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Angry Birds Space will be released March 22 for PC, Mac, iOS and Android

That's one small step for man, one giant leap for...Angry Birds?

With NASA's help, Rovio Entertainment's popular mobile game Angry Birds is taking the ongoing bird-pig war to space. PC, Mac, iOS and Android users will soon be able to launch various types of birds at the enemy pigs using a whole new set of moves based on a zero-gravity environment. The new game features 60 levels with six new characters and powers.

NASA flight engineer Don Pettit introduced the new game from the International Space Station (ISS) using a bungee cord to fling a plush Angry Bird in different directions. He demonstrated the different ways in which the birds would attack the pigs in space.

"This collaboration began with a simple Twitter exchange about birds and pigs in space, and it has grown into a tremendous outreach and education opportunity," said David Weaver, NASA's associate administrator for communications. "Games are fun and entertaining, but they also can be inspirational and informative. This ongoing collaboration with Rovio and Angry Birds is an exciting way to get people engaged with NASA's missions of exploration and discovery, and get students energized about future careers in science and technology."

In addition to the game's release, toys, books and other merchandise will be available to the public in order to promote the new space venture. Rovio is clearly looking to keep the interest and demand going as far as the Angry Birds franchise goes.

Last November, Rovio announced that Angry Birds reached 500 million downloads and was preparing to launch the first Angry Birds retail store in Helsinki. In September 2011, Rovio was selling one million plush toys and T-shirts monthly.

The Angry Birds Space game will make a public debut at the SXSWi conference in Austin, Texas tomorrow. The game will be featured on the Samsung Galaxy Note, and will officially launch on March 22.

Check out the video below for a sneak peek:

Source: Rovio

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Why Electric is Good
By Jedi2155 on 3/9/2012 3:00:23 AM , Rating: -1
The fundamental reason why I believe electric vehicles is the best solution in the long run is because they are the most efficient type of transportation depending on location and especially in California. Beginning with response to the most common complaints:

- Transmission line losses
While this depends on the area, my area is typically has 5-6% losses. The CAFE standard assumes the U.S. average electricity transmission efficiency is 92.4%.
- Power Plant efficiency
Depending on where you get your power, this is THE BIG one. The CAFE standard assumes the U.S. average fossil-fuel electricity generation efficiency 32.8%. If you using gren power or nuclear, this figure meaningless as your fuel source is essentially free (wind, solar, hydro), and nuclear is about 30-40% efficient as well.

The primary power plant type I'm addressing here is natural gas which is between and 40-60% efficienct for base load Combined Cycle Gas Turbine's. It is 30-42% for single cycle for new peaker plants (20-42% for old plants), which is why

I am against daylight charging, and advocate night time charging (where its far more efficient).

Since, I'm looking mainly at natural gas, we can use the industry standard BTU to simplify some of the conversions. I'm going to look at my local area (Southern California) which is 40% Gas, 20% Nuclear, 20% renewable, and 0% coal, and a substantial amount nuclear, and mostly gas. One example is SCE's Mountain View generating station which produces 1 kWh with < 7000 BTU's of Natural Gas.

So I'm going to compare the 3 most common vehicles and fuel sources here: Prius, Natural Gas Civic, and Volt.

Natural gas equivalent for each source:
1 GGE for Civic = 127511 BTU
1 Gallon of Gas = 195115 BTU
1 Charge @ 120v for the Volt = 151984
1 Charge @ 220V for the Volt = 141851

For Reference:
Tg = U.S. average fossil-fuel electricity generation efficiency = 0.328
Tt = U.S. average electricity transmission efficiency = 0.924
Tp = Petroleum refining and distribution efficiency = 0.830

Reasoning for each of these values:
Compressed Natural Gas
- There is 126.67 cu. ft. CNG per GGE, and 900 BTU/ cu ft. plus 1.2 kWH (4094 BTU) electrical energy to pump 1 GGE into your CNG vehicle.
Don't forget that electrical energy comes from the grid from a 32.8% Power Plant @ 92.4% Transmission.
(126.67 * 900 + 4094/(0.328*0.924)) = 127511 BTU's per GGE CNG filled.

- 1 Gallon of gas contains 36.6 KWh of heating value if it was burned in a power plant (you could use the standard 33.7 KWh but it won't make much difference...). So 1 gallon = 125000 BTU. Now to create a gallon of gas, you'll need to

refine it from oil which takes a lot of electrical power to do this too. Overall this is about 83% efficient for gasoline through out the US. This takes ONLY takes into account electrical energy input, not the efficiency it takes for

that electrical energy to reach there. Although this value gets very complicated (some energy is produced locally), we'll use the established values. So to adjust it for the losses in electrical generation...we look at 17%

125000 + (125000*(1-0.83)/(0.328*0.924) = 195115 BTU per gallon of gasoline delivered.

