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  • Seeing cells under stress

    09/18/2012 7:42:06 AM PDT · by neverdem · 1 replies
    Chemistry World ^ | 17 September 2012 | Jennifer Newton
    The assembly includes a cell-stretching device, an atomic force microscopy head and an objective of the inverted microscopeAn analytical platform that imposes controlled mechanical strain onto live cells whilst monitoring changes in cell morphology and molecular signalling has been developed by scientists in Germany. Cellular processes induced by mechanical forces are crucial for bone healing and lung function. Understanding these processes could help to prevent and aid the development of therapies for mechanically induced lung and cardiovascular diseases and injuries.Christine Kranz and colleagues from the University of Ulm combined fluorescence microscopy with atomic force microscopy to analyse the cells. They...
  • Civilian 'hacktivists' fighting terrorists online

    09/18/2012 1:43:44 AM PDT · by THE UNDISPUTED TRUTH · 27 replies, ^ | Brian Bennett
    Working from a beige house at the end of a dirt road, Jeff Bardin switches on a laptop, boots up a program that obscures his location, and pecks in a passkey to an Internet forum run by an Iraqi branch of al-Qaida. Soon the screen displays battle flags and AK-47 rifles, plus palm-lined beaches to conjure up a martyr's paradise. "I do believe we are in," says Bardin, a stout, 54-year-old computer security consultant. Barefoot in his bedroom, Bardin pretends to be a 20-something Canadian who wants to train in a militant camp in Pakistan. With a few keystrokes, he...
  • Warp Drive May Be More Feasible Than Thought, Scientists Say

    09/17/2012 10:28:10 AM PDT · by justlurking · 144 replies ^ | 2012-09-17 | Clara Moskowitz
    A warp drive to achieve faster-than-light travel — a concept popularized in television's Star Trek — may not be as unrealistic as once thought, scientists say. A warp drive would manipulate space-time itself to move a starship, taking advantage of a loophole in the laws of physics that prevent anything from moving faster than light. A concept for a real-life warp drive was suggested in 1994 by Mexican physicist Miguel Alcubierre, however subsequent calculations found that such a device would require prohibitive amounts of energy. Now physicists say that adjustments can be made to the proposed warp drive that would...
  • TNT for top guns

    09/14/2012 10:07:42 PM PDT · by neverdem · 6 replies
    Chemistry World ^ | 14 September 2012 | Laura Howes
    A short exposure, small aperture shot of the TNT formulation burning. The purple colour is down to the potassium perchlorate © WileyIt might seem counterintuitive but one way of making decoy flares for fighter planes better and safer is to make them out of TNT, say European scientists.Decoy flares are pyrotechnic devices shot out of aeroplanes to confuse heat seeking missiles. For the simpler missiles a hot flame will suffice but technology is always improving and advanced missiles now look for the tell tale signatures of water and carbon dioxide to distinguish between a plane and a flare. Of course,...
  • Atomic bond types discernible in single-molecule images

    09/14/2012 7:55:26 PM PDT · by neverdem · 33 replies
    BBC News ^ | 13 September 2012 | Jason Palmer
    A pioneering team from IBM in Zurich has published single-molecule images so detailed that the type of atomic bonds between their atoms can be discerned. The same team took the first-ever single-molecule image in 2009 and more recently published images of a molecule shaped like the Olympic rings. The new work opens up the prospect of studying imperfections in the "wonder material" graphene or plotting where electrons go during chemical reactions. The images are published in Science. The team, which included French and Spanish collaborators, used a variant of a technique called atomic force microscopy, or AFM. AFM uses a...
  • Microwave weapons: Wasted energy

    09/14/2012 12:27:13 AM PDT · by neverdem · 7 replies
    NATURE NEWS ^ | 12 September 2012 | Sharon Weinberger
    Despite 50 years of research on high-power microwaves, the US military has yet to produce a usable weapon. 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...
  • Super-stretchy jelly can take a hit - Mix-and-match hydrogel is most resilient yet.

    09/08/2012 2:00:12 PM PDT · by neverdem · 15 replies
    NATURE NEWS ^ | 05 September 2012 | Katharine Sanderson
    Your eyes aren’t deceiving you — you just watched a metal ball bounce off a sliver of jelly. But you wouldn’t put this jelly in a sherry trifle: it is a sophisticated hydrogel developed by Zhigang Suo, a materials engineer at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and his colleagues1. A hydrogel is a network of polymers that soaks up lots of water to form a jelly-like material. But most shatter easily and don’t stretch far without breaking. Some of the toughest hydrogels are used to make soft contact lenses, and researchers want to make them more robust, for use in...
  • IU mathematician offers unified theory of dark matter, dark energy, altering Einstein field...

