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Submission + - Cdn-Isreali group demonstrates 3,000 km e-car Aluminum-Air range booster

Jabrwock writes: One of the biggest limitations on lithium battery-powered electric cars has been their range. Last year Isreali-based Phinergy introduced an "aluminum-air" battery. Today, partnering with Alcoa, a Canadian aluminum producer, they announced a demo of the battery, which is charged up at Alcoa's aluminum smelter in Quebec. The plant uses hydro-electric power to charge up the battery, which would then need a tap-water refill every few months, and a swap (ideally at a local dealership) every 3,000km, since it cannot be recharged as simply as Lithium. The battery is meant to boost the range of standard electric cars, which would still use the Lithium batteries for short-range trips. The battery would add about 100 kg to an existing Tesla car's battery weight.

Submission + - Vancouver area school featured in CounterStrike map (www.cbc.ca)

Jabrwock writes: After multiple recent incidents of gun violence in schools, Vancouver area residents, teachers, and school administrators are concerned about reports of a CounterStrike map of Port Moody Secondary School.

The map creator (who wanted to remain anonymous) responded to concerns by writing:

"Let us start by saying Port Moody Secondary is a great school. Rest assured there is no malicious intent behind this production to any actual school property, nor any actual persons associated with the school."

While the original article's headline seems to be implying the game developers made the map, they do clarify later on in the article that the game allows users to create custom maps.

Submission + - RCMP investigating 911 call display spoofing (www.cbc.ca)

Jabrwock writes: Investigators in British Columbia are calling in cyber security experts after a hacker spoofed his phone number to trick the police into sending an ERT to surround a house in Langley, BC. The caller alleged he had killed several people and had taken hostages. A similar incident happened several days earlier in New Jersey.

"Consider a spherical bear, in simple harmonic motion..." -- Professor in the UCB physics department