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Astronomers see star explode 4 times

March 6, 2015 9:24 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Astronomers have glimpsed a far off and ancient star exploding, not once, but four times. The exploding star, or supernova, was directly behind a cluster of huge galaxies, whose mass is so great that they warp space-time....

Mysterious dwarf planet Ceres gets ready for the spotlight

March 6, 2015 9:22 am | by ALICIA CHANG, AP Science Writer | Comments

The mysterious dwarf planet Ceres is ready for its close-up. Located in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter, Ceres is the largest unexplored space rock in the inner solar system. But that distinction ends Friday ...

Google providing car insurance quotes in latest expansion

March 6, 2015 9:16 am | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Google is helping California drivers shop for car insurance as part of a new service that could foreshadow the Internet company's latest attempt to shake up a long-established industry. The feature unveiled Thursday compares auto insurance quotes from up to ...

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'Homebrew' email servers: Genius as well as sneaky?

March 6, 2015 9:14 am | by ANNE FLAHERTY and NANCY BENAC, Associated Press | Comments

No, it's not always a room filled with wires and glowing blue lights. It's probably not even the size of your furnace. The personal email server used by Hillary Rodham Clinton during her time as secretary of state was probably about the size of your office desktop computer and ...

Chinese New Year Holiday: LCD TV sales recover as expected

March 6, 2015 9:04 am | by DisplaySearch | Comments

Based on recent supply chain checks, LCD TV sales recovered during the three weeks of the Chinese New Year holiday, from 2 February to 22 February 2015, unlike the weakness we saw during the same period in 2014. Our preliminary estimate is that LCD TV sales volume totaled 3.7 million units, a 4% ...

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Size matters: Phones as big as they can get for easy use

March 5, 2015 12:12 pm | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | Comments

There was a time you could count on phones getting larger each year. Samsung's runaway success with the big-screen smartphone even spurred Apple to release a supersized model last fall.

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IPhone 6's popularity drives Apple's China share to record

March 5, 2015 12:08 pm | by YOUKYUNG LEE, AP Technology Writer | Comments

A consumer survey showed the popularity of the iPhone 6 has driven Apple's market share in China to its highest ever while Samsung has continued to lose ground. Kantar Worldpanel ComTech said Thursday that its ...

America II and Cliff Electronic Components announce global distribution agreement

March 5, 2015 9:18 am | Comments

America II Electronics, Inc. announced it has entered into a global franchise distribution agreement with Cliff Electronic Components, a leader in the design, development and manufacturing of components and connectors used in the audio ...

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A new way to control information by mixing light and sound

March 5, 2015 7:06 am | by Yale University | Comments

For once, slower is better in a new piece of technology. A Yale lab has developed a new, radio frequency processing device that allows information to be controlled more effectively, opening the door to a new generation ...

How big data can be used to understand major events

March 4, 2015 3:38 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

With the most unpredictable UK general election looming in modern times, how can big data be used to understand how elections are covered by the media? New research has for the first time analysed over 130,000 online news articles ...

Kids and robots learn to write together

March 4, 2015 3:36 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A little girl lines up plastic letters fitted with QR codes in front of a little humanoid robot. The robot struggles to reproduce them on a tablet - especially the loop of the letter p. The girl kindly steps in to help, writing out the word to show the robot how to do it....

Energy-generating cloth could replace batteries in wearable devices

March 4, 2015 3:34 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

From light-up shoes to smart watches, wearable electronics are gaining traction among consumers, but these gadgets' versatility is still held back by the stiff, short-lived batteries that are required. These limitations, however, could soon be overcome....

Reducing greenhouse gas emissions with a more effective carbon capture method

March 4, 2015 3:32 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Trapping carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from power plants and various industries could play a significant role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the future. But current materials that can collect CO2 -- from smokestacks, for example -- have low capacities ...

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Big box stores could ditch the grid, use natural gas fuel cells instead

March 4, 2015 3:02 pm | by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory | Comments

Large facilities like big box stores or hospitals could keep the lights on by using a fuel cell that runs off the natural gas that already flows in pipelines below most city streets. Instead of drawing electricity from the power grid, facilities could use natural gas-powered solid oxide fuel ...

Siemens grants $30 million in software licenses to the George Washington University

March 4, 2015 2:11 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Today, from the opening of the new Science and Engineering Hall at the George Washington University, Siemens and GW announced a $30 million in-kind grant of software licenses to enhance programs in the School of Engineering and Applied Science and strengthen ...

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