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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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Tesla Announces Charging System, Auto-Steering Feature

March 20, 2015 10:51 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

On Thursday, Elon Musk unveiled a new software update that he said would make running out of charge unintentionally "basically impossible."

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Using Mobile Video Collaboration To Address The 'Problems To Resolution' Gap

March 20, 2015 10:42 am | by Romulus Pereira | Articles | Comments

As strides in mobile technology are made, it’s becoming possible for anyone on the manufacturing floor with a mobile device to live-stream what they’re seeing to experts who can help with problem resolution in real time. 

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Tag Heuer To Make Smartwatches With Google And Intel

March 20, 2015 10:32 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Watch out Apple: Swiss company Tag Heuer is developing its own smartwatch with tech rivals Google and Intel.

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GM CEO Barra To Be Questioned In Ignition-Switches Lawsuit

March 20, 2015 10:28 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors CEO Mary Barra will be questioned this fall by lawyers suing GM over its defective ignition switches.

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Amazon Gets FAA Certificate To Experiment With Drones

March 20, 2015 10:21 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Federal Aviation Administration says it has issued online retailer Amazon a certificate to experiment with unmanned aircraft for research, development and crew training.

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Food Service Companies Vow To Go Cage-Free For Liquid Eggs

March 20, 2015 10:14 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Three of the largest food services companies each announced in recent weeks that they would purchase liquid eggs exclusively from cage-free poultry facilities by 2020.

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Study: Additives Don't Cause Plastics To Degrade

March 20, 2015 10:03 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A recent analysis by Michigan State University researchers cast doubts on the effectiveness of compounds intended to promote biodegradation in plastics.

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English Researchers Help To Safeguard Cocoa Crops

March 20, 2015 9:51 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The world's multi-billion dollar chocolate market relies on a fragile plant and faces volatile global economic factors. 

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Graco Fined For Delayed Reporting Of Seat-Buckle Complaints

March 20, 2015 9:23 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Graco has agreed to pay a $3 million fine for delayed reporting of consumer complaints about difficulty opening car seat buckles.

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