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calendar   Tuesday - January 03, 2012

More Than Just Another Fish Story

Hybrid Sharks, Oh Noes!!!

BLAME GLOBAL WARMING!!!!



Whatever happened to actual scientific research? You know, the “Gosh the ocean is a huge place. Here’s a cross-breed fish we’ve never seen before, wonder if they’re lots of them about?”



“This is evolution in action.” [Somebody call Ann Coulter, quick.]

World-first hybrid shark found off Australia

Scientists said on Tuesday that they had discovered the world’s first hybrid sharks in Australian waters, a potential sign the predators were adapting to cope with climate change.

The mating of the local Australian black-tip shark with its global counterpart, the common black-tip, was an unprecedented discovery with implications for the entire shark world, said lead researcher Jess Morgan.

“It’s very surprising because no one’s ever seen shark hybrids before, this is not a common occurrence by any stretch of the imagination,” Morgan, from the University of Queensland, told AFP.

“This is evolution in action.”

Colin Simpfendorfer, a partner in Morgan’s research from James Cook University, said initial studies suggested the hybrid species was relatively robust, with a number of generations discovered across 57 specimens.

The find was made during cataloguing work off Australia’s east coast when Morgan said genetic testing showed certain sharks to be one species when physically they looked to be another.

The Australian black-tip is slightly smaller than its common cousin and can only live in tropical waters, but its hybrid offspring have been found 2,000 kilometres down the coast, in cooler seas.

It means the Australian black-tip could be adapting to ensure its survival as sea temperatures change because of global warming.

Let’s see ... sharks have been around for how long? Oh right. Sharks have been around for HALF A BILLION YEARS, and the ones we see today have been in their current form for about 100 million years, give or take a millenium. And in all that time the oceans must have never warmed up or cooled down even a degree, how many ice ages be damned, because now, when one bunch of dorks in dinghies finds the results of an aquatic redneck family get-together, suddenly it’s emergency evolution driven by one and only one possible reason. rolleyes  rolleyes 

Climate change and human fishing are some of the potential triggers being investigated by the team, with further genetic mapping also planned to examine whether it was an ancient process just discovered or a more recent phenomenon.

If the hybrid was found to be stronger than its parent species—a literal survival of the fittestSimpfendorfer said it may eventually outlast its so-called pure-bred predecessors. [Drew: wouldn’t that be a littoral survival of the fittest? Or is that too shallow a jest?]

“We don’t know whether that’s the case here, but certainly we know that they are viable, they reproduce and that there are multiple generations of hybrids now that we can see from the genetic roadmap that we’ve generated from these animals,” he said.

“Certainly it appears that they are fairly fit individuals.”

The hybrids were extraordinarily abundant, accounting for up to 20 percent of black-tip populations in some areas, but Morgan said that didn’t appear to be at the expense of their single-breed parents, adding to the mystery.

In other words, this kind of shark, long considered to be several different species, has always interbred - that would cover the “multiple generations” part and the “extraordinarily abundant” part - but Science (cue Heavenly Trumpets) just never noticed it before. But WTF, let’s not admit that, and instead blame Global Warming. And probably George Bush, by next week.

Dorks in dinghies ... chum, but with pocket protectors.

PS - Simpfendorfer??? Sounds like some kind of 4 1/2 string electric guitar for that special musician in your life. Yeah, my sense of humor is that bass.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 01/03/2012 at 08:52 PM   
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calendar   Friday - December 09, 2011

Abandoned technology.

Whilst rooting around an hour ago to find a setting error that was the cause of some grief, I ran across this bit of amusement.
It isn’t rolling on the floor funny but there is something fun about it.  It’s clever but we have to take into consideration that the people in it are not professional actors.  But I think it’s worth it.
Have fun. I hope.

H/T CNET, UK

Abandoned technology speaks out in our chilling video
By Luke Westaway

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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 12/09/2011 at 01:49 PM   
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calendar   Thursday - December 01, 2011

COM POOTER PROBLEMS continued

DO YOU UNDERSTAND THIS? THEN YOU COULD BE ONE OF THE GOVERNMENT’S TOP CODE CRACKERS

HERE FIRST Then click on the link there for all the rest including the test. Have fun Drew.

iSpy: Government intelligence agency launches online code-cracking puzzle to recruit future stars of cyber-savvy espionage
GCHQ looks beyond its traditional recruitment pool of Oxbridge to answer the threat of cyber crime
Those who unscramble the code could be fast-tracked to a secret service career
‘A number of people’ solved the code in just a few hours

By KERRY MCQUEENEY

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When it comes to the secretive business of recruiting spies, images of shadowy figures and covert meetings at the universities of Oxford and Cambridge spring to mind.
However in response to increased threats from cyber crime, a Government agency is throwing open its recruitment process to self-taught hackers and mathematical geniuses who have not been educated at Oxbridge.
The UK intelligence agency GCHQ has launched an online code-cracking competition in a bid to seek out the next generation of internet-savvy spies with the hope they can help protect the country from the growing problem of cyber crime.


