You know those Mega Shark vs. Crocosaurus-type movies where the government decides to solve the problem of one rampaging animal by releasing another into the wild to fight it? Well, that pretty much just happened — except that this time the newly released creatures are genetically-engineered killer mosquitoes.Announced this week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency officially signed off on an unorthodox plan to use lab-grown mosquitoes, developed by the Kentucky-based biotech company MosquitoMate, as insect assassins to hunt down disease-carrying wild mosquitoes. It’s part of a project called “Adam,” in which male mosquitoes (the ones that don’t bite, since male mosquitoes feed only on flower nectar) are used as vehicles to deliver a potent mosquito insecticide, thereby reducing mosquito populations.“MosquitoMate has developed a novel mosquito control tool for the Asian Tiger mosquito, Aedes albopictus, which we call ZAP,” Corey … [Read more...] about U.S. approves plans to release weaponized mosquitoes — for your own good
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Mitsubishi is in hot water for overstating fuel economy on 620,000 cars sold in Japan over the last three years. But the company says its U.S. models are not involved, citing its own internal investigation.“Our findings confirm that fuel economy testing data for these U.S. market vehicles is accurate and complies with established EPA procedures,” a Mitsubishi statement said. The company checked data submitted to the EPA for model years 2013 through 2017, and claims it found no evidence of the tweaked testing procedures its Japanese arm used.Mitsubishi disclosed this week that the affected Japanese cars got inflated fuel economy ratings because engineers used a modified version of the “coast down test” that determines air resistance. The carmaker said it devised an illegal testing procedure as early as 1992 that delivered better fuel economy results than the method proscribed by the Japanese government.Read more: Feds inquire about Mitsubishi fuel economyThe … [Read more...] about Mitsubishi says it didn’t cheat on U.S. fuel economy tests
BMW has announced it remains committed to selling diesel-powered sedans and crossovers in the United States in spite of Volkswagen’s recent Dieselgate scandal.“We have no reason to give up on diesel in the United States. It’s still one third of the X cars we sell here, they’re strong on diesel,” explained Dr. Klaus Fröhlich, the head of BMW’s research and development department, in an interview with Australian website Motoring.Consumer demand isn’t the only reason why BMW will stick with diesel-burning engines in the foreseeable future. Fröhlich pointed out that the Munich-based car maker has strict fuel economy targets to meet, and it’s having a difficult time convincing buyers in the United States to look at hybrid and plug-in hybrid cars because gas prices are so low. Diesel engines are generally more efficient than gasoline-burning mills, so selling diesel-powered cars on our side of the pond helps BMW’s … [Read more...] about Good news, torque fans: BMW won’t let the Dieselgate scandal prevent it from selling diesels in the U.S.
The ongoing Volkswagen diesel scandal has put U.S.-market diesel cars on the endangered species list. Diesels have never been as popular in the United States as they are in Europe, and now that Volkswagen Group brands aren’t selling them here, their numbers have dwindled.VW was arguably the most enthusiastic about diesels in the U.S., but it wasn’t the only carmaker selling them here. Mercedes-Benz offers a handful of diesel models, although slow sales, tougher emissions standards, and increased scrutiny resulting from the Volkswagen scandal have weakened its resolve. Mercedes may even stop selling diesels in the U.S. entirely, according to Automotive News (subscription required).The automaker is still working on certification for a limited number of 2017 diesel models, Matthias Luehrs, vice president of sales and product management for Mercedes-Benz Cars, said in an interview at last week’s 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show. The company is conducting market research to … [Read more...] about Mercedes-Benz is pessimistic about the future of U.S. diesels
Honda is in the midst of the biggest sports car offensive it has ever launched in its history. The company’s Acura division unveiled the long-awaited (and long-overdue) second-gen NSX earlier this year in Detroit, and industry rumors claim it is designing a smaller and more affordable mid-engined model to compete against the Porsche Boxster and the Alfa Romeo 4C.Surprisingly, John Mendel, the executive vice president of Honda’s American division has hinted that the tiny S660 (pictured) could add a third prong to the offensive.“We’re looking at it intently for North America. We want some spice in the lineup,” revealed the executive in an interview with Edmunds.If it’s given the green light for production, the U.S.-spec version of the convertible won’t be identical to the one that’s sold in Japan. For starters, the S660 is considered a “kei” car in its home country, meaning that owners benefit from sizable tax breaks. … [Read more...] about Honda’s pint-sized S660 roadster could be sold in the U.S. with a bigger engine
