• Dozens of state officials stand up for proposal to toughen methane rules in letter to U.S. Interior Dept.

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    Dozens of state lawmakers and local government officials from across New Mexico sent a letter to the U.S. Department of the Interior on Friday, expressing support for the Obama administration’s proposed new methane rules, which would have a wide impact in a state with the highest levels of methane emissions. The rules, proposed by the Bureau of Land Management, would require frequent inspections of oil and gas operations and installation of emissions-capturing devices for wells on federal and tribal lands — including nearly 40,000 in New Mexico.

  • From brew to bonbon, chocolate has delicious history

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    LAS CRUCES - Christopher Columbus would have made a lousy Valentine's Day date. He didn't bring home the chocolate. "He was out sailing and came across a trading canoe, boarded it and took a look," said Stuart Munson-McGee, a professor of food science and technology at New Mexico State University. "He took a look and didn't recognize cocoa beans, kind of like if you had never seen coffee beans." By missing the opportunity to investigate cocoa and returning it along with other goodies from the Americas, Columbus slowed the European adoption of the delicious bean that is now a mainstay for sweets, drinks and deserts and is an almost required indulgence on Sunday's holiday to woo your loved one. "In the short term, it was

  • St. Louis-area members of Congress vote on Internet taxes, food labeling, gun-violence research

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    WASHINGTON • How St. Louis-area members of Congress voted in the week of Feb. 8-12. The votes and descriptions are compiled by "Voterama in Congress" a legislative tracking organization. House Check on Scientific Research • The House on Feb. 10 voted, 236-178, to require the National Science Foundation to justify how each research project it funds is "demonstrably" in the national interest. Critics saw the bill as a jab at climate-change research. A yes vote was to send HR 3293 to the Senate, where its prospects are uncertain. Yes • Ann Wagner, R-Ballwin; Mike Bost, R-Murphysboro; Rodney Davis, R-Taylorville; Blaine Luetkemeyer, R-St. Elizabeth; John Shimkus, R-Collinsville. No • William Lacy Clay, D-St. L

  • BRIEF: Hazelwood employer to open wellness facility for employees

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    Biotechnology firm bioMerieux is opening an on-site wellness center for its 1,100 employees in Hazelwood. The LiveWell Center will provide an array of health care services, including primary care and urgent care visits, physicals, laboratory testing, vaccinations and biometric screenings, the company announced. The 1,750-square-foot center will be operated by Cerner, the Kansas City-based health information technology firm. There will be a ribbon cutting at the 595 Anglum Road location in Hazelwood on Tuesday. Samantha Liss • 314-340-8017 @samanthann on Twitter sliss@post-dispatch.com ——— ©2016 the St. Louis Post-Dispatch Visit the St. Louis Post-Dispatch at www.stltoday.com<

  • Nebraska Furniture was supposed to run them off, but small furniture stores are thriving one year later

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    Last year, North Texas furniture retailers were facing a tough reality: the biggest furniture store in the country was about to open here, the housing market was coming back slower than in past rebounds, and millennials, they weren’t yet forming furniture-buying households at the pace of their generation’s potential. But three furniture retail companies have found ways to keep selling us sofas and lamps and rugs in a growing but competitive market. One small chain turned to a total redesign of its brand and moved its headquarters to Dallas. Others staffed up with interior designers. And a longtime Dallas furniture retailer that led shoppers to love modern design years ago has been capitalizing on Dallas’ evolution to hi

  • BRIEF: Wichita State 'coding academy' begins next session Feb. 20

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    Learning to write computer software coding is so crucial to the future that entrepreneurs like Steve Jobs said it ought to be taught as much as math. Wichita State University on Thursday announced how they are stepping up how to help do that. They are already teaching it, and not only to WSU students. The coding academy started this year by WSU’s Ennovar Institute will teach people the basics. Workshops, some of them already started this week, will use industry professionals and mentors, WSU said in a statement. Sessions are open to the community. The next session runs from 1-5 p.m. Saturdays from Feb. 20 to April 16 in Beggs Hall, Room B215. Go here to sign up.

