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Cuba's small-scale successes with solar, wind energy yet to make a nationwide impact

July 5, 2012 12:31 pm | by Andrea Rodriguez, AP | News | Comments

- The sleepy country setting that farmer Juan Alonso calls home hasn't changed much since he was born 74 years ago, with the two rustic wooden houses nestled among palm trees against a backdrop of green hills and clear skies.

What is polonium-210 and how can it kill?

July 5, 2012 12:29 pm | by Jill Lawless, AP | News | Comments

Polonium first hit the headlines when it was used to kill KGB agent-turned-Kremlin critic Alexander Litvinenko in London in 2006. This week, Yasser Arafat's widow has called for the late Palestinian leader's body to be exhumed after scientists in Switzerland found elevated traces of radioactive polonium-210 on clothing he allegedly wore before his death in 2004.

New technology reduces data center energy consumption by more than 20 percent

July 5, 2012 8:55 am | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

FIT4Green –project concentrated in finding new solutions for saving energy in data centres. The project designed and implemented an energy-aware plug-in on top of the current data centres' management tools to orchestrate the allocation of ICT resources and turning off unused equipment. Project achieved its goal: 20 % direct ICT equipment energy savings without compromising compliance with Service Level Agreements (SLA) and Quality of Service (QoS) metrics. The achieved savings in CO2 emissions were on the same scale as in energy. The direct energy savings in the ICT equipment induce also remarkable additional savings due to the reduced needs for cooling, for example.

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Stereoscopic 3-D for professional training of football referees

July 5, 2012 8:53 am | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

Researchers from the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid are applying stereoscopic 3-D to record exercises on offside position for the FIFA to use as teaching material in professional training courses for assistant referees.

Feel-good glass for windows

July 5, 2012 8:51 am | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

Most people prefer to live in homes that are airy and flooded with light. Nobody likes to spend much time in a dark and dingy room. That's no surprise, since daylight gives us energy and has a major impact on our sense of wellbeing. It is a real mood lifter. But not everyone is lucky enough to live in a generously glazed home, and office spaces – where we spend many hours of each day – are often not exactly bright and breezy. Modern heat-insulating, sun-protection glazing for offices and housing doesn't make things any better, since it isn't optimized to allow the light that governs our hormonal balance to pass through: instead, a distinctly noticeable percentage of incident sunlight in this effective part of the spectrum is reflected away.

Get in line: one Apple store per 216 million Chinese

July 5, 2012 8:47 am | by Melanie Lee, Reuters | News | Comments

Apple Inc (AAPL.O) has more retail stores in Pennsylvania than in all of China - where it earns a fifth of its revenue - and a slow pace of expansion may cost the firm more than just sales

Japanese inventor hopes ro-butt can develop communication

July 5, 2012 8:44 am | by Reuters | News | Comments

The mechanical buttocks may look like a new low for the world of Japanese robotics, but they may actually mark a new leap into the future of humanoid development

Peru's big, ambitious low-cost program to provide students with laptops gets mixed grades

July 5, 2012 8:42 am | by FRANK BAJAK, AP Technology writer | News | Comments

Peru's distribution of more than 800,000 low-cost laptop computers to children across the country easily ranks as one of the world's most ambitious efforts to leverage digital technology in the fight against poverty.

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Olympic technology center confident it can handle threat of cyber-attacks

July 5, 2012 8:40 am | by DAVID STRINGER, AP | News | Comments

LONDON (AP) -- Vital computer systems for London's 2012 Olympic Games have come under repeated cyber-attacks - but only from hackers who were invited to join in thousands of hours of security tests.

A well-trained dog: Twitter helps Irishwoman find Patch, the terrier who took train to Dublin

July 5, 2012 8:38 am | by SHAWN POGATCHNIK, AP | News | Comments

When Patch hopped aboard the train to Dublin, it took the power of Twitter to reunite the dog with his owner.

WikiLeaks says it has obtained 2.4 million emails from Syria, claims revelations forthcoming

July 5, 2012 8:37 am | by Rapheal Satter, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The secret-spilling group WikiLeaks said Thursday it was in the process of publishing material from 2.4 million Syrian emails - many of which it said came from official government accounts.

This summer is 'what global warming looks like'

July 5, 2012 8:36 am | by SETH BORENSTEIN, AP | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Is it just freakish weather or something more? Climate scientists suggest that if you want a glimpse of some of the worst of global warming, take a look at U.S. weather in recent weeks.

