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Chu Says U.S. Needs To Stay In Solar

November 21, 2011 4:32 am | by Catherine Tsai, Associated Press | News | Comments

ARVADA, Colo. (AP) — Countries are lining up to supply a huge global market for solar energy, and it's important for the United States to stay in the game, Energy Secretary Steven Chu said Friday after touring a Colorado solar facility. Chu's comments came a day after hostile questioning by Republicans in Congress over Solyndra Inc.

Meet America's Fastest Supercomputer

November 18, 2011 10:45 am | Videos | Comments

The Jaguar supercomputer in Oak Ridge, TN is used for everything from scientific research to disaster management. It is approximately 18,000 times faster than the fastest personal computer on the market, and is more or less used to simulate the world around us. If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.


In the Public Eye (And On The Bottom Line)

November 18, 2011 10:37 am | by Rick Beaman, PE, Dave Jechura, PE, and Cliff Reese, PE SSOE Group | Articles | Comments

Owners and operators of chemical process plants are increasingly embracing the energy-saving technology and efficiency-enhancing systems that architects and engineers have been developing for over more than a decade. As a result, the owners and operators are saving hundreds of thousands of dollars annually.


Q&A With Nick Wilson, PACE Award Recipient

November 18, 2011 10:17 am | Blogs | Comments

Nick Wilson is the president and CEO of Morrison Container Handling Solutions, which provides packaging solutions for national and international companies. He is also the 2011 recipient of the Professional Achievement Citation in Engineering (PACE) award from Iowa State University, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering.

Welding End Prep Tool

November 18, 2011 10:11 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

A new I.D. clamping welding end prep tool that compensates for out of round conditions and can perform complex end preps on highly alloyed pipe up to 36 inch O.D. is being introduced by ESCO Tool (Holliston, MA). The Terminator MILLHOG Welding End Prep Tool is designed for use on pipe from 8-5/8 inches I.


Flexible LED

November 18, 2011 10:10 am | Product Releases | Comments

Larson Electronics’ Magnalight (Kemp, TX) has announced the release of an LED work light equipped with a 20 inch bendable goose-neck and double ball joint magnetic mounting system. Designed to provide extreme adjustability where getting a light placed exactly where it is needed is difficult, the LED6W-GNM high output LED light emitter can be attached to any ferrous metallic surface and set to an almost infinite range of positions.



November 18, 2011 10:09 am | Product Releases | Comments

Laser Tools Co., Inc. (Little Rock, AR) has developed a new laser system called the SEA BEAM that assists in size measurements at a distance, and water proof to 600 feet. The SEA BEAM shoots two collimated laser beams 75 millimeters apart that the ROV (Remote Operated Vehicle) views by camera.



November 18, 2011 10:08 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

ScaleBlaster is an innovative and environmentally friendly product from Clearwater Enviro Technologies, Inc. (Largo, FL) that eliminates the formation of limescale deposits in pipes, cooling towers, boilers, and hundreds of applications. The integrated circuitry system produces a unique and complex modulating frequency waveform that hits the resonant frequency of the calcium molecules, causing them to lose their adhesive properties.


AL Immigration Law Backers Look At Changes

November 18, 2011 8:19 am | by Phillip Rawls, Associated Press | News | Comments

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Some of the Republicans who voted for Alabama's new immigration law are considering changes that they say will make the law easier to understand but won't weaken it. "I made some mistakes in voting for this bill, and I want to step up and fix them," Republican Sen.


Heinz Adapts To New Economic Realities

November 18, 2011 8:17 am | by Sarah Skidmore, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — H.J. Heinz Co knows that every penny counts in this economy. The world's biggest ketchup maker's second-quarter profit fell yet narrowly beat expectations on an adjusted basis Friday as it focused on fast-growing emerging markets. But in struggling developed markets such as the U.


