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NASA Spacecraft Making First Visit To Dwarf Planet Ceres

March 2, 2015 2:27 pm | by Alicia Chang, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

A NASA spacecraft is about to reach the end of a nearly eight-year journey and make the first rendezvous with a dwarf planet. The Dawn craft will slip into orbit Friday around Ceres, a dwarf planet the size of Texas. Unlike robotic landings or other orbit...

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Two Train Cars Carrying Crude Derail In New Orleans

March 2, 2015 2:21 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The New Orleans Fire Department says two train cars carrying crude oil have derailed in the city but no oil has spilled. The department said in a statement Sunday night that it received a report of the derailment around 6:15 p.m. The statement says...

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Startup Seeks To Grow Bones From Scratch

March 2, 2015 2:03 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Videos | Comments

Tissue engineering is a fast-growing field, but right now the only way to get a human bone is to cut one from a human body. In short, this isn’t a perfect scenario. The methods currently used in the procedures that require bone grafting—about two million worldwide per year—include implanting a cadaver bone...

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Amazon Wants To Put 3D Printers In Delivery Trucks

March 2, 2015 1:59 pm | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

Amazon's drone delivery program may be grounded, but who needs a drone to drop off an item when you could have it produced curbside of your home? That's what the e-tailer's latest ambition entails, as last week Amazon filed several patent applications for an on-demand 3D printing service in mobile...

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Feds List Manufacturing Jobs Among Best That 'Don’t Need a Degree'

March 2, 2015 1:41 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The U.S. Labor Department highlighted millwrights, industrial machinery mechanics and machinery maintenance workers on a recent list of "10 Good Jobs that Don’t Need a Degree." The agency expects those jobs to grow by 17 percent through 2022 and that prospects for qualified...

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Next Google Maps Adventure: Soaring Through Amazon Jungle

March 2, 2015 12:43 pm | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

For its next technological trick, Google will show you what it's like to zip through trees in the Amazon jungle. The images released Monday are the latest addition to the diverse collection of photos supplementing Google's widely used digital maps. The maps' "Street View" option mostly provides panoramic...

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U.S. Manufacturing Slows As Output, Hiring Weaken

March 2, 2015 11:09 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. factories expanded last month at their weakest pace in a year, with orders, hiring and production all growing more slowly. The Institute for Supply Management, a trade group of purchasing managers, said Monday that its manufacturing index slipped...

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Making America Great: Snapshots Across Manufacturing

March 2, 2015 10:52 am | by Staff | Videos | Comments

There’s nothing quite like watching things being made. One of the most amazing aspects of covering manufacturing is the on-site access we receive when writing about this sector’s most dynamic companies. Over the course of the last year or so, Manufacturing.net and several...

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Holidays Present Big Opportunities For Food Companies

March 2, 2015 10:31 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

Happy March to all our readers out there! It’s another month closer to the warm temperatures many of us look forward to for more than half of the year. Being a Wisconsin gal myself, I can certainly understand and share in your excitement that the snow *should* be melting...

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Gas Prices Soar In CA As Supply Shrinks

March 2, 2015 10:20 am | by Gillian Flaccus, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Gas prices are soaring in California in a classic example of supply and demand after an explosion stopped gasoline production at an Exxon Mobil refinery while another remains offline due to labor unrest. Average retail gas prices in the state have surged 25 cents a gallon...

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Industrial IoT Insight: Q&A With Aidan Quilligan

March 2, 2015 9:52 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Many manufacturers reap the rewards of the Industrial IoT, but some have yet to join the movement. Aidan Quilligan, head of Accenture’s Industrial Software Solutions Practice, gave us insight into obstacles and benefits, data security, trends and predictions...

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Dearth Of Jobs A Barrier To Post-Bankruptcy Detroit's Growth

March 2, 2015 3:13 am | by Corey Williams, The Associated Press | News | Comments

When Alison Norris couldn't find work in Detroit, she searched past the city limits, ending up with a part-time restaurant job that's 20 miles away but takes at least two hours to get to via separate city and suburban bus systems. For many city residents...

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Survey Shows China Manufacturing Improving

March 1, 2015 11:14 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A new survey shows China's manufacturing activity improved in February for the first time in several months. HSBC Corp. said Monday its purchasing managers' index rose to 50.7 from January's 49.7 on a 100-point scale on which numbers above 50 show activity increasing. It was the...

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Samsung Ditches Plastic Design, Adds Mobile Pay In New Phone

March 1, 2015 1:13 pm | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Samsung is departing from its signature plastic design and producing its next flagship phone with a metal frame and a glass back. The new Galaxy S6 phone looks stylish, not cheap. Samsung also unveiled a premium model, the S6 Edge, with side displays. Both models will have...

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Proposed Ethanol Plant In SD Would Push Production Westward

March 1, 2015 11:12 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Plans for South Dakota's westernmost ethanol plant are moving forward following the rezoning of land in Onida despite complaints from residents. The Tri-State Neighbor reports Onida residents don't want the proposed Ring-Neck Energy and Feed plant...

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NY Farmers Lobby Congress For Immigration Reform, Food Rules

February 28, 2015 7:16 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Farmers in New York state are asking Congress to push for immigration reform and changes to new federal food safety rules. The New York Farm Bureau released its 2015 priorities during a recent trip to Washington to meet with the state's congressional...

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Hands On With The Very First Mac

February 27, 2015 3:20 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Daniel Kottke, an early Apple engineer, shows off some of the prototypes he assembled of the very first Macintosh computer.                    

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South Korea Renews License Of 2nd-Oldest Nuclear Plant

February 27, 2015 3:16 pm | by Youkyung Lee, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The South Korean nuclear regulator said Friday it renewed the operating license of the country's second-oldest nuclear power plant until 2022, overriding the objections of residents and anti-nuclear groups. The Nuclear Safety and Security Commission said that seven of nine...

Recalls Of The Week: Rethinking Used-Car Safety

February 27, 2015 3:14 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | News | Comments

The AP reported Wednesday on a recent Carfax study that investigated why the flawed recall system is dangerous to used-car buyers. In this report, Auto Writers Tom Krisher and Dee-Ann Durbin write, “More than 46 million cars and trucks on the road...

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Is The Craft Beer Market Getting Too Crowded?

February 27, 2015 3:02 pm | by Bloomberg Business | Videos | Comments

Chris Gallant, co-founder of The Bronx Brewery, discusses his beer business with Bloomberg's Pimm Fox.                         

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