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03/31/13 - Finally, the pill to lower your IQ permanently
The world's a much brighter place when you're not too bright for it. After all, Stupid people are the MAJORITY so you will have to take 'the pill' to lower your IQ to around 70, permanently. Brought to you by MinusIQ.

(These folks at sleepthinker.com must be a hoot to work and hang around with! The second video says it all! Warning, the second video uses rough language, but its HILARIOUS! Thanks to Ken in Las Vegas! - JWD) - Full Article Source

And check out these other videos from this unique advertising agency, Vytautas Mineral Water! It's Earth's Juice! and nothing changes | Being 50 and Start Caring (about IMPORTANT THINGS).


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03/31/13 - A Bladeless Windmill
It may look like a giant airplane window strung with Venetian blinds, but this structure, designed by Dutch architecture firm Mecanoo and installed at the Delft University of Technology this month, is a model of a machine that would convert wind to energy without any moving parts.

Any mechanical moving parts, at least: the technology, developed by the Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science faculty at Delft, uses the movement of electrically charged water droplets to generate power. How does this work? A handy video explains... - Full Article Source


03/31/13 - Land without animals speeds up Desertification (unknown processes?)

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"Desertification is a fancy word for land that is turning to desert," begins Allan Savory in this quietly powerful talk. And terrifyingly, it's happening to about two-thirds of the world's grasslands, accelerating climate change and causing traditional grazing societies to descend into social chaos.

Savory has devoted his life to stopping it.

He now believes -- and his work so far shows -- that a surprising factor can protect grasslands and even reclaim degraded land that was once desert.

According to Savory, we not only can, but indeed MUST, use grazing livestock to address desertification. In his talk, he explains how we can work with nature, at very low cost, to reverse both of these problems.

By some estimates, grazing large herds of livestock on half of the world’s barren or semi-barren grasslands could take enough carbon from the atmosphere to bring us back to preindustrial levels. “Nothing offers more hope,” he says.

Desertification happens when we create too much bare ground. In areas where a high level of humidity is guaranteed, desertification cannot occur. Ground cover allows for trapping of water, preventing the water from evaporating. At present, a staggering two-thirds of the landmass on earth is desertifying. As explained by Savory, water and carbon are tied to organic matter.

When you damage the soil, allowing it to turn into desert, it gives off carbon. We’ve been repeatedly told that desertification occurs only in arid or semi-arid areas, and that tall grasslands in areas of high rain fall are of no consequence.

But this is not true, Savory says, because if you inspect the ground in tall grasslands, it is bare and encrusted with algae, which leads to runoff and evaporation.

Areas of US national parks are now desertifying as badly as areas in Africa, and studies have shown that whenever cattle are removed from an area to protect it from desertification, the opposite results — it gets worse. According to Savory, we have completely misunderstood the causes of desertification. We’ve also failed to understand how it affects our global climate. He explains that barren earth is much cooler at dawn and much hotter at midday. When land is left barren, it changes the microclimate on that swath of land.

“Once you’ve done that to more than half of land mass on planet, you’re changing macroclimate,” he says.

We’ve failed to realize that in seasonal humidity environments, the soil and vegetation developed with very large numbers of grazing animals meandering through. Along with these herds came ferocious pack hunting predators. The primary defense against these predators was the herd size. The larger the herd, the safer the individual animal within the herd. These large herds deposited dung and urine all over the grasses (their food), and so they would keep moving from one area to the next.

This constant movement of large herds naturally prevented overgrazing of plants, while periodic trampling ensured protective covering of the soil. As explained by Savory, grasses must degrade biologically before the next growing season. This easily occurs if the grass is trampled into the ground. If it does not decay biologically, it shifts into oxidation — a very slow process that results in bare soil, which then ends up releasing carbon. To prevent this scenario, we’ve traditionally used fire. But burning the ground also leaves soil bare to release carbon. - Full Article Source


03/31/13 - New Catalyst Allows Cheaper Hydrogen Production
KeelyNet "Electrolysis of water to produce hydrogen is very inefficient without the use of a catalyst. Unfortunately catalysts are currently made of crystals containing rare, expensive toxic metals such as ruthenium and iridium.

Two chemists from the University of Calgary have invented a process to make a catalyst using relatively non-toxic metal compounds such as iron oxide, for 1/1000 the cost of currently used catalysts.

It is suggested this would make it more feasible to use electrolysis of water to create hydrogen as a method of storing energy from variable green power sources such as wind and solar." - Full Article Source

03/31/13 - Solar Impulse Airplane To Launch First Sun-Powered Flight Across America
"The Solar Impulse just landed at Moffett Field in Mountain View, California to announce a journey that will take it from San Francisco to New York without using a single drop of fuel.

The 'Across America' tour will kick off this May when founders Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg take off from San Francisco. From there the plane will visit four cities across the states before landing in New York."

The Solar Impulse is the world’s first airplane to fly both day and night without fuel. There’s a lot of engineering behind this incredible feat – the plane’s wingspan is the size of an Airbus A340 (208 feet), yet it weighs less than a small car (3,527 pounds). Pilot André Borschberg said that the ratio of weight to wingspan is about equivalent to that of a hang glider.

The plane’s ultralight carbon fiber skeleton is held aloft by two wings clad with 12,000 solar panels strung into groups of 300 cells.

These photovoltaics capture the sun’s energy throughout the day and use it to drive the plane’s four 10-horsepower engines.

Excess energy is stored in 4 lithium polymer batteries that provide backup power for night flights. The plane’s average speed clocks in at 43 miles per hour, and it runs on about as much power as a tiny motor scooter.

(All this changes when we rediscover how to 'dim' local gravity, no one gets it...yet. - JWD) - Full Article Source


03/31/13 - Genetic Transistors That Turn Cells Into Computers
KeelyNet In a paper published in the journal "Science" on Friday, the team described their system of genetic transistors, which can be inserted into living cells and turned on and off if certain conditions are met. The researchers hope these transistors could eventually be built into microscopic living computers.

Said computers would be able to accomplish tasks like telling if a certain toxin is present inside a cell, seeing how many times a cancerous cell has divided or determining precisely how an administered drug interacts with each individual cell.

Once the transistor determines the conditions are met, it could then be used to make the cell, and many other cells around it, do a specific thing--like telling cancerous cells to destroy themselves.

"We're going to be able to put computers into any living cell you want," lead researcher at the Stanford School of Engineering Drew Endy explained to the San Jose Mercury News. "We're not going to replace the silicon computers. We're not going to replace your phone or your laptop. But we're going to get computing working in places where silicon would never work."

The team demonstrated their work using E. Coli bacteria, an organism commonly used in genetic research.

Traditional computers use millions of tiny transistors, which control the flow of electrons in the form of the zeros and ones that make up binary code. Multiple transistors working together can form something called a "logic gate," which serves as the basic building block of all computations performed by computers the world over.

The researchers' biological transistors, which they've dubbed "transcriptors," use enzymes to control the flow of RNA proteins along a strand of DNA, just like a computer would use silicon transistors to control the flow of electrons.

In addition to changing the way people think about the human body, biological computers made using these transcriptors could be used to learn more about an litany of other living systems. - Full Article Source

03/31/13 - We The People Stimulus Package BECAUSE THEY IGNORE YOU!
Bob Basso author of "Common Sense" plays the role of Thomas Paine to ignite the fire of change in America. Patriotism and Pride for America lead Thomas Paine to help take back America! - Full Article Source


03/31/13 - Robo-Reporters to Replace Mainstream Journalists?
The mainstream media is now so glib, unquestioning and intellectually castrated that robo-reporters could soon replace real journalists - without anyone noticing.

Computer algorithms are already being used to manufacture news stories about earthquakes and other data-rich issues and this same process could soon be employed for sports games and eventually more complicated news stories – rendering many journalists obsolete.

Human editors would probably still be needed to check stories before publication, but the actual process of writing articles could be handed over completely to artificially intelligent software programs.

The Vancouver Sun reports today that the Los Angeles Times is already using robo-reporters for some of its content, thanks to a computer program developed by the newspaper’s digital editor Ken Schwencke.

The article explores the ethical concerns of assigning “routine news tasks” to robo-reporters, which would “lighten the load for everybody involved” according to Schwencke. Alfred Hermida, associate professor at the University of British Columbia, concluded that if the computer algorithm was created by the reporter, the generation of news stories by a robo-reporter would be acceptable.

Given that mainstream media reporters have already proven themselves adept at regurgitating official statements and passing it off as news with no journalistic inquiry whatsoever, one wonders if anyone will really be able to detect if written stories are the work of real people or computer programs.

With many jobs in the unskilled labor market, such as waiters in some Chinese restaurants, now being replaced by robots, it won’t be too long before many so-called skilled professions are also supplanted by cyborgs or computer-generated artificial intelligence.

(I hope so, all for this idea. I'm so SICK of media reporters who are there to REPORT NEWS turning the show into an ego trip for themselves, to build a cult following...just report the damn news and go away til next time, I don't give a FLIP about your opinion, your personal life or what all you've done are are doing...its about the NEWS STUPID, not YOU! Robots will do a much better job. Include weathermen/women as robots too! - JWD) - Full Article Source


03/31/13 - Disability in the US: 14 million Americans 'can’t work'

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Fourteen million people now get a disability check from the government every month.

The federal government spends more money each year on cash payments for disabled former workers than it spends on food stamps and welfare combined. Yet people relying on disability payments are often overlooked in discussions of the social safety net.

People on federal disability do not work. Yet because they are not technically part of the labor force, they are not counted among the unemployed.

In other words, people on disability don’t show up in any of the places we usually look to see how the economy is doing. But the story of these programs — who goes on them, and why, and what happens after that — is, to a large extent, the story of the U.S. economy. It’s the story not only of an aging workforce, but also of a hidden, increasingly expensive safety net.

There’s no diagnosis called disability. You don’t go to the doctor and the doctor says, “We’ve run the tests and it looks like you have disability.” It’s squishy enough that you can end up with one person with high blood pressure who is labeled disabled and another who is not.

People don’t seem to be faking this pain, but it gets confusing. I have back pain. My editor has a herniated disc, and he works harder than anyone I know. There must be millions of people with asthma and diabetes who go to work every day. Who gets to decide whether, say, back pain makes someone disabled?

As far as the federal government is concerned, you’re disabled if you have a medical condition that makes it impossible to work.

In practice, it’s a judgment call made in doctors’ offices and courtrooms around the country. The health problems where there is most latitude for judgment — back pain, mental illness — are among the fastest growing causes of disability.

But disability has also become a de facto welfare program for people without a lot of education or job skills. But it wasn’t supposed to serve this purpose; it’s not a retraining program designed to get people back onto their feet. Once people go onto disability, they almost never go back to work. Fewer than 1 percent of those who were on the federal program for disabled workers at the beginning of 2011 have returned to the workforce since then, one economist told me.

People who leave the workforce and go on disability qualify for Medicare, the government health care program that also covers the elderly. They also get disability payments from the government of about $13,000 a year. This isn’t great. But if your alternative is a minimum wage job that will pay you at most $15,000 a year, and probably does not include health insurance, disability may be a better option.

But going on disability means you will not work, you will not get a raise, you will not get whatever meaning people get from work. Going on disability means, assuming you rely only on those disability payments, you will be poor for the rest of your life. That’s the deal. And it’s a deal 14 million Americans have signed up for. - Full Article Source

03/31/13 - Top 10 Movie Hack fails
It had been requested that we make a short video covering the top worst hacks in movies. Being the community that we are, it seemed like an interesting request.

We asked for your input, and you were happy to deliver! However, the proposition of creating a “top 10? list turned out to be quite difficult.

There were just SO MANY horrible scenes that I started thinking about how to even categorize them. We could probably to a “top 10? in any of the following categories without even having to dig too deeply...

Honestly, after breaking it down in such a manner, making the top 10 movie hacking failures, felt painfully general. It is like making a list of “top 10 animals that ever existed”.

The state of technology portrayal in movies is frankly abysmal. It is obvious that the only people who know less about tech than “hollywood” are the people making laws about it. - Full Article Source


03/31/13 - Zombie houses: 300K+ in America

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A survey by RealtyTrac reports that America is home to 301,874 zombie houses -- houses that have been abandoned by their owners, but not foreclosed upon by the banks.

They effectively have no owners, but their erstwhile owners are theoretically on the hook for maintenance and liability. Florida has the largest zombie infestation (90,556!), followed by Illinois and California. Zombie houses are considered a blight because they attract vandalism and crime.

In a rational world, neighborhood associations would be able to take these places over and turn them into community centers or shelters or some similar social beneficial purpose. Instead, they're just the subject of unending litigation that will likely only finish when the houses are razed.

Reuters revealed the plight of people who walked away from their homes not realizing that their names remained on the deed and that they were financially liable for taxes and other bills related to the abandoned property.

In some cases, homeowners vacated after receiving a notice from the bank of a planned foreclosure sale, only to find out later the bank never followed through.

Zombie properties can be easy to spot as they deteriorate into neighborhood eyesores and havens for criminal activity.

While Florida leads in volume of zombie properties, Kentucky, with less than 1,000 zombie properties, leads in percentage; zombies represent 54 percent of its total foreclosure inventory, Blomquist said. - Full Article Source

03/31/13 - Airlines should charge passengers by weight
"Bhatta put together three models for what he called 'pay as you weigh airline pricing.' The first would charge passengers according to how much they and their baggage weighed.

It would set a rate for pounds (kg) per passenger so that someone weighing 130 pounds (59 kg) would pay half the fare of 260-pound (118-kg) person.

A second model would use a fixed base rate, with an extra charge for heavier passengers to cover the extra costs. Under this option, every passenger would have a different fare.

Bhatta's preferred option was the third, where the same fare would be charged if a passenger was of average weight. A discount or extra charge would be used if the passenger was above or below a certain limit.

That would lead to three kinds of fares - high, average and low, Bhatta said.

Airlines have grappled for years with how to deal with larger passengers as waistlines have steadily expanded. Such carriers as Air France and Southwest Airlines allow overweight passengers to buy extra seats and get a refund on them.

"As a plane of a given make and model can accommodate more lightweight passengers, it may also reward airlines" and reduce the use of environmentally costly fuel. - Full Article Source

03/31/13 - Florida polo tycoon can't adopt in order to keep assets
A Florida polo tycoon named John Goodman has hit a hitch in his plan to adopt his 42-year-old girlfriend so that his kids and ex-wife won't be able to keep him from writing her into his will.

The court says he failed to disclose important information, but there's no word on whether that will have have any bearing on his manslaughter appeal stemming from his conviction for a drunken hit-and-run killing in 2010, or on his apparent plan to keep his assets from the family of the dead man by transferring them to his girlfriend/daughter.

A Florida appeals court ruled yesterday that John Goodman (not the actor John Goodman, the Florida polo tycoon John Goodman, who founded something called the International Polo Club) committed a fraud on the court when he failed to notify it, or the opposing parties in a pending lawsuit, about his plan to adopt his girlfriend and thereby give her access to a substantial trust fund.

The trust was one in which "all Goodman's children were to share equally," so if his girlfriend also became his child … you get the idea. The "Adoption Agreement" also gave the girlfriend/daughter almost $17 million in additional assets plus an unlimited right to ask for more money from the trust, not a bad right to have if you can get it.

This concerned Goodman's two existing children and his ex-wife for obvious reasons, and also bothered the parents of Scott Wilson. Wilson died in 2010 after a car accident involving Goodman, who was allegedly drunk at the time. The accident knocked Wilson's car into a canal, whereupon Goodman suddenly remembered some polo tycoonery he had to take care of, and, to use a legal term of art, he skedaddled, without even calling 911. Wilson died.

<>p>Goodman was convicted of DUI manslaughter and vehicular homicide and sentenced to 16 years in prison, but is out on bail pending appeal. - Full Article Source

03/31/13 - Geeks On a Plane Proposed To Solve Global Tech Skills Crisis
"British Airways' Ungrounded project proposes to shut 100 Silicon Valley 'gamechangers' in a trans-Atlantic plane and ask them to solve the world's tech skills crisis during a 12-hour flight to London.

On arrival, the passengers will head into a conference where they will present their ideas to, among others, the UN.

From the article: 'Ungrounded, as the project is called, will bring 100 “innovators” (Silicon Valley CEOs, thinkers and venture capitalists) on a private BA flight from San Francisco to London.

During the flight, they will take part in a “global hack” run by Ideo, a design firm which has made mice for Microsoft and Apple.'" - Full Article Source

03/31/13 - How Mobile Devices Kill Your Creativity
"ReadWrite has posted a thought-provoking piece on how mobile devices killing our boredom may also be killing our creativity. Quoting: 'Numerous studies and much accepted wisdom suggest that time spent doing nothing, being bored, is beneficial for sparking and sustaining creativity.

With our iPhone in hand — or any smartphone, really — our minds, always engaged, always fixed on that tiny screen, may simply never get bored. And our creativity suffers. ... For example, psychology professor Gary Marcus distinguishes between the two primary types of pursuits we use to defeat boredom.

"Boredom is the brain's way to tell you you should be doing something else. But the brain doesn't always know the most appropriate thing to do. If you're bored and use that energy to play guitar and cook, it will make you happy. But if you watch TV, it may make you happy in the short term, but not in the long term."

So much of what we do on our smartphones, however, is decidedly short-term: a few moments playing a game while we stand in line, a minute to scan Instagram as the person in front of us at the grocery store pulls out their checkbook. ' Of course, you'll probably be reading this on a smartphone." - Full Article Source

03/31/13 - CDC: 110,197,000 Venereal Infections in U.S.
According to new data released by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there were 19.7 million new venereal infections in the United States in 2008, bringing the total number of existing sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in the U.S. at that time to 110,197,000.

The 19.7 million new STIs in 2008 vastly outpaced the new jobs and college graduates created in the United States that year or any other year on record, according to government data. The competition was not close.

The STI study referenced by the CDC estimated that 50 percent of the new infections in 2008 occurred among people in the 15-to-24 age bracket. In fact, of the 19,738,800 total new STIs in the United States in 2008, 9,782,650 were among Americans in the 15-to-24 age bracket. - Full Article Source

03/31/13 - Groups Of Adults Turn To Cooperative Households To Save Money
With the cost of living on the rise and showing no sign of slowing down, total strangers desperate to save money are moving in together.

As CBS 2’s Dana Tyler reported Tuesday, older adults and even families are using this method to pool their resources. And the new communities are redefining the modern family.

Two million Americans over the age of 30 now live with a housemate or roommate, and shared households make up 18 percent of U.S. households – a 17 percent increase since 2007.

In some co-housing communities, families buy smaller homes built around a common building that the entire community shares. Some include communal kitchens and recreation space.

Experts said it is important to draw up an agreement. It should detail how expenses and chores will be shared, and set boundaries that spell out what you can and can’t live without.

You should also check references of potential housemates and ask why the person wants to move in, experts said.

“You need to know that people are solid about paying, that they’re going to be a reasonable person to be around,” said shared housing expert Annamarie Pluhar. And experts added that communication and compromise are the key to success.

“You can make something wonderful happen if you can find the right people to do it with,” Machinist said. If you are considering someone as a housemate, experts suggest running a credit or even criminal background check on that person. - Full Article Source

03/31/13 - 21 graphs that show America’s health-care prices are ludicrous

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The IFHP just released the data for 2012. And yes, once again, the numbers are shocking.

This is the fundamental fact of American health care: We pay much, much more than other countries do for the exact same things. For a detailed explanation of why, see this article. But this post isn’t about the why. It’s about the prices, and the graphs.

One note: Prices in the United States are expressed as a range. There’s a reason for that. In other countries, prices are set centrally and most everyone, no matter their region or insurance arrangement, pays pretty close to the same amount. In the United States, each insurer negotiates its own prices, and different insurers end up paying wildly different amounts. That’s what Steven Brill’s explosive article was about, and it’s why you see U.S. prices expressed as a range rather than a single number. - Full Article Source

03/31/13 - Why an MRI costs $1,080 in America and $280 in France
There is a simple reason health care in the United States costs more than it does anywhere else: The prices are higher.

That may sound obvious. But it is, in fact, key to understanding one of the most pressing problems facing our economy. In 2009, Americans spent $7,960 per person on health care.

Our neighbors in Canada spent $4,808. The Germans spent $4,218. The French, $3,978.

If we had the per-person costs of any of those countries, America’s deficits would vanish. Workers would have much more money in their pockets. Our economy would grow more quickly, as our exports would be more competitive.

There are many possible explanations for why Americans pay so much more. It could be that we’re sicker. Or that we go to the doctor more frequently. But health researchers have largely discarded these theories. As Gerard Anderson, Uwe Reinhardt, Peter Hussey and Varduhi Petrosyan put it in the title of their influential 2003 study on international health-care costs, “it’s the prices, stupid.”

On Friday, the International Federation of Health Plans — a global insurance trade association that includes more than 100 insurers in 25 countries — released more direct evidence. It surveyed its members on the prices paid for 23 medical services and products in different countries, asking after everything from a routine doctor’s visit to a dose of Lipitor to coronary bypass surgery. And in 22 of 23 cases, Americans are paying higher prices than residents of other developed countries. Usually, we’re paying quite a bit more. The exception is cataract surgery, which appears to be costlier in Switzerland, though cheaper everywhere else.

“Other countries negotiate very aggressively with the providers and set rates that are much lower than we do,” Anderson says. They do this in one of two ways. In countries such as Canada and Britain, prices are set by the government. In others, such as Germany and Japan, they’re set by providers and insurers sitting in a room and coming to an agreement, with the government stepping in to set prices if they fail.

Providers largely charge what they can get away with, often offering different prices to different insurers, and an even higher price to the uninsured.

“We pay twice as much for brand-name drugs as most other industrialized countries,” Anderson says. “But the drug companies spend only 12 percent of their revenues on innovation. So yes, some of that money goes to innovation, but only 12 percent of it.”

The 2010 health-reform law does little to directly address prices. It includes provisions forcing hospitals to publish their prices, which would bring more transparency to this issue, and it gives lawmakers more tools and more information they could use to address prices at some future date. The hope is that by gathering more data to find out which treatments truly work, the federal government will eventually be able to set prices based on the value of treatments, which would be easier than simply setting lower prices across-the-board. But this is, for the most part, a fight the bill ducked, which is part of the reason that even its most committed defenders don’t think we’ll be paying anything like what they’re paying in other countries anytime soon.

“There is so much inefficiency in our system, that there’s a lot of low-hanging fruit we can deal with before we get into regulating people’s prices.” says Len Nichols, director of the Center for Health Policy Research and Ethics at George Mason University. “Maybe, after we’ve cut waste for 10 years, we’ll be ready to have a discussion over prices.” - Full Article Source

03/31/13 - Voter ID bill signed amid fierce resistance
KeelyNet How crooked politicans get into and STAY in office. We LET IT HAPPEN over and over to aid and abet the downfall and DESTRUCTION of the USA.

WND has reported extensively on fraud issues related to inadequate voter identification, including problems with absentee ballots, motor-voter laws, voting machines, voting by illegal immigrants and voter suppression. WND has also reported on the Department of Justice’s fight against voter ID laws.

Pew Research Center published a report revealing election rolls in a shambles nationwide. It found:


24 million invalid or inaccurate voter registrations
1.8 million deceased voters
2.75 million registered in multiple states.

A North Carolina group, the Voter Integrity Project, found close to 30,000 dead voters still on the rolls in North Carolina, a state President Obama won by only 14,000 votes in 2008.

“Mainly, what we’re concerned about is the potential [for fraud],” said project Director Jay DeLancey. “Since there is no voter ID law in North Carolina, anybody can walk in and claim to be anyone else.”

One month after the November election, investigative journalist James Simpson, writing for WND, reported at least 100 cases of voting irregularities in Virginia’s Prince William County, including:

People unable to state their name or address on their ID without assistance.
Many unable to speak English who could not follow simple directions.
Many times upon recording a vote, it was discovered that a vote in that person’s name had already been checked off.
The apparent age of the person voting sometimes did not match the age on the registration.
Several times, Dara Fox, a Republican poll watcher certified by the Virginia Board of Elections, observed what appeared to be the same person voting twice, or the same name called twice.
Many times a person who looked Hispanic answered to a name of some other ethnicity that he or she could barely pronounce.
All of these people, except for one, voted, and none voted with a provisional ballot.
One person was denied the vote who admitted through an interpreter he was underage but said he was told he could vote anyway. He was denied the vote only after repeated protests.

The Republican poll watcher, Fox, was interviewed on Washington, D.C.’s WMAL Radio about her experiences, prompting many other Virginia poll watchers to call in or comment about similar experiences they had witnessed.

Republican lawmakers who supported the new Virginia voter photo ID law say it is necessary to prevent voter fraud.

