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Submission + - Free Apps to Turn Your iPhone into a Mobile Office (fodors.com) 1

MikeCapone writes: "For many professionals, tending to business while on vacation is a requirement. But don'(TM)t let that reality derail your trip. These days, you can do everything from scanning and signing documents to sending hands-free texts while driving--"all from your iPhone. We’ve rounded up the best office apps that let you take your show on the road, so you can spend more time sunbathing, and less time searching for the nearest fax machine. Did we mention that they're all free?"
Science

Submission + - Satellite Spots Burning Man Festival from Space (discovery.com)

MikeCapone writes: "A European Space Agency (ESA) satellite has captured what has become one of modern society's most hedonistic adventures--Burning Man. Taken about 400 miles up, the picture shows Black Rock City in full swing along with all of its 50,000-something attendees. ESA compiled the photograph using four photos, each with a resolution of about 16 feet. The perfect tribute as Burning Man just entered its 25th year. The festival started at San Francisco's Ocean Beach back in 1986 and relocated 120 miles north of Reno in 1990."
Technology

Submission + - Kite-Powered Electric Car Crosses Australia (treehugger.com) 1

MikeCapone writes: "The Wind Explorer--a kite-assisted lightweight electric car--drove 3,107 miles across Australia in 18 days using only $15 worth of electricity. As if that wasn't amazing enough, they journey set three world records: the first continental crossing by a wind-powered vehicle, the longest distance covered by a wind powered vehicle, and the longest distance covered by such vehicle in 36 hours!"
Science

Submission + - Federal Judge Bans Genetically Modified Sugar Beet (treehugger.com)

MikeCapone writes: "On Friday, U.S. District Judge Jeffrey S. White revoked a five-year-old approval of genetically altered sugar beets from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Judge White cited the USDA's insufficient testing of weedkiller-tolerant sugar beets and their possible effects to the environment. Genetically modified (GMO) sugar beets are already planted on more than one million acres of farmland, spanning 10 different states from Michigan to Oregon, present in 95-percent of U.S.-grown sugar beet plants."
Transportation

Submission + - Algorithm Cuts Delays in Half for German Trains (discovery.com) 1

MikeCapone writes: "The algorithms have not only cut waiting time between trains from four minutes to two on the Berlin underground network, but have also been used to draw up a new timetable for the Dutch national railway system, which handles 5,500 trains per day. In Switzerland, the system has been used to optimise a schedule so that additional trains may operate on high-risk sections of track, while trials at the Italian stations of Palermo and Genoa have reduced delays by 25%."
NASA

Submission + - NASA Creates First Global Forest Map Using Lasers (treehugger.com)

MikeCapone writes: "Scientists, using three NASA satellites, have created a first-of-its-kind map that details the height of the world's forests. The data was collected from NASA's ICESat, Terra and Aqua satellites. The latter two satellites are responsible for most of NASA's Gulf spill imagery. The data collected will help scientists understand how the world's forests both store and process carbon. While there are many local and regional canopy maps, this is the very first global map using a uniform method for measure."

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