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a.MKE: Beer-powered-beer, "TypeFace" public art, libraries & gardens and "small cell" technology 2.5.13

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AT&T is testing a new technology in Waukesha in areas that experience dropped calls and wireless dead zones.  Using small cell technology, little antennas are placed on lampposts, utility poles and buildings in areas that don't offer good coverage. AT&T plans on installing more than 40,000 small cell transmitters by the end of 2015.

Milwaukee artist Reginald Baylor has been named one of four winners of the 2013 Joyce Awards. He will receive $50,000 to support the project "TypeFace", a series of outdoor paintings hung on abandoned homes and store fronts, inspired by community-generated stories about the neighborhoods. The project will begin in October.

As reported by NPR, the public library in the small town of Basalt, Colorado is trying an experiment that mixes reading and gardening together. Here's how it works: A library card gets you a packet of seeds. Then you grow fruits and vegetables, harvest the biggest and best, and return those seeds so the library can lend those out to others. In the age of digital, downloadable books and magazines, the seed project is a way to draw more people to the library.

Beer-powered-beer. In Juneau, Alaska, the Alaskan Brewing Co. is going green, but instead of looking to solar and wind energy, they are turning to a familiar and tasty source: beer. The company purchased a $1.8 million furnace that burns the company's spent grain from the brewery process, heats up the boiler system and produces  steam that powers the majority of the brewery's operations.