Neat Bike Device Pulls Water From The Air As You Cycle

This device collects moisture from the air and turns it into H20, filling the attached bottle with drinkable water while you cycle.

Before embarking upon a long ride, many cyclists are sure to fill up their water bottle and place it in their bike’s holder. But what if while you cycle, a device could be pulling drinkable water from the air? It may sound too good to be true, but it is, in fact, a reality.
Fontus, a device designed by Austrian Kristof Retezár, collects moisture from the air and fills an attached water bottle with clean, drinkable water.
The device, powered by solar cells, can collect about half a liter of aqua with an hour’s worth of cycling and the correct weather conditions.
How does it work? The solar-powered cooler and the speed of the air traveling through the device while biking condenses the moisture in the air. When moist air enters the upper chamber (shown at the top right of the diagram below), it is slowed by a series of barriers which give the air the time it needs to release its water molecules.
Once properly cooled, the molecules can then turn back into liquid water. Harvested H20 then flows down a tube into the bottle, where it is stored for consumption. Every kind of PET 0.5I bottle fits.
Retezár is confident his invention works and believes it will come in handy for bikers who don’t have much spare room or interest in making pit stops.
“When powered by electricity, the upper side cools down and the bottom side gets hot. The more you cool the hot side down, the colder the upper side will get. Consequently, these two sides are separated and isolated from each other,” says Retezár.

Retezár said, “My goal was to create a small, compact and self-sufficient device able to absorb humid air, separate water molecules from air molecules and store water in liquid form in a bottle.”
While there are still some technical issues that need to be worked as they limit the device’s usefulness, it is still an intriguing invention likely to appeal to many bike enthusiasts. At present, Fontus produces only about a drop of water per minute, making it hard for cycling on a hot and humid day. It will also likely be a difficult innovation to utilize in polluted cities, as water would be rendered undrinkable.
Still, supporters of Fontus hope Retezár finds success so he is able to further refine and develop the device.


Where Did The $500 Million Collected Fund Relief Of The Red Cross For Haiti Really Go To?

In 2010 Haiti suffered a devastating 7.0 magnitude earthquake that left a nation struggling to overcome the disaster, even today. Five years ago, the Red Cross launched into action to help rebuild and transform the areas that suffered the most. As a result, people gathered to support Haiti and the Red Cross from around the globe, providing a massive relief fund of five hundred million dollars.
To date, the population in Campeche, who were a main focus of rebuilding for the Red Cross Projects, is still yet to see much benefit. The intention was to provide basic sanitation, shelter, and electricity to the stricken area.
“Like many humanitarian organizations responding in Haiti, the American Red Cross met complications in relation to government coordination delays, disputes over land ownership, delays at Haitian customs, challenges finding qualified staff who were in short supply and high demand, and the cholera outbreak, among other challenges,” reported, an investigative journalism site awarded with the Pulitzer Prize.
But the question arises, is land ownership and customs an excuse to misallocate an extensive portion of the donations received? As of June 2015, according to propublica, only six houses had been built in the area. Not bad for claims of helping over 130,000 people with accommodation with half a billion dollars.
The CEO of the Red Cross insists contrary to the evidence, by maintaining that Haiti is now better prepared for future disasters. “Millions of Haitians are safer, healthier, more resilient, and better prepared for future disasters thanks to generous donations to the American Red Cross,” CEO Gail McGovern stated.
The Red Cross have yet to disclose a transparent report detailing how the money has been spent, and in 2011 a memo was released outlining the failure of the Red Cross project in Haiti, outlining the lack of training to efficiently deal with the implementation of issues such as Cholera.
“Lacking the expertise to mount its own projects, the Red Cross ended up giving much of the money to other groups to do the work. Those groups took out a piece of every dollar to cover overhead and management. Even on the projects done by others, the Red Cross had its own significant expenses – in one case, adding up to a third of the project’s budget,” suggests Justin Elliott journalist for propublica and NPR Laura Sullivan.
This isn’t the first time the Red Cross has faced criticism for their ‘aid.’ When Hurricane Sandy hit theCaribbean and the east coast in 2012, Red Cross ran to the people’s aid with donations over $250 million. However, issues about the donations arose, not unlike Haiti. According to a representative of the Red Cross at the time,  how spending was distributed for the Hurricane Sandy disaster was considered a “trade secret,” that if released “the American Red Cross would suffer competitive harm because its competitors would be able to mimic the American Red Cross’s business model for an increased competitive advantage.”
When propublica asked for Red Cross to comment and they declined, they decided to visit Campeche in Haiti to see for themselves, the projects that were reportedly put into place to help the community. What they discovered was a growing resentment with aid workers. Jean Jean Flaubert, the head of a community group that the Red Cross set up as a local sounding board, was one such member.
“What the Red Cross told us is that they are coming here to change Campeche. Totally change it,’ said Flaubert. ‘Now I do not understand the change that they are talking about. I think the Red Cross is working for themselves.”
However, what most people do not know is that the Red Cross gave an official answer to all questions on their website in an article, explaining where the money went to. You can read it here:


