Windowless planes could be a reality in less than 10 years .

By  Christopher Hooton  27th October 2014.          Find Article & Video Here:-

Giant screens would offer panoramic views.

Those minuscule windows on aeroplanes could soon become a thing of the past, with a UK developer working on windowless fuselages that instead house giant, flexible OLED screens.

Depending on your point of view, these would either offer a glorious view of the land you’re flying over (they’re much bigger than the windows) or be quite oppressive (they’re screens after all, and there’s no natural light).

The Centre for Process Innovation (CPI), which works with developers across the UK, has unveiled a video showing concept art for the technology, with the screens replicating what is outside the plane and showing places and points of interest such as other aircraft and the International Space Station in real-time.

They can also be powered down for tiny red wine-induced nap time on long haul flights or show other content like in-flight movies and commercials.

Though it seems faintly dystopian, the technology was conceived with the environment in mind.

“We had been speaking to people in aerospace and we understood that there was this need to take weight out of aircraft,” Dr Jon Helliwell of the CPI told The Guardian.

Putting windows in a plane means strengthening the fuselage (this is why they don’t bother with them on cargo planes), and without this the OLED planes would be lighter and therefor consume less fuel.

The CPI thinks OLEDs (organic light-emitting diodes) could be harnessed to make the screens, and with this technology already in production it could be ready for use on such a large scale in the next decade.

“What would be great would be to make devices based on OLEDs that are flexible. We can make transistors that are flexible but if we can make OLEDs that are flexible, that gives us a lot of potential in the market because we can print OLEDs on to packaging, we can create flexible displays,” Dr Helliwell added.

“We are talking about [the idea] now because it matches the kind of development timelines that they have in the aerospace industry.

“So you could have a display next to a seat if you wanted it; you could have a blank area next to a seat if you wanted it; you would have complete flexibility as to where you put [the panel screens]. You could put screens on the back of the seats in the middle and link them to the same cameras.”

Growth, Poppies, Corpses and Serendipity.

By Craig Murray 28th October 28th 2014.      Find Article Here:-

Opium production in Afghanistan has increased by 4,000% since the start of the US/UK/Others occupation. 4,000%. Really. For the first time, this year production of processed opium exceeded 7,500 tons. This industrial manufacture would be impossible without the active participation both of the puppet government we installed, and the command structures of our intelligence services. The Karzai and Dostum families, alongside other of our clients, have become terribly wealthy. Secret funds of intelligence services have swelled.

Opium production amounts to a staggering 60% of Afghanistan’s GDP. Yet we have that pompous fool Jon Simpson on the BBC opining what a great success our occupation was, how Afghanistan is transformed.

The UK spent 37 billion pounds of money we do not have on the occupation of Afghanistan, when our health service is creaking and hungry children are reliant on foodbanks. That 37 billion is a drastic underestimate – it is based on “marginal costing”, the extra cost of operating the troops and equipment in Afghanistan compared to the cost of keeping them on Salisbury Plain. The fact you would not need this massive offensive army and all that equipment, were you not conducting worldwide simultaneous invasions, is not taken into account at all. The true cost of the Afghan occupation is many times higher than 37 billion.

Bear that in mind when you see Cameron posturing about a routine EU subscription cost of 1.7 billion. There are unlimited funds for attacking and occupying Johnny Foreigner, but money spent on co-operation with other nations is an absurd waste. A view to be reinforced by increasing racist rhetoric about being “swamped” by the Eastern Europeans who are now adding so much to our economy and our culture.

There is an irony here because one of the major reasons for the EU contribution recalculation was the UK government’s decision to include, for the first time, an estimate for illegal trade – in drugs and prostitution – in UK GDP figures, thus producing a spurious blip in economic growth. Prostitution alone was estimated at 6.5 billion pounds, which makes it one of our major industries, while the drugs figure was still higher and represented a direct contribution to UK GDP from the result of our Afghan occupation.

