Thursday, September 16, 2010

Guardsmen Train for Earthquake Response -

Guardsmen Train for Earthquake Response -

(North Little Rock, AR) -- Nearly 300 Guardsmen and Airmen from 38 states are in Little Rock this week, learning about the potential for a major quake along the New Madrid seismic zone.

They're working to put together a unified response effort in the event an earthquake of 6.0 magnitude or greater strikes.

The quake of 1812 registered a 7.8 on the Richter scale, devastating an area from Arkansas to Kentucky.

"At the time the area was sparsely populated, but today you have St. Louis and you have Memphis within the potential area of destruction," points out National Guard Cpt. Chris Heathscott. "You also have 160-200 smaller communities who are going to be in just as much need."

Lessons learned from earthquakes in other countries and the emergency response to Hurricane Katrina are helping Guardsmen better plan for a large disaster.

(video report courtesy CBS Newspath)

Thursday, September 09, 2010

kosumosys: filement explode 8/24/10

kosumosys: filement explode 8/24/10: "kosumosys: filement explode 8/24/10

kosumosys: Added a 555 based LFO to Ganzfeld Goggles. Blinky goodness.

kosumosys: Added a 555 based LFO to Ganzfeld Goggles. Blinky goodness.: "kosumosys: Added a 555 based LFO to Ganzfeld Goggles. Blinky goodness.

kosumosys: Newest Ganzfeld goggles prototype!

kosumosys: Newest Ganzfeld goggles prototype!: "kosumosys: Newest Ganzfeld goggles prototype!

kosumosys: Fire!

kosumosys: Fire!: "kosumosys: Fire!

Sunday, September 05, 2010

Middle East Loses Trillions As U.S. Strikes Record Arms Deals - BlackListed News

Middle East Loses Trillions As U.S. Strikes Record Arms Deals - BlackListed News

"One conclusion is that individuals in most countries are half as rich as they would have been if peace had taken off in 1991.

"Incomes per head in Israel next year would be $44,241 with peace against a likely $23,304. In the West Bank and Gaza Strip they would be $2,427 instead of $1,220.

"For Iraq, income per head next year is projected at $2,375, one quarter of the $9,681 that would have been possible without the conflicts of the past two decades." [3]

Saturday, September 04, 2010

use of the Biefeld-Brown Effect from 1964

use of the Biefeld-Brown Effect from a 1964 U.S. Patent now declassified!
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Laser Made Rain Clouds

Laser Made Rain Clouds

Laser cloud and rain maker.

Laser cloud and rain maker.

The ability to create clouds and possibly rain is now in the hands of humankind. Recently, in a collaborative geo-engineering project between Swiss, German, and French researchers, small clouds were created by firing a laser into the sky above Berlin, Germany.

The laser strips electrons from atoms in the atmosphere, forming hydroxyl radicals that create sulfur and nitrogen dioxides. These dioxides act as seed’ particles for moisture droplets to form. Current cloud-making techniques involve spreading silver iodide crystals in the atmosphere as the "seeds".

The researchers tried out the system in the lab, creating mini-cloud streams in water-saturated air at -24°C (-11.2F), with visible linear clouds along the path of the laser. Later, during outside testing, the laser was focused at a 60m (197ft.) altitude and produced increased water vapor but no clearly visible clouds.

The laser generates a 220-millijoule pulse for 60 femtoseconds (60 millionth of one billionth of a second). It all sounds pretty tiny but the power is equivalent to 3.5 teraWatts peak power) at a central wavelength of 800 nanometres, a repetition rate of 10Hz and a 4cm (1.6”) beam diameter. Although not ideal, laser cloud makingcould still be better for the planet than flying aircraft or firing rockets into the atmosphere and spraying silver iodideover large areas.

Friday, September 03, 2010

It's your Action McNews Network

It's your Action McNews Network: "

This Modern World by Tom Tomorrow



Kablam!: "

This image is stunning. And not just because, well, it’s all explodey and stuff:


[Click to explodenate.]

