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Badass enclosed, untippable electric motorcycle is the ultimate green transport

It goes 200 miles on a third as much battery power as an electric car. It has airbags and an enclosed cockpit. It's gyroscopically stabilized, like a Segway.

It could be the future of transportation.

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Biker uses GPS to turn city into an Etch-a-Sketch

Michael J. Wallace may start his bike rides in Baltimore, but he ends them on the moon, on a basketball court, or in the mouth of a dragon. He uses the streets of the city as a canvas, sketching out surprisingly detailed images by recording his progress with his phone's GPS and a tracking program.

Read more: Biking, Cities

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Cleantech spending drops 75 percent in five years

A new paper from Brookings, the World Resources Institute, and the Breakthrough Institute shows exactly how much trouble cleantech is in:

Depressing, no? Some of that rapid decline comes from the end of stimulus spending. But the researchers found that even discounting those funds, federal support for cleantech dropped 47 percent between 2011 and 2012.

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A tire fire so big it can be seen from space

Tire fires are a nasty business, and in Kuwait yesterday, a fire broke out at a dump that held more than 5 million tires. The fire was so big that the smoke plume was visible from space:


A tire fire this big is an environmental disaster. It won't just pollute the air with hazardous materials -- it will create a small oil spill as well. Burning just one passenger car tire can produce two gallons of oil, according to the EPA, and 5 million tires could spill about 275,000 gallons of oil on the ground.

Read more: Pollution

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Critical List: Americans link climate change to hot weather; yet another Keystone XL bill

The majority of Americans are convinced that climate change had something to do with the warm winter and last year's super hot summer. Good news: They believe climate change has consequences. Bad news: When it gets cold, they’ll be convinced we fixed it.

House Republicans are going to vote today on yet another bill that would require federal approval of Keystone XL. (The White House has said it will veto the bill.)

Apple and Amazon have the dirtiest data centers, Google has the most energy-efficient, according to a new Greenpeace report.

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Politically conservative cities suck for pedestrians

Photo by Steve Snodgrass.

Walkin' in politically conservative cities, walkin' in politically conservative cities, nobody walks in politically conservative citiiiiies. Okay this is not very catchy, but Will Oremus at Slate has noticed that it's true. The most walkable cities are reliably politically liberal -- the 19 most walkable are all in states that voted for Obama in 2008, and even the largest conservative cities didn't crack the top 20.

Read more: Cities, Politics, Sprawl

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Moscow looks awesome from space

NASA's image of the day today is a night shot of Moscow, seen framed by the Aurora Borealis and the solar panels of the International Space Station.

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Traditional Chinese medicine contains endangered animals, carcinogens

Traditional Chinese medicine shop in Hong Kong. Photo by Mailer Diablo.

It’s probably best not to make all your meals out of pink slime and enriched HFCS, but a word to the wise: “Natural” doesn’t always mean safe. A new DNA analysis reveals that traditional Chinese medicine often contains carcinogens and other poisons not listed on the label.