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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Smart Solar International Develops Cost Efficient Sun-Chasing Solar Panels

Smart Solar International Develops Cost Efficient Sun-Chasing Solar Panels

Tokyo-based start-up Smart Solar International has developed a new solar panel comprised of aluminum mirror bars that turn to face the sun for optimal efficiency throughout the day. The system

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HMS Flake 99: World’s First Amphibious Ice Cream Truck Trawls the Thames

HMS Flake 99: World’s First Amphibious Ice Cream Truck Trawls the Thames

File this under awesome. The world's first amphibious ice cream truck, named the HMS Flake 99, has just set sail in London and is now puttering around the Thames, serving up tasty treats. The

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Prince Charles’s Eco-Village Knockroon Will Feature Car Chargers In Every Home

Prince Charles’s Eco-Village Knockroon Will Feature Car Chargers In Every Home

His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales is planning an eco-village in East Ayrshire, Scotland, called Knockroon, and electric car charging infrastructure will be a key element. The plan,

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Daimler and Linde Will Build a Hydrogen Fueling-Station System for Germany

Daimler and Linde Will Build a Hydrogen Fueling-Station System for Germany

Increasingly, major automakers are realizing that they will not be able to get consumers to adopt their new green automotive technologies such as hydrogen fuel cells or electric vehicles unless

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Opel Icona Concept Car Yacht Is a Green Solution for Overpopulation

Opel Icona Concept Car Yacht Is a Green Solution for Overpopulation

What will green transportation look like in 2050, when the world is overpopulated and families look for alternative solutions for living space and transportation? A project sponsored by GM

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Gorgeous Volkswagen Aqua Hovercraft Is a Hydrogen-Electric Hybrid Dream

Gorgeous Volkswagen Aqua Hovercraft Is a Hydrogen-Electric Hybrid Dream

Unfortunately, when we say “dream,” we mean that literally. The beautiful Volkswagen Aqua Hovercraft hybrid vehicle won’t be coming to market any time soon, but that doesn’t mean

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Manifesto Vertical Bike Storage System Decorates Urban Buildings With Bicycles

Manifesto Vertical Bike Storage System Decorates Urban Buildings With Bicycles

The look of a bike rack can run the gamut of being rusty, cutesy and simply practical, but mind-blowing isn't something you'd normally associate with a place to park your two-wheeler. This

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Prince Albert Drives First European Production Fisker Karma at the Monaco Grand Prix

Prince Albert Drives First European Production Fisker Karma at the Monaco Grand Prix

It’s not every day a prince is credited with inspiring a new electric car, but that’s what apparently happened with the new Fisker Karma electric sports car, which has finally come to

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GE Builds EV Charging Solar Carport in Connecticut

GE Builds EV Charging Solar Carport in Connecticut

GE partnered with Inovateus Solar recently to build an EV-charging solar carport in Plainville, Connecticut. The structure was unveiled yesterday with Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy and GE

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Hitachi Rail Europe’s Intercity Express To Manufacture Eco-Friendly Trains in the UK

Hitachi Rail Europe’s Intercity Express To Manufacture Eco-Friendly Trains in the UK

Hitachi Rail Europe's Intercity Express Programme will soon begin manufacturing a new generation of eco-friendly trains to haul freight  across the UK. The new Super Express trains will be a

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New EPA Fuel Economy Window Sticker Rates Tesla Roadster at Industry-Topping 119mpge

New EPA Fuel Economy Window Sticker Rates Tesla Roadster at Industry-Topping 119mpge

The EPA has just revealed a new design for the stickers you see in the windows of new cars. The new setup aims to help consumers calculate the equivalent mileage of electric and hybrid vehicles

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European Space Agency Gives Its Blessing to Hydrogen Powered Skylon Space Plane

European Space Agency Gives Its Blessing to Hydrogen Powered Skylon Space Plane

What if you could launch into space using a conventional runway and a hydrogen-powered engine with no booster rockets? That's the idea behind Reaction Engines' new green Skylon space plane

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NASA Rejoins Space Race with MPCV Craft for Manned Deep Space Flights

NASA Rejoins Space Race with MPCV Craft for Manned Deep Space Flights

For a while there it looked like NASA was dropping out of the race to develop future technologies for space travel. Space crafts were aging and being retired, and the government simply didn't

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Hand-Operated WISB Bike Converts from Wheelchair to Sport Bike in a Jiffy

Hand-Operated WISB Bike Converts from Wheelchair to Sport Bike in a Jiffy

The WISB hand bike, designed by Bar Claudia, is a combination of a recumbent bike, a wheelchair, and a sport bike. Just by switching between “high” and “low” modes,

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Hyundai Announces It Will Offer Plug-in Hybrid in 2013

Hyundai Announces It Will Offer Plug-in Hybrid in 2013

Joining the ranks of automakers a little late to the hybrid party, Hyundai just announced plans to offer a plug-in hybrid by 2013. An unnamed company official told Reuters this weekend that

