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Shipping Container Home Readying For Detroit Debut

Shipping Container Home Readying For Detroit Debut

By Jeff Karoub

DETROIT, Mich. (AP) – An unusual home taking shape inside General Motors’ sprawling Detroit- Hamtramck Assembly plant is intended to be part of a movement to rebuild the city’s economy and deteriorating, disappearing housing stock.

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Skilled-trades workers, taking breaks from their tasks at the factory that produces the electric Chevrolet Volt and other vehicles, dart in and out to do door, window and wall installation and framing, as well as electrical and plumbing work. Meanwhile, …

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Historic Houston Church Is Doomed, But Its Bell Will Live On

Historic Houston Church Is Doomed, But Its Bell Will Live On

By Joe Holley

HOUSTON, Tx. (AP) — On a patch of grass near the entrance to the Buffalo Soldiers National Museum in the Museum District is a 750-pound, cast-iron bell that was forged in Philadelphia in the late 1890s.
From 1899 until a couple of months ago, that bell heralded significant events in the life of Mallalieu United Methodist Church, a historic black congregation in Houston’s First Ward just north of downtown.

For more than a century its …

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30 Years Later, ‘Back To The Future’ Car In Legal Battle

30 Years Later, ‘Back To The Future’ Car In Legal Battle

By David Porter

NEWARK, New Jersey (AP) — As “Back To The Future” celebrates its 30th anniversary this year, there’s a legal tussle over the futuristic car that provided the guts for the flying time machine used by Michael J. Fox in the classic 1985 film.

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Maverick automaker John DeLorean’s eponymous creation co-starred in the 1985 movie as it transported Marty McFly back to the 1950s to …

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Ergodyne Launches New Battery Operated Heated Jacket

Ergodyne Launches New Battery Operated Heated Jacket


St. Paul, Minn. – Ergodyne announced today the expansion of their CORE Performance Work Wear® Outer Layer Series to include the 6490 Heated Jacket with Removable Sleeves.

With 3 heat settings and 2 heat zones on the chest and back, this versatile battery powered jacket not only comes with removable sleeves but also offers an adapter extension wire to connect to alternative power sources including, but not limited to tool batteries.

Ideal for anyone working in cold environments, …

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J.W. Winco Turned-Base Leveling Feet Offer Variety Of Options

J.W. Winco Turned-Base Leveling Feet Offer Variety Of Options


NEW BERLIN, Wisc. – J.W. Winco, Inc., a leading supplier of standard industrial machine components, announced it now offers GN 21 Stainless Steel Leveling Feet with Turned Base, without lag bolt holes, in metric sizes.

These RoHS-compliant leveling feet have a base of stainless steel, European Standard No. 1.4301 (American Standard Series 304). The threaded stud is of stainless steel, European Standard No. 1.4305 (American Standard Series 303). …

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Hot-Link® Domestic Hot Water Recirculation System

Hot-Link® Domestic Hot Water Recirculation System


The Taco Hot-Link® System for domestic hot water recirculation cuts the time it takes for hot water to reach showers and faucets. As a result, it addresses a widespread and consistent consumer complaint: Waiting for hot water.

In addition, the Hot-Link System can save an average family up to 12,000 gallons of water per year that normally goes down the drain while waiting for hot water. This adds up to savings in both energy and money, too.

The Hot-Link …

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Raise Your Home’s IQ: Smart Gadgets Take Center Stage At CES

Raise Your Home’s IQ: Smart Gadgets Take Center Stage At CES

By Anick Jesdanun

LAS VEGAS, Nev. (AP) — Imagine a world in which your garage door opens automatically as you pull into the driveway. The living room lights and heater turn on — perhaps the oven starts warming up, too. In the so-called “smart home,” cars, appliances and other devices all have sensors and Internet connectivity to think and act for themselves, and make your life easier.

We’re not there just yet, but we’re getting closer.

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The smart-home concept …

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Wearable Sensors Gather Lots Of Data – Now To Make It Useful

Wearable Sensors Gather Lots Of Data – Now To Make It Useful

By Brandon Bailey

LAS VEGAS, Nev. (AP) — It’s not just about how many steps you’ve taken or how many calories you’ve burned in a day. Wearable fitness trackers and health monitors are becoming more commonplace and diverse, but just what do you do with all of that data?

“We have a lot of people buy wearables and then stop using them,” said Paul Landau, president of Fitbug, a British maker of fitness trackers. Landau attended the …

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Booking A Trip To The ER On Your Smartphone? It’s A Breeze

Booking A Trip To The ER On Your Smartphone? It’s A Breeze

By Linda A. Johnson

TRENTON, New Jersey (AP) — It’s like OpenTable for medical appointments.

No waiting weeks to see a dermatologist. No sitting for hours in the emergency room. No frantic calls to find a family doctor with openings.

Online services such as ZocDoc and InQuicker are enabling patients with non-life-threatening conditions to schedule everything from doctor’s office visits to emergency room trips on their laptops and smartphones — much like OpenTable users do with restaurant reservations.

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Hospitals and doctors …

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University Of Delaware Robot Helps Find Missing WWII Planes

University Of Delaware Robot Helps Find Missing WWII Planes

By Molly Murray
NEWARK, Del. (AP) — For 70 years, two airmen lost in a PBM Avenger that went down over the western Pacific archipelago of Palau were listed as missing in action.

But thanks to years of historical research by a group of volunteers, a University of Delaware underwater robot and other technology provided by the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, the plane was located, along with a missing Navy Hellcat Fighter and its pilot, amid coral heads back in March.

The discoveries were dramatic because Mark Moline, director of …

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Girl Scout Cookie Sales Go High-Tech

Girl Scout Cookie Sales Go High-Tech

By Brian Wallheimer

ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) — Grace Hoening sold 800 boxes of Girl Scout Cookies last year, but that will look like a drop in the bucket if the Rockford 12-year-old has her way.

“My goal is 2,500,” Hoening said.

That’s because any scout who hits that magic number wins a free trip to Disney World. And while more than tripling her best year of cookie sales might seem overly optimistic, Hoening thinks she has a new …

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Pioneer Of Video Games, Simon Dies At 92

Pioneer Of Video Games, Simon Dies At 92


MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) – Ralph Baer, a video game pioneer who created both the precursor to “Pong” and the electronic memory game Simon and led the team that developed the first home video game console, has died. He was 92.

Baer, a longtime resident of Manchester, died at his home, the Goodwin Funeral Home in Manchester confirmed.

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Born in Germany, Baer escaped the Holocaust with his family.

He started thinking about what later became the home video game console while …

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Engineers Embark on a Mission to Bring Humanity to the Field of Engineering

Engineers Embark on a Mission to Bring Humanity to the Field of Engineering


David E. Goldberg, President of Big Beacon and emeritus professor of engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Mark Somerville, professor of engineering and associate dean at Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering, – are two men on a daring mission. Their goal is to transform the entire world of engineering. Their objective is simple – they aim at humanizing the engineering profession.

Their new book, A Whole New Engineer: The Coming Revolution in Engineering Education, …

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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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