Laura K. Cowan

 

Laura K. Cowan is a novelist and editor from Ann Arbor, Michigan, whose eco-friendly fiction explores the connections between the natural and spiritual worlds and has been compared to the work of acclaimed fantasy writers Ray Bradbury and Ursula K. Le Guin. 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 was the founder of popular green parenting blog 29 Diapers, author of Ecofrugal Baby: How To Save 70% Off Baby’s First Year, and still serves as 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. You can find her on Facebook, Twitter (@laurakcowan), Pinterest, Instagram and Goodreads, or connect with her at laurakcowan[at]gmail.com or on her website LauraKCowan.com.

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Volkswagen Introduces Temporary Auto Pilot System for Accident-Free Driving

Volkswagen Introduces Temporary Auto Pilot System for Accident-Free Driving

We have seen several green concept cars lately that explore the idea of automatic driving for a safer or more efficient commute. Now, Volkswagen is putting the idea to the test in the real

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Drive Your Wind Turbine To Work with the Aiolos Concept from Kyoung Soo Na

Drive Your Wind Turbine To Work with the Aiolos Concept from Kyoung Soo Na

The Aiolos Concept from designer Kyoung Soo Na is a proposed solution to the air pollution of South Korea. In the Aiolos, you can drive to work in a wind turbine, which generates more energy the

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Lotus Reports That It Will Bring Its Ethos City Car Concept to Market in 2014

Lotus Reports That It Will Bring Its Ethos City Car Concept to Market in 2014

Just after our recent Tesla Roadster test drive in Silicon Valley, we saw not one but seven Lotus sports cars being tested on the 680N freeway in the East Bay and wondered what Lotus is up to

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Pininfarina Designs Beautiful Antares EV Charging Tree

Pininfarina Designs Beautiful Antares EV Charging Tree

To go with their micro Nido EV designed last year, automotive design house Pininfarina has created a beautiful EV charging tree called the Antares. The company revealed the new design at the

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Jon Salerno’s Habitat Micro Home Uses a Car as an Extra Room

Jon Salerno’s Habitat Micro Home Uses a Car as an Extra Room

Do you live out of your car? Now you can quite literally do so with designer Jon Salerno's Habitat micro home, which uses a small car docked underneath to add another room of living space.

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Mitsubishi and Hawaii Promote Electric Vehicles Through Additional Rebates and EV Charging Stations

Mitsubishi and Hawaii Promote Electric Vehicles Through Additional Rebates and EV Charging Stations

  Automaker Mitsubishi and the state of Hawaii are teaming up to promote the use of electric cars across the islands. The plan is to offer an extra $4,500 discount on electric cars

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You Can Hang Ten on Artist Rich Morrison’s Beer Can Surfboard

You Can Hang Ten on Artist Rich Morrison’s Beer Can Surfboard

The Beer Can Surfboard, by San Diego artist Rich Morrison is one of the coolest upcycling project we have seen in a while. A functional surfboard coated in an epoxy resin and containing 72

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Pierrejean’s Solar-Powered LOU+LOU Yacht Cruises the Seven Seas

Pierrejean’s Solar-Powered LOU+LOU Yacht Cruises the Seven Seas

A new yacht designed by Pierrejean Design Studios is taking green technology to the high seas. The LOU+LOU uses solar panels and a hybrid technology called "electrical motorization pools" to

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EADS Seaweed-Powered Zero Emission ZEHST Plane Could Travel from London to New York in an Hour

EADS Seaweed-Powered Zero Emission ZEHST Plane Could Travel from London to New York in an Hour

Before the official opening of the Paris Air Show, Airbus parent company EADS revealed what it has in the works to be the successor to the Concorde jet: the Zero Emission Hypersonic

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Willie Tay’s Zeleritas Electric Concept Vehicle Is a Sweet Single-Passenger Racer

Willie Tay’s Zeleritas Electric Concept Vehicle Is a Sweet Single-Passenger Racer

What do you get when you combine a monocoque carbon fiber body with a single seat, a retractable glass roof, and electric racing tech? The Zeleritas electric racing concept from designer Willie

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Foldable Float Catamaran is a Solar-Powered Summer Retreat

Foldable Float Catamaran is a Solar-Powered Summer Retreat

Why should rich guys have all the fun on the water? That's the idea behind designer Jeffrey Greger's new solar-powered catamaran, the Float, which he designed for students and young

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Renault-Nissan Will Open a Green Tech Research Center in Silicon Valley

Renault-Nissan Will Open a Green Tech Research Center in Silicon Valley

Companies like Tesla are hard at work trying to take the auto industry away from Detroit and Japan. But the Renault-Nissan alliance is bringing the fight to Silicon Valley in order to stay on

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Yana Briggs’ Sexy Chevy Era Concept Cleans Up Polluted City Air

Yana Briggs’ Sexy Chevy Era Concept Cleans Up Polluted City Air

What if the goal of personal, green transportation was not just to contribute as little as possible to air pollution, but to actually clean the air we breathe using renewable energy? That's the

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Alfa Romeo’s 4C Will Add a Gorgeous Green Edge to Motoring

Alfa Romeo’s 4C Will Add a Gorgeous Green Edge to Motoring

Alfa Romeo has developed a new concept sports car called the 4C that shines a bright green light on the Italian automaker's future. The company, which has been making the gorgeous 8C

