High Voltage Line Robot

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Go Go Gadget High Voltage Robot!

Fiddling with high-voltage power lines is certainly a dangerous job, especially for humans. With that in mind, a Tokyo-based company, HiBot, is working with western Japan’s Kansai Electric Power Co. to test a new robot next year that can inspect several power cables at once, and we’re fairly sure that no humans will be hurt in the process. We’re fairly sure that these robots don’t have any fear of heights either.

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How We Identify Letters

How We Identify Letters 

The next time you are reading a book, or even as you read this article, consider the words that you are seeing. How do you recognize these words? Substantial research has shown that while reading, we recognize words by their letters and not by the general shape of the word. However, it was largely unknown how we differentiate one letter from another.

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Pew Research: News Media Crosses Political Lines

 Pew Research: News Media Crosses Political Lines

 Only a small percentage of people in the US are able
to identify Condoleezza Rice and Gordon Brown

When the Pew Research Center tested the public’s political knowledge earlier this year, the best-informed news audiences crossed the ideological spectrum. Nearly half of regular readers of The New Yorker, The Atlantic and Harper’s Magazine (48%) answered three political knowledge questions correctly. Regular listeners of NPR (44% three correct), and regular viewers of Hardball (43%) and Hannity & Colmes (42%) also fared well compared with other news audiences.

 

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Existing Power Grid Limits Potential for Renewable Energy

 Existing Power Grid Limits Potential for Renewable Energy

Where is Tesla’s wireless power when you need it?

The dirty secret of clean energy is that while generating it is getting easier, moving it to market is not. The grid today, according to experts, is a system conceived 100 years ago to let utilities prop each other up, reducing blackouts and sharing power in small regions. It resembles a network of streets, avenues and country roads.

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Residential Phone Lines Dwindling

Residential Phone Lines Dwindling

As wireless services improve, traditional phone lines are going away

SNL Kagan expects that telecommunications carriers’ market share of fixed residential telephone service to decline, mostly due to IP voice services from cable operators.

In the past two years, the telcos’ share has dwindled from 90% to 74% of total connections. Over the next five years, that share will fall another 23%.

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