Tag Results for advanced technology (5)

  1. Fueling ARPA-E with oil company leftovers

    A lot of bureaucracies have been slapping their letter of the alphabet onto the ARPA bandwagon the past couple of years (HSARPA, IARPA). Late last summer, President Bush passed the America COMPETES Act, which included a provision to establish an Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy(ARPA-E). I think we should give the intelligence community all the cool new toys it needs, but I really think energy independence takes priority. Bart Gordon, the House Science and Technology chair who shepherded ARPA-E along the gruesome path of "house resolution" to actual law, is also beating this drum. Today, at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, …

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  2. This car drives itself

    (but does it crank up the radio when no one is watching?) On a sunny June morning in Silicon Valley, a new driver took his first driving test. And while it sure felt like watching my learning-to-drive teen carefully negotiate the family car around a deserted parking lot, this Volkswagon Passat cruising the parking lot of Mountain Viewâ''s Shoreline Amphitheater was something quite different. Because it was driving itself. A brisk breeze off the bay cooled the crowd of observers as VW pulled up to the four-way stop. Another car was already there. A third car …

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