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Gasoline From Sand!

Posted in Energy, Science, Technology on January 20, 2016 by betweentwopines


Could the discovery of Silanes  spell the end of fossil fuel?

Peter Plichta’s book “Benzin aus Sand” (Gasoline from Sand), first published in 2001, advocates a change in energy strategy away from burning hydrocarbons to using the energy potential of silanes or, as I would term them, hydrosilicates.
Nitrogen oxidizes silicon

Silicon is the most abundant element in the earth’s crust. Combined with hydrogen, silicon forms what in chemistry are known as “silanes”. Given sufficient heat, silanes react with the nitrogen in the air. This is a new discovery. Nitrogen was thought to be inert, as far as combustion is concerned. So we obviously must re-think the possibilities of combustion. Silicon makes up 25% of the earth’s crust, while nitrogen makes up 80% of air. A process that uses silicon/nitrogen combustion in addition to the known carbon/oxygen cycle, presages some mind boggling new possibilities.

While carbon is also a relatively abundant element, its prevalence is way lower than that of silicon. The relation is about a hundred to one. In addition, most of the available carbon is bound up in carbonaceous minerals such as marble and other carbon-based rocks and some of it is in the atmosphere as carbon dioxide. Those forms are not available for use in the combustion cycle. Only one in about a hundred thousand carbon molecules is bound to hydrogen, making it available for the purpose of combustion. So while carbon has served us well for the first century and a half of industrialization, it is a rather limited fuel.
Using 100% of air for combustion

Plichta’s idea was to exchange chains of carbon atoms in hydrocarbons for chains of silicon in hydrosilicons or silanes. The long chained “higher silanes” are those with five or more silicon atoms in each molecule. They are of oily consistency and they give off their energy in a very fast, highly energetic combustion.

While hydrocarbon-based gasoline only uses oxygen, which makes up 20% of air, for their combustion, the hydrosilicon-based silanes also use nitrogen, which makes up the other 80% of air, when they burn. Silanes with chains of seven or more atoms of silicon per molecule are stable and can be pumped and stored very much like gasoline and other carbon-based liquid fuels.

The efficiency of combustion depends on the amount of heat that is created. Expanding gases drive pistons or turbines. When hydrocarbons are burned with air as the oxidant, efficiency of combustion is limited by the fact that the 20% of air that partakes in the combustion also has to heat up the nitrogen gas, which isn’t participating but has to be expanded as well. When burning silanes, practically all of the air participates directly in the combustion cycle, making for a much more efficient expansion of all the gases involved.
Burning silanes

The combustion process of hydrosilicons is fundamentally different from the exclusively oxygen based combustion we know from burning hydrocarbons. In a sufficiently hot reaction chamber, silanes separate into atoms of hydrogen and silicon, which immediately mix with the oxygen and nitrogen of the air. The hydrogen from the silanes and the air’s oxygen now burn completely leaving only water vapor, bringing the temperature of the gases close to 2000 degrees C.

Since there is no more oxygen, no silicon oxide can be formed in the following phase. What happens instead is an extremely energetic reaction of the 80% nitrogen in the air with the silicon atoms present, that forms a fine powder called silicon nitride (Si3N4).

For those more technically inclined, taking the example of hexasilane (Si6H14), here is what the reaction would look like:

• 2 Si6H14 + 7 O2 + 8 N2 -> 4 Si3N4 + 14 H2O

After this first reaction, a great deal of unreacted nitrogen is still in the combustion gases, which would now react in a stochiometric combustion as follows:

• 4 1/2 Si6H14 + 18 N2 -> 9 Si3N4 + 63 H

Overall, on the input side of the equation we would have:

• 6 1/2 Si6 H14 + 7 O2 + 26 N2

and on the output side, we get:

• 14 H2O + 13 Si3N4 + 63 H

The silicon nitride we find in the “exhaust” is the only known noble gas that exists in solid form, an original discovery by Peter Plichta. That white powdery stuff is a rather valuable raw material for ceramics.

Wikipedia says that silicon nitride powder will form

“… a hard ceramic having high strength over a broad temperature range, moderate thermal conductivity, low coefficient of thermal expansion, moderately high elastic modulus, and unusually high fracture toughness for a ceramic. This combination of properties leads to excellent thermal shock resistance, ability to withstand high structural loads to high temperature, and superior wear resistance. Silicon nitride is mostly used in high-endurance and high-temperature applications, such as gas turbines, car engine parts, bearings and metal working and cutting tools. Silicon nitride bearings are used in the main engines of the NASA’s Space shuttles.”

Rocket fuel for space propulsion

One of the first uses Peter Plichta envisioned for these long-chain hydrosilicons he discovered was to be a fuel for rockets. Space travel today is hindered by the immense weight of fuel a rocket has to carry to lift itself plus the fuel, plus its payload, into space. With a more efficient combustion process, and an oxidant that could be “scooped up” in the atmosphere, a disk-shaped craft could be propelled to great speed and altitude, before having to fall back on a rather small amount of oxidant that may be carried as liquefied air or liquid nitrogen.

I found a discussion of this on the net, here, which I reproduce below in shortened and slightly edited form:“Dr Plichta can use his concepts of cyclic mathematics to effect a revolution in space travel. He has already received several patents for the construction of a disc-shaped reusable spacecraft which will be fueled by the diesel oils of silicon. The special feature of these carbon analog substances is that they do not only burn with oxygen, but also with nitrogen. Such a spacecraft can use the atmosphere for buoyance. Its engines can inhale air and thus do without the standard oxidant reservoir.


In 1970 Peter Plichta disproved the textbook theory that the higher silanes are unstable. One of his achievements was to create a mixture of silanes with the chain lengths 5 to 10 (Si5H12 to Si10H22). He also managed to separate the oil into the individual silanes by of means gas chromatic analysis. This showed the surprising result that silanes with a chain length of over 7 silicon atoms will no longer ignite spontaneously and can thus be used for commercial purposes.

Multi-stage rockets function from the mathematical point of view according to principles of rocket ascent. At the first stage of the launch they have to lift their whole weight with the power of fuel combustion. Because they quickly lose weight as they use up fuel, they then accelerate although the power of thrust remains the same. The discarded stages are burned in the atmosphere, which can only be described as a ridiculous waste of money. The Space Shuttle was intended to make space travel less costly; but actually the opposite has happened. Just as the invention of the wheel made all human transport easier, a circular spacecraft will some day soon replace the linear design of current multi-stage rockets. We are all familiar with the elegance with which a disc or a Frisbee is borne by the air through which it flies.

Peter Plichta got the idea of constructing a disc in which jet-turbines attached to shafts would drive two ring-shaped blade rings rotating in opposite directions. This will cause the disc to be suspended by the air just like a helicopter. The craft can then be driven sideways by means of a drop-down rocket engine. When a speed of over 200 km/h has been reached, the turbines for the blade rings will be switched off and covered to enhance the aerodynamic features of the shape. The craft will now be borne by the up-draught of the air, just like an aircraft is. This will also mean that the critical power required for rocket ascent will not be necessary. When the spacecraft accelerates into orbit, the N2/O2 mixture of the air will first be fed in through a drop-down air intake, as long as the craft is still at a low altitude of 30 km (1 per cent air pressure). The air will be conducted to the rocket motor and the craft will thus accelerate to a speed of 5000-8000 km/h. This is where a standard rocket jettisons its first stage, because by then about 75% of the fuel has already been used up.

