Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Portuguese researchers turn radio waves into energy

Project of the University of Aveiro allows remote function without batteries

In Portugal viewers annually spend about 3 to 4 million batteries to change channel sitting on the couch. The scenario is about to change because Alírio Bonaventure, researcher at Instituto de Telecomunicações (IT), University of Aveiro (UA) developed a command of television that does not need batteries or batteries to operate.
Although the remote control prototype is being tested on a TV, can be applied to stereos, DVD players, TV boxes to or even of air conditioning and garage doors, allowing work forever without requiring cells.

It consists only of a circuit board and, for now, by four buttons that allow you to change channel and adjust the volume. The secret is in the remote antenna converting energy. This has the ability to convert DC electricity into radio waves emitted by an RFID reader preinstalled on TV. The DC energy captured is used to power the electronic remote control. To communicate with the TV remote control modulates and reflects part of the radio energy received . At this stage reenters the RFID reader which decodes the information received the command, which may be, for example, a request to change the channel or adjusting the volume.

"A possible model to exploit this technology undergoes future, incorporating the radio system (RFID) devices such as televisions. Alternatively, and to ensure compatibility with equipment already installed, a radio frequency to infrared adapter can be used, "said Alirio Bonaventure.

The command is one of the most visible faces of the work that researchers have developed in recent years in the area of ​​radio capture and conversion into electricity. In laboratory tests, IT also has an antenna which is not limited to collect radio signals: reconverts them into electric energy which can be used immediately or stored for later use.

The antenna, which in appearance is not much different from those normally used to capture TV signals when placed near a radio relay, can convert the electromagnetic signal in a direct electric current able to connect two LED bulbs. And the more power you have the relay, elcétrica more power can be achieved.

Along the transmission source that researchers have used to test the prototype circuit developed produces a voltage of about 10 volts. The 1.5 kilometers away from the antenna relay, the prototype achieves 3 volts.

Future without batteries

The results are promising: "If it was next to the TV aerial of Mount Virgin in Gaia, would call for much more than two LEDs," says Nuno Borges Carvalho, IT researcher and one of those responsible for the advances that the AU has done in the study of a loaf energy hovering in the air waiting to be tapped.

"This principle can be applied to any type of electromagnetic emission, either FM radio, TV, Wi-Fi or GSM, which allows, in the future, you can come to charge the battery of mobile devices without being dependent on a single frequency, "says Nuno Borges Carvalho. "All radio frequency signals that are in the air that can be harvested and converted into electricity," said the guardian.

"Currently the vast proliferation of radio systems gave rise to a new form of alternative energy that can be recycled and reused in low-power systems," adds Alírio Bonaventure.

If today the converted energy from the radio waves is not enough to operate devices with high energy requirement such as a computer, in the nearest future IT wants it can feed sensors with low power consumption reduced or sporadic.

"With this technology will be possible, for example, create car keys that are always collecting power radio communications and spend only when they are used. The concept can also be useful for creating environmental sensors, alarms, flashlights or even provide energy 'free' public lighting located within a radius around the radio relay station, "anticipates Nuno Borges Carvalho. "In either case we have the advantage of avoiding the use of batteries or electricity from the public," says the researcher.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

UFOs at the Twin Towers 9/11 event

UFO's were seen at the Twin Towers on September 11 2001.

This extract is taken from the 16th episode of the News Not Shown on TV presented by Phil Young from New Zealand at for NZ$199.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

The Acámbaro Figures

Discovered: 1944

The Acámbaro Figures are a collection of small ceramic figurines allegedly found in Acámbaro, Guanajuato, Mexico. They were discovered by Waldemar Julsrud in July of 1944. According to accounts, Julsrud stumbled upon the artifacts while riding his horse in the Acámbaro area. He hired a local farmer to dig up the remaining figures, paying him for each object he found. Eventually, the farmer and his assistants discovered over 32,000 figures, which included representations of everything from dinosaurs to people from all over the world, including Egyptians, Sumerians, and bearded Caucasians. The Acámbaro Figures have been cited as out of place artifacts, as they are clearly human made and portray a large variety of dinosaur species. According to all history books, humans did not live in the time of the dinosaurs. Upon the discovery of the figures, many creationists from all over the world proclaimed the artifacts legitimate. If these figures are genuine, it could stand as credible evidence for the coexistence of dinosaurs and humans, which would severely damage the theory of evolution and offer support for the literal interpretation of the Bible.

