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Guinness To Remove Fish Bladders From Brewing Process

November 6, 2015 9:17 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

One of the world's iconic beers is about to tweak its recipe, but it's unlikely that anyone but strict vegetarians will notice much.


U.S. Threatens To Impose Trade Sanctions On South Africa

November 6, 2015 9:12 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama is threatening to impose trade sanctions on South Africa for blocking imports of meat from the United States.


Manufacturing Minute: A Hybrid Engine Designed For Space Flight

November 5, 2015 11:59 am | by Bethe Croy, Associate Editor | Videos | Comments

In this episode, a hybrid engine for a reusable hypersonic space plane. 


The 'Meat Men' Behind The Country's Best Cuts

November 5, 2015 11:55 am | by Forbes | Videos | Comments

Pat LaFrieda Meat Purveyors supplies the country's best restaurants with beef, pork, lamb, veal and sausage. Now in its 3rd generation, the company counts Mario Batali and Shake Shack among its most illustrious clientele. 


Did Toyota Make A Worthy Contender For Tesla’s Model S?

November 5, 2015 11:52 am | by Fortune Magazine | Videos | Comments

Sue Callaway gives the hydrogen-fuel-cell-powered Mirai a full review.


Time For The Startup Nation To Focus On Scale Up

November 5, 2015 11:44 am | by Elisabeth B. Reynolds, Ph.D. & William Shih, Ph.D. | Articles | Comments

New legislation has been introduced that calls for the creation of a public-private fund which helps private investment firms to leverage government funds to invest in innovative startups that are building new production facilities in the U.S. Here's a look at the two problems this policy response is trying to address.


NIMS Opens New Gene Haas Education Center

November 5, 2015 10:45 am | by NIMS | News | Comments

NIMS has officially opened its new education center to help educators and businesses deliver the highest quality and most relevant manufacturing training for students and employees.


U.S. Productivity Slows In 3rd Quarter

November 5, 2015 10:37 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. productivity slowed in the summer, while labor costs rebounded yet stayed at a level suggesting only modest inflation pressures.


Kraft Heinz To Close Seven Plants, Cut 2,600 Jobs

November 5, 2015 10:30 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Kraft Heinz on Wednesday announced that it will close seven facilities and cut 2,600 jobs as part of its continued efforts to reduce costs.


Mercedes Issues Recall; Airbags Can Inflate Without Crash

November 5, 2015 10:22 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Mercedes is recalling more than 126,000 cars and SUVs in the U.S. to fix a problem that can cause the airbags to inflate without a crash.


U.S. Jobless Aid Requests Rise But Still Near Historic Lows

November 5, 2015 10:19 am | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

More Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week, but levels remain near historic lows as employers are hesitant to let go of workers.


New Report Offers Respite From Bleak Manufacturing Indicators

November 5, 2015 10:10 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The last couple of months haven't exactly inspired confidence about the state of the U.S. manufacturing sector. But a new report suggests that perception could be changing.


Pfizer Doubling Patient Income Limit For Free Drug Program

November 5, 2015 10:01 am | by Linda A. Johnson, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Pfizer, the biggest U.S.-based drugmaker, is increasing its financial assistance to patients, doubling the allowable income level for people to receive dozens of Pfizer medicines for free.


Report: Online B2B Purchases Nearing Tipping Point

November 5, 2015 9:54 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A recent report suggests that although online sales in the business-to-business sector are growing, those companies should be willing to invest more in e-commerce platforms.


Honda Drops Takata Following Massive Airbag Fine

November 5, 2015 9:49 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Embattled Japanese airbag maker Takata will lose its largest customer in the wake of a massive fine levied by U.S. regulators this week.


Manufacturing Minute: A Nuclear Fusion Machine Powers-Up

November 4, 2015 12:14 pm | by Katie Mohr, Associate Editor | Videos | Comments

In this episode, how the W7-X stellarator could change the future of energy. 


Better Than An Electric Bike?

November 4, 2015 12:10 pm | by Wall Street Journal | Videos | Comments

Using sensors and electric motors, the OneWheel, IO Hawk and RocketSkates let you zip around, steering with what feels like mind control. Georgia Wells heads to a San Francisco pier to take these futuristic transit devices out for a spin.


Cleaning Up After America's Nuclear-Weapons Program

November 4, 2015 12:01 pm | by Wall Street Journal | Videos | Comments

The state of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory reveals a contradiction in the Department of Energy’s efforts to clean up America's 70-year-old nuclear-weapons program. Contaminated, decommissioned buildings are being maintained because of a lack of funds to tear them down. 


Ethernet Migration Reveals Knowledge Gaps

November 4, 2015 11:47 am | by Dino Busalachi | Articles | Comments

System integrators and OEMs need to know more than how to compose systems with a handful of Ethernet connections. They also need to be comfortable deploying systems with hundreds and thousands of connections, while applying proper segmentation, IP addressing schemes, security and performance factors for the logical and physical network design.


The Physical Internet Will Rest On The Internet Of Things

November 4, 2015 10:21 am | by Benoit Montreuil & Alain Louchez | Articles | Comments

IoT technologies are integral to revolutionary logistics paradigm.



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