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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 12/01/2011 at 09:04 PM   
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calendar   Monday - November 21, 2011

Another Inconvenient Truth

I Once Was Lost But Now I’m Found



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Alarmist scientists jumped the gun in 2009 when they couldn’t find a whole herd of caribou. “Global Warming killing the caribou herds!” they screamed. If they’d only bothered to ask the locals ...



Back then:

Mighty caribou herds dwindle, warming blamed

ON THE PORCUPINE RIVER TUNDRA, Yukon Territory — Here on the endlessly rolling and tussocky terrain of northwest Canada, where man has hunted caribou since the Stone Age, the vast antlered herds are fast growing thin. And it’s not just here. Across the tundra 1,500 kilometers (1,000 miles) to the east, Canada’s Beverly herd, numbering more than 200,000 a decade ago, can barely be found today.

Halfway around the world in Siberia, the biggest aggregation of these migratory animals, of the dun-colored herds whose sweep across the Arctic’s white canvas is one of nature’s matchless wonders, has shrunk by hundreds of thousands in a few short years. From wildlife spectacle to wildlife mystery, the decline of the caribou — called reindeer in the Eurasian Arctic — has biologists searching for clues, and finding them.

They believe the insidious impact of climate change, its tipping of natural balances and disruption of feeding habits, is decimating a species that has long numbered in the millions and supported human life in Earth’s most inhuman climate. Many herds have lost more than half their number from the maximums of recent decades, a global survey finds. They “hover on the precipice of a major decline,” it says.


But today:

Canadian elders right all along, ‘lost’ caribou herd had just moved

A vast herd of northern caribou that scientists feared had vanished from the face of the Earth has been found, safe and sound — pretty much where aboriginal elders said it would be all along.

“The Beverly herd has not disappeared,” said John Nagy, lead author of a recently published study that has biologists across the North relieved.

Those scientists were shaken by a 2009 survey on the traditional calving grounds of the Beverly herd, which ranges over a huge swath of tundra from northern Saskatchewan to the Arctic coast. A herd that once numbered 276,000 animals seemed to have completely disappeared, the most dramatic and chilling example of a general decline in barren-ground caribou.

But Nagy’s research — and consultation with the communities that live with the animals — concludes differently. His work springs from recent studies that question the long-held theory that caribou always return to the same calving ground. It holds that different herds use different grounds, and that’s what sets them apart.

“In the past, herds have been defined based on their calving grounds,” said Nagy. “However, it’s been shown that not all herds maintain fidelity to their calving grounds.”

Herds are now defined by which animals hang out together, not by where they give birth.

“It’s actually behaviour that structures these herds, not calving grounds.”

It turns out that the Beverly herd has simply shifted its calving grounds north from the central barrens near Baker Lake, Nunavut, to the coastal regions around Queen Maud Gulf. Nagy’s analysis of radio-tracking data showed caribou in the region once thought to belong to the Ahiak herd are, in fact, Beverly animals.

Said Campbell: “When the initial alarm bells were ringing about the Beverly herd disappearing, right away we went in to talk to the communities and they said: ‘No, no, no. These caribou have moved north and we’ve been told by our elders that they do that.’”

Thompson heard the same. “Many of the community people reported that elders think this is nothing new. Caribou move.”

Next time, said Campbell, scientists should pay them a little more mind.

What would the stupid locals know? They aren’t PHDs. They’re just stupid Indians. Icebound flyover rednecks. And I’m sure the sciencey dorks figured that with the herds gone, the polar bears (caribou’s natural predator) were drowning themselves in fits of depression.

Stupid alarmist scientists, going off half-cocked.  I think a 9 iron to the nutz is called for, so that in the future they’ll go off completely de-cocked if they can go off at all.

h/t to the Daily Bayonet


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 11/21/2011 at 07:56 PM   
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calendar   Wednesday - October 12, 2011

It’s a Whopper!

PNAS Magazine Shows Us The Biggest One Yet!




Story and picture of the monster, with it’s own special oversize Trojans, below the fold to protect the innocent.

