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Harnessing The Power Of Wind And Waves

August 15, 2013 11:06 am | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

The Japanese company Modec is preparing to test the world's first hybrid wind and wave power generation turbine this autumn. It is designed to harness enough energy from wind and waves to power up to 500 homes. CBS News' Seth Doane has the story. 

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Flying Robots For New Data

August 15, 2013 8:04 am | by ReutersVideo | Videos | Comments

Researchers in Switzerland are developing a flying robot to navigate and collect data in cluttered environments. The robot is equipped to stick to vertical surfaces, and can recover and continue flying even after a crash. Reuters' Jim Drury reports.

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Fracking Fight Hits England

August 15, 2013 8:03 am | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

Areas in the North of England are being prepped for the controversial process of freeing fossil fuels from shale rock (or "fracking"), and residents in these rural farming communities are expressing worry about how the drilling plans will impact their communities and their livelihood.

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Five Approaches To Managing MSDs At Work

August 15, 2013 8:02 am | by HumanTech | Videos | Comments

Unfortunately, there is no gold-star approach a company can take for managing musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). The most common approaches include fixing the person, fitting the person to the task, changing the person, changing how the person performs work, changing the work and the workplace.

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The Technology Behind Exoskeletons

August 15, 2013 8:01 am | by CNN | Videos | Comments

With a robust history of pop culture examples, its no wonder that real-life exoskeleton prototypes have been evolving for decades. General Electric's 1960s 'Hardi-Man' could help users lift 1500 pounds, but it also weighed 1500 pounds. Lockheed Martin's current day "hulc" helps soldiers tote up to 200 pounds without significantly weighing them down.

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AEMC Partnership Convenes Top Leaders At GE’s Global Research Headquarters

August 14, 2013 3:39 pm | by Council on Competitiveness | News | Comments

The Council on Competitiveness (Council) and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) yesterday held the third in a series of high-level dialogues as part of the American Energy and Manufacturing Competitiveness (AEMC) Partnership, a three-year effort to bring together national leaders to address a rapidly shifting national and global energy landscape.

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U.S. To Require Car Makers To Offer Recall Data

August 14, 2013 2:15 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Starting next summer, U.S. consumers will be able to search a giant database to find out if recall repairs have been made to their cars or motorcycles. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the agency that regulates auto safety, says it will require major auto and motorcycle makers to give customers online access to data so it can be searched by vehicle identification number.

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Likely Labor Regs Would Aid Vets, Disabled, Unions

August 14, 2013 2:12 pm | by Sam Hananel, Associated Press | News | Comments

With Thomas Perez now confirmed as head of the Labor Department, the agency is expected to unleash a flurry of new regulations that have been bottled up for months — a prospect that has business leaders worried and labor advocates cheering. Some long-awaited rules would help boost employment for veterans and the disabled, increase wages for home health care workers and set new limits for workplace exposure to dangerous silica dust.

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A Push For Harmony Among Workers, Young And Old

August 14, 2013 2:09 pm | by Matt Sedensky, Associated Press | News | Comments

There's a sense of urgency to the quest for workplace harmony, as baby boomers delay retirement and work side-by-side with people young enough to be their children — or grandchildren. Put people of widely different ages together and there are bound to be differences. Baby boomers, for example, may be workaholics, while younger workers may demand more of a work-life balance.

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Attorney Blasts Firing From BP Settlement Program

August 14, 2013 2:06 pm | by Michael Kunzelman, Associated Press | News | Comments

An attorney who was fired by the court-supervised administrator of BP's settlement with Gulf Coast businesses and residents is demanding to be reinstated with back pay. In a letter to claims administrator Patrick Juneau last Friday, Christine Reitano's lawyer said her contract for working on the settlement program was "wrongfully and improperly" terminated.

