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US E-waste recycling highest ever but feds stay mum

US E-waste recycling highest ever but feds stay mum

There's a big push in the United States to prevent electronic devices from ending up in your typical landfill somewhere around the country, even though the federal government has offered no guidelines for recycling electronics. Much of this big push involves the launch of numerous electronics recycling programs all around the United States. Electronics recycling makes a lot of sense when you consider that many of the devices people throw away still work, they just don't want them anymore.

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E. coli enzymes turned into biofuel identical to gasoline

E. coli enzymes turned into biofuel identical to gasoline

Biofuels aren't a new idea, with various types having been created over the years, none of which were quite the gasoline substitute we've hoped for. While biofuels are available, implementing them as standard fuel would require modified engines or a middle-man process that converts the biofuel into something more engine-friendly. That could be coming to an end soon, with a biofuel being created for the first time that is identical to gasoline.

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California to offer 37 public hydrogen stations by 2015

California to offer 37 public hydrogen stations by 2015

The California Fuel Cell Partnership, a joint effort among government agencies, auto makers, and energy providers, has published a roadmap report detailing the future of zero-emission cars in California, including plans to build public hydrogen stations. According to the CaFCP report, the state plans to have 37 public hydrogen stations by 2015, with that number growing in the following years.

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Maserati dismisses electric cars as “nonsense”

Maserati dismisses electric cars as “nonsense”

Electric cars have been all the range lately. Auto makers are increasingly coming out with their own all-electric vehicles, including Chevrolet and Tesla Motors. However, luxury exotic car maker Maserati has a different opinion on the growing trend. Maserati boss Harald Wester simply says that "all this discussion about zero emissions is nonsense."

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Chevrolet’s 2014 Cruze Clean Turbo Diesel trumps non-hybrid vehicles with 46MPG

Chevrolet’s 2014 Cruze Clean Turbo Diesel trumps non-hybrid vehicles with 46MPG

Chevrolet's 2014 Cruze Clean Turbo Diesel car has beat out all non-hybrid passenger cars in the United States in highway gas mileage, coming in at 46MGP. Such a mileage rating offers drivers approximately 700 miles on the highway per tank, basing it on the EPA's highway estimate and, obviously, the gas tank's capacity. Chevrolet boasts the vehicle over its competitors, saying the Cruze Clean Turbo beats out the VW Jetta TDI auto in multiple categories.

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Scientists discover materials that capture methane

Scientists discover materials that capture methane

Methane is a potent greenhouse gas that is released in the atmosphere by various means, including cow flatulence. Scientists say that they have discovered a new material able to capture and concentrate methane. So far, the ability to capture methane has been very difficult because methane interacts weakly with other materials. Scientist Amitesh Maiti, a researcher at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory have been working on a new solution to the problem of capturing methane (not pictured below).

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Toyota and Lexus hybrids make up 70% of total hybrid sales in the US

Toyota and Lexus hybrids make up 70% of total hybrid sales in the US

Toyota and its luxury brand Lexus announced this week that combined the two automotive brands have sold nearly 2,000,000 hybrid vehicles in the United States. The specific number according to Toyota is 1,951,243 hybrid vehicles sold. Toyota also recently announced that it has sold 5 million hybrid vehicles globally.

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Aston Martin unveils Hybrid Hydrogen Rapide S race car

Aston Martin unveils Hybrid Hydrogen Rapide S race car

Aston Martin is looking to break some records next month, as the company has unveiled the Hybrid Hydrogen Rapide S race car, which is based off the production 4-door Rapide S. The race car will make its debut at the 41st annual ADAC Zurich 24 Hours of Nürburgring race next month, where it will become the first hydrogen-powered car to compete in an international event, as well as the first zero CO2 emissions car to complete a race pace lap at the Nürburgring 24-hour race.

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Utilitech LED light bulbs get cheap at Lowe’s

Utilitech LED light bulbs get cheap at Lowe’s

I don't why, but it seems like I'm constantly changing light bulbs at my house. Normal incandescent bulbs last only a couple weeks in some of my lights meaning every other time I hit the switch it feels like I'm needing to pull out the stepstool and replace some bulbs. I would love to use LED-based light rather than the little florescent bulbs I've started using because I don't care for the color of light they produce.

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Apple corporate facilities hit 75% renewable energy use in new report

Apple corporate facilities hit 75% renewable energy use in new report

Today Apple has updated their environmental page collection and have issued a new Facilities report, showing that at this point in history, global corporate facilities inside the Apple family are at a whopping 75% renewable energy use. Apple also reports that many of their facilities are running on 100% renewable energy, including data centers in Newark, CA, Prineville, OR, and Maiden, NC. These bits and pieces are part of a report that, on the whole, shows Apple to be heading directly toward a fully renewable energy future - one we'd all like to be a part of.

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World’s largest solar power plant opens in Abu Dhabi

World’s largest solar power plant opens in Abu Dhabi

The Middle East is known for their vast amounts of oil, and of course the money that comes from that oil. However, the region is also getting into renewable energy and alternative methods for providing electricity, most specifically the United Arab Emirates, which is now home to the world's largest solar power plant, located in Abu Dhabi.

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Google’s St. Patrick’s Day doodle features the Irish stepdance

Google’s St. Patrick’s Day doodle features the Irish stepdance

Google's always ready to celebrate the holidays, and St. Patrick's Day is no exception. Google has updated it's search engine page with a new Google Doodle. The Doodle shows six children, each wearing a letter of Google's name on their clothes, performing the traditional Irish stepdance. Google has had St. Patrick's Day Doodles since the year 2000, but this is the first time in its history to have an animated St. Patrick's Day Doodle.

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