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3 next-gen vehicles take the $10-million Automotive X PRIZE

More than two years after challenging engineers to develop a new class of vehicle that could achieve 100 miles per gallon or the energy equivalent (mpge), the X PRIZE Foundation on Thursday crowned three winners in its $10-million Progressive Insurance Automotive X PRIZE competition...

September 16, 2010 — Larry Greenemeier

Cost to save the world's tigers: $10,000 each per year (or just pennies a day!)

Properly protecting the world's remaining 3,500 wild tigers from poachers, habitat fragmentation and other threats would cost just 42 percent more than is already spent on tiger conservation—an additional $35 million per year, or $10,000 per cat, according to a new study published September 14 in the journal PLoS Biology ...

September 16, 2010 — John Platt

British bumblebees are inbreeding themselves into extinction

Populations of a bumblebee species living on remote Scottish islands have a lack of genetic diversity because of many generations of inbreeding, a situation that could put the region's bumblebees at risk of extinction, according to a new study by scientists from the University of Stirling in Scotland.Penelope Whitehorn, a PhD student, presented the research at last week's annual meeting of the British Ecological Society.The study found that moss carder bumblebees ( Bombus muscorum ) living on nine Hebridean islands off the west coast of Scotland are more susceptible to diseases carried by parasites than healthier populations on the mainland...

September 13, 2010 — John Platt

Deepwater doom: Extinction threat for world's smallest sea horse

The Gulf of Mexico oil spill this year and subsequent cleanup efforts could drive the world's smallest sea horse into extinction, warns the Zoological Society of London and its marine conservation organization Project Seahorse.  The tiny dwarf sea horse ( Hippocampus zosterae ), which grows to a maximum length of 2.5 centimeters, can be found only in the ocean waters off the Gulf Coast...

September 8, 2010 — John Platt
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