Science & Technology

Jim Jewell, who owns two electric cars and an electric motorcycle, bought as many solar units as he could in the new Benton Rural Electric Association’s solar co-op program. (Courtesy Jim Jewell)

Benton REA’s new co-op solar program sells out in one week

By Arielle Dreher Members of the Benton Rural Electric Association bought out a new solar co-op program in just a week, despite declining incentives for the renewable energy source. Troy Berglund, community development and member relations manager at Benton REA, said he did not know how the program would be received. “I was uncertain of…

Charles Kahlenberg of Richland, a narrator for audiobooks, spends about 20 to 25 hours voicing each book. The national demand for audiobooks means he’s booked out until February with seven projects in the pipeline with his publisher.

Libraries note increase in digital downloads as audiobook popularity grows

Nearly one in five Americans now listen to audiobooks. That’s because smartphones have helped usher in a new way for consumers to digest books, and audio has quickly become the fastest growing format in the publishing industry. That’s according an Audio Publishers Association’s May 2017 survey. Despite the surge in popularity of audiobooks, voiced books…

BlockChyp, a new kind of payment terminal technology, integrates with third-party point-of-sale and other transaction systems using blockchain-encrypted firmware. The product was developed by Jeffrey Payne and one of his colleagues. The pair have worked for many years in the development of enterprise e-commerce merchant systems. They recently opened an office in Kennewick.

Kennewick startup develops payment transaction solution for small businesses

Small businesses face a lot of challenges. And the least of business owners’ worries should be accepting payments from customers. In the modern era of chip cards, cryptocurrencies, Apple Pay, and other emerging payment methods, processing transactions can be a tedious and frustrating part of running a business. That’s where Kennewick’s BlockChyp comes in. The…

SIGN Fracture Care software developer Josh Short, left, and intern Matt Moen worked together this summer to bring online a user-friendly application to enable SIGN employees to more easily mine the Richland company’s extensive fracture case database to better analyze data and trends.

Improved database enables new analytical capabilities for Richland manufacturer

It turns out data analysis isn’t just a game for number crunchers. For one Richland manufacturer, it’s also a means of finding new ways to improve medical devices and equipment. During the nearly 20 years that SIGN Fracture Care International has been treating patients worldwide, the company’s vast network of surgeons has logged more than…

Q&A with Deb Bowen

Number of employees you oversee: Three, although we plan to grow our staff this year.   Brief background of your business.  The STEM Foundation serves as a catalyst in ensuring all area young people are aware of, and prepared to participate in, our vibrant STEM economy.  We have a special focus on reaching those students…

D. Patrick Jones is the executive director for Eastern Washington University’s Institute for Public Policy & Economic Analysis.

Higher education in Tri-Cities isn’t keeping pace with local market’s needs

By D. Patrick Jones The Tri-Cities sport an enviable concentration of talent in science and technology. In economic statistics, most of these professionals show up in the sector “Professional & Technical Services”. The other sectors that contain tech workers are Information and Manufacturing.  While firms of lawyers and accountants make up part of the first…

American businesses lose more than $400 billion per year to cyberattacks, with one in four small businesses affected, according to a Better Business Bureau report.

Cybersecurity basics can protect businesses from data breaches

By Michelle Dupler Whether its ransomware, viruses, data theft or some other cybersecurity risk, a network breach can be one of a business owner’s worst nightmares — costing time, money and reputation. [blockquote quote=”At least one employee will click on anything.” source=”Byron Martin, owner of Teknologize” align=”right” max_width=”300px”] A 2016 report by the Better Business…

TriboTEX’s Carl Holder of Richland and Vladimir Borisov man their booth at the American Chemical Society’s annual conference in Washington, D.C., in August. The company developed a product to enhance engine lubrication and durability.

Company aims to reduce carbon emissions, improve vehicle efficiency

Pasha Rudenko started his materials science doctorate at Washington State University in 2009 with one goal: to make lubricants safer. “Lubricants are just a mixture of base oil, most often mineral or synthetic, or vegetable oil and additives,” said Rudenko, whose undergraduate degree is in materials science for nuclear reactors. “(The) toxicity of lubricants comes…

Svitlana Volkova, a data scientist at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, found that emotion and opinion expressed in tweets change when people get sick. Her team identified unique trends based on location and subpopulations so that health workers can get real-time information. (Courtesy PNNL)

Social media could help researchers identify public health risks

PNNL study finds opinion, emotion in tweets change when you get sick In the future, public health workers could monitor trends on social media to quickly identify a rise of influenza, depression or other health issues in a specific area, thanks to research at the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland. Public health…

HarvestMoore of Pasco developed a prototype fork impact limiter that reduces the shock bins of fruit or other fragile items face when carried by a forklift. (Courtesy HarvestMoore)

Pasco company invents forklift shock absorber

Prototype reduces transport impact on bins of fruit, inventor says Pasco-based HarvestMoore prototype fork impact limiter is now in production, with one run scheduled in time for apple harvest. The new invention is designed to reduce the shock loads and impact to fruit bins carried by forklifts. Prototype testing completed last month showed reduced impacts…

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