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USGS Investigates Link Between Fracking, Increased Earthquakes

April 24, 2015 9:49 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Federal officials on Thursday released the first comprehensive look at earthquakes caused by human activity, including fracking.

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Desert Shrub Could Become Alternative Rubber Source

April 24, 2015 9:45 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Rubber companies are increasingly looking to a North American desert shrub as a potential alternative to rubber imported from Southeast Asia.

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White House Expresses 'Concerns' About Energy Funding Bill

April 24, 2015 9:37 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

House Republicans and the White House are sparring over research funding for the Department of Energy in the upcoming fiscal year.

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Study: Soy Could Help Clean Up Oil Spills

April 24, 2015 9:25 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A common food additive may also provide emergency workers with another tool to combat oil spills.

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Jeni's Ice Cream Recalled Over Possible Listeria

April 24, 2015 9:19 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Another ice cream company is pulling its products from store shelves due to concerns over foodborne illness.

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Intel's Compute Stick Crams A Windows PC Into The Palm Of Your Hand

April 23, 2015 11:44 am | by CNET | Videos | Comments

The Compute Stick offers enough power to stream HD video, tackle the web and will work anywhere there's an HDMI port.

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Coke Finally Tasting Success After Changing Business Formula

April 23, 2015 11:29 am | by NewsyBusiness | Videos | Comments

For the first time in nine quarters, Coke reported a 1 percent increase in global net revenue, which was aided by a 6 percent bump in North America.

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Crazy Cars You Won't Want To Buy At Shanghai's Auto Show

April 23, 2015 11:21 am | by Wall Street Journal | Videos | Comments

There are fast cars, smart cars and self-driving cars, but what about crazy cars? Carlos Tejada takes us to the Shanghai Auto Show for a preview of high-tech autos that you may not want to drive.

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Cloud ERP: The Top 4 Questions You Should Be Asking

April 23, 2015 11:02 am | by Lori Payne | Articles | Comments

For those who have become receptive to the potential benefits of Cloud-based manufacturing software and are beginning to evaluate their options, here are four key questions you should ask as you conduct research and enter into discussions with possible providers.

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New Pentagon Strategy Warns Of Cyberwar Capabilities

April 23, 2015 10:31 am | by Lolita C. Baldor, Associated Press | News | Comments

A new Pentagon cybersecurity strategy lays out for the first time publicly that the U.S. military plans to use cyberwarfare as an option in conflicts with enemies.

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Google Wireless Phone Service Challenges Major Carriers

April 23, 2015 10:27 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Google is trying to shake up the wireless phone industry with a low-priced service designed to pressure major carriers into making it more affordable for people to get online and use Google's services.

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Frito-Lay Helps PepsiCo Crunch Wall St. Expectations

April 23, 2015 10:21 am | News | Comments

PepsiCo's profit in the first quarter topped Wall Street expectations, boosted by the popularity of its Frito-Lay snacks and lower costs.

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Drivers Want New Safety Technology, But It Will Cost Them

April 23, 2015 10:17 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Drivers want more technology that prevents collisions in their cars, but there's a limit to how much they'll pay.

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Truck, SUV Sales Drive GM Profits

April 23, 2015 10:14 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

First-quarter profit at General Motors rose nearly eight times above a year ago as consumers spent big on pickups and SUVs and the company didn't have to set aside money to pay for recalls.

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Obama Administration, Tech Companies Hope To Bring Environmental Data To The Cloud

April 23, 2015 10:06 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The Obama administration is teaming up with a slew of tech giants in an effort to bring the government's vast collection of environmental information to the cloud.

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Belgian Brewery Turns Food Waste Into Beer

April 23, 2015 10:02 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A Belgian microbrewery is selling beer that utilizes unsold bread from supermarkets.

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Trek Issues Recall Over Wheel Issue

April 23, 2015 9:56 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Trek Bicycle is recalling nearly 1 million bikes due to a potential safety hazard involving their front wheels.

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Critics Question Gulf Drilling Activity Five Years After BP Spill

April 23, 2015 9:49 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Energy companies are delving deeper below the ocean's surface to drill for oil in the Gulf of Mexico despite lingering questions about the industry's safety standards.

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VW Official: Automaker May Revive 'Bus'

April 23, 2015 9:45 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A member of Volkswagen's board recently disclosed that the German automaker is working on an electric version of its iconic "bus" that could revive the model for the first time since 2013.

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U.S. Postal Service Considering Drone Fleet

April 23, 2015 9:40 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The U.S. Postal Service could be looking to add drones to its delivery fleet in coming years.

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