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Pulp and Paper Industry Strives to Reduce Its Water Impact

As with many industries, water stress is pushing the pulp and paper industry to improve its water and wastewater treatment processes. According to a 2013 market study by research firm Frost and Sullivan, the industry's high reliance on water makes it vulnerable to water risks. "Pulp and paper manufacturing is characterized by a high water footprint," says the study, which adds, "water stress in...

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Weekly Industry Crib Sheet: GM and Ford Post Strong Earnings

Plus: Durable Goods Orders Continue to Rise U.S. Business Loans for Equipment Rises in June Signs Show Further Contraction in China Jobless Claims Tick Up Second-quarter earnings were up for two of the Big Three U.S. automakers, beating expectations. Strong U.S. demand drove profits for both General Motors (GM) and Ford. GM pulled in $1.2 billion in net income on $39.1 billion in total...

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Can Growth of Renewables Prevent a Carbon Bubble?

Last month when the International Energy Agency (IEA) issued its Medium-Term Renewable Energy Market Report, which forecasts energy trends up until 2018, they surprised a lot of people when they said that clean energy will overtake natural gas by 2016, becoming the second largest energy source after coal. It is also expected to produce double, in absolute terms, the output of nuclear power during...

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From Engineering.com: Million-Year Data Storage

In this week's episode of This Week in Engineering, hosts Dan Hedges and Vince Penman talk about the Mars rover 2020, synthetic spider silk, an autonomous carrier landing, how to extract fuel from shipwrecks, million-year data storage technology, and a human-powered helicopter. text text This article was originally published on Engineering.com and is reprinted in its entirety with...

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Friday Focus: Inside the Top 3 Drivers of Manufacturing Competitiveness

Senior leaders and chief executive officers of manufacturing companies report that the competitive landscape for manufacturing is shifting. Although the U.S. currently ranks third among top competitive nations for manufacturing, projections indicate that the nation will slip to the fifth spot in the next five years, according to the 2013 Global Manufacturing Competitive Index. The report, a...

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machine-to-machine networking, predictive analytics offer preventive maintenance capabilities

Today's businesses collect enormous amounts of data, whether they want to or not. Information about customers, suppliers, manufacturing processes, transportation and shipping, and computer and telecom networks builds up in the databases of nearly all businesses. Most companies don't use much of it; they believe they have neither the time nor the expertise to extract meaningful intelligence from...

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Why SaaS Makes Sense for Manufacturers

A recent survey by MintJutras found that software as a service (SaaS) systems will comprise 45 percent of all software used at manufacturing companies by 2023. SaaS is a system where the infrastructure and platform to run your software apps is handled by a cloud hosting provider. Like Google Docs, an SaaS application is simply accessible through a conventional web browser while somebody else...

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Light Friday: Beware of Your Friends' Fitness Habits

Plus: Perpetual Wave Created in Laboratory A Working Microscope Made from Legos Your Next Phone Could Be Powered by Pee In case you don't worry about your own fitness routine enough, research suggests that your friends' bad fitness patterns are contagious. Study findings published in the Journal of Public Economics reveal that subjects that were randomly assigned to peer groups over several...

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IT Leader Gary Beach on Reversing the Technology Skills Gap

America's technology skills gap has been widening for decades, and author Gary Beach wants business and technology executives to understand why, and what to do about the consequences the country is facing now. His more than 30 years of experience in information technology, and his role as publisher emeritus at CIO Magazine, led him to write his recently published book, a project which stems back...

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Congress Revisits Legislation to Counteract Global Currency Manipulation

When China revalued its currency in 2005, essentially unhooking it from the U.S. dollar and allowing it to "float," many nations breathed a sigh of relief. Prior to this, China's yuan was believed to be grossly undervalued -- analysts say by as much as 40 percent -- which gave Chinese manufacturers an unfair trading advantage over those in other manufacturing nations. While the yuan has climbed...

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