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Wave energy’s message to critics: You’re wrong

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Saturday, November 01, 2008

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On a windless morning this past September, Oregon State University researchers towed a prototype wave energy buoy off the coast of Newport and dropped anchor.

 

 

Olympics give Nike’s China sales a huge boost

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Saturday, November 01, 2008

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Auction bargain: two houses for price of one

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Saturday, November 01, 2008

Buy one, get one free — houses that is. A pair of never-occupied two-bedroom homes north of Klamath Falls is headlining a big property auction scheduled for Nov. 15 at the Hilton Hotel near Portland International Airport.

 

 

County payments: a VC chance?

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Saturday, November 01, 2008

If Oregon’s counties were start-up companies, they would be freaks. In the midst of economic crisis, the state’s rural governments scored $800 million in what could be described as VC funding.

 

 

Next: molecular glue

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Saturday, November 01, 2008

ContactLensIt’s fitting that a new technology so tiny it can’t be seen by the naked eye is being used to build a better contact lens.

 

 

Former tech CEO pedals into a new job

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Saturday, November 01, 2008

KyleRansonWHEN KYLE RANSON resigned from a faltering InFocus in 2007 after three years at the Wilsonville projector company’s helm, it seemed only logical that the 20-year tech veteran would soldier on in the field he knew best.

 

 

Philanthropy: How to still do good when times are bad

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Saturday, November 01, 2008

THE ECONOMY IS IN shambles, the end of the year’s approaching and you’re just now thinking about having your business make some sweeping philanthropic gesture.

 

 
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