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VW Official: Automaker May Revive 'Bus'

April 23, 2015 10:17 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A member of Volkswagen's board recently disclosed that the German automaker is working on an electric version of its iconic "bus" that could revive the model for the first time since 2013.

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RS Components: Profile And Q&A With A Leading Distributor

April 23, 2015 10:00 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Supply Chain Solution Architect Matthew Ling asserts, “It is this willingness to engage with new techniques and adapt our internal culture to suit a multi-channel approach that sets us apart in our industry.”

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Critics Question Gulf Drilling Activity Five Years After BP Spill

April 23, 2015 9:24 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

“There is a management culture that wants to make money," former BP executive Kevin Lacy told the AP. "It counts speed over reliability."

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Volvo Prepares To Send 'Made In China' Cars To U.S.

April 23, 2015 8:09 am | by Joe Mcdonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Americans are comfortable enough buying Chinese-made products that the location of Volvo's factory is unlikely to matter so long as the company maintains its quality standards, said industry analyst Yale Zhang of Auto Foresight, a Shanghai research firm.

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EU Executive Body Wants Member States To Rule On GM Crop Ban

April 22, 2015 3:42 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Giving nations the possibility to opt out from EU laws goes counter to many EU initiatives, which traditionally seek a common stance on EU policies.

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Obama Administration, Tech Companies Hope To Bring Environmental Data To The Cloud

April 22, 2015 3:30 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Under agreements struck with Amazon, Google, IBM, Microsoft and the Open Cloud Consortium, data alliances anchored by each of those partners will research methods to provide easy public access to data collected by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

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Trek Issues Recall Over Wheel Issue

April 22, 2015 3:24 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The recall follows three accidents involving the quick-release lever, one of which reportedly resulted in paralysis.

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Manufacturing Snapshot of the Week: Twitter Celebrates Earth Day

April 22, 2015 3:20 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Check out the breathtaking photo exchange happening on Twitter in honor of Earth Day.

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Food Companies Mark Earth Day With Lobbying Effort

April 22, 2015 3:13 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Ceres, a nonprofit group focused on sustainability issues, organized the Earth Day lobbying effort by a slew of Fortune 500 companies, including Kellogg, Unilever, PepsiCo, Starbucks, Nestle and Mars.

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Jaguar Land Rover Is Furious Over Chinese Knockoff

April 22, 2015 3:04 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

“There are no laws to protect us, so we have to take it as it is," Jaguar Land Rover CEO Ralph Speth told reporters.

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U.S. Postal Service Considering Drone Fleet

April 22, 2015 2:59 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The USPS plans to issue a request for proposals from the finalists next month, then award contracts to build prototype vehicles.

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Made Here: The Business Outlook For U.S. Manufacturing

April 22, 2015 10:22 am | by Scott Anderson, Ph.D., Senior Vice President and Chief Economist, Bank of the West | News | Comments

Despite the relatively high costs associated with U.S. production, economic indicators demonstrate that the manufacturing sector is showing healthy growth. Seven years after the financial crisis, U.S. manufacturers are now out-performing the economy overall.

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Hubble Telescope Marking 25th Anniversary In Orbit

April 22, 2015 10:16 am | by Marcia Dunn, AP Aerospace Writer | News | Comments

"Hubble has become part of our culture — very much," said NASA's science mission chief, John Grunsfeld, a former astronaut who flew on the final three Hubble repair missions.

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Study Links Swarm Of Quakes In Texas To Natural Gas Drilling

April 22, 2015 10:03 am | by Seth Borenstein, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

In 84 days from November 2013 to January 2014, the area around Azle, Texas, shook with 27 magnitude 2 or greater earthquakes, while scientists at Southern Methodist University and the U.S. Geological Survey monitored the shaking.

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Report Details Potential Uses Of Drones In Disaster Relief

April 22, 2015 9:44 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Drones equipped with cameras could enable workers to see developments in real time and help find survivors, deliver supplies, track flooding or other dangers and inform decisions about where to establish relief operations on the ground.

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These Bright Lights Could Show You The Quickest Way Around Town

April 22, 2015 9:37 am | by Ki Mae Heussner, GE Reports | News | Comments

New “intelligent” LED streetlights combined with sensors generating oodles of data and cloud analytics could soon start delivering genuine street smarts and savings.

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Senate Panel To Back Fast-Track Trade Bill

April 22, 2015 9:31 am | by Charles Babington, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Obama wants fast-track powers to help push free-trade proposals such as the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership.

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3 Trends Driving Growth In The Interconnected Auto And Chemicals Markets

April 22, 2015 9:21 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | News | Comments

What’s driving up demand? Here are the three trends that will spell growth for cars and chemicals in the coming years.

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Review: A Week With The Apple Watch

April 21, 2015 3:27 pm | by Bloomberg News | Videos | Comments

The Apple Watch is a huge new release for the company. Bloomberg's Josh Topolsky spent a week with the new watch and can tell you if it's worth your money.

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Low Wages, Trade Deals Luring Auto Plants And Jobs To Mexico

April 21, 2015 3:19 pm | by Tom Krisher, Christopher Sherman, The Associated Press | News | Comments

In the past two years, eight automakers have opened or announced new plants or expansions in Mexico.

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