Wing Suiter meets his Maker
These wing suits have always looked like fun but not after these guys flew by the Corcovado (Christ the Redeemer) over looking Rio's harbor. Another wing suit skydiver dies. It's unbelievable what these guys will try. Priceless! (Thanks Paul for this headsup! - JWD)
Wing Suiter meets his Maker
By zapping the air with a pair of powerful laser bursts, researchers at the University of Arizona have created highly focused pathways that can channel electricity through the atmosphere. The thin beam of a filament laser is barely visible against the tabletop surface.
The new technique can potentially direct an electrical discharge up to 10 meters (33 feet) away or more, shattering previous distance records for transmitting electricity through air. It also raises the intriguing possibility of one day channeling lightning with laser power.
The team used a femtosecond laser to create a thin column of plasma – a special charged state of matter – in the air between two electrodes. A femtosecond is one millionth of a billionth of a second. Femtosecond lasers emit pulses that last only a few tens of femtoseconds.
Before this narrow plasma channel has a chance to dissipate, an almost simultaneous burst from a nanosecond laser – lasting a million times longer than a femtosecond pulse – retraces the same path, giving it an extra jolt of heat and the staying power necessary to transmit electricity.
"By creating a combined one-two punch of laser light, we could first open a doorway through the air and then wedge it open just long enough to control and direct electricity through the atmosphere," said Polynkin, the paper's corresponding author. "This incredibly rapid double burst of energy is what was needed to overcome some otherwise daunting challenges."
Laser 'Lightning rods' channel electricity through thin air
A resident of Ladera Ranch, he grew up in San Clemente, was a San Clemente police officer from 1975 to 1993 and coaches the high jump at Dana Hills High School. He hopes to become known as inventor of the KoolerCap, an innovation he says can make the ice in your chest last 30 percent longer.
As a skydiver with nearly 1,200 jumps, McGarry has ample experience with the outdoors and with ice chests. We asked him about the KoolerCap, which comes in two sizes, priced at $19.95 and $29.95.
The KoolerCap will extend the life of ice in a cooler by about 30 percent or more. I did a side-by-side comparison test with two identical coolers, which I videotaped. The KoolerCap ice chest exceeded 30 percent.
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The Expanding Earth
This YouTube video is a well-documented examination of the Earth's crust, but does not explain HOW this could happen. If this change in size were due to asteroids and celestial debris then...
- the whole surface would be new but get older as you dig
- the continents wouldn't fit together
- archeological sites would be buried, deeply
- rising ground levels and rocks falling from the sky would be a common concern.
The Earth, and ALL spherical celestial bodies, are in fact HOLLOW with a very heavy core or inner sun at its center. Whenever a volcano erupts, a fault line shifts, or a continent moves, the surface of the Earth gets a little bigger and this shell a very tiny bit thinner - like blowing up a balloon. Will it 'pop' or collapse? After 8 billion years, I doubt it.
WHY HOLLOW PLANETS? - Every planet starts with a central, high-density mass which catches loose matter into orbit. This matter ultimately becomes a shell with openings on the rotational axis. "I thought the Earth was a molten mass which cooled." reply: THERE IS NO BEDROCK!
Ask ANY miner, driller, or foundation specialist. 1,000 feet, 5,000 feet, 10,000 feet deep in Denver, Colorado at the foot of the Rocky Mountains there is NO BEDROCK. The mountains are made of rock. There you will have bedrock. But if the whole Earth were once a molten mass, there would be bedrock EVERYWHERE!
Did you know that the entire Arctic and Antarctic zones are UNITED STATES military 'no fly zones'. Why?
Examples of polar openings are seen easily in satellite photography of 'black holes'. These clearly show powerful emissions at the poles. [Black holes are NOT sigularities - they have measurable size.] Good photos of comets show a bright little 'star' (the inner sun), a shell, and a tail standing perpendicular to the sun - always pointing away.
PS. Every culture AND religion has a tradition of a place below the surface - Hell, Argatha, Heaven... but EVERYONE has a tradition of... Hollow Earth.
