[Via Boing Boing]
President-elect Barack Obama is getting a new pimped-out ride, a fully armored, hermetically-sealed Cadillac with all sorts of cool gadgets. The car (light tank?) will travel wherever Obama visits worldwide to protect him in motorcades. The Obamobile only gets 8 mpg, but it’s not like he has a long daily commute so greens can cut him a little slack.
Google has unveiled its new flu tracking site based on search term input. Every time one of us types in “flu” or “achy fever” on Google, the search is aggregated with other relevant search data and mapped to show early outbreaks of the disease. Bookofjoe highlights a couple of articles on the new service, which will help public health professionals better mobilize for the next flu season and may even aid in the response for any future flu pandemic.
I showed off the MP3 last month, but it looks like Piaggio will move to the next level and mass produce the first plug-in hybrid scooter in 2009. It is being touted as capable of getting 140 mpg. Not too shabby! This might be just the nudge I need to purchase one of these 3-wheeled scooters, especially if gas prices go up again (which they almost surely will).