“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
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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Yep: Our entire electrical grid, orbiting satellites, Internet — the mainstays of modern life — were almost wiped out on July 23, 2012.
This is not hyperbole. It almost happened. And scientists believe that the odds of a solar storm with enough intensity to disrupt our lives over the next 10 years is 12%.
With all of the crises going on in the world, this little bit of news slipped through the cracks of the general media. But it got the attention of lots of scientists and astronomers.
If you want to know how close we came, check out http://bit.ly/1jYtzzb
Image courtesy of the Associated Press
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
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.
(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 EcoSmart 13-watt (60-watt-equivalent) LED bulb. In case you haven’t noticed, traditional 100w & 75w incandescent bulbs have been phased out (all manufacturing in the U.S. has ceased). Why? Because although America has just 5% of the world’s population, we use 26% of the world’s energy. And lighting is a major culprit. I have been testing all sorts of replacement bulbs — so you don’t have to. Skip the compact fluorescents and head straight to the new generation of LEDs. They’re “instant on,” dimmable (most of them), and light a room just as good — or even better — than traditional bulbs. The best bulb I’ve found so far is the “EcoSmart” 60-watt-equivalent “bright white” LED. Although packaged as a 60-watt replacement, it has nearly the same number of “lumens” (amount of visible light) as a 75-watt incandescent. It will last 25x longer than an incandescent bulb — up to 23 years! And only uses 13 watts of power. The color of the light is pleasing, too — a very natural, bright white. Bottom line: It will save you up to $161 vs. a regular 75-watt bulb. And it will keep working for a quarter century. It’s $9.95 at Home Depot — a great deal. I’ve included a photo so you can spot it quickly in the aisle. Suggestion: Buy one and try it. I bet you’ll like it! Let me know…
(Bloomberg) Samsung Electronics Co. fired the first of three smartphone salvos this year aimed at hurting Apple Inc in its home market, releasing a bigger and faster Galaxy S4 that reviewers said may only glance its target. The device announced yesterday at New York’s Radio City Music Hall is lighter than predecessor S3 and has software to track movement of the eyes and waves of the hands. The Galaxy S4 will be able to take photos in two directions, monitor sleeping habits and translate commands into different languages as the South Korean company tries to lure customers in a slowing global smartphone market. The handset, with a 5-inch screen and 13-megapixel camera, goes on sale in the U.S. on April 26 with carriers including AT&T Inc (T)., Verizon Wireless, Sprint Nextel Corp. and T-Mobile USA Inc. The Galaxy S4 is among three high-end smartphones Samsung is releasing this year after being overtaken in the U.S. by the iPhone 5 in the fourth quarter. For the complete article, click here. Image courtesy of Bloomberg
(CNN) “MakerBot [has] unveiled a desktop device that can scan small three-dimensional objects. Called a MakerBot Digitizer, it’s meant to complement the company’s Replicator printer by letting customers scan objects, then feed the resulting digital files to the Replicator to be printed. The Digitizer uses two lasers and a webcam to scan objects up to about 8 inches in diameter…. The process takes less than three minutes. Once the digital scan is completed, an object can be printed right away. It’s easier and faster than using software to design a digital printing model from scratch.” For the complete report, visit this link. Image courtesy MakerBot
Results: Over the 4-year study period, there were 121,084 firearm fatalities. The average state-based firearm fatality rates varied from a high of 17.9 (Louisiana) to a low of 2.9 (Hawaii) per 100,000 individuals per year. Annual firearm legislative strength scores ranged from 0 (Utah) to 24 (Massachusetts) of 28 possible points. States in the highest quartile of legislative strength (scores of >9) had a lower overall firearm fatality rate than those in the lowest quartile (scores of <2) (absolute rate difference, 6.64 deaths/100,000/y; age-adjusted incident rate ratio [IRR], 0.58; 95% CI, 0.37-0.92). Compared with the quartile of states with the fewest laws, the quartile with the most laws had a lower firearm suicide rate (absolute rate difference, 6.25 deaths/100,000/y; IRR, 0.63; 95% CI, 0.48-0.83) and a lower firearm homicide rate (absolute rate difference, 0.40 deaths/100,000/y; IRR, 0.60; 95% CI, 0.38-0.95).
Conclusions and Relevance: A higher number of firearm laws in a state are associated with a lower rate of firearm fatalities in the state, overall and for suicides and homicides individually. As our study could not determine cause-and-effect relationships, further studies are necessary to define the nature of this association.
Eric W. Fleegler, MD, MPH; Lois K. Lee, MD, MPH; Michael C. Monuteaux, ScD; David Hemenway, PhD; Rebekah Mannix, MD, MPH
JAMA Intern Med. 2013;():1-9. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2013.1286.
Published online March 6, 2013
“Entrepreneurship is how America became great,” Case said. “The good news is that we’re still the most entrepreneurial nation in the world. The bad news is that all the other countries are trying to catch us.”
Case was speaking in Detroit at Techonomy on Entrepreneurship and American Relevance.There are two types of founders, Case said: those who create an interesting product or service but have modest ambitions…and those who are trying to change the world, who are swinging for the fences.
Those who are swinging for the fences are continuing the grand American tradition of entrepreneurship, he suggested, continuing the legacy of legendary Detroit founders and leaders such as Henry Ford.
Case sees what’s happening now as the next revolution in technology. After the agricultural revolution, the industrial revolution, and the initial stages of the digital revolution, we’re now seeing perhaps the most important part of the digital revolution: the impact of digital technology on all aspects of the economy.
Even heroes, of course, need loyal sidekicks. That’s why Case accepted the role of chairman of the Startup America Partnership, which is focused on building up all the regions of the U.S.
