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07/30/12 - Keelynet Downtime for August 2011
KeelyNet Hola Folks! Well, its been 3-4 months working now with a health issue and it keeps getting worse because of 6 doctors, every one of them has different ideas about how to treat my condition and the medicines seem to be conflicting and creating havoc.

See Cascading Medical Disasters as an example.

So I have no choice but to go into the hospital where there will be some coordination in treatment.

I'm hoping no more than a week according to the two kind and compassionate Mexican doctors this morning so hopefully will be back online for regular updates.

Thank you for visiting Keelynet and check back in as soon as I can get fixed up. - Personal Note from Jerry

07/30/12 - Bug-a-salt: $30 Gadget gun kills flies with a pinch of salt
I first met Lorenzo Maggiore a couple years ago in yoga class, and run into him at the beach from time to time—he's an accomplished surfer, and pops a mean Adho Mukha Vrksasana. But until recently, I had no idea he was also the inventor of Bug-a-salt (Twitter), a novelty gadget that allows you to shoot houseflies dead (yet delightfully intact!) with a pinch of salt.

Our yoga teacher just told me today that Bug-a-salt has gone crazy viral, and he isn't kidding. Nearly a million YouTube views on the "how it works" video; news reports all over the place, and he's reached 10 times the original fundraising goal on indiegogo.

You can pre-order one of the guns here. The videos are weird but excellent. YouTube channel here. I find this one to be particularly satisfying.

Go, Lorenzo! I think you are about to become very rich. - Full Article Source

07/30/12 - Superstitious robot investment
Would you trust a superstitious robot with your money? Can technology operate with human characteristics, interpreting data and information with basic human behaviors.

The Superstitious Fund Project is an investment Fund that is run by a superstitious autonomous Algorithm. As a one year experiment it operates and trades purely on superstitious beliefs.

Buying or Selling on Numerology and in accordance to Lunar Phases. For example it has the fear of the number 13 and a full moon. It also develops its own lucky ad unlucky values, just as we do all the time. We are hardwired to imagine patterns that give us the illusion of control. Win a tennis match, and we've got lucky socks.

The Algorithm creates these patterns throughout the year, ranking and deranking superstitions. They are then used as a new logic in trading.

As a one year experiment, £4828.88 was invested from participants over 50 cities around the world. After the one year, the balance will be returned at either a profit or a loss.

The project provides an alternate viewpoint on how technology can operate, highlighting issues on algorithms in our world. The flash crash of 2010 is a good example of where we create these algorithms and soon become less privy to their following actions. The Crash was caused by trading algorithms - but we don't know why or how. There is a world in which a new world of algorithms exist that becomes less accessible to.

The Fund also comments on our increasing irrational behaviors. Contrary to belief, we are actually becoming more superstitious due to a number of reasons, and as a result our world is shaping and has shaped around our irrationalities. - Full Article Source

07/30/12 - Report of working 3D printed gun
KeelyNet An amateur gunsmith, operating under the handle of "HaveBlue" (incidentally, "Have Blue" is the codename that was used for the prototype stealth fighter that became the Lockheed F-117), announced recently in online forums that he had successfully printed a serviceable .22 caliber pistol.

Despite predictions of disaster, the pistol worked. It successfully fired 200 rounds in testing.

HaveBlue then decided to push the limits of what was possible and use his printer to make an AR-15 rifle. To do this, he downloaded plans for an AR-15 in the Solidworks file format from a site called

After some small modifications to the design, he fed about $30 of ABS plastic feedstock into his late-model Stratasys printer.

The result was a functional AR-15 rifle. Early testing shows that it works, although it still has some minor feed and extraction problems to be worked out. - Full Article Source

07/30/12 - Climate change study forces sceptical scientists to change minds
Earth's land shown to have warmed by 1.5C over past 250 years, with humans being almost entirely responsible.

Prof Richard Muller, a physicist and climate change sceptic who founded the Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature (Best) project, said he was surprised by the findings. "We were not expecting this, but as scientists, it is our duty to let the evidence change our minds." He added that he now considers himself a "converted sceptic" and his views had undergone a "total turnaround" in a short space of time.

"Our results show that the average temperature of the Earth's land has risen by 2.5F over the past 250 years, including an increase of 1.5 degrees over the most recent 50 years. Moreover, it appears likely that essentially all of this increase results from the human emission of greenhouse gases," Muller wrote in an opinion piece for the New York Times.

Prof Michael Mann, the Penn State palaeoclimatologist who has faced hostility from climate sceptics for his famous "hockey stick" graph showing a rapid rise in temperatures during the 20th century, said he welcomed the Best results as they "demonstrated once again what scientists have known with some degree of certainty for nearly two decades".

He added: "I applaud Muller and his colleagues for acting as any good scientists would, following where their analyses led them, without regard for the possible political repercussions. They are certain to be attacked by the professional climate change denial crowd for their findings."

Muller said his team's analysis suggested there would be 1.5 degrees of warming over land in the next 50 years, but if China continues its rapid economic growth and its vast use of coal then that same warming could take place in less than 20 years. - Full Article Source

07/30/12 - E-Cat pitching cold fusion to Australians
KeelyNet A company established in January 2012 is offering the Rossi E-Cat (“energy catalyzer”) to Australians. E-Cat Australia is offering pre-orders for a 1MW unit with “an estimated delivery time of 3 months”, and allowing people to pre-register for a domestic unit promising shipping in 2013.

Attempts had been made to promote E-Cat downunder before. Earlier this year, a group from the NSW north coast town of Mullumbimby hoped to host a Skype teleconference with Andrea Rossi which fizzled on a no-show.

As previously noted in The Register, Australian sceptic Dick Smith has offered $AU200,000 for proof that the device works.

The Register has invited E-Cat Australia to get in touch. In the meantime, here’s what we know.

The Australian commercial entity was established in January 2012 to a North Bondi residential address. Its newly-launched Website sees to have gone live on July 16, 2012 under a private registration.

Its Website is hosted on an IP belonging to Heart Internet in the UK. The company registration was completed by Roger George Green, a New Zealander who is also a director of the New Zealand School of Feng Shui in Takapuna, NZ, according to the New Zealand Companies Office.

The Register has put the following questions to E-Cat Australia:

1. What connection does your company have to Andrea Rossi, inventor of the E-Cat?
2. There has been no public demonstration of E-Cat in Australia - how could potential customers assure themselves of the efficacy of the technology prior to placing an order?
3. Can E-Cat Australia identify independent experiments replicating Rossi’s work?
4. Can E-Cat Australia provide any customer references in which E-Cat devices are in full operation?

We will update readers when we receive a response.

The E-Cat, or energy catalyzer, claims to produce a cold fusion reaction by combining hydrogen and nickel to produce copper in an exothermic reaction.

Inventor Andrea Rossi has been criticized in the past for not allowing third parties to "see inside the box" and attempt to replicate his work. However, the E-Cat has been a hit among green energy enthusiasts as a "save the world" technology. - Full Article Source

07/30/12 - Ex-Google Books man hired to drive private MOON BUS
Jimi Crawford used to work as engineering chief at Google Books at Mountain View but now he's going to be working with a team of engineers on sending a spacecraft to the Moon – which may eventually be used to bus kit to and from the satellite for paying customers.

Crawford has joined private space flight company Moon Express as its Chief Technology Officer and software architect. In his new role he'll be responsible for the mission-critical programmes that will guide the craft's trip to the Moon. Moon Express is one of 25 businesses competing in Google's Lunar X Prize, which challenges private companies to make a successful Moon trip.

To win the Lunar X challenge, a craft has to make it to the Moon, travel up to 500m over the surface and send back data and images to Earth. The challenge runs until the end of 2015, and the first one to the Moon will scoop a $20m grand prize.

Moon Express has plans to take its Moon transport beyond the Google Prize by setting up a sort of Moon-ferry service that would take payloads to the Moon for government and commercial companies. - Full Article Source

07/30/12 - New lightest-ever material: Ideal power for electric car
A light-absorbing midnight-black substance dubbed Aerographite has stolen the crown for the lightest material in the world, weighing just 0.2mg per cubic centimetre. And because of its special properties, it's a serious contender to build lithium-ion batteries small and light enough to power the electronic bikes and cars of the future.

Boffins in Germany constructed the new material by weaving together a network of porous carbon tubes at nano and micro level to create the stuff that is 75 times lighter than Styrofoam.

Adelung and other researchers from Kiel Uni and the Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH) worked together to make the substance using a powdered zinc oxide.

The boffins heated the zinc oxide up to 900°C to transform it into a crystalline structure. From that stuff, the scientists made a kind of pill, inside which the zinc oxide had formed micro and nano structures called tetrapods... so the "pill" is actually porous.

The pill was then stuffed into a reactor for chemical vapour deposition and cooked up to 760°C to lay on a few coats of graphite.

"In a streaming gas atmosphere that is enriched with carbon, the zinc oxide is being equipped with a graphite coating of only a few atomic layers," Schuchard explained, "This forms the tangled-web structures of the Aerographite. Simultaneously, hydrogen is introduced. It reacts with the oxygen in the zinc oxide and results in the emission of steam and zinc gas.

"The faster we get the zinc out, the more porous the tube's walls get and the lighter the material. There is considerable scope."

The stuff the boffins end up absorbs light rays almost completely so it is jet-black, it stays stable and is conductive and ductile. The aerographite is also resilient, withstanding both compression and tension.

The researchers reckon that these characteristics mean the new material could fit into the electrodes of lithium-ion batteries, which could in turn be used in electronic cars or bikes.

Aerographite also has potential for use in aviation and satellite construction because materials used need to be able to put up with a lot of vibration. The stuff could even be used in water purification, where it may act as an absorbent for pollutants. - Full Article Source

07/30/12 - Border Chaos From Admin's Amnesty Policy
Sen. Sessions hosted a press conference today with top officials from two unions that represent U.S. immigration law enforcement agencies.

ICE agent Chris Crane is President of the National Immigration and Customs Enforcement Council, the union representing America's more than 7,000 ICE agents and personnel. Border Patrol agent George McCubbin, III is President of the National Border Patrol Council, the union representing America's more than 17,000 border agents and personnel.

To view video of Mr. Crane explaining that ICE agents face the spectre of losing their jobs for simply enforcing the law, click here:

From Sen. Sessions' remarks: "The Administration claims it has diligently enforced immigration law and that the border is 'more secure than ever.' But those on the front lines know this to be untrue. They see the violence, chaos and lawlessness. They have lost confidence in the leadership of their agencies...

As you will hear today, this administration has engaged in a sustained, relentless effort to undermine America's immigration laws. They have handcuffed and muffled those charged with protecting the public safety and the integrity of our borders. Such action has not only weakened our security but our democracy...

All Americans, immigrant and native born, will have a better future if our nation remains unique in the world for the special reverence it places in the rule of law and fairness in our immigration system." - Full Article Source

07/30/12 - Two Men Are HIV-Free After Undergoing Bone Marrow Transplants
Two men with HIV no longer have detectable blood levels of the virus after receiving bone marrow transplants for their cancers, according to news reports.

"We expected HIV to vanish from the patients' plasma, but it is surprising that we can't find any traces of HIV in their cells," one of the researchers, Dr. Timothy Henrich, of Brigham and Women's Hospital, told ABC News.

The network reported that the men received the bone marrow transplants while also being treated with anti-retrovirals.

The finding "suggests that under the cover of anti-retroviral therapy, the cells that repopulated the patient's immune system appear to be protected from becoming re-infected with HIV," Henrich told ABC News.

NBC News pointed out that the men still have undetectable HIV levels even two years after receiving the transplants.

However, the Boston Globe pointed out that it's still too soon to say that these men have been full-on cured of HIV, since they are still on the anti-retrovirals. There's no firm word on whether they will go o - Full Article Source

07/30/12 - Drought victims resort to painting lawns green
KeelyNet With two-thirds of the nation covered by a drought that stretches from coast to coast, residents and businesses in normally well-watered areas are catching on to the lawn-painting practice employed for years in the West and Southwest to give luster to faded turf.

LoPrimo paid $125 to green up her roughly 830-square-foot lawn. She said it was worth every penny to keep her home of 33 years graced by an attractive yard.

Perazzo said the dyed lawns will hold their verdant look for a few months, in some cases up to five months.

"It's a night-and-day difference," he said. "People are amazed by how natural it looks."

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07/30/12 - 'Green Illusions' Ruffles Feathers
If his goal was to capture attention by tweaking the nose of clean-energy enthusiasts everywhere, Ozzie Zehner might well have succeeded. His new book, published last month and provocatively titled "Green Illusions: The Dirty Secrets of Clean Energy and the Future of Environmentalism," takes on what Zehner considers the sacred cows of the green movement: solar power, wind power and electric vehicles, among others.

Zehner, a visiting professor at the University of California, Berkeley's Science, Technology & Society Center, describes himself as being neither for nor against any particular energy source.

Citing a 2010 lifecycle analysis from the National Academy of Sciences, for example, Zehner concludes that the aggregate environmental damage from an electric car -- that is, accounting for all the costs associated with its manufacture, use and ultimate disposal -- is greater than that of a gasoline car, even if the gasoline comes from the highly polluting and greenhouse gas-intensive oil sands of Canada.

"To my knowledge, this is the most comprehensive study performed on electric car lifecycles," Zehner told me. "And it was co-authored by 100 of the nation's leading advisers on epidemiology, economics and other relevant fields."

"Gasoline cars are expensive and dirty. They kill tens of thousands of people annually," Zehner said in an email message. "Using them as a benchmark to judge a technology as green is a remarkably low bar.

Even if the NAS researchers are wrong, or electric cars someday pass over that bar, electric vehicles will have trouble stacking up to the broader array of transportation options at hand."

Such options might include better urban and neighborhood planning to improve traffic flow, and to encourage walking and bicycling, Zehner said, or carefully targeted improvements to the existing car fleet. If city leaders wish to reduce urban smog, for example, they might well recognize that 80 percent of it flows from just 20 percent of the vehicles experiencing poor combustion, Zehner said.

"Remote monitoring stations can identify those cars and get them to the shop," he added. "That's far less expensive and more effective than subsidizing a fleet of electric cars." - Full Article Source

07/30/12 - Texas Judge Rules the Sky Belongs to Us All
Back in 2001, Peter Barnes, a co-founder of Working Assets (now CREDO) and one of the most creative environmentalists around, proposed the atmosphere be treated as a public trust in his pathbreaking book, Who Owns the Sky: Our Common Assets and the Future of Capitalism (Island Press).

In 2007 in a law review article, University of Oregon Professor Mary Wood elaborated on the idea of a Nature's Trust. "With every trust there is a core duty of protection," she wrote. "The trustee must defend the trust against injury. Where it has been damaged, the trustee must restore the property in the trust."

The "public trust" doctrine is a legal principle derived from English Common Law. Traditionally it has applied to water resources.

The waters of the state are deemed a public resource owned by and available to all citizens equally for the purposes of navigation, fishing, recreation, and other uses.

The owner cannot use that resource in a way that interferes with the public's use and interest. The public trustee, usually the state, must act to maintain and enhance the trust's resources for the benefit of future generations. - Full Article Source

07/30/12 - Rep. Kelly's Speech Receives Standing Ovation and Chants of "USA!"
A reaction you NEVER get from these people, now what will happen from it?


07/26/12 - Wireless Car Charger Test Starts In London
"A test of wireless chargers for electric vehicles has started in London. The Halo system owned by Qualcomm is one of several competing technologies designed to deliver power to charge car batteries without having to plug the vehicles in.

At this stage, Qualcomm is apparently worried about frying cats."

Halo is a deceptively simple system, consisting of a charging terminal, a flat pad and a receiving pad on the car that can transmit several kilowatts of electricity over the air. According to Antony Thompson, VP of business development and marketing at Qualcomm, the company aims to make EV charging “as easy and widespread as Wi-Fi”.

Halo uses electro-magnetic induction to transfer 3, 7 or even 20 kW of power between two cleverly designed coils, with transmission rates similar to what you get with a traditional cable charger.

The installation is easy, even in home conditions – the pad just slips on top of the garage floor, accompanied by a terminal the size of a vacuum cleaner.

But among its most interesting features is the fact that the elements don’t have to be perfectly aligned, or even very close… It’s very easy to park on the charging spot – user just drives over the pad, and Halo will take care of the rest.

All this suggests that the system goes beyond simple elctromagnetic induction (as used to charge the humble electric toothbrosh) and possibly uses “resonant inductive coupling” where the electromagnetic signal is picked up more strongly because the receiving unit is “tuned” to the sending one.

When installed on the street, the Halo system doesn’t require additional street furniture that can be vandalised, and there is no risk of elemental damage or oxidation of electric connections.

Halo is not affected by weather conditions. The company says that the charging will work even through a foot of snow. Finally, users will be able to avoid the risk of electrocution when charging their EV in heavy rain.

Qualcomm is very passionate about its technology, claiming it is different from anything offered by competitors, and protected by a plethora of patents. “To us, it’s still part-magical”, admits Thompson.

Since it is a new development, there are still some issues to be dealt with. At the moment, the device will fry a pan of eggs if it is left on the charging pad, and that doesn’t really inspire confidence in its safety features.

During charging, it could potentially hurt small animals that would get attracted by its warmth, prompting one journalist to joke that the device is the answer to the London urban fox problem. Obviously, testing it on living creatures presents challenges. However, the risk of frying your neighbour’s cat could be easily avoided through a combination of heat and motion sensors.

Besides danger to animals, the system has some reliability issues. During the demonstration, one of the Delta E4 cars wouldn’t “wake up” without any apparent reason, much to the dismay of Delta’s technical director. - Full Article Source

07/26/12 - The Nation Is Losing Its Toolbox
KeelyNet "Louis Uchitelle writes that in Aisle 34 of Home Depot is precut vinyl flooring, the glue already in place. In Aisle 26 are prefab windows, and if you don't want to be your own handyman, head to Aisle 23 or Aisle 35, where a help desk will arrange for an installer, as mastering tools and working with one's hands recede as American cultural values.

'At a time when the American factory seems to be a shrinking presence, and when good manufacturing jobs have vanished, perhaps never to return, there is something deeply troubling about this dilution of American craftsmanship,' writes Uchitelle.

'Craftsmanship is, if not a birthright, then a vital ingredient of the American self-image as a can-do, inventive, we-can-make-anything people.' Mass layoffs and plant closings have drawn plenty of headlines and public debate over the years, and they still occasionally do.

But the damage to skill and craftsmanship — what's needed to build a complex airliner or a tractor, or for a worker to move up from assembler to machinist to supervisor — has gone largely unnoticed.

'In an earlier generation, we lost our connection to the land, and now we are losing our connection to the machinery we depend on,' says Michael Hout.

'People who work with their hands are doing things today that we call service jobs, in restaurants and laundries, or in medical technology and the like.'

The damage to American craftsmanship seems to parallel the precipitous slide in manufacturing employment. And manufacturing's shrinking presence helps explain the decline in craftsmanship, if only because many of the nation's assembly line workers were skilled in craft work.

'Young people grow up without developing the skills to fix things around the house,' says Richard T. Curtin. 'They know about computers, of course, but they don't know how to build them.'" - Full Article Source

07/26/12 - 60 pound Hoppicopter

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07/26/12 - Open Millions of Hotel Rooms With Arduino
KeelyNet "Bad news: With an Arduino microcontroller and a little bit of programming, it's possible for a hacker to gain instant, untraceable access to millions of key card-protected hotel rooms. This hack was demonstrated by Cody Brocious, a Mozilla software developer, at the Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas.

At risk are four million hotel rooms secured by Onity programmable key card locks. According to Brocious, who didn't disclose the hack to Onity before going public, there is no easy fix: There isn't a firmware upgrade — if hotels want to secure their guests, every single lock will have to be changed.

I wish I could say that Brocious spent months on this hack, painstakingly reverse-engineering the Onity lock protocol, but the truth — as always, it seems — is far more depressing.

'With how stupidly simple this is, it wouldn't surprise me if a thousand other people have found this same vulnerability and sold it to other governments,' says Brocious. 'An intern at the NSA could find this in five minutes.'" - Full Article Source

07/26/12 - The Health Benefits of Magnetic Water
KeelyNet Bi-polar magnetized water (treated with both North and South poles) is the most often used form of magnetized water for alleviating most common ailments. The Russians are the pioneers in the use of magnetized water. They call it "Wonder Water".

Magnetized water was first used in Russia by three specialists: Drs. G. Gerbenshchikow, I. Shetsov and K. Tovstoles, all three specialists in urology at the Kirov Military Medical Academy in Leningrad. They had their patients drink bi-polar magnetized water.

This simple treatment was very effective in breaking up kidney and gall bladder stones into small enough particles to be passed through urine without any pain or danger to the patient.

The water also prevented further formation of stones in the kidneys and gallbladder. Soviet physicians have been giving internally magnetized water to patients for over 30 years for digestive, urinary and nervous problems, ailments like mastitis, pains and swellings, painful urination and many other disorders.

Because magnetized water is wetter and therefore more penetrating, it furthers better assimilation of the various nutrients and vitamins in the cells. The Soviet biologist Kumarov had experimentally doubled the life span of flies by feeding them magnetized sugar.

Similarly to the way magnetized water dissolves the settled salts on the wall of boilers and radiators, so it has been reported to help unclog the arteries and veins of deposits of cholesterol and salts and normalize the circulatory system.

Magnetized water has been found effective in alleviating colds, coughs, bronchitis, all types of fever and more. Dr. H. L. Bansal found it helpful in the regularization of women's menses.

Magnetized water has been reported helpful for tiredness in daily activities. Biophysicist Albert R. Davis, a pioneer in magnet therapy research, wrote in his book "The Magnetic Effect" that he and his co-workers found they could overcome the early afternoon letdown by drinking a glass of magnetized water while relaxing for a few minutes.

Place a glass or plastic container filled with water on the Magnetic Drinking Pad. Leave the container on the pad and add water as needed. You have magnetized water or fluid at all times. Fluids like juice, milk, tea, coffee and liquid type foods can be magnetized the way water is magnetized. Similarly oils, ointments and lotions used in ailments like rheumatism or for beauty can be magnetized. Magnetic facial cream is already available commercially.

Researcher Johan Grander said water has a double function. It supplies life-giving energy. It also acts as a waste disposal agent for all living beings.

"Water picks up energy from the sun and collects the energies that are stored in the earth. In summer, with strong solar energy, the water pushes itself to the surface. In winter, with weaker solar energy, it burrows deep into the ground, collecting the stored and transformed energies.

"It is an eternal circle in which water plays the main role. The water is also a living organism and therefore capable of transforming energies and refuse through its own microorganisms. Live water seeks by itself its sources of energy. Healthy water can be distinguished from sick water even by its murmurs."

It was while he was at California State Polytechnic that Kronenberg contributed to the pioneering work in agriculture that re-used re-energized irrigation water with magnetic treatment. He says magnets actually change the nucleus of water.

That is the source of its seemingly magical properties. A diet of magnetized water makes cows give more milk; chickens grow fatter and lay more eggs. And cantaloupes and other crops grow larger and have better yields with less fertilizer.

Professor Israel Lin of the Israel Institute of Technology decided to use magnetic treatment on saline and brackish water, using an instrument costing less than $500(US). The unexpected effects were revealed during tests at Kibbutz Gvat.

The 85 cows that drank magnetically treated water for three years produced a liter more milk a day, had fewer milkless days and conceived more easily, due to increased health and vitality. (Better than bovine growth hormone!) The calves not only weighed more than calves in the control group, they were leaner!

Magnetic water had a similar effect on all farm animals at Kibbutz Gvat. Geese grew bigger, sheep produced more meat, milk and wool, chickens and turkeys laid more eggs and were prolific for a longer period.

More dramatically, the mortality rate was reduced with less feed. Lin said the change of the water's properties is the key.

"The magnetized water increases the solubility of minerals and therefore improves the transfer of nutrients to all parts of the body, making the organisms work more efficiently."

The latest research indicates that magnetism has a very significant biological effect on human beings and is confirmed by the research of Dr. Robert Becker in his book "The Body Electric."

Dr. H.L. Bansel points out that magnetism increases the electrical conductivity of the blood. A weak current runs through it and the quantity of ions are increased. The newly ionized blood circulating throughout the body can significantly contribute to the efficiency of the blood flow as well as having a stabilizing effect on both high and low blood pressure.

Dr. Linus Pauling received his 1954 Nobel Prize for his discovery of the magnetic properties of blood. Blood contains ferrous hemoglobin (iron) that functions as a carrier of oxygen and carbon dioxide. As the blood circulates in the lung, fully magnetized ferrous hemoglobin is able to transport more oxygen to cell tissue as well as taking more carbon dioxide waste from the cell back to the lungs for removal. This means more energy and less fatigue as tissue cells and internal organs stay substantially healthier.

Bio-magnetism works to regulate and normalize hormone secretion in the glands. It is currently believed that the increased electrical current being produced forms like a net around the glands and secretory duct. An extra concentration of oxygen stimulates production while the electrical net regulates optimum secretion. As a result, conditions caused by a lack of hormone secretion or a hormone imbalance are affected through normalizing the hormone functions within the body.

Hormones play an extremely important role in rejuvenation and in general energy levels while proper circulation ensures that the hormone level is evenly distributed to all parts of the body. When magnetic flux passes through tissue, a secondary current is created around the flux lines in the tissue cells.

This function of the cell becomes strengthened as the cell; metabolism responds to the bioelectrical currents initiated by the magnetic flux. This current induces muscle spasms to reduce and the activated cell metabolism lowers inflammation in the tissue. The increase of cellular metabolism aids in the regeneration and re-growth of cells.

The negative pole energies of magnetism interfere with the nerve cells ability to send pain impulses to the brain where the pain is registered. Blood cells have potassium in their centers which have a positive bioelectric charge.

The nerve cell differs in an opposite way. During a pain response the outside switches to potassium with a positive bioelectric charge. Through attraction, the negative pole charge of a magnet creates a "blend off" of the potassium's positive bioelectric as the natural flow of current toward the negative pole. (Thanks to Norman Wootan for the inspiration for this. - JWD) - Full Article Source

07/26/12 - Jack Daniels on how to write a cease and desist letter
When Patrick Wensink was commissioning the cover for his book, Broken Piano For President, he probably wasn’t expecting a cease-and-desist letter from Jack Daniel’s Properties — the owner of the Jack Daniel’s trademarks.

Looking at the cover for the book, it’s easy to see why the Jack Daniel’s people might take issue with the design. The typeface isn’t exactly the same, but the border and presentation is a dead-ringer for the classic black label of that sweet, sweet Tennessee whiskey.

Usually when we write about trademark disputes, one party claims that another party is using its size to “bully” to get its way. Not this time.

In what might just be the nicest cease-and-desist letter we’ve ever seen, the people at Jack Daniel’s Properties not only politely explained the situation to Wensink, the company even offered to help pay for the cost of designing a new cover.


Jack Daniel’s Properties isn’t even forcing Wensink to take his book off the shelf. Instead, the company just wants him to change the cover when it’s reprinted.

Even better, the publicity around this rare act of lawyerly kindness might end up helping sales for Wensink’s book. On his blog, the author says that Powell’s is already sold out of the paperback, but Amazon still has some copies in stock. In his own words, “that baby’s going to be a collector’s item.” Hey, you never know.

All we know is that if more trademark complaints were handled like this, the world might be a better place. - Full Article Source

07/26/12 - UCLA Develops Transparent, Electricity-Generating, Solar Cell Windows
"A team from UCLA has developed a new transparent solar cell that has the ability to generate electricity while still allowing people to see outside.

In short, they've created a solar power-generating window! Described as 'a new kind of polymer solar cell (PSC)' that produces energy by absorbing mainly infrared light instead of traditional visible light, the photoactive plastic cell is nearly 70% transparent to the human eye — so you can look through it like a traditional window."

“These results open the potential for visibly transparent polymer solar cells as add-on components of portable electronics, smart windows and building-integrated photovoltaics and in other applications,” said study leader Yang Yang...

By using high-performance, solution-processed, visibly transparent polymer solar cells and incorporating near-infrared light-sensitive polymer and silver nanowire composite films as the top transparent electrode, the UCLA team found that the near-infrared photoactive polymer absorbed more near-infrared light but was less sensitive to visible light.

This, in essence, created a perfect balance between solar cell performance and transparency in the visible wavelength region. - Full Article Source

07/26/12 - New Coating Technology Promises Self-Cleaning Cars
"Nissan's "Scratch Guard Coat" has been healing fine scratches on the company's cars for a few years now, and the technology has also made its way into an iPhone case.

