Every year, more people worldwide flock to cities, where congestion and pollution are becoming intolerable. GM and Segway have teamed up to build what they believe is the solution: a two-seat, two-wheeled Segway with zero emissions.
Jon Bergstrom, a cotton and hay farmer in Sweetwater, Texas (population 10,472), looks outside his window every day and feels grateful. The giant white towers spinning on the near horizon have everything to do with it. Sweetwater is in Nolan County, which boasts more wind turbines than any other U.S. county. Its 1,253 turbines produce a total of 2,000 megawatts of electricity per year at peak. (Coal-fired power plants average 603 megawatts.)
On November 1, 1968, bowing to howls that movies were corrupting youth, the film industry unveiled a voluntary rating system, which told youth what to see to be corrupted. The ratings have evolved (X is now NC-17, though we still say "X" since "triple-NC-17" sounds lame), but kids' desire to sneak into R movies hasn't changed. Here's a look at the system and its stats.
L.A. and Long Beach invested $1 million in the first hybrid tugboat, due out this fall. Software on board decides how to deploy the two diesel engines, two generators, and 21,000 pounds of batteries. Tug maker Foss expects fuel savings of 30%.
September 2008 is a milestone month for U.S. automakers: General Motors and the Ford Model T both turn 100 years old. We wish they had more to celebrate, but in their honor, here's a look at the business of cars.