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Rose-Hulman Students to Unveil New EcoCAR Effort

IndianaChamber_clr.gifInside INdiana Business relays the story of one of Indiana’s fine educational institutions as its students work toward the ever-elusive game changer in the world of sustainable driving. Kudos to Rose-Hulman, and good luck in the competition:

Under development for two academic years, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology students are set to unveil a prototype advanced technology vehicle that has been designed to achieve improved fuel economy and reduced greenhouse gas emissions for EcoCAR: The Next Challenge, a national engineering design competition sponsored by the U.S. Department of...

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Purdue Students Create Wood-based Vehicle to Aid African Nations

african-car-design.jpgPurdue University mechanical engineering students have designed and built a multipurpose vehicle made primarily from wood and will travel to Africa this month to help officials there set up a manufacturing facility for the trucks, which could help to transport everything from produce to people.

The Basic Utility Vehicle, or BUV, is produced from raw materials readily and affordably available in Africa and is designed specifically to meet the needs of villagers. The students will travel to Cameroon, Africa, on Monday (May 10) to aid in setting up a manufacturing facility in a northern village near a forest.

The BUV's body and much of the frame are built of pine, but the design can easily be adapted to...

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Explore Cost Saving Ideas, Like License Bureau Sites

A friend -- Mike Paunovich -- recently mentioned to me something that I can't seem to get out of my mind. Maybe writing about will do it.

He was talking about government efficiency, and ways state government could, and should, save money. One of his suggestions -- which made complete sense to me -- is leasing space from counties or municipalities to house Indiana license bureaus.

Why not, I asked myself? After all I suspect many, if not most, are paying pretty good dough for space in office buildings and/or strip centers such as Valparaiso where it is located south of US30 in a...

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The days are changing, best to prepare...

The cool air is sweeping in. The days are getting shorter and shorter. My wardrobe has met the addition of the in between jacket. Not the heavy winter coat for the dead of winter; but a jacket with some substantial weight to it, to keep some body warmth in. It is also a good time of year to run some seasonal checklists through your head.

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My Brand New Car

Well, as many of you know, I have been searching for a new car. This weekend, I found my new car. It is a 2010 magnetic gray Toyota Corolla with almost all the options. It is a huge upgrade from my 1995 Acura Integra that had a cracked sunroof, missing passenger side view mirror, dents, rust, and a hole in the dashboard where my cd player once lived. Kyle had invented for me a small amplifier that sat in my dash that was hooked up to which ever car speakers were still working that I could plug my ipod into. Most of that damage had come over time and thanks to a tree branch falling on my car in a...

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