The tale of Olaf Jansen -- a Swedish man who claimed to have visited the Inner Earth with his father in 1830. Apparent pictures of Holes at the North pole. Admiral Byrd's trips to the Poles and Operation High Jump. Michael Palin's trip to the South Pole in 1991 ("Pole to Pole").
Ideas about Seismology and Aurora which some have claimed show the earth could be hollow. Brooks Agnew and the North Pole Inner Earth Expedition.
In the second half, we will look at the evidence that the earth is expanding. A short look at the history of some thoughts on this -- as well as mentioning Continental Drift and Plate Tectonics. A look at a short video by Neal Adams -- which many people have seen.
Research of Prof S Warren Carey as he realised the earth was expanding. Comprehensive research of James Maxlow
Discussion of Subduction. Stephen Hurrell's research regarding the large size of Dinosaurs and other life - which suggests that the force of gravity was much reduced 150 million years ago.
The Expanding Earth
Exoskeleton designed to allow workers on their feet all day to relax. Locks into place allowing the wearer to relax. Wearer can walk and run using the device when it is not activated.
A belt secures the chairless chair to the hips, and straps wrap around the thighs. A variable damper engages and supports the bodyweight, which is directed towards the heels of the shoes.
An alternate version works with any footwear and touches the ground only when in a stationary position. The user just moves into the desired pose and then powers the device using a control button. It currently runs for about 24 hours on a single 6V battery.
'Once activated, the Chairless Chair uses a lightweight portable variable damper to engage and hold the users’ bodyweight, and thereby relieves the stress on leg muscles and joints,' the firm behind it, Zurich-based noonee, said.
'By making the process of work more comfortable and by reducing the risk of exposure to muscle related disorders, employees will also work more efficiently and effectively,' 'As a result, production levels will increase.'
The invisible 'chairless chair'
Momentum Machines burger robot to disrupt fast food industry
Momentum Machines is cooking up burgers with a robot and they’re serious about fast food productivity. “Our device isn’t meant to make employees more efficient,” cofounder Alexandros Vardakostas has said. “It’s meant to completely obviate them.”
The Momentum burger-bot isn’t remotely humanoid. You can forget visions of Futurama’s Bender. It’s more of a burger assembly line. Ingredients are stored in automated containers along the line. Instead of pre-prepared veggies, cheese, and ground beef—the bot chars, slices, dices, and assembles it all fresh.
Burger robots may improve consistency and sanitation, and they can knock out a rush like nobody’s business. Momentum’s robot can make a burger in 10 seconds (360/hr). Fast yes, but also superior quality. Because the restaurant is free to spend its savings on better ingredients, it can make gourmet burgers at fast food prices.
Momentum Machines says your average fast food joint spends $135,000 a year on burger line cooks. Employees work in a chaotic kitchen environment that necessitates no-slip shoes in addition to the standard hairnets and aprons.
By replacing human cooks, the machine reduces liability, management duties, and, at just 24 square feet, the overall food preparation footprint. Resources once dedicated to preparation can instead fund better service.
For some, that may mean more quality ingredients or services. For others, it might be competing with other restaurants by maintaining the same level of service and ingredients but offering even lower food prices.
But Momentum Machines’ burger-bot isn’t provocative for its anticipated effects on fast food quality. The bot, and other robots like it, may soon replace low-skilled workers in droves. If one machine developed in a garage in San Francisco can do away with an entire kitchen of fast food staff—what other jobs are about to disappear?
The Mexistim Polarity Cycler
For over 12 years now, I have slept over a 3 X 4 foot wirescreen which is connected to my Mexistim on my nightstand. I leave it on all the time using the included AC/DC adapter. It uses very little electricity.
It helps me get a deep, healing sleep and I think of it as 'health maintenance' because of all the effects listed below which I have noticed from using this device.
There are now three Mexistim versions, the K.I.S.S. (green) model which is a direct clone of the machine used on over 10,000 people, the Basic I (red) model which uses 3vdc to the screen switching at about 15 minute cycles and the Universal II (blue) model which offers 8 options allowing you to choose between 3vdc or 4.5vdc, 3 or 15 minute switching times (approximate) and other settings so you can try what works best for you.
