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Hard Hat Light Increases Visibility

May 29, 2014 4:38 pm | by ILLUMAGEAR | Product Releases | Comments

The Halo Light is designed specifically for a hard hat, lighting the entire task area without adjustment.

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Crash Avoidance Systems Improving

May 29, 2014 2:34 pm | by USA TODAY | Videos | Comments

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tests 24 large and midsize vehicles equipped with systems to help prevent or limit front crash danger.                               

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A Closer Look at Mars' Massive Wind Farm

May 29, 2014 2:30 pm | by Mars, Inc. | Videos | Comments

Mars, Inc., in partnership with Sumitomo Corporation of Americas, announced an agreement on a new 200MW wind farm that will generate 100% of the electricity needs of Mars' U.S. operations, which is comprised of 70 sites.         

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Inside Lockheed Martin's Advanced Manufacturing

May 29, 2014 2:24 pm | by Lockheed Martin | Videos | Comments

Imagine a world where you can 3D print a full-size cargo plane or quickly produce a body part to save someone's life.                                       

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Boehringer Ingelheim Reaches $650M Settlement Over Blood Thinner

May 29, 2014 2:14 pm | by Jim Suhr, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

German drug maker Boehringer Ingelheim said Wednesday it has agreed to pay $650 million to settle thousands of U.S. claims questioning the marketing and safety of its popular blood thinner Pradaxa.                

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Michigan a Leader in 'Blue Economy' Jobs

May 29, 2014 1:57 pm | by John Flesher, Associated Press | News | Comments

From wastewater treatment to farming and advanced manufacturing, a wide swath of the state's economy is particularly sensitive to any changes in water quality or abundance.                       

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Toyota Celebrates 10-Millionth Kentucky-Made Vehicle

May 29, 2014 1:46 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

While today's event is meant to celebrate the plant's successes, it will also be bittersweet for some employees. In late April, the company announced that it would close its manufacturing headquarters in Erlanger, Kentucky.       

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Italy Wants $1.6B in Damages From Novartis and Roche

May 29, 2014 1:36 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Italy's health ministry is seeking $1.63 billion in damages from Swiss pharmaceutical giants Novartis and Roche after an anti-trust court ruled the two companies colluded to prevent the distribution of an eye medication.          

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U.S. Economy Shrinks at 1 Percent Rate in 1Q

May 29, 2014 1:31 pm | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The U.S. economy was battered even more than first suspected by the harsh winter, actually shrinking from January through March.                                    

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NHTSA: Car, Truck Crashes Cost Whopping $871B

May 29, 2014 1:25 pm | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | News | Comments

The study examined the economic toll of car and truck crashes in 2010, when 32,999 people were killed, 3.9 million injured and 24 million vehicles damaged.                            

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Applications for Jobless Aid Near 7-Year Low

May 29, 2014 9:55 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits fell last week to nearly the lowest level in seven years, a sign hiring may be picking up.                               

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Americans Agree, EPA Regulations Go Too Far

May 29, 2014 9:52 am | by Nikita Ernst, Associate Editor, Chem.info - @Chem_Kita | Blogs | Comments

According to a new poll conducted on behalf of the National Mining Association, more than 75% of Americans are concerned that new EPA regulations - specifically targetting coal power plants.                    

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Apple Acquires Beats for $3B

May 29, 2014 9:41 am | by Michael Liedtke and Ryan Nakashima, AP Business Writers | News | Comments

It's by far the most expensive acquisition in Apple's 38-year history, a price that the company is paying to counter a threat posed to its iTunes store.                            

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Hiring To Bring Nissan Employment Over 6,000 In Miss.

May 29, 2014 9:37 am | by Jeff Amy, Associated Press | News | Comments

A Nissan Motor Co. contractor has begun seeking applicants for 500 workers as part of the automaker's buildup to begin producing a new model in Mississippi.                            

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Samsung Envisions Wearables With Common System

May 29, 2014 9:34 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The South Korean company pushed for a common system so that different manufacturers — from startups to established companies — can interchange key components such as the wristband.                    

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American Airlines To Get First Boeing 787 in November

May 29, 2014 9:32 am | by David Koenig, AP Airlines Writer | News | Comments

The 787 could be American's most important new plane since the Boeing 777 in 1999.                                                   

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Obama Administration Names U.S. Manufacturing Regions

May 29, 2014 9:27 am | by Darlene Superville, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Obama administration on Wednesday named 12 regions of the country that will receive special attention under a new federal program designed to help make them more attractive to manufacturing companies.              

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8 Vehicles Get Top Rating for Collision Warning

May 29, 2014 9:23 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

The 2014 Chevrolet Impala was the only non-luxury car to earn the highest safety rating in new tests of high-tech crash prevention systems.                                 

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Leaching Autoclave for Caustic Cleaning

May 28, 2014 4:43 pm | by WSF Industries, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Designed for operation with caustic solutions at elevated temperatures and pressures, this new leaching autoclave system cleans industrial parts and components by mechanical agitation of an internal basket and other processes.  

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Consumer Confidence Moves Up in May

May 28, 2014 1:57 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. consumers were slightly more confident in the economy in May than in April, partly because of strengthening optimism about future hiring and income gains.                          

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