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Airbus Posts Higher 2013 Profit

February 26, 2014 10:05 am | by Greg Keller, Associated Press | News | Comments

European jetmaker Airbus Group said Wednesday record demand for its civilian jetliners from airlines around the world drove higher sales and profits last year. The Boeing Co. rival, known until this year as EADS, said net profit rose 22 percent to 1.47 billion euros ($2 billion) in 2013, up from 1.2 billion euros the previous year.

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GM Adds 588,000 Vehicles To Ignition Switch Recall

February 26, 2014 9:55 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors is adding more than 588,000 vehicles to a recall to fix ignition switches that can shut off engines and cause crashes. The company says it's adding Saturn Ion compacts from 2003 through 2007, and Chevrolet HHR SUVs, Pontiac Solstice, and Saturn Sky sports cars from 2006 and 2007.

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Panasonic, Tesla Eye Joint Plant In U.S.

February 26, 2014 9:48 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Panasonic Corp. is considering setting up a new plant jointly with Tesla Motors Inc. in the United States to make lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles, sources close to the matter said Wednesday.              

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Feds Issue Emergency Order On Oil Shipments

February 26, 2014 9:42 am | by Joan Lowy and Matthew Brown, Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal regulators issued an emergency order Tuesday requiring more stringent testing of crude oil before shipment by rail to determine how susceptible the cargo is to explosion or fire, a response to a string of train accidents since last summer involving oil from the Bakken region of North Dakota and Montana.

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Star Trek Healing Devices Are Coming To Your Local Hospital

February 26, 2014 9:32 am | by Allegra Sparta, Contributor, PD&D | Blogs | Comments

Maybe we can transport patients with hover-stretchers and flying ambulances, too. Announcements like this are bound to raise a few eyebrows, but we live in a world where 3D-printed hearts and other highly advanced surgical procedures are slowly becoming commonplace.

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IoT Fixes Tesla’s Fire Recall

February 26, 2014 9:28 am | by Chris Fox, Managing Editor, PD&D | Blogs | Comments

Recently, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issued two recalls, one from Tesla and one from GM, both were associated with problems that could cause fires. The major difference? Tesla’s fix only required a WiFi connection, while GM required owners to bring their vehicles in for service.

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New Oil Eater Universal Pads And Rolls

February 26, 2014 8:37 am | by Kafko International Ltd. | Product Releases | Comments

New Oil Eater Universal Pads and Rolls are the economic solution for the widest variety of spill control and clean-up situations, such as machinery leaks in hard-to-reach places.

Cushion-Grip Impact Punchdown Tool

February 26, 2014 8:08 am | by Klein Tools | Product Releases | Comments

Klein Tools expands its innovative Voice/Data/Video punchdown tool line with a new Cushion-Grip Impact Punchdown Tool and Blade. 

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Samsung's New Products In 90 Seconds

February 25, 2014 2:46 pm | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

Here's the first look at Samsung's new products including the Galaxy S5 smartphone, the Gear 2 and the more innovative Gear Fit, which combines the functionality of the Gear with biometrics and a curved touchscreen.          

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California Slaughterhouse Under Criminal Probe

February 25, 2014 2:43 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The USDA has said Rancho processed diseased and unhealthy animals and circumvented federal inspection rules. The recalled beef was sold at Walmart and other national chains and used in products, including Hot Pockets.          

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Manufacturing The Comeback For The American Economy

February 25, 2014 2:39 pm | by The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) | News | Comments

NAM's President attributed manufacturing’s comeback to its dynamic workforce, innovation, and game-changing energy resources. However, he noted the critical need to implement policies supporting manufacturing to eliminate the stifling effect that overregulation, high taxes, rising health care costs, and a lack of trade agreements have on manufacturers’ competitiveness.

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Chicago Lands New Digital And Design Manufacturing Hub

February 25, 2014 2:31 pm | News | Comments

The President has announced the Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDI), which will be headquartered in Chicago, Ill., and funded via a $70 million grant that state and private entities will match to the tune of $250 million.  

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What's A Bitcoin? A Look At The Digital Currency

February 25, 2014 2:27 pm | by Raphael Satter, Associated Press | News | Comments

Early Tuesday, the world's most established exchange for Bitcoin disappeared from the Internet, sending the price of the virtual currency tumbling and prompting fears that the world's biggest experiment in electronic cash could soon be strangled by fraud or regulation.

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Analyst Doubles Price Target, Boosts Tesla Shares

February 25, 2014 2:14 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Shares of Tesla Motors Inc. surged 16 percent Tuesday after a Wall Street analyst told investors that Tesla could shake up the electric utility sector as well as the auto industry.                     

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Consumer Reports Names Tesla Model S Its Top Pick

February 25, 2014 2:10 pm | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

The magazine cited the Model S's sporty performance and technological innovations, including its 225-mile range. But it acknowledged that the car is expensive. Consumer Reports paid $89,650 for the Model S it tested.         

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IBM Adding Jobs In Buffalo, Hudson Valley

February 25, 2014 12:18 pm | by Josefa Velasquez, Associated Press | News | Comments

The agreement between the company and the State University of New York College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering increases IBM's commitment of high-tech jobs at semiconductor plants in Dutchess County, Albany, and Yorktown Heights by 750 from the current 2,350, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced.

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Campbell's Soup Plant Equipment To Be Auctioned

February 25, 2014 12:15 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The new owners of a shuttered Campbell Soup Co. factory in Sacramento will begin auctioning off equipment from the facility on Tuesday. The three-day auction is intended to clear space for potential tenants and raise cash. The factory's inventory is worth an estimated $6 million to $8 million.

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Honda Increases North American Manufacturing Footprint

February 25, 2014 10:29 am | by The Association For Manufacturing Technology | News | Comments

The start-up of the Celaya Plant increases Honda's annual automobile production capacity in North America to approximately 1.92 million units. In 2013, more than 90 percent of the Honda and Acura automobiles sold in the U.S. were produced in North America; this is expected to exceed 95 percent when the Celaya plant reaches full capacity.

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Cigarette Maker Lorillard Bans Animal Testing

February 25, 2014 10:14 am | by Michael Felberbaum, AP Tobacco Writer | News | Comments

Cigarette maker Lorillard Inc. has banned animal testing following discussions with an animal rights group that has raised concerns over industry studies in which animals were forced to inhale cigarette smoke, eat tobacco, and have cigarette tar painted on their skin.

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French Automakers Seek To Catch Up In China

February 25, 2014 10:08 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Their motivation is clear: Europe's auto sales slumped last year to their lowest level since 1995, forcing French brands to join U.S. and European rivals in looking to China to drive revenues. But the timing is awkward.          

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