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Review: Open e-book format comes with headaches

January 21, 2015 10:39 am | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | Comments

In the world of e-books, you largely have a choice between Amazon's Kindle and everyone else. Amazon.com Inc. distributes its e-books in a proprietary format that isn't compatible with other devices and systems. Other companies have embraced a format called ...

IMS appoints Stephen Gouin as Global Sales Manager

January 21, 2015 10:11 am | by IMS | Comments

IMS is pleased to announce the appointment of Stephen Gouin as Global Sales Manager. Stephen will be responsible for worldwide sales operations including overall direction and strategy of our global sales initiative.  In making the announcement, John Silvia ...

GM's new affordable electric car could upstage Tesla

January 21, 2015 9:49 am | by Associated Press | Comments

With the introduction of an affordable electric car that can go 200 miles on a single charge, General Motors is setting up a showdown with Tesla to sell an electric vehicle to the masses. It may also upstage a car of its own. GM on Monday unveiled the Chevrolet Bolt....

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Argonne model analyzes water footprint of biofuels

January 21, 2015 9:08 am | by Argonne National Laboratory | Comments

A new version of an online tool created by Argonne will help biofuels developers gain a detailed understanding of water consumption of various types of feedstocks, aiding development of sustainable fuels that will reduce impact on limited water resources....

Army researchers gather to discuss aviation initiatives

January 21, 2015 8:13 am | by U.S. Army | Comments

Army researchers and engineers gathered at Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, Jan. 14-16, to discuss research initiatives and focus on closing technology gaps on futuristic aviation-sustainment concepts that could forever change Army aviation — from air-vehicle design ...

Software teaches computers to translate words to math

January 21, 2015 8:12 am | by University of Illinois | Comments

Thanks to new software developed at the University of Illinois, machines now can learn to understand mathematical reasoning expressed in language, which could greatly improve search engines and access to data as well as boost mathematics education. Computer sciences ...

Solar plane pioneers lay out round-the-world flight plan

January 21, 2015 8:01 am | by ADAM SCHRECK, Associated Press | Comments

The team behind a Swiss-made solar-powered aircraft that is attempting to fly around the world said Tuesday the clean-energy plane will stop in India, China and the United States in a historic journey set to begin as early as next month. The lightweight Solar Impulse 2 ...

The first germanium-tin semiconductor laser for silicon chips

January 20, 2015 4:24 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Scientists from Forschungszentrum Juelich and the Paul Scherrer Institute in Switzerland in cooperation with international partners have presented the first semiconductor consisting solely of elements of main group IV. As a consequence, the germanium-tin (GeSn) laser can be ...

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New laser-patterning technique turns metals into supermaterials

January 20, 2015 4:17 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

By zapping ordinary metals with femtosecond laser pulses researchers from the University of Rochester in New York have created extraordinary new surfaces that efficiently absorb light, repel water and clean themselves. The multifunctional materials could ...

Hearing-aid "intervention" helps individuals gradually adjust to devices

January 20, 2015 4:13 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

When individuals wear their hearing aids for the first time, they are flooded with sounds they have not heard in months or years; yet, previous research has shown that not all new sounds are welcomed. Ambient noises such as air conditioners, wind and background ...

$1B Switch data center near Reno will be world's biggest

January 20, 2015 3:56 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

The largest lithium battery factory in the world is getting a new neighbor at an industrial park east of Reno - the world's biggest data center. Las Vegas-based Switch plans to invest $1 billion in the 3 million square foot "supernap" center....

Boston taxi drivers sue city over ride-hailing services

January 20, 2015 3:16 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

A group of Boston taxi drivers is suing the city, saying officials have violated their rights by allowing online ride-hailing services such as Uber and Lyft to operate without following the same rules taxis do. The Boston Globe reports (http://bit.ly/1yvQAyK ) the lawsuit filed ...

Amazon branching out from TV series to movie production

January 20, 2015 3:12 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Amazon Studios is branching out from television series to movies, announcing plans to begin producing and acquiring original movies for theatrical release and, within weeks, video streaming. Just five years after its launch, Amazon Studios says it will begin ...

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Boy, 13, builds Braille printer with Legos, starts company

January 20, 2015 3:10 pm | by TERENCE CHEA, Associated Press | Comments

In Silicon Valley, it's never too early to become an entrepreneur. Just ask 13-year-old Shubham Banerjee. The California eighth-grader has launched a company to develop low-cost machines to print Braille, the tactile writing system for the visually impaired....

Photos of the Day: SpaceX rocket crash-lands on ocean barge

January 20, 2015 2:01 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

This image from video provided by SpaceX shows its booster rocket trying to land on a floating barge in the Atlantic after launch, in an unprecedented attempt that ended in a fiery explosion. The video released Friday, Jan. 16, 2015 shows the rocket hitting ...

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