New approach to levitating trains

Lawrence Livermore scientists have recently developed a new approach to magnetically levitating high-speed trains that is fundamentally much simpler in design and operation (requiring no superconducting coils or stability control circuits), potentially much less expensive, and more widely adaptable than other maglev systems. The new technology, called Inductrack, employs special arrays of permanent magnets that induce strong repulsive currents in a "track" made up of coils, pushing up on the cars and levitating them.
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“Mapping the Future” with Gus Jaccaci.

In two weeks time, the local World Future Society is hosting a
five-hour seminar on “Mapping the Future” with Gus Jaccaci.

I first discovered Jaccaci’s METAMATRIX(R), or futures mapping
methodology three years ago at the World Future Society
national conference. Since then, his insights on how to take
for-profit or non-profit enterprises to a higher level of
innovation and service has revolutionized my consulting work.

I encourage you to spend Saturday, January 12th with Gus at the
Penrose House for the “Mapping the Future” seminar. Gus is a
dynamic workshop leader. The cost is just $19, including lunch.
The brochure text is below, or you can view our color brochure

Registrations must be postmarked by January 7th. Please
register today for this extraordinary workshop, and get ready
to map the future of your domain of service.

–Jay Gary
coordinator, World Future Society, Colorado Springs, 719-636-

P.S. Want more input before you register? Read Gus’ essay on
how nature can be a thinking tool relative to the future:

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Hot Shirt Smoothes Wrinkles

Its maker, Italian fashion house Corpo Nove, calls it “memory metal.” We call it high-tech fashion. The Oricalco shirt, unveiled this year, is made from a lightweight half-titanium alloy that recovers any preprogrammed shape with a simple application of heat. Crumple it up, stuff it in your carry-on, fall asleep wearing it — a simple blast from a hair dryer ren-ders it wrinkle free. Of course, you’ll pay for such couture: $4,000 (that’d buy a lot of irons). The company is now working on a shirt that automatically rolls up its sleeves in hot weather. More Here
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Worlds Largest Greenhouse

The Eden Project, which opened in March, is a botanical garden unlike any other. Instead of showcasing exotic plants, Eden tells the stories of plants that have played important roles in history, such as cotton and coffee. The facility itself, nestled in a former clay pit in southwest England, houses plants in a series of giant geodesic domes — one of which is the world’s largest greenhouse.
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Qwerty for Your Pocket

If your PC and PDA got together, their offspring might look like this: Sharp’s Zaurus SL-5500 is the first digital organizer with a full, hideaway keyboard. To access it, you just pull the top and bottom apart. The Zaurus, which was first demonstrated this year, also features a 320- by 240-pixel high-resolution screen, Compact Flash and SD card slots, and 64MB of memory. It’s the coolest case of convergence we’ve seen in years.
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Power Gets Personal and Upclose

Hydrogen warms the hearts in Colorado and fattens the wallets unexpectantly.

Primary personal energy investigator makes a stunning breakthrough over the Holidays. Miniature power sources that will enable smart clothes with heating, cooling and electric power generation from a renewable abundant fuel source.

Remarkably the fuel is transportated as innocent water and is converted to fuel on demand as needed.

A recent high altitude photo revealed a single line of investors snakeig across the continental divide with their black trench coats silouetted in the white snow, clenching check books in outstretched hands.

More on this enabling technology in our next issue with photos of the implosion pump from HydroLarc that powers this quantum leap in personal, wearable energy systems and the inexpensive alternative to challenge Fuel cells.
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The Sharpest Image

If seeing is believing, then we believe in magic. That’s the only way to describe the recently unveiled IBM T220 LCD monitor, the world’s sharpest display. The 22-inch screen has a whopping resolution of 3,840 by 2,400 pixels — a typical high-end monitor, by contrast, delivers images at 1,280 by 1,024 pixels. The difference shows. When you’re reading on screen, for example, the letters are so sharp that the words jump out at you. And looking at a complex image through a magnifying glass reveals details you can’t see with the naked eye. The price is harder to miss: $15,999.
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The Wiring’s on the Wall

The downside to being wired at home is, well, finding a place for all the wires. But an upstart company called DeCorp promises to make things easier. Its innovation: FlatWire Ready wiring — electrical, audio, and cable wiring built into a ribbon no thicker than a business card. Demonstrated this year, FlatWire mounts right onto a wall and can be covered with paint or wallpaper, just like drywall tape. Available late this year; price not set.
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Innovation We Get Behind

When you have kids, you need eyes in the back of your head. Likewise, it helps if you have them in the back of your car too. The all-new Infiniti Q45 does — it’s the first car equipped with rear-view television. Shift into reverse, and a screen on the instrument panel — which doubles as the navigation display — shows what’s behind you so you don’t hit it.
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Fuel Cells Take a Big Step

A major reason you don’t drive a fuel cell car already: There’s nowhere to get a tankful of hydrogen. This infrastructure problem is not lost on General Motors engineers, who’ve found a new source: the local filling station. They developed a catalytic device that strips hydrogen from regular gasoline. It’s not as efficient as pure hydrogen, but it produces 50 percent better fuel economy. Demonstrated in a prototype Chevy S-10 this year, the advance brings fuel cells one step closer to the family car.

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Inflatables Catch Some Air

Not only are this plane’s wings made of plastic, they inflate like a balloon . . . in midflight. No, it’s not some daredevil stunt; it’s a NASA plane that may someday be dropped from spacecraft orbiting other planets. During a successful flight earlier this year, a nitrogen canister inflated the I2000’s 32-inch-long wings in a third of a second. It marked the first time an aircraft’s wings have ever been inflated in flight.
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