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Apple to ditch iPhone YouTube app

August 7, 2012 11:41 am | by PETER SVENSSON - AP Technology Writer - Associated Press | Comments

Apple says the next version of its software for the iPhone and iPad won't come with a pre-installed YouTube application.Users will be able to play YouTube videos in the Web browser, says Apple spokeswoman Trudy Muller. Google Inc., which owns YouTube, is also working on a downloadable app, she...

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Investigating NC regulator opens Duke Energy data

August 7, 2012 11:40 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

North Carolina utilities regulators are disclosing internal materials collected from Duke Energy Corp. in an ongoing investigation into its takeover of Progress Energy.The North Carolina Utilities Commission on Tuesday posted more than 600 pages of emails and other information Charlotte-based...

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Green energy, politics lead agenda at Vegas summit

August 7, 2012 11:40 am | by KEN RITTER - Associated Press - Associated Press | Comments

The politics of renewable energy headed the agenda in battleground Nevada, where Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Interior Secretary Ken Salazar opened a fifth annual green energy conference touting the start of a 12-square-mile wind energy farm in rural White Pine County.San...

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Chemists advance clear conductive films

August 7, 2012 11:36 am | Comments

Thin, conductive films are useful in displays and solar cells. A new solution-based chemistry developed at Brown University for making indium tin oxide films could allow engineers to employ a much simpler and cheaper manufacturing process.

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Audi Achieves Highest Premium Brand Distinction for 2012 Autobytel and AutoPacific Ideal Vehicle Awards

August 7, 2012 10:40 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Audi was named the Highest Premium Brand for the Autobytel and AutoPacific 2012 Ideal Vehicle Awards (IVA). Based on a survey of over 75,000 new car and light truck owners, the IVAs recognize the cars that meet their owner's expectations and desires about their automotive purchases. Contributing...

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Alaska Airlines plane wing note 'not appropriate'

August 7, 2012 10:40 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

A passenger on an Alaska Airlines flight looked out the window and saw what looked like a damaged area on the wing with a handwritten note saying, "We know about this."The incident July 28 drew comments on Twitter and other social media websites, but the Seattle-based airline says the plane is...

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RI, Conn. leaders: manufacturing key to growth

August 7, 2012 9:40 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Biotechnology, nanotechnology and other high-tech industries could reverse decades of manufacturing job losses in New England but only if the region increases workforce development and attracts more startup businesses, members of Congress from Rhode Island and Connecticut said Tuesday.U.S....

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US seeks $162M in fines against AMR, American Air

August 7, 2012 9:40 am | by DAVID KOENIG - AP Airlines Writer - Associated Press | Comments

Federal safety regulators are seeking up to $162.4 million in fines against American Airlines and its affiliates for alleged violations of U.S. safety standards going back several years. Those sanctions that would dwarf any previous penalties against an airline.Many of the investigations had...

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New Ford hybrid bests Toyota Prius in gas mileage

August 7, 2012 8:40 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Ford Motor Co. says its new C-Max hybrid wagon gets 47 miles per gallon in both city and highway driving.That beats its chief rival, the Toyota Prius V, which gets a combined 42 miles per gallon.Ford announced the gas mileage Tuesday after it was certified by the Environmental Protection...

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2012 is hottest year on record for the Northeast

August 7, 2012 7:53 am | by Cornell University | Comments

New data released by the Northeast Regional Climate Center at Cornell shows the Northeast's seven-month average of 49.9 degrees was the warmest such period since record keeping began.

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Bird discovered by alumni is named for John Fitzpatrick

August 7, 2012 7:52 am | by Cornell University | Comments

A new bird species in Peru was discovered by young Cornell graduates, who named it in honor of Cornell Lab of Ornithology Executive Director John W. Fitzpatrick.

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The economic cost of increased temperatures

August 7, 2012 7:09 am | by Peter Dizikes, MIT News Office | Comments

Even temporary rises in local temperatures significantly damage long-term economic growth in the world's developing nations, according to a new study co-authored by an Massachusetts Institute of Technology economist.

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Study finds correlation between injection wells and small earthquakes

August 7, 2012 6:58 am | Comments

The Barnett Shale is a geological formation in North Texas bearing a large amount of natural gas that was difficult to recover prior to recent technological advances such as hydraulic fracturing. A geophysicist at the University of Texas at Austin analyzed seismic data over a two-year period and has found that while proving any one earthquake was caused by drilling is impossible, a connection between earthquake frequency and fracking does exist.

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Micron-scale swimming robot could deliver drugs using simple motion

August 7, 2012 6:52 am | Comments

When you're just a few microns long, swimming can be difficult. At that size scale, the viscosity of water is more like that of honey, and momentum can't be relied upon to maintain forward motion. Microorganisms, of course, have evolved ways to swim in spite of these challenges, but tiny robots haven't quite caught up, until now.

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Researchers unlock secret of the rare twinned rainbow

August 7, 2012 6:25 am | Comments

Scientists have yet to fully unravel the mysteries of rainbows, but an international team of scientists have used simulations of these natural wonders to unlock the secret to a rare optical phenomenon known as the twinned rainbow. Unlike the more common double-rainbow, which consists of two separate and concentric rainbow arcs, the elusive twinned rainbow appears as two rainbows arcs that split from a single base rainbow.

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