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    America's first street-ready fuel-cell car is a cherry-red, pint-sized coupe that emits no exhaust except pure water. Produced at Humboldt State University for the city of Palm Desert, the fuel-cell-powered neighborhood electric vehicle carries two people, runs at a top speed of 35 mph, has a range of 30 miles, runs on hydrogen, and can be refueled in two minutes.

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    Humboldt State University's Schatz Energy Research Center (SERC) has been issued a patent for a fuel cell design that underscores how less can mean more in the world of clean energy, and may help propel the clean power of fuel cells into more widespread use.

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    Peace Corps Director Mark D. Gearan will visit Humboldt State University next weekend to deliver a commencement address and to honor the university's unparalleled legacy of service to the agency.

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    To tackle a subject--American Indians--long overlooked and poorly understood in civics classes--the rights and responsibilities inherent in American Indian sovereignty--Humboldt State University will host about 200 high school students Friday, May 21, for American Indian Civics Day.

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    A Humboldt State University teacher of adaptive physical education goes to West Africa to help attach artificial limbs to 160 women and children, victims of mutilation amid civil unrest.

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    Seeking to stem a very high dropout rate among Indian students, 30 years ago Native American leaders and professors in Northwest California created the first Indian teacher-training program, believing Native students would respond better to Native teachers, and it worked.

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    For most Californians, the Gold Rush brings to mind '49ers panning for dreams, but for many indigenous tribes of Northwest California, it was a holocaust; Indian students have published a book with that perspective, based on interviews with tribal elders.

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    Newswise imageThe first endowed chair to support the study of the redwood forest will allow researchers to explore more aggressively the ecology of the tallest trees in the world, specifically the complex communities hundreds of feet up in them and also the biophysical limits to how tall can trees grow.

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    Beginning with the development of smaller products, such as solar lanterns to replace kerosene lighting, the Schatz Energy Research Center at Humboldt State University is expanding its efforts to produce energy alternatives with a new program to test larger scale renewable energy-powered consumer products.

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    A portable imaging tool could change the way the medical community analyzes and understands the long-term effects of sports-related concussions. Research conducted by Humboldt State Kinesiology professor Rock Braithwaite has played a significant role in demonstrating the usefulness of computerized neurocognitive testing in determining the extent of the effects of concussion on cognition and performance among student athletes and military personnel.

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    In a move that reflects a growing demand among universities to make socially responsible, sustainable investment choices, Humboldt State University's charitable foundation has already adopted a the policy to strictly limit its holdings in companies directly or indirectly involved in fossil fuels. Now, through its "Humboldt Investment Pledge," The HSU Advancement Foundation is urging other universities to do more to clean up their investments.

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    Humboldt State University, along with 15 regional partners, has received a $5.88 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to conduct innovative biomass research.

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    Newswise imageA new study by researchers at Humboldt State University and the University of Colorado, Boulder is shedding light on an unexpected benefit of jogging in older adults.

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    Humboldt State University is moving aggressively to green up its endowment, taking a leadership role in higher education by further divesting from fossil fuels and adopting a broad definition of socially concerning sectors to be avoided. Significantly, the effort involves targeting mutual funds.

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    Newswise imageA new project at Humboldt State University is seeking ways to attack college food insecurity from all angles. That means providing food aid, offering health education and cooking lessons, conducting original research on college hunger, and seeking ways to change state and national policies that make it difficult for students to access help.

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    Newswise imageCould desalination be the answer to California's drought? As parts of the state become drier, scientists are looking at ways to turn seawater into drinkable water.

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    Newswise imageWe've all observed them: online trolls who post insensitive and inflammatory comments on the Internet to provoke and upset as many people as possible. If we could just eliminate trolls from the Internet the world would be a friendlier place, right? Not exactly, says HSU Communication Lecturer Whitney Phillips.

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    Newswise imageThe number one killer of firefighters isn't burns or smoke inhalation. According to Arcata Fire District Battalion Chief Sean Campbell, it's stress and exertion, which kills about 50 firefighters each year nationwide. "It's not uncommon for firefighters working at a scene or just after an incident to die of a heart attack or other stress or overexertion related illness."

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