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A small Wyoming company believes it may have discovered a game-changing alternative to conventional batteries.

On Tuesday, materials scientist Michael Haag introduced attendees of the two-day World Technology Summit to the "Quantum Energy Device" or QED -- a battery of sorts made not from chemicals, but from silicon nanocrystals.

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The Wisconsin legislature is divided once again, on a new hot-button topic: Whether citizens should be able to carry guns in the state Capitol, into legislators' offices, and into the Assembly and Senate chambers themselves.

The state Capitol has, of course, been the site of massive protests against Gov. Scott Walker's anti-public employee union legislation. Amazingly, tens of thousands of people swamped the Capitol at various times in passionate, and very loud demonstrations -- but without any major disturbances of the peace.

But would an armed state Capitol also be a polite state Capitol?

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Federal prosecutor Nathaniel B. Edmonds stepped before U.S. District Judge Ellen S. Huvelle on Wednesday morning and portrayed former lobbyist Kevin Ring as "second in command" to Jack Abramoff and said a 50-month sentence would "reflect the reality of Ring's crimes."

Ultimately, Huvelle sentenced Ring to 20 months in prison for providing, in the words of DOJ, an "illegal stream of things of value, including vacations, employment for a congressman's wife, meals, drinks, and high-priced tickets to exclusive concerts and sporting events."

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Tea party group American Majority has some harsh words for Michele Bachmann: drop out of the presidential race.

Via CNN, the groups president, Ned Ryun, writes “It’s time for Michele Bachmann to go.”

Why the harsh treatment? The group’s executive director, Matt Robbins, says Bachmann is a “back-bencher” and “it’s pretty obvious that Michele Bachmann is about Michele Bachmann.”

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The Massachusetts Republican Party has produced another web video targeting Elizabeth Warren, tying her in unseemly fashion to the Occupy Wall Street protests -- and titling the video "Matriarch of Mayhem."

This follows a previous state GOP video, in which they went after Warren for a past statement about financial reform in which she figuratively said she had "thrown rocks" in the debate. And like the "Throw Rocks" video, the new "Matriarch of Mayhem" video uses a lot of blur effects, to create that special scary atmosphere.

In addition to a montage of individual protesters opposing capitalism, the video uses Warren's recent quote: "I created much of the intellectual foundation for what they do," and also another: "My first choice is a strong consumer agency...My second choice is no agency at all and plenty of blood and teeth on the floor."

Just think: "Matriarch of Mayhem," "Throw Rocks," "Blood and teeth on the floor." If Elizabeth Warren ever wants to start a heavy-metal band, the Massachusetts GOP has already provided her some great song titles.

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Republican efforts to paint President Obama as a liberal bogeyman have long been operational -- he's been the biggest spender in a storied history of Democratic big spenders, he's instituting death panels, and of course, he wasn't even born in America.

So Fox News thought they'd really drive the point home by asking the following question about all the major Presidential candidates in their new poll: What would your reaction be if [insert candidate here] were to become the next president? Possible answers: enthusiastic, pleased, neutral, displeased, and scared.

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House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) acknowledged that the 12 member deficit Super Committee is having a hard time reaching consensus, and dismissed as unserious a Democratic proposal that would have reduced the deficit by nearly $3 trillion, split fairly evenly between cuts to entitlement and other federal programs, and new taxes.

"I'm not surprised that, you know, we're having some difficulty," Boehner told reporters at a Thursday Capitol briefing. "Because this isn't easy. It's going to be very hard. But I do think it's time for everyone to get serious about this." Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) have taken a more active role in the negotiations to hasten progress, according to reports, and Boehner seemed to confirm that.

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Chevrolet announced today that it would build the electric motor for its upcoming Spark EV battery electric car in a plant in Maryland.

The carmaker also released the power specification for the motor, which will offer 85 kilowatts (114 hp) of peak output and roughly two-thirds of that in sustained operation.

That will be far more horsepower than in the gasoline version of the 2013 Spark, which will be fitted with a 83-horsepower, 1.2-liter four-cylinder engine. That's the smallest engine GM has sold in any model since the three-cylinder Geo Metro almost 20 years ago.

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Tickets to next week’s debate, featuring just Herman Cain and Newt Gingrich, will cost up to $1,000, the Wall Street Journal reports:

Bleacher seating at the Gingrich/Cain debate, hosted by the Texas Tea Party Patriots at the Woodlands Resort in Houston, costs a cool $200. The next step up, the $500 ticket, gets you “prime seating” and a ticket to the “Nite Cap party after the Debate,” says the group’s website. And for the really high rollers, $1,000 will get you “the best seating in the house for the debate” and “a professional picture taken with the candidates.”