For the past few days, I've been using the Google Reader to browse my favorite blogs and to grab news items on topics of interest. In conjunction with Google News, it has helped me find articles I wouldn't have found otherwise. I just set up a custom news page at Google News, using search phrases "peak oil," "solar energy," "water," and "Ann Arbor." I then clicked the RSS feed link on my customized news page and pasted the link into the reader. Voila! Now I get more news on my favorite topics than I can read!