Rural water users can finally join the 21st century with a new monitoring device

No more running out of water and definitely no more checking water levels in minus 40 degree weather!  An electronics team in Wainfleet, ON from ParemTech have developed a cloud-based water level monitor, the ptlevel, allowing rural water users with a cistern or well to remotely monitor their water levels.  And more, the device has built in low-level alert features by text and email so you’ll never run dry again.

ptelvel install 300x241What really brings this device to life is it’s high-tech, yet user-friendly, interface and platform.  First of all it is the easiest way around to view your water level.  And second, the technology and programming of the ptlevel displays surrounding water delivery companies.  This enables super easy water ordering and allows water delivery companies the ability to advertise to their local customers.  Another unique feature of this interface that is not available anywhere else is “water level history”.  And more than just past level history, soon it can even predict when you will run out of water!

Installation of the ptlevel can be completed by a certified installer (by a certified ptlevel installer), or can be installed by the purchaser by following simple instructions (drop a line, plug it in, set-up an account!).  The product has only been widely available for 4 weeks but the initial response has been huge.  “We’ve already shipped our first wholesale order more than half-way across the country and we’ve sent out another local wholesale order just today” says Mike VandeBeld, Chief Developer at ParemTech.

ptelvel picture 6 281x500During initial test stages and needs analyses the team found there were many people who had developed their own monitoring systems whether it be a long stick or pole, “eye-balling it”, or even low-technology float switches.  The problem is, there is still no way to be directly alerted when the level is low and there is a risk of running out of water.  With the new ptlevel users can check the level from anywhere, anytime and are alerted to their phone or email; ordering water can even be automatic if they’ve shared their level with their local supplier.

The ptlevel has been long awaited for many rural water users.  ParemTech is also working on a top-secret product right now to be ready for 2016.  The product launch will shape the landscape of the way many country-living residents do life.  The technology is still hush-hush though since they are in the midst of patents and research; you’ll just have to stay tuned to see what they have up their sleeves!

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Dogs snub people who are mean to their owners, study finds

Dogs do not like people who are mean to their owners, Japanese researchers said Friday, and will refuse food offered by people who have snubbed their master.

Source: Dogs snub people who are mean to their owners, study finds

The findings reveal that canines have the capacity to co-operate socially—a characteristic found in a relatively small number of species, including humans and some other primates.

Researchers led by Kazuo Fujita, a professor of comparative cognition at Kyoto University, tested three groups of 18 dogs using role plays in which their owners needed to open a box.

In all three groups, the owner was accompanied by two people whom the dog did not know.
In the first group, the owner sought assistance from one of the other people, who actively refused to help.
In the second group, the owner asked for, and received, help from one person. In both groups, the third person was neutral and not involved in either helping or refusing to help.
Neither person interacted with the dog’s owner in the control—third—group.

After watching the box-opening scene, the dog was offered food by the two unfamiliar people in the room.
Dogs that saw their owner being rebuffed were far more likely to choose food from the neutral observer, and to ignore the offer from the person who had refused to help, Fujita said.

Dogs whose owners were helped and dogs whose owners did not interact with either person showed no marked preference for accepting snacks from the strangers.

“We discovered for the first time that dogs make social and emotional evaluations of people regardless of their direct interest,” Fujita said.

If the dogs were acting solely out of self-interest, there would be no differences among the groups, and a roughly equal number of animals would have accepted food from each person.

“This ability is one of key factors in building a highly collaborative society, and this study shows that dogs share that ability with humans,” he said.

The trait is present in children from the age of about three, the research papers said.

Interestingly, noted Fujita, not all primates demonstrate this behaviour.

“There is a similar study that showed tufted capuchins (a monkey native to South America) have this ability, but there is no evidence that chimpanzees demonstrate a preference unless there is a direct benefit to them,” he told AFP.
The study will appear in the science journal Animal Behaviour to be published later this month by Elsevier, he said.


A camera has successfully been powered using spare Wi-Fi signals

Researchers in the US have tweaked a regular Wi-Fi router and made it capable of continuously powering a battery-free surveillance camera. Even better, their work didn’t interfere with the router’s data transfer speeds.

The breakthrough could help researchers overcome one of the main challenges when it comes to the development of new technology – including the Internet of Things, which aims to put a chip inside all our household appliances and bring them online: how do we keep everything powered up without lots of cords?

Researchers have long known that the electromagnetic waves broadcast by Wi-Fi routers could be harnessed for energy as well as sending information, but the challenge was finding a way to do this reliably and continuously. A team from the University of Washington in the US has now accomplished this by simply changing the way a router broadcasts. They’re calling their new approach ‘power over Wi-Fi’ or PoWi-Fi.

“The ability to deliver power wirelessly to a wide range of autonomous devices and sensors is hugely significant,” writes MIT’s Technology Review. “PoWi-Fi could be the enabling technology that finally brings the Internet of Things to life.”