The disc on the other hand will continue to accelerate to 20,000 km/h and will thus reach an altitude of about 50 km (1 per thousand of air pressure). The speed will increase as the air pressure drops, so that the process can be continued until an altitude of about 80 kilometers and 25,000 km/h can be maintained. In order to reach the required speed of 30,000 km/h and an altitude of around 300 km, only a relatively small quantity of oxidation agent will be needed at the end.

In the hot combustion chamber silanes decompose spontaneously into hydrogen and silicon radicals. The hydrogen is burned by the oxygen in the air and water formed. Because molecular nitrogen is very tightly bonded, it must be preheated and subjected to catalytic dissociation. The extremely hot silicon radicals will provide additional support for this process, which will in turn lead to silicon nitride being formed. In order to burn superfluous nitrogen, Mg, Al or Si powder can be added to the silane oil.

When the spacecraft returns from space the ceramic-protected underside of the disc will brake its speed to approximately 500 km/h. Then the covering will open again, making the blade rings autorotate. The jet turbines will then be started for the actual landing operation.

In 2006, Plichta developed a new low-cost procedure for the production of highly purified silicon. This makes it possibile to hypothesize a more widespread use of silanes. If widely and cheaply available one day, the new fuel could be used in turbines and modified internal combustion engines, in addition to space rocket use.

Large-scale production of silanes

In order to use long-chain silanes as a fuel, the possibility of large scale production of those silicon oils will have to be experimentally confirmed. According to Plichta, this process would also involve production of pure silicon for use in photovoltaic or other industrial applications. High grade energy is needed to transform silicon oxide into pure silicon, to be hydrated producing the silanes.

One possibile way to go about this is to use photovoltaic electricity to disassociate hydrogen and oxygen from water. Those gases could then be used to process sand into pure silicon and to obtain silanes.

Another procedure, widely used today, is to purify silicon dioxide using heat from coal, but Plichta has now developed a new process that would use tar, pitch and bitumen as well as aluminium silicate to produce pure silicon and silanes at a very low cost. The highly exothermic process produces large amounts of hydrogen and it involves super heated hydrogen fluoride. Monosilanes, a by-product of this new process, could be reacted with carbon dioxide to obtain water and silicon carbide, an extremely hard substance and industrial raw material.

Details are still confidential. The process is being patented.
Turbines and engines

Since the silane combustion process is substantially different from that of the hydrocarbons used today, specially designed turbines and engines will be needed to make use of the new fuel. Dr Plichta has patented a turbine that would optimally use the silicon-based combustion process.


A mixture of silane oil (10) and silicon powder (11) are mixed and injected by a pump (7) into the main combustion chamber. There the fuel is burned together with pre-heated air (8). In the secondary combustion chamber (2) the fuel mix is further burned with a large amound to cold air (9), quickly lowering the temperature of the gases from about 2000 degrees C to a few hundred degrees. This brings a large pressure increase. If the silicon nitride powder produced by the combustion process were too hot and not diluted with air, it would destroy the turbine blades.

The resulting mixture of gases (H2O, O2, and Si3N4 of oily consistency) is now able, in the turbine chamber (3), to cause the turbine blades to rotate. The rotation is transmitted over a connected shaft (5) to the compressor chamber (4) where air is aspired through air inlets (6). The air is mostly conducted into the secondary combustion chamber (2) and a small part of it goes, after heating, to the first combustion chamber (1). The the absorption of heat by the air also provides needed cooling of the combustion chambers.

The water vapor produced by the combustion process leaves the turbine through exhaust openings (21) while the cooled down, solid silicon nitride is trapped in dust bags (20), ready to be passed on for later industrial uses.
Internal combustion engines of the Otto and Diesel type would suffer breakdown of lubrication if made to burn silicon oils. The temperatures of combustion are considerably higher than those reached by gasoline or diesel. But according to Plichta, the Wankel-type rotary piston motor could be modified to accomodate the high temperatures. It parts would have to be coated with silicon nitride ceramics or be entirely constructed using the even harder silicon carbide.

The silane oils could not be compressed together with air, they would have to be injected at the point of maximal compression. The silicon nitride contained in the combusting fuel/air mixture would initially be in gaseous and liquid form, providing the necessary lubrification and acting as a sealant. Exhaust gases, still very hot, could be further burned in a turbine, with the addition of cold air as in the second stage of Plichta’s turbine design.

Like in the turbine, combustion in this engine would produce small amounts of silicon nitride in powder form, which would be filtered out from the exhaust gases and collected by filling stations, to be passed on for industrial uses.
Solar energy and silanes – closing the circle

Solar energy can be transformed into electricity without much trouble, but not everything in this technological world can be run with electricity. Storage is a problem as battery technology definitely is not up to the task yet. One way around that is to produce hydrogen with solar energy and use the hydrogen as a fuel. This is problematic because of the volatility and the relatively low energy density of molecular hydrogen.

Bringing silicon into this cycle would allow us to continue using liquid fuels where needed, and given that silanes store energy at a higher density than hydrocarbons, and definitely at a higher density than pure hydrogen, this may be a good route to choose.

There are no byproducts of this cycle that would have to be vented into the environment and be destructive. The principal “exhaust gas” from silane combustion, silicon nitride, is a valuable industrial raw material that can easily be collected and recycled into technical and construction uses.

In case there would be “too much of a good thing” or an overabundance of silicon nitride, the powder could also be chemically transformed using sodium hydroxide (NaOH) or potassium hydroxide (KOH). The transformation would produce ammonia (NH3) and water soluble silicates. The silicates are non-toxic and will degrade in ambient air to form sand crystals.

Although ammonia is atoxic gas, since it burns without any toxic residues and without carbon emission, it could be used in the production of further energy, or even as a fuel in cars, as proposed by Burning ammonia with air produces steam and pure nitrogen.

• 4 NH3 + 3 O2 -> 2 N2 + 6 H2O

Other uses for ammonia would be the production of nitrogen rich fertilizer, dynamite or household ammonia which is ammonia diluted in water.

The complete solar/silane cycle would involve the production of pure silicon from sand, either using solar energy or tars and bitumens. The next step is the synthesis of higher silanes. Plichta proposes to use a modified high pressure Muller-Rochow synthesis for this step. Then silanes could be burned in modified turbines and engines, or used in space propulsion systems. The fourth step is the re-cycling and re-use of the principal product of combustion, silicon nitride. What is not used industrially, can be chemically transformed into ammonia, which again produces nitrogen which was used in step 3 for combustion.

The pure silicon produced in step 1 would be of use in the production of more and cheaper solar panels to more efficiently capture the sun’s free energy.

