Thursday, 18 February 2016


Gravity is the relative absence or reduction of the pressure of the radiation that fills the universal ocean of radiation, which is from 13.7 to 43.7 billion-light-years deep. Contemplate "The ever tightening knot of gravity, ultimately resulting in black-holes" and "Counter-intuitively, the centre of the Sun is very dark" because the centre is most "shaded" or protected from or excludes the universal radiation. (NB between masses as per Casimir). The external radiation is the PUSH and the internal partial absence of radiation is the PULL of gravity. NCH March 2015 

My previous 2,000 words note is at: GRAVITY - A NEW THEORY

Back to gravity:-

The universal ocean, the stuff of the universe, is light - the electromagnetic spectrum.

Electromagnetic (light), and nuclear forces come first and form matter.

Gravity acts between matter. Gravity cannot be shielded but is countered by energy.

The entire universe is visible from any point. The light we see is data-rich & coherent.

Light is some-thing, not no-thing; it has information, mass and exerts pressure. 

The Casimir-effect excludes some light-waves from between objects.

All gravitational bodies (objects) are externally pressed on every point by light.

All objects have internal "Casimir-Shadows", zones with reduced wavelengths.

The external pressure & internal shadows cause, indeed are, gravity.

These combined forces push & pull all particles to the centre of gravity.

This is the "ever tightening knot" of gravity.

The shadows increase, the deeper particles delve, & so density increases.

The relentless push & pull to the centre tends to form Black-Holes.

The centres of gravity change continuously as mass joins or quits objects.

All clusters of  objects have common centres of gravity, which continually shift.

The multitude of centres of gravity constitute universal inertia.

The pressure in a black hole equals the 43.7 b.l.y. or infinite universal pressure of light.

All objects tend to implode not explode. They are "bubbles" in the ocean of light.

We read data-rich light from 43.7 b.l.y away; light & its broadcast data are stable.

The broadcast light signals are informed & reformed by every event, large or small.

Our thoughts and actions are events, as broadcast & persistent as radio signals.

Every observation point in the universe gives a unique view of the universe.

The largest observation point/sphere is the whole universe, which allows the largest waves.

Smaller observation points or spheres exclude waves larger than the sphere. (Also Casimir).

The data-rich ocean (field) of light is coherent energy. It coheres.

Matter is formed from very large spheres of coherent light condensing into an object.

We do not know how this condensation (e=mc2) happens. It is not the Higgs.

We do know how to reverse the condensation & release the light, in nuclear explosions.

As condensation makes matter, the supplying light sphere experiences a brief partial vacuum.

These ephemeral vacuums in the coherent light occur continuously, (unreformed Hoyle).

Do light waves have mass that accumulates with "depth"? implying a "rigid" medium.

Light waves are persistently coherent and stable data carriers, even across 43.7 b.l.y.

Hubble Expansion is queried by some physicists. Is it a trick of the propagation of light?

All light propagates as spheres of waves from energetic events. Where spheres intersect, we detect bullet-like photons /electrons etc. moving away from the event. Thus photons are whorls of waves, moving apart on the surface of spheres. Affect the spherical wave-surface and it simultaneously affects all the photons; Action at a distance.

CMB consistency is queried by some cosmologists. Is the 3 Kelvin temperature patchy?

But light condensing to matter is proved - not least by exploding matter back to light.

Matter exists - and it is made from light - hence nuclear bomb electromagnetic flashes.

Pre-Big Bang, Hoyle thought energy condensed to make particles - throughout space.

Condensing light to matter attenuates the ocean and reduces the cohering force; this is dark-energy.

Hubble expansion continuously causes universal virtual partial vacuums at every point.

This expansion attenuates the coherent ocean, (infinite) light rushes in. This is dark-matter.

Nowhere is shielded from the universal light energy (CMB).


February 2016 - GRAVITY WAVES discovered at last.
On the other hand....  a contrary view from Wal Thornhill.  Einstein was wrong.


Expand planet Earth into thousands of jigsaw pieces spaced across a 500,000 km sphere.

The whole would have the same mass, orbits and spin, and a centre of gravity..

Each piece would have very little gravity. So what has changed?

The separation and expansion has allowed most light waves to surround each piece.

These waves between objects reduces the Casimir Effect.

Each piece is floating in the 43.7 b.l.y. deep ocean of electromagnetism.

Will starlight bend around this expanded gravitational mass or object?

Probably not.

Is "curved space" a work-around to explain massless light?

(This expansion analogy is detailed in the previous longer article)


All objects are dissipative; most of what goes in comes out. Humans absorb 50 tonnes in 70 years.