European Researchers Warn the World of the Dangers of Climate Engineering

In a new report, a team of 14 different organizations in Germany, the U.K., Norway, France, and Austria concluded that efforts to geoengineer the climate are not without risk and not a substitute for reducing greenhouse emissions.
The project “European Trans-disciplinary Assessment of Climate Engineering” (EuTRACE) released their report,titled “Removing Greenhouse Gases from the Atmosphere and Reflecting Sunlight away from Earth,” which describes the limits and dangers of climate engineering schemes. Variousmethods for fighting climate change have been proposed, including controversial methods like Solar Radiation Management (SRM), which proposes spraying aerosols from planes in order to reflect sunlight.
EuTRACE was formed to provide a European perspective from scientific and non-expert stakeholders ranging from the natural sciences and engineering to social sciences and the humanities.
It is not yet clear whether it is possible to develop and scale-up any proposed climate engineering technique to the extent that it could be implemented to significantly reduce climate change,” saidNaomi Vaughan of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research at the University of East Anglia.
The report warns that nations should not rely on untested geoengineering methods.
It is important to understand the possibilities and problems associated with climate engineering proposals, in order to make decisions on them in a responsible manner,” said Mark Lawrence, the project’s coordinator and scientific director of the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) in Potsdam. “But it would be irresponsible, based on all we know so far, to expect climate engineering to significantly contribute to solving the problem of climate change in the next several decades.”
Despite the warnings, the report said it was “sensible” to investigate techniques such as carbon capture and storage, SRM, or ocean iron fertilization.
One of the many dangers of manipulating the weather is the loss of blue skies. According to a report by the New Scientist, Ben Kravitz of the Carnegie Institution for Science has shown that releasing sulphate aerosols high in the atmosphere scatters sunlight . He says this could decrease the amount of sunlight that hits the ground by 20%, making the sky appear more hazy.
The controversy around geoengineering has grown in recent years as more people ask whether or not climate engineering programs are already active. Most people who raise these questions are written off as conspiracy theorists by the corporate media. It is highly imperative to research the dangers of geoengineering and consider the possibility that the U.S. (and other nations) may already be participating in live geoengineering schemes without informing the public or the global community. Whether to combat climate change—or use as a weapon—altering the weather could have disastrous ramifications.
Believe it or not, the United States government has a history of weather modification. In a 1996 document entitled “Weather as a Force Multiplier: Owning the Weather by 2025,” the U.S. Air Force discussed a number of proposals for using weather as a weapon. The Environmental Modification Treaty was signed by the United States and other nations to halt global weather modification.
But the government did not simply research these ideas. It actually implemented them. During the Vietnam War, the U.S. government operated covert weather modification programs under Operation Popeye. The government does not only experiment with technology in foreign countries—it likes to try it at home, as well. In 2012, it was revealed that the U.S. Army sprayed toxic chemicals over the skies of St. Louis without informing the public.
It’s also now known that the government is currently practicing another form of geoengineering known as cloud-seeding. This practice is done in an attempt to cause rainfall and snow in drought stricken areas or cause artificial precipitation in typically dry places. In fact, as AccuWeather reports, six test sites in the U.S. are being used now to employ drones to conduct the cloud-seeding process.
Geoengineering and specifically, Solar Radiation Management, have increasingly been in the news as the global community looks for solutions to a host of environmental issues, including climate change. Another international committee of scientists released a report stating that using geoengineering techniques to combat the effects of climate change is not a viable alternative to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The committee report called for further research and understanding of various geoengineering techniques—including carbon dioxide removal schemes and SRM—before implementation. The scientists found that SRM techniques are likely to present “serious known and possible unknown environmental, social, and political risks, including the possibility of being deployed unilaterally.”
While speaking at an annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in San Jose, California, Professor Alan Robock offered a warning on geoengineering. Robock discussed the possibility that the Central Intelligence Agency is using the weather as a weapon of war. Robock has done research for the intergovernmental panel on climate change (IPCC) in the past.
Robock stated he was phoned by two men claiming to be from the CIA, asking whether or not it was possible for hostile governments to use geoengineering—or mass manipulation of the weather—against the United States.
Robock noted that, “The CIA was a major funder of the National Academies report so that makes me really worried who is going to be in control.” The National Academy of Sciences report examined the effects and possibility of geoengineering to combat climate change. The report was also funded by NASA, the U.S. Department of Energy, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
What do you think? Is the government using geoengineering in a misguided attempt to save the world? Is it more sinister? Or is the whole thing a distraction? Leave your thoughts below.
Want to know more? Check out “Renowned Climate Scientist Fears the CIA Could Use the Weather as a War Weapon” for a Background on geoengineering.


