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Engineering Newswire: NASA prepares to crash into Mercury

April 17, 2015 9:50 am | by David Mantey, Melissa Fassbender, Kaylie Duffy | Videos | Comments

At the end of this month, and after more than 10 years in space, NASA's MESSENGER mission will end when the spacecraft crashes into Mercury at more than 8,750 miles per hour. An on-board altimeter, which mapped Mercury's surface ...

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Netflix enthralls viewers in 1Q with original programming

April 17, 2015 9:29 am | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Netflix is enthralling viewers and investors alike as popular original programming such as "House of Cards" lure subscribers at a quickening pace. Netflix said Wednesday that it gained 4.9 million subscribers in the first three months of the year, more than any other quarter ...

Yahoo chooses to stay with Microsoft in updated search deal

April 17, 2015 9:25 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Yahoo and Microsoft will keep working together on Internet search, but Yahoo is getting more control over the how the search results are presented. An agreement announced Thursday extends a search partnership that Yahoo Inc. and Microsoft Corp. forged in 2009 while they were being ...

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Apple invests in China solar project, US forest conservation

April 17, 2015 9:22 am | by BRANDON BAILEY, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

In a quest to be more green, Apple says it is investing in Chinese solar power and preserving forests that make environmentally friendly paper. The initiatives come as the tech giant this year met a self-imposed goal of powering all its U.S. operations ...

Why studying STEM can change your life

April 17, 2015 9:20 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

Meet Paul Jerome Barina, a student at Ohio University working on a Masters of Science in Industrial & Systems Engineering.

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Stock of online marketplace Etsy surges in trading debut

April 17, 2015 9:16 am | by MAE ANDERSON, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The place where you can buy handmade dresses and crocheted dog costumes has a new hot seller: its own stock. Shares of arts and crafts retailer Etsy surged in opening trading on the Nasdaq Thursday. After pricing at $16 late Wednesday the stock opened at nearly double that level....

Dating the moon-forming impact event with meteorites

April 17, 2015 9:10 am | by University of Arizona | News | Comments

Through a combination of data analysis and numerical modeling work, researchers have found a record of the ancient Moon-forming giant impact observable in stony meteorites. Their work will appear in the April 2015 issue of the Journal Science. The work was done ...

Astronomers reveal supermassive black hole's intense magnetic field

April 17, 2015 9:06 am | by Chalmers University of Technology | News | Comments

Astronomers from Chalmers University of Technology have used the giant telescope Alma to reveal an extremely powerful magnetic field very close to a supermassive black hole in a distant galaxy. The results appear in the 17 April 2015 issue of the journal Science....

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ORNL researchers contribute to major UN bioenergy and sustainability report

April 17, 2015 9:03 am | by DOE/Oak Ridge National Laboratory | News | Comments

A major United Nations report on bioenergy and sustainability released Tuesday concludes the sustainable production of bioenergy can be an important tool for addressing climate change. Two researchers at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory contributed ...

WikiLeaks creates online archive of hacked Sony documents

April 17, 2015 8:58 am | by MAE ANDERSON, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Sony's hacking problems aren't over yet. Whistleblower site WikiLeaks on Thursday put hundreds of thousands of emails and documents from last year's crippling cyberattack against Sony Pictures Entertainment into a searchable online ...

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Google embraces 'mobile-friendly' sites in search shake-up

April 17, 2015 8:54 am | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Google is about to change the way its influential search engine recommends websites on smartphones and tablets in a shift that's expected to sway where millions of people shop, eat and find information. The revised formula, scheduled to be released Tuesday ...

Changing the world of DIY with single-board computers

April 17, 2015 8:54 am | by Travis Williams, Product Marketing Manager, AMD Embedded Solutions | Blogs | Comments

In recent years, single-board computers (SBCs) have taken the maker community by storm, and there’s no shortage of these pocket-sized devices on the market to choose from. Most of them are based on 32-bit ARM® architecture...

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Verizon slices up the bundle, lets customers choose

April 17, 2015 8:51 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Verizon is giving its customers more control over the channels they pay for as the cacophony of cord cutting reshapes cable TV. Large cable bundles laden with dozens of channels and big price tags have pushed more people into cheaper streaming services like ...

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IAU launches Cosmic Light program addressing light pollution

April 16, 2015 2:52 pm | by ESO | News | Comments

On 20 December 2013, the 68th Session of the United Nations (UN) General Assembly proclaimed 2015 as the International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies (IYL 2015). This initiative was the result of a large consortium between UNESCO and ...

Major advance in artificial photosynthesis poses win/win for the environment

April 16, 2015 2:41 pm | by DOE/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory | News | Comments

A potentially game-changing breakthrough in artificial photosynthesis has been achieved with the development of a system that can capture carbon dioxide emissions before they are vented into the atmosphere and then, powered by solar energy, convert that carbon dioxide into ...

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