Scientists want to develop greener and more vigorous batteries, using inexpensive raw materials that are plentiful in Norway.

The Green World of Health and Wellbeing.

Article from Gemini, SINTEF

Research scientists Tommy Mokkelbost and Fride Vullum-Bruer in the laboratory with powder-based materials that will be ingredients in rechargeable batteries. (Photo: SINTEF / Gry Karin Stimo)

A new generation of rechargeable batteries has entered our everyday lives. Lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries are found in our mobile phones, e-readers and laptops, and supply power to currently available electric cars.

The advantages of these batteries are that they are light weight, and that they can be charged both rapidly and many times, while they ensure that our mobile devices and electric vehicles can do a lot of work before they need to be recharged.

Li-ion batteries are found in millions of pieces of equipment. But several research programmes are simultaneously racing to develop them further. One of these races is about eliminating the expensive, toxic and environmentally hazardous elements cobalt and nickel from today’s batteries. A…

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Funny Sex Jokes Friday Funnies #365

Todays Friday funnies is all about funny sex jokes. The first of my funny sex jokes is about morning sex.

Funny Sex Joke #1 Morning Sex

She was standing in the kitchen, preparing their usual soft-boiled eggs and toast for breakfast, wearing only the T-shirt that she slept in overnight. As he walked in, almost awake, she turned to him and said softly, “You’ve got to make love to me this very instant!”

His eyes lit up, and he thought, “Either I’m still dreaming, or this is going to be my lucky day!” Not wanting to lose the moment, he embraced her and then gave it his all; right there on the kitchen table.

Afterwards, she said, ‘Thanks’, and returned to the stove, her T-shirt still around her neck.

Happy, but a little puzzled, he asked, “What was that all about?”

She explained, “The egg timer’s broken.”

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Couple Sex

An eight-year-old girl went to her grandfather, who was working in the yard and asked him “Grandpa what is couple sex?”

The grandfather was surprised that she would ask such a question but decided that if she was old enough to know to ask the question, then she was old enough to get a straight answer.

He proceeded to tell her all about human reproduction and enjoys and responsibilities that go with it. When he finished explaining, the little girl was looking at him with her mouth hanging open, eyes wide in amazement. Seeing the look on her face, the grandfather asked, “why did you ask, Sweetie?

The little girl replied, “Well, grandma says to tell you that dinner will be ready in just a couple secs.”

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German prince fights for land seized by Nazis after his grandfather plotted to assassinate Hitler

As a child visiting his grandfather’s grave, Prince Friedrich Solms-Baruth V was given his life’s mission.

Key points:

  • Prince Friedrich Solms-Baruth V is suing Germany for his family lands back
  • The estate was confiscated by the Nazis after his grandfather helped plot to kill Hitler
  • Previous court cases have ruled that Prince Friedrich III willingly signed away his estate

“I was taught that if Germany was ever to reunify … then this would be my job: to make sure that the Nazis wouldn’t get away with their evil trick that they played on my grandfather,” he said.

For more than a decade, he has been trying to recover what he believes to be his family’s rightful property, which he said was stolen by Nazis 75 years ago.

His mission has also been to prove that his grandfather was the victim of a cruel strategy led by the head of the Gestapo, Heinrich Himmler, to hide the seizure of land.

“I simply want to uncover the truth and let the facts speak for themselves [to reveal] what the Nazis tried so hard to cover up, by cloaking their crimes in a veneer of legality all these years,” he said.

“We’re essentially a one-man show against the entire federal government.”

He now believes he has the proof to make his a “landmark case” which highlights the “fiendish” methods used by the Nazis to take possession of property.

“We have now found incontrovertible evidence to uncover the truth. There was a major cover-up by the Nazis of what they knew themselves was an illegal action,” he said.

‘He absolutely abhorred Hitler’

By 1944, Prince Friedrich’s grandfather — his namesake, Prince Friedrich Solms-Baruth III — had become an outspoken critic of Hitler, and had been aiding a plot to kill him.

“He absolutely abhorred Hitler long before he came into power, and predicted that he would ruin Germany,” his grandson said.

