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"A Summary" – Apr 2, 2011 (Kryon channeled by Lee Carroll) (Subjects: Religion, Shift of Human Consciousness, 2012, Intelligent/Benevolent Design, EU, South America, 5 Currencies, Water Cycle (Heat up, Mini Ice Ace, Oceans, Fish, Earthquakes ..), Middle East, Internet, Israel, Dictators, Palestine, US, Japan (Quake/Tsunami Disasters , People, Society ...), Nuclear Power Revealed, Hydro Power, Geothermal Power, Moon, Financial Institutes (Recession, Realign integrity values ..) , China, North Korea, Global Unity,..... etc.) -
"The Quantum Factor" – Apr 10, 2011 (Kryon channeled by Lee Carroll) (Subjects: Galaxies, Universe, Intelligent design, Benevolent design, Aliens, Nikola Tesla (Quantum energy), Inter-Planetary Travel, DNA, Genes, Stem Cells, Cells, Rejuvenation, Shift of Human Consciousness, Spontaneous Remission, Religion, Dictators, Africa, China, Nuclear Power, Sustainable Development, Animals, Global Unity.. etc.) - (Text Version)

“ … Here is another one. A change in what Human nature will allow for government. "Careful, Kryon, don't talk about politics. You'll get in trouble." I won't get in trouble. I'm going to tell you to watch for leadership that cares about you. "You mean politics is going to change?" It already has. It's beginning. Watch for it. You're going to see a total phase-out of old energy dictatorships eventually. The potential is that you're going to see that before 2013.

They're going to fall over, you know, because the energy of the population will not sustain an old energy leader ..."

(Live Kryon Channelings was given 7 times within the United Nations building.)

"Update on Current Events" – Jul 23, 2011 (Kryon channelled by Lee Carroll) - (Subjects: The Humanization of God, Gaia, Shift of Human Consciousness, 2012, Benevolent Design, Financial Institutes (Recession, System to Change ...), Water Cycle (Heat up, Mini Ice Ace, Oceans, Fish, Earthquakes ..), Nuclear Power Revealed, Geothermal Power, Hydro Power, Drinking Water from Seawater, No need for Oil as Much, Middle East in Peace, Persia/Iran Uprising, Muhammad, Israel, DNA, Two Dictators to fall soon, Africa, China, (Old) Souls, Species to go, Whales to Humans, Global Unity,..... etc.)

"Recalibration of Free Choice"– Mar 3, 2012 (Kryon Channelling by Lee Caroll) - (Subjects: (Old) Souls, Midpoint on 21-12-2012, Shift of Human Consciousness, Black & White vs. Color, 1 - Spirituality (Religions) shifting, Loose a Pope “soon”, 2 - Humans will change react to drama, 3 - Civilizations/Population on Earth, 4 - Alternate energy sources (Geothermal, Tidal (Paddle wheels), Wind), 5 – Financials Institutes/concepts will change (Integrity – Ethical) , 6 - News/Media/TV to change, 7 – Big Pharmaceutical company will collapse “soon”, (Keep people sick), (Integrity – Ethical) 8 – Wars will be over on Earth, Global Unity, … etc.) - (Text version)

“… 4 - Energy (again)

The natural resources of the planet are finite and will not support the continuation of what you've been doing. We've been saying this for a decade. Watch for increased science and increased funding for alternate ways of creating electricity (finally). Watch for the very companies who have the most to lose being the ones who fund it. It is the beginning of a full realization that a change of thinking is at hand. You can take things from Gaia that are energy, instead of physical resources. We speak yet again about geothermal, about tidal, about wind. Again, we plead with you not to over-engineer this. For one of the things that Human Beings do in a technological age is to over-engineer simple things. Look at nuclear - the most over-engineered and expensive steam engine in existence!

Your current ideas of capturing energy from tidal and wave motion don't have to be technical marvels. Think paddle wheel on a pier with waves, which will create energy in both directions [waves coming and going] tied to a generator that can power dozens of neighborhoods, not full cities. Think simple and decentralize the idea of utilities. The same goes for wind and geothermal. Think of utilities for groups of homes in a cluster. You won't have a grid failure if there is no grid. This is the way of the future, and you'll be more inclined to have it sooner than later if you do this, and it won't cost as much….”

