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Beyond Powerwall: Alternate Energy Today

May 1, 2015 11:55 am | by Megan Crouse Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | Round Ups | Comments

Elon Musk made waves late yesterday with the announcement of Tesla's new Powewall, a battery unit that could threaten residential energy utilities. This roundup goes a little deeper into how those batteries would integrate into one's existing home ...

SpaceX Organizer Turns Her Hand to Space Age High Heels

May 1, 2015 11:25 am | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | News | Comments

Thesis Couture, a company armed with fashion engineers, an astronaut and more on its design team, is working on a “high performance” high heel designed for comfort ...

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Army Upgrades Body Armor, Saves Money

May 1, 2015 11:03 am | by Maj. Chris Getter, PEO Soldier | News | Comments

It is not every day you can get half of the latest and greatest product in any industry, but that is exactly what a team from the product manager for Soldier Protective Equipment, or PdM SPE, and Defense Logistics Agency ...

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Mind-Controlled Robots Take Directions From Tiny Brain Implants

May 1, 2015 10:53 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

In 1997, Cathy Hutchinson suffered a brainstem stroke that left her paralyzed from the neck down. But in 2011, she was able to pick up a Thermos filled with coffee, bring it to her mouth and drink from it again ...

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'Fingerprinting' Chips to Fight Counterfeiting

May 1, 2015 10:38 am | by Rob Matheson, MIT News Office | News | Comments

It’s often said that no two human fingerprints are exactly alike. For that reason, police often use them as evidence to link suspects to crime scenes. The same goes for silicon chips: Manufacturing processes cause microscopic ...

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Fee Proposed on Rail Cars That Haul Oil, Other Flammables

May 1, 2015 10:26 am | by Matthew Brown, Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. senators from six states on Thursday proposed that the government charge companies a special fee to ship oil, ethanol and other flammable liquids in older railroad tank cars that have been involved in fiery explosions ...

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Doomsday at Mercury: NASA Craft Falls From Orbit into Planet

May 1, 2015 10:06 am | by Marcia Dunn, AP Aerospace Writer | News | Comments

The only spacecraft ever to orbit Mercury ended its four-year tour with a crash landing Thursday. NASA's Messenger plunged from orbit as planned and slammed into the sun's closest planet ...

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Ford Expands Door Latch Recall to Cover Nearly 546,000 Cars

May 1, 2015 10:06 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Under pressure from U.S. safety regulators, Ford is expanding a recall of small and midsize cars to fix door latches that may not stay closed. The recall now covers almost ...

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What Happens When Our Computers Get Smarter Than We Are?

May 1, 2015 9:59 am | by TED | Videos | Comments

Artificial intelligence is getting smarter by leaps and bounds — within this century, research suggests, a computer AI could be as "smart" as a human being. And then, says Nick Bostrom, it will overtake us ...

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Photos of the Day: Blue Origin Takes First Unmanned Test Flight

May 1, 2015 9:49 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

In this Thursday, April 29, 2015 photo provided by Blue Origin, the New Shepard space vehicle blasts off on its first developmental test flight over Blue Origin's west Texas Launch Site. In the latest development in ...

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Internet of Things Meets Windows 10

May 1, 2015 9:45 am | by Megan Crouse Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | Round Ups | Comments

The Internet of Things will undoubtedly contain some familiar names alongside new companies that may pop up. Twitter, for example, could be used not just as a communication hub but to distribute real-world effects through the Internet of Things ...

Prime Minister Wants Japan to Learn From Silicon Valley

May 1, 2015 9:24 am | by Martha Mendoza, AP National Writer | News | Comments

Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe gave California's governor a hint of what it would be like inside a Japanese-made bullet train Thursday, displaying a train simulator for Gov. Jerry Brown during a meeting in San Francisco ...

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Mars Researchers Suspend Reality When Working in Utah Desert

May 1, 2015 9:16 am | by Brady McCombs, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Mars Society chose the American Southwest for its training facility because the soil and lack of vegetation resemble the landscape of the red planet, but that's where the similarities end. Most of the simulations in Utah ...

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Utah Outpost Serves as Stand-In for Surface of Mars

May 1, 2015 9:13 am | by Brady McCombs, Associated Press | News | Comments

Four people wearing space helmets and square backpacks emerge from a circular structure resembling a water tank and step onto a reddish, barren landscape. One hikes up a hill to take magnetic readings of the ...

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Company Settles Kevlar Trade Secrets Lawsuit

May 1, 2015 9:08 am | by Randall Chase, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

A South Korean company accused of stealing trade secrets involving Kevlar technology has pleaded guilty to federal conspiracy charges and settled separate civil litigation filed by the DuPont Co., officials said Thursday ...

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