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10/05/12 - Levitating lightbulb does it all with no wires
KeelyNet It would be really fun to do an entire hallway of these levitating wireless lights. This a project on which [Chris Rieger] has been working for about six months.

It uses magnetic levitation and wireless power transfer to create a really neat LED oddity.

Levitation is managed by a permanent magnet on the light assembly and an electromagnetic coil hidden on the other side of the top panel for the enclosure. That coil uses 300 meters of 20 AWG wire.

A hall effect sensor is used to provide feedback on the location of the light unit, allowing the current going to the coil to be adjusted in order to keep the light unit stationary. When working correctly this draws about 0.25A at 12V.

Wireless power transfer is facilitated by a single large hoop of wire driven with alternating current at 1 MHz. This part of the system pulls 0.5A at 12V, bringing the whole of the consumption in at around 9 Watts.

Not too bad. Check out [Chris'] demo video embedded after the break.

A similar method of coupling levitation with power transfer was used to make this floating globe rotate.

(In the original DUNE movie, on the planet Caladan, the home of House Atreides, they had floating lights that followed you around. - JWD) - Full Article Source

10/05/12 - A Honda Civic With no Gas Tank
It took Dr. Adam Blankespoor two years and $14,000 to convert his 1996 Honda Civic into an all-electric plug-in vehicle.

He's an automotive engineer and researcher, but if he can do it, you can probably follow in his footsteps and create your own electric vehicle if you are so inclined. He talks about a 45 mile range, with 30 miles as a practical limit.

That's not competitive with the Tesla S, but there's also a massive price difference to consider. This is another person Slashdot met at the Ann Arbor Maker Faire.

If you want to see what kinds of electric vehicles other have made, possibly for inspiration, the Electric Vehicle Photo Album is a good place to start.

And if you want information on how to build your own electric car, using "electric car conversion" as your Google search term will put you on the track of more electric car information than you can shake a Tesla Coil at. - Full Article Source

10/05/12 - Earthquakes Correlated With Texan Fracking Sites
"A recent peer reviewed paper and survey by Cliff Frohlich of the University of Texas' Institute for Geophysics reveals a correlation between an increase in earthquakes and the emergence of fracking sites in the Barnett Shale, Texas.

To clarify, it is not the actual act of hydrofracking that induces earthquakes, but more likely the final process of injecting wastewater into the site, according to Oliver Boyd, a USGS seismologist.

Boyd said, 'Most, if not all, geophysicists expect induced earthquakes to be more likely from wastewater injection rather than hydrofracking.

This is because the wastewater injection tends to occur at greater depth, where earthquakes are more likely to nucleate. I also agree [with Frohlich] that induced earthquakes are likely to persist for some time (months to years) after wastewater injection has ceased.'

Frohlich added, 'Faults are everywhere. A lot of them are stuck, but if you pump water in there, it reduces friction and the fault slips a little. I can't prove that that's what happened, but it's a plausible explanation.' In the U.S. alone this correlation has been noted several times." - Full Article Source

10/05/12 - Successful Engine Test in UK For Planned 1000 mph Car
"Scientists aiming to create a car that can break 1,000 mph cleared a large hurdle yesterday when they successfully tested their rocket engine.

The engine will power the supersonic car known as the Bloodhound SSC — meant to become the fastest car in the world. The British team tested the engine in an aircraft shelter in Newquay Cornwall Airport, originally designed to protect fighter planes from bombs.

Although the data hasn't fully been analyzed, the researchers said the engine reached 30,000 horsepower during the 10-second burn. Given enough time, they expect the engine to reach 80,000 horsepower and 27,500 pounds of thrust." - Full Article Source

10/05/12 - Can't access Account Settings for Google Adsense
KeelyNet With the update of Google Adsense reports, I lost my account settings option.

Tried it with Firefox and IE, no joy.

Tried it on another computer using Firefox and IE, no joy.

Thought about it and since Google is incorporating many services and products under Google and since they have their own browser, Chrome, I figured I'd download and try Chrome.

Installed it, cut and pasted the google adsense signin URL, signed in and went to Home, pressed Classic...

It came up with the same blank screen and I thought this won't work either, went off to get something cold to drink and when I came back the original Classic page had loaded and had all my account settings available. Whew!

Now why couldn't I find this simple fix on the net? At any rate, thats the fix that worked for me. - Personal Problem Fix

10/05/12 - Weather balloon payload (almost) guides itself back
The biggest issue with sending expensive electronics into near space is trying to recover them.

[Lhiggs] set out to solve this issue with his Senior project for a Mechanical Engineering degree. He figured that a payload dropped from 100,000 feet should be able to glide its way back to some predefined coordinates. Here you can see one of the tests, where the payload is guiding its descent using a parafoil.

Directional control is possible with a parafoil simply by shifting weight between the two supporting ropes. In this case [Lhiggs] designed the payload to hang from a pair of servo-motor-actuated arms.

Since the payload already carries altitude and position hardware (such as a GPS, electronic compass, and altimeter) it’s just a matter of waiting for the target height before separating from the weather balloon, then using the servos to navigate to the landing zone.

Unfortunately the project was never fully completed. But you can see that he got pretty far. There is test footage embedded after the break showing the device being dropped from a plane. - Full Article Source

10/05/12 - Current limiting the oscillator dims EL wire
[Ch00f] finally made a breakthrough with his efforts dimming EL wire. He’s been at it for months and the last we heard his TRIAC idea had sputtered out.

Not to be discouraged and with an determination we have to admire he has been hard at work reverse engineering others’ and developing his own methods. He put all of this knowledge to task helping a friend of his with a sleeping disorder, and made a dream-catcher that pulses at the approximate rate of an average person’s breathing (as determined by Apple for their pulsing power button lights).

Essentially the whole thing boils down to simply using a transistor to limit the current to the oscillator.

A 555 timer is used to pass a triangle wave to the current limiting transistor at approximately the same rate as the Apple button (1/5 Hz).

[Ch00f] notes that this isn’t the sinusoidal wave that apple uses, but it’s good enough.

Finally a timeout power off is built in to the night light using a decade counter to monitor the number of triangles from the 555. This should keep the EL wire from wearing down faster, though we are hard pressed to think of a project we used EL on that has lasted anywhere near the 7 year service life of the wire. - Full Article Source

10/05/12 - The Dementia Plague
As the world's population of older people rapidly grows in the coming years, Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia will become a health-care disaster.

public reports about dementia research have bounced between optimism and gloom. In the fall of 2011, financial analysts were giddily projecting a global Alzheimer's market of $14 billion a year by 2020 and touting a new generation of drugs known as monoclonal antibodies that were in advanced human trials. A year later, the prospect for the drugs no longer looked so positive.

This past August, the giant drug makers Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson suspended advanced clinical trials of one of the monoclonals because it showed no effect in patients with mild to moderate Alzheimer's.

A few weeks later, another leading pharmaceutical manufacturer, Eli Lilly, announced inconclusive results for a monoclonal drug it too was testing against the protein deposits called amyloid plaques that are characteristically found in the brains of Alzheimer's patients.

The disheartening results prompted some critics to start writing epitaphs for the prevailing hypothesis about the disease—that these amyloid deposits are causing the cognitive impairment.

A list of diagnostic markers may reliably indicate the first signs of Alzheimer's disease 10 or 15 years before symptoms appear, and they are gearing up to test new drugs that can be given to healthy patients, in an attempt to block the buildup of amyloid long before dementia's onset. - Full Article Source

10/05/12 - Pick your Skin Color


Report From the Future

The following items are taken from FORECAST: 1964, annual Christmas-New Year’s greetings sent out to thousands of friends, associates, and scientific fellow-workers by Hugo Gernsback, Editor and Publisher of Sexology.

Mr. Gernsback, who has been predicting the scientific future for more than 55 years, was described in a recent Life magazine article as “a man of remarkable energy who raps out forecasts of future scientific wonders with the rapidity of a disintegrator gun. . . . His list of successful scientific prophecies is almost endless.”

THE WHITE NEGRO (2084 A.D.) In 1972, chemi-genetist scientists developed a method to whiten the skin color for all who desired it.

As long ago as 1925, Sir Joseph Barcroft, C.B.E., M.A., B.Sc., M.D., F.R.S. (1872-1947) wrote that Negroid skin pigment was caused “by Melanin, closely related to two remarkable chemical substances: the hormone adrenalin and lyrosinate.” By 1976 two Rockefeller Fund scientists had isolated the Melanin-carrier genes of the Negro.

Next they discovered the enzyme Menalbin, which causes albinism, really the absence of color pigmentation. (There always were white albino Negroes.)

By altering the genes which manufacture this enzyme in the body at birth, chemi-genetists were able to control the amount of melanin produced in the body and thus change skin color. Within 2 generations the offspring of colored people in the U.S. became white, thereby removing a basic source of friction.

(Conversely they should be able to make anyone black, tan, red or whatever colors melanin can produce. I think the end color for most humans will be a dark cafe. - JWD) - Full Article Source

10/05/12 - Doctor restores "Lost Virginity" (Jul, 1964)
The unusual story of a doctor who has “re-created” more than 10,000 virgins.

Countless brides in Japan say they owe their happy marriage to Dr. Kohei Matsukubo, a 50-year-old plastic surgeon of Tokyo. More than 10,000 operations have been performed by this doctor to give women (including some Western women) new hymens. His story was told recently in the Canadian publication Chinatown News by Robert Metcalfe.

“No other doctor in the world is doing this hymen operation,” Dr. Matsukubo has said. “If I did not do it, it would be very unfortunate for many women. Their position in the world is very unequal.

“Sometimes a girl cannot marry the man she has loved. The man who ultimately offers her marriage expects her to come to him unspoiled. Many of these girls ask me to help them.

“I stand between sex and humanism. I do this for the happiness of women. I work out of compassion.”

His operation—called the “Jinko Shojo”—takes about 20 minutes and its cost is $84. He also re- stores vaginas that have been damaged in childbirth, and performs plastic cosmetic surgery on breasts and noses.

Dr. Matsukubo first turned to the hymen operations as a result of an experience as an army doctor during the war. One group of school girls had been evacuated from Tokyo to escape air raids. Eight of them bathed in a public bath that had been used by a soldier with a venereal disease and apparently became infected in this way.

Since there was no penicillin, Dr. Matsukubo had to penetrate the hymen to inject serum. Five years later, the mothers brought the daughters (now 18) back to him with the request that he replace the hymens. “Otherwise the girls couldn’t get married.”

Asking for time to experiment on animals, Dr. Matsukubo perfected his operation on monkeys. Eighteen months later he was ready to operate on the first of the girls. He does not use plastic, but does careful repair work with thread and needle.

Some of his patients are prostitutes from the Ginza district, seeking to make a fresh start. Most operations are sought by young girls. Some women travel from Southeast Asia for the operation.

Dr. Matsukubo is no fly-by-night quack. More than 100 doctors showed up when he gave a party to celebrate his 10,000th “Jinko Shojo” operation.

“Some said that 10,000 husbands would be waiting in the next world to take me to task for the deception,” said Dr. Matsukubo. “But I think I’m doing the right thing.” - Full Article Source

10/05/12 - Mind Maps: the Poor Man's Design Tool
"'UML too complex? Flowcharts too old school? Mind maps offer a simple way to capture designs and weave them together elegantly.'

The quickest way to begin designing a program is to simply write down the steps in normal text, but this method breaks down with more complex projects. UML can be a useful format for larger projects but can be difficult to get right, especially when trying to use it with a less conventional project.

The middle ground are 'Mind Maps,' 'a diagrammatic representation of loosely connected ideas. They are a central tool in brainstorming sessions.

Mind map tools help capture ideas and then mush them around until you have the structure you want.'" - Full Article Source

10/05/12 - Why Are We So Rude Online?
"An article in the WSJ discusses why internet users are more rude online than they are in person. The story discusses some of the possible reasons.

For example, a study found that browsing Facebook tends to lower people's self control. An MIT professor says people posting on the internet have lowered inhibitions because there is no formal social interaction.

Another theory is that communicating through a phone or other device feels like communicating with a 'toy,' which dehumanizes the conversation..."

Anonymity is a powerful force. Hiding behind a fake screen name makes us feel invincible, as well as invisible. Never mind that, on many websites, we're not as anonymous as we think—and we're not anonymous at all on Facebook. Even when we reveal our real identities, we still misbehave.

According to soon-to-be-published research from professors at Columbia University and the University of Pittsburgh, browsing Facebook lowers our self control. The effect is most pronounced with people whose Facebook networks were made up of close friends, the researchers say.

Most of us present an enhanced image of ourselves on Facebook. This positive image—and the encouragement we get, in the form of "likes"—boosts our self-esteem. And when we have an inflated sense of self, we tend to exhibit poor self-control.

"Think of it as a licensing effect: You feel good about yourself so you feel a sense of entitlement," says Keith Wilcox, assistant professor of marketing at Columbia Business School and co-author of the study.

"And you want to protect that enhanced view, which might be why people are lashing out so strongly at others who don't share their opinions." These types of behavior—poor self control, inflated sense of self—"are often displayed by people impaired by alcohol," he adds. - Full Article Source

10/05/12 - Next year, Brazil Wants To Track All Cars Electronically
"As of January, Brazil intends to put into action a new system that will track vehicles of all kinds via radio frequency chips.

It will take a few years to accomplish, but authorities will eventually require all vehicles to have an electronic chip installed, which will match every car to its rightful owner.

The chip will send the car's identification to antennas on highways and streets, soon to be spread all over the country. Eventually, it will be illegal to own a car without one.

Besides real time monitoring of traffic conditions, authorities will be able to integrate all kinds of services, such as traffic tickets, licensing and annual taxes, automatic toll charge, and much more. Benefits also include more security, since the system will make it harder for thieves to run far away with stolen vehicles, much less leave the country with one." - Full Article Source

10/05/12 - Study Links Caffeinated Coffee To Vision Loss
"A new study suggests caffeinated coffee drinkers should limit their intake to reduce their chances of developing vision loss or blindness.

According to a scientific paper in Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science, heavy caffeinated coffee consumption is associated with an increased risk of developing exfoliation glaucoma (abstract), the leading cause of secondary glaucoma worldwide.

'Scandinavian populations have the highest frequencies of exfoliation syndrome and glaucoma,' said author Jae Hee Kang, ScD, of Channing Division of Network Medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, Mass.

'Because Scandinavian populations also have the highest consumption of caffeinated coffee in the world, and our research group has previously found that greater caffeinated coffee intake was associated with increased risk of primary open-angle glaucoma, we conducted this study to evaluate whether the risk of exfoliation glaucoma or glaucoma suspect may be different by coffee consumption.'" - Full Article Source

10/05/12 - Perot says USA could be taken over through economy
Ross Perot, the billionaire who shook up the 1992 presidential campaign, has largely remained silent since his emergence on the nation’s political stage nearly two decades ago and as he emerges from the shadows (in part to drum up interest in his forthcoming autobiography), he’s remaining silent about one more thing: the current top candidates running for office.

Perot is an equal-opportunity critic, unimpressed with both President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney when it comes to addressing the nation’s red ink.

“We’re on the edge of the cliff, and we have got to start fixing it now. Otherwise, we’re leaving a disaster to our children’s and our grandchildren’s future,” he said.

Perot talks about his fear of the United States being taken over.

“If we are that weak, just think of who wants to come here first and take us over, and the last thing I ever want to see is to see this country, our country taken over because we’re so financially weak we can’t do anything and we’re moving in that direct.

We could even lose our country if we don’t get this fixed and straightened out and nobody that’s running really talks about it, about what we have to do and why we have to do it. They would prefer not to have it discussed. - Full Article Source

10/05/12 - The Furor around MMS

(I bought three bottles of it from an american website which was closed down by regulatory agencies (you know who) for I think, making claims of cures. I gave two of them to friends with health issues in their families and kept one for myself.

At the time I had no active health issues but I tried it for hoots and noted it was much like taking dilute food grade h202 (hydrogen peroxide). But its palpable in orange juice.

It had no obvious effects other than I needed to eat some yogurt to rebuild intestinal flora because I had a bit of diarrhea from the purging effect. I wrote about it on the Keelynet blog way back in 2008.

I had no negative side effects but there are many websites which called MMS a fraud. Read up on it and decide for yourself if its worth trying. I spent about $100 for three packets. The shipment was lost in Mexican mail so they kindly sent me another three packets that came through with no problems! - JWD)

MMS is a popular miracle mineral solution known to improve multiple conditions ranging from the flu to cancer and HIV. Available from Future Health Today for about $25.

Tine Van Der Maas wrote; "First I want to thank Jim Humble, who took it from no-where to where it is slowly becoming “mainstream” today, and who has done an amazing amount of research on MMS. He has devoted many of his years showing people all over the world, but especially in Africa, how and why MMS works.

In short, he experimented for years and eventually found that if you mixed the drops with lemon juice, it became activated to kill malaria. He then traveled all over Africa to show doctors and government officials how fast MMS worked to kill the Malaria parasites in an extremely affordable way.

I can testify that it works extremely well against Malaria. When I received my first bottle of MMS a few years ago, (I obviously first read Jim Humble’s book), I went to a malaria area in South Africa and asked 2 people at a hospital who had been diagnosed with malaria if they were prepared to try the MMS.

They had all the symptoms like high fever, shaking and drowsiness. Using Jim Humble’s Protocol, within about five and a half hours, the symptoms were gone, and when a blood test was done the next morning (about 14 hours later), the blood was parasite free.

Did the doctors ask me what I had used? NO! Did they want to know? NO! Are people still suffering and dying from Malaria unnecessary while there is an extremely affordable remedy available? Yes!

I have since tried it for many different diseases including AIDS, all types of cancers, all types of infections, and when the “swine” flu was here, it also worked beautifully. When we will do our Clinical Trials, we will invite Jim Humble to visit us, so he can enjoy the fruit of his work.”

Warning, there is no scientifically tested evidence that this product works. - Full Article Source - Permalink


10/02/12 - Modern wheat is a "perfect, chronic poison"
Dr. William Davis said that the wheat we eat these days isn't the wheat your grandma had: "It's an 18-inch tall plant created by genetic research in the '60s and '70s," he said on "CBS This Morning." "This thing has many new features nobody told you about, such as there's a new protein in this thing called gliadin. It's not gluten. I'm not addressing people with gluten sensitivities and celiac disease.

I'm talking about everybody else because everybody else is susceptible to the gliadin protein that is an opiate. This thing binds into the opiate receptors in your brain and in most people stimulates appetite, such that we consume 440 more calories per day, 365 days per year."

Asked if the farming industry could change back to the grain it formerly produced, Davis said it could, but it would not be economically feasible because it yields less per acre. However, Davis said a movement has begun with people turning away from wheat - and dropping substantial weight.

"If three people lost eight pounds, big deal," he said. "But we're seeing hundreds of thousands of people losing 30, 80, 150 pounds. Diabetics become no longer diabetic; people with arthritis having dramatic relief. People losing leg swelling, acid reflux, irritable bowel syndrome, depression, and on and on every day."

To avoid these wheat-oriented products, Davis suggests eating "real food," such as avocados, olives, olive oil, meats, and vegetables. "(It's) the stuff that is least likely to have been changed by agribusiness," he said. "Certainly not grains. When I say grains, of course, over 90 percent of all grains we eat will be wheat, it's not barley... or flax. It's going to be wheat. - Full Article Source

10/02/12 - Amazing Mind Reader
Dave is an extremely gifted clairvoyant who finds out specific financial information. This video reveals the magic behind the magic, making people aware of the fact that their entire life can be found online. And by doing so urging everybody to be vigilant. - Full Article Source

10/02/12 - Aircraft Carriers In Space
KeelyNet "Real-world military conventions have had obvious effects on many sci-fi books, movies, and TV shows. But how does their fictional representation stack up against the evolving rules of high-tech warfare? In an interview with Foreign Policy magazine, a naval analyst discusses some of the technological assumptions involved in transposing sea combat to space combat, and his amusement with the trope of 'aircraft carriers in space.'

He says, 'Star Wars is probably the worst. There is no explanation for why X-Wings [fighters] do what they do, other than the source material is really Zeroes [Japanese fighter planes] from World War II. Lucas quite consciously copied World War II fighter combat.

He basically has said they analyzed World War II movies and gun camera footage and recreated those shots. Battlestar Galactica has other issues. One thing I have never understood is why the humans didn't lose halfway through the first episode.

If information moves at the speed of light, and one side has a tactically useful FTL [faster-than-light] drive to make very small jumps, then there is no reason why the Cylons couldn't jump close enough and go, "Oh, there the Colonials are three light minutes away, I can see where they are, but they won't see me for three minutes?"'" - Full Article Source

10/02/12 - Bad guys in the business center
Hotel and library computers are easy to compromise. In short, they’re generally not safe from hackers wanting to steal your information or your identity.

We used a hotel’s “business center” computer a while back at L’Auberge in Del Mar, Cal., a three-star hotel, no less, and within a couple of days started getting scurrilous ads in our email. At the “Conrad” inIndianapolis, one of the Hilton upscale hotels, we noticed the computers in the business center had not been upgraded in more than four years, and did not seem at all well protected. Joy installed the latest Internet Explorer. She shouldn’t have been able to do that.

Almost no computer that can be accessed by the public is safe from someone installing the kind of software that logs your keystrokes – every letter and number you punch in. So we got pitched recently about a $30 program that encrypts every keystroke you enter, everything you type.

It’s called “GuardedID,” and sells for $30. We were skeptical, because that is our natural state. So we asked the CEO of, a leader in anti-malware products, if this sort of thing would work. He said that encrypting text at the keyboard level can definitely deter keyloggers.

OK, so whether you add GuardedID to your anti-virus and anti-spyware arsenal depends on how paranoid you are. We decided to install it. We may not need it, but remember: even paranoids have enemies.

One thing that put us off was you have to enter your credit card information on the company’s web site to get access to a free 30-day trial. If you don’t cancel within 30 days, bingo!: you bought it. We think of this as “New Jerseymarketing.” If you’re gonna give us a free trial, give us a free trial; cut the pussy footing. - Full Article Source

10/02/12 - You Can't Print a Gun If You Have No 3D Printer
"You may recall Cody Wilson's project to create a 3D printed gun, mentioned previously on Slashdot.

Well, the Defense Distributed project has suffered a decidedly non-technical setback, with printer manufacturer Stratasys revoking the lease and repossessing the printer (presumably prying it from plastic models of Cory's cold dead hands).

According to New Scientist, the manufacturer cited his lack of a federal firearms manufacturer's license as their reason for the repossession, adding that it does not knowingly allow its printers to be used for illegal purposes."

