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Worldwide notability of US government acronyms seems to be limited to 4 letters. When there's a story about the FBI or FCC or NASA nobody complains that it wasn't explained, but DARPA? how dare you assume people around the world using the internet know what that means!
kdawson from the batteries-not-included dept.
Heinen writes in about the X Prize Foundation, which spurred innovation by offering US $10 million for the first privately built spacecraft. The Foundation now plans to offer millions for the first practical car that increases mileage five-fold. The specs for the competition are out in draft form amd call for cars in two categories that are capable of 100 MPG in tests to be run in 2009. The categories are: 4-passenger/4-wheel; and 2-passenger/unspecified wheels. The cars must be manufacturable, not "science projects. The prize is expected to top $10 million. The X Prize Foundation says that so far it has received more than 1,000 inquiries from possible competitors.
Johns Hopkins Medicine has installed for three months of initial safety and clinical testing a 256-slice computed tomography (CT) scanner, believed to be the world's most advanced CT imaging software and machinery. The device can image whole hearts or brain and tiny vessels safely. Link to Original Source