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    ...Campus chemists and chemical engineers teamed up to produce diesel fuel from the products of a bacterial fermentation discovered nearly 100 years ago by the first president of Israel, chemist Chaim Weizmann. The retooled process produces a mix of products that contain more energy per gallon than ethanol that is used today in transportation fuels and could be commercialized within 5-10 years.

    UC Berkeley News Center
  • Nora speaks with Daniel Kammen, professor of energy at the University of California Berkeley and a member of the United Nation's Sustainable Energy For All task force. In the wake ofHurricane Sandy, we wanted to talk with him about about access to power.

  • ...Mica, a 10-term incumbent, beat out Democrat Jason H. Kendall, the the district, which covers Volusia, Seminole and Orange counties. Mica is also the Chairman of the House of Transportation and Infrastructure Committee in the 112th Congress.

  • ...Hard partiers, commuters and others who want to avoid car or plane travel can choose between five daily round-trip options. On Fridays and Saturdays, Greyhound will run two additional round-trip selections. The trip will cost $25 to $67.50 each way, though some $1 fares will be available. Southwest currently has some $67 one-way flights available for the same route. 

    LA Times
  • Round-up of local ballot measures (and one mayoral election) that will affect transit projects nationwide. Updated with results 9 AM Wednesday. 1. Alameda County (California) Measure B1: Failed with 65.5% voting in favor (needs 2/3) 

    Transport Politic
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    Twelve carmakers have agreed to step up cooperation to bring car-to-car communication to European roads through the use of a common deployment strategy....The EU Commission is pushing for a broad range of IT initiatives to battle road congestion, reduce fuel consumption, lower harmful emissions and improve road safety.

    Automotive IT
  • If you fly as much as I do, which is to say, quite a bit, you have a stake in the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) ambitious program known as NextGen. This satellite-based traffic management system is expected to replace the country's aging ground-based radar traffic control system between now and 2025. NextGen will be compatible with Europe's Single Sky initiative through technologies developed under the aegis of the Single Sky European ATM Research (SESAR) program....Neither NextGen nor SESAR would be possible without managing the big data generated by the world's air traffic. 

    IT World
  • Stereoscopic vision helps humans and other highly evolved species spot prey and predators. It’s also why two cameras mounted on your windshield are better at spotting hazards, sending that information to the active safety system, and stopping your car before you take out Grandma....Stereo cameras are also more expensive, which explains why the technology will first appear on the next generation Mercedes-Benz S-Class due out next year, according to Automotive News

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    The O2 Pursuit, a project from an engineering school graduate in Australia, runs off compressed air stored in an on-board tank. Dean Benstead’s project began with a rotary air compression engine, around which he built a dirt bike...The O2 Pursuit gets 62 miles of travel on a full tank, and can hit a top speed of 87 mph.

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    Bicyclists will be able to pedal their way onto the new Bay Bridge east span when it opens in just 10 months - but for two years they'll have to stop short of Yerba Buena Island and turn around.

    SF Chronicle