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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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The 30 Second Phone Charger

April 8, 2014 10:53 am | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

StoreDot has developed a prototype phone battery than can charge your phone in half a minute. The Israeli company CEO, Doron Myersdorf, said the technology came about while working on Alzheimer's Disease research. Take a look at the device in action.

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The Hybrid Electronic Bike Of The Future

April 8, 2014 10:43 am | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

The Copenhagen Wheel, funded by Tumblr founder David Karp, is a smartphone controlled motor for your bike. The red hub is a self-contained unit that contains a motor, batteries, embedded control system and sensors that can go on almost any bicycle turning it into a hybrid electric bike. 

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China OKs Nokia-Microsoft Deal

April 8, 2014 9:26 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Nokia has received regulatory approval from Chinese authorities to sell its mobile phone unit to Microsoft Corp., removing one of the last major hurdles to the 5.4 billion-euro ($7.3 billion) deal.               

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Zohydro Maker Sues To Block Ban

April 8, 2014 9:23 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The maker of Zohydro, a controversial new prescription painkiller, has filed a lawsuit in federal court seeking to block Massachusetts' ban on local doctors prescribing and dispensing the drug.                 

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Tenn. Volkswagen Expansion Talks At Standstill

April 8, 2014 9:16 am | by Erik Schelzig, Associated Press | News | Comments

Expansion talks at Volkswagen's lone U.S. plant have ground to a halt amid disagreements about the role of organized labor at the factory in Tennessee.                             

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Scientists In UK Make Body Parts In Lab

April 8, 2014 9:13 am | by Maria Cheng, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

In a north London hospital, scientists are growing noses, ears and blood vessels in the laboratory in a bold attempt to make body parts using stem cells.                           

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Only 2 Midsize SUVs Get Top Crash Test Rating

April 8, 2014 9:09 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Only two of nine midsize SUVs got the highest rating in crash tests done by an insurance industry group.                                         

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Cheaper Smartphones Cut Into Samsung's Profits

April 8, 2014 9:04 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The consumer technology heavyweight said Tuesday that it expects operating income of about 8.4 trillion won ($8 billion) for the January-March quarter, down 4 percent from a year earlier.                  

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Holcim, Lafarge Create Swiss Merger

April 7, 2014 1:25 pm | by John Heilprin, Associated Press | News | Comments

Two of the world's largest suppliers of building materials announced plans for a "merger of equals" Monday that would create an industry giant with a combined 32 billion euros ($44 billion) in annual revenues. Swiss-based Holcim and its French counterpart, Lafarge, said the new company would be named LafargeHolcim and be headquartered in Switzerland. 

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Michigan Boosting Efforts For Auto Industry Jobs

April 7, 2014 1:21 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Michigan plans to boost efforts to attract and retain automotive industry jobs in engineering and design, software and coding, systems integration and skilled trades, officials said. Nigel Francis, the state's senior automotive adviser, this week plans to outline details of a 30-year strategic plan that aims to elevate Michigan's status as a global auto industry leader

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Supreme Court Rejects Early Appeal Of Surveillance Ruling

April 7, 2014 1:18 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Supreme Court has declined an early look at a constitutional challenge to the National Security Agency's bulk collection of millions of Americans' telephone records. Conservative lawyer Larry Klayman persuaded a federal judge in December to rule that the agency's activities likely violate the Constitution's ban on unreasonable searches.

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Industrial Machinery Market Growth To Double In 2014

April 7, 2014 1:14 pm | by IHS | News | Comments

High demand for machines in manufacturing sectors ranging from auto making to packaging will push the industrial machinery market to new heights during the next five years, highlighted by a doubling of growth this year, according to a new report from IHS Technology.

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Engineering Newswire: World's Fastest Bullet Car

April 7, 2014 1:03 pm | by Product Design & Development | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we're fixing the government with sixth grade math and racing the world's fastest RC Car. Also, while invisibility cloaks and stealth technology may seem easy in Hollywood movies, controlling and bending light around an object to make it invisible to the naked eye is actually quite difficult.

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