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Industrial Firms Tackle Water Risk with Green Infrastructure

There's little question that the world is facing a serious water crisis, and industry is right in the middle of it, competing with agriculture and municipalities for a share of the globe's scarce water resources. The United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) says industry uses 18.7 percent of available water worldwide and 43 percent in North America. To confront water risks, some...

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Weekly Industry Crib Sheet: Slight Rise in MAPI Business Outlook

Plus: Small Business Optimism Falls in June IMF Revises Down World Economy Growth Prediction U.S. Import Prices Dropped Twice as Fast as Exports Jobless Claims Jump Despite Increase in Openings Senior financial manufacturing executives reported improving business conditions in June. Four out of six current condition indexes in MAPI's (Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation)...

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Solar CHP Projects Make the Most of the Sun

We hear a lot and talk a lot these days about solar energy. But we rarely stop to consider the fact that what we call solar energy actually consists of two types of energy: heat and light. There are different types of systems for collecting and converting each type into useful forms: photovoltaics (PV), which convert the photons directly into electricity, and solar thermal systems to capture...

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Friday Focus: 3 Efforts to Attract More Minorities to STEM

Although a U.S. Census Bureau report indicates that minorities will represent the majority of the American population by 2043, these growing groups remain underrepresented in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. Students who stick with these subjects majors and go on to STEM careers have larger salaries - with 25 to 50 percent higher earnings than their peers - but a...

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Light Friday: iPhones Make You a Wimp

Plus: Drive Your Own Armored Robot Carbon Nanotubes Can Read Your Mind Water, Supercooled, Becomes Another Liquid The next time you have a few extra minutes to spare before a meeting or presentation, you might want to put your cell phone away and turn to your computer to kill time instead. A new study exposes a correlation between the size of electronic devices, posture, and behavior....

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Manufacturing Hiring Events for Veterans Begin at Fort Hood, Texas

As thousands of veterans transition from combat to civilian life, many will require assistance in securing new careers. Manufacturers looking to hire ex-servicemen and servicewomen will need ways to expedite their hiring process to fill legions of open positions. This month, The Manufacturing Institute announced several manufacturing-specific hiring events that will connect pre-screened veteran...

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Will Obama's Latest CO2 Regulations Help or Hurt the Economy?

According to a recent national telephone survey conducted by Rasmussen Reports, "nearly half of U.S. voters like the idea of putting tighter environmental controls on new and existing power plants, but just as many think President Obama's proposed regulations to do that will hurt the economy." The survey also found that "most expect those regulations to drive up energy costs." Half and Half The...

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Do Small Businesses Need to be Multilingual?

The U.S. continues to lead talks on expanding free trade with Europe and parts of the Pacific with the aim of increasing exports to those regions. But before American small businesses can capitalize and begin offering their products and services overseas, they could hit a well-known hurdle: language barriers. Language services are a $20 billion industry, according to Hans Fenstermacher, CEO of...

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STEM Among Fastest Growing Occupations by 2020, With Highest Demand for Education

While the nation will gain 55 million new job openings by 2020, most of the fastest growing occupations - including those in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields -will require more than just a high school diploma. However, at the current college graduation rate, U.S. employers will face some serious staffing challenges ahead; the country will fall short by 5 million...

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