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Tesla To Unveil New Product Next Month

March 30, 2015 | by The Associated Press | Comments

CEO Elon Musk tweeted Monday that "a major new Tesla product line" will be revealed April 30. Tesla shares rose 3 percent to $190.60 after the tweet.

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Raytheon Lands $700 Million Air Force Contract

April 1, 2015 10:20 am | by Jacob Meister, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | Comments

The U.S. Department of Defense has sent out a bevy of big contracts, including a colossal $700,000,000 deal for Raytheon Technical Services Company.

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Bringing Back The Bling: New Process Recovers Platinum From "Smut"

April 1, 2015 10:13 am | by GE Reports | Comments

How rare is platinum? Imagine that making an ounce of it is so difficult that even exploding stars called supernovae, the crucibles whose high energies forge most chemical elements, can’t do it.

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Obama Signs Order Creating New Cyber Sanctions Program

April 1, 2015 10:00 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

"Cyber threats pose one of the most serious economic and national security challenges to the United States," Obama said in a statement.

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Survey: U.S. Businesses Add 189K Jobs In March

April 1, 2015 9:56 am | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer | Comments

Manufacturers shed 1,000 jobs in March, which likely reflects the twin drags of falling oil prices and a stronger dollar.

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Report: Job Stats Should Include Broader View Of Manufacturing

April 1, 2015 9:54 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

While official numbers showed the manufacturing sector lost millions of jobs between 2002 and 2010 — largely due to the 2008 recession — they did not account for gains in pre-production processes during that span.

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Next-Generation GMOs Could Be Pink Pineapples, Purple Tomatoes

April 1, 2015 9:44 am | by Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press Writer | Comments

The companies and scientists that have created these foods are hoping that customers will be attracted to the health benefits and convenience and overlook any concerns about genetic engineering.

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Do The Math: Fracking By The Numbers

April 1, 2015 9:15 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Comments

Know how many chemicals are used to fracking? Or how many wells are in the U.S.? Here’s a look at fracking, by the numbers.

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Google, Microsoft Battle Drives Down Prices For PCs, Tablets

March 31, 2015 3:30 pm | by Michael Liedtke, Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | Comments

As the prices for tablets and smartphones have been declining, it has forced on PC makers to lower their prices.

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Obama Vetoes Union Election Rule

March 31, 2015 3:13 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

"Workers deserve a level playing field that lets them freely choose to make their voices heard, and this requires fair and streamlined procedures for determining whether to have unions as their bargaining representative," Obama said in a statement.

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A Firm Grasp On Its Craft

March 31, 2015 3:08 pm | by Jesse Osborne, Editor | Comments

Griffin Claw produces half-barrels, quarter-barrels, bottles and cans, and its beers are available at approximately 1,200 retailers, bars and restaurants throughout Michigan.

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Today In Engineering History: Eiffel Tower Opens In Paris

March 31, 2015 3:03 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Comments

The 984 feet tall tower would become the world’s tallest man-made structure. Although Eiffel received much criticism that his tower would be structurally unsound, he managed to finish construction under budget in two years.

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GM Ignition Switch Death Toll Rises To 77

March 31, 2015 2:30 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

The fund received a total of 4,342 claims by the Jan. 31 deadline. Of those, 1,263 are still under review. Feinberg says more than half are ineligible or lack documentation.

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U.S. To Pledge Up To 28 Percent Emission Cut In Global Treaty

March 31, 2015 2:21 pm | by Josh Lederman, The Associated Press | Comments

By announcing its commitment early, the U.S. hopes to dial up the political pressure on other countries to take equally ambitious steps to cut emissions.

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Congress Urged to Tread Cautiously On IoT Regulations

March 31, 2015 10:37 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

An estimated 5 billion devices will connect to the Internet this year, but GE anticipates that number will grow to 50 billion within five years.  

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U.S. Steel To Idle Part Of Minnesota Plant, Lay Off 680

March 31, 2015 10:25 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

It's the latest symptom of the downturn in the American steel and iron mining industry. U.S. Steel cites high steel imports, dumping and low steel prices.

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IBM To Invest $3 Billion In 'Internet Of Things' Unit

March 31, 2015 10:12 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

IBM is training more than 2,000 consultants, researchers and developers to help businesses come up with new ways to use the vast amounts of data that are now available.

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Solar-Powered Plane Lands In China On Round-The-World Flight

March 31, 2015 10:07 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

It flies next to the eastern Chinese city of Nanjing before heading to Hawaii on its five-month trip.

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Dig This: The Panama Canal Is About To Get Busy

March 31, 2015 10:04 am | by GE Reports | Comments

The 48-mile-long waterway that cuts across “the backbone of the Western Hemisphere” is going through the final year of a massive expansion.

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Dow Chemical And Olin Corp. Announce Mega Merger

March 31, 2015 9:56 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

Dow and Olin said the new transaction would double Olin's scale and create "an industry leader with revenues approaching $7 billion."

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Amazon Bypasses U.S. Drone Regulations For Now By Testing In Canada

March 31, 2015 9:28 am | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor | Comments

During and after testifying before a Senate Subcommittee last week, Amazon said it wouldn't delay its drone testing just for the FAA and said it would go abroad if need be.

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