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the California Air Resources Board (CARB) have accused Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) of selling diesel-powered light trucks that pollute more than they’re legally allowed to.A statement published on the EPA’s official website explains that 104,000 trucks and SUVs sold in the U.S. over the past couple of years don’t comply with emissions regulations. The vehicles affected include Jeep Grand Cherokees and Ram 1500 EcoDiesels for the 2014, 2015, and 2016 model years. Both trucks are fitted with a 3.0-liter V6 engine. The Cummins-supplied, 6.7-liter straight-six diesel found under the hood of Ram’s heavy duty models isn’t targeted by the EPA’s probe.According to the agency, FCA violated the federal Clean Air Act by not disclosing engine management software that alters emissions, allowing the six-cylinder oil-burner to emit more nitrogen oxide (NOX) than it’s allowed to. Importantly, … [Read more...] about Dieselgate 2.0? EPA claims Jeep and Ram also cheated on emissions
The new Chevrolet Cruze Clean Turbo Diesel could prompt more Americans to consider buying a diesel who might not have ever considered it as an option before.While widely popular outside of the U.S. market, a lot of Americans probably still have a negative view of diesel vehicles despite being aware of the potential fuel savings.Even with all the advancements made in the technology, the image of pulling up to a light and hearing a truck rumbling with a diesel badge is probably a more accurate picture of what a lot of middle Americas think of diesel cars.I’d be willing to bet that many American consumers have no idea that luxury carmakers like Mercedes-Benz and BMW now offer diesel-powered sedans in the U.S. And if they do, it probably means little considering that the cars are out of their price range.I’m not even sure that a lot of Americans know that Volkswagen offers a very affordable diesel in the U.S. However, with a starting price just under $26,000 … [Read more...] about Can Chevy’s new Cruze Diesel help change the negative perception of diesel cars in U.S.?
In greening up its image, BMW has two choices: push the diesel engines it already sells in droves in Europe, or continue to promote its “ActiveHybrid” powertrain. The Bavarian company seems to be choosing “all of the above.” Even with hybrid versions of all of its sedans, BMW is reportedly planning to launch a full line of diesels in North America.A slide showing release dates for six diesel models, reportedly taken from a BMW North America meeting, was leaked on the F30Post forum. If it’s legitimate, Americans can expect an onslaught of diesel Bimmers beginning next year.The first car listed is a 3 series sedan, which will arrive in the first half of 2013. It will be followed by a 3 series wagon in the second half of next year. The diesel will be the second engine option for the wagon, which launches next May as a 328i with BMW’s 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four, but not the inline-six found in 335i sedan models.Rounding out 2013 will be a diesel … [Read more...] about Spoiled for choice: BMW planning six new diesel models for the U.S.
You probably don’t recognize the Insect Shield brand, but if you have ever donned a piece of insect-repellent clothing or bug-resistant gear, then you likely have experience with the company’s technology. The company’s proprietary permethrin formula is used by the U.S. military and by more than 70 lifestyle clothing brands.And it is used for good reasons — permethrin is effective against a variety of insects including mosquitoes, ticks, ants, flies, chiggers, and no-see-ums. With the introduction of its new Easy Pack program, Insect Shield’s highly regarded repellent formula is now available to the public.The Easy Pack program is a mail-in service that allows consumers to send their clothing to Insect Shield for treatment with this long-lasting permethrin formula. The Easy Pack simply is a pre-paid Priority Mail envelope that measures 17.25 inches by 14 inches. Customers can stuff the pack with clothing and then ship off their items to the company using … [Read more...] about Insect Shield offering U.S. military-approved bug repellent for clothing
Climate change scientists are in a frenzy to do as much research as they can on global warming since once Trump is in office, things will be looking down for them. The Donald may do away with all their efforts once he enters the White House. Get the Free Tracker App to find a Luvabella in Stock The repercussions of the neoconservative agenda of Trump is being seen all over most of America. A guerrilla archiving event took place at the University of Toronto recently.Many meetings were also held at the University of Pennsylvania. The goal was one and the same: the downloading of large quantities of data on climate change on an online website in a race against time to outdo the anti-environmental agenda of the Trump administration.Most of this data comes courtesy of the EPA. This agency conducts research and programs on a national level to protect the delicate environment. The Internet Archive’s End of Term 2016 Project is being cooperated with in a bid to outdo the … [Read more...] about Scientists Are Copying U.S. Climate Data To Save It From Trump