Couldn't be that the "scientists" and the hateful Gore-bot are wrong, nosirree... watch the spin...
An international team of grant whores scientists reported Thursday that rising temperatures are steadily transforming the Arctic -- warming millions of square miles of permafrost, promoting lush greenery on previously arid tundras and steadily shrinking the annual sea ice. except....
Yet the researchers also found new patterns of cooling ocean currents and prevailing winds that suggested the Arctic, long considered a bellwether of global warming, may be reverting in some ways to more normal conditions not seen since the 1970s.
Taken together, these findings may be evidence, the researchers said, of the region struggling to keep its balance, as rising temperatures slowly overturn the long-established order of seasonal variations. "Gaia is fighting back! We must help her by destroying all SUV's....except ours, of course"
"This is a region that is fighting back," said lead author Jacqueline Richter-Menge, a civil engineer at the Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory in Hanover, N.H. "There are things that showed signs of going back to norms, trying to right themselves under very dire circumstances." a civil engineer doing planetary weather science....I don't recall that as a field of expertise for CE's...
"What kind of circumstances?"
a civil engineer doing planetary weather science....I don't recall that as a field of expertise for CE's...
CORREL is an Army lab that tracks cold region conditions and develops new equipment and procedures for troops in cold regions. Richter-Menge may not be a weather scientist, but you can bet she's been informed by knowledgeable ones.
well, brrrrr. I am a licensed Civil Engineer (as are a couple others here , Alaska Paul and Bobby) and I'm not qualified to make professional assessments like that, and no matter who she works with, she's not either. To use that resume as a qual is BS and shows this for the farce it is.
Posted by: Frank G ||
11/17/2006 11:27 Comments ||
"This is a region that is fighting back," said lead author Jacqueline Richter-Menge, a civil engineer at the Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory in Hanover, N.H. "There are things that showed signs of going back to norms, trying to right themselves under very dire circumstances."
So this region has a free will ? If so, should a region be allowed to vote ? Procreate ?
I think regions should be allowed to marry. They should also get to make a living wage. It's only right. And universal health care, too. Yeah.
Posted by: Kent Brockman ||
11/17/2006 12:40 Comments ||
how about the cherry-picked yearly data was chosen because it served their agenda and over time was normed out. Why not say it that way instead of the global wraming/climate change agenda spin? Clearly our emissions are also causing the cooling, right? Jeebus
Posted by: Frank G ||
11/17/2006 12:44 Comments ||
I, for one, would like to see DAILY data on temperatures (going all the way back to whenever we started recording them) being graphed out in a graph of not averages, but the median. In other words, for today's date (Nov. 17), what is the median temperature whereby there are an equal # of days both above and below that mark? Averages, to those of us who took Statistics, mean absolutely nothing with a finite set of data. Especially when 1 freak (or just a handful of freak) day/year can skew the average so much.
Think of it this way, if you have 100 years worth of data for today's date, and just say the average in the Antarctic is 0 degrees, but last year it (freak-ily) reached 100 degrees, well then your average jumps an ENTIRE degree. Add to that, the advances in thermometers since the late 1800's, the fact that many of the temp meters are in locations that were very rural 100 years ago (in fact, many of the US temp gauges are in urban areas now, which has the "heat island" effect of all that glass/concrete/steel), and then add in the sun having extremely active solar flares recently and you get a TON of variables that can NOT just be thrown out the window, if you're a TRUE scientist.
RE #7: Homeostasis is the property of an open system, especially living organisms, to regulate its internal environment to maintain a stable, constant condition, by means of multiple dynamic equilibrium adjustments, controlled by interrelated regulation mechanisms. The term was coined in 1932 by Walter Cannon from the Greek homoios (same, like, resembling) and stasis (to stand, posture).
brrrr - do you have technical expertise in Climatology/Geophysics? Civil Engineering? Or are you just kneejerk defending her? What's your agenda?....hey....is this the name you always use? I don't recall you around here.
Posted by: Frank G ||
11/17/2006 18:48 Comments ||
"Local weather variations at Earth's upper latitudes create a seesaw of annual hot spots and cold sinks above the Arctic Circle that, combined with incomplete data records, can easily disguise longer regional climate trends."
