“NHTSA will interpret ‘driver’ in the context of Google‘s described motor vehicle design as referring to the (self-driving system), and not to any of the vehicle occupants… We agree with Google its (self-driving car) will not have a ‘driver’ in the traditional sense that vehicles have had drivers during the last more than one hundred years.”
Click here to view an excellent article on the news from FORTUNE. Image courtesy of FORTUNE / Getty Images.
Imagine what an airline ticket would cost if you flew from, say, New York to Los Angeles — and then THREW AWAY THE AIRPLANE? In fact, if we disposed of every airplane after ever flight? We’ll that’s what we’ve been relegated to doing in aerospace since the retirement of the Space Shuttle. We put satellites into orbit. We bring astronauts to the ISS. Then “throw away” the rocket. Elon’s achievement with his SpaceX company — to land the first stage back on the ground — is a historic technological achievement. (Kudos to Jeff Bezos, too. His company, Blue Origin, recently did something similar, but with a much smaller sub-orbital spacecraft.)
Check out the following excellent article from NBC News, with videos of the takeoff and landing, at this link.
Image courtesy of SpaceX
After over five-and-a-half years of R&D and associated efforts, I am proud to say that I have received the patent on my treatment technology for Alzheimer’s Disease: U.S. Patent 9,037,268
As I mentioned in my statement to the press, I made the decision with my company to forgo patent licensing fees for R&D. This is too important of an innovation to keep it bottled up or to inhibit the early stages of medical research. Too many people are suffering. Too many people are dying.
Alzheimer’s Disease is an incurable disease that affects 5.3 million people in the U.S. and nearly 44 million worldwide.
My patented technology is based on years of research by scientists regarding the effects of radio waves on the human brain. Recent studies exposed RF energy to mice that have been genetically modified to exhibit Alzheimer’s disease. Mice and humans share 95% of their genes, providing an appropriate reference for comparative studies.
One study in particular was the research conducted by the University of South Florida. (The research study, as published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, is available at my company’s special Web site www.AlzheimersTreatmentInvention.com.) The following is from the Abstract of the published study: “Although caution should be taken in extrapolating these mouse studies to humans, we conclude that EMF [electromagnetic field / radio frequency energy] exposure may represent a non-invasive, non-pharmacologic therapeutic against Alzheimer’s disease….” The study concludes “… we believe that the current lack of an effective therapeutic against [Alzheimer’s Disease], in concert with this study’s surprising findings, justifies EMF exposure as a non-invasive, non-pharmacologic approach worthy of vigorous investigation.”
For more information, including research references, the patent, the full press announcement, and links to TV, radio, and other media / new reports, please visit www.AlzheimersTreatmentInvention.com.
Entrepreneurs rocked the house last night at Stamford’s historic Palace Theatre. The Shark Tank-style pitch competition featured Connecticut-based entrepreneurs and startups. Kudos to these creative minds that help power our State’s backbone of business innovation.
The event was sponsored and facilitated by CTNext, a core driver and resource provider of Connecticut’s innovation ecosystem. Find out more here: www.CTNext.com
Read his opinions about Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, Tumblr, YouTube, Google+, Reddit — and more. I learned a bunch. I bet you might, too.
Click here to check out the article. Enjoy.
Graphic courtesy of Andrew Watts / medium.com
I found the GE globe LED bulbs in a couple different packages as seen in the photo. According to the manufacturer, if used on average of three hours per day, it should last 13.7 years.
The bulb is really frugal on power consumption. The four GE LED bulbs use a combined 18 watts, vs. the 100 watts combined of the incandescent bulbs I replaced.
The LED bulbs are also dimmable. Handy, but my vanity doesn’t need that feature.
But what I really like is the light. It provides a very pleasing 2700K “warm” light that is very comparable (virtually indistinguishable) to the incandescent bulbs that I replaced.
The design of the bulb looks really cool, too, with a white light-radiating cone at the base on the inside.
I bought the GE LED bulbs at Walmart for just $4.96 each. I think that’s a great value. Over the life of the bulb, it should pay for itself about six times.
Give the GE LED globe bulb a try. I think you like it. The model information is listed on the package as: GE25 Globe 2700K Clear Medium Base.
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Excerpt from Jeff Foust’s article:
“The two accidents are linked by proximity in time, but in reality little else. Yet, there’s the danger that they will be tied together by the public, and by policymakers, by the fact that they were commercial, despite the otherwise vast differences. Already some people have raised questions about the capabilities of commercial space in general, for example, from these accidents. How the industry responds to and recovers from these accidents will shape those public and policy reactions in the months to come.”