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Ron Paul Warns: “Watch The Petrodollar”

Posted in Energy, Finance, Politics, Warnings on January 19, 2016 by betweentwopines


The chaos that one day will ensue from our 35-year experiment with worldwide fiat money will require a return to money of real value. We will know that day is approaching when oil-producing countries demand gold, or its equivalent, for their oil rather than dollars or euros. The sooner the better. – Ron Paul

Ron Paul is calling for the end of the petrodollar system. This system is one of the main reasons the U.S. dollar is the world’s premier reserve currency.

Essentially, Paul is saying that understanding the petrodollar system and the forces affecting it is the best way to predict when the U.S. dollar will collapse.

Paul and I discussed this extensively at one of the Casey Research Summits. He told me he stands by his assessment.

Nick Giambruno and Ron Paul

This is critically important. When the dollar loses its coveted status as the world’s reserve currency, the window of opportunity for Americans to protect their wealth from the U.S. government will definitively shut.

At that point, the U.S. government will implement the same destructive measures other desperate governments have used throughout history: overt capital controls, wealth confiscation, people controls, price and wage controls, pension nationalizations, etc.

The dollar’s demise will wipe out the wealth of a lot of people. But it will also trigger political and social consequences likely to be far more damaging than the financial fallout.

The two key takeaways are:

  1. The U.S. dollar’s status as the premier reserve currency is tied to the petrodollar system.
  1. The sustainability of the petrodollar system relies on volatile geopolitics in the Middle East (where I lived and worked for several years).

From Bretton Woods to the Petrodollar

The Bretton Woods international monetary system, which the Allied powers created in 1944, turned the dollar into the world’s premier reserve currency.

After WWII, the U.S. had by far the largest gold reserves in the world (around 706 million ounces). These large reserves – in addition to winning the war – allowed the U.S. to reconstruct the global monetary system around the dollar.

The Bretton Woods system tied virtually every country’s currency to the U.S. dollar through a fixed exchange rate. It also tied the U.S. dollar to gold at a fixed exchange rate.

Countries around the world stored dollars for international trade or to exchange with the U.S. government at the official rate for gold ($35 an ounce at the time).

By the late 1960s, excessive spending on welfare and warfare, combined with the Federal Reserve monetizing the deficits, drastically increased the number of dollars in circulation relative to the gold backing them.

Naturally, this made other countries exchange more dollars for gold at an increasing rate. This drained the U.S. gold supply. It dropped from 706 million ounces at the end of WWII to around 286 million ounces in 1971 (a figure supposedly held constant to this day).

To stop the drain, President Nixon ended the dollar’s convertibility for gold in 1971. This ended the Bretton Woods system.

In other words, the U.S. government defaulted on its promise to back the dollar with gold. This eliminated the main motivation for other countries to hold large U.S. dollar reserves and use the U.S. dollar for international trade.

With the dollar no longer convertible into gold, demand for dollars by foreign nations was sure to fall, and with it, the dollar’s purchasing power.

OPEC, a group of oil-producing countries, passed numerous resolutions after the end of Bretton Woods, stating its need to maintain the real value of its earnings. It even discussed accepting gold for oil. Ultimately, OPEC significantly increased the nominal dollar price of oil.

For the dollar to maintain its status as the world’s reserve currency, the U.S. would have to concoct a new arrangement that gave foreign countries a compelling reason to hold and use dollars.

The Petrodollar System

From 1972 to 1974, the U.S. government made a series of agreements with Saudi Arabia. These agreements created the petrodollar system.

The U.S. government chose Saudi Arabia because of its vast petroleum reserves, its dominant position in OPEC, and the (correct) perception that the Saudi royal family was corruptible.

In essence, the petrodollar system was an agreement that the U.S. would guarantee the survival of the House of Saud. In exchange, Saudi Arabia would:

  1. Use its dominant position in OPEC to ensure that all oil transactions would happen in U.S. dollars.
  1. Invest a large amount of its dollars from oil revenue in U.S. Treasury securities and use the interest payments from those securities to pay U.S. companies to modernize the infrastructure of Saudi Arabia.
  1. Guarantee the price of oil within limits acceptable to the U.S. and prevent another oil embargo by other OPEC members.

Oil is the world’s most traded and most strategic commodity. Needing to use dollars for oil transactions is a very compelling reason for foreign countries to keep large U.S. dollar reserves.

For example, if Italy wants to buy oil from Kuwait, it has to purchase U.S. dollars on the foreign exchange market to pay for the oil first. This creates an artificial market for U.S. dollars that would not otherwise exist.

The demand is artificial because the U.S. dollar is just a middleman in a transaction that has nothing to do with a U.S. product or service. Ultimately, it translates into increased purchasing power and a deeper, more liquid market for the U.S. dollar and U.S. Treasuries.

Additionally, the U.S. has the unique privilege of not having to use foreign currency to buy imports, including oil. Instead, it gets to use its own currency, which it can print.

It’s hard to overstate how much the petrodollar system benefits the U.S. dollar. It’s allowed the U.S. government and many Americans to live beyond their means for decades.

What to Watch For

The geopolitical sands of the Middle East are rapidly shifting.

Saudi Arabia’s strategic regional position is weakening. Iran, which is notably not part of the petrodollar system, is on the rise. U.S. military interventions are failing. And the emerging BRICS countries are creating potential alternatives to U.S.-dominated economic/security arrangements. This all affects the sustainability of the petrodollar system.

I’m watching the deteriorating relationship between the U.S. and Saudi Arabia with a particularly close eye.

The Saudis are furious because they don’t think the U.S. is holding up its end of the petrodollar deal by more aggressively attacking their regional rivals.

This suggests that they might not uphold their part of the deal much longer, namely selling their oil exclusively in U.S. dollars.

The Saudis have even suggested a “major shift” is under way in their relationship with the U.S. To date, though, they haven’t matched their words with action, so it may just be a temper tantrum or a bluff.

The Saudis need an outside protector. So far, they haven’t found any suitable replacements for the U.S. In any case, they’re using truly unprecedented language.

This situation may reach a turning point when U.S. officials start expounding on the need to transform the monarchy in Saudi Arabia into a “democracy.” But don’t count on that happening as long as Saudi oil sells exclusively for U.S. dollars.

Regardless, the chances that the Kingdom might implode on its own are growing.

For the first time in decades, observers are calling into question the viability of the Saudi currency, the riyal. The Saudi central bank currently pegs the riyal at a rate of 3.75 riyals per U.S. dollar.

The Saudi government spends a ton of money on welfare to keep its citizens sedated. Lower oil prices plus the cost of their mischief in the region are cutting deep into government revenue. So there’s less money to spend on welfare.

There’s a serious crunch in the Saudi budget. They’ve only been able to stay afloat by draining their foreign exchange reserves. That threatens their currency peg.

Recently, Saudi officials have begun telling the media that the currency peg is fine and there’s nothing to worry about. That’s another clue that there’s trouble. Official government denial is almost always a sign of the opposite. It’s like the old saying: “Believe nothing until it has been officially denied.”

If there were a convenient way to short the Saudi riyal, I would do it in a heartbeat.

Timing the Collapse

Long before Nixon ended the Bretton Woods system in 1971, it was clear that a paradigm shift in the global monetary system was inevitable.

