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73 year old woman reached Mount Everest peak http://daily-currentnews.blogspot.in/2012...
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Jackson brothers sharing childhood stories-video http://daily-currentnews.blogspot.in/2012...
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A giant fish(617kg) caught in northeast China http://daily-currentnews.blogspot.in/2012...
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IBM's 'building whisperer' sees retrofit boom - http://www.reuters.com/article...
IBM's 'building whisperer' sees retrofit boom
"Bartlett is bullish about demand for building retrofits, a market that electrical service companies and other participants see growing by double-digits for several years." - LANjackal from Bookmarklet
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Advanced engineering tools seen increasing drilling capacity, efficiency - http://why.knovel.com/all-eng...
Advanced engineering tools seen increasing drilling capacity, efficiency
"Major oil companies are ramping up their engineering research and development as they seek to bolster drilling efficiency." - LANjackal from Bookmarklet
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Nevada issues Google first US license to test driverless cars - http://www.foxnews.com/scitech...
Nevada issues Google first US license to test driverless cars
"Nevada has granted Google what is believed to be the first U.S. license to test driverless cars" - LANjackal from Bookmarklet
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Swiss scientists demonstrate mind-controlled robot - http://www.boston.com/news...
Swiss scientists demonstrate mind-controlled robot
"Swiss scientists have demonstrated how a partially paralyzed person can control a robot by thought alone, a step they hope will one day allow immobile people to interact with their surroundings through so-called avatars." - LANjackal from Bookmarklet
That would not work for me; my mind wanders way too much. Still, it's cool. - MiniMage
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Engineers transform sugars into jet fuel - http://why.knovel.com/all-eng...
Engineers transform sugars into jet fuel
"Researchers from one organization recently said they had successfully created jet fuel from cellulosic sugars. Scientists from Virent and Virdia said this week their engineering research and development had yielded a major breakthrough in the creation of new fuel sources. According to researchers, they successfully converted cellulosic pine tree sugars into drop-in hydrocarbon fuels." - LANjackal from Bookmarklet
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Inching Toward Energy Independence in America - http://www.nytimes.com/2012...
Inching Toward Energy Independence in America
Inching Toward Energy Independence in America
"And not just here. Across the country, the oil and gas industry is vastly increasing production, reversing two decades of decline. Using new technology and spurred by rising oil prices since the mid-2000s, the industry is extracting millions of barrels more a week, from the deepest waters of the Gulf of Mexico to the prairies of North Dakota. At the same time, Americans are pumping significantly less gasoline. While that is partly a result of the recession and higher gasoline prices, people are also driving fewer miles and replacing older cars with more fuel-efficient vehicles at a greater clip, federal data show." - LANjackal from Bookmarklet
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Magnetic soap could lift away oil spill woes - http://news.cnet.com/8301-17...
Magnetic soap could lift away oil spill woes
Magnetic soap could lift away oil spill woes
"Scientists at the University of Bristol in the United Kingdom have created the world's first magnetic soap, and it's attractive properties are gaining attention as a potential method for cleaning up oil spills." - LANjackal from Bookmarklet
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In solar cells, tweaking the tiniest of parts yields big jump in efficiency - http://www.physorg.com/news...
In solar cells, tweaking the tiniest of parts yields big jump in efficiency
"The technology has the potential to increase the efficiency of solar cells up to 45 percent" - LANjackal from Bookmarklet
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"Intel is also the only supplier of Thunderbolt controllers. Without Intel's permission, no other company can make a Thunderbolt controller. This last point is extremely important. The chances of Intel building a Thunderbolt controller for an ARM platform are very slim. Intel could eventually allow Apple and other companies to make their own Thunderbolt controllers, but that decision is Intel's alone to make." - LANjackal from Bookmarklet
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Detroit auto show signals a turnaround for the industry - http://www.latimes.com/busines...
Detroit auto show signals a turnaround for the industry
Detroit auto show signals a turnaround for the industry
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"Signs that the auto industry recovery is likely to continue this year are everywhere at the North American International Auto Show — massive two-story video screens, dozens of futuristic concept and previously unseen vehicles and thousands of car parts suppliers and vendors." - LANjackal from Bookmarklet
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"New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has resolved to take an online computer coding course. The mayor is joining more than 180,000 people currently taking part in Code Year, a campaign to encourage more people to program." - LANjackal from Bookmarklet
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"The future of the U.S. Global Positioning System is taking shape in a vast white room south of Denver, where workers are piecing together the first of more than 30 satellites touted as the most powerful, reliable and versatile yet. The new generation of satellites, known as Block III, will improve the accuracy of military and civilian GPS receivers to within three feet, compared with 10 feet now, according to the Congressional Budget Office." - LANjackal from Bookmarklet
That's way too big to fit in my car. - Akiva
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New Reactors Mean New Life For Nuclear - http://energy.aol.com/2011...
