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And I Think It’s Going To Be A Long, Long Time

November 11, 2010 5:13 am | by by David Mantey, Editor, PD&D | Blogs | Comments

Knowing the implications such a device would have on my life expectancy, I will be the first in line to propel into the night on one of Rossy’s custom-made jet-propelled wingsuits. On the road again. The travel distance was greater than a five-hour drive, which means that I allowed myself to succumb to the will of the airlines.

What's So Special About The Volt?

November 10, 2010 10:51 am | Videos | Comments

So what's so special about the Chevy Volt? CNN's Maggie Lake hits the streets for a test drive in General Motor's electric car offering, highlights some of its features, and answers whether or not the Volt drives any different than a typical gas-fueled vehicle. Furthermore, she admits the Volt's $41,000 price tag and its mileage are two of the biggest concerns potential customers have as the vehicle hits showrooms.

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BPA Linked To Slow Sperm Counts

November 10, 2010 10:24 am | Videos | Comments

Recent data suggests that the ubiquitous chemical BPA does have a fairly significant impact on both sperm count and "vitality," according to researchers with Kaiser Permenente. A comparison between male factory workers — who were regularly exposed to BPA — and a normal Chinese male showed that higher exposures to the chemical can cause significant defects.

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Good Enough For The World Series?

November 10, 2010 10:23 am | Videos | Comments

With the World Series over for this year, we can take some time to reflect on how exactly a single baseball is made. It's a pretty delicate process that starts with what's called the "pill," which is a sphere of cork surrounded by a rubber casing, all smaller than a golf ball. The ball is finished with some cross-stitching done by hand, and perhaps even more impressive than the end product itself is the image of a few hundred workers in neat rows, all doing the same 108 stitches.

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The Obsolete, Forgotten Linotype

November 10, 2010 10:22 am | Videos | Comments

“Linotype: The Film” is a documentary about Ottmar Mergenthaler’s amazing Linotype typecasting machine and the people who own and love these machines today. Director & Editor: Douglas Wilson Director of Photography: Brandon Goodwin Audio & Sound Design: Jess Heugel Music: Iron & Wine “Freedom Hangs Like Heaven” Does anyone out there still use one of these machines in a regular (or even ir regular) production process)? “Linotype: The Film” Teaser from Linotype: The Film on Vimeo .

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FDA Considers 'Corpse' Graphics For Cigarettes

November 10, 2010 4:04 am | by Michael Felberbaum, AP Tobacco Writer | News | Comments

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The federal government hopes new larger, graphic warning labels for cigarettes that include images of corpses, cancer patients, and diseased lungs and teeth will help snuff out tobacco use. The images are part of a new push announced by the Food and Drug Administration and the Department of Health and Human Services on Wednesday to reduce tobacco use, which is responsible for about 443,000 deaths per year.

Common Sense Ways to Increase Quality And Consistency

November 10, 2010 3:59 am | by David Gulati, Fidelity Technologies | Articles | Comments

Since Fidelity Technologies was founded in 1988, the company’s mission has been to provide value to our customers by fulfilling contracts in a timely and cost-effective manner. It has always been our goal to operate with as little waste as possible, so we can be ultra competitive, yet still earn a profit.

Tesla Losses Continue To On High R&D Costs

November 10, 2010 3:37 am | News | Comments

PALO ALTO, Calif. (AP) — Electric car maker Tesla Motors Inc. said Tuesday that its third-quarter loss widened to $34.9 million as it sold fewer cars than a year earlier and it spent significantly more on research and development for its upcoming Model S sedan. Tesla lost $34.9 million in the third quarter, compared to a loss of $4.

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One Dead, Another Injured After DuPont Tank Explodes

November 10, 2010 3:34 am | by Carolyn Thompson, Associated Press | News | Comments

TONAWANDA, New York (AP) — A 10,000-gallon (38,000-liter) tank undergoing maintenance exploded at a DuPont plant Tuesday, killing one worker and injuring another. Workers were welding equipment connected to the empty tank outside the facility when the explosion occurred at about 10:45 a.

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Raytheon's Layoffs Gets Muddied With Politics

November 10, 2010 3:33 am | by Glen Johnson, GAP Political Writer | News | Comments

BOSTON (AP) — U.S. defense contractor Raytheon announced a series of layoffs Tuesday just days after Gov. Deval Patrick denied asking it to delay terminations until after the state elections. The announcement follows three other rounds of layoffs announced by Massachusetts employers in the immediate aftermath of last week's elections.

