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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


06/29/12 - Urban farming uses aquaponics to make farmland
[Eric Maundu] is farming in Oakland. There are no open fields in this concrete jungle, and even if there were the soil in his part of town is contaminated and not a suitable place in which to grow food.

But he’s not using farming methods of old. In fact farmers of a century ago wouldn’t recognize anything he’s doing. His technique uses fish, circulated water, and gravel to grow vegetables in whatever space he can find; a farming method called aquaponics.

The video after the break gives an excellent look at his farm. The two main parts of the system are a large water trough where fish live, and a raised bed of gravel where the fish waste in the water is filtered out and composted by bacteria to becomes food for the vegetables.

More parts can be added into the mix. For instance, once the water has been filtered by the stone bed it can be gravity fed into another vessel which is being used to grow lettuce suspended by floating foam board. But the water always ends up back in the fish trough where it can be reused. This ends up saving anywhere from 90-98% of the water used in normal farming.

But [Eric] is also interested in adding some automation. About seven minutes into the video we get a look at the control systems he’s working on with the help of Arduino and other hardware. - Full Article Source

06/29/12 - An Etsy for electronics
A few months ago we caught wind of Tindie, a site that gives builders, tinkerers, makers, and hackers a place to sell their projects. Well, Tindie has gone live and it looks to be cooler than we expected.

Already there are some pretty awesome projects available on Tindie such as a truly awesome MIDI keyboard, an Arduino synthesizer, and even a robot that plays Angry Birds.

In addition to giving makers a place to sell their wares, Tindie also offers a place to post want ads. If you have an idea for a project but don’t have the skills or tools to pull it off, Tindie is just the place for you. Any builder is free to make a bid for jobs that include a sonic screwdriver TV-b-gone or a Pip boy

Hopefully, Tindie will pick up some steam and fill the role of a much geekier Etsy. For now, though, we eagerly await the eventual Tindie/regretsy mashup showcasing perpetual motion machines and alien overlord detectors. - Full Article Source

06/29/12 - Oxygen Microparticle Injections keep Rabbits alive
KeelyNet "Rabbits with blocked windpipes have been kept alive for up to 15 minutes without a single breath, after researchers injected oxygen-filled microparticles into the animals' blood.

Oxygenating the blood by bypassing the lungs in this way could save the lives of people with impaired breathing or obstructed airways (abstract).

In the past, doctors have tried to treat low levels of oxygen in the blood, or hypoxaemia, and related conditions such as cyanosis, by injecting free oxygen gas directly into the bloodstream. But oxygen injected in this way can accumulate into larger bubbles and form potentially lethal blockages."

In the late nineteenth century, for example, US doctor John Harvey Kellogg experimented with oxygen enemas — an idea that has been revived in recent decades in the form of bowel infusers2, says Mervyn Singer, an intensive-care specialist at University College London.

But these methods can be dangerous, because the free oxygen gas can accumulate into larger bubbles and form potentially lethal blockages called pulmonary embolisms.

Injecting oxygen in liquid form would avoid this, but the procedure would have to be done at dangerously low temperatures. The microcapsules used by Kheir and his team get the best of both worlds: they consist of single-layer spherical shells of biological molecules called lipids, each surrounding a small bubble of oxygen gas. The gaseous oxygen is thus encapsulated and suspended in a liquid emulsion, so can't form larger bubbles.

The particles are injected directly into the bloodstream, where they mingle with circulating red blood cells. The oxygen diffuses into the cells within seconds of contact, says Kheir.

“By the time the microparticles get to the lungs, the vast majority of the oxygen has been transferred to the red blood cells,” he says. This distinguishes these microcapsules from the various forms of artificial blood currently in use, which can carry oxygen around the body, but must still receive it from the lungs. - Full Article Source

06/29/12 - Army Creates a Directed Lightning Bolt Weapon
KeelyNet "Army researchers at Picatinny Labs in New Jersey have developed a prototype weapon which uses a directed lightning bolt to destroy vehicles and unexploded ordinance.

The weapon works on the premise that 'A target, an enemy vehicle or even some types of unexploded ordnance, would be a better conductor than the ground it sits on.' Are we one step closer to C&C:Red Alert Tesla coils?"

"We never got tired of the lightning bolts zapping our simulated (targets)," said George Fischer, lead scientist on the project.

The Laser-Induced Plasma Channel, or LIPC, is designed to take out targets that conduct electricity better than the air or ground that surrounds them. How did the scientists harness the seemingly random path made by lightning bolts and how does a laser help? To understand how the technology, it helps to get a brief background on physics.

"Light travels more slowly in gases and solids than it does in a vacuum," explained Fischer. "We typically think of the speed of light in each material as constant. There is, however, a very small additional intensity-dependent factor to its speed. In air, this factor is positive, so light slows down by a tiny fraction when the light is more intense."

"If a laser puts out a pulse with modest energy, but the time is incredibly tiny, the power can be huge," Fischer continued. "During the duration of the laser pulse, it can be putting out more power than a large city needs, but the pulse only lasts for two-trillionths of a second."

Why is this important?

"For very powerful and high intensity laser pulses, the air can act like a lens, keeping the light in a small-diameter filament," said Fischer. "We use an ultra-short-pulse laser of modest energy to make a laser beam so intense that it focuses on itself in air and stays focused in a filament."

To put the energy output in perspective, a big filament light bulb uses 100 watts. The optical amplifier output is 50 billion watts of optical power, Fischer said.

"If a laser beam is intense enough, its electro-magnetic field is strong enough to rip electrons off of air molecules, creating plasma," said Fischer. "This plasma is located along the path of the laser beam, so we can direct it wherever we want by moving a mirror."

"Air is composed of neutral molecules and is an insulator," Fischer said. When lightning from a thunderstorm leaps from cloud to ground, it behaves just as any other sources of electrical energy and follows the path of least resistance.

"The plasma channel conducts electricity way better than un-ionized air, so if we set up the laser so that the filament comes near a high voltage source, the electrical energy will travel down the filament," Fischer elaborated.

A target, an enemy vehicle or even some types of unexploded ordnance, would be a better conductor than the ground it sits on. Since the voltage drop across the target would be the same as the voltage drop across the same distance of ground, current flows through the target. In the case of unexploded ordnance, it would detonate, explained Fischer.

Even though the physics behind the project is sound, the technical challenges were many, Fischer recalled.

"If the light focuses in air, there is certainly the danger that it will focus in a glass lens, or in other parts of the laser amplifier system, destroying it," Fischer said. "We needed to lower the intensity in the optical amplifier and keep it low until we wanted the light to self-focus in air.

Other challenges included synchronizing the laser with the high voltage, ruggedizing the device to survive under the extreme environmental conditions of an operational environment, and powering the system for extended periods of time.

"There are a number of high-tech components that need to run continuously," said Fischer.

But despite the challenges, the project has made notable progress in recent months.

"Definitely our last week of testing in January 2012 was a highlight," said Tom Shadis, project officer on the program. "We had a well thought-out test plan and our ARDEC and contractor team worked together tirelessly and efficiently over long hours to work through the entire plan. - Full Article Source

06/29/12 - Researchers Spray-Paint Batteries Onto Almost Any Surface
"Rice University researchers have created a type of lithium-ion battery that can be spray-painted onto most surfaces.

'Their batteries, outlined in Scientific Reports (abstract), are made up of five separate layers, each with its own recipe — together measuring just 0.5mm thick. To demonstrate the technique, the team painted batteries onto steel, glass, ceramic tile and even a beer stein.' What do you think this will do for future form-factors? Maybe a form-fitting PipBoy-style device that doesn't weigh 30lbs?" - Full Article Source

06/29/12 - Space Tourist Trips To the Moon May Fly On Recycled Spaceships
"Rob Coppinger of reports that UK-based private company Excalibur Almaz plans to offer commercial lunar-orbital tourist missions based on recycled Soviet-era Soyuz vehicle and Salyut space stations, using Hall Effect thrusters to power the ensemble from Earth orbit to the Moon and back.

The company estimates ticket prices at $150 million per seat (with a 50% profit margin), and expects to sell about 30 of them.

Excalibur Almaz has other big plans, too, including ISS crew transport, Lagrange Point scientific missions, and Lunar surface payload deliveries. It expects to launch its first tourist trip to the Moon in 2014."

Declaring that he is ready to sell tickets and that a 50 percent return on investment could be achieved in three years, Dula told the Royal Aeronautical Society's third European space tourism conference on June 19, "At $100 million to 150 million [per seat, we can sell] up to 29 seats in the next 10 years, and that is a conservative estimate. We [chose] not to use, for this presentation, the aggressive estimates."

Those conservative and aggressive estimates are from a market study entitled "Market analysis of commercial human orbital and circumlunar spaceflight" carried out for Excalibur Almaz by the management consultancy Futron. In 2009, Excalibur Almaz officials told the company's first flight would be in 2013.

"Our customers are private expedition members and I think it is fundamentally different to tourism," Dula said. "What we are offering [with the lunar flight] is more like expeditions."

Once in orbit, the station and RRV will dock and the station's propulsion system, which is a group of electric hall-effect thrusters, propels the stack out to the moon. Excalibur Almaz is in talks with Natick, Mass.-based Busek Space Propulsion to develop the hall-effect thrusters needed.

Dula described an electric system for the station module that would use up to 100,000 watts of power for its thrusters. If a solar or cosmic radiation event threatened a flight's crew and passengers, the company could run power through "electrical lines around the station and keep most of the charged articles away — protons you can keep out with an electrical field." He also said the station would have a refuge area crew and passengers could use to protect against radiation storms.

In addition to electric thrusters to propel a space station to the moon, Excalibur Almaz must pay for the development of digital flight-control computers, life support systems and an in-space propulsion system. Dula indicated that his company has spent about $150 million on the in-orbit space propulsion module.

"The cost is say $250 million; we already have much of the nonrecurring expense [engineering research and development] paid for this," he said. This propulsion system is based on the European Space Agency's Automated Transfer Vehicle's propulsion module. EADS Astrium is a contractor for Excalibur Almaz. Another contractor is Russian military and industrial joint stock company Mashinostroyenia.

Dula said that the RRV capsules can be reused up to 15 times each, according to their Russian manufacturer. "We performed technical feasibility studies of the RRV and their subsystems as well as launch vehicle compatibility and the overall program architecture," he told the Society's conference audience.

Dula also said that his space transportation system could be used by individuals, governments and private companies that wanted to conduct research or bring metals back from near earth objects, such as the billionaire backed Planetary Resources firm plans to do.

He added that where governments wanted to operate on the moon, Excalibur Almaz could deliver a telecommunications satellite that would serve the moon from a Lagrange point 2 orbit and gave a price of $75 million. The L2 location is 930,000 miles (1.5 million kilometers) from Earth, away from the sun. - Full Article Source

06/29/12 - Bullied Bus Monitor, Meets Toronto Man Behind The Donations
Karen Klein, the bullied bus monitor whose ordeal sparked an outpouring of public support and ignited a nationwide conversation about bullying, finally met the man who is responsible for netting her more than $661,000 in donations.

Tuesday night, the 68-year-old Klein welcomed 25-year-old Max Sidorov from Toronto into her Greece, N.Y., home.

"Nice guy, nice guy," Klein said to ABC News. "I'm very appreciative."

Sidorov, who said he was bullied once, too, felt compelled to act after seeing the YouTube video of Klein being verbally abused by four seventh-grade boys. He set up a page through asking for donations to send Klein on the “vacation of a lifetime.” Sidorov’s original goal was set at $5,000. In its first 24 hours, the fundraising campaign eclipsed $125,000.

"I didn't think anyone expected anything like this," Sidorov told ABC, noting to WHAM, "It reinforces my belief that there are so many good-hearted, kind, genuine people out there. It's inspired me."

Klein plans to donate part of the money to support Down syndrome research. She has eight grandchildren, one of whom has the genetic disorder.

Another portion of the nearly two-thirds of a million dollars will go toward home improvements, and to “pay off all my bills so that I can retire," Klein said. - Full Article Source

06/29/12 - INVISIBLE soldier caught on video
Could be a hoax but I'm sure military has super high tech they active use now which won't filter down to us for decades, if ever. - Full Article Source

06/29/12 - Electric shock to the brain 'could stop people from binge eating'
KeelyNet A team from the University of Pennsylvania believe deep brain stimulation may reduce the desire to eat.

The treatment is already approved for certain neurological and psychiatric disorders, such as Parkinson's disease.

The procedure does not destroy any part of the brain and typically does not cause pain.

A region of the brain called the nucleus accumbens is known to be dysregulated in both rodents and people who binge eat. Therefore, Dr Halpern and his co-workers targeted that brain region with deep brain stimulation in a strain of obesity-prone mice.

The surgery involved implanting an electrode in the nucleus accumbens. Wires connected the electrode to an external neurostimulator, a device similar to a pacemaker. When switched on, the stimulator triggers the electrode to deliver continuous electrical pulses to the brain.

After recovery from surgery, the mice received high-fat food at the same time every day for one hour, and the researchers measured their food consumption. Binge eating was defined as consuming 25 per cent or more of the usual daily caloric intake during this period.

For one week, mice consistently binged, eating almost half of their daily calories during this one hour, the authors reported.

Then on alternating days, the investigators turned on the stimulator. On the days that deep brain stimulation was administered, or 'on,' the scientists observed a significant (approximately 60 per cent) decrease in consumption of the high-fat diet. On the alternate days when they turned off the stimulator, binge eating returned.

By regulating various nerve cell receptors with medications they discovered that the stimulation probably worked by affecting the type 2 dopamine receptor. - Full Article Source

06/29/12 - Baltic 'UFO' quenches electric devices
KeelyNet The divers exploring a 'UFO-shaped' object at the bottom of the Baltic Sea say their equipment stops working when they approach within 200m.

Professional diver Stefan Hogerborn, part of the Ocean X team which is exploring the anomaly, said some of the team's cameras and the team's satellite phone would refuse to work when directly above the object, and would only work once they had sailed away.

He is quoted as saying: 'Anything electric out there - and the satellite phone as well - stopped working when we were above the object.

'And then we got away about 200 meters and it turned on again, and when we got back over the object it didn’t work.'

The Ocean Explorer team's sonar pictures show that the object is a massive cylinder with a 60 metre diameter and a 400 metre-long tail deep in the Baltic Sea.

A similar disk-shaped object was also found about 200 metres away. - Full Article Source

06/29/12 - Are Some UFOs Living Space Beings?
Rather than alien spacecraft, could some UFOs actually be living beings which normally inhabit the cosmic void?

"Zeroid" is the generic term applied to bioforms which may populate the recesses of free space. This domain is characterized by virtually zero temperature and zero atmospheric pressure.

While biologists might contend space is unsuitable for biogenesis, Russian astrophysicist Dr. V.l. Goldanskii argued that appreciable quantities of prebiotic material should be able to accumulate in the regions surrounding nebulae, or titanic gas clouds.

With the protracted passage of time, such matter could ultimately evolve into some form of life, suited to the brutal confines of space. Already dozens of organic compounds have been identified in space, including formaldehyde, prussic acid, and cellulose. In short, there is an abundance of basic building blocks out there to allow for the evolution of zeroids.

Considering that our island universe is approximately 13.7 billion years old, it is conceivable that zeroids represent the earliest life forms in the cosmic backdrop, perhaps even existing for nearly that entire time!

Atmospheric friction might parboil some zeroids to cinders, and our planet's gases and temperature might prove lethal to still others.

Yet, some may have evolved a protective shield -- either physical or electromagnetic in nature -- that has enabled them to survive entry into our domain. These would be the living UFOs! - Full Article Source

06/29/12 - Dialectical Materialism vs. "The New Physics"
This book is a response to the myths created by an idealistic theory called "Relativity". Physics and cosmology has been in a disastrous crisis for almost a century.

Mathematics is not physics, yet it is treated as such. The fourth dimension exists only in mathematical equations, not in reality. Black holes do not exist. Space is not curved.

There is no fundamental "God particle" from which all matter is built. Objects do not carry their own time.

Above all, consciousness does not determine reality. That is the old metaphysics masquerading as science. In addition, this book is a Marxist answer to Stephen Hawking and Michio Kaku's psuedo-scientific creationist theories.

Here is the endorsement by Glenn Borchardt, Ph.D, author of "The Scientific Worldview" and Director of the Progressive Science Institute: "I want to congratulate you on the excellent piece of work! I definitely like your critique of Hawking and Kaku. It puts these jokers in their place. A great job! You have done so much that is needed to expose the BS that goes for physics and cosmology today."

I found the book interesting in showing that physics went astray early in the 20th century. Physics got lost in the wilderness of relatvity and the quagmire of quantum mechanics. Physics, and indeed science and knowledge, has been made too complicated and an expensive commodity to purchase, so that the students are subjugated and the professorrs are kept busy and well remunerated. - Full Article Source

06/29/12 - Test can spot Arthritis before any Symptoms Appear
The simple procedure – which can work on just a single drop of fluid from a patient’s joint – offers the hope of faster-acting remedies and even one day wiping out the devastating degenerative condition for good.

Predicting who will be struck by the disease means ways can be found to stop it forming, sparing millions from daily agony and having to endure joint replacements. It would also save the NHS billions each year.

Now, scientists at the University of Missouri in the US have developed the test using specific biomarkers from fluid within the joint which can accurately determine if a patient is developing osteoarthritis. It can also predict the disease’s potential severity.

The fluid is taken from the patient with a small needle similar to drawing blood.

Researcher James Cook, whose study is published in the Journal of Knee Surgery, said: “With this biomarker test we can study the levels of specific proteins that we now know are associated with osteoarthritis.

“Not only does the test have the potential to help predict future arthritis, but it also tells us about the early mechanisms of arthritis, which will lead to better treatments.” - Full Article Source


06/26/12 - Using Your Car to Power Your House?
Why would you want your car to charge your house? Isn’t it supposed to be the other way around--that you park your car and plug it in, so you can charge your battery and drive to work the next day?

The idea is clever, actually: it makes the car’s battery a node in your own personal mini-smart grid, sort of. And it could save you money. It’s all about giving customers “more power options,” the two companies said in a release (via

Electricity prices vary by demand. Wouldn’t you like to store up energy during the low-cost periods, only to deploy it during the high-cost periods? If only you had... some sort of... giant battery you could use...

Enter “Leaf to Home” and the “EV Power Station” (and your Leaf, of course).

Or not your Leaf--yet. First, the thing is going on sale in Japan, priced at 480,000 yet (about $6,000). A government subsidy reduces the actual price by about a third, though, to roughly $4,100.

- Full Article Source

06/26/12 - Cyanide-Producing GM Grass Linked To Texas Cattle Deaths
KeelyNet "Scientists at the U.S. Department of Agriculture are trying to determine if an unexpected mutation in a popular GM grass, Tifton 85, is responsible for the sudden deaths of a small herd of cattle in Elgin, Texas three weeks ago.

The grass has been used for grazing since 1992 without incident, however after a severe drought last year in Texas, the grass started producing cyanide in sufficient quantities to kill a small herd of cattle in Elgin, Texas.

Testing has found the cyanide-producing grass in nearby fields as well."

Update: 06/23 22:59 GMT by T : Reader Jon Cousins writes with a correction that means the headline above is inaccurate for including "GM." Tifton 85, he writes, is "absolutely not genetically modified. It's a conventionally bred hybrid."

Grass linked to Texas cattle deaths - The cows dropped dead several weeks ago on an 80-acre ranch owned by Jerry Abel in Elgin, just east of Austin.

Abel says he's been using the fields for cattle grazing and hay for 15 years. "A lot of leaf, it's good grass, tested high for protein - it should have been perfect," he told KEYE correspondent Lisa Leigh Kelly.

The grass is a hybrid form of Bermuda known as Tifton 85 which has been growing here for 15 years, feeding Abel's 18 head of Corriente cattle. Corriente are used for team roping because of their small size and horns.

"When we opened that gate to that fresh grass, they were all very anxious to get to that," said Abel.

Three weeks ago, the cattle had just been turned out to enjoy the fresh grass, when something went terribly wrong.

"When our trainer first heard the bellowing, he thought our pregnant heifer may be having a calf or something," said Abel. "But when he got down here, virtually all of the steers and heifers were on the ground. Some were already dead, and the others were already in convulsions."

Within hours, 15 of the 18 cattle were dead.

"That was very traumatic to see, because there was nothing you could do, obviously, they were dying," said Abel.

Preliminary tests revealed the Tifton 85 grass, which has been here for years, had suddenly started producing cyanide gas, poisoning the cattle.

"Coming off the drought that we had the last two years ... we're concerned it was a combination of events that led us to this," Dr. Gary Warner, an Elgin veterinarian and cattle specialist who conducted the 15 necropsies, told Kelly.

What is more worrisome: Other farmers have tested their Tifton 85 grass, and several in Bastrop County have found their fields are also toxic with cyanide. However, no other cattle have died.

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Agriculture are dissecting the grass to determine if there might have been some strange, unexpected mutation. - Full Article Source

06/26/12 - Straw Home Offers Roadmap For Ditching The Heating Bill
In an interview with CNNMoney, the professional musician described how he and his wife Lisa decided to build a house out of straw, with motivations including the ability to avoid large utility bills and have a large living space. Lawson's classical group, the Sacramento Baroque Soloists, describes the home as a "passive-solar straw-bale house" on its website.

Nearly everything about the house is designed to collect heat and conserve energy. Even the windows are placed facing south so that they can collect winter heat. But the Lawsons aren't the first to build a custom home engineered to conserve heat.

The Shangri-La Dome Home in Aguilar, Colorado features an extremely efficient fireplace that can heat the entire house to nearly 70 degrees, regardless of temperature, according to CNBC. - Full Article Source

06/26/12 - Shanghai World Expo Closing Ceremony Concert
A study in levitation, orchestration and sheer techno/artistic beauty. What are these girls sitting on? I particularly love the flyers towards the end.

In the comments, the suggestion is one foot of each girl snaps into a holder (watch at 01:05) on the floor which attaches to a flexible arm inside their pants.

Much like Michael Jacksons patent for a floor latch into which he hooks his shoe that allows him to lean forward or backward at an incredible angle.

Using such a foot lock, in conjunction with a hidden, under-the-clothing support beam like the levitating yogi's used, we can see how this trick works. The support beam probably could flex partially to let them walk and bend slightly. - Full Article Source

06/26/12 - Sandia's Floating, Dust-Free, Spinning Heatsink
"Sandia Research Laboratory believes it has come up with a much more efficient solution than heatsink-fan cooling a CPU that simply combines the heatsink and fan components into a single unit. What you effectively get is a spinning heatsink. The new design is called the Sandia Cooler.

It spins at just 2,000 RPM and sits a thousandth of an inch above the processor. Sandia claim this setup is extremely efficient at drawing heat away from the chip, in the order of 30x more efficient than your typical heatsink-fan setup. The Sandia Cooler works by using a hydrodynamic air bearing.

What that means is when it spins up the cooler actually becomes self supporting and floats above the chip (hence the thousandth of an inch clearance).

Cool air is drawn down the center of the cooler and then ejected at the edges of the fins taking the heat with it. And as the whole unit spins, you aren't going to get dust build up (ever)." - Full Article Source

06/26/12 - Should we be worried about the Chinese space effort?
I’ve been reading about China’s space efforts, and I have to say I am uneasy by a lot of it. My first impulse, as I’ve written before, is that space is open to everyone, and the more the merrier.

I’ve also been vocal about the need to avoid a "Space Race" mentality: us versus them doing something first. The problem with that is that it isn’t sustainable. Once you win (or lose) you’re done.

I think it’s the main reason Apollo scaled so far back after even the first landing, and why we didn’t continue on to build a moonbase, or at least the 2001-style orbiting space station.

On the other hand, we also need to avoid the been-there-done-that mentality as well. For one thing, the NASA that went to the Moon is literally no longer the NASA that exists today.

We have different rockets, different technology, and most importantly different people, both in political office as well as in the NASA engineering departments. Sure, we went to the Moon in 60s and 70s, but it is literally impossible for us to go back at the current time, and will be for many years to come. That’s worth remembering.

It could go two ways. Either China will become an ally like modern Russia, or it could become an adversary like the former Soviet Union…But China isn’t really a threat yet, at least not enough of one that NASA would enter into another space race.

China is showing a capability now to do things NASA cannot do: most obviously, launch humans into space. That capability may be back soon, whether through NASA’s own rocket system or commercial ventures like SpaceX.

But right now, China has far more momentum than NASA does. In the US we’re arguing over this or that project getting its funding cut, while we make very little progress in crewed exploration. It’s worrisome.

I want there to be peaceful cooperation in space. But I also know there are bad guys out there. We are on peaceful, but perhaps not entirely friendly, terms with China. And to me, their motives are somewhat suspect.

Scientist and lunar exploration advocate Paul Spudis wrote an interesting article about this for Air and Space. His concerns seem more pointed than mine, but he correctly says that China must have an eye for controlling or at least protecting their access to the volume of space between the Earth and Moon.

The consequences of this are difficult to ascertain. We have an increasingly reactionary and jingoistic Congress, for example, which for once may work in our favor. They may see the need to further fund NASA and not cede the exploration of space to another nation.

But if they do see that, we must make sure they don’t let this get out of hand and become a true race, like Apollo in the 1970s.

Otherwise, in ten years, we’ll be back where we are now: with a national space agency that doesn’t have a long (or even medium) term goal, squabbling for dwindling funds, and an entire country that’s lost the vision it once had, and so desperately needs again. - Full Article Source

06/26/12 - New Evidence Supports Cosmic Impact Theory
Melt-glass material found in sedimentary rocks at sites around the world has provided new evidence for an extraterrestrial impact about 13,000 years ago, says a new study published in the current issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

According to an international team of researchers that includes James Kennett, professor of earth science at UC Santa Barbara, the material, found in Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Syria, was formed at temperatures of 1,700 to 2,200 degrees Celsius (3,100 to 3,600 degrees Fahrenheit), and is the result of a cosmic body impacting Earth.

These new data strongly support the controversial Younger Dryas Boundary (YDB) hypothesis, which proposes that a cosmic impact occurred 12,900 years ago at the onset of an unusual cold climatic period called the Younger Dryas.

The episode occurred at or close to the time of major extinction of the North American megafauna, including mammoths and giant ground sloths; and the disappearance of the prehistoric and widely distributed Clovis culture.

Morphological and geochemical evidence of the melt-glass confirms that the material is not cosmic, volcanic, or of human-made origin.

“The very high temperature melt-glass appears identical to that produced in known cosmic impact events such as Meteor Crater in Arizona, and the Australasian tektite field,” said Kennett.

“The melt material also matches melt-glass produced by the Trinity nuclear airburst of 1945 in Socorro, New Mexico. The extreme temperatures required are equal to those of an atomic bomb blast, high enough to make sand melt and boil,” he said.

the archaeological site in Syria where the melt-glass material was found –– Abu Hureyra, in the Euphrates Valley –– is one of the few sites of its kind that record the transition from nomadic hunter-gatherers to farmer-hunters who live in permanent villages.

“Archeologists and anthropologists consider this area the ‘birthplace of agriculture,’ which occurred close to 12,900 years ago,” Kennett said.

“The presence of a thick charcoal layer in the ancient village in Syria indicates a major fire associated with the melt-glass and impact spherules 12,900 years ago. Evidence suggests that the effects on that settlement and its inhabitants would have been severe,” he said.