More recent developments have produced coatings to heal more substantial scratches and scrapes using nano-capsules.

Now researchers at The Netherlands' Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) have developed a coating that is not only self-healing, but also promises to free car owners of the tiresome chore of washing the car ."

The researchers say this will enable the creation of highly water-resistant coatings that could be applied to cars so that superficial scratches heal themselves and water droplets roll off the car, taking dirt with them. This would mean, instead of taking the car to a car wash or getting junior to earn some pocket money, all that would be required to keep the car beaming is the occasional rain shower.

Besides doing away with some Mr. Miyagi-style Karate training, the technology could also be used in self-healing mobile phone displays, solar panels and contact lenses.

The researchers say that aircraft using the self-cleaning technology would benefit from reduced fuel consumption due to the cleaner surface providing less air resistance, while ships could employ it to prevent the build up of algae on their hulls. It would also reduce the frequency with which aircraft and ships need repainting.

The researchers point out that the technology only works with superficial scratches that don’t completely penetrate the coating. - Full Article Source

07/26/12 - US Regaining Manufacturing Might With Robots and 3D Printing
For years, the U.S. has been hemorrhaging manufacturing jobs to China because of the vastly cheaper labor pool. But now, several different technologies have ripened to the point where U.S. companies are bringing some operations back home.

3D printing, robotics, AI, and nanotechnology are all expected to dramatically change the manufacturing landscape over the next several years.

From the article: "The factory assembly that the Chinese are performing is child’s play for the next generation of robots—which will soon become cheaper than human labor. Indeed, one of China’s largest manufacturers, Taiwan-based Foxconn Technology Group, announced last August that it plans to install one million robots within three years to do the work that its workers in China presently do.

It found Chinese labor to be too expensive and demanding. The world’s most advanced car, the Tesla Roadster, is also being manufactured in Silicon Valley, which is one of the most expensive places in the country. Tesla can afford this because it is using robots to do the assembly. ...

3D printers can already create physical mechanical devices, medical implants, jewelry, and even clothing. The cheapest 3D printers, which print rudimentary objects, currently sell for between $500 and $1000. Soon, we will have printers for this price that can print toys and household goods.

By the end of this decade, we will see 3D printers doing the small-scale production of previously labor-intensive crafts and goods. It is entirely conceivable that in the next decade we start 3D-printing buildings and electronics." - Full Article Source

07/26/12 - Grasshopper Plane Jumps into the Air (Mar, 1933)


An airplane that jumps into the air, like a grasshopper, is reported to have performed successfully in trial flights at an Alhambra, Calif., airport.

Alonzo Mather, inventor of its boosting gear, sees possibilities for it in enabling airplanes to take off from the restricted space of a ship’s deck or a small field bordered by trees or cliffs.

The booster, a pair of auxiliary wheels on a swinging cradle, is normally suspended clear off the ground, in front of the landing gear.

When the machine has almost reached flying speed at the end of a short runway, however, the pilot operates a control that swings the booster backward beneath the landing gear.

The auxiliary wheels strike the ground with force, bouncing the craft into the air. Once the plane is aloft, the jumping gear is withdrawn.

A small third wheel, installed to prevent the plane from nosing over, proved unnecessary and will be omitted in future models. - Full Article Source

07/26/12 - World Population Grows Beyond 7 Billion
First time accepted submitter assertation writes in with a LA Times feature about the booming world population and the strain it puts on the environment and governments.

"After remaining stable for most of human history, the world's population has exploded over the last two centuries.

The boom is not over: The biggest generation in history is just entering its childbearing years. The coming wave will reshape the planet, and the impact will be greatest in the poorest, most unstable countries." - Full Article Source

07/26/12 - USB 3.0 100W Power Standard Seeks To End Proprietary Chargers
"The USB 3.0 Promoter Group has published a Power Delivery standard which will deliver up to 100W.

The specification (press release with link to full details) includes new bi-directional — and backward compatible — USB cables, and has been proposed as the new connector between mains adapters and laptops, eliminating e-waste by standardizing a proprietary component."

At home, only having to run one cable to the wall might be nice, and being able to grab some juice from any friend may end the disaster that is forgetting your laptop power brick when on the road.

And imagine only having to pack a single power hub instead of three or four redundant transformers - Full Article Source

07/26/12 - Washington, D.C. Police Affirm Citizens' Right To Record Police Officers
"Washington D.C. Metropolitan Police Department Chief Cathy Lanier says, 'A bystander has the same right to take photographs or make recordings as a member of the media,' and backs it up with a General Order to her Department.

Quoting: The Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) recognizes that members of the general public have a First Amendment right to video record, photograph, and/or audio record MPD members while MPD members are conducting official business or while acting in an official capacity in any public space, unless such recordings interfere with police activity.'" - Full Article Source

07/26/12 - Contest To Sequence Centenarians Kicks Off
"The first competitor has swaggered up to the starting line for a contest that aims to push the limits of genome-sequencing technology.

The X Prize Foundation of Playa Vista, California, is offering a US$10 million prize to the first team to accurately sequence the genomes of 100 people aged 100 or older, for $1,000 or less apiece and within 30 days. Ion Torrent, part of Life Technologies of Carlsbad, California, believes that its semiconductor-based technology gives it a shot, and on 23 July it announced that it will compete.

The Archon Genomics X Prize competition, to be held in September 2013, is intended to spur technology, boost accuracy and drive down costs — currently $3,000–5,000 per genome.

Peter Diamandis, the X Prize Foundation's chief executive, says that the contest will help to establish a standard for a 'medical grade' genome, with the high accuracy needed to diagnose or treat a patient.

This time, the X prize Foundation has relaxed the time frame, allowing competitors 30 days — rather than the 10 specified by the 2006 contest — and focused on centenarians, who might carry gene variants promoting longevity.

The winning team will be the first to sequence all 100 genomes to 98% completion, with less than one error per million base pairs, and to determine which variants appear on which of the paired chromosomes." - Full Article Source

07/26/12 - Reverse-Engineered Irises Fool Eye-Scanners
"If you've ever had your eyes scanned, be sure to install new ones every 90 days. Wired reports on research being released at Black Hat: 'The replica images, they say, can trick commercial iris-recognition systems into believing they’re real images and could help someone thwart identification at border crossings or gain entry to secure facilities protected by biometric systems.

The work goes a step beyond previous work on iris-recognition systems. Previously, researchers have been able to create wholly synthetic iris images that had all of the characteristics of real iris images — but weren’t connected to real people.

The images were able to trick iris-recognition systems into thinking they were real irises, though they couldn’t be used to impersonate a real person.

But this is the first time anyone has essentially reverse-engineered iris codes to create iris images that closely match the eye images of real subjects, creating the possibility of stealing someone’s identity through their iris.'" - Full Article Source

07/26/12 - Feds Ban 'Buckyballs' Magnets
"Looks like warnings and other precautions were not enough to save Buckyballs Magnets. According to this report, the Consumer Product Safety Commission is concerned about the increase in children swallowing the rare earth magnets, and has issued its first stop-sale order in 11 years.

Amazon and others have already agreed to stop selling the toys. 'Although the commission issued a safety alert in November, it has received more than a dozen reports since then of children ingesting the magnets, with many requiring surgery, it said.

More than 2 million Buckyballs and at least 200,000 Buckycubes, a similar cube-shaped magnet, have been sold in the United States.'" - Full Article Source

07/26/12 - Two new Deuterium updates worth noting

Recently (mid 2012), two other interesting items have come up regarding deuterium.

07/17/12 - Asteroid Crashes Likely Gave Earth Its Water

"Asteroids from the inner solar system are the most likely source of the majority of Earth's water, a new study suggests. The results contradict prevailing theories, which hold that most of our planet's water originated in the outer solar system and was delivered by comets or asteroids that coalesced beyond Jupiter's orbit, then migrated inward."

Which contained this fascinating point;

The isotope deuterium — also known as "heavy hydrogen" — contains one neutron, while "normal" hydrogen has none.

The amount of deuterium in celestial bodies' water ice sheds light on where the objects formed in the solar system's early days. In general, bodies that took shape farther from the sun have relatively higher concentrations of deuterium, researchers said.

The 86 chondrite samples' deuterium content — which the team gleaned from clays, the remnants of water ice — suggest the meteorites' parent bodies formed relatively close to the sun, perhaps in the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter.

Comets, by contrast, have much higher deuterium ratios. As a result, scientists think most of them were born in the solar system's frigid outer reaches.

The isotopic composition of the bulk Earth appears to be more consistent with chondrites than with comets, researchers said.

What they are saying is the earth is continually bombarded by deuterium laced water from space. This adds deuterium to our environment which will be taken in by our bodies, thus further reducing our heat and energy levels to speed up the aging process.

Did Martian deuterium burn out their civilization?

In looking for a technical comparison between the pros and cons of the Moon versus Mars, I found a paper which mentioned the deuterium levels on Mars.

Now that piqued my interest because I have this theory that deuterium, absorbed into the body as deuterium oxide (and working with our natural carbon levels to quench atomic processes) controls aging, life and death.

There is one commercial resource that is known to exist ubiquitously on Mars in large amount — deuterium. Deuterium, the heavy isotope of hydrogen, occurs as 166 out of every million hydrogen atoms on Earth, but comprises 833 out of every million hydrogen atoms on Mars.

Deuterium is the key fuel not only for both first and second generation fusion reactors, but it is also an essential material needed by the nuclear power industry today. Even with cheap power, deuterium is very expensive; its current market value on Earth is about $10,000 per kilogram, roughly fifty times as valuable as silver or 70% as valuable as gold. This is in today's pre-fusion economy.

Both carbon and deuterium keep atomic reactions from blowing up. That means less heat and electric energy because the atomic furnace is quenched or banked to cool it down.

Less energy and electricity means aging, decay and death possibly preceded by progeria like symptoms (premature aging).

So what happens to life on Mars, with a deuterium level 5 TIMES that of earth?

Would not life be significantly shorter where aging would speed up with death as a result?

If our life span on earth is roughly 70 years, then on Mars, it might be 1/5 of that for maybe a 10-20 year lifespan.

We won't KNOW til we get there, people live there, are exposed to and absorb the additional deuterium.

So the more deuteruim that falls to earth from space, the more of it we add to our body which makes us age and die faster. - Full Article Source


07/23/12 - Cook up deliciously portable power with PowerPot
The PowerPot is an amazing new product! It is a 5-15 watt electrical generator that is capable of charging any USB device! It’s waterproof, fire-resistant, and extremely portable, weighing in at just 12 ounces! Take it anywhere and use it day or night to charge cell phones, GPS devices, speakers, lights/lanterns, and more!

David Toledo opens up about how he created a thermoelectric power generator for the masses, sourcing components for high temperature applications, and how he figured out all of the electronics needed for using the electricity generated by the PowerPot.

During the course of my studies I realized there was not a thermoelectric power generator anywhere that was sold directly to the consumers. I decided to buy some thermoelectric components and start building with them in my basement.

I knew water was a great choice as a heat sink, and after attaching themoelectrics to the first cooking pot I knew I had created the practical generator I was searching for.

The PowerPot will create on demand electricity, enough to charge any handheld USB device from a wide variety of fuel sources (wood, gas, petroleum, etc…) while heating up a pot of water. People can find more information about the PowerPot at - Full Article Source

07/23/12 - Living in space prevents aging
Recently, an international group of scientists, exploring changes in the body of astronauts, found that being in a space environment prevents aging of the muscles of the body and reduces the expression of some genes. This automatically leads to a prolongation of the life cycle, the researchers said.

The idea of ??space "longevity" is not new. From science fiction, we know perfectly well that the time on Earth and in space flows differently. In terms of Einstein's relativity theory, the rate of flow of time is directly related to the velocity of the object itself. Thus, if the object can reach the speed of light, the time will nearly stop.

For now mankind cannot stay in space long enough to use the effect of "slow" time at the level where it would be noticeable. Let's look at it at a different angle. Under the conditions of space flights, the muscle mass is reduced. This is a response to environmental conditions, i.e., getting into weightlessness. Now it turns out that in outer space the amount of toxic proteins that tend to accumulate in aging muscles diminishes.

In addition, the scientists found a group of genes whose expression during space flight decreases. Earlier laboratory experiments conducted on Earth with worms Caenorhabditis elegans showed that the decreased expression of the same genes prolongs the worms' life.

To date, Caenorhabditis elegans is the first multi-cellular organism whose genome was completely decoded. As it turned out, many of its genes have counterparts in humans, such as those that are responsible for muscle function.

"We have identified seven genes, inactivation of which extends life in laboratory conditions," said one of the authors of the study, an expert on muscle metabolism, Dr. Nathaniel Szewczyk. "We still do not know exactly how these genes work. Apparently, they affect the perception of the environment and the appropriate adaptation of the organism. For example, one gene controls the production of insulin-related metabolism and longevity. "

These results are encouraging. If everything happens according to a similar scheme in humans, we can live up to 400 years, the director of the Center for Research on aging at the University of Louisiana, Professor Michal Yazvinski believes. Caleb Finch gives a more optimistic forecast - 1300 years.

Consequently, as a result of adaptation to space conditions living organisms can live longer, at least hypothetically. Finally, it may become clear after the study of Caenorhabditis elegans.

It was found that these worms are able to live and reproduce in space for about six months. Thus, the cost of sending them on an experimental flight, for example, to Mars, may be relatively low. In the process, the scientists will be able to study the influence of space environment on living organisms.

Of course, worms differ significantly from humans. Therefore, even if the experiment succeeds, it will be too early to draw conclusions as a much more thorough study is needed. The space environment is too dangerous for humans. Before conducting experiments to extend life in space, first technology that will allow astronauts to make trips to Mars without risk to health must be improved. - Full Article Source

07/23/12 - $10M Keeping "Red Neck Rocket Scientist" From Reaching Space
"The Arizona Republic has an update on Morris Jarvis, a Project Manager at Intel who also happens to head Space Transport and Recovery (STAR) Systems, a commercial space-travel company, out of his east Mesa, Arizona home.

Jarvis has built the Hermes , a prototype, proof-of-concept model of a space shuttle, that is 27 feet long with a 21-foot wingspan. He believes that if he were to receive $10 million today, he could have the first test launch in a year.

Jarvis 'envisions two tour options for his completed Hermes. In the first, a high-altitude balloon will raise the Hermes to 100,000-plus feet, where customers can see the curvature of the Earth.

The second is a rocket-powered option that will put customers in a suborbital trajectory where they can experience weightlessness.'

According to the Silicon Valley Watcher, Morris likes to describe himself as the 'Red Neck Rocket Scientist.' (He was interviewed in this May 24, 2011 IntelFreePress Video posted at YouTube.)"

The company has built the Hermes, a prototype shuttle 27 feet long with a 21-foot wingspan. It is a proof-of-concept model, made of lightweight airplane fiberglass built for wind-tunnel and landing tests.

The final version will be built of space-worthy aluminum and steel and have a thermal protection shield for re-entry.

If he received $8 million to $10 million today, described as the "bare bones amount," he could have the first test launch in a year, Jarvis estimates. With the current funding, he could not guess a timetable.

STAR employees have invested somewhere between $100,000 to $200,000 of their own money into the project, including a second mortgage Jarvis took out on his home. A recent campaign on Kickstarter, a fundraising website, collected nearly $21,000.

The project had several sponsors, including Intel, but most pulled out when the recession hit.

Jarvis said the company buys "off-the-shelf" parts and uses existing equipment, making the Hermes a "systems integration exercise." The company saves money by doing no research and development outside of creating a reusable rocket engine, he said.

Jarvis said this approach makes the Hermes slow and clunky by industry standards, because it's built for safety and cost, not efficiency. - Full Article Source

07/23/12 - Documentary on Free Energy
Hosted by Bill Jenkins, formerly of ABC Radio, this comprehensive documentary features physicists and inventors who are challenging orthodox science to bring this non-polluting technology forward despite ridicule and suppression. See actual working prototypes that defy classical physics including phenomenal experiments in anti-gravity and the transmutation of metals. - Full Article Source

07/23/12 - Free Energy not possible?
This page presents a list of several videos which purport to show self-running free energy type devices. I have no indication any of these work as presented so watch your wallet. But they are interesting... - Full Article Source

07/23/12 - Microgrid Keeps the Power Local, Cheap, and Reliable
A recently completed distributed energy project at the large, 4,000-inmate Santa Rita Jail in Alameda County, California, ties together power from fuel cells, solar panels, wind turbines, and diesel generators—all located at the jail—to form a microgrid that can operate independently of large, centralized power plants.

The system keeps the power on when storms take down the grid, which is essential for safety at the maximum security facility, and it's saving the jail about $100,000 a year.

The jail microgrid is one of the largest and most advanced in the United States. It's the latest example of an emerging smart-grid technology that's providing a cleaner, more reliable, and, in some parts of the country, significantly cheaper alternative to the conventional grid.

Microgrids are a step beyond either emergency backup systems or stand-alone solar-panel arrays. They use special software and power electronics to integrate multiple sources of power and energy storage to provide electricity around the clock, even when the sun isn't shining or regulations limit the use of diesel generators.

In the case of the system at the jail, Encorp has installed networked controllers—the size of large computers—at each source of electricity, including a large array of thousands of batteries, as well as at the point where the jail connects to the grid. Coordinating power from diesel generators, solar panels, and other sources of power also requires equipment that can adjust the frequency and voltage of the power they produce.

At the jail, where the system is connected to the grid, this includes responding to the needs of a utility. If the utility experiences a large spike in demand, the microgrid can respond by selling excess power to the utility.

At certain times, it makes sense to use the system's ability to temporarily decrease power consumption at the jail for things like the air-conditioning or lighting to create more excess power to sell to the grid. - Full Article Source

07/23/12 - Neurons derived from cord blood cells may allow new cures
Now, scientists at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies have found a new way-using a single protein, known as a transcription factor-to convert cord blood (CB) cells into neuron-like cells that may prove valuable for the treatment of a wide range of neurological conditions, including stroke, traumatic brain injury and spinal cord injury.

The researchers demonstrated that these CB cells, which come from the mesoderm, the middle layer of embryonic germ cells, can be switched to ectodermal cells, outer layer cells from which brain, spinal and nerve cells arise.

"This study shows for the first time the direct conversion of a pure population of human cord blood cells into cells of neuronal lineage by the forced expression of a single transcription factor," says Juan Carlos Izpisua Belmonte, a professor in Salk's Gene Expression Laboratory, who led the research team.

Cord blood cells, says Giorgetti, offer a number of advantages over other types of stem cells. First, they are not embryonic stem cells and thus they are not controversial.

They are more plastic, or flexible, than adult stem cells from sources like bone marrow, which may make them easier to convert into specific cell lineages.

The collection of CB cells is safe and painless and poses no risk to the donor, and they can be stored in blood banks for later use. "If our protocol is developed into a clinical application, it could aid in future cell-replacement therapies," says Li. "You could search all the cord blood banks in the country to look for a suitable match." - Full Article Source

07/23/12 - Will Gold batteries change the electric car market?
Scottish researchers say the precious metal could help radical new air breathing batteries store up to ten time more energy than today's batteries.

This could give electric vehicles huge ranges and boost their popularity dramatically - but make the batteries hugely expensive.

The Saint Andrews chemists, in a paper published in the journal Science, describe how an experimental lithium–air battery featuring an organic electrolyte and a porous gold electrode maintained 95 percent capacity after 100 charge–discharge–recharge cycles.

Lithium ion batteries currently used in electric vehicles can only be recharged a set number of times. However, researchers are working on new 'air breathing' batteries that do not suffer the same problem.

In principle, lithium–air batteries would collect oxygen from the air while the vehicle is in motion.

That means they would not need heavy-metal oxides that add weight to the battery yet offer limited storage.

The oxygen molecules react with lithium ions and electrons on the surface of a porous gold cathode to form lithium peroxide.

This lithium peroxide formation during discharge leads to an electrical current that powers the car's motor.

When charging, the reverse reaction takes place—the oxygen is released back into the atmosphere.

The Saint Andrews team suggests that instead of all-gold electrodes, one option might be to coat carbon with gold and observe whether the results are comparable.

'We've demonstrated that the electrochemical reaction that needs to take place in an air battery does work and does seem to be reversible,' Said Professor Bruce. - Full Article Source

07/23/12 - Sugary drinks makes it harder to lose weight
Drinking sugared fizzy drinks for just a month changes the body permanently so it's more difficult to lose weight.

The soft drinks don't just pile on the pounds because of the calories in them - they alter the way your body burns fuel.

Your muscles grow to 'prefer' sugar to fat as a fuel, and thus losing weight becomes harder.

Drinking sugary drinks could be even more harmful than previously thought.

Soft drinks alter the way our muscles burn fuel preferring sugar over fat which makes the pounds harder to shift.

And worryingly this effect lasts long-term which can raise levels of blood glucose leading to diabetes.

‘Not only can regular sugar intake acutely change our body metabolism; in fact it seems that our muscles are able to sense the sugars and make our metabolism more inefficient, not only in the present but in the future as well.

‘This will lead a reduced ability to burn fat and to fat gain. Moreover, it will make it more difficult for our body to cope with rises in blood sugar.’

Dr Kubis said: ‘What we found is that it is not the sugar in itselt that puts on weight but the way it gets the body to store more.

‘This would relate to all kinds of soft drinks with a high sugar content, including fruit juices.

‘It was a small study because it is difficult to find young people who have not previously been exposed to a lot of soft drinks and who are willing to undergo muscle biopsies.

‘But we are now hoping to carry out a bigger study with more particpants over a longer period of time.’ - Full Article Source

07/23/12 - SoundJaw invention for better Ipad sound
KeelyNet The SoundJaw is a sleek, small device that fits over the corner of an iPad and reflects the sound back toward the user. McLachlan said so much sound is lost since the speaker is in the back.

Now one year later, McLachlan, a 2010 graduate of Metropolitan State University of Denver who currently works for Centura Health Systems in Denver, is launching another line of the SoundJaw that will fit other devices such as the iPhone, Nook, Kindle, Kindle Fire and Samsung Galaxy Pad, called SoundJaw Unlimited.

In the past year, he has twice turned to the crowd-funding website Kickstarter to raise money for both projects. His fundraising campaign, which recently ended for the SoundJaw Unlimited, raised more than $33,000, significantly more than the $7,000 he was hoping to raise.

When McLachlan first ventured into manufacturing the SoundJaw, he went to Matt Wilson, a freelance CAD designer to make some 3-D models. Wilson said he was impressed immediately.

“I really enjoy the simple elegance of it,” Wilson said.

Wilson said the idea made sense to him and even though he doesn’t have an iPad, he took several to American Recreation Products, a company he works for, that now uses them for iPad demonstrations at trade shows.

In one year, McLachlan said he sold more than 15,000 units and has gotten lots of positive feedback. He also said he’s spoken to some executives at Apple and while they like the idea, he doesn’t expect to see them in Apple Stores anytime soon due to the lower cost of the product. - Full Article Source

07/23/12 - Vibrating gloves help bring back finger sensation after injury
This glove is something of a medical breakthrough.

It’s used in conjunction with a musical keyboard to teach the wearer how to play simple songs. The thing is, instrumental proficiency isn’t the end goal.

This is aimed at returning sensation to patients who have had a spinal cord injury. Many of the test subjects — all of which had the injuries more than a year before participating — experienced increased sensation in their hands and that is quite rare under these circumstances.

There’s not a ton of information available on the hardware itself, but this image lets us make a pretty good guess. The glove is a typical fingerless cycling glove.

There are two conductors worth of ribbon cable going to each digit. On the ring finger you can make out the bulging hardware which appears to be a vibrating cellphone motor.

The white enclosure houses the microcontroller which receives wireless commands from a PC. When it is time for a finger to move, the appropriate motor vibrates. This is best explained in the clip after the break.

Apparently the combination of sensory feedback and the need to react to it provides the therapeutic impetus which achieves the promising results seen in the study. - Full Article Source

07/23/12 - Lenovo CEO Gives His $3M Bonus To 10k Workers
"Lenovo CEO Yang Yuanqing has decided to give his $3,000,000USD bonus to his workers instead of keeping it.

Those 10,000 employees include receptionists, production line workers, and assistants.

That works out to about 2,000 yuan or $300 per employee, which is about a month's worth of salary."

Yang had received the additional $3 million boost in his bonus after the company had its best fiscal year ending in March.

The $30 billion personal technology company saw a 73% bump in net profit from the previous year, which Yang had described as a "record-setting year for Lenovo," according to a press release.

Yang had earned $5.2 million in bonuses for the fiscal year ending in March. His total earnings, including salary, incentives and other benefits, amounted to $14 million, according to the company's annual report. - Full Article Source

07/23/12 - The "You didn't Build that" page
KeelyNet You know it had to happen — Pres. Barack Obama’s regrettable “you didn’t build that” anti-small business assertion during last week’s Virginia campaign speech simply begs to be mocked.

The New York Times, The Atlantic, and other liberal media finally yanked their ostrich heads from the sand and are belatedly huffing and puffing, calling the Obama talking point “manufactured outrage.”

Sorry, dudes — no outrage here.

Just well-deserved teasing and spoofing of the president’s arrogant and clueless dismissal of American private enterprise.

Mitt Romney’s campaign team has called the president’s statement not “a gaffe,” but instead, Obama’s true ideology.

Those of us who’ve been paying attention already knew that. - Full Article Source


07/23/12 - Why Medicine Can't Seem to Fix Simple Mistakes
It's long been known that medical errors are a major problem2014a national panel concluded more than a decade ago that nearly 100,000 people die each year as a result of errors in hospitals. Despite the resulting national focus on patient safety, patients continue to be harmed and killed by medical shortcuts, inadequate training and breakdowns in communication.

Unlike the airline industry, which relies on a safety net of checklists, the medical community has been slow to adopt them in all areas and often puts its faith in the outdated idea that doctors are infallible.

Time and again reporters have uncovered unfathomable lapses at medical facilities, often resulting in patient injuries and death. Time and again, hospital officials have put in place solutions that seem ridiculously obvious.

And, inconceivably, the fixes are frequently ignored or ineffective.

Few medical skills seem as basic as operating on the right body part of a patient. Yet, Rhode Island Hospital, the main teaching hospital of Brown University's medical school, couldn't get its surgeons to identify the right one.

Three times in 2007, surgeons there drilled into the wrong side of patients' heads. After the second incident, the state health department ordered the hospital to hire a consultant and to double-check surgical sites. After the third, the department reprimanded the hospital and fined it $50,000.

But in May 2009, it happened again. During an operation to fix a child's cleft palate, a surgeon at Rhode Island Hospital operated on the wrong side of the patient's mouth. And then, in October of that year, an orthopedic surgeon operated on the wrong finger of a patient.

That's five times in less than three years.

After each incident, the hospital said it was committed to patient care and would make needed changes.

The hospital was reprimanded again, fined an additional $150,000, ordered to install video cameras in its operating rooms, and required to follow accepted procedures for preventing these types of slip-ups.

There hasn't been another wrong-site surgery at the hospital since then, a hospital spokeswoman said. But in 2010, the state health department fined the hospital $300,000 for leaving a broken drill bit inside a patient's skull. That's another frequent medical foul-up, leaving things inside people, experts have been working to eliminate. - Full Article Source

07/23/12 - NOR, X1-11 Neuro-Optical Response Device
Joel McClain sent info about this intriguing device; "This is a rather amazing device from 1980, which could meld sound and light in such a way, that deaf people could hear, and many illnesses could be healed. The device was used by the Easter Seals clinics, and studied at universities, and then buried.

Jimmy Carter was involved in some way. The inventor is a deeply spiritual person, who has studied ancient civilizations, especially the Mayans."

An electronic device for the purpose of presenting a harmonious blending of temporal relationships between light and sound; and thereby -- thru psycho-bio-cybernetics -- a new dimension of communications utilizing bio-telemetry can be created.

The harmonious blending of specific light and sound patterns will trigger a spontaneous and specific response/reaction on any, or all, of the para-psycho-biological measurements of EKG, EEG, blood pressure, Kirlian energy fields, endocrine secretion, thermographic readings, galvanic skin response and other measurements emphasizing optic and auditory nerve firing.

The responses/reaction will be seen on bio-systems within one person and BETWEEN TWO AND MORE PEOPLE; also, subjectively, the people experiencing the patterns of light and sound will report a feeling of well being and harmony within themselves.

