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Jul 4, 2010 5 Comments ›› Pat Dollard

NEW ORLEANS (AP) – The latest hopes are riding on a massive new skimmer to clean oil from near the spewing well in the Gulf of Mexico, while a local Louisiana parish's plan to block the slick has been rejected by federal officials. A 48-hour test of the Taiwanese vessel dubbed "A Whale" began Saturday and ...

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Jul 3, 2010 4 Comments ›› Erik Wong

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Jul 3, 2010 1 Comment ›› Pat Dollard

BBC: US Scientists and the National Federation of the Blind are developing a car for the blind and will present a prototype next year. The vehicle will be fitted with technology that allows a blind person to drive independently, the NFB and Virginia Tech University said. Non-visual aids include sensors indicating turns in the road via vibrating gloves. Puffs ...

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Jul 2, 2010 1 Comment ›› Pat Dollard

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Jul 2, 2010 8 Comments ›› Pat Dollard

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Jul 1, 2010 2 Comments ›› Pat Dollard

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Jul 1, 2010 17 Comments ›› Pat Dollard

From gizmag.com Gizmag: I came across this device while trolling the floor at Computex and I stopped at a stand in the middle of the vast penny booths section because there was a cute bicycle speaker which clips to the handlebars, charges via USB and has two bags underneath to hold your wallet, keys, phone etc. It ...

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Jun 30, 2010 15 Comments ›› Pat Dollard

The Telegraph: The Terrafugia Transition, a light aircraft that can convert into a road-legal automobile, is to go into production after being given a special weight exemption by the US Federal Aviation Administration. The Transition was designed as a "light sport" aircraft, the smallest kind of private aeroplane under FAA classification, with a maximum weight of ...

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Jun 27, 2010 1 Comment ›› Pat Dollard

Financial Times: Almost 6,060m below the surface of the Gulf of Mexico and 4,500m below the seabed, BP’s engineers are zeroing in on a narrow target: the 25cm-wide steel casing of its old Macondo well, which has been leaking oil since late April. The energy company hopes that two relief wells will soon hit the old pipe, ...

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Jun 27, 2010 4 Comments ›› Pat Dollard

The Telegraph: Tehran would need a year to enrich the uranium fully to produce a bomb and it would take “another year to develop the kind of weapon delivery system in order to make that viable,” Mr Panetta said. Sanctions imposed by the United Nations could help weaken Tehran’s government by creating economic problems, but were unlikely ...

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Jun 27, 2010 Comments Off Pat Dollard

Sunday Times Of London: Women as young as 20 could find out exactly when they will cease to be fertile thanks to a test devised by doctors Doctors have devised a test that could tell young women the precise age at which they will no longer be able to have babies.

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Jun 26, 2010 7 Comments ›› Pat Dollard

Tech World: A US Senate committee has approved a wide-ranging cybersecurity bill that some critics have suggested would give the US president the authority to shut down parts of the Internet during a cyberattack.

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Jun 26, 2010 Comments Off Pat Dollard

The Independent: The two scientists stood shoulder to shoulder with President Bill Clinton in the East Room of the White House, the same room where the American explorers Meriwether Lewis and William Clark unfurled their map of the Northwest Territories for Thomas Jefferson. Like Lewis and Clark 200 years before them, the scientists were explorers of a ...

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Jun 25, 2010 2 Comments ›› Erik Wong

LONDON (AP) - Oscar the cat may have lost one of his nine lives, but his new prosthetic paws make him one of the world's few bionic cats. After losing his two rear paws in a nasty encounter with a combine harvester last October, the black cat with green eyes was outfitted with metallic pegs that ...

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Jun 25, 2010 1 Comment ›› Pat Dollard

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Jun 23, 2010 3 Comments ›› Pat Dollard

Politico: The Democratic National Committee plans to port its message to the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch beginning Thursday, offering two free new apps that connect voters with the party's candidates and events. The two tools, one of which is powered by Organizing for America, seek to build off the success that President Barack Obama had in ...

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Jun 23, 2010 1 Comment ›› Pat Dollard

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Jun 16, 2010 17 Comments ›› Erik Wong

Science Daily: New research by astronomers in the Physics Department at Durham University suggests that the conventional wisdom about the content of the Universe may be wrong. Graduate student Utane Sawangwit and Professor Tom Shanks looked at observations from the Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe (WMAP) satellite to study the remnant heat from the Big Bang. The two ...

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Jun 14, 2010 2 Comments ›› Erik Wong

Global Security Newswire: Jordan's ambitions for a civilian nuclear power sector, while supported by the United States, also raise concerns in Washington about aggravating Israel and an arms buildup in the Middle East, the Wall Street Journal reported Saturday (see GSN, Aug. 9, 2009). Amman and Washington are preparing a civilian nuclear trade deal that would give ...

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Jun 14, 2010 1 Comment ›› Pat Dollard

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Jun 14, 2010 2 Comments ›› Pat Dollard

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - The hardline spiritual mentor of Iran's president has made a rare public call for producing the "special weapons" that are a monopoly of a few nations—a veiled reference to nuclear arms. The Associated Press on Monday obtained a copy of a book written by Ayatollah Mohammad Taqi Mesbah Yazdi in which he ...

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Jun 13, 2010 17 Comments ›› Erik Wong

Daily Tech: It goes without saying that this product is not safe for children With recent advances in lasers, many have fantasized about creating "real life lightsabers". Many military commanders have fantasized about creating portable blasters along the lines of those portrayed in fictional workers like Star Trek and Star Wars. The Spyder III Pro ...

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Jun 9, 2010 4 Comments ›› Pat Dollard

Politico: Republican appropriators slammed the Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday for leaving Congress on the sidelines as it seeks to enforce net neutrality and more heavily regulate Internet providers. Some of the GOP members on the House Appropriations subcommittee that controls the FCC’s purse strings stressed to Chairman Julius Genachowski that Congress should take to the field ...

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Jun 9, 2010 8 Comments ›› Pat Dollard

Times Online: The UN Security Council today imposed its toughest sanctions yet on Iran in what could be its last chance to prevent a defiant Tehran from acquiring a nuclear bomb. Both China and Russia joined the 12-vote majority in favour of the sanctions in the 15-nation council, but Lebanon abstained and Brazil and Turkey voted against. The ...

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