Science & Technology

Science & Technology

Steve Wyatt

One month from today, more than a million visitors are expected to be in Oregon for the total solar eclipse. Planning has been going on for years and is kicking into high gear. On the coast there are special concerns – and opportunities – for residents and tourists.

Oregon State University

Oregon State University has received funding for a new class of research vessel for the U.S. Academic Fleet. The $122 million grant from the National Science Foundation is the largest in the university’s history.

NASA

The total solar eclipse is 2 months away. Scientists shared their excitement at a NASA briefing Wednesday, but transportation officials in Oregon, and other states the eclipse will pass over, are bracing for cosmic traffic jams.

Wikipedia

Communities in the path of totality for the upcoming solar eclipse are preparing for huge crowds on August 21st. Roughly half-a-million people are expected to converge on the Corvallis area for the eclipse.

Driverless cars are being tested on America’s roads right now. Cars without steering wheels or pedals have been approved for the road in California. Ford hopes to have a fleet of driverless cars on the roads in 2021.  The US Department of Transportation has published guidelines for the automakers.  Do you trust the technology?

Brian Bull / KLCC

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration – or NOAA – has its Pacific Marine Operations 

Center in the coastal city of Newport. 

Brian Bull / KLCC

Across Oregon, ballots are being mailed out for the special May 16th Election.  And officials are nudging residents to sign up for a ballot tracking system where available.

www.acrimoto.com

Eugene-based electric car manufacturer Arcimoto announced a new partnership with the international ride-sharing company Uber last week.

EWEB

Oregon Governor Kate Brown has approved $670-thousand for a Eugene utility to purchase sensors for an earthquake early warning system called Shake-Alert.

EWEB

Access to two campgrounds and a popular reservoir east of Eugene will be closed for 5 years while Eugene Water and Electric rebuilds its primary powerhouse. The closures are effective Monday [March 27th].

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