The Earth is a dissipative gravitational object. Space dust and light continuously fall onto it.

All the mass tries to reach the centre of gravity. Dense masses reach the centre.

Why does the additional mass tend to the centre? How is most of it dissipated?

We can answer the second question but not the first, which we call gravity.

Light has mass. As do neutrinos and all particles.

New note - 18th March 2017:

BULLET CLUSTER - NS-18 March 2017 - New thoughts. 
Mark Anderson writes in New Scientist 18 Mar 2017 "Strangely attractive - Fresh suspicions have reopened the case for  a radical rethink of gravity"

Bullet Cluster - two galaxies colliding  - NASA

Anderson re-visits the conundrum of galaxies and clusters of galaxies revolving at their perimeters more rapidly than Newton's and Einstein's gravity calculations for visible matter allow. Hence - invoking theories of Dark Matter and Dark Energy to add the "missing" mass; which is calculated at about 90% of the whole. In other words, we can only "see" about 10% of the gravitational mass of these astronomical bodies. How might this fit with my New Gravity? 

These objects rotate and congregate as do wagon wheels, the hubs move round slowly, the end of the "spokes" on the outer rim move quickly. It is this speed at the extremities which puzzles astrophysics. Given the mass we can measure and therefore the gravity of the mass,  the centripetal force outwards (like motor bikes on the Wall of Death) from the centre should throw off the outer objects - into the void. The galaxies rotate as if they are solid objects (wagon wheels or dinner plates) bonded together. Science "knows" them to be clusters of billions of independent, individual stars, bound together and held in place by the mysterious force of gravity. "Mysterious" because, while science knows what gravity does - we don't know what it is - except of course for my new theory - which is difficult to fit with the observations. Could Dark Matter be electrical forces? 

Studying the NASA photograph of the Bullet Cluster shows dozens of visible and hundreds of almost invisible galaxies. We know they all rotate - individually, and rotate when they cluster. I think they rotate, from rotating primary particles upwards, when light-beams (which have mass) collide at light-speed, at angles. What this marvellous photograph tells me is that stars and galaxies are  formed as proposed by my New Gravity theory and that they and all objects are formed from light - in the case of stars by massive amounts of light concentrated into dense bright stars. This concentration is drawn from the vicinity of the star (E=MC2), reducing the density of light (which has mass) around the star, or galaxy, etc. 

This reduction of density allows the outer perimeter to move more rapidly than matter nearer the centre of the star - which is slowed by inertia; this coherence is the counter equivalent of pulling yourself up by your bootstraps. The common flying-saucer shape of the galaxies indicates to me that they are rotating in a medium which has friction - light has mass and it coheres - which shapes them. The galaxies appear to have random orientations - yet most assume the same shape. This indicates equal pressure from the universal medium at every point, regardless of orientation. The 43.7 b.l.y. deep ocean of light pressing in from every horizon. 

We think we know that each galaxy has a Black-Hole at its centre. The shape of galaxies certainly indicates forces that look like swirling liquid going down a plughole (on Earth, very clearly an effect of gravity on Earth's rotation). Black Holes almost certainly suck in matter and ultimately spew out energy - which, I guess, recycles as sub-atomic particles are formed from the energy. These multitudes of massive  black-holes, galaxies and clusters of galaxies will have common centres of gravity, which we might one day discern on astronomical scales. If the alleged Big-Bang theory holds, all the centres of gravity have a single centre of gravity - the centre of the universe. These or this centre are, I think, universal inertia. The similarly shaped wagon-wheel or plate shaped galaxies relate to universal inertia, which might confer their apparent rigidity (as wagon wheels or plates). 

I set out a sketchy idea for dark-energy and dark matter in my original slides ,which eventually gave rise to this New Gravity idea. 


31 Jan 2017 - A diversion into dark-matter & dark energy. A note for later expansion. I am speculating that the 80% to 90% missing mass is the history of the object. e.g. A man is the sum of sub-atomic, atomic, molecular and chemical parts; but is also informed by his life and experience to date. This track record is visible to all who care to look. We refer to it as character, or charisma, or authority - and a thousand other terms. A man's history comes with him and immediately determines his status the moment he meets other humans. We can and do all read this information - First impressions count and are made by us in a micro-second. So we are made of mass and energy and our unique time-line or history. We are organisms on time-lines that date back to the earliest organisms, billions of years ago. I will resist the temptation to expand our past and present into the future. The past, history is real energy which has identifiable presence and impact which can be scientifically analysed.

Our histories add gravity, or the opposite, to our person. Most other humans can read the signals that our histories broadcast. History carries mass and energy.