That says it all, Nobody knows much about longer regional climate trends.
Kets follow GUARDIAN.com's advice and let the OZONE HOLE HEAL, i.e. block/close the Earth's naturally occurring "ENGINE MUFFLER/TAILPIPE", thus saving the Ozone but assuring the de facto entire planet is de facto choking = de facto DYING = de facto COOKING IN OUR OWN HUMAN JUICES via greenhouse gases = maxi-levels of atmospheric pollutions. CAN'T BLAME THE SUN FOR IT. SAVED THE OZONE BUT DOOMED THE HUMAN RACE BY CAUSING THE ATMOSPHERE TO EXPLODE INTO SPACE VIA "MOTHER OF ALL GLOBAL FARTS".
Earth has warmed and Earth has cooled, Earth has sweltered and chilled many times over on her billion odds years. Knowing where we are, today, on that mote in the timemap of trends is going to require one whackload more data than "one entire year over the entire arctic" to pinpoint one way or the other.
Besides which, we are in an inter-glacial period and have no real way of knowing what constitutes the normal flucuation range for an inter-glacial period. It could easily be that all the temperature variation that people are so worried about is normal and natural.
If for no other reason than "...the Earth's naturally occurring 'ENGINE MUFFLER/TAILPIPE'", this thread has now been enshrined in the Rantburg Classics.
Posted by: Dave D. ||
11/17/2006 21:44 Comments ||
We have seen a warming trend in Alaska's arctic over the last decade. We deal a lot in permafrost, so we watch the trend in permafrost temps over the years. Getting down in the ground below the active soil layer filters out a lot of short term variations. This is important, as decisions on the type of foundation for a building, for example, will depend upon what the permafrost is doing. A warming trend will greatly lower the capacity of thermal piles. Also, it will affect the amount of insulation used in insulated pipe.
The thing is that many people studying possible global warming are not exactly objective. Frank G. was being snarky with his grant whores insert, but not exactly off the mark, either. The model for climate has a HUGE number of variables. Many of which we do not know. So writing the equation for climate requires many assumptions, which makes the error band large.
The fact of the matter is that many of the big name commenters on global warming have a vested interest in the outcomes of their studies or their positions. If the earth's surface is warming, it will have to be studied objectively, which will require the scientific method, which is an endangered species in this age of politicizing everything.
Posted by: Alaska Paul ||
11/17/2006 21:49 Comments ||
Britney Spears has turned to ex-lover Justin Timberlake to cope with the breakdown of her second marriage.
Okay. That clears that up for me. I thought Justin and Fed-Ex were the same person.
It has been claimed that Britney was making tearful phone calls to Justin even before she filed for divorce from Kevin Federline last week. A source told Britain's Grazia magazine: "Justin said Britney has called him crying a number of times about her relationship with Kevin. She has gone through an excruciating time. It's very sad. She doesn't want anybody to feel sorry for her or see her as a victim.
I won't. I promise. Trust me on that.
"She has been trying for months to make it work for the sake of her children."
'cause deep down she's just a mom.
One of the tracks on Justin's new album 'FutureSex/LoveSounds' appears to be a warning to an ex-girlfriend, strongly believed to be Britney, about staying with an unfaithful partner. The lyrics to 'What Goes Around...Comes Around' read: "You spend your nights alone/ And he never comes home/ And every time you call him/ All you get is a busy tone/ I heard you found out/ That he's doing to you/ What you did to me." Britney filed for divorce last week after allegedly catching Kevin with another woman in a New York hotel.
Had they stayed in a normal, non-media focused world, Britney and Justin would probably have stayed together as a couple. Fame, competing egos and lust hurt that relationship. Who knows-maybe they will still get together. It's not really our business anyway. But that's great he is helping her deal with something pretty ugly.
Yeah, tu. Now that Islamofascism appears to be a law-enforcement issue(tm) again, maybe we should start a pool on how long Cruise-Holmes will last? I held out hope for her backing out after Tommy went scientologically crazy on Okra. Not any more, these girls deserve what they ask for. You go into relationships with goons like K-Fed and Cruise-y with eyes wide open. I do feel for the Children(tm), though.
