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U.S. and China Boost Worldwide Industrial Semiconductor Market

November 19, 2014 2:03 pm | by IHS | News | Comments

Continuing strength in China and a resurgent U.S. economy are combining to drive accelerated growth in the worldwide market for semiconductors used in industrial applications this year, according to IHS Technology.           

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Entrepreneurship Lessons for Peace and Profit

November 19, 2014 1:57 pm | by Joyce M. Rosenberg, The Associated Press | News | Comments

28 business owners were recently brought to the U.S. under a program sponsored by the Business Council for Peace, or Bpeace, an organization that helps provide mentoring for entrepreneurs from countries torn by war or violent crime. 

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Motor Week: Is an AC or DC Drive Right for You?

November 19, 2014 11:41 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

The debate between direct current and alternating current isn’t confined to the pages of history, and between the renowned thinkers, Einstein and Tesla. The debate is still prevalent on the plant floor when the choice whether to utilize an alternating-current (AC) drive or a direct-current (DC) drive arises.

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When Fake 'Super Meat' is Better Than the Real Thing

November 19, 2014 11:32 am | by Bloomberg News | Videos | Comments

Beyond Meat, maker of plant-based "chicken" and "ground beef," will aim for the heart of the carnivorous market with a soy-protein-based hamburger patty called the Beast Burger. Beyond Meat Founder Ethan Brown says their meatless products taste and feel like the real thing and they believe they can revolutionize the way we eat. 

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VetiGel: The Band-Aid of the Future Stops Bleeding Instantly

November 19, 2014 11:23 am | by Bloomberg News | Videos | Comments

A small lab in Brooklyn is working on a gel that can stop bleeding in 20 seconds. Platelets stick together when VetiGel, made from plant-based polymers, comes into contact with blood.                   

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New Professional Lockout Services to Help Facilities Stay Safety Compliant

November 19, 2014 10:33 am | by Master Lock | Product Releases | Comments

Master Lock has introduced Professional Lockout Services, a group of dedicated experts who provide customized assessment, development, written procedures and training for a Lockout program that can be tailored for any specific facility.

Senate Votes No on Keystone, But McConnell Vows Replay

November 19, 2014 10:20 am | by Dina Cappiello, David Epso, The Associated Press | News | Comments

In a combustible blend of oil and politics, the Democratic-controlled Senate rejected legislation Tuesday night to force completion of the Keystone XL Pipeline. Republicans vowed to resurrect the controversial issue soon after taking two-house control of Congress in January.

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WI Agency Proposes Fee for Electric Cars

November 19, 2014 10:05 am | by Scott Bauer, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Wisconsin would join five other states that impose special fees on owners of electric vehicles, in an attempt to help make up for revenue drivers of those fuel-efficient cars aren't paying in gas taxes, under a road-funding proposal put forward by Gov. Scott Walker's administration.

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This Thanksgiving: Bring on the Turkey, Not the Food Safety Incidents

November 19, 2014 10:01 am | by Keri Dawson | Articles | Comments

Every year, a significant number of people suffer from food poisoning and other related foodborne illnesses during the holiday season.                                 

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Public Hearing Set for Plans to Cut Carbon Emissions

November 19, 2014 9:56 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal officials are holding a hearing Wednesday in Phoenix on a plan to cut carbon dioxide emissions from four power plants on tribal land.                               

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Nearly 40 Treated From CA Waste Plant Fire

November 19, 2014 9:49 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Nearly 40 people were taken to hospitals for decontamination and homes and businesses for a mile around were evacuated after a mysterious chemical mixture burst into flames at a Southern California waste facility.           

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Japan Recession Could Slow U.S. Companies

November 19, 2014 9:44 am | by Matthew Craft, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Japan has slipped back into a recession for the second time in two years. That could mean more trouble for a range of U.S companies and industries that count on the country for sales.                   

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Safety Agency To Push for National Air Bag Recall

November 19, 2014 9:39 am | by Tom Krisher, Dee-Ann Durbin, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The federal government is demanding that the auto industry recall millions of additional cars equipped with faulty air bags that can injure — and even kill — a driver.                       

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VW Recalls 442K Cars to Fix Suspension Problem

November 19, 2014 9:33 am | News | Comments

Volkswagen is recalling 442,000 Jettas and Beetles to fix a problem that can cause rear suspension failure if the cars aren't fixed properly after a crash.                           

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GOP Vows to Pass Keystone Later if Bill Fails Now

November 18, 2014 2:54 pm | by Dina Cappiello, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Republican leaders vowed Tuesday to take up and pass a bill approving the Keystone XL pipeline in Congress again next year if the Senate fails to advance the measure, or President Barack Obama vetoes it.              

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Rockwell Automation, AT&T Partnership To Make Smarter Machines

November 18, 2014 2:49 pm | by Rockwell Automation | News | Comments

Rockwell Automation and AT&T are collaborating to improve remote asset utilization and connected machine management. The companies plan to deliver cellular solutions that help enable customers to securely collect, manage and take action on data from industrial equipment located in plants and remote sites around the globe.

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Ford Pulls Back Curtain on New Shelby GT350

November 18, 2014 2:41 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

The Ford Shelby GT350 is back, powered by a 5.2-liter V8 engine producing over 500 horsepower.                                             

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Pittsburgh's Robot Renaissance

November 18, 2014 2:36 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Pittsburgh is experiencing major economic growth due to a booming robotics industry.                                               

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Beyond Vibration: Maximizing the Value of Your Predictive Maintenance Routine

November 18, 2014 2:29 pm | by Dave Geswein, Product Engineer, Azima DLI | Articles | Comments

If your plant is like most, you have been doing vibration testing diligently for a long time. But, if you have been following the same routine for a year or more, then it’s likely time to freshen things up by incorporating other, less-obvious facets of equipment health.  You can easily do this without investing a lot of money – in fact, you probably already have the tools you need.

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Google Buys Dutch Wind Energy for Data Center

November 18, 2014 2:00 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Google says it will buy the entire output of an 18-turbine, 62-megawatt Dutch wind energy project in the Netherlands to supply power to a major data center it is building.                       

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