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THE TIME OF CHANGE AND FINAL MODIFICATION 'ARRIVED'
AND ALL HUMANITY 'IS' TO BE TRANSFORMED AND SEPARATE
FROM NATURAL BIOLOGYhttp://youtu.be/Pw12wh_vXmk THE TIME OF CHANGE AND FINAL MODIFICATION... more
Porsche, known for producing some of the fastest and most expensive automobiles in the world, has announced plans to introduce a hybrid version of every model in its lineup.
Apparently, the German carmaker is feeling the squeeze as the European Union tightens its emissions regulations, forcing Porsche to cut its average CO2 emissions from 255 grams per kilometer to 216 by the year 2015.
To meet this strict goal, Porsche will incorporate hybrid drivetrains in to every model in its line-up.
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Planet Forward host Frank Sesno talks with Commissioner Mark Spitzer, of the Federal Energy and Regulatory Commission about how the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico may finally lead to commercialization of plug-in hybrids.Planet Forward host Frank Sesno talks with Commissioner Mark Spitzer, of the Federal... more
Science fiction at Arizona Capitol? "Man gets goat gets thumbs down".
( and they thought immigration was a problem....)
PHOENIX -- An Arizona Democrat is taking aim at her GOP colleagues for passing a bill in the House that outlaws animal-human hybrids.
Facebook and Twitter were lit up with posts about the bill, including one from Assistant House Democratic Leader Kyrsten Sinema of Phoenix.
"I woke up this morning concerned about Centaurs, mermaids and griffins taking over the state," Sinema wrote.
Another post on Facebook read, "Release the Kraken."
http://www.bite.ca/bitedaily/wp-content/uploads/2010/04/4-peta-olivia-munn-kraken-540x711.jpgScience fiction at Arizona Capitol? "Man gets goat gets thumbs down". ( and... more
Electric vehicles got a powerful boost today as the EPA and U.S. Department of Transportation announced their new rules for fuel efficiency and vehicle emissions standards, but it won’t last forever.
The key phrase is “zero emissions.”
Counting only tailpipe emissions, EVs clock in at zero emissions. That’s great news for automakers, who under the new rules will have to meet a fleetwide average greenhouse gas standard of 250 grams per mile by 2016 (roughly equivalent to 35.5 miles per gallon).
But that’s not the whole story, as EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson explained:
Electric vehicles are frequently advertised as zero emissions, but “we all know that that’s not entirely true, because when you plug in, there’s some emissions from the source." Currently in the U.S., that source is often burning coal, and that means greenhouse gas emissions.
The EPA suggested in the new rule that it intends to eventually take power source emissions into account when calculating electric vehicles’ greenhouse gas emissions.
It isn't a number that can be easily ignored. According to the EPA’s calculations, for a midsize car, electricity’s upstream emissions are about three times higher than gasoline’s upstream emissions. ...
http://solveclimate.com/blog/20100401/electric-vehicles-losing-their-zero-emissions-claim-u-sElectric vehicles got a powerful boost today as the EPA and U.S. Department of... more
Ford's Focus leads the list of new cars bought under the "Clunkers" program.Ford's Focus leads the list of new cars bought under the "Clunkers"... more
"Legislation that would prohibit scientists in the state from creating human-animal hybrids for experimentation -- believed to be the first such ban proposed in the nation -- has been filed for debate at the lawmaking session that opens April 27.
Sen. Danny Martiny, R-Kenner, has filed Senate Bill 115 on behalf of the Louisiana Conference of Catholic Bishops.
Conference lobbyist Danny Loar said the bill is designed to be a "pre-emptive strike" against scientists who might want to mix "human and animal cells in a Petri dish for scientific research purposes. . . . It is becoming more of an issue globally."
Martiny and Loar said they are unaware of any attempts to do that type of research in Louisiana.
Loar said the British Parliament recently approved legislation allowing scientists to mix human cells with those of cows and pigs for possible stem cell research or other scientific experiments. He said the bishops feel the use of human cells in such experiments is unethical.
"The archbishop asked me to file it, " Martiny said of a recent conversation he had with New Orleans Archbishop Alfred Hughes."
What do YOU think?"Legislation that would prohibit scientists in the state from creating... more
ALMOST without exception, scientists and policy makers agree that hybrid vehicles are good for the planet. To a small but insistent group of skeptics, however, there is another, more immediate question: Are hybrids healthy for drivers?
There is a legitimate scientific reason for raising the issue. The flow of electrical current to the motor that moves a hybrid vehicle at low speeds (and assists the gasoline engine on the highway) produces magnetic fields, which some studies have associated with serious health matters, including a possible risk of leukemia among children.
With the batteries and power cables in hybrids often placed close to the driver and passengers, some exposure to electromagnetic fields is unavoidable. Moreover, the exposure will be prolonged — unlike, say, using a hair dryer or electric shaver — for drivers who spend hours each day at the wheel.
Some hybrid owners have actually tested their cars for electromagnetic fields using hand-held meters, and a few say they are alarmed by the results.ALMOST without exception, scientists and policy makers agree that hybrid vehicles are... more
Ever wonder why the automotive technology has changed virtually nothing for the past 100 years?
¿Alguna vez te preguntaste por qué la tecnología automotriz no ha evolucionado, prácticamente en nada, durante los últimos 100 años?Ever wonder why the automotive technology has changed virtually nothing for the past... more
IBM’s Institute for Business Value has interviewed 125 anonymous car industry executives from 15 countries and has come to the conclusion, among several conclusions, that by 2020, all new cars will be hybrids.