ABUJA - Nigeria has charged two people with the kidnapping of seven foreign oil workers in the Niger Delta in August for a hefty ransom, court papers obtained on Thursday said. Gbokos Osvwo and Asiagbe Lucky are accused of receiving a 35 million naira ($272,479) ransom before releasing six hostages -- two Britons, an American, German, Irish and Pole -- ten days after seizing them at gunpoint from a nightclub in the oil city of Port Harcourt.
The seventh, a German, was kidnapped in a separate incident. Other members of the gang that raided the nightclub and seized the German in another operation are still at large.
Osvwo and Lucky pleaded not guilty to a seven-count charge. The judge ordered them to be remanded and adjourned the case to Dec. 4 for hearing. They were the second set of hostage-takers to be charged since August when President Olusegun Obasanjo ordered security services to crack down on kidnappers and threatened to sanction oil firms caught paying ransoms.
Obasanjos threat signalled a change in the governments stance towards an upsurge in violence in the Niger Delta. In August, four people arrested over a kidnapping at an oil facility operated by US oil major Chevron, were charged with terrorism. If convicted, they could face life in prison.
Abductions, mostly of foreign oil workers, are common in the lawless delta which accounts for all of Nigerias 2.4 million barrels per day of crude oil output. The kidnappers are mostly youts youths angry over pollution and lack of jobs or investment in their communities. They have sometimes made political demands, but in most cases ransoms have been paid by state governments and oil companies to free the hostages.
Congos President Joseph Kabila won a presidential election with 58.05 percent of the votes, according to provisional results on Wednesday, but the coalition of his rival Jean-Pierre Bemba rejected the result.
International peacekeepers stepped up patrols in the capital, and UN armoured vehicles and jeeps from a European Union force raced round the streets of Kinshasa where supporters of the candidates have fought twice in the past three months. Therefore, having garnered the absolute majority of votes in the second round, Mr Joseph Kabila Kabange is declared president of Democratic Republic of Congo, election commission chief Apollinaire Malu Malu said in a broadcast announcing the results of the Oct. 29 run-off poll.
The result, giving Bemba 41.95 percent, has to be confirmed by the Supreme Court. Our position has not changed. These are results that will never be credible. We will hold a political meeting tomorrow before saying more, said Joseph Olenghankoy, a spokesman for Bembas Union for the Nation coalition.
MANAMA - A total of 207 candidates are competing for 39 seats in Bahrains parliament in elections being held on November 25, the executive director for the polls, Wael Buallai, said in a statement on Thursday. Female candidate Latifa Al Qouhoud has automatically won the 40th seat to become the first Bahraini woman to enter parliament. No one is standing against her in her constituency.
Eighteen other women are among the remaining 207 hopefuls. Thirteen candidates pulled out of the race before the deadline to do so expired on Tuesday, Buallai said.
Bahrainis will also elect five municipal councils for the five provinces of the Gulf archipelago on November 25, picking 40 members from among 171 candidates.
Riots have broken out in the Tongan capital, Nuku'alofa, amid over the slow pace of the government's constitutional reforms. The protesters overturned cars, started fires and hurled stones at public buildings, including the office of Fred Sevele, the Tongan prime minister. Firefighters were called as flames spread due to high winds and more than half the city's central shopping area was estimated to have burned down.
The riots began after hundreds of people met to demand that the parliament make changes to the country's constitution. "It's a full-fledged riot," said a reporter from New Zealand's National Radio.
Protesters also broke into a supermarket owned by prime minister Sevele and managed by his daughter. Other shops and businesses have also been damaged. Police helped people to escape the neighbourhood and tried to protect property but are not reported to have arrested any protesters.
A Mardi Gras float is culture too! Haven't you ever seen one - they look just like her. Papier mache head on the front, some kind of decoration glued all over the sides, and racks of plastic beads down the middle, ready to toss to the throngs of onlookers. I could probably find a picture but wouldn't know how to post it.
Segolene Royal is hoping to win the nomination to lead France's socialists into next year's presidential election as party members vote to choose a candidate. Royal, 53, has enjoyed a large opinion poll lead over her more experienced party rivals Dominique Strauss-Kahn and Laurent Fabius in recent months. Outright victory would underline her opinion poll status as the only socialist capable of beating the right's Nicholas Sarkozy next year.
