Science & Technology

Science & Technology

EWEB - The Next 100 Years!

Jun 15, 2015

Recorded on: June 12th, 2015

Air Date: June 15th, 2015

Delivery of utility services like electricity and water could take new directions especially for publicly owned utilities like Oregon’s largest publicly owned utility, Eugene Water & Electric Board (EWEB), a ratepayer-owned utility sometimes called one of the best in the nation.

EWEB is preparing to work on the next Integrated Electric Resource Plan (IERP) continuing community engagement to design a resilient energy future.

Tony Biglan is a senior scientist at Oregon Research Institute.  His new book is called "The Nurture Effect – How the Science of Human Behavior can Improve Our Lives and Our World".  Doctor Biglan speaks with KLCC's Tripp Sommer.

Dr. Tony Biglan gives a presentation based on his book, "The Nurture Effect", Wednesday (5/13/15) at 7:00 at Oregon Research Institute, 1776 Millrace Drive in Eugene.

USGS

Eugene Water and Electric Board is suing the firm that designed and engineered a roll-gate lifting system on the Leaburg Dam. Two of the three gates have failed.

Space Expert Says We'll Be On Mars in 10-15 Years

Apr 20, 2015
space.com

Tariq Malik, managing editor of Space.com, writes and is a media spokesperson on new advancements in space science and space flight.

Malik will present Thursday evening at the Science Factory's gala at the Eugene Hilton.

Why The Nuclear Energy World Is Thinking Small

Mar 23, 2015
Jes Burns / Earthfix

In the world of nuclear power, one technology is generating debate: factory-produced reactors that are no bigger than a house. A bill to help bring smaller reactors to Washington is working its way through the state Legislature.  At the same time, work is underway in Oregon to bring these small-scale reactors to market.

There’s only one place in the country right now that is developing a new kind of nuclear power plant.

It’s happening in an office building on a sprawling corporate campus just outside Corvallis, Oregon.

A pilot program will test whether Oregon should offer iPads at no cost to assist residents who have vision, hearing, speech, mobility or cognition issues. The iPads will improve phone communication, but will have no download capability and only limited internet access. The program is funded with a nine cent monthly surcharge on retail telephone bills.  Friday is the new deadline to join the pilot project. For more information, email puc.rspf@state.or.us , or call 800-848-4442.

Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area

Yaquina Head Lighthouse re-opened last weekend to tours after being closed for 3 months. The 1872 lighthouse in Newport has been repainted.

Robot Milkers Bring New Future to Washington Dairy Farmers

Jan 2, 2015
Sarah Eden Wallace

Washington dairy farmers are beginning to use new technology that is transforming how time is spent on the farm. It's also helping provide much needed support for the next generation of small family farms.

Alan Mesman’s family has been farming for six generations near La Conner. So he knows first hand how hard dairying can be.

“Usually between 5:30 and 6 we start. In the summertime, I mean, you can be going from 5 in the morning til 10 at night.”

www.oregonlive.com

Oregon State University needs help cataloging tens of millions of plankton photos. The university is offering 175 thousand dollars for computer algorithms that will sort the photos.

The National Data Science bowl was announced on Monday. The competition was initiated to seek the classification of plankton data gathered from a Florida expedition last summer.

Jessica Luo, a PhD student based at the Hatfield Marine Science center in Newport says the plankton photos are used to study the predator and prey relationships between larval fish.

People text donations, they text votes to reality shows, now they can text a power outage. In time for winter weather, the Eugene Water and Electric Board has launched a new reporting service.

EWEB spokesman Joe Harwood says when their system was overloaded in February’s snowstorm, they started working on a solution. During that storm they also had to educate some younger customers who didn’t know they had to tell EWEB when their power was out:

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