Today, another paradigm shift seems inevitable. As Ron Paul explained, there’s one sure way to know when that shift is imminent:

We will know that day is approaching when oil-producing countries demand gold, or its equivalent, for their oil rather than dollars or euros.

It’s very possible that, one day soon, Americans will wake up to a new reality, just as they did in 1971 when Nixon severed the dollar’s final link to gold.

The petrodollar system has allowed the U.S. government and many U.S. citizens to live way beyond their means for decades. It also gives the U.S. unchecked geopolitical leverage. The U.S. can exclude virtually any country from the U.S. dollar-based financial system…and, by extension, from the vast majority of international trade.

The U.S. takes this unique position for granted. But it will disappear once the dollar loses its premier status.

This will likely be the tipping point…

Afterward, the U.S. government will be desperate enough to implement capital controls, people controls, nationalization of retirement savings, and other forms of wealth confiscation.

I urge you to prepare for the economic and sociopolitical fallout while you still can. Expect bigger government, less freedom, shrinking prosperity…and possibly worse.

It’s probably not going to happen tomorrow. But it’s clear where the trend is headed.

Once the petrodollar system kicks the bucket and the dollar loses its status as the world’s premier reserve currency, you will have few, if any, options to protect yourself.

This is why it’s essential to act before that happens.

The sad truth is, most people have no idea how bad things could get, let alone how to prepare…

Yet there are straightforward steps you can start taking today to protect your savings and yourself from the financial and sociopolitical effects of the collapse of the petrodollar.

This recently released video will show you where to begin. Click here to watch it now.

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After ten weeks the EMdrive is still running at NASA

Posted in Energy, Science, Technology on November 9, 2015 by betweentwopines

Post by 0bserver1 at ATS

You have to love new propulsion systems , because they are the next step in the way we would see space travel in next decennial era.
Especially the mysterious EMdrive since this propulsion system became the news of the most promising engine ,that would bring us to the moon into four hours .

My antennas raised and I could see the first manned mission to Mars within my lifetime. Well I think we might see multiple purpose craft not only examining one celestial body but keep on flying and testing planets, moons ,asteroids and comets whenever it gets the tasks uploaded to go and do another destination.
As far as I know the ion drive has similar function to my knowledge , like the one mounted on the Dawn spacecraft, but I don’t know if both engines could be compared ?

Yeah this engine discovered by Roger Shawyer and Guido Fetta which slated science as absolute idiots are now testing it , how bizarre?
seems that’s how science goes …

Well now it seems that they can’t say much about it at NASA , but this impossible engine according to laws of physics is still running at NASA for ten f%$#g weeks now .

It seems that the scientists can’t really tell how it works but a test setup is already working 10 consecutive weeks. NASA scientists are testing the device at this point in the Eagle Works Laboratory. So far, the results have not been subject to peer review. It can not be excluded that the propulsion is the result of a measurement error.

Paul Mach, one of the scientists conducting the tests, for the first time in months on the forums of NASA Spaceflight given an update on the EM Drive. He says ,

the mistakes have been corrected during previous tests, but the engine still gives thrust.

Mach responded to an unpublished paper, in which it is claimed that the thrust of the EM Drive the consequence of the Lorentz force is, so that the force is generated by the interaction between the EM Drive and the magnetic field of the earth.

I wish I could show you all the pictures I’ve taken on how we saluted and mitigated the issues raised by our EW Lab’s Blue-Ribbon PhD panel and now Potomac-Neuron’s paper, on the possible Lorentz force interactions. That being the Lorentz Interactions with the dc currents on the EW torque pendulum (TP) with the stray magnetic fields from the torque pendulum’s first generation open-face magnetic damper and the Earth’s geomagnetic field, but I can’t due to the restrictive NASA press release rules now applied to the EW Lab.

The scientist explains that he can not comment on his work can make or photos, because his lab itself is working on a paper which could shed some light on the matter.

NASA EMdrive developments


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David LaPoint’s Theory of the Structure of All Matter

Posted in ATS Thread, Energy, Science, Technology on June 23, 2015 by betweentwopines

Post by Mary Rose at ATS.
This work is introduced in a YouTube video. It is Part 1 of a series of 5 more videos yet to be uploaded.

The theory is based on LaPoint’s belief that there has been an error in our understanding of the shape of the magnetic field around all matter.

He’s saying that this model is incorrect:

And that this is what the fields around all matter look like:

He says that he will talk about Saturn in Part 2, the work at CERN with the LHC (Large Hadron Collider) in Part 4, the sun in Part 5, and the vacuum chamber experiments in Part 6. (He didn’t mention Part 3.)

It will take an hour to watch the video:

On his YouTube channel page he states that Part 2 will be uploaded on February 1.

Water and Sacred Geometry

Posted in ATS Thread, Diseases, Energy, Health on March 26, 2015 by betweentwopines

This is a short video presented by Gregg Braden. While the man himself is certainly questionable, some of his demonstrations were extremely thought provoking. With the surge of new members ATS has had recently, I thought it was worth reposting. There is already a wealth of information on this website if you’re interested.

I’m going for the “food for thought” approach and I’m not here to prove or dispel of anything’s existence or effectiveness. My mind was blown starting at the 2:00 minute mark.

The average adult human comes in around 65% water and about 73% for a newborn baby. So I thought, could we possibly manipulate the water inside our own bodies to heal or achieve a desired result?

Studies conducted in 1992 by Tainio Technology, as an independent division of Eastern State University in Cheny, Washington, reinforce the findings of these earlier researchers. Tainio and colleagues determined that when a person’s frequency drops below the optimum healthy range, the immune system is compromised.

Human Body:

Genius Brain Frequency 80-82 MHz
Brain Frequency Range 72-90 MHz
Normal Brain Frequency 72 MHz
Human Body 62-78 MHz
Human Body: from Neck up 72-78 MHz
Human Body: from Neck down 60-68 MHz Thyroid and Parathyroid glands are 62-68 MHz
Thymus Gland is 65-68 MHz
Heart is 67-70 MHz
Lungs are 58-65 MHz
Liver is 55-60 MHz
Pancreas is 60-80 MHz


Colds and Flu start at: 57-60 MHz
Disease starts at: 58 MHz
Candida overgrowth starts at: 55 MHz
Receptive to Epstein Barr at: 52 MHz
Receptive to Cancer at: 42 MHz
Death begins at: 25 MHz


Fresh Foods 20-27 Hz
Fresh Herbs 20-27 Hz
Dried Foods 15-22 Hz
Dried Herbs 15-22 Hz
Processed/Canned Food 0 HZ

Note: Fresh foods and herbs will have a higher frequency if grown organically and eaten freshly picked.

The BT3™ Frequency Monitoring System

During his work with plants, soil, and water in his agricultural projects, Bruce Tainio of Tainio Technology invented and built a machine called a BT3 Frequency Monitoring System. This device – modified and perfected over the years – used a highly sensitive sensor to measure bio-electrical frequencies of plant nutrients and essential oils.

The BT3™ frequency monitoring System has a one of a kind sensor that can be used to measure the frequency of any substance or object. When measuring plants, the frequency of the healthier, more nutritionally balanced plant will always have a higher frequency than the less healthy one.