Addressing 2,500 supporters on Wednesday at a final rally in the town of Nantes, she said: "Politics has to change, the way power is exercised has to change."
Despite a long career in French politics, her image as a fresh face, strong on traditional values and ready to listen to citizens' concerns has played well with a public tired of leaders seen as more elitist.
I think she's a babe. Of course, Sarkozy is the only one a glimmer of hope of saving French civilization, but if the frogs are going to opt for more socialism, further decline, stagnation and passivism in the face of aggressive Islamization, then at least we'll have an attractive, mature woman delivering the speeches about the new social spending policies in les banliues aimed at reducing nightly car burnings, instead of some wrinkley old gaulic geezer.
The recent midterm elections in the United States are expected to further delay plans to expand the U.S. missile defense shield into Central Europe. Czech politicians have been in discussions with the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) for more than two years over plans to build an anti-missile defense base in the country, and Pentagon officials spent this past summer surveying potential sites here and in Poland. The DOD was to decide which country it would ask to host the base by the end of the summer.
Today, however, Czech officials are still waiting for that decision. And after the Democrats swept the Nov. 8 U.S. elections, which led to the resignation of Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, they'll likely be waiting a while longer, experts say. "The Pentagon would've been thinking about this [election] for the last few months. I imagine it's been more of a priority than making missile defense decisions," said Daniel Keohane, a senior research fellow at the London-based Center for European Reform.
In October, Gen. Marvin McNamara, deputy director of the Missile Defense Agency (MDA), a branch of the DOD, told reporters in Washington, D.C., that a decision would come at the end of the year. However, with that deadline rapidly approaching, defense officials remain mum on the base's status. "There's been no development over the past weeks concerning the possibility of a U.S. anti-missile base here," said Zuzana Opletalová, spokeswoman for the Foreign Affairs Ministry. "The only information we have is that a decision is to be made sometime this winter."
I like the Poles and Czechs well enough, but if the EU doesn't pay 100% of the cost I don't really see the point of installing this on their continent. Let them figure out how they'll defend themselves against an Iranian IRBM.
Cost and payment arrangements aside, I think its simply delightful that we're sending Russia the unmistakable message that we trust them about as far as we can throw them. The ability to intercept Iranian missiles is just icing on the cake.
I'd also like to suggest that there be a "service fee" structure applied to this installation. A few billion dollars per each successful destruction of an incoming vehicle sounds about right. I'm sick and tired of Europe riding on our economic coattails.
Congratulations to Representative Roy Blunt on his re-election to the Whip post. May he be as effective in stopping bad Democratic bills as he was in pushing bad Republican ones.
STUPID STUPID STUPID! They elected the SAME leadership that got them into this mess. Way to go House Repubs, you've just blown the 2008 election. They will not see a dime of my money or a minute of my time, and there are a lot of other conservatives (and libertarians) like me. Buy your ammoa and stock up - here comes Hillary with Speaker Pelosi backing her up. the Repubs have sold us out.
How f**king cluesss can they get? You LOST the election. You need to CHANGE! And yet you electe the same leadership that screwed thigns up.
Way to go f**kwits Repubs in the House.
You've just flushed any chance to regain the trust of the party and the people right down the toilet, and 08 along with it. Same old back scratching insider country club old-boy (asshole) behavior that got you tossed, and you repeated it.
Well guys unless we get a 3rd party I guess we should all prepare for Hillary 08'.
I guess I should go ahead and invest in that Chineese for dummies book. They will be our new overlords and I think its a safe bet that when we fall and they replace US they wont have any qualms about doing what must be done to the Radical Muslims US EU or anyone else who dares try them. Dark Ages here we come Shralalala.
I'll say it again, the Dems look (at least to the general public)like they are shaping up, and the Pubs just continue to step on their own thingies.
Posted by: Mike N. ||
11/17/2006 13:11 Comments ||
I mean I hered it was nice. No. Wait, that's herd. Ummmm... Hear? Yeah. That's the word I was looking for.
Posted by: Mike N. ||
11/17/2006 13:13 Comments ||
C'mon, guys, lighten up! They don't gotta change everything to make a change! They bounced Hastert, right? He had the most tar on him. I never even heard of the the other guys. Couldn't ya even wait until next spring to see how things shape up?