- The Volt uses approximately 10.4 KWh DC out of its 16 KWh pack (65%), per charge. Charging this on 120v, it is about 77% efficient at converting AC to DC power. At 240v, it is much better at 82.5%. This means it uses about 13.5KWh @

120v off your standard household outlet and 12.6 KWh @ 240v if you bought a charging station. So delivering that power to your car from the power plant is not free so taking this into account we have the following. 1 KWh = 3412 BTU

(13.5 / (0.328*0.924) * 3412 = 151984 BTU per charge @ 120v
(12.6 / (0.328*0.924) * 3412 = 141851 BTU per charge @ 240v

Now lets compare the energy consumption between the Prius, Natural Gas Civic, and a Volt.

Doing the final calculation:

2012 Honda Civic Natural Gas
31 MPGEE Combined (EPA Rated)
127511 BTU per GGE / 31 MPGGE
4113 BTU / Mile (EPA Rated)

2012 Toyota Prius
50 MPG Combined (EPA Rated)
195115 BTU per gallon / 50 MPG
3902 BTU / Mile (EPA Rated)

2012 Chevy Volt:
35 Miles per Charge (EPA Rated)
151984 BTU per 120v charge /35 miles
4342 BTU / Mile (EPA Rated) on 120v

141851 BTU per 240v charge /35 miles
4053 BTU / Mile (EPA Rated) on 240v

That means nationally (which includes coal), the Volt is on par with the most efficient vehicles like the CNG Civic and Prius Hybrid.

HOWEVER, when you take into account geographical locations like California: the average natural gas plant is 40% efficient while providing 40% of the power,nuclear providing 20%, 20% hydro/coal, green renewables another 20%. The grid

here is closer to 94-95% efficient as well. You're going to see far more efficiency. Recalculating this area, you'd see something like 50% efficiency in terms of emissions (giving a 10% bonus due to renewables which don't use fuel):

Power Plant efficiency = 0.5
Transmission = 0.94

Recalculating for this grid we have:
1 GGE for Civic = 122714 BTU
1 Gallon of Gas = 170213 BTU
1 Charge @ 120v for the Volt = 98004
1 Charge @ 220V for the Volt = 91471

CNG - 3959 BTU / Mile
Gasoline- 3404 BTU / Mile
120v - 2800 BTU / Mile
240v - 2613 BTU / Mile

Which means the Volt is 30% more efficient than the Prius, and 50% more efficient than the CNG Civic! Its a no brainer in clean states like California and the North West and a toss-up else where.

You can do your own calculation on my spreadsheet here:

Just my 2 cents.

Here are sources for my calculation.

Sources: - US Average Assumptions - Nuclear efficiency - CCGT Efficiency - Oil Refining Efficinecy - CNG pumping efficiency - Civic NG specifications - Prius Specifications - Califorina Gas Power Plant efficiency

RE: Why Electric is Good
By bobsmith1492 on 3/9/2012 7:49:22 AM , Rating: 3
Angry Birds - Electric Edition

Wait, it's already electric...

RE: Why Electric is Good
By acer905 on 3/9/2012 12:39:28 PM , Rating: 2
... That certainly came out of left field...

RE: Why Electric is Good
By Jedi2155 on 3/9/2012 3:35:58 PM , Rating: 2
Oy the pitfalls of multi-tasking....

This was meant to go on the $4.7 billion Advanced Tech article.....

RE: Why Electric is Good
By SlyNine on 3/9/2012 8:37:13 PM , Rating: 2
I feel like a freight truck of information blind sided my ass.

RE: Why Electric is Good
By Jedi2155 on 3/9/2012 9:35:01 PM , Rating: 2
And I was only examining one aspect of the reason of why it was good....

RE: Why Electric is Good
By SlyNine on 3/10/2012 8:33:09 PM , Rating: 2
Yea, but I read the whole thing before I realized it had nothing to do with the subject.

You wasted 5 min of my life and I want them back. Ah, I'd probably just waste them anyways.

RE: Why Electric is Good
By Jedi2155 on 3/12/2012 5:38:48 AM , Rating: 2
Hey, at least I got one looker :). I still have to fine tune this subject and simplify it for the masses. I'll be back with part 2 eventually after it goes through some additional peer review and simplified language. Hopefully it will be posted in the correct article subject next time.

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