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Dutch to Test Solar Panels on Bicycle Path

November 13, 2014 1:33 pm | by Toby Sterling, The Associated Press | News | Comments

A project dubbed "SolaRoad" gets underway in the Netherlands this week, testing roadways as a potential canvas to collect solar energy. Fittingly for the cycle-crazy Dutch, the first SolaRoad is a bike path not far from Amsterdam.     

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U.S. Companies Hire at Fastest Pace in 7 Years

November 13, 2014 1:21 pm | by Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. companies ramped up hiring in September, and more Americans were confident enough to quit their jobs — two signs of a steadily improving economy. The number of available jobs declined but remained at a healthy level.         

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Senate Democrats End Block on Keystone XL Vote

November 13, 2014 1:14 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

After being blocked for six years by Senate Democrats, the House votes today on the controversial Keystone XL Pipeline project. Democratic leaders thought giving Sen. Mary Landrieu something she has been demanding for years might boost her chances of winning a runoff back home.

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November/December 2014: A Picture of Growth

November 13, 2014 12:30 pm | Digital Editions | Comments

In the November/December 2014 issue of IMPO, we visit the innovative Optimation Technology, explain the top misconceptions about fall protection, discuss the merits of equipment acquisition, and help you stay informed on OSHA’s 2015 agenda.

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U.S. Drivers Should Get Used to Cheap Gas

November 13, 2014 10:53 am | by Jonathan Fahey, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Those low gas prices on station signs aren't going away soon, the government says.                                                

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Thin Plate Pure Lead Batteries

November 13, 2014 10:48 am | by EnerSys | Product Releases | Comments

EnerSys, a company that specializes in stored energy solutions for industrial applications, recently introduced NexSys 12NXS120 and 12NXS158 Thin Plate Pure Lead (TPPL) batteries. 

China Must Change Economy to Meet Climate Targets

November 13, 2014 10:40 am | by Jack Chang, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chinese leaders pledged for the first time to cap the country's decades-long growth of greenhouse gas emissions. Fulfilling its pledge, however, will require China to transform a booming economy that still largely depends on polluting industries such as steel production and manufacturing.

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Virgin Galactic Pilot Unaware Co-Pilot Unlocked Brake

November 13, 2014 10:00 am | by Justin Pritchard, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The pilot of the Virgin Galactic spaceship that tore apart over the Mojave Desert didn't know his co-pilot had prematurely unlocked its brakes, though protocol for the test flight required the co-pilot to announce the step, federal investigators said.

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NC Employers Avoid More Federal Unemployment Taxes

November 13, 2014 9:51 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

North Carolina businesses won't have to pay even higher unemployment insurance taxes beyond what's required while the state still owes the federal government money to pay jobless benefits during the Great Recession.          

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U.S. Cutting Tool Consumption Up 4.6 Percent in September

November 13, 2014 9:46 am | by The Association for Manufacturing Technology | News | Comments

September U.S. cutting tool consumption totaled $176.5 million, according to the U.S. Cutting Tool Institute and AMT – The Association for Manufacturing Technology.                         

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Company Fined $47K for Exposing Workers to Amputation, Electric Shock Hazards

November 13, 2014 9:38 am | by OSHA | News | Comments

Service and maintenance machine workers at Good Old Days Foods Inc. are being exposed to amputation and electric shock hazards due to a lack of machine guarding and lockout/tagout procedures.                 

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Applications for Unemployment Benefits Climb to 290K

November 13, 2014 9:33 am | by Josh Boak, The Associated Press | News | Comments

More people sought U.S. unemployment benefits last week, but the increase wasn't sharp enough to disrupt the job market's positive momentum.                               

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Berkshire Buying Duracell in a $3B Deal

November 13, 2014 9:25 am | by Josh Funk, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc. is buying the Duracell battery business from Procter & Gamble Co. in a deal valued at approximately $3 billion.                           

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'AirLegs' Technology Helps Troops Stay One Step Ahead

November 12, 2014 2:37 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

The military's DARPA lab creates stunning inventions, and they could help service members stay one step ahead when answering the call of duty. Chip Reid reports on the new "AirLegs" technology for U.S. troops.           

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GM: Parts Ready to Fix SUVs That Can Catch Fire

November 12, 2014 2:21 pm | by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press | News | Comments

For the owners of 189,000 General Motors SUVs, the days of parking them outside the garage for fear that they could catch fire will soon come to an end. The company said it will start notifying customers this week that they can take their SUVs to dealers, who will replace faulty power window switches.

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'America's Oldest Gunmaker' Lays Off 126 More Workers

November 12, 2014 2:15 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A New York state lawmaker says another 126 workers at the Remington Arms manufacturing plant in the Mohawk Valley are being laid off.                                 

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GE To Build Advanced Manufacturing Facility in Pennsylvania

November 12, 2014 2:10 pm | by Business Wire | News | Comments

GE has announced that it will build a new manufacturing facility to drive innovation and implementation of advanced manufacturing technologies across GE.                           

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iProblems: Learning From Apple’s Strained Supply Chain

November 12, 2014 1:58 pm | by Paul Noël | Articles | Comments

While not every firm sells 10 million devices in one weekend — or has to contend with the complex global supply chain and massive consumer pressure that comes with it — all organizations can learn from Apple’s supply chain pitfalls when managing and designing their own.

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Meet GM's $4M Rolling Propaganda Machine

November 12, 2014 12:42 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

This 33-foot-long 30,000 pound 1940 GM mega-bus represented the size and power of General Motors at its mightiest.                                       

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U.S.-China Trade Deal Could End Fees on $1T in Tech Sales

November 12, 2014 12:38 pm | by Marley Jay, The Associated Press | News | Comments

A trade deal between the U.S. and China could end tariffs on $1 trillion in global sales of semiconductors, MRI machines, GPS devices, printer ink cartridges, video game consoles and other high-tech items.             

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