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J.C. Penney to close 24 more stores: Sales fall as department stores struggle

In the wake of a disappointing holiday quarter, J.C. Penney is slashing hundreds of jobs. Time J.C. Penney plans to close 15 additional full-line stores and nine home-and-furniture locations as the retailer struggles to get its footing amid significant challenges for department stores. from https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/2019/02/28/j-c-penney-store-closings/3013368002/https://www.gannett-cdn.com/uxstatic/usatoday/usat-web-static-5003.16.0/images/sprites/icon_close.png

Incredible Experiment Gives Infrared Vision to Mice—and Humans Could Be Next

By injecting nanoparticles into the eyes of mice, scientists gave them the ability to see near-infrared light—a wavelength not normally visible to rodents (or people). from https://gizmodo.com/incredible-experiment-gives-infrared-vision-to-mice-and-1832940986https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/s–8VVhJOkG–/c_scale,f_auto,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/dtu0iclof3eqdgsshemh.jpg

Trump and GOP economic policies failed to deliver promised 3% growth in 2018

President Trump’s central claim about his economic policies officially crashed into reality today. Throughout the 2016 campaign and since, the president and his party have vowed to kick-start tepid Obama-era economic growth. from https://www.cnbc.com/2019/02/28/trumps-economic-policies-failed-to-deliver-promised-3percent-growth-in-2018.htmlhttps://fm.cnbc.com/applications/cnbc.com/resources/img/editorial/2017/12/21/104911357-GettyImages-896283674.530×298.jpg?v=1551301698

Google puts Assistant into its Android texting app, and it’s pretty cool

Google Assistant lives in your home and might have its own button on your phone. Now it’s in your Android Messages texting app, too. I got a hands-on demo of how exactly it works, here at MWC 2019 in Barcelona.  from https://www.cnet.com/news/google-put-assistant-into-its-android-texting-app-and-its-pretty-cool-mwc/https://cnet4.cbsistatic.com/img/-DDyf1CmM-r-w2z-7gUmDkUq1Do=/970×0/2019/02/25/7f90a402-ca42-4561-8e2b-cb885557185e/google-assistant-messages-android.jpg

‘Semi-solid state’ batteries could lead to cheaper, longer-range EVs

The race to create cheaper, longer-lasting batteries just got more interesting. 24M, a US Department of Energy-funded startup, announced that it has delivered semi-solid state lithium-ion batteries with energy density levels of 250 watt-hours per kilogram (Wh/kg). from https://www.engadget.com/2019/02/27/semi-solid-state-batteries-could-lead-to-cheaper-longer-range/https://o.aolcdn.com/images/dims?quality=85&image_uri=https%3A%2F%2Fo.aolcdn.com%2Fimages%2Fdims%3Fcrop%3D1600%252C1066%252C0%252C0%26quality%3D85%26format%3Djpg%26resize%3D1600%252C1066%26image_uri%3Dhttps%253A%252F%252Fs.yimg.com%252Fos%252Fcreatr-uploaded-images%252F2019-02%252F221e10b0-3a93-11e9-af99-2c1713fc2885%26client%3Da1acac3e1b3290917d92%26signature%3D9440ded5ef8ecec14bb54fe10a1efee96de4a753&client=amp-blogside-v2&signature=90975a31f60717766fa11c3f664bf6d5a6d80718

Ultra-fast USB 3.2 is coming to desktop PCs in 2019

The speedy USB 3.2 format has technically been ready for the better part of two years, but it’s finally ready for a PC near you. The USB-IF standards body has revealed that 3. from https://www.engadget.com/2019/02/26/usb-3-2-coming-to-desktop-pcs/https://o.aolcdn.com/images/dims?quality=85&image_uri=https%3A%2F%2Fo.aolcdn.com%2Fimages%2Fdims%3Fcrop%3D4592%252C3063%252C0%252C0%26quality%3D85%26format%3Djpg%26resize%3D1600%252C1067%26image_uri%3Dhttps%253A%252F%252Fs.yimg.com%252Fos%252Fcreatr-images%252F2019-02%252F7da1f960-3a07-11e9-adff-90007cd73a64%26client%3Da1acac3e1b3290917d92%26signature%3D8bb6329bad5aa1d3f651a79861fcccadd419eb57&client=amp-blogside-v2&signature=11516ab34e98181388ab630784772f0197047488

Google’s DeepMind can predict wind patterns a day in advance

Wind power has become increasingly popular, but its success is limited by the fact that wind comes and goes as it pleases, making it hard for power grids to count on the renewable energy and less likely to fully embrace it. from https://www.engadget.com/2019/02/26/google-machine-learning-wind-power/https://o.aolcdn.com/images/dims?quality=85&image_uri=https%3A%2F%2Fo.aolcdn.com%2Fimages%2Fdims%3Fcrop%3D4806%252C3078%252C0%252C0%26quality%3D85%26format%3Djpg%26resize%3D1600%252C1025%26image_uri%3Dhttps%253A%252F%252Fs.yimg.com%252Fos%252Fcreatr-images%252F2019-02%252Ffbc6fd80-39ef-11e9-9eef-69c987edfb3f%26client%3Da1acac3e1b3290917d92%26signature%3D60177864fb2c99e079329f7bef398a473f2e6200&client=amp-blogside-v2&signature=8927276aecd3ed14b2dde33465cfabfe9e317af8