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Toyota Feels the Heat from Honda on Hybrids: Toyota may cut the price of its Prius down to $19,250 in Japan to match Honda’s new Insight Hybrid. — Bloomberg

Feds Figure Out Permitting for Ocean Energy Projects: Two federal agencies have finally ended a turf war over authority to regulate offshore energy sources. The Interior will now handle permits for offshore wind projects in federal waters and FERC will oversee wave, tidal and ocean current projects. — Washington Post

Wall-E in Real Life: Somerville, Mass. plans to install 50 high tech trash cans by BigBelly Solar that will notify haulers when they’re full via text messages to a central database, helping managers maximize collection efficiency. — NYT’s Green Inc.

Suntech Joins Bidders for China Solar Project: Solar cell and panel maker Suntech Power Holdings has submitted one of 50 bids for a 10 MW solar power station planned for China’s Gansu province. — Cleantech Group

Bridging the Science-Policy Gap: Scientists have the knowledge, politicians and social institutions hold the power — and channels between them are rudimentary. Some analysts are calling for a fundamental shift in emphasis within the scientific community to ensure that emissions are cut and civilization adapts to its impacts. — Scientific American

Honda, GS Yuasa to Build Batteries for Hybrid Vehicles

Despite a looming crisis in the auto sector, Japan’s Honda Motor (s HMC) is pushing ahead with plans for the next generation of cars, signing a deal with Japanese battery maker GS Yuasa to form a ¥15 billion ($170.7 million) joint venture for the development of lithium-ion batteries for hybrid vehicles.

The announcement comes the same day that Honda slashed its annual earnings estimate for the third time this year, citing a sharp sales downturn amid the global credit crunch. The company now expects ¥185 billion in earnings for the year ended March 31, 2009 — less than a third of what it earned in its last fiscal year.

Norwegian electric car maker Think also announced some bad news this week, halting production and saying that it needed $14.5 million to $29 million in state aid to keep the company operating. And the potential collapse of one or more of the Detroit Big Three, which could have devastating repercussions for the entire auto industry, took a turn for the worse last week after the failure of a bailout bill on Capitol Hill.
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Atek OnBoard Travel Keyboard- it’s pretty big

When you absolutely must have a full-sized keyboard to use when you’re out and about you might want to look at the Atek OnBoard Travel Keyboard.  The Atek is a full-sized keyboard that sits in a sliding cover that the company says lets you "get more work done".  That may be true but at 14.75 inches long when stored and 1.4 pounds the Atek may be as big as that netbook you’re carrying.  Oh, there’s an inflatable palm rest, too.  $30.