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To Settle or Fight in Court in GM Recall Saga

September 25, 2014 12:37 am | by Tom Krisher, Associated Press | News | Comments

As General Motors begins to compensate the victims of crashes tied to faulty ignition switches, this week more than a dozen families were given a choice: accept a settlement, presumably in the millions of dollars, or fight GM in a potentially ...


Ford to Add 1,200 Workers at Missouri Plant

September 25, 2014 12:37 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ford Motor Co. said Thursday that it's adding 1,200 workers and another shift to a Missouri plant that makes its new Transit van. The Transit arrived at dealerships in June, but so far only 2,085 have been sold through August, according to ...


Media Multitasking Changes Brain Structure

September 24, 2014 5:17 pm | by University of Sussex | News | Comments

Simultaneously using mobile phones, laptops and other media devices could be changing the structure of our brains, according to new University of Sussex research. A study published on Sept. 24 in PLOS ONE reveals that people ...   


'Skin-Like' Device Monitors Cardiovascular & Skin Health

September 24, 2014 4:47 pm | by Northwestern University | News | Comments

A new wearable medical device can quickly alert a person if they are having cardiovascular trouble or if it's simply time to put on some skin moisturizer, reports a Northwestern University and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign study ...


'Dirt Cheap' Solar Panels Provide Lots of Payback

September 24, 2014 4:37 pm | by Poncie Rutsch, OIST | News | Comments

One of the most common complaints about solar power is solar panels are still too expensive to be worth the investment. Many researchers have responded by making solar cells, the tile-like components of solar panels that absorb ...  


Can You Out-Race a Computer?

September 24, 2014 3:52 pm | by Adam Conner-Simons, CSAIL | News | Comments

Human beings have a remarkable ability to make inferences based on their surroundings. Is this area safe? Where might I find a parking spot? Am I more likely to get to a gas station by taking a left or a right at this stoplight? Such decisions ...


EU Hopes to Build Innovative Economy Based on Graphene

September 24, 2014 3:40 pm | by European Commission, CORDIS | News | Comments

Graphene, a carbon film just one atom thick, will revolutionize how our material world is constructed. First successfully isolated in a European lab ten years ago, the material is 200 times stronger than steel and 70 times more conductive than ...


1 Injured in Explosion at Plastics Plant, Electrical Issue May Be to Blame

September 24, 2014 3:40 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Authorities say one person is injured after an explosion at a plastics manufacturing business in Nevada. Capt. John Gately of Mesquite Fire and Rescue says one person was burned and was being airlifted to Las Vegas after the blast Wednesday at Primex Plastics Corp. in Mesquite. The person's...


NASA Tests Energy Absorbing Composite Subfloor Concept

September 24, 2014 3:16 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

NASA researchers will drop a 45-foot-long helicopter fuselage from a height of about 30 feet for the second time in a year – all in the name of safety. NASA is collaborating with the U.S. Navy, U.S. Army, Federal Aviation Administration ...


Panasonic Manufactures Robot for Eldercare

September 24, 2014 2:55 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Panasonic said Wednesday that it has developed a nursing-care robot that helps the elderly walk or get out of bed. Osaka-based Panasonic said it plans to start the sale of the robots to hospitals and nursing-care facilities in ...   


Struggling BlackBerry Releases New Phone

September 24, 2014 1:38 pm | by Rob Gillies, Associated Press | News | Comments

BlackBerry has launched a new smartphone as the embattled Canadian company tries for a comeback. Chief executive John Chen unveiled a large-screen, square sized phone called the Passport to a Toronto audience on Wednesday ...   


Going Beyond X-Rays for Advanced Imaging

September 24, 2014 1:34 pm | by DARPA | News | Comments

Seeking to expand the nation’s capability to detect and identify materials that are not easily visualized by conventional imaging technologies, DARPA today released an announcement inviting proposals to develop portable, next-gen ...  


Airbus Lifts Long-Term Aircraft Demand Forecast

September 24, 2014 12:39 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

European jet maker Airbus is raising its long-term forecast for new airplane demand by more than 7 percent, based on expected orders of smaller, more fuel-efficient planes and burgeoning travel in Asia. Airbus' top salesman, John Leahy, said ...


New Method Developed to Synthesize Nanoparticles

September 24, 2014 12:39 pm | by Naval Research Laboratory | News | Comments

Scientists at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) Materials Science and Technology Division have developed a novel one-step process using, for the first time in these types of syntheses, potassium superoxide (KO2) to rapidly ...  


Drivers, Don't Trade Your Smartphone for Google Glass Yet

September 24, 2014 12:33 pm | by University of Central Florida | News | Comments

Texting while driving with Google Glass is clearly a distraction, a new University of Central Florida study has concluded - but there is a twist. In the study, texting Glass users outperformed smartphone users when regaining control of ...



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