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    A Utah Highway Patrol trooper sits at the entrance to the National Security Agency's Utah Data Center, Thursday, July 23, 2015.

  • First F-35 fighter jets declared 'combat ready' by Marines

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    First F-35 fighter jets declared 'combat ready' by Marines Max B. Baker Fort Worth Star-Telegram Lockheed Martin's F-35 joint strike fighter, arguably the most technologically ambitious aircraft ever built, reached another milestone Friday when the Marines declared the airplane combat ready. U.S. Marine Corps Commandant Gen. Joseph Dunford declared the plane ready to be deployed, granting it what is known as initial operation capability, or IOC, a crucial moment for the sleek and stealthy fighter. The designation from the Marines comes five years later than originally planned because of technical difficulties with its complicated systems, technological wonders that contributed to the F-35's $391.1 billion pr

  • Ameren officially pulls plug on new Callaway nuke

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    Ameren Corp. officially pulled the plug on a new nuclear power plant in Callaway County, withdrawing its application for a second reactor from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Ameren CEO Warner Baxter announced the company’s decision on a conference call with analysts to discuss the St. Louis-based utility company’s second quarter earnings. Baxter cited “our assessment of long term capacity needs, declining costs of alternative generating technologies and the regulatory framework in Missouri,” as some of the drivers behind the decision.

  • Cyber bill likely put on hold until fall

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    Another day, another data breach. United Airlines stood Thursday as the focal point of the latest disclosed purloining of customer information. Congress, meanwhile, has likely left cybersecurity legislation for consideration until after its August break. Missouri Sen. Roy Blunt said the possibility always exists for Americans to be attacked by hackers on anything from the nation’s electrical grid to its financial sector. “If people really feel that,” he said, “Congress is going to have to explain why we just couldn’t quite get to this.” A Republican member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Mr. Blunt has become a leading voice on efforts to strengthen the nation’s defenses against hackers.

  • Algorithm and hues: Digital works at Art House

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    Art House seems to have broken gently upon the scene in Santa Fe since last year, when it moved into the spot on Delgado Street that was formerly occupied by Eight Modern. Little fanfare has accompanied the new venue’s premiere exhibit Luminous Flux, a show of digital art and new media. The venue, devoted to exhibits featuring works from the art collection of Carl and Marilynn Thoma, is a homey, welcoming sort of gallery, like several you’ll find along nearby Canyon Road. It’s not particularly big, and in order to see a couple of the pieces in its current exhibition Luminous Flux 2.0, New and Historic Works From the Digital Art Frontier, visitors must thread their way through the kitchen.

  • Abilene Reporter-News, Texas, Big Country Journal column

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    EARLY, Texas - There’s nothing like a good challenge. Just because they told their robots exactly what to do, it doesn’t necessarily translate into success. Is there anything easy about a robotics camp? “Nothing really, I guess they’re all kind of on the same level of hardness,” said Grace Luedke, 11. “It’s hard, which makes me want to do it.” This was the second week of Advanced Robotics Camp at Early Elementary School. Last week was the beginner’s camp, and this week was for the advanced students. “In the beginning camp we do a lot of building with Legos and the program is already done, they just download it into the robot,” said Keith Taylor who teaches fourth-grade science at the school.

  • Hutch Regional Medical Center gets 24-hour telemedicine neurology services for stroke patients

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    Hutchinson residents suffering stroke symptoms can now be examined by specialists in Denver without leaving town. The WesleyCare Telemedicine Network (WCTN), and a robot named Sheldon, give specially trained neurologists in Denver the ability to examine and diagnose patients at Hutchinson Regional Medical Center, nearly 470 miles away. “The driving force for this is getting the best patient care to the bedside as soon as possible,” said Bobbie Starks, a registered nurse, critical care educator and clinical stroke coordinator at HRMC. The eight-member neurologist team practicing at Swedish Medical Center in Denver treats stroke patients daily. One is on call 24/7 and an extra person serves as backup if multiple calls