Attempts have been made to date these figures using Thermoluminescence, or TL dating, and the results suggested a date around 2500 BCE. A man named Don Patton claims he found radiocarbon dates for the figures ranging from 6500 years to 1500 years ago; however, the objects are in very good shape and show no characteristic evidence of having been in the ground for at least 1500 years. If they were authentic artifacts, they should be scratched and marred from the rocky soil, which is characteristic of other objects found in that area of Mexico. Other supporters of the figures claim that the incredible detail of the dinosaurs suggest a firsthand experience with the creatures. The sheer number of the figures discovered is often cited as evidence for a hoax. To date, no credible scholars of archaeology or paleontology accept the discovery as valid.

Dinosaur figurine from Acambaro, Mexico at the foot of El Toro mountain.

The radiocarbon dating given for the figurines, which include things besides dinosaurs such as races of people from around the world, were between 6,500-1,500 years old. This however does not give a fully accurate assesment of when the statues were made. However, once the scientists that were dating the figures discovered what they were actually dating they immediately retracted their statements regarding the age of the figures.

Many have claimed the collection of statues is nothing but a fake, backing up their claims with curious statements such the fact that very few of the clay figurines were broken and that they appeared very clean. However, many artifacts have been discovered in remarkable preservation, and the desert environment is one of, if not the best environments to preserve artifacts over long periods of time.Aside from this, it seems very illogical and unlikely that the many tens of thousands of figurines were all recent forgeries by people with no knowledge of dinosaurs whom immediately sought to bury the treasures they had made and leave them to be discovered without any way to claim financial gain upon their discovery.

Thursday, May 03, 2012

World's oldest plant is 13,000-year-old oak

A plant that started life during the last Ice Age is still going strong in the arid scrublands of California, scientists revealed today.
Researchers believe the Jurupa Oak has been around for 13,000 years, making it the oldest living plant in the world.
The oak is made up of a community of cloned bushes and scientists believe it has managed to survive the extreme effects of climate change by regenerating.

Professor Jeffrey Ross-Ibarra with the Jurupa Oak that grows by cloning itself
The Jurupa Oak, which belongs to the species Quercus palmeri or Palmer's Oak, is named after the windswept Jurupa hills where it lives.
This species of trees usually occur in cooler and wetter regions. The strange location of the Jurupa was the first clue for the team that it might have unusual origins.

Study leader, Jeffrey Ross-Ibarra, said: 'Palmer’s Oak normally occurs at much higher elevations, in cooler, wetter climates.
'In contrast, the Jurupa Oak scrapes by in dry chaparral, wedged between granite boulders and stunted by high winds, atop a small hill in plain sight of suburban backyards.'
The team also discovered that the oak didn't produce any fertile acorns, suggesting an unconventional form of growth.

A view of the bushes that make up the 25-yard long Jurupa Oak clone

Genetic testing revealed the tangled cluster of stems was in fact a single individual, according to their study published in online journal PLoS ONE.
Clonal growth occurs after a fire, when resprouts form around the base of burned stems. Over time, wood in the centre degrades, and new resprouts form after additional fires, leaving behind the haphazard collection of stems visible today.
Because no new stems arise from acorns, the organism can only have achieved its current size - more than 25 yards long - through this method of resprouting.
Scientists from the University of California were therefore able to work out the age of the clone by estimating its rate of growth from the rings in the stems.

Co-author Andrew Sanders, said: 'This literally appears to be a last living remnant of a vanished woody vegetation that occupied the inland valleys at the height of the Ice Age.'

The paper can be viewed on the PLoS website

Wednesday, May 02, 2012

Moon, Mars, and Beyond ...Would you go?

