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Submission + - Tesla's Elon Musk Envisions 4000MPH 'Hyperloop' Transportation System (

MojoKid writes: Think the future of transportation has us all in flying cars like the Jetsons? Think again. That's not something we're likely to see in our lifetime, however we may witness the completion of several "Hyperloop" transport systems designed to get you from point A to point B at breakneck speeds. This is the dream of Tesla founder and CEO Elon Musk, who describes Hyperloop as a "cross between a Concorde, a rail gun, and an air hockey table." Alternately, you can think of it as an enclosed tube that's propped way up off the ground. It would use a magnetic levitation system similar to high-speed bullet trains, except passengers would travel in capsules across a surface with almost no friction. A Colorado company called ET3 (Evacuated Tube Transport) is already working on making Musk's dream a reality by building a similar system and is planning a 3-mile trial run before the end of the year. This is just the beginning of bigger and faster things to come, According to ET3, a six-passenger capsule about the size of an automobile could hit speeds of 4,000 miles per hour on longer distances, such as going across the country or even continents.
The Internet

Submission + - Top 100 Web Sites of 2010

adeelarshad82 writes: Staying true to its tradition, PCMag released it's latest list of Top 100 websites based on suggestions from readers and staff members. As always, the list is broken down into two broad categories, the classic websites and the undiscovered websites. The two are distinguished based on a set of rules such as, if the site has been on the Top 100 before, it's out of contention for the Undiscovered list and other guidelines which bring time, traffic, and exposure into consideration. The two categories are further broken down into Apps, Fun, Info, News, Shopping, Social and Tech. None of the sites in the Top 100 are mobile only. The sites also aren't download-based, that means no browser plug-ins and no desktop apps. Finally, only free websites were taken into consideration.

Submission + - BBC News - Why the US keeps minting coins people h (

An anonymous reader writes: In hidden vaults across the country, the US government is building a stockpile of $1 coins. The hoard has topped $1.1bn — imagine a stack of coins reaching almost seven times higher than the International Space Station — and the piles have grown so large the US Federal Reserve is running out of storage space.

Americans won't use the coins, preferring $1 notes. But the US keeps minting them anyway, and the Fed estimates it already has enough $1 coins to last the next 10 years.


Submission + - Researchers Regenerate Nerves After Spinal Injury (

fergus07 writes: About two percent of Americans — more than six million people — have some form of paralysis resulting from spinal cord injury, which is due primarily to the interruption of connections between the brain and spinal cord. Such paralysis and loss of function has long been considered untreatable, but a new approach has, for the first time, induced robust regeneration of nerve connections that control voluntary movement, showing the potential for new therapeutic approaches to paralysis and other motor function impairments and offering hope to sufferers.
Data Storage

Submission + - New Toshiba Drives Wipe Data When Turned Off (

CWmike writes: Toshiba on Tuesday introduced a new hard drive feature that can wipe out data after the storage devices are powered down. The Wipe feature in Toshiba's SED (Self-Encrypting Drives) will allow for deletion of secure data prior to disposing or repurposing hard drives, Toshiba said. The technology invalidates a hard-drive security key when a system's power supply is turned off. The new Wipe capability will go into future versions of the SED drives, for which no timeframe was given. Beyond use in PCs, Toshiba wants to put this feature on storage devices in copiers and printers.

Submission + - SPAM: Million MPH space tornadoes drive northern lights

coondoggie writes: "Huge space tornadoes blasting gases at speeds of over a million miles per hour channel electric currents toward the Earth and help create the natural phenomena known as the Northern Lights. NASA space probes made the discovery as they passed through the tornadoes during their orbit of Earth. Ground measurements showed that the space tornadoes channel the electrical current into the ionosphere to spark bright and colorful auroras on Earth. [spam URL stripped]"
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