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Tesla boosts range, power, and price of low-end Model S

April 8, 2015 9:48 am | by TOM KRISHER, AP Auto Writer | Comments

Electric car maker Tesla Motors is going after mainstream luxury car buyers by adding all-wheel-drive and more range and power to the base version of its only model. But the added features at the low end of the Model S lineup will come ...

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How to train your astronauts

April 8, 2015 9:45 am | by NASA/Johnson Space Center | Comments

Training an astronaut is no easy task. Astronauts go through years of rigorous technical, health and safety training to learn simple and complex tasks for a typical four to six month mission. They develop skills in systems, robotics, spacecraft operations ...

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Can phone companies do more to block robocalls?

April 8, 2015 9:44 am | by ANNE FLAHERTY, Associated Press | Comments

Tired of those annoying, sometimes costly, robocalls favored by scammers? The Federal Communications Commission is being asked to consider whether more can be done to block the automated phone calls, but the options appear to be limited....

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Shifts in electricity generation spur net job growth, but coal jobs decline

April 7, 2015 2:26 pm | by Duke University | Comments

In the four years following the 2008 recession, the coal industry lost more than 49,000 jobs, while the natural gas, solar and wind industries together created nearly four times that amount, according to a new Duke University study. A county-by-county geographical analysis ...

Future electronics based on carbon nanotubes

April 7, 2015 2:24 pm | by American Institute of Physics | Comments

The exceptional properties of tiny molecular cylinders known as carbon nanotubes have tantalized researchers for years because of the possibility they could serve as a successors to silicon in laying the logic for smaller, faster and cheaper electronic devices....

New technology making drones safer and smarter

April 7, 2015 2:19 pm | by University of Zurich | Comments

"Our new technology allows safe operation of drones beyond the operator's line of sight, which is crucial for commercial use of drones, such as parcel delivery," says Prof. Davide Scaramuzza, co-inventor and Director of the Robotics and Perception Group....

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Which type of sustainable rooftop technology is best in cold climates?

April 7, 2015 2:15 pm | by Wiley | Comments

Sustainable rooftop technologies--including green roofs, white roofs, and solar photovoltaic panels--can provide great environmental benefits, but studies of these technologies often look only at their use in hot climates and do not assess ...

College tie-ins allow more to join Michigan robotics craze

April 7, 2015 2:12 pm | by MIKE HOUSEHOLDER, Associated Press | Comments

An increasing number of students from Michigan's most financially strapped urban school districts, including Detroit and Flint, are joining robotics teams because local universities are making space and materials available at no charge....

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Australia judge disclosing alleged Internet pirates' details

April 7, 2015 2:08 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Internet providers lost an Australian court battle on Tuesday to keep secret the names of Internet users suspected of illegally downloading Hollywood movie "Dallas Buyers Club" over file-sharing networks. The Federal Court ruling is a landmark win for copyright holders in a country ...

NASA and IBM rally global developers around space exploration on the IBM Cloud

April 7, 2015 9:21 am | Comments

IBM announced that it will offer its Bluemix platform for the NASA Space App Challenge Virtual Event to help developers rapidly build applications that contribute to space exploration and solve global challenges. IBM will also collaborate with ...

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A possible breakthrough for hydrogen cars

April 6, 2015 4:51 pm | by Virginia Tech | Comments

A team of Virginia Tech researchers has discovered a way to create hydrogen fuel using a biological method that greatly reduces the time and money it takes to produce the zero-emissions fuel. This method uses abundantly available corn stover - the stalks, cobs ...

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Study reveals Internet-style 'local area networks' in cerebral cortex of rats

April 6, 2015 4:33 pm | by University of Southern California | Comments

Researchers sketching out a wiring diagram for rat brains -- a field known as "connectomics" -- have discovered that its structure is organized like the Internet. For years, scientists looking for clues to brain function through ...

Device extracts rare tumor cells using sound

April 6, 2015 4:25 pm | by Carnegie Mellon University | Comments

A simple blood test may one day replace invasive biopsies thanks to a new device that uses sound waves to separate blood-borne cancer cells from white blood cells. Carnegie Mellon University President Subra Suresh and fellow researchers ...

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Rage against the machines: A computer engineer battles malicious bots

April 6, 2015 4:19 pm | by New Jersey Institute of Technology | Comments

Defending websites from malicious intruder bots is not unlike fighting viruses: neutralize them and they reinvent themselves, finding new ways to penetrate. But IT security designers still hold an advantage over some automated programs masquerading as people....

Computers that mimic the function of the brain

April 6, 2015 4:17 pm | by Northwestern University | Comments

Researchers are always searching for improved technologies, but the most efficient computer possible already exists. It can learn and adapt without needing to be programmed or updated. It has nearly limitless memory, is difficult to crash, and works at ...

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