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U.S. Gives Farmers Approval To Spray Crops From Drones

May 6, 2015 | by Scott Smith, The Associated Press | News | Comments

"The FAA is taking an important step forward to helping more industries in the U.S. realize the benefits (drone) technology has to offer," said Brian Wynne, president and CEO of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International.

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Four Cranes Arrive At Port Of Houston, Prep For Bigger Ships

May 6, 2015 3:23 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Port of Houston Authority says the new cranes will be able to load and unload ships at 295 feet per minute. That's almost twice as fast as the current cranes at the terminal.

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Fast Food Pushes Into Delivery

May 6, 2015 3:16 pm | by Candice Choi, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

McDonald's said Monday that it was starting the test and teaming up with Postmates, a service that is also working with Chipotle and Starbucks.

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Electrical Manufacturers Support Energy-Saving Laws

May 6, 2015 3:12 pm | by Megan Crouse, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The National Electrical Manufacturers Association announced its support for federal energy-efficiency legislation on April 30, praising “the continued focus on common sense policies.”

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Air-Powered Cars Coming To The U.S.

May 6, 2015 3:07 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

The car can be refilled like a gasoline car by transferring air from a compressed air station, similar to the one that exists today at the gas stations for filling up tires, but with larger capacity and pressure in order to refill the vehicles.

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Study: Policy Changes Might Help Encourage Capital Investment

May 6, 2015 2:48 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The report suggested that the nation's tax and regulatory climate, along with global economic uncertainty, could be deterring investment opportunities and entrepreneurialism in the U.S.

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Report Considers Technologies Critical To Industrial IoT

May 6, 2015 10:36 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A new report classifies autonomous and remote operations, Big Data analytics and user interface technology among the advancements likely to fundamentally transform the manufacturing sector.

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Survey: Hiring By U.S. Businesses Slows Sharply In April

May 6, 2015 10:24 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The weak showing could raise fears that the economy is slipping into a period of sluggish growth, after expanding at a healthy pace for most of last year.

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Review: Small Life Enhancements Come With Apple Watch

May 6, 2015 10:14 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Think of it as a Swiss Army knife with a collection of tools that don't seem necessary — until you find yourself using them.

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EU Moves To Help Tech Companies Compete With U.S. Giants

May 6, 2015 10:02 am | by Lorne Cook, Raf Casert, The Associated Press | News | Comments

It would try to end practices like geo-blocking, which stops customers from using websites in another country, as they can increase prices, for example for car rentals at a foreign vacation destination.

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A Unifying Vision For Distribution And The Robot Revolution

May 6, 2015 9:57 am | by Krishnan Sundaresan, Director at ARRYVE | News | Comments

Robots are the present; and distributors that don’t plan on integrating robots with a holistic perspective will be left in the past.

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Daimler's Self-Driving Big Rig Makes Big Entrance In Nevada

May 6, 2015 9:54 am | by Kimberly Pierceall, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Its name is "Inspiration" and Daimler Trucks says it's the first ever self-driving semi-truck licensed to drive on public roads.

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A Formula For Efficiency In Domestic Manufacturing: Q&A With Darius Mir

May 6, 2015 9:22 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Made In America Seating CEO Darius Mir provided insight into his formula for maintaining competitiveness with imported products while operating on U.S. soil.

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USDA Report: Labeling Requirement Costs Producers Without Benefit To Consumers

May 5, 2015 3:11 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Federal officials reported that country-of-origin-labeling requirements cost the agricultural sector billions without any measurable benefit to consumers.

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Energy-Producing States Blast Obama Climate Change Plan

May 5, 2015 2:58 pm | by Matthew Daly, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Attorneys general from two energy-producing states say the Obama administration's far-reaching plan to address climate change would cause job losses and lead to higher electricity prices.

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Big Data Dawn On The High Seas

May 5, 2015 2:43 pm | by GE Reports Staff | News | Comments

A seaborne locomotive sounds like crazy idea, but engineer Andy McKeran, who designs heavy-duty offshore equipment at GE, might give it another look.

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Report: EPA To Ease Testing Requirements In Formaldehyde Rule

May 5, 2015 2:18 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The issue also arose recently following concerns over laminate flooring sold by Lumber Liquidators and others.

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Panera CEO On Push To Banish Artificial Ingredients

May 5, 2015 2:14 pm | by Candice Choi, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

By the end of the next year, the chain says the dozens of ingredients on its "No No List" will be banished from its menu.

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Report: 'Safer' Chemistry Expected To Outperform Overall Chemical Market

May 5, 2015 2:10 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

“This report demonstrates what many in the industry have believed: that safer chemicals are the future, not just for safety and health, but for business itself,” ASBC CEO David Levine said in a statement.

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How Big Is Tesla’s ‘Big’ Announcement?

May 5, 2015 2:04 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

When Tesla CEO Elon Musk unveiled his company's new battery division last week, he hailed the beginning of a "complete transformation of the entire energy infrastructure of the world."

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How Chemical Companies Are Part Of The Solution — And Problem — For Climate Change

May 5, 2015 10:31 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Blogs | Comments

Here’s a look at which companies have big plans to fight climate change, who still denies it, and how chemicals companies play a unique role in the debate.

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