(And lets not forget all the ancient Indian texts describing atomic wars, as well the levels of radioactive earth and even skeletons. - JWD) - Full Article Source

06/26/12 - An apple a day may help fight obesity
In the study, mice that ate a high-fat diet over several weeks that included ursolic acid developed more muscle mass, and more calorie-burning brown fat, than mice eating the same diet without the chemical.

"Since muscle is very good at burning calories, the increased muscle in ursolic acid-treated mice may be sufficient to explain how ursolic acid reduces obesity," said study researcher Dr. Christopher Adams, an associate professor of internal medicine at the University of Iowa.

However, the increase in brown fat — an unexpected finding — may also help protect against obesity, Adams said, noting that researchers don't know how the compound might exert this effect on brown fat.

The researchers found that the mice that consumed ursolic acid gained less weight and were less likely to develop conditions similar to pre-diabetes and fatty liver disease, despite the fact that they ate more food than the mice that did not consume the compound. There was no difference in physical activity between the groups, the researchers said.

The researchers have not tested the compound in people, and research in rodents often doesn't produce the same results in humans. "We don't know if ursolic acid will benefit people," Adams said.

Still, he said, it's possible that the compound could someday be used as treatment for muscle wasting, which occurs in healthy people during aging, and also in some conditions such as cancer.

Some studies have linked increased levels of brown fat with lower levels of obesity, and healthier levels of blood sugar and fats, according to the researchers. The researchers measured the mice's energy expenditure, and found that those fed ursolic acid burned more calories than mice that didn't consume the chemical.

Some evidence suggests brown fat may be helpful in preventing obesity and diabetes. - Full Article Source

06/26/12 - ~40 Second Flight for Human Powered Chopper
It’s a surprise that the thing even gets off the ground, at least just from the look of it.

The pedal-powered Gamera II is a massive frame of narrow tubing and strings that create an intricate structure supporting four rotors sitting on opposite ends of each other.

It weighs some 70 pounds—33 percent lighter than its predecessor—and takes up about the same amount of space as a Boeing 737.

It’s not really much to look at, really, and one could be forgiven for thinking that it wouldn’t work.

Gore, who weighs in at a mere 135 pounds and was chosen for his power-to-weight ratio, spoke to us about piloting the Gamera II: “There are no pilot-operated controls on the vehicle per se, but I’ve noticed that I need to pedal extremely smoothly and steadily to minimize the drifting of the vehicle and to minimize the stress on all the parts. I trained for about a year and a half in that recumbent position with arm and leg cranks, and that was definitely the key to my steadiness,” he said.

“The responsiveness of the craft is otherworldly. I can fine tune the height relatively easily within a fraction of a second by adjusting my pedaling cadence. As a result, landing is straightforward as well.

When I reduce cadence slightly, I return Earthward gently, then ramp down gradually until the craft is at rest,” he added.

50 SECOND flight happened a day later with pilot Kyle Gluesenkamp!!

The sixth flight of Gamera II, the second human powered helicopter from the University of Maryland's Alfred Gessow Rotorcraft Center. Video evidence suggests the helicopter, piloted by Colin Gore, flew for approximately 40 seconds. - Full Article Source

06/26/12 - Hermetus Bottle Opener and Sealer
KeelyNet I often make my own beer at a local brew-it-yourself taproom (props to The Brew Kettle). The bottles we use are 22-ounces, so drinking one is almost like drinking two. Often times I'll end up drinking more than I wanted or drinking none at all (oh, the horror).

Stumbled across the Hermetus Bottle Opener and Sealer while looking for a Father's Day gift for my dad. Bought one for him, a couple guys in the brew group, and myself. To create an airtight seal simply slip it over the top of the bottle. It works perfectly.

Drank half a bottle one night then sealed it and put it in the fridge. Drank remaining half the second night, and it tasted the same and still had a nice head on it. I love the simplicity of the design! - Full Article Source

06/26/12 - Fires Sparked By Utah Target Shooters Prompt Evacuations
"The Salt Lake City Tribune reports that more than 9,000 people have been driven from their homes by a wind-whipped wildfire started by two shooters at landfill popular with target shooters who won't face any charges because they were not breaking any laws.

The fire was the 20th this year in Utah sparked by target shooting where low precipitation, dry heat and high winds have hit the West hard, exacerbating the risk that bullets may glance off rocks and create sparks. Despite the increasing problem, local agencies are stuck in a legal quandary — the state's zealous protection of gun rights leaves fire prevention to the discretion of individuals — a freedom that allows for the careless to shoot into dry hills and rocks.

When bullets strike rock, heated fragments can break off and if the fragments make contact with dry grass, which can burn at 450 to 500 degrees, the right conditions can lead to wildfires.

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert has called on Utahns to use more "common sense" in target shooting urging target shooters to use established indoor and outdoor ranges instead of tinder-dry public lands.

"We can do better than that as Utahns," says Herbert, calling on shooters to "self-regulate," since legislation bars sheriff's officials from regulating firearms. "A lot of the problem we have out here is a lack of common sense."" - Full Article Source

06/26/12 - Tech Manufacturing Is a Disaster Waiting To Happen
"Peter Cochrane writes that since globalization took hold, geographic diversity has become distorted along with the resilience of supply so we now have a concentration of limited sourcing and manufacture in the supply chain in just one geographic region, south-east Asia, amounting to a major disaster just waiting to happen.

'Examples of a growing supply-chain brittleness include manufacturers temporarily denuded of LCD screens, memory chips and batteries by fires, a tsunami, and industrial problems,' writes Cochrane.

'With only a few plants located in south-east Asia, we are running the gauntlet of man-made and natural disasters.' Today, PCs, laptops, tablets and smartphones are produced by just 10 dominant contract manufacturers, spearheaded by Foxconn of Taiwan — which manufactures for Apple, Dell, HP, Acer, Sony, Nokia, Intel, Cisco, Nintendo and Amazon among others.

The bad news is that many of the 10 big players in the IT field are not making good profits, so economic pressure could result in the 10 becoming seven."

Historically, mature markets settle down with three big competing suppliers and a handful of niche players. This rule of three has tended to dominate regions such as North America, Europe and south-east Asia. But since globalisation took hold, geographic diversity has become distorted along with the resilience of supply.

Examples of a growing supply-chain brittleness include manufacturers temporarily denuded of LCD screens, memory chips and batteries by fires, a tsunami, and industrial problems. With only a few plants located in south-east Asia, we are running the gauntlet of man-made and natural disasters.

Underpinning this limited number of suppliers are the producers of vital rare earths and other basic components. So we now have a concatenation of limited sourcing and manufacture in the supply chain concentrated in just one region. These set of circumstances amount to a major disaster just waiting to happen. - Full Article Source

06/26/12 - Voice Algorithms Spot Parkinson's Disease
"Mathematician Max Little discovered that Parkinson's symptoms can be detected by computer algorithms that analyze voice recordings.

Now he is looking for volunteers to contribute to a vast voice bank to help the database to learn even more. He is aiming to record up to 10,000 voices and has set up local numbers in 10 countries around the world."

In a blind test of voices, the system was able to spot those with Parkinson's with an accuracy of 86%.

"They were using devices that detect breakdown in dexterity and accelerometers but they had also recorded the voices of around 50 patients with Parkinson's," explained Mr Little.

The recordings were detailed as the team had recorded the patients once a week over a six-month period.

"They had an enormous amount of data but they didn't know what to do with it. So we wondered whether my technique would work," said Mr Little.

"They set me a blind test to see if I can tell them which ones had Parkinson's. I had 86% accuracy using the techniques I'd developed."

The system "learns" to detect differences in voice patterns. "This is machine learning. We are collecting a large amount of data when we know if someone has the disease or not and we train the database to learn how to separate out the true symptoms of the disease from other factors."

Voice patterns can change for a number of reasons, including throat surgery, heavy smoking and even just having a common cold. But Mr Little believes the system will be smart enough to tell the difference. "It is not as simple as listening for a tremor in the voice. That tremor has to be in context of other measures and the system has to take in other factors such as if someone has a cold."

Now he is looking for volunteers to contribute to a vast voice bank to help the database to learn even more. He is aiming to record up to 10,000 voices and has set up local numbers in 10 countries around the world. In the UK the number is 01865 521168. Anyone can call and they need to state whether or not they have been diagnosed with the disease. There is also a website where people can find out more about the project.

"The more people that call in, the better," he said. "If we get 10,000 recordings we'd be very happy but even a tenth of that would be great," - Full Article Source

06/26/12 - EPA blasted for requiring oil refiners to add hypothetical fuel
Federal regulations can be maddening, but none more so than a current one that demands oil refiners use millions of gallons of a substance, cellulosic ethanol, that does not exist.

"As ludicrous as that sounds, it's fact," says Charles Drevna, who represents refiners. "If it weren't so frustrating and infuriating, it would be comical."

And Tom Pyle of the Institute of Energy Research says, "the cellulosic biofuel program is the embodiment of government gone wild."

Refiners are at their wit's end because the government set out requirements to blend cellulosic ethanol back in 2005, assuming that someone would make it. Seven years later, no one has.

"None, not one drop of cellulosic ethanol has been produced commercially. It's a phantom fuel," says Pyle. "It doesn't exist in the market place."

And Charles Drevna adds, "forcing us to use a product that doesn't exist, they might as well tell us to use unicorns."

Drevna of the refiners association says they had no other choice left since EPA insisted they still had to blend some of the nonexistent cellulosic ethanol.

"We've had to go to the courts and litigate this thing is because they just turned a blind eye to us," Drevna said.

So the refiners are now suing the EPA, in part because the mandate gets larger and larger-- 500 million gallons this year, 3 billion in 2015 and 16 billion in 2022.

And still, not a gallon of cellulosic ethanol in sight. - Full Article Source

06/26/12 - People Who Believe In Heaven Commit More Crimes
KeelyNet Believing if you are on a “highway to hell” could impact whether or not if you commit a crime.

A study published in the scientific journal PLoS One by University of Oregon’s Azim Shariff and University of Kansas’s Mijke Rhemtulla finds that people who believe in hell are less likely to commit a crime while people who believe in heaven more likely are to get in trouble with the law.

The two professors collected data for belief in hell, heaven and God from the World and European Values Surveys that were conducted between 1981 until 2007 with 143,197 participants based in 67 countries. They compared the data to the mean standardized crime rate in those countries based on homicides, robberies, rapes, kidnappings, assaults, thefts, auto thefts, drug crimes, burglaries and human trafficking.

“[R]ates of belief in heaven and hell had significant, unique, and opposing effects on crime rates,” Shariff and Rhemtulla found in the study. “Belief in hell predicted lower crime rates … whereas belief in heaven predicted higher crime rates.”

They also found that a recent social psychological experiment found that Christian participants who believe in a forgiving God gave themselves more money for the study.

“Participants in the punishing God and both human conditions overpaid themselves less than 50 cents more than what they deserved for their anagrams, and did not statistically differ from the neutral condition, those who wrote about a forgiving God overpaid themselves significantly more-nearly two dollars,” the study found.

Shariff and Rhemtulla believe that the study raises “important questions about the potential impact of religious beliefs on global crime.” - Full Article Source


06/23/12 - Israel's Solar-Powered Car
KeelyNetThe experimental solar-powered car had a top speed of 40 mph and a top range of 50 miles.

During MOTHER EARTH NEWS' solar tour of Israel earlier this year (1980), one of this publication's editors took the opportunity to stop by the Engineering Department at Tel Aviv University to gather some information about a solar-powered car under developed there by Professor Arye Braunstein and his research team.

Even though the car was partially dismantled at the time of that visit, we felt sure that many of our readers might nonetheless like to learn a few of the details concerning the sun-driven runabout.

The basic vehicle is a metal-framed, polyvinyl-bodied Citicar that weighs in (complete with batteries and solar panels) at 1,320 pounds. It runs on a two-step (24/48-volt) DC system, which is controlled by a series of microswitches and relays: At speeds up to 10 MPH, current is drawn—through resistance—from two banks of four-in-series six-volt batteries.

After starting, the resistance is dropped and the car operates on 24 volts normally, and at cruising speeds (up to 40 MPH) the series-wound motor functions at 48 volts ... with all eight batteries "in line." Although initial current draws can reach 500 amps, the average pull at cruising is around 100 amperes.

The two solar panels on the auto's hood and roof (which have a combined peak power of 400 watts with a total of 432 cells) charge the batteries at 48 volts and provide about one-third of the energy required for daily driving ... up to a maximum range of 50 miles. The remaining electric "fuel" is stored at night, using a built-in home charging unit.

Dr. Braunstein is the first to admit that the solar Citicar is by no means perfect, but his researchers are steadily improving the vehicle and have several specific goals in mind. By using electronic controls and commutation circuits, power regeneration, permanent magnet or AC motors, and stationary—rather than "on vehicle"—solar cell-arrays (the latter coupled with exchangeable sets of efficient batteries), the professor and his staff hope to increase the percentage of solar-provided energy to as high as 90% ... double the effective range of the vehicle ... and add another 10 MPH to its top speed. And since they're located in one of the sunniest regions in the world, it seems likely that they'll be able to accomplish their objectives! - Full Article Source

06/23/12 - How We Die 1900 v. 2010


The first thing to notice, of course, is the overall drop in the mortality rate in the past 110 years, but that’s something we kind of already knew and can verify from the increased life expectancy numbers. Where life expetancy for the average American in 1900 was under 50 years for someone born in 1900, for someone born in 2010 it’s approaching 80, a tremendous increase due in no small part to the advances in medical science.

KeelyNet The other thing to notice is that most of the most prevalent causes of death in 1900 were disease related, with pneumonia and tuberculosis topping the list. Today, those diseases barely appear on the chart. Pneumonia went from 202 deaths per 100,000 to just 16.2 per 100,000 and tuberculosis doesn’t even appear on the chart. The same goes for Gastrointestinal Diseases and Diptheria.

Finally, looking at the chart for 2010 we see that the top two causes of death, accounting for 757.6 per 100,000 deaths, are diseases that are related either to behavior or old age. Indeed, one would expect that in the future the number of deaths attributed to things like Alzheimer’s Disease are likely to increase. These are among the hardest causes of death to eradicate because, in the end, our bodies will break down. (Unless of course we fund novel research to CURE AGING and extend life to as long as we wish. - JWD) - Full Article Source

06/23/12 - Prepare For Alien Invasion -- And Spend Our Way To Economic Recovery
Economist Paul Krugman has a simple solution to America's economic woes: Prepare for an alien invasion.

Arguing that the United States successfully ended the Great Depression with government spending, he provided an interesting idea about how to replicate that economic feat on Tuesday at the Take Back the American Dream conference in Washington, D.C.

"If you actually look at what took us out of the Great Depression," the Princeton University professor said in an interview with Chris Hayes of MSNBC. "It was Europe's entry into World War II and the U.S. buildup that began in advance."

"So if we could get something that could cause the government to say, ‘Oh, never mind those budget things; let’s just spend and do a bunch of stuff.' So my fake threat from space aliens is the other route,” Krugman said before a laughing crowd. “I’ve been proposing that.” - Full Article Source

06/23/12 - World's First Supercavitating Boat?


"For decades, researchers have been trying to build boats, submarines, and torpedoes that make use of supercavitation — a bubble layer around the hull that drastically reduces friction and enables super-fast travel.

Now a company in New Hampshire called Juliet Marine Systems has built and tested such a craft, and says it is the world's fastest underwater vehicle.

The ship, called the 'Ghost,' looks like two supercavitating torpedoes with a command module on top, and can carry 18 people plus weapons and supplies.

The company is in talks with the U.S. Navy to build a version of the ship that can guard the fleet against swarm attacks by small boats. The question is how well it really works, and whether it can be used reliably and effectively on the high seas."

Imagine a boat that moves through the water differently from any other boat in existence. It uses “supercavitation”—the creation of a gaseous bubble layer around the hull to reduce friction underwater—to reach very high speeds at relatively low fuel cost.

Its speed and shape means it can evade detection by sonar or ship radar. It can outrun torpedoes. Its fuel efficiency means it has greater range and can run longer missions than conventional boats and helicopters.

Now imagine that this vessel has already been built and tested. It “flies” through the water more or less the way it was designed to—like a high-tech torpedo, except part of the craft is above water—and it can be maneuvered like a fighter plane. “It’s almost as much an aircraft as it is a boat,” says its inventor, Gregory Sancoff, the founder and CEO of Juliet Marine Systems, a private company in Portsmouth, NH.

OK, so here’s how it works, according to a patent filing (see diagram, below). The main compartment of the Ghost vessel, which houses the cockpit and controls, sits above the water in between two torpedo-shaped pontoons or “foils,” which are submerged and create all the buoyancy and propulsion for the craft.

The angle of the struts that connect the foils to the command module is adjustable—so the craft can ride high in choppy seas and at high speeds (so waves don’t hit the middle part), and low in calm water and at lower speeds.

“We’re basically riding on two supercavitating torpedoes. And we’ve put a boat on top of it,” Sancoff says.

At the front of each foil is a special propeller system that pulls the craft forward. The propellers are powered by a modified gas turbine—a jet engine—housed in each foil; the air intake and exhaust ports for the engines are in the struts.

As the ship moves through the water, the motion of the propellers creates a thin layer of bubbly water vapor that surrounds each foil from front to back, helped along by the presence of “air trap fins” that keep the vapor in contact with the hull (and keep liquid away from the hull). The vapor is what constitutes the supercavitation, so the foils can glide effortlessly through the bubbles.

“The key is the propulsion. You have to have a lot of power at the right location in this vessel,” Sancoff says. Exactly how this is done is a trade secret. But the propulsion system, which he says generates 30 percent more thrust than any other propeller-based system, essentially “boils water underwater and generates steam vapor.” (I take this to mean the pressure directly behind the propeller blades is so low that the liquid water there “boils” off and becomes a gas—hence the bubbles.)

In any case, the overall design makes the craft go fast, but Sancoff isn’t making any public claims yet about exactly how fast. “We don’t talk about speed, how many weapons [it can carry], or how far we can go,” he says. Yet its rumored speed is at least 80-100 knots—over 100 mph. That’s not going to challenge the top speedboat records—there have been hydroplane efforts (riding on the water surface) that have exceeded 200 mph (174 knots) and even 300 mph (261 knots), some with fatal results—but the Ghost is faster than any previous underwater vehicle, Sancoff says.

What’s more, he says, the Ghost provides a much smoother ride than what Navy SEALs are used to; many of them blow out their backs from the bumpiness of their boats, he says. “Our boat does not have impact from the waves. We cut through the wave,” Sancoff says. “That is critical science.”

To steer itself through the water and maintain stability, the Ghost uses four movable flaps on the front of each foil and four on the back of each foil, for a total of 16 flaps. (The flaps reach through the thin bubble layer into the surrounding water.) The struts are adjusted to keep the command module out of the water, and the foils stay submerged, so waves at the water surface should only hit the struts, which have a small cross-section.

“It’s computer controlled, like a modern F-18,” Sancoff says. “We’re boring what looks like two wormholes underwater, and we’re flying through foam.” Sancoff himself has been test-driving the ship over the past couple of years. “I have been learning an entirely new craft since then. It’s a totally new experience,” he says. “Just because you drive Grandpa’s boat, you’re not going to drive this one. It’s more like a helicopter.”

As for the craft’s audio profile, Sancoff is proud of its “silent propulsion” system that includes a sophisticated muffler system for the engines. You can’t hear it from 50 feet away, he says. - Full Article Source

06/23/12 - How to blow $6 billion on a tech project
In 1997, the Defense Department began its quest for the perfect family of radios: software-defined radios that, like computers, could be reprogrammed for different missions and could communicate with everything the US military used. Digital signal processing could adaptively use available radio spectrum based on the needs of the moment, turning soldiers, tanks, planes, and ships into nodes of a broadband radio-based network.

The goal was to solve radio problems like this one in Afghanistan, detailed by the Center for Public Integrity in January 2012. Soldiers who watched an ambush forming on a ridge nearby found themselves limited by the hugely variable needs of their many radio systems:

They had short-range models for talking with the reconstruction team; longer-range versions for reaching headquarters 25 miles away; and a backup satellite radio in case the mountains blocked the transmission. An Air Force controller carried his own radio for talking to jet fighters overhead and a separate radio for downloading streaming video from the aircraft. Some of these radios worked only while the troopers were stationary; others were simply too cumbersome to operate on the move.

But the program meant to fix the mess, called the Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS), instead became a massive 15-year software and hardware development mess of its own, involving five sub-programs and multiple multi-billion dollar contracts. It has been a financial disaster for the DOD. Billions were thrown away on technology that will never see the light of day, despite multiple heroic efforts to pull the project back from the brink of disaster.

JTRS provides a textbook case of what not to do in a technology development program, proving that even a few great ideas can’t save a project that has been over-specified and under-tested, and that remains blinkered to what's going on in the world around it.

In a July 2012 article in the National Defense Review, Air Force Lt. Colonel Dan Ward, an acquisition officer deployed in Afghanistan, bluntly spelled out the failings of the GMR:

The NIE exercise highlighted the uncomfortable fact that soldiers might sometimes have to send critical messages during a fight. An impatient lot, they may not be terribly excited about waiting 10 minutes for the radio to run through a slow series of boot-up processes… If someone were to make a television commercial for the GMR, it would undoubtedly include a line about sophistication being worth the wait. Except in combat, sometimes you really can’t wait. Too bad the GMR was supposed to go to war, because it would apparently be a pretty sweet system in an environment where the temperature and operational tempo are both low.

So although GMR is "certified for use," the Army doesn't actually want to use it. And the system isn’t done costing the government money. While the Army waited years for GMR, it spent $11 billion more on “legacy” radios based on technology from the Cold War. As Ward pointed out, the Army may yet pay billions more to get the radios it actually needs—just as the war in Afghanistan is winding down. - Full Article Source

06/23/12 - Diabetes epidemic brings spike in related eye disease
From 2000 and 2010, there was an 89% increase in the number of people with diabetic retinopathy, which affects the tiny blood vessels of the retina. The most severe forms can impair vision if not treated. About 7.7 million people ages 40 and older have diabetic retinopathy, the new estimates say.

Almost 26 million people in the USA have diabetes, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says. In diabetic retinopathy, high blood sugar causes small blood vessels to swell and leak into the retina, blurring vision and sometimes leading to blindness. A government study in 2008 found that about 4.2 million adults had the disease, the leading cause of blindness in adults.

"You can treat and stop progression," says Beatriz Muñoz, an associate professor of ophthalmology at the Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore. But the disease can be "asymptomatic," or without symptoms: "You may not know you have it," she says. "So it's important to have regular eye exams."

The vision analysis found that overall, the number of people over 40 with vision impairment and blindness has increased 23% in the past decade, partly because of more people with eye conditions such as cataracts.

Vision impairment is defined as having worse than 20/40 vision in the better eye even with glasses. In the USA, people are typically considered blind with vision of 20/200 or worse in their best eye.

If the trend remains the same, about 13 million in the USA will have visual impairment or be blind by 2050, the report says. "The increase we're seeing in eye diseases mirrors the increase in the aging population," Todd says. - Full Article Source

06/23/12 - What’s the One Best Question to Predict Casual Sex?
KeelyNet Christian Rudder is a young entrepreneur with a Harvard degree in mathematics, cofounder of a free dating website called OKCupid. The site has been tremendously successful, and has, according to Rudder, produced data on “hundreds of millions” of user interactions, as well as the various dating preferences and social attitudes of those users.

Rudder has applied his mathematics training to analyzing these data, and he writes about them in amusing and informative ways. In "ten charts about sex" he demonstrated an ability to graphically depict complex data in lovely and simple ways.

There’s a colorful dynamic graph depicting the relationship between a woman’s self-professed body weight (skinny, full-figured, obese, etc.), self-confidence, age, and sex-drive. Although it sounds complex, the graph nicely demonstrates that a woman’s sex drive rises dramatically until her late 30s, then drops just as dramatically, whereas her self-confidence steadily rises with age.

Women who self-describe as “curvy” are decidedly more interested in sex, and more self-confident, compared to women who say they are “skinny,” a trend that holds throughout the lifespan.

In one of his postings, titled "the best questions for a first date," Rudder analyzed millions of answers to the question “Would you consider sleeping with someone on the first date?”

The single best predictor of saying “yes” was whether or not the person liked the taste of beer. And this question was a good predictor whether the respondent was a man or a woman, gay or straight. I suspect this link may have something to do with the links between sex, politics and recreational drug use, and I discussed some research on this link in a blog titled: "Is opposition to pot-smoking really just fear of sex?"

For those who might be interested in relationships after the first date, Rudder also delved into the data set to find the three questions that best predicted whether couples actually hit it off with one another, and went on to become involved in a long-term relationship. He also checked to see what people thought were the best predictors.

According to popular opinion, the best questions to predict whether you’d hit it off were: 1) Is God important in your life?, 2) Is sex the most important part of a relationship?, 3) Does smoking disgust you? Indeed, the answers to those questions predicted relationship satisfaction significantly better than chance.

But the data suggested that you could predict compatibility more than twice as well by asking the following three questions: 1) Wouldn’t it be fun to chuck it all and go live on a sailboat? 2) Do you like horror movies? And 3) Have you ever traveled around another country alone? Those of you who have studied personality psychology will recognize those questions as linked to a personality trait called “sensation-seeking.”

Rudder's data suggest the startling possibility that incompatibility on sensation-seeking may be even more important than incompatibility on religion, sex, and smoking.

Although I’d be careful about jumping to so broad a conclusion without more data, it’s clear that questions about sensation-seeking are a good way to determine your future compatibility with a partner, regardless of whether you both share a taste for beer. - Full Article Source

06/23/12 - The blow-up seatbelt


The blow-up belts, which combine the restraint of a seatbelt with the protective cushioning of an airbag, will be available from next year.

Ford said the seatbelts would inflate almost instantly in an accident to protect the fragile bones and vulnerable organs of a young child or grandparent sat in the back of its family cars. They will be available in Europe as an optional extra costing about £250 in the new Ford Mondeo, which will be on sale from the middle of next year for about £17,000.

It is likely that the technology will soon be offered in Ford’s other cars, but a spokesman said it would not share it with its rivals.

The firm’s seatbelt engineer Joerg Doering said the seatbelts had been designed specifically for back-seat passengers, who do not have the protection of airbags.

He said the aim was ‘to reduce head, neck and chest injuries for rear-seat passengers, [who are] often children and older passengers who can be more vulnerable to such injuries’.

Mr Doering added: ‘In everyday use, the inflatable belts operate like conventional seatbelts and are safe and compatible with booster seats.

'But in the event of an accident, the belt rapidly expands to disperse crash forces across a body area five times greater than that achieved by a conventional seatbelt.

‘We’ve tested the system extensively using our entire crash test dummy family, and it offers extra protection over the standard rear seatbelt system.’

The inflatable seatbelts are activated when crash sensors dotted around the car detect a sudden impact accident.

They deploy fully in less than 40 milliseconds.

Unlike airbags, which are typically activated with heat-generating chemical reactions, the new seatbelts are inflated with cold compressed gas from a cylinder housed below the rear seat.

This will prevent passengers from receiving burns. - Full Article Source

06/23/12 - French scientists revive stem cells of dead people
A group from the Pasteur Institute was able to reactivate muscle stem cells from deceased persons after 17 days, which functioned normally after transplant...

A team of researchers from the Pasteur Institute demonstrated that it is possible to reactivate the muscle stem cells from human cadavers and transplant them to make new ones born in perfect condition.

The scientists found that these cells did not die with the person. That's because they reduced their activity to a minimum and, after discarding the mitochondria (small bodies that help with breathing), were in a state of hibernation.

