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Chinese Tech Firms See Stocks Slide After Massive Debuts

March 23, 2015 2:44 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Alibaba, whose $25 billion IPO set a record in September, saw its stock decline nearly 30 percent from its November record. The company is one of the seven Chinese dot-coms to remain trading above its initial price.

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Study: Electric Cars Could Alleviate Urban Heat

March 23, 2015 2:14 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Scientists calculated that during the summer of 2012 in Beijing, replacing gas vehicles with electric cars could have reduced the heat island effect by nearly 1 degree Celsius.

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American, Russian Leave Earth This Week For Year In Space

March 23, 2015 2:10 pm | by Marcia Dunn, AP Aerospace Writer | News | Comments

This will be the longest space mission ever for NASA, and the longest in almost two decades for the Russian Space Agency, which holds the record at 14 months.

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Are You A GM Recall Waiting To Happen?

March 23, 2015 12:52 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO | News | Comments

So instead of sneering at the news out of the automotive sector, as recall numbers rise, take the experiences of these manufacturers as a cautionary tale. Could it happen to you? And if not, are you sure it couldn’t?

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Facebook CFO, Xerox CEO Among Top 50 Women In Technology

March 23, 2015 10:24 am | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | News | Comments

To be chosen, a woman must be a top leader in her organization and profession, have directly contributed to the company or organization’s growth, stayed up to date with consistent accomplishments in the field, mentored other women, and displayed ethical behavior and a commitment to corporate citizenship.

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Solar-Powered Plane Lands In Myanmar On Latest Leg

March 23, 2015 10:21 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

As the plane touches down in Mandalay, Myanmar's second-largest city, a band of hundreds of students played music and dancers performed a regional dance wearing elephant costumes decorated with gold and glass gems.                   

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Obama To Announce $240M In New Pledges For STEM

March 23, 2015 10:16 am | by Darlene Superville, The Associated Press | News | Comments

At the White House Science Fair on Monday, Obama will announce more than $240 million in pledges to boost the study of those fields, known as STEM. This year's fair is focused on diversity.                                            

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Train Derailments In Texas, Colorado Cause Leaking Chemicals, Dumped Coal

March 23, 2015 10:05 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

While a crew worked Sunday to clean up the scene in Central Texas where the derailment of about a dozen train cars resulted in an industrial solvent leaking from one tanker, a train jumped its tracks in northern Colorado, dumping coal from more than two dozen cars.

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Infographic: 20 Amazing Water Facts

March 23, 2015 10:02 am | by Able Skills | News | Comments

The theme for 2015 World Water Day is "Water and Sustainable Development." It's about how water links to all areas we need to consider to create the future we want.                                                                      

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New Power Tech Will Help Exelon Save Millions Of Gallons Of Water A Day

March 23, 2015 9:38 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

Instead of water, each of the two plants will use two powerful air-cooled "Harriet" gas turbines and one air-cooled steam turbine developed by GE. “The technology uses the same cooling principle as the radiator in your car."          

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Branson: Virgin Teams ‘Working on Electric Cars’

March 20, 2015 4:25 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

This week, Branson, the billionaire founder of the sprawling Virgin Group, suggested a battle on the highways with Musk's Tesla electric car company could also be forthcoming.                                                             

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Tag Heuer To Make Smartwatches With Google And Intel

March 20, 2015 3:10 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Tag Heuer's version is expected to be ready at the end of the year. The companies did not say what it will look like or how much it will cost, but watches from the luxury timepiece maker typically cost $1,000 and up.                   

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Manufacturing’s Winner & Loser Of The Week

March 20, 2015 3:03 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | News | Comments

The winning title goes to a company for inventing a product that will benefit the manufacturing community, while the loser was forced to issue a recall of their product due to safety concerns.                                         

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The Chemistry Behind Craft Beer

March 20, 2015 2:54 pm | by Reactions | Videos | Comments

Drink up to this fun video about the chemistry that gives craft beers their many distinctive flavors.                                                                                                                                    

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Inside Google's New Self-Driving Car

March 20, 2015 2:48 pm | by USA Today | Videos | Comments

Marco della Cava got an exclusive look at Google's self-driving car.

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Amazon Gets FAA Certificate To Experiment With Drones

March 20, 2015 2:41 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The FAA said Thursday that under the provisions of the certificate, the flights must be conducted at 400 feet or below during daylight hours.                                                                                             

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Obama Administration Proposes Fracking Rules

March 20, 2015 2:34 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

"Current federal well-drilling regulations are more than 30 years old and they simply have not kept pace with the technical complexities of today’s hydraulic fracturing operations."                                                     

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Recalls Of The Week: Graco Pays The Piper

March 20, 2015 2:20 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Graco fined $10 million for response in largest child seat recall in U.S. history.                                                                                                                                                      

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FDA Approves Genetically Engineered Potatoes, Apples As Safe

March 20, 2015 2:10 pm | by Mary Clare Jalonick, Keith Ridler, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Food and Drug Administration on Friday approved the genetically engineered foods, saying they are "as safe and nutritious as their conventional counterparts."                                                                        

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Lawsuit Alleges High Levels Of Arsenic In Some Vino—Should We Drink On?

March 20, 2015 10:43 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Blogs | Comments

Talk about a bad wine pairing.

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