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3Carhenge monument becomes property of Alliance, NE

Officials in Alliance, NE have recently voted to accept a pretty special gift. Previously offered for sale with a price tag of $300,000, the batty "Carhenge" landmark has been given to the town that it neighbors, hopefully ensuring its continued status as a going attraction for years to come.

135Have swallows evolved shorter wingspans to avoid cars?

A new study by biologists at the University of Tulsa and the University of Nebraska at Lincoln presents evidence to suggest that cliff swallows in southwestern Nebraska may be suffering fewer incidence of collision with cars, thanks to shorter wings.

452Proposed Nebraska law would let motorcyclists run red lights [w/poll]

Nebraska state Senator Paul Schumacher has proposed a bill that would allow motorcyclists to drive through red traffic lights, if the riders have already waited at least two minutes for the light to change. This situation happens more than non-cyclists may realize, say advocates of the proposed law, as some traffic sensors that help coordinate the lights are not triggered by lightweight motorcycles as they are by cars and trucks.

12Nebraska's Carhenge on sale for $300,000

Nebraska's Carhenge, an art installation built in 1987 by Jim Reinders, is up for sale. A 38-car tribute to the druid monument in England, Reinders built the automotive megalith on a farm once owned by his father on the outskirts of Alliance, Nebraska.

6University of Nebraska prof building his own range-extended EV

Dean Patterson, a visiting professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, isn't waiting for the OEMs to make him a plug-in hybrid. Patterson and his team of researchers are building a range-extended electric car in the school lab. Patterson, who expects all cars made in 10 years to have electric drive, told a local TV news team from KETV that the goal is to give the car a 50 mph top speed and an EV-only range of 20 miles. Sure, those aren't Volt-like numbers, but ther

4New ethanol plants to be built in Midwest by Washington Group

Washington Group International is building three ethanol plants in the Midwest, for a total cost of $150 million US. The plants are going to be built in Wahoo, Nebraska, and in Red Oak and Council Bluffs, Iowa. Each plant is expected to produce 110 million gallons of ethanol per year. Construction on the first plant (in Wahoo) started in September, whereas the work on the two plants in Iowa is scheduled to start during the fourth quarter of 2007 (i.e., real soon).

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