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US Business/Economy

Sibanye-Stillwater Nears $1 Billion Deal to Acquire Brazilian Mines

The deal is a bet on continued demand for metals used in the production of electric-car batteries. Read More>>

Economy Week Ahead: Central Banks, GDP, Consumer Spending

Gross domestic product data from the U.S. and eurozone this week will show how sharply economic growth slowed in the third quarter. Read More>>

Facebook's Internal Chat Boards Show Politics Often at Center of Decision Making

In hot debates, employees and management spar over allegations content rules aren’t enforced for Breitbart and other right-wing publishers for fear of public blowback. Other internal documents show management expresses… Read More>>

Millions of Workers Stay Home to Watch Young Children as Daycares Stay Dark

A shortage of child-care workers is sending ripples across the U.S. workforce, stymieing employers as they try to hire more workers and sidelining the careers of women who would otherwise… Read More>>

- By Clara Ferreira Marques | Bloomberg
This Coal Plan Offers Only Half a Solution
An effort backed by the Asian Development Bank to push coal into early retirement looks optimistic. It shouldn’t be allowed to eclipse alternatives.
- By The Editors | Bloomberg
Crypto Is Failing as Money. Regulators Can Save It.
It might not replace fiat currencies — but, correctly supervised, it could make them a lot more useful.
- By David Fickling | Bloomberg
For COP26, negotiators have extreme climate incidents in their faces and better renewable-energy economics to do something about it.
- By Douglas MacMillan and Will Englund
Longer, more frequent outages afflict the U.S. power grid as states fail to prepare for climate change
State officials are reluctant to ask ratepayers to foot the bill for investments experts say are needed to fortify the grid against increasingly severe weather.

US Energy

- Sarah Shemkus
Report: Municipal utilities are falling short of Massachusetts’ clean energy targets

Massachusetts’ municipal power companies are making uneven progress on clean energy, according to a recent report. Report: Municipal utilities are falling short of Massachusetts’ clean energy targets is an article… [...]

- Frank Jossi
In Minnesota, old power plants could be the on-ramp for new wind and solar

Facing long delays for new transmission, Minnesota utilities are looking at retired power plants as locations to connect new wind and solar energy. In Minnesota, old power plants could be… [...]

- Kari Lydersen
Indiana energy task force turns its attention to small nuclear reactors

Critics say the technology is a risky distraction from existing solutions such as wind, solar and demand response, but some experts and legislators are attracted to the potential of carbon-free… [...]

- Hannah Reynolds
Commentary: Harvard and Dartmouth just divested — what will it take for Princeton to finally take bold climate action?

Princeton remains one of the few remaining Ivies invested in the fossil fuel industry, writes guest commentator Hannah Reynolds. Commentary: Harvard and Dartmouth just divested — what will it take… [...]

US Manufacturing

- Russell Flannery, Forbes Staff
‘AI 2041’ Co-Author Kai-Fu Lee Talks About AI’s Sweeping Future And How He Invests In It

Kai-Fu Lee discusses his new book, the investments he’s made based on his predictions in it, and where the U.S.-China AI rivalry now stands. [...]

- Ken Roberts, Contributor
I Am Sticking With ‘Just In Time’. . . Just In Case You Were Wondering

Right now, a number of people are making the case for “just in case” inventory – or a return to the good old days, when you kept ample supplies of… [...]

- Ken Roberts, Contributor
In LAX’s Successful 2021, Good-News Story Partly Told With ‘Bad’ Numbers

Los Angeles International Airport will clearly have a record year in 2021, despite underperforming the national average for its gain over 2020 trade. [...]

- Mung Chiang, Contributor
Our Silicon Moment

For the future of chips, the ultimate supply chain is that of human talent. [...]

Spray Nozzle Manufacturer, IKEUCHI, Now Providing 3D CAD Models on Website

OSAKA, Japan, Oct. 24, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- H. IKEUCHI & CO., LTD., a leading manufacturer of industrial spray nozzles, is now providing customers with 3D CAD models of its products… [...]

Global Caprolactam Market Procurement Intelligence Report with COVID-19 Impact Analysis | SpendEdge

NEW YORK, Oct. 24, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- The Caprolactam market will register an incremental spend of about USD 2.94 Billion, growing at a CAGR of 4.48% during the five-year forecast… [...]

US Agriculture

- Ryan Tipps
A win for DEKALB driver Briscoe is a win for 4 farmers too

If Chase Briscoe wins at the Hollywood Casino 400, DEKALB will provide seed to four farmers who are participating in the Chase for the Corn seed giveaway. The post A… [...]

- Ryan Tipps
GROWMARK, FS system donate $5,000 to Illinois FFA chapters

GROWMARK and its FS system of companies donated $5,000 total to FFA chapters in Illinois — $1,000 to five different chapters. This was done through its Check-In to Cash-In program,… [...]

Neospora caninum is a protozoan parasite, reported as a leading cause of cattle abortions and reproductive failure worldwide, costing the cattle industry approximately $1.3 billion annually. [...]

African swine fever (ASF) is a contagious disease with high mortality in domestic and feral swine populations. Although it is not a zoonosis, its spread may have severe socio-economic and… [...]

Feeding pigs a balanced ration can be a challenge. Not only is feed expensive, but as monogastric animals, a pig’s growth and well-being is readily influenced by the nutrient composition… [...]

Another pandemic is knocking on our door, but this time it’s coming for the pigs, Wired reports. African swine fever, which wiped out half the pig population in China a couple years back,… [...]

The latest weekly Canfax cattle market report is released, and prices are lower virtually across the board for the week ending October 15 According to Canfax numbers, 21,018 head of… [...]

One of these days soon we will have a frost. There is potential for some forage toxicities and other problems that can develop after a frost. Prussic acid poisoning and… [...]

Earlier Josh discussed the record beef export levels that were seen for August. International trade continues to be a bright spot for cattle markets and fed cattle prices have not yet pulled… [...]

Heat stress impairs animal performance and health, leading to annual losses of $1.2 billion for the dairy, beef and swine industries in the United States. That’s why Philipe Moriel and… [...]