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The highway to hydrogen-powered cars is a costly one

Mar 30, 2005
The Department of Energy has started doling out dollars for the development of alternative energy cars. Today two car companies announced deals with the government to build hydrogen-powered vehicles. The cars won't be on the road for years. And that's lucky. Because if you want one of these babies, you could could probably use these intervening years to save up for a downpayment. Marketplace's Matthew Algeo reports.
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EPA outlines new cancer risks for kids, but no new rules

Mar 30, 2005
Some chemicals may be far more dangerous for kids than previously thought - as much as ten times more likely to cause cancer. So says the Environmental Protection Agency. The EPA updated its cancer risk guidelines today. But if you're expecting tough new rules...you may be waiting awhile. From our Health Desk at WGBH, Helen Palmer reports.
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Space tourism, and enjoying weightlessness

Mar 28, 2005
The two astronauts onboard the space station did a space walk today. They released an eleven-pound satellite characterized as a baby Sputnik. It's designed for experimental manoeuvering by ground controllers. Sputnik, space walks...sounds somewhat retro compared with what our resident futurist has been up to. Andrew Zolli, president of Z-Plus Partners, got the feel of civilian space flight. Though he never really left the earth's atmosphere. Andrew went on something like a roller coaster ride in a big airplane...
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New technology and breaking down infectious waste

Mar 28, 2005
This might not be your favorite breakfast topic, but there's an important new invention in the waste disposal business. Specifically - the disposal of diseased livestock and dead animals used for research. An Indianapolis company has come up with a way to dispose of them that's, for the first time, environmentally friendly. Julie Halpert has this report.
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Wind power investments - Strong wind profits?

Mar 21, 2005
Gasoline prices have jumped 12 cents in the last two weeks. That's enough to make hardcore V-8 fans take a second look at hybrids. But Goldman Sachs is doing more than just window shopping. The investment bank said today it's buying Zilkha Renewable Energy - a private wind-energy development company. The deal appears to be part of what Goldman says is a plan to play a leading role in the renewable energy business. With us to talk about this is Ann Davis, a senior special writer for the Wall Street Journal...
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Making hybrid vehicles even more appealing

Mar 21, 2005
"HOV" lanes were intended to be the domain for drivers with at least one passenger in their car. Now, some states want to extend their use to folks driving solo... if they're behind the wheel of a hybrid vehicle. But as Cy Musiker reports, Uncle Sam may be putting the brakes on that idea before states can get up to speed.
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Ipods, radio, podcasting, and music

Mar 10, 2005
Oh to be in Austin tomorrow. Oh, any day will do, really, but especially tomorrow. It's the start of South by Southwest. The big film and music festival. But you don't have to be in Austin to hear a lot of the new music. This year, the folks at South by Southwest are providing a huge file to download. 750 songs. That's 2.6 gigabites. Download it! Nic Harcourt is music director at KCRW, host of the public radio program Sounds Eclectic -and he's on his way to the big festival.
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The cloning pets business

Mar 10, 2005
This week, the United Nations urged governments around the world to ban all human cloning. That includes the cloning of human embryos for stem-cell research. But the UN didn't say anything about pets....In fact, the world's first commercial pet-cloning lab is opening soon in Wisconsin. The company says Mittens or Fido can be replicated for about the same cost of a high-end sports utility vehicle. But as Brian Bull reports, not everyone's purring over the facility.
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The trash mining movement

Mar 9, 2005
With oil prices back up, President Bush's timing seems spot on. He was in Ohio today talking up alternatives. Biodiesel, hydrogen fuel, and so-called clean coal technology. No mention of methane. In Fredricksburg, Virginia, they're hoping to harness the methane coming up from a landfill. The idea would be to use it to generate electricity. As it stands, most folks consider landfills as little more than horrible blots on the American landscape. But not always. Just ask around Austin, Texas. From KUT, Michael May reports.
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Pfizer, and the cholesterol war

Mar 7, 2005
Today the world's biggest pharmaceutical company offered a peek at what it hopes will be the next big thing. The company already markets the world's best selling drug - Lipitor. It cuts so-called "bad" cholesterol. Pfizer's new drug boosts "good" cholesterol, and it's looking pretty solid in trials. If you put the good and the bad together, what do you get? A combo designed to deal with more than strictly 'medical' concerns. From the Health Desk at WGBH, Marketplace's Helen Palmer reports.
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