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Dutch Spyker Tosses Out Last-Ditch Bid For Saab

January 8, 2010 3:23 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — Hopes to keep Swedish car company Saab alive flickered Thursday as Dutch exotic automaker Spyker Cars made another bid to buy the troubled brand from General Motors, but a person briefed on the dealings said GM remains skeptical that Saab can be saved. Spyker confirmed in a statement issued Thursday evening that it made the last-minute offer, which came a day after GM's interim CEO, Ed Whitacre Jr.

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Ind. Steel Plant Explosion Kills 1, Injures 4

January 8, 2010 3:20 am | News | Comments

PORTAGE, Ind. (AP) — An explosion at a steel plant in Indiana killed one worker and injured four more on Thursday, a fire official said. Portage Fire Chief Bill Lundy said the evening blast at the Beta Steel Corp. plant may have happened because water somehow met with molten steel.

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Suspect In ABB Shooting Unhappy At Work, Says Neighbors

January 8, 2010 3:18 am | by Cheryl Wittenauer, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The man widely identified as the gunman in a fatal shooting spree at a St. Louis industrialplant was described as an amicable family man and good neighbor, who would rake an elder's leaves and bring him holiday treats. But 51-year-old Timothy Hendron of Webster Groves, a St.

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What Does It Mean To Have A Creative Workforce?

January 7, 2010 11:25 am | by Mike Collins, Author of Saving American Manufacturing | Articles | Comments

In November 2007, a study by the Conference Board and Americans for the Arts in partnership with the American Association of School Administrators, interviewed school superintendents and business executives to find out their views of creativity. Both groups thought creativity was important in the American workplace.

Shooting At St. Louis ABB Plant Claims Three Victims

January 7, 2010 10:33 am | by Jim Salter, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

ST. LOUIS (AP) — An employee of a St. Louis manufacturing plant walked in with an assault rifle and a handgun on Thursday morning and opened fire, killing at least three people and wounding five others, authorities said. Several hours after the shooting, police were still inside Swiss-based ABB Group's plant, going room to room in a search for both the gunman and additional victims, police Capt.

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Ergonomics Can Save Money, Save Lives

January 7, 2010 8:13 am | by Patrick Penfield Whitman School of Management, Syracuse University | Articles | Comments

When we go to work, let’s face it:  the last thing on our mind is getting injured or even dying. Unfortunately, the United States Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reported that in 2008, 5,071 workers died on the job. That’s an alarming number! The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) states that the number of nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses reported in 2008 was 3.

Fusion-Busting Lubricant

January 7, 2010 7:41 am | Product Releases | Comments

K88, a penetrating fluid from LPS Laboratories (Tucker, GA), is now available. The fluid features a high solvency, low surface tension, and special additives to enhance penetration, lubrication, and corrosion attack. According to the company, KB 88 meets local, state, and federal VOC regulations, such as those of the California Air Resources Board (CARB).

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Slip Rings Keep Things Rolling

January 7, 2010 7:41 am | Product Releases | Comments

DEUBLIN Company (Waukegan, IL) introduces the Slip Rings, an electrical device that allows the transmission of power from a stationary to a rotating structure. The rings from DEUBLIN can be easily configured for both power and signal connections, and are compatible with Ethernet, Profinet, RS-232, RS-485, RS-422, CAN, as well as generic analog signals.

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Corrosion-Resistant Tubing For Any Application

January 7, 2010 7:31 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Prolite polypropylene tubing from NewAge Industries (Southampton, PA) is made from a NSF-61 (National Sanitation Foundation) semi-rigid compound, and can be used in food processing, chemical lines, dispensing equipment, compressed air, and more. Features of the Prolite tubing include: Chemical and corrosion resistance, and a low moisture absorption.

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No More Slips, No More Adjustments

January 7, 2010 7:30 am | Product Releases | Comments

KT Pro Tools (City of Industry, CA) has released the Adjustable Slip-Jaw Wrench, which simplifies normal adjustable wrench operation. Once the jaw is adjusted to the size of the fastener, the user no long has to remove the tool and re-attach to continue tightening; the tool can be indexed back to the original position without removing the wrench from the fastener.

