According to Popular Science (2/9), "America's electricity grid is built upon what many consider to be an antiquated principle: Make large amounts of electricity and have it always available to end users whether they need it or not. It's much like the way most home water heaters keep water constantly hot even when it is not being used. It is also a strictly one-way relationship, with utilities supplying power to end users, but not vice-versa." On the other hand, "the smart grid concept is predicated on a two-way flow of energy -- and information -- between electricity generators and end users. The system not only delivers power to end users as needed, depending on demand; it also gathers power from end users that produce their own -- homes and businesses that generate solar, wind or geothermal power themselves -- when they have more than they need."
Technology Review (2/9, Bullis) reported that the Personal Rapid Transit (PRT) system, "a novel kind of transit system in which cars are replaced by a network of automated electric vehicles, is about to get its first large-scale testing and deployment. Two [such systems] are being installed this year, one at Heathrow International Airport, near London, and one in the United Arab Emirates, where it will be the primary source of transportation in Masdar City." The article described the systems, which "are supposed to combine the convenience and privacy of automobiles with the environmental benefits of mass transit," and in some ways resemble "taxis waiting at taxi stands." The two new systems will feature "battery-powered, driverless cars," and the system at Heathrow will use "a concrete track and...laser range finders" to operate. Technology Review noted, "The system is being used now to control vehicles that transport cargo in warehouses."
Champions aren't made in gyms, champions are made from something they have deep inside them - a desire, a dream, a vision. They have to have last-minute stamina, they have to be a little faster, they have to have the skill and the will. But the will must be stronger than the skill. -Muhammad Ali I'll be more enthusiastic about encouraging thinking outside the box when there's evidence of any thinking going on inside it. - Terry Pratchett Not to be absolutely certain is, I think, one of the essential things in rationality. - Bertrand Russell What we think, or what we know, or what we believe is, in the end, of little consequence. The only consequence is what we do. Sometimes what's right isn't as important as what's profitable. - Trey Parker and Matt Stone There are only two kinds of people who are really fascinating: people who know absolutely everything, and people who know absolutely nothing. - Oscar Wilde Sometimes I lie awake at night, and I ask, "Where have I gone wrong?"/ Then a voice says to me, "This is going to take more than one night." - Charles M. Schulz There is nothing worse than aggressive stupidity. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe The significance of man is that he is insignificant and is aware of it. - Carl Becker A lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes. - Mark Twain "If you know how to spend less than you get, you have the philosopher's stone." So said Benjamin Franklin more than 200 years ago. How much easier it is to be critical than to be correct. - Benjamin Disraeli Of course the game is rigged. Don't let that stop you--if you don't play, you can't win. - Robert Heinlein Ability will never catch up with the demand for it. - Malcolm Forbes No man remains quite what he was when he recognizes himself. - Thomas Mann No man needs a vacation so much as the man who has just had one. - Elbert Hubbard There is no pleasure in having nothing to do; the fun is in having lots to do and not doing it. - Mary Wilson Little Books to the ceiling,/ Books to the sky,/ My pile of books is a mile high./ How I love them! How I need them!/ I'll have a long beard by the time I read them. - Arnold Lobel Leif Ostling said in a statement that his comments about Germany had been "interpreted in a way that was not intended." If a man will begin with certainties, he shall end in doubts; but if he will be content to begin with doubts he shall end in certainties. - Sir Francis Bacon "It's not the voting that's democracy, it's the counting." - Tom Stoppard Elections are won by men and women chiefly because most people vote against somebody rather than for somebody. - Franklin P. Adams Invention is the mother of necessity. - Thorstein Veblen Don't try to solve serious matters in the middle of the night. - Philip K. Dick
Ich weiß nicht was soll es bedeuten Daß ich so traurig bin; Ein Märchen aus alten Zeiten, Das kommt mir nicht aus dem Sinn.
Die Luft ist kühl und es dunkelt, Und ruhig fließt der Rhein; Der Gipfel des Berges funkelt Im Abendsonnenschein.
Die schönste Jungfrau sitzet Dort oben wunderbar, Ihr goldenes Geschmeide blitzet, Sie kämmt ihr goldenes Haar.
Sie kämmt es mit goldenem Kamme Und singt ein Lied dabey; Das hat eine wundersame, Gewaltige Melodei.
Den Schiffer, im kleinen Schiffe, Ergreift es mit wildem Weh; Er schaut nicht die Felsenriffe, Er schaut nur hinauf in die Höh´.
Ich glaube, die Wellen verschlingen Am Ende Schiffer und Kahn; Und das hat mit ihrem Singen Die Lore-Ley getan.