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FULL DISCLOSURE - Former Defense Minister of Canada - Hon. Paul T Hellyer

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FULL DISCLOSURE - Former Defense Minister of Canada - Hon. Paul T Hellyer

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Last Updated on Thursday, 19 March 2015 19:37

The Most Amazing Airplane In History

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The Most Amazing Airplane In History
Built in Russia during the 1930's, it flew 11 times before crashing and killing 15 people. 
The designer, Konstantin Kalinin, wanted to build two more planes but the project was scrapped.
Later, Stalin had Kalinin executed. Evidently, it was not good to fail on an expensive project
under Stalin. 
It's got propellers on the back of the wings, too. You can count 12 engines facing front.
The size would be equivalent to the Empire State Building on its side, with cannons.
And you think the 747 was big ... not only a bunch of engines, but check out the cannons the thing was carrying.
In the 1930's, the Russian army was obsessed by the idea of creating huge planes.
At that time they were proposed to have as many propellers as possible to help carrying those
huge flying fortresses into the air -  jet propulsion has not been implemented yet.
Not many photos were saved from those times because of the high secrecy levels of such projects and because a lot of time has already passed.


Can you imagine what it would be like sitting in this thing when those cannons go off?
Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 March 2015 19:27

A fully transparent solar cell that could make every window and screen a power source

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A Fully Transparent Solar Cell That Could Make

Every Window And Screen A Power Source


Researchers at Michigan State University have created a fully transparent solar concentrator, which could turn any window or sheet of glass (like your smartphone’s screen) into a photovoltaic solar cell.


Unlike other “transparent” solar cells that we’ve reported on in the past, this one really is transparent, as you can see in the photos throughout this story.

According to Richard Lunt, who led the research, the team are confident that the transparent solar panels can be efficiently deployed in a wide range of settings, from “tall buildings with lots of windows or any kind of mobile device that demands high aesthetic quality like a phone or e-reader.”

Scientifically, a transparent solar panel is something of an oxymoron. Solar cells, specifically the photovoltaic kind, make energy 

by absorbing photons (sunlight) and converting them into electrons (electricity). If a material is transparent, however, by definition it means that all of the light passes through the medium to strike the back of your eye. This is why previous transparent solar cells have actually only been partially transparent — and, to add insult to injury, they usually they cast a colorful shadow too.


The organic salts absorb UV and infrared, and emit infrared — processes that occur outside of the visible spectrum, so that it appears transparent.To get around this limitation, the Michigan State researchers use a slightly different technique for gathering sunlight. Instead of trying to create a transparent photovoltaic cell (which is nigh impossible), they use atransparent luminescent solar concentrator (TLSC). The TLSC consists of organic salts that absorb specific non-visible wavelengths of ultraviolet and infrared light, which they then luminesce (glow) as another wavelength of infrared light (also non-visible). This emitted infrared light is guided to the edge of plastic, where thin strips of conventional photovoltaic solar cell convert it into electricity. [Research paper: DOI: 10.1002/adom.201400103 - "Near-Infrared Harvesting Transparent Luminescent Solar Concentrators"]If you look closely, you can see a couple of black strips along the edges of plastic block. Otherwise, though, the active organic material — and thus the bulk of the solar panel — is highly transparent. (Read: Solar singlet fission bends the laws of physics to boost solar power efficiency by 30%.) Michigan’s TLSC currently has an efficiency of around 1%, but they think 5% should be possible. Non-transparent luminescent concentrators (which bathe the room in colorful light) max out at around 7%.On their own these aren’t huge figures, but on a larger scale — every window in a house or office block — the numbers quickly add up. Likewise, while we’re probably not talking about a technology that can keep your smartphone or tablet running indefinitely, replacing your device’s display with a TLSC could net you a few more minutes or hours of usage on a single battery charge.The researchers are confident that the technology can be scaled all the way from large industrial and commercial applications, down to consumer devices, while remaining “affordable.” So far, one of the larger barriers to large-scale adoption of solar power is the intrusive and ugly nature of solar panels — obviously, if we can produce large amounts of solar power from sheets of glass and plastic that look like normal sheets of glass and plastic, then that would be big.Source:
Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 March 2015 19:31


