History of the World (in 2 minutes)

Excellent!

Obama cures cancer!

Well, you just know the sycophantic media will find a way to give credit to him …

This is an article from Fox News …

“Researchers might have found the Holy Grail in the war against cancer, a miracle drug that has killed every kind of cancer tumor it has come in contact with, the New York Post reported.

The drug works by blocking a protein called CD47 that is essentially a “do not eat” signal to the body’s immune system, according to Science Magazine.

obama-cures-cancerThis protein is produced in healthy blood cells, but researchers at Stanford University found that cancer cells produced an inordinate amount of the protein thus tricking the immune system into not destroying the harmful cells.

With this observation in mind, the researchers built an antibody that blocked cancer’s CD47 so that the body’s immune system attacked the dangerous cells.

So far, researchers have used the antibody in mice with human breast, ovary, colon, bladder, brain, liver and prostate tumors transplanted into them. In each of the cases the antibody forced the mice’s immune system to kill the cancer cells.

Click for more from the New York Post. 

Steven Milloy’s Lawsuit vs the EPA

“Either the EPA has needlessly endangered the lives of uninformed participants in a worthless experiment or they have knowingly lied for years about the dangers of airborne particulate matter. In either case, the American people deserve answers and accountability.”

Scandalous. Shocking. It’s hard to find exactly the right description for the actions of the EPA, as outlined in the lawsuit filed by Steven Milloy

Writing at FrontPage.com, Arnold Ahlert says that EPA deliberately exposed human beings to “airborne particulate matter the agency itself considers lethal.”

“That EPA administrator Lisa Jackson permitted this heinous experimentation to occur under her watch shocks the conscience,” said Milloy.

As they say, read it all.

Very cool indeed

Woo Hoo!

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Baby can you dig your man?

An interesting comment from “Have your say” at BBC News

I work as a resident doctor in one of the biggest hospitals in Mexico City and sadly, the situation is far from “under control”. As a doctor, I realise that the media does not report the truth. Authorities distributed vaccines among all the medical personnel with no results, because two of my partners who worked in this hospital (interns) were killed by this new virus in less than six days even though they were vaccinated as all of us were. The official number of deaths is 20, nevertheless, the true number of victims are more than 200. I understand that we must avoid to panic, but telling the truth it might be better now to prevent and avoid more deaths.

Yeny Gregorio Dávila, Mexico City

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Breakthrough battery can charge up in seconds

Scientists in the United States have invented a battery that can charge in seconds, promising a revolution in power storage that could also help green cars and renewable energy.

The advance allows lithium-ion batteries, the standard variety used in consumer electronics and cells for electric or hybrid vehicles, both to charge and discharge stored energy more quickly than at present.

This should lead to smaller, lighter batteries for mobile phones and other devices, which can be fully charged when plugged in for a few seconds.

Lithium-ion batteries that can be recharged in a fraction of the time … this is truly a game changer.  Imagine an electric vehicle that can be re-charged in minutes, rather than hours.  This new process effectively removes the greatest obstacle to widespread acceptance of electric vehicles.

Scientists at M.I.T. say that the new batteries could be ready within 2 or 3 years.

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Medical Madoff: Data Faked in 21 Studies

Over the past 12 years, anesthesiologist Scott Reuben revolutionized the way physicians provide pain relief to patients undergoing orthopedic surgery for everything from torn ligaments to worn-out hips. Now, the profession is in shambles after an investigation revealed that at least 21 of Reuben’s papers were pure fiction, and that the pain drugs he touted in them may have slowed postoperative healing.

“We are talking about millions of patients worldwide, where postoperative pain management has been affected by the research findings of Dr. Reuben,” says Steven Shafer, editor in chief of the journal Anesthesia & Analgesia, which published 10 of Reuben’s fraudulent papers.

The fraudulent data resulted in the sale of billions of dollars of COX2 inhibitors, including Vioxx, and Celebrex.  Anesthesia & Analgesia editors say in hindsight, “it should have been a “red flag” that Reuben’s studies were consistently favorable to the drugs he studied.”

It seems to be a sign of the times that red flags have been continuously ignored for years in many fields of commerce.

