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Obama Sees Need to Move on Drone Rules Now

January 28, 2015 9:41 am | by Josh Lederman & Calvin Woodward, Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama says the wayward quadcopter that crashed on the White House grounds — flown by an off-duty intelligence employee — shows that the U.S. must take steps to ensure commercial and consumer drones are used safely ...  

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Ballooning Offers Platform for Research in a Space-Like Environment

January 28, 2015 9:39 am | by World Scientific | News | Comments

New discoveries are being made on an annual basis by researchers flying their instruments on a high-altitude balloon platform. Ease of access to ballooning, relatively low cost and the potential for quick turn-around response times create a large ...

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Surgeon General: 'Desperate Need of Clarity' on E-Cigarettes

January 28, 2015 9:33 am | by Michael Felberbaum, AP Tobacco Writer | News | Comments

Public health officials are "in desperate need of clarity" on electronic cigarettes to help guide policies, the nation's newly appointed surgeon general said Tuesday. Dr. Vivek Murthy, whose predecessors have been instrumental in guiding ...

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New Instrument to Study the Extreme Universe Unveiled

January 28, 2015 9:32 am | by World Scientific | News | Comments

What are the high-energy processes in the Universe that occur in the immediate vicinity of a black hole? To study a question like this one cannot simply utilize a high-resolution telescope. Even with the best available telescopes, it is ...

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Google Expanding Fiber Service

January 28, 2015 9:31 am | by Erik Schelzig, Associated Press | News | Comments

Google said Tuesday it has selected four metro areas in the Southeast to receive its fiber optic service that can deliver Internet speeds at more than 50 times the national broadband average. The company said it will bring ...   

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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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