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Senate Republicans Changing Their Stance On Global Warming? Not Quite.

January 23, 2015 12:57 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Videos

In a move that shocked many Democrats and environmentalists, the Senate overwhelmingly voted 98-1 on Wednesday to approve an amendment stating that climate change is “real and not a hoax.” Even one of the most notorious global warming deniers, Republican Sen. Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma, signed on...

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Robotics: The Latest Davos Buzzword

January 23, 2015 10:16 am | by Bloomberg News | Videos

In addition to the Swiss Franc and the ECB, what else is being talked about at Davos? Bloomberg News reports on how Robotics and AI have been taking some interest. Here's the low down of what to keep an eye out for this year...    

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The World’s Top Innovative Companies

January 20, 2015 2:33 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Videos

The last couple of weeks have flooded our imaginations with tech innovations from the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas and the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. But just as companies show off a handful of their ideas, many more are sitting in a lab being planned, built, re-engineered, and...

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Cheap Gas Reignites America's Love Affair With The SUV

January 20, 2015 10:38 am | by CNN Money | Videos

SUVs are king once again, now that filling them up with gas costs significantly less than it did a few years ago. CNN Money's Christine Romans explains what drivers are buying, and why that doesn't necessarily mean an environmental catastrophe...  

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Renewing Detroit: Dan Gilbert’s Fight Against Blight

January 20, 2015 10:17 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Videos

Quicken Loans founder and chairman Dan Gilbert is responsible for $1.6 billion in funds to rebuild Detroit after its declaration of bankruptcy in 2013. One of the biggest obstacles is the number of abandoned buildings that need to be removed: 78,000, according to the...

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Ford CEO Talks About Hiring Ethicist To Focus On Driverless Cars

January 16, 2015 1:51 pm | by CNN Money | Videos

Ford CEO Mark Fields talks to CNN's Poppy Harlow about his company's future with driverless cars, and why they present such an ethical conundrum. The company is considering hiring an ethicist during the automated car design process... 

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Free Community College: Pathway To A Valuable Education?

January 15, 2015 2:13 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Videos

Bloomberg speaks to Gail Mellow, president at LaGuardia Community College, about the Obama initiative to make community college free.  Do we need more mechanics and plumbers, or does America need more entrepreneurs graduating from community colleges? Gail Mellow, president....

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The IoT Uplink: U.S. Smart Meters Generate 1.1 Billion Data Points Per Day

January 15, 2015 10:31 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos

The IoT Uplink examines factors driving, influencing, and adding to the complexity of the Internet of Things movement, and the advantages and challenges that this technology brings to the manufacturing space. Did you know that 77% of development teams will have...

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Hyundai Reveals New Take On Trucks At Auto Show

January 14, 2015 10:49 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor, Industrial Maintenance & Plant Operations | Videos

One of the more shocking and unexpected concept car revealed at the Detroit Auto Show is undoubtedly the Hyundai Santa Cruz. The car isn’t quite a pickup, but isn’t just an SUV, it is what Hyundai describes as an extension to the utility of a crossover designed for millennials who want...

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Trucks Roll In At The Detroit Auto Show

January 13, 2015 2:33 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Videos

On the heels of Ford’s North American Truck of the Year Award win for the aluminum F-150 truck, other automakers have announced updates to their line of trucks for the upcoming model years. Here is a series of announcements from Bloomberg Business at the...

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Volvo Plans To Export Chinese-Made Cars To The U.S.

January 13, 2015 9:57 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Videos

As the Great Recession fades further and further from the rearview mirrors of American minds, U.S. consumers are ramping up their expenditures on automobiles. With the average age of vehicles on the road in the U.S. around 11.4 years old, according to industry...

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The Next Housing Solution: 3-D Print Your Home

January 12, 2015 2:52 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Videos

One day, could gathering supplies to build a home be as simple as hitting "Print" on your computer? Alastair Parvin and his colleagues at WikiHouse Foundation hope so. The team has launched their website to create a space where home seekers and designers can share construction...

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Meet Chevrolet's Battery-Powered Car

January 12, 2015 2:09 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Videos

The affordable, long-range electric vehicle we have all been expecting from Tesla may have just arrived...from Chevrolet. The Chevy Bolt is battery powered, and it will travel about 200 miles between charges, double the range of other popular electric cars. After a federal tax...

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The Best And Worst Of CES 2015

January 9, 2015 10:14 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Videos

The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is all the talk this week as companies showcase their new products, inventions and ideas. This year, the Internet of Things (IoT) is making a big push as the connected home appears to be a big trend, as well as more technology coming to our vehicles. CNNMoney presents...

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Robotic Revolution Taking Place Largely In Industrial Settings

January 8, 2015 2:42 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Videos

Bloomberg’s Sam Grobart investigates the robotic revolution at CES 2015. He finds that, while CES featured a lot of robotics startups for consumer robots, the innovation in automation is mostly behind the scenes.  Grobart concludes that the robots designed to help us out with basic tasks, or...

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Cheap Oil: Who Wins And Who Loses?

January 7, 2015 1:34 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Videos

Everyone has noticed the lower gas prices, but determining who stands to win and lose in the sudden drop-off is slightly more complicated. PwC’s UK Head of Oil and Gas, Alison Baker, spoke with Bloomberg’s Tom Mackenzie about the effects of lower gas prices. The average person on the street paying for gas for...

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The Magnetic Wand That Cleans Up Oil Spills

January 6, 2015 1:25 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Videos

You don't have to think hard to imagine why cleaning up an oil spill would be daunting — millions of gallons of oil floating in miles of ocean waters, dispersed by waves, weather and wildlife. Just looking at the 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico shows not just how difficult the challenge is, but how woefully uninnovative our...

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A Car You Can Count On

January 5, 2015 3:06 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor, Industrial Maintenance & Plant Operations | Videos

The automotive industry seems to be plagued by recalls, whether it was the near constant barrage of news related to the Takata airbag recalls splashed across the headlines, the GM ignition switches, or just the seemingly daily announcements of one thing or another...

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How Long Before Oil Prices Recover?

January 5, 2015 2:22 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Videos

If you work in manufacturing, the free fall of gasoline prices has, in many ways, been a blessing: Feedstock and transportation costs are down, and consumer confidence is swinging way up. But of course, not everyone has been rejoicing. For those whose business depends on demand for oil...

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Saudi Arabia Will Not Cut Oil Production

December 23, 2014 12:22 pm | by CNN Money | Videos

Saudi Arabia's Oil Minister, Ali al-Naimi, tells John Defterios in an exclusive interview with CNN Money that his country is not conspiring to target U.S. and Russian oil producers by not cutting production...      

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