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Old 05-05-2011, 11:08 AM   #2526
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NASA concludes Gravity Probe B space-time experiment, proves Einstein really was a genius


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By Amar Toor posted May 6th 2011 8:29AM

Well, it looks like Einstein knew what he was talking about, after all. Earlier this week, researchers at NASA and Stanford released the findings from their six-year Gravity Probe B (GP-B) mission, launched to test Einstein's general theory of relativity. To do so, engineers strapped the GP-B satellite with four ultra-precise gyroscopes to measure two pillars of the theory: the geodetic effect (the bending of space and time around a gravitational body) and frame dragging (the extent to which rotating bodies drag space and time with them as they spin on their axes). As they circled the Earth in polar orbit, the GP-B's gyroscopes were pointed squarely at the IM Pegasi guide star, while engineers observed their behavior. In the universe outlined by Einstein's theories, space and time are interwoven to create a four-dimensional web, atop which the Earth and other planetary bodies sit. The Earth's mass, he argued, creates a vortex in this web, implying that all objects orbiting the planet would follow the general curvature of this dimple. If the Earth's gravity had no effect on space and time, then, the position of NASA's gyroscopes would have remained unchanged throughout the orbit. Ultimately, though, researchers noticed small, but quantifiable changes in their spin as they made their way around the globe -- changes that corroborated Einstein's theory. Francis Everitt, a Stanford physicist and principal investigator for the mission, poetically explained the significance of the findings, in a statement:

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"Imagine the Earth as if it were immersed in honey. As the planet rotated its axis and orbited the Sun, the honey around it would warp and swirl, and it's the same with space and time. GP-B confirmed two of the most profound predictions of Einstein's universe, having far-reaching implications across astrophysics research. Likewise, the decades of technological innovation behind the mission will have a lasting legacy on Earth and in space."
The GP-B mission was originally conceived more than 50 years ago, when the technology required to realize the experiment still didn't exist. In fact, the experiment didn't actually get off the ground until 2004, when the satellite was launched into orbit 400 miles above Earth. After spending just one year collecting data (and an impressive five years analyzing the information), NASA has finally confirmed something we always quietly suspected: Einstein was smart. Head past the break to see a more in-depth diagram of how the GP-B gathered its data.

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Color Changing ***ushima Plates Detect Radiation In Your Food


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Color Changing ***ushima Plates Detect Radiation In Your Food
by Yuka Yoneda, 05/05/11
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***ushima plate, oled, radiation detecting plate, nils ferber, japan disaster, japan radiation, design for health, radiation levels, ***ushima reactor, green design, eco design, sustainable design

Imagine sitting down at the dinner table and not knowing if the food in front of you is safe to eat. For many people in Japan that situation is a reality, and while the government has been issuing information about what is okay to eat and what is not, it is also the same government that earlier said that the levels of radioactivity at the ***ushima plant would not be as dire as Chernobyl. The ***ushima Plate, by Nils Ferber lets ordinary Japanese citizens make their own judgement. It is a clean white plate with a built-in radioactive meter that can visually show you your food’s level of contamination. While the design, which features OLED lights that change color depending on how radioactive your meal is, is quite pretty to look at, it is also a real tool which could, in some cases, mean the difference between life or death.
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Total information war



Perhaps one of the most important articles yet published on military infowar, propaganda, media influence and PSYOPs has appeared online.

Called ‘Military Social Influence in the Global Information Environment: A Civilian Primer’ – the piece is written by psychologist Sarah King who outlines the theory and practice of US information warfare as it stands today.

Although the piece gives a fascinating and sometimes jaw dropping account of US information operations (replete with examples) it serves as an essential general introduction to how military thinking has moved on from assuming wars are fought with troops on the ground to conceptualising conflict as inseparable from its social impact.

A more prominent view among information warriors is that changes in information, technology, and social influence capabilities have actually transformed the terms of war. War between standing armies of nation-states is seen as increasingly unlikely, both because the United States is an unmatched military superpower and because damage that would result from use of modern physical weapon systems is deemed intolerable.

Our military’s enemies, experts predict, are most likely to be small, rogue groups who attempt to prevail by winning popular support and undermining U.S. political will for war. The argument here is that in most modern war, physical battles, if they exist, will be for the purpose of defining psychological battlespace.

What’s striking is the effort to dominate all aspects of the ‘information sphere’ – from public opinion, to news coverage, to acceptance on the ground, to shaping the general cultural concept of the country’s military.

The many examples given of how this has been attempted during the recent and ongoing conflict are completely fascinating.

