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Rose-Hulman Students Showcase ‘Plastic Lumber’

By Arthur Foulkes TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) – An idea born in Terre Haute could help people in one of the world’s poorest countries greatly improve their lives. A small group of Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology students has developed a way to make sturdy “plastic lumber” using little more than the sun’s rays, some wood [...]

Industry: ND Oil No More Volatile Than Other Fuel

By James MacPherson BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple intends to ask top U.S. energy and transportation officials about conflicting reports over the volatility of crude coming from the state’s oil patch, he said. Dalrymple said he will question U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz and Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx on a federal [...]

Railroad Still Playing Vital Transport Role

By Tom Bassing GREENVILLE, Miss. (AP) – Wielding the blunt end of 14-inch hatchet, Harriet Blanton Theobald, known by then as the Mother of Greenville, on Jan. 5, 1878, drove the first, symbolic spike to inaugurate the Greenville, Columbus & Birmingham Railroad. A descendent of that railroad exists still today, providing an essential freight link [...]

Inventor Pushes Solar Panels For Roads, Highways

By Nicholas K. Geranios EDITOR’S NOTE: This is a follow-up to the story “Idaho Company Gets $750,000 For Solar Parking Lot” that appeared in the September 2011 issue of The Chief Engineer. SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) – The solar panels that Idaho inventor Scott Brusaw has built aren’t meant for rooftops. They are meant for roads, [...]

Work Begins On Wall For Two Sandy-Devastated Towns

By Wayne Parry MANTOLOKING, N.J. (AP) – Two wealthy New Jersey shore towns that were among the hardest hit by Superstorm Sandy nearly two years ago began building a 4-mile-long steel wall last month, an expensive effort that the state says is needed to protect the communities but that some residents and environmentalists oppose. State [...]