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Transportation

Plug-In Hybrids Aren't Coming, They're Here 495 495

Wired is running a story about the small but vocal, and growing, number of people who aren't waiting for automakers to deliver plug-in hybrids. They're shelling out big money to have already thrifty cars converted into full-on plug-in hybrids capable of triple-digit fuel economy. "The conversions aren't cheap, and top-of-the-line kits with lithium-ion batteries can set you back as much as $35,000. Even a kit with lead-acid batteries — the type under the hood of the car you drive now — starts at five grand. That explains why most converted plug-ins are in the motor pools of places like Southern California Edison... No more than 150 or so belong to people like [extreme skiing champion Alison] Gannett, who had her $30,000 Ford Escape converted in December. Yes, that's right. The conversion cost more than the truck."
Hardware Hacking

+ - Mechanical pong. 1 1

MicklePickle writes: There's nothing better than retro video games, (IMO), the ultimate retro is something like a pure mechanical pinball or one arm bandit. You can actually go one step further.. Mechanical pong. This guy here has made a purely mechanical version of pong. No computers, no microprocessors, in fact no semiconductors. Just built from wood, plastic, wire, and relays. Pretty impressive. You can pick up the 'how did I make it' video from here.
Quickies

+ - Amazing website interfaces,

mmsk_65 writes: There is something about good visualization websites... sites that show you relationships graphically enhancing searches, helping you discover your favorite media, or simply displaying data in a way that then seems obviously natural... http://marcelo-bbt.blogspot.com/2007/04/great-visu alization-websites.html Nice compilation of amazing website interfaces, web 3.0 anyone? Send your own discovery website recommendation.

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