  • 75 years ago this summer: Pensacola Dam

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    Eighty years ago, as it does today, the Spring River flowed through Carthage, into Kansas, then into Oklahoma where it joined the Neosho River and Elk River to form the Grand River. For decades before the 1940s, Oklahomans and others had dreamed of a dam on the Grand River to create a mighty lake and harness the water's power to produce electricity. That dream became reality 75 years ago this summer with the completion of the Pensacola Dam near Langley, Oklahoma and Disney, Oklahoma and the filling of the Grand Lake O' The Cherokees, a recreational hot spot for the entire four-state region and tourist and fishing mecca.

  • Joe Arrington Cancer Center employee reflects on facility's 20 years

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    Shelly Biggs remembers the appointment well. She’d been going through her usual workday when one of her regular patients caught her off guard. Roxie Taylor was one of the first administrators of the Joe Arrington Cancer Center, Biggs said. She was diagnosed with breast cancer and sought treatment at the place where Biggs was working. Biggs is a radiation therapist and the director of the JACC. She’d delivered radiation treatments to Taylor and she also treated Joe Arrington. On the last day of Taylor’s treatment, Taylor offered Biggs a job. Development of the JACC was underway, Biggs said. “She said, ‘Would you like a job?’ ” Biggs recalled.

  • Museum, zoo take on wild, technology

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    In the jungle, the mighty jungle - Children's Discovery Museum campers are making their own wild animal world at The Texas Zoo with Legos and computer programs. ZOOMU Wild Animals Robotics Camp, a partnership between the Children's Discovery Museum of the Golden Crescent and the zoo, is a four-day event for 6- to 10-year-olds that blends nature and technology. First, the children learn about the zoo animals and what life for them entails. Then, in the last two days of the camp, the students create some of the wild animals with the help of Lego WeDo Robotics and create programs to make their creations move, said Melissa Dixon, the group's executive director. "It's a great learning opportunity," she said. "The goal is to

  • Texas Instruments is selling its Spring Creek campus in Plano

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    Texas Instruments Inc. isn’t as big as it once was. It just doesn’t need as much space anymore, and it wants a more collaborative work environment. So the Dallas-based chipmaker is selling its 84-acre Spring Creek campus in Plano, spokeswoman Nicole Bernard said. The company makes semiconductor products that go into all kinds of electronic and electrical products, from televisions to fitness trackers. TI would not disclose the asking price for the site or other details of the real estate listing. The company said the property is assessed for tax purposes at about $55 million this year. “We are pleased with the significant amount of interest in the property since it was placed on the market” earlier this ye

  • Farmington police department recognized for excellence

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    FARMINGTON — The Farmington Police Department has received "meritorious advanced accreditation" from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, and was further recognized for excellence by the international organization. Law enforcement agencies that meet advanced accreditation standards and 90 percent of applicable non-mandatory standards, among other qualifications, are eligible to be recognized for excellence by the commission, according to CALEA's website. The commission determined the department complied with all its mandatory standards and 94.5 percent of its non-mandatory standards, according to an assessment report by CALEA.

  • Alphapointe camp teaches visually impaired children how to use technology

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    For the visually impaired, technology can swing a wrecking ball at barriers in a world built for those with 20/20 vision. But if people lack proper training on how to use technological devices, their utility is lost. That’s precisely the reason for the Alphapointe Technology Camp, a weeklong program for visually impaired kids in middle and high school that ends Friday. Alphapointe, a nonprofit organization that helps those with visual impairment, teamed up with Sprint and Samsung to teach children how to operate electronic tablets. Students learn about various applications and features that can make school more accessible when they return to classrooms next month.