Hackers Can Kill You! ‘Experts’ Seize Control Of Speeding SUV On Highway

In 2013, Andy Greenberg, then a Forbes writer, asked Charlie Miller, a security engineer at Twitter, and Chris Valasek, the director of security intelligence at the Seattle consultancy IOActive, to prove him that a car is not a simple machine of glass and steel but a hackable network of computers. And by exploiting Ford Escape and Toyota Prius’ self-parking functions and reverse-engineering enough of the software, the ‘hackers’ sent commands from their laptops that killed power steering, spoofed the GPS and made pathological liars out of speedometers and odometers.
Two years later, Greenberg, now a senior writer for Wired magazine, asked Miller and Valasek — two “white hat” or altruistic hackers — to show him what they could do to a Jeep Cherokee and whether they could again highlight the security vulnerabilities of hundreds of thousands of American automobiles.

By sending data to its Internet-connected entertainment and navigation system via a mobile phone network, the ‘wireless carjackers’ managed to remotely take control of a Jeep Cherokee’s air-conditioning system, radio and windshield wipers as Greenberg drove the SUV.
In a controlled test, they turned on the Jeep Cherokee’s radio and activated other inessential features before rewriting code embedded in the entertainment system hardware to issue commands through the internal network to steering, brakes and the engine.
“Though I hadn’t touched the dashboard, the vents in the Jeep Cherokee started blasting cold air at the maximum setting, chilling the sweat on my back through the in-seat climate control system. Next the radio switched to the local hip hop station and began blaring Skee-lo at full volume. I spun the control knob left and hit the power button, to no avail. Then the windshield wipers turned on, and wiper fluid blurred the glass,” Greenberg wrote.
“Miller and Valasek’s full arsenal includes functions that at lower speeds fully kill the engine, abruptly engage the brakes, or disable them altogether. The most disturbing maneuver came when they cut the Jeep’s brakes, leaving me frantically pumping the pedal as the 2-ton SUV slid uncontrollably into a ditch. Their hack enables surveillance too: They can track a targeted Jeep’s GPS coordinates, measure its speed, and even drop pins on a map to trace its route,” he revealed.
Even the hackers themselves were taken aback by their abilities.“When I saw we could do it anywhere, over the Internet, I freaked out. I was frightened. It was like, holy f—, that’s a vehicle on a highway in the middle of the country. Car hacking got real, right then,” Valasek told Wired.
Miller and Valasek had earlier exploited a weak spot in Uconnect, an Internet-connected feature on as many as 471,000 Fiat Chrysler cars, SUVs, and trucks, and controls the vehicle’s entertainment and navigation, enables phone calls, and even offers a Wi-Fi hot spot. Using a laptop computer and a burner phone, they were able to send a series of commands to the car.
“Uconnect computers are linked to the Internet by Sprint’s cellular network, and only other Sprint devices can talk to them,” Greenberg explained. By connecting a phone to his laptop, Miller was able to use the phone as a Wi-Fi hot spot and search Sprint’s entire 3G network for hackable cars.
Interestingly, on July 20, just hours after Wired published its story, Sens. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) unveiled a bill aimed at keeping Internet-connected cars from getting hacked.
“Controlled demonstrations show how frightening it would be to have a hacker take over controls of a car. Drivers shouldn’t have to choose between being connected and being protected. We need clear rules of the road that protect cars from hackers and American families from data trackers,” Markey said in a statement.
Miller and Valasek aren’t the first to hack a car over the Internet. In 2011, a team of researchers from the University of Washington and the University of California at San Diego showed that they could wirelessly disable the locks and brakes on a sedan.


