Laura K. Cowan

 

Laura K. Cowan is a novelist and editor from Ann Arbor, Michigan, whose first novel The Little Seer spent its launch week on top of the Amazon free bestseller lists for Christian Suspense and Occult/Supernatural. Laura has worked for years as an accomplished writer and editor in genres such as green tech, green parenting, and automotive media, and has been called one of the best copy editors in the business by multiple colleagues, including late mentor David E. Davis, Jr., whom TIME Magazine called “the Dean of Automotive Journalism.” She is the founder of popular green parenting blog 29 Diapers, author of Ecofrugal Baby: How To Save 70% Off Baby’s First Year, and Road Test Editor for Inhabitat. Laura’s work has appeared in Automobile Quarterly as well as on numerous parenting sites including BabyCenter, EcoMom, and Inhabitots. She lives in Michigan with her husband and her 3-year-old daughter. You can find her on Twitter and LinkedIn, or connect with her at laurakcowan[at]gmail.com or on her website LauraKCowan.com.

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“Art in the Streets” Recycles Cars and Ice Cream Truck as Canvases

“Art in the Streets” Recycles Cars and Ice Cream Truck as Canvases

How do you recycle a 1963 International ice cream truck after it’s done serving tasty treats? “Art in the Streets,” a new exhibit at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los

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Peugeot EX1 Concept Shatters Electric Car Lap Record at Nurburgring

Peugeot EX1 Concept Shatters Electric Car Lap Record at Nurburgring

With a lap time of 9:01.338, the electric Peugeot knocked an incredible 50 seconds off the previous record time, on a track where shaving just one full second off a lap record is considered an

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Solar Impulse Plane Prepares for First International Flight

Solar Impulse Plane Prepares for First International Flight

The Solar Impulse solar plane, which in 2010 demonstrated it could harvest enough energy by day to stay aloft all night, will soon take its first international flight. The team will be headed by

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World’s Oldest Hybrid, The Porsche Semper Vivus, Drives Into the New York Auto Show

World’s Oldest Hybrid, The Porsche Semper Vivus, Drives Into the New York Auto Show

Think hybrid vehicles have only been around a couple of decades? The Porsche Semper Vivus, developed over a century ago in the year 1900 proves otherwise. A beautifully crafted copy of the

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Toyota and WiTricity To Develop New Wireless Charging Tech That Requires No Contact

Toyota and WiTricity To Develop New Wireless Charging Tech That Requires No Contact

Toyota is partnering with Massachusett’s-based WiTricity to develop a new kind of wireless charging for electric vehicles that doesn’t require contact. Called

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Honda Debuts Its Natural Gas Civic at the New York Auto Show

Honda Debuts Its Natural Gas Civic at the New York Auto Show

Last week, Honda introduced a whole new line of Civics at the New York International Auto Show. Hidden among them was the all-new Honda Civic Natural Gas. Gone are the NGV badges, and the

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INFINYTE: i4 and i8 Solar-Electric Hybrid Boats Offer Joystick-Powered, Zero Emissions Fun

INFINYTE: i4 and i8 Solar-Electric Hybrid Boats Offer Joystick-Powered, Zero Emissions Fun

Canadian company Infinyte has created two solar-electric hybrid boats that offer consumers zero emissions water fun. The i4 and soon-to-be-released i8 model can run up to 8 miles per hour and 20

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Prius-Powered Roller Coaster is Made Up of Toyota Parts

Prius-Powered Roller Coaster is Made Up of Toyota Parts

Toyota and Pittsburgh-based Deeplocal have teamed up to create a Prius-powered hybrid roller coaster. The idea was to see if the car’s braking energy could be harvested to power other parts of

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Ford Reports Best Earnings in 13 Years Thanks To Green Vehicles

Ford Reports Best Earnings in 13 Years Thanks To Green Vehicles

Ford just announced its best quarterly profits in 13 years, thanks to rising demand for its fuel-efficient vehicles. Profits rose to $2.55 billion in the first quarter of 2011 from $2.09 billion

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Unmodified Nissan LEAF Enters Pike’s Peak Hill Climb Race

Unmodified Nissan LEAF Enters Pike’s Peak Hill Climb Race

That an electric car would enter the grueling Pike's Peak Hill Climb race is not in itself surprising: last year's champion was Ikuo Hanawa's custom-built EV Sports Concept HER-02 from Japan.

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Chevy Volt and Nissan Leaf Awarded Highest IIHS Safety Ratings

Chevy Volt and Nissan Leaf Awarded Highest IIHS Safety Ratings

We may be at the tipping point, after which electric vehicles are no longer feared as unsafe to drive on the highway: The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety today announced it is awarding

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Kentucky Man Builds Bourbon-Powered Car

Kentucky Man Builds Bourbon-Powered Car

Gas prices driving you to drink? Put down that whiskey bottle because Mickey Nillson of Bardstown, Kentucky, has a better use for it. His bourbon-powered junk car was inspired by Chitty Chitty

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Supersonic: Removable Battery-Powered EV Concept Car Honored in Michelin Challenge

Supersonic: Removable Battery-Powered EV Concept Car Honored in Michelin Challenge

This three-wheeled beauty is the brainchild of Serbian industrial designer and professor Marko Lukovic, who was honored for his “Supersonic” concept car in the Michelin Challenge

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Revenge of the Electric Car: New Film Follows the Race To Develop Viable EVs

Revenge of the Electric Car: New Film Follows the Race To Develop Viable EVs

  Who killed the electric car? Not GM. Revenge of the Electric Car, a new film from the makers of the original film criticizing GM for pulling its EVs off the market takes viewers

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Eco-Traveler Boaz Frankel Uses 101 Modes of Green Transportation to Cross the U.S.

