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Consumer Group Asks FDA, FTC To Investigate Soda Giants For False Advertising

April 9, 2015 3:10 pm | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor | Comments

It's no secret that both Diet Coke and Diet Pepsi products are sweetened with artificial sweeteners — Diet Coke uses aspartame and Diet Pepsi uses aspartame and acesulfame potassium. So is this really a case of deception and false advertising?

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Critics Call For Halt To Currency Manipulation In Pacific Trade Pact

April 9, 2015 2:33 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

The push from labor groups comes amid a sustained effort by the Obama administration to receive Trade Promotion Authority from Congress. That would enable the White House to negotiate pacts in Asia and Europe while limiting Congress' ability to alter final agreements.

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Cybersecurity: The Ongoing Situation

April 9, 2015 2:26 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Comments

In the last 18 months, Heartbleed and the Bash Bug were the big viral threats, while companies —AT&T, JPMorgan, Home Depot and Staples among them — spent the year dealing with hackers and data breaches.  

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European Regulators Find Few Violations Of Pesticide Standards

April 9, 2015 2:22 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

The European Food Safety Authority's latest analysis examined nearly 81,000 samples from 27 EU member nations as well as Iceland and Norway, including apples, cabbage, leeks, lettuce, milk, peaches, pork, rye, oats, strawberries, tomatoes and wine.

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Energy Department To Spend $200 Million On New Supercomputer

April 9, 2015 2:07 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

The goal is to build a supercomputer that will help the U.S. compete internationally with other next-generation computing efforts and ensure the United States' economic and national security, agency officials said.

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Bloomberg Adds $30 Million To Anti-Coal Campaign

April 9, 2015 10:27 am | by Kevin Frecking, The Associated Press | Comments

Billionaire Michael Bloomberg says he is donating an additional $30 million to a Sierra Club initiative working to reduce the nation's use of coal.

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Number Of People Sickened By Listeria Outbreak Grows

April 9, 2015 10:18 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Blue Bell Creameries on Tuesday announced a third product recall as a result of the contamination. The company, based in Brenham, Texas, has recalled more than 25 of its products since last month.

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Analysts: Could Oil Industry Consolidation Mirror 1990s?

April 9, 2015 10:11 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

“This could mark the beginning of a M&A rave, much like the one we saw in the late 1990s,” Accendo Markets analyst Augustin Eden said.

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3 Finance Stories To Watch — And What They Mean For Chemical Manufacturers

April 9, 2015 10:05 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Comments

From merging energy firms to yo-yoing oil prices, 2015 is shaping up to be an exciting year to follow the money. But if you manage a chemical facility, how can you cash in on the changes?

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5 New Devices Released This Week Other Than Apple Watch

April 9, 2015 9:57 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | Comments

The Apple Watch isn't the only gadget available this week. Here are five other new devices and services targeting your wallet.

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Study: Wild Lettuce Could Serve As Rubber Source

April 9, 2015 9:52 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

The project began after WSU professor Ian Burke recalled a 2006 study noting the similarities between natural rubber polymers and the sap produced by prickly lettuce, the wild ancestor of commercially grown lettuce.

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IBM To Aid Developers During NASA Hackathon

April 8, 2015 3:29 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

The International Space App Challenge, which will run for 48 hours beginning Friday, invites participants to design solutions to 35 separate challenges divided into four categories: outer space, Earth, humans and robotics.

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The Swell of Automation In Manufacturing

April 8, 2015 3:19 pm | by Lisa Richards | Comments

Benefits of automated facility management include better integration and control of systems, cutting costs and energy reduction, production consistency, safety and reduction of workplace injuries and automated systems and computerized maintenance management.

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The World’s Tiniest Computer

April 8, 2015 3:15 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Comments

Now, there’s a one millimeter cubed computer that can fit on the edge of a nickel. Called the Michigan Micro Mote (M^3), it’s believed to be the smallest autonomous computer in the world.

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East, West Coast Ports Import Volume Now Nearly Equal

April 8, 2015 3:13 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

As the talks became increasingly heated late last year, monthly import traffic at East Coast ports grew at a higher rate than West Coast traffic compared to 2013 numbers.

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FDA Proposal Would Exempt Certain Farm Sales From Registration Requirements

April 8, 2015 3:10 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

FDA rules currently require food processing, packing and storage facilities to register with the agency, but farms and restaurants are among those defined as "retail food establishments" that are exempt from the mandate.

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Manufacturing Snapshot Of The Week: California’s Worst Drought In History

April 8, 2015 3:08 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Comments

Brown’s executive order primarily targets wasteful practices, including watering residential lawns and washing cars.

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Tesla Boosts Power And Price Of Low-End Model S

April 8, 2015 10:37 am | by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press | Comments

The new all-wheel-drive model, called the 70-D, can go a government-certified 240 miles per charge, has 514 horsepower and can go from zero to 60 in 5.2 seconds. Buyers also get free access to Tesla's network of quick-charging stations.

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These Water Treatment Technologies Are So Powerful They Can Fight Drought

April 8, 2015 10:29 am | by GE Reports | Comments

A recent U.N. report found that two-thirds of the world’s population could be vulnerable to water shortages and 1.8 billion people would be living in “countries or regions with absolute water scarcity” by 2025.

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Report Expects Demand For Oilfield Chemicals To Increase

April 8, 2015 10:07 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

The report conceded that the recent crude price decline sharply curtailed the market, but said the underlying conditions that fostered growth in previous years would spark a rebound.

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