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Mystery abounds when it comes to 'neuroscouting' in baseball

April 27, 2015 | by JAY COHEN, AP Sports Writer | Comments

Baseball's most compelling video game is not offered in any store. Exactly how many people are playing is unclear. When it comes to the sticker price, no one wants to talk about it. With runs at a premium in the major leagues, a handful ...

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Winners and losers of the demise of the big Comcast deal

April 27, 2015 2:18 pm | by TALI ARBEL, AP Business Writer | Comments

In the aftermath of Comcast's decision to walk away from buying Time Warner Cable, some winners and losers are emerging. The combined company would have created an Internet and TV behemoth with unprecedented power over ...

Internet billionaires face off in renewed Texas space race

April 27, 2015 2:03 pm | by MICHAEL GRACZYK, Associated Press | Comments

An isolated edge of vast West Texas is home to a highly secretive part of the 21st-century space race, one of two being directed in the Lone Star State by Internet billionaires whose personalities and corporate strategies seem worlds apart.

Discover discovers Apple Pay for its US cardholders

April 27, 2015 1:59 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

U.S. users of Discover cards are getting their Apple Pay, the last holdout among major credit card networks in the country. After months of complaints from customers, Discover Financial Services announced Monday that it has reached ...

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High court to consider lawsuits over personal data

April 27, 2015 1:54 pm | by SAM HANANEL, Associated Press | Comments

The Supreme Court said Monday it will decide whether Web sites and other firms that collect personal data can be sued for publishing inaccurate information even if the mistakes don't cause any actual harm. The case is being watched closely by Google, Facebook, and ...

Duke receives $9.75 million for ‘Big Data’ initiative

April 27, 2015 1:03 pm | by Duke University | Comments

The initiative focuses on harnessing massive amounts of information to tackle society’s biggest challenges Duke University has received $9.75 million in gifts and matching funds to support an initiative that focuses on harnessing....

Digital in-line holography helps researchers ‘see’ into fiery fuels

April 27, 2015 1:02 pm | by Sandia National Laboratories | Comments

Transportation accidents, such as trucks crashing on a highway or rockets failing on a launch pad, can create catastrophic fires. It’s important to understand how burning droplets of fuel are generated and behave in those extreme cases, so Sandia National Laboratories ...

Photos of the Day: Giant Lego statue weighs a ton

April 27, 2015 9:17 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Enthusiasts dressed as comic book Super Heroes stand in front of the UK’s largest LEGO statue as it is unveiled at the London premiere of LEGO Super Heroes: Marvel’s Avengers Age of Ultron at Westfield Shopping Centre, London, on Tuesday, April 21, 2015....

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Scientists create cheaper magnetic material for cars, wind turbines

April 27, 2015 9:10 am | by DOE/Ames Laboratory | Comments

Karl A. Gschneidner and fellow scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory have created a new magnetic alloy that is an alternative to traditional rare-earth permanent magnets. The new alloy--a potential replacement for high-performance ...

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Outsmarting smartphones: Technology reduces distracted driving among teens

April 27, 2015 9:04 am | by American Academy of Pediatrics | Comments

Technology can bolster efforts by parents, lawmakers and insurance companies to reduce distracted driving among novice teen drivers, according to a study to be presented Monday, April 27 at the Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) annual meeting in San Diego....

New Army technologies support in-flight communications, expeditionary command posts

April 27, 2015 8:01 am | by U.S. Army | Comments

The Army is delivering new technologies to the Global Response Force that will help transform the concept of a command post from a stationary, tented shelter to a mobile enabler for expeditionary mission command - including during operations in flight and early entry into developing situations.

Industrial virtual factory lowers costs and reduces emissions

April 23, 2015 4:34 pm | by VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland | Comments

In collaboration with European companies and research institutes, VTT has developed a cloud-based, easily customized, modular software platform for improving the sustainability performance of industrial products by lowering production costs and reducing emissions ...

Pseudoparticles travel through photoactive material

April 23, 2015 4:32 pm | by Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT) | Comments

Researchers of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) have unveiled an important step in the conversion of light into storable energy: Together with scientists of the Fritz Haber Institute in Berlin and the Aalto University in Helsinki/Finland, they studied the ...

Mechanical cloaks of invisibility -- without complicated mathematics

April 23, 2015 4:29 pm | by Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT) | Comments

A honeycomb is a very stable structure. If it has a larger hole, however, stability is largely lost. What might a honeycomb look like, which survives external forces in spite of a hole? Such stable types of known constructions might be useful in architecture or when ...

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X-47B first to complete autonomous aerial refueling

April 23, 2015 4:25 pm | by Naval Air Systems Command | Comments

The X-47B successfully conducted the first ever Autonomous Aerial Refueling (AAR) of an unmanned aircraft April 22, completing the final test objective under the Navy's Unmanned Combat Air System demonstration program.

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How experience may lead to misperception

April 23, 2015 2:20 pm | by Bernstein Coordination Site (BCOS) | Comments

How long is the way from the city hall to the train station? When we estimate distances, something curious happens: short distances seem longer, and long distances shorter than they really are. Similar biases occur during judgments of volume, brightness or time....

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