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Tech Ventures in Georgia Prosper As Health Care Law Kicks In

Thu, 2014-01-09 13:33

In a state where politicians have adamantly rejected the Affordable Care Act, the area around Atlanta has a growing number of health tech companies. Many are seeing business benefits from the law. Companies that once would have been a hard sell are seeing more sales and customers.

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Indian Diplomat At Center Of Row With U.S. Indicted, Leaves Country

Thu, 2014-01-09 13:07

Devyani Khobragade was accused of lying on a visa application about how much she paid her maid in New York. But her arrest sparked outrage in India and caused tensions with the U.S.

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It's Not Magic On The Mountain, It's A Rain-Making Machine

Thu, 2014-01-09 13:00

The snowpack in the Mountain West is at just a small fraction of its normal level, and it was the driest year ever recorded in many parts of California. Cloud seeders are trying to squeeze raindrops out of Mother Nature by spraying tiny silver iodide particles into incoming clouds.

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Gates Unleashed: Ex-Defense Chief Goes Scorched Earth On Congress

Thu, 2014-01-09 13:00

Former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates doesn't spare Congress in his new memoir, comparing Capitol Hill hearings to "kangaroo courts," and even suggesting some members need mental health assistance.

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Taking Responsibility But Dodging Blame, Christie Takes His Time

Thu, 2014-01-09 12:52

With his career put at risk by scandal, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie held an epic-length news conference on Thursday. Taking questions for two hours was part of his overall message, which is that he has nothing to hide.

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Space Music: How To Hear Solar Flares From The Moon

Thu, 2014-01-09 12:50

Space weather can be heard, in a sense, by tuning in to CRaTER Radio, a "sonification" project that uses data from a NASA lunar orbiter to generate musical sounds. The results are then streamed onto the Internet.

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Hot Air Ballooning: Transcendent, Until You Break A Leg

Thu, 2014-01-09 12:46

Hot air balloon tours are popular with tourists and people looking for the thrill of a lifetime. But accidents can cause injuries and death, a study finds. Leg and ankle fractures were among the most common serious injuries. Most of the problems happen when balloons land badly.

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NSA Says It Would Welcome Public Advocate At FISA Court

Thu, 2014-01-09 11:45

In the wake of revelations about the National Security Agency's surveillance programs, there have been calls for changes in oversight of the agency. The outgoing deputy director tells NPR that the NSA believes some of those suggestions can be implemented.

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Government Tech Problems: Blame The People Or The Process?

Thu, 2014-01-09 10:58

Contractors say blame bad project management inside government for multimillion-dollar tech failures like HealthCare.gov. Procurement reformists say it's not fair to "blame the client."

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Watson, IBM's 'Jeopardy!' Champ, Gets Its Own Business Division

Thu, 2014-01-09 10:49

Big Blue hopes the computer that beat out two human rivals in 2011 can use its "cognitive computing" abilities to turn a tidy profit.

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How To Make Your Face (Digitally) Unforgettable

Thu, 2014-01-09 10:20

MIT researchers found that there are certain components of memorability that are universal. And they're trying to figure out how to apply those attributes to any portrait, using subtle changes to facial features.

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Is Sugar Addiction Why So Many January Diets Fail?

Thu, 2014-01-09 10:13

Over the last few years, scientists who study the way food influences our brains and bodies have been moving toward a consensus that sugar is addictive. We've rounded up their tips on how to conquer cravings for one of nature's most pleasurable substances.

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How Long Is Too Long? Congress Revisits Mandatory Sentences

Thu, 2014-01-09 08:42

An unlikely alliance of Tea Party and liberal senators is working on legislation that could cut controversial federal sentencing minimums in half.

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How Long Is Too Long? Congress Revisits Mandatory Sentences

Thu, 2014-01-09 08:42

An unlikely alliance of Tea Party and liberal senators is working on legislation that could cut controversial federal sentencing minimums in half.

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French Court Rules Controversial Comedian's Show Can Go Ahead

Thu, 2014-01-09 08:29

Authorities want to ban Dieudonne M'bala M'bala's performances because of perceived anti-Semitism. They say his trademark straight-arm gesture, known as a "quenelle," is a reverse Nazi salute. He denies the charge, calling it anti-Zionist and anti-establishment. But Dieudonne has seven prior convictions for anti-Semitic hate speech.

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Aurora Watchers 'May Be In Luck' As Solar Flare Reaches Earth

Thu, 2014-01-09 08:10

NOAA's Space Weather Prediction Center says the Earth-bound coronal mass ejection from Tuesday's X-class solar flare was "slightly overdue."

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Rare Horses Released In Spain As Part Of 'Rewilding' Effort

Thu, 2014-01-09 08:02

Two-dozen endangered horses were brought to an unfenced area of western Spain that's believed to have once been native territory for them.

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After 2,000 Years, Wild Horses Again Roam Western Spain

Thu, 2014-01-09 08:02

The Retuerta horses are part of a broader effort to 'rewild' parts of Europe. Spain is considered prime territory as Spaniards abandon rural life for the city.

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While U.S. Shivers, Australia And Brazil Sizzle

Thu, 2014-01-09 08:01

While it's been extremely cold in the U.S., it's been extremely hot in some parts of the Southern Hemisphere. So hot, in fact, that bats are dropping out of trees Down Under.

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Pakistani Teen Dies Stopping Bomber From Striking School

Thu, 2014-01-09 07:40

Fifteen-year-old Aitizaz Hasan is being hailed as a hero for his action earlier this week. A militant group claimed responsibility for the attack, which targeted a Shiite-dominated part of Hangu town.

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