So it was all worthwhile after all! Those soldiers did not die in vain! When you add to that, the fact that the prostitution figure itself is boosted by the many unfortunates, mostly women, who enter the trade to fund a heroin habit, you have a perfect circle of serendipity.

Who can possibly claim that UK policy is unplanned and immoral?

Global overpopulation would ‘withstand war, disasters and disease’.

By   28th October 2014.              Find Article Here:-

National Academy of Sciences says even brutal world conflict or lethal pandemic would leave unsustainable human numbers.

People hang onto a crowded train as they travel to Colombo. Sri Lanka.
People hang onto a crowded train as they travel to Colombo. Sri Lanka. The report says south Asia and Africa will be the hardest hit by population growth. Photograph: Dinuka Liyanawatte/Reuters

The pace of population growth is so quick that even draconian restrictions of childbirth, pandemics or a third world war would still leave the world with too many people for the planet to sustain, according to a study.

Rather than reducing the number of people, cutting the consumption of natural resources and enhanced recycling would have a better chance of achieving effective sustainability gains in the next 85 years, said the report published in the proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

“We were surprised that a five-year WW3 scenario, mimicking the same proportion of people killed in the first and second world wars combined, barely registered a blip on the human population trajectory this century,” said Prof Barry Brook, who co-led the study at the University of Adelaide, in Australia.

The second world war claimed between 50 million and 85 million military and civilian lives, according to different estimates, making it the most lethal conflict, by absolute numbers, in human history. More than 37 million people are thought to have died in the first world war.

Using a computer model based on demographic data from the World Health Organisation and the US Census Bureau, the researchers investigated different population reduction scenarios. They found that under current conditions of fertility, mortality and mother’s average age at first childbirth, global population was likely to grow from 7 billion in 2013 to 10.4 billion by 2100.

Climate change, war, reduced mortality and fertility, and increased maternal age altered this prediction only slightly. A devastating global pandemic that killed 2 billion people was only projected to reduce population size to 8.4 billion, while 6 billion deaths brought it down to 5.1 billion.

“Global population has risen so fast over the past century that roughly 14% of all the human beings that have ever existed are still alive today. That’s a sobering statistic. This is considered unsustainable for a range of reasons, not least being able to feed everyone as well as the impact on the climate and environment,” said co-author Prof Corey Bradshaw, also from the University of Adelaide.

Crowds at Oshidin market in Lagos, Nigeria.
Crowds at Oshidin market in Lagos, Nigeria. Photograph: Alamy

He added: “We examined various scenarios for global human population change to the year 2100 by adjusting fertility and mortality rates to determine the plausible range of population sizes at the end of this century. Even a worldwide one-child policy like China’s, implemented over the coming century, or catastrophic mortality events like global conflict or a disease pandemic, would still likely result in 5-10 billion people by 2100.”

Brook, now at the University of Tasmania, said policymakers needed to discuss population growth more, but warned that the inexorable momentum of the global human population ruled out any demographic quick fixes to our sustainability problems.

“Our work reveals that effective family planning and reproduction education worldwide have great potential to constrain the size of the human population and alleviate pressure on resource availability over the longer term,” he said. “Our great-great-great-great grandchildren might ultimately benefit from such planning, but people alive today will not.”

Bradshaw added: “The corollary of these findings is that society’s efforts towards sustainability would be directed more productively towards reducing our impact as much as possible through technological and social innovation.”

With its echoes of Thomas Malthus, who warned of the unsustainability of rapid population growth in the 18th century, the report warned that the current demographic momentum means that there are no easy policies to change the size of the human population substantially over coming decades, short of extreme and rapid reductions in female fertility.

“It will take centuries, and the long-term target remains unclear,” said the report. “However, some reduction could be achieved by mid-century and lead to hundreds of millions fewer people to feed. More immediate results for sustainability would emerge from policies and technologies that reverse rising consumption of natural resources.”

