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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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3D Printing Easter Chocolates

April 9, 2014 1:04 pm | by Reuters | Videos | Comments

The world's confectioners are gearing up for Easter and an anticipated sales bonanza of chocolate eggs and Easter bunnies. However, as Jim Drury reports, one small company in Wroclaw, Poland has a message for lovers of all things chocolate — print your own.

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Swiss Unveil New Solar Plane

April 9, 2014 12:58 pm | by John Heilprin, Associated Press | News | Comments

A Swiss team planning to complete the first round-the-world solar flight next year unveiled a new version of their unique aircraft Wednesday, which they say could remain in the air indefinitely. Pilots Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg said the Solar Impulse 2 improves upon the single-seater prototype that first took flight five years ago. 

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Gov't Hits GM With $7,000-A-Day Fine

April 9, 2014 12:54 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

A government safety agency is fining General Motors $7,000 a day, saying the company failed to fully respond to its requests for information about a faulty ignition switch by an April 3 deadline. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said in a letter to GM on Tuesday that the company already owes $28,000 in fines.

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Defendant: Food Poisoning Was Easy Under Loose Security

April 9, 2014 12:52 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A man who was indicted earlier this year for lacing frozen food products with pesticide at a factory in Gunma Prefecture, north of Tokyo, says he had no trouble doing so because of loose security. The man worked at a factory operated by Aqlifoods Co. and revealed that he wanted to take revenge on the company since he was unhappy with his wage and the way he had been treated by his boss.

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Volkswagen Orders Dealers To Stop Selling 4 Models

April 9, 2014 12:46 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Volkswagen is telling U.S. dealers to stop selling its most popular cars until transmission fluid leaks can be fixed. Spokesman Scott Vazin says the order covers about 25,000 Jetta, Passat, Beetle and Beetle convertible models equipped with 1.8-liter, four-cylinder engines and automatic transmissions.

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Physicist Wins $1.3M Prize For Data Storage

April 9, 2014 12:43 pm | by Matti Huuhtanen, Associated Press | News | Comments

Anyone who uses large data centers, cloud services, social networks or gets music and film online can thank British-American physicist Stuart Parkin. The Finnish prize foundation cited the 58-year-old consulting professor at Stanford University in California for his "pioneering contribution to the science and application of spintronic materials" which it said has made "our contemporary online world largely possible."

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Ban On Painkiller Raises Constitutional Questions

April 9, 2014 9:27 am | by Philip Marcelo, Associated Press | News | Comments

Gov. Deval Patrick defended the state's first-in-the-nation ban of the powerful new painkiller Zohydro after a federal judge suggested in court that his administration may have overreached.                 

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Toyota Recalling 6.4M Vehicles

April 9, 2014 9:19 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Toyota Motor Corp. is recalling 6.39 million vehicles globally for a variety of problems spanning nearly 30 models in Japan, the U.S., Europe and other places.                          

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Bacon Prices Rise After Virus Kills Baby Pigs

April 9, 2014 9:16 am | by M.L. Johnson, Associated Press | News | Comments

A virus never before seen in the U.S. has killed millions of baby pigs in less than a year, and with little known about how it spreads or how to stop it, it's threatening pork production and pushing up prices by 10 percent or more.    

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Gender Pay Gap Bill Has Little Chance In Senate

April 9, 2014 9:12 am | by Alan Fram, Associated Press | News | Comments

From the Capitol to the White House, Democrats are rallying behind campaign-season legislation curbing paycheck discrimination against women.                               

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GM Auto Workers In Kentucky Vote To Allow Strike

April 9, 2014 9:10 am | by Bruce Schreiner, Associated Press | News | Comments

Workers at the General Motors plant in Kentucky that assembles Corvettes have voted to authorize a strike over lingering safety concerns.                                 

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Officials Sentenced For Tomato Price-Fixing Scam

April 9, 2014 9:07 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Two former officials with one of the nation's leading tomato processing companies have been sentenced in a federal case.                                     

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N.C. Sides With Duke In Appeal Of Coal Ash Ruling

April 9, 2014 9:03 am | by Michael Biesecker, Associated Press | News | Comments

North Carolina regulators are joining with Duke Energy in appealing a judge's ruling on cleaning up groundwater pollution leeching from the company's coal ash dumps.                         

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IMF: World Economy Is Stronger But Faces Threats

April 8, 2014 1:11 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The global economy is strengthening but faces threats from super-low inflation and outflows of capital from emerging economies, the International Monetary Fund warns. The lending organization expects the global economy to grow 3.6 percent this year and 3.9 percent in 2015, up from 3 percent last year. 

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FDA Defines Honey

April 8, 2014 1:06 pm | by Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Food and Drug Administration is taking steps to ensure that shoppers who buy honey are getting the real deal. New guidance issued Tuesday would prevent food companies from adding sugar or other sweeteners to pure honey and still call it "honey."

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'Lemon Law King' Sues Tesla

April 8, 2014 1:02 pm | by Todd Richmond, Associated Press | News | Comments

Wisconsin's self-proclaimed "lemon law king" filed a lawsuit Monday against direct-order car maker Tesla Motors, accusing the company of refusing to give a Franklin doctor a refund on a defective electric sedan that cost nearly $100,000. He said he believes the lawsuit is the first lemon law claim against Tesla anywhere in the country.

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Eli Lilly, Takeda Hit With $9B Penalty

April 8, 2014 12:55 pm | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

A U.S. jury ordered Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. and Eli Lilly to pay $9 billion in punitive damages over a diabetes medicine linked to cancer, but Japan's biggest drugmaker said Tuesday it will "vigorously challenge" the decision. The legal fight turned on whether Actos, which is a drug used to treat type-two diabetes, caused a patient's bladder cancer and by implication was responsible for other cases of the cancer.

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Manufacturing Humans

April 8, 2014 12:41 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

It appears that we’re on the cusp of a new world where custom human body parts can be grown or printed for those that need them. While doctors and researchers aren’t making the Six Million Dollar Man or Bionic Woman just yet, it looks like they’re not far off.

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How Will Big Data Affect Manufacturing?

April 8, 2014 11:14 am | by Greg Goodwin, LNS Research | Articles | Comments

The current buzz-term “Big Data” may be slightly misleading in the strictest sense. Most manufacturers are quite accustomed to having big amounts of data flowing throughout their organizations, but have historically lacked the context that gives that data actionable meaning — giving birth to the oft used phrase, “data rich, but information poor.”

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