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New England Electricity Prices Spike As Gas Pipelines Lag

Wed, 11/05/2014 - 2:28am

Consumers in the region are in for a shock this winter. Electricity rates there are set to jump as much as 50 percent for some customers as New England awaits the construction of more gas pipelines.

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It's Still Too Early For Tanking Oil Prices To Curb U.S. Drilling

Tue, 11/04/2014 - 5:00pm

The U.S. is now the world's largest oil producer, and some worry that falling prices could mean an industry slowdown. But with production costs also falling, drillers are unlikely to cut back soon.

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Why Farmers Aren't Cheering This Year's Monster Harvest

Tue, 11/04/2014 - 4:11pm

Farmers will haul in a record-breaking harvest of soybeans and corn this year, but they could be victims of their own success: Prices for these crops, falling for months, are at five-year lows.

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Massachusetts Food Waste Ban Goes Down Easy

Tue, 11/04/2014 - 3:48pm

Massachusetts law now says that if you throw out more than a ton of food waste a month, it can't go to a landfill. But many institutions had already begun composting waste or turning it into energy.

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Domino's Becomes A Tech Company That Happens To Make Pizza

Tue, 11/04/2014 - 3:15pm

Advancements in online and mobile orders have become key ingredients for the company's recent success. Domino's innovations include an online pizza tracker and a voice-ordering app.

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Falling Oil Prices Make Fracking Less Lucrative

Tue, 11/04/2014 - 2:23am

As oil prices dip, controversial and relatively expensive production methods, like oil sands and fracking, have become less profitable. Some drillers are already cutting back on plans for more wells.

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Friction At First Look Media Spills Into Public View

Mon, 11/03/2014 - 3:29pm

Internal tension at the digital journalism outfit First Look spilled into public view this week. As First Look itself reported, a spat between journalists and the company's billionaire founder ended with the departure of one of its most prominent employees, writer Matt Taibbi.

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A Non-GMO Way To Get More, Tastier Tomatoes

Mon, 11/03/2014 - 11:32am

Farmers want tomato varieties that yield more fruit. Consumers want tastier ones. How to resolve that tension? A new genetic toolkit could help growers maximize the best of both worlds.

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'After' Fifty Shades, Could This Be The Next Big Online Hit?

Mon, 11/03/2014 - 2:26am

After is an epic, erotic fan fiction loosely based on the British boy band One Direction. It's being republished by Simon & Schuster, which is hoping the story's online fans will buy it in book form.

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Co-Pilot Killed In SpaceShipTwo Crash Was Experienced And Steady

Sun, 11/02/2014 - 7:42am

Mike Alsbury, 39, died when Virgin Galactic's prototype reusable space plane apparently broke apart in mid-air over the Mojave Desert during a test flight on Friday.

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How To Invent A Catchy Drug Name

Sun, 11/02/2014 - 6:45am

Cialis, Celebrex, Ambien, Symbicort — such fanciful and evocative names! Who comes up with these? NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with Gary Martin, president of a pharmaceutical naming agency.

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Investigation Of Deadly Spaceship Crash Begins In Mojave Desert

Sat, 11/01/2014 - 1:03pm

Federal officials are looking into why the Virgin Galactic SpaceshipTwo crashed in California during a test flight that left one pilot dead.

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Tech Week: Tim Cook's Reveal, Net Neutrality And Big Data Dishes

Sat, 11/01/2014 - 4:29am

Tim Cook publicly acknowledged that he's gay, the head of the Federal Communications Commission may have another net neutrality plan and IBM's supercomputer is helping chefs create new dishes.

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Five Reasons Why Your Financial Outlook Just Got Better

Sat, 11/01/2014 - 4:21am

Even if a big raise is not imminent for you, five factors are helping stretch today's paycheck: cheap gasoline; a strong dollar; low interest rates; fierce retail competition and a huge corn harvest.

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Five Reasons Why Your Financial Outlook Just Got Better

Sat, 11/01/2014 - 4:21am

Even if a big raise is not imminent for you, five factors are helping stretch today's paycheck: cheap gasoline; a strong dollar; low interest rates; fierce retail competition and a huge corn harvest.

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A 19th-Century Novel Explains Quantitative Easing

Fri, 10/31/2014 - 5:34pm

This week, the Federal Reserve ended the quantitative easing program. Author John Lanchester says Anthony Trollope's 19th-century novel, The Way We Live Now, clarifies the current financial situation.

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'Frozen' Characters Holding Strong For Costume Of The Year

Fri, 10/31/2014 - 4:26pm

Audie Cornish checks in with Richard Parrott of the New York City costume chain Ricky's. He tells us whether his predictions on this year's most popular costumes were correct.

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After Mass Protests, Hungary Gives Up On Internet Tax

Fri, 10/31/2014 - 2:13pm

The government had proposed taxing Internet usage, but opponents claimed it the government was trying to impose a digital iron curtain on Hungary.

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Commercial Spaceship Crashes During Test Flight

Fri, 10/31/2014 - 2:05pm

The Virgin Galactic Spaceship Two was undergoing a test flight when it crashed in the California Desert. The spaceship is designed to take tourists to space.

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Why Deflation Is Such A Big Worry For Europe

Fri, 10/31/2014 - 3:57am

Some of the weakest countries, such as Spain and Italy, are experiencing a broad drop in incomes and asset values. Deflation is a painful process that can be hard to reverse once it starts.

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