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Toyota Hybrid Prius Wins European Car of Year Award
November 15, 2004 12:00 AM - Kyodo News International, Tokyo

Toyota Motor Corp. said Monday its Prius, the world's first mass-produced hybrid vehicle, has been awarded 2005 European Car of the Year.

New Technology to Transform Harvest Waste into Ethanol, Plastic
November 15, 2004 12:00 AM - George C. Ford, The Gazette, Cedar Rapids, Iowa

A biotechnology breakthrough has the potential to transform the harvested corn and wheat fields of the Great Plains into the equivalent of the oil fields of the Middle East.

Norwalk, Conn., Home-Heating Oil Company Turns Up Bioheat with Soybean Oil
November 15, 2004 12:00 AM - Andrew Ragouzeos, The Hour, Norwalk, Conn.

Abandon toxic oil and turn up the heat with beans. Yes, beans. Soybeans. Local home-heating oil company Devine Bros. is venturing into a new energy source: a revolutionary alternative home heating oil that has greater lubricity and performance standards. The new fuel is compatible with current heating systems and is environmentally friendly — comprised, in part, by soybeans.

Recycled Shipping Containers Make a Big Splash in Virginia Construction Scene
November 14, 2004 12:00 AM - Jody Snider, Daily Press, Newport News, Va.

The steel cargo shipping containers routinely unloaded at ports like the Port of Hampton Roads one day could be used in the construction of homes, businesses and even office buildings.

European BlueHeat Gizmo Proves Adept at Saving Gasoline During Maine Winters
November 14, 2004 12:00 AM - Larry Grard, Kennebec Journal, Augusta, Maine

It's not just the cold. Like most of us in the United States, Canadians and Europeans have always dealt with frigid winters.

Artic Warming Coincides with Increased Efforts to Exploit its Energy Resources
November 14, 2004 12:00 AM - Richard Orange, The Business, London

Global warming, if the doomsayers are to be believed, will have disastrous effects on the world. But one group of nations would stand to benefit.

Hurricanes Blamed for Fruit Infection
November 12, 2004 12:00 AM - Associated Press

This year's hurricanes spread citrus canker to at least 11,000 trees in Charlotte County, one of the largest outbreaks of the fruit-damaging infection to ever affect Florida's citrus industry, state officials said.

Shepherds Despair as Wolves Thrive in Croatia
November 12, 2004 12:00 AM - Zoran Radosavljevic, Reuters

The state has made them a protected species, but shepherds say Croatia's wolves are living up to their storybook reputation as the bad guys.

Incinerator Turns Garbage into Electricity
November 12, 2004 12:00 AM - William Glanz, The Washington Times

Juan Murphy is perched high above a mountain of urban detritus that just keeps growing. His job is to keep carving away so the heaving trash pile doesn't overtake him.

Agencies Warn of Bird Flu Risk from Seemingly Healthy Ducks
November 12, 2004 12:00 AM - Marta Falconi, Associated Press

Three international agencies urged Asians on Thursday to take special health precautions when raising or handling domestic ducks, which may carry the bird flu virus without showing any symptoms.

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