Ed’s Daily Notes for November 27th   8 comments

Washington Free Beacon: Iran: White House Lying About Details of Nuke Deal

Iranian officials say that the White House is misleading the public about the details of an interim nuclear agreement reached over the weekend in Geneva.

Iran and Western nations including the United States came to an agreement on the framework for an interim deal late Saturday night in Geneva. The deal has yet to be implemented

The White House released a multi-page fact sheet containing details of the draft agreement shortly after the deal was announced.

However, Iranian foreign ministry official on Tuesday rejected the White House’s version of the deal as “invalid” and accused Washington of releasing a factually inaccurate primer that misleads the American public.

“What has been released by the website of the White House as a fact sheet is a one-sided interpretation of the agreed text in Geneva and some of the explanations and words in the sheet contradict the text of the Joint Plan of Action, and this fact sheet has unfortunately been translated and released in the name of the Geneva agreement by certain media, which is not true,” Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marziyeh Afkham told the Iranian press on Tuesday.

Afkham and officials said that the White House has “modified” key details of the deal and released their own version of the agreement in the fact sheet.

Iran’s right to enrich uranium, the key component in a nuclear weapon, is fully recognized under the draft released by Tehran.

The White House lied? No surprises there…

The key takeaway here is: What will Israel and the Arabs do? Neither of them will buy the argument that Iran will only enrich uranium for peaceful purposes. I would expect an Israeli strike on Iran within the next few months, with the Arabs assisting. Maybe it’s time to buy some oil companies?

France 24: Germ-killing nanosurface opens up new front in hygiene

This is the kind of technological innovation I love. It is simple to understand, and quite effective:

Imagine a hospital room, door handle or kitchen countertop that is free from bacteria — and not one drop of disinfectant or boiling water or dose of microwaves has been needed to zap the germs.

That is the idea behind a startling discovery made by scientists in Australia.

In a study published on Tuesday in the journal Nature Communications, they described how a dragonfly led them to a nano-tech surface that physically slays bacteria.

The germ-killer is black silicon, a substance discovered accidentally in the 1990s and now viewed as a promising semiconductor material for solar panels.

Under an electron microscope, its surface is a forest of spikes just 500 nanometres (500 billionths of a metre) high that rip open the cell walls of any bacterium which comes into contact, the scientists found.

It is the first time that any water-repellent surface has been found to have this physical quality as bactericide.

Last year, the team, led by Elena Ivanova at Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne, were stunned to find cicada wings were potent killers of Pseudomonas aeruginsoa — an opportunist germ that also infects humans and is becoming resistant to antibiotics.

Looking closely, they found that the answer lay not in any biochemical on the wing, but in regularly-spaced “nanopillars” on which bacteria were sliced to shreds as they settled on the surface.

They took the discovery further by examining nanostructures studding the translucent forewings of a red-bodied Australian dragonfly called the wandering percher (Latin name Diplacodes bipunctata).

It has spikes that are somewhat smaller than those on the black silicon — they are 240 nanometres high.

The dragonfly’s wings and black silicon were put through their paces in a lab, and both were ruthlessly bactericidal.

Keep in mind, these surfaces are smooth to the human touch. The beauty of this is you could probably do it with any kind of hard substance, as long as you can manufacture it correctly. Since this is a naturally occurring quality, it would be difficult to patent it. However, a manufacturing process which creates this quality could be quite valuable. Watch for companies that do this in the near future.

Business Week: Yahoo Hired Katie Couric, but Is She Worth the Money?

Simple answer: No.

Mind you, I am not selling Yahoo because of this. CEO Marissa Mayer has made enough smart moves to offset this boneheaded move. This is what I call “outside of one box thinking, but inside another box”. Mayer is trapped in the tv news broadcast box with this move. It has been decades since a tv news personality sold the news broadcast, yet the tv networks still think this is how it is done, even as people quit watching their nightly news broadcasts. Mayer will learn this the hard way.

