How to build a moon base
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How to build a moon base

Half a century after humans first walked on the moon, a number of private companies and nations are planning to build permanent bases on the lunar surface. Despite the technological progress since the Apollo era, this will be extremely challenging. So how should you get started?The conditions at the lunar surface are extreme. The moon…

Biz Buzz for Aug. 11, 2019 | Business
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Biz Buzz for Aug. 11, 2019 | Business

BookCliff Vineyards now has a brand new tasting room in Palisade.The longtime Palisade grape grower makes and sells its wine out of Boulder, but owners Ulla Merz and John Garlich opened a new room Monday at the vineyard, 670 39 Road.Merz and Garlich have farmed in Palisade since 1996 and celebrated the 20th anniversary of…

Why France Is SunPower’s Secret Weapon
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Why France Is SunPower’s Secret Weapon

The U.S.-based solar panel manufacturer benefits there from its alliance with its majority-owner, French energy giant Total. When investors think about the locations that solar companies are relying on for demand, France may not be the first one that comes to mind. The country isn’t particularly big in the solar industry — it aims to…

The Secret Life of Kudzu
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The Secret Life of Kudzu

A plant scorned as an invasive species offers a wealth of practical uses and cultural significance Credit: Getty Images Kudzu (scientific name: Pueraria lobata) is now often seen as a blight on the southern landscape of the United States, but like many invasive plants it was first introduced deliberately. Following its debut at the Japanese…

It’s just good business: Even red states are dumping coal for solar
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It’s just good business: Even red states are dumping coal for solar

Arizona, despite being GOP-dominated, is number 3 in the US for residential solar power production. In the first quarter of 2019 alone, Arizona homeowners put in 52.83 megawatts of new solar installations. As for industrial-scale solar, Arizona utility APS generates 1.4 gigawatts worth of solar power, equivalent to a small nuclear plant. APS’s rival TEP is planning…