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Engineering Newswire: Experimental Electric Plane Takes First Flight

May 9, 2014 12:11 pm | by Product Design & Development | Videos | Comments

This episode of Engineering Newswire looks at 3D printed tattoos, rescuing a 36-year-old satellite and flying an experimental electric aircraft.                                  

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House Votes To Make R&D Tax Credit Permanent

May 9, 2014 11:59 am | by Stephen Ohlemacher, Associated Press | News | Comments

The House voted Friday to make permanent a tax credit that rewards businesses for investing in research and development, adding $156 billion to the budget deficit over the next decade.                    

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McDonald's Reports Flat April U.S. Sales

May 9, 2014 10:12 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

McDonald's says a key sales metric was flat in April in the U.S., as the world's largest hamburger chain worked to fend off competitors and improve service in its restaurants.                      

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Unilever Closing Canadian Plant, Moving Production To U.S.

May 9, 2014 10:07 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Unilever plant in Bramalea, Ont. that manufactures dry mixes for soups, sauces and other foods, will close and its production capability shipped to the United States, the company announced Thursday.               

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Reduce Fouling In Reverse Osmosis With Electronic Water Treatment

May 9, 2014 9:57 am | by Jan De Baat Doelman, President, Scalewatcher North America Inc. | Articles | Comments

The results of limescale build-up are a higher pressure drop across the system. This translates into higher operating costs and eventually the need to clean or replace the reverse osmosis membranes.                

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Report: Apple Close To Buying Beats For $3.2B

May 9, 2014 9:44 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

If the deal is completed, it would be by far the largest purchase in Apple Inc.'s 38-year history.                                             

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Workers At Cargill Plant Owed More Benefits

May 9, 2014 9:34 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Labor Department has approved a union petition for extended unemployment and other benefits for workers of a shuttered West Texas meatpacking plant.                            

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Vermont Requires Labeling Of GMO Foods

May 9, 2014 9:27 am | by Dave Gram, Associated Press | News | Comments

Vermont's governor signed a law Thursday that puts the state on the path to be the first in the U.S. to require labeling of genetically modified foods, and he promptly announced an online fundraiser to fight expected legal challenges from the food industry.

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Chinese Auto Sales Rebound In April

May 9, 2014 9:21 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Passenger vehicle sales rose 11.6 percent to 1.6 million vehicles. That was up from March's 7.9 percent growth.                                        

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America’s Top 4 Forklift Manufacturers And What Makes Them Special

May 8, 2014 1:58 pm | by Tom Reddon, Forklift Specialist, National Forklift Exchange - @TomReddon | Articles | Comments

Patriotism aside, there are plenty of reasons to buy an American-made forklift, foremost of which is the high standards American forklift manufacturers are held to.                          

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Camera Tricks On Future Cars

May 8, 2014 1:47 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Car manufacturers like Nissan and Land Rover are looking at ways to make your car safer using cutting-edge camera technology to eliminate blind spots.                             

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Kellogg Settles Kashi Class-Action Suit

May 8, 2014 1:39 pm | by Candice Choi, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

Kellogg says it will no longer use the "All Natural" or "Nothing Artificial" labels on certain Kashi products as part of an agreement to settle a class-action lawsuit.                          

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Father Commends Remington For Recall

May 8, 2014 12:16 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Montana man who sued Remington Arms Co. said the manufacturer should be commended for recalling the model rifle he claims was responsible for the death of his 9-year-old son.                     

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Ford To Buy Back $1.8B In Stock

May 8, 2014 12:12 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ford says it will buy back up to about 116 million shares of company stock worth about $1.8 billion.                                            

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Recalls Challenge GM, Frustrate Customers

May 8, 2014 12:10 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Experts say eight simultaneous recalls covering 7 million vehicles is too much for any organization to handle quickly, even one as big as GM.                               

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The Real Cost Of Google Glass

May 8, 2014 12:01 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Google's face wear has an extremely high sticker price, but the parts inside cost less than $80.                                            

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Battery Watering Technologies Partners With Wetac To Cover Europe

May 8, 2014 11:04 am | by Battery Watering Technologies | News | Comments

Battery Watering Technologies is excited to announce the partnership with Wetac Motive Power to provide distribution for battery watering systems and accessories throughout Europe.                    

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Curtain Walls Contain Dust, Help Improve Air Quality

May 8, 2014 10:03 am | by Zoneworks by Rite-Hite | Product Releases | Comments

Zoneworks SCL Curtain Walls by Rite-Hite make up a highly flexible and adaptable fabric wall system that makes it easy to contain dust, smoke, or fumes, while improving air quality by dividing the interior space of industrial facilities. 

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Personal Robots, New Business Models Are New Mega Trends By 2020

May 8, 2014 9:58 am | by Frost & Sullivan | Articles | Comments

By 2020, personal robots ranging between $1,500 and $4,500 could enter our lives, technologies such as 3D printing could likely generate revenue of $7.1 billion by 2020, and we will witness the emergence of new business models.       

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Are Manufacturers Stuck In The 20th Century?

May 8, 2014 9:53 am | by James Jensen, VP of Products and Services, Perillon | Blogs | Comments

Why are companies accepting unnecessary environmental liability associated with archaic, paper-based programs and what can they do to leverage existing technologies to bring their EH&S systems into the 21st century?          

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