Ultra – Ever Dry Superhydrophobic coating

The Official Ultra-Ever Dry Video – Superhydrophobic coating – Repels almost any liquid!
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Published on Nov 12, 2012
Ultra-Ever Dry is a superhydrophobic (water) and oleophobic (hydrocarbons) coating that will completely repel almost any liquid. Ultra-Ever Dry uses proprietary nanotechnology to coat an object and create a barrier of air on its surface. This barrier repels water, oil and other liquids unlike any coating seen before. The other breakthrough associated with Ultra-Ever Dry is the superior coating adherence and abrasion resistance allowing it to be used in all kinds of applications where durability is required. Keep your stuff Ever Dry and neverwet!

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Ultra-Ever Dry is a superhydrophobic (water) and oleophobic (hydrocarbons) coating that will completely repel almost any liquid. Ultra-Ever Dry uses proprietary nanotechnology to coat an object and create a barrier of air on its surface. This barrier repels water, oil and other liquids unlike any coating seen before. The other breakthrough associated with Ultra-Ever Dry is the superior coating adherence and abrasion resistance allowing it to be used in all kinds of applications!

Anti-Wetting

The superhydrophobic coating keeps objects dry, water and many other liquids simply repel off.
Anti-Icing

The superhydrophobic properties of Ultra-Ever dry keeps coated materials completely dry, eliminating the formation of ice.
Anti-Corrosion

Maximum corrosion protection since the superhydrophobic coating ensures water and moisture never actually contact the base material.
Anti-Contamination

Dust, dirt, water and other liquids that contain bacteria or radiation never actually contact the surface of the coated material so bacteria and radiation is greatly diminished or eliminated and easy to decontaminate to sterile, if needed.
Self-Cleaning

The Ultra-Ever Dry repels dirty water and thick oils, and remains clean and virtually bacteria-free. When dust, dirt or other molecules accumulate on a superhyrophobic coated surface, a light spray of water or a blast of air grabs the dust and removes it.
Self-Cleaning

The Ultra-Ever Dry repels dirty water and thick oils, and remains clean and virtually bacteria-free. When dust, dirt or other molecules accumulate on a superhyrophobic coated surface, a light spray of water or a blast of air grabs the dust and removes it.
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Build a DIY solar-powered backyard tiller

Here is a quiet, light weight portable garden tiller for small jobs around your place.  The build is simple and the cost really is minimal.

Build a DIY solar-powered backyard tiller

http://www.treehugger.com/solar-technology/diy-solar-powered-backyard-tiller.html

Derek Markham (@derekmarkham)
Technology / Solar Technology
March 24, 2015
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DIY solar tiller

DIY solar tiller
© Dennis Evers
Instead of adding a lot of noise and pollution to your backyard garden with a gas-powered tiller, build a DIY solar-powered version that’s clean and quiet.

One of the surest signs of spring is the Saturday morning roar of two-stroke gas engines coming from lawns, gardens, and backyards, as people start to till their gardens, cut their grass, and trim the weeds. The lightweight small gas engines that power rototillers, lawnmowers, and weedeaters are handy, as they can drastically cut the time needed for yard maintenance, but they also come at a price, both financially and environmentally.

Many of these small internal combustion engines used for yardwork can release as much as 30% of the fuel/oil mixture as unburned pollutants into the atmosphere due to incomplete combustion, which not only wastes fuel and money, but also contributes to air pollution.

“USEPA estimates that a gasoline powered lawn mower emits 11 times the air pollution of a new car for each hour of operation.” – EPA

Solar energy is a great clean power solution for some of these small garden tasks, but there really aren’t a whole lot of options for solar-powered home yard machines available just yet. However, just as the solar lawnmower project demonstrates, building a DIY solar tiller could be an option for the green and clean homeowner, as one resourceful tinkerer illustrates below.

Dennis “Bones” Evers, a Colorado prepper, converted a conventional garden tiller into a completely solar-powered version, using only scrounged parts and taking about 6 hours to complete:

I asked Evers about some of the details of his solar tiller, because the video doesn’t give the specs on the components he used, to which he replied, “This is one of the easier, yet more rewarding projects I have done,” along with some more info on the build:

“It [the solar panel] is a 5 Watt panel, and I use a simple blocking diode (one way) instead of a solar controller. The batteries are two [12V] 5 Ah computer backup batteries that provide enough power to till several beds. I could easily add two more batteries, but as it is it is very easy to use and transport. I salvaged 120 batteries that were perfect and was looking for projects to use them up. One is a four battery micro welder that works fantastic for field repairs.

