Business

6:28am

Fri June 6, 2014
Ag Technology

With More Tech On The Farm, Rural Colorado Left Waiting, Wanting For Broadband

Yuma County is one of the largest agricultural producing counties in the state. Farmers here are starting to embrace precision agriculture, to use the latest technology to monitor information on the farm such as planting, yield, water and nutrients.
Bente Birkeland RMCR

People living in many parts of rural Colorado still don’t have access to high speed Internet. It’s a problem for schools and businesses, and in eastern Colorado it is making it harder for farmers to take full advantage of the latest technology even as state lawmakers passed legislation to try and even the playing field.

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4:08pm

Thu June 5, 2014
Planet Money

Why A Pack Of Peanut Butter M&M's Weighs A Tiny Bit Less Than A Regular Pack

Originally published on Wed June 25, 2014 3:03 pm

Peanut Butter M&M's are larger and more irregular than standard M&M's.
Quoctrung Bui/NPR

The other day I went down to the little shop in the lobby of our building for a snack. I couldn't decide whether I wanted regular M&M's or Peanut Butter M&M's so I bought them both. On the way back upstairs to the office, I noticed something strange on the labels. Each had cost $1, but the pack of Peanut Butter M&M's was a very tiny bit lighter: 0.06 ounces lighter!

I wanted to know why, so I called a couple of experts and asked for their theories:

Theory No. 1: Peanut Butter M&M's are more expensive to make.

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7:20am

Wed June 4, 2014
Energy

A New Frontier: Carbon Utilization, Rather Than Sequestration

Karen Wawrousek holding up a flask of chemoautotrophic (CAT) bacteria. The bacteria eat carbon dioxide and convert it to biodiesel.
Credit Stephanie May Joyce / Wyoming Public Media

While carbon is a byproduct of almost everything we do, capturing and storing it is expensive. For years, the goal has been to figure out how to make that process cheaper, but more recent efforts take a different approach - shifting the focus from storing carbon to using it.

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1:50pm

Tue June 3, 2014
Energy

Consumer Effect Of New EPA Rules Best Summed Up As Complicated

Valmont Power Station near Boulder, Colo., pictured in May 2010. The power plant can use both coal and natural gas in power generation.
Anders B Knudsen Flickr - Creative Commons

The Obama administration said Monday that it intends to aggressively reduce carbon-dioxide emissions, or greenhouse gas pollution, produced by power plants in the United States. To boost these ambitions, the White House will partner with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to enforce varying rules state-by-state to be carried out by power plants that produce the gases.

If successfully implemented, the regulations will deliver a 30 percent decrease in carbon emissions by 2030.

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7:16am

Mon June 2, 2014
Energy

EPA Unveils New Proposal Targeting Greenhouse Gases

Originally published on Mon June 2, 2014 9:52 am

The EPA is proposing rules that would govern carbon dioxide gas emissions by U.S. power plants. Here, coal is transported via conveyor belt to the coal-fired Jim Bridger Power Plant outside Point of the Rocks, Wyo., in March.
Jim Urquhart Reuters /Landov

New federal regulations announced Monday aim to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from power plants by 30 percent by 2030.

The draft proposal from the Environmental Protection Agency has sparked opposition from industry groups who say the changes would be prohibitively expensive. But the proposal's backers say the rules are needed to cut carbon pollution that scientists say contributes to climate change.

Update at 10:45 a.m. ET: Proposed Rule Published

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