Archive for February 13th, 2013

In his State of the Union Address on Tuesday night, President Barack Obama outlined several key initiatives that will help the nation create new jobs and expand manufacturing. The president called for bipartisan support to form a network of new manufacturing hubs and revealed education reforms that will equip students with the skills they need to fill jobs. Read more

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In the third part of a series on boosting American manufacturing, we explore a proposal to create a series of industry-focused universities intended to increase competitiveness through advanced research and manufacturing-specific education. Read more



As the slow road to the acceptance of electric vehicles in the United States continues, there are bound to be all kinds of studies that pop up about how best to power EV’s.

There are, of course, questions about the popularity of EVs, and of the obstacles that currently are in their way: The idea that there just aren’t enough charging stations in America, that demand for electric vehicles isn’t that high, and the fear by many that the lithium batteries that power them just aren’t strong enough.

But looking at electric vehicles from another perspective, a new joint study by a distinguished professor from the University of California at Santa Barbara and a scientist from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology has examined the question of which alternative energy would be best for powering electric vehicles: Photovoltaics (PV), which could help directly convert sunlight into fuel, or biofuels, using traditional methods of turning corn and other plants into ethanol, and energy crops into electricity? Read more

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