Blog Heap o'Transport Links 17 June 2009

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Blog-Heap links regarding transportation and related infrastructure,
also energy, because it takes energy to transport,
and virtuality, because telepresence saves on transpresence.

Digital Future is Now

Magnetic Super-atoms Discovered Wed 2009 Jun 17, 6:34pm

Scientists have discovered a "magnetic superatom" -- a stable cluster of atoms that can mimic different elements of the periodic table -- that one day may be used to create molecular electronic devices for the next generation of faster computers with larger memory storage.

Infrastructure Failure

GPS Satellite Glitches Fuel Concern on Next Generation Wed 2009 Jun 17, 4:40pm

Technical problems are degrading the accuracy of signals from the latest GPS satellite launched by the Pentagon, sparking worries about the next generation of satellites.

Digital Policing

Robotic Ferret Will Detect Hidden Drugs And Weapons Wed 2009 Jun 17, 6:47pm

BenderA new type of robot being developed will make it easier to detect drugs, weapons, explosives and illegal immigrants concealed in cargo containers.

Digital Privacy

Vegas paper gets subpoena to ID online commenters Wed 2009 Jun 17, 4:47pm

A Nevada newspaper says it has been served a federal grand jury subpoena seeking information about readers who posted comments on the paper's Web site. The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported Tuesday that its editor, Thomas Mitchell, plans to fight the request, which the newspaper received after reporting on a federal tax fraud case against business owner Robert Kahre.... prosecutors told the judge in the case that some comments hinted at acts of violence and the subpoena was issued out of concern for jurors' safety....

Transport Rights

Men-only train cars sought in groping fears Wed 2009 Jun 17, 4:49pm

Many women taking the crowded train in Tokyo opt for women-only carriages during the rush hour to avoid gropers. Now, for fear of being accused of groping, some are asking for carriages reserved for men....