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EnviroCab Adds All-Electric Nissan Leaf To Its Fleet

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Anyone interested in driving an all-electric vehicle in Virginia may have the opportunity to take a test ride by simply catching a cab. That's because EnviroCab in Arlington is the first cab company in the region to add an all-electric car to its fleet.

The Nissan Leaf will boost the number of vehicles in service at the company to 50. EnviroCab already operates 49 hybrid taxis including Toyota Priuses, Camry hybrids, and Highlander hybrids. 

The company purchases carbon offsets to cover the emissions its cabs do produce. The launch of the all-electric taxi as a "test," as the company moves toward its goal of a fleet with zero emissions, according to an EnviroCab representative.

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Once Outlaws, Young Lords Find A Museum Home For Radical Roots

Inspired by the Black Panthers, the Young Lords were formed in New York City by a group of Puerto Rican youth in 1969. Their history is now on display in a new exhibition.
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Europe's Taste For Caviar Is Putting Pressure On A Great Lakes Fish

Scientists say lake herring, a key fish in Lake Superior's food web, is suffering because of mild winters and Europe's appetite for roe. Some say the species may be at risk of "collapse."
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A Congressional Attempt To Speed The Development Of Lifesaving Treatments

Earlier this month, the House of Representatives passed the 21st Century Cures Act in a rare bi-partisan effort. The bill is meant to speed the development of lifesaving treatments, but critics warn it may also allow ineffective or even harmful drugs onto the market.

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Some Google Street View Cars Now Track Pollution Levels

Google's already tested three of the pollution-sensor equipped cars in Denver, and is currently trying them out in the Bay Area.

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