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Understanding The 'Test Mode' That Let VW Trick The Emissions Test

Volkswagen faces a maximum fine of $18 billion for having diesels that are much dirtier in real world driving than during the EPA’s mandated tests. But how does a car know it is being tested? Consumer Reports explains that the method is simple and uses a feature common in modern cars — but VW is in hot water over how…

A fake gas-powered alarm clock once got Energy Star certification

When an appliance gets Energy Star certification that's supposed to mean that it's environmentally friendly. But what happens when you submit fake products like a gasoline-powered alarm clock or the "air purifier" pictured above? A government audit in 2010 found that both of these ridiculous products were certified as…

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