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Light Friday: Why Do Humans Kiss?

Plus: MIT Develops Cheap Hologram Technology A Triplet of Possible Life-Supporting Planets How Throwing Stones Is Tied to Human Evolution If you think about it, kissing seems like an odd activity. Why would two members of a species place their lips (and sometimes tongue) together in such a way? What is the evolutionary advantage? Research shows that kissing likely evolved from mouth-feeding -...

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Global Steel Output Rose in May Despite Declining Capacity Utilization

The World Steel Association reported last week that crude steel production hit 136 million tonnes (Mt) in May 2013. This represents a 3.6 percent increase over April 2013, and a 2.6 percent rise over May 2012. While output made gains, total capacity utilization was down slightly. Overall gains were mixed throughout the 63 countries that report figures to the World Steel Association. This is a...

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One of the Safest Manufacturing Sectors to Increase EHS Spend

What are described as "increasingly harsh conditions for oil and gas extraction" could lead to the industry increasing its spending for environmental, health, and safety (EHS) measures by 60 percent from 2011 to 2030, according to a recent report from Lux Research. The report states that "As recent high-profile environmental disasters have prompted increased regulatory scrutiny in the oil...

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IT Worker Confidence Dips in 2013

The June IT Employee Confidence Index indicates that confidence among U.S. tech workers declined in the first quarter of 2013, as workers expressed less confidence in their job security and employability. Nearly half (46 percent) of IT workers indicated that they are likely to look for a new job in the next 12 months. The index is based on a Harris Interactive survey from January through March...

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How Early College High Schools Prepare Students for Educational Success

Students enrolled in Early College High Schools can get head starts on college courses -- and their postsecondary education careers -- and a new study indicates that these students have greater educational outcomes than other students, with higher graduation and college enrollment rates. An American Institutes for Research (AIR) study analyzed the impact and long-term effects of the Early College...

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How Can Manufacturers Reduce the Risk of Dust Fires and Explosions?

Combustible dust fires are an ever-present risk in processing industries across the country and are a much bigger problem than reported by the federal government. These combustible dust fires are often precursors to catastrophic explosions. In fact, most dust can be combustible under the right circumstances. "If your facility generates dust -- any kind of dust -- consider it combustible until...

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Can Corporate Social Responsibility Affect Stock Prices?

There are a lot of reasons U.S. companies practice corporate social responsibility (CSR). Some do it because it's the right thing to do for the environment, for the planet, and for their employees. Others admittedly do it because it's good public relations to be seen helping build a community center or cleaning up after a storm. But while CSR studies have been done from budgetary and...

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One Manufacturer Redefines the Term 'Power Walking'

Power walking isn't just a health craze -- it could produce electrifying results! Energy Floors, a Netherlands-based company, wants to be a player in the sustainable energy market. They don't just talk the talk, they walk the walk... literally. Their products, the Sustainable Energy Floor and Sustainable Dance Floor, convert footsteps into electricity. As a person steps on an Energy Floor tile,...

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Strengthening STEM Mentorships with the US2020 City Competition

This month the Clinton Global Initiative hosted CGI America, an annual event that highlights ways to boost U.S. economic recovery, and much emphasis was on STEM education. Former President Bill Clinton announced the launch of the US2020 City Competition, in which cities and counties across the U.S. will answer the challenge to increase the number of local STEM professionals as mentors for...

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Does Apple Brouhaha Put Light on Tax Disadvantages of Tangible Goods Makers?

Last month, a sensational series of hearings by the U.S. Senate's Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations shined a light on tax-avoidance practices of U.S. tech companies, particularly Apple Inc. The subcommittee's investigations revealed that the nation's manufacturers are at a disadvantage when it comes to minimizing the effects of high U.S. corporate taxes. The simple reason manufacturers are...

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