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US: Corps need to waking up to human trafficking

May 18, 2011 5:50 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The fight against human trafficking, which for years has focused on rescuing sex slaves and punishing their pimps and smugglers, is now seeking to compel corporations to ensure they aren't unknowingly facilitating modern-day slavery.United States Congressman Chris Smith told a conference...

GT Solar signs $228M equipment order

May 18, 2011 5:50 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

GT Solar International Inc. said Wednesday that it received a Korean order for polysilicon production equipment worth $228 million, it biggest order for such equipment and technology to date.Its shares climbed 61 cents, or 5.3 percent, to $12.09 in pre-market trading.GT, based in Merrimack, New...

FDA panel backs infant doses for kids' Tylenol

May 18, 2011 5:50 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal health experts say dosing instructions for children younger than 2 years old should be added to Children's Tylenol and similar products containing acetaminophen, the popular pain reliever and fever reducer.A panel of Food and Drug Administration advisers voted 21-0 in favor of adding...


New book explores infamous 1968 W.Va. mine blast

May 18, 2011 5:50 am | by VICKI SMITH - Associated Press - Associated Press | News | Comments

The author of a new book about a 1968 explosion that killed 78 West Virginia coal miners contends the tragedy behind passage of the federal Coal Mine Health and Safety Act was both preventable and poorly investigated, stripping the victims' families of the justice and compensation they...

Expert Critical of Comparison of Fukushima to Chernobyl

May 18, 2011 5:49 am | by Institute of Physics | News | Comments

A radiological protection expert with the Dalton Nuclear Institute argues than a peculiarity of the International Nuclear and Radiological Event Scale has incorrectly equated Fukushima with Chernobyl.

Patients Mislead About Robotic Surgery Benefits

May 18, 2011 5:44 am | by Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions | News | Comments

An estimated four in 10 hospital websites in the United States publicize the use of robotic surgery, but promotional material overestimate the benefits of surgical robots, largely ignore the risks, and are strongly influenced by the product's manufacturer.

Why Did My Loan Guarantee Just Die, and What Do I Do About It?

May 18, 2011 5:27 am | by Jime Lane, Biofuels Digest | News | Comments

In Washington, numerous projects received DOE letters this week that their 1705 applications had been put on hold, and many others have now been rejected.

Deere announces plans to build new plant in China

May 18, 2011 3:50 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Deere & Co. plans to invest $80 million in a new agricultural equipment manufacturing plant in northeast China to help meet increased demand in the region.Deere announced the new plant Tuesday morning as it released its quarterly earnings report.The factory will be located in Harbin in the...


Brazilian takes crown as world's oldest person

May 18, 2011 1:50 am | by BRADLEY BROOKS - Associated Press - Associated Press | News | Comments

A 114-year-old Brazilian woman is the world's oldest living human, Guinness World Records said Wednesday.Maria Gomes Valentim attributes her longevity to eating a daily roll of bread for breakfast along with fruit — though she indulges in the occasional nip of wine.Guinness said that Valentim,...

Laser-technology firm II-VI to split stock 2-for-1

May 17, 2011 2:50 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

II-VI Inc., which makes components for lasers and electronics, said Tuesday it will split its stock 2-for-1 at the end of June 3.The company has about 31.3 million shares of common stock outstanding. The new shares will be distributed around Jun 24.The company said the split would make it...

Mining company prevails in appeal over ID project

May 17, 2011 1:50 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Canadian mining company has gotten the green light to begin exploratory drilling northeast of Boise after prevailing in an appeal by environmental groups.Vancouver-based Mosquito Consolidated Gold Mines Limited aims to explore 2,900 acres in the Boise National Forest 14 miles north of Idaho...

Skyworks Solutions to acquire SiGe for $210M

May 17, 2011 1:50 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Analog chip maker Skyworks Solutions Inc. said Tuesday it is buying SiGe Semiconductor Inc., a manufacturer of equipment that enables wireless interconnection between electronic devices.Woburn-based Skyworks will pay $210 million in cash and an additional $65 million if certain performance...

FCC names senior counsel to oversee AT & T review

May 17, 2011 1:50 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Federal Communications Commission has appointed a partner in the Washington law office of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati to oversee its review of AT&T Inc.'s proposed purchase of T-Mobile USA.FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski has named Renata Hesse as senior counsel to the chairman for...

Intel CEO touts power-saving chip focus

May 17, 2011 1:50 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Intel's CEO says his company's focus is shifting toward power-saving chips as smartphones and tablets account for a rising share of the computer market.Intel will aim for power consumption of 15 watts as a midpoint. Now, the midpoint for chips for laptops is around 35 watts.Paul Otellini's...

Shire to buy Advanced BioHealing for $750 million

May 17, 2011 1:50 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Irish biopharmaceutical company Shire PLC said Tuesday that it is buying Advanced BioHealing Inc. for $750 million.Shire said it will pay for the deal from its current cash stores, and the acquisition will not change the company's financial outlook for 2011. The purchase requires antitrust...


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