Democrats disagree, claiming the real intent is voter suppression. - Full Article Source

03/31/13 - Why Texas wants its Gold back from the Feds
KeelyNet Texas Gov. Rick Perry is supporting a bill that would return the state’s $1 billion in gold reserves currently stored by the Federal Reserve at a vault in New York to the state.

The sponsor of the bill, State Rep. Giovanni Capriglione, R-Southlake, told the Texas Tribune, “For us to have our own gold, a lot of the runs on the bank and those types of things, they happen because people are worried that there’s nothing there to back it up.”

“If we own it,” Perry told Glenn Beck last week, “I will suggest to you that that’s not someone else’s determination whether we can take possession of it back or not.”

Capriglione’s bill would establish the Texas Bullion Depository to hold the gold.

“We don’t want just the certificates. We want our gold. And if you’re the state of Texas, you should be able to get your gold,” said Capriglione.

However, he concedes transporting $1 billion worth of gold bars would be impractical, so he suggests selling the gold and repurchasing it in Texas.

The bill might get bipartisan support. State Sen. Rodney Ellis, D-Houston, called the bill “an interesting concept” and wants to consult financial experts on its merits.

That bipartisan support may stem from the severity of the crisis in Europe and fears it could spread here. - Full Article Source

03/31/13 - Freedom of what? - Kyle Myers's Property Searched By Feds
The Georgia residence of Kyle Myers, maker of the popular weapons and explosives YouTube series FPSRussia, was raided by 40 agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) on Tuesday, according to the Athens Banner-Herald.

The federal agents, accompanied by members of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, also conducted a search of Myers's father's nearby farm, where FPSRussia is sometimes filmed, reports northeast Georgia radio station WHLR.

Myers's FPSRussia series features him demonstrating advanced weaponry, including machine guns, tanks and drones.

But what was the justification for the raid? ATF spokesman Richard Coes told the Banner-Herald: "The claim is that [Myers] was using explosives and getting paid for it via YouTube."

Myers has used the substance Tannerite in his videos. While the powder explosive is legal in the U.S., Business Insider points out that the manufacturing of explosives for business purposes is illegal without a federal license.

Under YouTube's partner program, amateur video producers can earn money from the site if their videos are watched enough times. Myers's YouTube channel, which has garnered over half a billion views, is part of the site's partner program. - Full Article Source

03/31/13 - Optical Illusion Dance
The song is officially German and is called "Hiss? - TANZ" and after some checking it may be that there is a heavy German influence in the Cajun music I have heard. That is probably why I originally thought it was Cajun. Turns out the most prized accordions in Cajun music are German made. However I doubt the Germans play the washboard, I could be wrong. We've been getting educated since I posted this.

Getting more info on this all the time from the great responses. Turns out this dance style is called Strumpfhosentanz and if you do a google search of that and hit videos you can find other videos of people doing it. I still think these girls did it best though. - Full Article Source


03/31/13 - Catholic League On Bill Maher's 'Anti-Catholic' Jokes
KeelyNet The Catholic League is mad as hell and they aren't going to take it anymore. Bill Maher, host of HBO's "Real Time", has apparently made one too many jabs at the expense of Catholics, particularly priests, and the League has decided it's time for it to stop.

Ever since Pope Benedict announced he was resigning, Maher has found plenty of fodder for material. He told Catholics during his "New Rules" section of the February 15 episode of "Real Time", "If the Pope can quit, it’s okay for you to quit too."

He then went on to discuss the resignation saying, "Now…as you all know, this week, Pope Benedict told Vatican Radio... he was going to resign because the Church needs a fresh, young face, somewhere other than a priest’s lap."

It's jokes like that which have continuously angered members of the Catholic League. In a letter to Glenn A. Britt, Chairman and CEO of Time Warner (HBO's parent company), League president Bill Donohue demands that someone have "a serious talk" with Maher.

(Face it, it's ongoing child abuse to drum these fables as truth into kids, so that its an unending psychoses. Let them grow up enough to THINK and decide what they want to believe or NOT believe. If you tell believers fairy tales, they REJECT them as factual, but the junk in religious books are equally out there and so many believe them as fact just because its what they WERE TAUGHT!

I was brought up Pentecost until I realized the idiocy and bailed out at about 10 years old and even after being whipped by my mother, I told her LET ME CHOOSE, so I studied many 'cults', religions, magic, you name it. The closest theosophy I could agree with was and is Huna...'Hurt No One'. - JWD)

Huna Basic Tenets - The basic tenets of Huna can be summarized in these words, "NO HURT: NO SIN," that is, the Huna concept of "sin" is doing something hurtful. "SERVE TO DESERVE," that is, be of help and service to others in order to feel worthy of good things in your life. A more concise statement is the Huna motto: The Hurtless and Helpful Life. - Full Article Source


03/31/13 - Does Scientific Literacy Make People More Ethical?
"Per research published in the online journal PLOS One, psychologists Christine Ma-Kellams of Harvard University and Jim Blascovich of the University of California, Santa Barbara report,

'Thinking about science leads individuals to endorse more stringent moral norms.'

In one of the four supporting experiments, undergraduates considered an account of a date rape and were asked to judge behavior on a scale of 1 to 100. Science types, perhaps not surprisingly, proved to have a better grasp of reality, including the moral kind."

The first featured 48 undergraduates who read a vignette describing a date rape. (In the story, John engages in “nonconsensual sex” with Sally.) They were then asked to judge John’s behavior on a scale from 1 (completely justified) to 100 (totally wrong).

After revealing some personal information, including their major, each participant finished the experiment by responding to the question, “How much do you believe in science?” on a one-to-seven scale.

The researchers found no relationship between the participants’ religiosity or ethnicity and their judgment of John’s actions. But science majors (including those studying biology, chemistry and psychology) judged him more harshly than non-science majors.

In addition, “those who reported greater belief in science rated the date rape as more wrong,” the researchers write. - Full Article Source

03/31/13 - Zealous preacher bingo card

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The F*** Yeah Atheism blog responded to a campus fire-and-brimstone preacher by creating a Zealous Preacher Bingo card, turning Preacher Tom into fun for the whole school: "I created Zealous Preacher Bingo cards, with a few friends’ suggestions for spaces. We gave out candy to anyone who won." - Full Article Source

03/31/13 - Creationist, Offers $10,000 To Anyone Who Can Disprove Bible
Dr. Joseph Mastropaolo, who has a degree in kinesiology, is putting $10,000 on the line for his "Literal Genesis Trial," a "minitrial" in California that would involve a bailiff, court reporter and a judge. Only scientific evidence that is "objective, valid, reliable and calibrated" will be allowed, according to the Creation Hall of Fame website, which is collaborating with Mastrapaolo on the project.

A "non-literal Genesis advocate" would also be expected to put up $10,000. The winner of the "trial" would take home everything.

Mastropaolo said he's confident he will be keeping his money.

"[Evolutionists] are not stupid people, they are bright, but they are bright enough to know there is no scientific evidence they can give in a minitrial," Mastropaolo told the Guardian.

Mastropaolo belongs to the subset of creationists known as Young Earth creationists, who believe that Earth and its inhabitants were created by God some several thousand years ago -- an account of which is laid out in the book of Genesis, in the Bible's Old Testament.

Scientists, however, have dismissed the Literal Genesis Trial as a publicity stunt.

Michael Zimmerman, vice president for Academic Affairs and provost at Evergreen State College in Washington state, said Mastropaolo has done this sort of thing before, calling it The Life Science Prize.

In an blog for The Huffington Post, Zimmerman said he participated in The Life Science Prize in 2004 and was "berated" and "abused." He also said his academic competence was questioned.

"Joseph Mastropaolo is back generating publicity, promoting ignorance and spewing misinformation," Zimmerman wrote. "Nothing of significance has changed over the last nine years in Mastropaolo's rhetoric or in his understanding of science."

(Such a 'test' will be like Randy looking for psychics and paranormal abilities...they set the rules and conditions so no one will ever win. - JWD) - Full Article Source

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03/26/13 - Can Innovation Be Automated?

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"The Harvard Business Review blog has an invited piece about Innovation Software. Tony McCaffrey at the University of Massachusetts Amherst talks about several pieces of software designed to help engineers augment their innovation process and make them more creative, including one his group has developed called Analogy Finder.

The software searches patent databases using natural language processing technology to find analogous solutions in other domains.

According to Dr. McCaffrey 'nearly 90% of new solutions are really just adaptations from solutions that already exist — and they're often taken from fields outside the problem solver's expertise.'"

Analogous solutions are extremely beneficial to businesses because they reduce time to market, and they can get stalled projects moving again. But for a long time they weren't easy to find. If you didn't accidentally happen upon a solution, you were simply out of luck.

This is why I wanted to develop a system that could make accidental discoveries a more predictable and regular occurrence. Since innovative solutions are built upon what people tend to overlook (i.e., the obscure), I've focused my research on creating techniques to counter every known mental block to noticing the obscure.

My dissertation, for example, articulated the first technique to counter functional fixedness, a classic obstacle in which people fixate on the common use of an object and overlook other possible uses.

Presently, I am focusing on overcoming people's shortcomings to noticing obscure analogies, which resulted in Analogy Finder, a program that mines the U.S. Patent Database for analogous solutions.

Give the Analogy Finder a test! - Adapt inventions from other fields to solve your problems! To use, first enter your goal, e.g. reduce vibrations. Analogy Finder will first look up the synonyms of the verb and noun you entered. reduce: diminish, lessen, minimize, dampen, etc. vibrations: oscillations, perturbations, reverberations, pulsations, shimmies, etc.

Analogy Finder then performs all the searches in the U. S. Patent database and return all the hits. Most likely, an inventor from another field has used one of these phrases when describing their invention.

(Wonder who is watching what people type in hoping they'll figure out whatever is being worked on? - JWD) - Full Article Source

03/26/13 - 'Energy Beet' Power Is Coming To America
KeelyNet "Gosia Wonzniacka reports that farmers in Fresno County, California, supported by university experts and a $5 million state grant, are set to start construction of the nation's first commercial-scale bio-refinery to turn beets into biofuel with farmers saying the so-called 'energy beets' can deliver ethanol yields more than twice those of corn per acre because beets have a higher sugar content per ton than corn.

'We're trying to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to shift our transportation fuels to a lower carbon content,' says Robert Weisenmiller. 'The beets have the potential to provide that.' Europe already has more than a dozen such plants, so the bio-refinery would resurrect a crop that has nearly vanished.

The birthplace of the sugar beet industry, California once grew over 330,000 acres of the gnarly root vegetable (PDF), with 11 sugar mills processing the beets but as sugar prices collapsed, the mills shut down.

So what's the difference between sugar beets and energy beets? To produce table sugar, producers are looking for sucrose, sucrose and more sucrose. Energy beets, on the other hand, contain multiple sugars, meaning sucrose as well as glucose, fructose and other minor sugars, called invert sugars.

To create energy beet hybrids, plant breeders select for traits such as high sugar yield, not just sucrose production. America's first commercial energy beet bio-refinery will be capable of producing 40 million gallons of ethanol annually but the bio-refinery will also bring jobs and investment, putting about 80 beet growers and 35,000 acres back into production." - Full Article Source

03/26/13 - Store wants $5 browsing fee to deter online shoppers
A specialty food store in Brisbane, Australia posted this sign, demanding a $5 deposit from people who enter the shop, refundable with your purchase. They are trying to curb "showrooming" -- when customers of online businesses use brick-and-mortar competitors as showrooms to check out goods before they order them.

If customers aren’t buying, the seller needs to figure out why and adapt accordingly. If this store’s prices are truly the best, then maybe it should be offering a price-match guarantee.

If it truly offers products that aren’t available elsewhere, then how are these showrooming shoppers buying these items from someone else? Perhaps people are just curious and want to see the prices and have no intention of buying anything anywhere?

Think of how many times you’ve looked at Amazon just out of curiosity. Window-shoppers are part of the retail equation; it’s up to the retailer to either ignore them or turn them from looky-loos into bona fide buyers.

Once a person is in your business, you have lots of opportunities to try to convert that person into a buyer, in an environment that you control (see NYC Fifth Ave retailers, who run their escalators in an alternate-reverse pattern so you have to wind your way past all the high-impulse goods and displays to get to the top floor; or grocers who put the milk at the back of the shop). Adding literal barriers to entry is utterly self-sabotaging. - Full Article Source


03/26/13 - Illegal, yet impressive - Agarde! Agarde!
Want a soda? Just grab a robot, shove it in a vending machine, and grab yourself one. This video is incredibly French, but it looks like we’ve got a custom-built robot made out of old printers and other miscellaneous motors and gears here. It’s actually pretty impressive when you consider 16 ounce cans weigh a pound. - Full Article Source


03/26/13 - Rest of March Hulu offers complete Star Trek series FREE!
KeelyNet Geeks not too keen on basketball can have their own March Madness thanks to Hulu, which is offering the entire Star Trek series free of charge for the rest of the month.

Yes. Every. Single. Episode.

Well, almost every episode, but 693 should be enough to keep one busy for the rest of March.

The intergalactic event kicked off on March 22, in honor of William Shatner’s birthday. “Resistance is futile,” read Hulu’s geeky blog post (complete with GIFs!) about the event.

“Almost as futile as controlling a population of tribbles.” - Full Article Source

03/26/13 - The Radio Flyer
Wasilla couple turns pickup into a Radio Flyer Wagon. A most delightful and refreshing story. I remember our (my brother, sister and I) Radio Flyer lil Red Wagon. - JWD - Full Article Source


03/26/13 - Terradynamics offers better robots for Mars
KeelyNet The field of terradynamics is advancing rapidly because Georgia Tech scientists discovered a simple way of describing the motion of legged robots on granular surfaces.

Researchers from the Georgia Institute of Technology are working to create and advance the field of "terradynamics," also known as the study of how small legged robots move on and interact with sand and other granular materials.

Terradynamics could improve legged robots working in a variety of environments such as space explorations or search-and-rescue missions.

For years, robots have been imagined to be human like. Most science fiction movies have even featured androids; robots that resemble humans. But one big hurdle is the development of legs.

Most robots used now use wheels to move on surfaces. Having "legs" to travel allows robots to travers difficult surfaces such as sandy environments. Sand can clog up wheel mechanisms and hinder movement.

By developing other ways for robots to move around may develop more applications that are now limited because of factors such as sandy environments.

Existing techniques for describing locomotion on surfaces are complex and can't take into account the intrusion of legs into a granular surface. To improve and simplify the understanding, Goldman and collaborators Chen Li and Tingnan Zhang examined the motion of a small legged robot as it moved on granular media. Using a 3-D printer, they created legs in a variety of shapes and used them to study how different configurations affected the robot's speed along a track bed. They then measured granular force laws from experiments to predict forces on legs, and created simulation to predict the robot's motion.

The key insight, according to Goldman, was that the forces applied to independent elements of the robot legs could be simply summed together to provide a reasonably accurate measure of the net force on a robot moving through granular media. That technique, known as linear superposition, worked surprisingly well for legs moving in diverse kinds of granular media.

"We discovered that the force laws affecting this motion are generic in a diversity of granular media, including poppy seeds, glass beads and natural sand," said Li, who is now a Miller postdoctoral fellow at the University of California at Berkeley. "Based on this generalization, we developed a practical procedure for non-specialists to easily apply terradynamics in their own studies using just a single force measurement made with simple equipment they can buy off the shelf, such as a penetrometer."

For more complicated granular materials, although the terradynamics approach still worked well, an additional factor – perhaps the degree to which particles resemble a sphere – may be required to describe the forces with equivalent accuracy.

Beyond understanding the basic physics principles involved, the researchers also learned that convex legs made in the shape of the letter "C" worked better than other variations.

"Terradynamic researchers are developing small legged robots that someday may be used in scouting missions regardless of the surface. These robots are perfect for use in scouting missions as well as in exploration in environments such as Mars.

This is a simulation of a bio-inspired legged robot running on the surface of Mars using c-shaped legs. Georgia Tech researchers are studying how legged robots move on granular materials such as sand." - Full Article Source


03/26/13 - Blogs more influential than social networks for driving purchases

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Brands seem to be investing more on other social channels, particularly Facebook, than on blogging.

Below, additional findings from the 2013 Digital Influence Report, based on surveys conducted among 1,200 consumers, 150 top brand marketers, and 6,000 digital influencers.

When making decisions about what to buy, consumers rank blogs as the third most influential digital resource (31.1%), behind retail sites (56%) and brand sites (34%).

However, social networks do play a role in influencing purchases: 30.8% of consumers surveyed cite Facebook as an influential source, 27% cite YouTube, 27% cite LinkedIn, and 20% cite Google+.

Influencers rank page views of blogs or website as the best measure of their own success (52%). Social follower levels such as Facebook “likes” (49%), Twitter followers (48%), and user comments on either on Facebook (47%) or blogs (47%) are nearly equally important metrics.

When sizing up their peers, however, Facebook likes (34%) and Twitter followers (39%) gain the most attention among influencers. - Full Article Source

03/26/13 - Drone blinding system will make you invisible
“There are going to be private drones, there’s going to be commercial drones,” he told me on the phone. Indeed, the FAA estimates that there could be tens of thousands of unmanned aircrafts circling overhead by the end of this decade.

“Everybody’s going to have access to a drone. And people are going to have good intentions with them, and people are going to have bad intentions with them.”

Faucett prefers to arm himself against the ones with “bad intentions,” and sees a business opening. A few weeks ago, his startup Domestic Drone Countermeasures filed its first of what he said would be nine patents for a system that will detect and disable drones before they have the chance to film their targets.

Because the technology is so new, Faucett’s conversations about it are shrouded in secrecy, including what it looks like, what the tech entails, or how it really works. He referred to a system that includes software and sensors that will be able to identify nearby UAVs based on their electromagnetic signature, alert the owner of the system, and then–the coup de grâce–the system will somehow “neutralize the drone’s capability to see you with its camera.”

According to Faucett, “We don’t interfere with the drones navigation in any way. We don’t jam anything. We don’t intercept anything … This is non-combative. That’s really important.” Faucett says that as word has gotten out about his company on the Internet, people have falsely described his services like some sort of militia weaponry. “We’ve taken great pains to design systems that aren’t going to get shut down or be outlawed or become illegal. … We’ve taken the combat elements out so [the former military technology] can’t be viewed as unlawful.”

He says his system won’t even harm the camera. “The camera just won’t be able to look at you,” he says. “Actually, at some point, we can show the operator at the other end a little movie or something,” he adds, with a laugh. So try to spy on your neighbor with your new UAV and you might end up watching the “Single Ladies” video. - Full Article Source

03/26/13 - Cell phone theft becomes a national crime epidemic in the U.S.
From San Francisco to Washington, D.C., law enforcement agencies are again sounding an alarm over mobile-phone thefts, demanding that the wireless industry, resellers and lawmakers take new steps to quash the thriving black market for boosted devices.

San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón recently held an acrimonious conference call with the nation’s largest wireless carriers and their lobbyists.

“They refused to even entertain the idea of a technological solution to this,” Gascón said about the February call. “I told them in no uncertain terms that I believed they were motivated by profit and not social responsibility.”

He plans to meet this week with representatives of Apple, maker of the iPhone, which is a major target of cellular thieves, to press his case for new technology that would allow phones to be permanently disabled after a theft. - Full Article Source

03/26/13 - Summary of experimentally verified pricing heuristics
Researches found that sale price markers (with the old price mentioned) were more powerful than mere prices ending with the number nine. In the following split test, the left ($40) one won:

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KeelyNet9 not so magical after all? Not so fast! Then they they split tested the winner above with a similar tag, but which had $39 instead of $40:

This had the strongest effect of all. I’m wondering whether the effect of this price tag could be increased by reducing the font size of $39. Say what?

Marketing professors at Clark University and The University of Connecticut found that consumers perceive

sale prices to be a better value when the price is written in a small font rather than a large, bold typeface.

In our minds, physical magnitude is related to numerical magnitude. - Full Article Source

03/26/13 - Boxes sealed w/ATHEIST tape lost by USPS 10X more than controls

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Atheist Shoes ("a cadre of shoemakers and artists in Berlin who hand-make ridiculously comfortable, Bauhaus-inspired shoes for people who don't believe in god(s)") noticed that a disproportionate number of their shipments to the USA were delayed or lost.

A customer suggested this may be because USPS workers were taking offense at the ATHEIST packing tape they used to seal the boxes.

So the company tried an A/B split, and found that boxes emblazoned with ATHEIST tape were 10 times more likely to go missing in the USPS and took an average of three days longer than their generic equivalents. They've stopped using the ATHEIST packing tape. - Full Article Source

03/26/13 - Buy Refurbished for Big Savings

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All about “refurbs,” as they’re called -– short for refurbished. The price drops way down on computers or related equipment that has been designated as refurbished. Often they’re new. Here’s how it works.

Some companies will buy a hundred computers, for example, but then decide they only need 60. They return the others, which may or may not go back in the supplier’s warehouse as new equipment.

But more often than not the items get labeled and sold as refurbished.

Why is that? Because unless you open every package and test the contents, you have no way of knowing whether it was used and put back in the original packaging.

In fact, this happened to us quite recently. We bought a Hewlett Packard Windows 7 computer, sold as new by one of those giant office supply stores. When we opened the box in our office and set up the computer, we found that someone else had registered it and people had set up accounts for “Stan” and “Nancy.” The computer started up and then froze.

The store took it right back, of course, but it illustrates the point of “How do you know if it’s been used or not?” Well, it’s difficult – and time consuming — for a company to check every piece of returned equipment. So why not just mark it refurbished and cut the price?

We have bought refurbished equipment several times over the years and never found anything wrong with it. - Full Article Source

03/26/13 - Golf Ball finders sold as Bomb Detectors

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A businessman sold fake bomb detectors based on £13 ($19.70USD) novelty golf ball finders to security forces around the world, a court heard yesterday. James McCormick, 56, imported large shipments of ‘Golfinders’ from the US and then sold them as bomb detectors for up to £27,000 ($40,940USD) each, it was alleged.

But the devices were ‘completely ineffectual as a piece of detection equipment’, jurors were told. McCormick had simply attached stickers bearing the words International Association of Bomb Technicians to them to give them an air of authenticity.

He produced glossy brochures to trick potential investors into believing the devices could detect tiny amounts of explosive from three miles away, the Old Bailey heard. He claimed they could detect explosives, drugs and ivory through walls, up to 30ft underground and 100ft underwater, jurors were told. They could also detect fluids and human beings.

But experts allegedly found that the bomb detectors were identical to cheap plastic handheld golf ball finders. The defendant sold a large shipment of fake bomb detectors to Iraq where they were used by police to search for explosives, it was said.

Nigel Gallier, a former colonel in the Army, wrote a report to his superiors which said it was obvious to him they did not work. The detectors were also sold to Niger in Africa and to Georgia, the former Soviet state. Attempts were made to supply them to United Nations security forces in Lebanon, but the deal was never done. McCormick, who owns a farmhouse near Bristol and a Regency home on millionaires’ row in Bath, denies three counts of fraud. - Full Article Source

03/26/13 - Graphene Aerogel Takes World's Lightest Material Crown
KeelyNet "Not even a year after it claimed the title of the world's lightest material, aerographite has been knocked off its crown by a new aerogel made from graphene.

Created by a research team from China's Zhejiang University in the Department of Polymer Science and Engineering lab headed by Professor Gao Chao, the ultra-light aerogel has a density of just 0.16 mg/cm3, which is lower than that of helium and just twice that of hydrogen."

Instead of the sol-gel method and template-oriented methods generally used to create aerogels, Gao and his team used a new freeze-drying method that involved freeze-drying solutions of carbon nanotubes and graphene to create a carbon sponge that can be arbitrarily adjusted to any shape.

“With no need for templates, its size only depends on that of the container,” said Prof. Gao. “Bigger container can help produce the aerogel in bigger size, even to thousands of cubic centimeters or larger.”

The result is a material the team claims is very strong and extremely elastic, bouncing back after being compressed. It can also absorb up to 900 times its own weight in oil and do so quickly, with one gram of aerogel able to absorb up to 68.8 grams of organics per second – making it attractive for mopping up oil spills at sea.

“Maybe one day when oil spill occurs, we can scatter them on the sea and absorb the oil quickly,” said Gao. “Due to its elasticity, both the oil absorbed and the aerogel can be recycled.”

The researchers are examining other possible applications and say it also has potential as a phase change energy storage insulation material, catalytic carrier or efficient composite. - Full Article Source

03/26/13 - ATF Not Concerned About 3D Printed Guns... Yet
"3D-printing gun parts has taken off, thanks to the likes of Cody Wilson and Defense Distributed. While the technology adds a rather interesting wrinkle to the gun control debate, the ATF currently is pretty hands-off, ...

