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If not for Google’s driverless research this would be another slip for the US

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I posted about the start of this when it began:

Driverless vans end 8,000-mile test drive to China

SHANGHAI (AP) — Across Eastern Europe, Russia, Kazakhstan and the Gobi Desert — it certainly was a long way to go without getting lost.

Four driverless electric vans successfully ended a 8,000-mile (13,000-kilometer) test drive from Italy to China — a modern-day version of Marco Polo’s journey around the world — with their arrival at the Shanghai Expo on Thursday.

The vehicles, equipped with four solar-powered laser scanners and seven video cameras that work together to detect and avoid obstacles, are part of an experiment aimed at improving road safety and advancing automotive technology.

The sensors on the vehicles enabled them to navigate through wide extremes in road, traffic and weather conditions, while collecting data to be analyzed for further research, in a study sponsored by the European Research Council.

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2010/10/28 at 11:19

Now it’s a Nobel Economics Laureate making the case

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for me to live in China. Check out this link about America going dark and oh while your there read some of the 700+ comments. A pretty good straw vote.

Every day I see more and more evidence of a country growing by leaps and bounds. Oh it ain’t pretty by a long stretch but it sure is better than reading about the darkening of the Ole US of A!

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2010/08/10 at 15:11

Cleaning up the big oil spill in Dalian!

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I am very surprised that the Govt of China and Liaoning allowed international photographers to get these images. But it is kind of contrary programming when you consider how BP acted in the Gulf of Mexico. Dalian comes off with a better cleanup image than BP does!

Here’s some of the human cost of this cleanup in Dalian Harbor:

Scooping it out of the seawater was one way to get it cleaned up!

Even women were pitched into this battle with oil gunk on the beaches and in the water of the Bay of Dalian.

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2010/08/01 at 00:20

China’s is the world No 2 economy, just ahead of Japan’s now

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The headline is:

chicagotribune.com

China overtakes Japan as No. 2 economy

Reuters

11:47 PM CDT, July 30, 2010

China has overtaken Japan to become the world’s second-largest economy, the fruit of three decades of rapid growth that has lifted hundreds of millions of people out of poverty.

Depending on how fast its exchange rate rises, China is on course to overtake the United States and vault into the No. 1 spot sometime around 2025, according to projections by the World Bank, Goldman Sachs and others.

Cruising past Japan might give China bragging rights, but its per-capita income of about $3,800 a year is a fraction of Japan’s or America’s.

“China is still a developing country, and we should be wise enough to know ourselves,” said Yi Gang, China’s chief currency regulator, when asked whether the time was ripe for the yuan to become an international currency.

China’s economy expanded 11.1 percent in the first half of 2010, from a year earlier, and is likely to log growth of more than 9 percent for the whole year, according to Yi, in an interview with China Reform magazine posted on the Web site of his agency, the State Administration of Foreign Exchange.

Lest you leap out the winda, let’s put this into perspective. According to 2006 numbers the world’s GDP per head was about $7,150 USD. Then there is this interesting table of the top 15 countries GDP/head according to Wolfram Alpha:

To be complete let’s look at the top 10 countries by GDP:

So keep your hats on China!

Notice that the word Canada doesn’t show altho we are a member of the G-8 list of world’s economies!

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2010/07/31 at 11:02

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Sometimes the image is everything, leaving little to interpretation

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TPM, which is a serious Web news site did this image snip job with a light hearted interpretation, but a deadly accurate one. So here’s the image which I snipped from HuffPo:

Ain’t  it the barking truth!

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2010/07/30 at 20:33

Can you believe it? The LHC is not big enough

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and the really important proton collisions haven’t happened yet in CERN’s current LHC. But the next collider is going to be linear! Link

Circular or linear or wiggly, or??????

I am intrigued by Big and Small science, especially when an apt writer like Olivia Judson writes those sidebar stories about the biology of our biosphere!

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2010/07/27 at 16:06

It doesn’t seem credible to me, but!

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Today the NY Times reports thus:

Federal authorities investigating possible fraud and doping charges against Lance Armstrong and his associates have issued grand jury subpoenas to witnesses, according to several people briefed on the case.

The people spoke on the condition of anonymity because they did not want to be identified discussing a federal investigation.

The grand jury subpoenas represent a significant step in the investigation into whether Armstrong and others on the United States Postal Service cycling team were involved in systematic doping in the early- to mid-2000s.

As for Lance he continues to say “It ain’t true ’cause I never did it”.

What a come down that could be? Doping and fraud charges they allege or are seeking to find evidence of!

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2010/07/14 at 04:39