The motor is a Briggs and Stratton lawn mower starter. I just got in from my garden and it works fantastic. I just leave it out in the garden facing south and use it when I need it. If a person wanted a bigger one, you could easily upgrade with a larger starter from a Ford or Chevy and a full size battery.”

https://proficientprepping.wordpress.com/
Evers documents his DIY projects at Proficient Prepping, so if you’re looking for some pointers or ideas about building your own home and garden gear, including solar hot water and solar electric systems, or emergency preparedness, head over there and dive in.

Malware! Your Computer Is Infected!

If you suddenly have a bunch of pop-ups, pages opening up, even though you never hit any link, and warnings about your computer being infected, it is.
Don’t call the numbers provided by the message! Those are scammer numbers to sell you free stuff, and they want to get into your computer, so they can leave they’re own bugs in it.

If you have malware go to http://www.malwarebytes.org/antimalware/ , and get their free download. Follow the directions all of the way through. Now before you delete all of the things that program found, highlight what it is, and copy the names of the malware onto a notepad, or wordpad document, and go to Google/ search and see where that takes you.

I recommend you go to http://malwaretips.com/blogs/malware-removal-guide-for-windows/
and follow this blogs instructions. It will take 4 or 5 different cleaners to remove the malware. I am going to give you a list of links for these cleaners. Some of them are free, and unfortunatly some aren’t.

Once your computer is infected, you may never get rid of it all. The new crap that is infecting your machine is tenacious as hell…
It will take a coulpe of hours to run the cleaners through your computer, and hopefully you will at least regain some control over it.

I recommend you go to http://www.malwarebytes.org/antimalware/ , and read some of they’re blog. If you have the names of the malware, type it into they’re search place, and the information you need will magically appear.

Here are some of the cleaners, and tools you will probably have to use to remove the malware.
http://www.malwarebytes.org/antimalware/

http://www.surfright.nl/en/downloads This is hitman pro. When you use it, where it says USER ID type in FREE TRIAL, or free version and they will let you use it for 30 days.

https://toolslib.net/downloads/finish/1/ This is ADW CLEANER. It will be the first one you run, after you’ve identified your particular infection.

This one will be number two. http://malwaretips.com/blogs/pup-optional-mindspark-removal/#junkware

This is number three, but if you did what I said earlier, you already have this.
http://www.malwarebytes.org/antimalware/

This is number four. http://www.malwarebytes.org/antimalware/

These are some others, but they will cost money. You may have to actually buy some of these to rid yourself of the malware.
A note: I still have to scan my computer every week, and I am still pulling malware out of it. Good luck, and have a nice day!

http://malwaretips.com/blogs/remove-adware-popup-ads/

http://malwaretips.com/blogs/remove-tech-support-scam-popups/

http://malwaretips.com/blogs/malware-removal-guide-for-windows/

http://malwaretips.com/blogs/settingupdate-theupdatercheck-com-removal/

http://malwaretips.com/blogs/remove-fake-flash-player-update/

Why Do I Need A New Charger?

Here is the most popular question about new technology, and the products we are encouraged to buy. ” Why does every new item need a new style of charging cord? ” Even gadgets of the same make seem to require you to purchase a new charger, as the older style doesn’t work on the new model.

The answer is only too obvious, but it raises the question, aren’t these big businesses making plenty of money, selling us ” new and improved ” gadgetry? I am constantly amazed with all of the changes that are made to virtually the same products. There is no reason to change the simple things, like charging cords.

Most of the new tech items are using the USB port type chargers, and have the ability to recharge from a laptop, or a wall mount type charger, although the basic amperage may be different. Usually there is a safety feature installed to prevent your device from accepting too much voltage.