Similarly, all objects have history. It is worth revisiting the fact that all particles are unique and occupy a unique location in the universe. The long lived, almost eternal, (I know that's a scientific heresy) average proton carries a very long history, of many billions of years. In theory, we could track back from this moment, to the previous moment etc and understand a proton's life-story. It does bring its history with it to the present moment.   More later

17 FEB 2017 - Later. - Last night at the Sheldonian, I watched and heard The Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra, soloist Janice Jansen, play Brahms Violin concerto - and play it brilliantly. Examining humans, which we all know and that we are (apart from DJ Trump), and using one-second as a popular handy historic time unit, confirms for me that history, the past, accumulates with each passing second. Janice Jansen's skills have been acquired from inheritance, honed by practice, to produce a superior, integrated organism; which can be tracked back to the first life forms on this planet - and earlier, back to the formation of the solar system etc. Second by second, time knits another layer of organised (chaotic layers would evaporate) entangled particles, which includes the life-time-line of the remarkable violinist. Each layer incorporates the entanglement of the electromagnetic presence of all particles - the entire universe - one second ago, laid on two seconds ago, laid on three seconds ago - etc. These organised layers (fields) are cumulatively organised - for example evolving to enable intelligence  - and cumulatively energetic. Certainly the immediate visible presence of the particles (and underlying electromagnetism and nuclear energies) which we recognise as the present form - the NOW - of Ms Jansen, which is communicating itself to us and to the universe, is an energetic ephemeral ghost, a feeble fading phantom, if the accumulated history is ignored. We are incapable of relating to the NOW surface - look! its gone already - but we do relate to the highly organised organism that is built from, that evolves from, whose foundations depend on, the beginning of time. These past layers have energy; energy is equivalent  to mass. We recognise and admire the power and depths of that organised and wilfully directed energy. e.g. "Shallow" people, lacking coherence and depth, unwind and fade away. The same is true of of all phenomena in the universe. Protons have great historic depths. The analogy is 3D printers, laying down atoms and molecules in organised patterns skin upon skin - second by second; they evolve into useful forms. Each layer is energetic, each layers depends on history, each communicates across the entire surface (visible universe). What we "see" is a surface image - containing 5% of the mass-energy, built on the very real 95% mass of the past. This might be what mathematics discovers when it finds multiple - even infinite - dimensions; and missing mass. Gravity probably runs deep. Earlier speculation on the same theme: DISSIPATIVE PHENOMENA (2)

27 Feb 2017 - Another note. FERMI'S PARADOX. If the universe is so old and so big there must be many advanced civilisations. So, Where Are all the Aliens? I would turn the question around. We are the only civilisation we know; we evolved over about 2 billion years; When will we be able to visit other civilisations and how? On the how question - given the light-years distances we can't travel there but might be able to scatter our hardened DNA which when it lands recruits elements and recreates us. But more effectively - the DNA is an expression of electromagnetic patterns (all things broadcast their presence via  electromagnetic waves) so broadcast the patterns, programmed to re-create us upon landing on fertile planets. Or we can sit and wait for flying saucers.

25 Oct 2016 - 2 notes: NS 22nd Oct 2016: 

1) Ulf Meissner, University of Bonn, shows that certain light (light in mass) nuclei exist in a quantum transition state, similar to the phase transition state between  e.g. liquid water - steam - ice. "State One being a strange gas-like state of matter, in which the particles hardly interact, and the other, more like a liquid, in which they do (interact)." 
Is Ulf Meissner "seeing" the transition from waves to particles and back again; as discussed in the paragraph below? 

2) Fluffy ducky: "Rosetta's comet is as weak as fluffy snow. Images from the probe show comet 67P is cracking under seismic stresses. That suggests its tensile strength is very low, and its distinctive duck shape will probably change in  a few hundred years."
I visited and part predicted this lightweight-comets factoid a year or two ago in these blog essays on gravity, after puzzling about all matter being determined to reach the centre of gravity of a large object. "The ever tightening knot of gravity, ultimately resulting in black-holes". I wondered if new objects, forming from Fred Hoyle's creation of particles throughout space, i.e. my vortexes of light; (unreformed pre-big-bang Hoyle); would simply link loosely together as atoms in gas do, impelled by electromagnetism and nuclear forces, and form lace-like networks (in the almost infinite ocean of light). As the loose networks grow, the matter has more Casimir-Shadows on the "inside", compared to the full glare of light on the "outside"; which is gravity. If so, then it makes sense that gas in space forms shapeless "fluffy" comets, which eventually combine until the mass is 700 km diameter and becomes ball-shaped (I think, due to Casimir forces) - on its way to becoming planet or star like (see Mike Follows, NS Letters, below) 