Microsoft Asks Judge To Dismiss Antitrust Case

November 18, 2011 8:14 am | News | Comments

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A trial accusing Microsoft of antitrust violations resumes in federal court in Salt Lake City with the software giant asking a judge to dismiss the case brought by Utah's Novell Inc. Novell has spent a month arguing that Microsoft was trying to protect its Windows monopoly when it rejected the WordPerfect writing application for the Windows '95 rollout.

GE Invests $1B In Silicon Valley Software Hub

November 18, 2011 8:10 am | News | Comments

SAN RAMON, California (AP) — General Electric Co., a maker of power plants, jet engines and medical imaging equipment, said Thursday that it is investing $1 billion in a new software headquarters in Silicon Valley with plans to hire 400 software-related staffers to develop what it calls the "Industrial Internet.


Metal Futures Plunge On Europe Worries

November 18, 2011 8:08 am | by Christopher Leonard, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Metals prices fell sharply Thursday on fears that Europe's spreading financial crisis will slow the fragile U.S economic recovery. Traders were worried that a spiraling financial crisis in Italy, Spain and France could hurt U.S. banks. If that happens, it could slow growth and cut demand for industrial metals like copper and palladium.

Unemployment Applications Drop To 7-Month Low

November 18, 2011 8:03 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of people applying for unemployment benefits fell last week to the lowest level since early April, a sign that layoffs are easing and hiring may pick up. Weekly applications dropped by 5,000 to a seasonally adjusted 388,000, the Labor Department said Thursday.

GE Surpasses Hudson PCB Dredging Target

November 18, 2011 4:24 am | by Michael Hill, Associated Press | News | Comments

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Crews dredging PCBs from the upper Hudson River surpassed the year-end production goal set by federal regulators despite delays due to heavy rains and high water. General Electric Co. reports that it removed more than 363,000 cubic yards of sediment from the river this year before wrapping up dredging for the season on Nov.

Gov Says Energy Costs Won't Close SC Plant

November 18, 2011 4:21 am | News | Comments

GOOSE CREEK, S.C. (AP) — Gov. Nikki Haley says energy costs will not lead to a shutdown of a plant in Berkeley County that employs about 640 people. Haley toured the Alcoa aluminum-smelting plant near Goose Creek on Thursday. Alcoa officials say they may have to close the plant if they can't get a reduction in the $4 million-a-week costs in electricity.


Mazda To Provide Technology To Other Carmakers

November 18, 2011 4:19 am | News | Comments

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 17 (Kyodo) — Mazda Motor Corp. said Thursday that it is prepared to supply other auto manufacturers with its technology that makes gasoline vehicles as fuel-efficient as gasoline-electric hybrid cars. Mazda President Takashi Yamanouchi also said in an interview in Los Angeles that the automaker plans to maintain domestic output despite harsh exporting conditions amid a strong yen, while expanding overseas...


Boeing Turns Around With New Orders, Planes

November 18, 2011 4:17 am | by Joshua Freed, Samantha Bomkamp, AP Airlines Writers | News | Comments

Boeing is starting to fly right. An Indonesian airline's commitment to buy $21.7 billion worth of new planes is the latest good news for the company after a year when some things could have gone better. Earlier this week, Emirates Airlines ordered $18 billion worth of 777s. Both deals come shortly after Boeing finally began delivering its two newest planes, the next-generation 787 and the latest version of the iconic 747.

Hoeganaes Corp. Says It Is Improving Safety

November 18, 2011 4:14 am | by Travis Loller, Associated Press | News | Comments

GALLATIN, Tenn. (AP) — A Gallatin metal powders factory where five workers died in flash fires earlier this year said in a statement Wednesday that it is improving safety at the plant. The Hoeganaes (HAY'-gan-eez) Corp. issued its statement hours after the release of a highly critical investigative report by the U.


GM Chief Says Public Is Past Anger Over Bailout

November 18, 2011 4:10 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — The American public has gotten past its animosity toward General Motors for taking a government bailout in 2009, the company's top executive said Thursday. Chairman and CEO Dan Akerson said a poll taken last summer for GM by Washington public opinion firm Peter Hart Research Associates shows that more than 70 percent of Americans have a positive opinion of the company.



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