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Report: Hybrid, Electric Car Drivers Increasingly Switching To SUVs

April 21, 2015 3:16 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Director of Industry Analysis Jessica Caldwell said the report appears to show that "hybrid and EV owners are driven more by financial motives rather than a responsibility to the environment."  

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Chrysler Uses 3-D Printing To Improve Axles

April 21, 2015 3:06 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The company printed clear plastic versions of its axles and pinion carriers in order to evaluate oil flow within the parts.

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Federal Report Calls For Billions In Energy Infrastructure Upgrades

April 21, 2015 2:54 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The system, the report said, must be more capable of safely transporting fossil fuels and distributing energy from renewable sources.

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U.S. Business Group In China Urges More Transparency, Access

April 21, 2015 2:47 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The American Chamber of Commerce in China called Tuesday for more government transparency and fairness as the confidence of U.S. companies in the country's investment climate deteriorates.

Vermont Adopts GMO Labeling Rules

April 21, 2015 2:42 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Vermont passed the GMO labeling law, which would also prohibit marketing foods with genetically engineered ingredients as "natural," last year; the measure is scheduled to take effect on July 1, 2016.

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The Impossible To Describe Chevrolet-FNR Concept Car

April 21, 2015 2:37 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | News | Comments

The Chevrolet-FNR has a futuristic capsule design with crystal laser headlights and taillights, dragonfly dual swing doors, magnetic hubless wheel electric motors and a wireless auto-charge system.

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Muller LCS Introduces Octopus "1717C" Series Automatic Rotary Ring Stretch Wrapper

April 21, 2015 11:59 am | by Muller LCS | Product Releases | Comments

“We are always looking for ways to exceed customers’ expectations,” says Lawler. “The Octopus 1717 is an ideal automatic machine for manufacturers looking to increase productivity without compromising space and allowing the customer to stay within budget restraints.”

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Texas One Step Closer To Ending Local Fracking Bans

April 21, 2015 10:36 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Industry groups challenged some bans in court, but observers said a ban in Texas — the nation's largest oil producer — particularly piqued their concerns.

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Some Farmers Look To Capitalize On Non-GMO Market

April 21, 2015 10:32 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Genetically modified crops continue to gain prominence in the U.S. food market, but high grain inventories led to a recent drop in commodity prices. That, in turn, led to projections for 2015 of the lowest farm income levels in six years.

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The Most Expensive Regulation In Manufacturing History

April 21, 2015 10:14 am | by NAMvideo | Videos | Comments

The National Association of Manufacturers released a new study that states the ozone regulation under consideration by the EPA could cost manufacturing and the total U.S. economy $140 billion per year.

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Japan's Maglev Train Breaks Own Speed Record

April 21, 2015 9:36 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The fastest passenger train in the world has broken its own speed record at 603 kph.

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Japan Mulls 2018 Moon Landing

April 21, 2015 4:05 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Japan's space program has achieved some breakthroughs on a shoestring budget, crimped during years of economic stagnation, but has focused in the past mainly on small scientific projects.

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Blue Bell Creameries Issue Recall Of All Products

April 21, 2015 12:07 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The first recall in the family-owned creamery's 108-year history was issued last month after the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention linked ice cream contaminated with listeria to three deaths at a Kansas hospital.

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Halliburton Cuts 9K Jobs In Wake Of Oil's Drop

April 20, 2015 6:06 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. drilling activity has dropped by half since November, and energy companies are pressing Halliburton to reduce fees.

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Labor Group Seeks Rehiring Of Workers At 5 Wal-Mart Sites

April 20, 2015 3:43 pm | by Anne D'Innocenzio, AP Retail Writer | News | Comments

A union is asking labor regulators to go to court to force Wal-Mart to rehire all 2,200 employees affected by the abrupt temporary closing of five stores a week ago.

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Kraft Mac & Cheese Ditching Artificial Coloring

April 20, 2015 3:40 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

There has been a huge shift away from processed foods in the U.S. and larger food producers are trying to follow their customers in that direction.

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GM Ignition Switch Death Toll Rises To 87

April 20, 2015 3:27 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Attorney Kenneth Feinberg, who was hired by GM to compensate victims, updated the total Monday.

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Robotics And Medical Marijuana — A Joint Venture

April 20, 2015 3:23 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | News | Comments

While Potbotics’ technology aims to solve everyday issues for medical marijuana users, the company’s CEO, David Goldstein, says they also have a bigger goal: making cannabis more accepted in the medical community.

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Google Shaking Up Search Recommendations On Smartphones

April 20, 2015 3:19 pm | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Here are a few things to know about what's happening and why Google is doing it.

Why Elon Musk Nearly Sold Tesla To Google

April 20, 2015 2:56 pm | by Bloomberg News | Videos | Comments

In 2013 Elon Musk began negotiating a deal to sell a nearly bankrupt Tesla to Google. The deal is described in "Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future," due out May 19 from Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollins.

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