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    Recharge Wrap-up: BlaBlaCar raises $100M, NASA launches CO2 satellite
    Mazda2 With Rotary Range Extender Likely 1404657420

    BlaBlaCar, a ridesharing startup in Europe, has raised $100 million in a funding round led by Index Ventures. After recently growing to 12 countries and 8 million users, BlaBlaCar plans to us the funding for even more aggressive growth throughout Europe. The ridesharing service pairs drivers and ...

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    Report: NASA employee study finds EVs are 10 times better than expected

    Getting a thumbs up from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is priceless – just ask Toyota. It's right up there with the Tesla Model S gaining support from Consumer Reports in the wake of four fires. A pilot program at NASA's Kennedy Space Center has found that ...

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    Mars landing has something for fans of space and advanced vehicle technologies

    Last night, Sunday, August 5, at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA, lots of people hugged and held their arms high to celebrate a ballsy, historic achievement in space travel. Ten years after the project was launched, NASA's huge Curiosity rover touched down safely on Mars, and the ...

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    Video: Pipistrel wins $1.35 million in Google-sponsored 2011 Green Flight Challenge

    In the end, the competition for the $1.35 million top prize in the 2011 Green Flight Challenge came down to just two craft, the eGenius and the Pipistrel G4. After both managed to meet the goal of the contest – fly 200 miles at over 100 miles per hour using less than the equivalent energy ...

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    NASA to award $1.65 million in Google Green Flight Challenge

    The CAFE Foundation has announced that Google will sponsor the NASA Centennial Challenge flight competition known as the Green Flight Challenge (GFC). The CAFE Foundation (which here stands for Comparative Aircraft Flight Efficiency) will host the event from September 25 through October 2 at ...

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    Google sponsors $1.65 million NASA Green Flight Challenge

    The CAFE Foundation has announced that Google will sponsor the NASA Centennial Challenge flight competition known as the Green Flight Challenge (GFC). The CAFE Foundation (which here stands for Comparative Aircraft Flight Efficiency) will host the event from September 25 through October 2, 2011 ...

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    Driving Sustainability: How NASA's Mars rovers could improve your next electric car

    How far would you go for a better electric car? The ends of the earth? The moon? Ari Jónsson's answer is further than either of these places. He can help find a better electric car on Mars. Jónsson's, of Reykjavík University, spoke at the 2010 Driving Sustainability ...

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    Perpetual Power? NASA creates submersible that can run nearly forever

    Well, it's not exactly perpetual motion or energy, but it's getting closer than most such attempts. Plus, instead of being backed by some sort of random crackpot scientist, this particular project has the backing of NASA and the U.S. Navy. So, what is it? (Take a deep breath.) The Sounding ...

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    GM develops robot for International Space Station, mankind cowers in fear

    General Motors and NASA debut Robonaut 2 – Click above for high-res image gallery
    Well, crap, James Cameron got it wrong. It isn't Cyberdyne Systems that causes the downfall of human civilization, it's General Motors. The General has announced that, along with NASA, it has created ...

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    Chrysler and NASA partner on advanced technologies

    Now here's a partnership we didn't see coming: Chrysler and NASA have jumped into bed to share research on things like radar, materials and robotics. While we can't imagine Chrysler has too much to add to that discussion, the partnership could have a wide-ranging impact on the company's future ...

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    This plug-in vehicle shoots for the moon (rover)

    With no time on its hands for promotional appearances at glitzy European autoshows, one of America's most advanced electric vehicles has been busy being put through its paces on the torturous terrain found at Black Point Lava Flow in Arizona. The Lunar Electric Rover (LER) has spent the last ...

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    Blast from the Past: NASA's Stirling-powered AMC Spirit

    NASA Stirling-powered AMC Spirit - Click above for image gallery
    Over the last few months, Segway-inventor Dean Kamen has made headlines for installing a Stirling engine in an older EV from Th!nk to create an extended-range electric vehicle. Interestingly, this is not at all the first time a ...

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    Newest electric car to come from... NASA?

    Click above for a gallery of the Small Pressurized Rover
    NASA has been testing its latest rover that it hopes will shuttle astronauts around on the surface of the moon when the agency heads back around 2020. Initial testing is taking place in the Arizona desert, which features a rocky landscape ...

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    VIDEO: NASA's catalytic converter could reduce pollution by 30%

    Tech Watch is a show about how NASA applies its space-based research to help solve Earth-bound problems. In the segment we've pasted after the jump, we learn about technology originally developed for space lasers that's now being used to make a new kind of catalytic converter. Unlike regular cars, ...

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    Video: In-wheel electric motors on robotic legs

    digg_url = ''; Want to take the in-wheel electric motor concept cars like iReal or Pivo off roading? NASA is developing ATHLETE (All-Terrain Hex-Limbed Extra-Terrestrial Explorer) which has in-wheel electric motors as the ...

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    NASA's "Prius of Space" goes 5,500 mph on only 15 gallons of fuel

    How fast would a Prius need to be traveling in order to launch itself into orbit? Really, really fast. Although NASA currently has no plans of attaching rockets to a Toyota any time soon (as far as we know), they will soon be sending a hybrid spacecraft into space. The Prius has a gasoline engine ...

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    NASA considering sending new vehicles to the moon

    So far, all of the rovers that NASA has sent to the moon have been of the unpressurized variety, meaning that the astronauts are required to be inside their spacesuits. It looks like NASA is considering changing that with concepts of their next moon-bound rover. Described as a moving habitat, the ...

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    NASA likes it hot, develops new extreme-heatproof processors

    NASA has developed a new processor which is capable of sustained use in extremely hot conditions. How hot? Only about 500 degrees... Celsius! While I immediately thought of the extreme overclocking potential, NASA has more realistic and admirable goals in mind: NASA believes that this ...

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    The Pipistrel Virus: a 50 MPG flying car? Uh, no

    So, here we have another attempt at the flying car, except this time the winner gets money from NASA. While the chances that the average consumer will be able to pull into their nearest Ford dealership and hand over a down payment for the Pipistrel Virus, the fact that NASA is involved lends a bit ...

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    NASA and Boeing announce the first flight of the X-48B Blended Wing Body

    Developed by Boeing with participation from NASA and built in England by Cranfield Aerospace Ltd, the X-48B was given its first flight tests yesterday, which it seems to have passed. The 500 pound "flying wing", which sports a 21 foot wingspan, was flown remotely by a pilot on the ground. The ...


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