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Boeing Receives Patent For 'Force Field'

March 24, 2015 1:24 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

According to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Boeing Co. has invented a system of "shockwave attenuation via electromagnetic arc."

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Invisible Solar Cells That Could Power Skyscrapers

March 24, 2015 12:41 pm | by Bloomberg Business | Videos | Comments

Silicon Valley startup Ubiquitous Energy is making the world’s first transparent solar cells, a technology that could greatly expand the reach of solar power. 

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The Cars That Could Save Aston Martin

March 24, 2015 12:38 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Aston Martin unveiled two future cars at the Geneva Auto Show. CEO Andy Palmer hopes they are the key to expanding the brand without losing its heritage.

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Top 5 Trends Impacting Asset Performance Management: No. 4

March 24, 2015 12:29 pm | by Greg Goodwin | Articles | Comments

This week, Greg Goodwin of LNS research is counting down the top 5 asset performance trends in the manufacturing sector. 

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Five Truths In Building An Effective Digital Marketing And E-commerce Strategy

March 24, 2015 12:17 pm | by Corey Torrence | Articles | Comments

Consumers today have more information and options available to them than ever before. To stay competitive in this fast-paced digital world, manufacturers must take a hard look at their digital marketing and e-commerce strategies.

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Wilson To Purchase Louisville Slugger

March 24, 2015 11:41 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

One of the most iconic brands in baseball is changing hands for the first time in its more than 130-year history.

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FDA Warns Cosmetics Companies Against Promises That 'Go Too Far'

March 24, 2015 11:36 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration says an increasing number of cosmetics companies are improperly promoting their products as drugs.

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China Manufacturing Lowest In Nearly A Year

March 24, 2015 11:32 am | by Kelvin Chan, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

China's manufacturing fell to the lowest level in nearly a year as new orders shrank, according to a report Tuesday that underscored the weakening outlook for the world's second biggest economy.

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U.S. Drillers Scrambling To Thwart OPEC Threat

March 24, 2015 11:30 am | by Jonathan Fahey, AP Energy Writer | News | Comments

OPEC and lower global oil prices delivered a one-two punch to the drillers in North Dakota and Texas who brought the U.S. one of the biggest booms in the history of the global oil industry. Now they are fighting back.

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NC Joins States Allowing Fracking

March 24, 2015 9:56 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

North Carolina became the 34th state to allow hydraulic fracturing for oil and natural gas after new standards for the controversial practice took effect last week.

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3 Reasons You Should Consider Revamping Your Supply Chain Networks

March 23, 2015 1:48 pm | by Bob Farrell | Articles | Comments

Now is the time for manufacturers to consider revamping how they track supply chain networks. Here are the top three reasons why.

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Top 5 Trends Impacting Asset Performance Management: No. 5

March 23, 2015 1:31 pm | by Greg Goodwin | Articles | Comments

This week, Greg Goodwin of LNS research is counting down the top 5 asset performance trends in the manufacturing sector.

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Girls & Tech: Efforts To Encourage Young Women Into Programming

March 23, 2015 1:22 pm | by ABC News | Videos | Comments

Lana Zak investigates the efforts being made to get more girls into technology fields.

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A $35,000 'Robo-Clock'

March 23, 2015 1:18 pm | by Bloomberg Business | Videos | Comments

Eccentric Swiss watchmaker MB&F has launched a $35,000 robot clock at the Baselworld watch trade fair, complete with "mechanical brain" and flashing red eyes. The company's founder talked to Bloomberg about pushing the boundaries of clock making.

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Chinese Tech Firms See Stocks Slide After Massive Debuts

March 23, 2015 1:12 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Seven of the 14 Chinese tech firms that made their U.S. debuts in 2014 currently have stock prices below their initial offerings.

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Obama To Announce $240M In New Pledges For STEM Education

March 23, 2015 1:03 pm | by Darlene Superville, Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama is highlighting private-sector efforts to encourage more students from underrepresented groups to pursue education in science, technology, engineering and math.

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Inside Google's New Self-Driving Car

March 20, 2015 11:26 am | by USA TODAY | Videos | Comments

Marco della Cava got an exclusive look at Google's self-driving car at the Google facility in Mountain View, Calif. 

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Engineering Newswire: Bicycle Hybrid Reaches 100 MPH

March 20, 2015 11:11 am | by Product Design & Development | Videos | Comments

This Engineering Newswire looks at flying rockets through the Northern Lights, sticking giant earth catheters into geysers, and taking the fastest bike ride in the world.

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Lawsuit Claims High Levels Of Arsenic In Top-Selling Wines

March 20, 2015 11:07 am | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

A proposed class action lawsuit was filed Thursday in California that claims some of the country's top selling wines have high levels of arsenic. Some brands have up to four and five times the maximum amount the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) allows for drinking water.  

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Are You In Compliance? OSHA’s 10 Most Cited Violations

March 20, 2015 10:59 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Each year, OSHA names the most cited violations it encountered during its workplace safety inspections that year. The seminar, “Avoiding OSHA’s Top 10 Safety Violations,” provided insight on the most frequently issued citations and industry best practices for reducing the hazards

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