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SpaceX calls off launch to space station at last minute

January 6, 2015 8:55 am | by Marcia Dunn, AP Aerospace Writer | Comments

SpaceX called off its planned flight to the International Space Station on Tuesday because of rocket trouble. The unmanned Falcon rocket was supposed to blast off before sunrise. But the countdown was halted with just over a minute remaining. The soonest SpaceX can try again is Friday morning...

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TV makers design for streaming video to stay relevant

January 6, 2015 8:52 am | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Does anyone just watch TV anymore? The dramatic shift toward online and mobile viewing is driving television set makers to design as much for streaming video as for watching broadcast or cable channels. raditional TV is far from dead, but these days viewers care less about...

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Sony Corp. CEO breaks silence on 'The Interview' hack

January 6, 2015 8:50 am | by BRANDON BAILEY AP Technology Writer | Comments

Sony Corp.'s top corporate executive on Monday condemned the recent hacking assault against its film division, saying his employees were victims of a "vicious and malicious cyberattack," while adding that he's proud of them for standing against "the extortionist efforts of criminals."

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At CES gadget show: Dish gives cord-cutters live sports

January 6, 2015 8:48 am | by ANICK JESDANUN AP Technology Writer | Comments

LAS VEGAS (AP) — One of the biggest changes in television this year will be more channels available online with no separate cable or satellite subscription. But for would-be cord-cutters, watching live sports online has been elusive — until now. Dish Network Corp. on Monday...

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At The Gadget Show: Curved phones, smarter homes, fuel cells

January 6, 2015 8:46 am | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Go ahead, peek at our patents. Toyota will allow others to use several thousand of its patented or patent-pending technologies for free to speed the development of its hydrogen-powered car dubbed Mirai, due to be sold in the U.S. by October.Elsewhere, would-be novelists got a...

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‘Iron Sun’ key explanation of how stars transmit energy

January 6, 2015 7:31 am | by Sandia National Laboratories | Comments

Working at temperatures matching the interior of the sun, researchers at Sandia National Laboratories’ Z machine have been able to determine experimentally, for the first time in history, iron’s role in inhibiting energy transmission from the center of the sun to near the edge of...

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Crowd science provides major boost for research

January 5, 2015 10:30 pm | by Georgia Institute of Technology | Comments

Crowd science is making possible research projects that might otherwise be out of reach, tapping thousands of volunteers to help with such tasks as classifying animal photos, studying astronomical images, counting sea stars and examining cancer cell images. Also known as “citizen science,” these...

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Researchers create successful predictions of combustion reaction rates

January 5, 2015 7:28 pm | by Argonne National Laboratory | Comments

Researchers at Argonne and Sandia National Laboratories have demonstrated, for the first time, a method to successfully predict pressure-dependent chemical reaction rates, an important breakthrough in combustion and atmospheric chemistry that is expected to benefit auto and engine manufacturers,...

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Cold virus replicates better at cooler temperatures

January 5, 2015 5:33 pm | by Yale UniversityYale University | Comments

The common cold virus can reproduce itself more efficiently in the cooler temperature found inside the nose than at core body temperature, according to a new Yale-led study. This finding may confirm the popular, yet contested, notion that people are more likely to catch a cold in cool-weather...

NASA detects record-breaking outburst from Milky Way’s black hole

January 5, 2015 5:29 pm | by NASA | Comments

Astronomers have observed the largest X-ray flare ever detected from the supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way galaxy. This event, detected by NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory, raises questions about the behavior of this giant black hole and its surrounding environment.

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Remanufacturing and design: a promising solution for achieving green, profitable businesses

January 5, 2015 3:31 pm | by University of Illinois | Comments

In his research, ISE associate professor Harrison Kim and his colleagues have developed an optimization model to maximize total life-cycle profit from selling new products and remanufactured products. It optimizes both the initial design and design upgrades at the end-of-life stage and...

Student scientists ready to launch experiments to ISS

January 5, 2015 2:29 pm | by NASA | Comments

Students will look to the skies this week when SpaceX's fifth commercial resupply services (CRS) mission to the International Space Station lifts off at 6:18 a.m. EST Tuesday, Jan. 6, from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. SpaceX's Dragon spacecraft will carry scientific research...

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Predicting how drivers will react

January 5, 2015 9:22 am | by Chalmers University of Technology | Comments

Researchers at Chalmers University of Technology have solved a 70 year old mystery in traffic research: an until now inexplicable jerkiness when we steer a vehicle. The discovery may lead to safety systems in cars that can correct dangerous steering movements before they occur.

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The road to more efficient biofuel

January 5, 2015 9:10 am | by University of Massachusetts at Amherst | Comments

Plant geneticists including Sam Hazen at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and Siobhan Brady at the University of California, Davis, have sorted out the gene regulatory networks that control cell wall thickening by the synthesis of the three polymers, cellulose, hemicellulose and lignin.

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NASA explores inflatable spacecraft technology

January 5, 2015 9:04 am | by BROCK VERGAKIS, Associated Press | Comments

Devising a way to one day land astronauts on Mars is a complex problem and NASA scientists think something as simple as a child's toy design may help solve the problem. Safely landing a large spacecraft on the Red planet is just one of many engineering challenges the agency faces as it eyes an ambitious goal of sending humans into deep space later this century.

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