Thus, cells could survive even in an environment so hostile, without oxygen and in the middle of an acid bath, as well as in the case of a muscle injury, "sleeping and waiting out the storm," as Professor Fabrice Chrétien affirmed to the newspaper Libération.

"This reserve of stem cells could serve to make bone marrow transplants used to treat leukemia and blood diseases, among other conditions. They could also address the lack of donors," said Chretien, who led the study alongside researcher, Shahragim Tajbakhsh. - Full Article Source

06/23/12 - NHS kills off 130,000 elderly patients every year
NHS doctors are prematurely ending the lives of thousands of elderly hospital patients because they are difficult to manage or to free up beds, a senior consultant claimed yesterday.

Professor Patrick Pullicino said doctors had turned the use of a controversial ‘death pathway’ into the equivalent of euthanasia of the elderly.

He claimed there was often a lack of clear evidence for initiating the Liverpool Care Pathway, a method of looking after terminally ill patients that is used in hospitals across the country.

It is designed to come into force when doctors believe it is impossible for a patient to recover and death is imminent.

It can include withdrawal of treatment – including the provision of water and nourishment by tube – and on average brings a patient to death in 33 hours.

There are around 450,000 deaths in Britain each year of people who are in hospital or under NHS care. Around 29 per cent – 130,000 – are of patients who were on the LCP.

Professor Pullicino claimed that far too often elderly patients who could live longer are placed on the LCP and it had now become an ‘assisted death pathway rather than a care pathway’.

He cited ‘pressure on beds and difficulty with nursing confused or difficult-to-manage elderly patients’ as factors.

Professor Pullicino revealed he had personally intervened to take a patient off the LCP who went on to be successfully treated.

Experts including Peter Millard, emeritus professor of geriatrics at the University of London, and Dr Peter Hargreaves, palliative care consultant at St Luke’s cancer centre in Guildford, Surrey, warned of ‘backdoor euthanasia’ and the risk that economic factors were being brought into the treatment of vulnerable patients.

A Department of Health spokesman said: ‘The Liverpool Care Pathway is not euthanasia and we do not recognise these figures. The pathway is recommended by NICE and has overwhelming support from clinicians – at home and abroad – including the Royal College of Physicians.

‘A patient’s condition is monitored at least every four hours and, if a patient improves, they are taken off the Liverpool Care Pathway and given whatever treatments best suit their new needs.’ - Full Article Source

06/23/12 - Capitalists Who Fear Change
"In his essay 'Capitalists Who Fear Change,' author Jeffrey Tucker takes on 'wimps who don't want to improve.'

From DMCA take-downs on 3D printing files to the constant refrain that every new form of music recording will 'kill music,' Mr. Tucker observes, 'Through our long history of improvement, every upgrade and every shift from old to new inspired panic.

The biggest panic typically comes from the producers themselves who resent the way the market process destabilizes their business model.' He analyzes how the markets move the march of technology ever forward.

He takes on patents, copyrights, tariffs, and protectionism of entrenched interests in general, with guarded optimism: 'The promise of the future is nothing short of spectacular — provided that those who lack the imagination to see the potential here don't get their way.'"

In the 1940s, Joseph Schumpeter said that the capitalists would ultimately destroy capitalism by insisting that their existing profitability models perpetuate themselves in the face of change. He said that the capitalist class would eventually lose its taste for innovation and insist on government rules that brought it to an end, in the interest of protecting business elites.

An example: when music and books starting going digital, there was a outcry. How will authors and musicians survive this onslaught?

The truth is that there was no onslaught. It was a windfall for consumers that turned into the greatest boon for music and literature ever. Today we see how this is working, and not only working but there are more authors and musicians making money today than ever before.

The methods could never have been anticipated in advance. Some give away their content and sell their performances. Some have found interesting new methods of distributing content behind pay walls that are affordable and convenient. Authors are starting to self publish through fantastic numbers of venues.

It was said that the radio would end live performance. No one would learn music anymore. Everything would be performed one time, and recorded for all time, and that would be the end.

Of course that didn’t happen. Then there was another panic when records came out, on the belief that this would destroy radio. Then tapes were next and everyone predicted doom for recorded music since music could be so easily duplicated (“Home Taping is Killing Music”). It was the same with digital music: surely this would be the death of all music!

And think back to the mass ownership of books in the 19th century. Many people predicted that these would destroy new authors because people would just buy books by old authors that were cheap and affordable. New authors would starve and no one would write anymore.

There is a pattern here. Every new technology that becomes profitable causes people to scream about the plight of existing producers. Then it turns out over time that the sector itself thrives as never before but in ways that no one really expected.

The great secret of the market economy is that it embodies a long-run tendency to dissipate profits under existing production and distribution methods. This is how competition works. This is how competition not only inspires improvement but makes it unavoidable. And this is one reason that so many capitalists hate capitalism.

The process goes like this. The new thing comes along and it earns high profits. Then the copycats come along and do the same thing cheaper and better, robbing the first producer of the monopoly status. Profits eventually fall to zero and then something even better has to come along to attract new business, earn new profits, elicit new copycats, and the whole thing starts all over again. - Full Article Source

06/23/12 - Rudimentary Liver Grown In a Dish
"Japanese scientists have coaxed stem cells into forming a 5-millimeter-long, three-dimensional tissue that the researchers labelled a liver bud — an early stage of liver development.

The bud lacks bile ducts but has blood vessels, and when transplanted into a mouse, was able to metabolize some drugs that human livers metabolize but mouse livers normally cannot.

The work is 'the first report demonstrating the creation of a human functional organ with vascular networks from pluripotent stem cells,' the team claims."

Genetic tests show that the tissue expresses many of the genes expressed in real liver. And, when transferred to the mouse, the tissue was able to metabolize some drugs that human livers metabolize but mouse livers normally cannot. The team claims that its work is “the first report demonstrating the creation of a human functional organ with vascular networks from pluripotent stem cells”.

o treat the commonest reason for liver transplants, chronic liver disease, the cells would have to be stable, potentially for many years, in the patient. But it is not clear whether that would be possible, especially considering that they would be exposed to many toxins and pathogens.

Furthermore, the organ would need to stay the right size, without atrophying or developing cancerous growth. “Any deviation from the mature phenotype could be catastrophic for the graft,” says Forbes. - Full Article Source

06/23/12 - Patch Makes Certain Skin Cancers Disappear
KeelyNet "What if treating skin cancer was just a matter of wearing a patch for a few hours? At this year's Society of Nuclear Medicine's Annual Meeting one group of researchers presented such a patch.

The patch is infused with phosphorus-32, a radioactive isotope used to treat some types of cancer.

In a study of 10 patients with basal cell carcinoma located on their faces, the patch was applied for three hours, then for another three hours four and seven days later. Six months after treatment, 8 of the patients were cancer free."

When biopsies were taken three months after treatment all ten patients, ranging from 32 to 74 years old, showed no traces of their tumors. When biopsies were performed again at six months, however, the basal cell carcinomas had returned in two of the patients.

The trial is admittedly very small, and larger studies still need to be performed before the patch can even be considered an effective and safe treatment. But if it is, the patch could provide a relatively painless alternative to surgery or radiotherapy commonly used to treat basal cell carcinomas, and avoid the scars or discomfort associated with those treatments.

“For patients, it is beneficial because it is a simple, inexpensive and convenient procedure that does not require them to be admitted to the hospital. This may become the standard procedure for treating basal cell carcinoma or serve as an alternative when surgery and radiotherapy are not possible.”

Phillipine Skin Cancer Cream - A barber-turned-inventor from Quezon City refused an offer of P3.5 billion for the patent of his invention, a cream based on cashew nut oil that rids users of warts, moles and other skin growths. He said he turned down the offer by two multinational drug firms for the outright purchase of his patent for his RCC herbal cream preparation, which could have assured him of P1 million in interest income a day for the rest of his life. The De la Cruz family runs the Amazing Touch Co. and has been conducting free treatments for residents of depressed areas, particularly in Zambales, where wild cashew nuts abound.

Out of curiosity, he pounded a wild cashew nut into a paste, and tasted it. He subsequently sustained an inflamed tongue and lips, feeling the sensation of heat traveling through them. He forgot the incident for a time, working as a barber by day and studying by night. One day, De la Cruz noticed that the warts on one of his regular customers were slowly disappearing. He asked what the man used to rid himself of the warts, to which the customer replied, “cashew nut.”

De la Cruz said the heat generated by the cashew nut oil can be compared to a laser that burns off any unwanted skin growth. “The heat generated by the oil kills bacteria and other unwanted organisms in the skin,” he said, noting that he added a “secret ingredient” to his herbal cream preparation. De la Cruz also has another international award-winning invention, the DeBCC cream, which is used for the treatment of basal cell carcinoma (BCC), the most common type of skin cancer.

The cream contains a formulation of cashew nut extracts and other Philippine herbs. “By mere application of the cream, with no radical and unacceptable surgeries or procedures, 14 patients with skin cancer were cured in 16 weeks. No recurrences were reported,” he said.

This all reminds me of an unusual paste I came across years ago with some friends who had used it cure their skin cancers. Luckily I had written it up in our archives and found a working link;

Cansema potassium rich cream to kill skin cancer - In yet another side discussion, a fellow showed us a pink mark on his ear and about a 2" rough circle on his chest which was healing...he said it was skin cancer...he used something called 'Big C' (Cansema)which claims to be a highly negatively charged potassium compound...when put on a skin cancer, it burns for a bit, but within a couple of days, the cancer scabs over and eventually falls off, leaving new pink was totally amazing to see the result..

You might have noticed the comments about a burning sensation with the cashew cream...I remember Ed said the same thing happened with Cansema, but that it wasn't really painful. You'll also note where the cashew cream inventor speaks of a 'secret ingredient' which appears to activate the cream. It is quite possible that secret ingredient is potassium. If you experiment with this and start selling it, how about supporting Keelynet on a regular basis.

So there you have it, everything old is new again. - JWD - Full Article Source

06/23/12 - New Film Renders Screen Reflection Almost Non-Existent
KeelyNet "Sony has used the SID 2012 conference to demonstrate a brand new combination of conductive film and low-reflection film that promises to render screen reflection almost non-existent in devices like smartphones and tablets.

Sony achieved such low reflections by combining its new conductive film with a moth-eye low reflection film. The key to the low reflectance is the formation of an uneven surface, which consists of both concave and convex structures (tiny bumps) that cover the entire film.

The uneven surface means that light won't just bounce back off the screen creating a reflection, and therefore making the screen usable in a wider range of lighting conditions."

The image above demonstrates just how good the new low-reflection setup is. The display at the top of the image uses a traditional conductive film and has very visible reflections. The display in the middle takes advantage of the new conductive film and noticeably reduces reflections. But it’s the display at the bottom that demonstrates what Sony’s film is actually capable of.

Sony achieved such low reflections by combining its new conductive film with a moth-eye low reflection film. Together they form a surface that reflects significantly less light than any other low reflecting films currently in use.

The key to the low reflectance is the formation of an uneven surface, which consists of both concave and convex structures (tiny bumps) that cover the entire film. The uneven surface means that light won’t just bounce back off the screen creating a reflection, and therefore making the screen usable in a wider range of lighting conditions.

Typically, the gap between a display and its touch panel is filled with optical clear adhesive (OCA), which also helps cut down on reflections. Sony demonstrated that the low-reflection film does just as good a job as OCA in cutting reflections, but also that its new film works with OCA if required.

There’s no word yet on when we can expect to see the new film used in a device, but you can bet Sony will want to include it in one of its own tablets and smartphones first. - Full Article Source

06/23/12 - Have Your Fingerprints Read From 6 Meters Away
"A new startup has technology to read fingerprints from up to 6 meters away. IDair currently sells to the military, but they are beta testing it with a chain of 24-hour fitness centers that want to restrict sharing of access cards.

IDair also wants to sell this to retail stores and credit card companies as a replacement for physical cards. Lee Tien from the EFF notes that the security of such fingerprint databases is a privacy concern."

Since the last time this technology was mentioned more than a year ago, it seems that the claimed range for reading has tripled, and the fingerprint reader business has been spun off from the company at which development started.

IDair makes a machine that Burcham says can photographically capture a fingerprint from as far away as six meters in enough detail to match against a database. Add facial and iris-recognition technology, Burcham said, and you have the basis for a good biometrics system that can control access to any building or room within a building.

Currently, IDair's customers are military. The system can be used, for example, to tell the difference between friendly locals and potential terrorists while soldiers stay safe behind blast walls.

But the future lies in commercial use. A 24-hour fitness center chain is beta-testing the system now as a way to stop access key sharing by friends or roommates, he said. Ultimately, Burcham said, the vision is that "when you walk into Target and run the items you want to buy across the checkout counter, you aren't going to have to pull out your wallet or dig out your credit card, which is easily stolen and getting easier to steal every day."

How does the IDair unit work? Burcham says it's closer to the way satellites process ground images than the way Photoshop refines our vacation pictures. "There is a little bit of pattern recognition," he said, "but a lot of it is different ways of sharpening the image ... a lot of edge detection, things like that."

Using image processing means there's no need for the subject to touch the scanner to get a reading. That eliminates problems associated with oil or dirt on the finger. The basic IDair machine now, which costs under $2,000, processes one finger's print. That's good enough to get into a building, when added to iris or face-recognition software, but ironically it isn't good enough to make a commercial transaction. Four fingers is the standard for that level of identification, he said.

Tien said electronic fingerprints can be like Social Security numbers. He calls them "coat hangers" on which a lot of identifying information can be hung. In other words, with a Social Security number, you can find out many other things about someone. Fingerprints could be same way, he said, and "someone else could use it to pretend to be me."

"Yes, it can be abused," Burcham agreed. "Anything can be abused. The point is, are there restrictions in place to not abuse it?" The answer with IDair is yes, he said. "But what it's going to come down to is: Do you want to go through that door? Do you want to buy something with Amazon?" - Full Article Source

06/23/12 - Kaspersky Says Lack of Digital Voting Will Be Democracy's Downfall
"Eugene Kaspersky, founder and CEO of cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab, has warned that one of the greatest cyber threats facing the world is the lack of effective online voting systems, claiming that unless young people can vote online they won't bother at all and the whole democratic system will collapse.

Not everyone is buying that theory, however (and there's reason to suspect Kaspersky has a vested interest in online voting, which may need his firm's cybersecurity products).

As producer James Lambie writes, 'Ultimately, the digital native's disenchantment with voting is based less on a lack of suitable technology and more on disillusionment with the craven and anemic political choices they are presented with.'"

"[T]he lack of well-established online voting systems is a real threat to democratic nations of the Western world," Kaspersky said in a recent interview with the BBC. He stated that the generational divide between ever-more-digitized youth and their parents will increase to the point where "the whole democratic system could collapse" because "if there's no online voting system, these kids won't physically go anywhere to vote, they just won't, they'll refuse."

Ignoring the fact that the walk to the polling station would probably do them some good, is there really a need for the election of our governments and heads of state to be reduced to something akin to an X Factor episode to accommodate this apparent threat from the listless digital native?

The influences on voter turnout are infinite and unpredictable, from an apathetic malaise among a populace at large through to inclement weather.

Many people, when asked why they don’t vote, reportedly say that they don’t have the free time to do so. If true, this is somewhat ironic, given the negative impact on people’s lives that the “always-on” Internet culture is blamed for.

Beyond the human frailties of the voters themselves, it is highly questionable that technology and the Internet are either robust or cost-effective enough to provide an easy alternative for the voter.

Attempts by other countries to design and build alternative online voting systems have met with failure as a result of the more traditional cybersecurity threats that Kaspersky alludes to.

Recall what happened when Washington, DC, introduced efforts to allow Internet voting for overseas voters. When invited to test it, security experts hacked the system within 48 hours. To prove their point, the hackers voted Futurama’s drunken robot Bender to head the District of Columbia’s school board.

Ultimately, the digital native’s disenchantment with voting is based less on a lack of suitable technology and more on disillusionment with the craven and anemic political choices they are presented with. - Full Article Source

06/23/12 - PayPal Starts Bug Bounty Program
KeelyNet "PayPal is the latest company to join the ranks of software vendors and Web properties that offer bounties to security researchers who privately disclose new bugs to them. The company isn't saying how much it will pay for each bug, just that its security team will determine the severity of each flaw as well as the ultimate payout. PayPal's decision to offer financial incentives to researchers follows the establishment of similar programs by companies including Google, Mozilla, Facebook, Barracuda and others. Google's bug bounty program may be the most well-known and comprehensive, as it includes bugs not just in its software products such as Chrome, but also its Web properties. The company has paid out more than $400,000 in rewards to researchers since the program began and researchers who consistently find bugs in Google's products can make a nice side income off the program."

All companies should adopt this practice, ESPECIALLY THE US GOVERNMENT. Apply thousands or millions of minds to upcoming systems and designs to seek out flaws and correct them before implementing a failed program like healthcare and pay the contributor for their efforts.

We have boundless intelligent, perceptive people who could really help make a difference in programs and systems being as perfect as possible before putting them into place at massive cost and effort, only to discover it is rampant with bugs and faulty design.

It goes along the lines of Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnsons idea that states whould be allowed to run themselves with minimal FED interference or control.

This way the states would serve as 'innovation labs' to seek out and implement a wide variety of approaches to carry out states business.

The best designed and best functioning programs and systems could be adopted by other states if they so desired.

This way we are not stuck or forced to follow a massive faulty single design from a FED perspective. - JWD - Full Article Source

06/23/12 - MIT Research Amplifies Invisible Detail In Video
"MIT researchers have invented an algorithm which is able to amplify motion in video that is invisible to the naked eye — such as the motion of blood pulsing through a person's face, or the breathing of an infant.

The algorithm — which was invented almost by accident — could find applications in safety, medicine, surveillance, and other areas.

'The system is somewhat akin to the equalizer in a stereo sound system, which boosts some frequencies and cuts others, except that the pertinent frequency is the frequency of color changes in a sequence of video frames, not the frequency of an audio signal.

The prototype of the software allows the user to specify the frequency range of interest and the degree of amplification. The software works in real time and displays both the original video and the altered version of the video, with changes magnified.'"

Using the system to amplify motion rather than color requires a different kind of filtration, and it works well only if the motions are relatively small. But of course, those are exactly the motions whose amplification would be of interest.

Rubinstein envisions that, among other applications, the system could be used for "contactless monitoring" of hospital patients' vital signs. Boosting one set of frequencies would allow measurement of pulse rates, via subtle changes in skin coloration; boosting another set of frequencies would allow monitoring of breathing. The approach could be particularly useful with infants who are born prematurely or otherwise require early medical attention. "Their bodies are so fragile, you want to attach as few sensors as possible," Rubinstein says.

It could be used to compare different images of the same scene, allowing the user to easily pick out changes that might otherwise go unnoticed. In one set of experiments, the system was able to dramatically amplify the movement of shadows in a street scene photographed only twice, at an interval of about 15 seconds.

Similarly, Rubinstein says, the system could be used to augment video baby monitors for the home, so that the respiration of sleeping infants would be clearly visible. A father himself, Rubinstein says that he and his wife equipped their daughter's crib with commercial pressure sensors intended to gauge motion and reassure anxious parents that their children are still breathing. "Those are kind of expensive," Rubinstein says, "and some people really complain about getting false positives with them. So I can really see how this type of technique will be able to work better."

In their paper, the researchers describe experiments in which they began investigating both of these applications. But since they've begun giving talks on the work, Rubinstein says, colleagues have proposed a range of other possible uses, from laparoscopic imaging of internal organs, to long-range-surveillance systems that magnify subtle motions, to contactless lie detection based on pulse rate. - Full Article Source

06/23/12 - Directions for Election


A bit old school but I think most people will get it. - Thanks to Ken for this drawing. - JWD - Full Article Source

Top 7 Reasons to Re-Elect President Obama


06/20/12 - Gardening on the Moon
NASA scientists tried exposing various crops—corn, lettuce, tobacco ... you know, the essentials—to moon dust. The plants weren't grown in the dust, exactly. Instead, it was scattered in their pots or rubbed on some of their leaves. In this study, the plants that were exposed seemed to grow faster than unexposed plants.

In 2010, scientists at the University of Florida published a review of all the Apollo-era research on this subject, which amounted to exactly three published studies. From that data, we can say that the plants weren't obviously affected in any seriously negative ways by their exposure to lunar soils—which is good—but we can't really say the plants grew better their terrestrial-only cousins, either.

In the end, and as recorded in the peer-reviewed scientific literature, there were only three published primary studies of seeds, seedlings, and plants grown in contact with lunar materials. In those three cases, small amounts of lunar material were used, and the plants were relatively large.

In general, the dusting of plants or the mixing of lunar fines with other support media makes plant interaction with the lunar material a small part of the plant experience. At no point were plants actually grown in lunar samples in the way that one might imagine, with the entire root structure growing through and in constant association with a lunar soil.

It is no accident that the wording of most of the titles of the studies, as well as the careful discussion within the papers, refers to growth “in contact with” lunar samples—not “in” lunar samples. With only a small portion of the roots, for example, interacting with the lunar materials, it is likely that plant responses to the lunar materials were, therefore, quite attenuated due to the lack of an extensive plant/lunar soil interface.

Biophysical issues, such as root penetration of dry and variously hydrated lunar sample types, were completely unaddressed. Thus, the effects of actual growth within lunar soils were simply not a part of the plant studies of the Apollo era.

On the other hand, in 2008 scientists with the European Space Agency tried growing marigolds in a medium of crushed rock—basically the much-cheaper equivalent of growing plants in moon "soil". There's no indication that the marigolds did better than those grown in real dirt, but they did grow and they did survive (even without any added fertilizer), which could be indirect evidence in support of the Moon gardeners of the future. - Full Article Source

06/20/12 - Robot copters that carry people but no pilots
KeelyNet Automation is supposed to make life easier: allowing us to loll around eating doughnuts while the machine does its thing. But when the machine stops working, humans have to throw their half-eaten baked goods to one side and deal with the screw-up. And while that's one thing on a factory production line, it's another when you're 200ft in the air in a miniature helicopter.

A cross-European project investigates the possibility of solving Europe's road congestion by putting commuters in tiny personal helicopters by circa 2050. This time, the boffins are looking at how they can use automation to make the mini-'copters safe. This is the project's brief:

Such Personal Aerial Vehicles should be fully or partially autonomous without requiring ground-based air traffic control. Furthermore, they should operate outside controlled airspace while current air traffic remains unchanged, and should later be integrated into the next generation of controlled airspace.

"Safety is the top concern that people have with the idea of personal helicopters," says Professor Michael Decker, whose work has largely been in robotics and automation, especially within the field of health.

It's not hard to build something flying: It's hard to build something safe that works 200 days a year – that's the minimum we would need.

In planes and helicopters today, the autopilot functions as it does on the factory production line: it keeps things ticking over through the easy bits but as soon as a thunderstorm crops up, or the plane needs to land, the highly trained pilot takes over.

Professor Decker and his team are attempting to reconsider how automation could work and to get a system that would be able to manage the hard bits of the driving, for example, when the wind picks up.

The idea is that automation needs to be an option, if a thunderstorm happens... you can switch to full automatic mode. Early adopters would not accept full automation, they would want to fly and have the experience of flying.

As the MyCopter Mission statement (PDF) says:

...the project will introduce new automation technologies for obstacle avoidance, path planning and formation flying, which also have excellent potential for other aerospace applications. This project is a unique integration of social investigations and technological advancements that are necessary to move public transportation into the third dimension.

Automated driving is not just a tiny helicopter problem, it is a sticking point for travel innovation generally: and core to the problems inherent in Google's big transport idea – the self-driving car.

On the topic of self-driving cars, the stakes are a little lower – you're unlikely to fall from the sky to your death (and be crushed to death by the heap of burning metal if you're not already toast) – but the question of how an automated system can deal with an "upsetting/unexpected event" remains. Decker says:

We have the same problem: how we get all the different things into the system. It's not just about the cars; it's about people walking around, motorcycling, about all these children walking around. In the air that's not a problem. That's why they are thinking about sticking GPS locators in children's school bags so that the cars know where they are.

It is also an insurance problem if the car thinks you want to do an emergency brake but you [don't]... and something happens: was it you, was it the car?

Don't expect the personal helicopter institute to come up with any cute models. They're thinking about how to make the robots better than us... at least at driving. - Full Article Source

06/20/12 - USB stick that deletes all the viruses
KeelyNet Getting a virus cleaned off your computer can be a burden at the best of times.

But now a new USB stick aims to make it far easier by giving you the same tools as the professionals - and all you have to do is plug it in.

The FixMeStick supposedly finds the files which other anti-virus programmes miss by using powerful anti-virus software normally used by computer technicians.

All users have to do is put it into a USB slot on their PC and it will do the rest.

Rather than scanning it starts your machine again then interrupts Windows so that it can carry out a full check before it loads.

Scanning takes up to a few hours depending on how big your hard drive is and quarantining any viruses takes around 45 minutes.

The product is extremely thorough and uses three anti-virus programmes powered by Kaspersky Lab, Sophos, and GFI, three of the biggest names in computer security.

Giving it three stars out of five, PC Mag’s Neil Rubenking said that it ‘can be a bit heavy-handed, wiping out files that it shouldn't’.

He said; ‘When its engines detect a valid file infested by malware, it can't disinfect the file back to its original status.

‘All it can do is toss that file into quarantine. If this happens to an essential Windows file, you may be hosed.’

Among the other problems was that the removal ‘failed to prevent several detected rootkits from running’.

On however reviews from members of the public were more positive and were on average five out of five.

An S M Rivenes wrote: ‘This is an amazing product - simple, user-friendly and works unbelievably well.’

The FixMeStick is available from its Montreal-based manufacturers via the website

It costs $49.99 (£31.86) then $29.99 (£15.92) per year to renew the license. - Full Article Source

06/20/12 - Missing Matter, Parallel Universes?
"Could mirror universes or parallel worlds account for dark matter — the 'missing' matter in the Universe? In what seems to be mixing of science and science fiction, a new paper by a team of theoretical physicists hypothesizes the existence of mirror particles as a possible candidate for dark matter.

An anomaly observed in the behavior of ordinary particles that appear to oscillate in and out of existence could be from a 'hypothetical parallel world consisting of mirror particles,' says a press release from Springer.

'Each neutron would have the ability to transition into its invisible mirror twin, and back, oscillating from one world to the other.'"

The oscillations between the parallel worlds could occur within a timescale of a few seconds, the team says.

“Each neutron would have the ability to transition into its invisible mirror twin, and back, oscillating from one world to the other,” the authors say.

This isn’t the first time the existence of mirror matter has been suggested and has been predicted to be sensitive to the presence of magnetic field such as Earth’s.

“The discovery of a parallel world via … oscillation and of a mirror magnetic back-ground at the Earth, striking in itself, would give crucial information on the accumulation the of dark matter in the solar system and in the Earth, due to its interaction with normal matter, with far reaching implications for physics of the sun and even for geophysics,” the team writes in their paper. - Full Article Source

06/20/12 - Belief In Hell Predicts a Country's Crime Rates Better Than Other Factors
KeelyNet "Religion is often thought of as psychological defense against bad behavior, but researchers have recently found that the effect of religion on pro-social behaviors may actually be driven by the belief in hell and supernatural punishment rather than faith in heaven and spiritual benevolence.

In a large analysis of 26 years of data consisting of 143,197 people in 67 countries, psychologists found significantly lower crime rates in societies where many people believe in hell compared to those where more people believed in heaven."

