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Researchers track nanoparticle dynamics in three dimensions

August 2, 2012 10:12 am | Comments

A detailed understanding of how colloidal nanoparticles interact with interfaces is essential for designing them for specific applications in fields ranging from drug delivery to oil exploration and recovery. NIST scientists have recently used 3D single-particle tracking to measure the dynamic behavior of individual nanoparticles adsorbed at the surface of micrometer-scale oil droplets in water, and have discovered how they diffuse.

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When the world burned less

August 2, 2012 10:08 am | Comments

In the years after Columbus’ voyage, burning of New World forests and fields diminished significantly, and some have claimed the decimation of native populations by European diseases are to blame. But a new study suggests global cooling resulted in fewer fires because both preceded Columbus in many regions worldwide. In effect, the researchers report, they have found a link between climate and fire.

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HP wins ruling in court battle with Oracle

August 2, 2012 9:40 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Computer maker Hewlett-Packard Co. said it won a "tremendous" victory in its court battle to force Oracle Corp. to continue making software for one of its server lines.A California state court on Wednesday proposed an order that would force Oracle to support HP's servers.Oracle, the maker of...

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Utilities, renewables developers set for PUC fight

August 2, 2012 9:40 am | by JOHN MILLER - Associated Press - Associated Press | Comments

State electricity regulators aiming to set the course for Idaho's renewables industry for years to come will hold hearings next week on long-running and bitter disputes between utilities like Idaho Power Co. and independent wind, solar and biogas developers.The Idaho Public Utilities Commission...

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Ford adding 225 jobs to build hybrid transmissions

August 2, 2012 8:41 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

STERLING HEIGHTS, Michigan (AP) — Ford Motor Co. is hiring 225 workers and adding an assembly line at a Detroit-area plant to make a new hybrid-electric transmission.Ford says it's investing $220 million in the Van Dyke Transmission plant in Sterling Heights to make the new transmission. The new...

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International Flavors reaches tax deal with Spain

August 2, 2012 8:41 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

International Flavors & Fragrances Inc. said Thursday that it agreed to a tax settlement with Spanish authorities that calls for it to pay about $106 million by the end of the year.The settlement concerns income tax deductions taken by its Spanish subsidiaries for the fiscal years 2004 through...

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Activists demand police brutality probe in W.Va.

August 2, 2012 8:40 am | by VICKI SMITH - Associated Press - Associated Press | Comments

Environmental activists are demanding an investigation into the alleged beating of a mountaintop removal mining protester by West Virginia state troopers.Several groups issued a statement Thursday asking the U.S. Attorney's Office to investigate a weekend incident involving mountaintop removal...

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Google licenses Rovi patents for fiber TV

August 2, 2012 7:41 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Google and Rovi, a digital entertainment technology company, have signed a patent license agreement spanning several years for use in Google's long-awaited fiber pay-TV service.Rovi is licensing its interactive guide patent portfolio for set-top boxes and online and mobile platforms to...

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Florida AG questions BP oil spill settlement

August 2, 2012 7:41 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

State Attorney General Pam Bondi says a proposed settlement with BP over the Gulf of Mexico oil spill may leave Floridians shortchanged.Bondi wrote a letter dated Tuesday to the company's top lawyer. It notes that most of Florida is excluded from the settlement although the deal covers the...

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Tulsa, Okla., refinery fire contained, no one hurt

August 2, 2012 7:40 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Officials say crews have contained a large fire at a Tulsa oil refinery that caused a loud explosion overnight and that could be seen from miles away.Refinery owner HollyFrontier Corp. says all workers are accounted for and no one was injured in the early Thursday blaze. Neighbors told local...

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Google to expand its Finnish data center

August 2, 2012 6:41 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Google Inc. says it will invest €150 million ($177 million) to expand its data center in Finland.In a statement Thursday, Google Finland says the data center will double in size as a result of the investment. It is situated in a former paper mill in the southeastern coastal town of Hamina and...

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Investors cautious ahead of LinkedIn earnings

August 2, 2012 6:41 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

The professional networking site LinkedIn is expected to post sharply higher second-quarter earnings and revenue when it posts results after the market closes Thursday.Analysts, on average, are expecting earnings of 16 cents per share on revenue of $215.8 million, according to a poll by...

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Duke Energy seeks to pass along merger savings

August 2, 2012 6:40 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Duke Energy Corp. is asking North Carolina and South Carolina regulators for permission to give customers the first of the savings they've been promised from the merger with Progress Energy.Duke Energy filed with the North Carolina Utilities Commission and Public Service Commission of South...

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Bristol-Myers suspends hepatitis C treatment study

August 2, 2012 5:41 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Drugmaker Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. is suspending a midstage study of a potential hepatitis C treatment because of a serious patient safety issue.The New York company did not elaborate on the problem in a brief statement released Wednesday night after markets closed. It said the cause of the...

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Arizona's Luke Air Force Base gets F-35 mission

August 2, 2012 5:41 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

The Department of Defense has chosen Luke Air Force Base in Glendale for the new pilot training center for the F-35 fighter jets, city officials announced Wednesday.The 71-year-old base west of Phoenix was competing with bases in Tucson, New Mexico and Idaho for the F-35 mission.Glendale...

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