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The New Power Generation: This Fuel Cell System Could Spark A Revolution

July 22, 2014 10:44 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

Scientists in GE labs recently cracked an important conundrum involving one iteration of the technology called solid oxide fuel cell, or SOFC. The breakthrough allowed the company to start building a new pilot fuel cell manufacturing and development facility in upstate New York.

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Mazda Settles Employment Suit With Ex-Temp Workers

July 22, 2014 10:35 am | by Kyodo News International | News | Comments

Mazda Motor Corp. and 15 former temporary employees reached a settlement on Tuesday in a lawsuit over the car manufacturer's practice of denying workers regular employee status after long services as temp staff.       

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Lumber Company Announces Philadelphia Expansion

July 22, 2014 10:33 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Weyerhaeuser Co. is investing $57 million to modernize over the next three years at its softwood lumber mill in Philadelphia. Weyerhaeuser said in Monday's announcement the work will be done in phases. Plans are to install two continuous direct fired kilns and a new planer mill. In the last year...

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Why American Manufacturing Is Vital To Future Prosperity

July 22, 2014 10:16 am | by Hillary Schaub and Darrell M. West, Brookings | Blogs | Comments

Manufacturing supports the economies of local communities in ways that do not show up in national reports. It also accounts for a large percentage of R&D spending and American patents.                  

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China's Suspect Meat Scandal Spreads

July 22, 2014 9:24 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The scandal surrounding Husi Food, which is owned by OSI Group of Aurora, Illinois, has added to a string of safety scares in China over milk, medicines and other goods that have left the public wary of dairies, restaurants and other suppliers.                 

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Lawmakers Face Long To-Do List

July 22, 2014 8:21 am | News | Comments

With just two weeks before lawmakers' sacrosanct August break, progress is decidedly mixed on several must-pass items due to Capitol Hill partisanship, heightened by midterm elections and the Obama administration's conflicting signals to Congress.  

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Unilever Closing Ice Cream Factory In Florida

July 22, 2014 8:12 am | News | Comments

Consumer-goods giant Unilever is closing an ice cream factory in the Tampa Bay area and laying off roughly 210 people.                       

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Judge Says FDA Can't Use Tobacco Panel Menthol Report

July 22, 2014 8:07 am | by Michael Felberbaum, AP Tobacco Writer | News | Comments

While the agency has since conducted an independent review on the public health impact of menthol cigarettes, the ruling could hinder the FDA's ability to defend any future regulation of the minty smokes.             

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3D Printing For Aircraft Industry Takes Off

July 22, 2014 7:59 am | by Reuters | News | Comments

European aerospace manufacturer Airbus says its pioneering use of a 3D printed titanium bracket in its A350-XWB aircraft could herald a new future for aerospace production.                    

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China, Venezuela Deepen Economic Ties

July 22, 2014 7:56 am | News | Comments

Venezuela's socialist government has received roughly $50 billion from China in recent years, paying for the loans with petroleum exports.                   

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BlackBerry Appoints New COO

July 22, 2014 7:53 am | News | Comments

Beard starts immediately and will be responsible for such things as marketing, BlackBerry 10 app development and customer care and quality.                   

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Study: Beef Pollutes More Than Pork, Poultry

July 22, 2014 7:51 am | by Seth Borenstein, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

Compared with the other animal proteins, beef produces five times more heat-trapping gases per calorie, puts out six times as much water-polluting nitrogen, takes 11 times more water for irrigation and uses 28 times the land.         

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U.S. Craft Breweries See Growth Overseas

July 22, 2014 7:45 am | by Michael Felberbaum, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Helping to quench a growing thirst for American craft beer overseas, some of the United States' largest craft breweries are setting up shop in Europe, challenging the very beers that inspired them on their home turfs.                

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Environmental Groups Sue Over Steel Plant's Air Emissions Permit

July 22, 2014 7:41 am | by John Flesher, Associated Press | News | Comments

A state agency's decision to revise a Detroit-area steel plant's air quality permit will allow the facility to continue emitting too much pollution, environmental organizations said Monday in a lawsuit.               

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Design Will Be Central To Microsoft's Future

July 22, 2014 7:38 am | by Ryan Nakashima, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Microsoft is putting an emphasis on design excellence more than ever — to make its products more competitive with offerings from rivals Apple, Google, and Amazon and to prod its hardware making partners to dream up new, more innovative devices.    

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EPA Proposal Could Block Alaska Mine

July 21, 2014 4:02 pm | by Becky Bohrer, Associated Press | News | Comments

The announcement came as the EPA was being sued by Pebble Limited Partnership, the group behind the proposed Pebble Mine, and the state of Alaska for allegedly exceeding its authority.             

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Rhode Island Tied For Worst Jobless Rate

July 21, 2014 3:06 pm | News | Comments

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released unemployment rates for all 50 states on Friday. Rhode Island has had the highest rate in the U.S. for months.                           

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Nuke Dump Operator Got $1.9M Bonus After Fire

July 21, 2014 2:26 pm | News | Comments

The contractor that operates the federal government's underground nuclear waste dump in southeastern New Mexico received a $1.9 million bonus just five days after an underground truck fire closed the facility.                

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Pot Edibles Burgeoning Into An Industry

July 21, 2014 1:09 pm | by Lisa Rathke, Associated Press | News | Comments

Edibles and infused products such as snack bars, olive oils and tinctures popular with medical marijuana users have flourished into a gourmet market of chocolate truffles, whoopie pies and hard candies as Colorado and Washington legalized the recreational use of marijuana in the past year.

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NASA Renames Building For Armstrong

July 21, 2014 12:50 pm | by Malcolm Ritter, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

Armstrong, who died in 2012, was remembered at a ceremony Monday as not only an astronaut, but also as an aerospace engineer, a test pilot and university professor.                    

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