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  • In this Wisconsin town, you get the smart meter or they shut you down

    07/11/2013 6:06:50 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 41 replies
    The Wisconsin Reporter ^ | 7-11-13 | Ryan Ekvall
    BARABOO — Residents in this small southern Wisconsin city have two choices when it comes to the brave new world of the Smart Grid: Go along with new “smart” meters for public utilities or get along without water, gas or electricity. Most residents don’t make a fuss and let the utilities install the new smart meters, which are supposed to provide utility customers and taxpayers with savings from real-time data usage and less manpower needed to read traditional analog meters. Some residents, however, including 81-year-old Audrey Parker, say the smart meters are an invasion of privacy, and they believe the...
  • Christian Unity on Free Republic [Vanity]

    03/05/2011 5:29:44 AM PST · by WPaCon · 479 replies
    WPaCon | March 5, 2011 | WPaCon
    Lately, there seems to be a lot of conflict on the religion forum. Much of this has been between Catholics, Protestants, and Orthodox. To show that we are all united as Christians and to reduce animosity, I hope we can all agree to one of 4 following statements: 1) I am Catholic. I love Orthodox and Protestant Christians. I consider Orthodox Christians and Protestants to definitely be Christian. All Christians need to work together to defeat our common enemies-- specifically Islam, liberal postmodernism, and totalitarian communism. 2) I am Protestant. I love Orthodox and Catholic Christians. I consider Orthodox Christians...
  • iPhone 4 Loses Reception When You Hold It By The Antenna Band?

    06/24/2010 1:10:28 AM PDT · by PugetSoundSoldier · 61 replies
    Gizmodo ^ | Jun 23, 2010 | Jason Chen
    This is a reader video found on Macrumors forums illustrating something weird. When the guy holds the iPhone in his hands, touching the outside antenna band in two places, he drops reception. Placing the phone down gets him 4 bars. We're not sure if he's doing something particularly weird, like holding the metal antenna in such a way that it's shorting out. But it is strange. Or, it could be just a bug in the software, showing no bars and no reception even when you do have reception. But, he does hold the phone with the glass, and it doesn't...
  • Spectrum Sequueze to K.O. B-2 Bomber’s Radar?

    03/25/2009 11:34:12 AM PDT · by Freeport · 17 replies · 822+ views ^ | 24-Mar-2009 | N/A
    America’s 21 B-2A Spirit stealth bombers have been leaders in stealth technology and weapon support arrangements. Now, they’re a leader in a less desirable category. DTI’s Bill Sweetman reports that during a 2008 bandwidth auction, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission inadvertently sold the operating frequency band of the B-2 bomber’s Raytheon AN/APQ-181 radar to an obscure firm headed by a Russian-educated citizen of Mali. Installing new radar arrays on the 20 surviving jets will reportedly cost “well over $1 billion.” Sweetman notes that this is just one side effect of spectrum allocation problems, and greater civilian appetites for its use....
  • [US Senator(D-PA)]Casey meets [John]Kanzius (AUDIO & VIDEO)

    07/03/2008 7:32:47 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 14 replies · 74+ views ^ | 03 July 2008 | DAVID BRUCE
    U.S. Sen. Bob Casey lowered a lighted match to a test tube filled with saltwater. An orange flame instantly erupted from the mouth of the tube. "I'm two for two at igniting the saltwater," Casey said with a smile. Casey spent part of Wednesday afternoon at Industrial Sales and Manufacturing Inc., watching a demonstration of Millcreek Township inventor John Kanzius' radio-frequency device. He is the latest on the list of high-ranking public officials who have trekked to the yellow-brick laboratory on West 15th Street to see the device. Gov. Ed Rendell and U.S. Rep. Phil English, of Erie, R-3rd Dist.,...
  • 'Radio wave cooling' offers new twist on laser cooling

    09/15/2007 6:11:31 PM PDT · by ckilmer · 9 replies · 351+ views ^ | 14-Sep-2007 | Laura Ost
    Public release date: 14-Sep-2007 [ Print Article | E-mail Article | Close Window ] Contact: Laura 303-497-4880National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) 'Radio wave cooling' offers new twist on laser cooling NIST physicists used radio waves to cool this silicon micro-cantilever, the narrow orange strip across the middle of this colorized micrograph. The cantilever, created by ion etching through a silicon... Click here for more information. Visible and ultraviolet laser light has been used for years to cool trapped atoms—and more recently larger objects—by reducing the extent of their thermal motion. Now, applying a different form of...
  • Possible cancer breakthrough "invented" in Florida garage

