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Is the American auto industry finally headed in the right direction?

This week's question concerns the wonders and the woes of the American auto industry. With falling sales, the somewhat controversial "cash for clunkers" program, and the spate of bailouts that occurred last year for Detroit's "big three", the industry seems to be due for some positive news. And reports from the 2010 North American Auto Show seem to be promising. At the show, Ford, GM, and Chrysler all unveiled new smaller, more efficient, hybrid vehicles prompting comments that American carmakers are finally "getting it."

What do you think? Is the American auto industry finally headed in the right direction?

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Crystals for Carbon Dioxide Capture

UCLA chemists have created three-dimensional synthetic DNA-like crystals that have a sequence of information which is believed to code for carbon capture. The discovery could result in a new way to capture heat-trapping carbon dioxide emissions and could lead to cleaner energy.

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Should the Internet be a nominee for the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize?

This week's question concerns a recent Forbes/AP story that reported on the nominees for the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize. These include a Russian human rights group, a Chinese dissident, and, believe it or not, the Internet. Proposed by the Italian version of Wired magazine, which cited the Internet as a tool to advance "dialogue, debate, and consensus through communication,” it is unclear whether an inanimate object would qualify for the prize.

What do you think? Should the Internet be a nominee for the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize? Yes or no?

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System Provides Hybrid Electric Autos With Power to Spare

A new PHEV traction drive power electronics system provides more power than typical freestanding portable generators, and can be used in emergency situations such as power outages and roadside breakdowns or leisure occasions such as camping.

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External Electric Fields and Hydrogen Storage

It has been difficult to find materials that can efficiently and safely store and release hydrogen with fast kinetics under ambient temperature and pressure, but an international research team has developed a process using an electric field.

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Will the iPad be a game-changer in the world of personal electronics?

This week’s question concerns the much-anticipated unveiling of the Apple iPad tablet computer/book reader/music, movie, and video player. At $499, Apple touts the device as a bridge between smartphones and laptops. Tech critics say it’s nothing more than a big iPhone.

What do you think? Will the iPad be a game-changer in the world of personal electronics?

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Computer Model Simulates the Impact of White Roofs

The first computer modeling study to simulate the impact of white roofs on urban areas worldwide - led by scientists at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder, CO - suggests there may be merit to the idea of turning roofs white.

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Engineers Concerned About Algae-Based Biofuel

DOE recently announced that it is awarding $78 million in stimulus money for research and development of algae-based biofuel. Yet researchers from the University of Virginia have found there are significant environmental hurdles to overcome, and propose using wastewater as a solution to some of these challenges.

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Study on Superconducting Hydrogen Offers Promise in Field

Researchers from Carnegie Institute for Science have modeled three hydrogen-dense metal alloys and found there are pressure and temperature trends associated with the superconducting state — a big boost in the understanding of how the material could be harnessed.

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Will 3D be the next major TV trend?

This week’s question concerns 3D TV. The recent success of 3D movies such as Avatar has added to an already-growing interest in 3D television and content. TV makers such as Sony, Samsung Electronics, LG Electronics, and Panasonic showed 3D ready televisions at the recent Consumer Electronics Show and expect to begin shipping units later this year. But numerous obstacles remain, including high cost, standardization of 3D signal and interface formats, content availability, and the inconvenience of wearing special glasses to view programs.

What do you think? Will 3D be the next major TV trend? Yes or no?

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