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The Surprising Chemical History of Tinsel

December 16, 2014 10:01 am | by CEN Online | Videos | Comments

How is the shiny tinsel that decorates many Christmas trees made? Today it's mostly made of plastic. But did you know tinsel used to contain lead, aluminum or copper? Find out all about tinsel's chemistry history in this very special holiday episode of Speaking of Chemistry.

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Feds Target Toxic Chemical Emissions From Mine Blasts

December 16, 2014 9:56 am | by MEAD GRUVER, Associated Press | News | Comments

The federal agency in charge of environmental protection at surface mines including Wyoming's huge open-pit coal mines has agreed to work toward regulating the toxic chemicals that sometimes get ejected into the air during blasting. Some who live near the big coal mines say they've suffered from headaches and respiratory irritation when such clouds waft over their neighborhoods.

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Regulators Consider Ga. Nuclear Plant Costs

December 16, 2014 9:49 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Utility regulators will continue their review of the costs of building a new nuclear plant in eastern Georgia. The Public Service Commission plans to meet Tuesday as it debates whether to approve Georgia Power's recent spending as it builds two more nuclear reactors at Plant Vogtle.

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Six Key Predictions for Manufacturing in 2015

December 15, 2014 5:28 pm | by John Zegers, Director, Georgia Center of Innovation for Manufacturing | Blogs | Comments

There’s good news to share. The lower costs associated with reshoring are driving more local manufacturing activity; technological developments are drastically changing the way plants operate; and capital investments are on the rise. Here's what to expect in the coming year.

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Are Oil Prices Fueling a Global Price War?

December 15, 2014 5:08 pm | by Russia Today | Videos | Comments

As Iraq offers price discounts on oil to Asian consumers, Katie Pilbeam investigates if this is a sign that crude producers are waging a price war. Also, Greece's election chaos sends markets crashing on fear that an elected leftist government would pull the country out of the eurozone.

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Deborah Borg Named President, Dow USA

December 15, 2014 4:51 pm | by Business Wire | News | Comments

Deborah Borg, vice president of the Human Resource Partner Organization, has been named president of Dow USA. Borg will be responsible for coordinating Dow’s activities across the U.S. and play an instrumental role in representing Dow's interests to key stakeholders, including customers, suppliers, joint venture partners, key government organizations and communities.

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Magnum Hunter Loses Control of Gas Well

December 15, 2014 4:40 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Magnum Hunter Resources Corp. says that it lost control of a natural gas well in Ohio over the weekend. The well located in Monroe County had been temporarily plugged while work was being done elsewhere onsite. But when workers tried to resume production operations Saturday afternoon, the well began to flow uncontrollably.

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Factory Output Eclipses Pre-Recession High

December 15, 2014 4:34 pm | by JOSH BOAK, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. manufacturing output in November surpassed its pre-recession peak, as auto production kicked into a higher gear. Additional gains came from food and wood, plastics and rubber-based products. Manufacturing output has risen 4.8 percent over the past 12 months. 

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Study: All-Electric Cars May Not be so Green

December 15, 2014 4:27 pm | by SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer | Articles | Comments

People who own all-electric cars where coal generates the power may think they are helping the environment. But a new study finds their vehicles actually make the air dirtier, worsening global warming. Ethanol isn't so green, either. The key is where the source of the electricity all-electric cars.

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Congress Clears Way For Copper Mine in Arizona

December 15, 2014 10:38 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A trade of public and private lands needed to allow the development of a massive copper mine 70 miles southeast of Phoenix is on its way to President Barack Obama's desk as part of the nation's annual defense funding bill. The annual defense authorization bill passed by the Senate Friday includes the trade that will allow Resolution Copper Mining Co. to develop the mine near Superior, touted as the largest in North America.

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UN Climate Talks Deadlocked

December 15, 2014 10:16 am | by KARL RITTER, Associated Press | News | Comments

The main goal for the two-week session in Lima was relatively modest: Reach agreement on what information should go into the pledges that countries submit for a global climate pact expected to be adopted next year in Paris. But even that became complicated as several developing nations rebelled against a draft decision they said blurred the distinction between what rich and poor countries can be expected to do.

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Cancer Patients Testing Drugs on Mouse 'Avatars'

December 15, 2014 10:12 am | by MARILYNN MARCHIONE, AP Chief Medical Writer | Articles | Comments

Scientists often test drugs in mice. Now some cancer patients are doing the same—with the hope of curing their own disease. They are paying a private lab to breed mice that carry bits of their own tumors so treatments can be tried first on the customized rodents. The idea is to see which drugs might work best on a specific person's specific cancer.

Remote Monitoring Provides an Enhanced Solution For OEE

December 15, 2014 10:00 am | by Spencer Cramer, President & CEO of Ei3 | Blogs | Comments

If your facility isn’t measuring Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) by utilizing the Industrial Internet, your company is likely losing out. That sounds like a bold assertion, but consider this: A facility with an OEE score of 85 or higher is considered "World Class." However, 40 is a fairly common score for facilities just starting to measure OEE.

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4000 Watt High Intensity Metal Halide Skid Mount Light Mast

December 15, 2014 9:38 am | by Larson Electronics | Product Releases | Comments

This 4000 watt skid mount five stage electric light mast features a rotating boom that allows for 360° of rotation, a removable mast head, and a cube frame with skid pockets with  4-corner pick eyes for easy transportation. The LM-30-8-5S-4X1000W-EW-SM five stage telescoping steel light mast with electric winchis designed to quickly and safely deploy 4000 watts of intense metal halide lighting in locations where elevated illumination is needed

Caster Portable Low Headroom Material Master Bulk Bag Discharger

December 15, 2014 9:30 am | by Material Transfer | Product Releases | Comments

This patented system is designed for discharging product into customers existing process. The unit features an exclusive sanitary no tube penetration design, and all components are mounted on welded solid body stand-offs to prevent product build-up.

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