I think the point isn't that "there is a large knowledge gap between the NSA and the independent cryptographers" so much as "the NSA has acted in a way that patched vulnerabilities they had private knowledge of in publicly available crypto", which suggests that they at least consider both keeping vulnerabilities in endorsed cryptography and fixing them.
So it'd be legit and legal to send a message encrypted with a private key and the public key to decrypt it? That gives any reciever that the sender knows the private key to that public key, but doesn't actually send anything at all that's not decryptable within the message. (Not that you'd do that, you'd send an encrypted hash of the message, but still...)
Priuses use NiMH batteries, not lithium. They're considering offering a high-performance version that does, but the stock prius has always been a NiMH battery pack.
The "3 million base pairs are 6 million bits" isn't because each pair has two parts, it's becuase each pair has four possibilities. 3 million digits in base 4 is equivalent to 6 million digits in base 2.
For instance, decimal 15 is "33" in base 4 and is "1111" in base 2. You could think of it as one bit for which basepair is at this point in the chain, and one bit for which orientation it's in.
The difference is ~95% efficiency in a big electric motor vs. ~20% efficiency in an internal combustion engine. Running two thermo cycles instead of one invokes Carnot twice, which with current materials caps out at a theoretical maximum of ~60%, and in practice we end up at ~30-40% efficiency for a big power plant using a steam cycle and ~20% for a gas cycle engine. Just having an internal combustion engine in the loop makes the thing around four times more expensive to run. And that's not counting any profit margin for the conversion company, either.
AZW is actually mobipocket format with a token change (Device IDs for azw allow a character that isn't allowed for mobi), which in turn is ePub packaged to fit into a palm DB.
The point that the total amount of mercury in a CFL (~5micrograms) is a little lower than the amount of mercury in five ounces of average tuna, and you're supposed to
It's also a volume of mercury several orders of magnitude smaller than that in a mercury thermometer, which is much more of a concern.