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Rolling Over in our Graves over Fracking

July 10, 2012 12:22 pm | by Carrie Ellis, Editor, Chem.Info | Blogs | Comments

It’s been confirmed. Nothing is sacred anymore. First, residential homes and churches, then parks and playgrounds, now this? Graveyards? I’m afraid it’s true. Hydraulic fracturing (or the abbreviation thereof, known as fracking) companies are now targeting the final resting places of your loved ones for plundering the earth in the name of natural gas.

Environmental appeal involving RG Steel to proceed

July 10, 2012 11:50 am | by RANDALL CHASE - AP Business Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

A Delaware bankruptcy judge ruled Tuesday that environmentalists can proceed with a federal court appeal in a dispute involving water quality monitoring at an RG Steel facility near Baltimore.RG Steel, the nation's fourth-largest flat-rolled steel manufacturer, sought bankruptcy protection in...

SXC Health Solutions changes name to Catamaran

July 10, 2012 11:50 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

SXC Health Solutions is changing its name to Catamaran following its more than $4 billion purchase of fellow pharmacy benefits manager Catalyst Health Solutions Inc.The Lisle, Ill., company closed its acquisition earlier this month and said Tuesday its shares will start trading under the ticker...

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CVS, Deere withdraw from political group

July 10, 2012 11:50 am | by MAE ANDERSON - AP Retail Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Drugstore operator CVS Caremark and tractor maker Deere & Co. are the latest companies to withdraw from conservative political group the American Legislative Exchange Council.Many major corporations have had ties with the group, known as ALEC, for years. But the group became a lightning rod for...

Bristol-Myers to invest $165M in Puerto Rico plant

July 10, 2012 11:50 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Drug maker Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. says it will invest $165 million to expand a manufacturing facility in Puerto Rico.The company says the expansion at the plant in the town of Humacao will allow additional production of medicines to treat type 2 diabetes and new cardiovascular medicines. A...

AP IMPACT: Building costs rise at US nuclear sites

July 10, 2012 11:50 am | by RAY HENRY - Associated Press - Associated Press | News | Comments

America's first new nuclear plants in more than a decade are costing billions more to build and sometimes taking longer to deliver than planned, problems that could chill the industry's hopes for a jumpstart to the nation's new nuclear age.Licensing delay charges, soaring construction expenses...

NASA's Mars chief frets over heat shield for probe

July 10, 2012 10:50 am | by PAN PYLASAssociated Press | News | Comments

So far, the scorecard for missions to Mars reads attempts 40, successes 14.Not so good.Well over 60 percent of Earth missions to Mars have failed, ever since the pioneering efforts of the former Soviet Union in the 1960s and including Britain's high-profile Beagle 2 space probe.As NASA's latest...

Source: Google to Pay $22.5M Fine in Privacy Case

July 10, 2012 10:50 am | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Google has agreed to pay a $22.5 million fine to settle allegations that it broke a privacy promise by secretly tracking the online activities of millions of people who use Apple's Safari web browser.That's according to a person familiar with Google Inc.'s negotiations to settle a case brought...

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US: Neglect, inaction caused Michigan oil spill

July 10, 2012 10:50 am | by DAVID RUNK - Associated Press - Associated Press | News | Comments

A Canadian company's failure to deal adequately with cracks in an oil pipeline and its slow response to a 2010 rupture in southwestern Michigan likely caused the most expensive onshore oil spill in U.S. history, the National Transportation Safety Board said Tuesday.Enbridge Inc. knew in 2005...

European fiscal crisis drags down business travel

July 10, 2012 10:50 am | by SCOTT MAYEROWITZ - AP Airlines Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. companies are scaling back their travel plans in response to Europe's financial crisis and uncertainty about the economy at home.American business travelers are now expected to take 437.9 million trips this year, the Global Business Travel Association said Tuesday. That's down 1.2 percent...

Super Yacht Splashes into the Pearl River

July 10, 2012 10:02 am | by David Mantey, Editor, PD&D | Articles | Comments

After four years in production at McConaghy Boats in Zhuhai China, the 42.5 m Adastra trimaran from naval architecture design firm John Shuttleworth Yacht Designs (JSYD) has been launched into the Pearl River in Southern China.

Bonus Photos of the Day: Siemens and NASA Usher in a New Era

July 10, 2012 9:51 am | by Siemens | News | Comments

Siemens Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) software has been used for many years by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California, for the most challenging projects.

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Alcoa offering Alba at least $45M to settle suit

July 10, 2012 9:50 am | by JOE MANDAK - Associated Press - Associated Press | News | Comments

Alcoa Inc. has offered Aluminum Bahrain BSC at least $45 million to settle a federal lawsuit that alleges Alcoa-related firms paid millions in bribes that resulted in the Bahrain-controlled company overpaying for raw materials.Attorneys for the firm, also known as Alba, did not immediately...

Comcast sells A & E stake to Disney, Hearst for $3B

July 10, 2012 9:50 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Comcast's NBCUniversal is selling its stake in A&E Television Networks to Disney and Hearst for $3.03 billion in cash.Comcast Corp., which owns 15.8 percent of A&E, said it will sell its stake to Walt Disney Co. and Hearst Co., its partners in the A&E joint venture.The company said in May that...

Cheaper, Foreign Engineers

July 10, 2012 9:39 am | by Mike Rainone, Contributing Editor, PD&D | Blogs | Comments

If foreign engineers are well-educated and less-expensive, does that give these countries a competitive advantage? Not necessarily.

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