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A Formula for Speed: Western Washington University Racing

Each third week of June, just after the academic year ends, a dedicated band of Western Washington University students drive approximately 1,700 miles to Lincoln, Nebraska.

Their mission: be the best of nearly 100 teams competing in Formula SAE West, one of several…

Lifelong Learning: Community members get education in vehicle technology, design
Nelson to make simplified second attempt at world paddling record

Bellingham paddler Brandon Nelson, 41, will be the first to say there is nothing simple about paddling 24 hours straight.

"Ultra events involve suffering, no doubt about it," Nelson said last week. "There is no way to stay comfortable (in a Surfski) for that long. I know I…

Why Is This $500,000 Electric Car Collecting Dust In Rolla, Missouri?

Hey kid. Yeah, you. Want to make a cool half-mill? Well, there's a car covered in dust and chiaroscuro dongs sitting out in the open on a college campus. A very valuable car; a GM EV1. One of the ones that was supposed to have been destroyed. All you have to do is go to Rolla, Missouri and…

WWU student, alumna awarded 'Best Cleantech Idea' in UW Business Plan Challenge
Baja SAE Washington Recap

The 2013 Baja SAE season continued with teams traveling to Bellingham, Washington. Baja SAE Washington was hosted by Western Washington University and held at the Northwest Washington Fair and Event Center and Dynamic Events taking place at Hannegan Speedway. Seventy-one Teams made the trip for…

Western students develop applications for award-winning spectral-pattern matching device
New exhibit at Lynden Pioneer Museum to explore the world of engines

Recent exhibits at Lynden Pioneer Museum have explored fences, the history of bicycles and the roots of modern Christmas traditions.

Working with a modest budget and without state-of-the-art facilities, the museum's director and curator, Troy Luginbill, keeps coming up with…

Oglesby has inside view of the Indy 500

As a mechanic for one of the top teams in IndyCar racing, the track is Krag Oglesby's workplace. It is serious work, too -- always demanding, often intense and occasionally dangerous -- so there is little time for spectating.

Sometimes, though, it is…

Car history as a future economic engine

Americans didn’t invent the automobile. The U.S. is no longer the world’s largest market for auto sales. In recent years domestic manufacturers have been eclipsed by various European and Asian producers when it comes to reputation for high performance, engineering, design, reliability and…

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