Monday, October 20, 2014

Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown



A new documentary on the hardest working man in show business premieres 27 October on HBO.

iON—James Brown faked his death.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Love is Paying Attention


A Roxanna video

Earth’s Magnetic Field Flip


UC Berkely

Imagine the world waking up one morning to discover that all compasses pointed south instead of north.

Earth’s magnetic field has flipped—though not overnight—many times throughout the planet’s history. Its dipole magnetic field, like that of a bar magnet, remains about the same intensity for thousands to millions of years, but for incompletely known reasons it occasionally weakens and, presumably over a few thousand years, reverses direction.

New evidence indicates that the intensity of Earth’s magnetic field is decreasing 10 times faster than normal. A magnetic reversal, a major planet-wide event driven by convection in Earth’s iron core, could potentially wreak havoc with our electrical grid, generating currents that might take it down.

We’ve known for a long time that the Earth's magnetic field is shifting, We know, for example, that the North Pole has moved 600 miles in the last 200 or so years. We also know that, as observed by three ESA satellites this summer, the Earth’s magnetic field is weakening in some areas and strengthening in others. These shifting currents are already necessitating some changes in our human world: Airports that name their runways after compass directions have recently been forced to rename and repaint due to the shift.

Starting about 789,000 years ago, the north pole wandered around Antarctica
for several thousand years before flipping 786,000 years ago to the orientation we know today,
with the pole somewhere in the Arctic.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

iON | 11 October 2014

Payday

Part 1
Part 2 coming

Lockheed Martin’s Fusion Reactor



In an attempt to compete with iON & BOb’s Cold Play, Lockheed Martin has developed a compact fusion reactor that may be ready in 10 years.

FoxtrotAlpha

The holy grail of cheap and stable energy has eluded the scientific community for a century. Lockheed’s Skunk Works officially announced what they think is a very workable and incredibly small fusion reactor design. If it does indeed work as projected it could change the the world for the better, not just for powering homes and offices all over the world, but for powering ships and even spacecraft and aircraft.

Early production examples of the Compact Fusion Reactor would fit into a shipping container and produce 100MW of power—enough to power over 80,000 homes in the US. And it would be able to do this without the tons of radioactive material and waste that are currently produced by nuclear fission reactors scattered around the globe.

Lockheed estimates that less than 25 kg (55 lb.) of fuel would be required to run an entire year of operations. The fuel itself is also plentiful. Deuterium is produced from sea water and is therefore considered unlimited, while tritium is “bred” from lithium. We already mine enough lithium to supply a worldwide fleet of reactors, so with tritium you never have too much built up, and that’s what keeps it safe. Tritium would be a health risk if there were enough released, but it is safe enough in small quantities. You don’t need very much to run a reactor because it is a million times more powerful than a chemical reaction.

Bob Dobbs Interviews Dr Peter Beter | 20 February 1986

Payday