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Daily news and top headlines for manufacturing professionals Rewind: NASA Makes A Robot For Mars; Tesla Fights With Auto Dealers

March 21, 2014 2:21 pm | News | Comments

Check out some of this week's top headlines from across, from a NASA robot that is six feet tall and has an 80 inch wing span, to Tesla's latest battle.               

Satellites, Binoculars Used In Flight 370 Search

March 21, 2014 11:30 am | by Nick Perry, Associated Press | News | Comments

From satellites to binoculars, the hardware being used in the search for the missing plane far off western Australia ranges from the sophisticated to the simple.                 

Flight Simulators Used By Enthusiasts Worldwide

March 21, 2014 8:40 am | News | Comments

Simulators can range from software on a personal computer used as a hobby, to sophisticated full-motion simulators used for training and annual recertification for professional pilots.             


Bombardier: Unrest In Ukraine Could Delay Russian Deal

March 21, 2014 7:53 am | by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press | News | Comments

The international crises over events in Crimea could affect Bombardier's efforts to finalize negotiations for a joint venture to build Q-400 turboprops in Russia, the manufacturer said Thursday.           

Ex-Microsoft Worker Accused Of Leaking Trade Secrets

March 20, 2014 2:09 pm | News | Comments

Federal prosecutors are accusing Alex A. Kibkalo of stealing trade secrets related to pre-release software updates for Windows 8 and Microsoft's "Activation Server Software Development Kit."             

Czech Agriculture Minister Says Budvar Is Not For Sale

March 20, 2014 1:00 pm | by Karel Janicek, Associated Press | News | Comments

Jurecka says Budvar has remained profitable despite the recent economic downturn, adding the trademark dispute with Anheuser-Busch was another reason to keep it in the state hands.             

Toyota To End Lockout At Indian Car Plants

March 20, 2014 12:20 pm | News | Comments

Toyota said the decision was in consideration of "law-abiding team members" who could return to work after signing a code of conduct.                    

Jet Mystery Unfolds Amid Asian Air Travel Boom

March 20, 2014 8:26 am | by Kelvin Chan, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The transfixing mystery of the Malaysia Airlines jet that went missing with 239 people on board has unfolded in a region where air travel is undergoing supercharged growth.              


Swiss Emmentaler Is World's Best Cheese

March 20, 2014 8:21 am | News | Comments

Out of possible 100 points, the Emmentaler scored 97.85 in the final round of judging Wednesday. The cheese scored top honors out of 2,615 entries from 22 countries.                

U.S. Current Account Deficit Falls To 14-Year Low

March 19, 2014 3:55 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The Commerce Department says the imbalance fell to $81.1 billion in the fourth quarter, down from $96.4 billion in the July-September quarter. That's the smallest gap since the third quarter of 1999.           

Malaysia Says Files Were Deleted From Flight Simulator

March 19, 2014 8:51 am | by Ian Mader, Associated Press | News | Comments

Investigators are trying to restore files deleted last month from the home flight simulator of the pilot aboard the missing Malaysian plane to see if they shed any light on the disappearance.           

EU Fines Auto Parts Producers Nearly $1.4B

March 19, 2014 8:14 am | News | Comments

The European Union has fined two EU and four Japanese companies a total of nearly $1.4 billion for rigging the market of key components in the car and truck industry at the expense of consumers.          

What If The Missing Plane Is Never Found?

March 18, 2014 2:51 pm | by Kristen Gelineau and Nick Perry, Associated Press | News | Comments

Such an outcome would flummox the airline industry, which will struggle to learn lessons from the incident if it doesn't know what happened.                     


Why Can You Shut Off An Airplane's Transponder?

March 18, 2014 8:33 am | by Joan Lowy and Scott Mayerowitz, Associated Press | News | Comments

It turns out there are several legitimate reasons why a pilot might want to shut off this key form of communication that allows air traffic controllers to identify and track airplanes.            

European Car Sales Continue To Grow

March 18, 2014 8:28 am | News | Comments

European car sales grew for a sixth consecutive month in February but remained at a low level as the market recovered slowly from the financial crisis.                 

Baucus Wants 'Level Playing Field' For U.S. Businesses In China

March 18, 2014 8:24 am | by Christopher Bodeen, Associated Press | News | Comments

New U.S. Ambassador to China Max Baucus embraced the increasingly intertwined relationship between the two countries, saying he would push for fair trade while urging Beijing to respect human rights.         

India To Appeal Decision In Scrapped Helicopter Case

March 18, 2014 8:19 am | News | Comments

India canceled the contract with Italian-owned Finmeccanica's helicopter arm AgustaWestland in January amid allegations that the company paid bribes to win the $750 million deal for 12 luxury helicopters to ferry VIPs.             

Activists Occupy French Nuke Plant

March 18, 2014 8:16 am | News | Comments

Police have surrounded a nuclear plant in eastern France after more than 60 Greenpeace activists occupied it Tuesday to protest the nation's reliance on atomic power.        Rewind: A Missing Jet; Dems' Marathon Climate Talk

March 14, 2014 12:03 am | News | Comments

Check out some of this week's top headlines from across, from a tech firm losing 20 workers when a jet vanishes, to Tesla's battle with New Jersey.                 

Should Foreign Aircraft Shops Require Drug Testing?

March 13, 2014 10:50 pm | by David Koenig, AP Airlines Writer | News | Comments

Aviation regulators say they're considering rules that would require alcohol and drug testing for people who work on U.S. airline planes in foreign maintenance and repair shops.             

Missing Jet Recalls Past Disappearances

March 13, 2014 10:41 pm | News | Comments

With radar, radio traffic and other technology, planes that crash are usually found quickly. But sometimes searches can take days or weeks if the plane disappears over open ocean or remote and rugged land areas.        

IMF: Income Disparities Can Hurt Economies

March 13, 2014 1:29 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The International Monetary Fund is warning that wide income inequality can slow economic growth and is proposing ways to reduce it.                     

Demand Grows For Halal Food

March 13, 2014 12:06 pm | by Aya Batrawy, Associated Press | News | Comments

The global industry for products that meet Islamic law standards of manufacture is estimated to be worth hundreds of billions of dollars and is multiplying as Muslim populations grow.              

Malaysia Says No Engine Data After Plane Went Missing

March 13, 2014 8:31 am | by Chris Brummitt and Jim Gomez, Associated Press | News | Comments

Officials dismissed reports that the missing Malaysian airliner's engines continued sending data for hours after its last contact, but said it was possible the plane continued flying and that they would widen their search.       

New Zealand Dairy Giant Pleads Guilty To Food Safety Violations

March 13, 2014 8:12 am | by Nick Perry, Associated Press | News | Comments

Government officials filed charges accusing Fonterra of processing and exporting products in a way that didn't meet standards and then failing to notify officials quickly enough when it became aware of the lapses.         

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