Sci/tech

Price of Oil Cuts Both Ways for Firewood Producers
November 9, 2004 12:00 AM - Paul Marks, The Hartford Courant, Conn.

Karl Riendeau tilts the dump truck's bed and pulls forward a few feet. With a rumble, 2 1/2 cords of firewood spill out, forming a waist-high pile on the asphalt bordering a neat, suburban lawn.

Italian Senators Fight to Save the Fiat 500 from Anti-Pollution Rules
November 8, 2004 12:00 AM - Angela Doland, Associated Press

They're squat and snub-nosed, slow but steadfast. The Fiat 500 -- the tiny Italian car with the big personality -- last rolled off assembly lines nearly 30 years ago, and today it is still fighting retirement.

Habitat for Humanity Opens Discount Building-Supply Store in Anchorage, Alaska
November 8, 2004 12:00 AM - Richard Richtmyer, Anchorage Daily News, Alaska

Call it the thrift store for do-it-yourselfers.

Ohio Researcher Says Zinc Oxide's Future Bright -- as a Light Source
November 8, 2004 12:00 AM - Dale Dempsey, Dayton Daily News, Ohio

Researchers at Wright State University and Wright Patterson Air Force Base are investigating the amazing properties of a substance so common it is found in baby powder.

Federal Salvage-Logging Rules Face New Suit by Conservationists in Oregon
November 8, 2004 12:00 AM - Mark Larabee, The Oregonian, Portland, Ore.

The U.S. Forest Service is abusing federal fire salvage logging rules to harvest living, old-growth timber where a wildfire swept through the Malheur National Forest in July 2002, according to a federal lawsuit by conservationists.

New Mexico Task Force Locates Three Possible Sites for Solar Energy Plant
November 8, 2004 12:00 AM - Rosalie Rayburn, Albuquerque Journal, N.M.

The governor's solar energy task force has released a feasibility study showing three sites in southern New Mexico and two near Belen as suitable for a commercial solar power plant.

Oil Supply to Peak Sooner Than Thought, Says BP Scientist
November 7, 2004 12:00 AM - Richard Orange, The Business, London

World oil production is likely to peak in the next decade, much earlier than many international forecasts, a senior BP executive has told The Business.

New Columbia, S.C., University Dormitory Features 'Green' Design
November 6, 2004 12:00 AM - Gina Smith, The State, Columbia, S.C.

West Quad's three cream-colored buildings feature long hallways and little bedroom suites just like any other dorm.

Alternative Fuel Hits the Pump in Idaho
November 6, 2004 12:00 AM - Betsy Z. Russell, The Spokesman-Review, Spokane, Wash.

Gov. Dirk Kempthorne's new Suburban gets 100 miles for every gallon of gas used — because it runs on a new alternative fuel that's 85 percent ethanol.

Company Gets Approval to Expand Mining in Vancouver, Wash., Area
November 5, 2004 12:00 AM - Foster Church, The Oregonian, Portland, Ore.

J.L. Storedahl & Sons can go ahead with a plan to expand gravel mining on about 100 acres at its Daybreak operation near the East Fork of the Lewis River, a hearings examiner has ruled.

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