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Nikki Heeren

I'm a Kindle-carrying nerd with a love of technology, mobile, gadgets, automobiles and green tech! I have a master's degree in education and have experience teaching about one of nature's greatest technology- worm composting. I love all animals, not just worms, and believe their energy effects us all in ways we cannot comprehend.

Cars that drive themselves

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LIDAR (Light Detection And Ranging) is a new way of looking at the world.   With 64 spinning lasers, LIDAR images the world in a true 3D manner by measuring the distance from a stationary or moving position at a million points per second.   The image is recreated by the control software in a similar way as modern video gaming operates.

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Tata Motors drives two new EVs to Europe

Tata motors Indica

Tata Motors is set to release its Indica and Ace electric cars by March 2011 in Europe. The electric Indica is a four door hatchback powered by lithium-ion batteries.  It has more size and power than the Reva Electric and can run for 175-200 km on a full charge.  Tata Motors will also be releasing its first electric mini-truck, the Ace EV with a range of 72 kilometers and a loading capacity of 750 kg (1650 lb).

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One crazy flipping boat

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It’s not a ride at Six Flags, it’s the FLIP (Floating Instrument Platform), a research vessel built in 1962 that does exactly what its names implies.  After being towed to a target site in a horizontal, normal ship position, the FLIP rotates a full 90 degrees sending 300 of its 350 feet vertically under the water. 

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