Homemade firearms are not (in the U.S.) per se illegal on a federal basis, though states have varying degrees of regulation. - Full Article Source

10/02/12 - Turning air into liquid to store energy
According to The Institution of Mechanical Engineers, "wrong-time" electricity generated by wind farms at night can be used to chill air to a cryogenic state at a distant location. Later this liquid air can be warmed to drive a turbine, when demand increases.

It said that liquid air could compete with batteries and hydrogen to store excess energy generated from renewables, the BBC reported.

Engineers say the process to produce "right-time" electricity can achieve an efficiency of up to 70 percent. The technology was originally developed by Peter Dearman, a garage inventor in Hertfordshire, to power vehicles.

A new firm, Highview Power Storage, was created to transfer Dearman's technology to a system that can store energy to be used on the power grid.

The process, part-funded by the government, has now been trialled for two years at the back of a power station in Slough, Buckinghamshire.

"I get half a dozen people a week trying to persuade me they have a brilliant invention," head of energy Tim Fox told BBC News.

IMechE said the simplicity and elegance of the Highview process is appealing, especially as it addresses not just the problem of storage but also the separate problem of waste industrial heat.

The process follows a number of stages: First the "Wrong-time electricity" is used to take in air, remove the CO2 and water vapour (these would freeze otherwise).

In doing so the remaining air, mostly nitrogen, is chilled to -190C (-310F) and turns to liquid (changing the state of the air from gas to liquid is what stores the energy).

Then the liquid air is held in a giant vacuum flask until it is needed. When demand for power rises, the liquid is warmed to ambient temperature. As it vaporizes, it drives a turbine to produce electricity - no combustion is involved.

IMechE says this process is only 25 percent efficient but it is massively improved by co-siting the cryo-generator next to an industrial plant or power station producing low-grade heat that is currently vented and being realised into the atmosphere.

Highview believes that, produced at scale, their kits could be up to 70 percent efficient, - Full Article Source

10/02/12 - New York Plans World's Largest Ferris Wheel
"It is an old trend to build "The World's largest..." something. One of the latest somethings is a 630-foot tall Ferris wheel planned for Staten Island.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg said 'The New York Wheel will be an attraction unlike any other in New York City even unlike any other on the planet.'

Designed to carry 1,440 passengers at a time, it's expected to draw 4.5 million people a year to a setting that also would include a 100-shop outlet mall and a 200-room hotel." - Full Article Source

10/02/12 - Inventor forges a 'shining star'
KeelyNet Robin Elkins conceived a way to convert analog audio to digital form while looking for a better way to record rock music as a student at Hollywood High in South Florida.

That precocious achievement was a laurel he could have rested on, but Elkins can’t stop being a scientist.

The lasers, which he sells to defense contractors, and the various forms of the Elklight are his core products. He’s patented other inventions, such as a security system for large machinery, a battery-powered refrigerator, battery chargers and portable power packs.

Two pocket-size boxes were wired to a meter but the display didn’t change much. The laser looked like a digital clock that couldn’t keep up with time. No flashing lights, no buildings blown into smoke and ash.

About such technical stuff, action comics definitely are not made.

But as those little boxes do what lasers do, Elkins the scientist can’t contain his enthusiasm about the project. He solders tiny wires and a miniscule plastic piece to a circuit board, the sort of thing he must have done a thousand times, but he does it with a curious joy.

“Oh, this is so cool! I think we’ve got something going here,” he said, just before making the connection that creates an incredibly bright beam of light from the tiny source, his Elklight creation. “Sixty-five watts of Elklights would be like 1,500 watts from these overhead lights” casting down in the high-ceiling warehouse. “This is the wave of the future,” he said. - Full Article Source

10/02/12 - Tinfoil hats actually amplify mind-control beams
KeelyNet A group of MIT students decided to test the performance of different tinfoil beanies to see how various designs (the "classical," "fez" and "centurion") interacted with commonly used industrial radio applications.

They found that all three designs actually amplified these mind control rays radio waves, suggesting that the tinfoil hat meme might be a false-flag operation engineered to trick the wily and suspicious into making it easier to beam messages into their skulls.

Among a fringe community of paranoids, aluminum helmets serve as the protective measure of choice against invasive radio signals. We investigate the efficacy of three aluminum helmet designs on a sample group of four individuals.

Using a $250,000 network analyser, we find that although on average all helmets attenuate invasive radio frequencies in either directions (either emanating from an outside source, or emanating from the cranium of the subject), certain frequencies are in fact greatly amplified.

These amplified frequencies coincide with radio bands reserved for government use according to the Federal Communication Commission (FCC). Statistical evidence suggests the use of helmets may in fact enhance the government's invasive abilities.

We speculate that the government may in fact have started the helmet craze for this reason.

... We evaluated the performance of three different helmet designs, commonly referred to as the Classical, the Fez, and the Centurion. These designs are portrayed in Figure 1. The helmets were made of Reynolds aluminium foil. As per best practices, all three designs were constructed with the double layering technique described elsewhere [2].

A radio-frequency test signal sweeping the ranges from 10 Khz to 3 Ghz was generated using an omnidirectional antenna attached to the Agilent 8714ET's signal generator. - Full Article Source

10/02/12 - Thai Navy's "Gangnam Style" remake lands officers in hot water
The Bangkok Post reports that a senior officer in Thailand's navy was forced to apologize over a silly YouTube video remake of PSY's "Gangnam Style."

Vice Admiral Tharathorn Kajitsuwan, the Third Naval Area commander, said the video was made for entertainment purposes and to be showcased at the unit's annual retirement party. Some senior officers were said to have been offended by the "improper" spectacle of officers in dress whites prancing about, but Commander Surasak Rounroengrom said no harm was done to the Navy's image.

"I told my subordinates that the video should be entertaining to watch and help promote unity in the unit," Vice Adm Tharathorn said on Monday.

The video took three days to film and edit, and was shown at the base’s annual party last week. It shows "white-uniformed sailors in sunglasses galloping through their offices and officers in scuba gear shimmying up the beach." (I love all the versions of this fad, but no one beats PSY. So reminds me of Mc Hammer. Thai brass should be proud of these guys. - JWD) - Full Article Source

Original PSY Gangnan style video

Mc Hammers 'U can't touch this'

10/02/12 - To Encourage Biking, Lose the Helmets
"Elisabeth Rosenthal writes that in the United States the notion that bike helmets promote health and safety by preventing head injuries is taken as pretty near God's truth but many European health experts have taken a very different view. 'Yes, there are studies that show that if you fall off a bicycle at a certain speed and hit your head, a helmet can reduce your risk of serious head injury,' writes Rosenthal.

'But such falls off bikes are rare — exceedingly so in mature urban cycling systems.' On the other hand, many researchers say, if you force people to wear helmets, you discourage them from riding bicycles causing more health problems like obesity, heart disease, and diabetes.

Bicycling advocates say that the problem with pushing helmets isn't practicality but that helmets make a basically safe activity seem really dangerous, which makes it harder to develop a safe bicycling network like the one in New York City, where a bike-sharing program is to open next year.

The safest biking cities are places like Amsterdam and Copenhagen, where middle-aged commuters are mainstay riders and the fraction of adults in helmets is minuscule.

'Pushing helmets really kills cycling and bike-sharing in particular because it promotes a sense of danger that just isn't justified — in fact, cycling has many health benefits,' says Piet de Jong. 'Statistically, if we wear helmets for cycling, maybe we should wear helmets when we climb ladders or get into a bath, because there are lots more injuries during those activities.'" - Full Article Source

10/02/12 - New Tracking Frontier: Your License Plates
Until recently it was far too expensive for police to track the locations of innocent people...

But as surveillance technologies decline in cost and grow in sophistication, police are rapidly adopting them. Private companies are joining, too.

At least two start-up companies, both founded by "repo men"—specialists in repossessing cars or property from deadbeats—are currently deploying camera-equipped cars nationwide to photograph people's license plates, hoping to profit from the data they collect.

The rise of license-plate tracking is a case study in how storing and studying people's everyday activities, even the seemingly mundane, has become the default rather than the exception.

Cellphone-location data, online searches, credit-card purchases, social-network comments and more are gathered, mixed-and-matched, and stored in vast databases.

Data about a typical American is collected in more than 20 different ways during everyday activities, according to a Wall Street Journal analysis. Fifteen years ago, more than half of these types of surveillance tools were unavailable or not in widespread use, says Col. Lisa Shay, a professor of electrical engineering at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point who studies tracking.

"What would the 1950s Soviet Union have done with the technology we have now?" says Col. Shay. "We don't have a police state in this country (yet), but we have the technology."

Law-enforcement agents say they are using this information only to catch bad guys. - Full Article Source

10/02/12 - Private city in Honduras will have minimal taxes, government
KeelyNet Small government and free-market capitalism are about to get put to the test in Honduras, where the government has agreed to let an investment group build an experimental city with no taxes on income, capital gains or sales.

Proponents say the tiny, as-yet unnamed town will become a Central American beacon of job creation and investment, by combining secure property rights with minimal government interference.

Michael Strong, CEO of the MKG Group, which will build the city and set its laws...

Strong said that the agreement with the Honduran government states that the only tax will be on property.

“Our goal is to be the most economically free entity on Earth,” Strong said.

“[It] will bring a lot of investment into the country [and be] a center for many employment opportunities for our people,” Honduran President Porfirio Lobo Sosa has said.

The laws in the city will be separate from those in the rest of Honduras. Strong said that the default law that will be enforced in the city will actually be based on Texas state law, which has relatively few regulations.

“It will be Texas law with more freedom of contract. Texas scores well on state economic freedom rankings,” he explained.

“Texas law is also very familiar to American business people, and it is very familiar to Hondurans, because a lot of Hondurans have gone there or have family there.”

Investors who think the city will do well will also be able to buy land there.

“There will be a free market in land,” Strong said.

The rules for immigrating to the city have yet to be finalized, but are expected to be loose.

“It will be designed to be very welcoming to those with a minimum threshold of skills or capital,” Strong said. However, businesses in the city will be required to employ a minimum proportion of native Hondurans – a requirement imposed at the outset by the Honduran government to ensure that the city’s benefits largely go to Hondurans.

To insure the city against political change, the Honduran Legislature has agreed that a two-thirds majority will be required to interfere with the city. - Full Article Source

10/02/12 - L Ron Hubbard was king conman...Scientology is just a pyramid scam
KeelyNet The Sun tracked down great grandson Jamie Dewolf, the religious leader’s descendant to his home in Oakland, California.

Speaking publicly for the first time, Jamie said: “My great grandfather, L Ron Hubbard, was the king of the conmen, who created a giant pyramid scam.”

And he added: “He had the gift of the gab and was charismatic enough to pull it off. Basically, he was a grifter and a hustler who engineered a massive scam.”

Jamie says most of Hubbard’s family have now quit the church and live in hiding, terrified his followers might find them and reap revenge for abandoning his dream.

But Jamie, 35, adds that he is determined to speak out and tell the truth about his famous ancestor.

The Church of Scientology is one of the most talked about cults — and continues to attract thousands of followers around the world.

But few people know how it started. L Ron Hubbard was born in the American Midwest and served in the US Navy during the Second World War.

“He later moved to California and tried his hand as a science fiction writer. His meagre earnings meant life was hard.

By 1948 he was so exasperated, he was quoted as saying: “Writing for a penny a word is ridiculous.

“If a man really wants to make a million dollars, the best way would be to start his own religion.”

Hubbard’s fortunes changed when his book Dianetics: The Modern Science Of Mental Health became a worldwide best-seller in 1950. What started as a self-help guide quickly turned into a religion when Hubbard amassed scores of followers.

He later claimed he had discovered humans are immortal aliens trapped on earth and his teachings could unlock the universe’s secrets.

One of the first to quit the cult was his eldest son Ron Jr — Jamie’s late grandfather. Jamie said: “Ron Jr told me 99 per cent of anything his father ever wrote or said about himself was fiction. L Ron turned himself into a folk hero, a fictional character. Everything he said was made up or exaggerated.”

Jamie is convinced Hubbard, rather than believing himself to be a true prophet, started Scientology as a cynical exercise to amass power for himself. He said: “At first he called it science — but it is too easy to question science. So he called it a religion and hid behind that.

“You cannot question people’s religious beliefs, so he managed to say and do what he wanted.

“I don’t think he did it all for the money — he did it to feed his ego.” - Full Article Source

10/02/12 - People get gout because of increase in obesity
Gout - a type of arthritis - is incredibly painful thanks to needle-shaped crystals, which form in and around joints - particularly the big toe - causing inflammation.

The painful illness is known as the disease of kings as it afflicted a number of monarchs including Henry VIII.

Hospital admissions have almost doubled in a decade to more than 4,400 a year.

Experts blame eating and drinking to excess for the illness caused by a build-up in the blood of uric acid, a waste product formed by the breakdown of food, beer and wine.

If someone produces too much uric acid tiny crystals will start to form in the joints and cause pain and inflammation.

Alcohol can raise the level of uric acid in the blood by increasing its production in the liver, and by reducing how much is passed out in urine, with beer a particular issue.

Tam Fry, of the National Obesity Forum, said: 'This rise comes as no surprise - and its not just the elderly who are suffering.

'People have just about got the message that obesity may lead to Type 2 Diabetes and hypertension but they appear to be oblivious to the plethora of other conditions triggered by being unhealthily fat.

'Because of the age range, health professionals should take every opportunity warn their patients just how painful it is. - Full Article Source

10/02/12 - Perpetuum mobile, free energy
A compilation of free energy devices from around the world.

Perpetuum mobile does exist. The government and science is lying to you. Be careful!

I would include the 2 part video links but oddly enough embedding has been disabled. - Full Article Source

10/02/12 - Canned Air to open a Bike Lock
Break A Lock Canned Air - You know the warning on cans of compressed air, the one that cautions you from shaking the can during use, or inverting the can before squeezing the trigger?

Turns out the white liquid it expels when you do that isn't just potentially hazardous to your health -- it could also encourage thievery.

That's because the liquid is difluoroethane, a refrigerant that evaporates at -13°F. Cold enough, according to Popular Science, to chill the steel in bike locks and make them extremely brittle.

Then a thief could potentially hit the lock with a well-placed hammer a few times and shatter the critical bits to pieces.

As the video below illustrates, this process is more difficult than it sounds, and any bike thief pounding away on a frozen lock is sure to draw some unwanted attention. Still, it may be worth doubling up on lock technology, or at least bringing your bike inside if it's valuable enough. - Full Article Source

10/02/12 - TSA 'All-Stop' Drill
At Phoenix, Arizona's airport, WITHIN the "secured" area of the gates, I suddenly found myself in a bunch of travelers who were being sharply told to "STAY RIGHT WHERE YOU ARE! DON'T MOVE!". A TSA employee was pointing his blue-gloved hand at anyone who moved a muscle (including airport workers) and barking these orders. Beyond him were two other agents doing the same thing to everyone in a 90-degree radius.

The tension was rather palpable, as you might imagine. No explanation was given, no other words were spoken. No one moved a muscle. Parents grabbed their children. Anyone who fidgeted or made a step forward got yelled at.

Two minutes or so later, Mr. Gloved Hand brusquely waved everyone about their business (as seen in the tape). I only managed to capture the final 30 seconds or so of the incident.

After this, I walked into the terminal intersection they had cut off, expecting to see someone in handcuffs, face down on the carpet with a bunch of cops on him. Or at least ONE single police officer or security guard... but there were none. There was NO incident happening, whatsoever. And everyone went onwards to their gates...

I'm still picking my jaw up off the floor. Felt I should share.

One of the TSA's regional spokesmen, Nico Melendez, tells Huffington Post that these freeze drills, which the agency calls "all-stop drills," have been occurring for roughly 10 years. Though this was a drill, the exercise has "been used in a real situation," Melendez said.

"We use them to control the situation, stop screening and identify the breach," Melendez continued. While there is no mention of the drills on the agency's website about "all-stop," Melendez said that he would be soon publish a blog post about the topic at - Full Article Source


09/29/12 - In praise of Small (and Cheap) Science
I am a big fan of Small Science. In spite of the riches unearthed by Big Science in the fields of biology and physics during the last fifty years, historically speaking much of scientific progress has come from small groups or individuals working with relatively cheap equipment and resources.

For instance consider discoveries like the structure of DNA, the structure of proteins, nuclear fission, the cosmic microwave background radiation and the transistor. All of these have been the beneficiaries of Small Science. Even in those cases where large organizations have supported these developments, the key findings themselves have come from small groups left alone to pursue their own interests. The work done by these groups benefited from a maximum of flexibility and a minimum of bureaucratic interference.

There will always be endeavors which will require large, multidisciplinary organizations and billions of dollars in funding. But these facts also create a bias in the minds of young scientists just entering the game. The past success of Big Science makes it appear to young scientists that they need to necessarily do expensive science in order to be successful. Part of this belief does come from the era of big accelerator physics and high profile molecular biology as noted above.

But we don’t have to see far to realize that this belief is flawed and it has been demolished by physicists themselves; two years ago, the Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded to scientists who produced graphene by peeling off layers of it from graphite using good old scotch tape. How many millions of dollars did it take to do this experiment?

Fortunately there is hope on the horizon. Firstly, Big Science is constrained by its very size and nature. Especially in an increasingly poor funding environment, the fortunes of Big Science will wax and wane while Small Science’s will stay more or less constant.

But the real revolution that will make it possible to sustain Small Science is the revolution in open-source science, crowdsourcing and crowdfunding. - Full Article Source

09/29/12 - Jessup and Moore


The information and materials on this Web site were produced and/or compiled by Sten Holtermann, great-great grandson of Bloomfield H. Moore and Clara Sophia Jessup.

Bloomfield-Moore was the wealthy patron of Keely for most of his later life. To help spread the word and preserve his work, she wrote the book 'Aerial Navigation'.

Others at the time worked to help preserve as much of Keely's work as possible. One such was Keely's author friend William Colville who wrote the fascinating book (with diagrams) Dashed Against the Rock. In the book he provides much of Keelys ideas and theories using the character Aldebaran to represent Keely. It was a brilliant way to ensure the information would not be wiped from history.

They are difficult reads but provide a WEALTH of information about Keely, his experiments and his theories. I suggest you download both as PDFs to include all the diagrams.

Clara Sophia Jessup was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on February 16th, 1824. Her parents were Augustus Edward Jessup and Lydia Moseley. She received her education at home, superintended by competent teachers, and at the Westfield (Massachusetts) Academy.

She also supported, and wrote several books and articles about, John Worrell Keely (1827-1898), the controversial inventor of the "Hydro-Pneumo-Pulsating-Vacuo Motor". Keely claimed that the force he had harnessed would enable him--with just one quart of water--to send a train of cars from Philadelphia to San Francisco.

She continued to believe in Keely's findings, and was the main finacial backer of his "Keely Motor Company" financially, for at least ten years (1881- 1891). Persuaded in 1891by her family to stop wasting good money on a futile project, she wrote a letter to the directors of Keely's company telling them that she withdrew her support. This was not entirely true, judging from a little note this head-strong (and generous) lady wrote the day after the story hit the press.

One of the last entries in her diary of 1898 (25 August) is about Keely's company: "I sent for Dr. Baumann to give him the Keely shares, to hold in trust for distribution, and have written upon the certificate of five shares; as follows; -- "By an arrangement made in 1896, with Mr. Keely, to take effect in event of his terms of settlement, with the old Keely Motor Copany, not having been ratified ... to be exchanged for their equivalent in value in stock of the new Company, which will then be organised."

Keely died in 1898. The inexhaustible source of power he claimed to have discovered, "The Etheric Force" or "Molecular Motion of Energy", was, it turned out, nothing but compressed air. The "Hydro-Pneumo-Pulsating-Vacuo-Motor", and other mysterious engines such as the "Compound Disintegrator" and the "Sympathetic Negative Attractor", had all been powered by a large cast iron hollow sphere carefully hidden in the cellar floor beneath Keely's workrooms!

Mrs. Bloomfield Moore spent her last years in London, England, where she became known as "Lady B" among her friends, to whom she could count literary celebrities like Henry Longfellow and Robert Browning, and the celebrated actress Sarah Bernhardt.

She died in her home at Great Stanhope Street, London, on 5 July, 1899.

Regarding the newspaper clip in this article;

Mrs. Bloomfield Moore has withdrawn her support... Press clipping pasted into Mrs. Bloomfield Moore's personal copy of her book "Keely and his Discoveries". Her handwritten comment shows that this firm resolution of hers did not last very long:

"The day after the publication of the above in 1891, the president of the Keely Motor Company called to tell me there was not a penny in the treasury, soliciting my aid. I left it with Mr. Keely to decide and there was no interruption to the work".

Mrs. Bloomfield Moore continued to support Keely until 1898, the year of his death. He died on November 18. She died shortly thereafter, on January 5th, 1899.

You will find further biographic information about Mrs. Bloomfield Moore on another Web site, "Sympathetic Vibratory Physics", where the Hydro-Pneumo-Pulsating-Vacuo Motor and Mr. Keely's purported findings seem to live on as some sort of new age cult in our days. KeelyNet is another site worth visiting. - Full Article Source

09/29/12 - Sugar Batteries Could Store 20% More Energy Than Li-Ions
"Scientists at the Tokyo University of Science have developed a way to create sugar batteries that store 20% more energy than lithium-ion cells.

Before it can be used as the anode in a sodium-ion battery, sucrose powder is turned into hard carbon powder by heating it to up to 1,500 degrees celsius in an oxygen-free oven."

Not talking sugar straight out of the paper packet. Before it can be used as the anode in a sodium-ion battery, sucrose powder is turned into hard carbon powder by heating it to up to 1,500 degrees celsius in an oxygen-free oven.

In reality, there are many raw materials that can be turned into carbon in a similar fashion, but the advantage to using sugar is that's it's practically an unlimited resource.

Creating batteries from materials that are easily to replenish lowers the cost of manufacturing, and in turn the cost of devices.

Furthermore, the researchers have found that these new source materials actually result in batteries with greater capacities. - Full Article Source

09/29/12 - Air Force ambitious Space Fence project


The Space Fence is part of the Department of Defense's effort to better track and detect space objects which can consist of thousands of pieces of space debris as well as commercial and military satellite parts.

Approximately 19,000 objects larger than 10 cm are known to exist, according to NASA. The Space Fence will replace the current VHF Air Force Space Surveillance System built in 1961.

The Space Fence will use multiple S-band ground-based radars -- the exact number will depend on operational performance and design considerations -- that will permit detection, tracking and accurate measurement of orbiting space objects.

The idea is that the Space Fence is going to be the most precise radar in the space situational surveillance network and the S-band capability will provide the highest accuracy in detecting even the smallest space objects, the Air Force stated.

The Fence will have greater sensitivity, allowing it to detect, track and measure an object the size of a softball orbiting more than 1,200 miles in space. Because it is an uncued tracking system, it will provide evidence of satellite break-ups, collisions or unexpected maneuvers of satellites, the Air Force said.