In the past, scientists have never been able to harness enough Wi-Fi signals to power anything of much use. But the team’s big break came when they attached a simple antenna to a temperature sensor in order to see how much power they could get from a nearby router.

They found that the resulting voltages produced by the Wi-Fi signals were never high enough to cross the operating threshold of around 300 millivolts. But they often came close.

The problem, they realised, was that Wi-Fi routers don’t continuously blast out electromagnetic waves, they send them out on a single channel in bursts. But by programming a router to broadcast noise across a range of Wi-Fi channels even when it wasn’t transmitting information, they were able to pump out enough signals that their antenna could then use to provide continuous power to electronic devices.

Using their prototype, the team managed to show for the first time that they could not only run battery-free temperature and camera sensors using Wi-Fi signals from a distance of six and five metres respectively, they also proved that they could charge a range of coin-cell batteries at distances of up to nine metres.

They then took their system into six metropolitan homes to show that the set-up worked in real life, and didn’t interfere with data transfer speeds. The results are published over at

The question that needs to be answered now is how these routers interfere with other signals in the area. “Having a router next door that is blasting out signals on three Wi-Fi channels might not be everybody’s idea of neighbourly behaviour,” writes MIT’s Technology Review. “It is worth pointing out, however, that if this kind of interference turns out to be a problem for current routers, it is one that could be solved in future generations.”

The next step is further testing on these routers under a range of different conditions to make sure they really can help to provide us with regular power for our devices while we browse the Internet. And if that’s the case, then it could seriously change the way we power up our homes. We can’t wait.

Source: A camera has successfully been powered using spare Wi-Fi signals – ScienceAlert


Improving the delivery of chemotherapy with graphene

A new study published in IOP Publishing’s journal 2D Materials has proposed using graphene as an alternative coating for catheters to improve the delivery of chemotherapy drugs.

Source: Improving the delivery of chemotherapy with graphene

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This shows that existing materials is being used in new ways all the time, and that is what true innovation is all about. Finding new uses lot already existing technology is a whole lot easier than coming up with new materials.

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20-Year-Old To Launch World’s First Ocean Cleaning System In 2016

An estimated 300 million tons of plastic are produced and thrown away every year. Given that the stuff doesn’t break down easily over time, this is extremely bad news for the environments in which it accumulates.

Source: 20-Year-Old To Launch World’s First Ocean Cleaning System In 2016

Finally there is some movement regarding cleaning up the oceans from all the garbage that is floating around in the water before it lands on our beaches. The garbage mountain in the Pacific Ocean is a major environmental disaster, so this issue has to be taken seriously before it’s to late.

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Fly-catching robot developed by Stanford scientists speeds biomedical research – Deep Stuff

Bio-X scientists have created a robot that expands the scope of biomedical research that can be carried out with a common laboratory organism – fruit flies.

Source: Fly-catching robot developed by Stanford scientists speeds biomedical research – Deep Stuff

The development of new technology keeps going faster, and this is a good example of how robot technology is becoming more and more advanced.

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Physicists Discover How The Ancient Egyptians Built the Pyramids

Egyptian pyramids are considered the oldest man-made wonder that are still existing on earth, they were built by the Pharaohs of the old and middle families as tombs of the Pharaohs and their entourage, building the pyramids started more than 4600 years ago. There are several types of pyramids a one step pyramids called the Mastaba, several steps pyramids which is called Step Pyramid and the smooth-sided pyramid.

Some people were convinced that the pyramids were built by slaves, others suggested that the pyramids were built by aliens; These are myth that lasted for thousands of years.

The biggest problem that have confused everyone is how did the Egyptians moved the huge rocks – that each weighs more than 2 tons. How did they transfer the rocks from the desert to the area were the pyramids lies and how they were able to get it up.

The secret lies in water as it was noticed in the Ancient Egyptians wall drawings from the tomb of the ancient nomarch that they watered the sand before the sledges run over it but no one knew why, some suggested that it was one of the sacred steps the ancient Egyptians usually did.

Lately Physicists at FOM Foundation and the University of Amsterdam have reached a major discovery that has proved the truth about building the pyramids. The physicists have proved that the Egyptians watered the sand in front of the sledges used to transfer the huge rocks. Adding water to the sand stopped it from piling up in front of the sledges than the dry sand.

Also the water make the sand stick together and easier to be shaped which allowed them to make a ramp for the sledges to run over easily in order they would stack the rocks above the others.

The Physicists did not just give us a theory but they proved it by experiment as they used a small sledge in the laboratory that is analogous to the Egyptian sledges and found out that using the right amount of water the sledge was able to slide on the watered sand as twice easier than the dry sand.

So, it took the scientists more than 4600 years to figure out how the ancient Egyptians built the pyramids and that is a considered a great discovery, of course I can say that the great discovery was made by the Ancient Egyptians when they used the water to build the pyramids, and a great work to build the pyramids.


