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  • Futuristic technology set for test in town

    It almost sounds like science fiction: smart meters talking to smart grids and passing the word on to smart appliances. But — as the Smart House will demonstrate — that technology already exists today. However, its practical application is likely to be some years in the future.

    As with any new technology, smart meters are highly variable in their capacities. Their greatest potential allows them to function as the brain center of a house, deciding where to draw power (from the grid, batteries, or solar panels) and then determine how to allocate it to appliances and climate control systems.

  • VIDEO: Plane Rolls of Atlanta Taxiway, No Injuries
  • VIDEO: Lost Mural by Leonardo May Have Been Discovered

    Researchers may have discovered traces of a lost mural by Leonardo da Vinci by poking a probe through cracks in a 16th-century fresco painted on the wall of one of Florence's most famous buildings.

  • VIDEO: Today in History for Tuesday March 13
  • VIDEO: Today in History March 12
  • Raw Video: 1 Year Since Japan Quake, Tsunami
  • Debate Nearly Drowns Ashley Pond Decision

    Project manager Richard McIntyre, Capital Projects and Facilities Department Director Anne Laurent and George Radnovich, senior principal of Sites Southwest, LLC, spent two hours Thursday night responding to challenges from the Capital Improvements Program committee concerning improvements to Ashley Pond.

    Committee member David Schiferl felt council’s direction had not been adequately addressed. The project addresses a depletion of oxygen in the water called eutrophication, which affects water quality and the need for Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accessibility.

  • Freewheeling Bike Doc preps for audition--Video Extra

    For many musicians, a case of the nerves is something that comes with the territory when performing. Some even have rituals before getting on stage that help them prepare and calm down.

    Local pianist Beau “Baruch” Gerard is not one of those musicians. He’s cool, calm and collected every time he gets behind the piano. He’ll need that confidence when he plays for some of the most critical judges in America.

    Gerard, better known as the Bike Doc, will audition for NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” in the fall. He will travel to Denver to show off his piano skills and vie for a spot on the talent show next season.

  • Update 03-11-12

    Kiwanis meeting

    Susan Mack from the Family Strengths Network will be the speaker at the weekly Kiwanis meeting from noon-1 p.m. Tuesday at the Masonic Temple.

    Council meeting

    County Council will hold a regular session at 6 p.m. March 20 in Council Chambers.

    Planning and zoning

    The Planning and Zoning Commission will meet at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the council chambers.

    BPU meeting

    The Board of Public Utilities will meet at 5:30 p.m., March 21, at 170 Central Park Square.

    LANL meetings

  • Japan nuclear evacuation fatal for old, sick--Video Extra

    MINAMI-SOMA, Japan (AP) — The doctors and nurses at Futaba Hospital pleaded for help as a radioactive plume wafted over their hospital. They had been ordered out but had no vehicles to evacuate the hundreds of patients in their care. After two days of waiting in the cold with no electricity, help finally came.

    Nearly two dozen patients died in the chaotic, daylong odyssey that followed.

    Japan’s government says only one person, an overworked employee at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant, died as a result of the worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl. But one year later, details from a new report and interviews with local authorities show many more perished because of bad planning and miscommunication between government agencies.