Bobby, yes would could, but that goes against the instant gratification that us 'Burgers live for.
As for me personally, I was looking for a little more than an ethics and effectiveness housecleaning. I was hoping for a sign that policy priorities will calso change.
Posted by: Mike N. ||
11/17/2006 14:40 Comments ||
I never could understand a lot of enthusiasm for either party, but all you GOP fans should lighten up. It's not like the new and unimproved House minority leadership is going to be compared to some combination of Pericles, Washington and Lincoln - Pelosi and Hoyer could wind up making these guys look pretty good.
I think I might start voting for the new "Stop Raising Taxes" party.
Posted by: Mike N. ||
11/17/2006 21:46 Comments ||
GEORGE WILL + JIM BOHANNON > iff I heard and read correctly, its starting to dawn/appear to Americans that the new Democratic Congress is NOT serious about their own 2006 talking point i.e. WITHDRAWAL FROM IRAQ. Voters will know for sure come January-April of 2007, once the Dems begin assuming their Congressional leadership poistions. BOHANNON > the PELOSI-MURTHA affair is a post-elex indicator that the ONLY THING AMER VOTERS HAD DONE BY PUTTING THE DEMS WAS TO MAKE LUDICROUSLY PUBLIC/OVERT THE DEMS INABILITY TO MANAGE THEIR OWN INTRA-COMPETITIVE POST 9-11 NATIONAL AGENDA(S), i.e. LIBERAL [Libertarian vs Socialist] VERSUS their new post-elex 2006-??? RIGHT-LEANING/CENTRIC CONSERVATIVE AGENDA. WILL > the GOP-Right will NOT prevail in 2008 either iff they continue to allow = fail to prevent the pro-DemoLeft MSM from controlling national perceptions of Dubya's policies in the ME, espec wid the Dems prove in 2007 to be unable to choose between WITHDRAWAL = USA DOING MORE TO CONTROL THE PROBS IN IRAQ.
Taken collectively, it appears that DEMS may bring in their own HANGMAN'S ROPE to hang/destroy themselves, by and for themselves, vv the 2007 Congress. MIGHT WANNA BUY CARAMEL OR EXTRA GARLIC WHEN YOU BUY THAT POPCORN.
You've got it easy in Guam, JosephM (except for the earthquakes and things, I mean) -- I seem to recall you-all voted in across-the-board Republicans. Certainly even the traditional media have noticed that all is not well in the heads and hearts of those they worked so hard to bring to power. It's been what? less than a fortnight, likely the fastest the media have turned against anybody ever.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - John Boehner of Ohio won re-election as Republican leader of the House of Representatives on Friday -- 10 days after American voters turned over control of the legislative body to Democrats.
In a secret tally, House Republicans stuck with Boehner and rejected a challenge by Mike Pence of Indiana, an arch conservative. Pence had argued the party had lost its way in a year that saw it battered by the Iraq war, mounting federal deficits and congressional scandals.
sarcasm/ Yeah, House Repubs, that's the message the voters sent you: they want more of the same leadership that allowed scandal and earmarks and overspending and idiocy. /sarcasm. Sigh... time to get ready for President Hillary and a Dem Congress in 08. Stupid stupid stupid inside the beltway idiots. They got stuck on stupid.
This is a representative democracy - somebody has to represent the stupid people. 25% of the country is stupid, 25% evil (and largely stupid as well), 50% don't care, and Rantburg is lost in roundoff error.
Join CLUB FOR GROWTH. To date we have sent dozens of penny pinching tight wads to Congress, Mike Pence among them. In 2008, we'll send even more. When we reach the tipping point, entitlements will take a hit along with unnecessary departments and programs.
C4G specializes in finding new candidates and getting them through the primaries and elected. Then, they are on their own, but we watch how they vote. If they are in trouble in future elections, we send them some funding.
Because most primaries are nothing but popularity contests, and little is known of how candidates change once in DC like so many sheep, C4G relies on a candidates past performances and leadership displays and reports that to it's members. the members donate as much as they like within limits to whomever they like. It's a free service, although C4G would also appreciate donations so they can run ads wherever necessary. There are also state chapters which are working to reduce state spending and improve the gene pool.
