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2009-10-29 11:10:00

A Japanese zero-emission "hybrid" scooter available in 2010 drives 10 times as cheaply as a gas powered bike, its developer announced on Thursday. The Miletto, built by auto equipment producer PROSTAFF Co. Ltd., will cost $1,730 dollars and is available in 12 colors, the company said. "It normally runs with battery power, but on a steep hill the rider would work the pedals to assist," said Ryo Teranishi, a planning official for the corporation, to Yahoo News. "It's a zero-emission vehicle in...

2009-10-19 10:49:00

NEW YORK, Oct. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- The Progressive Insurance Automotive X PRIZE, a multimillion dollar competition to inspire a new generation of viable, super fuel-efficient vehicles, today announced the 43 teams-- representing 18 states, 10 countries and 6 fuel types, that have passed the competition's Design Judging phase and will move into the most exciting phase of the competition - performance and safety testing - putting them one step closer to their share of the $10 million prize...

2009-09-29 09:17:00

OGAKI, Japan and VANCOUVER, Sept. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- IBIDEN CO., LTD recently completed an engine bench test with NxtGen Emission Controls Inc., which showed that IBIDEN's Silicon Carbide (SiC) diesel particulate filter (DPF) and NxtGen's syngas generator (SGG) improved fuel economy by up to 3 percent when paired together in an exhaust aftertreatment system. IBIDEN and NxtGen developed the test objectives and the associated test procedure to show the potential benefits and value of...

2009-09-10 15:13:00

SANTA CRUZ, Calif., Sept. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Zero Motorcycles today announced their partnership with the star-studded team behind the award-winning documentary "FUEL." In conjunction with the documentary's national opening in select cities on September 18th, the team behind "FUEL" created The Veggie Van Organization, a not-for-profit group that aims to facilitate the transition from fossil fuel use to a new green economy using sustainable energy. The Veggie Van Organization will be...

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2009-09-07 07:40:00

Spectators at the Mason-Dixon Dragway got a rare glimpse of the future as they watched electric cars rev up and silently charge around the Maryland track at speeds of more than 100 miles an hour. The cars, motorcycles and tricycles were an eye-opener for the baffled visitors, who were more accustomed to seeing the dust, dirt and smells of traditional gas-fueled dragsters. "Seeing them run for the first time today definitely scared me because their times are kinda close to some of my times,"...

2009-08-31 15:05:02

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced a voluntary recall of Baby Jogger City Mini strollers due to a fall hazard. About 41,000 jogging strollers were imported from China by Baby Jogger LLC of Richmond, Va., and sold nationwide from November 2007 through July 2009 for $220 to $400. The restraining belt buckle could break or unlatch, posing a threat to a child in the stroller, the commission said. The strollers come in a variety of colors, but all include the words City Mini...

2009-08-20 14:37:11

A European research project has developed technologies that pave the way for highly efficient unmanned public transport systems in our cities.In our congested cities it is hard to imagine that private cars and taxis could ever be replaced by a public transport system that provides a personal, door-to-door service. But this is exactly the long-term vision of Michel Parent who directs the R&D program into automated transportation at the French National Institute for Research in Computer...

2009-08-03 12:39:34

Diesel and gasoline fuel sources both bring unique assets and liabilities to powering internal combustion engines. But what if an engine could be programmed to harvest the best properties of both fuel sources at once, on the fly, by blending the fuels within the combustion chamber?The answer, based on tests by the University of Wisconsin-Madison engine research group headed by Rolf Reitz, would be a diesel engine that produces significantly lower pollutant emissions than conventional engines,...

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2009-07-28 14:36:39

The inventor of the Zamboni ice resurfacing machine is among inductees announced Tuesday to be enshrined in the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame. Frank Zamboni will be in the Hall of Fame 2009 class that includes NHL stars Tom Barrasso, John LeClair and Tony Amonte and the 1988 U.S. Olympic women's hockey team, USA Hockey said in a release. Zamboni, who died in 1988, is already a member of the U.S. Figure Skating Association Hall of Fame, the World Figure Skating Hall of Fame and the National...

2009-07-24 11:45:25

An official in Roscommon County, Mich., says his county has joined the ranks of numerous other U.S. counties in embracing all-terrain vehicle tourism. Robin Seymour of the Roscommon County Board of Commissioners' Office said by allowing all-terrain vehicle drivers to use their vehicles on the sides of county roads, county officials were hopeful tourism in the area would increase, The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday. We're trying to do whatever we can to help our businesses, Seymour...


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  • A rich embroidered or brocaded silk fabric woven originally with a warp of gold thread.
'Baudekin' seems to be an alternative form of 'baldachin,' from the Italian 'Baldacco,' Baghdad, the city where the material was made.
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