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Syngenta Rejects Monsanto Takeover Bid

May 8, 2015 2:54 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

Syngenta AG announced on Friday that it declined a $45 billion takeover offer from American rival Monsanto that "fundamentally undervalues" the Swiss agribusiness giant.

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Tesla Makes First Acquisition

May 8, 2015 2:51 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Electric car maker Tesla Motors has made its first acquisition, adding a Michigan tool-and-die maker as it ramps up to build more models.

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3-D Printed Gun Makers File Lawsuit In First Amendment Fight

May 8, 2015 2:45 pm | by Megan Crouse, Digital Reporter | Comments

Gun manufacturing advocacy group Defense Distributed and gun rights group the Second Amendment Foundation have filed a lawsuit against the State Department in the battle over a 3D-printed pistol, according to Wired.

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Obama Says Trade Deal Lets U.S. Write Rules, Not China

May 8, 2015 2:41 pm | by Jim Kuhnhenn, The Associated Press | Comments

The president acknowledges that many of his fellow Democrats oppose the 12-nation Trans-Pacific trade deal because they worry it will hurt American workers.

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Infographic: New Age Optimization For Today's Conveyor

May 8, 2015 2:30 pm | by Dorner Conveyors | Comments

Technological advances over the years have given us a new wave of conveyor systems that increase optimization, productivity and profitability.

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Snapshot Of The Week: Check Out The View From This ‘Open-Air Aeroplane’

May 8, 2015 12:34 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Comments

Even those with a fear of heights can appreciate the magnificent photographs of wind-swept dunes, craggy mountains, lush fields and everything in between.

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Federal Grants Aim To Boost Advanced Manufacturing

May 8, 2015 10:32 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

Obama administration officials on Thursday announced the recipients of funding from a second round of competition for advanced manufacturing grants.

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China's Imports Plunge In New Sign Of Economic Weakness

May 8, 2015 10:28 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | Comments

China's imports and exports contracted again in April in a new sign of economic weakness, adding to pressure on Chinese leaders to reverse a politically dangerous slump.

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Five Things To Know About The NSA Court Ruling

May 8, 2015 10:20 am | by Ken Dilanian, AP Intelligence Writer | Comments

A federal appeals court has declared illegal the National Security Agency program that collects data on the landline calling records of nearly every American.

Fiat Chrysler Seeks New Trial In Georgia Jeep Fire Case

May 8, 2015 10:13 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | Comments

Fiat Chrysler has asked a Georgia judge for a new trial a month after a jury awarded $150 million to the family of a 4-year-old Georgia boy killed in a crash and fire involving a Jeep.

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Report: Lifting Ban Could Place U.S. Among Top Oil Exporters

May 8, 2015 9:58 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

The study also indicated that lower production levels would not dramatically change the U.S. crude market even if lawmakers lifted the export restrictions.

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Recalls Of The Week: FDA Says Blue Bell Knew About Listeria Contamination Since 2013

May 8, 2015 9:41 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Comments

AP writer Mary Clare Jalonick writes, “The FDA listed 17 separate positive tests for listeria on equipment from March 2013 through February 2015.”

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Meet The ‘Breaking Bad’ Chemist Who’s Helping Make Science Cool

May 8, 2015 9:17 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Comments

“Science wasn’t just a part of the show,” Dr. Donna Nelson said during her keynote. “Science was the star of the show.”

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UAW Seeks Negotiating Authority At TN VW Plant

May 7, 2015 5:21 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

The union hopes to be named the exclusive bargaining unit for a Tennessee VW plant.

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UN Climate Chief Says Technology Has Changed Carbon Politics

May 7, 2015 3:24 pm | by Rod McGuirk, The Associated Press | Comments

Technological advances that have reduced prices and improved efficiency of renewable energy have helped transform the politics around climate change since 2009 when an attempt to forge a global deal on reducing greenhouse gas emissions failed, the U.N. climate chief said Thursday.

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Siemens To Cut 4,500 More Jobs As Earnings Slip

May 7, 2015 3:19 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

The cuts serve to streamline business and improve profitability.

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The Debate Over Arctic Drilling: What's At Stake?

May 7, 2015 3:14 pm | by Dan Joling, The Associated Press | Comments

Seattle's mayor and environmentalists have vowed to block Royal Dutch Shell PLC from parking two Arctic offshore drilling rigs on Seattle's waterfront, an effort to thwart the new frontier in oil exploration and spark a national debate about fossil fuels and climate change.

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GAO: Government Waste Of Natural Gas Costing Taxpayers Millions

May 7, 2015 3:08 pm | by Hope Yen, The Associated Press | Comments

Significant amounts of natural gas on federal lands are being wasted, costing taxpayers tens of millions of dollars each year and adding to harmful greenhouse gas emissions, a congressional investigation has found.

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Photo Essay: SpaceX Completes Pad Abort Test

May 7, 2015 2:59 pm | by SpaceX | Comments

The Crew Dragon simultaneously fired its eight SuperDraco engines at 9 a.m. EDT and leapt off a specially built platform at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station’s Space Launch Complex 40 in Florida.

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Raytheon Grabs $26.9M Contract For Sight Sensor Work

May 7, 2015 2:52 pm | by Jacob Meister, Digital Reporter | Comments

The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) awarded several work contracts Wednesday, highlighted by a $26.9 million deal with Raytheon.

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