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Bulldogs Racing places first in major hybrid racecar contest

May 6, 2013 11:41 am | by Yale UniversityYale University | Comments

The race car was a hybrid, but the win was all Yale. Bulldogs Racing, a student group, placed first in the 2013 Formula Hybrid International at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on May 2. The annual contest, open to universities around the world, challenges teams of student engineers to design and build open-wheel, single-seat electric or plug-in hybrid race cars, then race them in a series of contests. Yale placed first in several categories, includi...

Improving materials that convert heat to electricity and vice-versa

May 6, 2013 11:20 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Thermoelectric materials can be used to turn waste heat into electricity or to provide refrigeration without any liquid coolants, and a research team from the University of Michigan has found a way to nearly double the efficiency of a particular class of them that's made with organic semiconductors.

Nintendo turns to smartphone apps for its consoles

May 6, 2013 11:13 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Nintendo Co. is trying to enable users of its game consoles to enjoy popular smartphone applications on their devices in a bid to boost sales and return to profitability on an operating basis in the current business year, company sources said Saturday.

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Dell buys cloud software firm Enstratius

May 6, 2013 11:13 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Dell Inc. on Monday said that it has acquired Enstratius, a provider of software and consulting services for companies that want to use "cloud" computing. The terms of the acquisition were not announced. Enstratius is based in Minneapolis and provides tools that help customers manage computing...

Are you a tax cheat if you shop online tax-free?

May 6, 2013 11:11 am | by STEPHEN OHLEMACHER, Associated Press | Comments

Buy anything on the Internet lately without paying sales tax? In all but a few states, you're probably a tax cheat. That's right, even if Internet retailers don't collect sales tax at the time of the purchase, you're required by law to pay it in 45 states and the District of Columbia.

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Taiwan's MediaTek profit up 51 percent in 1Q

May 6, 2013 11:10 am | by ANNIE HUANG, Associated Press | Comments

MediaTek Inc., Asia's largest chipset designer, said Monday its first quarter profit grew 51 percent from a year earlier, boosted by China's flourishing smartphone market. The Taiwanese company's net profit totaled 3.7 billion New Taiwan dollars ($125 million) in the January-March period on revenue of NT$24 billion.

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New efforts to curb cellphone theft

May 6, 2013 11:01 am | by TERRY COLLINS, Associated Press | Comments

In San Francisco, where half the robberies were phone-related last year, District Attorney George Gascon is calling on major companies to create new technology such as a "kill switch" to permanently and quickly disable stolen smart phones, making them worthless to thieves.

The fluorescent future of solar cells

May 6, 2013 10:56 am | by Yale UniversityYale University | Comments

For some solar cells, the future may be fluorescent. Scientists at Yale have improved the ability of a promising type of solar cell to absorb light and convert it into electrical power by adding a fluorescent organic dye to the cell layer. This squaraine dye boosts light absorption and recycles electrons, improving the conversion of light into energy....

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Solar plane lands in Ariz., 1st leg of major trip

May 6, 2013 10:55 am | by BOB SEAVEY & SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN, Associated Press | Comments

Alone in the single-seat cockpit and high above the American Southwest, pilot Bertrand Piccard could hear only his plane's gear box and the quiet whine of four electric motors. No noisy jet engines. He's flying Solar Impulse, considered the world's most advanced sun-powered plane.

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Experimental Air Force aircraft goes hypersonic

May 6, 2013 10:43 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

An experimental, unmanned aircraft developed for the U.S. Air Force went hypersonic during a test off the Southern California coast, traveling at more than 3,000 mph, the Air Force said Friday. The X-51A WaveRider flew for more than three minutes under power from its exotic scramjet engine and hit a speed of Mach 5.1, or more than five times the speed of sound.

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Pentagon clears use of Samsung's devices

May 6, 2013 10:41 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Samsung Electronics Co. says the U.S. Department of Defense has approved using Samsung smartphones for its networks. The South Korean company said Friday the Galaxy S4 smartphone has become the first Android device to meet the security requirements set out by the U.S. government...

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Alan Alda wants scientists to cut out the jargon

May 6, 2013 10:28 am | by FRANK ELTMAN, Associated Press | Comments

Among the procedures Army surgeon Hawkeye Pierce performed on "M.A.S.H." was an end-to-end anastomosis. Most of the viewers, actor Alan Alda concedes, had no idea he was talking about removing a damaged piece of intestine and reconnecting the healthy pieces.

New technology propels 'old energy' boom

May 6, 2013 10:16 am | by JONATHAN FAHEY, AP Energy Writer | Comments

Technology created an energy revolution over the past decade - just not the one we expected. By now, cars were supposed to be running on fuel made from plant waste or algae - or powered by hydrogen or cheap batteries that burned nothing at all.

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BMC Software agrees to be sold for $6.6 billion

May 6, 2013 10:14 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

BMC Software Inc. has agreed to be sold to a private investor group for about $6.6 billion in cash. The Houston-based maker of system management software for businesses said Monday that the deal is for $46.25 per share. That's less than 2 percent above Friday's closing stock price of $45.42. ...

EBay expands presence in Utah, plans to hire 1,600

May 3, 2013 6:00 pm | by PAUL FOY - Associated Press - Associated Press | Comments

EBay Inc. said Friday it is launching a significant expansion in Utah with a new operations center and eventual plans to add 1,600 or more jobs. The Internet company showed off a 241,000-square-foot building in the Salt Lake City suburb of Draper. Gov. Gary Herbert was on hand for the dedication....

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