All of the phones use the same voltage batteries, but the battery designs are different, so you can’t use the old one you have. That way you have to buy a new one, and that generates more revenues for the parent company. Most of the laptops, and notebooks use a battery that ranges from 5 volts to 20 volts, depending on the device.
Almost all of the phones use a 3.6 volt battery. For those not in the know, it takes more voltage than what the battery voltage is, to fully charge. That is why chargers for your phone say they deliver 5 volts, while the battery is only 3.6 volts.

iClever® Intocircuit Power Castle PC26000 26000mAh External Battery Pack/High Capacity Power Bank Charger for Laptops, Notebooks, Netbooks, Tablets and Smart Phones. Compatible with HP, Dell, Toshiba, Acer, Samsung, Sony, Gateway Laptops; Google Nexus 7 Tablets; iPad 4,3,2, iPad mini, iPad Air, iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 5S, 5C, 5 (Lightning Cable not Provided), Samsung Galaxy S6 S5 S4,S3, Note 4 3 2; HTC One M8 M9 and More

Here’s how to charge any battery enough to keep doing the important stuff.

Fact 1: All past and future rechargeable batteries can be safely trickle charged if you don’t overcharge them. Trickle means low current, like half an amp for an average camera or phone battery.
Fact 2: Small incandescent bulbs such as flashlight bulbs and christmas tree mini lights make great current regulators.

You can plug any USB device into any USB cable and into any USB port, and nothing will blow up — and in fact, using a more powerful charger should speed up battery charging.
Comparative power supplies
Power Supply Tension (volts) Ampere
USB 1.0 5.0In 0.5A
USB 2.0 5.0In 0.5A
USB 3.0 5.0In 0.9A
Wall Charger iPhone 5.0In 1.0A
Wall charger for iPad 5,1In 2.1A
Wall charger for Amazon 5.0In 0.85A

There are three types of USB plugs 1.0 2.0 3.0 The 1.0 is the original largest type. the 2.0 is the smaller one that was introduced a few years ago, and the 3.0 is the smallest type.

Why Every New Macbook Needs a Different Goddamn Charger

Animal Cruelty: Live Animals For Sale As Key Chains In China

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Shared a post – rgcorros

http://www.crazynews.net/animal-cruelty-live-animals-for-sale-as-key-chains-in-china/

 

Here is more sickness! I am sorry for all of the sickening posts as of late. I am truly disgusted at the audasity of our fellow man. I do understand the need to make money in this day and age, but the extremes humankind takes are sickening.

This article has two parts: The obviously cruel ways people use, to create wealth for themselves, and some of the ways people break the law, to smuggle live animals into other countries.

 

Posted on October 20, 2013 | Comments Off

photo-Animal Cruelty_ Live Animals For Sale As Key Chains In China _ Crazy News

Animal Cruelty_ Live Animals For Sale As Key Chains In China _ Crazy News

Despite the fact that the selling of animals as keyring ornaments is a clear-cut case of animal cruelty, it is actually entirely within the law. Chinese law prohibits the sale of wild animals — a designation which evidently does not apply to the Brazil turtles and kingfish being sold.

photo-Animal Cruelty_ Live Animals For Sale As Key Chains In China _ Crazy News

Animal Cruelty_ Live Animals For Sale As Key Chains In China _ Crazy News

Live Animals Being Sold as Keyrings in China

photo-Live Animals Being Sold as Keyrings in China _ TreeHugger

Live Animals Being Sold as Keyrings in China _ TreeHugger

http://www.treehugger.com/natural-sciences/live-animals-being-sold-as-keyrings-in-china.html
Keyring ornaments are perhaps the most useless item you’ll ever carry in your pocket or stuff in your purse — but now, thanks to an increasingly popular item being sold in China, it can easily be the cruelest, too. For the price you might expect to pay for some kitschy trinket, Chinese street vendors are selling live animals, permanently sealed in a small plastic pouch where they can survive for a short while as someone’s conversation piece. Apparently, these unimaginably inhumane keyrings are actually quite popular — and worst of all, it’s totally legal.

photo-Animal Cruelty_ Live Animals For Sale As Key Chains In China _ Crazy News

Animal Cruelty_ Live Animals For Sale As Key Chains In China _ Crazy News

Potential buyers (read as animal-abusers) have the choice between a living Brazil turtle or two small kingfish, sealed in an airtight package along with some colored water. One vendor claimed that the trapped creatures “can live for months inside there” because the water contains “nutrients,” though veterinarians have already disputed this claim.

