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

December 19, 2014 2:05 pm | 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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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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U.S. Agriculture Has Big Appetite For Cuba Trade

December 19, 2014 10:04 am | by Steve Karnowski, The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. agriculture has a big appetite for freer trade with Cuba. From wheat to rice to beans, the industry stands to be one of the biggest beneficiaries of President Barack Obama's plan to ease economic and travel restrictions imposed against the communist-ruled island. Agricultural exports have been among the...

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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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EPA Expected To Treat Coal Waste Like Garbage

December 19, 2014 9:42 am | by Dina Cappiello, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Environmentalists and industry experts widely expect the first federal standards for the waste generated from coal burned for electricity to treat the ash like household garbage, rather than a hazardous material. The Obama administration is under court order to unveil the rule Friday, ending a...

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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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CO2 Levels Reach All-Time High, But Growth Is Slowing

December 18, 2014 2:13 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Articles | Comments

First, the bad news: Global CO2 emissions from fossil fuels and industrial processes (cement and metal production) reached an all-time high in 2013. The upside? The rate of emission growth is slowing down for the second year in a row. In its annual, “Trends in Global CO2 Emissions,” PBL Netherlands...

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New EPA Regulations Impact Pump Industry

December 18, 2014 2:07 pm | by Nate Maguire | News | Comments

A new EPA ruling designed to protect aquatic life has created an opportunity within the water industry as more than 1,000 facilities affected by the ruling explore capital investments in equipment and operational adjustments to achieve compliance.The EPA estimates 2.1 billion fish, crabs and...

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Manufacturing Growth Slows In Philadelphia Region

December 18, 2014 1:47 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Manufacturing in the Philadelphia region grew at a much slower pace in December compared with the previous month. But the drop came after factory activity reached its highest levels in 21 years in November. The Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia says its index of regional factory activity...

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Toyota Boosting MI Research, Development

December 18, 2014 1:43 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Toyota Motor Corp. is further boosting its research and development work in southeastern Michigan. The automaker announced Thursday that it's investing $126 million in the expansion of its powertrain operations in Ann Arbor Township and consolidating vehicle development operations...

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6 Critical Considerations Before Moving APM Data To The Cloud

December 18, 2014 1:36 pm | by Dan Miklovic | Articles | Comments

At LNS Research, we have spoken extensively in the past about the relevance of the Cloud to all aspects of manufacturing, including Asset Performance Management (APM). There is no denying that Cloud technology is radically transforming the way enterprises collect and analyze the...

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Amazon Launches One Hour Shipping In Manhattan

December 18, 2014 12:19 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Amazon says it is offering one-hour delivery of thousands of basic products to its Prime customers in Manhattan. The online retail giant rolled out the service, known as Prime Now, to select areas of Manhattan on Thursday. It provides delivery of household products like paper towels, shampoo, books, toys...

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Workplace Safety Agency Cites NE Plant

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

Federal regulators have cited a Kearney manufacturing plant for workplace safety violations they say led to an employee suffering acute kidney failure. The Kearney Hub reports that Eaton Corp. faces a $7,000 fine for the July incident. A federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration inspection says the...

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Sony Cyberattack May Be Costliest Ever

December 18, 2014 11:40 am | by Bernard Condon, Eric Tucker, Mae Anderson, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The unprecedented hack of Sony Pictures which a U.S. official says is linked to North Korea may be the most damaging cyberattack ever inflicted on an American business. The fallout from the hack that exposed a trove of sensitive documents, and this week escalated to threats of terrorism, forced Sony to...

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