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Horizon highlights – Planning ahead edition

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Our regular roundup of sci-tech stories from across the Web includes: A roadmap to energy independence. Should NASA shoot for Mars or the Moon? And how to plan ahead this holiday shopping season. Let’s kick it off:

Power line: A timeline to energy independence
"President-elect Barack Obama has plans to invest $150 billion in clean energy technology over the next 10 years. With similar initiatives in other countries, when might we expect exciting alternative technology to deliver true energy independence?" [Via LiveScience]

Mission control: Why NASA should focus on the Moon, not Mars
"Recently, the Planetary Society called for major changes in US space-exploration plans. Specifically, it recommended bypassing the Moon in favour of Mars. Harrison Schmitt (the only scientist to have walked on the Moon) resigned from the society in protest." [Via NewScientist]

Auto-mobiles: Driveless cars and making the road safer
"Next-generation automotive safety technology could give us vehicles that are difficult to crash – and eventually may not need drivers at all." [Via Scientist American]

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