If you only ever read one article on ‘information ops’ make it this one. It’s online and open-access with expert commentary due to appear during the year.


Link to excellent InfoWar article (thanks Stephan!).

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/1...10.01214.x/pdf
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Living Inside The Westboro Baptist Church

Wondering what it would be like to live in a cult? British documentarian Louis Theroux spent several days in the Kansas homes of members of the Westboro Baptist Church and filmed the experience for the BBC — basically opening a giant can of crazy.

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Amazon | From the best-selling author of The Emperor’s New Mind and The Road to Reality, a groundbreaking book that provides new views on three of cosmology’s most profound questions: What, if anything, came before the Big Bang? What is the source of order in our universe? What is its ultimate future?

Current understanding of our universe dictates that all matter will eventually thin out to zero density, with huge black holes finally evaporating away into massless energy. Roger Penrose — one of the most innovative mathematicians of our time — turns around this predominant picture of the universe’s “heat death,” arguing how the expected ultimate fate of our accelerating, expanding universe can actually be reinterpreted as the “Big Bang” of a new one.

Along the way to this remarkable cosmological picture, Penrose sheds new light on basic principles that underlie the behavior of our universe, describing various standard and nonstandard cosmological models, the fundamental role of the cosmic microwave background, and the key status of black holes. Ideal for both the amateur astronomer and the advanced physicist — with plenty of exciting insights for each — Cycles of Time is certain to provoke and challenge.

Intellectually thrilling and accessible, this is another essential guide to the universe from one of our preeminent thinkers.

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Researchers find heart-rate synchronisation between firewalkers and relatives and friends watching them.

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The results surprised them. The heart rates of relatives and friends of the fire-walkers followed an almost identical pattern to the fire-walkers’ rates, spiking and dropping almost in synchrony. The heart rates of visiting spectators did not. The relatives’ rates synchronized throughout the event, which lasted 30 minutes, with 28 fire-walkers each making five-second walks. So relatives or friends’ heart rates matched a fire-walker’s rate before, during and after his walk. Even people related to other fire-walkers showed similar patterns.
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Elusive Higgs slips from sight again

Now you see it, now you don't. Rather like a conjurer's white rabbit, the elusive Higgs boson may have slipped from sight again.

A recent report hinted at a glimpse of the long-sought particle at a major detector at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN near Geneva, Switzerland. But a second detector has now checked its own data and found no corroborating sign of the particle.

The Higgs boson is thought to endow other particles with mass, but has yet to be observed. Four physicists associated with the LHC's ATLAS detector claimed to have found an anomalous "bump" in its data, possibly due to Higgs particles decaying into pairs of photons. An abstract of their study was leaked online in April.
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When everything becomes visible, we'll dream of being blind.

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Sea levels rising higher and faster
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May 5, 2011SEA levels will rise higher and faster than the United Nations predicted just four years ago, a major international study has found.

The new data suggests that, on average, the seas will rise by up to 1.6 metres by the year 2100 - a finding that has serious implications for Australian governments grappling with coastal planning.

The Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Program, based in Norway, found that the Greenland ice sheet is melting four times as fast as it was a decade ago.
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''The past six years have been the warmest period ever recorded in the Arctic,'' the authors of the report said in a statement. ''In the future, global sea level is projected to rise by 0.9 metres to 1.6 metres by 2100 and the loss of ice from Arctic glaciers, ice caps and the Greenland ice sheet will make a substantial contribution.''

Each centimetre of sea-level rise roughly translates to one metre of beach erosion, meaning that the coastline can be expected to move 160 metres further inland.

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I did laugh at the reporters name... I wonder if this would be disinfo?
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31 Interesting Questions

The following are 31 interesting questions about some of the major events happening in our world right now….

#1 CNN is reporting that the clearest death picture of Osama Bin Laden “is so gruesome and mangled” that authorities believe it is not appropriate for the public. But the truth is that Hollywood movies show much worse every single day. What possible justification could there possibly be for not showing us all the video and all the pictures that they say that they have?

#2 The U.S. government claims that it buried Osama Bin Laden at sea because it wanted to observe “Islamic law”. Well, it turns out that Islamic law actuallyrequires burial in the ground if at all possible. So why was there such a rush to dump Osama Bin Laden into the ocean?

#3 The combined debt of the major GSEs (Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and Sallie Mae) has increased from 3.2 trillion in 2008 to 6.4 trillion in 2011. How in the world is the U.S. government going to be able to afford to guarantee all of that debt on top of everything else?

