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Submission + - Fuel-cell, electric plug-in and solar powered car (motorauthority.com)

autofan1 writes: VW's latest supermini features a new high-temp fuel-cell powerplant with lithium-ion batteries as well as an electric power plug and solar cells in the roof for extra power. This car could potentially run forever without the need for any fossil fuels.
It's funny.  Laugh.

Submission + - Police arrest teen for "virtual furniture" (expatica.com)

ekes writes: "According to the German Press Agency (DPA) Dutch police have arrested a teenager and are questioning four more about the "theft" of "virtual furniture" from the online Habbo Hotel http://www.habbo.com/hotel
A police spokesman said the suspects will be charged on two accounts: hacking and burglary.

English report on Expatica http://www.expatica.com/actual/article.asp?subchannel_id=1&story_id=45939"

Biotech

Submission + - Trees that Eat Pollution (nih.gov)

TTest writes: Kinda like in Fern Gully... only real. Scientists at the University of Washington are reporting the creation of fast-growing, pollutant-eating poplar trees. According to a NIH press release, the trees rapidly absorb and break down cancer-causing hydrocarbons from the air and soil around them. The original research publication also mentions that the trees may be cheaper than conventional waste clean-up techniques, prevent erosion, capture carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, and can be harvested to make biofuel or paper.
Power

Submission + - Are We in a Speculative Bubble with Regard to Oil? (theoildrum.com)

Prof. Goose writes: "Maybe the two most common explanations (or myths) about high oil prices are:

1. oil companies are manipulating prices
2. speculators are driving prices up

Of course, these two explanations are satisfying our natural impulse to find scapegoats rather than facing the depressing facts of fossil fuel depletion. Let's debunk them with some data.

http://www.theoildrum.com/node/3157"

Operating Systems

Submission + - Sun CEO says NetApp lied in fear of open source (computerworld.com)

Lucas123 writes: "In reaction to NetApp's patent infringement lawsuit against Sun, CEO Jonathan Schwartz today said in his blog that NetApp basically lied in its legal filing when it said Sun asked them for licensing fees for use of their ZFS file system technology. In a separate statement, Sun said NetApp's lawsuit is about fear over open-source ZFS technology as a competitive threat. "The rise of the open-source community cannot be stifled by proprietary vendors. I guess not everyone's learned that lesson," Schwartz wrote in his blog."

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