In the absence of catastrophe or large fertility reductions (to fewer than two children per female worldwide), the study said Africa and south Asia are likely to experience the greatest human pressures on future ecosystems.

A report released last week by researchers from Lund University, in Sweden, said the ability to produce food in the Sahel region in Africa is not keeping pace with its growing population, and global warming will only exacerbate the imbalance.

Paper chain: thousands of Latvians unite to move books to new national library

By George Berridge  21st January 2014.         Find Article Here:-

On Saturday 18th January, Riga held the mass event to celebrate its year as a European Capital for Culture

Children pass books from one to another at an event in Riga on Saturday

Children pass books from one to another at an event in Riga on Saturday 18th January 2014.

On Saturday, thousands of Latvians marked the start of Riga’s tenure as one of two European Capitals of Culture by forming a human chain and moving 2,000 books by hand to the new national library building.

Around 15,000 people braved freezing temperatures – as low as -14C – to form a chain stretching more than a mile across the capital, deliberately echoing 1989′s Baltic Way when some two million protesters formed a human chain across Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia to fight for independence from the Soviet Union.

Organiser Aiva Rozenberga said the event had deep symbolic significance for Latvians.

“The people who stood in the Baltic Way remember that feeling of being shoulder to shoulder with complete strangers,” she told AFP.

“The people taking part in the book chain who are prepared to stand here on a cold winter day are taking this seriously too – we are literally standing up for culture.”

The opening of the new library forms parts of a greater move by Latvia to make its presence felt in Europe, having joined the single currency at the start of January.

This year Riga, along with Umeå in Sweden, is a European Capital of Culture.

People in the chain passed along books from the city’s existing 150-year-old national library across the River Daugava to a new national library building which opens in August.

The building, a huge concrete, glass and steel construction which resembles a mountain with a crown on top, was designed by Latvian-born architect Gunnar Birkerts.

Kirsten Petersen, a journalism student from Washington, DC, told the Telegraph: “Seeing this event brought me so much joy.

“I had just visited the Occupation Museum where I learned about how the communist regime had suppressed Latvian culture. Walking out of the museum to see an event organised by the people to celebrate their culture gave me hope for the city as it continues to emerge from the devastation of Soviet times.”

Fireworks over the new national library building in Riga, Latvia. Photo: AFP/Getty Images

But reaction to the event or building has not been wholly positive. Mayor Nils Usakovs has in the past likened the building – which cost of more €166 million – to a giant supermarket.

Speaking to the Telegraph via Twitter, user @StreetGred, posting from Riga, said: “A bunch of idiots hauling books no one will read one by one across a bridge on the coldest day of the year.

“Latvia has no living wage, but a state of the art library, makes you think.”

The first book to be placed on the shelves in the new building was a copy of The Bible.

The remainder of the library’s more than 4 million books and printed items will be moved by motorised transport.

Was Ebola Accidentally Released from a Bioweapons Lab In West Africa?

  23rd October 2014.        Find Full Article Here:-

Accidents at Germ Labs Have Occurred Worldwide

Nations such as Russia, South Africa and the U.S. have long conducted research into how to make deadly germs even more deadly. And accidents at these research facilities have caused germs to escape, killing people and animals near the facilities.

For example, the Soviet research facility at Sverdlovsk conducted anthrax research during the Cold War. They isolated the most potent strain of anthrax culture and then dried it to produce a fine powder for use as an aerosol. In 1979, an accident at the facility released anthrax, killing 100.

The U.S. has had its share of accidents.  USA Today noted in August:

More than 1,100 laboratory incidents involving bacteria, viruses and toxins that pose significant or bioterror risks to people and agriculture were reported to federal regulators during 2008 through 2012, government reports obtained by USA TODAY show.

 

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In two other incidents, animals were inadvertently infected with contagious diseases that would have posed significant threats to livestock industries if they had spread. One case involved the infection of two animals with hog cholera, a dangerous virus eradicated from the USA in 1978. In another incident, a cow in a disease-free herd next to a research facility studying the bacteria that cause brucellosis, became infected ….

