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Inaugural Pumpkin Chunk A Smashing Success

Inaugural Pumpkin Chunk A Smashing Success

By Jerrod Clapp

NEW ALBANY, Ind. (AP) – Each stood about 15 feet tall or so, carefully engineered and built specifically for a singular purpose: launching pumpkins about 100 yards.

The inaugural Harvest Homecoming Pumpkin Chunk brought six teams with trebuchets – a type of catapult which use weight as opposed to built tension to launch a projectile – to the field behind the Purdue University College of Technology to fire pumpkins at a balloon target a football …

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World’s 1st Bullet Train, Made In Japan, Turns 50

World’s 1st Bullet Train, Made In Japan, Turns 50

By Emily Wang and Ken Moritsugu

TOKYO (AP) – It was, retired Japanese railway engineer Fumihiro Araki recalls, “like flying in the sky.”

Zipping cross-country in a super-high-speed train has become commonplace in many countries these days, but it was unheard of when Japan launched its bullet train between Tokyo and Osaka 50 years ago last month.

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The Shinkansen, as it’s called in Japan, gave a boost to train travel in Europe and Asia at a time when the …

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Solar Water Heater A Lesson In Energy Savings

Solar Water Heater A Lesson In Energy Savings

By Rob Ziegler

TRAFALGAR, Ind. (AP) – An Indian Creek High School science teacher couldn’t have asked for a more timely lesson to be placed down the hall from his classroom.

Tracy Hunter teaches his 10th-grade environmental science students about energy conservation and alternative energy systems. A prime example of both was just installed at the high school: a solar water-heating system that can save the school as much as $1,500 per month on its heating bill.

Hunter already has …

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Taco Introduces Hot-Link® Hot Water Recirculation

Taco Introduces Hot-Link® Hot Water Recirculation


Taco has introduced the HotLink system for domestic hot water recirculation.

Designed for systems without dedicated hot water return lines, Taco’s Hot-Link system substantially reduces the time it takes to receive hot water and can save an average family of four up to 12,000 gallons of water a year – water that typically goes down the drain while homeowners wait for hot water.

The system ensures instant hot water comfort to showers and faucets by maintaining hot water at …

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Gateway Safety Expands GirlzGear™ Women’s Eyewear Selection With New Parallax™ Safety Glasses

Gateway Safety Expands GirlzGear™ Women’s Eyewear Selection With New Parallax™ Safety Glasses


Gateway Safety, an award-winning manufacturer of safety products for more than 70 years, announces the addition of two new safety glasses to its GirlzGear™ family of products, the company’s line specifically tailored to women in the workforce. Parallax safety eyewear, recently launched as part of the Temple Technology® group of products, is available in two different pink options: one with a pink temple flex and clear lens, and another with a pink mirror lens and …

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Henry® 887 Tropi-Cool™ 100% Silicone White Roof Coating Withstands Extreme Tropical Environments

Henry® 887 Tropi-Cool™ 100% Silicone White Roof Coating Withstands Extreme Tropical Environments


Henry® 887 Tropi-Cool™ 100% Silicone White Roof Coating features polymer technology based exclusively on silicone that enables it to withstand the extreme heat and moisture of tropical environments as it reflects the sun’s heat and ultraviolet (UV) rays.

“Henry® 887 Tropi-Cool™ 100% Silicone White Roof Coating is a moisture-cure coating that protects many types of roofs in all climates,” said Gerry Chavez, senior product manager, sealants and coatings, at Henry Company, “but its 100-percent silicone chemistry makes it …

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Hacking A Big Danger For Small Businesses

Hacking A Big Danger For Small Businesses

By Joyce M. Rosenberg

NEW YORK (AP) – It’s not just big businesses like JPMorgan Chase, Target and Home Depot that get hacked. Small companies suffer from intrusions into their computer systems, too.