The merging of thought with light and sound thru bio-telemetry and psychocybernetics will offer a new frontier in physical non- ethereal awareness. Imagine for a moment, that a dolphin is taught to respond to specific patterns of light and sound thru cybernetics. Then, a human being is trained using the same procedure. Now, thru musical sounds which have meaning to both the dolphin and human, reliable communications can be established.

In the early 1980's Brian and Marla Scott graciously donated an apparatus, the NOR-X1-11, to California State University Fullerton. They demonstrated that the NOR had the ability to generate sound (over binaural earphones), light (via a light organ) and tactile vibration (via a pad on which both the base of the apparatus and the subject's feet rested).

As all three modalities of simulation were correlated, the sensory effect on the subject as magnified beyond what would be expected from any single modality of input. The closest description I can think of it that it appeared that I was immersed in the stimulus (e.g. music).

During the years 1983-1991 inclusively, I employed the NOR in several experiments designed to test the effect of music of different types presented in different ways upon subjects' emotions, physiological processes and performance on tasks carried out during the music. The apparatus served my purposes well, even though I didn't make full use of all its possibilities. - Full Article Source


07/20/12 - Converting an SUV Into an Hybrid Diesel-Electric?
"So, my team has started a project to convert an SUV into an hybrid diesel-electric vehicle — basically, an electric vehicle with a diesel engine working as a range extender.

We've now setup a campaign on Indiegogo to help with the project costs (we are a non-profit team) and later we'd like to, if the project is successful, be able to provide conversion kits and additional kits for elements of the transformation, like the HUD, for example.

Why an SUV conversion? Because a lot of people like SUVs (sense of safety, overcompensation, etc) but they're un-economic and environment unfriendly. I'd like to ask all slashdotters if they have any advice or tips for this project.

We already have the project well defined but more input is greatly appreciated before we begin tearing apart the beast. So, if you could help providing additional advice and information, it would be awesome."

SUVs spend a lot of fuel because they're bigger and heavier. But we can change that. Or so we believe.

How? By making an environment friendly SUV. A range-extended electric SUV is what we believe to be the best choice for now.

Current battery technology doesn't yet allow to store enough power for comfortable travelling. Batteries need to be recharged many times and they take long to recharge. And their weight is always present even when they are depleted.

So we thought of meeting half-way. Instead of relying completely on batteries, we keep the fuel engine to use as a generator for battery recharging during long trips. And, as the fuel is spent, the less energy is also spent since there is less mass to accelerate and move.

Why is this important? We know there are electric SUVs already heading to production lines, but there are a great deal of already manufactured fuel-SUVs out there.

Why let them go to waste? Why not convert them and make them last a few more years instead? Battery technology is not yet ready to provide a comfortable driving experience without frequent maintenance (the long periods of recharging downtime). This way, while batteries have time to mature, we reduce fossil fuel consumption, greenhouse and particle emissions. - Full Article Source

07/20/12 - An Assortment of Death Rays




- from an email

07/20/12 - Warning labels can act as nocebos


Remember the nocebo effect? It's the flip side of placebos. Placebos can make people feel better or even relieve pain (to a certain extent).

Nocebo happens when a placebo causes negative side-effects—nausea, racing heart, dizziness, etc. And here's one more weird thing to add to this veritable bonfire of weirdness: When we tell people about the possible negative side-effects of a real drug, that might make them more likely to experience those side-effects.

In one study, 50 patients with chronic back pain were randomly divided into two groups before a leg flexion test. One group was informed that the test could lead to a slight increase in pain, while the other group was instructed that the test would have no effect. Guess which group reported more pain and was able to perform significantly fewer leg flexions?

Another example from the report: Patients undergoing chemotherapy for cancer treatment who expect these drugs to trigger intense nausea and vomiting suffer far more after receiving the drugs than patients who don’t.

And, like placebos and classic nocebos, this isn't just "all in their head"—at least, not in the sense that they're making it up or deluding themselves. There are measurable physical effects to this stuff. - Full Article Source

07/20/12 - Plan to Slow Global Warming By Dumping Iron Sulphate into Oceans


"In the search for methods of geoengineering to limit global warming, it seems that stimulating the growth of algae in the oceans might be an efficient way of removing excess carbon dioxide from the atmosphere after all.

Despite attracting controversy and a UN moratorium, as well as previous studies suggesting that this approach was ineffective, a recent analysis of an ocean-fertilization experiment eight years ago in the Southern Ocean indicates that encouraging algal blooms to grow can soak up carbon that is then deposited in the deep ocean as the algae die.

Each atom of added iron pulled at least 13,000 atoms of carbon out of the atmosphere by encouraging algal growth which, through photosynthesis, captures carbon. The team reports that much of the captured carbon was transported to the deep ocean, where it will remain sequestered for centuries — a 'carbon sink' (abstract)."

In February 2004, researchers involved in the European Iron Fertilization Experiment (EIFEX) fertilized 167 square kilometres of the Southern Ocean with several tonnes of iron sulphate. For 37 days, the team on board the German research vessel Polarstern monitored the bloom and demise of single-cell algae (phytoplankton) in the iron-limited but otherwise nutrient-rich ocean region.

Each atom of added iron pulled at least 13,000 atoms of carbon out of the atmosphere by encouraging algal growth which, through photosynthesis, captures carbon. In a paper in Nature today, the team reports that much of the captured carbon was transported to the deep ocean, where it will remain sequestered for centuries1 — a 'carbon sink'.

“At least half of the bloom was exported to depths greater than 1,000 metres,” says Victor Smetacek, a marine biologist at the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research in Bremerhaven, Germany, who led the study.

The team used a turbidity meter — a device that measures the degree to which water becomes less transparent owing to the presence of suspended particles — to establish the amount of biomass, such as dead algae, that rained down the water column towards the sea floor. Samples collected outside the experimental area showed substantially less carbon being deposited in the deep ocean.

The finding that ocean fertilization does work, although promising, is not enough to soothe concerns over potentially harmful side effects on ocean chemistry and marine ecosystems, says Smetacek. Some scientists fear that massive ocean fertilization might produce toxic algal blooms or deplete oxygen levels in the middle of the water column.

Given the controversy over another similar experiment (see 'Ocean fertilization experiment draws fire'), which critics said should not have been approved in the first place, the Alfred Wegener Institute will not conduct any further artificial ocean-fertilization studies, according to Smetacek.

“We just don’t know what might happen to species composition and so forth if you were to continuously add iron to the sea,” says Smetacek. “These issues can only be addressed by more experiments including longer-term studies of natural blooms that occur around some Antarctic islands.” - Full Article Source

07/20/12 - Otis T. Carr and the Tesla Saucers
KeelyNet Otis T. Carr (1904-1980?) was a protégé of the great inventor Nikola Tesla. Carr and his team constructed a number of fully functional, flying saucers in the late 1950s. The flying disks worked and were demonstrated. Carr was serious about ‘taking his craft to the Moon.’

However, two weeks after a dramatic test flight, their laboratory was forcibly closed. Federal agents confiscated equipment as well as all documentation. Authorities told them Carr’s project would ‘destroy the monetary system of the United States.’

Ralph Ring, now aged 72, was aboard that incredible and successful test flight. He and Carr, with their 45-foot saucer, transported themselves 10 miles at the speed of light!

IMPORTANT: Click on the Project Camelot link and download Ralph Ring speak of Otis T. Carr, the events leading to the OTC crafts and the project’s eventual shutdown by the feds:

‘Fly is not the right word. It traversed distance. It seemed to take no time. I was with two other engineers when we piloted the 45-foot craft about ten miles.

I thought it hadn’t moved – I thought it had failed. I was completely astonished when we realized that we had returned with samples of rocks and plants from our destination. It was a dramatic success. It was more like a kind of teleportation.’

‘I’ve lost count of the number of people who have refused to believe what happened. I no longer talk about it. It’s no fun being laughed at and ridiculed. But I’ve described it exactly as it occurred.

One day someone will build the disk just as we did and they’ll have the same experience. All his blueprints still exist. Nowadays, it would all be done with digital and solid state circuitry - no moving parts would be necessary.’

‘You have to work with nature, not against her.’ (When the disks were powered up and reached a particular rotational speed) ‘...the metal turned to Jell-O. You could push your finger right into it. It ceased to be solid.

It turned into another form of matter, which was as if it was not entirely here in this reality. That's the only way I can attempt to describe it. It was uncanny, one of the weirdest sensations I've ever felt.’ (The Philadelphia-Effect?)

The following is from Margaret Storm’s book ‘The Return of the Dove.’

‘It was in November, 1957…when Otis T. Carr of Baltimore, Maryland, announced that free energy and spaceflight had been once again made available to the inhabitants of this planet. Carr, a disciple of Tesla, has come up with two new inventions. One is an electrical ‘accumulator’ and the other a gravity motor; both utilizing the power of the sun and other forces in nature found in free abundance in the atmosphere.’

‘Carr…has organized a solid business corporation under the normal conventions of the American free enterprise system.’

‘While governments still deny the existence of flying saucers and daily newspapers refuse to give outstanding news to their readers…the uninformed public remains uninformed. They do not even know the problem of spaceflight has been solved on this planet by an American citizen.’

‘Carr’s free energy motors will power automobiles, for one thing; a development which would do away with the need for gasoline…’

‘Large space vehicles will be brought down to size of about ten feet in diameter. They can be built to sell for less than the cost of a modern automobile and are designed to take a family across town, across the nation or around the world in absolute comfort and safety and in a fraction of the time ever before possible.’

The above statements are from 1957. They knew THEN not to rely on petroleum. Little could they imagine the hell wrought by the Oil Companies 50 years later! - Full Article Source

07/20/12 - Two other Odd Death Ray stories
KeelyNet Years ago when I lived in Dallas, I spent all my vacations 1-3 times a year going to conferences...none of that touristy, beach laying bullshit for me...much more fun to listen to speakers and hang out with interesting people and check out their experiments.

There were many of us who did this so we had a kind of family where we'd meet up at various conferences and take speakers out privately to plumb their would be amazed at what they tell you privately that they'd never say in public.

This one retired house builder and developer named Henry told us about a secret group out near the Superstition Mountains in a tiny town called Apache Junction...we stayed there years later when hunting for the Lost Dutchman mine...I have a map.....for real...and photos of the location...

This group was heavy into weird experiments especially POWER radionics....they were healing people left and right and this came to the attention of the medical authorities so they stopped before any charges were filed.

But sick and dying people kept coming to they created a fake church...bought an old catholic church and put in two circular antennas in front of the in the ceiling, the other mounted in the floor.

People would come in and stand between these two plates and the Great OZ over behind a curtain would radionically scan their body and apply corrective frequencies which would heal them in the few days that followed...kind of like REprogramming the body...

Henry said one evening he and about 8 of these inventors and their wives and families were sitting on the back porch of their main house looking out across the desert....they saw this big buck jack rabbit hopping across the desert...he'd hop, then stop, sniff, graze and hop a little further.

One of the inventors went inside and came back out with what looked like a hollow tube...all of the others knew what it was but they showed it to power supply, no battery, no coils that he could see...just a hollow tube.

The guy sat down and told everyone to watch the rabbit some 100-150 yards or so away from them...the guy aimed the tube slightly in the path of the rabbit...when the rabbit jumped forward, he fell out of the air like he'd been shot.

They walked out and brought the body back. Took it to the kitchen and cut it open...there was NO BLOOD anywhere in the body, only a clear fluid which they could not was still warm to the touch everywhere inside but no blood.

The inventors wouldn't tell him what happened or how but it appears whatever came from this tube transmuted the blood probably by converting the iron to magnesium. And iron (hemoglobin) carries the oxygen that keeps us alive.

Now you know the only difference between blood and chlorophyll is iron and magnesium....chlorophyll has magnesium and is a clear it appears this little tube could transmute blood to chlorophyll...

"Heamoglobin is the red pigment (with iron as a component) in blood that is capable of transporting oxygen. Haemoglobin has high affinity to oxygen.

Chlorophyll is the green pigment in plants and certain organisms that is capable of trapping the energy of the sun to enhance the process of photosynthesis."

"The chlorophyll in greens and the hemoglobin in our blood are almost identical- just one molecule differs. Where chlorophyll contains magnesium at the centre, hemoglobin has iron. Coconut water is also identical to blood plasma, so greens and coconut water together is an incredible rejuvenative gift to the body."

"I've taught biology for 29 years and so I can tell you that basically they are correct. The atoms in chlorophyll are the same basic atoms in hemoglobin with magnesium switched out for iron. But they are arranged differently because of the change in the mineral and altho the molecular formulas share some similarities. C55H72O5N4Mg for chlorophyll and C3032H48160872N780S8Fe4 for hemoglobin. They also neglect to mention that hemoglobin contains sulfur and a whole bunch more nitrogen."

"I will say that as a student of chemistry one molecule is the difference between lye and water. So it can make all the difference."

"Isn't one molecule also the difference between lead and gold?"

I never forgot that little story because it would be an incredibly dangerous weapon.

Betcha you could set it for 'degrees' to it just knocks them out and leaves them electronic vampire....

In an old book called 'Dweller on Two Planets' refers to these masters Rai's who could control reality at will. One of the stories talks about an invading army of hundreds of thousands of men lined up on a riverbank and their ruler threatening these peaceful people...

The Rai of the peaceful people walked ALONE to the edge of his river and spoke to the invading chief...told him, JUST WALK AWAY...shield your arms and go on our not even try to attack or invade our country.

The invader chief and his generals all laughed because this man had no weapons, no army, just he alone standing there WARNING them you do not wish to do this...

But they didn't listen...the book says he gave them several chances to leave but they were steadfast they would invade and conquer these peaceful people.

The order was given and the invading army began to advance into the river to cross to the other side.

The Rai of the peaceful people stood there, folded his hands and concentrated...his eyes almost glowed with energy, he spread his hands out towards the invaders and they all stopped in their tracks...DEAD AND COLD to the touch.

The ruler and generals were not affected, only the soldiers....and now what to do with hundreds of thousands of dead bodies???

Again, he folded his hands, concentrated with the light in his eyes, spread his hands and made a motion...and all the soldiers marched into the river, where they sank, never to be seen again.

In this book, it said people learned not to mess with this peaceful race based on them not having armies or weapons...

The book is REPLETE with interesting stories and theories and a touchstone for me for years. I am attaching a copy of it. It talks about transumation, rejuvenation and all kinds of fascinating sure to catch the chapter on 'specific speed'....

I decided to add the story from the actual book;

It was a strange people, the Suerni. The elder people seemed never to smile, not because they were engaged in occult study, but because they were filled with wrath.

On every countenance seemed to rest a perpetual expression of anger. Why, I pondered, should this thing be? Is it a result of the magical abilities they possess?

By what seems to us of Poseid mere fiat of will these people appear to transcend human powers and set at naught the immutable laws of nature, though it can not be said that Incal has not limited them as surely as He has limited our chemists and physicists.

The Suerni never lift their hands in manual labor, they sit at the breakfast or the supper table without having previously put upon it anything to eat, or elsewhere prepared a repast; they bow their heads in apparent prayer, and then, lifting up their eyes, begin to eat of what has mysteriously come before them -- of wholesome viands, of nuts, of all manner of fruits, and of tender, succulent vegetables!

But meat they eat not, nor much that is not the finished product of its source, containing in itself the germ for future life. Hath Incal exempted them from His fiat as Creator of the world, which all men suffer, "In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread?" It is less onerous, certainly, on those who walk His paths, or even those who partly do so, and whose rule of life is continence.

Such are more powerful, have occult powers that no eater of meats can ever hope to attain, but surely they are not wholly exempt; it must be somewhat toilsome to perform such magic feats as these. None ever got something for nothing.

These people gaze upon the foes who come to menace them in their homes--and they are not!

"It passed o'er
The battle plain, where sword and spear and shield
Flashed in the light of midday--and the strength
Of serried hosts is shivered, and the grass,
Green from the soil of carnage, waves above
The crushed and moldering skeleton."

What Poseida could do these things? Rai Gwauxln, Incaliz Mainin, but no more, at least none known to the public even by repute. But no man of all Atl had ever witnessed much display of such power on the part of either, and with the masses it was mere repute. I was favored beyond most Atlanteans in this respect.

Now, Ernon hath a fertile country, and these ignorant savages longed to possess it, wherefore they sent unto the Rai of Suern a challenge of war. To this Ernon replied that he would not make fight; that those who sought him with spears and with bows, and came arrayed in armor, would find him, and therefor be sorrowful, inasmuch as Yeovah, as the Suerni are pleased to name Him whom we called Incal, would protect him and his people of Suern, and this without strife and bloodshed.

Thereupon the barbarians returned derisive language, and declared that they would come upon his land and destroy his people with the sword. So they gathered a numerous army, even ten score thousand fighting men, and many camp followers, and these, led by a dauntless Astiki, swept east by South to devastate the realm of Suern.

"The Astika, my father, chief of our armies, said to this grand old man:

"'What saith thy ruler?'

"'He saith: "Bid this stranger depart lest my wrath awake, for lo, I shall smite him if he obey me not! Terrible is mine anger."

"'What ho! And his army; I have seen none,' said my father with the laugh of a veteran to whom despised resistance is offered.

"'Chief,' said the envoy, in a low, earnest tone, 'Thou hadst best depart. I am that Rai, and his army also. Leave this land now; soon thou canst not. Go, I implore thee!'

"'Thou the Rai? Rash man! I tell thee that when the sun hath moved one other sign, thy courage shall not save thee, unless thou wilt now return and collect thine army. Else will I then send thy head to thy people.

There is but this option. After that length of time I will strike and sack thy city. Nay, fear not now for thy personal safety; I cannot hurt an unarmed foeman! Go in peace, and by the morning I will attack thee and thy army. I must have a worthy foe.'

"'In myself is a worthy foe. Hast thou never heard of the Suerni? Yes? And thou hast not believed! Oh, it is true! Go, I entreat thee, while yet thou canst do so in safety!'

"'Foolish man!' said the chief. 'This thine ultimatum? Then be it so! Stand aside! I go not away, but forward.' Then he called unto the captains of the legions and commanded:

"'Forward! March to conquer!'

"'Withhold that order one moment; I would ask a question,' said the Rai.

"Agreeably to this request our men, who had sprung to place at the word, were now halted with arms at rest. In the very front ranks of the Saldan army as it stood on the little eminence overlooking the Suern capital, and the great river flowing near, was the prime flower of our host. Veterans they were, tried and true, men of giant stature, two thousand strong, leaders of the men less seasoned. I shall never forget how grand looked that array, no, never. So strong; the very mane of our lion-power, every man able to carry an ox on his back. The sun was caught on their spears in a glorious blaze of light. Looking upon these men the Suerna said:

"'Astika, are not these thy best men?'


"'They are the ones of whom it hath been told me that they tortured my people, merely for amusement? And they called them cowards, saying that men who would not resist, to them should they serve death, and they did murder a few of my subjects?'

"'I deny it not,' said my father.

"'Thinkest thou, Astika, that this was right? Are not men who glory in shedding blood worthy of death?' "'Possibly; if so, what matter? Perchance thou wouldst have me punish them for such action?' said my father, scornfully.

"'Even so, Astika. And thereafter depart hence?'

"'Aye, that will I! 'Tis a good jest; yet have I not humor for jesting!'

"'And thou wilt not go, though I say to remain is death?'

"'Nay! Cease thy drivel! I weary of it.'

"'Astika, I am sorrowful! But be it as thou wilt. Thou hast been warned to leave. Thou hast heard of the power of the Suern, and believed not. But now, feel it!'

"With these words the Rai swept his outpointing index-finger over the place where stood our pride--the splendid two thousand. His lips moved and I barely heard the low-spoken words:

"'Yeovah, strengthen my weakness. So dieth stubborn guilt.'

"What then befell so filled all spectators with horror, so wrought upon their superstition, that for full five minutes after, scarce a sound was heard. Of all those veteran warriors not one was left alive. At the gesture of the Suernis their heads fell forward, their grasp was loosed on their spears, and they fell as drunken men to the earth. Not a sound, save that of their precipitation; not a struggle; death had come to them as it comes to those whose hearts stop pulsing. Ah! what frightful power hast thou, Suernis!"

"After the horrible silence that fell on all who had witnessed the awful sight, the women, wives and daughters of the higher officers, began shrieking in affright. Many of our men, as soon as they could realize that the stories they had heard and discredited were no idle tales, fell to the earth in an agony of pulling terror. Ah! then, then could ye have heard supplications to all the gods, great and small, in whom our people place trust.

"My father knew better than to imagine this some trick of a wily people, knew now, after this bitter lesson, that the reputation accorded them by travelers was no idle fabrication of wonder-mongers. But he did not cringe before the Rai, he was too proud-spirited for that. While we gazed, stupefied, on the awful scene of death, another and not less frightful, but more ghastly thing happened. We that were alive, all our host except the two thousand stood between our dead and the river west of the city. Rai Ernon bowed his bead and prayed--what dire alarm that action caused our people!--and I heard him say:

'Lord, do this thing for thy servant, I beseech thee!'

"Then, as I gazed on the victims, I saw them arise one by one, and gather up each his spear and shield and helmet. Thereafter, in little irregular squads they marched towards us, towards me, O! My God! and passed on to the river!

As they passed I saw that their eyes were half-closed and glazed in death; the movement of their limbs was mechanical; they walked as if hung on wires, and their armor clanked and clanged in a horrid, mocking ring.

As, one by one, the squads came to the river, they walked in, deeper and deeper, till the waters closed over their heads, and they were gone forever, gone to feed the crocodiles which already roared and snarled over their prey adown the stream of Gunja.

No one to lead, none to carry; each going as if alive, and yet somehow dead, this ghastly procession to the river, a thousand paces distant, so completed the horrible sense of fear that desperate terror possessed the great army, and they fled, leaving behind all things, and soon only a few faithful soldiers were left in sight; these remained with their commander and his officers of staff, ready to share with him the death which they expected would be meted out to all who remained. The women also did not all flee.

Then spoke Rai Ernon, saying: "'Did I not tell thee to depart, ere I punished thee? Wilt thou now go? Behold thine army in flight! Its rout shall not cease, for thousands shall never more see Saldee, because they will perish by the wayside, yet not a few shall reach their homes. But thou shalt never more go home; neither thee nor thy women. But they will not stay in my land nor their own, but in a strange country.'"

Both fascinating books, 'Dweller on Two Planets' and 'Vril - The Power of the Coming Race' are available for purchase and download at Vanguard Sciences - personal anecdotes

07/20/12 - TSA to be the worst thing ever made by humankind

- Full Article Source

07/20/12 - You're Automatically Suspicious Until Proven Otherwise
"RT had a very interesting interview with former NSA official turned whistleblower Thomas A. Drake, who said, 'Security has effectively become the State religion; you don't question it.

And if you question it, then your loyalty is questioned.'

'Speaking truth of power is very dangerous in today's world,' he added. The interviewer pointed out that investigative journalists are labeled as 'terrorist helpers' for trying to reveal the truth, to which Drake said the government's take is 'you go after the messenger because the last thing you want to do is deal with the message.'"

The NSA, the government, "They object" to anyone who dares to "air dirty laundry" or show the skeletons in the closet. "Not only do they object to it, they decide to turn it into criminal activity."

Drake added, "Most people don't stand up to power because power wields a lot of power and power can do you in, or make life very difficult." This almost made me throw up since those who are brave enough to object to our country moving away from the Constitution and everything that America stands for, cannot possibly mean those people are for the terrorists!

Most are people who love our country and believe in freedom, believe in the USA! Those people believe the government can't stomp out our rights and hide behind national security secrets to avoid telling We the People the truth about mass domestic spying.

If you take what has been happening post 9/11 security world, what you're seeing is the establishment of a surveillance society. You're seeing the establishment of the surveillance network....People don't realize the extent to which we are already surveilled in many, many different ways -- the extent to which vast amounts of our own transactional data, in all forms -- all electronic forms, and emails, and your tweets, and bank records, and everything else, are all subject -- or suspect, in terms of surveillance....

It raises the specter of kind of the rise of soft tyranny. It raises the specter of you're automatically suspicious until we prove that you're not. It raises the specter of a universal -- I call it a universal wiretap, a persistent universal wiretap on every single person, or if not, they can create one.

"You also have the fear element. Fear in itself is control. And what people will do if they are fearful is to censor themselves." Regarding NSA and other government surveillance powers, Drake added, "What happens if they don't like you? What happens if you speak ill-will against the government?

What happens if you say something that they consider disloyal?" Drake pointed out that what happened to him, a top government executive, sends a "very chilling message that if you speak out, if you speak up, we're going to hammer you and we're going to hammer you hard."

Wielding fear like a weapon and using policy as opposed to the Constitution and protections granted to us via the Bill of Rights is very dangerous and seems very anti-American. - Full Article Source

07/20/12 - An Olympic Games For Enhanced Athletes?
"With the Olympics due to kick off on 27 July in London, Nature has taken a look at how far science would be able to push human athletic abilities if all restrictions on doping were lifted.

The article mentions anabolic steroids (up to 38% increase in strength), IGF-1 (4% increase in sprinting capacity), EPO/blood doping (34% increase in stamina), gene doping and various drugs and supplements, as well as more 'extreme' measures such as surgery and prosthesis.

Hugh Herr, a biomechanical engineer at MIT, says performance-enhancing technologies will one day demand an Olympics all their own. But is that time already upon us?"

For strength and power, the best-known drugs are probably those in the vast family of anabolic steroids, a group that is constantly expanding as the structures get slight modifications in a bid to evade detection in drug tests. “There are about 2,000 different tweaks you could do to a steroid molecule that would all probably make you big and strong,” says Don Catlin, a pharmacologist at the University of California, Los Angeles.

The compounds mimic the way testosterone works in the body, triggering protein synthesis and building more muscle tissue. A course of steroids combined with exercise can translate to a 38% increase in strength in men, potentially more in women.

Another popular strength enhancer is human growth hormone, which increases levels of the protein insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF1). This spurs muscle growth, although it is debatable whether or not that growth actually does increase strength.

In the only study to show positive effects in recreational athletes1, those taking human growth hormone saw their sprinting capacity increase by 4%. That may seem small, but it could make all the difference for, say, a 50-metres freestyle swimmer or a 100-metres sprinter, says Kenneth Ho, an endocrinologist at the University of Queensland in St Lucia, Australia, who co-authored the study. “If you look at what breaks records, it comes down to 0.01 of a second.”

In endurance sports, in which strength is less important than increased stamina, athletes can get dramatic results from blood doping, which aims to increase the number of oxygen-carrying red blood cells. They can accomplish this through blood-cell transfusions or by taking EPO.

In one study2, blood doping increased normal humans’ stamina by 34%, and in another3, it allowed them to run 8 kilometres on a treadmill 44 seconds faster than they could before. And work published last month4 by Max Gassmann and his colleagues at the University of Zurich in Switzerland, there are signs that the hormone has an effect on the brain, increasing an athlete’s motivation to train. - Full Article Source

07/20/12 - Political Ideology Shapes How People Perceive Temperature
"In what likely isn't that much of a surprise, a study has shown that political ideology shapes how we perceive temperature changes (but not drought/flooding conditions).

(An abstract of the study is here. 8,000 individuals were asked about temperatures and drought/flood events in recent years, then their political leanings. Answers regarding drought/flood events tended to follow the actual changes in conditions, while answers regarding temperature tended to follow people's political beliefs."

Both droughts and floods passed the simple test. These showed a clear trend in response to precipitation changes, and the trend was in the right direction—people perceived more floods and fewer droughts when there was more rain. And, in the statistical analysis, ideology and political affiliation had a weak effect on the accuracy of recollections, having about as much influence as education.

Things were completely different for temperatures. In fact, the actual trends in temperatures had nothing to do with how people perceived them. If you graphed the predictive power of people's perceptions against the actual temperatures, the resulting line was flat—it showed no trend at all.

In the statistical model, the actual weather had little impact on people's perception of recent temperatures. Education continued to have a positive impact on whether they got it right, but its magnitude was dwarfed by the influences of political affiliation and cultural beliefs.

And those cultural affiliations had about the effect you'd expect. Individualists, who often object to environmental regulations as an infringement on their freedoms, tended to think the temperatures hadn't gone up in their area, regardless of whether they had. Strong egalitarians, in contrast, tended to believe the temperatures had gone up.

The authors conclude that climate change has become perceived as a form of cultural affiliation for most people: their acceptance of it is mostly a way of reinforcing their ties to the political and ideological communities they belong to.

And, since temperatures have become the primary thing the public associates with climate change, people now interpret the temperatures through a filter based on their affiliations, a process termed "cultural cognition."