(13 Oct 16 NB - Sunlight crosses space in an ocean of coherent electromagnetic waves (light). Whenever and wherever the waves encounter matter or resistance, however dense or ephemeral, the waves break into (quanta) particles. Simile - water trickling onto a dry dusty surface forming droplets through surface tension. Think about telephone and electric cables transmitting energy, propagating, within and around (magnetic field) the cables. We can never "see" light waves without our physicality "interfering with the waves; which causes the particles - photons. - Think on it - 20th Oct 16 - Science likes to isolate elements and study them individually. So, for example, we might study only visible light arriving from the Sun and striking the Earth's atmosphere and magnetic field. However, the universe is very complex and from the complexity emerge baffling and delicate organisations, such as the human brain and consciousness. So, in considering light waves crossing the space between the Sun and Earth and striking, say, human skin as photons, it is sensible to consider the whole of sunlight - which has many constituent parts, including for example neutrinos. We define neutrinos as particles, almost massless, propagating at near the speed of light, which penetrate not merely our bodies but the whole planet, without colliding with existing atoms or sub-atomic particles. Do neutrinos carry data? It is reasonable to suppose that neutrinos "travel" in waves, which at the slightest interference break into particles. We cannot "see" neutrinos in their wave state, because the act of looking interferes and creates the particle "foam" or particles that we do occasionally detect. The point of this paragraph is to relate it to Casimir and the blocking by matter of sunlight, starlight, galaxy-light etc, creating greater pressure on the outside than on the inside - which is gravity. The waves and particles pressure and absence, is complex. It is conceivable that gravitational objects, formed in "pure" streams of parts of the electromagnetic spectrum, vary from the gravitational-constant. Such "pure" streams or beams might occur from specialised regions of space - e.g. from extraordinary galaxies, black-holes, or other astrophysical phenomena - NB Light waves divide into photons, light-quanta, like water molecules; what sticks the photons together to make a wave?). 

What I did on my holidays: August 2016 - I observed inflatable toys and balls on an absolutely still swimming pool. They were propelled by the slightest breeze, making interesting wakes that were magnified visually on the bottom of the pool, as in Hockney - and more pertinently, as in Casimir (fully  exposed behind, sheltered in complex patterns ahead, thus with a partial vacuum ahead). The large and small objects always clustered to one spot, usually one of the corners of the pool. It occurred to me that given the Big Bang theory, and Hubble expansion and the CMB of 3 Kelvin, then those energetic events might constitute a wind or current, within the universal ocean (3 dimensional) which could be the driver of objects of any size into clusters. And thus the beginning of the formation of a gravitational body. 

The gravity analogy is that the sailing of real objects, of any size across the surface are planets, stars, molecules and atoms etc. are the real moving things we experience. The wakes on the water surface are the, almost impossible to see, signs of the (endless almost eternal) push and pull of gravity. The magnification of the wakes that we can readily see, though ephemeral, on the bottom of the pool, are tantamount to our measuring instruments, which enable us to know what gravity does (not what it is); as is the clustering of the objects as they form larger gravitational bodies (analogous to the Casimir effect). The invisible, light breeze is the cosmic wind, as near as damn it eternal, driven by the Big Bang (which here is taken as fact not theory), which has multiple causes and which is greatly more complicated than Earth’s weather systems. It is the cosmic wind that pushes (pressure on the windward side) and pulls (partial vacuum on the leeward side) all objects. Now imagine the cosmic wind as undersea currents – in three dimensions. Does the cosmic wind/ current exist? Light – Electromagnetic energy – has mass and is ubiquitous – and is everywhere. It is the stuff of the universe. This is what gravity is – not what it does.

(pressure required to overcome repulsion between protons)

NS The last word Mike Follows 10 Sep 16 - NB - Density of asteroids etc "Any rocky object with a diameter of more than 700 kilometres, should be spherical" low gravity/density allows taller structures; hence Olympus Mons on Mars is twice the height of Mount Everest.  - This fits with the thought that small asteroids are bits clinging together in irregular shapes with spaces between that allow light to penetrate - so, less push and pull, less gravity, less density. As objects grow by accretion,  more and more light is excluded until the parts collapse into all the spaces, and increase the density and the gravity.

NS 10 Sep 16 - NB - Phonons, Magnons, Excitons, Majoranas, Weyl Fermions: Holes in Reality. Particles that don't exist but do affect other particles. Relevant to my thought that all particles are whirlpools /tornados on spherical waves of globes moving to or from energetic events. These ephemeral particles are too small to be interfered with - thus they persist as does the Jovian Red Spot; they appear to be moving apart faster than light (being on opposite sides of the spheres whose waves propagate at C).