Read about it here first, before the story goes completely viral!

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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 10/12/2011 at 08:34 PM   
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calendar   Friday - September 23, 2011

All That Is Old Is New Again

I have Doc Jeff to thank in part for this one. Thanks for the link Doc!
Ever since TinEye and Google Image Search came on the scene, it’s been pretty much impossible to do a WhatsIt. No matter what picture I put up, unless it’s one I photograph myself, you can find it in a second. Grrr.  But if you’d like to play along and can resist the temptation to use an image search tool, here’s a really neat thing.


WhatsIt #19


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a green one


It’s a hexagon pyramid of glass that measures about 4” across. This one is green, but most of them were clear. The pyramid could have 4, 6, 8, or more sides, but 6 was fairly common. Some of them were as small as 2” across, but almost none of them was larger than 6” across because that would make the pyramid too tall.

As a very small child, I stood on several of these without injury. Heck, I probably jumped up and down on them, since I was that kind of boy.

These have been around ever since mankind had the ability to make fairly clear glass and understood it’s properties. Some of the later ones are not pyramids at all but fluted, which utilizes the same property but in a different way. Some of them also had a rim around the edge, but most didn’t. Wiki thinks they’ve only been around since the 1840s, but Wiki is wrong about lots of things. I think they might date back almost to Roman times.


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a late model fluted one with a rimmed edge



They make dandy paperweights. They make decent palm maces; if ever there was a small blunt object to use as a weapon, here it is. They probably also excel at juicing oranges and grapefruit. None of these is what the things were designed to do.

Have at it. And then check below the fold for the answer, and for Doc’s link to a modern zero-cost implementation that is about as “green” a solution to an age old problem as can be found.

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calendar   Friday - September 02, 2011

Less Terminal

TSA: EWR to Get Gingerbread Man Scanners



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At Newark Airport, everyone will now be just an outline



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Still, concerns remain





TSA to demonstrate new security scanners at Newark Liberty International Airport

Passengers with privacy concerns may soon feel less exposed when flying out of Newark Liberty International Airport, where officials say full-body scanners modified to produce cartoon-like, cookie-cutter images will be unveiled today.

The new images produced by the reprogrammed scanners — which have been likened to a gingerbread man — will replace the specific, anatomically detailed outline of individual passengers that has been criticized by religious groups, civil libertarians and elected officials as an invasion of travelers’ privacy.

All 11 full-body scanners at Newark Liberty have been reprogrammed to produce the new imagery, and will go into use within weeks, once screeners have been trained to use them, said Lisa Farbstein, a spokeswoman for the Transportation Security Administration.

The TSA will demonstrate the new technology this morning at Newark’s Terminal B.

“This new software ... auto-detects items that could pose a potential threat using a generic cookie-cutter type of outline of a person for all passengers,” Farbstein said. “It’s the same image whether the person is 17 years old or 47 years old, male or female, tall or short.”

If the technology does not detect an anomaly, it won’t produce any physical image, just a simple “OK” against a green screen. Otherwise, the object’s location will be indicated by a box superimposed on the cookie-cutter image.

The TSA began testing the new software in February, and last month announced it would be installed this fall on all 241 millimeter wave scanners nationwide, including the 11 at Newark. The total cost of the new software is $2.7 million, including research and development, Farbstein said.

The TSA is testing similar privacy enhancing software for the 250 other scanners in use at airports nationwide, so called X-ray backscatter scanners which subject passengers to a small dose of radiation. None are used at Newark.

The ACLU has sued the TSA to learn whether the images produced by the reprogrammed scanners are simply overlays, with the original, detailed images preserved unseen in digital form, with the chance of being leaked or misused.

A earlier ACLU suit revealed the U.S. Marshals Service in Florida had created a database of 35,000 full-body images scanned at a federal courthouse in Orlando.

“These machines are designed to store the images,” Jacobs said. “Even if they don’t show them.”

I think I agree with the ACLU. I don’t trust the TSA and their army of ghetto trash workers. Hey, even a broken clock is right twice a day.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 09/02/2011 at 05:52 PM   
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calendar   Monday - April 04, 2011

The oldest TV set in Britain: Built in 1936…

Take a look at this. I think it has a high wow factor considering it still works and will work with modern attachments as described in the article.
But I’m not too impressed that few of them are still around as compared to a violin.  I don’t think too many ppl would have seen a future value in a TV set, and darn few would remain in very good condition anyway.  I think folks have a different view of a rare violin and a box that shows pictures in the home. Maybe people don’t have the same kind of attitude towards something mass produced or that comes from a production line, as opposed to something crafted by hand hundreds of years ago minus modern tools.
Having said all that .... I am impressed by this anyway.

