called "flex-fuel" cars, which use both ethanol and petrol and constitute about 85 percent of all cars on the road in Brazil. Among those receiving the lowest scores, eight were cars running on ethanol, including several with "flex" engines, the study said, though all of the models examined met Brazil's standards for maximum emissions levels in 2008. - Source

09/21/09 - Nudging: How to Get People to Do the Right Thing
KeelyNet "Nudge," a book by cognitive psychologist Richard Thaler and legal scholar Cass Sunstein that came out last year, puts forward a simple thesis. Because people often behave unthinkingly, it's better in some cases to lure (or nudge) them into making the right choice rather than trying to convince them of its rightness and/or imposing legal sanctions against the wrong choices. To achieve this end, common psychological foibles can be used, as well as appropriate "choice architectures" and default options. The urinals at Schiphol airport in Amsterdam provide an odd introductory example of this. In an effort to reduce the amount of spillage on the floor, small depictions of houseflies were embossed on the porcelain at the base of the urinals. These "fly targets," which have since been adopted all over the world, reduced spillage by 80 percent without the necessity of written notices, larger basins or other expensive interventions. A similarly non-directive nudge results from taping a picture of human eyes over an unattended receptacle meant to collect money on the honor system from the sale of, let's say, doughnuts or coffee. Yet another is the placement of food in a school cafeteria line. If healthful foods are placed first, they're more likely to be chosen than if desserts or fried foods are at the beginning of the line. - Source

09/21/09 - Why do books on new technology always have it bringing the world down?
In 1909, E.M. Forster published his short story "The Machine Stops" as an antidote to H.G. Wells' optimistic tales of the future. Set in a world where The Machine (read: the Internet) controls all aspects of life, and a person can communicate with friends through "Plates" (read: Skype) or push a button (read: e-mail) and have their work sent in, there was never any reason to walk the surface of Earth ever again. All a person could need was in his room, where he wasted away, pale and untouched, like Vashti, the story's subject. "There were buttons and switches everywhere — buttons to call for food, for music, for clothing. There was the hot-bath button, by pressure of which a basin of (imitation) marble rose out of the floor, filled to the brim with a warm deodorized liquid. There was the cold-bath button. There was the button that produced literature, and there were of course the buttons by which she communicated with her friends. The room, though it contained nothing, was in touch with all that she cared for in the world." People love to reference "The Machine Stops" when they talk about Internet dependency. The machine does stop in the story, and all is calamity. And it's true that our lives can seem to stop when our iPhones are stolen or Twitter goes down or the DSL in our apartments stop working. But there is so much hyperbole about the effects of our reliance on technology that you'd think we'd evolved a new species of Mole People, pale from no sun, blinded by any light that doesn't come from a computer or cell phone screen, with dexterous thumbs but all other limbs withered from disuse. - Source

09/21/09 - Time for Platforms - Geostationary Orbit filling up - No Room for Satellites
KeelyNet By 2025 geostationary orbit will not be able to host new communication satellites. Currently the orbit hosts satellites and final stages of rockets, which delivered said satellites to the orbit. Russian engineers suggest a solution – they say that heavy multipurpose platforms can replace tens pr even hundreds of satellites. Such platforms were developed in Russia in 2000. Geostationary orbit is located straight over the equator and is extremely useful for providers of communication services, since satellites on this orbit do not change their position regarding to Earth’s surface. - Source

09/21/09 - Technology is Magical
The late Arthur C. Clarke famously said, “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” For its part, technology has long played a vital role in the world of magic. One of the world’s first steam engines served a magic trick when Heron of Alexandria, the first-century scientist and engineer, opened a temple door with a secret counterweight. Today magic shows up most often as electronics—for example, a deck of cards embedded with RFID tags that transmit their identities to a hidden electronic decoder. But audiences have come to expect a technological explanation, says Harary. “Magic has always had to stay ahead.” Long ago, magicians had a grace period. In the mid-1800s, Jean Eugčne Robert-Houdin, the father of modern magic, employed a barely known phenomenon, electromagnetism. He had a giant electromagnet built into the stage floor to hold down a metal chest. Adults couldn’t budge it when the magnet was turned on, but children could lift it easily—when the magnet was turned off. “If we did this trick now, people would assume it involved such a magnet. But at that time, practically no one knew about it,” says Richard Kaufman, the editor of Genii: The Conjurors’ Magazine and author of some two dozen books on magic. With technology a part of everyday life, the challenge becomes more about how well you can use and hide it. “As soon as magic smells of technology, it’s ruined,” says veteran illusion designer Jim Steinmeyer. “The art is how it’s concealed and what it accomplishes in an unexpected way.” Illusionist Jason Latimer, a World Champion of Magic, surprises audiences by hanging hoops and clothes on laser beams. “Magicians have always looked for new ways to reimagine old effects,” says Latimer. “But today technology is giving rise to completely new and original ones.” - Source

09/21/09 - Technology slashes battery recharge time, weight
En­gi­neers say they’ve found a way to move en­er­gy faster through a well-known bat­tery ma­te­ri­al, pos­sibly pav­ing the way for smaller, light­er bat­ter­ies that re­charge in sec­onds rath­er than hours. The real dif­fi­cul­ty, the group found, is that the charged atoms can only cross through the ma­te­ri­al through tun­nels ac­cessed from the sur­face. If the par­t­i­cle lies di­rectly at a tun­nel en­trance, it slips right in, but oth­er­wise it gets stuck. Ced­er and By­oung­woo Kang, a grad­u­ate stu­dent, de­vised a so­lu­tion: a new sur­face struc­ture that lets the par­t­i­cles, called ions, move quickly around the out­side of the ma­te­ri­al. Like a belt­way around a city, this di­verts ions right in­to the tun­nels. The re­sult was a small bat­tery that could be fully charged or dis­charged in 10 to 20 sec­onds. By com­par­i­son, it takes six min­utes to fully charge or dis­charge a cell phone made from the un­pro­cessed ma­te­ri­al. - Source

09/21/09 - Negative public opinion seen as warning signal for terrorism
Ter­ror­ism is more likely when one coun­try’s peo­ple dis­like the lead­ers and poli­cies of an­oth­er, a study has found. Prince­ton Un­ivers­ity econ­o­mist Al­an Krueger and co-author Jitka Male?ková of Charles Un­ivers­ity in the Czech Re­pub­lic an­a­lyzed pub­lic opin­ion polls and ter­ror­ist ac­ti­vity in 143 pairs of coun­tries. The find­ings ap­pear in the Sept. 18 is­sue of the re­search jour­nal Sci­ence. Krueger said pov­er­ty does­n’t di­rectly cause ter­ror­ism, con­tra­ry to a pop­u­lar view, al­though coun­tries with ad­vanced economies and well-de­vel­oped civ­il lib­er­ties are most likely to be the ter­ror­ism tar­gets. The study does­n’t ex­plain wheth­er ter­ror­ists act in re­sponse to pub­lic opin­ion or wheth­er they are simply re­act­ing just like the larg­er pub­lic to ex­ter­nal events, he not­ed. Krueger hy­poth­e­sized that great­er dis­ap­prov­al of an­oth­er coun­try’s lead­ers or poli­cies may re­sult in more ter­ror­ist acts be­cause it in­creases the num­ber of peo­ple who pro­vide sup­port and en­cour­age­ment for ter­ror­ists, and who be­come in­ter­est­ed in get­ting in­volved in ter­ror­ism them­selves. Ex­tend­ing the anal­y­sis, the re­search­ers pro­posed that new lead­er­ship and poli­cies in a coun­try—such as the elec­tion of Pres­ident Barack Obama in the Un­ited States—might change opin­ions in oth­er coun­tries and al­ter ter­ror­ist ac­ti­vity. - Source

09/21/09 - Inventing by programming
From the book, 'The Genie in the Machine', in a chapter on ‘invention automation,’ the author notes that computers can eventually defy the adage, ‘garbage in, garbage out.’ Artificial invention technology, given only an abstract problem definition and simple rules for generating and evaluating possible solutions to the problem, can follow those simple rules to discover complex rules and patterns that its human programmer never imagined, he describes. “Just as we find in biological evolution that you can put primordial ooze in and get sentient life out, so too with search-based artificial invention technology can you put common knowledge in and get inventions out.” - Source

09/21/09 - Some Herbs Can Rejuvenate
KeelyNet Russian scientists tested essential oils of savory, which can be powerful antioxidants, and received stunning results. Natural antioxidant of traditional herb Satureja hortensis has a strong positive effect on laboratory mice and probably can rejuvenate not only animals, but also human beings. Laboratory mice either received savory essential oil with water, or inhaled it for 1-3 months. Results showed that essential oil, no matter if inhaled or taken with water, increases concentration of useful polyunsaturated fatty acids in brain and reduces risks of oncological diseases in mice. Researchers suggest that human organism would react on this oil the same way as mice. The results of experiences convincingly proved that essential oil, if added to drinking water and inhaled air, raises the concentration of the useful polyunsaturated fatty acids in the brain and decreases the risk of the development of oncologic diseases in animals. - Source

09/21/09 - Smartphones with the Highest Radiation
A study by The Environmental Working Group (download the full report as a PDF) that lists the smartphones that emit the most and least radiation. The EWG scientists are still using their own smartphones but think the public should be aware.

The 10 smartphones with the highest radiation;

1. T-Mobile MyTouch 3G (1.55 W/kg)
2. Blackberry Curve 8330 (1.54 W/kg)
3. Palm Treo 600 (1.53 W/kg)
4. T-Mobile Shadow (1.53 W/kg)
5. Palm Treo 650 (1.51 W/kg)
6. Blackberry Curve 8300 (1.51 W/kg)
7. Blackberry Bold 9000 (1.51 W/kg)
8. Sony Ericsson P910a (1.50 W/kg)
9. HTC SMT 5800 (1.49 W/kg)
10. BlackBerry Pearl 8120/8130 (1.48 W/kg)

The 10 smartphones with lowest radiation;

1. Nokia 9300i (0.21 W/kg)
2. Nokia 7710 (0.22 W/kg)
3. T-Mobile MDA Wiza200 (0.28 W/kg)
4. Samsung Impression SGH-a877 (0.35 W/kg)
5. Nokia 9300 (0.44 W/kg)
6. Samsung Propel Pro SGH-i627 (0.47 W/kg)
7. Samsung Gravity SGH-t459 (0.49 W/kg)
8. BlackBerry Storm 9530 (0.57 W/kg)
9. Nokia E90 (0.59 W/kg)
10. Nokia N96 (0.68 W/kg)
- Source

09/21/09 - Keep Razors Sharp with Mineral Oil
Although nothing can indefinitely extend the life of a disposable razor, you can do your best to keep some of the more damaging elements at bay. By drying your razor and placing it in some liquid that repels water—in this case mineral oil—you can prevent minerals from your tap water from depositing themselves on the blade and keep water itself away from the blade to decrease oxidation on the surface. Eventually the blade will need to be swapped out, but many people who rinse and submerge the blade in a cup of mineral oil report greatly extending the life of the blade. If you don't want to give up on shaving with a brand new and factory-fresh blade you can always switch to using a safety razor. I've been shaving with a safety razor for months—the shave is better than my old cartridges and replacements are a mere 8 cents a piece. - Source

09/21/09 - ScreenToaster - Free Online Screen recording software with audio
Your boss asks you to demonstrate exactly how "that thing you do with that program works," but you're at work without screen recording software installed. Fire up ScreenToaster's site, load its Java-based applet, and you can record surprisingly decent quality screencasts and demonstrations, with audio voice-overs, at the push of a single button. When you're done recording part of your desktop or the whole thing, you can have ScreenToaster upload the finished product to YouTube or ScreenToaster's own site, download your screencast as a QuickTime or Flash file, and re-record audio if you didn't hit it the first time. Tell your viewers to hit the full-screen button for your screencasts and it's like you're hovering right over their shoulder, semi-patiently showing them just how it's done. - Source

09/21/09 - TRY THIS! - Sound Sleeping Helps You Mix Custom Sleep Tracks
KeelyNet If you're looking for soothing tracks to help your sleep or fill your work space, Sound Sleeping offers you the ability to mix your own custom track. We introduced you to Sound Sleeping back in 2006. Since then they've revamped their sound mixer to include some additional source sounds and abilities. You can mix five different sounds including outdoor sounds like rain, ocean surf, and crickets chirping, as well as man-made sounds like drums and bonfires. Each source sound can be panned left and right and adjusted in volume. With some careful sound selection, you can make some interesting effects. The screenshot above shows the positioning for a loop that recreates the effect of sitting on a beach with ocean to one side and a drum session/bonfire to the other. If you're more interested in relaxing and less interested in fiddling with the tuner, there are quite a few premixed tracks available for download at reasonable prices. - Source

09/21/09 - PhotoLapse Makes Time-Lapse Movie Creation a Snap
Windows: PhotoLapse is a tiny and portable application for stitching together images into a time-lapse video. Point it at a folder full of pictures, and you're mostly done. All your time-lapse options are displayed in a single pane when you launch the 158k application. Select your directory of videos, load the images from that directory, and then tweak a few small settings like whether or not you want every image to be included or every Nth image. PhotoLapse is freeware, portable, and Windows only. - Source

09/21/09 - Paraplegic Rats Enabled To "Walk" Again
A paper released in Nature Neuroscience today describes work in which paraplegic rats were enabled to walk again as early as a week after injury and treatment. The process involves a serotonin-influencing drug and electrical stimulation of the spine, along with an incentive to the paralyzed back legs to move — namely, being placed a treadmill. Soon a poorly understood spinal mechanism called the "central pattern generator" kicks in and the rats' legs move under the stimulus of a rhythmic signal from the spine (the brain is not involved). Eurekalert reports, "Daily treadmill training over several weeks eventually enabled the rats to regain full weight-bearing walking, including backwards, sideways and at running speed. However, the injury still interrupted the brain's connection to the spinal cord-based rhythmic walking circuitry, leaving the rats unable to walk of their own accord." - Source

09/21/09 - Cursive Writing Is a Fading Skill — Does It Matter?
"The decline of cursive is happening as students are doing more and more work on computers, including writing. In 2011, the writing test of the National Assessment of Educational Progress will require 8th and 11th graders to compose on computers, with 4th graders following in 2019. ... Handwriting is increasingly something people do only when they need to make a note to themselves rather than communicate with others, [an educator] said. Students accustomed to using computers to write at home have a hard time seeing the relevance of hours of practicing cursive handwriting. 'I am not sure students have a sense of any reason why they should vest their time and effort in writing a message out manually when it can be sent electronically in seconds.'" - Source

09/21/09 - Nova Scotia looks to tap powerful Bay of Fundy tides for clean energy
KeelyNet The tides in the Bay of Fundy pummel the shores of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick with the force of 8,000 locomotives, a twice daily demonstration of nature's unyielding power. More than 100 billion tonnes of water -- more than all of the world's rivers combined -- rush in and out, raising 12 metres between high and low tide. And this unique phenomena could soon power 800,000 homes on Canada's East Coast -- enough energy to keep the lights on in all of Nova Scotia, with enough spare power to cover parts of New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island -- without emitting a single molecule of greenhouse gas. Tidal turbines generate electricity much like wind turbines -- tides flowing in and out of the bay rush past the submerged turbines, spinning them to produce a current. The energy is then routed to land by a cable, at which point it enters the power grid. - Source

09/21/09 - Obama's Health Care Plan: Put Up And Shut Up
In exchange for some bitter tax pills, Obama promised Americans would get eternal health care "security and stability." To deliver that, he would of course ban insurance companies from denying coverage to those with pre-existing conditions--tantamount to forcing fire insurance companies to write coverage on a burning building. He would also prohibit insurers from putting any limits on the coverage they offer and cap what they can require patients to pay out-of-pocket. In other words, Obama would encourage unlimited health care consumption by patients while eliminating the last vestige of price consciousness. But the reason America is facing unsustainable health care cost increases is precisely because its third-party system of insurance doesn't encourage prudent consumption by patients. Indeed, if Obama really can tame health care costs by making patients even less cost-conscious, I have an even better idea for him: Simply pass a law banning anyone from falling sick and mandate good health for all. If he can suspend the laws of economics, perhaps he can also transcend the laws of physiology. - Source

09/21/09 - Uncle Sam Eyes Vehicle Tracking Tax
A Member of Congress proposes to use taxpayer money to fund the development of technology to track motorists as part of a new form of taxation. US Representative Earl Blumenauer (D-Oregon) introduced H.R. 3311 earlier this year to appropriate $154,500,000 for research and study into the transition to a per-mile vehicle tax system. The "Road User Fee Pilot Project"ť would be administered by the US Treasury Department. This agency in turn would issue millions in taxpayer-backed grants to well-connected commercial manufacturers of tolling equipment to help develop the required technology. Within eighteen months of the measure's passage, the department would file an initial report outlining the best methods for adopting the new federal transportation tax. - Source

09/21/09 - How To Shut Up Pesky Creationists
Easy to understand evidence for a common ape-like human/chimp ancestor. One of thousands of collaborating pieces of evidence, but this one is very conceptual. Whip it out anytime a creationist starts preaching. - Source

09/21/09 - Mankind May Soon Suffocate in Its Own Garbage
The volume of solid domestic waste discharged in the Earth’s biosphere has reached a geological figure – over 400 million tons a year. Such an enormous amount of waste affects global geochemical cycles. For example, the discharge of organic carbon – 85 million tons a year – doubles its natural absorption in the soil mantle – 42 million tons a year. The majority of modern cities in the world have become a serious source of garbage, especially when it comes to packaging materials. In Russia, the situation was a lot better during the Soviet times, when an average Soviet citizen would produce a tenfold smaller amount of garbage than an average resident of Europe. There were no plastic bags in Soviet grocery stores. The numbers have become equal now. Each Russian city resident produces over 300 kilos of solid domestic waste every year. Moscow produces over 15 million of waste a year. Eighty percent of this garbage cannot be recycled. Russia has accumulated over 90 billion tons of solid domestic waste, and only 30 percent of this amount can be recycled or destroyed. It goes without saying that the ground waters and the soil around the Istrinsky Landfill are entirely contaminated with toxic substances and pathogenic microorganisms. The water in the Istra River can be easily contaminated too after a heavy rainfall or snow melting. It may trigger serious epidemic such as cholera, plague and others. There are over 50 other gigantic landfills surrounding Moscow, each of them taking the square of tens of hectares of land. - Source

09/21/09 - New rabies vaccine may require only a single shot... not 6
A person, usually a child, dies of rabies every 20 minutes. However, only one inoculation may be all it takes for rabies vaccination, according to new research published in the Journal of Infectious Diseases by researchers at the Jefferson Vaccine Center. Currently, the World Health Organization standard for rabies infection is post-exposure prophylaxis. The complex regimen in the United States requires six different shots over 28 days: five of the rabies vaccine and one of rabies immunoglobulin. The current standard vaccine is made from inactivated rabies virus, whereas the experimental vaccine is made from a live rabies virus. The virus is modified by removing the M gene, thus inhibiting its spread within the vaccine recipient. Worldwide, the annual number of rabies-related deaths is estimated to be 40,000 to 70,000. - Source

09/20/09 - 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, 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. - Source

09/20/09 - Volkswagon L1 One Liter Car
KeelyNet A one-liter car? This moniker describes a car that uses one liter of fuel—about a quarter of a gallon—to propel a car for 100 kilometers, or 62 miles. The one-liter car’s fuel economy translates to almost 240 mpg, and VW has had such a car in its sights for some time now. Three ingredients were needed to make it happen: a supremely efficient powertrain, great aerodynamics, and lightweight engineering. As to the powertrain, VW has opted for a two-cylinder, 39-hp turbo-diesel engine combined with a 14-hp electric motor. There is a stop/start system and a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. The L1 can reach 100 mph, but fuel economy at that speed drops to a shameful 1.38 liters per 100 kilometers, or 170 mpg. The front-wheel-drive L1’s aerodynamics are optimized by the two-seat layout with the occupants sitting in a row. The result is a car that is relatively long, quite low, and extremely slim. The monocoque and body is made of carbon fiber, and total weight of the L1 is a mere 838 pounds. We think that the seating configuration will likely be changed as development progresses; two people sitting behind each other is too unusual for prospective buyers. Even so, the L1 looks refined and close to series production, which couldn’t be said of the 2002 concept. It could be on the market as soon as 2013, Volkswagen sources tell us. - Source

