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Kansas Dad’s Droid Hobby Makes Him A Hit With Sons

By James A. Fussell LENEXA, Kan. (AP) – Most people just have cars, bikes and lawn mowers in their garage. George Westwater has a droid. As in R2-D2. As in Star Wars. As in … “Whoa! Where’d you get that thing?” With “Star Wars: Episode VII” now shooting, every tidbit of news about the iconic [...]

Students Learn Through Electric Car Competition

By Connie Jo Discoe BENKELMAN, Neb. (AP) – The boys have tweaked the standard gear ratios, and they’ve figured out how to get the throttle to work better. “It’s going 30 miles an hour now,” says a smiling Bill Wilson, sponsor of Dundy County-Stratton High School’s first-ever electric vehicle competition team. The “Power Drive” electric [...]

Police Laud Online Tracking Of Pawn Shop Goods

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Pawn shops are full of things people want or need to get rid of – jewelry, watches, televisions, guns. For quick cash, decluttering or just because, the business of secondhand stores is attractive. For buyers, there’s the opportunity to buy something gently used at a good price. But there’s also [...]

New Student Database Draws Praise, Privacy Fears

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (AP) – Indiana’s plans to create a database filled with every state student’s achievement test scores, college degrees and job histories is raising concerns from some parents and privacy experts, who fear the data could be stolen or misused. A law passed in March calls for the Indiana Network of Knowledge, or INK, [...]

Oklahoma State Student Creates Specialized Drone

By Kyle Arnold BROKEN ARROW, Okla. (AP) – Oklahoma State University graduate student Ben Loh informally calls his invention the “Death Star,” a spherical hovering drone that can land on any surface and is specialized for indoor use. “I’ll graduate in May, and I’m already working with OSU on starting my own company,” Loh, a [...]