For the complete article, please click here.
Images courtesy of NASA/Joel Kowsk and National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB)
Excerpts from The Guardian’s review:
Google’s new version of its tablet and smartphone operating system “Lollipop” is the fifth version of Android, introducing new features and tweaks that collectively give the user the feeling that quite a lot has been improved. Unveiled as “L” at Google’s developer conference I/O in June to replace Android 4.4 “KitKat, Android 5 Lollipop was revealed alongside Google’s new design ethos called “Material”.
Smooth Sliding: For Lollipop that means the use of much brighter, fuller colours than the previous version of Android and a more consistent look. Menu bars are one solid block of colour, icons are highly stylised and flat, while interface “cards” first introduced with Google Now are used throughout, floating and sliding over the top of each other adding depth. Every bit of the interface looks different, including the background which now changes colour depending on the time of day in some apps, and some slick new sliding animations which add motion to many of Android’s responses.
Beyond the obvious colourful difference, Lollipop introduces a couple of important features into the core Android experience.
The first is multiple user accounts on one device. Some Android tablets have had support for more than one user, but smartphones and other devices have been limited to a single user account.
Multitasking has also been enhanced with a new card system. Each app can show more than one card allowing users to switch to an open message or back to the inbox, for example – not just to one view in the app.
Longer Battery Life: Lollipop also promises to help prolong smartphone and tablet battery life by being more efficient and tougher on battery-draining apps. It uses a new version of the underlying software called Art that powers apps, which is both faster and lighter on resources.
A pre-release version of Lollipop installed on a Nexus 5 smartphone made the battery last around a quarter longer, with others finding even longer gains of over 35% or two hours in tests. Users should see their smartphones and tablets lasting significantly longer after being updated
For the complete article, please click here.
Image courtesy of Google
You know what they say about all work and no play. So I took a little time out from business to play some classic rock with my ol’ buddy Arnold “Arnie” Aranci and his sons. The goal: Raise money for our hometown’s food pantry at the inaugural “Hamstock” event. We way exceed our goal, raising $1,500.
Enjoy the following HD YouTube videos:
Last Dance With Mary Jane (Tom Petty). Arnold “Arnie” Aranci, Eric Knight, Christopher Aranci, Anthony Aranci:
Takin’ Care Of Business (Bachman Turner Overdrive). Arnold “Arnie” Aranci, Eric Knight, Christopher Aranci, Anthony Aranci:
Johnny B Goode (Chuck Berry). Arnold “Arnie” Aranci, Eric Knight, Christopher Aranci, Anthony Aranci:
Buzz and I are part of a growing team of advisors, astronauts, aerospace companies, universities, and energized students of the Time Capsule To Mars project that is designed to send your “selfies” to Mars for 99 cents each. (Yes, you read that right!)
To be working with Buzz Aldrin — one of my childhood heroes — is a tremendous experience. The student-led Time Capsule To Mars project combines my passion for student enterprise and new frontiers in aerospace. If you’d like more info, check out www.TimeCapsuleToMars.com
The magic combination is Motorola’s MY MOTOSPEAK version 3.0.57 (a free download from the Google Play Store, updated January 13, 2014) and the Motorola H730 headset.
Bluetooth voice dialing with a locked screen has been a major topic on Android forums. A reliable solution has been elusive. The latest release of MY MOTOSPEAK + the Motorola H730 headset seems to do the trick.
A great fringe benefit is that MY MOTOSPEAK also does voice to text messages. I’ve been really impressed with the translation accuracy. It also supports dozens of punctuation symbols and many popular emoticons.
Of course, I can’t absolutely guarantee that this combination will work for you. But after eight months of trying various headsets and software options, this combination works reliably for me.
Hope this helps. Feel free to spread the word!
My company is a proud supporter of the international student team that’s planning to build and fly a small spacecraft to Mars. On board would be a two-inch-diameter titanium “time capsule of humanity” containing perhaps millions of digital photos, videos, audio files, and text messages from people all over the world — including you.
Your digital creations would be stored on new “quartz” media that, by some estimates, will survive on the surface of Mars for up to 300 million years.
This would be the world’s first interplanetary space mission led by a non-government team. Other key mission supporters include MIT and Explore Mars, Inc. Details of the mission can be viewed at this link.
