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Sixth Straight Month Manufacturing Production Rises

Output at U.S. manufacturers rose in February for a sixth consecutive month, underscoring a sustained rebound in the industry. The 0.5 percent gain at factories, which make up 75 percent of overall industrial output, matched the prior month’s advance, marking the best back-to-back performance in three years, a Federal Reserve report showed Friday. Total industrial production, which includes mines and utilities, was unchanged as warm weather reduced demand for heating. More appropriate levels of inventories, a recovery in global markets and stronger corporate spending on equipment have put manufacturers on firmer footing. The data support other figures showing an...

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Hoverboard death by lithium battery

(CNN)A 3-year-old girl died over the weekend in a fire ignited by a recharging self-balancing scooter in her Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, home. Her death is believed to be the first in the nation to result from a blaze caused by the battery operated toy, some of which have previously been recalled due to their potential fire hazard. The blaze, which began before 8 p.m. Friday, sent six people to the hospital. Ashanti Hughes died in Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest’s burn unit Saturday morning, said a spokesman for Lehigh County Coroner’s Office and Forensic Center. The girl’s father and a teenage...

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Wowing and washable: Google’s smart jacket wears and works well at first glance

http://tinyurl.com/zjobgl2 AUSTIN, Texas—”The tech couldn’t be seen as slapped on the garment,” Ivan Poupyrev, technical program lead at Google’s Advanced Technology And Products (ATAP) group, told the crowd during his weekend South by Southwest panel. “So we started from the core—the yarn—we built starting there and went from the ground up. The first yarn we brought, I remember Levi’s looked at us funny and said, ‘you know that’s going to break right?'” “It’s called singing denim,” responded Paul Dillinger, vice president for global innovation at Levi’s. “You expose the cloth to an open flame which burns excess cotton. So we said, ‘You have this...

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Keep informed about Cotton

 http://tinyurl.com/zsmhm9 SAN ANGELO — Marketing of cotton fabrics to the consumer — under the theme “It’s your favorite for a reason” — is successfully making the transition from multi-media to the internet and reaching a wider audience including the younger generation, said Bob Stanley. Stanley of Lubbock, the Cotton Board’s Southwestern regional communication manager, addressed the annual meeting of the Southern Rolling Plains Cotton Growers Association during the biennial Concho Valley Cotton Conference in San Angelo Tuesday. “Jacey Dupree, from the popular blog ‘Damsel in Dior’ is an authority in the fashion and lifestyle space,” Stanley said. “She also...

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Single Use Plastic Bag Battle

http://www.waste360.com/plastics/who-s-really-winning-war-plastic-bag-bans-and-fees It’s easy to get caught up in the daily intrigue of Washington politics, these days. With the appointment of Scott Pruitt as chief of the Environmental Protection Agency, much attention has been focused on the future of federal environmental policies, regulations, and laws. Speculation stems from Pruitt’s track record in Oklahoma and his recent comments on the links between CO2 and climate change. The greatest eye-opener was the introduction of H.R. 861 which calls for the elimination of the EPA in December 2018. Granted, introducing a bill is no guarantee it will come to fruition as law. However,...

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