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Nasty, Nazi and Tory

There is a nasty, vicious and racist attitude polluting Britain these days. The Brexit Party and Nigel Farage are the main perpetrators but Boris Johnson, Rees-Mogg and other toxic Etonian individuals are behaving exactly like Donald Trump and Adolf Hitler by standing back and letting the ultra right wing and their brainwashed supporters do their dirty work for them.
The way to fight it is to take a side. Sit back and watch it is to let it happen. You must take a side. It must be fought to the death. The Nazis cannot be allowed to continue the way they are.
Trump must be fought, the Tories must be fought and defeated.
Education must play a part. The majority of those whom voted Brexit are semi literate if their Twitter and Facebook comments are anything to go by. The English must be the least educated people in the whole…

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Ted Kennedy’s Chappaquiddick Incident: What Really Happened

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Late on the night of July 18, 1969, a black Oldsmobile driven by U.S. Senator Edward Kennedy plunged off the Dike Bridge on the tiny island of Chappaquiddick, off Martha’s Vineyard, landing upside down in the tidal Poucha Pond. The 37-year-old Kennedy survived the crash, but the young woman riding with him in the car didn’t. Though newspaper headlines at the time identified her simply as a “blonde,” she was 28-year-old Mary Jo Kopechne, a respected political operative who had worked on the presidential campaign of Senator Kennedy’s brother, Robert Kennedy.

Kennedy later claimed he dove repeatedly “into the strong and murky current” to try and find Kopechne before making his way back to the cottage. He then drove back to the scene with his cousin, Joseph Gargan, and aide Paul Markham, who both tried in vain to reach Kopechne. But rather than report the accident to the police at that time, Kennedy returned to his hotel in Edgartown. As a result, Mary Jo Kopechne remained underwater for some nine hours until her body was recovered the next morning.

The incident at Chappaquiddick ended Kopechne’s young life and derailed Ted Kennedy’s presidential ambitions for good, but nearly half a century later, the details of what happened that fateful night remain unclear. Conspiracy theories and questions endure. How did Kennedy end up driving off the bridge? Was he drunk? What were he and Kopechne doing together that night? Was there a third person in the car? Why did he wait so long to report the accident?

In a speech the following week, Kennedy maintained he had not driven drunk, and that there was “no truth, no truth whatever to the widely circulated suspicions of immoral conduct that have been leveled at my behavior and [Kopechne’s] regarding that evening.” Kennedy attributed his actions after the accident to injury (he suffered a concussion), shock and confusion.

Map of Chappaquiddick, just off the island of Martha's Vineyard, that shows the locations of the major events of the evening of July 18, 1969, when a car driven by Senator Ted Kennedy crashed off of a bridge resulting in the death of Mary Jo Kopechne. (Credit: Express Newspapers/Getty Images)

Map of Chappaquiddick, just off the island of Martha’s Vineyard, that shows the locations of the major events of the evening of July 18, 1969, when a car driven by Senator Ted Kennedy crashed off of a bridge resulting in the death of Mary Jo Kopechne. (Credit: Express Newspapers/Getty Images)

How long was Mary Jo Kopechne alive after the car flipped?

Kopechne likely did not die instantaneously, but her final moments remain a mystery. When John Farrar, a diver for the local fire department, found Kopechne’s body the morning after the crash, its positioning suggested she had remained alive for an unknown period of time after the car went underwater. Her face was pressed into the footwell, and her hands gripped the back of the front seat, as if she had been trying to push her head into a pocket of air.

While some observers of the case suspected she could have been saved if Kennedy had gone for help earlier, others—including James E.T. Lange and Katherine DeWitt Jr., authors of Chappaquiddick: The Real Story—maintain that the cold temperature of the water and the condition of the car made it unlikely she survived for any extended period of time.

The Spy Who Kept the Cold War From Boiling Over

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In 1984, U.S. spies monitoring the Soviet press found an alarming piece in a Russian magazine. It wasn’t an expose on officials in the Soviet Union or a worrying account about Cold War attitudes toward the United States. Rather, it was a recipe for coot, a small water bird that’s common in Eastern Europe.

For CIA officials, that meant trouble. They had long had an agreement with a Russian double agent they called TOP HAT—if he wanted to get in touch with them, he’d indicate it by publishing the recipe. Was TOP HAT in danger?

Dmitri Polyakov

Dmitri Polyakov.

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As it turns out, yes. Soon after, America’s most valuable spy, Dmitri Polyakov, fell off the map entirely. For nearly 25 years, the Soviet military intelligence officer had served as the United States’ most trusted resource on the Soviet military, providing reams of intelligence and becoming a legend in the process.

Polyakov’s documents and tips informedU.S. strategy in China during the Cold War and helped the U.S. military determine how to deal with Soviet-era weapons. And Polyakov was credited with keeping the Cold War from boiling over by giving the United States secrets that gave it an inside view of Soviet priorities.

But was Polyakov a double agent…or a triple one who kept the U.S. on an IV drip of false tips and misinformation? And what happened to him after his sudden disappearance?

