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December 2014

Smarter Electric Cars - December 9, 2014
Tomorrow's electric cars could get smarter, thanks to artificial intelligence and...well, military tanks. So says robotics expert Illah Nourbakhsh of Pittsburgh's Carnegie Mellon University. He's making electric cars go farther on l...

That Sinking Feeling - December 8, 2014
Here's a curious problem. What should you do with old ships, trucks, subway cars, and even military tanks? For one company, California Ships to Reefs, the answer is clear. Sink 'em. Now, as a concerned citizen this might not seem like su...

Conservative About Conservation - December 5, 2014
Ah, the path to a greener planet is paved with good intentions. A Yale and George Mason university study polled 1,001 American adults to determine their attitudes and practices with respect to conservation. The results revealed that we're ...

Green Chocolate - December 4, 2014
Goodbye, Willy Wonka, hello sustainably farmed chocolate! Actually, that's increasingly the case, as chocolate manufacturers recognize the sweet market value in sustainable cocoa farming. Take corporate giants Mars, Cadbury and Kraft. Last...

Turtles - December 3, 2014
Marine scientists recently launched a pilot study to track the elusive loggerhead turtle. Even though loggerheads are the most common sea turtle in U.S. coastal waters, they're still listed as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Ac...

Parking Lots - December 2, 2014
There's a move to put the "park" back in parking lots! Several universities have explored the idea, testing pavements that absorbs water but keeps toxins from the soil. Now the Environmental Protection Agency has announced its own l...

Water Rights - December 1, 2014
Water conservationists might learn a thing or two from the oil industry. That's right! Groundwater experts at the University of Oregon say that millions of water wells around the world are rapidly depleting aquifers that took millennia to fil...