The Space Fence program, which will ultimately cost more than $3.5 billion, will be made up of a system of geographically dispersed ground-based sensors to provide timely assessment of space events. - Full Article Source

09/29/12 - Whirlydoodle Project Makes Fun, Spinning Things
KeelyNet There you were, one evening in Ann Arbor, MI, looking at a bunch of crazy spinning pinwheel-type things on light poles that seemed to change speed, colors, and light patterns with each minor wind shift.

You were seeing Whirlydoodles. Slashdot met Whirlydoodle creator Timothy Jones at the 2012 Ann Arbor Mini Maker Faire and shot a quick video of him and his colorful "micro-electric wind turbine" in action. - Full Article Source

09/29/12 - Israeli water power that doesn’t give a dam
KeelyNet You don’t have to build dams to get hydroelectricity from water flowing through municipal pipes, says Dr. Daniel Farb, the Los Angeles immigrant who previously shook up the Israeli clean-tech power scene with his Leviathan Energy company’s award-winning Wind Tulip.

A turbine that turns excess pressure inside existing underground water pipes into energy for the electric grid.

“Managers of water systems already know where there is excess pressure, and often they put pressure breakers in those locations to prevent leaks from forming.

One of the great things about what we’re doing is that we are battling the water and energy shortage at the same time,” Farb said “An estimated $14 billion worth of water is wasted each year through leakage, and decreased pressure means decreased leaks.”

Farb is optimistic that thousands of potential installation sites in Israel could start adding several more megawatts of power to the seriously overtaxed electricity grid by next summer.

A smaller version of the Benkatina turbine could provide off-grid electricity in remote areas of the world in need of moderate amounts of power, as long as there are nearby water pipes. This would be more consistently reliable than either solar or wind energy, Farb said.

And if a proposed Dead Sea canal ever gets built, the Leviathan technology could play a role.

“I can foresee desalinated water coming from the Gulf of Eilat or from the Mediterranean to the Dead Sea through pipes, and taking off some of the extra pressure in many points along the way to use for hydroelectricity,” Farb said. - Full Article Source

09/29/12 - Water 'Rocketeer' hopes to fly to Catalina, set world record
KeelyNet Newport Beach adventurer Dean O'Malley will try to set a world record this weekend when he flies from Newport to Catalina Island using a new type of jet pack, powered by water.

He's aiming to fly 26 miles to Catalina using what's called a JetLev.

“It feels like you are literally hovering above the earth below you,” explained O’Malley. “Hence the name, JetLev, or Jet Levitation. So it's that concept of literally just floating above the Earth.”

The JetLev can fly only 30 feet high, and its top speed is only around 30 miles an hour.

It looks sort of like a jet pack with a long hose that drags along in the water.

“The concept is you have an engine and a water pump, says O’Malley. “It sucks water up underneath. In a Jet Ski, it pushes out back to go forward. Here, it sends the water out in the front to the backpack. So you're using the water pressure to send you into the air.”

O'Malley says operating the JetLev is relatively easy. In fact, his day job is giving lessons to beginners in Newport Harbor.

Flying over open ocean is a whole different story. There's weather to worry about, equipment failures, and even sharks. But O'Malley is an extreme sports junkie, and he says he's gotten no greater thrill than blasting across the water with a JetLev strapped to his back. - Full Article Source

09/29/12 - Second Sleep
Second sleep: a period of wakefulness in the middle of the night — I just had dinner with my friend Emily Hurson, a talented actor, singer and all-round hoopy frood. When I asked her about her longtime struggle with insomnia, she mentioned that her life was much better since she embraced second sleep, a period of wakefulness in the middle of the night.

According to its proponents, this sleep pattern is the one that humans naturally fall into when they don't have electric lighting, and was common until a few hundred years ago.

I've been reading up on it this morning and I'm intrigued. Emily sez, "I've embraced that not getting 8 hours of sleep in a row is okay. When I wake up in the night, sometimes for a few hours, I don't get frustrated or worried about a lack of sleep." - Full Article Source

09/29/12 - How the Internet will (one day) transform government
The open-source world has learned to deal with a flood of new, oftentimes divergent, ideas using hosting services like GitHub -- so why can’t governments?

In this rousing talk Clay Shirky shows how democracies can take a lesson from the Internet, to be not just transparent but also to draw on the knowledge of all their citizens.

Clay Shirky argues that the history of the modern world could be rendered as the history of ways of arguing, where changes in media change what sort of arguments are possible -- with deep social and political implications. - Full Article Source

09/29/12 - Conditioning to hand out personal information to anonymous machines
The banks, bless them, are only trying to prevent fraud, but this is a pretty silly way of going about it. For starters, there's the business of calling up people and asking them to give you all the information necessary to prove that they are indeed a bank customer – all the information that a fraudster needs to impersonate that person at the bank, in other words.

The banks have spent decades systematically conditioning us to give our personal information to fraudsters, which is a strange way to prevent fraud.

But at least this silliness had one saving grace: a fraudster can only make so many calls per day, and so the scope of losses from such a programme of bad security education is limited by the human frailties of con-artists.

Enter the robo-caller. The banks are now outsourcing their fraud prevention to computers that can make dozens of calls all at once, around the clock, fishing (or phishing) for someone who just happened to have made an unusual purchase and is thus willing to spill all his details down the phone to get it approved.

Note that most of the categories of purchase that trigger false positives from fraud detection systems are also the sort of thing that customers are anxious to see go off without a hitch. - Full Article Source

09/29/12 - Roll your own parabolic microphone
KeelyNet Parabolic microphones are used to listen in from a distance. You see them on the sidelines of NFL football games, but they’re part of the standard issue in detective and spy novels.

Now you can build your own parabolic microphone by following this example.

The one component that may be hard to find is the parabolic reflector. You cannot simply use a bowl or other curved object as the precise parabolic shape ensures that sound waves are reflected onto one finite focal point.

For this build the reflector was obtained from an eBay seller.

But the other parts are scavenged from easy to find sources. The microphone itself is an inexpensive element from Radioshack.

It is mounted in the shell from a tweeter speaker, which helps to gather the sound if the element isn’t exactly aligned with the focal point.

The setup also needs a preamplification system, which uses many components. Luckily there’s a schematic and other reference material linked in the write up.

You can also build a laser microphone which detects sound waves on a pane of glass. - Full Article Source

09/29/12 - Hybrid Off/On rocket engine uses acrylic as fuel
We are fascinated by the hybrid rocket engine which [Ben Krasnow] built and tested in his shop. It is actually using a hollow cylinder of acrylic as the fuel, with gaseous oxygen as an oxidizer. We’re already quite familiar with solid rocket propellant, but this hybrid approach is much different.

When a rocket motor using solid propellant is lit it continues to burn until all of the fuel is consumed. That is not the case with this design.

[Ben] milled the test rig in his shop. It’s a fat acrylic rod through which he bored a hole. There are two aluminum plates which complete either end of the chamber.

The intake has a fitting for a valve which connects to the oxygen tank. There is a nozzle on the outflow end. Check out the video to see a full description. You’ll also get a look at the toll the combustion heat takes on the rig. - Full Article Source

09/29/12 - Laser keeps UAVs flying indefinitely


Drone technology is driving the aerospace industry as companies trip over each other trying to develop the next big thing. Here’s a good example of what we’re talking about.

Lasers can no be used to keep a UAV in the air indefinitely. The trick is to add an array of photovoltaic cells specifically tuned to an IR laser’s wavelength.

A ground system then directs a high-intensity laser beam onto the aircraft’s cell array to transfer energy while in flight.

After the break you can catch a video from a trade show where a Lockheed Martin employee describes the successful testing of such a system. But there’s a lot more information available in the white paper (PDF) which Laser Motive has released.

They’re the folks behind the technology who have teamed up with LM to implement the system. The laser unit on the ground can track a UAV visually, but there is also a method of using GPS coordinates to do so in the case of overcast skies. - Full Article Source

09/29/12 - Make that old satellite dish cook all your meals
KeelyNet Grab that old satellite dish out of the dark corner of you garage and get those hot dogs ready. [Share alike license] is going to show us how to turn the dish into a solar cooker.

Harnessing the sun’s power requires a reflective surface.

Although the image above makes it look like a mirror finish, this is really just covered in foil tape. This is what’s used to seal duct work and can be had for a few bucks at any home store.

You’ll notice the dish is pointed up quite a bit more than it would have been when receiving satellite television. The mount on the back of the dish has been turned 180 degrees to allow for this.

You want the rays to be focused on the bottom of the cooking area instead of the side and this will do the trick. A small grate was added just below the pinnacle of the receiver tripod. For now it has only been used to boil a pot of water.

We’d like to see it grilling up some dogs but you’ll have to figure out a way to catch the drippings. We wonder if a transparent baking pan would block too much of the heat energy?

This is a great way to add purpose to neglected equipment. - Full Article Source

09/29/12 - Website dispels Myths about Learning Disabilities is all about “learning disabilities.” A recent National Center for Learning Disabilities report found that;

55% of Americans wrongly believe that wearing glasses can treat learning disabilities.

22% incorrectly believe learning disabilities can be caused by too much TV or video game time

31% believe it’s all caused by a poor diet. (Who knows? Maybe it is.)

24% believe the cause is childhood vaccinations.

33% feel it’s appropriate to ask a job candidate about learning disabilities. (However, it’s against the law.)

43% think people with learning disabilities have low IQs, though there seems to be no correlation there. - Full Article Source

09/29/12 - Placebo effect does not depend on conscious thoughts
The placebo effect, was formulated by the doctors as follows: placebo (from Lat. Placebo - Get Well) is a chemically inert material that does not have therapeutic properties, but has a marked therapeutic effect on the patient. The placebo effect until recently has been associated with conscious thinking. It was believed that human health was improved due to the fact that the patients believed in the efficacy of a drug or procedure that was neutral in reality.

From the Middle Ages terrible tortures and even executions were known during which the tortured were not caused any real damage. For example, prisoners were blindfolded and promised that their throat would be cut open. Then the executioner would hold a sharp object at the specified location, and his assistant would pour warm water on their throat to simulate blood. Unbelievably, the tortured would often die as a result. Their death was exactly reminiscent of the death from blood loss. This effect of malicious thinking was later called the nocebo effect.

However, quite recently, scientists have found evidence of "unconsciousness" of the placebo and nocebo effects. A research team from Massachusetts General Hospital in conjunction with the experts from Harvard Medical School showed that the placebo effect was based on the work of the unconscious brain. Their article Nonconscious activation of placebo and nocebo pain responses was recently published in the PNAS journal. The brain decides how a medicine will effect it even before the information about the drug is understood by the patient, the researchers claim.

The clinical and laboratory practice to date has accumulated a great deal of facts that cast doubt on the conscious nature of placebo and nocebo effects. Many cases suggest that they may occur without conscious processing of visual or verbal stimuli. Often the improvement or deterioration in the health of patients advances automatically, without conscious acceptance of the idea that the drug or procedure must have some impact on them.

In these situations, imaging showed that the visual and verbal stimuli were processed by the brain of these people in the striatum, the evolutionarily more ancient parts and in the subcortical amygdala. Experiments conducted by the authors of the study confirmed the hypothesis that the brain "decides" on the effects of a drug unconsciously - even before we carefully analyze the information about it.

The experiments involved 40 healthy volunteers - 24 women and 16 men. The average age of the subjects was 23 years old. At the first stage of the experiment a heating element that generated pain signals of varying intensity was attached to each subject's arm. The participants were asked to rate the intensity of their pain on a 100-point scale while viewing the on-screen photos of people depicting weak or strong pain.

The subjects did not know that the temperature of the heating element throughout the experiment remained unchanged. Despite the fact that the thermal effect on the skin was the same, the level of pain was strongly correlated with the images on the photographs. The subjects evaluated their pain sensation at 19 points when they saw a person showing a slight pain on their face (the placebo effect), and at 53 points when they saw a person with a face strongly distorted by a grimace of pain (nocebo effect).

At the second stage the experiment was repeated with the only change: the photos of people experiencing pain of varying intensity were shown to the volunteers for only 12 ms, that is, in the stroboscopic mode that did not allow identifying and, especially, analyzing the expression. Once again, scientists were able to observe a clear effect of placebo or nocebo that was slightly weaker, but still pronounced. The participants who were unable to see or analyze the photos flashed on the screen, rated their pain at 25 points when a picture of a person will little pain flickered in the stroboscopic mode, and 44 points if they were shown a face distorted with a grimace of strong pain.

It turns out that the mechanism of the placebo and nocebo effect, regardless of the awareness of the study subjects, produced signals. "This is an automatic and more fundamental than belief and conscious expectation mechanism that regulates our reactions and behavior. It is equally important that using this experimental model, combined with functional MRI mapping of the brain, we can further explore the placebo effect," said one of the authors of the study, Kong Jian. - Full Article Source

09/29/12 - Electronics That Dissolve In the Body
"Scientists have created ultra-thin electronic devices that can 'melt away' in the body once their job is done. A new study published in the journal Science, details how scientists have created a tiny, fully functional electronic device capable of vanishing within their environment, like in the body or in water, once they are no longer needed or useful.

There are already implants that dispense drugs or provide electrical stimulation but they do not dissolve.

The latest creation is an early step in a technology that may benefit not only medicine, like enabling the development of medical implants that don't need to be surgically removed or the risk of long-term side effects, but also electronic waste disposal." - Full Article Source

09/29/12 - First Mammals Observed Regenerating Tissue
"Two species of African spiny mouse have been caught at something no other mammal is known to do — completely regenerating damaged tissue.

The work could help improve wound healing in humans. The species — Acomys kempi and Acomys percivali — have skin that is brittle and easily torn, which helps them to escape predators by jettisoning patches of their skin when caught or bitten.

Researchers report that whereas normal laboratory mice (Mus musculus) grow scar tissue when their skin is removed, African spiny mice can regrow complete suites of hair follicles, skin, sweat glands, fur and even cartilage (abstract).

Tissue regeneration has not been seen in mammals before, though it is common in crustaceans, insects, reptiles and amphibians." - Full Article Source

09/29/12 - Electronic Surveillance By US Law Enforcement Agencies Rising Steeply
"According to data obtained by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), surveillance of emails and other forms of Internet communications without warrants has increased substantially over the last two years.

Documents, obtained by the ACLU, reveal that there has been a 361% increase in 'pen register' and 'trap-and-trace' orders between 2009 and 2011.

The ACLU has appealed to Congress to bring in more judicial oversight in these warrantless orders." - Full Article Source

09/29/12 - Air Force Rejected $100,000 F-22 Fix As Too Expensive
"The Associated Press is reporting that years before F-22 stealth fighter pilots began getting dizzy in the cockpit, before one struggled to breathe as he tried to pull out of a fatal crash, before two more went on the '60 Minutes' television program to say the plane was so unsafe they refused to fly it, a small working group of U.S. Air Force experts knew something was wrong with the prized stealth fighter jet.

This working group, called RAW-G, was created in 2002 at the suggestion of Daniel Wyman, then a flight surgeon at Florida's Tyndall Air Force Base, where the first F-22 squadron was being deployed.

Wyman is now a brigadier general and the Air Combat Command surgeon general. RAW-G proposed a range of solutions by 2005, including adjustments to the flow of oxygen into pilot's masks.

But that key recommendation was rejected by military officials reluctant to add costs to a program that was already well over budget.

Kevin Divers, a former Air Force physiologist who led RAW-G until he left the service in 2007, believes the cost of adjusting the oxygen flow would have added about $100,000 to the cost of each $190 million aircraft." - Full Article Source

09/29/12 - Prof Calls for a Federal Law To Safeguard Digital Afterlives
"A new paper from Professor Jason Mazzone at the University of Illinois calls for federal laws to regulate what happens to digital accounts after the account holder's death.

Mazzone argues that Facebook and other online services have policies for deceased users' accounts that do not adequately protect the individual property and privacy interests at stake.

The full text of the paper (called "Facebook's Afterlife") is also available: " - Full Article Source

09/29/12 - yada yada yada
Have to say that the Republican National Committee has outdone itself with this new ad. With apologies to Abe Lincoln, you can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can not fool all of the people all of the time—unless they are bama voters.

(My concern is solely what is best for the USA, that would be Libertarians or Technocracy. I detest both candidates. We so need to get rid of the electoral college and give us a selection of SEVERAL president options on the ultimate ballot....where the votes are direct without manipulation by chicanery.

Like mindless sheep or crows bedazzled by glitter, flash and pop, we accept it every four years, between two diseased and corrupt political parties who control it all.

Bama was a loser from day one because he is obsessed with media whoring to promote himself and to hell with the job he was paid to do. Plus he always leans to favor muslims and thats a long story in itself.

And Romney is a spoiled, insensitive, greedy businessman but thats what the US must is a giant corporation so needs to be run by someone who is adept at that. Both are miserable choices but since we have only a choice between two evils...I'd pick Romney as much as I dislike his history and views...but he might be 'good enough' to fix the USA. Thanks to Norm W. for this link! - JWD) - Full Article Source


09/26/12 - Turning a shipping container into a 3D printer
KeelyNet Built inside a 20-foot shipping container placed on its end, the Kamermaker – ” room maker” in Dutch – is one of the largest 3D printers we’ve ever seen. Able to print objects as big as 2 meter square and 3.5 meters high, the Kamermaker is designed to print huge objects including furniture, architectural elements, and even entire rooms.

The Kamermaker is a collaboration between Architectburo DUS and Utilimaker and the result of wanting to build the world’s largest 3D printer pavilion. Built inside a stainless steel-clad shipping container, the Kamermaker features a scaled-up version of the X, Y, and Z axes you’d find in any other 3D printer. The only change is a scaling up of current designs, allowing it to print small wind turbines covering its surface or, theoretically, a life-size TARDIS.

Because using traditional plastic filament would be prohibitively expensive, the Utilimaker team chose to extrude plastic pellets on the fly as it is used. - Full Article Source

09/26/12 - Goodyear's 'On TheGo' Self Inflating Tire
"When was the last time you checked your tire pressure? If you're scratching your head, you might want to put a set of Goodyear's new self-inflating tires on your ride.

The company's Air Maintenance Technology was rolled out of the lab this week for debut at a car show in Germany. Commercial truckers will be the first to put the rubber to test, but a consumer version is in the works.

A regulator in the tire senses when tire-inflation pressure drops below a pre-set point and opens to allow air flow into the pumping tube.

As the tire rolls, deformation flattens the tube, pushing air through the tire to the inlet valve and then into the tire cavity. All this technology, in Goodyear's words, eliminates the need for 'external inflation pressure intervention.'" - Full Article Source

09/26/12 - Horrific Atomic War - The Day After (TV 1983)
The graphic & disturbing 1983 drama-sci fi television film about the effects of a devastating nuclear holocaust on small-town residents of eastern Kansas. - Full Article Source

09/26/12 - The missing link to renewable energy
What's the key to using alternative energy, like solar and wind? Storage -- so we can have power on tap even when the sun's not out and the wind's not blowing.

In this accessible, inspiring talk, Donald Sadoway takes to the blackboard to show us the future of large-scale batteries that store renewable energy.

As he says: "We need to think about the problem differently. We need to think big. We need to think cheap." - Full Article Source

09/26/12 - Signs of End Times OR Global Warming?
New Possible Signs That The World Is Coming To An End!? (Dead Species, Global Warming, Strange Sounds Being Heard + More). - Full Article Source

09/26/12 - On the cost of keeping very old men in prison
Mike Mechanic from Mother Jones shares a link to a new longread on the moral, practical, and financial costs ($16 billion a year) of keeping thousands of frail, infirm old men locked up in prison. The MoJo feature includes a powerful photo-essay. Mike says,

In the piece, James Ridgeway shows how 100,000 Americans are now destined to die in prison. He corresponds with a bunch of elderly murderers who know they'll never get out, and are basically waiting around to die and trying to keep their sick friends from suffering too much.

In the photos, Tim Gruber chronicled life in the nursing/hospice unit of the Kentucky State Reformatory in 2008. Seeing these needy, pathetically weak guys being spoon fed and's like, For Chrissake, why in God's name are we doing this? These guys belong in a civilian nursing home. - Full Article Source

09/26/12 - Scientists Speak Out Against Wasting Helium In Balloons
KeelyNet "BBC reports that Tom Welton, a professor of sustainable chemistry at Imperial College, London, believes that a global shortage of helium means it should be used more carefully, — and since helium cools the large magnets inside MRI scanners it is wrong to use it for balloons used at children's parties.

'We're not going to run out of helium tomorrow — but on the 30 to 50 year timescale we will have serious problems of having to shut things down if we don't do something in the meantime,' says Welton.

'When you see that we're literally just letting it float into the air, and then out into space inside those helium balloons, it's just hugely frustrating. It is absolutely the wrong use of helium.'

Two years ago, the shortage of helium prompted American Nobel Prize winner Robert Richardson to speak out about the huge amounts of helium wasted every day because the gas is kept artificially cheap by the U.S. government and to call for a dramatic increase in helium's price.

But John Lee, chairman of the UK's Balloon Association, insists that the helium its members put into balloons is not depriving the medical profession of the gas. 'The helium we use is not pure,' says Lee.

'It's recycled from the gas which is used in the medical industry, and mixed with air. We call it balloon gas rather than helium for that reason.'" - Full Article Source

09/26/12 - US Patent Office Seeks Aid To Spot Bogus Patent Claims
"Members of the public are being asked by the US Patent Office to help weed out bogus patent applications. It wants the public to contribute to a website that will spot applications for patents on technologies that have already been invented.

The website, called Ask Patents, will be run by US firm Stack Exchange that has a track record of operating Q&A websites."

Here is the fix for the Patent Office...WORKING MODELS. - JWD - Full Article Source

09/26/12 - Toyota Abandons Plans For All-Electric Vehicle Rollout
KeelyNet "Toyota has given up on plans to sell any significant number of all-electric vehicles. Citing 'many difficulties' with the project, the company says it will only sell about 100 of the battery-powered eQ cars it has been working on for several years.

'By dropping plans for a second electric vehicle in its line-up, Toyota cast more doubt on an alternative to the combustion engine that has been both lauded for its oil-saving potential and criticized for its heavy reliance on government subsidies in key markets like the United States.

'The current capabilities of electric vehicles do not meet society's needs, whether it may be the distance the cars can run, or the costs, or how it takes a long time to charge,' said, Uchiyamada, who spearheaded Toyota's development of the Prius hybrid in the 1990s.'" - Full Article Source

09/26/12 - Lab-Grown Leather Could Be a Reality In 5 Years
"Lab-grown leather apparel could hit the runways in as little as five years—all without harming a hair on a single animal's head, according to Andras Forgacs, co-founder and CEO of Modern Meadow, a Missouri-based startup that's approaching meat-and-leather production from a tissue-bioengineering, rather than farming, point of view.

