Rachael Kay Gleason

Rachael Gleason reports on health, science and environmental topics in West Texas. Called to storytelling and compulsive tree-climbing at a young age, Rachael pursued a graduate degree in journalism from Michigan State University’s Knight Center for Environmental Journalism, where she earned the Rachel Carson Graduate Student of the Year award for her work at a nonprofit newsroom. Now she’s back to her newspaper roots in Texas, using her geography training to marry maps with thoughtful reporting.

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A winning vehicle designed by students in a race for fuel efficiency can travel from New York to Los Angeles on one gallon of gas. After a last-minute scramble for qualifying runs by many of the 126 student teams, Shell* Eco-marathon Americas ended Sunday with nearly a dozen first-place winners in different vehicle and fuel…

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Tucked tightly into their self-built prototype vehicles, drivers slid on sunglasses, adjusted helmets took deep breaths Sunday morning before their last chance for a qualifying run. With only had only three hours left to compete in the prototype category of Shell* Eco-marathon’s race for extreme energy efficiency, students had to make this time around the…

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A race for fuel efficiency might be dog-eat-dog on the track, but student teams are willing to lend a helping hand back in the paddock. Shell* Eco-marathon Americas gives more than 1,000 students the chance to showcase their science and engineering skills in Houston each year. (See related photos: “Rare Look Inside Carmakers’ Drive for…

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An inner city Detroit high school’s high-tech electric streamliner hit the Houston streets Saturday in a race for extreme energy efficiency. (See related photos: “Rare Look Inside Carmakers’ Drive for 55.”) But unlike most futuristic vehicles competing in the annual Shell* Eco-marathon Americas competition this weekend, the battery-powered prototype tapped the latest smartphone technology to…

Comments Off on Shell Eco-marathon Americas Heats Up in Houston as Student Teams Test Prototypes

A group of cowboy hat-wearing New York teenagers is one step closer to pushing the boundaries of energy efficiency after hours of tinkering with their battery-powered prototype. More than 1,000 high school and university students from five countries are competing this weekend in the annual Shell* Eco-marathon Americas competition in Houston. Two student teams from…