Gannett buys Belo TV stations in shift to multi-media

USA Today publisher Gannett Co. announced Thursday it was buying Belo Corp. and its 20 television stations for $2.2 billion, its latest step towards becoming a "diversified multi-media company."

New EU cars will dial for help in case of a crash

The EU wants all new passenger cars fitted out by October 2015 with a life-saving automatic dial-up system so emergency workers can speed to the site of a crash as swiftly as possible.

Helping pet owners make tough choices

Perhaps the hardest part of owning a pet is making difficult decisions when a beloved companion becomes seriously ill.

EU takes Germany to task over new auto coolant rules

The European Commission has taken a first step to ensure Germany's giant auto industry switches to a new air conditioning coolant deemed to be more environment friendly, a senior official said on Thursday.

Is UN negotiating an unattainable climate goal?

As UN negotiators roll up their sleeves for the last push towards a universal climate deal, many fear their end-goal of halting global warming at two degrees Celsius is moving out of reach.

Unzipped nanotubes unlock potential for batteries

(Phys.org) —Researchers at Rice University have come up with a new way to boost the efficiency of the ubiquitous lithium ion (LI) battery by employing ribbons of graphene that start as carbon nanotubes.

EU wants six-yearly post-Fukushima nuclear stress tests

The European Commission called for stress tests every six years on the dozens of nuclear reactors operating in the European Union as it issued new safety rules in the wake of Japan's Fukushima disaster.

Microsoft opening mini-shops in Best Buy stores

Microsoft on Thursday announced that it is expanding its real-world retail push with mini-shops inside 600 US and Canadian stores operated by consumer electronics chain Best Buy.

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