10 Outrageous Ways People Have Tried to Smuggle Animals

photo- Outrageous Ways People Have Tried to Smuggle Animals _ Page 2 _ TreeHugger

Outrageous Ways People Have Tried to Smuggle Animals _ Page 2 _ TreeHugger

http://www.treehugger.com/slideshows/natural-sciences/10-outrageous-ways-people-have-tried-to-smuggle-animals/

When Miami airport inspectors asked a man arriving from Havana, Cuba to raise his pants legs, they were surprised to find 44 birds strapped to his legs. The man had denied he was bringing any wildlife into the United States. He was released the next day on $50,000 bond after being charged with lying on a customs declaration form.

photo-10 Outrageous Ways People Have Tried to Smuggle Animals _ TreeHugger

10 Outrageous Ways People Have Tried to Smuggle Animals _ TreeHugger

The illegal trade in wildlife is second only to that of drugs in the United States, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS). A former FWS chief of law enforcement said, “There is no stigma attached to being an animal smuggler. If you get caught illegally transporting animals on a first offense, it’s possible you won’t even do jail time. You can’t say the same for running drugs.”

Jarte – Better Than Word pad

http://www.jarte.com/store.html
Jarte – Better Than Word pad
I don’t know how everyone else is writing their posts, I don’t get to sit behind them and see what program they’re using. I didn’t like Office, and Open Office, the free program was just as much a pain, as the Microsoft program was. I never liked notepad, as it always wrapped the sentences. So for years I have used Word pad, which is a great program, except…..

Word pad has great features, and is a well written program, utilizing an engine that functions extremely well. It is versatile and always reminds me when I need to save my work. My only complaint with Word pad is it didn’t come with a spell- check feature, and that will be it’s downfall!

When I want a document for purposes other than a post for this site, I would have to pretend I was creating a new post, so I could edit the document, as this site has a spell-check function, and lets me know when the wording is not right. Word pad doesn’t have those features. Apparently Word pad doesn’t have many features other document editing programs have, so I have changed to a new program!
http://www.jarte.com/?so=j&ed=s&ve=53

Jarte \jär · ‘tay\ noun (est. 2001) 1. A free word processor based on the Microsoft Word Pad word processing engine built into Windows. 2. A fast starting, easy to use word processor that expands well beyond the Word Pad feature set. 3. A small, portable, touch enabled word processor whose documents are fully compatible with Word and Word Pad.

“It’s one of life’s little ironies that in a country with free speech, a program called Word costs over a hundred dollars. Fortunately, we also have Carolina Road Software and their free-of-charge word processor, Jarte.”
—PC World magazine

The Jarte word processor relieves that problem by including only the features likely to be needed by real people. Jarte is designed for students, writers, small business people, and home users. But what really makes Jarte special is the unique way it makes the features that are included easily accessible.

You expect a word processor to be able to handle Word documents, font and paragraph formatting, spell checking, print preview, and more. While Jarte performs all the standard functions well, the most important aspect of Jarte is the numerous small details that make it an efficient and enjoyable tool for creating documents. Small details like:

photo--Jarte Plus Store

-Jarte Plus Store

Tabbed document windows for easy access to your open documents
Larger buttons for the most commonly used functions
Instant dictionary and thesaurus word lookup (integrates with free WordWeb)
Spell check and text search tools that do not park themselves on top of the text you are trying to edit
Single click bookmarking that make bookmarks both useful and usable
Instant access to the documents and folders you designate as your favorites
Instant access to the fonts you designate as your favorites
Use of the mouse scroll wheel button to copy and paste text
It is Jarte’s thoughtful details that will leave you wondering how you lived with that cumbersome office word processor for so long.

Take it With You!

Jarte may be the best word processor available for mobile PCs. Jarte takes up very little space on your SSD or hard drive, it runs quickly and efficiently, and Jarte’s compact display is perfect for small screen PCs. Jarte supports touch screen gestures, such as finger swipe scrolling and pinch zoom, for use on tablet PCs such as Microsoft’s Surface Pro. Jarte is an ideal word processor for mobile PCs!