Would you be willing to travel to the moon or Mars to live there permanently? Well, somebody’s going to have to do it, if the human race wants to avoid extinction. 
That’s all well and good, but would you really want to live on the moon or Mars for the rest of your life? I guess I’d welcome the opportunity to take a ride up into outer space on a spacecraft, or even a short visit to the moon, but personally I’m not too keen on leaving our beautiful Blue Planet forever. How about anyone else? Would you go?

Human Space Exploration

Humanity's interest in the heavens has been universal and enduring. Humans are driven to explore the unknown, discover new worlds, push the boundaries of our scientific and technical limits, and then push further. The intangible desire to explore and challenge the boundaries of what we know and where we have been has provided benefits to our society for centuries.

Human space exploration helps to address fundamental questions about our place in the Universe and the history of our solar system. Through addressing the challenges related to human space exploration we expand technology, create new industries, and help to foster a peaceful connection with other nations. Curiosity and exploration are vital to the human spirit and accepting the challenge of going deeper into space will invite the citizens of the world today and the generations of tomorrow to join NASA on this exciting journey.

A Flexible Path

This is the beginning of a new era in space exploration in which NASA has been challenged to develop systems and capabilities required to explore beyond low Earth orbit, including destinations such as near-Earth asteroids and eventually Mars.

NASA will use the International Space Station as a test-bed and stepping stone for the challenging journey ahead. By building upon what we learn there we will prepare astronauts for the challenges of long-duration flight and the permanent expansion of human exploration beyond where we have been before. Explorers may first visit near-Earth asteroids where we may get answers to the questions humans have always asked. Visiting an asteroid will provide valuable mission experience and prepare us for the next steps–possibly for the first humans to step on Mars.

Robotic exploration continues to deliver profound answers about our Universe by visiting far-off destinations, providing reconnaissance and collecting scientific data. When combining both human and robotic exploration methods we will use technology and our senses to increase our ability to observe, adapt, and uncover new knowledge.

Why the International Space Station?

The first step in embarking on a long and challenging journey involves laying solid groundwork for a successful endeavor. The International Space Station serves as a national laboratory for human health, biological, and materials research, as a technology test-bed, and as a stepping stone for going further into the solar system. On the International Space Station we will improve and learn new ways to ensure astronauts are safe, healthy and productive while exploring, and we will continue expand our knowledge about how materials and biological systems behave outside of the influence of gravity.

NASA will continue its unprecedented work with the commercial industry and expand an entire industry as private companies develop and operate safe, reliable and affordable commercial systems to transport crew and cargo to and from the International Space Station and low Earth orbit.

Why Asteroids?

Asteroids are believed to have formed early in our solar system's history–about 4.5 billion years ago–when a cloud of gas and dust called the solar nebula collapsed and formed our sun and the planets. By visiting these near Earth objects to study the material that came from the solar nebula, we can look for answers to some of humankind's most compelling questions, such as: how did the solar system form and where did the Earth's water and other organic materials such as carbon come from?

In addition to unlocking clues about our solar system, asteroids may provide clues about our Earth. By understanding more about asteroids we may learn more about past Earth impacts and possibly find ways to reduce the threat of future impacts.

Future robotic missions to asteroids will prepare humans for long-duration space travel and the eventual journey to Mars. Robotic missions will provide reconnaissance information about asteroid orbits, surface composition, and even return samples to Earth for further evaluation. These robotic missions are a critical step in preparing humans to visit asteroids where we will learn about the valuable resources available in space, and further develop ways to use them in our quest for more efficient and affordable exploration.

Why Mars?

Mars has always been a source of inspiration for explorers and scientists. Robotic missions have found evidence of water, but if life exists beyond Earth still remains a mystery. Robotic and scientific robotic missions have shown that Mars has characteristics and a history similar to Earth's, but we know that there are striking differences that we have yet to begin to understand. Humans can build upon this knowledge and look for signs of life and investigate Mars' geological evolution, resulting in research and methods that could be applied here on Earth.

