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Musk: Nuking Martian Poles Could Make Planet Hospitable To Humans

September 10, 2015 1:49 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

During an appearance on "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert," the Tesla and SpaceX chief suggested Mars could eventually be relatively welcoming to humanity.


Keurig, Campbell's Debut Chicken Noodle Soup K-Cups

September 10, 2015 1:39 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The announcement marks the first non-beverage K-Cups option from the maker of single-serve coffee machines as it aims to counter lagging sales.


Manufacturing Minute: SpaceX's Satellite Internet Plans

September 10, 2015 1:08 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Videos | Comments

In this episode, the world's largest air purifier, SpaceX's satellite Internet and a potential hiccup in the U.S. rail network.


New Federal Food Safety Rules Issued After Deadly Outbreaks

September 10, 2015 11:21 am | by Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press | News | Comments

The new rules will require food manufacturers to submit food safety plans to the government to show they are keeping their operations clean.


Fiat Chrysler Recalls 1.7M Trucks For Air Bag, Weld Troubles

September 10, 2015 11:12 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Ram pickups have been recalled frequently in recent years. The 2014 Ram 1500, Fiat Chrysler's top-selling model that year, has been recalled nine times.


Why U.S. Job Openings Are Surging, While Hiring Plods

September 10, 2015 11:08 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Job openings soared 8 percent to 5.75 million in July, the most since records began in 2000, the Labor Department said Wednesday.


Study Shows Ants Outperform Chemical Pesticides

September 10, 2015 11:03 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Farmers who took steps to support weaver ant colonies throughout their orchards, The Daily Beast reports, saw fewer pests, reduced plant damage and higher tree crop yields.


GMO Chickens Resist Bird Flu

September 10, 2015 10:58 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Researchers from the University of Edinburgh and the University of Cambridge spent the past four years developing chickens' resistance to the bird flu.


Perdue Acquires All-Natural Meat Brand Niman Ranch

September 10, 2015 10:51 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Perdue agreed to buy Niman Ranch and parent company Natural Food Holdings for an undisclosed amount.


SFT-250 Extractor

September 10, 2015 8:45 am | by Supercritical Fluid Technologies | Product Releases | Comments

The SFT-250’s extraction vessel is forged from durable 17-4-PH stainless steel which is stronger and lighter than traditional stainless steel. 

Safety Agency Takes Next Step Toward Managing Takata Recalls

September 9, 2015 3:10 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

At least eight people have been killed and more than 100 injured by Takata inflators, which can explode with too much force and spew shrapnel. The problem affects 11 automakers.


Lockheed Martin To Cut 500 Information Systems Jobs

September 9, 2015 3:03 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The aerospace and defense company employs about 112,000 people globally, so the cuts amount to less than 1 percent of its total workforce.


Wristband Enables Better Tracking Of Individual Electricity Use

September 9, 2015 2:55 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The MagnifiSense, which will be presented at the ACM Ubicomp 2015 conference in Japan, identifies the unique electromagnetic radiation signatures generated by electronics or motors.


Study Offers Improved IoT Security Options

September 9, 2015 2:39 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Scientists said that increasingly complex IoT networks and the limited user interfaces on some devices could lead consumers to forego strong passwords or security measures — which could make household devices more accessible to hackers.


From The Top: Toyota's Larry Fuesler

September 9, 2015 2:34 pm | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director | Videos | Comments

In this episode, we’re on location in Chicago at the American Manufacturing Summit speaking with Larry Fuesler, Assembly Manager for Toyota Manufacturing.


Who Will Address Your Next Shutdown?

September 9, 2015 2:22 pm | by Joel Levitt, Life Cycle Engineering | Articles | Comments

This three-step approach can help make sure new leaders are ready to step in when your long-time expert plant-leaders retire. 


What’s The Next Major Deal To Close In The Oil Patch?

September 9, 2015 1:57 pm | by Bloomberg Business | Videos | Comments

Bloomberg’s Alix Steel talks to two energy experts, Vincent Piazza and Andrew Cosgrove of Bloomberg Intelligence, about potential new big energy deals in the near future.


Change Is Good: What It Means To Have A Maintenance-Oriented Culture

September 9, 2015 12:00 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor | Articles | Comments

IMPO sat down with Jarmo Heinonen, Vice President Group Service Development Manager at Quant, to discuss how culture change can take effect in a manufacturing setting, and how the results can impact overall performance. 


France Vows To Close Its Oldest Nuclear Plant By 2018

September 9, 2015 11:17 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

France passed a law in July to reduce the share of nuclear power to 50 percent by 2025 from the current 75 percent, which is greater than in any other nation.


Toyota Rolls Out New Prius Hybrid As Gas Prices Tumble

September 9, 2015 11:12 am | by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The 2016 Prius is more sculpted and sportier looking than the current version as Toyota tries to move the car from appealing mainly to environmentalists to more of a mainstream vehicle. 



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