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Tesla Says Car Fire Began In Battery After Crash

October 3, 2013 2:27 pm | by Mike Baker, Tom Krisher, Associated Press | News | Comments

A fire that destroyed a Tesla electric car near Seattle began in the vehicle's battery pack, officials said Wednesday, creating challenges for firefighters who tried to put out the flames. Company spokeswoman Liz Jarvis-Shean said the fire Tuesday was caused by a large metallic object that directly hit one of the battery pack's modules in the pricey Model S. 

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UTX May Furlough 5K Workers Due To Shutdown

October 3, 2013 2:25 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

United Technologies Corp. says it may furlough more than 5,000 workers if the U.S. government shutdown continues into next month. The company said Wednesday that its Sikorsky division, which makes Black Hawk helicopters, would be hit first. It expects nearly 2,000 employees, including those employed at facilities in Connecticut, Florida and Alabama, will be furloughed on Monday.

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Third Guilty Plea Expected In Explosives Case

October 3, 2013 2:22 pm | by Holbrook Mohr, Associated Press | News | Comments

An explosives recycling company employee is expected to plead guilty this month in the investigation into the handling of millions of pounds of military propellant blamed for the evacuation of a Louisiana town, a district attorney said Thursday.

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As BlackBerry Struggles, It Sets Date For Latest Device

October 3, 2013 2:19 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Smartphone maker BlackBerry (TSX:BB) says its latest device will arrive in Canada later this month, but it won't have the support of one of the country's largest carriers. Rogers Communications (TSX:RCI.B) has decided not to stock the new device, after a longtime relationship with BlackBerry on all of its major products.

Chrysler Recalling 142,000 Pickups, SUVs

October 3, 2013 2:17 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chrysler is recalling more than 142,000 pickup trucks and SUVs worldwide because of software glitches that could affect instrument cluster lighting and braking systems. Around 132,000 Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs and 10,800 Ram pickup trucks from the 2014 model year are affected.

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German Company To Build Plant In KY

October 3, 2013 2:16 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Germany-based automotive supplier is planning to build a new production plant in Kentucky. The $120 million facility will be called Bilstein Cold Rolled Steel and will employ 90 workers. The company says it is building the 150,000-square-foot facility to better serve its North American auto industry customers.

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Employers Add Fewer Jobs

October 3, 2013 2:11 pm | by ReutersVideo | Videos | Comments

Amid the Washington shut down that furloughed nearly a million government workers, the private sector isn't doing much better. U.S. companies added just 166,000 jobs last month, which is fewer than economists had expected. Analysts say the softer numbers have renewed worries on Wall Street.

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Berkshire Community College Kicks Off Manufacturing Month

October 2, 2013 5:33 pm | by Berkshire Community College | News | Comments

Berkshire Community College (BCC) today unveiled a new state-of-the-art lab containing advanced manufacturing equipment housed at Taconic High School (THS) that will provide both BCC and high school students with the advanced technical skills needed to succeed in the new manufacturing workplace.

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Porsche Boxster S: One Fun Driver's Car

October 2, 2013 4:15 pm | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

The new Porsche Boxster S is a fast, fun, driver-centric car. This car pays attention to how someone who truly likes to drive would like the cockpit set up, and it's especially responsive to the driver around corners. This car responds just like the driver thinks it should, and is like an extension of the driver's body, says this test driver.

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Lionhead 3D Printer Creator Shares Biggest Fears

October 2, 2013 4:07 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Associate Editor, PD&D | Videos | Comments

In this exclusive interview with the creator of the Lionhead 3D printer, IMPO's sister magazine PD&D is on-site to learn more about the design process, and the biggest fears of bringing a new product to market.      

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Inside The Vertu Luxury Smartphone Factory

October 2, 2013 4:02 pm | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

Vertu is polishing up its newest product and getting ready to unveil its more affordable smartphone known as Constellation, though the company is not known for its affordability. Each Vertu smartphone is all assembled by a single person and the finished product can run thousands of dollars. 

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How To Print A 1927 Miller 91 Racecar In 6 Weeks

October 2, 2013 3:56 pm | by Cideas | Videos | Comments

Put together a car guy and a great designer, and you get a 3D CAD design for a 1927 racecar. Cideas has 3D-printed a 1927 Miller 91 model car using all four major 3D printing processes (FDM, Polyjet, SLS, and SLA) in just six weeks. The car is a 40 percent scale model and was created with 100 percent 3D-printed parts.

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University Of California Irvine's Aeroacoustic Laboratory Uses DryLin® T Profile Guides

October 2, 2013 3:25 pm | by igus | Product Releases | Comments

Students from the University of California, Irvine used DryLin T profile rail guides donated by igus® as part of The Geared Turbofan Project, designed to study the noise attenuation effects of a hybrid wing-body in relation to the placement of an aircraft's turbofan. The students are part of UCI’s Aeroacoustic Laboratory, which aims to study the acoustics of aerospace technologies such as fans, nozzles, ducts and more.

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U.S. Companies Add 166,000 Jobs In September

October 2, 2013 2:23 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. businesses added just 166,000 jobs in September, only slightly more than the previous two months. The lack of improvement in hiring, along with the threat of a prolonged government shutdown, could help persuade the Federal Reserve to delay scaling back its stimulus.

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GE To Lay Off Up To 200 Workers In NY

October 2, 2013 2:20 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Electric says it plans to lay off up to 200 salaried employees at its Schenectady-based Power & Water Division by the end of this year. Local media report that GE officials say the Fairfield, Conn.-based company is eliminating the white-collar positions to remain competitive. Officials wouldn't divulge the exact number of employees to be laid off.

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Strap On Your Computer, Wearable Tech Taking Off

October 2, 2013 2:16 pm | by Martha Mendoza, AP National Writer | News | Comments

Wearable technologies have long been a sideshow to mainstream laptop and smartphones, but this year Google's glasses and rumors of Apple's iWatch are popularizing the field. Analysts forecast swift growth. Last year the market for wearable technology — encompassing everything from hearing aids to wristband pedometers — totaled almost $9 billion. That should climb to $30 billion by 2018, said analyst Shane Walker at IHS Global Insights.

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Coroplast To Put First U.S. Plant In SC

October 2, 2013 2:14 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Coroplast Tape Corp. is planning to put its first U.S. production plant in South Carolina, creating 150 jobs. The German company announced Wednesday plans to invest $12 million in a York County Spec Building off Interstate 77. The facility will make a range of adhesive and insulating tapes for the automotive industry.

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UK Charges 6 With Multimillion Dollar Carbon Fraud

October 2, 2013 2:13 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

British prosecutors say six men have been charged over a massive pollution credit fraud scheme that cost the British government millions of dollars. The Crown Prosecution Service says the men created a string of dummy companies that traded in carbon credits, typically certificates which give polluters the right to emit a set amount of carbon dioxide in return for money paid to companies that fight climate change.

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Canadian Solar Completes Sale Of 2 Plants

October 2, 2013 2:10 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Canadian Solar has closed on the sale of two of its solar power plants to energy infrastructure company TransCanada Corp. The solar company said Wednesday that the two Canadian plants, Brockville 2 and Burritts Rapids, are valued at more than $92.2 million.

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OSHA Unveils Top 10 Safety Violations

October 2, 2013 2:01 pm | by National Safety Council | News | Comments

Once again, Fall Protection tops the list of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s most-cited workplace safety violations. The presentation of the Top 10 was given before a crowded group of spectators today on the Expo floor at the 2013 National Safety Council Congress & Expo.

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