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Submission + - A new layout for internal combustion engines

zero_offset writes: A certain sector of the geek world is into cars and motorcycles, and what could be more newsworthy and exciting than a whole new layout for the internal combustion engine? The NEVIS Engine Company has taken on a task that The Red Herring describes as downright Sisyphean: reinventing the venerable internal combustion engine to dramatically improve efficiency and reduce emissions. We've heard that claim before, but this engine, using the new "Bortone cycle," is a complete re-think of the typical four-stroke piston-in-cylinder internal combustion process. They are claiming twice the efficiency of a standard Otto cycle engine. Their prototype is producing 250 HP at 2000 RPM from a 1 liter 2-cylinder setup, so yes, it runs. A detailed description is available on the Technology Overview page, but be sure to hit their images page and step through the pictures in order: watching the person assemble the engine step-by-step helps clarify how it works.

Submission + - Microsoft to Alter Windows Vista->

Vix666 writes: Microsoft has agreed to make changes to its Windows Vista operating system in response to a complaint by Google that a feature of Vista is anticompetitive, lawyers involved in the case said on Tuesday. More here: t.html?ex=1339992000&en=34801d86723b67a1&ei=5088&p artner=rssnyt&emc=rss
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Submission + - Drive Doctor for Nintendo WII Released

Croakyvoice writes: Datel have today released their Drive Doctor for Nintendo Wii, the device is an external fitting USB Modchip which requires you to solder inside the Nintendo Wii. The Drive Doctor allows you to view and modify the DVD drive's memory in real-time. The first Mass Market Homebrew Device for the Nintendo Wii.

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