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Obama wants research to wean vehicles off oil

March 15, 2013 1:21 pm | by Matthew Daly and Nedra Pickler, Associated Press | Comments

President Barack Obama is pushing the U.S. Congress to authorize $2 billion over 10 years for federally funded research into clean energy technologies that can wean automobiles off oil. Obama proposed the idea of an energy security trust last month in his State of the Union address....

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TEPCO mulls more spending to ensure safety of Niigata nuclear plant

March 15, 2013 12:33 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Tokyo Electric is considering spending tens of billions of yen more to ensure the safety of its Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear plant on Japan's northwest coast, which it is aiming to restart in fiscal 2013, sources familiar with the matter said Friday.

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Microsoft launches Surface RT tablet computer in Japan

March 15, 2013 12:23 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Microsoft on Friday launched its Surface RT tablet computer in Japan in a bid to catch up in the market dominated by Apple Inc.'s iPads and products running on Google Inc.'s Android operating system. The tablet computer, already released in over 20 countries including the United States and China, runs on Microsoft's Windows RT...

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Social media editor charged in hacking conspiracy

March 15, 2013 9:59 am | by PAUL ELIAS and GARANCE BURKE, Associated Press | Comments

A deputy social media editor for Reuters vowed that Friday would be "business as usual" despite charges of conspiring with the notorious hacking group Anonymous to deface an online story of the Los Angeles Times. Federal authorities allege that in December 2010, Matthew Keys provided hackers with login information to access the computer system of the Tribune Co....

NKorea accuses US, SKorea of cyberattacks

March 15, 2013 9:53 am | by YOUKYUNG LEE, AP Technology Writer | Comments

North Korea on Friday blamed South Korea and the United States for cyberattacks that temporarily shut down websites this week at a time of elevated tensions over the North's nuclear ambitions. Experts, however, indicated it could take months to determine what happened and one analyst suggested hackers in China were a more likely culprit.

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Four professors named 2013 MacVicar Fellows

March 15, 2013 8:00 am | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | Comments

From left to right: Linda Griffith, Rob Miller, Laura Schulz and Emma Teng. Four MIT professors have been named 2013 MacVicar Faculty Fellows for their outstanding unde...

Angie's List CFO Millard plans to leave

March 15, 2013 7:28 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Angie's List Chief Financial Officer Robert R. Millard plans to leave his position at the end of the month, less than two years after he joined the consumer review service. The Indianapolis company did not give a reason for Millard's departure in a brief statement issued Thursday after markets...

Samsung refreshes iPhone-challenging Galaxy line

March 14, 2013 10:26 pm | by PETER SVENSSON - AP Technology Writer - Associated Press | Comments

Samsung Electronics is intensifying its rivalry with Apple with its new Galaxy S 4 smartphone, which has a larger, sharper screen than its predecessor, the best-selling S III. Samsung trumpeted the much-anticipated phone's arrival Thursday. The Galaxy S 4, which crams a 5-inche (127-millimeter)...

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Samsung set to launch new iPhone challenger

March 14, 2013 5:26 pm | by PETER SVENSSON - AP Technology Writer - Associated Press | Comments

Samsung's Galaxy S III smartphone has done very well, briefly unseating the iPhone as the best-selling smartphone in the world. On Thursday, the Korean company is launching a phone it hopes can top that, and entrench the company as the main competitor to Apple. Samsung has rented New York's Radio...

Money market fund assets rise to $2.652 trillion

March 14, 2013 5:16 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Total U.S. money market mutual fund assets rose $5.32 billion to $2.652 trillion for the week that ended Wednesday, according to the Investment Company Institute. Assets of the nation's retail money market mutual funds fell $1.36 billion to $911.61 billion, the Washington-based mutual fund trade...

Revolutionary imaging software offers more detailed, clearer scans of heart conditions

March 14, 2013 1:22 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Innovative software has been developed that greatly enhances the detail quality and field of view of conventional ultrasound images. It could improve the diagnosis of heart disease and deliver big savings for the NHS.

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New details of atomic structure of water under extreme conditions found

March 14, 2013 1:19 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Scientist from Dortmund, Helsinki, Potsdam, and the ESRF have revealed details of the microscopic atomic structure of water under extreme conditions. The results have now been published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA.

Researchers building stronger, greener concrete with biofuel byproducts

March 14, 2013 1:15 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Kansas State University civil engineers are developing the right mix to reduce concrete's carbon footprint and make it stronger. Their innovative ingredient: biofuel byproducts. "The idea is to use bioethanol production byproducts to produce a material to use in concrete as a partial replacement of cement," said Feraidon Ataie....

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A closer look at the Higgs boson

March 14, 2013 1:06 pm | by FRANK JORDANS and JOHN HEILPRIN, Associated Press | Comments

Scientists working at the world's biggest atom smasher near Geneva have announced they are confident that the new subatomic particle discovered last summer is a version of the long-sought Higgs boson. The particle bears key attributes of the so-called "God particle" that was theorized nearly a half-century ago as fundamental to the creation of the universe.

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Researchers find German-made spyware across globe

March 14, 2013 1:05 pm | by RAPHAEL SATTER, Associated Press | Comments

The discovery of a group of servers linked to an elusive espionage campaign is providing new details about a high-tech piece of spy software that some fear may be targeting dissidents living under oppressive regimes. A Canadian research center said Wednesday that it had identified 25 different countries that host servers linked to FinFisher....

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