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    maryjanemoneyIn spite of the many hurdles a prospective business owner must overcome to open a business under I-502 Grays Harbor is beginning to get the wrinkles ironed out and expecting a 'Tier 3' growing operation which could span between 10,000 and 30,000 square feet to begin production soon.

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  • Gonzaga Routs Saint Joseph's

    basketball genericGary Bell Jr. scored 18 points as No. 13 Gonzaga routed outmatched Saint Joseph's 94-42 on Wednesday night as part of the NIT Season Tip-Off. Josh Perkins added 13 points and Byron Wesley 12 for Gonzaga (3-0), which has yet to surrender more than 58 points in a game this season. Domantas Sabonis added 10 points and 11 rebounds. Aaron Brown scored 14 points for cold-shooting Saint Joseph's (1-2),

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New Car Shrinks by Nearly Half for Compact Parking

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-08_f082aa5a04.jpgKorean Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (NEW YORK) -- The Smart car might face some stiff competition in the tiny vehicle market. Researchers at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) unveiled a prototype car that can fold itself almost in half with just the press of a button on the driver's smartphone.

In-Soo Suh, an associate professor of the Graduate School for Green Transportation at KAIST, named the car the Armadillo-T.  After the car is parked, a stabilizing wheel pops out from underneath, followed by the back of the car curling forwards and upwards, much like its namesake desert mammal.  The Armadillo-T shrinks down to a little under five-and-a-half feet.

Suh and his colleagues have found additional ways to bring cutting edge technology to the Armadillo-T.  In place of side view mirrors are cameras that both take up less space and reduce blind spots by providing a more comprehensive side view.  The car can also be partly controlled from the smartphone, allowing drivers to step out and better see how they're navigating tricky parking spaces.

"This car is ideal for urban travels, including car-sharing and transit transfer," said Suh in a statement.  "I expect that people living in cities will eventually shift their preferences from bulky, petro-engine cars to smaller and lighter electric cars."

Nick Gianaris, the executive director of the Composite Vehicle Research Center at Michigan State University, noted that the Armadillo-T has four individual motors in each of the wheels, rather than one centralized motor.

"The speed of the car is limited, but the control of each motor provides you safety," he told ABC News.

People who complained about the Smart car's lack of speed probably won't find much solace in the Armadillo-T.  The prototype car's top speed currently stands at around 37 miles per hour, half as fast as the Smart car's 75 miles per hour.

Overall, Gianaris thinks that though the car is futuristic looking, it's also realistic.

"It's going to be a lot of touching and feeling around," he said in regards to the Armadillo-T's future.  "But it's a good thing."

According to KAIST's statement, three shrunken Armadillo-T's can fit in a single five-meter parking spot.  However, Suh and his colleagues haven't provided information on how a car could get out if it's cramped bumper-to-bumper between other cars.

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