Polyakov was born in what is now Ukraine in 1921. After serving in World War II, he was recruited by the GRU, the USSR’s military intelligence agency. He wasn’t the type of man anyone would peg as a spy—the son of a bookkeeper, he was an unassuming father who did carpentry projects in his spare time. On the surface, he was a dutiful worker and a reliable GRU asset. But as he rose through the ranks of the agency, following protocol and living a seemingly routine life, he began to work to undermine the USSR itself.

At the time, the GRU had agents all around the world, and was tasked with learning everything possible about American life, priorities, and military assets. The United States did the same thing with the USSR, but had a harder time because of the absolute secrecy that ruled Soviet intelligence.

Until Polyakov offered himself to the CIA as a double agent, that is. At the time, he was stationed at the Soviet Mission to the United Nations in New York. Though Polyakov was fiercely loyal to the USSR, he was increasingly disgusted by what he saw as the corruption and impending failure of Soviet leaders. So he offered his services to the United States.

One CIA officer who worked with Polyakov believed his motivation to help the Americans stemmed from his service in World War II. “He contrasted the horror, the carnage, the things he had fought for, against the duplicity and corruption he saw developing in Moscow,” this source told TIME’s Elaine Shannon.

Polyakov considered himself to be “a Russian patriot,” writes author Ronald Kessler. The spy lived modestly and refused to accept large amounts of money for his work. Instead, he insisted on being paid only $3,000 a year. And the money wasn’t delivered in cash. Instead, writes Kessler, Polyakov acceptedpayment in the form of “Black & Decker power tools, fishing gear, and shotguns.”

It took years for the spy to prove his loyalty to skeptical U.S. intelligence officials. But once he began to pass on information, mistrust turned to glee. Polyakov provided a dizzying amount of material, received by agents during fishing trips (the spy’s fishing rod had a secret chamber for information), tucked into fake stones and flashed via radio transmissions as the spy rodepast CIA headquarters on a U.S. Embassy trolley.

The information he passed along proved, among other things, that relations between the USSR and China were becoming increasingly tense. The United States, in turn, exploited those dynamics as it attempted to resume a relationship with China. Polyakov also exposed the espionage of Frank Bossard, a British military officer who was caught selling secrets to the Soviets.

Polyakov was not only fearless—he was well positioned within the Soviet military, where he rose in ranks in the GRU year after year.

“He was absolutely at the top,” said Sandy Grimes, a former CIA officer, in a 1998 interview. Because Polyakov had access to so many kinds of information within the Soviet intelligence machine, said Grimes, he provided unprecedented and unparalleled intelligence.

“Polyakov was a consummate intelligence officer,” Grimes recalled. Motivated by his dislike of Soviet leadership, the “crown jewel” of intelligence officers knew he would pay with his life if his double-cross ever came to the attention of the Soviets. “He knew that if he were caught, he would be sentenced to die.”

GRU Headquarters

The Main Directorate of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Russia, also know as Russian military Intelligence Service or GRU, in Moscow, Russia.

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In the meantime, Polyakov took advantage of his role as a top officer in the GRU. From his post in the United States, he photographed massive numbers of documents, obtained information face-to-face from dangerous informants, and became a beloved asset to CIA officials, who gave him the freedom to choose his own tactics and even his own missions.


Why China fears the Falun Gong


During a Falun Gong rally in Taiwan in 2006, four demonstrators play in an action drama against what they said was the Chinese communists’ killing of Falun Gong followers and harvesting of their organs in concentration camps. China recently placed the outlawed group at the top of its list of terrorist organizations, despite no history of violence against others.
Credit: Patrick Lin

HONG KONG — Following the recent brutal murder of a young woman at a McDonald’s in Shandong province by alleged members of the “Almighty God” sect, Chinese state media released a list of the 11 “most active cults” in China today.

Listed first was the Falun Gong, a group with no history of violence or terrorist activities. Contrast that with other groups on the list such as “Almighty God” or “Three Grades of Servants,” members of which have been blamed by authorities for at least 20 murders.

The presence of Falun Gong alongside such dangerous sects shows that Beijing’s propaganda campaign against the group — banned outright in China in 1999 but still active in Hong Kong and Taiwan — is still going strong.

Is Beijing’s fear of the Falun Gong justified? Or is this merely an example of the Communist Party’s urge to stamp out any organizations that may pose a threat, however remote, to the existing order?

Allow us to explain.

Wait! What is Falun Gong anyway?

Falun Gong (also called Falun Dafa) arose out of the so-called “qigong boom” of the late ’80s. Qigong is an umbrella term for a number of practices involving meditation, slow-moving exercises and regulated breathing. Qigong groups exploded during this time, attracting tens of millions of mostly urban and elderly Chinese. At one point, more than 2,000 different groups existed.

