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The Next GPS of Data?

Innovation Opportunities with Vehicles By: Melissa C. Lott and Ian Kalin, Presidential Innovation Fellow, U.S. Department of Energy When weather and GPS data were first made publically available by the U.S...

December 13, 2012 — Melissa C. Lott

Cities at night learning about cities from a different perspective

By now you’ve probably seen the new Earth at Night images and videos from NASA. Chris Elvidge, a NOAA scientist who has studied the Earth at night for over 20 years (talk about an awesome job!) says, “Nothing tells us more about the spread of humans across the Earth than city lights.” Seen from ~500 miles above the Earth’s surface, you can see what he is talking about: a sprawling network of humanity stretching inward from coastlines, following rivers, tracing old trade routes, and in some cases ending abruptly at borders (who said there are no borders from space?)...

December 12, 2012 — David Wogan

Wireless EV Charging: But It Still Won't Fit in Your Pocket

One of my first posts for Plugged In involved the electric car. Now, remember: it’s hard to get too worked up about electric cars. They’re better than gas burners, to be sure, but that’s setting the bar pretty low: electric cars are basically coal-burners that continue to enable sprawl and all its problems while being less-rotten for the planet than their oil-burning forebears.So two cheers and all that...

December 11, 2012 — Scott Huler

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