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Am 08.11.2015 um 02:46 schrieb Kim Andrew Elliott kimelli@verizon.net [dxld]:

[Attachment(s) from Kim Andrew Elliott included below]

The Mighty KBC difficult to hear 8 Nov on 7395 kHz via Germany due to poor propagation.

And the site in Germany transmitted last week's show, so the digital text mode was MFSK32 rather than the advertised Olivia 64-2000.

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Welcome to program 136 of VOA Radiogram from the Voice of

I'm Kim Andrew Elliott in Washington.

Here is the lineup for today's program, all in MFSK32,
except where noted:

  1:34 Program preview (now)
  2:46 Whisky byproducts as car fuel*
  8:28 Water with tiny bubbles is an effective cleaner*
14:04 Reuters report about Chinese radio in the USA*
22:24 Mysterious crack develops in Wyoming*
27:15 Closing announcements
28:16 Olivia 64-2000: Transmission schedule

* with image

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Whisky Byproducts the Next Car Fuel?

Deborah Block
November 04, 2015

We know we shouldn't drink alcohol and drive. But whisky could
help us be more environmentally friendly drivers.

Whisky byproducts are being transformed into biofuel, which could
reduce oil consumption and cut emissions that contribute to
global warming.

Scotland is the world's largest whisky producer. Scottish
professor Martin Tangney has discovered how to take the waste
products from distilling whisky and turn them into biobutanol, an
alcohol that can be used as fuel.

"In the production of whisky, less than 10 percent of what comes
out in the distillery is actually the primary product," he said.
"The bulk of the remainder are these two unwanted residues pot
ale and barley."

Those residues are combined to create a new raw material. And by
adapting a century-old fermentation process, it is converted into
biobutanol. Tangney said the whisky-based biofuel provides more
power than bioethanol, which is made from corn or sugar cane.

"It has almost the same amount of energy as petrol [gasoline],
whereas bioethanol has only got 70 percent of it. You can store
it, and pipe it, and use the existing infrastructure to
distribute this, and in fact, you do not need to modify an
engine," Tangney said.

Tangney, director of Edinburgh Napier University's biofuel
research center, founded Celtic Renewables, a private,
Edinburgh-based company that is producing biobutanol at a plant
in Belgium. He doesn't expect biobutanol to replace gasoline
altogether, but be blended with it. It's possible the fuel may
also be used in planes and ships, and in heaters.

He said consumers would also be helping the environment by
"reducing the oil that we consume by putting this into their

His company has received a $17 million grant from the British
government to build a plant in Scotland that's expected to be
operational within three years.


Kim's note: The drink is usually spelled "whiskey" in the United
States. (Don't ask me why I know that ... )

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Tiny Bubbles Turn Water Into Effective Cleaning Tool

George Putic, KI4FNF
November 03, 2015

While a stream of ordinary cold water may clean some dirt it is
not considered an effective cleaning agent. But when two
inventors at the University of Southampton added a little
ultrasound the water became highly effective for removing germs
from tiny cracks and crevices.

Under ultraviolet light greasy residue on human hands becomes
visible, but trying to rinse it off with ordinary cold water is
next to impossible.

Infusing the water stream with a bit of ultrasound turns it into
an effective scrubber that quickly and harmlessly rinses the skin
to spotless clean.

The simplicity of 'Starstream,' invented by two researchers from
the University of Southampton, England, promises to change the
way we clean our bodies as well as objects we use, from kitchen
tools to medical instruments.

"We wanted to build some kind of micro-scrubber that can clean
without bleach and detergents, and can get into the crevices and
the cracks. And so what we did, what we found is the bubble,"
said Tom Leighton from the University of Southampton.

Normally, bubbles of gas contained in ordinary water have smooth
surfaces. But the infusion of ultrasound makes their surfaces
ripple, almost like the surface of sand paper. Flowing with
water over contaminated surfaces the bubbles effectively take
dirt away.

"One of the key factors of Starstream is that it takes any liquid
that you are using and makes it several thousand times more
effective. So if you are using soapy water or bleach, something
like that, it will make it more effective," said Leighton.

Starstream is especially effective for removing bacteria where it
hides, like in this piece of glass smeared with lipstick and
mascara, or for cleaning rust spots from kitchen sinks.

Researchers say their invention could easily replace the
recommended 20-seconds washing of hands with soap and warm water,
with only a six-second wash with water infused with ultrasound.


