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Will Algae Fuel Your Next Car?

July 10, 2013 1:36 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

Some of the top minds in the nation are working to find an alternative for oil, and Professor Juergen Polle is placing his bet on algae. What makes algae ideal is that it can be grown in non-arable land. And while it burns carbon dioxide (CO2) like fossil fuels, it requires CO2 to photosynthesize, making it carbon neutral.

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Koreas End Talks On Factories With No Breakthrough

July 10, 2013 10:19 am | by Hyung-Jin Kim, Associated Press | News | Comments

Talks between the rival Koreas aimed at restarting a stalled inter-Korean factory park ended Wednesday with no breakthrough, but both sides agreed to meet again next week to discuss restoring what was once a rare symbol of cooperation between the archrivals.

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China Trade Falls In New Sign Its Economy Is Fading

July 10, 2013 10:16 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

China's trade declined abruptly in June in a sign growth in the world's second-largest economy might be cooling even more sharply than expected. Exports fell by 3.1 percent compared with a year earlier and imports contracted by 0.7 percent, customs data showed Wednesday. Both were below forecasts of growth in the low single digits.

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JAL 777 Returns To Tokyo After Hydraulic Warning

July 10, 2013 10:14 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Japan Airlines Boeing 777 bound for San Francisco returned to Tokyo early Tuesday after a warning flashed in the cockpit saying the jet's hydraulic fluid level was low. The plane carrying 236 passengers and 13 crew had departed around midnight and returned about four hours later to Tokyo's Haneda airport.

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New Electric Scooter To Synchronize With Smartphone

July 10, 2013 10:12 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Japanese electric motorcycle maker Terra Motors Corp. unveiled Wednesday a new scooter that can synchronize with Apple Inc.'s iPhone smartphone to enable the rider to record data including travel distance, running routes and remaining battery power.

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NC Approves State Package For 240 GE Aviation Jobs

July 10, 2013 10:11 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A General Electric Co. unit is getting a rich incentives package to add about 240 jobs at four North Carolina factories within five years. Gov. Pat McCrory's office said Tuesday GE Aviation could get state tax breaks worth up to nearly $5 million if the company meets hiring and investment targets.

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BlackBerry Chief Seeks Patience With Turnaround

July 10, 2013 10:09 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Research In Motion CEO Thorsten Heins pleaded for patience Tuesday as the company faces questions about its growth and survival. BlackBerry shares were hammered last month after the company's financial results fell short of expectations. Heins told shareholders that BlackBerry is in the second stage of its turnaround. Stage three, he said, includes profitability.

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Take Control Of Your Company’s Future: The R&D Tax Credit

July 10, 2013 9:21 am | by Dean Zerbe, alliantgroup National Managing Director | Articles | Comments

The manufacturing industry remains in a constant race to improve their products, as well as the process of making their products — all while dealing with tight budgets and low profit margins. These twin efforts push innovation to the forefront, and the tax code rewards manufacturers who are engaged in these efforts to stay competitive with the R&D tax credit.

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Purchasing Parts Vs. Buying Into A Strategy

July 10, 2013 8:05 am | by Bill Michels, CPSM, C.P.M., ADR North America | Articles | Comments

The old days of “write a specification, collect bids, and pick the low one” are long gone. Your suppliers are now an extension of your company. This is especially true in manufacturing. For instance, there are companies that will manage all your maintenance and repair parts within your own facility. These companies essentially fund and staff an MRO “parts cage” on the factory floor.

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Make RCA Easier With PROACT Templates Webinar

July 9, 2013 5:03 pm | by Reliability Center, Inc. | Events

Where do you start in an analysis and how do you streamline and manage this process? Beat 'paralysis by analysis' with this valuable webinar where you will learn RCI's proven methods and tools that work! It's easy to become overwhelmed with so much information and so many options that one doesn't know where to start and how to keep it all organized.