Falun Gong differed from most qigong groups in that it combined exercises with moral and spiritual teachings. Adherents aim to cultivate “truthfulness, compassion, and forbearance” and refine their “xining,” or moral character.

A person’s xining is affected by their ratio of virtue (positive energy) to karma (negative energy). Virtue is generated through doing good deeds and suffering, while karma accumulates by doing bad deeds.

Falun Gong’s spiritual leader is Li Hongzhi.

Read more: Why China fears Falon Gong

Forty years on, Southall demands justice for killing of Blair Peach

Campaigners to call for a new inquiry into the teacher’s death in 1979 when riot police charged at protesters in west London

Police confront an anti-fascist protestor in Southall, April 1979.
 Police confront an anti-fascist protestor in Southall, April 1979. Photograph: Evening Standard/Getty Images

Campaigners are demanding a fresh inquiry into the death of protester Blair Peach during a demonstration held to prevent the National Front holding a meeting in Southall, west London, 40 years ago this week.

The New Zealand-born teacher was killed during widescale unrest as thousands of protesters fought almost 3,000 police deployed to protect the NF’s right of assembly in one of the most racially diverse areas of London. More than 700 people were arrested, 345 of them charged and hundreds more injured.

Peach, a special needs teacher, was struck on the head as police charged at him and other protesters on the evening of 23 April 1979. A report compiled soon after by Metropolitan police commander John Cass, but only released in 2010, concluded that Peach was “almost certainly” killed by one of six riot police officers who were members of the Special Patrol Group, which was replaced in 1987 by the Territorial Support Group.

Fourteen witnesses saw Peach, a member of the Anti-Nazi League, being struck by an officer but nobody has ever been charged with his death. The events 40 years ago remain a sensitive topic within Southall’s predominantly Asian community and the wider anti-racism movement. Activists accuse the police of instigating the violence, of racism and of using excessive force.

A demonstration is to take place in Southall this week along with a series of events, many of them in the town hall, where a plaque is to be unveiled in memory of Peach and Gurdeep Singh Chaggar, a local man who was killed by a racist gang in 1976.

Gareth Peirce, the lawyer who defended many of those arrested in 1979, said: “Unquestionably a public investigation is required as to what happened and why it was covered up for so long. A man was killed, wholly innocent people were convicted and evidence against them fabricated.

“The police went out to deliberately inflict injuries on innocent people and were being provocative and racist. An onslaught of violence was unleashed on the Southall community and other protesters. The Hillsborough inquiry shows that reopening investigations into incidents that happened in the past is not only important but achievable.”

A picture of Blair Peach from his partner Celia Stubbs’ photo album.
 A picture of Blair Peach from his partner Celia Stubbs’ photo album. Photograph: Martin Godwin/The Guardian

In his report Cass found that officers had deliberately lied to obstruct the investigation into Peach’s death. He identified the likely killer by his pseudonym, Officer E, but concluded that there was not enough evidence to mount a prosecution. Locker searches of SPG officers uncovered unauthorised weapons, including illegal truncheons, knives, two crowbars, a whip, a 3ft wooden stave and a lead-weighted leather stick. One officer was caught trying to hide a metal cosh while another was found with a collection of Nazi regalia.

Suresh Grover of the Monitoring Group, an anti-racist charity that played a leading role in the protests, said the full names of all six officers identified by Cass will be read out at all the forthcoming commemorative events. All of them are still believed to be alive.

“There are reasonable grounds for them to be investigated with a view to bringing charges. A murder took place, it doesn’t matter when it happened. There’s also a deep emotional injustice felt by the Southall community at how they were treated by the police and that has not been addressed for 40 years,” said Grover. The demands for a reopening of investigations into Peach’s death and police conduct are also being supported by the National Education Union, which presents an annual Blair Peach award for teachers who have carried out anti-racism work.

The NEU’s joint general secretary, Kevin Courtney, said: “Blair was an active member of the union and a committed anti-racist and we have not forgotten him. He was there in Southall with many other teachers. There were some terrible things done by the police and there has never been an open and honest investigation about it, nor an apology to the Southall community.” It is time to put this right.

Following the release of the Cass report, the then Scotland Yard commissioner, Sir Paul Stephenson, apologised to Peach’s family, saying that it was “a matter of regret” that the force was unable to collect the evidence to convict his killer and that it made for “uncomfortable reading”.

The Met refused to comment on calls for a new investigation, saying: “In 1979 provision for investigating this type of incident was not in place in the manner it is now. There was no independent body with the same role as the Independent Office for Police Conduct. Following a death in similar circumstances today, police services are required to make an immediate referral to the IOPC.”