Joseph Carlson-Oknich

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2014's sleeper issue: A bank nobody's heard of

The 2014 campaign season’s got a sleeper issue: a government bank most people have never heard of.<p>The Export-Import Bank, a federal entity that has handed out loans to American businesses in relative obscurity for years, is suddenly a political flashpoint — either a symbol of government-sponsored …

What's Next in Electric-Car-Battery Tech

Researchers are looking for a safe, low-cost alternative to the lithium-ion battery—or, at least, new days to diminish the weight penalty and range anxiety that come with today's electric-car batteries.<p><b>The Tesla Model S may be the darling of the</b> EV world, but it's currently under investigation by …

Does GM Have A Car In The Works That Will Outdo Tesla?

Tesla’s not-so-secret $35,000 car got a bit more real over the weekend when a <i>Los Angeles Times</i> report suggested it would debut at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show. Based on experience with the Model S, that would imply the so-called Model E would be available by 2016, on the earlier end of Tesla’s …

Volkswagen Made The World's Most Efficient Car - But Won't Sell It In The United States

The most dangerous thing about Volkswagen’s XL1 is how it affects people <i>outside</i> the car.<p>They take cellphone photos and gesture frantically at highway speeds, looking across the steering wheel at a 90-degree angle from the road in front of them. They jump out in traffic directly in front of the …

How feds use one “seed” and 3 “hops” to spy on nearly everyone

Advertisement<p>5 Comments<p>Credit: Shutterstock / Lightspring<p>The U.S. government has tried to reassure critics of its massive phone surveillance program …

The Insane Amount of Gas Americans Burn Compared to the Rest of the World

The typical American consumes more fuel, on average, than three Germans.<p>I've occasionally written about how U.S. motorists have been driving less and guzzling fewer gallons of gas since the years leading up to the recession. Here's a reminder, though, that compared to the rest of the world, we are …

In A Divided San Francisco, Private Tech Buses Drive Tension

<i>Part of a series on</i> income inequality <i>in the San Francisco Bay Area</i><p>If you want to understand the tension between tech workers in San Francisco, who often make six figures, and many of the city's other residents, try standing on the southwest corner of 24th Street and Valencia around 7:30 on a …