Make Graphene in Your Kitchen

It has been hailed as the future of electronics, a material incredibly strong and with better conducting capabilities that silicon.

Graphene is expected to change the way electronics are made.

However, researchers today revealed the material can actually be made in the average kitchen.

The cutting edge of science: Washing up liquid is key to the new process

 

HOW TO MAKE GRAPHENE

The team used standard equipment in the experiment (pictured below).

They then followed these instructions:

Pour some graphite powder into a blender

Add water

Add dishwashing liquid

Mix at high speed

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First “Mincome”… Now “Maxcome”

by: the Common Constitutionalist

Income inequality appears to be the latest leftist mantra. It seems not a day goes by where Obama is reading something off his Teleprompter pertaining to the unfair practice of “Income Inequality”.

I say reading his Teleprompter, because I know, as do you, he cares nothing about this topic. He knows, as do we, that is just the latest focus group tested whine from the left, hopefully capable of keeping Obamacare off the front page.

Really, it must be tiring to be a committed leftist (and they all should be committed). Are they now or have they ever been happy? It must be tiring to be that angry all the time – constantly moving from one misguided cause to another. Sheesh – I’m tired just thinking about it.

It must be even more tiring being a Democrat politician, having to pretend to care about all this nonsense just to maintain the power they appear to crave so badly. read more

Two Years to Produce U.S. Road Map

Forget the sat-nav next time you’re driving around America.

A designer has spent two years painstakingly adding details of every single current and signed Interstate and US highway in 48 states America on one simplified road map.

Cameron Booth worked for thousands of hours researching, designing and fact-checking the illustration.

Australia-born Booth, who lives in Portsmouth, has listed an incredible 4,385 places on the map, putting it in a clear format which is easy to understand.

Booth said: ‘Design-wise, I just love being able to distill complex networks down to their barest elements: where do the roads go? Where do they cross other roads? When do they run concurrently with other roads?  read more

Joke of the Day

An old man and his wife lived deep in the hills and seldom saw many people. One day a peddler came by to sell his goods and asked the man if he or his wife wanted to buy anything.

“Well, my wife ain’t home, she’s gone down to the crick to wash clothes, but lemme see what you got,” said the man.

The peddler showed him pots and pans, tools and gadgets, but the old man wasn’t interested. Then the man spotted a mirror and said, “What’s that?” read more

Map Proves Global Warming

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The above NOAA Climate Map was published at Slate.com yesterday. The short article was entitled, “Last Month Was the Fourth Warmest March Since 1880. Happy Earth Day!”

If you just glance at the map, your eyes are drawn to the red, which represent warming. But if you examine it, assuming it’s even accurate and not a “computer simulation”, you’ll see that the overwhelming majority of the globe is either light pink or blue, which means that temperatures are within 1 degree of being normal or colder.

And interestingly, at the bottom right of the map is a tiny caveat, which states that the “Gray areas represent missing data”. Missing data? I guess that’s okay. I guess the gray areas, both poles are not supposed to matter or have any effect on “Global Temperatures”!  Why factor in the two places on earth where it’s fricking freezing all year long.

So with the whole Western Hemisphere either normal or way below, the data from both poles simply missing and most of the Eastern Hemisphere within a degree either way – Slate has determined that this is Global Warming.

Last I checked – Global anything means the entire globe.

All Hail Gaia; It’s Earth Week

by: the Common Constitutionalist

 

In case you missed it, it was Earth Day yesterday. Frankly, I don’t know how you could. If you turn on the TV, a radio or went on any Internet search engine you could not help but notice the in-your-face green themes.

Oh, and I’m sure this is just a happy accident, but yesterday was also the birthday of Vladimir Lennon, one of the fathers of the Communist Revolution and the Soviet Union. But I’m sure that was just a coincidence, when the greenies decided to make Earth Day the 22nd of April. Not that green is well known to be the new (communist) red or anything. Not that some call them Watermelon radicals – Green on the outside – Red on the inside.

But if you missed yesterday’s festivities, take heart in your good luck. The Earth Day celebration is now a week long event. Hooray!!

So in the spirit of Earth week – let’s look back to the beginnings of Earth Day and some of the predictions made by the scientific geniuses some 40 or so years ago.

Let us start with a quote from the chief organizer of Earth Day, Denis Hayes in 1970. Remember, these are men of science not prone to hyperbole.

