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China's Industrial Growth Could Strangle Planet

September 16, 2009 4:30 am | by Henry Sanderson, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

September 16, 2009 BEIJING (AP) — If China's economy continues to expand rapidly and rely heavily on coal and other fossil fuels until the middle of the century, its power demands could exceed what the entire planet can withstand, according to a study by government think tanks released Wednesday.

Current Account Deficit Slumps To $98.8b, Lowest In 18 Years

September 16, 2009 4:21 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

September 16, 2009 WASHINGTON (AP) — The deficit in the broadest measure of foreign trade shrank in the spring to the lowest level in relation to the total economy in 18 years, another dramatic sign of how much the recession had reduced America's appetite for foreign goods. The Commerce Department said Wednesday the deficit in the current account dropped to $98.

Return-To-Moon Program Gets Small Boost

September 16, 2009 4:10 am | by Seth Borenstein, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

September 16, 2009 WASHINGTON (AP) — NASA's weakened return-to-the-moon program got a lift Tuesday on Capitol Hill. The head of a special expert panel conceded to Congress that the moon program could work if given enough money. That would mean another $3 billion a year for the program proposed by President George W.


Obama: His Administration 'Stopped Economic Free Fall'

September 15, 2009 11:11 am | by Philip Elliott, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

September 15, 2009 PITTSBURGH (AP) — President Barack Obama told the AFL-CIO Tuesday his administration has "stopped our economic free fall" and is determined to seal a recovery while revitalizing America's middle class. Shoring up a key part of his political base, Obama told the labor federation's convention that the administration is a fierce supporter of workers' rights and defender of unions.


Get On The Lean Track

September 15, 2009 8:38 am | Product Releases | Comments

Parsec Automation Corp. (Brea, CA) has developed the next generation of its LEANTrack Mobile Productivity Solution, a portable package that can be rapidly deployed without installation, wiring, programming, or infrastructure changes. The LEANTrack system allows users to set up a system through a configuration wizard, and begin collecting data.


Soft, Yet Secure Machine Vision

September 15, 2009 8:37 am | Product Releases | Comments

SoftNoze USA Inc. (Frankfort, NY) announces a new line of products that mount, aim, and secure machine vision cameras and smart sensors. The first two products in the Machine Vision series are the MV-SUB-CB and MV-SUBE-CB, which combine a stainless steel bracket with a high-strength polymer base to make camera and sensor installation easy.


Lightweight Overhead Drilling

September 15, 2009 8:36 am | Product Releases | Comments

DeWalt (Hampstead, MD) is launching a line of compact lithium ion power tools, including a drill driver (DCD760KL) , impact driver (DCF826KL) , hammerdrill (DCD775KL) , and a right angle drill (DCD690KL) . Two combo kits, also available with the new line, offer packaged batteries and chargers.


Integrated Blow Molding

September 15, 2009 8:35 am | Product Releases | Comments

The MACO Compact control system from Eurotherm (Leesburg, VA) is an integrated system for demanding blow molding, offering control of clamps, linear positioning, pressure/flow, temperature, and more. The new interface for the system is compatible with the manufacturer’s preferred HMI, offering options of several keyboards, a full numeric keypad, or just a simple touchscreen.


The Business Case For Carbon Management Software

September 15, 2009 7:05 am | by Tracey de Morsella, co-founder of Green Economy Post | Articles | Comments

September 16, 2009 The financial risk of carbon liabilities, a need for better management control over carbon data, and new government regulations in a number of countries, will compel CFOs to invest in carbon management software in the coming year. This is the main conclusion of the report, The Business Case For Carbon Management Software , from the research firm Verdantix .

Serena, You're Hired

September 15, 2009 6:54 am | by by David Mantey, Editor, PD&D | Blogs | Comments

September 18, 2009 “Hey, Old Man River, zip it or I’ll break your hip.” – Sonny Koufax, Big Daddy I realize that I lead a fairly unorthodox twentysomething life, but I never thought that I’d find myself in a heated debate with a fellow bar patron over how Serena Williams’ latest outburst translated to justified dedication in the workplace.

