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Invention Loves Collaboration at Milan Show

April 15, 2014 | by The Associated Press | Comments

Collaboration drove invention during Milan's annual International Furniture Show and collateral design week events, yielding the promise of homes without mobile phone chargers, and with more ergonomic seating, table settings fit for Italy's ...

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Chevrolet Bringing Tiny Trax SUV to U.S. & China

April 15, 2014 7:21 pm | by Dee-ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | Comments

Chevrolet's smallest SUV is heading to its biggest markets. The Chevrolet Trax will go on sale in the U.S. and China early next year. General Motors unveiled the 2015 model Tuesday evening ahead of the New York International Auto Show. General Motors thinks ...

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GM Sales Eyed for Impact of Ignition Switch Recall

April 15, 2014 5:22 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | Comments

As General Motors executives show off their newest cars and trucks in New York this week, analysts are watching for signs that consumers are shying away from the ones sitting on dealer lots. Many expect GM sales to take a hit from a ...

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Using Robots to Study Evolution

April 15, 2014 2:02 pm | by Kathleen Estes, OIST | Comments

A new paper by OIST’s Neural Computation Unit has demonstrated the usefulness of robots in studying evolution. Published in PLOS ONE, Stefan Elfwing, a researcher in Professor Kenji Doya’s Unit, has successfully used a colony of ...   

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Glasses Strong as Steel

April 15, 2014 1:44 pm | by Eric Gershon, Yale University | Comments

Researchers at Yale University have devised a dramatically faster way of identifying and characterizing complex alloys known as bulk metallic glasses (BMGs), a versatile type of pliable glass that's stronger than steel. Using traditional methods, it usually takes ...

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Drone Hinders Medical Chopper According to Police

April 15, 2014 1:40 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

A man is facing charges after deputies say he was flying a video camera-equipped drone that hindered the landing of a medical helicopter at an accident scene. Kele Stanley, of Springfield, said he's been unfairly charged and would have landed it immediately if he ...

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A New Approach to Making Things

April 15, 2014 1:27 pm | by GE Reports | Comments

Hanging a picture in the living room can be a vexing experience involving just a hammer and a nail. Now imagine bolting a jet engine to the wing of a passenger plane. Maintenance crews use special metal brackets to ...      

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Device Turns Flat Surface into Spherical Antenna

April 15, 2014 1:22 pm | by Jason Socrates Bardi, American Institute of Physics | Comments

By depositing an array of tiny, metallic, U-shaped structures onto a dielectric material, a team of researchers in China has created a new artificial surface that can bend and focus electromagnetic waves the same way an antenna does. This breakthrough ...

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Engineers Develop New Materials for Hydrogen Storage

April 15, 2014 1:19 pm | by Ioana Patringenaru, University of California - San Diego | Comments

Engineers at the University of California, San Diego, have created new ceramic materials that could be used to store hydrogen safely and efficiently. The researchers have created for the first time compounds made from mixtures of ...  

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Photos of the Day: Monster Locomotive Returns

April 15, 2014 1:14 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

The American Locomotive in Schenectady, N.Y., built 25 of the monsters to Union Pacific's specifications between 1941 and 1944, and they became legendary. They were the largest steam locomotives ever to work the rugged terrain of the American West, and by most standards the largest anywhere in ...

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Photovoltaic Solar-Panel Windows Could Be Next for Your House

April 15, 2014 1:01 pm | by Los Alamos National Laboratory | Comments

A house window that doubles as a solar panel could be on the horizon, thanks to recent quantum-dot work by Los Alamos National Laboratory researchers in collaboration with scientists from University of Milano-Bicocca (UNIMIB), Italy. Their project demonstrates that superior light-emitting properties of quantum dots can be ...

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Robot Sub Returns to Water After 1st Try Cut Short

April 15, 2014 10:32 am | by Margie Mason, Associated Press | Comments

A robotic submarine looking for the lost Malaysian jet began its second mission Tuesday after cutting short its first because the ocean waters where it was sent were too deep, officials said. Monday's planned 16-hour search lasted just six and ...

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Zebra to Spend $3.45B on Motorola Business

April 15, 2014 10:20 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Zebra Technologies will spend more than $3 billion to buy the enterprise business of Motorola Solutions in a considerable expansion that is both technological and geographical. The acquisition would broaden the bar-code company's ...  

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Photos of the Day: The World's Largest Design Fair

April 15, 2014 10:16 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

This Monday, April 7, 2014 file photo shows Du Pont Corian creations displayed at the Milan Design Fair, in Milan, Italy. Powermat wireless recharging technology is being incorporated into Corian surfaces, the DuPont creation that can be molded ...

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Huge Big Boy Steam Locomotive Coming Back to Life

April 15, 2014 9:51 am | by Dan Elliott, Associated Press | Comments

In its prime, a massive steam locomotive known as Big Boy No. 4014 was a moving eruption of smoke and vapor, a 6,300-horsepower brute dragging heavy freight trains over the mountains of Wyoming and Utah. It's been silent for half a century ...

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Google Buys Drone Maker Titan Aerospace

April 15, 2014 9:48 am | by Barbara Ortutay, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Google has bought Titan Aerospace, a maker of solar-powered drones, saying it could help bring Internet access to remote parts of the world as well as solve other problems. Financial terms were not disclosed. Google said Monday that ...  

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