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  • Kalashnikov: Most popular, and deadliest, weapon of modern warfare

    Kalashnikov: Most popular, and deadliest, weapon of modern warfare
    It killed more people in the 20th Century than the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The AK-47's easy maintenance and light weight led to its becoming the armament of choice for at least 50 armies worldwide, as well as guerrilla factions,...
  • Oddball Washington, D.C., monuments give quirky history lesson

    Oddball Washington, D.C., monuments give quirky history lesson
    Sure, the Lincoln Memorial and Washington Monument are must stops for visitors touring the nation's capital. But what about Sonny Bono Park? Or the Maine Lobsterman Memorial? Or the Cuban Friendship Urn? They're all here, as are scores of bronzes,...
  • Congress vs. the patent 'trolls'

    Congress vs. the patent 'trolls'
    Tech companies have been pleading with Congress for years to crack down on abusive lawsuits by patent "trolls," or firms that use obscure patents to extract exorbitant licensing fees. The companies may finally get some real relief, thanks to an...
  • PASSINGS: Dr. George J. Magovern

     PASSINGS: Dr. George J. Magovern
    Dr. George J. Magovern Co-inventor of heart valve that saved lives Dr. George J. Magovern, 89, heart surgeon and co-inventor of an artificial valve that marked a key advance in open heart surgeries, died at home in Fox Chapel, Pa., a suburb of...
  • San Jose city hall to be home of new Silicon Valley patent office

    San Jose city hall to be home of new Silicon Valley patent office
    Good news for Silicon Valley, where griping about the nation's patent system has become a favorite hobby: Inventors will no longer have to trek all the way to the nation's capitol to complain.  On Tuesday, the Department of Commerce’s United...
  • Mapping out a plan for creative problem solving

     Mapping out a plan for creative problem solving
    Toward the end of their new book "Creative Confidence," the authors describe how to solve problems using mind maps — diagrams used to visualize information in order to promote clearer and more creative thinking. "We use them all the time. From...
  • Review: Teller's 'Tim's Vermeer' paints fascinating picture

    Review: Teller's 'Tim's Vermeer' paints fascinating picture
    "Tim's Vermeer" is a fascinating new documentary about art, obsessions, ideas and answers. Though the film unfolds in the present day, its genesis traces back to the 17th century, and, as the title suggests, to Dutch artist Johannes Vermeer. His...
  • Aereo will not fight broadcasters' effort to get Supreme Court ruling

    Aereo will not fight broadcasters' effort to get Supreme Court ruling
    Aereo, the digital company that transmits local television signals to consumers via the Internet, said it will not oppose the efforts of broadcasters to have the Supreme Court hear their legal arguments against the start-up service. "We want this...
  • Reducing football concussions: Inventor develops helmet safety latch

    Reducing football concussions: Inventor develops helmet safety latch
    From his home in Kalispell, Mont., Jim Wegener was anxiously watching Thursday night’s college football game between Tulsa and Bowling Green. Heart in his throat, he was anticipating the big hits -- but not because he revels in such violence....
  • Charles Burford dies at 81; inventor created equipment for baking industry

    Charles Burford dies at 81; inventor created equipment for baking industry
    Charles E. Burford, a prolific inventor whose patents included the equipment that puts twist ties on bread bags, has died. He was 81. Burford died May 16 at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas of what his family said were...
  • Chuck Foley dies at 82; co-invented Twister party game

    Chuck Foley dies at 82; co-invented Twister party game
    Chuck Foley, whose Twister party game brought shoeless strangers achingly close to one another and made even the most spirited rounds of Scrabble seem comparatively tame, has died. He was 82. The inventor, who held 97 patents, died July 1 in a care...