Archive for 2006

… Invisible Transistors, Mistletoe Not a Cure for Cancer (because we just weren’t sure until now), Don’t Call in Sick — Fake your Kidnapping, and MORE.

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About 40 percent of some 2,600 hiring managers recently said they plan to increase their number of full-time employees in 2007, according to results in‘s “2007 Job Forecast” in December. Another 40 percent expect no change in their head counts, and 8 percent are expecting job eliminations. So keep an eye out for the following hiring trends in the new year.

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This will be our last pre-holiday post, until we return mid-next week. From the IMT blog, we wish our dear readers a Merry Christmas or Happy Hannukah or Late-Winter-Solstice-in-the-Northern-Hemisphere Celebration (i.e., cheer for whichever holiday you intend to celebrate during your day(s) away from work). Happy Holidays!**

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Holidays are usually fun. Usually. They may not be as fun if you’re an entrepreneur or small-business owner who has yet to finalize year-end tax strategies. Hopefully, we can help to make your tax burden less, er, burdensome. Just make sure to get your accounts set before New Year’s Eve.

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The U.S. labor movement already has gone through major changes in recent years, not the least of which is a dramatic decline in union membership. Now, as buyouts, plant closings and unmet agreements continue, so too do talk of union mergers and other drastic actions, particularly for the United Auto Workers.

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We have a brainteaser for engineers and physics-minded readers. Also, some of the principles involved in Santa’s epic annual journey: advanced knowledge of electromagnetic waves, the space/time continuum, nanotechnology, genetic engineering, and computer science.

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Last week we touched on the significance of whether the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate would extend a research and development tax credit during the final days of the lame duck session. Well, the extension was approved. Here’s what it means for U.S. competitiveness.

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