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U.K. Professor: Women Don’t Understand Science Behind Fracking

October 26, 2015 2:55 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Averil Macdonald, an emeritus professor at the University of Reading and the newly appointed chair of United Kingdom Onshore Oil and Gas, told The Times of London that many U.K. women likely ended their study of science at age 16 and “don’t understand” the science behind hydraulic fracturing.


USDA Panel Backs Monsanto's Genetically Modified Corn

October 26, 2015 2:39 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The new corn variety would reportedly protect against worms that attack the plant's root systems, as well as resist the common herbicide glyphosate.


Lawmakers Accuse ExxonMobil Of Downplaying Climate Data

October 26, 2015 10:55 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Two Democratic congressmen are asking the Justice Department to investigate ExxonMobil over the petroleum giant's climate change research from the 90s.


Report: Europe A Model For Government Promotion Of Low-Carbon Manufacturing

October 26, 2015 10:50 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

A newly released analysis says that although the global manufacturing sector is developing more environmentally friendly practices, government mandates are needed to broadly accelerate those efforts.


United Auto Workers, General Motors Reach Contract Agreement

October 26, 2015 10:46 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer

The UAW said the agreement was reached at 11:43 p.m. Sunday, 16 minutes before the deadline it had set to either reach an agreement or call a strike at GM's U.S. plants.


Lumber Liquidators To Pay Record Fine Over Illegal Timber

October 26, 2015 9:46 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The penalty includes criminal and civil fines, along with payments to the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and its Rhinoceros and Tiger Conservation Fund.


Tech Companies Face Rocky Road On The Way To Making Cars

October 23, 2015 2:30 pm | by Bree Fowler, AP Technology Writer

As tech giants like Google and Apple look to automobiles as the next frontier for innovation, they face a looming reality: Cars are a lot harder to manufacture and sell than smartphones.


Report: Kellogg In Talks To Acquire Diamond

October 23, 2015 2:22 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Although Kellogg is primarily known for cereal brands such as Corn Flakes, Rice Krispies and Froot Loops, the Post reports that snacks now account for more sales than breakfast foods.


Wisconsin City Looks To Move On From GE Plant

October 23, 2015 2:16 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

GE last month announced that it would build a new state-of-the-art gas engine plant north of the border and close the more than 100-year old plant in a Milwaukee suburb.


Ben & Jerry's, New Belgium Introduce Beer-Flavored Ice Cream

October 23, 2015 2:12 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The ice cream concoction — named Salted Caramel Brown-ie Ale — will feature ale-flavored ice cream with fudge brownies and ribbons of caramel.


Growth In Mexican Auto Industry Creates Opportunities, Challenges For U.S. Suppliers

October 23, 2015 2:04 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

American auto suppliers that are considering joining the burgeoning Mexican automotive sector need to make decisions in short order, according to a leading industry consultant.


Caterpillar Weighed Down By Slowing Global Economic Growth

October 23, 2015 10:41 am | by The Associated Press

The construction and mining equipment maker lowered its full-year earnings forecast with expectations that the costs of restructuring the company will rise sharply.


Report: VW Discounts Double The U.S. Average Following Emissions Scandal

October 23, 2015 10:34 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The price cuts are particularly focused on selling gasoline-fueled cars in the U.S. after the company was forced to pull many diesel vehicles — which accounted for 20 percent of sales — from its lots.


Moody’s Cuts Oil Price Forecast

October 23, 2015 10:25 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Moody's said that U.S. oil production only recently began to wane following months of declining oil rig counts.


Feds Offer First Guidelines For Pesticides On Marijuana Plants

October 22, 2015 2:35 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

As Colorado and other states authorized the recreational use of marijuana in recent years, newly legal growing operations found little guidance regarding their use of pesticides to ward off mites or mold.


UAW Approves New Contract With Fiat Chrysler

October 22, 2015 2:13 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer

UAW members at Fiat Chrysler's U.S. factories voted 77 percent in favor of the agreement, the union said. The contract covers 40,000 workers at 23 U.S. factories.


U.S. Reports 8 Deaths, 98 Injuries From Exploding Air Bags

October 22, 2015 2:07 pm | by Marcy Gordon and Tom Krisher, AP Business Writers

About 23.4 million Takata driver and passenger air bag inflators have been recalled on 19.2 million U.S. vehicles sold by 12 auto and truck makers.


VW Suspends Fifth Executive Over Emissions Crisis

October 22, 2015 1:18 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Frank Tuch is the fifth executive to be suspended in connection with the controversy, and an indication that probes into the scandal are still focused on top VW officials with direct oversight of diesel engines.


Proposal Would Delay Rail Safety Requirement By Three Years

October 22, 2015 12:06 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Most railroads indicated earlier this year that they would not be ready to implement PTC on time, and federal transportation officials said that the companies could cease carrying some cargo — such as volatile crude oil from fracking — citing safety concerns.


GM Plans 2nd Detroit-Hamtramck Plant Shift, 1,200 Added Jobs

October 22, 2015 10:17 am | by The Associated Press

GM says Thursday the new shift will increase the plant's workforce to about 2,800 and is needed to meet anticipated demand for vehicles made at the plant. 



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