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Boulder Looks at Business Energy Efficiency

By Erica Meltzer BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — Boulder’s commercial and industrial sector produces 41 percent of the city’s greenhouse gas emissions, and city officials hope that requiring businesses to rate and report their own energy performance and make certain upgrades can put a dent in those emissions.   This summer, the Boulder City Council will […]

1st Robot Into Fukushima Reactor Stalls, But Gets Some Data

By Mari Yamaguchi TOKYO (AP) — The operator of the wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant said April 13 that the first robot sent inside one of the melted reactors stalled before finishing its work but collected data that indicates a path exists to send robots deeper into the reactor.   That’s good news for experts designing […]

Tunnel Vision: Engineering Marvel Faces High-Speed Traffic

By Nick Malawskey HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — To begin with, the road was unlike anything most drivers had ever encountered in the United States: Four lanes of superhighway cutting from just west of Harrisburg to just east of Pittsburgh — straight, level and true. A road that for the first time in Pennsylvania history would […]

McDowell Coal Company Store Being Resurrected as Museum

By Rick Steelhammer KIMBALL, W. Va. (AP) — A $1.5 million restoration project underway in Kimball could keep the Houston Coal Company Store — perhaps the best preserved of more than 100 company stores that once operated in the coal camps of McDowell County during the first half of the 20th century — intact and […]

Tokyo Turns Focus to Delivering ‘Sustainable’ 2020 Games

By Elaine Kurtenbach   TOKYO (AP) — Organizers of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics have promised the most innovative, impeccably run and “sustainable” games ever. With just a little more than five years to go, doubts are growing whether they will deliver on the last pledge.   On Tuesday, the World Wide Fund for Nature and […]