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NASA Nears Choice on Private Space Taxis for Astronauts

NASA Nears Choice on Private Space Taxis for Astronauts The world could know by the end of the week which private spaceship is going to fly NASA astronauts to and from the International Space Station. The space agency is about to give out its Commercial Crew Transportation Capability contract, or CCtCap, the last in a series of awards and agreements NASA began putting in place in 2010 to encourage the development of private space taxis for American astronauts. While one winner is widely expected, it's possible that NASA will tap multiple companies, agency officials said. "NASA has not specified a set number of awards under CCtCap," NASA officials wrote in a blog post last week.

U.S. LNG Export Terminals Closer to Fruition After Getting FERC Permits, an Industrial Info News Alert

Researched by Industrial Info Resources -- With the boom in natural gas production in the U.S., prices have plummeted. Supply has greatly expanded, while demand has grown only steadily. The next step for ...

Bruised euro holds ground ahead of inflation test

A pedestrian is reflected in an electronic board showing the various stock prices outside a brokerage in Tokyo By Marc Jones LONDON (Reuters) - The euro clung to modest gains and a rally in Europe's share and bond markets cooled on Thursday as investors put bets on possible fresh ECB stimulus next week on hold ahead of German inflation data. Escalating tensions in Ukraine kept riskier assets under pressure, with the top share index in Germany -- whose corporate sector has strong trade ties with Russia -- extending initial losses on reports Russian troops had crossed the border to fight alongside separatists. The recently-battered euro inched off a one-year low versus the dollar to $1.3204 as bond markets steadied with yields in most key parts of the euro zone pinned near record lows. "If the German CPI (inflation figures) underline strengthening deflation, it will fuel caution towards the euro zone... and add selling pressure on the euro," said Junichi Ishikawa, a market strategist at IG Securities." European stocks took their lead from a quiet Asia as the main markets in London, Frankfurt and Paris opened 0.2, 0.4 and 0.2 percent lower after three days of gains.

Telecom rivals battle for Vivendi's Brazil broadband unit

Telecom Italia tower in Rome By Leila Abboud and Lisa Jucca PARIS/MILAN (Reuters) - The battle over Brazil's telecoms market intensified on Thursday as European competitors Telecom Italia and Telefonica made rival offers for Vivendi's Brazilian broadband business GVT. Vivendi, which will examine the bids at a Thursday board meeting, must now choose whether to exit its last remaining telecom business after selling off its French and Moroccan mobile operations to focus more on media. French tycoon Vincent Bollore, who is Vivendi's chairman and largest shareholder, has led the talks with Telefonica and Telecom Italia in recent weeks and his view will weigh heavily in the outcome. Spain's Telefonica said it had raised a previous 6.7 billion euro bid for GVT to 7.45 billion euros ($9.84 billion), increasing the cash component of the initial offer made at the start of August.

Judge rejects Apple bid for injunction against Samsung

Picture illustration of Apple's iPhone 5 and Samsung Electronics' Galaxy S4 taken in Seoul Apple won a $120 million jury verdict against Samsung earlier this year over three Apple patents. District Judge Lucy Koh in San Jose, California, on Wednesday denied Apple's request to stop Samsung from selling infringing features on its smartphones related to those patents. An Apple spokeswoman declined to comment.

Exclusive: Microsoft CEO Nadella to visit China amid antitrust probe - source

Nadella, Microsoft Corp chief executive, attends the unveil event of the new Microsoft Surface Pro 3 in New York By Gerry Shih and Paul Carsten BEIJING (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp Chief Executive Officer Satya Nadella is set to visit China in late September, a source familiar with the matter said on Thursday, as the Chinese government conducts an antitrust investigation into the world's largest software company. It is not clear if Nadella, who took over as Microsoft CEO in February, will meet with any Chinese government representatives as part of his visit, or try to resolve issues with the State Administration for Industry and Commerce (SAIC), one of China's antitrust regulators.

China Huarong says Goldman, Warburg, others to buy $2.4 billion stake

A man walks in front of China Life headquarters building at Beijing's Financial Street HONG KONG (Reuters) - China Huarong Asset Management Co Ltd, the country's biggest bad-debt manager, said on Thursday regulators have approved a deal for it to sell a 20.98 percent stake to a consortium of eight investors for 14.5 billion yuan ($2.4 billion). The deal for new shares in the company is to raise funds for Huarong ahead of a planned initial public offering, Reuters reported in July. The consortium includes China Life Insurance (Group) Co , U.S. private equity firm Warburg Pincus [WP. ...

