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Can You Identify Your White Space?

June 7, 2011 5:40 am | by Ken Appel, Manager of Regulated Markets, Vaisala | Articles | Comments

When the stakes are high, uncertainty and risk go hand in hand. With regard to human and animal health, understanding where gaps exist in procedures, information and knowledge is critical. This idea of “white space” — gaps — is not new, but it is worth resurrecting, as it was by Timothy Tyson, CEO of Aptuit, at a recent International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineers conference.

GM CEO Criticizes Deficit, Economic Recovery

June 7, 2011 4:55 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors CEO Dan Akerson said Tuesday that he is concerned about the U.S. government's high deficit and what he called a jobless economic recovery. The government needs a plan to pay down the roughly $14 trillion deficit, Akerson told reporters before the company's annual shareholder meeting in Detroit.

Still-Frail Jobs Re-Emerges To Lead Apple Toward Ubiquity

June 7, 2011 4:52 am | by Marcus Wohlsen and Michael Liedtke, Associated Press | News | Comments

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Steve Jobs re-emerged from his latest medical leave Monday to show off Apple Inc.'s latest innovations and sustain the hope that he eventually will return to dream up more ways to reshape technology. The highlight, as usual, came at the end of Jobs' presentation. He was onstage for less than 30 minutes during a nearly two-hour event that primarily featured his subordinates.

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AP: Economic Stress Fell To Two-Year Low In April

June 7, 2011 4:39 am | by Martin Crutsinger and Mike Schneider, Associated Press | News | Comments

The nation's economic stress fell to a two-year low in April, thanks to the strongest private-sector hiring in five years and a dip in bankruptcy filings, according to The Associated Press' monthly analysis. The improved picture for jobs and bankruptcy filings offset a slight rise in foreclosures.

Eyes Turn To Bernanke On Economic Slowdown

June 7, 2011 4:27 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — It's Ben Bernanke's turn to assess how much the economy has weakened. Investors have pushed stock prices lower for four straight days in response to data showing weaker hiring in May, falling home prices and a drop in manufacturing. On Tuesday, the Federal Reserve chairman will offer his outlook.

Toxic Spill Cuts Off Drinking Water To 500,000 Chinese

June 7, 2011 4:19 am | by Elaine Kurtenbach, Associated Press | News | Comments

SHANGHAI (AP) — A toxic chemical spilled into a river that supplies drinking water to the scenic city of Hangzhou in eastern China, knocking out supplies to more than half a million people and creating a run on bottled water. A tanker truck carrying 20 tons of carbolic acid overturned late Saturday night.

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Ford, GM, Honda See Mixed Chinese Sales In May

June 7, 2011 4:17 am | by Elaine Kurtenbach, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

SHANGHAI (AP) — Foreign automakers are seeing mixed sales trends in China as the world's biggest market for new vehicles cools after years of torrid growth. General Motors Co. said Tuesday that its total sales in China fell 3 percent in May from a year earlier to 190,674 vehicles. Its sales in the first five months of the year edged up nearly 5 percent to 1.

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Boeing: Order From India Will Save Long Beach Jobs

June 7, 2011 4:15 am | by Sue Manning, Associated Press | News | Comments

LOS ANGELES (AP) — There was excitement at Boeing's Long Beach C-17 assembly plant on Monday after word that a $4 billion order from India for 10 of the giant cargo jets was hours away from two final signatures. "The plant is abuzz. We knew the order was in the works. The extra planes will get us through 2012.

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Miss. Tooling Company Expands, Adds 125 Jobs

June 6, 2011 9:44 am | News | Comments

LEBANON, Mo. (AP) — Detroit Tool and Metal Products is nearing completion of its first expansion, which is creating 125 jobs. Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon said in a release that the company, based in Lebanon, is planning a second expansion that will add 75 more jobs. Detroit Tool and Metal Products' first expansion consolidated a former facility in Iowa with its existing operation in Lebanon.

EPA Offering Millions To Clean Up After Dirty Manufacturers

June 6, 2011 9:40 am | by John Flesher and Kathy Barks Hoffman, Associated Press | News | Comments

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Federal grants will help clean up and redevelop 214 polluted sites such as abandoned gas stations and shuttered factories in 40 states, Environmental Protection Agency chief Lisa Jackson said Monday. Three tribal nations also will receive federal money under the EPA's "brownfield" program, which is designed to spur growth in cities where contaminated industrial and commercial sites have been a drag on the economy while contributing to joblessness and crime, agency officials said.