  • Milo Yiannopoulos: Twitter Will Try To Sway The Presidential Election

    Published: Fri, Feb 12, 2016

    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Associate Editor at Breitbart.com, Milo Yiannopoulos, alleged that Twitter is on the verge of collapse and will try to influence November’s presidential election on behalf of the Democratic nominee. Yiannopoulos, during an interview with Rich Zeoli on Talk Radio 1210 WPHT, claims that Twitter’s management is obsessed with shutting down conservative ideas on the social media platform. “There is absolutely no question that that is precisely what is directed at…It becomes very, very clear once you start looking at who is employed at Twitter. This guy used to work for Obama. This guy used to work for Hillary.”

  • Prosper Engineering Student Assisting in Potentially Groundbreaking Research

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. — Arkansas Tech University student Hope Schneider and two faculty mentors are working on a research project that could contribute to breakthroughs in energy production and biomedicine. Schneider, a sophomore electrical engineering major and University Honors student from Prosper, is working with Dr. Daniel Bullock, associate professor of electrical engineering, and Dr. James Steuber, associate professor of mechanical engineering, in an effort to study the electrospinning of nanofibers for energy harvesting applications. “Nanofibers are extremely small fibers… over 1,000 times smaller than the diameter of the average human hair… that exhibit novel electrical, mechanical and chemical properties,” sa

  • Quarterback among Air Force's academic all-MW honorees

    Updated: 20 hr ago

    Air Force’s representatives on the Mountain West academic all-conference teams for the fall season read like a who’s who of the Falcons teams. Quarterback Karson Roberts and first-team All-Mountain West players Sevrin Remmo (OL) and Alex Hansen (OL) and second-team offensive lineman A.J. Ruechel were included on the list of players who must hold at least a 3.0 GPA and be a starter or significant contributors on the field. Kicker Luke Strebel and linebacker Claude Alexander III were also on the list, as did defensive starters Samuel Byers and Jacob Onyechi. From other sports, star runners Hannah Everson and Patrick Corona earned recognition, as did volleyball standouts Shelley Spires, Rebecca Bates and Shanleigh Conl

  • Congress approves permanent Internet access tax ban

    Published: Fri, Feb 12, 2016

    The U.S. Senate on Thursday passed legislation placing a permanent ban on states' taxing Internet access, sending the measure to President Barack Obama for signing into law. By a vote of 75-20, the Senate gave final approval to a bill toughening enforcement of U.S. duties on foreign goods, which contains the permanent extension of the "Internet Tax Freedom Act." The measure also would ban some taxes on digital goods and services and will put an end to a series of temporary extensions on the tax prohibitions.

  • Switzerland EU United Nations Zika

    Updated: 22 hr ago

    Marie-Paule Kieny, Assistant Director-General, Health Systems and Innovation, of World Health Organization, WHO, speaks during a press conference at the European headquarters of the United Nations, in Geneva, Switzerland, on Friday, Feb. 12, 2016. The World Health Organization says possible Zika vaccines are at least 18 months away from large-scale trials. WHO assistant director-general for health systems and innovation Marie-Paule Kieny says the U.N. health agency's response is "proceeding very quickly" and 15 companies or groups have been identified as possible participants in the hunt for vaccines.

  • More tech companies choose Kansas City's Crossroads and land funding


    A San Francisco Bay company, Pramata, has opened an office in the Crossroads Arts District, the latest to be attracted to Kansas City’s growing tech community. Pramata, which uses advanced data analysis to help businesses attract and keep customers, will bring 15 jobs to the area, said CEO and co-founder Praful Saklani. He was in town Thursday for the announcement, along with . Nixon also announced that , another company with a new Crossroads office, will receive a second $250,000 grant from the Missouri Technology Corp. to support its expansion in Kansas City. LaunchCode, a nonprofit started in St. Louis that helps train tech talent and match it with internships and job openings, got a similar grant last year to star

  • RE:POD wants to produce cleaner portable gasification system

    By Paul Monies Business Writer pmonies@oklahoman.com | Published: Thu, Feb 11, 2016

    Fledgling company created out of Oklahoma State University research hopes to put its newly patented technology into practical use with biofuels, making the portable gasification cleaner. If it can attract enough investors, RE:POD wants to put the system into production.

