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Conditions on Pluto: Incredibly hazy with flowing ice

July 27, 2015 9:10 am | by MARCIA DUNN, AP Aerospace Writer | News | Comments

Pluto is hazier than scientists expected and appears to be covered with flowing ice. The team responsible for the New Horizons flyby of Pluto last week released new pictures Friday of the previously unexplored world on the edge of the solar system...

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Deep-sea mining looms on horizon as UN body issues contracts

July 27, 2015 9:08 am | by DAVID McFADDEN, Associated Press | News | Comments

The deep oceans span more than half the globe and their frigid depths have long been known to contain vast, untapped deposits of prized minerals. These treasures of the abyss, however, have always been out of reach to miners....

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Lawsuit reveals extent of Ethiopian hacking amid Obama visit

July 27, 2015 9:07 am | by JACK GILLUM, Associated Press | News | Comments

As President Barack Obama faces pressure to discuss human rights in his first official visit to Ethiopia this weekend, a unique lawsuit back home is challenging whether the African country can spy on an American by turning his computer into a giant recording device....

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As Democrats fret over 'sharing economy,' GOP moves in

July 27, 2015 9:06 am | by NICHOLAS RICCARDI, Associated Press | News | Comments

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul opened a campaign office at a San Francisco tech incubator that hosted a 24-hour "hack-a-thon" last month. Florida Sen. Marco Rubio won the backing of Oracle founder Larry Ellison. He held a fundraiser for the senator, whose new book has a chapter...

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Pope signs himself up for World Youth Day using tablet

July 27, 2015 9:04 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Pope Francis opened the registration period for next year's World Youth Day in Poland, using a tablet computer to sign himself up from a window overlooking St. Peter's Square during the traditional Sunday blessing....

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Closing the income gap for STEM students

July 27, 2015 8:42 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

At ECN we've done a lot of talking about the lack of women in STEM, but one issue we haven't addressed as much is the disparity between low-income and high-income STEM students....

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DotLED for low profile electronic wearables

July 27, 2015 6:10 am | by Plessey Semiconductors | Product Releases | Comments

Plessey announced that its dotLED range, designed specifically for wearable applications, has been expanded with a wider selection of colors, including red, green and blue...

Wind energy provides 8 percent of Europe's electricity

July 24, 2015 11:54 am | by European Commission Joint Research Centre | News | Comments

EU's grid connected cumulative capacity in 2014 reached 129 GW, meeting 8% of European electricity demand, equivalent to the combined annual consumption of Belgium, the Netherlands, Greece and Ireland. According to a JRC report, the impressive growth of the industry will allow at least 12% electricity share by 2020...

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Missouri nuclear plant shut down after 'non-emergency' leak

July 24, 2015 11:50 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Ameren Corp. nuclear power plant in central Missouri was shut down for the second time in eight months Thursday after a "non-emergency" leak was found in the reaction control system...

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US Army center renovates US Navy bombs

July 24, 2015 10:44 am | by U.S. Army | News | Comments

Crane Army Ammunition Activity, or CAAA, is supporting U.S. and coalition warfighters conducting airstrikes in Operation Inherent Resolve, the effort to eliminate threats posed by Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL, and other terrorist groups in the region of Iraq and Syria, by being the primary facility for renovating the Navy's general purpose aircraft bomb inventory...

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Changing the color of light

July 24, 2015 10:41 am | by University of Delaware | News | Comments

Researchers at the University of Delaware have received a $1 million grant from the W.M. Keck Foundation to explore a new idea that could improve solar cells, medical imaging and even cancer treatments. Simply put, they want to change the color of light...

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Delta IV rocket launches WGS-7 satellite

July 24, 2015 10:35 am | by United Launch Alliance | News | Comments

A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta IV rocket successfully launched the seventh Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS) communications satellite for the U.S. Air Force at 8:07 p.m. EDT today from Space Launch Complex-37...

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NASA's space launch system design 'right on track' for journey to Mars

July 24, 2015 10:17 am | by NASA | News | Comments

You know the feeling of pride and achievement when you've worked really hard on a term paper, and finally turn it in? That's how the critical design review team for NASA's Space Launch System is feeling this week as the program completed its review...

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Deepsea challenger sub damaged in truck fire

July 24, 2015 10:11 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The submarine that visited the deepest spot in the world's oceans has been scorched when a truck transporting the vessel caught fire on a Connecticut highway...

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Scientists find closest thing yet to Earth-sun twin system

July 24, 2015 10:08 am | by Marcia Dunn, Ap Aerospace Writer | News | Comments

Scientists have identified a "close cousin" to Earth that's orbiting a sun-like star and might harbor life...

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