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Vermont Adopts GMO Labeling Rules

April 22, 2015 10:01 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Vermont is one step closer to becoming the first state to require companies to clearly label food produced with genetic modification.

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Federal Report Calls For Billions In Energy Infrastructure Upgrades

April 22, 2015 9:57 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A U.S. Energy Department report says the country's sprawling system for delivering electricity needs substantial upgrades in order to accommodate rapid changes to the energy market.

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Report: Hybrid, Electric Car Drivers Increasingly Switching To SUVs

April 22, 2015 9:50 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Falling gas prices might be leading more drivers to switch from fuel-efficient vehicles to SUVs, according to a report from automotive website Edmunds.com.

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Chrysler Uses 3D Printing To Improve Axles

April 22, 2015 9:36 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

3D printing is helping Chrysler engineers gain a better understanding of its vehicle component designs.

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Pilgrim’s Pride To Cut Antibiotics From 25 Percent Of Chickens

April 22, 2015 9:31 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The nation's second-largest poultry producer expects a quarter of its chickens to be completely free of antibiotics by 2019.

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The Impossible To Describe Chevrolet-FNR Concept Car

April 21, 2015 11:07 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | News | Comments

General Motor’s unveiled its Chevrolet-FNR concept car at their Shanghai GM Gala Night, which celebrated the 10th Anniversary of the brand in China. 

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Has Elon Musk Turned Tesla Around?

April 21, 2015 10:56 am | by Bloomberg Business | Videos | Comments

Ashlee Vance reports on Google’s negotiation for a deal to buy a nearly bankrupt Tesla.

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The Silicon Valley Superfood That Makes You 'Bulletproof'

April 21, 2015 10:52 am | by Bloomberg Business | Videos | Comments

In the late 1990s, Silicon Valley entrepreneur Dave Asprey was overweight and struggling to stay focused. Many adventures and $300,000 later, his "bio- hacking" endeavors eventually led him to create Bulletproof Coffee, a brew he claims gives you steady energy throughout the day and suppresses your appetite for hours. 

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Navigating A New Social Supply Chain

April 21, 2015 10:48 am | by Bob McKee | Articles | Comments

More than ever before, consumers control the economics of the industry and organizations need to harness this information appropriately and adapt their processes in order to respond to volatile demand, manage inventory risk and rapidly take market leadership.

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Kraft Mac & Cheese Shedding The Dyes

April 21, 2015 9:53 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

This is the last year that the original version of Kraft Mac & Cheese sold in the U.S. will contain artificial preservatives or synthetic colors.

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Cardinal Health Paying $26.8 Million In FTC Settlement

April 21, 2015 9:49 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Cardinal Health will pay $26.8 million as part of a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission over charges it monopolized the sale in 25 markets of low-energy radiopharmaceuticals.

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Hormel Says Bird Flu Outbreak Will Hurt Turkey Sales

April 21, 2015 9:44 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Hormel says it will sell less turkey this year because of a spreading bird flu outbreak.

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U.S. Business Group In China Urges More Transparency, Access

April 21, 2015 9:40 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The American Chamber of Commerce in China called Tuesday for more government transparency and fairness as the confidence of U.S. companies in the country's investment climate deteriorates.

Top U.S. Exports Still Generate $67B Trade Deficit

April 21, 2015 9:30 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A newly released report found the U.S. possessed a trade deficit even among its top export categories — in stark contrast to several top global competitors.

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Some Farmers Look To Capitalize On Non-GMO Market

April 21, 2015 9:25 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Amid record harvests of corn and soybeans last year, some farmers are turning to an unlikely source to increase their bottom lines: non-GMO seeds.

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MINI And Qualcomm Look To Augment The Driving Experience

April 20, 2015 12:20 pm | by USA TODAY | Videos | Comments

MINI of BMW Group partnered with Qualcomm to create an augmented reality experience. The prototype — which uses aviator-type goggles and a specially outfitted MINI — is focused on safety and making the driver experience more fun. 

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The E-Cig That Tells You How Much You Smoke

April 20, 2015 12:14 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

The Smokio e-cigarette pairs with an app on your phone to keep track of how much you smoke, and how much money you've saved by not buying tobacco cigarettes.

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Mashing Up A Plane And A Car

April 20, 2015 12:11 pm | by USA TODAY | Videos | Comments

Jeff Bloch, also known as "Speedy Cop", is a Washington D.C. police officer who's been building out-of-left-field cars for years. His plane-car is a mashup of an old Cessna prop plane and 1987 Toyota van.

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Manufacturers Are Looking To The Cloud

April 20, 2015 12:01 pm | by Pat Garrehy | Articles | Comments

Manufacturers know that, in order to be successful in the rapidly changing markets of the global economy, they must make more efficient use of large amounts of data to leverage business intelligence and become more agile. They are looking to the cloud as a solution.

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Survey: U.S. Businesses Expect Sales Rebound, More Hiring

April 20, 2015 9:52 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. businesses expect their sales will rebound in the next three months after a sluggish first quarter, and they also plan to boost hiring and pay, according to a survey released Monday

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