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Percentage of Union Workers Down Slightly in 2014

January 23, 2015 12:26 pm | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO | News | Comments

The percentage of workers belonging to unions in 2014 declined slightly from the previous year, according to new federal estimates.                                  

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Branson's Futuristic Vision to Get Internet to Everyone

January 23, 2015 12:14 pm | by Bloomberg News | Videos | Comments

Virgin Group Founder Sir Richard Branson shares his vision of how Virgin Galactic will launch satellites to help connect the three billion people in the world who don't have internet access.                 

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Famous Portland Bread Goes National

January 23, 2015 12:07 pm | by USA TODAY | Videos | Comments

Going against the gluten-free fad, Portland, Oregon-based Dave's Killer Bread has gained legions of fans for its seeded, nutritious sandwich lovers. Now it has plans to expand to every state in the U.S. by the end of 2015.       

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Federal Judge Strikes Down Local Fracking Ban

January 23, 2015 10:46 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO | News | Comments

A federal judge this week struck down a New Mexico county's fracking ban in one of a growing number of regulatory fights over the controversial method of extracting natural gas and oil from deep rock underground.            

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Report: Manufacturing Wages Significantly Higher Than Comparable Workers

January 23, 2015 10:41 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO | News | Comments

The average manufacturing worker made nearly 11 percent more than a comparable worker outside the manufacturing sector in 2012 and 2013, according to a newly released report.                     

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Landfill Could Be One of Last to Tap Methane for Power

January 23, 2015 10:37 am | by Gillian Flaccus, The Associated Press | News | Comments

When most Californians think about the source of renewable energy flowing into their homes, they picture wind turbines and solar panels — not garbage.                             

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Another Group Pulls Support From PNM's Power Plant

January 23, 2015 10:29 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A third group is withdrawing its support of Public Service Co. of New Mexico's plan to shut down half of the coal-fired San Juan Generating Station near Farmington.                         

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U.S. Unemployment Applications Drop

January 23, 2015 10:19 am | by Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits fell last week for the first time in a month, a sign that layoffs remain low and hiring is probably still healthy.                       

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Oil Price Drop Sparks Steel Industry Layoffs

January 23, 2015 10:07 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO | News | Comments

U.S. Steel this week announced 545 layoffs, bringing its January job cut total to more than 1,000 as the industry reels from the decline in oil prices.                             

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Industrial IoT Creates New Job Requirement — ESP

January 23, 2015 9:53 am | by Bhavesh S. Patel | Articles | Comments

Meet the new job requirement for industrial facility and IT operations professionals — extrasensory perception, a.k.a. ESP.                                     

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A Solar Plane to Circumnavigate the Globe

January 22, 2015 3:08 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | Videos | Comments

Two pilots hope to make aviation history in the coming weeks by circumnavigating the globe in a plane powered entirely by solar panels. This feat will not only mean going down in history books, but it will also mark a starting point for greener alternatives in aviation.

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U.S. Steel To Lay Off More Than 350 at Indiana Tin Mill

January 22, 2015 2:33 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. Steel says it will lay off more than 350 workers in East Chicago, Indiana, as it plans to temporarily close its tin mill.                                   

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Robotics: The Latest Davos Buzzword

January 22, 2015 2:26 pm | by Bloomberg News | Videos | Comments

In addition to the Swiss Franc and the ECB, what else is being talked about at Davos? Robotics and AI have been taking some interest, so here's the low down of what to keep an eye out for this year.               

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Industry Group Issues Record Number of Metalworking Credentials

January 22, 2015 2:16 pm | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO | News | Comments

The National Institute for Metalworking Skills issued a record number of credentials last year to individuals seeking to join or advance in the precision manufacturing industry.                     

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EPA, Automakers Agree to Curb Use of Copper in Brake Pads

January 22, 2015 2:03 pm | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO | News | Comments

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced an agreement that would cut the use of copper in motor vehicle brake pads.                                   

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Where Does Your City Stack Up in Job Growth?

January 22, 2015 1:58 pm | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO | News | Comments

A report presented to a national mayors' group projected each of the nation's 363 metropolitan areas to add jobs in 2015.                                     

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Report Says BPA is Safe: Will This Change the Game?

January 22, 2015 1:50 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.info | Blogs | Comments

To BPA or not to BPA? That is the question … no one can exactly agree on. But maybe that’s about to change. In a just-released report, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has concluded that bisphenol A poses “no consumer health risk” to anyone at any age.     

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Photo of the Day: The City Ranked Number 1 in Economic Performance

January 22, 2015 10:25 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | News | Comments

See a photo of the city that finished first in JPMorgan Chase and the Brookings Institution list of the 300 top performing economies.                                

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Industrial Wet/Wet Differential Transducer

January 22, 2015 10:08 am | by OMEGA Engineering Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

OMEGA is introducing a new high accuracy industrial wet/wet differential pressure transducer.  

EPA Adds Restrictions to Toxic PFOA Chemicals

January 22, 2015 9:35 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.info | News | Comments

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced proposed measures to keep perflourinated chemicals from re-entering the U.S. marketplace.                               

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