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CA Governments Seek $1B In Lead Paint Cleanup

July 15, 2013 2:05 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

In a trial that began Monday, California's attorney general and 10 cities and counties are seeking $1 billion from paint manufacturers to remove lead paint from millions of older homes, arguing that they sold the product despite being aware of its potential health effects.

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Spirit Maker Beam Opens KY Corporate Presence

July 15, 2013 2:03 pm | by Bruce Schreiner, Associated Press | News | Comments

Spirits maker Beam Inc. relies on Kentucky as its production hub, and now the company is branching out with a corporate presence in bourbon country. The company responsible for the Jim Beam and Maker's Mark bourbon brands on Monday marked the opening of its Global Business Services Center in an entertainment district in downtown Louisville.

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Twinkies May Be Smaller Than People Recall

July 15, 2013 2:01 pm | by Candice Choi, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

Twinkies are back, but they may be a bit smaller than you remember. The new owners of Hostess have leaner operating costs now that they're no longer using unionized workers. It turns out the spongy yellow cakes may also be a little smaller than the last Twinkies people ate.

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Icahn Backs Sweeter Dell Counterproposal

July 15, 2013 1:59 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Billionaire investor Carl Icahn is proposing that Dell shareholders get a chance to own a bigger stake in the struggling computer maker in hopes of thwarting an attempt by the company's founder to buy it for $24.4 billion and take it private. Icahn, who owns a nearly 9 percent stake in Dell, now wants shareholders to receive warrants in addition to the cash he previously recommended be given to shareholders.

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Auto Supplier Plant In NH Expanding

July 15, 2013 1:57 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Plans are in the works to expand an auto supplier plant in New Hampshire. Freudenberg-NOK is planning the $3 million expansion in Northfield that is expected to add at least 15 jobs to the 115 currently employed. The Concord Monitor reports Business Finance Authority president Jack Donovan says construction is expected to take six months.

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Robots Replace Human Farm Hands

July 15, 2013 12:59 pm | by AssociatedPress | Videos | Comments

Robots and computers are already replacing workers in factories and offices. Now engineers are developing intelligent machines to do farm work and help ease a worsening labor shortage on American farms. See the engineers test the Lettuce Bot, a machine that can "thin" a field of lettuce in the time it takes about 20 workers to do the job by hand.

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Hyundai U.S. CEO: We Can't Build Cars Fast Enough

July 15, 2013 10:01 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Hyundai Motor Co.'s factories have reached their maximum capacity to build cars, and that's costing the company sales in a growing U.S. market, its American CEO said Friday. Hyundai's U.S. sales are up only 1.9 percent for the first half of the year, less than a quarter of the overall market's 8.4 percent growth rate, according to Autodata Corp.

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UK Agency: 787 Fire Not Caused By Battery Fault

July 15, 2013 9:59 am | by Sylvia Hui, Associated Press | News | Comments

A fire on an empty Boeing 787 plane at London's Heathrow Airport didn't appear to be caused by faulty aircraft batteries, a British investigative agency said Saturday. Investors in Boeing, which calls its newest plane a Dreamliner, had feared that Friday's blaze meant that a battery overheating problem that grounded the whole fleet of such planes in January had not been fixed.

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Robots To Ease Farming Labor Woes

July 15, 2013 9:56 am | by Gosia Wozniacka, Terence Chea, Associated Press | News | Comments

On a windy morning in California's Salinas Valley, a tractor pulled a wheeled, metal contraption over rows of budding iceberg lettuce plants. Engineers from Silicon Valley tinkered with the software on a laptop to ensure the machine was eliminating the right leafy buds. The engineers were testing the Lettuce Bot, a machine that can "thin" a field of lettuce in the time it takes about 20 workers to do the job by hand.

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U.S. Probes C-Class Mercedes For Lighting Problems

July 15, 2013 9:54 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. safety regulators are investigating about 218,000 Mercedes C-Class luxury cars because the rear lights can fail and even catch fire. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says the probe affects cars from the 2008 and 2009 model years.

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China Scraps Uranium Processing Plan After Protest

July 15, 2013 9:52 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Authorities in a southern Chinese city on Saturday scrapped a plan to build a uranium-processing plant, one day after hundreds of local residents protested against it because of safety concerns. The city government of Heshan in Guangdong province said in an online statement that it would halt the 37 billion yuan ($6 billion) project by China National Nuclear Corp.

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Nissan Re-Launches Datsun In India After 30 Years

July 15, 2013 9:51 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Nissan launched a new Datsun in India on Monday, three decades after shelving the brand that helped win Western acceptance of Japanese autos. The company hopes that bringing back the brand that built its U.S. business will fuel growth in emerging markets with a new generation of car buyers.

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Oil-Free Air And Energy Recovery: A Must For Food Manufacturers

July 15, 2013 8:02 am | by Bob Baker and Trey Ragsdale, Atlas Copco Compressors | Articles | Comments

In food manufacturing, compressed air is used in processes such as ingredient mixing, pneumatic conveyance and packaging, among others. In the industry, this is referred to as ‘active’ air; because it touches the final product in many food manufacturing applications, the air must be clean and free of any potential contaminants.

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When Autonomous Cars Kill Somebody

July 15, 2013 8:01 am | by Chris Fox, Associate Editor, PD&D | Blogs | Comments

As drones, bipedal robots, and algorithm technologies continue to improve, the world of autonomous everything is looming. Beyond the iPad, synchronized quad-copters, and even 3D printers, one of the world’s most powerful forms of emerging technology is the ability to make more machines and devices autonomous.

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SIL 2 Certified Gas Detector

July 12, 2013 3:27 pm | by Detcon | Product Releases | Comments

The Model 700’s rugged framework includes an electro-polished 316 stainless steel housing with fully encapsulated electronics and dual layer surge protection.

Chainflex Testing

July 12, 2013 3:25 pm | by igus | Product Releases | Comments

The company says it performs around two-billion test cycles at more than 50 test machines every year on its Chainflex continuous-flex cables.

Supreme 3HT-80 Epoxy

July 12, 2013 3:22 pm | by Master Bond IMPO Product Releases | Comments

Supreme 3HT-80’s toughness enhances its ability to withstand vibration, shock, and rigorous thermal cycling over the temperature range of -100 to +350 degrees F.

High Capacity Refrigerated Dryers

July 12, 2013 3:20 pm | by Kaeser Compressors, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Each module has air-side isolation valves, a cooling water control valve, and cooling water isolation valves, allowing individual modules to be serviced without disrupting the system air flow.

Subminiature Pressure Transducers

July 12, 2013 3:17 pm | by Honeywell | Product Releases | Comments

These rugged transducers are designed to handle high pressure and temperatures, with a high natural frequency and flush diaphragm.

Electrical Safety Online

July 12, 2013 3:15 pm | by IRISS IMPO Product Releases | Comments

The site’s home page embraces guests with interactive images featuring content focused on the company’s mission to its knowledge and expertise in the electrical safety field.

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