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Report Blasts China, Russia For Cybercrime

November 4, 2011 5:00 am | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Cyberattacks by Chinese and Russian intelligence services, as well corporate hackers in those countries, have swallowed up large amounts of high-tech American research and development data, and that stolen information has helped build their economies, U.S. intelligence agencies have concluded.

GM Brings Jobs To MO

November 4, 2011 4:59 am | by Jim Salter, Associated Press | News | Comments

WENTZVILLE, Mo. (AP) — Missouri's once robust auto industry is making a comeback, with more good news Thursday: General Motors Co. will add pickup trucks to its line of products made in Wentzville, creating more than 1,200 new jobs. The announcement by GM Vice President of Labor Relations Cathy Clegg came two weeks after Ford announced it was adding 1,600 jobs to build transit vans at its Claycomo plant in Kansas City.


U.S. Added 80K Jobs In October

November 4, 2011 4:57 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The American economy added 80,000 jobs in October, and job growth in the two previous months was much stronger than first thought, an encouraging sign as the nation searches for a way out of the jobs crisis. The unemployment rate dropped to 9 percent from 9.1 percent, the first time it has fallen since July, the government said Friday.


Chemical Plant Leak Sends Workers To Hospital

November 4, 2011 4:53 am | News | Comments

DOVER, Ohio (AP) — A leak of vapor at a chemical plant in eastern Ohio has sent three workers to the hospital and led authorities to restrict traffic in the area. Fire Chief Russ Volkert in Dover tells The Times-Reporter ( ) the public was never in danger from Thursday evening's incident at Dover Chemical Corp.


Scientists Look To Darwin For Link Between Man And Machine

November 3, 2011 12:27 pm | Videos | Comments

Nearly 150 years ago, Charles Darwin used photographs to study how humans use their expressions to show emotion. Now scientists at Cambridge University are using videos, and the power of the internet, to update his experiments. They believe the results could help them develop emotionally-aware computers capable of understanding their users' emotions.


Somebody Messing with Your Reality? That's Quirky

November 3, 2011 12:22 pm | by Brett Duesing, Obleo Design Media | Articles | Comments

While preparing appetizers at her birthday party, a friend of mine stepped backwards into an open oven door. The door wasn't hot, but the gash warranted a trip to the emergency room, where she received the memorable gift of 6 shots of anesthetic and 12 stitches. After hearing her account of the evening and wincing at her leg wound, my wife and I went home and examined at our own oven door, thumbing the pointy metal corners like they were...

Brainstorm: Remote Monitoring

November 3, 2011 12:18 pm | Blogs | Comments

This feature originally ran in the September 2011 issue of Food Manufacturing . The Food Manufacturing Brainstorm features industry experts sharing their perspectives on issues critical to the overall food industry marketplace. In this issue, we ask: What is the most important factor food manufacturers should consider when implementing a remote monitoring system in their facilities? Ed Orvidas, Strategic Account Manager,...


Global Transactions Dominate 3Q M&A Activity

November 3, 2011 11:51 am | by Barry Misthal, global industrial manufacturing leader, PwC | Articles | Comments

Global cross-border transactions made up a majority of global industrial manufacturing merger and acquisition (M&A) activity in the third quarter of 2011 as companies looked to new, more stable markets to grow their businesses and offset concerns of an uncertain global economic environment, according to Assembling value , a quarterly analysis of M&A activity in the global industrial manufacturing industry by PwC US .


Like A Rock: Chevy Celebrates 100th Anniversary

November 3, 2011 9:54 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — We saw the USA in them. We drove them to the levee. We even worked on our night moves in their back seats. For a century, Chevrolets won America's love with their safety, convenience, style and speed — even if sometimes they were clunky, or had problems with rust or their rear suspensions.

Birdhouse Maker Cited For 22 OSHA Violations

November 3, 2011 9:52 am | News | Comments

COLUMBUS, Wis. (AP) — A small Wisconsin manufacturer of metal birdhouses has been cited for 22 alleged safety violations. A federal workplace agency says Gardner Equipment Co. failed to take adequate steps to ensure its employees' safety. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration says it found 22 violations at the company's Columbus and Juneau facilities.

Judge Rules Sprint, C Spire Can Sue AT&T

November 3, 2011 9:50 am | by Nedra Pickler, Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge ruled Wednesday evening that Sprint Nextel Corp. and a regional cell phone company can sue AT&T Inc. over its acquisition of rival T-Mobile USA. AT&T had asked U.S. District Judge Ellen Segal Huvelle to dismiss the case because Sprint and Ridgeland, Miss.

Worker Productivity Rises, Labor Costs Fall

November 3, 2011 9:47 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. workers increased their productivity this summer by the largest amount in a year and half, and they cost their employers less. The trend is good for corporate profits but not necessarily for job growth. The Labor Department says productivity rose at an annual rate of 3.

Tesla 3Q Loss Grows With R&D Spending

November 3, 2011 9:45 am | News | Comments

PALO ALTO, Calif. (AP) — Tesla Motors Inc. said its net loss widened as it more than doubled spending on research and development. The loss was $65.1 million, or 63 cents per share, for the quarter that ended Sept. 30. During the same period a year ago it lost $34.9 million, or 38 cents per share.

Boeing Loses 747 Order From UAE Customer

November 3, 2011 9:43 am | by Joshua Freed, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The shrinking order book of an aircraft leasing company in the United Arab Emirates snagged Boeing's new 747-8 on Thursday. Boeing Co. confirmed that Dubai Aerospace Enterprise is canceling orders for five 747-8 freighters, converting the orders to Boeing 777s instead. In August 2010 the company canceled orders for 25 Boeing planes, including 15 787s.

A Renaissance for Mexican Manufacturing?

November 3, 2011 5:27 am | by Dr. Chris Kuehl, Economic Analyst | Articles | Comments

The dominant story from Mexico today is one of violence and corruption. The drug wars are a very real part of Mexico these days and nobody would underestimate the challenges that lie ahead for the government. However, there is another story, not in the headlines yet and perhaps far more important to the future of the country.

"PETMAN" Robot Moves Like A Soldier

November 2, 2011 10:18 am | Videos | Comments

A humanoid robot designed to test chemically resistant clothing has been revealed by its maker, Boston Dynamics. Funded by the research arm of the U.S. military, the machine mimics human size, physiology, and movement to simulate a soldier's behavior. If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.


Adventurers Look To Wind-Power For Record Trip

November 2, 2011 10:17 am | Videos | Comments

Belgian adventurers are planning to harness the wind in their attempt to set a new world record for the longest non-motorized expedition across Antarctica. The pair hopes to travel more than 6,000 kilometers in a hundred days using kites to pull them along. If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.


Floods Continue To Soak Bangkok

November 2, 2011 10:15 am | Videos | Comments

Now into its fourth month, Thailand continues to battle massive flooding. The country's economy continues to suffer, with manufacturing, tourism, and farming among the hardest hit sectors. If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.


Introducing The Jet-Powered Surfboard

November 2, 2011 10:11 am | Videos | Comments

Southern California surfing startup Wavejet shows off its jet-powered surfboard. One of the models gives users 40 minutes of runtime, or about 90 minutes of time in the water. What's the price for one of these boards? Try a cool $4,000-$4,500. If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.


Michael Moore: Outsourcing Should Be 'Illegal'

November 2, 2011 10:09 am | Videos | Comments

Filmmaker Michael Moore considers jobs to be "natural resources" and says outsourcing should be illegal. Moore cites job cuts and outsourcing at GM in the 1980s as a prime example of why domestic jobs need to be preserved in the United States. If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.



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