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  • Could StarTram Revolutionize Space Travel?

    10/03/2017 10:07:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    Real Clear Science ^ | October 3, 2017 | Ross Pomeroy
    While stuck in traffic in 1961, James Powell, a young researcher at Brookhaven National Laboratory came up with the idea of using powerful magnets to lift and propel massive passenger-carrying cars. Over the next seven years, he and his colleague Gordon Danby spent their spare time piecing together a concept. They obtained a patent for the breakthrough in 1968. Powell and Danby's magnetic levitation, or maglev, technology must have seemed like magic back then, but it is now being used to move large trains at speeds up to 375 miles per hour! Not content to rest on this sole accomplishment,...
  • NASA's Bolden: Mars mission is 'closer than ever'

    04/03/2016 2:17:50 PM PDT · by repentant_pundit · 31 replies
    CNBC ^ | April 2, 2016 | Trent Gillies
    In the movie, "The Martian," Matt Damon was a fictional astronaut stranded on Mars. In reality, the head of NASA says astronauts could set foot on the Red Planet within the next twenty years. "We think we're on the right trajectory to get humans to Mars in the 2030's," NASA Administrator Charles Bolden told CNBC's "On the Money" in an interview this week. He should know: Prior to assuming NASA's top job in 2009, Bolden was himself an astronaut for 14 years, commanding two space shuttle missions during that time. The U.S.'s top space official says he's confident the agency's...
  • 15 New York Towns Are Looking To Secede From The Empire State And Join Their Neighbor

    02/21/2015 8:56:24 AM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 47 replies
    Independent Journal Review ^ | 02/21/2015 | John Brodigan
    (VIDEO AT LINK)Businesses have been fleeing the Southern Tier of upstate New York for years. Now, fifteen New York towns are looking to do something about the exodus by seceding from New York and joining Pennsylvania, according to WBNG: “The Upstate New York Towns Association is researching this very topic. The group says a few factors pushing its research are high property taxes, low sales tax revenue and the recent decision to ban hydraulic fracturing in New York.‘The Southern Tier is desolate,’ said Conklin Town Supervisor Jim Finch (R). ‘We have no jobs and no income. The richest resource we...
  • It is time for the Tea Party to become a political party

    09/05/2013 8:41:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 115 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | September 4, 2013 | Judson Phillips
    It is time for the Tea Party to divorce the Republican Party and start its own political party. Nature abhors a vacuum, and the Tea Party swept into the political vacuum left by the Republican Party in 2009. There was no voice for conservatives. The GOP had surrendered to its big government wing. And because of that, the GOP had been shellacked in 2006 and 2008. The GOP would not stand up for conservative principles and the Tea Party was born. In 2010, the Tea Party swept the Republicans into power in the House of Representatives. What does the Tea...
  • City Hall wants diesel drivers to swap for electric vehicles

    11/27/2012 8:04:45 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 66 replies
    WBEZ91.5 ^ | 11-27-12 | Lauren Choolijan
    Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel wants to make a deal with diesel truck owners in the Chicagoland area: give up your truck, and the city will give you a voucher that covers around 60 percent of the cost of a new electric one. Officials say the project could help with air quality and even quieter streets across the city. By next spring, fleets in Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry and Will counties will be able to apply for the program. “The city is encouraging companies to invest in electric vehicles in order to incrementally improve Chicago’s air quality while helping to...
  • Obama's Secret Fear,A Reagan/Romney Recovery That Will Embarrass Him And Most Democrats.

    10/27/2012 4:16:06 PM PDT · by Who_Ate_My_Dog · 29 replies
    Yet Obama,and his "Lying Commentators" on every news outlet has been trying to convince America that if Romney is elected,the economy will collapse.And who could possibly be buying all that "Obama B.S." that Romney is a Bush Clone who will input the exact same policies? THAT GOT US HERE IN THE FIRST PLACE? Really? When we all know that it was "Democratic Housing Policies" that caused the collapse of 2008.Never the less,assuming Romney wins and things turn around in a "V-Shape" recovery,Every Demorat That Bitched&Bitched About Romney's Economic Plan Will Be Ridiculed For Life!
  • Open Letter to Sarah Palin, Gary Johnson and the Libertarian Party

