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China's Energy Plan Reduces Reliance On Coal

November 19, 2014 1:41 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chinese officials announced limits Wednesday on growth in energy consumption aimed at making the country less dependent on coal.Under a development plan issued by China's Cabinet, energy consumption by 2020 must be no more than 28 percent higher than the 2013...

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Syngenta Faces Dozens Of Lawsuits Over GMO Seed

November 19, 2014 1:36 pm | by David Pitt, Associated Press | News | Comments

Agrochemicals giant Syngenta is facing a growing number of lawsuits challenging its release of a genetically modified corn seed that China had not approved for import, with losses to farmers estimated to be at least $1 billion. More than 50 lawsuits have been filed in...

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Manufacturing-Related Student Enrollments Rise By 36%

November 19, 2014 12:50 pm | by Manufacturers Resource Center | News | Comments

Manufacturers Resource Center (MRC) is proud to announce a 36 percent increase in manufacturing related student enrollments in three of the region’s career & technical schools: Lehigh Career and Technical Institute (LCTI), Bethlehem Area Vocational-Technical...

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Japan Recession Could Slow U.S. Companies

November 19, 2014 12:43 pm | by Matthew Craft, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Japan has slipped back into a recession for the second time in two years. That could mean more trouble for a range of U.S companies and industries that count on the country for sales. Best known as an exporter of cars, gadgets and comic books, Japan is also a key consumer of U.S. goods...

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MAPI Analysis: U.S. Trade Deficit In Manufactures

November 19, 2014 12:38 pm | by Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI) | News | Comments

The alarming, divergent paths of U.S. and Chinese trade continued in the third quarter of 2014, according to an analysis from the MAPI Foundation, the research affiliate of the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation. In the report, Ernest Preeg, Ph.D., MAPI Foundation...

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Public Hearing Set For Plans To Cut Carbon Emissions

November 19, 2014 12:17 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal officials are holding a hearing Wednesday in Phoenix on a plan to cut carbon dioxide emissions from four power plants on tribal land. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released a proposal last month for three coal-fired plants and one gas-fired...

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Worker Dies In Alcoa Plant Accident In TX

November 19, 2014 12:07 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A contract worker has died in an industrial accident at a manufacturing plant in South Texas. The Victoria Advocate ( http://bit.ly/11ClecM ) reports the accident happened Tuesday afternoon at the Alcoa World Alumina manufacturing plant in Point Comfort. A statement from the U.S. Mine Safety...

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Showdown Looms Between Government, Air Bag Maker

November 19, 2014 12:04 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A showdown is looming between U.S. safety regulators and a Japanese company that makes air bags linked to multiple deaths and injuries. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration wants Takata Corp. to recall millions of potentially faulty driver's side air bag inflators across...

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Digitizing Manufacturing Processes: An Alliant Techsystems Case Study

November 19, 2014 11:19 am | by Microsoft, Siemens, & Alliant Techsystems | Webinars

While technology advances have led to tremendous improvements in CAD and Simulation capabilities, complex product assembly at most manufacturing facilities still relies on paper-based 2D drawings and remote workstations on the factory floor. However, these processes are becoming...

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NY City Council Eyes New Zoning To Boost Manufacturing

November 19, 2014 11:09 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

New York City lawmakers are envisioning new zoning districts to encourage growth of manufacturing, technology and design companies, according to a report released Wednesday. It calls for adjusting zoning rules to help make sure there's space for such companies to start, stay and grow in the city....

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Nearly 40 Treated From CA Waste Plant Fire

November 19, 2014 9:52 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Nearly 40 people were taken to hospitals for decontamination and homes and businesses for a mile around were evacuated after a mysterious chemical mixture burst into flames at a Southern California waste facility. The flames and danger had mostly eased late Tuesday, Ventura County fire...

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VW Recalls 442K Cars For Suspension Problem

November 19, 2014 9:43 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Volkswagen is recalling 442,000 Jettas and Beetles to fix a problem that can cause rear suspension failure if the cars aren't fixed properly after a crash. The recall covers 2011 through 2013 Jettas and 2012 through 2013 Beetles. VW says in documents posted by U.S. safety regulators on Wednesday...

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NFL Challenge Winners Spot, Prevent Brain Injuries With Virtual Reality Goggles

November 19, 2014 9:39 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

Last spring, the National Football League, the sports performance brand Under Armour, and GE called on researchers, scientists, and enthusiasts to find new tools for detecting concussions and protecting football players from traumatic brain injuries. The partners just announced the...

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CA Restaurant Owner Pleads Guilty To Serving Endangered Whale Meat

November 19, 2014 9:31 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The parent company and owner of a now-closed Southern California restaurant have pleaded guilty to serving meat from an endangered whale. The Los Angeles Times reports that Typhoon Restaurant Inc. and owner Brian Vidor each entered guilty pleas Monday to...

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German University Revolutionizes Electric Car Production

November 19, 2014 9:25 am | by Stratasys | News | Comments

Stratasys Ltd., a leading global provider of 3D printing and additive manufacturing solutions, today announced it will feature the paradigm-breaking StreetScooter C16, an electric production vehicle available for under €10,000, on its stand at EuroMold, 25-28 November, Frankfurt...

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Toyota To Start Sales Of Fuel Cell Car

November 19, 2014 9:16 am | by Ken Moritsugu, Associated Press | News | Comments

There will only be a few hundred, and they won't be cheap, but Toyota is about to take its first small step into the unproven market for emissions-free, hydrogen-powered vehicles. The world's largest automaker announced Tuesday that it will begin selling fuel cell cars in...

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Clippard GNV Series Needle Valves

November 18, 2014 4:40 pm | by Clippard Instrument Laboratory, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Needle Valves are used to control the rate of flow in a pneumatic system by controlling flow in both directions. Material enters the input port, travels through an adjustable orifice and out the output port. Clippard’s new GNV series is available with 1/8”, 1/4” and 3/8” port sizes with flow rates up to 60...

Air Bag System Approved For World Cup Ski Races

November 18, 2014 3:07 pm | by Andrew Dampf, AP Sports Writer | News | Comments

Perhaps if Lindsey Vonn had a big cushy air bag to fall on when she tore two ligaments in her right knee she wouldn't have missed the Sochi Olympics. And maybe Aksel Lund Svindal wouldn't have broken bones in his face and suffered a laceration to his groin and abdominal area after failing to land...

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EPA: Safe For Toxic Site's Neighbors To Return

November 18, 2014 3:06 pm | by Mitch Weiss, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Three families forced from their homes by toxic vapors in a mountain community outside Asheville, North Carolina, can safely return, federal officials have determined. The Environmental Protection Agency had found unsafe levels of vapors from a cancer-causing chemical inside three homes in the...

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OR Employers Add 9.9K Jobs In October

November 18, 2014 2:09 pm | by Jonathan J. Cooper, The Associated Press | News | Comments

State figures show that Oregon employers went on a hiring spree this fall, adding nearly 10,000 jobs in October. The state Employment Department said Tuesday that's the largest one-month gain in jobs since August 1995, when more than 10,400 jobs were added. The agency said hiring was...

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