Sunday, March 29, 2009

Rotarians For Fighting AIDS - VCT clinics Kenya

I am a member of the Rotarians for fighting Aids group and have just received their latest newsletter. It includes a discussion of the Rotary Medical Mission to Kenya I attended last fall and the Voluntary Counseling and Testing process that is helping Kenyans to deal with the AIDS epidemic. This well designed process that can be accomplished where the people are and not just in institutions, is described in the video listed below by one of the counselors I met while on this trip.

If you click on the title to this blog you will be taken to a page that will allow you to sign up for the newsletter and hopefully join this important group.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Cold fusion - why not helium 3

It may have been real! The major complaint in the original work was that they couldn’t detect neutrons from the reaction and some Navy researchers have done it using a new neutron detection technique . However, Helium 3 which is rare on Earth but abundant on the moon’s surface can fuse without the production of neutrons. A little contamination of the deuterium with helium 3 could result in the generation of heat without neutrons. So are both reactions going on?

Contact: Michael Bernsteinm_bernstein@acs.org202-872-6042American Chemical Society
'Cold fusion' rebirth? New evidence for existence of controversial energy source
Note to journalists: Please report that this research was presented at a meeting of the American Chemical Society

IMAGE: An experimental "cold fusion " device produced this pattern of "triple tracks " (shown at right), which scientists say is caused by high-energy nuclear particles resulting from a nuclear reaction
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SALT LAKE CITY, March 23, 2009 — Researchers are reporting compelling new scientific evidence for the existence of low-energy nuclear reactions (LENR), the process once called "cold fusion" that may promise a new source of energy. One group of scientists, for instance, describes what it terms the first clear visual evidence that LENR devices can produce neutrons, subatomic particles that scientists view as tell-tale signs that nuclear reactions are occurring.
Low-energy nuclear reactions could potentially provide 21st Century society a limitless and environmentally-clean energy source for generating electricity, researchers say. The report, which injects new life into this controversial field, will be presented here today at the American Chemical Society's 237th National Meeting. It is among 30 papers on the topic that will be presented during a four-day symposium, "New Energy Technology," March 22-25, in conjunction with the 20th anniversary of the first description of cold fusion.
"Our finding is very significant," says study co-author and analytical chemist Pamela Mosier-Boss, Ph.D., of the U.S. Navy's Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center (SPAWAR) in San Diego, Calif. "To our knowledge, this is the first scientific report of the production of highly energetic neutrons from an LENR device."

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Niece and family on vacation in Bahia Mexico – Whale watch

My oldest Niece and family (on right) took a camping trip to Bahia Mexico which is chronicled on their blog

Sunday, March 22, 2009

The Research Channel on the Web - a new resource

This Internet service provides "hard" science lectures on a large number of topics to be able to learn about subjects without the filter of the news media.

Their description:
"ResearchChannel was founded by a consortium of leading research and academic institutions to share the valuable work of their researchers with the public. ResearchChannel is now available to nearly 38 million satellite and cable television subscribers and our Web site is visited by 2 million visitors each year. The channel is also available on more than 80 university-and school-based cable systems in the United States and in other countries."

Friday, March 20, 2009

Rotarians in the Polio Survivor's Group

I have been working with some Rotarians in the Polio Survivor's Association ( ). They have put together the video listed below featuring a North Carolina past district govenor who is a polio survivor.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Rotary - Stop Hunger Now

Today I helped out filling food bags with Rotarians, Rotoracter and others for “Stop Hunger Now”. Each bag contains soy meal, rice, dried veggies and a “chicken flavored” pill that contains vitamins but no chicken. The meal is all vegetarian. Each packet will provide a school lunch for 6 children when boiled to rehydrate the mixture. Four people at each table add one of the four ingredients each while the fifth holds the bag under a funnel to collect the mixture. The bags are then taken to a weighting station to be adjusted in weight and then to a heat sealing station. The morning shift in which I participated filled over 25,000 lunches. The effort was headed by Dan Askins, a local realtor and Rotarian.

Kenya Medical Mission presentation to the Southern Pines NC Rotary Club

This Friday the 13th I gave a presentation at the Southern Pines NC Rotary club on the September 2008 Rotary Medical Mission to Kenya. This was the largest medical mission in Rotary’s history. Over 70 volunteers treated about 10,000 children in three slums in and around Nairobi during a two week period.

Because of my experience in the development of HIV test I visited several Voluntary Testing and Counseling clinics during this trip. These efforts are supported by Rotarians for Fighting Aids and the US government among others.

More information is at

Thursday, March 5, 2009

A kitten I met in Kenya

It is always good to take a nap after eating a GNU. Too bad it wasn't a hedge fund manager.