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Master Bond EP21FL

September 7, 2011 11:14 am | Product Releases | Comments

Master Bond EP21FL from Master Bond (Hackensack, NJ) is a two part epoxy resin system that features low to moderate viscosity. It is well suited for potting, coating, and sealing electronic assemblies and can bond dissimilar substrates with different coefficients of expansion. This adhesive has a service temperature range of -60 degrees F to 250 degrees F.

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Wire Mesh Decking & Shelving

September 7, 2011 11:13 am | Product Releases | Comments

Melmor Associated Inc. (Niles, OH) has added new wire mesh decking and wire shelving products to its product line. The new wire mesh products are available in step, flared, or inverted channels, with a powder coat finish option plus different sizes, patterns, and capacities. The wire mesh decking and shelving products feature clip-on installation and base mounted or hanging styles.

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Side Exit Dual Output Accelerometer

September 7, 2011 11:12 am | Product Releases | Comments

Meggitt (Germantown, MD) has introduced a new side exit, low profile, dual output accelerometer with a built-in temperature sensor. The side exit 787T has the capability of monitoring in low clearance areas and can accommodate cable runs from any angle. Designed with a standard 3-pin MIL-C-5015 connector, the 787T is compatible with cabling infrastructure found in most industrial locations.

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Ohio Paper Company Files For Chapter 11

September 7, 2011 9:55 am | News | Comments

MIAMISBURG, Ohio (AP) — Paper producer NewPage Corp. said Wednesday that it is seeking Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection while it restructures. The privately held Ohio-based company said it expects to continue operating its U.S. business as usual and has commitments for $600 million in financing led by J.

Obama To Propose $300B To Jump-Start Jobs

September 7, 2011 9:53 am | by David Espo, Jim Kuhnhenn, Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The economy weak and the public seething, President Barack Obama is expected to propose $300 billion in tax cuts and federal spending Thursday night to get Americans working again. Republicans offered Tuesday to compromise with him on jobs — but also assailed his plans in advance of his prime-time speech.

Kraft To Split Before End Of 2012

September 7, 2011 9:51 am | News | Comments

CHICAGO (AP) — Kraft Foods Inc. still expects to split itself into two publicly traded companies before the end of next year, the nation's largest food maker said Wednesday. Kraft announced last month that one of the companies will focus on its international snack brands like Trident gum and Cadbury chocolates and the other one will concentrate on its North American grocery business that includes Maxwell House coffee and Oscar...

Businesses Post Most Job Openings In 3 Years

September 7, 2011 9:49 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Companies in July advertised the most jobs in three years, and layoffs declined — a bit of hope for a weak economy. Still, many employers are in no rush to fill openings. The Labor Department said Wednesday that employers increased their postings to 3.23 million from 3.

Worker Dies In Steel Mill Accident

September 7, 2011 9:47 am | News | Comments

MAGNOLIA, Ark. (AP) — A worker at a steel mill in Magnolia is dead after an accident that occurred while changing a cable on an overhead crane. The Banner-News reports (http://bit.ly/mZ9DoO ) that 55-year-old Gene Drake of Waldo was killed in the late Tuesday morning accident at CMC Steel Arkansas.

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Southwest Hopes New Planes Will Help Profitability

September 7, 2011 9:44 am | by David Koenig, AP Airlines Writer | News | Comments

DALLAS (AP) — Southwest Airlines Co. expects to take delivery of its first Boeing 737-800 next March and get 25 of the new, larger planes next year to help boost its financial results. Southwest chief financial officer Laura Wright said Wednesday that the company expects to eventually own 100 of the 737-800s.

Experimental Plane Reaches 13,000 MPH

September 7, 2011 6:07 am | Videos | Comments

The U.S. Department of Defense's innovations arm, known as DARPA, has released test-flight video of its experimental hypersonic aircraft traveling at a speed of Mach 20, about 13,000 miles per hour. 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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Virtual Reality Allows Users To See A New Look

September 7, 2011 6:05 am | Videos | Comments

Computer technologists in London have developed a virtual reality mirror that offers people who are unhappy with their looks an opportunity to have a peek into an alternative future. 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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Print A New Liver

September 7, 2011 6:04 am | Videos | Comments

The field of regenerative medicine is moving from the realm of science fiction to science fact. From fingers and ears to complex organs like livers or hearts, scientists at the Institute for Regenerative Medicine at Wake Forest University are making headway into growing human body parts in a laboratory.

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What Happens When Two Chatbots Chat?

September 7, 2011 6:03 am | Videos | Comments

Scientists have spent a lot of time, money, and effort to create chatbots that are life-like and able to have meaningful conversations with other humans. What happens when you let two bots have a conversation? A team from Cornell University decided to find out ... 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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Turning Words Into Speech

September 7, 2011 6:02 am | Videos | Comments

Dr. Sanjay Gupta discusses a new piece of technology invented to help people with dyslexia. If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department. Have any comments or questions about our video editions of IMPO? Or do you have a video you'd like to see featured in one of our deployments? Email me at Rachel.

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CO Baking Soda Maker Doubling Capacity

September 7, 2011 5:36 am | News | Comments

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) — North America's second-largest producer of baking soda is working to boost production at its Colorado plant while it looks to research how to commercially develop oil shale in the state. Natural Soda Inc., a subsidiary of Natural Resources USA Corp., mines sodium bicarbonate in Rio Blanco County from what the company says are one of the largest known deposits of nahcolite in the world.

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Lockheed Martin Wins $100M Air Force Contract

September 7, 2011 5:34 am | News | Comments

Bethesda, Md. (AP) — Lockheed Martin Corp. said Tuesday that it received a $100.5 million contract from the U.S. Air Force for production of a new laser guided bomb guidance system, the paveway II Plus Laser Guided Bomb GBU-12. The award is most of an initial $134 million contract for the bomb system procurement.

Springfield To Vote On Regulating Unlawful Hires

September 7, 2011 5:32 am | News | Comments

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — Springfield residents will vote on a controversial bill that would require businesses to check the status of workers before hiring them. The City Council voted 4-4 Tuesday against the ordinance. The Springfield News-Leader reports (http://bit.ly/pUBH6B ) that under the rules governing initiative petitions, the tie vote sends the ordinance to voters, either in February or March.

Toyota Stops Exporting Camrys To North America

September 7, 2011 5:29 am | News | Comments

TOKYO (AP) — Toyota says it's no longer exporting Camry sedans from Japan to North America, where the best selling car is also manufactured — a decision that makes financial sense for the automaker as the yen soars against the dollar. Toyota Motor Corp., Japan's No. 1 automaker, exported only about 1,700 Camry cars from Japan last year, and only when demand was so great that North American production couldn't keep up.

Getting Back To Even On Jobs Divides U.S. Leaders

September 7, 2011 5:26 am | by Tom Raum, Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — America's sickly economy can be healed with jobs, jobs and more jobs. On that, everyone agrees. Figuring out how to produce them is what is stumping everyone. Other than letting time take its course, Washington lacks a clear answer on how to create permanent new jobs on a national scale.

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Cash-Strapped Saab Files For Bankruptcy

September 7, 2011 5:23 am | by Louise Nordstrom, Associated Press | News | Comments

STOCKHOLM (AP) — The owner of cash-strapped car maker Saab filed for bankruptcy protection on Wednesday in a last-ditch attempt to salvage a brand crippled by production stoppages, withheld salary payments and mounting debt. Swedish Automobile, formerly known as Spyker Cars, said the move would buy it time to receive funding from Chinese investors, currently awaiting regulatory approval, and avoid bankruptcy.

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