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California Rejects Solar Technology That Threatens Birds

October 8, 2014 5:08 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A solar-energy company has dropped a proposal to build a 75-story solar tower near California's Joshua Tree National Park, employing a kind of solar technology that can cause birds to ignite in midair.               

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Pepsi Selling 'Craft' Soda To Win Back Customers

October 8, 2014 1:44 pm | by Candice Choi, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Pepsi is hoping to keep up with the times with a soda called "Caleb's Kola" that comes in glass bottles reminiscent of a bygone era.                                  

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In Today’s Supply Chain, Anticipating Risk is Only Half the Battle

October 8, 2014 1:27 pm | by Sundar Kamakshisundaram | Articles | Comments

As supply chains have become more complex and more global, just knowing your tier one and tier two suppliers no longer cuts it. To effectively manage risk, you need to know your suppliers’ suppliers — and even the suppliers supplying them. And more important, you must move from anticipating risk to proactively predicting it. 

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UK Cleared To Subsidize $39B Nuclear Plant

October 8, 2014 12:27 pm | News | Comments

The European Union has approved Britain's bid to heavily subsidize a new nuclear power plant, overriding opposition from environmentalists and questions over the project's 24.5 billion pound ($39 billion) price tag.          

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Toyota Unveils its Hybrid Crossover C-HR Concept Vehicle

October 8, 2014 11:54 am | by Bloomberg News | Videos | Comments

Karl Schlicht, executive president at Toyota, discusses the automaker’s new hybrid concept vehicle, production on their first fuel-cell vehicle and a joint venture with BMW on a dual sports car project.             

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Nestle's Animal-Welfare Move in Line With Consumer Concerns

October 8, 2014 11:44 am | by Hartman Group | Blogs | Comments

Nestlé is adopting animal-welfare standards that will affect 7,300 suppliers worldwide, a move The New York Times’ Stephanie Strom called “one of the broadest-reaching commitments to improving the quality of life for animals in the food system.”

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Navy Tests Cutting-Edge Clothing Manufacturing

October 8, 2014 11:32 am | by USA Today | Videos | Comments

The U.S. Navy is testing out a cutting-edge way of manufacturing clothes; welding them together with ultrasonic waves. The process promises garments that weigh at least 40 percent less.                   

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Are HMI and Mobile Devices On the Menu for Your Plant?

October 8, 2014 10:27 am | by Mike Pantoleano | Blogs | Comments

The time is right to make plant data portable. Soon, I predict, we’ll wonder how we ever managed our plants without it.                                     

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Autoclave Temperature Data Logger

October 8, 2014 10:16 am | by Omega | Product Releases | Comments

Omega introduces its new series of autoclave temperature data loggers. The OM-CP-HITEMP140 is a rugged, high precision logger that is built for use in harsh environments.   

Army Awards Company $80M Contract Despite Federal Inquiry

October 8, 2014 10:00 am | by Richard Lardner, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Army has awarded $80 million in helicopter contracts to Wall Street executive Lynn Tilton even as the Justice Department is investigating whether she played by the rules to win earlier military work.             

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GE Selects Location For Advanced Manufacturing Facility

October 8, 2014 9:40 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

GE Oil & Gas, a division of Fortune 500 company General Electric, has selected Jacksonville for its advanced manufacturing facility for the design, engineering, and manufacturing of GE’s Mooney regulators and Becker control valves.   

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Company Recalls Floor Mats for GM Trucks

October 8, 2014 9:23 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A company that makes after-market floor mats for General Motors full-size pickup trucks and SUVs is recalling more than 45,000 of them because they can interfere with the gas pedal.                   

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Ford and UAW Announce Grant for Manufacturing Education Programs

October 8, 2014 9:18 am | by Business Wire | News | Comments

Ford Motor Company Fund and UAW Ford has announced a grant of $350,000 to pilot an innovative new education program that will bring teams of teachers into the Louisville Assembly Plant to experience first-hand the work situations their students will face.

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Boeing and Airbus at Odds Over Safety Feature

October 7, 2014 4:53 pm | by Joan Lowy, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The world's two largest commercial aircraft manufacturers are at odds over equipping planes with black boxes that eject from planes, making them easier to find in the event of an ocean crash.                 

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EU Investigates Tax Practices of Amazon

October 7, 2014 2:34 pm | by Juergen Baetz, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The European Union's competition authority opened an investigation into Amazon's corporate income tax practices on suspicion the online retailer is benefiting from an illegal rebate.                    

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Nearly 4K May Get Damages in Chinese Drywall Suit

October 7, 2014 2:18 pm | by Janet McConnaughey, The Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal judge has ruled that nearly 4,000 homeowners who say Chinese drywall ruined their homes are eligible to share any further damages he may award in lawsuits against Taishan Gypsum Co. Ltd., a government-owned manufacturer.     

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U.S. Job Openings Rise in August as Hiring Falls

October 7, 2014 2:10 pm | by Josh Boak, The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. employers advertised the most job openings in nearly 14 years during August, yet their pace of hiring fell compared to July.                                   

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Scientists Behind LED Breakthrough Win the Nobel Prize

October 7, 2014 1:54 pm | by Karl Ritter and Malin Rising, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Two Japanese scientists and a Japanese-born American won the Nobel Prize in physics on Tuesday for inventing blue light-emitting diodes, a breakthrough that has spurred the development of LED technology to light up homes, computer screens and smartphones worldwide.

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U.S. Manufacturers Forecast Solid Revenue Growth in the Year Ahead

October 7, 2014 1:44 pm | by PwC US | News | Comments

Optimism regarding projected company revenue growth increased among U.S. industrial manufacturers during the third quarter of 2014, according to the Q3 2014 Manufacturing Barometer, released by PwC US.              

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How a Victorinox Swiss Army Knife Gets Made

October 7, 2014 1:36 pm | by Bloomberg News | Videos | Comments

Victorinox, the maker of the Swiss Army Knife, is retooling itself after their signature product has been all but banned from airplane travel. Hans Nichols visited their factory in Switzerland to see if they have a plan to cut — or saw — through their problems.

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