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This Man Says He Can Speed Cell Data 1,000-Fold. Will Carriers Listen?

"on Wednesday morning, he’ll give the first public demonstration at Columbia University in New York"

http://www.wired.com/business/2014/02/steve_perlman_pcell/

This Man Says He Can Speed Cell Data 1,000-Fold. Will Carriers Listen?
By Cade Metz 02.19.14 12:01 AM

Steve Perlman is ready to give you a personal cell phone signal that follows you from place to place, a signal that’s about 1,000 times faster than what you have today because you needn’t share it with anyone else.

Perlman — the iconic Silicon Valley inventor best known for selling his web TV company to Microsoft for half a billion dollars — started work on this new-age cellular technology a decade ago, and on Wednesday morning, he’ll give the first public demonstration at Columbia University in New York, his alma mater. Previously known as DIDO, the technology is now called pCell — short for “personal cell” — and judging from the demo Perlman gave us at his lab in San Francisco last week, it works as advertised, streaming video and other data to phones with a speed and a smoothness you’re unlikely to achieve over current cell networks.

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The project would involve installing entirely new wireless antennas atop buildings and towers across the country, as well as slipping new cards into our phones. Perlman says he’s already in discussions with some of the world’s largest wireless carriers and handset designers about the technology, but if history is a guide, the Verizons and the AT&Ts — who are still upgrading their networks to the relatively new LTE wireless technology — will be slow to make the move, if they make it at all.

“In business, there is money in scarcity,” says Richard Doherty, director of a technology consulting firm called Envisioneering, who has closely followed Perlman’s project. “The wireless business models of today are based on scarcity. Opening up the floodgates for any service, for any carrier, has tremendous implications. In our experiences working with carriers…they like to have everything defined on their terms, to have breakthroughs arrive when they want them to.”

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With current wireless networks, each antenna operates mostly alongside the others, as opposed to working in tandem with them. In fact, if you put two antennas too close, they’ll interfere with each other and degrade your signal. But, working hand-in-hand with principal scientist Antonio Forenza and other Rearden engineers, Perlman has developed a new type of antenna that uses signal interference to its advantage. With pCell, interference actually enhances a signal, with multiple waves combining to form even stronger waves. “You can locate the radio heads wherever you want them, rather than where it’s convenient to put them,” Perlman says, “and they all transmit in such a way that there’s huge overlap…creating an extremely high-performance signal”

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WATCH: 'Potentially hazardous' asteroid to zoom past Earth at 9 p.m. EST tonight

Source: Raw Story

A “potentially hazardous” asteroid approximately the size of three football fields will pass by the Earth on Monday, February 17, 2013 at 9 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.

The online Slooh Space Camera will track it as it passes, and a live webcast of the event will air on both the Slooh website and Space.com.

The asteroid, which astronomers have dubbed 2000 EM26, is almost 900 feet in diameter, and is currently traveling at approximately 27,000 miles per hour.

In a statement, Slooh’s technical and research director, Paul Cox, said that “(w)e continue to discover these potentially hazardous asteroids — sometimes only days before they make their close approaches to Earth. Slooh’s asteroid research campaign is gathering momentum with Slooh members using the Slooh robotic telescopes to monitor this huge population of potentially hazardous space rocks. We need to find them before they find us!”

Slooh astronomer Bob Berman agreed, writing in another statement that “the ongoing threat, and the fact that biosphere-altering events remain a real if small annual possibility, suggests that discovering and tracking all (near Earth objects), as well as setting up contingency plans for deflecting them on short notice should the need arise, would be a wise use of resources.”

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Read more: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/02/17/watch-potentially-hazardous-asteroid-to-zoom-past-earth-at-9-p-m-est-tonight/

Duke Energy to shed Midwest generation business

Source: Associated Press

Duke Energy says it will get out of the wholesale power-generation business in the Midwest because the financial results are too volatile.

The company owns a stake in 11 power plants in Ohio and one each in Illinois and Pennsylvania.

