Author: joe patten

A Corvette or a Toy Train?

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I drive a car. Odds are, you do too. In fact, given the choice between the MAX, bus or car, 97% of Portland residents choose to drive every day. Why then did Metro unanimously vote to extend the MAX to Milwaukie at a cost of $1.4 billion, including a new $340 million downtown bridge without car lanes?

Even granting TriMet’s very generous estimate of (more…)

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Oil: The Energy of the Future

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Three years ago, two prominent scientists asked themselves which natural chemical makes the most efficient fuel. Their answer? Oil.

Using synthetic biology, LS9, Inc. has modified bacteria to turn plant sugars into (more…)

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