Jarte may also be the best portable word processor available. Jarte can easily be run directly from a USB flash drive (or even a DropBox folder), so your word processor is always ready for you no matter what PC you’re using, providing the ultimate experience in portable word processing.

Stable WordPad Editing Engine

At the heart of Jarte sits the same word processing engine used by Windows’ WordPad. The difference is that Jarte builds far more capability around the WordPad editing engine than the WordPad program itself does. The significance of this fact is that Jarte users are secure in the knowledge that Jarte is making use of the same reliable, time tested editing engine used by millions of other Windows users all over the world. If you have tried other alternative word processors and found them to be unstable that may be in part due to their use of unreliable, home grown editing engines.

Microsoft is continually upgrading the WordPad editing engine, although you would never know it by examining WordPad. The WordPad program itself has not changed since it was first introduced. Jarte, on the other hand, continues to evolve and take advantage of useful features as Microsoft adds them to the WordPad editing engine.

Jarte is a Free Word Processor? What’s the Catch?

Yes, Jarte is completely free. There are no ads, no trial period, no nag screens, and no crippling of essential features. We do sell a separate edition of Jarte called Jarte Plus for those who want more. Many of Jarte’s regular users have been more than willing to pay the small price for the extra bells and whistles provided by Jarte Plus.

Whether or not you choose to upgrade to Jarte Plus, we hope you will go forth and free other weary souls from their corporate office word processors by introducing them to Jarte —the word processor for the rest of us.3/20/2015

LED night light outlet covers install in seconds

LED night light outlet covers install in seconds, use just 5 cents of power per year

http://www.treehugger.com/gadgets/led-night-light-outlet-covers-install-minutes-use-just-5-cents-power-year.html

As an alternative to purchasing yet another plugin night light, or having hardwired guide lights installed in your house or tiny home for safety (or to light the way for your kids to get to the bathroom after dark), a new product promises to be a more efficient way to illuminate rooms and hallways, while also leaving your outlets free for other plugs.

The SnapRays Guide Light is a unique plug-n-play LED night light option for providing safety lighting in your home, and one which is simple and quick to install on any standard outlet, without having to do any wiring or buy any more batteries. The SnapRays system uses LED bulbs to project light downward at a 45 degree angle from the outlet cover, which can serve to illuminate hallways or rooms in your home without using a lot of electricity.

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-LED night light outlet covers


© SnapPower

As an alternative to purchasing yet another plugin night light, or having hardwired guide lights installed in your house or tiny home for safety (or to light the way for your kids to get to the bathroom after dark), a new product promises to be a more efficient way to illuminate rooms and hallways, while also leaving your outlets free for other plugs.

The SnapRays Guide Light is a unique plug-n-play LED night light option for providing safety lighting in your home, and one which is simple and quick to install on any standard outlet, without having to do any wiring or buy any more batteries. The SnapRays system uses LED bulbs to project light downward at a 45 degree angle from the outlet cover, which can serve to illuminate hallways or rooms in your home without using a lot of electricity.

photo--LED night light outlet covers

-LED night light outlet covers


© SnapPower

The LEDs are built into outlet covers that are virtually the same size as standard outlet covers, and include a built-in light sensor that automatically turns the lights on when the nearby area is dark, and back off again when the area is light. To install the SnapRays, simply turn off the power to the outlet at the breaker box, unscrew and remove the current outlet cover, slide the Guide Light over the outlet, and then replace the existing screw to attach it to the outlet and turn the breaker back on.

Two projecting tabs on the back of the SnapRays contact the electrical terminals on the outlet and draw power from it to light the LED night lights, so there’s no need for any wiring or batteries, and it leaves both outlets free for other plugs.

“The SnapRays Guide-Light is designed to be installed over the standard electrical outlet. As the user installs the Guide-Light, the patented “Power Extractors” on the back side of the plate slide into the electrical box and around the outlet receptacle making contact with the sides of the outlet. This proprietary technology is what enable the device to extract power from the receptacle without having to hardwire, plug into or occupy an outlet.” – SnapPower

According to SnapRays, their Guide Lights draw just 5 mA of power, and based on the current price of electricity, they estimate that each one uses less than a nickel’s worth of power over the course of a year. The LED bulbs in the SnapRays are also estimated to last about 25 years, much longer than any other incandescent night light bulb, which are easily broken the first time they get knocked out of the wall.