In working with rock powders for agricultural application, we choose certain combinations based on their frequency readings. We then send samples to a laboratory for a mineral analysis to confirm our findings, and our choices have always turned out to be the best mineral combinations.

Frequencies of an individual can be measured also. You can determine where an energy block or leak is occurring in the body by reading the frequency levels. Where there is an energy leak the reading will spike. For example, in the case of a back injury, the meter will show an energy spike at the injured vertebra. If a person isn’t feeling well, his or her brain energy reading will be lower than it would normally be if well rested and in good health. You can check specific organs by placing the sensor on that area. If the organ is not functioning properly, the frequency will be significantly lower than the other organs.* You can even tell whether a person is functioning in a right brain or left brain mode. We have used the meter to test foods and supplements. Generally speaking, a higher energy reading indicates that it is a nutritionally beneficial food. Highly processed foods will show very low frequency readings compared to fresh fruits or vegetables, for example.

The meter’s applications are limited only by one’s imagination. The best way to use it is in comparison studies, comparing one product with another, or taking before and after measurements. What makes this frequency meter unique is it’s extremely sensitive sensor.

Because of its high sensitivity, background interference will usually have to be taken into account. It does take some practice and patience at first. It is easier to use if you find a place in your home, laboratory or office that has as little electromagnetic interference as possible, then always use your meter in that area if you can. The meter may not give you a zero reading to start with; but a room with minimal interference from radios, computers, etc. is better because you can establish a base line to work with.

I’d like to know your opinion on this topic and I’m interested in further reading. I will continue to support the idea that frequency and health are related, but also open to the potential of it falling short. In today’s world, I feel as though it’s being used against us as a silent weapon and I’d like to know how to fight back. Any thoughts?

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Plunging Oil Prices and The WW3 Connection

Posted in ATS Thread, Energy, Finance, Warnings on November 29, 2014 by betweentwopines

Post by  FlySolo at ATS.

They  just keep pumping the oil. Why?

VIENNA – OPEC oil ministers meeting in Vienna on Thursday are in a bind. Prices are plunging – and in the short term, the cartel may not be able to do much about it.

Expectations that the group would not cut output to support the market saw the global price of oil slump another $1.89 on Thursday to $75.86 a barrel, extending its losses since June, when it was as high as $115.

That drop has been driven by a boom in shale production in the United States as well as weakness in some major world economies, causing supply to outpace demand.…

So this is what I’ve been hearing. There is a surplus. However, all OPEC needs to do is stop producing oil which would result in driving up the prices again, as always. So why do they keep pumping?

Instead they appear to favour the opposite strategy – maintain output to the point where oversupply drives prices below the level making shale oil production economical. That, at least in theory, would force shale producers to cut back, reducing the glut and drive prices upward again.

That’s the plan? Stay low to ‘theoretically’ and hopefully make it less lucrative to produce shale oil? This to me sounds like all out economical war. While other weaker nations may suffer from the low-cost of a barrel, the main target would be the US economy. But even so, it’s not a very good tactical plan. The shale oil productions companies which survive the price drop will prove to be the dominate ones to contend with seeing they will own the larger market shares once competitors fall out.

At any rate, the answer given by OPEC as to why they’re holding out doesn’t seem complete for some reason. Until you dig a little deeper.
OPEC policy ensures US shale crash, says Russian Tycoon

In Russia, where Lukoil is the second-largest producer behind state-run OAO Rosneft (ROSN), the industry is much less exposed to oil’s slump, Fedun said. Companies are protected by lower costs and the slide in the ruble that lessens the impact of falling prices in local currency terms, he said.

Even so, output in Russia, the biggest producer after Saudi Arabia in 2013, is likely to fall slightly next year as lower prices force producers to rein in investment, Fedun said.

“The major strike is against the American market,” Fedun said.

So what’s happening here? OPEC keeps pumping oil in the hopes of crushing american markets. State of emergency in Ukraine as Russia cuts off coal at the beginning of winter and then we have this:

Very few people understand what Putin is doing at the moment. And almost no one understands what he will do in the future.

No matter how strange it may seem, but right now, Putin is selling Russian oil and gas only for physical gold.

We have Russia leading in a chess match.

n this brilliantly played by Putin economic combination the physical gold is rapidly flowing to Russia, China, Brazil, Kazakhstan and India, the BRICS countries, from the reserves of the West. At the current rate of reduction of reserves of physical gold, the West simply does not have the time to do anything against Putin’s Russia until the collapse of the entire Western petrodollar world. In chess the situation in which Putin has put the West, led by the US, is called “time trouble”.

Time Trouble. How appropriately named. Essentially, Putin has played the states at their own game. While the states have over inflated the dollar while suppressing the value of gold, Putin is exchanging worthless petro dollars for hard gold right from the west. Not worthless ‘paper-gold’ IOUs either.

Thus, in exchange for Russian oil, gas and uranium, the West pays Russia with dollars, purchasing power of which is artificially inflated against oil and gold by the efforts of the West. But Putin uses these dollars only to withdraw physical gold from the West in exchange, for the price denominated in US dollars, artificially lowered by the same West.

And that’s CHECK. Your move Obama.…

So getting back to the oil surplus. We’re headed for ww3, I think the writing on the wall should be pretty clear by now. Once the petro dollar tanks, the gold standard comes back and there isn’t a ounce to be found, it’s all over but the crying.
Death from above. So in summary, I really don’t think it has much to do with the shale oil excuse; a red herring. WW3 is around the corner so drill baby drill.

Here’s a machine that turns water into synthetic gasoline

Posted in Energy, Science, Technology on November 22, 2014 by betweentwopines

Even with the amount of electric vehicles we’ve seen lately, it’s likely going to be a long time until they completely replace traditional combustion engines on the road. So how are we going to get away from pricey fossil fuels until then? Well, water could be a possibility. German company Sunfire GmbH thinks it has the solution for turning H20 and carbon dioxide into liquid hyrdrocarbons like synthetic diesel, kerosene and petrol, according to CNET. It does this in part by using a combination of the Fischer-Tropsch process (a chemical reaction that performs the aforementioned transformation) and solid electrolyzer cells (fuel cells that produce gas forms of hydrogen and oxygen).

Sunfire says current systems run nearly 50 percent efficient, but there’s potential to increase that to around 70 percent in the future. For comparison’s sake, that current value is akin to a modern diesel engine, while gasoline motors only hit a paltry 14-to-30 percent efficiency rating.