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Make RCA Easier With PROACT Templates Webinar

July 9, 2013 5:02 pm | by Reliability Center, Inc. | Events

Where do you start in an analysis and how do you streamline and manage this process? Beat 'paralysis by analysis' with this valuable webinar where you will learn RCI's proven methods and tools that work! It's easy to become overwhelmed with so much information and so many options that one doesn't know where to start and how to keep it all organized.

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Bird-X Joins GSA To Help Federal Facilities Reduce Pest Bird Costs

July 9, 2013 3:43 pm | by Bird-X, Inc. | News | Comments

Bird control leader, Bird-X, joins the GSA Advantage program to bring pest bird control solutions directly to federal facilities and institutions – cutting out the costs and inefficiencies of “middleman” resellers.  The U.S. General Services Administration is a tool to help government institutions find the best products and services at the most affordable prices.

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Immigration Legislation To Remake America's Workforce

July 9, 2013 1:55 pm | by Erica Werner, Associated Press | News | Comments

Landmark immigration legislation passed by the Senate would remake America's workforce from the highest rungs to the lowest and bring many more immigrants into the economy, from elite technology companies to restaurant kitchens and rural fields.

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Appeals Court Tosses Ex-Glock Exec's Convictions

July 9, 2013 1:51 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Georgia appeals court has overturned the conviction of a former executive for Glock Inc. who was sentenced to seven years in prison for stealing a pistol and conspiring to steal millions from the gun manufacturer. The Georgia Court of Appeals on Tuesday released an opinion reversing Paul Jannuzzo's convictions, saying the state failed to indict him within the statute of limitations.

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GM: New Corvette To Get 29 MPG On Highway

July 9, 2013 1:49 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors says the new Chevrolet Corvette sports car will get 29 miles per gallon of gas in highway driving. The 2014 Corvette Stingray has a 455 horsepower, 6.2-liter V-8 engine that can take the car from zero to 60 mph in under four seconds. GM says the car can get up to 30 mpg in "Eco" mode.

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Vermont Joins Push For Cleaner Vehicles

July 9, 2013 1:48 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Vermont is joining 14 other states and cities in calling for the federal Environmental Protection Agency to adopt proposed new rules calling for big cuts in pollution from vehicles by 2017. The standards would cut smog-producing emissions from vehicles by 80 percent and soot by 70 percent.

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U.S. Safety Agency Investigating Hyundai Santa Fe

July 9, 2013 1:46 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. safety regulators are investigating complaints that the Hyundai Santa Fe sport utility vehicle can suddenly lose power. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says it has two complaints that the right-front axle shaft can fail on 2013 models. The investigation covers about 50,000 vehicles. Investigators will determine if the problem is big enough to require a recall.

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The World's Top Drone Exporter

July 9, 2013 11:33 am | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

It might look like a model airplane, but don't let the size fool you. The Heron 1 is the latest in Israeli drone technology and the growth engine of Israel's defense industry. Between 2001 and 2011, 41 percent of drones came from Israel. President and CEO of Israel Aerospace Industries, Joseph Weiss, explains why this technology is a necessity.

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Manufacturing Technology Orders Up

July 9, 2013 11:01 am | by AMT | News | Comments

May U.S. manufacturing technology orders totaled $430.06 million according to AMT - The Association For Manufacturing Technology. This total, as reported by companies participating in the USMTO program, was up 13.6 percent from April but down 7.6 percent when compared with the total of $465.38 million reported for May 2012. With a year-to-date total of $2,085.14 million, 2013 is down 6.9 percent compared with 2012.

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Late To The Chinese Market, Ford Aims To Catch Up

July 9, 2013 10:09 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Last year, Chinese consumers bought 19 million cars and trucks — 5 million more than consumers in the U.S. Ford's share of those sales was just 3 percent. Years of corporate chaos and financial trouble slowed Ford's entry into China as its rivals gained a foothold. Together, General Motors and Volkswagen control a third of China's market.

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