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Researchers at I.B.M. said Thursday that they've managed to create high-speed circuits from graphene, a nano-material that is almost transparent and is capable of coping with higher temperatures than the material in the current generation of silicon chips.

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Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-NY) knows all about handling pressure to resign after living through a lengthy ethics investigation into his finances ending in an ultra-rare censure vote last year. And his advice to embattled Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) is clear: don't back down.

"Not one person has given any reason for a resignation," Rangel told PolitickerNY on Friday. He said that Weiner's indiscretions were far less serious than past political sex scandals and that the Queens lawmaker could still do his job well if "the press gets his back."

"He wasn't going with prostitutes. He wasn't going out with little boys. He wasn't going into men's room with broad stances," Rangel said. "I mean, All of those I understand; I'm 80 years old. But high-tech stuff like this, I can't respond. But I know immoral sex when I hear it from other members, and no one has screamed for their resignation. So I don't know why they're selecting Anthony."

Rangel is among the most prominent New York politicians to defend him so far. A number of Democrats in the House have demanded Weiner's resignation, but all indications so far point to the Congressman sticking around whether his party likes it or not.

If the last week didn't convince Anthony Weiner (D-NY) to resign, it's hard to see what will.

Democrats in Washington couldn't have made it clearer that they want Weiner gone fast. Within minutes of his nationally televised confession on Monday, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) called for an ethics investigation and was seconded immediately by DCCC chair Steve Israel (D-NY). By the end of the week an array of Democrats, including DCCC official Rep. Allyson Schwartz (D-PA), were openly demanding he step down. On the Senate side, Harry Reid more or less told Weiner to drop dead, acidly saying his advice to the lawmaker would be to "Call somebody else." On the other side of the ledger, virtually no Democratic officials have moved to defend him.

But Weiner has stuck to his guns, emerging from 24-hour deathwatch unbroken after an onslaught of humiliating stories ranging from a reported X-rated photo to dozens of pages of alleged raunchy chats to a New York Times story on his wife Huma Abedin's pregnancy.

"I betrayed a lot of people and I know it and I'm trying to get back to work now and try to make amends to my constituents, and of course to my family of course," he told the New York Post on Thursday. "I'm going to go back to my community office and try to get some work done."

While the shouts for his resignation may be intense in DC, take the Amtrak to New York and the scene looks very different. Local politicos say they aren't surprised to see Weiner digging in.

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Google plans to extend its electric vehicle charging infrastructure to five percent of its parking spaces in an attempt to encourage its employees to buy the vehicles, said a Google executive in charge of its electric transportation program Thursday.

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Rep. Joe Heck (R-NV) has decided to let his position on Social Security stand. The question now is, which one!

As noted here, Heck has done a full 360 on his contention that Social Security is a pyramid scheme in the past week. That's earned him the ire of the editors of the Las Vegas Sun and now he's trying to push the issue to bed by saying he's through answering questions about it.

Summarizing Heck's revolving position on the issue, a reporter for the Las Vegas Review-Journal asked Heck for clarification at a Wednesday town hall. "I wanted to ask about your comments around Social Security," he said. "You said at your Boulder City meeting, you used the phrase 'pyramid scheme' and then you later said "'I shouldn't have used those words,' then on the radio you agreed with someone who called it a pyramid scheme. I just want to see where it is you stand?"

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Newt Gingrich is not calling it quits, in the wake of the mass resignation of most of his top campaign staff on Thursday. And as he told ABC News Friday morning, in an interview outside his home in McLean, Virginia, we will soon find out whether the country will welcome the very different kind of campaign he wants to run.

"We had a strategic disagreement about how to run a campaign," Gingrich said. "There have been very few campaigns that have been solutions oriented and that are oriented to every single American."

Gingrich was asked about how committed he was to actually campaigning -- having spent only about 12 days on the campaign trail in the 37 days since he declared his candidacy. (He has also just returned days ago from a two-week Mediterranean cruise.)

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Stephen Colbert perplexed former Homeland Security chief turned natural gas lobbyist Tom Ridge Thursday night, grilling him about whether the controversial drilling practice known as "fracking" had caused dangerous chemicals to seep into local water supplies.

"How many of those can I feed my toddler?," Colbert said after reading a list of the numerous chemicals used in fracking. "Because it's perfectly safe, right?"

In particular, Colbert pointed to footage of people who live near natural gas wells igniting their tap water, a sign, opponents of fracking say, that the process is polluting nearby drinking water.

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Mitt Romney and Tim Pawlenty are gearing up to be major competitors in the Republican presidential primary race. And as it turns out, the two of them have something in common: According to new surveys from Public Policy Polling (D), they would both lose their respective home states to President Obama by serious margins -- though as the new numbers from Massachusetts show, it's much worse in Romney's case.

In the new Massachusetts survey, Obama leads Romney by a landslide margin of 57%-37% -- wider than the 51%-43% margin that Obama has over Pawlenty in Minnesota, and comparable to Obama's 56%-35% lead over the other likely Minnesotan candidate, Michele Bachmann, in that state.

As it turns out, Romney is actually the strongest Republican candidate in Massachusetts. Obama leads Herman Cain by 60%-27%, leads Newt Gingrich by 63%-27%, leads Sarah Palin by 63%-27%, and leads Pawlenty by 59%-28%.

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