'We are aware of all the 3D printing of firearms and have been tracking it for quite a while,' Earl Woodham, spokesperson for the ATF field office in Charlotte, said. 'Our firearms technology people have looked at it, and we have not yet seen a consistently reliable firearm made with 3D printing.'

A reporter called the ATF's Washington headquarters to get a better idea of what it took to make a gun 'consistently reliable,' and program manager George Semonick said the guns should be 'made to last years or generations.'

In other words, because 3D-printed guns aren't yet as durable as their metal counterparts, the ATF doesn't yet consider them as much of a concern." - Full Article Source

03/26/13 - Do Big-Money Acquisitions Mean We're In a Tech Bubble?

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"When a major IT company pays a reported $30 million—roughly 90 percent of it in cash—for an iOS app with no monetization strategy and a million downloads since launch, is that a sign that the tech industry as a whole is riding a massive, overinflated bubble?

Yahoo isn't alone, by a long shot: over the past couple years, a few apps have been snatched up for enormous sums—think Facebook's $1 billion acquisition of Instagram in 2012, or Google buying Sparrow for a reported $25 million.

Nor has the money train stopped there: in a pattern that recalls the late-90s market frothiness for anyone over the age of 28, a handful of tech companies have either launched much-hyped IPOs or witnessed their share price skyrocket into the stratosphere. But does all this IPO activity and app-acquiring actually mean 'bubble'?"

"Yahoo just bought the news summarization app Summly (from a 17 year old) for an undisclosed amount, the company announced on Monday. Yahoo didn't disclose how much Yahoo paid for Summly, but AllThingsD's Kara Swisher puts the figure at "just under $30 million" after talking to her sources."

"D'Aloisio and his team will go to work at Yahoo when the deal closes. From the article: 'Summly was founded by 17-year old Nick D’Aloisio when he was just 15 from his home in London.

The service works by sorting news stories by topic and condensing them into bite-sized chunks for time-conscious readers.

The Summly application will be closed down and integrated with Yahoo’s existing range of mobile applications." - Full Article Source

03/26/13 - Brain Scans Predict Which Criminals Are More Likely To Re-offend
"In a twist that evokes the dystopian science fiction of writer Philip K. Dick, neuroscientists have found a way to predict whether convicted felons are likely to commit crimes again from looking at their brain scans.

Convicts showing low activity in a brain region associated with decision-making and action are more likely to be arrested again, and sooner. The researchers studied a group of 96 male prisoners just before their release.

They used functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to scan the prisoners' brains during computer tasks in which subjects had to make quick decisions and inhibit impulsive reactions.

The scans focused on activity in a section of the anterior cingulate cortex (ACC), a small region in the front of the brain involved in motor control and executive functioning.

The researchers then followed the ex-convicts for four years to see how they fared. Among the subjects of the study, men who had lower ACC activity during the quick-decision tasks were more likely to be arrested again after getting out of prison, even after the researchers accounted for other risk factors such as age, drug and alcohol abuse and psychopathic traits." - Full Article Source

03/26/13 - 'Right To Be Forgotten' On the Web Unworkable
"Want to be invisible to Google? Apparently you can't, at least according to the European Commission and Information Commissioner's Office.

'"The right to be forgotten worries us as it makes people expect too much," said [deputy commissioner David Smith]. Instead, Smith said the focus should be on the "right to object" to how personal data is used, as this places the onus on businesses to justify the collection and processing of citizens' data.

"It is a reversal of the burden of proof system used in the existing process. It will strengthen the person's position but it won't stop people processing their data."

EC data protection supervisor Peter Hustinx added the right to be forgotten is currently unworkable as most countries are divided on what qualifies as sensitive personal data. "I believe the right to be forgotten is an overstatement," said Hustinx." - Full Article Source

03/26/13 - Washington's Exploding Manholes Explained?

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"Researchers who mapped methane concentrations on the streets of the nation's capital found natural gas leaks everywhere, at concentrations of up to 50 times the normal background levels.

The leaking gas wastes resources, enhances ozone production, and exacerbates global warming—not to mention powering the city's infamous exploding manholes.

Most of the natural gas we burn for heat and on stovetops in the United States is methane, a simple carbon atom surrounded by four hydrogens.

Carbon dioxide gets more press, but methane is the more powerful agent of global warming, 21 times more effective than carbon dioxide at trapping heat in the atmosphere. And methane levels are rising fast.

Methane levels in the atmosphere were just 650 parts per billion a century ago, versus 1800 ppb today." - Full Article Source

03/26/13 - Kinks - Destroyer 1981
Don't you get TIRED of all the people who waste their lives and resources promoting and suffering from self-induced Paranoia. Always reminds me of the Kinks who 'splained it so well. - JWD

Girl, I want you here with me
But I'm really not as cool as I'd like to be
cause there's a red, under my bed
And there's a true blue inside of me
That keeps stoppin me, touchin you, watchin ya, lovin you
Paranoia, the destroyer.
Paranoia, the destroyer.

Silly boy you self-destroyer
Silly boy you got so much to live for
So much to aim for, so much to try for
You blowing it all with paranoia
You're so insecure you self-destroyer

Dr. dr. help me please, I know you'll understand
There's a time device inside of me,
I'm a self-destructin man
There's a red, under my bed
And there's a little green man in my head
And he said, you're not goin crazy,
you're just a bit sad
cause there's a man in you
knowing you, tearing you into two.

Silly boy you self-destroyer.
Paranoia, the destroyer
Self-destroyer, wreck your health
Destroy your friends, destroy yourself
The time device of self-destruction
Light the fuse and start eruption

Yeah, it goes like this, here it goes
Paranoia, the destroyer

And it goes like this...get a life. - JWD - Full Article Source


03/26/13 - Simple hand-made Mosquito Trap

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A simple hand-made Mosquito Trap – A very Cheap Way to kill mosquitos:

This information could save thousands of innocent lives from the cruel fate of dengue.

FIGHTING DENGUE MUST START AT EVERY HOME.

A Simple hand-made Mosquito trap ( Prevention of Dengue & other mosquito born diseases)It’s just a mix of water, brown sugar and yeast.

1. Cut a plastic bottle in half, keep both parts. Can be soft drink bottle.
2.Take the lower portion of the bottle. Dissolve the brown sugar in hot water. Let it cool down to ~70 deg F (room temperature).
3.Add the yeast. Carbon dioxide will be formed and will attract the mosquitoes.
4.Cover the bottle with a dark wrap and insert in the top portion upside down like a funnel. Place it in a corner in your house.
5. In 2 weeks you will be surprised by the number of mosquitoes killed.

Pls. don’t forget to share this to all your friends if you really care for them. - Full Article Source

03/26/13 - Tim's Place
Here's 3-min of LOVE. We LOVE this! Tim Harris owns his own restaurant – where hugs are on the menu! The sign says, “Tim’s Place: Breakfast, lunch and hugs!”

Tim has Down Syndrome – and is, we are told, the only restaurant owner with Down Syndrome.

Greetings guests at the door with a hug – you can see the joy he gets from serving people food – and from giving a little bit of love! - Full Article Source


03/26/13 - Download and share files without ads for $1.50 a month
50GB storage and 500GB file and folder sharing. MediaFire is a cloud storage service that helps people store, organize, and share data via the Internet.

MediaFire offers free and secure cloud storage so users can store and share data with their customers, colleagues, friends, and family.

MediaFire’s Professional and Business plans offer users additional functionality, like company branding tools, analytics, and multi-seat employee accounts.

MediaFire is now one of the fastest growing sites on the web with greater than 100% yearly growth.

We are still the only file sharing site to offer unlimited downloads, unlimited uploads, download resuming, zero wait times, and more, all for free. (?)

With the constant addition of new features and our attention to user feedback, MediaFire remains the leader in online storage. - Full Article Source

03/26/13 - Boron as a future Cancer Treatment
KeelyNet All forms of boron have very high melting points, from 2,200 to 2,300°C (4,000 to 4,200°F).

One property of special importance is boron's ability to absorb neutrons. Neutrons are subatomic particles with no charge that occur in the nucleus of nearly all atoms. Boron atoms are able to absorb a large number of neutrons. This makes boron useful in the control rods of nuclear reactors.

A nuclear reactor is a device for generating energy from nuclear fission reactions. Nuclear fission is the process in which large atoms are split, releasing large amounts of energy and smaller atoms. In a nuclear reactor, it is essential that just the right number of neutrons are present. Too many neutrons can cause a fission reaction to get out of control. Too few neutrons and a fission reaction stops.

Control rods are long tubes packed with boron (or some other element). The rods can be raised and lowered in the reactor. As the rods are lowered into the core, the boron absorbs neutrons, slowing the reaction.

Radiation can kill living cells. Light, X rays, radio waves, and microwaves are all forms of radiant energy. These forms of radiation differ from each other in the amount of energy they carry with them. X rays carry a great deal of energy; light waves, less energy; and radio waves, very little energy.

The bad news about high-energy radiation is that it can kill healthy cells. A person exposed to high levels of X rays will become ill and may die. Because the X rays kill so many cells, the person's body cannot survive. Essential body functions stop, and death occurs.

The good news is that high-energy radiation can be used to kill cancer cells. Cancer cells are abnormal cells that reproduce faster than normal tissue. The rapidly dividing cells form tumors, crowd organs, and shut down some organ function. Radiation is one way to kill cancer cells.

The problem lies in killing only the cancer cells. The radiation has to be "targeted" at the cancer (bad) cells, and not the healthy (good) cells. Scientists think that using boron may be one way of achieving this goal.

A new procedure called boron neutron capture therapy (BNCT) is one method for targeting cancer cells.

With BNCT, a person with cancer receives an injection of boron. The boron tends to go directly to cancer cells. The patient receives an injection of boron that deposits only in the cancer cells. Scientists currently do not know why boron favors cancer cells. But it does.

The patient's body is then bombarded with neutrons that pass through without harming health cells. They then collide with boron atoms. This causes boron to be converted into lithium atoms, alpha particles, and gamma rays. An alpha particle is a helium atom without electrons. Gamma radiation is very high-energy radiation that can kill cells.

The lithium atoms and alpha particles travel only a short distance. They do not leave the cancer cell but have enough energy to kill the cell. Since they do not leave the cell, they pose no threat to healthy cells nearby.

BNCT is not fully developed. But it holds great promise as a cancer treatment.

A related article posted awhile back deals with Taking Borax for Osteoporosis - On taking Borax - My wife had osteoarthritis destroying her spine and walked with an aid. Our doctor, an Associate Professor Medicine, said she would be in 'palliative care' within three months and dead in a year. That was six years ago. She now stands straight and walks unaided. The arthritis in both my hands and injured back totally went years ago, proven by X-rays and scans. - Full Article Source

03/26/13 - The Harmonica Man
71 year old Andy Maceky, a retired Scottish-born man should have died long ago. But after facing death on more than one occasion, he decided to share his secret to happiness ... music.

(This guy is a TOTAL inspiration and beacon for what all older folks should be DOING with the rest of their lives, passing along what they've learned to appreciate. Love this guy! I hope he lives another 50 years cause he is DOING SOMETHING with his life...All the Good on Him! - JWD) - Full Article Source


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03/24/13 - Human lifespan, Cold Fusion and Radioactive Potassium
Before the Flood, czar Alulim ruled for 28,000 years, czar Dumuz - 36,000 years, Ibartrur - 18,000, the chronicles say. Then the czars "weakened" and started living for 1,000 years, in a course of time they lived for only 200 years.

Famous philosopher Blavatskaya quoted church priest Bel Beroze, the author of "History of Cosmogony" that Alapar, the second divine ruler of Babylon, lived for 10,800 years, Alor, the first ruler, lived for 36,000 years. The Asurs people lived for 50,000 - 100,000 years.

Not only Bible states that people were immortal. There is no nation on the Earth which has no legends and stories about immortal people. American Indians, peoples of Europe and Africa, native people of Australia and Oceania have legends of this kind.

Archaeologists dug out skeletons and remains of the people who lived much longer than 100-200 years, but official science ignored these findings, and so called "forbidden archaeology" studies them.

In the Soviet Union a human bone was dug out and researched by the specialist on skull reconstruction Victor Zvyagin. The result of the research was amazing - the ancient person having this bone, lived for 1,500 years!

According to scholar Ivan Filimonenko from Moscow, human life duration has been reduced by radioactive potassium.

In ancient times, foodstuff contained 179 times less of radioactive potassium than now. This trend can be seen by researching trees - birch lives up to 250 years (it contains 13.8 percent of potassium oxide), pine-tree - 600 years (6.9 percent), fur-tree - 1200 years (3.2 percent).

Using the ratio, one can calculate that human"s life lasted for 12,250 years before the Flood.

A soviet documentary about the work of Ivan Filimonenko, a Russian scientist, who invented ways of producing energy through cold fusion, neutralize radiation, achieve reactionless thrust for propulsion system and discovered a way to significantly slow the aging process of the human body.

Notes;

Filimonenko thinks human lifespan reduced by radioactive potassium. Ancient food contained 179 times less radioactive potassium than now.

Using the radioactive potassium ratio, one can calculate that human lifepspans lasted for 12,250 years before the Flood.

A major natural source of radioactivity in plant tissue is potassium, in nature contains 0.0117% of the unstable isotope potassium-40 (40K).

Our bodies are naturally radioactive, because we eat, drink and breathe radioactive substances that are naturally present in the environment.

These substances are absorbed by our bodies, into our tissues, organs, bones and are constantly replenished by ingestion and inhalation.

Potassium-40 (40K) is the primary source of radiation from the human body.

The amount of radioactive isotope 40K in a 70-kg person is about 5,000 Bq, which represents 5,000 atoms undergoing radioactive decay each second.

Potassium – Cesium-137, cesium-134, potassium-40, and potassium-42 are radioactive, competitive sister elements of natural potassium.

These radionuclides are absorbed by the body when there is a deficiency of natural potassium.

Herbs w/high levels of potassium, sage, catnip, hops, dulse, peppermint, skullcap, kelp & red clover & horsetail, nettles, borage & plantain.

Radioactive materials produce radiation exposure the entire time it's in the body until material is no longer radioactive (it decays) or removed naturally by the body.

(Many years ago, I was invited as a guest on an all night Denver radio talk show. I worked at night so spent my lunch hour long distance for the interview from Dallas.

I talked about many things including my theory of deuterium oxide being a major cause of aging and ultimately death. I mentioned many correlations and then, I told the interviewer there were ancient Indian documents claiming men lived up to 10,000 years of age and more, and were 20-30 feet high.

KeelyNetThe interviewer laughed and said well, you had us all believing you until you said that. From that point the interview went to the weeds and fortunately ended within another 10 minutes cause this fool didn't get it. A couple of weeks later I received an email on my Keelynet BBS from Ronald Reagans' assistant and speechwriter, Peggy Noonan. Very nice lady...she said she heard my interview, found it fascinating and credible. She asked if I had a copy of the interview, I said no, so she had recorded it, kindly made a copy and sent it to me.

The YUGAS are very clear about it;

Human life span decreases from 100,000 years in the Satya-yuga (the Golden Age),
to 10,000 years in the Treta-yuga (the Silver Age),
1,000 years in the Dwapura-yuga (the Bronze Age),
and finally 100 years in the Kali-yuga (the Iron Age).

a cubit is 1.5 feet

Satya Yuga: men were 21 cubits / 31.5 feet tall and up to 100,000 years old
Treta Yuga: men were 14 cubits / 21 feet tall and up to 10,000 years old
Dwapar Yuga: men were 7 cubits / 10.5 feet tall and up to 1,000 yrs old
Kali Yuga: men were 3.5 cubits / 5.25 feet tall and up to 100 yrs old reducing to 20 years as the cycle ends

So many correlations and clues are given to us, yet people don't want to fund anything other than stem cells and cyborg methods to try to extend life. It's right there, staring us all in the face. We are POISONED to clog us up with dead and dying cells as well as alien materials in our body, increasing each year until our body heat and electricity is too diminished to support life. Still no one will support my or anyone elses research along these lines. Incredible. - JWD) - Full Article Source

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03/24/13 - Study Reveals Surprising Reason Smart Women Shun Science Careers
A study by researchers at the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Michigan revealed that women may be less likely to want careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) because they have more career choices, not because they have less ability.

"Our study shows that it's not lack of ability or differences in ability that orients females to pursue non-STEM careers, it's the greater likelihood that females with high math ability also have high verbal ability," said Ming-Te Wang, one of the study's co-authors and developmental psychologist at the University of Pittsburgh. "Because they're good at both, they can consider a wide range of occupations."

As part of the study, researchers examined data from 1,490 college-bound U.S. students that were surveyed in both their senior year of high school and then again at age 33. The two surveys combined to question participants on SAT scores, various aspects of their motivational beliefs, and values and their occupations.

The researchers found that students who demonstrated both high math and verbal skills — a group that contained more women than men — were less likely to have chosen a STEM occupation than those who had moderate verbal abilities.

In contrast, researchers found that participants who reported feeling more able and successful at math were more likely to end up in a STEM-related job, particularly among students who had high math and moderate verbal abilities. Wang said the results prove that math may play a more integral role in these students' sense of identity, drawing them toward STEM occupations. - Full Article Source


03/24/13 - Bill Maher Slams media fascination with Pope Francis
"I have just about had it with the press squealing in delight with everything the new pope does," Maher said. "He's a 76-year-old executive who just got a promotion. You act like he's a baby who just made a boom-boom."

"There are over a billion Catholics -- just on the back of my gardener's truck," Maher said, to some applause and even a few boos. "So I get it that this is a legitimate news story. But can we at least stop saying that the job of pope is so hard?"

He even compared the Church to his own show. "The Catholic Church has basically always done what we do here at 'Real Time.' It's a bunch of guys sitting around making up new rules."

Maher, who was raised Catholic and is now an outspoken voice against religion, is unlikely to stop his criticism of the pope or the Catholic Church anytime soon. - Full Article Source


03/24/13 - Hitachi's Tiny Robo-Taxi Carries 1 Passenger and No Driver
KeelyNet "A new driver-less robotic car nicknamed ROPITS was revealed recently by Hitachi in the city of Tsukuba. This tiny robotic car uses GPS to transport its single passenger, and it can be programmed to pick up and drop passengers automatically."

Hitachi has named this self-driven car ROPITS or Robot for Personal Intelligent Transport System.

This self driven car ROPITS by Hitachi resembles to Toyota i-Road which was revealed recently at Geneva Motor Show. Both these car prototypes from Toyota and Google promise fewer accidents, safe highway driving and less traffic jam. However, this tiny car by Hitachi doesn’t require direct control by the passenger.

This narrow car is designed to aid the needs of aging population as well as physically challenged individuals in Japan. The course & transport time of ROPITS can be programmed through map-loaded tablet computer.

This is the unique factor of this self driven car. ROPITS can be used on sidewalks. Once the passenger uses the tablet PC to summon the car, it reaches to the location of the passenger. And passengers just need to indicate their destination using a touch screen. ROPITS is ideally suitable to move in & out of pedestrian spaces and even in crowded streets.

This tiny car ROPITS is equipped with a laser distance sensor, special stereoscopic camera & laser ranger finder. An electric engine of ROPITS is capable of speeding up to 6 miles /hr.

It maps a route of passenger’s location with the help of an array of back & front mounted gyro sensors as well as a GPS. It also detects uneven sections, potholes, pedestrians and bumps through an enhanced three-dimensional map. Onboard sensors of ROPITS build a 3-D geometric map using accurate altitude information.

The company relies on Real Time Kinematic GPS as well as Geographical Survey Institute of Japan for this information. ROPITS uses the various GPS information and the laser ranger finders provided in its roof to detect the current location of the person as well as the obstacles in the way. - Full Article Source


03/24/13 - Ancient Giants Existed

KeelyNet

Some scientists are paid to cover up the truth. Some are paid to confuse the public. Some are paid to sell new ideas and theories! Whatever the case, A secret doesn't stay secret long time! Truth always finds a way to break though.

Why thousands of artifacts is being ignored by main stream archeology? They show the unthinkable images of men battling with dinosaurs, reptilian creatures are interacting with men and woman.

Ancient scriptures on stones, reflecting complex surgical presages. This evidence points to one conclusion that the history of life on this planet may be radically different than what is accepted today!

In this video you will see a complete documentation of evolution that needs to be completely revised. Much of this evidence has been known for hundreds of years, but it has been ignored.

Because it directly contradicts theories which are universally accepted. We will hear from new breed of scientists, which have been labeled as " heretics" for daring to challenge fundamental scientific theories! Is the scientific world shrouded in conspiracy and deception? - Full Article Source


03/24/13 - Tetryonics - The Equilateral geometry of Energy
An introduction to the quantum geometry of Energy at the Planck Scale. Covering its Electromagnetic properties and various equilateral geometries.

'Tetryonics - the Charged geometry of EM mass-ENERGY-Matter' whose founding principle is that of EQUILATERAL energy is the foundation geometry for all quantum mechanical processes is presented here as just such a solution to the current quandaries of Quantum Mechanics.

The 3D standing-wave geometries of Matter provide a rigid structure that displaces the surrounding Vacuum energies and creates a pressure gradient which we call Gravity.

And the destruction of these Matter geometries in turn creates radiant energies that propagate our into the surrounding space to weaken and form the Vacuum energies that permeate all of Space.

The eternal cycle of Matter creation and destruction within Stars and Galaxies is what drives the Universe we see today causing it to contract as it forms gravitational Matter and to expand as it restructures the standing-wave Matter into radiant forms of Energy (Light and heat).

The same process offers us clean, limitless energy for all our needs as well as unlimited resources from the restructuring of this energy into it's varied elemental and compound forms.

Equilateral energy provides the foundation for the creation of a single equation that expresses EM mass-ENERGY and Matter as the result of geometric charge interactions.

Applying equilateral geometry to Energy quanta has been shown to firmly resolve many of the current mysteries plaguing the Standard model and provides a firm foundation for the development of a single unified quantum theory uniting all quantum and macroscopic forces and structures.

In addition to revolutionizing our understanding of Quantum geometries and interactions, Tetryonic Theory facilitates the development of a whole new field of Physical maths based on equilateral triangles in lieu of the spherical geometries historically employed.

It effortlessly merges the tested features of Classical mechanics with the statistical probabilities of quantum mechanics and scales up to the cosmological scales of General Relativity. - Full Article Source


03/24/13 - Quadrotor flying Faraday Cage between Tesla coils is literally electrifying
KeelyNet Stop whatever it is you're doing this very instant! (With the possible exception of doctors in the middle of life-saving surgery). This one is simply way too amazing to be missed by anyone (so be sure to also share this post with your friends, too). Watch in the video above as a quadrotor inside of a Faraday cage creates an "electrifying" effect by flying in between Tesla coils.

See, I told you it was worth stopping everything to watch. The stunning clip was posted by Tesla Universe, and is only part one of a (drum roll, please...) two-part experiment!

So can you guess what that means? Yup, there's another epic video to watch below! A triple-rainbow salute of science-made-cool goes out to Tesla Universe from us here at The Feed for this amazing experiment!

(Way cool theft prevention to electrify a doorway with these coils. - JWD) - Full Article Source


03/24/13 - A revolutionary 'nuclear battery' a step closer
By capturing charged particles in a special storage ring the experts have solved a long-standing problem of how to understand the fundamental structure of an unstable isotope of bismuth, Bi-212, with potential far-reaching consequences.

Catching the bismuth ions in a storage ring has enabled, for the first time, direct observation of the trapped energy state, resolving a previous inconsistency with theory.

Now, the theory can be used reliably to predict other properties of this isotope, and this suggests possible ways to release the trapped energy – which would be a key to unlocking the 'nuclear battery' concept.

Working at the GSI accelerator laboratory in Darmstadt, Germany, an international team of scientists has studied a long-lived excited state, or energy trap, associated with the isotope Bi-212. The bismuth ions were created by high-energy nuclear collisions and focussed into the GSI storage ring, where individual ions were observed as they circulated for several minutes at a time.

This capability – observing individual charged atoms over extended periods of time – is world-wide unique to the GSI storage ring, and is opening up a range of scientific investigations into the fundamental properties of matter. - Full Article Source

03/24/13 - 15 Mid-Century Modern Dream Homes that will Kill Your Children

KeelyNet

The clean lines, the geometric decorative elements, the seamless blending of indoor and outdoor space… I sure do love mid-century modern architecture.

Do you know what I love more? My children. And that is why I will never live in my MCM dream home.

