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China: Milk Now Safe, Reputation Still Damaged

The recent tainted milk scandal deals a crippling blow to the Chinese product safety system as its citizens and people abroad doubt the safety of Chinese goods. After the maelstrom this past week regarding the melamine-tainted powdered milk from China, officials from the country's quality control agency announced yesterday that the situation is under control, Reuters reports. There is no problem,...

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Manufacturers Strive to Keep Innovation Alive

With the current financial crisis driving the U.S. economy into a deeper hole, it's relatively comforting to see that manufacturers are still keeping their eye on the big prize: innovation. It's no exaggeration that the process of fostering innovation can be difficult even in the best of economic conditions. In times of economic belt-tightening, ramping up innovation is even riskier and seems...

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Weekly Industry Crib Sheet: On the Big Bailout, Anti-Offshoring Backlash and the Rebuilt Minnesota Bridge...

...Plus Federal Aid to Detroit, the GM Centennial, the U.S.-Canada Trade Deficit, Jobless Claims and MORE. On the Big $700 Billion Bailout Following up on last week's historic downfall of major financial banks, the Bush administration has filled in one big unknown about its proposed bailout of the banking system - the price tag, according to CNNMoney. The $700 billion plan, the most sweeping...

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Light Friday: Head-Tilt Smileys and High-Tech Packaging...

...Water Droplets in Zero Gravity and MORE. Barely a week after it was powered up for the first time, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) was shut down temporarily when an electrical fault struck a cooling system for the high-powered magnets responsible for steering beams of particles through the tunnel, PhysOrg reports. A 30-ton transformer that cools part of the particle smasher broke on Sept. 11...

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U.S. Leading Economic Indicators Fall in August

The index of U.S. leading economic indicators fell more than forecast last month, reflecting a dim outlook even before this week's collapse in financial markets. The Conference Board's index of U.S. leading economic indicators fell more than forecast in August, signaling the growth outlook dimmed even before the latest collapse in financial markets. The New York-based private research group...

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Wall Street Disaster Shakes Small Businesses

The collapse of investment giant Lehman Brothers Holdings, Merrill Lynch & Co.'s sale and American International Group's crumbling business hits Main Street. Small businesses are not immune to the crunch big businesses are facing. The disastrous weekend and the tumultuous last couple of days have corporate finance reeling. Between the bankruptcy filing of Lehman Brothers - once the country's...

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Manufacturing Machinery Demand Remains Strong

As technological advances continue to make machinery more efficient and productive, manufacturers continue to invest in equipment - even in a down economy. In a world that is seemingly ruled by globalization, more companies are refocusing their efforts on productivity to compete worldwide. As machinery continues to boost productivity and advances in technology continue to make machinery ever more...

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Desk Rage On the Rise

Many people in today's workplace sense they are losing ground economically, socially and professionally. This compounds the feeling and impact of anxiety, stress and anger in the workplace, or desk rage as it's come to be called. There are many triggers of anger in the workplace - from a colleague stealing your stapler to a coworker passing off your idea as his or her own during a department...

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Designing Interactions

In Designing Interactions, author Bill Moggridge introduces readers to 40 influential designers who have shaped our interaction with technology. The book comes with a DVD that contains segments from interviews with all the innovators discussed in the book. A pioneer in interaction design tells the stories of designers who changed the way people use everyday things in the digital era, interviewing...

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How Healthy is Your Shop?

Is your plant below average, above or stuck in the same boat as your competition? Gauge how healthy your machine shop is based on these six wellness indicators. Just like people, manufacturing companies need regular check-ups to ensure that everything is functioning properly. Much in the same way doctors check a person's health against wellness charts and other signposts, American Machinist...

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