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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 […]

Doctors Say Fitness Trackers, Health Apps Can Boost Care

By Anick Jesdanun HACKENSACK, N.J. (AP) — That phone app keeping track of your exercise and meals might keep you out of the hospital one day. Why give your doctors permission to incorporate data from fitness trackers and health apps into electronic patient records? Well, they might spot signs of an ailment sooner and suggest […]

Colorado Tech Start Ups Bet the Farm on Agricultural Drones

By Luke Runyon GREELEY, Colo. (AP) — A highly anticipated batch of federal laws governing the use of drones could change the regulatory landscape and lead to an explosion in drone use by farmers. Farmers see drones as a way to get a birds-eye view of their fields to find problem patches with crops. That […]