Nikola Tesla and sub-quantum kinetics

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I am a big fan of Nikola Tesla, the famous engineer, physicist and inventor who developed the AC motor, among many other things, during his time in New York at the end of the nineteenth century. He was truly a genius.He was so gifted that he was said to be able to run experiments in his head and watch for any wear and tear, or problems in their design. He produced important, ground-breaking inventions and technologies but he also investigated and developed ideas that went counter to the current scientific orthodoxy. There is evidence that this wasn't well-received amongst the rich and powerful of the United States, and Tesla ended his life in poverty. According to reports, after he died, the FBI raided his rooms and took away all his papers. They eventually returned them to Tesla's solicitor, minus several key boxes of diagrams and notes.

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One such anomalous physics phenomena that Tesla was very interested in was that a high-energy electrical discharge seemed to produce a gravitational wave. He knew this because the discharge occurred in a vacuum chamber and yet he felt the gravitational shock-wave while standing nearby, discounting the possibility that it was caused by an air-pressure wave. According to standard physics, such behaviour should be impossible, as charge and gravity are officially not related. There is evidence that Tesla's insight about charge and gravitational waves was picked up by Russian scientists, among others, described in the very interesting book ''the scientist, the madman, the thief and their lightbulb'. Read More...

Bill and Ted 3!!

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As a bit of light relief in between blogs about our grim future, I wanted to talk about something totally amazing (possibly) that might happen soon; Bill and Ted 3!

I have always been a fan of Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey, which is definitely one of my all-time favourite movies, as well as Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure. They came out nearly thirty years ago but Bogus Journey is still as fun now as it was when it first appeared. Now, supposedly (unless it gets delayed again), there will finally be a third Bill and Ted movie. Here's a quick trailer from the guys:

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Working out who will survive climate change

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This week, many youngsters in the United Kingdom have gone out on school climate strikes/demonstrations, inspired by Greta Thunberg. Elsewhere in Europe and the world, young people have been demonstrating about our governments' political inaction with regard to climate change. In relation to an article on the subject, I made this comment in the Guardian newspaper:

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"A while ago, I watched a documentary in which a Navajo elder, discussing environmentalism, pointed out that the United States had a Bill of Rights, but not a Bill of Responsibilities. Do you think it would be beneficial for Greta Thunberg to write up a Bill of Responsibilities, including such duties as only flying in an emergency, becoming vegetarian, using public transport or cycling whenever possible, buying less goods, and for people to public pledge to adhere to those Responsibilities? A demonstration is a good thing but it's gone the next day. Long term pledges by many people would have a definite, positive impact."

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My comment ended up being be the Guardian's favourite comment for their article, but unfortunately, my comment is irrelevant in terms of stopping climate change. Global warming is now effectively a runaway train. We have passed several environmental tipping points on Earth. Methane is bubbling up in our cooked Arctic, the top of our Greenland ice-cap is becoming dark and being rained on in the winter, Australia is becoming inhospitable, its wildlife dying and much of its farming is collapsing. California and Greece are burning up and a major Antarctic ice-shelf is on the point of collapse. We are much further along than even the IPCC admits; they are still talking about trying to avoid 1.5C of warming, when we are in fact already 1.75C warmer compared to 1750 AD (rather than their reprehensible 1850 AD benchmark). We are way beyond demonstrations and political pledges; that time has gone. Now, I think there are only three rational discussions worth having with regard to our collective future:

1) Should I have children and inflict a life of hardship and climate chaos upon them? For that is what will happen to the vast majority of people in the next half-century. Fortunately, some people are openly discussing this matter and deciding not to have children. It is still a personal decision, with many difficult aspects to consider, but as long as people are thinking about it, that's progress.

2) I must still do my best to limit my negative effect on the planet for my own peace of mind. The fact that climate change is now a runaway train doesn't mean that our acts aren't important. We still have to look ourselves in the mirror everyday and I think we will all review our lives after they're over. Our personal acts are of great importance to us personally because they tell us what we are as moral and spiritual individuals. To use an analogy, there are seven billion people on our planet, so one death seems insignificant, but it's still wrong to murder someone.

3) Seven billion people are not going to survive climate change. In a century's time, our planet will only support seventy million people, or seven million people. Which few will survive? The remainder of this article tries to answer that third question. Read More...

Prof Eric Laithwaite - video review

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Here is a very well presented video about the career of Professor Eric Laithwaite, an accomplished engineer and inventor and the main brain behind MagLev or magnetic levitation. This video focuses mainly on Eric's development of magnetic levitation, which was a major achievement in itself, but at the 12:00 minute mark, the video moves on to a fascinating anomaly that Laithwaite highlighted. It is that a gyroscope, spinning at high speed, exhibits anomalous gravitation effects when moved in a certain direction. It seems, based on Laithwaite's straightforward demonstration, that the gyroscope's weight, the force of gravitation acting on its mass, is significantly lessened when moving in a certain direction while spinning at high speed.



Eric's demonstration is so simple that it's hard to imagine why this phenomenon hasn't been thoroughly investigated, but there are straightforward reasons for this.