#4 The U.S. government has been well over 14 trillion dollars in debt for quite a bit of time now. Considering the fact that the U.S. budget deficit is projected to be somewhere in the neighborhood of 1.5 trillion dollars this year, how in the world is it possible that the debt ceiling of 14.29 trillion dollars will not be reached until August 2 of this year as U.S. Treasury Timothy Geithner is now claiming?

#5 Why did silver suddenly start dropping like a rock just when it was about to hit 50 dollars an ounce?

#6 Why is the Federal Reserve giving member banks an interest rate that is eight times higher than the market rate on deposits that member banks leave with the Federal Reserve?

#7 Why has Barney Frank introduced legislation that would remove the presidents of the regional Federal Reserve banks from the Federal Open Market Committee?

#8 If Bank of Japan Governor Masaaki Shirakawa is saying that the economic outlook for Japan is “very severe“, then why is almost everyone in the western media continuing to tell us that the Japanese economy is going to be just fine?

#9 Should we be concerned when the mainstream media tells us that there could be shortages of new cars and car parts this summer?

#10 Should we be concerned that the amount of corn that has been planted so far this year is way, way behind the amount of corn that had been planted last year at this time?

#11 Why have the financial markets been forced to cancel dozens of “erroneous trades” lately? How are we supposed to have faith in the financial markets when we see this kind of nonsense going on?

#12 Why is the percentage of millionaires in Congress more than 50 times higher than the percentage of millionaires in the general population?

#13 Why is one public school in Chicago banning kids from bringing lunches to school and forcing them to eat whatever the school cafeteria serves?

#14 Should we be alarmed that three Christians were recently arrested for reading the Bible in public outside of a DMV in California?

#15 According to Gallup, 41 percent of Americans believed that the economy was “getting better” at this time last year. Today, that number is at just 27 percent. Are Americans losing faith in the U.S. economy?

#16 Why is the mainstream media talking so little about the crisis at ***ushima when massive amounts of radiation are still being released from the site on a daily basis?

#17 Why is Social Security phasing out paper checks and beginning to require everyone to receive their benefits by direct deposit?

#18 Why is the FDA using our tax dollars to take an Amish farmer to federal court over the sale of raw milk?

#19 Is the U.S. housing crisis getting even worse? During the first three months of this year, less new homes were sold in the U.S. than in any three month period ever recorded, and the Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller 20-city home price index has fallen for seven months in a row.

#20 Is it any wonder that most of our young adults cannot write decently when50% of all U.S. college students have never taken a class during which they had to write more than 20 pages?

#21 Why does the U.S. continue to allow China to pump massive quantities of their products into our economy when they continue to deny their own citizenseven the most basic of human rights?

#22 According to the IMF, China will pass the United States and will become the largest economy in the world in 2016. So when are average Americans going to start getting upset about the millions of jobs that we are losing to nations such as China due to outsourcing and offshoring?

#23 Why are so many of our once great manufacturing cities being transformed into hellholes? In the city of Detroit today, there are over 33,000 abandoned houses, 70 schools are being permanently closed down, the mayor wants to bulldoze one-fourth of the city and you can literally buy a house for one dollar in the worst areas.

#24 Why are we seeing so many restaurant brawls and so many random acts of violence lately?

#25 Shouldn’t we be concerned that the area along our border with Mexico is now one of the most dangerous places on earth?

#26 What does it say about America when the murder rate in Flint, Michigan is worse than the murder rate in Baghdad?

#27 What does it say about America when a poll finds that 70 percent of Americans believe that the country is going in the wrong direction?

#28 Is a major global food crisis coming? The World Bank says that 44 million people around the world have already been pushed into extreme poverty since last June because of rising food prices. So what is going to happen if we have another year of global crop failures?

#29 Why are sales of “doomsday bunkers” suddenly soaring?

#30 Why has the U.S. government created 257 “foreign trade zones” inside the United States?

#31 Why did riot police in Illinois use tear gas, LRAD sound weapons and crowd suppression tactics against a bunch of college students that were just blowing off some steam at a year-end block party at Western Illinois University? Are brutal “G20 crowd control tactics” going to be used in every small town in America now?