13 April 2016 - Propelled by light from a laser beam on Earth, a feather-weight Breakthrough Starshot craft is being designed to go on a 40 trillion km, 20 year flight to Alpha Centauri, at 1/5th light-speed; 60,000 km per second. BREAKTHROUGH FOUNDATION

In 1901, various labs measured light-pressure

LIGHT HAS MASS - “…The final measurement was the most accurate ever recorded, and the calculated pressure deviated just ten percent from Maxwell’s theoretical value of 4.7 x 10-6 N/m2. This disparity was well within the experimental error”  
(N stands for Newtons, used in gravity calculations – being 102 grams, the weight of a small apple – 0.0000047N spread over one square-metre is pretty small)

More about mass for light. My Crookes Radiometer is on a north facing window-sill, which also gets reflected light from a south facing white wall of a house about 50 metres distant. Last night I left the window open when the temperature dropped to 1C. The windowsill, room and Radiometer were chilled. Yet, as the sun rose the Radiometer revolved as it usually does in this room when heated to 20C. After 4 months of such observations, I conclude that the spinning paddle is driven by light, not heat, and the spin speeds up and slows down immediately with the intensity of the light; irrespective of temperature. The Radiometer paddle is being moved by the mass of light, with the black side driving. Light has mass.

(PS -  I have just read this might be a Nichols Radiometer, driven by light. It is argued that Crookes Radiometer is driven by bouncing gas molecules - i.e. heat)


Radiation pressure is the pressure exerted upon any surface exposed to electromagnetic radiation. Radiation pressure implies an interaction between electromagnetic radiation and bodies of various types, including clouds of particles or gases. The interactions can be absorption, reflection, or some of both (the common case). Bodies also emit radiation and thereby experience a resulting pressure.
The forces generated by radiation pressure are generally too small to be detected under everyday circumstances; however, they do play a crucial role in some settings, such as astronomy and astrodynamics. For example, had the effects of the sun's radiation pressure on the spacecraft of the Viking program been ignored, the spacecraft would have missed Mars orbit by about 15,000 kilometers.[1]
This article addresses the macroscopic aspects of radiation pressure. Detailed quantum mechanical aspects of interactions are addressed in specialized articles on the subject. The details of how photons of various wavelengths interact with atoms can be explored through links in the See also section.
Solar sails[edit]
Main article: Solar sail
Solar sailing, an experimental method of spacecraft propulsion, uses radiation pressure from the Sun as a motive force. The idea of interplanetary travel by light was mentioned by Jules Verne in From the Earth to the Moon.
A sail reflects about 90% of the incident radiation. The 10% that is absorbed is radiated away from both surfaces, with the proportion radiated from the unlit surface depending on the thermal conductivity of the sail. A sail has curvature, surface irregularities, and other minor factors that affect its performance.
The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has successfully unfurled a solar sail in space which has already succeeded in propelling its payload with theIKAROS project.

Cosmic effects of radiation pressure[edit]

The misapprehension is the statement light has no mass. The true statement is "a photon has no mass" .
Two photons can very well carry a mass, the measure of the added four vectors. There exists an invariant mass even for mass less particles, this is for two photons with an angle theta in their direction of motion:
And this is just for two photons. An electromagnetic wave will always diverge, there is a 1/r**2 (laser light diverges less) fall in the energy density of the wave, and there will be angles between the multitude of photons. Thus an electromagnetic wave can be characterized by a total mass, but that has nothing to do with information of course. The Heisenberg uncertainty principle will also ensure that there will always be some divergence.


All electromagnetic waves are globe shaped emissions from or to an energetic event. If all sub-atomic particles, e.g. Quarks, are vortexes in or on a wave and the vortexes are spinning (real spin) at C or C squared then: 
Disturbing the wave will affect all particles on that wave (action at a distance); 
Collisions will either merge, break or bounce the vortexes /Quarks /particles depending on the direction of their spinning surfaces and speed of impact (as in Rutherford's and CERN's collisions): 
As all particles are made of the same stuff, some more tightly wound than others, there is no contradiction with the observed "billiard ball" concepts of the atomic structure: 
The direction of spin and angle of collision might confer positive or negative charge: 
Particular combinations of spinning vortexes, such as say three Quarks up and down, might form almost indestructible groups, such as protons, which we can only probe or collide with other similarly constructed particles, thus we perceive almost impenetrable "solid" surfaces: 
Given wave-forms, such vortexes could be formed where waves cross: 
Once formed, only another particle /vortex could disturb the complex (inertia and permanence):
To form a "particle" from a wave, the vortexes would wind-in large amounts of energy E=MC2.
Because the EM waves intersect at all points as their globes expand and rebound, it seems likely that all information is exchanged continuously.
Particles would manifest a multitude of different wavelengths:
This idea does not contradict observations of The Standard Model.)  

