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University of Michigan wins 2014 American Solar Challenge, Iowa State University finishes 3rd


For the fifth-straight year, the University of Michigan took first place at the American Solar Challenge which concluded Monday. Michigan’s race team – which included roughly 20 students – overcame its fair share of setbacks including various mechanical problems earlier in the … Continue reading

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New biomedical building features first green rooftop on University of Iowa campus


The University of Iowa’s new Pappajohn Biomedical Discovery Building (PBDB) is the first building on campus to feature a green rooftop. Crews began planting various perennial sedums – such as black-eyed Susan alliums, liatris, and hostas – in the spring. These plants are expected to provide several … Continue reading

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On the Radio: Energy efficiency under the Clean Power Plan


This week’s On the Radio segment looks at how energy efficiency and renewable energy will reduce power plant emissions under the Clean Power Plan. Listen to the audio below, or continue reading for the transcript. Transcript: Energy efficiency under the Clean … Continue reading

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Iowa State University ranked “greenest” college in Iowa


The annual Iowa-Iowa State football game is still seven weeks away but the Cyclones recently beat the Hawkeyes in a different kind of contest. Iowa State was ranked as the “greenest” campus in Iowa according by a list compiled by College Prowler. … Continue reading

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$1.4 million towards water quality improvement


Last week, the state of Iowa made $1.4 million available to farmers in an effort to improve water quality through nutrient reduction practices. Farmers have now claimed all of these funds and will match the amount, bringing the total to $2.8 … Continue reading

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Agricultural and environmental interests may be at odds


Earlier this week, Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley and several other members of the Senate Agriculture Committee met with U. S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy. The aim of the closed-door meeting was to clarify several intersections between environmental regulations … Continue reading

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Cooler temps offer needed relief for RAGBRAI bikers


After enduring two days of high temperatures and gusting winds, RAGBRAI cyclists will get a much-needed reprieve from the heat during Wednesday’s leg of the ride. Today’s RAGBRAI route takes bikers from Forest City to Mason City, a distance of 38.5 miles. Conditions in … Continue reading

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On the Radio: American Solar Challenge passing through Iowa this weekend


This week’s On the Radio segment looks at the American Solar Challenge, a 1700-mile solar car race that’s passing through Iowa this weekend. The race includes a car built by students at Iowa State University. Listen to the audio below, … Continue reading

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First cases of chikungunya virus acquired within US


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are reporting the first domestically acquired cases of the mosquito-borne chikungunya virus. Two infected individuals have been identified in Florida; neither had left the country recently enough to have contracted the virus … Continue reading

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Iowa grocery shoppers have varied views on GMOs


  The use of genetically modified organisms ranks low in the list of factors Iowans consider when buying groceries, according to a new survey from the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation. The study, conducted online by Harris Poll, surveyed around 500 … Continue reading

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