While the students are working on the essential science, they are also looking for creative names for both the spacecraft and the Mars “time capsule” lander. The goal is to unleash the world’s creativity in every aspect of the program. The individuals who submit the chosen names will get special digital allocations in the time capsule’s quartz memory, as well as other unique tributes. To submit your name ideas, visit www.TimeCapuleToMars.com.
A friend gave me a heads up on these Cree LED bulbs a couple months ago. At Home Depot, they’re just $4.97 for the 40-watt equivalent (450 lumens) and just $6.97 for the 60-watt equivalent (800 lumens). You’ll save 85% on energy costs vs. traditional incandescents — so they’ll cost you only about a buck a year to run. The light is great. They look like “real” bulbs. They’re dimmable. And they’ll last over 20 years. A slam-dunk winner!
Starting November 11th, your reviews of restaurants, hotels, shops, songs, and products — and your image — could show up in ads when searched on Google. It’s called Google’s Shared Endorsements. The image in this post is an example.
If you are uncomfortable with this exposure, there’s an easy way to opt out of Google’s Shared Endorsements:
Log into your Google account (for most people, your Gmail account). Then come back to this post and click on http://plus.google.com/settings/endorsements. In the page that comes up, scroll to the bottom and UNCHECK the box next to the phrase: “Based upon my activity, Google may show my name and profile photo in shared endorsements that appear in ads.” Then press the SAVE button. That’s it!
For more information regarding Google’s Shared Endorsements in ads, click here for some more information from ABC News / The Associated Press.
Download and read the excellent perspective on the Affordable Health Care Act, a.k.a., “Obamacare” — entitled “Health Reform: Seven Things You Need To Know” — by clicking on this link.
5.2 million Americans have Alzheimer’s disease; it is the sixth leading cause of death in the U.S. It is a terrible disease that rips apart the fabric of families.
The disease also drains the American economy by over $200 billion per year in health-care costs. It’s an international crisis, as well, affecting 35 million people, worldwide.
I have been working on my invention for over three-and-a-half years. Until my patent issues, I can’t describe the system in any detail. I can say that it uses radio waves in tandem with aerospace-inspired technology. And my goal is to connect with one or more industry partners with the wherewithal to take the next steps — such as further laboratory research and, ultimately, clinical trials.
To the science and medical community, and other potential business partners, the following is a special phone number for confidential discussions: (860) 993-1310. Similarly, here is a special e-mail address: email@example.com
To stay up to date on any developments, I encourage anyone reading this to follow my company’s Twitter feed here: @alzinvention
*** Quick Note *** I am proud to say I am getting news coverage from all over — local to worldwide. Here’s a news article from the Hartford Business Journal: http://www.hartfordbusiness.com/article/20130917/NEWS01/130919918/1002 And here’s an article from Europe: http://uk.finance.yahoo.com/news/cure-alzheimers-disease-renowned-inventor-144500825.html
Most places on the central East Coast, all the way up to northern New England, will be able to see this Friday night’s maiden launch of America’s new five-stage “Minotaur V” rocket. It will transport NASA’s Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer spacecraft (LADEE) to the moon.
The launch is scheduled for 11:27pm EDT from the Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. Use the associated graphics and your location to determine the number of seconds from launch the rocket will be visible, the direction to look, and how many degrees above the horizon the rocket will appear. For instance, if you’re in New England, it should be visible 80 seconds after launch, towards the south, about 10 – 15 degrees above the horizon.
The weather forecast for Friday night, at the launch site and for viewing, looks great.
For more information about the moon mission, visit http://www.space.com/22635-american-minotaur-5-rocket-launch-debut.html
Images courtesy of NASA Wallops, Orbital Sciences Corp., and SPACE.com
(PHYS.ORG) This is a photograph of the world’s first transparent speaker “…consisting of a thin sheet of rubber sandwiched between two layers of a saltwater gel, and it’s as clear as a window. A high-voltage signal that runs across the surfaces and through the layers forces the rubber to rapidly contract and vibrate, producing sounds that span the entire audible spectrum, 20 hertz to 20 kilohertz. But this is not an electronic device, nor has it ever been seen before.
Published in the August 30 issue of Science, it represents the first demonstration that electrical charges carried by ions, rather than electrons, can be put to meaningful use in fast-moving, high-voltage devices. Ionic conductors can be stretched to many times their normal area without an increase in resistivity — a problem common in stretchable electronic devices. Secondly, they can be transparent, making them well suited for optical applications. Thirdly, the gels used as electrolytes are biocompatible, so it would be relatively easy to incorporate ionic devices—such as artificial muscles or skin—into biological systems. After all, signals carried by charged ions are the electricity of the human body, allowing neurons to share knowledge and spurring the heart to beat. Bioengineers would dearly love to mesh artificial organs and limbs with that system.”
