Category Archives: Technology

Ways to Save Earth: Pulling CO2 From the Air to Make Gasoline

I hear a lot of dismay out there about the environment, but I believe there is still hope for the planet Earth, that we might even reverse the ongoing Holocene extinction if we humans stop squabbling and really get our act together. As one great example, it is said to be possible to undo the greenhouse effect we have created by extracting CO2 from the air in order to reverse climate change. The technology already exists, in fact, it just needs to be scaled up.

From its pilot plant in Squamish, British Columbia, Carbon Engineering has successfully developed and demonstrated its technologies and has been removing CO2 from the atmosphere since 2015 and converting it into fuels since 2017.

Carbon Engineering

This technology is not fringe, but is supported by Bill Gates, Canadian Natural Resources Limited founder Murray Edwards, Occidental Petroleum and Chevron, among others.

Presently, Carbon Engineering’s Direct Air Capture system can remove a ton of CO2 from the air for about $100. Individual systems would be set to capture about a million tons of CO2 per year, requiring some tens of thousands of systems to keep up with global emissions and reduce atmospheric CO2 to normal levels by 2040.

There are just under 70,000 gas stations in the United States alone, so that isn’t very many to save the planet. …

Read more: Forbes

The above is from an article by James Conca. I suspect he is missing something important with regard to his previous promotion on Forbes about it being okay to dump all the radioactive water from Fukushima into the Pacific ocean, but that’s another topic for another post.

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Valid Mind Reading Tests

Isolata Demonstratum – A fact, known with certainty to only oneself, which is used to verify that one’s mind has not been read.

I know something about you that you do not know I know: You have tested god, the universe, reality, the matrix, or whatever you are calling it these days, to see if your thoughts are yours and yours alone. Admit it, you’ve done it.

You may be surprised to learn that everyone else has too. It is a universal human trait. Some do it subconsciously, some have no name for these tests, others more self-aware have taken the time to name them things like “myknownlys” or “horks”, but we all have them.

Horks test for time continuity and/or mind readers. If you’ve told no one your current hork, only a time traveler, or real mind reader (God, supernatural beings, alien, or a super advanced technology) besides you could know it. Don’t be fooled, people with digital access and/or people watching or listening covertly may tell me things like passwords or a ritual I did on a secluded beach, but none have as yet broken my own isolata demonstration, things only I know which I haven’t told a soul, little details which I know with an abiding certainty have never gone beyond my own thoughts.

If this universe is some kind of super advanced simulation, horks are part of the built-in security system. If you are one with me, that is, inside my mind; if you know my soul, or if you have come back from the future, I have a way for you to prove it: pass my current test.

Here’s another thing everyone does: eventually, you leak your self-known-only fact somewhere. As soon as you write it down, or whisper it, say it to yourself so your lips move (almost imperceptibly, but measurably by AI and cameras) or confide in any electronic device, no matter how secure, your hork becomes just a guarded secret, like a password, and not an actual hork.

Sometimes it’s a little game we play that we progressively make it more and more known by various means, giving clues, pretending we didn’t reveal it, when we did, because a part of us really does want to make a pure thought connection with someone.

Are you aware of your own private reality checks?

How would your life change if you had proof of someone reading your mind without being connected to, for example, an fMRI machine, which can, by the way, over time, make good guesses about types of thoughts and feelings you are experiencing.

According to a 60 minutes show, (see video below) while there are idiosyncratic mappings, results are close enough from person to person for an fMRI machine to tell what object you are thinking about.

In a test for the show, a woman who had never had a brain scan was shown images while in a brain scanner and was asked to think about each one. After that, the machine replayed the scans and guessed 10 of 10 items correctly.

This is pretty astonishing, but not a controlled experiment. Were they just scanning the pattern produced on the visual cortex of known images they had trained with many subjects?

Time will tell if real thought reading by machines works.

For now, evidence says no one can read your most private thoughts, at least not remotely. Unless this is a simulation, in which case, your thoughts are just part of the system.



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Water Used as Invisible Ink

Is that paper really blank? A new technique using special reusable paper makes water an undetectable invisible ink. Researchers in China developed a rewriteable paper coating that can encrypt secret information with relatively low-tech invisible ink — water.

A message printed out by a water-jet printer on a manganese-complex-coated paper is invisible to the naked eye, but the message reveals itself under 254 nm UV light. The paper can be ready for another round of printing after erasing the message by heating it with a blow dryer for 15-30 seconds. The method, presented September 25 in the journal Matter, allows reversible secure printing for at least 30 cycles. The recorded information is invisible under both ambient light and typical UV light. The data will only appear under a photoluminescence lifetime imaging (PLIM) technique, protecting it from general decryption methods. (PhysOrg)

The water-jet printing method is cost efficient ($0.002/print) and environmentally safe, although the short-wavelength UV light used to read the page is still potentially harmful to humans.

What will be the first book published using invisible water printing?


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Flexible Sweat-Powered Biofuel Cells

True Strange News: Have you ever thought of human perspiration as a biofuel? A stretchable sweat-powered biofuel cell can now run an LED light.

