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Stories by Larry Greenemeier

9 automotive X PRIZE competitors move on to the final round

The original field of 136 experimental vehicles vying for a $10 million prize in Progressive Insurance's Automotive X PRIZE competition has been whittled down to just nine finalists, competition organizers said Tuesday.

July 27, 2010 — Larry Greenemeier

Former Vice President Dick Cheney receives artificial heart part

Former Vice President Dick Cheney's announcement this week that he has been implanted with a left ventricular assist device (LVAD) to aid his ailing heart highlights one of several technologies available to people suffering from heart failure.

July 15, 2010 — Larry Greenemeier

BP test could lead to an interim fix of 85-day leak at the Deepwater site

BP is a few hours away from beginning an integrity test of its leaking Macondo well Tuesday afternoon that will determine whether it's still feasible to shut off the flow of oil into the Gulf of Mexico from the top of the well, or if all hopes for stopping the gusher should continue to be pinned on the ongoing relief-well effort.

July 13, 2010 — Larry Greenemeier

What will it be like to own an electric car in 2011?

Very few people really know much today about the experience of owning an electric vehicle of course, given that EVs are not widely available. Nissan hopes to change this by the end of the year when its fully electric Leaf debuts.

July 12, 2010 — Larry Greenemeier

Firefly mating could reveal clues about how the brain is wired

For many, the warm glow of fireflies in the night air is a sure sign that summer has arrived. After dark, these bioluminescent beetles are generally visible only when they emit flashes of yellow, green or pale red from their lower abdomen as part of their mating ritual.

July 8, 2010 — Larry Greenemeier

Robot Test Drive

Your Web-enabled mechanical stunt double is ready

July 1, 2010 — Larry Greenemeier

What can a three-legged dog teach robots about resilience?

Anyone who's ever seen a dog move around on three limbs knows that canines are remarkably resilient creatures. Scientists are now wondering whether such adaptability could likewise be programmed into robots, in the event they experience damage or malfunction far from a repair shop (look no further than NASA's Mars Spirit rover to see why this is important).

June 30, 2010 — Larry Greenemeier