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January 23, 2012

More investment in basic research, STEM education, and entrepreneurship "clusters" are among the proposals in a 160-page Commerce Department report.

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 40 Americans a day die from prescription drug abuse — more than heroin and cocaine combined.

January 17, 2012

The New York Police Department is working to develop a tool capable of detecting concealed firearms at a distance.

Martin Luther King Jr. K-8 School in the Pocket area is opening its doors to neighbors and families interested in playing with LEGOs and learning how the school uses the colorful blocks to build math, science and engineering skills.

Tax credits, other financial incentives offeredFrustrated by Maryland's high rate of health disparities, state leaders are proposing a new attack — one more commonly associated with economic development.

Houston radio station KPFT's The Prison Show helps inmates connect to the outside by broadcasting messages from loved ones and even conducting on-air weddings. "This is a real dark, dark place," says inmate John Chris Hernandez, "and when the show comes on ... it brings a light into the cell."

Locating a missing person inside a burning building filled with blinding smoke can be tricky and extremely dangerous. University of Maryland firefighters are trying something new, science correspondent Miles O'Brien reports in this National Science Foundation* Science Nation piece: a sensor system that tracks first responders while they're moving inside burning, smoky buildings. While firefighters move through the smoke, computers follow them on an electronic map. "If my firefighters get in trouble and need help, it's going to cut my time down to about a tenth of what it takes ...

January 16, 2012

More than five years after New Jersey passed a law to start tracking prescription drug use, the state is launching a long-awaited database monitoring use of dangerous drugs with the intent of helping doctors spot abusers more quickly and authorities stop drug dealers.

January 14, 2012

The state of New York is considering a dramatic expansion of its DNA collection. New Yorkers who find themselves under arrest for anything may soon have to give up a sample.

About 41 percent, or 3.3 million, veterans enrolled in the Veterans Affairs Department health system live far from a VA hospital, so last week the department added another 20 vehicles to its fleet of 50 mobile vet centers packed with ...

January 11, 2012

Writing in the Los Angeles Times, Bob Pool profiles a project by Urban Planner James Rojas, who's constructed an 80-square-foot scale model of Long Beach that residents and business owners can tinker with to illustrate their own vision of the city.
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Federal Chief Information Officer Steven VanRoekel launched an interactive dialogue on government mobile policy on Wednesday that he said would be the first step toward a governmentwide mobile roadmap due out in March. ...

January 10, 2012

A group of high technology firms, led by IBM and Cisco, are plunging into the city management business to offer super-efficient new-generation computerized information and control systems.
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January 8, 2012

On the Prince of the Prairie statue out front of the 1835 Fort Vasquez Trading Post south of Platteville, the brass tail of the bison is raised.

In a basement classroom at Denver's Fairview Elementary School, tucked within the impoverished Sun Valley neighborhood, 15 parents sit in a circle listening to an instructor read a children's book in English.

January 7, 2012

BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) - Schools in Mercer, Summers and Braxton counties will get a portion of West Virginias allotment of $5.5 million in E-Rate funding aimed at enhancing Internet access. The Register-Herald (a href"http://...

The Food and Drug Administration is building a surveillance app for clinicians and regulators to monitor patients having bad reactions to experimental drugs administered during public health crises, agency officials said. ...

January 5, 2012

Taxi drivers are being told to ditch high-mileage cabs, get GPS systems and credit card readers, and limit shift length.

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