09/19/09 - Algae-fueled Car Completes 3,750 Mile Cross Country Tour
Indicating the true start of the Green Age, Sapphire Energy, the leader in algae-based renewable fuel, joined with the team behind the award winning film FUEL, to complete the first cross-country car tour fueled by a blend of algae-based gasoline in an unmodified engine. The Algaeus completed its 10-day, 3,750 mile US tour that started in San Francisco and arrived into New York City today, September 18th. The Algaeus represents a tangible peek into the very near future. Sapphire Energy provided the fuel, containing a mixture of hydrocarbons refined directly from algae-based Green Crude and extracted through Sapphire's proprietary process. The vehicle is based on a 2008 Toyota Prius that has been given an added battery pack, a plug and an advanced energy management system. The Algaeus got an average of 147 mpg city in PHEV (plug in electric hybrid) mode and 52mpg highway in hybrid mode on the cross country tour. The algae-based fuel performed flawlessly. Josh Tickell and FUEL Producer, Rebecca Harrell, were behind the wheel for the entire 10-day trip and reported back that the algae fuel blend provided a fun and reliable driving experience. "It flew up the mountain passes in Utah and Wyoming, was fast on the straight-aways, and zipped around cities with gusto" said Tickell. The duo recorded no loss in engine power, speed or acceleration with the small engine easily producing up to 20 kW of power. On the tour, the Algaeus was greeted by thousands of constituents and dozens of high-ranking elected officials as it dotted across the nation, pulling into Washington, DC, September 17. - Source

09/19/09 - The strange story of Dr. Death Ray
KeelyNet The story has been pieced together based on new research and documents held in national archives by Nottingham based science teacher Jonathan Foster for his book - The Death Ray - The Secret Life of Harry Grindell Matthews. His most infamous invention was the Death Ray which he began work on in 1924. Transmitting electrical energy via ultra violet light it was said to be able to make petrol engines stall, melt glass and explode gunpowder. "It was a very weak device but he wanted to scale it up," said Mr Foster. "He claimed that with sufficient power it would be possible to shoot down aeroplanes and explode munitions dumps. "It caused a sensation in the national press, questions were asked in Parliament and the government demanded a demonstration." - Source

09/19/09 - Mobile Phone Radiation Found To Stunt Crops In India
Mobile phones may have become ubiquitous in rural areas of India and popular among farmers. But electromagnetic radiation emanating from them may be stunting the growth of agricultural crops and plants, preliminary research has revealed. Studies carried out at Panjab University, Chandigarh, suggest that electromagnetic field (EMF) radiation from cell phones could choke seeds, affect germination and early growth. This is said to be the first such study on the impact of EMF radiation on seeds. The researchers germinated moong dal (Phaseolus aureus) seeds in a closed chamber in which two cell phones were kept on talk mode. The results were surprising – they indicated that the radiation emitted from the cell phones inhibited germination and early growth of the pulse. The germination of the seeds exposed to two and four hours of cell phone radiation reduced by 18 and 30 per cent respectively, compared to seeds that were not exposed to any radiation. Likewise, root and shoot lengths also showed a significant reduction in the seedlings emerging from cell phone-exposed seeds. The inhibitory effect of the electromagnetic radiation was greater on root growth than on shoot growth. The researchers found similar stunted growth for wheat seeds as well, in earlier studies. - Source

09/19/09 - Garlic Farmer Wards Off High-Speed Internet
"A Nova Scotia farmer is opposing the construction of a microwave tower for fear it will eventually mutate his organic garlic crop. Lenny Levine, who has been planting and harvesting garlic by hand on his Annapolis Valley land since the 1970s, is afraid his organic crop could be irradiated if EastLink builds a microwave tower for wireless high-speed internet access a few hundred meters from his farm." - Source

09/19/09 - Bullet-Proof Sheets of Carbon Nanotubes
"In April, [CEO] Lashmore had a mechanical multicaliber gun shoot bullets at different versions of his sheet, each less than a fifth of an inch thick. ... Army tests show the material works as well as Kevlar. The military also hopes to replace copper wiring in planes and satellites with highly conductive nanotubes, saving millions of dollars in fuel costs." - Source

09/19/09 - Austin Police Want Identities of Online Critics
"The police chief in Austin, TX is not happy that people are voicing their disapproval of him via anonymous blog posts and comments. He claims that 'such posts erode public trust in the department.' The chief wants to find out who these people are and investigate and prosecute such posters for statements he deems defamatory and libelous. Interestingly, the article notes, 'the Associated Press has reported that most of the cases fail because statements of opinion are protected under the First Amendment.' One wonders if this is a legitimate problem that warrants public money to investigate, or whether it's that the people who deserve the most public scrutiny don't like it when others take issue with their job performance." - Source

09/19/09 - "BAIL EM OUT! ????
KeelyNet In 1990, the Govt. seized the Mustang Ranch brothel (Nevada) for tax evasion as required by law, tried to run it. They failed and it closed.

Now we are trusting the economy, the financial system, the auto industry and possibly the health care industry to the same nit-wits who couldn't make money running a whore house and selling whiskey! - Source

09/19/09 - Firefox use reaches critical mass; Skype reigns in IM
It finally happened. After years of building momentum -- and more than a few false starts -- Mozilla's Firefox Web browser has finally reached critical mass. There are now more users running some variant of Firefox (50.6 percent) than not running it, according to the latest statistics from the exo.performance.network, which tracks the actual usage and configurations of thousands of PCs globally, providing a real-world snapshot. The real-world data also shows that Skype has become the most-used instant messaging client and that OpenOffice.org's open source productivity suite's adoption in Asia and Europe is 50 percent higher than in the United States. / 50.6% of computer users now run Firefox. 74% also run IE. 16% Also run Chrome. .0000132% also run Opera... - Source

09/19/09 - Illegally parked police van to catch speeders
Despite a warning from the state that the white speeder-catching van is illegal, a Juno Beach official is defending the vehicle that has brought the town more than $260,000 in fines. The van, which uses lasers and cameras to record the speed of passing vehicles, is owned and maintained by Georgia-based company Laser-Craft. The company keeps about 20 percent of the violations, $125 for the first violation and $250 for the second. The town, which pays for gas, keeps the rest. Parking private vehicles on the sides of state-owned roads is not authorized by the state and could be a safety hazard, according to the letter dated Sept. 10 from Florida Department of Transportation Chief Engineer Brian Blanchard. "Our preliminary review of the matter indicates that these are not authorized use of the state right-of-way. While law enforcement is allowed to use the right of way, use of structures or parked vehicles are not authorized...," according to the letter. Juno Beach Vice Mayor Bill Greene defended the location of the parked van. Whether the van is owned by a private company or is a town police car should not make a difference, he said. "A parked vehicle is a parked vehicle. The logic does not make sense to me," Greene said. The town regularly moves the van and parks it on public property on the sides of A1A, Ellison Wilson Road and U.S. 1. The public property on the sides of the road is known as right-of-way. - Source

09/19/09 - Cellulite-busting tights that melt away fat with crystals
It sounds just too good to be true - leggings which melt away cellulite. But this is what new hi-tech legwear can apparently do for women simply by heating up their skin with a 'wonder yarn' embedded with bio-crystals. Makers of the Scala Bio-Fir leggings and tights claim they could slim hips and thighs by as much as an inch. In tests, eight in ten women who wore them lost that amount of fat, although they had to wear them for six hours a day for 30 days in a row. The Ł15 black leggings - in vogue as the 1980s trend makes a comeback --went on sale at John Lewis on Thursday. The special yarn is hailed as the magic ingredient, emitting heat when it touches the skin, but not enough to be noticed by the wearer. This stimulates metabolism, improving blood flow and stimulating the body's lymphatic draining system to 'melt away' toxins and fat. These are turned into liquid and excreted through the liver or kidney. John Lewis claims the leggings are most effective if worn for six hours a day for a continuous 30 days. After this, they recommend regular use. - Source

09/17/09 - I Got a Patent … Copycats Ripped Me Off
KeelyNet I was excited to seek a reputable invention-assistance firm to help me find a manufacturer for my device, the “doggie poop freeze wand” that chemically freezes dog waste for easier disposal or faster decomposition. I recall all the problems I encountered getting the patent application done properly - the numerous times I had to re-submit the prospective parts of the application to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office before the patent was finally granted, largely because I didn’t have the money to hire a patent attorney. I felt if the Patent Office sent my application back for corrections so many times, it must have been trying to make sure my patent was well protected. I smiled to myself and said, ‘It was worth the trouble, if that’s what it takes to get it done right.’ My next thought was: “My idea is safe now. Yes! My invention is protected by a patent. I can feel comfortable talking to an invention-promotion firm or potential manufacturers about it.” I was wrong. - Source

09/17/09 - Emirati’s Seatbelt Invention Set to Save Lives on Roads
Khalid Mohammed Al Shammari's novel idea of saving lives from car accidents is securing electronic wiring from the seatbelt and fastening and linking it to the car engine and the gearbox, enabling the driver to switch on the engine and move the gear only when the seatbelt is fastened. “The engine will not switch on and the gear do not change if you will not wear the seatbelt,” he explained. Khalid said he came up with the idea when his older brother had a car accident two years ago and was badly injured when his head hit the windshield as he was not wearing his seatbelt. “Many people don’t wear seatbelt because they don’t want their Qandoorah to be crumpled and dirtied,” Khalid remarked. - Source

09/17/09 - Sonea Device Converts Noise To Energy
KeelyNet The Sonea is a machine that takes noise and convert it to energy for you to use it as you please. We’d probably think this would work best when installed at construction yards or somewhere super noisy, which would place it under the public domain and not for private use. 30 watts of power can be obtained for each decibel of sound it intercepts, which would translate to around 240kW of juice with each airplane taking off at the runway. - Source

09/17/09 - Inventor uses solar energy for lawnmower
Local resident Tim Lopez used his degree in aerospace engineering to help develop a solar powered lawn mower. Lopez told the newspaper that his invention is not "rocket science," but "just uses standard technology." The newspaper notes that Lopez and his wife are hoping to license the mower to a company that would then mass produce it once the technology is completely developed. So far, the products have generated local interest and reportedly involve solar panels being placed on the frames of standard electric mowers. Consumers may prove open to a solar powered mower because current gasoline powered models can contribute to greenhouse gas emissions. - Source

09/17/09 - $21 Billion Solar Space Project To Beam Electricity To Homes in 30 Years
KeelyNet The Japanese are preparing to develop a two trillion yen (approximately $21 billion USD) space solar project that will beam electricity from space in the form of microwaves or lasers to around 300,000 homes in Japan within three decades. The planned solar station will produce 1 Gigawatt of electricity from its four km2 (approximately 2.5 square miles) array of solar panels, which is enough to power just under 300,000 Tokyo homes, at present usage levels. Since the array will be in orbit some 36,000 km (22,500 miles) above the earth’s surface, it will be unaffected by weather conditions and will be able to generate power constantly. - Source

09/17/09 - Taking showers 'can make you ill'
Showering may be bad for your health, say US scientists, who have shown that dirty shower heads can deliver a face full of harmful bacteria. Tests revealed nearly a third of devices harbour significant levels of a bug that causes lung disease. Levels of Mycobacterium avium were 100 times higher than those found in typical household water supplies. In the Proceedings journal, the study authors say their findings might explain why there have been more cases of these lung infections in recent years, linked with people tending to take more showers and fewer baths. Water spurting from shower heads can distribute bacteria-filled droplets that suspend themselves in the air and can easily be inhaled into the deepest parts of the lungs, say the scientists from the University of Colorado at Boulder. While it is rarely a problem for most healthy people, those with weakened immune systems, like the elderly, pregnant women or those who are fighting off other diseases, can be susceptible to infection. They may develop lung infection with M. avium and experience symptoms including tiredness, a persistent, dry cough, shortness of breath and weakness, and generally feel unwell. Since plastic shower heads appear to "load up" with more bacteria-rich biofilms, metal shower heads may be a good alternative, said Professor Pace. Showers have also been identified as a route for spreading other infectious diseases, including a type of pneumonia called Legionnaires' disease and chest infections with a bacterium called Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Hot tubs and spa pools carry a similar infection risk, according to the Health Protection Agency. "These bacteria, which belong to the same family as TB, can be found in the environment and occasionally in water supplies but rarely cause disease in healthy people. - Source

09/17/09 - Why No One Believes Obama
On the 233rd day of his presidency, Barack Obama grabbed the country's lapels for the 263rd time—that was, as of last Wednesday, the count of his speeches, press conferences, town halls, interviews, and other public remarks. His speech to Congress was the 122nd time he had publicly discussed health care. Just 14 hours would pass before the 123rd, on Thursday morning. His incessant talking cannot combat what it has caused: An increasing number of Americans do not believe that he believes what he says. He says America's health-care system is going to wrack and ruin and requires root-and-branch reform—but that if you like your health care (as a large majority of Americans do), nothing will change for you. His slippery new formulation is that nothing in his plan will "require" anyone to change coverage. He used to say, "If you like your health-care plan, you'll be able to keep your health-care plan, period." He had to stop saying that because various disinterested analysts agree that his plan will give many employers incentives to stop providing coverage for employees. He deplores "scare tactics" but says that unless he gets his way, people will die. He praises temperate discourse but says many of his opponents are liars. He says Medicare is an exemplary program that validates government's prowess at running health systems. But he also says Medicare is unsustainable and going broke, and that he will pay for much of his reforms by eliminating the hundreds of billions of dollars of waste and fraud in this paragon of a program, and in Medicaid. He says Congress will cut Medicare (it will not) by $500 billion—without affecting benefits. - Source

09/17/09 - 45% Of Doctors Would Consider Quitting If Health Care Overhaul Passes
Two of every three practicing physicians oppose the medical overhaul plan under consideration in Washington, and hundreds of thousands would think about shutting down their practices or retiring early if it were adopted, a new IBD/TIPP Poll has found. The poll contradicts the claims of not only the White House, but also doctors' own lobby — the powerful American Medical Association — both of which suggest the medical profession is behind the proposed overhaul. It also calls into question whether an overhaul is even doable; 72% of the doctors polled disagree with the administration's claim that the government can cover 47 million more people with better-quality care at lower cost. - Source

09/17/09 - DOS Museum
DOS Museum is a non-profit website which exists to preserve DOS games and applications from being lost to degrading disks and hard drives. We offer a wide variety of titles with their “extras,” such as patches, save games, and add-ons. DOS Museum has larger goals than just being a file repository. We also take an active role in the preservation of DOS titles by encouraging copyright holders to make their work available, either for sale or as freeware. - Source

09/17/09 - New Scalp Exerciser is driven by Electricity (Feb, 1929)
KeelyNet BALDNESS seems to be the fear of all men. Here is the newest remedy for that fear. The new motor-driven scalp exerciser is guaranteed to give the scalp all the exercise that it needs. Scientifically the principle that this machine exemplifies is correct. Since blood is the food on which all the tissues of the body feed, the supply must be kept fresh and plentiful. Exercise will draw the blood to that portion of the body that is being so developed. The scalp does not receive sufficient exercise to warrant the growth of hair and as a result baldness ensues. To overcome this condition, the use of hair tonics became common. The chief value of any tonic is the process of application. The rubbing that is always prescribed makes the blood circulate and thus helps the hair gain new life. It was found that the hand could not deliver as much exercise as was really necessary, so the inventor of the scalp exerciser got busy. His machine possesses four rubber pads that are comparable to the human fingers. The motor is at the top and by means of vibrating rods causes the pads to move, which action exercises the scalp. - Source

09/17/09 - It's time the US grows up and legalizes drugs for personal use
FBI figures: One drug bust in US every 18 seconds. America is a nation at war, overseas in Iraq and Afghanistan, and at home. According to the newly released Federal Bureau of Investigation Uniform Crime Report for 2008 every 18 seconds someone is arrested and charged with violating drug laws. Another striking figure in the report: of the 1,702,537 drug arrests in 2008, 82.3 percent were for simple possession of a contraband substance. Nearly half, 44 percent, were for possession of marijuana. According to San Francisco Weekly's calculations, 2008 saw one marijuana arrest every 37 seconds. The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) said 2008 had the second-highest number of marijuana arrests the U.S. has ever seen. The group said that 2007 currently holds the record. How much money could be saved by not punishing victimless crimes? I'm sure the numbers have been run. So why are we wasting so much money and effort? Even Mexico has figured out that it's not worth it. - Source

09/17/09 - Funny very current Remix
This is why Kanye wasn't invited to Obama's big healthcare speech. If only the MTV VMA people had done the same - at least they had the good sense to not invite Congressman Joe Wilson. (And Beyonce's video *was* pretty awesome.) - Source

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09/17/09 - Orly On Notice
U.S. District Court Judge Clay Land tossed out on Wednesday a complaint by an Army captain fighting deployment to Iraq by questioning the legitimacy of President Barack Obama. Land also put attorney Orly Taitz, who represents Capt. Connie Rhodes and is a leader in the national "birther" movement, on notice by stating that she could face sanctions if she ever again files in his court a similar "frivolous" lawsuit - a document that at one point the judge states that a middle school student could find irony in. "(Rhodes) has presented no credible evidence and has made no reliable factual allegations to support her unsubstantiated, conclusory allegations and conjecture that President Obama is ineligible to serve as president of the United States," Land states in his order. "Instead, she uses her complaint as a platform for spouting political rhetoric, such as her claims that the president is ‘an illegal usurper, an unlawful pretender, [and] an unqualified imposter.'" And this: "Finally, in a remarkable shifting of the traditional legal burden of proof, plaintiff unashamedly alleges that defendant has the burden to prove his ‘natural born' status," Land states. "Any middle school civics student would readily recognize the irony of abandoning fundamental principles upon which our country was founded in order to purportedly ‘protect and preserve' those very principles. "Unlike in ‘Alice in Wonderland,' simply saying something is so does not make it so," Land says. - Source

09/17/09 - Disabling your cell phone’s mic for security
KeelyNet [Dan] set up this simple cell phone hack to disable his microphone when he’s not using his cell phone. He had read that the government can listen to you using your cell phone, even when it is off. This concerned him enough to hack into his phone. He removed the expansion port and wired the microphone to a magnetic reed switch. A strong magnet located in the screen side of his flip phone opens the circuit when he closes the phone. He notes that you could always just pop the battery out of your phone, but then you are left completely disconnected. This mod allows you to still receive phone calls. - Source

09/17/09 - SecurityTube – a YouTube for hacks
SecurityTube is a site which has recently caught our attention. The site has quite a variety of videos from various sources related to security and hacking. Videos range from DEFCON talks, to documentaries, step by step how tos, and even proof of concept vulnerability videos. It’s certainly a great resource for anyone looking for something a bit more involved then a plain text writeup, and offers a way for you to catch those hacker conference talks you missed. Many of the videos come with a bit of a background information as well, so it’s far more informative then your regular YouTube videos. This site is certainly going to become a very valuable resource for many people, and is certainly a great way to kill an afternoon while still learning something. - Source

09/17/09 - On-Body Circuits Create New Sense Organ
"In 'My New Sense Organ,' a science writer tests 'a new sense' — the ability to always know true north — by strapping a circuit board to her ankle. It's connected to an electronic compass and an ankle band with eight skin buzzers. The result? 'I had wrong assumptions I didn't know about ... I returned home to Washington DC to find that, far worse than my old haunt San Francisco, my mental map of DC swapped north for west. I started getting more lost than ever as the two spatial concepts of DC did battle in my head.' The device also detects 'the specific places where infrastructure interferes with the earth's magnetic fields.' - Source

