A sneak peek at Apple's Oregon data center (and solar power plant)

If Northwest media are correct, Apple is on its way to building the largest solar power plant in the state of Oregon.

Is this the grid of the future?

An 8,000-square-foot, nondescript, two-toned box of a building in Salem, Ore., looking like so many you’d see in a thousand industrial parks, could represent the future of energy management.

Wave energy moves forward in Oregon

Wave energy backers in Oregon – who hope to see the state become the center for the technology’s development in the US – were celebrating on Friday.

Geothermal power slowly moves forward in the US

US authorities have approved another plan to develop and test a geothermal reservoir using enhanced geothermal system (EGS) technology.

The $200 tiny "pod" home, courtesy of recycled materials

Dream of building your own home, but lacking both cash and time?

Spearheads cast light on earliest American culture

Hot on the heels of yesterday's news about the arrival of the first people in the Americas, an international team has revealed a previously-unknown culture that was flourishing just a thousand or so years later.

Baby monkeys created by 'mixing' embryos

Researchers have produced the first 'chimeric' monkeys, created from stem cells from two or more separate embryos.

Microbes found thriving in Mars-like conditions

The discovery of microbes in any icy lava tube in Oregon raises hope that similar microorganisms could survive in the very similar conditions to be found on Mars.

Oregon gets serious about wave energy

The wave-power project unfolding in Oregon has a new big-name player.

Is a Northwest biofuel industry possible?

An organization called Sustainable Aviation Fuels Northwest (SAFN) has released a ten-month study suggesting a sustainable aviation biofuel industry could be created in America’s Pacific Northwest.

Woman acquires British accent after routine dental surgery

A woman from Toledo, Oregon has developed a peculiar accent after undergoing routine dental surgery. 

Huge Oregon wind farm gets Google backing

We’ve been keeping a close eye on the Shepherd’s Flat wind farm in rural Oregon, not just because it is right in our backyard, but because it is poised to become the world’s largest wind farm as well.

US cities vulnerable to earthquakes like New Zealand's

The conditions that caused the earthquake that hit New Zealand two days ago apply to many US cities, say experts.

Los Angeles basin at risk of major quake

More great news for Californians. Just a couple of weeks ago, they were told that they were at serious risk of a superstorm - and now they need to prepare for a major quake.

Oceanic 'Garbage Patch' smaller than claimed

The amount of plastic trash floating in the Pacific Ocean's 'Great Garbage Patch' is nowhere near as great as has been made out, an Oregon State University scientist says.

Device speeds up radiation cleanup

Engineers at Oregon State University have invented a new type of radiation detection and measurement device that they believe can make cleanup faster, cheaper and more thorough.

Oregon issues restraining order against Google

An Oregon judge has ordered Google to preserve WiFi data that was accidentally collected by the company’s Street View cars.