    09/08/2012 1:36:57 PM PDT · by neverdem · 21 replies
    Indiana University ^ | Sept. 6, 2012 | NA
    IU mathematician offers unified theory of dark matter, dark energy, altering Einstein field equations BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- A pair of mathematicians -- one from Indiana University and the other from Sichuan University in China -- have proposed a unified theory of dark matter and dark energy that alters Einstein's equations describing the fundamentals of gravity. Shouhong Wang, a professor in the IU College of Arts and Sciences' Department of Mathematics, and Tian Ma, a professor at Sichuan University, suggest the law of energy and momentum conservation in spacetime is valid only when normal matter, dark matter and dark energy are...
  • New high-tech airships are rising in Southern California

    09/01/2012 7:40:17 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 48 replies
    LA TIMES ^ | 1 Sep 2012 | W.J. Hennigan,
    Not since the waning days of World War II have the mammoth wooden blimp hangars at the former military base in Tustin seen as much airship manufacturing work as they do today. Inside the 17-story structures that rise above southern Orange County, Worldwide Aeros Corp. is building a blimp-like airship designed for the military to carry tons of cargo to remote areas around the world. "Nobody has ever tried to do what we're doing here," Chief Executive Igor Pasternak said of the 265-foot skeleton being transformed into the cargo airship. "This will revolutionize airship technology." Residents of Southern California are...
  • New Trojan Backdoor Malware Targets Mac OS X And Linux, Steals Passwords And Keystrokes

    09/01/2012 8:34:42 AM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 19 replies
    Forbes ^ | 8-31-2012 | Anthony WIng Kosner
    Russian anti-virus software maker Doctor Web, has identified, “The first Trojan in history to steal Linux and Mac OS X passwords.” BackDoor.Wirenet.1, is the first Trojan Horse program that works on the Mac OS X and Linux platforms that is, “designed to steal passwords stored by a number of popular Internet applications.” The company, which sells anti-virus software that, conveniently, protects you against the malware they are identifying, explains that, “When launched, it creates its copy in the user’s home directory. The program uses the Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) to communicate with its control server whose address is” The...
  • Tokyo Court Hands Win to Samsung Over Apple

    09/01/2012 6:22:13 AM PDT · by SmokingJoe · 6 replies
    New York Times ^ | August 31, 2012 | By HIROKO TABUCHI and NICK WINGFIELD
    TOKYO — A Japanese court on Friday rejected patent claims made by Apple against Samsung, a victory for the company after its crushing defeat in the United States last week and a reminder of the global scope of the patent war between the two technology giants. While Apple prevailed over Samsung in the United States, winning an award of $1 billion in damages from a federal jury, the two companies remain neck-and-neck in legal disputes in almost a dozen countries. A judge in South Korea, where Samsung is based, for example, handed down a split decision in a patent case...
  • Nanotechnology: Armed resistance

    08/29/2012 10:04:36 PM PDT · by neverdem · 12 replies
    Nature ^ | 29 August 2012 | Leigh Phillips
    Nature assesses the aftermath of a series of nanotechnology-lab bombings in Mexico — and asks how the country became a target of eco-anarchists. The shoe-box-sized package was addressed to Armando Herrera Corral. It stated that he was the recipient of an award and it was covered in official-looking stamps. Herrera, a computer scientist at the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education in Mexico City, shook the box a number of times, and something solid jiggled inside. What could it be? He was excited and a little nervous — so much so, that he walked down the hall to the...
  • The Facts Behind the Frack - Scientists weigh in on the hydraulic fracturing debate

    08/30/2012 12:46:46 AM PDT · by neverdem · 20 replies
    Science News ^ | September 8th, 2012 | Rachel Ehrenberg
    To call it a fractious debate is an understatement. Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, wrenches open rock deep beneath the Earth's surface, freeing the natural gas that's trapped inside. Proponents argue that fracking-related gas recovery is a game changer, a bridge to the renewable energy landscape of the future. The gas, primarily methane, is cheap and relatively clean. Because America is brimful of the stuff, harvesting the fuel via fracking could provide the country jobs and reduce its dependence on foreign sources of energy. But along with these promises have come alarming local incidents and national reports of blowouts, contamination and...
  • Apple vs. Samsung verdict: It doesn't matter

