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Thursday, July 15, 2010 - 11:39pm

I’d put my money on solar energy. What a source of power!
I hope we don’t have to wait until oil and coal run out before we tackle that.
I wish I had more years left.

Thomas Alva Edison
February 11, 1847 - October 18, 1931 (aged 84)

That second part, the bolded comment got me thinking that Edison, recognizing the potential of the sun to meet our energy needs and knowing that fossil fuels were a finite resource, towards the end of his life wanted very much to more

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Wednesday, July 14, 2010 - 5:04am


From CNET News, there's this tidbit:

GE rolls out home energy monitor, EV charger

As part of a smart-grid initiative, General Electric rolls out a home energy management system that works with smart meters and an electric vehicle charging pedestal for cities and campuses.
• GE, VCs offer $200 million in smart-grid challenge

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Tuesday, July 6, 2010 - 12:46pm

NASA joins the ranks of RPGs with Moonbase Alpha ... just released today.

NASA's more

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Sunday, July 4, 2010 - 12:04am

Personal jet packs have been around, theoretically, since 2007 from companies like Jetpack International and Tecnologia Aeroespacial Mexicana. (really cool product offerings and images on the landing page of the TAM site -- GH) Now, the Martin Aircraft Company has delivered a fairly inexpensive ( more

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Saturday, July 3, 2010 - 10:36am

It's finally here -- the flying car. It's been the stuff of legend and future-dreamers for decades, but now the dream has become reality. Introducing the Terrafugia Transition:

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Friday, June 18, 2010 - 3:49am

Robert Llewellyn's "Fully Charged" show looks very promising and and informative. What's your take on alternative fuels, electric / hybrid / hydrogen vehicles and the potential future of the gas and oil industries with respect to "cleaner, greener" fuels?

Comments are open and welcome, and remember: This is an Open Thread.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010 - 2:50am

Question for folks, particularly science-types:

The pressure from the Deepwater Horizon well, which forced the blowout, and the steady stream of escaping that pressure solely from the weight of the many atmospheres of water above it? ...or could some of it be from internal pressures?

Regardless, does anyone know whether releasing all that pressure will lead to settling of the surrounding crust/mantle, leading to possible shifts in pressure in plates and affecting/effecting earthquakes?

Note the following Google Search for potentially relevant articles on pressure related more

Tuesday, June 8, 2010 - 4:01pm

Remember years ago when the concept of "Customer Service" didn't exist and if you had a problem with a product and called the company, you got nowhere? Perhaps some of you have worked with products or services that came "as-is" and offered no additional feedback, and only token support -- no actual support, but a suggestion for "where to go" if you had a problem...and the alternate meaning for "where to go" was more likely the intent, as the actual "where to go" was nothing more than a relatively barren wasteland populated only by others searching for solutions to similar problems? more

Monday, June 7, 2010 - 5:28pm
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Saturday, June 5, 2010 - 4:25am

Did you see it live, or read about it? The first successful orbital flight of SpaceX's Falcon 9 occurred on Friday, 4 June 2010. Check out their updates here.

This truly marks the beginning of the commercialization of space flight.

We have witnessed a bit of history that we can be proud of.

This is an Open Thread.