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  •  The clear liquid flowing from a collection of pipes and wires in a Hayward industrial park smells just like gasoline, and for all practical purposes, it is...Siluria's process doesn't require intense pressure and heat. It uses a chemical catalyst to take methane molecules from natural gas and combine them into ethylene, a hydrocarbon widely used in the chemical industry..."My view is, it'll make some people some money, but it's not much of a solution, because you're still burning fuel and creating emissions," said Daniel Kammen, director of the Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory at UC Berkeley. "It's a good business deal."

    SF Chronicle
  • ... as more than 23 million trips on these bikes have been taken in that time, all of that pedaling has been great for the climate because each mile someone rides on a bike-share bike instead of driving a car means about 1 pound of carbon dioxide is kept out of the atmosphere, said Susan Shaheen, co-director of the Transportation Sustainability Research Center at the University of California-Berkeley.

    Scientific American
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    ...Tilikum Crossing is the nation's first multi-modal bridge that will be off-limits to private automobiles. It will carry MAX light rail trains (the impetus for construction) as well as Portland's streetcar line and city buses, and of course pedestrian and bike lanes on both sides—but no cars. If the bridge looks elegant in its slenderness, that may be because the omission of private automobiles keeps it from taking on a more gargantuan array of lanes and entry/exit ramps.

  • ...Many view the free shuttles as the reason why housing prices are jumping -- highly paid tech workers can live in San Francisco but work in Silicon Valley. The University of California, Berkeley, discovered there's some truth to the protesters' claims. A study by the school found 40 percent of tech bus commuters said they'd move closer to their jobs if their free shuttles were discontinued. And 10 percent said they'd quit their jobs if the shuttles were canceled.

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     The California Fuel Cell Partnership has just published a report detailing how hydrogen-powered fuel cell electric vehicles affect air, climate, energy, water and security.

    California Fuel Cell Partnership
  •  Dutch biologist Ingrid van der Meer often meets with disbelief when she talks about her work on dandelions and how it could secure the future of road transport..."People just think of it as a horrible weed and ask how can you get enough material for tires from just a small root," she said.

  • People who walk, bike or take public transportation to work tend to be thinner than those who ride in their own cars, according to a new study from the UK. The new findings - including that taking public transportation was just as beneficial as the other “active commuting” modes - point to significant health benefits across society if more people left their cars at home, researchers say.

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    ...The advantages of a V2V system would be largely redundant, as the cameras and radars already on cars can detect many of those hazards. However, it could extend the abilities of existing safety features like forward collision warning (by “seeing” beyond a single car in a line) or blind spot warning systems (by allowing the car to know if a blind spot will be occupied momentarily, not just if it’s occupied currently). But a new report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which is behind most regulations that impact the auto industry, outlines three new situations where the technology would be more effective than what we have now. 

  • ...group of researchers at McGill University in Montreal recently tried to establish a clear hierarchy among the main six work-trip modes: driving, riding (bus and metro and commuter rail), walking, and cycling. They asked nearly 3,400 people who commuted to campus on a single mode to describe their typical trip in both winter and summer, and to rate their satisfaction with various aspects of that trip. The researchers then converted the ratings into a single satisfaction score for each of six commute modes.

  • The Federal Aviation Administration has begun deploying a new computer system for its air traffic controllers despite warnings that the software suffers from unstable requirements, lacks key safety capabilities and requires training that has yet to be given to workers, a government watchdog warned Monday...One of the missing capabilities is a special warning that alerts controllers of loss of separation between aircraft, a potential safety hazard, the IG said. Officials are scrambling for an upgrade this month to fix that problem.

    Washington Times