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Ex-Prosecutor Asks for Pardon in Fatal GM Crash

July 16, 2014 | by Juan A. Lozano, Associated Press | Comments

A former Texas prosecutor has asked the state to pardon a woman who pleaded guilty in a 2004 car crash that killed her fiance, saying she now believes the accident was caused by a faulty General Motors ignition switch. Candice Anderson was ...

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NASA Names Building for Moonwalker Neil Armstrong

July 21, 2014 4:35 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

NASA honored one of its most famous astronauts Monday by renaming a historic building at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. It now bears the name of Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon when the Apollo 11 mission landed ...

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Microsoft Makes Design Central to Its Future

July 21, 2014 3:24 pm | by Ryan Nakashima, AP Business Writer | Comments

Before Ralf Groene helped devise the look and feel of Microsoft's Surface tablet, he designed food — or "food concepts," he says, for people on the go. Among them: dried noodles that come wrapped around a pair of chopsticks; a tubular meal that ...

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Stackable Apartment Saves Time, Money

July 21, 2014 3:04 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

In a city piled high with ambitious architecture, a seven-floor structure off the beaten path boasts a distinction of its own: It's billed as the first multistory, modular-built apartment building to open in the nation's apartment capital ... 

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Tiny Laser Sensor Heightens Bomb Detection Sensitivity

July 21, 2014 1:34 pm | by University of California - Berkeley | Comments

A team of researchers led by Xiang Zhang, UC Berkeley professor of mechanical engineering, has found a way to dramatically increase the sensitivity of a light-based plasmon sensor to detect incredibly minute concentrations of explosives ...

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GE Invests $5M to Strengthen Testing Capabilities

July 21, 2014 1:24 pm | by GE | Comments

GE’s Industrial Solutions business is investing $5 million to strengthen its Mebane, N.C., operations, adding production and testing capabilities that enhance the customer experience. The investment builds on the company’s local footprint that ...

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BlackBerry Appoints New Chief Operating Officer

July 21, 2014 1:23 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

BlackBerry has appointed Marty Beard, the former chief executive of LiveOps, Inc. as its new chief operating officer. Beard starts immediately and will be responsible for such things as marketing, BlackBerry 10 app development and customer ...

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NIST Develops Prototype Meter Test for Hydrogen Refueling Stations

July 21, 2014 1:10 pm | by National Institute of Standards & Technology (NIST) | Comments

To support the fair sale of gaseous hydrogen as a vehicle fuel, researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology have developed a prototype field test standard to test the accuracy of hydrogen fuel dispensers ...   

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LEDs Shine in Bedding Plant Production Study

July 21, 2014 1:02 pm | by American Society for Horticultural Science | Comments

Growers of annual bedding plant seedlings or plugs work to produce compact, fully rooted transplants with a large stem diameter and high root dry mass - qualities that make seedlings less susceptible to damage during shipping and transplant ...

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Improved Thin Films with Metal Substitution

July 21, 2014 12:56 pm | by University of Oregon | Comments

The yield so far is small, but chemists at the University of Oregon have developed a low-energy, solution-based mineral substitution process to make a precursor to transparent thin films that could find use in electronics and alternative energy ...

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Carbyne Morphs when Stretched

July 21, 2014 12:53 pm | by Rice University | Comments

Applying just the right amount of tension to a chain of carbon atoms can turn it from a metallic conductor to an insulator, according to Rice University scientists. Stretching the material known as carbyne — a hard-to-make, one-dimensional ...

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Spongelike Structure Converts Solar Energy into Steam

July 21, 2014 12:14 pm | by Jennifer Chu, MIT News Office | Comments

A new material structure developed at MIT generates steam by soaking up the sun. The structure — a layer of graphite flakes and an underlying carbon foam — is a porous, insulating material structure that floats on water. When sunlight hits ...

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DARPA’s Experimental Spaceplane Program Launches

July 21, 2014 12:09 pm | by DARPA | Comments

In an era of declining budgets and adversaries’ evolving capabilities, quick, affordable and routine access to space is increasingly critical for both national and economic security. Current satellite launch systems, however, require scheduling ...

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Federal Judge Sends Key GM Case to Georgia Court

July 21, 2014 10:34 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | Comments

A federal judge in Atlanta has sent an important wrongful death lawsuit against General Motors back to a Georgia court. Judge Thomas Thrash Jr. ruled Friday that a Cobb County judge should handle the case filed by the family of Brooke Melton ...

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Pilot Lands on NY Highway for 2nd Time

July 21, 2014 10:23 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

A New York pilot who landed his disabled plane on a highway for the second time in eight days said Friday he's lucky to have escaped unhurt and thankful he didn't hit anyone. Frank Fierro, 75, said he was "shaking" as he glided the single-engine ...

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Great Plains Shale Tested for Possible Energy Uses

July 21, 2014 10:22 am | by Carson Walker, Associated Press | Comments

Tests this summer on Pierre Shale that stretches across much of the Great Plains could help build the case for an underground lab and, if feasible, lead to energy production or underground storage in the rock formation ...    

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