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State’s wine grape growers expect record harvest

By Wine News Service If pre-harvest estimates hold up, Washington will crush a quarter-million tons of wine grapes this fall for the first time. And if that takes place, the Washington wine industry will have effectively doubled in size in a decade. Wine grape harvest kicked off in mid-August, making it one of the earliest […]

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PNNL scientist joins the hunt for signs of ancient life on Mars

By Tom Rickey, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory The search for signs of ancient life on Mars has come to the U.S. Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, where an expert on rock chemistry and microbial signatures is part of a team that is investigating whether there has ever been life on the red planet. Sherry […]

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Atomic Bowl celebrates anniversary, plans improvements

By Jobetta Hedelman-Beaver The Tri-Cities has grown and changed over the years, but one thing that has stayed constant is that families can head to Atomic Bowl in Richland for a good time. And as the longtime business celebrates its anniversary, the owners are looking to the future. Atomic Bowl celebrated its 60th year in […]

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Double Canyon to build winemaking facility near Red Mountain

By Wine News Service for Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business A winery focused on producing Cabernet Sauvignon from the Horse Heaven Hills will build a 47,000-square-foot winemaking facility near Red Mountain. Double Canyon, a winery that began in 2007 and is owned by Crimson Wine Group of California, will break ground on its new building […]

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PNNL to lead regional smart manufacturing center

By Susan Bauer Advances in smart sensors, digital process controls and information technology could radically reduce energy use in manufacturing and improve manufacturing productivity in the Northwest. The Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory will lead the Northwest Regional Manufacturing Center, a public-private partnership that is part of a national Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute. The regional […]

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Going Green

Agencies launch Tri-City ozone study after high readings in area

By Ranil Dhammapala Ground-level ozone, not to be confused with “good” ozone in the earth’s upper atmosphere that shields us from harmful ultraviolet radiation, is toxic to human health. Exposure to ozone irritates the eyes, nose, throat and the respiratory system. It is especially bad for people with chronic heart and lung disease, pregnant women […]

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PNNL-led effort seeks to improve energy stored in electric car batteries

By Frances White Electric cars with significantly smaller, lighter and less expensive batteries could be on the horizon if a new national research effort achieves its ambitious goal of significantly improving upon the batteries that power today’s electric vehicles. Led by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, the Battery500 consortium will receive up to $10 million […]

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