Because mid-century modern architecture is designed to KILL YOUR CHILDREN. (Also, moderately clumsy or drunk adults). - Full Article Source

03/24/13 - Sen Chuck Schumer took $100K from private prisons
Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) is one of the key figures in the political wrangle over whether undocumented immigrants in the USA will be legalized or deported. He's also the recipient of over $100,000 in campaign contributions from the private prison industry, whose profits would skyrocket if his push for prison for all those people is successful.

Chuck Schumer is the lead Senate Democrat working on immigration reform--he gets to decide whether millions of undocumented immigrants will be imprisoned or legalized. Yet he’s also taken over $100,000 in campaign contributions from the private prison industry. Is it any surprise he’s pushing for billions more dollars spent on increased enforcement and detention of immigrants?

We can’t trust Sen. Schumer to push for fair legislation when he’s accepting money from private prison companies that have a strong interest in jailing as many immigrants as possible. How much of an interest? The two corporations from which Sen. Schumer took money, GEO Group and CCA, made $296.9 million in profits from the jailing of immigrants last year.

Tell Sen. Schumer to return this money immediately.

If 15,000 people sign, we'll personally deliver your petitions to Sen. Schumer and demand a response. - Full Article Source

03/24/13 - Digging Into the Legal Status of 3-D Printed Guns
"Defense Distributed, a U.S. nonprofit that aims to make plans for guns available owners of 3-D printers, recently received a federal firearms license from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.

That license doesn't cover semi-automatic weapons and machine guns, though — and there are questions about whether the legislation that defines that license really apply to the act of giving someone 3-D printing patterns.

Experts on all sides of the issue seemed to agree that no clarification of the law would happen until a high-profile crime involving a 3-D printed weapon was committed." - Full Article Source

03/24/13 - Internet Sales Tax Vote This Week In US Senate
CNet's coverage of the latest in the seemingly inevitable path toward consistently applied Internet sales taxes for U.S citizens:

"Internet tax supporters are hoping that a vote in the U.S. Senate as early as today will finally give them enough political leverage to require Americans to pay sales taxes when shopping online.

Sens. Mike Enzi (R-Wy.) and Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) are expected to offer an amendment to a Democratic budget resolution this week that, by allowing states to 'collect taxes on remote sales,' is intended to usher in the first national Internet sales tax." There goes one of the best ways to vote with your dollars. - Full Article Source

03/24/13 - Apple: 75% of Power Needs Come From Renewable Power Sources
"Apple now owns and runs enough renewable energy power plants that 75% of their world wide power needs come from renewable sources such as wind, solar, geothermal and hydro.

From the Apple Blog Post: 'Our investments are paying off. We've already achieved 100 percent renewable energy at all of our data centers, at our facilities in Austin, Elk Grove, Cork, and Munich, and at our Infinite Loop campus in Cupertino.

And for all of Apple's corporate facilities worldwide, we're at 75 percent, and we expect that number to grow as the amount of renewable energy available to us increases. We won't stop working until we achieve 100 percent throughout Apple.'" - Full Article Source

03/24/13 - Twitter Sued For $50M For Refusing To Identify Anti-Semitic Users
KeelyNet "After a French civil court ruled on Jan. 24 that Twitter must identify anyone who broke France's hate speech laws,

Twitter has since refused to identify the users behind a handful of hateful and anti-Semitic messages, resulting in a $50 million lawsuit.

Twitter argues it only needs to comply with U.S. laws and is thus protected by the full scope of the First Amendment and its free speech privileges,

but France believes its Internet users should be subject to the country's tighter laws against racist and hateful forms of expression."

(This idiocy never stops...'you people' (and I'm one of 'us people') ain't special or privileged, so get over it. Jewish hostility towards non-Jews. How many times I've heard girls called shiksa, goy, or been referred to as cracker, honky, guerro, pinche gringo and other slurs even in TV shows like Seinfeld and Wolowitz on Big Bang Theory. But its just a joke to me and I don't get all bent out of shape and start calling people racists towards me. I'm a proud redneck Texan, adult enough to ignore their little jibes and slurs. We have BIGGER PROBLEMS to deal with in this world so GET OVER IT! - JWD) - Full Article Source

03/24/13 - MasterCard Forcing PayPal To Pay Higher Fees
"PayPal, Google Wallet and other online payment systems face higher transaction fees from MasterCard in retaliation for their refusal to share data on what people are spending. Visa is likely to follow suit.

The amount that PayPal has to pay MasterCard for every transaction will go up as the latter introduces new charges for intermediated payment processors.

This change is on the grounds that such processors don't share transaction details, which the card giants would love to get hold of as it can be used to research buying patterns and the like.

Companies such as PayPal allow payments between users, so the party (perhaps a merchant) receiving the money doesn't need to be registered with the credit-card company.

PayPal collects the dosh from the payer's card, and deducts a processing fee before passing the cash on to the receiving party. MasterCard would prefer the receiver to be registered directly so will apply the new fee from June to any payment that is staged in this way." - Full Article Source

03/24/13 - IBM Dipping Chips In 'Ionic Liquid' To Save Power
"IBM announced this week that it has developed a way to manufacture both logic and memory that relies on a small drop of 'ionic liquid' to flip oxides back and forth between an insulating and conductive state without the need to constantly draw power. In theory, that means both memory and logic built using those techniques could dramatically save power.

IBM described the advance in the journal Science, and also published a summary of its results to its Website. The central idea is to eliminate as much power as possible as it moves through a semiconductor. IBM's solution is to use a bit of 'ionic liquid' to flip the state.

IBM researchers applied a positively charged ionic liquid electrolyte to an insulating oxide material — vanadium dioxide — and successfully converted the material to a metallic state. The material held its metallic state until a negatively charged ionic liquid electrolyte was applied in order to convert it back to its original, insulating state.

A loose analogy would be to compare IBM's technology to the sort of electronic ink used in the black-and-white versions of the Kindle and other e-readers. There, an electrical charge can be applied to the tiny microcapsules that contain the 'ink,' hiding or displaying them to render a page of text.

Like IBM's solution, the e-ink doesn't require a constant charge; power only needs to be applied to re-render or 'flip' the page. In any event, IBM's technique could conceivably be applied to both mobile devices as well as power-hungry data centers." - Full Article Source

03/24/13 - Florida House Passes Bill To Ban "Internet Cafes"
"Concerned about their use as fronts for gambling operations, the Florida legislature passed a law banning Internet cafes.

The law appears to be a reaction in part to the recent stepping down of Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll, embroiled in a scandal involving a company that operates Internet Cafes.

More ordinary cafes with Wi-fi, where you supply your own computer (such as Starbucks), are not affected by the ban."

The nomenclature here is confusing; the bill (PDF) (summary) is clearly aimed only at "cafes" that are essentially gambling venues; an Internet cafe wouldn't violate the proposed rule merely by providing computers.

Whatever you think of prohibitions on gambling among consenting adults, the bill itself is sort of amusing for its very specific loopholes for bingo and "reverse vending machines." - Full Article Source

03/24/13 - Salad is more dangerous than beefburgers
Certain types of bacteria found in the pre-cut salad bags can be almost impossible to kill, Professor Hugh Pennington said, unless the leaves are irradiated – a process the public would oppose.

His claim follows a Health Protection Agency investigation into an outbreak of salad-linked Cryptosporidium infections that affected around 300 people in England and Scotland in May.

In the analysis of the exposure to different salad vegetables a significant statistical association was found between infection and the consumption of pre-cut spinach.

When specific retailers were included in the analysis, the strongest association with infection was found to be with consumption of ready to eat pre-cut mixed salad leaves from a major supermarket chain.

Demand for salad has boomed because of healthily eating campaigns. But salad is considered one of the products most likely to cause food-related illness – largely because greens are grown directly in the soil, and some pathogens can only be killed by heat or strong detergents, not just water.

Professor Pennington said: "It is generally safer to eat a burger than the salad that goes with it.

"Despite the recent horsemeat and other scandals, the meat can be traced and through a rigorous process that checks for its quality etc.

"That does not exist to the same rigour for salad. You can only make vegetables safe by cooking and you can`t obviously do that with salad. - Full Article Source

03/24/13 - Amazing video shows human lifespan from 0 to 100
How do you represent 100 years of human life in just over two minutes?

That's a puzzle Dutch filmmaker Jeroen Wolf set out to solve using two key tools: a Panasonic video camera and a boatload of persistence.

Wolf began his "100" project last October with a brilliantly simple idea. He would stop people on the streets of Amsterdam and ask them to state their age in front of the camera.

"I had particular problems finding a 99-year-old," he continues. "And when I finally did find one, she refused to state her age. She simply denied being 99 years old!"

Four months later, Wolf managed to capture that elusive 99-year-old on film and complete his remarkable project.

The chronological trajectory of human experience expressed in the faces of his subjects as they age makes it impossible not to marvel at the process of human life. - Full Article Source


03/24/13 - Geneticists Discover a Way to Extend Lifespans to 800 Years
In an amazing development, scientists at the University of Southern California have announced that they've extended the lifespan of yeast bacteria tenfold — and the recipe they used to do it might easily translate into humans. It involves tinkering with two genes, and cutting down your calorie intake. Tests have already started on people in Ecuador.

Researchers have created baker's yeast capable of living to 800 in yeast years without apparent side effects. The basic but important discovery, achieved through a combination of dietary and genetic changes, brings scientists closer to controlling the survival and health of the unit of all living systems: the cell. "We're setting the foundation for reprogramming healthy life," says study leader Valter Longo of the University of Southern California.

Longo's group put baker's yeast on a calorie-restricted diet and knocked out two genes - RAS2 and SCH9 - that promote aging in yeast and cancer in humans.

"We got a 10-fold life span extension that is, I think, the longest one that has ever been achieved in any organism," Longo says. Normal yeast organisms live about a week.

Longo's group next plans to further investigate life span extension in mice. The group is already studying a human population in Ecuador with mutations analogous to those described in yeast.

"People with two copies of the mutations have very small stature and other defects," Longo says. "We are now identifying the relatives with only one copy of the mutation, who are apparently normal. We hope that they will show a reduced incidence of diseases and an extended life span."

Longo cautions that, as in the Ecuador case, longevity mutations tend to come with severe growth deficits and other health problems. Finding drugs to extend the human life span without side effects will not be easy. - Full Article Source

03/24/13 - Man Eating giants of the Paiutes discovered in Nevada cave
KeelyNet The Paiutes, a Native-American tribe indigenous to parts of Nevada, Utah and Arizona, told early white settlers about their ancestors' battles with a ferocious race of white, red-haired giants. According to the Paiutes, the giants were already living in the area.

Roaming, man-eating giants - The Paiutes named the giants Si-Te-Cah that literally means “tule-eaters.” The tule is a fibrous water plant the giants wove into rafts to escape the Paiutes continuous attacks.

According to the Paiutes, the red-haired giants stood as tall as 12-feet and were a vicious, unapproachable people that killed and ate captured Paiutes as food.

The legend - The Paiutes told the early settlers that after many years of warfare, all the tribes in the area finally joined together to rid themselves of the giants. One day as they chased down the few remaining red-haired enemy, the fleeing giants took refuge in a cave. The tribal warriors demanded their enemy come out and fight, but the giants steadfastly refused to leave their sanctuary.

Frustrated at not defeating their enemy with honor, the tribal chiefs had warriors fill the entrance to the cavern with brush and then set it on fire in a bid to force the giants out of the cave. The few that did emerge were instantly slain with volleys of arrows. The giants that remained inside the cavern were asphyxiated.

Later, an earthquake rocked the region and the cave entrance collapsed leaving only enough room for bats to enter it and make it their home. Hundreds of years later archaeologists explored the cavern near Lovelock, Nevada--the cave the Indians had described.

What the scientific researchers found was staggering: over 10,000 artifacts were unearthed including the mummified remains of two red-haired giants—one, a female 6.5-feet tall, the other male, over 8-feet tall.

Many of the artifacts (but not the giants) can be viewed at the small natural history museum located in Winnemucca, Nevada. - Full Article Source

03/24/13 - What is a Rogue Planet?
There could be a couple of hundred billion rogue planets. If one should enter the Solar System, what would it mean to Earth? See more on 'Forecasting the End' Thursday at 9PM only on the Weather Channel. - Full Article Source


03/24/13 - Dreambox is a 3D printing vending machine
Dreambox is a 3D printing kiosk developed by three students at UC Berkeley. Slated to go into operation later this year at UC Berkeley, Dreambox allows you to input a 3D model and the built-in 3D printer will print it for you.

The cost? Cost will, obviously, vary depending on what you are printing but it should be $15 on average per print.

Add a $9 if you want Dreambox to ship the printed item to you as opposed to you picking it up at the vending machine.

Currently the vending machine is able to use bioplastic for printing but there are plans in the future to add other materials.

What makes Dreambox even more interesting is you don’t even have to go to the kiosk to print. You can upload a 3D model and pay via Dreambox’s website and then go to the vending machien to pick your order. If you don’t want to go there, you can have Dreambox ship it to you, which costs an extra $9 as already mentioned.

If you prefer not the go the internet route, you can also walk up to the Dreambox and upload your 3D model using a USB drive. You have to pay on the spot in this case and your model is printed for you right there and then. - Full Article Source


03/24/13 - High School Student Might Have Found Cure For Cancer
This girl is only in high school and may have come up with the solution for a cure to cancer. Share this with people as this is extremely amazing and great news for all of us that have been affected by the scourge that is cancer.

17-year-old Angela Zhang of Cupertino of California, just won $100,000 in the national Siemens science contest for potentially finding the cure. - Full Article Source


03/24/13 - Miracle Cancer Cure
In 2001, Nova Scotian Rick Simpson discovered that a cancerous spot on his skin disappeared within a few days of applying an essential oil made from marijuana.

Since then, Simpson and others have treated thousands of cancer patients with incredible success.

Researchers in Spain have confirmed that THC, an active compound in marijuana, kills brain-tumor cells in human subjects and shows promise with breast, pancreatic and liver tumors.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, however, classifies marijuana as a Schedule I drug, meaning that it has no accepted medical use, unlike Schedule II drugs, like cocaine and methamphetamine, which may provide medical benefits. What a buzzkill.

A Maccan-area man who says marijuana cures cancer admitted Thursday he grew marijuana on his property, turned it into an oil and distributed the oil free of charge to people fighting a variety of diseases.

However, Ricky Logan Simpson, 57, told the jury hearing his Nova Scotia Supreme Court trial on three drug charges that he should not be considered a criminal because the laws forbidding the possession, growing and distribution of marijuana are unconstitutional.

Mr. Simpson faces charges of possessing less than 30 grams of marijuana, possessing less than three kilograms of cannabis resin for the purpose of trafficking and unlawfully producing marijuana.

The charges were laid following an Aug. 3, 2005, raid on his Little Forks Road property that netted 1,190 plants with a street value of between $400,000 and $800,000. - Full Article Source


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03/21/13 - A Moon Base Made From Lunar Dust
"The race to build a manned research station on the moon has been slowly picking up steam in recent years, with several developed nations actively studying a variety of construction methods.

In just the past few months, the European Space Agency revealed a design involving 3D-printed structures and the Russian Federal Space Agency announced plans for a moon base by 2037.

Now international design agency, Architecture Et Cetera (A-ETC), has thrown its hat into the ring with a proposal for SinterHab, a moon base consisting of bubble-like compartments coated in a protective layer of melted lunar dust." - Full Article Source


03/21/13 - Bruce Sterling's closing SXSW keynote: disruption and destruction
In Bruce Sterling's barn-burning closing keynote for SXSW 2013, he confronts the realities of disruption -- that disruption leads to destruction. Our wonderful things destroy other wonderful things. The future composts the past. We roast the 20th century over our bonfire, let's not shamefully pretend that we did it by accident. Let's eat our kill. - Full Article Source


03/21/13 - Medical lab implanted can automatically phone a doctor BEFORE you fall ill
Measuring just 14mm long, it uses a mobile phone to send medical staff updates on a patient's health.

The implant is only a few cubic millimeters in volume but includes five sensors, a radio transmitter and a power delivery system.

Outside the body, a battery patch provides 1/10 watt of power, through the patient's skin – so there is no need to operate every time the battery needs changing.

The researchers behind the device say it will allow doctors to monitor high risk patients from anywhere.

'It will allow direct and continuous monitoring based on a patient's individual tolerance, and not on age and weight charts or weekly blood tests,' said EPFL scientists Giovanni de Micheli, who led the research.

To capture the targeted substance in the body – such as lactate, glucose, or ATP – each sensor's surface is covered with an enzyme.

'Potentially, we could detect just about anything,' said De Micheli.

'But the enzymes have a limited lifespan, and we have to design them to last as long as possible.'

The enzymes currently being tested are good for about a month and a half; that's already long enough for many applications.

'In addition, it's very easy to remove and replace the implant, since it's so small.' - Full Article Source


03/21/13 - Heat your house with propane
KeelyNet [Ralph Doncaster] has a geothermal heat pump which is responsible for providing heat for his home. He’s been looking into some hacks that would make it more efficient and decided that the freon (R-22) needed to be tweaked.

Some would say the stuff is bad for the environment, so he decided to go a different route. He replaced the Freon with propane, using this rig to make the fuel-grade propane more like cooling-grade propane called r-290.

He purchased the gauge set which is used whenever a technician services an A/C system (but you can also see it in this other A/C propane hack).

That’s important because it’s responsible for making sure the old coolant is recaptured (his hose failure nixed this part of the plan) and the new coolant goes where it should at the correct pressure. But before dumping in propane from the local hardware store he needs to dry it out.

Fuel-grade propane can have moisture in it, which can be bad for the cooling system.

He bought a drier device, the grey bulb seen above, and soldered it on one end to a propane torch fitting and to a valve connection on the other. Now he could remove moisture as he pressurized the system.

Everything is working again, and the cooling side of the system gets much colder. He plans to do more testing as time goes by.

Freon Versus Propane - My friend put a mixture of propane/butane(Duracool I think) in his 2010 Chevy Silverado. He said regular freon didn't cool well enough to his liking. He charged with the propane/butane mix and it is so cold now, I can barely tolerate to sit in that truck. It blows 29 degrees from the center vent. How do you do this? I have a Ford Tempo with R134 and the best it can do is 48 degrees, even after rigging the compressor to not cycle. I am craving cold air, like 30s from the vents and r134 isn't giving it to me. If I have my system evacuated, do I just shoot it in, or do I have to do a retrofit?

Recharging AC with propane - As the summer heats up an air conditioning system is a necessity in many climates. [Grayson's] system suffered some damage over the winter that caused it to vent its refrigerant, avoiding an explosive situation. Before he can chill out inside he’ll need to recharge it and he’s chosen to use propane in his cooling system. According to our friend Google this is not his original idea, but has been done many times before. [Grayson] makes the point that although propane is flammable it’s not necessarily any more dangerous in a fire than Chlorodiflouromethane, or R22, which is the nasty little gas that fled his system for its new home in the upper atmosphere. - Full Article Source

03/21/13 - The world’s strongest magnet

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At a cost of over $14 million dollars and weighing in at 35 tons, the 45 Tesla Hybrid is the strongest DC magnet on Earth. It’s powerful enough that the film crew couldn’t even safely get in to take footage of it. Over half of their camera tapes were wiped clean just while being in the same facility that houses it! - Full Article Source

03/21/13 - Automatic Chicken-Plucker (Aug, 1929)
KeelyNet Application of the principle of the vacuum sweeper has been applied to this device

so that it automatically plucks fowl in a few minutes time.

The bird is held against a rotary “grill”, enclosed in a cylinder,

through which suction passes as in a sweeper.

As the feathers are separated by the air current,

they come in contact with a metal plate,

equipped with several catchers which pluck the feathers and fine down when rotating. - Full Article Source

03/21/13 - LazyHusband Smart Phone App Compliments Your Wife for You
The guy who came up with the LazyHusband app, Ethan Duggan, isn't married. That's good, because he's only 12 years old. One of his local (Las Vegas) TV stations says this about him: "...the 12-year-old from Henderson, Nev., said he was tired of always replying to his mother's questions of how she looked in an outfit, he came up with common phrases that, with a touch of the screen, can tell his mother,

'You look amazing today.'" The app costs 99 cents for iOS, Android or Kindle. Ethan admits that Dad helped, but says the app is his own work and was his idea. He's now working on Lazy Kid and Lazy Wife.

The TV story says, "Phrases for Lazy Kid include, yes, I did my homework and I love you. Ethan said he is having a hard time coming up with common phrases that a wife might say to her husband."

Pro basketball retiree turned business guy Shaquille O'Neal is reportedly interested in LazyHusband, which means you may hear plenty more about LazyHusband and the prodigy who created it. - Full Article Source


03/21/13 - Sewage Plants Struggle To Treat Fracking Wastewater
"When energy companies extract natural gas trapped deep underground using hydraulic fracturing, they're left with water containing high levels of pollutants, including benzene and barium.

Sometimes the gas producers dispose of this fracking wastewater by sending it to treatment plants that deal with sewage and water from other industrial sources. But a new study (abstract) suggests that the plants can't handle this water's high levels of contaminants:

Water flowing out of the plants into the environment still has elevated levels of the chemicals from natural gas production." - Full Article Source

03/21/13 - New Advance In 3D TV Technology
"If you've pondered whether to sink a cool couple of grand into a fancy new three-dimensional TV but didn't want to mess around with those dorky glasses, you may want to sit tight for a few more years.

Researchers at Hewlett Packard Laboratories in Palo Alto, California, report that they've come up with a new 3D technology that not only doesn't require viewers to wear special glasses, but it also can be viewed from a wide variety of angles. The advance could propel the development of mobile 3D devices as well as TVs."

Numerous technologies have been invented over the years to carry this out. Perhaps the most familiar is the one that requires moviegoers to wear red and green glasses. In this case, the visual information for full 3D images is sent out in all directions, and the glasses filter out unwanted portions for each eye. To display 3D images without special glasses, engineers must control how light is directed from each pixel of the display so that different light patterns reach the viewer's eyes. (The strategy for more modern 3D glasses is largely the same.)

The HP Labs team, led by physicist David Fattal, used standard computer chip manufacturing techniques to create an array of optical elements called diffraction gratings that precisely control the direction in which light emerges from each pixel in the display.

The researchers then used other standard optical devices called waveguides to steer light toward the diffraction grating in each pixel, as well as liquid crystals to modulate which colors of light are sent out from each spot. The result was a high-resolution video display that allowed viewers to see full 3D images from 14 different viewing zones, the researchers report online today in Nature.

The HP team believes that it should be able to increase the number of viewing zones to 64, enough to convince our eyes that they are seeing a seamless 3D image even if we walk around the room. In addition, because the technology uses conventional chip-patterning techniques, the new diffraction gratings should be cheap to make and already offer a resolution that is potentially higher than current displays.

Still, the novel displays aren't a shoo-in for commercial success, notes Neil Dodgson, a computer scientist at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom.

In a commentary in Nature, Dodgson writes that the novel displays must still leap a series of manufacturing hurdles, and that engineers must come up with cameras that can capture 14 to 64 different images that would then be projected through the 3D TV.

"If the authors can solve the practical problems, then they have a compelling alternative to existing 3D display technology," Dodgson says. That might also give them a raft of customers ready to put down those 3D glasses. - Full Article Source

03/21/13 - Solar wind energy source discovered
KeelyNet The solar wind is a hot and fast flow of magnetized gas that streams away from the sun's upper atmosphere. It is made of hydrogen and helium ions with a sprinkling of heavier elements. Researchers liken it to the steam from a pot of water boiling on a stove; the sun is literally boiling itself away.

"But," says Adam Szabo of the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, "solar wind does something that steam in your kitchen never does. As steam rises from a pot, it slows and cools. As solar wind leaves the sun, it accelerates, tripling in speed as it passes through the corona. Furthermore, something inside the solar wind continues to add heat even as it blows into the cold of space."

Finding that "something" has been a goal of researchers for decades. In the 1970s and 80s, observations by two German/US Helios spacecraft set the stage for early theories, which usually included some mixture of plasma instabilities, magnetohydrodynamic waves, and turbulent heating. Narrowing down the possibilities was a challenge.

The answer, it turns out, has been hiding in a dataset from one of NASA's oldest active spacecraft, a solar probe named Wind. Using Wind to unravel the mystery was, to Justin Kasper of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, a "no brainer." He and his team processed the spacecraft's entire 19-year record of solar wind temperatures, magnetic field and energy readings and ...

"I think we found it," he says. "The source of the heating in the solar wind is ion cyclotron waves." Ion cyclotron waves are made of protons that circle in wavelike-rhythms around the sun's magnetic field. According to a theory developed by Phil Isenberg (University of New Hampshire) and expanded by Vitaly Galinsky and Valentin Shevchenko (UC San Diego), ion cyclotron waves emanate from the sun; coursing through the solar wind, they heat the gas to millions of degrees and accelerate its flow to millions of miles per hour. Kasper's findings confirm that ion cyclotron waves are indeed active, at least in the vicinity of Earth where the Wind probe operates.

