Archive for November 7th, 2013

Apprentice programs can help mitigate the effects of the the nation’s skills gap and move the country ahead of global competition, says Siemens CEO and President Eric Spiegel.
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Mining operations

The mining equipment industry faces many hurdles to growth, including global economic conditions and a depletion of easily accessible resources. Businesses are responding with increased implementation of data analytics, automation, and other innovations that drive efficiency.  Read more



Trash stuffed in recycling bins is actually being recycled, according to a group of MIT researchers who have been tagging and tracking certain recyclables since 2009. Discarded electronics and household hazardous waste is also making it to recycling centers, though its journey can be surprisingly long.

Though refuse collection and processing companies keep records of their operations, no one seemed to have any idea of the route taken by trash from garbage bin to its final destination, according to researchers at MIT’s SENSEable City Lab.

The team dubbed its project “Trash Track” and told the CNET website that it was “designed to monitor trash from start to finish.” The team, led by Carlo Ratti, director of SENSEable City Lab, would “electronically tag different pieces of waste to trace their voyage through the disposal systems.” Read more

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