Tesla Coils: Unleash the Aether Nikola Tesla's most significant contribution was not AC power, radio, or the induction motor, but what we call the Tesla Coil - a tool which allows for the power of the aether to be unleashed and harnessed. Now being launched through an open source project. by Hank MillsPure Energy Systems News The inventions of Nikola Tesla are numerous. He invented radio, teleautomatics (remote control technology), poly-phase alternating current, the induction motor, and many other innovations that established the foundation for our modern civilization. However, the true significance of his greatest discovery - the "Tesla Coil" - goes mostly unrecognized. There are many misconceptions about Tesla coils and their intended use. Tesla coils have capabilities beyond even the highest voltage transformers of our day, because they are something far different. Radiant Blasts When an electrical switch in an electrical circuit is opened or closed, a spark of high voltage can be created. Safety Enhancements
12 must-see skywatching events in 2012 - Technology & science - Space - Space.com As the year 2011 comes to a close, some might wonder what is looming sky-wise for 2012? What celestial events might we look forward to seeing? I've selected what I consider to be the top 12 "skylights" for this coming year, and list them here in chronological order. Not all these events will be visible from any one locality ... for the eclipses, for instance, you'll probably have to do some traveling ... but many can be observed from the comfort of your backyard. Hopefully your local weather will cooperate on most, if not all, of these dates. Clear skies! Jan. 4: Quadrantid meteor shower peaks This meteor shower reaches its peak in the predawn hours of Jan. 4 for eastern North America. From the eastern half of North America, a single observer might count on seeing as many as 50 to 100 "Quads" in a single hour. Mercury will arrive at its greatest elongation from the sun March 5. Compare this with the August 2003 opposition when Mars was only 34.6 million miles away. © 2013 Space.com.
Beautiful Home Built from Salvaged Car Parts (Video) Fair Companies/Video screen capture An awful lot of cars end up in junk yards. And that means an awful lot of waste. Green architect Karl Wanaselja has built a stunning home in Berkeley, California using salvaged car panels for siding and minivan windows for awning and windows. But that's just the beginning of how awesome this house is. From its relatively small footprint to its passive solar construction, the house has been built for both performance and comfort. The siding, for example, had to be salvaged from very specific cars to match Wanaselja's vision in terms of color, but also to take into account that most cars that end up in junk yards aren't in the best condition. The outbuildings are pretty awesome too. And there's a home office/studio made from a refrigerated shipping container. From an old garage turned stunning tiny house to a Spanish ghost town turned eco-village, we're already used to some really beautiful videos from the folks at Fair Companies.
First dogs came from East Asia, genetic study confirms Researchers at Sweden's KTH Royal Institute of Technology say they have found further proof that the wolf ancestors of today's domesticated dogs can be traced to southern East Asia -- findings that run counter to theories placing the cradle of the canine line in the Middle East. Dr Peter Savolainen, KTH researcher in evolutionary genetics, says a new study released Nov. 23 confirms that an Asian region south of the Yangtze River was the principal and probably sole region where wolves were domesticated by humans. Data on genetics, morphology and behaviour show clearly that dogs are descended from wolves, but there's never been scientific consensus on where in the world the domestication process began. "Our analysis of Y-chromosomal DNA now confirms that wolves were first domesticated in Asia south of Yangtze River -- we call it the ASY region -- in southern China or Southeast Asia," Savolainen says. The Y data supports previous evidence from mitochondrial DNA.
Manufacturing facilities release pharmaceuticals to the environment, USGS study finds Pharmaceutical manufacturing facilities can be a significant source of pharmaceuticals to surface waters, according to a new study by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) conducted in cooperation with the State of New York. Outflow from two wastewater treatment plants in New York that receive more than 20 percent of their wastewater from pharmaceutical facilities had concentrations of pharmaceuticals that were 10 to 1000 times higher than outflows from 24 plants nationwide that do not receive wastewater from pharmaceutical manufacturers. "This is the first study in the U.S. to identify pharmaceutical manufacturing facilities as a significant source of pharmaceuticals to the environment," said Matthew C. Maximum concentrations in outflows from the two wastewater treatment plants in New York were: While pharmaceutical concentrations were significantly lower in receiving streams, measurable concentrations were detected as far as 20 miles downstream.
Occupiers Descend on Congress – and the Supreme Court Today was unlike any other, as Occupiers descended on Congress, sending a clear message that ‘we the people’ are fed up and democracy is still alive. Today, January 17 (#J17 Twitter hashtag) Occupiers celebrated the 4 month anniversary of this amazing movement. The activists took the Capitol, then they took the streets. With Congress’ approval rating abysmally low in numbers, protesters took action in the shadow of a broken system. Thousands of people remained glued to their computer screens witnessing this event unfold while watching several livestream sources, including OakFoSho’s and PunkBoyinSF’s. As it happened throughout the day…. Early this morning, Occupiers began directly in front of the Capital building. Occupy heroes, Captain Ray Lewis the retired Philadelphia police officer was in attendance as was Sgt. Jesse Le Greca attended as well with his own message stating, he will not tell people who to vote for, but just vote. “Hey hey, ho ho, Corporate Greed has got to go!” March on!