1) Restful, sound sleep
..2) Increased red cell count
...3) Elimination of seasonal allergies
....4) Increased overall energy
.....5) No headaches
......6) No stomach pains or aches
.......7) No muscle pains
........8) Weight loss
.........9) Increase urination
.........10) Lighter color, less smelly urine
Now with free shipping to USA and Canada!
I wouldn't endorse or sell it if it didn't work for me and others who have reported their experiences. You can read more about the Mexistim units and buy one if you'd like at the following link. Thank you very much for your purchase! - JWD
- Mexistim Website
Robot Revolution and Jobs
This explanatory compilation video by CGP Grey called "Humans Need Not Apply" on structural unemployment caused by robotics and AI (and other automation) is like the imagery playing in my mind when I think about the topic based on previous videos and charts I've seen.
I saw it first on the econfuture site by Martin Ford, author of The Lights in the Tunnel. It is being discussed on Reddit, and people there have started mentioning a "basic income" as one possible response. While I like the basic income idea, I also collect other approaches in an essay called Beyond A Jobless Recovery: A heterodox perspective on 21st century economics.
Beyond a basic income for the exchange economy, those possible approaches include gift economy, subsistence production, planned economy, and more — including many unpleasant alternatives like expanding prisons or fighting wars as we are currently doing.
Marshall Brain's writings like Robotic Nation and Manna have inspired my own work. I made my own video version of the concept around 2010, as a parable called "The Richest Man in the World: A parable about structural unemployment and a basic income." (I also pulled together a lot of links to robot videos in 2009.) It's great to see more informative videos on this topic. CGP Grey's video is awesome in the way he puts it all together.
Robot Revolution and Jobs
Arctic Methane Leak
Claim was made by Dr Jason Box about a study at Stockholm University. Methane is 23 times more potent than carbon dioxide in trapping heat. Scientists believed bubbles would dissolve before they reached surface. But the study found large amounts of leaked methane in the Arctic. 'I may escape a lot of this,' Dr Box told Motherboard, 'but my daughter might not. She's three years old'.
The planet is 'f**cked' after scientists found huge plumes of deadly methane escaping from the seafloor. This is according to Dr Jason Box who claims that methane will be the main driver of climate change if it escapes into the atmosphere. He said: 'If even a small fraction of Arctic sea floor carbon is released to the atmosphere, we're f'd'.
Some of this methane – which is over 20 times more potent than CO2 at trapping heat - is now making it to the ocean's surface. The conventional thought is that the bubbles would be dissolved before they reached the surface and that microorganisms would consume that methane. But Dr Box said if the plumes are making it to the surface, there's a new source of heat-trapping gases that the planet needs to worry about.
This, he claims, is particularly disturbing because the Arctic is warming faster than nearly anywhere else on Earth. His comments follow research in May which found that freshwater sources may be an unrealised source of methane. Unlike carbon dioxide, which is highly soluble in water, methane exists in two forms in these freshwater sources: as a dissolved gas and encapsulated in bubbles that rise from sediments.
And this methane can lead to ozone production and levels of the gas in the atmosphere are 150 per cent higher than they were before the industrial revolution in U.S. It is already known that in the melting regions of the Arctic where lakes, known as thermokarsts, which are lakes that break down plant material into methane.
This methane can then escape out of the lake, and once lit, could set ice on fire. The melting ice can also lead to 'drunken trees' as the firm soil slowly transforms into mud causing the plants that grow in them to lean to one side.
Arctic Methane Leak
The XP4 Group seeks to do visionary and scientifically rigorous research to ascertain how the known limits of propulsion and power physics for space exploration can be surpassed, and to implement technology breakthroughs that can be approached using credible experimentation and engineering solutions.
The research areas of the XP4 Group include, but are not limited to:
Faster than Light (FTL) Spacetime Geometries (i.e. warp drives and wormholes) and Associated Energies (e.g. Casimir vacuum energy).
Matter/Antimatter (MAM) production.
