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Spill reported from oil platform in Gulf

October 4, 2012 7:41 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

The Coast Guard says an estimated 76 gallons of crude oil spilled from an oil platform operated by Apache Corp. off the coast of southeast Louisiana.Petty Officer 2nd Class Bill Colclough said the spill was reported to authorities on Tuesday.Colclough said a sheen created by the spill has...

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SM Energy names new president

October 4, 2012 7:40 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

SM Energy Co. said Thursday that it has promoted Javan Ottoson, the oil and gas company's chief operating officer, to president.Ottoson, 54, will continue to serve as the company's chief operating officer, a position he has held since 2006.As president, Ottoson succeeds Anthony Best who will...

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Visteon says CFO Welch has stepped down

October 4, 2012 7:40 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

VAN BUREN TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Auto parts maker Visteon Corp. said Wednesday that Martin Welch has stepped down as chief financial officer.Visteon, the former parts arm of Ford Motor Co., said Corporate Controller and Chief Accounting Officer Michael Widgren will be its interim CFO. Welch became...

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Charity Fraudster`s Name Revealed

October 4, 2012 7:40 am | by Charlie Rose, Gayle KingAssociated Press | Comments

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APR Audi R8 GRAND-AM Finishes Second at Season Finale

October 4, 2012 7:40 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Second place finish for the APR Audi R8 GRAND-AM Dr. Jim Norman and Dion von Moltke battle until the last lap Team strategy plays important role at Lime Rock Park The 13th round of...

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Google, publishers settle book-scanning dispute

October 4, 2012 6:40 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

MOUNTAIN VIEW, California (AP) — Google and U.S. publishers have settled a longstanding dispute over Google's book-scanning project. A lawsuit filed by authors remains, though, leaving the search engine's ambitious project in dispute.The Association of American Publishers and Google Inc. announced...

Adidas explores industry hardship fund for workers

October 4, 2012 6:40 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Sportswear maker Adidas AG says it's looking into the possibility of setting up an industry fund to help workers in poor countries who are left with no income when suppliers' factories close.Clothing and sportswear companies have faced criticism from labor union groups and others over...

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BASF cuts 400 jobs at building chemicals unit

October 4, 2012 6:40 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Germany's BASF SE says it plans to cut about 400 jobs at its construction chemicals business as it adjusts to a slump in building in parts of Europe.BASF said Thursday that it aims to offer the affected employees jobs elsewhere in the company "wherever possible." It plans to start talks with...

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SELEX Intends to Use Security IP of Intrinsic-ID

October 4, 2012 5:40 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

SELEX Elsag, a Finmeccanica company and Intrinsic-ID, a leading provider of security IP solutions, today announced SELEX's intent to use security IP cores of Intrinsic-ID in projects and applications where high levels of anti-tamper, anti-cloning and protection against reverse engineering are...

Key revenue figure up 13 pct. at Tandy Leather

October 4, 2012 5:40 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Sales at Tandy Leather stores open at least a year rose 13 percent in September, offsetting a decline in wholesale revenue.Tandy Leather Factory Inc. said Thursday fiscal third-quarter sales topped second-quarter sales for the first time in more than 10 years.The company said total revenue...

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American Apparel September sales figure rises

October 4, 2012 5:40 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Clothing maker American Apparel Inc. said Thursday a key sales figure rose 15 percent in September, helped by online sales and fewer discounts.The Los Angeles-based company said the increase in revenue from stores open at least a year included a 14 percent boost from its retail stores and a 19...

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Improving performance of a solar fuel catalyst

October 4, 2012 5:17 am | Comments

Hydrogen gas that is created using solar energy to split water into hydrogen and oxygen has the potential to be a cost-effective fuel source if the efficiency of the catalysts used in the water-splitting process can be improved. By controlling the placement of key additives in an iron oxide catalyst, researchers from NIST have found that the final location of the dopants and the temperature at which they are incorporated into the catalyst crystal lattice determine overall catalytic performance in splitting water.

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Sea urchin's spiny strength revealed

October 4, 2012 4:54 am | Comments

Using a process known as microtomography, a team of Australian engineers have created a high-resolution 3D microscopic image of a segment of spine of a sea urchin. This allowed them to identify unique features in the architecture of the spine, which is a single crystal of calcite that supplies an advantageous mix of elasticity and brittleness.

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Researchers develop process for making renewable liquid fuels

October 4, 2012 4:51 am | Comments

Using simple technology developed primarily for producing electricity from hydrogen, a team of researchers has developed what could be a commercially viable, continuous process for converting biomass and electricity into renewable liquid transportation fuels.

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The mathematics of leaf decay

October 4, 2012 4:48 am | by Jennifer Chu | Comments

The natural decay of organic carbon contributes more than 90% of the yearly carbon dioxide released into Earth's atmosphere and oceans. Understanding the rate at which leaves decay can help scientists predict this global flux of carbon dioxide. But a single leaf may undergo different rates of decay depending on a number of variables. Researchers have just built a mathematical model that incorporates these variables, and have discovered a commonality within the diversity of leaf decay.

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