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Ports turn to machinery sans drivers

posted: 05/25/2015 2 a.m. Discuss

Next year, deckhands on ships docked at Middle Harbor on California's San Pedro Bay won't see many people on the wharf. Remote-controlled cranes towering 165 feet overhead will pluck containers from vessels' holds, and driverless trucks guided by magnets embedded in the asphalt will carry cargo to robotic hoists in a sorting yard.

Fish test aids bid to tackle toxins

posted: 05/25/2015 1:59 a.m. Discuss

Tiny fish that glow green and morph in the presence of toxins are joining front-line efforts in China to improve product safety.

Wind turbines ruffle feathers of bird lovers

posted: 05/25/2015 1:58 a.m. Discuss

PORT AUSTIN, Mich. -- The sky above a tabletop-flat expanse of eastern Michigan farmland near Lake Huron is a well-traveled pathway for migratory birds journeying between summer nesting areas in Canada's boreal forests and wintering grounds to the south. Thanks to reliably brisk winds, the ground below is dotted with hundreds of electricity-generating turbines.

Solar industry views Florida laws as dated

posted: 05/25/2015 1:57 a.m. Discuss

Residents of the Sunshine State are finding that harnessing Florida's abundant solar power is no simple task.

TECH SPOTLIGHT: Galaxy S6 sheds waterproof case, battery-access features

posted: 05/25/2015 1:56 a.m. Discuss

I spent last week discussing some of the cases made for the new Samsung Galaxy S6, the company's flagship smartphone. This week, I'm tackling the phone itself.

ON COMPUTERS: Mundane sums up videos on Twitter's Periscope

posted: 05/25/2015 1:54 a.m. Discuss

Not every new thing is worth following. For example, we've been reading for weeks about Periscope, a hot new app for watching live video from anyone who cares to post it. As you might guess, the village videot strikes, and strikes again.

YouTube Kids called into question

updated: 05/25/2015 1:53 a.m. Discuss

Searching for videos on how to juggle knives while balancing a chain saw? Taste battery acid? Make chlorine gas? Tie a noose?

Cruise lines raise tips to keep crews afloat

posted: 05/25/2015 1:52 a.m. Discuss

Cruise lines are increasing their daily tip charge, offering a modest boost to some of the industry’s lowest-paid workers, as U.S. fast-food, retail and airport workers push for raises of their own.

EBay to expand click and collect in U.K.

posted: 05/25/2015 1:52 a.m. Discuss

EBay Inc. plans to expand its click-and-collect service in the U.K. and across Europe, after buyers on its site collected 1.5 million parcels from British store chain Argos in the first 18 months of the service.

Business news in brief

posted: 05/25/2015 1:51 a.m. Discuss

Amazon starts 1-hour delivery in NYC NEW YORK — Amazon will begin offering one-hour delivery from local stores in New York City as competition in the delivery arena increases.

Bankruptcy watch

posted: 05/25/2015 1:50 a.m. Discuss

ALEXANDER Robert LeRoy and Jenetta Viall (dba The Dairy Barn), 8016 Fletcher Lane, May 14, 2015, Chapter 7.

Realtor is high on Hanger Hill

posted: 05/24/2015 2:06 a.m. Discuss

Local real estate broker Tony Curtis wants to designate a new historic district in part of Hanger Hill, an area east of Interstate 30 near downtown Little Rock.

State farmers study: Profit or herbicides?

posted: 05/24/2015 2:05 a.m. Discuss

A growing number of Arkansas row crop farmers are taking a fresh look at conventional varieties of corn and soybeans rather than genetically modified seeds able to resist herbicides used to combat weeds.

Old roller coasters refurbished to put thrill back in rides

posted: 05/24/2015 2:04 a.m. Discuss

Bigger, faster and more extreme are what count when it comes to roller coasters.

Wal-Mart wants food shoppers to go online

posted: 05/24/2015 2:04 a.m. Discuss

For more than 15 years, grocery home shopping has been offered in the United Kingdom through Wal-Mart Stores Inc. grocery chain Asda. Today, more than 97 percent of the U.K. has access to online grocery shopping and various pickup and delivery options.

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