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How to tap the sun’s energy through heat as well as light

A new approach to harvesting solar energy, developed by MIT researchers, could improve efficiency by using sunlight to heat a high-temperature …

Heat-sensitive solar cell could lead to much more on-demand energy

It's tough to build solar cells that capture both heat and light -- most of these multi-talented devices can't trap more than one percent of the energy they receive. However, MIT has just blown past that limitation with a prototype chip that absorbs warmth through an outer layer of carbon …

Moto G Google Play edition now available for $180

The Moto G now has an official Google Play Edition. The device, which just popped up on the Google Play Store, is available for $180 (8GB) or $200 (16GB). Just like we've seen on other Google Play edition devices, the Moto G will offer the same specs as the GSM version along with a stock version of …

The Techno-Militarization Of America

Remember last year? Edward Snowden! NSA! Shock! Horror! Dismay!<p>Looking back I’m amazed we all seemed so surprised. Over the last decade, pretty much every arm of American authority invoked “homeland security” as an excuse to acquire boatloads of new technology, and used it to help expand their …

10 Ways to Pay Using Your Mobile Smartphone

<i>Jon Norris is a freelance content specialist for audience.io and writes for the Fueled blog. This post comes courtesy of Fueled, a mobile design and development company based in New York and London.</i><p>The mobile wallet dream may still be a way off for the average consumer, but a cashless and cardless …

The First Totally Open Source Laptop Is Almost Real

Is your laptop secure? In the age of widespread snooping from the NSA and so many others, do you really know that your machine is safe? Is every part …

Mastering engineer says the LP is the most accessible high-resolution music format

The timing of my visit was perfect, I strolled into Alex DeTurk's studio at Masterdisk just as he was cutting an LP. DeTurk was moving to the music, totally engaged with the sound as the big record mastering lathe was literally cutting the groove into the disc. After the side was complete he …

Why Eton, Britain's 574-Year-Old High School, Is Embracing Ed Tech

"It would be very foolish of us to bury our heads in the sand and assume that education in schools will carry on in the traditional way,” says Eton's head of IT.<p>What does a nearly six-century-old private school that charges $54,000 a year in tuition do when confronted with start-ups with bright …

To understand the future of TV, look in your pocket

The future of TV is a hotly debated topic. And while consumption of TV content has increased (Nielsen reports that the average American watches …

Intel to cut more than 5,000 jobs in 2014

The market for PCs may be stabilizing, but that hasn't stopped Intel from cutting a few thousand jobs. Earlier this week the chipmaker revealed its earnings for 2013, which included "signs of stabilization" for the traditional PC market. However, despite this the company is being forced to reduce …

Spotify and Rdio Go Freemium to Stay Ahead of the Competition

Rdio launched a free, ad-supported version of its music streaming service for listeners in the United States yesterday. It’s only available on the Web and affects just one of its 51 markets worldwide, but Rdio was making a clear statement. It wants more listeners.<p>Spotify offers a similar service, …

Mexico replaces security chiefs in conflict-hit Michoacan

<b>Mexican authorities have said top security officials will be replaced in the western state of Michoacan that has recently been rocked by violence.</b><p>Hundreds of troops have recently been deployed to restore order after groups of vigilantes clashed with a drug gang.<p>But many vigilantes are refusing to …

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N.J. mayor: Christie's staff held Sandy relief funds hostage

The accusation is yet another black mark on Christie, who is engulfed in a growing traffic-jam scandal.<p>The mayor of Hoboken, N.J., says she was told by top officials in Gov. Chris Christie's administration that she would have to go along with a private development project the governor wanted in …

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Egypt referendum: '98% back new constitution'

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1045000/1045157_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1532539829_0a8c20d4dfd6db951dd6f471b05a8ba6<p><b>A proposed new Egyptian constitution has been backed by 98.1% of people who voted in a referendum, officials say.</b><p>Turnout was 38.6% of the 53 million …

Constitutional Law

Is our Sun falling silent?

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1044000/1044753_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1532456339_8a33d0e3d8bc3df7584491d93e696a86<p><b>"I've been a solar physicist for 30 years, and I've never seen anything quite like this," says Richard Harrison, head of space physics at the</b> …

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Montana federal judge sent hundreds of biased emails, panel finds

A former chief federal judge in Montana who retired after forwarding a racist email about President Obama sent hundreds of other inappropriate messages from his court email account, according to judicial review panel findings released Friday.<p>U.S. District Judge Richard Cebull admitted in 2012 that …

Under Government Pressure, Mexican Vigilantes Vow To Fight On

<b>Listen · 5:09</b><p><b>Toggle more options</b><p><b>Download</b>• <b><br>Transcript</b><p>After a week of fighting between civilian militias, drug traffickers and federal forces, there is a tense calm in the western Mexico state of Michoacan.<p>It's been the site of clashes between civilian militias defending themselves from ruthless drug …

Study: Polarization and Gridlock Work Well for Rich Americans

Shutterstock.com<p>At the end of 2013, only 12 percent of Americans held a positive view of Congress – three points above the all-time low set earlier …

Growing the middle class & the war on poverty

Today marks the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon B. Johnson declaring the "war on poverty." What progress do we have to show today? We have two parties with strong views and ideas about how to grow the middle class. But whose will work?<p>At 6:30pm ET, we debate who is doing more to lift the …

Map: U.S. Ranks Near Bottom on Income Inequality

<i>Putting Obama's proposed tax hike on the rich in an international context</i><p>Billionaire investor Warren Buffett has argued the U.S. must raise taxes on the rich / Reuters<p>Perhaps the most politically contentious aspect of President Barack Obama's new proposed legislation, aimed to revive the …

Millionaires run our government. Here’s why that matters.

<i>This is a guest post by Duke University political scientist Nicholas Carnes.</i><p>If millionaires in the United States formed their own political party, that party would make up just 3 percent of the country, but it would have a majority in the House of Representatives, a filibuster-proof super-majority …

North Carolina Just Gave Millionaires A Tax Cut, Raised Taxes On The Poorest 900,000 Working Families

The 900,000 poorest working families in North Carolina just got another tax hike from the conservatives who swept state legislature elections in 2010.<p>…

Ten Examples of Welfare for the Rich and Corporations

Here are the top 10 examples of corporate welfare and welfare for the rich. There are actually thousands of tax breaks and subsidies for the rich and corporations provided by federal, state and local governments, but these 10 will give a taste.<p>1. State and local subsidies to corporations: An …

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