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Google Launches Internet-Beaming Balloons

By Nick Perry and Martha Mendoza CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) – Wrinkled and skinny at first, the translucent, jellyfish-shaped balloons that Google released this week from a frozen field in the heart of New Zealand’s South Island hardened into shiny pumpkins as they rose into the blue winter skies above Lake Tekapo, passing the first [...]

Privacy: The Online Generation Wants It

By Martha Irvine CHICAGO, Ill. (AP) – Amid the debate over government surveillance, there’s been an assumption: Young people don’t care about privacy. Turns out, the generation that puts much of the “social” in social networking is much more complex when determining what personal information they want to share. Sure, they’re as likely as ever [...]

Wearable Robots Getting Lighter, More Portable

By Carla K. Johnson CHICAGO, Ill. (AP) – When Michael Gore stands, it’s a triumph of science and engineering. Eleven years ago, Gore was paralyzed from the waist down in a workplace accident, yet he rises from his wheelchair and walks across the room with help from a lightweight wearable robot.

3-D Printers An Emerging Industry

By Jared Hunt CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – 3-D technology isn’t just for movie theatres and comic books anymore. In fact, it may very well reshape the landscape for American manufacturing. It’s all thanks to advances in 3-D printing, also called additive manufacturing, which has seen tremendous growth in the last few years. “It’s a quiet [...]

Race To Build Driverless Cars Is In Full Throttle

By Rick Montgomery KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -To call Tim Sylvester a road builder misses the point. The streets he intends to build are embedded with electronic sensors that may keep cars of the future from speeding, veering and crashing. A few blocks from Sylvester’s Integrated Roadways office in Kansas City, doctoral candidate Amol Khedkar [...]