Ion cyclotron waves can do much more than heat and accelerate the solar wind, notes Kasper. "They also account for some of the wind's very strange properties." The solar wind is not like wind on Earth. Here on Earth, atmospheric winds carry nitrogen, oxygen, water vapor along together; all species move with the same speed and they have the same temperature.

The solar wind, however, is much stranger. Chemical elements of the solar wind such as hydrogen, helium, and heavier ions, blow at different speeds; they have different temperatures; and, strangest of all, the temperatures change with direction.

"We have long wondered why heavier elements in the solar wind move faster and have higher temperatures than the lighter elements," says Kasper. "This is completely counterintuitive." The ion cyclotron theory explains it: Heavy ions resonate well with ion cyclotron waves. Compared to their lighter counterparts, they gain more energy and heat as they surf.

The behavior of heavy ions in the solar wind is what intrigues fusion researchers. Kasper explains: "When you look at fusion reactors on Earth, one of the big challenges is contamination. Heavy ions that sputter off the metal walls of the fusion chamber get into the plasma where the fusion takes place.

Heavy ions radiate heat. This can cool the plasma so much that it shuts down the fusion reaction." Ion cyclotron waves of the type Kasper has found in the solar wind might provide a way to reverse this process. Theoretically, they could be used to heat and/or remove the heavy ions, restoring thermal balance to the fusing plasma. - Full Article Source

03/21/13 - Cryonic Preservation After Death
What if you could freeze your body immediately after death and be revived in the distant future, when medical science has found a cure for your injuries or illness? You'd be able to cheat death (and perhaps your taxes)!

Indeed, this is what advocates of the cryonics movement believe--so much so that they are willing to wager a lot of money and their own bodies.

Kim Suozzi was one of those people. She passed away this year, at the tender age of 23, of brain cancer. She chose to have her body frozen in the hopes that one day, she may come back to life.

- Full Article Source


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03/18/13 - Physics professor demonstrates a ping-pong cannon
We need more teachers like this fellow! A ping-pong ball is placed at one end of a 10-foot long tube which is sealed off at both ends. The air is pumped from the tube. The seal at the end of the tube near the ball is ruptured using a knife. The air rushes in, pushing the ping-pong ball down the tube. The ball accelerates to more than half the speed of sound, bursting through the seal on the other end of the tube.

We can estimate the final speed of the ball. We assume that the force on the ball is due to the atomspheric pressure of the air on the back half of the ball.

This simple calculation overestimates the final speed since we have neglected the viscosity of the air, the air which leaks around the ball, and the limitations of the speed at which a pressure front can travel.

We measured the speed of the ping-pong ball as it reaches the end of the tube. We attached a short section of clear tube at the end and then sent two laser beams through the path of the ball. The speed we obtained from this measurement was 270 m/s = 600 mph.

The ping-pong cannon was demonstrated at the national meeting of the American Association of Physics Teachers, August 2002, in Boise, Idaho. As a finale, Harold Stokes became a human target (no artificial padding or protection). The ping-pong ball stings, leaving a red welt. (The cannon shown below was actually built by Zig Peacock at the University of Utah using PVC tubing.) - Full Article Source


03/18/13 - Boeing Co. continues antigravity research

KeelyNet

The idea of "DEAN DRIVE" and similar devices has been rejected since 1960s. However, a recent scientific paper has appeared where dynamic analysis of a Dean drive is compared with an electromagnetic analog called "TESLA DRIVE". It is claimed that none of them can really work but the conclusion is quite interesting and leaves some "holes".

Support forces in a synchronized rotating spring-mass system and its electromagnetic equivalent

Abstract - This paper deals with the dynamic analysis for the calculation of the support forces in a rotating elastic rod when subjected to simple types of axial forces. For simplicity the model starts with a linear straight spring and a lumped mass and expands into a distributed system.

The analysis shows a shift in the natural frequency of the support forces, due to rotation and additional axial oscillations, these are highly influenced by both the axial and the shear forces, which are induced by the centripetal and Coriolis forces, respectively.

Based on this finding, the paper shows that it is not possible to take advantage of the inertial forces and create long-term inertial thrust, even if the rotation is synchronized with the shifted natural frequency.

The discussion includes extensions into the electromagnetic realm by comparing the mechanical system with its electrical equivalent.

(Check out Rex Research on the Dean Drive. Note the conclusion in the above paper, not possible, WRONG. - JWD - Via zpenergy.com ) - Full Article Source

03/18/13 - Laithwaite's Gyroscopic Loss of Weight
His research in later years into Gyroscopes was, and still is, a topic of much discussion within the scientific community. Here, he demonstrates the principles of a gyro using a rather large and heavy wheel. It's spun up to speed with a normal household drill.

Demo weight shows about 40 pounds and it is spun up to 2,500rpms, at which point it becomes a live thing. Then he lifted it about 5 feet in 3 seconds by going around in a big circle. - Full Article Source


03/18/13 - The almost walkin' Cube
Meet Cubli, a research project which aims to make a cube that can walk around without using any appendages. It’s a research project at the Institute for Dynamic Systems and control in Switzerland. Anyone else thinking about our beloved companion cube right now?

The robotic experiments are based on angular momentum. Inside of the cube there are center mounted motors which each spin a wheel. Three of these are mounted perpendicular to each other to give the cube the ability to change its position along any axis.

This is best shown by the first video after the break where just a single side of the assembly is demonstrated. A square frame starts at a rest position.

You see the wheel spin up and it is suddenly stopped, which causes the momentum of the wheel to pop the square frame up onto one corner. The wheel then switches into a second mode to keep it balancing there.

The final mode is a controlled fall. This theoretically will let the cube move around by falling end over end. So far they’re not showing off that ability, but the second demo video does show the assembled cube balancing on one corner. - Full Article Source


03/18/13 - How Beer Gave Us Civilization
KeelyNet "Jeffrey P. Khan writes in the NY Times that recent anthropological research suggests that human's angst of anxiety and depression ultimately results from our transformation, over tens of thousands of years, from biologically shaped, almost herd-like prehistoric tribes, to rational and independent individuals in modern civilization and that the catalyst for suppressing the rigid social codes that kept our clans safe and alive was fermented fruit or grain.

'Once the effects of these early brews were discovered, the value of beer must have become immediately apparent,' writes Khan.

'With the help of the new psychopharmacological brew, humans could quell the angst of defying those herd instincts. Conversations around the campfire, no doubt, took on a new dimension: the painfully shy, their angst suddenly quelled, could now speak their minds.'

Examining potential beer-brewing tools in archaeological remains from the Natufian culture in the Eastern Mediterranean, the team concludes that 'brewing of beer was an important aspect of feasting and society in the Late Epipaleolithic' era. In time, humans became more expansive in their thinking, as well as more collaborative and creative.

A night of modest tippling may have ushered in these feelings of freedom — though, the morning after, instincts to conform and submit would have kicked back in to restore the social order.

Today, many people drink too much because they have more than average social anxiety or panic anxiety to quell — disorders that may result, in fact, from those primeval herd instincts kicking into overdrive. But beer's place in the development of civilization deserves at least a raising of the glass. As the ever rational Ben Franklin supposedly said, 'Beer is living proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.'" - Full Article Source


03/18/13 - Immortality versus the Alchemist
Twilight Zone - Long Live Walter Jameson - Season 1 Episode 24 (25:11) - Aired on 03/18/1960 TV-PG.

A father forbids a history professor from marrying his daughter when he discovers that the captivating lecturer is actually an immortal who has lived for thousands of years. - Full Article Source


03/18/13 - Superconductivity and Meissner Diamagnetism as key to levitation

KeelyNet

As the description of superconductivity and Cooper pairs was not officially known until the 1980's. Neither Leedskalnin, Keely, Cayce or anyone else had the framework to accurately describe the phenomena that was occuring.

Superconductors produce a very special field called a Meisner field. The Meissner field is a diamagetic field. Diamagnetic fields oppose all other magnetic fields and can absorb energy from other fields when it is sufficiently strong.

With in the last year or so we saw pictures on TV from the Mag lab showing levitation of frogs and other living things not normally magnetic using diamagnetic or superconducting magnetic meisner fields. This information showed that any object could be levitated if the magnetic field strength being a 100 to 1000 times stronger than convential thought had supposed. Once again this was done using diamagnetic superconducting magnetic fields and vortices.

Now we alo know that Leedskalnin very carefully chose the location for building the Coral Castle both for materials and for the relationship to the Earths Magnetic Field lines. These were necessary for the stones to be levitated on the magnetic waves of energy in the grid structure. - Full Article Source

03/18/13 - Jeff Gordon Test Drive
Jeff Gordon and Pepsi MAX go to a car dealership where a disguised Jeff Gordon takes an unsuspecting car salesman on the test drive of his life - Full Article Source


03/18/13 - Top 7 ways to make money from apps without ads
2. Internationalization: Go Where the Money Is

Not all users are created equal; some citizens in some countries are more willing to pay for apps than others. Smartphones help to speed up globalization, but not all developers think globally, and most Silicon Valley app developers tend to focus mainly on the US market. This makes sense as long as you have enough run rate.

But it doesn’t make sense when considering this: In October 2012, Japan claimed the number one spot as the country with the highest revenue generated in Google Play, claiming 29 percent of the app store’s total global revenue. The U.S. followed close behind with 26 percent, and Korea stood at 18 percent.

According to Distimo’s report on the fastest-growing countries for App Store revenue, countries like Japan, Russia, China, Taiwan, Thailand, Brazil, Mexico, and Korea all showed a higher year-over-year growth in revenue than the U.S., which ranked 13th with a growth rate of 44 percent. Forget about these countries, and you’re missing enormous revenue potential. - Full Article Source

03/18/13 - 70 billion mobile apps will be downloaded in 2013
KeelyNet Ten apps will be downloaded for every single woman, man, and child on the planet in 2013. According to ABI Research, half of those apps will be Android apps, which will have 58 percent smartphone app share and 41 percent of those will be iOS apps.

Thirty-three percent of smartphone app downloads will be for the Apple iPhone while the iPadwill take 75 percent of tablet app downloads. Windows Phone and tablet devices will account for the majority of the rest, with BlackBerry taking about a 2 percent share.

Add it all up, and about 35 billion Android apps will load to devices in 2013, plus another 29 billion iOS apps.

While Google’s Android is clearly doing well in smartphones, the future of its tablet aspirations is not yet as clear. Only 17 percent of tablet downloads in 2013 will be on Android tabs, ABI says, which compares poorly to iPad’s 75 percent tablet app share.

“The most pressing issue for Google is how much of this handset momentum will ultimately trickle down to tablets, where Apple is holding the fort remarkably well,” ABI analyst Aapo Markkanen said in a statement.

Interestingly, Markkanen says that Amazon, which is a major Google frenemy, might be helping Android the most in the tablet space, since its Kindle Fire is almost certainly the best-selling Android-based tablet on the market. The enemy part is that Amazon’s Android is a de-Google-ized version of Android which taps into Amazon’s content ecosystem, not Google’s.

The friend part is that since Kindle Fire is giving Android at least some degree of tablet momentum, app developers are more likely to build apps for Android-based tablets, which they can then sell on both Google and Amazon app store.

But Google needs more Android tablet partners to do well if it wants Android’s share of app downloads to increase.

“The question is becoming, is there enough critical mass with Android partners, led by Samsung?” Jeff Orr, another ABI analyst told me over the phone. “And, are there going to be more vendors who can make a move and break away from the pack?” - Full Article Source

03/18/13 - We have Officially Entered the Drone Era

KeelyNet

During the first few minutes, between the time when a fire first starts and it reaches a point of being out of control, is a containment window where only a few gallons of water or a few pounds of fire retardant is necessary to put the evil genie back into the bottle.

Using a fleet of surveillance drones, equipped with special infrared cameras, fires could be spotted during the earliest moments of a containment window, signaling a fleet of extinguisher drones to douse the blaze before anything serious happens.

Drones specifically designed for extinguishing forest fires have the potential for eliminating over 90% of the devastating fires that blanket newspaper headlines every summer. Whether or not eliminating fires altogether is good for the long-term health of forests is certainly another topic for discussion, but this is a clear example of how drone technology can be used to alleviate one of mankind’s biggest problems.

But, as we know, not everything about drone technology is good. Somewhere along the lines we’ll be forced to decide if the advantages of the good drones outweigh the disadvantages of the bad drones.

As a technology, a flying drone can extend the reach of an individual by hundreds, even thousands of miles. They can skim along the surface of the earth and avoid detection by traditional radar systems.

A good drone, used to deliver pizza and packages, can also be a bad drone delivering bombs, drugs, or poison.

The same drone that can spot a forest fire can be used to spy on corporate executives, government officials, or military activity.

An evil person, coupled with the power of a drone, could bring down a commercial aircraft, start fires in buildings, sever power lines, cause car accidents, poison our water supplies, or drop a viral contagion onto a crowd of people.

As most people already know, the power to protect, placed in the wrong hands, quickly becomes the power to destroy.

In much the same way the networking effect of Internet has given rise to virus-builders intent on destroying the work of others, the white-hat drone industry will have to deal with a wide range of black-hat destructionists. - Full Article Source

03/18/13 - Where are the Android users?
KeelyNet 800 million Android activations have taken place to date and the rate is about 2 million per day.

Android data is occasionally reported by Google. The last time Google reported Android data was in September 2012. We then learned that activations were running at 1.3 million per day and that a total of 500 million total activations had taken place.

It implies that 800 million Android activations have taken place to date and the rate is about 2 million per day. One billion activations could thus happen by June.

There is however another set of data regarding Android which is updated more frequently. The comScore mobiLens survey covers the US and provides updates on a monthly basis. That data shows that Android users in the US reached about 68 million as of the end of January.

The data implies about 9% of Android usage is in the US. The more startling thing is the difference in growth: it implies that with a US growth rate of only about 13.3k/day, global growth is 150 times faster than US growth. In other words, that 0.6% of new users are in the US and that 99.4% of Android growth is outside the US. - Full Article Source

03/18/13 - Silicone fingers to hack biometric scanner
KeelyNet Finger-scanning biometric security technology as it turns out is pretty easy to hack, A news report from the BBC reveals that a 29-year-old Brazilian doctor, Thaune Nunes Ferreira, working in a small town outside Sao Paulo was arrested over the weekend for allegedly using prosthetic silicone fingers to fake the presence of six of her colleagues.

That’s right. If you can find a decent fingerprint and a way to manufacture silicone objects (as some 3D printers can), you probably have what it takes to break-into anything that requires a finger scan.

According to a CNN report last summer, Italian researchers figured out in 2011 how to reconstruct fingerprints starting with a digital template commonly stored by biometric security systems to archive fingerprint information. Rather than using an actual fingerprint, the scientists used data alone to create the same kind of “gummy finger” used by Ferreira.

Even iris scanners are susceptible to hacking, the article continues:

Iris scanners take an image of the eye, stretch the iris out into a rectangle, and then create a template of 0s and 1s called an “iriscode.” In image form, it resembles a series of black and white pixels in a long, narrow rectangle. It looks nothing like an actual iris.

But don’t tell that to an iris scanning system. By making an image out of the stored iriscode, stretching it into a circle, and feeding it back into the system, Galbally’s team was able to get into the system with an 87% success rate.

But it’s not just companies and people with high security clearances that need worry. Everyday people can get finger hacked just by going to the ATM. Stories over the last few years have shown that thieves using digital infrared cameras can steal your PIN by detecting heat traces left behind by your fingers on the numeric keypad.

Of course, when it comes to fingerprint hacking, there’s always the much easier (if significantly more gruesome) method of hacking fingerprints—by literally hacking off fingers. Reports of thieves actually cutting off fingers to fool security systems are scarce, but it has happened. - Full Article Source

03/18/13 - Testing caps with a DIY ESR meter

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There’s a problem with collecting old tube amps and vintage electronics – eventually the capacitors in these machines will die. It’s not an issue of a capacitor plague that causes new electronics to die after a few years; with time, just about every capacitor will dry out, rendering antique electronics defective.

The solution to getting old gear up and running is replacing the capacitors, but how do you know which ones are good and which are bad? With [Paulo]‘s DIY ESR meter, of course.

An ideal capacitor has a zero equivalent series resistance, and failure of a capacitor can be seen as an increase in its ESR. Commercial ESR meters are relatively cheap, but [Paulo] was able to build one out of a 555 chip, a small transformer, and a few other miscellaneous components.

The entire circuit is built on stripboard, and if you’re lucky enough to find the right parts in your random parts bin, you should be able to build this ESR meter with components just laying around. - Full Article Source

03/18/13 - Windfarm Sickness Spreads By Word of Mouth
"Just like the many stories surrounding alleged 'Wi-Fi sickness,' research is now showing that windfarm sickness spreads by word of mouth instead of applying universally to windfarms.

Areas that had never had any noise or health complaints were suddenly experiencing them after 2009 when anti-wind groups targeted populations surrounding windfarms.

From the article, 'Eighteen reviews of the research literature on wind turbines and health published since 2003 had all reached the broad conclusion that there was very little evidence they were directly harmful to health.'

While there's unfortunately no way to prove that someone is lying about how they feel, it's likely a mixture of confirmation bias, psychosomatic response, hypochondria, greed and hatred of seeing windmills on the horizon that drives this phenomenon." - Full Article Source

03/18/13 - Nanoscale Filtration Holds Promise of Cheap, Clean Water
"Lockheed Martin, traditionally known for its development of military systems and aircraft, has developed a process for perforating graphene (carbon sheets only one atom thick) that could potentially reduce the energy required for desalination by two orders of magnitude.

The process tailors the hole size to the molecules being separated. In the case of desalination, one would create holes in the graphene large enough to allow water to pass but small enough to block the salt molecules.

The advantage to using graphene comes from how extremely thin the material is compared to traditional filters. The thinner the filter, the less energy is required to facilitate reverse osmosis." - Full Article Source

03/18/13 - Why Trolls Win With Toxic Comments
"The Web is a place for unlimited exchange of ideas. But according to an NPR report, researchers have found that rude comments on articles can change the way we interpret the news.

'It's a little bit like the Wild West. The trolls are winning,' says Dominique Brossard, co-author of the study on the so-called 'Nasty Effect.' Researchers worked with a science writer to construct a balanced news story on the pros and cons of nanotechnology, a topic chosen so that readers would have to make sense of a complicated issue with low familiarity.

They then asked 1,183 subjects to review the blog post from a Canadian newspaper that discussed the water contamination risks of nanosilver particles and the antibacterial benefits.

Half saw the story with polite comments, and the other half saw rude comments, like: 'If you don't see the benefits of using nanotechnology in these products, you're an idiot.'

People that were exposed to the polite comments didn't change their views really about the issue covering the story, while the people that did see the rude comments became polarized — they became more against the technology that was covered in the story.

Brossard says we need to have an anchor to make sense of complicated issues. 'And it seems that rudeness and incivility is used as a mental shortcut to make sense of those complicated issues.'

Brossard says there's no quick fix for this issue (PDF), and while she thinks it's important to foster conversation through comments sections, every media organization has to figure out where to draw the line when comments get out of control.

'It's possible that the social norms in this brave new domain will change once more — with users shunning meanspirited attacks from posters hiding behind pseudonyms and cultivating civil debate instead,' writes Brossard. 'Until then, beware the nasty effect.'" - Full Article Source

03/18/13 - Government Wants To Fund Clean Energy Research With Oil & Gas Funds
"Government leaders have put forth a proposal to collect $2 billion over the next 10 years from revenues generated by oil and gas development to fund scientific research into clean energy technologies.

The administration hopes the research would help 'protect American families from spikes in gas prices and allow us to run our cars and trucks on electricity or homegrown fuels.'

In a speech at Argonne National Laboratory, the bama said the private sector couldn't afford such research, which puts the onus on government to keep it going.

Of course, it'll still be difficult to get everyone on board: 'The notion of funding alternative energy research with fossil fuel revenues has been endorsed in different forms by Republican politicians, including Alaskan senator Lisa Murkowsi.

But the president still faces an uphill battle passing any major energy law, given how politicized programs to promote clean energy have become in the wake of high-profile failures of government-backed companies.'" - Full Article Source

03/18/13 - Seniors Search For Virtual Immortality
"Most ancestors from the distant past are, at best, names in the family records, leaving behind a few grainy photos, a death certificate or a record from Ellis Island.

But J. Peder Zane writes that retirees today have the ability to leave a cradle-to-grave record of their lives so that 50, 100, even 500 years hence, people will be able to see how their forebears looked and moved, hear them speak, and learn about their aspirations and achievements.

A growing number of gerontologists also recommend that persons in that ultimate stage should engage in the healthy and productive exercise of composing a Life Review.

In response, a growing number of businesses and organizations have arisen to help people preserve and shape their legacy — a shift is helping to redefine the concept of history, as people suddenly have the tools and the desire to record the lives of almost everybody.

The ancient problem that bedeviled historians — a lack of information about people's everyday lives — has been overcome. New devices and technologies are certain to further this immortality revolution as futurists are already imagining the day when people can have a virtual conversation with holograms of their ancestors that draw on digital legacies to reflect how the dead would have responded." - Full Article Source

03/18/13 - Tuning Fork at 1600fps in slow motion
A bunch of people requested a tuning fork so... BOOM! Here's a video of a tuning fork. - Full Article Source


03/18/13 - Gambler Hacked CCTV System To Win $33.2 Million In Australia
The Herald Sun exclusively reports that a gambler used the casino's security cameras to spy for him as he played. Over the period of time, the high roller walked away with a staggering $32 million AUS (about $33.2 million).

Though only one man -- who has yet to be identified -- has been implicated in the crime, others may have been involved.

Describing the Crown casino scam to Melbourne-based radio station 3AW 693 News Talk, Herald Sun crime reporter Mark Buttler explained: "Someone has been able to get into the security system remotely and, we're told, advise the player about what other cards the other players are holding, and he's cleaned up to the tune of 32 million."

Casino security consultant Barron Stringfellow imagined the gambler and an accomplice used a wireless transmission to carry out the ploy.

"[T]hrough a wireless transmission to his ear during his eight hands of play, he was told exactly what plays would be beneficial to make," Stringfellow told ABC News radio.

The $32 million scam is the biggest to hit the casino since it opened in 1994. As the Age notes, Crown was defrauded out of $1.8 million in 1998 by one of the casino's baccarat dealers. - Full Article Source

03/18/13 - BBC Speechless as Trader Tells Truth in 2011
Stunning admission of truth by a Wall Street trader. Here's the transcript:

Alessio Rastani: ...it's gonna crash and it's gonna fall pretty hard. Because markets are ruled right now by fear. Investors and the big money, the smart money ...I'm talking about the big funds, the hedge funds, the institutions, they don't buy this rescue plan. They basically know that the market is toast. They know that the stock market is finished, the Euro as far as they're concerned they don't really care, they're moving their money away to safer assets like Treasury bonds, 30 year bonds, and the US dollar. So it's not gonna work.

Maxine Croxall: We keep hearing that whatever the politicians are suggesting -- it's all been rather wooly -- isn't right. Can you pin down exactly what would keep investors happy, make them feel more confident?

Alessio Rastani: Ah, that's a tough one. Personally, it doesn't matter. I'm a trader, I don't really care about that kind of stuff. If I see an opportunity to make money, I go with that. So for most traders we don't really care that much how they're going to fix the economy, how they're going to fix the whole situation. Our job is to make money from it and personally I've been dreaming of this moment for three years. Personally, I have a confession to make, I go to bed every night and I dream of another recession. I dream of another moment like this. Why? Because people don't seem to maybe remember, but the '30's depression, the Depression of the '30's wasn't just about a market crash. There were some people who were prepared to make money from that crash and I think anybody can do that. It isn't just for some people in the elite, anybody can actually make money, it's an opportunity. When the market crashes, when the Euro and the big stock markets crash, if you know what to do, if you have the right plan to set up you can make a lot of money from this. For example, hedging strategies is one, then investing in bonds, Treasury bonds that sort of stuff.

Maxine Croxall: If you could see the people around me, jaws have collectively dropped at what you've just said. I mean we appreciate your candor, but it doesn't help the rest of us does it, or the rest of the Eurozone.

Alessio Rastani: I will say this, listen. I would say this to everybody who's watching this, this economic crisis is like a cancer. If you just wait and wait thinking this is going to go away, just like a cancer it's gonna grow and it will be too late. What I would say to everybody is get prepared. This is not a time right now to wishful think that the Government is going to sort things out. The Governments don't rule the world, Goldman Sachs rules the world. Goldman Sachs does not care about this rescue package neither does the big funds. So actually, I would actually tell people, I want to help people. People can make money from this, it isn't just traders. What they need to do is learn about how to make money from a downward market. The first thing people should do is protect their assets, protect what they have because in less than 12 months, my prediction is that savings of millions of people is gonna vanish and this is just the beginning. So I would say, be prepared and act now. The biggest risk people can take right now is not acting.