16th July 2016 - OBJECTIVE COLLAPSE MODELS - NS "Quantum of Solitude" Volume 231 No 3082. by Jon Cartwright.

Still puzzling about Schrodinger's Cat, and the Double-Slit conundrum, and whether human or other observation is a fundamental requirement for wave-function-"collapse"(collapse into our reality) at sub-atomic scales, this New Scientist article puts Daniel Sudarsky, National Autonomous University of Mexico, and team in the frame for continuing with 1970's work to circumvent the need for an observer to trigger fuzzy, indeterminate wave forms into "choosing" a role or identity in the macroscopic world - and thus to make the real world as we know it. The idea is Random Objective Collapse; i.e. without an observer, or without the fantastic idea of multiverses, wavering wave forms naturally collapse into the firm reality that we experience. The alternative Copenhagen convention, human observer idea is here justified as a person's billion, billion, billion atoms, multiplied by their number of sub-atomic particles, each of which is a waveform or wave-particle, becoming entangled with the particle-wave under observation and causing the "collapse". 

What is not addressed here, the missing piece of the puzzle, is the sentient life-force, which we animals and blades of grass indisputably possess; which logically must emerge from the universal collapsing wave-forms, alongside the physical forces, and which counteracts the ever increasing entropy of the 2nd Law of Thermodynamics (the cold dark soup allegedly at the end of our doomed universe - Doom, Doom, Doom). Our billion, billion, billion atoms are somehow organised to form organisms that collect, concentrate, utilize and channel energy and to occasionally produce sentience and intelligence, sufficient to write articles in the New Scientist - and transmit them across the Internet - defying inevitable entropy. 

Put more simply, my idea is that the Lifeforce creates our brains and nervous systems being "the most complex object we know of" which operates on about 10 watts, which transmits coherent data-rich readable brain-waves; and which we intentionally concentrate and direct at puzzling, fuzzy waveforms; either discerning their reality or with sufficient power to determine their reality. I guess it is a dynamic, ceaseless, two way relationship - between random creation of subatomic particles from "collapsing" energy waves (light) and deliberate, willful, sentient, unconscious, receiving and broadcasting life-energy waveforms.  

Would objects exist without life to observe them? Probably, for a time, but without sentient feed-back and constant re-organisation, the objects would become barren and would indeed end in the cold dark soup of perpetual oblivion under the 2nd Law. Fortunately - the universe is organised by the Lifeforce which confers purpose, identity and meaning - and possibly eternal life.   

Wednesday, 3 February 2016


The Transport Internet™ and Foodtubes™ 

Contact: Noel Hodson

The Transport Internet™ is first and foremost a pollution free, Green technology; to reduce Global Warming gases and help slow Climate Change. It is also highly efficient and is profitable. If developed here in the UK, it will create 60,000 UK jobs; and help the human race to have more time to adapt to Global Warming.

I confess to having been an accountant from the age of 17; so my instinctive approach to projects is via business forecasts. I worked on transport statistics for more than ten years, to reduce commuting to work and business travel; by working from home by computer – Teleworking – working at a distance;  or, in America, Telecommuting – commuting at a distance. Greater London EXCEL model 

The promotion of Teleworking, from 1987 to date – has been successful. Today - About 12% of people work at home by computer on any one work day and most of us use laptops & mobiles to be location-free. My last fee for advising a major employer on The Economics of Telework, was in 2003 – from the World Health Organisation in Geneva – shortly after drafting Telework Guidelines for Transport for London, who employ 1,000+ desk workers in Victoria Street, Westminster.
Employers no longer need Telework Consultants, so I turned my attention to reducing freight traffic – and came up with the – The Transport Internet™. Academics took the concept and made it a practical engineering proposition.

The Transport Internet™ & Foodtubes™ will carry Food and Other Goods.

We have focused on Food because after Water, food is the next heaviest, necessary, daily cargo. We all have to eat – and the food has to be transported from farm to plate. The water we use is 120 times heavier than the food we cart home from shops. Also, focusing on food – or in its broader context – on Supermarket goods, is helped by the global statistics on food transport. One of the facts that emerge from the mass of data is that 25% of all freight vehicles carry food – or supermarket goods. Some studies show that 30% of all freight vehicles are engaged on food deliveries.

