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Wilson to Purchase Louisville Slugger

March 24, 2015 10:39 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

One of the most iconic brands in baseball is changing hands for the first time in its more than 130-year history.

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A Profile With the Superstar of the Maker Movement: Limor Fried

March 24, 2015 10:32 am | by Abbey Dean, Editor | Articles | Comments

Above all, Limor “Ladyada” Fried is a maker — a member of a DIY subculture of engineering-oriented pursuits including 3D printing, electronics and robotics.

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Top 5 Asset Performance Management Trends: No. 4

March 23, 2015 3:46 pm | by Greg Goodwin, LNS Research | Articles | Comments

This week, Greg Goodwin of LNS research is counting down the top 5 asset performance trends in the manufacturing sector.

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New Power Tech Will Help Exelon Save Millions Of Gallons Of Water A Day

March 23, 2015 3:41 pm | by GE Reports | Articles | Comments

The company’s two huge 1,000 MW power plants, which are under construction near Fort Worth, will use the latest GE power generation technology that needs just one tenth of the water amount typically required to cool such large installations, and save “millions of gallons” every day, according to Harris.

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Train Derailments In Texas, Colorado Cause Leaking Chemicals, Dumped Coal

March 23, 2015 3:35 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

While a crew worked Sunday to clean up the scene in Central Texas where the derailment of about a dozen train cars resulted in an industrial solvent leaking from one tanker, a train jumped its tracks in northern Colorado, dumping coal from more than two dozen cars.

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Obama To Announce $240M In New Pledges For STEM

March 23, 2015 3:32 pm | by Darlene Superville, The Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama is highlighting private-sector efforts to encourage more students from underrepresented groups to pursue education in science, technology, engineering and math.

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American, Russian Leave Earth This Week For Year In Space

March 23, 2015 3:29 pm | by Marcia Dunn, The Associated Press | News | Comments

An American astronaut and a Russian cosmonaut are moving into the International Space Station this week and staying for an entire year.

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Invisible Solar Cells That Could Power Skyscrapers

March 23, 2015 3:26 pm | by Bloomberg Business | Videos | Comments

Silicon Valley startup Ubiquitous Energy is making the world’s first transparent solar cells, a technology that could greatly expand the reach of solar power.

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BMW i3 Review: Quirky, Efficient and Not Too Pretty

March 23, 2015 3:21 pm | by Bloomberg Business | Videos | Comments

BMW has released a series of electric cars called the "i series." Bloomberg's Hannah Elliott reviews the i3, a small, moderately priced all-electric vehicle. It's perfect for anyone who prizes efficiency over style.

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Top 5 Asset Performance Management Trends: No. 5

March 23, 2015 11:31 am | by Greg Goodwin, LNS Research | Articles | Comments

This week, Greg Goodwin of LNS research is counting down the top 5 asset performance trends in the manufacturing sector. To see each day’s newest trend, tune in to IMPOsecond shift.

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Are You a GM Recall Waiting to Happen?

March 23, 2015 11:24 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO | Articles | Comments

It’s easy to look at a situation like GM’s and wonder how it got so catastrophically out of control, but Gittler’s exercise suggests that even the best-laid plans are subject to more than just a small sliver of error.

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Branson: Virgin Teams ‘Working on Electric Cars’

March 23, 2015 11:18 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

This week, Branson, the billionaire founder of the sprawling Virgin Group, suggested a battle on the highways with Musk's Tesla electric car company could be forthcoming.

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Study: Electric Cars Could Alleviate Urban Heat

March 23, 2015 11:13 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A newly released study finds electric cars could help alleviate heat concentrated in large urban areas.

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VW May Replace Toyota as World's Largest Automaker

March 23, 2015 11:06 am | by Kyodo News International | News | Comments

Toyota Motor Corp. said Wednesday it expects global sales of its group to slightly fall in 2015 amid weak demand in emerging economies and Japan, a development that could lead the company to lose the title of the world's biggest automaker to Germany's Volkswagen AG.

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Caterpillar Moving 2 Joliet Production Lines to Mexico

March 23, 2015 10:59 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The latest move is part of a series of cuts at the factory, where 770 workers are currently employed, compared with 7,000 in the late 1970s.

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New Gauge Range Packs

March 23, 2015 10:53 am | by 5S Supply | Product Releases | Comments

Make it easy to see and know when everything is "good-to-go” with the Gauge Range Marking System.

Chinese State Company Agrees to Buy Italy's Pirelli

March 23, 2015 10:51 am | by Joe McDonald, The Associated Press | News | Comments

China's biggest state-owned chemical company said Monday it plans to buy Italian tire manufacturer Pirelli, adding to a string of high-profile Chinese corporate purchases in Europe.

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Manufacturing’s Winner & Loser of the Week

March 20, 2015 2:49 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | News | Comments

After a full week of news, Manufacturing’s Winner & Loser of the Week have been decided. The winning title goes to a company for inventing a product that will benefit the manufacturing community, while the loser was forced to issue a recall of their product due to safety concerns.

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Obama Orders 40 Percent Cut in Government's Greenhouse Gases

March 20, 2015 2:08 pm | by Josh Lederman, The Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama will order the federal government to cut its emissions of greenhouse gases by 40 percent, as the U.S. seeks to spur other nations to get serious about climate change.

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FDA Approves Genetically Engineered Potatoes, Apples as Safe

March 20, 2015 1:59 pm | by Mary Clare Jalonick, Keith Ridler, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Potatoes that won't bruise and apples that won't brown are a step closer to grocery store aisles. The Food and Drug Administration on Friday approved the genetically engineered foods, saying they are "as safe and nutritious as their conventional counterparts."

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