Electric Car Charging Network Planned For San Francisco Bay Area

Electric Car Charging Network Planned For San Francisco Bay Area 

 Charging port

We’ve mentioned Project Better Place before, the company that plans to create a network of charging stations and battery exchange locations for electric cars in Denmark, Israel and Australia. Backed by super-rich investors, now it’s planning an ambitious expansion into the San Francisco Bay area. The idea is to build a $1 billion network of 250,000 charging ports like you see here, 200 battery-swap stations, and a driver service center.

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Twitter Boot Camp – October 11, 2008

 Twitter Boot Camp - October 11, 2008

Going from zero to Twitter Master in one short morning

Over the past few months, Twitter has emerged as one of the hottest online tools of all time. But while Twitter serves well as a vibrant social network, its also serves as a legitimate business tool. People on Twitter use it to find people working on similar projects, doing similar work, or with common interests.

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Mother’s Stress Contributes To Overweight Children

Mother’s Stress Contributes To Overweight Children 

A mother’s stress may contribute to her young children being overweight in low income households with sufficient food, according to a new Iowa State University study published in the September issue of Pediatrics, the professional journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics. The study analyzed data collected from 841 children in 425 households in the 1999-2002 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.

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Street-Embedded Sensors Monitor Parking Availability In San Francisco

Street-Embedded Sensors Monitor Parking Aailability In San Francisco

Parking assist: This prototype of the San Francisco parking network’s Web interface will let drivers find available parking spots. 

This fall, San Francisco will implement the largest mesh network for monitoring parking to date. Around 6,000 wireless sensors from the San Francisco company Streetline will be fixed alongside as many parking spots, monitoring both parking availability and the volume and speed of passing traffic. The city hopes that displaying information from the sensors on Web maps, smart phones, and signs on the street will reduce the traffic and pollution caused by circling cars.

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First Detailed Map Of The Human Brain

First Detailed Map Of The Human Brain

Scientists used a new type of brain imaging called diffusion spectrum imaging, along with mathematical analysis,
to build a map of the cortical architecture of the human brain, shown here.

The first high-resolution map of the human cortical network reveals that the brain has its own version of Grand Central Station, a central hub that is structurally connected to many other parts of the brain.

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Hacking the Power Grid

 

Hacking the Power Grid

Cracking a power company network and gaining access that could shut down the grid is simple, a security expert says, and he has done so in less than a day.

Ira Winkler, a penetration-testing consultant, says he and a team of other experts took a day to set up attack tools they needed then launched their attack, which paired social engineering with corrupting browsers on a power company’s desktops. By the end of a full day of the attack, they had taken over several machines, giving the team the ability to hack into the control network overseeing power production and distribution.

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DARPA’s New Virtual Satellite Network

DARPA’s New Virtual Satellite Network

DARPA this week opened its giant wallet to spend over $38 million for the initial development of its advanced space technology program that ultimately aims to replace traditional “monolithic” spacecraft with clusters of wirelessly-interconnected spacecraft modules.

The program, called the Future, Fast, Flexible, Fractionated, Free-Flying Spacecraft United by Information Exchange also known as the System F6, is intended to let the agency deploy individual pieces or what it calls “fractionated modules” of current all-in-one satellites. For example, each fractionated module would support a unique capability, such as command and control, data handling, guidance and navigation, payload. Modules could replicate the functions of other modules as well.Such modules can be physically connected once in orbit or remain nearby to each other in a loose formation, or cluster, harnessed together through a wireless network they create a virtual satellite.

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