    09/01/2007 9:12:16 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 28 replies · 2,270+ views ^ | 5/16/2007 | Susan Moses
    Susan Moses Created: 5/15/2007 2:59:08 PM Updated:5/16/2007 6:11:13 AM SANIBEL ISLAND, FL -- A Florida retiree battling cancer himself has discovered a possible method of killing cancerous cells with radio waves. If it works, it could be the "Holy Grail" of cancer treatments. His is the great American story. A broadcast engineer, who shrewdly evolves into the owner of several TV and radio stations, sells them for a bundle and retires early to picturesque Sanibel Island. But Easter 2002, began an unexpected chapter in the story of John Kanzius, a year and-a-half after he retired. He was diagnosed with a...
  • Some doubt safety of wireless

    03/14/2006 8:06:26 PM PST · by Denver Ditdat · 27 replies · 915+ views
    The Daily Pennsylvanian ^ | March 14, 2006 | eric chen
    Wireless Internet networks are cropping up in coffee shops, campuses and even entire cities, and though you can't see or feel them, one man thinks they are dangerous. Frederick Gilbert, president of Lakehead University in Ontario, Canada, is concerned about the radio waves that wireless systems emit and has vetoed the idea of constructing a campuswide wireless Internet network. Like cell phones, radios and TV broadcasts, wireless networks use equipment that generate electromagnetic fields, which Gilbert said are hazardous. Penn currently offers wireless Internet access in several buildings and plans to install the service in all college houses by this...
  • Fort Detrick Radio System Jams Remote Garage Doors

    02/27/2005 6:06:22 PM PST · by Denver Ditdat · 22 replies · 663+ views
    WTOP Radio Network ^ | 27 FEB 2005 | The Associated Press
    FREDERICK, Md. - A new radio system at Fort Detrick will improve communication with the Pentagon. The downside: some people may have to open their garage doors the old-fashioned way. The Land Mobile Radio system will allow Fort Detrick and 10 other Army installations in the Washington region to communicate with the Pentagon and civilian emergency personnel by hand-held radios. In a suburban sacrifice to emergency preparedness, Frederick residents could experience a rash of dead door openers in coming days, as the Army's Fort Detrick begins using a new radio system linking local and federal government emergency personnel. The new...
  • The ayatollah & I

    12/28/2004 4:58:03 AM PST · by SJackson · 13 replies · 796+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 12-27-04 | SHARON SHENHAV
    'Muslim women don't have a problem with the fact that their husbands have a few other wives," declared the Iranian ayatollah with great conviction. Sitting across the conference table from him, in the magnificent 17th-century Villa Serbelloni on Lake Como in Italy, I disagreed. My conversations over the years with Muslim women colleagues had given me a quite different picture. "I would suggest that you don't really know how women feel since you're a man. I'm a woman, and I can tell you that women do not want to be one of several wives." While ordinarily this kind of challenge...
  • Mobile brain help claim dismissed

    09/26/2004 11:32:51 AM PDT · by Denver Ditdat · 8 replies · 280+ views
    BBC News UK Edition ^ | 22 September 2004
    Experts say it is extremely unlikely mobile phone radio waves could help children think more clearly.The claim had been made by David Butler, head of the National Confederation of Parent Teacher Associations. He told a meeting at the Lib Dem conference in Bournemouth, hosted by the mobile phone company O2, heat from handsets could boost children's brains. The National Radiological Protection Board led the criticism of Mr Butler's claims, saying while handsets did have a tiny heating effect, it was unlikely to be of any benefit. The claims also contradict government advice, which says children should use mobiles as little...
  • New Electronic Billboards Tailor Advertising to Passing Motorists (Drive-by Advertising)

    12/30/2002 9:25:18 AM PST · by vannrox · 5 replies · 582+ views
    ABC ^ | Dec. 27 2002 | By Lindsay Martell, Tech Live
    This was Hollywood's spin on a technology that really is gaining speed in Sacramento, Calif. New electronic video billboards stand tall over freeways there, tailoring their advertisements to match the personalities of the passing motorists. "Instead of a static billboard, we can have a target that moves," explains Tom Langeland, CEO of Alaris Media Networks, the operation behind the signs. Alaris owns and operates 10 e-billboards in California. The billboards are able to take note of the radio station you're listening to when you drive by. "When you're listening to a radio station, the antenna on your car picks...