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Worth a Look: Could SpaceX Get Us to Mars?

Jun 20, 2012

Plus: Manufacturing Jobs Map, State of Logistics, Prepping for Pressure, Big Tips for Small Biz, a Nationwide Recovery Guide and MORE.

Sometimes the Internet seems like it's gotten too big. To help navigate this sea of information, IMT's weekly Wednesday feature spotlights some of the more interesting, informative and amusing resources that might have slipped under your radar - all in bite-sized chunks.

  • Interactive Manufacturing Jobs Map | Although the number of factory jobs in the United States has declined by nearly half since peaking in 1979, new research from American University shows that manufacturing has actually grown in numerous areas while shrinking in others. As part of a year-long part project to revisit the 1991 classic work of investigative reporting, America: What Went Wrong, the researchers have provided an interactive map illustrating the shifting landscape of manufacturing jobs over the past 40 years.

  • 2012 State of U.S. Logistics | The Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) last week released its 23rd annual State of Logistics Report, presented by Penske Logistics. Used widely by supply chain management and logistics professionals, the report is a major benchmark for U.S. logistics activity. The report is free for CSCMP members and can be bought by non-members, but Supply Chain Digest Newsletter highlights the key findings.

  • How to Prepare for a High-Pressure Situation | For many of us, few things are scarier than having to stand in front of a crowd and give a key presentation that could affect our career. But with the right preparation, it's possible to stay cool under pressure and perform at your best. offers several tips for overcoming high-pressure anxiety, including: practicing "what if" scenarios; learning from close calls; visualizing your actions; rehearsing backwards and forwards; and training for quick responses.

  • 5 Big-Business Strategies for Startups to Adopt | While there are limits to what a smaller company can do given its budget constraints, there are several big-company tactics that small businesses can harness to gain an advantage, according to Fast Company. For example, small firms and startups: shouldn't shun bureaucracy because it can impose processes and balances to drive progress; should avoid putting charismatic founders or leaders on a pedestal; and should limit their scope to gain superiority in specific business segments.

  • City-by-City Economic Recovery Guide | The U.S. hasn't experienced an even recovery from the economic downturn, with some states and metropolitan areas rebounding faster than others. In partnership with Moody's Analytics, provides the latest economic results to create a snapshot of the recovery's progress across the nation, including findings that show no states are currently in recession, although 31 major cities are in a "moderating" recession and 14 are stuck in an "unrelenting" recession.

  • Could SpaceX Land Us on Mars? | Last month, SpaceX made history when its gumdrop-shaped Dragon spacecraft became the first commercial vehicle in history to successfully dock with the International Space Station (ISS), proving that a private company can transport supplies, possibly even crew, to the ISS. Is this the beginning of the private space travel era? In particular, could private companies take us all the way to Mars? Science and sci-fi blog io9 addressees whether SpaceX could be the first to land humans on the Red Planet.

  • The Business of Winding a Mechanical Watch | A short documentary from Etsy's Handmade Portraits series introduces longtime hobbyist David Sokosh, who assembles new wristwatches from antique parts. After the recent recession forced him to close his art gallery, Sokosh launched Brooklyn Watches, selling his creations via Etsy.