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Indiana's Electric Car Comeback

January 7, 2010 4:06 am | Articles | Comments

Th!ink has just opened its first North American manufacturing plant, where they will employ 400 to build the Think City, an electric car with a top speed of 70mph and a range of roughly 100 miles. While the company has found success in Europe, they didn't believe the technology was mature enough for the U.

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Also Obsolete: Your Boring 2D Television

January 7, 2010 3:51 am | Articles | Comments

If you're like me, you just bought a brand new HDTV. They're great. Well, like the gadgets in the above video, you'll be sad to know that your recent purchase is now "obsolete." If TV manufacturers have anything to do with it, 3D telveisions will be the next big thing. With blockbuster films like "Avatar" showcasing how 3D technology has advanced since the dizzying blue-and-red goggles of the past, it seems as though 3D HDTVs will soon be taking over the world of home entertainment.

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Unemployment: How Much Longer?

January 6, 2010 8:39 am | Articles | Comments

We all know unemployment rates are through the roof. But how much longer is this streak of joblessness going to last? Bob Parker, vice chairman of Credit Suisse Asset Management, discusses some of the specifics regarding how the U.S. (and Europe) will recover from this downturn. His main contention? While 2010 will see a decline in unemployment rates, they will be slow to fall, and we may not see rates drop below 9 percent until next year.

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From Eggs To Needles: Swine Flu

January 6, 2010 8:38 am | Articles | Comments

The swine flu scare in the U.S. is, unlike some technology, something that won’t become obsolete in the new year. In fact, drug manufacturers are working harder than ever to meet the incredible demand for the influenza vaccine. So before you go get poked with a needle carrying a dose of the influenza antigens, maybe you’d like to see how the vaccine is made.

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Technology Graveyard: What’s Obsolete In 2010

January 6, 2010 8:38 am | Articles | Comments

The beginning of a new decade is a perfect excuse to practice the oft-quoted adage: “Out with the old, in with the new.” This isn’t more true than in the world of technology. CNN walks through some of the technology that seems to be dead in the new decade. Some — like dial-up internet and classifieds in your local paper — are pretty obvious.

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Google Picks Fight With Apple Over New Hardware

January 6, 2010 4:04 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) — The once-cuddly relationship between Google Inc. and Apple Inc. is morphing into a prickly power struggle as the ambitions and ideas of the technology trendsetters increasingly collide. The growing use of high-powered phones for Web surfing has become a flash point in the brewing battle because both Google and Apple view the mobile market as a key to their continued success in the next decade.

Electric Car Maker Reopens Plant In Downtrodden Elkhart

January 6, 2010 3:44 am | News | Comments

ELKHART, Ind. (AP) — An electric car maker plans to open a factory in a northern Indiana plant that once made parts for recreational vehicles. State and local officials joined executives from Think North America for an official announcement Tuesday. The plant in Elkhart will be Think North America's first in the U.

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U.S. Automakers Hopeful After Worst Year In Decades

January 6, 2010 3:38 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin and Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writers | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — Automakers in the U.S. ended their worst year in almost three decades with hints of a recovery in December. Many, especially those selling small or inexpensive vehicles, reported improvements last month and expressed hope for a mildly better 2010. It was a positive finish to one of the toughest years on record for the industry, with U.

Coal Miners Afflicted By Mysterious Razor Blades

January 6, 2010 3:33 am | News | Comments

GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) — The Campbell County Sheriff's Office is investigating a series of incidents involving razor blades at the North Antelope-Rochelle coal mine in Campbell County. Officials say someone put a razor blade in a pair of gloves used for working with high-voltage equipment in October.

Senator Bingaman: Cap-and-Trade Unlikely This Year

January 6, 2010 3:27 am | by Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The chairman of the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee said Tuesday that it's unclear whether Congress will be able to pass cap and trade legislation aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions this year. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., said there's no consensus on what form a cap-and-trade system would take, but strong desire exists in both the Senate and House to pass other energy-related bills that would curb pollution blamed for global warming.

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