JAL to buy 32 Mitsubishi Regional Jets, order 15 Embraer aircraft

An employee of Japan Airlines works next to the company logo at Haneda Airport in Tokyo TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan Airlines said on Thursday that it will buy as many as 32 Mitsubishi Regional Jets and will order 15 regional aircraft from Brazil's Embraer SA with options to purchase as many as 12 more. Japan Airlines in a release said it will deploy the MRJs on domestic routes from 2021. (Reporting by Tim Kelly; Editing by Ryan Woo)

German joblessness up slightly in August, rate steady at 6.7 percent

The entrance of the Jobcenter in Eichstaett BERLIN (Reuters) - German unemployment posted a small but unexpected increase in August but the jobless rate held steady at just 6.7 percent, the Labour Office said on Thursday, suggesting the job market in Europe's largest economy remains intact. The number of people out of work increased by 1,000 to 2.901 million, seasonally-adjusted data showed. The mid-range forecast in a Reuters poll had been for a drop of 5,000. (Reporting by Michelle Martin)

2 Billion Industrial Microbiology Tests Conducted for Product Quality and Safety Worldwide

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Bitcoin shows staying power as online merchants chase digital sparkle

A customer prepares to use a Bitcoin ATM located in Flat 128, a boutique in New York's West Village By Gertrude Chavez-Dreyfuss and Michael Connor NEW YORK (Reuters) - Bitcoin is catching on at U.S. "Retail payments aren't broken."     There are also worries about bitcoin's volatility: its price in U.S.

China supplier of Samsung, Lenovo denies using child workers

The company logo is displayed at the Samsung news conference at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas BEIJING/SEOUL (Reuters) - A China-based supplier for Samsung Electronics Co Ltd and Lenovo Group Ltd said on Thursday it had never hired child laborers, denying allegations by a U.S.-based activist group. Samsung Electronics also said it had found no children or students working on the Samsung production line at the Huizhou-based factory of supplier HEG Technology, which was cited as violating China's labor laws by the New York-based watchdog China Labor Watch. In a statement, China Labor Watch said it had found more than 10 children working at the HEG factory during an investigation that took place in July and August. The watchdog said it had shared the evidence with Samsung last week and that Samsung demanded the supplier pay some students' wages.

Market Basket Drama Ends As Deal Reached To Sell New England Supermarket Chain To Former CEO

Market Basket Drama Ends As Deal Reached To Sell New England Supermarket Chain To Former CEO TEWKSBURY, Mass. (AP) — A New England supermarket chain that has been in turmoil for weeks over a workers' revolt and customer boycott has announced that the former CEO is buying the company from rival relatives.Market Basket said in a statement late Wednesday that former CEO Arthur T. Demoulas would be returning to the company and that he...

FBI, Secret Service investigate reports of cyber attacks on U.S. banks

JP Morgan Chase & Co sign outside headquarters in New York Federal Bureau of Investigation said it is investigating media reports that several U.S. "We are working with the United States Secret Service to determine the scope of recently reported cyber attacks against several American financial institutions," FBI spokesman Joshua Campbell said in a statement late on Wednesday. JPMorgan Chase & Co was the victim of a recent cyber attack, according to two people familiar with the incident who asked not to be identified because they were not authorized to speak publicly about the matter.

Quakes Keep Shaking Iceland's Bardarbunga Volcano

Quakes Keep Shaking Iceland's Bardarbunga Volcano Earthquakes are still rocking Iceland as lava pushes through a long underground fissure near the ice-covered Bardarbunga volcano. By 6:42 p.m. local time (2:42 p.m. EDT) today (Aug. 27), the Icelandic Meteorological Office (IMO) had detected about 1,300 tremors in the region, most of the them originating from the subsurface channel being carved out by magma, or molten rock. Late in the day, the discovery of a long depression above the southeast edge of Bardarbunga's caldera sparked new speculation about an eruption. As much as 10.5 billion gallons of water (40 million liters) could have melted and gone missing under the ice, the University of Iceland said.

NASA says new heavy-lift rocket debut not likely until 2018

NASA’s Space Launch System 70-metric-ton configuration is seen launching to space in this undated artist's rendering By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL Fla. (Reuters) - NASA’s new heavy-lift rocket, designed to fly astronauts to the moon, asteroids and eventually Mars, likely will not have its debut test flight until November 2018, nearly a year later than previous estimates, agency officials said on Wednesday. NASA is 70 percent confident of making a November 2018 launch date, given the technical, financial and management hurdles the Space Launch System faces on the road to development, NASA associate administrators Robert Lightfoot and Bill Gerstenmaier told reporters on a conference call. NASA estimates it could spend almost $12 billion developing the first of three variations of the rocket and associated ground systems through the debut flight, and potentially billions more to build and fly heavier-lift next-generation boosters, a July 2014 General Accountability Office report on the program said. While the rocket might be ready for a test flight in December 2017, as previously planned, the new assessment showed the odds of that were “significantly less” than the 70 percent confidence level NASA requires of new programs, Gerstenmaier said.