He said: “It’s already too late to avoid mass starvation.” Well, that’s a gloomy prediction.

Then there was Stanford University biologist Paul Ehrlich, who had quite a bit to say regarding the state of our planet in the ‘70s. “By 1975, some experts feel that food shortages will have escalated the present level of world hunger and starvation into famines of unbelievable proportions. Other experts, more optimistic, think the ultimate food-population collision will not occur until the decade of the 1980s.” He continued: “Population will inevitably and completely outstrip whatever small increases in food supplies we make. The death rate will increase until at least 100-200 million people per year will be starving to death during the next 10 years.”

Wow! Pretty bold prediction. Another gem from Dr. Ehrlich: “Air pollution… is certainly going to take hundreds of thousands of lives in the next few years alone.”

I’m surprised there’s anyone left on the planet. To date, I don’t believe Dr. Ehrlich has been right about anything… ever.

But he’s a scientist. He doesn’t have to be right. Wait…maybe I have that backwards.

Noted ecologist Kenneth Watt had a few gems of scientific wisdom to impart to readers about 40 years ago. He claimed: “By the year 2000, if present trends continue, we will be using up crude oil at such a rate… that there won’t be any more crude oil. You’ll drive up to the pump and say, fill ‘er up buddy, and he’ll say, I am very sorry, there isn’t any.”

Of course, he couldn’t possibly have known in 2013, we’ve discovered more oil than we know what to do with. We’re just not allowed to access it. When I think about it, that whole “no gas at the pump thing” isn’t so far-fetched, considering the current administration.

Watt shared another pearl of undeniable truth with readers in the ‘70s: “The world has been chilling sharply for about 20 years. If present trends continue, the world will be about 4° colder for the global mean temperature in 1990, but 11° colder in the year 2000. This is about twice what it would take to put us into an ice age.”

Wait… What?! Global cooling?  My how things change in a geologic blink of an eye.

And finally, the words of George Wald, Harvard biologist. He works at Harvard, so he’s really smart and would never mislead or exaggerate. Dr. Wald said: “Civilization will end within 15 or 30 years unless immediate action is taken against problems facing mankind.”

Well, great. I guess we took the correct action. I feel better.

Have you ever noticed these “experts” were not only wrong about every prediction, but most of them seem to predict decades out. It’s as if they knew no one could dispute their wacky predictions for a generation and after some 40 years we amateurs wouldn’t be smart enough to call them out on their dimwitted apocalyptic prophecies.

And by that time our worrywart society would certainly be on to the next impending doom. Like, say… Global warming.

Happy Earth Week!!

The U.N.’s “Don’t Poop In Public” Campaign

This may be one of the most bizarre public service adverts ever screened – and it is funded by the UNICEF.

Starring a giant stool called Mr Poo that chases people to the toilets, the ad is designed to encourage children to use the loo in India.

In a country where only half of the population uses toilets, the United Nations Children’s Fund want to tackle public health head on.

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On the run: A man is chased by a giant stool called Mr Poo in UNICEF's bizarre anti-defecation advert

On a mission: The hero, Mr Poo, collars a man before showing him the way to the loo

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Joke of the Day

One day while at her job as a bank loan officer, Patty Black, had a frog hop onto her desk and say, “I would like to apply for a lily-pad improvement loan.”

Patty looked incredulously at the frog and said, “I’m sorry, we don’t loan money to frogs.”

To which the frog replied, “I have collateral,” as he handed her a small ceramic trinket. read more

Bloomberg Finances Another Anti-Gun Group

by: the Common Constitutionalist

Last week I received an e-mail from my good friends@MoveOn.org regarding Michael Bloomberg’s latest attempt at confiscating all our guns.

The e-mail blast said that Bloomberg will be spending $50 million on gun reform. Now since I don’t know what “gun reform” is I read on, asking myself whether I believe my guns needed reforming?

It turns out that the e-mail blast was not focused on Bloomberg’s efforts, but one of the many wack job organizations that he will be funding with his $50 million.

The organization, and particularly its founder, that MoveOn.org was focused on is “Moms Demand Action for Guns Sense in America” and its founder Shannon Watts.

MoveOn describes Ms. Watts as a supermom, who evidently has time for her five children and also to fight the evils of “gun violence”. They describe her as a force of nature communicator and the NRA’s worst nightmare. Ooh – scary! read more