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The Octuri Wind Powered Yacht Doubles as a Plane

The Octuri Wind Powered Yacht Doubles as a Plane

Put this on the list of things we'll buy when we're rich and famous. Designer Yelken Octuri has created a flying yacht for princes Aziz, Dawood and Hashim. The flying yacht was designed to allow

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GM Opens Chevy Volt Orders To All 50 States

GM Opens Chevy Volt Orders To All 50 States

The Chevy Volt is finally available for order in all 50 states. This Friday, General Motors started taking orders for the plug-in EV across the U.S., lowering its base price by $1,000 and adding

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Audi Unveils eTron Spyder Plug-in Hybrid Concept at Le Mans

Audi Unveils eTron Spyder Plug-in Hybrid Concept at Le Mans

Audi used the 79th running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans to demonstrate its newest green creation, the eTron Spyder diesel plug-in hybrid concept. This innovative car is powered by 3 sources: 2

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Meet The Schumacher Mi3, The World’s Fastest Remote-Controlled Car

Meet The Schumacher Mi3, The World’s Fastest Remote-Controlled Car

Meet the world's fastest remote-controlled car - the Schumacher Mi3. It is capable of speeds up to 161.76 miles per hour, making it fast enough to beat many real cars in a race. The Mi3 was

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DeltaWing Concept Car Invited to the 2012 Endurance Challenge

DeltaWing Concept Car Invited to the 2012 Endurance Challenge

An exciting new concept car named the DeltaWing has just been invited by 24 Hours of Le Mans organizers The Automobile Club de l’Ouest to compete in the 2012 Endurance Challenge as an

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New ‘Flash Bainite’ Super Steel is Lighter, Stronger, and Cuts Energy Use by 80-90%

New ‘Flash Bainite’ Super Steel is Lighter, Stronger, and Cuts Energy Use by 80-90%

It has long been an accepted fact that steel is as good as it's going to get: the innovators of the last century took care of developing the best processes to create as strong and light a

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TEST DRIVE: Inhabitat Takes the Tesla Roadster for a Spin in Silicon Valley

TEST DRIVE: Inhabitat Takes the Tesla Roadster for a Spin in Silicon Valley

The day was hot and the car was very, very fast. Electric cars have all of their power available to you at all times, so if you want to, say, take the car from 0-40 in two seconds, your lungs

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Volvo Rolls Out C30 Electric Hatchback in Europe

Volvo Rolls Out C30 Electric Hatchback in Europe

The Volvo C30, a cute and functional modern hatchback, is now being created in electric form for European customers. Volvo has just announced that the first deliveries of the green vehicle will

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DV01 Concept Bicycle Blends Simplicity and Style

DV01 Concept Bicycle Blends Simplicity and Style

This bike may look pretty simple at first glance--and that's the idea. But the DV01 boasts beautiful wood details, including a solid straight wood handlebar and a gorgeous wood storage rack.

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Citroen Survolt Leads Sexy New Breed of Superfast EVs

Citroen Survolt Leads Sexy New Breed of Superfast EVs

Recently the Michelin Challenge Bibendum introduced us to a whole new breed of electric cars, but there is one we can't get out of our heads: the Citroen Survolt. This electric supercar leads

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Maxximus LNG 2000 is the World’s First Natural Gas-Powered Supercar

Maxximus LNG 2000 is the World’s First Natural Gas-Powered Supercar

When you think of a 1,600-horsepower V8 supercar, "green" isn't the first word that comes to mind. But designer Marlon Kirby and car builder David B. McMahan are aiming to change all that with

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QSolar’s Rainbow-Hued Kristal Solar Panels Could Replace Windows and Walls

QSolar’s Rainbow-Hued Kristal Solar Panels Could Replace Windows and Walls

Solar panels often conjure up images of clumsy, dark sheets lined up in rooftop arrays on green homes and buildings. But what if they weren't dark and clumsy -- and what if they didn't have to

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The Tata Magic Iris and Ace Zip Truck Is an Extra Micro Ride

The Tata Magic Iris and Ace Zip Truck Is an Extra Micro Ride

Tiny Indian cars are adorable and we've just found two more that tickle our fancy: The Tata Magic Iris and Ace Zip. These micro trucks are miniature, green and inexpensive, and have been

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The New Tesla Model S Revealed, But Does It Dazzle as Expected?

The New Tesla Model S Revealed, But Does It Dazzle as Expected?

Are you saving up your pennies for the upcoming Tesla Model S? Well, Tesla just revealed the first photos of their new Tesla S, and we have to confess to being a tiny bit disappointed by the

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EDWARD Electric Diwheel Makes for a Fun Commute Flipped Upside Down!

EDWARD Electric Diwheel Makes for a Fun Commute Flipped Upside Down!

Diwheels are the amusement park rides of the electric vehicle scene. Traditionally designed with a frame and suspension contained between two wheels, this sweet design has just been taken

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MAININKI Concept Car Features Transforming Chassis for Changing Road Conditions

MAININKI Concept Car Features Transforming Chassis for Changing Road Conditions

Maininki is a Finnish word meaning "swell," referring to a long-wavelength surface wave on a body of water. According to Eskeli's website, "Swells are far more stable in their directions and

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