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Using Battelle Technology And Don't Know It?

Battelle isn't exactly a household name but the Ohio nonprofit is responsible for everyday items like the Xerox copy, compact discs and even bar codes. Those are the inventions Battelle publicly takes credit for. There are countless others, but the Columbus-based organization stays under the radar because it develops these products for large corporations confidentially. This report is from the Midwest reporting project Changing Gears.
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McDonald's, Target Drop Sparboe, Buffett In Japan

McDonald's and Target have severed ties with Sparboe Farms, one of the country's main egg producers, after an animal rights group released video of workers treating the chickens cruelly. Meanwhile, investor Warren Buffett is in Japan for a factory opening in Fukushima Prefecture, the area hit hardest by the March earthquake and tsunami.
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Timeline: The 100-Year History Of The Electric Car

The electric car was just as popular as its gasoline counterpart when it first went into production around the turn of the 20th century. But with the advent of highways, people wanted to go farther than their battery life allowed. Today's electric cars face similar challenges.
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Boston's Leaky Gas Lines May Be Tough On The Trees

Using a mobile gas sensor, researchers have found more than 4,000 significant natural gas leaks while driving through Boston-area roads. The city's gas infrastructure is currently being fixed up, but methane in the leaked natural gas has the potential to harm trees and dry out soil.
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Why A New York Cheese Buyer Hangs On The Euro's Fate

Most of the cheese at Murray's Cheese Shop comes from Europe. And the cheese buyer's bonus hinges on the future of the euro.
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Can Electric Cars Help Automakers Reach 55 MPG?

Fuel-economy standards are set to double by 2025. Electric cars could help reach that goal, but consumers just aren't buying them on a large scale. Beloved by niche markets, the cars face similar challenges as when they first appeared over 100 years ago: a higher price than gas cars and concerns over battery life.
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Small Businesses Feel Crunch Of Italy's Debt Woes

The financial markets will be keeping an eye on Italy this week. The country is plagued by high debt and rising interest rates, and the new government faces steep fiscal challenges. Italy is a country of small and medium-sized businesses, and the debt crisis is making it much tougher for them to hang on.

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