Scientists find mild cases of MERS among patients' families

Handout transmission electron micrograph shows the Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) coronavirus By Julie Steenhuysen CHICAGO (Reuters) - Fewer than half of Saudi Arabian patients in a study passed the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome virus to household members, and many of those who developed secondary infections contracted mild cases of MERS, global researchers reported on Wednesday. The study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, confirmed observations that the virus can cause mild disease, but overall transmission rates are low. "If less than half of infected patients transmit the virus to contacts, such as in this study, we can be pretty sure that this virus will not be able to start an epidemic in humans," co-author Christian Drosten of the Institute of Virology at the University of Bonn Medical Center said in an email. MERS, thought to originate in camels, causes coughing, fever and pneumonia, and kills about a third of its victims.

Drug find in Nestle sweet factory

A batch of sweets is contaminated with a prescription drug at a Nestle factory in Newcastle, sparking a police investigation.

Schrödinger's Cat Comes into View with Strange Physics

By sending green, red and yellow laser beams down a path to detector, researchers have shed light on the famous physics idea known as the "Schrödinger's cat" thought experiment. Over any given period there's a 50-50 chance the poison vial will open, and a person who opens the box after a given time and looks at the cat will then observe that it is either dead or alive.

Unusual Fish that 'Walks' Holds Clues to Animal Evolution

These first four-limbed animals, the so-called stem tetrapods, ultimately gave rise to amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals, including the largest animals to ever live on the planet. When fish started moving onto land, "the fossil record suggests there was a great deal of diversity among fish, and thus a lot of competition between the fish," said lead study author Emily Standen, an evolutionary and comparative biomechanist at the University of Ottawa in Canada. But just how ancient fish made this shift to terrestrial life still remains largely a mystery.

Alex Salmond's Kamikaze Negotiating is a Millstone Round Scotland's Neck

Alex Salmond's Kamikaze Negotiating is a Millstone Round Scotland's Neck Image courtesy of goforchrisJohn Swinney, the Finance Secretary for Scotland has repeated the SNP government's threat to walk away from Scotland's share of the UK debt. Let me repeat that again: the man who is currently in charge of Scotland's economy, who in an independent Scotland would be charged with selling Scottish government debt to the...

Eater Inside: Step Inside the Sriracha Factory During Chili Season

The previously embattled Huy Fong Foods Sriracha factory in Irwindale, California kicked off its 2014 Chili Grinding Season on Friday with walking tours of the facility, and Eater LA takes a look inside. The tours were self-directed and guests...

This Is How The Super Rich Can Effectively Give Back

This Is How The Super Rich Can Effectively Give Back Once accomplished individuals, including CEOs, business owners, high-profile athletes and entertainers, achieve a certain level of success there inevitably comes a time when they begin to ask themselves, “What’s next?”They have worked tirelessly their whole lives, built a long and distinguished resume of professional achievements, along...

Want to Move From Functioning to Flourishing at Work?

Want to Move From Functioning to Flourishing at Work? Do you ever feel like there's a blanket of greyness snuffing all the color out of your life? Instead of feeling full of energy, enthusiasm and enjoyment most days you drag yourself around feeling deflated, disillusioned and disappointed. And you can't help but wonder if: "Surely there's more to life than this."For many years this was my daily...

Global Industrial Wireline Networking Market 2014-2018

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Tricking memory in lab animals stokes hope for PTSD

By Sharon Begley NEW YORK (Reuters) - The frailty of remembrance might have an upside: When a memory is recalled, two research teams reported on Wednesday, it can be erased or rewired so that a painful recollection is physically linked in the brain to joy and a once-happy memory to pain. "Recalling a memory is not like playing a tape recorder," said Susumu Tonegawa of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, who led one of the studies. The mice had been engineered so specific brain neurons could be activated with light, a technique called optogenetics.

Research and Markets: Global CC Cream Industry Report 2014

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Justine Angelli: Serial Entrepreneur Helping You Fundraise for Anything

Justine Angelli: Serial Entrepreneur Helping You Fundraise for Anything An Interview with Justine Angelli, CEO and founder of ShareagiftThis interview is part of a series on Trailblazing Women role models from around the world.Justine Angelli is the CEO and founder of Shareagift, set to become the eBay of gifting occasions. Shareagift essentially provides crowdfunding technology for gifts.

Power of the Sun: Elusive Solar Neutrinos Detected, a Cosmic First

Power of the Sun: Elusive Solar Neutrinos Detected, a Cosmic First Tiny particles forged in the heart of the sun have been detected for the first time, offering scientists a glimpse into the nuclear fusion core of our closest star. The subatomic particles, called neutrinos, are hallmarks of the dominant fusion process insidethe sun. The new findings "allow us to look at the majority of the fusion reactions in the sun's core in real time, as they happen, minus an eight-minute delay for travel to Earth," Andrea Pocar, of the University of Massachusetts and part of the Borexino team, told by email.  "The measurement allows us to strongly confirm the model of the sun, and to take a 'neutrino photograph'." [The Sun Quiz: Do You Know Our Star?]