CFG has been pretty effective at sending people ready to do the easy part and cut taxes. I'm afraid I've missed where any of your proteges seriously tried to cut any spending beyond somebody else's earmarks. Until politicians and citizens are ready to gore their own ox to cut spending, it's all make believe.
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. said Thursday that a staff member for former Sen. John Edwards a vocal critic of the retailer asked his local Wal-Mart store for help in getting the potential 2008 presidential candidate a Sony PlayStation 3. Edwards said a volunteer did so by mistake. ahhh the "unnamed volunteer" ploy
Edwards told The Associated Press that "the volunteer" "feels terrible" about seeking the game unit at Wal-Mart a day after his boss criticized the company, saying it doesn't treat its employees fairly.
"My wife, Elizabeth, wanted to get a Playstation3 for my young children. She mentioned it in front of one of my staff people," Edwards said. "That staff person mentioned it in front of a volunteer who said he would make an effort to get one. He was making an effort to go get one for himself. for himself, huh? read on
"Elizabeth and I knew nothing about this. He feels terrible about this. He made a mistake, and he knows he should not have used my name," Edwards said.
Edwards said the volunteer was "a young kid" unaware of what he called flawed Wal-Mart policies. He called the Wal-Mart statement an effort to divert attention from its own problems. there's a diversion going on, but it ain't WalMart
After Wal-Mart this summer hired Edelman executive Leslie Dach as its public relations director and put him on the company's executive team, analysts said the retailer would likely become more aggressive toward its critics. Edwards: "I'm being swift-boated! Racism!"
Wal-Mart had noted in a news release Thursday that on the same day Edwards was criticizing the company in a conference call with union- backed activists, the volunteer staff member had asked a Raleigh, N.C., electronics department manager to obtain a PS3 for the ex-senator's family.
From Wal-Mart headquarters in Bentonville, Ark., company spokesman David Tovar said the person who called left a voicemail at the Raleigh store and identified himself as an Edwards staff member. When the manager returned the call, the staff member again identified himself as working for Edwards, and Wal-Mart said it confirmed that with Edwards' office.
The retailer's news release accused Edwards of not wanting to wait his turn. Don't you know who I am?? The mini-Kerry
"While the rest of America's working families are waiting patiently in line, Senator Edwards wants to cut to the front," the Wal-Mart statement said.
The PlayStation 3 console is set to go on sale Friday.
Edwards, the Democrats' vice presidential candidate in 2004, spoke Wednesday to supporters of union-backed WakeUpWalMart.com on a conference call launching the group's holiday season campaign to pressure Wal-Mart for better labor standards.
In the call, he repeated a story about his son Jack disapproving of a classmate buying sneakers at Wal-Mart. "If a 6-year-old can figure it out, America can definitely figure this out," Edwards said. "Every time you buy something at WalMart. The Union-Backed Baby Jesus cries"
Previously, Edwards has appeared at WakeUpWalMart rallies. a minor incident, but too delicious not to post and gloat
So... there's no need for me to hit the tipjar, am I wrong?
How Much Is My Blog Worth?
Inspired by Tristan Louis's research into the value of each link to Weblogs Inc, I've created this little applet using Technorati's API which computes and displays your blog's worth using the same link to dollar ratio as the AOL-Weblogs Inc deal.
Of course, it should be taxed. Why should some rich, dead white man be allowed to accumulate wealth when there are suffering homeless people in our nations cities without any blogs at all?
Disclaimer: I have never met Fred so I have know idea if he is rich, white or dead.
Disclaimer 2: Yes, homeless people can go to a public library and use taxpayer-funded public computers to create free blogs via blogspot or similar services. However, your attempt to interject dead whiteman logic into this discussion does not detract from the emotional truthiness of my argument.
Coffee with a shot of JD: $4.50
Laptop with internet connection: $1,200
Fred's net value of RB: $107,000
Watching .com attack LH: Priceless!!!
Posted by: 49 Pan ||
11/17/2006 14:22 Comments ||
I prefer to watch .com go after a troll, and fisk the poor thing within an inch of its life, 49 Pan. I find that exceedingly educational. ;-) Despite political differences, Liberalhawk is on our side on the War on Terror. Besides, he's about the only one who can explain Israeli politics; I certainly haven't a clue.
