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December 09, 2008

Daily Roundup

Flying Weeds: Next up in greening the airline industry? Continental Airlines, in partnership with Boeing, is planning a test flight of a 737-800 aircraft partially powered by biofuel. The engines will be run partly on derivatives of algae and jatropha, once considered a weed, and partly by traditional jet fuel. The New York Times

Green Suction:
Electrolux has introduced what it claims to be the world's first green vacuum cleaner: the AirMAX Öko. Supposedly, it not only effectively cleans your carpet, but it doesn't suck too much power, and is made of 55 percent recycled materials. CleanTechnica

Big Spuds:
Some are claiming that the 25-pound potato recently exhumed in Lebanon has no right to claim the crown as the heaviest potato ever grown... because it's not a potato at all.Scientific American calls on an expert plant breeder to settle the controversy. Scientific American

Hybrid Bike:
Yamaha recently revealed the limited-edition PAS City-C, a battery-powered electric bike that was designed by the famed Japanese firm ±0. Not only is the bike environmentally friendly, it's also beautiful, and sports a cute basket. Inhabitat

Environmental Course:
Middle-school educators unveiled their new globally focused environmental education plans as part of the Toyota International Teacher Program. Treehugger

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