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In Battle For Coffee Pod Market, It's Keurig Vs. Recyclables

March 17, 2015 9:46 am | by Ellen Knickmeyer, The Associated Press | News | Comments

"In their current form, they're an environmental disaster."                               

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March Madness Could Cost Employers Nearly $2 Billion

March 17, 2015 9:33 am | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

From the time the tournament field of 68 was announced Sunday evening until the national champion is crowned April 6, millions of employees will spend work hours filling out brackets and watching tournament games.

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When Oil Prices Are Down, Worker Deaths Are Up In The Bakken

March 17, 2015 9:19 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Oil companies are dealing with high turnover, pay reductions, longer hours and heavier workloads.                         

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Autonomous Car Prepares For 3,500-Mile U.S. Road Trip

March 16, 2015 3:02 pm | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Companies both inside and outside the auto industry are experimenting with technologies that take more and more responsibilities away from the driver.                

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Lumber Liquidators To Provide Air Tests Following '60 Minutes' Report

March 16, 2015 2:50 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The report on "60 Minutes" earlier this month said samples of the company's laminate flooring made in China failed to meet California emissions standards for formaldehyde.                                                             

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In The News: Powdered Alcohol

March 16, 2015 2:49 pm | by Jesse Osborne, Editor, Food Manufacturing | News | Comments

Palcohol has been a popular topic in recent weeks, and the powdered alcohol product received approval from the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau last week.             

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Chemist's 3D Printer Could Revolutionize Drug Development

March 16, 2015 2:40 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

"There are many molecules in nature with some extraordinary natural properties that are incredibly hard to make and just aren't available to be purchased in a catalog."

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Obama Says He Is Prepared To Fight GOP Over Education

March 16, 2015 2:36 pm | by Nedra Pickler, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Obama said if the Republican budget doesn't reflect those priorities, they will have "a major debate."                         

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Toyota Wants Price Of Hydrogen Vehicle To Match Diesel Cars

March 16, 2015 1:42 pm | by Andy Szal, Digitlal Reporter | News | Comments

The Mirai uses hydrogen gas to generate electricity and leaves water vapor at its only exhaust. Toyota officials said the car can travel 300 miles between fuel-ups and would take less than five minutes to recharge.                       

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General Motors Ignition Switch Death Count Rises To 67

March 16, 2015 12:07 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Families of at least 67 people killed in crashes caused by defective General Motors ignition switches will get compensation from the company. Attorney Kenneth Feinberg, who was hired by GM to compensate victims, updated the total Monday.

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Industrial Output Edged Up In February

March 16, 2015 10:33 am | by Martin Crustinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The 7.3 percent surge in utility output reflected unusually cold weather in many parts of the country.                         

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GMO Divide Continues Despite USDA 'Workshop On Coexistence'

March 16, 2015 10:25 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

"Organic is the future of American agriculture."                                

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Engineering Newswire: Master Sword-Makers' Secrets Revealed

March 16, 2015 10:21 am | by Product Design & Development | Videos | Comments

This Engineering Newswire looks at taking aim with a next generation smart gun, moving forward with Musk’s Hyperloop plans and revealing the secrets of master sword makers.          

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Dow Signs On To Develop Massive Wind Farm

March 16, 2015 10:06 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | News | Comments

This recent move will make it the first company in the U.S. to power a manufacturing plant with renewable energy on such a grand scale.                  

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NY Manufacturing Index Slows In March

March 16, 2015 9:55 am | by Martin Crustinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The Federal Reserve Bank of New York said Monday that that its Empire State manufacturing index slipped to 6.9 in March from a reading of 7.8 in February.                

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Institute: China Now World's Third-Biggest Arms Exporter

March 15, 2015 10:06 pm | by Christopher Bodeen, The Associated Press | News | Comments

China had long been a major importer of weapons, mainly from Russia and Ukraine, but its soaring economy and the copying of foreign technology has largely reversed the trend.

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Indiana Man's Device Could Make Mine Rescues Faster, Safer

March 14, 2015 12:06 am | by Howard Greninger, The Associated Press | News | Comments

As part of a surface mine emergency team at Peabody Energy's Bear Run Mine, Jason A. Bradbury has trained to remove people off of heavy mining equipment in the event of a medical emergency or injury.                                     

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Top 10 ‘Ugliest’ Cars List

March 13, 2015 3:09 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Videos | Comments

Between conceptualizing, modeling, wind-tunneling, focus-grouping and marketing, it may be surprising to know that an auto industry spending billions in product development would release ugly cars.                                                

Study: Sound Waves Could Locate Dangerous Structural Problems

March 13, 2015 2:58 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Scottish researchers recently developed a system that could enable the discovery of dangerous structural weaknesses using only sound waves.                                                                                                           

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Tesla Announces Job Cuts In China

March 13, 2015 2:51 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | News | Comments

The amount of jobs in question is still unclear, but local newspapers are indicating that 180 to as many as 600 employees might lose their jobs.                                                                                              

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