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Breathing Battery Could Power Next-Gen Electric Vehicles

March 18, 2014 9:30 am | by Michael Bernstein, American Chemical Society | News | Comments

The main difference between lithium-ion and lithium-air batteries is that the latter replaces the traditional cathode — a key battery component involved in the flow of electric current — with air. That makes the rechargeable metal-air battery lighter with the potential to pack in more energy than its commercial counterpart.

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Activists Occupy French Nuke Plant

March 18, 2014 9:25 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Police have surrounded a nuclear plant in eastern France after more than 60 Greenpeace activists occupied it Tuesday to protest the nation's reliance on atomic power.              

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Goodyear's Blimp Replacement Takes Flight

March 18, 2014 9:23 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The next generation of the well-known Goodyear blimp has made its first flight, cruising over part of northeast Ohio beneath bright blue skies.                  

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European Car Sales Continue To Grow

March 18, 2014 9:14 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

European car sales grew for a sixth consecutive month in February but remained at a low level as the market recovered slowly from the financial crisis.                 

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Baucus Wants 'Level Playing Field' For U.S. Businesses In China

March 18, 2014 9:12 am | by Christopher Bodeen, Associated Press | News | Comments

New U.S. Ambassador to China Max Baucus embraced the increasingly intertwined relationship between the two countries, saying he would push for fair trade while urging Beijing to respect human rights.         

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Unemployment Rates Drop In 43 States In January

March 17, 2014 2:21 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Labor Department says the unemployment rate rose in just one state — Iowa — where the rate increased to 4.3 percent from 4.2 percent.                                 

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Making Room For More Lead Time

March 17, 2014 2:18 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net, @Mnet_JoelHans | Articles | Comments

No matter what the end product, there is always pressure to be an industry leader in lead time, and to meet those targets in a safe, reliable, and cost-efficient manner. Reducing lead times can provide manufacturers with a multitude of benefits.

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President Of W.Va. Spill Company Wants To Get Paid

March 17, 2014 2:01 pm | by Jonathan Mattise, Associated Press | News | Comments

The president of the company that spilled chemicals into 300,000 West Virginians' water supply wants to get paid for work during bankruptcy proceedings.                             

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The $1.8M Ferrari Race Car For Amateurs

March 17, 2014 1:47 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Ferrari XX Program allows a few of the most passionate fans to buy a FXX or a 599XX race cars and drive them on race tracks around the world.                                

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Another GM Recall: 1.18M SUVs For Air Bag Issues

March 17, 2014 1:41 pm | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

General Motors is recalling more than 1.5 million vehicles, including SUVs, vans, and Cadillacs, for defective air bags and other problems.                                

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U.S. Factory Output Rises In Februrary

March 17, 2014 12:10 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The Federal Reserve says factory production surged 0.8 percent, nearly reversing a 0.9 percent plunge in January that was due mainly to weather. February's gain was the largest in six months.                  

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Ohio Auto Dealers Join Fight Over Telsa Sales Model

March 17, 2014 12:05 pm | by Julie Carr Smyth, AP Statehouse Correspondent | News | Comments

Ohio is among states proposing to block future Tesla direct-sales stores on grounds they undercut traditional auto dealerships.                                   

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Jack Daniel's Opposes Change To 'Tennessee Whiskey'

March 17, 2014 10:11 am | by Bruce Schreiner and Erik Schelzig, Associated Press | News | Comments

State lawmakers are considering dialing back requirements that they say make it too difficult for craft distilleries to market their spirits as Tennessee whiskey, a distinctive and popular draw in the booming American liquor business.     

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The Inevitable Future of Driverless Cars

March 17, 2014 10:02 am | by Chris Fox, Managing Editor, Product Design & Development | Articles | Comments

Autonomous driving has long been on the to-do list for car manufacturers, but within the last year consumer interest has spurred inquisition in both the engineering community, as well as the legal arena.             

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Could Open Source Be An Engine For The Internet Of Things?

March 17, 2014 9:48 am | by Jeff Evans & Alain Louchez | Articles | Comments

Whether it is an innovation engine, or the actual level playing field (as argued during the international ITU conference), open source is growingly viewed as a credible game changer for IoT.                   

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Fiat Recalling More Than 18,000 500Ls

March 17, 2014 9:37 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chrysler Group is recalling 18,092 Fiat 500L cars in the U.S. because the transmission shifter can be delayed or stop working.                                    

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Honda Recalling Almost 900,000 Minivans

March 17, 2014 9:34 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Honda Motor Co. is recalling 886,815 Odyssey minivans in the U.S. because a fuel pump cover can deteriorate and cause a fuel leak.                                   

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Wind Power Proposal Irks Midwest Farmers

March 17, 2014 9:26 am | by Jim Salter, Associated Press | News | Comments

Clean Line Energy Partners wants to spend $2.2 billion to build a 750-mile-long high-voltage overhead transmission line, but farmers don't want the lines on their land.                        

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Toyota Shuts Down 2 Plants In Lockout Over Wages

March 17, 2014 9:11 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Toyota said Monday it has shut down production at its two auto-assembly plants in India, locking out 6,400 workers amid testy wage negotiations and allegations of threats against management.                 

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LED Light Bulbs As A WiFi Alternative

March 14, 2014 5:02 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

The technology company Pure LiFi has come up with the bright idea of using LED light bulbs to transmit data. CNET's Kara Tsuboi reports on how it works.                            

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