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December 27, 2012
Toy companies 'terrified' of tablets
New York (UPI) Dec 25, 2012
A U.S. toy industry analyst says toymakers Mattel and Hasbro are "terrified" of children turning away from traditional toys toward tablet computers. Sean McGowan, managing director of equity research at investment banking firm Needham & Company, said children as young as 3 years old are receiving tablets such as iPads and Kindle Fires for Christmas this year, instead of Barbie and other traditional playthings, The Financial Times reported Tuesday. "The top two guys, Mattel and Hasbro, th ... read more
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NASA Is With You When You Fly
Traveling by air this holiday season, or any time of year? If so then you'll be in the company of millions who are directly benefiting from the ongoing research performed by NASA's aeronautical inno ... more

New Japan PM faces tests on diplomacy, economy
Japan's new premier faces a long to-do list as he takes office Wednesday, including mending ties with Asian neighbours and reviving a limp economy that bedevilled previous governments, analysts say. ... more

Abe's top cabinet posts filled by old allies
Japan's new government led by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced a new cabinet on Wednesday. Here are profiles of some top members in the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) government: ... more


Minister says Turkey will keep buying gas from Iran
Turkey will keep buying natural gas from neighbouring Iran as Western allies raise pressure over Tehran's disputed nuclear programme, Energy Minister Taner Yildiz said on Wednesday. ... more


Iraqi Kurdistan oil exports slashed in payment row
Oil exports from Iraq's autonomous Kurdistan region via the federal government have been slashed in the latest chapter of a long-running payments row, a spokesman said on Wednesday. ... more
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French power company head target of financial probe: source
The head of the French electricity company EDF, Henri Proglio, is the target of a probe by France's General Finance Inspection service after he signed off on a proposed plan between EDF and the Chinese company CGNPC, a source close to the matter said Wednesday. ... more

Toyota reaches $1.1 bn deal with US owners over recalls
Toyota has agreed to pay about $1.1 billion to settle a class action lawsuit launched by US vehicle owners affected by a series of mass recalls, the Japanese automaker said Wednesday. ... more
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Lightning, with a chance of antimatter

Rise in oxygen levels links to ancient explosion of life, researchers find

Polar bears crowd on Russian island in sign of Arctic change

Some species more vulnerable to climate change than they appear

Raging debate: Does culling wolves curb poaching?

Ocean acidification harms young mussels

Energy-saving LEDs boost light pollution worldwide


China warns of rising financial risks
China's financial system is facing increasing risks due to soaring bank loans, with lending to the property sector and local governments a particular concern, the finance ministry warned Wednesday. ... more

Facebook founder's sister tripped by privacy settings
Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg's sister evidently tripped on the social network's privacy settings, landing in the midst of a debate on Wednesday about "online etiquette." ... more

Netflix blames Amazon for Christmas Eve outage
Netflix on Wednesday was blaming Amazon for an embarrassing outage that left millions of people unable to snuggle up with the online film streaming service on Christmas Eve. ... more
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Iran denies Russian women paid to cover up in nuclear plant
Iran on Wednesday denied statements by a lawmaker that is it paying Russian women working as technicians at its sole nuclear power plant to adhere to the Islamic dress code, the Fars news agency reported. ... more

Molecular levers may make materials better
In a forced game of molecular tug-of war, some strings of atoms can act like a lever, accelerating reactions 1000 times faster than other molecules. The discovery suggests that scientists could use ... more
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MIT team design $100 handheld muon detector

Driverless, electric future just round the corner for urban cars

Drone Race: Human Versus Artificial Intelligence

Global light pollution increasing at a rate of two percent per year

IceCube finds Earth can block high-energy particles from nuclear reactions

First known interstellar visitor is an 'oddball'

NASA telescope studies quirky comet 45P


May the force be with the atomic probe
Theoretical physicist Elad Eizner from Ben Gurion University, Israel, and colleagues created models to study the attractive forces affecting atoms located at a wide range of distances from a surface ... more

Physicists take photonic topological insulators to the next level
Researchers at The University of Texas at Austin have designed a simulation that for the first time emulates key properties of electronic topological insulators. Their simulation, which was de ... more

Entering a new phase
Condensed matter physics - the branch of physics responsible for discovering and describing most of these phases - has traditionally classified phases by the way their fundamental building blocks - ... more
French power company head target of financial probe: source

Renewables Provide 46 percent All New US Electrical Generating Capacity in 2012

OpenADR Continues to Move the Smart Grid Forward

Russia unveils $25 bn oil link to Pacific

Quest to Find New Uses for Abundant Natural Gas

Iran warns of cancelling $5 bn China gas deal: media

Ground broken on Irish Midlands wind farm

GE, MetLife and Union Bank Invest in Kansas Wind Farm

China's wind towers face U.S. tariffs

Economic Value of Concentrating Solar Power with Storage

Peel-and-Stick solar panels from Stanford engineering

Gulf oil states get hot for solar power


Boosting Galactan Sugars Could Boost Biofuel Production
Galactan is a polymer of galactose, a six-carbon sugar that can be readily fermented by yeast into ethanol and is a target of interest for researchers in advanced biofuels produced from cellulosic b ... more

Fukushima kids fatter as radiation fears cut exercise
Children in Fukushima are getting fatter as outdoor activities have been cut in the area due to radiation fears after last year's nuclear disaster, a Japanese government report said Tuesday. ... more

Acer said to be readying $99 tablet
In the latest salvo in the tablet price wars, Acer is planning to launch a $99 tablet early next year, sources have told The Wall Street Journal. ... more

China rare earths producer extends output halt
China's largest rare earths producer said Tuesday it would suspend output at some plants for another month, extending a halt started in late October to try and stem falling prices. ... more
Military Space News, Nuclear Weapons, Missile Defense
China slams 'wrong' US sanctions on N. Korea-tied traders

N. Korea calls US terror listing a 'serious provocation'

Massive search expands for US sailors after Philippine Sea air crash

Iraq attacks at lowest since IS 'caliphate' declared: study

Argentina says abnormal noise heard after sub's last contact as hopes fade

NATO welcomes Mladic war crimes verdict

Syria opposition meets in Riyadh under pressure to compromise


Russia unveils $25 bn oil link to Pacific


Asian bids 'closer' to winning Turkey nuclear plant project


Amazon outage disrupts Netflix service


Iran begins naval war games: reports


Rumors tip lighter, thinner Apple iPad


Instagram sued over contract changes


China shows electronic circuit advance


Peel-and-Stick solar panels from Stanford engineering


Japan's new China envoy urges stronger economic ties


Aldrich Materials Science discovers liquid-free preparation of metal organic frameworks

Sudan jails 4 for life for killing Chinese: media

Quest to Find New Uses for Abundant Natural Gas

Iran warns of cancelling $5 bn China gas deal: media

Science's Breakthrough of the Year: Discovery of the Higgs boson

Iraq agrees to extend oil pipeline through Jordan

Australian lawyer in Mongolia graft probe cleared: firm

ChargePoint and DBT USA to Showcase Joint Electric Vehicle Charging Station Innovation

2012: Consumer tech takes center stage

Economic Value of Concentrating Solar Power with Storage

Geothermal Industry Ends 2012 on a High Note

Red racer Ferrari joins green revolution

Ditch that phone charge cable

Japan anti-nuclear vote melts away

Asia's long-stay schemes lure foreigners

Japan's incoming pro-nuclear PM 'to review Fukushima'

Silver Sheds Light On Superconductor Secrets

Discovery May Pave Way to Genetically Enhanced Biofuel Crops

Brazil fighter deal seen to favor Boeing

Outside View: Alice in Washington

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