In other words, we tend to interpret the temperatures in a way that reinforces our identity, and our connections with others who share similar political persuasions. - Full Article Source

07/20/12 - Arpaio's Obama probe finds 'national security threat'
After determining earlier this year there is probable cause to suspect the document released by the White House as Barack Obama’s birth certificate is a forgery, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio said today he believes his Cold Case Posse’s investigation should be advanced to the federal government, based on further information released today at a press conference in Phoenix.

Arpaio told WND he intends to move the investigation and the new information to a higher authority within the federal government because of what he calls an imminent threat to national security and U.S. immigration laws. The threat is posed by a flaw in Hawaii’s law discovered by his investigators that allows a foreigner to obtain a Hawaii birth certificate.

Under Hawaii Revised Statute 338-17.8, a person only has to be an established resident of Hawaii, not necessarily a U.S. citizen, and pay taxes there for one year to be able to register an out-of-state or foreign-born person with an official Hawaii birth certificate.

Arpaio and his investigators said they have deep concerns that the Hawaii Revised Statute is a loophole that makes it possible for foreign born children to illegally establish U.S. citizenship.

They said the concern is also relevant given the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling concerning Arizona’s proposed state immigration law, SB 1070, in which the federal court ruled state laws cannot be in contradiction or in conflict with federal law.

Zullo noted that, normally, when it’s necessary to prove a person is a U.S. Citizen, the main form of documentation is a state certificate of birth.

“It appears that in the case of Hawaii law, any person can obtain a birth certificate if any adult or their parents can prove that they resided in Hawaii for one year and paid taxes,” he said. “There is no requirement to show that the child itself was actually born in Hawaii or on U.S. soil.”

Other indicators of an intentional, illegal coverup where he uses them KNOWING they are illegal;

"Barack Obama, an illegal President,
a stolen Social Security Number,
a forged birth certificate,
a forged Selective Service registration."

- Full Article Source

07/20/12 - People Who Are Constantly Online Can Develop Mental Disorders
Researchers at the University of Gothenburg recently studied more than 4,100 Swedish men and women between the ages of 20 and 24 for a year and found that a majority of them who constantly use a computer and mobile phones can develop stress, sleeping disorders and depression.

Sara Thomee, lead author of the study, said there was a “central link” between computers and mental disorders.

“High quantitative use was a central link between computer use and stress, sleep disturbances, and depression, described by the young adults,” Thomee said in the study.

“It was easy to spend more time than planned at the computer (e.g., working, gaming, or chatting), and this tended to lead to time pressure, neglect of other activities and personal needs (such as social interaction, sleep, physical activity), as well as bad ergonomics, and mental overload.”

The study found a correlation between stress and always being available on the phone.

“Demands for availability originated not only from work and the social network, but also from the individual’s own ambitions or desires.

This resulted in disturbances when busy or resting, the feeling of never being free, and difficulties separating work and private life,” Thomee explained in the study. “Unreturned calls or messages led to overload and feelings of guilt.”

Even people who played video games online faced a greater risk of suffering from depression. - Full Article Source

07/20/12 - New standard on how to write Obituaries
KeelyNet A cancer victim used his own obituary to confess a litany of sins to friends and colleagues, including that he never really earned a PhD.

Val Patterson, 59, came clean in an honest retrospect of his life in which he also apologised for minor crimes including stealing a hotel safe.

His self-penned mea culpa was printed, complete with grammatical errors, in the Salt Lake Tribune newspaper in Utah after his death.

Mr Patterson worked initially as a mechanic and went on to become an inventor of products including a type of windmill, and computer software.

He wrote that his PhD from the University of Utah had actually been a paperwork error, and he didn't even complete his undergraduate degree.

Mr Patterson went on to confess: "As it turns out, I AM the guy who stole the safe from the Motor View Drive Inn back in June, 1971. I could have left that unsaid, but I wanted to get it off my chest," He also admitted to kicking rocks into the Old Faithful geyser at Yellowstone National Park, and to being "banned for life" from Disneyland and Sea World in San Diego following youthful high jinks.

After Mr Patterson died of throat cancer on July 10 his obituary was posted on the website of Starks Funeral Home in Utah and those who read it disseminated it across the world on the internet.

One comment on the funeral website read: "This is the best obituary I've ever read."

Mr Patterson's wife of 33 years, Mary Jane, confirmed that the events he confessed to were true.

She added: "He wanted to set a new standard on how obituaries should be written." - Full Article Source


07/17/12 - A Build-It-Yourself Electric Vehicle


"Here's yet another exciting project for DIY geeks. Modi-Corp, a Japanese company, has just unveiled a new electric car that you can actually build yourself.

Not to be confused with the Toyota 'Prius,' the DIY electric car from Modi-Corp is called 'PIUS.' It's a single-seat electric car that will be released next spring in Japan.

The company hopes that the PIUS kits can be used as educational tools, expecting to sell them to universities and mechanical schools with the opportunity to have customizable parts embedded in the EV for testing."

The Pius, not to be confused with the Toyota Prius, is a single-seat electric car that will be released next spring as a class-1 motorized bicycle in Japan. Modi-Corp expects to sell the Pius primarily to colleges and mechanic schools, where students will be able to see firsthand how electric cars work.

The diminutive Pius measures 98-inches long and 48-inches wide, so obviously it’s not in the same class as the Nissan Leaf and Honda Fit EVs. Not all of the official specs have been released, but the Pius does have an electric range of 15 miles and a top speed of 21 mph. The Pius will be available in six colors when it is released next spring, but the final pricing has not been announced. - Full Article Source

07/17/12 - DARPA Creates Machine Which Extinguishes Fires With Sound
"The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is known for making odd scientific advances ranging from hypersonic unnamed rockets to bionic prosthetic limbs to insect-sized reconnaissance drones.

But recently DARPA has made a interesting advancement in the field of fire suppression.

Using two speakers arranged on either side of an open liquid fuel flame, an acoustic field was emitted and engulfed the fire.

'The sound increases air velocity, which then thins the area of the flame where combustion occurs, known as the flame boundary.' This make the flame weak and much easier to douse. Another wonderful thing about this: it's not even that loud!

DARPA began its testing in 2008, stating that despite extensive research in this area, there have been no new methods for extinguishing and/or manipulating fire in almost 50 years. The agency plans to expand on this experiment and try to make it successful on a practical scale."

Performers on DARPA's Instant Fire Suppression program evaluated an acoustic approach to suppressing flames. In this video, a flame is extinguished by an acoustic field generated by speakers on either side of the pool of fuel.

Two dynamics are at play in this approach.

First, the acoustic field increases the air velocity. As the velocity goes up, the flame boundary layer, where combustion occurs, thins, making it easier to disrupt the flame.

Second, by disturbing the pool surface, the acoustic field leads to higher fuel vaporization, which widens the flame, but also drops the overall flame temperature.

As the same amount of heat is spread over a larger area, combustion is disrupted. Read more at - Full Article Source

07/17/12 - East Texas Getting Compressed Air Energy Storage Plant


"A compressed air energy storage (CAES) plant was first built in Germany in 1978, but East Texas will be the site of one of the world's first modern CASE plants.

How does it work? A CAES power generation facility uses electric motor-driven compressors (generated by natural gas generators) to inject air into an underground storage cavern and later releases the compressed air to turn turbines and generate electricity back onto the grid, according to the plants owner.

The location near Palestine, Texas was selected because of its large salt dome, which will be used to store the compressed air.

The plant is estimated to cost $350 million-plus, and will create about 20 to 25 permanent jobs."

An average of 200 workers will be on the job during the project’s construction phase, while 20 to 25 permanent jobs will be created as a result of the venture, according to Farley.

According to Apex’ website, compressed air energy storage (CAES) is unique in its ability to efficiently store and redeploy energy on a large scale in order to provide low-cost energy and enhance grid reliability.

A CAES power generation facility uses electric motor-driven compressors to inject air into an underground storage cavern and later releases the compressed air to turn turbines and generate electricity back onto the grid, the company’s website continues.

The first CAES plant, a 290 megawatt facility, was built in Huntorf, Germany in 1978. Thirteen years later, the 110 megawatt McIntosh CAES plant began operations in Alabama.

The plants, which have a combined 50-year-plus lifetime, have exceptional track records for safety and clean energy, according to Farley.

The center’s actual “footprint” will be approximately 15 acres for the equipment, office building and other aspects, according to the company’s president.

“The salt dome is No. 1 on the list (of needs to construct such a plant),” Farley explained. “...We need a cavern to store our air in order to make our process work. All of these types of things are really rare to find.

“We’ll move all of our power onto the Texas grid,” he added.

Farley said the top of the dome will be approximately 3,750 feet below the surface, with the bottom between 5,000 and 5,500 feet below the surface.

Apex will provide “a substantial new source of (tax) revenue for the county and (Cayuga) school district,” while placing minimal stress on county resources, Farley indicated.

As an example, Farley said Apex will not be routinely running trucks on county and state roads.

“We’re not going to stress the county’s infrastructure,” Farley said. - Full Article Source

07/17/12 - Have they found the Lost Continent? (Nov, 1954)


A noted German archaeologist believes he has uncovered the grave of the fabulous city that sank beneath the sea.

A TENSE drama was being enacted in the North Sea.

One who believes Atlantis actually existed is Dr. Spanuth. Late in the summer of 1952, the minister-archaeologist set out from Husum, a German port, on his renewed search. His entire life’s savings had been poured into the attempt. On board were a geologist, an underwater photo expert, several divers, a stenographer and a shipload of modern scientific equipment.

Dr. Spanuth, who had spent years studying Atlantis lore, was convinced that the continent actually laid buried in the North Sea, not far from the dikes of his own native coastal village of Ost Bordelum. So he steered a course toward the rocky island of Helgoland, circled it and dropped anchor about six miles away. Down went a diver.

What did the diver report that blanched the face of the pastor as he listened over the phone line? This: “I see a wall,” were the diver’s words. It was a wall encircling a large oval area 1,012 yards long and 328 yards wide. And inside the wall?

Large, irregular piles of sand—piles that looked like ruins of buildings covered over by the silt of the ocean. These, Dr. Spanuth hopes, hide the wreckage of a mighty palace and temples of an Atlantean king. Inside he believes, is fabulous treasure the like of which man has yet to see.

But this wasn’t all. A diver brought up a cobblestone. “What,” Dr. Spanuth asks the world, “would an ancient cobblestone be doing on the floor of the North Sea?” What—unless it is a stone from a street II,500 years old, where ancient soldiers trod and the carts of tradesmen of a bygone era lumbered, he answers.

Helgoland, the pastor is certain, was at one time the highest mountain on the continent of Atlantis. When the rest of it vanished, the mountain alone remained. As evidence, he goes directly to Plato. After the disaster, the philosopher wrote, only “red rocks of the king’s island remained to mark the spot.”

And this is Dr. Spanuth’s clincher: Helgoland is world-famed for its red rocks! In addition, the pastor possesses a map dating back to the ancient Germanic Goths, which refers to Atlantis in the North Sea.

In addition, a remarkable biological fact has been described by the noted Scottish scholar, Lewis Spence, and noted by many acute observers of animal life. It is this: a strange migratory instinct sometimes comes over the Norwegian lemmings, which are small animals of the rodent family.

Most of them, Spence points out, annually leave the Norwegian coast and swim far out into the Atlantic. “On reaching the spot to which the migratory instinct has so unerringly called them,” he continues, “they circle round for some considerable time, as if in search of land but, failing in their quest, gradually sink exhausted into the depths.”

It’s also known, Spence goes on, that large flocks of birds annually fly to a part of the Atlantic where no land is now visible and after fluttering about in dismay for a considerable time, fall exhausted into the water.

What’s the reason for this amazing behavior? Could it be that these animals and birds stemmed from species which, long years ago, made annual migrations to an island-continent in the Atlantic Ocean—and could it be that the instinct still survives in them? - Full Article Source

07/17/12 - Giovanni Aldini, Corpse Reanimator
Giovanni Aldini may not be a household name, but his contributions to science cannot be ignored. Neither can his macabre demonstrations of the power of electricity on the human body. Aldini was a real-life "mad scientist," and it's rumored that Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein" was based on his life.

But the guy whose devotion to science is in a league of its own is Giovanni Aldini, an Italian physicist who lived from 1762 to 1834. Aldini was the nephew of Luigi Galvani.

Now, if that name doesn't sound familiar, maybe the word galvanism does? Galvanism, named for Galvani, is the practice of applying electrical current to animal tissue in an effort to contract its muscles. It's the founding principle behind the modern study of electrophysiology.

See, living creatures are full of what's called "excitable tissue," parts of the body that respond to internal electrical impulses. Neurons are excitable, and so is heart and muscle tissue. Galvani famously discovered the phenomenon that he called "animal electricity" when he zapped a frog's leg and made it twitch.

But back to Galvani's nephew, Giovanni Aldini. He took his uncle's discoveries just a bit too far. I mean, Aldini is nicknamed the "corpse reanimator" for a reason. And it's rumored that Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein" is based on his story.

His method was relatively simple, but it produced a display so gruesome and spectacular, one onlooker is rumored to have died of fright after witnessing it. Aldini took a pair of conducting rods, linked them to a large, powerful battery, and positioned them in various locations on the dead man's body.

When he touched them to the face, according to a local newspaper, "the jaw began to quiver, the adjoining muscles were horribly contorted, and the left eye actually opened."

As if these morbid manipulations of Forster's face weren't enough, Aldini took his conducting rods to a curious place, jolting the dead man's rectum.

And this created a spectacle so fantastic, witnesses were convinced the cadaver had come back to life. It punched the air with its fists, kicked out its legs, and violently arched its back in whole-body convulsions.

But Aldini's traveling circus of horrors wasn't the only application he found for his late uncle's galvanic practices. In fact, as early as 1801, Aldini discovered that he could cure what he called "melancholic madness" in psychiatric patients.

He applied electrical current to the heads of some of the most tortured individuals he could find, most likely sufferers of what we now know as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and severe depression. And although controversial, the much safer practice of electroconvulsive therapy is still used today and has a high success rate for treating people with severe mental illness.

Even deep brain stimulation, a cutting-edge surgical technique used to relieve chronic pain and treatment-resistant Parkinson's disease, owes its existence to Aldini. - Full Article Source

07/17/12 - A new add-on human organ for better social communications
The Neurowear Project is develop fashion items and gadgets using brain waves and other biosensor to enrich your live by improving your social communication skills.

Their first device is the necomimi, cat like ears that you wear on your head that scan your brain and let others know if your are relaxed, focused or both.

Watch the clip to see how this new artificial organ for improving your social communication, might work for you. - Full Article Source

07/17/12 - Exposing bama would reveal depth of US Government corruption
KeelyNet It is not now politically advantageous for either the Democrat or the Republican Party to tell the truth about Barack Obama; that he is an illegal President and very likely a felon, who has a forged birth certificate, a forged Selective Service registration and is using a Social Security Number not issued to him.

Both parties are steadfastly protecting Obama to protect their investment in the corrupt political status quo.

The formula is simple. To keep themselves permanently in office, members of Congress collect taxes nationwide, they then use the proceeds to repay wealthy financiers with tax loopholes or government loans and buy constituent votes through local tax-funded projects.

The American people have given Congress a credit card with no limit. Rather than themselves being financially penalized for their largesse, members of Congress simply pass the debt along to ordinary Americans and future generations, while they enrich themselves through the power granted them to spend our money.

The larger the federal government, the greater the number of opportunities arise for politicians to benefit from the scam.

That is why discussion of Obama's ineligibility and his alleged crimes is suppressed by politicians and the mainstream media. They all have too much to lose.

As part of their effort to undermine the rights granted by the Constitution, Congress has actively pursued legislation to limit free speech.

The First Amendment to the US Constitution states:

"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."

In February 2012, the Republican-led US House of Representatives voted 388-to-3 in favor of House Resolution 347, the Federal Restricted Buildings and Grounds Improvement Act of 2011 or more aptly dubbed the "First Amendment Rights Eradication Act", which makes free speech a felony under certain circumstances.

H.R. 347, which has been signed into law by Barack Obama, will allow the government to bring charges to protesters, demonstrators and activists at political events and other outings across America.

It is no longer possible to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. Our elected officials not only ignore the voice of the people, but they are now taking steps to silence that voice.

Abraham Lincoln said that the American people are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts, not to overthrow the Constitution but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution.

The time has come for mass public action by ordinary Americans against those who are perverting the Constitution.

Exposing Obama before the November election will shake the entire corrupt political system to its core and create a window of opportunity for the American people to take back control of their government.

Post the following in every public area in the country:

"Barack Obama, an illegal President,
a stolen Social Security Number,
a forged birth certificate,
a forged Selective Service registration."

Force the corrupt politicians to do the right thing. Force them to tell the truth. - Full Article Source

07/17/12 - Car Co-Pilot Only Interferes If You're About To Crash
"Mechanical engineers and roboticists working at MIT have developed an intelligent automobile co-pilot that sits in the background and only interferes if you're about to have an accident.

If you fall asleep, for example, the co-pilot activates and keeps you on the road until you wake up again. Like other autonomous and semi-autonomous solutions, the MIT co-pilot uses an on-board camera and laser rangefinder to identify obstacles.

These obstacles are then combined with various data points — such as the driver's performance, and the car's speed, stability, and physical characteristics — to create constraints.

The co-pilot stays completely silent unless you come close to breaking one of these constraints — which might be as simple as a car in front braking quickly, or as complex as taking a corner too quickly.

When this happens, a ton of robotics under the hood take over, only passing back control to the driver when the car is safe.

This intelligent co-pilot is starkly contrasted with Google's self-driving cars, which are completely computer-controlled unless you lean forward, put your hands on the wheel, and take over. Which method is better? A computer backup, or a human backup? I'm not sure."

It will be interesting to see how the autonomous vs. semi-autonomous battle pans out. As we’ve covered before, the semi-autonomous solutions that keep your car in-lane or slam the brakes on when a human walks into the road could be a huge boon to road safety.

A completely autonomous road system with car-to-car communications would improve safety as well, and reduce fuel consumption and increase the total capacity of roads — but at the expense of losing our ability to drive. - Full Article Source

07/17/12 - Asteroid Crashes Likely Gave Earth Its Water
"Asteroids from the inner solar system are the most likely source of the majority of Earth's water, a new study suggests.

The results contradict prevailing theories, which hold that most of our planet's water originated in the outer solar system and was delivered by comets or asteroids that coalesced beyond Jupiter's orbit, then migrated inward."

Alexander and his colleagues analyzed samples from 86 carbonaceous chondrites. These primitive meteorites are thought to be key sources of the early Earth's volatile elements, such as hydrogen and nitrogen.

The team measured the abundance of different hydrogen, nitrogen and carbon isotopes in the chondrite samples. Isotopes are versions of an element that have different numbers of neutrons in their atomic nuclei.

For example, the isotope deuterium — also known as "heavy hydrogen" — contains one neutron, while "normal" hydrogen has none.

The amount of deuterium in celestial bodies' water ice sheds light on where the objects formed in the solar system's early days. In general, bodies that took shape farther from the sun have relatively higher concentrations of deuterium, researchers said.

The 86 chondrite samples' deuterium content — which the team gleaned from clays, the remnants of water ice — suggest the meteorites' parent bodies formed relatively close to the sun, perhaps in the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter.

Comets, by contrast, have much higher deuterium ratios. As a result, scientists think most of them were born in the solar system's frigid outer reaches.

The isotopic composition of the bulk Earth appears to be more consistent with chondrites than with comets, researchers said. There are many different types of chondrites, and no single group is a perfect match. So our planet probably accreted its water and other volatiles from a variety of chondrite parent asteroids, they added. - Full Article Source

07/17/12 - How Dragon Speech Recognition Technology Inventors Lost Everything
"James and Janet Baker were the inventors of Dragon Systems speech recognition software, and after years of work, they created a multimillion dollar company. At the height of the tech boom, with investment offers rolling in, they turned to Goldman Sachs for financial advice.

For a five million dollar fee, Goldman hooked them up with Lernout & Hauspie, the Belgium speech recognition company. After consultations with Goldman Sachs, the Bakers traded their company for $580 million in Lernout & Hauspie stock.

But it turned out Lernout & Hauspie was involved in cooking their books and went bankrupt.

Dragon was sold in a bankruptcy auction to Scansoft, and the Bakers lost everything. Goldman and Sachs itself had decided against investing in Lernout & Hauspie two years previous to this because they were lying about their Asian sales.

The Bakers are suing for one billion dollars." - Full Article Source

07/17/12 - The Fate of Newspapers: Farm It, Milk It, Or Feed It
"According to Alan D. Mutter, after a 50% drop in newspaper advertising since 2005, the old ways of running a newspaper can no longer succeed, so most publishers are faced with choosing the best possible strategy going-forward for their mature but declining businesses: farm it, feed it, or milk it.

Warren Buffett is farming it, and recently bucked the widespread pessimism about the future of newspapers by buying 63 titles from Media General. He is concentrating on small and medium papers in defensible markets, while steering clear of metro markets, where costs are high and competition is fierce.

'I do not have any secret sauce,' says Buffett. 'There are still 1,400 daily papers in the United States. The nice thing about it is that somebody can think about the best answer and we can copy him.

Two or three years from now, you'll see a much better-defined pattern of operations online and in print by papers.' Advance Publications is milking it by cutting staff and reducing print publication to three days a week at the New Orleans Times-Picayune, thus making the Crescent City the largest American metropolis to be deprived of a daily dose of wood fiber in its news diet. Once dismantled, the local reporting infrastructure in communities like New Orleans will almost certainly never be rebuilt.

'By cutting staff to a bare minimum and printing only on the days it is profitable to do so, publishers can milk considerable sums from their franchises until the day these once-indomitable cash cows go dry.'

Rupert Murdoch is feeding it as he spins his newspapers out of News Corp. and into a separate company empowered to innovate the traditional publishing businesses into the future. In various interviews after announcing the planned spinoff, Murdoch promised to launch the new company with no debt and ample cash to aggressively pursue digital publishing opportunities across a variety of platforms.

'If the spinoff materializes in anywhere near the way Murdoch is spinning it, however, it could turn out to be a model for iterating the way forward for newspapers.'" - Full Article Source

07/17/12 - Chemical That Affects Biological Clock Offers New Diabetes Treatment
"Biologists at UC San Diego have discovered a chemical that provides a completely new direction and promise for the development of drugs to treat metabolic disorders such as type 2 diabetes – a key concern of public health in the U.S. due to the current obesity epidemic.

From the article: '...Scientists have long suspected that diabetes and obesity could be related to problems of the biological clock. Laboratory mice with altered biological clocks, for example, often become obese and develop diabetes.

Two years ago, a team led by Steve Kay, dean of the Division of Biological Sciences at UC San Diego, discovered the first biochemical link between the biological clock and diabetes.

He found that a key protein, cryptochrome, which regulates the biological clocks of plants, insects and mammals also regulates glucose production in the liver and that changes in levels of this protein could improve the health of diabetic mice.'" - Full Article Source

07/17/12 - Bad Weather Brings Down Lawn Chair Balloonists


Kent Couch and Fareed Lafta had their dreams of setting a world's record for the longest two-man cluster balloon flight dashed by bad weather and not kids with bb guns as you might expect.

The men tied 350 balloons to lawn chairs and planned on flying from Bend, Oregon to Montana. The pair flew for about 30 minutes before having to land.

From the article: "A post at the Facebook page for the project said wind had turned the balloonists around and pushed them back toward the town of Prineville, Oregon, and that thunderstorms heading toward the area were 'simply too much' for the balloons."

They had been seeking to make a trip of at least 500 miles and register the feat with Guinness World Records.

Couch, who had hoped to make it to Montana on the flight, said before taking off that Lafta, an experienced skydiver, contacted him a year ago and asked to join him on a cluster balloon flight to raise funds for children orphaned by the U.S.-led war in Iraq.

But bad weather brought the trip to an early end about 30 miles from where it started. Previous flights had taken Couch much farther, including a 2008 flight in which he drifted 235 miles into Idaho.

To Couch, the real appeal of cluster balloon flight is the sensation of being in the open air at 15,000 feet.

"There is perfect peace up there," he said before the flight.

"Balloon flight is really quite simple." he added. You have 1,400 pounds (635 kg) of lift in the balloons, and 1,350 pounds (612 kg) of weight and ballast. What goes up must come down." - Full Article Source

07/17/12 - Record Setting 500 Trillion-Watt Laser Shot Achieved
KeelyNet "Researchers at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory's National Ignition Facility (NIF) have achieved a laser shot which boggles the mind: 192 beams delivered an excess of 500 trillion-watts (TW) of peak power and 1.85 megajoules (MJ) of ultraviolet laser light to a target of just two millimeters in diameter.

To put those numbers into perspective, 500 TW is more than one thousand times the power that the entire United States uses at any instant in time."

The equipment at NIF allows scientists to study the states of matter which can occur in the centers of planets, stars and other celestial objects and further to this, the scientists based at NIF also work toward the goal of clean and sustainable fusion energy by aiming to ignite hydrogen fusion fuel in the lab and thus produce more energy than originally supplied to the target.

Having exceeded 1 MJ operation for the first time back in March 2009, the NIF has since increased its operational energy output by roughly 1 kilojoule each day, and the lab is currently operating 24 hours a day at unprecedented performance levels, with the 1.85 megajoules of energy recently achieved equivalent to approximately 100 times what any other laser can regularly produce.

This latest record-breaking laser shot is the culmination of 15 years of work by researchers at NIF and their experience is to be put to use elsewhere, with the team influencing the design of other giant laser facilities being built or planned in the United Kingdom, France, Russia, Japan and China. - Full Article Source

07/17/12 - Will Your Computer Make You Go Blind?
Strain on the eye from computer use comes from a several sources. The first is a constant working distance typical of computer users. Two sets of muscles work in tandem to see your screen clearly. One set converges the eyes onto the same point. The other set actually flexes and fattens up the crystalline lens in each eye to properly focus light rays from the computer onto the retina.

As with any muscle in the body, continuous flexing can create repetitive stress problems. Ever have blurred vision when looking away from the screen? This may be a spasm of the ciliary muscles causing focus to "lock," thereby creating a temporary loss of distance vision. Other symptoms may include blurred vision, the inability to properly focus on the screen, or even a good old-fashioned headache.

Ever find that your eyes have an irritated "scratchy" feeling after a long session using the computer? A relatively normal blink rate is 12-15 blinks per minute, but computer users tend to blink much less frequently, more typically around 4-5 blinks per minute.

Why? The eyes normally jump around the screen in pattern called a "saccade." Blinking disrupts this pattern and lowers productivity for someone concentrating on an intense visual task, especially when under deadline to get a big project done. Blink less and you get more done... but it can take a toll on your eyes.

A dry, scratchy sensation is a common symptom of dry eyes. Interestingly, in some cases, computer users actually suffer watery eye symptoms due to the fact that the eyes are irritated but the reduced blink rate doesn't spread the tears effectively.

Another reason your eyes strain when using the computer relates to the quality of light emitted from the screen. "In simplest terms, it's like you're looking at a lightbulb for hours on end," says Anshel. "Not to mention the fact that today's LCD screens are almost all backlit with fluorescent light, which is harsh on your eyes to begin with."

In an effort to reduce the amount of energy consumed, screen manufacturers use very narrow bands of the visual spectrum to light the screen. Combined with overhead fluorescent office light, the harsh artificial light is far from full spectrum daylight that the eye likes to see.

In an effort to improve the quality of light, often computer users will put the computer close to windows or other more natural light sources. However, improperly-placed lighting can actually cause problems due to screen glare or over-illumination of the eye, which causes the pupil to constrict and makes the screen harder to see.

As eyestrain affects normal vision, secondary problems may occur as well. "Walk around the office and notice how many people are hunched in toward the computer to see the screen better," prompts Anshel. "With poor ergonomic posture, it's easy to see how computer vision problems can create head, neck, and back pain."

The good news is that there are a number of ways to prevent or lessen the strain felt while viewing a computer. Many are quick or inexpensive solutions to address certain parts or the problem. For example, rearranging the workplace for proper posture, viewing angle, and lighting can help out.

Dr. Anshel suggests, "Make sure you have your computer far enough away to comfortably see it. Ideally, the center of the screen is 7-10 inches below your horizontal line of sight. Move your lights to where they don't cause any glare and to where you don't have any bright objects, like a window, in your field of view when viewing the screen." He also suggests a series of breaks during the workday.