  • Colorado Springs-based Diamond Materials Tech lays off 46 in cost-cutting move

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    Meyer Burger Technology Ltd., the Swiss-based owner of Colorado Springs-based Diamond Materials Tech Inc., confirmed a 46-employee layoff Wednesday, the third such cost-cutting move the company has made since October. Diamond Materials, a diamond-wire cutting business, said Wednesday in a news release that it is "further optimizing the cost structure and production capacity" in response to strong continuing global pressure on prices and profit margins for diamond wire volume production in the photovoltaic industry, which are used to produce solar energy. The company said in the release that development and production of its products will be focused on "highly specialized applications outside" the photovoltaic industry.

  • Hutchinson Regional Medical Center gets 24-hour telemedicine neurology services for stroke patients

    Updated: 22 hr ago

    The Hutchinson Regional Medical Center has partnered with Wesley Medical Center to provide possible stroke victims with neurology services via telemedicine. The WesleyCare Telemedicine Network allows for specially trained neurologists to examine and diagnose patients suffering from stroke-like conditions from nearly 470 miles away in Denver, while still staying in Hutchinson. “The driving force for this is getting the best patient care to the bedside as soon as possible,” said Bobby Starks, RN, critical care educator and clinical stroke coordinator at HRMC. The robot, called Sheldon by emergency department staff, is a mobile cart that can go anywhere it’s needed within the hospital.

  • Robotics Camp


    Cooper New, 10, left, and Marshall Hite, 11, make adjustments on their robot named Robot King Thursday during the New Mexico State University Robotics Camp. The participants will utilize the engineering design process as they build a robot with teammates. In addition to robot building for competition, students worked in teams, wrote an engineering manuals, learned about basic tool skills and variety of engineering technologies.

  • BRIEF: Sales and profit dip at Perficient


    Perficient Inc. on Thursday reported lower second-quarter sales and profit. The Town and Country-based information technology consulting firm reported net income of $4 million, or 12 cents per share, compared with $6.4 million, or 19 cents per share, in the year-ago period. Revenue fell 7 percent to $116.7 million. Perficient said that during the quarter it repurchased approximately 130,000 shares of its common stock at a cost of $2.6 million. ——— ©2015 the St. Louis Post-Dispatch Visit the St. Louis Post-Dispatch at www.stltoday.com Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.

  • Early users praise Windows 10 update


    Scott Connor left his house at 1 a.m. to walk 10 miles Wednesday to the Microsoft store in Dallas for an event marking the release of Windows 10. He planned to hang out at the store all day for its kickoff events, which included free workshops, giveaways and a meet-and-greet with former Dallas Cowboys player Deion Sanders. The tech giant on Wednesday rolled out the newest version of its popular operating system for PCs and tablets — the first full update in nearly three years. The latest version offers more sweeping changes than in the previous updates, which were not well received. But customers are praising the newest system.

  • Technology helps small pharmacies synchronize medications


    Once a month, Medicine Shoppe Owner Jana Bennett is alerted that one of her patients is due for a refill. But this is something different; this refill will take care of every different medication the patient takes. This alert is part of a medication synchronization program that works to focus on a pharmacist’s role with a patient. Bennett has this program at her pharmacies in both Sherman and Denison and there’s no additional cost. She said it helps her make sure her patients are taking their prescriptions completely and correctly. The medication synchronization program is available to small, independent pharmacies who already work to focus on a personal relationship with the patient.

  • Boulder institute's imaging reveals odd marks on Saturn moon


    The NASA Cassini spacecraft — its imaging operations center based at the Space Science Institute in Boulder — released pictures of Saturn's moon Tethys on Wednesday revealing curious arc-shaped, reddish streaks of unknown origin. "It's amazing," said Steve Mullins, deputy director of the Space Science Institute, home to the Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory for Operations."I had never seen this feature before it was pointed out. It's impressive." The red arcs are narrow, curved lines appearing on the moon's surface. They are among the most unusual color features on Saturn's moons yet to be revealed by Cassini's cameras. The recorded images, utilizing clear, green, infrared and ultraviolet spectral filters, were joi