"Fast-Tracking" - Feb 8, 2014 (Kryon Channelling by Lee Carroll) - (Reference to Fukushima / H-bomb nuclear pollution and a warning about nuclear > 20 Min)

Obama unveils landmark regulations to combat climate change

Obama unveils landmark regulations to combat climate change
In a bid to combat climate change, US President Barack Obama announced the Clean Power Plan on Monday, marking the first time power plants have been targeted by mandatory regulations on carbon dioxide emissions in the US.
Google: Earthday 2013

Friday, August 19, 2011

German 'guzzler' sets new record for electric cars

Deutsche Welle, 18 Aug 2011                                                   

The "Schluckspecht" has set a new
 record for distance on a single charge
As Germany drives forward on electric car promotion, one vehicle developed by German researchers has set a new world record for distance traveled on single battery charge.

In Germany, the new experimental car, "Schluckspecht," broke previous world records earlier this month when it traveled 1,631.5 kilometers (994 miles) on a single battery charge.

Developed by researchers at the Offenburg University of Applied Sciences, the drive took just more than 36 hours, with four drivers taking shifts and traveling at about 45 kph.

Schluckspecht is a slang word meaning "guzzler," or "heavy drinker" in German.

"The first car we built was really a heavy drinker, we ran out of fuel before the finish line," Ulrich Hochberg, one of the project's leaders, told Deutsche Welle.

Shattering distance records

The electric car set a record in
South Africa in 2010
The team had considered changing the name – but after setting several world records, including by traveling 626.6 km on public roads in South Africa last year, "it's really become now a brand name," Hochberg chuckled.

The Offenburg team has been working on the "guzzler" since 1998.

The previous record for electric car travel on a single charge, on a circuit track, was 1,003 kilometers, set by the Japan Electric Vehicle Club in May last year.

The Schluckspecht record was made at the German industrial company Bosch's circuit track in Boxberg, southwestern Germany.

In October 2010, a German team drove an Audi A2 from Munich to Berlin on a single charge, setting a new long-distance record on actual roads.

Promoting electrical cars

The new electrical vehicle distance record comes at a time when the German government is pouring billions of euros into research and considering tax breaks for electrical car owners.

In May 2011, at a summit hosted by German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Berlin announced that it was aiming for one million electric vehicles on German roads by 2020, and would be doubling government spending on electric vehicle research to a total of 2 billion euros ($2.87 billion) by 2013. 

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has
 been pushing for more research into
electric cars
With this new distance record, it seems possible that overcoming one of the major hurdles to widespread adoption of electric cars – their small range of 200-300 kilometers – may now attract Germans who are used to driving great distances on the autobahn at high speed before filling up again.

Earlier this year, both BMW and Volkswagen announced that they intend to sell their first electric cars in 2013. Meanwhile, eight regions around Germany are working on building 2,500 charging stations to support the 2,800 test vehicles.

Mass production

Ferdinand Dudenhöffer, an automobile economist at the University of Duisburg-Essen, told Deutsche Welle that he doesn't see the new world record as a great breakthrough.

"These are individual items, prototypes," he said of such research projects. "What we need is mass production, economies of scale," Dudenhöffer said, adding that big steps have been made in this regard, including by companies such as Nissan and Mitsubishi.

However, despite what he sees as the limited usefulness of such research projects, he thinks they could act as a stimulus.

Environmentalists criticize electric cars as still requiring a charge from energy sources that may involve the burning of fossil fuels.

Liquid fuel will always give a longer ride than a battery-powered car, Hochberg explains, since it takes oxygen from the air for combustion, returning it to the atmosphere as carbon dioxide.

To him, "the only sense is to use energy from renewable fuel sources" if Germany wants to fulfil its goal of putting one million electric cars on the road by 2020.

"This is a political figure, used to promote investment," he added.

Super light and aerodynamic

The Schluckspecht chassis is based
on the bowstring concept
The Schluckspecht's success largely lies in its ultralight chassis, which replaces a base plate with a frame based on the bowstring concept, developed with the Fraunhofer Institute in Freiburg.

The vehicle, with a regular car seat for one driver, has motors integrated into the wheels. Without the need for an engine or transmission, the researchers were able to develop a particularly slim and aerodynamic shape.

There's even a little extra room for equipment, or as Hochberg put it: "You can put a case of beer into it."

Author: Sonya Angelica Diehn
Editor: Cyrus Farivar

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