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Dutch Trains To Run On Wind By 2018

September 2, 2015 3:21 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Officials from Dutch energy companies said that the agreement will dramatically reduce the industry's carbon dioxide emissions while providing a model for other sectors to follow.


Motorists To Save $1.4B At The Pump This Labor Day Weekend

September 2, 2015 3:15 pm | by GasBuddy

While motorists enjoy the cheapest Labor Day prices in over a decade, GasBuddy currently identifies as many as 19 states where at least one retail outlet is already selling gas below $2.


Manufacturing Productivity Up, Labor Costs Down In Second Quarter

September 2, 2015 2:55 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Manufacturing productivity rose 2.3 percent on a seasonally adjusted annual basis, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on Wednesday.


Texas Regulator Clears Oil And Gas Company Of Causing Quakes

September 2, 2015 10:49 am | by The Associated Press

Commission investigators concluded that a well where Exxon Mobil subsidiary XTO Energy pumps millions of gallons of the wastewater likely didn't cause the quakes, but also said there wasn't enough evidence to demonstrate the earthquakes were naturally occurring.


Court Revives Dispute Over Energy Leasing's Climate Impacts

September 2, 2015 10:21 am | by Matthew Brown, Associated Press

The Montana Environmental Information Center, WildEarth Guardians and Earthworks' Oil and Gas Accountability Project want the government to force companies to take steps to reduce emissions of methane from oil and gas fields.


Survey: U.S. Businesses Hired At Steady Pace In August

September 2, 2015 10:05 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer

Payroll processor ADP said Wednesday that businesses added 190,000 jobs last month, up from 177,000 in July, but below a six-month high in June of 231,000.


India SUV Maker Rides Into U.S. Market ... On A Scooter

September 2, 2015 9:56 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer

If buyers like it, Mahindra could use the GenZe as a springboard into the car market, just as Honda made the leap from motorcycles to cars here in the 1970s.


Survey: Auto Industry Slow To Embrace Recall Analytics

September 2, 2015 9:47 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The online poll, conducted in June, found that just 8 percent of auto industry executives used predictive analytics regarding vehicle recalls.


Research Shows Wind-Turbine Farms Could Offer Diminishing Returns

September 1, 2015 3:34 pm | by University of Kansas

When a substantial number of turbines are installed over a small area, the amount of electricity generated is no longer governed by simple multiplication, according to the researchers.


California Forest Helps Offset Volkswagen Emissions

September 1, 2015 3:29 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

VW hopes to reduce its passenger vehicle emissions by 90 percent by 2050, while curbing its production emissions by about 40 percent between 2010 and 2020.


U.S. Factories Grow In August At Slowest Pace Since May 2013

September 1, 2015 3:22 pm | by Paul Wiseman, AP Economics Writer

The report suggests that a strong dollar and slowing growth in China and other foreign markets may be taking a toll on U.S. manufacturers and perhaps the overall American economy. 


U.S. Stocks Fall Sharply On Bleak Chinese Manufacturing Report

September 1, 2015 3:11 pm | by Ken Sweet, AP Business Writer

The Chinese economy has been a key focus for investors all summer, and the concerns have intensified in the last three weeks. 


Report: Manufacturing Mergers Remain Active In First Quarter

September 1, 2015 2:56 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The latest Capital M&A Review & Outlook from accounting firm BDO said that mergers and acquisitions in the first quarter of 2015 declined modestly compared to the same period last year.


U.S. Fines Triumph Motorcycles Up To $2.9M

September 1, 2015 11:02 am | by The Associated Press

The U.S. government has fined Triumph Motorcycles up to $2.9 million for violating safety reporting requirements.


U.S. Auto Sales Expected To Drop In August

September 1, 2015 10:52 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer

Labor Day is typically one of the biggest sales weekends of the year as dealers hold model year-end clearance sales and new models arrive. 


European Space Officials Debut New Rover

September 1, 2015 10:45 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The technology could significantly curb the amount of time needed to examine objects on distant surfaces.


Jeep Recalling 206,668 Cherokee SUVs For Wiper Defect

September 1, 2015 10:39 am | by The Associated Press

The company says it's not aware of any accidents or injuries related to the issue.


Protein Could Create Ice Cream That Doesn't Melt

September 1, 2015 10:31 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Scientists said that in addition to improving ice cream's texture on a hot day, the protein could allow for longer storage and require less energy to both make and transport the product.


NASA Prepares For Mars With Year-Long Simulation In Hawaii

September 1, 2015 10:16 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The simulation will present the participants with the same inconveniences they would face on Mars -- recycled oxygen, canned food and almost no privacy.


New LED Material Could Dramatically Lower Production Costs

August 31, 2015 4:05 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Widespread adoption of LED technology, despite its dramatic energy savings, remained slow because of cost and quality issues. 



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