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Federal Study Warns Of Sudden Climate Change Woes

December 4, 2013 3:14 pm | by Seth Borenstein, AP Science Writerseth | News | Comments

Hard-to-predict sudden changes to Earth's environment are more worrisome than climate change's bigger but more gradual impacts, a panel of scientists advising the federal government concluded Tuesday.               


Woman Fights Ticket For Driving With Google Glass

December 4, 2013 3:11 pm | by Justin Pritchard, Associated Press | News | Comments

A woman has pleaded not guilty to what is believed to be the first traffic citation alleging a motorist was using Google's computer-in-an-eyeglass.                             


CEOs More Optimistic About Economy And Hiring

December 4, 2013 3:09 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A survey of chief executives at the largest U.S. companies shows a growing number are optimistic about the economy's prospects for the next six months and expect to boost hiring.                     


Autodesk First To Bring Computer-Aided Manufacturing To The Cloud

December 4, 2013 3:05 pm | by Autodesk, Inc. | News | Comments

Autodesk, Inc. has unveiled Autodesk CAM 360 — the industry’s first cloud-based solution for computer-aided manufacturing (CAM).                                    


Stratasys Introduces Nylon Material For FDM 3D Printing

December 4, 2013 2:58 pm | by Stratasys Ltd | News | Comments

Stratasys Ltd, a manufacturer of 3D printers and materials for personal use, prototyping and production, has introduced FDM Nylon 12, the first nylon material specifically engineered for the company’s line of Fortus 3D Production Systems.


Godlan Achieves TEC Accreditation

December 4, 2013 2:52 pm | by PRWeb | News | Comments

Godlan, a manufacturing ERP software specialist (SyteLine ERP), EAM (Asset Management) specialist and Infor Gold Channel Partner, has announced that it has achieved TEC Accreditation for ERP solutions.              


Before You Automate, Contemplate

December 4, 2013 10:52 am | by Todd Brun, Senior Validation Engineer, E-Technologies Group | Articles | Comments

Success as a system integrator depends upon being conversant in current automation topics and using available technology to deliver solutions to clients. But before jumping into delivering any of these solutions, system integrators need to step back and take into account the rapidly changing environment of controls and automation.


ISM: A Good Solid Month For Manufacturing

December 4, 2013 10:32 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Articles | Comments

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in November for the sixth consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 54th consecutive month, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business.


Micro-Manufacturing In America

December 4, 2013 10:25 am | by StandfordBusiness | Videos | Comments

Mark Dwight steered San Francisco's iconic bike messenger bag maker Timbuk2 back from the brink of bankruptcy to profitability, and a $20 million sale to private equity investors in 2005, before leaving to start his own company, Rickshaw Bagworks. He's a passionate advocate for the "maker movement", who believes that micro-manufacturers are the future of American manufacturing.


In Japan, General Motors Has High Hopes, Low Sales

December 4, 2013 9:51 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

General Motors says it's in Japan for the long haul despite sales of Cadillac and Chevrolet models barely surpassing 1,000 vehicles a year. There has never been much appetite in Japan for U.S. autos, and there are many informal barriers to foreign automakers making it there.


Detroit's Bankruptcy Follows Decades Of Decay

December 4, 2013 9:43 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

For decades, Detroit paid its bills by borrowing money while struggling to provide the most basic of services for its residents. The city, which was about to default on a good chunk of a long-term debt exceeding $18 billion, will now get a second chance in a federal bankruptcy court-led restructuring.


Tesla Rises As German Probe Finds No Defects

December 4, 2013 9:39 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Tesla shares surged Tuesday after the company disclosed that a German investigation into recent fires involving its Model S sedan found no manufacturer-related defects.                       


U.S. House Votes To Renew All-Plastic Gun Ban

December 4, 2013 9:36 am | by Alicia A.Caldwell, Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. House of Representatives voted Tuesday to renew a 25-year-old prohibition against firearms that can evade metal detectors and X-ray machines just as 3-D printers are increasingly able to produce plastic weapons.         


23andMe Faces Class Action Lawsuit In California

December 4, 2013 9:31 am | by Matthew Perrone, AP Health Writer | News | Comments

Genetic testing company 23andMe is facing a class action lawsuit alleging that the Silicon Valley startup misled customers with advertising for its personalized DNA test kit.                     


RV Industry Shows More Signs Of Recovery

December 4, 2013 9:25 am | by Bruce Schreiner, Associated Press | News | Comments

Led by sales growth for towable RVs and pricier stand-alone motor homes, recreational vehicle makers expect to ship more than 300,000 units to dealers this year for the first time since the economic downturn.            


Ethanol Maker Offered $6.3M For 65 Fuel Plant Jobs

December 3, 2013 3:22 pm | by Emery P. Dalesio, Associated Press | News | Comments

A long-anticipated $200 million ethanol plant that will turn grasses grown on North Carolina hog farms into motor fuel will go ahead, Gov. Pat McCrory's office said Monday.                       


NYC Train Derailment Airs Queries About Technology

December 3, 2013 3:19 pm | by Frank Eltman and Jim Fitzgerald, Associated Press | News | Comments

The revelation that a New York City commuter train derailed while barreling into a sharp curve at nearly three times the speed limit is fueling questions about whether automated crash-avoidance technology could have prevented the carnage.    


Potash Corp. To Cut More Than 1,000 Jobs

December 3, 2013 3:15 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Potash Corp. is cutting more than 1,000 jobs, about 18 percent of its workforce, because of slumping demand for potash and phosphate, two key fertilizer ingredients.                         


Chicago Asks Residents To Report Petcoke Problems

December 3, 2013 3:11 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has launched a new offensive against petroleum coke that's been piling up on the city's far southeast side.                                 


Boeing Incentives Could Total $1.7B

December 3, 2013 3:08 pm | by David A. Lieb, Associated Press | News | Comments

Missouri's bid for a Boeing assembly plant could include more than $1.7 billion of incentives over two decades if the airplane manufacturer adds thousands of jobs, according to new information about the proposal released Tuesday.      



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