Archive for September 4th, 2013

New orders and factory activity bolstered the nation’s manufacturing sector, which expanded for the third consecutive month in August, according to a new report from the Institute for Supply Management.
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A laser sintering machine. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

Core patents for selective laser sintering (SLS) technology will expire next year. The expiration was announced several weeks ago and immediately sparked speculation about the near future of the technology, including the notion that Chinese manufacturers would flood the market with dirt-cheap systems, leading to the development of desktop SLS devices. Experts, however, take a very different stance.  Read more



When the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was created more than 40 years ago, it established  many rules whose full consequences couldn’t possibly be known at the time. There have been so many advancements in technology that affect the environment that the agency has been forced to become an ever-changing entity, constantly adapting its rules and guidelines, as well as keeping on top of those that are being misused or ignored.

One policy from the early days of the EPA and the Clean Air Act has come under great scrutiny recently from normally such EPA-friendly groups as the Sierra Club and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC): the SSM Rule.  Read more

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