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New findings from talent development consultancy Lee Hecht Harrison indicate that employers remain cautious in hiring permanent, full-time employees and are bringing on temporary or contract employees as a flexible approach to filling their labor needs. Read more


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Dr Scott Watkins, CSIRO materials scientist, holds a sheet of solar cells printed using this process. Credit: CSIRO.

Dr. Scott Watkins, CSIRO materials scientist, holds a sheet of solar cells printed using this process. Credit: CSIRO.

Winter is approaching in the southern hemisphere, making sunshine a diminishing commodity for the next few months. Undeterred by this impending seasonal abridgment of daylight, Australian scientists have just announced a solar energy innovation: a process to print solar cells using a variation of an ink-jet printer.

Well, it’s a $200,000 variation, so I don’t expect to be printing photovoltaic cells in my basement any time soon. Nonetheless, the process makes it economical – at least from a manufacturing standpoint – to put inexpensive PV cells where they wouldn’t otherwise be feasible. Their research was sponsored by CSIRO, Australia’s national science agency, in collaboration with the University of Melbourne, Monash University, and several industry partners.  Read more


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