09/17/09 - A Salt and Paper Battery
KeelyNet Researchers at Uppsala University in Sweden have made a flexible battery using two common, cheap ingredients: cellulose and salt. The lightweight, rechargeable battery uses thin pieces of paper--pressed mats of tangled cellulose fibers--for electrodes, while a salt solution acts as the electrolyte. "You don't need advanced equipment to make the batteries," Stromme says, "so they could be made on site in developing countries." The new battery uses a type of rechargeable thin-film design that many other researchers and companies have been working on for several years. Thin-film batteries typically use solid electrolytes instead of liquid or gel, and their electrodes are typically made of lithium combined with metals such as nickel, cobalt, or manganese. The salt-and-paper battery is an ideal replacement for the lithium ones used in many low-power portable devices, such as wireless sensors, smart cards, medical implants, and RFID tags. "For these applications, the thinner and smaller the battery, the better," says Sara Bradford, an energy and power consultant at Frost & Sullivan. - Source

09/17/09 - Transforming Waste Plastic Into $10/Barrel Fuel
"Today Washington D.C. based company Envion opened a $5 million dollar facility that they claim will be able to efficiently transform plastic waste into a source of oil-like fuel. The technology uses infra-red energy to remove hydrocarbons from plastic without the use of a catalyst, transforming 82% of the original plastic material into fuel. According to Envion, the resulting fuel can then be blended with other components, providing a source for gasoline or diesel at as low as $10 per barrel." - Source

09/17/09 - Mafia Sinks Ships Containing Toxic Waste
"For years there have been rumors that the mafia was sinking ships with nuclear and other waste on board as part of a money-making racket. Now, BBC reports on a sunken vessel that has been found 30km off the coast of Italy. Murky pictures taken by a robot camera show the vessel intact, and alongside it are a number of yellow barrels with labels indicating the contents are toxic. The ship's location was revealed by Francesco Fonti, an ex-member of Calabria's feared 'Ndrangheta crime group, who confessed to using explosives to sink this vessel and two others as part of an illegal operation to bypass rules on the disposal of toxic waste. Experts are now examining samples taken from the wreck, and an official says that if the samples prove to be radioactive then a search for up to 30 other sunken vessels believed scuttled by the mafia would begin immediately. 'The Mediterranean is 0.7 percent of the world's seas. If in this tiny portion there are more than 30 (toxic waste) shipwrecks, imagine what there could be elsewhere,' says Silvestro Greco, head of Calabria's environment agency." - Source

09/17/09 - Beer Money Innovation - The $150 Edge-of-Space Camera
KeelyNet Two students (from MIT, of course) put together a low-budget rig to fly a camera high enough to photograph the curvature of the Earth. Instead of rockets, boosters and expensive control systems, they filled a weather balloon with helium and hung a styrofoam beer cooler underneath to carry a cheap Canon A470 compact camera. Instant hand warmers kept things from freezing up and made sure the batteries stayed warm enough to work. Of course, all this would be pointless if the guys couldn’t find the rig when it landed, so they dropped a prepaid GPS-equipped cellphone inside the box for tracking. Total cost, including duct tape? $148. - Source

09/17/09 - Feud on clean energy plan
CALIFORNIA Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger will veto a bill requiring the state to get a third of its electricity from solar, wind and other renewable sources, his staff said on Monday in a fight that shows the difficulties of addressing climate change fast. While many states debate whether so-called green jobs are real and if the cost of cutting carbon is worth the price, Californians focus mostly on how and how fast to move. Both sides in California want the state to get 33 percent of its electricity from solar, wind and other alternative energy by 2020. A study by the state's utilities commission says that is unlikely in almost any circumstances due to the complexity and cost of the project, while a 2010 goal of 20 percent renewables is judged impossible to hit on time. - Source

09/17/09 - Mr. Obama, You Scare Me...
KeelyNet Please click on Source below and read, even if you are an Obama fan. It is legitimate, written by respected, Lou Prichett, formerly of Proctor and Gamble. Lou Pritchett is one of corporate America 's true living legends- an acclaimed author, dynamic teacher and one of the world's highest rated speakers. Successful corporate executives everywhere recognize him as the foremost leader in change management. Lou changed the way America does business by creating an audacious concept that came to be known as "partnering." Pritchett rose from soap salesman to Vice-President, Sales and Customer Development for Procter and Gamble and over the course of 36 years, made corporate history. / (Thanks to Jerry Draughon for this headsup. - JWD) - Source and others think the same way as at 'Why Obama Scares me...' and this '6 Month Job Evaluation'.

09/17/09 - Automobile "Right To Repair" Bill Advances In Massachusetts
"Since the advent of congressionally mandated computers in vehicles more than 15 years ago (for emissions), cars have evolved into complex machines that are no longer just mechanical. Computers now monitor and control most systems in the car from brakes to tire pressure and all the electronics and engine fluids... [and] car manufacturers continue to hold back on some of the information that your mechanic needs in order to properly repair your car and reset your codes and warning lights... Massachusetts is now poised to solve this problem and car-driving consumers should pay attention this fall when the Massachusetts Legislature takes up landmark legislation that would force manufacturers to respect the right of consumers to access their own repair information. The legislation, known as Right to Repair, is seen by car manufacturers as a threat to the lucrative service business in their dealerships and they are massing their lobbyists on Beacon Hill in an effort to defeat it." - Source

09/17/09 - Space Debris
KeelyNet Orbital debris, or “space junk,” is any man-made object in orbit around the Earth that no longer serves a useful purpose. Space junk can be bad news for an orbiting satellite. To minimize the risk of collision between spacecraft and space junk, the U.S. Space Surveillance Network tracks all debris larger than 10 centimeters. These images represent all man-made objects, both functioning and useful objects and debris, currently being tracked. Of the approximately 19,000 manmade objects larger than 10 centimeters in Earth orbit as of July 2009, most orbit close to the Earth. A distinctive ring marks the geostationary orbit, a unique place where satellites orbit at the same rate that the Earth turns, allowing them to essentially remain over a single spot on Earth at all times. This orbit is invaluable for weather and communications satellites. When satellites in geostationary orbit are taken out of operation, they are moved to another orbit to keep the geostationary orbit clear. The dots between the geostationary orbit and the low-Earth orbit are in an orbit used by GPS satellites or a highly elliptical orbit, called Molniya, used to monitor the far north or south. The orbit of each piece is well known. If any debris comes into the path of an operating NASA satellite, flight controllers will maneuver the satellite out of harm’s way. As of May 2009, satellites in NASA’s Earth Observing System had been maneuvered three times to avoid orbital debris. NASA flight engineers are carefully tracking the debris from the Iridium collision, since much of it is near the altitude at which EOS satellites orbit. / (Wonder if this massive amount of floating junk also poses a problem for UFOs and visitors from other planets or star systems? - JWD) - Source

09/17/09 - Runaway Drone Shot Out of Sky
An MQ-9 Reaper drone's fail-safe programming failed and it rushed through Afghanistan's airspace on Sunday. The US Air Force simply responded by sending a manned plane to shoot it down. Turns out this isn't all that uncommon. Apparently the pilots of an unmanned, but armed, MQ-9 Reaper drone lost control of the UAV a few days ago. The resulting manned mission to take it down was mounted almost immediately and ended successfully before the drone reached the edges of Afghanistan's airspace. - Source

09/17/09 - Best idea ever: the three-day workweek!
The magazine NewScientist makes a compelling case for the four-day workweek in the current issue. But I have a better idea: the three-day workweek. Everybody works the same number of hours, and gets paid the same. But employees work from home Thursday and Fridays. - Source

09/17/09 - Hand-Washing Won’t Stop H1N1
KeelyNet "Studies prove that regular hand-washing dramatically reduces the spread of infection," says the Disney Web page, which links to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Web site. Thanks in part to this and other campaigns run by the CDC, it has become conventional wisdom that hand-washing is the best way to protect yourself from the H1N1 strain of influenza. But while hand-washing has been shown to be a great defense against the common cold and other respiratory diseases, it might not actually be that helpful against the influenza virus, including the H1N1 strain. That's because there is virtually no evidence that people can catch the influenza virus from germs that they pick up on their hands, according to Arthur Reingold, head of epidemiology at the University of California, Berkeley, and codirector of the CDC-funded California Emerging Infections Program. Instead, humans are most likely to catch influenza by breathing in microscopic particles exhaled by infected people. - Source

09/17/09 - In Britain, Better Not Call It Bogus Science
'In Britain, libel laws are censoring the ability of journalists to write stories about bogus science. Simon Singh, a Ph.D. physicist and author of several best-selling popular-science books, is currently being sued by the British Chiropractic Association (BCA) for saying that there is no evidence for claims that visiting a chiropractor has health benefits. A year earlier, writer Ben Goldacre faced a libel suit for an article critical of Matthias Rath, who claimed that vitamin supplements can treat HIV and AIDS in place of conventional drugs like anti-retrovirals. In Britain, libel laws don't have any presumption of innocence — any statement made is assumed to be false unless you prove it's true. Journalists are running scared.' - Source

09/17/09 - Obama is Just a Slave
Change...Yes we can! Let us just assume, not to be too unkind to Obama (we might get accused of being racists), that he was unable to finish pronouncing the sentence. What he meant to say must have been something like: “Change...Yes we can say the word!” But he apparently never got beyond the first four words. If Obama actually meant to say what he has been saying during his campaign, i.e. that with the support of those who would vote for him, he would be effecting change, he has been deceiving the people. However, he might also have been stating the obvious: “Change...Yes we can!” just meaning that his voters would be able to vote him into office, thus bringing about a change in the ruling party, from Republican to Democrat. Let us be honest, how much change have we been seeing? Change for the worse, certainly, but change for the better, the kind Obama was suggesting he would inititate? None whatsoever. All we have seen is incremental change: more war, more killing, more stealing from the taxpayer, more deceit of “allies” (the politically correct term for “client states”), more home foreclosures, more bank failures, more bankruptcies, more bonuses paid out to incompetent bankers and Wall Street fraudsters. - Source

09/15/09 - E-Up: Volkswagen ELECTRIC CAR Unveiled
KeelyNet Yhe company said the E-Up compact would likely only go into production in 2013 and approach production levels of that of its other popular compact cars only by 2020. The company said the front wheel drive car's lithium ion battery will have 18 kilowatt hours energy capacity enabling a driving distance of around 130 kilometers, or about 80 miles, depending on driving style. He said only in high volumes and on all continents could one truly speak of the beginning of the electric age in automobiles and a perceptible reduction of their environmental impact. - Source

09/15/09 - Cyclone Power Tech Completes Prototype Biomass Electric Generator
Cyclone`s prototype biomass generator is a self-contained, compact system that utilizes the company`s award-winning Waste Heat Engine (WHE) to produce power from heat derived from biomass combustion. In the current testing stage, the company is using wood pellets, but virtually any dry plant matter - including grass clippings, corn stalks or wood chips - could be burned cleanly and efficiently. "We believe our system is truly game changing," stated Allan Brown, Cyclone`s senior engineer on the WHE biomass project. "Many families, farms and businesses throughout the world burn biomass to heat buildings and warm water, but being able to create electricity from the same fuel source in any climate, at any time of year, offers vast possibilities." At the heart of Cyclone`s biomass generator system is the patent pending WHE, a six-cylinder Rankine cycle external heat engine capable of generating up to 15HP of mechanical power. An attached biomass combustion chamber produces up to 600°F of heat to run the WHE at peak performance. An alternator or generator then converts mechanical energy from the engine into as much as 10kW of usable electricity. The entire system, including engine, heat exchangers, burner, electrical alternator/generator, and feed hopper is mounted on a pallet for portability. The company now plans to create a commercial production model of the WHE biomass generator, which could be sold through home and garden retailers, agricultural machinery wholesalers, or biomass furnace manufacturers and distributors. - Source

09/15/09 - Has Osama Bin Laden been dead for seven years - are the U.S. and UK covering it up to continue war on terror?
The U.S. State Department offered a reward of $50million for his whereabouts. The FBI named him one of their ten 'most wanted' fugitives, telling the public to watch out for a left-handed, grey-bearded gentleman who walks with a stick. Yet this master terrorist remains elusive. He has escaped the most extensive and expensive man-hunt in history, stretching across Waziristan, the 1,500 miles of mountainous badlands on the borders of Pakistan and Afghanistan. Undeterred, Barack Obama has launched a fresh operation to find him. This new offensive is, of course, based on the premise that the 9/11 terrorist is alive. After all, there are the plethora of 'Bin Laden tapes' to prove it. Yet what if he isn't? What if he has been dead for years, and the British and U.S. intelligence services are actually playing a game of double bluff? What if everything we have seen or heard of him on video and audio tapes since the early days after 9/11 is a fake - and that he is being kept 'alive' by the Western allies to stir up support for the war on terror? Incredibly, this is the breathtaking theory that is gaining credence among political commentators, respected academics and even terror experts. This week, still more questions have been raised with the publication in America and Britain of a book called Osama Bin Laden: Dead or Alive? Written by political analyst and philosopher Professor David Ray Griffin, former emeritus professor at California's Claremont School of Theology, it is provoking shock waves - for it goes into far more detail about his supposed death and suggests there has been a cover-up by the West. The book claims that Bin Laden died of kidney failure, or a linked complaint, on December 13, 2001, while living in Afghanistan's Tora Bora mountains close to the border with Waziristan. His burial took place within 24 hours, in line with Muslim religious rules, and in an unmarked grave, which is a Wahhabi custom. The author insists that the many Bin Laden tapes made since that date have been concocted by the West to make the world believe Bin Laden is alive. The purpose? To stoke up waning support for the war on terror in Iraq and Afghanistan. - Source

09/15/09 - Osama bin Laden probably DEAD but Image used to Keep the fear alive
KeelyNet Whether dead or alive, Osama bin Laden continues to fascinate the huge tribe of terrorism experts that sprouted like weeds in the fertile imagination of the West after the attacks of 9/11. Whose interest does it serve to keep Obama’s fiction alive? There are many unsavoury characters that benefit from keeping his myth alive for their own agendas. Could it be that the ISI or Pakistan military are keeping him under wrap? If so, why have they not been able to keep Osama’s deputy, Ayman al-Zawahiri from shutting up? He keeps on producing videos and audios at critical moments and there have also been reports of his presence in such places as Waziristan that have come under repeated US drone attacks. The fact is that the myth of Osama being alive is far more useful to most players, including the US, than his death. He may be dead but he will not be buried until the US’s “long war on terror” ends. And that is not likely to happen anytime soon. US President Barack Obama may have changed the language of discourse on war, but its prosecution is on course. In fact, he has escalated it further. In this scenario, a dead Osama being kept alive is extremely important for this mission. Long live Osama bin Elvis! - Source and this one with more details about the Al Queda fantasy - When Seeing and Hearing Isn't Believing: 'Digital morphing — voice, video, and photo — has come of age, available for use in psychological operations'. WhatReallyHappened shows that Bin Laden in 2004 did not look like himself any more (see photo on right). He even became right-handed spontaneously (see thee video, WMV). In short, it involves an actor, and not even a very good one. And his voice? In the meantime, thanks to technique, it is possible to totally forge a voice and let it say anything you want: '"Gentlemen! We have called you together to inform you that we are going to overthrow the United States government." So begins a statement being delivered by Gen. Carl W. Steiner, former Commander-in-chief, U.S. Special Operations Command. At least the voice sounds amazingly like him. But it is not Steiner. It is the result of voice "morphing" technology developed at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico. By taking just a 10-minute digital recording of Steiner's voice, scientist George Papcun is able, in near real time, to clone speech patterns and develop an accurate facsimile. Steiner was so impressed, he asked for a copy of the tape', writes the Washington Post.

09/15/09 - I can cure AIDS with perfume
A Kazahkstan scientist has claimed he cure AIDS by injecting perfume into patients, but only if the cologne is expensive. Scientist Beime Larzjaibaeva of Tolebinsk announced to a local news agency that his "cure" could work miracles. Larzjaibaeva said the perfume has to be expensive for his treatment to work. - Source

09/13/09 - Overloading the System to Destruction using the Cloward-Piven Strategy
KeelyNet Katman sent me this link to photos of the tea party rally in Washington and in one of the photos was a sign mentioning the Cloward Piven Strategy. I'd never heard of this so did a search and was astounded at what I found. It sure looks like the beginning of what is to come if we can't get it together on a grassroots level. / ...the "Cloward-Piven Strategy" seeks to hasten the fall of capitalism by overloading the government bureaucracy with a flood of impossible demands, thus pushing society into crisis and economic collapse. In their 1966 article, Cloward and Piven charged that the ruling classes used welfare to weaken the poor; that by providing a social safety net, the rich doused the fires of rebellion. Poor people can advance only when "the rest of society is afraid of them," Cloward told The New York Times on September 27, 1970. Rather than placating the poor with government hand-outs, wrote Cloward and Piven, activists should work to sabotage and destroy the welfare system; the collapse of the welfare state would ignite a political and financial crisis that would rock the nation; poor people would rise in revolt; only then would "the rest of society" accept their demands. The key to sparking this rebellion would be to expose the inadequacy of the welfare state. Most Americans to this day have never heard of Cloward and Piven. But New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani attempted to expose them in the late 1990s. As his drive for welfare reform gained momentum, Giuliani accused the militant scholars by name, citing their 1966 manifesto as evidence that they had engaged in deliberate economic sabotage. "This wasn't an accident," Giuliani charged in a 1997 speech. "It wasn't an atmospheric thing, it wasn't supernatural. This is the result of policies and programs designed to have the maximum number of people get on welfare." Cloward and Piven never again revealed their intentions as candidly as they had in their 1966 article. Even so, their activism in subsequent years continued to rely on the tactic of overloading the system. When the public caught on to their welfare scheme, Cloward and Piven simply moved on, applying pressure to other sectors of the bureaucracy, wherever they detected weakness. This was an example of what are commonly called Trojan Horse movements -- mass movements whose outward purpose seems to be providing material help to the downtrodden, but whose real objective is to draft poor people into service as revolutionary foot soldiers; to mobilize poor people en masse to overwhelm government agencies with a flood of demands beyond the capacity of those agencies to meet. The flood of demands was calculated to break the budget, jam the bureaucratic gears into gridlock, and bring the system crashing down. Fear, turmoil, violence and economic collapse would accompany such a breakdown -- providing perfect conditions for fostering radical change. - Source and the Cloward-Piven website

09/13/09 - Austrian Business Cycle Theory - Irrational Exuberance
KeelyNet The theory proposes that a sustained period of low interest rates and excessive credit creation results in a volatile and unstable imbalance between saving and investment.[3] According to the theory, the business cycle unfolds in the following way. Low interest rates tend to stimulate borrowing from the banking system. This expansion of credit causes an expansion of the supply of money, through the money creation process in a fractional reserve banking system. This in turn leads to an unsustainable boom during which the artificially stimulated borrowing seeks out diminishing investment opportunities. This boom results in widespread malinvestments, causing capital resources to be misallocated into areas that would not attract investment if the money supply remained stable. A correction or "credit crunch" – commonly called a "recession" or "bust" – occurs when exponential credit creation cannot be sustained. Then the money supply suddenly and sharply contracts when markets finally "clear", causing resources to be reallocated back towards more efficient uses. - Source

09/13/09 - 12kW solar collector
Though not much info is readly available about it on the web, [Joe Carruth] is trying to build publicity (and venture capital) for his home-built solar electric generator. At its essence, it is a Stirling dish system with an adjustable composite mirror surface. This means that instead of having to rotate the entire contraption in order to follow the Sun, [Joe] only has to make the mirror segments pivot. A Stirling steam engine at the tip converts the energy into the movement used to generate electricity. Solar power plants (or ‘farms’) that are emerging are beginning to consider the advantages of using more efficient Stirling dishes rather than less efficient solar panels. If anyone has an idea as to how [Joe] can automate sun tracking for the mirrors, please post it in the comments. / The unit weighs 1.5 tons and is 12.5 ft x 14.5 ft of active collection area. He currently manually tracks the sun for testing and hopes to get some funding to bring this project to a self contained version that can be available for Alternative Power production. - Source