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This Will Change The World!
Want to keep warm? Wear SILVER: Cotton coated with microscopic metal wires traps 80% of body heat – and can even be used like an electric blanket. Scientists are already working on another coating to keep clothes and their wearers cool in hot temperatures.
  • Prototype cotton fabric is coated in silver nanowires to trap body heat
  • It's as effective as a thick fleece, trapping 80% of heat 
  • Material uses silver because it reflects infrared radiation back to the body
  • A small electric charge can be applied so it works like an electric blanket
  • Experts from Stanford University say the cloth's breathable and lightweight
  • It was developed to save energy produced by central heating
Wearing clothes made from cloth covered with tiny silver wires may reduce your heating bills in the future.
This is because scientists have found that a new material made of cotton coated in silver nanowires, effectively traps heat inside a person’s clothing, to keep the wearer cosy.
They say it is also breathable and lightweight, making it comfortable to wear.
Scientists have found that a new material made of cotton coated in silver nanowires, effectively traps heat inside a person’s clothing, to keep the wearer cosy. These images show the wires under the microscope at different magnifications, which because they are closely packed together, form a conductive network 
Scientists from Stanford University in California developed the prototype material using silver because it reflects infrared radiation back towards the body, Popular Science reported.
In order to make the metallic material comfortable to wear, they dipped cotton into a solution of silver nanowires that can sit on top of everyday clothing, according to the study published in Nano Letters.
They created a fabric that’s able to trap 80 per cent of body heat.
The fabric is able to trap 80 per cent of body heat, because the tiny silver wires reflect infrared radiation back towards the body (shown in a diagram on the left). A piece of the new cloth was cut out in an 'S' shape and placed in the palm (top right). Using heat-sensitive camera, the researchers showed it is able to block all uman-radiated IR, keeping the heat inside so that the S-shape looks blue (bottom right)
It is as efficient as a bulky fleece when worn like a normal piece of clothing, emitting infrared radiation emitted by a wearer, back to their body. But the clothes could be plugged into a computer, for example, to keep wearers even warmer.
The idea is that a small amount of electricity could effectively turn a jacket into an electric blanket.
King World News - INCREDIBLE BREAKTHROUGH IN SILVER- This Will Change The World!
Extra heat can be generated by harnessing the movement of electricity across the fabric.
And because the cloth is thin and breathable, it could one day replace bulky outdoor ski coats.
The researchers say that the clothes could also be worn indoors to negate the need for heating.
While it’s easy to imagine that cloth made from silver may be expensive, the researchers claim the total cost of silver needed to make a complete body suit would only cost $1 (66p).
The researchers claim that wearing such clothes could save a person $200 a year in heating costs, or save enough energy to power 1,000 light bulbs for 10 hours. The cloth is not yet on sale and requires more testing, but the scientists are already working on another coating to keep clothes and their wearers cool in hot temperatures.
Tiny antibacterial particles from silver are woven into the fabric of some socks to kill bacteria that makes them smell.
The silver in the particles doesn't kill bacteria by touching it, but instead produces soluble ions that reduce the pong.Studies concluded that some of the particles come out in the wash, with some of them warning that when the toxic metal dissolves in water and releases silver ions, it can enter the food chain, poisoning small creatures. However, others have said silver nanoparticles don't harm humans or the environment.
Research published in 2012 warned that bacteria may become resistant to silver if used in lots of everyday situations, which could have important implications, because the metal is used as an anti-bacterial in healthcare.
Silver is also rare and it's estimated that global resources could run out in as little as 30 years.


Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 March 2015 19:24

Rockwell Collins, SITA Roll Out New Tracking Options For Airlines

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Rockwell Collins, SITA Roll Out New Tracking Options For Airlines

Airlines address missing links as global tracking goes mainstream

The drive for cost-effective near-term flight-tracking solutions ahead of forthcoming international standards and rules has the airline industry’s two main cockpit data services providers reinventing and evolving legacy products and services to suit. Rockwell Collins and SITA have both developed new packages that will allow airlines in many cases to cost-effectively transition from what had been passive, infrequent flight following to active tracking. Rockwell Collins acquired Arinc's air-to-ground network in 2013.

The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and industry continue to debate the final form and concept of operations for required tracking, but the initial move calls for airlines to obtain position data every 15 min. for aircraft in the near term and, eventually, increased rates and other requirements when certain problems are encountered. For the U.S., Canada, China and several other countries where dispatchers are jointly responsible for a flight and are already required to actively track their assets, the change could merely mean an update in frequency of the reports airlines already receive in oceanic and remote areas. For other parts of the world where operational oversight is much less stringent, the upgrades will require a paradigm shift in operations. In either case, airlines are keen to maximize the use of existing avionics and data streams while minimizing the costs of any new measures.