The report, Automotive 2020: Clarity Beyond the Chaos, underlines insiders’ views that the auto industry is making some rapid, fundamental changes and hybrids are included in that change.
The report also highlights the growth in cellulosic ethanol, that average CO2 emissions for vehicles will dip to 97 g/km (lower than the Prius), and that hydrogen, despite all the crowing of advocates, will decidedly not be a major player in 2020.
Can we believe it? Every new car a hybrid? In 12 years? Well, looking at the rate we’re going on improving hybrid cars, and looking at the fluster surrounding the oil industry, the flagging economy, the growing awareness of climate change, as well as green trendiness, among consumers…yes, I have to say it is a distinct possibility. Twelve years is a long time in car years. Battery technology is improving, biofuel technology is growing, and consumers’ mindsets are shifting. So, yep, I have to say I definitely am willing to entertain the notion.
I think it’ll take a whole lot longer than 12 years to get all the gas-powered cars, trucks, and SUVs off the roads; but as for new cars on the lots, I’m optimistic they’ll all be hybrids of one form or another.
The whole report is well worth a solid read-through, but you can skip to page 8 for the specific info about hybrid production.IBM’s Institute for Business Value has interviewed 125 anonymous car industry... more
If you think Californians are crazy for hybrid cars, think again. According to Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski, on a per capita basis, there are more hybrids in his Pacific northwest state than any other in America, in part because of statewide incentives.
But in the upcoming legislative session, the Governor is proposing to phase out those incentives. Instead, he wants to shift the funds to promote the introduction of plug-in electric cars. He is also proposing that the state work with its utility providers to create a network of charging stations, akin to the new one that PGE just turned on last week prior to the Meeting of the Minds conference in Portland.
The following 20-minute video was shot inside the Portland Art Museum, unfortunately under suboptimal lighting and audio conditions, so we apologize for the marginal quality of the finished production. We did everything we could to enhance it, without much success. Still, in this case, the message is far more important than the medium. If other state governors become as visionary and proactive as Governor Kulongoski, then there's a very real chance that America's transition away from a petroleum-dependent transportation system to a sustainable one powered by renewably generated electric power will be less bumpy.If you think Californians are crazy for hybrid cars, think again. According to Oregon... more
"So says a survey by General Motors that found nearly nine in 10 women would rather talk to a guy in a Prius than a Porsche. Dumping the SUV in favor of an econobox would make you more popular at parties, too. Eighty percent of respondents said they find people who drive fuel efficient cars more interesting than those that don't. The survey also found 45 percent of respondents consider gas guzzlers a fashion faux-pas."
It seems as though society has moved in the right direction. What do you ladies think? Is a Prius the new Ferrari? "So says a survey by General Motors that found nearly nine in 10 women would... more
Kids in the middle of the road and gets hit by a car, his mother blames the fact that the Hybrid was too quiet!!
Should of looked both ways!
Help the blind, cut off your mufflers!! Kids in the middle of the road and gets hit by a car, his mother blames the fact that... more
A three-month-old liger, the cub of a lion and a tiger, has become something of a celebrity in the Russian city where she's kept as a pet.
Lira lives with her trainer Pavel Zabelkin in a flat in a residential area of the eastern Russian city of Yekaterinburg.
His parents work with wild cats in a circus in another Urals city of Chelyabinsk.
Sonia Legg reports.A three-month-old liger, the cub of a lion and a tiger, has become something of a... more
Great to see automobile companies competing for the green in more ways than one, but when are these cars going to be made affordable and accomodating for the middle class? You know, those of us who need our cars to drive to work but are still stuck paying over three dollars for a gallon of gas?Great to see automobile companies competing for the green in more ways than one, but... more
?Check it out. It's actually a jet engine," says Johnathan Goodwin, with a low whistle. "This thing is gonna be even cooler than I thought." We're hunched on the floor of Goodwin's gleaming workshop in Wichita, Kansas, surrounded by the shards of a wooden packing crate. Inside the wreckage sits his latest toy--a 1985-issue turbine engine originally designed for the military. It can spin at a blistering 60,000 rpm and burn almost any fuel. And Goodwin has some startling plans for this esoteric piece of hardware: He's going to use it to create the most fuel-efficient Hummer in history.
Goodwin, a 37-year-old who looks like Kevin Costner with better hair, is a professional car hacker. The spic-and-span shop is filled with eight monstrous trucks and cars--Hummers, Yukon XLs, Jeeps--in various states of undress. His four tattooed, twentysomething grease monkeys crawl all over them with wrenches and welding torches.
Johnathan Goodwin is a 37-year-old professional car hacker out of Kansas that's making a name for himself by taking muscle cars and doubling their horsepower, and at the same time quadrupling their mileage and cutting emissions by 80 percent.
His latest project: creating a super-efficient electric hybrid Hummer H3 by putting in an electric motor plus a military-grade 60,000 rpm turbine modified to run on biodiesel, doubling horsepower from 300 to 600, getting 60 miles per gallon, and doing zero to 60 in five seconds. It'll also have a hydrogen-injection system that will cut the already low emissions by half.
He's currently converting a 1987 Jeep Wagoneer to biodiesel for Arnold Schwarzenegger, and a 1960 Lincoln Continental into a biodiesel-electric hybrid for Neil Young.
?Check it out. It's actually a jet engine," says Johnathan Goodwin, with a... more