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FDA: ‘Medically Important’ Antibiotics Increase In Food Animals

April 13, 2015 2:54 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Producers can use antibiotics to promote faster growth in animals or to prevent disease, but critics believe the practice helps create bacteria that resist those drugs.

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Can Cybercriminals Exploit IoT?

April 13, 2015 2:45 pm | by Wall Street Journal | Videos | Comments

Cybercriminals will exploit vulnerabilities in new technology as they figure out how to make money from such activities, say a group of security experts.

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Drone Companies Court Skeptical Public

April 13, 2015 10:31 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The marketing shift could help alter the public perception of drones, which have sparked safety and privacy concerns and share a name with the military's infamous unmanned attack planes.

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VIDEO: Could These Robots Reinvent Manufacturing?

April 13, 2015 10:28 am | by CNN Money | News | Comments

Meet the robots inspiring manufacturers at the Hannover Messe — the world's biggest industrial fair.

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Online Excitement But No Long Lines For Apple Watch Debut

April 13, 2015 10:12 am | by Brandon Bailey, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

And some analysts said the lag time in shipping may help build anticipation while the company works to convince other customers — those who aren't early tech adopters — why they should want this new category of gadget.

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How Cloud Enables And Supports The Lean Warehouse

April 13, 2015 10:04 am | by Sid Geddam, Vice President & General Manager, Warehouse Management Systems At NetSuite | News | Comments

What manufacturers and distributors need is a future-proof highly flexible and resilient WMS that is based on a wealth of best business practices, is continually refreshed with new functionality, and which facilitates business growth.

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Reports Links Pennsylvania Fracking To Rising Radon Levels

April 13, 2015 9:59 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Researchers said the fracking process — which uses a highly pressurized combination of sand, water and chemicals to drill into shale rock formations — can bring unwanted materials to the surface, including radium-226, which decays into radon.

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GE Pares Off Financial Unit And Returns To Industrial Roots

April 13, 2015 9:56 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

"This is a major step in our strategy to focus GE around its competitive advantages," Chairman and CEO Jeff Immelt said.

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China's Trade Shrinks In Sign Of Economic Weakness

April 13, 2015 9:47 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The decline has deepened since mid-2014, feeding concern that growth might be falling too sharply and raising the risk of politically dangerous job losses.

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Why Everyone In The U.S. Will Feel California's Drought

April 10, 2015 2:43 pm | by Bloomberg Business | Videos | Comments

As the drought in California enters a fourth year, consumers across the country could pay the price at the supermarket.

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Big Retailers Pull Sales Of Weight-Loss Supplements With Dangerous Chemical

April 10, 2015 2:40 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | News | Comments

The same report also details how two of the top officials now overseeing supplement regulation at the FDA are former leaders of the supplement industry’s largest trade and lobbying group.

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Court Upholds Iowa Natural Gas Tax Reviled By Ethanol Plants

April 10, 2015 2:36 pm | by Ryan J. Foley, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ethanol industry officials said Friday they would now turn their focus to lobbying for a law that would address their concerns by letting plants pay taxes based on the value of assets.

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GM Says It Has Fixed 70 Percent Of Faulty Ignition Switches

April 10, 2015 2:26 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

In the months after the recalls began, GM was criticized by customers and members of Congress for a low completion rate, which the company blamed on a lack of parts.

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Treasury Report Knocks European, Asian Nations Over Currency

April 10, 2015 2:22 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

In the semiannual report to Congress on international economic and exchange rate policies, Treasury officials expressed concern about weak domestic demand in Japan and Germany.

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Feds OK Test Flights For Amazon Drones

April 10, 2015 2:17 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The Federal Aviation Administration this week granted an exemption to the Seattle-based e-commerce giant, which would enable testing of Prime Air drones limited to 400 feet in elevation and speeds of 100 miles per hour.

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High School Rocket Scientists Blast Off With NASA

April 10, 2015 12:06 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | News | Comments

“NASA doesn’t spare us at all,” says Brian Hastings, Spring Grove Area High School physics instructor and head coach of the team. “We essentially had to go through all the steps that anyone who tries to sell a product or tool to NASA would.”

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Mitsubishi Sets Sights On Niche In Aircraft Sector

April 10, 2015 10:37 am | by Elaine Kurtenbach, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

"This is the last chance to get into real aircraft manufacturing. Mitsubishi Heavy Industries has a long-term vision to get into the aircraft assembly industry," Hideyuki Kamiya, head of marketing for Mitsubishi Aircraft Corp. said in an earlier briefing.

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Women In Manufacturing Files As Trade Association

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

WiM President Allison Grealis says, "With the help of our newly constituted board, we will continue to demonstrate that not only are women great for manufacturing, but that manufacturing is great for women."

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Obama Administration: Global Economy Needs More Support

April 10, 2015 10:28 am | by Martin Crustinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

American manufacturers contend that the progress to date has been small and the Chinese currency remains undervalued by as much as 40 percent against the dollar. That makes American products more expensive in China and Chinese goods cheaper for American consumers.

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Embedded Database Technology Will Enable The IoT

April 10, 2015 10:16 am | by Wayne Warren | News | Comments

Embedded database technology can address the challenge of managing high levels of data, efficiently, effectively, securely and in real-time.

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