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A low-cost supercomputer is being used to study black holes and cybersecurity at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, where it was built using 176 Sony PlayStation 3 gaming consoles stored in a refrigerated shipping container. more
Home prices in the Providence metro area climbed 3.7 percent to $238,000 in April compared with $230,000 during the same period last year, Black Knight Financial Services reported Monday. more
Gas prices surged 3 cents in Rhode Island this week and 4 cents in Massachusetts as concerns about militant extremists causing unrest in Iraq affected oil and gasoline prices nationwide, AAA Southern New England reported. more
Rhode Island added 1,100 construction jobs between May 2013 and May 2014, an increase of 6.8 percent that ranked the state 12th in the country for highest percentage of construction jobs gained year over year, the Associated General Contractors of America reported. more
Purchases of previously owned U.S. homes rose in May by the most in almost three years, a sign the industry is stabilizing after a weather-depressed quarter. more
Passenger traffic at T.F. Green Airport declined 7.8 percent in May, the largest year-over-year drop for a single month so far this year, according to numbers released Friday by the R.I. Airport Corporation. more
General Electric Co. clinched its biggest acquisition ever, the $17 billion purchase of Alstom SA’s energy assets, after the resolution of the French government’s last condition for the deal. more
In a new study released by the National Partnership for Women & Families, Rhode Island scored a “B” for its family and medical leave policies and accommodations for pregnant workers, landing the Ocean State among the states with the best protections for working parents nationwide. more
Banco Santander SA, Spain’s biggest bank, agreed to buy GE Money Bank AB, the consumer finance business of GE Capital in Sweden, Denmark and Norway, for about 700 million euros ($953 million). more
As a component of its mission to improve the health of local residents, Blackstone Valley Community Health Care will be holding a community health fair where it will be unveiling a free smart phone app available to anyone to assist in tracking and monitoring health and fitness results. more
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