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ComEd Rolling Out ‘Smart’ Meters, Ameren To Follow

By Tammy Webber CHICAGO, Ill. (AP) – The days of the meter reader are numbered in most of Illinois with the advent of new digital “smart” meters – wireless devices that relay information on electricity consumption directly to utilities. Commonwealth Edison began installing meters to officially kick off a hard-won program by it and Ameren [...]

Simulator Gives Guardsmen Training

By Andy Kravetz BARTONVILLE, Ill. (AP) – The sound of gunfire caused Spc. Christopher Wilson to perk up and look around quickly. He peered over a ridge and saw two trucks with machine guns firing at him. “Back up, you don’t want to get shot,” said Master Sgt. Jon Oliver to Wilson who slowly backed [...]

NASA Launches Robotic Explorer To Moon

By Marcia Dunn NASA’s newest robotic explorer rocketed into space in an unprecedented moonshot from Virginia that dazzled sky watchers along the East Coast of the U.S. But the LADEE spacecraft quickly ran into equipment trouble, and while NASA assured everyone early that the lunar probe was safe and on a perfect track for the [...]

Amish Buggy Uses Solar Power

By Tony Reid SULLIVAN, Ill. (AP) – If something is worth inventing, it’s worth inventing again. Armed with that kind of reassurance, Sullivan entrepreneur Larry Yoder has gone ahead and reinvented the horseless carriage “because I had a ball doing it.”

Elon Musk Unveils ‘Hyperloop’ Transport Concept

By Justin Pritchard LOS ANGELES, Calif. (AP) – Imagine strapping into a car-sized capsule and hurtling through a tube at more than 700 mph (1,126 kph) – not for the thrill of it, but to get where you need to go.