I knew the Brits had a TV system in the late 1920’s and the war got in the way of commercial development. I also knew they were broadcasting something before we were. Or at least I read that.

Too bad our countries aren’t on the same TV system. Brits have something called PAL, USA I think is NTSC. RCA wanted to be first and so rushed out the first really successful units, the Brits wanted better quality with more dots per inch and so came in behind us.  I did notice a better picture on the sets here many years ago, but not enough I don’t think to bother complaining about with regard to our TV back home. It seemed good enough for me. But the pix here is sharper. Or it once was I should say.

Some tech advances are lost on me though. For example, I suppose in classical music there are many who have an ear I lack and so need all the extra stuff in audio to hear each and every little bitty thing that most people never hear anyway.  But my love of old Jazz starting in the teens as in, 1917 and running into the early 40’s doesn’t require any more then a speaker. And mono at that.  And that’s true too of the early R & R as well.  But that’s just my own personal choice.


The oldest TV set in Britain: Built in 1936… and it’s only had two careful owners

By Luke Salkeld

Last updated at 9:20 AM on 4th April 2011

* Only three hours of TV a day, and ONE channel in 1936
* Originally cost half the average British annual wage at £100

For £5,000 you might have expected a bigger, flatter screen.

But this television does come with 75 years of broadcasting history – and you can still hook it up to a Freeview box.

Built in 1936, the Marconi type-702 is the oldest working television set in Britain.

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Classic: The 75-year-old set comes with a 12-inch screen and is contained in a walnut and mahogany case with the picture being reflected onto a mirror that opens from the top

It was bought for just under £100 only three weeks after transmissions in Britain began. And with just one channel broadcasting for two hours a day, there wasn’t much need for a remote control.

But what the television lacks in modern technology, it makes up for in reliability. Only 30 per cent of its components have been replaced during its lifetime, all with identical parts.
Rare: There are more 18th century Stradivarius violins in existence that pre-war TVs and this set has only had two owners

Rare: There are more 18th century Stradivarius violins in existence that pre-war TVs and this set has only had two owners

The 75-year-old set has a 12in screen contained in a walnut and mahogany case, with the picture reflected on to a mirror for the viewer to look at.

It is now being auctioned along with its original invoice, made out to a Mr G. B. Davis of Dulwich.

Unfortunately for Mr Davis, his viewing was cut short when the local transmitter burned down just three days after he bought the set on November 26, and his area could not receive pictures again for ten years.

Bonhams specialist Laurence Fisher said: ‘This is being sold by the late owner’s family and is the oldest working TV set in Britain.

‘Its case is made from walnut and mahogany to give a two-tone effect and doesn’t have wheels and is quite a big lump.

‘The picture is reflected on to its lid and at the time it was bought there was only one channel. Unfortunately for the original owner, three days after he bought it the Crystal Palace burned down and that was where the transmitter was.

‘His area did not receive pictures again until after the war. But at least people who visited him would know he had [a television], even if he couldn’t use it.

‘Most programmes at the time would be live and there were plays which were grand productions like you would have at the theatre.’

But as revealed by the listings above, from the day the television was purchased, the same programmes were often shown twice a day – proving that frequent repeats are not a recent invention.

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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 04/04/2011 at 10:13 AM   
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calendar   Thursday - January 13, 2011

Schrödinger’s Penguin

The Daily Bayonet slides a foot of cold steel between the ribs of Climate Change scientists, by reporting on yet another bit of flawed science.

For the past decade or so, these “highly educated” folks have been studying penguins in Antarctica as a way of gathering climate change impact data. Problem is, they’ve been banding the birds with flipper tags instead of the ankle bands almost all other bird research folks use. And the tags themselves have caused the penguins to swim slower, catch less food, mate less, and generally suffer and die much more than regular penguins. So an entire decade’s worth of data is considerably skewed. And thus useless. Total waste of time and money, and half a career down the drain for the scientists involved. Not to mention harmful and abusive to the penguins themselves.

“Our understanding of the effects of climate change on marine ecosystems based on flipper-band data should be reconsidered,” the study says.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 01/13/2011 at 04:00 PM   
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calendar   Friday - November 19, 2010

A Star Trek-style device that allows people to disappear.

How’s this for an eye opener? 

Not up to much today, but don’t want to ignore this one. Think of the possibilities.