Religiosity shows consistent positive correlations with charity and volunteerism [2], and negative relations with lax attitudes about the justifiability of moral transgressions [3]. Moreover, experimental work has shown that religious priming increases ‘prosocial’ generosity and cooperation, and decreases cheating [4]–[6].

However, recent studies suggest that not all religious beliefs are equal in this respect. Though supernatural punishment is associated with increases in normative behavior, laboratory research reveals the concept of supernatural benevolence to be associated with decreases in normative behavior.

For example, university students with stronger beliefs in in God’s punitive and angry nature tended to be the least likely to cheat on an academic task, whereas stronger beliefs in God’s comforting and forgiving nature significantly predicted higher levels of cheating [7]. These results remained robust after controlling for plausible third variable candidates.

This pattern of results is consistent with theories highlighting the effectiveness of supernatural punishment–specifically–at regulating moral behavior and, as a result, group cooperation [8]–[9], [1]. These theories argue that human punishment is a highly effective deterrent to anti-social behavior within groups, but one that faces inevitable limitations of scale.

Human monitors cannot see all transgressions, human judgers cannot adjudicate with perfect precision, and human punishers are neither able to apprehend every transgressor, nor escape the potential dangers of retribution. Divine punishment, on the other hand, has emerged as a cultural tool to overcome a number of those limitations. Unlike humans, divine punishers can be omniscient, omnipotent, infallible, and untouchable-and therefore able to effectively deter transgressors who may for whatever reason be undeterred by earthly policing systems.

Supernatural benevolence, however, is not theorized to be similarly effective at stabilizing cooperation within groups. Moreover, the evidence thus far suggests that though the more ‘positive’ religious attributes may provide their own benefits, such as better self-esteem [10] or health coping [11], their role in encouraging moral behavior may be, at best, minimal and, at worst, negative. - Full Article Source

06/20/12 - Poisoning your body with Sodas


Some people drink soda pop as if it is water, some even instead of water. Sure, the primary ingredient is water, but, with all the other “stuff” it contains it can have a…toxic…poisonous…lethal…venomous… seriously harmful effect on your entire body. Drinking soda pop is a sure-fire way to age faster.

Soda Pop (or carbonated soft drinks) has an alarming amount of sugar, calories and harmful additives in it that have absolutely no nutritional value.

Studies have linked soda to osteoporosis, obesity, tooth decay and heart disease. Despite this, soda accounts for more than one-quarter of all drinks consumed in the United States….and we wonder why we can’t lose weight and why we have health problems. So very often our health problems do not BEGIN on their own.

WE encourage illness and disease little-by-little every day by NOT preventing their cause. We know better, we try to fool ourselves, but our bodies’ cells can’t be fooled about what we put in our mouths. I hope the next time you look at a can of soda pop you take note of the ingredients and smarten up for the good of your own healthy lifespan and that of your children and grandchildren. …What you are about to read should turn you away from sodas altogether. Here’s what’s in Soda Pop:

Phosphoric Acid: May interfere with the body's ability to use calcium, which can lead to osteoporosis or softening of the teeth and bones. Phosphoric acid also neutralizes the hydrochloric acid in your stomach, which can interfere with digestion, making it difficult to utilize nutrients.

Sugar: Soft drink manufacturers are the largest single user of refined sugar in the United States. It is a proven fact that sugar increases insulin levels, which can lead to high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease, diabetes, weight gain, premature aging and many more negative side effects. Most sodas include over 100 percent of the RDA of sugar.

Aspartame: This chemical is used as a sugar substitute in diet soda. There are over 92 different health side effects associated with aspartame consumption including brain tumors, birth defects, diabetes, emotional disorders and epilepsy/seizures. Further, when aspartame is stored for long periods of time or kept in warm areas it changes to methanol, an alcohol that converts to formaldehyde and formic acid, which are known carcinogens.

Caffeine: Caffeinated drinks can cause jitters, insomnia, high blood pressure, irregular heartbeat, elevated blood cholesterol levels, vitamin and mineral depletion, breast lumps, birth defects, and perhaps some forms of cancer.

Soda is one of the main reasons, nutritionally speaking, why many people suffer health problems. Aside from the negative effects of the soda itself, drinking a lot of soda is likely to leave you with little appetite for vegetables, protein and other food that your body needs.

How many sodas have you had today? How about your kids? The average American drinks an estimated 56 gallons of soft drinks each year, but before you grab that next can of soda, consider this: one can of soda has about 10 teaspoons of sugar, 150 calories, 30 to 55 mg of caffeine, and is loaded with artificial food colors and sulphites.

Teenagers and children, who many soft drinks are marketed toward, are among the largest consumers. In the past 10 years, soft drink consumption among children has almost doubled in the United States. Teenage boys now drink, on average, three or more cans of soda per day, and 10 percent drink seven or more cans a day. The average for teenage girls is more than two cans a day, and 10 percent drink more than five cans a day.

It also raises the question of how one determines a product's caffeine content. Nutrition labels are not required to divulge that information. If a beverage contains caffeine, it must be included in the ingredient list, but there's no way to tell how much a beverage has, and there's little logic or predictability to the way caffeine is deployed throughout a product line.

What Happens to Your Body If You Drink a Coke Right Now? - Have you ever wondered why Coke comes with a smile? Because it gets you high. They removed the cocaine almost 100 years ago. Why? It was redundant.

In the first 10 minutes: 10 teaspoons of sugar hit your system. (100% of your recommended daily intake.) You don’t immediately vomit from the overwhelming sweetness because phosphoric acid cuts the flavor, allowing you to keep it down.

20 minutes: Your blood sugar spikes, causing an insulin burst. Your liver responds to this by turning any sugar it can get its hands on into fat. (And there’s plenty of that at this particular moment.)

40 minutes: Caffeine absorption is complete. Your pupils dilate; your blood pressure rises; as a response, your liver dumps more sugar into your bloodstream. The adenosine receptors in your brain are now blocked, preventing drowsiness.

45 minutes: Your body ups your dopamine production, stimulating the pleasure centers of your brain. This is physically the same way heroin works, by the way.

> 60 minutes: The phosphoric acid binds calcium, magnesium, and zinc in your lower intestine, providing a further boost in metabolism. This is compounded by high doses of sugar and artificial sweeteners also increasing the urinary excretion of calcium.

> 60 minutes: The caffeine’s diuretic properties come into play. (It makes you have to pee.) It is now assured that you’ll evacuate the bonded calcium, magnesium, and zinc that was headed to your bones as well as sodium, electrolytes, and water.

> 60 minutes: As the rave inside you dies down, you’ll start to have a sugar crash. You may become irritable and/or sluggish. You’ve also now, literally, pissed away all the water that was in the Coke. But not before infusing it with valuable nutrients your body could have used for things like hydrating your system, or building strong bones and teeth.

This will all be followed by a caffeine crash in the next few hours. (As little as two if you’re a smoker.) - Full Article Source

06/20/12 - Invention turns treadmill into a desk
The TrekDesk is designed to assemble around almost any treadmill, allowing the user to take care of business using the desk while walking on the treadmill.

The flat desk provides space for papers, computers, and even a cup holder.

And while walking on the treadmill is designed to encourage weight-loss in the user, the relatively low pace means the user will not be left out of breath.

The manufacturers boast that their invention can cut the risk of diabetes, stroke, and even cancer in users.

By using the TrekDesk, they say, it is easily possible to lose around a pound every week.

They also claim that rather than people being distracted from their work by walking, concentration and productivity will actually increase thanks to the exercise.

But for around £300 each — treadmill not included — it might be easier just to go out for a walk. - Full Article Source

06/20/12 - Fostering invention is not just about cash
"Innovation”, Steve Jobs once said, “has nothing to do with how many R&D dollars you have. When Apple came up with the Mac, IBM was spending at least 100 times more on R&D.

“It’s not about money. It’s about the people you have, how you’re led and how much you get it.”

“You can’t just turn research and development programmes on and off. Today’s innovation may be the result of 10 to 15 years’ effort in building a team and a knowledge base. You have to make R&D sacrosanct.”

Another common factor, says James Utterback, professor of management and innovation at MIT, is a company’s ability to tune in to the broader market for its innovation.

“[Innovators] are not necessarily or even often ‘first movers’ as popularly believed. Rather, they may come late to the game but deliver a superior synthesis to their customers. Apple is a much overworked example of this.”

Yet perhaps the most important quality, he suggests, is the flexibility to respond to new threats. “Success is never permanent, and meeting a challenge at one juncture may or may not prepare a highly successful company to meet the next one,” he says. - Full Article Source

06/20/12 - Why VCs Really Reject Startups
"Instead of simply not following up with startup proposals that he doesn't intend to pursue, venture capitalist Josh Breinlinger decided to change things up and not only hear every pitch request but respond with honest feedback.

For those on the receiving end of that honest feedback, Breinlinger's silence may have been golden.

It turns out that Breinlinger, and perhaps most VCs, reject your proposals because you lack experience and leadership skills and your team is weak.

Would you rather hear the hard truth about why your startup didn't get funded or some vague dismissal?"

I learned the first cardinal rule of VC - it's all about the team. Every time we receive a pitch as a group, we'll try to convene immediately after for a very quick discussion. Most of that discussion is about the team, then some about the product and market. It's about whether we like or dislike the founder. It's often more subtle things than people realize, things like:

* Did you see the way he fidgeted in his chair when answering the question?
* Did you see how vaguely he described this particular issue - seemed like there was a lot of hand-waving.
* He seemed a little agitated, he must be getting frustrated in the fundraising process.
* He seemed a little desperate, he must be losing faith in the business.

Now that we've concluded that we're not going to invest in the team, it becomes time to let the founders know that we're going to pass.

So, is there a solution? I think there is. Here's what it requires:

* More direct soliciation of feedback. "Do you have any feedback for me personally?"
* More two-way feedback. VCs should seek feedback from entrepreneurs too. If you pitch me or know me, please give me feedback!
* Check egos. It's easy to get defensive... just try hard not to.

PS - this post was in part inspired by Dan Ariely's fantastic work on Dishonesty. I find the subject fascinating. - Full Article Source

06/20/12 - NASA and FAA Team To Streamline, Regulate Commercial Space Access
"The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and NASA today said they signed an agreement to coordinate standards for commercial space travel of government and non-government astronauts to and from low-Earth orbit and the International Space Station (ISS).

The main goals of the agreement are to establish a framework for the emerging commercial US space industry to help streamline requirements and multiple sets of standards and ultimately to regulate public and crew safety."

The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed by the two agencies establishes policy for operational missions to the space station. Commercial providers will still be required to obtain a license from the FAA for public safety. Crew safety and mission assurance will be NASA's responsibility.

It's clear from the success of Space X that we know that the private sector is ready to go into commercial space with cargo and astronauts are not far behind, said NASA Administrator Charles Bolden. "We are fostering private sector innovation while maintaining high standards of safety and reliability."

The policy established in the argreement clarifies for potential commercial providers the regulatory environment for operational missions to the orbiting laboratory. It also ensures that the two agencies will have compatible processes for ensuring public safety.

The FAA is responsible for regulating and licensing all U.S. private companies and individuals involved in commercial space transportation. - Full Article Source

06/20/12 - Border Agency To Listen In On Travellers' Conversations
KeelyNet Travellers already under the watchful eye of security officials at Canadian airports and land border crossings could face increased surveillance in certain customs-controlled areas as the Canada Border Services Agency will soon monitor them with high-definition cameras and use microphones to listen in on their conversations.

Government officials are being vague on the details of the program, even to the country's privacy watchdog. But CBC News has confirmed CBSA has installed cameras and microphones at the MacDonald Cartier Airport in Ottawa to watch and eavesdrop on travellers.

It is unclear when the new equipment will be operational.

New HD cameras and audio recording technology will be added "as a part of a natural lifecycle replacement and usually coincide with scheduled facilities renovations," he said.

The agency wouldn't say whether any other Canadian locations would get an audio-video upgrade or when the current locations would be up and running, but says the public will be given notice. Basic signs will be posted where monitoring and recording is taking place.

CBSA said most recordings are deleted after a minimum retention period of 30 days. Recordings of incidents that may require further action on the part of CBSA, such as a traveller complaint or incidents that are expected to result in court action, are kept for a minimum of two years. - Full Article Source

06/20/12 - Suicide by sugar? Sweet tooth is killing us, many doctors say
Americans love their sugar. Sweet because just one dietary change — eliminating added sugars — could reverse America's deadliest and costliest ills, including obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and many cancers, experts say.

The United States now spends three out of every four health-care dollars treating these diseases, according to the authors of a recent article in Nature, which said that because of sugar's potential for abuse — coupled with its toxicity and pervasiveness in the Western diet — it should be controlled like alcohol and tobacco.

"I agree with all of it," saidDr. Phil Wood, a scientist at Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute in Lake Nona, where he's a professor of metabolic disease. "All these diseases could be largely avoided or prevented if Americans consumed less sugar."

Wood, 55, got serious about kicking his sugar habit 10 years ago. He hasn't had a soft drink since. "I'm disgusted by the whole industry."

Four years ago, his frustration with the food industry's unwillingness to cut sugar in its products led him to walk away from his role as a paid consultant for a large cereal company.

"The company executives refused to listen to my advice," Wood said. "They tried to gloss over the harmful effects of sugar. The food industry is in denial because it will cost them to change their ways."

The association between America's sugar habit and its skyrocketing rate of metabolic diseases already has caught the attention of policymakers.

Last month, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg touted a plan to ban supersized soft drinks in restaurants and movie theaters, citing the sugary drinks' ill effects on health — and wallets.

That same week, the Food and Drug Administration quashed a petition from the Corn Refiners Association asking permission to change the much-maligned name of high-fructose corn syrup to the more innocuous "corn sugar." - Full Article Source

06/20/12 - Gary Johnson exluded from CNN debates - his Responses Although he has been polling higher than Huntsman and about even with Santorum, CNN refused to invite former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson to their Presidential debate in New Hampshire. Rather than allow one firm to pick winners and losers in the political process, Gary has turned to the internet to release video responses to every single question asked during the debate.

I like so many of his ideas. That much of governing should be done by the states acting as innovation labs where the best ideas and practices rise to the top rather than one federal mandate that all must follow.

This way the states could CHOOSE from many systems that might work best for them. It is inescapable logic. Adapt and optimize.

Does it not make exquisitie sense to have dozens (or more) approaches being tested to determine what works best than just one massive faulty system that all are REQUIRED to follow.

He is also right that forty three cents out of every dollar is paying for INTEREST on loans. We need to stop the wars and recall all our troops. Why should we be nation building and interferring in other countries politics and futures?

It is clear the powers that be are afraid of what Gary Johson represents to all the vested powers and corrupted systems that have existed for many decades, so they blatantly EXCLUDE him from a public debate and get away with it.

Many I know want Ron Paul as our next president but that isn't going to happen without a massive writein we need a groudswell to put Gary Johnson in office because he will invite Ron Paul to occupy a position to advise him. - JWD - Full Article Source


06/17/12 - $129 Thermoelectric BioLite CampStove
KeelyNet Our stoves cook your meals with nothing but the twigs you collect on your journey, eliminating the need for heavy, expensive, polluting petroleum gas. Quick to light, fast to boil and easy to use.

By converting heat from the fire into usable electricity, our stoves will recharge your phones, lights and other gadgets while you cook dinner. Unlike solar, BioLite CampStove is a true on-demand source.

The CampStove isn't just for camping; it's great to have on hand when the power goes out in a storm or other natural disasters. You'll be able to cook and keep electronics charged while power lines are down.

Fast to boil: 4.5 minutes to boil 1 liter of water
Fire power output (peak): 3.4 kw (lo) 5.5 kw (hi)
USB power output: Max continuous: 2W @5V, Peak: 4W @5V
Compatible Devices: Powers most USB-chargeable devices including smartphones
Fuel: Burns sticks, pine cones, pellets and other biomass
Packed size: Height 8.25 inches, Width 5 inches
Weight: 2 lbs 1 oz / 935 grams
Pot weight limit: 8 lbs or 1 gallon of liquid
Materials: Stainless steel, aluminum, plastic

And check out the BioLite HomeStove™

Using our patent-pending technology, BioLite has created a low-cost biomass cookstove that, by converting waste heat into electricity, reduces smoke emissions by up to 95% while simultaneously providing users with the capability to charge mobile phones and LED lights. - Full Article Source

06/17/12 - Forget Edison: How History's Greatest Inventions Really Happened
The world's most famous inventors are household names. As we all know, Thomas Edison invented the light bulb, Alexander Graham Bell invented the phone, and Eli Whitney invented the cotton gin.

Except they didn't. The ideas didn't spring, Athena-like, fully formed from their brains. In fact, they didn't spring fully formed from anybody's brains. That is the myth of the lonely inventor and the eureka moment.

"Simultaneous invention and incremental improvement are the way innovation works, even for radical inventions," Mark A. Lemley writes in his fascinating paper The Myth of the Sole Inventor.

Lemley's paper concentrates on the history and problems of patents. But he also chronicles the history of the 19th and 20th century's most famous inventors -- with an emphasis on how their inventions were really neither theirs, nor inventions. Here is a super-quick summary of his wonderful distillation of the last 200 years in collaborative innovation.

At the end of this section, Lemley lists four inventors who, yeah, okay, really were alone. But the funny thing about the exceptions is that they're almost all accidents.

(Still, it takes the one guy to have that Eureka moment! We all stand on the shoulders of giants. It is the ability to connect the pieces to produce a working device that counts and for which the discoverer deserves the title of 'inventor'. - JWD) - Full Article Source

06/17/12 - Listerine a Miracle treatment for infections?
KeelyNet For cuts, bruises, wounds, stings—all infections-LISTERINE—instantly! (Oct, 1930). Whenever the skin is broken, there is acute danger of infection. Germs of infection may reach the wound from other parts of the skin surface or the air may transmit them.

Whenever there is an accident such as a cut, bruise, burn, or sting, that breaks the surface of the skin, the intelligent thing to do is to douse full strength Listerine on the affected part, and to repeat the treatment frequently.

For Listerine, though safe and non-poisonous, is a remarkable germicide with amazing power to kill germs without harming tissue.

Repeated tests in great international laboratories show that when used full strength, Listerine kills even the stubborn Staphylococcus Aureus (pus) and Bacillus Typhosus (typhoid) in counts ranging to 200,000,000 in 15 seconds.

Listerine also has marked penetrating power, enabling it to reach germs in the tissue.

Its prompt use in any open wound is a valuable aid to nature in destroying dangerous micro-organisms.

In addition to its germicidal power, Listerine has a pleasant, healing effect. It reduces swelling, allays inflammation, and antiseptically cleanses the tissue.

Use it full strength for all minor wounds and until the doctor comes, in serious ones. Lambert Pharmacal Company, St. Louis, Mo., U.S.A.

Soothes, heals, combats infection KILLS 200,000,000 GERMS IN 15 SECONDS - (fastest killing time accurately recorded by science) - Full Article Source

06/17/12 - Juan Enriquez: Will our kids be a different species?
Throughout human evolution, multiple versions of humans co-existed. Could we be mid-upgrade now?

At TEDxSummit, Juan Enriquez sweeps across time and space to bring us to the present moment -- and shows how technology is revealing evidence that suggests rapid evolution may be under way.

Juan Enriquez thinks and writes about profound changes that genomics will bring in business, technology, and society. - Full Article Source

06/17/12 - Suicides No. 2 cause of death in military
Since 2010, suicide has outpaced traffic accidents, heart disease, cancer, homicide and all other forms of death in the military besides combat, the report says. One in four non-combat deaths last year were servicemembers killing themselves.

This year, suicides among troops occur on average once a day, according to Pentagon figures obtained by USA TODAY. The data, first reported by the Associated Press, show that after the end of the Iraq War, suicides may become more common than combat deaths.

There were 154 confirmed or suspected suicides this year through June 3, while 127 troops died in the Afghanistan War, Pentagon data show.

No one so far has answers, said Army Col. Carl Castro, who leads researchers trying to find effective forms of prevention and treatment.

Military Suicide Rate Surges To Nearly One Per Day This Year - The reasons for the increase are not fully understood. Among explanations, studies have pointed to combat exposure, post-traumatic stress, misuse of prescription medications and personal financial problems. Army data suggest soldiers with multiple combat tours are at greater risk of committing suicide, although a substantial proportion of Army suicides are committed by soldiers who never deployed.

Kim Ruocco, widow of Marine Maj. John Ruocco, a helicopter pilot who hanged himself in 2005 between Iraq deployments, said he was unable to bring himself to go for help.

"He was so afraid of how people would view him once he went for help," she said in an interview at her home in suburban Boston. "He thought that people would think he was weak, that people would think he was just trying to get out of redeploying or trying to get out of service, or that he just couldn't hack it - when, in reality, he was sick. He had suffered injury in combat and he had also suffered from depression and let it go untreated for years. And because of that, he's dead today."

Maj. Gen. Dana Pittard, commander of the 1st Armored Division, last month retracted – but did not apologize for – a statement in his Army blog in January. He had written, "I have now come to the conclusion that suicide is an absolutely selfish act." He also wrote, ""I am personally fed up with soldiers who are choosing to take their own lives so that others can clean up their mess. Be an adult, act like an adult, and deal with your real-life problems like the rest of us." He did also counsel soldiers to seek help.

His remarks drew a public rebuke from the Army, which has the highest number of suicides and called his assertions "clearly wrong." Last week the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, said he disagrees with Pittard "in the strongest possible terms."

(Barring war related mental problems, it strikes me the main cause for choosing suicide is coming back home without having any opportunities. Our guys are proud and should be respected and appreciated whenever we get the chance to show it. They should not have to go around hat in hand asking for help or begging for a low-paying job.

No jobs, possibly in debt up to their ears, their marketable skills have eroded while in service, just easier to throw in the towel.

As a mark of appreciation and respect for these guys who have given years of their lives in service to our country, I think companies should arrange special programs to give all the troops first pick at well paying jobs and chances to expand their talents.

Doesn't it make sense that its more attractive to our troops to come home to a choice of a great well-paying job as opposed to having to deal with the horrible economy everyone else is fighting to deal with? - JWD) - Full Article Source

06/17/12 - Antibody Cocktail Cures Monkeys of Ebola
"Monkeys infected with Ebola have been cured by a cocktail of three antibodies first administered 24 hours or more after exposure.

The result raises hopes that a future treatment could improve the chances of humans surviving the disease caused by the deadly virus, which kills up to 90% of infected people and could potentially be used as a biological weapon.

Most treatment regimes tested to date only improve chances of survival if administered within one hour of infection (abstract)." - Full Article Source

06/17/12 - Effectiveness of TSA
April Statistics On Airport Screening From The Department Of Homeland Security

Terrorists Discovered 0
Transvestites 133
Hernias 1,485
Hermorrhoid Cases 3,172
Enlarged Prostates 8,249
Breast Implants 59,350
Natural Blondes 3

It was also discovered that 535 congressional representatives had no balls.
- Thanks to Jerry Draughon for these 'stats' - JWD

06/17/12 - Pentagon Openly Posts Job Listings For Offensive Hackers
"In the wake of confirmation that the U.S. government was involved in the creation of Stuxnet and likely Flame, a look over job listings on defense contractor sites shows just how explicitly the Pentagon and the firms that service it are recruiting offense-oriented hackers.

Northrop Grumman, Raytheon, Lockheed Martin, SAIC, and Booz Allen have all posted job ads that require skills like 'exploit development,' have titles like 'Windows Attack Developer,' or asks them to 'plan, execute, and assess an Offensive Cyberspace Operation.'" - Full Article Source

06/17/12 - Dealing with Cardiovascular Problems
The late Dr. Linus Pauling and a fellow named Matthias Rath received a patent in 1994 for a method to remove lipoproteins (plaque) from the cardiovascular system without requiring surgery. You can view or print the patent on the US Patent Office. 5278189 - Rath/Pauling Lipoprotein Removal patent

The recommended dosage was 4 to 6 GRAMS of Lysine to be taken with 4 to 6 GRAMS of vitamin C (ascorbate).

As it was explained to him, one of these substances breaks the lipoprotein from the circulation system walls, the other substance dissolves the lipoproteins so the body can easily remove them.

Note, most vitamins and such are measured in milligrams and I was assured it was in GRAMS, not Milligrams. This is inline with Dr. Pauling's long standing recommendation for megadoses (high quantities) of vitamin C.

Both Lysine and Vitamin C (ascorbate) can be purchased at any natural food store and most pharmacies in the herb/vitamin section.

In your body’s pH, you need to be more alkaline than acidic to maintain good health. If you are acidic you are more prone to sickness and disease. When you are more alkaline and eat alkaline foods your body is more resistant to sickness and disease.

So in relation to vitamin C there are 2 main forms of vitamin C. an ascorbate = alkaline and an ascorbic acid = acidic.

When you take an ascorbate form it makes your body more alkaline. When you take an acidic form you make your body more acidic.

If you are taking an acidic form every few hours you are then making your body more acidic, allowing you to become more prone to sickness which is counter-productive to staying healthy and taking vitamin c in the first place. By taking an ascorbate form you are then making your body more alkaline, thus making it more resistant to sickness! - Full Article Source

06/17/12 - Make It In America Once Again
KeelyNet The Make-It-In-America (MIIA) test has one question that most of us probably can't answer accurately. How much of what we own was made in our country? Inventory your clothes, TV, kitchen appliances, cell phone, etc. -- chances are that most items were not made here. Now that I have a clearer sense of my MIIA acumen, I've made a concerted effort to buy American-made products when possible.

There is no official MIIA test, but it does serve to underscore why we should care where products are made. Economists estimate that if every American spent an extra $64 per year on domestic products, 200,000 new jobs would be created. In addition, many modern manufacturing industries have important scientific underpinnings that contribute to jobs in multiple sectors of the economy, thus adding to quality jobs across the economy.

For example, automobiles made with both human and robotic labor use software that was probably created by a skilled computer programmer. This same programmer might later turn her mind towards writing code for a surgical robot.

The nature of manufacturing changed long-ago. Gone are the days of simple, repetitive assembly line work. Today's manufacturing companies need machinists, operators, craft workers, distributors and technicians skilled in math, engineering and science.

There must be a coordinated effort among educators, workforce development professionals and companies to train the next generation of employees to fill these desirable positions. Manufacturing provides solid-paying jobs that support middle class families -- on average a manufacturing job pays $77,000 per year, including benefits, compared to $56,000 per year for a non-manufacturing job. The number one skill lacking in workers, manufacturers say, is problem-solving.

That is a fundamental skill every student should gain in his or her education. It is ironic that with the painfully high unemployment in the United States, the manufacturing industry is unable to fill about five percent of its jobs because it can't find candidates with the right skills. This five percent translates into about 600,000 jobs.

Let's create a workforce that can stamp our products with the three simple words "Made in America." As consumers, let's vote with our pocketbook and demand products that carry that stamp. If we make things in America once again, American families will make it, too. - Full Article Source

the Two Party System is OVER

06/17/12 - Parahawking over Rio
Parahawking is coming to the USA. These are a few shots of training a Harris's Hawk to fly with a paraglider.

Parahawking is an activity that combines paragliding with falconry. Birds of prey are trained to fly with paragliders, guiding them to thermals for in-flight rewards and performing aerobatic manoeuvres.

Parahawking was developed by British falconer Scott Mason in 2001. Mason began a round-the-world trip in Pokhara, Nepal, where many birds of prey – such as the griffon vulture, steppe eagle and black kite – can be found.

