Archive for November 29th, 2013

Three universities are launching a multimillion-dollar effort to promote collaborative research into big data and develop new career paths in data science.
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In this week’s episode of This Week in Engineering, hosts Dan Hedges and Vince Penman discuss the launch of MAVEN; the world’s largest tunnel-borer; ink-jet circuit boards; a flying, swimming, driving drone; a learning transistor; and laser holograms.  Read more


ID-100202753It might be said that the transport industry is at the cutting edge of sustainability. After all, its operating costs are directly linked to the price of energy. And the industry is responsible for 13 percent of all global emissions. So it stands to reason that logistics companies are wise to stay ahead of the curve when it comes to energy consumption, not only to keep expenses down and stay competitive, but also to and win support from environmentally conscious customers.

Deutsche Post DHL, the global logistics giant, issued a white paper called Delivering Tomorrow in which it lists three trends driving sustainability in the logistics industry:

  • Consumers are becoming aware of their market-shaping power. A surprising 59 percent of businesses and 39 percent of consumers surveyed said they would pay more for green (carbon neutral) delivery options over the next ten years.
  • The growing economic value of sustainability has become a key factor in shaping the reputation of a company and its brand. Ninety-one percent of customers would consider changing their purchasing habits in response to learning about a company’s environmentally harmful practices.
  • Investment is key. More efficient vehicles will save money in the long run, but commitment is required to buy them now. The authors recommend investment in infrastructure, the removal of market barriers in the transport sector, and better administrative management of infrastructure, not only to support the seamless flow of goods, but also improve overall capacity. Read more

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