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Submission + - India planning a 7 satellite constellation

An anonymous reader writes: India is planning to build a constellation of seven geostationary satellites at a cost of $ 400 million to meet the navigational system requirements in cars, trains and aircraft. The first launch will be sometime in 2010 and the remaining satellite will be up in orbit by 2012. The seven geo-stationary satellites will cater to the navigational systems of vehicles, provide accurate timing signals and also find applications in surveying as well locating things in times of disaster.
United States

Submission + - Government won't allow green car sales (msn.com)

Geoffrey.landis writes: "Auto industry blogger Lawrence Ulrich notes that Honda is now making a "Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle" (or PZEV for short) version of the 2008 Accord, an all-new vehicle that is redesigned to meet California emission standards. He notes "So, just how green is a PZEV machine? Well, if you just cut your lawn with a gas mower, congratulations, you just put out more pollution in one hour than these cars do in 2,000 miles of driving." But the irony is that it's actually illegal for automakers to sell these green cars outside of the special states they were designed for! Apparently, anybody selling one of these ultra-green vehicles out of the correctly-designated venue — which means either California, or seven northeast-states with similar pollution laws — "could be subject to civil fines of up to $27,500. Volvo sent its dealers a memo alerting them to this fact, noting that its greenest S40 and V50 models were only for the special states.""
Space

Submission + - Spelunking the caves of Mars

OriginalArlen writes: After earlier images caught glimpses of mysterious cave openings on flanks of the Martian volcano Arsia Montes, the MRO's superb HiRISE camera has now captured amazing close-up images of this cave / "skylight" on Arsia Montest. How big is the cavern below? What does it look like inside? Somehow I doubt we'll get data from inside in my lifetime, so let the wild-eyed speculation begin!
Linux Business

Submission + - Hewlett-Packard Brings Linux To Select Desktops (wired.com)

Tatey writes: The world's largest PC manufacturer, Hewlett-Packard, has reportedly announced it will start selling Linux-based PCs aimed at the consumer market. For the time being it appears the HP Linux models will only be available in Australia, with prices starting at $AU600 (just under $500 USD).
Displays

Submission + - PVI demonstrate flexible display (video) (mobileread.com)

Johnson writes: "http://www.slashgear.com/ifa-2007-exclusive-pvi-fl exible-e-paper-video-demo-017106.php You might not be able to fold the corner down (not, at least, without voiding your warranty) but PVI's flexible e-Paper is the closest thing yet to a mass-produced replacement for traditional paper. Vincent caught up with them at IFA 2007 today and managed to score an exclusive video demo; make sure to check out the rest of the footage and exclusive photos after the cut!"

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