By Charles Murray – The lessons of 2008 — which were repeated in countless newspaper articles — should have been twofold: that the automakers are far more fragile than most of us guessed; and that bankrupt carmakers don’t go down alone. Their pain spreads from the engineers and assembly line workers to their families, their towns, and to the thousands of suppliers that make tires, axles, seats, motors, bumpers, fuel tanks, light bulbs, semiconductor chips, and myriad other parts. The pain also spreads to the taxpayers who have to bail them out. The point is, bankrupting the automakers is not a prescription for national economic nirvana.
California wants to charge them $5,000 for every electric car they don’t sell. The Fed wants them to build cars that average 54.5mpg. Everyone, it seems, has an opinion on how automotive engineers should do their jobs. And, by the way, if they don’t do it the way we tell them to, let’s give ’em a kick. more> http://twurl.nl/cgjmn2
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By David L. Chandler – Almost as cheaply and easily as printing a photo on your inkjet, an inexpensive, simple solar cell has been created on that flimsy sheet, formed from special “inks” deposited on the paper. You can even fold it up to slip into a pocket, then unfold it and watch it generating electricity again in the sunlight.
The new technology, developed by a team of researchers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), is reported in a paper in the journal Advanced Materials. The paper is co-authored by Karen Gleason, Vladimir Bulović, Miles Barr; and six other students and postdocs.
The technique represents a major departure from the systems used until now to create most solar cells. more> http://is.gd/UML1o0
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