09/13/09 - Lichtblick and Volkswagen To Build 'Swarm' Power Plants
KeelyNet "As more and more renewable energy enters the grid, it gets increasingly difficult to match supply and demand 24/7. The answer of German power company Lichtblick and Volkswagen is a swarm of 100,000 flexible base-load generators. These fridge-sized CHP (Combined Heat and Power) generators that will be installed in people's basements in Hamburg starting early next year will feed electricity into the grid and the waste heat into their home's water/heating. The "ZuhauseKraftwerk" (HomePowerPlant) features a vanilla VW Golf natural-gas engine that generates 20kW electrical and 34 kW heat with an efficiency of 92%. The units are remotely controlled via a mobile network or DSL; they can ramp up in a minute if needed. A water tank ensures that heat is continuously available, while electricity is produced on demand. The swarm will replace two nuclear plants, they say. And your old oil heating needed replacement anyway." / Although the generators are not a new concept, the project is novel in that Lichtblick would retain control over the plants after their installation. Households would pay around 5,000 euros (7,250 dollars) to have the generators set up along with an appropriate heating system. But individuals would then pay a lower price for heating and receive a modest “rent” for hosting the generator, as well as a bonus at the end of the year calculated on electricity revenues that resulted from Lichtblick’s sales. - Source

09/13/09 - Solar Tree: Personal Solar-Powered Pole
KeelyNet I have a confession; I’m a total lost cause when it comes to recharging my phone, iPod and camera. Three gadgets I can’t leave my home without and somehow, I always leave it till the last moment for recharging! Needless to say, I manage just some amount of power on them and carry their wires with me, and plug them in the next available socket. Dandy, but what do I and others like me do, when we hit the beaches? Carry the Solar Tree of course! Awesome thought of having a personalized solar-powered pole with sufficient sockets to plug in multiple devices. - Source

09/13/09 - US Nuclear Power Industry Poised For a Comeback
"For the first time in decades, popular opinion is on the industry's side. A majority of Americans thinks nuclear power, which emits virtually no carbon dioxide, is a safe and effective way to battle climate change, according to recent polls. At the same time, legislators are showing renewed interest in nuclear as they hunt for ways to slash greenhouse-gas emissions. The industry is seizing this chance to move out of the shadow of Three Mile Island and Chernobyl and show that it has solved the three big problems that have long dogged it: cost, safety and waste." - Source

09/13/09 - The Old Robots Website
KeelyNet We found The Old Robots Website this morning and ended up spending way too much time there. It’s a display of mainly consumer robots, though there are some custom jobs tossed in there too. Ranging from silly to awesome and everywhere in between, we found tons of great information. By strange coincidence, we saw Arok in a documentary about eclectic homes last night. Arok’s creator explained that not only is he an amazingly versatile robot, Arok is also going to be the medium for communication after his creators death. That makes him even creepier. - Source

09/13/09 - Keeping Us Safe
I grew very tired during last year's campaign season of defenders of George W. Bush insisting that we all give the outgoing administration "credit for keeping us safe from terrorist attacks in the U.S. for more than seven years." The insistence that Bush kept us safe depends on giving him a mulligan for the attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people in the United States on the morning of Sept. 11 in his first year in office... Are we prepared, tomorrow at 7:46 a.m. Chicago time, if the moment passes without a domestic attack, to say that President Obama kept us safer longer than George W. Bush? If you want to play the credit/blame game, get ready to tip your hat to Obama tomorrow morning. - Source

09/13/09 - Check out the 'Google Holodeck'!
I filmed this great toy while I was on vacation in California - I had spent a few days at the Googleplex campus in Mountain View, and found the Holodeck there. I hooked up with the team that built it and we agreed that I will go and build one for the Zurich office where I work :-) It's one of my few HD uploads, but it's worth the view. Thanks to Sebastien Tellier for the great music track. Note: the views in this video are entirely personal, not the Holodeck team's, and not Google's. It's merely a fun representation of what one can do with Google Earth and a few big screens. - Source

09/13/09 - Subterranean Solar Panels?
EarthSure, (http://www.earth-sure.com) a renewable energy company and innovator in alternative energy sources announced today the company`s latest patent-pending renewable energy invention. Subterranean Solar, or SubSolar, is a unique and innovative system of utilizing `subterranean solar panels" to gather solar power. No unsightly above ground solar panels need to be used anymore. Currently, solar panels are secured on rooftops or other open spaces. Depending upon the size of the solar module system, this can require large areas of space, and more times than not, this intrudes upon space that can be utilized more efficiently and effectively. SubSolar panels are installed underneath the ground, virtually invisible to the naked eye. How Does It Work? A compact optical device is installed upon a rooftop or other sunlight-catching environment. This optical device captures and magnifies the sun`s rays and transfers the sunlight from its linear or cylindrical lenses though fiber-optic lines leading down into an underground storage of solar panel modules. The subterranean solar panels are buried approx 3-4 feet underground and are encased in cylindrical tubes or in a semi-hermetically sealed box (or boxes made out of PVC that are in a vacuum chamber atmosphere) which will utilize the ultimate light absorption in the box light vacuum chamber that encapsulates the solar panel modules. Other than the compact optical device, the solar system is practically invisible. This system keeps unsightly panels and fixtures from effecting the aesthetics of homes and commercial or industrial buildings. Always out of sight, but never out of free energy potential! Another benefit of utilizing SubSolar underground solar panels is that it keeps the equipment out of the elements, elements which can damage the panels and decrease the life span of the equipment. Underground chambers will always stay clean and pristine to aid in better electrical output and eradicate poor performance associated with contaminated modules, making them virtually maintenance free. Also, being under the earth`s surface, the solar modules naturally remain cooler, which in turn makes them more productive, preventing overheating for more consistent electrical output. - Source

09/13/09 - 48% Of Consumers In The U.S. Would Buy A Plug-in Hybrid Car
Nearly half of U.S. consumers are interested in buying a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle, according to a survey released Tuesday by Boulder’s Pike Research. According to Pike’s survey of 1,041 U.S. consumers, 48 percent said they would be “extremely” or “very” interested in buying a plug-in hybrid, or PHEV, with a 40-mile range on a single charge. - Source

09/13/09 - Tapping Tree Power
KeelyNet [bugloaf] tipped us off about this flower power hack. University of Washington researchers, [Babak], [Brian], and [Carlton] have developed very low power circuits to run directly off of trees. This builds upon the work of MIT researchers and Voltree Power. A voltage of up to around 200mV is generated between an electrode in a tree and an electrode in the ground. Identical metals can be used as electrodes as the process is not like that of a lemon or potato battery. The significant development here is the use of a boost converter and exceptionally low power circuits. What kind of applications can you come up with for this source of power? Maybe you could try to combine this power with the power from donuts and hair. - Source

09/13/09 - Exoskeleton rental now available
The HAL two-leg exoskeleton is now available for rent in Tokyo for $2300 per month. We saw the HAL in our power suit roundup from last year. There is footage of this lower-extremity suit demonstrated by three people. The video is a bit creepy because the they are apparently just out for a stroll in the city. We really do want to see this succeed. Every time another advancement in exoskeletons comes around we glimpse the future of mobility and freedom for victims of paralysis. The machine is controlled via an interface that picks up electrical impulses on the surface of the skin. The built in battery provides power for up to five hours of operation before recharging is necessary. / The 10-kilogram (22-pound) machine belts at the waist, and has a battery and computer system at the back. The system also has sensors that pick up weak electric signals that are sent along the skin's surface to the brain. This allows HAL to help wearers move in the way they are thinking. The average walking speed with the assist of the suit is 1.8 kilometers per hour. The company began renting out the suits last October. The rental cost is 220-thousand yen (2,200 US dollars) a month. The idea is that when a person attempts to move, nerve signals are sent from the brain to the muscles via motoneuron, moving the musculoskeletal system as a consequence. At this moment, very weak biosignals can be detected on the surface of the skin. "HAL" catches these signals through a sensor attached on the skin of the wearer. Based on the signals obtained, the power unit is controlled to move the joint unitedly with the wearer's muscle movement, enabling to support the wearer's daily activities. - Source

09/13/09 - Cain and Abel: Windows password recovery utility
As far as password recovery utilities go, Cain & Abel is by far one of the best out there. It’s designed to run on Microsoft Windows 2000/XP/Vista but has methods to recover passwords for other systems. It is able to find passwords in the local cache, decode scrambled passwords, find wireless network keys or use brute-force and dictionary attacks. For recovering passwords on other systems Cain & Abel has the ability to sniff the local network for passwords transmitted via HTTP/HTTPS, POP3, IMAP, SMTP and much more. We think it is quite possibly one of the best utilities to have as a system administrator, and definitely a must have for your toolbox. - Source

09/13/09 - Extend Your Razor's Life with a Pair of Jeans
If you use disposable razor blades, odds are they get dull more quickly than you'd like. Instructables points us to a video demonstration showing how to extend their utility with a pair of blue jeans. The DIYer in the video says he's kept the same disposable razor sharp for six months. How? By taking a pair of jeans and running the razor up and down 10 to 20 times in one direction along the entire length of the jeans and then again in the opposite direction. Apparently "the threads of the jeans run in a diagonal so switching directions allows for [a] balanced approach to fine tuning the blade's edge." - Source

09/13/09 - Bacteria Used To Make Radioactive Metals Inert
"Researcher Judy Wall is experimenting with bacteria that can cleanse the radioactivity from toxic areas by rendering the heavy metals into non-toxic, inert versions. The technology is not without its flaws (the bacteria can't exist in an oxygenated environment yet), but it does have the potential to cleanse some of the world's hazardous sites. From the article: 'The bacteria Wall is studying are bio-corrosives and can change the solubility of heavy metals. They can take uranium and convert it to uraninite, a nearly insoluble substance.'" - Source

09/13/09 - 19 Year LED Light - The Future of Lighting
KeelyNet Panasonic just launched an LED lightbulb in Japan that can shine for 19 years. It’s called the “EverLed.” This is the wave of the future. Fluorescent bulbs, the kind that are supposed to replace incandescents, will just be a stop on the way to environmentally-friendly lighting. For one thing, fluorescent bulbs aren’t all that green when you take their mercury pollution into account. Panasonic’s LED lightbulb costs $40, but it lasts almost 20 years. - Source

09/13/09 - Risk Aversion At Odds With Manned Space Exploration
"Rand Simberg, a former aerospace engineer finds the report a little too innocuous. In this analysis, Simberg asks, what happens when we take the risk out of space travel? ... Aerospace pioneer Burt Rutan said a few years ago that if we're not killing people, we're not pushing hard enough. That might sound harsh to people outside the aerospace community but, as Rutan knows, test pilots and astronauts are a breed of people that willingly accepts certain risk in order to be part of great endeavors. They're volunteers and they know what they're getting into." - Source

09/13/09 - "Wiretapping" Charges May Be Oddest Ever Recorded
KeelyNet "Guy kicks up a fuss at a Massachusetts car-repair shop, employees call the police, guy allegedly gives them a hard time, too, and they charge the fellow with a variety of expectable charges: disorderly conduct, resisting arrest ... and 'unlawful wiretapping and possessing a device for wiretapping.' The device? A digital voice recorder. Massachusetts is one of only 12 states that prohibit the recording of a conversation unless all parties to it are aware it's being recorded." - Source

09/13/09 - Tracking Stolen Gadgets — Manufacturers' New Dilemma
"Samuel Borgese, for instance, is still irate about the response from Amazon when he recently lost his Kindle. After leaving it on a plane, he canceled his account so that nobody could charge books to his credit card. Then he asked Amazon to put the serial number of his wayward device on a kind of do-not-register list that would render it inoperable — to 'brick it' in tech speak. Amazon's policy is that it will help locate a missing Kindle only if the company is contacted by a police officer bearing a subpoena. Mr. Borgese, who lives in Manhattan, questions whether hunting down a $300 e-book reader would rank as a priority for the New York Police Department." - Source

09/13/09 - First Algae Car Attempts To Cross the US On 25 Gallons of Fuel
"San Francisco recently saw the unveiling of the world's first algae fuel-powered vehicle, dubbed the Algaeus. The plug-in hybrid car, which is a Prius tricked out with a nickel metal hydride battery and a plug, runs on green crude from Sapphire Energy — no modifications to the gasoline engine necessary. The set-up is so effective, according to FUEL producer Rebecca Harrell, that the Algaeus can cross the US on approximately 25 gallons of fuel — a figure which is currently being tested on a coast-to-coast road trip." - Source

09/13/09 - Documentary Heaven
Documentary Heaven was set up early July 2009 to provide the public with a vast collection of documentaries spanning across every genre out there. We intend on continuously updating the site on a daily basis to bring you nothing but the very best. We understand that the internet can be a very interesting place filled with much to do, but have you ever had one of those days where there seems to be absolutely nothing amongst that vast collection of websites out there that could possibly interest you? Well now there is documentaryheaven.com. So whenever your bored, just relaxing or simply in the mood to watch something interesting, why not pop onto our site and find a documentary that takes your interest! - Source

09/13/09 - Nigerian government demands apology from Sony
The Nigerian government has demanded an apology from Sony for making a humorous reference to Nigerian scams. In the ad, an actor says, "You can't believe everything you read on the Internet. Otherwise I'd be a Nigerian millionaire by now." A spokesman for the Nigerian government said in response: "Nigeria also demands an unconditional apology from Sony Corporation for this deliberate negative campaign against the country’s image and reputation." - Source

09/13/09 - Industry leaders support open government
Ten industry leaders - Yahoo!, PayPal, Google, Equifax, AOL, VeriSign, Acxiom, Citi, Privo and Wave Systems - announced today they will support the first pilot programs designed for the American public to engage in open government - government that is transparent, participatory, and collaborative. This open identity initiative is a key step in President Obama's memorandum to make it easy for individuals to register and participate in government websites - without having to create new usernames and passwords. Additionally, members of the public will be able to fully control how much or how little personal information they share with the government at all times. - Source

09/13/09 - Feds push new national identification card program
Four years ago, President Bush signed a law requiring states to create driver's licenses that meet national standards, store related information in nationally connected databases and foot the bill for most of this nearly $4-billion project. Now, after the 2005 Real ID Act has alienated state governments and privacy advocates alike, the federal government is considering a replacement measure called Pass ID that it hopes will improve national security while being less expensive and less intrusive on privacy. - Source

09/13/09 - Obama's savings' won't pay for health plan, experts say
KeelyNet Despite President Barack Obama's insistence that his $900 billion health care plan won't increase already-huge federal budget deficits, experts say that it would - unless he raised more taxes than he's suggesting he would. The House bills would wring Medicare savings largely from two sources: cuts in the Medicare Advantage program and reductions in payments to hospitals, nursing facilities and other health care providers. Under Medicare Advantage, seniors can get coverage through private insurers, who are reimbursed by the federal government. About 10.2 million, or 22 percent, of those in Medicare use the program. The Obama administration argues that this program is wasting money, and it's proposed a new payment system that the Lewin study found could save $150 billion over 10 years. - Source

09/13/09 - More oxygen = colder climate
Everybody talks about CO2 and other greenhouse gases as causes of global warming and the large climate changes we are currently experiencing. But what about the atmospheric and oceanic oxygen content? Which role does oxygen content play in global warming? This question has become extremely relevant now that Professor Robert Frei from the Department of Geography and Geology at the University of Copenhagen, in collaboration with colleagues from Departamento de Geologı´a, Facultad de Ciencias in Uruguay, Newcastle University and the University of Southern Denmark, has established that there is a historical correlation between oxygen and temperature fluctuations towards global cooling. - Source

09/13/09 - Universal ‘Death Stench’ Repels Bugs of All Types
Next time you’re faced with a serious bug infestation, you might try spraying your house with eau-de-death. Scientists have discovered that insects from cockroaches to caterpillars all emit the same stinky blend of fatty acids when they die, and this sinister stench sends bugs of all kinds running for their lives. - Source

09/13/09 - Capsules for Self-Healing Circuits
Dropping a cell phone or laptop can, of course, cause irreparable damage. Now researchers are developing a material that could let a circuit self-repair small but critical damage caused by such an impact. Capsules, filled with conductive nanotubes, that rip open under mechanical stress could be placed on circuit boards in failure-prone areas. When stress causes a crack in the circuit, some of the capsules would also rupture and release nanotubes to bridge the break. The researchers, from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, are also working on capsule additives designed to heal failures in lithium-ion battery electrodes, to prevent the short-circuiting that can sometimes cause a fire. To make their self-healing material, Braun and Moore encapsulated carbon nanotubes inside polymer spheres about 200 micrometers in diameter each. They selected carbon nanotubes because of their high electrical conductivity and because their elongated shape does a good job of lining up to bridge gaps. - Source

09/13/09 - Mice Levitated in Lab
KeelyNet Scientists working on behalf of NASA built a device to simulate variable levels of gravity. It consists of a superconducting magnet that generates a field powerful enough to levitate the water inside living animals, with a space inside warm enough at room temperature and large enough at 2.6 inches wide (6.6 cm) for tiny creatures to float comfortably in during experiments. Repeated levitation tests showed the mice, even when not sedated, could quickly acclimate to levitation inside the cage. After three or four hours, the mice acted normally, including eating and drinking. The strong magnetic fields did not seem to have any negative impacts on the mice in the short term, and past studies have shown that rats did not suffer from adverse effects after 10 weeks of strong, non-levitating magnetic fields. "We're trying to see what kind of physiological impact is due to prolonged microgravity, and also what kind of countermeasures might work against it for astronauts," Liu said. "If we can contribute to the future human exploration of space, that would be very exciting." They are now applying for funding for such research with their levitator. The researchers also levitated water drops up to 2 inches wide (5 cm). This suggests the variable gravity simulator could be used to study how liquids behave under reduced gravity, such as how heat is transferred or how bubbles behave. - Source

09/13/09 - Learn how to protect yourself from identity theft
From every swipe of your credit card to every time you go to the doctor, doors are opened for thieves to snatch information and use it to their advantage. And, as the name implies, it's not just about fraudulent charges showing up on your bank account, either. At worst, you could find that someone has been using your social security number for years to work various jobs or, as in one Chicago student's recent experience, you could even get thrown in jail because a thief using your identity has a warrant out for his arrest. "Oops" doesn't even begin to describe it. Most Americans know the basic principle of checking their credit reports once a year. Every US citizen can now get a free report from the three major credit bureaus every year to ensure everything is right on their accounts. However, that's the extent of most of our knowledge, and only addresses one facet of identity theft (financial institutions). It turns out there are a number of other preventative measures that can be taken, especially if you're the paranoid type. - Source

09/13/09 - Does Aging Cause Loss of Taste?
As we age, our sense of taste may change, but this loss of zing in Chinese food might be caused by medicines you're taking. Drugs can change your sense of taste, and some can also make you feel less hungry. So, the aging process and the medicines we're taking can affect our enjoyment of food and, therefore, our nutrition, because we may not eat all we need. Eating habits in seniors are affected by other problems, too. Some complain about their dentures. Others don't have easy access to transportation to go food shopping. Those who cooked for a family find it unrewarding to cook for one. Depression can affect your appetite, too. - Source

09/13/09 - Blueberries Increase Attention Span And Help Fight Dementia
KeelyNet A blueberry smoothie at breakfast can stop your powers of concentration waning in the afternoon – and even help fight dementia in the long term, new research suggests. Scientists have found that the food can increase your attention span in the short term and can maintain a healthy mind in the long term. They found that just one 200g blueberry smoothie was enough to increase powers of concentration by as much as 20 per cent over the day. Regular consumption of the fruit could lead to a rewiring of a part of the brain that is linked to memory. - Source

09/13/09 - Shrinking Arctic ice yields shortcut between Asia and Europe
For centuries, mariners have dreamed of an Arctic shortcut that would allow them to speed trade between Asia and the West. And Friday, German merchant ships traversed the fabled Northeast Passage, aided by the retreat of Arctic ice that scientists have linked to global warming. The route from South Korea along Russia’s Arctic coast to Siberia was avoided in years past because of its heavy ice floes. But scientists have reported that the Arctic Ocean ice cap has been shrinking to unprecedented levels, because of global warming, opening up many passages that were once ice-choked. - Source