In our calculations we add “Other Suitable Goods” – non-food goods for homes, factories, colleges, and so on; which with food, replaces 50% of the freight vehicles travelling on our roads and rails – and via our airports and seaports. The other half carry goods that are too large to fit into the Cargo-Capsules; such as sofas, armchairs and double beds.

But – if you can imagine London streets with half the number of vans and lorries – and imagine Dover with half the number of freight vehicles crossing the Channel, as our pipelines will also be installed under seas, you will start to see some of the advantages of The Transport Internet™.

The engineering principles are based on Minimum Weight Vehicles (MWVs).
Let’s consider the water we each use. A bath-full of water is very heavy – it comes in clean – goes out grey – and is transported by pipelines. IFIF… all our water were to be delivered and taken away by trucks; every road, worldwide, would be gridlocked. The delivery trucks would weigh many times their cargoes – would also carry heavy loads of diesel fuel – and need large drivers, munching hedgehog sandwiches.

After a month or two of such chaos and waste of energy – some bright engineer would invent pipelines. Fortunately, mankind invented the water pipeline before the internal combustion engine – about 5,000 years before.

The engineering questions are – “What are we trying to transport? And what is the most efficient vehicle?” It comes down to the parcel-to-vehicle weight ratio. For water – we convert the entire transport infrastructure of iron trucks, noisy engines, metalled roads, railways, signals, police, loveable parking wardens, fuel supplies – and hedgehog eating drivers – into pipelines. Mankind transports only the goods we want. We do this at very low cost, silently and invisibly.

Mankind has done the same with gas and oil. The world today has a million kilometres of large diameter pipelines. These pipes are installed in all regions – over-ground, underground, through mountains, deserts and wilderness, through cities and under oceans. Our civilisation would collapse without these silently flowing cargoes.

The Transport Internet™ applies the same pipeline principles to Food supplies. It is a pipeline system for dry goods. It uses only 8% of the energy currently used to transport our food (and other goods). 92% of the diesel or energy used now for this transport, today, is not used to move the cargoes, but to move the vehicles – lorries, vans, trains, ships and planes.
Pipelines have been around for 5,000 years – pneumatic powered capsules date back to about 1850. In this project we considered but abandoned the cast iron, steam and huffing and puffing of glorious Victorian engineering – “The great iron horse that crosses the prairies” in favour of lightweight electricity and 21st century software.

When we first assembled the Foodtubes Team, in 2005, we focused on pneumatic powered capsules running through the pipelines, picturing larger version of the 6 inch or 31 cm wide air driven capsules that still whizz around some stores – recently revived to shuttle documents around banks.

However, pneumatics require valves, pumps, gates and many moving parts, and will not work well on the scale envisioned for The Transport Internet™.  Instead we immobilised the power source and made it part of the pipeline infrastructure by embedding the drive coils for a Linear Induction Motor between the rails in the pipes on which the capsules run. The skeleton of the capsules are rectangular boxes measuring 1 x 1 x 2 metres and sit on wheeled bogies which remain on the rails while the cargo is loaded or unloaded. The soft-iron or other magnetic material plate that forms the other half of the LIM is incorporated into the bogie. The capsule cases are likely to be customised for major users e.g. such as TESCO.

Network control software is used to track the position and speed of every capsule with high precision and to apply the power to the LIMS as required. Additional coils are located at junctions, including sidings at each loading or delivery location, to steer the capsules with no moving parts or points in the rails. The boxes containing the goods are simple and inexpensive and are loaded and unloaded automatically by robots at high speed before returning the capsule to the circuit.
The LIMs we will use are about the size of a briefcase.

Like pneumatics, LIMs also date back to Victorian times. Encased in resin, they are the first solid state electronics – wholly reliable – in use safely all over the world. Currently they are being tested by the US to launch planes off aircraft carriers. Terminal 5 Heathrow uses them to cart luggage round its system. There are thousands of LIMs used in Disneyworld and other fairgrounds.
The LIMs enable our cargo-capsules to have no engines, no internal propulsion at all. The cargo-capsules are therefore ultra-lightweight vehicles - MWVs. The capsules can be made of fibre-glass, carbon fibre, aluminium and other lightweight materials.

Even carrying quarry stone, the large diameter pipelines will last 100 years before major overhaul (Dr Jonathan Carter – Imperial College Engineering – 2009). In forecasts we assume a 50 year life.
 The pipes can be made of concrete, steel, iron, or, our preference – from polyethylene. Polyethylene has been proven for decades in the water, oil and gas pipeline industries. It is not only easy to install polyethylene pipes using no-dig-technology (no open trenches in the streets above) but burying polyethylene, made from oil, also sequesters or stores carbon and helps to combat climate change gases.