Maxine Croxall: Alessio Rastani thank you very much for talking with us.

(All of our financial woes were predicted and warned about in 2011 and no one listened. - JWD) - Full Article Source


03/18/13 - The Essence of the Banking Industry
The very essence of the banking system. To make us all slaves to debt. Those who control the debt, control everything. Its not about making profit from weapons sales, its about control. Their objective is to control the debt that the conflict produces. Control the debt, you control everything. Making us all slaves to debt. - Full Article Source


03/18/13 - Tron Dance
The first song that? ends at 0:56 is Arena from the Tron Legacy soundtrack. The song that starts at 0:58 and ends at 1:42 is Waters of Nazareth (Erol Alkan Remix) from Justice. Those are all the songs I know of this track. I hope somebody else knows because the rest of the songs are great as well.

But its hard to beat Lightwire Theater! - Full Article Source


03/18/13 - Sphere Robot
THANKS TO ALL OF YOU!! who left me a personal vote at the Boca Bearings 2012 Innovation Competition! MorpHex became the April's winner! - Full Article Source


03/18/13 - So real, it's scary
This has so many applications for fun! - Full Article Source


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03/15/13 - First TRUE self-propelled Car

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The cart used a very simple sort of steam turbine, a mild evolution of such other early steam turbines as Hero's aeliopile steam engine (I've speculated about its use in a car a while ago). The turbine in Verbiest's car was an open turbine, which is essentially a waterwheel for steam.

A water-filled vessel with a nozzle pointing at the bladed wheel is heated over a small brazier, and the steam shoots from the nozzle to the wheel's vanes, causing it to rotate, and, in the case of a horizontal wheel, that rotational motion is translated 90° through a differential-like gear system, and then on to the wheels.

This is a pretty crude, inefficient system, but there's no reason why it wouldn't have worked to propel a small, toy-like car. Verbiest describes it in his book, Astronomia Europea, and since the guy basically had the Orient's best metal shop at his disposal, I think it's pretty safe to assume the little car was actually built.

If it was built, it would very likely be the first self-propelled machine ever constructed by man, and that's a big deal, even if it was a bit too small to sit in. Or even on, really.

Verbiest's car is usually mentioned as a footnote or a sideline, but I don't really think that's fair. Even though the scale was small, the car had all the key components needed to qualify it as a motor vehicle: specifically, a motor and a vehicle.

Plus, it wasn't a modification or retrofit of an existing wagon or carriage. This was designed to be a car from the beginning. I'm not exactly sure about the strange single fifth steering wheel setup, but it at least had something. Based on the car's purpose, I imagine the wheel could be set to allow the car to drive in circles of varying sizes. - Full Article Source

03/15/13 - Could Grebennkovs' gravity repelling wings be Diamagnetic?
KeelyNet It could just as well be some kind of natural diamagnetic material...you'll note magnet LINES are separated base on flux density so the more lines you cross the more interaction you get with the elyton covers, if they were diamagnetic.

When the elyton covers are closed and tight to the body, they only interfere with a few of the magnetic lines of the 'vertical current' of the earth.

But when they open them up and OUTWARD to allow the wings to unfold, the elyton covers now are interacting with more field lines and so should experience more lift.

Maybe use pyrolytic carbon nanoparticles or some other diamagnetic material like bismuth, silver, antimony, etc...laid out over a wide surface area and voila, magic carpet, see Rectifying Chaos and the Natural Phenomena of AntiGravitation and Invisibility in Insects due to the Grebennikov Cavity Structure Effect (CSE). Stuff to do, good luck and happy flying! - Full Article Source

03/15/13 - Video Inpainting Software Deletes People From HD Video Footage
"In a development sure to send conspiracy theorists into a tizzy, researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Informatics (MPII) have developed video inpainting software that can effectively delete people or objects from high-definition footage.

The software analyzes each video frame and calculates what pixels should replace a moving area that has been marked for removal. In a world first, the software can compensate for multiple people overlapped by the unwanted element, even if they are walking towards (or away from) the camera." - Full Article Source


03/15/13 - Japan's Methane Hydrate Gas Extraction Is First In The World
KeelyNet Japan's trade ministry said the production tests will continue for about two weeks, followed by analysis on how much gas was produced.

Methane is a major component of natural gas and governments including Canada, the United States, Norway and China are also looking at exploiting hydrate deposits as an alternative source of energy.

Japan used depressurisation to turn methane hydrate to methane gas, a process thought by the government to be more effective than using the hot water circulation method the country had tested successfully in 2002.

In 2008, JOGMEC successfully demonstrated for the first time a nearly six-day continuous period of production of methane gas from hydrate reserves held deep in permafrost in Canada, using the depressurisation method.

Methane hydrate, is formed from a mixture of methane and water under certain pressure and conditions.

A Japanese study has estimated the existence of at least 40 trillion cubic feet (1.1 trillion cubic metres) of methane hydrates in the eastern Nankai Trough off the country's Pacific coast, about 11 years of Japanese gas consumption. - Full Article Source

03/15/13 - Amazing Water & Sound Experiment #2
Water can be made to appear to flow in a remarkable corkscrew shaped stream by means of a simple experiment involving the right frequency of bass and a video camera with an adjustable frame rate.

A mesmerising YouTube video shows how one amateur scientist made the flow appear to stay still then, by adjusting bass frequency, rotate in both directions.

The video, uploaded along with a how-to guide by user brusspup on Monday, has already gone viral - attracting nearly 500,000 views and nearly 18,000 'thumbs up'.

(via www.hackaday.com) - "From this still image you’d think the hose dispensing the water is being moved back and forth. But watch the video after the break and you’ll see the hose is quite steady, as is the standing wave of water. It’s bizarre to be sure. Knowing how it works makes cognitive sense, but doesn’t really diminish the novelty of the demonstration.

This is the second time [Brasspup] has posted a video of this phenomenon. The newest version does a great job of showing several different patterns. But even the first segment from a year ago, which has over 4 million hits, shows the water moving against gravity. We also saw a similar rig in a links post a year ago.

We’d call it an optical illusion but it’s really more of a technological illusion. The water is falling past a sub-woofer speaker which is tuned to 24 Hz. At the same time, the camera filming the demonstration is capturing 24 frames per second. As was mentioned then, it’s much like flashing a light to freeze the water in mid-air. But the flashing of the frames is what causes this effect." - Full Article Source


03/15/13 - Emma
Everything can't be digital... - Full Article Source


03/15/13 - Old TVs can be transformed to burn anything in its path at 2,000F
A back garden inventor has published details on how an old-style big screen television can be converted into a solar-powered death ray that burns at 2,000F.

Grant Thompson, the self-styled King of Random, has made two YouTube videos which show how the screens of old rear-projection TVs can be used to condense sunlight into point capable of melting coins.

The incredible films show him using such a screen mounted on to a wooden frame to burns holes through concrete, boil water in seconds and incinerate planks of wood.

Although they once commanded retail prices of many thousands of pounds, such ageing television sets are now easy to get hold of because they cost more to fix than they can be sold for. - Full Article Source


03/15/13 - Clarification about 'immortality'
I know the legends and stories all say IMMORTAL...but that ain't the case at all.

You can live a very long, long time but you have to keep taking the fluid (the Elixir of Life). One shot does not equal forever...but I can see a shot every 30-50 years to revert back to a perfect 20 year old body.

Who wants to be like the two ladies played by Goldie Hawn and Meryl Streep in 'Death Becomes Her'...sure you live forever but you dry out to and become brittle in the process.

So if you have this elixir to drink and rejuvenate every few decades, it's pretty darn close to immortality. But I think after a few centuries, life might get a bit boring unless you keep finding new things to learn, do and experience.

We can Live Forever and here is one theory offering a Cure for Aging if you are interested in such arcane things. - Full Article Source


03/15/13 - “Hacking the Xbox” PDF Released for Free in Honor of [Aaron Swartz]
[Bunnie], the hardware hacker who first hacked into the original Xbox while at MIT, is releasing his book on the subject for free. The book was originally released in 2003, and delves into both the technical and legal aspects of hacking into the console.

The book is being released along with an open letter from [Bunnie]. He discusses the issues he faced with MIT legal and copyright law when working on the project, and explains that the book is being released to honor [Aaron Swartz]. [Swartz] committed suicide in January following aggressive prosecution by the US government.

The book is a great read on practical applications of hardware hacking. It starts off with simple hacks: installing a blue LED, building a USB adapter for the device’s controller ports, and replacing the power supply. The rest of the book goes over how the security on the device was compromised, and the legal implications of pulling off the hack.

[Bunnie]‘s open letter is worth a read, it explains the legal bullying that hackers deal with from a first hand prospective. The book itself is a fantastic primer on hardware hacking, and with this release anyone who hasn’t read it should grab the free PDF. - Full Article Source

03/15/13 - Camera adapter for a microscope
Adding a camera output to a stereo microscope, using a cheap NTSC security camera with an alternate lens, and a little bit of lathe work.

[Steve] really has a nice microscope setup in his lab now that he built a video camera adapter for his stereo microscope. The image above shows the magnified view of the circuit board on the LCD screen behind it. This lets him work without needing to be in position to look through the eye pieces. The hack is a perfect complement to the custom stand he fabricated for the scope.

The camera attachment can be seen attached to the right lens of the scope. It’s an old security camera which he already had on hand. The stock lens wasn’t going to bring the picture into focus, but he had some different optics on hand and one of them fit the bill perfectly.

The rest of the project involves fabricating the adapter ring on his lathe. It slips perfectly over the eyepiece and even allows him a bit of adjustment to get the focal length right. - Full Article Source


03/15/13 - Micro 3-D Printer Creates Tiny Structures in Seconds
KeelyNet Printing microstructures with features a few hundred nanometers in size could be useful for making heart stents, microneedles for painless shots, gecko adhesives, parts for microfluidics chips, and scaffolds for growing cells and tissue.

Another important application could be in the electronics industry, where patterning nanoscale features on chips currently involves slow, expensive techniques. 3-D printing would quickly and cheaply yield polymer templates that could be used to make metallic structures.

So far, 3-D microprinting has been used only in research laboratories because it’s pretty slow. In fact, many research labs around the world use Nanoscribe’s first-generation printer.

The new, faster machine will also find commercial use. Thiel says numerous medical, life sciences, and nanotechnology companies are interested in the new machine. “I’m positive that with the faster throughput we get with this new tool, it might have an industrial breakthrough very soon,” he says.

The technology behind most 3-D microprinters is called two-photon polymerization. It involves focusing tiny, ultrashort pulses from a near-infrared laser on a light-sensitive material. The material polymerizes and solidifies at the focused spots. As the laser beam moves in three dimensions, it creates a 3-D object. - Full Article Source

03/15/13 - Smartphones Are Eating the World

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Smartphones have created a bridge between two previously separate industries—wireless networks and personal computing. For Internet firms and device makers, this means access to the world’s largest network of people.

The wireless telephone business is large compared to personal computing. In 2012, the world’s mobile operators did $1.2 trillion in business and served around 3.2 billion people, versus perhaps 1.7 billion people who used PCs to access the Internet.

By comparison, the combined revenue of Microsoft, Google, Intel, Apple, and the entire global PC industry was $590 billion. Online advertising, the main driver of the consumer Internet, generated only $89 billion in revenue.

Smartphones have greatly increased the profitability of the mobile phone handset business.

The average selling price of all mobile phones rose from about $105 in 2010 to $180 at the end of 2012, largely driven by Apple’s iPhone. In 2012, Apple sold 136 million iPhones for $85 billion, averaging $629 per phone.

By comparison, the average selling price of a PC is about $700. With a further $33 billion in revenue from iPads, Apple’s annual revenue now exceeds the combined business of Intel and Microsoft.

Sales by other companies of Android smartphones (not shown) reached 480 million units in 2012, generating an estimated $120 billion in revenue at an average selling price of $250. - Full Article Source

03/15/13 - Sex in space could lead to life-threatening illnesses
Scientists say zero gravity affects processes involved in reproduction, brain diseases - and even cancer.

A study found gravity modulates cell 'highway traffic' that ensures the growth and functionality of the male reproductive organ in plants - the pollen tube.

Professor Anja Geitmann, a biologist at Montreal University, said: 'Just like during human reproduction the sperm cells in plants are delivered to the egg by a cylindrical tool.

'Unlike the delivery tool in animals the device used during plant sex consists of a single cell - and only two sperm cells are discharged during each delivery event.

'Our findings offer new insight into how life evolved on Earth and are significant with regards to human health, as a traffic jam on these highways that also exist in human cells can cause cancer and illnesses such as Alzheimer's.'

The interior of animal and plant cells is like a city, with factories called organelles - dedicated to manufacturing, energy production and waste processing.

A network of intracellular 'highways' enables the communication between these factories and the delivery of cargo between them and between the inside of the cell and its external environment. Plant cells have a particularly busy highway system.

Professor Geitmann, whose study is published in PLOS ONE, said: 'Researchers already knew humans, animals and plants have evolved in response to Earth's gravity and they are able to sense it.

While humans have been a spacefaring species for over 50 years it's doubtful we've yet performed the most basic of acts despite the introduction of mixed-gender crews in 1983.

NASA doesn't explicitly forbid sex while zipping round Earth at 17,500 mph but its code of conduct calls for "relationships of trust" and "professional standards" to be maintained at all times.

But sex in space will happen eventually because manned missions to Mars would last years so abstinence for that long would be a tall order for most people. - Full Article Source

03/15/13 - Jesus a Shape-Shifter?
A 1,200-year-old Egyptian manuscript tells the story of the crucifixion with incredible plot twists - including the revelation that Jesus could change shape.

The ancient illuminated text's claim explains why Judas used a kiss to betray Jesus, since the Christian Messiah had the ability to transform his appearance.

It also claims Jesus in fact spent his last supper with the man who ordered his execution, Roman prefect Pontius Pilate, who is said to have offered to sacrifice his own son in Jesus' place.

The translation from the original Coptic has been revealed for the first time in a new book by Roelof van den Broek, emeritus professor of the History of Christianity at Utrecht University in the Netherlands.

The newly-deciphered text explains that, far from a sign of affection or guilt, the kiss was Judas' way of forestalling any shapeshifting confusion.

'The Jews said to Judas: How shall we arrest him [Jesus], for he does not have a single shape but his appearance changes. Sometimes he is ruddy, sometimes he is white, sometimes he is red, sometimes he is wheat coloured, sometimes he is pallid like ascetics, sometimes he is a youth, sometimes an old man...' it reads.

For a man who could walk on water, raise the dead, feed 5,000 people with just a single loaf of bread and a fish, and turn water into wine, such abilities are perhaps unsurprising.

But shapeshifting is not the only superpower the ancient manuscript attributes to Jesus - it also says that he could even turn himself invisible.

It claims that on the night before his crucifixion, Jesus ate dinner with Pontius Pilate, the Roman prefect who decided his sentence - who, it is said, remarkably offered his son to be crucified in place of the Messiah.

Jesus declined the offer, explaining that if he could escape from his fate if he wanted to.

'Pilate, then, looked at Jesus and, behold, he became incorporeal: He did not see him for a long time,' the text says.

Later that night, according to the manuscript, Pilate and his wife dreamed of an eagle representing Jesus being killed.

The incredible text, which is thought to be some 1,200 years old, is written in the name of St Cyril of Jerusalem, although, Professor van den Broek says, it was probably written by someone else. - Full Article Source

03/15/13 - Guide to overcoming awkward situations
KeelyNet Essay by mentalist Derren Brown on how to overcome awkward situations.

How to handle aggressive situations

This is simply about not engaging with your aggressor at the level they expect. I was coming back from a hotel at about 3am one night and there was a guy in the street with his girlfriend. He was really drunk, clearly looking for a fight and he started kicking off at me. I had a routine ready in my head for this sort of situation and it worked a treat on this occasion. He asked me that typical aggressive rhetorical question — “Do you want a fight?” You can’t say “yes” or “no” — you’ll get hit either way. So, I responded with, “The wall outside my house is four-feet high.”

I didn’t engage at the level he was expecting me to, so immediately he was on the back foot. He came back with, “What?” and I repeated my bizarre response.

I delivered the line in a completely matter-of-fact tone, as if he was the one who was missing something here. Suddenly, he was confused. All his adrenaline had dropped away, because I’d pulled the rug from under him. It’s the verbal version of a martial-arts technique called an ‘adrenaline dump’, whereby you get the person to relax before you hit them.

A punch will have much greater impact if the recipient’s guard is down. I stuck to this surreal conversational thread with my assailant, saying things like, “I lived in Spain for a while and the walls are really huge, but in this country they’re tiny.”

After a few of these exchanges, he just went, “Oh f*ck!” and broke down in tears. The guy had all this adrenaline and was on the point of really laying into me — I was seeing myself beaten to a bloody pulp — but these non-threatening nonsense statements broke that aggression down and he genuinely started crying.

I ended up sitting next to him on the kerb, comforting him. It’s the same with guys that come up and ask to “have a look at your phone”, and you end up handing over your stuff and hating yourself for doing it — you can use the same approach. My PA had some stuff nicked in a Tube station recently, and I said to him, “If you’d just starting singing, they would have left you alone.”

Most of Brown's strategies involve behaving irrationally to disarm the other person. - Full Article Source

03/15/13 - Ohio Judge Rules Speed Cameras Are a Scam
"The Columbus Dispatch reports that southwestern Ohio Judge Robert Ruehlman has ordered a halt to a speeding-ticket blitz in a village that installed traffic cameras saying it's 'a scam' against motorists and blasting the cameras and the thousands of $105 citations that resulted.

'Elmwood Place is engaged in nothing more than a high-tech game of 3-Card Monty,' Ruehlman wrote. 'It is a scam that motorists can't win.' The village began using the cameras in September, resulting in 6,600 speeding citations in the first month, triple the population of the village of 2,188.

Optotraffic installed the Elmwood Place cameras and administered their use, in return for 40 percent of ticket revenue — which quickly topped $1 million.

But business owners and motorists struck back, charging in a lawsuit that the cameras hurt the village's image and said they were put into use without following Ohio law for public notice on new ordinances.

'This is the first time that a judge has said, "Enough is enough,"' said plaintiffs' attorney, Mike Allen, who called the ruling a victory for the common people. 'I think this nationally is a turning point.'" - Full Article Source

03/15/13 - Scientists Grow Replacement Human Teeth In Mouse Kidneys
"When an adult loses a tooth, there's no hope of growing a new one—unless you've got a mouse kidney handy. In a new study, researchers injected human gum tissue extracted during oral surgery into the molars of fetal mice.

After giving the cells a week to get used to each other, the scientists implanted the chimeric concoction into the protective tissue surrounding the kidneys of living mice.

There, 20% of the cells developed into objects recognizable as teeth, complete with the root structures missing from artificial tooth implants.

The next step is to transplant these so-called 'bio-teeth' back into human mouths and see if they grow into something that we can chew on—or rather, with." - Full Article Source

03/15/13 - Ancient Mars Could Have Supported Life
"NASA is announcing that analysis of a rock sample collected by the Curiosity rover shows ancient Mars could have supported living microbes.

Scientists identified sulfur, nitrogen, hydrogen, oxygen, phosphorus and carbon in the powder Curiosity drilled out of a sedimentary rock near an ancient stream bed in Gale Crater last month.

The announcement quotes Michael Meyer, lead scientist for NASA's Mars Exploration Program: 'A fundamental question for this mission is whether Mars could have supported a habitable environment. From what we know now, the answer is yes.'"

(We came from Mars. Man is the only warm blooded mammal on this planet without a penile or vestigial penile bone. Humans put in a dark room without outside light cues, over a 6 month period where they control the artificial lighting, will revert to a 25 hour cycle. Mars has a 25 hour day...our cells don't forget. - JWD) - Full Article Source

03/15/13 - Using Truth Serum To Confirm Insanity
"James Holmes representation did not enter a plea today in with regards to the Aurora, Co. Movie theater shooting so the Judge entered a plea of not guilty for James that could be changed at a later date by Holmes' attorney.

The judge entered an advisory that if the plea was changed to Not Guilty by insanity that Holmes would be subject to a 'narcoanalytic interview' with the possibility of medically appropriate substances could be used e.g. so called truth serums.

Holmes defense looks to have initially objected to this but as the previous article seems to infer that some compromises are being worked out. This certainly raises legal questions on how this is being played out 5th, 14th amendments.

The legal expert in the second article states this is legal under Co. law but admits there's not a huge amount of cases regarding this.

I was only able to find Harper v State where a defendant willingly underwent truth serum and wanted to submit the interview on his behalf but was rejected due to the judge not recognizing sufficient scientific basis to admit the evidence." - Full Article Source

03/15/13 - EU Car Makers Manipulating Fuel Efficiency Figures
"European car manufacturers are rigging fuel efficiency tests by stripping down car interiors, over inflating tyres, taping over panel gaps and generally cheating.

This overestimates the figures by 25% to 50%. One would have thought that a simple clause stating that cars have to be tested in the conditions that they are sold in would have been obvious?" - Full Article Source

03/15/13 - 1 In 3 Counties Dying Off, Aging Population, Weakened Local Economies
New 2012 census estimates released Thursday highlight the population shifts as the U.S. encounters its most sluggish growth levels since the Great Depression.

The findings also reflect the increasing economic importance of foreign-born residents as the U.S. ponders an overhaul of a major 1965 federal immigration law. Without new immigrants, many metropolitan areas such as New York, Chicago, Detroit, Pittsburgh and St. Louis would have posted flat or negative population growth in the last year.

"Immigrants are innovators, entrepreneurs, they're making things happen. They create jobs," said Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, a Republican, at an immigration conference in his state last week. Saying Michigan should be a top destination for legal immigrants to come and boost Detroit and other struggling areas, Snyder made a special appeal: "Please come here."

The growing attention on immigrants is coming mostly from areas of the Midwest and Northeast, which are seeing many of their residents leave after years of staying put during the downturn. With a slowly improving U.S. economy, young adults are now back on the move, departing traditional big cities to test the job market mostly in the South and West, which had sustained the biggest hits in the housing bust.

Johnson said the number of dying counties is rising not only because of fewer births but also increasing mortality as 70 million baby boomers born between 1946 and 1964 move into their older years. "I expect natural decrease to remain high in the future," he said.

Among the 20 fastest-growing large metropolitan areas last year, 16 grew faster than in 2011 and most of them are located in previously growing parts of the Sun Belt or Mountain West. Among the slowest-growing or declining metropolitan areas, most are now doing worse than in 2011 and they are all located in the Northeast and Midwest.

Exurbs, the far-flung suburbs on the edge of metropolitan areas, continue to see their growth fizzle after their heady days during the housing boom. Growth dipped last year to 0.35 percent, the lowest in more than a decade. In 2006, exurban growth was as high as 2.1 percent.

Roughly 46 percent of rural counties just beyond the edge of metropolitan areas experienced natural decrease, compared to 17 percent of urban counties. - Full Article Source

03/15/13 - Apple spitting nails over unstoppable Android
It's natural for Apple to feel insecure at this time in its life. There is much speculation as to whether or not Apple can continue to be a top tech competitor, and Samsung is on an upward trajectory.

As of January, Samsung Galaxy phones had outsold iPhones for an entire year, and like iPhones of yore, the Galaxy S4 has been feverishly followed and anticipated by Samsung fans.

Also on the rise is Google, the company that wrote Android. Its stock climbed to a new high in March as the tech press gawked over Google Glass, the company's computerized glasses to be released in 2013, while Apple's stock hit a one-year low on the same day. - Full Article Source

03/15/13 - Woman scorned
Last weekend, an unnamed Canadian woman took to Craiglist to advertise a "Lying Cheating Sale" -- essentially, a garage sale in which she planned to sell all of her unfaithful husband's belongings. - Full Article Source



03/15/13 - After Ever After - DISNEY Parody
Very well crafted video on youtube with cutting humor. - Full Article Source


03/15/13 - Your Brain Scans Show Who You're Thinking About
Recently, scientists have used brain scans to decode imagery directly from the brain, such as what number people have just seen and what memory a person is recalling.

They can now even reconstruct videos of what a person has watched based on their brain activity alone. Cornell University cognitive neuroscientist Nathan Spreng and his colleagues wanted to carry this research one step further by seeing if they could deduce the mental pictures of people that subjects conjure up in their heads.

