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In the Future, Your Parked Car Will Power Your House

Vehicle-to-grid technology: The U.S. military is about to give it a test-drive.

On a continued mission to reduce overall fleet expenses, increase mission capabilities, and achieve energy efficiency goals, the Department of Defense recently announced a plan to spend $20 million on the first year of a pilot program that will test a vehicle fleet of 500 plug-in electric vehicles and related infrastructure using vehicle-to-grid technology at six installations nation-wide. Vehicle-to-grid, or V2G, is a system by which power can be passed back and forth between a parked vehicle and the power grid. That means, if needed, an electric vehicle could temporarily provide back-up energy to the grid.

According to E&E News:

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Every day, doctors around the country depend on electricity to power life-saving equipment in their hospitals. Most of us don’t realize it, but the electricity in a hospital usually comes from their own on-site power plant—they are constantly producing their own power. In fact, the engineers in charge of these power plants always make more energy than they really need. This makes perfect sense when lives are on the line, but a lot of the energy ends up wasted.

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unPAC Design Challenge: Join Shepard Fairey and Lawrence Lessig To Take Back Congress

Throughout history, art has inspired action. Now unPAC, a coalition of organizations that believes our political process has become hijacked by...



Throughout history, art has inspired action. Now unPAC, a coalition of organizations that believes our political process has become hijacked by the super-rich, super-PACS, and other special interest forces, is asking the public to create an iconic image that will inspire people to tell Congress that our campaign finance system is undemocratic and corrupt and must be fixed.

unPAC believes that an iconic image can move citizens to speak up to Congress about our broken campaign finance system, and that if we speak up, we will be more powerful than the corporations and few wealthy individuals who are pouring millions of dollars to fund the campaigns of our political representatives.

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The Pygmalion Effect: Does Calling It a "Failing School" Make It One?

There's been an incredible spike in the prevalence of the term “failing school”—and that label itself could be hurting our education system.

Nowadays it's pretty common to hear talk about “failing schools.” We rarely pause to consider, however, that that label might suggest the students and teachers inside the building are failures themselves. And our casual use of the term could have pretty dangerous consequences.

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