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Biofuels Start To Take Off In The Airline Industry

This week, a Continental flight from Houston to Chicago used a biofuel blend made in part from algae, and Alaska Airlines will fly passengers using a fuel made in part from cooking oil. The fledgling environmental effort has many hurdles, as biofuel costs nearly six times as much as regular jet fuel.
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After Storm, Conn. Residents Still Without Power

More than a week after an unusual early snowstorm, tens of thousands of Connecticut residents are still without power. Many are running out of patience, and answers are in short supply.
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The Plutonium Problem: Who Pays For Space Fuel?

NASA has relied on a special kind of fuel, called plutonium-238, to power robotic space missions for five decades. that it sometimes seems easier to chart a course across the solar system than to navigate the budget process inside Washington, D.C.
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Nebraska May Play Key Role In Canada Pipeline Battle

TransCanada's proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline would cut through the Ogallala aquifer, a major water source that supplies about 80 percent of Nebraska's water for drinking and irrigation. Legislators have introduced bills preventing pipelines in environmentally sensitive areas.
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Pondering the Possibility of Non-constant 'Constants'

What if the laws of physics aren't the same all over the universe, but vary from place to place? Michael Murphy of the Swinburne University of Technology discusses research published in the journal Physical Review Letters indicating that the value of one basic physical property, the fine structure constant, may vary with location in interstellar space.
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Virginia To Turn Landfill Waste Into Energy

Virginia is embarking on a new waste-to-energy project in Henrico County.

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New Fund Helps Nonprofits Go Solar

Going solar can help nonprofits cut the money they spend on energy, if they can cover the upfront costs, that is. A new fund in D.C. is helping them do just that.

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Pipeline Decision Pits Jobs Against Environment

In the coming months, the Obama administration must decide whether to approve an oil pipeline that would carry tar sands oil from Canada through the U.S. The decision will divide his political base: labor, which says the pipeline would create jobs, and environmentalists, who worry about its impact.
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As Population, Consumption Rise, Builder Goes Small

As the world's population tops 7 billion people, population experts are worried about inevitable increases in cars, computers, bigger homes and a drain on resources. In an effort to combat this, one California company is producing small, energy-efficient homes — some as tiny as 300 square feet.

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