Thursday, March 6, 2014

The Garbage Man | Popular Science

The Garbage Man | Popular Science: "n December 2001, American environmental activist Jim Puckett traveled to the town of Guiyu in southeast China to look for old computers. He’d learned that electronic waste from the West was finding its way to Guiyu, and the place apparently wasn’t what it used to be. For centuries, residents of Guiyu’s four villages had scratched out a living farming rice along the Lianjiang River. When Puckett arrived, one of the first things he saw was a man riding a bicycle stacked 15-feet high with computer keyboards. Puckett followed him to a village and, like Alice tailing the white rabbit through Wonderland, he discovered an upside-down world almost cartoonish in its horrors. Towering piles of monitors, printers, and fax machines lined streets and occupied front yards. In a neighboring village, women cooked circuit boards curbside in woks, and children played atop ash heaps. There were piles of burning wires, clouds of noxious fumes, and fields of gooey sludge. Puckett met people blackened head-to-toe with printer toner."

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Viva la Revolucion! Pagani's $3 million 800 hp supercar shows up in Geneva

Viva la Revolucion! Pagani's $3 million 800 hp supercar shows up in Geneva: "The Geneva Auto Show has a reputation for being the place for auto designers to display their most exotic work. In the case of Italy’s Pagani, known for its less than subtle approach to extreme automobiles, that means the 800 hp Zonda Revolucion"

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Koenigsegg pushes the supercar envelope with 1-megawatt One:1

Koenigsegg pushes the supercar envelope with 1-megawatt One:1: "Take note of these numbers: 1,341 hp to 1,360 kg. It's a ratio that gives the latest hypercar from Sweden's Koenigsegg the potential to be the fastest car on Earth, with a listed 273-mph (440 km/h) top speed. It also gives the car its name: One:1. That's one horse for every kilo, or close enough to round up without thinking twice. Starting with the already ultra powerful, lightweight Agera, Koenigsegg reached deep into its bag of tricks to strip more weight, add more downforce and create one of the world's most extreme machines."

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