For the full article, click here. Photo courtesy Christoph Keplinger and Jeong-Yun Sun, Whitesides and Suo Research Groups, Harvard University
(Bloomberg) Google Inc., which develops the Android software used on mobile devices, has purchased smartwatch designer WIMM Labs, stepping up efforts against competitors in the wearable-computing market.
Google, which didn’t provide details on the acquisition, completed the deal in 2012, the company said in an e-mailed statement. WIMM Labs, based in Los Altos, California, had unveiled a smartwatch design in 2011 that included a full-color touch screen, Internet access and sensors for tracking the owner’s motions, the company said.
Google, owner of the world’s largest search engine, is ramping up in wearable computing to woo consumers in the emerging industry. The purchase comes as new smartwatch devices are on tap from rivals Apple Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co. Samsung’s Galaxy Gear, a wristwatch-like device with features of a smartphone, will be introduced Sept. 4, people with knowledge of the matter have said.
For the complete article, click here.
(BBC) Scientists took cells from a cow and, at an institute in the Netherlands, turned them into strips of muscle which they combined to make a patty. Researchers say the technology could be a sustainable way of meeting what they say is a growing demand for meat. An independent study found that lab grown beef uses 45% less energy than the average global representative figure for farming cattle. It also produces 96% fewer greenhouse gas emissions and requires 99% less land. For the complete article, click here. Image courtesy of the BBC
Over the last week, I have been testing the very latest PHILIPS 60-Watt-Equivalent LED bulb. It’s fantastic. It looks great. The light is excellent. It uses just 11 watts. And it delivers 830 lumens — 30 more lumens than my previously reviewed PHILIPS LED bulb and EcoSmart LED bulb. And, unlike the prior PHILIPS bulb, this one is dimmable! The light is a very pleasing white, 2700 Kelvin (“K”). Life expectancy, based on three hours per day, is an amazing 22.8 years. According to recent reports, the bulb is 17% more efficient than its previous generation and uses 12% less power. The icing on the cake: Home Depot recently dropped the price ten bucks — from $24.95 to $14.95. At this new price point, this is a superb bulb. In fact, it may have just become my favorite LED bulb in the 60-watt-equivalent LED category.
As part of my ongoing LED light bulb reviews, the following is my real-world testing of the PHILIPS 10.5-watt (60-watt-equivalent) LED bulb. As my regular readers know, I have really liked the EcoSmart 60-watt LED. (Click here for my review of the EcoSmart LED.) I’ve recently been trying out the PHILIPS 60-watt-equivalent LED bulb. The PHILIPS bulb delivers the same number of lumens — 800 lumens — with 10.5 watts. The EcoSmart consumes 13 watts. So the PHILIPS saves an extra 2.5 watts. The light “appearance” are both 3000 Kelvin (“K”), which is a pleasant bright white. Cosmetically, the PHILIPS bulb is even closer in design to an old-style Edison bulb — rounded top with no side heat-sink flanges. And the price per bulb is about the same. Home Depot carries both bulbs, and they regularly run special-pricing between $9.95 and $14 per bulb. HOWEVER, the PHILIPS does not work with dimmers. Also, the PHILIPS bulb is not recommended for use in recessed down-lights. Bottom line: The light (color and brightness) from both LED bulbs is about the same. The PHILIPS bulb saves a little more power — but is a little less versatile. Both are high-quality bulbs that should serve you well.
You’re essentially looking over my shoulder as I write, think, create, invent, and — in general — ponder the world around us. Feel free to peruse my writings and chime in as you’re so inspired. I encourage spirited debate.
This is a specially crafted multi-pronged conduit. Everything I type feeds parallel simultaneous streams to Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and my e-mail broadcast system. It’s a global tightrope without a net. Oh, my.
No topic is off limits. If you’re looking for a site that is “politically correct,” you’ve come to the wrong place. Hit the back button on your browser now.
Lots and lots of new features are coming online. They’re all in various stages of development. You’ll soon see innovative things I’m working on — such as a live, streaming, two-way “TV channel” of sorts where you’ll be able to interact with me (audio, video, text) in real time as I type here in front of my computer.
This is my platform to push the boundaries of technology in every dimension.
Hang on tight. We may achieve orbit. Or we may sail off a cliff. But the ride will be exhilarating.