Science & Technology

Science & Technology
7:32 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

EWEB Approves Voluntary Smart Meters

Smart meter.

After a crowded public hearing, the Eugene Water and Electric Board voted to install smart meters only for customers who request it. A number of people spoke in opposition to the wireless meters citing health concerns. EWEB spokesman Joe Harwood says there is no risk.

Harwood: “I’m frankly speechless. I don’t know how to respond to people that think that radio waves are going to somehow cause a health effect. It’s patently ridiculous.”

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Hanford
8:34 am
Fri September 27, 2013

JFK Visited Hanford 50 Years Ago, Trying To De-Escalate Cold War

U.S. Department of Energy

Fifty years ago Thursday, President John F. Kennedy stepped off a Marine helicopter into the dry heat of the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in southeast Washington. He was there to see the massive new N Reactor. The reactor was the first to produce both plutonium and power in the U.S. As Correspondent Anna King reports, the visit also was part of Kennedy’s efforts to de-escalate the Cold War.

Hanford worker Bill McCullough remembers Sept. 26, 1963 clearly when President Kennedy came to visit.
Bill McCullough: “It was a very hot day, and we hit bumper to bumper traffic.”

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Health
7:16 am
Thu September 26, 2013

Home Canning Hobby Leads To Near Fatal Medical Mystery

Legislative ethics lawyer Mike O’Connell uses a cane to get around after contracting Botulism from home canned meat.
Credit Austin Jenkins

Home canning is regaining popularity as part of the local food movement. If done right, families can enjoy home grown fruits, vegetables and even meat all through the winter. But if done wrong it can be devastating, if not deadly. A lawyer for the state of Washington recently learned that lesson the hard way.

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