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Getting buzzed for children's cancer research

By  Don Loepp    |    April 28, 2015 10:14 am ET    |   Comments

This is one of those stories that make you feel better about humanity. Some days we need stories like that.

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Sotos gets his head shaved annually to raise money for the St. Baldrick's Foundation.

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Canada offering help to small manufacturers

By  Michael Lauzon    |    April 27, 2015 9:45 am ET    |   Comments

The drop in world prices for oil, gas, gold and other basis resources has forced Canada's federal government to be a lot more interested in small- to medium-sized businesses. Unable to lever hefty, reliable royalties from petroleum and minerals to balance its budget, Ottawa is becoming more friendly with the companies that are the main engine for economic growth and job creation.

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Prime Minister Stephen Harper

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Cool dad breaks Hot Wheels record

By  Rhoda Miel    |    April 23, 2015 4:20 pm ET    |   Comments

Maybe your company had a great program for this year's Take Your Child To Work Day. But did you set a world record?

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Matt West and his team set up 12-foot-high loop in the three-story atrium of Ford's Research and Innovation Center in Dearborn, Mich.

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Molding company founder and art collector makes headlines in Chicago

By  Don Loepp    |    April 22, 2015 11:05 am ET    |   Comments

Newspapers in Chicago — and the global art community — are giving prominent play to a major donation by Stefan Edlis and his wife, Gael Neeson, to the Art Institute of Chicago.

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People who ditch single-use plastic bags eat more cookies

By  Don Loepp    |    April 20, 2015 11:38 am ET    |   Comments

There's a link between using reusable shopping bags and buying junk food. Really. Researchers from Harvard and Duke did the research.

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From space to Earth

April 8, 2015 11:31 am ET    |   Comments

The first items 3-D printed in space have arrived in Alabama for some down-to-earth testing.

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The wrench 3-D printed on the International Space Station, now on Earth for testing.

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Plastics recyclers suffering, PN pricing in the news

By  Don Loepp    |    April 6, 2015 11:43 am ET    |   Comments

Plastics recycling is in the news today, the subject of a Page 1 story in The Wall Street Journal headlined “Recycling becomes a tougher sell as prices drop.” The story tells the plight of plastics recyclers that is the result of lower prices for virgin resin.

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Plastic gets official for March Madness

By  Don Loepp    |    March 19, 2015 10:47 am ET    |   Comments

Getting tired of reading about Kentucky in all those March Madness stories? How about checking out Fox 40 instead.

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Expect to hear plenty of whistles during the NCAA basketball tournament.

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SAE may change, but auto technology marches on

March 13, 2015 12:24 pm ET    |   Comments

At the risk of sounding like one of those TV columnists/curmudgeons going on about the old days, remember when the Society of Automotive Engineers' annual World Congress in Detroit was a big deal?

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Plastics companies named manufacturing leaders

By  Don Loepp    |    March 4, 2015 5:58 pm ET    |   Comments

Frost & Sullivan has picked the winners of the 2015 Manufacturing Leadership Awards, and once again the list is packed with plastics companies.

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