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Why automaker cheating threatens the self-driving car

Why automaker cheating threatens the self-driving car It’s going to hurt them down the road (so to speak) when they’re looking for legislative and agency support to move forward on autonomous driving.As long as self-driving cars are being driven on public roads, it’s not possible to move ahead quickly without some level of government support.

How Audi worked the V6 diesel emissions cheat: a 22-minute timer

How Audi worked the V6 diesel emissions cheat: a 22-minute timer These are the engines supplied by Audi for use on the Audi Q7, Porsche Cayenne, and VW Touareg models.While VW has reached terms to compensate owners of four-cylinder VW-Audi diesels (below), for about 85,000 owners of 3.

Report: Tesla is prepping larger 100kWh batteries for its Model S and Model X

Report: Tesla is prepping larger 100kWh batteries for its Model S and Model X Right now, the longest-range Tesla Model S or X you can purchase has a 90kWh battery inside it, but that could be about to change.RDW, the company that certifies Tesla vehicles for sale within the EU, recently published listings for new Tesla variants including a 100D and 100X — and that would be in line with Tesla’s current product line-up and nomenclature.

Germany votes to ban internal combustion engine cars by 2030

Germany votes to ban internal combustion engine cars by 2030 Now, Germany’s Bundesrat wants the internal combustion engine banned starting in 2030.It suggests the days of the internal combustion engine car are finite.

Why VW pulled the plug on diesels in the US: It's time to focus on EVs

Why VW pulled the plug on diesels in the US: It's time to focus on EVs This week VW brand chief executive Herbert Diess issued the gloomiest statement yet about diesel’s future here, more strongly than he’d spoken just weeks before.Even a company as big as VW has finite R&D capabilities and now may be the time to put research dollars into electric vehicles.

How will cars, car tech, and clean air fare under the Trump presidency?

How will cars, car tech, and clean air fare under the Trump presidency? There’s interest in how much the new administration supports self-driving cars, and whether fuel economy limits and clean air initiatives will continue to move forward.Not much is known about how Trump sees self-driving cars and smart highways; he didn’t talk about them during the election campaign.

EPA now concedes fracking is a hazard to drinking water

EPA now concedes fracking is a hazard to drinking water After a year-long review of the data, the EPA has concluded that fracking poses a systemic danger to clean groundwater.In response to that report, Oklahoma ordered the shutdown of dozens of wells, and they’ve had a little relief.

This Trump nominee just pledged to protect climate scientists

This Trump nominee just pledged to protect climate scientists SEATTLE — Climate scientists throughout the federal government are fearing an onslaught of budget cuts and censorship policies from the President Donald Trump administration, with sweeping changes expected governing how climate science is funded and communicated to the public.Prior to voting to confirm Wilbur Ross, President Donald Trump's choice to be secretary of Commerce, Senator Bill Nelson (D-Fla.

Government scientists are caught between new gag order and their own ethics policies

Government scientists are caught between new gag order and their own ethics policies It turns out that a gag order reportedly placed on scientists and employees at the U.Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) violates the integrity policies of both agencies.

Twitter users finding hope in 'badass' national parks

Twitter users finding hope in 'badass' national parks In the first few days of the Donald Trump presidency, National Park Service Twitter accounts have emerged as small but shining spots of hope for the anti-Trump crowd.Multiple parks accounts have deleted tweets since Trump became president, after having sent tweets into the world that were seemingly against the administration's wishes.

The march for science will be the most wonderfully nerdy demonstration ever

The march for science will be the most wonderfully nerdy demonstration ever But a planning team is meeting on Saturday to develop a firmer mission statement and ensure the movement is "inclusive of all people (and all fields of science)," they said.Separately, environmental and climate groups are planning a People's Climate March in April to protest Trump's plans to scrap former President Barack Obama's climate policies and advance construction of controversial oil pipelines.

Trump’s political appointees will vet EPA’s scientific work before release

Trump’s political appointees will vet EPA’s scientific work before release The Trump administration is mandating that any studies or data from scientists at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) undergo review by political appointees before they can be released to the public.Former EPA staffers said Wednesday the restrictions imposed under Trump far exceed the practices of past administrations.

Trump administration immediately starts trying to muzzle scientists

Trump administration immediately starts trying to muzzle scientists Memos obtained by different media outlets show that the Trump administration has ordered scientists at the EPA not to communicate with the public, and definitely not the press.“New EPA administration has asked that all contract and grant awards be temporarily suspended, effective immediately,” it said.

Twitter accounts form army in a digital resistance against Trump

Twitter accounts form army in a digital resistance against Trump President Trump's recent efforts to silence scientists on social media by imposing a gag order on administrations like the U.Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA,) have already started to backfire.

How 21 kids could keep climate websites from going completely dark

How 21 kids could keep climate websites from going completely dark Right now, anxiety is sweeping across the scientific community about the Trump administration's efforts to make climate data disappear.However, there are now a very special group of 21 young Americans, ages nine to 20, who are throwing a sizable wrench in the Trump administration's plans.

Academics, scientists, coders in mad scramble to rescue federal climate data

Academics, scientists, coders in mad scramble to rescue federal climate data I cannot believe it’s come to saying this, but the federally funded thieves and liars of the Trump administration are literally coming for the data.Baggers took those data sets and banged out custom scripts, to carefully comb out the data from the sprawling pastiche of hacked-together crap we call a government web presence.

A new bill would kill this government agency in 2018

A new bill would kill this government agency in 2018 A new bill that would have sweeping consequences for every resident of the U.Matt Gaetz of Florida, seeks to abolish the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

A man with a nasty habit of suing the EPA now leads it, because why not?

A man with a nasty habit of suing the EPA now leads it, because why not? Congrats, America: We now have a Senate-confirmed administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) again.Plus, he denies the mainstream scientific conclusion that human emissions of greenhouse gases are the primary cause of global warming.

The geekiest signs from the 'Stand up for Science' rally

The geekiest signs from the 'Stand up for Science' rally At a rally full of scientists, things were bound to get a bit geeky.On Sunday, thousands scientists and supporters gathered in Boston's Copley Square to "stand up for science" under the Trump administration.