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Wells Dam on the Columbia River of central Washington state. CREDIT: Douglas County PUD

Central Washington Utility Eager To Branch Into Hydrogen Fuel Production

The Douglas County Public Utility District operates Wells Dam on the Columbia River north of Wenatchee. The dam generates a lot of surplus electricity, especially during spring runoff. Quite a few years ago, utility managers hit on the idea of using surplus electricity to split water molecules to make hydrogen. Continue Reading Central Washington Utility Eager To Branch Into Hydrogen Fuel Production

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Tom DiGiovanni's job as chief financial officer for Canndescent involves managing bags of cash by the millions which must be counted, then hauled in armored vehicles. CREDIT: Devan Schwartz for NPR

Bags Of Cash, Armed Guards And Wary Banks: The Edgy Life Of A Cannabis Company CFO

Marijuana is legal medically or recreationally in 34 states, but it’s still illegal under federal law. And though many businesses have entered that new gray market, the financial services industry has not. No major U.S. banks will open accounts for a company like Canndescent or its retail clients. Continue Reading Bags Of Cash, Armed Guards And Wary Banks: The Edgy Life Of A Cannabis Company CFO

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The first-ever image of a black hole was released Wednesday by a consortium of researchers, showing the "black hole at the center of galaxy M87, outlined by emission from hot gas swirling around it under the influence of strong gravity near its event horizon." CREDIT: Event Horizon Telescope collaboration et al

‘We Have Seen What We Thought Was Unseeable.’ Scientists Unveil First Image Of A Black Hole

The world is seeing the first-ever image of a black hole Wednesday, as an international team of researchers from the Event Horizon Telescope project released their look at the supermassive black hole at the center of galaxy Messier 87 (M87). The image shows a dark disc “outlined by emission from hot gas swirling around it under the influence of strong gravity near its event horizon,” the consortium said. Continue Reading ‘We Have Seen What We Thought Was Unseeable.’ Scientists Unveil First Image Of A Black Hole

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Outdoor retailer REI reported another year of solid growth in 2018. CREDIT: TOM BANSE/N3

Don’t Want To Buy New Skis Or Tent? REI Set To Expand Rentals And Used Gear Sales

Outdoor retailer REI is planning a major expansion of rentals and used gear sales this year to sustain growth. The Washington-based co-op’s vast membership may also get the opportunity to sell second-hand gear back to the company for REI credit as it seeks ways to maintain relevance and loyalty in an evolving retail marketplace. Continue Reading Don’t Want To Buy New Skis Or Tent? REI Set To Expand Rentals And Used Gear Sales

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Idaho Gov. Brad Little delivers his State of the State address inside the house chambers at the state Capitol building, Monday, Jan. 7, 2019 in Boise, Idaho. CREDIT: AP PHOTO/OTTO KITSINGER

Idaho Gov. Brad Little Signs Medicaid Expansion Bill With Work Requirements

Idaho will ask the federal government for permission to implement mandatory work requirements for those covered under the state’s Medicaid plan. Gov. Brad Little signed the bill despite concerns about the constitutionality of such requirements that were repeatedly brought up during public testimony and debates. Continue Reading Idaho Gov. Brad Little Signs Medicaid Expansion Bill With Work Requirements

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