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Europe is Using so Much Solar Power That Today’s Eclipse Could Test its Grid

March 20, 2015 1:24 pm | by GE Reports | News | Comments

Europe’s solar power installations now total around 90 gigawatts of capacity. Experts had predicted almost 34 gigawatts will gradually disappear from the system if Friday turns out to be a clear day. 

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Lawsuit Claims High Levels of Arsenic in Top-Selling Wines

March 20, 2015 1:13 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

A proposed class action lawsuit was filed Thursday in California that claims some of the country's top selling wines have high levels of arsenic. 

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English Researchers Help To Safeguard Cocoa Crops

March 20, 2015 10:15 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The world's multi-billion dollar chocolate market relies on a fragile plant and faces volatile global economic factors.

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Are You in Compliance? OSHA's 10 Most Cited Violations

March 20, 2015 9:38 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Each year, OSHA names the most cited violations it encountered during its workplace safety inspections that year. The seminar, “Avoiding OSHA’s Top 10 Safety Violations,” provided insight on the most frequently issued citations and industry best practices for reducing the hazards.

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Tesla Announces Charging System, Auto-Steering Feature

March 20, 2015 9:29 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Company officials said the update’s Range Assurance application would communicate with Tesla Superchargers and other charging stations and automatically calculate when vehicles require a charge.

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GM CEO Barra To Be Questioned in Ignition-Switches Lawsuit

March 20, 2015 9:20 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors CEO Mary Barra will be questioned this fall by lawyers suing GM over its defective ignition switches.

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Study: Additives Don't Cause Plastics to Degrade

March 20, 2015 9:12 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A recent analysis by Michigan State University researchers cast doubts on the effectiveness of compounds intended to promote biodegradation in plastics. 

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Graco Fined for Delayed Reporting of Seat-Buckle Complaints

March 20, 2015 8:57 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Graco has agreed to pay a $3 million fine for delayed reporting of consumer complaints about difficulty opening car seat buckles.

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Is Your Efficiency Tracking System Actually Efficient?

March 19, 2015 2:59 pm | by Jack Payne, Vice President of Solution Consulting for Process Manufacturing, Aptean | Articles | Comments

Process manufacturers are under constant pressure to meet compliance, lower costs and maximize efficiency. All too often manufacturers, unfortunately, lack the tools need to deliver on these goals, struggling to guess at the inefficiencies in what is typically a paper-driven and error-prone manual process. 

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A Drone Like No Other

March 19, 2015 2:54 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | Videos | Comments

This drone has capabilities unlike any other, this drone shoots fire and sprays graffiti. 

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Manufacturing in Philly Area Grows at Slightly Slower Pace

March 19, 2015 2:39 pm | by Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Manufacturing activity in the Philadelphia region expanded more slowly in March than the previous month as new orders slipped.

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Tesla Updating Model S to Ease Range Anxiety, Improve Safety

March 19, 2015 2:16 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Tesla Motors is updating its Model S electric car to help ease drivers' worries about running out of battery charge

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Test Ride: Mercedes Self-Driving Luxury Car

March 19, 2015 2:09 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Videos | Comments

Brian Cooley takes a ride inside Mercedes' F 015 self-driving vehicle and explains why it could be the future of mobility.

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Scientists Develop New Carbon Capture Technology

March 19, 2015 2:02 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Scientists from the University of California-Berkeley believe a newly developed material could allow power plants to cheaply and easily capture carbon emissions. 

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Oil Prices Curb Fracking Efforts Abroad

March 19, 2015 1:57 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The sliding price of oil along with political and environmental factors, helped sharply reduce the number of countries participating in fracking, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal. 

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Honda Adds 105,000 Vehicles to Driver's Air Bag Recall

March 19, 2015 11:19 am | by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Honda is adding nearly 105,000 vehicles to its growing U.S. recall of driver's side air bag inflators that can explode with too much force.

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Lawmakers Hope to Designate, Fund 'Manufacturing Universities'

March 19, 2015 11:15 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A bipartisan group of lawmakers on Wednesday introduced legislation that would provide 25 universities with federal funding to bolster programs relating to manufacturing.

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U.S. Current Account Trade Deficit Widens to $113.5 Billion

March 19, 2015 11:05 am | by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The deficit in the largest measure of U.S. trade widened in the October-December quarter to the biggest imbalance in more than two years as exports of goods fell at a faster pace than imports.

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Kansas Ethanol Producers Say Proposed Tax Would Close Plants

March 19, 2015 11:02 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ethanol producers say a proposed excise tax in Kansas would harm the industry and put some plants out of business 

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Monsanto To Pay $350K to Settle More Wheat-Related Lawsuits

March 19, 2015 10:55 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Monsanto said it will pay about $350,000 to settle class action lawsuits brought by farmers in seven states over genetically modified wheat. 

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