More:

Former Member Of Pfizer Speaker Bureau Accused Of Research Fraud

“A former member of Pfizer Inc.’s speakers’ bureau who helped pioneer new pain treatments that combined two of the company’s major products has been accused of perpetrating one of the biggest research frauds in medical history.

Dr. Scott S. Reuben, an anesthesiologist on the staff at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, Mass., is currently on medical leave and has been stripped of any research or educational duties for at least 10 years, according to a story first reported in Anesthesiology News.”

NYT: Doctor admits pain studies were frauds

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Outbreak

Update:  35 more have died

“We really don’t know what exactly it is; we are depending on the finding of a team of specialists from New Delhi.”

R.C. Agarwal, chief medical officer, Uttar Pradesh, India. source

“It” is a deadly virus that has in two weeks spread to 350 villages in northern India. So far, the mystery virus has taken 160 lives. Specialists from New Delhi’s Infectious Disease and Surveillance Program have collected the blood samples of a few patients, and will release its findings in a few days.

But now, a panic-induced exodus from the affected villages have left schools closed, and basic services at a standstill. Thousands are bed-ridden, with an average of 15 to 20 deaths per day.

Kanpur, on the Ganges River, is the closest major city. Some 4.1 million people in the immediate area could be affected.

Daily pill halts Alzheimer’s in its tracks

“This is an unprecedented result in the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease,” said Prof Claude Wilschik, leader of a British research team. The results of the Phase 2 trials carried out by a team from the University of Aberdeen (UK) suggests that the new medication known as “rember” stops Alzheimer’s by as much as 81%. The findings are being hailed as the biggest breakthrough in the batle against Alzeimer’s in over a century.

Patients with the brain disorder had no significant decline in their mental function over a 19-month period.

‘We appear to be bringing the worst affected parts of the brain functionally back to life,’ said Dr Claude Wischik, who led the research.

It is the first time medication has been developed to target the ‘tangles’ in the brain that destroy nerve cells, leading to deteriorating memory.

The drug helps to disrupt this process, preventing the formation of new tangles and loosening those already created.

Last night the findings were hailed as the biggest breakthrough in the battle against Alzheimer’s since 1907.

Eventually the drug could be used to stop the disease in its early stages before symptoms have even appeared, it is hoped.

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Primo…Secundo…Tertio! Lord Monckton Exposes Advocates of Global Warming Dishonesty!

Most readers here are familiar with Lord Monckton’s stance on the matter of global warming, or anthropogenic climate change. His chastisement of those who are promoting the many myths and deceits of earth’s cyclical patterns is approaching legendary status, especially in the gathering of climate change opportunists in Bali, and his exposure of the faulty methods of the UN’s IPCC reports in 2001 and 2007.
Lord Monckton recently issued a report to the American Physical Society, Climate Sensitivity Reconsidered, and if you will notice, at the top of the report, is a red lettered disclaimer from the APS about Lord Monckton’s report, with no attribution as to whom authorized the disclaimer.
Not one to permit an arrogant statement to go unanswered, after complying with all procedures and protocols for publication, the Viscount Monckton of Brenchley responded with an email to the President of the APS. I can only hope to provide a future update to this post, with the reply from the APS leadership.

19 July 2008

The Viscount Monckton of Brenchley
Carie, Rannoch, PH17 2QJ, UK
monckton@mail.com

Arthur Bienenstock, Esq., Ph.D.,
President, American Physical Society,
Wallenberg Hall, 450 Serra Mall, Bldg 160,
Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA 94305.

By email to artieb@slac.stanford.edu

Dear Dr. Bienenstock,

Physics and Society

The editors of Physics and Society, a newsletter of the American
Physical Society, invited me to submit a paper for their July 2008
edition explaining why I considered that the warming that might be
expected from anthropogenic enrichment of the atmosphere with carbon
dioxide might be significantly less than the IPCC imagines.

I very much appreciated this courteous offer, and submitted a paper. The
commissioning editor referred it to his colleague, who subjected it to a
thorough and competent scientific review. I was delighted to accede to
all of the reviewer’s requests for revision (see the attached
reconciliation sheet). Most revisions were intended to clarify for
physicists who were not climatologists the method by which the IPCC
evaluates climate sensitivity – a method which the IPCC does not itself
clearly or fully explain. The paper was duly published, immediately
after a paper by other authors setting out the IPCC’s viewpoint. Some
days later, however, without my knowledge or consent, the following
appeared, in red, above the text of my paper as published on the website
of Physics and Society:

“The following article has not undergone any scientific peer review. Its
conclusions are in disagreement with the overwhelming opinion of the
world scientific community. The Council of the American Physical Society
disagrees with this article’s conclusions.”