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Germany Retracts Deadly E. Coli-Sprouts Connection

June 6, 2011 9:38 am | by Juergen Baetz, Associated Press | News | Comments

BERLIN (AP) — In their second major retraction in a week, German officials said initial tests provided no evidence that sprouts from an organic farm in northern Germany were the cause of the deadly E. coli outbreak. One U.S. expert called the German investigation "a disaster." The surprise U-turn came only a day after the same state agency, Lower Saxony's agriculture ministry, held a news conference to announce that sprouts from the organic Gaertnerhof farm in the northern village of Bienenbuettel were suspected to be the cause of the outbreak.

Japanese Workers Start Earlier To Conserve Energy

June 6, 2011 9:36 am | by Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press | News | Comments

TOKYO (AP) — Facing a summer power crunch, some Tokyo city government employees began working an hour earlier Monday to conserve energy amid shortages caused by damage to a tsunami-hit nuclear plant. City workers on the earliest shift will start at 7:30 a.m. and be allowed to leave at 4:15 p.

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Impax Gets FDA Warning Label For Manufacturing Practices

June 6, 2011 9:33 am | News | Comments

HAYWARD, Calif. (AP) — Generic drugmaker Impax Laboratories Inc. said Monday that it received a warning from the Food and Drug Administration about manufacturing practices at its plant in Hayward. Impax said the warning letter came Friday. It said during a review, FDA inspectors found problems in the company's sampling and testing, its production record review, and the process it used to determine why manufacturing batches did not meet quality specifications.

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GE Begins Dredging of Upper Hudson River

June 6, 2011 9:32 am | News | Comments

FORT EDWARD, N.Y. (AP) — The main phase of a massive dredging project designed to rid the upper-Hudson River in New York of PCBs began Monday after weeks of delays due to high waters. General Electric Co., officials said two dredges began operations in the river about 40 miles north of Albany at Fort Edward early Monday.

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On Last Week's Disappointing Jobs Numbers

June 6, 2011 7:10 am | Videos | Comments

CNN Money reports on last week’s disappointing news that jobs aren’t being created as quickly as economists would hope, and sits down with Secretary Hilda Solis of the Department of Labor to ask if we’re falling into a double-dip recession. The truth is that while many businesses are doing better than a year ago, and want to hire, the economy isn’t as supportive as it could be.

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Government Work: Pushing The Monolith

June 6, 2011 6:53 am | by by David Mantey, Editor, Product Design & Development | Blogs | Comments

It’s hard to doubt the impact government work can have on a small business in terms of both financial and technological gain. Just imagine the potential such programs could have if the playing field were level. In its first ten years of existence, visualization software company Tecplot  relied almost entirely on R&D contracts with the U.

Simpler Pumps Are Better

June 6, 2011 6:46 am | Product Releases | Comments

Pump Solutions Group (PSG; Grand Terrace, CA) has announced its acquisition of the EnviroGear product line, which includes the EnviroGear mag-drive internal gear pump, gear pump base plate assemblies, and a line of pump and motor protection. The EnviroGear pump is designed to eliminate operational concerns found in seal-less gear pumps.

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Tough Metal Putty

June 6, 2011 6:45 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Hi-Temp Lab-metal one-component metal putty from Alvin Products (Everett, MA) requires no mixing, applies easily, and can be sanded or painted. According to the company, it can withstand temperatures up to 1,000°F. In addition, it is suitable for smoothing welds and filling cracks, dents, or voids, and it will not shrink.

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More Versatile, Precise Scales

June 6, 2011 6:45 am | Product Releases | Comments

The PrimoWeigher 360 combination scales from CombiScale, Inc. (Opa Locka, FL) provide for more flexibility than using a 24- or 32-head combination scale by allowing users to add or remove scales/products easily, with no loss in accuracy or productivity. The Windows-based 360 Operating System can support as many scales as needed to mix infinite products, and offers features like Skype for online support, Crystal Report for custom reports, and a Wizard for step-by-step assistance for operators when inputting new jobs.

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Improve Your Oscilloscopes

June 6, 2011 6:43 am | Product Releases | Comments

Hittite Microwave Corporation (Chelmsford, MA) has introduced three new ADCs that are ideal for Digital Storage Oscilloscopes (DSOs). According to the company, the combination of low power and 1 GSPS sample rate is a first. The HMCAD1520, HMCAD1511, and HMCAD1510 feature integrated crosspoint switches that allows switching between quad-, dual-, and single-channel modes, while the HMCAD1511 features 8-bit resolution at a 1 GSPS sample rate.

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