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HDPE Cooling Towers Get Noise Out of Symphony Hall

By Carlo Chatman Imagine attending a symphonic concert, and right in the middle of a violin solo you hear a rushing sound penetrating the ceiling above the orchestra and overwhelming the concert hall’s painstaking acoustic design. Or, perhaps you are performing surgery in a medical center suite — or giving a business presentation in the […]

Charleston Church Uses Technology to Serve Congregation

By Bill Lynch CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Pastor Matt Santen doesn’t know if River Ridge is the most technologically advanced church in the valley, but he acknowledged they do have a lot of gadgets and gear. Some of it he understands better than others. “Our band, they use loops?” Santen, 46, said, and shrugged. He […]

Vermont Farms Monitor Storage Conditions by Cellphone

By Lisa Rathke CRAFTSBURY, Vt. (AP) — Temperature fluctuations can shorten the growing season for farmers, and the worry doesn’t stop when crops are stored inside for winter sales, as a drop or spikes can ruin what’s meant for market. For years, growers would have to walk into coolers or other storage spots to check […]

Nuclear Plants Delayed in China, Watched Closely by US Firms

By Ray Henry ATLANTA (AP) — U.S. power companies struggling with the escalating costs of building nuclear plants are closely watching similar efforts in China, where officials are expecting delays. Two plants under construction in Sanmen and Haiyang, China, are the first-ever built using Westinghouse Electric Co.’s AP1000 reactor design. Utility companies in Georgia and […]

Dryers: Homes’ Energy Guzzlers Just Got Greener

By Katherine Roth For the first time in six years, Energy Star certification, a standard seal of approval for energy efficiency, has been expanded to include another major household appliance. Clothes dryers, perhaps the last of the major household appliances to be included in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s program, became available in 45 Energy […]