 

The issue of lab safety and security has come under increased scrutiny by Congress in recent weeks after a series of high-profile lab blunders at prestigious government labs involving anthrax, bird flu and smallpox virus.

 

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The new lab incident data indicate mishaps occur regularly at the more than 1,000 labs operated by 324 government, university and private organizations across the country ….

 

“More than 200 incidents of loss or release of bioweapons agents from U.S. laboratories are reported each year. This works out to more than four per week,” said Richard Ebright, a biosafety expert at Rutgers university in New Jersey, who testified before Congress last month at a hearing about CDC’s lab mistakes.

 

The only thing unusual about the CDC’s recent anthrax and bird flu lab incidents, Ebright said, is that the public found out about them. “The 2014 CDC anthrax event became known to the public only because the number of persons requiring medical evaluation was too high to conceal,” he said.

 

CDC officials were unavailable for interviews and officials with the select agent program declined to provide additional information. The USDA said in a statement Friday that “all of the information is protected under the Public Health Security and Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Act of 2002.”

 

Such secrecy is a barrier to improving lab safety ….

 

Gronvall notes that even with redundant systems in high-security labs, there have been lab incidents resulting in the spread of disease to people and animals outside the labs.

 

She said a lab accident is considered by many scientists to be the most likely source of the re-emergence in 1977 of an H1N1 flu strain that had disappeared in 1957 because the genetic makeup of the strain hadn’t changed as it should have over those decades. A 2009 article in the New England Journal of Medicine noted the 1977 strain was so similar to the one that disappeared that it suggests it had been “preserved” and that the re-emergence was “probably an accidental release from a laboratory source.”

 

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In 2012, CDC staff published an article in the journal Applied Biosafety on select agent theft, loss and releases from 2004 through 2010, documenting 727 reported incidents, 11 lab-acquired infections and one loss of a specimen in transit among more than 3,400 approved shipments.

 

The article noted that the number of reports received by CDC likely underestimates the true number of suspected losses and releases.

‘Fingerprint credit cards’ to replace PIN numbers.

October 25, 2014 1 comment

By   24th October 2014.       Find Article Here:-

Coming to Britain next year, the ‘contactless’ cards that let you pay with a touch of your finger (print).

A new payment card which will allow people to make card payments using their fingerprints

A new payment card which will allow people to make card payments using their fingerprint.

Credit cards in Britain will next year be issued with fingerprint scanners rather than PINs to speed up shopping.

Instead of placing a plastic card into a terminal and entering a four-digit number, shoppers will merely have to place their finger over a sensor on a card loaded with data on their prints.

If the scanner recognises the user, it will send a signal to the shop till, prompting a payment to go through.

The first fingerprint Mastercards are expected in Britain next year after a successful trial in Norway.

Kim Humborstad, founder of Zwipe, a Norwegian technology firm working with Mastercard on the project, said: “Feedback from our pilot with has been very positive – cardholders love how easy the card is to use with the added security feature.”

The cards are effectively the same as “contactless” models, where the user taps or waves the plastic close to a card reader, but, crucially, without any spending limit.

Ordinary contactless cards, which require no authentication, work on purchases up to £20 in Britain. Customers are asked for a Pin number check at random intervals to prevent fraud. Nearly 24 million contactless payments were made in June alone, according to UK Cards Association, up 226 per cent in a year.

Mastercard said the new fingerprint cards provided an added layer of security that meant spending limits were not required.

Ajay Bhalla of Mastercard said: “Our belief is that we should be able to identify ourselves without having to use passwords or Pin numbers.

“Biometric authentication can help us achieve this – our challenge is to ensure the technology offers robust security, simplicity of use and convenience for the customer.”

Although the fingerprint scanner requires some power to function, there will be no need for batteries Mr Bhalla said. The cards unveiled next year will “harvest” energy from the payment terminals, he explained.