The tangle of cables and plugs needed to recharge today's electronic gadgets could soon be a thing of the past.
US researchers have outlined a relatively simple system that could deliver power to devices such as laptop computers or MP3 players without wires. The concept exploits century-old physics and could work over distances of many metres, the researchers said. Although the team has not built and tested a system, computer models and mathematics suggest it will work. "There are so many autonomous devices such as cell phones and laptops that have emerged in the last few years," said Assistant Professor Marin Soljacic from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and one of the researchers behind the work. "We started thinking, 'it would be really convenient if you didn't have to recharge these things'. "And because we're physicists we asked, 'what kind of physical phenomenon can we use to do this wireless energy transfer?'."
How wireless energy could work
The answer the team came up with was "resonance", a phenomenon that causes an object to vibrate when energy of a certain frequency is applied. "When you have two resonant objects of the same frequency they tend to couple very strongly," Professor Soljacic told the BBC News website. Resonance can be seen in musical instruments for example. "When you play a tune on one, then another instrument with the same acoustic resonance will pick up that tune, it will visibly vibrate," he said. Instead of using acoustic vibrations, the team's system exploits the resonance of electromagnetic waves. Electromagnetic radiation includes radio waves, infrared and X-rays.
Typically, systems that use electromagnetic radiation, such as radio antennas, are not suitable for the efficient transfer of energy because they scatter energy in all directions, wasting large amounts of it into free space. To overcome this problem, the team investigated a special class of "non-radiative" objects with so-called "long-lived resonances". When energy is applied to these objects it remains bound to them, rather than escaping to space. "Tails" of energy, which can be many metres long, flicker over the surface. "If you bring another resonant object with the same frequency close enough to these tails then it turns out that the energy can tunnel from one object to another," said Professor Soljacic.
Hence, a simple copper antenna designed to have long-lived resonance could transfer energy to a laptop with its own antenna resonating at the same frequency. The computer would be truly wireless. Any energy not diverted into a gadget or appliance is simply reabsorbed. The systems that the team have described would be able to transfer energy over three to five metres. "This would work in a room let's say but you could adapt it to work in a factory," he said. "You could also scale it down to the microscopic or nanoscopic world."
The team from MIT is not the first group to suggest wireless energy transfer. Nineteenth-century physicist and engineer Nikola Tesla experimented with long-range wireless energy transfer, but his most ambitious attempt - the 29m high aerial known as Wardenclyffe Tower, in New York - failed when he ran out of money. Others have worked on highly directional mechanisms of energy transfer such as lasers.
However, these require an uninterrupted line of sight, and are therefore not good for powering objects around the home. A UK company called Splashpower has also designed wireless recharging pads onto which gadget lovers can directly place their phones and MP3 players to recharge them. The pads use electromagnetic induction to charge devices, the same process used to charge electric toothbrushes. One of the co-founders of Splashpower, James Hay, said the MIT work was "clearly at an early stage" but "interesting for the future". "Consumers desire a simple universal solution that frees them from the hassles of plug-in chargers and adaptors," he said. "Wireless power technology has the potential to deliver on all of these needs." However, Mr Hay said that transferring the power was only part of the solution.
"There are a number of other aspects that need to be addressed to ensure efficient conversion of power to a form useful to input to devices." Professor Soljacic will present the work at the American Institute of Physics Industrial Physics Forum in San Francisco on 14 November. The work was done in collaboration with his colleagues Aristeidis Karalis and John Joannopoulos. Useful illustrations at link.
Oh, no! The animals are coming out the day before the Iron Bowl! Like I told AG on the OSU vs. Michigan post, I had believed you 'Bama fans were outnumbered here. I may be proven wrong, though. I know that I, besoeker and Deacon Blues are all Auburn (the REAL Univ. of Alabama) fans/grads! So, thus far, it's 3-2 in # of fans here in Auburn's favor, lol!
A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
Rantburg.com and borderlandbeat.com correspondent and author Chris Covert presents his first non-fiction work detailing
the drug and gang related violence in Mexico.
Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence
over three years, presented in a multi volume set intended to chronicle the death, violence and mayhem which has
dominated Mexico for six years.