Interesting Reading #329

by | Aug 31, 2009 09:45 AM ET

Surface area required to power the world with solar panels alone

Super-Tough Solar Panels Could Make Every Road Into A Power Plant - "Roads do two things well: Carry cars, and soak up sun. What if, instead of just getting really hot, roads could generate electricity with that sunlight? That's exactly what Solar Roadways—and now, the Department of Energy—has in mind..."

Should You Buy A House Outright? - "suppose you find yourself in the somewhat unique predicament of having the resources to purchase your house outright without a mortgage. Is it then financially-wise to make the purchase?"

Nokia Takes Aim at Apple - "Nokia's product-launch offensive in recent days includes a new Nokia netbook, handset and tablet PC that seem squarely aimed at top rival Apple, which has made massive inroads in the smart handset market with its iPhone..."

How To Beat the Kindle - "Study everything the iPod's rivals did. Then do the exact opposite..."

Nvidia touts rapid GPU performance boost - "vidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang has predicted that GPU computing will experience a rapid performance boost over the next six years. According to Huang, GPU compute is likely to increase its current capabilities by 570x, while 'pure' CPU performance will progress by a limited 3x..."

Police baffled as dozens of 'suicidal' cows throw themselves off cliff in the Alps - Dozens of alpine cows appear to be committing suicide by throwing themselves off a cliff near the small village in the Alps..."

Attempted Robbery:

Homo sapiens - "Zoo visitors and staff have been surprised by the addition of a new and unexpected enclosure at Bristol Zoo Gardens. A mysterious sign has appeared on the side of the Zoo's popular Coral Café, designating the area as a place to spot one of the world's most widespread species - Homo sapiens."

Depression's Evolutionary Roots - "Two scientists suggest that depression is not a malfunction, but a mental adaptation that brings certain cognitive advantages..."

I Enjoy Being Poor - "If you had asked me a year ago if I would like being poor, I would have called you crazy. Both my husband and I had just lost our jobs and we were just coming to the realization that we were no longer going to be able to live the life of luxury that we had been living up until that point. In one fell swoop, we had gone from being able to afford basically anything we wanted to being poor..."

Dutch sailor girl put under care - "A Dutch court has put a 13-year-old girl under state care for two months, stalling her bid to become the youngest person to sail solo around the world..."

The best cars for $20K:

Mercedes F-CELL: Zero Emissions, 106 MPH, Available In US Next Year - "Unlike the eight-hour charge cycles of electric cars, it takes only three minutes to refill the Mercedes B-Class F-CELL. Unlike cars that combust hydrogen, it emits only water. Even better — it'll reach the U.S. next year..."

Bill would give president emergency control of Internet - "Internet companies and civil liberties groups were alarmed this spring when a U.S. Senate bill proposed handing the White House the power to disconnect private-sector computers from the Internet..."

Citizen Sports' iPhone App Is Better Than ESPN's, But They're Not Named ESPN - "As a startup in the sports sphere, Citizen Sports has a simple, but annoying problem: They're not ESPN. And it's simply hard to compete with the name that has basically become synonymous with sports..."

Sonic Blaster is defeated by fashionable noise-canceling 'head shield' - "The Long Range Acoustic Device (or Sonic Blaster, for us simple people) is among the Navy's proudest feats of warfare engineering and a favored tool of law enforcement agencies. The non-lethal amp pumps out an ultra-powerful beam of sound that deters baddies from coming within 82 feet of its position..."

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