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Jordan Howell

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U.S. surpasses Saudi Arabia as world’s top energy producer

U.S. oil and natural gas production surged past Saudi Arabia in 2013, making the United States the world’s largest oil-producing state.

Half of older workers delay retirement plans, poll shows

Older Americans are retiring later than they were prior to the Great Recession and are more likely to work throughout retirement, according to a new AP-NORC Center Public Affairs Research survey.

New magnetic foam sponges can hold 100 times their weight in oil

The days of cleaning up oil spills with inefficient skimming and environmentally hazardous dispersants could soon be past as Chinese scientists have recently invented an ultra-light magnetic foam that can absorb 100 times its weight in oil.

Desert shrubs may reduce global CO2 levels

As the world continues to wrestle with threats posed by global climate change, a team of German scientists has developed a novel solution: plant millions of acres of the carbon-sucking shrub jatropha in hot, arid regions.

Japan sends talking robot astronaut to ISS

Japan is preparing to launch its unmanned HTV-4 cargo ship toward the International Space Station this afternoon with a special guest on board: Kirobo the talking robot astronaut.

Obama says income gap is fraying U.S. social fabric

Galesburg - One week after Pres. Obama delivered impromptu remarks on race relations and the Trayvon Martin shooting, he delivered a series of economic policy speeches to refocus attention on middle class jobs, job security, and racial equality.

Enbridge to build $1.3 billion oil sands pipeline extension

Canadian pipeline company Enbridge announced plans to build a US $1.3 billion southern extension to its Northern Alberta Woodland oil pipeline to connect the company’s Cheecham Terminal to its Edmonton Terminal and nearby refineries.

Majority of Siemens board members want to oust CEO

Siemens announced in a press release Saturday that CEO Peter Loescher is expected to leave his post four years before his contract expires. His departure must be approved by a majority of Siemens’ 20-member supervisory board.

3WTC moves forward with major new tenant agreement

New York - Construction on Three World Trade Center has been at a stand-still for months, stalled at the seventh floor waiting for more tenants. Now a preliminary agreement with the media giant GroupM has breathed new life into the fledgling project.

2013 exceptional in flight safety despite Asiana crash Special

San Francisco - While Saturday's crash-landing of Asiana Airlines flight 214 at SFO was a tragedy, and possibly an avoidable one at that, compared to the historical average the last two years boast exceptional safety records.

Google adds Harry Potter’s Diagon Alley to street view

With this one move, Google has just given hope to muggles everywhere that, despite their inferiority, they too can explore the fantastic world of wizards!

NASA, students test polar rover in harsh Greenland climate

At 10,530 feet above sea level and deep inside the Arctic Circle, NASA could hardly find a more inhospitable place to test its new rover than Summit Camp, Greenland. After one month in the snow and sub-freezing temperatures, GROVER is still functioning.

NASA to attempt fix for stricken Kepler Observatory

NASA announced on Wednesday that it will attempt to revive the ailing Kepler Space Observatory by mid-to-late July, but engineers warn that the recovery attempt is not a sure thing.

NOAA: 'significant harmful algal bloom' to strike Lake Erie

In a statement released Tuesday, NOAA predicted that portions of western Lake Erie near the coasts of Ohio, Michigan, and Ontario are likely to see a harmful algal bloom develop over the summer.

Human head transplants within reach, says neuroscientist

Face transplants, the human genome map, and the cure for HIV—within one generation all three have made the leap from science fiction to science fact. Could head transplants some day also make that leap? One scientist thinks so.

WGN Reporter gets even with video-bombers

WGN reporter Pat Tomasulo has just about had it with passers-by who wave, make faces, or act like idiots when he is doing the news. So he decided to put them on the spot.

NOAA to track 'sudden drought changes' with new monthly forecasts Special

Citing President Obama’s call from last week’s climate speech for federal agencies to help communities prepare for extreme weather events, NOAA said yesterday that it will begin releasing monthly drought outlooks, or MDOs.

Stunning map charts every river in U.S.

The U.S. is often thought of as a nation connected by roads—since the 1960s the Interstate Highway has defined American culture and led to untold economic prosperity. But a new map of the nation’s rivers tells a very different story.

Forget Mars—NASA ion engine aims for outer planets, deep space

Five years ago NASA began testing an ion engine prototype at the Glenn Research Center in Cleveland—48,000 hours later it’s still running and will set a world record for the longest propulsion test in history when deactivated later this month.

New technology desalinates seawater using store-bought battery

Turning salt water into safe drinking water is an expensive endeavor with desalinization plants running upwards of US $1 billion, but researchers hope that a small, efficient, and inexpensive device known as the “water chip” will change all that.
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