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Drone Maker Restricts D.C. Flights

January 29, 2015 | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, @melfass | Comments

The maker of the drone that crash landed on the White House lawn is reportedly publishing a firmware update that would restrict the quadcopters from flying within Washington DC’s restricted airspace ...       

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Steel Manufacturing Company Warns of Layoffs

January 29, 2015 3:49 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

A steel processing company has announced that employees in suburban Birmingham could soon be laid off. US Steel announced an adjustment in operations Monday and company spokeswoman Courtney Boone told ...       

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Tech Advances Lower Chance That Driver Will Die in Crash

January 29, 2015 3:43 pm | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | Comments

The chances of a driver dying in a crash in a late-model car or light truck fell by more than a third over three years, and nine car models had zero deaths per million registered vehicles, according to a study by the ...       

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Stakes Are Raised for the DARPA Robotics Challenge Finals

January 29, 2015 2:14 pm | by DARPA | Comments

A total of $3.5 million in prizes will now be awarded to the top three finishers in the DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC), the final event of which will be held June 5-6, 2015, at Fairplex in Pomona, Calif. The new prize structure was created in ...

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Boeing 747-8 to Serve as Next Air Force One

January 29, 2015 12:29 pm | by Secretary of the Air Force Office Public Affairs | Comments

Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James, in coordination with the Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Frank Kendall, has determined the Boeing 747-8 will serve as the next presidential aircraft ...  

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Record Number of Women Join Top-Ranked Canadian Engineering School

January 29, 2015 10:41 am | by University of Toronto | Comments

Women now account for 30.6 percent of first-year students in U of T Engineering programs: a record for the Faculty and a number that surpasses all other Ontario universities. It is the only engineering school in Ontario with female first-year ...

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How to Trick a Fitness Tracker

January 29, 2015 9:55 am | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | Comments

Fitness trackers are good at tracking steps on a walk, but not so much at tracking how many calories someone burns, said a study begun by the American Council on Exercise. Researcher Caitlin Stackpool and her team from the University of ... 

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LG Electronics in Red in 4Q on Plasma TV Business Closure

January 29, 2015 9:44 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | Comments

LG Electronics said Thursday it has lost money in the fourth quarter as costs from the closure of its plasma TV operations offset a recovery in its mobile phone business. The Korean company reported a net loss of ...     

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Tape: Scientist Offers to Build Nuke Bomb Targeting New York

January 29, 2015 9:34 am | by Russell Contreras, Associated Press | Comments

A disgruntled, former Los Alamos National Laboratory scientist promised to build 40 nuclear weapons for Venezuela in 10 years and design a bomb targeted for New York City in exchange for "money and power," according to secret FBI recordings ...

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Hybrid Memory Device for Superconducting Computing

January 29, 2015 9:34 am | by National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) | Comments

A team of NIST scientists has devised and demonstrated a novel nanoscale memory technology for superconducting computing that could hasten the advent of an urgently awaited, low-energy alternative to power-hungry conventional data centers ...

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State Declares Electronic Cigarettes a Health Threat

January 29, 2015 9:30 am | by Fenit Nirappil, Associated Press | Comments

California health officials Wednesday declared electronic cigarettes a health threat that should be strictly regulated like tobacco products, joining other states and health advocates across the U.S. in seeking tighter controls as ...  

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Battle of the Big Phones

January 29, 2015 9:26 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Samsung lost the battle of the big phones last quarter as Apple's copycat large iPhone lured buyers in the crucial Chinese market. The South Korean company said Thursday its October-December profit sank, with an ...     

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Laser Co-Creator Charles Townes, a Nobel Laureate, Dies

January 29, 2015 9:10 am | by Lisa Leff, Associated Press | Comments

Charles H. Townes' inspiration for the predecessor of the laser came to him while sitting on a park bench, waiting for a restaurant to open for breakfast. On the tranquil morning of April 26, 1951, Townes scribbled a theory on scrap paper that ...

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Boeing Maritime Surveillance Aircraft Ready for Demonstration Flights

January 28, 2015 5:12 pm | by Boeing | Comments

The Boeing Maritime Surveillance Aircraft (MSA) program is ready for customer demonstration flights, having completed the baseline ground and flight testing of the aircraft mission systems. Flights for prospective customers around the world are ...

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Nissan Recalls SUVs to Fix Electrical Shorts, Hood Latches

January 28, 2015 5:11 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Nissan is recalling nearly 768,000 SUVs worldwide to fix faulty hood latches and electrical shorts that could cause fires. The larger Nissan recall announced Wednesday covers more than 552,000 Rogue small SUVs from ...     

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Google Awards $5.25M in Moon Prizes

January 28, 2015 5:06 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | Comments

Google awarded $5.25 million in total to five teams in the Google Lunar X-Prize, the goal of which is to land a private spacecraft on the Moon, on Jan. 26. This prize was an optional part of the Lunar X-Prize contest, which was first announced on ...

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