10 Science Holidays to Get Your Geek On I cannot help but interject here. Every January 27th I honor them through an astronaut-themed gathering, during which my friends and I watch the Right Stuff and drink Tangtinis. Originally this event was titled Gus Grissom Day, but on second thought the official (and surely, one day, nationally recognized) Gus Grissom Day will be on April 4th (his birthday rather than in honor and remembrance of his death), oddly coinciding with square root day, which luckily does not come around very often. This Friday, I will definitely raise my Tangtini to you, crosis101, as we remember those we lost in 1967. OOOOOO!!! but good call on January 27th. I also choke up when ridley says "Put the spurs to her, Chuck!" Some peckerwood's gotta get the thing up. I bet some day, you're even gonna immortilize us by putting us up on your here wall.... What? Why....you gotta die.
The Pirate Bay now lets you download physical objects Other file sharing sites may be shutting down in the aftermath of the MegaUpload raid, but the Pirate Bay is expanding instead. The site announced Monday that users can now download physical objects as well — sort of, anyway. The Pirate Bay introduced a new content category called “Physibles” that’s being used to trade digital designs that can be used with 3-D printers to recreate physical objects. We believe that the next step in copying will be made from digital form into physical form. The idea to share these kinds of designs online is, of course, not new. We believe that the future of sharing is about physible data. It remains to be seen whether the sharing of “physibles” will be as popular as traditional file sharing any time soon. Disclosure: Thingverse is run by Makerbot Industries, a company that has received an investment from True Ventures, which is also an investor in GigaOM. Image courtesy of Flickr user williac.
Ancient domesticated dog skull found in Siberian cave: 33,000 years old A 33,000-year-old dog skull unearthed in a Siberian mountain cave presents some of the oldest known evidence of dog domestication and, together with an equally ancient find in a cave in Belgium, indicates that modern dogs may be descended from multiple ancestors. If you think a Chihuahua doesn't have much in common with a Rottweiler, you might be on to something. An ancient dog skull, preserved in a cave in the Altai Mountains of Siberia for 33,000 years, presents some of the oldest known evidence of dog domestication and, together with equally ancient dog remains from a cave in Belgium, indicates that domestication of dogs may have occurred repeatedly in different geographic locations rather than with a single domestication event. In other words, man's best friends may have originated from more than one ancient ancestor, contrary to what some DNA evidence previously has indicated. Radioactive carbon, or carbon-14, is one of three carbon isotopes.
Celestial Stunner: Venus to Cross Face of Sun This Year | Venus Transit of the Sun Jun 5-6 | 2012 Venus Transit On your 2012 calendar, be sure to put a big red circle around June 5. On that day, a celestial occurrence that will not be seen by human eyes until well into the 22nd century — the year 2117 to be exact — will take place. The planet Venus will cross the face of the sun. Through the balance of this winter season and well into the spring of 2012, Venus will gradually climb higher in the sky and grow progressively brighter, eventually becoming an "evening lantern" for those commuting home from work and school. By the end of May 2012, however, Venus will be rapidly dropping back toward the sun's vicinity, ultimately to disappear as it makes the transition back into the morning sky. Normally, Venus would pass unseen, hidden in the brilliant glare of the sun. From June 5-6, 2012, an exceedingly rare occurrence is to take place: from here on Earth, we will be able to see Venus cross in front of the sun, making itself evident as a small black spot slowly moving across the solar disk.
More than 7,500-year-old fish traps found in Russia Public release date: 25-Jan-2012 [ Print | E-mail Share ] [ Close Window ] Contact: Marta Garcia Gonzalomarta.firstname.lastname@example.org 34-915-681-476Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) A team of international archeologists, led by the Spanish National Research Council, has documented a series of more than 7,500-year-old fish seines and traps near Moscow. Ignacio Clemente, CSIC researcher (Institució Milà I Fontanals) and manager of the project, explains: "Until now, it was thought that the Mesolithic groups had seasonal as opposed to permanent settlements. According to Clemente and his team, during Neolithic and Mesolithic periods, the inhabitants of this region known as Zamostje 2 preferred to hunt during summer and winter, fish during spring and early summer, and harvest wild berries at the end of summer season and autumn. Advanced Technology Organic remains [ Print | E-mail AAAS and EurekAlert!
MIT creates solar cell from grass clippings A researcher at MIT, Andreas Mershin, has created solar panels from agricultural waste such as cut grass and dead leaves. In a few years, Mershin says it’ll be possible to stir some grass clippings into a bag of cheap chemicals, paint the mixture on your roof, and immediately start producing electricity. If you remember high school biology classes, you will hopefully remember a process called photosynthesis, whereby plants turn sunlight into energy. Mershin has found a process which extracts the photosynthesizing molecules, called photosystem I, from plant matter. Photosystem I contains chlorophyll, the protein that actually converts photons into a flow of electrons. These molecules are then stabilized and spread on a glass substrate that’s covered in a forest of zinc oxide nanowires and titanium dioxide “sponges.” So far so good — now time for the reality check. Read more at MIT