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The New Nissan Leaf Ad: Humorless, Brilliant, or Both?

The new ad for Nissan's electric car features scenes from a smoggy alternate reality in which our computers and cell phones spew out exhaust.

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The new ad for the all-electric Nissan Leaf asks, "What if everything ran on gas?" and answers in the form of vignettes from a smoggy alternate reality in which our microwaves, computers, and cell phones spew out exhaust.

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Faux-tosynthesis: The Artificial Leaf that Could Power Your Home

A "Holy Grail" of solar research has reportedly been achieved: MIT scientists have created a fake "leaf" that mimics photosynthesis.

Call it faux-tosynthesis. An MIT research team lead by Daniel Nocera revealed an "artificial leaf" that uses the sun's rays to produce energy. Developing an energy source modeled on photosynthesis like this has long been a goal of energy science. (We actually highlighted Nocera's project in the GOOD 100 way back in 2009.)

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So Are Electric Cars Better, Batteries and All?

A team of Swiss researchers compares the total life-time impact of a gas car and an electric car to put to rest some lingering questions.

The conventional wisdom is that electric cars are the more environmentally-friendly option, because they don't burn fossil fuels. But for the informed skeptic there are usually two lingering questions. First, doesn't that electricity come from dirty coal anyway? And second, what's the environmental impact of producing that big, costly battery in the electric car?

Well, the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (EMPA) has completed a life-cycle comparison between an electric car and an internal combustion engine car to settle some of those nagging questions.

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