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KYOCERA Solar Panels Power Innovative Solar-to-EV Project with Smart City San Diego at San Diego Zoo

December 12, 2012 9:24 am | by Kyocera Solar Inc. | News | Comments

Kyocera Solar Inc. has announced that its photovoltaic (PV) solar panels are powering the new 90-kilowatt canopy that charges electric vehicles (EVs) at the world-famous San Diego Zoo. The Solar-to-EV project, in partnership with Smart City San Diego, is run by San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) and is a part of the Zoo’s commitment to environmental sustainability. All Kyocera solar panels used in this project were manufactured in the U.S.A. at...

Rice Cultivates Green Batteries from Plant

December 12, 2012 8:55 am | by Rice University | News | Comments

Scientists at Rice University and the City College of New York have discovered that the madder plant, aka Rubia tinctorum, is a good source of purpurin, an organic dye that can be turned into a highly effective, natural cathode for lithium-ion batteries. The plant has been used since ancient times to create dye for fabrics.


Air Force Sends Mystery Mini-Shuttle Back to Space

December 12, 2012 8:49 am | by MARCIA DUNN, AP Aerospace Writer | News | Comments

The military's small, top-secret version of the space shuttle rocketed into orbit Tuesday for a repeat mystery mission, two years after making the first flight of its kind.


Pratt & Whitney Sells Turbine Unit to Mitsubishi

December 12, 2012 8:47 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Pratt & Whitney is selling its Power Systems segment in order to better focus more on its core aerospace and commercial businesses. The subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. announced Wednesday it is selling the turbine business to Mitsubishi Heavy Industries. Terms were not disclosed. The...

Microsoft Increases Surface Tablet Production

December 12, 2012 8:45 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Microsoft says it's increasing production of its Surface tablets and will sell them in more stores. Staples says it will start carrying them starting Wednesday.


NKorea Rocket a Gift to Leaders, Warning to World

December 12, 2012 5:34 am | by JEAN H. LEE - Associated Press - Associated Press | News | Comments

Why would North Korea launch a rocket into space now? The act invites additional sanctions for a country where the U.N. says millions are going hungry, and the bitter cold had only increased the risk of the launch becoming the latest of several embarrassing failures. Some of Pyongyang's reasons...

Your drink: now the most pleasant part of flying

December 12, 2012 3:32 am | by SCOTT MAYEROWITZ - AP Airlines Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Airlines have found a way to take the edge off the stress of flying and make a few extra bucks along the way: fancy new cocktails, craft beers and elegant wines. The drinks advertised in the back of in-flight magazines — or on sleek seatback touchscreens — are starting to resemble those at the...

Colorado Unit Gets $15.7M Defense Contract

December 12, 2012 3:25 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Colorado unit of Tetra Tech EC Inc. has been awarded a $15.7 million military contract for construction in Afghanistan. The Defense Department said Tuesday the project is an expansion of the Afghan Air Force Shindand Air Wing Squadron. Work is expected to be finished in March 2014. Tetra Tech...


BHP Sells Australia Gas Stake to PetroChina

December 11, 2012 9:33 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

BHP Billiton Ltd. said Wednesday it has agreed to sell its stake in a proposed Australian gas project to Chinese state-owned energy producer PetroChina for $1.6 billion. PetroChina is Asia's biggest oil producer by volume and, along with other Chinese energy companies, has been acquiring assets...

Spire for One World Trade Center Arrives in NYC

December 11, 2012 7:50 pm | by VERENA DOBNIK - Associated Press - Associated Press | News | Comments

The crowning spire of the World Trade Center's tallest building arrived in New York on Tuesday — in giant steel pieces on a barge that floated in past the Statue of Liberty. "It signifies that we're back, we're better than ever, and it shows the resilience of not just New York, but also people in...

Judge: Trial Necessary over Boeing Division Sale

December 11, 2012 6:55 pm | by ROXANA HEGEMAN - Associated Press - Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal judge ruled Tuesday that a trial is necessary to decide claims brought against Boeing by two unions over pension and retiree medical benefits arising from the company's 2005 sale of its commercial aircraft operations in Kansas and Oklahoma. In a 49-page decision, U.S. District Judge...

A Fool with a Tool Is Still a Fool

December 11, 2012 4:45 pm | by Michael Menard, Author, A Fish in Your Ear: The New Discipline of Project Portfolio Management | Blogs | Comments

Any software you implement in your organization should enable or enhance a business process. Unfortunately, many people mistakenly believe that the software or technology itself is the solution, when in reality, technology is at best 10 percent of the value equation—the other 90 percent is based on the human factor.

Mohawk admits wrong in toxic landfill protest

December 11, 2012 2:54 pm | by MICHAEL VIRTANEN - Associated Press - Associated Press | News | Comments

A Mohawk who dug up part of a toxic landfill near his reservation home in northern New York to protest federal plans to leave the landfill there permanently pleaded guilty Tuesday to criminal mischief. Larry Thompson, 58, was released on his own recognizance after admitting to the reduced charge....

Yahoo revamps email in bid to catch up with Gmail

December 11, 2012 2:33 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Yahoo has retooled its free email service in an attempt to regain some of the ground it lost to Google's popular alternative. Aside from the new look unveiled Tuesday, Yahoo introduced email apps for the iPhone, iPad and mobile devices running on the new Windows 8 operating system. The company,...

Hybrid Approach Sheds Light on Crystal Structure Solution

December 11, 2012 2:05 pm | by McCormick-Northwestern Engineering | News | Comments

Understanding the arrangement of atoms in a solid — one of solids’ fundamental properties — is vital to advanced materials research. For decades, two camps of researchers have been working to develop methods to understand these so-called crystal structures.


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