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GOP Lawmaker Targets Obama Climate Plan

March 24, 2015 1:39 pm | by Matthew Daly, The Associated Press | Comments

Rep. Ed Whitfield of Kentucky unveiled a draft bill that would allow governors to veto compliance with the federal rule if the governor determines it would cause significant rate hikes for electricity or harm reliability in the state.

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Eurozone Stimulus Boosts Manufacturing

March 24, 2015 1:31 pm | by Pan Pylas, The Associated Press | Comments

The economy across the 19-country eurozone appears to be gaining momentum as a closely-watched survey Tuesday found business activity hit a near four-year high in March.

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Meet The Largest All-Electric Truck In Germany

March 24, 2015 10:16 am | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | Comments

The truck generates 11.8 tons less CO2 per year than a diesel equivalent, BMW said in a press release. The electric drive train also means that is quiet, and produces almost no particle pollution.

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How Drug Manufacturers Are Impacting The Death Penalty Debate

March 24, 2015 10:12 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Comments

Public pressure on drug manufacturers coupled with some companies’ opposition to the practice has cut off supplies, leading to shortages of the drugs used in lethal injections.

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Door Opens For Fracking Wildcatters in North Carolina

March 24, 2015 10:01 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

The legalization of fracking in North Carolina comes amid calls for restrictions on the practice from environmental advocates. New York last year become the first state with substantial shale deposits to ban fracking.

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Wilson To Purchase Louisville Slugger

March 24, 2015 9:46 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

Wilson Sporting Goods Co. announced Monday it would pay $70 million to acquire Louisville Slugger from Hillerich & Bradsby Co.

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Jet Engine That Supercharged Aviation Now Powering World’s Fastest Ship

March 24, 2015 9:42 am | by GE Reports | Comments

The latest version of the LM2500 can produce up to 34 megawatts each and ramp up from zero to full power in just 10 minutes. Here are some of its applications.

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Report: China Manufacturing At Lowest In Nearly A Year

March 24, 2015 12:07 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

The numbers signaled a "slight deterioration" in Chinese manufacturing, said the report, which found decreases in sub-indexes for new orders, new export orders and employment.

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Freedom Industries Pleads Guilty To Pollution Charges

March 23, 2015 6:09 pm | by John Raby, The Associated Press | Comments

An FBI affidavit says Freedom knew about critical flaws at its Charleston plant but never dealt with them. Federal investigators have said holes in a corroded tank's floor and roof likely helped cause the spill.

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Girls & Tech: Efforts To Encourage Young Women Into Programming

March 23, 2015 3:17 pm | by ABC News | Comments

ABC’s Lana Zak investigates the efforts being made to get more girls into technology fields.

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Farmers Fund Research To Breed Gluten-Free Wheat

March 23, 2015 2:53 pm | by Roxana Hegeman, The Associated Press | Comments

The hard science is aimed at developing new varieties of wheat at a time when the gluten-free industry is worth nearly a billion dollars a year in the U.S. alone.

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Chinese Tech Firms See Stocks Slide After Massive Debuts

March 23, 2015 2:44 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

Alibaba, whose $25 billion IPO set a record in September, saw its stock decline nearly 30 percent from its November record. The company is one of the seven Chinese dot-coms to remain trading above its initial price.

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Study: Electric Cars Could Alleviate Urban Heat

March 23, 2015 2:14 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

Scientists calculated that during the summer of 2012 in Beijing, replacing gas vehicles with electric cars could have reduced the heat island effect by nearly 1 degree Celsius.

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American, Russian Leave Earth This Week For Year In Space

March 23, 2015 2:10 pm | by Marcia Dunn, AP Aerospace Writer | Comments

This will be the longest space mission ever for NASA, and the longest in almost two decades for the Russian Space Agency, which holds the record at 14 months.

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Are You A GM Recall Waiting To Happen?

March 23, 2015 12:52 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO | Comments

So instead of sneering at the news out of the automotive sector, as recall numbers rise, take the experiences of these manufacturers as a cautionary tale. Could it happen to you? And if not, are you sure it couldn’t?

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Solar-Powered Plane Lands In Myanmar On Latest Leg

March 23, 2015 10:21 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

As the plane touches down in Mandalay, Myanmar's second-largest city, a band of hundreds of students played music and dancers performed a regional dance wearing elephant costumes decorated with gold and glass gems.                   

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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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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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