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Metallic Glass Could Now Be As Cheap to Produce as Plastic

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In 1960, the first metallic glass was developed at the California Institute of Technology. A metallic glass is an alloy that’s been heated up and then cooled down very quickly so that it doesn’t have a chance to form crystals, allowing the material to keep its amorphous structure. Thus, metallic glass is stronger than steel or titanium and just as tough, and 20 times stronger and stiffer than plastic. Metallic glass is an ideal material for everything from cellphone cases to aircraft parts.

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BMW Hopes to Prevent Collisions With Left Turn Assistant

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Turning left at intersections is often dangerous due to crossing two lanes of opposing traffic, poor visibility and busy intersections. BMW hopes to lower the rate of collisions with their left turn assistant system. The system combines camera, laser and vehicle-to-vehicle communication technologies in an effort to make left turns safer.

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Green Limo Goes Up Against Concrete Jungle

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Activist art and design group REBAR, based in San Francisco, started PARK(ing) Day in 2005. PARK(ing) Day is a one-day international event where people transform public parking spots into parks.

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Researchers Create Blood-Powered Hydroelectric Generator for Human Implant

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Researchers in Switzerland hope to power pacemakers and other electrical devices with small turbines designed to fit inside a human artery, working like a blood-powered hydroelectric generator.

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New Pressure Sensor Can Stretch to Twice Its Size

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There may now be a way to prevent such an injury. Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute of Silicate Research have developed a sensor that can be stretched to twice its size. The sensors could be integrated into a car seat to determine the position of the occupant such as when the person is leaning over or sitting back in the seat. This would allow the force of the airbag to be lessened if the occupant is leaning forward in the event of an accident.

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Eton’s Soulra XL solar-powered iPhone boombox available for pre-order

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Eton’s cordless, solar-powered boombox, the Soulra XL, is now available for pre-order. The Soulra XL has a 72 square inch monocrystal solar panel and a rechargeable lithium ion battery pack, and can be fully charged in five hours giving five hours of play, and can charge an iPod or iPhone while its blasting your iPod’s tunes.

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Potential Solution to Earbud Listener Fatigue

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Listener fatigue is a painful discomfort that can happen to anyone listening to an iPod on the subway, a musician playing a gig, or to someone wearing a hearing-aid. If listener fatigue occurs from listening to an iPod, you just take out your earphones. For professional musicians and people who require hearing-aids, it’s not that simple.

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Microwave Photons in Cellphones Could Damage Human Tissue

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The controversy over whether signals from cellphones and cellphone towers cause damage to biological tissue continues to rage on, irking skeptical researchers and consumers alike. Adding to the debate, a researcher from Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico suggests that microwaves sent out from cell phones can interact with human tissue in ways that haven’t been considered before.

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Amazon To Release Android Tablet?

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When interviewed by Consumer Reports, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos said to “stay tuned” for the company’s plans to release a tablet device. Bezos suggested that if they did produce a tablet, it would not kill the Kindle, but supplement it.

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Cellphones Could Be Killing Off Bees

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In 2006, beekeepers around the world reported that honey bee colonies were disappearing, and there didn't seem to be a cause. The phenomenon was initially given the name colony collapse disorder, and researchers considered several different factors that could be responsible for CCD, including pathogens, parasites, environmental stress and cellphone signals.

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Toyota Opens First Pipeline-Fed Hydrogen Fueling Station in US

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There are a few hydrogen fueling stations around the US, but this one in Torrance, California, is fueled by an active hydrogen pipeline, which would reduce the reliance on truck fuel deliveries.

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Free EV Charging @ SFO

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San Francisco will offer free EV charging at 19 city-owned parking garages and at the San Francisco International Airport until the end of 2013 . Next month, the city will install more than 80 plug-ins to encourage the purchase of EVs. As well, officials hope the chargers will reduce fears of not having enough juice to get from point A to point B.

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Microsoft To Unveil Windows Phone Mango on May 24

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The Windows Phone OS is getting some major updates. Known as "Mango" the new Windows Phone OS release will add multi-tasking,  turn-by-turn navigation, Bing music identifier, SMS dictation and "more."

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Dirt Could Power Cell Phones in Africa

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In Sub-Saharan Africa, 22 per cent of households have mobile phones. People who live in remote areas benefit from mobile phones as they can use them to contact health care practitioners, or use health care apps and stay connected with their family and friends. Yet over 500 million people living in the region lack power in their homes.

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Google Music Beta Service Launches at I/O Event

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Google is getting ready to bring their own cloud music service to the market, a little more than a month after Amazon launched their Cloud Player.

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