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Denny’s Experimenting With Energy Efficient Air Conditioning

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The Denny's restaurant chain is testing out a new technology that could mean big savings and less energy use.

Called Cool-N-Save, the tech comes from Greenway Design and is a system that's mechanically added to existing air conditioners to help reduce energy consumption. Each system is custom made and Greenway claims it can reduce energy use by up to 30 percent.

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An iPad for Everyone… in Kindergarten

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The educational value associated with tablets has been one of the most appealing aspects of the technology from a teacher’s perspective. Hands-on (literally) and with a simple interface that children can easily learn its use, tablets may be ideal for early classroom education.

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StumbleUpon: 1 Billion Served in a Month

StumbleUpon 1 Billion

For a website that has as its stated goal of driving massive amounts of traffic to other peoples’ sites, StumbleUpon has proven that it doesn’t always have to be about “me, me, me” for a social media site to be successful.

1 billion served. It’s a staggering threshold to have reached and comes in a time when so much emphasis and a huge chunk of the spotlight has been given to Facebook, Twitter, GroupOn, and other mega-social websites.

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15 Facts About Net Neutrality

Net Neutrality

Many people talk about net neutrality but often do not have a full understanding of what it is and how it would affect them. They get a partial story – the story is often different depending on which side of the fence someone is on.

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They Don’t Build Cars the Way They Used To. Thankfully.

Chevrolet Crash Test

Well, maybe not.

In celebration of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety‘s 50th anniversary, a 1959 Chevrolet Bel Air was crashed into a 2009 Chevrlet Malibu. As you can see from the video below, the results were significantly different from a survivability-perspective.

“It was night and day, the difference in occupant protection,” says Institute president Adrian Lund. “What this test shows is that automakers don’t build cars like they used to. They build them better.”

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Ray Kurzweil: Highly Sophisticated Crackpot or Scientific Visionary?

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If you listen to Ray Kurzweil, you’ll believe that we’ll soon get to the point that we can live hundreds of years, power the world completely with solar energy, have computers in our brains and possibly raise the dead… and that’s just what he’s been talking about in the last few weeks. His history as a futurist spans decades and includes predictions that most would agree have become a reality today.

Is he way off base, betting on headline-grabbing predictions in hopes of promoting his documentary, or is he looking at the future with open eyes and simply extrapolating scientific and technological advancements through its trending progression?

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Every Gaming Console Ever

Ok, so it’s possible there are a few missing, but here’s a pretty comprehensive graphic that shows (almost) every official gaming console ever. Feel free to add any others in the comments below.

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Evolution of Gaming in Minutes

As a kid who screamed his head off Christmas after Christmas opening boxes of consoles from Atarti to Gamecube, this video practically has me weeping. Although it’s missing some great consoles, it gives a brief history of gaming in a short period of time. If 30 years (not counting the oscilloscope) has brought us this far, imagine what it will be like in another 30 years. I know one thing that is going to be useful next is being able coordinate gameplay using Xbox Live’s built in conference call features.

 

Man, what I wouldn’t do to have a setup like this!

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