Star Trek-style cloaking device comes a step nearer

A Star Trek-style device that allows people to disappear and then – in a blink of an eye – reappear in a different location is a step closer to reality, claim British scientists.

By Richard Alleyne, Science Correspondent

The physicists claim they have proved that it is possible to manipulate space and time so that whole events are hidden from view.

That means eventually that someone could be made to look like they jump from one location to the next – with the journey in-between rendered invisible to the naked eye.

The “space time cloak” uses physics to manipulate light so that “events” in real life are cut just like an editor can cut scenes from a reel of film.

The device sounds like the stuff of fantasy, but scientists at Imperial College London have proved it could work in theory – at least in terms of very short bursts of time.

As well as being a sci-fi fan’s dream, they believe the idea could also be used to make faster and more powerful computers.

Professor Martin McCall, the lead scientist, said that the technique worked by dividing up rays of light that are heading towards the eye.

By speeding up the front part of the ray and then slowing down the rear, you can create a gap which could be filled with an event or action.

Then by reversing the speeds the gap could be closed again before the light reaches the observer making it look nothing has happened.

At the moment it should be possible to cut two thousandth of a millionth of second from time but in future seconds or even minutes could be cut.

“Imagine a camera that is on a time delay watching a safe,” said Prof McCall. “If a thief opens the safe, steals the money and locks it again in between the pictures being taken it will appear as if nothing has happened.

“We have shown that by manipulating the way the light illuminating an event reaches the viewer, it is possible to hide the passage of time in the same way.

“If you had someone moving along the corridor, it would appear to a distant observer as if they had relocated instantaneously, creating the illusion of a Star Trek transporter.

“So, theoretically, this person might be able to do something and you wouldn’t notice.”

In previous experiments to create “invisibility cloaks” scientists have shown that light can be curled around objects to make them seem invisible.

The teleporters used in Star Trek are said to have been based on the idea of “quantum entanglement” in an object or person is broken down into photons of light or atoms, transported and then re-materialised in a different place.

This new technology would not actually transport anyone just hide their journey.

Researcher Alberto Favaro said: “It is unlike ordinary cloaking devices because it does not attempt to divert light around an object.

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calendar   Thursday - December 17, 2009

Mach 6 flying chisel

X-51a test flight is A-OK



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clicky clicky on the picy



X-51A WaveRider gets first ride aboard B-52

12/11/2009 - WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio—In a flight test reminiscent of the early days of the historic X-15 program 50 years earlier, the X-51A Waverider was carried aloft for the first time over Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., Wednesday, Dec. 9 by an Air Force Flight Test Center B-52H Stratofortress.

The “captive carry” test was a key milestone in preparation for the X-51 to light its supersonic combustion ramjet engine and propel the WaverRider at hypersonic speed for about five minutes, before plunging into the Pacific Ocean. That flight test is currently planned in about two months, said Charlie Brink, X-51A program manager with the Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright-Patt.

“This was a great day for the program,” Brink said. “The early look is we successfully captured all of our test points without any anomalies. I’m really proud of the AFRL, Air Force Flight Test Center, and Boeing/Pratt Whitney Rocketdyne teams’ efforts to move us toward the big event.”

The Dec. 9 captive carry test launched around 3 p.m. Pacific time and was conducted entirely in the airspace over Edwards Air Force Base while various systems and telemetry were checked out. Flight duration was 1.4 hours.

“After takeoff we climbed to 50,000 feet and verified B-52 aircraft performance, handling qualities with the X-51A attached to the B-52, control room displays and software integration with the X-51A,” said Lt. Col. Daniel Millman, B-52 project pilot.  “The B-52 handled great and the flight preceded as planned.”

The next B-52 /X-51 flight test mission is expected in mid-January, and will be a “full dress rehearsal,” for its first hypersonic test flight, now planned for mid-February, Brink said. The dress rehearsal flight will depart Edwards and head out over the Pacific to Point Mugu Naval Air Warfare Center Sea Range. Both airborne and multiple ground test assets will monitor all X-51A systems, but the X-51 will not be released from the B-52 and its engine will not ignite.

Then, in February, the Air Force Flight Test Center’s B-52 will carry the unmanned X-51A to approximately 50,000 feet over the Pacific Ocean then release it. A solid rocket booster from an Army Tactical Missile System (ATACMS) will then ignite and accelerate the X-51 to about Mach 4.5. Then the booster will be jettisoned and the X-51A’s SJY61 supersonic combustion ramjet propulsion system will ignite and operate for about 300 seconds, propelling the cruiser to more than six times the speed of sound or Mach 6.



