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Submission + - Students make electricity with exercise machines (

savanik writes: Exercise machines at the University of Kansas are being converted to generate electricity that can then be fed back into the power grid. Each of the machines can generate roughly 8 watts per hour. They estimate that running all 15 of the machines for 30 minutes is enough to power a single laptop for an hour.

Right now utility bills at the fitness center run at $30,000 a month, but officials are hoping this will reduce the bill by 5% to 10%. They're also hoping for people to line up to use the machines. This solves two problems at once — generating green energy and solving the obesity epidemic!


Submission + - Linux goes to the Indy 500

savanik writes: "Acceleration Marketing and have teamed up to get Linux on the forefront of the Indy 500. The goal: Collect $350,000 in donations and get "Team Linux" on the booking. They estimate that if just 1% of Linux users donates just $1 they can achieve their goal. I've got more than that in the cushions of my sofa.

Marketing Linux has always been a tricky proposition. As a community, we have relied on corporations who have a stake in the Linux operating system to market Linux to the world at large. Today, we have an opportunity to change that, and make Linux marketing as much a community effort as Linux development. That effort begins with the Tux 500 project.
You can check out their website (and make donations to the cause) over at"

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