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Wheeling Approves Drilling Water Recycling Plant

August 14, 2013 2:04 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Wheeling planners have approved GreenHunter Water's plan to build a plant that will recycle wastewater from natural gas drilling. GreenHunter Water plans to begin construction once it receives building permits for the project. The company expects to receive the permits over the next several weeks, the company's parent, GreenHunter Resources Inc., said Wednesday in a news release.

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Hyundai Recalls 239,000 Sonata, Azera Models

August 14, 2013 2:02 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

 Hyundai is recalling 239,000 Sonata and Azera sedans in cold-weather U.S. states because road salt can corrode the rear suspension. The recall affects 215,000 Sonata midsize sedans from the 2006 to 2010 model years and 24,000 Azera full-size sedans from 2006 to 2011.

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Is Inventor Elon Musk’s ‘Hyperloop’ Just Hype?

August 14, 2013 12:23 pm | by NBC News | Videos | Comments

Inventor Elon Musk calls his latest idea the Hyperloop: a high-speed transportation system that would speed people through hollow tubes at the speed of sound without turbulence, weather delays, or air traffic control. Imagine stepping into a car-sized capsule in downtown Los Angeles and, 30 minutes later, emerging in San Francisco.

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U.S. Cutting Tool Consumption Down

August 14, 2013 11:52 am | by AMT & USCTI | News | Comments

June U.S. cutting tool consumption totaled $155 million, according to the U.S. Cutting Tool Institute and AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology. This total, as reported by companies participating in the Cutting Tool Market Report (CTMR) collaboration, was down 6.6 percent from May and down 12.8 percent from the June 2012 level of $195 million. 

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Hyundai, Kia Labor Unions Vote To Strike

August 14, 2013 10:16 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Labor unions at Hyundai Motor Co. and its affiliate Kia Motors Corp. said workers voted to strike after talks with management for increased pay and benefits collapsed. Hyundai union spokesman Kwon Oh-il said Wednesday that management refused all demands by the union during three months of annual talks.

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Republic Steel Faces $1.1M In Fines For Violations

August 14, 2013 10:14 am | by Sam Hananel, Associated Press | News | Comments

Republic Steel is facing more than $1.1 million in federal fines for two dozen safety violations at its manufacturing plant in Canton, Ohio. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration said Tuesday that the Canton-based company failed to provide workers enough protection from falling off runway girders 66 feet above the ground or perched over the plant's slag pit and furnace. 

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Samsung Faces Brazil Lawsuit Over Labor Conditions

August 14, 2013 10:11 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

A labor group said Samsung Electronics Co. is facing a lawsuit from Brazil's government seeking damages over poor working conditions at the company's assembly lines. Reporter Brasil, a labor rights group, said on its website that Brazil's labor ministry found "serious" labor violations including up to 15 hours of work per day and insufficient breaks at Samsung's Manaus factory. 

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Wind Farm Coming To TX Nuclear Weapons Plant

August 14, 2013 10:09 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

America's only plant for disassembling and assembling nuclear weapons will soon be home to the largest federally owned wind farm. Ground was broken Tuesday for a wind farm that will have five turbines located on 1,500 acres east of the Pantex Plant, about 18 miles northeast of Amarillo in the Texas Panhandle.

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Icahn Sets Sights On Apple, Talks To CEO Cook

August 14, 2013 10:07 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Activist investor Carl Icahn thinks Apple should be doing more to revive its stock price, and wants to help CEO Tim Cook with the resuscitation. Icahn, an outspoken billionaire renowned for pouncing on out-of-favor stocks, signaled he has Apple Inc. in his sights in two short messages posted Tuesday on his Twitter account.

ANA, Japan Airlines Check 787s For Wiring Problem

August 14, 2013 10:05 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

All Nippon Airways and Japan Airlines said Wednesday they are checking their Boeing 787 fleets for wiring problems unrelated to battery defects that plagued the aircraft earlier this year. ANA said the departure of a 787 plane was delayed over problem wiring for a system to put out engine fires.

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