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Self-Driving Pod Cars Are Coming to the U.K. in 2015

The U.K. town of Milton Keynes isn't waiting for Google or General Motors to bring autonomous cars to the masses. Instead, it's enlisting a fleet of …

100 things we didn't know last year

<b>Interesting and unexpected facts can emerge from daily news stories and the Magazine picks out such snippets for its weekly feature, 10 things we didn't know last week. Here's an almanac of the best of 2013.</b><p><b>1. It would have</b> taken 2.5 million seagulls to lift James's giant peach into the air, not …

Cooking

Wind to Double and Solar to Triple in 6 Years, Says IEA

The headline summary of the new <i>Medium-Term Renewable Energy Market Report 2013</i> from the International Energy Agency (IEA) has been well reported: …

Renewable Energy

Clever MIT floating wind turbines can store power for when the wind doesn't blow

Taming the ocean wind<p>Wind and solar are growing rapidly worldwide, but because the sun doesn't always shine and the wind doesn't always blow, we need …

Renewables outpacing natural gas, IEA says

Renewable energy will surpass natural gas as the planet's No. 2 electricity source by 2016, according to a new report from the International Energy …

Natural Gas

Work Begins on World's Largest Offshore Wind Farm On the Fukushima Coast

Fukushima has become synonymous with the nuclear disaster resulting from the earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan in 2011. But the coastal …

Wind Power

What’s the Real Story With Clean Coal?

Coal plant in West Virginia. Photo: euze<p><b>The goal of the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal campaign is to retire one-third of the nation’s over 500 coal</b> …

Bielefeld University Students Produce Batteries Powered by E.Coli Bacteria

<i>Image via iGEM team 2013</i><p>A team of ten students at Bielefeld University, Germany have come up with a new source of electricity – the infection-causing …

Scientists Develop a Long-Lasting and Environmentally Friendly Battery Made from Wood

<i>Photo via Shutterstock</i><p>When searching for inspiration to create an environmentally friendly battery, University of Maryland researchers Liangbing Hu, …

China Becomes World's First Nation to Install 3 GW of Utility-Scale Solar Power!

China just secured its position as the world leader in solar power by installing a record 3 gigawatts of utility-scale solar power. The nation has …

Clean energy options for houses

If solar panels are out of your realm of possibility, you still have alternatives to coal and other fossil fuels.<p>Photo: Alex Yeung/Shutterstock<p>Many …

Natural Gas

America's best North-South roads

Go west, young man! This historic cliché still resonates when it comes to road trips. But whether it's bombing to the Bay Area along the often dull-as-dirt I-80 or trying to find traces of iconic Route 66 amid a tangle of bland Interstates, the old paradigm of thinking horizontal when planning a …

Top scenic drives around Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone’s famous landscape doesn’t suddenly end at the park fence. Enveloping the park kernel is a protective cushion of national forests and wilderness areas that offer almost as much scenic splendor as the park itself, but without the crowds and the entry fee. Heading to Yellowstone? See the …

Lonely Planet's top 10 USA fall trips

Roadtripping in Autumn can be an especially photogenic time, and the US affords some lush landscape to motor through. Here are 10 trips for fall across the USA from Lonely Planet's <i>USA's Best Trips: 99 Themed Itineraries Across America</i>:<p><b>1. Weird Vermont</b><p>If the Department of Tourism has convinced you …

America's legendary drives

With over four million miles of highway, the USA offers more road trips than anyone could tackle in one lifetime. Whether you’re itching to peek into Wild West history, or just longing for a big ol’ soulful dose of nature’s vistas, you’ll find them along America’s backroads and byways. Here are our …

Columbia River

How to survive a boring road trip

'Are we there yet?'<p>'But I wanna be there NOWWWWW!'<p>'I’mboredI’mboredI’mboredI’mboredI’mboredI’mboredI’mboredI’mbored...'<p>The above might sound like a small child’s back seat complaints, but it’s actually a sampling of my running commentary from the first 20 minutes of a recent, epic 4.5 hour road …

Top 10 scenic drives

They don't call it America the Beautiful for nothing. Roll down that car window and feast your eyes.<p>A road trip is nothing without roads. Here are some doozies, although any mere Top 10 list will inevitably leave out some of the best. See the Itineraries chapter in our new <i>USA</i> guide for more, and …

Why NASA’s latest photo of Alaska is freaking people out

At first glance, it’s just a great photo of nearly the entire state of Alaska on an exceptionally clear day. What could be the problem?<p>Well, turns out that photo shows an anomaly that some are fretting signifies yet another big shift in global climate – a shift toward the hot.<p>NASA writes (without …

Global Warming

Lingerie through the ages

Not much is known, definitively, on the history of women’s undergarments aside from, say, the past couple hundred years. What is known, however, is that today’s woman has the luxury of choice—from control and support to padded, backless, convertible and downright miraculous, there is no “average” …