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Industry Group Warns Of Vapors At Fracking Sites

February 26, 2015 9:31 am | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | Comments

Workers at shale oil drilling operations on the northern Great Plains could be at risk for serious injury, illness or death from inhaling tank fumes, an industry group warns. MonDaks Safety Network issued an alert over the potential consequences of breathing in vapors from the tanks. Compounds such as propane, butane or benzene pose risks for explosions...

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Report: FDA Recalls Fell In Fourth Quarter Of 2014

February 26, 2015 9:24 am | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | Comments

A recent report found that recalls of products overseen by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration fell during the final quarter of 2014 but the number of affected units increased. According to the latest recall index from Indianapolis-based ExpertSOLUTIONS, the pharmaceutical, medical device and food industries saw 398 recalls the final three months of last...

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Manufacturing Snapshot Of The Week: Space Selfie

February 25, 2015 2:54 pm | by Abbey Dean, Editor | Comments

This week we bring you the art of the space selfie. NASA astronauts Barry Wilmore and Terry Virts are currently on their second of three scheduled spacewalks this week on the International Space Station. According to The Washington Post, the astronauts, assisted by Italian astronaut and robotic...

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Elon Musk's Solar Company To Use Former Solyndra Buildings

February 25, 2015 2:41 pm | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | Comments

SolarCity, the California-based solar power company chaired by tech entrepreneur Elon Musk, will soon set up shop in the buildings that formerly housed Solyndra. The two-building, 200,000-square-foot complex in Fremont, California has been vacant since Solyndra infamously...

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Google, Apple Compete For Upper Hand In New Tech Markets

February 25, 2015 2:35 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Comments

Smartphone dashboards and mobile payment systems catch the attention of rival companies.         

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Newest UPS & FedEx Competitor: Waffle House?

February 25, 2015 1:53 pm | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | Comments

A new ridesharing service has an unlikely ally in its quest to enter the package delivery marketplace: Waffle House. The iconic Southern breakfast chain will serve as the first official pickup location for drivers using the Roadie app. Roadie, launched late last month by...

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TJ Maxx, Marshalls To Follow Wal-Mart In Raising Pay

February 25, 2015 1:18 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

The owner of T.J. Maxx, Marshalls and Home Goods stores said Wednesday that it will boost pay for its U.S. workers to at least $9 per hour. The announcement by TJX Cos. comes a week after Wal-Mart Stores Inc. said it would increase wages for its employees and is a sign that more...

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Motorola Aims New Phone At First-Time Smartphone Buyers

February 25, 2015 1:15 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Motorola is updating its low-cost smartphone, the Moto E, as it targets first-time smartphone buyers worldwide. Among the improvements over last year's model: The camera now has auto-focusing, whereas the older model had a fixed-focus lens that didn't compensate for how far away...

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Lego Sales Keep Rising Amid Global Demand

February 25, 2015 10:11 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Lego says its popular, multi-colored toy blocks continued to be in strong demand last year, particularly in its largest market, the U.S., as well as Britain, France, Russia and China. The Danish company said Wednesday it invested 3.1 billion kroner in 2014 to locate production closer...

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Volvo To Test Self-Driving Cars On Swedish Roads In 2017

February 25, 2015 10:03 am | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | Comments

One hundred people will get behind the wheel of self-driving Volvo cars in 2017 for the first public test of the Swedish automaker's Drive Me system. The test will place individuals in the driver's seats, which would automatically move through streets cleared...

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Survey: China Factory Activity Up, Export Orders Drop

February 25, 2015 9:55 am | by Kelvin Chan, AP Business Writer | Comments

China's manufacturing activity edged up to a four-month high in February although export orders decreased for the first time in nearly a year, in the latest sign of uncertainty for the world's No. 2 economy, according to a private survey Wednesday. HSBC's preliminary purchasing managers' index released...

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Apple To Bolster Emoji Diversity

February 25, 2015 9:28 am | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | Comments

More than a year after an Internet outcry about a lack of racial diversity among Apple's emojis, users looking to punctuate their texts with tiny cartoon people will soon be able to select from a variety of new skin tones. Apple officials said the next update to its operating system for the iPhone and iPad...

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Obama Vetoes Keystone XL Pipeline Bill

February 25, 2015 8:12 am | by Josh Lederman, The Associated Press | Comments

Defying the Republican-run Congress, President Barack Obama rejected a bill Tuesday to approve construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, wielding his veto power for only the third time in his presidency...        

AZ House OKs Apple Data Center Credits, Exemptions

February 24, 2015 9:12 pm | by Ryan Van Velzer, The Associated Press | Comments

The Arizona Legislature wants to help Apple Inc. by extending renewable energy tax credits and exemptions to cover the 1.3-million-square-foot data center it plans to open in the Phoenix suburb of Mesa. The House approved a bill Tuesday that expands a $5 million sales tax credit...

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CA's Plastic Bag Ban Suspended By Ballot Referendum

February 24, 2015 7:13 pm | by Judy Lin, The Associated Press | Comments

California's first-in-the-nation statewide ban on plastic shopping bags was put on hold Tuesday when a trade group turned in enough signatures to place the issue before voters in 2016. The American Progressive Bag Alliance, which represents bag manufacturers, had about...

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Fracking Regulation Debate Heats Up CO

February 24, 2015 3:03 pm | by Dan Elliot, The Associated Press | Comments

A battle over who should regulate oil and gas drilling in Colorado has roared back to life, just as a task force that was supposed to help settle the dispute is finishing up its recommendations. The 21-member task force has been wrestling with how much power local governments should have to regulate...

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Report: 19 Oil And Gas Stocks In 'Extreme Danger'

February 24, 2015 2:58 pm | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | Comments

A report from a Baltimore-based financial network warns of 19 energy stocks in jeopardy of "going belly-up" in the wake of plummeting oil prices. David Fessler, energy and infrastructure strategist for the Oxford Club, compiled the "Oil Company Death List" to highlight oil and gas companies that...

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Keystone XL Pipeline Bill Arrives At White House, Obama To Veto

February 24, 2015 2:46 pm | by Josh Lederman, The Associated Press | Comments

President Barack Obama will veto a Republican-backed bill on Tuesday that would have approved construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, the White House said, putting a freeze on a top GOP priority — at least for now. The contentious legislation arrived at the White House on Tuesday morning...

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EU Moves Ahead With Greenhouse Gas Trading Reform

February 24, 2015 1:55 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

European Union lawmakers have backed plans to reform the EU's vast greenhouse gas emissions trading scheme to protect it from fluctuations in the economy. The system sets limits on certain greenhouse gases that factories and power plants can emit and allows companies to trade allowances if they...

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Siemens To Supply Turbines For Fuel Efficient Plant

February 24, 2015 10:27 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Siemens is supplying two gas turbines and one steam turbine for the new Holland Energy Park combined cycle power plant in Holland, Michigan. The local municipal utility, Holland Board of Public Works (HBPW), is replacing an aging coal-fired plant with a new fuel efficient modern power...

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