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The cost of cable vs. a la carte

October 22, 2014 11:21 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Is a la carte streaming a better deal? Combining current streaming services including Netflix, Hulu, CBS All Access and the expected price of HBO's service, which starts next year, would run you about half of the average price of monthly cable....

Clean diesel cars among finalists for “Green Car of the Year” award

October 22, 2014 11:12 am | Comments

Clean diesel cars were included among the five finalist positions for 2015 “Green Car of the Year” award with the Audi A3 TDI clean diesel car and the Volkswagen Golf, which offers a new 2.0 liter TDI clean diesel, gasoline and electric engines, being named as finalists....

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Estimating the range of electric vehicles

October 22, 2014 10:26 am | by North Carolina State University | Comments

Researchers from North Carolina State University have developed new software that estimates how much farther electric vehicles can drive before needing to recharge. The new technique requires drivers to plug in their destination and automatically pulls in....

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Photos of the Day: The world's first hoverboard

October 22, 2014 10:20 am | by ECN Staff | Comments

The Hendo Hoverboard, created by Jill and Greg Henderson, uses a similar technology as MagLev trains to create lift. The prototype can only be used over a non-ferrous metal surface like copper or aluminum, though production versions could solve that issue....

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FTC names privacy expert as chief technologist

October 22, 2014 9:08 am | by BRANDON BAILEY, AP Technology Writer | Comments

The Federal Trade Commission on Tuesday named an outspoken Internet privacy expert, Ashkan Soltani, as its chief technologist in a move that signals the agency's focus on protecting consumers' online privacy. A computer scientist and technology ...

World record in data transmission with smart circuits

October 21, 2014 4:46 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Fewer cords, smaller antennas and quicker video transmission. This may be the result of a new type of microwave circuit that was designed at Chalmers University of Technology. The research team behind the circuits currently holds an attention-grabbing record....

Big black holes can block new stars

October 21, 2014 4:40 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Massive black holes spewing out radio-frequency-emitting particles at near-light speed can block formation of new stars in aging galaxies, a study has found. The research provides crucial new evidence that it is these jets of "radio-frequency feedback" ...

See-through sensors open new window into the brain

October 21, 2014 4:26 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Developing invisible implantable medical sensor arrays, a team of University of Wisconsin-Madison engineers has overcome a major technological hurdle in researchers' efforts to understand the brain. The team described its technology....

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Garnet ceramics may be ideal for high-energy lithium batteries

October 21, 2014 3:05 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Scientists at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory have discovered exceptional properties in a garnet material that could enable development of higher-energy battery designs. The ORNL-led team used scanning transmission ...

Cosmic rays threaten future deep-space astronaut missions

October 21, 2014 3:01 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Crewed missions to Mars remain an essential goal for NASA, but scientists are only now beginning to understand and characterize the radiation hazards that could make such ventures risky, concludes a new paper by University of New Hampshire scientists....

This electric car is cheap, efficient, and safe

October 21, 2014 2:38 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

More and more people are considering the purchase of an electric car. Whenever possible, it should run on renewably generated electricity. They want to conserve fossil resources and make a contribution to the environment – while playing the role....

Solar energy prices see double-digit declines in 2013

October 21, 2014 2:37 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Distributed solar photovoltaic (PV) system prices dropped by 12 - 19 percent nationwide in 2013, according to the third edition of a jointly written report on PV pricing trends from the Energy Department's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)....

Gaining a deeper understanding of catalytic reactions

October 21, 2014 2:35 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory have developed deeper understanding of the ideal design for mesoporous nanoparticles used in catalytic reactions, such as hydrocarbon conversion to biofuels. The research will help determine....

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A list of merchants taking Apple Pay

October 21, 2014 2:30 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

More than 200,000 payment locations in the U.S. are equipped to accept so-called contactless payments, including Apple Pay. Smaller merchants tend to be among the several millions that don't have the required equipment yet. Apple said it has worked....

Researchers build "smart city" to test the smart grid

October 20, 2014 3:43 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Addressing the critical national need for a reliable and secure electric power grid, Washington State University researchers are building the most comprehensive "smart city" laboratory in the U.S. to test smart grid technologies. Scientists have received ...

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