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Self-Replicating Nano-Robots

September 30, 2009 8:24 am | by by Luke Simpson, Associate Editor, Chem.Info | Blogs | Comments

Yesterday marked 20 years since IBM researcher Don Eigler became the first person to move an individual atom , using the tip of his custom-built scanning tunneling microscope. Needing to show that he could do it with a high level of precision, Eigler later arranged 35 xenon atoms in the shape of his company’s logo.


Congress Battles Over Manufacturing Contracts For Military

September 30, 2009 4:56 am | by Andrew Taylor, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — While ceding some ground to President Obama on high-profile weapons cuts, lawmakers are cutting money for training and spare parts to pay for other weapons Obama doesn't want and their own pet projects. The push-and-pull is playing out within a massive, $626 billion funding bill for the Pentagon that is being debated on the Senate floor.

Starbuckling Down

September 30, 2009 4:48 am | by by Anna Wells, Editor, IMPO | Blogs | Comments

Perhaps it’s because it’s one of the most visible brands out there, but Starbucks has been all up in my face in this recession. I remember vividly when I knew this whole economic collapse was real… and it was literally the day last summer I read in the paper that Starbucks—one of the most ubiquitous and iconic brands of my generation—was going to close the doors on several hundred stores.


Wal-Mart Sees Slow U.S. Recovery, Looks To China

September 30, 2009 4:42 am | by Eileen Ng, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — The chairman of Wal-Mart Stores Inc. warned Wednesday the global economic recovery will likely be lethargic, even as the retailing behemoth sees great growth potential in China and India. "The world recovery is going to be led by Asia although it's going to be very challenging.

Controlling Motor Inefficiencies

September 30, 2009 4:39 am | by Christian Fritz, Product Marketing Manager, and Brian MacCleery, Senior Product Manager, National Instruments | Articles | Comments

In the face of economic uncertainties and increasing environmental concerns, many businesses today are evaluating ways to make their operations more lean, efficient, and environmentally friendly. Examining the electricity bill is a good place to start. The top consumers of electricity are typically the HVAC system, water heating, lighting, office equipment, and machinery.

China Puts Brake On Industrial Overexpansion

September 30, 2009 4:33 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

BEIJING (AP) — China announced sweeping curbs on surging investment in steelmaking, cement and other industries, warning that chaotic overexpansion was raising the danger of job losses and trouble for banks. Business groups and economists have warned that Beijing's huge stimulus might fuel a dangerous boom and bust.

Toyota Recalls 3.8m Cars For... Floor Mats?

September 30, 2009 4:24 am | by Ken Thomas, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Toyota Motor Corp. said Tuesday it will recall 3.8 million vehicles in the United States, the company's largest-ever U.S. recall, to address problems with a removable floor mat that could cause accelerators to get stuck and lead to a crash. The recall will involve popular models such as the Toyota Camry, the top-selling passenger car in America, and the Toyota Prius, the best-selling gas-electric hybrid.

BAE Systems Under Midnight Deadline In Fraud Probe

September 30, 2009 4:18 am | News | Comments

LONDON (AP) — British defense contractor BAE Systems PLC faces a midnight deadline set by the Serious Fraud Office to agree to a settlement or potentially be prosecuted for alleged bribery, The Guardian newspaper reported Wednesday. The Serious Fraud Office declined to discuss the matter.


Oshkosh Corp. Lands $800m Pentagon Truck Contract

September 30, 2009 4:13 am | News | Comments

OSHKOSH, Wis. (AP) — The defense division of Oshkosh Corp. has signed a roughly $800 million deal with the Pentagon to deliver nearly 2,500 new and rebuilt military vehicles. Oshkosh Defense said Tuesday it will provide more than 1,450 new trucks and trailers. It will also deliver more than 1,000 tactical trucks that have been restored to like-new condition after being damaged in warfare.

Northrop: Boeing Given 'Unfair' Edge In Tanker Contract

September 29, 2009 12:21 pm | by Donna Borak, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon has given Boeing Co. an "unfair" advantage in the latest competition for a troubled $35 billion tanker contract, a Northrop Grumman Corp. executive said Tuesday. The Pentagon shared Northrop's pricing data from its previous bid with Chicago-based Boeing, but did not reveal Boeing's cost estimates to Northrop.

