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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.


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.


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.


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.

Feds: China Overreacted With 'Sanctions' Over Arms Deal

February 2, 2010 3:44 am | by Alex Kennedy, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

SINGAPORE (AP) — China has overreacted to Washington's approval of a $6.4 billion arms sale to Taiwan by threatening the companies that produced the weapons, a top U.S. military official said Tuesday. Bruce Lemkin, a deputy under secretary with the U.S. Air Force, said China shouldn't have been surprised by the arms sale and called on Beijing to continue talks with Taiwan to help reduce tensions.

Obama Pushes Free Money For Small Businesses

February 2, 2010 3:41 am | by Darlene Superville, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's bid to sell his economic agenda and re-energize voters picks up in politically significant New Hampshire, where he will again promote an idea to free up money for small businesses that are hurting. Obama travels to Nashua, N.H., on Tuesday to draw attention to a proposal highlighted in his State of the Union address last week: funneling $30 billion to local banks so they can lend small businesses money they need to grow their enterprises and create jobs.


Accelerator Fixes Too Late For Battered Toyota Reputation

February 2, 2010 3:36 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

NAGOYA, Japan (AP) — Toyota's fix for the gas pedal problem that led to the recall of millions of cars has not come soon enough to prevent a consumer backlash in the U.S. and elsewhere that is battering its sales. One of the automaker's top executives on Tuesday said the damage from the global recall of nearly 4.

Nationwide Salmonella Outbreak Settled For $12 Million

February 2, 2010 3:23 am | News | Comments

ATLANTA (AP) — Dozens of victims of last year's nationwide salmonella outbreak will split about $12 million as part of a settlement with the insurer of the company linked to the illnesses. Atlanta attorney Alan Maxwell said Monday the money comes from an insurance policy that Lynchburg, Va.


Spyker To Return Saab To Profitability In 2012

February 2, 2010 3:22 am | News | Comments

AMSTERDAM, Netherlands — Spyker Cars NV, the new owner of Saab, plans to produce three Saab lines and return the troubled Swedish carmaker to profitability by 2012. "Saab will continue to be repositioned against other brands such as Audi (A4/A6) and BMW (3/5 series) as a premium brand," Spyker said in a statement Tuesday.

Sikorsky Begins $1 Billion Venture Into Unmanned Black Hawk

February 2, 2010 3:21 am | by Stephen Singer, The Associated Press | News | Comments

HARTFORD, Conn. — Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. announced a billion-dollar venture Monday that it hopes will respond to military demand for technology to fight two wars, including Black Hawk helicopters that can see and fly on their own. The Stratford-based helicopter maker and military contractor said Sikorsky Innovations is intended to speed the transformation of the mechanical helicopter into a computerized aircraft.

Wireless Power Systems: A Perspective On Standardization

February 1, 2010 11:26 am | by Dr. Rahul Razdan, CEO, WiPower | Articles | Comments

Recently, wireless power has seen resurgence in core technology innovation , as well as the introduction of early products. As a transmission technology that delivers power from a transmission source to an embedded receiver, wireless power creates an understandable desire to standardize this interface such that one can achieve interoperability between a variety of embedded receivers and transmitters.

Increasing Heat Exchanger Performance

February 1, 2010 11:23 am | by Nwaoha Chikezie | Articles | Comments

Heat exchangers are typically employed in the process industries as a means of providing heat transfer between two streams of fluid across a medium. The heat exchanger ensures the conservation of heat energy otherwise known as heat economic operations. They are designed to foster contact between materials in a conduit network, with one material exchanging heat and the other material flowing within the network either counter-currently or co-currently.


Get Vertical For Space Saving

February 1, 2010 9:15 am | Product Releases | Comments

Stanley Vidmar (Allentown, PA) has relaunched its vertical lift product, now called the Vidmar Vertical. The automated storage and retrieval system that can manage up to 132,000 lbs of material from the convenience of one computer console. According to the company, use of vertical space is a simple way to save up to 75 percent of a facility’s floor space.


Chain Drives For Rain Or Shine

February 1, 2010 9:14 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

Iwis Drive Systems (Indianapolis, IN) now offers the Elite product range of chains and complete drive solutions for systems that are exposed to harsh conditions, such as dust, dirt, extreme temperatures, and water. The chains feature Iwis' proven design, in addition to special materials and coatings, to withstand extreme environmental conditions.



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