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Photos of the Day: Holiday Lights from Space

December 19, 2014 9:56 am | by NASA | News | Comments

Nighttime lights in the suburbs and outskirts of cities in the United States can be between 30 percent and 50 percent brighter in December, when compared to the rest of the year. Dark green pixels are areas where lights are ...   

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Gift Guide: Strong Photo, Video Gear Options

December 19, 2014 9:35 am | by Ron Harris, Associated Press | News | Comments

What to buy an experienced photographer or video shooter? There is some strong gear on the market from Nikon, GoPro and Domke ...                   

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Study Fuels Hope for Natural Gas Cars

December 19, 2014 9:32 am | by Mike Williams, Rice University | News | Comments

Cars that run on natural gas are touted as efficient and environmentally friendly, but getting enough gas onboard to make them practical is a hurdle. A new study led by researchers at Rice University promises to help. Rather than ...  

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Poll Shows Americans Skeptical of Commercial Drones

December 19, 2014 9:30 am | by Joan Lowy & Jennifer Agiesta, Associated Press | News | Comments

Americans are skeptical that the benefits of the heralded drone revolution will outweigh the risks to privacy and safety, although a majority approve of using small, unmanned aircraft for dangerous jobs or in remote areas, according to a ...

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Researchers Glimpse Pathway of Sunlight to Electricity

December 19, 2014 9:25 am | by University of Oregon | News | Comments

Four pulses of laser light on nanoparticle photocells in a University of Oregon spectroscopy experiment has opened a window on how captured sunlight can be converted into electricity.The work, which potentially could inspire devices with ...

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Instant-Start Computers Possible with New Breakthrough

December 19, 2014 9:20 am | by Vasyl Kacapyr, Cornell University | News | Comments

To encode data, today's computer memory technology uses electric currents - a major limiting factor for reliability and shrinkability, and the source of significant power consumption. If data could instead be encoded without current ...  

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Design Win of the Week

December 19, 2014 9:10 am | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Blogs | Comments

NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA) have received quite a bit of press lately after the return of NASA’s Orion spacecraft and the ESA’s successful Rosetta mission. However, the Indian Space and Research Organization has been hitting ...

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Improving Rechargeable Batteries by Focusing on Graphene Oxide Paper

December 19, 2014 9:02 am | by Kansas State University | News | Comments

A Kansas State University engineering team has discovered some of graphene oxide's important properties that can improve sodium- and lithium-ion flexible batteries. Gurpreet Singh, assistant professor of mechanical and nuclear engineering ...

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New Methods for Supply Chain Management

December 18, 2014 5:16 pm | by Kevin J. Dailida, Senior Director of Operations & Supply Chain Dynisco | Articles | Comments

As business competition intensifies worldwide, it becomes ever more challenging to improve gross margins and operating profits. Because the Internet provides the ability to obtain comparative pricing on a global basis, supply chain ...  

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NASA's Orion Spacecraft Back in Florida After Test Flight

December 18, 2014 4:56 pm | by Marcia Dunn, AP Aerospace Writer | News | Comments

Engineers will now begin the lengthy process of inspecting the vessel and reviewing all the data collected by sensors. The capsule was struck by micrometeoroids, but that was anticipated. It will be 2018 before ...     

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Ford Expands Air Bag Recall Nationwide

December 18, 2014 4:53 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Ford Motor Co. has agreed to government demands to expand a driver's side air bag inflator recall to the entire U.S. The move announced Thursday adds 447,000 Ford vehicles to the list of those recalled due to driver's ...   

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Senate Approves New Auto Safety Chief

December 18, 2014 4:50 pm | by Joan Lowry, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Senate confirmed a new administrator to lead the government's auto safety agency, which faces complaints that regulators bungled two high-profile recalls involving faulty ignition switches and exploding air bags ...    

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Toyota Boosting MI Research, Development

December 18, 2014 4:47 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Toyota Motor Corp. is further boosting its research and development work in southeastern Michigan. The automaker announced Thursday that it's investing $126 million in the expansion of its powertrain operations ...      

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New Computers Catch up to Primate Brain

December 18, 2014 4:44 pm | by Anne Trafton, MIT News | News | Comments

For decades, neuroscientists have been trying to design computer networks that can mimic visual skills such as recognizing objects, which the human brain does very accurately and quickly. Until now, no computer model has been able to match ...

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After 19 Years, Alfa Romeo is Back in U.S.

December 18, 2014 4:24 pm | by Ann M. Job, Associated Press | News | Comments

After a 19-year absence, Italian carmaker Alfa Romeo is back in the United States and wowing Alfa enthusiasts with the sexy, fun-to-drive 2015 4C two seater. Even young Americans who don't remember Alfas or realize ...     

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