    08/24/2012 6:39:02 PM PDT · by SmokingJoe · 6 replies
    Zdnet ^ | August 24, 2012 | Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols
    The jury in Apple vs. Samsung, doubtlessly eager to be out by the weekend, rushed their way through the approximately 26 pages and 55 questions of their instructions and decided that Samsung did indeed violate some of Apple's patents just over a billion bucks. Impressive? Not really. This is not the end. This verdict doesn't even matter in the long run. This was just another clash. This case was going to be appealed, no matter who won, the second it started. This is just one more encounter on the case's way to the Supreme Court. Samsung has lost this skirmish,...
  • What Does Apple's Patent Trial Victory Over Samsung Mean To You? Nothing.

    08/24/2012 6:29:32 PM PDT · by SmokingJoe · 9 replies
    Forbes ^ | 8/24/2012 | Robert Hof,
    Apple scored a big victory in its smartphone patent infringement case vs. Samsung late Friday afternoon as a jury awarded the victor $1.05 billion in damages. But does the closely watched verdict mean anything to consumers? No–at least not for now. Why? * This case no doubt will be appealed. That means little is likely to change anytime soon, at least until Apple files for injunctions against the Samsung products involved. And those are by no means all of Samsung’s products, let alone other Android smartphones. You won’t have to surrender your Samsung smartphones or tablets or worry that some...
  • Samsung v. Apple: The (South Korean) verdict is in

    08/24/2012 6:06:47 PM PDT · by SmokingJoe
    CNN ^ | August 24th, 2012 | CNN
    (CNN) – A South Korea court ruled that both Apple and Samsung violated each other’s patents, in a case that mimics legal battles between the electronics giants around the world. The Seoul District Court ruled that Samsung must pay $33,350 for infringing two of the intellectual property rights for Apple’s iPhone and iPad. Apple was found to have infringed Samsung’s Wi-Fi technology, and must pay $22,000 in damages. The court banned sales in South Korea of Apple’s iPhone 4 and iPad 2, Samsung’s Galaxy SII and Galaxy Nexus smartphones and Galaxy Tab and Galaxy 10.1 tablet computers. Both Samsung and...
  • Samsung keeps prior art parade marching against Apple

    08/14/2012 6:00:08 PM PDT · by SmokingJoe · 19 replies
    CNET ^ | August 14, 2012 | Josh Lowensohn
    Samsung today brought out early technology relics in hopes of busting Apple's design patents for the iPhone and iPad — the very ones Apple has pointed at it like howitzers. The South Korean technology giant called upon a pair of experts — one in person, another by video deposition — to make the case that others had beaten Apple to the punch, effectively rendering those patents useless. Samsung’s argument relied mainly on foreign patent designs and an early prototype for a tablet that never made it into commercial production. However, Samsung also brought out a real product, Hewlett-Packard’s TC1000...
  • Robot Will Harvest Your Crops

    08/10/2012 11:34:47 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 22 replies
    Design News ^ | 08/10/12 | Elizabeth Montalbano
    A multinational engineering project aims to create an intelligent robotics platform that can identify and harvest specific types of crops to help foster sustainable agriculture. The Clever Robots for Crops (CROPS) project -- a collaboration between universities from a number of countries -- is working on technology for a modular intelligent sensing and manipulation platform to harvest so-called “high value” crops, such as vegetables grown in a greenhouse, greenhouse vegetables, orchard fruits, and grapes used in making premium wines, according to the project’s Website. The design goals of the project include creating a robotic platform intelligent enough to specifically spray...
  • Terminal Ballistics as Viewed in a Morgue (an oldie but goodie)

    08/10/2012 10:44:12 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 94 replies ^ | 7/13/06 | Deadmeat2
    Terminal Ballistics as Viewed in a Morgue One of the benefits of working in a morgue is that I get to see what works and what doesn't. Ballistic gelatin is good as far as it goes, but there's nothing like seeing what a bullet actually does once it strikes bone, flesh, and organs. Suffice it to say, it doesn't always mimic ballistic gelatin. The other is that I get to hear some great CCW stories. Here's one of them: A recently-married couple living in one of the less desirable sections of Atlanta decided that for safety purposes they should get...
  • Stem-cell pioneer banks on future therapies - Japanese researcher plans cache of induced stem...

