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China auto sales slump hits industry fortunes

July 29, 2015 8:57 am | by JOE McDONALD, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

General Motors Co.'s $5 billion initiative to create cars for China and other emerging markets comes just as automakers face a collapse in the booming Chinese demand they were counting on to power their growth....

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Average US vehicle age hits record 11.5 years

July 29, 2015 8:55 am | by DEE-ANN DURBIN, The Associated Press | News | Comments

In the age of Apple's CarPlay, a lot of cars on the road still have tape decks. The average vehicle in the U.S. is now a record 11.5 years old, according to consulting firm IHS Automotive, a sign of the increased reliability of today's vehicles and the lingering impact of the sharp drop in new car sales during the recession....

Spaceship pilot describes harrowing free fall after breakup

July 29, 2015 8:53 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Free-falling miles above the desert, his test spaceship ripped to pieces and the frigid air hard to breathe, pilot Peter Siebold struggled through crippling injuries to turn on his oxygen and just to stay conscious...

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M2M chipset for IoT devices

July 28, 2015 7:20 pm | by Redpine Signals | Product Releases | Comments

Redpine Signals announced the availability of a new range of wireless connectivity modules from its M2Mcombo family of products for IoT devices...

ROHM Semiconductor Acquires Powervation

July 28, 2015 3:55 pm | by Rohm Semiconductor | News | Comments

ROHM Co., Ltd., a global leader in analog power IC solutions, announced today that it has completed the acquisition of Powervation Ltd., a privately held digital power IC company that develops Digital Power Management system-on-chip (SoC) solutions for approximately $70M, in an all-cash transaction...

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Cellphones can steal data from 'air-gapped computers'

July 28, 2015 12:45 pm | by Ben-Gurion University of the Negev | News | Comments

Researchers at the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) Cyber Security Research Center have discovered that virtually any cellphone infected with a malicious code can use GSM phone frequencies to steal critical information from infected "air-gapped" computers...

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Can a hobby drone kill you?

July 28, 2015 12:38 pm | by Jamie Wisniewski, Associate Editor, @JamieECNmag | Blogs | Comments

Commercial drones have been getting a bad rep lately. They’ve been causing all sorts of commotion, mainly when they get in the way of aerial firefighters or get shot down by angry neighbors. But are there real safety concerns behind these pesky buzzing objects? It’s not like hobby drones are going around killing people, right?

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Wind farm construction commences

July 28, 2015 12:31 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Construction has begun off Rhode Island's coast on the nation's first offshore wind farm. Deepwater Wind is building a five-turbine wind farm off Block Island. It hopes to power 17,000 homes as early as next year...

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Developing a hydrogen fuel cell ferry & the world's largest refueling station

July 28, 2015 12:14 pm | News | Comments

When it comes to environmental sustainability, Red and White Fleet president Tom Escher is all in. “Everyone is talking about reducing emissions by 20 percent, 40 percent or more,” he said. “I thought, ‘Why not do away with emissions altogether?’” Sandia National Laboratories, which recently signed...

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'Carbon sink' detected underneath world's deserts

July 28, 2015 12:10 pm | by American Geophysical Union | News | Comments

The world’s deserts may be storing some of the climate-changing carbon dioxide emitted by human activities, a new study suggests. Massive aquifers underneath deserts could hold more carbon than all the plants on land, according to the new research...

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A new litmus test for chaos?

July 28, 2015 12:04 pm | by American Institute of Physics | News | Comments

Does the flap of a butterfly's wings in Brazil set off a tornado in Texas? This intriguing question -- the title of a talk given by MIT meteorologist Edward Lorenz at a 1972 meeting -- has come to embody the popular conception of a chaotic system, one in which a small difference in initial conditions will cascade toward a vastly different outcome in the future...

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Lobster-Eye imager detects soft X-ray emissions

July 28, 2015 12:00 pm | by American Institute of Physics | News | Comments

Solar winds are known for powering dangerous space weather events near Earth, which, in turn, endangers space assets. So a large interdisciplinary group of researchers, led by the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) set out to create a wide-field-of-view soft X-ray imager capable of detecting the soft X-ray emissions produced whenever the solar wind encounters neutral gas...

New computer model could explain how simple molecules took first step toward life

July 28, 2015 11:57 am | by DOE/Brookhaven National Laboratory | News | Comments

Nearly four billion years ago, the earliest precursors of life on Earth emerged. First small, simple molecules, or monomers, banded together to form larger, more complex molecules, or polymers. Then those polymers developed a mechanism that allowed them to self-replicate and pass their structure on to future generations...

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'Seeing' molecular interactions could give boost to organic electronics

July 28, 2015 10:41 am | by Institute for Integrated Cell-Material Sciences, Kyoto University | News | Comments

Organic materials are increasingly being applied in cutting-edge technologies. Organic semiconductors, for example, are being used to develop paper-thin, plastic LED screens...

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Stephen Hawking fields questions on artificial intelligence

July 28, 2015 10:37 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Have a question about artificial intelligence and think theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking is the man to ask? Hawking is giving the Internet-going public a rare chance to pose direct questions to him on Reddit, the user-powered news and discussion forum...

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