A mission to our nearest planetary neighbor provides the best opportunity to demonstrate that humans can live for extended, even permanent, stays beyond low Earth orbit. The technology and space systems required to transport and sustain explorers will drive innovation and encourage creative ways to address challenges. As previous space endeavors have demonstrated, the resulting ingenuity and technologies will have long lasting benefits and applications.

The challenge of traveling to Mars and learning how to live there will encourage nations around the world to work together to achieve such an ambitious undertaking. The International Space station has shown that opportunities for collaboration will highlight our common interests and provide a global sense of community.

The Return To The Moon

NASA 1993 LUNOX concept for a lunar habitat assembled out of components delivered by automated cargo flights. Pressurized rovers, logistics modules, and a spacesuit maintenance and storage module combine to provide the living and working quarters for the crew.

NASA announced in December 2006 its intention to begin building a permanent base on the Moon by 2020. Crews and materials will be launched from Earth by Ares V rockets and travel to the Moon aboard Orion spacecraft and automated transport vehicles. 

The base would probably be set up near to one of the Moon's poles because such a location would afford moderate temperatures, a high percentage of sunlight for supplying solar power, and more opportunities for launches. There is also the possibility that some deep craters in the polar regions may harbor ice, which could be tapped as a water supply. 

It remains to be seen whether NASA's ambitious plans will be backed by the greatly increased government funding needed to make them become a reality. Many schemes for human outposts on our closest celestial neighbor have been aired over the past few decades but have failed to progress beyond the printed word.

Artist's conception of colonization on Mars

Human Moon and Mars Exploration Simulated in Mojave Desert
An international team of researchers from the Mars Institute, in partnership with the SETI Institute, NASA Ames Research Center, Carnegie Mellon University, and U.S. aerospace companies Hamilton Sundstrand and Honeybee Robotics, has successfully completed a series of field tests aimed at investigating how humans will conduct geotechnical surveys on the Moon or Mars in advance of establishing more substantial surface infrastructures.

NASA - Moon, Mars, and Beyond

Space Industry Launches New Era of Exploration
By Beth Panitz
May 2, 2012

As space shuttle Discovery soared over the skies of Washington D.C. last month, mounted atop a 747 carrier aircraft, the moment was bittersweet for many spectators. The awe-inspiring sight symbolized the end of America's 30-year space shuttle program, with Discovery being transferred to the National Air and Space Museum for display at its Udvar-Hazy Center in Northern Virginia.

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden asserts that careers in space exploration will continue to flourish as a new age of discovery begins.

"Just because the shuttle has retired doesn't mean NASA is shuttered - far from it," Bolden said in April at the National Space Symposium in Colorado Springs, Colo. "I believe the best is yet to come." NASA plans to concentrate on deep space exploration as it hands off responsibility for low Earth orbit flight to private industry. The first attempt by a commercial company to send a spacecraft to the International Space Station is scheduled for May 7.

With Space Shuttles Grounded, Will the Industry Takeoff Again?

With several thousand shuttle employees laid off since 2008, some have questioned the space industry's future, especially given today's economic constraints.

Industry veteran John Schindler is optimistic that the field will rebound. "Space exploration is an exciting field," says Schindler, who served on the space shuttle program for 29 years, most recently as director of Space Shuttle Orbiter Programs for Boeing Space Exploration, headquartered in Houston. "By no means mean does the retirement of the shuttle program mean that there aren't opportunities for that same excitement."

For Schindler, the end of the shuttle program meant the start of a new adventure on Boeing's commercial crew program, developing spacecraft that will travel to low Earth orbit (about 240 miles from Earth) for NASA and commercial customers.

While Boeing expected to reduce its post-shuttle workforce by 510 last summer, it laid off about half that number. Many employees like Schindler transitioned to the commercial crew program, while others are working on the International Space Station or deep space exploration. Employee training has helped workers switch gears from sustaining space shuttles to product development, says Schindler.

"There will be growth for scientists and engineers," says Schindler, citing a need for aerospace, electrical and mechanical engineers, computer scientists, physicists and chemists. Industry roles include hardware design, software development, requirements development, systems testing, mission planning and mission operations. "There's an excitement and passion about this work," says Schindler, "because you know that your piece of it will play a critical role in bringing astronauts back and forth safely."