Backed by Breakout Labs, the grant-awarding foundation headed by PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel, Modern Meadow seeks to combine regenerative medicine with three-dimensional printing to synthesize leather and ultimately meat." - Full Article Source

09/26/12 - Beer Is Cheaper In the US Than Anywhere Else In the World
"It's frustrating to drop $7 on a pint of beer in New York City, as it turns out, Americans have the cheapest beer on Earth. International bank UBS gathered data about the median wages and average retail prices of a 500mL (pint) beer in 150 countries.

Those data were compiled to figure out how many minutes of work it takes the average worker of a country to earn enough money to buy a beer.

It's funny that UBS analysts are spending time looking at beer, but considering that beer is beloved and nigh essential everywhere, it offers an interesting comparison between commodities and wages.

For example, India tops the least, with the median worker having to work nearly an hour to afford a pint thanks to extremely low wages.

In the U.S. however, where wages are relatively high and the cost of the average beer is quite low (thanks to those super-massive macrobreweries out there), it takes the median worker about five minutes of labor to afford a retail (store-, not bar-bought) pint. That's the shortest amount of time in the world, which means that, relatively speaking, beer is cheaper here than anywhere else." - Full Article Source

09/26/12 - Why American Internet Service Is Slow and Expensive
"Reporter David Cay Johnston was interviewed recently for his new book, which touches on why America's Internet access is slow, expensive, and retarding economic growth.

The main reason? Regulatory capture. It seems the telecommunication companies have rewritten the regulatory rules in their favor.

In regards to the fees that were meant to build a fast Internet, Johnston speculates those fees went to build out cellular networks.

'The companies essentially have a business model that is antithetical to economic growth,' he says. 'Profits go up if they can provide slow Internet at super high prices.'" - Full Article Source

09/26/12 - Microsoft Pollutes To Avoid Fines
"Microsoft's Quincy data center, physical home of Bing and Hotmail, was fined $210,000 last year because the data center used too little electricity.

To avoid similar penalties for 'underconsumption of electricity' this year, the data center burned through $70,000 worth of electricity in three days." - Full Article Source

09/26/12 - Road cleared for self-driving cars in California
California Governor Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed a bill clearing the way for self-driving cars to jockey with human-operated vehicles to test the technology on the state's roads.

"Autonomous vehicles are another example of how California's technological leadership is turning today's science fiction into tomorrow's reality," Brown said during a signing ceremony at the Google campus in Mountain View.

"This law will allow California's pioneering engineers to safely test and implement this amazing new technology."

The legislation backed by state senator Alex Padilla lets driverless cars be operated on public roads for testing purposes as long as licensed drivers are behind the wheels to take over if needed. - Full Article Source

09/26/12 - Astral Projection on Demand
The Institute uses audio technology to help induce different states of consciousness. The technology is touted as creating optimal conditions for the brain, leading to “peak human performance.”

Wikipedia reports: An out-of-body experience (OBE or sometimes OOBE) is an experience that typically involves a sensation of floating outside of one’s body.

Monroe opened the private, not-for-profit institute in 1978. But his interest in using sound patterns to explore the mind began in the mid-1950s, sparked by the possibility that people could learn while asleep.

Monroe and his team ultimately developed Hemi-Sync, an audio technology based on the premise that certain tones can encourage the two hemispheres of the brain to synchronize and move into different states of consciousness.

To give the public access to this technology, Monroe made numerous recordings that, when used with headphones, send slightly different tones through each ear, helping the brain to create a third “binaural” beat.

The result: a collection of compact discs that purportedly can be used for everything from inducing sleep to increasing memory retention to, as the institute entices on its Web site, reaching “extraordinary” states. - Full Article Source

09/26/12 - Tiny Bubbles Explain Puzzle about Light from Sound
Sonoluminescence¿the physical phenomenon by which sound turns into light¿is as mystifying as a magic trick. Despite 70 years of trying, scientists still cannot fully explain how a bubble of air in water focuses acoustic energy a trillionfold to spit out picosecond bursts of ultraviolet radiation.

Initially physicists attributed the flashes to friction. In the late 1980s, though, they came to see that bubbles in a sound wave's path expanded and rapidly collapsed¿heating the gas inside them to temperatures hotter than the sun's surface. This collapse and heat, they determined, created a glowing plasma.

Although they don't know why, the researchers say that bubble size alone seems to predict the OH line and suggest that, compared with smaller single bubbles that collapse symmetrically (top right), larger bubbles in multibubble systems are unstable (bottom right).

The team further fitted the spectra to a blackbody radiation curve and showed that it corresponded to plasma at a temperature of about 8,000 degrees Kelvin. "It's a nice connecting together of the underlying physical phenomena," Ken Suslick of the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign told Physical Review Focus. "And the ability to recognize the OH emission line is pretty cool." - Full Article Source

09/26/12 - Muslim My A$$
KeelyNet Have you ever seen a Muslim hospital? Have you heard a Muslim orchestra? Have you seen a Muslim band march in a parade? Have you witnessed a Muslim charity? Have you shaken hands with a Muslim Girl Scout? Have you seen a Muslim Candy Striper?

The answer is no, you have not. Just ask yourself WHY ???

Barack Obama, during his Cairo speech, said: "I know, too, that Islam has always been a part of America 's history."


Dear Mr. Obama:

Were those Muslims that were in America when the Pilgrims first landed? Funny, I thought they were Native American Indians.

Were those Muslims that celebrated the first Thanksgiving day? Sorry again, those were Pilgrims and Native American Indians.

Can you show me one Muslim signature on the: United States Constitution? Declaration of Independence? Bill of Rights? Didn't think so.

Did Muslims fight for this country's freedom from England? No.

Did Muslims fight during the Civil War to free the slaves in America ? No, they did not.

In fact, Muslims to this day are still the largest traffickers in human slavery.

Your own half-brother, a devout Muslim, still advocates slavery himself, even though Muslims of Arabic descent refer to black Muslims as "pug nosed slaves."

Says a lot of what the Muslim world really thinks of your family's "rich Islamic heritage," doesn't it Mr. Obama?

Where were Muslims during the Civil Rights era of this country? Not present.

There are no pictures or media accounts of Muslims walking side by side with Martin Luther King, Jr. or helping to advance the cause of Civil Rights.

Where were Muslims during this country's Woman's Suffrage era? Again, not present.

In fact, devout Muslims demand that women are subservient to men in the Islamic culture. So much so, that often they are beaten for not wearing the 'hajib' or for talking to a man who is not a direct family member or their husband. Yep, the Muslims are all for women's rights, aren't they?

Where were Muslims during World War II? They were aligned with Adolf Hitler. The Muslim grand mufti himself met with Adolf Hitler, reviewed the troops and accepted support from the Nazi's in killing Jews.

Finally, Mr. Obama, where were Muslims on Sept. 11th, 2001? If they weren't flying planes into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon or a field in Pennsylvania killing nearly 3,000 people on our own soil, they were rejoicing in the Middle East.

No one can dispute the pictures shown from all parts of the Muslim world celebrating on CNN, Fox News, MSNBC and other cable news networks that day.

Strangely, the very "moderate" Muslims who's asses you bent over backwards to kiss in Cairo, Egypt on June 4th were stone cold silent post 9-11. To many Americans, their silence has meant approval for the acts of that day.

And THAT, Mr. Obama, is the "rich heritage" Muslims have here in America...

Oh, I'm sorry, I forgot to mention the Barbary Pirates. They were Muslims.

And now we can add November 5, 2009 - the slaughter of American soldiers at Fort Hood by a Muslim major who is a doctor and a psychiatrist who was supposed to be counseling soldiers returning from battle in Iraq and Afghanistan.

That, Mr. Obama is the "Muslim heritage" in America. - from a personal email

09/26/12 - Cut it off and Live Longer
Scientists have found a sure-fire way for men to live longer - but most red-blooded males will find the method unpalatably painful.

Researchers in Korea have shown that eunuchs - castrated men living centuries ago - outlived other men by a significant margin.

They say their findings suggest that male sex hormones are responsible for shortening the lives of men.

Amongst the 81 eunuchs they studied, three lived to the ripe old age of 100 or more, a feat of longevity that remains relatively rare even in developed countries today.

They noted the incidence of centenarians among Korean eunuchs is at least 130 times greater than it is in the developed countries, and that can’t be explained simply by the benefits of life in the palace, either.

They said most eunuchs spent as much time outside the palace as they did inside it.

And, in fact, kings and male members of the royal family had the shortest lives of all, typically surviving only to their mid-forties. - Full Article Source

09/26/12 - Movie questions hell as place of eternal torment
KeelyNet How can a loving God send people, even bad people, to a place of eternal torment? A new documentary struggles with questions of punishment and redemption and how culture affects and shapes Christian beliefs about God and the Bible.

In an interview after a Nashville screening of "Hellbound?" Miller said he believes our ideas about hell have a real-world effect on the way we live our lives and the way we relate to others.

Perhaps popular theologian Brian McLaren best expresses that thought in the movie when he says, "If I believe that a small percentage of human beings were created to enjoy bliss eternally and another group of beings were created to experience eternal conscious torment, then I look at human beings differently than if I say, `Every human being was made in the image of God. Every human being is beloved by God. God is at work to save every human being.'"

McLaren's position is contrasted with that of Seattle megachurch pastor Mark Driscoll, who explains that, in his view, "God created the world and people chose to rebel against him. And God came and died to save some of them from the death they deserve."

Mainstream Christianity, especially evangelical Christianity, tends to promote some version of that view, which includes the idea of hell as eternal torment.

(While we are on the subject...two interesting things in the Bible, if you believe all that stuff;

More than one 'God' - 15 The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it. 16 And the Lord God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; 17 but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.

3 Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?”

2 The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, 3 but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.’”

4 “You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman. 5 “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”

6 When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. 7 Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves.

8 Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the Lord God among the trees of the garden. 9 But the Lord God called to the man, “Where are you?”

10 He answered, “I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid.”

11 And he said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?”

12 The man said, “The woman you put here with me—she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it.”

13 Then the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?”

The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”

21 The Lord God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them. 22 And the Lord God said, “The man has now become like one of us, knowing good and evil. He must not be allowed to reach out his hand and take also from the tree of life and eat, and live forever.” 23 So the Lord God banished him from the Garden of Eden to work the ground from which he had been taken.

Curious eh? If people must worship anything, IT SHOULD BE THE SERPENT because WITHOUT HIM, this world as we know it would not exist...only Adam and Eve and the animals.

AS WELL, the clear statement there was MORE THAN ONE 'GOD' ONE OF US...not AS ME, but US. Think about it. - JWD) - Full Article Source


09/23/12 - Open source brick machine: the evolution
"Open Source Ecology is a social enterprise based in Missouri.

We develop open source machines that can be made for a fraction of commercial costs, and share our designs on the Internet for free.

We've just designed version 4.0 of our compressed earth brick press, the Liberator. With this machine, anyone can make solid, 'dirt cheap' structures from the earth beneath their feet.

This linked video shows the evolution of the CEB press from 2007-2012." - Full Article Source

09/23/12 - Mysteries at the Museum posts Keely Motor fraud!


Now I don't want to preach so many do Tesla....but I think people who don't study the matter and only take surface information are throwing the baby out with the bathwater.

The reason I say this is EVERYONE who debunks Keely then and now, have FAILED to duplicate his demonstrations using compressed air or hydraulics or any other known force.

If it was a trick, you'd think someone would be able to present the same phenomena using whatever forces they are claiming...air, water, etc...

But no one does and THAT to me is a significant favorable anomaly for any inventor who makes claims and does demonstrations.

KeelyNet In Keelys early researches he worked with a vapor that had almost plasma like properties. He stored this vapor in a big metal sphere but as his understanding of the forces he was working with increased, he found other ways to release the pressures without using the vapor.

It was at that time when the reporter visited Keely's shop to find him standing next to a hole in the wooden floor that revealed the earth underneath. On the side of this hole was this big iron sphere, which I believe was 3,000 pounds in weight...Here are the details of this interesting story and much more.

"The sphere was estimated to weigh 6,625 pounds and have a bursting strength of 28,000 pounds per square inch."

But the story said Keely invited the reporter to have a seat and watch. Keely had attached a wire around the equator of the sphere...this wire ran to a mechanical control panel.

Keely made an adjustment on the control panel and this iron sphere rose into the air like a big balloon.

Keely then pushed this floating iron ball over the hole...made another adjustment on the control panel and the sphere floated down into the hole to land with normal weight on the flat earth under the lab floor.

Keely made another adjustment and the iron sphere GAINED WEIGHT AND SANK DOWN INTO THE EARTH...when it was deep enough, he switched off the control panel and the sphere regained its normal weight.

Keely told the reporter he no longer needed this iron sphere so figured he'd just bury it under the lab. And thats what the debunkers found AFTER he died.

After he died, is when the debunkers were too stupid to be able to figure out any of the machines Keely left...THATS when they debunked him and wrote him as a fraud in history.

Anyone who monitors science and technology cannot help but see there are many modern discoveries which are EXACTLY what Keely did and demonstrated from about 1870 til his death in 1898. Check out Keely History.

Going back to the floating iron sphere...I can imagine a device that resonantly couples to the neutral center of a mass....with basically three settings which Keelys machines are all based on....push, pull and balance.

Push repels the zpe influx flowing into the neutral center to cause the mass weight to DECREASE.

Pull opens up the neutral center to increase the zpe influx to cause the mass weight to INCREASE.

Balance is where the push and pull energies CANCEL out so that the mass has no weight and floats like a balloon.

All built into a mechanical tuning fork panel...I can see it. - Full Article Source

09/23/12 - How to Turn Your Scented Candles Into an Immense Fireball
(This is an interesting demonstraion from youtube. It is provided for information purposes only and is NOT recommended to try.)

Mr. Martino showing the Year 12 Physics class at Bossley Park High School the Wax Fireball Experiment.

All it takes is a fire, a bucket, a few candles, some water, and - I cannot stress this enough - a giant space in which nothing whatsoever will burn.

And make sure it's not just horizontal space. Ideally, you would get in a giant, non-flammable biodome for this, so that there is nothing above or around that can catch fire. And then bring a fire extinguisher anyway.

Build a small fire and suspend a bucket over it. Chuck in a few candles and melt them.

Eventually the wax will heat to the point where it catches fire. Throw in some water. The entire arrangement will go from a bit of flaming wax in a bucket to a giant pillar of fire.

How did adding water manage to do that? Generally, water puts out a fire. It has to do with how candles burn. Although the string wick of a candle is obviously flammable, that's not what's burning.

The wax gets drawn up the wick, catches fire, and disperses in the air. The tiny particles of wax that caught fire create a small ball of flame.

Water is denser than wax, and so when you through it in the bucket, it will get under the melted wax. There it will be heated so quickly that it will evaporate, and expand rapidly into steam.

As it expands it lifts the wax along with it. Now you've got a candle situation in macro. The water lifts a lot of tiny wax particles and spreads them around the air above the bucket. They all catch fire and suddenly there's a giant pillar of flaming wax particles. - Full Article Source

09/23/12 - Shoe GPS guides you with a click of your heels
The shoes come with PC software and a USB cable, so that, once you have got home and tried your shoes on, you can then simply upload your home address, and from then on your shoes will tell you which way to walk.

The GPS antenna is embedded in the heal of the left shoe, which also contains a ring of LEDs, which form a compass. The shoe meanwhile communicates wirelessly with the right shoe, which contains a progress bar, showing you how much further you need to stroll.

These are not the only shoes coming out with GPS.

Another pair aims to help Alzheimer's victims - a £200 pair with GPS which allows its wearer’s location to be accurately pinpointed.

The GPS system, which is implanted in the heel of what appears to be a normal walking shoe, allows family members or carers to constantly monitor the wearer. - Full Article Source

09/23/12 - Imagineers visit with Maker Camp
Maker Camp is a month-long virtual DIY camp put on by Maker Faire. Hundreds of teens participate and learn about science, technology, engineering, and math and how to put them together to make useful things. These lucky kids recent got a virtual field trip that included a tour of Walt Disney Imagineering’s facilities and time with Imagineers like Bruce Vaughn.

During the tour students and other viewers got a glimpse at some of the unique and innovative processes Imagineers use during the design phase of their projects. The fields of dimensional design (model-making, sculpting and rapid-prototyping), robotics design and programming, ride design, and previsualization (virtual experiences of yet-to-be-built attractions and facilities) were the main focus. At the end of the tour students were able to ask Bruce and other Imagineers a few questions. - Full Article Source

09/23/12 - Coil gun with parts pulled from an electric stapler
[Lou's] latest tutorial details the process of turning an electric stapler into a coil gun. The stapler is the expensive part, but the rest is pretty simple. He used PVC pipe and a handful of fittings along with a few supplies you probably have kicking around your shop.

It’s surprising how perfect the Bostitch stapler (from which the parts were pulled) is for this project. The mechanism that drives the staples into your pages uses a solenoid with a rather large coil.

To turn it into a coil gun you simply need to replace the core of the solenoid with a metal projectile. In the video after the break [Lou] shows us how to make a barrel onto which the coil can be mounted.

From there he uses a wooden spacer to position a hunk of smooth metal from a bolt which serves as the projectile. The stapler’s original drive circuitry and trigger mechanism do the rest. - Full Article Source

09/23/12 - Could Japanese invention end tooth decay?
Dr. Hontsu and his partner, Kazushi Yoshikawa, associate professor at Osaka Dental University, have created and patented a microscopically thin film that can coat individual teeth to create many benefits, according to an article in It is called a "tooth patch."

The tooth patch has been patented in Japan and South Korea, and applications are underway in the United States, Europe, and China.

Five years or more would be needed before the film could be used in practical dental treatment such as covering exposed dentin — but it could be used cosmetically within three years, Hontsu said.

The tooth patch is a hard-wearing and ultra-flexible material made from hydroxyapatite, the main mineral in tooth enamel, that could also mean an end to sensitive teeth. - Full Article Source

09/23/12 - Wi-Fi Illness Claim Doesn't Impress New Mexico Court
"Arthur Firstenberg, the Santa Fe, New Mexico man who sued his neighbors, claiming their Wi-Fi made him sick, has lost what might have been his final round in court.

According to the Santa Fe New Mexican, state District Judge Sarah Singleton ruled that no scientific study has yet proved that electromagnetic stimulus adversely impacts personal health.

While he lost the lawsuit, he did score a victory: the neighbors he sued have moved out of Santa Fe." - Full Article Source

09/23/12 - Backyard” Kitchen, Bath Units Speed Housing Program (Dec, 1942)


Packaged rooms designed by a Californian to speed the construction of homes for war workers provide complete kitchen and bathroom units. They contain all the necessary features such as stove, cupboards, bathroom fixtures and hot water heater. Also included are plumbing, wiring, master switch, lead-in wires and circuit outlet box. - Full Article Source

09/23/12 - Medicare Bills Rise as Records Turn Electronic
The move to electronic health records may be contributing to billions of dollars in higher costs for Medicare, private insurers and patients by making it easier for hospitals and physicians to bill more for their services, whether or not they provide additional care.

Hospitals received $1 billion more in Medicare reimbursements in 2010 than they did five years earlier, at least in part by changing the billing codes they assign to patients in emergency rooms, according to a New York Times analysis of Medicare data from the American Hospital Directory. Regulators say physicians have changed the way they bill for office visits similarly, increasing their payments by billions of dollars as well.

The most aggressive billing — by just 1,700 of the more than 440,000 doctors in the country — cost Medicare as much as $100 million in 2010 alone, federal regulators said in a recent report, noting that the largest share of those doctors specialized in family practice, internal medicine and emergency care. - Full Article Source

09/23/12 - Zero Recalls Electric Motorcycles that May Stall in Traffic
KeelyNet In a document filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration the Scotts Valley, Calif., company said the affected vehicles have motor encoder position signals that may drift, or change over time.

If the signal drifts outside of certain parameters, the motor controller may shut off, causing the motorcycle to lose power unexpectedly. A sudden loss of power can increase the risk of a crash.

Zero said the recall affects 315 motorcycles. The recall is a potential distraction for Zero, which is busy trying to attract motorcyclists to its unusual, expensive battery-powered models.

Under the recall, dealers will reprogram the motorcycle’s motor controller free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin this month.Owners may contact Zero Motorcycles at 888-786-9376. - Full Article Source

09/23/12 - Cannabis Compound Stops Metastasis In Aggressive Cancers
Desprez, a molecular biologist, spent decades studying ID-1, the gene that causes cancer to spread. Meanwhile, fellow researcher Sean McAllister was studying the effects of Cannabidiol, or CBD, a non-toxic, non-psychoactive chemical compound found in the cannabis plant. Finally, the pair collaborated, combining CBD and cells containing high levels of ID-1 in a petri dish.

"What we found was that his Cannabidiol could essentially 'turn off' the ID-1," Desprez told HuffPost. The cells stopped spreading and returned to normal.

"We started by researching breast cancer," said Desprez. "But now we've found that Cannabidiol works with many kinds of aggressive cancers--brain, prostate--any kind in which these high levels of ID-1 are present."

Desprez hopes that clinical trials will begin immediately.

"We've found no toxicity in the animals we've tested, and Cannabidiol is already used in humans for a variety of other ailments," he said. Indeed, the compound is used to relieve anxiety and nausea, and, since it is non-psychoactive, does not cause the "high" associated with THC.

While marijuana advocates will surely praise the discovery, Desprez explained that it's not so easy as just lighting up.

"We used injections in the animal testing and are also testing pills," he said. "But you could never get enough Cannabidiol for it to be effective just from smoking."

Furthermore, the team has started synthesizing the compound in the lab instead of using the plant in an effort to make it more potent. - Full Article Source

09/23/12 - Tax Credit in Doubt, Wind Power Industry Is Withering
Cuts are happening throughout the American wind sector, which includes hundreds of manufacturers, from multinationals that make giant windmills to smaller local manufacturers that supply specialty steel or bolts. In recent months, companies have announced almost 1,700 layoffs.

At its peak in 2008 and 2009, the industry employed about 85,000 people, according to the American Wind Energy Association, the industry’s principal trade group.

About 10,000 of those jobs have disappeared since, according to the association, as wind companies have been buffeted by weak demand for electricity, stiff competition from cheap natural gas and cheaper options from Asian competitors. Chinese manufacturers, who can often underprice goods because of generous state subsidies, have moved into the American market and have become an issue in the larger trade tensions between the countries. In July, the United States Commerce Department imposed tariffs on steel turbine towers from China after finding that manufacturers had been selling them for less than the cost of production.

And now, on top of the business challenges, the industry is facing a big political problem in Washington: the Dec. 31 expiration of a federal tax credit that makes wind power more competitive with other sources of electricity.

