It is so depressing to see stories about energy. The primary if not sole focus is on prices going down again and pumping more oil into the economy. If a TV station interviews one more consumer at the pump, I will scream.
There’s almost no discussion about mobilizing around the development of alternatives fuels such as hydrogen, batteries, electric vehicles or even conservation. Such stories are sideshows to the main bar. Fuel efficient vehicles are selling better, but the story always seems to be about gas guzzling pickups and SUVs selling poorly. Duh! The person in front of me driving a GMC Yukon on nthis morning’s commutelooked so retro and out of step. Vehicles like those are getting "who could be driving that" stares now and they deserve it.
This weekend, the Saudis agreed to put 200,000 more barrels a day into the worldwide market, and even they are saying the U.S needs to conserve and examine how traders speculate on oil. President Bush’s answer? Reverse the ban on off-shore drilling so we can continue feeding our addiction. NY Times columnist Tom Friedman writes a column this morning lambasting Bush’s "fradulent" energy. His analogy goes this way: The oil is the heroin, the Saudis are the pushers, and Bush’s answer is more heroin. The analogy really works, doesn’t it?
We need oil for sure, but we need less not more. Why isn’t how we get to "cold turkey" the story?
In this new Design News feature, "How it Works," we’re starting off by examining the inner workings of the electronic cigarette. While e-cigarettes seemed like a gimmick just two or three years ago, they’re catching fire -- so to speak. Sales topped $1 billion last year and are set to hit $10 billion by 2017. Cigarette companies are fighting back by buying up e-cigarette manufacturers.
Advertised as the "Most Powerful Tablet Under $100," the Kindle Fire HD 6 was too tempting for the team at iFixit to pass up. Join us to find out if inexpensive means cheap, irreparable, or just down right economical. It's teardown time!
The increased adoption of wireless technology for mission-critical applications has revved up the global market for dynamic electronic general purpose (GP) test equipment. As the link between cloud networks and devices -- smartphones, tablets, and notebooks -- results in more complex devices under test, the demand for radio frequency test equipment is starting to intensify.
Much of the research on lithium-ion batteries is focused on how to make the batteries charge more quickly and last longer than they currently do, work that would significantly improve the experience of mobile device users, as well EV and hybrid car drivers. Researchers in Singapore have come up with what seems like the best solution so far -- a battery that can recharge itself in mere minutes and has a potential lifespan of 20 years.
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