Archive for February 5th, 2013

A national manufacturing report by the Institute for Supply Management (ISM) indicates that production and employment are growing in the sector, but separate reports show that California struggles to keep pace with the country as high manufacturing costs and company closures are taking a toll on the state. Read more


Does the increasing use of production robots and other automation machinery eliminate jobs and lead to higher unemployment, or does it provide greater efficiency, boost business, and ultimately spur job growth? Read more


New research asserts that – contrary to long-held beliefs – reducing supply chain barriers and improving infrastructure could boost global GDP and world trade much more than cutting import tariffs and other customs restrictions. Read more

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From augmented reality glasses that project information across your sightline to emergency monitoring vests that can save you from a heart attack, wearable computers are poised to revolutionize the technology market and change the way we live our daily lives. Read more


In Physics of the Future, author and theoretical physicist Michio Kaku examines the advances in computer technology, artificial intelligence, medicine, and space travel that will yield amazing new inventions over the next 100 years, as well as how these developments will change the world economy and our day-to-day lives. Read more

Credit: Duke Energy.

Credit: Duke Energy.

Though many Americans may not know it, they are part of a clean energy challenge. In his January 2011 State of the Union address, President Obama set an ambitious goal: to produce 80 percent of our electricity from clean and renewable sources by 2035. This, the president said, will establish reliable and affordable sources of energy, reduce pollution and emissions and keep the nation energy independent. While the general plan is to boost the nation’s use of wind, solar, geothermal and other renewable energies, it’s clear that we need a better delivery and storage system for energy. This is where the “smart grid” comes into play. Read more

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