The tax break, which costs about $1 billion a year, has been periodically renewed by Congress with support from both parties. This year, however, it has become a wedge issue in the presidential contest. - Full Article Source


09/20/12 - Variable frequency laser using shaken ball bearings
KeelyNet Lasers normally emit only one color, or frequency of light. This is true for laser pointers or the laser diodes in a DVD player. [Kevin] caught wind of state-of-the-art research into making variable wavelength lasers using shaken grains of metal and decided to build his own.

When [Kevin] read a NewScientist blog post on building variable frequency lasers built with shaken metallic grains, he knew he had to build on. He dug up the arxiv article and realized the experimental setup was fairly simple and easily achievable with a bit of home engineering.

[Kevin]‘s device works by taking thousands of small ball bearings and putting them in a small vial with Rodamine B laser dye. To vibrate the particles in the dye, [Kevin] mounted his container of dye and bearings on an audio speaker and used a frequency generator to shake the ball bearings.

When a small 30mW green laser shines through the vial of ball bearings and dye, the laser changes color to a very bright yellow. By vibrating the vial at 35 to 45 Hz, [Kevin] can change the frequency, or color of the laser.

[Kevin] can only alter the frequency of the laser by about 30 nm, or about the same color change as a reddish-orange and an orangish-yellow. Still, it’s pretty amazing that [Kevin] was able to do state-of-the-art physics research at home. - Full Article Source

09/20/12 - Searchable index of 350,000 US news broadcasts
The Internet Archive has published TVNEWS, a searchable version of its index of 350,000 news broadcasts. Archive founder Brewster Kahle writes, "Today we launched a new service called TV News Search & Borrow.

It lets you search through 350,000 news broadcasts to find programs that you may want to borrow for further research.

The collection now contains 350,000 news programs collected over 3 years from national U.S. networks and stations in San Francisco and Washington D.C. The archive is updated with new broadcasts 24 hours after they are aired. Older materials are also being added.

Use the index of searchable text and short, streamed clips to find programs to borrow on DVD-ROM or view at the Internet Archive’s library in San Francisco. - Full Article Source

09/20/12 - Free Energy at last?
"An achievement that would have extraordinary energy and defense implications might be near at Sandia National Laboratories.

The lab is testing a concept called MagLIF (Magnetized Liner Inertial Fusion), which uses magnetic fields and laser pre-heating in the quest for energetic fusion.

A paper by Sandia researchers that was accepted for publication states that the Z-pinch driven MagLIF fusion could reach 'high-gain' fusion conditions, where the fusion energy released greatly exceeds (by more than 1,000 times) the energy supplied to the fuel." (And how many more billions will they waste trying to achieve this after several decades of momentous failures? - JWD) - Full Article Source

09/20/12 - GM Maize Linked To Tumor Development
"The first animal feeding trial studying the lifetime effects of exposure to Roundup tolerant GM maize, and Roundup, the world's best-selling weedkiller, shows that levels currently considered safe can cause tumors and multiple organ damage and lead to premature death in laboratory rats, according to research published online today by the scientific journal Food and Chemical Toxicology.

... Three groups were given Roundup in their drinking water, at three different levels consistent with exposure through the food chain from crops sprayed with the weedkiller: the mid level corresponded to the maximum level permitted in the US in some GM feed; the lowest corresponded to contamination found in some tap waters.

Three groups were fed diets which contained different proportions of NK603 – 11%, 22% and 33%. Three groups were given both Roundup and NK603 at the same three dosages.

The final control group was fed an equivalent diet with no Roundup or NK603 but containing 33% of equivalent non-GM maize." - Full Article Source

09/20/12 - Is the Can Worse Than the Soda?
"Since the 1960s, manufacturers have widely used the chemical bisphenol-A (BPA) in plastics and food packaging. Only recently, though, have scientists begun thoroughly looking into how the compound might affect human health—and what they've found has been a cause for concern.

Starting in 2006, a series of studies, mostly in mice, indicated that the chemical might act as an endocrine disruptor (by mimicking the hormone estrogen), cause problems during development and potentially affect the reproductive system, reducing fertility.

After a 2010 Food and Drug Administration report warned that the compound could pose an especially hazardous risk for fetuses, infants and young children, BPA-free water bottles and food containers started flying off the shelves.

In July, the FDA banned the use of BPA in baby bottles and sippy cups, but the chemical is still present in aluminum cans, containers of baby formula and other packaging materials.

Now comes another piece of data on a potential risk from BPA but in an area of health in which it has largely been overlooked: obesity.

A study by researchers from New York University, published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association, looked at a sample of nearly 3,000 children and teens across the country and found a 'significant' link between the amount of BPA in their urine and the prevalence of obesity." - Full Article Source

09/20/12 - Material Breaks Record For Turning Heat Into Electricity
"A new material has broken the record for converting heat into electricity. The material had a conversion efficiency of about 15% — double that of one of the most well-known thermoelectrics: lead telluride (abstract).

For decades, physicists have toyed with ways to convert heat into electricity directly. Materials known as thermoelectrics use temperature differences to drive electrons from one end to another. The displaced electrons create a voltage that can in turn be used to power other things, much like a battery.

Such materials have found niche applications: the Curiosity rover trundling about on the surface of Mars, for example, uses thermoelectrics to turn heat from its plutonium power source into electricity. That doesn't mean that the material is ready to be used on the next Mars rover, however: NASA has been looking at similar materials for future space missions, but the agency is not yet convinced that they are ready for primetime." - Full Article Source

09/20/12 - 6 Ridiculous Lies You Believe About the Founding of America
When it comes to the birth of America, most of us are working from a stew of elementary school history lessons, Westerns and vague Thanksgiving mythology. And while it's not surprising those sources might biff a couple details, what's shocking is how much less interesting the version we learned was.

It turns out our teachers, Hollywood and whoever we got our Thanksgiving mythology from (Big Turkey?) all made America's origin story far more boring than it actually was for some very disturbing reasons.

There's a pretty important detail our movies and textbooks left out of the handoff from Native Americans to white European settlers: It begins in the immediate aftermath of a full-blown apocalypse.

In the decades between Columbus' discovery of America and the Mayflower landing at Plymouth Rock, the most devastating plague in human history raced up the East Coast of America. Just two years before the pilgrims started the tape recorder on New England's written history, the plague wiped out about 96 percent of the Indians in Massachusetts.

In the years before the plague turned America into The Stand, a sailor named Giovanni da Verrazzano sailed up the East Coast and described it as "densely populated" and so "smoky with Indian bonfires" that you could smell them burning hundreds of miles out at sea.

Using your history books to understand what America was like in the 100 years after Columbus landed there is like trying to understand what modern day Manhattan is like based on the post-apocalyptic scenes from I Am Legend.

Historians estimate that before the plague, America's population was anywhere between 20 and 100 million (Europe's at the time was 70 million). The plague would eventually sweep West, killing at least 90 percent of the native population. For comparison's sake, the Black Plague killed off between 30 and 60 percent of Europe's population.

"Europeans were always trying to stop the outflow.

Hernando De Soto had to post guards to keep his men and women from defecting to Native societies." Pilgrims were so scared of Indian influence that they outlawed the wearing of long hair.

Documents from the time indicate that the design of the U.S. government was at least partially inspired by native tribal society.

Historians think the Iroquois Confederacy had a direct influence on the U.S. Constitution, and the Senate even passed a resolution acknowledging that "the confederation of the original thirteen colonies into one republic was influenced ... by the Iroquois Confederacy, as were many of the democratic principles which were incorporated into the constitution itself."

In 1987, Cornell University held a conference on the link between the Iroquois' government and the U.S. Constitution. It was noted that the Iroquois Great Law of Peace "includes 'freedom of speech, freedom of religion ... separation of power in government and checks and balances."

Wow, checks and balances, freedom of speech and religion. Sounds awfully familiar. - Full Article Source

09/20/12 - Cause of many of Societies Ills
A growing body of psychology research shows that incompetence deprives people of the ability to recognize their own incompetence. To put it bluntly, dumb people are too dumb to know it. Similarly, unfunny people don't have a good enough sense of humor to tell.

This disconnect may be responsible for many of society's problems.

With more than a decade's worth of research, David Dunning, a psychologist at Cornell University, has demonstrated that humans find it "intrinsically difficult to get a sense of what we don't know." Whether an individual lacks competence in logical reasoning, emotional intelligence, humor or even chess abilities, the person still tends to rate his or her skills in that area as being above average. - Full Article Source

09/20/12 - Papyrus refer to Jesus' Wife
A historian of early Christianity at Harvard Divinity School has identified a scrap of papyrus that she says was written in Coptic in the fourth century and contains a phrase never seen in any piece of Scripture: “Jesus said to them, ‘My wife ...’ ”

The provenance of the papyrus fragment is a mystery, and its owner has asked to remain anonymous. Until Tuesday, Dr. King had shown the fragment to only a small circle of experts in papyrology and Coptic linguistics, who concluded that it is most likely not a forgery. But she and her collaborators say they are eager for more scholars to weigh in and perhaps upend their conclusions.

Even with many questions unsettled, the discovery could reignite the debate over whether Jesus was married, whether Mary Magdalene was his wife and whether he had a female disciple. These debates date to the early centuries of Christianity, scholars say. But they are relevant today, when global Christianity is roiling over the place of women in ministry and the boundaries of marriage. - Full Article Source

09/20/12 - For Every $1 Added to the Economy, bama Added More Than $3 in Debt
Since Obama has taken office [through Q2 2012 for comparative purposes];

For every $1 added to the economy, we’ve added more than $3 in debt

added $5.23 trillion in debt vs. $1.68 trillion to the economy

50% increase in debt vs. 12% increase in economic output

Total Public Debt:

$10,626T [Jan 20, 2009]

$15,856T [Jun 30, 2012]

$5.23 trillion increase in debt

[source: Treasury Dept] - Full Article Source

09/20/12 - Emails reveal Justice Dept. enlists Media Matters to spin press
Internal Department of Justice emails obtained by The Daily Caller show Attorney General Eric Holder’s communications staff has collaborated with the left-wing advocacy group Media Matters for America in an attempt to quell news stories about scandals plaguing Holder and America’s top law enforcement agency.

Dozens of pages of emails between DOJ Office of Public Affairs Director Tracy Schmaler and Media Matters staffers show Schmaler, Holder’s top press defender, working with Media Matters to attack reporters covering DOJ scandals. TheDC obtained the emails through a Freedom of Information Act request. - Full Article Source

09/20/12 - Gasoline Prices More than Double Under bama: $1.84 to $3.85
The average gasoline price is calculated by the Energy Information Agency, and shows that over the past 43 months of President Obama’s term retail gasoline prices have more than doubled, rising from an average of $1.84 per gallon to $3.85 per gallon.

Rising gasoline prices were particularly prevalent in August, which saw a 9.0 percent rise in the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for gasoline, a rise that almost entirely accounts for the general increase in prices seen by families across the country over the past month.

In other words, the recent spike in prices for all goods – tracked by the government’s Consumer Price Index – can be almost entirely accounted for by the rise in gasoline prices.

Prices in the economy rose by 0.6 percent overall in August. - Full Article Source

09/20/12 - Peace Be Upon You
Internet videos will insult your religion. Ignore them.

Dear Muslims, Christians, Hindus, and Jews, You’re living in the age of the Internet. Your religion will be mocked, and the mockery will find its way to you. Get over it.

If you don’t, what’s happening this week will happen again and again. A couple of idiots with a video camera and an Internet connection will trigger riots across the globe. They’ll bait you into killing one another.

Stop it. Stop following their script.

Today, fury, violence, and bloodshed are consuming the Muslim world. Why? Because a bank fraud artist in California offered people $75 a day to come to his house and act out scenes that ostensibly had nothing to do with Islam. Then he replaced the audio, putting words in the actors’ mouths, and stitched together the scenes to make an absurdly bad movie ridiculing the Prophet Mohammed. He put out flyers to promote the movie. Nobody—literally nobody—came to watch it.

He posted a 14-minute video excerpt of the movie on YouTube, but hardly anyone noticed. Then, a week ago, an anti-Muslim activist in Virginia reposted the video with an Arabic translation and sent the link to activists and journalists in Egypt. An Egyptian TV show aired part of the video. An Egyptian politician denounced it. Clerics sounded the alarm. Through Facebook and Twitter, protesters were mobilized to descend on the U.S. embassy in Cairo. The uprising spread. The U.S. ambassador to Libya has been killed, and violence has engulfed other countries. - Full Article Source


09/17/12 - UK stays cautious over thorium as nuclear fuel
The claim is dramatic: An alternative nuclear fuel that could offer a safer and more abundant alternative to the uranium that powers conventional reactors.

That is what supporters have to say about thorium, a mildly radioactive element that occurs naturally, with reserves in Australia, the United States, Turkey, India, Brazil and Venezuela. Scientists promoting thorium as an alternative nuclear fuel believe it is a safer, more economical way of generating nuclear power than uranium. A new report out in the UK, however, begs to differ.

Thorium's supporters have said that it does not yield weapons-grade waste the way uranium does. Its waste lasts for only a few hundred years, not the tens of thousands associated with uranium. (More specifically, they say the radioactivity of the resulting waste drops to safe levels after a few hundred years, whereas tens of thousands of years are required for current nuclear waste to cool off.)

Scientists are actively pursuing thorium in the belief that thorium could be a game changer. In the US, Flibe Energy says that the company will develop small modular reactors based on liquid-fluoride thorium reactor (LFTR) technology.

"Liquid-fluoride reactors operate at high temperature but not at high pressure because they use a chemically stable medium as the fuel and the coolant, making them much safer to operate than conventional reactors. Thorium is the only abundant nuclear fuel that can be efficiently utilized in a thermal-spectrum reactor and is uniquely chemically suited for use in a fluoride reactor." Anti-nuclear environmentalists argue, however, that thorium is still under their No Nuclear umbrella.

Every nuclear reactor creates fission products that are radioactive materials to make energy. They argue that its reactors would be producing toxic byproducts and wastes. One such argument is that the fission materials produced from thorium are of a different spectrum to those from uranium-235, but include a number of dangerous-to-health alpha and beta emitters. - Full Article Source

09/17/12 - Tom Farmer’s gravity generator
KeelyNet He’s invented a machine that he hopes will prove once and for all that gravity can join wind, solar and hydroelectric power as an alternative energy source.

“I've literally just invented a new category of energy,” Farmer said. “The cool thing is, it's all free. All of it.”

In Farmer’s gravity generator, a hollow weight is attached to a line that sinks in a liquid-filled pipe. The descending line spins a gear that generates electricity. When the weight hits the bottom, a small tube lets just enough air into the weight to float it back to the top, where it can sink again and generate more electricity.

The issue in the past has been that it would take some sort of fuel or energy cost to lift the weight again. Farmer’s breakthrough is his idea that the compressed air used to fuel his gravity generator can be collected using everyday weight.

His example was that you can put a hollow, speed bump-type rail at the entrance of a parking garage. Every car that drives over it depresses the bump, pushing air into a chamber, where it will later be used to fill the weight. The bump is reset by springs which, it is important to note, do not need to be fueled.

“Everything weighs something, and if it's going to move at some point or another, why not take advantage of the weight of that item,” Farmer said. “You can light your parking garage with just the cars going in and out. It's kind of cool once you wrap your head around it.”

Farmer said many people have been skeptical about his machine’s plausibility.

“When people hear my idea, they for some reason automatically think perpetual motion,” he said. “This is not perpetual motion. I need to point that out.” - Full Article Source

09/17/12 - Cleaning Oil Spills With Magnets
"After the BP oil disaster about two years ago in the Gulf of Mexico, I got the idea that if the oil were magnetic, we would be able to remove it with strong magnets and separate it from the water," Markus Zahn, a professor of electrical engineering, explains in an informational YouTube video posted this week by the university.

Watching the video, which features Zahn and Shahriar Khushrushahi, an MIT postdoc who is the lead author of a paper that details the research behind this new clean-up technique, one can't help but think about how much of a difference this new method could have made in the aftermath of the Gulf Oil spill.

Khushrushahi explains the shortcomings of other clean-up methods currently in use.

"The current oil spill technology, like skimmers -- they're very good in calm waters but in choppy waters, their oil recovery efficiency is about 50 percent… Our technology is supposed to improve that efficiency," Khushrushahi said, adding that the oil that is removed magnetically can be recovered and eventually used.

Khushrushahi also said that unlike other clean up methods -- such as burning and allowing a water-oil mixture to slowly separate due to density differences -- this new technique would not exacerbate an already catastrophic environmental disaster and could be carried out quickly and continuously.

In the video, Khushrushahi also explains how this new method would work in real life, essentially saying that magnetic and water-repellent nanoparticles that are attracted to oil would be mixed into an oil and water mixture, before the (now-magnetized) oil is separated from the water using powerful magnets. - Full Article Source

09/17/12 - Plug-in hybrid cuts gas costs
KeelyNet The invention is the brainchild of Paul Martin, who formerly worked in the Engineering Technology Department at MTSU, and Perry.

“It fits 90 percent of cars produced, and will work for front-wheel and rear-wheel drive (vehicles),” said Perry. “It will double your mileage in town.”

Television journalist Bill Weir and the ABC News/Yahoo! News “This Could Be Big” Sept. 6 online collaboration rocketed Perry’s plug-in hybrid retrofit kit motor project into another orbit of interest, according to MTSU News and Media Relations.

Perry told Weir that he hoped the new assembly when commercially available could be purchased for $3,000. He added in the Skype interview that a person who could put brakes on a car could also install the hybrid retrofit kit. Perry envisions new cars could ultimately come with the hybrid retrofit kit option.

Using MTSU student and professor brainpower and off-the-shelf materials a prototype has been developed with a 1994 Honda station wagon. The invention uses batteries and controllers, which are off-the-shelf items.

The car gets 40 percent better mileage when the hybrid retrofit wheel/hub kit is engaged, he noted.

“DC brushless motors are used on each rear wheel of the car,” said Charles Perry. “The brushless motor is a very powerful and efficient motor and produces a tremendous amount of torque.”

Perry explains that three sensors sense the presence and polarity of a magnet on each rear wheel assembly and determine the position of rotor magnets to control the electric current going to magnets that cause the rotor magnet assembly to turn.

Batteries are hooked in a series in the back of the vehicle to give 80 volts of power. A 110-volt charger is required to recharge the batteries.

“The space available in the volume between the brake structure and inner diameter of the rear wheel is not large enough to package an electric motor power for the highway,” said Charles Perry.

But use of the kit for short, local trips will help reduce the cost of gasoline.

“On any given day while driving in the United States, 80 percent of us drive 40 miles or less at 45 mph,” Charles Perry said. There are 40 permanent magnets attached under the rotor of a '94 Honda Accord wagon as part of a plug-in hybrid retrofit kit, used to increase gas mileage. - Full Article Source

09/17/12 - NASA Temperature Data 1880-2011 World global climate change
The global average surface temperature in 2011 was the ninth warmest since 1880.The finding sustains a trend that has seen the 21st century experience nine of the 10 warmest years in the modern meteorological record.

NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) in New York released an analysis of how temperatures around the globe in 2011 compared to the average global temperature from the mid-20th century.

The comparison shows how Earth continues to experience higher temperatures than several decades ago. The average temperature around the globe in 2011 was 0.92 degrees F (0.51 C) higher than the mid-20th century baseline.

In the first comprehensive satellite study of its kind, a University of Colorado Boulder-led team used NASA data to calculate how much Earth's melting land ice is adding to global sea level rise.

This animation shows the average yearly change in mass, as measured by the NASA/German Aerospace Center Gravity Recovery And Climate Experiment (GRACE) satellite mission.

The animation shows ice loss over Greenland and Antarctica, as measured in centimeters of water from 2003 to 2010. These two landmasses are covered with the largest land-based ice sheets in the world, and are the key sourcesof scientists' concern about future sea-level rise.

Regions with large ice loss rates are denoted with the blue and purple colors. There are enormous ice loss rates over substantial regions of both ice sheets. A colorbar shows the range of values displayed. - Full Article Source

09/17/12 - Solar air-con to keep you cool – and off the grid
There’s an Australian invention that could help address both of these problems at once. QUT researcher, Paolo Corrada, is developing a home solar cooling and heating system that will run independently of the electricity grid, and generate domestic hot water as a by-product.

Corrada, a PhD student in QUT’s Science and Engineering faculty says the system he has designed – which is based on well-proven and highly efficient absorption chiller technology – cuts energy consumption by 90 per cent.

“My target is to make it 100 per cent so that the system is self-sufficient to run off the main grid, costing the home owners nothing to run,” Corrada said in an report published late last month by the QUT-affiliated publication

“Heating and cooling account for about 65 per cent of energy consumption in a house, whereas cooking accounts for only 6 per cent so it is easy to see why air conditioning devices are the main targets to reduce our energy consumption.

“An absorption chiller uses a chemical process to reject heat and, when using waste heat or heat generated by renewable energy, is more effective than the more common mechanical process of vapour compression at deflecting heat,” he said.

“By using renewable energy from the sun we are providing an excellent technology to slash power consumption and the peak demand, especially in subtropical remote areas. The design is revolutionary because it incorporates also a desiccant wheel to remove moisture from the air and it uses the rejected heat from the absorption chiller to regenerate itself and to produce hot water for the house.” reports that by combining these two technologies, Corrada has managed to increase the unit’s efficiency by 40 per cent, compared to current solar cooling systems. Corrada’s system is also much quieter than others, because it uses a small pump instead of a compressor, like standard split systems. - Full Article Source

09/17/12 - Wife's nagging leads to UH professor's latest invention
Hurricane Ike slammed into Galveston and Houston in 2008. Ike was a wake up call for Seamus Curran, director of the Institute for Nano-Energy at UH. The storm left his house without energy.

"My wife asked me, ‘How long you been working in solar?'" Curran recalled. "And I told her 15 years. And she said, ‘Hmm. Why don't you make something practical that'll help us?'"

Four years later, meet the Storm Cell: a portable solar generator – about the size of a Smart Car – that turns sunlight into voltage.

The 6-panel model generates about 2 kilowatts, enough to allow a small household to limp along after a storm.

At around $19,000, it's not cheap. But Professor Curran says the longer the power is out, the more economical it gets. - Full Article Source

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09/17/12 - Aug. 14, 1901: Before the Wright Bros., There Was Gustave
KeelyNet 1901: Gustave Whitehead purportedly travels a mile-and-a-half in the air aboard his birdlike monoplane. If he did, that means he flew nearly two-and-a-half years before the Wright Brothers’ celebrated flight at Kitty Hawk.

There is evidence that several aviators on both sides of the Atlantic preceded Orville and Wilbur Wright into manned, heavier-than-air flight, although Whitehead’s claim appears to be the best documented.

that’s exactly what Whitehead appears to have done. Although there is an affidavit supporting Whitehead’s claim to making a bona fide flight as early as April 1899 (filed by an assistant who said he was scalded by steam from the aircraft’s motor), his August ascent was the first one clearly documented and witnessed by people not associated with the project.

