sanosuke001 writes: "Penny Arcade has taken the crowdfunding idea from the other direction; try to fund an existing, and already successful, operation via their fans. With 29 days to go they have already passed their initial goal of $250,000 USD and are on their way to reaching some very interesting stretch goals including new Lookouts and Automata strips, an ad-free penny-arcade.com, revived podcast, and my personal favorite: Jerry Holkins cosplay which will be decided on by the fans.
They will be giving out some pledge goodies like t-shirts, autographed prints, digital versions of their first two books, Stream codes for Rainslick Precipice of Darkness Episode 3. For those with deep pockets: promises of twitter following, re-tweeting, an internship for a day, hang-outs with the PA crew, and even a shirt-of-the-month club, just to name a few."
sanosuke001 writes: "Andrea Rossi's E-Cat 1MW Cold Fusion test completed in Italy with 30+ attendees including Professors from the University of Bologna, the Associated Press, NyTeknik, Focus.it, and additional physicists. The test failed to reach the 1 MW load goal, however, reached 479 kWh in looped mode. Some skepticism is still warranted as the prospective customer, although satisfied with the test, remains anonymous. According to an article at Wired (http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2011-10/29/rossi-success), there has been some speculation that the covert customer could be DARPA. Also, the generator used to initialize the E-Cat device was apparently connected for the entirety of the test but assured that its output was turned off. I, for one, have a little hope in this being real but take it with a very large grain of salt."