Pretty damn cool. Somehow I thought that these guys had the whole ramjet/scramjet thing figured out back in the 60s. Guess I was wrong. Apparently the scramject is a whole different beastie than the ramjet, though they are quite similar. Both have no moving parts, and make lots of thrust on very little fuel, but only work at supersonic velocities. And here I thought that the not-so-secret Aurora stealth spy plane with it’s pulse-contrail engine had this squared away nearly 2 decades ago. Guess I was wrong.

I am not sure what the plan is for a functional scramjet. Will it be a missile? Will it be a NASA launch vehicle? Who can tell. Anyway, I was going to make this big detailed post, but I’ve been at the Tamdhu tonight, so fuck it.

Here’s a bunch of links so you can look stuff up to your hearts content.

http://science.howstuffworks.com/hypersonic-plane.htm

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NASA built this SOB and it flies at Mach 10. Same idea. Makes this test flight look kinda lame, don’t it?

This is the X-51a Waverider. Your government dollars at work, courtesy of Pratt & Whitney. Outstanding!
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http://www.parabolicarc.com/2009/08/10/scramjet-engine-installed-x51a-waverider-vehicle/

The press release. Glad to know it can hang off the wing of a B-52. Big deal. Fire it off already, let’s see it go!
http://www.afmc.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123181749

Wiki stuff
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boeing_X-51

“Beads on a string” contrails - could be from a PDE engine, for all you Aurora conspiracy fans!
http://www.afmc.af.mil/shared/media/photodb/photos/091209-F-6680C-040.jpg

Awesome pic, including painter’s tape. Why the tape? I guess it keeps the air intake closed.
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/e/e5/X-51A_Waverider_on_B-52_2009.jpg

NASA explains how jet engines work. With a super Java applet you can screw around with.
http://www.grc.nasa.gov/WWW/K-12/airplane/rampart.html

Ramjet vs. Scramjet: shades of difference, minus a couple of parts
http://www.aviation-history.com/engines/ramjet.htm

The BUFF takes off with the X-51a mounted. Damn, that old girl is showing her age. Look at the wrinkles!
http://www.afmc.af.mil/shared/media/photodb/photos/091209-F-6680C-040.jpg

WTF. Here’s some info on Tamdhu. For scotch drinkers who don’t like the overly peaty flavor of Talisker and Oban, it’s a nice experience.
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http://www.whisky-distilleries.info/Tamdhu_EN.shtml

Yes, they put this stuff in Famous Grouse too. Best damn blended scotch ever!


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calendar   Saturday - December 05, 2009

Forget climate change - save the planet from the thermomaniacs .

We follow Simon Heffer on a regular basis. I don’t post everything he does but generally the ones I think Americans can relate to easily.
Or the things he writes exposing the lunacy that has overtaken his country.

One thing I have found over time and I suspect you have as well, is that those on the left seem to get hysterical, their faces twist into misshapen masks of the most grotesque kind as they hiss and spit at authority.  These are “Protesters” - “Activists” and generally, this is what they look like.
Male or female it never matters.  They appear to be of a kind.  Almost a race apart you might say.

Take a look at the face here.  Is this a face of reason? 

Forget climate change - save the planet from the thermomaniacs

At last people are telling David Cameron that his bunny-hugging has the potential to cause extreme economic and political damage, writes Simon Heffer.

By Simon Heffer
Saturday Telegraph

Although I risk immediately being branded mentally defective for saying so, I am not convinced by the notion of man-made global warming. My lack of conviction, I would be the first to admit, is based on nothing resembling great scientific understanding: I have not so much as an O-level in physics or chemistry.

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All I do know is this: that the planet has heated up and cooled down at various points in its history without any help from factories, lorries or a beef-farming industry. Other planets have done, and continue to do, the same: I am still waiting for an answer to John Redwood’s excellent point that the surface temperature of Mars has risen over the past few decades “and they are still looking for the 4x4s that did it”. I therefore remain, in the phrase of Sir Antony Jay, the creator of Yes Minister, a firm thermosceptic.

Various other factors have contributed to an acceleration of my thermoscepticism. There was Lord Lawson’s detailed and challenging riposte to the Stern report. There is Christopher Booker’s superb recent book, The Real Global Warming Disaster, which I recommend that you all read. There is the hectoring tone of the BBC on the question, where any contributor to any programme who appears to be a thermo-denier is treated with incredulity and astonishment.