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Last week, Ohio regulators rejected a $729 million Duke rate-increase request. The Duke CEO had said the decision in that case could influence whether the company sold its generation business in the state.

Duke said it would take 12 to 18 months to sell the six plants that it owns outright and its interest in the other seven. Six burn coal, six run on natural gas, and one burns oil. The plants can generate 6,600 megawatts of power and employ about 600 people.

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Read more: http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/duke-energy-to-shed-midwest-generation-business/2014/02/17/88ab5284-980e-11e3-ae45-458927ccedb6_story.html

A Canadian Company Is About To Become One Of The First To Extract U.S. Tar Sands Oil

Source: Climate Progress

The controversial oil extraction process made famous by Canada — deemed the world’s “dirtiest type of liquid fuel” — is coming to America.

According to a Sunday report in DeSmogBlog, a Canadian company called U.S. Oil Sands has received all the necessary permits to open the nation’s second commercial-scale tar sands mine, which will soon begin producing tar sands oil — a thick, hard-to-extract mixture of heavy oil, sand, and water. The Utah Unitah Basin project will be allowed to extract 2,000 barrels of oil per day. Some scientists say the unique and energy-intensive extraction process produces three times the greenhouse gas emissions of conventionally produced oil.

In Canada, tar sands are booming. The third-largest proven crude oil reserve in the world next to Saudi Arabia and Venezuela, rapid production there has caused new pipeline proposals to pop up like daisies — most notably the Keystone XL pipeline, which would carry tar sands oil from Alberta all the way to Texas.

America, however, has not yet attempted to extract its tar sands oil. According to the Bureau of Land Management there are 12 to 19 billion barrels of tar sands oil in Utah, though not all of it is recoverable. And recovering it is not easy, as DeSmogBlog notes:

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Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2014/02/17/3298671/america-tar-sands/

Birth weight is strongly affected by the mother’s own diet as a child

Source: Guardian

A woman’s diet in early life has more impact on her baby’s birth weight than the food she eats as an adult, researchers say.

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The findings emerged from a 30-year study that followed more than 3,000 pregnant women in the Philippines whose children have now begun to have babies of their own.

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The study suggested that a mother’s diet as an adult had no effect on her baby’s birth weight. Far more important were the mother’s health and nutrition as a baby and toddler, and even the grandmother’s diet when she was pregnant with the baby’s mother.

The work raises the prospect that a person’s health at birth is governed by a long history of health and nutrition going back more than a generation.

“Our findings add to growing evidence that the key to optimising the health of future generations is to promote good nutrition and health of the infants and young children who will be the next generation of mothers,” Kuzawa said.

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Read more: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/02/17/birth-weight-is-strongly-affected-by-the-mothers-own-diet-as-a-child/

France continues to push ban on genetically modified corn due to environmental risks

Source: Reuters

France published a decree on Monday to prevent the planting of genetically modified maize as a stop-gap measure, while the government works on changes to domestic and European laws to ensure a longer-term ban.

The French government, which says GM crops present environmental risks, has been trying to institute a new ban on GM maize (corn) after a senior court twice struck down similar previous measures.

France also suffered a setback in the European Union last week when member states failed to agree on whether or not to approve a new GM maize strain, leaving the way open to the EU Commission to approve the variety for cultivation.

The government said its decree would come into force following a three-week consultation period that runs to March 9. Annual sowing of maize in France gets under way in the second half of March.

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Read more: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/02/17/france-continues-to-push-ban-on-genetically-modified-corn-due-to-environmental-risks/

Australia chooses climate change denier to head renewables review

Source: REneweconomy

The Australian government has nailed its colours to the mast on the issue of renewable energy by choosing manufacturing chief and climate change denier Dick Warburton to head its review into the renewable energy target.

Warburton will head a four-person panel that will report to the Prime Minister’s office, rather than to either the environment department or the ministry for industry, which includes the energy portfolio. Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s chief business advisor, Maurice Newman, shares Warburton’s view of climate science and dislikes renewable energy, wind farms in particular, and Abbott himself has blamed renewable energy for rising electricity costs.