While taking a tandem paragliding flight with British paraglider Adam Hill, he had the opportunity to see raptors in flight, and realized that he could combine the sports of paragliding and falconry.He hopes that others will also be interested in the combined endeavors. (As with all such videos, I am much more impressed with the CAMERAMEN who take such amazing video for us to watch. - JWD) - Full Article Source

06/17/12 - RADIATION ALERT on multiple systems -- North Indiana - South Michigan
Two different networks showing huge radiation event. Last night a THIRD site recorded the radiation event in indiana.. NOT just radiation network and blackcatsystems !

Palisades Plant Shutdown For Emergency Repairs - June 12 - Effective Tuesday at 6:49 p.m., operations were shut down at the Palisades Nuclear Power Plant.

The plant is located on the Lake Michigan shoreline in Van Buren County, in Covert Township. The plant was shut down to repair a "small leak" in the plant's safety injection and refueling water tank.

According to Palisades communications personnel, the large tank holds around 300,000 gallons of borated water that is the source for flooding up the reactor cavity during refueling outages. It is also the source for the safety injection system to remove heat from the reactor’s core for extended time periods due to a loss of coolant.

The Palisades operations department claims they have been monitoring, collecting and analyzing tank leakage twice every 24 hours over the past several days.

At 1:41 p.m. Tuesday, the tank was declared inoperable because the leakage had surpassed established safety limits.

According to plant supervisors, repair work will include draining the tank, locating the leak, repairing the leak, refilling the tank and returning the plant to service.

The plant was shut down and also underwent repairs back in April, story here. Historically, the plant has been scrutinized for safety reasons. - Full Article Source

06/17/12 - Roy Exum: ‘None Of You Is Special’
Normally, I avoid cliches like the plague, wouldn’t touch them with a ten-foot pole, but here we are on a literal level playing field. That matters. That says something. And your ceremonial costume... shapeless, uniform, one-size-fits-all. Whether male or female, tall or short, scholar or slacker, spray-tanned prom queen or intergalactic X-Box assassin, each of you is dressed, you’ll notice, exactly the same. And your diploma ... but for your name, exactly the same.

All of this is as it should be, because none of you is special. You are not special. You are not exceptional.

Contrary to what your (youth) soccer trophy suggests, your glowing seventh grade report card, despite every assurance of a certain corpulent purple dinosaur, that nice Mister Rogers and your batty Aunt Sylvia, no matter how often your maternal caped crusader has swooped in to save you... you’re nothing special.

Yes, you’ve been pampered, cosseted, doted upon, helmeted, bubble-wrapped. Yes, capable adults with other things to do have held you, kissed you, fed you, wiped your mouth, wiped your bottom, trained you, taught you, tutored you, coached you, listened to you, counseled you, encouraged you, consoled you and encouraged you again.

You’ve been nudged, cajoled, wheedled and implored. You’ve been feted and fawned over and called sweetie pie. Yes, you have. And, certainly, we’ve been to your games, your plays, your recitals, your science fairs. Absolutely, smiles ignite when you walk into a room, and hundreds gasp with delight at your every tweet.

Why, maybe you’ve even had your picture in the (newspaper!) And now you’ve conquered high school ... and, indisputably, here we all have gathered for you, the pride and joy of this fine community, the first to emerge from that magnificent new building...

But do not get the idea you’re anything special. Because you’re not.

So think about this: even if you’re one in a million, on a planet of 6.8 billion that means there are nearly 7,000 people just like you. Imagine standing somewhere over there on Washington Street on Marathon Monday and watching sixty-eight hundred “yous” go running by.

If everyone gets a trophy, trophies become meaningless. In our unspoken but not so subtle Darwinian competition with one another–which springs, I think, from our fear of our own insignificance, a subset of our dread of mortality — we have of late, we Americans, to our detriment, come to love accolades more than genuine achievement.

We have come to see them as the point — and we’re happy to compromise standards, or ignore reality, if we suspect that’s the quickest way, or only way, to have something to put on the mantelpiece, something to pose with, crow about, something with which to leverage ourselves into a better spot on the social totem pole.

No longer is it how you play the game, no longer is it even whether you win or lose, or learn or grow, or enjoy yourself doing it ... Now it’s “So what does this get me?” As a consequence, we cheapen worthy endeavors, and building a Guatemalan medical clinic becomes more about the (college) application to Bowdoin than the well-being of Guatemalans.

As you commence, then, and before you scatter to the winds, I urge you to do whatever you do for no reason other than you love it and believe in its importance. Don’t bother with work you don’t believe in any more than you would a spouse you’re not crazy about, lest you too find yourself on the wrong side of a Baltimore Orioles comparison.

Resist the easy comforts of complacency, the specious glitter of materialism, the narcotic paralysis of self-satisfaction. Be worthy of your advantages. And read ... read all the time ... read as a matter of principle, as a matter of self-respect. Read as a nourishing staple of life. Develop and protect a moral sensibility and demonstrate the character to apply it. Dream big. Work hard. Think for yourself.

Love everything you love, everyone you love, with all your might. And do so, please, with a sense of urgency, for every tick of the clock subtracts from fewer and fewer; and as surely as there are commencements there are cessations, and you’ll be in no condition to enjoy the ceremony attendant to that eventuality no matter how delightful the afternoon.

The fulfilling life, the distinctive life, the relevant life, is an achievement, not something that will fall into your lap because you’re a nice person or mommy ordered it from the caterer. - Full Article Source

06/17/12 - Elderly Inmate Population Soared 1,300 Percent Since 1980s
KeelyNet More than $16 billion is spent annually by states and the federal government to incarcerate elderly prisoners, despite ample evidence that most prisoners over age 50 pose little or no threat to public safety, the report said. Due largely to higher health care costs, prisoners aged 50 and older cost around $68,000 a year to incarcerate, compared to $34,000 per year for the average prisoner.

Unless dramatic changes are made to sentencing and parole policies, the number of older prisoners could soar as high as 400,000 by 2030, posing a tremendous threat to state and federal budgets, said Inimai Chettiar, a co-author of the report.

"If we continue spending on prisons the way that we are, particularly on this aging population that's low risk, we're going to get to a place where states can't afford to spend on anything else," Chettiar said.

And while elderly inmates released from prison will require medical care and other public services, a fiscal analysis by the ACLU found that states would save an average of more than $66,000 per year for each elderly prisoner they release.

(Seems like a smart thing to do if you are older AND broke, destitute, in bad health, needing surgery, etc...commit a crime with a punishment duration long enough to fix your health problems or live permanently.

Then you go to jail where you get free food, free housing, medical, TV, internet, library.

Strikes me it would be much like living in a retirement home where you don't go anywhere and are well taken care of. Outside you have so much to worry about and deal with, inside, everything is taken care of for you. - JWD) - Full Article Source

06/17/12 - Did Martian deuterium burn out their civilization?
KeelyNet 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; Everything that follows.

Of course, no one has any confidence in any of my theories so to date nothing has come of it in the way of support or funding...people would just rather DIE and let that be the end of it.

But I want to pursue the thought of what might happen to life in a deuterium rich environment so here is the interesting quote from this website; Zubrin Colonize.

But 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.

Now forget about using the deuterium as fusion, think of it as present in the air and water, so that anyone living there will naturally absorb it into their body which would alter their internal nuclear processes.

By alter, I mean the deuterium (along with natural carbon levels) would increase the amount of quenching of the nuclear process, thus reducing heat and electricity available for life processes.

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 faster 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 massively additional deuterium. - Full Article Source

06/17/12 - Neal Boortz gets another ignorant caller....
These are the kind of ignorant, uneducated yet mouthy, opinionated people who voted for the bama and are helping to destroy our country. - Full Article Source

06/17/12 - "Spin" by Brian Springer 1995
Spin is a 1995 documentary film by Brian Springer composed of raw satellite feeds exposing politicians' pre-appearance planning. It covers, not only the United States presidential primaries, 1992 and presidential election, but also the LA riots as well as the Operation Rescue abortion protests. see how far we have come in 16 years. - Full Article Source

06/17/12 - The Day the Republic Fell - CONSTITUTION vs constitution
There is no government, it's a corporation. There is no president, he's a CEO. There is no constitution to preserve your rights, it's a corporate charter called the CONSTITUTION! - Full Article Source

06/17/12 - Judge Andrew Napolitano Natural rights Patriot Act - Part 3 of 3
Judge Andrew Napolitano gives a speech from the heart about freedom and from where our rights come. The Judge explains the hard core truth about the Constitution and why we must fight to regain and retain our freedoms. Courtesy of - Full Article Source


06/08/12 - Increasing Energy with the Mexistim
KeelyNetIs it possible to pump up the body energy level and help the body remove toxins with a machine that uses batteries to 'charge' a wirescreen that you place on or under your body?

Many report this is what the Mexistim does for them, especially when they sleep on top of a pad or blanket placed over a large wirescreen.

Just 10 D cell batteries which are wired to provide 3 volts direct current. The Mexistim I Basic Model changes the polarity approximately every 15 minutes.

That's all there is to it, yet something happens with many who try it, most notably reports of increased energy and more restful sleep.

Two models are available. The Mexistim I Basic Model for regular users or the Mexistim II Universal Model offering 8 user selectable options for regular use, for experimentalists and doctors.

KeelyNetBased on Lee Crocks 2nd version of the 'Energy Cleaner'. The 2nd version was used with good results on over 10,000 people according to the inventor.

Lee claimed his 'energy cleaner' assists the body to purge toxins from the cells.

Each person's body is different with a constantly changing acid and alkali balance, varying daily stresses and other factors which affect healing.

We are basically living filters which trap all kinds of toxins and noxious materials from the food we eat, the water we drink and the air we breathe and which settle in our tissues to bring about a variety of illnesses, cancer and even organ failure. In my case, for the past 10 years my Mexistim has been quite beneficial for;

KeelyNet 1) Restful, sound sleep
2) Increased red cell count
3) Elimination of seasonal allergies
4) Increased overall energy
5) No headaches
6) No stomach pains or aches
7) No muscle pains
8) Weight loss
9) Increase urination
10) Lighter color, less smelly urine

If what Lee and many of us believe, that toxins in the cells can cause a variety of illnesses and symptoms, then anything that might help the body to remove those toxins would also help the body remove the irritant and allow the body to heal itself. - Order Mexistim Here and here is the original article which describes how it came to be, how it is thought to work and shows a wiring diagram so you can build and try it for yourself. - Permalink


06/14/12 - Scientists observe electrons become both heavy and speedy
KeelyNet From Electrons moving in certain solids can behave as if they are a thousand times more massive than free electrons, but at the same time act as superconductors.

A new study led by Princeton scientists shows that this happens because of a process known as quantum entanglement that determines the mass of electrons moving in a crystal.

The discovery can help improve understanding of how certain materials become superconducting, which may have applications in areas such as power network efficiency and computing speed.

A Princeton University-led team of scientists has shown how electrons moving in certain solids can behave as though they are a thousand times more massive than free electrons, yet at the same time act as speedy superconductors.

a hard-to-measure process known as quantum entanglement determines the mass of electrons moving in a crystal and the delicate tuning of this entanglement can strongly alter the properties of a material.

Cool the electrons to far below room temperature in certain types of solid materials, and these flighty particles gain mass, acting like much heavier particles. Surprisingly, further cooling close to absolute zero makes these solids become superconducting, where the electrons, despite their heaviness, make a kind of perfect fluid that can flow without wasting any electrical power.

(Isn't this reminiscent of Joseph Caters 'hard' and 'soft' electrons? - JWD) - In Joseph Cater's model of 'soft particle physics', ether particles combine to form light-photons of different frequencies, which in turn combine to form denser particles. Physical matter particles ('hard' particles) are said to be composed of gamma-ray photons, whereas lower-frequency photons form subtler ('softer') particles. Gravity effects are said to be produced by highly penetrating electromagnetic radiation located between the lower portion of the infrared and the radar band [14]. The energies emitted by the sun are transformed into ever lower frequencies as they penetrate the earth, and a small amount is transformed into gravity-inducing radiations, which hold the earth in its orbit. The earth's own gravity is said to arise mainly from the thermal agitation of atoms and molecules, as the resulting radiation is most readily transformed into gravity-inducing radiations. Cater argues that what are usually regarded as electrically neutral atoms and molecules actually have a small positive charge (as does the earth as a whole). Positively charged matter is attracted by gravity, whereas negative charges are repelled by gravity, so that if matter is impregnated with sufficient quantities of negative charges (especially soft electrons) it will lose weight and even levitate. - Full Article Source

06/14/12 - Why our food is making us fat
KeelyNet The story begins in 1971. Richard Nixon was facing re-election. The Vietnam war was threatening his popularity at home, but just as big an issue with voters was the soaring cost of food. If Nixon was to survive, he needed food prices to go down, and that required getting a very powerful lobby on board – the farmers. Nixon appointed Earl Butz, an academic from the farming heartland of Indiana, to broker a compromise. Butz, an agriculture expert, had a radical plan that would transform the food we eat, and in doing so, the shape of the human race.

Butz pushed farmers into a new, industrial scale of production, and into farming one crop in particular: corn. US cattle were fattened by the immense increases in corn production. Burgers became bigger. Fries, fried in corn oil, became fattier. Corn became the engine for the massive surge in the quantities of cheaper food being supplied to American supermarkets: everything from cereals, to biscuits and flour found new uses for corn. As a result of Butz's free-market reforms, American farmers, almost overnight, went from parochial small-holders to multimillionaire businessmen with a global market. One Indiana farmer believes that America could have won the cold war by simply starving the Russians of corn. But instead they chose to make money.

By the mid-70s, there was a surplus of corn. Butz flew to Japan to look into a scientific innovation that would change everything: the mass development of high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), or glucose-fructose syrup as it's often referred to in the UK, a highly sweet, gloppy syrup, produced from surplus corn, that was also incredibly cheap. HFCS had been discovered in the 50s, but it was only in the 70s that a process had been found to harness it for mass production. HFCS was soon pumped into every conceivable food: pizzas, coleslaw, meat. It provided that "just baked" sheen on bread and cakes, made everything sweeter, and extended shelf life from days to years. A silent revolution of the amount of sugar that was going into our bodies was taking place. In Britain, the food on our plates became pure science – each processed milligram tweaked and sweetened for maximum palatability. And the general public were clueless that these changes were taking place.

There was one product in particular that it had a dramatic effect on – soft drinks. Hank Cardello, the former head of marketing at Coca-Cola, tells me that in 1984, Coke in the US swapped from sugar to HFCS (In the UK, it continued to use sugar). As a market leader, Coke's decision sent a message of endorsement to the rest of the industry, which quickly followed suit. There was "no downside" to HFCS, Cardello says. It was two-thirds the price of sugar, and even the risk of messing with the taste was a risk worth taking when you looked at the margin, especially as there were no apparent health risks. At that time, "obesity wasn't even on the radar" says Cardello.

But another health issue was on the radar: heart disease, and in the mid-70s, a fierce debate was raging behind the closed doors of academia over what was causing it. An American nutritionist called Ancel Keys blamed fat, while a British researcher at the University of London Professor John Yudkin, blamed sugar. But Yudkin's work was rubbished by what many believe, including Professor Robert Lustig, one of the world's leading endocrinologists, was a concerted campaign to discredit Yudkin. Much of the criticism came from fellow academics, whose research was aligning far more closely with the direction the food industry was intending to take. Yudkin's colleague at the time, Dr Richard Bruckdorfer at UCL says: "There was a huge lobby from [the food] industry, particularly from the sugar industry, and Yudkin complained bitterly that they were subverting some of his ideas." Yudkin was, Lustig says simply, "thrown under the bus", because there was a huge financial gain to be made by fingering fat, not sugar, as the culprit of heart disease.

The food industry had its eyes on the creation of a new genre of food, something they knew the public would embrace with huge enthusiasm, believing it to be better for their health – "low fat". It promised an immense business opportunity forged from the potential disaster of heart disease. But, says Lustig, there was a problem. "When you take the fat out of a recipe, food tastes like cardboard, and you need to replace it with something – that something being sugar."

Overnight, new products arrived on the shelves that seemed too good to be true. Low-fat yoghurts, spreads, even desserts and biscuits. All with the fat taken out, and replaced with sugar. Britain was one of the most enthusiastic adopters of what food writer Gary Taubes, author of Why We Get Fat, calls "the low-fat dogma", with sales rocketing.

By the mid-80s, health experts such as Professor Philip James, a world-renowned British scientist who was one of the first to identify obesity as an issue, were noticing that people were getting fatter and no one could explain why. The food industry was keen to point out that individuals must be responsible for their own calorie consumption, but even those who exercised and ate low-fat products were gaining weight. In 1966 the proportion of people with a BMI of over 30 (classified as obese) was just 1.2% for men and 1.8% for women. By 1989 the figures had risen to 10.6% for men and 14.0% for women. And no one was joining the dots between HFCS and fat.

Moreover, there was something else going on. The more sugar we ate, the more we wanted, and the hungrier we became. At New York University, Professor Anthony Sclafani, a nutritionist studying appetite and weight gain, noticed something strange about his lab rats. When they ate rat food, they put on weight normally. But when they ate processed food from a supermarket, they ballooned in a matter of days. Their appetite for sugary foods was insatiable: they just carried on eating.

According to Professor Jean-Marc Schwarz of San Francisco hospital, who is currently studying the precise way in which the major organs of the body metabolise sugar, this momentum creates "a tsunami" of sugar. The effect this has on different organs in the body is only now being understood by scientists. Around the liver, it coalesces as fat, leading to diseases such as type-2 diabetes. Other studies have found that sugar may even coat semen and result in obese men becoming less fertile. One researcher told me that, ultimately, perhaps nothing needs to be done about obesity, as obese people will wipe themselves out. - Full Article Source

06/14/12 - DNA Modifications Change As We Age
KeelyNet "As we age, the core of our biological being — the sequence of our DNA, which makes up our genes — remains the same. Yet recent research suggests that more subtle chemical changes to our DNA occur as we age.

Now, a comparison of the DNA of a newborn baby with that of a centenarian shows that the scope of these changes can be dramatic, and they may help explain why our risk of cancer and other diseases increases as we get older."

DNA is made up of four basic building blocks—adenine, thymine, guanine, and cytosine—and the sequence of these nucleotides within a gene determines what protein it makes. Genes can be switched on and off as needed, and the regulation of genes often involves what are called epigenetic mechanisms in which chemical alterations are made to the DNA. One of the most common of these epigenetic changes involves a methyl group -- one carbon atom and three hydrogen atoms—binding to a nucleotide, usually cytosine. In general, this binding, called methylation, turns off the gene in question.

Recent research suggests that changes in DNA methylation patterns as a person gets older may contribute to human diseases for which risk increases with age, including cancer. To get a better idea of how methylation patterns change with age, a team led by Manel Esteller, an epigenetics researcher at the Bellvitge Biomedical Research Institute in Barcelona, Spain, looked at two extreme cases: A newborn male baby and a man aged 103 years.

The team extracted DNA from white blood cells taken from the blood of the elderly man and from the umbilical cord blood of the baby and determined its methylation pattern using a fairly new technique called whole-genome bisulfite sequencing (WGBS).

With WGBS, DNA is exposed to the chemical sodium bisulfite, which has no effect on cytosines with methyl groups bound to them but turns nonmethylated cytosines into another nucleotide called uracil. The result is an epigenetic map that shows exactly which DNA sites are methylated and which are not.

As the team reports online today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, it found a significantly higher amount of cytosine methylation in the newborn than in the centenarian: 80.5% of all cytosine nucleotides, compared with 73%. To look at an intermediate case, the team also performed WGBS on the DNA of a 26-year-old male subject; the methylation level was also intermediate, about 78%.

Esteller and his colleagues then took a closer look at the differences between the DNA of the newborn and of the centenarian, but restricted the comparison to regions of the genome where the DNA nucleotide sequences were identical so that only the epigenetic differences would stand out.

The team identified nearly 18,000 so-called differentially methylated regions (DMRs) of the genome, covering many types of genes. More than a third of the DMRs occurred in genes that have already been linked with cancer risk. Moreover, in the centenarian, 87% of the DMRs involved the loss of the methyl group, while only 13% involved the gain of one.

Finally, to expand the study, the team looked at the methylation patterns of 19 newborns and 19 people aged between 89 and 100 years old. This analysis confirmed that older people have a lower amount of cytosine methylation than newborns.

The authors conclude that the degree of methylation decreases in a cumulative fashion over time. Moreover, Esteller says, in the centenarian the loss of methyl groups, which turns genes back on, often occurred in genes that increase the risk of infection and diabetes when they are turned on during adulthood. In contrast, the small number of genes in the centenarian that had greater methylation levels were often those that needed to be kept turned on to protect against cancer. - Full Article Source

06/14/12 - The beauty of Inertial Fusion Ignition


Using the most powerful laser system ever built, scientists have brought us one step closer to nuclear fusion power, a new study says. The same process that powers our sun and other stars, nuclear fusion has the potential to be an efficient, carbon-free energy source—with none of the radioactive waste associated with the nuclear fission method used in current nuclear plants.

Thanks to the new achievement, a prototype nuclear fusion power plant could be operating within a decade, speculated study leader Siegfried Glenzer, a physicist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California.

Glenzer and colleagues used the world’s largest laser array—the Livermore lab’s National Ignition Facility—to heat a BB-size fuel pellet to millions of degrees Fahrenheit.

“These lasers are pulsed, and for a very short amount of time”—one ten-billionth of a second—”the power they produce is more than all the power generated by the entire electrical grid of the United States” at any given moment, Glenzer said.

The test confirmed that a technique called inertial fusion ignition could be used to trigger nuclear fusion—the merging of the nuclei of two atoms of, say, hydrogen—which can result in a tremendous amount of excess energy. Nuclear fission, by contrast, involves the splitting of atoms.

The laser demonstration means scientists are now much closer to triggering nuclear fusion in a controlled setting—something that’s never been done before and which is necessary if fusion is to be harnessed for energy. - Full Article Source

06/14/12 - The Promise of Fusion: Energy Miracle or Mirage?
KeelynetThe U.S. has invested billions of dollars trying to create a controlled form of nuclear fusion that could be the energy source for an endless supply of electricity. The world’s largest and highest-energy laser focuses the intense energy of 192 separate laser beams into an even more intense single beam aimed at a BB-sized target filled with hydrogen fuel, with the goal of creating a tiny star by replicating the process that powers the sun and similar celestial bodies. This controlled form of fusion theoretically could tap into the boundless energy that binds the universe together, creating intense heat and driving huge generators that could supply enough power to run the entire world’s electricity grid in perpetuity.

Controlled fusion would produce no greenhouse gases, would not require hazardous nuclear fuel, would produce shorter-lived and less hazardous waste than nuclear reactors, and would pose no danger of a runaway reaction, because fusion reactions are hard to start and quickly halt after running out of fuel.

Sound too good to be true? Well, so far it has been.

The massive energy gain from controlled fusion is a prize that scientists have sought for decades. Yet to date, no laboratory has successfully pulled off a controlled, small-scale fusion reaction in which the…(get this!);

“energy created by the reaction

exceeded the energy needed

to generate the reaction.”

(Why, wouldn’t that be FREE ENERGY, the very same thing we alt science researchers are looking for and for which we are constantly lambasted at every turn by the uninformed?

Despite what the uninformed think, We never claimed ‘energy from nothing’,

we claim CONVERSION OF ENERGY just as the ‘fusioneers’ are trying to do, but we use MANY different methods. See Primer for Skeptics and Attackers – JWD)

But researchers at the National Ignition Facility — part of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories — insist they are making progress toward this elusive goal.

(All that money thrown into the same kind of dream so many free energy experimenters envision…so what makes these spendthrift idealistic fusion bozos who have FAILED FOR DECADES and wasted BILLIONS OF DOLLARS, more sure of their fantastic claims than we are of the possibilities from our experiments?

This is what ticks me off about investors and engineers who say what alternative science researchers look for don’t have a chance of coming up with anything that will produce free energy, gravity control, etc..

Investors WAKE UP and Smell the Coffee!

and counting for FAILED Fusion Research

versus a few
or $100,000,000
based on Alternative Science

Remember most of the great, useful and profitable inventions came from lone inventors working on their own and with limited funds, not BILLIONS. Take just a fraction of that money and FUND maverick ideas and projects. It only takes ONE to work. What makes more sense, billions for one idealistic chance or millions for MANY CHANCES…Think about it. Click for A prime example and WHY we WOULD do it! – JWD)Promise of Fusion Article Source

And with regard to technology LIKE FUSION that ALSO DOESN’T WORK, Lewis Black on Airport Security - makes the point they have so much technology that just DOESN’T WORK but still they waste our MONEY and our TIME to put us through it. Machines in airports don’t work. We must spend our money to build equipment that WORKS. Metal Detector, nope, check you again. The Wand, nope. Now we have to Pat You down. Just pat us down in the FIRST PLACE and stop wasting our time and all that wasted MONEY with faulty technology.

(Same with FUSION! It DOESN’T WORK so shut it down and direct resources to other projects that might work out better. Just think of the odds 1 or 1000 in your favor, which is better? So FUND Alternative Science Research and Experiments!) - Full Article Source

06/14/12 - Air Force to turn troops into Spider-Men with vacuum wall scaler
In an Air Force-sponsored competition, engineering teams from 17 universities had a chance to win $50,000 if they could come up with a design that would allow a four-person team to scale a building or mountain without a grappling hook.

The condition? The system had to be under 20 pounds. Only one university succeeded: Utah State University's "Ascending Aggies." Their invention: the PVAC aka Personal Vacuum Assisted Climber.

The USU team's design used vacuum suction pads to enable two climbers to quickly scale the wall. "It's almost like the motion of climbing a ladder," mechanical engineering student Garrett Vaughan said, "or if you wanna talk superheroes, maybe you can consider Spider-Man."

This isn't your average vacuum backpack. Each side pulls 4.5 psi of force. "To power it, we've got batteries in an ice cream bucket," said team member Steven Daniels.

The foamy ends conform to the shape of the wall, and on the feet are a type of vinyl liner for traction.

Each of the 16 losers universities also received $20,000 for their contributions, but USU is the only one to walk away with the grand prize and a chance to grab up another $100,000 to improve on its current design; namely to make it lighter and more usable. - Full Article Source

06/14/12 - Invention tracks down Noisy Drivers
Alberta electrical engineer Mark Nesdoly has created a noise-monitoring device — the Noise Snare — designed to help police and bylaw officers track down the offenders.

The device, designed to be mounted on a car, monitors passing traffic for noise levels, then automatically takes a video of any offenders who rev up past 96 decibels. Think of it as a red-light camera, but for obnoxiously-loud cars. The first one goes into action this month in Calgary says Nesdoly, who created a prototype seven years ago.

“If I had to guess, I’d say it might take until August before there’s a conviction. I’ll be celebrating,” said Nesdoly, who was inspired to create the Noise Snare when his then-infant daughter was startled awake by a neighbour’s motorcycle 11 years ago.

Loud cars are more than just a nuisance for the neighbourhood. The people driving them are more likely to cause accidents, and are at risk of damaging their own hearing, says Rex Banks, chief audiologist at the Canadian Hearing Society.

“At 96 decibels, you’re drowning out all the traffic noises, so you wouldn’t be as aware of your surroundings. And you’d be damaging your own hearing,” said Banks, who liked the sound of Nesdoly’s invention.

“Anything that reduces noise pollution, I’d be in favour of. This sounds like a great idea,” said Banks.

Don’t expect Nesdoly’s invention in Toronto any time soon, said city spokesperson Bruce Hawkins via e-mail.

