Green Racing Documentary To Follow Only Diesel Racing Series in U.S.

December 11, 2009 by  
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Volkswagen has announced that the documentary “Racing Under Green”—detailing the trials and tribulations of the Jetta TDI Cup , the U.S.’ only professional green racing series—will premiere the week of January 18 on the various channels of Discovery Networks, including Planet Green, Discovery Channel, and The Science Channel.

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German Researchers Build Diesel Engine With Few Emissions

December 8, 2009 by  
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Diesel engines hold a lot of promise, especially the ones in use over in Europe. They make more torque than their petrol cousins, usually come equipped with turbochargers, and tend to emit fewer emissions in low-sulfur form. Researchers at a lab in Munich, Germany, have built a turbocharged diesel engine that they hope will emit less than 5 milligrams of soot and 80 milligrams of nitrogen per kilometer without resorting to a catalytic converter.

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Nissan LEAF Electric Car on the Streets of San Francisco by 2010

December 8, 2009 by  
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San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom today announced that Nissan would be bringing its all-electric LEAF , to the Bay Area market in 2010. Speaking on behalf of the Bay Area Electric Vehicle (EV) Corridor program, Newsom said Nissan will work with San Francisco and the Bay Area to promote and build-out an EV charging infrastructure, including development of a streamlined process for customer installation of charging equipment in their homes. “Nissan is committed to the San Francisco market and is looking forward to working with the city and others in the partnership to make zero emissions a reality throughout the Bay Area,” said Brian Carolin, senior vice president, sales and marketing for Nissan North America

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With Plug-Ins and Hybrids Dominant, Is Diesel Dead in the U.S.? | Popular Mechanics

December 4, 2009 by  
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This year’s LA Auto Show is buzzing with real-life and concept hybrid and all- electric cars . But in the clean diesel corner, the crickets were chirping.

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Diesel-Electric Supercar Has 80 Mile Battery Range, Gets 44 MPG After That

November 30, 2009 by  
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Capstone Turbine Corporation —a company normally known for making microturbines that provide back-up power for industrial and commercial operations—has built a prototype extended-range, diesel-electric supercar that has a 0-60 mph time of 3.9 seconds, a top speed of 150 mph and can go 80 miles on battery power alone before a diesel-powered microturbine kicks on and charges the battery on the fly for an additional 420 miles on one tank of fuel. Read more of this story »

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Homemade Gluten Free Golden Crispy Granola

November 30, 2009 by  
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I’ve always been of the opinion that granola should be eaten sparingly, a half a cup in the morning with yogurt and some fruit, or maybe for a small mid-morning snack.  Consequently, my favorite granola recipes have been those that aren’t necessarily “healthy”, but are darn tasty and are best consumed in moderation.  This is my favorite granola recipe, but it’s by no means health food, it has butter and sugar in it, and it’s the kind of granola that makes no excuses for itself. This recipe is another family heirloom from my Mother In Law.  She does have a real name, but we usually refer to her by her nickname, Mama Bear.  Given her upper Midwest farmhouse upbringing, Mama Bear is a heck of a cook, and this recipe is hers, so this is her appropriate acknowledgment. Here’s the recipe for (Mama Bears’) Gluten Free Golden Crispy Granola: Read more of this story »

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MINI Diesels Spied, Could be on Sale in U.S. Next Year

November 30, 2009 by  
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America needs more diesels.

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Electric Car Batteries May Cost Too Much For Energy Grid Storage

November 30, 2009 by  
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The idea of using electric cars to store energy for the power grid is a good one, I think . Unfortunately, it may be too expensive at this time to make any sense, according to one recent cost analyst.

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Sarah Palin Cartoon Archive (cartoons)

November 30, 2009 by  
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Mean Joe Green #81: Sarah Palin Cartoon Archive The politician that offers nothing but (mildly) good looks and soundbytes sprinkled with CRAZY, is all over the media lately because someone helped her write a book. Well, I want to take this opportunity to remind you just how dumb (I think/thought) she is… Mean Joe Green #26: Governor Palin vs

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Ancient Protein May be Key to Unlocking Potential of Algae Biofuels

November 30, 2009 by  
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In a discovery that should help sustainable algae biofuels make the leap from an exotic curiosity to a mainstream fuel, researchers from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have identified an ancient protein that helps keep green algae from imbibing too much sunlight during photosynthesis . The protein, called LHCSR, is a molecular self-regulator that protects algae from a damaging overdose of sun. With a better understanding of how the protein functions, it may be possible to engineer strains of algae that can be grown economically in artificial photosynthesis systems, providing more stability and efficiency than an open pond without the expense of a bioreactor.

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