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March 19th, 2010
The Turbonator. Magic spark plugs. Fuel additives. Lasers. Wait, lasers? Believe it or not, in addition to the gimmicky infomercial gadgets claiming to turn a wheezing four-pot into a fire-breathing V-8--while delivering 100 mpg--lasers and nanoparticles are now being touted by researches at the University of Florida as a possible next-gen solution to fuel economy and emissions. The best part? We don't have to give up our gasoline.
So, how, exactly, does one take low-energy lasers, nanoparticles and fuel and come up with a lean, green machine? The answer is suprisingly simple, if you don't dig too deep.
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