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FBI Seeks Unibomber's DNA In Tylenol Tampering Case

May 19, 2011 9:33 am | by Karen Hawkins, Associated Press | News | Comments

CHICAGO (AP) — The FBI has requested a DNA sample from "Unabomber" Ted Kaczynski as part of its investigation into the 1982 deaths of seven Chicago-area people who took cyanide-laced Tylenol from packages that had been tampered with, officials said Thursday. Kaczynski, who pleaded guilty in 1998 to setting 16 explosions that killed three people and is serving a life sentence in federal prison, has declined to voluntarily provide a DNA sample.

Mo. Railcar Worker Dies After Equipment Fall

May 19, 2011 9:28 am | News | Comments

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) — A St. Joseph man died when a piece of equipment fell on him at the Herzog plant. Buchanan County officers say 40-year-old Robert V. Montgomery died Wednesday afternoon when the equipment fell on him as he worked on a piece of a railcar. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

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Reps. Launch Website For Activities Of House Manufacturing Caucus

May 19, 2011 8:55 am | News | Comments

Bipartisan Congressional Caucus also active on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter   WASHINGTON — U.S. Reps. Don Manzullo (R-IL) and Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) have launched a new website to keep citizens informed of the activities of the House Manufacturing Caucus, which they co-chair.

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Six Jaws For Better Grip

May 19, 2011 7:44 am | Product Releases | Comments

Northfield Precision Instrument Corporation (Island Park, NY) has introduced their Model DPH-600W chuck, which is a 6” diameter, 6-jaw diaphragm model that has special jaws and six “air detect” holes for part seating confirmation. The chuck is counter-balanced to maintain exact jaw for up to 6,500 rpm.

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Classic Vacuum Pumps Get Better

May 19, 2011 7:43 am | Product Releases | Comments

The piCLASSIC vacuum pump series, from Piab (Hingham, MA), is based on COAX technology and is suitable for a wide range of applications with large capacities. According to the company, it has an initial high amount of flow, which means there is no need for expensive vacuum tanks and valves, and by using compressed air, it is easy to turn on and off, saving energy.

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Deliver In Tighter Aisles

May 19, 2011 7:43 am | Product Releases | Comments

Kinetic Technologies, Inc. (Wickliffe, OH) has released a new custom-designed rotational pick and delivery cart. The 43” wide by 52” long cart is usable in narrow aisle, elevated pick operations and for tight in-plant delivery locations. They feature a four-shelf design with 1,500 pounds of total capacity.

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Improved Polishing Technology

May 19, 2011 7:42 am | Product Releases | Comments

Metabo Corporation (West Chester, PA) now offers a 4” wet polisher that provides more power and speed, making it ideal for polishing and finishing natural stone, artificial stone, and concrete. The PWE11-100 includes VTC (Vario Tacho Constamatic) electronic speed stabilization for increased productivity under heavy operating conditions.

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How To Brew Beer Without Water

May 19, 2011 6:30 am | by Dr. Bernard Talbot, Director, Talbot & Talbot | Articles | Comments

Effluent should be recycled back into brewery operations with less reticence than is currently the case. Throughout many parts of the world, we encounter areas or entire regions where water is scarce and water quality highly suspect. In these situations beer quality is often compromised and production schedule disrupted.

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American Workers Seek Jobs In Asia

May 19, 2011 6:18 am | Videos | Comments

We're all aware that Asia is experiencing a great deal of growth, but what might not be so well-known is just how many people are leaving America to get in on the ground level of the surging growth. Could we be losing out on great minds and potential businesses? If you’re having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.

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Google's Geek Haven

May 19, 2011 4:27 am | by by David Mantey, Editor, PD&D | Blogs | Comments

So seldom do companies continue to create incentives to retain employees that I was astonished to find Google had extended yet another fringe benefit, a geek haven. In an effort to extend the company’s founding principles through every bronchiole of its hierarchy, co-founder Larry Page’s latest brainchild, “ Google Workshops ”, offers employees a chance to get a taste of Google’s earliest days.