09/10/09 - Madrid reverses the chargers with electric car plan
Some 30 telephone boxes have been earmarked to form part of a test network of 546 state-subsidised recharging points in Madrid, Barcelona and Seville. Phone boxes are often ideally placed close to the curbs of pavements and already have their own electricity supply, making them relatively easy to adapt. The Spanish government will spend €10m (Ł8.7m) on kick-starting the use of electric cars over the next two years, with €1.5m going on recharging points. Madrid city council said that telephone boxes were a possibility, but that it was still in the process of identifying the recharging spots it planned to build. Barcelona city council said it already had an agreement with the Endesa electricity company to install recharging points attached to "intelligent lampposts" in the street. It will have 191 recharging points installed within two years. "The aim is to introduce some 2,000 vehicles into cities over the next two years," industry ministry Miguel Sebastián said. The mayor of Madrid, Alberto Ruiz-Gallardón, said owners of electric cars would be able to park for free in the city and would have their car tax cut by 75%. He predicted that electric cars would eventually become obligatory in city centres. - Source

09/10/09 - Magnetic Portals Connect Sun and Earth
KeelyNet During the time it takes you to read this article, something will happen high overhead that until recently many scientists didn't believe in. A magnetic portal will open, linking Earth to the sun 93 million miles away. Tons of high-energy particles may flow through the opening before it closes again, around the time you reach the end of the page. "It's called a flux transfer event or 'FTE,'" says space physicist David Sibeck of the Goddard Space Flight Center. "Ten years ago I was pretty sure they didn't exist, but now the evidence is incontrovertible." Researchers have long known that the Earth and sun must be connected. Earth's magnetosphere (the magnetic bubble that surrounds our planet) is filled with particles from the sun that arrive via the solar wind and penetrate the planet's magnetic defenses. They enter by following magnetic field lines that can be traced from terra firma all the way back to the sun's atmosphere. "We used to think the connection was permanent and that solar wind could trickle into the near-Earth environment anytime the wind was active," says Sibeck. "We were wrong. The connections are not steady at all. They are often brief, bursty and very dynamic." Several speakers at the Workshop have outlined how FTEs form: On the dayside of Earth (the side closest to the sun), Earth's magnetic field presses against the sun's magnetic field. Approximately every eight minutes, the two fields briefly merge or "reconnect," forming a portal through which particles can flow. The portal takes the form of a magnetic cylinder about as wide as Earth. The European Space Agency's fleet of four Cluster spacecraft and NASA's five THEMIS probes have flown through and surrounded these cylinders, measuring their dimensions and sensing the particles that shoot through. "They're real," says Sibeck. Space physicist Jimmy Raeder of the University of New Hampshire presented one such simulation at the Workshop. He told his colleagues that the cylindrical portals tend to form above Earth's equator and then roll over Earth's winter pole. In December, FTEs roll over the north pole; in July they roll over the south pole. Sibeck believes this is happening twice as often as previously thought. "I think there are two varieties of FTEs: active and passive." Active FTEs are magnetic cylinders that allow particles to flow through rather easily; they are important conduits of energy for Earth's magnetosphere. Passive FTEs are magnetic cylinders that offer more resistance; their internal structure does not admit such an easy flow of particles and fields. (For experts: Active FTEs form at equatorial latitudes when the IMF tips south; passive FTEs form at higher latitudes when the IMF tips north.) Sibeck has calculated the properties of passive FTEs and he is encouraging his colleagues to hunt for signs of them in data from THEMIS and Cluster. "Passive FTEs may not be very important, but until we know more about them we can't be sure." There are many unanswered questions: Why do the portals form every 8 minutes? How do magnetic fields inside the cylinder twist and coil? - (Thanks to Jim Tanner for the headsup about these portals. - JWD) - Source

09/10/09 - Google plans new mirror for cheaper solar power
"We've been looking at very unusual materials for the mirrors both for the reflective surface as well as the substrate that the mirror is mounted on," the company's green energy czar Bill Weihl told Reuters Global Climate and Alternative Energy Summit in San Francisco on Wednesday. The company's engineers have been focused on solar thermal technology, in which the sun's energy is used to heat up a substance that produces steam to turn a turbine. Mirrors focus the sun's rays on the heated substance. Weihl said Google is looking to cut the cost of making heliostats, the fields of mirrors that have to track the sun, by at least a factor of two, "ideally a factor of three or four." "Typically what we're seeing is $2.50 to $4 a watt (for) capital cost," Weihl said. "So a 250 megawatt installation would be $600 million to a $1 billion. It's a lot of money." That works out to 12 to 18 cents a kilowatt hour. Google hopes to have a viable technology to show internally in a couple of months, Weihl said. It will need to do accelerated testing to show the impact of decades of wear on the new mirrors in desert conditions. "We're not there yet," he said. "I'm very hopeful we will have mirrors that are cheaper than what companies in the space are using..." Another technology that Google is working on is gas turbines that would run on solar power rather than natural gas, an idea that has the potential of further cutting the cost of electricity, Weihl said. "In two to three years we could be demonstrating a significant scale pilot system that would generate a lot of power and would be clearly mass manufacturable at a cost that would give us a levelized cost of electricity that would be in the 5 cents or sub 5 cents a kilowatt hour range," Weihl said. Google is invested in two solar thermal companies, eSolar and BrightSolar but is not working with these companies in developing the cheaper mirrors or turbines. - Source

09/09/09 - Japan field-tests floating wind turbine
KeelyNet A floating wind turbine that’s currently in prototype mode and is 12.5m tall (5.5m are above the surface). The turbine is being jointly developed by researchers from Sasebo Heavy Industries, Toda, and Kyoto University. The big idea it is to avoid the high costs involved in fixing wind turbines to the seabed. One area where the turbines could be put to good use according to the researchers is out in the ocean, simply because of the strong winds to be found there. The current version of the turbine is being tested in Sasebo in Southern Japan, with the researchers hoping to achieve 2,000kW for the finished version. It will be ten times larger, too, and the technology is supposed to be commercially available by 2012 or 2013. (As no picture of the floating turbine is available yet, the picture shows a conventional model.) - Source

09/09/09 - Create perpetual energy - almost?
Is perpetual energy possible? The debate rages on. And they just keep trying. This particular device may not be perpetual, but it is far more efficient than, say a homopolar motor. The magnet in this device, the creation of our friend HowieD, propels the rotation, powering the LED. Since magnetic energy is constant, an argument that it is perpetual seems ostensibly reasonable....that is until one considers that friction will inevitably kill the magnet. Ok, ok... our minds are blown, too. - (Thanks to Torchlit for the headsup...and please be sure to read the comments. - JWD) - Example comment, "i saw this video and though i was skeptical i built my own version...well, i didn't work...it would make a great "wheel of fortune"....i tried using several "kick" magnet (off wheel)for more of a "sweeping effect" but no luck....i'm still going to tinker with it because i hate it when something i build doesn't work...there is no way the one in the video could work from my experience with that design.....oh, well.....happy,happy." - Source


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09/09/09 - Double power from Coal with less Emissions
KeelyNet A UNIVERSITY of Queensland scientist said yesterday he had successfully tested technology that delivers twice the power from coal while minimising greenhouse gas emissions. Professor John Zhu, of the school of chemical engineering, created a series of direct carbon fuel cells (DCFC) in which burning coal generates highly energy-efficient electricity. ''The very high-energy efficiency of the new technology will effectively halve the amount of coal required to create electricity,'' he said. ''When applied, it will provide industry with very significant cost and energy savings, which could then be passed on to the consumer. In addition to saving cost and energy, the direct carbon fuel cells will also provide clean power.'' He said he expected the fuel cells would enable the byproduct of coal-fired power - the harmful greenhouse gas carbon dioxide - to be trapped and stored easily and safely. ''One of the major challenges for coal-fired power is reducing its impact on the environment by developing ways to separate carbon dioxide from other gases produced in the power generation process, and ensuring it is not released into the atmosphere,'' he said. ''The DCFC produces pure carbon dioxide as a byproduct, making it much easier to manage." - Source

09/09/09 - Solar thermal put to the test in Bakersfield
An operator at the Kimberlina solar thermal plant near Bakersfield clicked on an electric motor, and a quarter-mile-long row of 10 mirrors began rotating upside down. Like a laser beam, the sunlight reflected by the mirrors swept across the bodies of a group of employees standing 50 feet away. The flash of light was blinding even through sunglasses. Heat nearly hot enough to burn skin could be felt through a layer of clothing. Just moments before, those mirrors had concentrated the sun’s energy on a water pipe perched 50 feet overhead. The mirrors along with lenses magnify the heat of the sun 50 times; the steam that forms turns turbines that produce 3 megawatts of electricity. Experimental plant - Ausra’s Kimberlina plant is a miniature version of the solar thermal plant the company is planning to build on the Carrizo Plain. That plant will be nearly 60 times larger than the Kimberlina one and will be the largest such solar thermal plant in the world, said McIntosh, Ausra’s vice president of operations. - Source

09/09/09 - Thwarting Counterfeiters
KeelyNet It’s estimated that 10 percent of the prescription drugs sold worldwide are fakes. But … if you could embed a tiny maker’s tag in each pill, it could be checked for authenticity. In fact, at least one company has already done it. A company called Cellular Bioengineering has just come out with an edible micro-tag called a “TruTag.” The TruTag is made from a porous silicon wafer that has been etched with identifying codes chosen from over a trillion possibilities. Unlike the RFID (radio frequency) tags that have come into common today, TruTags can be broken into pieces, or heated to 1000 degrees and still retain their information. Even after being broken apart, each piece still contains all of its encoded information. The technology has obvious applications beyond differentiating real pharmaceuticals from fake. Many products are counterfeited, from clothes to mechanical parts that could cause critical failure in some situations. More info at TruTags.com. - Source

09/09/09 - Half Of Fish Consumed Globally Is Now Raised On Farms
Aquaculture, once a fledgling industry, now accounts for 50 percent of the fish consumed globally, according to a new report by an international team of researchers. And while the industry is more efficient than ever, it is also putting a significant strain on marine resources by consuming large amounts of feed made from wild fish harvested from the sea, the authors conclude. Their findings are published in the Sept. 7 online edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) - Source

09/09/09 - Cellphone-controlled home
[Tixlegeek] used a Motorola 68HC705J1 development board to remotely control his home through his cellphone. The video above, as well as [Tixlegeek]’s website, is in French, though the video has been captioned. The development board (called the ERMES125) is controlled by a PIC externally. It has an array of LEDs, and apperantly a few high voltage relays. The PIC is connected to a laptop through a serial interface. The laptop is running a small web server, which uses CGI to control the PIC from a webpage. This system allows [Tixlegeek] to log onto the webpage from his web enabled phone, click a few buttons, and have appliances turn on or off through relays controlled by the PIC (via serial signals from the laptop). - Source

09/09/09 - Water Shortage In Mexico Turning Into Food Crisis
California and Australia have lately been making the headlines for drought problems. But Mexico is facing the worst drought it has seen in the last 69 years. That on top of the already existing water crisis, precipitated by terrible water management, is beginning to push things over the edge. Corn, wheat and other crops are faring badly, and officials are actually hoping to see a hurricane hit soon just so a looming food crisis might be averted. - Source

09/09/09 - Discover Your Attributes
Enter your name and see what it finds out you: Personas. You'll see a lengthy animation, with a final colorful graphic that represents your characteristics as revealed by the web. Or something like that. - Source

09/09/09 - DIY Solar Panels made with Hair?
KeelyNet Reader [unangst] pointed out to us an article in the U.K.’s Daily Mail, where a teenager from Nepal had managed to create a 9v, 18W solar panel using human hair rather than the usual semiconductors (usually crystalline-silicon). The complex silicon in solar panels are what keep the prices out of reach of developing nations, and while there are a number of new technologies that are helping bring down the cost, [Karki] managed to make his solar panel for only Ł23 (roughly $38). He also claims that when mass produced the price could drop substantially down to under $10 a panel, which would shatter the $1/watt sweet spot. The melanin in hair acts as an organic-semiconductor, and while the hair does not have the longevity that silicon panels have (months rather than years), these panels can be made cheaply and serviced with little to no complex knowledge. Using melanin as an organic semiconductor seems to be a newer idea, because information seems hard to come by, but we managed to find a research paper from 2007 that explored the energy absorption attributes of melanin, as well as some good background info for the science types. / The solar panel, which produces 9 V (18 W) of energy, costs around Ł23 to make from raw materials. But if they were mass-produced, Milan says they could be sold for less than half that price, which could make them a quarter of the price of those already on the market. Melanin, a pigment that gives hair its colour, is light sensitive and also acts as a type of conductor. Because hair is far cheaper than silicon the appliance is less costly. The solar panel can charge a mobile phone or a pack of batteries capable of providing light all evening. He was originally inspired after reading a book by physicist Stephen Hawking, which discussed ways of creating static energy from hair. It's got the power: A digital multimeter shows the voltage generated by the innovative panel. 'I realised that Melanin was one of the factors in conversion of energy,' he said. Half a kilo of hair can be bought for only 16p in Nepal and lasts a few months, whereas a pack of batteries would cost 50p and last a few nights. People can replace the hair easily themselves, says Milan, meaning his solar panels need little servicing. - Source

09/09/09 - All-You-Can-Eat College For $99-a-Month
"Writing in Washington Monthly, Kevin Carey has seen the future of college education. It costs $99-a-month, and there's no limit on the number of courses you can take. Tiny online education firm StraighterLine is out to challenge the seeming permanency of traditional colleges and universities. How? Like Craigslist, StraighterLine threatens the most profitable piece of its competitors' business: freshman lectures, higher education's equivalent of the classified section. It's no surprise, then, that as StraighterLine tried to buck the system, the system began to push back, challenging deals the company struck with accredited traditional and for-profit institutions to allow StraighterLine courses to be transferred for credit. But even if StraighterLine doesn't succeed in bringing extremely cheap college courses to the masses, it's likely that another player eventually will." - Source

09/09/09 - Multiple Wireless Recharging
KeelyNet When Junior’s cellphone is charging in the living room, Mom’s is in the kitchen, Dad’s is in the office, and Grandma’s is in the hall, we’re talking chaos. How much easier for everyone to drop them on a single pad and go. myGridWildcharge came out with just such a pad two years ago, and now Duracell, a leader in batteries, has licensed their technology for a similar device called the “myGrid,” which can charge up to four devices at once. The trick is that you need to keep a “power clip” or sleeve on your phone so that it can activate the charger. The MyGrid is $80 and comes with one power clip adapter and power clip tips compatible with various Blackberry, Nokia and Motorola RAZR phones. If you prefer the sleeve to the clip, you can buy them for the Blackberry or iPod touch for $35 each. Sounds expensive to us but a friend of ours says it takes all the hassle out of charging. The myGrid will be available in October. More info at duracell.com. - Source

09/09/09 - US Supercomputer Uses Flash Storage Drives
"The San Diego Supercomputer Center has built a high-performance computer with solid-state drives, which the center says could help solve science problems faster than systems with traditional hard drives. The flash drives will provide faster data throughput, which should help the supercomputer analyze data an 'order of magnitude faster' than hard drive-based supercomputers, according to Allan Snavely, associate director at SDSC. SDSC intends to use the HPC system — called Dash — to develop new cures for diseases and to understand the development of Earth." - Source

09/09/09 - Password Hackers Do Big Business With Ex-Lovers
"The Washington Post reports that disgruntled lovers and spouses considering divorce are flocking to services like YourHackerz.com that boast they have little trouble hacking into Web-based e-mail systems like AOL, Yahoo, Gmail, Facebook and Hotmail. The services advertise openly, and there doesn't appear to be much anyone can do about it because while federal law prohibits hacking into e-mail, without further illegal activity, it's only a misdemeanor, says Orin Kerr, a law professor at George Washington University. 'The feds usually don't have the resources to investigate and prosecute misdemeanors,' says Kerr. 'And part of the reason is that normally it's hard to know when an account has been compromised, because e-mail snooping doesn't leave a trace.' It's not clear where YourHackerz.com is located, but experts suspect that most password hacking businesses are based overseas." - Source

09/09/09 - What the DHS Knows About You
"Here's a real copy of an American citizen's DHS Travel Record, retrieved from the US Customs and Border Patrol's Automated Targeting System and obtained through a FOIA/Privacy Act request. The document reveals that the DHS is storing: the traveler's credit card number and expiration; IP addresses used to make Web travel reservations; hotel information and itinerary; full airline itinerary including flight numbers and seat numbers; phone numbers including business, home, and cell; and every frequent flyer and hotel number associated with the traveler, even ones not used for the specific reservation." - Source

09/09/09 - Intellectual Ventures' Patent Protection Racket
"Nathan Myhrvold's Intellectual Ventures doesn't sue people over patents, because that would be patent trolling! No, instead they just threaten to sell the patent to a known litigious patent troll. So that's all right then. Timothy Lee details how using patents to crush profitable innovation works in practice, and concludes: 'In thinking about how to reform the patent system, a good yardstick would be to look for policy changes that would tend to put Myhrvold and his firm out of business.'" - Source

09/09/09 - The Travails of Wilhelm Reich and Orgonomy
KeelyNet On June 26, 1956, Food and Drug Administration agents arrived here to burn several boxes of the published research literature of Wilhelm Reich, the Austrian-born research physician and scientist who owned the property. (A month later, in New York, FDA agents would supervise the burning of several tons of Reich’s publications - including hardcover books - from his private press.) The events leading up to this smack of science fiction, partly because of the backdrop of the conformist, paranoid 1950s, when some federal agencies seemed bent on achieving George Orwell’s dystopian future, and partly because Reich coined names for his discoveries and inventions that could well have cropped up in a Vonnegut novel. the FDA persuaded a federal court in Maine to issue a Complaint for Injunction against Reich, forbidding the interstate shipment of orgone accumulators. The complaint also banned all of Reich’s books and other publications that mentioned orgone energy, the term he had coined for the fundamental biological force that was the subject of his medical and scientific work. In May 1956, Reich was convicted of contempt of court for violating the injunction and sentenced to two years in prison. That summer, in addition to burning Reich’s publications, FDA agents supervised the destruction of orgone accumulators at his Rangeley property. Reich died in 1957, eight months into his sentence at the federal penitentiary in Lewisburg, Pa. He was 60. “To put it mildly, these actions had a chilling effect on other physicians and scientists continuing Reich’s research,’’ says Kevin Hinchey, associate director of the Wilhelm Reich Museum, which is housed at the Orgone Energy Observatory at Orgonon (pronounced OR-ga-non). “The fact is, most of Reich’s medical and scientific work has been replicated for decades. But the number of physicians and scientists is small, and the traditional medical and scientific communities are either dismissive of Reich’s work without ever having studied it, or ignorant of it altogether. Which is ironic, since Reich’s archives are located at the Countway Library of Medicine at Harvard University.’’ - Source. Also two related articles about Orgonomy on KeelyNet which you might find of interest Orgonomy Peddlers, Cloudbusting and the Environment and The Acoustic Function of a Reich Cloudbuster.

