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Shameless plug: My brother wrote the article. But its quite good, I think.

http://spaceopedia.com/2012/11/6-amazing-technologies-that-are-illegal-in-the-us/

Sometimes, we believe the government's regulations are there to save us, but actually hurt everyone in the process. EPA regulations on cars are one of the examples. Europe has vehicles that get >70MPG, but are banned in the US for not meeting environmental standards. Lots of other things out there, too.



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Does Kinder Surprise qualify as a technology?

Panama said:
Does Kinder Surprise qualify as a technology?


Ha ha. He should have added that to the article.



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Could have added farmers harvesting their own seeds. Monsanto seeks out seed harvesters with lawsuits that they usually have to settle/bow down to and sue farmers that have genetically modified seeds (which have a terminator seed "technology") found on their land even though they didn't plant them (aka blown off other farms trucks when transporting seeds or through other seed dispersal.

Decent article though considering I didn't know about CNTS and LFTR.



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mrstickball said:

Shameless plug: My brother wrote the article. But its quite good, I think.

http://spaceopedia.com/2012/11/6-amazing-technologies-that-are-illegal-in-the-us/

Sometimes, we believe the government's regulations are there to save us, but actually hurt everyone in the process. EPA regulations on cars are one of the examples. Europe has vehicles that get >70MPG, but are banned in the US for not meeting environmental standards. Lots of other things out there, too.

That's a slightly skewed article.  If you read the Diamond Nuts suit for example, it doesn't say Diamond can't say their walnuts are healthy for you, they say they can't use specific claims which haven't been proven or for which walnuts haven't been tested.  I don't have a problem with that.

I don't want a company claiming their product can cure cancer when it doesn't.

Also Ford is bringing a 1.3L Ecoboost engine to the US.

SpaceX will be used by NASA for taxi missions to the International Space station.

The issue with Nuclear Power plants has been that no new plants were built since the late 1970's or early 1980's.  Thus, they use old technology.  Prior to events in Japan last year, the US was looking at expanding its nuclear power plant development and utilize newer, safer designs.  After the Earthquake/Tsunami, the concerns over plant safety were even higher.  But the thing really stopping nuclear plant development in the US is our expanding reliance on natural gas power plants.  The US has a huge supply of natural gas, subsequently, it's cheaper to build (and maintain) a natural gas plant than it is any other type of plant. 

I had a conversation with someone who supplies coal-fired plants, and power companies aren't interested in building new coal-fired power plants (or updating their older ones) because natural gas plants are so inexpensive and cleaner.

A shortwave radio antenna is mounted significantly higher than a wi-fi antenna.  Not only that but the frequency is completely different.  You're talking 1.5KHz - 30kHz compared to 2.4 - 5Ghz.  Shortwave radio isn't microwave.   Also, the lowest licensing class (the easiest to get) only allows 10W radios.  The most you can go in the US is 1.5KW.  That's a lot of power, but you're talking about a licensing level that will require significant amounts of time, and investment to receive.  Not $25.



Must be nice having such easy answers to real problems that you can either gloss over or pretend don't exist, Jesus.

 (Pro-tip: cars aren't lighter and not made of steel because it would *kill* people in accidents, therefore making cars super fuel efficient is impossible on *physics*--it's not a lack of will, but a lack of a death wish that prevents this from happening.)

(The rest of the comments are just as blinkered and hare-brained, but I'm not going to waste my--or your--time picking them apart short to say: this person doesn't understand phsyics, economics, and a whole host of other subjects he's opining on as an expert.)



ECM said:


 (Pro-tip: cars aren't lighter and not made of steel because it would *kill* people in accidents, therefore making cars super fuel efficient is impossible on *physics*--it's not a lack of will, but a lack of a death wish that prevents this from happening.)

I don't understand your argument here.  What are you trying to say negatively about the article in the car section?  You know carbon fiber is stronger than steel while being lighter?  Sure it might cost more but I don't really get what you are trying to state?  We could make the cars out of wood pulp extract which is apparently are stronger than steel and carbon fiber.



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sethnintendo said:
ECM said:


 (Pro-tip: cars aren't lighter and not made of steel because it would *kill* people in accidents, therefore making cars super fuel efficient is impossible on *physics*--it's not a lack of will, but a lack of a death wish that prevents this from happening.)

I don't understand your argument here.  What are you trying to say negatively about the article in the car section?  You know carbon fiber is stronger than steel while being lighter?  Sure it might cost more but I don't really get what you are trying to state?  We could make the cars out of wood pulp extract which is apparently are stronger than steel and carbon fiber.

Carbon fiber is also more brittle.  Steel is one of the best metals for just about every possible cirucumstance because it's ductile, can be made rust resistant, and has a reasonable durability.  The only major drawback is it's heavy.



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Adinnieken said:
sethnintendo said:
ECM said:


 (Pro-tip: cars aren't lighter and not made of steel because it would *kill* people in accidents, therefore making cars super fuel efficient is impossible on *physics*--it's not a lack of will, but a lack of a death wish that prevents this from happening.)

I don't understand your argument here.  What are you trying to say negatively about the article in the car section?  You know carbon fiber is stronger than steel while being lighter?  Sure it might cost more but I don't really get what you are trying to state?  We could make the cars out of wood pulp extract which is apparently are stronger than steel and carbon fiber.

Carbon fiber is also more brittle.  Steel is one of the best metals for just about every possible cirucumstance because it's ductile, can be made rust resistant, and has a reasonable durability.  The only major drawback is it's heavy.


If steel is great, then why ban other materials? It makes no sense to ban other components if they may be better.



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