    08/10/2012 12:29:09 AM PDT · by neverdem · 3 replies
    Nature News ^ | 07 August 2012 | David Cyranoski
    Japanese researcher plans cache of induced stem cells to supply clinical trials. Progress toward stem-cell therapies has been frustratingly slow, delayed by research challenges, ethical and legal barriers and corporate jitters. Now, stem-cell pioneer Shinya Yamanaka of Kyoto University in Japan plans to jump-start the field by building up a bank of stem cells for therapeutic use. The bank would store dozens of lines of induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells, putting Japan in an unfamiliar position: at the forefront of efforts to introduce a pioneering biomedical technology. A long-held dream of Yamanaka’s, the iPS Cell Stock project received a boost...
  • Cheaper and Cleaner Catalyst for Burning Methane

    08/09/2012 11:35:59 PM PDT · by neverdem · 13 replies
    ScienceDaily ^ | Aug. 9, 2012 | NA
    As the world's accessible oil reserves dwindle, natural gas has become an increasing important energy source. The primary component of natural gas is methane, which has the advantage of releasing less carbon dioxide when it's burned than do many other hydrocarbon fuels. But because of the very stable structure of the methane molecule, it can be difficult to access the energy stored within. When unburned methane escapes into the atmosphere, it's a greenhouse gas 20 times more powerful than carbon dioxide. Now, researchers from the University of Pennsylvania, along with collaborators from Italy and Spain, have created a material that...
  • NYPD unveils new $40 million super computer system that uses data from network of cameras...

    08/09/2012 1:39:59 PM PDT · by neverdem · 42 replies
    NY DAILY NEWS ^ | Rocco Parascandola And Tina Moore
    NYPD unveils new $40 million super computer system that uses data from network of cameras, license plate readers and crime reports Domain Awareness System is a joint venture between city and Microsoft. Commissioner Ray Kelly says system is able to access information through live video feeds and allow cops to get reading on radioactive substances New York Daily News; Photos by Bryan Smith The NYPD is starting to look like a flashy, forensic crime TV show thanks to a new super computer system unveiled Wednesday near Wall St. The Domain Awareness System designed by the NYPD and Microsoft Corp. uses...
  • Samsung Challenges Key Apple Witness' Expertise

    08/08/2012 7:08:22 AM PDT · by SmokingJoe · 5 replies
    Informationweek ^ | August 07, 2012 10:09 AM | Charles Babcock
    Samsung attorney probes industrial design expert Peter Bressler's qualifications to judge whether Samsung phones infringe Apple's patents. Samsung attorneys drew a bead on Apple's claims about the uniqueness of its iPhone design Monday, with stronger counterclaims about preceding designs or "prior art," citing three patent applications that preceded the iPhone. Two Japanese patents and one Korean patent show a rectangular phone form with a large glass face and rounded corners. The glass face varies in size from one patent to the other, but all are much larger than older generations of phones. All three resemble the form of the iPhone,...
  • Russian Booster Rocket Fails to Deliver Satellites

    08/07/2012 10:41:17 PM PDT · by neverdem · 22 replies
    MOSCOW — A Russian booster rocket carrying two telecommunications satellites malfunctioned during a launching early Tuesday, failing to deliver the satellites into their proper orbit and rendering them useless and unsalvageable. The mishap was another blow to Russia’s space program, which has been plagued by malfunctions, crashes and failed launchings. The failure was particularly glaring because it came just hours after NASA’s successful landing of a research probe on Mars. Acknowledging the starkly different outcomes, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitri O. Rogozin, who oversees Russia’s military industry, suggested in a Twitter post that the national space agency, Roscosmos, was struggling because...
  • Curiosity Has Landed

    08/07/2012 10:04:24 PM PDT · by neverdem · 10 replies
    ScienceNOW ^ | 6 August 2012 | Richard A. Kerr
    Enlarge Image On the ground. One of the first images snapped by Curiosity, sent within minutes after it touched down, shows the rover's own shadow. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech It all worked. The 500,000 lines of computer code went off without a glitch. The 76 onboard explosive devices popped off in sequence to the microsecond, throwing valves and cutting loose tether lines. So Curiosity rover's 7 minutes of terror had the happiest of endings. At 1:37 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time, word came down: "Touchdown confirmed. We're safe on Mars." Signals from Curiosity, followed within minutes by the first crude images of...
  • Mars Rover Already Doing Science