Bioelectrochemists from France collaborated with a University of San Diego team in California who are experts in nanomachines, biosensors, and nano-bioelectronics. Together they developed a flexible conductive material consisting of carbon nanotubes, crosslinked polymers, and enzymes joined by stretchable connectors that are directly printed onto the material through screen-printing. Issue 43 of the Journal of Materials Chemistry shows that this work has been ongoing. “Wearable textile biofuel cells for powering electronics” was published in 2014 includes a supplement showing different types of textile materials on which the biofuel cells can be printed.

That published article stated:

“The textile biofuel cell utilizes physiologically produced sweat lactate as the fuel to generate electrical energy, producing up to 100 μW cm−2 at 0.34 V during in vitro experimentation, even after repeated bending stress.

The biofuel cell developed follows deformations in the skin and produces electrical energy by oxidation of the lactate present in perspiration. Once applied to the arm, it uses a voltage booster to continuously power an LED. It is relatively simple and inexpensive to produce. The primary cost is production of enzymes to transform compounds found in sweat. Amplifying the voltage provided by the biofuel cell to power larger portable devices is the next step. #biofuel#sweatpower#biofuelcell#strangenews#altenergy#sweatasbiofuel#interestinginventions

Octopus Inspired Comfortable Sensor

A new low-cost flexible sensor developed in Korea can detect a wide range of pressures and motions when wet or dry. It can monitor heart rate and even speech patterns. It uses octopus sucker patterns (very small small ridges) to adhere fully to both wet and dry skin and is comfortable for the user.

For more nature inspired technology see:

Many “inventions” of nature, slug slime, gecko feet and more are being explored by scientists for technological adaptation.

New Species Recorded During Historic Dive

An explorer from the USA named Victor Vescovo has used a Triton submarine to boldly go where no one has gone before. While doing so he discovered what appears to be a new animal species never before seen by humans in one of the most isolated places on Earth. Here’s a still image:

In the submarine called Limiting Factor, Vescovo descended 23,596 feet into the deepest part of the Java Trench in the Indian Ocean, becoming the first human to dive to its depths. …

This was his third dive as part of the Five Deeps Expedition and it occurred April 5, though it was just announced this week in a news release.

via USA Today

It was at the bottom that the team captured video footage of an extraordinary gelatinous animal—perhaps a stalked Ascidian (aka Sea Squirt) which does not resemble anything seen before.

This blue vaguely dog head shaped beast with a long thin stalk is amazing:

Congratulations to Vescovo on the discovery and the journey.

Protest: No more Posts Until Fixes Cut and Paste in the iPhone App

It has become too difficult to post and edit on this site because a very basic feature (cut and paste of text) is broken in the current version of the iPhone WordPress app. No more posts until they fix this. They say soon. Follow @xenophilius on Twitter for daily strange and interesting stuff.

Salto, the Best Hopping Robot

Salto is an impressive leaping robot that can leap up on a wall and then push off of the wall to get extra height. Though only a foot tall, even without a wall, salto can jump in place higher than you can from standing. This little robot is being taught new tricks and is fun to watch.

The robot’s amazing hop is the result of studying animals that excelled in jump distances. The designer found success in replicating these animal’s pre-jump crouch.

They’ve talked about adding an arm or a grasping tail, and perhaps multiple legs.

A goal mentioned is a robot that can quickly navigate complicated urban environments for search and rescue missions.

Strange Space Weather Alert: Interplanetary Shock Wave Hit the Earth, May 26, 2019

Updated 5/29/2019. The earth was hit by an interplanetary shockwave from space on May 26, 2019 and this unexpectedly caused our solar wind density to abruptly quadruple and the interplanetary magnetic field to double in strength. The shockwave caused an unexpected effect, similar to a solar Coronal Mass Ejection (CME), a burst of energy from the sun. There were correlated, and possibly related, unexpected satellite? Internet outages with some service disruption for California and Oregon starting at 2 PM on Sunday, May 26th, lasting up to 26 hours.

INTERPLANETARY SHOCK WAVE HITS EARTH: A minor interplanetary shock wave hit Earth on May 26th at approximately 22:00 UT. The CME-like disturbance was unexpected. It caused the density of the solar wind around Earth to abruptly quadruple, while the interplanetary magnetic field doubled in strength. Minor geomagnetic storms are possible on May 27th as our planet passes through the shock wave’s wake. …(Spaceweather)

The time of the wave hitting was, 22:00 UT is 3 PM California time. One Internet company reported that their outage started at 2 PM California time, however.

Did you sense it? I wonder if some people can detect things like this with some as yet unrecognized sense. Of course, if the Internet goes out, that isn’t hard to detect with our known senses.

What is an interplanetary shock wave?

It is a supersonic disturbance in the gaseous material of the solar wind. These waves are usually delivered by coronal mass ejections (CMEs). Indeed, this one might have been a minor CME that left the sun unrecognized earlier this week.

Alternately, it might have been an unusually sharp co-rotating interaction region (CIR). CIRs are transition zones between slow- and fast-moving streams of solar wind. They contain plasma density gradients and magnetic fields that often do a good job sparking auroras. (HighheartLife)

Interplanetary shockwaves can sometimes cause electric blue auroras, as in the photo above from April 20, 2018.

