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Branson: Virgin Teams ‘Working on Electric Cars’

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


Tag Heuer To Make Smartwatches With Google And Intel

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


Manufacturing’s Winner & Loser Of The Week

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


Amazon Gets FAA Certificate To Experiment With Drones

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


Obama Administration Proposes Fracking Rules

March 20, 2015 2:34 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | 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."                                                     


Recalls Of The Week: Graco Pays The Piper

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

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


FDA Approves Genetically Engineered Potatoes, Apples As Safe

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

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


GM CEO Barra To Be Questioned In Ignition-Switches Lawsuit

March 20, 2015 10:31 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Barra told Congress she learned about the defective switches in December 2013, a month before GM began recalling 2.6 million affected vehicles.                


Europe Is Using So Much Solar Power That Today’s Eclipse Could Test Its Grid

March 20, 2015 10:00 am | by GE Reports | Comments

Europe’s solar power installations now total around 90 gigawatts of capacity. Experts had predicted almost 34 gigawatts will gradually disappear from the system if Friday turns out to be a clear day.        


Are You In Compliance? OSHA’s 10 Most Cited Violations

March 20, 2015 9:40 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor | Comments

By staying in compliance of the many regulations, manufacturers can be sure to reduce or even eliminate hazardous scenarios.                    


Tesla Announces Charging System, Auto-Steering Feature

March 20, 2015 9:25 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

On Thursday, Musk unveiled a new software update that he said would make running out of charge unintentionally "basically impossible."                   


Gauge Of U.S. Economy Up Modest 0.2 Percent In February

March 19, 2015 6:11 pm | by Martin Crutsinger, The AP Economics Writer | Comments

The three indicators which subtracted from growth were weekly unemployment benefit applications, weekly manufacturing hours and the index for new orders tracked by the Institute for Supply Management.       


Manufacturing In Philly Area Grows At Slightly Slower Pace

March 19, 2015 2:50 pm | by Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press | Comments

Economists partly blame the strong dollar, which makes U.S. exports overseas more expensive. It also makes imports cheaper, potentially undercutting U.S. goods.              


How Counterfeits Can Impact Your Manufacturing Process

March 19, 2015 2:46 pm | by Tom Grace | Comments

Counterfeited brands, including consumer safety, manufacturing and electrical products, can have threatening implications for industry workers and facilities alike.                                                                 


English Researchers Help To Safeguard Cocoa Crops

March 19, 2015 2:20 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

Cocoa prices surged last year amid increasing demand from emerging markets such as China and India, although the commodity has fallen off dramatically in recent days.             


Oil Prices Curb Fracking Efforts Abroad

March 19, 2015 2:00 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

Currently, only the U.S., Canada, China and Argentina maintain commercial production of oil from shale deposits as large oil companies cut back on operations in Europe.            


Saudi Arabia Hopes to Lure Shale Workers From The US

March 19, 2015 1:54 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

The continuing production increases in the U.S. contributed to rising global oil supplies and prices that are now trading at less than half of their mid-2014 peaks, a trend that led domestic companies to shut down rigs and lay off thousands. 


Monsanto To Pay $350K To Settle More Wheat-Related Lawsuits

March 19, 2015 10:32 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

The USDA said last year that it believes the genetically modified wheat in Oregon was the result of an isolated incident and that there is no evidence of that wheat in commerce.           

Kansas Ethanol Producers Say Proposed Tax Would Close Plants

March 19, 2015 10:26 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Farmers, ethanol producers and representatives of the renewable energy industry testified to the committee that the tax would hurt rural economies and cause plant closures.            


Understanding The Shale Revolution: Q&A With Rick Strittmatter

March 19, 2015 10:20 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Comments

We read about the challenges in the media, but it is with the help of innovations in the chemical industry that hydraulic fracturing becomes efficient, safe and sustainable.           



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