Nate Payne

Nate Payne

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9 years 6 months ago

On its opening day, Microsoft's newest video game, Halo: Reach, racked up over $200 million (U.S.) in sales (U.S only). These launch day results continue to bode well for Microsoft, and increase the momentum for Microsoft's November launch of the new Xbox 360 gaming system. Additionally, with Christmas approaching, Halo: Reach, the latest installment from the Halo series, is a key product for Microsoft. Many expect this Christmas to be extremely competitive, particularly within the gaming market, with arch rivals Nintendo and Sony Corp. set to launch new products. Over the last year, the...


9 years 6 months ago

Since their introduction into research, stem cells have been a persistent source of controversy. Prior to March 2009, U.S. researchers were forced to hold two containers, one governed by government rules, and the other derived from later lines which researchers were prohibited from studying using federal funding. This separation created logistical nightmares for lab managers, increasing costs, duplicating effort, and robbing researchers of precious research time. Moreover, it can be argued that these hurdles, both financial and administrative, have greatly inhibited the study of many diseases,...


9 years 6 months ago

The world's biggest chip maker, Intel, has unveiled its newest chipset; one, that it hopes will shake up the entire PC market. The product, code-named Sandy Bridge, is Intel's first architecture that merges a microprocessor and graphics processor onto a single chip. Despite recently cutting sales forecasts because of weaker than expected PC demand, Intel is betting that this new technology will be a hit with...


9 years 6 months ago

For years, many families have considered teaching a profession that could weather even the most devastating economic storms. After all, through 2009 and the first half of 2010, many universities and teaching colleges across North America have continued to see increases in both application volume and admission to their teacher certification programs. With these kind of facts, it is hard to believe that teaching as a profession is under fire? Sadly, while admissions to teacher preparation programs are encouraging, reductions in...


9 years 6 months ago

Late last week, All Nippon Airways Co. announced that it has teamed with a Hong Kong investment group to launch a budget airline aiming at tapping the growing but competitive Asian market. The airline, which will fly both international and domestic routes, is expected to start operations in the second half of fiscal 2011. To complete the deal, domestic investors will be given a 66.7 percent stake in the low-cost carrier, with ANA remaining the top shareholder. Hong Kong-based First Eastern Investment Group, an active investor in the Asian transportation arena, will hold the remaining 33.3...


9 years 7 months ago

Five years ago, Spanish farmers realized that they could make more money harvesting the sun than they could planting crops. Shortly thereafter, fields of sunflowers gave way to bright pastures of solar panels. To aid this transition, the Spanish government created a number of renewable energy subsidies; subsidies, that were critical to the sector's growth and development. Sadly, it appears that many of the subsidies that spurred the development and expansion of Spain's renewable energy markets are now in jeopardy. This past week...


9 years 7 months ago

On Wednesday, Google, the world's leader in online search, launched Google Instant, a live-updating search product that aims to shave seconds off the typical search time. Now, when users search Google, results are refined in real time as additional keywords are added. The search box jumps to the top of the search page and results appear in a constantly changing list. Users can select the right site if it catches their eye, without having to type the full description....


9 years 7 months ago

It is a well known fact that underground credential markets are flourishing. Holders of credentials, whether they be educational or informational, often have the ability to access precious labor, mobility, and educational opportunities that others without such credentials cannot. The challenge for many economies is the fact that the acquisition of credible credentials, particularly educational credentials, is often incredibly difficult, particularly for families in undeveloped or developing nations. After all, when a family cannot afford to eat, the probability that such a family can...


9 years 7 months ago

In the highly competitive clothing industry, business fortunes hang by threads. Economics, employment, and competition continually entangle the competitive web clothing manufacturers and retailers face, complicating life in an already unstable and complex operational environment.

One clothing retailer that has recently found itself struggling to stay afloat is the casual clothing chain American Apparel. This morning, after announcing a steep slump in first quarter sales - as well as persistent manufacturing and supply chain issues - the retailer's leadership warned that the risk of a...


9 years 7 months ago

In the counties and towns surrounding Moscow, death, devastation and despair are rampant. Patches where towns once stood remain charred, their city blocks burned and barren. In Verkhnyaya Vereya, a small town within the  Nizhny Novgorod region, few structures remain after fires destroyed all the town's 341 houses in less than an hour. Sadly, Verkhnyaya Vereya is one of many villages in Russia's southeastern peninsula that have been destroyed. In fact, just minutes outsite of Verkhnyaya Vereya, in Vyksa, a...


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