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Global Oil Impact: Who's Hurting, Happy, Hopeful

December 19, 2014 | by Jonathan Fahey, AP Energy Writer | News | Comments

Oil's plunge is spreading both pain and gain across the globe. The price of a barrel has fallen by about half since June, punishing the economies of some major exporters. Russia's currency has nose-dived, for instance, and investors worry Venezuela could default on its...

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Industrial Cybersecurity Expert: Not Enough Is Being Done

December 19, 2014 4:47 pm | by International Society Of Automation | News | Comments

Inadequate training and a culture of complacency among many owners and operators of critical infrastructure are significantly raising the risks of highly damaging cyberattack throughout the world. That’s the viewpoint expressed by Steve Mustard, an industrial cybersecurity subject-matter expert of the International Society of...

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Year After WV River Spills, Execs Face Charges

December 19, 2014 3:57 pm | by Jonathan Mattise, The Associated Press | News | Comments

When state inspectors arrived at Freedom Industries asking about a licorice smell enveloping West Virginia's capital city, the point person at the tank farm, Dennis P. Farrell, told them he knew nothing about a chemical leak. He seemed to brush off cause for concern over the odor in January. It was the...

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Obama Declares 2014 'A Breakthrough Year For America'

December 19, 2014 3:41 pm | by Julie Pace, AP White House Correspondent | News | Comments

President Barack Obama said Friday that 2014 has been "a breakthrough year for America," putting aside the fits and starts of the past 12 months to focus on achievements and the prospect of compromise with his political foes who are taking control of Congress. "My presidency is entering the...

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Obama: Keystone Offers Little Benefit To Consumers

December 19, 2014 3:37 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama downplayed the benefits of building the Keystone XL pipeline from Canada. He said it would not lower gasoline prices and argued more jobs would be created by repairing America's infrastructure. He said the pipeline would mainly benefit Canadian oil companies that need to get...

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Siena Poll Indicates NY Split On Fracking

December 19, 2014 3:32 pm | by David Klepper, The Associated Press | News | Comments

New Yorkers remain divided over hydraulic fracturing for natural gas as the state prepares to outlaw the drilling process, according to a Siena College poll released Friday. The survey found that 38 percent oppose fracking and 35 percent support it. Support for fracking was highest among Republicans and in...

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Chrysler To Recall About 288K Ram Pickup Trucks

December 19, 2014 2:27 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Chrysler is recalling about 288,000 older Ram pickup trucks in North America and elsewhere because the rear axle can seize or the drive shaft can fall off. The recall covers Ram 1500 pickups from the 2005 model year. Chrysler says in documents posted Friday by U.S. safety regulators that the...

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Using Big Data From The IoT To Predict Machine Failure

December 19, 2014 2:24 pm | by Aurimas Adomavicius | Articles | Comments

Leveraging Big Data to predict downtime on the manufacturing floor is something we’ve been spending a lot of time on in our labs. In reality, interpreting Big Data in manufacturing is a highly complex process that involves an interconnected fleet of data producing machines, overwhelming amounts of data, transformation...

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More Job Losses For The Oil Industry

December 19, 2014 2:20 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

Lower oil prices are buoying Louisiana's fishermen, but putting the squeeze on others. Manuel Bojorquez reports on the threat to jobs in the state's oil industry and the impact of the steadily falling oil prices. Some reports say that job losses are offset by hiring in other industries...

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The Future Of Agriculture? Indoor Farms Powered By LEDs

December 19, 2014 2:15 pm | by GE Reports | News | Comments

A warehouse full of lettuce might not be the first place you would expect to find the next Industrial Revolution. But follow the LED lights and you’ll discover a glimpse of the future of agriculture — industrial-scale, indoor farming. Advances in LED technology are helping to create an environmental...

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Residents Cheer Workers At Shuttering Maine Mill

December 19, 2014 2:10 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Residents of a Maine town greeted workers at a shuttering paper mill with cheers and applause as the employees were leaving their final shifts at the facility. Maine Public Broadcast Network reports that hundreds of people gathered outside the Verso Paper mill in Bucksport on Wednesday afternoon as...

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Aging Farmer Population Threatens U.S. Food Supply

December 19, 2014 2:08 pm | by The Lempert Report | News | Comments

As the farmer population continues to age, young farmers face land availability and start-up costs as obstacles in becoming the next generation of farmers. However, First Generation Farmers, a Non-Profit organization is teaching young people to farm and is this week's featured food world innovator in...

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NASA's Orion Spacecraft Returns After Test Flight

December 19, 2014 11:52 am | by Marcia Dunn, AP Aerospace Writer | News | Comments

NASA's experimental Orion spacecraft left Florida by rocket and returned by truck. The capsule arrived back at Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Thursday. It rocketed into orbit Dec. 5, traveling 3,600 miles into space on an unmanned test flight that proved to be a great success. NASA plans to use future models...

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Realities Of IL Spawns Manufacturing Growth, Opportunities

December 19, 2014 11:24 am | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director | Articles | Comments

Daniel Goff, of Illinois’ Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity, understands some of his home state’s perception issues as he works to bring more manufacturing to the region. However, he also understands many of the benefits that numerous global companies have realized in opening new...

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Sony Hack Adds To Security Pressure On Companies

December 19, 2014 9:56 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Faced with rising cybercrime like the attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment, companies worldwide are under pressure to tighten security but are hampered by cost and, for some, reluctance to believe they are in danger. The Sony attack, which U.S. officials blamed on North Korea, was unusual...

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3D Printed Cookies Just In Time For The Holidays

December 19, 2014 9:50 am | by Reuters | Videos | Comments

A Spanish company has combined technology with cuisine to develop the 'Foodini', a 3D printer designed to print the perfect cookie for Santa. Lynette Kucsma, co-founder of Natural Machines, says this will inspire people at home to make fresher cookies without supermarket preservatives and...

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Honda Opens Museum, Training Facility

December 19, 2014 9:35 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Honda is opening a new training facility in central Ohio, along with a museum that pays tribute to the automaker's history in North America over a half a century. The company unveiled the $35 million Honda Heritage Center on Thursday in Marysville, where its North American operations are...

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Group Challenges Timber Producer's 'Green' Label

December 19, 2014 9:24 am | by Jeff Barnard, The Associated Press | News | Comments

A watchdog group is challenging the environmentally friendly "green lumber" certification for Plum Creek Timberlands, one of the nation's biggest landowners and timber producers. The Center for Sustainable Economy, based in Lake Oswego, Oregon, filed the complaint Thursday with a nonprofit group...

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Anheuser-Busch Subsidiary Expanding In MO

December 18, 2014 5:23 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Anheuser-Busch will spend $150 million to expand the facility for its subsidiary, Metal Container Corp., in the St. Louis suburb of Arnold, creating about 70 new jobs and doubling the brewer's aluminum bottle capacity in the United States. Plans for the expansion were announced...

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U.S. Congress Passes Bipartisan Bill To Confront Rising Risks Of Cyberattack

December 18, 2014 5:05 pm | by Automation Federation | News | Comments

The United States Congress earlier this week took an important step forward to better protect America from the increasing risks of industrial cyberattack when it approved The Cybersecurity Enhancement Act of 2014. The bipartisan bill—which now goes to President Obama to be signed into law—is designed to...

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Gauge Of U.S. Economy Rises 0.6% In Nov

December 18, 2014 2:19 pm | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

An index designed to predict the future health of the economy posted a third straight solid gain in November. The Conference Board said Thursday that its index of leading indicators increased 0.6 percent last month, matching the revised October gain. The October reading had originally...

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