Auroras are usually green–a sign of oxygen. Rare blue auroras are caused by nitrogen molecules. Energetic particles striking N2+ at the upper limits of Earth’s atmosphere can produce an azure glow during intense geomagnetic storms. (SpaceWeatherGallery)

It is good to remember that strong space weather can have ground effects on earth, including causing massive power outages. This has happened in the past:

Magnetic storm activity can induce geoelectric fields in the Earth’s conducting lithosphere.[28] Corresponding voltage differentials can find their way into electric power grids through ground connections, driving uncontrolled electric currents that interfere with grid operation, damage transformers, trip protective relays and sometimes cause blackouts. This complicated chain of causes and effects was demonstrated during the magnetic storm of March 1989which caused the complete collapse of the Hydro-Québec electric-power grid in Canada, temporarily leaving nine million people without electricity. The possible occurrence of an even more intense storm led to operational standards intended to mitigate induction-hazard risks, while reinsurance companies commissioned revised risk assessments(Wikipedia)

We may be able to make our communication systems more immune to this sort of thing in the future, but unfortunately, interplanetary shockwaves from space hitting the Earth are currently beyond our control.

Note: There may be continuing aftershocks today, May 27, 2019.

Also of note is this little known fact, one we are still attempting to verify: Although your satellite dish is pointing at the sky, according to tech support at one satellite Internet provider, their signal to California customers actually curves around the earth from a big dish in Arizona, not from a satellite in space. They aren’t saying what caused the problem with Arizona “beam” on Sunday at this time. The ground based source seems contrary to all of the information on their web site:

“As the name suggests, satellite service relies on an equatorial satellite to deliver data from the provider’s Internet backbone connection to the reception dish at subscriber residences.”

“Satellite beams refer to areas that a specific satellite can reach or cover.” (Exede)

If you realize, however, that radio waves follow the curve of the earth’s surface due to a mirror-like effect of the ionosphere, then a major disruption from a CME-like shockwave causing an outage from a signal bounced to California from Arizona does make sense. Having our solar wind density abruptly quadruple would change the ionosphere:

The solar wind, magnetosphere, and ionosphere form a single system driven by the transfer of energy and momentum from the solar wind to the magnetosphere and ionosphere. Variations in the solar wind can lead to disruptions of space- and ground-based systems … (ScienceMag)


The distance from Tuscon, AZ to my part of California is about 1,000 miles, about the distance above the earth of most Low Earth Orbit communication satellites. ViaSat, however, has a wide reach with a much higher geostationary satellite.

ViaSat-2 will be positioned in an orbit about 22,300 miles above the equator

You can’t have a Low Earth Orbit be geostationary, as far as we can determine, so a fixed satellite dish would have to beam a signal to and from a target in space over 22,236 miles away.

A geostationary orbit can be achieved only at an altitude very close to 35,786 km (22,236 mi) and directly above the equator. This equates to an orbital velocity of 3.07 km/s (1.91 mi/s) and an orbital period of 1,436 minutes, which equates to almost exactly one sidereal day (23.934461223 hours). This ensures that the satellite will match the Earth’s rotational period and has a stationary footprint on the ground. All geostationary satellites have to be located on this ring.

Arizona seems more and more attractive. Is my dish actually pointing at Arizona? Not really. Mine is pointing far off the coast of Mexico as far as I can tell. Weird. Then again, who knows how the bounce works with the curve of the earth? Any Satellite dish installers care to comment?

Not saying its aliens, but…

Some who hear about unexpected effects like this, especially since interplanetary shockwaves are not uncommon, have wondered if all the disruption was caused by something else, like UFO activity. There is no evidence available for any such connection at this time. There were UFO reports near Lake Michigan on the same day:

UFO Sighting in Lake, Michigan on 2019-05-26 23:50:00 – 3 starlike objects

6 of us were sitting around a bon fire talking about stars and ufo’s when someone said “there’s your ufo’s” we all looked to see 3 starlike objects flying across the sky perfectly spaced apart. looked separate but given they stayed perfectly spaced apart, they could have been one object. i felt it was three though. we began speculating what they were. they didn’t have lights like a plane. no blinking. it was almost like three satellites following each other close but some thought they were too low and too uniform. i’ve never seen anything like it. they moved too fast for planes or satellites and crossed the sky at a pretty good clip before they we’re too far away to see. someone else in a darker part of michigan reported more behind them/it but we couldn’t see those because of the fire and lights from the house. (UFOMG)

UFO Stalker is a website updated in real time with the latest UFO reports.

TrueStrange recommends keeping your distance from any UFOs and/or EBEs you may encounter, when avoidance is possible. They could be friendly, but it is best to be cautious.

If you “want to believe,” there was an Arizona sighting on that day in Sierra Vista reported to MUFON, and listed on UFOStalker as happening at 2019-05-26 20:40.

“Line of five lights evenly spaced proceeding in a straight line. lights were about the brightness of a star. not blinking.”

Busy day for non-blinking star-like UFO sightings across multiple states, it seems.