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Cars to be Started by Lasers Instead of Spark Plugs

  • This an interesting piece of new automotive technology which should be quite simple to implement and could be very effective. Telegraph UK reports :
    The familiar sound of cars failing to start in the cold weather is set to become a thing of the past after scientists developed lasers which can be used to replace spark plugs in petrol engines.
    Scientists at Liverpool University and engineers at car giants Ford have developed a new ignition system which uses focused beams of laser light to ignite the fuel.
    The researchers claim the technology is more reliable and efficient than current spark plug technology and will enable cars to start more easily in cold and damp conditions.
    It is understood that Ford, the world’s fourth largest car manufacturer, hopes to put the laser ignition system into their top of the range vehicles within the next couple of years before making it more widely available.
    Dr Tom Shenton, a reader in engineering at Liverpool University who is leading the project, said: “We are running engines everyday in our laboratory with this system now and our ultimate objective is have it inside cars driven by consumers.
    “Lasers can be focused and split into multiple beams to give multiple ignition points, which means it can give a far better chance of ignition.
    “This can really improve the performance of the engine when it is cold, as this is the time when around 80 per cent of the exhaust emissions are produced and the engine is at is least efficient.
    “The laser also produces more stable combustion so you need to put less fuel into the cylinder.” In current engines spark plugs are positioned at the top or bottom of a cylinder and they can often fail to ignite fuel effectively if the petrol is not in the right position in the cylinder.
    In the new system the spark plug is replaced by a laser powered by the car battery which is sent along thin optical fibres into the engine’s cylinders where lenses focus the beam into an intense pinprick of light.
    When fuel is injected into the engine, the laser is fired, producing enough heat to ignite the fuel and power the engine. The researchers claim that the laser, which will need to fire more than 50 times per second to produce 3000 RPM, will require less power than traditional spark plugs.
    Some of the laser can be reflected back from inside the cylinder to provide information for the car on the type of fuel being used and the level of ignition, allowing the car to adjust the quantities of air and fuel automatically to optimise the performance.
    This raises the prospect of mixed fuel cars which can run on a number of different biofuels while ensuring they still run efficiently.
    “It has a real potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the future by improving the ignition and combustion of fuel, particularly in engines starting from cold, but it can also be used in mixed fuel engines such as biofuels.”


July 14, 2009 Posted by | Science & Technology | | 3 Comments

Webster Tarpley: The MSM Propaganda Assault.

  • The western MSM is largely bought an owned by the shadow government. They are filled with propaganda. Americans are being brain washed and they do not realize it. The country is becoming more and more like 1930s Germany. Look at the cover of the Newsweek issues worldwide: 
  • This is to keep the sheeple happy and occupied with trivial like the death of Michael Jackson. So that they will not dwell on issues like the economy and the many ongoing wars.
  • Webster Tarpley advises on what is really happening behind the scenes in Iran and the XinJiang protests in China. What is the New World Order bunch of criminals really up to?


July 14, 2009 Posted by | GeoPolitics | , | 1 Comment

DPJ’s Nakagawa Says Japan Should Diversify Reserves Away From Dollar

  • Japanese politicians understand the situation. The USD is going to be worthless. However, the ruling parties will not outright say it for fear of retaliation from the shadow US government. Since WW2 Japan has been under their control. It is left to the opposition political parties to articulate the obvious. The double talk below is obvious: if everyone starts to dump the USD, Japan will suffer. Bloomberg reports :
    Japan’s opposition party, leading in polls ahead of next month’s election, said the nation should consider shifting its $1 trillion of foreign reserves away from the dollar and buying International Monetary Fund bonds.
    “In the medium to long term, we need to do what we can to avoid the risk of currency losses or economic turbulence that could result if the dollar were to swing,”
    Masaharu Nakagawa, the shadow finance minister in the Democratic Party of Japan, said in an interview in Tokyo on July 9. “Many countries are starting to diversify their reserves.”
    investors are the biggest foreign holders of Treasuries after China with $685.9 billion of the securities in April, and Finance MinisterKaoru Yosanosaid last month his trust in the bonds is “unshakable.” The DPJ yesterday beat the ruling Liberal Democratic Party in elections for Tokyo’s city assembly, boosting its prospects ahead of national polls that Prime Minister Taro Aso today called for Aug. 30.
    “The current reality of Japan’s foreign-currency reserves is that their heavy weighting toward dollar assets means any fall in the dollar’s value leads to valuation losses,” said
    Susumu Kato, chief economist in Tokyo at Calyon Securities, the investment banking unit of Credit Agricole SA. “The DPJ is opposed to a foreign-currency reserve policy that is so wholly skewed to the dollar.”‘Unshakable’ Trust
    Nakagawa said Japan should consider purchases of new bonds issued by the International Monetary Fund that will pay an interest rate pegged to the fund’s basket of currencies — the dollar, euro, yen and pound — and known as Special Drawing Rights. The dollar is the principal component of SDRs. The IMF said this month it would issue bonds to its 186 members for the first time.
    “We should start considering that as an option,” Nakagawa said. “I am not saying we should do it right away. If everyone starts doing it all of sudden, it may sway the dollar.” He didn’t say Japan should sell any of its dollar holdings.
    DPJ lawmaker
    Tsutomu Okubo, a director of the upper house’s financial committee, said there’s no consensus in the party on currency policy. Enhancing trust in the dollar and Treasuries is beneficial for Japan and the country shouldn’t change its currency reserve allocations for the time being, he said in an interview today. 


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Professor Harrit: WTC Buildings Were Brought Down By Controlled Demolition


July 14, 2009 Posted by | GeoPolitics, History | , | 18 Comments