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Get The Right Angle

February 4, 2010 8:32 am | Product Releases | Comments

Kadant Solutions (Auburn, MA) has launched the AngleSet angle gauge tool for doctor blade and scraper installations. The new gauge is used to set the proper angle for improved doctoring performance and longer blade life. The AngleSet tool provides an accurate reading of the blade angle, and its compact design allows for flexibility in various applications, including creping, coating, drum flaking, and converting.

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I Drive A Yaris

February 4, 2010 8:12 am | by by David Mantey, Editor, PD&D | Blogs | Comments

I drive one, I don’t own one — the only vehicle with my name on the plates (2LGT2QT) is a ’98 Dodge Neon that has made me its most outspoken proponent since high school. I remember the day a future cop and former friend rode beside me and called the Neon a disposable 10-year car.

An Alternative to Diverging Roller Size Graders

February 4, 2010 8:12 am | Articles | Comments

Nutra Manufacturing is the manufacturing arm of GNC, the largest global specialty retailer of nutritional supplements. With GNC’s “quality first” principle guiding every step, Nutra uses the latest technologies to produce the highest quality supplements.

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Joojoo Web Tablet To Reach Consumers By Month's End

February 4, 2010 4:49 am | by Jessica Mintz, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

SEATTLE (AP) — The Joojoo, a Web-browsing tablet device that's the subject of a high-profile Silicon Valley legal dispute, appears on track to reach early buyers at the end of February. The flat touch-screen computer was known until December as the CrunchPad, after the technology blog TechCrunch.

Civil Lawsuit Reopened Over Stinky Hogs

February 4, 2010 3:45 am | by Bill Draper, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Fourteen rural northwest Missouri residents who received $100,000 apiece in a 1999 lawsuit against a major hog producer have asked a Jackson County jury to give them more money for what they say are intolerable smells coming from its 80,000-head hog confinement in Gentry County.

Deadly Slim Jim Blast Prompts New Rules

February 4, 2010 3:35 am | News | Comments

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Federal officials are scheduled to vote Thursday evening on urgent safety recommendations in response to a deadly explosion at a Slim Jim snack factory in North Carolina last year. The proposal before the U.S. Chemical Safety Board recommends that national and international safety codes be changed to more strongly control gas-line purging.

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Boeing's Biofuel-Powered Hydroplane

February 3, 2010 9:22 am | Articles | Comments

In a departure from their endless 787 production, Boeing has gotten together to build this biofuel-powered hydroplane. The racing hydroplane uses a 50/50 blend of sustainable biofuel and jetfuel, and while the eco-friendly stuff costs a bit more, Boeing is sure that once more people adopt the technology, prices will plummet.

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Industrial Waste Pool Party

February 3, 2010 9:21 am | Articles | Comments

The wastewater from one of Iceland's geothermal power plants forms the Blue Lagoon, where 300,000 tourists a year go to frolic in the blue-green algae-infested waters. 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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Our 'C-Average' Food Safety

February 3, 2010 9:21 am | Articles | Comments

A recent CBS poll has found that only 7 percent of American consumers give our food safety system an “A,” and a majority (34 percent) give it a “C.” And while we have an incredible selection of food available to us, our system seems pretty safe at first glance. In Canada, 33 percent of consumers get sick each year from something they ate.

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How To Stop A Toyota

February 3, 2010 9:18 am | Articles | Comments

Have a Toyota? Then you might want to figure out how you stop the darn thing in case your accelerator pedal gets stuck. It’s pretty simple, so check out the video below for CNN's tips on what to do in the rare event, regardless of which kind of vehicle you drive. Better yet — just go get it fixed, and fast.

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Drowning In A Sea Of Jargon

February 3, 2010 9:18 am | Articles | Comments

Ever feel like you’re drowning in a sea of technical jargon, most of which is probably a ploy by some marketing firm to make you think you’re getting your money’s worth?  Well, get ready for the Retro Encabulator device, a new automation solution from Rockwell Automation, which uses six hydrocoptic marzel vanes and an ambifacient lunar wane shaft to prevent unwanted side fumbling.