    04/16/2012 7:25:14 AM PDT · by mongrel · 84 replies
    vanity | 4/16/2012 | mongrel
    I would appeal to Sarah Palin, Gary Johnson, and the Libertarian Party to make Sarah Palin the candidate for President at the Libertarian Party convention next month. The Libertarian Party has never has a candidate that had a viable chance of winning. There is no reason to think that it will be different this year with Gary Johnson. Palin, however, has been vetted and would draw together a coalition of disenfranchised voters that would put her over the top above Romney and Obama. Romney has zero enthusiasm and hardly any group that could be considered his base. Only 25% of...
  • Defeating Obama: Will it take a Brokered GOP Convention? Probably! (Vanity)

    01/05/2012 12:40:56 PM PST · by no dems · 52 replies · 1+ views
    January 5, 2012 | no dems
    I'm thinking the only way we will be able to beat Obama will be to have a brokered GOP Convention and a "dark horse" candidate rise out of the ashes. Do I think it will happen? Heck no. So, we are, as my granny used to say: "In a mell of a hess". The GOP Candidates currently running, and the drop-out, Michele Bachmann, have beaten, bruised and bloodied each other so badly that we’re going to make doggone sure we send a nominee into the General Election damaged beyond repair; making victory easy for Obama. The Dems are loving our...
  • Electric car maker Aptera closes its doors

    12/05/2011 7:42:35 AM PST · by Abathar · 48 replies
    AP ^ | 12/03/2011 | Dee-Ann Durbin
    Electric car maker Aptera Motors is closing after failing to woo enough investors to bring a new sedan to market. Aptera CEO Paul Wilbur said the Carlsbad, Calif.-based company closed its doors Friday and laid off all 30 of its employees. The company was hoping to get a $150 million loan from the Department of Energy but needed to raise matching funds, Wilbur said. He said Aptera had trouble drumming up interest from investors, who have been spooked by the difficulties other small electric car makers have had. Palo Alto, Calif.-based Tesla Motors Inc., for example, has racked up millions...
  • Why Herman Cain could be the GOP's perfect Obama rival

    07/06/2011 10:00:16 AM PDT · by kingattax · 46 replies
    Yahoo/Christian Science Monitor ^ | Jul 5, 2011 | Charlton McIlwain
    Herman Cain defies the stereotype of blacks as liberal. And his embrace of conservatism and rugged individualism might make him the Republicans' best salesman – and counter to Obama. Black candidates must be especially image savvy to navigate the delicate contours of today’s racial politics. They must cultivate racial appeal, without provoking racial resentment, and expend their racial capital, without succumbing to the litany of stereotypes whites associate with them. We thought Barack Obama mastered this art, believing future black candidates must learn at his feet. But Republican presidential hopeful Herman Cain might prove more teacher than apprentice. My co-author,...
  • Pipe Dreams (Vanity)

    11/14/2010 5:43:23 AM PST · by ExGeeEye · 12 replies
    My Widdle Bwain (and yours) | now | me
    A challenge: Find some example of government overreach, describe it briefly, and suggest not only its repeal, but some replacement language that might prevent a repeat.
  • Patent Lifts Veil on Boeing's Speed Agile

    07/04/2010 8:39:52 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 15 replies · 2+ views
    I am researching something on future airlifters and wanted artwork on the stealthy super-STOL tactical transport Boeing windtunnel tested under the US Air Force Research Laboratory's Speed Agile program. I asked Boeing if they had a releasable image. No, they said. I asked AFRL. No, said they. So there I was passing the time browsing the US Patent and Trademark Office website and what do I find but this: The patent is here and it's Speed Agile, or close to it based on the one image of a 2008 windtunnel model that I do have, from a presentation by the...
  • Nissan Leaf EV to Have Ultra-Cheap Battery Pack

    05/08/2010 7:37:51 AM PDT · by mylife · 27 replies · 1,262+ views
    fast company ^ | May 5, 2010 | Ariel Schwartz
    Nissan Leaf EV to Have Ultra-Cheap Battery Pack BY Ariel Schwartz Wed May 5, 2010 Over 8,200 people have made online reservations in the past month for the upcoming Nissan Leaf EV, and for good reason. The $33,000 vehicle, set to be released later this year, is the first affordable all-electric vehicle from a major auto manufacturer. It's an early adopter's dream. Now Nissan has revealed the secret behind the Leaf's reasonable price: an ultra-cheap battery pack. While most lithium-ion batteries cost $1000 to $1,200 per kWh, the Leaf's 24 kWh battery pack costs just $9,000 to produce, or $375...