OR, MI Top List Of Best Solar Manufacturers

September 15, 2009 6:18 am | News | Comments

Despite a recession, manufacturing capacity for solar panels will rise at a rate of 45 percent each year, from 875 megawatts in 2008 to 3,880 megawatts in 2012, according to GTM Research's recently published report "PV Manufacturing in the United States: Market Outlook, Incentives and Supply Chain Opportunities (http://www.


U.S. Steel To Restart Minnesota Plant

September 15, 2009 5:07 am | News | Comments

September 15, 2009 KEEWATIN, Minn. (AP) -- Union officials at an idled northern Minnesota taconite plant say they've been told by U.S. Steel that production will start again soon. Steelworkers 2660 President Jack Thronson says he received a call Monday from Pittsburgh-based U.S. Steel saying the company will bring workers back.


Safety Board Rejects Changes After Slim Jim Explosion Kills 3

September 15, 2009 4:56 am | by Mike Baker, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

September 15, 2009 RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Federal safety officials have rejected a series of urgent recommendations that investigators offered after an explosion at a Slim Jim factory in North Carolina killed three people. Documents obtained by The Associated Press show that staff members of the U.


China Presses On WTO Case, Emphasizes 'Bilateral' Relations

September 15, 2009 4:36 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

September 15, 2009 BEIJING (AP) -- China tried Tuesday to allay fears of a trade war with Washington over tire tariffs, saying it will press a World Trade Organization case against new U.S. duties but wants to avoid harming relations. "U.S. and Chinese trade and economic relations are the most important bilateral relations.

Intel: $1.45b Monopoly Abuse Fine A Mistake

September 15, 2009 4:27 am | News | Comments

September 15, 2009 BRUSSELS (AP) — Intel Corp. is claiming in court documents that European Union regulators made serious mistakes in levying a record euro1.06 billion ($1.45 billion) fine for monopoly abuse last May. In a legal plea published in the European Union's Official Journal, the U.

Startup To Build Electric Cars In OK

September 15, 2009 4:20 am | by Murray Evans, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

September 15, 2009 OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Officials from companies based in Oklahoma and Georgia plan on Tuesday to discuss an agreement under which all-electric, street-legal, low-speed vehicles will be assembled and sold in Oklahoma. The agreement between AMP Control Inc. of Piedmont and Wheego Electric Cars Inc.


Obama Woos Autoworkers, AFL-CIO

September 15, 2009 4:11 am | by Philip Elliott, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

September 15, 2009 WASHINGTON (AP) — Going before groups of autoworkers and union members, President Barack Obama is trying Tuesday to assure blue-collar audiences that the economy is coming back — and that his administration deserves credit for saving some of their jobs. Obama is scheduled to meet with workers at the General Motors Lordstown assembly plant near Youngstown, Ohio, where GM recently was able to start a second production line because of demand prompted by the federal Cash for Clunkers program.


Explosion-Proof Pumps

September 14, 2009 12:21 pm | Product Releases | Comments

High-capacity pumps from KNF (Trenton, NJ) have been designed to meet the demanding flow and vacuum requirements in air/gas sampling and analytical instrumentation applications. An electrically-operated diaphragm allows for easy customization with a variety of pump designs.


Don’t Be A Drag

September 14, 2009 12:20 pm IMPO Product Releases | Comments

Bunting (Newton, KS) has launched an addition to its material handling product line, the DragSlide conveyor, designed to convey shredded plastic films or light fibrous materials. The DragSlide has been engineered to avoid the issues typically found with belted conveyors, namely clinging to the belt.


Accelerate Your Vibration Analysis

September 14, 2009 12:20 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Wilcoxon Research (Germantown, MD) introduces two compact industrial accelerometers, the 780B and 780C, rounding out the family of narrow, low-profile, and lightweight sensors. Both sensors are 100 mV/g general purpose vibration sensors, with the 780B featuring a + 10 percent sensitivity tolerance, and the 780C featuring a + 15 percent tolerance.



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