The smallest should occur every 10 minutes and can be as short as 10 or 20 seconds. To properly relax the eye muscles, you must look at least 20 feet away. At least once each hour, take a bigger break that includes standing and stretching. An eye doctor can recommend specific eye exercises during these bigger breaks to help further relax eye muscles.

Several commercial solutions are available for sale to help alleviate Computer Vision Syndrome. Glare protectors are an easy fix for both older CRT monitors and some newer screens that have a glossy surface. Reflections may create awkward posture if the glare prevents you from seeing the screen from a straight-on view.

Certain software is also available to help users remember to take breaks, blink more often, or even change the color of the screen to adapt to different times of the day in an effort to limit blue light, which may affect sleep patterns. - Full Article Source

07/17/12 - Delightful Insights on How to deal with Stress
As early in the evening as you can, put all your burdens down. Don't carry them through the evening and into the night.... pick them up tomorrow. Whatever burdens you're carrying now, put them down for a moment. Relax, pick them up later after you've rested. (read the link) - Full Article Source


07/14/12 - Japanese transmit electricity through solid concrete
The group showcased an experiment with the ability to send up to 60 watts through almost four inches of solid concrete. Although the technique they are using isn’t exactly new, they did manage to squeeze out between 80 and 90% efficiency is.

The group, led by Takashi Ohira used a set of modified tires set on top of the concrete which then sent the electricity to light an incandescent bulb to provide a much more visual clue that the transfer of energy was actually happening.

According to the researchers, the high conductivity of the concrete used in roads and the cheap cost of materials could eventually lead to much more massive amounts of energy being produced and transmitted through as much as eight inches of concrete.

It’s a good thing that the technology scales because the output needs to be multiplied by 100 if it were to ever truly power a vehicle like a car.

Any practical use of this technology is still a ways off and yet the precedent is now there to show that it’s possible. We just need more power. - Full Article Source

07/14/12 - Being Obese Is Better Than Being Underweight
KeelyNet "There is currently a widespread belief that any degree of overweight or obesity increases the risk of death, however our findings suggest this may not be the case. In the six-year timeframe of our evaluation, we found that only severe obesity was associated with an increased risk of death."

Jerant and his team surveyed almost 51,000 Americans of all ages over a period of six years to gather data for their research. Upon analysis, it transpired that those participants with BMI that determined them "underweight" showed a risk of death twice as high as the "normal" participants.

Weirdly, it was considerably safer to be "severely obese" than underweight. Those with a BMI classifying them as such were just 1.26 times as likely to die as "normals".

The result, published in the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine, in part shows a problem with the BMI measurement.

Developed by a Belgian sociologist without medical qualifications, the truth is that Body Mass Index struggles to cope with extremes of height or mass. Validity of the measurement aside, though, the fact remains that—while being obese carries its own risks—a BMI classification of "underweight" is still something you want to avoid. - Full Article Source

07/14/12 - A Carbonic Acid Refrigerator (Mar, 1930)
KeelyNet A REFRIGERATOR that works by means of fluid carbonic acid has been invented by Dr. Otto Liesegang, of Berlin.

Through immediate gassification of the acid, which is held in a valve, a temperature of 80 degrees below zero is produced in the cooling apparatus resulting in a speedy freezing of ice or icecream.

The main apparatus stands on the top shelf of the box at the right to permit use of the left side for storage purposes.

Carbonic Acid Liquid Gas - "The transition of solid carbonic acid into gas deprives all around it of caloric so rapidly and to so great an extent, that a degree of cold is produced immeasurably great, the greatest indeed known.

Ten, twenty, or more pounds weight of mercury, brought into contact with a mixture of ether and solid carbonic acid, becomes in a few moments firm and malleable."

This, however, cannot be accomplished without considerable danger. A melancholy accident occurred at Paris, which will probably prevent for the future the formation of solid carbonic acid in these large quantities, and deprive the next generation of the gratification of witnessing these curious experiments.

Just before the commencement of the lecture in the Laboratory of the Polytechnic School, an iron cylinder, two feet and a half long and one foot in diameter, in which carbonic acid had been developed for experiment before the class, burst, and its fragments were scattered about with the most tremendous force; it cut off both the legs of the assistant and killed him on the spot.

This vessel, formed of the strongest cast-iron, and shaped like a cannon, had often been employed to exhibit experiments in the presence of the students. We can scarcely think, without shuddering, of the dreadful calamity such an explosion would have occasioned in a hall filled with spectators." - Full Article Source

07/14/12 - Why Ultra-Efficient 4,000 mph Vacuum-Tube Trains Aren't Being Built
KeelyNet "In the 1800s, when pneumatic tubes shot telegrams and small items all around buildings and sometimes small cities, the future of mass transit seemed clear: we'd be firing people around through these sealed tubes at high speeds.

And it turns out we've got the technology to do that today – mag-lev rail lines remove all rolling friction from the energy equation for a train, and accelerating them through a vacuum tunnel can eliminate wind resistance to the point where it's theoretically possible to reach blistering speeds over 4,000 mph (6,437 km/h) using a fraction of the energy an airliner uses – and recapturing a lot of that energy upon deceleration.

Ultra-fast, high efficiency ground transport is technologically within reach – so why isn't anybody building it? This article looks into some of the problems."

Vacuum tube-based transport has a lot of things going for it. Speed, for one. Anyone who has spent time on a fast motorcycle knows that even without any wind, the air itself is a brutally powerful force working against your engine as you get up above 125 mph (200 km/h).

In fact, air resistance is the number one problem to combat as speeds increase. Airliners have to fly 40,000 feet up in the air to take advantage of the reduced drag you get when the air thins out a bit. And even with this advantage, they still can't cruise much faster than 570 mph (917 km/h) without being horribly inefficient.

Take air resistance and rolling resistance away by operating in a vacuum and magnetically levitating your vehicle, and you're eliminating the biggest two hurdles to achieving extremely high speeds. And once you reach your top speed, you simply stop accelerating, apply no further energy, and coast.

You lose very little speed until you reach your destination, at which point you can slow your vehicle down electromagnetically and recapture almost all the energy you put in to speed it up.

Theoretically, with the right length of vacuum tube set up, you could zoom all the way around the world in a matter of hours, nearly ten times faster than today's airliners. Operating in a vacuum, these vehicles would make almost no sound, even as they smashed through the sound barrier, because there'd be no air for them to create sonic vibrations in. With no actual points of contact or friction with the track or tube, there would be virtually no energy lost to heat dissipation.

Safety is no small concern when you're talking about speeds in excess of 4,000 mph (6,437 km/h). After all, we've all seen the wreckage that can be caused in a 60 mph (96 km/h) car crash.

The kinds of tube tracks we're talking about here would have to stretch thousands of miles in order to reach their optimum level of benefit – that's thousands of miles of safety risks.

What happens when an earthquake strikes and cracks the pressure seal or destroys the tube completely? A vehicle traveling 4,000 mph is going to eat up some serious distance in an emergency stop situation. - Full Article Source

07/14/12 - What Snake Venom Does to Blood!
I was doing some research for Cobra parfum by Jeannes Arthes and came across this video about snake venom by mistake - it's so incredible that I just had to upload it to YouTube. Basically, a single drop of this venom (from a Russell's viper) is dripped onto a petri dish of blood, and in seconds the blood clots into a thick chunk of solid matter. - Full Article Source

07/14/12 - Vaccine for being Overweight
Obesity and obesity-related disease is a growing health issue worldwide. Somatostatin, a peptide hormone, inhibits the action of growth hormone (GH) and insulin-like growth factor (IGF-1), both of which increase metabolism and result in weight loss. Vaccination with modified somatostatin causes the body to generate antibodies to somatostatin, effectively removing this inhibition without directly interfering with the growth hormones and subsequently increasing energy expenditure and weight loss.

Keith Haffer from Braasch Biotech LLC, tested the vaccinations in two groups of ten diet-induced obese male mice compared with a control group of ten mice which received saline injections.

Mice in all groups had been fed a high fat diet for eight weeks prior to the study and continued to eat the same food for the duration of the six-week study. The vaccinations were administered twice – at the start of the study followed by a booster vaccination on day 22.

Four days after the first injection of modified somatostatin, the vaccinated mice had a 10% drop in body weight (not seen in the control mice). At the end of the study, results showed that both vaccines induced antibodies to somatostatin and significantly reduced body weight, sustaining a 10% lower body weight, without affecting normal levels of the growth hormone IGF-1, or insulin levels.

“This study demonstrates the possibility of treating obesity with vaccination”, Keith explained. He continued, “Although further studies are necessary to discover the long term implications of these vaccines, treatment of human obesity with vaccination would provide physicians with a drug- and surgical- free option against the weight epidemic.” - Full Article Source

07/14/12 - Warm-Water Cooling
Europe’s fastest supercomputer, call SuperMuc, will be one of the first facilities to use a hot-water cooling system.

The hot water flowing in the cooling system can reach 113 degrees F.

Built by IBM, the supercomputer and cooling system at the Leibniz Supercomputing Centre in Germany consumes 40 percent less energy than air-cooled facilities, according to the company. IBM explains how the system works in this video.

The Leibniz Supercomputing Center (LRZ), in collaboration with IBM, today announced the world's first commercially available hot-water cooled supercomputer, a powerful, high-performance system designed to help researchers and industrial institutions across Europe investigate and solve some of the world's most daunting scientific challenges.

The new LRZ "SuperMUC" system was built with IBM System x iDataPlex Direct Water Cooled dx360 M4 servers with more than 150,000 cores to provide a peak performance of up to three petaflops, which is equivalent to the work of more than 110,000 personal computers.

Put another way, three billion people using a pocket calculator would have to perform one million operations per second each to reach equivalent SuperMUC performance.

Also, a revolutionary new form of hot-water cooling technology invented by IBM allows the system to be built 10 times more compact and substantially improve its peak performance while consuming 40 percent less energy than a comparable air-cooled machine. - Full Article Source

07/14/12 - ESPN: Bodies we Want 2012
KeelyNet ESPN's "Bodies We Want" photo series features "tasteful" nudes of performance athletes (tasteful inasmuch as all the genitals and women's nipples are figleafed).

It's a pretty amazing series, in part because so many of the images are sexually charged in some way,

and yet the athletes' bodies are very different from the sort that appear in either pornography or body-building images,

the other genres that habitually display nude or near-nude people whose bodies are far from the median of human appearance.

(This series of gorgeous photos really displays how beautiful the human body can be. - JWD) - Full Article Source

07/14/12 - Real flying car for sale


This fantastic artifact from the history of the future can be yours for just $1.25 million.

An aircraft collector is selling his 1954 Taylor Aerocar N-101D.

Designed in 1949, this one of only 5 that were produced.

The wings fold forward for driving and according to Aerocar designer Moulton Taylor, quoted during the vehicle's, er, launch in 1950, it's easily converted for flying "even by a woman, without soiling her gloves." - Full Article Source

07/14/12 - Is Our Infrastructure Ready For Rising Temperatures?
KeelyNet "Megan Garber writes that last weekend, a US Airways flight taxiing for takeoff from Washington's Reagan National Airport got stuck on the tarmac for three hours because the tarmac had softened from the heat, and the plane had created — and then sunk into — a groove from which it couldn't, at first, be removed. So what makes an asphalt tarmac, the foundation of our mighty air network, turn to sponge?

The answer is that our most common airport surface might not be fully suited to its new, excessively heated environment.

One of asphalt's main selling points is precisely the fact that, because of its pitchy components, it's not quite solid: It's 'viscoelastic,' which makes it an ideal surface for the airport environment.

As a solid, asphalt is sturdy; as a substance that can be made from — and transitioned back to — liquid, it's relatively easy to work with. And, crucially, it makes for runway repair work that is relatively efficient. But those selling points can also be asphalt's Achilles heel.

Viscoelasticity means that the asphalt is always capable of liquefying. The problem, for National Airport's tarmac and the passengers who were stuck on it, was that this weekend's 100+-degree temperatures were a little less room temperature-like than they'd normally be, making the asphalt a little less solid that it would normally be.

'As ironic and as funny as the imgur (Imgur is a semi-popular internet picture sharing site) seen round the world is, it may also be a hint at what's in store for us in a future of weirding weather. An aircraft sinking augurs the new challenges we'll face as temperatures keep rising.'" - Full Article Source

07/14/12 - Alcohol, Not Marijuana, Is the Biggest Gateway Drug For Teens
An anonymous reader writes with news of a study out of the University of Florida which found that alcohol is the biggest "gateway" drug, the use of which increases the likelihood of other drug use.

Quoting: "In the sample of students, alcohol also represented the most commonly used substance, with 72.2 percent of students reporting alcohol consumption at some point in their lifetime. Comparatively, 45 percent of students reported using tobacco, and 43.3 percent cited marijuana use.

In addition, the drug use documented found that substance use typically begins with the most socially acceptable drugs, such as alcohol and cigarettes, then proceeds to marijuana use and finally to other illegal, harder drugs.

Moreover, the study showed that students who used alcohol exhibited a significantly greater likelihood — up to 16 times — of licit and illicit substance use." - Full Article Source

07/14/12 - ISP 'Six Strikes' Plan Delayed
"Shortly, a new system in the U.S. will allow your ISP to give you gradually sterner warnings and possible punishment if you download copyrighted material.

The Copyright Alerts System (CAS) — more commonly known as the 'six strikes' policy, after the number of warnings users receive — is coming. Soon. Any minute now. Really. But it's not here yet, even though several news outlets — including CNN — said the system would go online yesterday, Thursday.

Speaking to the Daily Dot, a press contact for the six strikes system says: 'We do not intend to launch until we are confident that the program is consumer friendly.

We expect our implementation to begin later this year, with each of the ISPs launching at potentially overlapping but different times.' ...

The six strikes system is officially helmed by an industry coalition called the Center for Copyright Information (CCI), which was created by the MPAA and RIAA. It counts the U.S.'s five top ISPs under its umbrella: AT&T, Cablevision, Comcast, Time Warner Cable, and Verizon." - Full Article Source

07/14/12 - New York Experiments With Wi-Fi From Payphones
Payphones have been famously disappearing from public life; cell phones and other means of communication have made them ever less important in many contexts (and for most people). Some places, it's hard to find not only payphones, but usable wireless signal as well. Still, there are a lot of payphones left in the wild (though the enclosed kind seem to be disappearing faster than on-premises ones), and now there's a plan in New York City to extend payphones' useful life by outfitting them as public Wi-Fi hotspots, beginning with a 10-phone trial already underway. It's not the first such project; we mentioned a similar multi-city wi-phone deployment in Canada 10 years ago. And in Austin, I've spotted at least one payphone fitted out as a solar-powered charging station for cellphones; probably not enough to get much charge, but at least it lets users place an emergency call with a flagging or dead battery. Covering Manhattan and the other boroughs with overlapping free Wi-Fi nodes, though, is a different beast entirely. - Full Article Source

07/14/12 - Glasses-free 3-D TV looks nearer
"Engineers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) are busy working on a type of 3D display capable of presenting a 3D image without eye gear.

What you've been presented with at your local cinema (with 3D glasses) or on your Nintendo 3DS console (with your naked eye) pales in comparison to what these guys and gals are trying to develop: a truly immersive 3D experience, not unlike a hologram, that changes perspective as you move around.

The project is called High Rank 3D (HR3D). To begin with, HR3D involved a sandwich of two LCD displays, and advanced algorithms for generating top and bottom images that change with varying perspectives.

With literally hundreds of perspectives needed to accommodate a moving viewer, maintaining a realistic 3D illusion would require a display with a 1,000Hz refresh rate.

To get around this issue, the MIT team introduced a third LCD screen to the mix. This third layer brings the refresh rate requirement down to a much more manageable 360Hz — almost within range of commercially produced LCD panels." - Full Article Source

07/14/12 - Facebook Scans Chats and Posts For Criminal Activity
"Facebook has added sleuthing to its array of data-mining capabilities, scanning your posts and chats for criminal activity.

If the social-networking giant detects suspicious behavior, it flags the content and determines if further steps, such as informing the police, are required.

Reuters provides an example of how the software was used in March: 'A man in his early 30s was chatting about sex with a 13-year-old South Florida girl and planned to meet her after middle-school classes the next day.

Facebook's extensive but little-discussed technology for scanning postings and chats for criminal activity automatically flagged the conversation for employees, who read it and quickly called police. Officers took control of the teenager's computer and arrested the man the next day.'"

The scanning program looks for certain phrases found in previously obtained chat records from criminals, including sexual predators (because of the Reuters story, we know of at least one alleged child predator who is being brought before the courts as a direct result of Facebook's chat scanning). The relationship analysis and phrase material have to add up before a Facebook employee actually looks at communications and makes the final decision of whether to ping the authorities.

"We've never wanted to set up an environment where we have employees looking at private communications, so it's really important that we use technology that has a very low false-positive rate," Sullivan told Reuters. While details of the tool are still scarce, it's a well-known fact that Facebook cooperates with the police, since, like any company, it has to abide by the law.

In fact, just a few months ago, Facebook complied with a police subpoena by sending over 62 pages of photos, Wall posts, messages, contacts, and past activity on the site for a murder suspect.

Many users don't like the idea of having their conversations reviewed, even if it's done by software and rarely by Facebook employees. - Full Article Source

07/14/12 - Will Speed Limits Inhibit Autonomous Car Adoption?
"Here's a thought: at the start, only rich people will be able to pay for a completely autonomous car. Auto-autos will only go the speed limit.

Rich people don't like to go slow. Ergo, there won't be any market for automatic cars.

Wait, I hear you say. The rich guy will just modify his car to go faster.

But, if you go over the limit it's a fine, but to mess with the safety systems of even your own vehicle is probably a felony.

Much more likely: the rich will get new laws passed to make it legal for automatic cars to go much, much faster than human-driven vehicles."

You think you get frustrated today when someone in front of you is poking along at 55 even though everyone else is doing 65? Just wait until your commute is clogged with autonomous cars all doing the same thing—and honking does no good, because robots do not care if you honk at them. - Full Article Source

07/14/12 - San Francisco - Urban Playground
DC and Ken Block present Gymkhana FIVE: Ultimate Urban Playground; San Francisco.

Shot on the actual streets of San Francisco, California, GYM5 features a focus on fast, raw and precise driving action.

Filmed over four days, director Ben Conrad and his team are back to work on their second Gymkhana production and delivered the entire city of San Francisco as Ken Block's personal gymkhana playground.

DC Shoes also provided fellow DC athlete and longtime Ken Block friend, Travis Pastrana, to make a cameo appearance on his dirtbike, and S.F. resident Jake Phelps of Thrasher Magazine fame also makes a cameo as Block hoons S.F. in his most incredible Gymkhana yet. - Full Article Source

07/14/12 - Piranha Scissors
Don`t have scissors? Just take a Piranha. Bite-Test at Cuyabeno Rainforest, Ecuador.

In this 2011 YouTube clip, which recently surfaced on Reddit, a man demonstrates just how sharp piranhas' teeth can be by placing a stick in front of the creature. Sure enough, the piranha chomps off the edge of the stick with little to no effort.

According to the video's description, the bite test took place in the Cuyabeno Reserve in the Ecuadorian rainforest.

Equipped with strong jaws and interlocking teeth, piranhas often feast on insects and other fish, but they have been seen attacking larger animals as large as horses, according to Animal Planet. The fish, which are native to several parts of South America, can also turn to cannibalism if their food supply is limited.

However, though piranhas are known for eating meat, they rarely attack humans, National Geographic notes.

Recent research published in the Journal of Experimental Biology explained that certain piranhas emit "barking" noises to scare off other piranhas in their vicinity.

Red-bellied piranhas, which are indigenous to areas including Brazil, Ecuador and Venezuela, produce three combative sounds: the barking noise, a "drum-like percussive sound" emitted when they were fighting over food, and a "croaking" sound that they made with their jaws, according to Live Science explains. - Full Article Source

07/14/12 - Laser Scanner Reads People At Molecular Level
The Department of Homeland Security will soon be using a laser at airports that can detect everything about you from over 160-feet away.

Gizmodo reports a scanner that could read people at the molecular level has been invented.

This laser-based scanner – which can be used 164-feet away — could read everything from a person’s adrenaline levels, to traces of gun powder on a person’s clothes, to illegal substances — and it can all be done without a physical search.

It also could be used on multiple people at a time, eliminating random searches at airports.

The scanner is called the Picosecond Programmable Laser. The device works by blasting its target with lasers which vibrate molecules that are then read by the machine that determine what substances a person has been exposed to. This could be Semtex explosives to the bacon and egg sandwich they had for breakfast that morning.

The scanner is called the Picosecond Programmable Laser. The device works by blasting its target with lasers which vibrate molecules that are then read by the machine that determine what substances a person has been exposed to.

This could be Semtex explosives to the bacon and egg sandwich they had for breakfast that morning.

Genia claims that the system can detect explosives, chemical agents, and hazardous biological substances at up to 50 meters. This device relies on classic spectroscopy; just a very advanced form of it. In the case of Genia's scanner, it is using far-infrared radiation in the terahertz band.

This is why the U.S. Department of Homeland Security is so keen on getting it into airports. Understandably, some are calling foul on the possible privacy concerns, but this technology is halfway to a Star Trek tricorder. - Full Article Source

07/14/12 - Algorithms now write blogs and news stories
Algorithms are producing a growing number of articles for newspapers and websites, such as this one produced by Narrative Science:

"Wall Street is high on Wells Fargo, expecting it to report earnings that are up 15.7 percent from a year ago when it reports its second quarter earnings on Friday, July 13, 2012," said the article on

While computers cannot parse the subtleties of each story, they can take vast amounts of raw data and turn it into what passes for news, analysts say.

"This can work for anything that is basic and formulaic," says Ken Doctor, an analyst with the media research firm Outsell.

And with media companies under intense financial pressure, the move to automate some news production "does speak directly to the rebuilding of the cost economics of journalism," said Doctor.

Stephen Doig, a journalism professor at Arizona State University who has used computer systems to sift through data which is then provided to reporters, said the new computer-generated writing is a logical next step.

"I don't have a philosophical objection to that kind of writing being outsourced to a computer, if the reporter who would have been writing it could use the time for something more interesting," Doig said.

Scott Frederick, chief operating officer of Automated Insights, another firm in the sector, said he sees this as "the next generation of content creation." - Full Article Source


07/11/12 - What is the Volocopter?
Here’s a crazy copter with 18 rotors invented by physicist Thomas Senkel. Now, this thing is not like what physicists unleashed upon us last week but it’s equally fantastic — even if it looks like your blender. Much innovation has gone into the Volocopter and the world, which has always been interested in flight, is giving the invention every bit of attention.

The video of Senkel test flying the Volocopter has attracted over 3.5 million views on YouTube. Senkel’s start up company, e-volo has built it to run solely on battery power. The invention has already scored with the Lindbergh Prize for Innovation.

The blades, each measuring about six feet in length, are arranged in two concentric circles atop a cockpit designed to hold one or two people.

Another small rotor under the body keeps the invention from cratering and should the batteries fail, there will be enough juice left for a safe landing.

Senkel has plans to produce a Volocopter prototype in less than a year and production models could hit the assembly line in three years.

What will it mean for modern transit? Experts are claiming the Volocopter will change the way helicopters are built.

Well, for starters we finally have something affordable to fly over traffic. Hopefully, this physics project fits into a suitcase and packs a CD player! - Full Article Source

07/11/12 - Disease Mongering
Many health and medical journalists, and watchdogs of the practice of medicine, have noted a peculiarly American phenomenon: “disease mongering.” As defined by journal PLoS Medicine, disease mongering is “the selling of sickness that widens the boundaries of illness and grows the markets for those who sell and deliver treatments.”

Instead of preventing disease and maintaining health, disease mongering is about conflating common complaints into pathology; it’s about fear and overtreatment, about selling drugs and therapies to “patients” who, by more measured analysis, are really just people with transient or nonexistent problems.

A recent post on by Dr. Edward Pullen discussed a current representative of disease mongering: low testosterone. “It seems like every day in the office I see at least one man concerned about testosterone deficiency. If you look at the symptoms of testosterone deficiency, most of us have one or more of these symptoms at least some of the time. Fatigue, depression, weight gain, lack of energy, reduced sex drive, loss of physical strength and moodiness are all described as symptoms typical of testosterone deficiency.”

True testosterone deficiency, as defined by the National Institutes of Health, is known as hypogonadism, and can be related to dysfunction in the brain or the testes. It can reflect genetic disorders, or result from trauma, radiation or chemotherapy. It’s common among people with diabetes, chronic pain, metabolic syndrome, inflammatory arthritis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and kidney disease. But absent a clinically diagnosed reason for flagging testosterone, is it a medical problem worthy of treatment? doesn’t think so. It recently alluded to a couple of studies in the Medical Journal of Australia about low-testosterone campaigns (here and here) in a country that has seen at least a twofold increase in total expenditure on testosterone prescriptions in the last two decades, and where direct-to-consumer marketing is not permitted (unlike in the U.S.). Those researchers, finding an insidious effort to juice the drug market despite no medical necessity, called for strict enforcement of the law and sanctions for companies that violate it.

As Pullen explained, defining “low” in testosterone levels is tricky—population estimates range from nearly 3 in 100 men to nearly 40 in 100, the latter figure reflecting people with the diseases mentioned above. Even if it seems appropriate to prescribe testosterone (known as hormone replacement therapy, or HRT), there is cause for pause, because the long term effects are unknown. Some men who take testosterone create additional red blood cells, a condition called polycythemia, that can cause lead to stroke. Although some dire risks are apparent, who knows about the potential for heart disease, prostate enlargement or cancer, all of which are of concern? - Full Article Source

07/11/12 - Trash-to-Diesel Invention Could Change the World
FastOx Pathfinder is a compact waste gasification system that converts trash into renewable diesel, as you can see in the video above. Later models are expected to produce renewable electricity or ethanol or hydrogen, according to the company's website.

“Instead of allowing trash to waste away in landfills, our FastOx Pathfinder converts trash into power for our homes and fuel for our vehicles,” said Mike Hart, Sierra Energy’s CEO in a press release. “We have a choice: we can either buy polluting oil from overseas or we can profitably create jobs in America by creating clean, and more efficient, energy at home.” - Full Article Source

07/11/12 - The 300 km/h (192mph) Superbus uses swappable battery packs
"Have you heard of the Superbus? You could have already, as it has been in prototype production for years, and has recently been gaining more attention at auto shows and through public demonstrations.

Like a stretch Batmobile that seems yet another triumph for Saudi and Emirate auto enthusiasts, passengers and their entourages enter the car under a row of gull-wings.

The bus runs on batteries, and it can fly along at nearly 300 km/h (or 192 mph), and quite 'silently.'"

Business executives could be commuting between Abu Dhabi and Dubai in the near future aboard an electric-powered Superbus taking them to their destination in comfort as fast as a high-speed train.

Carrying 23 passengers at 250 kmh on a dedicated "speed track", this cross-over between a bus and a limousine is seen by its European designers as the shape of things to come in sustainable transport. - Full Article Source

07/11/12 - Does DNA emit light?
I was sent an article where a Russian (again) scientist, Pjotr Garjajev, had managed to intercept communication from a DNA molecule in the form of ultraviolet photons -- light! What's more, he claimed to have captured this communication from one organism (a frog embryo) with a laser beam and then transmitted it to another organisms DNA (a salamander embryo), causing the latter embryo to develop into a frog!

But this was just the beginning.

Dr. Garjajev claims that this communication is not something that happens only inside the individual cells or between one cell and another. He claims organisms use this "light" to "talk" to other organisms and suggested that this could explain telepathy and ESP. It was like human beings already had their own wireless internet based on our DNA. Wow!

I tried to find a scientific journal that had this experiment. All I could find were blogs and other websites that carried the same story, word for word, without any references. That is until I stumbled on the work of Fritz-Albert Popp. Then everything I had just read seemed very plausible.

Fritz-Albert Popp thought he had discovered a cure for cancer. I'm not convinced that he didn't.

It was 1970, and Popp, a theoretical biophysicist at the University of Marburg in Germany, had been teaching radiology -- the interaction of electromagnetic (EM) radiation on biological systems. Popp was too early to worry about things like cellphones and microwave towers which are now commonly linked with cancers and leukemia. His world was much smaller.

He'd been examining two almost identical molecules: benzo[a]pyrene, a polycyclic hydrocarbon known to be one of the most lethal carcinogens to humans, and its twin (save for a tiny alteration in its molecular makeup), benzo[e]pyrene. He had illuminated both molecules with ultraviolet (UV) light in an attempt to find exactly what made these two almost identical molecules so different.

