Improving fuel mileage for cars

Autopia discusses how fuel mileage will be improved. Just 58 of the 1,199 vehicle models listed in the Environmental Protection Agency’s 2008 Fuel Economy Guide (download zip file) get a combined city and highway fuel efficiency of 35 mpg or better. Industry experts said the first changes will be relatively subtle, relatively cheap and relatively …

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Fewer traffic signs can reduce accidents at lower traffic intersections

Shared space programs work by tearing up the sidewalks, removing curbs and erasing street markers as part of a radical plan to abandon nearly all traffic regulations and force people to rely on common sense and courtesy instead. “Generally speaking, what we want is for people to be confused,” said Willi Ladner, a deputy mayor …

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Nine new reactors in the United States licensing process

Duke Energy today submitted a combined construction and operating license (COL) application to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) for a proposed two-unit nuclear station in Cherokee County, S.C. The proposed two-unit William States Lee III Nuclear Station will have a capacity of 2,234 megawatts. It is the first new COL with a new site …

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33rd Carnival of Space

Universe today has the 33rd Carnival of Space I contributed my discussion about bootstrapping ground launch of magnetic sails and some discussion about the need for high volume applications and the plans of Burt Rutan and SpaceshipTwo/SpaceshipThree and spaceshipFour The Space cynic does not believe that Burt Rutan can hit his goals for space tourism. …

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Military robots

The Center for Responsible Nanotechnology has an interesting article on some trends towards lower cost for weapon system development and faster weapon system development cycles. One aspect of the article is whether the “decide to kill” option should be left to armed robotic systems. I do not think that is as big an issue for …

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Nanolasers to help heat assisted magnetic recording to achieve 10 terabit per square inch density

Researchers at the University of California, Riverside (UCR), and at the University of Houston, in Texas, who have developed the nanolaser, say that it could lead to hard disks with 10 terabits of data packed into a square inch. 50 times more than current hard disks can carry up to 200 gigabits per square inch. …

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