“The City is not exploring this option at this time,” said Hawkins, who explained that Toronto’s noise bylaws are enforced on a “complaint basis.” Toronto’s noise bylaws don’t have any specific decibel level. Instead, it’s a bit of a judgment call.

“No person shall make, cause or permit noise or vibration, at any time, which is likely to disturb the quiet, peace, rest, enjoyment, comfort or convenience of the inhabitants of the City,” reads the introduction to the city code section dealing with noise.

In addition to a wait-and-see attitude from some cities he’s approached, Nesdoly faces another potential obstacle to sales: His gadget isn’t exactly cheap. If he’d actually sold it to Calgary, it would have cost the city $112,500. Instead, he gave it to them. By next year, he hopes to have a cheaper model available for roughly $50,000. - Full Article Source

06/14/12 - UK government offers unlimited budget to pay ISPs to spy on us
The other shoe is slowly dropping on the "Snooper's Charter" -- the proposed UK Internet spying legislation that will require ISPs to harvest and retain fantastic quantities of user activity and make it available to government and law enforcement without a warrant.

In a bid to win support for the proposal, the government has offered a "blank cheque" to ISPs, with an offer to pay for additional equipment required to effect this mass surveillance system. They also continue to draw a wholly artificial distinction between "metadata" and "content" -- the URL of a web-page you visit can be had with out a warrant, but the content of the page can't be (unless the police then go look at that page).

This obfuscation is intended to make spying into every corner of our digital lives without judicial review -- without suspicion -- somehow less terrifying.

The communications data police and others may seek about an individual includes email addresses and phone numbers of people who have been in contact, when this happened, and where, the details giving the police records of suspects' associates and activities. - Full Article Source

06/14/12 - France and Germany to lock up their borders
Western European countries are preparing the ground for the revision of the Schengen border control and recovery. France and Germany are primarily interested in taking such measures aimed at ensuring the EU's internal borders. The new French president Francois Hollande, as well as his predecessor, Nicolas Sarkozy, is in favor of strengthening the fight against illegal migration. Enhancement of border controls, especially in the south of France, can significantly reduce the flow of migrants, the Ministry of Internal Affairs believes.

The German government also supports the retention of the right to restore borders in the EU. German Interior Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich repeatedly spoke in favor of the partial revision of the Schengen Agreement. Without denying the importance of maintaining the Schengen area, Frederick, however, insists that the internal security of each country is a priority.

The German politician expressed particular concern over the problems of uncontrolled illegal immigration, which "is a direct threat to the stability and security of the entire Old World," information portal quoted Hans-Peter Friedrich.

The debate around the issue of open borders has been ongoing for years. When Europe has supported democratic change in the Middle East and Africa, no one imagined that soon the "Arab spring" could ripple to the European continent. Refugees from Tunisia, Egypt and Libya flooded into Greece and Italy. Thanks to the Schengen area hundreds of migrants could later move to France, Austria and Germany.

European officials did not hide their frustration with the fact that the majority of African migrants penetrated the continent via Greece unable to control the border with Turkey. The Greeks, who were considered the main culprits of the crisis in the euro area, again had to make excuses and hurriedly strengthen measures against mass migration. In March of 2012 Europe once again was talking about the introduction of internal border controls.

It is not clear how far the Europeans are ready to go to tighten the measures against mass migration from Africa and the Middle East. However, initial steps have already been taken.

Another question is how the new strategy in Germany, France and Italy will reflect on the state of affairs in the European Union that is going through hard times. Today, diplomats, analysts and chief executives are talking about the failure of multiculturalism policy increasingly more.

However, the debate about the degree of openness of European borders is not finished yet. In this regard it is worth noting that the present decision of the heads of the EU Interior Ministry announced on June 7 could not be considered definitive. Now, the amendment to the Schengen Agreement that has already caused a backlash of MPs must be approved in the EU institutions. - Full Article Source

06/14/12 - Kinect: You Are the Controlled
"GeekWire reports on a newly-surfaced Microsoft patent application for 'Targeting Advertisements Based on Emotion', which describes how information gleaned from Kinects, webcams, online games, IMs, email, searches, webpage content, and browsers could be used to build an 'Emotional State Database' of individuals' emotions over time for advertisers to tap into.

From the patent application: 'Weight-loss product advertisers may not want their advertisement to appear to users that are very happy.

Because, a person that is really happy, is less likely to purchase a self-investment product that leverages on his or her shortcomings. But a really happy person may purchase electronic products or vacation packages.

No club or party advertisers want to appear when the user is sad or crying. When the user is emotionally sad, advertisements about club parties would not be appropriate and may seem annoying or negative to the user.

Online help or technical support advertisers want their advertisements to appear when the user is demonstrating a confused or frustrated emotional state.'" - Full Article Source

06/14/12 - Drug Company Disguised Advertising As Science
"A former pharmaceutical company employee has blown the whistle on drug promotion disguised as science. Drug companies occasionally conduct post-marketing studies to collect data on the safety and efficacy of drugs in the real world, after they've been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

'However,' writes the anonymous author in an editorial in the British Medical Journal (subscription required), 'some of the [post-marketing] studies I worked on were not designed to determine the overall risk:benefit balance of the drug in the general population.

They were designed to support and disseminate a marketing message.' According to the whistleblower, the results of these studies were often dubious. 'We occasionally resorted to "playing" with the data that had originally failed to show the expected result,' he says.

'This was done by altering the statistical method until any statistical significance was found.' He adds that the company sometimes omitted negative results and played down harmful side effects.

Nature says it was unable to work out who the writer was but they likely worked on diabetes and the studies criticized were from the Denmark-based pharmaceutical company Novo Nordisk." - Full Article Source

06/14/12 - Why Are Hearing Aids So Expensive?
"You can get a tablet these days for a few hundred dollars, and laptops for a few hundred more. Gaming consoles, TVs, and smartphones are all available for under a thousand bucks.

Yet, a decent hearing aid for my mom will go upwards of $3000! With ever-shrinking electronic components, better capabilities, and technological advancements, not to mention the rapidly increasing potential user base, I would think quality hearing aids should be coming in a lot cheaper than what we can find.

Adding fuel to my fire is that a hearing aid will greatly improve my mom's life — not to mention the lives of millions of others out there. Currently, she suffers from frustration and isolation with having to ask people to 'speak up', and nodding her head to things her kids and grandkids say.

We've tried the cheapies, and they're fraught with problems. So, can someone tell me why a hearing aid should be so expensive?" (Try 04/05/12 - Breaking up the Hearing Aid Racket posted on Keelynet a couple of months past. - JWD) - Full Article Source

06/14/12 - Blocking Gun Laws With Patents
"Legislators in several states are working on laws that would require certain gun manufacturers to implement 'microstamping' to help law enforcement solve gun crimes.

'Lasers engrave a unique microscopic numeric code on the tip of a gun’s firing pin and breech face. When the gun is fired, the pressure transfers markings to the shell casing and the primer. By reading the code imprinted on casings found at a crime scene, police officers can identify the gun and track it to the purchaser, even when the weapon is not recovered.'

As with any gun-related legislation, many people oppose these new laws. In California, a law passed in 2007 requires that when microstamping (which is easily defeat-able) is no longer patent encumbered, all new guns in CA must use it. To fight it, an organization called the Calguns Foundation paid a fee to extend the patent in order to prevent the law from going into effect." (They should also barcode all BULLETS and SHELLS to trace who bought what and where. - JWD) - Full Article Source

06/14/12 - Chromium and Vanadium as cure for Diabetes?


"DIABETES is the number one shame of the "orthodox" doctors in the 20th century. Diabetes is easy to prevent, easy to cure and treat (in laboratory animals and probably in humans) so you can avoid all of the terrible side effects (i.e. blindness, hypertension, amputations, early death, etc.).

Since 1958, it has been known that supplemental chromium will prevent and treat diabetes as well as hypoglycemia. Just ask any health food store owner or N.D.! Walter Mertz (the director of the U.S.D.A. field services) published the facts associated with chromium and diabetes in the Federation Proceeding.

Here is the ultimate case of a whole specialty of medicine which could be wiped out by universal chromium supplementation Nevertheless these facts are kept secret and away from the public for purely economic reasons..

Additionally, in 1985, the medical school at the University of Vancouver, BC, Canada stated that "vanadium will replace insulin for adult onset diabetics."

Chromium/vanadium and the diabetes story should be on the front page of the newspaper in the same bold print as VE DAY instead of announcing things like artificial heart pumps that will temporarily save one life for $250,000!"

There are many minerals that seem to have been systematically removed form our diets. I say systematically as the root causes for Diabetes, heart disease, AIDs, cancer are clearly known and many of these diseases have been resolved in animals already*. Clearly the current disease epidemic is not merely a "mistake" made by well intentioned, albeit misguided mad scientists.

In addition to Chromium, Iodine that used be available in bread has been replaced with the toxic Bromine and now in some instances even removed from salt, when it is known that iodine is an essential element for the thyroid - on which our immune system literally depends!

To further add insult to injury, the unsuspecting public yet again knowing subjected to water fluoridation to further depress the thyroid... It is a real testimonial to the creator given that with all these induced insults our bodies still continues to function. Sadly allowing continued abuse by the vested interests...

...Quite literally every time you consume a refined, white flour or refined, white sugar product your body loses chromium....

....Dr. Henry Alfred Schroeder, M.D., Ph.D., graduate of Columbia and Yale, and professor at Dartmouth medical school wrote more than 30 years ago that “the typical American diet, with about 60 per cent of its calories from refined sugar, refined flour, and fat … was apparently designed not only to provide as little chromium as feasible, but to cause depletion of body stores of chromium.”

Dr. Schroeder compared tissue levels of chromium in teenagers and those 40 years of age in Americans to those of three other cultures that did not follow after Westernized dietary choices in Mideast, southeast Asian, and African communities.

He discovered very little change in the non-American cultures but dramatic decreases in Americans. Almost 25 per cent of Americans had no detectable levels of chromium at all by the age of 40! That was more than 30 years ago and things have not gotten any better – if anything things are worse.

This is a significant part of the reason that the average age of adult onset (Type II) diabetes is continually decreasing. A hundred years ago diabetes was a disease primarily of old age. Now the average age is approaching 40.

There is a dramatic increase of children developing adult onset diabetes in the last ten years. Imagine that. Children are developing adult onset diabetes before they even become adults! The field of medicine is baffled but I am not baffled at all. This is only the logical end result of the SAD choices of the past 80+ years.... - Full Article Source

06/14/12 - When Energy (truly) Goes Viral
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory scientists have developed a way to generate power using harmless viruses that convert mechanical energy into electricity. The milestone could lead to tiny devices that harvest electrical energy from the vibrations of everyday tasks.

The first part of the video shows how Berkeley Lab scientists harness the piezoelectric properties of the virus to convert the force of a finger tap into electricity.

The second part reveals the "viral-electric" generators in action, first by pressing only one of the generators, then by pressing two at the same time, which produces more current. (Thanks to Norm Wootan for this URL. - JWD) - Full Article Source

06/14/12 - RC Round Up
Remote control car rounds up steers/stand off. Reminds me of how many Americans are led around by their nose rings by control groups. Vote Dem, Vote Rep, never question what is being served up as 'news', laws or loss of ever more rights, never lift a finger to bring about change. Just follow the herd. - Full Article Source

06/14/12 - New Book: Solar Cells 23,000 Times Worse Than Carbon Dioxide
Solar Cells Linked to Greenhouse Gases Over 23,000 Times Worse than Carbon Dioxide According to New Book, Green Illusions.

Solar cells do not offset greenhouse gases or curb fossil fuel use in the United States according to a new environmental book, Green Illusions (June 2012, University of Nebraska Press), written by University of California - Berkeley visiting scholar Ozzie Zehner.

Green Illusions explains how the solar industry has grown to become one of the leading emitters of hexafluoroethane (C2F6), nitrogen trifluoride (NF3), and sulfur hexafluoride (SF6). These three potent greenhouse gases, used by solar cell fabricators, make carbon dioxide (CO2) seem harmless.

Hexafluoroethane has a global warming potential that is 12,000 times higher than CO2.

This isn't just some statistic with a dubious genealogy. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) makes this assessment. And it gets worse. Hexafluoroethane is "100 percent manufactured by humans, and survives 10,000 years once released into the atmosphere."

Here's some more from the press release:

Nitrogen trifluoride is 17,000 times more virulent than CO2, and SF6, the most treacherous greenhouse gas, is over 23,000 times more threatening. The solar photovoltaic industry is one of the fastest-growing emitters of these gases, which are now measurably accumulating within the earth's atmosphere according to the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

A NOAA study shows that atmospheric concentrations of SF6 have been rising exponentially. A paper published in the peer-reviewed journal Geophysical Research Letters documents that atmospheric NF3 levels have been rising 11 percent per year.

"If photovoltaic production grows, so will the associated side effects," claims Zehner. "Even worse, there's no evidence that solar cells offset fossil fuel use in the American context." Zehner explains that alternative energy subsidies keep retail electricity costs incrementally lower, which then spurs demand. "It's a boomerang effect," remarks Zehner. "The harder we throw alternative energy into the electrical grid, the harder demand comes back to hit us on the head. Historically, we've filled that demand by building more fossil fuel plants, not fewer."

Zehner advocates shifting to energy taxes and other conservation measures. He claims that even some of the most expensive options for dealing with CO2 would become cost competitive long before today's solar cell technologies.

"If limiting CO2 is our goal, we might be better off directing our time and resources to those options first; solar cells seem a wasteful and pricey strategy," says Zehner. "It is hard to conceive of a justification for extracting taxes from the working class to fund installations of Stone Age photovoltaic technologies high in the gold-rimmed suburbs of Arizona and California." - Full Article Source


06/11/12 - Audacious Visions For Future Spaceflight
"There is a very powerful video out that takes the audio of words from Neil deGrasse Tyson, receiver of the NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal, and meshes it with powerful images of the history and successful outcomes of NASA.

Through Penny4NASA, Dr. Tyson is pressing for the budget of NASA to be doubled from 0.5% to 1% of the federal budget in order to spur vision, interest, dreams, public excitement, and innovation into science and engineering.

With Kansas stating that 'evolution could not rule out a supernatural or theistic source, that evolution itself was not fact but only a theory and one in crisis, and that Intelligent Design must be considered a viable alternative to evolution,' and North Carolina's legislature circulating a bill telling people to ignore climate science, maybe it's time we start listening to experts who have a proven record of success, rather than ideology that has only been 'proven' in the mind of elected politicians." - Full Article Source

06/11/12 - European Scientists Make a Case For a Return To the Moon
"While the official target of NASA's space exploration program remains exploring Earth approaching asteroids, the case for a return to the moon has been made from a variety of quarters.

The most recent attempt to make a case for the moon is in a paper, titled Back to the Moon: The Scientific Rationale for Resuming Lunar Surface Exploration, soon to be published in the journal Planetary and Space Science."

The lunar geological record has much to tell us about the earliest history of the Solar System, the origin and evolution of the Earth-Moon system, the geological evolution of rocky planets, and the near-Earth cosmic environment throughout Solar System history.

In addition, the lunar surface offers outstanding opportunities for research in astronomy, astrobiology, fundamental physics, life sciences and human physiology and medicine. This paper provides an interdisciplinary review of outstanding lunar science objectives in all of these different areas.

It is concluded that addressing them satisfactorily will require an end to the 40-year hiatus of lunar surface exploration, and the placing of new scientific instruments on, and the return of additional samples from, the surface of the Moon. Some of these objectives can be achieved robotically (e.g. through targeted sample return, the deployment of geophysical networks, and the placing of antennas on the lunar surface to form radio telescopes).

However, in the longer term, most of these scientific objectives would benefit significantly from renewed human operations on the lunar surface. For these reasons it is highly desirable that current plans for renewed robotic surface exploration of the Moon are developed in the context of a future human lunar exploration programme, such as that proposed by the recently formulated Global Exploration Roadmap. - Full Article Source

06/11/12 - Military Applications of High-Frequency Gravitational Waves
KeelyNet The predictions in this document of benefits of high-frequency gravitational wave- based military applications are theoretical at this time. Evidence of their success is contingent upon laboratory experiments in their generation and detection.

Nonetheless, given their vital strategic military and economic importance, I believe that these potential applications are important motivations for research and development.— Robert M L Baker, Jr.

What are high-frequency gravitational waves or HFGWs?

Visualize the luffing of a sail as a sailboat comes about or tacks. The waves in the sail’s fabric are similar in many ways to gravitational waves, but instead of sailcloth fabric, gravitational waves move through a “fabric” of space.

Einstein called this fabric the “space-time continuum” in his 1916 work known as General Relativity (GR). Although his theory is very sophisticated, the concept is relatively simple. This fabric is four-dimensional: it has the three usual dimensions of space—east-west, north-south, and up-down—plus the fourth dimension of time.

Here is an example: we define a location on this “fabric” as 5th Street and Third Avenue on the forth floor at 9 AM. We can’t see this “fabric,” just as we can’t see wind, sound, or gravity for that matter. Nevertheless, those elements are real, and so is this “fabric.” If we could generate ripples in this space-time fabric, many applications would become available to us.

Much like radio waves can be used to transmit information through space, we could use gravitational waves to perform analogous functions. Gravitational waves are the subject of extensive current research, which so far has focused on low frequencies. High-frequency gravitational waves, as defined by physicists Douglass and Braginsky (1979), are gravitational waves having frequencies higher than 100 kHz.

Although Gravitational Waves (GWs) are ordinarily very weak, theoretically they can be generated and detected in the laboratory and that possibility is the motivation for this analysis of their possible military application.

As previously stated gravitational waves, including HFGWs, pass through most material with little or no attenuation; but although they are not absorbed, their polarization, phase, velocity (causing refraction or bending of gravitational rays), backscatter, and/or other characteristics can be modified by a material object’s texture and internal structure.


One way we can generate wind waves is by the motion of fan blades. Likewise, gravitational waves (GWs) can theoretically be generated by the motion of masses.

...the trick is that we don’t require gravitational force to generate gravitational waves! It’s really the motion of the mass that counts, not the kind of force that produces that motion. How do we obtain a large force change? To make it practical, we need a force that is much larger than the force of gravitational attraction.

Let’s do a thought experiment and think of two horseshoe magnets facing each other (north poles facing south poles). They will attract each other strongly. If we reverse the magnets, put them down back-to-back with their poles facing outwards, then primarily their gravitational force acts due to their masses and we sense little or no attractive pull.

As a matter of fact, magnetic, electrical, nuclear and other non-gravitational forces are about 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 (1034) times larger than the gravitational force! So, if we have our choice, we want to use “electromagnetic force” as our force, not weak gravity.

How could we make use of this analysis and generate GWs in the laboratory? Instead of the change in “centrifugal force” of the two orbiting neutron stars or black holes, let us replace that force change with a change of non-gravitational force: the much more powerful one of electromagnetism. Please see Fig. 3.5.1.

One way to do this is to strike two laser targets with two oppositely directed laser pulses (a laser pulse is an electromagnetic wave; Baker, Li and Li, 2006). The two targets could be small masses, possibly highly polished tungsten.

Each laser-pulse strike imparts a force on the target mass acting over a very brief time, commonly defined as a “jerk” or shake or impulse. Einstein says, according to his broad concept of “quadrupole formalism,” that each time a mass undergoes a change or buildup in force over a very brief time; gravitational waves are generated—in the laboratory! (Thanks to Pat for the headsup on this interesting document. - JWD) - Full Article Source

06/11/12 - Vacuum Cleaner for the Skin (Jul, 1940)


Vacuum-cleaning the skin is the task said to be performed by a new beauty accessory. Cone-shaped, the molded-plastic device has a base covered by a pliable-rubber massage brush, while its small end is perforated with tiny holes. To create a vacuum designed to loosen dust and dirt particles in the pores, the rubber-covered end is pressed inward, the small end placed against the skin, and the pressure released. Used after applying cleansing cream, the device is moved over the skin. It can be operated on the neck, shoulders, and arms as well as on the face. - Full Article Source

06/11/12 - Imagination may be more important than knowledge
Imagination is the ability to form mental images, phonological passages, analogies, or narratives of something that is not perceived through our senses.

Imagination is a manifestation of our memory and enables us to scrutinize our past and construct hypothetical future scenarios that do not yet, but could exist.

Imagination also gives us the ability to see things from other points of view and empathize with others.

Imagination is not a totally conscious process. New knowledge may incubate subconsciously when a person has surplus attention to focus on recombining memory and external stimuli into new meanings. Most people tend to spend a great deal of time while they are awake "daydreaming". This may be enough to activate our default network, a web of autobiographical mental imagery, which may provide new connections and perspectives about a problem we have been concerned with.

Unguided imagination through dreaming and "daydreaming" enables the gathering of information from different parts of our memory, which may not be easy to access consciously. This information may come from a within a narrow domain or a much wider field.

The more imagination takes account of the wider field, experience, and prior knowledge, the more likely these ideas created through imagination will have some originality - through complex knowledge restructuring. Creative insight occurs mostly as the result of triggers and slow incubation periods that lead to a revelation.

It is through the imagery of analogies that many breakthroughs in science have been achieved. Einstein developed his insight for the theory of relativity through imagining what would happen if he travelled at the speed of light, Faraday claimed to have visualized force lines from electric and magnetic fields from a wood fire giving insight into the theory of electromagnetic fields and kekulé reported that he gained insight into the shape of the benzene molecule after he imagined a snake coiled up in a circle.

Imaginative thinking provides the ability to move towards objectives, and travel along selected paths. Imaginative much more divergent than logical thought, as imagination can move freely across fields and disciplines, while logical thinking is orientated along a narrowly focused path. From this perspective imagination is probably more important than knowledge as knowledge without application is useless. - Full Article Source

06/11/12 - Could Insurance Coverage Hobble Commercial Space Flights?
"Should the government continue to share the monetary risk of a catastrophic spacecraft accident even as the United States depends ever-more on commercial space technology? The question is one currently up for debate as the program that currently insures space launches, the Federal Aviation Administration's 'indemnification' risk-sharing authority, which can provide a maximum of $2.7 billion of insurance per launch, expires at the end of the year.

According to the Government Accountability Office a catastrophic commercial launch accident could result in injuries or property damage to the uninvolved public, or 'third parties.'

In anticipation of such an event, a launch company must purchase a fixed amount of insurance for each launch, per calculation by FAA; the federal government is potentially liable for claims above that amount up about $2.7 billion."

The GAO said the United States provides less indemnification for third party losses than China, France, and Russia, according to studies. For example, the Chinese government provides indemnification for third party claims over $100 million.

The French government provides indemnification for third party claims over 60 million euros (about $75 million as of May 2012) and the Russian government provides indemnification over $80 million for the smaller Start launch vehicles and $300 million for the larger Soyuz and Proton vehicles. - Full Article Source

06/11/12 - Drones, Computer Viruses and Blowback
"Michael Crowley writes that using drones rather than soldiers to kill bad guys is appealing for many reasons, including cost, relative precision and reduction of risk to American troops. But there's plenty of evidence that drones antagonize local populations and create more enemies over the long term than we kill in the short term.

The failed 2010 Times Square bomber, Faisal Shahzad, has said that about the U.S. drone campaign in Pakistan, and the Washington Post has described how drone strikes may be breeding sympathy for al-Qaeda in Yemen. 'It is the politically advantageous thing to do — low cost, no U.S. casualties, gives the appearance of toughness.

It plays well domestically and it is unpopular only in other countries,' says Dennis Blair, director of national intelligence until May of 2010. 'Any damage it does to the national interest only shows up over the long term.' Now there's another component to the new warfare that threatens blowback: cyberwar. Like drones, cyberweapons are relatively cheap and do their work without putting American troops in harm's way.

The blowback comes when those viruses get loose and inflict unintended damage or provide templates to terrorists or enemy nations that some experts think could lead to disaster and argue that cyberweapons are like bioweapons, demanding international treaties to govern their use.

'We may indeed be at a critical moment in history, when the planet's prospects could be markedly improved by an international treaty on cyberweapons, and the cultivation of an attendant norm against cyberwar,' writes Richard Wright.

'The ideal nation to lead the world toward this goal would be the most powerful nation on earth, especially if that nation had a pretty clean record on the cyberweapons front. A few years ago, America seemed to fit that description. But it doesn't now.'" - Full Article Source

06/11/12 - eBay - Hydrogen Powered Generator - Self Sustaining - Prototype



Item condition: Used / Ended: May 17, 201222:48:41 PDT / Starting bid: US $2,500.00 [ 0 bids ] / Shipping: Freight - see item description for more details. / Item location: Prineville, Oregon, United States

This is the "Power Cube" that made all the fuss - a few years back because word leaked out that they built a hydrogen generator that produced more energy than it consumed.

But, shortly therafter the owner of the company was arrested for spending investor money on personal automobiles, credit cards, etc.. This ended up in the hands of the trustee, and then into mine!

I KNOW THIS IS THE DREAM TOY FOR MANY GARAGE CHEMISTS AND PHYSICISTS, BUT - if this thing does what the documentation says it does - this worth tons of money!

Because of this - this auction is for the equipment, the documentation and extras, and 95% of the intellectual value.



Not a lot of specifications are given in the documentation I received, but there are some hints to what this machine will do. According to the documents I received with it, it is capable of producing 2250 watts of excess power in its current configuration continuously!


There are some wires and some tubes disconnected, and unfortunately it is way over my head. There are many sketches and diagrams of the way it is supposed to be hooked up, and how to start it running. There is also lots of labels on what is what. But, it is still over my head, and I just wouldn't know where to start.


The High bidder will get everything pictured, and with any luck will have this thing up and running and ready to manufacture, or demonstrate to a large company that will snatch it up. This is a monster Hydrogen Generator! It also has a E-Cell cube - called the hydrogen cell, that takes Hydrogen / Oxygen Gas and produces electricity.

From what I have been reading in the notes and verifying online, the idea behind this generator is this:

1. Energy (electricity) must be used to create hydrogen gas out of water.
2. Hydrogen/oxygen gas when re-forming into water (when it burns) releases energy (electricity) that is captured in a similar way to the way it was formed.
3. New finding are showing that more energy is released when re-forming hydrogen/oxy gas back into water than it took to break them up into gas to begin with - thus excess power generation out of a totally clean, NEVER toxic, and absolutely no emissions (other than water that is recycled.)

Everything is labeled very nicely - and the build and installation is very clean! Extra Stainless Plates - Beautifully Machined - this unit is obviously built with very expensive - very high quality parts. - Full Article Source

06/11/12 - Plants may be able to 'hear' others
It seems chilli seeds can sense neighbouring plants even if those neighbours are sealed in a box, suggesting plants have a hitherto-unrecognised sense. Plants are known to have many of the senses we do: they can sense changes in light level, "smell" chemicals in the air and "taste" them in the soil.

A team led by Monica Gagliano at the University of Western Australia in Crawley placed the seeds of chilli peppers (Capsicum annuum) into eight Petri dishes arranged in a circle around a potted sweet fennel plant (Foeniculum vulgare).

Sweet fennel releases chemicals into the air and soil that slow other plants' growth. In some set-ups the fennel was enclosed in a box, blocking its chemicals from reaching the seeds. Other experiments had the box, but no fennel plant inside. In each case, the entire set-up was sealed in a soundproof box to prevent outside signals from interfering.

As expected, chilli seeds exposed to the fennel germinated more slowly than when there was no fennel. The surprise came when the fennel was present but sealed away: those seeds sprouted fastest of all.