Primordial to Near-Planck-Scale Black Holes.
Relativistic Thermodynamics and Radiation.
Space Drives and Gravity Control.
Sakharov’s emergent spacetime/gravity.
Paradigm changes in physics that define new breakthrough propulsion physics.
Toward the goal of achieving interstellar travel on manageable human time scales, the XP4 Group focuses on the study and advancement of long term propulsion and power concepts, which are at Technology Readiness Levels 1 & 2. This will be realized by: conducting leading-edge, world-class research in foundational theoretical physics and subsequent peer reviewed publications; lecturing at symposia; writing popular press articles and giving interviews; recruiting exceptional researchers and students; and promoting the Icarus mission of interstellar flight through volunteer opportunities and educational outreach, which would increase space literacy among students, teachers, and the general public throughout the United States and beyond.
X-Physics Propulsion and Power Project
Lucid dreamers 'have extra levels of insight'
Scientists from the University of Lincoln say that people who have lucid dreams have an extra level of insight. This means that their brains detect they are in a dream because events would not make sense otherwise. Cognitive ability translates to the waking world when it comes to finding the solution to a problem, by spotting hidden connections or inconsistencies. Lucid dreaming was the subject of the 2010 film Inception.
Researchers say that people who can recognise that they are dreaming while being sound asleep, can solve problems in the waking world better than those who remain unaware of the dream until they wake up. This is because they are have an extra level of insight, according to a new study.
The study examined 68 participants aged between 18 and 25 who had experienced different levels of lucid dreaming - from never to several times a month. They were asked to solve 30 problems designed to test insight. Each problem consisted of three words and a solution word.
Each of the three words could be combined with the solution word to create a new compound word. For example with the words ‘sand’, ‘mile’ and ‘age’, the linking word would be ‘stone’. Results showed that frequent lucid dreamers solved 25 per cent more of the insight problems than non-lucid dreamers.
'Man' on the moon mystery solved?
Nasa claims the strange figure was just a 'scratch on the negative of the film'. YouTube user Wowforreal posted a video showing the 'alien' figure. Image was originally captured by either the Apollo 15 or 17 missions. Figure can been seen on Google Moon at 27°34’26.35?N 19°36’4.75?W. Nasa claims it was either 'dust, an eyelash [or] scratch on the negative'. Seeing familiar things in random objects is a known as Pareidolia. Scientists claim we also tend to use this ability to 'enrich our imagination' and recognise meaningful shapes, even when they're not there.
Noah Petro, a deputy project scientist for the Lunar Renaissance Orbiter (LROC) mission that is currently orbiting the moon, told Pix11 that the image was taken by either the Apollo 15 or 17 manned missions to the moon in 1971 and 1972 respectively. He points out that a current LROC doesn't show any lunar feature that could cause that pattern on the ground. 'My best guess, is that something (dust, an eyelash, scratch on the negative) was on the film,' Dr Petro told Pix11. 'Remember, this was in the pre-digital days when all sorts of nasty things could happen to film.'
The popularity of the video can be explained by a psychological phenomenon called Pareidolia, which is the brain's response to seeing faces and other significant objects in random stimulus. Wowforreel said he started investigating the shadow, which can also be seen on Google Moon at 27°34’26.35?N 19°36’4.75?W, after receiving an online tip from another web user named Jasenko.
‘An irregularly shaped dark spot he noticed on Google Moon looks like it could be a cast shadow from a massive standing object, or figure,’ Wowforreeel told UFO Sighting Daily. ‘At first I thought maybe it was something drawn into the picture but after going to Google Moon, whatever it is or isn't…uh, is there.’
'Man' on the moon mystery solved?
U.S. Not On A Path To Mars
U.S. policymakers and others passionate about a human Mars landing are delusional if they believe the nation that ended its first foray into deep space with the Apollo moon landings is on a calculated path to the Red Planet, according to former NASA administrator Mike Griffin.
"There are reasons other than technical why that has not happened. It isn’t about the money," Griffin told the conference organized around Mars Direct, the society’s strategy for establishing a sustained human presence on Mars without intermediate destinations by using current technologies and extracting fuel, life support and construction materials from the planet’s atmosphere and soil.