    08/07/2012 9:53:04 PM PDT · by neverdem · 15 replies
    ScienceNOW ^ | 6 August 2012 | Richard A. Kerr
    Not smashing itself to smithereens was only one of Curiosity’s achievements in the NASA rover’s first day on Mars. It also hit the bull’s-eye and did a first bit of science. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech Curiosity on its Way. From 340 kilometers away, the HiRISE camera on the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter caught the Curiosity rover inside its entry vehicle dangling from its parachute. The chute had been ejected from the entry vehicle by an explosive charge after atmospheric drag had slowed it to Mach 2. The descent vehicle with the rover tucked inside would soon drop out to fire its retrorockets. Credit:...
  • How Apple let a hacker remotely wipe an iPhone, iPad, MacBook

    08/06/2012 5:54:06 PM PDT · by for-q-clinton · 27 replies
    Gizmondo ^ | August 5, 2012 | Emil Protalinski
    On Friday, I wrote about how Gizmodo's Twitter account was hacked. It turns out that this was Apple's fault. Let's take a step back. Over the weekend, it quickly became clear that the bigger story was how the whole thing started. First, former Gizmodo employee Mat Honan's iCloud account was hacked. The hacker then remotely wiped his iPhone, iPad, and MacBook Air, got into his Gmail account, his Twitter account, and finally Gizmodo's Twitter account. When this came to light, I updated my article with a link to Honan's blog: Emptyage. Once Honan regained access to his iCloud account, he...
  • Researchers Invent New Tool to Study Single Biological Molecules

    08/05/2012 11:16:26 PM PDT · by neverdem · 1 replies
    ScienceDaily ^ | Aug. 3, 2012 | NA
    By blending optical and atomic force microscope technologies, Iowa State University and Ames Laboratory researchers have found a way to complete 3-D measurements of single biological molecules with unprecedented accuracy and precision. Existing technologies allow researchers to measure single molecules on the x and y axes of a 2-D plane. The new technology allows researchers to make height measurements (the z axis) down to the nanometer -- just a billionth of a meter -- without custom optics or special surfaces for the samples. "This is a completely new type of measurement that can be used to determine the z position...
  • Industrial design students create solar bag that purifies water while person walks

    08/02/2012 1:56:56 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 11 replies ^ | 01 Aug 2012 | Staff
    It's common knowledge that a lot of people in the world don’t have access to clean drinking water. In some parts of Africa, people, particularly children fall victim to bacteria in the water they drink; a lot of them die. For some, getting to a water source, even one that isn’t clean can mean walking for several miles, and then carrying it back. It’s for these people that industrial design students Ryan Lynch and Marcus Triest have designed and created what they call the Solar Bag, it’s a bag that holds water and hangs off the shoulders and lies on...
  • Compact fluorescent bulbs may contribute to skin cancer

    07/24/2012 9:11:40 AM PDT · by neverdem · 39 replies
    Tucson Citizen | Jul. 23, 2012 | Jonathan DuHamel
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  • Mystery Tug on Spacecraft Is Einstein’s ‘I Told You So’

    07/24/2012 3:42:38 AM PDT · by neverdem · 49 replies
    NY Times ^ | July 23, 2012 | DENNIS OVERBYE
    It’s been a bad year to bet against Albert Einstein. In the spring physicists had to withdraw a sensational report that the subatomic particles known as neutrinos were going faster than light, Einstein’s cosmic speed limit; they discovered they had plugged in a cable wrong. Now scientists from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory have reported that they have explained one of the great mysteries of the space age, one that loomed for 30 years as a threat to the credibility of Einsteinian gravity. The story starts with the Pioneer 10 and 11 space probes, which went past Jupiter and Saturn in...
  • An Electric Car That Actually Goes Far?

    07/24/2012 2:48:37 AM PDT · by neverdem · 37 replies
    ScienceNOW ^ | 19 July 2012 | Robert F. Service
    Enlarge Image Stable Ride. The performance of new lithium-air batteries is nearly unchanged after 100 charge and discharge cycles, which could bode well for their future use in electric vehicles. Credit: (car) Tony Hisgett/ Wikimedia;(graph) Adapted from Z. Peng et al., Science Researchers have long had high hopes for lithium-air batteries, a device that has the potential to store 10 times more energy than the best lithium-ion batteries on the market today. But so far, lithium-air batteries have been unstable, falling apart after a few charges. Now researchers report that they've made the first stable lithium-air batteries. If the...
  • DARPA Nanotech Projects -$34 million investigating cold fusion and excess heat was found

