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Rural Town Needs Plumber, Hopes A Student Will Take The Plunge

Sun, 08/10/2014 - 4:02pm

There's no licensed plumber in Jackman, Maine. So one family is offering a $2,000 scholarship to a local student or former graduate willing to get licensed as a plumber and return to work there.

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A New Golden Age For 'Silver Bullets'? Airstreams Make A Comeback

Sun, 08/10/2014 - 4:02pm

The iconic aluminum trailers bring back nostalgic memories. But the company is still manufacturing new trailers — and enjoying a recent surge in sales, fueled by demand for the sleek, retro style.

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Entrepreneur Looks Beyond Africa's Problems To Focus On Solutions

Sun, 08/10/2014 - 9:16am

To promote global trade, Vital Sounouvou founded a company that connects producers with traders, allowing a farmer in Benin to sell products to a buyer in South Africa — with just a cellphone.

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Virtual Reality's Next Hurdle: Overcoming 'Sim Sickness'

Sun, 08/10/2014 - 4:26am

Researchers as well as virtual reality hardware and software makers are concerned, and working to better understand motion sickness caused by some VR technologies.

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Virtual Reality's Next Hurdle: Overcoming 'Sim Sickness'

Sun, 08/10/2014 - 4:26am

Researchers as well as virtual reality hardware and software makers are working to better understand motion sickness caused by some VR technologies.

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Afghan Brides Dress To Impress, Fueling An Unlikely Business Boom

Sun, 08/10/2014 - 4:14am

In one of the world's poorest countries, where many women still wear head-to-toe burqas, lavish spending and competition among brides is fueling a boom in shops selling pricey and glamorous dresses.

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Shazam! Now You Look Like A Better Borrower

Fri, 08/08/2014 - 12:35pm

The company that controls the FICO credit score says it is changing the way the scores are calculated, making it easier for millions of borrowers to look better on paper.

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Investors Pump Prospects Of Unproven Ebola Treatments

Fri, 08/08/2014 - 11:37am

Drugs in development to treat Ebola virus are far from being ready for general use, but that hasn't stopped investors from rushing to talk up companies that are trying to develop the drugs.

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Malaysia's Money-Losing Airline Will Become National Property

Fri, 08/08/2014 - 11:25am

Malaysia plans to nationalize its flag carrier Malaysia Airlines after back-to-back disasters and a 12-year stretch that saw the company restructured four times.

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When Hackers Test For Flaws, They Might Earn Cash — Or Threats

Fri, 08/08/2014 - 4:18am

Security researchers use their hacking skills to look for security holes that companies should fix. But their good intentions aren't always appreciated by the organizations they investigate.

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Fire Prevention Bear To Celebrate Birthday

Fri, 08/08/2014 - 4:18am

Smokey Bear turns 70 on Saturday. Since 2008, actor Sam Elliott has been the voice of the public service announcement icon. The PSA campaign began on August 9, 1944 — the same day Elliott was born.

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To Hack Or Not To Hack?

Fri, 08/08/2014 - 4:18am

That is the hot question at 2 conferences in Las Vegas this week. White-hat hackers are considered ethical because they work to discover security flaws but their intentions aren't always appreciated.

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Troubles Compound For Malaysia Airlines

Fri, 08/08/2014 - 4:18am

Malaysia Airlines has operated at a loss for the past 3 years. Its troubles were compounded by the loss of a flight over the Pacific in March, and another shot down over eastern Ukraine last month.

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To Solve Cybercrime, Some In Silicon Valley Ditch The Data

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 3:16pm

Collecting data about people has become $1 trillion industry, but keeping this information safe is proving near impossible. So, a small group of entrepreneurs and developers are building new technologies that don't rely on data as a digital currency.

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White House Seeks Ways To Go It Alone In Keeping Companies Stateside

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 3:16pm

The Obama administration is exploring ways to prevent U.S. businesses from relocating abroad to save money on taxes. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew indicated that Congress would need to act, but now the administration says it is looking for ways to act on its own.

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Monkey Selfie Turns Into A Copyright Fight

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 3:59am

In 2011, a monkey took a selfie with David Slater's camera. Wikipedia used the photo. Slater wants the photo taken down but Wikipedia says because the monkey took the photo it's in the public domain.

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Buick Regal Competes With German Luxury Cars

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 3:59am

GM is trying to breathe new life into its Buick brand. Consumer Reports says the 2015 Buick Regal is competitive with many of its rivals. GM designed the car to compete with Audi, BMW and Mercedes.

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Italy Unexpectedly Slips Into Recession

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 3:59am

The move raises concerns about the health of the European economy overall. This is the third time the third-largest economy in the European Union has been in recession since 2008.

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Will Americans Buy Bug Snacks? Maybe ... If They're Funny And Cute

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 2:25am

The "ick factor" has kept consumers in the U.S. from eating crickets, locusts and mealworms. To convert skeptics, bug-food advocates are trying to win them over with sleek packages and clever names.

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