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In The News: Powdered Alcohol

March 16, 2015 2:49 pm | by Jesse Osborne, Editor, Food Manufacturing | Comments

Palcohol has been a popular topic in recent weeks, and the powdered alcohol product received approval from the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau last week.             

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Chemist's 3D Printer Could Revolutionize Drug Development

March 16, 2015 2:40 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

"There are many molecules in nature with some extraordinary natural properties that are incredibly hard to make and just aren't available to be purchased in a catalog."

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Obama Says He Is Prepared To Fight GOP Over Education

March 16, 2015 2:36 pm | by Nedra Pickler, The Associated Press | Comments

Obama said if the Republican budget doesn't reflect those priorities, they will have "a major debate."                         

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Toyota Wants Price Of Hydrogen Vehicle To Match Diesel Cars

March 16, 2015 1:42 pm | by Andy Szal, Digitlal Reporter | Comments

The Mirai uses hydrogen gas to generate electricity and leaves water vapor at its only exhaust. Toyota officials said the car can travel 300 miles between fuel-ups and would take less than five minutes to recharge.                       

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General Motors Ignition Switch Death Count Rises To 67

March 16, 2015 12:07 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Families of at least 67 people killed in crashes caused by defective General Motors ignition switches will get compensation from the company. Attorney Kenneth Feinberg, who was hired by GM to compensate victims, updated the total Monday.

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Industrial Output Edged Up In February

March 16, 2015 10:33 am | by Martin Crustinger, AP Economics Writer | Comments

The 7.3 percent surge in utility output reflected unusually cold weather in many parts of the country.                         

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GMO Divide Continues Despite USDA 'Workshop On Coexistence'

March 16, 2015 10:25 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

"Organic is the future of American agriculture."                                

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Dow Signs On To Develop Massive Wind Farm

March 16, 2015 10:06 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Comments

This recent move will make it the first company in the U.S. to power a manufacturing plant with renewable energy on such a grand scale.                  

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NY Manufacturing Index Slows In March

March 16, 2015 9:55 am | by Martin Crustinger, AP Economics Writer | Comments

The Federal Reserve Bank of New York said Monday that that its Empire State manufacturing index slipped to 6.9 in March from a reading of 7.8 in February.                

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Institute: China Now World's Third-Biggest Arms Exporter

March 15, 2015 10:06 pm | by Christopher Bodeen, The Associated Press | Comments

China had long been a major importer of weapons, mainly from Russia and Ukraine, but its soaring economy and the copying of foreign technology has largely reversed the trend.

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Indiana Man's Device Could Make Mine Rescues Faster, Safer

March 14, 2015 12:06 am | by Howard Greninger, The Associated Press | Comments

As part of a surface mine emergency team at Peabody Energy's Bear Run Mine, Jason A. Bradbury has trained to remove people off of heavy mining equipment in the event of a medical emergency or injury.                                     

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Study: Sound Waves Could Locate Dangerous Structural Problems

March 13, 2015 2:58 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

Scottish researchers recently developed a system that could enable the discovery of dangerous structural weaknesses using only sound waves.                                                                                                           

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Tesla Announces Job Cuts In China

March 13, 2015 2:51 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | Comments

The amount of jobs in question is still unclear, but local newspapers are indicating that 180 to as many as 600 employees might lose their jobs.                                                                                              

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Recalls of the Week: Software Glitches Haunt Electric Vehicles

March 13, 2015 2:05 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Comments

Electric vehicles, or EVs, have taken the automotive world by storm this year, but they have one major downside—all those electrical parts.                                                                                               

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Honda Running Ad Campaign To Boost Recall Repairs

March 13, 2015 11:59 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, The Associated Press | Comments

Honda is launching an unprecedented U.S. ad campaign urging owners to get vehicles repaired if they have been recalled to fix defective air bags.                                                                                           

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GM To Alter Chevrolet, GMC Warranties

March 13, 2015 11:51 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

General Motors will make a series of changes to its vehicle warranty and maintenance programs after they failed to generate more interest among car buyers.                                                                              

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At Odds With Google, US Seeks New Rule On Computer Access

March 13, 2015 10:26 am | by Eric Tucker, The Associated Press | Comments

The Justice Department is at odds with Google and privacy groups over the government's push to make it easier to locate and hack into computers in criminal investigations, a simmering conflict with constitutional and policy implications.

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Huge GE Power Deal Will Light Up Egypt with Electricity

March 13, 2015 10:07 am | by GE Reports | Comments

Egypt’s demand for electricity is already outstripping supply, and the government is seeking fast ways to boost it. GE found one.                                                                                                           

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Zinc Company Overlooked Warning Signs Ahead of Fatal 2010 Explosion

March 13, 2015 9:56 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

The U.S. Chemical Safety Board on Wednesday released a technical analysis of the Horsehead refinery explosion, which killed two workers and seriously injured a third in Monaca, Pennsylvania.                                             

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Why Manufacturers Should Care About MES

March 13, 2015 9:50 am | by Andrew Waycott | Comments

Andrew Waycott weighs in and offers five benefits of MES.                                                                                                                                                                                

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