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New England Experts Concerned by Sighting of Invasive Turtle

New England Experts Concerned by Sighting of Invasive Turtle

Two odd-looking Chinese soft-shelled marsh turtles raised for food in Asia have been seen south of Boston, and there’s concern they could eventually threaten local ecosystems if they become established in New England. New England Aquarium experts said Saturday it is possible someone decided to release the animals after buying…

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Professor Says He's Grateful Feds Dropped China Secrets Case

Professor Says He’s Grateful Feds Dropped China Secrets Case

A Temple University physics professor who had been accused of scheming to provide secret U.S. technology to China said he’s grateful and relieved prosecutors dropped the case against him, and is thankful to friends and colleagues who supported him. Xi Xiaoxing (shee show-shing) released a statement Saturday calling the case…

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US Dropping Sale-of-Secrets-to-China Case Against Professor

US Dropping Sale-of-Secrets-to-China Case Against Professor

Federal prosecutors sought to dismiss charges Friday against a Temple University physics professor who was accused of scheming to provide secret U.S. technology to China after being confronted with statements from physicists that investigators had misunderstood the technology. The U.S. attorney’s office in Philadelphia declined to comment on the four-page…

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Scientists Expect Hawaii's Worst Coral Bleaching Ever

Scientists Expect Hawaii’s Worst Coral Bleaching Ever

Researchers say warmer-than-normal ocean temperatures around Hawaii this year will likely lead to the worst coral bleaching the islands have ever seen. Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology Director Ruth Gates said Friday many corals are only just recovering from last year’s bleaching. Warmer waters prompt coral to expel the algae…

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Woman Who Lost Silicon Valley Bias Suit Is Dropping Appeal

Woman Who Lost Silicon Valley Bias Suit Is Dropping Appeal

The woman who lost her high-profile gender discrimination lawsuit against a Silicon Valley venture capital firm said Thursday that she is dropping her appeal and ending the case that became a flashpoint for inequality in the technology industry. Ellen Pao said in a statement that she cannot afford the risk…

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Study: Caffeine Trade Thrived in Ancient America

Study: Caffeine Trade Thrived in Ancient America

More than 1,000 years before Starbucks, caffeine was an international market mover, with ancient civilizations trading holly and cacao-based chocolate beverages between what is now modern-day Mexico , the Southwest, and the South, according to a new study. Led by University of New Mexico anthropology professor Patricia Crown, the study…

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Apple Event 2015: Live Updates

Apple Event 2015: Live Updates

Apple ‘s special September event, where it’s widely expected the company will show off new iPhones, is kicking off at 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT today from the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco. Among the biggest updates expected for the possible new iPhone release are an even sharper…

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The Latest: New iPads out in November Amid Sales Decline

The Latest: New iPads out in November Amid Sales Decline

The latest news on iPhones and other products from Apple’s event in San Francisco. All times are PDT. 10:55 a.m. Apple says its new iPad will be available in November. The larger-screen iPad Pro model is aimed at countering weakening consumer demand for tablets. The iPad was a runaway success…

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Media General Buying Meredith in $2.4B Deal

Media General Buying Meredith in $2.4B Deal

Media General is buying Meredith Corp. in an approximately $ 2.4 billion cash-and-stock deal. The combined company, called Meredith Media General, will have 88 television stations in 54 markets and media brands including Better Homes and Gardens, Allrecipes, Parents and Shape. Meredith shareholders will receive cash and stock valued at…

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Map Explores Wi-Fi Penetration Around the World

Map Explores Wi-Fi Penetration Around the World

Here’s one way to put it into perspective just how connected we are around the world. The estimated 900 million Wi-Fi signals and cellular towers globally were plotted on stunning interactive maps , allowing people to explore how large urban areas around the world have continued to become even more…

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