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Green tech finds (7/17/09)

It’s that time again… your weekly green tech finds.

  • The Google of hybrid tech? Toyota’s talking to Mazda about a partnership to share the larger company’s hybrid technology.

  • Want to support your favorite environmental non-profit? Start using social media

  • Saltwater crops (that aren’t seaweed): Researchers in Australia and the UK are experimenting with genetic modifications that could allow certain grain crops to grow in saltwater. A smart move, or more frankencrops? (via Cleantechnica)br/>
  • Can’t afford a hybrid? Ford claims its EcoBoost technology “[improves] the fuel efficiency of comparable cars between 10 percent and 20 percent” on a standard internal combustion engine. (via CNET Green Tech)

  • Pedal power on rails: The Schweeb concept (currently an amusement park ride in New Zealand) combines pedal power and monorails for clean, healthy, and efficient urban transportation. (via Gas 2.0)

  • Want to make sure your chickens are free-range? You could visit the farm… or you could use Google Earth. (via Treehugger).

  • Worried about arsenic in your (or others) drinking water? Turns out nature may have already developed the perfect technology for getting it out: cattails.
  • Think electric motorcycles are cool? Soon, you may be able to pick one up at Best Buy.

What are some other cool green tech stories from the week? Let us know below…