Posted on November 30, 2008 by Mark Urbin
A “technology writer” at the NY Times attacks Tesla Motors, taking more from their editorial page than the tech pages should, at least IMNSHO.
Jason Calacanis disagrees also and has written a rebuttal article.
He makes a few strong points:
Yes Randy, the first version of technology tends to be expensive.
Personal computers used to cost $5,000, flat-panel TVs were $10,000
and–gasp–the first decade’s worth of solar panels were not worth the
price. You’re a *technology* journalist at the New York Times. You
understand all too well that expensive technology becomes commodity
technology within 10 to 20 years of its inception.
Personal computers now start at $200. Of course the first version of
an all-electric sports car is going to be expensive.
What’s the problem here exactly? You’re saying that America could have
a brand new startup car company that produces an affordable car that
goes an absurd range just 10 years from now? The cost is a $400
million dollar loan? You’re problem with this is what?
Read the whole thing. Jason makes a strong case against a weakly written article. A fairly obviously politically biased article too boot. Randall Stross is yet another example of why the NY Times star (and stock) is falling so far, so fast. My advice, forget Stross. Get Boston Globe tech reporter Hiawatha Bray out there to test drive the Tesla Roadster. You’ll get an honest tech review instead of politically motivated hit piece.
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Posted on November 21, 2008 by Mark Urbin
No! Not that weed, jatropha, a plant that is not a food crop and can be grown in marginal agricultural land.
Air New Zealand is planning on flying a Boeing 747 with a mixture of equal parts biofuel made from jatropha and conventional fuel running in one of the engines.
Unlike many other biofuels, UOP’s jatropha jet fuel can replace conventional fuel without requiring changes to existing engines. Indeed, by several measures, the fuel is better than conventional jet fuel. It has a lower freezing point and can be exposed to higher temperatures onboard a plane without degrading. It also contains slightly more energy than conventional jet fuel, so a plane powered by jatropha could travel farther.
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Posted on November 20, 2008 by Mark Urbin
Key budgeting decisions have to be made by the incoming administration about NASA no later than April 30, 2009.
The ability to get into orbit is vitial for multiple reasons, including National Defense, technology, economics, weather predictions, and the standing of the United States in the international community.
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Posted on November 14, 2008 by Mark Urbin
Darpa is looking for a device to produce a steady supply of universal donor red blood cells. They want to be able to produce ready-to-be-infused Red Blood Cell packets for use near the battlefield.
DARPA has awarded a $1.95 million contract to Arteriocyte, a Cleveland company that’s experimenting with a technology developed at Johns Hopkins that enables the rapid expansion of umbilical cord blood. The company wants to adapt it to a manufacturing technology that will feed the military’s thirst for universal donor red blood units. The technology, called Nanex, uses a nanofiber-based structure that mimics bone marrow in which blood cells multiply, according to the company.
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