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Hemlock Permanently Closing $1.2B Plant in Tenn.

December 17, 2014 4:11 pm | by The Leaf-Chronicle, Clarksville, Tenn. | News | Comments

Hemlock Semiconductor Group is permanently closing its idled polysilicon plant in Clarksville, citing global trade disputes that have led to an oversupply of the compound used in solar energy panels. The company's president, Denise Beachy, announced the decision to the The Leaf-Chronicle on Wednesday.

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Cheap, Clean Fusion One Step Closer to Reality

December 17, 2014 2:27 pm | by Reuters Plus | Videos | Comments

Fusion power is the holy grail of any energy sources currently being developed. Researchers at the University of Washington are developing a new type of fusion reactor that could generate eco-friendly power for less money than fossil fuels. Will it be a reality in our lifetime?

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Am I Being Poisoned by Eating the Fish On My Plate?

December 17, 2014 12:57 pm | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Blogs | Comments

If you have ever heard the saying “you are what you eat” than you probably remember your mother scolding at you as a child for eating too many cookies because “if you eat too many, you’ll turn in to one!”  But if you are what you eat, then you are also what you eat eats.

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Russia's Sinking Economy Becoming a Global Threat

December 17, 2014 12:35 pm | by JOSH BOAK, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Russia's suddenly escalating financial crisis risks spilling beyond its borders and endangering parts of the global economy. "Oil hasn't found a bottom yet, so the pain is only going to get worse as the price of oil continues to fall," said a chief market strategist.

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Four Indicted in West Virginia Chemical Spill Case

December 17, 2014 12:29 pm | by JOHN RABY, Associated Press | News | Comments

A grand jury has indicted four former executives of a chemical company on pollution charges in a spill that prompted a drinking water ban for 300,000 West Virginia residents. The indictment charges ex-Freedom Industries presidents with failing to ensure that Freedom operated the terminal that leaked in a reasonable and environmentally sound manner.

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Telescoping Mini Light Mast With a 400 Watt LED Light

December 17, 2014 10:01 am | by Larson Electronics | Product Releases | Comments

he LM-15-5-4S-400W-LED is a four stage light mast that provides a safe and effective way for operators to quickly deploy the mounted LED light head. It features a rotating boom that allows for 360° of rotation and a removable mast head.

Self-Loading Regulator Valves

December 17, 2014 9:54 am | by Cashco | Product Releases | Comments

The SLR-1 consists of a DA4 high-performance, pressure-loaded, flow-to-open pressure-reducing regulator with either a Cashco P1 or Fairchild Model 10 pressure-reducing regulator mounted onto it.

Pharmacy Officials Face Charges After Patient Deaths

December 17, 2014 9:39 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal officials say a co-owner and a pharmacist at a Massachusetts compounding pharmacy blamed for a 2012 deadly meningitis outbreak have been charged with racketeering for allegedly causing the deaths of patients who received tainted steroids manufactured by the company.

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Wyoming Lawmakers Endorse Workplace Fatality Bill

December 17, 2014 9:30 am | by BEN NEARY, Associated Press | News | Comments

Lawmakers on Tuesday advanced a proposal that would sharply increase penalties when employee deaths occur because of safety violations at large companies in Wyoming, which has long been among the top states for workplace deaths. Mary Jane Collins of Sheridan urged the committee to pass the bill. Her grandson, Brett Collins, died in a construction accident in 2012.

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Step on Board The Largest Vessel in The World

December 17, 2014 9:08 am | by BBC | Videos | Comments

Owned by Royal Dutch Shell, the 1,601-foot long ship is named the Prelude, and was built in South Korea, to be sent down off the coast of Western Australia, where it will be working as a floating liquefied natural gas facility.  It has holding tanks big enough to store 175 Olympic-sized swimming pools of liquified natural gas.

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U.S. Reshoring: Real Shift in Production or Just a Fantasy Future?

December 16, 2014 3:44 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Blogs | Comments

With all the news and stories about U.S. manufacturing in the midst of a reshoring drive, a new report looks at the real numbers behind the push to bring production back to our shores. Yesterday, A.T. Kearney released its 2014 Reshoring Index, which looks at the rate and pace of the return of manufacturing operations to the U.S.

That Thermoplastic Was Made From What?

December 16, 2014 3:35 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.info | Articles | Comments

It may sound fishy, but researchers say they’ve discovered a way to make thermoplastics from squid. In a recent issue of Advanced Functional Materials, a team at Penn State reveal how they were able to synthesize a protein complex from squid to create a thermoplastic that could be used in a variety of ways—from product packaging to 3-D printing.

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Boeing Factory to Use All Clean Energy

December 16, 2014 2:24 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A Boeing factory says it plans to switch to all renewable energy at the factory in Washington state where it assembles its 737 commercial airplanes. The aerospace company and the utility, Puget Sound Energy, announced the switch Tuesday at the Renton factory, near Seattle.

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New 150 Watt LED Quadpod Mounted Flood Light

December 16, 2014 10:24 am | by Larson Electronics | Product Releases | Comments

Larson Electronics has added a 150 watt quadpod mounted work light. Built to provide a high power lighting solution that requires minimal setup time, the WAL-QP-1X150RT-GCR50 provides operators with an ideal lighting solution that features a quadpod with solid wheels for portability and a single 150 watt LED light head.

New Safety Signs

December 16, 2014 10:14 am | by Brady | Product Releases | Comments

Under OSHA’s November 2013 update, users can now use either the latest American National Standard Institute (ANSI) standard from 2011 (ANSI Z535.1, Z535.2 & Z535.5) or the previous standard from 1967-1968. The ANSI Z535 signs allow for clearer messages.

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