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Budweiser Takes Exception To Firm's 'Queen Of Beer' Campaign

August 24, 2015 10:29 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Anheuser-Busch filed a notice of opposition Wednesday, arguing that "Queen of Beer" is too similar to "King of Beers" and that consumers might wrongly believe She Beverage beers are made by Anheuser-Busch.

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ACC Report: U.S. Chemical Production Increased In July

August 24, 2015 9:55 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The chemical industry group's U.S. Chemical Production Regional Index showed a 3 percent increase in July, which exceeded 2 percent growth in June and flat growth in May.

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Wireless Occupancy Sensor

August 24, 2015 8:21 am | by Dialight Corp. Dialight Corp. Product Releases | Comments

Designed to integrate with any Dialight smart lighting system, the new wireless sensor can be placed virtually anywhere within a facility, without the need to install or move cabling. 

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California Bill Aims To Warn Consumers About Recording TVs

August 21, 2015 2:59 pm | by Julia Horowitzh, Associated Press | News | Comments

Readers who scanned the user manual for a new Samsung smart TV may have been surprised to learn their household conversations could be recorded without their knowledge.

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Key Chinese Manufacturing Index Falls To 77-Month Low

August 21, 2015 2:49 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

China's manufacturing contracted this month adding to signs of economic weakness.

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Analysis Puts Coke Ahead Of Pepsi In Water Conservation

August 21, 2015 2:46 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A recent analysis by Fortune magazine says that Coca-Cola, the world's largest beverage company, is also ahead of PepsiCo in water conservation.

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Walmart Partners With Group To Offer Reshoring Assistance

August 21, 2015 2:42 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The world's largest retailer introduced a website called the Jobs in U.S. Manufacturing Portal as part of its pledge to spend $250 billion on products that support U.S. jobs by 2023.

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Beerbots: Cooperative Beer Delivery Robots

August 21, 2015 2:37 pm | by MITCSAIL | Videos | Comments

Robots communicating with one another to solve a mission — imagine the possibilities. What better use than to serve you beer?

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Manufacturing's Winner And Loser Of The Week

August 21, 2015 2:23 pm | by Bethe Croy, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

This week we have a winner who is embracing technological advances to benefit warehouse operations and increase productivity. This week's loser had a massive recall — and worse yet, it's re-recalling the vehicles that were allegedly "repaired" the first time. 

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Environmental Protection Agency Hurts Environment, Protects Agency

August 21, 2015 1:22 pm | by Bethe Croy, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

The EPA's role in the Gold King mine spill on Aug. 5 and the events thereafter have created a wave of controversy and mistrust. 

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U.S. Senators Urge Takata To Recall All Cars With Its Air Bags

August 21, 2015 10:06 am | by Scott Dixon | News | Comments

The faulty air bags have been linked with at least eight deaths and more than 100 injuries.

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Coke To Disclose Details On Its Health Efforts

August 21, 2015 9:53 am | by Candace Choi, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

The Atlanta-based company came under fire after a New York Times story on Aug. 9 that detailed how Coca-Cola Co. gave $1.5 million to help start the Global Energy Balance Network.

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4 New Fires Erupt In China's Tianjin Port Disaster Area

August 21, 2015 9:45 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The fires were spotted in a car parking lot and at three other locations within a 3-kilometer (1.8-mile) evacuated area, the official Xinhua News Agency said. 

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Helium Crisis Averted? Scientists Pinpoint Potential New Reserves

August 21, 2015 9:36 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Scientists from the University of Durham in England discovered the process by which helium moves into underground cavities, and they say an evaluation of prehistoric geography could provide critical clues about the whereabouts of additional sources.

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BioRem-2000 Surface Cleaner

August 21, 2015 9:10 am | by Clift Industries, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

BioRem-2000 Surface Cleaner is list on the U.S. EPA NCP Product Schedule as a Bioremediation Agent and is recognized as safer alternative to conventional cleaning products for the U.S. EPA Safer Choice program.

Won't Bug Off: Study Shows Lice Developing Resistance To Chemical Treatments

August 21, 2015 8:40 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Research conducted by Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville biologist Kyong Yoon found that 104 of 109 lice samples showed gene mutations associated with resistance to pyrethroids. 

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Tough Times In The Bakken: Oil Worker Deaths By The Numbers

August 21, 2015 8:35 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor | Blogs | Comments

Since the collapse of oil prices the pressure has been on to churn out the black gold at a quicker pace — a situation many say is leading to perilous working conditions. 

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China Port Explosion Owner Also On Board Of Company Conducting Investigation

August 20, 2015 3:15 pm | by Erika Kinetz, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The principal owner of the warehouses at the center of deadly blasts in Tianjin also is on the board of a state-owned company that is controlled by the same powerful entity investigating the explosions. 

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Applications For U.S. Jobless Aid Rises To Still-Low 277K

August 20, 2015 3:09 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The sharp fall in layoffs in the past two years means Americans are enjoying solid job security.

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Colorado Brewery Out With Another Batch Of Count Chocula Beer

August 20, 2015 3:02 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Brewers used the cereal to make small batches of a beer called "Cerealiously," which previously featured fellow General Mills cereals Golden Grahams, Reese's Puffs and Cinnamon Toast Crunch.

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