09/09/09 - Why Default on U.S. Treasuries is Likely
Almost everyone is aware that federal government spending in the United States is scheduled to skyrocket, primarily because of Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. Recent "stimulus" packages have accelerated the process. Only the naively optimistic actually believe that politicians will fully resolve this looming fiscal crisis with some judicious combination of tax hikes and program cuts. Many predict that, instead, the government will inflate its way out of this future bind, using Federal Reserve monetary expansion to fill the shortfall between outlays and receipts. But I believe, in contrast, that it is far more likely that the United States will be driven to an outright default on Treasury securities, openly reneging on the interest due on its formal debt and probably repudiating part of the principal. - Source

09/09/09 - USDA is providing more than $13 million for renewable energy projects
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that the department is providing more than $13 million in loans and grants for 233 renewable energy projects in 38 states under the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP). Dallas Tonsager, Under Secretary for Rural Development, made the announcement on behalf of Vilsack during a speech at the Farm Progress Show. The loan guarantees and grants can be used for renewable energy systems, energy efficiency improvements, feasibility studies and energy audits. These funds are not part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. - Source

09/09/09 - Health care uproar drowns out climate-change debate
The August uproar over health care reform almost muted public discourse over global warming, a climate phenomenon that holds serious implications for Wisconsin and the rest of the nation. But the health care din hasn't quelled the fight among supporters and opponents of a House bill dealing with energy and climate change as combatants anticipate consideration of a similar proposal in the Senate soon after lawmakers return from their summer break. The central goal of the House bill is a 17 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2020, based on 2005 levels. Scientists say those emissions — carbon dioxide is the most prevalent — are warming the Earth and, if unchecked, could lead to catastrophic environmental consequences. To reach its goal, the House bill would establish a cap-and-trade system in which polluters could buy credits from non-polluters. The House bill also would require large utilities to generate 15 percent of their electricity through renewable fuels. In recent weeks, the oil lobby and a manufacturers trade group ignited a campaign in the Mountain West and Midwest protesting that the House legislation would be a job killer. Environmental and labor groups have countered with a "Made in America" tour to highlight the green jobs they say would be created. - Source

09/09/09 - The Virtues of Deglobalization
The current global downturn, the worst since the Great Depression 70 years ago, pounded the last nail into the coffin of globalization. Already beleaguered by evidence that showed global poverty and inequality increasing, even as most poor countries experienced little or no economic growth, globalization has been terminally discredited in the last two years. As the much-heralded process of financial and trade interdependence went into reverse, it became the transmission belt not of prosperity but of economic crisis and collapse. - Source

09/09/09 - Gasoline from Vinegar
Amid a profusion of new biofuels technologies, this one stands out because it will be relatively easy to scale up for producing millions of gallons of fuel... Terrabon has developed a process that uses a naturally occurring mixture of organisms to convert biomass, not into fuels, but into carboxylic acids. These can be converted into fuel and other chemicals using well-known chemical processes. Gary Luce, the company's CEO, says Terrabon's fuels can compete with petroleum-based fuels if prices are above $75 a barrel. - Source

09/09/09 - Are Sunspots Disappearing?
The sun is in the pits of the deepest solar minimum in nearly a century. Weeks and sometimes whole months go by without even a single tiny sunspot. The quiet has dragged out for more than two years, prompting some observers to wonder, are sunspots disappearing? "Sunspot magnetic fields are dropping by about 50 gauss per year," says Penn. "If we extrapolate this trend into the future, sunspots could completely vanish around the year 2015." This disappearing act is possible because sunspots are made of magnetism. The "firmament" of a sunspot is not matter but rather a strong magnetic field that appears dark because it blocks the upflow of heat from the sun's interior. If Earth lost its magnetic field, the solid planet would remain intact, but if a sunspot loses its magnetism, it ceases to exist. "According to our measurements, sunspots seem to form only if the magnetic field is stronger than about 1500 gauss," says Livingston. "If the current trend continues, we'll hit that threshold in the near future, and solar magnetic fields would become too weak to form sunspots." If sunspots do go away, it wouldn't be the first time. In the 17th century, the sun plunged into a 70-year period of spotlessness known as the Maunder Minimum that still baffles scientists. The sunspot drought began in 1645 and lasted until 1715; during that time, some of the best astronomers in history (e.g., Cassini) monitored the sun and failed to count more than a few dozen sunspots per year, compared to the usual thousands. - Source

09/09/09 - N.J. Burger King Testing Energy-Producing Speed Bump
The “Motion Power Energy Harvester” is designed to capture kinetic energy from vehicles that would otherwise be lost when drivers hit the brakes to pick up their Whoppers. It looks like a flattened speed bump with long pedals across the top that press down when tires roll over them. That force turns gears inside, generating 2000 watts of electricity instantaneously, according to the engineers who designed it. The trick is collecting that energy and distributing it in a cost-effective way. Engineer Jerry Lynch was handed the concept and tasked with creating the prototype, explaining the final version will involve more bumps and more pedals to create more juice. “If this is multiplied by ten times the length and we have 100,000 or 150,000 cars a year the device will pay back in less than two years,” Lynch estimates. Lynch says this isn’t a “green wash”, meaning that they are stealing energy from one source to give to another, because the vehicles need to slow down anyway. - Source

09/09/09 - Sudbury man uses hybrid car to provide electricity
Fall is in the air and if New Englanders lose power this winter as more than one million homes and businesses did in last December's ice storms, energy conservationist and Sudbury resident, Dean Holden, won't be left out in the cold. He will power some of his home with his Toyota Prius and save money and energy, too. After his friends used their hybrids when the storm weighed down power lines, Holden read on the Internet how to use his Prius as a generator. "Generators pollute the environment and are more costly to operate," said Holden. "They have to be filled with gas about every eight hours," said Holden, president of Sustainable Sudbury, a chapter of Massachusetts Climate Action Network, an environmentally focused nonprofit organization. "One of my friends hooked up his Prius for three days, without interruption, and only used a half of a tank of gas." After investing in a 1,000-watt inverter, which converts the DC power from the car into AC current for his home, Holden took four circuits out of the main panel in his garage and put them in a second panel. When the power goes off, he will switch off the main panel box with a toggle switch to isolate the four circuits and prevent a repairman from getting injured, Holden said. "The inverter draws energy from the hybrid's auxiliary 12-volt battery, which gets recharged from the main 230 volt battery, allowing us to use the refrigerator, lights in the kitchen and dining room and watch television," he said. "People can use a regular DC power supply even in other cars, but the Prius, which was made to idle, is ideal and clean burning," said Holden. "It's best to run the car outdoors." To save more money, Holden offered a few more tips. He suggested using fluorescent light bulbs, turning off the lights and the coffee pot. "When you leave the coffee pot on, it wastes 1,000 watts," said Holden. "It's like having the whole house lit with electricity. Now they make them so you can pour the coffee into an insulated jug." - Source

09/09/09 - De-orbit the ISS after only five years of operational life?
Don't try to put astronauts on Mars yet -- too hard, too costly. Go to the moon -- maybe. Or build rockets that could zip around the inner solar system, visiting asteroids, maybe a Martian moon. Keep the international space station going until 2020 rather than crash it into the Pacific in 2016. Help underwrite commercial spaceflight the same way the United States gave the airline business a boost in the 1920s with air mail. And spend more money on space. - Source

09/08/09 - The Power of Heat and Iron
Experiment (remarks Baron Liebig) has shown that a quantity of heat, sufficient to raise a pound of water one degree of temperature, will, when communicated to a bar of iron, enable it to elevate a weight of 1,350 lbs. to the height of one foot. ...the arch in the nave of an old, historical church, there appeared a crack, which gradually increased to the width of several inches, and permitted the passage of rain or snow. The opening could easily have been closed by stone and lime, but the yielding of the side walls would not have been prevented by these means. The whole building was on the point of being pulled down, when a natural philospher proposed the following plan, by which the object was accomplished; A number of strong iron rods were firmly fixed at one end to a side wall of the nave, and after passing through the opposite wall, were provided on the outside with large nuts, which were screwed up tightly to the wall. By applying burning straw to the rods they expanded in length. The nuts by this extension being now removed several inches from the wall, were again screwed tight to it.The rods on cooling contracted with enormous force, and made the side walls approach each other. By repeating the operation the crack entirely disappeared. This building, with its retaining rods, is still in existence. - Source

09/08/09 - On the Wonderful Effect of Imagination
...the Prince of Orange; he immediately wrote addresses to the men, assuring them that he possessed remedies that were unknown to physicians, and that he would undertake their cure, provided they continued in the discharge of their duty. Together with these addresses he sent to the physicians small vials of coloured water, which the patients were assured were of immense price, and of unspeakable virtue. Many, who declared that all former remedies had only made them worse, now recovered in a few days. A long and interesting account of the wonderful working of this purely imaginary antidote was drawn up by M. Van der Mye, one of the physicians in the garrison, whose office was thus successfully usurped by the Prince of Orange. KeelyNet A corroborative proof of the well-known power of the imagination in affecting disease is afforded in the following Arabian fable;

One day a traveler met the Plague going into Cairo, and accosted it thus; "For what purpose are you entering Cairo?"

"To kill 3,000 people," rejoined the Plague.

Some time after, the same traveler met the Plague on his return, and said, "But you killed 30,000!"

"Nay," replied the Plague, "I killed but 3,000; the rest died of fright." - Source

09/08/09 - The Morass of Government
Here is a list of annoying and disturbing political information gathered over the past few days... - Source

09/08/09 - On the Power of Ice
An artillery officer at Quebec made an experiment during a hard winter, by filling a bomb-shell, about fourteen inches in diameter, with water, and then closing the opening with an iron peg, which was driven firmly in. This being exposed to the severe frost, the stopper was driven out to a distance of more than 100 yards, and a cylinder of ice, eight or nine inches long, came out of the opening... In the same manner houses have been overthrown by the expansive force of frost in the earth causing the ground to swell up. Stones will break in consequence of the water they contain freezing, and trees have split up with an explosive sound on occasions of sudden cold occurring when their vessels have been full of sap. - Source

09/06/09 - Video - ZERO - The Italian 9/11 Investigation
"On the anniversary of 9/11, an Italian-produced documentary called ZERO, investigating the tragedy, is opening in Russia. The authors believe that the U.S. official version of events surrounding the attacks can't be true. U.S. networks have rejected the film..." (Thanks to KatMan for the headsup. - JWD) - Source

09/05/09 - Bike enthusiast develops electric Penny-farthing that travels up to 13mph
KeelyNet Fifteen seconds was all it took to snap everything into place. One moment it lay folded neatly, the next - like a magic trick - it was ready for the road. A little lever here . . . a tug on the saddle there . . . a press on the button to start it. That was the easy bit. Now, try to imagine you are sitting on a bar stool that suddenly takes off at 10mph. The wind blows your hair and forces your face into a grin that resembles something between joy and terror. And then, gradually, the grin turns into a smug smile. It's a bicycle, but not as we have come to know it. For a start, you sit upright and steer with your hands at your side. Your feet remain static on the folding footrests and your fingers work the controls, principally an accelerator and a brake. The seating arrangement and dimensions mean you don't so much ride it as wear it. Crucially, you can fold it into a bag and carry the whole 22lb package anywhere. The 1.2 kilowatt motor sounds a little like a miniature milk float when you take off but changes to a satisfying, muted whoosh once it picks up. - Source

09/05/09 - Invention cleans bacteria and viruses from ambulances
After paramedics transport a feverish or bleeding patient, they are trained to wipe down the inside of the ambulance with bleach and disinfectant. But without time-consuming swab tests, the crews can't know whether they left behind infectious bacteria on a surface. AeroClave LLC has spent six years and $4 million developing portable decontamination systems for airplanes, buildings and vehicles. It hasn't sold any yet, but founder Dr. Ron Brown says the $750,000 chambers, if built at hospital and fire department ambulance bays, could mean big savings for health-care providers. Hospitals spend up to $45 billion a year on health-care-related infections, according to a report from the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The flu virus can remain alive on a stretcher's rails for a few days; hardier organisms such as spores of anthrax or Clostridium difficile, a bacterium that causes diarrhea and colitis, can survive for months. In a 2007 study, half of ambulances tested positive for MRSA bacteria, which can cause potentially fatal infections. The infections are most often acquired in hospitals. "The hospitals can have all the infection-control policies they want, but they don't know what's being wheeled into their emergency rooms," said Brown, who worked 15 years as Seminole County's emergency medical services director. "We think we can tackle one piece of it very effectively." In a warehouse on Capen Avenue, ambulances and police cars drive into an airtight chamber that sprays vaporized hydrogen peroxide at the right temperature and humidity to kill 100 percent of disease-causing bacteria and viruses — including the toughest to kill, anthrax — without damage to sensitive equipment, Brown said. - Source

09/05/09 - Late physics professor's 22 hour phosphor invention lights path
The late William Yen, a University physics professor, developed phosphors that can emit light in several colors and tints for up to 22 hours without a continued light source, Gennaro Gama, a senior licensing manager at the University of Georgia Research Foundation, or UGARF, said in an interview Thursday. "Until recently, most phosphorescent materials in the commercial market only emitted the colors green or blue," Gama said. The long-persistence phosphors have many uses, Gama said. They can be used in signage and safety painting on roads and airports. They can also be used to manufacture highly efficient fluorescent light bulbs. Phosphors can be used for artwork and novelty items as well, such as decorative rainbow-colored light bulbs or printing ink. "We do not yet know the lifetime of this, but it has a shelf life," Gama said. "It could last perhaps 100 years." - Source

09/05/09 - Indiana man sues food packagers over invention
A southern Indiana man who says he invented a microwavable plastic food container is suing two of the nation's biggest food packagers, saying they stole his ideas and never paid him despite signing confidentiality agreements. Gary Hopkins and his company, Steamway Corp., filed suit against Oakland, Calif.-based Clorox Co., the parent of GladWare food containers, and Rochester, N.Y.-based Birds Eye, one of the biggest sellers of frozen vegetables, in Scott Superior Court. He is seeking unspecified damages. Both companies say the lawsuit is without merit and that they will defend themselves aggressively. Hopkins says more than a decade ago he developed plastic containers with pinholes and steam vents, giving the effect of a miniature pressure cooker. That cut in half the time needed to heat frozen fish, chicken, vegetables or whole meals, while retaining moisture -- improving the taste of microwaved food. "Instead of bombarding frozen food with microwaves, we came up with a way to build steam pressure," Hopkins told The Indianapolis Star. "It's just a much better way to heat food." Hopkins said he got seven patents and showed his invention to food packagers after they signed confidentiality agreements, hoping they would license his containers. His suit contends Birds Eye signed a confidentiality agreement in 2003, and Clorox did the same in 2004. Hopkins said he provided the companies his research materials and sample microwavable trays and bags. He said they suggested some changes in design, which he spent thousands of dollars to make. He said Clorox asked Hopkins for an exclusive right to purchase or license the technology but canceled its confidentiality agreement shortly after he sent the company a proposed licensing agreement. He noticed GladWare containers that were microwavable and had similar features to his prototypes appeared on store shelves soon afterward, the lawsuit contends. In 2006, Birds Eye launched its new line of Birds Eye Steamfresh frozen vegetables, which the company's promotional materials said "steam perfectly right in the bag." Hopkins said he developed the technology. A Birds Eye executive, Lois Warlick-Jarvie, said in an e-mail statement that Hopkins' lawsuit is "completely without merit, and we will aggressively defend the allegations against us." Dan Staublin, a spokesman for Clorox, declined to discuss the GladWare technology but said the company also would "vigorously defend" itself. - Source

09/05/09 - Orverter bio-gasifier converts waste to Energy
Ron Giercke, CEO with Res/Op Technologies Inc., has created the Orverter, a device that acts somewhat like an incinerator, but he claims is much more environmentally sensitive. The Orverter converts waste, such as dead stock, biomass residue and solid waste, such as organic waste, municipal solid waste that goes into landfill as in garbage, sewage manure, sewage sludges, diseased agriculture products like fusarim-infected seed, and spent pesticide, or even man-made material such as plastics (after adding emission-control equipment), into energy uses, some examples of which are high-grade process heat, building heat and ventilation, electric power and industrial refrigeration. Giercke describes the Orverter as a gasifier, or, in other terms, a close-coupled combuster. Emissions are vented through the stack as water vapour, carbon dioxide and nitrogen. Giercke explained the carbon dioxide that is emitted, since it is produced from processing animal and vegetable matter, is non-toxic and greenhouse gas neutral. A pilot project for the Orverter has been running since 2006 in the Fortier area, northeast of Portage, in the Rural Municipality of Portage, licensed by Manitoba Conservation. - Source

09/05/09 - Save the Drive
KeelyNet If the old computer has sensitive data, just erasing the drive is seldom enough, but you can get programs like Eraser, a free program from download.com that will shred your files. But you may want to keep those files, and the programs that go with them. For recovering stuff from an old computer, you should have a backup drive, like Rebit or the Seagate Replica. If it was always plugged in, it will have everything that was on your disk drive. If you didn’t do that, there are programs you can buy for transferring the old drive’s contents to a new computer. But that does take time and sometimes they don’t work perfectly. Of course the old computer has to be able to turn on, and you still have the problem of what to do with the old drive. The simplest solution is to pull the drive out of the computer and keep it. It’s pretty easy to do; if opening your computer to take out the disk drive scares you, find a teenage kid to do it. Once the drive is out, the problem is solved. No one can hack into your old computer’s information if the drive isn’t there. And you can keep everything on that drive by plugging it into what’s called a drive enclosure. They cost around $15 to $40 and you can get a nice overview of choices and prices at NewEgg.com. - Source

09/05/09 - StayInvisible Catalogs Free Proxy Servers to Keep You Anonymous
Looking to add a little more stealth and a little less "Here I am, world!" to your web browsing? StayInvisible not only catalogs free proxy servers but provides tools to test proxies and information about anonymity and encryption. - Source

09/05/09 - Sending Astronauts On a One-Way Trip To Mars
"Cosmologist Lawrence M. Krauss, director of the Origins Initiative at Arizona State University, writes in the NY Times that with the investment needed to return to the moon likely to run in excess of $150 billion and the cost of a round trip to Mars easily two to four times that, there is a way to reduce the cost and technical requirements of a manned mission to Mars: send the astronauts on a one way trip. 'While the idea of sending astronauts aloft never to return is jarring upon first hearing, the rationale for one-way trips into space has both historical and practical roots,' writes Krauss. 'Colonists and pilgrims seldom set off for the New World with the expectation of a return trip.' There are more immediate and pragmatic reasons to consider one-way human space exploration missions including money. 'If the fuel for the return is carried on the ship, this greatly increases the mass of the ship, which in turn requires even more fuel.' But would anyone volunteer to go on such a trip? Krauss says that informal surveys show that many scientists would be willing to go on a one-way mission into space and that we might want to restrict the voyage to older astronauts, whose longevity is limited in any case. " - Source

09/05/09 - Privacy, Mobile Phones, Ubiquitous Data Collection
"Participatory sensing technologies are greatly expanding the possible uses of mobile phones in ways that could improve our lives and our communities (for example, by helping us to understand our exposure to air pollution or our daily carbon footprint). However, with these potential gains comes great risk, particularly to our privacy. With their built-in microphones, cameras and location awareness, mobile phones could, at the extreme, become the most widespread embedded surveillance tools in history. Whether phones engaged in sensing data are tools for self and community research, coercion or surveillance depends on who collects the data, how it is handled, and what privacy protections users are given. This article gives a number of opinions about what programmers might do to make this sort of data collection work without slipping into surveillance and control." - Source

09/05/09 - September 8th - Student Skip Day for Indoctrination
KeelyNet President Barack Obama's plans for a televised back-to-school address to students next week are drawing fire from some conservatives, who say he's just trying to indoctrinate them to his political beliefs. In the Sept. 8 speech, Obama will challenge students to work hard, set goals for their education and take responsibility for their learning, Education Secretary Arne Duncan said in a letter to principals. The Education Department is encouraging teachers to create lesson plans around the speech, using materials provided on the department website that urge students to learn about Obama and other presidents. Pretty radical stuff. No wonder people are outraged. The chairman of the Florida Republican Party is condemning Obama's speech as an attempt to "indoctrinate America's children to his socialist agenda." Added conservative talk show host Tammy Bruce, in a Twitter feed: "Make September 8 Parentally Approved Skip Day. You are your child's moral tutor, not that shady lawyer from Chicago." And conservative author Michelle Malkin said the lesson plans have a "heavy activist bent." - Source

09/05/09 - "Overwhelming" Evidence For Magnetic Monopoles
Magnetic monopoles have been detected at low temperatures in "Dirac strings" within a single crystal of Dysprosium Titanate. Two papers are being published today in the journal Science and two more on arXiv.org, as yet unpublished, provide further evidence. "Theoretical work had shown that monopoles probably exist, and they have been measured indirectly. But the Science papers are the first direct experiments to record the monopole's effects on the spin-ice material. The papers use neutrons to detect atoms in the crystal aligned into long daisy chains. These daisy chains tie each north and south monopole together. Known as 'Dirac strings,' the chains, as well as the existence of monopoles, were predicted in the 1930s by the British theoretical physicist Paul Dirac. Heat measurements in one paper also support the monopole argument. The two, as yet unpublished, papers on arXiv add to the evidence. The first provides additional observations, and the second uses a new technique to determine the magnetic charge of each monopole to be 4.6x10-13 joules per tesla metre. All together, the evidence for magnetic monopoles 'is now overwhelming,' says Steve Bramwell, a materials scientist at University College London and author on one of the Science papers and one of the arXiv papers." - Source