Fox News: Sony files patent for bizarre ‘SmartWig’ with vibrating sideburns

I totally don’t get this one:

Sony filed for a patent for a hairpiece with vibrating sideburns.

The SmartWig is jammed packed with sensors that vibrate on the user’s head to send them messages. The patent also says the wig may include special fibers that look natural and can change shape.

The hair-raising idea will monitor your health, give directions and could “be made from horse hair, human hair, wool, feathers, yak hair or any kind of synthetic material.”

The wig has already been tested on Sony employees who switched slides during a presentation by tapping their sideburns.

“‘One or two switch buttons may be provided under the sideburns of the wig, and the one or more buttons are connected to the external computer via a wireless connection,” the patent reads.

The SmartWig also has a built-in GPS chip and laser pointer.

If they replace the laser pointer with a “laser death ray”, they might have something…


Posted November 27, 2013 by edmcgon in Market Analysis, News, Technology

8 responses to “Ed’s Daily Notes for November 27th

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  1. Although I really like scientists looking to nature for solutions regarding bacteria, I have some big questions too. While it is good to have clean hospitals and other places where people with lower resistance come, it is terrible to have all places clean. We need bacteria. We really need bacteria. Without bacteria we cannot live. Bacteria help us digest food, our small intestine works on bacteria. Our skin needs bacteria. Our mouth needs bacteria. Etc etc etc. When we kill those good bacteria, yeast and bad bacteria will take their place – as seen with too much hand-washing and anti-biotics. Our Western society seems to forget this symbiotic mechanism. We are living already millions of years together – and the last 100 years it would be bad for us?
    If you care about your little children, let them eat the food that has fallen on the ground, let them play in the dirt.
    If you get a cold, it means your resistance is too low – blame your unhealthy body, not the virus.

    • plas,
      When I was in my 20’s, I had the flu for about 3-4 straight years (and it always hit me around Christmas too). Ever since then, I’ve never had the flu, and I’ve never had a flu shot in my life. I agree with you, people need to let their bodies fight these things as much as possible, and only if it gets really bad should they seek a doctor’s help. Too often, people run to the doctor at the first sniffle, or even the lowest fever. If you are a normally healthy person, in most cases you are better off letting your body fight the disease, even if it means you’re in bed for several days. Like the saying goes, if it doesn’t kill you, it just makes you stronger. 😉

      • For what it’s worth I’ll add my 2 cents. I agree! I’ve also been known to buy beer and toilet paper. Toilet paper to blow my nose and beer to knock me out.

    • Not only that, they have in fact bred super viruses by trying to “cure” everything (especially when done with the wrong tool {antibiotics for viruses}, for the wrong duration {I no longer feel bad I will just save these pills just in case I need them later}).

      We are quickly coming to the age where we will be bad to where we were when there were no antibiotics.
      Look how quick that has happened. When my dad was born they didn’t have them (Penicillin discovered in 1928, my dad born in 1919), and in my lifetime I will probably see a day where it is all to common that they have nothing that can stop X bacteria/virus.

      And in fact the proving grounds for the nastiest bugs are in our hospitals.

  2. Well said! I was just having the same thoughts/concerns.

  3. If what Iran is saying about the agreement is true, which with this administration I actually believe Iran, it is a sad day for America. No one has faith in what he says, none of our enemies fear him or what he says, remember the line in the sand if Syria used chemical weapons?

    He is a small man in a big position.

    • Ojunker

      The bummer needed to do a deal to take the heat off of his failed healthcare program. Didn’t matter if it was a crappy deal, the lapdog media will praise it and Kerry and the bummer will lie and tell America what a sweet deal it really is. Speaking of Kerry, he must have paid a visit to Pelosi’s face fixer-upper. His head used to remind me of a deflated football with eyes.

    • Maybe Obama told the Iranians, “If you like your nukes, you can keep them”? 🙂

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