Mercedes to Unveil All Electric Plug-Ins at Detroit Auto Show
December 23, 2008 09:25 AM - Low Impact Living

Mercedes-Benz plans to unveil all electric plug-ins next month at the 2009 Detroit Auto Show, according to Hybrid Cars. All models go zero to sixty in under 11 seconds! The BlueZero E-Cell has a range of about 60 miles on a two hour charge. Included is a turbo-charged three-cylinder engine that has a range to 375 miles. The third model, the BlueZero F-Cell, uses a hydrogen fuel cell delivering 136 horsepower and zero emissions.

Obama picks climate specialist as science adviser
December 22, 2008 09:43 AM - Reuters

CHICAGO (Reuters) - President-elect Barack Obama underscored on Saturday his intent to push initiatives on climate change by naming John Holdren, an energy and climate specialist, as the new White House science adviser. Holdren is a Harvard University physicist who has focused on the causes and consequences of climate change and advocated policies aimed at sustainable development. He has also done extensive research on the dangers of nuclear weapons.

Biomass fuels to the rescue?
December 22, 2008 09:21 AM - JOHN DORSCHNER, Miami Herald

Nobody loves biomass. When talk turns to global warming and the green movement, it's hardly ever mentioned. Biomass can be garbage (literally) or wood chips or sugar-cane remnants or grass. Still, among energy experts, biomass has some strong supporters, and for good reason: Right now, virtually all the renewable-energy power in Florida comes from biomass, including three plants in Miami-Dade and Broward.

Lifecycles of tropical cyclones predicted in global computer model
December 19, 2008 09:22 AM - University of Hawaii at Manoa

The initial results of the first computer model that simulates the global atmosphere with a detailed representation of individual clouds have been analyzed by a team of scientists at the International Pacific Research Center (IPRC) at the University of Hawai`i at Mānoa, Japan-Agency for Marine Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC), and the University of Tokyo. The model, called the Nonhydrostatic ICosahedral Atmospheric Model (NICAM), was developed for the supercomputer Earth Simulator at JAMSTEC. Given the atmospheric conditions that were present 1-2 weeks before the observed cyclones formed, the model successfully reproduced the birth of two real tropical cyclones that formed in the Indian Ocean in December 2006 and January 2007.

What are you looking at? Japan scientists find out
December 18, 2008 10:29 AM - Reuters

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese researchers have reproduced images of things people were looking at by analyzing brain scans, opening the way for people to communicate directly from their mind. They hope their study, published in the U.S. journal Neuron, will lead to helping people with speech problems or doctors studying mental disorders, although there are privacy issues if it gets to the stage where someone can read a sleeping person's dreams.

Tiny Saturn Moon ID'd As Good Candidate For Alien Life
December 17, 2008 10:58 AM - Wired News

SAN FRANCISCO, California — Saturn's tiny moon Enceladus may be one of the best candidates for extraterrestrial life in our solar system. Scientists for the first time have gathered comprehensive evidence suggesting Enceladus may have all the necessary ingredients to harbor life in the ocean beneath its icy crust.

Baby fish in polluted San Francisco estuary waters are stunted and deformed
December 9, 2008 09:32 AM - University of California - Davis

Striped bass in the San Francisco Estuary are contaminated before birth with a toxic mix of pesticides, industrial chemicals and flame retardants that their mothers acquire from estuary waters and food sources and pass on to their eggs, say UC Davis researchers. Using new analytical techniques, the researchers found that offspring of estuary fish had underdeveloped brains, inadequate energy supplies and dysfunctional livers. They grew slower and were smaller than offspring of hatchery fish raised in clean water.

America's Addiction Fuels Desire For Coffee Ground Biodiesel
December 9, 2008 09:03 AM - , Low Impact Living

Researchers are reporting they have successfully made a high quality biodiesel from spent coffee grounds. They estimate that the coffee ground biodiesel industry could generate as much as $8,000,000 in profits annually using waste from US Starbucks stores alone.

Scottish climate bill could set global example
December 9, 2008 08:58 AM - WWF

Edinburgh, Scotland: The newly published Scottish Climate Change Bill has the potential to become a world leading piece of legislation if it receives cross-party backing from Scottish MPs, according to WWF-Scotland. The targets in the bill include a 50 per cent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 and a cut of 80 per cent by 2050. It also sets out measures to tackle shipping and aviation emissions, as well as emissions from all six greenhouse gases, not just carbon dioxide.

Electric scooters give Fairfax police a silent edge
December 9, 2008 08:51 AM - ASH Institute

Fairfax's version of the stealth fighter is black, nearly silent and runs on batteries. The police department's two new electric scooters - vehicles that look like a cross between a skateboard and a mountain bike - will give officers greater mobility and flexibility, said inventor Rob Fruechtenicht, a Fairfax resident.

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