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Despite Recent Controversy, California Unlikely To Restrict Fracking

March 12, 2015 2:34 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

The Golden State appears unlikely to ban the practice of drilling for oil using fracking.                                                                                                                                                   

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Powdered Alcohol Gets Federal Approval

March 12, 2015 2:26 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Comments

Palcohol's go-ahead from the FDA is an about-face from the bureau's previous stance.                                                                                                                                                     

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Science Of Superheroes: Swedish Scientists Modified E.coli Bacteria To Manufacture Amazing Spider Silk

March 12, 2015 2:04 pm | by GE Reports | Comments

Scientists have proven that harvesting spider silk proteins from goat’s milk works. But a new crop of companies working to commercialize synthetic spider silk, such as Sweden’s Spiber Technologies AB, are moving beyond “spider goats.”                                                                                                             

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Collaborative Manufacturing Training: Q&A With Jeff Owens

March 12, 2015 1:48 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Comments

Advanced Technology Systems President Jeff Owens offers insight into how SkillPoint™ Training can create a more expert workforce.                                                                                                       

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How Can The Internet Improve Your Plant's Operations?

March 12, 2015 1:32 pm | by Amber Carpenter | Comments

For better or worse, the Internet is woven into our everyday lives. We go online for everything, from looking up movie trivia to booking dental appointments, to buying new homes.                                                        

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Chinese Stores, Websites Selling Apple Watch Knockoffs

March 12, 2015 12:21 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

Yes, this is already happening.

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NASA Set To Launch Four Spacecraft To Solve Magnetic Mystery

March 12, 2015 12:09 pm | by Marcia Dunn, The Associated Press | Comments

NASA is poised to send four identical spacecraft on a billion-dollar mission to study the explosive give-and-take of the Earth and sun's magnetic fields.                                                                                     

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3 Astronauts Return From 6 Months On International Space Station

March 12, 2015 12:06 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

A Soyuz capsule carrying two Russians and an American landed in Kazakhstan on Thursday, ending the astronauts' nearly six months aboard the International Space Station. The capsule carried Russians Alexander Samokutayev and Elena Serova and NASA's Barry Wilmore. They blasted off for...

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Rights Group: Big Brands Should Fight Labor Abuse

March 12, 2015 12:05 am | by Sopheng Cheang, The Associated Press | Comments

Leading clothing retailers such as Gap and H&M need to help alleviate labor abuses at factories in Cambodia that manufacture their products, a human rights organization said. New York-based Human Rights Watch said in a report released Thursday that a special...

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Oil Shipments To Resume In Pipeline That Broke Under River

March 11, 2015 8:44 pm | by Matthew Brown, The Associated Press | Comments

​A Wyoming company is preparing to resume oil shipments through a pipeline that broke and spewed 30,000 gallons of crude into Montana's Yellowstone River, even as most of the spilled oil remains unrecovered. Cleanup is on hold near the... 

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Meat Industry Fights New Dietary Proposal

March 11, 2015 8:35 pm | by Mary Clare Jalonick, The Associated Press | Comments

The meat industry is seeing red. Meat companies have tried to rehabilitate an image tarnished in recent years by health and environmental concerns. Now the industry is swiftly and aggressively working to discredit a proposal...       

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Chemical Regulations Act Gets A Major Reboot—But Not Everyone Is Applauding

March 11, 2015 8:28 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Comments

On Tuesday, a pair of Senators introduced a major reform bill that would overhaul the 39-year-old Toxic Substances Control Act. The bill  —called the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety Act for the 21st Century — was introduced...   

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Kochs Say No To Dems' Probe Into Climate Research Funding

March 11, 2015 8:17 pm | by Dina Cappiello, The Associated Press | Comments

The industrial conglomerate run by the billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch is refusing to provide Democratic lawmakers with information on whether it has paid for climate change research. Last month, three Democratic senators sent 100 letters to...

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Senator Faces Scrutiny Over Sweeping Chemical Bill

March 11, 2015 4:08 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall and a Senate colleague have introduced a bill that would overhaul 40-year-old federal regulations that govern the nation's chemical industry. The bill submitted Tuesday and co-sponsored by Udall, a New Mexico Democrat, and Sen. David Vitter,...

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State Economy Paying The Price For Tax Plan Intended To Save Business

March 11, 2015 2:11 pm | by David Eggert, The Associated Press | Comments

On a Tuesday morning in October 2010, a beaming Gov. Jennifer Granholm and executives of the Detroit Three automakers walked into a meeting of Michigan's economic development board to announce the final pieces of an agreement to head off thousands of company...

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Toledo Finalizing Incentives Package To Keep Jeep Plant

March 11, 2015 1:18 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Toledo officials are finalizing an incentives package this week in an effort to keep Jeep Wrangler production in the northwest Ohio city. The city hasn't released details on what it will offer to Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, but Toledo's development director tells The Blade...

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U.S. Wholesale Stockpiles Increase, Sales Sink In January

March 11, 2015 1:09 pm | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | Comments

U.S. wholesale businesses increased their stockpiles by a modest amount in January as sales plunged by the largest amount in six years. Stockpiles held by wholesale businesses rose 0.3 percent in January after no change in December and a 0.8 percent November...

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Manufacturing Snapshot Of The Week: Rally Against Right-To-Work

March 11, 2015 1:00 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Comments

Monday morning marked Wisconsin’s official initiation into the group of 25 “right-to-work” states. The “right-to-work” status outlaws the mandatory payment of union dues in an effort to boost economic competition. The Wisconsin Legislature voted at the end of February, pushing...

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Duke Energy Fined $25 Million Over Coal Ash Pollution

March 11, 2015 12:51 pm | by Mitch Weiss, The Associated Press | Comments

North Carolina environmental officials said Tuesday that they are fining Duke Energy $25 million over pollution that has been seeping into groundwater for years from a pair of coal ash pits at a retired power plant. The state Department of Environment and Natural Resources called...

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Report: Robotic Welding To Grow Sharply By 2020

March 11, 2015 12:45 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

A newly released report expects revenues for the robotic welding market to increase by nearly 40 percent as emerging nations gain awareness of its potential benefits. According to the analysis by Frost & Sullivan, the robotic welding market earned revenues...

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