"The answer is because we are not a spacefaring nation," Griffin asserted. "The bottom line, for me, is that we have better stuff in museums than we have in operations today. I can’t think of another technical discipline in which that statement would be true."
Griffin led the early implementation of the Constellation program, an initiative to establish a lunar base as the predicate for a long-term strategy of reaching Mars and destinations beyond with humans.
"When it matters to us as a society, it will happen," he said. "This means that as a society we believe that being on the space frontier — second to none — will bring benefits to future generations."
This includes U.S. influence on a range of global matters as well as new discoveries and economic opportunity, he suggested. The U.S. retreat from deep space after Apollo was akin to the U.S. Navy deploying just a single aircraft carrier, according to Griffin.
"The technology of our time, if we put it back together, would take us back to the Moon. With a little more effort, the technology of our time will take us to Mars," he said. "The technology of some future time will inevitably cover the Solar System with human beings. The question is what language will they speak, what culture will they share and what morals and values will they propagate."
Man is the only warm blooded mammal on this planet without a penile bone and if placed in a dark cave in control of lighting, over a 6 months period, he will adjust the day/night cycle to a 24.5-25 hour day which the cells remember as being a day on Mars.
So life on Mars would be difficult, though for military or archeological purposes it is of great interest to rediscover our origins and worth a base...but for colonization, we seriously need to move further out, beyond our solar system in search of other worlds to colonize. - JWD?
U.S. Not On A Path To Mars
Swaying the Mind
This Tales from the Crypt - Smoke Wrings S07E09 episode recounts a palm sized transmitter which induces people to believe whatever they are told as if its really happening.
Years ago, researcher Thelma Moss, who carried out research at the UCLA Gerontology center, among other things, was doing research with brainwave patterns.
As I understood it, she and her team had tested a variety of volunteers for different stimuli so they could map the unique brainwave patterns associated with that particular stimulus.
They found generic patterns that applied to all humans. These patterns reflected hunger, thirst, lust, sickness, pleasure, pain and a wide variety of other sensations and emotions.
In electronics, there is a saying that "Oscillators amplify and Amplifiers oscillate" where it follows that if you can detect a signal you can also transmit that signal.
And so it was, they found they could project a given brainwave pattern to induce the effect in humans. You can imagine the uses for this. - JWD
Swaying the Mind
Twain's genius is a treasure to behold. Hal Holbrook plays Mark Twain, expounding upon Man, "the reasoning animal." Holbrook still performs MTT these days, but requires considerably less makeup.
Holbrook has been married three times and has three children. He married Ruby Holbrook on September 22, 1945, and they had two children, Victoria Holbrook and David Holbrook. They divorced in 1965, and on December 28, 1966, he married Carol Eve Rossen. They had one child, Eve Holbrook, and they divorced on June 14, 1983.
He married Dixie Carter on May 27, 1984. Architect Hoyte Johnson of Atlanta redesigned Carter's family home and created an environment that the couple shared with family and friends. Holbrook has said that the home has the "feel" of the Mark Twain House in Hartford, Connecticut, and that there is no other place to which he feels so ideally suited. Holbrook and Carter remained married until her death on April 10, 2010. Holbrook had a recurring role on his wife's hit sitcom Designing Women, appearing in nine episodes between 1986 and 1989 as Carter's on-screen significant other.
Holbrook grew to love Dixie's home in McLemoresville, Tennessee, and continues to retreat there from the busy life on the road and in Hollywood. The local community responded by building the Dixie Theatre for Performing Arts in nearby Huntington, Tennessee, which features the Hal Holbrook Auditorium.
Hal Holbrook as Mark Twain (1-10)
Kevlar Protects Cables From Sharks
As an ode to Shark Week: Sharks have been known to show an appetite for fiber cables underwater, and last week a Google official said to prevent sharks from wreaking havoc on the company's trans-Pacific fiber lines, it wraps them in Kevlar. It's believed that the emission of electrical currents from the fiber piping is mistaken by sharks occasionally as prey.