Many non-engineers cannot imagine how The Transport Internet™ pipelines could be installed to serve, say the whole of Greater London - and eventually the world. The concept is too large to easily envisage. But installation – and the resulting commercial factors – is broken down into bite sized civil-engineering and financeable chunks.

A typical Dense-Urban Circuit is installed as a 100 km loop or circuit, costing $4M per km; mostly underground for security and aesthetic reasons, with 400 Terminals – entrances and exits. The cargo-capsules all travel in the same direction, returning empty capsules to their base stations free of charge. Imagine a circuit installed in Croydon, London – with 130,000 homes to feed (via the shops) – it will take 1,400 food & general goods vehicles per day off the streets – and so relieve Croydon’s chronic gridlocks. The Croydon Circuit will run from a cargo-transfer depot on the M25. It will cost about $400 million and make $60 million profit a year.

For several reasons – installation, loading, handling, tracking etc. we currently plan for the pipelines to be 1.5 metres in diameter – with capsules varying in length up to 2 metres – about the size of a large man - and having a lesser diameter - for wiggle room – room to negotiate junctions, bends and inclines. Specialised capsules will include ones that are refrigerated, shorter (to climb tall buildings and be easily handled), transparent for visual inspection; and ones for dirty or dangerous cargoes. Very specialised capsules, Pipeline Inspection Gauges – PIGS, as used in the pipeline industry, will be equipped to deal with engineering and blockage problems. Our current commercial plan also budgets for maintenance shafts from the surface.

A Typical-Circuit might then be installed in the next district, say in Richmond, similarly of 100 km, and the two circuits will be interlinked.

Because there are no valves, doors or barriers, cargo-capsules can run freely through both circuits. The wider effect – say for Greater London – is like a honeycomb of Typical Circuits.  For long distance travel – say, London to Manchester – elongated loops will be installed. Eventually a loaded capsule could be sent from Cape Town to Edinburgh with no human intervention. Speeds will vary from as low as 5km per hour in very dense networks – to 150km per hour on long connecting runs.
Dense Urban circuits, where there are many thousands of homes – are both the most useful to society and the most profitable to own. Urban, Rural and Wilderness Circuits can be installed at far lower cost than Dense Urban circuits – but will carry less traffic.

The recommended transport-price per capsule is a one-price-fits-all of $5 or £3 - using the same logic as the Victorian postal service one-price Penny Stamp. The revenue will be automatically divided across all circuits travelled – similar to the way telephone charges are shared across networks. We calculate the base cost of transporting a capsule at $2 dollars, less than any existing freight system – earning a 70% profit. Skilled professionals can check & change the 50 variables in our Greater London EXCEL model.

Each Terminal – entrance or exit – for example an entry point shared by a row of shops or offices – will be fenced into a security cage. Registered senders (and receivers) will have access to Terminals using a Transport Internet™ Debit card – which also acts as an identity key to the secure area.  All capsules will be auto-scanned – many times per journey – for banned cargoes – particularly people. 

The Transport Internet™ (TTI) cargo-capsules are no more of a security risk than the millions of cars and freight vehicles travelling the roads & rails today.
Every cargo-capsule will be automatically routed by an address chip on the front and rear of the capsule. The address chip will be re-set by the sender.   

One reason for setting the maximum size of cargo-capsules as 1 metre x 2 metres is to accommodate man-handling at Terminals. Many capsules will emerge at and be sent from remote Terminals, say, on farms, where they will be handled by one or two persons – by hand. Much larger capsules – say filled with bottles of beer, could be far too cumbersome.

In engineering terms, it may be obvious that to create a global Transport Internet, all our pipelines must be built using the same dimensions, protocols and specifications; to allow capsules free passage everywhere.  Our project Team’s main function is to coordinate the design and to act as guardian of the standard specifications.

Similarly the commercial specifications and the pricing need to be co-ordinated. All Circuit-Owners will buy and sign a Franchise Agreement.

The Transport Internet™ Inventors have invested £1.5 million to date in this idea. We own the Intellectual Property Rights (IPR). The broad overall concept for The Transport Internet™, using pipes and LIMs, we are advised is not readily patentable; but we have prior published the concept and do own defensible copyright and design rights in all the work since 2005. Our legally defensible patents, several dozen, will vest in the detail of the “How-To” work, in the engineering blueprints, the commercial blueprints and in the controlling software.  These protections will all be put in place alongside the first major financial and engineering step – to build a 3 km Sales Demonstration Circuit – currently planned to be sited at Spadeadam, Cumbria, UK.