    03/21/2010 3:17:26 PM PDT · by TheDailyChange · 45 replies · 1,242+ views
    Americans can ensure that Obamacare gets repealed. Step 1. Republicans regain majority control of House and Senate. Step2. Elect a Republican President. Step 3. Repeal Obamacare!
  • Hearing This Week in Judicial Watch Lawsuit Challenging Hillary Clinton's Constitutional Eligibility

    09/14/2009 11:40:33 AM PDT · by Velveeta · 42 replies · 2,656+ views
    Marketwire ^ | 9/14/2009 | Press Release
    Hearing This Week in Judicial Watch Lawsuit Challenging Hillary Clinton's Constitutional Eligibility for Secretary of State Challenge Filed on Behalf of State Department Foreign Service Officer -- Court Hearing Set for September 16, 2009 Judicial Watch, the public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption, announced today that a lawsuit challenging the constitutional eligibility of Hillary Clinton to be Secretary of State (Rodearmel v. Clinton, et al., (D. District of Columbia)) will be heard by a special three-judge panel of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia: Date: Wednesday, September 16 Time: 9:30 AM ET Location: Courtroom...
  • The Patriotic Retirement Plan

    05/08/2009 11:12:05 PM PDT · by chase19 · 33 replies · 1,227+ views
    First Things ^ | May 8, 2009 | Russell E. Saltzman
    The Patriotic Retirement Plan By Russell E. Saltzman Friday, May 8, 2009, 12:53 PM This is one person’s suggestion for fixing the economy. It appeared in a Florida newspaper that had asked readers to send along their best economic ideas: Patriotic retirement: There are about 40 million people over 50 in the work force. . . . Pay them $1 million apiece severance for early retirement with the following stipulations: They leave their jobs. Forty million job openings — unemployment fixed. They buy new American cars. Forty million cars ordered — auto industry fixed. They either buy a house or...
  • Future of Space Elevator Looks Shaky

    12/10/2008 7:41:35 AM PST · by Clint Williams · 59 replies · 1,016+ views
    Slashdot ^ | 12/9/8 | kdawson
    lurking_giant writes "In a report on, researchers working on development of a space elevator (an idea we have discussed numerous times) have determined that the concept is not stable. Coriolis force on the moving climbers would cause side loading that would make stability extremely difficult, while solar wind would cause shifting loads on the geostationary midpoint. All of this would likely make it necessary to add thrusters, which would consume fuel and negate the benefits of the concept. Alternatively, careful choreography of multiple loads might ease the instability, again with unknown but negative economic impacts."
  • Electors are not all legally bound to vote for Obama

    12/02/2008 3:35:56 PM PST · by Polarik · 31 replies · 1,666+ views
    The Greater Evil ^ | 12/02/08 | Polarik
    From the US National Archives and Records Administration website explaining the State laws on how Electors may vote: The Supreme Court has held that the Constitution does not require that electors be completely free to act as they choose and therefore, political parties may extract pledges from electors to vote for the parties' nominees. Although some State laws provide that so-called "faithless electors" may be subject to fines or may be disqualified for casting an invalid vote and be replaced by a substitute elector, the Court has not specifically ruled on the question of whether pledges and penalties for failure...
  • Constitutional crisis looming over Obama's birth location

    11/14/2008 7:05:09 PM PST · by solfour · 2,501 replies · 78,234+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | 11/14/08 | Bob Unruh
    The California secretary of state should refuse to allow the state's 55 Electoral College votes to be cast in the 2008 presidential election until President-elect Barack Obama verifies his eligibility to hold the office, alleges a California court petition filed on behalf of former presidential candidate Alan Keyes and others. The legal action today is just the latest is a series of challenges, some of which have gone as high as the U.S. Supreme Court, over the issue of Obama's status as a "natural-born citizen," a requirement set by the U.S. Constitution. WND senior reporter Jerome Corsi even traveled to...
  • Huckabee visits Mexican border (Saturday CNN story)

    03/02/2008 8:07:15 PM PST · by Kurt Evans · 34 replies · 191+ views
    CNN ^ | March 1, 2008 | Alexander Marquardt
    LAREDO, Texas (CNN) – Saturday morning, Mike Huckabee took a trip to the border he talks about securing at every campaign stop... [snip] Huckabee, a strong proponent of building a fence along the Southern border, told reporters that it was not about keeping people out, but keeping bad people out. He gave examples of drug and human traffickers as well as terrorists. “I don’t resent that people want to come here. I’ve always said I thank God every day I’m in a country people are trying to break into, not in a country they’re trying to break out of,” said...