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The Light Side: Cutting a Round Cake on Scientific Principles

Can James Bond's Car Go Solar to Keep Its Cool? Researchers Develop Camera That Sees Around Corners Grenada Ain't Bad, but I'd Rather Be in Granada It's an office party for a co-worker's birthday, and the cake has arrived. What happens next is familiar: No one dares to step up and cut the cake, not even after someone finally steps in and cries out for a volunteer. Who wants the mission-critical...

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Editor's Note: China KOs Shipping Triumvirate

Chinese regulators last week blocked a long-awaited vessel-sharing alliance between the three largest container-shipping companies, shocking the shipping and logistics world. In snuffing out a potential monopoly, they might have done global shipping customers a huge favor. Last week, China's Ministry of Commerce sunk what would've been the world's biggest container-shipping alliance, and every...

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IHS: Electric Car Sales Are Stronger Than They Seem

Although they have not realized initial projections, the Nissan Leaf and Chevy Volt have sold more units in their fourth years than the Toyota Prius did in its fourth year. Now there is also a plethora of other electric vehicle and plug-in hybrid vehicles joining these big three models on the market. Despite falling short of previous expectations, global sales of electric vehicles (EVs) actually...

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Strategic Meter Deployment Powers Shop-Floor Energy Management

In efforts to improve their energy efficiency, manufacturing firms are deploying electricity meters on the shop floor to gain visibility into the performance of machines and production lines. "Eventually every single machine will have an electric meter on it," said Paul Carter, product manager at Greensboro, N.C.-based Cross Company, which specializes in industrial automation technology. While...

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Why 'New-Shoring' Is the New School of Manufacturing for Small Business

Small businesses that have the wherewithal are manufacturing locally and near their consumers. Doing this from the get-go, rather than bringing manufacturing back from abroad, they are "new-shoring" due to the same reasons: decreasing foreign wage disparity, time-to-market, and product personalization. You may get your product faster and cheaper, but manufacturing overseas has its pitfalls....

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Industry Crib Sheet: Autos Driving Otherwise Stalling Retail Sales

Equipment Leasing, Financing Execs Feel June Swoon China to Lead Doubling of Global Wind Power by 2020 Survey Determines Best, Worst States for Small Businesses Retail sales have risen four straight months but a weak May is a cause for concern among economists looking for a minimum 3 percent bounce-back in GDP growth for the second quarter after a dismal first three months of 2014. According to...

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The Light Side: Technology Is the Right Call in Sports

'Blood' Runs Cold on Antarctic Waterfall Your Personalized Information Ticker Has Arrived 4 Awesome NASA Inventions You Use Every Day The football, er, soccer World Cup is well entrenched in Brazil, with the field of countries vying for the right to be called the world's best at "the beautiful game" soon to be whittled in half to 16. After suffering a heartbreaking 2-2 draw with Portugal...

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Trickle-Down from Nanosats Will Ignite Commercial, Civilian Technologies

Like space-related technological progressions that came before them, nanosatellites could bring a sea change to communications, navigation, etc. Chances are, they will also drive new materials and power sources that will create unprecedented civilian and commercial products. When the United States was thrust into the Space Race with the Soviet Union in the late 1950s, the sudden focus on space...

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In Scaling Up, Focus on 3Ps: Pricing, Partnership, and Pipeline

For manufacturers, a surefire method of securing opportunities for scaling up business is becoming a preferred supplier to a larger manufacturing organization. Here are the steps needed to ensure a smooth approach that sets the table for high growth. Positioning your small business to scale up is often highly dependent on being a valuable partner to a larger manufacturer's supply chain. If your...

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