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Hangzhou is a city of 7 million people. It has the world's largest bike-share program and is about to pioneer what may become the model for merging energy and transportation. Also, Solar Impulse returns to Switzerland and we look at two exciting e-bike designs, including the world's lightest electric mountain bike. These and more...
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COOKING TOMATOES

As I drove our Prius home from the dentist this week, the outside temperature read 108F. Now if this were Phoenix, I wouldn’t much care, but since this is Omaha, I am concerned, especially when I discover the tomato I just picked is hot on the inside when I cut it open. This summer has been too hot here and across America. I knew we were in for something out of the ordinary after such a remarkably mild winter. It can’t be 60F here in January and not a lot warmer than usual in July. So far, with the exception of one stand of corn out the road from us, the corn and soybeans around us still look okay and we finally got a misting of rain this week, but the chances of more precipitation relief from the heat remain low.

It’s hard not to want to attribute this to global warming, not with all the records being broken. If it is, the good news is that America’s CO2 output is declining, though we may well have passed the tipping point. I do know this, it’s been so hot that my wife isn’t using the plug-in mode in the Prius for fear the internal temperatures of the air-cooled NiMH pack (installed by PICC in 2009) will damage the cells, cooking them like the tomatoes in our kitchen garden.

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