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Study: Fracking Doesn't Have to be Rough on The Environment

June 29, 2015 9:35 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Researchers at Northwestern University believe that improving the operational efficiency of natural gas fracking could produce a "win-win" for both the U.S. energy sector and the environment.


TPP Fight to Continue Despite Talk of Democratic Reconciliation

June 29, 2015 9:32 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Last week's passage of legislation granting Trade Promotion Authority to the Obama administration cleared a major hurdle to the U.S. joining the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership.


Fascinating Facts About SpaceX’s Falcon 9

June 26, 2015 2:58 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor

Here is some Falcon 9 trivia to enjoy while we anticipate Sunday’s launch.


Acura Recalls 106K MDX SUVs; Pulley Can Fall Off

June 26, 2015 2:18 pm | by The Associated Press

Acura is recalling about 106,000 SUVs because an air conditioner pulley can fall off, creating a hazard for other motorists.


Alfa Romeo Unveils Flagship Sedan as it Eyes U.S. Market

June 26, 2015 12:07 pm | by Colleen Barry, The Associated Press

Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne unveiled Wednesday the long-awaited Alfa Romeo Giulia, a sedan meant to power the premium sports car brand's return to the United States.


Study Aims to Predict Environmental Impact of GMO Salmon

June 26, 2015 11:39 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

A recent study of genetically modified salmon led scientists to conclude that commercializing the altered fish would inherently pose some risk to the environment.


Governors Urge EPA to Keep Renewable Fuel Standards Intact

June 26, 2015 10:26 am | by Bill Draper, The Associated Press

A plan to reduce the amount of renewable fuels required in the U.S. gasoline supply drew heated condemnation of the petroleum industry Thursday from two governors who said health of the ethanol industry is vital to their states' economy.


Economic Officials Say Tesla Factory Will Open in a Year

June 26, 2015 10:20 am | by Riley Snyder, The Associated Press

Nevada economic officials say work on a massive Tesla Motors battery factory east of Reno is going smoothly and it should be operational within a year.


U.S. Opens Probe of Ford F-150 Power Brake Failures

June 26, 2015 10:07 am | by The Associated Press

U.S. safety regulators are investigating complaints that the power brake assist can fail on some Ford F-150 pickup trucks.


Google's New Self-Driving Cars Cruising Silicon Valley Roads

June 26, 2015 9:56 am | by Michael Liedtke, The Associated Press

The latest models of Google's self-driving cars are now cruising the streets near the Internet company's Silicon Valley headquarters as an ambitious project to transform the way people get around shifts into its next phase.


Boeing CEO Transition Could Impact Relationship With Unions

June 26, 2015 9:52 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Chicago-based Boeing saw record revenues and profits from orders for its new planes, but McNerney also oversaw dramatic cuts in benefits for union workers at the company's Washington State plants, along with the addition of a non-union facility in South Carolina and the shifting of thousands of engineering jobs from the Seattle area to other states.


Company Picks Ky. Site for Facility to Build Automated Machinery

June 25, 2015 3:45 pm | by The Associated Press

Kentucky officials say a company that will design, build and install automated machinery for manufacturers will open a facility in Hodgenville.


Next-Generation Trucks: 18 Wheels and One Turbine

June 25, 2015 3:40 pm | by Bloomberg Business

Ian Wright, CEO and founder at Wrightspeed Inc., explains the use of turbines to power next-generation electric trucks.


EPA To Hear Testimony From Hundreds on Renewable Fuels Plan

June 25, 2015 2:56 pm | by Bill Draper, The Associated Press

The Environmental Protection Agency announced plans last month to reduce renewable fuels requirements by 4 billion gallons in 2015 and more than 3 billion in 2016. It is conducting a public hearing on Thursday in Kansas City, Kansas, before making a final determination on the standards in November.


Applications for U.S. Jobless Aid Rise to Still-Low 271,000

June 25, 2015 2:52 pm | by Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press

The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment aid rose slightly last week, but remained at a historically low level that signals an improving job market.


Indian Tribes Sue to Block Southern California Solar Plant

June 25, 2015 2:39 pm | by The Associated Press

A group of Indian tribes is suing to block construction of a huge solar power plant in California's Mojave Desert.


Subaru Recalls 72K Vehicles

June 25, 2015 1:29 pm | by The Associated Press

Subaru is recalling some 2015 vehicles to fix a software problem that could cause the automatic braking system to fail.


States Forego GMO Labeling Laws Over Past Year

June 25, 2015 1:21 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

With only a handful of days remaining in the current fiscal year many states have not passed legislation targeting GMO food labeling in the past 12 months, according to a report in Food Safety News.


Iranian Crude Exports Plummet Following Sanctions

June 25, 2015 12:19 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Exports of crude oil from Iran decreased by nearly half since the U.S. levied additional sanctions three years ago.


Acura Recalls 106,000 MDX SUVs

June 25, 2015 11:41 am | by The Associated Press

Acura is recalling about 106,000 SUVs because an air conditioner pulley can fall off, creating a hazard for other motorists.



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