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Finally: Fisker Karma Is Go

After several years of delays, production on the Fisker Karma plug-in hybrid is finally underway. The very first Karmas began rolling off assembly lines in Finland earlier this month.

Solar LED Lanterns and More Aide To Help Japan's Earthquake Victims

Almost 3 weeks after the Earthquake and Tsunami hit Japan survivors are still living without basic necessities: food, water, electricity, etc. Panasonic is doing what it can to help. Among all the aide they have sent so far, there were thousands of Solar powered lanterns sent to Japan just a few days after the earthquake.

Eco-Friendly Auto Shops Like "Green Garage" Pop Up Nationwide

Is it possible for an auto shop to tune up your car to make it less harmful for the environment?  Well, that's the claim of eco-friendly shops such as "Green Garage" of Colorado.  By using non-toxic, low-VOC, and biodegredable products, these auto shops intend to make your car go green--not without making plenty of green themselves of course.

Could Increased Reliance On Biofuels Be More Detrimental To Our Health Than Global Warming?

Because biofuels redirect crops and land formerly used for food production to use in biofuel production, increased reliance on biofuels always results in increased food prices.  New projections indicate that the very efforts industrialized countries set in place to alleviate deaths and disease caused from global warming by increasing biofuel reliance could actually cause more deaths and disease than global warming itself.

NASA Tests New Biofuel Made With Chicken Fat

Research teams from NASA are experimenting with a new jet biofuel made from chicken fat.  The teams will compare emissions from operating with the new biofuel in its pure form, a 50-50 mixture of the new biofuel and traditional jet fuel, and pure traditional jet fuel.  The new biofuel is aligned with the U.S. military's goals of using 50 percent biofuel in their aircraft.

Breed'n Besty Used To Help Vet Students Who Get Behind

The Breed'n Betsy cow rectum simulator gives vet students a chance to get a feel for just what they're doing before they try it out on Betsy herself, much to appreciation of live cows everywhere.

Brazilian Scientists to the World: Get Ready for the Pineapple and Banana Cars of the Future

The automobile industry is constantly transforming and trying to build more efficient and greener cars. Because of these efforts, we've seen the age of the electric cars and we have seen prototypes of cars that run on water as well as vehicles that are powered by solar energy. Now these are all great, but there's another solution brewing around that will not only use eco-friendly materials during its manufacture but will also result in the production of a stronger, lighter car that will do wonders for fuel economy. Is the world ready for pineapple and banana cars to hit the road?

Harvard Scientists: We Can Use Electricity to Fight Fires

We can't fight fire with fire, but we can sure use electricity to quench the flames. This discovery was made by a team of scientists from Harvard University based on a 200-year old observation that electricity can influence the shape of flames and make them bend, twist, turn, flicker, and eventually snuff them out.

Clouded Thinking? - Qatar's World Cup Soccer Stadia To Have Artificial Clouds

The Mechanical and Industrial Engineering department at Qatar University have worked out how to keep their stadia cool for the World Cup: build a cloud.

World's First 'Practical' Artificial Leaf Can Cheaply Turn Water Into Energy

A team of chemistry and engineering scientists from MIT today announced the completion of their quest to create an artificial leaf that creates electricity from water like a leaf produces oxygen and food from carbon dioxide.

The High Life Is The Right Life When It Comes To Heart Disease

While living high, in the mountains that is, may expose you to more solar radiation than folks at ocean level, an expansive study conducted by the University of Colorado (CU) School of Medicine and the Harvard School of Global Health shows that there are some important health benefits of living at higher altitudes.

Take It And Leave It - BMW Announces New Car Sharing Scheme

In Munich, you can find a car on the side of the street, take it, and leave it wherever you like.

Wysips's Transparent Film Transforms Your Cell Into A Solar Panel

A new, ultra-thin, transparent film made of photovoltaic cells is said to power traditional phones using solar energy.  Wysips, a French tech compnay, presents this new technology, which can be applied to any cell phone without affecting its appearance or touch-screen capabilities.

New Study Shows Consumers Aren't Buying Into Faulty Green Claims

A new study shows that 71 percent of consumers will stop purchasing a product if they feel the company's claims about green-ness are misleading.  The study also looks at how much consumers really understand regarding environmental labeling, how such labeling affects consumers' purchasing choices, and how green-consciousness is surviving in this recession.

Unicycling Made Easy And Efficient: The Self-Balancing Solowheel

A unicycle that balances itself and gets you around town.

Relief Yourself - A One-Stop Disaster Relief Center

A new application has been designed to provide as much disaster relief as possible in one place.

Samsung's Latest Transparent TV Now with Solar Power

Another transparent television is introduced in Germany at the CeBIT electronics show by Samsung. This 46-inch, 1920 x 1080 resolution LCD TV comes powered with solar power too. It is still only a prototype, but so were flat screen television not too long ago.

The Light's On In This Brain! 'Insight' By Solovdesign

Maria and Igor Solovyov, from Belarus, combine their superb design talents and energy into a family business: SolovyovDesign, a studio that shows brilliance in many spheres of product design.  Today I must share the Insight energy efficient lamp, because it shines so brilliantly... and is so darn metaphoric.

 

NRDC Joins Professional Sports Leagues To Launch The "Green Sports Alliance"

The National Resources Defense Council has joined forces with the MLB, NHL, NFL, NBA, WNBA, and MLS to form the Green Sports Alliance.  The GSA intends to reduce the carbon footprint of northwestern professional sports teams involved in the alliance.  Clearly, the NRDC understands the importance of utilizing highly influential groups to express the importance of green-ness.

Unclear On Nuclear? Try Thorium - Nuclear Energy Without The Side Effects

Thorium is a safer and more abundant nuclear energy source than uranium. So where are the reactors?