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http://www.skysurvey.org/

What do you see? This was the anthropic question of a year-long photographic project dubbed the Photopic Sky Survey, meant to reveal the entire night sky as if it rivalled the brightness of day. In it we see tens of millions of stars, the glowing factories of newborn ones, and a rich tapestry of dust all floating on a stage of unimaginable proportions. I hope you enjoy this new view of our place in the universe as much as I have enjoyed making it.
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#2 The U.S. government claims that it buried Osama Bin Laden at sea because it wanted to observe “Islamic law”. Well, it turns out that Islamic law actuallyrequires burial in the ground if at all possible. So why was there such a rush to dump Osama Bin Laden into the ocean?
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I believe that was just a cover story, the real reason has to be that they did not want to create a pilgrimmage site for islamic extremists. I believe this is also the reason they went in with extreme prejudice instead of using gas/sonic weapons.
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Did anybody hear about the how Japan was moved by the earthquake? Japan was moved approx. 17 feet to the East and the land mass dropped approx. 4 feet. Some coastal towns are now being flooded by high tide. Scientists tell residents of these towns that the change is "permanent."
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/42953524...s-asiapacific/

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Did anybody hear about the how Japan was moved by the earthquake? Japan was moved approx. 17 feet to the East and the land mass dropped approx. 4 feet. Some coastal towns are now being flooded by high tide. Scientists tell residents of these towns that the change is "permanent."
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/42953524...s-asiapacific/
I heard about it briefly via radio. This is pretty awe inspiring. Thanks for the link!
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Gnostic scholar Jay Weidner has been making the rounds with a new film series called Kubrick's Odyssey. It's Weidner's contention that Stanley Kubrick was enlisted to help manufacture film and photography for a simulation of an Apollo 11 mission for public consumption, which would keep the real mission secret. That the making of 2001: A Space Odyssey was in fact an R/D project financed by interested parties and that the techniques Kubrick and his team developed were later used by NASA for the Apollo 11 fakery. Here's the pitch for Jay's DVD:
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This famed movie director who made films such as 2001: A Space Odyssey, A Clockwork Orange, The Shining and Eyes Wide Shut, placed symbols and hidden anecdotes into his films that tell a far different story than the films appeared to be saying.

Jay Weidner presents compelling evidence of how Stanley Kubrick directed the Apollo moon landings. He reveals that the film, 2001: A Space Odyssey was not only a retelling of Arthur C. Clarke and Stanley Kubrick's novel, but also a research and development project that assisted Kubrick in the creation of the Apollo moon footage. In light of this revelation, Weidner also explores Kubrick's film, The Shining and shows that this film is, in actuality, the story of Kubrick's personal travails as he secretly worked on the Apollo footage for NASA.

The story has it that 2001 was based on Clarke's short story "The Sentinel," but anyone's who read the story will tell you the connections to it are thin. The tone (and intent) of the film is also quite different from Clarke's novelization, as it is from Clarke's fiction in general. One of the most significant differences is personified by Heywood Floyd, who's a hero to Clarke but a villain to Kubrick; a bagman and hush-up artist whose obsessive secrecy is responsible for the deaths of the Jupiter mission crew.
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Orlando Uses Sewage To Produce Electricity

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Can poop be turned into power? The city of Orlando has been working with private-industry partners on turning sewage into electricity in an attempt to answer the age-old question: ‘What if you could take sewage and get rid of it cleanly and quickly, without dumping it in rivers or landfills — and generate pollution-free electricity at the same time?’ Orlando Sentinel reports:

Orlando officials think they’ve perfected a technology that has flummoxed scientists for decades — one they hope will be used worldwide to turn sewage into electricity and earn the city tens of millions of dollars in royalties.

If city officials and their private-industry partners are right, it could be the biggest thing in sewage treatment since the flush toilet.

“We call it poop to power in five minutes,” said project consultant Roy Pelletier.

While the five-year, $8.5 million project has drawn little attention locally, a small, experimental test plant off busy Alafaya Trail near the University of Central Florida has drawn visitors from Mexico, Rio de Janeiro, Abu Dhabi, Canada, Europe and elsewhere in recent weeks.

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One of the reasons that the solar power industry has yet to dominate the energy market is due to its relatively low efficiency. However, that could soon change with HyperSolar’s magnifying film, which can increase the efficiency of solar panels by up to 300%.

While the amount of the world’s solar power is expected to grow from 16 gigawatts to 1,800 gigawatts over the next 20 years, solar manufacturers are doing everything they can to make the technology as cheap and efficient as possible. In HyperSolar’s case, they are researching photonics, which is similar to microchip technology.

Instead of moving pieces of data around a super speeds, photonics magnifies and separates light spectrums, delivering them exactly where they’re needed to make an array of PV solar cells ultra-efficient. This optical layer has the potential to increase PV efficiency by up to 300%. Not only does this reduce the cost of solar arrays, but it allows companies to make their investment back much quicker. If the technology is embraced by the public, it has the potential to transform how solar power is used in the public domain.

