No this isn’t a movie script, but it sure reads like
one. On Tuesday September 30, an armored car robber used Craigslist
and an inner tube to make his getaway. The man pepper sprayed an
armored car guard as he was making a drop at the Monroe Washington Bank
of America. He took a “large sum of money”, according to police, and
floated down the river on an inner tube. So where does Craigslist come
into play here? Keep reading …
Yale University researchers have discovered that in many places around
the globe, switching from high energy incadescent light bulbs to energy
saving varieties (such as Compact Fluorescent Lighting, or CFL)
actually increases the amount of Mercury released into the atmosphere.
The report has to do with a number of factors, including the type of
power generation used by the region. It's turning out that the fight
against global warming is not the same for everybody.
In what's being heralded a "groundbreaking poll," statistics experts
have put together a survey where the questions are about small things.
#1 - Do you know about nanotechnology? #2 - Do you know about synbio?
In response to #1 nearly half of the U.S. adults polled knew nothing
about nanotechnology. And 9 out of 10 knew nothing about synbio. While
both of these are major technology initiatives often published on web
sites, newspapers and TV shows, it appears that general public
awareness is still very low.
Apple continues to successfully take over client operating system
market share from Microsoft, at least if we believe the latest survey
data released by Net Applications. Based on the data retrieved from the
visitors to 40,000 websites, Apple is now estimated to hold more than
8% of the OS market, while Windows suffered a slight decline. Although
Windows Vista is increasing its market share as more XP users upgrade
to the newer software, Net Applications suggests that its gains are
offset by the overall decrease of Windows’ market share.
Researchers from Sony and the Max Planck Institute have demonstrated a
flexible display capable of holding color images. While simplistic in
form, the proof of concept demo brings prmises fo the first time images
shown in Minority Report. In fact, the press release issued by Sony
says, "Rigid television screens, bulky laptops and still image posters
are to be a thing of the past..." Is the world ready for a box of
cereal whose cartoon characters sing and dance for you at the table?
Both Microsoft’s Internet Explorer as well as Mozilla’s Firefox
browsers lost market share during September, a new report from Net
Applications indicates. The combined drop is greater than the gain
posted by Google’s Chrome web browser that was released on September 2.
Police and security departments are being hit hard
by high gasoline prices, but an electric trike from T3 Motion promises
to solve that problem. The stand-up people mover zips around at up to
25 MPH and can hold up to 450 lbs (rider + gear). We first covered
Costa Mesa, California-based T3 Motion last year and the company has
since improved the design. The shell is made of a new plastic and you
can add a detachable ballistic shield to the front of the trike. “I’m
not sure of the bullet resistance rating, but it can take some serious
projectiles,” Jeff Simpson, T3 Motion’s marketing manager, told us at
the Alternative Car Expo in Santa Monica.
A father and son team from Oregon, Charley and Chuck Greenwood, believe
they have reduced a car to what is absolutely necessary to get around
town and ended up with the HumanCar. But perhaps this idea may be going
just a bit too far.
Electric cars are usually pretty boring vehicles,
but a Santa Monica inventor is trying to change all that with his
Lola-EV custom car. At first glance, the car looks sporty, almost
Tesla-ish, but if you want to drive this thing, you have to build it.
The car is sold as a kit and you have to supply your own batteries, but
what you get in the end is a pretty nice machine that can go 75 MPH for
100 miles on a single charge.
How would you like to ride a motorcycle in your
backyard without pissing off your neighbors? That’s exactly what a new
electric motorcycle from Zero Motorcycles claims to do as it combines
the power of a dirt bike with quiet power from lithium-ion manganese
batteries. The bike is also much lighter than regular motorcycles
making it great for beginners and those who don’t want to literally
tear up the trails.
It's like something out of The Arrival
staring Charlie Sheen, only this one happens to be good for the
environment. Researchers at the University of Calgary (pronounced "Cal
Gary") have developed a CO2 greenhouse gas scrubber that's nearly ready
for global production. The massive towers draw in regular atmospheric
air, which includes the reported growing concentrations of CO2. After
safely removing the carbon content, it then release pure oxygen back
into the environment. So, is this the answer?
Researchers at Temple University have created a $200 device which makes
diesel engines look far more attractive. It is a fuel thinner which
creates smaller droplets: When injected into a diesel engine they burn
more efficiency. Studies show fuel economy increasing by 19% in regular
automobiles while, at the same time, decreasing greenhouse gas
emissions. A Mercedes-Benz 300D sedan saw a 19% increase in highway
driving, from 32 mpg to 38 mpg. A 15% increase was seen in city
driving. But, is another diesel additive really what we need?
Want an all-electric car that will make the girls shout, “oh it’s so
cute”? At the Alternative Car Expo in Santa Monica over the weekend, we
spotted this very blue Mini Cooper that has been converted by
Electrorides Inc out of Laguna Niguel California. The all-electric car
can travel approximately 120 miles on a single charge and can reach 85
miles-per-hour. And this thing isn’t a slouch in the power department
because it can go from 0 to 60 mph in 9 seconds.
Just how much Hello Kitty can you put on a car? Well from a 2004 Toyota Scion xB that we saw at recent Hot Import Nights show in Pleasanton, a hell of a lot. Everything from the engine block to the wheels in this car was decked out in Hello Kitty memorabilia and colors. Even the tailpipe was fashioned to look like the famous mouthless cat (complete with whiskers!)
Chicago (IL) – Wired’s 2008 Nextfest opened this weekend in Chicago’s
Millennium Park. Its limited size may not be able to keep the event’s
promise to “see the future”, but if you live in the Chicago area and
are in Chicago downtown anyway you should stop by the Nextfest tent,
which is open to the public. And if you can’t make it, you can simply
click through pictures and see what we found to be most interesting. Update 9/29 10:54 pm EDT: SLIDESHOW added.