SnapRays Guide Light

SnapRays Guide Light Installation and First Impression

Some advantages of using the SnapRays LED night lights instead of conventional night lights include keeping the outlets free for other uses, providing a secure and safe night light for children (they can’t be knocked out or removed easily), blending in easily with the room’s decor (they look virtually identical to standard outlets), and serving to light up specific areas of the home without drawing a lot of power.
My Snaprays Guidelight isn’t working

SnapRays are currently available at a pre-order price of just $12 each, or in packs of 3, 5, or 10, for delivery in the spring of this year. After the pre-order period, the price will go up to $20 each, according to their website.

:Read my review of the SnapPower LED guidelights.] http://www.treehugger.com/gadgets/snappower-guidelights-turn-outlet-covers-led-nightlights-review.html

Leading Anti-Marijuana Academics Are Paid By Painkiller Drug Companies

https://news.vice.com/article/leading-anti-marijuana-academics-are-paid-by-painkiller-drug-companies
This article originally appeared on VICE.com.

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Image via Flickr -Marijuana

As Americans continue to embrace pot—as medicine and for recreational use—opponents are turning to a set of academic researchers to claim that policymakers should avoid relaxing restrictions around marijuana. It’s too dangerous, risky, and untested, they say. Just as drug company-funded research has become incredibly controversial in recent years, forcing major medical schools and journals to institute strict disclosure requirements, could there be a conflict of interest issue in the pot debate?

 

VICE has found that many of the researchers who have advocated against legalizing pot have also been on the payroll of leading pharmaceutical firms with products that could be easily replaced by using marijuana. When these individuals have been quoted in the media, their drug-industry ties have not been revealed.

photo-Marijuana  Brett Levin via Flickr

Marijuana Brett Levin via Flickr

Take, for example, Dr. Herbert Kleber of Columbia University. Kleber has impeccable academic credentials, and has been quoted in the press and in academic publications warning against the use of marijuana, which he stresses may cause wide-ranging addiction and public health issues. But when he’s writing anti-pot opinion pieces for CBS News, or being quoted by NPR and CNBC, what’s left unsaid is that Kleber has served as a paid consultant to leading prescription drug companies, including Purdue Pharma (the maker of OxyContin), Reckitt Benckiser (the producer of a painkiller called Nurofen), and Alkermes (the producer of a powerful new opioid called Zohydro).

Denver’s Marijuana Gold Rush Is Forcing Out Locals. Read more here.
https://news.vice.com/article/denvers-marijuana-gold-rush-is-forcing-out-locals
Kleber, who did not respond to a request for comment, maintains important influence over the pot debate. For instance, his writing has been cited by the New York State Association of Chiefs of Police in its opposition to marijuana legalization, and has been published by the American Psychiatric Association in the organization’s statement warning against marijuana for medicinal uses.

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Could Kleber’s long-term financial relationship with drug firms be viewed as a conflict of interest? Studies have found that pot can be used for pain relief as a substitute for major prescription painkillers. The opioid painkiller industry is a multibillion business that has faced rising criticism from experts because painkillers now cause about 16,000 deaths a year, more than heroin and cocaine combined. Researchers view marijuana as a safe alternative to opioid products like OxyContin, and there are no known overdose deaths from pot.

 

Other leading academic opponents of pot have ties to the painkiller industry. Dr. A. Eden Evins, an associate professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, is a frequent critic of efforts to legalize marijuana. She is on the board of an anti-marijuana advocacy group, Project SAM, and has been quoted by leading media outlets criticizing the wave of new pot-related reforms. “When people can go to a ‘clinic’ or ‘cafe’ and buy pot, that creates the perception that it’s safe,” she told the Times last year.