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The Body Electric - book review

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The Body Electric, by Dr Robert Becker and Gary Selden, is an excellent investigation into how electrical signals control healing and general cellular function in the body. The first two-thirds of the book documents how the author, a physician and researcher in the United States, discovered how DC signals in the body, through the Schwann cells around the nerves, are critical in cellular repair and wound healing. He shows how salamanders are able to regrow their tails and bone fractures heal themselves. Clever use of current stimulation at very low levels can have a wondrous effect on wound repair, breakages and other healing effects. He shows that proteins and other cellular components act as semi-conductors, allowing rapid but low level electron flow through the body.

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The author then goes on to study how cancer growth and cancer removal are both heavily influenced by electron flow in the body. For example, he shows that when a salamander's tail is cut, its process of regrowth also heals cancerous growths in its own body, even if those cancerous growths were crafted on to it from another animal. This situation, 'cancer removal while the host is in a heightened healing state' is similar to another scenario, where a person in a high fever can actually be cured of his or her cancer. This phenomenon was discovered by the American physician William Coley, something I wrote about in an earlier blog article.

In the final few chapters of the book, Dr Becker then switches to the matter of electromagnetic pollution, from microwaves, cathode ray tubes, overhead power lines, mobile phones and other sources of radiation. During the book, Dr Becker has explained how all cellular processes on Earth, including our own bodies, are highly sensitive to magnetic fields, including our Earth's magnetic field, and all its subtle fluctuations. In the chapters of electromagnetic pollution, he puts forward a lot of evidence that the sheer mass of electromagnetic pollution we are now receiving is definitely affecting our mental states, our fertility, our cancer growths and other serious health issues. Read More...

Who's prepared to survive climate change?

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In the last few weeks, I've been writing about climate change and how human beings are going to survive on our planet in the future. The recent disasters in Queensland, Australia, where cattle farmers, after years of drought, have suffered livestock-destroying floods, show that farming outdoors will become increasingly difficult and eventually impossible in a climate-changed Earth. Australia has become one of the main countries that is suffering the first impacts of serious climate change. It has been suffering records temperatures, temperatures so high that its fish are dying in its rivers and its bats and marsupials are falling dead from its trees.

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If we follow the current, accelerating temperature changes, in fifty years time, no one will be able to survive outdoors in Australia for any significant length of time and the vast majority of its agriculture will be gone.

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The Blue Man Group and Venus Hum - I feel love

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I don't mention music much on this website, mostly because I think there are bigger issues that need discussing, but I found this performance of the classic Donna Summer hit 'I feel love' by The Blue Man Group and Venus Hum on vocals. I've watched it six times in two days, because it's just plain awesome.



P.s. if anyone's interested, here are my top 828 songs (in alphabetical order). I know it's a strange number, but they're all the ones in my record collection that got a star. The funny thing is, when I play them on random selection, I still feel that there's not enough of them but that's okay. We may be screwing up our planet but some of us have produced the most wonderful music; that's something to treasure.

1999, Prince, 1999
(Don't Fear) The Reaper, Blue Öyster Cult, Don't Fear the Reaper: The Best of Blue Öyster Cult
(Nothing But) Flowers, Talking Heads, Once In A Lifetime
(Still A) Weirdo, KT Tunstall, Tiger Suit (Deluxe Edition)
2000 miles, Pretenders, Best Of
4 seasons in one day, Crowded House, Woodface
50 ways to leave your lover, Paul Simon, Best Of
59th Street bridge song, Simon and Garfunkel, Best Of
99 Red balloons, Nena, Best Of
A hard rain's a-gonna fall, Bob Dylan, The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan
A hazy shade of winter, Simon and Garfunkel, Bookends
A Little Less Conversation (JXL Radio Edit Remix), Elvis Presley, Elvis 30 #1 Hits
A little respect, Wheatus, Best Of
A message to you, Rudy, Specials. The, Best Of

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How saving the planet can bring happiness

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Climate change is accelerating. If we don’t do something drastic soon, akin to a War-Effort, where agriculture is transformed to feed the population in the most land-efficient way (i.e. no beef), petrol is rationed, non-emergency flights are banned etc, we’re all screwed. Unfortunately, there’s no sign at all that the powers-that-be have any interest in doing this, or encouraging the general population to make such sacrifices. There are ways that some of us could survive, but even they're not being developed.

Fortunately, we, as individuals, still have the freedom to do the right thing and reduce our contribution to climate change. This is good news because climate change isn’t just a collective challenge, it’s a personal challenge and we can’t escape that. We’ve come into this world and we have the freedom to make choices and those choices stay with us; we will know what we did. There will be no absolution, no priestly forgiveness if we chicken out of our obligations. If we choose to not make an effort to help save our planet, because we like fancy goods and cheap holidays abroad and a big car etc, then in the future, when we see the devastation of our planet caused by such selfish decisions, we are going to hate ourselves. No one can escape this result. Any attempts to argue that our personal efforts are irrelevant don't work. To show the truth of this, here's an example:

A colleague once said to me 'what's the point of limiting my carbon footprint, there's seven billion people on this planet, it makes no difference!' I replied, 'so it's okay then if I kill you?' He was shocked and said 'no, of course not!' I replied that according to his logic, he's only one of seven billion people, so it's irrelevant if I kill him or not. He didn’t like the argument but it’s still true. His life might seem irrelevant on a global scale, but it’s still precious to him. In the same way, our efforts to help save our planet are very important to us. Read More...