    07/23/2012 5:54:35 PM PDT · by Kevmo · 26 replies
    Next Big Future ^ | July 12 2012 | Brian Wang
    DARPA Nanotech Projects -$34 million investigating cold fusion and excess heat was found Email ThisBlogThis!Share to TwitterShare to Facebook DARPA 2013 budget justification is out and it updates progress on DARPA projects. (336 pages) 1. Fundamentals of Nanoscale and Emergent Effects and Engineered Devices - IE Cold Fusion Investigation Funding FY2011 $16.745 million FY2012 $11.65 million FY2013 $5.5 million This is the project where DARPA is spending about $34 million to investigate cold fusion on the nanoscale. They have found and generated excess heat for at least 2.5 days. Description: The Fundamentals of Nanoscale and Emergent Effects and Engineered Devices...
  • Diverse Interest in LENR Indicates a Paradigm Shift

    07/21/2012 2:32:23 PM PDT · by Kevmo · 6 replies
    ECat Site ^ | July 18, 2012 | Ruby Carat
    Diverse Interest in LENR Indicates a Paradigm Shift Posted on July 18, 2012 by Admin For many of us, our interest in cold fusion began last January, or thereabouts, when we heard about Andrea Rossi and his e-Cat. For nearly a year we followed the story waiting for RossiÂ’s big reveal in October of 2011. Unfortunately, that event was anti-climatic, and while something certainly did happen that day, we are still unsure exactly what. Yet along the way, we began to learn about new players in the game, and some old names re-emerged. Regardless, it seemed that everybody involved in...
  • NIF delivers 500 terawatts to fusion target

    07/16/2012 8:24:19 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 35 replies ^ | 16 July 2012 | Gail Overton
    Livermore, CA--On July 5, the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory's National Ignition Facility (NIF) achieved a historic record-breaking laser shot. The NIF laser system of 192 beams delivered more than 500 trillion watts (terawatts or TW) of peak power and 1.85 megajoules (MJ) of ultraviolet laser light to its target. 500 TW is 1,000 times more power than the United States uses at any instant in time, and 1.85 MJ of energy is about 100 times what any other laser regularly produces today. Combining extreme levels of energy and peak power on a target in the NIF is a critical requirement...
  • Better security with through-barrier detection using SORS

    07/13/2012 11:52:21 PM PDT · by neverdem · 4 replies
    Chemistry World ^ | 11 July 2012 | Rebecca Brodie
    Schematic diagram of experimental configuration used for 1064nm SORS measurementsA team working in the UK have demonstrated that spatially offset Raman spectroscopy (SORS) using short wave infrared can detect chemicals through physical barriers such as containers, which is a step forward in detection and security.The performance of SORS compared to conventional Raman (CR) spectroscopy to detect the sub-surface layer beneath a barrier is better because of its ability to suppress fluorescence and Raman scattering from the target container. However, there is still a problem with the fluorescence of the target chemical beneath, as this can mask the useful Raman...
  • Cold Fusion Is Hot Again - Tuesday, July 17th 9p | 12a ET

    07/11/2012 10:18:43 PM PDT · by Kevmo · 205 replies
    Cold Fusion Times ^ | July 9 2012 | Admin
    Cold Fusion Is Hot Again - Tuesday, July 17th 9p | 12a ET "A report on cold fusion - nuclear energy like that which powers the sun, but made at room temperatures on a tabletop, which in 1989, was presented as a revolutionary new source of energy that promised to be cheap, limitless and clean but was quickly dismissed as junk science. Today, scientists believe that cold fusion, now most often called low temperature fusion or a nuclear effect, could lead to monumental breakthroughs in energy production."
  • GOP puts biofuels on the chopping block

    07/11/2012 7:56:19 PM PDT · by rusty millet · 19 replies
    The Hill ^ | 07/11/12 | Zack Colman
    Biomass and biofuels groups warn that the loss of $800 million in guaranteed federal support would stall progress in developing the fuel source and cause job losses in rural communities that can least afford it. The industry claims interest groups such as fossil fuel producers and livestock owners have hijacked the process as the House Agriculture Committee begins a markup of the bill this week. “What is probably more broadly at play is a concerted effort by livestock groups, oil groups and some in the environmental community to denigrate biofuel production,” said Matt Hartwig, a spokesman for the Renewable Fuels...
  • A cleaner, faster battery [Nickel-Iron]