Not just social media companies — not just Facebooks and Instagrams — but also companies that use technology intelligently in transportation, in manufacturing, in all aspects of the economy.
“In some ways, every company is now a technology company,” Case said. The most important thing for entrepreneurial heroes, according to Case?“They really have to have passion.”
Image credits: Blastr, John Koetsier
Checking one’s voice mail seems to be considered an even a bigger chore than leaving a voice message. Retrieved voice mail fell 14% among Vonage users in the same period.
“They hate the whole voice-mail introduction, prompts, having to listen to them in chronological order,” says Michael Tempora, senior vice president of product management at Vonage. One response by the company to the trend is a new voice-mail transcription service that converts voice messages for delivery as e-mail or text.
The service also e-mails a direct link to the voice-mail audio file, letting users bypass several steps to listen to it. “Voice transcription isn’t perfect,” Tempora says. “But they understand who called and what the message is about.”
The transcription tools make skimming through messages easier for on-the-go users such as Dmitri Leonov, an executive at SaneBox, a maker of e-mail inbox management software. “E-mail (etiquette) says to respect your friends’ time,” says Leonov, who rarely listens to messages. “And I should stop leaving voice mail, as well. Practice what you preach.”
The non-partisan Kaiser Family Foundation has prepared a superb summary of the Affordable Care Act. No hype. No political spin. No mis-information.
Read about: The individual mandate. Employer requirements. Prevention and wellness programs. How public programs are expanded. Premiums. Cost-sharing subsidies. Related tax changes. Health insurance exchanges. Impacts on private insurance. State role. Cost containment. Improving quality and health care system performance. Nutritional information required to be disclosed by restaurant chains. Long-term care. Coverage and financing.
Here’s the link to the KFF summary of health care reform as provided by the Affordable Care Act: http://www.kff.org/healthreform/upload/8061.pdf
F.Y.I., regarding “coverage and financing,” the KFF summary reports:
The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates the new health reform law will provide coverage to an additional 32 million when fully implemented in 2019 through a combination of the newly created Exchanges and the Medicaid expansion.
CBO estimates the cost of the coverage components of the new law to be $938 billion over ten years. These costs are financed through a combination of savings from Medicare and Medicaid and new taxes and fees, including an excise tax on high-cost insurance, which CBO estimates will raise $32 billion over ten years. CBO also estimates that the health reform law will reduce the deficit by $124 billion over ten years.
How would you like to raise up to $2 million for your startup business? And do it by letting investors “point-n-click” the cash your way via the Web? It may soon be nearly that simple, thanks to the “Entrepreneur Access to Capital Act” (more commonly known as the “Crowdfunding Act”) that passed the House in an overwhelming (and bi-partisan!) 407 to 17 vote. President Obama is another driving force behind the legislation, which is designed to dramatically streamline fund-raising for entrepreneurs.
After the bill passes the Senate (and all indications are that it will), and President Obama signs the legislation into law, entrepreneurs will be able to turn on a grassroots method to raise capital — equity sales online — with greatly reduced SEC restrictions. The freer flow of money would be rocket fuel for startups, which are an essential engine for a robust economy and job creation.
“Crowdfunding” — a way for masses of people (“the crowd”) to feed ventures with capital via the Web — has blossomed in recent years thanks to sites like Kickstarter.com. But SEC “red tape” (primarily the Securities Act of 1933) has prohibited these sites from directly offering investment shares in the enterprises. The new Crowdfunding Act will remove this barrier. No longer will equity sales be restricted to accredited investors. And the power of public-supported funding will be unleashed.
Entrepreneurial endeavors will be able to sell up to $2 million in ownership shares to an unlimited number of investors. And individuals will be able to invest up to $10,000 or up to 10% of his or her annual income, whichever is less.
If a company seeks the maximum $2 million in funding, it must supply “the crowd” with audited financial statements. A company can choose to bypass the audited-financial-statement requirement — but then the maximum capital it can raise is $1 million. (That’s nothing to sneeze at!)
When the President signs the legislation into law, it will be a great day for all entrepreneurs. Just as important for America, the ensuing new businesses will provide a shot of adrenaline for the economy and help rev up the job-creation engine. Everyone will win.
Chime.in, a just-launched social-media site, claims it will pay all content posters 50% of the advertising revenue generated on their profile pages. This in stark contrast to Facebook, which has built a $65 billion empire by leveraging members’ content to attract advertisers and amass revenue.
To provide a first-hand report, I created Chime.in account (very simple to do), and explored the site. Although the site is still in beta, I must say the user interface is well thought out. Since the site has just turned on, you probably have a good shot to get your personal name as your user name. Hey, it’s free. Go for it. www.Chime.in
The following is a snippet of a Huffington Post article about Chime.In:
“While Facebook has earned billions of dollars selling ads next to the content uploaded by their 800 million members, users haven’t seen a dime from their posts.
Share with Chime.in and Chime.in will share with you. The site, which allows individuals to post photos, links, videos and text in two thousand character ‘chimes,’ will give users 50 percent of the revenue it earns from selling advertising on their profile pages.
‘This is a firing shot in social media,’ [Bill Gross, the founder] told The Huffington Post. ‘Finally, the interests of the content creators are aligned with the interests of the publisher because they get something for their hard work.”
For the complete article, visit http://huff.to/ogyFGi
Image courtesy The Huffington Post and Getty Images.
I came across this inspiring two-minute video on YouTube about entrepreneurs. They formed the fabric of our country — and could (and should) be our engine to the future. Start your day off with this video. It will lift your spirits. Then take that rush of adrenaline and dose free spirit — and go for it. Change the world.
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.