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Who Needs Investment: Let's Have an Infrastructure Film Festival

The television show “Revolution” is getting ready to start, with its plot based on the failure of the electrical grid. That’s nothing new, though -- the most recent Batman movie, "The Dark Knight Rises," and Spiderman movie, "The Amazing Spiderman," came out this summer, each with significant events or themes involving infrastructure systems...

September 4, 2012 — Scott Huler

Beating Traffic with Trained Mammals

My favorite element of the electric grid is the method by which it gathers information about power outages. It seems the electric utilities have legions of trained mammals, and when power goes out, mammals in different areas press buttons, and the buttons make a bell ring at the utilities...

August 17, 2012 — Scott Huler

Oregon Breakthrough in Generating Electricity from Wastewater

 About 3 percent of the electricity consumed in the United States and other developed nations is used to treat wastewater. But, a technology breakthrough from engineers at Oregon State University could be a key in turning the world’s waste treatment facilities into mini-power plants.A technology developed by OSU engineers could allow wastewater treatment facilities to produce 10-100 times more electricity (per volume) than previous technologies and approaches...

August 14, 2012 — Melissa C. Lott

Joining Forces on Renewable Energy Development

A partnership between the Interior and Defense departments will reopen 16 million acres of land to renewable energy development. The goal? To help ensure reliable energy supplies for the nation’s military bases, while protecting the environment and saving taxpayer money.In a conference call earlier today, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced the signing of a memorandum of understanding establishing a partnership between the two government agencies...

August 6, 2012 — Melissa C. Lott

Plenty of Fish in the Sea?

In 2010, people across the globe munched their way through 128 million tons of seafood. That's according to the latest data coming out of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)...

August 3, 2012 — Robynne Boyd

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