Eco-Traveler Boaz Frankel Uses 101 Modes of Green Transportation to Cross the U.S.

Eco-traveler Boaz Frankel knows more than one way to travel green. In fact, he will be using 101 different modes of transport to cross the U.S. in a new Halogen TV show called The Un-Road Trip,

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New York Auto Show: Porsche’s 911 GTR 3 “Facebook” Hybrid Gets a Lot of Likes

New York Auto Show: Porsche’s 911 GTR 3 “Facebook” Hybrid Gets a Lot of Likes

Porsche has created a special edition of its 911 GTR 3 hybrid to commemorate passing the 1 million Facebook fan mark. The hybrid race car is plastered with 27,000 signatures of Porsche fans and

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Mitsubishi’s Electric i to Be Most Affordable Electric Car Available in US at $21K

Mitsubishi’s Electric i to Be Most Affordable Electric Car Available in US at $21K

Mitsubishi announced at the New York auto show that its all-electric i car will cost just over $21,000 after the $7,000 federal tax rebate for EVs. The goal was to get the price under $20k, but

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City of Boston Announces Its BIXI Bike Share Program Is a Go

City of Boston Announces Its BIXI Bike Share Program Is a Go

Boston's Bike Czar Nicole Freedman has achieved her goal to make Boston a biking city. Boston Mayor Thomas Menino has announced that his fair city, previously known as the worst cycling city in

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Apple Named “Least Green” Tech Company by Greenpeace

Apple Named “Least Green” Tech Company by Greenpeace

Greenpeace just named Apple the least green company on its list of tech firms because of its reliance on dirty coal to power the company’s data centers. Greenpeace’s report,

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Your Next Car Could Fire Up With Lasers, Not Spark Plugs

Your Next Car Could Fire Up With Lasers, Not Spark Plugs

This GM V-8 engine could soon be powered by lasers. Japanese researchers have created a laser system small enough to fit into an engine cylinder head. This means your next car could be fired up

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DOE and Google Build an Interactive Map for Green Vehicle Drivers

DOE and Google Build an Interactive Map for Green Vehicle Drivers

The Department of Energy, Google, Best Buy, Tom Tom and around 80 other companies have formed a joint venture called the GeoEVSE to create a database that helps EV and alternative fuel vehicle

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Protean Demonstrates That Its Electric Motors Can Drive an F150 From the Wheels

Protean Demonstrates That Its Electric Motors Can Drive an F150 From the Wheels

Protean Electric came to the 2011 SAE World Congress ready to prove that its in-wheel electric motors could power more than a mini city car. They brought an F150 kitted out with Protean's motors

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dAIH2Orean R/C Car Runs on Aluminum Beer Can Tabs

dAIH2Orean R/C Car Runs on Aluminum Beer Can Tabs

This radio-controlled car is powered by something a little unusual: aluminum tabs from beer and soda cans. The dAIH2Orean R/C car is a fuel cell that extracts a maximum speed of 18 miles per

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Marcelo da Luz Pulls His Solar Car Across Ontario Instead of Driving It

Marcelo da Luz Pulls His Solar Car Across Ontario Instead of Driving It

When Marcelo da Luz was told he couldn't drive his solar car across Ontario to complete his trans-Canadian tour, he saw an opportunity. Rather than give up, da Luz pulled the batteries and motor

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Buick Introduces Envision Plug-in Hybrid SUV Concept in Shanghai

Buick Introduces Envision Plug-in Hybrid SUV Concept in Shanghai

General Motors offered up an elegant new concept at the Shanghai Motor Show, the Buick Envision Plug-in Hybrid SUV. This scissor-door beauty is equipped with a solar roof and lithium battery to

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Mace Group To Build New London Cable Cars to Cross The Thames

Mace Group To Build New London Cable Cars to Cross The Thames

A gleaming new cable car system will soon carry 2,500 people across the Thames every hour, doing the work of 40 buses. The new landmark of the east Thames was designed by architects Wilkinson

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Nissan Unveils Carbon-Bodied LEAF NISMO RC Electric Racecar

Nissan Unveils Carbon-Bodied LEAF NISMO RC Electric Racecar

Nissan is turning its all-electric Nissan LEAF into a zero-emissions race car. The LEAF NISMO RC prototype debuted this week at the New York Auto Show. The vehicle is powered by a lithium ion

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Samsung Unveils New Eco-Friendly Replenish and Restore Smart Phones

Samsung Unveils New Eco-Friendly Replenish and Restore Smart Phones

Samsung has announced that its new line of recyclable smart phones will feature an Android phone called the Replenish and a feature phone called Restore. The Replenish is an energy-efficient

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Peugeot Reveals Hybrid SXC Concept Before Shanghai Motor Show

Peugeot Reveals Hybrid SXC Concept Before Shanghai Motor Show

The Peugeot SXC Concept is designed to appeal to the growing number of Chinese buyers who purchase crossover vehicles, blending a Peugeot floating grille with fluid body lines and a solid

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BREAKING: Solar Power Breakthrough Could Render Photovoltaic Cells Obsolete

BREAKING: Solar Power Breakthrough Could Render Photovoltaic Cells Obsolete

Researchers at the University of Michigan have made a discovery about the behavior of light that could change solar technology forever. Stephen Rand, a professor in the departments of Electrical

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