Rsearchers then scanned volunteers’ brains using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), which measures brain activity by detecting changes in blood flow. During the scans, the investigators asked participants to predict how each of the four fictitious people might behave in a variety of scenarios — for instance, if they were at a bar and someone else spilled a drink, or if they saw a homeless veteran asking for change.

“Humans are social creatures, and the social world is a complex place,” Spreng says. “A key aspect to navigating the social world is how we represent others.”

The scientists discovered that each of the four personalities were linked to unique patterns of brain activity in a part of the organ known as the medial prefrontal cortex. In other words, researchers could tell whom their volunteers were thinking about.

“This is the first study to show that we can decode what people are imagining,” Spreng says.

“The scope of this is incredible when you think of all the people you meet over the course of your life and are able to remember. Each one probably has its own unique representation in the brain,” Spreng says. “This representation can be modified as we share experiences and learn more about each other, and plays into how we imagine future events with others unfolding.” - Full Article Source

03/15/13 - Everything comes...to he who Waits
Spoken by a bad guy, but the cliche remains true... - Full Article Source


03/15/13 - Forecast Dims for Future Growth in Wind Power
Even though total wind power capacity grew by 30 percent last year, with 13,000 megawatts in new wind turbines, the actual portion of our electricity coming from wind energy did not increase proportionally. Also, the forecast for future growth in the next few years is not robust, which means wind power will not keep up with the faster growing use of natural gas.

According to newly released data from the Energy Information Administration, about 140 terrawatt-hours of our electricity — enough to power over 12 million homes — came from wind power last year, up about 17 percent from 2011. But overall, wind power contributed only about 3.5 percent of all the electricity generated in the U.S. last year, up from 2.9 percent of the share in 2011.

For perspective, that number pales when compared to the blistering growth of natural gas, which produced 10 times more new electricity last year than wind power. In 2012, nearly a third of our electricity came from natural gas, which was a 21 percent increase from 2011.

In addition, there is reason to believe 2012’s record growth in wind energy capacity isn’t something we’re going to see again soon.

Last year, developers rushed to build new wind power capacity largely because a federal tax credit was set to expire at the end of the year. That credit gave wind farm operators a rebate for each kilowatt-hour of electricity generated via wind power.

That rebate helped keep the price of wind power competitive with more traditional forms of electricity, but in order to qualify, those wind farms needed to be constructed before Dec. 31, 2012. The future of that tax credit remained uncertain throughout last year, so developers rushed to complete as many projects as they could. The cumulative effect created more new wind power than ever before.

As it turns out, the tax credit was renewed for another year as part of the “fiscal cliff package,” but there aren’t many new projects in the pipeline and 2013 is likely to be slow for the wind industry. - Full Article Source

03/15/13 - California Seizes Guns as Owners Lose Right to Keep Arms
Wearing bulletproof vests and carrying 40-caliber Glock pistols, nine California (STOCA1) Justice Department agents assembled outside a ranch-style house in a suburb east of Los Angeles. They were looking for a gun owner who’d recently spent two days in a mental hospital.

They knocked on the door and asked to come in. About 45 minutes later, they came away peacefully with three firearms.

California is the only state that tracks and disarms people with legally registered guns who have lost the right to own them, according to Attorney General Kamala Harris.

Almost 20,000 gun owners in the state are prohibited from possessing firearms, including convicted felons, those under a domestic violence restraining order or deemed mentally unstable.

Merely being in a database of registered gun owners and having a “disqualifying event,” such as a felony conviction or restraining order, isn’t sufficient evidence for a search warrant, Marsh said March 5 during raids in San Bernardino County. So the agents often must talk their way into a residence to look for weapons, he said. - Full Article Source

KeelyNet

03/08/13 - Zero-point Energy Emission from Gases Flowing Through Casimir Cavities
KeelyNet Olga Dmitriyeva and Garret Model

Abstract: A recently issued patent [1] describes a method by which vacuum energy is extracted from gas flowing through a Casimir cavity. According to stochastic electrodynamics, the electronic orbitals in atoms are supported by the ambient zero-point (ZP) field.

When the gas atoms are pumped into a Casimir cavity, where long-wavelength ZP field modes are excluded, the electrons spin down into lower energy orbitals and release energy in the process. This energy is collected in a local absorber.

When the electrons exit the Casimir cavity they are re-energized to their original orbitals by the ambient ZP fields.

The process is repeated to produce continuous power. In this way, the device functions like a heat pump for ZP energy, extracting it globally from the electromagnetic quantum vacuum and collecting it in a local absorber. This energy can be used for heating, or converted to electric power.

We carried out a series of experiments to test whether energy is, in fact, radiated from Casimir cavities when the appropriate gas flows through them.

The Casimir cavity devices we tested were nanopore polycarbonate membranes with submicron pores having a density of 3x10^8 pores/cm^2. Gas was pumped through the membranes in a stainless steel vacuum system, and emitted energy was measured using a broadband pyroelectric detector and lock-in amplifier.

Emission in the infrared was clearly observed. We analyzed the emission from different gases and cavities to determine its origin. None of the conventional thermodynamic models we applied to our data fully explain it, leaving open the possibility that it is due to Casimir-cavity-induced emission from ZP fields.

Link to pdf: Test of Zero-point Energy Emission from Gases Flowing Through Casimir Cavities - via zpenergy.com - Full Article Source

03/08/13 - Latest ZPE Paper Just Published in Scribd.com
A paper describing how the Zero Point Energy Field can cause matter and antimatter to be created from the quantum vacuum has just been published in Scribd.com.

The title is "Zero Point Field Induced e+e- Pair Creation for Energy Production". The paper describes that if a specific condition can be "Engineered" in the zero point field (a strong virtual electric field), then virtual electron positron pairs can precipitate from the quantum vacuum as real particles.

As the matter-antimatter pairs annihilate, they create real photons which can be used as real energy. The paper describes a calculation in which 1 megawatt per cubic meter can be created from the quatum foam of virtual particles (Dirac Sea).

The idea of strong electric fields causing virtual particles to appear from "out of nothing" is not new. Schwinger predicted this in 1951. The new ZPE paper can be found here: Link to Paper

Abstract: It has recently been demonstrated that strong electric fields induce e+e- pair production. An isolated monochromatic zero-point field although stochastic in nature, has pockets of organized photons which may mimic strong transient electric fields.

These pockets of strong “virtual” fields manifest themselves at predictable rates. The resulting pair production/annihilation rate is used to calculate an energy production rate based on the pair annihilation energy.

Energy production rates on the order of MW/m3 should result from isolating a zero-point field in the 10-12 to 10-15 m region of the zero-point spectrum.

(via zpenergy.com and you might be interested in this old Keelynet file, Annihilation of Energy to produce Over-Unity - JWD) - Full Article Source

03/08/13 - Excellent paper on Walter Russells theories
Check out this pdf of the Amesbury report on the work of Walter Russell versus orthodox science. - Full Article Source

03/08/13 - Life Alarm - "I've Fallen and I Can't Get Up" Parody
Don't let illness or an accident leave you alone without help. With Life Alarm, simply press a button and call out for help. Emergency services will be on call to come to your aid. But what happens while you wait for help? Other devices leave you helpless and bored. But not Life Alarm! - Full Article Source


03/08/13 - Salt Linked To Autoimmune Diseases
"The incidence of autoimmune diseases, such as multiple sclerosis and type 1 diabetes, has spiked in developed countries in recent decades.

In three studies published today, researchers describe the molecular pathways that can lead to autoimmune disease and identify one possible culprit that has been right under our noses — and on our tables — the entire time: salt.

Some forms of autoimmunity have been linked to overproduction of TH17 cells, a type of helper T cell that produces an inflammatory protein called interleukin-17.

Now scientists have found sodium chloride turns on the production of these cells (abstract). They also showed that in a mouse model of multiple sclerosis, a high-salt diet accelerated the disease's progression (abstract)." - Full Article Source

03/08/13 - Indiegogo - Robochek project will also help fund AltSci projects
KeelyNet Robochek is a service which makes up to 3 contact attempts per day to make sure our subscribers are ok. If they don't answer, Robochek emails & calls for help.

About Robochek - After hearing of and knowing several people (Mexicans and expats) who have been found dead in their homes because they live alone, I decided to do something about it. All of these people had friends and some family who cared for them, yet these friends and family just didn't have the time to check on them daily.

Potential end result of living alone: something happens to them and they are sometimes found dead, often for many days before being discovered.

Over a period of 8 months, I designed and built Robochek, as a website where people could subscribe to a semi-automatic service which would check up on them daily. I have two copyrights and applied for a patent on the system.

Unfortunately, before I could complete my system and make it operational, my spleen became enlarged to the size of a football due to chemical poisoning from working in photolabs for 25 years, causing near terminal anemia.

Sadly, this sapped my funds to near destitute level so I haven't been able to complete Robochek to get it fully online and to pay for automating it. But I'm all healed up now and working hard to activate and energize Robochek to make it work on several levels. My second chance for life so I want to make the most of it. But, I need your help to bring Robochek to LIFE!

I feel Robochek is a necessary service which needs to be completed as it could save many lives and assuage the concerns of family and friends for those who live alone.

I have now designed both a smartphone app (Robochek Personal) and improved on the original online subscription service (Robochek Online) which could save many lives, including your own. I have used computers since mainframe days and written various programs and websites over the years (among many other things), including designing and coding the online Robochek life checkup service.

Robochek is a subscription service which does a daily checkup to make sure our subscribers are ok. All Robochek subscribers need do is reply to up to 3 contact attempts, using email, sms text and/or home or cellphone. When they respond to just one of the contact attempts, Robochek will not bother them again that day.

If they fail to respond for whatever reason (accident, hospital, fallen, sick, kidnapped, you name it), Robochek automatically sends an email and voice message to each of their two chosen, willing emergency contacts, informing them their friend has not responded and might need assistance and asking if they could please check on them?

Sure there is another service out there from the famous, "I've fallen and can't get up" parodies, but it requires you be near a button to call for help. That service is for those in frail health, whether mentally and/or physically.

Whereas Robochek is unique since it is designed for the more mobile people and is 'locale independent'. Robochek works for you anywhere you have access to your cellphone or to email. So you aren't stuck at home for safety.

KeelyNet This is your opportunity to not only save many lives through Robochek, but also to help Robochek fund new projects that could radically change the landscape of science research and help create new industries, thus jobs, in America today, and hopefully in the world tomorrow. (See Easter Egg for some idea of what you will be helping Robochek to spawn.)

Please help by spreading this Robochek Indigogo project around so we can be fully funded and make Robochek takeoff bigtime! - THANKS! - JWD) - Full Article Source

Income from Robochek will fund Alt Science projects


03/08/13 - Do Kiosks and IVRs Threaten Human Interaction?
"According to research by the Hyatt Hotel group, one third of customers are already checking in at self-service kiosks in their hotel lobbies, eschewing the traditional route of the receptionist.

This is indicative of a wider trend according to voice recognition experts Nuance who believe we simply never want to talk to a real human again, preferring the clipped, efficient tones of its Nina virtual assistant.

Expanding this from mobile to now include the web means we could soon be living in a world where speaking to a real live human is the exception rather than the rule."

Play Robochek Daily voice call (with IVR) to Subscriber

When things go smoothly, I prefer the automated versions of many things (airport check-in, ordering products to arrive by mail, depositing a check); it's when things go wrong that voice menus and web sites just seem to make simple problems into complicated ones. - Full Article Source

03/08/13 - Oddities of Physics (Oct, 1937) - Water height 26 feet

KeelyNet

Theoretically, the pressure of the atmosphere will raise water about 32 feet when a vacuum is established inside the pump lift pipe, but due to losses in the valves, etc., about 26 feet is a good working limit.

An interesting every-day problem concerns cars fitted with a vacuum-tank system for 'sucking' gas from the tank at the rear.

These sometimes get out of order, or leak, or they may have been drained while making repairs on the car.

A trick worth remembering is that gas may be forced up into the vacuum tank by exerting air pressure on the pipe where the tank is ordinarily filled, as shown in Fig 21. - Full Article Source

03/08/13 - Snake bites: 5 million victims per year and the electric cure
KeelyNet According to the latest statistics from the World Health organization, around five million people are bitten by snakes every year, causing millions of envenomations, hundreds of thousands of amputations and deaths. The WHO issues some tips on what to do if bitten and how to avoid a bite.

Only around 600 of the 3,400 species of snake are venomous. From the Proto-Indo-European word for "To creep, To crawl" sneg-o; from the Greek "erpo", meaning "I crawl" we have the creepy-crawlie "snake" or "serpent" of today, the habitual resident of mythological stories since writing began.

The WHO has issued a document on animal bites (Animal Bites: A Major health problem) in which it reveals shocking statistics about the snake: around five million bites a year, 2.4 million envenomations (poisonous bites), between c. 95,000 to 120,000 deaths, 400,000 amputations or other serious health factors.

More prevalent in Africa and South-East Asia, snake bites occur precisely in the areas where access to healthcare is more difficult, namely remote rural areas, where agricultural workers or their families are the highest risk group, using non-mechanical farming tools and often walking barefoot.

A mistake people make, according to the WHO, is to use a tourniquet or to cut the bite. The Organization suggests instead immobilizing the affected part of the body and sterilizing the wound, getting the patient to a medical facility as soon as possible, and here, the facility should have stocks of antivenom from the species of snake endemic in the area.

Prevention stems around wearing protective clothing and removing piles of wood or grass where snakes reside.

(Venoms are complex molecules so when zapped with high voltage they are disrupted and lose their toxic properties. Works on snakebites and insect bites. I've used it on scorpion bites here in central Mexico with great success. No shots, pain goes away, etc.. See this old Keelynet file on Snakebite Cure - JWD) - Full Article Source

03/08/13 - Scientists Transplant Functional Eyes On the Tails of Tadpoles
KeelyNet "Using embryos from the African clawed frog (Xenopus), scientists at Tufts' Center for Regenerative and Developmental Biology were able to transplant eye primordia—basically, the little nubs of flesh that will eventually grow into an eye—from one tadpole's head to another's posterior, flank, or tail....

Amazingly, a statistically significant portion of the transplanted one-eyes could not only detect LED changes, but they showed learning behavior when confronted with electric shock."

(Oh, the possibilities with this, we only THINK we've seen FREAKS before. - JWD) - Full Article Source

Warning, some explicit language


03/08/13 - Finally, a machine that makes cheap 3D printer filament
KeelyNet If there’s one problem with the RepRap, it’s the cost of filament. Sure, there’s also the computationally difficult problem of slicing 3D models, but a 5 to 10 times markup on turning plastic pellets into filament is the biggest problem.

It’s even a bigger problem than the problems of compatibility and interchangeable parts that comes with everyone forking a ‘standard’ printer design dozens of times. The cost of filament, though, is the biggest problem, right up there with RepRap developers focusing nearly entirely on different printer designs instead of the software, firmware, and electronics that are also vitally important to the RepRap project.

Nearly a year ago, we caught wind of a competition to create a home-based filament manufacturing station that takes cheap plastic pellets available for about $5/kg and turns them in to 3D printer filament that usually sells for $50/kg. A winner for this competion has finally been announced. The winner, [Hugh Lyman] just won $40,000 for his home filament creation station, the Lyman Filament Extruder.

The goal of the Desktop Factory Competition was to create a machine that produces filament suitable for 3D printers with a total build cost of under $250 USD. [Lyman] met the goal by using a few motors, 3D printed parts, a PID controller, and off the shelf auger drill bit (that’s the actual model and supplier he used, by the way) that is able to reliably churn out plastic filament.

If you want to build your own Lyman Extruder, all the plans are up on Thingiverse, but LulzBot, the awesome people who gave us a 3D printer, hope to sell a pre-assembled version of this extruder sometime in the future, hopefully with a chain guard around that sprocket. - Full Article Source

03/08/13 - Researchers Describe First 'Functional HIV Cure' In an Infant
"A baby born with the AIDS virus two years ago in Mississippi who was put on antiretroviral therapy within hours of birth appears to have been cured of the infection, researchers said Sunday at a scientific conference in Atlanta.

Whether the cure is complete and permanent, or only partial and long-lasting, is not certain.

Either way, the highly unusual case raises hope for the more than 300,000 babies born with the infection around the world each year." - Full Article Source

03/08/13 - Biking Is Not Earth Friendly Because Breathing Produces CO2
"The fact that Rep Ed Orcutt (R — WA) wants to tax bicycle use is not extraordinary. The representative's irrational conviction is.

SeattleBikeBlog has confirmed reports that Orcutt does not feel bicycling is environmentally friendly because the activity causes cyclists to have 'an increased heart rate and respiration.'

When they contacted him he clarified that 'You would be giving off more CO2 if you are riding a bike than driving in a car...' Cascade blog has posted the full exchange between Rep Ed Orcutt and a citizen concerned about the new tax." - Full Article Source

03/08/13 - Beating Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle
KeelyNet "Science Daily Headlines reports that researchers have applied a recently developed technique to directly measure the polarization states of light overcoming some important challenges of Heisenberg's famous Uncertainty Principle and demonstrating that it is possible to measure key related variables, known as 'conjugate' variables, of a quantum particle or state directly.

Such direct measurements of the wave-function had long seemed impossible because of a key tenet of the uncertainty principle — the idea that certain properties of a quantum system could be known only poorly if certain other related properties were known with precision.

'The reason it wasn't thought possible to measure two conjugate variables directly was because measuring one would destroy the wave-function before the other one could be measured,' says co-author Jonathan Leach.

The direct measurement technique employs a 'trick' to measure the first property in such a way that the system is not disturbed significantly and information about the second property can still be obtained. This careful measurement relies on the 'weak measurement' of the first property followed by a 'strong measurement' of the second property.

First described 25 years ago, weak measurement requires that the coupling between the system and what is used to measure it be, as its name suggests, 'weak,' which means that the system is barely disturbed in the measurement process.

The downside of this type of measurement is that a single measurement only provides a small amount of information, and to get an accurate readout, the process has to be repeated multiple times and the average taken.

Researchers passed polarized light through two crystals of differing thicknesses: the first, a very thin crystal that 'weakly' measures the horizontal and vertical polarization state; the second, a much thicker crystal that 'strongly' measures the diagonal and anti-diagonal polarization state.

As the first measurement was performed weakly, the system is not significantly disturbed, and therefore, information gained from the second measurement was still valid.

This process is repeated several times to build up accurate statistics. Putting all of this together gives a full, direct characterization of the polarization states of the light." - Full Article Source

03/08/13 - AirBurr UAV Navigates By Crashing Into Things
"If you've ever watched a fly trying to find its way around a house, you might have noticed that it didn't take a particularly graceful approach – it probably bounced off a lot of windows and walls, until by process of elimination, it found a route that was clear.

Well, researchers at Switzerland's EPFL Laboratory of Intelligent Systems are taking that same approach with the latest version of their autonomous AirBurr UAV – it's built to run into things, in order to map and navigate its environment."

When the UAV does get knocked down, it’s able to right itself by extending four retractable carbon fiber legs from its sides. Once the spring-loaded legs have propped it back up, it can take off again and resume its flight.

One of the things that’s new this time around, however, is its ability to learn from its crashes. By analyzing the position and force of its collisions, the AirBurr is able to gradually map out its surroundings, establishing where the various boundaries lie – it’s not unlike the random direction algorithm-based systems used by robotic vacuum cleaners, to learn the layout of the floor around them.

The UAV’s onboard sensors consist of just four photodiodes, to help when seeking out light sources. While a wider variety of sensors and accompanying algorithms might lessen its tendency to crash, they would also make the aircraft much more complex and thus expensive. Additionally, using its existing bump-and-crash method, the UAV has no problem navigating pitch-dark environments.

(Shouldn't they liken this more to a bumblebee? And it seems like it could run out of power after many crashes, then what, your target has a new toy? - JWD) - Full Article Source


03/08/13 - UC Davis Study Concludes H-1B Workers Neither Best Nor Brightest
"American companies are demanding more H-1B visas to ensure access to the best and brightest workforce, and outside the U.S. are similar claims of an IT worker shortage.

Last month, European Commission VP Neelie Kroes bemoaned the growing digital skills gap that threatens European competitiveness. But a new study finds that imported IT talent is often less talented than U.S. workers.

Critics of the H-1B program see it as a way for companies to keep IT wages low, to discriminate against experienced U.S. workers, and to avoid labor law obligations.

In his examination of the presumed correlation between talent and salary, researcher Norman Matloff observes that Microsoft has been exaggerating how much it pays foreign workers.

Citing past claims by the company that it pays foreign workers '$100,000 a year to start,' Matloff says the data shows that only 18% of workers with software engineering titles sponsored for green cards by Microsoft between 2006 and 2011 had salaries at or above $100,000." - Full Article Source

03/08/13 - The Wall That Knows If You're a Criminal
KeelyNet "A German company called Dermalog is showing off a wall-sized transparent display that can tell a person's age, mood and criminal intent simply by scanning their face.

The system displays data about the user next to their face, and is a demonstration of a fraud-prevention system that matches criminal intent to certain characteristics. PC Pro's tester wasn't overly impressed.

'If the face was a good enough indicator of mood then it should have tagged me as "freaked out on business technological ennui," not simply "happy", and no police force would accept a description of someone as "aged between 45 and 75 — that's the gap between Daniel Craig and Jack Nicholson.'"

The floating text beside that torrent of faces which you probably can’t read is what shows the ability of the system. Having spotted a face, the system tags it with a gender, an age estimate, and a mood.

Charmingly, it recognised me as a male but then pegged me as “60, +/- 15 years, happy”, which is technically correct but painfully unflattering. The idea of the system is that fraudsters will very likely not be happy, and may otherwise be characterised by predominating flags that help to narrow down their intentions.

I’m not sure which aspect of this worries me more: that the time-to-acquire for a new face drifting into the webcam field was down in the sub-second level, or that the value of the system is touted as being a predictor of behaviours, a better detector of true intent than all the Columbos, Crackers, Wexfords and Marples rolled together.

“The innocent have nothing to fear” is all well and good, while prediction takes a back set to actual criminal acts, but “he looks just the sort” is the favoured excuse for all manner of presumptuous, and baseless, totalitarianism. - Full Article Source

03/08/13 - Protecting the Solar System From Contamination
"An article at PBS begins, 'Imagine this crazy scenario: A space vehicle we've sent to a distant planet to search for life touches down in an icy area.

The heat from the spacecraft's internal power system warms the ice, and water forms below the landing gear of the craft. And on the landing gear is something found on every surface on planet Earth... bacteria. Lots of them.

If those spore-forming bacteria found themselves in a moist environment with a temperature range they could tolerate, they might just make themselves at home and thrive and then, well... the extraterrestrial life that we'd been searching for might just turn out to be Earth life we introduced.'

The article goes on to talk about NASA's efforts to prevent situations like this. It's a job for the Office of Planetary Protection.

They give some examples, including the procedure for sterilizing the Curiosity Rover: 'Pieces of equipment that could tolerate high heat were subjected to temperatures of 230 to 295 degrees Fahrenheit for up to 144 hours. And surfaces were wiped down with alcohol and tested regularly.'" - Full Article Source

03/08/13 - So Sheldon!
KeelyNet "It's been said that social graces may be just as important as intelligence and engineering prowess to success as an astrophysicist or computer engineer.

But how do you take someone who's grown up in the world of pocket protectors and get them thinking about suits, bow ties and the proper way to hold a wine glass.

Now Jennifer Lawinski reports that MIT's Charm School just celebrated its 20th birthday with classes in alcohol and gym etiquette, how to dress for work and how to visit a contemporary art museum.

'We're giving our students the tools to be productive members of society, to be the whole package,' says Alana Hamlett. 'It gets them thinking about who they are and what their impact and effect is, whether they're working on a team in an engineering company, or in a small group on a project, or interviewing for a job.'

At this year's Charm School students were free to drop in and participate in any of the 20-minute mini-courses being offered that day and students who participated in 10 of the mini-courses were awarded doctorates of charm.

Computational biology graduate student Asa Adadey said the free meal was a draw and said he learned in one mini-course not to cut up all his meat at once before eating it. 'Who knows? Down the line I may find myself at a formal dinner.'" - Full Article Source

03/08/13 - Using Google To Help Predict Side Effects of Mixing Drugs
"Pharmaceuticals often have side effects that go unnoticed until they're already available to the public. Doctors and even the FDA have a hard time predicting what drug combinations will lead to serious problems.

But thanks to people scouring the web for the side effects of the drugs they're taking, researchers have now shown that Google and other search engines can be mined for dangerous drug combinations.

In a new study, scientists tried the approach out on predicting hypoglycemia, or low blood sugar.