Hightimes.com

These academic revelations add fodder to the argument that drug firms maintain quiet ties to the marijuana prohibition lobby.
Notably, when Evins participated in a commentary on marijuana legalization for the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, the publication found that her financial relationships required a disclosure statement, which noted that as of November 2012, she was a “consultant for Pfizer and DLA Piper and has received grant/research support from Envivo, GlaxoSmithKline, and Pfizer.” Pfizer has moved aggressively into the $7.3 billion painkiller market. In 2011, the company acquired King Pharmaceuticals (the makers of several opioid products) and is currently working to introduce Remoxy, an OxyContin competitor.
https://news.vice.com/article/dea-accused-of-obstructing-research-on-marijuana-benefits
As ProPublica reported, painkiller-funded researchers helped fuel America’s deadly addiction to opioids such as OxyContin and Vicodin. These academics, with quiet funding from major pain pill firms, encouraged doctors to over-prescribe these drugs for a range of pain relief issues, leading to where we stand today as the world’s biggest consumer of painkillers and the overdose capital of the planet. What does it say about medical academia today that many of that painkiller-funded researchers are now standing in the way of a safer alternative: smoking a joint.

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Photo by Brett Levin via Flickr

SunJack 14W solar charger & waterproof LightStick

http://www.treehugger.com/gadgets/sunjack-14w-solar-charger-waterproof-lightstick-review.html

Review: SunJack 14W solar charger & waterproof LightStick

This rugged portable solar charging system offers plenty of power for keeping your gadgets charged when off the grid, and when paired with the LightStick, can add power & light to an emergency kit.

There’s a fair amount of skepticism about many crowdfunded hardware projects, and with good reason. Some of them do prove essentially to be vaporware after all is said and done, more full of wishful thinking from those who truly believe their own marketingspeak. On the other hand, quite a few successful crowdfunded hardware products and companies do come through and deliver what they promised, and one case in point is this portable solar charger from SunJack, which reached its Kickstarter goal in May of 2014, and has even been extended with an additional light and power accessory, the LightStick.

I covered the initial crowdfunding campaign for SunJack last year (saying it “could be an effective and affordable solution to offgrid personal power”), and kept my eye on the company for a short time after it hit its goal. But it wasn’t until I got my hands on one of the units earlier this winter that I came to see that this little solar charger is indeed as well-designed as it claims to be. And along with the 14W solar charger, SunJack also sent one of their latest products, a lighting and power bank that can be used alone or as accessory to its solar chargers, which also impressed me with its features.

Review: SunJack 14W solar charger with 8000mAh battery pack

The SunJack doesn’t deviate much from what seems to be a common design approach to building portable solar chargers, which is to sew lightweight high-performance solar cells into a rugged nylon folding case, which is then designed to be quickly unfolded and hung up facing the sun to charge. A mesh pouch on the rear hosts the charging port and holds cables, the devices to be charged, and the battery pack, and a series of grommets along the edges of the panel allow for it to be attached just about anywhere for charging or transport.
© SunJack

The unit, which measures 6.75 inches by 9.25 inches by 1.75 inches (17.15cm by 23.50cm by 4.5cm) when folded, opens up to 30.75 inches long (78.11cm) to present the four solar panels to the sun, and with the included 8000mAh battery pack, weighs in at just about 2 pounds (907g), so it’s compact and light enough to fit into (or onto) a backpack or in an emergency preparedness kit.

According to the specs on the SunJack website, the 14W panel will fully charge the battery pack in about five hours of full sun, or can directly charge mobile devices (about 90 minutes for the average smartphone) from either of its 5V 2A USB ports. These times were right in line with what I experienced while using the unit, and although I usually prefer to charge the battery pack first and then charge my devices from that, I also tried charging my smartphone directly from the panels as well, and was pleasantly surprised to see how quickly it could recharge my phone in full sun.

The 8000mAh battery pack is a slim device, easily removable from the charger for slipping into a pocket or bag for convenient backup power while on the go, and includes an LED light and two USB charging ports (2A & 1A), and can also be charged via the grid with a micro-USB connection. Depending on the size of the device being charged, the lithium-polymer battery pack can deliver up to 8 full charges to mobile devices, and is rated at 1000 charge cycles.

At the price of just $150 for both the SunJack 14W solar charger and the 8000mAh battery, this unit offers lots of bang for your buck, as similarly-rated solar chargers (such as the Goal Zero 13W) can cost just as much, but are a bigger physical size and don’t include a battery pack.

The SunJack unit feels like a solid choice for anyone who wants a great affordable entry-level solar charger that doesn’t compromise on quality or features, and for those who want either a step up or step down in capacity, SunJack also makes a 20W unit (with dual 8000mAh batteries) that lists for $250, and a 7W unit with a 4000mAh battery for $100.

