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Takata Halts Use of Volatile Chemical Linked to Deadly Airbags

June 2, 2015 | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | News | Comments

Takata says it will stop using ammonium nitrate as a propellant in its airbags in case the chemical is responsible for the defective bags. 

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Amtrak CEO Vows to Put Safety Technology Into Operation

June 2, 2015 2:33 pm | by Joan Lowy, The Associated Press | News | Comments

An emotional Amtrak CEO pledged to lawmakers Tuesday that safety technology that could have prevented a deadly derailment last month in Philadelphia will be put into operation.


Inside Watts Bar Nuclear Plant — One of The Longest Building Projects in U.S. History

June 2, 2015 2:30 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Articles | Comments

It’s taken so long to complete, the newest nuclear plant in the U.S. will run on 1970s-era technology. But finally, after nearly four decades, the second reactor at the Watt Bar Nuclear Generating Station in Tennessee is 90 percent finished.


American Start-Up Promises 1700-hp Hybrid Supercar

June 2, 2015 2:23 pm | by USA TODAY | Videos | Comments

PSC Motors announced a 1700 horsepower hybrid supercar. 


Blue Bell OKs Deal on Listeria With Alabama Health Officials

June 2, 2015 2:08 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Blue Bell Creameries says it has entered a voluntary agreement with the Alabama Department of Public Health that includes requiring the company to inform the state whenever there is a positive test result for listeria in its products or ingredients.


Tesla Motors Co-Founder Wants to Electrify Commercial Trucks

June 2, 2015 2:02 pm | by Terence Chea, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Tesla co-founder wants to electrify noisy, gas-guzzling trucks that deliver packages, haul garbage and make frequent stops on city streets.


Takata Executive Urges New-Design Inflators or Rival-Made Ones

June 2, 2015 1:40 pm | by Marcy Gordon, The Associated Press | News | Comments

A top executive says Takata Corp. is encouraging automakers to replace defective air bag inflators with newly designed ones from the company, or with those made by competitors that don't include a volatile chemical.


Ductless Fume Hood

June 2, 2015 10:47 am | by Air Science Inc | Product Releases | Comments

Air Science (Fort Myers, FL) has introduced its NEW Purair ECO line of Energy-Saving Ductless Fume Hoods designed for both chemical and particulate protection over a broad range of laboratory and industrial applications. 

Syngenta Preparing for Another Monsanto Takeover Bid

June 2, 2015 10:19 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Swiss agribusiness giant Syngenta AG believes rival Monsanto could make another bid to acquire the company within a matter of days.


Ford Keeps Plants Running Longer for Third Consecutive Year

June 2, 2015 9:31 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ford will shorten the traditional summer shut-down at some of its plants for the third consecutive year to meet rising demand.


GOP Pledges to 'Rein in' Obama on EPA Rules, Global Warming

June 1, 2015 3:38 pm | by Matthew Daly, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The majority of Republicans are working to slow President Barack Obama on one of his second-term priorities: his environmental legacy, especially his efforts to reduce the pollution linked to global warming.


Southwest Steel To Expand Newport Plant, Add 100 Jobs

June 1, 2015 2:44 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Southwest Steel Processing has announced plans to expand its plant in Newport and to add 100 new jobs.


Natural Food Companies, House Democrats Back GMO Labeling Requirement

June 1, 2015 2:37 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

​Democratic members of Congress, with the support of natural food company officials, last month called for passage of legislation that would require labels disclosing the use of genetically modified ingredients in food.


PVC Acid Digestion Fume Hoods

June 1, 2015 2:28 pm | by HEMCO Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

HEMCO announces the NEW PVC Acid Digestion Fume Hood, engineered specifically for extremely corrosive operations involving dissolution procedures for element analysis. 

Death Toll From Defective GM Ignition Switches Rises to 109

June 1, 2015 2:22 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The death toll from faulty ignition switches in small cars made by General Motors has reached 109. 


Telsa Loses Texas Battle, but is Slowly Winning More States

June 1, 2015 2:13 pm | by USA TODAY | Videos | Comments

Tesla's opportunity to sell products directly to Texas consumers disappeared whn the state legislature failed to change the law Friday. 


Peet's Coffee Brews Growth From Cloud Technology

June 1, 2015 2:09 pm | by Bloomberg Business | Videos | Comments

The impact of technology on consumer spending and productivity seems like an academic matter. But when it comes to the implementation of cutting-edge software, the results can be pretty tasty.


Tips for Taking Your ERP Paperless

June 1, 2015 2:06 pm | by Alyssa Kadansky | Articles | Comments

So you've implemented an ERP solution, like Microsoft Dynamics or NetSuite, to help streamline your financial processes. Great! But maybe you want to take your ERP solution one step further and help your office go completely paperless. 


Oklahoma is Latest State to Prevent Local Fracking Bans

June 1, 2015 2:01 pm | by Sean Murphy, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Oklahoma cities and counties would no longer be able to ban hydraulic fracturing — a process commonly called fracking — or other oil and gas operations within their boundaries under a bill signed into law on Friday by Gov. Mary Fallin.


U.S. Manufacturing Growth Accelerates for 1st Time in 6 Months

June 1, 2015 1:56 pm | by Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. manufacturing growth accelerated in May for the first time in six months, propelled by more new orders and an increase in hiring.


Report: EPA to Require More Fuel Efficient Trucks

June 1, 2015 1:51 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The latest environmental initiative from the Obama administration appears set to target the nation's sprawling trucking industry. 



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