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Unemployment Applications Increasing

September 8, 2011 8:24 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of people seeking unemployment benefits ticked up slightly last week, evidence that the job market isn't improving. Weekly applications for unemployment benefits rose 2,000 to a seasonally adjusted 414,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. The report suggests companies aren't significantly increasing layoffs, despite weak economic growth.

Boeing Plans 5,000 Planes For China

September 8, 2011 8:22 am | News | Comments

CHICAGO (AP) — Boeing Co. on Wednesday raised its estimate for the number of new planes that the Chinese market will need over the next 20 years. Boeing said it expects China will need 5,000 new commercial planes worth $600 million over the next 20 years. Last year it predicted that China would need 4,330 new planes valued at $480 billion over the 20-year period starting in 2010.

Saab Denied Bankruptcy Protection

September 8, 2011 8:20 am | by Malin Rising, Associated Press | News | Comments

STOCKHOLM (AP) — A Swedish court on Thursday rejected car maker Saab's application for creditor protection, paving the way for possible bankruptcy filings from labor unions. The ruling by the Vanersborg District Court, which can be appealed, is the latest setback for cash-strapped Saab as it scrambles to solve a liquidity crisis that has left it teetering on the brink of collapse.


Industrial Real Estate Gaining Positive Momentum

September 8, 2011 5:09 am | by Jim Dieter, SIOR, Executive Vice President of Industrial Brokerage, Cushman & Wakefield, Inc. | Articles | Comments

While things have been looking up for the U.S. industrial markets steadily over the past year, it is now clear that our recovery is picking up momentum. National industrial market statistics heading into the second half of 2011 - including vacancy, leasing and absorption rates - provide reason for guarded optimism.

Q&A: Heavy Metal Safety In Food Manufacturing

September 8, 2011 5:06 am | by Kim Dennis MacDougall, research scientist, Kimberly-Clark Professional | Articles | Comments

A recent study released by environmental consulting firm Gradient found that towels routinely used by food manufacturers are often contaminated with heavy metal residues from other industries that survived the cleaning process. Food Manufacturing spoke with Kim Dennis of Kimberly-Clark Professional about the health risks of this issue, as well as the steps food processors can take to enhance the safety of their clothing and safety apparel.


Making Computers Disappear

September 8, 2011 5:04 am | Videos | Comments

As computing power increases exponentially, the ways we relate to computers become more natural — and more ubiquitous.'s Wilson Rothman explores the evolution of interfaces, from primitive punch cards to interactive buildings. Visit for breaking news , world news , and news about the economy If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.


TMS 9250 Torque Measurement System

September 7, 2011 11:15 am | Product Releases | Comments

Honeywell (Minneapolis, MN) has introduced the new TMS 9250 Torque Measurement System. Utilizing non-contact digital telemetry technology, the system is designed to meet evolving industry needs for wireless torque measurement systems. The TMS 9250 offers new options for mounting, installing, sensing, controlling, actuating, and reporting data.


Master Bond EP21FL

September 7, 2011 11:14 am | Product Releases | Comments

Master Bond EP21FL from Master Bond (Hackensack, NJ) is a two part epoxy resin system that features low to moderate viscosity. It is well suited for potting, coating, and sealing electronic assemblies and can bond dissimilar substrates with different coefficients of expansion. This adhesive has a service temperature range of -60 degrees F to 250 degrees F.


Wire Mesh Decking & Shelving

September 7, 2011 11:13 am | Product Releases | Comments

Melmor Associated Inc. (Niles, OH) has added new wire mesh decking and wire shelving products to its product line. The new wire mesh products are available in step, flared, or inverted channels, with a powder coat finish option plus different sizes, patterns, and capacities. The wire mesh decking and shelving products feature clip-on installation and base mounted or hanging styles.


Side Exit Dual Output Accelerometer

September 7, 2011 11:12 am | Product Releases | Comments

Meggitt (Germantown, MD) has introduced a new side exit, low profile, dual output accelerometer with a built-in temperature sensor. The side exit 787T has the capability of monitoring in low clearance areas and can accommodate cable runs from any angle. Designed with a standard 3-pin MIL-C-5015 connector, the 787T is compatible with cabling infrastructure found in most industrial locations.


Ohio Paper Company Files For Chapter 11

September 7, 2011 9:55 am | News | Comments

MIAMISBURG, Ohio (AP) — Paper producer NewPage Corp. said Wednesday that it is seeking Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection while it restructures. The privately held Ohio-based company said it expects to continue operating its U.S. business as usual and has commitments for $600 million in financing led by J.

Obama To Propose $300B To Jump-Start Jobs

September 7, 2011 9:53 am | by David Espo, Jim Kuhnhenn, Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The economy weak and the public seething, President Barack Obama is expected to propose $300 billion in tax cuts and federal spending Thursday night to get Americans working again. Republicans offered Tuesday to compromise with him on jobs — but also assailed his plans in advance of his prime-time speech.

Kraft To Split Before End Of 2012

September 7, 2011 9:51 am | News | Comments

CHICAGO (AP) — Kraft Foods Inc. still expects to split itself into two publicly traded companies before the end of next year, the nation's largest food maker said Wednesday. Kraft announced last month that one of the companies will focus on its international snack brands like Trident gum and Cadbury chocolates and the other one will concentrate on its North American grocery business that includes Maxwell House coffee and Oscar Mayer meats.

Businesses Post Most Job Openings In 3 Years

September 7, 2011 9:49 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Companies in July advertised the most jobs in three years, and layoffs declined — a bit of hope for a weak economy. Still, many employers are in no rush to fill openings. The Labor Department said Wednesday that employers increased their postings to 3.23 million from 3.

Worker Dies In Steel Mill Accident

September 7, 2011 9:47 am | News | Comments

MAGNOLIA, Ark. (AP) — A worker at a steel mill in Magnolia is dead after an accident that occurred while changing a cable on an overhead crane. The Banner-News reports ( ) that 55-year-old Gene Drake of Waldo was killed in the late Tuesday morning accident at CMC Steel Arkansas.

Southwest Hopes New Planes Will Help Profitability

September 7, 2011 9:44 am | by David Koenig, AP Airlines Writer | News | Comments

DALLAS (AP) — Southwest Airlines Co. expects to take delivery of its first Boeing 737-800 next March and get 25 of the new, larger planes next year to help boost its financial results. Southwest chief financial officer Laura Wright said Wednesday that the company expects to eventually own 100 of the 737-800s.

Experimental Plane Reaches 13,000 MPH

September 7, 2011 6:07 am | Videos | Comments

The U.S. Department of Defense's innovations arm, known as DARPA, has released test-flight video of its experimental hypersonic aircraft traveling at a speed of Mach 20, about 13,000 miles per hour. If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.


Virtual Reality Allows Users To See A New Look

September 7, 2011 6:05 am | Videos | Comments

Computer technologists in London have developed a virtual reality mirror that offers people who are unhappy with their looks an opportunity to have a peek into an alternative future. If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.


Print A New Liver

September 7, 2011 6:04 am | Videos | Comments

The field of regenerative medicine is moving from the realm of science fiction to science fact. From fingers and ears to complex organs like livers or hearts, scientists at the Institute for Regenerative Medicine at Wake Forest University are making headway into growing human body parts in a laboratory.


What Happens When Two Chatbots Chat?

September 7, 2011 6:03 am | Videos | Comments

Scientists have spent a lot of time, money, and effort to create chatbots that are life-like and able to have meaningful conversations with other humans. What happens when you let two bots have a conversation? A team from Cornell University decided to find out ... 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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