Here are some frontiers facing tomorrow's space scientists and engineers:

Commercial Space Transportation

California-based Space Exploration Technologies, or SpaceX, hopes to make history on May 7 by being the first commercial company to send a spacecraft to the International Space Station. The Dragon spacecraft is scheduled to go into space atop a Falcon 9 rocket also built by SpaceX. For this first flight, Dragon will carry only cargo and no crew. If successful, the mission is expected to pave the way toward regular commercial missions.

Orbital Sciences Corporation, based in Dulles, Va., is expected to follow later in the year with its Cygnus module launched on its Antares launch vehicle.

Schindler's team at Boeing is also developing a commercial spacecraft, the CST-100, with plans to test operations in 2015-2016. The gumdrop shaped capsule could ferry a crew of seven to the International Space Station as early as 2016. Boeing also has agreements to provide transportation for tourism company Space Adventures and for Bigelow Aerospace, which is developing inflatable space stations.

Under an agreement with NASA and Space Florida, Boeing will manufacture and assemble its CST-100 spacecraft at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, bringing 550 jobs back to Kennedy. NASA reports that after post-shuttle layoffs, the Kennedy Space Center has a workforce of approximately 8,300, including 6,200 contractors and 2,100 civil servants.

Kennedy remains home to NASA's Launch Services Program, responsible for launching satellites and robotic missions. Kennedy Space Center Director Bob Cabana recently indicated that the center is projected to be at a full operational workforce of approximately 10,000 by 2017 based on NASA's efforts to reuse the center's facilities.

Mission to Mars

"In this new era of space exploration, NASA will build the capabilities to send humans deeper into space than ever before," said Bolden at the space symposium.

Engineers are already working on the Space Launch System (SLS), a deep space rocket that will serve as a launch vehicle for the Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle, also under development. With its superior lift capability, SLS will carry Orion into deep space, allowing for human exploration of the moon, near-Earth asteroids and Mars.

"This launch system will create good-paying American jobs, ensure continued U.S. leadership in space, and inspire millions around the world," Bolden said in September on announcing SLS details. "While I was proud to fly on the space shuttle," said the NASA administrator, who traveled on several missions in the 1980s and '90s, "tomorrow's explorers will now dream of one day walking on Mars."

NASA hopes to send astronauts to an asteroid by 2025 and eventually to Mars in the 2030s.

Deep Space Necessities

"Deep space exploration will drive other technologies," says Schindler. As we travel deeper into space than ever before, he envisions the need for solar electric propulsion, lightweight cryogenic propellant tanks and refueling depots in orbit.

NASA's Advanced Exploration Systems program is already developing systems for advanced life support, crew mobility, extra-vehicular activity and deep space habitation. Through a university-level competition, tomorrow's engineers are helping to tackle the challenge of deep space habitation. The eXploration Habitat (X-Hab) Academic Innovation Challenge invites students to design, manufacture, assemble and test systems for use on NASA's deep space habitat prototype.

Last year's winner, a team from the University of Wisconsin-Madison designed an attachable inflatable habitat "loft," which NASA tested as part of simulated astronaut mission to an asteroid.

Peering into the Past

Scientists and engineers are developing a space telescope that will greatly expand our understanding of the universe's history by allowing us to peer back in time to the first luminous glows after the Big Bang.

Scheduled to be launched in 2018, the James Webb Space Telescope will extend the discoveries of the Hubble Space Telescope. With longer wavelength coverage and greatly improved sensitivity, Webb will be able look further back in time to find the first galaxies that formed in the early universe, and to see inside dust clouds where stars and planetary systems are forming today.

While Hubble is about 375 miles from Earth, Webb will be approximately 1 million miles away. Northrop Grumman is the main NASA industrial contractor, responsible for building the optical telescope and preparing the observatory for launch. Webb will serve thousands of astronomers worldwide.

The International Space Station

The International Space Station will continue to play a critical role in human spaceflight activities in low Earth orbit. The station is occupied by an international crew of six, who run more than 400 scientific studies each year.