A closer look at the Higgs boson

July 5, 2012 8:35 am | by Frank Jordans, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Scientists working at the world's biggest atom smasher near Geneva have announced the discovery of a new subatomic particle that looks remarkably like the long-sought Higgs boson. Sometimes called the "God particle" because its existence is fundamental to the creation of the universe, the hunt for the Higgs involved thousands of scientists from all over the world.

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A cure for unproductive afternoons

July 3, 2012 9:48 am | by Kasey Panetta, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

Have you ever had an afternoon—possibly every afternoon—where you brain simply refuses to focus on the task at hand? A to-do item that should take a moment takes an hour, an in-depth task is put off till tomorrow and you’re receiving nagging emails from annoyed co-workers?

Carnectivity: Simplifying the complex in automotive electronics

July 3, 2012 9:39 am | by Anthony Le, Winbond Electronics | Blogs | Comments

In the previous installment of this blog, I discussed the tremendous growth of electronics in the car.  The drivers (no pun intended) of this growth vary from consumers demanding more information-entertainment (“infotainment”) and connectivity — the term carnectivity has emerged as a catch-all descriptor -- while on the road to governmental mandates intended to make cars safer, given all the new whiz-bang but potentially distracting features being added to vehicles.  Let’s now turn our attention to some of the trends in infotainment and carnectivity, what’s being done to simplify these complex system designs.

Mobile payment apps: Good for the seller, good for the buyer

July 2, 2012 4:35 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

A few months ago, I was buying a large photograph for my dad at a Christmas market in Bethlehem, PA. When it came time to pay, the vendor gave me the “cash or credit” option.  Intrigued by the lack of a credit card machine and rarity of having the credit option at a craft show, I went for my card. The vendor whipped out his iPad, swiped the card through a Square card reader attachment...

Review: Google's Nexus 7 guns for the Kindle

July 2, 2012 3:39 pm | by Peter Svensson, Technology Writer, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Nexus 7 costs $199, the same that Amazon and Barnes & Noble charge for their tablets. But it's better than theirs in significant ways, as it became clear to me after a couple of days of use. Google announced the tablet last week and is taking pre-orders for delivery in mid-July.

Beats headphone maker buys MOG music service

July 2, 2012 2:55 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Upscale headphone maker Beats Electronics is buying MOG, a music subscription service that has struggled to compete with rivals such as Rhapsody and Spotify.

Are dedicated sports and fitness monitors still in the running?

July 2, 2012 2:38 pm | by IMS Research | News | Comments

Consumers want to improve the functionality offered by sports and fitness apps through the use of sensors. A recent study conducted by IMS Research, a company recently acquired by IHS Inc. (NYSE:IHS), found that 62.3 percent of respondents with a smartphone interested in sports and fitness applications and who exercised at least once week, were prepared to purchase sensors to monitor performance and enhance the sports and fitness application on their smartphone.

Dell buying Quest Software for $2.36 billion

July 2, 2012 10:04 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Dell said Monday that it's buying Quest Software for about $2.36 billion, ending recent speculation about who the unnamed bidder was in the battle for the company with investment firm Insight Venture Partners.

Eastern US storm hobbles Netflix and Instagram

July 2, 2012 9:59 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Netflix, Instagram and Pinterest are using Twitter and Facebook to update subscribers after violent storms across the eastern U.S. caused server outages for hours.

China court: Apple pays $60M to settle iPad case

July 2, 2012 9:43 am | by Joe McDonald, Business Writer, Associated Press | News | Comments

Apple has paid $60 million to settle a dispute in China over ownership of the iPad name, a court announced Monday, removing a potential obstacle to sales of the popular tablet computer in the key Chinese market.

Iconic Atari turns 40, tries to stay relevant

July 2, 2012 9:27 am | by Barbara Ortutay, Technology Writer, Associated Press | News | Comments

Atari, the iconic video game company which turns 40 years old this week, may have difficulty staying relevant in the age of "Angry Birds" and "Words With Friends," but its influence on today's video games is pervasive.

Exclusive: Amazon to take on Brazil's ecommerce jungle

July 2, 2012 9:04 am | by Esteban Israel, Reuters | News | Comments

Amazon.com Inc (AMZN.O) is expected to set up a digital bookstore in Brazil in the fourth quarter, as it seeks to get a piece of the fast-growing online retail market in the country that inspired its name.

Soyuz spacecraft ends mission with smooth landing

July 2, 2012 9:02 am | by Reuters | News | Comments

A Russian Soyuz capsule landed on the Kazakh steppes on Sunday, safely delivering a trio of astronauts who helped to dock the first privately owned spacecraft during a six-month stint on the International Space Station.

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