Monthly Archives: August 2012

Mars Science Laboratory rover runs on plutonium—uses somewhat less than 1.21 gigaWatts

Although both employ plutonium power sources, Doc Brown’s time-traveling DeLorean needed 1.21 gigaWatts to zip between time periods while the freshly landed Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) rover gets by with 125W to power its dual-redundant 133MHz BAE RAD 750 CPUs, … Continue reading

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Driving the Chevy Volt

General Motors loaned me a 2012 Chevrolet Volt to try out for three days at the beginning of August. It’s a fun car to drive and three days—really not quite two and a half days—isn’t enough time to fully explore … Continue reading

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