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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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Vinyl Manufacturing Making A Comeback

May 18, 2011 6:16 am | Videos | Comments

A recent survey shows that sales of vinyl records is growing at 13.6 percent, just beating out digital sales, at 13 percent, which means that a whole industry is in the process of being reborn. CNN Money visited Brooklyn-based EKS Manufacturing to see what the industry uptick has meant for business.

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Fired Manufacturing Worker Shoots Bosses, Killed By Police

May 18, 2011 4:40 am | by Colleen Long, Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — A man fired from his job at a small manufacturing company went to his employers' home Tuesday with a handgun and shot them both, then barricaded himself inside their basement before he was shot to death during a police confrontation, authorities said. Ilya Iglanov, 48, went to the couple's home at about 12:30 p.

Manufacturing Exec Indicted For Embezzling $2 Million

May 18, 2011 4:34 am | News | Comments

RENO, Nev. (AP) — The former chief financial officer for an electronic door lock manufacturer in Sparks has been indicted on federal charges accusing him of embezzling more than $2 million from his employer. Federal prosecutors say Juan Ramon Cabezas surrendered to authorities on Tuesday. The 55-year-old Reno man was indicted May 11 on 22 counts of bank fraud and 15 counts of mail fraud.

General Mills To Pay $1.5 Billion For Stake In Yoplait

May 18, 2011 4:28 am | News | Comments

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — General Mills says it has signed a deal to buy a controlling stake in French yogurt company Yoplait for about $1.15 billion. The deal protects General Mills' U.S. yogurt business. The food maker has sold the world's second-largest yogurt brand under license in the U.S. for 30 years.

The Maligned Spud Starts Fighting Back

May 18, 2011 4:20 am | by Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Often maligned, the french fry is fighting back. The spud has had a tough time lately. In the last year, it has been marginalized by new school lunch rules, demonized by a popular television program and blamed for the nation's obesity epidemic. Health advocates and government officials have pushed to take them off lunch lines, where kids often reach for the crispy treats instead of greener vegetables.

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Deere Profits Soar 65 Percent On Strong Americas Sales

May 18, 2011 4:16 am | News | Comments

MOLINE, Illinois (AP) — Deere & Co. said Wednesday its fiscal second-quarter profit soared 65 percent because of strong demand for its agricultural equipment, especially in the United States, Canada and Brazil. The company also said it plans to invest $80 million in a new agricultural equipment manufacturing plant in northeast China to help meet increased demand in the region.

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Mack, Volvo To Pay $525 Million In Benefits Lawsuit

May 18, 2011 4:15 am | News | Comments

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Mack Trucks Inc. and its parent, AB Volvo, will pay $525 million to settle a class-action lawsuit filed by more than 9,300 retirees of the North Carolina truck maker after they challenged potential reductions to their lifetime health benefits. The Legal Intelligencer reported Tuesday that Senior U.

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Dim HP Outlook Puts Damper On Computer Industry

May 17, 2011 9:26 am | News | Comments

PALO ALTO, Calif. (AP) — After its CEO warned of another tough quarter, Hewlett-Packard Co. cut its full-year outlook Tuesday citing to soft PC sales and the effects of the earthquake in Japan. HP said its net income for the latest quarter rose slightly, but investors focused on challenges ahead sent shares down 5 percent before the market opened Tuesday.

Industrial Use Of Captured CO2

May 17, 2011 8:49 am | by Peter Grubnic, Principal Manager — Projects Evaluation and Asessment , Global CCS Institute  | Articles | Comments

When energy ministers from major economies met at the Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) in Abu Dhabi recently, one of the reports they considered was one investigating the industrial use of captured CO2 to accelerate the uptake of carbon capture and storage (CCS). This was one of the pieces of work commissioned by the governments of Australia and the United Kingdom, which chair the action group looking at carbon capture, use and storage (CCUS).

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83,000 Chickens Killed In Massive Barn Blaze

May 17, 2011 7:33 am | News | Comments

VERSAILLES, Ohio (AP) — Authorities estimate that about 83,000 chickens were killed in a barn fire at a western Ohio egg farm. WHIO-TV says about 70 firefighters were called out shortly before 4 a.m. Tuesday to fight the fire near Versailles (vur-SAYLZ'). The barn is on a farm owned by Kissinger Brothers Poultry and was fully engulfed when firefighters arrived.

GM Groundbreaking On First Electrical Motor Plant

May 17, 2011 7:28 am | News | Comments

WHITE MARSH, Md. (AP) — Groundbreaking is scheduled for a new electric motor manufacturing facility at General Motor's Powertrain Baltimore location. Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley and other officials will participate in Tuesday's ceremony for the facility that is expected to create about 190 jobs.

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Columbus Workers To Vote On Union Busting

May 17, 2011 7:24 am | News | Comments

COLUMBUS, Miss. (AP) — A vote could soon be taken to decertify the union at Omnova Solutions, Inc., in Columbus, where some workers have been on strike for a year. The Columbus Dispatch reports a group of replacement workers have filed a request with the National Labor Relations Board to take a decertification vote.

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Lead Producer To Build New, Cleaner Miss. Plant

May 17, 2011 7:21 am | by Jim Salter, Associated Press | News | Comments

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The nation's largest lead producer plans to build a new plant in the eastern Missouri town and promises it will be far more environmentally friendly than its existing smelter there that has been the subject of scorn by environmentalists and regulators for decades. St.

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BAE Fined $79 Million In U.S. Arms Export Case

May 17, 2011 7:17 am | News | Comments

LONDON (AP) — Defense contractor BAE Systems PLC said Tuesday it has agreed to pay a fine of up to $79 million to settle an arms export controls case with the U.S. Department of State, the largest civil fine ever levied by the department. The State Department settlement of the civil case includes a possible $10 million reduction in the fine depending on the company's implementation of compliance measures.

2016: The End Of The Age Of America

May 17, 2011 7:12 am | by by Lauren Kiesow, Associate Editor, Manufacturing.net  | Blogs | Comments

The Mayans prophesized that 2012 will mark the demise of human civilization. And while many people disregard this apocalyptic fable, is it possible to completely disregard the fact that The International Monetary Fund estimates that “ The Age of America ” will come to its end in 2016? Specifically, 2016 is the year when China's growth intersects the decline of the U.

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Keep Oil In Check

May 17, 2011 6:31 am | Product Releases | Comments

The OILMISER Vapor Guard from JLM Systems Limited (Richmond, BC, Canada) is designed for lubricated gearboxes and bearing housings that are venting to atmosphere. The guard traps the migrating oil mist from a turbine gearbox before it escapes, before it fouls the air breather, and before it contaminates the workspace.

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Cut Plastic With Lasers

May 17, 2011 6:30 am | Product Releases | Comments

The OEM quality CO2 laser optics for low-power lasers used in cutting plastics are now available from Laser Research Optics (Providence, RI). The CO2 Laser Lenses and Mirrors are optimized for use at 10.6µm and meet ISO-10110 specifications for optical elements. They are available for Cincinnati®, Coherent®, Epilog®, Synrad®, Universal®, and similar lasers, and are comparable to the originals, according to the company.

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