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This weekend Sandpoint, Idaho, celebrated the debut of a local start-up company's idea for "solar roadways." Ultimately, the entrepreneurs envision roads, sidewalks and parking lots doing double duty as power plants.

Idaho Inventor Unveils Solar Roadways

Sep 30, 2016
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Imagine driving on a busy road...without any traffic lines or caution signs. Could it be safe?

Washington State University

What if there were a two-for-one sale on kilowatts? Your power bill would be cut in half -- not a bad result for your monthly budget. Energy drives everything we produce and consume, and global energy consumption continues to grow year after year. The two-for-one image came to mind as I talked with Professor Jeanne McHale of Washington State University. McHale is a chemist who researches an alternative approach to making solar cells that produce electricity. As McHale told me, “There’s no...

Northern Lights Might Be Visible In the Northwest

Sep 12, 2014
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The Northwest could get a a rare look at the northern lights tonight and tomorrow. The Aurora Borealis is expected to expand further south than usual, thanks to two solar flares affecting the magnetic poles. They'll help make the greenish lights visible. Washington state climatologist Nick Bond knows what's causing the lights to reach such far distances. "There was a rather extreme solar flare a couple of days ago, and those ions with solar wind charge up particles in the upper atmosphere,...