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Piranha is an unmanned vessel that's an unheard of 400 percent more fuel efficient than similar models. by Tuan C. Nguyen  Read the full story
A few small magnets and a headset that interprets facial movements could one day help people without voiceboxes speak again. by Janet Fang  Read the full story
Researchers at Stanford University have figured out how to use the same sensor technology used in computer hard drives, which could one day speed up drug discovery.  Read the full story
A hybrid bus capable of going all-electric has recently debuted in Sweden. by Tuan C. Nguyen  Read the full story
The Department of Energy announced a new partnership with Google to provide drivers with location data for charging stations.  Read the full story
The European Union investigates the feasibility of a 20-megawatt wind turbine. But do bigger turbines mean even bigger price tags?  Read the full story
Short-haul buses - with on-board Internet -- are a fast-growing alternative to automobile and air travel. by Joe McKendrick  Read the full story
A new parking program in San Francisco is making parking easier, and streets safer for those who don't drive. Find out how. by Tyler Falk  Read the full story
Cobalt Technologies and American Process, Inc. will commercialize renewable biobutanol production in a new facility in Alpena, Michigan.  Read the full story
A report shows that L.A. could power 30,000 homes by putting solar panels on multi-family housing units.  Read the full story
A naturally produced protein called IL-25 is part of an innate cancer-killing system in breast tissue. It could provide a natural treatment option.  Read the full story
Collectively speaking, participating EPA Green Power schools are using more than 1.5 billion kilowatt-hours of green power annually. by Heather Clancy  Read the full story
Students from the Universit Laval in Quebec, Canada won the internal combustion crown in Shell's Eco-marathon with a prototype vehicle that got 2,564.8 miles per gallon.  Read the full story
A recently released video demonstrates the long-range destructive power of a railgun prototype known as the "Blitzer." by Tuan C. Nguyen  Read the full story
The U.S. Department of Energy has loaned US$2.1 billion for energy companies to build a 1000 MW solar thermal facility in the California desert.  Read the full story
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