In related news, a growing number of scientists are becoming disgruntled with the Discovery network's sensationalist programs. Many shark experts are refusing to work with the channel after such programs as their Megalodon "documentary" and their latest Shark of Darkness (not to mention the mermaid special, which was sadly missing a singing crab.)
Sockatume writes The Verge has an article on Discovery's hugely successful Shark Week, discussing how the increasing sensationalist special event misrepresents science and exploits nature and local history for shock value.
Scientists who appeared in and were misrepresented by the channel's programming are beginning to encourage their peers to stay away from the Discovery network, which stands by the programming's viewing figures.
Kevlar Protects Cables From Sharks
The Flying Car
This short is a discussion of the absence of the "flying car" and the hypothetical question posed asking "what would you do to get a flying car?" Funny dialogue between characters leads up to a hilarious punch-line which ties it all together in a Kevin Smith trademark style.
You can help make it happen, 08/07/14 - Learning to Dim Local Gravity - We must learn to use the natural properties of gravity. People will be stunned when they find how easy it is to do and how little energy it takes after determining the correct geometries and velocities.
Imagine how the world would be rejuvenated when we discover how to reduce local weight (and inertia) in any transport mechanism, cars, buses, trains, jets and airplanes, rockets, boats as well as the ability to fly ourselves without an aerial craft surrounding us.
The Flying Car
Asteroid is Defying the Laws of Gravity
Experts have determined that a massive asteroid that is due to orbit dangerously close to the Earth is actually composed of rubble spinning at an incredibly fast rate. Somehow, these surface rocks aren't tearing away from the whole to fly off into space, and astrophysicists are wondering why.
Now researchers at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville are suggesting that the asteroid, 1950 DA, is held together by van de Waals forces - cohesive forces never before detected on an asteroid.
"If just gravity were holding this rubble pile together, as is generally assumed, it would fly apart. Therefore, interparticle cohesive forces must be holding it together," researcher Ben Rozitis said in a recent release.
Analyzing thermal images and orbital patterns, Rozitis and his colleagues Eric MacLennan and Joshua Emery theorized that 1950 DA's rotations is so fast at its equator, that it effectively experiences negative gravity.
He said that understanding van de Waals cohesive forces help keep asteroids together could effectively help experts develop ways to mitigate the threat of future potential asteroid impacts. "With such tenuous cohesive forces holding one of these asteroids together, a very small impulse may result in a complete disruption," said Rozitis.
For the video below; "The attraction between two neutral atoms is the result of their polarizations aligning. You can visualize it something like this.
The negative electron cloud surrounding a positive nucleus oscillates back and forth due to quantum effects. When two atoms are put very close to each other, these oscillations start to align.
This means that the positive nucleus of one atom can pull on the negative electron cloud of the other, and vice-versa. As a result, the atoms pull each other together.
Electrons moving in a magnetic field show strange behavior
Electrons moving in a magnetic field rotate at three frequencies—0, the Larmor frequency (?), and the cyclotron frequency (2?)—depending on the quantum number describing their angular momentum (m). in collaboration with an experimental team in Austria, have made the first direct observations of free-electron Landau states—a form of quantized states that electrons adopt when moving through a magnetic field—and found that the internal rotational dynamics of quantum electrons, or how they move through the field, is surprisingly different from the classical model, and in line with recent quantum-mechanical predictions made at RIKEN.
The experimental team used a transmission electron microscope to generate nanometer-sized electron vortex beams in which the electrons had a variety of quantum angular-momentum states, and then analyzed the beam propagation to reconstruct the rotational dynamics of the electrons in different Landau states.
According to classical physics, the electrons should rotate uniformly at what is called the cyclotron frequency, the frequency adopted by a charged particle moving through a magnetic field.
Remarkably, what the researchers discovered is that in fact, depending on the quantum number describing the angular momentum, the electrons rotated in three different ways with zero frequency, the cyclotron frequency, and the Larmor frequency, which is half the cyclotron frequency. This shows that the rotational dynamics of the electrons are more complex and intriguing than was once believed.