Warburton was one of the main campaigners against the carbon price under the previous Labor government. He said on repeated occasions that climate science was not settled. “On the cause there’s huge debate about whether carbon dioxide is the main cause,” he said at the time.

The other members of the panel will be Matt Zema, the CEO of the Australian Energy Market Operator, Shirley In’t Veld, the former head of WA government owned generation company Verve Energy, and Brian Fisher, the former long-term head of ABARE who gained notoriety for his positions on climate policies and is a noted free-market hardliner.

The selection of key members with an antipathy to renewable energy will not be a surprise to those who have watched the Abbott government in its first six months. The government is under pressure from the coal lobby, incumbent utilities, network operators and state governments to either dump, or sharply reduce the renewable energy target.

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Read more: http://reneweconomy.com.au/2014/australia-chooses-climate-change-denier-to-head-renewables-review-65883

Russia bans lace panties

Source: Digital Journal

A regulation that was placed on the books in 2012 will be enforced this summer. The rule effectively banning lace panties will pertain to Russia, Belarus, and Kazakhstan. All three nations belong to the same Customs Union.

The regulation does not specifically target pretty underwear, but rather targets panties based on the garment's ability to absorb moisture. The minimum approved amount of moisture absorption is 6%. Most lace underwear only absorbs about half that.

Lacey undies will no longer be available in stores after July, though trade groups in Russia are hoping to overturn the law. In Almaty, Kazak women were detained after protesting the new rule by wearing panties on their head in public.

Iryna Davydenko, who opposes the ban, said

"It irritates me the most that the authorities want to decide what I should wear. As if all other issues in the country are solved and the only outstanding issue is ladies panties."


The nations’ trade regulatory agency has deemed that poor moisture absorption is unhygienic.

Read more: http://digitaljournal.com/news/odd+news/russia-bans-lace-panties/article/371270

Is Google Planning Son of Teledesic?

http://www.parabolicarc.com/2014/02/16/google-planning-son-teledesic/

Is Google Planning Son of Teledesic?
Posted by Doug Messier on February 16, 2014, at 8:06 am

Clark Lindsey over at New Space Watch reports on the following rumor from Silicon Valley:

NSG Analysts have heard from several usually reliable industry sources that a major company, possibly “Google or Facebook,” could be announcing the launch of a very large constellation of satellites in the near future.


“Very large constellation” is defined as up to 1,600 small satellites. Based on information Parabolic Arc has received, the story seems to be true. Google appears to be pursuing a plan to provide global broadband services that is similar to a failed attempt by a company called Teledesic.

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Twelve years later, conditions are more favorable for developing a large satellite broadband network. Demand has increased, small satellite capabilities have vastly improved, satellite receiving technology has shrunk, and launch costs are coming down.

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Craigslist killer Miranda Barbour: 'I've killed 22 more as part of Satanic cult'

Source: Independent

A woman charged with the murder of a man she and her husband lured to a meeting point after meeting him on Craigslist, has admitted to the murder and claimed she has killed over 20 other people.

Miranda Barbour, 19, of Pennsylvania said she killed at least 22 others across the US as part of her involvement in a Satanic cult.

Speaking to Pennsylvania’s Daily Item newspaper from jail, Barbour said: “When I hit 22, I stopped counting,” adding that she was coming clean now as she wanted to be honest.

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Speaking to the Sunbury based newspaper by telephone after requesting the interview, Barbour said she was first involved in a murder at 13 after joining an Alaskan Satanic cult. The leader took her along to kill someone who owed him money, she claims.

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The majority of the killings happened in Alaska, but there were also murders in Texas, North Carolina and California, which she can “pinpoint on a map where you can find them”, she said.

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Read more: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/craigslist-killer-miranda-barbour-ive-killed-22-more-as-part-of-satanic-cult-9131877.html
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