Archive for September 3rd, 2013

Much has been said about American students falling behind in STEM-related learning. Although there is not a singular reason for this problem, a growing number of experts point to a crisis-level shortage of knowledgeable and effective STEM teachers.
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Credit: Elon Musk/Tesla Motors

Credit: Elon Musk/Tesla Motors

Elon Musk, founder and CEO of SpaceX and Tesla Motors, last month released a preliminary design for the Hyperloop, a proposed solution for high-speed travel between cities. He explained in his design study that Hyperloop seeks to solve the chief problems with conventional travel, which tends to be either too slow, too expensive, or both.

One of our questions here at IMT Green & Clean Journal has to do with the expected environmental performance of Hyperloop. How might it compare with other modes of mass and rapid transit, or other proposed solutions? I posed that question to media relations contacts at Tesla Motors, but they did not respond. Nonetheless, it’s possible to make some comments about Hyperloop’s environmental implications, keeping in mind that the concept is preliminary.  Read more


The Obama administration recently released its agenda for regulatory rule changes, sparking controversy about rules that could place new burdens on employers. The Spring 2013 rule list outlines the rules federal agencies expect to propose or issue over the next six months.  Read more


Strikes are expensive and exhausting. As manufacturing margins grow thinner and competition becomes more intense, organizations both at home and abroad have an increasing interest in preventing work stoppages. Formal, internal policies to prevent strikes and mediate disputes are becoming a staple of global manufacturers.  Read more


There has been much buzz surrounding a Boston Consulting Group (BCG) study released last week that suggests a growing U.S. cost advantage in labor and energy could help the U.S. capture $70 billion to $115 billion in annual exports from other nations by 2020. Given that manufacturing in the U.S. has not enjoyed a robust ride over the past few years, IMT checked in with some noted economists for their perspectives on what may or may not be encouraging news.  Read more


In Collision Course: Ronald Reagan, the Air Traffic Controllers, and the Strike that Changed America Joseph A. McCartin looks at the vast consequences of the PATCO conflict for both air travel and America’s working class.  Read more

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