Heating your home with plasma-vaporized garbage: We've discussed it before -- plasma gassification -- now it seems Florida's St. Lucie County and company Geoplasma are developing the first US plasma gasification plant to vaporize 1,500 tons of trash a day and product 60mW of turbine-spun electricity (50K homes worth of juice). The plasma involved is 10K degrees F (5,500ish C/5,800ish K).
For those without, fast Internet over powerlines
IBM and energy company rethink an old idea: IBM and International Broadband Electric Communications have agreed to have IBM install Broadband over Power Line (BPL) networks at electric cooperatives in the eastern US so IBEC can provide broadband services to underserved residents in rural America.
A step closer to the flying car?
New from the military mad scientist division: Darpa announces the Personal Air Vehicle Technology project, an attempt to build a working prototype of a two-to-four-passenger, military-suitable flying car that can drive on roads or take off like a helicopter. Darpa is shooting for 60/150MPH (land/air) with a flight time of two hours on a single tank. The group figures it'll need "morphing wings" for a smooth transition from road to sky; "optimized disk loading" propulsion (whatever that is); and strong flight control software (a wing and a prayer and a programmer?). At least actor Avery Brooks can relax -- he will probably get that flying car.