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Rail's Northeast Corridor is a symptom of aging infrastructure


  • Economist (tiered subscription model), The

This blog posting recounts a passenger rail accident almost 20 years ago, and wonders why nothing has been done to rehab the aging infrastructure of rail's Northeast Corridor. "Rail service along that… Read More

Clean water tank at desalination plant

Desalination could help Calif.'s water future


  • Sacramento Bee (Calif.) (free registration), The

A $1 billion desalination plant is taking shape in Carlsbad, Calif., that some claim is drought resistant because it draws water from the ocean. Privately owned Poseidon Water is building the plant an… Read More

Iowa engineer says concrete could improve wind turbines


  • Midwest Energy News

Sri Sritharan, the Wilson Engineering Professor at Iowa State University, says wind turbines could produce more energy if they were up to 131-feet taller than what are constructed today. He is studyin… Read More