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Obama To Announce $240M In New Pledges For STEM

March 23, 2015 10:16 am | by Darlene Superville, The Associated Press | News | Comments

At the White House Science Fair on Monday, Obama will announce more than $240 million in pledges to boost the study of those fields, known as STEM. This year's fair is focused on diversity.                                            

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Train Derailments In Texas, Colorado Cause Leaking Chemicals, Dumped Coal

March 23, 2015 10:05 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

While a crew worked Sunday to clean up the scene in Central Texas where the derailment of about a dozen train cars resulted in an industrial solvent leaking from one tanker, a train jumped its tracks in northern Colorado, dumping coal from more than two dozen cars.

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Infographic: 20 Amazing Water Facts

March 23, 2015 10:02 am | by Able Skills | News | Comments

The theme for 2015 World Water Day is "Water and Sustainable Development." It's about how water links to all areas we need to consider to create the future we want.                                                                      

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New Power Tech Will Help Exelon Save Millions Of Gallons Of Water A Day

March 23, 2015 9:38 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

Instead of water, each of the two plants will use two powerful air-cooled "Harriet" gas turbines and one air-cooled steam turbine developed by GE. “The technology uses the same cooling principle as the radiator in your car."          

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Branson: Virgin Teams ‘Working on Electric Cars’

March 20, 2015 4:25 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

This week, Branson, the billionaire founder of the sprawling Virgin Group, suggested a battle on the highways with Musk's Tesla electric car company could also be forthcoming.                                                             

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Tag Heuer To Make Smartwatches With Google And Intel

March 20, 2015 3:10 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Tag Heuer's version is expected to be ready at the end of the year. The companies did not say what it will look like or how much it will cost, but watches from the luxury timepiece maker typically cost $1,000 and up.                   

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Manufacturing’s Winner & Loser Of The Week

March 20, 2015 3:03 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | News | Comments

The winning title goes to a company for inventing a product that will benefit the manufacturing community, while the loser was forced to issue a recall of their product due to safety concerns.                                         

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The Chemistry Behind Craft Beer

March 20, 2015 2:54 pm | by Reactions | Videos | Comments

Drink up to this fun video about the chemistry that gives craft beers their many distinctive flavors.                                                                                                                                    

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Inside Google's New Self-Driving Car

March 20, 2015 2:48 pm | by USA Today | Videos | Comments

Marco della Cava got an exclusive look at Google's self-driving car.

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Amazon Gets FAA Certificate To Experiment With Drones

March 20, 2015 2:41 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The FAA said Thursday that under the provisions of the certificate, the flights must be conducted at 400 feet or below during daylight hours.                                                                                             

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Obama Administration Proposes Fracking Rules

March 20, 2015 2:34 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

"Current federal well-drilling regulations are more than 30 years old and they simply have not kept pace with the technical complexities of today’s hydraulic fracturing operations."                                                     

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Recalls Of The Week: Graco Pays The Piper

March 20, 2015 2:20 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Graco fined $10 million for response in largest child seat recall in U.S. history.                                                                                                                                                      

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FDA Approves Genetically Engineered Potatoes, Apples As Safe

March 20, 2015 2:10 pm | by Mary Clare Jalonick, Keith Ridler, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Food and Drug Administration on Friday approved the genetically engineered foods, saying they are "as safe and nutritious as their conventional counterparts."                                                                        

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Lawsuit Alleges High Levels Of Arsenic In Some Vino—Should We Drink On?

March 20, 2015 10:43 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Blogs | Comments

Talk about a bad wine pairing.

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GM CEO Barra To Be Questioned In Ignition-Switches Lawsuit

March 20, 2015 10:31 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Barra told Congress she learned about the defective switches in December 2013, a month before GM began recalling 2.6 million affected vehicles.                

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Europe Is Using So Much Solar Power That Today’s Eclipse Could Test Its Grid

March 20, 2015 10:00 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

Europe’s solar power installations now total around 90 gigawatts of capacity. Experts had predicted almost 34 gigawatts will gradually disappear from the system if Friday turns out to be a clear day.        

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Are You In Compliance? OSHA’s 10 Most Cited Violations

March 20, 2015 9:40 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor | News | Comments

By staying in compliance of the many regulations, manufacturers can be sure to reduce or even eliminate hazardous scenarios.                    

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Tesla Announces Charging System, Auto-Steering Feature

March 20, 2015 9:25 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

On Thursday, Musk unveiled a new software update that he said would make running out of charge unintentionally "basically impossible."                   

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Gauge Of U.S. Economy Up Modest 0.2 Percent In February

March 19, 2015 6:11 pm | by Martin Crutsinger, The AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The three indicators which subtracted from growth were weekly unemployment benefit applications, weekly manufacturing hours and the index for new orders tracked by the Institute for Supply Management.       

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Manufacturing In Philly Area Grows At Slightly Slower Pace

March 19, 2015 2:50 pm | by Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Economists partly blame the strong dollar, which makes U.S. exports overseas more expensive. It also makes imports cheaper, potentially undercutting U.S. goods.              

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