Satellites To Provide Cheap Uncensored Internet To The World Ready For Launch

SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk has announced that the company is currently developing a micro-satellite network that hopes to bring cheap and uncensored internet access to the world, and that they will begin testing the satellites in the next 6 months. Back in January, the company received a $1 billion donation from Google and Fidelity.
The initial program’s main objective “is to validate the design of a broadband antenna communications platform … that will lead to the final LEO [low-Earth orbit] constellation design,SpaceX said in its FCC filings.
We reported last year, that Musk said that the company is in the early stages of development on the project. Responding to a comment about the cost of the service, Musk said that the internet service would be “unfettered certainly and at very low cost.”
The announcement comes in the midst of heavy debate surrounding the cost and regulation of internet services. Musk’s announcement provides a solution that offers both cheap and unregulated internet, something that does not seem possible within the current internet paradigm. SpaceX is just one of many organizations who are developing creative solutions to the problems caused by internet centralization.
Along with mega corporations like SpaceX, Google and Facebook, independent researchers are also working on solutions, such as mesh networks and WI-Fi sharing systems.


This Guy Converted His Motorcycle To Run On Water! Now He Will Have To Watch His Back

For decades there have been stories about vehicles that could run on water, and now we can actually see one of these vehicles in action. The T Power H20 motorbike was developed in Sao Paulo, Brazil by a man named Ricardo Azevedo.
The motorcycle can travel up to 310 miles on just a liter of water, and it does not require any specific type of water. Azevedo has even demonstrated how the motorcycle works using polluted water from a nearby river.
The motorcycle works by combining a battery with a water combustion system that helps to generate electricity.
In the video demonstrating his invention, Azevedo uses clean water to power the bike and drinks it on camera to show that it is not fuel.
“The advantage of this motorcycle, which works with the hydrogen that comes from the water, is that the result that comes out of the exhaust is water vapour. This is different from gasoline, which the result is carbon monoxide,” Azevedo said.
Azevedo’s invention could entirely change the transportation industry, but he should be careful because inventors like him have been discredited and even killed in the past. The best way to keep Azevedo and his invention safe is to spread the word about it so it is more difficult for competing interests to sweep it under the rug.


Pirate Bay Founders Were Cleared Of Strict Copyright Crimes In A Belgian Court

The three main founders, as well as the financier, of one the world’s most popular torrenting sites, The Pirate Bay (TPB), were in joy a couple of weeks ago when they were acquitted by a Belgian court for criminal charges over a copyright case.
The case, which was filled by the Belgian Entertainment Association, or the BEA, who was charging TPB’s three founders, Svartholm, Fredrick Neij, Peter Sunde and its financier, Carl Lundström for violating their copyright terms during a time span from September 2011 to November 2013. The BEA were requesting criminal charges towards the four members of TPB which could have resulted in some ridiculously high charges or even jail time.
All four members deny having anything to do with the copyright violation due to their site being sold to a Seychelles-based company called Reservella away back in 2006. This was resulted as problematic, due to the BEA’s claims stating that the crime was caused from late 2011 to late 2013, like stated above.
Furthermore, Svartholm couldn’t have been involved thanks to his great alibi – he was in a Swedish prison serving a two-year sentence for hacking into the Swedish arm of IT services firm Logica at the time.
The case was fortunately closed, with the result of the four walking away free and needing to pay no charges what so ever.
Olivier Maeterlinck, director of the BEA stated, “Technically speaking, we agree with the court.”


Little Girl Uses Raspberry Pi To Hack Her Dad’s Computer

To play a prank on her father, a smart little girl used the Linux SSH tool to take control of his computer, made it talk to him and closed down the programs he was working on – with her Raspberry Pi computer. She had the permission from her mother for the ‘hack’…
Here are some Linux shell commands she used:

#open a shell using their username and ip (you’ll be asked for a password)
ssh username@ip
#who will show the users logged onto that machine
#top will show processes running on their computer
#top -o mem will show processes using the most memory first
top -o mem
#now kill the process with the id you got from using the top command
kill -9 (process id)