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UPI Almanac for Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012.
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UPI Almanac for Sunday, Oct. 21, 2012.
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UPI Almanac for Friday, Aug. 31, 2012.
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UPI Almanac for Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012.
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Research improves old battery technology

PALO ALTO, Calif., June 26 (UPI) -- A rechargeable battery technology developed by Thomas Edison more than 100 years ago is gaining new interest with research improvements, U.S. scientists say.

Why Johnny can’t pay his student loans

COLLEGE PARK, Md., May 1 (UPI) -- Many college graduates are trapped in positions that don't earn them enough money to repay their college loans -- the blame for that belongs in several laps.
PETER MORICI, UPI Outside View Commentator

Bin Laden’s advice to his children

HERNDON, Va., Feb. 28 (UPI) -- Osama bin Laden reportedly gave his children advice to not follow him into jihad and to seek educational opportunities in the West.
JAMES. ZUMWALT, UPI Outside View Commentator

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UPI Almanac for Sunday, Feb. 19, 2012.
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UPI Almanac for Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012.
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UPI Almanac for Friday, Jan. 27, 2012.
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UPI Almanac for Saturday, Dec. 31, 2011.
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UPI Almanac for Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2011.
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UPI Almanac for Monday, Nov. 21, 2011.
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UPI Almanac for Friday, Oct. 21, 2011.
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Springsteen makes N.J. Hall of Fame

Springsteen makes N.J. Hall of Fame

TRENTON, N.J., May 4 (UPI) -- Rock singer Bruce Springsteen is among the New Jersey luminaries chosen as inaugural inductees for the state's Hall of Fame, hall officials say.
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Thomas Edison
Thomas Edison was granted a patent for an electric incandescent lamp. This photo show the first commercially used Edison lamp (UPI/Files)
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Edison as he appears at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C.

Thomas Alva Edison (February 11, 1847 – October 18, 1931) was an American inventor, scientist, and businessman who developed many devices that greatly influenced life around the world, including the phonograph, the motion picture camera, and a long-lasting, practical electric light bulb. Dubbed "The Wizard of Menlo Park" (now Edison, New Jersey) by a newspaper reporter, he was one of the first inventors to apply the principles of mass production and large teamwork to the process of invention, and therefore is often credited with the creation of the first industrial research laboratory.

Edison is the third most prolific inventor in history, holding 1,093 US patents in his name, as well as many patents in the United Kingdom, France, and Germany. He is credited with numerous inventions that contributed to mass communication and, in particular, telecommunications. These included a stock ticker, a mechanical vote recorder, a battery for an electric car, electrical power, recorded music and motion pictures. His advanced work in these fields was an outgrowth of his early career as a telegraph operator. Edison originated the concept and implementation of electric-power generation and distribution to homes, businesses, and factories – a crucial development in the modern industrialized world. His first power station was on Manhattan Island, New York.

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It uses material from the Wikipedia article "Thomas Edison."
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