Popp chose to work specifically with UV light because of the experiments of a Russian biologist named Alexander Gurwitsch who, while working with onions in 1923, discovered that roots could stimulate a neighboring plant's roots if the two adjacent plants were in quartz glass pots but not if they were in silicon glass pots. The only difference being that the silicon filtered UV wavelengths of light while the quartz did not. Gurwitsch theorized that onion roots could communicate with each other by ultraviolet light.

What Popp discovered was that benzo[a]pyrene (the cancer producing molecule) absorbed the UV light, then re-emitted it at a completely different frequency -- it was a light "scrambler". The benzo[e]pyrene (harmless to humans), allowed the UV light to pass through it unaltered.

Popp was puzzled by this difference, and continued to experiment with UV light and other compounds. He performed his test on 37 different chemicals, some cancer-causing, some not. After a while, he was able to predict which substances could cause cancer. In every instance, the compounds that were carcinogenic took the UV light, absorbed it and changed or scrambled the frequency.

There was another odd property of these compounds: each of the carcinogens reacted only to light at a specific frequency -- 380 nm (nanometres) in the ultra-violet range. Popp kept wondering why a cancer-causing substance would be a light scrambler. He began reading the scientific literature specifically about human biological reactions, and came across information about a phenomenon called 'photorepair'.

Photons switch on the body's processes like an orchestra conductor bringing each individual instrument into the collective sound. At different frequencies, they perform different functions. Popp found that molecules in the cells responded to certain frequencies, and that a range of vibrations from the photons caused a variety of frequencies in other molecules of the body.

These 'biophoton emission', as Popp called them, provided an ideal communication system for the transfer of information to many cells across the organism. But the single most important question remained: where was the light coming from?

A particularly gifted student talked him into another experiment. It is known that when ethidium bromide is applied to samples of DNA, it insinuates itself in between the base pairs of the double helix, causing DNA to unwind. The student suggested that, after applying the chemical, they measure the light coming from the sample. Popp found that the greater the concentration of ethidium, the more the DNA unravelled, but also the stronger the intensity of light. Conversely, the less he used, the less light was emitted.

He also found that DNA could send out a wide range of frequencies, some of which seemed to be linked to certain functions. If DNA stored this light, it would naturally emit more light on being unzipped.

These and other studies proved to Popp that one of the most essential sources of light and biophoton emissions was DNA. DNA was like the master tuning fork of the body. It would strike a particular frequency and certain molecules would follow. It was also possible, he realised, that he had stumbled upon the missing link in current DNA theory that could account for perhaps the greatest miracle of all in human biology -- how a single cell can turn into a fully formed human being.


Two groups of cells were selected from the same cell culture and one sample placed on each side of a window joining two environmentally shielded rooms. The cell cultures were in quartz containers. One cell culture was used as the initiation sample and was subjected to a deadly mechanism - virus, germ, chemical poison, irradiation, ultraviolet rays, etc. The second cell culture was observed, to ascertain any transmitted effects from the culture sample being killed.

When the window was made of ordinary glass, the second sample remained alive and healthy. When the window was made of quartz, the second sample sickened and died with the same symptoms as the primary sample.

The experiments were done in darkness, and over 5,000 were reported by Kaznacheyev and his colleagues. The onset of induced complementary sickness and death in the second culture followed a reasonable time -- say two to four hours -- behind sickness and death in the primary culture.

The major transmission difference between window glass and quartz is that quartz transmits both ultraviolet and infrared well, while glass is relatively opaque to ultraviolet and infrared. Both quartz and glass transmit visible light. Thus glass is a suppressor of the paranormal channel, while quartz is not.

In 1950, Western researchers found that cells could be killed in darkness with ultraviolet radiation, kept shielded from visible light for twenty-four hours or longer, and then if radiated with visible light the cells would start reviving by hundreds of thousands even though they had been clinically dead.

Specifically, every cell emits mitogenetic radiation in the ultraviolet range twice: when it is born and when it dies. The UV photon emitted at death contains the exact virtual state pattern of the condition of the cell at death. The healthy cells are bombarded with death messages from those that are dying, and this diffuses the death pattern throughout the healthy culture, eventually kindling into the same death pattern there. - Full Article Source

07/11/12 - Clot-busting technology goes straight to work


Researchers at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard have developed a novel biomimetic strategy that delivers life-saving nanotherapeutics directly to obstructed blood vessels, dissolving blood clots before they cause serious damage or even death.

This new approach enables thrombus dissolution while using only a fraction of the drug dose normally required, thereby minimizing bleeding side effects that currently limit widespread use of clot-busting drugs.

The research findings, which were published online today in the journal Science, have significant implications for treating major causes of death, such as heart attack, stroke, and pulmonary embolism, that are caused by acute vascular blockage by blood thrombi.

The inspiration for the targeted vascular nanotherapeutic approach came from the way in which normal blood platelets rapidly adhere to the lining of narrowed vessels, contributing to the development of atherosclerotic plaques.

When vessels narrow, high shear stresses provide a physical cue for circulating platelets to stick to the vessel wall selectively in these regions.

The vascular nanotherapeutic is similarly about the size of a platelet, but it is an aggregate of biodegradable nanoparticles that have been coated with tissue plasminogen activator (tPA), a clot-busting drug.

Much like when a wet ball of sand breaks up into individual grains when it is sheared between two hands, the aggregates selectively dissociate and release tPA-coated nanoparticles that bind to clots and degrade them when they sense high shear stress in regions of vascular narrowing, such as those caused by blood clot formation.

Disruption of normal blood flow to the heart, lung, and brain due to thrombosis is one of the leading causes of death and long-term adult disability in the developing world.

Today, patients with pulmonary embolism, strokes, heart attacks, and other types of acute thrombosis leading to near-complete vascular occlusion, are most frequently treated in an acute care hospital setting using systemic dosages of powerful clot-dissolving drugs.

Because these drugs can cause severe and often fatal bleeding as they circulate freely throughout the body, the size of the dosage given to any patient is limited because efficacy must be balanced against risk.

The new shear-activated nanotherapeutic has the potential to overcome these efficacy limitations. By targeting and concentrating the drug at the precise site of the blood vessel obstruction, the Wyss team has been able to achieve improved survival in mice with occluded lung vessels with less than 1/50th of the normal therapeutic dose, which should translate into fewer side effects and greater safety.

This raises the possibility that, in the future, an emergency technician might be able to immediately administer this nanotherapeutic to anyone suspected of having a life-threatening blood clot in a vital organ before the patient even reached the hospital.

(Or dissolve and excrete plaque using two off-the-shelf pills based on Dr. Linus Paulings patent. - JWD) - Full Article Source

07/11/12 - Cellphone for Seniors
KeelyNet The new $99 Samsung “Jitterbug Plus” does everything she does with her phone but for $25 a month, which includes unlimited photos in or out. Of course it is designed for, and marketed to, the senior citizen set. For that very reason, she would never get one. (She’s in the senior citizen set, but she’s also in denial.)

Jitterbug Plus has big buttons, a 25-day battery life, and a friendly old-fashioned operator who answers with: “Hello, am I speaking with Mr. or Mrs. Schwabach?” when we push the “O” button. You don’t have to be from an older generation to like that. And is it ever useful. For instance, we were at the San DiegoAirportand it was raining like a dress rehearsal for The Great Flood. We couldn’t figure out how to return our rental car to the Enterprise lot, which was off campus, so to speak.

We dialed “O.” Can you tell us how to get there, we ask the friendly operator. No problem, she says, and gives us directions and asks if we’d like to call them as well. What a service! We have used it several desperate times. No extra charge.

If we were ailing, an extra charge of $4 a month would have us transferred us to a registered nurse, who would listen to our symptoms, offer an opinion and suggest whether we should seek out a doctor right away. For $15 a month you can get the “5 Star Urgent Response” service with a 24-hour team that has your medical information. They can locate you via GPS and assess the danger of your situation, contacting family and emergency services if needed. “Medication Reminders” tell you when to take your pills. - Full Article Source

07/11/12 - Tug of War… with your mind, man!
Challenge your friends to a little mental Tug of War thanks to the Omaha Maker Group’s Red Bull Creation contest entry.

The power struggle is all in your mind, and can only be won if you’re able to concentrate deeply and quickly. The headsets worn by each competitor monitor brain waves over a ten second window.

If you concentrate more deeply than your opponent they’ll get a squirt of water in the face. If no one is concentrating well the contest is a draw the measurements start again. The screenshot above was taken from the test footage found after the break.

Hardware details are scant on this one. Obviously the Bullduino is the centerpiece of the build, taking readings from the headsets.

A motor moves the water nozzle along a slit cut in the top of the sphere. Progress during the 10-second window is displayed by that nozzle, which starts in the center yellow ‘safe’ zone and moves to one side or another to enter the green ‘kill’ zone. - Full Article Source

07/11/12 - Spaceflight extends lifespan of worms.
The effect of spaceflight on a microscopic worm — Caenorhabditis elegans (C. elegans) — could help it to live longer. The discovery was made by an international group of scientists studying the loss of bone and muscle mass experienced by astronauts after extended flights in space.

Dr Nathaniel Szewczyk, from The University of Nottingham, was part of the ICE-FIRST project which involved scientists from Japan, France, the US, and Canada.

They discovered that spaceflight suppressed accumulation of toxic proteins that normally accumulate within aging muscle.

They also discovered a group of genes that are expressed at lower levels during spaceflight. When the expression of these same genes were lowered in worms back on Earth the worms lived longer.

What could this mean for space travellers? - “Well, most of us know that muscle tends to shrink in space.

These latest results suggest that this is almost certainly an adaptive response rather than a pathological one. Counter-intuitively, muscle in space may age better than on Earth.

It may also be that spaceflight slows the process of aging.” - Full Article Source

07/11/12 - Shooting Lasers at Buckyballs Makes Them Bigger
"Since 1985, scientists have been trying to determine how Buckyballs (scientifically named Buckminsterfullerene) are created.

They are molecules with the formula C60 (a fullerene) that forms a hexagonal sphere of interlocking carbon atoms. 'But how these often highly symmetric, beautiful molecules with extremely fascinating properties form in the first place has been a mystery.'

For over three decades the creation of these molecules have baffled the scientific community. Recently researchers at Florida State University, in cooperation with MagLab, have looked deeper into the creation process and determined their origin.

It was already known the the process for buckyball creation was under highly energetic conditions over an instant, 'We started with a paste of pre-existing fullerene molecules mixed with carbon and helium, shot it with a laser, and instead of destroying the fullerenes we were surprised to find they'd actually grown.'

The fullerenes were able to absorb and incorporate carbon from the surrounding gas. This study will help to illuminate the path towards carbon nanotechnology and extraterrestrial environmental studies, due to buckyball's abundance in extrasolar clouds." - Full Article Source

07/11/12 - UCLA Develops World's Fastest Camera To Hunt Down Cancer In Real Time
"Engineers at UCLA, led by Bahram Jalali and Dino Di Carlo, have developed a camera that can take 36.7 million frames per second, with a shutter speed of 27 picoseconds.

By far the fastest and most sensitive camera in the world — it is some 100 times faster than existing optical microscopes, and it has a false-positive rate of just one in a million — it is hoped, among other applications, that the device will massively improve our ability to diagnose early-stage and pre-metastatic cancer.

This camera can photograph single cells as they flow through a microfluidic system at four meters per second (9 mph — about 100,000 particles per second), with comparable image quality to a still CCD camera (with a max shooting speed of around 60 fps).

Existing optical microscopes use CMOS sensors, but they're not fast enough to image more than 1,000 particles per second. With training, the brains of the operation — an FPGA image processor — can automatically analyze 100,000 particles per second and detect rare particles (such as cancer cells) 75% of the time." - Full Article Source

07/11/12 - Student Creates World's Fastest Shoe With a Printer
KeelyNet "Engineer and designer Luc Fusaro from the Royal College of Art in London has developed a prototype running shoe that can be uniquely sculpted to any athlete's foot. It's as light as a feather too, weighing in at 96 grams.

The prototype is aptly named, Designed to Win, and is 3D printed out of nylon polyamide powder, which is a very strong and lightweight material.

The manufacturing process uses selective laser sintering (SLS), which fuses powdered materials with a CO2 laser to create an object. This process means 3D scans can be taken of the runner's foot so as to ensure the shoe matches the shape perfectly.

Fusaro can also change the stiffness of the soles according to the athlete's physical abilities.

The shoe can improve performance by 3.5%, meaning a 10 second 100-meter sprinter could see his time drop by 0.35 seconds, which is a huge time saving relatively speaking. Imagine if Usain Bolt put a pair of these running shoes on."

You wouldn’t want to run a marathon in these things. “It’s not good for more than 400 meters because it’s too stiff,” Fusaro tells Co.Design. But for sprinting, it can improve performance by as much as 3.5%--or about .35 seconds, which, in a 100-meter dash, could mean the difference between silver and gold. - Full Article Source

07/11/12 - "Magnetic Cells" Isolated For First Time
"For the first time, researchers have isolated magnetic cells in an animal.

The cells--found in this case in rainbow trout--may help the fish respond to Earth's magnetic fields, allowing it to find its way home after spending 3 years at sea and traveling up to 300 kilometers away.

The advance may help researchers get to the root of magnetic sensing in a variety of creatures, including birds."

To isolate magnetic cells from their non-magnetic neighbors, Winklhofer and his collaborators placed a suspension of rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) cells under a microscope that had a magnet rotating around the stage that the sample sat on. Any cells containing magnetic particles should slowly rotate along with the magnet, they thought. They tested the method in tissue isolated from the fish's noses, which contain magnetite. In each trout's olfactory tissue, they found between one and four cells that rotated in turn with the rotating magnetic field. The team transferred the rotating cells to individual glass slides to study them further under the microscope.

In each isolated cell, the magnetite particles were next to the cell membranes, the scientists report online today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. And surprisingly, the magnetism in each cell was tens to hundreds of times stronger than researchers had hypothesized, says Winklhofer.

This suggests that the fish may be able to detect not only the direction of North based on magnetism, but small differences in magnetic field strength that can give them more detailed information about their precise latitude and longitude.

"This result is really a step beyond anything we've done before," says ecologist Michael Walker of the University of Auckland in New Zealand, who led many of the initial experiments that homed in on trout's noses as the tissue-containing magnetic particles. "The idea that they came up with here is just great and it worked like a charm."

"What I think needs to be done now is that we need to demonstrate that these cells are actually sensory cells," he adds. Although the cells contain magnetic particles, Walker notes, that doesn't necessarily mean that they pass magnetic information along to the fish's brain. - Full Article Source

07/11/12 - Indoor Navigation On Your Smartphone, Using the Earth's Magnetic Field
"Researchers from the University of Oulu in Finland has created an indoor navigation system (IPS) that uses the Earth's innate magnetic field to ascertain your position — just like a homing pigeon or spiny lobster. According to IndoorAtlas, the company spun off by the university to market and sell the tech, its system has an accuracy of between 0.1 and 2 meters.

The Finnish IPS technology is ingenious in its simplicity: Basically, every square inch of Earth emits a magnetic field — and this field is then modulated by man-made concrete and steel structures.

With a magnetometer (compass), which every modern smartphone has, you can first create a magnetic field map — and then use that map to navigate the shopping mall, underground garage, airport, etc.

Compared to most other IPSes, which require thousands of WiFi or Bluetooth base stations to achieve comparable accuracy, IndoorAtlas' infrastructure-free approach sounds rather awesome."

The Finnish IPS technology is ingenious in its simplicity. Basically, every square inch of Earth emits a magnetic field — and this field is then modulated by man-made concrete and steel structures. If you have a map of these magnetic fields, and a magnetometer (compass), accurate navigation is very simple indeed — and all you need to make a magnetic field map, or to navigate one, is a modern smartphone.

Almost every smartphone has a built-in magnetometer, just so your phone knows which direction you’re facing in — but this sensor is apparently sensitive enough to create magnetic field maps that have an accuracy of 10 centimeters.

Creating a map is as simple as drawing out a floor plan, and then walking around a location (a shopping mall) so that the magnetometer can build up a map of your surroundings — both using apps provided by IndoorAtlas. Then, if you’re visiting an area that has a magnetic field map, you run the IndoorAtlas service… and off you go! There is an also an API, if developers want to create apps that react to your movements — if McDonalds wants to create an app that pops up a special offer on your screen when you’re outside McDonalds, for example.

Now, before we all go out and buy stock in IndoorAtlas, I should point out a gaping issue that the company seems to ignore (but which it surely knows about): Magnetic fields change.

As the molten iron in the Earth’s crust shifts, so does the magnetic field. This shift is fairly slow — but even so, it still means the World Magnetic Model has to be updated every five years.

Second, and perhaps more importantly, what about the effect of objects that aren’t part of the original magnetic field map, such as cars, moving lifts, and electric motors? Who knows, though — perhaps the effect of these objects is negligible. - Full Article Source

07/11/12 - Criminals Distribute Infected USB Sticks In Parking Lot
"The Dutch news-site Elsevier is reporting that cybercriminals attempted to steal data from a multinational chemicals company by 'losing' spyware-infected USB sticks on the company's parking lot.

Their attempt failed as one of the employees who found the stick dropped it off at the company's IT department, who then found the spyware and issued a warning. So next time, don't expect to find someone's dirty pictures on a USB stick you just found..." - Full Article Source

07/11/12 - Florida Accused of Concealing Worst Tuberculosis Outbreak In 20 Years
"The state of Florida has been struggling for months with what the Centers for Disease Control describe as the worst tuberculosis outbreak in the United States in twenty years.

Although a CDC report went out to state health officials in April encouraging them to take concerted action, the warning went largely unnoticed and nothing has been done.

The public did not even learn of the outbreak until June, after a man with an active case of TB was spotted in a Jacksonville soup kitchen. The Palm Beach Post has managed to obtain records on the outbreak and the CDC report, though only after weeks of repeated requests.

These documents should have been freely available under Florida's Sunshine Law."

According to the Post, by April the outbreak had been linked to thirteen deaths, with 99 individuals infected, including six children. Most of those affected were poor black men, ten of whom simply wasted away from the disease before getting treatment or were not treated in time to stop its progression.

Now it is estimated that as many as 3000 people may have been exposed to the strain over the past two years, mainly in Jacksonville’s homeless shelters, jails, and a mental health clinic. Only 253 of those have been found, of whom one-third have tested positive for TB exposure.

“The high number of deaths in this outbreak emphasizes the need for vigilant active case finding, improved education about TB, and ongoing screening at all sites with outbreak cases,” the CDC report urged. - Full Article Source

07/11/12 - The "Primeval Code" - alternative to controversial genetic engineering!
In his new book the "Primeval Code" (Munich 2007) Swiss journalist Luc Bürgin unveils the secret of a sensational biological discovery at the pharmaceutical giant Ciba (now Novartis), which unfortunately has been ignored by the experts up to the present day. In laboratory experiments the researchers there Dr. Guido Ebner and Heinz Schürch exposed cereal seeds and fish eggs to an "electrostatic field" – in other words, to a high voltage field, in which no current flows.

Unexpectedly primeval organisms grew out of these seeds and eggs: a fern that no botanist was able to identify; primeval corn with up to twelve ears per stalk; wheat that was ready to be harvested in just four to six weeks. And giant trout, extinct in Europe for 130 years, with so-called salmon hooks. It was as if these organisms accessed their own genetic memories on command in the electric field, a phenomenon, which the English biochemist, Rupert Sheldrake, for instance believes is possible.

The Swiss pharmaceutical group patented the process – and then stopped the research in 1992. Why? Because "primeval cereals" generated by an electric field, in contrast to modern strains of seeds, require hardly any fertilisers or pesticides – i.e. crop protection agents, sold as priority products by Ciba at that time. The discovery was soon forgotten, without the global scientific community taking any notice.

In collaboration with the researchers involved – or rather their sons, in this book, the author has for the first time now disclosed in detail how the principle of this revolutionary bio-experiment works. Previously unpublished research reports, 64 exclusive photos, English-language patent specifications and interviews document the "Primeval Code" in all its aspects.

Guido Ebner and Heinz Schürch appear to have discovered a biological method of effectively creating antecedents from progeny – without using genetic engineering. Or as both researchers put it: "Our experiments do not involve a mutation of the organism in question, which in the case of genetic engineering involves channelling an additional gene into the organism. No entirely new organism is created. In the electrostatic field, only the gene expression is altered – the retrieval of the existing gene. That is something different."

In addition to corn and trout experiments, the results of experiments with wheat were also amazing: thus the cereal exposed to the electrostatic field developed new proteins, which people looked for in the original wheat to no avail. Furthermore, it surprisingly produced much larger roots than the control group. This had the advantage of allowing the crops to grow far more rapidly. And occasionally in these experiments, a variant emerged which resembled the genetic antecedents of the wheat. Thus, a meadow grass-like arrangement of ear shoots and small narrow leaves was observed, for example.

"In the case of our 'manipulated' wheat, growth was so rapid that it was ripe in four weeks instead of the usual seven months", Heinz Schürch recalled. "However one has to say that although the ears and stalks were somewhat smaller, there were more ears per plant. The actual benefit is that we could cultivate this wheat in regions where spring and summer are short – where conventional wheat cannot be grown at all." In this case, one can also cheerfully refrain from using pesticides and herbicides: "The pests that have adapted to the growth process of normal wheat have not yet developed when we harvest our wheat as early as four to eight weeks after planting."

The Third World in particular could benefit from this method of cultivation that is both environmentally friendly and inexpensive. For "primeval cereals" from an electric field yield more than modern genetically engineered varieties and do not require fertilisers. Furthermore, it is completely natural and thus healthier. It can be grown by anybody at minimal cost. (Thanks to Robert Aldrich for this update. - JWD) - Full Article Source

07/11/12 - July 17th 2012, OBAMA to be exposed as Fraudulent President!
On July 17th a press conference is scheduled to be held in Arizona. Literally, piles and piles of evidence will be presented exposing the Fraud of the ObamaNation "presidency!" - Full Article Source

07/11/12 - New chemical makes teeth 'cavity proof'
The molecule has been called 'Keep 32' - after the 32 teeth in a human mouth.

The chemical was designed by dentists in Chile, and wipes out all the bacteria that cause cavities in just 60 seconds in tests.

The chemical could be added to any current dental care product, turning toothpaste, mouthwash and chewing gum into 'super cleansers' that could get rid of the underlying cause of tooth decay.

The chemical targets 'streptococcus mutans', the bacteria that turns the sugar in your mouth into lactic acid which erodes tooth enamel.

By exterminating the bacteria, 'Keep 32' prevents the damage to teeth before it happens.

Using a product containing the chemical keeps your teeth 'cavity proof' for several hours.

The product has been under test for seven years, and is now going into human trials.

It could be on the market in 14 to 18 months, say researchers José Córdoba from Yale University and Erich Astudillo from the University of Chile. - Full Article Source

07/11/12 - bama Shipped the Recovery Overseas

What do Finnish cars, Mexican solar panels, and Danish windmills have in common?
They were all funded by your tax dollars.

Thanks to President Obama, taxpayer money, mostly in the form of stimulus funds, ended up in the hands of companies overseas. Instead of creating jobs in America, the stimulus and other Obama policies created jobs or sent money to Finland, New Zealand, Indonesia, India, Mexico, Germany, Australia, Switzerland, China, Denmark, South Korea, the Dominican Republic, Thailand, Vietnam, Italy, Russia, Luxembourg, El Salvador, Great Britain, Spain, Japan, and France.

How did this happen? Consider the example of Fisker Automotive. The company received $500 million in loan guarantees from the U.S. government to produce electric cars. Then they took their money and decided to produce their $100,000 electric sports cars in Finland.

President Obama's policies may be spurring job creation in Scandinavia. But here at home, twenty-three million Americans are struggling for work. Millions of middle class families can barely make ends meet.

The billions of dollars that went overseas largely had to be borrowed. In other words, President Obama borrowed money from countries like China to send money to... countries like China.

It's that kind of reckless spending that led President Obama to rack up $5.6 trillion in debt over the last three and a half years, bringing our total national debt to $15.8 trillion. - Full Article Source


07/08/12 - Now, take a bath without water!
KeelyNet The drybath kills germs, moisturises the skin and exudes a pleasant, light smell, unlike sanitisers.

Here's an invention couch potatoes would have longed for years: a new shower gel that does not require one to take a bath.

Experts say it could prove to be a boon for people who don't have much access to clean water. Developed by Ludwick Marishane, a South African graduate student, the 'Drybath' gel kills germs, moisturises the skin and exudes a pleasant, light smell, unlike hand sanitisers.

Marishane recalled once when he nagged a friend to take a shower, his friend replied, "Why doesn't someone invent something you can just put on your skin and avoid the need to bathe?"

"A light bulb went on as I realised I would be willing to pay money out of my pocket to buy such a product," Marishane was quoted as saying by a website.

Soon after, he searched on the internet and learned that no one had invented anything similar, and that billions of people worldwide don't have access to clean water for bathing (which can lead to many diseases).

Over six months, he searched for ideas for the shower gel's formula before developing one for his product, which is available in small, easy-to-open sachets.

He got the idea of selling individual packets when he learned from mentors that the world's poorest people buy things in very small quantities.

(Makes me itch just thinking about it... - JWD) - Full Article Source

07/08/12 - From selling Cars to selling Transportation
Over time, planned obsolescence has become a commonly used term for products designed to break easily, and our cars have become the product that most consumers associate with this business practice.

The idea of replacement cycles will soon change as we enter the driverless car era, as automobile companies make the transition from selling cars to selling transportation.

With leasing, the customer only borrows the difference between the upfront cost and the residual value of what the car will be worth at the end of the lease.

Leasing became an easy way to take home more car for less money, but the downside was that the car never got paid off. Before the recession the auto industry was booming.

Then reality hit the fan. New-car sales fell dramatically between 2008 and 2009. New-car sales in the U.S. fell from 16.2 million in 2007 to 13.2 million in 2008, according to AutoData Corp. A year later, sales fell even further, to only 10.4 million in 2009. General Motors and Chrysler were forced to file for bankruptcy. Ford also restructured itself, although it avoided bankruptcy.

Now, with close to 6 million fewer new cars on the road, the average age of cars on the road has been climbing. New-car sales have started to recover, with sales back to about 11.6 million in 2010, and 12.8 million in 2011.

According to Polk there are now 240.5 million cars and trucks on the road in the United States, down from 242.1 million in 2008.

At issue is a plan published a year earlier by Toyota that proposed a foundational shift in the industry, a plan for making the transition from “selling cars to selling transportation. “

While this may have seemed like a subtle play on words to the casual outsider, it has the potential to dramatically alter the automobile industry in ways that most are still not able to grasp.

The Toyota Plan issued projections that over the next 20 years, most consumers will adopt a “transportation-on-demand” lifestyle where, much like hailing a cab, people will use their mobile devices to summon a driverless vehicle whenever they needed to travel somewhere. Without the cost of drivers, this type of transportation is expected to become infinitely more affordable, for most people, that owning a vehicle themselves.

So rather than buying their own car, and taking on all the liabilities of maintenance, upkeep, and insurance, consumers will begin to adopt the lifestyle of simply purchasing transportation as needed.

As the transition is made to driverless vehicles, combined with the shift to the transportation-on-demand lifestyle, the number of vehicles sold will begin to decline. And a growing percentage of total sales will be to large fleet operators who are offering the “transportation on-demand” service.

In response to declining car sales, the automotive industry will adopt a “selling transportation” model where, rather than “selling” cars to large fleet operators, car companies will begin charging a nominal per-mile charge.

Fleet operators will love the arrangement because there will be no large up-front purchase price, but instead, only a small monthly fee based on the number of miles driven.

As the sale of cars begins to decline, the automobile industry will start to design and manufacture cars capable of driving over 1 million miles. By collecting a small per-mile fee over the life of a million-mile car, automobile manufacturers will have the potential of earning ten times as much, per vehicle, as they do today.

This will mean all car parts and components will need to be designed more durable, longer-lasting than ever before. Both quality and design standards will be pushed to new levels. - Full Article Source

07/08/12 - Jail for Profit companies


Gina Ray, 31 and unemployed was fined $179 for speeding three years ago. She failed to show up at court (she says the ticket bore the wrong date), so her license was revoked.

When she was next pulled over, she was, of course, driving without a license. By then her fees added up to more than $1,500. Unable to pay, she was handed over to a private probation company and jailed – charged an additional fee for each day behind bars.

