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January 17, 2014 | Roy Wallack, Gear
You'd think, after 125 years, that the simple bicycle wouldn't have many radical new ideas left. Well, the glacial pace of change on two wheels is a thing of the past. The 2014 models showcase at least four huge and practical changes: mountain-bike-style braking that has broken into road bikes, new and improved mountain-bike wheel sizes, built-in lighting for commuter bikes, and even extra water and tool-storage capacity for mountain bikes. It's just too bad you can't get them all on one bike.
January 17, 2014 | By David Zucchino
Bombarded by lawsuits and under federal investigation, the chemical company that spilled a dangerous solvent into a West Virginia river and fouled the drinking water of 300,000 people filed for federal bankruptcy protection Friday. Freedom Industries Inc., owner of a storage tank that ruptured Jan. 9 and spilled 7,500 gallons of a coal-treatment foaming agent called MCHM into the Elk River, sought protection from creditors under a Chapter 11 filing by its parent company, Chemstream Holdings Inc. of Pennsylvania.
January 15, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Users seeking significant free cloud storage should download the new Apple iOS version of Box, which is giving away 50 GB of space in the cloud to users who are willing to try out the new app. Box on Wednesday released a redesigned version of its iPhone and iPad apps , which have been rebuilt with more intuitive user interfaces and have been made significantly faster than before. The Los Altos, Calif., company is one of the top players in the cloud storage market, though it doesn't compare to rival Dropbox, which is currently the dominant leader.
December 29, 2013 | By Evan Halper
NEWARK, Del. - The thick blue cables and white boxes alongside an industrial garage here look like those in any electric-car charging station. But they work in a way that could upend the relationship Americans have with energy. The retrofitted Mini Coopers and other vehicles plugged into sockets where a Chrysler plant once stood do more than suck energy out of the multi-state electricity grid. They also send power back into it. With every zap of juice into or out of the region's fragile power network, the car owner gets paid.
December 4, 2013 | By Tracy Wilkinson and Cecilia Sanchez
MEXICO CITY - After a frantic search across a wide section of central Mexico, authorities said Wednesday that they had found a stolen truck that was transporting a large amount of dangerous radioactive material, a substance that can be used in making dirty bombs. The truck and its contents were found in the state of Mexico, about 20 miles north of the capital, not far from where they were stolen Monday. But the metal container with the radioactive material had been opened by the thieves, who then chucked it about half a mile from where they abandoned the truck, an official with the Mexican nuclear safety commission told The Times.
October 18, 2013 | By Marc Lifsher
SACRAMENTO -- California's electric utilities and other power sellers better hope that scientists and engineers come up with a surefire way to bottle lightning. That's a dramatic way of describing the more prosaic goal of finding a way to store large amounts of electricity, something that, up until now, did not seem practicable. On Thursday, the state Public Utilities Commission voted to create a formal "energy storage target" of 1,325 megawatts -- equivalent to the output of almost three modern, natural gas-fired power plants.
September 29, 2013 | By Bob Pool
The neighborhood seemed perfect for the two Hollywood artists. Nestled beneath the Hollywood sign, the duplex that first-time homeowners John Sullivan and Carrie Dennis bought was near the studios he deals with and the Hollywood Bowl where she performs. The place was built in 1924 by a man who used a mule and gold-mining equipment as collateral, then bought by a woman who had gotten a loan from actress Mary Pickford. When Sullivan and Dennis acquired the home, it was owned by a painter who used one of the units as a studio.
September 28, 2013 | By Suzanne Muchnic
A pharmaceutical mogul who traveled the world collecting objects made by native artists and left them to a trust in London probably never would have guessed that 30,000 of those works would end up at UCLA's Fowler Museum. Now, with the museum turning 50 with a celebratory splash of exhibitions, one might ask: What would Sir Henry Wellcome think? The mega collector - who was born in a Wisconsin log cabin in 1853 and died a titled Englishman in 1936 - would probably be surprised that the African and Pacific core of the Los Angeles museum's 120,000-piece holding of world arts consists of works he selected.
September 24, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Need more storage space on Google Drive? Google is offering users an additional 10 gigabytes of free cloud storage for the next two years if they download and try the company's Quickoffice app, which recently received a major update and is now available free. Quickoffice lets users create and edit Microsoft Office files from their Apple iOS and Android devices. VIDEO CHAT: Unboxing the iPhone 5s "And while the easiest thing to do is simply convert your old files to Google Docs, Sheets and Slides, Quickoffice gives you another way to work with people who haven't gone Google yet," Google said in a blog post explaining the app.  To get the free extra storage, simply download Quickoffice and open the app. Users will be prompted to log in to their Google account.
September 19, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
DENVER - When the worst of the flooding began for Weld County last week, Cliff Willmeng, on a hunch, took his 2003 Subaru and drove east. The county's roads and bridges had begun to disintegrate under the might of the historic floodwaters, to the point that Willmeng, an environmental activist, had trouble navigating. Yet what his gut had told him to look for had been, as he put it, "unfortunately easy to find. " What Willmeng saw, and also photographed, was the drowning of Weld County's extensive oil and gas drilling operations - hundreds of fracking wells that were underwater, and an unknown number of storage tanks and other industrial facilities assaulted by the untamed waters.
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