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General Dynamics Gets $33.5M Navy Contract

May 18, 2011 9:41 am | News | Comments

GROTON, Conn. (AP) — General Dynamics Corp. said Wednesday it received a $33.5 million contract modification to develop advanced undersea technologies. The U.S. Navy awarded the contract to General Dynamics' Electric Boat unit. Electric Boat will conduct research and development studies on technology areas including manufacturing, maintainability, survivability, hydrodynamics, acoustics, and materials.

Kodak Shares Leap As Execs Rake In Company Shares

May 18, 2011 9:18 am | by Ben Dobbin, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — Shares of Eastman Kodak Co. shot up almost 15 percent in unusually heaving trading Wednesday after CEO Antonio Perez told employees that recent Kodak stock purchases reflect management's faith in the photography pioneer's future. Some analysts suspect, however, that the stock price surge reflects Kodak's recent preliminary triumphs over smartphone giant Apple Inc.

Deere To Build $80M China Plant To Meet Local Demand

May 18, 2011 9:13 am | News | Comments

MOLINE, Ill. (AP) — Deere & Co. plans to invest $80 million in a new agricultural equipment manufacturingplant in northeast China to help meet increased demand in the region. Deere, based in Moline, Ill., announced the new plant Wednesday morning as it released its quarterly earnings report.

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WTO: Airbus Got Illegal Subsidies, But Not Many

May 18, 2011 8:50 am | by Frank Jordans, Associated Press | News | Comments

GENEVA (AP) — European aircraft maker Airbus received state subsidies that hurt U.S. rival Boeing Inc., but not all of them were illegal under international rules, the World Trade Organization said Wednesday. The mixed decision by a WTO appeals panel allowed Brussels and Washington to both claim a victory of sorts in their tit-for-tat dispute over financial aid to airplane manufacturers that has become the costliest and most complex ever to be heard by the international trade body.

Yamaha Brings ATV Production From Overseas To Ga. Plant

May 18, 2011 8:48 am | News | Comments

NEWNAN, Ga. (AP) — Yamaha officials say the first production run of new all-terrain vehicle models transferred to the U.S. from overseas facilities will take place this month at the company's factory in Newnan, Ga. Yamaha Motor Corp., U.S.A. and Yamaha Motor Manufacturing Corporation of America called the announcement on Wednesday a major step forward in the companies' long-term strategy to transfer the majority of Yamaha's worldwide ATV manufacturing to the U.

Man With Bad Back Sues Kraft Over Firing

May 18, 2011 8:43 am | News | Comments

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Fond du Lac man has filed a federal lawsuit accusing Kraft Foods of firing him rather than accommodating his bad back. James L. Brown was hired in 2001 at a Kraft frozen-pizza facility in Little Chute. His lawsuit says he missed a few days of work in 2008 to get treatment for chronic back pain.

Mike Rowe Fights For The Blue Collar

May 18, 2011 6:35 am | Videos | Comments

Mike Rowe, host of Dirty Jobs , has headed to Washington to help mount a PR campaign in support of work. As he explains in the video, America has become obsessed with white-collar work, leading to massive gaps in the skilled labor workforce. If you’re having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.

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Silk Gets 20 New High-Tech Uses

May 18, 2011 6:23 am | Videos | Comments

Florenzo Omenetto  demonstrates how silk is involved in transmitting light, improving sustainability, adding strength, and making medical leaps and bounds. If you’re having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.

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Using Urine As A Power Source?

May 18, 2011 6:18 am | Videos | Comments

According to some student researchers at Ohio University, urine could be used as a source of energy, thanks to the high levels of hydrogen that is present in the organic compound urea. That hydrogen is pumped to a fuel cell, which can be used to power a variety of gadgets and machines. Sound too good to be true? The math, unbelievably, supports the usefulness of this technology.

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Branson: NASA Was A Monopoly

May 18, 2011 6:17 am | Videos | Comments

Richard Branson, well-known for his wide-ranging business ventures, is now at the forefront of the private space industry. MSNBC  asks, Will the end of the shuttle era mean more competitiveness in the space race? Branson certainly thinks so, saying that NASA’s minimizing will allow private companies to do the same work for a fraction of the cost.

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