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Survey: Cloud Systems Boost Manufacturing Productivity, Quality

May 13, 2015 10:17 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

A new survey of manufacturers found that nearly two-thirds saw improved plant productivity after implementing a cloud-computing system.


Apple Steps Up Efforts to go Green in China

May 13, 2015 10:04 am | by Brandon Bailey, The Associated Press

Apple says it's boosting efforts to go green in China by partnering with conservationists to promote sustainable forestry for paper production.


5 Things To Know About Self-Driving Cars

May 13, 2015 9:59 am | by Justin Pritchard, The Associated Press

A small fleet of self-driving cars is maneuvering through traffic in California using an array of sensors and computing power. Here are some things to know about these cars of the future. 


Outgoing CEO of BMW Warns That China is 'Losing Momentum'

May 13, 2015 9:50 am | by The Associated Press

The departing CEO of automaker BMW has cautioned that China's economy is "losing momentum."


Louisville to Host 3D Printing Training Center

May 12, 2015 3:23 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Illinois-based safety company UL and the University of Louisville on Tuesday announced a new 3D printing training facility that will be located adjacent to the university's campus. 


U.S. Job Openings Fall, Hiring Rises in Mostly Positive Report

May 12, 2015 2:57 pm | by Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press

The number of available jobs in the U.S. fell in March, though companies filled more of their open positions in a sign they are still confident enough to hire.


How Visual Aids Can Improve Workplace Safety

May 12, 2015 2:48 pm | by Magnatag Insight

Implementing and maintaining a safety program in your work environment can be a challenging task, but it is necessary for your company. Check out the infographic to find the shocking workplace injury statistics and how to prevent them by using visual aids.


Retail Group Presses Senators Ahead of Trade Authority Vote

May 12, 2015 2:46 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The National Retail Foundation is pressuring Senate leaders to authorize Trade Promotional Authority ahead of an initial vote on the provision.


Gas Prices Still Look Low for Summer Even After Spring Surge

May 12, 2015 2:41 pm | by Jonathan Fahey, The Associated Press

Drivers who have seen a steady rise in the price of gasoline can relax: They will almost certainly be paying far less for gas this summer than they have in at least six years.


Tyson to Curb Antibiotics in Poultry for Schools, Hospitals

May 12, 2015 10:04 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The country's largest meat producer recently announced plans to limit the use of antibiotics in poultry destined for institutions such as schools and hospitals.  


Reshoring Initiative Encourages American Manufacturing

May 12, 2015 9:36 am | by Megan Crouse, Digital Reporter

Harry Moser, the former president of machine tool company GF AgieCharmilles, is on a mission to bring manufacturing back to the United States. 


U.S. Settles With New York Coke Plant for $12M Over Pollution

May 12, 2015 9:21 am | by Carolyn Thompson, The Associated Press

A coal-burning industrial plant that a federal official called an "environmental outlaw" has agreed to pay $12 million to settle claims that it polluted the air and water with harmful chemicals. 


Obama Administration Conditionally Approves Offshore Arctic Drilling

May 12, 2015 9:14 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Obama administration officials on Monday signed off on a proposal from Shell to drill in arctic Alaskan waters.


Drones Could Enhance Safety at Chemical Plants

May 12, 2015 9:03 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Dow Chemical hopes drones could eventually provide crucial safety services at its plants and take employees out of harm's way. 


Oregon Teenager Pioneers Oil Spill Cleanup Method

May 12, 2015 8:57 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recognized a Portland high school student for his development of a new method to clean oil spills.


Most Mid-Size SUVs Crash During IIHS Testing

May 12, 2015 8:50 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor

During the most recent round of safety testing on midsize SUVs — conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, a nonprofit funded by auto insurers — only three of the seven cars performed well enough to earn an acceptable or above rating during a crash test.


Chemists Discover Molecules To Harness Solar Energy

May 11, 2015 2:26 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Research by a Danish graduate student may pave the way for a breakthrough method of capturing energy from sunlight. 


Ex-Oklahoma City Dayton Tire Factory Taken Down, Recycled

May 11, 2015 2:07 pm | by The Associated Press

A former tire factory in Oklahoma City has been dismantled, cut up and sent to reyclers. 


Death Toll From GM Ignition Switches Rises to 100

May 11, 2015 2:01 pm | by The Associated Press

Families of at least 100 people killed in crashes caused by defective General Motors ignition switches will get payments from the automaker.


Noble Energy Gobbles Up Rosetta Resources in $2.1B Deal

May 11, 2015 1:57 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Two Houston-based energy companies on Monday announced the first large merger in the U.S. oil industry since prices collapsed late last year.  



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