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Cincinnati Couple Sue Toyota Over Fraud, Negligence

February 3, 2010 9:02 am | by Lisa Cornwell, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

CINCINNATI (AP) — A Cincinnati couple represented by a veteran civil action attorney has filed a lawsuitagainst Toyota charging fraud and negligence over a safety issue involving gas pedals that has caused a massive auto recall. The lawsuit, filed Tuesday in Hamilton County Common Pleas Court, seeks class-action status on behalf of all Ohio residents who have bought or leased vehicles Toyota-manufactured vehicles subject to the recall.

Report: U.S. Unlikely To Meet Congressional Biofuel Goals

February 3, 2010 8:58 am | by Philip Elliott, The Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON — A presidential task force recommended spending more money to make biofuels like ethanol, saying the U.S. is likely to fall short of mandates for more environmentally friendly energy. An energy task force was ready to present President Barack Obama with a report outlining how the United States' production of fuel from plants or animals was unlikely to meet the goal Congress has demanded.

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Cadmium Found On 'Cancer Awareness' Jewelry

February 3, 2010 3:51 am | by Justin Pritchard, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Concern about the heavy metal cadmium in jewelry grew Tuesday as a California environmental group said new testing of adult necklaces and bracelets bought at three leading retailers, including Saks Fifth Avenue and Aeropostale, detected high levels of the toxic material — as much as 75 percent by weight.

Obama Continues Jobs Campaign: Clean Coal, Biofuels

February 3, 2010 3:43 am | by Philip Elliott, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is meeting with governors from coal-producing states, hoping to earn their support for a languishing energy bill and to bolster his image as a leader willing to work with Republicans as well as Democrats. Obama planned to announce on Wednesday new steps to increase the role of biofuels in powering the nation and to release a report detailing how Washington could increase investments in green technologies, an administration official said.

Lawmaker Demands Tech Firms Hand Over Chinese Practices

February 3, 2010 3:33 am | by Joelle Tessler, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — A top Senate Democrat is asking 30 leading technology, Internet and communications companies to provide detailed descriptions of their operations and human rights practices in China. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin of Illinois sent letters on Tuesday to technology companies including Apple Inc.

Worker Found Dead Inside Empty Tank

February 3, 2010 3:28 am | News | Comments

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A South Carolina contractor has been found dead at a Nashville tank farm. Metro Nashville Police say the body of 49-year-old Dan Dugan of Rock Hill, S.C., was found inside a tank at the Ashland Distribution plant on Tuesday. Nashville Fire Department spokesman Charles Shannon told The Tennesseans Dugan's last entry on his inspection clipboard was at 8:15 a.

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Cadbury Shareholders Agree To Kraft's $19.5 Billion Offer

February 3, 2010 3:25 am | by Sarah Skidmore, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

Cadbury PLC shareholders have approved Kraft Foods Inc.'s roughly $19.5 billion offer to acquire the British candy maker — the final step in creating the global food giant. The focus now shifts to how Kraft will combine the companies and prove it was worth the often-bitter fight. Kraft announced Tuesday that nearly 72 percent of Cadbury shareholders voted in support of the deal.

LaHood: Toyota Slow On Recall, 'A Little Safety Deaf'

February 3, 2010 3:19 am | by Ken Thomas and Stephen Manning, Associated Press Writers | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said Toyota was slow to deal with safety problems with its gas pedals, asserting in an interview Tuesday that it took government pressure to force the company to recall millions of its most popular vehicles. LaHood, in an interview with The Associated Press, defended his department's handling of the Toyota investigation and said the Japanese automaker was "a little safety deaf" during its probe of the problem.

Meeting in the Middle... or Florida

February 2, 2010 10:48 am | Blogs | Comments

It’s snowing right now in Wisconsin… big surprise. Two short weeks ago I was jacketless, touching down in Orlando, Florida, to attend the Grainger Total MRO Solutions event for customers and media. To be honest, I think I would have attended a convention where we skinned live, rabid rats, were it held in sunny, 75 degree Florida in the middle of January.

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