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U.S. Steel To Idle Illinois Plant, Lay Off More Than 2,000

March 26, 2015 9:35 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

"Global influences in the market like reduced steel prices, unfair trade, imports and fluctuating oil prices, continue to have an impact on the business."

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Trains With Brains Will Haul Ore Through Earth’s Closest Thing To Mars

March 26, 2015 9:24 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

The locomotives come equipped with some 250 sensors that monitor speed, temperature and other conditions.

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Union Head Confident Ohio City Will Keep Jeep Wrangler Line

March 25, 2015 8:06 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Toledo leaders delivered an incentives package two weeks ago to Fiat Chrysler executives as part of their effort to hold onto the Wrangler.

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Report: Emissions Requirements, Fuel Cell Vehicles To Drive Increase In Global Hydrogen

March 25, 2015 3:01 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Refiners use the gas for hydrotreating, which reduces sulfur and other chemicals in fuel, as well as hydrocracking, which upgrades lower-quality gasoline oils.

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$20 Oil Could Be A Reality If This Happens

March 25, 2015 2:31 pm | by Bloomberg Business | Videos | Comments

The U.S. is pumping so much oil it's running out of places to stash it, and that could have a big impact on oil prices.

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Changes To Catfish Regulations Could Stifle Imports, Increase Industry Costs

March 25, 2015 2:24 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

New restrictions on imported catfish could remove them from supermarkets, restaurants and dinner tables altogether by the end of the year.

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Flashback To 1988: Flying Car Test Flight

March 25, 2015 2:09 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Videos | Comments

With recent news of the Slovakian company AeroMobil announcing plans to begin selling a flying car in 2017, it seems humanity’s dream of a flying car will finally come true.

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Views Mixed On U.S. Oil Storage Crunch

March 25, 2015 1:16 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The U.S. Energy Information Administration said as of March 6, the massive storage facility in Cushing, Oklahoma contained more than 51.5 million barrels of oil, a number that neared the complex's operational capacity.

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UAW Chief Rejects Lower Wage Tier

March 25, 2015 1:11 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The current two-tier UAW wage system, installed in 2007, pays veteran workers $28 per hour, while pay for newer employees is capped at $19.28 per hour.

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Manufacturing Snapshot Of The Week: Paris Smog Reaches New Heights

March 25, 2015 1:05 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Paris authorities instituted a 24 hour emergency ban this past Monday that prohibited cars bearing even-numbered plates from driving within city limits.

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Salt Lake City Will Soon Offer Google's High-Speed Internet

March 25, 2015 10:31 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Google Fiber spokesman Devin Baer said the company plans to start construction for the network after several months of planning with city officials.

U.S. Durable Goods Orders Fell 1.4 Percent In February

March 25, 2015 10:25 am | by Martin Crustinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Paul Ashworth, chief U.S. economist at Capital Economics, blamed some of the weakness to the big plunge in energy prices, which has led to cutbacks in drilling plans by oil and gas companies.

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Proposed Bill Would Create Organic-Type Labels For Non-Modified Foods

March 25, 2015 10:21 am | by Mary Clare Jalonick, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Under the legislation, the Agriculture Department would oversee the certification, as it does with organics.

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Liquid Printer Turns 3D Manufacturing Upside Down

March 25, 2015 9:57 am | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | News | Comments

The debut technology is a printer that uses their Continuous Liquid Interface Production (CLIP) technology, which builds material upward in a continuous stream.

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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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