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Shell Sells Shale Gas Rights for $2.1B

August 14, 2014 10:52 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Royal Dutch Shell says it has agreed to sell drilling rights in shale formations in Louisiana and Wyoming for $2.1 billion in two transactions. Shell said Thursday that it will also receive drilling rights to ...      

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Why Particle Physics Matters To Manufacturing

August 14, 2014 10:48 am | by Mike Collins, Author, Saving American Manufacturing | Blogs | Comments

When you look at the big questions that science hopes to answer with particle physics, it’s hard to see the manufacturing implications at first. After World War II, scientists used large, high-powered accelerators to ...     

Natural Gas Plant in Western KY Canceled

August 14, 2014 10:19 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Kentucky Utilities and Louisville Gas & Electric have announced that plans for a natural gas power-generating plant in western Kentucky won't go forward. The Messenger-Inquirer reports the utilities announced on Tuesday that they were ...

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China Panel Fires Adviser Over Ties To Qualcomm

August 14, 2014 10:14 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

A panel that advises China's Cabinet on anti-monopoly policy has fired an economist who was paid to help prepare a report for Qualcomm, a U.S. company that is the target of a pricing investigation ...          

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Lenovo Profit Up On Mobile Growth

August 14, 2014 10:09 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Lenovo Group, the world's biggest personal computer maker, said Thursday its latest quarterly profit rose 23 percent on strong growth in sales of smartphones and other mobile devices. The company said ...         

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The IoT Uplink: Standards And Security In The Expanding Internet Of Things

August 14, 2014 9:57 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This latest episode of The IoT Uplink, a new video series examining all the factors driving, influencing and adding to the complexity of the Internet of Things movement, focuses on the growing need for standards and security in the IoT realm ...

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Could Consumers End Outsourcing?

August 14, 2014 9:39 am | by Alan Nicol, Executive Member, AlanNicolSolutions | Blogs | Comments

As an engineer, I lamented and mourned every time I witnessed an employer move a product line to another facility in a lower-cost region. As a business analyst I got to see some of the numbers and I could understand the decisions. As a process improvement agent, I knew ...

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Eli Lilly To Close Terre Haute Animal Enzyme Plant

August 14, 2014 7:30 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Drugmaker Eli Lilly and Co. says it will close its Elanco animal enzyme plant in Terre Haute by early 2016 as part of a consolidation push. Lilly spokesman Ed Sagebiel tells the Tribune-Star the Indianapolis-based company is consolidating all of its ...

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Apple Bans Use Of 2 Chemicals In iPhone Assembly

August 13, 2014 8:28 pm | by Michael Liedtke - AP Technology Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Apple is banning the use of two potentially hazardous chemicals during the final assembly of iPhones and iPads as part of the company's latest commitment to protect the factory workers who build its trendy devices. The decision announced Wednesday comes ...

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High-Res Photo Satellite Launched From California

August 13, 2014 5:25 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A satellite designed to produce high-resolution images of Earth from space was launched Wednesday from a military base on California's Central Coast. The commercial satellite known as Worldview-3 was sent into space atop an Atlas 5 rocket ... 

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Vera Bradley To Cut Manufacturing At Indiana Plant

August 13, 2014 4:27 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Vera Bradley plans to phase out a shift that about 150 people work at its New Haven plant in an effort to reduce manufacturing capacity and save on domestic costs. The producer of quilted accessories will cut about a quarter of the plant's manufacturing capacity by ...

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Why Women Leave Engineering Careers

August 13, 2014 12:59 pm | by American Psychological Association | News | Comments

Nearly 40% of women who earn engineering degrees quit the profession or never enter the field, and for those who leave, poor workplace climates and mistreatment by managers and co-workers are common reasons, according to research presented at the ...

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Louisiana Exports Up 9.3 Percent At Midyear

August 13, 2014 12:24 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Louisiana exports grew by 9.3 percent to $32.1 billion during the first half of the year. That's according to figures from the World Trade Center of New Orleans. The export growth — fueled by agriculture and oil and gas goods — enabled Louisiana to remain ...

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Kansas Plant Reopening After 'Pink Slime' Dispute

August 13, 2014 12:23 pm | by Roxana Hegeman, Associated Press | News | Comments

A shuttered Kansas processing plant that produced a treated ground beef product critics dubbed "pink slime" plans to reopen next week with limited operations amid rebounding sales, the company said Tuesday. Beef Products Inc. said ...    

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Jaguar Land Rover Recalling Nearly 41,000 Vehicles

August 13, 2014 12:18 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Jaguar Land Rover North America is recalling nearly 41,000 vehicles because the front air bag on the passenger's side might not work properly in a crash. Jaguar Land Rover, owned by India's Tata Motors, is recalling 17,066 LR2s from ...   

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Photos: OREO Surprises 50 Of America's Smallest Towns With Deliveries

August 13, 2014 12:09 pm | by OREO | News | Comments

OREO Mini is treating 50 tiny towns across America (one town in each state) to a mini delivery featuring the world's favorite cookie…only smaller ...                  

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DuBois Chemicals Acquires Angler Industries

August 13, 2014 12:03 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

DuBois Chemicals, Inc. has completed the acquisition of Angler Industries in Sterling, CT. The acquisition is a natural extension of the DuBois strategy to provide complete cleaning, metal working and surface treatment solutions for it’s diverse industrial customer base. The Angler acquisition will ...

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Amazon Debuts Mobile Payment App And Card Reader

August 13, 2014 11:54 am | by Mae Anderson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Amazon is taking direct aim at mobile payment systems such as Square by introducing the Amazon Local Register, a credit-card processing device and mobile app designed to help small business owners accept payments through ...     

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Rooting Out Skin Creams That Contain Toxic Mercury

August 13, 2014 11:48 am | by Michael Bernstein, American Chemical Society | News | Comments

As countries try to rid themselves of toxic mercury pollution, some people are slathering and even injecting creams containing the metal onto or under their skin to lighten it, putting themselves and others at risk for serious health problems. To find those most ...

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U.S. Businesses Boosted Stockpiles 0.4 Pct. In June

August 13, 2014 10:29 am | by Martin Crutsinger - AP Economics Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. businesses added to their stockpiles at a slightly slower pace in June compared with May, possibly reflecting weaker sales in the past two months. Business stockpiles increased 0.4 percent in June on a seasonally adjusted basis after a 0.5 percent gain in May, the Commerce Department said...

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