The aircraft used for the Aug. 14 flight was named Number 21, since Whitehead rather unromantically christened his experimental craft in numerical order. Number 21 was built with bamboo ribbing and covered in silk. (Number 22, which would fly the following January, substituted steel tubing for bamboo.)

Four flights were reportedly made that day, the first coming before daybreak. Three others followed in the afternoon, including a mile-and-a-half journey where Whitehead reached an altitude of 200 feet. In contrast, Orville Wright’s historic “first” flight on Dec. 17, 1903 lasted a mere 12 seconds while traveling 120 feet. - Full Article Source

09/17/12 - U.S. healthcare system wastes $750 billion each year
The massive annual waste is the takeaway from a new report by the Institute of Medicine (IOM), which estimates that the country loses some $750 billion annually to medical fraud, inefficiencies, and other siphons in the health-care system. In comparison, the Defense Department budgeted $757.8 billion for the war in Iraq over the eight years it was there.

The IOM’s analysis acknowledges a little bit of overlap among the categories, so it altogether adds up to slightly more than $750 billion:

More than 18 months in the making, the report identified six major areas of waste: unnecessary services ($210 billion annually); inefficient delivery of care ($130 billion); excess administrative costs ($190 billion); inflated prices ($105 billion); prevention failures ($55 billion), and fraud ($75 billion). Adjusting for some overlap among the categories, the panel settled on an estimate of $750 billion.

By far the biggest black hole when it comes to waste has to do with how we practice medicine — over half of it is accounted for by unnecessary services, inefficient care, or the failure to prevent problems that require expensive intervention.

The report underscores how much we could save just by encouraging doctors to order fewer procedures and, on the patient side, by taking a more active interest in lifestyle monitoring. - Full Article Source

09/17/12 - DHS Gets Public Comment, Whether It Wants It Or Not
"The motion to force DHS to start its public comment period is still working its way through the court (DHS: 'We're not stonewalling!', EPIC: 'Yes, you are!').

While we wait for the decision, Cato Institute's Jim Harper points out another way for the public to comment on body scanners,

Even before this site existed, of course, the government was receiving public comment anyway in the form of passenger complaint letters, which they buried in their files.

Even so, the public can get a chance to view those comments as the result of Freedom of Information Act requests. An FOIA request about pat-downs by yielded hundreds of pages of letters to the government from 2010, including frequent reports of pat-down induced PTSD and sexual abuse trauma." - Full Article Source

09/17/12 - How Viable Is Large Scale Wind Energy?
"Renewable sources of energy are obviously a hit but they have as yet failed to live up to the hype.

A new study in Nature Climate Change shows however that there is more than enough power to be harnessed from the wind to sustain Earth's entire population... x200!

To generate energy from the wind, we may however need to set up wind farms at altitudes of 200-20,000 metres.

To be fair, the study is purely theoretical and does not look at the feasibility of such potential wind farms.

Regardless, the paper does provide a major boost to backers of wind-generated energy. Science has confirmed that the sky's the limit." - Full Article Source

09/17/12 - Towards a 50% Efficient Solar Cell
"IEEE Spectrum magazine has a feature article describing DARPA-funded work towards developing a solar cell that's 50% efficient, for a finished module that's 40% efficient — suitable for charging a soldier's gadgets in the field.

Conventional silicon and thin-film PV tech can hit cell efficiencies of upwards of 20%, with finished modules hovering in the teens.

Triple-junction cells can top 40%, but are expensive to produce and not practical in most applications.

Current work by the Very High Efficiency Solar Cell program uses optics (dichroic films) to concentrate incoming sunlight by 20-200x, and split it into constituent spectra, which fall on many small solar cells of different chemistries, each tuned to maximize the conversion of different wavelengths." - Full Article Source

09/17/12 - 50 Years of Research and Still No Microwave Weapons
KeelyNet "For some Pentagon officials, the demonstration in October 2007 must have seemed like a dream come true — an opportunity to blast reporters with a beam of energy that causes searing pain.

The event in Quantico, Virginia, was to be a rare public showing for the US Air Force's Active Denial System: a prototype non-lethal crowd-control weapon that emits a beam of microwaves at 95 gigahertz.

Radiation at that frequency penetrates less than half a millimetre into the skin, so the beam was supposed to deliver an intense burning sensation to anyone in its path, forcing them to move away, but without, in theory, causing permanent damage.

However, the day of the test was cold and rainy. The water droplets in the air did what moisture always does: they absorbed the microwaves.

And when some of the reporters volunteered to expose themselves to the attenuated beam, they found that on such a raw day, the warmth was very pleasant.

The story is much the same in other areas of HPM weapons development, which began as an East–West technology race nearly 50 years ago. In the United States, where spending on electromagnetic weapons is down from cold-war levels, but remains at some US$47 million per year, progress is elusive.

'There's lots of smoke and mirrors,' says Peter Zimmerman, an emeritus nuclear physicist at King's College London and former chief scientist of the US Arms Control and Disarmament Agency in Washington DC. Although future research may yield scientific progress, he adds, 'I cannot see they will build a useful, deployable weapon.'" - Full Article Source

09/17/12 - Sex Can Make You Smarter
Results of a study recently conducted at the University of Amsterdam show that those who are sexually aroused performed better in critical thinking tests than those who did not – that sex essentially makes you smarter.

In the study, subjects were given sets of problems that required participants to employ critical thinking in order to solve them. Researchers allegedly observed better performances from those who were thinking about sex than from those participants who were not.

The fashion, relationship and beauty advice website additionally noted a similar study completed at Princeton University in New Jersey that supported the findings of Forster’s team.

In those experiments, scientists reportedly discovered accelerated brain cell growth in sexually active lab rats, when compared to their virgin counterparts. - Full Article Source


09/14/12 - The Equilibrius Grid based on Coral Castle Code
Lots of people pretending to make discoveries regarding Sacred Geometry equaling Magnetic Currents etc. and ancient knowledge revealed regarding the same .. well this was the first person to show it since 2004 .. and not just showing it ,

but proving it with "real physical work". None of the others on you tube that pretend the work is theirs can show it. So now you can see who is an imposter of truths.

Those imposters get many video views .. but they can't really achieve anything except making a decent movie.Copying subject matter..

BUT People will follow it anyway .. which blows my mind . :)

To me the people who create videos based on others discoveries and hard work pretending it's their own are quite pathetic. Courtesy Norm Wootan. - Full Article Source

09/14/12 - Free energy generating coil
This is a free energy generator, demonstrated by me on a remote location. This video was shot at: 53.322062,6.206194 (insert in Google Maps), september 1th, 2012.

I edited the last video down to a shorter one and zoomed in on the parts and details so it's easier to replicate for the viewers who like to build this machine for themselves.

You see a handwound coil, a neodymium magnet from a harddrive, a multi-meter set at 0-20 Volt DC and a 9 Volt battery to test the motor. The magnet is glued to the coil at approx 4mm distance.

I don't think it's a perpetuum mobile, the power has to come frome an external source. Maybe zero point? Voltage is stable, even under load, that's promising!

Hi!? What about diameters and wire lenght? Thanks! - Wire length is about? 2,5 inches for the small coil and 7 inches for the larger coil. Wire diameter is 2.5mm2 (0,0032 inch2). Courtesy Bill Ward. - Full Article Source

09/14/12 - Kapanadze Aquarium free energy device running 2KW heater load
New Free Energy Video from the Kapanadze team. It seems that the english speaker has visited the Kapanadze team and could get a look at this great new device. This circuit built into an Aquarium seems to put out around 2 KWatts of constant power as it is claimed in the video. The device only needs one grounding wire.

I have been given the go-ahead to open up. I was part of a team which tried to bring Kapanadze's technology to the West. The partners in the project are now going to fill you in on his scams. This device was rated at 2kw and ran for 4 and a half hours before the team left the premises. The device powered a 2 kw electric fire to full heat. I was not present but my partner was there in his son's house in Georgia... Courtesy Bill Ward. - Full Article Source

09/14/12 - Driverless Highways
KeelyNet While most people have been focusing on the driverless technology inside the vehicle itself, where noteworthy accomplishments seen to be happening on a daily basis, the shift will also cause huge changes to occur in area’s like insurance, public policy, parking, delivery services, and especially highway engineering.

Even though the art of road building has been continually improving since the Roman Empire first decided to make roads a permanent part of their infrastructure, highways today remain as little more than dumb surfaces with virtually no data flowing between the vehicles and the road itself. That is about to change, and here’s why.

Driverless technology will initially require a driver, and it will creep into everyday use much as airbags did. First as an expensive option for luxury cars, but eventually it will become a safety feature required by governments.

The greatest benefits of this kind of automation won’t be realized until the driver’s hands are off the wheel. With over 2 million people involved in car accidents every year in the U.S., it won’t take long for legislators to be convinced that driverless cars are a safer option.

The privilege of driving is about to be redefined.

Many aspects of driverless cars are overwhelmingly positive, such as saving lives and giving additional years of mobility to the aging senior population. However, it will also be a very disruptive technology.

Driverless technologies will be blamed for destroying countless jobs – truck drivers, taxi drivers, bus drivers, limo drivers, traffic cops, parking lot attendants, ambulance drivers, first responders, doctors, and nurses will all see their careers impacted.

If done correctly, driverless vehicles may even deal a fatal blow to the auto insurance industry. In the same way people hail a cab, people in the future will use their mobile devices to summon a driverless vehicle whenever they need to travel. Without the cost of drivers, this type of transportation will be infinitely more affordable, for most, less than the cost of vehicle ownership.

So rather than buying a car, and taking on all the liabilities of maintenance, upkeep, and insurance, consumers will simply purchase transportation whenever they need it.

As the transition is made to driverless vehicles, the number of vehicles sold to individuals will begin to decline, and a growing percentage will be to large fleet operators offering the new “transportation on-demand” service.

In response to declining car sales, the automotive industry will adopt a “selling transportation” model where, rather than “selling” cars to fleet operators, car companies will begin charging a nominal per-mile charge.

Fleet operators will love the arrangement because there will be no large up-front purchase price, but instead, only a small monthly fee based on the number of miles driven.

As the sale of cars begins to decline, the automobile industry will start to design and manufacture cars capable of driving over 1 million miles. By collecting a small per-mile fee over the life of a million-mile car, automobile manufacturers will have the potential of earning ten times as much, per vehicle, as they do today.

This will mean all car parts and components will need to be designed more durable, longer-lasting than ever before. Both quality and design standards will be pushed to new levels. - Full Article Source

09/14/12 - Invention to help old folk keep fuel bills low
KeelyNet AS heating bills rise and winter looms, the founder of three heavyweight engineering firms has turned his attentions to helping elderly people keep warm.

Dr Tony Trapp has been more accustomed to negotiating major contracts with the offshore and subsea industries through North East companies SMD, IHC Engineering and now OSBIT Power.

But the plight of elderly people struggling to heat their homes due to rising energy costs has inspired the engineer and entrepreneur to revive an old idea.

Trapp, who is also now managing director of Northumberland-based Trappeng, has developed Snuglin, a heated cushion that costs less than 1p an hour to run.

He said: “A huge number of people live in houses that are too cold and damp but they can’t afford to heat them. Recent winters have been extremely cold and we know many people are vulnerable.

“You can sit in a chair and hold Snuglin on your lap or, even better, hug it close to you and you need never feel cold.

“I’m not saying you would be able to turn the heating off all the time, but this a more direct way of keeping warm and offers very significant cost savings on domestic heating bills.”

Tests on Snuglin have proved it costs less than 1p an hour to run compared with 40p an hour for a standard three kilowatt electric fan heater. - Full Article Source

09/14/12 - Measuring a pulse with infrared light
KeelyNet The next time you’re unfortunate enough to make your way to a hospital, emergency room, or urgent care clinic, you’ll be asked to attach a small pulse monitor to your finger.

The device the nurses clip on to one of your remaining digits is called a photoplethysmographic sensor, and basically it is able to read your pulse through reflected light.

In the search to find out how these devices actually work, [Raj] sent in a great tutorial covering the theory behind photoplethysmographicy, and also built a simple device to detect a pulse without using a microcontroller.

These photoplethysmographic sensors operate by shining light into someone’s flesh – usually a finger or ear lobe – and recording the light reflected back to the source. The volume of blood in the finger will have an effect on the amount of light reflected back, and makes for a perfect way to automatically measure someone’s heart rate.

To build his device, [Raj] used a TCRT1000 reflective optical sensor. Inside this sensor is an infrared LED and a phototransistor. Of course with a finger over the sensor there is a ton of noise both from ambient light and the base rate of reflected light from a piece of flesh. [Raj] filtered this out, leaving only the small variations in the amount of reflected light, thus creating a very simple – and very inexpensive – electronic pulse meter. - Full Article Source

09/14/12 - Stem Cells Turn Hearing Back On
"Scientists have enabled deaf gerbils to hear again — with the help of transplanted cells that develop into nerves that can transmit auditory information from the ears to the brain.

The advance, reported today in Nature, could be the basis for a therapy to treat various kinds of hearing loss. ...

Rivolta and his colleagues knew that during embryonic development, a handful of proteins, including fibroblast growth factor (FGF) 3 and 10, are required for ears to form. So they exposed human embryonic stem cells to FGF3 and FGF10.

Multiple types of cells formed, including precursor inner-ear hair cells, but they were also able to identify and isolate the cells beginning to differentiate into the desired spiral ganglion neurons.

Then, they implanted the neuron precursor cells into the ears of gerbils with damaged ear neurons and followed the animals for 10 weeks. The function of the neurons was restored.'" - Full Article Source

09/14/12 - Online Social Influence Has the Strongest Effect On Voting Behavior
"Brace yourself for a tidal wave of Facebook campaigning before November's U.S. presidential election. A study of 61 million Facebook users finds that using online social networks to urge people to vote has a much stronger effect on their voting behavior than spamming them with information via television ads or phone calls."

On Election Day, about 60 million people received a message that encouraged them to vote. It included links to local polling stations, a clickable "I Voted" button, and photos of six of their randomly chosen friends who had already clicked the "I Voted" button.

Two control groups, each containing about 600,000 people, either received a version of the message with voting information but no photos of their friends, or no message at all. Then, to track who actually voted in the election, the team matched people's names and birth dates with those in the official state election rolls. If the influence of Facebook friends extends beyond the Internet, then seeing the profile photos should translate to voting out in the real world.

The photos apparently worked: People who received messages alerting them that their friends had voted were 0.39% more likely to vote than those who received messages with no social information.

That translates to an additional 282,000 votes cast, the team reports online today in Nature. The effect was four times stronger than just seeing the voting message without photos of friends, and most of that boost came from the people's closest friends (judging closeness by the frequency of interaction on Facebook). - Full Article Source

09/14/12 - Scientists Themselves Play Large Role In Bad Reporting
"A lot of science reporting is sensationalized nonsense, but are journalists, as a whole, really that bad at their jobs? Christie Wilcox reports that a team of French scientists have examined the language used in press releases for medical studies and found it was the scientists and their press offices that were largely to blame. As expected, they found that the media's portrayal of results was often sensationalistic.

More than half of the news items they examined contained spin. But, while the researchers found a lot of over-reporting, they concluded that most of it was 'probably related to the presence of ''spin'' in conclusions of the scientific article's abstract.'

It turns out that 47% of the press releases contained spin. Even more importantly, of the studies they examined, 40% of the study abstracts or conclusions did, too.

When the study itself didn't contain spin to begin with, only 17% of the news items were sensationalistic, and of those, 3/4 got their hype from the press release.

'In the journal articles themselves, they found that authors spun their own results a variety of ways,' writes Wilcox.

'Most didn't acknowledge that their results were not significant or chose to focus on smaller, significant findings instead of overall non-significant ones in their abstracts and conclusions, though some contained outright inappropriate interpretations of their data.'" - Full Article Source

09/14/12 - Oscillating Circuits
KeelyNet An oscillating circuit is a circuit containing inductance and capacity, which when supplied energy from an external source, is set in electrical vibration and oscillates at its natural frequency.

The resonance wavelength is determined by the dimensions of the oscillating circuit.

Larger dimensions results in a larger wavelength. This can be more easily understood if the oscillating circuit is considered from an antenna point of view, what it is in fact.

In principle any physical shape is possible. The resonating wavelength is roughly twice the length of the physical element. One could also say, the antenna or oscillating circuit resonates at half wavelength mode.

An oscillating circuit or antenna equivalent electrical diagram can be composed of different electrical components, like inductors, capacitors and resistors. In such a electrical circuit the resonance phenomena is more easy to understand.

We can say that an oscillating circuit is an antenna that is able to absorb and emitt electromagnetic energy waves. The highest energy can be expected at its first resonance frequency and all harmonics. The oscillating circuit considered here have a circular shape made of conducting wire or wires with an open section.

The resonance frequency is defined by the circumference together with the distance and surface area between the open ends. Such an antenna can be seen as an electrical parallel circuit of an inductance and a capacitance, the inductance being formed by the circular shape of the wire and the capacitance being formed between both ends of the wire.

Lakhovsky found that cell's in living matter (plants, people, bacteria, parasites, etc.) behave as oscillating circuits. Oscillating circuits radiate waves and absorb waves from external sources each at a different wavelength (or frequency).

Remarkable effects of oscillating circuits on animals have been reported in several books and especially in the book Secret of Life:

"Mr. P. Fournier-Ormonde, Director of the Institut Physiologiquc de la Croix Blanche, Vaucresson (France), began to experiment by applying oscillating circuits on his own body with the result that he soon noticed an increase of vigor and general well-being. He then decided to experiment on pedigree horses.

In the first experiment he fitted seven horses with oscillating circuits in the form of collars with a circumference of 80—85 cms. This scientist describes his results as follows: The application of the circuits round the neck, shoulders and pasterns of the horses is followed, after a variable period of time, by some remarkable results.

The eyes acquire a greater brilliancy, the coat becomes more glossy, the skin more supple and the general appearance of the horses is strikingly improved.

Moreover the horses appear to be conscious of this increase of vigor which they manifest by spontaneous galloping and by signs of being " full of beans."

Mr. Fournier-Ormonde further remarks that all the vital organs are favorably affected by the application of oscillating circuits which, according to him, appear to act as a kind of "accelerator" of the "animal motor."

Furthermore, the constant use of these oscillating circuits increases the vivacity and improves the general health of horses in an unmistakable manner."

According to Lakhovsky, the nucleus of a living cell may be compared to an electrical oscillating circuit. The nucleus consists of tubular filaments, chromosomes, mitochondria, made up of insulating material and filled with a conducting fluid containing all the mineral salts found in sea water. These filaments are thus comparable to oscillating circuits endowed with capacity according to a specific frequency.

Lakhovsky was the first to predict the existence of the double helix we now know as DNA. Modern science has found that DNA is absorbing and radiating energy at a wavelength depending at the size of the DNA. Moreover it has been found that it radiates at half wavelength mode, see our section "bioelectricity" for more information.

Lakhovsky's experiments on cancerous plants with oscillating circuits are a landmark in the history of radio-electrical methods of treatment. - Full Article Source

09/14/12 - Georges Lakhovskys' Multiple Wave Oscillator



Between 1929 and 1941 Georges Lakhovsky demonstrated that cells in living matter (plants, people, bacteria, parasites, etc.) are electric in nature.

He showed how living cells manifest the electric properties of resistance, capacitance, and inductance and that living cells emit and receive electromagnetic radiations at their own resonant frequencies.

He observed this oscillatory nature of healthy cells and the fact that, during an invasion by microbes, the cells entered into a state of oscillatory disequilibrium or disease.

Lakhovsky observed that high frequency radio waves could energize cells due to the spiral helix found in each cell that acted as a receiving antenna. Georges Lakhovsky demonstrated that the application of an pulsed electric field generated by the multiple wave oscillator was able to generate frequencies that are characteristic of living organisms.

This type of pulsed alternating electric field generates only capacitive or displacement currents, rather than the conventional charge conducting currents.

Under the effect of MWO fields living tissues behave mostly according to their dielectric properties rather than their electric conductive properties.

Thus, the multiple wave oscillator apparatus utilizes electric fields that are bio-effective fields that have no meaningful stimulatory effects and no thermal effects.

The Radio Cellular Oscillator was built in 1924 by Georges Lakhovsky.

This apparatus produces wavelengths of the order of two meters and less, corresponding to a frequency of 150 MHz. It produces electromagnetic fields by means of a loop antenna.

This apparatus is the predecessor of the multiple wave oscillator and was used for experiments on plants carried out at the Salpetriere Hospital in Paris, in collaboration of Prof. Gosset.

After many experiments Lakhovsky succeeded in constructing an apparatus generating an electrostatic field in which all frequencies, from 3 meters to the infra-red region, could be produced. Hence, in this field, every cell could find its own frequency and vibrate in resonance.

Moreover it is known that a circuit supplied by damped high frequencies currents gives rise to numerous harmonics. These considerations led Lakhovsky to invent an oscillator of multiple wavelengths in the field of which every cell, every organ, every nerve, every tissue, could find its own frequency.

To this end he devised a diffuser consisting of a series of separated concentric oscillating circuits connected with one another by silk threads.

Thus a type of oscillator was obtained giving all fundamental wavelengths from 10 cm to 400 meters, corresponding to frequencies of 750,000 to three milliards per second. In addition to this, each circuit emits numerous harmonics which, together with their fundamental waves, interference waves and effluvia, may extend as far as the infra-red and visible light regions (1-300 trillion vibrations per second).

As all cells and even their mitochondria are believed to oscillate within that range of frequencies, they are thus provided, in the field of such an oscillator, with the characteristic individual frequencies enabling them to vibrate in resonance. - Full Article Source


09/11/12 - Building Cheap Batteries to Circumvent the Grid


Microgrids, which typically combine renewable energy, batteries, and conventional diesel generators to provide electricity around the clock, are bringing power to remote villages around the world that don’t have access to the conventional grid. But they’re limited by the high cost and short lifetimes of batteries.

Aquion, a startup based in Pittsburgh, is developing a battery that could be just as cheap as lead-acid batteries—the cheapest available now—but last two or three times as long, greatly lowering the lifetime cost of microgrids.

Aquion is building test versions of its batteries at a small pilot-scale factory. It will start shipping these batteries—which will be essentially the same as the final version of the battery—to customers next month. Technology Review got a look inside the factory to see how the new batteries are made.

(For Technology Review’s initial coverage of Aquion, and more detail about the technology, see “Battery to Take on Diesel and Natural Gas.”)

The company has said that it initially hopes to make batteries for under $300 per kilowatt-hour, far cheaper than conventional lithium-ion batteries.