They found that the data-mining procedure correctly predicted whether a drug combo did or did not cause hypoglycemia about 81% of the time." - Full Article Source

03/08/13 - Texas Bills Would Bar Warrantless Snooping On Phone Location
"The Supreme Court may have approved the warrantless wiretapping of American citizens for just about forever, but the good old state of Texas isn't going to take that lying down.

Texas lawmakers don't believe that cell phone location data is fair game for law enforcement, and a couple identical bills filed in Texas's House and Senate would provide sweeping protections for private cell users." - Full Article Source

03/08/13 - Spaceport Development Picks Up Steam In Texas
KeelyNet "The Lone Star State is moving to become a leader in spaceport development. The Houston Airport System is officially moving ahead with plans to turn Ellington Airport, near NASA's Johnson Space Center, into an FAA-licensed commercial spaceport.

The airport system has completed a feasibility study for turning the field into a spaceport for suborbital spacecraft such as Virgin Galactic's SpaceShip Two and XCOR's Lynx.

In the longer term, spacecraft could link Houston to Singapore in as little as three hours, according to airport system director Mario Diaz.

Meanwhile, state Representative Rene Oliveira (D-Brownsville) introduced a bill that would allow county commissioners to close a local beach for launches from the proposed SpaceX launch site in Cameron County. The bill is part of a flood of spaceport-related legislation that has been introduced recently in the Texas legislature." - Full Article Source

03/08/13 - Funding Alternative Science
KeelyNet Please check out the Indiegogo Robochek Project. The idea is to get Robochek Online up and running, with thousands or more subscribers...if we can get just 1% of AARP +40 million members, thats $10,000,000 a month with half going for call services.

And to sell the Robocheck Personal apps...the programmers say my program is unique and should sell a million or more.

I have registered copyrights and a patent app on all of it, but last year my health screwed and it broke me financially so I couldn't get it all going back then. But all better PHYSICALLY, just broke financially so why not ask for help?

The point here is to use the majority of Robochek income to fund not only my lab projects but to be able to send out $10,000 up to $50,000 as taxfree gifts to other maverick experimenters to use to build their own projects.

They own it completely and if they do good with the money, they can ask for more 6 months or year later.

I think it could help fund hundreds of new projects and ideas to get many new discoveries and inventions out to the world...

No strings...no games, no fraud, just take the check and do good with it.

Not like government or big companies investing BILLIONS in one project that never works, like Hot Fusion.

If we want to change the world in positive ways, its not up to governments but UP TO US!

The programmers want $4700 to build my Android App (with maintenance) and I'm asking $50,000 (using flexible funding) for my Indiegogo project which will let me;

1) pay for a Robochek Personal iphone AND an android app to sell for $1.99 per download
2) pay to redo my http://www.robochek.com page
3) pay to automate Robochek Online control software which I wrote
4) pay for massive advertising

So, Robochek has two attractions...to know your participation and sponsorship to get it all up and running, could save MANY LIVES...and for US (yes, you folks), income from Robochek could help a lot of folks pursue all those ideas and projects they want but don't have the money or time to do. - Full Article Source


03/08/13 - Rage and Rant for 50 cents a minute
For those feeling down in the dumps, getting someone to listen to your problems may not require shelling out serious cash.

Calvin McCraw, a homeless Oklahoma man, invites passersby to vent about their problems for the small fee of 50 cents per minute, KFOR reports. He holds a sign that reads: “ANGRY?! FRUSTRATED? SCREAM-AT-A-BUM 50 cents/MIN.”

The panhandler told the news outlet that he gets all sorts of requests from disgruntled donors. One woman went so far as to take a picture of herself choking McCraw. - Full Article Source

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03/08/13 - Why sex is a 'better headache cure
A team of neurologists found that sexual activity can lead to “partial or complete relief” of head pain in some migraines.

The study, from the University of Munster, Germany, suggests that instead of using a sore head as an excuse to refuse sex, making love can be more effective than taking painkillers.

Their research, reported in Cephalalgia, the journal of the International Headache Society, found that more than half of migraine sufferers who had sex during an episode experienced an improvement in symptoms.

One in five patients left without any pain at all, while others, in particular male sufferers “even used sexual activity as a therapeutic tool”, they added.

They suggested that sex triggered the release of endorphins, the body’s natural painkillers, through the central nervous system, which can in turn reduce, or even eliminate, a headache. - Full Article Source

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03/03/13 - Battery breakthrough could charge your smartphone in 5 SECONDS
Called micro-scale graphene-based supercapacitors, the devices can charge and discharge a hundred to a thousand times faster than standard batteries.

Made from a one-atom–thick layer of carbon, can be easily manufactured and readily integrated into gadgets - and could even lead to far smaller phones.

To develop their new micro-supercapacitor, the researchers used a two-dimensional sheet of carbon, known as graphene, which only has the thickness of a single atom in the third dimension.

The team also found a way to produce the new batteries easily - using a standard DVD burner. 'Traditional methods for the fabrication of micro-supercapacitors involve labor-intensive lithographic techniques that have proven difficult for building cost-effective devices, thus limiting their commercial application,' El-Kady said.

'Instead, we used a consumer-grade LightScribe DVD burner to produce graphene micro-supercapacitors over large areas at a fraction of the cost of traditional devices.

'Using this technique, we have been able to produce more than 100 micro-supercapacitors on a single disc in less than 30 minutes, using inexpensive materials.'

For a supercapacitor battery to be effective, two separated electrodes have to be positioned so that the available surface area between them is maximized. This allows the supercapacitor to store a greater charge.

In their new design, the researchers placed the electrodes side by side using an interdigitated pattern, akin to interwoven fingers.

This helped to maximize the accessible surface area available for each of the two electrodes while also reducing the path over which ions in the electrolyte would need to diffuse.

As a result, the new supercapacitors have more charge capacity and rate capability than their stacked counterparts.

The researchers say people could even make the technology at home.

'The process is straightforward, cost-effective and can be done at home,' El-Kady said. 'One only needs a DVD burner and graphite oxide dispersion in water, which is commercially available at a moderate cost.' - Full Article Source

03/03/13 - Science Channel's 'Are We Alone?' - ET Confrontation With Earthlings
How would the human race survive an encounter with an unknown civilization from another world? Even President Ronald Reagan, speaking at the United Nations in 1988, suggested that the countries of Earth would unite over an impending confrontation with an invading species from outer space.

The Science Channel is about to unleash a month-long series of special programs all aimed at trying to answer the provocative question that Mankind has always wondered about: "Are We Alone?"

Beginning March 5, four world premiere episodes will feature scientists hunting for alien life, including how humans may respond to a scenario of ETs coming to Earth.

"One idea is that these aliens have left their home world and they're out looking around," according to Hakeem Oluseyi, professor of physics and space sciences at Florida Institute of Technology.

Oluseyi is featured in the Science Channel's first two episodes of "Are We Alone?" in which an alien invasion and its aftermath are depicted. He told The Huffington Post that an alien civilization that has embarked on a very long journey from their world to ours may do it for one of two reasons.

"One reason is they had to leave their home world. The recent Russian meteorite taught us that in order for a species to continue indefinitely into the future, it must develop the ability to leave its home planet. Planets and stars are temporary physical entities and there's a small window of time for any individual planetary surface to harbor life."

Oluseyi suggests the other reason why ETs may come here is because "they're just like us. What I mean by that is that they are intelligent -- they want to find other life and civilizations -- and that would be worth the cost. I think something like that would be a very well planned event." - Full Article Source


03/03/13 - Will 3D printing change the world?
Much attention has been paid to 3D Printing lately, with new companies developing cheaper and more efficient consumer models that have wowed the tech community.

They herald 3D Printing as a revolutionary and disruptive technology, but how will these printers truly affect our society?

Beyond an initial novelty, 3D Printing could have a game-changing impact on consumer culture, copyright and patent law, and even the very concept of scarcity on which our economy is based.

From at-home repairs to new businesses, from medical to ecological developments, 3D Printing has an undeniably wide range of possibilities which could profoundly change our world. - Full Article Source


03/03/13 - 3-D Printed Car Nears Production
KeelyNet 3-D Printed Car Is as Strong as Steel, Half the Weight, and Nearing Production.

"An article at Wired shows just how close we are to a 3-D printed car. Jim Kor's 'Urbee 2' design is a lightweight teardrop shape with three wheels.

The engine, chassis, and wheels aren't printed, of course, but much of the car is formed layer-by-layer out of ABS plastic.

It takes about 2,500 hours of printer time to create the whole thing. Assembly is easier, though, since many different parts can be consolidated into just a few. 'To negotiate the inevitable obstacles presented by a potentially incredulous NHSTA and DOT, the answer is easy.

"In many states and many countries, Urbee will be technically registered as a motorcycle," Kor says. It makes sense. With three wheels and a curb weight of less than 1,200 pounds, it's more motorcycle than passenger car.

No matter what, the bumpers will be just as strong as their sheet-metal equivalents. "We're planning on making a matrix that will be stronger than FDM," says Kor.

He admits that yes, "There is a danger in breaking one piece and have to recreate the whole thing." The safety decisions that'll determine the car's construction lie ahead.

Kor and his team have been tweaking the safety by using crash simulation software, but the full spectrum of testing will have to wait for an influx of investment cash.'"

Kor already has 14 orders, mostly from people who worked on the design with him. The original Urbee prototype was estimated to cost around $50,000. - Full Article Source

03/03/13 - Army deploying mobile 3d printing labs
The ability to rapidly evolve solutions from conception to implementation has become a reality with the Expeditionary Lab Mobile (ELM). The 20-foot container comes equipped with 3D printers, computer-assisted milling machines, and laser, plasma, and water cutters, along with common tools like saws and welding gear. Parts can be made of plastic, steel, and aluminum.

With a generator, heating and cooling systems, and satellite communications all manned by two specially trained engineers, the 10-ton ELM is effectively a digital fabrication workshop in a box.

When an ELM is on site, soldiers can dialogue with engineers about solutions to a particular problem and discuss potential designs. Through this collaborative process, the engineers can fabricate the parts so that soldiers can immediately test the designs and provide valuable feedback.

One example of how the ELM proved useful involved a flashlight with a raised power button that could accidentally be turned on, which could give away a position or just cause the batteries to wear down. The problem was fixed by fabricating a clip-on guard over the end of the flashlight, avoiding what would have been a lengthy procedure to decommission and replace the flashlight. - Full Article Source


03/03/13 - 'Download This Gun' — 3-D Printed Gun Reliable Up To 600 Rounds
"We've talked previously about Texan gunsmith Cody Wilson's efforts to create 3-D-printable parts for firearms. He has a printed magazine that can withstand normal operation for quite a while.

But he's also been working on building parts of the gun itself. An early version of a 3-D printed 'lower receiver' — the part of the gun holding the operating parts — failed after firing just 6 rounds. Now, a new video posted by Wilson's organization shows their design has improved enough to withstand over 600 rounds.

Plus, their test only ended because they used up their ammunition; they say the receiver could have easily withstood a thousand rounds or more. Speaking to Ars, Wilson gave some insight into his reasoning behind this creation with regard to gun laws. 'I believe in evading and disintermediating the state.

It seemed to be something we could build an organization around. Just like Bitcoin can circumvent financial mechanisms. ... The message is in what we're doing—the message is: download this gun.'

A spokesperson for the ATF said that while operating a business as a firearm manufacturer requires a license, an individual manufacturing one for personal use is legal."

The specific purposes for which this corporation is organized are: To defend the civil liberty of popular access to arms as guaranteed by the United States Constitution and affirmed by the United States Supreme Court, through facilitating global access to, and the collaborative production of, information and knowledge related to the 3D printing of arms; and to publish and distribute, at no cost to the public, such information and knowledge in promotion of the public interest. - Full Article Source


03/03/13 - Avasti! excellent, free antivirus
KeelyNet Our favorite free anti-virus program, Avast, is out in a new version for 2013, and they’ve added more features.

Besides protecting your system, it has a “Remote Assistant” mode and a “Browser Cleanup” tool.

The Remote Assistant lets you get help from a geeky friend, as long as you both have an Internet connection.

The Browser Cleanup tool gets rid of invasive toolbars that slow down your Internet surfing.

These are often added to Firefox, Chrome or Internet Explorer when you download a program from Download.com and are a royal pain in the gluteus maximus. - Full Article Source

03/03/13 - Scientists Uncover Invisible Motion in Video
A 30-second video of a newborn baby shows the infant silently snoozing in its crib, his breathing barely perceptible. But when the video is run through an algorithm that can amplify both movement and color, the baby’s face blinks crimson with each tiny heartbeat.

The amplification process is called Eulerian Video Magnification, and is the brainchild of a team of scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory.

The team originally developed the program to monitor neonatal babies without making physical contact. But they quickly learned that the algorithm can be applied to other videos to reveal changes imperceptible to the naked eye. Prof. William T. Freeman, a leader on the team, imagines its use in search and rescue, so that rescuers could tell from a distance if someone trapped on a ledge, say, is still breathing.

“Once we amplify these small motions, there’s like a whole new world you can look at,” he said.

The system works by homing in on specific pixels in a video over the course of time. Frame-by-frame, the program identifies minute changes in color and then amplifies them up to 100 times, turning, say, a subtle shift toward pink to a bright crimson.

The scientists who developed it believe it could also have applications in industries like manufacturing and oil exploration. For example, a factory technician could film a machine to check for small movements in bolts that might indicate an impending breakdown.

In one video presented by the scientists, a stationary crane sits on a construction site, so still it could be a photograph. But once run through the program, the crane appears to sway precariously in the wind, perhaps tipping workers off to a potential hazard.

It is important to note that the crane does not actually move as much as the video seems to show. It is the process of motion amplification that gives the crane its movement. - Full Article Source

03/03/13 - New Bill Would Require Patent Trolls To Pay Defendants' Attorneys
"According to Law 360, H.R. 845, the 'Saving High-Tech Innovators from Egregious Legal Disputes' (SHIELD) Act of 2013 would require non-practicing entities that lose in patent litigation to pay the full legal costs of accused infringers.

The new bill (PDF) would define a 'non-practicing entity' as a plaintiff that is neither the original inventor or assignee of a patent, and that has not made its own 'substantial investment in exploiting the patent.'

The bill is designed to particularly have a chilling effect on 'shotgun' litigation tactics by NPEs, in which they sue numerous defendants on a patent with only a vague case for infringement.

Notably, once a party is deemed to be an NPE early in the litigation, they will be required to post a bond to cover the defendants' litigation costs before going forward." - Full Article Source

03/03/13 - When It's Time To Scale, US Manufacturing Hits a Wall
"MIT researchers looked at 150 of the school's spin-out companies in manufacturing businesses over a decade, and found many of them hit the same chasm:

Once it was time to ramp up to large-scale production, they couldn't find domestic investors and had to go overseas.

The bulk of the research will be published later this year, but it raises an interesting conundrum — if an MIT-pedigreed company has serious trouble ramping up production in the U.S., how much harder is it for the 'average' business that wants to grow?

Is it even still possible to do high-tech manufacturing here — or should it be?" Intel seems to be doing OK with U.S. manufacturing, but they have the advantage of established operations. - Full Article Source

03/03/13 - MIT Researcher Demos Self-Assembling Objects
'Many are only just getting their heads around the idea of 3D printing but scientists at MIT are already working on an upgrade: 4D printing.

At the TED conference in Los Angeles, architect and computer scientist Skylar Tibbits showed how the process allows objects to self-assemble.'

There could be many applications for this. Definitely a cool step forward. - Full Article Source


03/03/13 - Texas Declares War On Robots
"Organizations like the EFF and ACLU have been raising the alarm over increased government surveillance of U.S. citizens. Legislators haven't been quick to respond to concerns of government spying on citizens.

But Texas legislators are apparently quite concerned that private citizens operating hobby drones might spot environmental violations by businesses.

Representative Lance Gooden has introduced HB912 which proposes: 'A person commits an offense if the person uses or authorizes the use of an unmanned vehicle or aircraft to capture an image without the express consent of the person who owns or lawfully occupies the real property captured in the image.

('Image' is defined as including any type of recorded telemetry from sensors that measure sound waves, thermal, infrared, ultraviolet, visible light, or other electromagnetic waves, odor, or other conditions.)'

Can you foresee any unintended consequences if this proposal becomes law?" Another reader notes that New Hampshire has introduced a similar bill: "Neal Kurk, a Republican member of New Hampshire's House of Representatives knows that those drones present a growing privacy concern, and in response has introduced a bill that would ban all aerial photography in the state. That is, unless you're working for the government.

The bill, HB 619-FN (PDF), is blessedly short, and I suggest reading the whole thing for yourself." Here's part of the bill: "A person is guilty of a class A misdemeanor if such person knowingly creates or assists in creating an image of the exterior of any residential dwelling in this state where such image is created by or with the assistance of a satellite, drone, or any device that is not supported by the ground." - Full Article Source

03/03/13 - How Power Failures Corrupt Flash SSD Data
"Flash SSDs are non-volatile, right? So how could power failures screw with your data? Several ways, according to a ZDNet post that summarizes a paper (PDF) presented at last month's FAST 13 conference.

Researchers from Ohio State and HP Labs researchers tested 15 SSDs using an automated power fault injection testbed and found that 13 lost data.

'Bit corruption hit 3 devices; 3 had shorn writes; 8 had serializability errors; one device lost 1/3 of its data; and 1 SSD bricked.

The low-end hard drive had some unserializable writes, while the high-end drive had no power fault failures.

The 2 SSDs that had no failures? Both were MLC 2012 model years with a mid-range ($1.17/GB) price.'" - Full Article Source

03/03/13 - Hit the Wrong Button, Drone Goes Boom
"An article at Ars notes, 'Unmanned aircraft crash. In fact, they crash a lot—though there's no recent specific data, the Congressional Research Service reported last year that despite improvements, "the accident rate for unmanned aircraft is still far above that of manned aircraft.'

And while many of those accidents can be attributed to being exposed to hostile fire or operating in conditions when aircraft normally wouldn't, a significant percentage of drone crashes is caused by human error.

A December 2004 FAA study of Defense Department drone crashes found human factors to be a causal factor in about a third of the cases they examined (PDF).' Drones are un-cheap.

As yesterday's Super Hornet story noted, they are cheaper than manned planes... but not that much cheaper. Expect them to get more expensive.

Also, as they get armed, the price paid for a bad UX decision could become quite tragic." - Full Article Source

03/03/13 - SHC and living forever
KeelyNet Not very often that something comes up relating to the elixir of life and the true cause of aging and death. I post whatever I find and here is an SHC event in Texas just a few weeks ago.

My theory that I would like to test but no one will fund...explains SHC and how it relates to aging and death.

Either I'm crazy or people are just too stupid to pick up on what this could mean...a cure for aging.

I have provided many correlations to my theory for a very long time now and no one has the slightest interest in supporting any experiments to prove or disprove it.

Just so. Guess I'll have to make the money and do it all myself.

I'm sure there are people in history who have discovered how to revert back to a younger body, but they have sense enough to keep it to themselves...

Not a bad idea really since it seems like there are so many who just take up space and consume resources on this planet...like blood clots... - Full Article Source

03/03/13 - Do Fluorescents truly save as much as advertised?
Chris Abbott of the British Hardware Federation -- and scientist, Professor Heinz Wolff discuss the future of energy saving lightbulbs. - Full Article Source


03/03/13 - Implant Makes Mind Reading Possible in Rats
In the experiment, two rats that could not see each other were trained to press certain levers in exchange for a food pellet. The first rat was given a visual cue that told it which of two levers to push, which corresponded to a lever in the other rat's chamber. The other rat did not receive a visual cue but instead received brain waves (transmitted through arrays of electrodes between the rats' brains) that informed it which lever to push.

If the second rat pressed the correct lever, the first "encoder" rat would receive an additional reward, giving the rats incentive to work together. The second rat pressed the correct lever 70 percent of the time.

"Nobody had ever done this, so the challenge was significant. We didn't know if it would work," says study lead researcher Miguel Nicolelis. "It took us years to get this to work."

To prove the same experiment could be done with what Nicolelis calls "interference," he placed one rat in his lab in Durham, N.C., and one in a lab in Brazil. Using an Internet connection, he found the rats were still able to work together.

"We wanted to show that even when the line was noisy, we were able to get this to work," he says. "We used to do this with wires but now we're doing everything wirelessly and experimenting with swarms of rats."

Since his first successful experiment, Nicolelis has been able to create wireless connections between rats' brains and has begun experimenting with monkeys. Though that research is yet to be published, Nicolelis says early results are promising. - Full Article Source


03/03/13 - New app for testing your urine
Dubbed uChek, it is the brainchild of tech genius Myshkin Ingawale, who unveiled it at this week's TED conference in Los Angeles. As he explains: “Everyone pees and everybody carries a smartphone. We figured we had to be able to do something with this.”

In case you were wondering, it doesn’t involve peeing on your smartphone, nor dropping it down the loo; you simply dip a standard testing strip into your urine and take a photograph of the results.

The app then analyses the test strips’ colour chart to establish whether you have a range of conditions including diabetes, urinary tract infections, liver problems and cancers.

For the more anxious among us, it provides an opportunity for obsessive whizz monitoring, but in the developing world it could mean cheap, fast and accurate medical testing for millions.

It is not the first time smartphone apps have been developed for the purpose of providing accessible healthcare. AgaMatrix, who produce products to help improve the quality of life for diabetes sufferers, created an app that works in conjunction with a blood glucose meter you can plug into your iPhone.

Similarly, the Lifelen Project created a rapid diagnostic test for malaria which works using an Android phone and a microscopic lens attachment. It can photograph blood samples, make a diagnosis by counting cells and uses GPS to help track outbreaks of the disease. The fact the app can be used by anyone who can use a basic smartphone means it can help make diagnoses in places health professionals may find hard to reach.

Also, this year America’s Food and Drink Administration, gave clearance for sale of a heart monitoring app, AliveCor, which uses a snap on phone case that monitors your heart and communicates wirelessly with your iPhone. - Full Article Source

03/03/13 - NASA Discovers New Radiation Belt Around Earth
"They were something we thought we mostly understood by now, the first discovery of the Space Age," said lead study author Daniel Baker, a space scientist at the University of Colorado.

These belts were believed to consist of two rings: an inner zone made up of both high-energy electrons and very energetic positive ions that remains stable in intensity over the course of years to decades; and an outer zone comprised mostly of high-energy electrons whose intensity swings over the course of hours to days depending primarily on the influence from the solar wind, the flood of radiation streaming from the sun.

The discovery of a temporary new radiation belt now has scientists reviewing the Van Allen radiation belt models to understand how it occurred.

The giant amounts of radiation the Van Allen belts generate can pose serious risks for satellites. To learn more about them, NASA launched twin spacecraft, the Van Allen probes, in the summer of 2012.

This newfound radiation belt abruptly and almost completely disappeared on Oct. 1. It was apparently disrupted by an interplanetary shock wave caused by a spike in solar wind speeds.

"More than five decades after the original discovery of these radiation belts, you can still find new unexpected things there," Baker said. "It's a delight to be able to find new things in an old domain. We now need to re-evaluate them thoroughly both theoretically and observationally." - Full Article Source


03/03/13 - Scientists working to re-create extinct animals
Speaking from the prestigious TED Conference in Long Beach Wednesday, Sausalito activist Stewart Brand said scientists are developing the ability to reassemble an extinct animal’s genome, and even recreate the animal itself.

Brand said Wednesday that “de-extinction” could be used to help restore organisms and habitats damaged human activity...

The Jurassic Park-like science was already used to recreate an extinct variety of wild mountain goat in 2010, but the animal died after just minutes due to a lung defect, reports TED.

Brand said he hopes advancements in the field will help reverse some of the damage done to earth by humans.

Extinction is not just death, but death for everyone you ever knew or anything remotely like anyone you knew. It’s permanent. … Or is it? Brand takes the stage today at TED to present ground-breaking research on bringing back extinct species. - Full Article Source

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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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Guidelines for Alternative Science

Alternative science covers a wide range of interests. Generally, it includes gravity control, free energy, electronic healing techniques, all forms of energy conversion, antigravity, levitation, overunity, time travel (as well as slowing down or speeding up local time).

Also clearly covered is the art of power generation (ideally zero point or aether conversion), space travel, physics of matter and energy, sound/acoustics and how it can be used to produce useful phenomena, electric or magnetic forces to produce useful phenomena, various types of motors, vacuum energy, dimensional travel and shifts, medicine, hydrogen generation and how it is used.

It also covers oil/petroleum and how it can be used to produce energy and products, weather control for cancelling earthquakes, tsunamis, fires, floods and to produce rain or clear weather on demand, oxygen/ozone therapy, nitrogen as a motor driver, water generation and manipulation via steam and vacuum, ecological restoration techniques, biophysics, rejuvenation and an unending list of other subjects, most of which are accepted by 'orthodox' science.

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