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More Cooling, Smaller Package

April 28, 2011 6:27 am | Product Releases | Comments

The PC7 portable spot air conditioner from MovinCool (Long Beach, CA) now has an expanded cooling capacity of 9,000 Btu/h, an almost 30 percent increase over the previous version. According to the company, this is made possible by a more efficient design, which provides greater airflow over both the evaporator and condenser.

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Improved Pneumatics, Hydraulics

April 28, 2011 6:26 am | Product Releases | Comments

Bearing Distributors, Inc. (BDI; Cleveland, OH) has announced the acquisition of Salt Lake City, UL-based PneumaTrek National Inc. PneumaTrek will offer pneumatics, hydraulics systems, and fluid power components to businesses in the Salt Lake City market and surrounding area since 1975. According to BDI, the acquisition will combine PneumaTrek’s local market expertise with BDI’s global footprint, supplier/partner relationships, and resources.

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Replace Your Old Bearings

April 28, 2011 6:26 am | Product Releases | Comments

The DryLin R linear plain bearings, from igus (East Providence, RI), can be used to replace PTFE-lined bearings in a variety of industries, according to the company. They have been optimized for aggressive environments thanks to patented dirt channels, which are grooved inlays on the bearing’s liner that prevent buildup.

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Cleaning Gets Greener

April 28, 2011 6:25 am | Product Releases | Comments

ITW Dymon (Olathe, KS) has developed the SCRUBS Green Cleaning Wipes for hard surface cleaning with environmental advantages, according to the company. The 6 by 10.5” wipes are saturated with a non-toxic, biodegradable, and non-flammable formula. They contain no dyes, disperse in water, and are flushable.

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Bill Nye On 'The God Particle'

April 28, 2011 5:39 am | Videos | Comments

U.S. physicists might have found what is commonly known as "the God particle," an elusive, minute substance that has long promised to revolutionize the way we look at the physics of our universe. Bill Nye (aka The Science Guy) seems cautiously optimistic of the findings, which could unlock new forms of hyper-powerful energy sources.

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Q&A: Improving Sustainability Without Compromising Quality

April 28, 2011 4:35 am | Articles | Comments

Q&A with Fred Melms, Manager — Packaging R&D, WhiteWave Foods WhiteWave Foods is one of the largest producers of creamer singles in North America, primarily through its International Delight® and LAND O LAKES® brands. The company has recently developed alternative packaging to reduce the environmental impact of its products.

Do Customers Expect Too Much?

April 28, 2011 4:33 am | by Dr. Ronald L. Hollis, Founder, President & CEO, Quickparts.com | Articles | Comments

At the end of the day, consumers that receive poor customer service do so at their own choosing. It is not the fault of the company because the customer gets to vote everyday with their money as to who gets to stay in business and who does not. What an interesting question to ask in a capitalistic market where, theoretically, there are many companies competing to serve customers with their products.

Alan Mullaly Talks The Future Of Cars

April 27, 2011 11:14 am | Videos | Comments

Engadget ’s Tim Stevens sat down with Alan Mullaly, CEO of Ford, on the future of not only his company, but the transportation industry in general. Like most other automakers, Ford is taking steps to get into the electric-vehicle market with an all-electric Focus. By the time 2025 rolls around, Mullaly predicts that at least 20 percent of the cars on the road will be electric.

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China Could Overtake U.S. Economy By 2016

April 27, 2011 10:04 am | Videos | Comments

According to a recent economic forecast, China's economy could overtake the U.S.'s by 2016 — or earlier than projected by other recent forecasts. What would this mean for China? But more importantly, what would this mean for the ever-improving American economy? CNN 's Ramy Inocencio breaks things down in this video.

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Reid: U.S. Must Compete With China On Renewable Energy

April 27, 2011 8:49 am | by Matthew Daly, Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, just back from China, said the United States must compete with the Asian nation to be a global leader on renewable energy. The Nevada Democrat led a bipartisan delegation of 10 senators on a taxpayer-funded trip to China that included meetings with top Chinese government officials and business leaders.

