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Studies: Lab-Grown Body Parts Working Well

April 11, 2014 9:29 am | by Malcolm Ritter and Maria Cheng, Associated Press | News | Comments

Windpipes, bladders, blood vessels and other structures have previously been created in part from a patient's own cells and then implanted. Eventually, scientists hope to tackle more complicated things like lungs and kidneys with this strategy.   

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French IT Staff Win Right To Unplug

April 11, 2014 9:26 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

French IT staff at Google, Facebook and other companies have won new protections against burnout: the right to unplug.                                     

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Oshkosh Corp. Laying Off 760

April 11, 2014 9:24 am | by Dinesh Ramde, Associated Press | News | Comments

Oshkosh Corp. said Thursday it plans to eliminate about 760 jobs from its defense division this summer, or 29 percent of the group's workforce, a decision driven by lower demand for its mine-resistant trucks and other military vehicles.    

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NHTSA Closes Ford Pickup Truck Probe

April 11, 2014 9:22 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. safety regulators have decided against seeking a recall of Ford F-150 pickup trucks after investigating complaints about EcoBoost engines losing power.                           

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GE Plans To Add 1,400 Jobs In Cincinnati Area

April 10, 2014 12:40 pm | by Dan Sewell, Associated Press | News | Comments

The General Electric Co. plans to build a new U.S. global operations center in the Cincinnati area, bringing an expected 1,400 jobs to southwest Ohio. Fairfield, Conn.-based GE describes the center as a "shared services" site that's part of the sprawling company's efforts to streamline operations. 

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Tesla Questions Motives Of Lemon Law King

April 10, 2014 12:34 pm | by Todd Richmond, Associated Press | News | Comments

Tesla Motors officials questioned Wisconsin's self-proclaimed lemon law king's motivations in suing over a Milwaukee-area doctor's electric car, saying the company did all it could to fix the car and suggesting someone may have tampered with it.

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Protecting Yourself From Heartbleed

April 10, 2014 12:26 pm | by CNET | Videos | Comments

The Heartbleed bug is serious. Disclosed less than two days ago, the Heartbleed bug has sent sites and services across the Internet into patch mode. In essence, the bug potentially exposed your username and password on sites like Facebook, Google, Pinterest, and more. Take a look at the problem and what you should do to protect yourself and your company. 

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Help Wanted: Millennials Manufacture The Future

April 10, 2014 12:21 pm | by The National Association Of Manufacturers | Videos | Comments

The National Association of Manufacturers needs Millennials to join and recruit the next generation of the manufacturing army in order to keep the industry moving forward. In this video, NAM interviews college students about what manufacturing means to them.

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The $845,000 Porsche Plug-In Hybrid

April 10, 2014 12:13 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

The Porsche 918 Spyder plug-in hybrid uses two electric motors to get its 887 horsepower. The vehicle starts at $845,000 and CNNMoney was lucky enough to drive this monster around the Circuit of the Americas track in Austin, Texas and reports on their experience. 

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A Hands-on Look At Microsoft's Cortana

April 10, 2014 12:04 pm | by USA TODAY | Videos | Comments

Cortana won't make her public debut until this summer, but USA TODAY got some hands-on time with the new Windows Phone digital assistant. To try and out-do the iPhone's Siri and Android's Google Now, Microsoft interviewed real personal assistants about their jobs, and tried to replicate everything they do. 

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Bill To Spur Manufacturing Innovation Moves Forward

April 10, 2014 11:56 am | News | Comments

The bipartisan Revitalize American Manufacturing and Innovation Act of 2013 would establish specialized manufacturing innovation 'hubs' around the country, creating thousands of high-paying, high-tech manufacturing jobs while enhancing the United States' role as the world's leader in advanced manufacturing. 

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How Veterans Could Help Manufacturing Fix The Skills Gap

April 10, 2014 11:52 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

When it comes to understanding the need for reliability and maintenance, it’s hard to look further than veterans — they know the stakes if a piece of equipment fails. As a former fighter jet pilot, Michael Aroney is familiar with high-risk endeavors, and what keeps them as low-risk as possible — maintenance is absolutely necessary to the equation.

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HP Paying $108M To End Inquiry

April 10, 2014 9:36 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Hewlett-Packard will pay the U.S. government $108 million to settle charges that former employees paid bribes to officials in Russia, Mexico and Poland.                            

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GM Puts 2 Engineers On Leave In Recall Case

April 10, 2014 9:34 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors has put two engineers on paid leave as an outside attorney investigates why the company took more than a decade to recall millions of small cars for an ignition switch problem.                 

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Sriracha Maker Declared A Nuisance

April 10, 2014 9:32 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Irwindale City Council's action Wednesday night gives the factory 90 days to make changes to stop the spicy odors that prompted complaints from some residents last fall.                      

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Toyota's Gas Cars Get Efficient Engine From Hybrids

April 10, 2014 9:26 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Toyota has developed an efficient gasoline engine using technology fine-tuned with gas-electric hybrids, in which the Japanese automaker is an industry leader.                          

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Scientists Try To Build Heart With 3-D Printer

April 10, 2014 9:24 am | by Dylan Lovan, Associated Press | News | Comments

It is an ambitious project to first, make a heart and then get it to work in a patient, and it could be years — perhaps decades — before a 3-D printed heart would ever be put in a person.                  

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Big Auto Recalls Push U.S. To Near-Record Pace

April 10, 2014 9:21 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin and Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writers | News | Comments

Big U.S. recalls by General Motors and Toyota have put the auto industry on a record pace as companies try to avoid bad publicity and punishment from an increasingly aggressive government.                 

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What The Future Holds For Cloud Computing

April 9, 2014 1:25 pm | by Ranga Bodla, Director of Vertical Marketing, NetSuite Inc. | Articles | Comments

While companies have been relying on hosted software and third-party tools for decades, it has been roughly six years since clouds entered the enterprise IT psyche. Here are some insights into the opportunities and limitations of service in the cloud, as well as what the future brings for cloud computing.

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Q&A: What You Don’t Know About R&D Tax Credits

April 9, 2014 1:13 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Manufacturers may not be taking full advantage of research and development federal tax credits, so Manufacturing Business Technology took a moment to ask Michael Devereux II from Mueller Prost PC to clarify some of the details surrounding R&D tax credits.

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