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ivy hill cemetery

from space exploration, rocket science posted in technology by pete_nice

Famed German/American scientist and rocket-man Werner von Braun is buried at the Ivy Hill Cemetery.

He died of pancreatic cancer at the age of 65 on June 16, 1977.

"Nature does not know extinction; all it knows is transformation. Everything science has taught me, and continues to teach me, strengthens my belief in the continuity of our spiritual existence after death."- Werner von Braun

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argonne national laboratory

from energy, battery, energy storage posted in technology by pete_nice

Initially created to carry out the work of Enrico Fermi on nuclear reactors as part of the Manhattan Project, Argonne National Laboratory (named for the surrounding woods at the time) became the first national laboratory on July 1, 1946.

Much of the early work at the lab produced breakthroughs in nuclear technology. Since then, the lab has expanded to include a number of areas including energy storage and renewable energy, environmental sustainability, supercomputing, and national security.

Several key components of battery storage technology in hybrid and electric cars have been made at Argonne (source: The Powerhouse by Steve Levine).

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craigslist headquarters

from internet posted in technology by pete_nice

With nearly 20 billion pages views per month, craiglist.org is the 10th most popular website in the US, and 37th most popular worldwide. With only 28 employees, the craiglist empire is headquartered at this location.

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international thermonuclear experimental reactor (iter)

from energy posted in technology by pete_nice

Located in southeastern France, the ITER is the first large-scale attempt at nuclear fusion. To make a comparison, fusion is the combination of atoms (like what the sun does), instead of splitting an atom (which is nuclear fission).

With seven member entities contributing to the ambitious megaproject- including the European Union, India, Japan, People's Republic of China, Russia, South Korea and the United States- the project is scheduled to go online in 2019 with a price tag of around $50 billion U.S.

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twin cities assembly plant

from ford motor co, ford ranger posted in technology by pete_nice

The Twin Cities Assembly Plant, aka the Ford Motor Company Assembly Plant, aka the Ford Plant, existed on this site from 1925 to 2011, making it the oldest Ford plant in operation when it closed on December 16, 2011.

The Ford Co. was drawn to the location early on by the promise of cheap hydroelectric power from the Mississippi River. From the mid 1920s to the 1950s, the company made glass from silica mined from sandstone on site.

Ford manufactured the following vehicles at the location: Ford Model T, Model TT truck, Sportsman convertible, Galaxie, LTD, Mazda B-Series, and many, many Ford Ranger pickups.

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