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FCC, Justice Department Probe Covert Chinese Radio Network

Reuters via voanews.com
2 November 2015

WASHINGTON/BEIJING - The Federal Communications Commission and
the Justice Department are investigating a California firm whose
U.S. radio broadcasts are backed by a subsidiary of the Chinese
government, officials said.

Both investigations come in response to a Reuters report
published on Monday that revealed the existence of the covert
radio network, which broadcasts in more than a dozen American
cities, including Washington, Philadelphia, Boston, Houston and
San Francisco.

"Based on reports, the FCC will initiate an inquiry into the
facts surrounding the foreign ownership issues raised in the
stories, including whether the Commission's statutory foreign
ownership rules have been violated," FCC spokesman Neil Grace

The California firm is owned by James Su, a naturalized U.S.
citizen born in Shanghai. Reuters reported Monday that Su's
company, G&E Studio Inc., is 60 percent owned by a subsidiary of
Chinese state-run radio broadcaster China Radio International

The FCC doesn't restrict content on U.S. radio stations, except
for rules covering indecency, political advertising and
children's programming.

But under U.S. law, the FCC prohibits foreign governments or
their representatives from holding a radio license for a U.S.
broadcast station. Foreign individuals, governments and
corporations are permitted to hold up to 20 percent ownership
directly in a station and up to 25 percent in the U.S. parent
corporation of a station.

G&E does not own any U.S. stations, but it leases two 50,000-watt
stations: WCRW in Washington for more than $720,000 a year, and
WNWR in Philadelphia for more than $600,000 a year.

Through a different set of limited liability companies, Su owns,
co-owns or leases virtually all the air time on at least a dozen
other U.S. stations. Those stations carry G&E content, which is
produced largely by his West Covina, California, studios or by
state-run CRI in Beijing.

The news programming on these CRI-backed stations sticks closely
to the Chinese government line on a host of issues, including the
current military standoff in the South China Sea between China
and the United States.

Su's spokeswoman declined to comment Monday. In a Sept. 16
interview with Reuters, Su said his radio network abides by U.S.
law because he leases air time from stations, rather than owning
them outright.

U.S. law also requires anyone inside the United States seeking to
influence American policy or public opinion on behalf of a
foreign government or group to register with the Justice
Department. Public records show that neither Su nor his companies
are registered as foreign agents under the law, called the
Foreign Agents Registration Act, or FARA.

Voice ID for radio station WCRW in Leesburg, Virginia

Internet stream for radio station WCRW in Leesburg, Virginia



A U.S. law enforcement official said the Justice Department probe
began last month, after Reuters approached the FBI and
prosecutors with questions about Su's California-based operation.
Last month, after receiving inquiries from Reuters, Su's
companies deleted two web pages that showcased the relationship
between his firms and CRI.

"We are aware of the media reports and can neither confirm nor
deny an ongoing review or investigation into the matter," said
Marc Raimondi, a Justice Department spokesman. "We are committed
to continuing to use the full range of tools and authorities
under the Foreign Agents Registration Act to ensure proper
foreign registration and filings."

In the September interview, Su said that he and his companies
comply with all U.S. laws, including FARA.

Su's network of CRI-backed stations in the United States is one
of three international networks with hidden financial ties to the
Chinese broadcaster. Reuters identified similar networks in
Europe and in the Asia-Pacific region. Reporters found that there
at least 33 radio stations in 14 countries in CRI's global

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Massive Crack Opens in Wyoming

VOA News
November 02, 2015 9:10 AM

A massive and mysterious crack is developing in the state of
Wyoming, leaving many to wonder what is going on.

The crack, which is located near the town of Ten Sleep is about
600 meters long and 50 meters wide, according to KUSA television
in Denver, Colorado.

"We don't really know what caused it, or if it's done falling,"
Sy Gilliland SNS Outfitter & Guides told KUSA. "One of my hunters
stumbled on it when he was hunting there Oct. 1."

Gilliland told the station that weeks later the crack had grown a

"I don't really think anyone knows what happened out there, all
of a sudden it was just there. I think the reason it's so
fascinating is it's so big. And it doesn't make any sense, where
it happened it's just like the ground opened up, and the size of
it is just huge."

SNS said locals are referring to the crack as "the gash," while
others use "the crack."


See also:

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