The three panels show a 1986 test of a Tomahawk cruise missile. The missile traveled 640 km (400 mile) low over the terrain to detonate above the target, a decommissioned fighter plane. It’s pretty clear the test was a success.

But what caught my eye immediately was the middle panel. Let me zoom it for you:


[Click to hugely embiggen!]

[Note: added noon PDT Friday: There's a lot of discussion in the comments below on both the veracity of this test and my interpretation. I've been on travel the past couple of days, finishing up some Bad Universe stuff, so I haven't been able to look into this. So I admit I might be wrong, but won't know one way or another until I can sit and look into this. Stay Tuned.]

Now look carefully there. When the missile exploded, the expanding debris cloud from the vaporized weapon was probably moving faster than the speed of sound. Even so, in this second picture you can see none of it had touched the plane yet when the shot was snapped.

tomahawk_test_obliqueYet look at the plane: it’s on fire. How can that be?

It’s because of something that moves much faster even than supersonic debris: light. When the warhead exploded, it sent out a huge pulse of heat in the form of infrared photons, light that travels about a million times faster than sound. As far as that flash of heat was concerned, the expanding debris was standing perfectly still! There was plenty of time for that heat to get to the plane and set it aflame before the explosion itself could reach that far.

Note that third picture, taken from an oblique angle. You can match the features in the fireball to the ones in the second picture. The ground around the plane is lit up by the blast, and again no debris had yet reached the plane itself.

It’s a little counterintuitive that the explosion works this way. We think of explosions as being made of expanding stuff, but it turns out that light has its role to fill as well. In fact, this is important in other ways: one idea to push Earth-crossing asteroids out of the way is to light off a nuke nearby. The force of the explosion itself isn’t all that great in space, because there’s no air to create a shock wave. The only momentum you give the rock directly is the expanding debris from the bomb itself, which isn’t all that much. But the blast of heat/light is immense, and can heat the asteroid past its vaporization point. The flash-vaporized rock expands, pushing on the asteroid like a rocket motor.

Unfortunately, modeling of this shows it doesn’t work terribly well compared to other methods (like simply slamming the asteroid with a space probe like a linebacker hitting a quarterback). Still, you need to consider all the details when thinking about things like this. The devil hides in them, y’know!

Oh, and one more thing. This Tomahawk test was done 24 years ago. How much has the technology improved since then?



The K7RA Solar Update

The K7RA Solar Update: "

Over this past week, four new sunspot groups appeared. Group 1101 was already in place since August 24, and 1102 emerged on August 29. On September 1, two new sunspot groups -- 1103 and 1104 -- appeared, and on September 2, sunspot group 1105 arrived. Through August 26-September 2, the daily sunspot numbers were 23, 11, 11, 25, 28, 27, 51 and 52 and these same eight days saw the relative total ...


Ann Coulter: Obama Is Atheist, Not Muslim

Ann Coulter: Obama Is Atheist, Not Muslim: "Conservative Commentator Says 'Nonsene' About Obama Being Muslim 'Has Got to Stop' But then Adds that 'All Liberals are Atheists'


Scripting News: Still a virgin?

Scripting News: Still a virgin?

Still a virgin?

By Dave Winer on Sunday, August 29, 2010 at 7:16 PM.

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“Impossible” Soccer Kick Leads to New Physics Equation | Playbook

“Impossible” Soccer Kick Leads to New Physics Equation | Playbook

Steampunk Mr. Potato Head!

Steampunk Mr. Potato Head!: "


I knew this was going to happen?

Steampunk Mr. Potato Head

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Digg this!"


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Straightforward Street Art Makes the Case for Cycling

Straightforward Street Art Makes the Case for Cycling: "

Well put, and it's true enough! Unfortunately for me, only one of these can get you from Venice Beach to Hollywood in fewer than 30 minutes, but I'm rethinking that commute.

The art is by Australian Peter Drew. The photo is by Carlton Reid.

Via Boing Boing


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