09/05/09 - Mixing Coal and Solar To Produce Cheaper Energy
"It might not please many environmentalists, but a major energy company is adding solar-thermal power to a coal plant and says this could be the cost-effective way to produce energy while lowering CO2 emissions. Abengoa Solar and Xcel Energy, Colorado's largest electrical utility, have begun modifying the coal plant, which is based near Grand Junction, Colorado. Under the design, parabolic troughs will be used to preheat water that will be fed into the coal plant's boilers, where coal is burned to turn the water into steam. Cost savings comes from using existing turbines and generators and from operating at higher efficiencies, since the turbines and generators in solar-thermal plants are normally optimized to run at the lower temperatures generated by parabolic mirrors." - Source

09/05/09 - German boffins invent steel Velcro
KeelyNet German boffins have developed a new version of Velcro, made of steel for improved strength. They say that their "Metaklett" metallic hook-&-loop material could be used to hold together buildings, or to tape car parts to one another. Temperatures in excess of 800 degrees C and aggressive chemical solutions do not pose any problem for Metaklett, which also offers adhesive strength of up to 35 tonnes per square meter when tensile force is applied parallel to the fastener surface. When it is applied perpendicular to the fastener surface, Metaklett can still withstand a force of seven tonnes per square meter. Moreover, like a standard Velcro fastener on a child's shoe, it can be opened and closed again without the help of any tools. - Source

09/05/09 - Waiting for the End of the World
Self-preservation is something that most humans take quite seriously, and that a few take to extremes. Faced with the real or imagined threat of attacks levied by nuclear, biological, and chemical weaponry, some people opt to head 25 feet underground, surrounded by concrete and complex air-filtration systems, surviving off rations and waiting, so to speak, for the end of the world. That’s the subject of Richard Ross’s Waiting for the End of the World, originally published by Princeton Architectural Press in 2004, for which Ross spent five years traveling over three continents, photographing the interiors of bomb shelters. “I’m a child of the late 1950s,” he says. “I grew up in an era of duck-and-cover drills, where we always had to be acquainted with the idea of The Bomb.” The exploration took Ross into a series of survivalist spaces, offering a visual index of the lengths to which people will go when they feel abused or threatened. “I ended up photographing an underground bomb shelter in Livermore, California, looking straight up [toward the entry from the surface], and the light was very divine and was essentially apocalyptic,” he says. “Some of these people thought they were going to be the new inhabitants of the Garden of Eden. I can’t believe that. But when you think back to the illogic of the Bush/Cheney administration, and the world around you is so devolved, the idea of going underground doesn’t seem so crazy.” - Source

09/05/09 - The Truth About EPA City / Highway MPG Estimates
Since the late 1970s, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has certified the fuel-economy projections of some 450 million new vehicles sold in this country. The projections are there by law and appear boldly on the window stickers of new vehicles, for example, CITY MPG 16, HIGHWAY MPG 25. They appear authoritatively, almost like a pledge from the federal government, and motorists have put a lot of faith in these numbers. While the public mistakenly presumes that this federal agency is hard at work conducting complicated tests on every new model of truck, van, car, and SUV, in reality, just 18 of the EPA’s 17,000 employees work in the automobile-testing department in Ann Arbor, Michigan, examining 200 to 250 vehicles a year, or roughly 15 percent of new models. As to that other 85 percent, the EPA takes automakers at their word—without any testing—accepting submitted results as accurate. Two-thirds of the new vehicles the EPA does test are selected randomly, and the remaining third are done for specific reasons. How will the EPA measure the mileage of electric cars and plug-in hybrids? Particularly tricky are upcoming cars such as the Chevy Volt, which can travel a significant distance on electric-only power. If the EPA were to run its fuel-economy tests with a fully charged battery, the Volt would burn no gas at all. So would the miles per gallon on the city cycle read “infinite”? According to the EPA, a likely solution is to test this new breed of hybrid twice—once in electric-only mode and again with the battery drained and the gas engine providing electricity—and then combine the test results. But should the two tests simply be averaged? GM argues that most customers will plug in the car at night and therefore be running on batteries the majority of the time, so the results should reflect a significant portion of efficient, electric-only driving. - Source

09/05/09 - Fahrenheit 747: World’s Biggest Fire Extinguisher Douses L.A. County
KeelyNet The deadly fires that have blackened more than 105,000 acres around Los Angeles prompted authorities to call in the world’s largest fire extinguisher — a Boeing 747 that can drop 20,000 gallons of retardant over a swath of land three miles long. Supertanker, a 747-100 modified by Evergreen Aviation of Oregon, can deliver more than 20,000 gallons of fire retardant with considerable accuracy using its unique pressurized delivery system. Although Supertanker can’t snake through canyons like smaller aircraft, nothing can touch its payload or its ability to perform multiple controlled drops during a single flight. The Grumman S-2, a dedicated workhorse of California’s airtanker fleet, carries 1,200 gallons. That’s a thimbleful compared to the Supertanker. “This aircraft can lay down a three-mile-long, football field-wide swath of retardant if needed,” Evergreen’s Rick Campfield told Wired.com. “There’s no close second.” Evergreen spent more than $50 million developing the Supertanker and hopes to sell it around the world as the premier aerial firefighting tool. - Source

09/05/09 - California's Real Death Panels: Insurers Deny 21% of Claims
PacifiCare's Denials 40%, Cigna's 33% in First Half of 2009. Rejection of care is a very lucrative business for the insurance giants. The top 18 insurance giants racked up $15.9 billion in profits last year. "The routine denial of care by private insurers is like the elephant in the room no one in the present national healthcare debate seems to want to talk about," Burger said. "Nothing in any of the major bills advancing in the Senate or House or proposed by the administration would challenge this practice." PacifiCare denied 40 percent of all California claims in the first six months of 2009. ... just for the first part of this year! Ask your congress person how much of that THEY got in campaign donations from those same companies and I think you'll start to see the real problem. - Source

09/05/09 - A Liquid Design for Cheaper Fuel Cells
In a conventional fuel cell, platinum is embedded in porous carbon electrodes. ACAL's design replaces this with a solution containing low-cost molybdenum and vanadium as the catalyst. The resulting fuel cell works as well as a conventional one but should cost 40 percent less, the company says. ACAL says its design gives power densities of 600 milliwatts per square centimeter at 0.6 volts. The benchmark value for automotive fuel cells is 900 milliwatts per square centimeter, says Hubert Gasteiger, a visiting professor of mechanical engineering at MIT. ACAL also claims that its fuel cell works unpressurized--adding pressure should increase the power density further. The new system's power density could reach 1.5 watts per square centimeter, says Andrew Creeth, ACAL's co-founder and chief technology officer. "We believe that we're getting close to a marketable product," he says. - Source

09/05/09 - Last-ditch emissions options
Risky and unorthodox technologies such as giant space mirrors or capturing CO2 from the ambient air may be required backups to blunt the effects of climate change if emission reductions prove to be too little, too late, says a new report from the Royal Society. Global emissions continue to increase at a rate of about three per cent each year, and the Royal Society--the national academy of science of the U. K. and the Commonwealth--argues that nothing should divert nations from the goal of reducing greenhouse gases. But the society says Plan B for cooling the Earth is geoengineering, or deliberate, large-scale intervention in the Earth's climate system. The report, titled Geo-engineering the Climate:Science, Governance and Uncertainty, divides geo-engineering into two classes: techniques that remove CO2 from the atmosphere, and solar-blocking schemes that reflect a small percentage of the sun's light and heat back into space. The techniques that remove gas from the atmosphere include planting trees on land that historically has not contained forests, and removing C02 from the ambient air. Futuristic solar radiation management techniques include brightening roofs by painting them white, planting crops that reflect light, covering deserts with reflective material and using ships to create white clouds over the ocean. Many of the schemes are pricey, but could work quickly in an emergency and have an impact within a few years, the report said. Large mirrors sized 100 square metres each or a swarm of reflective materials in space could work. Most effective and practical among them all, Keith said, is increasing cloud reflectivity and mimicking the effects of volcanic eruptions by spreading sulphate aerosols into the lower stratosphere. But the fast-acting solutions might also have the greatest side-effects on ozone levels and rain cycles. Potentially, solar interference infrastructure would need to be maintained for centuries, and would be an disincentive for actual emission reductions. - Source

09/05/09 - DIY Electric El Camino
KeelyNet The project went pretty quickly, taking about 200 hours of his time over the course of six weeks. He got some help with donations from QuickCable and some hired hands to help with welding and fabrication. The tab came to roughly $30,000, which included the cost of the car and a transmission rebuild. The lion’s share of the bill went to the 46 lithium-ferrite phosphate batteries that cost him $18,000. They’re located over the front and rear axles. Because Leitschuh yanked the engine, radiator and other archaic equipment, the weight penalty for the batteries is just 750 pounds. Total output is 33 kilowatt-hours. A 9-inch series-wound Advanced DC Motors unit pushing 100 horsepower is bolted directly to the three-speed manual gearbox. The clutch, with its 30 pounds of rotational mass and energy bleeding slip, is long gone. It’s just power-sapping dead weight rendered unnecessary with a little practice to hone his clutchless shifting in a car that only needs two gears. So what’ll she do? Leitschuh shrugged. “I don’t know how fast it’s gone, but I know it will get to 85,” he told us. Chalk that up to one of those speedometers with a pin that stops the needle from passing 85, snatching all pleasure from romping on the pedal mercilessly. Leitschuh was almost apologetic when he told us, “I wasn’t trying to build a race car, but wanted to know what it could do.” With conservative driving, Leitschuh says he thinks the car could see as many as 200 miles on a charge, but one EV expert we talked to said that’s highly unlikely and a max of 130 or so is more probable. Although a full charge takes 10-hours, Leitschuh says the battery array has no memory issues so he simply plugs it in when he gets home regardless of how much juice he used. Leitschuh figures the Electro-Camino costs just over a penny a mile, but he keeps that penny in his pocket. Electro-Camino is truly green. - Source

09/05/09 - Injectable gel could heal brain injuries
An injectable ''biogel'' that may help wounded soldiers and car crash victims recover from brain injuries could be tested on patients in three years, it has been claimed. The material, containing a cocktail of synthetic and natural chemicals, spurs on the growth of neural stem cells which in turn repair damaged nerves. After promising studies on rats scientists in the US say the treatment could be ready for patient trials in as little as three years. Current strategies for tackling traumatic brain injury include hypothermia – or cooling – and protecting surviving nerve cells with chemical agents. However, their success is limited. The new procedure involves injecting the biogel into the wound site to direct the response of neural stem cells. Stem cells are immature ''mother'' cells that can generate different types of tissue. Those in the brain produce nerve cells. Chemicals in the biogel help the neural stem cells to regenerate normal brain tissue at the site of damage. - Source

09/05/09 - Why do people suddenly go blind?
KeelyNet Most of the time our eyes live in their own protected little world. They travel in the "quiet coach" of the human body in which the most dramatic thing that should ever happen is a change in the view. It is a civilised place, in which even the immune system is on low volume. Most of our research underlines the ways that the immune system is kept in check within the eye. Inflammation inside the eye should not happen. But sometimes, as with Anna, the eye's immune system ramps up the volume, releasing the destructive inflammatory process of uveitis. Most uveitis is unexplained. We are good at describing it, reasonable at classifying it, moderate at treating it and, as yet, terrible at understanding it. In our research we probably get closest to what is going on through taking precious fluid samples from the front of the inflamed eye. Detailed study has allowed us to start building an accurate picture of the types of white blood cells involved during an attack of uveitis. We only have snapshots, but from these images we are steadily working backwards towards the key events that kick this whole process off. Uveitis should not happen. But it does, and it can blind people. I want to know why uveitis happens. - Source

09/05/09 - New Origin of Life Proposed: Zinc & Zap
The Miller-Urey experiment, conducted by chemists Stanley Miller and Harold Urey in 1953, is the classic experiment on the origin of life. It established that the early Earth atmosphere, as they pictured it, was capable of producing amino acids, the building blocks of life, from inorganic substances. Mulkidjanian's "Zn world" hypothesis presents a different version of the prebiotic Earth atmosphere—one in which zinc sulfide plays a major role in the development of life. In nature, zinc sulfide particles precipitate only at deep-sea hydrothermal vents. Its unique ability to store the energy of light has made it popular in many modern-day devices, from various types of television displays to glow-in-the-dark items (and zinc oxide is used in sunscreen). Its ability to store light makes zinc sulfide an important factor in the discussion on life's origin. Mulkidjanian explains that, once illuminated by UV light, zinc sulfide can efficiently reduce carbon dioxide, just as plants do. To test the hypothesis, Mulkidjanian and Galperin analyzed the metal content of modern cells and found "surprisingly high levels of zinc," particularly in the complexes of proteins with DNA and RNA molecules. "We have found that proteins that are considered 'evolutionarily old' and particularly those related to handling of RNA specifically contain large amounts of zinc," Mulkidjanian says. The scientists say the result is evidence that the first life forms evolved in a zinc-rich environment. But as the authors indicate in their paper, acceptance of a new hypothesis for the origin of life will likely require more work, particularly to further describe the nature of life and the chemical reactions in these zinc-rich communities. "We cannot explain fully the properties of modern organisms unless we understand how life has originated," says Mulkidjanian. - Source

09/03/09 - New solar battery technology offers household power at 2.5c per kWh
KeelyNet Ceramatec is making impressive inroads on the prototype of a deep storage battery, the size of a small refrigerator, that safely operates at room temperature, consists of everyday materials, and can output household power at 2.5c per kWh. What’s more, Ceramatec says it will be cheap to purchase. Currently, great performing energy-dense batteries are nothing more than man-made volcanoes - huge containers of super-hot molten sodium that hover around 600°C. At that temperature the material is highly conductive of electricity, however, it is also toxic and corrosive. Would you want one in your basement? Instead, Ceramatec's battery comprises a large piece of solid sodium metal mated to a sulfur compound by a paper-thin ceramic membrane. The membrane conducts ions - electrically-charged particles - back and forth to generate a current. The company calculates that the battery will be able to sustain 20-40kWh of energy into a refrigerator-size housing that operates at around or below 90°C. This is possibly the only way that this type of dense battery technology will ever be approved for household use – safe, small (relatively) and cheap to purchase. Ceramatec says its new generation of battery would deliver a continuous flow of 5kW of electricity over four hours. If that doesn’t power your whole house it will certainly supplement it. And these batteries are expected to withstand daily discharge/recharge cycles over 10 years (3,650 times). The batteries would hopefully sell for around USD$2,000, which is less than 3c per kWh over the battery's life. Conventional power from the grid typically costs around 8c per kWh – and continues to rise. Presently, most deep cycle batteries don’t have a lifespan anywhere near that long. Daily usage usually results in a permanently dead battery in around 12 months. - Source

09/03/09 - How Many Solar Panels Would It Take to Power The Entire World?
Just 496,905 square kilometers. That's really nothing compared to the total world area: Less than the surface of Spain (504,030 square kilometers) covered with solar panels, distributed across deserts and areas with almost 24/7 sun, all year around. - Source

09/03/09 - Broun warns of dictatorship
U.S. Rep. Paul Broun told a meeting of the Morgan County Republicans on Wednesday night that Obama already has or will have the three things he needs to make himself a dictator: a national police force, gun control and control over the press. "He has the three things that are necessary to establish an authoritarian government," Broun said. "And so we need to be ever-vigilant, because freedom is precious." Broun also cited the dozens of so-called "czars" Obama has appointed to oversee areas like the troubled car industry as evidence that he is overstepping his bounds to seek power. "They're developing a shadow government that (does not) answer to the American people," Broun said. At a town hall meeting in Clarkesville last month, Broun called Obama, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid a "socialistic elite" and agreed with a constituent who said they might use a flu pandemic to declare martial law. "They're trying to develop an environment where they can take over," Broun said. "We've seen that historically." - Source

09/02/09 - EarthSure Announces A Very "COOL" Way to "Go Green"
Imagine turning on your air conditioner and watching your electric bill go DOWN! The WindAir system uses the warm air flow from the exhaust of a traditional air conditioning unit and drives it into a secondary fan turbine system. This secondary system has an electric-generating mechanism that transforms the wind flow into free, clean, renewable energy which is then inverted into the electric meter of the home or office building. This renewable energy has the capability to reduce the increase in electric used by the air conditioning system by generating enough electricity to send it back to the meter, thereby turning the air conditioning unit into an actual "sub-power station". So every time you turn on the central air or cooling systems, your electric bill goes down instead of up! How`s that for a "cool" way to go green? The unique WindAir converter system can be incorporated into any existing air conditioning condenser unit or manufactured as a complete new unit. This technology can be utilized within small homeowner units all the way up to the largest of commercial air conditioning applications. - Source

09/02/09 - Handwriting-based Tool Offers Alternate Lie Detection Method
The research, headed by Gil Luria and Sara Rosenblum at the University of Haifa, is published in an upcoming issue of Applied Cognitive Psychology. The researchers utilized a computerized tablet that measured the physical properties of the subject’s handwriting, which are difficult to consciously control (for example: the duration of time that the pen is on paper versus in the air, the length height and width of each writing stroke, the pressure implemented on the writing surface). They have found that these handwriting characteristics differ when an individual is in the process of writing deceptive sentences as opposed to truthful sentences. The handwriting tool has the potential to replace, or work in tandem, with popular, verbal-based lie detection technology such as the polygraph to ensure greater accuracy and objectivity in law enforcement deception detection. - Source

09/02/09 - "Dark Flow" Discovered at Edge of the Universe
A huge swath of galactic clusters seem to be heading to a cosmic hotspot and nobody knows why. The unexplained motion has hundreds of millions of stars dashing towards a certain part of the sky at over eight hundred kilometers per second. Not much speed in cosmic terms, but the preferred direction certainly is: most cosmological models have things moving in all directions equally at the extreme edges of the universe. Something that could make things aim for a specific spot on such a massive scale hasn't been imagined before. The scientists are keeping to the proven astrophysical strategy of calling anything they don't understand "dark", terming the odd motion a "dark flow". A black hole can't explain the observations - objects would accelerate into the hole, while the NASA scientists see constant motion over a vast expanse of a billion light-years. - Source

09/02/09 - Mourning Dead People Who Suck
Death is not only a passing on, but a time for everyone else to truthfully reflect on one’s life. To skim through the unsavory parts (or in Kennedy/MJ’s case, skip entire chapters all together) is to do the world a disservice. How are the rest of us shmucks supposed to learn from past mistakes if we can’t even acknowledge them to begin with? ...I get that it’s always sad to see a life lost, and my heart always goes out to a family in suffering. However, to give more credit than that to someone like Mr. Kennedy or Mr. Jackson would be disingenuous. Isn’t the truth more important than romanticizing the dead? - Source

09/01/09 - Broom stands on its own in only Three places in new shop
This so reminds me of phenomena associated with vortex attractions like the Oregon Vortex and the article about Poltergiest phenemena associated with John Hutchinsons electrical experiments. Also an article I wrote a few years back Gestalts and the Production of Anomalous Phenomena. Is it some kind of MASCON like gravity well, electrostatic or magnetic though the broom handle is a bit bent and is probably aluminum covered in plastic or painted. - Source

Additional Info - "...five years ago a Kentucky broom maker told me that a good broom will stand up on its own and proceeded to demonstrate the fact that his brooms will do so." And I did it with two brooms in my house, just a matter of finding that sweet spot where it is balanced, so no mystery here. - JWD

09/01/09 - Health-Care Anger Has Deeper Roots
Recent town-hall uproars weren't just about health care. They were also eruptions of concern that the government is taking on too much at once. At August's town-hall meetings, voters often started with complaints about health care, only to shift to frustrations about all the other things President Barack Obama and the Democrats have done or tried to do since January. The $787 billion economic-stimulus package, the government-led rescue of General Motors Corp. and climate-change legislation all came in for criticism. "A lot of the anxiety we face here has less to do with health care and everything to do with the overall state of the economy and government," said Rep. Anthony Weiner, a New York Democrat. "What we're seeing here is this larger debate about what the role of government is," said William McInturff, a Republican pollster who conducts The Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll. "The health-care debate is at that fault line. - Source