With innovations like this, maybe the world can wean itself off its fossil fuel addiction, and maybe the US can meet its aim of being 100% renewable by 2040.

Read more: HyperSolar Increases Solar Efficiency By 300% With Magnifying Film | Inhabitat - Green Design Will Save the World
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GRASP Lab quadrocopters learn to follow the leader and fly in formation
By Donald Melanson posted May 9th 2011 6:51PM

The University of Pennsylvania's GRASP Lab has already recklessly taught its autonomous quadrocopters to move in packs, fly through hoops and build things on their own, and it's now for some reason decided to teach them yet another trick they'll surely use against us one day. As you can see in the video above, the quadrocopters are now able to take cues from a leader and fly in formation. What's more, they can even continue with the formation if one loses communication and falls out of the pack, which the researchers note is key to the success of any swarm. Isn't that reassuring?


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By Donald Melanson posted May 9th 2011 6:51PM

The University of Pennsylvania's GRASP Lab has already recklessly taught its autonomous quadrocopters to move in packs, fly through hoops and build things on their own, and it's now for some reason decided to teach them yet another trick they'll surely use against us one day. As you can see in the video above, the quadrocopters are now able to take cues from a leader and fly in formation. What's more, they can even continue with the formation if one loses communication and falls out of the pack, which the researchers note is key to the success of any swarm. Isn't that reassuring?


There can be only one reasonable course of action, nuke Philadelphia, now in hindsight this should have been done many years ago, but there can be no doubt now that Philadelphia will in deed be the end of humanity if we do not act now.
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There can be only one reasonable course of action, nuke Philadelphia, now in hindsight this should have been done many years ago, but there can be no doubt now that Philadelphia will in deed be the end of humanity if we do not act now.
Interestingly enough, U-Penn is also conducting a "consciousness study"
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Old 05-10-2011, 10:04 AM   #2549
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US navy chief: I'm on a mission to stop using oil

From biofuelled fighter jets to solar power-generating blankets, Ray Mabus wants to wean the US navy off fossil fuels

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You have set ambitious goals for reducing fossil-fuel dependence within the US navy and Marine Corps. What are they?

By no later than 2020, at least half of all energy that the navy and marines use afloat, ashore and in the air will come from non-fossil fuel sources.

Why have you set such a high target?
We depend too much on fossil fuels and particularly on foreign sources of fossil fuels. We would not allow the places overseas that we buy oil and gas from to build our ships, planes or ground vehicles. Yet we give them a say on whether those vehicles run, those ships sail, or those aircraft fly. We give them a say in a couple of ways: one is by supply and the other is by price shocks. Every time the price of a barrel of oil goes up a dollar it costs the navy $30 million.

Is fossil-fuel dependence your only motive?
We are also doing this to be better war fighters. A navy ship is at its most vulnerable when refuelling. The USS Cole was refuelling in the port of Aden in Yemen when it was attacked in 2000. It is incredibly hard for the Marine Corps to get a gallon of gasoline to a front-line unit. For every 50 convoys, a marine is killed or wounded guarding that convoy.

The 3rd Battalion 5th Marines deployed at Sangin, Afghanistan, are using alternative energy sources. A couple of their forward combat bases use no fossil fuels, just solar power. One of the marine foot patrols uses roll-up solar blankets to generate power for their radios and GPS. It saves them hauling 700 pounds of batteries.

You announced the energy target in 2009. What have you achieved so far?
We've made a good bit of progress, though we started with a built-in advantage. We already get 17 per cent of our energy from nuclear power. All our aircraft carriers and submarines are nuclear. But we have launched our first hybrid ship, the USS Makin Island, which has an electric drive for speeds under 12 knots (22 kilometres per hour) and a normal diesel engine for higher speeds. On its first voyage around South America, from Mississippi to California, it saved almost $2 million in fuel costs. The navy's China Lake base in California is giving energy back to the grid because it runs on geothermal energy.

Does the navy use biofuels?
We have already flown an F18 Hornet on a mixture of biofuel and aviation gas at 1.7 times the speed of sound, and the aircraft didn't know the difference. We've used different types of biofuels in our helicopters and our swift boats. One requirement we have for biofuels is that they cannot take any land out of food production, so we can't go down the road of corn-based ethanol. We are looking at algae-based biofuels and other types that look promising but are still in the R&D phase.

Will the navy need any new technology to meet the 2020 goal?
I think we could reach that goal with current technology if it is deployed at scale.

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