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Submission + - No time to fill up? There's an app for that. (latimes.com)

Ichijo writes: If you're short on gas and you're in southern California, there is now an app, available for both iPhone and Android, to summon a "courier" to "come to your location in one to three hours, find your car and add 10 or 15 gallons of gas (using portable gas cans) to your tank."

Submission + - New Plastic For Old Amigas and Commodores

Ichijo writes: Several years ago, Slashdot reported that the Amiga community had developed a way to restore old, yellowed ABS plastic to like-new condition, and they put the recipe for the gel, dubbed Retr0bright, into the public domain. Since then, it was discovered that the effect of the gel is only temporary, and plastic treated with the gel soon reverts to its original yellowed state even when efforts are made to block it from additional UV light.

Now, Amiga enthusiast Philippe Lang has created a new Kickstarter campaign to design and build new, improved molds for Amiga 1200 housings and do a licensed production run using anti-UV ASA plastic in the original color plus black, transparent, and 9 other colors. His team is also investigating the feasibility of producing new Amiga 1200 keyboards if this campaign succeeds. This follows a successful production run by Commodore 64 enthusiasts of new C64c housings using the original injection molds and new C64 motherboards designed to modern standards and production methods. And a new Amiga 1200 clone motherboard is also in the works.

Submission + - Refreshing the Amiga 1200 With New Plastic

Ichijo writes: Several years ago, the Amiga community developed a way to restore old, yellowed ABS plastic to like-new condition, and put the recipe for the gel, dubbed Retr0bright , into the public domain. But then it was discovered that the effect of the Retr0bright gel is only temporary, and plastic treated with the gel soon reverts to its original yellowed state.

Now, Amiga enthusiast Philippe Lang has started a new Kickstarter campaign to create new, improved molds for Amiga 1200 housings and do a licensed production run using anti-UV ASA plastic in the original color plus black, transparent, and 9 other colors. His team is also investigating the feasibility of producing new Amiga 1200 keyboards if this campaign succeeds. This follows a successful production run by Commodore 64 enthusiasts of new C64c housings using the original injection molds and new C64 motherboards designed with modern ASICs and DC-DC converter technology.

Submission + - Kickstarting the Amiga 1200 with new housings

Ichijo writes: Following a successful production run of new Commodore 64 housings using the original injection molds is another Kickstarter campaign (no, not that Kickstart) to create new molds for Amiga 1200 housings and do a production run. The new housings will be made with anti-UV plastic, to reduce or eliminate future yellowing that has plagued existing housings, in the original color plus black, transparent, and 9 other colors to be decided. The project creators are also investigating the feasibility of producing new Amiga 1200 keyboards if this campaign succeeds.

Submission + - When we don't like the solution, we deny the problem. (duke.edu) 2

Ichijo writes: A new study from Duke University titled 'Solution Aversion: On the Relation Between Ideology and Motivated Disbelief' tested whether the desirability of a solution affects beliefs in the existence of the associated problem. Researchers found that yes, people will deny the problem when they don't like the solution:

'Participants in the experiment, including both self-identified Republicans and Democrats, read a statement asserting that global temperatures will rise 3.2 degrees in the 21st century. They were then asked to evaluate a proposed policy solution to address the warming.

'When the policy solution emphasized a tax on carbon emissions or some other form of government regulation, which is generally opposed by Republican ideology, only 22 percent of Republicans said they believed the temperatures would rise at least as much as indicated by the scientific statement they read.

'But when the proposed policy solution emphasized the free market, such as with innovative green technology, 55 percent of Republicans agreed with the scientific statement.

'The researchers found liberal-leaning individuals exhibited a similar aversion to solutions they viewed as politically undesirable in an experiment involving violent home break-ins. When the proposed solution called for looser versus tighter gun-control laws, those with more liberal gun-control ideologies were more likely to downplay the frequency of violent home break-ins.'


Submission + - An X Prize for Algae Biofuel (nctimes.com)

Ichijo writes: A $10 million Algae Fuel Prize has been announced by venture capital firm Prize Capital to encourage development of commercially viable fuel from algae. "The Algae Fuel Prize's rules specifies that the winner must produce 3,000 net gallons of diesel fuel per acre at a cost of no more than $3 per gallon. The net quantity is obtained by subtracting the gallons of fuel used in producing the algae from the yield. Prize Capital will also work to arrange buyers for the fuel."

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