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  • A team of researchers, led by Professor Charles E. Wyman, at the University of California, Riverside's Bourns College of Engineering have developed a versatile, relatively non-toxic, and efficient way to convert raw agricultural and forestry residues and other plant matter, known as lignocellulosic biomass, into biofuels and chemicals.

    Science Daily
  • Two days after the inaugural sporting event at Levi's Stadium produced agonizing postgame traffic jams and long lines at light-rail stations, the 49ers said Monday they'll stick to their transportation game plan while looking at how to make things better in time for the first preseason game Aug. 17.

    SF Chronicle
  • Top Caltrans officials are expected to respond Tuesday to accusations that they "gagged and banished" engineers who identified construction problems on the new Bay Bridge eastern span and that the agency failed to maintain basic quality control on the project.

    SF Chronicle
  • ...Sure, the span is open and the project is complete — but it was released just as a state appellate court handed the California High-Speed Rail Authority a huge victory on its project to build a bullet train from Los Angeles to San Francisco. Now that it’s more likely that California officials will start a new $68 billion infrastructure project, it would be wise for them to learn some lessons from a flawed but completed project that cost 10 percent of that total. We’re dealing with two separate agencies, but the core lesson — about the value of transparency — should be required reading for all state officials.

    Union-Tribune San Diego
  • A court decision clearing the way for the state to sell more than $8 billion in bonds for California's oft-delayed high-speed rail system could be welcome news not just for Gov. Jerry Brown, the project's main backer, but also for his November election opponent.

    Government Technology
  • The biggest problem automakers selling electric cars face is limited range. No one wants to get caught without any juice. To get around this concern, Tesla, whose Model S offers the best range (up to 265 miles), is building a vast network of “Supercharger” stations that make it possible to take epic road trips. Now BMW is following suit, launching a network of charging stations to make owning its first all-electric car, the range-handicapped i3, more convenient.

  • An Uber driver in San Francisco hit a pedestrian and three parked cars after having a seizure Saturday night, police said.

    SF Chronicle
  • The Bay Area's next big highway project promises to cut congestion and reduce accidents in the East Bay on westbound Interstate 80, which consistently ranks as the region's lousiest commute - and it's due to be finished early next year...When it's done in 2015, the I-80 Smart Corridor project will feature 133 large high-tech signs, but it's about much more than signs. The system will gather information from networks of sensors and cameras on the freeway, major side streets and ramps.

    SF Chronicle
  • As more key Caltrans workers and consultants break their silence, it becomes harder to believe Tony Anziano, the manager in charge of construction of the new western span of the Bay Bridge.

    Sacramento Bee
  • Q: Do you know what is happening to steel from the old Bay Bridge? A: Some of it is being recycled at Schnitzer Steel's plant in Oakland. Up next will be the dismantling of the truss section of the old east span and that steel will likely go to the Oakland Museum of California to be distributed to artists and organizations for artistic purposes.

    Mercury News