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U.S. Navy To Deploy First Electromagnetic Railgun At Sea

April 21, 2014 2:06 pm | by U.S. Navy | Comments

EM railgun technology uses an electromagnetic force — known as the Lorenz Force — to rapidly accelerate and launch a projectile between two conductive rails. This guided projectile is launched at such high velocities that it can achieve greater ranges than conventional guns.

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Apple Going Green With Free Recycling, Renewable Energy

April 21, 2014 1:59 pm | Comments

Among other things, the Cupertino, Calif., company is increasing its reliance on solar and wind power while sending less electronic junk to landfills.                                         

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NASA's 'Robonaut' Finally Getting Its Space Legs

April 21, 2014 1:28 pm | by Marcia Dunn, AP Aerospace Writer | Comments

With legs, the 8-foot Robonaut will be able to climb throughout the 260-mile-high outpost, performing mundane cleaning chores and fetching things for the human crew.                           

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Gauge Of U.S. Economy Up

April 21, 2014 10:47 am | Comments

A measure of the U.S. economy's health rose in March for the third consecutive month, a sign of stronger growth after harsh winter weather caused the economy's pace to slow.              

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Court Won't Block Ruling In Patent Case

April 21, 2014 10:30 am | by Sam Hananel, Associated Press | Comments

Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts on Friday declined to temporarily block a lower court ruling that opens the world's best-selling multiple sclerosis drug to competition from generic rivals next month.           

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Why Are Americans Obsessed With Missing Malaysia Plane?

April 21, 2014 10:12 am | by Margie Mason, Associated Press | Comments

From the beginning, the story has bubbled with enough drama to rival a good Hollywood whodunit. And even though it unfolded on the other side of the world with only three Americans on board, many were sucked in anyway.        

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Albuquerque Leaders Propose Site For Tesla

April 21, 2014 9:49 am | Comments

Some Albuquerque leaders are suggesting a site on the city's west side as a location for Tesla Motors' planned new plant to manufacture batteries for its electric cars.               

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UAW Withdraws Volkswagen Vote Appeal

April 21, 2014 8:29 am | by Erik Schelzig, Associated Press | Comments

In a Monday statement, the UAW says it will instead focus on a congressional investigation into an anti-unionization campaign by Republican politicians and outside groups.                

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Documents Detail Delayed GM Saturn Recall

April 21, 2014 8:23 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | Comments

GM waited years to recall nearly 335,000 Saturn Ions for power steering failures despite getting thousands of consumer complaints and more than 30,000 warranty repair claims, according to government documents released Saturday.       

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Study Says Fuels From Corn Waste Not Better Than Gas

April 21, 2014 8:10 am | by Dina Cappiello, Associated Press | Comments

The conclusions deal a blow to what are known as cellulosic biofuels, which have received more than a billion dollars in federal support but have struggled to meet volume targets mandated by law.           

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Kraft Recalls 96K Pounds Of Oscar Mayer Wieners

April 21, 2014 8:05 am | Comments

Kraft Foods is recalling 96,000 pounds of its Oscar Mayer wieners because they may mistakenly contain cheese.                         

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Fiat And Chrysler Building 3 Jeep Models In China

April 21, 2014 8:02 am | Comments

Fiat and Chrysler announced plans to build three new Jeep models in China for that market, the biggest for the vehicles outside the U.S., as they attempt to boost sales in a country where they lag behind their competitors.      

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TreeHouse Foods Buys Protenergy For About $150M

April 21, 2014 7:58 am | Comments

TreeHouse Foods is buying private label food and beverage company Protenergy Natural Foods for 170 million Canadian dollars (about $150 million).                    

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Ammunition Plant Explosion Ruled Accidental

April 21, 2014 7:53 am | Comments

The deadly explosion at a McEwen ammunition plant was accidental, according to a preliminary investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.                

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GM To Boost China Production Capacity To 5M

April 21, 2014 7:49 am | Comments

The president of General Motors said Sunday that the company and local partners are boosting production capacity for GM-brand vehicles in China to 5 million.                 

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Advice To Democrats: Don't Say 'Recovery'

April 18, 2014 3:20 pm | by David Espo, AP Special Correspondent | Comments

Election-year memo to Democratic candidates: Don't talk about the economic recovery. It's a political loser.                           

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Largest U.S. Solar Farm On Superfund Site Is Online

April 18, 2014 2:19 pm | by Rick Callahan, Associated Press | Comments

The nation's largest solar farm built atop a federal Superfund site is now generating power on a tract of land in Indianapolis tainted by a long-shuttered plant's wood-treating operations.                 

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Manufacturing.net Rewind: More Trouble For GM; GE's First Micro-Factory

April 18, 2014 2:15 pm | Comments

Check out some of this week's top headlines from across Manufacturing.net, from the fallout from a lawsuit against GE picking Louisville for its micro-factory to an explosion and fire at a Tennessee ammunition plant.        

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Appeals Court Rejects Challenge To Cement Plant Pollution Standard

April 18, 2014 12:35 pm | Comments

The Natural Resources Defense Council and other environmental groups had argued that the standard weakened an earlier EPA rule for cement plants that the industry had successfully challenged.            

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Chobani To Expand Offerings

April 18, 2014 11:57 am | Comments

Chobani plans to expand beyond its Greek yogurt cups this summer as it faces intensifying competition in the fast growing category.                      

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