Also, thermomania has become the latest rallying point for the Leftist rent-a-mob, which finds it a suitable focus for its hatred of capitalism and the established order. That so many respectable people feel happy getting into bed with international anarchy would be funny were it not so threatening to our futures.

The latest blow to the thermomaniacs is the leak of emails from the University of East Anglia which suggest a complete unwillingness to engage with the opposite point of view. This was rather how the church used to behave before Martin Luther, and it enforced its will by torture and burnings at the stake. With those sanctions not currently available, the thermomaniacs prefer simply to pretend that the argument has only one side.

That argument – well, their argument – seems also to have reached ludicrous levels. We are told to stop eating beef because eructating bovines are also damaging the planet. This is an object lesson in the madness of these people.

Not only is there no proof that every time a cow passes wind a flower dies, but such absurd claims are made with an utter disregard for the economy of large parts of the world (mainly the Third World) that depend on such farming. Mind you, the only time I ever attended a Green Party conference, 20 years ago, I heard a woman tell the assembly (to their agreement) that the population of this country would have to be halved to 30 million; though she failed to explain how this would be achieved.

Nutters, anarchists, anti-capitalists, fanatics, absolutists: why are these people taken seriously? Three cheers for the Australians, who this week have started to rise up against this indoctrination and lunacy.

Three cheers for David Davis and the Tories who think like him, who are at last telling Dave that this particular bit of grandstanding and bunny-hugging has the potential to cause the most extreme economic and political damage. At last, there is recognition not just that there are two sides to every story, but that when politicians conspire to limit argument, it is always an attack on the public interest.

So if, next week, the Copenhagen summit passes from fraudulence to complete collapse, and misery and panic break out, no one should feel it is the end of the world – yet.

HEFFER

Oh, I have a message from the Prime Minister of this country for all of us.

Mr, Brown says that climate sceptics are “flat-earthers” and that we are also “Anti Science.”

And if you would like to know exactly what he said, it was this.

“With only days to go before Copenhagen we mustn’t be distracted by the behind-the-times, anti-science, flat-earth climate sceptics. We know the science. We know what we must do.”


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calendar   Monday - November 23, 2009

Amazing aerial images taken by daring Allied pilots on secret missions during WW 2

These are only two of MANY aerial photos and text available HERE

See that link for some truly amazing photos.

Some interesting things to post and will, but no energy for a lot again today.  Bah. Cold rebound, feel better but just washed out.
Got a call from someone with an accent you could cut with a knife, call center in Scotland, confirming that someone will call and an ins. adjuster will call to let us know when they can visit our house re. the still leaky roof but they don’t know when that call will be. Today? Tomoro? Wed? In my lifetime?
Meanwhile, hard driving rain yesterday, last night, and again today.

From Colditz to D-Day:

Amazing aerial images taken by daring Allied pilots on secret missions during World War II

By David Wilkes
Last updated at 9:53 AM on 23rd November 2009

The detail is astonishing. At first it looks like just another castle surrounded by tiny houses and neat fields. But zooming in on the courtyard one can see figures milling around.

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They are in fact Allied officers being held in the notorious German PoW camp of Colditz and the photograph is one from an archive of aerial photographs taken by airmen - sometimes flying as low as 50ft - during secret reconnaissance missions in World War II.
Until now the pictures have been kept behind closed doors. But they are revealed to the public for the first time today via the internet amid a painstaking cataloguing process.

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In another image, precise as a hole punch through a sheet of paper, craters surround a Nazi doodlebug factory in an extraordinary photograph showing the devastation wreaked by an Allied bombing raid.

The date is September 2, 1944 and the place Peenemunde, a village on the Baltic, where the terrifying weapons Adolf Hitler hoped would win the war for Germany were designed and tested.
Others in the collection convey the human suffering experienced amid the fighting, including rare shots of a Nazi slave labour camp and of the landings on D-Day.

Alan Williams, manager of the National Collection of Aerial Photography which houses the photos, said: ‘The archive literally shows the world at war.’
Long before the days of Google Earth, the highly skilled airmen who took them flew alone, by day and night, in unarmed Spitfires relying on their wits as they risked their lives to capture the images on their plane-mounted cameras

Sometimes their planes were painted pink, as the unusual colour proved very good at hiding the aircraft against a background of low cloud. For high altitude missions, the planes were painted a dark shade of blue.

But often they still found themselves targeted by anti-aircraft missiles. Hundreds of them never returned home.
Those that did brought with them photos vital to the war effort.

Expert photographic interpreters studied the pictures using optical instruments such as stereoscopes to view them in 3D to build up detailed information for intelligence reports and models used in military planning for operations such as the D-Day landings.

