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California puzzles over safety of driverless cars

California's Department of Motor Vehicles will miss a year-end deadline to adopt new rules for cars of the future because regulators first have to figure out how they'll know whether "driverless" ...

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Tesla Motors to finally start offering limited Model S battery pack swaps

First demoed in 2013, battery swapping will start at a single pilot location in CA.

18 hours ago from Arstechnica

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Biodiesel byproduct rejuvenated into plastic feedstock

Cascade process generates lactic acid from waste glycerol

Fri 19 Dec 14 from Chemistry World

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Researchers open possible avenue to better electrolyte for lithium ion batteries

The lithium-ion batteries that mobilize our electronic devices need to be improved if they are to power electric vehicles or store electrical energy for the grid. Berkeley Lab researchers looking ...

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Don't be tempted to buy your teen a cheap (old) car, parents warned

Almost half of teen drivers killed on US roads in the past few years were driving vehicles that were 11 or more years old, and often lacking key safety features, reveals research published online ...

Thu 18 Dec 14 from Medical Xpress

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Science in the spotlight as New York state bans fracking

Concerns about human health impacts loom large

Fri 19 Dec 14 from Science Now

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The state of shale

University of Pittsburgh researchers have shared their findings from three studies related to shale gas in a recent special issue of the journal Energy Technology, edited by Götz Veser, the ...

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Desolenator churns out clean drinking water using solar power

Desalination may one day prove the savior for regions of the world where clean drinking water is scarce, but current technology dictates that this process is often expensive and energy-intensive. ...

Fri 19 Dec 14 from Gizmag

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How does enzymatic pretreatment affect the nanostructure and reaction space of lignocellulosic biomass?

Pretreatment of cellulosic biomass using cell wall degrading enzymes is a critical step in the release of sugars needed to produce biofuels and renewable, biobased chemicals and materials. A ...

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Multifold challenges for districts level retrofitting

Retrofitting a district is quite different from retrofitting a single building: the technological challenges involved are far greater.

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