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Tech-friendly cities struggle with new biz rules

September 29, 2014 | by PHILIP MARCELO, Associated Press | Comments

A renowned technology hub that is home to some of the country's top universities, Boston is emerging as an unlikely battleground for web-based businesses like Airbnb and Uber, with some saying more regulations are needed to prevent the upstarts....

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Online stores fight Amazon for piece of retail pie

October 31, 2014 12:25 pm | by MAE ANDERSON, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Amazon.com's low prices and seemingly endless array of goods have made it the biggest online retailer in the U.S., commanding about 20 percent of all e-commerce. The company is projected to have over $89 billion in revenue this year. Its massive success ...

How climate change is affecting NASA

October 31, 2014 11:46 am | by NASA | Comments

A new study in the latest issue of the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society provides an in-depth look at how NASA facilities have been affected by climate extremes and climate change in recent years and how the agency is preparing for the future.

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Photos of the Day: 29 terrifying creatures that will give you nightmares

October 31, 2014 11:10 am | by Juste Semetaite, Community & Content Manager at CGTrader.com | Comments

Some clinicians believe that having nightmares is a sort of therapy, a way to deal with traumatic events and stress. But if you were blessed with a reasonably sweet night's sleep, we suggest you don't scroll down, because these out-of-hell creatures ...

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After Fukushima, Japan gets green boom and glut

October 31, 2014 10:15 am | by YURI KAGEYAMA, AP Business Writer | Comments

Like other Japanese who were banking on this country's sweeping move toward clean energy, Junichi Oba is angry. Oba, a consultant, had hoped to supplement his future retirement income in a guilt-free way and invested $200,000 in a 50 kilowatt ...

Lord of the microrings

October 30, 2014 4:46 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A significant breakthrough in laser technology has been reported by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)'s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and the University of California (UC) Berkeley. Scientists led by Xiang Zhang, a physicist with ...

EU holds largest-ever cyber-security exercise

October 30, 2014 4:06 pm | by DEREK GATOPOULOS, Associated Press | Comments

The European Union on Thursday carried out its biggest exercise to prevent cyber-attacks on Europe's public utilities and communications networks. The director of the European Network and Information Security Agency, Udo Helmbrecht, told The Associated Press....

Microsoft unveils fitness gadget, health tracking

October 30, 2014 3:59 pm | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Microsoft is releasing a $199 fitness band that also checks your email and even pays for coffee as the software company seeks to challenge Apple and others in the still-infant market for wearable devices. The Microsoft Band will work with the company's new ...

Dazzlingly sharp images on curved screens

October 30, 2014 10:13 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

The logo glows above the overhang of the wall and ledge of the large office building, immediately identifying the enterprise hidden behind the façade to passersby. Made possible by a projector throwing up a suitable slide onto the wall. However, what works ...

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New tech aims to improve communication between dogs and humans

October 30, 2014 10:09 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

North Carolina State University researchers have developed a suite of technologies that can be used to enhance communication between dogs and humans, which has applications in everything from search and rescue to service dogs to training our pets....

The science of charismatic voices

October 30, 2014 10:04 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

When a right-wing Italian politician named Umberto Bossi suffered a severe stroke in 2004, his speech became permanently impaired. Strangely, this change impacted Bossi's perception among his party's followers -- from appearing authoritarian to benevolent....

Brain responses to disgusting images help reveal political leanings

October 30, 2014 10:02 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Maggot infestations, rotting carcasses, unidentifiable gunk in the kitchen sink – how much your brain responds to disgusting images could predict whether you are liberal or conservative. In a study to be published in an upcoming issue of Current Biology ...

Through 3D-printed prosthetic, Illinois students lending a hand in Ecuador

October 30, 2014 9:58 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

For most amputees, the road to a more fun recreactional prosthetic device is slow and costly. However, thanks to a student-led research group at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, that might be changing, which is especially good news....

'Nanomotor lithography' answers call for simpler device manufacturing

October 30, 2014 9:46 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

What does it take to fabricate electronic and medical devices tinier than a fraction of a human hair? Nanoengineers at the University of California, San Diego recently invented a new method of lithography in which nanoscale robots swim over the surface....

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Scientists propose existence and interaction of parallel worlds

October 30, 2014 9:42 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Griffith University academics are challenging the foundations of quantum science with a radical new theory based on the existence of, and interactions between, parallel universes. In a paper published in the prestigious journal Physical Review X ...

Review: CBS streaming not worth cutting cord, yet

October 30, 2014 9:32 am | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | Comments

I dropped my cable TV service more than a year ago and have been relying on Netflix, Hulu and other services to fill my television needs. But I get my shows at least a day late. With CBS' new All Access streaming service, I can watch shows right when they air....

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