For that driving offense, Ms. Ray has been locked up three times for a total of 40 days and owes $3,170, much of it to the probation company. Her story, in hardscrabble, rural Alabama, where Krispy Kreme promises that “two can dine for $5.99,” is not about innocence.

It is, rather, about the mushrooming of fines and fees levied by money-starved towns across the country and the for-profit businesses that administer the system. The result is that growing numbers of poor people, like Ms. Ray, are ending up jailed and in debt for minor infractions.

“With so many towns economically strapped, there is growing pressure on the courts to bring in money rather than mete out justice,” said Lisa W. Borden, a partner in Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, a large law firm in Birmingham, Ala., who has spent a great deal of time on the issue. “The companies they hire are aggressive. Those arrested are not told about the right to counsel or asked whether they are indigent or offered an alternative to fines and jail. There are real constitutional issues at stake.”

Half a century ago in a landmark case, the Supreme Court ruled that those accused of crimes had to be provided a lawyer if they could not afford one. But in misdemeanors, the right to counsel is rarely brought up, even though defendants can run the risk of jail. The probation companies promise revenue to the towns, while saying they also help offenders, and the defendants often end up lost in a legal Twilight Zone.

"These companies are bill collectors, but they are given the authority to say to someone that if he doesn’t pay, he is going to jail,” said John B. Long, a lawyer in Augusta, Ga., who is taking the issue to a federal appeals court this fall. “There are things like garbage collection where private companies are O.K. No one’s liberty is affected. The closer you get to locking someone up, the closer you get to a constitutional issue.”

The issue of using the courts to produce income has caught the attention of the country’s legal establishment. A recent study by the nonpartisan Conference of State Court Administrators, “Courts Are Not Revenue Centers,” said that in traffic violations, “court leaders face the greatest challenge in ensuring that fines, fees and surcharges are not simply an alternate form of taxation.”

J. Scott Vowell, the presiding judge of Alabama’s 10th Judicial Circuit, said in an interview that his state’s Legislature, like many across the country, was pressuring courts to produce revenue, and that some legislators even believed courts should be financially self-sufficient.

In a 2010 study, the Brennan Center for Justice at the New York University School of Law examined the fee structure in the 15 states – including California, Florida and Texas – with the largest prison populations. It asserted: “Many states are imposing new and often onerous ‘user fees’ on individuals with criminal convictions. Yet far from being easy money, these fees impose severe – and often hidden – costs on communities, taxpayers and indigent people convicted of crimes. They create new paths to prison for those unable to pay their debts and make it harder to find employment and housing as well as to meet child support obligations.” - Full Article Source

07/08/12 - Hidden Portals Found In Earth’s Magnetic Field
According to NASA, Jack Scudder, who is a researcher at the University of Iowa, has found “hidden portals on Earth’s magnetic field [that] open and close dozens of times each day”. Some of them are open for long periods of time.

Scudder says that these portals “create an uninterrupted path leading from our own planet to the sun’s atmosphere” 150 million kilometres away.

Called X-points, or electron diffusion regions, they are located a few tens of thousands of kilometres from Earth. The portals are created through a process of magnetic reconnection in which lines of magnetic force from both celestial bodies mingle and criss-cross through space. The criss-crossing creates these x-points.

The portals are “invisible, unstable and elusive”, opening and closing without any warning. When they open, however, they are capable of transporting energetic particles at high speed from the sun’s atmosphere to Earth’s atmosphere, causing geomagnetic storms.

There’s a way to locate them, and Scudder has found it. He uses data by NASA’s THEMIS spacecraft and the ESA’s Cluster probes, following crucial clues found in the data from NASA’s Polar spacecraft, which studied Earth’s magnetosphere in the late 1990s...

NASA is getting ready such a spacecraft in its Magnetospheric Multiscale Mission — four ships will be deployed around Earth and “surround the portals to observe how they work”. The spacecraft will launch in 2014. - Full Article Source

07/08/12 - Traffic Camera Vendor doesn't use Radar
KeelyNet Old technology has become new again as American Traffic Solutions (ATS) on Tuesday received a patent for a photography-based speed measurement system that dispenses with the need to use lasers, radar or in-pavement sensors to generate speed readings. ATS calls the system "vidar" because it uses video sensing to estimate vehicle speeds.

Fixed speed camera systems are commonly installed with lines on the pavement marking a fixed distance. By using time-stamped photographs or video, it is possible to calculate how long it took a vehicle to travel the given distance. This provides a secondary speed verification to go along with the laser, radar or pavement sensor reading. The vidar system envisions a more powerful camera operating without any sensors able to track multiple vehicles. Built-in optical character recognition, maximizing the number of tickets issued.

Though ATS received a patent for this discovery, the very first speed cameras developed in Europe in 1901 and used in Boston, Massachusetts as early as 1910, were built on the same premise. Instead of using computers and video, the devices exposed an image (or images) of a vehicle at two points along with a physical stopwatch in the frame. ATS claims its implementation of this idea is unique.

"Because the recorded image frames are exactly the same frames that could be used to calculate the vehicle speeds at roadside, the system can reproduce the same speeds for the vehicle whether the calculation is done roadside or at a later time," the ATS patent application stated. "Therefore, unlike any other speed measuring device, the system according to embodiments of the invention may provide a method for obtaining verifiable vehicle speed information." - Full Article Source

07/08/12 - Selenium kills leukemia and solid tumor cells
Researchers at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) and the Children's Research Institute in Milwaukee have found that extremely small particles of elemental selenium are highly toxic to leukemia and certain solid tumor cells but well tolerated by normal cells.

The small particles are generated when certain selenium-containing dyes are exposed to light, and this small size appears to be essential for the anti-cancer effect.

When selenium is split-off from the dye molecules, it binds to proteins such as albumin, which is a primary source of amino acids and energy for tumors. This allows albumin to act as a "Trojan horse" and deliver the toxic selenium particles preferentially to tumor cells as part of a physiological process. In a typical experiment, a one-hour exposure to albumin-bound selenium is sufficient to kill 99.999% of leukemia cells, while virtually all normal cells survive.

"Selenium has had a long and colorful history in cancer therapy" said Fritz Sieber, PhD, a professor of pediatrics & medicine at MCW with joint appointments in the Department of Cell Biology, Neurobiology & Anatomy and the Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, and a researcher with Children’s Research Institute.

"Some 100 years ago, selenium was the first agent to be used for the systemic chemotherapy of cancer. Right now, selenium is attracting renewed interest as an agent to protect patients from the toxic side effects of radiation and chemotherapy, as an agent to sensitize tumors to radiation and chemotherapy, and as an anti-cancer agent in its own right".

Dr. Sieber said a particularly attractive aspect of the novel selenium-based anti-cancer agent is that it is also effective against cancer cells that have become resistant to conventional chemotherapy. - Full Article Source

07/08/12 - New Injections Can Keep People Alive—Without Breath
KeelyNet Scientists in Boston are reporting what could be a major breakthrough: They've designed oxygen-carrying particles that can let patients live for up to half an hour—without taking a breath.

The injected material give doctors time to address emergencies in patients who can't breathe with far less risk of brain damage or heart attack, meaning this could save millions of lives yearly, according to Gizmodo.

The team tested the solution in rabbits, and found that it boosted the animals' blood oxygen saturation to just about normal—in seconds. The rabbits were able to live for 15 minutes with their windpipes blocked, the Atlantic reports.

"Eventually, this could be stored in syringes on every code cart in a hospital, ambulance or transport helicopter to help stabilize patients who are having difficulty breathing," says a researcher. - Full Article Source

07/08/12 - The Wallpaper Wi-Fi Protector
Businesses offering free Wi-Fi in exchange for custom need no longer fear the use of their internet connections from afar; a French educational facility has invented just the thing.

The new innovation has emerged from the Institut Polytechnique de Grenoble allowing office managers and – if they choose – homeowners the ability to protect themselves from free Wi-Fi invasion through the walls.

A small electronic device? A signal disruptor on the roof? Au contraire. It’s in the wallpaper.

The new creation can be pasted over the walls to block a wandering Wi-Fi signal. And it doesn’t interfere with radio or mobile phone signals, meaning that businesses can benefit from the best of both worlds and ensure that their secure connection cannot be used off premises.

Similar products have been designed before – most notably by BAE Systems – but they’ve never been made available for purchase by the general public. The Institut, on the other hand, has already granted rights to a Finnish company for mass production.

The smart wallpaper goes on sale next year, when users will be able to purchase the averagely priced decoration and – if they don’t like the silver pattern – are able to paint or wallpaper over the top without damaging the clever device.

It is expected that while homeowners may not see the need, businesses who offer staff or paying customers exclusive Wi-Fi access could significantly benefit and help to make this new invention a widespread success.

Scientists in France have invented a special kind of wallpaper that blocks certain electromagnetic waves. The wallpaper blocks wifi signals using a conductive ink that contains particles of silver.

The wallpaper only blocks some signals though and would allow am/fm radio signals and emergency transmissions through, and it does not interrupt cell phone reception signals. The Grenoble Institute of Technology has released a prototype, hoping to make the wallpaper commercially available soon at an affordable price comparable to mid-price home-decor wallpaper currently on the market. British scientists came up with a similar product, but it was too costly for most with a pricetag of 500 pounds per square foot.

If you are worried about your neighbor or a stranger accessing your wifi connection, this might be a good reason to invest in some high tech wallpaper.

Corporate snooping is also a concern as companies developing mapping technologies or database for marketing purposes can get your personal information through your wifi connection. - Full Article Source

07/08/12 - Chinese finger trap wire connector
These days if you want to connect two pieces of wire, you have to crimp them together. Twin Falls businessman Mark Melni thought there had to be a better way.

He based his idea for an electrical connector on the 4,000 year old Chinese finger trap. “This invention is a next step invention. It changes everything. If you get on the internet and take a look at crimps and other types of connectors, you'll quickly recognize what we're talking about. If you were to imagine going from buttons to the zipper, and from the zipper to Velcro, these are next step inventions,” said Mark Melni, Inventor.

Melni's connector prototype was tested at the Idaho National Laboratory west of Idaho Falls. It had to pass both voltage and current tests to be approved by underwriters laboratories, or u–l.

The connector withstood 3400 volts for a minute, and held up to 41,000 volts before breaking down. It also passed the heat test at 560 amperes for one minute, a full 200 amps about the required test amperage.

“I was quite surprised that it exceeded anything that we expected at the time, and it went way above the voltages, the current ratings. It was just a marvelous test, I thought,” said Scott Scherbinske, Nuclear Electrician, I.N.L.

In side by side tests, installing a Melni connector took 43 seconds, or only about one–sixth of the time it took to install a standard crimp splice.

That's not counting the crimp tool preparation time, or the bigger hole you have to dig for the older method.

In all, a traditional crimp splice took at least 12 minutes more than using a Melni connector. - Full Article Source

07/08/12 - How to License or Sell Your Invention with
If you are an inventor wondering how to license or sell your invention, Montgomery IP Associates' recently launched website For Sale by Inventor™ may be the site for you. Similar to real estate home selling websites geared for homeowners, For Sale by Inventor™ offers individual inventors a cost effective way to license and sell their intellectual property online.

The password protected secure site makes it easy for inventors to list their Intellectual Property on the internet safely. The site attracts direct, qualified traffic from Manufacturers, Distributors and Marketers to an inventor’s optimized online website. Developing a web presence and driving traffic to a website is a daunting task for most inventors. Those who are savvy enough to realize the importance of internet marketing often end up spending a lot of time and money with no guarantee that the right eyeballs will see their invention.

“The odds to license or sell your invention on you own are very low,” explains Neil Montgomery, VP Sales & Marketing at Montgomery IP Associates. “Our goal is to provide everything an inventor needs to effectively market their invention.”

Your invention can be featured on with an optional High Definition Virtual Prototype, a video of a computerized rendering of the invention without risking the expense of manufacturing a physical prototype. Other services include virtual images, brochures, and a CD presentation containing all of the pertinent marketing material for the invention.

The site already has hundreds of inventions that the registered manufacturers regularly check for new products to license and bring to the market. Some inventors choose a licensing representation package that assigns a marketing agent to the product to generate guaranteed responses from companies. There are also Do-It-Yourself options that allow the ambitious inventor more cost-effective options to market their invention.

“Regardless of what your budget is, we want to provide services that will help license or sell your invention,” describes Bob Montgomery, founder of Montgomery IP Associates. “The site is still young but the initial feedback from inventors and manufacturers have been encouraging.” - Full Article Source

07/08/12 - Professor’s invention could save people at risk of stroke
A SENIOR researcher from the University of Bolton is working on a potentially life-saving invention which uses microwave technology to detect whether people are at risk of having a stroke.

If successful, it is hoped the equipment could become part of everyone’s home first-aid kit to detect people at risk of stroke, which is the UK’s third biggest killer after heart disease and cancer.

Professor Elias Siores, director of research at the university, said: “Where as a person may show symptoms before they have a heart attack, it’s likely a person with a heavily blocked carotid artery will be oblivious to their high risk of stroke, right up until the moment the stroke happens.

“But just as patients can now check their own blood pressure, it makes sense for people to monitor their carotid artery’s health at home, with an instrument the size of a mobile phone.”

Every year more than 150,000 people have a stroke, and the resulting brain damage means they are the largest cause of adult disability in the UK.

(Or you could just DISSOLVE and excrete the plaque before they create mischief. - JWD - Full Article Source

07/08/12 - Invention takes bite out of $700 lobster fishing trips
KeelyNet Lobster fishermen spend up to $700 in fuel per trip, which means checking traps daily can cost almost $5,000 a week.

But checking traps daily doesn’t guarantee a lobster.

The Bait Savour is the latest from inventor Vince Stuart and Dalhousie University’s Innovation and Design Lab – also known as iDLab – and allows fishermen to extend the amount of time they can leave their traps unattended but still baited.

It’s a small container that fits into a lobster trap. Inside it, there is a second piece of bait that is only released into the trap after a fuse, specially designed to biodegrade in water, breaks down completely.

Mr. Stuart, who’s been working on the time-delayed bait release for almost a decade but struggled with making it affordable, recently joined with Matt d’Entremont at the iDLab to come up with a more cost-effective solution.

The duo expect the container to be priced at $50. It will be a one-time cost, but fishermen will have to buy the fuses separately.

“A lobster fisherman may choose in the way they operate to put two extra (Bait Savours) in and basically wait longer for the lobster trap to be full and you would see every time you rebait there’d be more lobsters in the trap, so they’d be pulling out full traps more often,” Mr. d’Entremont said.

Because lobster fishermen tend not to go out as often in the winter, largely because of poor weather, he said they often let their traps sit empty for longer.

To be able to wait longer but still have your trap baited is good for safety and gas.

The Bait Savour can’t help increase a fisherman’s haul, but Mr. d’Entremont said it will help fishermen save on operational costs.

“It’s not going to increase the licences, it’s not going to change the amount of lobster that are fished,” Mr. d’Entremont said. “It’s going to reduce the cost to retrieve the traps and retrieve the lobster. ... It’ll make fishing more effective.” - Full Article Source

07/08/12 - The cool kids all file their resistors for accuracy
KeelyNet Here’s a tip to keep in your back pocket, you can use a metal file to adjust your resistors. [Gareth] shows off this technique in the video after the break. A metal file is literally all that you need to do some fine tuning.

Just make sure you’re starting off with a carbon film resistor as this will not work with the metal film variety.

His example shows a 10k resistor which is reading just 9.92k on his multimeter. But he needs precisely 10k.

After getting through the protective layer he makes just a couple of passes with a small file, each time adding about 20 Ohms of resistance.

Now he does mention that excessive deep cuts can hurt the power rating of the resistor. But this certainly isn’t damaging it if done correctly. It turns out this is how they are tuned at the factory.

One possible use he mentions is trimming the balance on a hacked servo motor. - Full Article Source

07/08/12 - 0 ohm resistor


I'm not very bright, so I can't think of a reason for a 0 ohm resistor. What are they for? - Full Article Source

07/08/12 - Credentialism is just as screwed up as corporatism
"Death by Degrees," a thoughtful piece in N+1, compares the inherent injustice in a system rigged to produce unequal wealth distributions to the injustice in a system that demands expensive, time-consuming higher education in order to access professional and political life.

The authors present this as a blind spot for the left, who criticize poor people for falsely identifying with the monied class and its politics, but who believe that charges of elitism in the left are just knee-jerk anti-intellectualism.

They argue that elitism is very real, and, like the barriers to economic justice in labor law and politics, it is an oppressive system of credentialism that concentrates power and access in the same way.

In a nutshell: "When we ask ourselves whether populist hostility should be directed against the rich or against the professional elite, the answer must be, 'Yes, please!'" - Full Article Source

07/08/12 - Police Tape: an ACLU mobile app to secretly record the police
KeelyNet Police Tape is an Android app from the American Civil Liberties Union that is designed to allow citizens to covertly record the police.

When activated, it hides itself from casual inspection, and it has a mode that causes it to send its recording to an ACLU-operated server, protecting against police seizure and deletion.

Citizens can hold police accountable in the palms of their hands with "Police Tape," a smartphone application from the ACLU of New Jersey that allows people to securely and discreetly record and store interactions with police, as well as provide legal information about citizens' rights when interacting with the police.

Thanks to the generosity of app developer OpenWatch, the ACLU-NJ is providing Police Tape to the public free of charge. - Full Article Source

07/08/12 - Baltic Anomaly: Gateway to where, when or what?
KeelyNet It started on June 1, when the Ocean X-team led by divers Peter Lindberg and Dennis Åsberg from Sweden set out on board the vessel Ancylus from Norrtälje harbour to examine a mysterious disc-shaped object 275 feet below the surface, between Sweden and Finland. What they discovered in the depths of the Baltic Sea produced more questions than answers.

The team went down to the murky depths of the Baltic Sea to investigate a mysterious mushroom-shaped disc on top of a stone pillar which rises eight metres from the sea bed, 60 metres thick. The circumference of the disc measures 180 metres and it is 4 metres thick. It is a perfect circle. On top there is a spherical object measuring 4 metres in diameter and numerous burnt areas, which look like hearths or fireplaces. The burnt areas are spherical.

What is more amazing is what 3-D sonar scans have revealed inside the object: smooth walls and corridors and a staircase leading downwards. There is a 25-cm. hole on top of the dome and something that looks like a runway leading up to it 1,500 metres long. Peter Lindberg states that the object is either man-made or else a redesigned and restructured natural formation.

"When we went out and saw the walls which were straight and smooth, it was frightening, as in a science-fiction film" - Dennis Åsberg - Ocean Explorer Co-Founder.

The walls inside the structure are perfectly straight and at right-angles to the floor. But this is not all. 200 metres away is the second anomaly, described by the divers as a structure which looks like a Gothic church window. The team could not see any more details because the Baltic Sea has a lot of sediment and diving time was short.

The team also found that the main structure interfered with their equipment. Nothing electronic worked in an area of 200 metres around the object. Neither satellite phones, nor video cameras.

Another dive is going to take place in two weeks, this time with scientific experts on board. - Full Article Source

07/08/12 - Hacker Hostels
KeelyNet "The NY Times has a story about a small chain of managed residences that has sprung up in the Bay Area to provide a cheap place where programmers, designers, and scientists can live and work.

These 'hacker hostels' are a place for aspiring entrepreneurs to gather, share, and refine ideas. 'Hackers ... have long crammed into odd or tiny spaces and worked together to solve problems.

In the 1960s, researchers at the Stanford Artificial Intelligence Laboratory slept in the attic and, while waiting for their turn on the shared mainframe computer, sweated in the basement sauna.

When told about the hacker hostels, Ethan Mollick, an assistant professor at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania who studies entrepreneurship, said they reminded him of his days in the last decade studying at M.I.T., where graduate students would have bunk beds inside their small offices.'" - Full Article Source

07/08/12 - British Airways Plans To Google Passengers
"British Airways wants to be the airline where everybody knows your name.

The idea behind the 'Know Me' program is that by using Google Images to ID passengers, they'll be able to recreate the 'feeling of recognition you get in a favourite restaurant,' Jo Boswell, head of customer analysis at BA told the London Evening Standard.

But the more privacy minded among us know that the airline could end up seeing a lot more than your face." - Full Article Source

07/08/12 - Lights go dim on another energy project
A geothermal energy company with a $98.5 million loan guarantee from the Obama administration for an alternative energy project in Nevada — which received hearty endorsements from Energy Secretary Steven Chu and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid — faces financial problems, and the company’s auditors have questioned whether it can stay in business.

Much like Solyndra LLC, a California solar-panel manufacturer with a $535 million federal loan guarantee that went bankrupt, Nevada Geothermal Power (NGP) has incurred $98 million in net losses over the past several years, has substantial debts and does not generate enough cash from its current operations after debt-service costs, an internal audit said.

The government has no business funding or guaranteeing loans for ANY BUSINESS...let them fail, go bankrupt and be reorganized or disappear as our founders intended. - JWD - Full Article Source

07/08/12 - Morgan Freeman on the bama as not being 'black'

"First thing that always pops into my head regarding our president is that all of the people who are setting up this barrier for him ... they just conveniently forget that Barack had a mama, and she was white — very white American, Kansas, middle of America," Freeman said.

"There was no argument about who he is or what he is. America's first black president hasn't arisen yet.

He's not America's first black president — he's America's first mixed-race president."

Well, that excuses everything then... What, blaming Bush is wearing thin now??? - Full Article Source

07/08/12 - Popular fast foods truly too gross to eat once you know their history
KeelyNet "Fast food workers of Reddit, what is the one menu option at your employment that you would recommend people never eat? (Because of cooking safety, cleanliness, unhealthy, etc)," asked user 4ScienceandReason. This thread, which generated over 6,000 comments in 24 hours, brought some amazingly gross things to light -- some expected and some unexpected -- as well as some good-to-know tricks for the fast-food customer.

Some things you should probably stay away from:

Chicken Nuggets: Some of the grossest stories on this thread talked about the dubious material nuggets are generally made of. As noted by 4ScienceandReason, pictures and videos like these have already scared a lot of us off of chicken nuggets forever. Just in case that wasn't enough, this comment by Dfunkatron might seal the deal for you, "When I worked at McDonald's, I accidentally left a whole bag of about 100 chicken nuggets out on a counter for way too long. They melted. Into a pool of liquid. I never understood why. But they were completely indiscernible as being the nuggets i once knew."

Wendy's Chili: While not as traditionally disgusting as some other fast food traditions, we found Cozmo23's description of the chili recipe at Wendy's to be pretty stomach-churning -- "The meat comes from hamburger patties that sat on the grill too long to serve to customers. They take them and put them in a bin and then throw them in the fridge. When the chili is made they take it out, boil it, chop it up and dump them in the chili."

Vegetarians Beware: While a lot of comments admitted to using the same grill/spatula/knife on vegetarian and meat items alike, this comment from user attack_goblin made us gasp a little extra: "I used to work at a restaurant where we deep-fried the Gardenburger patties in the same oil we deep-fried the bacon."

Grilled Chicken: If there was any common theme in this thread, it was this: just probably don't order grilled chicken in any fast food establishment ever. One McDonald's employee confessed to slathering grilled chicken breasts with liquid margarine to keep it from sticking. An ex-Subway employee described the defrosting process they used, which involved soaking the chicken in hot water for hours, then squeezing the "chicken water" out at the end of the day.

The most disgusting facts were usually counter-balanced by at least one other employee of each chain remarking that they'd always done it differently and that it really does depend on the management of each particular location. - Full Article Source

07/08/12 - How many people think like this in the USA? Very Scary!
July 3, 2012 Anthony Antonello was on public square in Scranton Pennsylvania to interview some people on why they were there, how they felt about the Vice President, Joe Biden coming there for the festivities and fireworks. and some other politics. Well, this talk here was so shocking it made for a video all by itself. - Full Article Source


07/05/12 - Chernetski Plasmatron produced up to 5X more out than in


Free energy inventor from russia killed in 1992 after speaking to Hal Putoff and demonstrating his ability to transform pure dieletric field energy into any sized KW output.

The mysterious discharge stimulating additional energy extraction was called the "self generating discharge (SGD)". Measurements showed that part of the discharge power went back into the network as if two series-connected electromotive forces were at work.

Detailed description of Chernetsky's experiments were published in English. Power output was up to 500 Kwatts and the proof of a reverse current from the experimental system into the electric station was detected.

In a bid to try to explain the experimental data, the researchers actually tried to prove the impossible. One of their proofs was very "strong".

The one-megawatt substation of the Moscow Aviation Institute, where Chernetski and Galkin were staging an experiment with a powerful plasma unit, burned out.

When the dischrage currents reached criticality, superstrong current was "born" in the generator and went back into the network, playing havoc with the safety devices calculated for short-circuit.

Later on, they read in books that earlier in the century the power plant of prominent Yugoslav electrical engineer Nikola Tesla caught fire under similar circumstances in the United States.

Chernetski and Galkin were sure that Tesla was making such experiments, but did not publish the results. They are also sure that vacuum energy can explain this mysterious effect.

This is how he explains his miraculous experiment:

"The self-generating discharge emerges when the discharge current reach a definite critical density, when the magnetic fields they create ensure magnetisation of plasma electrons and they begin to perform mostly cycloid movements.

The interaction of currents with their magnetic fields forces the electrons to deviate to the cylinder-shaped discharge axis and the electrical field emerges.

It has proved to 'switch on' the physical vacuum: in this field the vacuum is polarised and consequently the virtual pairs begin to move in a definite direction, instead of chaotically. the virtual positrons accelerate plasma electrons, giving them part of their energy.

The current in the circuit builds up and additional energy is discharged on the resistor switched into the discharge circuit. Clearly, only part of the tremendous vacuum energy is extracted.

"We've developed several circuit versions which can find application. In the later experiment with an input power of 700 watts, that extracted by the generator loads resistance was three kilowatts, or nearly five times more.

This is by far not the limit and with more powerful plants and the corresponding calculations megawatts of free electricity can be produced from a minimal power source."

Laboratory experiments have proved the possibility of using the kinetic effect of self-generating discharge for accelerating bodies in space. Galkin has calculated the parameters of a self-generating-discharge plasmatron that could serve as the propulsion engine of the future, replacing the present unwieldy rocket engines.

Powered by a minor ten-volt source, it can deliver power enough for the takeoff of a large spaceship. Tapping the ambient space vacuum, it could fly eternally.

The experimentally-verified concept of Chernetski claims to be a theoretical breakthrough in the basic quantum-physics idea of the energy structure of the Universe. It is generally recognised among physicists that all elementary particle interactions, and hence every existing phenomenon, occur with the help of virtual-particle exchange. How does it come about?

"Full annihilation of virtual pairs cannot take place in the event of partial energy extraction in self-generating discharge, because a 'certain' virtual dipole must emerge -- two separate charges with a common negative energy. This means that together with energy extraction vacuum structurisation and ordering takes place.

Actually, our concept is a return to the idea of the universal ether at an entirely new level. We say that the ordered dipole vacuum, or ether, is an all-penetrating energy medium in which processes occur which are related to virtual dipoles and subject to the uncertainty principle of modern physics."

Chernetski asks: If vacuum structurisation is a constant process, isn't this an opportunity to state the law of conservation of entropy in the Universe in opposition to the idea of its steadfast decrease? - Full Article Source

07/05/12 - Candy Coating Inspires Lab-Grown Blood Vessels
KeelyNet "Scientists have developed a water-soluble carbohydrate glass based on a decoration used on cakes and lollipops. The material can be cast into a variety of shapes, is completely nontoxic, and, when it has done its job, will dissolve naturally in the moist environment of lab-grown tissue, leaving behind spaces that can carry blood to cells. The advance solves one of the major problems of growing new organs in the laboratory."

To test the quality of the "blood vessels" produced, the researchers cultured a chunk of tissue made from rat liver cells using their technique. The cells at the center of the tissue stayed alive and functioning after the scaffold had dissolved, showing that the vessels were successfully carrying blood to the cells, says team member and bioengineer Christopher Chen.

The study is "a useful step in this effort to develop fully functional tissues with blood vessels," says chemical engineer Abraham Stroock of Cornell University, who also works on engineering blood vessels in tissue using different techniques.

Both Stroock and Chen insist, however, that there is still much work to be done before scientists can even contemplate growing new, implantable organs. For example, real organs are not simply chunks of tissue interlaced with blood vessels, but internally structured machines comprising various kinds of tissue all working together to do a job. Replicating this complexity will be a huge challenge, Chen says.