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DOE Launches U.S. Drive To Plan Route To Vehicle Efficiency, Sustainable Energy

DOE Launches U.S. Drive To Plan Route To Vehicle Efficiency, Sustainable Energy

The U.S. Department of Energy has just launched a new initiative, called U.S. Drive, to promote vehicle efficiency and energy sustainability in the U.S. Formerly called the FreedomCAR and Fuel

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Smart Car Covered in Illustrated Tweets by Johanna Basford Unveiled in UK

Smart Car Covered in Illustrated Tweets by Johanna Basford Unveiled in UK

What will the future hold? That's the question Smart recently put to the Twittersphere. The answers were penned onto a Smart Car on the Smart Urban Stage in London by illustrator Johanna

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Volkswagen To Launch Electric Up! & Golf in Japan Within 3 Years

Volkswagen To Launch Electric Up! & Golf in Japan Within 3 Years

According to president and CEO of Volkswagen Japan Gerry Dorizas, VW is planning to release two EVs based on its Up! subcompact and Golf compact in Japan within the next 3 years. The Golf model

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Salesforce and Toyota Will Develop Toyota Friend, a Social Network for Toyota Customers

Salesforce and Toyota Will Develop Toyota Friend, a Social Network for Toyota Customers

The auto industry continues to strengthen its ties with Silicon Valley: Toyota and cloud computing company Salesforce have just teamed up to develop Toyota Friend, a private social network to

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Nissan & Mitsubishi Form Mini-Car Joint Venture for Japan

Nissan & Mitsubishi Form Mini-Car Joint Venture for Japan

Nissan and Mitsubishi have announced a new joint venture agreement to build a mini car for the Japanese market. The venture has been in the works for a while, as part of an agreement the two

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GM’s European Brand Opel Will Be Next Automaker To Release a Subcompact EV

GM’s European Brand Opel Will Be Next Automaker To Release a Subcompact EV

And another domino falls. According to a new report in a German newspaper, GM's European brand Opel will be the next automaker to release a subcompact EV. The new car will be similar to the

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Protoscar Reveals Lampo3 Third-Gen Electric Super Coupe

Protoscar Reveals Lampo3 Third-Gen Electric Super Coupe

Not all automakers are sizing down their cars to go electric. Protoscar just revealed their third-gen Lampo3 electric super coupe, a 550-horsepower EV with 660 lb-ft of torque. Translation:

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Dutch Sculptor Transforms Painted Scrap Wood Into Realistic Car Mosaics

Dutch Sculptor Transforms Painted Scrap Wood Into Realistic Car Mosaics

Dutch artist and gearhead Diederick Kraaijeveld has a unique use for your painted scrap wood. The sculptor takes pieces of discarded wood and recycles them into photorealistic mosaics of cars.

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Nissan Keeps the Range of Renault-Nissan’s Zoe EV a Closely Guarded Secret

Nissan Keeps the Range of Renault-Nissan’s Zoe EV a Closely Guarded Secret

Most automakers boast about the range capabilities of their upcoming electric vehicles, but not Renault-Nissan. As confirmed in the recent Revenge of the Electric Car film, Nissan CEO Carlos

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Transportation Secretary LaHood: Rebates May Replace Hybrid Vehicle Tax Credits

Transportation Secretary LaHood: Rebates May Replace Hybrid Vehicle Tax Credits

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced Tuesday that car dealers could handle the $7,500 tax credit for hybrid vehicles in the form of upfront, point-of-purchase rebates as soon as

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Toyota Prius Alpha Orders 8 Times Higher Than Expected Demand

Toyota Prius Alpha Orders 8 Times Higher Than Expected Demand

Since the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, Toyota has been struggling to bring its factories back up to normal production level - they're aiming to return to full capacity by the end of the

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Energy Secretary Chu Announces 1,800+ EV Charging Stations Have Been Installed Due to Recovery Act

Energy Secretary Chu Announces 1,800+ EV Charging Stations Have Been Installed Due to Recovery Act

U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced last Friday that more than 1,800 electric vehicle charging stations have now been installed due to the Recovery Act. Four hundred million dollars was

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BMW i3 Electric Car To Revolutionize Automotive Engineering & Manufacturing

BMW i3 Electric Car To Revolutionize Automotive Engineering & Manufacturing

You wouldn’t know it from the way BMW badmouths electric vehicles, but the company is hard at work producing several EVs. One of those, the i3 (formerly called the “Megacity

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GM Breaks Ground on First U.S. Electric Motor Factory by Major Automaker

GM Breaks Ground on First U.S. Electric Motor Factory by Major Automaker

GM broke ground yesterday on what will be the first electric motor factory in the U.S. for a major automaker. The factory is an addition to the GM Baltimore Operations Complex and will open in

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