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Why Not a Tesla ‘Gigafactory’ in California?

March 13, 2014 9:20 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

When Tesla Motors announced it had four states in the running for its so-called “gigafactory” for building battery packs, there was one notable state missing: California. That’s where the company has its current facility and headquarters, and even ...

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Hearing Set in Ex-BP Engineer's Obstruction Case

March 13, 2014 9:17 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A former BP engineer is returning to federal court as he seeks to undo his obstruction of justice conviction in the government's investigation of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster. Kurt Mix was found guilty in December of one count of ...

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No Engine Data after Plane Went Missing

March 13, 2014 9:13 am | by Chris Brummitt & Jim Gomez, Associated Press | News | Comments

Officials dismissed reports Thursday that the missing Malaysian airliner's engines continued sending data for hours after its last contact, but said it was possible the plane continued flying and that they would widen their search farther to the west ...

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Inventor of Web Calls for Digital Bill of Rights

March 13, 2014 9:10 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The British inventor of the World Wide Web wants a digital bill of rights to protect Internet users from surveillance. Speaking on the 25th anniversary of his creation, Tim Berners-Lee says he hopes to spark a global conversation about the ...

This Toilet Tells You When to Go

March 13, 2014 9:08 am | by Melissa Fassbender, Associate Editor, @melfass | Articles | Comments

Tooshlights are an LED lighting system that tells you which bathroom stalls are open, eliminating the need for awkward restroom run-ins, or squatting down to search for feet. “What we are trying to do is bring a problem to light; a problem that ...

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Makers of World's Cheapest Tablet Aim for $20 Device

March 13, 2014 8:57 am | by Michael Oliveira, The Canadian Press | News | Comments

The Canadian makers of the "world's lowest cost tablet," the UbiSlate 7Ci, think $37.99 still isn't cheap enough. They figure there's still room to knock about 50 per cent off its price and make tablet ownership possible for anyone and everyone ...

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Recalled Tire Caused Crash

March 13, 2014 8:54 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal safety officials are investigating a fatal church van crash in north Florida that involved the catastrophic failure of a tire that was part of a July 2012 recall. The National Transportation Safety Board reported Wednesday that the ...

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Electri-Flex Releases Mobile App Featuring Product Catalogs

March 13, 2014 8:51 am | by Electri-Flex Company | News | Comments

The Electri-Flex iCat app offers users an easy-to-use interface to view eCatalogs, searchable by product name or part number, as well as save or print catalog pages, email a spec sheet, or bookmark a page for future reference. The app also ...

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Answers to Questions about Cellphones in Flight

March 13, 2014 8:44 am | by Bree Fowler, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Telecommunications experts say the odds that passengers' cellphone data can help locate the missing Malaysian jetliner are next to zero. Locating the mobile phones of the 239 travelers on the Boeing 777 that vanished Saturday isn't as simple as ...

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Engineers Inexplicably Failed to Look at Fatal GM Crashes

March 12, 2014 10:19 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

General Motors excluded the Saturn Ion from a Feb. 13 recall for faulty ignition switches after engineers inexplicably failed to look at fatal crashes involving the compact car. The cars were recalled two weeks later, after another inquiry found ...

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Groups Protest Chemicals Used in Apple's iPhone

March 12, 2014 6:22 pm | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Apple's labor practices are under attack by two activist groups who contend the company makes its iPhones with a hazardous mix of chemicals that threaten the health of factory workers assembling the devices in China. The campaign began ...

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Asus Chromebox Great as Streaming Device

March 12, 2014 3:21 pm | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Devices that let you watch Netflix and other streaming video services on a big TV screen are popular, but there are limits to what you can watch. NBC, for instance, didn't make its Olympics apps compatible with Roku, Apple TV and Google's ...

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50-Cent Microscope Folds Like Origami

March 12, 2014 2:24 pm | by TED | Videos | Comments

Perhaps you've punched out a paper doll or folded an origami swan? TED Fellow Manu Prakash and his team have created a microscope made of paper that's just as easy to fold and use. A sparkling demo that shows how this invention could ... 

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Signal Control with Light Frequencies

March 12, 2014 1:52 pm | by Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics | News | Comments

Light waves have the potential to boost the efficiency of conventional electronics by a factor of 100,000. Visible light oscillates at frequencies of about 1015 cycles per second, opening the possibility of switching light or electric current at ...

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Laser & Radar Unveil the Secrets of Bridges

March 12, 2014 1:48 pm | by Plataforma SINC | News | Comments

Discovering hidden arches, visualizing the sloped outline characteristic of the medieval period, finding a Renaissance engraving on a roman arch or detecting restorations: these are some of the results that have been obtained by researchers at the University of Vigo (Spain) in their study of more than ...

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