This seems discourteous. I had been invited to submit the paper; I had
submitted it; an eminent Professor of Physics had then scientifically
reviewed it in meticulous detail; I had revised it at all points
requested, and in the manner requested; the editors had accepted and
published the reviewed and revised draft (some 3000 words longer than
the original) and I had expended considerable labor, without having been
offered or having requested any honorarium.

Please either remove the offending red-flag text at once or let me have
the name and qualifications of the member of the Council or advisor to
it who considered my paper before the Council ordered the offending text
to be posted above my paper; a copy of this rapporteur’s findings and
ratio decidendi; the date of the Council meeting at which the findings
were presented; a copy of the minutes of the discussion; and a copy of
the text of the Council’s decision, together with the names of those
present at the meeting. If the Council has not scientifically evaluated
or formally considered my paper, may I ask with what credible scientific
justification, and on whose authority, the offending text asserts primo,
that the paper had not been scientifically reviewed when it had;
secundo, that its conclusions disagree with what is said (on no
evidence) to be the “overwhelming opinion of the world scientific
community”; and, tertio, that “The Council of the American Physical
Society disagrees with this article’s conclusions”? Which of my
conclusions does the Council disagree with, and on what scientific
grounds (if any)?

Having regard to the circumstances, surely the Council owes me an
apology?

Yours truly,
THE VISCOUNT MONCKTON OF BRENCHLEY

Source.
Why would the APS add such a disclaimer, knowing the nature of the Viscount, as one who will not back down? Are they perhaps attempting to force an issue where they can discredit or minimize the Viscount’s status? Or are they required to put up such a cowardly and flimsy disclaimer, by their dark overlords from the religion of Goremonism?
Regardless, the ball has been returned, and is in the APS court. I will be watching for any foot-faults.

For your viewing pleasure, one video presentation in two parts, based on Lord Monckton’s work.
Thirty Five Inconvenient Truths Part 1.
Thirty Five Inconvenient Truths Part 2.

*ADDENDUM* Arctic ice has actually increased by nearly a half million square miles over this time last year.

VaTech, D.O.E, Russians, collaborators study rare microorganism that produces hydrogen

An ancient organism from the pit of a collapsed volcano may hold the key to tomorrow’s hydrogen economy. Scientists from across the world have formed a team to unlock the process refined by a billions-year old archaea. The U.S. Department of Energy Joint Genome Institute will expedite the research by sequencing the hydrogen-producing organism for comparative genomics.

When members of the Russian Academy of Sciences isolated a rare archaeal microorganism that breaks down cellulose and produces hydrogen, Biswarup Mukhopadhyay, an assistant professor with the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute at Virginia Tech, saw an opportunity to open a door for development of a cellulose-based high-temperature hydrogen production process. “Hydrogen can be easily converted to electrical and mechanical energy without any production of carbon dioxide,” said Mukhopadhyay, whose lab specializes in very high temperature or hyperthermophilic archaea and in energy production.

Promising research, indeed. VT’s Mukhopadhyay said, “This is just the beginning of an exploration of hitherto unknown processes with potential to advance energy production and having a team will make it more innovative, productive and fun.”

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Chocolate reduces pregnancy complication risk

Chocolate, Nature’s perfect food.

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Indulging in chocolate during pregnancy could help ward off a serious complication known as preeclampsia, new research suggests.

Chocolate, especially dark chocolate, is rich in a chemical called theobromine, which stimulates the heart, relaxes smooth muscle and dilates blood vessels, and has been used to treat chest pain, high blood pressure, and hardening of the arteries, Dr. Elizabeth W. Triche of Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut and colleagues write.

Preeclampsia, in which blood pressure spikes during pregnancy while excess protein is released into the urine, has many features in common with heart disease, the researchers add.

Breakthrough energy discovery?

Calling it “the ultimate recycling” project, a Georgia agricultural researcher says he has found the solution to the world’s energy crisis.