  • Colorado Springs defense contractor Imprimis announces agreement to result in 25-35 hires

    Updated: Thu, Feb 11, 2016

    Colorado Springs defense contractor Imprimis Inc. has received a research contract from the Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute in Chicago to adapt Department of Defense cybersecurity standards for and expand their use by manufacturers, suppliers and other vendors nationwide. Imprimis and subcontractors Spire Manufacturing Solutions and Western Cyber Exchange, which both also are based in the Springs, plan to hire between 25 and 35 employees locally and in Chicago to complete the one-year project, said Mike Semmens, cofounder and principal of Imprimis. He declined to disclose the size of the contract, but said the value was less than $1 million.

  • Posting on LinkedIn accelerates connections, new business leads

    By Paula Burkes Business Writer pburkes@oklahoman.com | Published: Thu, Feb 11, 2016

    Building a complete LinkedIn profile not only allows others to easily find you, but also allows them to shorten the cycle of getting to know you, like you and even trust you.

  • Tesla

    Updated: Thu, Feb 11, 2016

    The new Tesla gallery will open in Fort Worth Friday, Feb. 12, 2016. Test dives will be available by appointment only. Customers custom-order their electric vehicle online, with exactly the features they want.

  • Tesla Gallery opens Friday to show electric cars in Fort Worth

    Updated: Thu, Feb 11, 2016

    Fort Worth motorists in the market for a luxury electric vehicle no longer have to drive all the way to Dallas for a peek at a Tesla. Instead, they now have a Tesla Gallery of their own. The tradition-busting car manufacturer on Friday is scheduled to celebrate the grand opening of its newest gallery at . The store, which opens at 10 a.m., is in the University Park Village shopping center, just northeast of Colonial Country Club. Prospective customers can learn about the $70,000-plus, cutting-edge vehicles by talking with Tesla associates on-site, or by viewing the many educational displays. Test drives are by appointment only, but no sales are allowed because the direct-sale company does not have dealerships.

  • Now even Pandora is struggling with its future

    Published: Thu, Feb 11, 2016

    Music streaming service Pandora had a bizarre day Thursday just before announcing its latest earnings report, Mashable reports. Its stock moved up and down so wildly — suddenly jumping from $8.35 a share to $11.20 a share  —  that the New York Stock Exchange forced trading in Pandora stock to come to a sudden halt. 

  • S-C teacher Michael Wright resigns for position at SFCC

    Updated: Thu, Feb 11, 2016

    The Sedalia School District 200 accepted the resignation of one of its outstanding educators in closed session Monday night. Although the Sedalia district is losing Michael Wright, an instructional technology teacher at Smith-Cotton High School, he plans to continue working with the educational system in Pettis County. Wright is slated to become the Executive Director of the State Fair Career and Technology Center, pending approval from the State Fair Community College Board of Trustees at the Feb. 23 meeting. “There are so many things that have meant so much to me in my time at Sedalia 200,” Wright said. “I think more than anything I will miss building the relationships and connections I have with both the students and

  • Twitter is losing customers and its stock is falling

    Published: Thu, Feb 11, 2016

    It's hard for the small core of Twitter addicts to accept, but Twitter just isn't popular enough to be successful. In fact, Twitter is losing customers. The social media company reported Wednesday that it lost 2 million users in the last three months of 2015. Shares plummeted as much as 12% in after-hours trading. Twitter had 305 million active users by the end of 2015. By contrast, Facebook (FB, Tech30) has 1.6 billion. Google (GOOGL, Tech30) has eight products with over 1 billion users each. Even Instagram surpassed Twitter in September, growing to 400 million users.