Archive for July 2nd, 2013
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As Independence Day nears, thoughts often turn to themes of patriotism and what makes this country great. No doubt, there are countless reasons to be proud as an American, but the one that makes me most proud is our strong and enduring manufacturing sector. Read more


Lean manufacturing has proliferated over the last two decades since Toyota sparked a revolution while on its way to becoming the world’s largest carmaker. Today’s lean production systems are intermixed with process quality systems like Six Sigma and kaizen continuous improvement practices. Although lean manufacturing has been adopted almost universally in the face of today’s business and economic realities, some organizations are more successful practitioners than others. Read more


Many educational institutions are incorporating green chemistry in their chemical engineering curricula. And that’s a great thing, according to the business leaders, educators and students who attended the American Chemical Society’s (ACS) Green Chemistry and Engineering Conference in Bethesda, Md.
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Many companies have long lamented conditions that make it difficult for U.S. businesses to compete abroad. Among them are the high corporate tax rates and higher cost of labor. One often under-discussed challenge is higher product liability costs. Read more


In The First 20 Hours, Josh Kaufman offers a systematic approach to rapid skill acquisition: how to learn any new skill as quickly as possible. His method shows you how to deconstruct complex skills, maximize productive practice, and remove common learning barriers.  Read more


Obama declares war on carbon emissions.

President Barack Obama announced his Climate Action Plan last week to applause from friends and foes alike. His friends approved because Obama’s appears to be finally deliver on promises from his 2008 election campaign to get tough on climate change. His foes applauded, however, because they perceive the president to have overplayed his hand, much to the detriment of Democrats in key upcoming elections.

Chris Field, director of the Department of Global Ecology of the Carnegie Institution for Science and co-chair of a working group tasked with assessing climate change impacts, adaptation, and vulnerability for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, wrote on CNN that the goals in the president’s Climate Action Plan include “cutting pollution from coal plants and aggressively pursuing clean energy alternatives.” Read more

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