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Scandal Plagued, Gov't Backed Green-Energy Company Fails

January 28, 2015 9:29 am | by Ronnie Greene & Jonathan Paye-Layleh, Associated Press | News | Comments

On paper, the pitch was simple: A green energy company backed by $217 million in U.S. government loans would convert one of Africa's poorest countries into the world's first biomass-driven economy. But the plan to help collapsed ...  

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Ex-Los Alamos Scientist to Be Sentenced in Nuke Spy Sting

January 28, 2015 9:21 am | by Russell Contreras, Associated Press | News | Comments

A former Los Alamos National Laboratory scientist who pleaded guilty to trying to help Venezuela develop a nuclear weapon is set to be sentenced. Pedro Leonardo Mascheroni and his wife, Marjorie Roxby Mascheroni, pleaded guilty in ...  

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Former Samsung Engineer Develops File Sharing App

January 28, 2015 9:20 am | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | News | Comments

A former Samsung semiconductor design engineer has developed a file-sharing mobile app that is gaining ground in the United States, and has been a boon for Samsung, too. Nicole Kim worked for Samsung for six years, then took her career to ...

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CommScope Buying Some of TE Connectivity Ops for about $3B

January 28, 2015 9:17 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

CommScope is buying TE Connectivity's telecom, enterprise and wireless businesses for about $3 billion, which will help diversify its operations and broaden its geographic reach. The businesses, made up of 65 facilities and approximately ...

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Photos of the Day: 'World's First Family Robot' Raises $2M

January 28, 2015 9:13 am | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, @melfass | News | Comments

Weighing six pounds, the robot stands 11 inches tall with a six-inch base. The team experimented with a variety of glass, metals, and plastics, to achieve a sturdy and lightweight design. The final iteration uses aluminum, ABS plastic ...

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After Setting iPhone Record, What Does Apple Do Next?

January 28, 2015 9:12 am | by Brandon Bailey, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Apple CEO Tim Cook says consumer demand for new iPhones has been "staggering" and "hard to comprehend." That helped the company report record-smashing earnings for its latest quarter and primed its stock for a rally Wednesday ...   

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NIST's Million-Pound Deadweight Machine to Be Restored

January 27, 2015 5:10 pm | by National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) | News | Comments

For the first time in half a century, NIST’s 4.45-million newton (equivalent to one million pounds-force) deadweight machine – the largest in the world – is being disassembled for cleaning, restoration, and recalibration. The first stage of the ...

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Survey: Car Purchases Expected to Soar in 2015

January 27, 2015 5:07 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Huntington Bank’s Third Annual Midwest Economic Index reveals 16 percent of consumers definitely will purchase a car in 2015. The response represents a 10 percent increase over definite intent for car purchases in 2014 and is a clear sign of ...

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VW, Audi, Porsche Issue Recalls for Fuel Leaks

January 27, 2015 4:56 pm | News | Comments

The recalls cover the Audi A6 and Volkswagen Touareg hybrid from the 2012 model year, the Audi A7 from 2012 and 2013, and the Audi Q7, S4 and S5 from 2011 through 2012. All the vehicles have 3-liter V-6 engines, according to ...   

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Mercedes Selects AM General to Make SUVs in the U.S.

January 27, 2015 4:54 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Military and commercial vehicle maker AM General will start making Mercedes-Benz SUVs this summer under a new, multi-year contract with the German automaker. AM General will make the R-Class, a seven-seat SUV, at it ...    

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SWAMP Satellite Embarks on 3-Year Soil-Moisture Mission

January 27, 2015 4:33 pm | by David L. Chandler, MIT News Office | News | Comments

The satellite will provide measurements of the moisture in the top 2 inches of the soil, everywhere on Earth, over the course of its planned three-year mission, as well as specifying whether that water is liquid or frozen ...   

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Tesla Passengers Get 'Insane' Ride

January 27, 2015 2:52 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, @melfass | Videos | Comments

In this video by DragTimes.com, Brooks Weisblat, CEO of the car enthusiast site takes passengers from zero to sixty in 3.1 seconds. The car, the Tesla P85D has a top speed of 155 mph, with a 691 hp motor power ...     

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Research Aims to Improve Lithium-Based Batteries

January 27, 2015 2:43 pm | by Emil Venere, Purdue University | News | Comments

Research probing the complex science behind the formation of "dendrites" that cause lithium-ion batteries to fail could bring safer, longer-lasting batteries capable of being charged within minutes instead of hours. The dendrites form on anode ...

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Today in Engineering History: Astronauts Die in Launch Pad Fire

January 27, 2015 2:35 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Blogs | Comments

On this day in history, 1967, a fire claimed the lives of three U.S. astronauts during a preflight test for what was to be the first manned Apollo mission. When astronauts Gus Grissom, Ed White, and Roger Chaffee entered the Apollo 204 spacecraft ...

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Buoyant Lightweight Rifle Plate

January 27, 2015 1:49 pm | by PD&D Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Morgan Advanced Materials’ Composites and Defence Systems business has introduced a buoyant, lightweight rifle plate insert for military and security personnel which is capable of stopping 7.62 mm rifle ammunition yet is still less than ...

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