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Tesla Denies Reports About Gigafactory Construction Delay

March 9, 2015 3:32 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Electric-car maker Tesla Motors is denying reports that construction has been delayed on its gigafactory about 15 miles east of Reno. The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), in an online job posting, says the project has been delayed at this time...

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Lost Film About The Jet Engine’s Top Secret Origins Found In GE Archives

March 9, 2015 3:25 pm | by GE Reports | Comments

In 1942, a group of GE engineers working in secret for ten months built America’s first jet engine. Their mission was to win the war, but they ended up shrinking the world. “They called us the Hush-Hush Boys,” Joseph Sorota, a veteran of the project told...

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Food Groups Call On Congress To Reject Fees In Obama Budget

March 9, 2015 3:20 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

Nearly 60 food production groups called on Congress to reject millions in proposed registration and inspection fees included in President Obama's latest budget. In a letter to House and Senate appropriations committee leadership, the groups instead sought additional funding...

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Goodyear’s Concept Tires To Help Power Electric Cars

March 9, 2015 2:19 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Comments

Goodyear has announced a new concept tire that can convert heat into energy and, in turn, can power an electric car. Named the BH03 and unveiled at the 2015 Geneva International Auto Show, the tire is designed to collect heat into the tire in a few...

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Alcoa To Acquire Titanium Producer, Expand Aerospace Operations

March 9, 2015 2:12 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

Aluminum producer Alcoa will pay $1.5 billion in stock to acquire titanium company RTI International Metals, the company announced Monday. The deal continues Alcoa's move away from its traditional production role, which suffered amid low aluminum prices, in favor of more...

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GM Ignition Switch Death Count Rises To 64

March 9, 2015 12:17 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Families of at least 64 people killed in crashes caused by defective General Motors ignition switches will get compensation from the company. Attorney Kenneth Feinberg, who was hired by GM to compensate victims, updated the total Monday. It was up from 57 last week. An additional...

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Report: Workers’ Comp Benefits Cut In Most States

March 9, 2015 10:47 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

A majority of states took steps to reduce workers’ compensation benefits over the last 12 years, according to a sweeping investigative report from National Public Radio and ProPublica. As a result, employers paid workers’ comp insurance rates at their lowest levels since the 1970s, while workers...

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Exploring A Longer Life Cycle For Batteries

March 9, 2015 10:00 am | by Arizona State University | Comments

Lithium-ion batteries are common in consumer electronics. They are one of the most popular types of rechargeable batteries for portable electronics, with a high energy density, no memory effect and only a slow loss of charge when not in use. Beyond consumer electronics, lithium-ion batteries...

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Obama To Announce Effort To Boost High-Tech Training, Hiring

March 9, 2015 9:55 am | by Jim Kuknhenn, The Associated Press | Comments

President Barack Obama is focusing on high-tech jobs in his bid to make progress on stagnant wages in this country. Obama has obtained commitments from more than 300 employers as well as local governments in 20 regions of the country to train and hire high technology workers...

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Obama's Pro-Trade Allies Fight Claims About China's Currency

March 9, 2015 4:15 am | by Charles Babington, The Associated Press | Comments

Supporters of President Barack Obama's trade agenda are battling opponents' demands to bar China from keeping its currency value artificially low, a way to subsidize exports. The accusations frustrate and challenge Obama's allies on several fronts. First, they say, it's not...

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Solar-Powered Plane Takes Off For Flight Around The World

March 9, 2015 12:15 am | by Aya Batrawy, The Associated Press | Comments

A Swiss solar-powered plane took off from Abu Dhabi early Monday, marking the start of the first attempt to fly around the world without a drop of fuel. Solar Impulse founder André Borschberg was at the controls of the single-seater when it took off from the...

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VT Farms Monitor Storage Conditions By Cellphone

March 7, 2015 1:13 pm | by Lisa Rathke, The Associated Press | Comments

Temperature fluctuations can shorten the growing season for farmers, and the worry doesn't stop when crops are stored inside for winter sales, as a drop or spikes can ruin what's meant for market. For years, growers would have to walk into coolers or other storage spots to...

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Epic Snows Have Meant Economic Woes Across All Industries

March 7, 2015 1:13 pm | by Philip Marcelo, The Associated Press | Comments

Ignore anyone who tells you snow is free. Every work day lost during New England's historic winter has meant millions of dollars taken out of the regional economy. IHS Global Insight, an economic analysis firm, estimates Massachusetts alone suffered roughly $1 billion in lost wages and profits, as storm after storm...

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NC Among Southern States Aiming To Lure Big Car Plants, Jobs

March 7, 2015 1:12 pm | by Emery P. Dalesio, AP Business Writer | Comments

Southern politicians are heating up their recruiting in hopes of landing a big auto manufacturing plant and the potential of thousands of high-paying jobs. North Carolina officials have been hunting for an auto plant since Mercedes-Benz jilted the state in 1993 for Alabama...

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New Concept In Solar Energy Poised To Catch On Across U.S.

March 7, 2015 1:12 pm | by Steve Karnowski, The Associated Press | Comments

A new concept in renewable energy is catching fire across the country, allowing customers who might find solar panels too expensive or impractical to buy green energy anyway. Community solar gardens first took off in Colorado a few years ago, and the model — also known as...

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Recalls Of The Week: NHTSA Flexes Muscles

March 6, 2015 3:37 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Comments

Possible enactment of Safety Act would place undue pressure on parts manufactures.                           

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Apple Boots AT&T From Dow Jones Industrial Average

March 6, 2015 3:15 pm | by Bernard Condon, Mae Anderson, The Associated Press | Comments

Apple is in. AT&T is out. In another victory of sorts for the popular and profitable iPhone giant, Apple will replace AT&T in the aged, but venerable Dow Jones industrial average . . .         

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Southern States Battle For Volvo Plant

March 6, 2015 2:46 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

South Carolina lawmakers believe their state has the upper hand in the competition to land Volvo's new U.S. manufacturing plant. The Swedish automaker shifted one of its top executives to New Jersey earlier this year . . .   

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Researchers Analyze Beer Lost At Sea For 170 Years

March 6, 2015 2:40 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

Finnish and German researchers conducted a chemical analysis of beer lost during a 19th century shipwreck, which they believe is the oldest sample ever subjected to testing.          

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Wisconsin Poised To Join Right-To-Work States

March 6, 2015 2:34 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

Wisconsin is just days away from joining the ranks of the nation's right-to-work states following a marathon legislative session that concluded Friday morning.             

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