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'Power For The Planet': Company Bets Big On Fusion

Inventor Michael Laberge is building a machine that aims to generate electricity through nuclear fusion — the same process that powers the sun. His goal is "insanely ambitious": He thinks he can do it using a much cheaper approach than that used by existing multibillion-dollar fusion labs.
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Virginia Excluded From Offshore Drilling List

Areas off the Virginia coast were not included in an Obama Administration offshore drilling plan that was released yesterday.

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Fla. Utility Customers Pay Now For Future Power

Regulators in Florida recently gave two utilities permission to begin charging customers for nuclear plants that won't be completed for at least a decade. To encourage development of nuclear power, Florida allows utilities to charge customers upfront for the costs. Now there's a movement to rethink that policy.
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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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