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Pharyngula::A book list for evolutionists

Pharyngula::A book list for evolutionists.

Is on my bucket list!

Toyotas Prius: The Debate Continues – Pogue’s Posts – Technology – New York Times Blog

For example, the Prius was NOT designed to have good gas mileage. The original thrust of the Prius design within Toyota was to leapfrog ALL current and pending emissions legislation. The increased gas mileage was a freebie. As you pointed out, it also has the best reliability ratings in the Consumer Reports guide.

Engineering? All other cars have transmissions, either manual or automatic, that are mechanical monstrosities. The equivalent unit in the Prius (called the Power Split Device) will fit in the palm or your hand and has only 21 moving parts, with no clutches, belts, torque converters, or any other kind of slip component. All three motors are directly connected to the wheels at all times. Want to back up? No gear changes— just spin the motors in reverse. Simple. Elegant. Reliable.

How about 100,000 miles between brake pads replacement? The Prius only uses its brake pads for panic stops and stopping under 7 miles per hour. All other braking is done electromagnetically, using the regeneration of electricity to both stop the car and charge the batteries. A win/win situation.

Toyotas Prius: The Debate Continues – Pogue’s Posts – Technology – New York Times Blog.

I have been fascinated by the engineering and concept of the Toyota Prius. Appeals very much to my inner tree hugger. Never knew the details above until today!

New Ways to Sift Data

At an experimental Web site, Many Eyes, (www.many-eyes.com), users can upload the data they want to visualize, then try sophisticated tools to generate interactive displays. These might range from maps of relationships in the New Testament to a display of the comparative frequency of words used in speeches by Senators Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama.

The site was created by scientists at the Watson Research Center of I.B.M. in Cambridge, Mass., to help people publish and discuss graphics in a group. Those who register at the site can comment on one another’s work, perhaps visualizing the same information with different tools and discovering unexpected patterns in the data.

Novelties – Lines and Bubbles and Bars, Oh My! New Ways to Sift Data – NYTimes.com.

Interesting concept.

Quicksilver tip

As an addendum to my previous ” How to create a Quicksilver Web Search Trigger”, I came across this very useful tip in one of the comments. In Quicksilver, enable advanced features; now bring up “Current selection” in the first pane, and ” Search with Google” –  a service of Safari.app in the second pane and save it as a trigger by assigning it a shortcut key. Now one can highlight a piece of text and then search using Google by invoking the shortcut. Cool; thank you “hmelman”