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Lawyers Blame Yankees Pitcher's Death On Flawed Plane

April 27, 2011 8:22 am | by Larry Neumeister, Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — New York Yankees pitcher Cory Lidle and a flight instructor did everything they could to save their lives after the small plane they were piloting malfunctioned, causing them to crash into a Manhattan building, a lawyer for the men's families told a jury Wednesday at the start of a civil trial.

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Procter & Gamble Ship Out Sugar-Based Shampoo Bottles

April 27, 2011 8:01 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

CINCINNATI (AP) — Plastic or ... a different plastic? Procter & Gamble said Tuesday that it has started producing some of its shampoo bottles from a plastic made from sugar cane because it's a renewable resource. Customers won't notice a difference, the company said, but the environment will: Most traditional plastics are petroleum-based.

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J&J CEO: After Two Dozen Recalls, We're Getting Better

April 27, 2011 7:45 am | by Linda A. Johnson, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Johnson & Johnson's CEO said Wednesday he hopes most of the company's product recalls are behind it, but he can't promise that. William Weldon, who has run the health care giant since 2002, said J&J has learned some lessons, invested heavily in improving quality and will work to regain consumer confidence.

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Wis. Woman Sues Over Bra-With-Pockets Infringement

April 27, 2011 7:42 am | News | Comments

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A Wisconsin woman who created a bra with pockets has filed a federal patent infringement lawsuit against another person who came up with a similar idea. Tammy Pintor, owner of TJ Secret in Menomonee Falls, has a patent for a brassiere that holds and conceals electronic devices, cosmetics, money or other items.

Turning Passion Into A Be-'Spoke' Business

April 27, 2011 6:41 am | Videos | Comments

John Ryland worked a dozen years at an advertising firm, only to get laid off. Instead of mourning his loss, he got to work on what had always been a hobby and a passion: building custom motorcycles. He now heads Classified Moto , a fledgling business that builds those custom choppers for eager riders.

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A Different Kind Of Gatling Gun

April 27, 2011 6:21 am | Videos | Comments

"That German slingshot guy" is back with another preposterous invention: the slingshot Gatling gun. Jeorg took to designing the repeating gun mechanism, and the result is the launch of eight 20mm projectiles in less than half a second. According to the inventor, the theoretical firing rate reaches 960 rounds per minute, which is faster than an M16.

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Volkswagen Profits $2.5 Billion On Asia, Argentina Sales

April 27, 2011 6:07 am | News | Comments

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Automaker Volkswagen AG sharply increased net profit to euro1.71 billion ($2.5 billion) in the first quarter as stronger sales in emerging markets such as China, Argentina, and Russia more than made up for slumps in debt-stricken European countries. Earnings per share of euro3.

Apple Skirts Around Location-Tracking Concerns

April 27, 2011 5:01 am | by Peter Svensson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Apple Inc. denied Wednesday that iPhones store a record of their users' movements for up to a year and blamed privacy concerns partly on a misunderstanding. A data file publicized by security researchers last week doesn't store users' locations, but a list of Wi-Fi hotspots and cell towers in their general area, the company said.

Report: W. Va., Montana Among Deadliest States For Workers

April 27, 2011 4:55 am | News | Comments

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Union members from across West Virginia are gathering to remember fallen workers as a new report puts the state among the 10 worst for on-the-job fatalities. The West Virginia AFL-CIO planned to observe national Workers Memorial Day on Wednesday in Huntington at Local 317 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.

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Chinese Drywall Supplier Pays Up $8 Million In Damages

April 27, 2011 4:50 am | by Michael Kunzelman, Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A Chinese drywall supplier's insurers have agreed to pay up to $8 million to settle court claims against the company over damage to homes from the corrosive product, according to a proposed settlement filed Tuesday. U.S. District Judge Eldon Fallon in New Orleans must approve the deal between plaintiffs' attorneys, Interior/Exterior Building Supply and two of its three insurers.

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