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The First 20 Hours

In The First 20 Hours, Josh Kaufman offers a systematic approach to rapid skill acquisition: how to learn any new skill as quickly as possible. His method shows you how to deconstruct complex skills, maximize productive practice, and remove common learning barriers.  Forget the "10,000 hour rule"... what if it's possible to learn any new skill in 20 hours or less? Take a moment to consider...

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Weekly Industry Crib Sheet: U.S. First-Quarter GDP Revised Down

Plus: Durable Goods Orders Rose in May North American Metal Shipments Hold Steady Consumer Confidence Increases for Second Straight Month Jobless Claims Dip Again After an initial positive assessment, U.S. economic growth was found to have grown less than expected in the January-March quarter. The downward revision, which occurred across all categories, is largely being attributed to consumers...

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Innovations in Green Chemistry Find Their Way to the Market

At the American Chemical Society's (ACS) 17th annual Green Chemistry and Engineering Conference in Bethesda, Md., presenters and exhibitors told attendees about a multitude of sustainable-chemistry innovations coming out of business and academic research. Those innovations are yielding products and materials that prevent waste, create fewer hazards, use less energy, employ renewable feedstocks,...

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Initiative Spotlight Series: 3 Regional Programs Fostering Aircraft Manufacturing Skills

In continuing IMT Career Journal's series highlighting projects and initiatives to help the U.S. manufacturing sector create good jobs, we look at a few programs that are preparing the next-generation high- and middle-skilled workforce in three regional hubs of aerospace and aviation manufacturing in the U.S. In U.S. aerospace and aviation, two distinct but related industries, companies are...

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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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Friday Focus: 3 New Examples of Digital STEM Education

The format for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education has gone from textbooks and laboratories to digital learning, as educators incorporate online apps, websites, software, and interactive-based study aids in their classrooms. As more schools across the country embrace and implement such tools to better prepare future next generations for high-tech STEM careers, major...

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Electronics Manufacturers Continue to Struggle to Make Greener Products

Electronics are becoming increasingly important to our way of life and our economy. According to the Consumer Electronics Association, worldwide electronics sales are expected to reach $1.11 trillion this year. The more widespread these devices become, the more concern has been raised over the way they are produced, the way they are disposed of, and their inclusion of potentially dangerous...

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Google's Senior VP of People: No Connection Between School and Success at Company

The following might put a scare in June grads and their parents, but one of the world's most well-known corporations says grade point averages (GPA) and test scores are useless when it comes to hiring people. The observation is from Laszlo Bock, senior vice president for people operations at Google. Bock explained in a June 19 interview with the New York Times that, except for new graduates...

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