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5 Ways Unmanned Drones Could Affect The American Food Supply

January 26, 2015 | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | Comments

Herding cattle. Counting fish. Taking an animal's temperature. Applying pesticides. When it comes to drones, "your imagination can go pretty wild in terms of what would be possible," says Roger Johnson, president of the National Farmers Union.

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Report Says TTIP Would Undermine Toxic Pesticide Regulations

January 20, 2015 10:50 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.info | Comments

Many Europeans have voiced concerns that the new agreement will lower the EU’s standards for environmental and food safety, and a new report by the Center for International Environmental Law takes aim at just that — saying that proposals for TTIP could translate into more pesticides making their way into EU food markets.

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From Car Lots to City Budgets, Cheap Oil Means Change

January 20, 2015 10:23 am | by HENRY C. JACKSON, Associated Press | Comments

Cheap oil doesn't only mean cheaper gas in the tank. It means that a car dealer in Illinois is shuffling the inventory of models he'll be selling, that more students in Wisconsin may get school-provided iPads, that some planned projects in a Southern California city will get delayed, and that some expected oilfield hiring in North Dakota and Texas may not happen.

Company With Chemical Spill Ties Cited 8 Times

January 16, 2015 4:31 pm | by JONATHAN MATTISE, Associated Press | Comments

State regulators have cited the new firm, Lexycon, eight times since September for pouring chemicals without a permit, lacking proper "last-resort" walls to contain spills, and hosting tanker-trailers full of unknown chemicals, among other infractions, according to records reviewed by The Associated Press.

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Judge: 3 Million Barrels Discharged After 2010 BP Spill

January 16, 2015 9:29 am | by KEVIN McGILL, Associated Press | Comments

The amount of oil discharged into the Gulf of Mexico as a result of a 2010 rig explosion was more than BP estimated, but less than the government calculated, a federal judge determined Thursday in a ruling that could cost the London-based oil giant more than $13 billion.

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Judge: Dairy Pollution Threatens Washington Valley's Water

January 15, 2015 5:03 pm | by NICHOLAS K. GERANIOS, Associated Press | Comments

A federal judge has ruled that a large industrial dairy in eastern Washington has polluted drinking water through its application, storage and management of manure, in a case that could set precedents across the nation.

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We Burn 2.7 Million Gallons a Minute, so Why's Oil so Cheap?

January 15, 2015 10:03 am | by JONATHAN FAHEY, AP Energy Writer | Comments

The world burns enough oil-derived fuels to drain an Olympic-sized swimming pool four times every minute. Global consumption has never been higher — and is rising. Yet the price of a barrel of oil has fallen by more than half over the past six months because the globe, experts say, is awash in oil.  

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The Myth Of America's Manufacturing Renaissance: Q&A With Adams Nager

January 14, 2015 5:01 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor, Manufacturing.net | Comments

According to Nager's January 2015 report, "It is easy to get the impression that American manufacturing has entered a new and exciting period of revival. Many in the media, along with consulting firms and economists, now tout the term 'manufacturing renaissance' to describe this so-called revival...If only that were true." 

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Researcher Uses Crustaceans to Make Bio-Food Packaging

January 14, 2015 3:53 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.info | Comments

It can take 100 to 400 years for petroleum-based plastic bottles and films to biodegrade. It’s an issue that is known to be clogging our water ways — one study estimates that there could be 270,000 tons of everyday plastics floating in the world’s oceans — and has helped accelerate a push towards more eco-friendly alternatives. 

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Harvard Researchers Bolster Chemical Production by Bacteria

January 13, 2015 4:56 pm | by Andy Szal, Chem.info | Comments

Harvard University researchers have pioneered a method to produce dramatically larger amounts of chemicals from genetically engineered bacteria. Donald Ingber, founding director of Harvard's Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering, said the research could substantially impact pharmaceutical, chemical and energy production.

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What Do Obama And Auto Executives Think About Low Gas Prices?

January 13, 2015 4:37 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor, Industrial Maintenance & Plant Operations | Comments

For some, dropping oil prices are a blessing — but the plummet has given oil-industry folks plenty to gripe about. Consumers, meanwhile, have seen the decreasing gas prices as cause for celebration, but are consumers busting out the party supplies to soon?

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Communications on The Factory Floor

January 13, 2015 9:58 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Comments

Mike Lanciloti, vice president of product management and marketing at Colorado-based Spectralink, spoke with Manufacturing Business Technology recently about mobile communications in manufacturing settings. Lanciloti discusses why purpose-built devices might be better than smartphones to run a successful business.

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Fill 'er up! A Look at How Much Money Car Owners Are Saving

January 12, 2015 3:03 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

A plunge in the price of gasoline over the past six months has drastically changed the result of the calculation new car buyers and drivers perform every week: How much is it going to cost me to fill this thing up? The national average price of gasoline Monday was $2.13 a gallon, according to AAA, after falling for a record 109 days in a row. Six months ago it was $3.63 a gallon.

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After 2 Workers Injured, 1 Fatally, OSHA Cites MFG Chemical Inc.

January 9, 2015 9:42 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.info | Comments

OSHA has issued MFG Chemical Inc. citations following an incident involving the release of chemical vapors from an over-pressurized reactor, which left one worker hospitalized and another dead from burns in his respiratory system. OSHA’s proposed penalties total $87,780.

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How Lower Oil Prices Could Fuel More Hiring In The U.S.

January 8, 2015 4:43 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | Comments

In June, when oil cost $107 a barrel, U.S. employers added a healthy number of jobs — 267,000. Now, with oil below $50,  hopes are rising that hiring in the United States is poised to intensify. Goldman Sachs forecasts that if oil stays near its current price, the economy will add 300,000 more jobs this year than if the price had remained at its June level.

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California Says Bullet Train Could be Climate Solution

January 8, 2015 9:26 am | by SCOTT SMITH, Associated Press | Comments

California broke ground on its $68 billion high-speed rail system, promising to combat global warming while whisking travelers between Los Angeles and San Francisco in less than three hours. "We can afford it. In fact, we cannot NOT afford it," said Gov. Jerry Brown.

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