The ‘detective’ teams, who were headquartered in a stately home in Buckinghamshire at RAF Medmenham - MI4’s Allied Central Interpretation Unit - included Oxbridge academics, geographers and archaeologists.


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calendar   Monday - November 09, 2009

Rare Edison Electric Pen to be sold …… 1st invention in the world to use an electric motor.

That’s what it says in the morning paper.
Did you folks already know about this invention?  WOW ... What a mind Edison had. There’s a better illustration in the hard copy but the Telegraph didn’t put it on line. Darn.  So I went looking and found a few photos.

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There’s an illustration here that shows two jars ...  but the hard copy shows one jar that looks like a mason jar with a motor inside.

From The Telegraph

One of the few remaining Edison Electric Pens that was the first invention to have an electric motor is to be sold.

In 1875 Thomas Edison launched the pen to allow multiple copies to be made from the same handwritten manuscript - although the typewriter soon made it redundant.

The machine for sale that belonged to a collector is in full working order and comes with the associated Edison Mimeograph Duplicator.

The pen’s stylus would make 50 punctures per minute, perforating the paper with thousands of tiny holes.

This paper would then be placed into the duplicator and ink would be spread over it, creating as many copies as was desired.

Run off a wet-all battery in a glass jar, the pen was initially a hit, being sold all over the world.

At the time it was boasted that up to 15,000 copies could be made from the same stencil, with up to 15 possible in every minute.

Sales literature at the time from the US stated: “The apparatus is used by the United States, City and State Governments, Railroad, Steamboat and Express Companies, Lawyers, Architects, Engineers, Accountants, Printers and Business Firms in every department of trade.”

It added: “It is especially valuable for the cheap and rapid production of all matter requiring duplication...”

Originally the whole system could be purchased for 40 dollars, and there were different sized duplicators.

Uwe Breker, who runs an auction house in Cologne in Germany, expects to raise nearly £10,000 from the sale.

He said: “The Edison Electric Pen still works today, but you can use a modern 4.5 volt battery to power it.

“There are only thought to be about two dozen of these in the world and most are in museums so it is very rare for one to come on the open market.

“The electric pen was the very first item to be driven by an electric motor and is one of the earliest items of Edisonianan available to collectors.

“On August 8, 1876, Edison was granted U.S. patent number 180857 for his new invention.

“It sold well all over the world but the development of the typewriter reduced demand for it considerably.”

The is to be sold at Breker auctions on November 21.

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Edison’s Electric Pen
1875: the beginning of office copying technology

by Bill Burns
Edison’s electric pen was the first electric motor driven appliance produced and sold in the United States, developed as an offshoot of Edison’s telegraphy research.

Edison and Batchelor noticed that as the stylus of their printing telegraph punctured the paper, the chemical solution left a mark underneath. This led them to conceive of using a perforated sheet of paper as a stencil for making multiple copies, and to develop the electric pen as a perforating device. US patent 180,857 for “autographic printing” was issued to Edison on 8 August 1876.

The electric pen was sold as part of a complete duplicating outfit, which included the pen, a cast-iron holder with a wooden insert, a wet-cell battery on a cast-iron stand, and a cast-iron flatbed duplicating press with ink roller. All the cast-iron parts were black japanned, with gold striping or decoration.

The hand-held electric pen was powered by the wet-cell battery, which was wired to an electric motor mounted on top of a pen-like shaft. The motor drove a reciprocating needle which, according to the manual, could make 50 punctures per second, or 3,000 per minute. The user was instructed to place the stencil on firm blotting paper on a flat surface, then use the pen to write or draw naturally to form words and designs as a series of minute perforations in the stencil.

Later duplicating processes used a wax stencil, but the instruction manuals for Edison’s Electric(al) Pen and Duplicating Press variously call for a stencil of “common writing paper” (in Charles Batchelor’s manual), and “Crane’s Bank Folio” paper (in George Bliss’ later manual). Once the stencil was prepared it was placed in the flatbed duplicating press with a blank sheet of paper below. An inked roller was passed over the stencil, leaving an impression of the image on the paper. Edison boasted that over 5,000 copies could be made from one stencil.

The electric pen proved ultimately unsuccessful, other simpler methods (and eventually the typewriter) succeeding it for cutting stencils. But Edison’s duplicating technology was licensed to A.B. Dick, who sold it as “Edison’s Mimeograph” with considerable success. The company is still in business today as an office products and equipment manufacturer.

http://electricpen.org/

All photos come from electricpen.org

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