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Belgian Brewery Turns Food Waste Into Beer

April 23, 2015 10:21 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

Instead of discarding unsold bread, a local project arranged to dry and cut the leftovers and give them to the brewery, where they replace about 30 percent of the barley that would ordinarily be used in the brewing process.


VW Official: Automaker May Revive 'Bus'

April 23, 2015 10:17 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

A member of Volkswagen's board recently disclosed that the German automaker is working on an electric version of its iconic "bus" that could revive the model for the first time since 2013.


RS Components: Profile And Q&A With A Leading Distributor

April 23, 2015 10:00 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Comments

Supply Chain Solution Architect Matthew Ling asserts, “It is this willingness to engage with new techniques and adapt our internal culture to suit a multi-channel approach that sets us apart in our industry.”


Critics Question Gulf Drilling Activity Five Years After BP Spill

April 23, 2015 9:24 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

“There is a management culture that wants to make money," former BP executive Kevin Lacy told the AP. "It counts speed over reliability."


Volvo Prepares To Send 'Made In China' Cars To U.S.

April 23, 2015 8:09 am | by Joe Mcdonald, AP Business Writer | Comments

Americans are comfortable enough buying Chinese-made products that the location of Volvo's factory is unlikely to matter so long as the company maintains its quality standards, said industry analyst Yale Zhang of Auto Foresight, a Shanghai research firm.


EU Executive Body Wants Member States To Rule On GM Crop Ban

April 22, 2015 3:42 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Giving nations the possibility to opt out from EU laws goes counter to many EU initiatives, which traditionally seek a common stance on EU policies.


Obama Administration, Tech Companies Hope To Bring Environmental Data To The Cloud

April 22, 2015 3:30 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

Under agreements struck with Amazon, Google, IBM, Microsoft and the Open Cloud Consortium, data alliances anchored by each of those partners will research methods to provide easy public access to data collected by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.


Trek Issues Recall Over Wheel Issue

April 22, 2015 3:24 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

The recall follows three accidents involving the quick-release lever, one of which reportedly resulted in paralysis.


Food Companies Mark Earth Day With Lobbying Effort

April 22, 2015 3:13 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

Ceres, a nonprofit group focused on sustainability issues, organized the Earth Day lobbying effort by a slew of Fortune 500 companies, including Kellogg, Unilever, PepsiCo, Starbucks, Nestle and Mars.


U.S. Postal Service Considering Drone Fleet

April 22, 2015 2:59 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

The USPS plans to issue a request for proposals from the finalists next month, then award contracts to build prototype vehicles.


Made Here: The Business Outlook For U.S. Manufacturing

April 22, 2015 10:22 am | by Scott Anderson, Ph.D., Senior Vice President and Chief Economist, Bank of the West | Comments

Despite the relatively high costs associated with U.S. production, economic indicators demonstrate that the manufacturing sector is showing healthy growth. Seven years after the financial crisis, U.S. manufacturers are now out-performing the economy overall.


Hubble Telescope Marking 25th Anniversary In Orbit

April 22, 2015 10:16 am | by Marcia Dunn, AP Aerospace Writer | Comments

"Hubble has become part of our culture — very much," said NASA's science mission chief, John Grunsfeld, a former astronaut who flew on the final three Hubble repair missions.


Study Links Swarm Of Quakes In Texas To Natural Gas Drilling

April 22, 2015 10:03 am | by Seth Borenstein, AP Science Writer | Comments

In 84 days from November 2013 to January 2014, the area around Azle, Texas, shook with 27 magnitude 2 or greater earthquakes, while scientists at Southern Methodist University and the U.S. Geological Survey monitored the shaking.


These Bright Lights Could Show You The Quickest Way Around Town

April 22, 2015 9:37 am | by Ki Mae Heussner, GE Reports | Comments

New “intelligent” LED streetlights combined with sensors generating oodles of data and cloud analytics could soon start delivering genuine street smarts and savings.


Senate Panel To Back Fast-Track Trade Bill

April 22, 2015 9:31 am | by Charles Babington, The Associated Press | Comments

Obama wants fast-track powers to help push free-trade proposals such as the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership.


Low Wages, Trade Deals Luring Auto Plants And Jobs To Mexico

April 21, 2015 3:19 pm | by Tom Krisher, Christopher Sherman, The Associated Press | Comments

In the past two years, eight automakers have opened or announced new plants or expansions in Mexico.


Report: Hybrid, Electric Car Drivers Increasingly Switching To SUVs

April 21, 2015 3:16 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

Director of Industry Analysis Jessica Caldwell said the report appears to show that "hybrid and EV owners are driven more by financial motives rather than a responsibility to the environment."  


Chrysler Uses 3-D Printing To Improve Axles

April 21, 2015 3:06 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

The company printed clear plastic versions of its axles and pinion carriers in order to evaluate oil flow within the parts.


Federal Report Calls For Billions In Energy Infrastructure Upgrades

April 21, 2015 2:54 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

The system, the report said, must be more capable of safely transporting fossil fuels and distributing energy from renewable sources.


U.S. Business Group In China Urges More Transparency, Access

April 21, 2015 2:47 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

The American Chamber of Commerce in China called Tuesday for more government transparency and fairness as the confidence of U.S. companies in the country's investment climate deteriorates.


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