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How these energy geeks are reimagining an old school utility


Orange County, Ca - Welcome to the utility industry's future - or at least that's what Southern California Edison is hoping.


Remarkable fossils push back snake origins by 65 million years 27 Jan 2015

WASHINGTON - Snakes have been slithering on Earth far longer than anyone ever realized.

Asteroid that buzzed Earth has a plus one, NASA says 27 Jan 2015

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - The mountain-sized asteroid that made a close pass by Earth on Monday has a small moon in tow, radar images released by NASA show.


Scientists ask if Ebola immunizes as well as kills 27 Jan 2015

LONDON/DAKAR - A recent sharp drop in new Ebola infections in West Africa is prompting scientists to wonder whether the virus may be silently immunizing some people at the same time as brutally killing their neighbors.


Commercial space rides for U.S. astronauts to save millions: NASA 26 Jan 2015

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla - The U.S. space program should save more than $12 million a seat flying astronauts to and from the International Space Station on commercial space taxis rather than aboard Russian capsules, the NASA program manager said on Monday.

University of Wisconsin closes laboratory, ending cat experiments 26 Jan 2015

- A University of Wisconsin research laboratory that attracted controversy for using live cats in experiments is closing this year, the school said.


The upper hand: study points to early tool use by human ancestors 23 Jan 2015

WASHINGTON - Human ancestors may have been capable of using tools much earlier than previously thought.


Rosetta spacecraft raises new questions about comet’s origin 22 Jan 2015

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - Scientists using Europe’s comet-orbiting Rosetta spacecraft have discovered that the complicated ancient body is coated with surprisingly simple organic molecules and surrounded by a changing cloud of gases, according to new research released on Thursday.

Countdown to catastrophe: Doomsday Clock moved closer to midnight 22 Jan 2015

- Rising threats from climate change and nuclear arsenals prompted the scientists who maintain the Doomsday Clock, a symbolic countdown to global catastrophe, to move it two minutes closer to midnight on Thursday, its first shift in three years.


Lake Tahoe's tiny creatures dying off at dramatic rate: scientist 22 Jan 2015

- The smallest critters who occupy the bottom of the cold, clear waters of Lake Tahoe are dying off at an alarming rate and scientists are trying to find the cause to protect the fragile ecosystem of the lake high in the Sierra Nevada range.


U.S. says 9.5 million people enroll for 2015 Obamacare insurance

- More than 9.5 million people have signed up for 2015 individual health insurance on the new exchanges created under the national healthcare reform law, the U.S. government said on Tuesday, a number that surpasses its enrollment target for the year.