Gagliano repeated the experiment with 2400 chilli seeds in 15 boxes and consistently got the same result, suggesting the seeds were responding to a signal of some sort (PLoS One, DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0037382). She believes this signal makes the chilli seeds anticipate the arrival of chemicals that slow their growth. In preparation, they undergo a growth spurt. The box surrounding the fennel would have blocked chemical signals, and Gagliano suggests sound may be involved.

In a separate experiment, chilli seeds growing next to a sealed-off chilli plant also consistently grew differently to seeds growing on their own, suggesting some form of signalling between the two.

Though the research is at an early stage, the results are worth pursuing, says Richard Karban of the University of California-Davis. They do suggest that plants have an as-yet-unidentified means of communication, he says, though it is not clear what that might be.

Susan Dudley of McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada concedes that plants make faint noises when water columns in their stems are disrupted, and that hearing functions in much the same way as the sense of touch - which plants have - but wants to see the results replicated before she is convinced that plants can hear. - Full Article Source

06/11/12 - Bill Maher on Truth about just how Socialist we are
Gives lots of examples of how the government funds people for so many things and yet we treat socialism like a dirty word. - Full Article Source


06/08/12 - Why Kids Should Be Building Rockets Instead of Taking Tests
"MAKE Magazine founder Dale Dougherty has an article in Slate about how educators are missing the punchline when it comes to getting kids interested in learning.

He describes a recent visit he made to a middle school: 'The science lab was empty, as were the library and the playground.

It was not a school holiday: It was a state-mandated STAR testing day. The school was in an academic lockdown.

This is what the American public school looks like in 2012, driven by obsessive adherence to standardized testing.

The fate of children, their schools, and their teachers are based on these school test scores.' Dougherty's preference would be to more tightly integrate basic engineering projects into the science curriculum.

'I see the power of engaging kids in science and technology through the practices of making and hands-on experiences, through tinkering and taking things apart.

Schools seem to have forgotten that students learn best when they are engaged; in fact, the biggest problem in schools is boredom.

Students sit passively, expected to absorb all the content that is thrown at them without much context. The context that's missing is the real world." - Full Article Source

06/08/12 - Our earliest ancestors came from Asia, not Africa
A team of palaeontologists in Myanmar has found the tooth of a pre-human ancestor - afrasia djijidae, so-called because it forms a missing link between Africa and Asia - that is very similar another early ancestor found in Libya.

Four similar teeth were found after six years of sifting through sediment - a find that helps seal Asia as the starting point for our species.

‘Not only does Afrasia help seal the case that anthropoids first evolved in Asia, it also tells us when our anthropoid ancestors first made their way to Africa, where they continued to evolve into apes and humans,’ says Chris Beard, Carnegie Museum of Natural History palaontologist.

‘For years we thought the African fossil record was simply bad,’ says Professor Jean-Jacques Jaeger of the University of Poitiers in France, the team leader and a Carnegie Museum research associate. ‘The fact that such similar anthropoids lived at the same time in Myanmar and Libya suggests that the gap in early African anthropoid evolution is actually real. Anthropoids didn’t arrive in Africa until right before we find their fossils in Libya.’

The search for the origin of early anthropoids—and, by extension, early human ancestors—is a focal point of modern paleoanthropology.

The discovery of Afrasia shows that one lineage of early anthropoids colonized Africa around 37–38 million years ago, but the diversity of early anthropoids known from the Libyan site that produced Afrotarsius libycus hints that the true picture was more complicated.

These other Libyan fossil anthropoids may be the descendants of one or more additional Asian colonists, because they don’t appear to be specially related to Afrasia and Afrotarsius. Fossil evidence of evolutionary divergence—when a species divides to create new lineages—is critical data for researchers in evolution.

The groundbreaking discovery of the relationship between Asia’s Afrasia and North Africa’s Afrotarsius is an important benchmark for pinpointing the date at which Asian anthropoids colonized Africa. - Full Article Source

06/08/12 - Honda Fit EV takes top EPA fuel economy spot
KeelyNet Honda announced the EPA fuel economy and range numbers for its Fit EV today, the rating of 118 MPG equivalent making it the most fuel-efficient production car available.

Among the handful of electric cars either in production for coming out this year, Honda can now boast the best fuel economy. The EPA rating for its Fit EV shows the car earning 118 MPG equivalent, beating the next runner-up Mitsubishi i-Miev's 112 MPGe and the Nissan Leaf's 99 MPGe.

The numbers break down to 132 MPGe city, 105 MPGe highway, with the 118 MPGe number being the combined rating.

The EPA's annual fuel cost for the Fit EV is just $500.

Honda showed off the production Fit EV at the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show, and will begin a leasing program with the car in California and Oregon this summer. Some East Coast markets will see the car in January 2013.

The Fit EV uses the same basic body as the gasoline-powered Fit, including the versatile interior. Instead of its gas engine, it uses a 92 kilowatt motor to drive the front wheels, with a 20 kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack to store electricity. Honda says the Fit EV's battery can be charged up in 3 hours from a 240 volt outlet. - Full Article Source

06/08/12 - Plasma drive starts with pee
The drive is unusual: chief researcher Professor Rod Boswell, of the Space Plasma Power and Propulsion Laboratory says it doesn’t need moving parts or a grid – meaning it can use a wider variety of fuels than most plasma drives currently on the drawing-board or under test.

Whereas most plasma drives use noble gases like xenon as their reaction mass (so that the superheated reaction mass doesn’t degrade the drive’s components), Professor Boswell told The Register his design can use practically anything for fuel.

“There are no moving parts or grids – this design is just a cylinder,” he said. “All the important parts that contact the propellant are either glass or ceramic.”

That means “we can use any type of propellant, including piss,” he said. “In the International Space Station, there’s a system that extracts water from urine, known as the ‘Russian piss-presser’. The result ends up with a pH around one – we could easily use that.

Of the $AU4 million, Boswell told The Register, most will be spent constructing a 3x4 meter space simulation chamber that will be used to space-qualify the drive. That will include the vacuum chamber and the various test systems needed to gather data about the drives performance with “no strings attached”.

During tests, he explained, the drive will be operated using a spacecraft power bus, and all communication with the drive will be via telemetry, as if it were in space.

At this stage, he said, the drive is being tested for deployment on a technology development satellite. The plasma drive is designed for satellite maneuvering rather than launch: “You have to be in space for it to work.” - Full Article Source

06/08/12 - "New" 'dream mask' invention actually 20-plus-year-old idea


Two guys in New York have made headlines around the world recently for having invented a “dream mask” – a device you wear over your eyes at night that will help you not only control your dreams, but enter the dream world in an active way – like a virtual reality experience powered by the biological computer of your own brain.

The device is called the Remee, and is the invention of Duncan Frazier and Steven McGuigan.

But I think a certain Stanford University researcher must be grinding his teeth right now. That’s because Dr. Stephen LaBerge invented a device called the “NovaDreamer” more than 20 years ago. As far as I can tell, the new Remee is more or less the same thing as the NovaDreamer.

LaBerge is certainly the world’s leading authority on lucid dreaming. In fact, he is the man who was the first to show in a laboratory setting that the ability to lucid dream is real. Prior to LaBerge's groundbreaking work, many neural scientists and psychologists considered lucid dreams to be occult or New Age nonsense. LaBerge proved them all wrong.

A lucid dream is a dream in which the dreamer is aware that he or she is dreaming, thus enabling that person to take active part in the dream – and even control and shape the dream world. LaBerge wrote a number of successful books on the topic, including “Exploring the World of Lucid Dreaming.”

I wish Mr. Frazier and Mr. McGuigan well with their new venture, but … um… everyone should know that these guys are hardly the first two to step off the boat. This is already much-traveled territory. I guess I am somewhat rankled by proxy for LaBerge and the folks of the Lucidity Institute who have been blazing the way in this field for more than two decades – long before a mediocre Hollywood movie made it fashionable. - Full Article Source

06/08/12 - Scientists late to recognize human and giant mammal coexistence
A site in Vero Beach on Florida's East coast contains mammoth, mastodon, giant ground sloth-and human fossils. The problem is that humans were not yet supposed to have been there, according to the standard story told to generations of archaeologists.

When discovered in the early 1900s, researchers insisted that the Vero Beach human remains washed in long after the large mammals fossilized. But new results, like so many other similar reinvestigations of old sites, show they were made at the same time and that humans lived and died in North America long before believed. What took researchers so long to acknowledge that?

The reason why it took so long for the evidence to come to light may be the same reason why fossil evidence of humans and dinosaurs is so scarce.

Archaeologists at the University of Florida analyzed the concentrations of rare earth elements in the various bones from the Vero site, finding that they all statistically matched. This evidence shows that they were buried simultaneously, and it contradicts longstanding dogma that humans had not yet arrived in America. - Full Article Source

06/08/12 - A 'Small Claims Court' For the Internet
"It's not unusual for a freelance Web designer or developer to be burnt when a client refuses to pay up, citing one excuse or another. And what can you do about it?

If a contract only amounts to a few thousand dollars, litigation to recover your fee can be far too expensive, and an increasingly vituperative exchange of emails is often not enough for client and contractor to come to agreement over who owes whom what.

Into this gap steps A start-up founded by Peter-Jan Celis that aims to provide internet-based, legally binding arbitration services — a 'small claims court' for the internet — with a particular eye on settling the conflicts that arise over freelance development and Web design." - Full Article Source

06/08/12 - Solar Impulse Completes First Intercontinental Solar Flight
KeelyNet "Slashdotters may remember the Solar Impulse — the world's first 100% solar-powered airplane — from last year when it made its public debut. Today the airplane made news again as it successfully completed the world's first solar-powered intercontinental flight — a pivotal step that paves the way for the plane's first trip around the world in 2014."

The aircraft flew in the direction of the city of Seville towards the Strait of Gibraltar, flying over the Mediterranean Sea at an altitude of 27,000 feet and finally arriving in the Moroccan Capital. “Aside from technical and political reasons behind the decision to fly to Morocco, simply the flight over the Gibraltar straight was a magical moment and represents one of the highlight of my carrier of aeronaut.” Said joyfully Bertrand Piccard as he set his feet on the runway.

The thermo-solar plant has a capacity of 160 megawatts and is part of Morocco’s energy plan whose goal is to build, by 2020, five solar parks with the capacity of 2,000 megawatts, reducing CO2 emission of 3.7 million tons. The Solar Impulse team also supports this pioneering project which is in line with its own message and its philosophy of renewable energies. - Full Article Source

06/08/12 - Online Courses and the $100 Graduate Degree
"Forbes reports on the latest project of Google Fellow Sebastian Thrun (the proponent of self-driving cars.) He's moved on to education now, believing that conventional university teaching is way too costly, inefficient and ineffective to survive for long.

So he started Udacity, which aims to deliver an online version of a master's degree for $100 per student. From the article: 'Udacity’s earliest course offerings have been free, and although Thrun eventually plans to charge something, he wants his tuition schedule to be shockingly low. Getting a master’s degree might cost just $100.

After teaching his own artificial intelligence class at Stanford last year—and attracting 160,000 online signups—Thrun believes online formats can be far more effective than traditional classroom lectures. “So many people can be helped right now,” Thrun declares. “I see this as a mission.”'" - Full Article Source

06/08/12 - Unborn babies could be tested for 3,500 genetic faults
Scientists could soon be able to routinely screen unborn babies for thousands of genetic conditions, raising concerns the breakthrough could lead to more abortions.

A team has been able to predict the whole genetic code of a foetus by taking a blood sample from a woman who was 18 weeks pregnant, and a swab of saliva from the father.

They believe that, in time, the test will become widely available, enabling doctors to screen unborn babies for some 3,500 genetic disorders.

At the moment the only genetic disorder routinely tested for on the NHS is Down’s syndrome.

This is a large-scale genetic defect caused by having an extra copy of a bundle of DNA, called a chromosome.

Other such faults are sometimes tested for, but usually only when there is a risk of inheriting them from a parent.

“One always hopes, vainly, that in utero testing will be for the benefit of the unborn child. “But, whilst this new test may not itself be invasive, given our past track record, it is difficult to imagine that this new test will not lead to more abortions.” - Full Article Source

06/08/12 - Futuristic freight system planned for Texas I-35 corridor
KeelyNet Freight normally hauled by trucks could one day soon be shipped on an electric-powered, overhead guideway across Texas. It may seem like an idea more suitable for Tomorrowland – and artist renderings of the project do resemble Disney’s famed monorail system – but Texas officials are encouraging a privately-funded business to get the project up and running, perhaps within six years.

The guideways would be built within the existing right-of-way of Interstate 35, initially stretching about 250 miles from San Antonio to Waxahachie – but eventually extending north through Dallas-Fort Worth, and south to the Mexican border. Ultimately, Freight Shuttle guideways could be built on more than 2,000 miles of highway right-of-way across the state, he said.

The system would haul cargo of various sizes, packed in both intermodal containers and freight trailers. Terminals would be built at each end of the route, so that trucks could load and off-load their goods onto the Freight Shuttle guideways.

The shipments would be placed on unmanned transporters powered by linear induction motors using electricity and a magnetic field. They would glide on steel wheels across the guideways at about 60 mph, Roop told members of the Tarrant Regional Transportation Coalition during a meeting Wednesday in Fort Worth.

Shippers would be able to get their goods across the state for pennies on the dollar compared to what it costs to haul freight in tractor-trailers, said Ken Allen, a retired logistics executive for grocery giant H-E-B Stores and chief executive officer of Freight Shuttle International’s operations unit.

“We estimate it would be 25 percent cheaper than a very efficient trucking operation,” Allen said. For consumers, Allen added, “It probably amounts to a savings of 4 to 5 cents for a gallon of milk, and H-E-B sells probably three million gallons a week.”

The prospect of reducing truck traffic on the I-35 corridor excited several members of the Tarrant Regional Transportation Coalition. Tarrant County Judge Glen Whitley said he could envision moving people on trains in the highway right-of-way, too, instead of relying on railroad tracks owned and controlled by freight companies.

“That right-of-way above the interstate is something that is beginning to be more attractive, especially given our negotiations with Union Pacific,” Whitley said. “If that would be possible, especially inside urban areas, that would be very intriguing along certain routes like LBJ, I-30 and I-20.” - Full Article Source

06/08/12 - German water bed
All these poor fools are terrified out of peaceful dream states with the rudest of awakenings. - Full Article Source


06/05/12 - Company Vows Mars Colony by 2023, Funded by Reality Show
KeelyNet A Dutch company says it will produce the biggest reality show on the planet, centered on a group of humans who colonize Mars.

In the wake of SpaceX’s first successful commercial mission to the International Space Station last month, Mars One has vowed a much grander feat, according to reports.

The firm claims that it will put four people on the red planet every two years beginning in April 2023. By 2033, Mars One boasts there will be 20 colonists on Mars.

Mars One is founded by Bas Lansdorp, a researcher from the Netherlands with a master's in science from Delft University of Technology, according to PC Magazine.

Landsorp says in a promotional video that "creating the biggest media event ever" will finance the out-of-this-world venture. - Full Article Source

06/05/12 - $5 Soda Blaster For Carb Cleaning & Rebuilding
Cleaning and rebuilding your carbs can be difficult these days. The really good cleaners of yester-year are no longer available now that they have been deemed "bad for the environment" and outlawed.

The cleaners we could always count on are now effectively rendered almost useless. Awe yes, I remember being able to buy a gallon can of carb-dip at the local parts store and it would strip decades of grime away over night with one 12 hour soaking.

Now the same brand barely loosens varnish let alone cleans it away with days of soak time. . . You still need to get carbs clean, but chemicals today just can't do it alone and you don't want to spend an afternoon scrubbing all the nooks and crannies of your carb housings. What's a guy (or gal) to do??

Blast them!! "But wait", you say, "Blasting my carbs will fill them with grit that I'll never get out and my expensive carbs will be ruined." The solution is to use baking soda as the media.

Yes, common, household baking soda!! "But don't I have to own a blasting cabinet or pressure blaster in order to blast my carbs??" The answer is NO. Below is a list of the items you need in addition to an air source like an air compressor: - Full Article Source

06/05/12 - Could the 'Yarkovsky effect' destroy our planet?
An asteroid has drifted nearly 100 miles out of its path in the last twelve years - pulled by a strange 'tractor beam' effect called the 'Yarkovksy effect'.

‘This Yarkovsky effect can actually push an asteroid into—or out of—the path of the Earth,’ said Josh Emery, of the University of Tennessee at Knoxville.‘Understanding this force and how it affects an asteroid is critical for determining whether or not that asteroid will hit us.’

The finding came from measurements of the tiny asteroid 1999 RQ36 - expected to blast past the Earth in 2135.

The found the asteroid had deviated 100 miles - due to the Yarkovsky effect.

Emery’s work using NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope in 2007 was crucial in determining the effect. He measured the asteroid’s thermal characteristics using infrared emissions and found the space rock was covered in an insulating blanket of fine material.

‘The longer a surface can hold heat, the stronger the Yarkovsky effect,’ said Emery. ‘Therefore if the asteroid was made up of solid rock, the force would be stronger because it would retain heat longer. But fine material such as dust or sand heat up and cool down quickly so the effect is weaker.’

The Yarkovsky effect is named for the nineteenth-century Russian engineer who first proposed the idea that a small rocky space object would, over long periods of time, be noticeably nudged in its orbit when it absorbs sunlight and then re-emits that energy as heat. The effect is difficult to measure because it’s so infinitesimally small.

The effect was discovered on 1999 RQ36 in an effort to determine the mass of the asteroid from millions of miles away. The scientists needed the space rock’s size, thermal properties, propulsive force (Yarkovsky effect), and orbit to calculate the bulk density. - Full Article Source

06/05/12 - Ginseng can cut tiredness caused by cancer
Researchers found high doses of the herb American ginseng over two months reduced cancer-related tiredness in patients more effectively than a placebo.

They studied 340 patients who had completed cancer treatment or were being treated for cancer at one of 40 community medical centres.

Sixty per cent of the patients studied had breast cancer.

Each day, those taking part received a placebo or 2,000 milligrams of ginseng administered in capsules containing pure, ground American ginseng root.

Researcher Doctor Debra Barton, of the Mayo Clinic Cancer Centre in the United States, said: ‘Off-the-shelf ginseng is sometimes processed using ethanol, which can give it oestrogen-like properties that may be harmful to breast cancer patients.’

At four weeks, the pure ginseng provided only a slight improvement in fatigue symptoms. However, at eight weeks, ginseng offered cancer patients significant improvement in general exhaustion - feelings of being ‘worn out,’ ‘fatigued,’ ‘sluggish,’ ‘run-down,’ or ‘tired’ - compared to the placebo group.

Dr Barton said: ‘After eight weeks, we saw a 20-point improvement in fatigue in cancer patients, measured on a 100-point, standardized fatigue scale.’

And she said the herb had no apparent side effects.

Ginseng has long been used in traditional Chinese medicine as a natural energy booster. Until this study, its effects had not been tested extensively against the debilitating fatigue that occurs in up to 90 per cent of cancer patients.

Fatigue in cancer patients has been linked to an increase in the immune system's inflammatory cytokines as well as poorly regulated levels of the stress-hormone cortisol. - Full Article Source

06/05/12 - Does science prove Noah's flood?
For decades, science books in America’s schools have taught that the earth is billions of years old, with the Big Bang bursting through the universe some 14.3 billion years ago.

They teach children that bacteria has been around a billion years or so and that the “Precambrian Explosion” some 500 million years ago launched some of the earliest forms of life.

But what if the evidence doesn’t support that? What if scientific observation suggests that the Bible’s literal account of thousands of years is right.

In the Eighth edition of his book “In the Beginning: Compelling Evidence for Creation and the Flood,” Brown presents his hydroplate theory, which unfolds scientific evidence that the earth’s present geologic features and fossils were formed around 5,000 years ago — not untold millions or billions of years ago. He asserts that the global flood recorded in Genesis 7 is the mechanism that created the geologic, astronomical and biological phenomena witnesseed today.

According to Brown, the earth was an extremely different place before Noah’s flood. Oceans were much shallower and mountains much lower. He notes that it is no coincidence that more than 230 flood legends – with many common elements such as a sole surviving family in a boat – exist from every corner of the earth. In fact, the flood of Noah is the very device that sets Brown’s hydroplate theory in motion.

Brown contends that “water depth would be 9,000 feet everywhere” if the earth’s surface was completely smooth, easily covering the low-lying mountains that existed at the time of the flood.

“About half the water now in the oceans was once in interconnected chambers about 10 miles below the entire earth’s surface,” explains Brown. “The average thickness of the subterranean water was at least three-quarters of a mile. Above the subterranean water was a granite crust; beneath the water was earth’s mantle.”

Brown gives a visual of what he calculates the earth looked like before catastrophic forces pushed mountains tens of thousands of feet higher.

“Asia, Europe, Africa, and the Americas were … joined across what is now the Atlantic Ocean,” Brown asserts. “On the pre-flood crust were deep and shallow seas, and mountains – generally smaller than those of today, but some perhaps 5,000 feet high.”

Yet not all subterranean water escaped during the flood, asserts Brown. He argues that earthquakes provide evidence that oceans of water still exist underneath the crust, noting that only underground channels of water could rapidly transmit shockwaves thousands of miles from the epicenter.

Brown argues that the evolutionists’ account of a comet, asteroid or volcanic activity triggering the extinction of the dinosaurs is flawed. He contends that only a global flood could have generated a mass rapid burial and fossilization of animals, as all remains would have rotted away if they had died without being submerged in water to preserve them. Brown also explains that fossils’ similar density and mass discovered on the same levels of the geologic column prove that dinosaur remains were sorted and buried just thousands of years ago in a flood, not merely interred hundreds of millions of years ago in a series of mass extinctions.

Another chink in evolutionists’ armor, says Brown, is that the soft bone tissue and DNA found in dinosaur remains could not exist for more than thousands of years. On top of this, he points out that intentionally inflated and incorrect readings of fossils and rocks measured using various dating techniques further put evolutionists’ millions- and billions-of-years-old origins account into disrepute. - Full Article Source

06/05/12 - When Continental Drift Was Considered Pseudoscience
"I Love this article in Smithsonian by Richard Conniff. One of my geology professors was in grad school when the theories for plate tectonics, seafloor spreading, etc., were introduced; he remembered how most of his professors denounced them as ridiculous.

The article chronicles the introduction of continental drift theory, starting a century ago with Alfred Wegener. From the article: 'It was a century ago this spring that a little-known German meteorologist named Alfred Wegener proposed that the continents had once been massed together in a single supercontinent and then gradually drifted apart.

He was, of course, right. Continental drift and the more recent science of plate tectonics are now the bedrock of modern geology, helping to answer vital questions like where to find precious oil and mineral deposits, and how to keep San Francisco upright.

But in Wegener’s day, geological thinking stood firmly on a solid earth where continents and oceans were permanent features.'" - Full Article Source

06/05/12 - Redesigned Cooler Reinvents Tuberculosis Treatment
"It started with a basic soft drink cooler, a need for easier management of tuberculosis and $150,000 in innovation support.

A big challenge in managing tuberculosis is keeping the medicine cool, in addition to tracking and monitoring dose administration.

These challenges can be life-threatening, especially in less-developed countries, where refrigerators and fancy cooling devices are rare; ice must be trucked in on a daily basis to keep medicines at controlled temperatures. A redesigned cooler with the ability to keep the medicine cool and record when medicine is dispensed is aiming to solve both these problems.

The design of the cooler is simple and practical — common characteristics of a scientifically sound experiment or innovation.

It's nothing more than a standard soft drink cooler but the team from MIT's Little Devices Lab equipped the cooler with the ability to sound an alert when the temperature inside the cooler becomes too high and transmit data wirelessly using a cellphone transmitter whenever the cooler is opened." - Full Article Source

06/05/12 - Boeing Hydrogen Powered Drone First Flight
"Phantom Eye's innovative and environmentally responsible liquid-hydrogen propulsion system will allow the aircraft to stay on station for up to four days while providing persistent monitoring over large areas at a ceiling of up to 65,000 feet, creating only water as a byproduct. The demonstrator, with its 150-foot wingspan, is capable of carrying a 450-pound payload."

The Phantom Eye demonstrator has a 150-foot (46 meter) wingspan. Boeing states that it can fly for more than four days at a time at altitudes of up to 65,000 feet.[3] Boeing also states that the Phantom Eye demonstrator will be able to carry a 450 pound payload and have a cruising speed of 150 knots.[3]

The Phantom Eye has no armament and has been built for “persistent intelligence and surveillance" rather than combat.[1] Propulsion.

Each of the two propulsion systems consist of modified Ford 2.3 liter engines, reduction gearbox, and 4-blade propeller. The engines were originally designed for use with the some models of the petrol-burning Ford Fusion car. To be able to run in the oxygen starved atmosphere at 65,000 ft, the engines feature a multiple turbocharger system that compresses that available low density air and reduces the radiated infrared heat signature to increase its stealth properties. [7]

The engines, which provide 150 horsepower at sea level, have been tuned so as to be able to run on hydrogen.[7] The Boeing marketing department states that this will make the aircraft economical and “green” to run, as the only by-product will be water.[7] - Full Article Source

06/05/12 - China Factory Robots
KeelyNet From car plants to microchip foundries, China's industrial sector increasingly runs by machine.

According to Nomura, 28 percent of factory machines in China use numerical controls - one measure of automation.

That may be far lower than Japan's 83 percent, but China is growing far faster than Japan did at a comparable stage of development, says Ge Wenjie, a machinery analyst with Nomura.

The army of cheap laborers that made China a manufacturing powerhouse is neither as vast as once thought nor as cheap as it was. In response, manufacturers have been spending heavily on machines that will both make them more productive and let them churn out higher quality goods.

That change will pose a growing challenge for U.S., European and Japanese industrial companies not used to competing with Chinese firms in the high-end segments of their markets.

In other words, China may soon be known less for cheap Christmas toys and more for high-end medical equipment, luxury cars and jet engines.

"You will see foreign players facing more and more pressure from leading local manufacturers upgrading their products, their quality and their scale," said Raymond Tsang, a China-based partner with consultancy Bain.

Automation doesn't come cheap. A factory floor robot of the kind in Great Wall's plant costs about 4 million Japanese yen ($50,760) according to Ge of Nomura, and a production line might easily have 100 of them. There is also the cost of downtime, when machines need to be maintained or adjusted to handle new products.

For years, low wages meant automation was simply not worth the expense. A company didn't need to buy a packaging machine when it was cheaper to hire a room full of workers to do the same thing.

But steady cost rises are tilting the balance in favor of machines. Last year, urban labor costs in China increased 12.3 percent in inflation-adjusted terms for private companies, which face a worsening labor shortage.

"Everyone is doing this because there's tremendous competition in China and the cost of raw materials is going up and wages are going up," said Andy Rothman, an economist with CLSA in Hong Kong. "So really, the only way that most companies can survive is to raise productivity and the best way to do that here is to add a little bit more equipment."

The demand for higher quality also weighs in favor of automation. An engine block built by a worker positioning the drill by hand won't be as good - or sell for as much money - as one fashioned by machine. - Full Article Source

06/05/12 - The End Game
The world has no engine of growth with most of the G20 countries approaching stall speed at the same time.

The Western World is about to enter its second recession in an ongoing depression.

For the first time since the 1930's we are entering a recession - before Industrial Production, Durable Goods Orders, Employment and Private Sector GDP have made back their previous highs. (watch the slideshow with graphs) - Full Article Source


06/02/12 - Ultra-efficient LED puts out more power than is pumped in
MIT physicists have managed to build a light-emitting diode that has an electrical efficiency of more than 100 percent. You may ask, "Wouldn't that mean it breaks the first law of thermodynamics?" The answer, happily, is no.