Lead-acid batteries can be cheaper than Aquion's, but they last only two or three years. Aquion's batteries, which can be recharged 5,000 times, could last for over a decade in situations in which they're charged once a day (the company has tested the batteries for a couple of years so far).

Jay Whitacre, a Carnegie Mellon University professor of materials science and engineering who developed Aquion's technology and founded the company, says the cost will need to drop to less than $200 per kilowatt-hour for grid-connected applications. Reaching this price, and production capacity on the scale of gigawatt-hours, "will take a long time," he says. "But you have to start somewhere."

Aquion's battery consists of an anode made of activated carbon, a cathode made from sodium and magnesium oxide, and a water-based electrolyte. - Full Article Source

09/11/12 - Tradeoffs in battling urban heat island
A team of researchers from Arizona State University have found that warming resulting from megapolitan expansion is seasonally dependent, with greatest warming occurring during summer and least during winter.

Among the most practical ways to combat urbanization-induced warming – the painting of building's roofs white – was found to disrupt regional hydroclimate, highlighting the need for evaluation of tradeoffs associated with combating urban heat islands.

"We found that raising the reflectivity of buildings by painting their roofs white is an effective way of reducing higher average temperatures caused by urban expansion," said Matei Georgescu, an assistant professor in ASU's School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning.

"However, increased reflectivity also modifies hydroclimatic processes and, in the case of the 'Sun Corridor,' can lead to a significant reduction of rainfall. Our maximum Sun Corridor expansion scenario leads to a 12% reduction in rainfall, averaged across the entire state. Painting roofs white leads to an additional 4% reduction in rainfall." - Full Article Source

09/11/12 - The rise of human-computer cooperation
Brute computing force alone can't solve the world's problems. Data mining innovator Shyam Sankar explains why solving big problems (like catching terrorists or identifying huge hidden trends) is not a question of finding the right algorithm, but rather the right symbiotic relationship between computation and human creativity. - Full Article Source

09/11/12 - Two-Way Propellers Lessen Air Torque (Dec, 1941)


THE latest development in airplane propellers, the product of English inventors, is called the Rotol Constant-Speed Contra-Rotating Airscrew, shown at the right. Although appearing to be a six-bladed propeller, the contrivance actually consists of two three-bladed propellers which rotate in opposite directions. Among the advantages claimed for the new type prop are complete elimination of torque and improved handling during aerial acrobatics. - Full Article Source

09/11/12 - Physicist Derives Laws of Thermodynamics For Life Itself
The laws of thermodynamics must apply to self-replicating systems. Now one physicist has worked out how. Here's an interesting thought experiment. Imagine a box filled with a variety of atoms and molecules in proportions roughly equivalent to the composition of the prebiotic soup in which life thrives.

How likely is it that these molecules will arrange themselves into fully-fledged living thing, a bacterium, for example? That's a tough question but Jeremy England at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge has worked out how to calculate an answer, at least in theory. His results make for fascinating reading.

Part of the problem here is that life itself is hard to define. But England has a way round this. His idea is to examine every combination of states that are possible in this box and to consult an omniscient microbiologist about whether each state represents a bacterium or not. In that way, it ought to be possible, at least in principle, to gain an idea of the statistical physics involved.

Next, he asks the microbiologist to take another look at the box after a period that is roughly equivalent to the time it takes for bacteria to divide.

The question then is how likely is it that there will be two bacteria in the box.

Once again, the omniscient microbiologist could look at every possible state of the box and say whether or not self replication has taken place. If the box contains two bacterium, it's possible to work how much entropy has been created in the process and how much heat used.

England throws in some basic laws of thermodynamics and in this way builds a statistical physics model of self replication, a model that is analogous to the laws that govern the statistical behaviour of any set of particles in a box.

By way of comparison, he also looks at the statistics that govern the reverse process--the spontaneous decomposition of the bacteria into carbon dioxide, hydrogen and so on.

This sets an important bound on what is thermodynamically possible in this system: in effect, England derives the second law of thermodynamics for the system. From this he works out various 'laws' such as the minimum amount of heat that a single round of cell division ought to produce.

Finally, he puts some numbers into his model, including figures such as the life time of peptide bonds in biological systems, to find out how much heat complex systems like E. coli bacteria ought to produce when they replicate. - Full Article Source

09/11/12 - Boost your Energy
KeelyNet I use the Mexistim every night when I sleep which gives me additional energy and pep. For me, I've found it also helps reduce or stop muscle pains, allergies and various toxin related issues. Try one and see. - JWD - Full Article Source

09/11/12 - Artificial Intelligence, Powered by Many Humans
When people talk to the new crowd-powered chat system, called Chorus, using an instant messaging window, they get an experience practically indistinguishable from chatting with a single real person. Yet behind the scenes, each response is the result of tens of people paid a few cents to perform small tasks: including suggesting possible replies and voting for the best suggestions submitted by other workers.

Tests where Chorus was asked for travel advice showed that it could be smarter than any one individual in the crowd, because around seven people were contributing to its responses at any one time. Helpers built this way might also be cheaper than paying a conventional one-on-one assistant.

"It shows how a crowd-powered system that is relatively simple can do something that AI has struggled to do for decades," says Jeffrey Bigham, an assistant professor at the University of Rochester, and a member of the research team that created Chorus.

Bigham jokes that Chorus is more likely to pass a Turing Test, which challenges an artificial intelligence system to fool someone into thinking it's human, than conventional chat software, although it may not meet most definitions of artificial intelligence.

In trials of the system, people asked Chorus for advice on restaurants to visit in Los Angeles and New York, and quickly received suggestions. Feedback such as "Hmm. That seems pricey," was quickly taken on board by the crowd, which came up with an alternative. AI systems such as Siri typically have difficulty following this kind of back-and-forth conversation, particularly in colloquial language. - Full Article Source

09/11/12 - How Hacking the Human Brain Can Save Civilization
Exponential growth on a finite planet simply cannot continue. If innovation is both the key to our success and the primary threat to our existence, what can we do? Can we innovate differently? More intelligently?

Humans suffer from a mismatch between our thinking about what we do and the truth of what we do. Our brains make sense of a multifaceted world by ignoring much of its complexity -- a trait Van der Leeuw calls “low dimensional” thinking. In engineering a dam, assessing how agricultural runoff influences an estuary or figuring out how automobile emissions might alter the atmosphere, our conceptual models (or those of our scientists and engineers) at best consider only a few of the true pathways of cause and effect.

As Van der Leeuw puts it, “every human action upon the environment modifies the latter in many more ways that its human actors perceive, simply because the dimensionality of the environment is much higher than can be captured by the human mind.”

This is a profound insight. It helps explain why our innovations, even as they help us in ways that we see clearly and understand, also end up affecting our environment in ways that we mostly fail to recognize.

Effects build up in the environment -- and this includes the social environment, as well as biological or physical -- over the long term. We’re unaware, until eventually we have the famous “unintended consequences” so familiar from technological history.

We may, for example, not yet know what lies behind the obesity epidemic in Western nations, but it is surely a consequence of one or more technologies -- in food manufacturing and distribution, in human transportation, in entertainment and advertising.

Van der Leeuw’s solution: Learn to innovate differently, by using technology to reduce the mismatch between our brains and reality. Computing and communications technology can improve our ability to handle large quantities of information.

They make it possible, in principle, to help our brains build more accurate models of reality. Indeed, this is already happening in some areas, in large-scale models of climate, which include thousands or millions of atmospheric variables, or in new models of economies that try to include every last business or household.

In the end, Van der Leeuw’s perspective is both sobering and inspiring. We have an unprecedented opportunity as the first humans to be able to address our cognitive limitations consciously and directly, by using technology to increase our brain capacity and understand our interactions with the world in far more detail. All we require is the wisdom to make this our goal. - Full Article Source

09/11/12 - Palestinian inventor builds Gaza's first electric car
Not only is it environmentally sound but the tiny white vehicle, which has no doors and can carry two passengers at the back, has been entirely crafted out of recycled materials.

Qassas says it took him several months to build the car in a workshop on the roof of his home where he collects old electronic gadgets.

With a frame made entirely out of wood and with tyres taken off an old wheelbarrow, the little vehicle is hardly a speed demon—managing just 20 kilometres an hour (12 mph) at full throttle. Contrasting with its white exterior, it has a pale blue roof and similar-coloured interior, and a recycled piece of gym kit for a steering wheel.

All in, it cost him $1,000 (less than 800 euros) to build—a small fortune in the impoverished Gaza Strip and huge financial burden for a taxi driver who holds a degree in political science which he has never used.

"My financial situation is a real obstacle to my dreams," he said. "I dream about improving this car and adding things to it—and making it work on solar energy. I could do it, but I don't have the money."

The car has to be charged for five hours with an electric cable after which it can run for four hours. - Full Article Source

09/11/12 - Arctic innovations can mean cash
The University of Alaska Fairbanks is gearing up to host its fourth annual Arctic Innovation competition.

The primary competition is scheduled for Oct. 19. Invention ideas -- no matter the stages of development -- are welcome for submission in the competition.

Officials say almost $20,000 in cash prizes will be awarded. That includes $10,000 for first place. The deadline to submit applications is Sept. 16. - Full Article Source

09/11/12 - Scientists Say Organic Food May Not Be Healthier For You
"NPR reports that although organic fruits and vegetables, grown without synthetic pesticides or fertilizer, comprise a $29 billion industry that is still growing, a new analysis of 200 peer-reviewed studies that examined differences between organic and conventional food finds scant evidence of health benefits from organic foods.

'When we began this project, we thought that there would likely be some findings that would support the superiority of organics over conventional food,' says Dr. Dena Bravata, a senior affiliate with Stanford's Center for Health Policy and co-author of the study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine. 'I think we were definitely surprised.'

Some previous studies have looked at specific organic foods and found that they contain higher levels of important nutrients, such as vitamins and minerals. For example, researchers found in one study that tomatoes raised in the organic plots contained significantly higher levels of certain antioxidant compounds.

But this is one study of one vegetable in one field; when the Stanford researchers looked at their broad array of studies, which included lots of different crops in different situations, they found no such broad pattern. Here's the basic reason: When it comes to their nutritional quality, vegetables vary enormously, and that's true whether they are organic or conventional.

One carrot in the grocery store, for instance, may have two or three times more beta carotene than its neighbor. But that's due to all kinds of things: differences in the genetic makeup of different varieties, the ripeness of the produce when it was picked, even the weather. Variables like ripeness have a greater influence on nutrient content, so a lush peach grown with the use of pesticides could easily contain more vitamins than an unripe organic one." - Full Article Source

09/11/12 - Prediction: One Year From Global Food Riots


"In a 2011 paper, researchers at the Complex Systems Institute unveiled a model that accurately explained why the waves of unrest that swept the world in 2008 and 2011 crashed when they did.

The number one determinant was soaring food prices. Their model identified a precise threshold for global food prices that, if breached, would lead to worldwide unrest."

Abstract - Social unrest may reflect a variety of factors such as poverty, unemployment, and social injustice. Despite the many possible contributing factors, the timing of violent protests in North Africa and the Middle East in 2011 as well as earlier riots in 2008 coincides with large peaks in global food prices.

We identify a specic food price threshold above which protests become likely. These observations suggest that protests may reflect not only long-standing political failings of governments, but also the sudden desperate straits of vulnerable populations.

If food prices remain high, there is likely to be persistent and increasing global social disruption. Underlying the food price peaks we also find an ongoing trend of increasing prices.

We extrapolate these trends and identify a crossing point to the domain of high impacts, even without price peaks, in 2012-2013. This implies that avoiding global food crises and associated social unrest requires rapid and concerted action.

When the ability of the political system to provide security for the population breaks down, popular support disappears. Conditions of widespread threat to security are particularly present when food is inaccessible to the population at large.

In this case, the underlying reason for support of the system is eliminated, and at the same time there is "nothing to lose," i.e. even the threat of death does not deter actions that are taken in opposition to the political order. Any incident then triggers death-defying protests and other actions that disrupt the existing order.

Widespread and extreme actions that jeopardize the leadership of the political system, or the political system itself, take place. All support for the system and allowance for its failings are lost.

The loss of support occurs even if the political system is not directly responsible for the food security failure, as is the case if the primary responsibility lies in the global food supply system. - Full Article Source


09/08/12 - Russian Billionaire Offers $3 Million Physics Prize
Russian billionaire and social media investor Yury Milner offers $3 million prize for achievements in fundamental physics - the most lucrative academic award in the world.

Milner's newly minted $3 million Fundamental Physics Prize is much bigger than the $1.2 million Nobel Prize and the $1.7 million Templeton Prize for science and spirituality.

The Russian billionaire inaugurated his new prize program for fundamental physics on Tuesday with a $3 million award to each of the nine of the world's best-known theorists. Milner, 50, a trained physicist, chose the first nine honorees himself, but he expects the future selection to be made by a special committee consisted of the first nine laureates.

The first group of winner consists of three Russian scientists: Alexei Kitaev from the California Institute of Technology, mathematician Maxim Kontsevich of France’s Institute for Advanced Research, and Stanford's Andrei Linde. The other recipients are MIT's Alan Guth and four string theorists of the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton: Nima Arkani-Hamed, Juan Maldacena, Nathan Seiberg, Edward Witten and Indian string theorist Ashoke Sen.

The $3 million Fundamental Physics Prize will be awarded annually by the nonprofit Milner Foundation to honor "transformative advances in the field." There is also a special prize for promising junior researchers - the New Horizons in Physics Prize - with an annual ward of $100,000.

"I am sure that the best scientists must earn no less than, for example, stock traders," Milner said. "If the award helps to encourage the greatest minds for the further work in the field of fundamental physics, I'll be deeply gratified" - Full Article Source

09/08/12 - Spherical Glass Amplifies Solar Energy Collection
KeelyNet The spherical ball acts as a ball lens, and its specific geometric structure is said to improve energy efficiency by 35%. In contrast to traditional photovoltaic dual-axis solar panels, the ball lens incorporates a fully rotational, weatherproof tracking system, which will work adequately on inclined surfaces and curtain walls. This could allow any building to be retrofitted with these glass lenses to generate more solar power.

The ball lens has the capability of concentrating diffuse daylight and even moonlight, making solar energy collection a more effective application. The third prototype is filled with water and has many photovoltaic cells to harvest solar energy.

With further development, and the decreasing cost of solar panels, such a new device might not be popular, especially when considering the size comparison between it and other similar photovoltaic cells.

However, its ability to generate energy more efficiently and the possibility to even generate energy at night might become the deciding factors. - Full Article Source

09/08/12 - NASA Explores Link Between Sea Saltiness and Climate
"A NASA-sponsored expedition is set to sail to the North Atlantic's saltiest spot to get a detailed, 3-D picture of how salt content fluctuates in the ocean's upper layers and how these variations are related to shifts in rainfall patterns around the planet.

The research voyage is part of a multi-year mission, dubbed the Salinity Processes in the Upper Ocean Regional Study (SPURS), which will deploy multiple instruments in different regions of the ocean. ...

They will return with new data to aid in understanding one of the most worrisome effects of climate change — the acceleration of Earth's water cycle.

As global temperatures go up, evaporation increases, altering the frequency, strength, and distribution of rainfall around the planet, with far-reaching implications for life on Earth." - Full Article Source

09/08/12 - NASA Working on Mars Menu
"The menu must sustain a group of six to eight astronauts, keep them healthy and happy and also offer a broad array of food. That's no simple feat considering it will likely take six months to get to the Red Planet, astronauts will have to stay there 18 months and then it will take another six months to return to Earth.

Imagine having to shop for a family's three-year supply of groceries all at once and having enough meals planned in advance for that length of time.

'Mars is different just because it's so far away,' said Maya Cooper, a senior research scientist with Lockheed Martin who is leading the efforts to build the menu.

'We don't have the option to send a vehicle every six months and send more food as we do for the International Space Station.'"

Astronauts who travel to the space station have a wide variety of food available to them, some 100 or so different options, in fact. But it is all pre-prepared and freeze-dried with a shelf life of at least two years. And while astronauts make up a panel that tastes the food and give it a final OK on Earth before it blasts off, the lack of gravity means smell - and taste - is impaired. So the food is bland.

On Mars though, there is a little gravity, allowing NASA to consider significant changes to the current space menu. That's where Cooper's team comes in. Travel to Mars opens the possibility that astronauts can do things like chop vegetables and do a little cooking of their own. Even though pressure levels are different than on Earth, scientists think it will be possible to boil water with a pressure cooker, too.

One option Cooper and her staff are considering is having the astronauts care for a "Martian greenhouse."

They would have a variety of fruits and vegetables - from carrots to bell peppers - in a hydroponic solution, meaning they would be planted in mineral-laced water instead of soil.

The astronauts would care for their garden and then use those ingredients, combined with others, such as nuts and spices brought from Earth, to prepare their meals. - Full Article Source

09/08/12 - Fish oils 'help slow age decline'
Moderate exercise, and a regular intake of oily fish fatty acids, keeps elderly immobility at bay, a study suggests.

Findings of a recent trial show that women aged over 65 who received omega-3 fatty acids gained almost twice as much muscle strength following exercise than those taking olive oil.

Some studies have linked diets high in omega-3 - commonly found in oily fish such as mackerel and sardines - to potential health benefits, such as a lower risk of coronary heart disease.

During healthy ageing, muscle size is reduced by 0.5-2% per year.

This process - known as sarcopenia - can result in frailty and immobility in old people.

Little is known about the prevalence of sarcopenia in the UK, but data from the US shows that 25% of people aged 50-70 have sarcopenia and this increases to more than half of those aged over 80 years.

According to Dr Stuart Gray from the University of Aberdeen, the cost of sarcopenia is immense; either in direct nursing and care costs or in hospital admissions through falls.

"Around one-and-a-half percent of the total US healthcare budget is spent on sarcopenia-related issues", he said. Half the women were given the omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA, whist the other half received an olive oil placebo (negative control).

At the start and end of the trial, the women's leg muscle strength was measured.

The results were compelling. Women receiving olive oil increased their muscle mass by 11% whilst those receiving EPA and DHA showed a 20% increase - a statistically significant improvement.

But as Dr Gray was quick to point out, not all fish oil supplements contain beneficial amounts of these fatty acids. He told BBC News:

"One of the problems with a lot of these supplements is that the amount of EPA varies.

"A capsule containing one gram of fish oil might only contain 100 milligrams (mg) of EPA and some might contain 400".

His advice for anyone wanting to improve their intake of dietary EPA and DHA was to take a supplement that contained the highest levels of these two fatty acids.

Alternatively, half of the average portion of oily fish contains equivalent amounts of beneficial EPA and DHA as those used in the trial. - Full Article Source

09/08/12 - Old men who use computers less likely to get dementia
Men who use computers as they enter their winter years have a better chance of avoiding dementia than those who don't, according to a new Australian study.

Older Men Who Use Computers Have Lower Risk of Dementia, compiled by researchers at the University of Western Australia's Centre for Health and Ageing, is one output of the the Health In Men Study (HIMS) study that has seen “5506 community-dwelling men aged 69 to 87 years followed for up to 8.5 years.

Computer users had a more active social network and were less likely than non-users to show evidence of clinically significant depressive symptoms or medical morbidity.

The research also found* “dementia for computer non-users and users was 13.3 per 1000 persons per year”. Incidence of dementia among computer users was 40% lower.

The paper takes great care to point out some limitations in the methodology of its underlying research, but notes the findings of reduced dementia incidence among computer users “... cannot be attributed to age, education, social isolation, depression, poor physical health, or prevalent cognitive impairment.”

The writers therefore state:

“... there seems to be no obvious reason not to encourage older people to embrace the use of computer technology, as long as one remains mindful of the negative musculoskeletal and cardiovascular consequences of prolonged physical inactivity and the many advantages of a balanced and healthy lifestyle.” - Full Article Source

09/08/12 - Loose Lips lose 80 million treasure to Feds
A federal judge has upheld a verdict that strips a Pennsylvania family of their grandfather’s gold coins — worth an estimated $80 million — and has ordered ownership transferred to the US government.

Judge Legrome Davis of the Eastern District Court of Pennsylvania affirmed a 2011 jury decision that a box of 1933 Saint-Gaudens double eagle coins discovered by the family of Israel Switt, a deceased dealer and collector, is the property of the United States.

In the midst of the Great Depression, then-President Franklin Roosevelt ordered that America’s supply of double eagles manufactured at the Philadelphia Mint be destroyed and melted into gold bars. Of the 445,500 or so coins created, though, some managed to escape the kiln and ended up into the hands of collectors.

In 2003, Switt’s family opened a safe deposit back that their grandfather kept, revealing 10 coins among that turned out to be among the world’s most valuable collectables in the currency realm today.

Switt’s descendants, the Langbords, thought the coins had been gifted to their grandfather years earlier by Mint cashier George McCann and took the coins to the Mint to have their authenticity verified, but the government quickly took hold of the items and refused to relinquish the find to the family. The Langbords responded with a lawsuit that ended last year in a victory for the feds.

Because the government ordered the destruction of their entire supply of coins decades earlier, the court found that Switt’s family was illegally in possession of the stash. Even though they may had been presented to the dealer by a Philadelphia Mint staffer, Judge Davis agrees with last year’s ruling that Mr. McCann broke the law.

"The coins in question were not lawfully removed from the United States Mint,” the judge rules. - Full Article Source

09/08/12 - Is it Bad to Shutdown My Computer or Leave On All the Time?
We're not sure how it all started, but the idea that it's harmful to shut your computer down every night is a myth. Unless you shut it down incorrectly (e.g. ripping out the power cable and laughing maniacally), there's really nothing to worry about.

In fact, shutting down your computer every night offers a few advantages. First and foremost, it won't draw as much power when off. Additionally, you don't have to remember to turn off the sound each night so it doesn't wake you up with an unexpected alert.

That said, keeping your computer powered on overnight has advantages as well. An always-running computer can act as a server and handle tasks while you're sleeping.

Whether you shut down regularly or keep your computer running indefinitely really depends on your needs. Let's take a deeper look at the pros and cons of both options and how you can deal with the downsides.

Shutting down regularly is the practical option, but it's not without its downsides. - Full Article Source

09/08/12 - Robot Guide Dogs
[Tom Ladyman] is making the case that a robot can take the place of a guide dog. According to his presentation, guide dogs cost about £45,000 (around $70k) to train and their working life is only about six years. On the other hand, he believes that this robot can be put into service for about £1,000 (around $1500).

The target group for the robots is blind and visually impaired people. This makes since, because the robot lacks a dog’s ability to assist in other ways (locating and returning items to their companion, etc.). The main need here is independent travel.

He starts with the base of an electric wheelchair — a time-tested and economy-of-scale platform. The robot navigates based on images from four downward facing cameras mounted on the pole seen above. The X on the top of the pole allows for a much wider range of sight.

