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Suntech names new CEO amid struggles

August 15, 2012 8:40 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Suntech Power Holdings Co., Ltd. has named a new CEO amid financial struggles, accusations of unfair trade practices, and concerns that the company was the victim of fraud.Suntech says David King is replacing Dr. Zhengrong Shi as CEO. King previously served as Suntech's CFO.Shi will remain as...

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Number of US car dealerships rose in 2011

August 15, 2012 8:40 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

The number of U.S. car dealerships is rising again after hundreds of closures during the recession.It's another sign of strength for the car industry, which has been seeing steady sales increases over the last few years despite the wobbly recovery. It's also good news for the economy, since...

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Experiments probe megavirus in high resolution

August 15, 2012 8:21 am | by Glenn Roberts Jr. | Comments

Since the first identification in 2003 of a giant virus—named Mimivirus because it has qualities that mimic those of bacteria—scientists have broadened their search for other massive viruses. Recently scientists lined up samples of some of the largest known viruses on the planet for an extensive X-ray "photo shoot" at Stanford Linear Accelerator Center that may produce the highest-resolution 3D images yet of these mysterious specimens.

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Seventeenth century shipwreck to be freeze-dried, rebuilt

August 15, 2012 8:16 am | by Michael Graczyk, Associated Press | Comments

More than three centuries ago, a French explorer's ship sank in the Gulf of Mexico, taking with it France's hopes of colonizing a vast piece of the New World—modern-day Texas. Like La Salle in 1685, researchers at Texas A&M University are in uncharted waters as they try to reconstruct his vessel with a gigantic freeze-dryer, the first undertaking of its size.

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An entirely new principle for information processing

August 15, 2012 8:10 am | Comments

Researchers at the Max Planck Institute in Germany have developed a complex network computer that is equally capable of performing arbitrary calculations as conventional computer, but does this under completely different conditions. Instead of a 0s and 1s in a binary system, this computer can in principle compute from, or be built from, any oscillating system, like a pendulum.

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Samsung starts US sales of Galaxy Note 10.1

August 15, 2012 7:40 am | by YOUKYUNG LEE - AP Technology Writer - Associated Press | Comments

Samsung Electronics Co. is taking another shot at the dominance of Apple's iPad with a tablet equipped with a digital pen and a faster processor at the same price tag.The Wi-Fi only version of the Galaxy Note 10.1 will go on sale in the U.S. on Thursday. The price starts at $499 for the basic...

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Kelley Bernheim Dolinsky, LLC Warns Dialysis Patients About Heart Attack Risks Associated With Recall of Fresenius Medical Care's Dialysis Drugs

August 15, 2012 7:40 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Kelley Bernheim Dolinsky, LLC, national consumer safety law firm specializing in product liability litigation -- www.duejustice.com -- is alerting dialysis patients of the FDA's Class I Recall -- the most serious -- for dialysis drugs GranuFlo and NaturaLyte manufactured by...

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US oil major detects oil spill off Nigeria

August 15, 2012 7:40 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Exxon Mobil Corp. says it has detected an oil spill along the shoreline of Nigeria's oil-rich southern delta.Exxon Mobil spokesman Nigel Cookey-Gam said in an email statement Wednesday that the spill was spotted near Ibeno in the southern state of Akwa Ibom where the U.S. oil company's local...

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News Summary: S & P downgrades Nokia further

August 15, 2012 6:40 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

LOWER RANKINGS: Rating agency Standard and Poor's downgraded Nokia Corp.'s long-term corporate credit rating further into junk status.THE DETAILS: While cutting its rating on Nokia by two notches to BB-, S&P warned there could be further downgrades. For S&P, anything below BBB- is considered junk...

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Nanostructures to realize hydrogen's energy potential

August 15, 2012 6:40 am | Comments

For the first time, engineers at the University of New South Wales have demonstrated that hydrogen can be released and reabsorbed from a promising storage material, overcoming a major hurdle to its use as an alternative fuel source. The researchers have synthesized nanoparticles of a commonly overlooked chemical compound called sodium borohydride and encased these inside nickel shells.

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Video: Vapor cloud before Calif. refinery fire

August 15, 2012 6:40 am | by JASON DEAREN - Associated Press - Associated Press | Comments

Investigators trying to get close enough to a pipe blamed for a fire at Chevron's refinery that sent thousands of people to the hospital and contributed to higher gasoline prices have been hampered by damage to structural beams and ongoing hydrocarbon leaks, federal officials said.U.S. Chemical...

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Shatner's Negotiator back in new Priceline TV spot

August 15, 2012 6:40 am | by LYNN ELBER - AP Television Writer - Associated Press | Comments

William Shatner's Priceline Negotiator isn't a goner, after all. He just went surfing.Seven months after a commercial showed the Negotiator plunging off a cliff and into apparent oblivion, the company is resurrecting him in a new 30-second TV and online spot set to debut Thursday.A clever...

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Fossil taps John White for COO position

August 15, 2012 6:40 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Watch and accessories company Fossil has named John White as executive vice president and chief operating officer.White's appointment is effective Sept. 4. He succeeds Michael Barnes in the COO role. Barnes left Fossil in September 2010 to become CEO of Signet Jewelers Ltd.He most recently...

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An intriguing twist in the structure of a cobalt oxide catalyst

August 15, 2012 5:41 am | by David Lindley | Comments

Hydrogen is a clean fuel, producing only water vapor when it burns. But generating hydrogen in large quantities and in a "green" fashion is not straightforward. Biological photosynthesis includes an efficient reaction step that splits water into hydrogen and oxygen with the help of catalysts that have been used as models for synthetic catalysts. Working at the Advanced Photon Source at Argonne National Laboratory, a team of scientists has determined the structure of one such catalyst, a complex cobalt oxide.

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S & P downgrades cellphone maker Nokia

August 15, 2012 5:40 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Rating agency Standard and Poor's on Wednesday downgraded Finnish cellphone maker Nokia's long-term corporate credit rating to BB-, from BB+, citing the likelihood of the company's deteriorating profitability.S&P also lowered the issue rating for the group's unsecured debt — also to a BB- from...

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