The LED produces 69 picowatts of light using 30 picowatts of power, giving it an efficiency of 230 percent. That means it operates above "unity efficiency" -- putting it into a category normally occupied by perpetual motion machines.

However, while MIT's diode puts out more than twice as much energy in photons as it's fed in electrons, it doesn't violate the conservation of energy because it appears to draw in heat energy from its surroundings instead. When it gets more than 100 percent electrically-efficient, it begins to cool down, stealing energy from its environment to convert into more photons.

In slightly more detail, the researchers chose an LED with a small band gap, and applied smaller and smaller voltages. Every time the voltage was halved, the electrical power was reduced by a factor of four, but the light power emitted only dropped by a factor of two. The extra energy came instead from lattice vibrations.

69 picowatts of light, of course, is a very small amount -- so you're not likely to be able to read in bed with one of these LEDs. However, it could have applications in low-power electronics, acting as a thermodynamic heat engine but with fast electrical control. - Full Article Source

06/02/12 - Back to Eden Gardening Method! Simply Incredible!
BACK TO EDEN shares the story of one man's lifelong journey, walking with God and learning how to get back to the simple, productive methods of sustainable provision that were given to man in the garden of Eden.

The organic growing system that has resulted from Paul Gautschi's incredible experiences has garnered the interest of visitors from around the world.

However, never until now have Paul's methods been documented and shared like this!

Visit this site Full Back to Eden Film for full details. (Thanks to Bill Ward for the headsup on this wonderful film. - JWD) - Full Article Source

06/02/12 - 3d printing, the new frontier of piracy?
KeelyNet We’ve all heard the countless arguments about piracy in digital media. However, it appears that 3d printing or other rapid prototyping systems are bringing legal issues to a more physical world.

The story goes like this: [Thomas] bought a 3d printer.

He’s a big fan of warhammer figurines. He spends tons of time creating some custom warhammer figures, and uploads them to thingaverse. Games Workshop, the owners of Warhammer, unleashed the lawyers and had the items removed.

There are so many angles to this story, the mind boggles.

If I were an artist, and someone else was uploading copies of my work, essentially stopping my revenue, it would suck.

Then again, if I were lucky enough to have a fanatical fan base that spread the love for my product with excitement and zeal, I might want to encourage them.

Neither of those thoughts however, cover the legal issue at the base here. We don’t have an answer for you. Sorry.

You’ll probably be seeing this issue pop up more and more often in the future. - Full Article Source

06/02/12 - Ionic liquids boost the storage capacity of batteries.
Jerry Martin, CEO and cofounder of a small startup in Colorado, says his company—Boulder Ionics—is developing a way of making a type of electrolyte that would enable high-performance batteries.

The electrolyte, made from ionic liquids—salts that are molten below 100 ?C—can operate at high voltages and temperatures, isn't flammable, and doesn't evaporate. Ionic liquids are normally expensive to produce, but Boulder Ionics is developing a cheaper manufacturing process.

Replacing conventional electrolytes with ionic liquids could double the energy storage capacity of ultracapacitors by allowing them to be charged to higher voltages. That could make it possible to replace a starter battery in a car with a battery the size of a flashlight, Martin says.

The electrolytes could also help improve the storage capacity of lithium-ion batteries, the kind used in electric vehicles and mobile phones; and they could help make rechargeable metal-air batteries practical. In theory, such batteries could store 10 times as much energy as conventional lithium-ion batteries.

For use in ultracapacitors, the new ionic liquid electrolyte can simply replace a conventional one. "It's a nearly drop-in replacement, compatible with existing production lines," Martin says.

But battery makers will need to switch to new electrode materials that operate at higher voltages to take advantage of the high-voltage resistance of ionic liquids in lithium-ion batteries.

Ionic liquids are suitable for rechargeable metal-air batteries because the electrolyte in such a battery is exposed to the air, and ionic liquids do not evaporate. At least one company, Fluidic Energy, is hoping to make metal-air batteries practical by using ionic liquids. - Full Article Source

06/02/12 - Invention helps drive down solar water-heating costs
KeelyNet Tom Seppings, of Beccles, has created the SolaPlug, which aims to make the heating of water cheaper and also easier to fit.

The invention is a flanged adaptor which connects solar heating panels to an existing hot water tank, meaning that the cylinder can be kept rather than scrapped.

Mr Seppings noticed through the course that a lot of plumbing work was required to install the technology and that the benefits were not big enough for many people to be able to afford it.

He said: “Environmentally, solar water heating makes perfect sense, the main obstacle has been the high cost of fitting it into existing homes.”

He added: “I looked at ways of making it cheaper. Fitting a new tank is a third of the cost so I looked at alternatives.

“I came up with the flanging arrangement and did some research and I was amazed no-one else had done it. It was almost too good to be true.”

Mr Seppings applied for a patent in August 2007, but did not start working instantly. Instead he has carefully grown his idea.

In total Mr Seppings says the price of the installation of solar water heating falls from more than £4,000 to around £3,000 with the SolaPlug.

He hopes to have 300 created this year from his base in Weston and expects demand to grow. His firm does install complete solar systems, but the product is also available from specialist solar merchants, Plumbcenter and PTS. - Full Article Source

06/02/12 - Don’t Let Your Money Fly Away: A 1909 Warning to Airship Investors
KeelyNet The January 2, 1909, issue of Literary Digest re-published portions of a December 10, 1908 editorial in Engineering News under the headline, “A Warning to Air-Ship Investors.” The article spells out the various ways people of the era thought there may be money in flight — transporting freight, passenger travel, warfare — but the author remains extremely skeptical that any of those applications would pay off financially anytime soon.

Literary Digest explains that “companies to build, sell, and operate new types of flying-machines will before long be seeking stock subscriptions in every city in the country. How shall we distinguish the false from the true? The advice of the [Engineering News] is to keep clear of the whole business.”

From the December 10, 1908 Engineering News:

So far as the possibilities of freight transportation are concerned, it may be passed with a word. Wherever ordinary methods of transportation on land are available, it will be absurd to carry goods of any sort through the air. The cost of such transport would be measured not in mills per ton mile, as in rail or water carriage, or cents per ton mile, as in wagon haulage, but in dollars or hundreds of dollars per ton.

It is true that for exploration in difficult country, as over the Arctic ice or in rough mountain regions, there are possibilities in the air-ship. But such use, of course, is rather scientific than commercial.

The article continues by laying out the impracticality of passenger air travel, seeing it as more of an amusement that might be useful at fairs, rather than as a practical means of transportation. Interestingly, the author also calls out the high-speed automobile as a toy of the rich which allows them to “vent their surplus energies.”

For the carriage of passengers, the necessary risks attendant upon flight through the air, either with the dirigible balloon or the aeroplane, are certain to limit passenger traffic to the field of sport and amusement. This is, of course, a much more considerable field than is often realized. The public is willing to pay very high prices for mere amusement, and it is altogether probable that a few years hence aeroplane flights will be a drawing card at county fairs and other public occasions, just as ordinary balloon ascensions have been for a century past. The experience of the high-speed automobile, too, has proved the existence of a very large leisure class of wealthy men who find vent for their surplus energies in undertaking all sorts of risky exploits. Flight through the air may very likely become as popular a fad a few years hence as automobile racing is to-day; but it will have just as little relation to the serious, practical, every-day business of carrying freight and passengers for the great workaday world as have the hundred-horsepower automobiles that break speed records in France or America.

Warfare of the future isn’t even seen as a possible use for airships. As Engineering News explains, flying machines are far too vulnerable to bullets from the ground. - Full Article Source

06/02/12 - The Medicine Men, "We Do Our Best" (a true story)
"A young man had an acutely inflamed throat. He went to his doctor, who gave him an injection of penicillin. The sore throat quickly got better.

Three days later the young man began to itch. The itching got worse and he developed hives all over his body. The doctor made the correct diagnosis of an allergic reaction to the penicillin. He prescribed antihistamines. The hives disappeared.

The young man, a machine operator, got drowsy from the antihistamines and cut his hand at work. The nurse in the dispensary gave him first aid and put on an anti-bacterial ointment containing penicillin.

The hives returned and now the young man had swelling of the eyes and lips. The doctor recognized that a potentially dangerous allergic reaction was present; he ordered a course of corticosteriod treatment.

Result - the itchiness, the hives and the swelling disappeared and the patient was well again.

Except that now he had pain in his belly plus heartburn, and he began to show signs of blood in his stools. The correct diagnosis of a peptic ulcer (induced by the corticosteroid) was made.

The young man did not do well on medical treatment; he continued to bleed from his ulcer. His doctor, therefore, had a surgeon in for consultation. The two doctors agreed that partial gastrectomy was necessary, an operation to remove the ulcer-bearing portion of the stomach. The operation was successful.

But because of the previous bleeding and the unavoidable loss of blood at the operation, a transfusion of 1000 milliliters (two pints) of blood was given. Hepatitis (inflammation of the liver) followed.

The young man became intensely jaundiced; he vomited his food and had to be fed intravenously for a few days. His youth did him in good stead as he recovered from his hepatitis.

At the right ankle, where the intravenous needle and the plastic tube had been inserted into a vein exposed by cutting through the skin, a tender nodule appeared. It became red and inflamed, evidence of infection.

Because of the bad experience the patient had experienced from penicillin, the doctor prescribed tetracycline. The inflammation promptly subsided.

But because of the antibiotic, diarrhea came on and the patient had severe colicky cramps. The doctor ordered a special diet and gave a new anti-spasmodic drug to control the cramps. Diarrhea stopped.

The new drug was in the belladonna class. It relaxed smooth muscle all over the body, and by its action on the iris, it caused dilation of the pupil of the eye. The young man's vision was impaired.

He drove his car into a tree. Exitus young man." - Full Article Source

06/02/12 - Re-evaluating your Priorities
Here's a quote from a government employee who witnessed a recent interaction between an elderly woman and an antiwar protester.

There were protesters at the grocery store handing out pamphlets on the evils of America.

I politely declined to take one.

There was an elderly woman behind me and a young (20-ish) female protester offered her a pamphlet, which she politely declined.

The young protester put her hand on the old woman's shoulder as a gesture of friendship and in a very soft voice the young lady said, "Lady, don't you care about the children of Iraq?"

The old woman looked up at her and said:

"Honey, my father died in France during World War II, I lost my husband in Korea, and a son in Vietnam...

All three died so a bitch like you could have the right to stand here and badmouth our country.

If you touch me again, I'll stick this umbrella up your ass and open it."

~ God Bless America ~ I love getting old* (Thanks Joel Mcclain for this excellent wakeup call. - JWD) - Full Article Source

06/02/12 - Dropped your cell one too many times?
KeelyNet A new 20-second video has been released highlighting an invention that will stop people from dropping their cell phones.

The product is called SnapALoop and it attaches to the back of mobile devices and features a loop for users to slide their finger through so the object doesn’t fall out of their hand.

“I’ve dropped my phone plenty of times while trying to multitask or while texting and that’s how I came up the idea for SnapALoop,” said company President and CEO Bryan Karle.

As shown in the video SnapALoop's ring, which is made from a soft flexible plastic also swivels 360 degrees for greater apALoop’s customer comfort Karle noted.

Manufactured entirely in the United States, Karle said dropping a smart phone can prove to be costly. “You can spend $300, $400, $500 or more on some of these devises and when you drop one on tile or cement, even on a wood floor you run the risk of having it break apart.”

But Karle said destroying a cell phone or smart phone by dropping it in water is not unheard of either.

“Living in Florida I know boaters who have dropped their cell phones in the water, people who have dropped their phones in a pool and I know people who’ve accidentally dropped their phone in the toilet.”

SnapALoop he said is designed to prevent that from ever happening again.

The company also touts the product as perfect for runners or walkers who want to attach it to an MP3 player.

While company Vice President Rozana Karle says they have yet to advertise SnapALoop they are already getting sales from Hawaii, California and New Hampshire.

“I think that shows just how much people can use a product like this,“ Rozanna Karle said.

Sold online through the company’s website, SnapALoop will be available in multiple colors at a cost of $9.95 for two sets. Sales will begin within the month. - Full Article Source

06/02/12 - Chocolate, sweet talk & electronics let Paralyzed Rats Walk Again
KeelyNet Spinal stimulation combined with assisted walking therapy generates new neural circuits and restores voluntary leg movement.

Researchers in Switzerland used electrical and chemical stimulation to excite neurons in the lower spinal cord of paralyzed rats while the rodents were suspended by a vest that forced them to walk using only their hind legs.

The rehabilitative procedure led to the creation of new neuronal connections between the movement-directing motor cortex of the brain and the lower spine, the researchers report in Science.

Previous research has shown that it is possible to reverse some of the effects of spinal-cord injury by circumventing the normal connection between the brain and legs, which is broken by the injury.

For example, walking can be triggered in spinal-cord-injured rats if their spine is stimulated. But until now, such movement has been involuntary.

This new research shows that with a specialized training system, similar rats can regain voluntary control over their legs.

Because the spinal column could control the walking pattern, Courtine suspected that only a weak signal from the brain would be necessary for the animals to start walking voluntarily.

To test whether the rats could recover brain-directed control of these movements, he and his team developed a robotic support system that suspends rats in a bipedal standing posture and helps with balance but does not provide any forward momentum.

Ten paralyzed rats were trained daily to walk with stimulation both on a treadmill and in the robotic system. After two to three weeks, the rats took their first voluntary steps. "This is the first time we have seen voluntary control of locomotion in an animal with [an injury] that normally leaves it completely paralyzed," says Courtine.

Key to this recovery was the active role of the rat's brain in wanting to move forward. The electrical and chemical stimulation puts the rat's nervous system in a state where walking is possible, says study co-author Janine Heutschi, and "then you need to make the rat to want to walk."

The rats' desire to walk was motivated by chocolate rewards and vocal encouragement from the researchers (which you can hear in this video from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology). The robotic suspension system forces the rodents to use their dormant hind limbs and not drag themselves forward with their still functional forelimbs. - Full Article Source

06/02/12 - 7 tips for good behavior, circa 1500 A.D.
Gretchen Ruben, author of the terrific Happiness Project book, posted seven tips for good social interaction, written by Desiderius Erasmus around 1500 A.D. in his book De Civilitate Morum Puerilium Libellus: A Handbook on Good Manners for Children:

According to Erasmus, you should not…

1. gossip
2. tell unkind stories
3. boast
4. indulge in self-display
5. seek to defeat others in argument
6. interrupt people when they tell a story
7. be too inquisitive

Gretchen added two more to the list:

8. don’t “top” (meaning, don’t say things like, “Wow, you think that was bad, wait until you hear what happened to me”)
9. don’t keep bringing the conversation around to your favorite topics if other people don’t seem as obsessively interested in them as you are. - Full Article Source

06/02/12 - Autonomous Road Train Project Completes Public Road Test
"Covered earlier on Slashdot, but lost in the buzz over the Google driverless car is Project Sartre (Safe Road Trains for the Environment), Europe's experiment with 'vehicle platooning,' which has successfully completed a 125 mile road test on a busy Spain motorway.

Three Volvos drove themselves by automatically following a truck in the presence of other, normal road users. The Register reports that on-board cameras, radar and laser tracking allow each vehicle to monitor the one in front, and wirelessly streamed data from the lead vehicle tells each car when to accelerate, break and turn."

The 125-mile test run was conducted at an average speed of just over 50mph and kept the three cars behind the truck at an average separation of 6m.

Volvo has tested the technology many times before, but until now only on private test tracks.

"We has slopes… it was quite windy [and there was] a lot of other traffic, and it was great to see the system could handle it," said Ricardo chief engineer Eric Chan. "It was a very positive experience." - Full Article Source

06/02/12 - Ore-Sniffing Dogs Rediscovered By Mining Industry
"In the 60s and 70s Sweden, Russia and Finland were the foremost players in the game of ore dogs, using dogs to sniff out ore deposits for mining.

The technique was forgotten in the last century, but this article shows they're now being used again to discover ore deposits.

From the article: 'The keen noses of sniffer dogs are proving so successful at locating ore that even the mining giants are sitting up and taking notice. Berenice Baker talks to Peter Bergman, geologist and CEO of the Swedish company OreDog, about his plans to turn the canine skills into a multi-million dollar global industry providing exploration services for the mining industry while offering a Google-like working environment for staff.'"

The dogs can find all sorts of sulphide ore, whether it is zinc, copper or nickel, but we discovered they can also find oxide ore. We have just discovered a large deposit of arsenian pyrite, a gold ore, but every week we find they can sense a different type of metal in combination with sulphides.

You train them to sense certain smells that come from ore. We take ore samples from different mines and areas where we find the ore, and then we train them on that. Right now my dog can sense 20 - 30 different types of ore. They can discover an ore body that is as much as 12m under the ground. - Full Article Source

06/02/12 - and now Radioactive Tuna
Radioactive isotopes from Japan's Fukushima nuclear disaster turned up in bluefin tuna caught off California in August, a new study reports. The 15 fish that were tested contained 10 times the background levels of radioactive cesium, including a short-lived isotope that the fish must have absorbed while swimming in contaminated waters near Japan before migrating east across the Pacific.

The finding demonstrates that the nuclear accident last March had a pervasive and enduring impact on the world's interconnected oceans. Although the contamination in these particular tuna fell well below levels considered dangerous for consumption, the study authors said they were "surprised to see [contamination] at all."

And the damage to the oceans isn't done yet. "The reactors are still leaking," Buesseler told Life's Little Mysteries. "The release has been stable for several months, but there are still radionuclides being released on shore."

As a consequence, fish off the coast of Japan are continuing to exhibit elevated levels of contamination, and some bottom-dweller species around Fukushima are still unsafe to eat.

"The fact that the level of contamination is not going down, that they have fish that are above legal limits, is of concern," he said. "Why aren't the fish getting cleaner?"

Detectable radiation doesn't equal dangerous radiation, said Pal Andersson, environmental assessment analyst with the Swedish Radiation Safety Authority."One must remember that it is very easy to measure radioactivity," Andersson wrote in an email.

"Even very small amounts are detectable, so you will detect concentrations which are too low to have any ecological impact or effects on human health." - Full Article Source

06/02/12 - Best OOPARTS site (Out of Place Artifacts)
KeelyNet Do unexplained technologies of the ancients provide possible proofs of Pre-flood civilizations? If you believe that the flood of Noah actually happened, what was the state of the technology of pre-flooders? Could they have left physical evidence of their existence?

Much of what we think we know about the past is wrong. Columbus discovered America? That's wrong for so many reasons--and must have come as some surprise to the people who were living here at the time. First manned flight by the Wright brothers at Kitty Hawk? No! Marconi invented the radio? Not at all!

Why is the oldest pyramid, the Great Pyramid, the one built with the highest technology; bigger blocks with closer fit? "Newer" pyramids are crumbling because they were built with less skill. Some are suggesting that the Great Pyramid of Giza is much, older (relatively) than previously thought. (For more on the incredible, Great Pyramid,see Page 13 of this section.)

Anthropologist/author Jonathan Gray, but this discussion of some of the themes of his book Dead Men's Secrets, dovetails very well with the things covered on these pages and will serve as my intro:

"..On November 17, 3398 B.C., two billion people, with their astonishing technology, vanished from the face of the earth. This lost super race beat us to the moon(?), to computers, and to nuclear war. A cosmic disaster occurred which wiped out a super civilization and generated 6,000 foot tidal waves the disaster known to early civilizations worldwide as the great flood (the deluge mentioned in the book of Genesis in the Bible, for which Noah constructed the Ark to save a remnant of mankind).

...The descendants of this super race branched out from Ararat (Armenia) to create civilizations less advanced technologically, but still with some knowledge of their original civilization. The theory of evolution, which believes in the gradual progression of man, cannot stand up to the evidence governed by the laws of thermo-dynamics. The evidence of fully developed cities and an advanced technology of a superior man, whose society deteriorated over time is irrefutable.

Early "cave men" wore clothes like ours? (more later & see Those Sophisticated Cave Men) That man knew the secret of flight before the twentieth century? That early civilizations performed open-heart surgery and fluoroscopy? That there were once shining cities illuminated by a means of electricity unknown to us today. The list is endless and fascinating, pointing to a super civilization, evidences of which can no longer be ignored.

..Archaeological and anthropological evidence that something very big happened on this planet in the past..something so big it wiped traces of just about everything from the face of the earth. From around the world, "impossible" ancient inventions have been surfacing of late, and some of them from a technology as advanced as our own.

Nearly all the writings of ancient people worldwide tell the same story, that of decline from an original "Golden Age." That a cataclysmic disaster wiped out the advanced world. Today's diggings worldwide show that these traditions tally with the facts.

There are recently discovered artifacts that cannot be dismissed, namely, objects of metal sitting in museums, unquestionably made in the ancient world, that would have required very advanced technology to produce. A technology not to be repeated until our day.

The entire world is really a "dead man's tomb," a treasure hunter's paradise. As we pry open the coffin, suspense builds. Slowly we're lifting the lid on a lost technology which almost smacks of science fiction? - Full Article Source

06/02/12 - Honey, Mud, Maggots and other Medical Marvels
If you are like most people, you have heard about folk remedies such as these and your immediate reaction has been, "You must be kidding!"

That was our reaction, too, not only to the stories we heard from relatives and friends, but those we encountered in the course of our academic research as well.

Reading old memoires, we came across 18th-century notables who took the waters at Bath or Lourdes or Baden-Baden and claimed that their liver or kidney complaints or their palsies miraculously disappeared.

Women with the vapors drank concoctions distilled from the urine of cows (sold to them as Essence of a Thousand Flowers) and claimed to be calmed.

Physicians throughout history have slapped together poultices of honey, yeast, milk and similar ingredients and asserted their healing benefits on gunshot wounds, cuts, burns and ulcers. Even today, people with AIDS whose infections resist treatment with modern antibiotics have taken to drinking their own urine to cure thrush (a yeast infection) in their mouths and throats. Or they stimulate their immune systems by exposing patches of their skin to DNCB (dinitrochlorobenzene), best known to photographers as film developer. Does any of this, we wondered, make any medical sense at all?

The surprising answer in all of these cases is, "Yes!" Combining our historical and biomedical training, we decided a couple of years ago to take a scientific look at old wives= tales and folk medicines. The result was a book we recently published called Honey, Mud, Maggots and Other Medical Marvels.

Amazingly, we found that over a quarter of all prescription drugs currently available today began as folk medicines and more than half of all natural compounds currently used as drugs by licensed physicians were first identified by witch doctors, shamans, tribal healers, or other people without training in modern scientific medicine.

What's more, we discovered a number of folk therapies measuring up to scientifically sound clinical trials and making a comeback in modern hospitals as accepted forms of treatment. In some cases, treatments as old as history itself are out-performing the latest technological advances in trauma centers and surgeries around the world.

Maggots and leeches are not the only remnants of past medicines in today=s medical armamentarium. Other Amodern@ medical miracles have similarly odd and ancient histories:

Honey was used by ancient Egyptians, Chinese, Indians, and Africans for treating amputations, ulcers, burns, and other major wounds. Physicians in trauma clinics in the U. S., Europe, and Latin America have rediscovered this ancient practice and use honey or sugar pastes to cure infections when modern surgical techniques and antibiotics have failed. Some surgeons even lower the risk of infection after open heart surgery by packing the heart with sugar!

One of the best-selling drugs in the world is Premarin, a concoction of female hormones used to treat post-menopausal problems. How many of us know, however, that Premarin comes from PREgnant MARes= urINe! Similarly, Pergonal, a fertility drug like the one used by the woman who recently had septuplets, derives from human urine. Such medical use has a long past. The Chinese were distilling urine to treat infertility and hot flashes a thousand years ago.

Take a close look at your face or hand cream. It probably has historical ties to urine, too. There is a good possibility that it contains urea. Urea is a primary component of urine and the substance that makes sense of its age-old use as an antiseptic and skin conditioner. Today we distill the urea or manufacture it and use it for the same purposes. Rubbing your chapped hands in urine is not as crazy as it sounds. Modern lotions have just cleaned up the process!

Even the earth has medicinal properties. Thousands of years ago, people ate various clays to treat intestinal distress, nibbled a bit of the soil around Magnesia in Greece to settle their stomachs, or ingested pottery-like material called Aterra sigillata@ to treat a poisoning. We still do these things. Kaopectate contains kaolin, a white clay from which we also make fine china. Milk of magnesia is literally the same chemical stuff that used to be mined in Greece. And Fuller's earth, a soil similar to terra sigillata, is still used to treat people who become poisoned with various insecticides.

We would be remiss not to add a warning or two. We have not written a self-help book. We are not physicians and we do not recommend any of these treatments for private use. Our sole interest in Honey, Mud, Maggots and Other Medical Marvels has been to document the ancient origins of many basic or even cutting edge medical treatments used by trained doctors in valid medical settings.

This does not mean that we believe that all old medicine is good medicine. On the contrary, we emphasize the dangers inherent in untested folk medicines and untutored self-use. Any and every medicinal agent is potentially dangerous. This is just as true for folk medicines as for modern ones. It makes no difference whether the medicine is natural or not. - Full Article Source

06/02/12 - Iraq, Afghanistan Veterans Filing For Disability Benefits At Historic Rate
A staggering 45 percent of the 1.6 million veterans from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are now seeking compensation for injuries they say are service-related. That is more than double the estimate of 21 percent who filed such claims after the Gulf War in the early 1990s, top government officials told The Associated Press.

What's more, these new veterans are claiming eight to nine ailments on average, and the most recent ones over the last year are claiming 11 to 14. By comparison, Vietnam veterans are currently receiving compensation for fewer than four, on average, and those from World War II and Korea, just two.

It's unclear how much worse off these new veterans are than their predecessors. Many factors are driving the dramatic increase in claims – the weak economy, more troops surviving wounds, and more awareness of problems such as concussions and PTSD. Almost one-third have been granted disability so far.

Government officials and some veterans' advocates say that veterans who might have been able to work with certain disabilities may be more inclined to seek benefits now because they lost jobs or can't find any.

Aggressive outreach and advocacy efforts also have brought more veterans into the system, which must evaluate each claim to see if it is war-related. Payments range from $127 a month for a 10 percent disability to $2,769 for a full one.

For taxpayers, the ordeal is just beginning. With any war, the cost of caring for veterans rises for several decades and peaks 30 to 40 years later, when diseases of aging are more common, said Harvard economist Linda Bilmes. She estimates the health care and disability costs of the recent wars at $600 billion to $900 billion.

"This is a huge number and there's no money set aside," she said. "Unless we take steps now into some kind of fund that will grow over time, it's very plausible many people will feel we can't afford these benefits we overpromised."

How would that play to these veterans, who all volunteered and now expect the government to keep its end of the bargain?

"The deal was, if you get wounded, we're going to supply this level of support," Bilmes said. Right now, "there's a lot of sympathy and a lot of people want to help. But memories are short and times change." - Full Article Source

06/02/12 - Peanut tree Power Generator
The HRGBRG office is powered by a peanut tree that grows peanuts from its branches and runs 115-230 volts through an electrical outlet built into the trunk. The following is absolutely true.

An Alternative Diodic Electricity Peanut Tree (A.D.E.P.T.) produces ripe peanuts all year round.

A.D.E.P.T.s do not need to be watered. They do, however, need to be covered in soft bedding.

When installing an outlet, it's essential to place it at precisely same angle as trunk growth. This ensures the most efficient flow of peanut oil. - 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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