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October 2012

How The Nukes Fared During Sandy

Hurricane Sandy brought high winds and high waters to 34 nuclear reactors in the eastern U.S., causing three to shut down and one to issue an alert because of high water levels in its intake structure, according to the Nuclear Regulatory…

Renewable forms of energy are growing far faster than any other form of energy, a BP economist said in Chicago last week, but are unlikely to significantly impact the world's reliance on fossil fuels without continued government interventions, such…

Gas Fracking Spurs Oil Rush

Hydraulic fracturing has made natural gas so plentiful and cheap in the United States that rig operators are opting to drill for oil, a BP economist said in Chicago last night.
In 2011 the United States passed Russia as the world's largest producer…

Stanford's App To Solve Traffic Congestion

Researchers at Stanford University are developing smart-phone applications that give commuters incentives to leave their cars at home, or at least to avoid driving them during rush hour, a Stanford professor said last week in Chicago.
The researchers…

Busting Bus Bunching With Traffic Signals

Transportation officials equipped with increasingly sophisticated technology are considering ways they can use traffic signal-prioritization not just to speed the progress of buses, but to solve bus bunching.
Many cities are plagued by bus bunching…