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Otis T. Carr & his Flying Machine

Posted in Alien, Conspiracy, Energy, Science, Technology on October 11, 2014 by betweentwopines

Otis T. Carr & his Flying Machine
KeelyNet 12/23/01

Over the years, the name of Otis T. Carr comes up with regard to a flying machine he was said to have built and tested as well as a power source which he dubbed the U-tron. Scant details are available as seems to always be the case with such reports. However, in Carrs’ case, he did receive a US Patent 2,912,244 for an ‘Amusement Device.’ On reading the patent and examining the diagrams it seems to be a Trojan Horse method of recording his discovery, much like the means afforded to Keely to record some of his discoveries in the form of an ‘occult novel’ back in the late 19th century. A search of the net for Otis Carr and the Utron finds several sources selling information about his work and this online document from France;

French page on Otis Carr

CARR Otis T. Otis became acquainted with the reclusive Nikola Tesla at the hotel where he resided. Tesla loved to feed the pigeons in New Yorks’ Central Park and one day instructed Otis, then studying art and working in the hotel, to buy two kilos of unsalted peanuts as pigeon food for him. Over a period of three years, after each delivery of peanuts, Otis had the opportunity to converse with Tesla on his various discoveries. From that knowledge and his own insights, it is claimed he went on to invent a free energy generator (U-tron) and a flying device. In 1947, Carr had finished his research on a flying vehicle (resembling the levitation disc of John Searl) and tried to interest various governmental and University agencies, all in vain because they were more interested in atomic fission. Carr decided to direct his invention towards the educational and entertainment aspects of his work. Carr was granted a US Patent 2.912.244, for a toy apparatus which very accurately reflects the proportions and the design of his antigravitational flying vehicle. The principle of operation stated by Carr was that “any vehicle accelerated towards an axis compared to its inertial mass of attraction becomes immediately activated by the energy of space and acts like an independent force.”

A diagram of the patent of Otis T Carr

Carr would have taken as a starting point the the end of the English patent n° 300.311 of T.T. Brown by transforming the cylindrical engine into a biconic engine designed to create a nonuniform field around the ship, thanks to its design combined with its rotation. He placed in the center another larger nipple which could be used to produce local energy and also to create another nonuniform field in the center. Although confirmed, the assertions of Carr do not explain the exchange and the extreme polarization which occurs between the iron disc with segments and the electromagnets of the circumference which give a cancellation of the gravitational field and allow a antigravitational flight.

Flying disc of Otis T Carr
Note: 12 Utron electromagnets in periphery

In the disc of Carr is a key component, the Utron, which consisted of metal condensers in rotation whose form is unusual, square in a plan and round in another plan with 90°. This Utron has the same function – rotary inductive component at high speed – with the steel plate segments of Searl. This use of a condensing component (capacitor) in planetary rotation provided a measurable storage capacity of load at high circumferential speeds. In the disc of Searl as in that of Carr, the accumulated load coming from the element in rotation is discharged into electromagnets on the circumference of the disc. On the disc of Carr, the spin zone contains uniform reserves of condensers which produce oscillations (pulses) for the loads as received by the magnets at the edges. With the addition of the Utron, Carr appears to have improved the basic antigravitational technology of Searl, giving them both a reinforced credibility.

The following was posted on the KeelyNet BBS as CARR1.ASC on January 31, 1991. The article is from FATE magazine – May 1958 – page 17, in the regular column, I See by the Papers, the following article was found.

Gravity Machine?

The following summary was sent from a Ship’s Paper of October 30, 1957, after being copied from a CW News broadcast while at sea. It is unusual because no other report of this announcement reached us. It certainly is sensational – if true. Baltimore, Md., October 29 – A group of inventors claimed Monday they have been able to utilize gravity in circular motion machines capable of powering everything from hearing aids to space cruisers. Otis T. Carr, president of OTC Enterprises, Inc., detailed his claims in an interview and demonstration of a crude model of a circular motion machine which he said is the principle of a “free energy circular foil” space craft he can build, if someone puts up the money. He said the machine can be adapted to devices of any size to produce continuous power absolutely free of dissipation. Its immediate application, Carr said, would be in a space craft – which would be able to fly among the planets in controlled flight. It could land or take off as desired on the earth, the moon or any planet in the earth’s solar system, he said. Carr and his associates said their claims are based on the most simple practical applications of natural laws and discoveries in science and mathematics. They have no formal education in science or engineering. He said the same “free energy” which causes the earth to rotate on its axis and orbit around the sun will turn a machine he described as two cones joined at their circular bases. When the rotation of such a machine reaches a certain velocity relative to the earth’s orbital velocity, Carr said, it will take off. Carr said the core of his space ship would be a huge battery which would spin at the velocity of the external craft and which would be recharged, he said, by its motion. Carr declared such a battery, built to any size, could be designed to power the largest electric generating plant, operate an automobile, heat a house or power any conceivable machine or device. The principle on which Carr said such circular motion machines would operate is that “any vehicle” accelerated to an axis rotation relative to its attractive inertial mass (the earth) immediately becomes activated by free space energy and acts as an independent force.

This article was originally posted on the KeelyNet BBS as CARR2.ASC on January 31, 1991. It originates from FATE magazine – August 1959 – page 32.

The Saucer that didn’t Fly
by W. E. Du Soir

The serious field of UFO’s and flying saucer research received a setback at Oklahoma City in late April when a highly publicized launching attempt by O.T.C. Enterprises of Baltimore, Md., resulted in failure. Hundreds of persons had been invited to Oklahoma City by Otis T. Carr to watch him “launch a six-foot prototype model of the O.T.C. X-1, a space craft which works on ‘utron’ energy.” Those who were there came away disappointed. The flying saucer did not fly. The six-foot model, well-hidden in a warehouse, never even got to the launching site, or to the amusment park called Frontier City, where it was to have been displayed beside a 45-foot version of the same X-1 which will be an amusement “ride” in the near future. The launching site was to have been a gravel pit eight miles north of Oklahoma City where Carr claimed the saucer would rise “400 to 600 feet.” Launching time was set for 3:00 PM Sunday, April 19. Two and a half hours past this time Major Wayne Aho finally announced that the launching had to be postponed because of “technical difficulties.” Later it was stated by O.T.C. officials that one bearing housing was “off one-sixteenth of an inch.” Most of the major flying saucer clubs had ignored the “launching”. Except for a story in early April there was no advance news on Carr’s experiment in Oklahoma City newspapers. One Oklahoma City television reporter expressed the general feeling of the townspeople, “This thing will never leave the ground. And I feel that a great deal of the ballyhoo they’re giving out is tied in with the ride at Frontier City. I have tried constantly to get in to see the saucer model, but they’ve kept it hidden.” Equally well hidden was Carr himself. He was finally located in Mercy Hospital, Room 302, by John Nebel, the famed “Long John” of WOR, New York City. Carr did not show up at a meeting at a local church the day before the scheduled launching but a taped speech was delivered to the 70 people who attended. “Barring any flat tires,” Carr said, “I feel that history will be made Sunday afternoon when the model of the O.T.C. X-1 is launched here.” Carr did not leave his hospital room until Monday, when he was taken to the home of Major Aho, the man in charge of publicity for the company. A scheduled “victory” dinner was pretty dismal Sunday night, where again a taped message from Carr was presented. Monday morning at 5 AM a rumor spread that the model launching would again be attempted. At that early hour a group of a half-dozen people, including Norman Colton, Carr’s chief aide, went to the warehouse. But it was three hours later before anyone else showed up and most of those who had come to see the model had given up in disgust and left. Many believers in UFO’s, although skeptical, had traveled to Oklahoma City to see what developed. All of them had left town by Monday afternoon. One member of a Pennsylvania saucer club commented, “I don’t know what’s going on but I feel they never had any intention of trying to launch the model. I could not see any plans in sight for the model and, in fact, I understand, that a Mr. Maywood Jones presented only what he called “three-dimensional illustrations” of Carr’s ideas.” Monday afternoon there was more activity in the warehouse and finally, around 4 PM, the model was “turned on” and revolved, althought it showed no signs of taking off from the table on which it sat. “We hoped to try to launch it again but unfortunately one of the seams burst during the test,” an O.T.C. official said. “We still hope to have a launching shortly,” another member of Carr’s group added. Left unanswered were such questions as:

  • 1) Why was there no publicity about the launching in Oklahoma City for two weeks before the model was supposed to fly?
  • 2) Why did Carr ready a taped message for delivery at the “victory dinner” a day before the scheduled launching?
  • 3) How could any engineer make a mistake of one-16th of an inch in a precision part? This would be similar to a navigator landing an airplane 300 miles off course. A mistake of one-10,000th of an inch can be a major engineering calamity.

