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The Nuts And Bolts Of High-Speed Rail

California lawmakers gave the green light to the first phase of construction of high-speed rail in the state. Does this mean that America is on track for faster, sleeker trains? What potential speed bumps still lie ahead? Railroad engineer Christopher Barkan discusses the costs, benefits and state of the technology.
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Silk Stretches Drugs' Shelf Life To New Lengths

Researchers have found a fridge-free way to store vaccines and antibiotics. Biomedical engineer David Kaplan, senior author of the study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, discusses how heat-sensitive drugs wrapped in silk stay effective for months at high temperatures.
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Tanglewood Celebrates 75th With Free Web Stream

Tanglewood, the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, is celebrating its 75th anniversary. To celebrate, the BSO is streaming a different historic Tanglewood concert on its website every day for 75 days.
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Mobile Ad Networks Accused Of Invasive Apps

Mobile apps are aggressively placing unwanted ads on phones. Lookout, a mobile security firm in San Francisco, tested mobile apps and found some disturbing practices. Those include transmitting consumer phone numbers and email addresses and transmitting to third parties and placing ads on the mobile phone's desktop.
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New Online Users Have A Longer Timeline

For the first time, more than half of adults 65 and older are using the Internet. Pew Center data shows that trend really picked up in the past year, particularly with help from offline outreach to senior citizens. Besides, few grandparents can resist a wall full of family pictures.
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In High-Def Shift, Are Studios Blurring The Picture?

Hollywood's archivists are re-releasing digital, high-definition versions of classic movies. But the process of converting a movie from film to digital can change an image in significant ways — and some say that can unfairly alter the artists' original intent.
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Ailing BlackBerry Maker Faces Shareholder Scrutiny

Executives from the BlackBerry maker Research In Motion (RIM) were grilled Tuesday by investors over the company's recent dismal performance. RIM has announced massive layoffs and its shares are trading at a nine year low. With the launch of the BlackBerry 10 delayed until next year, RIM's survival is considered to be at stake.
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When Does An App Need FDA's Blessing?

There's been an explosion in apps designed to help people stay healthy and manage chronic diseases. The Food and Drug Administration has announced plans to regulate some of these apps to make sure they're not putting patients at risk. But that's triggered a debate over whether government regulation may end up doing more harm than good.

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