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Facebook backs open source in Corvallis | Print |  Email
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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

thelatestOregon State University's Open Source Lab was formed as a nonprofit in 2005, and it receives support from the likes of IBM and Google. The latest tech giant to contribute is Facebook.

 
Opponents to sue over Monsanto alfalfa crop | Print |  Email
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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

thelatestA national food safety group is gearing up to sue the federal government over the controversial practice of planting genetically modified alfalfa seeds. Farmers are following the issue with great interest in Oregon, where alfalfa is a $175 million crop.

 
On The Scene: The Oregon Zoo | Print |  Email
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Monday, February 14, 2011
sceneblogbwThe director of the Oregon Zoo, Kimberly Smith, spoke to City Club members last Friday, unveiling a variety of new initiatives for the state's most popular paid tourist attraction.
 
Bills target initiatives, campaign finance | Print |  Email
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Friday, February 11, 2011

thelatestThe house rules committee will hold a hearing next Monday on two bills that seek to improve Oregon's initiative process and provide more transparency to political contributions.

 
The economy wants to recover | Print |  Email
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Thursday, February 10, 2011

imo-blogLake Oswego-based economist Bill Conerly has updated his economic outlook for 2011-2012 after coming to the conclusion that the economy is on course to improve more quickly than he had originally anticipated.

 
University reform gains momentum | Print |  Email
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Wednesday, February 09, 2011
thelatestThe latest stop on the campaign trail for higher education reform happened last night at Portland State University, where education officials repeated many of their same proposals: less state regulation and line item budgets, more university control of tuition. More efficient and independent universities able to save on costs while expanding the reach and quality of education.
 
24 million pounds of e-waste gets recycled | Print |  Email
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Tuesday, February 08, 2011

thelatestDuring the first year of a statewide ban on dumping electronics in the trash, Oregonians recycled more than 24 million pounds of electronics, or about 5 million pounds more than they did in 2009.

 
The slow recovery of unemployment | Print |  Email
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Monday, February 07, 2011

imo-blogUntil University of Oregon economist Mark Thoma is sure that the economy is on firmer footing, and that employment prospects have improved substantially, he says he will continue to push back against the optimistic economic forecasts that are all the rage these days.

 
Long journey for Oregon Trail game | Print |  Email
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Thursday, February 03, 2011

thelatestThe pioneering computer game Oregon Trail enters its 40th year with a hot iPhone app and a key Facebook launch. A closer look into the game's history offers insight for all those raised in an age of educational computer games. There's also something of a parable for game developers here in the Silicon Forest about a man with a clever idea and brilliant approach, actualized with the help of state support and outside business investment, who eventually took control of his vision and built the most successful educational video game ever.

 
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