Rolls-Royce Under Fire For More Faulty Jet Engines

November 10, 2010 3:32 am | by Kristen Gelineau, Associated Press | News | Comments

SYDNEY (AP) — Tests uncovered oil stains in three Rolls-Royce engines on Singapore Airlines' A380 superjumbos, prompting the airline to yank the planes from service Wednesday just two days after Qantas announced troubling oil leaks on its A380s. The oil on the Qantas and Singapore planes was discovered during tests prompted by the explosion of a Rolls-Royce engine on a Qantas A380 during a flight from Singapore to Sydney last week.

GM's Revival Solidified With $2 Billion In 3Q Earnings

November 10, 2010 3:31 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin and Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writers | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — Strong profits on new cars and trucks helped General Motors Co. earn $2 billion in the third quarter, enhancing the company's appeal as it nears next week's initial public stock offering. The third-quarter earnings of $1.20 per share nearly match what GM made in the first two quarters of the year combined, aided by profits from overseas and healthy revenue from North America, the company said Wednesday.

Pesticides? Not In This Plant

November 10, 2010 3:17 am | Articles | Comments

Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. has recently announced that Conserve Italia, a leading company in the agri-food industry in Europe, is using Thermo Scientific GC/MS and LC/MS systems for fast and reliable pesticide analysis of food products. Conserve Italia processes around 650,000 tons of raw materials each year, including fruits, vegetables and tomatoes and provides the European market with finished goods such as fruit juices, canned vegetables and tomato sauces and purees.

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Earn Some Green

November 9, 2010 8:31 am | Product Releases | Comments

Blackmer (Grand Rapids, MI) has announced that LB Series Gas Compressor has recently been implemented as the centerpiece to a new propane vapor-recovery system at Bluhms Gas Sales, which has allowed the company to not only recoup losses, but also also increase profits. The LB compressor is designed to deliver high efficiency in handling propane, which has allowed Bluhms to return more than 40,000 gallons of propane back into a storage tank.

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Don't 'Grieve' This Vertical Conveyor

November 9, 2010 8:27 am | Product Releases | Comments

Grieve (Round Lake, IL) has developed the No. 961, which is an electrically-heated, 350°F vertical conveyor, which can be used for preheating baskets of steel parts. The unit has 4” insulated walls and an aluminized steel interior and exterior, and comes with a removeable top-mounted heat chamber, plus a motor-operated vertical lift door.

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Oil-Free Air Compression

November 9, 2010 8:20 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

Kaeser Compressors (Fredericksburg, VA) has introduced a completely oil-free air compressor: the Airbox. The quiet, energy-efficient piston compressor is ideal for any applications requiring modest air flow, according to the company. The system is available as a standalone compressor, or as an Airbox Center, which also includes a tank, dryer, filters, and drain in a single package.

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Milling And Cutting, Together

November 9, 2010 8:19 am | Product Releases | Comments

The SumiMill GOALMILL Milling Cutter from Sumitomo Electric Carbide, Inc. (Mount Prospect, IL) can finish cast iron with exceptional accuracy, according to the company. The GOALMILL provides surface finishes with tangentially-mounted inserts accompanied by easily-adjustable wiper inserts.

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Is The FDA Failing To Regulate Puerto Rico?

November 9, 2010 4:09 am | by David McFadden, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Congressional investigators announced Monday they will probe whether the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's office in Puerto Rico has failed to adequately oversee pharmaceutical plants that dot the U.S. island. House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Edolphus Towns, a New York Democrat, and Darrell Issa, a California Republican who is in line to head the panel, questioned whether FDA staff are up to the regulatory job on an island with one of the world's highest concentrations of drug makers.

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Sara Lee Sells Bakery Unit To Mexico-Based Grupo Bimbo

November 9, 2010 3:49 am | by Michelle Chapman, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Sara Lee Corp. is selling its North American Fresh Bakery unit to baking company Grupo Bimbo for $959 million as it looks to concentrate more on its coffee and meat businesses. The maker of Jimmy Dean sausages and Sara Lee breads said Tuesday that the sale will allow it to aggressively expand other businesses through acquisitions and other means.

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GM Tells Mr. Goodwrench To Pack Up His Toolbox

November 9, 2010 3:48 am | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors is asking Mr. Goodwrench to pack up his toolbox. The mechanic who served as the symbol of GM's dealer service brand for 37 years will be scrapped as of Feb. 1 in favor of "certified service" brands for each of GM's remaining four remaining nameplates, the company said Tuesday.

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