The Bottom Line Impact of Wellbeing in the Workplace

The Bottom Line Impact of Wellbeing in the Workplace Work practices, culture, well-being programs and relationships within workplaces are key determinants, not only of whether people feel valued and supported in their work roles, but also of individual health, well-being, productivity and most importantly to the bottom line of any companies profits. Well-designed and well-managed workplaces can...

Research and Markets: Global Wallpaper Industry Report 2014 - 2020

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Research and Markets: Global Optical Fiber Fusion Splicer Industry Report 2014-2019

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Transactional and Marketing Emails Are the Perfect Pair for Winning the Game of Customer Love

Transactional and Marketing Emails Are the Perfect Pair for Winning the Game of Customer Love Transactional emails -- such as order confirmations and shipping notifications -- are the long lost (revenue) loves for businesses. Transactional emails are a terrific opportunity to increase revenue by establishing new and long-term relationships, and courting customers with sweet gifts like rewards, promotions and sales. But most companies...

Research and Markets: Global Nail Gun Industry Report 2014

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Research and Markets: Global Maleic Anhydride Industry Report 2014-2020

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7 Decision Making Styles

7 Decision Making Styles What is your style? I don't mean the way you dress, I'm thinking deeper. Specifically, what style drives your choices? Every day, we are confronted with decisions that determine who we will become and what we will be known for in culture. Most decisions simply come down to two simple words: yes or no. But what are the drivers and how do you...

Research and Markets: Global Electrical Insulating Varnish Industry Report 2014

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Research and Markets: Global Xanthan Gum Industry Report 2014-2020

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CORFAC International Announces Multiple Industrial Property Lease and Sale Transactions

FALLS CHURCH, Va. -- CORFAC International 2014 President Robert Tillsley, SIOR, announced the completion of multiple lease and sale transactions involving industrial properties that CORFAC ( ...

Offer Incredible Value and Your Customers Won't Turn It Down

Offer Incredible Value and Your Customers Won't Turn It Down Wednesday morning I was checking my emails that came through overnight, like I do first thing every morning, and I saw an email with the subject, "Order Boom Going On Now | 5 Days Left to Enter for Vegas!" from Naturally I clicked on it and before I knew it I had my wallet out.Wait, what just happened?The order boom! It got...

Why We Should All Vacation At The Exact Same Time

Why We Should All Vacation At The Exact Same Time It may be summertime, but the living isn't exactly easy.Vacations are increasingly being squeezed by our inability to disconnect and the pile of work we return to after the holiday ends. And our colleagues who stay behind aren't faring much better. Scrambling to cover for absent employees, they try to keep productivity up even as someone...

Research and Markets: Global Oil Seal Industry Report 2014

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Knitting Factory Entertainment Selects TK Media Direct as Agency Partner

NORTH HOLLYWOOD, Calif., Aug. 27, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- TK Media Direct, a fast growing privately-owned media services agency located in North Hollywood, CA announced today that Knitting Factory ...

Sugar beet factory fires up weeks early

Even for a bunch of sugar beet farmers, the challenges of this year’s harvest are little bit sticky.

Mississippi Sees $2 Billion in Chemical Projects, an Industrial Info News Alert

Researched by Industrial Info Resources -- Industrial Info is tracking 41 chemical processing projects in Mississippi with an estimated total investment value of $2 billion. Roughly half that amount stems ...

Oil & Gas Leaders Swap Ideas to Boost Recovery Rates in Unconventional Formations, an Industrial Info News Alert

Written by John Egan for Industrial Info Resources -- Increasing recovery rates in unconventional formations could add enormous amounts of oil and gas to U.S. reserves. At the oil & gas industry's current ...

Market Outlook to Highlight Industrial Project Activity in U.S. Northeast and New England

Industrial Info Resources is pleased to be hosting our upcoming 2014-15 Industrial Market Outlook & Network Event at the Hyatt Regency Jersey City on the Hudson on September 11, 2014. The presentations ...

Research and Markets: Global Pulse Oximeter Industry Report 2014-2020

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Malaysia police arrest 42 foreigners after riot at export factory

By Trinna Leong KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Malaysian police have arrested 42 men after a riot by up to 1,000 mostly Nepalese workers sparked fires and destroyed parts of an electronics export factory, highlighting accusations of poor conditions for many of the estimated four million foreign workers in the Southeast Asian country. The riot broke out in the southern industrial hub of Johor state on ...

Research and Markets: Global Industrial Robotics (Articulated, Cartesian, SCARA, Cylindrical & Others) Market to 2020

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