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Apprenticeship programs, a staple of the past, have largely fallen out of favor in the United States. As demand for highly skilled manufacturing talent intensifies, such programs remain a largely untapped source for advanced manufacturers facing a talent shortage.
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Credit: McConnell Franklin, CC BY 2.0

Credit: McConnell Franklin, CC BY 2.0

Water is the most abundant compound in the universe and covers 71 percent of the earth’s surface. Yet society makes use of only a small percentage. Most of water on the earth by far is saline or seawater. Freshwater makes up only 2.5 percent of the total. Most freshwater is locked in glaciers, ice caps, and underground, with only about 1.3 percent of it available as surface water.

Industry competes with agricultural and municipalities for this precious resource. And businesses compete among themselves for its use. After all, it’s a limited resource, and consumption is bound to be driven by its relative scarcity. Read more

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