Using a process of genetic modification and cloning of bacterial organisms that is capable of large-scale conversion of bio-mass into hydrocarbons, researcher J. C. Bell has enlisted the help of Sen. Saxby Chambliss, Sen. Johnny Isakson, Rep. Jim Marshall, Rep. Jack Kingston, and Floyd Gabler, the deputy undersecretary of the USDA, to bring attention to his project.

Bell has patented the process and has formed a corporation named Bell Bio-Energy, Inc.

Quoting an old Chinese proverb, “He who burns his food goes hungry,” Bell said he never considered using ethanol for his research. Instead he concentrated on bio-mass and hydrocarbons. Bio-mass is any living or recently dead biological material. Hydrocarbon is an organic compound consisting entirely of hydrogen and carbon. Decomposed organic matter provides an abundance of carbon and hydrogen and is naturally occurring in crude oil.

Sources for bio-mass are the forestry industry, pulp plants, agriculture and waste derived from the construction and demolition industry. “We are only using waste products.” In fact, a USDA study projected it was possible to produce two billions tons of bio-mass that could be converted to hydrocarbon. How much oil does that mean? “…you’re looking at 5 billion barrels of oil per year. That would be about two-thirds of what we use now.”

Bell says his groundbreaking discovery will require no modification to automobiles, oil pipelines or refineries as they exist today and could forever end the United States’ dependence on foreign oil.

Is this the “magic bullet” to solve the world’s thirst for energy?

Maybe.

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Update: 3/19 …. Joe Kovacs of WND has picked up the story in an “exclusive report”

(Joe, do you read our blog?)

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Gamer’s delight

from BBC: Brainwaves control a video game.

The unspoken and unpublicized part of this breakthrough is the fact that this type of interface would have tremendous implications for the defense industry.

Gamers will soon be able to interact with the virtual world using their thoughts and emotions alone.

A neuro-headset which interprets the interaction of neurons in the brain will go on sale later this year.

_44438417_headset_info416.gif“It picks up electrical activity from the brain and sends wireless signals to a computer,” said Tan Le, president of US/Australian firm Emotiv.

“It allows the user to manipulate a game or virtual environment naturally and intuitively,” she added.

The brain is made up of about 100 billion nerve cells, or neurons, which emit an electrical impulse when interacting. The headset implements a technology known as non-invasive electroencephalography (EEG) to read the neural activity.

Ms Le said: “Emotiv is a neuro-engineering company and we’ve created a brain computer interface that reads electrical impulses in the brain and translates them into commands that a video game can accept and control the game dynamically.”

Re-creating Booger: WFFOT

A South Korean company says it has taken its first order for the cloning of a pet dog.A woman from the United States wants her dead pit bull terrier – called Booger – re-created.RNL Bio is charging the woman, from California, $150,000 to clone the pit bull using tissue extracted from its ear before it died.

The work will be carried out by a team from Seoul National University, where the first dog was cloned in 2005. source

Progress in the science of cloning, while flying under the radar, continues overseas, while the ethics of cloning are largely ignored.  It’s time to have a public discussion.

This is the World Famous Friday Open Thread, A Free Speech Zone.

WFFOT: Cloned from tissue extracted from previous WFFOT threads

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The U.S. Did Not back down in Bali

Three days ago, maybe four by the time I get done here, I wrote about the U.S. caving to the demands of some third world nations wanting welfare. Link. I have since learned that I was a little quick to react. (dangit I hate when that happens) There is some behind the scenes stuff going on that may give us a little time to head off the Gorbal Warming nuts. It’s by Christopher Monckton, and it is very long and detailed. It is also worth your time if you care about the fraud of global warming. Here’s the important quote:

The day Gore spoke in Bali, I received an email (one of hundreds from all over the world in response to my article in the Jakarta Post) from one of the Port Commissioners of Washington State. He said his fellow-Commissioners, solely on the basis of Gore’s rantings, were proposing to increase the height of the sea-walls by 20 feet. Real economic and environmental harm is now being caused by these unscientific exaggerations, which have gained credence among the zombies merely by their repetition on the lips of a former Vice-President of the United States.