Stroock hopes that more short-term goals might be achievable, however. He says that it may soon be possible to take healthy liver cells from a patient whose liver is failing and use them to make tissue that would be stored in the laboratory. While such tissue would not be suitable for implantation, it could, says Stroock, make a kind of personalized, living dialysis machine for the patient, as well as being a step toward the goal of producing replacement organs. - Full Article Source

07/05/12 - Sea Level Rise Can't Be Stopped
"Sea level rise won't stop for several hundred years even if we reverse global warming, according to a study published in the journal Nature Climate Change.

As warmer water is mixed down into the oceans, it causes thermal expansion of the water. Under the best emissions scenario, the expected rise is 14.2 cm (14.2 centimeter = 0.465 879 265 09 feet) by 2100; under the worst, 32.2 cm (32.2 centimeter = 1.056 430 446 2 feet) from thermal expansion alone. Any water pumped from aquifers or glacial/ice sheet melt is added to that."

Rising sea levels threaten about a tenth of the world's population who live in low-lying areas and islands which are at risk of flooding, including the Caribbean, Maldives and Asia-Pacific island groups.

More than 180 countries are negotiating a new global climate pact which will come into force by 2020 and force all nations to cut emissions to limit warming to below 2 degrees Celsius this century - a level scientists say is the minimum required to avert catastrophic effects. - Full Article Source

07/05/12 - US Navy 'Green Fleet' Sets Sail - $26-a-gallon for biofuel
A U.S. Navy oiler slipped away from a fuel depot on the Puget Sound in Washington state one recent day, headed toward the central Pacific and into the storm over the Pentagon's controversial green fuels initiative.

In its tanks, the USNS Henry J. Kaiser carried nearly 900,000 gallons of biofuel blended with petroleum to power the cruisers, destroyers and fighter jets of what the Navy has taken to calling the "Great Green Fleet," the first carrier strike group to be powered largely by alternative fuels.

But the demonstration, years in the making, may be a Pyrrhic victory.

Some Republican lawmakers have seized on the fuel's $26-a-gallon price, compared to $3.60 for conventional fuel. They paint the program as a waste of precious funds at a time when the U.S. government's budget remains severely strained, the Pentagon is facing cuts and energy companies are finding big quantities of oil and gas in the United States.

Navy Secretary Ray Mabus, the program's biggest public booster, calls it vital for the military's energy security. - Full Article Source

07/05/12 - New Electrical Apparatus Will Kill Poultry Humanely (Dec, 1936)
KeelyNet ALTHOUGH the first electrical apparatus for electrocuting fowl was invented more than 188 years ago by Benjamin Franklin.

It was not until recently that such a device was conceived for present day requirements.

Assisted by Emile Weinaug, a German machinist, Paul Onorato, of San Francisco, produced a belt conveyor apparatus for humanely putting fowl to death by sending a 1,500-volt charge through them.

The device works on ordinary house current, stepped up by transformers with a variable output.

The legs of the birds are fastened to an overhead clip while their heads contact metal electrodes as they pass by on the conveyor belt. - Full Article Source

07/05/12 - Typewriter Concierto
Amusing, entertaining and artistic integration of typing with full blown orchestra. - Full Article Source

07/05/12 - Make your own BUBBLE COMPOUND (May, 1950)
KeelyNet WITH a startling new formula worked out particularly for MI readers, you can produce rainbow-colored bubbles that last longer and are more brilliant than the old-fashioned kind made with a soap base. In addition to the natural rainbow coloring, it is practical to add luminous powder to the new formula so that the bubbles will glow when produced in the dark.

The best of the soap-base bubble compounds can be made with materials in which a good grade of ordinary Castile soap (not the “super-fatted” kind) is shaved into a powder with a workshop plane or kitchen grater. Use the following proportions:

Powdered Castile Soap ……………. 1 part.
Water, soft or distilled………………20 parts.
Glycerine ……………………………………15 parts.

Add a minute amount of fluorescein dye, if desired, to give the resulting liquid an opalescent color. The dye is available at most drug stores.

Results with the above formula cannot compare with those of the new MI compound. The main ingredient, Glim, is sold by most grocery stores. The following proportions will make about 3-1/2 ounces of solution:

Glim ………………………………………………..15 cc.
Glycerine ……………………………………….30 cc.
Water ………………………………………………60 cc.

The above will result in a honey-colored solution which does not require the addition of dye to produce colored bubbles. If you want to experiment with luminous bubbles, merely add sufficient luminous paint powder. A suitable non-toxic powder is sold by Firefly Products, 118 Brook St., Elgin, Ill.

The luminous bubble liquid requires “charging” by exposure to a strong light before use. It should be used outdoors, for the bubbles will leave a spot of the luminous powder wherever they burst.

A loop for “blowing” the bubbles is easily formed by shaping the end of a heavy wire around a pipe of about 3/4 in. diameter. - Full Article Source

07/05/12 - 'Rubber-Band Electronics' Can Stretch To 200 Percent Their Original Size
"In the quest to develop implantable electronics to monitor the human body from within, flexibility and stretchability have been major hurdles.

We've seen numerous developments including stretchable LED arrays, an implantable device for measuring the heart's electrical output, and an electrode array that melts onto the surface of the brain.

Now researchers have developed technology that combines a porous polymer and liquid metal that allows electronics to bend and stretch to more than 200 percent their original size (abstract)." - Full Article Source

07/05/12 - FDA Approves HIV Home-Use Test Kit
"The LA Times reports that the Food and Drug Administration has approved the first over-the-counter HIV test kit, allowing people to test themselves in private at home and get preliminary results in less than 30 minutes.

The test which works by detecting antibodies in a swab from the gums, should not be considered final — in trials, the test failed to detect HIV in 1 in every 12 patients known to be infected, and returned false positives in 1 in 5,000 cases.

The new at-home test, called OraQuick, will be sold in supermarkets and pharmacies and manufacturer, OraSure, has not said how much the test will cost, only that it will be more than the $18 cost for the professional kit.

The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that of the 1.2 million people in the US with HIV, 1 in 5 is not aware of the infection and that a disproportionate number of the 50,000 new cases of HIV each year is linked to people who have not been tested.

Chip Lewis, a spokesman for Whitman-Walker Health, which provides AIDS care in Washington, says at-home testing could reach some people who didn't want to go to a clinic but removing medical professionals from the process could cause problems. 'It's not like a home pregnancy test,' says Lewis. 'You need really a lot of information about how to read the test, how to use the test properly.'" - Full Article Source

07/05/12 - Blame it all on Bush!



Obama is victim of Bush's failed promises. By a democrat reporter, Chuck Green. I think it is time that we asked George Bush to step aside so that Obama can get his presidency going. Here's an opinion piece by Chuck Green who writes "Greener Pastures" for the Denver Post Aurora of the more liberal papers in the country.Additionally, Mr. Green is a lifelong this is rather a stunning piece...

Obama is victim of Bush's failed promises!Barack Obama is setting a record-setting number of records during his first term in office: Largest budget ever. Largest deficit ever. Largest number of broken promises ever.Most self-serving speeches ever. Largest number of agenda-setting failures ever. Fastest dive in popularity ever! Wow! Talk about change.

Just over two years ago, fresh from his inauguration celebrations, President Obama was flying high. After one of the nation's most inspiring political campaigns, the election of America 's first black president had captured the hopes and dreams of millions. To his devout followers, it was inconceivable that a year later his administration would be gripped in self-imposed crisis.

Of course, they don't see it as self-imposed. It's all George Bush's fault! George Bush, who doesn't have a vote in congress and who no longer occupiesThe White House, is to blame for it all.

He broke Obama's promise, to put all bills on the White House web site for five days before signing them.
He broke Obama's promise, to have the congressional health care negotiations broadcast live on C-SPAN.
He broke Obama's promise, to end earmarks.
He broke Obama's promise, to keep unemployment from rising above 8 percent.
He broke Obama's promise, to close the detention center at Guantanamo in the first year.
He broke Obama's promise, to make peace with direct, no precondition talks with America 's most hate-filled enemies during his first year in office, ushering in a new era of global cooperation.
He broke Obama's promise, to end the hiring of former lobbyists into high White House jobs.
He broke Obama's promise, to end no-compete contracts with the government.
He broke Obama's promise, to disclose the names of all attendees at closedWhite House meetings.
He broke Obama's promise, for a new era of bipartisan cooperation in all matters.
He broke Obama's promise, to have chosen a home church to attend Sunday services with his family by Easter.

Yes, it's all George Bush's fault! President Obama is nothing more than a puppet in the never-ending failed Bush administration.

If only George Bush wasn't still in charge, all of President Obama's problems would be solved. His promises would have been kept, the economy would be back on track, Iran would have stopped its work on developing a nuclear bomb and would be negotiating a peace treaty with Israel . North Korea would have ended its tyrannical regime, and integrity would have been restored to the federal government.

Oh, and did I mention what it would be like, if the Democrats, under the leadership of Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid, didn't have the heavy yoke of George Bush around their necks? There would be no ear marks, no closed-door drafting of bills, no increase in deficit spending, no special-interest influence (unions), no vote buying ( Nebraska, Louisiana ).

If only George Bush wasn't still in charge, we'd have real change by now.

All the broken promises, all the failed legislation and delay (health care reform, immigration reform) is not President Obama's fault or the fault of the Democrat-controlled Congress. It's all George Bush's fault !

Take for example the attempt of Eric Holder, the president's attorney general, to hold terrorists' trials in New York City . Or his decision to try the Christmas Day underpants bomber as a civilian.

Two disastrous decisions.

Certainly those were bad judgments based on poor advice from George Bush!

Need more proof?

You might recall when Scott Brown won the election to the U.S. Senate from Massachusetts, capturing "The Ted Kennedy Seat", President Obama said, Brown's victory was the result of the same voter anger that propelled Obama into office in 2008. People were still angry about George Bush and the policies of the past 10 years. And they wanted change.

Yes, according to the president, the voter rebellion in Massachusetts , was George Bush's fault.

Therefore, in retaliation, they elected a Republican to the Ted Kennedy seat, ending a half-century of domination by Democrats. It is all George Bush's fault ! Will the failed administration of George Bush ever end, and the time for hope and and change ever arrive ???

Will President Obama ever accept responsibility for something / anything?

It's Bush's Fault!

(Chuck Green is a veteran Colorado journalist and former editor-in-chief of The Denver Post.) - Full Article Source

07/05/12 - 'Cat ladies' more likely to commit suicide
Women who own cats are more likely to have mental health problems and commit suicide because they can be infected by a common parasite that can be caught from cat litter, a study has found.

Researchers found women infected with the Toxoplasma gondii (T. gondii) parasite, which is spread through contact with cat faeces or eating undercooked meat or unwashed vegetables, are at increased risk of attempting suicide.

The study involved more than 45,000 women in Denmark. About a third of the world’s population is infected with the parasite, which hides in cells in the brain and muscles, often without producing symptoms.

The infection, which is called toxoplasmosis, has been linked to mental illness, such as schizophrenia, and changes in behaviour.

The T. gondii parasite thrives in the intestines of cats, and it is spread through oocysts passed in their faeces. All warm-blooded animals can become infected through ingestion of these oocysts. The organism spreads to their brain and muscles, hiding from the immune system within “cysts” inside cells.

Humans can become infected by changing their infected cats’ litter boxes, eating unwashed vegetables, drinking water from a contaminated source, or more commonly, by eating undercooked or raw meat that is infested with cysts.

Not washing kitchen knives after preparing raw meat before handling another food item also can lead to infection. Pregnant women can pass the parasite directly to their unborn babies and are advised not to change cat litter boxes to avoid possible infection.

Babies don’t produce antibodies to T. gondii for three months after they are born, so the antibodies present in their blood represented infection in the mothers. The scientists scoured Danish health registries to determine if any of these women later attempted suicide, including cases of violent suicide attempts which may have involved guns, sharp instruments and jumping from high places.

The study found that women infected with T. gondii were one and a half times more likely to attempt suicide compared to those who were not infected, and the risk seemed to rise with increasing levels of the T. gondii antibodies. - Full Article Source

07/05/12 - Alzheimer's could be triggered by infecton
Research has discovered that chronic inflammation leaves the brain vulnerable to developing the disease.

Previously, inflammation seen in the brains of Alzheimer’s sufferers was thought to be a side effect of the disease.

The new findings suggest that it might be a primary cause, raising the possibility of fighting Alzheimer’s with common anti-inflammatory drugs.

Research has already shown that people who regularly take aspirin or other “non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs” (NSAIDs) have a reduced risk of developing Alzheimer’s.

Now, research published today in the Journal of Neuroinflammation has shown that chronic inflammation can make the brain more likely to develop the disease.

Scientists from the University of Zurich investigated what impact a viral infection would have on the development of Alzheimer’s in mice.

Results showed that a single infection was enough to trigger significant memory problems. - Full Article Source

07/05/12 - One Night Stands: 8 Reasons To Have Them
One night stands were for drunk people and investment bankers, I told myself. Don't get me wrong; it's not like I never had one.

Years ago I went home with a hot Brazilian I met at Max Fish whose name I can't remember. I do, however, remember the sex -- fondly. And when I think about it, I have to admit that my general takeaway from that and my few other similar encounters is that sex really doesn't always have to be about a meaningful and intimate connection; sometimes it's about doing what feels good in the moment.

I'm not saying casual sex is for everybody. But, as Josey Vogels once wrote in her column, Messy Bedroom, "There is a lot to be learned about yourself through purely physical-based encounters, especially for women who are taught that sex is this precious gift that is only to be given away in the most idyllic circumstances.

Meanwhile, men are raised to have a much more casual physical relationship with sex. No wonder we women give it so much emotional play." In other words, our culture is saturated with the message that women who have one night stands are desperate for attention, suffer from low self-esteem, have issues with men or are alcoholic party girls. This idea doesn't resonate for me.

I think women are more complicated than this idea gives us credit for. In some circumstances, having sex one time with someone you never plan to sleep with again can be exactly what you want and need, and I don't think there's anything wrong with that. - Full Article Source


07/02/12 - Compressed-air gramophones: a loud, bad, wonderful idea
This web page (which is rather elderly itself) has valuable information on the long-lost Auxetophone and its successors and imitators, a family of compressed-air gramophones which were apparently very, very loud.

THE AUXETOPHONE: 1898-1918. - Two Englishmen, Horace Short and Sir Charles A Parsons (yes, the steam turbine man) introduced the compressed air amplifiers known as Auxetophones. Horace Short began the development of the idea and was granted a patent in 1898, and again in 1901.

The patent rights were sold to Parsons in 1903. Parsons, who was noted for his skill as a craftsman, took on the development of the Auxetophone as a hobby when he was already financially secure from his steam turbine business, and applied it to musical instruments as well as gramophones.

The heart of the Auxetophone, housed in the "Parsons-Short soundbox" at the end of the tone arm, was the air-control valve.

This was a sort of grid-iron valve consisting of a metal comb rigidly connected to the needle carrier, which opened and closed fine slots in the valve seating. The resulting pulsations of compressed air were passed to the horn.

Air pressure was provided by a 1/6 horsepower electric motor, and particles were removed from the air by what appears to have been a sort of oil-bath filter, as once used on cars. Clearly the air-control valve would have been susceptible to dirt and fluff.

One of the problems seems to have been the absence of any kind of volume control; probably some sort of air-pressure regulator would have worked. No technical details seem to be available on its distortion performance, but from the comment above it was probably pretty bad.

Note that although electric power drives the compressor, the turntable motor is still a clockwork three-spring motor wound by hand, which seems rather strange. Perhaps some sort of electrical remontoire (rewinder) for the driving spring would have worked? The small silver plate near the crank-handle is the on/off switch for the compressor.

The distortion, while bad, is not as awful as I had been led to believe by the various comments made on it. What is noticeable is a loud background hiss of compressed air.

The volume also does not seem as devastating as claimed, but this is hard to judge as the recording equipment used to make the video probably had some sort of automatic level control. - Full Article Source

07/02/12 - Autos to be Powered BY RADIO (May, 1929)
KeelyNet AUTOMOBILES which will be driven by electric motors receiving their power through centrally located transmitting stations are predicted for the future by G. M. Williams, president of the Marmon Motor Car Company, who predicts that the present type of gasoline driven auto will be obsolete before the twentieth century is over. Automobile engineers are said to be already designing radio-operated cars.

Large generating stations similar to those which are used at present in generating electricity for commercial purposes will be used, the power being transmitted from the central station to the car itself on its specially assigned wave length.

To start his car, the auto owner will simply turn a switch on his dashboard which will automatically tune him in on his individual power wave.

(You might also want to read about Tesla's electric car experiment in 1931 and later. - JWD) - Full Article Source

07/02/12 - Making Saltwater Drinkable With Graphene
"Graphene once again proves that it is quite possibly the most miraculous material known to man, this time by making saltwater drinkable.

The process was developed by a group of MIT researchers who realized that graphene allowed for the creation of an incredibly precise sieve.

Basically, the regular atomic structure of graphene means that you can create holes of any size, for example the size of a single molecule of water.

Using this process scientist can desalinate saltwater 1,000 times faster than the Reverse Osmosis technique."

Desalination might sound boring, but it’s super important. Around 97% of the planet’s water is saltwater and therefore unpotable, and while you can remove the salt from the water, the current methods of doing so are laborious and expensive.

Graphene stands to change all that by essentially serving as the world’s most awesomely efficient filter. If you can increase the efficiency of desalination by two or three orders of magnitude (that is to say, make it 100 to 1,000 times more efficient) desalination suddenly becomes way more attractive as a way to obtain drinking water.

Desalination works exactly as you might expect; you run water through a filter with pores small enough to block the salt and not the water. It’s a process called reverse osmosis. The issue is that the thicker your filter is, the less efficient the process is going to be.

If you know anything about graphene, you know where this is going. Graphene sheets are one atom thick. It’s sort of a best case scenario. Because it’s nanoporous and so insanely thin, it can let water (but not salt) through it without requiring the comparatively high levels of pressure that current filters do. - Full Article Source

07/02/12 - Should We Get Rid Of The DEA?
Scott Horton of Harper's explains why the Drug Enforcement Agency does a lot of damage to society. - Full Article Source

07/02/12 - Bug munches plastic trash, possibly cleaning oceans
The bacteria was discovered through electron microscopy on plastic items sampled at the Sargasso Sea, an area in the North Atlantic, where debris tends to stack up due to local currents.

The primitive organisms live in pits in the plastic and appear to feed on it as well, says marine microbiologist Tracy Mincer of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts.

"They look like you took a hot barbecue briquette and threw it into snow," Nature News cites Mincer as saying. "You see this melting bit all around the outside of the cells, and they're just burrowing into the plastic."

The specialized bug is not encountered in other environment, like surrounding seawater or seaweed.

Scientists are not yet sure whether these organisms will eventually do more good than harm in dealing with pollution. If their digestion products are environmentally-friendly, then it would mean that nature has found a new way to limit the damage humanity does.

But plastic contains numerous toxins, and the bacteria may be introducing those into the food chain by feeding on it and then becoming food for larger organism. - Full Article Source

07/02/12 - Electrified Graphene blocks Terahertz and Infrared Wavelengths of Light
KeelyNet New research from scientists at Rice University shows that when voltage is applied to a sheet of graphene on a silicon-based substrate it can turn the graphene into a shutter for light.

An applied electric voltage can prompt a centimeter-square slice of graphene to change and control the transmission of electromagnetic radiation with wavelengths from the terahertz to the midinfrared.

Making fine measurements required what is considered in the nano world to be a very large sheet of graphene, even though it was a little smaller than a postage stamp. The square centimeter of atom-thick carbon was grown in the lab of Rice chemist James Tour, a co-author of the paper, and gold electrodes were attached to the corners.

Raising or lowering the applied voltage tuned the Fermi energy in the graphene sheet, which in turn changed the density of free carriers that are good absorbers of terahertz and infrared waves. This gave the graphene sheet the ability to either absorb some or all of the terahertz or infrared waves or let them pass.

With a spectrometer, the team found that terahertz transmission peaked at near-zero Fermi energy, around plus-30 volts; with more or less voltage, the graphene became more opaque. For infrared, the effect was the opposite, he said, as absorption was large when the Fermi energy was near zero.

“This experiment is interesting because it lets us study the basic terahertz properties of free carriers with electrons (supplied by the gate voltage) or without,” Kono said. The research extended to analysis of the two methods by which graphene absorbs light: through interband (for infrared) and intraband (for terahertz) absorption.

Kono and his team found that varying the wavelength of light containing both terahertz and infrared frequencies enabled a transition from the absorption of one to the other. “When we vary the photon energy, we can smoothly transition from the intraband terahertz regime into the interband-dominated infrared. This helps us understand the physics underlying the process,” he said.

They also found that thermal annealing – heating – of the graphene cleans it of impurities and alters its Fermi energy, he said. - Full Article Source

07/02/12 - Microscale Roughening of a Surface Helps Dissipate Heat


Researchers at MIT have found that relatively simple, microscale roughening of a surface can dramatically enhance its transfer of heat.

Such an approach could be far less complex and more durable than approaches that enhance heat transfer through smaller patterning in the nanometer (billionths of a meter) range.

The new research also provides a theoretical framework for analyzing the behavior of such systems, pointing the way to even greater improvements.

The team concluded that the reason surface roughness greatly enhances heat transfer — more than doubling the maximum heat dissipation — is that it enhances capillary action at the surface, helping keep a line of vapor bubbles “pinned” to the heat transfer surface, delaying the formation of a vapor layer that greatly reduces cooling.

To test the process, the researchers made a series of postage-stamp-sized silicon wafers with varying degrees of surface roughness, including some perfectly smooth samples for comparison. The degree of roughness is measured as the portion of the surface area that can come into contact with a liquid, as compared to a completely smooth surface. (For example, if you crumpled a piece of paper and then flattened it back out so that it covered an area half as large as the original sheet, that would represent a roughness of 2.)

The researchers found that systematically increasing roughness led to a proportional increase in heat-dissipation capability, regardless of the dimensions of the surface-roughening features. The results showed that a simple roughening of the surface improved heat transfer as much as the best previous techniques studied, which used a much more complex process to produce nanoscale patterns on the surface.

In addition to the experimental work, the team developed an analytical model that very precisely matches the observed results. Researchers can now use that model to optimize surfaces for particular applications. - Full Article Source

07/02/12 - Graphene speeds up ‘Edison battery’
KeelyNet Originally an invention of Thomas Edison, nickel-iron batteries are durable but slow, both for charging and discharging.

Although they only lasted in their original application – electric vehicles – until the 1920s, the technology lasted much longer as a backup technology for railroad uses, as well as storing surplus energy in the solar and wind-turbine power sectors.

The batteries are simple – iron anode and nickel cathodes bathed in an alkaline solution – and use abundant and relatively non-toxic materials.

Now, according to Stanford graduate student Hailiang Wang, the new research has “increased the charging and discharging rate by nearly 1,000 times”.

The speed boost comes from applying the world’s current favourite wonderstuff, graphene, to both the anode and cathode. The nickel hydroxide anodes are grown onto carbon nanotubes consisting of ten concentric graphene sheets, while iron oxide cathodes are grown onto graphene sheets.

Stanford’s announcement explains that this process results in strong bonding between the metals and the graphene.

“Coupling the nickel and iron particles to the carbon substrate allows electrical charges to move quickly between the electrodes and the outside circuit,” according to chemistry professor Hongjie Dai.

“The result is an ultrafast version of the nickel-iron battery that's capable of charging and discharging in seconds.”

While the nickel-iron battery has low energy density, the Stanford group believes it would be used in conjunction with lithium-ion batteries in electric vehicles. The high charge-discharge rate would provide a boost when needed, recharging quickly from regenerative braking. - Full Article Source

07/02/12 - 13 year old kid powers 30mph Trike to win Prize
KeelyNet Tim Parker won beat everyone else in his class with an average speed of almost 30mph, despite racing against competitors who were as much as three years older.

He has now proved himself to be the fastest junior in the world after his first attempt on a machine powered purely by physical strength.

Tim was in control of a 'fully-faired recumbent trike' - a three-wheeled bicycle low to the ground which the rider sits back in covered by an aerodynamic shell.

Tim took the top spot for his class with a phenomenal average speed of nearly 30mph - beating boys who were up to three years older.

Tim's father, Chris Parker, a director of Ice Trikes, the company that produced the machine said: 'I'm amazed and chuffed to bits. He went a lot faster than I had dreamt he would.

'During the race he was averaging 28mph - that's the kind of speed they average in the Tour de France. He did extremely well.'

Mr Parker added: 'I'm just over the moon and can't believe how well he rode, it was absolutely stunning to watch.

'Tim is not exactly what you would describe as a cyclist, his friends are quite bemused that a little lad from Cornwall could end up a world champion.

'It is hard for it to sink in. When someone performs well above your expectations it is hard to take in. - Full Article Source

07/02/12 - Chronic pain is determined by emotions, scientists believe
Brain scan studies showed for the first time how chronic pain emerges as a result of an emotional response to an injury.

The process involves interaction between two brain regions, the frontal cortex and nucleus accumbens. The more emotionally the brain reacted to the initial injury, the more likely it was that pain will persist after the injury has healed, he said.

Prof Apakarian added: ''It may be that these sections of the brain are more excited to begin with in certain individuals, or there may be genetic and environmental influences that predispose these brain regions to interact at an excitable level.''

The research involved 40 volunteers who had all suffered an episode of back pain lasting one to four months.

Four brain scans were carried out on each participant over the course of one year.

The results, published in the journal Nature Neuroscience, made it possible to predict with 85% accuracy which individuals would go on to develop chronic pain.

The nucleus accumbens teaches the rest of the brain how to evaluate and react to the outside world.

Prof Apakarian said it may use the initial pain signal to teach other parts of the brain to develop chronic pain. - Full Article Source

07/02/12 - Butt Chicken


Yes, I know Beer Can Chicken tastes wonderful. Yes, I know your neighbors and family think your Beer Can Chicken is fabulous. It is fabulous. What's not to love about roast chicken?

But Beer Butt Bird remains a gimmick and a waste of good beer.

To prove it you have to taste a Beer Can Chicken side by side with one of the better methods I recommend later in this article. If you are unwilling to do that, then please don't tell me how stoopid I am in the comments below. Unless you do a blind taste test, gallus a gallus, you cannot pronounce one method superior. But you can do a pre-tasting in your head if you just think about the logic laid out for you below.

1) Crackly skin. Beer Can Chicken exposes the exterior to even convection heat so it can crisp the skin on all sides. Do it right and you'll always have crunchy, crackly, tasty skin. If you bake a chicken horizontally in a standard roasting pan, the bottom doesn't brown and often gets soggy. Even if you raise it up on a rack, the air does not circulate under the bird properly unless the rack is well above the pan, as it is on a grill.

2) Even exterior browning. Beer Can Chicken doesn't tie the legs together as is done in French roast chicken recipes, so the crotch area can brown properly and the dark meat can be exposed to more heat and finish a bit hotter than the thicker breasts. Chicken and turkey must be cooked to 165°F in order to kill salmonella. But if you go above 165°F you can kill the moisture. So breasts should be removed at about 160°F and they will then rise to 165°F when resting. Dark meat is best in the 170 to 180°F range, depending on your preferences. Vertical roasting lets the dark meat heat faster than the breasts.

But if you want to believe in Beer Can Chicken, please ignore the data and please ignore the logic and go ahead and waste your beer. And when you see a Michelin rated restaurant offering Beer Can Chicken, please let me know.

I first read about this from comments by actor Matthew McConaughey and thought it was a novel way to cook chicken. I use a rotisserie which does a great job but definitely will try this method. - JWD - Full Article Source

07/02/12 - "Mini-Factories" To Make Medicine Inside the Body
"A group of scientists from MIT and the University of British Columbia have created 'mini-factories' that can be programmed to produce different types of proteins, and when implanted into living cells, it should distribute those proteins throughout the body.

The scientists have initially triggered these 'factories' into action through the use of a laser light to relay the message of which proteins to produce."

The medical functions of this technology is nearly endless in treating and perhaps curing numerous diseases, from diabetes to cancer.

Insulin pumps have come a long way, including the current wireless models, but the diabetic still have to wear some sort of external device. If patients could just have an internal apparatus that could communicate with their smartphone or some other wireless remote to monitor it’s functions, it could be an almost carefree solution to such a cumbersome disease.

In its simplest form, this breakthrough would mean no more forgetting to take that daily, life-sustaining pill for the older generation or treating at-risk infants without having to continuously stick them with a needle.

It will be exciting to see how this nanotechnology can progress, just as long as it is kept away from the Borgs or soldiers of Cobra. - Full Article Source


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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