09/01/09 - "Gas Saver" Invention That Actually Saves Gas . . . Who Knew?
KeelyNet Textbooks state that 95 percent of the gas introduced into the engine is burned, driving the vehicle. However, according to EPA Federal Test Procedure data gathered in five separate tests, only 80 percent of gasoline is burned in perfectly-tuned gas engines. Additional research conducted by Champion Spark Plugs shows that the average engine is 12 percent worse than perfectly-tuned gas engines, bringing the burn percentage down even further to 68 percent. These two premises are the basis of National Fuelsaver`s Platinum Gas Saver, created more than 30 years ago. "It really comes down to chemistry," continues Robinson. "By bringing the chemistry of platinum and unburned fuel into the engine itself, we were able to get added use from fuel that had previously been wasted and released into the environment as a pollutant." The Gas Saver is a modest device about the size of a video tape and holds a pre-measured platinum formula. The engine vacuum draws microscopic quantities of vaporized platinum into the intake manifold where it joins the fuel/air mixture entering the engine. With platinum in the flame zone, the fuel burn percentage inside the engine increases from 68 to 90 percent, a significant increase of 22 percent. That allows a vehicle to travel 22 percent faster, or 22 percent more miles per gallon, with the original amount of fuel. Municipal officials in Los Angeles, Albuquerque and Denver, among others, have installed the gas-saving device on diesel-powered city vehicles. A five-year review of the Gas Saver Catalyst Delivery System was completed in 1985 by the Federal Consumer Protection Department, that stated that independent tests in 1980 and 1982 supported an even higher increase in mpg than the 22 percent claimed by the manufacturer, National Fuelsaver Corp. Results included: lowered emissions; reduced carbon build-up within the engine; increased engine life span; 3-5 point octane boost; significant pollution reduction; more power and acceleration and is safe and compatible with all gasoline burning engines. Their chemistry, science and premises proved valid. / ...the GASAVER injects microscopic quantities of a vapor form of Platinum into the gas-air mixture causing the fuel to burn more completely inside the engine. With the Platinum in the flame zone, you significantly increase the percentage of fuel burning in the engine from 68% to 90%. Platinum has the unique ability to make non-burning fuel burn. - Source

09/01/09 - Agriculturist wins citation for biomass charcoal fuel
The invention of Dr. Nemesio Cańete, city agriculturist of Kabankalan City won second place in the recent 19th Regional Symposium on Research and Development Highlights at the West Visayas State University in La Paz, Iloilo City. The Biomass Charcoal Briquette is the byproduct of the sugarcane trashes, leaves and other biomassundergoes a carbonization process and molds the trashes into charcoal blocks, Cańete said. He said that the energy source of the briquetted charcoal is equivalent to the heating value of wood which is a good substitute for wood fuel. The project brochure states the farmers and sugarcane laborers can also make economical use of the enormous quantity of sugarcane waste. About ten tons of leaf trash can be obtained after harvest from one hectare of sugarcane. It added that three kilograms of this leaf trash yields approximately 1 kilogram of raw char. Therefore, one hectare can potentially produce 1.5 to 2.7 tons of char. This can then be used to produce charcoal for household use or even industrial use. The abundant materials found in the field after harvests are only wasted because of open burning. Burning this biomass causes pollution by emitting toxic gasses into the air, he added. - Source

09/01/09 - New Simple Super-Efficient Pump
This was designed as a handpump to be used worldwide, but the videos show that it can be used for many other applications. You will be truly amazed - remember that this newly patented pump design is simply a few pieces of polypropylene. - (Thanks to Peter QBN for the headsup! - JWD) - Source

Part 1 showing basic operation

Part 2 showing incredible head

Part 3 pumping honey thick oil!

Part 4 pumping vaseline thick grease!

09/01/09 - “Bottled” Solar Energy Has Many Following Suit
What is now fondly known to many Israelis as a “dude shemesh” or sun boiler, was invented by a guy named Levi Yissar back in the early 1950’s, when electricity was very expensive due to a severe energy shortage. His innovation consisted of a modified electric water boiler that was erected on the roof of a building and attached by pipes to two simple glass faced collector plates that heated water running through them from the boiler, when the sun’s rays struck them during certain hours of the day. The heated water then returned by gravity feed to the insulated boiler, where it was stored for later use in kitchens and bathrooms. Yissar, an engineer, and entrepreneur, soon opened the first company selling such devices, the Neryah Company, in 1953. The device soon became so popular that people waited for weeks to purchase their own “dude shemesh” ; and it wasn’t long before other companies got into the act. By the mid 1960’s, one in every 20 households already had their own sun boiler, and more than 50,000 had been sold. - Source

09/01/09 - How Science Can Create Millions of New Jobs
Reigniting basic research can repair the broken U.S. business model and put Americans back to work. Name an industry that can produce 1 million new, high-paying jobs over the next three years. You can’t, because there isn’t one. And that’s the problem. America needs good jobs, soon. We need 6.7 million just to replace losses from the current recession, then an additional 10 million to keep up with population growth and to spark demand over the next decade. In the 1990s the U.S. economy created a net 22 million jobs, or 2.2 million a year. But from 2000 to the end of 2007, the rate plunged to 900,000 a year. The pipeline is dry because the U.S. business model is broken. Our growth engine has run out of a key fuel—basic research. The U.S. infrastructure for scientific innovation has historically consisted of a loose public-private partnership. It included legendary institutions such as Bell Labs, RCA Labs, Xerox (XRX) PARC, and the research operations of IBM (IBM), along with NASA, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), and others. In each of these organizations, programs with clear commercial potential were supported alongside pure research. There was ample corporate and venture capital funding for commercialization, so the labs were able to make enormous contributions to science, technology, and the economy—including the creation of millions of high-paying jobs. The choice facing the country is to do nothing and risk the decline of innovation or act boldly by reasserting our faith in scientific inquiry and discovery. We can’t do this as a series of half steps that are expensive but ineffectual, that don’t reach critical mass or a critical rate of change. This middle-road approach might well describe NASA over the past 30 years—not necessarily a good model. The better model is the one we have put aside: a dynamic public-private ecosystem of large-scale labs and a venture capital industry waiting downstream to commercialize ideas and turn them into large public companies that create lucrative and satisfying jobs. What’s needed to get that model back on track? First, clear national goals in two or three key areas, such as carbon-free energy and preventive medicine. Second, a commitment of $10 billion a year, above and beyond spending for national agencies, to jump-start new industrial research labs. Third, government tax credits for corporations that promise to spend, say, 5% to 10% of R&D on basic research. - Source

09/01/09 - Energy efficient fridge hack
We’ve already covered a pipe bomb mini-fridge this week, but inventor [Tom Chalko] provides us with today’s fridge hack. He noticed that chest-style (laying down, see above) freezers were more energy efficient when compared to normal stand up refrigerators at the same size, despite the colder temperatures involved. This is largely due to the fact that these chest-style freezers keep cold air in like water in a bowl, even if the lid is open. He has written a very thorough report on his findings (pdf), as well as a detailed walk through of the manageable task of converting a chest-style freezer into a chest-style fridge. In the end, his fridge only used 103 Wh of electricity on the first day to reach and maintain between 4° and 7° C (39° to 45° F), and he noted that 30% of that was just getting it up to temperature. After that, the fridge only turned on for roughly 90 seconds an hour, making it a very quiet fridge as well. - Source

09/01/09 - Cheap wireless for microcontrollers
KeelyNet Everybody loves microcontrollers, including the Arduino, allowing you to create whatever you imagine. That is unless you want to hack together something wireless. Originally you had to rely on the expensive XBee protocol or other wireless options, but no longer. Hobby Robotics found an extremely cheap transmitter and receiver and wrote a quick guide for wiring them up to an Arduino. Now your wireless projects can come to life, as long as you are within 500 feet and don’t mind 2400bps; minor trade offs compared to the gains of wireless freedom. Final note: You aren’t limited to Arduino, we would love to see someone modify this to work with a PIC or other microcontroller. - Source

09/01/09 - Beef up your UPS
[Surferdude] was unhappy with the decreasing life of his aging uninterruptible power supply. He decided to beef it up using marine batteries. He extended the battery connections outside of the UPS case using #10 wire and swapped the two 12 volt gel cells with the heavy duty lead-acid batteries. Doing so upgraded the device from 20 amp-hours to 84 amp-hours at a cost of about $160. If you’re thinking about taking this on yourself, pay attention to the countinuous output rating of your UPS to prevent a fire risk. - (I did this on a 5 year old UPS, just hooked up a 12V car battery and it will run my lights, computer, TV, DVD for nearly 4 hours! - JWD) - Source

09/01/09 - FontCapture Turns Your Handwriting into a Font
KeelyNet FontCapture can turn your handwriting into a font. Go to FontCapture and download their font template. Once downloaded, print it off and carefully fill in the single-sheet grid. You don't need to fill in every slot for FontCapture to create your font. If you don't use letters like ó, ň, or ń in your daily writing, feel free to skip over them. Once you've filled out the template, you upload it to FontCapture and it processes your handwriting into a font for personal use. That's all there is to it, but it's a pretty neat way of giving an image or document a consistent look, but a look you crafted yourself. FontCapture is a free service and requires no signup. - Source

09/01/09 - Bioreactors Engineer Tissue To Mend Heart Damage
"Heart attacks usually cause irreversible damage to heart muscle and, because cells lost from the heart do not grow back naturally, leave the organ in a weakened and vulnerable state that may cause another serious condition — called heart failure — if the victim survives. Now a team of scientists led by Tal Dvir from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Beer-Sheva has developed a tissue-engineering technique, using the body as a 'bioreactor,' to create a 'patch' made from heart muscle that can be used to fix scarring left over from a heart attack. First, a biodegradable 'scaffold' is seeded with immature cells taken from the hearts of newborn rats. For 48 hours, the scaffold is exposed to a cocktail of growth-promoting chemicals in the laboratory and is then transplanted into a rat's abdomen where it develops a network of blood vessels and muscle fibers. After seven days the patch is removed and grafted onto the animal's heart. A month later the patch has completely integrated itself into the heart, synchronizing its 'beat' with that of the surrounding tissue. 'Using the body as a bioreactor to engineer cardiac tissue with stable and functional blood vessel networks represents a significant improvement in cardiac patch performance over ex vivo (outside the body) methods currently used for patch production,' write the authors. The technique is also being developed for livers and bladders." - Source

09/01/09 - Homeland Security Changes Laptop Search Policy
"The US Government has updated its policy on the search and seizure of laptops at border crossing. 'The long-criticized practice of searching travelers' electronic devices will continue, but a supervisor now would need to approve holding a device for more than five days. Any copies of information taken from travelers' machines would be destroyed within days if there were no legal reason to hold the information.'" - Source

09/01/09 - Solar Roadways Get DoT Funding
"Solar Roadways, a project to replace over 25,000 square miles of road in the US with solar panels you can drive on, just received $100,000 in funding from the Department of Transportation for the first 12ft-by-12ft prototype panel. Each panel consists of three layers: a base layer with data and power cables running through it, an electronics layer with an array of LEDs, solar collectors and capacitors, and finally the glass road surface. With data and power cables, the solar roadway has the potential to replace some of our aging infrastructure. With only 15% efficiency, 25,000 square miles of solar roadways could produce three times what the US uses annually in energy. The building costs are estimated to be competitive with traditional roads, and the solar roads would heat themselves in the winter to keep snow from accumulating." - Source

09/01/09 - James Murdoch Criticizes BBC For Providing "Free News"
"News Corporation's James Murdoch says that a 'dominant' BBC threatens independent journalism in the UK and that free news on the web provided by the BBC made it 'incredibly difficult' for private news organizations to ask people to pay for their news. 'It is essential for the future of independent digital journalism that a fair price can be charged for news to people who value it,' says Murdoch. 'The expansion of state-sponsored journalism is a threat to the plurality and independence of news provision.' In common with the public broadcasting organizations of many other European countries, the BBC is funded by a television license fee charged to all households owning a television capable of receiving broadcasts. Murdoch's News Corporation, one of the world's largest media conglomerates, owns the Times, the Sunday Times and Sun newspapers and pay TV provider BSkyB in the UK and the New York Post, Wall Street Journal, and Fox News TV in the US." - Source

09/01/09 - Orange Goo That Could Save Your Laptop
"A British company has patented what can only be described as an orange goo that could save your laptop or iPod after a nasty fall. The amazing material is soft and malleable like putty, but the substance becomes solid instantly after impact. You can punch your fist into a ball of the material sitting on a desk and not feel a thing, according to the staff at PC Pro who have been testing the material, called 3do. It's being used by the military, the US downhill ski team, and motorcycle clothing manufacturers to provide impact protection in the event of a crash. However, it's also appearing in protective cases for laptops and MP3 players." - Source

09/01/09 - Wind turbines can create some weather radar interference
Hector Guerrero, warning and coordination meteorologist at the National Weather Service in San Angelo, said, “yes, there has been some difficulty” mainly with issuing tornado warnings, when a storm moves over the wind farms. He said that wind turbines also make it difficult sometimes to detect storm rotations at certain levels. The phenomenon has affected several National Weather Service radar sites in different parts the country, according to The Associated Press, even leading to a false tornado alert near Dodge City, Kansas, in the heart of Tornado Alley. In Des Moines, Iowa, the weather service received a frantic warning from an emergency worker who had access to Doppler radar images. The alert was quickly called off in Kansas, and meteorologists calmed the emergency worker down. But with enough wind turbines going up last year to power more than 6 million homes and a major push toward alternative energy, more false alerts seem inevitable. New installations are concentrated in windy states like Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Colorado and Iowa, all part of Tornado Alley. Danielle Dozier, KTXS meteorologist, said that wind turbines sometimes do show up on the Doppler radar because of the energy they give off. However, they can tell the difference between a wind turbine and a storm on radar. One way they can do this is by comparing the blobs they make on radar. Storms make one type and turbines will make another. When radar is put into motion, a storm blob will move, but a wind turbine blob will remain stationary. They also know the location of the wind turbines. By knowing this, it is easier to rule out what is a storm and what is wind turbine interference. - Source

09/01/09 - Could you survive without money?
Daniel Suelo lives in a cave. Unlike the average American—wallowing in credit-card debt, clinging to a mortgage, terrified of the next downsizing at the office—he isn't worried about the economic crisis. That's because he figured out that the best way to stay solvent is to never be solvent in the first place. Nine years ago, in the autumn of 2000, Suelo decided to stop using money. He just quit it, like a bad drug habit. His dwelling, hidden high in a canyon lined with waterfalls, is an hour by foot from the desert town of Moab, Utah, where people who know him are of two minds: He's either a latter-day prophet or an irredeemable hobo. Suelo's blog, which he maintains free at the Moab Public Library, suggests that he's both. "When I lived with money, I was always lacking," he writes. "Money represents lack. Money represents things in the past (debt) and things in the future (credit), but money never represents what is present." - Source

09/01/09 - The Good Enough Revolution: When Cheap and Simple Is Just Fine
Cheap, fast, simple tools are suddenly everywhere. We get our breaking news from blogs, we make spotty long-distance calls on Skype, we watch video on small computer screens rather than TVs, and more and more of us are carrying around dinky, low-power netbook computers that are just good enough to meet our surfing and emailing needs. The low end has never been riding higher. So what happened? Well, in short, technology happened. The world has sped up, become more connected and a whole lot busier. As a result, what consumers want from the products and services they buy is fundamentally changing. We now favor flexibility over high fidelity, convenience over features, quick and dirty over slow and polished. Having it here and now is more important than having it perfect. These changes run so deep and wide, they're actually altering what we mean when we describe a product as "high-quality." - Source

09/01/09 - Future of Fish Farming Is Giant Autonomous Roaming Robotic Cages
KeelyNet Aquaculture produces around half of the fish eaten worldwide, and since wild stocks are waning and global demand for fish is increasing, fish farming is destined to play a big role. National Geographic reports on a possible future of aquaculture, which includes free-floating, autonomous fish farms that move through the open ocean that mimic the movements of wild schools. Scientists are working on remote control cages: ...[A]utomated cages could herald an entirely new form of fish farming. They might be turned loose to mimic natural systems by following carefully chosen ocean currents. The robotic fish farms could help lead to larger, healthier crops of farmed fish far from crowded coastal areas, where farmed fish both suffer from poor water quality and, by producing waste, add to water woes. Cages might even generate their own electricity by harnessing solar energy, wave energy, or other forms of renewable power. - Source

09/01/09 - How Sunlight Controls Climate
For decades some scientists have noted that certain climate phenomena—warmer seas, increased tropical rainfall, fewer clouds in the subtropics, stronger trade winds—seem to be connected to the sun's roughly 11-year cycle, which causes ebbs and flows in sunspots that result in variations in solar output. That variation is roughly equal to 0.2 watt per meter squared—far too little to explain, for instance, actual warming sea-surface temperatures. A variety of theories have been proposed to explain the discrepancy: ozone chemistry changes in the stratosphere, increased sunlight in cloudless areas, even cosmic rays. But none of these theories, on its own, explains the phenomenon. Now, using a computer model that pairs ozone chemistry with the fact that there are fewer clouds in the subtropics when the sun is stronger, climate scientist Gerald Meehl of the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder, Colo., and colleagues have reproduced all the observed cyclical climate phenomena as sunlight waxed and waned in intensity over the course of the last century. "Even though [sunlight variability] is a very small number on a global average, regionally or locally it can be much bigger," Meehl explains. Changes to stratospheric ozone chemistry and cloud cover in the subtropics "kind of add together and reinforce each other to produce a bigger amplitude of this small solar forcing signal," he says. If the model is correct, the mechanism works like this when the sun is at maximum strength: Ozone in the tropical stratosphere traps slightly more heat under the increased ultraviolet sunlight, warming its surroundings and, in turn, allowing increased ozone production. (Warmer temperatures make it easier for ultraviolet light to break up O2 molecules, thereby allowing the resulting free oxygen ions to hook up with other molecules of their kind to create ozone.) That ozone also warms and the cycle continues, resulting in roughly 2 percent more ozone globally. But this change also begins to affect the circulation of the stratosphere itself, which then alters the circulation in the lowest layer of the atmosphere, known as the troposphere, by reinforcing certain wind patterns that then affect the weather we experience. - Source

09/01/09 - Cops May Get Portable Drug Detectors Soon
KeelyNet Spit into this little plastic test tube, and you're busted -- any cocaine, heroin, cannabis, amphetamines, and methamphetamine you might be partying with is no longer a secret. Phillips, a company that makes TVs and all kinds of other techno-stuff, created this sophisticated dope-a-lysing device using nanotechnology, with a clever use of electromagnets and nanoparticles that can separate the sober from the impaired. After 90 seconds, the verdict shows up on a color-coded readout. - Source

09/01/09 - New cell phones can help track teens
AT&T's Family Map plan, which debuted in April, allows users to see their child's location on a detailed map with the street address via computer or cell phone. Parents also can receive text messages or e-mail updates at certain times of the day to ensure their child has made it home from school, for example. Cathy Lewandowski, AT&T's market manager for Tennessee, said no one is tracked without being notified. An initial text message is sent out alerting customers that they can be located, as well as periodic reminders. There's also an option for customers to be notified every time their phone is located. The plan costs $10 a month for two phones and $15 a month for five. Verizon and Sprint offer similar plans. Verizon's Chaperone plan costs $10 a month per phone, and Sprint's Family Locator plan costs $5 a month for up to four phones. - Source

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

15 New Alternative Science DVDs & 15 MP3s
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Ellen Glasgow "The only difference between
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Cree Indian Prophecy
Only after the Last Tree has been cut down,
Only after the Last River has been poisoned,
Only after the Last Fish has been caught,
Only then will you find that
Money Cannot Be Eaten.

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Need an Energy Boost? - Try the MexiStim
the article tells you how to build or buy your own for $230 + S&H

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