California and High-Speed Rail

May 12, 2011

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The California Legislative Analyst’s office has issued a 28 page report today that is highly critical of the current high-speed rail program. Among other suggestions is that California renegotiate with the federal government what they do with the $3Billion they have received. It is suggested that the project should be redesigned and rerouted.   Here […]

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New High Speed Rail Projects Announced

May 9, 2011

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Secretary LaHood announced $2.02 Billion in high-speed rail awards this morning. This is the money that Florida’s governor gave up along with the jobs it would have created and likely any hope of winning their bid for the FIFA world cup.  It also includes the money that the governor’s of Ohio and Wisconsin gave up. […]

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Solar Roadways – glass roads with solar panels- key to solving energy problems?

May 6, 2011

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http://www.wimp.com/solarhighways/ This is a link to a video about Solar Roadways. The idea is to use solar panels to absorb light on roads and to use it to generate electricity.  And, to also have real-time communication with people in cars and lighting that can respond to conditions on the ground. It sounds very pie in the […]

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International Nano-tech Conference Relocates to Albany

May 3, 2011

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Because of the earthquake and the nuclear crisis in Japan the International Nanotechnology Conference on Communication and Cooperation has been relocated  to SUNY Albany’s College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering. The conference will be held May 16-19. INC7, as it is known, is an annual event fostering international cooperation in nanotechnology by academe, businesses and governments. This […]

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Why DO they hate rail?

May 2, 2011

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I am baffled by the fact that high-speed rail has become a political issue rather than a matter of modernizing our transportation system and a response to climate change. But this article proposes to explain how expanding rail passenger service offends a certain wing of “conservatives”.   See the link: http://www.slate.com/id/2287539

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A Terrific Summary and Primer on American Transportation and Competitiveness

April 29, 2011

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The link below connects to an article in The Economist entitled “Life in the Slow Lane.”  It examines not only the state of US infrastructure but funding and policy considerations that make repairing much less modernizing our infrastructure so daunting. Very impressive and pretty depressing, and of course, as the article points out, it bodes […]

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Potential Employers & Your Email

April 26, 2011

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No matter what your discipline, your resume or any online application for a new job is going to include your email address. Perhaps it is time to consider what your email address conveys about you. Here is a list of Don’ts followed by a list of Dos. Don’ts: No matter what you use for an […]

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