Review: SunJack Waterproof LightStick

While I do like the solar charger from SunJack, I was actually pretty impressed by the other product they sent me as well, the LightStick, because it packs both a handy lighting device and a backup battery into a single durable unit that would be just as at home in the home or garage as in the camping gear.
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Measuring 10.25 inches (26cm) long and 1.25 inches (3.175cm) in diameter, and weighing just under half a pound (.47 lb, or 213g), the LightStick is a fully waterproof unit (rated to 6 feet deep) that offers four lighting settings and a glow-in-the-dark switch. Inside the device, powering the lights, is a 5200mAh battery, which can also be used to charge mobile devices via a 2A USB port under the lid (capable of about 3 smartphone charges), and can be recharged in about 4 or 5 hours.

The LEDs deliver 350 lumens on the high setting, the device’s charge can last for as long as 46 hours of continuous lighting (on the low setting), and the LightStick also features a flashing “strobe” setting for emergencies. The device doesn’t function like a flashlight, with its focused beam of light, but instead illuminates a large area around it, similar to a lantern or an automotive droplight or shop light, and is surprisingly bright.

The only weak spot I could see in the LightStick (and it’s indeed a small issue) was that because it has spots on the ends for attaching a tether or cord, it’s easiest to hang it from one end for hands-free usage, and while I could attach a tether on each end and hang it overhead horizontally from both tethers, it’s less than optimal for some lighting needs. Having said that, this utility light would make a great addition to an emergency preparedness kit, camping gear, or the glove box of a vehicle. The SunJack LightStick sells for $45, and can be charged with either the company’s solar charger or via an outlet with a micro-USB cord.

[Disclosure: SunJack sent me review units of these devices, but all opinions within are mine alone.]

Creepiest Doll?

http://www.treehugger.com/family/hello-barbie-creepiest-doll-ever.html

Is Hello Barbie the creepiest doll of all?

Hello Barbie

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New eavesdropping Barbie records your child’s conversations and transmits them to a corporation that analyzes your kid’s likes and dislikes. And then things get weird.

“The number one request we hear from girls around the world is that they want to have a conversation with Barbie. Now, for the first time ever, Barbie can have a two-way conversation,” says a spokeswoman for Mattel.

But since Barbie doesn’t actually have a brain, your child will not exactly be having a conversation with Barbie. Rather, they will be wrangled into some kind of creepy engagement with Barbie-voiced data that has been collected and customized through previously recorded chats. Hello Barbie gleans much about her mistress from their secret tête-à-têtes and starts talking back based on what she has learned.

So how does Hello Barbie do her magic? The Wi-Fi-connected doll uses an embedded microphone to record children’s voices, conversations are then transmitted over the Internet to cloud servers. Mattel’s technology partner ToyTalk processes the audio with voice-recognition software. Mattel says it will use this information to “push data” back to children through Barbie’s built-in speaker, reports the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood (CCFC).

What ever could go wrong?

Georgetown University Law Professor Angela Campbell, Faculty Advisor to the school’s Center on Privacy and Technology, says, “If I had a young child, I would be very concerned that my child’s intimate conversations with her doll were being recorded and analyzed. In Mattel’s demo, Barbie asks many questions that would elicit a great deal of information about a child, her interests, and her family. This information could be of great value to advertisers and be used to market unfairly to children.”

ToyTalk’s current privacy policy states:

We may use, store, process and transcribe Recordings in order to provide and maintain the Service, to perform, test or improve speech recognition technology and artificial intelligence algorithms, or for other research and development and data analysis purposes.

The CCFC notes that rather than encouraging non-structured creative play, the new product, “ensures that Mattel – not the child – drives the play.” Mattel claims the toy will “deepen that relationship girls have with [Barbie].” Over time, the toy conglomerate’s goal is to have the child and Barbie “become like the best of friends.”

With friends like that…

Hello Barbie was unveiled at Toy Fair 2015 in New York City last month; Mattel plans to release the diabolical doll – with a $74.99 price tag – in late fall. The CCFC has started a petition asking Mattel to kill Hello Barbie because of its significant violation of children’s privacy. If you too are concerned, you can sign it here.