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The X Prize Foundation will be hosting a forum in early September to discuss different ideas regarding renewable energy.
MAX has a three-wheeled distant cousin that's a diesel-electric hybrid.
The fine art of automotive design, especially high-mpg design.
MAX will enter a race, uhhhh we mean event, and will run on veggie oil.
What does MAX have in common with and old action, adventure, paranoia, social commentary BBC TV series of the '60s?
MAX Puts the “Ex” in X Prize
MAX is back from the dead after its infamous wreck. So why is the frame gray?
MAX is hitting 60 mpg. That's better than a Prius, and before we get serious about streamlining.
MAX is encountering robust competition at Escape from Berkeley
What kind of mpg did MAX get in the race? How did Jack get fuel along the way? How much can you get for a t-shirt and a copy of Mother Earth News? Answers to these exciting questions inside!
It's the age-old tug of war between good looks and streamlined, aerodynamic design.
Brink TV show seeks "low-budget mad scientist." Jack and his MAX project fit the bill!
It's time to calculate MAX's aerodynamic drag. Enter champagne science on a beer budget!
MAX needs a roof, stat.
MAX turns heads and makes an impression at The EG, aka the Entertainment Gathering.
Jack gets a wallop of motivation for a fully enclosed cabin, and looks ahead to a future with inquisitive grandchildren.
Could MAX be the perfect car for driver's ed?
MAX wins the Escape from Berkeley race!!
Perhaps if we had just listened to the deer all along, we never would've ended up in this gas guzzling mess.
In the pursuit of 100 mpg, cardboard is a nice medium for conceptualizing design features, but it has its limitations.
MAX is well on its way to 100 mpg, if the lessons from these 100+ mpg motorcyles are any indication.
MAX needs 25 percent more horsepower to get from zero to 60 mph in less than 18 seconds. Got any suggestions?
One would think a car wouldn't need a mechanical inspection at 5,000 miles. But when you're building a 100-mpg car from scratch, and the builder is meticulous, it's wise to look for problems even when there are no signs of problems.
MAX version 2.0 is underway.
MAX version 2.0 is about to start moving. This may come as a surprise, but Jack is going to try it with biodiesel.
We're at work on a 100-mpg DIY car! Come meet MAX and take a seat for what will be a long, but fun, journey.
Is the glass half empty? Half full? Or is there just too much glass? I'm designing MAX to be just the right amount of "glass" for the vast majority of our driving. Here's to efficiency.
MAX gets a small favor from high-end luxury sports cars.
Breaking News: MAX Totaled
MAX debuts by taking the checkered flag of the 800+ mile, no gasoline consumed, Escape from Berkeley race.
Considering deer, it’s time for a roll bar.
Conservation over corn.
I hate to say it — because electric cars may be the salvation of transportation someday — but much of the current hype around electric cars is smoke and mirrors.
The X Prize Foundation wants your craziest green idea, so let the games begin.
The X Prize Foundation recently announced the winner of their "What's Your Crazy Green Idea" competition.
The X Prize Foundation needs your vote to help them decide their next X Prize.
A searchable index for the MAX Updates posts, and a few more thoughts on the Progressive Automotive X Prize.
Meet Kriste Misiak and her family, the recent winners of the MOTHER EARTH NEWS Ultimate Garden Giveaway.
Publisher Bryan Welch doesn't make his living on the farm, which he says is a good thing. He writes about his steps and missteps in his first year using an automatic waterer for his cattle, and the first winter test.
Missouri farmer and HOMEGROWN Life blogger Bryce Oates tackles the Enbridge Flanagan South Pipeline, which would cross 1 mile from his area's water intake.
MAX at its first autocross. Hey, it's a sports car, right?
Volkswagon's high mileage (1 liter of fuel per 100 kilometers) car is getting closer to production. Expect to see 100 of these available to the public in 2013.
Collegiate teams showcase affordable, energy-efficient houses in global competition.
Save money and energy by going green and being smart about your home utilities.
Instituting community-wide, Eco-friendly programs can be a great way to beautify cities, save money, and do your duty to help preserve the planet. It might be difficult, but all it takes is one person to make a difference.
New, efficient technology is replacing the old, and it is transforming the way in which we live, and more importantly, our impact on the environment.
We all have the responsibility to do are best to preserve the Earth and the environment in any way we can. Some people take it to the extreme, but that isn't always necessary. There are many ways we can make simple changes in our lifestyles to contribute to saving what's most precious for our children and future generations.
The Rails-to-Trails Conservancy launches a national campaign aimed at the American Automobile Association.
President Barack Obama signed an executive order to help reduce automobile gas emissions in the United States. This is the first of many steps that the Obama administration plans to make to improve global warming.
Consumers are intrigued by smart grid technology, but they need a lot more information and better tools before they'll participate.
In a move that could devastate Colorado's thriving solar industry, Xcel Energy slashes incentive program.
There are many ways we can conserve energy, and be more eco-friendly, especially with the advancements that technology is making every day.
How new technologies, such as home automation are making Earth more eco-friendly.
10 easy steps to get your home prepared for winter.
Old homes are often thought of as second-hand or sub-par quality. There are a lot of things you can do to modernize your home, and even make it more energy efficient that many new homes.
Trying to sum up a few of the lesson learned while figuring out the best way to incubate and hatch cute chicks.
Colorado's once-thriving solar industry has ground to a halt following Xcel Energy's move to slash incentive rebates for homeowners.
Sensor Plug update along with a report on Sunflowers being used as a cover crop and when to properly harvest onions.
Announcing our new automatic chicken feeder contest and how some lucky person could win a 10 pack diy kit or 3 premade watering units.
Should our tax dollars keep Chrysler and General Motors alive?
Detroit automakers ask Congress for $25 billion, but that money could come with some energy efficiency strings.
Summing up the last week of activity by hitting on a few key stories that might prove note worthy to a few of the homesteading folks out there complete with photo montage of golf cart jousting and aquaponic trout.
Building the Cadillac of worm bins, a new barn door, testing the new garlic curing rack, harvesting big potato onions, mulching blueberries, and fabricating a low budget easy to build automatic chicken coop door opener and closer from easy find parts
Describing how to look up tax maps, cutting carrots, and deleting problem tomato plants that only produce insipid fruit. The main attraction this week is our Power Plucker review and how awesome this new product is at saving time when plucking.
Our area is abundant with history. We have a limber pine tree nearby that I estimate is over 2,100 years old and still very much alive. History - we have an abundance of it.
In Japan, more and more people are combining farming with other work. My neighbors and I fit the pattern, but what's it all mean for the future of farming?
Why Tesla cars, Space-X and other creations of Elon Musk are not the kind of visionary thinking we so desperately need.
Bird-X's new Bed Bug Alert is a business card-size device that can be slipped under a mattress or into any tight spot to attract and trap bed bugs--alerting you to a problem before it's too late.