The US delegation did not crumble in Bali. It stood firm in the cause of right and truth and common sense. So it was not possible for the zombies to go as far as they wanted in inflicting pointless, economically-disastrous and climatically-irrelevant policies on the world. For the sake of being seen to do something while they wait for Copenhagen, they have laboriously drawn up a “Bali Roadmap”. Like the Middle East Roadmap, the Bali Roadmap is a non-map of a non-existent road to nowhere. Meantime, we have alarmed the alarmists, and that is a first step towards the dawn of truth.

There is also a list of 50 new lies the alarmists have come up with, and the truth about them. Here’s a few.

Gore needs to pretend that the situation is urgent when it is becoming increasingly plain to everyone that it isn’t. The robust corn-stalk chewers of Iowa, polled recently about election issues, ranked “global warming” so low that fewer than one in 200 thought it mattered at all.

Therefore, to whip up the flagging panic that keeps the gravy-train of “global warming” rolling, Baron Thursdi came up with a new, improved list of 50 errors and exaggerations:

• Floods in 18 countries, plus Mexico: Four errors in one. First, individual extreme-weather events cannot be attributed to “global warming”. Secondly, the number of floods is not unprecedented, though TV makes them more visible than before. Thirdly, even if the floods were caused by warming, the fact of warming does not tell us the cause. Thirdly – and it was astonishing how few of the zombies knew this – there has been no statistically-significant increase in mean global surface temperature since the last IPCC Holy Book in 2001. “Global warming” has stopped.
• The Arctic ice-cap will be gone within 5 to 7 years: Six errors in one. First, as a paper published by NASA during the conference demonstrates, Arctic warming has nothing much to do with “global warming”: instead, as numerous studies confirm, it is chiefly caused by decadal alterations in the ocean circulation affecting the region. Thirdly, it was warmer in the Arctic in the 1940s than it is today. Fourthly, thinner pack-ice is surprisingly resistant to melting, so the ice-cap will probably be still there for many years to come, even if (which is unlikely) the warming trend resumes. Fifthly, the ice-cap was probably absent during the mediaeval warm period, and almost certainly absent during the Bronze Age climate optimum, when temperatures were higher than today’s for almost 2,000 years. Sixthly, the Greenland ice sheet melted completely away 850,000 years ago. There cannot have been an Arctic ice-cap then. So the disappearance of the Arctic ice-cap, even if it occurred, would be neither unprecedented nor alarming.
• Forest fires are causing devastation: Five errors in one. First, most forest fires are caused by humans – power-lines sparking in the wind, carelessly-tossed cigarette-butts, or even arson. Secondly, individual events of this kind cannot be attributed to “global warming”. Thirdly, warmer weather is generally wetter weather, because – as the Clausius-Clapeyron relation demonstrates – the space occupied by the atmosphere can carry near-exponentially greater concentrations of water vapour as the weather becomes warmer. Fourthly, it has not got warmer since 2001, so there is no factual basis whatsoever for attributing more forest fires to warmer weather. Fifthly, the fact of warming does not tell us the cause.

Here is the rest. Thanks n2l.

Global Species Watch

frog.jpgThe Good News: –>An expedition to a remote forest in the Democratic Republic of Congo has uncovered six new animal species.Conservationists discovered one new bat species, a new rat and two new species each of shrews and frogs.

The Bad News: –>

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The grey white, long-beaked animal is the world’s first cetacean -the order of whales, dolphins and porpoises -to be made extinct by man, concludes an international team that has conducted comprehensive surveys of its habitat.

The demise of the near-blind mammal also represents the first extinction of a large vertebrate (backboned animal) for more than 50 years, since overhunting claimed the Caribbean monk seal in the 1950s. A zoologist said it was a “shocking tragedy.”

Nuke Says: Hmmm, let’s see…….That makes us “Plus 5,” doesn’t it?

I blame Bush.

The Ultimate Global Warming Challenge

Think the science is settled? The debate is over?

The deniers and knuckledraggers have polluted the clarity of the TRUTH?

Well, then this should be a walk in the park for you. A piece of cake. Child’s play.

Just accept the Ultimate Global Warming Challenge from Junkscience.com and pick up a cool 100 Large! (And save algore’s bacon to boot.) Here are the rules:

$100,000 will be awarded to the first person to prove, in a scientific manner, that humans are causing harmful global warming. The winning entry will specifically reject both of the following two hypotheses:

UGWC Hypothesis 1

Manmade emissions of greenhouse gases do not discernibly, significantly and predictably cause increases in global surface and tropospheric temperatures along with associated stratospheric cooling.