“What we have seen since the disappearance of Air France Flight 447 in 2009 is that there is always a desire to find a single ‘silver bullet’ solution,” says Tim Ryan, director of Programs and Services Management for Information Management Services at Rockwell Collins. “And if we’ve learned anything over those years, we’ve learned that a single solution, while it can be fashioned, doesn’t meet the equally important facet of cost-effectiveness.”

A subset of data from a one-day snapshot of Arinc customers shows geographical distribution of the most common position data sources for tracking. Credit: Rockwell Collins

While surveillance in populated areas may be provided by the air navigation service providers using radar or other technologies that result in position updates multiple times per minute, the same is not true in oceanic and remote regions where aircraft-provided position reports can be 1 hr. or more apart. For those zones, both Rockwell Collins and SITA can provide higher-frequency surveillance data from equipped aircraft to air traffic control or an airline’s operations center (AOC) using automatic dependent surveillance contract (ADS-C), part of the Future Air Navigation System (FANS) suite of avionics, or the Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting System (ACARS). Approximately 80% of the widebody fleet already have FANS, which gives the aircraft the ability to send ADS-C position updates to air traffic control (ATC) at certain intervals, typically 10-15 min., in return for lower separation standards and more efficient routes with less fuel burned. The data are generally sent from the aircraft to the ground via Inmarsat and Iridium satellite constellations or through Rockwell Collins’s ground-based high-frequency data link (HFDL) network.

READ MORE:  AviationWeek

Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 March 2015 13:31

NTSB May Reopen Investigation Into 1959 Buddy Holly Accident

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Fri, Mar 06, 2015

NTSB May Reopen Investigation Into 1959 Buddy Holly Accident


After 56 Years, New Information Surfaces About 'The Day The Music Died'

The accident was memorialized in Don McLean's "American Pie" as "The Day The Music Died". On February 3, 1959 Buddy Holly, The Big Bopper, and Ritchie Valens were fatally injured in an accident on their way to a concert in Clear Lake, Iowa. Pilot Roger Peterson, 21, was also fatally injured.

The wreckage of the chartered Beechcraft Bonanza was discovered early the next morning about five miles from Iowa's Mason City Municipal Airport. At the time, the Civil Aeronautics Board determined that the cause of the accident was spacial disorientation. Peterson was reportedly not IFR qualified, and the weather was bad the night of the accident.

Now, New England resident L.J. Coon, who the Des Moines Register says describes himself as a retired pilot, aircraft dispatcher, and FAA Test Proctor, has petitioned the NTSB to reopen the investigation, and his request is being seriously considered. Coon says he has uncovered new information about contributing factors that might clear the name of the pilot.


READ MORE:  AeroNews


NASA Spacecraft Set for Historic Arrival at Dwarf Planet Ceres Today

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NASA Spacecraft Set for Historic Arrival at Dwarf Planet Ceres Today

If all goes according to plan on Friday morning (March 6), Dawn will become the first spacecraft ever to visit a dwarf planet, and the first to circle two different objects beyond the Earth-moon system.
Watch the arrival of the Ceres Dawn Spacecraft here:
Viewing starts at 10am PST.
Last Updated on Friday, 06 March 2015 04:12

Mars had Oceans

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Mars had Oceans
Ancient Mars likely once had an ocean large enough to cover 20 percent of the Martian surface, a fifth of the planet, scientists say.
But over time, most of that water was lost to space.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 March 2015 11:16

Santana - Into the Night - Chad Kroeger

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Santana - Into the Night - Chad Kroeger


It's Time to Wake up!

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It's Time to Wake up!


Mars One Announces 100 Finalists For One-Way Mission

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Mars One Announces 100 Finalists For One-Way Mission

But Skeptics Say It's Unlikely Any Will Ever Fly In Space The private non-profit organization Mars One ... which plans to send human volunteers on a one-way trip to colonize Mars ... has named 50 men and 50 women from its 202,586 applicants to proceed to the next round of the Mars One Astronaut Selection Process. These candidates are one step closer to becoming the first humans on Mars. Mars One has a goal of establishing the colony in 2025.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 February 2015 04:14

Samsung Galaxy Unpacked 2015 - The Next Galaxy

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Samsung Galaxy Unpacked 2015 - The Next Galaxy


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