Carr was apprently undaunted by the weekend’s developments. He again commented, “This indeed is an historic occasion.” Questioned about the failures of his model, he added, “The theory itself has been proven. The model will go up, if not this week, then next week or next month.” Mr. Carr also has stated that he and Major Wayne Aho will “fly to the moon in a flying saucer on December 7, 1959.”

Notes about the ship A closeup of the left and right sides of the U-shaped electromagnet;

Part 82 – conically-shaped member (gyro) may be easily formed out of a suitable sheet material, such as laminated aluminum or plastic – Positioned to move through the simulated electromagnets 86 Each simulated electromagnet 86 may be formed in horse shoe shape…with tubing or like 88 to simulate the winding of an electromagnet. And the capacitor plates from the patent;

I further prefer to secure a plurality of plates 90 (6 plates, 6 gyros) in spaced relation around the upper face of the rotating assembly 14 to simulate capacitor plates in a space craft. The plates 90 may be formed out of any suitable material such as aluminum laminated Masonite, to provide a striking appearance. This shows how gyroscopic motion can produce a thrust as represented by the following diagram;

As you can see with Carrs gyros being at 45 degrees the ‘beams of force’ would be directed to collide at the center above the space craft. Directional control would be by reducing or increasing the speed of one or more gyros on the side you wished to travel, causing the craft to ‘dip’ into that direction. There seems to be something else going on here, with the spinning gyros and capactive plates being rotated through the electromagnet arms. Now, if you look along the axis of rotation of the conical shaped members which are gyroscopes, you will see they intersect at a 90 degree angle as shown below;

Which corresponds interestingly enough to two methods to alter gravity, one involves creating what Keely called an ‘artificial neutral center’, the other involved using a band or ring around the object, when stimulated the ring produced weight loss; Decker’s correlations though there are several which relate, the one I have in mind being from the claims of Dr. Daniel Fry at White Sands;

“…description of two rings. When dual magnetic fields are produced in these rings, the interaction will focus between the rings. This focal point will produce an artificial neutral center towards which the mass will be attracted by virtue of resonant attraction of the natural neutral center.”Meaning the natural neutral center of the ship will be attracted toward the artificial neutral center. It works much like a goat harnessed to a wagon….if you hold out a stick with a carrot hanging from it, the goat will follow the stick in whatever direction you so choose.

and from an anecdote from Wil Wilson;

anecdote about a newspaper article with a picture describing a levitation device that was suppressed. A cylindrical container with a series of solenoids mounted on the top of the cylinder. Each solenoid is pointed towards a central focal point. When the solenoids are pulsed at the same frequency, the combined force creates an artificial neutral center which, depending on the amplitude of energy flowing into this artificial neutral center will cause the natural mass neutral center to be attracted to the artificial neutral center. The mass will thus be pulled in which ever direction the artificial neutral center is pointed, regardless of direction.

Another file is The Ship of Heaven & the Aten band;

“…This indicates the establishment of a bubble of force that protected anyone within its confines. Rather, it produced a center of gravity that absorbed aether at its own rate, rather than being chained to the planet, thus inertia and gravity were SOLELY governed by itself. Keely said you could produce this effect to such a degree that the object would float away like a bubble, independent of the mass (referring to the earth).”

And yet another file showing an ‘artificial neutral center’ to deflect the aether/zpe influx that produces the illusion of gravity is about Edward Farrow;

“Book lost 1/6th of its weight due to action of his ‘electrical condenser’…In Farrow’s explanation, he said that the dynamo acted to “intensify the vertical component” of the Hertzian waves which it generated. This intensifaction produced buoyancy in any object to which the unit was attached. The unusual pattern of Hertzian waves fanned out in a thin horizontal plane of electromagnetic stress over a broad area. …The condensing dynamo employed either a horizontal row or a ring consisting of a series of interrupters or breaks (gaps) for producing this field. The ring of electrical breaks extended in a horizontal line around the perimeter of the device. Power and frequency of the oscillators were not given. The buoyant effect is similar to that produced by floating a sewing needle on water. Although the steel has a much higher density than the water below it, the surface tension permits the linkup of many surrounding water molecules in a thin film or sheet. Similarly, the dynamo lifts against the strong gravitational field by REACTION against the weak geomagnetic field. The interaction over a very wide area between this field and the Hertzian waves produces electrical buoyancy. No U.S. patent was received on the invention. “

Taking into account Carrs use of conical gryos, which would be spinning on their axis to create a force beamed at the top of the ship, they are also on rotating assembly 14 which carries them through the horse shoe shaped electromagnets. This is HIGHLY similar to Joe Parr and Dan Davidsons experiments with rotating pyramids.







‘You must always work with Mother Nature. Force is never necessary. The laws of the physical universe are really very simple.’

— Ralph Ring,
interviewed by Kerry Cassidy,
August 2006

‘My flying machine will have neither wings nor propellers. You might see it on the ground and you would never guess that it was a flying machine. Yet it will be able to move at will through the air in any direction with perfect safety.’

— Nikola Tesla,
interviewed in The New York Herald Tribune,
October 15, 1911


Ralph Ring, now aged 72, was aboard that incredible and successful test flight. He and Carr, with their 45-foot saucer, transported themselves 10 miles at the speed of light!
Click on the Project Camelot link and download Ralph Ring speak of Otis T. Carr, the events leading to the OTC crafts and the project’s eventual shutdown by the feds:

‘Fly is not the right word. It traversed distance. It seemed to take no time. I was with two other engineers when we piloted the 45-foot craft about ten miles. I thought it hadn’t moved – I thought it had failed. I was completely astonished when we realized that we had returned with samples of rocks and plants from our destination. It was a dramatic success. It was more like a kind of teleportation.’

‘I’ve lost count of the number of people who have refused to believe what happened. I no longer talk about it. It’s no fun being laughed at and ridiculed. But I’ve described it exactly as it occurred. One day someone will build the disk just as we did and they’ll have the same experience. All his blueprints still exist. Nowadays, it would all be done with digital and solid state circuitry – no moving parts would be necessary.’

