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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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Test Ride: Mercedes Self-Driving Luxury Car

March 19, 2015 11:49 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Videos | Comments

Brian Cooley takes a ride inside Mercedes' F 015 self-driving vehicle and explains why it could be the future of mobility.

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Microsoft Unveils The Future Of Skype For Business

March 19, 2015 11:43 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Videos | Comments

Microsoft has launched a preview of Skype for Business that gives us a glimpse of the future workspace.

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Flying Cars Coming In 2017

March 19, 2015 11:38 am | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

The Slovakian company AeroMobil will begin selling a flying car in 2017.

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IT & OT Turn To Physical Security For Productivity

March 19, 2015 11:29 am | by Greg Varga & Bob Voss | Articles | Comments

Tapping the full potential of smart, connected devices hinges on having physical security and access-control technologies and processes capable of protecting the new streams of industrial data. 

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U.S. Files Case Against Indonesia For Barriers To Farm Imports

March 19, 2015 10:54 am | by Paul Wiseman, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The United States is escalating a food fight with Indonesia, charging that the Southeast Asian country violates world trade rules by blocking imports of fruit, produce and meat.

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As Explorer Loses Ground, Microsoft Readies New Web Browser

March 19, 2015 10:36 am | by Brandon Bailey, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

After 20 years of competing against rival web browsers, Microsoft is gearing up to launch its own alternative to its once-dominant Internet surfing program.

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Monsanto To Pay $350K To Settle More Wheat-Related Lawsuits

March 19, 2015 10:33 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Monsanto said Wednesday it will pay about $350,000 to settle class action lawsuits brought by farmers in seven states over genetically modified wheat.

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Honda Adds 105,000 Vehicles To Driver's Airbag Recall

March 19, 2015 10:17 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Honda is adding nearly 105,000 vehicles to its growing U.S. recall of driver's side airbag inflators that can explode with too much force.

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