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This Japanese Company Built a 'Disaster-Proof' Factory

March 18, 2015 10:55 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

Japan is famous for innovation. But, like many countries in the Pacific, it must also cope with fierce forces of nature. Now one local company has merged insights from both and built what could be one of the first “disaster-proof” factories.

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Kraft Recalls 6.5 Million Boxes of Mac and Cheese

March 18, 2015 10:46 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Kraft Foods is recalling about 6.5 million boxes cases of original flavor Kraft Macaroni & Cheese because some of the boxes contain small pieces of metal.

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A Bright Idea

March 18, 2015 10:40 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Lighting has experienced many changes over the years, from incandescent bulbs to compact fluorescents, however, no trend is currently as predominant as the growth of LED technology.

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Italian Companies to Generate Bioplastic from Potatoes

March 18, 2015 10:34 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Two Italian companies recently announced plans to process potato byproducts into plastic materials. 

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More States Targeting Microbeads

March 18, 2015 10:29 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Personal care products that contain tiny plastic pellets are increasingly in the crosshairs of state lawmakers amid concerns over their environmental impact.  

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Ford, Microsoft Announce Cloud-Based System for New Vehicles

March 18, 2015 10:25 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Ford Motor Company and Microsoft on Tuesday announced a partnership to implement a cloud-based system on new Ford models starting later this year. 

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Economical ±1 Percent Accuracy Mass Flow Meters and Controllers

March 17, 2015 4:15 pm | by Aalborg Instruments | Product Releases | Comments

Aalborg Instruments upgraded Mass Flow GFM Meters and GFC Controllers, designed respectively to read or set gas flow rates, to now include upgraded features that enhance the products’ performance without impacting the cost. 

Boeing's SC Plant Delivers First 787-9 Aircraft

March 17, 2015 2:38 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft assembled at the company's South Carolina plant has been delivered.

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Flying Cars Will Be Available in 2017

March 17, 2015 2:31 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Slovakian company AeroMobil will begin selling a flying car in 2017.

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Tiny Blue Bubbles Designed to Help Save the Planet

March 17, 2015 2:19 pm | by Bloomberg Business | Videos | Comments

A team of engineers at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory may have found a way to capture CO2 from power plants, using tiny blue capsules that look like fish eggs.

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Fight Over Keystone XL Doesn't Stall Pipeline Boom

March 17, 2015 2:12 pm | by Henry C. Jackson, The Associated Press | News | Comments

While the Keystone project awaits a final decision, scenes are unfolding almost every week in lesser-known developments that have quietly added more than 11,600 miles of pipeline to the nation's domestic oil network. 

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Lawson Products Takes Business to the Next Level

March 17, 2015 2:03 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor | Articles | Comments

This well-known MRO supplier shares the ways it has been able to enhance its value proposition through investments in objectives that results in customer gains.

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Oil Prices Fall to Six-Year Low

March 17, 2015 1:57 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

In the wake of a 10 percent slide last week, the price of crude oil on the West Texas Intermediate index fell to about $44 per barrel, the lowest level in six years.

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Attorney: GM to Face Further Legal Action Over Ignition Problem

March 17, 2015 1:52 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

General Motors was spared a potentially lengthy legal battle over faulty ignition switches following a settlement with the family of a Georgia victim last week. The family's attorney, however, said further probes of the company's actions would continue. 

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DuraLabel Toro

March 17, 2015 10:51 am | by Graphic Products | Product Releases | Comments

The DuraLabel Toro features complete independence from PCs and networks.

Detroit Nonprofit Hires Homeless to Make Coats/Sleeping Bags

March 17, 2015 10:26 am | by Mike Householder, Associated Press | News | Comments

Veronika Scott, 25, built a nonprofit, the Empowerment Plan, which employs and trains homeless single parents to manufacture the coats that were her project for a class at Detroit's College for Creative Studies four years ago.

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Institute: China Now World's Third-Biggest Arms Exporter

March 17, 2015 10:20 am | by Christopher Bodeen, The Associated Press | News | Comments

China has overtaken German to become the world's third-biggest arms exporter, although its 5 percent of the market remains small compared to the combined 58 percent of exports from the U.S. and Russia, a new study says. 

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March Madness Could Cost Employers Nearly $2 Billion

March 17, 2015 10:12 am | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

From the time the NCAA tournament field of 68 was announced Sunday evening until the national champion is crowned April 6, millions of employees will spend work hours filling out brackets and watching tournament games, creating a major drag on workplace productivity.

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Report Suggests Oil Prices Tied to Worker Fatalities in North Dakota

March 17, 2015 9:52 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Low oil prices and subsequent cutbacks in the field by drilling companies could be contributing to a rash of worker fatalities in North Dakota, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal.

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EPA, FDA Sign Data Sharing Agreement

March 17, 2015 9:46 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The Environmental Protection Agency and the Food and Drug Administration signed an agreement to share data relating to pesticides and toxic substances, the agencies announced Monday.

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