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Friday Focus: How to Survive a Work Day at the Beach

Did you work through the long holiday weekend? Whether you're in a stuffy cubicle or on a sunny beach, consider this: employees on vacation are check in on work through email and phone calls, with 47 percent of American workers claiming that plugging into the office remotely actually ensures that they have a calmer vacation, according to a new survey. Findings by cloud engine network company...

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Light Friday: Dinosaur Discovery Suggests Desert Ecosystem in Niger

Plus: The Mustang that Almost Was Let's Go Shopping in Space How to Turn Sound into Light Scientists have discovered a dinosaur that lived in an isolated desert over 260 million years ago that somewhat resembles another great lizard from a desert a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away... Dr. Christian Sidor of the University of Washington in Seattle led the study, which investigated a region...

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New Research to Optimize Solar Energy's Effectiveness in Desert Environments

The state of Nevada would seem to have a lot going for it when it comes to harnessing solar power. For example, there's lots of available parcels of land in which to construct solar systems, as well as several universities with strong research backgrounds in energy. Oh, and a whole lot of sun. More sun than most states. But the environment in Nevada also poses a great many challenges in the quest...

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How Will Smart Cities Transform the Future?

Last week Cisco Systems hosted a Twitter chat at #SmartCityIoE to raise awareness of its Smart+Connected Communities initiative. "IoE" refers to the Internet of Everything, which Cisco describes as, "bringing together people, process, data, and things to make networked connections more relevant and valuable than ever before." The availability of these connections can potentially turn "information...

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Leadership Is About Leverage

This article is courtesy of Engineering.com: Putting leverage to work on the job means tapping into the knowledge, skills, an capacity of others. As an engineer, you get the concept of leverage: a measure of the force amplification achieved by using a tool, mechanical device or machine system. Your employees or project team members aren't 'tools', but the concept of leverage holds true in the...

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Making the U.S. the World's Best Place for Manufacturing

As Independence Day nears, thoughts often turn to themes of patriotism and what makes this country great. No doubt, there are countless reasons to be proud as an American, but the one that makes me most proud is our strong and enduring manufacturing sector. I started as an apprentice toolmaker in my grandfather's shop almost 40 years ago and have been in the industry ever since. My life...

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Fusing Green Chemistry Studies with Engineering for a Sustainable Future

Many educational institutions are incorporating green chemistry in their chemical engineering curricula. And that's a great thing, according to the business leaders, educators and students who attended the American Chemical Society's (ACS) Green Chemistry and Engineering Conference in Bethesda, Md. As IMT Career Journal sister publication IMT Green & Clean Journal reported last week, researchers...

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U.S. Manufacturers Burdened by High Liability Costs, But Solutions Exist

Many companies have long lamented conditions that make it difficult for U.S. businesses to compete abroad. Among them are the high corporate tax rates and higher cost of labor. One often under-discussed challenge is higher product liability costs. The United States has the highest liability costs as a percentage of GDP of the countries surveyed in a recent report from the U.S. Chamber Institute...

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People Are the Power Behind Successful Implementation of Lean

Lean manufacturing has proliferated over the last two decades since Toyota sparked a revolution while on its way to becoming the world's largest carmaker. Today's lean production systems are intermixed with process quality systems like Six Sigma and kaizen continuous improvement practices. Although lean manufacturing has been adopted almost universally in the face of today's business and economic...

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Who Are the Real Victims of Obama's War on Coal?

President Barack Obama announced his Climate Action Plan last week to applause from friends and foes alike. His friends approved because Obama's appears to be finally deliver on promises from his 2008 election campaign to get tough on climate change. His foes applauded, however, because they perceive the president to have overplayed his hand, much to the detriment of Democrats in key upcoming...

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