September 18, 2012 |
NEW YORK - Scott Elyanow had clung to the red, long-sleeved sweatshirt with the words "Marblehead High School" for 20 years. It had softened with age, like the memory of the long-ago love who had given it to him. But Elyanow was nearing 40, and what he had gained in years and wisdom he hadn't gained in living space - his apartment measures 275 square feet, including the bathroom, kitchen and an entryway with overhead clearance of 5 feet, 7...
September 6, 2012 |
Amazon introduced four new Kindle Fires on Thursday, including two versions that will feature a larger, 8.9-inch screen. The company said the 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HD's screen will have a 1,920 by 1,200 pixel resolution with 254 pixels per inch. It said the device's screen also has a laminated touch sensor that allows for 25% less glare. The Kindle Fire HD is 8.8 millimeters thick and weighs 20 ounces. The device runs on a Texas Instruments OMAP 4470 processor with 16 gigabytes of storage.
August 28, 2012 |
A man who purchased the contents of a Florida storage locker made a grisly discovery when he found a batch of crudely preserved human organs inside, including hearts, brains and lungs. One heart was reportedly found in a 32-ounce drink cup filled with formaldehyde. Pensacola police are still trying to determine the source of the organs, locate survivors and figure out why the owner -- a former medical examiner -- had them. They're also trying to assess whether any laws were broken in the disposal of the human remains.
August 17, 2012 |
Box, a cloud data storage provider, is offering users 25 gigabytes of free storage as part of a promotion with another tech company. The promotion lets new users get five times as much storage as the free 5 GB that Box normally offers. The offer is effective until the end of August. Users will get the additional storage after signing up for HelloSign's new digital document signature service. The offer also appeared earlier on Box's homepage, meaning some users could sign up with Box and get the 25 GB of storage without also signing up for HelloSign.
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August 10, 2012 |
The state Assembly approved legislation Thursday that would end a long-standing turf war between two Los Angeles County water districts. For much of the last decade, the Lakewood-based Water Replenishment District has been fighting with the Commerce-based Central Basin Municipal Water District for control of groundwater aquifers that could be used to store thousands of acre feet of water each year. The battle, which The Times reported on earlier this year, has included extensive litigation, lobbying and aggressive PR tactics, all funded with taxpayer dollars.
July 10, 2012 |
Dropbox, the cloud storage company, announced it is doubling the size of its Pro users accounts as well as adding a new 500 gigabyte option. The San Francisco-based start-up made the announcement on its blog Tuesday, saying its users have been asking for more space. With Dropbox having recently added a feature that makes it easy to upload pictures , the company said it was time to accommodate its users. "As people add more stuff to Dropbox, we want to make sure they don't have to worry about space," the company said in its blog post.
June 18, 2012 |
The notion of mitigating harmful carbon dioxide emissions by storing the gas underground is not practical because the process is likely to cause earthquakes that would release the gas anyway, according to a commentary published Monday in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. While the scientists do not expect that the approach would cause any large and dangerous seismic activity, they say it is likely that the earthquakes would be severe enough to jeopardize the ability to store the gas underground over the long term.
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June 16, 2012 |
FRESNO - What is old, and even older, will unite to return a roadside attraction in the shape of a giant orange to Highway 99. The San Joaquin Valley Paleontology Foundation, which runs the Fossil Discovery Center of Madera County, has won a bid to rescue the Mammoth Orange food stand from where it sat rotting in a Chowchilla city storage yard. The Fossil Discovery Center is across the street from the largest deposit of fossils on the West Coast, according to the center's website.
June 8, 2012 |
A federal appeals court ruled Friday that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission must consider the environmental and safety issues involved with long-term storage of radioactive wastes at power plants when it renews operating licenses, a potentially important new requirement as older reactors continue operating. The ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C., underscores the growing problem that the nuclear energy industry faces as it continues to generate new waste and has no place to send it. The oldest nuclear sites have been storing spent fuel rods since the Eisenhower administration.
May 26, 2012 |
Silicon-based computers are fine for typing term papers and surfing the Web, but scientists want to make devices that can work on a far smaller scale, recording data within individual cells. One way to do that is to create a microscopic hard drive out of DNA, the molecule that already stores the genetic blueprints of all living things. Stanford University bioengineer Drew Endy is a pioneer in the field of synthetic biology, which aims to turn the basic building blocks of nature into tools for designing living machines.