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  •  and we still don't have high speed railways (0+ / 0-)

    something tells me that some at NASA refuse to see the problem with hoarding their precious high tech toys when we live in a country that STILL hasn't fixed the levees in NOLA and we still don't have  high speed rail....hello, i mean we're just now getting into DTV....you cannot keep technology to yourselves without some backlash.

    •  I believe that would be the (3+ / 0-)
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      elfling, alizard, R Rhino from CT4

      Department of Transportation's area.

      NASA is for aeronautic and space, not ground based mass transport.

    •  "hoarding their precious high tech toys"? (2+ / 0-)
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      elfling, Vladislaw

      NASA Tech Briefs are one of the places where NASA shares its high-tech development with the business community. Almost any technology on that site is likely to be useful in solving the problems you claim you want to have solved.

      The general development of new technologies packaged in useful form is a major part of solving engineering problems. Better CAD technology? New materials? New ways of using new materials? Just go there.

      Energy and environment projects go a hell of a lot faster and cheaper when engineers have places to go to look up answers developed by other engineers rather than having to reinvent the wheel.

      Looking for intelligent energy policy alternatives? Try here.

      by alizard on Sun Dec 14, 2008 at 02:28:50 PM PST

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    •  High Speed Rail is decades old (0+ / 0-)

      off the shelf technology. It's not NASA's fault that our Congress would rather blow bridges up in Iraq than build HSR passenger trains that even developing countries have.

      NASA does good work. And it's part of the reason we knew a big hurricane was heading to NOLA. They aren't equipped nor expected to build levees.

      Fry, don't be a hero! It's not covered by our health plan!

      by elfling on Sun Dec 14, 2008 at 10:24:57 PM PST

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