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Chinese Chemical Company Set To Acquire Pirelli

March 25, 2015 9:52 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The acquisition would give China the intellectual property of the world's fifth-largest tire maker, while giving Pirelli greater access to the world's largest auto market amid potential competition in Asia from Michelin and Continental.

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Meet Sawyer, The One-Armed Collaborative Robot

March 25, 2015 9:48 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

Over the next five years we expect rapid adoption of collaborative robots in most major manufacturing markets. The adoption may be slow at first, as this is a new technology for many manufacturers and requires a new way of thinking about robots.

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HJ Heinz Buying Kraft, Building A $28 Billion Food Giant

March 25, 2015 8:07 am | by Michelle Chapman, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

"This is my kind of transaction," said Buffett in a printed statement. "Uniting two world-class organizations and delivering shareholder value. I'm excited by the opportunities for what this new combined organization will achieve."

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Boeing Receives Patent For 'Force Field'

March 24, 2015 3:21 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Although the proposal easily recalls imagery from science fiction, the system would only temporarily shield targets and would not protect against shrapnel or other debris.

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Meat Industry Exec: Federal Panel Inconsistent In Developing Dietary Guidelines

March 24, 2015 3:14 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

“It is not appropriate for the person designing a better light bulb to be telling Americans how to make a better sandwich," Booren said. "Sustainability is a complex issue best left to those with the necessary expertise.”

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Report: GM, Ford Could Seek Lower Wage Tier From UAW

March 24, 2015 2:40 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

UAW is a top stockholder in GM and therefore has an interest in keeping labor costs in check, but the contract negotiations are set to begin during a tumultuous time for organized labor.

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FDA Warns Cosmetics Companies Against Promises That 'Go Too Far'

March 24, 2015 1:47 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The agency issued warning letters to companies regarding skin and hair products indicating they should either remove those claims or seek FDA approval.

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GOP Lawmaker Targets Obama Climate Plan

March 24, 2015 1:39 pm | by Matthew Daly, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Rep. Ed Whitfield of Kentucky unveiled a draft bill that would allow governors to veto compliance with the federal rule if the governor determines it would cause significant rate hikes for electricity or harm reliability in the state.

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Eurozone Stimulus Boosts Manufacturing

March 24, 2015 1:31 pm | by Pan Pylas, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The economy across the 19-country eurozone appears to be gaining momentum as a closely-watched survey Tuesday found business activity hit a near four-year high in March.

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Invisible Solar Cells That Could Power Skyscrapers

March 24, 2015 1:18 pm | by Bloomberg Business | Videos | Comments

Silicon Valley start-up Ubiquitous Energy is making the world’s first transparent solar cells, a technology that could greatly expand the reach of solar power.

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Meet The Largest All-Electric Truck In Germany

March 24, 2015 10:16 am | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | News | Comments

The truck generates 11.8 tons less CO2 per year than a diesel equivalent, BMW said in a press release. The electric drive train also means that is quiet, and produces almost no particle pollution.

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How Drug Manufacturers Are Impacting The Death Penalty Debate

March 24, 2015 10:12 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | News | Comments

Public pressure on drug manufacturers coupled with some companies’ opposition to the practice has cut off supplies, leading to shortages of the drugs used in lethal injections.

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Door Opens For Fracking Wildcatters in North Carolina

March 24, 2015 10:01 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The legalization of fracking in North Carolina comes amid calls for restrictions on the practice from environmental advocates. New York last year become the first state with substantial shale deposits to ban fracking.

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Wilson To Purchase Louisville Slugger

March 24, 2015 9:46 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Wilson Sporting Goods Co. announced Monday it would pay $70 million to acquire Louisville Slugger from Hillerich & Bradsby Co.

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Jet Engine That Supercharged Aviation Now Powering World’s Fastest Ship

March 24, 2015 9:42 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

The latest version of the LM2500 can produce up to 34 megawatts each and ramp up from zero to full power in just 10 minutes. Here are some of its applications.

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Report: China Manufacturing At Lowest In Nearly A Year

March 24, 2015 12:07 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The numbers signaled a "slight deterioration" in Chinese manufacturing, said the report, which found decreases in sub-indexes for new orders, new export orders and employment.

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Freedom Industries Pleads Guilty To Pollution Charges

March 23, 2015 6:09 pm | by John Raby, The Associated Press | News | Comments

An FBI affidavit says Freedom knew about critical flaws at its Charleston plant but never dealt with them. Federal investigators have said holes in a corroded tank's floor and roof likely helped cause the spill.

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Editor’s Picks: Pet Wearables And Apple’s Most Valuable Asset

March 23, 2015 3:30 pm | by Abbey Dean, Editor | Blogs | Comments

For this edition, I’ve got all things tech on the brain, including a profile of Apple’s design mastermind, an essay on why respecting your fellow manufacturer matters and my favorite gadget from SXSW.

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Girls & Tech: Efforts To Encourage Young Women Into Programming

March 23, 2015 3:17 pm | by ABC News | News | Comments

ABC’s Lana Zak investigates the efforts being made to get more girls into technology fields.

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Farmers Fund Research To Breed Gluten-Free Wheat

March 23, 2015 2:53 pm | by Roxana Hegeman, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The hard science is aimed at developing new varieties of wheat at a time when the gluten-free industry is worth nearly a billion dollars a year in the U.S. alone.

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