    07/10/2012 11:09:22 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 17 replies
    PHYS.ORG ^ | JUL 09, 2012 | Provided by Canadian Light Source
    A team of Stanford and Canadian Light Source researchers have developed an ultrafast rechargeable battery from non-toxic materials. This new rechargeable battery uses nanostructures to update a century-old idea: the nickel-iron bat-tery. Those early batteries, developed by Thomas Edison in 1901 to power electric cars, have been out of favour for a while. In addition to taking a long time to recharge, they just weren’t as powerful as other sources. There are, however, compelling reasons to improve the batteries’ efficiency. “Nickel-iron batteries are attractive because they are cheap and, relative to other battery materials like lithium, they are not very...
  • Australian CIOs sold on Microsoft's Surface tablet

    07/09/2012 7:06:08 PM PDT · by SmokingJoe · 13 replies
    ZDNET ^ | July 8, 2012 | Suzanne Tindal
    Australian chief information officers (CIOs) have been impressed with Microsoft's answer to the iPad — the Microsoft Surface — which was announced last month. Two tablet variants have been announced; one running Windows RT on an Nvidia ARM processor, and the other running Windows 8 Pro on an Intel Core i5 system. Both devices have a 10.6-inch display employing Corning Gorilla Glass 2. Because Microsoft is so late to the market with its tablet — the iPad was launched in 2010 — it has been stated that the Surface's only chance of success is in the business market, which will...
  • National Instruments Deeply Involved With Many LENR Projects (Briefed EU)

    07/08/2012 10:12:37 PM PDT · by Kevmo · 26 replies ^ | July 2, 2012 | admin
    National Instruments Deeply Involved With Many LENR Projects (Briefed EU) July 2, 2012 Thanks to E-Cat World reader ‘un passante’ who sent the report of a talk given by Stefano Concezzi, director of National Instruments’ Science and Big Physics Segment. The talk was given at yet another meeting about LENR — “Towards a non-polluting energy revolution” — a meeting held today, July 2 in Rome, Italy. A recording of the meeting’s proceedings is available (in Italian) here. Here’s the report — thanks very much un passante! Italian seems to be an essential tool in the LENR world! Concezzi gave...
  • On the Precipice Of a New Energy Source?

    07/07/2012 7:25:43 AM PDT · by Kevmo · 169 replies
    Journal of Petroleum Technology ^ | July 2012 | Steve Jacobs, COO, and Patrick Leach, CEO, Decision Strategies
    Journal of Petroleum Technology — July 2012 Guest Editorial • On the Precipice Of a New Energy Source? Steve Jacobs, COO, and Patrick Leach, CEO, Decision Strategies, and David J. Nagel, CEO, NUCAT Energy Steve Jacobs is chief operating officer of Decision Strategies and has more than 30 years of experience in the oil and gas industry. His specialty is evaluating market opportunities for new and existing technologies and companies. He earned BS degrees in psychology and education from Oklahoma State University. Jacobs is an energy information ambassador for SPE. He moderates and lectures at numerous events around the world....
  • EU Body Recommends Research in LENR, Hails Fleischmann & Pons Effect

    07/04/2012 8:23:16 AM PDT · by Kevmo · 22 replies
    EU Body Recommends Research in LENR, Hails Fleischmann & Pons Effect July 3, 2012 The European Union’s Directorate-General for Research and Innovation has published a 2012 document entitled “Industrial Technologies Material Unit Forward Looking Workshop on Materials for Emerging Energy Technologies” which identifies, summarizes, and evaluates a number of potentially useful energy technologies, and makes recommendations about them to the European Commission. The document was the product of a workshop held on October 28, 2011 in Brussels, Belgium with the purpose of identifying low-carbon energy solutions that could enter into the marketplace by 2050. One section of the document...
  • "It's a boson:" Higgs quest bears new particle

    07/04/2012 7:20:50 AM PDT · by James C. Bennett · 46 replies
    Reuters ^ | July 4, 2012 | Reuters
    GENEVA: Scientists at Europe's CERN research center have found a new subatomic particle, a basic building block of the universe, which appears to be the boson imagined and named half a century ago by theoretical physicist Peter Higgs. "We have reached a milestone in our understanding of nature," CERN director general Rolf Heuer told a gathering of scientists and the world's media near Geneva on Wednesday. "The discovery of a particle consistent with the Higgs boson opens the way to more detailed studies, requiring larger statistics, which will pin down the new particle's properties, and is likely to shed light...
  • A Skeptic Looks at Alternative Energy

