Archive for December 19th, 2012

The fiscal cliff is instilling worries among various manufacturing industries ranging from consumer goods to aerospace, which say there will be huge job losses if spending cuts go into effect. Read more

Credit: McKinsey & Company

Plus: Fiscal Cliff Talks Yield Progress, EPA Introduces Tighter Soot Regulations, Personalities that Ruin Meetings, Better Ways to Use Technology and Learning from the Worst CEOs. Read more


One of the most troubling problems vexing those who work on the future of energy, in almost any capacity, is the problem of energy storage.

Whether it’s trying to harness solar power while the sun is shining for use when the sun has gone down, or if it’s finding ways for batteries in electric vehicles to last longer and allow people to travel further without gas, energy storage might be the number one dilemma facing researchers working on energy.

But perhaps the most ambitious project yet to tackle the issue has just been announced. Bringing together leading scientists and researchers from five national Dept. of Energy laboratories, five universities, and four private companies, the brand-new Joint Center for Energy Storage Research (JCESR) will be located at the Argonne National Laboratory in Chicago, Ill. Read more

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