UGWC Hypothesis 2

The benefits equal or exceed the costs of any increases in global temperature caused by manmade greenhouse gas emissions between the present time and the year 2100, when all global social, economic and environmental effects are considered.

Iraq vet gets bionic arm

Iraq war veteran Sgt. Juan Arredondo can grasp tennis balls and door knobs with his left hand again, now that he’s been outfitted with a bionic hand that has flexible fingers.

The 27-year-old former soldier, who lost his left hand in 2005 during a patrol, is one of the first recipients of the i-LIMB.

“To have this movement, it’s – it’s amazing,” Arredondo said Monday as he showed off the limb made by Scotland-based Touch Bionics. “It just gets me more excited about now, about the future.”

aptopix_iraq_veteran_bionic_handsff_nyma105_20070723173646.jpgThe prosthetic hand is made of semi-translucent plastics. Five individual motors power the fingers, allowing the person to grasp round objects. The hand’s gestures are made possible through electrode plates that detect electrical signals generated in the remaining muscles in the amputated limb.

The i-LIMB can be covered with flexible material to mimic the look of human skin, called cosmesis.

Arredondo, of San Antonio, likened the limb to the bionics in “Star Wars” and “Terminator.””My son, he goes nuts about it,” he said. source

Meet the Bionic Generation

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“Hydrogel” repairs and regenerates human tissue

In a major step forward for applied medical research, scientists at the University of Delaware have announced a breakthrough discovery of a bio-material that may be used to repair and regenerate human tissue.


University of Delaware researchers said the biomaterial can be injected as a low-viscosity gel into a wound where it rigidifies nearly on contact, opening the door to the possibility of delivering cells and antibiotics to repair damaged tissue.

The researchers said the new technology has the potential of regenerating healthy tissue in a cancer-ridden liver, healing a biopsy site and providing wounded soldiers in battle with pain-killing, infection-fighting medical treatment.

Associate Professors Joel Schneider and Darrin Pochan said their patented invention marks a major step forward in the development of hydrogels for medical applications.

Schneider and Pochan reported their research in the May 8 edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Their research is funded by the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health.

Source: United Press International

salt water into fuel?

UPDATE: Kanzius process receives independent confirmation

We live in interesting times. Not long ago, I blogged about a Purdue University research team that had engineered a process to generate hydrogen from aluminum. That was pretty amazing.

A few minutes ago, I ran across this video over at Breitbart. If you think the hydrogen process was cool, then you’re going to love this. A retired broadcast engineer from Ohio, John Kanzius (pronounced kansas), has discovered a process to convert salt water to fuel. I kid you not.

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Atlantis blasts off

The space shuttle Atlantis blasted off this evening with seven astronauts,  on the first space shuttle flight of 2007.
It’s good to see them flying again after the tough headlines that NASA has endured the past few months.

The space agency hopes to fly at least 12 construction missions besides this one to the space station, and also plans to send a crew to repair the Hubble Space Telescope before the shuttle fleet is retired in 2010.

Atlantis’ crew is led by commander Rick Sturckow. The other members are pilot Lee Archambault and mission specialists Patrick Forrester, Steven Swanson, Danny Olivas, James Reilly and Clayton Anderson. It is the first all-male crew at launch since 2002.

Photo and story from AP

How cool is this?

Gizmag is reporting that a Silicon Valley startup, Personal Flight Systems, has been awarded a patent for “a safe, silent personal flight device using electromagnetic ion propulsion as its primary thrust generator and drawing its power wirelessly from earthbound inductive green power broadcast stations.”

Ionic Air Propulsion The basic principle behind ion propulsion is to positively charge a fluid and then electromagnetically propel it to create thrust. It’s a very efficient technique that NASA have been using to propel long-distance, unmanned space vehicles. While the amount of thrust it produces is quite small, it can be sustained over a long-term trip to provide a very effective cumulative acceleration that eventually far outweighs the much more powerful but fuel-hungry chemical rockets used for take-offs.

Simple ion-propulsion craft, such as those shown in these videos, can be easily built and are thus often a popular science fair project for students.

