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Filckr / jurvetson

Tesla’s Electric Stimulus Treatment

A joint partnership between Toyota and electric car manufacturer Tesla Motors, announced Friday, will provide $50 million to the latter firm while giving Toyota access to Tesla’s battery technology, a move that will help boost electric car production in the face of Toyota’s recent recall setbacks.

Posted on May 22, 2010 READ MORE


Penn in Cannes
AP / Lionel Cironneau

Sean Penn Charged in Scuffle With Photographer

Sean Penn isn’t known for being a shrinking violet, and he’s drawn criticism and applause for taking public political stances on a wide range of topics. However, when Penn registered his displeasure with a photographer in L.A.‘s tony Brentwood neighborhood last October, the actor allegedly took things to a physical level—and now he’s facing charges that may land him in jail.

Posted on Feb 19, 2010 READ MORE


McCain
AP photo / Gary Kazanjian

McCain’s $300M Sweepstakes

John McCain is showing his commitment to lessening America’s dependence on foreign oil by offering a $300 million prize to anyone who can conjure up a superior automobile battery, energy-wise, than the current standard. But at the same time, he’s supporting Bush’s push to lift the ban on drilling in U.S. coastal waters.

Posted on Jun 23, 2008 READ MORE


Prius
engadget.com

Toyota Gets Ready to Plug In

Fuel economy has done wonders for Toyota’s bottom line, so the hybrid pioneer has decided to add a plug-in to its lineup by 2010 and will have a hybrid version of every vehicle it makes sometime in the 2020s. Why so long? Because new batteries have to be developed in order to make the plan work.

Posted on Jun 11, 2008 READ MORE


Star Simpson
stars.mit.edu

MIT Student With ‘Hoax Device’ Arrested at Airport

First came January’s “Aqua Teen Hunger Force” faux bomb scare, and now this Boston-area “hoax device” news: MIT sophomore Star Simpson was arrested at gunpoint at Logan Airport on Friday for wearing a computer circuit board and wiring on her black sweatshirt, with “Socket To Me” written on the back. Oops.

Posted on Sep 21, 2007 READ MORE


Laptop Fire
SFGate.com/Cindy Brown

Be Careful What You Type On

The largest recall in consumer electronics history just got bigger, with both Toshiba and Lenovo (ThinkPad) announcing the recall of products containing a potentially explosive Sony-made battery.  With Dell, Apple and Sony recalls already underway, this latest announcement brings the total number of affected laptops to 7 million.

Posted on Sep 29, 2006 READ MORE


an Apple iBook explodes into flames
SFGate.com/Cindy Brown

Watch Where You Point That Laptop

In the mad rush to make our gadgets go, a battery manufacturer’s slight oversight could lead to disastrous consequences, as in the recent recall of 6 million Sony laptop batteries prone to explosion and fire.  Lithium-ion batteries, the kind used in many electronic devices because of their power efficiency, are especially vulnerable to this kind of problem.

Posted on Aug 26, 2006 READ MORE


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