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Weekly Industry Crib Sheet: Private Manufacturing Sales Slow Down Sharply

Plus: Chemical Industry Gets a Boost in September Durable Goods Orders Up Second Quarter GDP Remains Unchanged Personal Income Rises More Than Expected Jobless Claims Drop Draws Cautious Optimism  Sales for privately held manufacturing businesses fell drastically this year, according to preliminary estimates from financial-information company Sageworks. The data is triggering new fears that...

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Could the New IPCC Carbon Budget Cause Another Recession?

A report released today by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) provides a stark new picture of global warming's effects on the environment. It also includes a revised "carbon budget" that could have dramatic ramifications for the global economy. The carbon budget is the amount of carbon dioxide that climate scientists say humans can emit and still keep global warming below 2°C...

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Friday Focus: New Efforts in Manufacturing Education

Manufacturing education is imperative to the strength of American industry and the restoration of  its outdated image. Initiatives to educate the future workforce come in many forms, from high-tech classroom learning to companies opening their doors to students during such events as next week's national Manufacturing Day (MFG Day). As often reported, manufacturers face a serious shortage of...

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From Engineering.com: Biomimicry and Nature-Inspired Design

In this episode of Product Design Show, Vince Penman and Allison Toepperwein report on important examples of biology in design, from birds in flight to a new car whose shape was inspired by a box fish.  text text [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZODvr_GzNc4[/youtube] Check out more Engineering.com videos on IMT below: Fingertip Speakers Skyskraper Melts Cars The Future of Factory...

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Advanced Materials for Lightweighting Cars: Stainless Magnesium Could Become a Contender

In this final installment in our series examining various lightweight materials for cars, we look at the use of magnesium, which is gaining increased attention from carmakers. In part one, we examined new advances in steel and their potential for weight reduction. The following week we looked at the benefits of  aluminum. Last week, we explored carbon fiber composites, also known as...

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Six Key Criteria for Selecting a Manufacturing ERP Solution

Choosing and implementing an ERP (enterprise resource planning) software package is a major, costly, and time-consuming venture for many manufacturing organizations. Whether successful or not, the decision is likely to have long-lasting effects on the company's operational and financial performance. Here are some of the most important considerations in choosing an ERP system for a manufacturing...

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Light Friday: Did Scientists Just Create a Light Saber?

Plus: War Helps Nations Grow Timelapse of a GE Turbine Installation Why It's Hard to Control Your Thoughts A Dose of Pun  When the famous "Star Wars kid" video began making rounds on the Internet in the wake of the new prequels, most of us had a good laugh, but a knowing laugh, too. Because who has ever seen a Star Wars film and not fantasized about using a real lightsaber? Even Stephen...

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Can Carbon Capture Technology Save America's Coal Power?

The Wall Street Journal reported recently that the Obama administration's new Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rules on carbon emissions threaten to "block the construction of new coal-fired power plants unless they are built with novel and expensive technology to capture greenhouse-gas emissions." One might add "unproven" technology as well, which we'll get into later. EPA released new...

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Manufacturers Save $1 Billion and 11 Million Tons of CO2 through Energy Efficiency

The U.S. Energy Department (DOE) recognized more than 120 manufacturers for making smart investments to save on energy costs, cut greenhouse gas emissions, and improve their bottom lines. Through the DOE's Better Buildings, Better Plants Program (Better Plants), over 1,750 plants across the U.S. have saved about $1 billion in energy costs and approximately 190 trillion British thermal units...

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Career Spotlight: Eric Meyhofer, Principal Commercialization Specialist

Not everyone gets the chance to build life-changing robots. But with a dedicated team and intense workdays, Eric Meyhofer, principal commercialization specialist at the National Robotics Engineering Center (NREC) at Carnegie Mellon University, is transforming the way the world uses advanced humanoid robots. Meyhofer is part of a team selected to compete in this year's Defense Advanced Research...

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