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Critical List: Olympia Snow retires; more people believe in global warming

Olympia Snowe, a moderate Republican who believed in global warming and even tried to do something about it, is retiring from the Senate.

Since it's getting warmer, more Americans believe in global warming, because of "personal observations of the weather." Sigh. That's not the correct reason to believe global warming is happening, but we'll take it. At least until next winter.

New York could double the speeding fines for electric bike riders to $1,000.

Wind farms that fly or float can help maximize production.

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Terrifying video envisions a world where education is anti-science

Step for a moment into this chilling alternative reality, in which fine young men and women believe "gravity is just a theory" and "cigarettes aren't addictive":

The video is from the Climate Reality Project, Al Gore's current climate-change fighting outfit. What do y'all find the most terrifying moment? I lose it around "Scientists are, like, altering their data just to get paid." That girl is really convincing! But the clincher is when they say, "Of course it's true. I learned it in school."

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Liquid battery electric vehicle could charge in three minutes

“Flow” batteries, i.e. batteries filled with a liquid electrolyte that can be pumped out and replenished, have the potential to transform the process of charging an electric vehicle into something that more closely resembles filling it up with gas. This research is still at its earliest stages, but a battery from startup Eos Energy Storage could be drained and refilled with charged electrolyte in three minutes, the company's CEO told Katie Fehrenbacher of GigaOm.

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New revelations about how Fukushima almost forced the evacuation of Tokyo

During the most dire period in the Fukushima meltdown, the president of Japanese utility company Tepco tried to evacuate all workers at the stricken reactor. If that order went through, it would have precipitated a worst-case scenario and ultimately the evacuation of Tokyo.

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Peel-off solar panels could make solar competitive with coal

Ultra-thin solar cells that can be "peeled off" from larger pieces of silicon like delicious fruit roll-ups could be the key to making solar competitive with coal, say researchers at MIT.

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All you need to know about TransCanada’s new plan for Keystone XL

Keystone XL lives! On Monday, TransCanada announced its next two moves in its fight to get the tar-sands pumping pipeline built, and its strategy now involves splitting the project into two parts. Because it stands to reason that if people object to one pipeline, they’ll have no problem with TWO pipelines!

Part No. 1: Cushing, Okla., to Texas refineries

Cushing, Okla., a small town smack dab in the middle of nowhere, plays an outsize role in global oil markets. There's a huge oil storage facility there, and oil sold in Cushing helps determine world oil prices. TransCanada wants to forge ahead with building the segment of Keystone XL that will bring oil from Cushing to Texas' hungry oil refineries, which process crude and ship it off. (That crude doesn’t necessarily help to meet U.S. oil demands: fuel was America's largest export last year.)

Because this segment of the pipeline doesn't cross any international borders, the State Department doesn't have a say in its construction. So Keystone Jr. could skip right over the approval bottleneck that sunk its big brother.

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Watch Republicans try valiantly to be funny by mocking Chevy Volt

Aw, look, they're trying to make jokes! I'm going to print this right out and hang it on the fridge in a frame that says My First Satire.

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The rules for lady bicyclists, 1895 edition: ‘Don’t be a fright’

Comic by Kate Beaton

Brain Pickings has dug up a list of 41 "don'ts" for female bicyclists from an 1895 New York newspaper, and they are downright breathtaking in their amazingness.

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Critical List: TransCanada reboots KeystoneXL; the most energy-dense battery ever

TransCanada is going to reapply for a Keystone XL permit and wants to start work on the Oklahoma-to-Texas portion of the pipeline.

Envia Systems has created the most energy-dense battery ever, which could bring down the price of electric vehicles and extend their range.

Rick Santorum thinks gas prices caused the recession. No, he really does. A direct quote: "The bubble burst in housing because people couldn't pay their mortgages because they were looking at $4 a gallon gasoline."

A New York court dismissed a case by organic farmers who hoped for protection against Monsanto should the agribusiness giant's genes get into their crops.

ARPA-E's energy innovation summit has kicked into gear.

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Giant prehistoric penguins!

Scientists have spent the past 35 years reconstructing a giant penguin fossil from New Zealand, and here's the first look at their results. Kairuku (Maori for "diver who returns with food") lived about 25 million years ago, and it looks a little different from modern penguins. For starters, it's more than 4 feet tall.

Read more: Animals