Toyota Issues Recall Of 3.8 Million Cars

September 29, 2009 11:42 am | News | Comments

TORRENCE, Calif., Sept. 29 /PRNewswire/ — Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc. takes public safety very seriously. It believes its vehicles to be among the safest on the road today. Recent events have prompted Toyota to take a closer look at the potential for an accelerator pedal to get stuck in the full open position due to an unsecured or incompatible driver's floor mat.

Reid Supply Adds Plethora Of New Products

September 29, 2009 10:16 am | News | Comments

Muskegon, Michigan — Reid Supply Company, a Michigan-based, premier global distributor of industrial supplies , added over 20,000 new apparel and footwear products to its online offerings at “We are very excited to add the new apparel and footwear category to our industrial product offerings”, says John Carrier, President of Reid Supply Company.

Energy-Efficient Dryer

September 29, 2009 10:02 am | Product Releases | Comments

Hankison International (Ocala, FL), an SKF brand, announces the release of their new HES Energy Saving Refrigerated Compressed Air Dryers, ideal for flows from 90 to 675 scfm (153 nm3/h to1147 nm3/h). The HES series delivers precision-engineered heat exchangers, ISO Quality Class integrated filtration, and rugged refrigerant compressors.


Small Protectors, Big Surges

September 29, 2009 10:01 am | Product Releases | Comments

The new PS-C DIN rail power supplies from Altech (Flemington, NJ) has been engineered to deliver high power (up to 20 amps) in a compact package, up to 50 percent smaller compared with conventional versions, according to the company. These single-output units can provide an upfront power surge by boosting 50 percent more power in the first three seconds, followed by 100 percent of continuously rated power in service.


When It's Good To Be Dense

September 29, 2009 10:01 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Sanitary Low Profile Container/Bulk Bag Densifier from Material Transfer and Storage, Inc. (Allegan, MI) is designed to automatically fill containers or bulk bags by weight and settle the contents. The stainless steel construction and continuous TIG welds allow for quick, thorough wash-down cleaning.


Rugged Panel PCs

September 29, 2009 10:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

Comark Corporation (Medfield, MA) line of PanelMagic PCs are useful in a wide variety of industrial machinery applications, including packaging, food processing, and material handling, due to their rugged stainles steel construction. Additional features include: Display sizes ranging from 12” to 20”.


Peterbilt Shuts Down Idle Nashville Plant

September 29, 2009 5:18 am | News | Comments

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Peterbilt Corp. is permanently closing its truck plant in Nashville. The Tennessean quoted plant manager Larry Vessels who said the decision means the loss of about 390 jobs at the idled plant. Peterbilt manufactures over-the-road commercial trucks and said it will consolidate work at its plant in Denton, Texas.


Kraft Sparks Anti-Government Protests In Argentina

September 29, 2009 4:45 am | by Vanessa Hand Orellana, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) -- An effort by Kraft Foods Inc. to end a labor dispute at its Argentina factory has ignited a larger dispute between leftist groups and the government, as several thousand people marched to the presidential palace late Monday in solidarity with fired workers. Kraft spokesman Pedro Lopez Matheu said the plant in suburban Buenos Aires reopened Monday after police enforcing a court order evicted fired employees who had occupied the factory 40 days ago.


China Agrees To GM Takeover of Delphi

September 29, 2009 4:39 am | News | Comments

SHANGHAI (AP) — China's Commerce Ministry has given a conditional green light for General Motors Co.'s plan to acquire portions of auto parts maker Delphi Corp. Among other things, the ministry banned GM and Delphi from exchanging trade secrets about Delphi's other customers. Delphi is required to ensure it supplies parts to other automakers in a timely, reasonably priced and fair way, the ministry said in a statement issued Monday.


Reuse It Or Lose It

September 29, 2009 4:31 am | by David Madden, Owner, | Articles | Comments

Buying used reusable packaging yields immediate cost savings and long term benefits. Looking for new ways to add to your bottom line? Perhaps you should take a look at replacing expendable packaging with reusable/returnable options. Buying reusable packaging, specifically quality used reusable packaging, can generate cost savings.



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