New Reactors Mean New Life For Nuclear
"The headlines should come somewhere between December and March 2012 when the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, if all goes as expected, will okay building up to four new nuclear reactors. The licenses for two Westinghouse AP1000 reactors at Southern Co.'s Plant Vogtle in Georgia, followed quickly by two more at SCANA's Summer station in South Carolina, will be the first granted since the 1970s" - LANjackal from Bookmarklet
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Mazda i-ELOOP Regenerative Braking System - http://www.motorward.com/2011...
Mazda i-ELOOP Regenerative Braking System
"2012 Mazdas will be fitted with a new kind of regenerative braking system called i-ELOOP. This invention of Mazda is the first of its kind in the world to use a capacitor, and it results in 10 percent better fuel economy." - LANjackal from Bookmarklet
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"The candidates explained that keeping foreign-born students who study science, technology, engineering or math in the U.S. was an important step in creating new technologies, new industries and new jobs." - LANjackal from Bookmarklet
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General Motors' plans to reopen a Tennessee assembly plant could lead to new hires at its Michigan factories - http://www.freep.com/article...
General Motors' plans to reopen a Tennessee assembly plant could lead to new hires at its Michigan factories
"General Motors' plans to reopen a Tennessee assembly plant next year could lead to the first new hires at the automaker's Michigan factories since it emerged from bankruptcy in 2009." - LANjackal from Bookmarklet
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"There is growing talk and momentum for an IPv6 week tentatively set for june 2012. If all goes well, this could be when the content providers will leave IPv6 accessibility on. This would likely result in a rather fast and massive IPv6 traffic growth considering the growing traffic contribution by the top tier content and network providers." - LANjackal from Bookmarklet
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Hamilton: Ottawa U engineers add new spin to wind power - http://www.thestar.com/busines...
Hamilton: Ottawa U engineers add new spin to wind power
"When the wind blows into a conventional three-bladed, single-rotor wind turbine less than 40 per cent of its energy is converted into electricity. The rest escapes, much of it in the air wake that’s created behind the blades. That wake spins in the opposite direction (i.e. counter-clockwise) to those blades. If a second rotor with another set of blades is right behind the first rotor, and if it is designed to also spin counter-clockwise, it can capture energy from that wake. The end result is a turbine system that harnesses much more energy from the initial flow of wind." - LANjackal from Bookmarklet
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Shale Boom Still Has Plenty Of Room To Run - http://www.forbes.com/sites...
Shale Boom Still Has Plenty Of Room To Run
"The good news is that a huge, 100-year source of cheap gas will make plenty of winners as well." - LANjackal from Bookmarklet
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Clean fracking: Moving to replace chemicals - http://money.cnn.com/2011...
Clean fracking: Moving to replace chemicals
"Last summer a Halliburton executive did the unthinkable: He took a big ol' swig of hydraulic fracturing fluid. No, he didn't have a death wish. And yes, he appears to be doing just fine. He did it to prove a point: fracking fluid need not be toxic. What the exec drank was a new formulation of fracking fluid made with ingredients sourced from the food industry rather than the chemical industry." - LANjackal from Bookmarklet
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"With the deal, ExxonMobil becomes the first oil major to do business in the Kurdish region" - LANjackal from Bookmarklet
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"Facebook's chief operating officer has some advice for federal immigration officials. Sheryl Sandberg said she blames U.S. immigration laws for failing to help keep talented foreign students, especially engineers, in the United States. She said that rather than send foreign students back to their home countries after they graduate from top-tier U.S. universities, immigration officials should consider "stapling a visa to every high-tech diploma."" - LANjackal from Bookmarklet
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United to fly Houston-Chicago on Solazyme biofuel - http://www.reuters.com/article...
United to fly Houston-Chicago on Solazyme biofuel
"United Airlines, the world's largest air carrier, will make the first U.S. commercial flight using an "advanced biofuel" on Monday, algae-based biofuel maker Solazyme Inc (SZYM.O) said. The flight from Houston to Chicago will take the Boeing (BA.N) 737-800 from the former home city of Continental Airlines to the base of United, which took over Continental last year to form United Continental Holdings Inc (UAL.N)." - LANjackal from Bookmarklet
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Shale-Gas Reserves Have Potential to Reignite U.S. Economy - http://www.bloomberg.com/news...
Shale-Gas Reserves Have Potential to Reignite U.S. Economy
"Encouraged by the availability of inexpensive and cleaner domestic gas, some electric utilities are replacing their coal- burning capacity with gas-fired units. Energy-intensive manufacturers of chemicals, plastics, and steel are beginning to bring home operations that they exported years ago." - LANjackal from Bookmarklet
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"Power companies are switching over from coal to natural gas at an accelerating rate" - LANjackal from Bookmarklet
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More Mind-Blowing Real-World Kinect Interaction From Microsoft Research - http://techcrunch.com/2011...
More Mind-Blowing Real-World Kinect Interaction From Microsoft Research
"The ability to quickly build and track a 3D model of the environment (as we and Bill Gates both found amazing) is combined with the ability to display synthetic information onto the real environment. The result? The digital simulation of the world is overlaid on the world, in real time, and it’s utterly insane." - LANjackal from Bookmarklet
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