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Sunspot Takes Aim: X-Class Flare Thought To Be Responsible For Widespread Power Outages and Internet Problems.

By Mac Slavo  October 23rd, 2014.     Find Full Article & Video Here:-

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A massive sunspot dubbed ‘Active Region 2192′ has rotated into an earth-facing position. NASA says the Jupiter-sized magnetic anomaly on the sun is crackling with energy and several days ago it fired off an X-class flare right in earth’s direction. Then, yesterday, it launched another flare that was measured to be five times more powerful than the first.

Though the classification of both flares was fairly low and rated in the 1.0 to 2.0 X-class range, the earth’s power and internet infrastructure has experienced some unusual effects over the last 48 hours.

As of this morning, numerous power outages have been reported by internet providers, electrical utility companies, cable companies and even large inter-networks like MSN.com and Amazon. The outages are being reported by users on Twitter all over the northern hemisphere, including from Canada all the way down to Boston. Many of the companies involved have suggested that the outages were planned or the result of wind storms, but what is curious is that at the very same time all of these outages were being reported on earth, the National Weather Service’s National Center for Environmental Prediction (NCEP) announced that their space-based satellite systems stopped reporting data.

Coincidence? Perhaps.

But an alternate theory is that the solar flares emitted by AR 2192 have something to do with it. How else can we explain widespread outages for literally hundreds of thousands of people occurring almost simultaneously at key utility and internet nodes across thousands of miles on earth, and happening in tandem with a breakdown in communications from the NCEP’s weather monitoring satellite?

An X-class solar flare designated in the 1.0 to 2.0 range doesn’t usually take down power grids and communications infrastructure, though they have been known to temporarily knock out satellites and cause problems with Global Positioning Systems and radio communications.

The outages being reported by users are more than likely temporary without any permanent damage to the physical equipment involved in carrying the signals from point-to-point.

However, historical examples of large-scale outages resulting from solar flares have been well documented. In 1859 a massive solar flare known as the “Carrington Event” left newly developed Telegraph systems inoperable and reportedly even led them to explode and set stations on fire. In 1989 a geo-magnetic storm caused the collapse of Quebec’s hydro electric power station. The flare that took only 90 seconds to bring the electric company to its knees was a fairly powerful x15-Class discharge.

Given these examples, it’s not out of the question to suggest that a solar flare directly targeting Earth could potentially take out many modern day systems hooked into the grid.

In fact, 18 months ago the sun emitted what researchers called a “Carrington Class” solar flare. It just slightly missed earth, but had the sunspot been earth facing at the time it could have been the Kill Shot that took the majority of the planet back to the stone age.

‘The world escaped an EMP catastrophe,’ Henry Cooper, who now heads High Frontier, a group pushing for missile defence, told Washington Secrets.

‘There had been a near miss about two weeks ago, a Carrington-class coronal mass ejection crossed the orbit of the Earth and basically just missed us,’ added Peter Vincent Pry, who served on the Congressional EMP Threat Commission.

Major Ed Dames, who has long proposed that a massive solar event known as the Kill Shot will eventually hit earth, says that when it happens, expect widespread global outages. Unlike what we experience with lower classification X-flares, however a Kill Shot will be a long-term event:

Yeah, if any particular grid goes, they’re not all going to go down at once and some will never go down. The ones that are stretched out over long wide spaces, they will. They will under the right circumstances and the right circumstances are happening real soon, watch the solar flares from (sunspot) 2192 as a harbinger of what’s coming real fast.

When the grids go down, we’re looking at easily no less than 6 months, but probably 2 years. A lot can happen in terms of Mad Max scenarios.

(Full Interview and Transcript From Holly Deyo)
(Also see: Kill Shot, the documentary)

It’s a sentiment that has been expressed by many, including members of Congress, who say that that the threat of a massive solar flare is a clear and present danger to the United States and the world.

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