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Poll: Americans Evenly Divided on Fracking

March 27, 2015 | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

A recent nationwide poll showed Americans are evenly split between support and opposition for hydraulic fracturing in the U.S.

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Mental Exam Ordered for Man Accused in Beheading at Food Processing Plant

March 27, 2015 1:51 pm | by The Associated Press

A judge has ordered a mental competency exam for a man accused of beheading a co-worker at a food processing plant in Oklahoma.

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5 Problems With 3D Printing & How To Fix Them

March 27, 2015 1:31 pm | by Jeff Kowalski, Chief Technology Officer, Autodesk

Designers need to solve problems with new solutions, less effort, more results, greater expression, increased reliably and confidence, and good quality.

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Lawmakers Unhappy With New Fracking Rules

March 27, 2015 12:14 pm | by Kevin Freking, The Associated Press

Republican and Democratic lawmakers in the House have something in common: many issues with the Obama administration's new regulations requiring companies that drill for oil and natural gas to disclose chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing. 

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BMW Recalls Nearly 49K Motorcycles

March 27, 2015 9:39 am | by The Associated Press

BMW is recalling nearly 49,000 motorcycles in the U.S. and Canada because flanges that hold the rear wheel can crack if bolts are too tight.

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Picture of the Day: Toyota's New Beginning

March 26, 2015 3:57 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor

Toyota is putting the past and their sweeping recalls behind them — according to the company it is time to move forward.

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Feds Investigate Safety of Lumber Liquidators Flooring

March 26, 2015 1:55 pm | by The Associated Press

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said Wednesday it is investigating Lumber Liquidators Chinese-made laminate flooring following a national TV broadcast raised concerns over levels of formaldehyde.

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Ford Recalls 213,000 Police Vehicles

March 26, 2015 1:50 pm | by The Associated Press

Ford is recalling about 213,000 police vehicles in North America to fix springs that may not keep doors closed in a crash.

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Survey: Many in Plastics Industry Call for Improved Resins

March 26, 2015 1:42 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

A substantial portion of the plastics sector believes current resins are insufficient to meet industry needs, according to a recent poll.

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Union Head Confident Ohio City Will Keep Jeep Wrangler Line

March 26, 2015 10:45 am | by The Associated Press

The leader of a union that represents Jeep workers in Toledo said that he's confident that the city and state have put together a package that will convince Fiat Chrysler Automobiles against moving Jeep Wrangler production.

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Photo of the Day: Tesla's Appearance at Automate 2015

March 26, 2015 10:26 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor

Now that Automate and ProMat 2015 have come to a close, we thought we would share some quick takeaways from the shows. Unfortunately, Tesla did not set up a booth at Automate this year, but that didn’t mean that they didn’t have a presence at the show. 

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Republicans Lawmakers Target 'Micro-Unions'

March 26, 2015 9:43 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Republican lawmakers fired yet another salvo on federal labor regulators this month with the introduction of a proposal banning so-called "micro-unions."

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Toyota Outlines Growth Architecture After Lull From Recalls

March 26, 2015 9:21 am | by Yuri Kageyama, The Associated Press

Toyota Motor Corp. is ready to ramp up its growth again, emerging from an intentional soul-searching lull brought on by its massive global recall scandal that began in 2009.

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U.S. Steel to Idle Illinois Plant, Lay Off More Than 2,000

March 26, 2015 9:16 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

United States Steel Corp. announced it would temporarily idle a plant near St. Louis and issue layoff notices to its 2,080 workers.

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Report: Emissions Requirements, Fuel Cell Vehicles to Drive Increase in Global Hydrogen

March 25, 2015 3:28 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

A recently released report anticipates demand for cleaner transportation will substantially increase the global hydrogen market in the near future.

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Meet Sawyer, The One-Armed Collaborative Robot

March 25, 2015 3:03 pm | by GE Reports

Over the next five years the industry expects rapid adoption of collaborative robots in most major manufacturing markets. The adoption may be slow at first, as this is a new technology for many manufacturers and requires a new way of thinking about robots.

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Liquid Printer Turns 3D Manufacturing Upside Down

March 25, 2015 1:59 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group

The debut technology is a printer that uses their Continuous Liquid Interface Production (CLIP) technology, which builds material upward in a continuous stream.

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HJ Heinz Buying Kraft, Building a $28 Billion Food Giant

March 25, 2015 1:50 pm | by Michelle Chapman, The Associated Press

H.J. Heinz Co. is buying Kraft Foods, crating one of the largest food and beverage companies in the world with annual revenue of about $28 billion. 

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UAW Chief Rejects Lower Wage Tier

March 25, 2015 1:46 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The president of the United Auto Workers union rejected a new wage tier Wednesday after reports indicated U.S. automakers could float the idea during upcoming contract talks. 

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Mercedes Recalls 30,000 Cars to Fix Rear Tail Lamp Problem

March 25, 2015 10:39 am | by The Associated Press

Mercedes-Benz is recalling just over 30,000 CLS-Class cars in the U.S. because the LED tail lamps may not light properly on the sides.

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Jet Engine That Supercharged Aviation Now Powering World’s Fastest Ship

March 25, 2015 10:11 am | by GE Reports

The latest version of the LM2500 can produce up to 34 megawatts each and ramp up from zero to full power in just 10 minutes. Here are some of its applications.

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