‘You have to work with nature, not against her.’ (When the disks were powered up and reached a particular rotational speed) ‘…the metal turned to Jell-O. You could push your finger right into it. It ceased to be solid. It turned into another form of matter, which was as if it was not entirely here in this reality. That’s the only way I can attempt to describe it. It was uncanny, one of the weirdest sensations I’ve ever felt.’ (The Philadelphia-Effect?)

‘(Carr)…was an unquestioned genius. Tesla had recognized his quality immediately and had taught him everything he knew. He was inspired, and – like Tesla – seemed to know exactly what to do to get something to work.

– Ralph Ring

Otis T. Carr interview and more:

A powerful X1.6-class solar flare (Sept. 10 @ 17:46 UT)

Posted in Climate/Weather, Cosmos, Energy, Nature, Science, Warnings on September 10, 2014 by betweentwopines

X-FLARE: Earth-orbiting satellites have just detected a powerful X1.6-class solar flare (Sept. 10 @ 17:46 UT). The source was active sunspot AR2158, which is directly facing Earth. NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory recorded the extreme ultraviolet flash:

Ionizing radiation from the flare could cause HF radio blackouts and other communications disturbances, especially on the day-lit side of Earth. In the next few hours, when coronagraph data from SOHO and STEREO become available, we will see if a CME emerges from the blast site. If so, the cloud would likely be aimed directly at Earth and could reach our planet in 2 to 3 days. Stay tuned for updates about geomagnetic storms in the offing. Aurora alerts: text, voice

Realtime Space Weather Photo Gallery

UPDATED STORM FORECAST: NOAA forecasters have issued a geomagnetic storm warning for Sept. 12th when a CME launched on Sept. 9th (see below) is expected to deliver a glancing but potent blow to Earth’s magnetic field. The storm could reach moderate intensity (G2-class) with auroras visible across northern-tier US states such as Maine, Michigan, and Minnnesota. Another CME could be following close on its heels if today’s X-flare also launched a cloud in our direction. It all adds up to a high probability of geomagnetic storms in the days ahead. Aurora alerts: text, voice

LONG DURATION FLARE AND EARTH-DIRECTED CME: Yesterday, the magnetic canopy of sunspot AR2158 erupted, producing an explosion that lasted more than 6 hours. The flare peaked on Sept. 9th at 00:30 UT with a classification of M4 on the Richter Scale of Solar Flares. Long-duration flares tend to produce bright CMEs, and this one was no exception. Coronagraphs onboard the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory observed a CME racing out of the blast site at nearly 1,000 km/s (2.2 million mph):

Most of the storm cloud is heading north of the sun-Earth line, but not all. A fraction of the CME will deliver a glancing blow to Earth’s magnetic field during the early hours of Sept. 12th. In the past few weeks, glancing blows from minor CMEs have sparked beautiful auroras around the Arctic Circle. This CME could spark even better displays. NOAA forecasters estimate a 79% (not a typo: 79%) chance of polar geomagnetic storming on Sept. 12th. Aurora alerts: text, voice

Realtime Aurora Photo Gallery

ISS-SUNSPOT CONJUNCTION: Yesterday a dark winged form flew across the face of the sun. It was the International Space Staton (ISS) having a close encounter with active sunspot AR2158:

Enrico Finotto recorded the transit from Venice, Italy. “I took the picture using a Canon 600D set at ISO 400 and a solar-filtered Vixen 102FL refractor,” he says.

Orbiting Earth at 17,000 mph, the space station crossed the face of the sun in just a fraction of a second. Finotto knew precisely when to take the picture thanks to a prediction from “They are always accurate,” says Finotto.

The sunspot pictured alongside the ISS in Finotto’s photo, AR2158, has a “beta-gamma-delta” magnetic field that harbors energy for strong eruptions. NOAA forecasters estimate a 75% chance of M-class flares and a 30% chance of X-flares on Sept. 10th.


Related:  The classification of solar flares

A Drop of This Every Morning Can Work Wonders!

Posted in Energy, Food, Health, Medicine on August 18, 2014 by betweentwopines tradition tells us to drink warm water with the juice from half a lemon first thing in the morning upon rising. This pleasantly tart beverage is a simple way to stimulate the liver and promote bile flow, which in turn aids digestion. Interestingly, lemon water also sometimes helps resolve heartburn symptoms by stimulating healthy stomach function. It also aids in balancing the body’s pH.

There is something else that warm lemon water may do though: ruin your teeth.  Lemon juice is highly acidic because of the citric acid, so over time, routine consumption of lemon juice (or any acidic food or drink) will erode your teeth enamel. The hot water will further intensify the attack because the rate of chemical reactions increases with temperature. When the enamel is worn away, it exposes the underlying dentin (which is yellower in color than enamel), which may lead to painful sensitivity.

In order to minimize the erosion, you can brush your teeth prior to drinking your lemon water instead of after, or wait a significant amount of time (at least 60 minutes) after to brush your teeth with a soft toothbrush. This is because acid leaves the enamel softened and more prone to erosion during brushing! Additionally, you can rinse your mouth with purified water after you finish your lemon water. Or you can drink your lemon water with a straw (so that it bypasses your teeth).

Lemon Juice vs. Lemon Essential Oil

Something else you can do is use lemon essential oil (make sure it is labeled for human consumption) instead of lemon juice. Lemon oil is cold-pressed from the aromatic rinds of lemons, not the fruit. It is pH neutral as it does not contain citric acid and is safe for the teeth enamel. As well, it is more potent than lemon juice; it takes 3,000 lemon rinds to produce 1 kg of lemon essential oil. The oil is absorbed into the liver easier than the juice, making for a better detox regimen.

Lemon essential oil will help increase your energy level and mental clarity so try adding a drop to your bottle of water before you go to the gym and it will give you a lot more energy (don’t add it to a plastic bottle as the oil will degrade the plastic). Lemon oil is also great if you ever deal with heartburn, acne, urinary tract infections, gallstones, kidney stones, or respiratory issues.

The Secret Ingredient in Lemon Essential Oil

The lemon essential oil contains 68% d-limonene (which is not present in the juice). Limonene is a widely distributed, natural, non-toxic compound found in citrus fruits, spices, herbs, and some conifer essential oils. It is a powerful antioxidant believed to boost the body’s natural defenses. It has been shown to activate enzymes in the liver that are part of the detoxification processes which take toxic compounds present in the liver and convert them to non-harmful or less harmful versions. These “toxins” can range from caffeine to ibuprofen.

D-limonene is also being studied for its properties in relationship to cancer cells. Limonene has been proven in humans and in animals to have chemopreventative and chemotherapeutic benefits, causing no toxicity to humans—even at huge doses. It has been found in numerous animal and human studies to help stop cancer in its three stages: initiation, promotion /progression, and metastasis. Not only does limonene stop cancer growth from starting and prevent existing cancer growth from spreading but it has also been shown in animals to regress existing tumors.

As such, the evidence is overwhelming that incorporating limonene in your diet is a healthy lifestyle choice that helps promote normal cell life cycles (more on this plus a list of references can be found here).

If you are currently adding lemon juice to your water, and want more than just a little zing to start your morning, why not try adding one drop of essential oil for a little while and see if you feel a difference?