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Made Here: The Business Outlook For U.S. Manufacturing

April 22, 2015 10:22 am | by Scott Anderson, Ph.D., Senior Vice President and Chief Economist, Bank of the West | Comments

Despite the relatively high costs associated with U.S. production, economic indicators demonstrate that the manufacturing sector is showing healthy growth. Seven years after the financial crisis, U.S. manufacturers are now out-performing the economy overall.

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Hubble Telescope Marking 25th Anniversary In Orbit

April 22, 2015 10:16 am | by Marcia Dunn, AP Aerospace Writer | Comments

"Hubble has become part of our culture — very much," said NASA's science mission chief, John Grunsfeld, a former astronaut who flew on the final three Hubble repair missions.

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Study Links Swarm Of Quakes In Texas To Natural Gas Drilling

April 22, 2015 10:03 am | by Seth Borenstein, AP Science Writer | Comments

In 84 days from November 2013 to January 2014, the area around Azle, Texas, shook with 27 magnitude 2 or greater earthquakes, while scientists at Southern Methodist University and the U.S. Geological Survey monitored the shaking.

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Report Details Potential Uses Of Drones In Disaster Relief

April 22, 2015 9:44 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

Drones equipped with cameras could enable workers to see developments in real time and help find survivors, deliver supplies, track flooding or other dangers and inform decisions about where to establish relief operations on the ground.

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These Bright Lights Could Show You The Quickest Way Around Town

April 22, 2015 9:37 am | by Ki Mae Heussner, GE Reports | Comments

New “intelligent” LED streetlights combined with sensors generating oodles of data and cloud analytics could soon start delivering genuine street smarts and savings.

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Senate Panel To Back Fast-Track Trade Bill

April 22, 2015 9:31 am | by Charles Babington, The Associated Press | Comments

Obama wants fast-track powers to help push free-trade proposals such as the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership.

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3 Trends Driving Growth In The Interconnected Auto And Chemicals Markets

April 22, 2015 9:21 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Comments

What’s driving up demand? Here are the three trends that will spell growth for cars and chemicals in the coming years.

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Low Wages, Trade Deals Luring Auto Plants And Jobs To Mexico

April 21, 2015 3:19 pm | by Tom Krisher, Christopher Sherman, The Associated Press | Comments

In the past two years, eight automakers have opened or announced new plants or expansions in Mexico.

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Report: Hybrid, Electric Car Drivers Increasingly Switching To SUVs

April 21, 2015 3:16 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

Director of Industry Analysis Jessica Caldwell said the report appears to show that "hybrid and EV owners are driven more by financial motives rather than a responsibility to the environment."  

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Chrysler Uses 3-D Printing To Improve Axles

April 21, 2015 3:06 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

The company printed clear plastic versions of its axles and pinion carriers in order to evaluate oil flow within the parts.

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Federal Report Calls For Billions In Energy Infrastructure Upgrades

April 21, 2015 2:54 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

The system, the report said, must be more capable of safely transporting fossil fuels and distributing energy from renewable sources.

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U.S. Business Group In China Urges More Transparency, Access

April 21, 2015 2:47 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

The American Chamber of Commerce in China called Tuesday for more government transparency and fairness as the confidence of U.S. companies in the country's investment climate deteriorates.

Vermont Adopts GMO Labeling Rules

April 21, 2015 2:42 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

Vermont passed the GMO labeling law, which would also prohibit marketing foods with genetically engineered ingredients as "natural," last year; the measure is scheduled to take effect on July 1, 2016.

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The Impossible To Describe Chevrolet-FNR Concept Car

April 21, 2015 2:37 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Comments

The Chevrolet-FNR has a futuristic capsule design with crystal laser headlights and taillights, dragonfly dual swing doors, magnetic hubless wheel electric motors and a wireless auto-charge system.

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Texas One Step Closer To Ending Local Fracking Bans

April 21, 2015 10:36 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

Industry groups challenged some bans in court, but observers said a ban in Texas — the nation's largest oil producer — particularly piqued their concerns.

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Some Farmers Look To Capitalize On Non-GMO Market

April 21, 2015 10:32 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

Genetically modified crops continue to gain prominence in the U.S. food market, but high grain inventories led to a recent drop in commodity prices. That, in turn, led to projections for 2015 of the lowest farm income levels in six years.

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Japan's Maglev Train Breaks Own Speed Record

April 21, 2015 9:36 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

The fastest passenger train in the world has broken its own speed record at 603 kph.

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Japan Mulls 2018 Moon Landing

April 21, 2015 4:05 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Japan's space program has achieved some breakthroughs on a shoestring budget, crimped during years of economic stagnation, but has focused in the past mainly on small scientific projects.

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Blue Bell Creameries Issue Recall Of All Products

April 21, 2015 12:07 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

The first recall in the family-owned creamery's 108-year history was issued last month after the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention linked ice cream contaminated with listeria to three deaths at a Kansas hospital.

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Halliburton Cuts 9K Jobs In Wake Of Oil's Drop

April 20, 2015 6:06 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

U.S. drilling activity has dropped by half since November, and energy companies are pressing Halliburton to reduce fees.

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