The costs associated with computer and website attacks can run well into the thousands and even millions of dollars for a small company. Many small businesses have been attacked – 44 percent, according to a 2013 survey by the National Small Business Association, an advocacy group. …

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Mobile Revolution Shakes Up Silicon Valley

Mobile Revolution Shakes Up Silicon Valley

By Michael Liedtke

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Smartphones, tablets and other gadgets aren’t just changing the way we live and work. They are shaking up Silicon Valley’s balance of power and splitting up businesses. Long-established companies such as Hewlett-Packard Co. and eBay Inc. are scrambling to regain their footing to better compete against mobile-savvy trendsetters like Apple and Google, as well as rising technology stars that have built businesses around “cloud computing.”

That term covers a swath of …

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UPMC Prepares For Onslaught Of Images, Remote Data

UPMC Prepares For Onslaught Of Images, Remote Data

By Bill Toland
PITTSBURGH (AP) – Imagine a stack of Bibles, more than 5 billion of them, reaching from the Earth to the Moon: That’s roughly the amount of patient medical data that will be stored by UPMC’s health information systems come the end of 2016.

Even today, big data presents big challenges for health care systems, not the least of which is how and where to store all the computerized patient data that has been collected over the last decade. But greater challenges loom.

“Genomic data will be overwhelming, …

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3-D Printing Class Helps Girls Explore STEM Fields

3-D Printing Class Helps Girls Explore STEM Fields

By Lauren Slagter

BUNKER HILL, Ind. (AP) – A mechanical arm repeats the same pattern over and over, dispensing layer after layer of plastic to create the 3-D object designed by Maconaquah Middle School girls in a new enrichment class.

The hum of the 3-D printers is a constant backdrop for the class, which meets for the last 25 minutes of the school day for nine weeks. At least one of the four MakerBot printers in Ron Shaffer’s …

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Digital Effort Increases Access To Rare Books

Digital Effort Increases Access To Rare Books

By Dave Gong
FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) – Stepping into the rare books room at the Allen County Public Library is like stepping back in time.

Antique furniture complements the character of a room devoted to the library’s ever-expanding collection of rare and antique – even ancient – books and artifacts.

Display cases containing replicas of important Lincoln documents line the walls in front of the hall windows, while a rocking chair – a replica of the one Lincoln was sitting in when he was assassinated – sits in the …

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Silicon Valley Struggles To Speak FDA’s Language

Silicon Valley Struggles To Speak FDA’s Language

By Matthew Perrone

WASHINGTON (AP) – From Apple’s new smartwatch that tracks heartbeats to contact lenses that measure blood sugar – Silicon Valley is pouring billions into gadgets and apps designed to transform health care. But the tech giants that have famously disrupted so many industries are now facing their own unexpected disruption: regulation.

Google co-founder Sergey Brin recently expressed his frustration with the complex web of rules that govern the field.

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“Health is just so heavily regulated,” …

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New Memoir Presents An Armenian-Iranian-American Engineer’s Odyssey From The Streets Of Tehran To The Hills Of Malibu

New Memoir Presents An Armenian-Iranian-American Engineer’s Odyssey From The Streets Of Tehran To The Hills Of Malibu

Los Angeles, Calif. – …And Then I Met The Getty Kouros is a memoir that chronicles the remarkable story of Jack Njdeh Yaghoubian, who has made a huge impact on the world of engineering in the United States and around the world.

This Armenian-Iranian-American odyssey is a story of one life with three rich and distinct cultures as an omnipresent backdrop to a prolific career in earthquake engineering. Yaghoubian invented and holds the patent for an ingenious earthquake base isolation system that enabled the broken Getty Kouros …

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Review: Tech Goodies To Bring Along On Trips

Review: Tech Goodies To Bring Along On Trips

By Anick Jesdanun

DENVER, Colo. (AP) – Your swimsuit and your sunscreen are in the luggage, and your boarding passes are all printed out.

But did you remember your gadgets and chargers? Did you download enough entertainment? Do you know where you’re going?

In my travels, I’ve come across a number of products and services worth bringing along:

KEEPING YOUR GADGETS CHARGED:
Duh. You’ll need not only the charging cord, but also the unit for plugging into the wall outlet. Bring …

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