The robot identifies its companion via a tag on their shoe, but it’s got another trick up its sleeve. The cameras feed to a set of four BeagleBoards which work together to process them into a 3D map at about 12 FPS, allowing for obstacle avoidance.

Check out the video after the break for a bit more information. - Full Article Source

09/08/12 - 'Magic Carpet' Could Help Prevent Falls Among the Elderly
"Falls are a major cause of injury and death among over-70s, and account for more than 50% of hospital admissions for accidental injury. Thus, being able to identify changes in people's walking patterns and gait in the natural environment, such as in a corridor in a nursing home, could help identity mobility problems early on.

Now, BBC reports that researchers have shown off a 'magic carpet' that can detect falls and may even predict mobility problems.

Beneath the carpet is a mesh of optical fibers that detect and plot movement as pressure bends them, changing the light detected at the carpet's edges. These deflected light patterns help electronics 'learn' walking patterns and detect if they are deteriorating.

With over 19,700 deaths in the elderly in the U.S. in 2008 from unintentional fall injuries and 2.2 million nonfatal fall injuries among older adults treated in emergency departments, spotting subtle changes in a person's walking habits may help identify changes that might go unnoticed by family members or care-givers.

'The carpet can gather a wide range of information about a person's condition; from biomechanical to chemical sensing of body fluids, enabling holistic sensing to provide an environment that detects and responds to changes in patient condition,' says Patricia Scully from The University of Manchester's Photon Science Institute." - Full Article Source

09/08/12 - Texas Opens Fastest US Highway With 85 MPH Limit
"Most highways in the U.S. top out at 75 mph, while some highways in rural West Texas and Utah have 80 mph speed limits.

All that is about to change as Texas opens a stretch of highway with the highest speed limit in the country, giving eager drivers a chance to rip through a trip between two of the state's largest metropolitan areas at 85 mph for a 41-mile toll road between Austin and San Antonio.

While some drivers will want to test their horsepower and radar detectors, others are asking if safety is taking a backseat. A 2009 report in the American Journal of Public Health found that more than 12,500 deaths were attributable to increases in speed limits on all kinds of roads and that rural highways showed a 9.1 percent increase in fatalities on roads where speed limits were raised.

'If you're looking at an 85 mph speed limit, we could possibly see drivers going 95 up to 100 miles per hour,' says Sandra Helin, president of the Southwestern Insurance Information Service.

'When you get to those speeds, your accidents are going to be a lot worse. You're going to have a lot more fatalities.'" - Full Article Source


09/02/12 - Infra-red photos show vein disease (Jul, 1934)


After my one month hospital stay, I must have been pricked 50 times for blood samples and wound up taking 4 BAGS OF BLOOD. I wondered if there was a better way to visually detect veins. Many nurses were masters at it, others were barbaric even striking bone. This would be a great addition to the Star Trek Medical Tricorder.

Varicose veins and other conditions that interfere with the circulation can be detected with comparative ease by a method of photographic diagnosis recently demonstrated at Rochester, New York.

Human skin, it was discovered, is nearly transparent to infra-red rays. By using film that was sensitive to this invisible light, photographs were taken in which veins lying just below the surface of the skin stood out clearly. Any derangement was readily apparent in the photographs. - Full Article Source

09/02/12 - The $100 tri-copter
We’ve seen lots of budget tri-copters, but $100 seems like a heck of a deal to us! Watching this video, you can see this home made tri-copter is incredibly agile and seems to handle quite well.

Whats amazing is that [hallstudio] claims that it cost roughly $100. That price is really good compared to even the cheapest multi copters out there.

Much of the manufacturing cost associated with this kind of thing has been removed as the body is just cheap wood from the local hardware store. He even did an admittedly sloppy rig for his tail rotor, not that it looks like it has hurt his performance.

One cool feature is the fact that you can fold the front arms backward, allowing for the tri-copter to be shoved into a bag for easy transportation.

You can find a complete parts list on his video, but it looks like maybe his cost doesn’t figure in the cost of the radio controller.

There are no build instructions, but a quick google search leads us to the rcexplorer tricopter which seems to be the template he used. There are full build details there. - Full Article Source

09/02/12 - Stem cells Rejuvenate heart of older patients
Damaged and aged heart tissue of older heart failure patients was rejuvenated by stem cells modified by scientists. “Since patients with heart failure are normally elderly, their cardiac stem cells aren’t very healthy,” said Sadia Mohsin, Ph.D., one of the study authors and a post-doctoral research scholar at San Diego State University’s Heart Institute in San Diego, Cal. “We modified these biopsied stem cells and made them healthier.

It is like turning back the clock so these cells can thrive again.” Modified human stem cells helped the signaling and structure of the heart cells, which were biopsied from elderly patients. Researchers modified the stem cells in the laboratory with PIM-1, a protein that promotes cell survival and growth. - Full Article Source

09/02/12 - Artificial lunar atmosphere to be created for moon colonists
The Moon has practically no atmosphere, at least the atmosphere in our perception of this notion. However, a small amount of gas seeps out onto the surface of the satellite from the lunar interior. The gas appears as a result of radioactive decay inside the Moon and because of the impact of the solar wind. The content of gas at the surface of the Moon at "night" does not exceed 200,000 particles per 1 cubic centimeter.

During the "day," it doubles due to the degassing of the soil. This concentration corresponds to the state of high vacuum, so the surface of the Moon during the day is heated up to +120 degrees Celsius. At night or even in the shade, the surface is cooled down to -160 degrees. The gaseous blanket around the Moon is so thin that it is commonly known as exosphere, not atmosphere. Naturally, there is no place for ionosphere in such conditions. However, it exists!

Astrophysicists were racking there brains over the lunar ionosphere for 40 years. Only recently, Tim Stubbs of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center Goddard, put forward a surprising hypothesis: the lunar ionosphere is created from moondust!

According to Stubbs, the astronauts of Apollo 15 observed a mysterious glow on the horizon of the Moon. It could be caused by the ionization of dust particles that were glowing in the rays of the rising or setting sun. The scientist believes that the electric charge that occurs during the process is enough to maintain the ionosphere. Needless to say that there is more than enough dust on the Moon.

Not so long ago, a group of Cambridge chemists led by Derek Fray developed a device that could extract oxygen from the lunar soil - regolith. The name refers to the mixture of fine dust and rocky debris formed as a result of meteor impacts.

Derek Fray and his colleagues suggested a method based on the electrochemical process developed to produce pure metals and alloys from the oxides contained in regolith. This alloy is used as the cathode, whereas carbon plays the role of the anode.

If such soil-to-oxygen converters are mounted on the entire surface of the Moon, potential colonists from Earth will have something to breathe in spite of the fact that the satellite has no livable atmosphere of its own. - Full Article Source

09/02/12 - Confirmed: Radioactive Decay Apparently Influenced By the Sun
"In school you probably learned that the decay rate of radioactive matter is solely determined by the halftime specific to the element. There is no environmental factor that can somehow tweak this process. At least there shouldn't be.

Now a second study confirmed previous findings that the decay rate of some elements seems to be under the subtle and mysterious influence of the sun.

As of now there is no theoretical explanation for this strange effect buried in the decay rate data."

And now this surprising result of the sun's influence has been corroborated.

The latest research was a collaboration of Stanford and Purdue University with the Geological Survey of Israel, rather reputable research power-houses that make these results difficult to dismiss.

Their paper contains the following contour graph for the measured gamma decay during the day plotted over several years. When comparing this with the same kind of graph of the sun's inclination during the observed date range the correlation is quite obvious... - Full Article Source

09/02/12 - DIY Flanagan Neurophone lets you hear with ultrasound


[Andreas] wrote in to let us know about this DIY Neurophone project. Apparently a Flanagan Neurophone uses ultrasound in some manner to transmit audio directly to the body, or nervous system? Needless to say we are a bit skeptical of anyone whose wiki page leads directly to pyramid power. In fact most of the references to this thing start rambling about some pretty pseudo-scientific theories.

At any rate, the schematic is clear and simple enough for anyone who has the parts to easily try. The only challenge might be tuning the thing with a signal generator or audio feed. So how about it, any one have a TL494 pulse-width modulation controller and want to be a guinea pig? - Full Article Source

09/02/12 - A huge microwave-powered bug zapper
This is the biggest bug zapper we’ve ever seen. It’s called the Megazap as its zapping area is 1 square meter. [Eighdot] and [Sa007] combined their talents for the build in order to help reduce the insect population around the Eth0 2012 Summer festival.

You may recall from our bug zapping light saber build that these devices work by providing two energized grids. When an insect flies between the grids it allows the potential energy to overcome the air resistance by travelling through the insect’s body.

The Megazap uses a transformer from a microwave oven to source that potential. The transformer produces 2.4 kV and the current is limited by a floodlight fitted inside the microwave.

The side effect of using the lamp as a limiter is that it lights up with each bug zapped, providing a bit of a light show.

Don’t miss the video after the break to see some flying foes get the life shocked out of them. - Full Article Source

09/02/12 - Umbrella-based windmills
[Niklas Roy] is at it again. He’s applying wind power to his projects by using umbrellas. He was inspired by the shape of an anemometer, and umbrellas turned out to be a great choice because they’re cheap and easy to find.

Anemometers measure wind speed by capturing it with egg-shaped sails (in fact, we’ve seen them built from plastic Easter eggs before).

The umbrellas have a much larger area and will capture more wind. Still it’s a big jump from measuring wind speed to generating energy. That’s why he’s not trying to generate electricity, but instead using the mechanical force directly.

He took a page from one of last year’s projects and used the dual umbrella setup to power a music box, thereby reinventing the wind chime. The triple-umbrella unit seen above serves as a bubble machine, driving a series of plastic rings through a soapy solution and letting the wind do the rest. We’ve embedded his demo video after the break. - Full Article Source

09/02/12 - What The Apollo 11 Crew Did For Life Insurance
Back in 1969 insurance companies weren't very optimistic about the odds of an astronaut making it back to earth after being launched in a rocket to the moon. The cost of life insurance for the Apollo 11 crew was astronomically high so they came up with a clever solution.

A month before launch, the astronauts signed hundreds of autographs that were to be sold if they didn't make it back.

From the article: "About a month before Apollo 11 was set to launch, the three astronauts entered quarantine. And, during free moments in the following weeks, each of the astronauts signed hundreds of covers. They gave them to a friend. And on important days — the day of the launch, the day the astronauts landed on the moon — their friend got them to the post office and got them postmarked, and then distributed them to the astronauts' families. It was life insurance in the form of autographs." - Full Article Source

09/02/12 - Unclaimed Fortunes Under The Sea (Jan, 1950)
KeelyNet Off our own shores, within tantalizing reach of you or any other would-be-millionaire, lie fabulous treasures—finders-keepers!

LOOKING for money? Gold is where you I find it—and there’s plenty of that precious stuff down at the bottom of the ocean. On page 62 Mechanix Illustrated shows you just where you can drop anchor on $150,000,000 in sunken treasure, right along our coasts.

But there’s billions more, scattered almost everywhere under the seven seas—all yours for the taking! On the bottom, even under ideal conditions, Sharp finds that visibility is never more than five feet. In murky waters you may find it much nearer to zero. Your underwater limit for any one day will run between two and three hours. You’ll be lucky then if you can really cover a 20-foot radius.

Movement is extremely difficult. Not only will you find yourself groping almost blindly about that dim world under the sea but the weighted boots and the blocks of lead attached to your belt make turning or bending hazardous and a stum- The Delaware’s gold bullion, of course, is but a minute fraction of the wealth that lies submerged in wrecked ships up and down both coasts of the United States and in many other parts of the globe.

There was the Ward Liner Merida, for example, which sank after a collision 55 miles off Cape Charles, Va., in 1911. She reportedly carried tons of silver bullion, millions of dollars worth of gold belonging to the family of an ousted Mexican president, and caskets crammed with jewels. Researchers claim the Merida’s treasure is more than $4,000,000 and might easily touch $5,000,000.

An effort to salvage the valuables from the Merida failed because the wreck lay too deep. With new improvements in underwater technique, another salvage attempt could be a success. This wouldn’t be a – “shoestring” recovery operation, however.

Over the centuries treasure hunters have spent more money on the wreck of the British frigate Hussar than on any other ill-starred ship of fortune. In 1780 the Hussar rammed a rock and sank in New York’s East River at the point now known as Hell Gate. She was loaded with gold to pay British troops in America. Valuations on her golden cargo range all the way from $4,000,000 to possibly $8,000,000. The Hussar’s multi-million-dollar hoard has inspired a long series of salvage attempts, including Simon Lake’s unsuccessful dredging for the strong boxes in the 1930?s. But the gold is still lying in the bed of the river—probably buried now under tons of silt!

Then there was the war sloop De Braak. carrying $15,000,000 in gold the British had captured from seven Spanish ships. She capsized during a storm and sank 84 feet below the surface one mile off Lewes, Delaware, in 1798.

The Don Carlos II grounded on a coral reef in Matanzas Bay, Cuba, in November 1812. After a vain effort to save the ship by heaving cargo over the side, the crew finally took to the boats and abandoned $2,000,000 in gold, silver and copper coins in the hold of the wreck. In the same waters in 1628 a Dutch fleet of 24 ships chased into Matanzas 15 vessels of the Spanish Plate Fleet, loaded with a fabulous cargo of gold and silver from the New World. The Dutch seized $9,000,000 in loot but the defeated Spaniards scuttled several of their large galleons and thus dumped many more millions into the Bay.

Another Spanish galleon, the Santa Rosa, still hides some $30,000,000 in stolen Aztec gold in its rotting hulk off Key West, Florida.

The most fantastic of all Florida treasure-coast booty, however, is the $76,000,000 in pirate gold lying 25 feet under water some 40 miles off Pensacola. And who knows how many millions may be locked up in the pirate hoard of Jean Lafitte, who buried it somewhere in the lower reaches of Lavaca and Neches Rivers and Matagorda Bay in Texas?

And don’t worry about anyone’s claiming the sunken gold you recover. You don’t need any specific official approval to hunt for your fortune either in the ocean or in inland waters. Technically under common law, the U. S. Treasury has a right to collect all sunken or buried riches that anyone recovers in American territory. But actually the government never takes anything except its bite for income taxes and sticks to the finders-keepers rule.

Of course, if the wreck is a fairly recent one, there is always the possibility that the original owners may dispute your claim to the cargo. No one seems to know exactly how much time must elapse before a sunken fortune becomes the undisputed, legitimate prize for anyone who can recover it. Lawyers have filled books arguing over this point. Apparently, though, you’ll have no trouble proving your claim to any salvage treasure that’s been under water more than 35 years.

If you find any of these, remember I want 5% for the headups to fund my lab projects! - JWD - Full Article Source

09/02/12 - Make your own Apps
Turns out you don’t have to be a programmer to create your own apps. But you will need the patience to work your way through a lot of tutorials. If you can do it, you’ll save around $10,000, the standard price for a custom game. Here are some that caught our eye.

AppInventor from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has been used by a U.S. Marine to create an app that helps other Marines destroy weapons in the field. There are many tutorials at the site. Go to

GameSalad seemed very techy, but it helped a Chilean magician and economist who knew no programming get the number one spot in the Chilean app store with a game called e-Pig dash, about flatulent pigs who push around angry birds.

Magmito is by far the easiest to use unless you just want a mobile version of your website. It’s $5 a month for consumer apps or $10 for business users. Build an app for your club, event or business using their maps, quizzes, videos, and graphic tools. Start with one of their templates and see how it looks on your phone.

AppMkr turns your website into a mobile app automatically. It’s free if you don’t mind their ads.

Microsoft’s Small Basic, from, is a good way to learn BASIC programming.

Why make an app? Well, if you’re counting on customers or club members to find your website, you might as well forget it. Get them to download a free app and they’re more likely to engage. - Full Article Source

09/02/12 - The Shocker Drone
You’ve all seen taser like devices built from disposable cameras. We have seen them mounted to rubber gloves, finger tips, even potato gun ammo! We had not yet seen them on a quadcopter. This was quickly remedied once we had one to play with. Meet the shockerDrone, a Parrot AR Drone with built in shocker attachment. - Full Article Source

09/02/12 - Cheap Publicity
Trying to get publicity for your business is a time-consuming process. But when Joy did public relations for a company inCalifornia, her boss said her p-r work landed more sales than all their ads put together. In short, public relations works. (We read a study recently that claimed over half the stories in newspapers and broadcast news are initiated by press releases.) offers a $179 a year service that claims to do all this work for you. (Actually, nothing does all the work for you, but some things can help a lot.)

The Genie will distribute press releases to over 6,000 news sites, guarantee placement on Google and Yahoo, as well as social media sites like Facebook and LinkedIn. It also targets potential followers on Twitter and invites them to follow you. - Full Article Source

09/02/12 - The mysticism and curse of 33rd parallel
KeelyNet It is difficult to know for sure, but the 33rd parallel plays a huge role when it comes to disasters in the modern world. Dallas with its car accidents, Tripoli with the "Arab Spring," Baghdad, Damascus, Kashmir, Tibet, Nagasaki - they all are located on the 33rd parallel. Is it a coincidence that occult sciences attach special importance to number 33?

All you need to do is to have a look at the map of the world. Look at the significance of the parallel in the Masonic country of General Pike and green bank notes. Take a look at the location of the unfortunate city of Dallas known for its car accidents (this is the official point of view) and its president, who was murdered by some ... Wizard of Oz 22/11. Look further and find the city of Tripoli in Africa. The city became widely known for its "Arab Spring." In Asia, there is also Baghdad, famous for its tales of Scheherazade with the use of weapons of mass destruction.

You can also find the poor city of Damascus, which, as Prophet Isaiah predicted (chapter 17), would be destroyed. Look again at the map to find out that Iran and its good city of Isfahan are located on the parallel too. If you continue the Masonic journey around the world, you will cross the "peaceful" Afghanistan and Kashmir, known for its local wars. And of course, there is Tibet.

An American commentator - a friend of mine - also insists on the significance of the city of Phoenix, Arizona, that sits on the 33rd parallel. He connects Phoenix with Lebanon, Tyre, good old Phoenicians and Hiram, who built the famous temple.

The thirty-third degree is the highest degree in Freemasonry; the addition of number 11 and 22 (look in the "Dictionary of Numbers"); the number of Dante songs; the king of the universe and the spiritual fulfillment. All this is about the key number in the history of the new world order. The sum of these numbers - 22 and 11 in the Tarot is the blade of force and mate. - Full Article Source

09/02/12 - Promising New Drug May Cure Malaria
"Researchers at the University of Cape Town in South Africa have developed a pill that can wipe out malaria with a single dose.

It's a development that could save millions of lives in Africa alone, not to mention the rest of the world. But there's a teensy weensy little hurdle that must first be overcome: human testing. According to National Geographic, 'Clinical tests are scheduled for the end of 2013.

If this tablet is approved in coming years, this achievement will surely usher in a new age for science in Africa. It will save millions upon millions of lives on the continent, helping avoid at least 24 percent of child deaths in sub-Saharan Africa.'"

Animal tests also showed that it was not only safe and effective, but there were no adverse reported side effects. Clinical tests are scheduled for the end of 2013.

If this tablet is approved in coming years, this achievement will surely usher in a new age for science in Africa. It will save millions upon millions of lives on the continent, helping avoid at least 24 percent of child deaths in sub-Saharan Africa.

Professor Chibale proudly explains: “This is the first ever clinical molecule that’s been discovered out of Africa, by Africans, from a modern pharmaceutical industry drug discovery programme. The potent drug has been tested on animals and has shown that a single oral dose has completely cured those infected with malaria parasites.”

This “super pill” could potentially cure millions of people every year, and save the lives of over one million people from around the world each year. This “cure” will most likely save health care systems throughout the developing world billions of dollars and open new areas for development and settlement. - Full Article Source

09/02/12 - The Case Against DNA
"Thanks to fast-paced television crime shows such as CSI, we have come to regard DNA evidence as incontestable. But BBC reports that David Butler has every right to be cynical about the use of DNA evidence by the police. Butler spent eight months in prison, on remand, facing murder charges after his DNA was allegedly found on the victim.

'I think in the current climate [DNA] has made police lazy,' says Butler. 'It doesn't matter how many times someone like me writes to them, imploring they look at the evidence... they put every hope they had in the DNA result.'

The police had accused Butler of murdering a woman, Anne Marie Foy, in 2005 — his DNA sample was on record after he had willingly given it to them as part of an investigation into a burglary at his mother's home some years earlier.

But Butler has a rare skin condition, which means he sheds flakes of skin, leaving behind much larger traces of DNA than the average person. Butler worked as a taxi driver, and so it was possible for his DNA to be transferred from his taxi via money or another person, onto the murder victim.

The case eventually went to trial and Butler was acquitted after CCTV evidence allegedly placing Butler in the area where the murder took place was disproved. Professor Allan Jamieson, head of the Glasgow-based Forensic Institute, has become a familiar thorn in the side of prosecutors seeking to rely on DNA evidence and has appeared as an expert witness for the defense in several important DNA-centered trials, most notably that of Sean Hoey, who was cleared of carrying out the 1998 Omagh bombing, which killed 29 people.

Jamieson's main concern about the growing use of DNA in court cases is that a number of important factors — human error, contamination, simple accident — can suggest guilt where there is none. 'Does anyone realize how easy it is to leave a couple of cells of your DNA somewhere?' says Jamieson.

'You could shake my hand and I could put that hand down hundreds of miles away and leave your cells behind. In many cases, the question is not "Is it my DNA?", but 'How did it get there?"'" - Full Article Source

09/02/12 - US Army To Train Rats To Save Soldiers' Lives
"The Department of Defense currently relies on dogs as the animal of choice for explosives detection but training dogs is expensive and takes a long time.

Now the US Army is sponsoring a project to develop and test a rugged, automated and low-cost system for training rats to detect improvised explosive devices and mines. "The automated system we're developing is designed to inexpensively train rats to detect buried explosives to solve an immediate Army need for safer and lower-cost mine removal," says senior research engineer William Gressick.

Trained rats would also create new opportunities to detect anything from mines to humans buried in earthquake rubble because rats can search smaller spaces than a dog can, and are easier to transport. Rats have already been trained by the National Police in Colombia to detect seven different kinds of explosives including ammonium nitrate and fuel oil, gunpowder and TNT but the Rugged Automated Training System (Rats) research sponsored by the US.

Army Research Laboratory, plans to produce systems for worldwide use since mines are widespread throughout much of Africa, Asia, and Central America and demining operations are expected to continue for decades to restore mined land to civilian use.

"Beyond this application, the system will facilitate the use of rats in other search tasks such as homeland security and search-and-rescue operations" adds Gressick. "In the long-term, the system is likely to benefit both official and humanitarian organizations."" - Full Article Source


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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