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Documents Show GM Delayed Another Recall

May 30, 2014 9:40 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

General Motors recalled a small number of Pontiac G6 midsize cars to fix a faulty brake light system in 2009, yet waited more than five years to call back over 2 million other cars with the same system, according to company documents filed with federal safety regulators.

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Brewers Get Creative Using Spent Grain From Beer

May 30, 2014 9:38 am | by Michael Felberbaum, Associated Press | News | Comments

When you crack open and drain a craft beer, you probably don't leave much behind. The same can't be said for the process of making those brews, which yields a pound or more of leftover grain per six-pack.             

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8 States Sign Plan To Promote Clean Cars

May 30, 2014 9:36 am | by Jason Dearen, Associated Press | News | Comments

Eight states on the East and West coasts released a plan Thursday for working together to put 3.3 million zero-emission vehicles on the nation's roads by 2025.                          

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Musk Unveils Spacecraft To Ferry Astronauts

May 30, 2014 9:30 am | by Raquel Maria Dillon, Associated Press | News | Comments

A company that has flown unmanned capsules to the Space Station unveiled a spacecraft designed to ferry up to seven astronauts to low-Earth orbit that SpaceX founder Elon Musk says will lower the cost of going to space.         

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Ford Recalls 1.4M Vehicles

May 30, 2014 9:25 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ford is recalling 1.4 million SUVs and cars in North America to fix steering, rust and floor mat problems.                                         

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White House Touts Energy Policies

May 30, 2014 9:22 am | by Jim Kuhnhenn, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Obama administration is making a concerted effort to cast its energy policy as an economic success that is creating jobs, securing the nation against international upheavals and shifting energy use to cleaner sources.         

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China Fines Eye-Care Companies For Price Fixing

May 30, 2014 9:17 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

China has fined Johnson & Johnson, Nikon Corp. and five other makers of eyeglasses and contact lenses on price-fixing charges in its latest effort to use anti-monopoly law to control consumer prices.             

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Alcoa To Build Jet Engine Parts Plant

May 29, 2014 1:00 pm | by David Koenig, AP Airlines Writer | News | Comments

Alcoa hopes to cash in on the boom in commercial aircraft orders by building a new plant that will make engine parts for big jets.                                   

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NHTSA: Car, Truck Crashes Cost Whopping $871B

May 29, 2014 12:56 pm | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | News | Comments

Government safety regulators say the economic and societal harm from motor vehicle crashes amounted to $871 billion in a single year.                                 

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Toyota Celebrates 10-Millionth Kentucky-Made Vehicle

May 29, 2014 12:53 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

The first Camry was made at the plant in 1988, and the 10-millionth was also a Camry. The two vehicles were parked side-by-side at the celebration.                             

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Michigan A Leader In 'Blue Economy' Jobs

May 29, 2014 12:49 pm | by John Flesher, Associated Press | News | Comments

From wastewater treatment to farming and advanced manufacturing, a wide swath of the state's economy is particularly sensitive to any changes in water quality or abundance.                       

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8 Vehicles Get Top Rating For Collision Warning

May 29, 2014 12:32 pm | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

The 2014 Chevrolet Impala was the only non-luxury car to earn the highest safety rating in new tests of high-tech crash prevention systems.                               

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Engineering Newswire: Hyperspectral Sensors And A Real Iron Man Suit

May 29, 2014 12:28 pm | by Product Design & Development | Videos | Comments

Today's Engineering Newswire looks at designing hyperspectral sensors, creating little lenses for security cameras and making a real Iron Man suit for U.S. Special Forces.                       

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Speaking Of The Future: Advanced Manufacturing

May 29, 2014 12:23 pm | by Lockheed Martin | Videos | Comments

Lockheed Martin imagines a world where you can 3D print a full-size cargo plane or quickly produce a body part to save someone's life. Take a look at how they're embracing advanced manufacturing.               

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Front-Crash Avoidance Systems Improving

May 29, 2014 12:15 pm | by USA TODAY | Videos | Comments

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tests 24 large and midsize vehicles equipped with systems to help prevent or limit front crash danger.                              

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Futuristic 'Dream Cars' From The Past

May 29, 2014 12:05 pm | by CNN | Videos | Comments

The Atlanta High Museum of Art's 'Dream Cars' exhibit showcases futuristic concept cars from the past.                                           

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Obama Administration Names U.S. Manufacturing Regions

May 29, 2014 9:36 am | by Darlene Superville, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Obama administration on Wednesday named 12 regions of the country that will receive special attention under a new federal program designed to help make them more attractive to manufacturing companies looking for a place to set up operations, provide a boost to the U.S. manufacturing industry and create jobs.

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Apple Acquires Beats For $3B

May 29, 2014 9:30 am | by Michael Liedtke and Ryan Nakashima, AP Business Writers | News | Comments

Apple is buying more flair, swagger and song-picking savvy with its $3 billion acquisition of Beats Electronics, a headphone and music streaming specialist founded by rapper Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine, one of the first recording executives to roll with the hip-hop culture.

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Samsung Envisions Wearables With Common System

May 29, 2014 9:28 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The South Korean company pushed for a common system so that different manufacturers — from startups to established companies — can interchange key components such as the wristband.                    

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Tyson Also Makes Bid For Hillshire Brands

May 29, 2014 9:25 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Hillshire Brands has another suitor. Tyson Foods Co. is offering to buy Hillshire for $50 per share. That's $5 per share higher than Pilgrim's Pride offer earlier this week.                      

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