Among other things, crew members are investigating how our bodies respond to a microgravity environment in preparation for further space travel, as well as to better understand the impact of medical conditions back on Earth.

"As NASA starts using the International Space Station as a test bed for further exploration, they'll be working on projects like autonomous refueling of spacecraft, advanced life support systems and human-robotic interfaces," says Schindler. "That's all going to drive additional opportunities for scientists and engineers."

A New Role for America's Space Shuttles

After 30 years of space exploration, NASA's space shuttles are now on a new mission - to educate and inspire. You can check out the shuttles up close at their new homes:

Discovery is now on display at the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA.
Starting this summer, Enterprise will be on display at New York City's Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum. The shuttle was flown into New York City last week mounted atop NASA's 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft.
Endeavor will be transported to the California Science Center in Los Angeles in the fall.
Atlantis is being prepared for public display at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Center in 2013.

Monday, April 02, 2012

Sea-Faerie Mummy Sold on eBay

Discovered near one of Florida’s shorelines, this sea-faerie mummy is as real as these things get in the real world and it could have been yours.

This extremely rare creature has just been auctioned off on eBay and sold for $305. Had more people known about it, I’m sure the price would have went even higher. I mean, how many times do you get the opportunity to buy a sea faerie. Although it didn’t actually live in the sea, its parts did.

eBay member aquatica_art created the faerie by draping once organic fish skin around a short human skeleton. The wings are made from fish fins, and the lips, teeth and jaw-bone also come from fish. The long antennae were borrowed from the tail of a stingray. So you see, this IS a real sea-faerie!

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Iron Sky its coming... do they come in peace?

The movie that we are all waything for its coming ...take a look of the first 4 minutes and prepare yourself for the rest of this at least very interesting movie ... and take the rest of the story for free :-)

Iron Sky is a film based on the theory that the 3rd Reich had bases in Antarctica and the moon in 1945 and have the technology to build UFO's at the end of World War 2.
Suposely Adolf Hitlera large contingent of SS, the greatest German scientists and mediums  have fled to Antarctica and then to the Moon creating bases in both places that are active to this day ... preparing the return in a near future, this theory is largely based either in documentation or in testimony and I will address that issue in an article that will be shared on this blog in the near future
This movie provides already some amasing images and fotos that we are sharing here, but remember, this is a comedy, based on a probable theory that many of us belive and investigate, dont think you are going to get a cult movie about the German Antartida and Moon bases, you are going to get for shure are some amasing images of somethyng that is many people minds for a very long time 

Hyperborian Greetings

Rui T

                                          Iron Sky - Trailer


The Story of Iron Sky

Towards the end of World War II the Nazi scientists made a significant breakthrough in anti-gravity. From a secret base built in the Antarctic, the first Nazi spaceships were launched in late ‘45 to found the military base Schwarze Sonne (Black Sun) on the dark side of the Moon. This base was to build a powerful invasion fleet and return to take over the Earth once the time was right.
Now it’s 2018, and it’s the time for the first American Moon landing since the 70′s. Meanwhile the Nazi invasion, that has been over 70 years in the making, is on its way, and the world is goose-stepping towards its doom. The three main characters of the story are Renate Richter (Julia Dietze), Klaus Adler (Götz Otto), and James Washington (Christopher Kirby).

About the Film

Iron Sky is a science fiction comedy being produced by Blind Spot Pictures and Energia Productions in Finland, and co-produced by 27 Films in Germany and New Holland Pictures in Australia. At the moment, the production is gearing up with costumes being made, sets designed and plans being finalized. We started shooting on November 17th 2010 in Frankfurt, Germany. We’ll take a break for Christmas and continue in Australia in January 2011. After the shoot we will enter a year long post production process.
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                                           Iron Sky Teaser 2 - The First Footage

                                           Iron Sky Signal - E01 - June 2008 - Part 1/2

                                           Iron Sky Signal - E01 - June 2008 - Part 2/2

                                          Iron Sky Signal E03 Extra  Lead actress revealed!

                                           Iron Sky Signal E3  Casting and Swastikas

The Iron Sky Team