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more than meets the IT

Are Google's self-driving cars actually signs of Transformers' imminent world domination?

The world is pumped that Google is passing mile markers on the road to creating a fully automatic automobile. But let's consider what we got the last time robot vehicles were allowed to freely roam …

go with the dough

Big Oil money pouring back into California to boost Prop 23

The flow of out-of-state oil money into California to block the state's cutting edge greenhouse-gas law keeps getting stronger.

Do you FTC the truth?

Green fraud is even more harmful than greenwashing

The Federal Trade Commission proposed guidelines to address greenwashing. It's a worthy effort, but they should go beyond greenwashing and tackle green fraud

Oilpocalypse Revisited

Scathing report on BP oil disaster from presidential commission

The presidential commission on the BP oil spill has issued several draft reports on contentious topics, from dispersants to oil-flow estimates.

the taste you grave

SunChips not-so-quietly buries its noisy compostable bags

Which is noisier: the SunChips compostable bag or the snacklash from chip-eaters who prefer their chips to crunch more loudly than the packaging? For now, it's RIP (but not in a compost pile) for the …

Just Deserts

Obama administration approves first big solar projects to be built on federal land

The Obama administration just leased government land in the California desert for two huge solar power plants, and more solar leases are on the way.

Google this

Stanford student gives $100,000 to No on Prop 23 campaign

Lucy Southworth, Stanford doctoral student and wife of Google co-founder Larry Page, gave $100,000 to California's No on Prop 23 campaign.

Injust deserts

Would a Walmart solve West Oakland's and Nashville's food problems?

Getting fresh, healthy food into low-income urban areas known as "food deserts" isn't as simple as it appears. For example, should food-justice advocates be celebrating when Walmart is the one bringing an oasis of fresh …

Enthusiasm Gap

No on Prop 23 campaign takes in $5 million to oil industry's $10,000

The No on Prop 23 crowd is far outspending the Texans. In the past few days, the score is No forces $5 million, Yes men $10,000.