Ice Age

Ice AgeIce Age 5 will be in cinemas on 2016, after the great success of the Ice Age series on the years 2002, 2006, 2009 and 2012. The story of the films are around a group of mammals surviving one of the Ice Ages in the Paleolithic Ice Age, this group is composed in the first film from a mammoth, a sloth and a tiger and other characters joins on the following films.

The Ice Age is the very long period that lasted from about 30 million to 300 million years when the earth was mostly covered with ice sheets. Earth has been exposed to several Ice Ages divided to sub Ice Ages called glacials, the Ice Ages were in cycles along with warmer ages as the ice sheets would melt. About 11 thousand years ago the three factors lead to a warmer period and the ice melted.

No one can be sure why Ice Ages happens, but scientists suggested that an Ice Age could happen when several factors are combined as: The ratio of carbon dioxide and methane. The second factor is the change of the Earth orbit around the sun. The third factor is when the continents are close to each other which leads to preventing the flow of warm water and the variation of ocean currents. These factors would lead to a very cold winter that allows the ice accumulate, then the short and not hot summer is not enough to melt the ice, years after years and centuries after centuries the ice would get sicker and stronger.

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Magical Coconut Oil

Magical Coconut OilCoconut oil can be considered one of the major ingredients in lots of components in food , beauty and health. Coconut oil is extracted from the kernel os the coconut available in the coconut fruits. Always buy the organic coconut oil and do not buy the refined types with no odour or flavor.

Coconut oil is a major ingredient in beauty components for hair, skin as it is an ingredient in hair serum, body lotion and face moisturizer.

Coconut oil has been tried in several usages that concerns health and beauty.

Coconut oil is a major ingredient in beauty components for hair, skin as it is an ingredient in hair serum, body lotion and face moisturizer.

It has proven to be successful in uses as:

  • Use it directly on your skin and rub it as it is a great lotion.
  • It can be used as a sun screen.
  • Coconut oil is great as a hair conditioner.
  • Rub the dry parts (as elbows) daily to softness it.
  • It can protect the babies from diaper rash.
  • Coconut oil can be used as makeup removal.
  • It can be used as a shaving cream.
  • By adding some baking soda you can use as a toothpaste that helps in controlling plaque, fighting tooth decay and gum infection.
  • It has been proved as an anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal.
  • Coconut oil helps in fighting aging whether the internal brain aging (Alzheimer) or the outer aging if used as a lotion.
  • It has been proven that it helps in burning fats so by the daily use it can lead to the loss of weight. It can also help in other way because it gives a feeling of station.

Coconut oil has been proved that it does not increase the risk of heart disease as other types of oils, it also help decrease the cholesterol levels in the body, so you can use it in the kitchen:

  • It can be used in cooking as other types of other vegetable oil.
  • It has many components that can help the body as a food supplementary.
  • If you add a tea-spoon of coconut oil to your tea it will help you to overcome the sore throat and the cold.

If you are going to use coconut oil regularly so you need to buy large amounts of it, you can restore it just on the kitchen table, no need to refrigerate it.

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GarlicGarlic is a herb from the lily family, it has been used as a food and prescribed as a medicine since the pharaohs has been ruling Egypt, they even put clay shaped garlic with in the tombs of the dead pharaohs. The Ancient Egyptians, the Greeks, the ancient Asian have all find out the importance of garlic and used it in their kitchen.
Hippocrates has used garlic to treat poor digestion, fatigue, parasites and respiratory system. While the ancient people in middle Asia has used garlic in treating high blood pressure, bronchitis, diabetes, tuberculosis, fevers and intestinal worms.

Nowadays garlic has been proved to be used as a treatment for heart and blood system diseases as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart attacks, coronary heart disease and atherosclerosis. It is also used to prevent some types of cancers as colon cancer, stomach cancer, prostate cancer and rectal cancer. It can be used as an antibacterial and antiviral, its oil is used to treat skin infections. It helps in increasing insulin releases which help diabetes.

How to prepare the garlic to use it?
Divide the bulb to cloves and then peel the cloves and crush it to add it to your food. You can crush the garlic by using the garlic press which you can crush the garlic without peeling. Also you can use a knife with large blade to crush the clove by pressing on the clove by pressing using your hand on the large blade, then add a sprinkle of salt and crush it again. Do not use the green parts of a garlic because it tastes bitter.

How to preserve the garlic?
You can find fresh garlic in the summer, you can preserve it for two weeks in bulbs and only cut the cloves you need and keep the rest intact, keep it in a dried place.
It can also be preserved in other forms to be used in the other seasons. It can be dried and kept in strings, it can also be smashed to powder and keep it to be used later. You can also get a large amount of fresh bulbs, peel it and then crush and freeze it after making it in the sort of cubes.