The PFS patent adds a few key elements to this well-established technology; most importantly a new design for the capacitative thrust plates that emit and receive the electrical charges, and a system that pre-conditions the air between and around the plates to maximize thrust. The company also plan to remove the heavy power pack from the vehicle and “broadcast” pulses of DC power to the vehicle from ground stations based on theories from Nikola Tesla, the famous inventor and physicist responsible for the AC power system in the early 20th century.

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“The Father of the Science of Modern Climatology” Should Be Listened To!

Professor Reid Bryson, was the 30th PhD in Meteorology granted in the history of American education, and he is on the U.N.’s Global 500 honor roll. He has also written five books and more than two hundred scientific publications, among many, many accomplishments, and contributions, in his 86 years of living.
A few quotes from an article on him:

“All this argument is the temperature going up or not, it’s absurd,” Bryson continues. “Of course it’s going up. It has gone up since the early 1800s, before the Industrial Revolution, because we’re coming out of the Little Ice Age, not because we’re putting more carbon dioxide into the air.”
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Bryson mentions the retreat of Alpine glaciers, common grist for current headlines. “What do they find when the ice sheets retreat, in the Alps?”
(snip)
“A silver mine! The guys had stacked up their tools because they were going to be back the next spring to mine more silver, only the snow never went,” he says. “There used to be less ice than now. It’s just getting back to normal.”
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Q: Eighty percent of the heat radiated back from the surface is absorbed in the first 30 feet by water vapor…

A: And how much is absorbed by carbon dioxide? Eight hundredths of one percent. One one-thousandth as important as water vapor. You can go outside and spit and have the same effect as doubling carbon dioxide.

I was listening to Rush Limbaugh this afternoon, which is where I heard about this accomplished individual, some one we all should know, and couldn’t wait to get home, so I could look it up, and read the whole thing.

If any of the scientists, that are supposedly peer reviewed(I assume by each other), are given voice on the issue of gorebal warming, then this gentleman should be allowed to proceed to the front of the line.

Breakthrough Process Generates Hydrogen from Aluminum Alloy

Water added to aluminum mixed with Gallium can produce hydrogen on demand. As a catalyst, the Gallium is not consumed. The oxidized aluminum can be recycled. The process is close to being cost competitive with gasoline.

 

A Purdue University engineer has developed a method that uses an aluminum alloy to extract hydrogen from water for running fuel cells or internal combustion engines. The technique could be used to replace gasoline, though it is not quite cost-competitive yet.

The method makes it unnecessary to store or transport hydrogen – two major challenges in creating a hydrogen economy, said Jerry Woodall, a distinguished professor of electrical and computer engineering at Purdue who invented the process.

“The hydrogen is generated on demand, so you only produce as much as you need when you need it,” said Woodall, who presented research findings detailing how the system works during a recent energy symposium at Purdue.

Source: pesn.com

The Purdue Research Foundation holds title to the primary patent, which has been filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and is pending. An Indiana startup company, AlGalCo LLC., has received a license for the exclusive right to commercialize the process.

As with many breakthrough discoveries throughout history, this one came as an accident…

“I was cleaning a crucible containing liquid alloys of gallium and aluminum,” Woodall said. “When I added water to this alloy – talk about a discovery – there was a violent poof. I went to my office and worked out the reaction in a couple of hours to figure out what had happened.

This could be big, big, big.

Nuke

Update 1: Others have taken notice:

Read more at CNet, Reuters, (I love scooping the big boys) and PhysOrg

PLUS, here is Jerry Woodall’s Powerpoint Presentation

Update 2: More links…

NewMax, SciIT News, and

Mobile Magazine does the math:

“A pound of aluminum gives forth about two kilowatts of power, meaning
that a 350-mile trip in a standard vehicle would require 350 pounds of
aluminum and cost about $60. That dollar figure is fairly
representative of current gasoline costs for the same distance.”

Update 3: (5/31/07) Jerry Woodall was just interviewed on CNN Headline with Glenn Beck.

He (Woodall, not Beck) doesn’t seem to be a fruitcake.  That’s the good news.  the not-so-good news is that Woodall claims that the Dept of Energy has twice refused to provide any help at all to Woodall.

By the way, Woodall estimates that it will be at least 15-20 years before this new fuel source can be successfully brought to market.

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