    06/29/2012 12:19:01 AM PDT · by neverdem · 4 replies
    IEEE Spectrum ^ | July 2012 | Vaclav Smil
    It takes several lifetimes to put a new energy system into place, and wishful thinking can’t speed things along In June 2004 the editor of an energy journal called to ask me to comment on a just-announced plan to build the world’s largest photovoltaic electric generating plant. Where would it be, I asked—Arizona? Spain? North Africa? No, it was to be spread among three locations in rural Bavaria, southeast of Nuremberg. I said there must be some mistake. I grew up not far from that place, just across the border with the Czech Republic, and I will never forget those...
  • RSC offers Ł1000 for explanation of an unsolved legendary phenomenon

    06/27/2012 12:41:32 AM PDT · by neverdem · 55 replies
    Royal Society of Chemistry ^ | 26 June 2012 | NA
    Why does hot water freeze faster than cold water? It seems a simple enough question - yet it has baffled the best brains for at least 2,300 years. Aristotle agonized over it fruitlessly in the fourth century BCRoger Bacon in the 13th century used it to advocate the scientific method in his book Opus Majus Another Bacon, Francis, wrote in his 1620 Novum Organum, that "slightly tepid water freezes more easily than that which is utterly cold" but could not explain whyDescartes was defeated by it in the 18th century ADEven perplexed 20th and 21st century scientists and intellectuals have swarmed over...
  • New method generates cardiac muscle patches from stem cells

    06/25/2012 11:17:30 PM PDT · by neverdem · 11 replies
    Biology News Net ^ | June 20, 2012 | NA
    A cutting-edge method developed at the University of Michigan Center for Arrhythmia Research successfully uses stem cells to create heart cells capable of mimicking the heart's crucial squeezing action. The cells displayed activity similar to most people's resting heart rate. At 60 beats per minute, the rhythmic electrical impulse transmission of the engineered cells in the U-M study is 10 times faster than in most other reported stem cell studies. An image of the electrically stimulated cardiac cells is displayed on the cover of the current issue of Circulation Research, a publication of the American Heart Association. For those suffering...
  • Microsoft Surface Tablet: 10 Coolest Features

    06/25/2012 8:17:09 AM PDT · by SmokingJoe · 116 replies
    informationweek ^ | 06/22/2012 | Jeff Bertolucci
    -------snip------- Built-In Kickstand: Microsoft believes a stand should be an integral part of a tablet's design. (Take that, iPad!) The Surface's built-in kickstand is made of the same sturdy VaporMg material--more on this later--that encases the slate. "The hinge design is like that of the finest luxury car," said Microsoft's Steven Sinofsky, sounding a bit like a car salesman. The stand does look ideal for landscape-mode viewing. But how well will it work in portrait mode? Skinny Genes: You've gotta be thin to compete with the iPad. The Surface for Windows RT is 9.3 millimeters thick--or "thin," as the marketing...
  • Miami-Dade Police Drone Spotted Over Memorial Day Weekend Partiers

    06/23/2012 4:04:05 PM PDT · by James C. Bennett · 46 replies
    Gizmodo ^ | June 23, 2012 | BY ANDREW LISZEWSKI
    After perfecting them overseas in military situations, it was only a matter of time before the government and law enforcement would start using aerial drones for monitoring US citizens back home. And that time is now, as partygoers in Miami recently discovered. Back in January of 2011 Miami's police force acknowledged that they'd be the first in the country to employ camera-equipped drones to keep tabs on the city. So while its appearance isn't a complete surprise, this clip from YouTube user 'miamiearl' showing one of the drones monitoring partygoers at a recent Memorial Day weekend celebration, is still a...
  • 3 reasons Microsoft's Surface is no joke

    06/23/2012 7:18:05 AM PDT · by SmokingJoe · 274 replies
    Fortune ^ | June 22, 2012 | Don Sears
    Many have scoffed at the idea that Redmond's tablet will succeed. But there are three crucial reasons to take the effort seriously. By Don Sears FORTUNE -- Do not underestimate Microsoft's Surface tablet move. Its gambit to design and build its own hardware is a bold play to develop a thriving ecosystem of new products. It is centered on Microsoft's dominant property: the operating system. Monday's flashy Surface launch may have felt like an Apple event with its bright, pastel-colored keyboard, slick introductory videos and breathless hyping from little-known engineers. But, in fact, Microsoft's play is anything but Apple-like. The...